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Charles Adams
Charles Adams, 71, a retired carpenter, died at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Eli Rogers in Summerfield, last Thursday forenoon. He was the son of James and Nancy Adams and was born in Monroe County. One grandson, Edward Adams, of Summerfield, is the only survivor. Funeral services, conducted by Rev. T. Sanford Williams, of Caldwell, were held in the Palestine Church of Christ, near Summerfield, Saturday morning, with burial in the Palestine Cemetery, in charge of the Murphy Funeral Home at Caldwell. [Noble County Leader, 26 Feb 1942 - Sub. by Cheryl J Skinner]

Wilda Smith Albright
Mrs. Wilda Smith Albright, 90, whose death occurred last Saturday morning at her home at that place. Burial was made in a Cemetery near McConnelsville. The deceased was born and spent much of her life in the Keith community, Noble County. She was a member of the Olive Green Church of Christ. Surviving in addition to her husband, are seven children four brothers and sisters, two half-sisters and her mother, Mrs. Lucinda Smith, of Noble County. [Noble County Leader, 05 Dec 1940 - Sub. by Cheryl Skinner]

Alta E. Archer
Alta E. Archer, 86, of Coshocton, and formerly of Caldwell, died Tuesday, July 23, 1996 at her residence. She was born Dec 13, 1909 in Noble County. Surviving are two daughters, Betty Love of Cadiz and Loretta Jo Swartz of Coshocton; three sisters, Florence Wilson of Caldwell, Melba Haines of Massillon and Ethel Sickafoose of Canton; a brother, Charles E. Orr of Massillon; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by he parents, Fred and Effie Warfield Orr; he husband, Emil Archer; two brothers Fred W. Orr and Urban Orr; and a granddaughter. Calling hours will be 7 to 9 p.m. today at McVay-Perkins Funeral Home, Caldwell. Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, July 26, 1996 at the funeral home with the Rev. Susan Hyland officiating. Burial will be in Olive Cemetery, Caldwell. [unknown newspaper, c. July 1996; Submitted by Cheryl J Skinner]

Audrey E. Archer
Audrey E. Archer, age 90, of Lake Worth, Florida, died Sunday (12/15/2002) at JFK Medical Center in Atlantis, Florida. She was born 3/12/1912 in Stock, Township, Noble County, Ohio a daughter of the late James M. & Emma F. Forshey Spence.In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by her husband Cain Archer. Surviving are a son Junior (Judy) Archer; a daughter Susan (Mark) Kuczen; 2 grandchildren Robert Archer & Dakota King all of Florida and a sister Florence Coyle of Ohio. Friends may call Sunday (12/22/2002) from 4 to 8 PM at McVay-Perkins Funeral Home in Caldwell, where services will be held on Monday (12/23/2002) at 11:00 AM with Evangelist Paul Hoover officiating. Burial will follow at Olive Cemetery in Caldwell, Ohio. [The Noble Journal, c. Dec 2002; Submitted by Cheryl J Skinner]

Donella M. Archer
Donella M. Archer, age 81, of Caldwell, Ohio died Thursday evening (9/25/2003) at Summit Acres Nursing Home in Caldwell. She was born 9/9/1922 near Crum Ridge, Noble County, Ohio a daughter of the late Irvin & Columbia Roe Morrison. She was a member of the Crum Ridge Church of Christ and had, along with her late husband, owned and operated Archers Flowers and Gifts in Caldwell and the former Archers Greenhouse.
In addition to her parents she is preceded in death by her husband Evert W. Archer whom she married in 1939 and who died 11/22/2001; 1 grandson Joshua Archer; 6 brothers and 6 sisters.Surviving are 1 son Dale (Monica) Archer of Heron, Montana; 2 daughters Linda (Tom) Clark and Alice (Jon) Bates of Caldwell; 6 grandchildren Darin Clark, Misty Janusik, Jarrod Bates, Jeremy, Amanda and Zach Archer; 5 great-grandchildren Corey Clark, Bayleigh, Graham, Mason and Nataleigh Janusik, numerous nieces and nephews.
Friends may call Saturday (9/27/2003) from 4 to 8 PM at McVay-Perkins Funeral Home, 416 East Street, Caldwell, Ohio, where services will be held on Sunday (9/28/2003) at 2:00 PM with Evangelist Dana Morrison officiating. Burial will follow at Olive Cemetery in Caldwell.
[Journal, 29 Sep 2003, pg. 2 - Submitted by Cheryl J Skinner]

Evelyn Jean Archer
Evelyn Jean Archer, age 56, of Caldwell, died Wednesday morning (1/15/2003) in Columbus, Ohio. She was born 11/2/1946 at Sharon, Ohio, a daughter of Juanita N. King Nichols of Sharon and the late Clarence Raymond Nichols who died 11/28/1992. She was a 1964 graduate of Caldwell High School and was employed since 1974 by GMN Tri County CAC, Inc., where she served as Program Director for the Teens for Tomorrow, Project Partnership and Project Trust Programs, in Noble and Monroe Counties. She was a longtime member of the Olive Green United Methodist Church.
In addition to her mother, she is survived by a daughter Brenda K. (Bruce) Okey of Caldwell; 3 sisters Judy (Duane) Weisend of Summerfield, Nancy Juanita (James) Secrest of Hoskinsville and Rama (Dave) Reese of Canton; 2 grandchildren Brandon and Breanna Okey of Caldwell; several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.
Friends may call Saturday (1/18/2003) from 3 to 5 and 7 to 9 PM at McVay-Perkins Funeral Home, 416 East Street in Caldwell, where services will be held on Sunday (1/19/2003) at 2:00 PM with Pastor Dave Kascmarski officiating. Burial will follow at Sharon Cemetery in Sharon, Ohio. [Journal, xx Jan 2003 pg. 2 - Submitted by Cheryl J Skinner]

E. W. Archer
Relatives here have been notified of the death of E. W. Archer, 71, native of Nobel County and retired business man of Lyford, TX., which occurred at the family home in Lyford, Saturday night. He had been stricken with paralysis several days before death came. Mr. Archer was a son of the late Stephen M. and Rachel Matheney Archer and was born at East Union, ten miles east of Caldwell. Before going to Texas he was engaged in the mercantile business at East Union and at one time was owner and publisher of the Caldwell Journal. He continued in the mercantile business after going to Texas and was also engaged in the real estate business. The family had resided in Texas for the past thirty years and Mr. Archer retired from active business a year ago. His wife, Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Craig Archer, survives with the following children: Mrs. Lela Deyo, C. F. Archer and Mrs. Hazel Bernard of Mercedes, Texas; Mrs. Elizabeth Elliott of Alabama, and Ralph Archer who is serving in the U.S. armed Forces in England. One brother, C. M. Archer, who the late U.S. Senator, M. B. Archer of Caldwell, was also a brother of the deceased. Mrs. Edward L. Merry of Caldwell, is a sister-in-law of Mr. Archer. Funeral services and burial were held at Lyford, Texas. [Times Recorder, 07 Jun 1944, Submitted by Cheryl J Skinner]

Robert Archer
Robert Archer, 50, passes away at the Athens State Hospital, Thursday morning, after being an inmate in that institution for the past five years. Mr. Archer was confined to that institution after an explosion which left his mind a blank. He was the son of Robert and Mary Moore Archer and was born near East Union. He never married. Surviving are two brothers, Roe and Sylvester Archer of the East Union-Carlisle Rd. Burial was made in the East Union Cemetery by T. T. Murphy of Caldwell. [Journal, 13 Sep 1934 pg. 4 - Submitted by Cheryl J Skinner]

Rev. John A. Armstrong
Rev. John A. Armstrong, 90, former pastor of Summerfield Christian Church, died recently at his home in Wellsville, following a long illness. He was a member of General Lyon Post No. 44, Grand Army of the Republic, which had a charter membership of 300 and now has three surviving members. He was chaplain of the Post at the time of his death. He was born in West Middletown, PA. in 1844, entered military service July, 1863, as a member of Co. K., 46th Pennsylvania regiment and was with General Sherman army at the close of the war and was discharged at Harrisburg, PA. Three of his brothers also were Union Veterans. Rev. Armstrong served many charges as a minister until his retirement fifteen years ago. He leaves tow sons, J. C. and E. L. Armstrong of Wellsville, one brother and three grandchildren. Funeral services and interment took place at Wellsville. Rev. Armstrong will be remembered by many of the citizens of Summerfield and community. [Journal, 13 Sep 1934, pg. 4 - Submitted by Cheryl J Skinner]

Clara Jane Atkinson
Mrs. Clara Jane Atkinson passed away Friday at 5:30 a.m. at the home of her daughter Mrs. Ellis Eicher of Sharon where she had been ill for five months. Mrs. Atkinson was the daughter of James and Melvina Clinedinst Gordon near Macksburg, Ohio. She was born October 30 1866, and departed this life Feb 11 1944, age 77 years 3 months and 11 days. She was united in marriage to William S. Atkinson May 19 1887. They spent all of their life in Noble County except three years that they spent in Sawtelle California. For the past several years they had resided in Caldwell until his death five years ago. The surviving children are Avice Eicher of Sharon, Nelle Dudley of Los Angeles CA., and James Atkinson of Akron Ohio and one granddaughter Gloria Dudley of Los Angeles, CA. One daughter Lydia May died at the age of ten months and one granddaughter Marjorie Lois Eicher in infancy. The surviving brothers and sisters are A. C. Gordon of Raymond Kan., Mrs. Julia Stephens of South Olive, Charles Gordon of Cisco TX., John Gordon of Alexandria Kans., Mrs. Emily Harper of South Olive, Mrs. Eliza Addis of Caldwell. Her brothers Perry Gordon, David Gordon and Henry Gordon are deceased. She was a member of the Christian Church at Sawtelle CA. Those from a distance attending the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. James Atkinson of Akron Mr. and Mrs. Clinton Taylor of Beverly Mr. and Mrs. C. F. Atkinson and Mrs. Cora Spriggs of Cambridge, Mr. and Mrs. Allen Addis and daughter Marie, Mr. and Mrs. Wallace Ayers and Mr. and Mrs. Henry Addis of Macksburg, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Hutcheson and daughter Barbara and William Patten and daughter Mary Lou of Dexter City. [The Journal, 24 Feb 1944 - Sub. by Cheryl J Skinner]

Peter P. Ellison
Peter P. Ellison, a prominent farmer of Noble county, died Dec. 24th. His death was caused by blood poisoning resulting from a slight scratch on one of his hands. [Cambridge- Jeffersonian, Jan 11, 1900]

William Stotler Jarvis
W.S. Jarvis Passed Away -- Retired Carpenter Died on Saturday at age of 87 - Funeral Services Tomorrow
William Stotler Jarvis, aged 87, of 531 Buckeye Street, well-known Marysville resident who was engaged in the carpentering business for years, passed away at his home Saturday evening about 8:00 o'clock after several weeks of illness.  He had been taken to Mt. Carmel Hospital in Columbus about a week ago and was brought home Saturday afternoon.  He had been in ill health for some time. He was born on March 18, 1853 in Noble County to William Jarvis and Leah House Jarvis, both natives of Noble County.  He married Marilla Snodgrass on Jan 3, 1875 in Marysville.  She died on Aug. 6, 1936.  Surviving are six children and one child of the couple is deceased.  Mr. Jarvis was the last of his family of four boys and five girls. Funeral services will be held tomorrow afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Jarvis home with the Rev. Guy Y. Caskill, pastor of the Christian Church of Columbus officiating.  Mr. Jarvis was a member of that church.  Burial will be made in Oakdale Cemetery in charge of William H. Faulkner, local funeral director.  [Marysville Journal-Tribune (Marysville, Ohio) Monday, 11 Mar 1940, p. 2, tr by KT]

Robert Lowe
MEMORIAL -- Robert Lowe, one of the oldest pioneer settlers of Sharon township, Noble county, O., was born in Forquire County in East Virginia, in 1803, and died January 22, 1891, aged 87 years, 4 months, and 25 days. He came with his parents to Morgan--now Noble--county, in 1806. His father built a cabin on the land of Silas Thorla, now owned by Benjamin Thorla, but a few rods east of the present residence of Mr. Thorla where he died in 1819, when Robert commenced the battle of life for himself. But one of the many comrades and associates of his boyhood is living to tell of the adventures, the privation or the joys incident to a frontier life--that one is the venerable Benjamin Thorla, a resident of the village of Olive.
In 1824, Mr. Lowe married Rebecca Boyd. To them was born eight sons and four daughters, of which number two sons and three daughters together with their mother, have gone to the better land.
By untiring application to business Mr. Lowe was enabled to buy a farm then an unbroken wilderness, but under his brawny arm and woodman's ax the forest graduallly disappeared and wheat fields and meadows appeared in its stead. For 65 years he lived thereon and enjoyed a rural life of prosperity.
His life was full of toil, yet he always looked on the sunny side of circumstances in business, social or religious life. The tenderest cord of his sympathy and affection was touched by the affliction and error of others. It was truly a pleasure to him to sooth and comfort by word and deed the afflicted, to restore and encourage the erring and unfortunate, and the poor and needy always found a friend in him. He was a kind and dutiful husband and father, a lover of home, family and associations. He gave to each of his children a competence to start them in life when they left his home for one of their own. On day of funeral an intimate acquaintance and venerable christian gentleman said: "It becomes me in respect to the departed brother to say that I have known him for 65 years, and always found him full of sunshine, genial and instructive in conversation, always ready to defend truth, integrity and religion with ease and fluency. As a neighbor no one excelled him; as a christian, he was a man of merit, a pattern worthy of imitation. It was my privilege to be present when he was converted, which was brought about by the influence of the M. E. Church in 1840."
Services were held at the home of the deceased, conducted by Rev. Gray of the M. P. Church, after which the large crowd present followed the remains to the family cemetery, where the interment took place. M.W.H." [Caldwell Press, Caldwell, Ohio, February 5, 1891 - Submitted by Sandra Miller]

M. W. Marks
Mr. M. W. Marks was born in Noble County, Ohio, May 16th, 1841 being 57 years, 11 months and 10 days old. He was united in marriage, to Mrs. Elvira Mason, at Little Rock Arkansas, October 25th, 1871, and settled in Reno County in 1872, living here during the remainder of his life. He was a member of the order of Odd Fellows and took a great interest in the order, ands also a member of the Rebecka lodge, No. 77 of Mt. Hope.
He leaves a wife to morn his loss. He was the last surviving brother out of a family of ten children; seven brothers and three sisters. He has one sister living who lives in Indian(a). His brother George died one month ago, April 16th.
Card of Thanks.
I wish to thank all the friends for their kindness to us in our sad bereavement. Elvira Marks. [Haven Independent, Haven, Reno County, Kansas - April 29, 1899, Front Page, Column 3]

Carl Shackles
537 Pound Boy Dead
Carl Shackles, probably the largest boy of his age in America, died Sunday morning at his home in Summerfield, O., of heart disease. He was 16 years of age, and last week tripped the scales at 587 pounds. He was six feet, six inches tall. The casket was too large to go in a door or window and the body was carried out into the yard and placed in it. The boy's abnormal growth begun when he was five years old. ("Wichita Searchlight", Wichita, KS, June 29, 1907, page 1, transcribed by Peggy Thompson)

Abe Shriver
Caldwell, Ohio, - Abe Shriver, a farmer, residing about six miles south of this city, committed suicide yesterday evening by shooting himself through the head with a revolver. He went home about 5 o'clock, and lying down upon a lounge, placed a revolver near his right temple and fired. The ball penetrated the head just in front of the right ear, passed entirely through it and came out on the opposite side. He was about forty years of age and unmarried, his wife having been granted a divorce from him at the present term of Common Pleas Court of Noble county, to which and excessive drinking the cause of the deed is attributed. He leaves no children. [Wheeling Register, Feb. 10, 1897]

Herman Ulrich
On the early morning of January 15, 1902, the subject of this sketch reached the goal of his life. He died at the residence of his son-in-law, John Miley and daughter Sebille, one mile north of Mr. Ephraim at the advanced age of 83 years, and the body was buried in the beautiful cemetery at that place on the following day at 2 o'clock p.m.
The funeral service was conducted by Rev. Martin of Sarahsville charge, M.E. Church, assisted by the writer. The service at the M. E. Church as well as at the grave, was attended by an unusually large and deeply sympathetic throng of his old time friends and acquaintances, every one of whom feeling they had lost a friend.
After a short, but fervid funeral sermon by the minister to a congregation overflowing the church, and a wonderfully affecting final view of the body by the whole congregation, the remains, which were encased in a beautiful casket, were tenderly and tearfully borne to a house in the silent city of the dead, where they rest beside his wife who preceded him by several years, in the journey to the "great beyond."
Herman Ulrich was born at Gottingen, Kingdom of Hanover, Germany, on the 18th day of October, 1818. After securing a training in the schools of his native city, he was sent at the age of 10 to a higher school at Goslar in the Hartz mountains. He remained in school till he was 17 years old, when he went to the city of Bremen as a clerk in a counting house where he remained 18 months, then, concluding to be a sailor, he took shipping on the "Augusta", a sailing vessel bound for the West Indies. After touching all the principal ports in this group of islands he again sailed for Bremen. Thence to New York, Havana, Matanzas, Plymounth, England, and back to Bremen.
Thence to Richmond, Philadelphia, New York, and finally to Lisbon, Portugal and Rio de-Janerio, S.A., remaining at the latter place one year. From there to New Orleans, by way of Porto Rico, Jamaica, St. Domingo, and Cuba. From New Orleans back to Bremen, Germany, thence home to Gottingen where he remained till 1842 when he took passage in the ship "Anna" for Baltimore, landing on the 4th of July, 1842; thence the same month to New Gottingen, Guernsey county, where he was in the employ of Chas. and Washington Heidelbach, merchants, for 5 years. He again visited his parents in Germany in 1847, remaining there till February of the next year, when he again set out for Ohio, arriving at Mt. Ephraim in September,1848, where he settled down for life marrying Susan Hill, November, 1849.
There were born to them 8 children of whom 5 survive him, vis.: Henry, Herman, George, Sibille and Frank. Thus one-half the family are here and the other half "over there."
It would certainly be no disparagement to others to say that a more elegantly polished gentleman never lived among us; and few, if any among us have come in social and sympathetic touch with a larger circle of admiring friends than Herman Ulrich. As a husband he was faithful and true. As a father, kind and indulgent to a fault. As a citizen he was one of those German Americans whose immigration to this country has been , and is now, a potent factor in making the United States a great nation in the highest and best sense of the term. As a neighbor his genial smile and helpful hand to all whose burden of life sometimes grew too heavy, almost, to be borne, will live in the memory of all who ever were so fortunate as to number him among their acquaintances. As a business man he was the embodiment of honesty and integrity of character. He had few if any superiors in his day as a rapid penman and reliable accountant.
But his large and successful mercantile business was completely wiped out in 1865 by the unprecedented decline in the price of tobacco of which he was a buyer and shipper. But he went down his flag flying--no man, after the collapse, could say he had lost a penny by his failure.
While at school at Goslar, Hanover, Germany, according to a memoir of his own hand, and lying before me, he was confirmed in the German Lutheran Church. He doubtless had faults, because he was human, which is the joining in mysterious union of the mortal and immortal; but in all the virtues which go to make up "riches toward God" that a man carries with him into the realms of the eternal--good deeds of loving kindness to all about him--his whole life abounded.
He told one of his neighbors shortly before his death that no day passed with him without communion with his Maker. He died without a pain as one "falling on sleep;" and like a ripe shock of corn he was gathered to his fathers.
Noble, faithful, generous brother, Farewell! Thou hast joined the ranks of the immortals, but thy rich, fruitful life will forever live in our memories as a sweet benediction. L.W. Finley." [Caldwell Press, Caldwell, Ohio, January 23, 1902 - Submitted by Sandra Miller]


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