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Alvin Aichholz
ATTICA, O., July 16 - Alvin Aichholz, 78, a retired farmer, died last night in a Green Springs nursing home. He was a member of SS Peter and Paul Catholic Church.
He is survived by sons, Gilbert and Eugene, both of Attica; daughters, Evelyn Aichoolz and Mrs. Paul Mechling, both of Columbus; Maonena Aichholz, Dayton, and Mrs. Robert Ault, Urbana, O.; brother, Herman; sister, Mrs. Clara Marquart, both of New Washington, O., and six grandchildren. Services will be at 9:30 a.m. Saturday in the church with burial in the parish cemetery.
[THE BLADE: TOLEDO, OHIO, 07/16/1964 - Sub by Kate Watson]

A.B. Brandt
Died Worse than Bankrupt
Cleveland, O., Dec. 12 -- Representative A.B. Brandt, of Seneca County, died on Sunday, and it is now discovered that he is short $6,000 in his accounts as Tresurer of Venice Township. His entire liabilities are $30,000 and his assets $10,000.
[The Evening World., December 13, 1890,(New York, N.Y.)]

Corp. John M. Brish
The death of Corporal John M. Brish
For the Seneca Advertiser. "Cherish the Memory of the Heroic Dead."
Died on the battle field of Pickett's Mills, Georgia, on the 27th of May 1864, John M. Brish, in the 29th year of his age. The deceased served three months in Western Virginia, in the 21st O.V.I. After the expiration of his time he returned with his Regt. and then joined the 81st Regt., at Lima, and marched to Missouri, serving as 1st Lieut, in one of its companies. Not liking the service in that region, he resigned his commission and returned to his home near Tiffin. Soon after, he followed the 49th O.V.I, under Col. Wm. H. Gibson, then on the march in Tennessee, and enlisted in the company of Capt. James M. Paterson, to which he was attached at the time of his death. The following is an account of his death by the Captain: In the Field near Ackworth Ga., June 9th 1864 } Mrs. Wm. Brish.- Respected Madam; It becomes my painful duty to inform you that your son, John M. Brish, is dead, his mission on earth is ended, all of him that was earthly now fills a hero's grave on the terrible field of "Pickett's Mills." He was shot through the neck when within ten feet of the rebel rifle pits, his death was instantaneous. It was on the 27th of May at near 6 o'clock P.M. I was compelled to leave his body on the field, which they held for six days, when they in turn were driven off. Our dead had all been buried by them in a decent manner in trenches. I deeply sympathize with you in your bereavement and can say as words of condolence to you that your son is gone, but that he died a true hero, at his post. I say hero, for he had won that name on more then a dozen hard fought fields. But such is the ways of war and our cherished jewels are thus plucked from us. I am with great respect, Madam, yours & c. JAMES M. PATTERSON, Capt. 49th O.V.I. [Source: "Seneca Advertiser" July 1, 1864; tr by KT]

Samuel Brown, Esq.
Adrian, O., July 28, (1858) ae. 46. Mr. B. was a native of Brownsville, Jefferson Co., N.Y., a nephew of the late Gen. Jacob Brown, and a brother of the late Thompson Brown, who died abroad, a year or two since, when on his return from Russia, where he had been in the employ of Nicholas I., as chief engineer on a railroad from St. Petersburg to Moscow. Mr. S. Brown for a number of years was engaged on the New York and Erie Railroad - of which road, it will be remembered, Thompson Brown was one of the first engineers - and ultimately became the superintendent of the freight department, a position of great trust and responsibility, and in which office the deceased displayed remarkable business talent, energy, and decision, and where he undermined a constitution naturally robust and strong. From the New York and Erie Road Mr. B. went to the superintendency of the Canandaigua and Niagara Falls Road, and afterwards to the position on the Michigan Southern Road, which he occupied until near the close of his life. Mr. B. wore himself out in the exhausting toils of that species of mental and physical labor so inseparable - as it would seem - from railroad management. His nervous system became prostrated, and the constant strain upon his faculties, and the unremitting excitement, broke him down. Mr. B. married the daughter of Gen. Joseph Brown, of Toledo, and the sister of Mrs. Samuel F. Lester, of Cleveland, O. A prominent trait in the deceased - and a jewel in any man's character - was his devotion to the interests and happiness of his friends; and a host who have been recipients of the kindness and assistance of the deceased will mourn him as a good friend gone.
[Source: "Annual OBITUARY NOTICES OF EMINENT PERSONS who have died in the United States FOR 1858"; BY HON. NATHAN CROSBY; BOSTON: JOHN P. JEWETT AND COMPANY. 1859. Transcribed by Kim Mohler.]

Edward L. Carney
Carney, Edward L., Esq., Tiffin, O., May 22, Ae. 39. Mr. C. was a printer, and graduated as such in the Citizen office, in the fall of 1838. He afterwards studied law, and edited a democratic ; newspaper at Canton and in Wooster. He was a young man of fine abilities as a writer and a lawyer.
[Source: "Annual Obituary Notices of Eminent Persons who have died in the United States for 1858" by Hon. Nathan Crosby; John P. Jewett and Co., pub. 1859.]

Alvin B. Crow
Alvin B. Crow, one of the oldest barbers in the city, passed away at 11:15 this morning at his home, April 5, 1929, 310 West Jackson street. Death was due to complications and followed an illness of one year.
The deceased was a son of Rev. and Mrs. Levi Crow and was born at Cygnet, OH, June 5, 1854. His age at death was 74 years, ten months and one day. He was united in marriage to Matilda Tharp in 1878. To this union 11 children were born, seven of whom survive.
The children are: Alvin B. Crow of Toledo, Miss Alta Crow at home, Obed E. Crow of Washington Township, Hancock Co, Ohio, Otto W., Forest W. Archie L., all of Fostoria and Mrs. Thomas (Lizzie) Winters of Bowden, Oklahoma. There are 12 grandchildren and one great grand child.
Mr. Crow had been a barber in Fostoria for the past 50 years. He was a member of the Evangelical Church, where funeral services will be held Tuesday at 2:30 p.m., conducted by Rev. Mr. Kern. Burial in Fountain Cemetery, Fostoria, OH.
[Fostoria Review Times, Sub by Janet Crow Burgoon]

Archie LeRoy Crow
Archie LeRoy Crow, 42, passed away at the residence, 310 W. Jackson Street, at 5:15 p.m. Saturday, January 16, 1943. Death was due to complications, the deceased having been in ill health for the past eight months.
Mr. Crow was born in this city June 27, 1900, the son of Alvin and Matilda Crow making his age at death 42 years, six months and 20 days.
He was united in marriage in Hardin County,McGuffey, Ohio, to Miss Bessie Mae Smith who survives along with a son Duane; daughter, Janet; sister, Alta; four brothers, Forest and Otto, Columbus; Bert, Toledo; and Obed, West Independence. Fourteen nephews and nieces also survive.
Services will be held from the Harrold Funeral Home Tuesday at 3 p.m. with the Rev. Claude G. Powers, officiating. Interment will be in Fountain cemetery, Fostoria.
The body was taken to the residence where friends may call.
[Fostoria Review Times, Sub by Janet Crow Burgoon]

Bessie May Crow
Mrs. Bessie May Crow, 48, 310 West Jackson Street, died at the residence, Saturday, February 18, 1956, of a stroke. She had been in ill health eight months.
She was born in Marengo, Ohio, June 16, 1907, to Samuel and Lucy Smith and was married to Archie Crow at McGuffey, Ohio, December 24, 1926.
Surviving are a daughter, Janet Crow, Fostoria, her father, Samuel Smith, Findlay, two sisters, Mabel Smith, Findlay, Madeline Smith, Columbus; four brothers, Milo and Lawrence Smith, both of Findlay, Clarence Smith, Fostoria and Hubert Smith, Perry, Fla.
Her husband and a son, Duane preceded her in death.
Mrs. Crow was a member of the Bethel Evangelical United Brethern church.
Services will be held Tuesday, 2 p.m., at the Harrold Funeral Home, the Rev. Roy. L. Sutherland officiating. Casket bearers were; Russell Groves, Melvin Jay, Fred Lombardy, Forest Hargis, Chester Wonders, Henry Stoll, Edward E. Crow and Hugh L. Riddle. Burial will be in Fountain Cemetery, Fostoria.
[Fostoria Review Times - Sub by Janet Crow Burgoon]

Charles Vernon Crow
Charles Vernon Crow, 18 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Alvin Crow, died at the family residence at 310 Jackson Street at 9:15, December 3, 1915. Death came as a relief to four weeks' suffering with an abcess, through which illness the young man has been the same cheerful person that made him a favorite among the associates of his everyday life.
Charles Vernon Crow was born at Mark Center, Defiance county on August 18, 1898, making his exact age 17 years, 3 months and 15 days. An attack of infantile paralysis at the age of two years, left the deceased a cripple and unable to make use of one limb. Shortly after this illness he came with his parents to this city where he has been a resident, since that time.
Mr. Crow had been employed by the Deisel-Wemmer Company since the opening of the plant here and until the time of his illness was constantly employed there. He is spoken of very highly by his many friends and considered a young man of promise in spite of his crippled condition.
Mr. Crow is survived by both his father and mother also by five brothers and two sisters, the brothers are, Bert of Findlay, Obed of Vanlue, Otto , of Fostoria, Forest and Archie of this city. The sisters are: Mrs. Alta Evans of Fostoria and Mrs. Lizzie Winters of Bowden, Okla.
Funeral services will be held at the Evangelical church, Rev. Link officiating Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock. Interment will take place in Fountain Cemetery, Fostoria.
[Fostoria Review Times - Sub. by Janet Crow Burgoon]

Matilda Jane (Tharp) Crow
Fostoria Review Times - Sub. by: Janet Crow Burgoon
Mrs. Matilda Jane Crow, 83, widow of the late A. B. Crow, passed away at her home 310 West Jackson Street at 6:30 last evening. She had been ill with a complication of diseases and had been bedfast for the past week.
The deceased was born March 30, 1857, near Lansing, Michigan, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Obed Tharp. Her age at death was 83 years, 9 months and 13 days. She was the youngest daughter in a family of seven children. When she was 2 years of age she moved with her parents to, Mark Center, Ohio. She had been a resident of Fostoria for 42 years.
Matilda Jane Tharp was united in marriage to Alvin B. Crow at Mark Center in 1876. To this union eleven children were born. Mr. Crow, a pioneer barber in Fostoria, passed away in 1929. Five children also precede Mrs. Crow in death.
Mrs. Crow is survived by five sons, Bert of Toledo, Forest and Otto of Columbus; Archie of Fostoria; and Obed of West Independence; one daughter, Miss Alta Crow, of Fostoria; sixteen grandchildren; five great-grandchildren and three nieces, Mrs. Sylvia Hettinger of Manitou Beach, Michigan, Mrs. Francis Harper of Portland, Oregon and Mrs. Ethel LeRot of Edgerton, Ohio.
The deceased was a member of Bethel Evangelical church for more than 30 years and was an active member of the Faithful class and the Missionary Society of that church.
Funeral services will be held at 1 P.M. Friday at the Bethel Evangelical church with the pastor, the Rev. Harry Deeds, officiating. Burial will be made in Fountain Cemetery. The body was removed to the residence from Mann's this afternoon.

Mrs. Jacob Emmerick
Mrs. Jacob Emmerick, for 63 years a resident of Seneca County, O., died Saturday, aged 70 years.
[The Evening Bulletin., (Maysville, Ky.) October 27, 1890]

Catherien Flaugher
Tiffin, Oct 18 - Mrs. Catherien Flaugher, 80, is dead.
[Plain Dealer, Oct 19,1918]

Jefferson Freeze
Jefferson Freeze, the oldest member of the Masonic order in Seneca county died at his home in Bloomville, O., in his 85th year.
[The North Platte tribune., March 14, 1894, (North Platte, Neb]

Sylvia Funk
Tiffin, Jan 20 - Stricken with apoplexy as she was about to descend a flight of stairs, Mrs. Sylvia Funk, 65, widow of Jacob J. Funk, plunged to the foot of the stairway. She died within a few minutes
[Plain Dealer, Jan 21, 1920]

Samuel D. Gibson
Tiffin: Samuel D. Gibson, 48, carpenter; services Saturday at 9 a.m. in St. Joseph's Catholic Church.
[Toledo Blade, Dec 4, 1958]

Pharess W. Glick
Tiffin- Mar 29 - Pharess W. Glick, 63, died at his home in Old Fort today. He was formerly a Tiffin manufacturer. His wife, three sons and a daughter survive. [Plain Dealer, Mar 30, 1917]

Rebecca Hartman
Tiffin, Dec 29 - Mrs. Rebecca Hartman, 70, died here this morning. [Plain Dealer, Dec 30, 1917]

Catherine Watts Hatt

Mrs. Catherine Watts Hatt died in Toledo Hospital Sunday. She had been a resident of Toledo 40 years and lived in 1567 West Central Ave. Mrs. Hatt is survived by her husband Henry and a sister, Mrs. Marie Neuman. Services will be in Rafter Funeral Home at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday and at 8 in St. Ann's Church. Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery, Tiffin, O.
Toledo Blade, Aug 29, 1942]

Josiah Hedges
Tiffin, O., July 15, ae. 80. He was born in Berkeley Co., Va., April 9, 1778. He left his father's home at an early age, with the determination to carve out his own fortune. His first enterprise on his own account was a trading excursion to New Orleans, with fruit, which he flat-boated from Wheeling, Va., to that point, when the time occupied in making the voyage was six weeks, and when but few adventurous spirits would make the experiment, which was then hazardous and dangerous. He finally, in 1801, one year before Ohio was admitted as a state of this Union, settled in Belmont Co., where he for a number of years was one of its most active and prominent citizens. He was the first sheriff of Belmont Co., and also for a term of years the clerk of the court. Being then of a speculative mind, and being convinced that Northwestern Ohio was one of the garden spots of the world, and that it would settle up with remarkable rapidity, Mr. H. made a journey to this region. He immediately determined upon entering the land upon which Tiffin is mostly built. At that time foot paths were worn around it, by persons who had looked at the land. Mr. H. then proceeded to the land office, and in 1820, at the land sales at Delaware, Ohio, he bought the land which was an unbroken forest. By a prudent and systematic course in disposing of his town lots, Mr. H. had the pleasure of seeing his town increase in population. For a number of years there was much rivalry between Fort Ball (now the second ward) as to which should be the county seat . By the persevering efforts of Mr. H., and by purchasing much of the property on the Fort Ball side, he succeeded in securing the location on the east side. This was in 1828. He then went to work, determined to effect the removal of the United States land office, then located at Delaware, to Tiffin. In this he was successful, and from that time onward Tiffin has progressed rapidly in wealth and population. In 1831 Mr. H. was chosen to represent the county, or the district of which the county was a portion, in the Ohio legislature. He served one session, but preferred paying more attention to his own private affairs, and declined any further political preferment. He was generous and just in his dealings with his fellowmen, and scrupulously honest, benevolent to all Christian denominations, having, with one or two exceptions, donated the lots upon which their churches are erected; and he was liberal towards all public improvements. In all the relations of life, public or private, he was a just and sincere man. He was a good citizen, and a true and steadfast friend. As a husband he was kind and obliging; as a father, affectionate, generous, and indulgent .
[Source: "Annual Obituary Notices of Eminent Persons who have died in the United States for 1858" by Hon. Nathan Crosby; John P. Jewett and Co., pub. 1859.]

Claude D. Highlander
Claude D. Highlander, 62, of Attica ; died on Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2006 at his home. He was born on Sept. 3, 1944 , in Wiona , W.Va. , to the late Deward and Erma Florence (Ashley) Highlander. He graduated from the Nuttall High School in West Virginia. Mr. Highlander had been a journeyman/pressman at the RR Donneley in Williard prior to November 2005. He had been in the Marine/Army Reserves .
Survivors for Mr. Highlander include his wife, Jane (Sanders) Highlander, whom he married Nov. 20, 1969; a son, Chad Highlander of Attica; and a daughter, Amy Williams (Mark) of Attica; three grandchildren, Chloe Highlander, Katy and Shane Williams; three brothers, John A. (MaryAnn) Highlander of Castalia, Bobby (Bessie) Highlander of Sandusky, and Eugene (Betty) Highlander of Waynesville, Ohio; and a sister, Zelma Tolley (Larry), Sandusky. He was preceded by five brothers, Vermond, Duane, Lloyd, Ray and C. Dale Highlander, and a sister, Wanda Highlander. Visitation will be on Friday, Oct. 20, 2006 , from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the Auxter Funeral Home, 1105 Castalia St. , Bellevue .The funeral will be on Saturday, Oct. 21, 2006 , at 10:30 a.m. at the funeral home with the Rev. Yuri Kuzara and Brother Gabriel Bridges officiating. Burial will be in Reed Cemetery.

W. H. Hillery
Tiffin, Oh - W. H. Hillery, a farmer residing near Bloomville, suicided by hanging this morning. Despondency over ill health is the supposed cause.
[Columbus Dispatch, Aug 12, 1895 - Transcribed by Linda Dietz]

Louisa Jacobson
Tiffin, Dec 29 - Mrs. Louisa Jacobson, 98, died today.
[Plain Dealer, Dec 30, 1917]

Mrs. Ralph Jereny
Tiffin, Oct 18 - Mrs. Ralph Jereny 37, whose husband is a soldier in France, died here today.
[Plain Dealer, Oct 19,1918]

Van H. Johnson
Van H. Johnson, 57, of 309 N. Race St. died at his residence. He had been in failing health for two years, but death was unexpected. The Van Wert Fire Department's Emergency Unit was called to the home and administered closed heart massage and oxygen. born Dec. 18, 1913, in High Point, N. C., Mr. Johnson was the son of Huston and Rose (Jones) Johnson. Survivors include his widow, Dolores (Poole) Johnson; a son, Gary of Tiffin; five step-children, Mrs. Dennis (Virginia) Chamberlain, Miss Alice Kae Brothers and James Brothers, all of Mansfield and William Brothers, at home; two brothers, Fred and Bobbie Johnson of Tiffin; two sisters, Mrs. Ed (Naomi) Stachovick of Marshfield, Wis., and Mrs. Pearl Hornday of Mount Airy, N. C. Mr. Johnson was a chef at Colonial Restaurant until his illness. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Alspach Funeral Home with the Rev. Jason Sherwood officiating. Burial in Woodland Cemetery.
[Van Wert Times, Nov 4, 1971]

O. R. Loomis
Tiffin, Dec 19- O. R. Loomis, 60, Eden township farmer, died suddenly today at his home of neuralgia of the heart. Funeral services will be Thursday with burial in this city.
[Cleveland Plain Dealer, Dec 20, 1916]

Earl W. Macdonald
Tiffin, Aug 30 - Earl W. Macdonald, 32, died here today.
[Cleveland Plain Dealer, Aug 31, 1917]

William R. Manhart
Tiffin, Dec 29 - William R. Manhart, 84, died today.
[Plain Dealer, Dec 30, 1917]

John Matheis, Jr.
Norwalk — While visiting his son, John Matheis, Jr., in this city, John Matheis of Frank, Seneca county, died of the infirmities of old age. He was 91 and is survived by four children, 32 grandchildren, 53 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
[Perrysburg journal., November 10, 1911, (Perrysburg, Wood Co., O]

Susan Neas
Tiffin, Feb 6 - Mrs. Susan Neas, 81, is dead at Old Fort, north of here.
[Plain Dealer, Feb 7, 1919]

Richard Rappold
Tiffin, Sep 21- Richard Rappold, 19, is dead here.
[Plain Dealer, Sep 21, 1919]

Sarah A. Rowland
Tiffin News: Mrs. Sarah A. Rowland died in Henry county on the 13th inst., after a five week's illness. She was the daughter of Enos Niebel, of Wyandot County, and had been married to Thomas Rowland about a year. She was a highly respected christian lady.
 [Democratic Northwest.(Napoleon, Ohio), May 03, 1883]

Ethel Rutledge
Mrs. Charles Rutledge, 91, Pender, Neb. - Died Nov 27 at home, Funeral 10 a.m., Nov 30, St. John Catholic Church, Pender, the Rev. W.B. Martin.  Burial Rose Hill Cemetery, Pender, Demme Funeral Home.
Former Ethel Kuhn, born Jan 18, 1877, Tiffin, Ohio, Married Oct 28, 1897, Pender, Mr. Rutledge died 1944.  She was a member of St. John CAtholic Church.  Survivors:  Son John W. Rutledge of Sioux City; daughters, Mrs. Paul Konicek of Lakeport, Calif., Mrs. Percy Fischer of Moline, Ill., Mrs. John Konicek of South Sioux City, Mrs. William Hulsebusch of Freemont, Neb., Mrs. Hugh Pinkstaff of Las Vegas, Nev., Mrs. Henry Smith of Omaha and Mrs. Joe Toelle of San Antonio, Tex.;  three sisters and two brothers; 16 grandchildren and 33 great-grandchildren. [The Sioux City Journal (Sioux City, IA) Thursday, 28 Nov 1968, p. 48]

Clement Schetter
Tiffin, May 8- As the body of his wife who died Sunday, was being carried from their home this morning, Clement Schetter, 73, died. He had been ill with pneumonia, which was also the cause of his wife's death.
[Plain Dealer, May, 9, 1918]

J.A. Simpson
J.A. Simpson, Esq., Mayor of Attica, Seneca county, died on Wednesday last.
[The Fremont weekly journal., March 12, 1875, (Fremont, Sandusky County, Ohio)]

Carrie Smith
Tiffin, Oct 18 - Mrs. Carrie Smith, 60, widow of A. J. C. Smith, died today
. [Plain Dealer, Oct 19,1918]

Mrs. Harry B. Speck
Tiffin, Aug 15 - Mrs. Harry B. Speck died at her home in this city today.
[Plain Dealer, Aug 16, 1917]

Eliza Steward
At the residence of her son-in-law, Mr. A. B. Sams, in Tiffin, Ohio, on Wednesday, January 21st, 1880, Mrs. Eliza Steward, in the 76th year of her age. Her remains was brought here for interment on the 24th inst. [The Highland Weekly News (Hillsboro, Highland Co., Oh.) Thursday, February 05, 1880 - Submitted by Kathy McDaniel]

Eliza Sworden
(1821 - 1907)
Mrs. Eliza Sworden, daughter of Solomon and Elizabeth Naugle, was born in Columbia Co., Pa., July 16th 1821; and died at Grelton, Ohio Oct. 23rd, 1907; aged 86 years, 3 months and 7 days. She came with her parents to Seneca Co., O., in the year 1833; and was married to Hazael Murray in 1844. Three years later she came with him to Liberty Township, Henry Co., O., which was then an almost unbroken wilderness with no road and only here and there a settler's cabin, and here enduring all the privations of a pioneer's wife helped him to establish a home in the forest. To this union were born four children, Elizabeth Wort of Baker, Oregon, Mary Singgles of Defiance, O., Solomon P. Murray of Grelton, O., and Lavina Meyers, who died at Napoleon, in 1898. Death Deprived her of her husband in 1854, leaving her to care for her four little ones as she could. She afterwards married Zenas Sworden and became the mother of three more children, Americua and America, twins, both deceased and Minerva Bowen, of Libby, Montana.
Mr. Sworden died in 1871, leaving her a widow a second time. She was a woman of sterling character, a true friend, a kind neighbor, a loving mother, and an earnest christian. She has proved through a long life and many hardships the truth of the Savior's words, "My grace is sufficient."
The funeral services were held in the M. E. church at Grelton, conducted by Rev. Davis, of McClure, who preached from a text of her own selection before she passed away, found in Revelation 141-13; and she was laid to rest in the Morrison cemetery in Liberty Township. Peace to her ashes.
[Source: Newspaper unknown, c. Oct 1907 -
Submitted by jdbieb]

Bertha Reed
Tiffin: Mrs. Bertha Reed, 76, former resident, died in Caledonia, Mich.; services here Saturday.
[Toledo Blade, Dec 4, 1958]

Henry Sickemeyer
Henry Sickemeyer, catcher of a baseball club, was struck by a ball and killed during a game at Republic, Ohio. [Source: "Minster Home Light," Minster, OH, Sept. 8, 1888; tr. by GT Transcription Team]

Fannie Woolet
Republic: Mrs. Fannie Woolet, 82, services Saturday at 2 p.m. in Pancoast Mortuary.
[Toledo Blade, Dec 4, 1958]


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