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Obituaries and Death Notices

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Eliza Bartley
Alliance, Feb 16 - Mrs. Eliza Bartley, 83, died today.
[Plain Dealer, Feb 17, 1918]

John Bechtol
Father Suicides When Sons Are Drafted.
Massillon, Ohio, July 23 - Despondent because three of his sons were eligible for military service and had been drafted, John Bechtol, 58, a farmer, killed himself by hanging today. [Fort Wayne News, IN, July 24, 1917]

Simon Beuter
Zoar, O, April 2- Simon Beuter, widely known as "The Gardner", passed away Tuesday evening after a short illness occasioned by a fall while rummaging among the seeds on the shelves of his greenhouse. Mr. Beuter was probably better known throughout the whole state than any other Zoar Separatist. He was for many years teacher of the Zoar boys and girls, and many a housewife has to thank him for the skill with which her husband plants and takes care of the family garden, having acquired it under the kindly tuition of Mr. Beuter when he was working in the "Garden" as a boy. Beuter was one of five children born in Germany in October 1819. It is a curious coincidence that they have died in a regular order, beginnig with the oldest and now the youngest, an octogenarian, only is left. He leaves one daughter, two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Funeral will take place Friday afternoon with Rev. Theodore Merten of officiating
. [The Stark County Democrat, Apr 5, 1907 - Submitted by Linda Blue Dietz ]

Frederick Blecher
Canton, May 1. On Sunday morning last, the body of Mr. Frederick Blecher, who has for some years resided in this town as a laborer, was found on the Cleaveland Road, near Weaver's Tavern. He was intemperate in his habits - had been complaining for a day or two and his death was supposed, by the Coroner's inquest, to have been caused by fits. - Repository.
[Republican Compiler, Gettysburg, PA, May 20, 1829 - NP - Sub by FoFG]

Isaac Bowman
Jackson, O., April 20, (1858) ae. 84, a member of the Society of Friends, and one of the first settlers of the township in which he resided. He became a resident of Stark Co. in 1811, before the township which he selected as a home was organized, and before much had been done in the way of a settlement west of the now city of Canton. The township of Perry, in which Massillon is situated, and containing a population of near 6000, was not organized until 1813, and Jackson not until a still later period. He was, with Thomas and Charity Rotch, (the latter the founder of the Charity School of Kendal), Mayhew and Mary Folger, Joseph and Rebecca Hobson, Micajah and Sarah Macy, Daniel and Elizabeth Richmond, Richard and Sarah Williams, Charles and Mary Coffin, Aaron Chapman, William Mott, and Zacheus Stanton, among the earliest settlers on the east side of the Tuscarawas River, and west of the then little village now so justly proud of its right to be ranked among the cities of Ohio. The persons we have named, with our deceased friend, comprising but seven or eight families, were active in establishing "Kendal Preparation Meeting of the Society of Friends,"which existed for many years, the monthly meeting being held at Marlborough. By birth an Englishman, he inherited the sturdy integrity of his English ancestry, and which strongly marked his life and character in all his intercourse with his fellow-men. Believing in and faithfully following the admonitions of "the inward voice uncreated by schools,"and disowning allegiance to creeds, he found a sure pathway to immortal truth in the faith of the people called Quakers - a faith which was not only, like his unyielding honesty, the inheritance of his English ancestry, but the result of his matured and ripened judgment, and which he never forsook nor even questioned in all the mutations which have marked the history of Friends for the past 30 years. With the Holy Scripture as "the rule and guide of his faith,"he found in George Fox, William Penn, and Robert Barclay, in his earlier years, and Joseph John Gurney, in later life, exponents of the Scriptures upon whom he could rely, superadded to what was the "inner light, the Son of God in the soul,"and which was to him the highest revelation of truth. His Christian character was exhibited in all his conduct towards his fellow-man, and was that which endeared him particularly to the members of his own society, and secured him the esteem of all who knew him.
[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. Tr. By K. Mohler]

Christina M. Brand
Mrs. Christina M. Brand, 59, wife of James H Brand, died Sunday morning in her home, 609 Cherry ave NE, following an illness of three years.  Mrs. Brand had been a life resident of Canton. She was a member of St. Peter's Catholic church, Satolli branch, L.C.B.A., Altar society, Sacred Heart league and the Ladies of the Mac cabees. Besides her husband, she leaves a son, William; a sister, Miss Bertha Pfendler and a brother, Fred Pfendler, of Canton. Funeral services will be held Wednesday morning at 9 o'clock in St. Peter's Catholic church. Rev. A.B. Stuber will be in charge. Burial will be made in St. Peter's cemetery. [Monday, July 1, 1929; Repository (Canton, Ohio); Page: 8]

Elizabeth Brown

Canton, O., Jan 8 - Elizabeth Brown, aged 35 years, known as the wine room woman, was found dead in an alley. Five wounds on the head made by a stilleto or a pickax, showed she had been murdered. Thus far there is no clue as to the identity of the murderer.
[Mansfield News, Jan 8, 1908 - Sub by L. Dietz]


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