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Reads Like A Novel
The Old Adage That "Truth is Stranger Than Fiction" is Again Verified.

Milwaukee, Wis., Nov. 21. – Perry C. Merriam, 24 years of age, yesterday succeeded in finding his father, from whom he has been separated since he was a year old. The young man was born at Mattoon, Ill, his mother being a daughter of C. C. Eggleston, a machinest of Cincinnati. According to Merriam's story he and his mother were kidnapped one year after his birth by his grandfather, who opposed the marriage of his daughter to C. P. Merriam. The mother died at the home of her father six months afterward and Perry was brought up on a farm near Athens, O., until his nineteenth birthday, when he started out to see the world and if possible find his father. An aunt living in Marrieta, O., gave the clew which resulted in bringing together father and son, at the home of the former in this city.[Repository, Nov. 21, 1896, Pg6 – Transcribed by TK]

Riversider Will Address Ohioians
Dr. Horace Porter, former mayor of Riverside, is announced by Harry B. George , president of the Ohio society, as the speaker at the Ohio picnic, scheduled to be held in Bixby park, Long Beach, Sunday, Aug. 1. Dr. Porter, formerly a resident of Marrieta, O., is a descendant of one of the first families to settle in the Buckeye state, and is known as a close student of Ohio history.
An elaborate program of entertainmentis announced for the afternoon, following the basket picnic. The attractions will include an orchestra of 40 pieces, a chorus of 18 voices, novelty and dancing act by Jerry White and Betty Ann Biller; accordion and vocal numbers by Frankie and Lee, reading by H. H. Elliott and soprano solos by Mrs. Elliott, both former Ohioians, Mrs. Elliott being organist for Hollywood Presbyterian church. President George will be well remembered in Riverside, by reason of his annual visits in connection with the activities of the tax division of the treasury department. Some three years ago he resigned to establish the office in Beverly Hills as tax counselor and auditor.  [Riverside Daily Press, July 23, 1937 – Transcribed by TK]

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