William H. Eby
On the 20th ult., Wm. H. Eby, a young man at work on the Railroad bridge at Belpre, Washington county, was accidentally knocked off backwards, and fell ninety feet into the water, striking some timbers and breaking some of his ribs in the decent; he lived only about an hour after the fall. [Gallipolis Journal, (Gallipolis, Oh.) Thursday, October 13, 1870 - Submitted by Kathy McDaniel]
John M. Eells
Loses One of Her Most Prominent and Valued Citizens.
Marietta, O., Jan. 4.--John M. Eells, long the manager of the manufacturing department of the Marietta Chair Company, died at half past 4 this morning after a short illness. Mr. Eells entered a regular course at Oberlin College and Theological Seminary, but was compelled, by reason of failing health, to abandon it and seek more active employment. He was one of the deacons in the Congregational Church. In 1854 Mr. Eells brought from Albany, Athens County, O., the machinery that he designed and constructed for a chair factory at that place. Out of this has grown, under the skill and care of Mr. Eells, one of Marietta's greatest industries. Mr. Eells was born at Walton, N. Y., December 3, 1811. He made the best improvement attainable in common school and academic education. He early evinced a skill in the management of machinery, adn become a proficient in his specialty at Troy, in New York. He continued to manage the manufacturing department of the chair factory here up to the time of his prostration by disease three weeks since. In him Marietta will lose one of her most useful and valued citizens, and the Congregational Church one of her most useful and valued citizens, and the Congregational Church one of its most faithful and valued members. His last act after he was prostrated by disease, was characteristic of his life. A young Scotchman, unfortunate in the loss of his means, but willing to labor, came under his direction. The quick eye of Mr. Eells saw in the man the elements of a much wider usefulness, and he made it his business, while languishing, to seek him a place to develop his greater usefulness. Among the last acts of consciousness of Mr. Eels was the listening to letters telling of his success. The laboring man and mechanic never had a better friend, or Christianity a better exemplificator. [Source: Cincinnatti Daily Gazette, January 5, 1882 - Transcribed by C. Anthony]
At Marietta, Ohio, on the 21st Dec. last, David Everest, aged 44 years, editor of the American Friend, published in that town, and late editor of the Boston Patriot, and some of her papers of celebrity. [American Watchman (Wilmington, DE), Volume VI, Issue 461, Page 3, January 5, 1814 - Submitted by AFOFG]
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