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Benjamin Early

Republican Compiler (Gettysburg, Pennsylvania May 9, 1827

Died on Saturday last, Mr. Benjamin Early of Lebanon county, a Student of Theology in the Seminary in this place - aged between 22 and 23 years.

Mrs. John J. Easton

Gazette Bulletin (Williamsport, Pennsylvania)
March 10, 1876

Lebanon, March 9 - Mrs. John J. Easton, wife of the general dispatcher at the depot, early this morning fell dead  from heart disease.

ECKENROTH, Lucy aka Mother Borgia
Lebanon Daily News, Lebanon, Pennsylvania Date: 18 Dec 1950
Submitters Name: Donald Buncie
Obit: Mother Borgia, nee Lucy Eckenroth, 95, of the order of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, passed away at the Villa Maria Academy, Westchester, Pa, on Saturday, after an illness of several years. Born and raised in Lebanon, she was a sister of the late William B Eckenroth of Lebanon, and the late Augustus Eckenroth of Myerstown. A teacher of music and arts, she was an organist of exceptional ability in her earlier years. She is survived by the following nephews and nieces: James, Mary, Gertrude, Irene, Elizabeth, and Raphael Eckenroth, all of 1109 Willow Street; and Charles W Eckenroth of Myerstown. ========

ECKENROTH, Charles William, Sr
Lebanon Daily News, Lebanon, Pennsylvania Date: 29 May 1953
Submitters Name: Donald Buncie
Obit: Charles W Eckenroth Sr, 71, prominent Myerstown coal dealer, died at 5:30 am today, at the home of his son, James A Eckenroth, Lebanon, where he resided for the past several months. A former resident of Myerstown, the elder Eckenroth succumbed to complications in a five-month illness. A well known Catholic layman, he was a member of St Mary's Gate of Heaven Catholic Church, Myerstown. He was active in the Holy Name Society of the church and Lebanon Knights of Columbus Council 2870. He was a graduate of the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy in 1906, and was first employed as a pharmacist in the former Ross Pharmacy, Lebanon. Until 1911, he served as a relief pharmacist in several city drug stores. In that year he went into the coal business operated by his father, the late Augustus Eckenroth, in Myerstown, and continued there until retirement in 1948. His mother was the late Elizabeth (Arnold) Eckenroth. He is survived by three sons: James A, Lebanon; Charles W Jr, Annville; and Mark W, Lancaster; a daughter, Sister Carolita Marie, a nun in the order of the Adorers of the Most Precious Blood, East Chicago, Indiana; and fifteen grandchildren.

Nora Rebecca Eisenhauer

Eisenhaurer - In North Annville, on the 3rd inst., Nora Rebecca Eisenhauer, aged 45 years, 7 months and 12 days. Funeral on Saturday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock from the home of Grant Koefer, North Annville township. Interment at the Fredericksburg cemetery. [Lebanon Daily News, Thursday Evening, November 5, 1931, Page 19 - Transcribed by Nancy Piper]

Bobby Erdman
Lebanon Daily News, November 27, 1931
Impressive Services for "Bobby" Erdman
Impressive services were held at three thirty o'clcok, Thursday afternoon, for "Bobby" Erdman, at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. Walter Erdman, at 101 Mifflin Street. Young Erdman was killed last Saturday when struck by a truck on the William Penn Highway.
Rev. Harry E. Miller, pastor of the Salem United Brethren church and Rev. Harvey Zechman of the Bethany United Brethren church conducted the services. There were a large number of relatives and friends of the bereaved family present.
Boy Scouts from troop 8, Trinity Lutheran Church and officers of the Sea Scout ship, "Half Moon," conducted a service at the Erdman residence Wednesday morning. "Bobby" was to have been admitted into the trrop had he lived until next week. He recently passed his tenderfoot test and was to receive the insignia of that class. Scoutmaster Fentress pinned the insignia on him during the service.
Scores of friends called at the home Wednesday to view the body and offered condolence to the bereaved family. Eight scouts and three close friends of the deceased acted as bearers. Interment took place at the Mt. Lebanon cemetery and as the body was lowered into the grave taps were sounded by Franklin Gingrich. Rolland's were in charge of the arrangements.


Children of William Gordon

Taken From the Star and Republican Banner (Gettysburg, Pennsylvania)
February 20, 1837

We learn from the Lebanon (Pa.) Courier of the 15th inst. that the dwelling house of Mr. William Gordon, of Annville township, in that county, was destroyed by fire on the previous Thursday and that three of his children perished in the flames! - namely, a girl aged 9, and two boys of 6 and 4 years old. It appears that the father was absent at the time, at work for a neighbor, and that the mother was engaged  in cleaning flax, some distance from the house. The fire caught by means  of a parcel of flax which was spread about the stove in the house, and so rapid was its progress, that the eldest daughter, a girl of sixteen had barely enough time to rescue, from the sleeping room, an infant in the cradle, leaving the other children to their fate.

Lebanon Daily News (Lebanon, Pennsylvania) Date: 16 Sep 1969
Submitters Name: Donald Buncie
Obit: Lulu A. Gundrum, 74, Clark Rd., died Monday evening in the Harrisburg hospital. The widow of Paul S Gundrum, she was a member of the Harrisburg United Church of Christ. Surviving are a son Richard Gundrum of Hershey, a daughter, Mrs. Isabelle Kuhns, Lewistown, and one grandchild.


Mrs. Mary C. Jacobs

[Lebanon Daily News, Lebanon Pa., Monday Evening, November 2, 1931, Page 11 - Transcribed by Nancy Piper]

Jacobs - In Lebanon, on the 31st ult, Mrs. Mary C. Jacobs, aged 68 years. Funeral on Tuesday afternoon at 1 o'clock from the home of her daughter, mrs. Mae Hartman, at 716 Willow street. Interment at the East Harrisburg cemetery, Harrisburg.


Jared Nafzinger

Lebanon Daily News (Lebanon, Pennsylvania) November 6, 1931

Jared Naftzinger Died Thurs. Near Myerstown

Jared Naftzinger passed away Thursday morning at the home of his son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Maurice Rudy in Jackson township, near Myerstown. The late Mr. Naftzinger was 85 years old. Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Catherine E. Cassel, of this city and Mary, wife of Maurice Rudy of near Myerstown; seven grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.

Maggie M. (Keeney) Neuin

Lebanon Daily News (Lebanon, Pennsylvania) September 3, 1957

Mrs. Maggie Neuin Is Bured At Strausstown

Funeral services for Mrs. Maggie M. Neuin, nee Keeney, widow of Howard Neuin, Middleton, Mounted Route, were held Monday afternoon in the Rohland Parlors, Fifth and Cumberland Sts. Rev. Frank Ruth, pastor of Zion's Reformed Church in Strausstown, officiated. Burial was made in the Strausstown Cemetery

The pallbearers were as follows: sons Paul, Samuel and Howard Neuin; grandsons, Larry and Russell Earhart and son-in-law, Samuel Saul.

Brothers surviving in addition to those mentioned before are Pierce Keeney, State Hill, Berks County, John Keeney, Lebanon Route Two and Ralph Keeney, Myerstown. Rohlands was in charge.


A. More Oberly
Harrisburg Telegraph, Harrisburg, Pa, July 6, 1914
Suicide at Palmyra
Lebanon, Pa., July 6.
A. More Oberly, 51 years old of Palmyra, committed suicide by hurling himself on the Philadelphia and Reading Railroad tracks at Palmyra in front of a passing west-bound freight train, a short distance east of the station. The wheels of four heavily laden coal cars passed over his legs, completely severing one from the body and frightfully mangling the other. Death resulted in a few minutes.

George Oberly
Lebanon Daily News, November 27, 1931
Geo. Oberly Killed in Altoona Car Shops
Word was received here today of the sudden death of George P. Oberly, formerly of Lebanon who was killed Wednesday in an accident in the car shops at Altoona, Pa. Oberly's chest was crushed when machinery was being moved. He was well known in this city and his many friends were shocked to learn of his untimely death. Oberly was the son of the late John Oberly. He is survived by one brother, Edward J. Oberly, 311 Park Avenue, Lebanon; three sisters, Mrs. Mary Royer, also of 311 Park Avenue; Mrs. Emma Simmons, Nine and Walnut Streets and Mrs. Charles Saunders, Harrisburg. Funeral services will be held tomorrow at Bellwood, Pa., where interment will be made.


Mrs. Anna G. Paine

[Lebanon Daily News, Lebanon Pa., Wednesday, August 10, 1966 Page 2 - Transcribed by Nancy Piper]

Funeral Services Held For Mrs. Anna G. Paine

Funeral services for Mrs. Anna G. Paine, 617 Chestnut St., were held this afternoon from the Rohland Parlors. The Rev. Dr. Roy W. Limbert, pastor of Zion United Church of Christ, Womelsdorf, officiated. Interment was in Mt. Lebanon Cemetery. Relatives served as pallbearers.

Joseph Painter, Sr.

Indiana Evening Gazette (Indiana, Pennsylvania)
October 10, 1908

Lebanon, Pa., Oct. 10 - Joseph Painter, Sr., head of the firm of Joseph Painter & Sons, operating a big iron foundry at Myerstown, Pa., near here, is dead.

New Oxford Item (New Oxford, Pennsylvania)
October 15, 1908

Joseph Painter, Sr., aged eighty-six years, head of the firm of Joseph Painer & Sons, who operated a big iron foundry at Myerstown, Pa., died from a complication of diseases.

Lee Painter

Lebanon Daily News (Lebanon, Pennsylvania) September 3, 1957

County Boy Is Killed

Lee Painter, 16, was killed at 1:30 this afternoon on the Victor Zeigler farm, Myerstown, Route Two, when a tractor upset and rolled over on him.

Dr. A. H. Heisey, county coroner said death was due to suffocation. He said the boy's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Franklin Painter are residing in Sebring, Fla. He is a grandson of Perry Sanger, father of Paul Sanger, local auctioneer.

Dr. Heisey said the boy was residing at the Zeigler farm, was packing silage into a trench-like silo on the farm when the tractor upset. The coroner said the boy's face was pressed down in the silage by the silage. His body was discovered by George Harrison, an employee on the farm.

The youth's death was almost an exact carbon copy of the death of Mahlon Eberly, 14, who was killed on the Zeigler farm on June 6, Dr. Heisey said. The Eberly body also was discovered by George Harrison.

Zeigler was in Myerstown on business when the mishap occurred.

Mrs. Adeline Peiffer

The Charleroi Mail (Charleroi, Pennsylvania)
October 11, 1930

Mrs. Adeline Peiffer, 67 years of age, wife of J. S. Peiffer and mother of L. W. Peiffer, manager and proprietor of the local hotel died yesterday morning at her home at Myerstown, Lebanon Co Pa., following a four month's illness. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, October 14 with interment in Myerstown.

Stella Mae Peiffer

Card of Thanks

We desire to thank neighbors and friends for the kindness and sympathy shown us during our recent bereavement in the death of our daughter Stella Mae Peiffer. We also wish to extend our thanks for the beautiful floral tributes and use of automobiles. - The Parents[Lebanon Daily News (Lebanon, Pennsylvania) Friday Evening, August 22, 1947 - Contributed by Nancy Piper]

Samuel Hunter Pyers

Pyers - In Lebanon, on the 3rd inst., Samuel H. Pyers, aged 83 years, 5 months and 80 days. Funeral on Friday morning at 10 o'clock form the late residence at 416 South Lincoln Avenue. Services at the residence. Interment at Mt. Lebanon. [Lebanon Daily News, Thursday Evening, November 5, 1931, Page 19 - Transcribed by Nancy Piper]

Lebanon Daily News (Lebanon, Pennsylvania) November 6, 1931

Military Burial Given Samuel Hunter Pyres

Services at Grave in Charge of Local Body of V. F. W.

Rev. Rodney Brace Officiated at the House and Brief Words at the Cemetery

A military burial was tendered Samuel Hunter Pyers of 416 Sounth Lincoln Avenue, deceased Civil War veteran this morning, in charge of the Fuhrman Post. Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Rev. Rodney Brace, rector of the St. Luke's Episcopal Church, officiated at the services held at the residence and a brief service at the cemetery. Burial took place at the Mt. Lebanon cemetery. All arrangements were in charge of the Arnold Undertaking Establishment, 712 Chestnut street.


Mrs. Quin

Republican Compiler (Gettysburg, Pennsylvania)
June 14, 1826

Lebanon, May 30 - A Coroner's inquest was held on Sunday morning last, by R. K. Doebler, Esq., over the body of Mrs. Quinn who resided about two miles from this place (Lebanon) on Jonestown road. Her arm and several of her ribs were broken and she had received other injuries. A surgical inquisition of the corpse was made in the presence of the jury by Doctors Reidenaur, Mish and Gloninger.  We understand the verdict of the Jury was, that she came to her death by violent infliction by some person or persons unknown. We forebear to say any further remarks  in this case as the husband of the deceased has been committed to jail under the charge of having taken her life.


Mary Miller Uhler
Lebanon Daily News, November 27, 1931
Mrs. Mary Uhler Died at Home This Morning
Mrs. Mary Uhler, one of Lebanon's oldest and most highly respected residents, passed away this morning at an early hour at the home of her son, Harry C. Uhler and family at 373 North Ninth street, and with whom she made her home since the death of her husband 23 years ago. She enjoyed remarkable health for one of her age and was about the house as usual until a little more than two weeks ago when she became suddenly enfeebled and continued to decline until the end. The attending physician stated that there was no organic malady of any kind and that it was merely an ebb of vitality - senile debility. She was nearing her ninetieth birthday anniversary.
Mrs. Uhler, who as the former Mary Miller, was born and raised in this county. Although her husband, the late Rev. William H. Uhler, was a minister of the United Brethren and under the itinerant system then in vogue, was shifted from place to place by the conference, he served Memorial church at Avon and other charges in the county and was for some years presiding elder of the district, so they spent a goodly part of their lives in this county and were widely and favorably known.
During her residence in the city, Mrs. Uhler was affiliated with the Salem United Brethren church and was active in the work there, particularly in the Women's Missionary Society. She possessed many traits of heart and mind which won admiration and esteem not only in her church life, but in other circles which she frequented in her more active years.
Besides the son, H. C. Uhler, the cashier of the Lebanon National bank, with whom she lived, she leaves another son, William M. Uhler of New York City. Another son, Edwin, died sixteen years ago. She leaves a brother, the Rev. John P. Miller of Minneapolis, Minn., six grandchildren, four great-grandchildren.

George Ulrich

[Lebanon Daily News, Lebanon Pa., Monday Evening, November 2, 1931, Page 11 - Transcribed by Nancy Piper]

Ulrich - In Lebanon on the 31st, ult., George Ulrich, aged 72 years, 7 months and 2 days. Funeral on Wednesday afternoon, at 2:30 o'clock from Rohland parlors. Interment at the Brickerville cemetery.

Harry Daniel Ulrich

[Lebanon Daily News, Thursday Evening, November 5, 1931, Page 19 - Transcribed by Nancy Piper]

Ulrich - In Lebanon, on the 3rd snt., Harry Daniel, son of Mr. and mrs. Penrose Ulrich, aged 17 years, 1 month and 20 days. Funeral on Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the Rohland parlors. Interment at the Ebenezer cemetery.

Lebanon Daily News (Lebanon, Pennsylvania) November 6, 1931

Funeral Services For Harry Daniel Ulrich

The funeral of Harry Daniel Ulrich, seventeen year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Penrose Ulrich, of 424 North Fourteenth street was held at two o'clock this afternoon from Rohland's Funeral home, 508 Cumberland street, Rev. J. Alden Beilly, pastor of the Hebron United Brethren church conducted impressive services at the parlors. Interment was made at Ebenezer cemetery. Rohland's were in charge of the arrangements.

Eliza (Atkins) Urich
Lebanon Daily News (Lebanon, Pennsylvania), November 13, 1931
Mrs. Eliza Atkins Urich, 91, Died Where She Lived During Her Long Life
Death at 7:15 o'clock this morning claimed one of the city's well-known and highly respected citizens - Mrs. Eliza Atkins Urich. She died at the old homestead, 204 South Ninth street, where she was born, raised, married and lived her entire life. Had she lived until March 4, she would have attained her ninety-second birthday anniversary.
Mrs. Urich was the daughter of the late William and Margaret Atkins and was the last of a family of ten children. She was noted for her kindness and generosity and devoted her entire life to service not only to her family, but to the community and Centenary Methodist church of which she was an active member. For the last five weeks of her life, Mrs. Urich suffered intense pain, but at no time did she complain and remained cheerful to the end. She suffered a complicated bronchial ailment.
Three daughters and one son survive: Margaret S. and Helen Urich, Mrs. Reba Triest of Lebanon and William A. Urich of Marquette, Michigan.


Frank Verna

In Loving Memory of Our Dear Brother and Uncle, Mr. Frank Verna who died one year ago today.

Sadly missed by Brother and Family, Mr. and Mrs. Peter Verna; Nieces and Nephews Mr. and Mrs. C. Krache, Child, Mr. and Mrs. V. Leone, Children; Mrs. Cora Verna, Children[Lebanon Daily News (Lebanon, Pennsylvania) Friday Evening, August 22, 1947 - Contributed by Nancy Piper]


Mrs. Leah L. Young
Lebanon Daily News (Lebanon, Pennsylvania), November 13, 1931
Funeral Notices
Young: Near Shirksville, on the 11th inst., Mrs. Leah L. Young, aged 72 years and 26 days. Funeral on Saturday afternoon, at 1:30 o'clock from the late residence. Services at Zoar's Lutheran church, Mt. Zion. Interment at the adjoining cemetery. Relatives and friends are invited to attend without further notice.

William Yordy

Indiana Evening Gazette (Indiana, Pennsylvania)
September 5, 1905

Two Fisherman Drown
Lebanon Pa., Sept 5 - William  Yordy, 17 years old, and George Snyder, 21 years old, were drowned in Strack's dam near Myerstown. They were fishing and their boat capsized.


Mrs. Annie M. Zimmerman

[Lebanon Daily News, Lebanon Pa., Wednesday, August 10, 1966 Page 2 - Transcribed by Nancy Piper]

Mrs. Annie Zimmerman Buried at Gravel Hill

Funeral services for Mrs. Annie M. Zimmerman, 411 A. E. Main St., Palmyra, were held this afternoon from the Second Evanglical United Brethren church, Palmyra. The Rev. Melvin E. Patrick, pastor of the church officiated. Interment was in Gravel Hill Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Roscoe Bongardner, Edwin Bose, Carl Sanders, Lewis Brough, William Hinkle and LeRoy Sanders Jr.

Edward G. Zimmerman

Funeral Rites Held For E. C. Zimmerman

Funeral services were held this afternoon at two o'clock from the Hobland Funeral Parlor, Fifth and Cumberland Streets, for Edward G. Zimmerman, 5th Avenue and Lehman Street. Rev. Alden G. Biely, pastor of the Hebron U.B. Church officiated. Interment was made in Kochendorfer's Cemetery. Rohland's was in charge of the funeral arrangements. [Lebanon Daily News (Lebanon, Pennsylvania) Friday Evening, August 22, 1947 - Contributed by Nancy Piper]

Moses R. Zimmerman

Republican Compiler (Gettysburg, Pennsylvania) November 6 1848

Died on the 4th lt., at East Hanover, Lebanon county, Pa., in the triumphs of the Christian religion, Mr. Moses R. Zimmerman, lately a member of the Sophomore class, Pennsylvania College, aged 23 years, 1 months, and 1 days.

Annie L. (Boiler) Zook

Lebanon Daily News (Lebanon, Pennsylvania) September 3, 1957

Mrs. Annie L. Zook, 77, Myerstown RD 2, Dies

Mrs. Annie L. Zook 77, died at her home, Myerstown Route Two on Sunday evening. She was the wife of Samuel Zook. Mrs. Zook's parents were the late Jacob and Mary (Lapp) Boiler. Besides her husband, she is survived by two sons, Jacob, Lancaster, R. 5, and David, Paradise, R. 1; and two daughters, Rachel, wife of Jacob King and Sarah, wife of Ammon Fisher, both of Myerstown, R. 2.

Also surviving are one brother, Aaron, Harrisburg; one stepbrother, Amos, Lancaster R. 1; one stepsister, Melinda Fisher, Intercourse; 27 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Edward Zuppert

New Oxford Item (New Oxford, Pennsylvania)
January 31, 1907

Brakeman Edward Zuppert, of Reading, was killed in the Reading railway near Myerstown, Pa.



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