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Shuss, Susanna – Obituary

Susanna Shuss was born in Cadiz, Ohio, November 18, 1839. Died December 17, 1917 at the age of 78 years and 29 days. She was united in marriage to Geo. Shuss August 5, 1856 and to this union was born three children. She was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church in Portland. Mrs. Shuss has spent the last two years with her only son. She had planned to return to Denver and spend the winter with her daughter, Mrs. Jennie Lewis. She leaves to mourn her loss Mr. and Mrs. W.L. Shuss of this place and her only daughter, Mrs. Lewis, of Denver, Colo. three grandchildren and many friends. The body will be shipped to Denver for burial following a service which will be conducted at the home of her son today by Rev. Hughs at 11:00 o’clock. Wallowa County Reporter, December 19,...

Sharp, James Meilke – Obituary

J. M. Sharp, Aged Pioneer, Dies At Ranch Home. Month’s Illness Is Fatal For Santa Paula Rancher. Funeral Rites Will Be Monday. Deceased Organized Bank And Other Corporations. J. M. Sharp, who played an important part in the general development of Ventura County, passed away at his home west of Santa Paula at 8:30 o’clock last night (December 8, 1932), following a four weeks’ illness with influenza. He was one of the first citrus growers in Ventura County and within the past few years had undertaken the development of 125 additional acres in orchard. He was recognized as a progressively-minded rancher and his holding were all highly developed which, coupled with his great business capacity, brought him rich returns. Mr. Sharp was born in Cadiz, Ohio, on March 3, 1844, and when he was four years old he moved with his family to Missouri, later going with them overland by covered wagon to the Willamette Valley in Oregon where he was educated in the public schools. He came to California in 1867 and his first job was as ditch tender in Placer County at a salary of $50 a month. Then he went to San Francisco where he attended Heralds Business College, where he taught following his graduation. He then entered the State Normal College in San Francisco and was graduated in 1871, going to Nevada where he taught. Later he was employed as an accountant in San Francisco banking institutions and farmed in Sonora County for one year. With a wagon and four horses and his worldly goods he embarked for Ventura County in 1876, locating in the...

Biography of E. R. Connely

E. R. Connely, farmer; P. O. Westfield; was born in Lawrence Co., Ind., March 6, 1829; his parents, Joel and Effie Connely, came to this county in the spring of 1832, and were among its earliest pioneers; having raised one crop, they returned to Indiana, and, in the fall of same year, brought out their family, consisting of six boys and five girls accompanied also by their grandfather and grandmother Pennington; they made the journey the whole distance in wagons, driving their stock, composed both of sheep and cattle, with them. His grandfather Pennington was a Baptist minister, and among the first in this township. The subject of this sketch was the youngest of the boys, being only 4 years of age at the time of their removal to this county; he continued to reside with his parents up to the time of their death, his father dying June 8, 1853, and his mother, Oct. 14, 1875, at the ripe old age of 88; Mr. Connely has resided upon the homestead ever since, containing at the present time 380 acres; his father’s estate consisted of 1,500 acres, and was divided among his children prior to his decease. Mr. Connely has held the position of Supervisor of this county and is at the present time School Director, and has been such since 1856. He has been married twice, his first wife being Miss Rebecca Platt, daughter of John Platt; they were married near Salisbury (now Hutton P. O.), Hutton Tp., Oct. 24, 1850; she died Sept. 29, 1875; they had eleven children, six boys, all living – Emory P., Malden...

Biographical Sketch of W. M. M. McConnell

W. M. M. McConnell, Charleston, of the firm of M. A. McConnell & Co., publishers of the Charleston. Plaindealer, was born on the 28th of August, 1855, in Cadiz, Harrison Co., Ohio; he is a son of James McConnell, of that city; he attended the public schools of his native town, graduating from the high school in 1872; he at once entered the office of the Cadiz Republican, to learn the printer’s trade, and, after completing his apprenticeship, remained in the office as a journeyman until he came to Charleston, in the spring of 1878, as one of the proprietors of the...

Biographical Sketch of John A. McConnell

John A. McConnell, editor of the Charleston Plaindealer, Charleston; was born in Cadiz, Ohio, Dec. 26, 1826; he began, at 12 years of age, to learn his father’s business of chairmaking; his inclinations were, however, toward literary or professional pursuits, but he was prevented from carrying out his intentions in that direction by a weakness of the eyes; at the age of 17, he began teaching school, and taught during the winters for four years; in 1859, he engaged in the grocery business in Cadiz, in which he continued until 1871, when he embarked in the tanning business, and followed this until the spring of 1878; he then came to Charleston and assumed editorial charge of the Charleston Plaindealer, a Republican newspaper, the oldest in the county. He was married Jan. 3, 18(31, to Miss Mary Quest, of Cadiz, Ohio, a native of Indiana Co.,...

Biography of John Zurcher

That stanch little republic whose spirit has made her presence felt in all of the countries of Europe, has furnished many enterprising citizens of this country, and among them we wish to mention the esteemed gentleman, whose name initiates this paragraph, and who has demonstrated his loyalty and sterling qualities in that, when the call came for the sons of liberty to defend the flag, he at once left the walks of domestic life and plunged into the carnage of battle, where for the entire term of the Civil war he was foremost and at the post of duty, both in camp service and when the stern realities called for blood to be shed. Of such it is ever a pleasure to be highly prized, to be allowed to review though in brief: the deeply interesting points of their careers. In the village of Wimmis, Canton of Bern, Switzerland, John Zurcher was born, October 19,1837, and in 1852 he came to this country with his parents, who settled in Ohio, remaining there until the time of their death, and their remains lie buried at New Philadelphia in that state today. At the age of eighteen our subject entered the apprenticeship to a carriage maker in New Philadelphia, and for three years he wrought steadily in this capacity, mastering the intricacies of the trade in every department. When the Civil war broke out he was among the first to offer his services, enlisting in the Thirtieth Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Company I, in August 1861. For three years, in all of the arduous, painful and wearing duties of war, he served...

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