Location: Blackford County IN

Gross, Dora Minnie Bowman – Obituary

Mrs. Dora Minnie Gross, 58, wife of John H. Gross, widely known resident of the county, died Wednesday evening at 7:10 o’clock at the family home, three and a half miles south of this city on the Hoosier highway, following a three months’ illness with complication of diseases. Mrs. Gross had been in a critical condition for the past three months. It is believed by members of the family that complications of pneumonia developed during the past week and that this ailment aided by heart and kidney trouble, caused her demise. Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. choose a state: Any AL AK AZ AR CA CO CT DE DC FL GA HI ID IL IN IA KS KY LA ME MD MA MI MN MS MO MT NE NV NH NJ NM NY NC ND OH OK OR PA RI SC SD TN TX UT VT VA WA WV WI WY INTL Start Now Dora Minnie Bowman-Gross was born December 6, 1867, the only child of John A. and Nancy [Morris] Bowman on the farm south of the city now known as the Gross farm and where death occurred. She had been a resident of this county her entire lifetime and had come to be known and loved by a host of friends. Mrs. Gross was a devout member of the local United...

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Biography of Abraham Buckles Jetmore

Abraham Buckles Jetmore. The late Abraham Buckles Jetmore was one of the most forceful figures of the Kansas bar from the year 1878 until his death, March 1, 1908. During that period he gave his strength, mind, heart and talents to the upbuilding of his adopted city and state, and while engaged in discharging the duties related to a large and important practice, gave his best efforts to the cause of prohibition and toward the establishment of an honest public administration. Mr. Jetmore was born at Muncie, Delaware County, Indiana, May 25, 1837, the seventh son of John Isaac and Mary (Brannon) Jetmore. His father was born in Prussia and was educated at Frankfort-on-Main, Germany, and came to America when eighteen years of age. His mother was the daughter of a Revolutionary soldier, John Brannon, and his wife, who bore the maiden name of Mary Haborn (also sometimes spelled Haburn and Haighbourgne). The Brannons were Lrish and direct descendants from the Brannon family of Irish kings, this family being able to trace its ancestry back to the year 745. Abraham B. Jetmore received his early education in the public schools of his native city, and in order to secure funds with which to complete his training taught school for several years. Thus he was enabled to attend the Muncie (Indiana) Seminary, from which he was duly graduated, and in...

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Biography of Amour Loriaux

Amour Loriaux. Among the alert and enterprising men who during the last several years have utilized the opportunities offered at Caney for business preferment and who have attained thereby success, is Amour Loriaux, whose career is typical of modern progress and advancement, and who as a man of affairs ranks among the leaders of the younger generation in this live community. Mr. Loriaux is vice president and manager of the Connelly Window Glass Company, a concern which from modest beginnings has grown to large proportions, and has been a resident of Caney since 1908. Amour Loriaux was born at Charleroi, Hainaut, Belgium, December 24, 1885, and is a son of Joseph and Julia (Haubruge) Loriaux, natives also of that place. His grandfather, Emile Loriaux, was born in 1843, at Charleroi, came to the United States in 1891, and after spending one year at Streator, Illinois, moved to Hartford City, Indiana. He then came to Caney, Kansas, where he is now living in comfortable retirement, still strong and vigorous in both mind and body in spite of his seventy-three years. During his active years he followed the trade of a glassblower, a vocation which has been engaged in by the members of the family for a number of generations. Joseph Loriaux was born in November, 1865, at Charleroi, Belgium, where he was reared and educated, and in his youth learned...

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Bowman, Edson Ross – Obituary

Edson R. Bowman, 64, who had lived in Sturgis and vicinity for the past 40 years, was the victim of a heart attack last night [August 7, 1944] on the Charles Seeb farm. Death, which occurred at eight o’clock, came after Mr. Bowman had desperately worked to prevent a grass fire from spreading on his farm two miles from Sturgis on South Nottawa Road. Mr. Bowman had decided to burn off a dried-up pasturage area near his home which got beyond his control. Even with his wife giving assistance by carrying water it became evident that fire apparatus would have be summoned to save the buildings so Mr. Bowman drove to the Seeb farm and asked Roy Penn, a tenant there, to summon the fires truck. He then collapsed in the kitchen and died a few minutes later. A physician, who was called, and Coroner T. W. Gelsler attributed death to a heart attack due to overexertion. It was learned that Mr. Bowman had been in ill health for the past several months. Born in Hartford City, Ind., Jan. 5, 1880, Mr. Bowman was a son of Sylvester and Dorcas (Simonton) Bowman. His early life and two years following his marriage to Lena Tozer in Muncie, April 18, 1902, were spent in Hartford City. The couple then moved to Sturgis where Mr. Bowman was employed by the Scovill Manufacturing...

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Bowman, Frank Athol – Obituary

Frank Athol Bowman, 65, died Sunday [March 25, 1951] afternoon in the Sturgis Memorial Hospital in Sturgis, where he had been admitted for treatment Saturday. He had been ill a long time. He was born in Hartford City, Ind., April 3, 1885, a son of Sylvester and Dorcas (Simonton) Bowman. He had been employed as a tool and die maker by the H. A. Douglas Manufacturing Co. and Reel Manufacturing Co. here and also had been employed in Sturgis by the Kirsch Co. Surviving are the widow, Carrie (Lampe) Bowman; a son, Wallace of Sturgis; a daughter, Mrs. Howard (Geraldine) Wolfe of Bronson; two grandsons, Wallace Bowman, Jr. of Sturgis and Stanley Wolfe of Bronson; a brother, Reuben of Leroy, and a sister, Mrs. Ethel Clark of Sears. Services will be held at 2 P.M. Wednesday in the Kubasiak Funeral Home with the Rev. George M. Hovda, Baptist pastor, officiating. Interment will be made in Oak Lawn Cemetery in Sturgis. Contributed by: Shelli...

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Ormsby, William Oliver – Obituary

William O. Ormsby, 89, died at 6:15 o’clock Friday evening [August 16, 1946] a his home, 4 ½ miles west of Colfax in the White Church neighborhood. He had been seriously ill for the past two months. Mr. Ormsby, prominent retired farmer, was born December 23, 1858, at Ashland, Kentucky. He was married in Crawfordsville, August 14, 1884, to Violet M. Coyner. His wife preceded him in death on April 20, 1911. Mr. Ormsby was the second oldest man living in Sugar Creek township, where he had been so prominent over a long period of years. He served four years as assessor of Sugar Creek Township. Mr. Ormsby was a member of the Baptist Church as a young man. A son and two daughters survive, together with six grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. The son, Francis Ormsby and one daughter, Mrs. Grace Gilmore reside at home. The other daughter, Mrs. Florence Stuckey, lives at Spartanburg, Ind. A brother, Henry Ormsby, resides at Sand Spring, Okla. A half brother, Elmer Sigmund, who resides at San Diego, California, visited Mr. Ormsby just two weeks ago. Mr. Ormsby also had a half sister, Mrs. Ola Coffman, of Lafayette. The parents and one son, William C. Ormsby who died August 8, 1912, and a granddaughter, who died August 23, 1944, preceded Mr. Ormsby in death. Another grandson, Charles Gilmore, was killed in action...

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Gross, John Henry – Obituary

John H. Gross, 77, for over a half century a resident of Blackford County, died Thursday night [September 28, 1939] at 10 o’clock at his home, four miles south of Hartford City on Slate Road 3. Mr. Gross’ death, attributed to heart disease, was the result of a two-day illness. While his health had been impaired for about two years, he was able to be active in his work. Wednesday he suffered the attack which resulted in his death. A well-known farmer in this county for the past fifty years, Mr. Gross had resided south of the city for some time. He was first married to Minnie Bowman who died in 1925. He later married Laura Hiatt of Delaware County who survives. Besides the wife, four children survive. They are Ira B. Gross near Roll; Earl Gross of Bluffton; Mrs. Hazel Parker of Colorado and Dorothy Cheesman, wife of Clinton Cheesman, south of the city. Ten grandchildren survive, also two brothers, Will Gross, south of Hartford City and Jim Gross of Dayton, Ohio and a sister, Mrs. Will Dodds of Muskegon Heights, Mich. Mr. Gross was a member of the United Brethren Church of this city and also was a member of the IOOF Lodge. The body was removed to the Burk & Fennig Funeral Home to be prepared for burial and will be returned to the home to...

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Gross, Ira B. – Obituary

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Keplinger Chapel for Ira B. Gross, 86, a resident of Willow Hall Nursing Home who died there at 11:45 a.m. Thursday of complications. Dr. Roy Turley will officiate at the last rites and burial will be in the IOOF Cemetery. Friends may call at the mortuary after 7 p.m. today. Mr. Gross, a native and life resident of Blackford County, had been in failing health the past week. Born January 14, 1896, Mrs. Gross was the son of John H. and Dora M. Bowman Gross. He was married to the former Lydia Williams, now deceased. A retired farmer, he once lived south of Hartford City. He was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church. Surviving are a sister, Mrs. (Dorothy) Cheesman, Hartford City, a brother, Earl Gross, Bluffton; and several nieces and nephews. Two brothers are deceased. The Hartford City News Times, May 12, 1972 Contributed by: Shelli...

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Gross, Charles – Obituary

The brother of a Hartford City resident, Charles E. Gross, 83, Bluffton, suffered an apparent stroke and died early Wednesday morning at his residence. Born in Blackford County, he was a retired grain elevator operator. Survivors include his widow, Martha Gilbert Gross, two daughters, Mrs. Geraldine Pero, Flint, Mich., and Marilyn Gross, Bluffton; a son, Neilon of Flint, Mich.; one sister, Mrs. Clinton (Dorothy) Cheesman, Hartford City, seven grandchildren and six great grandchildren. Services will be at 2:30 p.m. Friday at the Goodwin Memorial Chapel in Bluffton. The Rev. Calvin Ley will officiate. Burial will be in the Elm Grove Cemetery, Bluffton. Friends may call at the funeral home after 1 p.m. Thursday. The Hartford City News Times, February 12, 1975 Contributed by: Shelli...

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Fisher, Lovina Gross – Obituary

Mrs. Guy Fisher, 24, died at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Gross, 4 miles south of town at 7 o’clock Friday morning of consumption with which she had been ill for the past year. Mrs. Fisher was born in this county October 16, 1888 and was married October 28, 1906 to Guy Fisher of this city. She had been afflicted with consumption for the past several years and her condition had been such that she had only been confined to her bed a short time when death relieved her of her suffering. Her husband has been working in Tipton, Ind., for the past several months and arrived at the bedside of his wife Thursday. Besides her husband, Mrs. Fisher is survived by two brothers, Ira Gross living south of the city and Earl Gross of Pleasantdale and two sisters, Dorothy and Hazel Gross living south of the city. She had no children. [Both parents survive] The funeral of Mrs. Fisher will be held at 2:30 o’clock, Sunday afternoon at the U. B. Church with Rev. J. A. Bray in charge. Interment will be made at the Odd Fellow’s Cemetery east of this city. The Daily Times Gazette, August 16, 1912 Contributed by: Shelli...

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Cheesman, Dorothy M. Gross – Obituary

Dorothy M. Cheesman, 78, 1415 N. Mulberry St., Hartford City, died at 10:25 a.m., Sunday, October 17, 1982 in the County Manor Nursing Home where she has resided since August 1, 1980. A lifelong resident of Blackford County, Mrs. Cheesman was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church and a member of Eastern Star. Mrs. Cheesman was born March 3, 1904, in Blackford County, the daughter of John H. Gross and Dora M. Bowman Gross. Her husband, Clinton J. Cheesman, preceded her in death September 2, 1980. They were married April 4, 1926 in Hartford City. Survivors include two daughters, Dora Belle Cheesman and Mrs. Fostine (Merrill) Stanley, both of Hartford City, one son, Rev. John A Cheesman, Terre Haute; eight grandchildren, four great grandchildren, several nieces and nephews, and one sister-in-law, Mrs. Earl Gross, Bluffton. Friends may call from 2 to 9 p.m. Tuesday and until the funeral service at 10 am. Wednesday in the Keplinger Funeral Home. Rev. William Cutshaw will officiate at the funeral. Burial will follow in Gardens of Memory, Muncie. The Hartford City News Times, October 18, 1982 Contributed by: Shelli...

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Cheesman, Clinton J. – Obituary

Clinton J. Cheesman, 76, 1415 No. Mulberry St., Hartford City, died at 5:15 a.m. this morning, September 2, 1980, at Ball Memorial Hospital where he had been hospitalized since August 11. A retired rural mail carrier, Mr. Cheesman, was a former county assessor for Blackford County and a member of the Mental Health Board. He was a member of the IOOF Lodge, the Masonic Lodge, Scottish Rite, Shrine and York Rite as well as member of Trinity United Methodist Church. Mr. Cheesman was born August 1, 1904 in Delaware County, the son of Alva A. Cheesman and Lydia B. Hinsley. He married Dorothy M. Gross in Hartford City, April 4, 1926. His wife is presently residing in the Country Manor Nursing Home. Survivors other than his wife, Dorothy, are two daughters, Dora Belle Cheesman and Mrs. Fostine (Merrill) Stanley, both of Hartford City, and one son, Rev. John A. Cheesman, Martinsville, Ind. Eight grandchildren and one great grandchild survives as do two brothers, Donald Cheesman and Alva Cheesman, both of Bluffton, and one sister, Mrs. Floyd (Helen) Bartlett, Albany. One sister and three brothers are deceased. Several nieces and nephews also survive. Friends may call at Keplinger Funeral Home after 2 p.m. Thursday. Services are scheduled for 10 a.m. Friday at the Trinity United Methodist Church with Rev. William Cutshaw officiating. Burial will follow in Gardens of Memory, Muncie....

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Biographical Sketch of John H. Zarley

John H. Zarley, miller, Oakland; born in Washington Co., Penn., April 25, 1819, where he attended school and engaged in farming until March 1837, when he located in Morgan Co., Ohio, and followed farming until 1848, at which date he located in Blackford Co., Ind., and engaged in farming until 1851, when he removed to Moultrie Co., Ill., and engaged in farming until 1853, at which time he returned to Ohio and farmed for eleven years; he then returned to Moultrie Co., Ill., for two years, and, in 1866, he engaged in the milling business in Lovington, for one year; in 1867 he erected a mill in Macon Co., which he ran two years, and, in 1869, he located upon a farm for one year in Macon Co.; in 1871, he again located in Moultrie Co. for one year in the lumber business, when he engaged in milling in Oakland, which he has since successfully followed; his business card appears in the business directory of Oakland in this work. He married May 9, 1841, Euphemia Coddington; she was born in Perry Co., Ohio, Dec. 14, 1822; they have three children now living, viz., Samuel. Abram W., and Robert H. Mr. Zarley has invented a corn-planter, receiving his patent Oct. 29, 1878, which supersedes any planter the writer of this article has yet seen; he has a full-sized one on...

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