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Location: Rochester Indiana

Rogers, Martella Ellen Bowman – Obituary

Mrs. Martella E. Rogers, 98, of R.R. 5, Rochester, died at 3:45 p.m. Monday at her home [December 28, 1953]. Mrs. Rogers, the oldest woman in Fulton county, had been a resident of this community her entire life. She had countless friends throughout the eastern section of the county. She was born Oct. 3, 1855, in Rochester to Hugh and Sarah Gordon Bowman. In 1875 she was married to Francis A. Rogers, who preceded her in death on Dec. 14, 1921. Mrs. Rogers was a member of the Talma Methodist Church. Surviving are a son, Raymond R. Rogers, Rochester; three daughters, Mrs. Lillie Myers and Mrs. Elsie Grass, both of Rochester; Mrs. Ida Norris, Mentone; thirteen grandchildren; twenty-six great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. Two stepsons preceded her in death. Final rites will be held at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Mentone Baptist church with the Rev. Chester Doden officiating. Burial will be in the I.O.O.F. Cemetery. Contributed by: Shelli...

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Nellans, Jonathan Frederick ‘Guy’ – Obituary

Fred Nellans, 40, son of Mr. and Mrs. Absalom Nellans, who reside two and half miles southeast of Fulton, died at 11 o’clock Monday night [August 14, 1916], after an eight weeks illness with gangrene, the source of which was unknown. Funeral Thursday morning at 10 o’clock in the Fulton U. B. Church. Interment there. Deceased was a member of a well known family and was born in Rochester on south Main Street in 1876, at which time his father was county treasurer. Later the family moved on a farm southwest of the city and then to the place they now occupy. Mr. Nellans never married. Besides the parents, he leaves the following sisters and brothers: Mrs. William Rouch of Rochester, Mrs. Vachel Pownall of near Fulton, Francis Nellans of near Fulton, Guy Nellans of near Marshtown, William Nellans of Fulton and Charles Nellans of Goshen. Contributed by: Shelli...

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Bowman, Mary Foster – Obituary

Grandma Mary Bowman, nee Foster, widow of John Bowman, deceased, died at the residence of Absalom Nellans, six miles southwest of Rochester, Monday, January 28 [1889]. Yesterday her remains were taken to the Lutheran Cemetery near Bloomingsburg for burial, prior to which Rev. A. E. Gift delivered an eloquent funeral sermon. Deceased was born in Perry County, Ohio, some 78 years ago, and emigrated to Fulton County, Indiana, during the early part of its history. She was brought up in the Lutheran faith from infancy, to which she devotedly clung to the end. Having lead a truly Christian life, deceased was possessed of many other womanly virtues. Her many friends and neighbors will ever remember her spirit of benevolence, hospitality and cheerfulness. For the constant practice of these commendable virtues, her Creator did not let her pass away unrewarded, and left her in the full enjoyment of her mental faculties to the last moment of her long and fruitful life. The Rochester Sentinel, 1889 Contributed by: Shelli...

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Biography of Charles M. Ball

Charles M. Ball. While every type of business man must possess certain qualities to ensure success in his enterprises, those indispenable to the banker rest along such high lines that his position in a community is comparable to no other in importance. As a bank represents the most conservative of all institutions, the honest banker is conservative, thereby safeguarding the interests entrusted to his care. Such bankers are invaluable protectors of the public as well as of the private individual. The steadying influence of a conservative banker has often proved a bulwark to a business community in time of real or anticipated panic. The long financial career of Charles M. Ball, president of the Conlen National Bank, at Coffeyville, Kansas, has given him a wide banking experience. Charles M. Ball was born at Rochester, in Fulton County, Indiana, November 25, 1865, and is a son of Aaron and Celestina Ball, the latter of whom was born at Akron, Indiana, in 1847 and is a resident of Oswego, Kansas. Aaron Ball was born at Akron, Indiana, in 1842, and died in 1895, at Oswego, Kansas. He came to Kansas in 1879, shortly afterward became engaged in farming and stockraising in Labette County, continuing until the close of his life. On numerous occasions he served in town offices at Oswego. He was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church and a...

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