Birth, Death and Marriage Items From the "Wakefield Advertiser" 1886-1887

Birth, Death and Marriage Items From the "Wakefield Advertiser" 1886-1887


May 29, 1886

Wm. Sparrowhawk’s little boy was christened by Rev. T. L. Smith, rector of the Episcopal church, Sunday. Wm. Pocock acted as godfather.

Henry Smith of Exeter township, died last Sunday. Mr. Smith has been a great sufferer for the past few years and spent most of his time traveling through the south, trying to benefit his health. He had been confined to his bed about two weeks. Mr. Smith was one of the oldest settlers in the township. Funeral services Monday morning.

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June 5, 1886

Married--June 2 by R. Alsop, J. P., Richard Jones and Mrs. ------ Foster. A wedding supper was given Thursday evening at the home of the newly wedded couple to which numerous friends were invited. May joy be theirs.

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June 12, 1886

J. A. Sloan is the happy father of a ten pound son.

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June 19, 1886

Last Saturday a bouncing girl arrived to gladden the home of Mr. and Mrs. J. McCoy.

Died—Miss Millie Moyer departed this life at her father’s home, Saturday afternoon, June 12, age 20 years, one month and five days. The deceased had been a sufferer for a number of years. When her friends thought the recovery probable she was taken worse and death ensued. The deceased was greatly admired by a large circle of friends who are now called upon to mourn the loss of a true Christian friend. The funeral took place Sunday afternoon and was attended by a large concourse of friends. Rev. F. Hoyes, pastor of the M. E. church, officiated at the grave. He paid a touching and tribute to the memory of the deceased in his discourse at night. The relatives of our friend Millie have the sympathy of the entire community in this their sad hour of affliction.

Married, at the residence of the bride’s parents, Thursday, June 10, Mr. Frank Flower to Miss Sarah Loader. May their pathway be strewn with many flowers is the wish of a host of friends.

We learn that J. R. Kregar and Miss Lizzie Cox. of Milford, were recently married at Manhattan. May their journey be a happy one if the wish of the ADVERTISER.

MARRIED—At the residence of J. B. Lawrence, in Kansas City, June 12, 1886, by Rev. Cameron Mann, rector of Grace church, Miss Julia A. Stanton, of Watkins, New York, to Mr. N. F. Dodson of Wakefield, Kansas, formerly of Watkins, New York—K.C. Journal, June 13.

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July 3, 1886

John A. Lacey of Athelstane is the proud father of large girl who came to stay Thursday night

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July 10, 1886

Born, on the 7th of July, to Mr. and Mrs. N. Younkins, a fine son. All are doing well.

Married—Elliott-Herrington: At the residence of G. W. Elliott, Esq., in Beloit, on Wednesday, June 30, 1886, Mr. Clint J. Elliott and Miss Alice E. Harrington (sic?), Judge M. M. Rowley. Mr. and Mr. Elliott took the Wednesday evening train for Stockton, where they will spend a few days visiting friends, after which they will return to Beloit and make that city their home.

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July 17, 1886

Died—At his home in Clay at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Wm. Heuson, aged 61 years. Mr. Heuson was the father of our Nat, Mrs. D. F. Mason and Mrs. House, and was once a resident of this town. The many friends of the family will sympathize with them in their affliction.

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July 31, 1886

Elijah Jevons came down town Saturday too happy for expression. Words failed to express his joy. He handed us a pure Havana and blushingly remarked it was a boy, weight eleven pound, born on Friday.

We recently received the sad news of the death of Chas. J. Jukes, of Chebanse, Ill. Mr. Jukes was a member of the 100th I. V. and for many years a prominent business man of Wilmington, Ill. The deceased had many friends in this county who will be pained to learn of his death.

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August 7, 1886

Died—On Monday last, the infant child of Mr. and Mrs. Elijah Jevons, after a short illness, departed this life. The funeral services were held Monday afternoon. Rev. T. L. Smith officiated.

Born—On August 1, to Mr. and Mrs. Richard Jones, a son.

Born—On July 31, to Mr. and Mrs. Mott King, a son.

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August 14. 1886

Born on August 12 to Mr. and Mrs. W. A. Baker, a fine daughter. All doing well.

The infant child of Lafayette Green died on Sunday, the 8th. Funeral was held on Monday at 2 p.m., Rev. Betts officiating.

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August 28, 1886

The infant child of Mr. and Mrs. F. Lewin was taken suddenly ill last Saturday evening and continued to grow worse until Sunday evening when death came to her rescue and she passed quietly away to that land from whose bourne no traveler can return. The funeral took place Monday afternoon, attended by a large circle of friends. The remains were interred in St. John’s cemetery. J. L. Smith officiated.

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September 4, 1886

Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Whitsett rejoice in the advent of a 7 2/3 pounds boy. All doing well.

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September 11, 1886

George Sparrowhawk is happy. It’s a boy.

Married, September 3, by Rev. C. C. Culman, Mr. W. L. Johnson to Miss Lena Snow.

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September 18, `1886

Born, to Mr. and Mrs. L. C. McMillan on Sunday last, a girl.

Born, to Mr. and Mrs. E. R. Dodson, September 13, a boy.

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October 2, 1886

Born—On September 25th to Mr. and Mrs. Richard Jones, a daughter

Born, on September 29, to Mr. and Mrs. V. Noffzinger, a son.

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October 16, 1886

Married, at Downs, Kansas, Oct. 7, by Judge O. Smith, Mr. Thomas S. Stewart of Wakefield, to Miss Louise Morton, of Downs, Kansas. The happy couple returned to Wakefield Saturday, and proceeded to their new home near Gatesville, where they were happily surprised by friends and neighbors Saturday night. The evening was pleasantly spent.

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October 23, 1886

Died—Mrs. Rosallie Frail wife of Jas. Frail died October 18, age 32 years. The funeral services took place Wednesday afternoon. The remains were interred at Uniondale. Rev. Phelps, of Clay Center, officiated. The deceased leaves a grief stricken husband and four small children to mourn the loss of a loving partner and fond mother.

Died—Joseph Mouttell departed this life after a long illness Oct. 15, aged 70 years. He was buried at Madura October 16, Rev. F. Hoyes officiating. The deceased was born in Ipswich, England, and came to this country in 1870. He was one of the first settlers of Wakefield and built the first house. He was a member of the M. E. church, being one of the first in its organization and to the last was faithful in the discharge of duty. He was ready when the messenger came. Our loss is His gain.

Died—Edward Exley, Sunday, Oct. 27, aged 58 years. The funeral took place Tuesday, Rev. T. L. Smith, officiated. Mr. Exley was an old settler and his departure is will greatly missed.

Died—Alfred Ernest Marshall, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. P. Marshall, after a short and painful illness, died Sunday, Oct. 16, age 6 years. The remains were interred at St. John’s Sunday afternoon. Rev. Smith officiated.

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October 30, 1886

H. E. Fitzgerald and Miss Lizzie Shockley were married Tuesday night. Judge Alsop pronounced the words that united two throbbing hearts as one.

Ed. F. Kregar entered out sanctum Monday morning looking as happy as a lucky candidate. We meekly inquired the cause and received the response that a young republican had entered his household, and would call him, in due time, father.

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November 7, 1886

Born—On Thursday, Oct. 31, to Mr. and Mrs. John Myers, a girl.

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November 13, 1886

Death of John Poppleton—Wednesday afternoon Mr. S. S. shivers called at the residence of Mr. John Poppleton. Not finding him at his house he proceeded to the well where he found Mr. Poppleton lying upon the ground with a saw close by. On examination Mr. Shivers found that Mr. Poppleton was dead and immediately informed the nearest neighbor, Mr. Exley, a relative of the deceased. The body was removed to the house and Dr. Randall summoned, who gave it as his opinion that death had ensued hours before the discovery of the body. The coroner has been summoned but at present writing, Friday a.m., has not arrived. From Mr. Exley we learn that Mr. Poppleton husked ears of corn until one o’clock and then went to the house to do his chores. It is quite certain that while doing his work he was stricken down. His horses were unstable Tuesday night, a fact that confirms his demise on Tuesday. He always stabled his horses at night and his brother, who lives close by, noticed the horses at large, but supposed that the deceased had gone to Clay Center to transact some business of which he had spoken of doing. Mr. Poppleton was a single man about 38 years of age, highly respected, a good neighbor and an exemplary citizen. His relatives arrived Thurday, including Mrs. Smith of Clay Center and Mrs. McKenn of Junction City.

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Nov. 20, 1886

The death of John Poppleton was ruled as natural causes, reason unknown. The funeral took place Saturday morning, Rev. R. Kerr, of Wakefield, officiated. The remains were interred in Madura cemetery.

A brand new girl at Howard Kennedy’s. All doing well.

Another new baby, a girl, at Peter Hammond’s.

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Nov. 27, 1886

Mr. Jacob Keener and Miss Moran were united in marriage by Rev. La Shalle Thanksgiving night.

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Dec. 4, 1886

Died-Howard Dyer, son of Mr. and Mrs. M. Dyer, on Monday, November 29, age 5 years, 1 month and 8 days. Little Howard was sick about a month ago, and suffered much pain. His suffering excited no complaint or murmuring on his part, bearing all sweetly and calmly until called to Him who said, “Suffer little children to come unto me”. The remains were interred in the Madura cemetery Tuesday. Rev. F. Hayes officiated.

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Dec. 18. 1886

Born—On Saturday last to Mr. and Mrs. C. F. Dodson, a fine boy. All doing well.

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Dec. 25, 1886

Born—On Dec. 24, to Mr. and Mrs. R. Eggleston, a ten pound girl.

Born—On Dec. 18, to Mr. and Mrs. John Retter, a fine girl. All are doing well.

Died—Dec. 15, of typhoid fever, Mr. Dudley Hendrix. Mr. Hendrix was an industrious young man and highly respected. The remains were interred at Madura Saturday. Rev. B. B. Johnson officiated.

At the residence of Mr. and Mrs. J. G. Hafner, a son has arrived.

Died, at Clay Center on Monday, Dec. 20, 1886, Rebecca A. Brown, wife of Mr. D. J. Brown. The deceased was the daughter of David and Mary Lake, and was born at Sherburnville, Kankakee Co., Ill., Dec. 2, 1866 and came with her parents to Kansas and settled near this city in 1873. She was married Oct. 16, 1884 to Mr. D. J. Brown, and lived in Gill Twp. until last spring, when she removed to Clay Center, hoping to secure relief from that dread disease, consumption. But the great conquerer, death, gained the victory, and friend is laid away in the silent tomb. The last night she lived and about the last words she uttered were: “Though I walk through the valley and shadow of death I fear no evil, for my Savior leadeth me.”

Died—On Tuesday last, of typhoid fever, Morris Elkins, son of Mr. and Mrs. R. A. Elkins, aged 13 years. The funeral took place Wednesday, the remains being followed to their long resting place by a large concourse of sympathizing friends and relatives. The bereaved parents have the sympathy of the entire community in this their sad affliction.

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January 15, 1887

Married—At the residence of the bride’s parents on Thursday, January 13 by Rev. R. Kerr, Mr. George F. Guy, of Acme, to Miss Carrie Payne. The many friends of the contracting parties wish them peace and prosperity.

Born—To Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Dibben, on Wednesday, a fine girl. All doing well.

Married—At the residence of the bride’s parents, January 1, by Rev. F. Hoyes, Mr. Robert C. White of Junction City, to Miss Viola Keller. The ADVERTISER extends hearty congratulations to the happy couple.

Died—On Monday, January 10, at 2 p.m., George P., infant son of M. R. Green, aged three months and eight days. The death was rather sudden as he was sick only one or two days. He was buried at Athelstane Cemetery on Tuesday. The family have the heartfelt sympathy of the entire community in their affliction. The funeral sermon will be preached at the church in Industry on Sunday, January 23, by Rev. Clendening.

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January 29, 1887

Died—On January 18, the youngest child of Mr. and Mrs. H. Adams. The funeral took place the next day, Rev. C. Ott, of Junction City, officiating.

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Feb. 5, 1887

Born—On Wednesday, January 26, to Mr. and Mrs. Geo. T. Bumstead, a fine boy. All doing well.

Born—On Sunday last, to Mr. and Mrs. J. Babb, a ten pound boy.

Wedding Bells—Mr. S. Henry Harris and Miss Jennie M. Beal were married at the residence of the bride’s parents in this city on Thursday evening, February 3, 1887, by Rev. F. Hoyes. Mr. and Mrs. Harris are well known in this vicinity, and their friends join in wishing them a happy and prosperous journey through life.

Married, by Rev. Frank Hoyes, at the residence of the bride’s parents in Wakefield, at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, Feb. 9, 1887, Mr. J. Franklin Sweezey and Miss Emily J. Alsop. On account of the long illness of Mrs. Alsop the marriage was strictly private. The happy couple left by the noon train to spend the honeymoon at the groom’s old home in Kalamazoo, Mich.

On January 27, at 4:00 p.m., a party gathered at the residence of the bride’s parents for the purpose of seeing Mr. Phillip Koerner, of Clay county, and Miss Christina Rathbert, of Dickinson county, united in the holy bonds of wedlock. Their attendants were Mr. Henry Worner and Miss Mary Haffner, and the service was conducted by Rev. Daniel Walter.

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Feb. 12, 1887

Born—On Sunday last, to Mr. and Mrs. A. Heath, a fine girl.

Died—On Thursday of last week, after a long and painful suffering, Mr. Oscar T. Cowing departed this life. The deceased was well known here, having settled Republican township in 1872. At the time of his death he was a member of post No. 88, of Clay Center.

Married—By Rev. J. H. Young, on Tuesday, Feb. 8, at the residence of B. Adams in Uniondale, Edward Tiptaft and Miss C. R. Heeley. The bride is recently from Birmingham, England and on account of Mr. T’s personal popularity the event caused quite a ripple of excitement here. The presents were valuable and useful, more than ornamental.

Mr. Chas. Batham (Bateham) rtis the happy father of a ten pound boy.

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Feb. 19, 1887

Born—February 14, to Mr. and Mrs. B. Smith, a girl; the happy father is doing finely.

Miss Anna Bush, of Madison township, died yesterday morning. The funeral will be held today at 10 o’clock. Services will be held at the Timber creek schoolhouse.

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Feb. 26, 1887

Married—At the residence of the bride’s parents, Tuesday, Feb. 22, by Rev. J. K. Miller, Mr. Martin Hinds to Miss Clara Hapgood.

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March 5, 1887

Married, at the residence of the bride’s parents, Wednesday, March 2, by Rev. F. Hoyes, Mr. Walter G. Billingham to Miss Sarah P. Johnosn, eldest daughter of the Reverend B. B. Johnson.

Chas. H. Kemph received the sad news of the death of his mother, Mrs. Wm. Keeler, of Lockport, Ill., Monday last.

On the 18th day of May, of last year, Mr. Owen Thomas Jones was setting up the cigars in fine shape, the cause thereof being his marriage. Today. Of this week, he entered our sanctum with a broad smile and an open countenance, and handed us a cigar. On inquiry the cause of the generous treatment he had bestowed upon us that he was the happy father of an eight pound girl that entered their home on Monday night and that all are doing well.

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March 12, 1887

Died-On Monday, the sad intelligence was received here that Willie, the eldest son of Mr. A. Livengood, of Grant township, met with a sad and sudden death. The facts are gathered by the ADVERTISER reporter are as follows: Sabbath afternoon, Willie and his brothers and sisters were playing on the hillside some distance from the house. Willie started to run with an open knife in his hand and fell; the knife entering his right side, causing death almost instantly. The remains were interred at the Timber Creek cemetery, Tuesday last. The grief-stricken parents have the sympathy of the entire community.

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April 2, 1887

Passed Away-Rev. E. P. Ingersoll died at his residence near Springfield, Wednesday morning at 9 o’clock. He was born September 20, 1804, in Lee, Berkshire county, Mass. He graduated at Yale college in the class of 1832, then studied for the ministry, and has since preached in various states of the Union. He was at one time professor of sacred music in Oberlin college. He came to Clay Co. in April 1868 and was county surveyor in 1870. He was well and favorable known throughout the county and state. He was a man of vigorous intellect, and throughout his life has devoted himself to scientific and theological studies. Last year he published a book on the relation of the Anglo-Saxon race to the lost ten tribes of Isreal, and at the time of his death was engaged on a work entitled “The Second Coming of Christ.” His genial face will be greatly missed. The funeral took place Thursday, at his late residence, Rev. Schnacke, of Clay Center, officiating.

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April 16, 1887

Othello Church died at his residence in this city, Thursday morning, April 7, at 12:30 o'clock. Several melancholy circumstances associate themselves with the last years of Mr. Church's life. He had been a soldier of the rebellion and was on the invalid pension list. Persecutions arising from petty jealousy in one of the western counties of this state succeeded in removing his name from the roll. Self-respect, which was a prominent trait in Mr. Church's character, would not submit to such an aspersion on his character. He commence vigorous measures to place himself in a proper light before the country and his friends. In this he triumphantly succeeded. A special act was passed by congress last session restoring him to his place on the roll of invalid defenders; and Mr. Church had the pleasure of knowing that this bill was approved by the President. Soon after this came the singular affliction that befell him and caused his death. Mr. Church was a member of the Baptist church and was born in St. Lawrence county, NY in 1824. The funeral ceremonies were conducted by the Grand Army of the Republic.

"Not Dead, But Sleeping"--On Wednesday of last week, after a brief illness, it pleased our Heavenly Father, in His all-wise providence, to take unto himself the infant son of Mr. and Mrs. C. F. Dodson. The grief-stricken parents have the heartfelt sympathy of the entire community in this their sore and trying affliction. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. F. Hayes.

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April 23, 1887

Died, on Friday morning, the infant son of Mr. and Mrs. J. J. Reed.

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May 7, 1887

Wedding Bells- At the home of the bride's parents, on the eve of Monday, May 2, Rev. A. Barnes, of Junction City, in the presence of a few invited guests, united in the holy bonds of matrimony, George Pocock and Tabitha Streeter. The happy couple have the congratulations of a host of friends in this community.

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May 14, 1887

Grant Twp., May 10--We are sorry to report the death of D. C. Pierce's little boy, caused by taking concentrated lye.

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May 28, 1887


Married- At the residence of the bride's sister, Mrs. George L. Sudborough, in Arkansas City, May 19, by Rev. R. S. Fleming, Mr. Henry C. Hanna, of this city, to Miss Sarah A. Coulin, of Arkansas City. The happy couple arrived here Friday morning where Mr. Hanna had provided a home. Monday evening the Advance band gave them a seranade. Mr. Hanna is well known here, having been in the emply of Mr. W. P. Gates for some time. Mrs. Hanna is a lady of ability and culture and a valuable acquisition to society.

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June 3, 1887


We are informed that a son of John Reading of Exeter, died of measles last Monday.


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July 15, 1887

Died, on Sunday July 10, 1887 the infant child of Mr. and Mrs. McQuillan died. The funeral took place Monday morning, and the remains were followed to their long resting place by many sympathyzing friends. Rev. F. Hoyes officiated. Mr. and Mrs. McQuillan have the sympathy of the community un this their sad hour of affliction.

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September 10, 1887

Mr. Bruce Mitchell, after a short illness, died this morning. The funeral will take place tomorrow.

Miss parish, who lived near the county line, died yesterday.

Born, on Sunday, Sept. 4, Mr. and Mrs. George Sonnenberg, a ten pound boy. All doing well.

Rev. F. Hoyes kindly furnished us the following letter which conveys the sad news of the death of Mr. Chas. Mouttell:

Exeter, Sept. 8, 1887

My very dear sir: My dear son Charlie came here on Saturday afternoon, with his wife, very sick. He grew rapidly worse, and this day at 15 minutes past 6 o'clock p.m. the Lord called him to that rest above that He has prepared for those who love him. He wished sometime back, seeming to have a presentament of the uncertainty of life, that you should bury him and his wife wishes you to preach from "Enoched talked with God and was not for God took him." We are going to bury him at North Exeter, to leave the house at one o'clock. Yours in the Lord, Mrs. E. Mouttell. Note: The deceased was an upright, industrious young man, and was respected by all who enjoyed the pleasure of his acquaintance. His aged mother, his sorrow stricken wife and his mourning brothers and sistershave the sympathy of the entire community.

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September 17, 1887

Died, on Sept. 12, of whooping cough, Edith A. Davis, age 5 years, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Davis. The funeral took place Wednesday afternoon. The Rev. F. Hoyes officiated. The afflicted parents have the sympathy of the entire community.

Born, to Mr. and Mrs. H. E. Fitzgerald, a five pound boy. All doing well.

Born, on September 16, to Mr. and Mrs. T. W. Bower, a daughter. All doing well.

Death has again entered the household of Mr. M. C. Linscott, of Milford. Only a few days ago his chosen companion was called from the duties of this life to a higher and nobler sphere, and now thw stern hand of Death is placed upon his infant child and with its mother is now at rest. The remains were interred Thursday.

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Sept. 22, 1887

The infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Meyers died Friday morning of liver complaint. Funeral services to be held at St. John's church today at 11 o'clock.

Married--Saturday, Oct. 15, by Rev. F. Hoyes, Mr. John Ives to Miss Ida M. Lawton. The contracting parties are well-known. Mr. Ives has been engaged in business in this city for many years, and his chosen companion, Miss Lawton, is the daughter of Joseph Lawton, Esq., and is a lady of talent and worth. Their many friends wish them much happiness.

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November 26, 1887

Died, on Saturday, Nov. 26, the infant child of Mr. and Mrs. H. Fitzgerald. Funeral services will be held tomorrow, Sunday, at 2 o'clock at Madura.

Born, on Friday, Nov. 18, to Mr. and Mrs. Kregar, a girl of the usual weight. Father and child are doing exceedingly well.

Born, on Nov. 26 to Mr. and Mrsl J. E. Harrison, a ten pound girl. All doing well.

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Dec. 3, 1887

Born, Nov. 26, to Mr. and Mrs. H. Nicola, a bouncing boy.

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Dec. 17, 1887

Died, Mr. Crosby, who has resided on the Margaret Durrin farm for the past summer and fall. He has been afflicted with a lingering disease for the past six years. He was sixty two years of age and leave quite a large family and many friends who will mourn his departure.

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Dec. 21, 1887

Born, on Dec. 15, to Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Kelly, a son.

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Dec. 30, 1887

Married, on Dec. 25th, by Rev. F. Hoyes, Mr. W. A. Demeritt, and Miss Bessie Johnson, both of this city. The ADVERTISER extends congratulations.

Married, at Manhattan, Dec. 25th, Mr. J. W. Kerby, of this city, to Miss K. May Aiman, of Manhattan. The happy couple couple arrived here Sunday evening and after visiting a few days, departed for Hope, where they will reside. Success.

Died, on Sunday morning, December 25th, Arthur Cleveland Worley, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. L. Worley, of Grant Twp.

Married on Thursday evening, Dec. 29,, by Rev. A. W. Schenberger, Mr. William Corn to Miss Josephine Kemph. The ceremony took place at the home of the bride's parents in Grant Twp., and was witnessed by many friends, who extended congratulations to the happy couple.

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