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 The following obituaries are from the files of various Gallia County Newspapers and other publications. They are listed below in alphabetical order of the surname.


A   B-Bay   Be-Bev   Bi-Bl   Bo-Boy   Br-Brow   Broy-By   C-Can    

Car-Cav   Ch-Ci   Cl-Cof   Coh-Cov  Cow-Cy   D-Day   De-Dy   E-El   Em-Ew 

F-Fo   Fr-Fu   G-Gl   Go-Gu  H-Hap   Har-Haz   He-Hol   Hoo-Hu   I   J-Joh  

Jol-Ju   K   L-Law   Lay-Lev   Lew-Ly   M-Mau   Max-McC   McD-Me   Mi-Mit      

Mo-My   N   O   P-Ph   Pi-Py   Q   R-Rich   Rick-Rob   Roc-Rou   Row-Ru  

  S-Sch   Sco-Shee   Shel-Ske   Ski-Smi   Smo-Stor   Stou-Sy   T-Thom      

Thor-Ty   U   V   W-Ward   Ware-Wau   We-Wilk   Will-Win   Wis-Wy   X   Y   Z

Beale, Ellen 

Ellen Beale
 
     Mrs. Ellen Beale, widow of the late Charles T. Beale, and known here by many of our people as a most excellent Christian lady, died Wednesday morning at 5 o'clock at her home in Point Pleasant.  Deceased was a sister of John W. Steenberger, of Gallipolis Ferry, whose oldest sister died last week.  The news of her death will be heard with sorrow.  

Gallipolis Bulletin
Feb 2, 1897 
Transcribed by Charles Wright
                                                                          


Beall, Col. Albert Gallatin

     LAST COMMAND - Answered by Col. Ab Beall, Who Passed Away Wednesday. Col. Albert Gallatin Beall, oldest son of Henry and Susan Beall, answered the final summons at the home of his brother, Mr. W. P. Beall, in this city, at 1:30 o’clock Wednesday, Feb. 22. Deceased was born at Rush Run, Jefferson county, O., October 23, 1850, hence was in his 49th year of age.
     He received his educational training at New Market College and after fortifying himself for future usefulness, he left his home and came to this city in ‘69, his parents following him in ‘70. He secured employment in the grocery of the late Samuel Lasley, with whom he remained a few years before accepting a position in the wholesale store of Henking-Bovie Co., with whom he was identified until hostilities between Spain and America broke out, when he enlisted at St. Louis, Mo., in the 19th Regt. U. S. Inf.
     He traveled for the Henking-Bovie Co. for twenty three consecutive years and was regarded as the most popular salesman they had on the road. His jovial, amiable manners ingratiated himself in the hearts of many. No one went to “Ab” for a favor that was refused. He was plain, out-spoken and liberal to a fault.
     After enlisting he went to Florida with his regiment, thence to Port Tampa and embarked with the first expedition for Porto Rico. His command was among the first troopers to set foot on Porto Rican soil. He passed through the campaign on that island and it was while there that he contracted sickness that resulted in his death. The hardships of a soldier weakened him and in an emaciated condition he was sent to Brooklyn from Porto Rico for treatment, thence to St. Louis, where he was cared for in the Protestant Hospital for three weeks. From here he was transferred to the Columbus barracks and when sufficiently recovered he returned to Ft. Thomas, Ky., where he received his discharge two weeks ago last Friday. He came here and has been with his brother ever since.
     It was hoped that the comforts of home life and care would restore him to his usual condition and until last Thursday evening he improved. That day he contracted a slight cold, which developed into pneumonia. His weakened condition made it impossible to battle with that disease and after a short period of suffering, death claimed him.
     He realized his condition was grave and Monday sent for an attorney and made his will, bequeathing all of his possessions to his wife. He was married in Jefferson county to Virginia Presbury about 26 years ago, and two children came to bless their home, one of whom survives him, viz; Mrs. Carl Berry, of Columbus. Mrs. Beall and daughter were at Burlington, Iowa, visiting when Mr. Beall died. They were telegraphed for.
     Deceased was a member of the U. C. T., K of P.’s, Odd Fellows, U. R. K. of P.’s and the Uniform Rank of the I. O. O. F. Mr. Beall had friends everywhere and the news of his death will be heard with regret. He was true to his friends, always in buoyant spirits and a very companionable gentleman. In the Odd Fellows he has held several offices of distinction, the honor of Colonel being conferred upon him by the uniform rank of that order.

The Gallipolis Journal
Wednesday, March 1, 1899
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron


Beall, A. G.

Funeral Services of Mr. A. G. Beall
     The funeral services of the late Mr. A. G. Beall will be conducted at the residence of Mr. W. P. Beall, brother of the deceased, on Third street above Locust, Friday afternoon at 1:30 by Rev. L. L. Magee, of Grace M. E. Church. The interment will follow at the Pine Street cemetery by Undertaker Wetherholt. The pall bearers will be three from the Odd Fellow’s Lodge and three from the K. of P. Lodge. The funeral will be participated in by both of these lodges, members of the U. C. T. and the Military Companies of Captains W. B. Fuller and V. M. Boyle.
     Mrs. Beall and James P. Beall arrived at noon today; the other brothers it was impossible to reach, two being somewhere over East and one West and their addresses unknown.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Thursday, Feb. 23, 1899
Transcribed by Sandy Lee Milliron

Beall, A. G.

Consigned to the Grave
    
Solemn and impressive were the last rites over the body of A. G. Beall. Rev. Mr. Magee’s remarks were seasonable on such an occasion. After the religious services the members of the various orders viewed the remains, which were encased in a rich black casket, on the lid of which were two very beautiful floral offerings from the orders of which he was a member.
     The funeral cortege moved up Third street to Pine, thence to the cemetery. The exercises at the grave were short. The Odd Fellows were followed by the Knights and then the State Volunteers. Three volleys were fired over the grave, after which Bugler Gatewood sounded the taps. The State Volunteers lead the procession followed by the Odd Fellows, K. of P’s, and Capt. Bovies command. The singing at the house was very touching and in charge of Prof. Neal.
     Mr. Harry Gatewood, who served as bugler in a company of the 1st Regt. Vol. Inf., acted in the same capacity in the military services over the body of A. G. Beall.

Gallipolis Journal
Wednesday, March 1, 1899
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron                                                                      Top of Page


Beall, Geo. S.

     The Columbus Dispatch of Saturday evening has a good picture of the deceased and an elaborate sketch of his life. He died shortly after 4 o'clock on the morning of the 17th inst. He had only left the city this Wednesday before accompanied by one of his buyers. He had only been ill a short time that morning.
     He was born in Jefferson county April 4, 1859. He graduated from our high school at 17. A year later he entered a Cincinnati dry goods store at $3 a week. At 21 he accepted a place with Harmison & Beall & Co. He went to Columbus in 1884 and opened a small grocery store at 83 North High street. He prospered and in September 1900 opened up at his present place of business.
     He was married to Miss Madeline Stevenson July 7, 1880. The funeral services will be held from Board Street Presbyterian church in charge of the members of Mt. Vernon Commandery No. 1 Masons.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Monday, January 19, 1905
Transcribed by Maxine Marshall


Beam, Bergen [Burgin]

Funeral Services Today For Bergen Beam, 63
     GALLIPOLIS - Funeral services for Bergen [Burgin] Beam, 63, of Cheshire Township will be held at 2 p.m. today in the Old Kyger Church, the Rev. Bud Durst officiating and burial will be in Gravel Hill Cemetery.
     He died at 6 a.m. Friday at Holzer Hospital, where he had been a patient about a week. Born in Kentucky to George and Eliza Yonce Beam, he came with them to Cheshire Township 19 years ago to live on the Perry O. Swisher farm, which they purchased. He lived there alone after their death. There are no survivors.

[Note: 7/29/1892 - 11/26/1954  Born in Almy, Scott Co., Tennessee]

Athens Sunday Messenger
November 28, 1954
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron


Beam, Christopher

     Died, in this city, on May 3d, 1867, at the residence of his son-in-law, R. L. Stewart, Esq., Mr. Christopher Beam, late of Latrobe, Penn., aged 72 years.

The Gallipolis Journal
May 9, 1867
Transcribed by Eva Swain Hughes


Beaman, Margaret [Keller]

A Worthy Woman
Death and Burial of Mrs. L. M. Beman at Centerville
     The obsequies of Mrs. L. M. Beman were held Saturday morning at 10 o'clock from the family residence at Centerville. The services were simple and impressive and conducted by Rev. J. M. Davis, of Rio Grande College. The house and yard were crowded by sorrowing friends and relatives, who had congregated to pay their last respects to one whom in life they had only known to love. The remains lay in state in the parlor and the handsome casket was almost hidden from view by the magnificent floral tributes. Some of them were anchor of pink roses, Mrs. J. F. Morgan; bunch of carnations, Mrs. Dr. Morgan, of Jackson; wreath of honeysuckle and sweet peas from many friends; bouquet of Marshal Neil roses, Mrs. G. W. Miller, of Jackson; pillow of immortelles, friends. Besides these there were other floral tokens too numerous to mention.
     Rev. Davis preached from the porch to the large concourse, reading scriptural lessons from the 23rd Psalm, John 14, II Cor. 5. In a fervent address he extolled the virtues of the deceased, during which he briefly touched upon the many noble traits of the deceased and of her services to the church and community. He spoke of the fact that among all the comforts that can be had in time of sorrow, the greatest is that derived from the recollection and promises of the Bible.
     Rev. J. S. Dowden, of Centerville, assisted in the services. The Bible used was a volume printed in 1781 and originally belonged to the decease's father. During the services a choir made up of twenty members of different churches rendered most beautifully, "Rock of Ages," "Asleep in Jesus," " Jesus, Lover of My Soul" and "Some Sweet Day".
     Interment was in the large cemetery, on an elevation near Centerville, under the direction of Undertakers Thomas & Davis. The cortege was over a half mile in length and the largest ever seen in that neighborhood for years. The remains were deposited in their last resting place by Messrs. T. J. Clark, Edward Hughes, Isaac Hughes, C.W. Cherrington, Fremont Morgan and W. A. Davis, who acted as pall-bearers.
     Mrs. Margaret L. Beman, wife of Hon. L. M. Beman, was born in Perry Township, January 27, 1832. Her maiden name was Keller, she being one of a family of fifteen children, seven older and seven younger. On March 21, 1850, she was united in marriage with L. M. Beman and they began life's voyage together at Waterloo, Lawrence County. From there they removed to Ridgeway in the winter of 1853, then to Centerville in the spring of 1856, where they have since resided and enjoyed the universal esteem of that community. To their union was born five children, two of whom preceded their Mother. Besides a kind and generous husband, three children are left to survive her--Mrs. Rees Thomas, of Jackson, Ohio; Mrs. Dr. Jehu Eakins of Patriot and Mr. M. E. Beman of Centerville.
     Mrs. Beman was a sister of George Keller, of Cadmus, of Stephen G. Keller, of this place, both deceased and two sisters and four brothers are yet living. Deceased was taken violently ill Monday morning last at 9 o'clock from hemorrhage of the stomach. Dr. McCall was hurriedly dispatched for and also Dr. Eakins, of Patriot, and they remained at her bedside almost constantly until the sad ending. The hemorrhage, together with other troubles, made her case an unusual one to medical science. Notwithstanding this fact the doctors did all in the power of medical skill and made her last hours void of suffering and she fell peacefully asleep Thursday night shortly after 10 o'clock. She was perfectly resigned to the summons, such as true Christians are. Mrs. Beman became a Christian in early life and has lived a life of great faithfulness and charity. She was noted for her kindness to those who were in sickness or distress of any kind and had a very warm place in the hearts of all her acquaintances. The esteem in which she was held found expression in the multitude of people who assembled at the bereaved home to bid a last farewell.

"Death lies on her like an untimely frost
Upon the sweetest flowers of all the field."

    Besides the Journal representative those present from abroad were: Mrs. Frank McCormick and Mrs. C. E. Beman, of this city, Dr. Lester Keller, of Ironton; Mr and Mrs. William Salter, John D. Davis and J.E. Jones of Oak Hill; Mr and Mrs. G. W. Miller, Mr. and Mrs. Dr. Morgan, Mrs. D. W. Roderick, Mrs. D. A. Evans, Mrs. H. A. Bedel, Mrs. Stevenson, Miss Carrie Phillips, Mr and Mrs. R. W. Thomas.

Gallipolis Journal
Tuesday Morning, July 21, 1896
Transcribed by F. K. Brown                                                                              Top of Page


Bean, Julia B. [Baker]

Mrs. Julia Bean Died Saturday

     Mrs. Julia B. Bean, 81, widow of the late Dr. Leo C. Bean, a resident of 449 First Ave., Gallipolis, died unexpectedly Saturday night of an apparent heart attack at the Holzer Medical Center.
     Mrs. Bean, a graduate of Ohio University, was a former Professor of Dramatics at Ohio University, Athens. She was an elder of the First United Presbyterian Church, former member of the Gallipolis Board of Education, organizer of the first girl scout troop in Gallipolis, first president of the Tri-County Community Concert Assn., a trustee of the Holzer Medical Center, member of the Philomathean Club, and
former chairman of the Gallia County Cancer Society.
     Born at Beavertown, Ohio, April 25, 1890, she was the daughter of the late Charles and Louise Zenner Baker. Surviving are two daughters. Mrs. Charles (Betty) McGinness of Gallipolis and Mrs. Theodore Reed Jr., of Pomeroy; five grand and four great-grandchildren, and two sisters, Mrs. Henry Arth and Miss
Ann Baker, both of Zanesville.
     Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday from the First United Presbyterian Church with Rev. Glenn R. Hueholt and Rev. Linson H. Stebbins officiating. Burial will be in Mound Hill Cemetery. Friends may call at the McCoy-Wetherholt-Moore Funeral Home from 2-4 and 7-9 today. The family requests in lieu of flowers, contributions by made in her name to various charities.
     Pallbearers are Dr. H.B. Thomas, Dr. Oscar W. Clarke, Warren F. Sheets, John E. Halliday, James Walker and Dr. George Davis.

Gallipolis Tribune
1971
Transcribed by J. Farley                                                                                    Top of Page


Bean, Leo

Dr. Leo Bean, Leading City Doctor, Is Dead
     Dr. Leo C. Bean, 68, who played a leading part in the development of modern medicine in Gallipolis, died at 12:30 p.m. Friday in Holzer Hospital. Several years ago, he retired from active practice due to a heart condition, and in recent years, had undergone surgery on several occasions.
     Dr. Bean started his practice of medicine in Gallipolis in 1919 with his late father, Dr. Lewis Bean, after an extensive course of education and training. He attended Gallipolis schools and took his pre-med training at Ohio University. He received a bachelor's degree from OU in 1911 and entered Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, graduating in the class of 1915. Following graduation, he interned at Barnes Hospital, St. Louis, and became a member of the faculty of Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. He was a diplomat [sic diplomate] in internal medicine, a member of the American College of Physicians, the American Medical Association, and the Ohio Medical Association. He was the third generation of his family in the medical profession, his father and grandfather having been doctors.
     After coming to Gallipolis from St. Louis, Dr. Bean took a leading role in his profession and in civic affairs. He was on the staff as a specialist in internal medicine at Holzer Hospital, and in November of 1939, with Dr. Homer B. Thomas and Dr. N. A. Martin, founded the Gallipolis Clinic. He was a charter member and first president of the Gallipolis Rotary Club, a member of the B.P.O.E. lodge, and he was an elder and a member of the board of trustees of the First Presbyterian Church. For a period of time, he was one of the trustees of the Holzer Hospital Foundation. At the time of his death, he was a director of the Gallipolis Savings and Loan Company. Dr. Bean was a man with many hobbies, which gave him much satisfaction following his retirement from active practice, and he was among those who helped to start the Gallipolis Golf Club. He was also a member of Beta Theta Pi fraternity.
     Dr. Bean was born in Rutland, Ohio on April 1, 1889, the son of the late Dr. Lewis and Mable (Jackson) Bean. The family moved to Gallipolis when he was a small boy. During his university days, he met Julia Baker of Zanesville, and they married on September 3, 1917. They celebrated their 40th anniversary this past September. Two children were born to them, Mrs. C. Mac (Betty) McGinnis, Lower River Road, and Mrs. Eugene (Nancy) Plymale, who with his wife and two grandchildren survive. Other survivors are a sister, Mrs. Hugh I. (Edith) Evans, New York City, and a half-brother, Dr. Lewis C. Bean, Cocoa Beach, Florida.
     Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at the First Presbyterian Church. Rev. L. H. Stebbins will officiate, and burial will follow in Mound Hill Cemetery under the direction of Wetherholt Funeral Home. Friends may call at the funeral home from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday. The family has requested the omission of flowers.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
November 15, 1957
Transcribed by Marjorie Wood                                                                          Top of Page


Bean, Dr. Lewis C

Dr. L.C. Bean Dies Last NIght
     Dr. Lewis C. Bean, 74 years, prominent local physician, died last night at his home 538 Second avenue at 10:30 p.m. His death was from a paralytic stroke he suffered two weeks ago.
     Dr. Bean was very widely known throughout the Ohio Valley and had hundreds of esteemed friends who will be sorry to hear of his death. Dr. Bean was very active in Civic affairs, being the present president of the City Commission, president of the Ohio Valley Bank, president of the board of trustees of the Presbyterian church.
     He was born in Rutland Ohio, in 1867, the son of the late Dr. and Mrs. George Bean of that city. He is survived by his present widow, Manda Amos Bean, formerly of Addison, Ohio, two sons Dr. Leo Bean, a prominent local physician, and Lewis C. Bean, Jr., a college student of this city and one daughter, Mrs. Hugh Evans of Dayton, Ohio, whose husband is Rev. Hugh Evans, Pastor of the largest Presbyterian church of that city. He is also survived by one sister, Mrs. M. E. Rathburn Rutland.
     The funeral service will be held at the Presbyterian church 10:00 Saturday morning. Rev. Lewis Weber Gishler will be in charge of the services and burial at Mound Hill cemetery with Funeral Director Frank Wetherholt in charge.

[Note: from stone, date of death: 1941]

Gallipolis newspaper
1941
Transcribed by Joanne Galvin


Bean, Dr. Lewis C.

Dr. L. C. Bean, 74
Leader In Community Succumbs Last Night To Fortnight's Illness
Dr. Bean Was Successful Practitioner And Served City In Many Important Roles
Funeral Is Set For 10 A.M. Saturday At Presbyterian Church
     Death has ended the long and useful career of Dr. Lewis C. Bean and taken from this city an outstanding and dynamic leader. The end came at 10:30 last night at his home, after he had lain in a coma since Sunday. In point of service he was the dean of his profession in Gallipolis and Gallia county.
Though into every nook and cranny of the county the word had gone that the valiant physician’s illness had become hopeless, the news of his passing, like the news of his first illness, came as a shock, as something to tax the credulity of those who had been closely associated with him down through the years.

Ill Exactly Two Weeks
     It was two weeks ago last night that Dr. Bean had suffered a stroke while alone in his office. It was realized then that his condition was not only serious but might become critical at any hour. But for a few days at least he appeared to improve and hope was revived that he might again return to the important posts in which he had served faithfully, efficiently and for long periods.
     Dr. Bean had practiced medicine here for 49 years; he had been a member of the directorate of the Ohio Valley Bank for 30 years and served as its president since the death of Sherman H. Eagle in July, 1938; he had been president of the Board of Trustees of the Presbyterian church for 25 years; he was president of the Gallipolis City Board at the time of his death and had so served during two separate periods; he was Service Director at another period.
     It seems justifiable and deserved to say that Dr. Bean rendered more gratuitous service to his adopted city than any of his contemporaries. And he served with unflagging zeal, showing a keen interest in every department of the city government and was ever courageous in pressing for action when action seemed necessary. That his public services were appreciated by his constituents was attested by repeated and unmistakable votes of confidence he received.

Born In Illinois
     Despite his varied interests, Dr. Bean will be best remembered for his ministration to the ailing and infirm. He had achieved a remarkable and continuing success as a practitioner; and for countless folk hereabouts his passing will mean a weakening of that sense of security that comes from confidence in the devotion and knowledge of one's chief advisor in important matters.
     Lewis C. Bean was born Dec. 9, 1866, at Fairfield, Ill., and was in his 75th year. He was a son of Dr. George and Celinda Jane Crouch, who moved to Rutland when their son was a small boy.
He attended school there and the Ohio University. He was graduated from Starling Medical College, which subsequently was merged into Ohio State University. He did post graduate work in New York, Chicago and Cleveland and began the practice of medicine here on April 4, 1892. Soon after that he was placed in charge of the Marine Hospital and served in that capacity until he retired [from there] just a few years ago.
     Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Amanda Amos Bean, whom he married June 19, 1921, and their son, Lewis C., a pre-medic student at the University of Michigan; also an older son, Dr. Leo C. Bean of this city, who attended his father in his last illness and who is widely known as a physician, and a daughter, Mrs. Edith Evans, wife of Dr. Hugh Ivan Evans, pastor of Westminster Presbyterian church, Dayton.
The latter two are the children of Dr. Bean and Mabel Jackson Bean, who died in 1906.
     The grandchildren are Hugh Bean Evans of Princeton, N. J., Mrs. Mabel Evans Mcgregor of New York, Miss Betty Bean of Cleveland, and Miss Nancy Bean (student) of Mt. Holyoke, Mass.
There is one sister living, Mrs. M. E. Rathburn of Rutland, who has long been prominent in business, civic and political circles.
     Dr. Bean was a vigorous, virile man. He had strong convictions concerning all the issues that interested him and because of his many interests and rich endowment of energy had doubtless tried to do too much in late years. He will be greatly missed in various ways; and to many observers his passing will seem like the passing of an epoch in the affairs of the city.
     Funeral services will be conducted at 10 o'clock Saturday at the Presbyterian church, with Rev. Lewis Weber Gishler, pastor, in charge. Interment will be made in Mound Hill cemetery by George J. Wetherholt & Sons. After noon Friday the body will be taken to the home at 538 Second avenue, where friends may view the features. It will lie in state at the church for two hours before the service.

[Note: From death certificate his full name was Lewis Chapman Bean, date of death March 19, 1941.]

Gallipolis newspaper unknown
March 20, 1941
Provided from Debbie Carter Evan's collection/Transcribed by Lynn Anders            Top of Page


Beard, Ben

Death of Ben Beard
     Miss Nina Ayres received a telegram this morning from Mrs. Julia Billings that Mr. Benjamin Beard, ill at Clarksburg, had died. Mrs. Billings had gone over to be with him when she heard of his illness. He had been ill for five weeks with typhoid fever. His remains will arrive here Friday. He leaves a brother Frank in a National Bank at Chattanooga, TN; besides his wife to whom he has not been married a great while. Both were well known Gallipolis boys being the sons of Ben. L. and Margaret Cheney-Beard and Mrs. Julia Billings was his aunt.
     He was a bookkeeper by occupation and used to be engaged in W.H. Mitchell's bookstore here. Then he went to Wheeling, then to Pittsburgh and we believe was employed by the Standard Oil Company and an insurance company and perhaps another business.
     He was bright, genial, capable and popular with everyone. We believe there were only the two boys. His mother used to teach in the Academy and died of yellow fever, brought here by the John Porter steamboat. Many friends will deeply mourn his death and sympathize with his relatives. He must have been near 40 years of age.

[Note: Death Certificate...Ben L. Beard born 1858, Gallipolis, Ohio; died April 7, 1903 Clarksburg, WV., cause of death: Typhoid Fever, complications perforation of bowels. Age 45 years. Married. Buried April 10, 1903 Mound Hill Cemetery, Gallipolis Township.]

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Wednesday, April 8, 1903
Transcribed by F.K. Brown


Beard, Frank

Dies At Chattanooga, Remains Sent Here For Burial
     The regretful news was received here Sunday morning by Miss Nettie Billings of the death of her cousin, Mr. Frank Beard, a well remembered Gallipolis boy with a host of friends.
     We have no particulars but his body will arrive here this evening in the care of Mr. James LeClerq, another former Gallipolis boy, brother of Mrs. H.N. Ford and will be taken to the residence of Miss Billings from whose home the funeral services will be conducted at 9 o'clock a.m. Tuesday by Rev. A.P. Cherrington of Grace M.E. Church, the burial following by Hayward at Mound Hill beside his wife, Mrs. Minnie Hepler Beard. The pall bearers will be Dr. J.A. Lupton, Frank Bell, E.W. Vanden, Jacob H. Frank, S.M. Cherrington and E.N. Deardorff.
     Mr. Beard was engaged in the insurance and real estate business in Chattanooga and was a capable, courteous, genial gentleman, greatly liked by everyone. Indeed it would be difficult to find two men so universally popular as he and his brother Ben were when they lived here. He is thought to have been about 53 years old. He has visited here several times, taken the Gallipolis papers and kept in touch with the town whose people all had a warm place in his heart. He was a noble hearted man, generous and whole souled and loved his fellow men with all his heart and no one can think of him but kindly and with sorrow at his death.

[Note: Death Certificate...born 1848; died June 25, 1910 Chattanooga, TN; age 48. Buried as J.F. Beard]

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
June 27, 1910
Transcribed by F.K. Brown                                                                             Top of Page


Beard, James

     DIED - In this town, on Thursday evening last, Mr. James Beard, in the 53rd year of his age. The deceased was born in Beaver county, Pa., March 25th, 1802, and emigrated to Ohio in 1822, where he married Miss Cornelia Lightburn, of Youngstown, in Trumbull county. He afterwards located in Pt. Pleasant, Va., in 1831, from thence to Green township, in this county, and in October 1839, removed to Gallipolis, where he remained up to the time of his death. He was the father of eight children, five of whom are now living. He leaves an aged widow, five children, and eight grand-children to mourn his loss. His remains were taken to the M.E. church, on Sabbath afternoon, and from thence to their last resting place, followed by a long concourse of relatives and friends.

The Gallipolis Journal
February 1, 1855
Transcribed by Eva Swain Hughes


Beard, John N. Esq.

     John N. Beard, Esq., who is referred to as one of the most active and energetic young business men of Gallipolis, died on Monday of last week.

Athens Messenger
July 29, 1875
Transcribed by Connie Cotterill Schumaker


Beard, Josephine

Body of Josephine Beard To Be Buried Here Tuesday P. M.
     Miss Josephine Beard, who died Saturday at 1247 Lincoln Road, Columbus, will be buried at Mound Hill Tuesday afternoon at about 2:30. Funeral services will be held at Columbus at 10 o’clock and then the body will be brought here, according to messages received by Undertaker W. N. Hayward. Friends desiring to join the funeral cortege should assemble at the Hayward home at about 2 or 2:15.
     Miss Beard was born here 62 years ago. She was the youngest child of John N. and Julia Naret Beard and was the last survivor of her father’s family. That family was long prominent here and connected with many of the old and prominent families of the city.

[Note: Oct. 13, 1873 – Feb. 24, 1936; Age 62 yrs. 4 mos. 16 das.]

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Monday, March 2, 1936

Attend Beard Rites
     The body of Miss Josephine Beard was laid to rest in Mound Hill cemetery yesterday afternoon. In the funeral party that came down from Columbus were Mr. and Mrs. Henry Brown Abbott (Louise Baer, a cousin, with whom Miss Beard had long lived), and Mrs. Cottingham, Columbus; Mr. and Mrs. Carl F. Jeffries, Pittsburgh; Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Baer and son of Washington C. H.; Mrs. Harvey Belanger (Ruth Jeffries), Detroit.
     All left for their homes soon after the services at the grave.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Wednesday, March 4, 1936
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron


Beard, Julia [Gasil]

Mrs. Julia Beard Dead
     The remains of Mrs. Julia Beard, who died in Columbus Tuesday, will arrive here Thursday noon accompanied by the funeral party and will be met at the depot by Undertaker Hayward and immediately conveyed to Mound Hill Cemetery for interment beside her husband, who was one of the first persons to be buried there.
     Mrs. Beard was a former resident of Gallipolis and a lady with many friends here. She is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Hattie Thomas, Mrs. W. H. Jeffries and Miss Josie, all of Columbus.

[Note: born 1846; died Nov. 24, 1919; aged 73 -widowed. Parents Edward Gasil and Henrietta Pitrat (both born France)]

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Nov. 26, 1919
Transcribed by F. K. Brown                                                                            Top of Page


Beard, Mrs. Frank

Laid To Rest
     The funeral over all that was mortal of Mrs. Frank Beard Tuesday morning, was brief and unostentatious. The services were conducted by Rev. Lutz in the presence of a large concourse of sorrowing friends of the deceased.
     The floral tributes were many and handsome. Interment was at Mound Hill. Messrs. Charles Cadot, E. W. Vanden, Frank Ell, Dr. J. A. Lupton, O. W. Eagle and H. C. Johnston deposited the remains in their last resting place.

[Note: There is an entry for M.H. Beard in Mound Hill Cemetery.]

Gallipolis Journal
Tuesday, June 2, 1896
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron


Beardsley, Alice [Newton]

     DIED - On the steamer, General Gaines, July 19th, near Guyandotte, Alice Beardsley, in the 62nd year of her age. She had been absent from home some three months, on a visit to her sons, near St. Joseph, Mo. She was on her way home to Gallia co., and was in good health when she left Cincinnati on the 17th, and died at 3 o'clock p.m. on the 19th, having been sick but about eighteen hours. The friends of the deceased tender their thanks to Capt. Abrams for his kindness.

The Gallipolis Journal
August 15, 1850
Transcribed by Eva Swain Hughes


Beardsley, Anna M.

     DIED - Beardsley--Anna M., daughter of H.J. and Eliza Beardsley, was born in Gallia County, March 14, 1860 and died at her childhood home Jan. 14, 1881.
     She had never been a person of robust health, but since last April had been rapidly declining. During the last weeks of her life she was closely confined to her bed where the powers of life with wonderful determination resisted the onward march of the fatal disease. For long weeks with sufferings as her companions--more constant than the attention of dearest earthly friends--she bore herself with remarkable patience--patience that could only be the result of the grace of God in the heart. As the hour of her departure drew nigh she talked with friends of death with no alarm, regarding her prospective release from her pains as a God-sent blessing.
     Two years ago under the labors of the Rev. P.P. Hamilton, she united with the M.E. Church at Alexander and lived in connection with that society until the weary wheels of life stood still, when she went to join the church triumphant.

[Note: Buried Hulbert Cemetery in Green Township]

Gallipolis Journal
Feb. 17, 1881
Transcribed by F.K. Brown                                                                               Top of Page


Beardsley, Harriet

     DIED - On Friday morning, the 22nd inst., at the residence of her husband, in Green township, Harriet, wife of Mr. Judson Beardsley, in the 33rd year of her age. The subject of this notice had been for several years afflicted with the most flattering form of consumption; threatenings of speedy death were constantly alternating with the fairest promises of recovery, until a few weeks previous to her death. But seldom have threatenings produced so little fear, or promises inspired so little confidence as in the case of Mrs. B. She was a woman of more than ordinary intelligence combined with great goodness of heart. At quite an early period in life she embraced religion and united with the M. E. Church. She adorned her life by the practice of those christian virtues which alone make life tolerable or death easy. She was glad when the hour of death had come, and taking an affectionate leave of parents, husband, children and friends, she "approached her grave with an unfailing trust," and although we mourn her loss, we rejoice at the blessedness of her death, she "died in the Lord," A. G. B. (Courier will please copy.)

The Gallipolis Journal
July 29, 1852
Transcribed by Eva Swain Hughes


Beardsley, Henry Judson

Death of H.J. Beardsley
A Pioneer Resident Passes To The Great Beyond
     Mr. Henry Judson Beardsley, of Alexandria, Green Township, in feeble health for some time on account of his age, passed away Monday afternoon, March 30, 1903, aged 82 years. He was a pioneer resident of the county and widely known. He was an ardent member of the M.E. Church and a lifelong Republican. He was an honorable, upright man, lived a correct life and died reconciled and certain that all was well with him. He was conscious to the last moment and his life expressions were those of the true Christian and gentleman, that had nothing to fear.
     He left children as follows: Dr. A.J. Beardsley of Green Bottom, WV; J. Oscar Beardsley of Salem, Oregon; Mrs. Victor Priestley, Mrs. William Ingels of Wigner; Mrs. Effie E. Rose of Gallipolis; Mrs. G.B. Sawyers of Bidwell; Mrs. Bert McCormick of Gallipolis, Harry Beardsley at home and Mrs. R.J. Graham of Chillicothe. His wife preceded him in the better land Aug. 25, 1900. We know of no sisters or brothers.
     The funeral services will be at his late residence Wednesday at 10 a.m., conducted by Rev. John W. McCormick, assisted by Rev. J.W. Gibbons and Rev. J.E. Gordon, all of the same township. The interment will be by Wetherholt at the Hulbert Graveyard.
     In the early years of our life it was our good fortune to have spent much time at Mr. & Mrs. Beardsley's and can testify knowingly to their unstinted and cordial hospitality always to be found under the roof of their home. That early acquaintance and friendship was never broken and although they had lived out the usual span of life their deaths brought sorrow to our hearts as it has to a legion of other friends.

[Note: Death Certificate Henry born 1821; died March 30, 1903; aged 82 years. Married Eliza J. Roach on Dec. 18, 1856 in Gallia County, Ohio. Eliza born 1835; died Aug. 23, 1900; aged 65 years]

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Tuesday Evening, March 31, 1903
Transcribed by F.K. Brown                                                                               Top of Page


Beare, Oella R. [Johnson]

Mrs. Virgil Beare Dies Early Today At Columbus Home
     Mrs. Oella R. Beare, widow of Virgil Beare, died early this morning at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Edna Manring, 2334 North 4th Street, Columbus, after a short illness of pneumonia. She would have been 90 years old on March 15.
     Mrs. Beare was the oldest and last of the family of William Johnson. Her entire life, up to about 20 years ago when she went to Columbus to live, was spent in Gallipolis. In addition to Mrs. Manring, another daughter, Mrs. John Story, and a son Ira Beare, both of Columbus, also survive.
     Funeral services will be held at the Columbus home Thursday afternoon at 2:30 and burial will follow in Union Cemetery there.

[Note: From Ohio Deaths 1908-1953, b. 3/15/1852 Jefferson Co. OH d. 2/24/1942 Columbus, Franklin Co. OH; parents William Hamilton & Sarah (Stoneseifer) Johnson.]

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Tuesday, Feb. 24, 1942
Transcribed by Sandy Lee Milliron                                                                  


Beaver, Infant

Beaver Infant Dies, Rites Planned Sunday
     GALLIPOLIS - The eight-hour-old baby of Mr. and Mrs. Leslie Beaver of Crown City Route 1, died at 9:05 p.m. Friday in Holzer Hospital, and besides parents, is survived by six brothers and sisters. Short funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at the home, with burial in Saunders Cemetery near the Lawrence County line.

Athens Sunday Messenger
March 21, 1954
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron


Beaver, Charlotte [Sowards]

Mrs. John Beaver Died Last Night
Funeral Is Set For 2 Sunday At Mercerville
     Mrs. Charlotte Sowards Beaver, wife of John W. Beaver of Northup R. 1, died at 9:23 last night at the Holzer Hospital. She was in her 72nd year. Mrs. Beaver fell at her home and broke a hip on November 6 and was then brought to the hospital. After she was able to be taken home complications developed and she was brought back to the hospital some days ago.
     Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Mercerville Baptist Church, in charge of Rev. H.M. Smith. Burial in the cemetery there by Claude Miller.
     Decedent was a daughter of Charles Henry Sowards and Sarah Jane Gothard Sowards and was born July 11, 1875. She spent her whole life in Gallia County.
     She is survived by two children, Esta, now Mrs. Wyman Caldwell, who lives back of Clay Chapel, and Luther Beaver, who lives near the parental home. E.H. Sowards of Bladen R. is the only surviving.

[Note: From Death Certificate - died 12 Dec. 1946]

Gallipolis paper
Date Unknown
Transcribed by Theresa E. Smith                                                                       Top of Page


Beaver, Henry Louis

Retired Farmer Dies On Friday
     Henry Louis Beaver, 82, retired farmer of Rt. 1 Crown City, died in Holzer hospital at 1:15 p.m., Friday. He was the father of 12 living children. He had been a hospital patient for a couple of weeks. Beaver was a lifelong resident of Gallia county and was born on Aug. 15, 1874, the son of the late Wilson and Nancy Saunders Beaver. He was married to the former Zelda Houck on May 12, 1900, and she survives.
     The surviving children are: Harley, Ray, Ervin, Dale and Mrs. Roger (Madge) Lambert, all of Springfield, Rudy of Columbus, Houck of Mercerville, Marshall at home, Mrs. Braden (Mildred) Houck of Gallipolis, Mrs. Otho (Frances) Saunders of Mercerville, Mrs. Harry (Mary) Myers of Lecta and Mrs. Clarence (Estol) Bottorff of Xenia. Other survivors are two sisters, Mrs. James Caldwell and Mrs. Luella Sheets, both of Crown City, and 27 grand and six great grandchildren.
     Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Mercerville Baptist church. Rev. Earl V. Cremeens will officiate and burial will be made in Ridgelawn Cemetery under the direction of the C. R. Halley Funeral Home. Friends may call after 4 p.m., at the late home and until the funeral hour. Six sons sill serve as pallbearers.

The Gallia Times
Saturday, May 4, 1957
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron


Beaver, Jesse

     Jesse (Dude) Beaver, 86, of Cheshire, died Wednesday at Holzer Medical Center following an extended illness. He retired as an employee of the city of Gallipolis in 1972.
     Born Oct. 10, 1902, in Guyan Township, Gallia County, he was a son of the late Brice Beaver and Belle Wells Beaver. He married Garnet Williams on Oct 27, 1928 and she preceded him in death on Oct. 6, 1987. Surviving are two sons, Jesse A. Beaver Jr., Cheshire and Paul Beaver of Gallipolis; three daughters, Luella Tucker, Baltimore, MD; Violet Mae Jones, Hammond, LA and Joann Roach, Gallipolis; 16 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren; a brother, Cecil Beaver, Gallipolis.
Another daughter died in infancy.
     He was a member of the Church of Christ in Christian Union on Eastern Avenue, Gallipolis, where services will be conducted 1 p.m. Saturday, the Rev. Leland Allman officiating. Burial follows in Gravel Hill Cemetery, Friends may call at the Waugh-Halley-Wood Funeral Home on Friday, 1-4 and 7-9 p.m.

[Note: died Sept. 26, 1989]

Gallipolis Paper
Sept. 28, 1989
Transcribed by F.K. Brown


Beaver, Jesse E.

    Jesse E. Beaver passed away on Tuesday, August 25, 2009 at the Holzer Medical Center. He was born on January 8, 1930 in Gallia County, Ohio to the late Jesse A. and Garnet Williams Beaver. Jessie was a retired heavy equipment operator, a member of UMWA and Operating Engineers, a US Army Veteran serving during Korea, and a member of the Cheshire Baptist Church.
     Jessie is survived by his wife Josephine Cromlish Beaver of Gallipolis and by a son Michael (Tarissa) Beaver of Gallipolis; two granddaughters Derecia L. Aarts of Velsen-Noord, The Netherlands, and Chera M. McGuire of
Gallipolis; a step granddaughter Chobee Sheets of Gallipolis, one great granddaughter Audrie Marie McGuire; a brother Paul Beaver of Gallipolis, two sisters JoAnn Donley of Gallipolis, and LuElla (James) Tucker of Maryland.
Jessie was preceded in death by his first wife Myrna Thomas Beaver, a sister Violet (Dean) Jones and a brother in infancy.
     Funeral services will be 2:30 PM Sunday, August 30, 2009 at Willis Funeral Home with Josh Blankenship officiating. Burial will follow in Gravel Hill Cemetery. Friends may call on Sunday from 1 pm until the time of the
services.

Unknown Newspaper
Aug 2009
Contributed by Judy Free


Beaver, Jewell [Saunders]

Mother of Six Dies In Hospital
     Funeral services for Mrs. Jewel Beaver, 47, wife of Ray Beaver of Crown City, who died in Holzer Hospital at 10 a.m. today will be held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the Mercerville Baptist Church by Rev. Oma Williams of Crown City. Burial will follow in Mound Hill cemetery under the direction of C. R. Halley.
     Mrs. Beaver had been hospitalized for five weeks preceding her demise and is survived by a family of six children. They are Leon, Port Clinton; Beatrice, Sandusky; Carl Russell, Columbus; Mrs. Euthema Cook, Nitro; Lewie and Merrill, at home. Other survivors are a brother Hanson at home and a sister, Mrs. R. D. Ford, Minneapolis, Minn. She was the daughter of Elbert E. and Ada May Saunders.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Friday, October 16, 1953
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron


Beaver, Levi

     Levi Harvey Beaver, 86, of 2123 Columbus Ave., Springfield, died Thursday at Good Shepherd Nursing Home following a brief illness. He was born Feb. 12, 1901 in Gallipolis, a son of the late Henry and Zelda (Stratton) Beaver. He was a retired employee of International Harvester Company with 40 years service and a long time member of Story Hypes United Methodist Church. He was preceded in death by wife Meda L. Beaver in 1983; two brothers, Houch and Marshall Beaver; one sister, Frances Saunders.
     Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Clyde (Lois) Thompson, Springfield; four sister, Mrs. Mary Myers of Gallipolis, Mrs. Estol Bottoroff of Xenia, Mrs. Madge Lambert of Springfield and Mrs. Houck of Gallipolis; four brothers, Ray and Rudy Beaver of Gallipols, Irvan and Dale of Sprinfield.
     Friends may call at the Woods Allgier Funeral Home, 625 North Limestone, Springfield, on Sunday.

[Note: Died February 26, 1987]

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Unknown date
Transcribed by Jessica L. Weber


Beaver, Myrna A. [Thomas]

     Myrna A. Thomas Beaver, 43, Cheshire, died Thursday at Veterans Memorial Hospital following a lingering illness. She was born Sept. 11, 1937, in Gallia County, a daughter of Harold E. Thomas, who died in 1979, and Mrs. Clara B. Bodkins Thomas, Cheshire, who survives.
     Other survivors are her husband, Jessie Beaver; a son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Tarissa Beaver, all of Cheshire; a sister and her husband, Haroldine and John Oiler, Hollywood, Fla., and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.
     Mrs. Beaver was a member of the Cheshire Baptist Church and was a notary public in the community.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Cheshire Baptist Church with the Rev. William Uber officiating. Burial will be in Cheshire Gravel Hill Cemetery. Friends may call at the Rawlings-Coats-Blower Funeral Home from 7 to 9 p .m. today; Saturday, 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. The body will be taken to the church at 12:30 Sunday afternoon.

The Daily Sentinel
Friday, Oct 3, 1980
Contributed by Judy Free                                                                                 Top of Page


Beaver, Olive

Mrs. Beaver, 66, Succumbs In Springfield
     Mrs. Olive Beaver, 66, a native of Gallia County, died at 7:20 p.m. Monday in Springfield.  She was the daughter of Firman and Lititia Howard Thornton. A surviving brother is Delmer Thornton of Gallipolis. Another brother, Chester C. Thornton, died in 1945.
     Children who survive are: Howard Beaver, Clay Beaver, Mrs. John (Sylvia) Bauer, Mrs. Roy (Grace) Stone, Mrs. Max (Juanita) Brayzelle, Mrs. Russell (Avenelle) Shirk, Jr., and Mrs. John (Donna) Anderson, all of Springfield.
     Services will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday at the Springfield Nazarene Church. Burial will be in Stonecleft cemetery. Friends may call at the Austin Richards Funeral home.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
July 4, 1966
Transcribed by Blake Hansen


Beaver, Rosana Bell [Wells]

OBITUARY
     Rosana Bell Wells Beaver was born Feb. 25, 1870, and departed this life April 3, 1925, aged 55 years, 1 month and 8 days. On Feb. 2, 1894, she was united in marriage to Brice Beaver and to this union were born twelve children, five of whom have preceded her to the land that knows no pain nor death. Those living are Emmett M. of Gallipolis, Mrs. Mirtie F. Darst, Homer E., Jesse A., Bertha A., Vern and Cecil, all of Cheshire, Ohio. She also leaves one sister of Huntington, W. Va., and three grandchildren.
     The deceased became a member of the M. E. church about twenty-seven years ago and lived a faithful and obedient life. She tried to direct her children into the paths of righteousness and to imprint upon their minds a love and regard for the Redeemer of man. In the last years of her life she became an invalid and was deprived of the opportunity for service that she might have had, yet she bore her afflictions with patience and humility and remained constant in her love and zeal for her Master.

We have lost our darling mother,
She has bade us all goodbye;
She has gone to live in Heaven,
That beautiful home on high.

How we will miss our darling mother,
And oh, how hard to give her up;
But Jesus sent an angel
And removed her from our flock.

But we must bear our toils and burdens
‘Till the storms of life are o’er,
Then we hope to meet our loved one
Over on the other shore.

[Note: Buried in Mercerville Cemetery in Guyan Township.]

Gallia Times
Thursday, April 16, 1925
Transcribed by Suzanne Giroux


Beck, Cordelia [Eaches]

Beck
     DIED - On the 22d day of May, 1875, near Chambersburg, Mrs. Cordelia Beck, wife of Mr. Henry Beck, and daughter of Geo. W. Eaches, Esq., aged twenty-two years. Her remains were interred at Salem Church cemetery, near Patriot.

Gallipolis Journal
June 3, 1875
Transcribed by Sandy Lee Milliron                                                                     Top of Page


Beck, Da Ruben

     Da Ruben Beck, 59, died recently in Corpus Christi, Texas, where he had resided for the past seven years. He was born July 26, 1920, son of Ruben S. and Maud Day Beck. He is survived by four children, Karl in the Peace Corps in Africa, Kirk of Fort Myers, Fla., Kim and Kellen in school in Massachusetts. There are several cousins in Gallia County. He was a 1938 graduate of Gallia Academy High School.
     He had resided in Middleport and was founder and owner of D. L. Beck Manufacturing Co. where they made Jeep tops, for which he held the patent before moving to Florida, later moving to Texas.
Burial was in Corpus Christi, Texas.

Gallipolis Tribune
Jan. 17, 1980
Transcribed by J. Farley


Beck, Edward Jr.

Funeral of Edward Beck Jr.
     Edward Beck Jr., whose death was mentioned in Wednesday’s issue, leaves his father, one brother and three sisters. Funeral services will be held by Rev. Thompson at 2 p. m. Friday, May 30, at Centenary and burial will be at Mound Hill by Undertaker Tope.

[Note: According to his death certificate available at familysearch.org, he was born March 4, 1914, died May 30, 1924 and was the son of Edward Beck and Etta May Rothgeb.]

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Thursday May 29, 1924
Transcribed by Suzanne H. Giroux


Beck, Eva Marie [Hively]

     Mrs. Eva Marie Beck, 74, a native of Gallia county, died at 1:10 p.m. Monday in Holzer hospital, where she had been a patient for 10 hours. She had been in failing health for several years. Mrs. Beck was a resident of Rodney.
     She was the widow of Oscar Beck, who preceded her in death Nov. 20, 1947. Mrs. Beck was born in Harrison twp., Nov. 2, 1889, daughter of the late Charles M. and Louise Houck Hively.
     Survivors are two sons and two daughters, Leslie Beck of Rt. 141, Staff Sgt. Bobby Lee Beck, stationed with the Air Force in Germany, Mrs. Bradford (Katherine) Massie of Carpenter and Mrs. Garland (Helena) Lear of Rodney. There are 17 grandchildren. Other survivors are a brother and sister, Stanley Hively of Northup and Mrs. William Kerns of Ft. Pierce, Fla.
     Mrs. Beck was a member of the Hopewell Baptist church. The body is at the Wetherholt-Elliott-Sanders Funeral home, and funeral arrangements will be announced when word is received from the son overseas.

[Buried in Mound Hill Cemetery, died Nov. 1963]

Gallipolis, Ohio Daily Tribune
November 7, 1963
Transcribed by Irene Hively Blamer                                                                    Top of Page


Beck, Henry

Henry Beck
     Henry Beck, living back of Bladen, died Thursday night after an illness of several weeks with stomach trouble.  He was aged forty and leaves a wife and family to mourn his death.  Burial was be [sic] at Bethel Saturday.

Gallipolis Journal
Tuesday, November 3, 1896
Transcribed by Suzanne Giroux


Beck, Homer T.

Homer T. Beck Is Heart Victim
     Homer Thomas Beck, 70, highly respected citizen of Gallipolis, died suddenly at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, following a heart attack. Mr. Beck, who had been in his usual good health, had left his home on an errand to the home of the late Mrs. Fannie Kraus, a sister-in-law, which adjoins his home on Vine St. When he did not return, his wife investigated, and found him lying on the floor but before medical aid could reach him, he expired. The Beck family home was at 16 Vine St.
     The deceased was noted for his industry and neighborliness and took pride in his gardening and other avocations. He had been employed for the past 10 years by the State highway department, and prior to that had been engaged for many years as a stogie maker. He was active in Democratic party circles and had served many years as a trustee of Gallipolis township, and several terms as a central committee man in the First Ward.
     Mr. Beck held membership in the Knights of Pythias Lodge and the lodge Modern Woodman. In his youth he had joined the Centenary Methodist Church.
     He was born in Green twp., Feb. 17, 1885, the son of the late Morgan and Susan Errette Beck. He was united in marriage to the former Leona North on June 26, 1910, and she survives. Others who survive are two sisters, Mrs. Cecil (Shirley) Brown, longtime employe of the Gallipolis Tribune, and Miss Grace Beck. One nephew, Robert Brown, is another survivor. One brother, Walter Beck, preceded him in death.
     Funeral services will be held at the Wetherholt Funeral Home at 2 p.m., Tuesday, with Rev. Linson H. Stebbins officiating. Burial will follow in Mound Hill Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home Monday evening and until the hour of the funeral. Pallbearers who will serve are John O’Dell, Ernest Tonkin, Evan Plymale, T. A. Thomas, James Mehaffey and his nephew, Robert Brown.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Monday, June 13, 1955
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron                                                                        Top of Page


Beck, Ira Enoch

Patriot Man Dies Sunday After Illness
     Ira Enoch Beck, 71, a resident of Rt. 1 Patriot, died at 2:10 a.m. Sunday after a short illness. He was born in Perry twp., on Dec. 20, 1890, the son of the late Samuel and Matilda White Beck. He spent his youth in this county and then went to Columbus where he was employed for 17 years by a chain company. He returned to his native county in 1954.
     His first marriage was to the former Belva Elliot and she preceded him in death in 1920. One son, Willard, born to that union died in 1918. His second marriage was to the former Lecta Myers on June 28, 1939, who survives. Other survivors are three sisters, Mrs. William (Roma) Boggs of Waterloo, Mrs. Esther Slade of Pontiac, Mich., and Mrs. Mike (Blanche) Wachal of Leonard, Mich. Two brothers and a sister preceded him in death.
     Services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Fox-Fairview church. Rev. William Siple will officiate and burial will follow in the church cemetery under the direction of the Wetherholt-Elliott Sanders Funeral home. Friends may call at the funeral home until noon Tuesday.

[Note: Ira Enoch Beck was born Dec 20, 1890, and died Feb. 19, 1961.]

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Unknown date
Transcribed by Deanna Partlow


Beck, Josephine

Death Calls Josephine Beck At Age Of 84
     Another of Gallia County’s native citizens was called by death Friday morning when Josephine Beck, one of the two surviving members of a large family passed away at the home of her sister Mrs. John McGath on upper Second avenue. Death was believed to have been due to heart trouble or hardening of the arteries and came at 8:50 a.m.
     She was the daughter of Leonard and Mary Beck, her father living to be a hundred years of age. She was born in Gallia county and lived at their old home in Green township until just after Christmas when she came in to her sister’s. From a family of eight children, Mrs. McGath is now the only survivor.
     Although funeral arrangements had not been definitely made, it was thought probably they would beheld from the Catholic church Monday with burial in charge of W.N. Hayward.

[Note: Josephine Beck died Feb. 5, 1926 and is buried at Mound Hill Cemetery. On the 1900 federal census of Gallia County, she reported being born in September 1842.]

Unknown newspaper
Unknown date
Transcribed by Deanna Partlow


Beck, Leonard

Almost a Hundred  
Leonard Beck Dies Lacking Only 15 Days of 100 Years Gallia County’s Oldest Citizen Passes to the Great Beyond
     Born on Sewickley Creek, Westmoreland County, seven miles from Greensburg, Pa. January 25, 1810. Died on Chillicothe road near Gallipolis, January 10, 1910.
     This is the span of life that Leonard Beck, one of the good citizens of these grand United States and of Gallia County, O. compassed in his career, only 15 days less than One Hundred Years. He came here with his parents Jacob and Mary Beck in 1815 and brother, George and sister, Betsey, both younger than he. Wilbur, Susannah, Sarah were all born here, but he survived them all.
     His parents settled on the David Lasley place, later known as the Pitrat farm just this side of Clipper Mill on the river. They lived there only a short time until they moved to Green Township, cutting a road across through the country which was then a woods and wilderness, and Gallipolis a city of cabins of the most primitive sort.
     The first acquaintances they made were John Sanns and Francis LeClercq and John Richardson, a tavern keeper at what is now the Stockoff Bros. wholesale Grocery house corner.
     They bought 62 acres of land of John Richardson and Ed and John Beck, Wm Beck’s grandchildren still own that property.
     Father Jacob prospered in the wilderness and bought afterward what is known as the Steinbeck place, Morgan Beck’s and Leonard Beck, Jr. place and the August Engel and John Preston place, in all 395 acres. The farm afterwards was divided among his children and 50 acres fell to Leonard, the subject of this sketch, to which he added 170 and owned at his death 110 undivided acres which he farmed as late as last summer and fall.
     In 1835 before most of us were born he married Mary A. Swigert, and they rode horseback over to Squire Giles Harrington on the Abe Hutsinpillar place where Henry Klicker now lives to be married and there was a big crowd there to see them arrive and see the marriage ceremony performed and help eat one of the biggest dinners ever set in the county up to that date. They returned to Leonard’s home the next day and were received by his mother very coldly for she had her objections as mothers sometimes do. His father died in 1833 at the age of 43 of pleurisy. They got along however, until the next fall when they went to housekeeping and struggled along toiling industriously everyday, and each year saw them a little further ahead than the year before. Leonard never used liquor, nor tobacco, and very little meat, was a good eater and a good sleeper, paid every debt he owed and cheated nor gouged no one.
     His companion died in 1876 and for 34 years Leonard has struggled on treading the wine press alone, and like an eagle never mated but once. The children who have been ever kind and attentive to him and survive him are Mrs. Jacob Schartz, mother of Billy, the single man, Mrs. George Anderson, mother of Charley, the grocer, Mrs. John McGath, of this city, Mrs. Silas Cheney and Leonard Beck, Jr. and he left 31 grand children and 5 great grand children, unless there are more born since last May when we last talked with Uncle Leonard and took these notes.
     When Mr. Beck got old enough to come to town and make notes of things the principal people that were prominent and talked about were Francis LeClercq, Charles Creuzet, John Sanns, Roman Menager, Jos. DeVacht, Peter Farrard, Christopher Ruby and Louis Souverain.
     LeClercq was Postmaster, John Sanns was the baker, Charles Creuzet, a cigar maker, Squire Bureau was a merchant, Mons. DeVacht repaired watches, Farrard was a brick maker, Ruby kept store, Souverain was the Sheriff, Harry Cushing kept hotel where the “Our House” is. Not more that 50 homes in the place and they were occupied mostly by the Frenchmen, and mostly on the river bank, and he says the river was not more than a quarter as wide as it is now. Wolves, turkeys and Indians constituted nearly the entire country population. The Choctaw Indians had a trail through to Chillicothe. When he was married Royal Hayward, brother of undertaker Will C. Hayward’s father made his wedding clothes and Frank Cheney’s grandfather made his hat. Col. Robert Safford had a still house and made corn and rye whiskey.
     Uncle Leonard has seen wonderful changes in that span of life of his and we are all sorry that he could not have lived on for many years. Harmless, inoffensive, honest, upright, esteemed by everybody, he has finally gone down the oldest of all the oaks in the forest and may peace be with him everywhere.
     His body was brought to his daughter’s, Mrs. John McGath’s this Monday afternoon. The funeral services will be conducted by Rev. Father Kessler at St. Louis Catholic Church at 9 or 10 o’clock, Thursday morning, the interment by Hayward following at Mound Hill Cemetery.
     The pall bearers will be his grandsons---Will Anderson, Homer Beck, Luther Beck, Robert McGath, John Cheney and Blake Schartz.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
January 10, 1910
Submitted by Dorothy Frazier                                                                          Top of Page


Beck, Sarah Jane [Denney]

     Sarah Jane Denney Beck, daughter of Samuel and Mary Boyles Denney, was born October 30, 1841, near Bidwell, Gallia County, Ohio, and departed this life May 13, 1925, at the home of her daughter near Gallipolis, Ohio, aged 83 years, 6 months and 13 days. All of her early years were spent near Harris. She was a very obedient and helpful daughter and almost a mother to her younger brothers.
     After the Civil War came to a close, she was united in marriage to William Beck, on April 17, 1870, and to this union were born seven children, namely two daughters, Mrs. Harry Coulson and Mrs. D. W. DeWitt, and five sons, Oscar, Reuben, John and Edward, all of Gallia County, and W. F. Beck of Erie, Pa., and also twenty three grandchildren of whom four have preceded her to the great beyond.
     She became a member of the M. E. church about the year 1868, and has lived a faithful member until death. She spent her life trying to do her best for her children; no sacrifice was too great for her to make for them. She was a kind and loving wife and a good neighbor. She has been in failing health for a few years and on February 13, 1925, she was stricken with paralysis; she rallied but had to keep her bed these last months. Tuesday afternoon she became worse and continued so until the end came. All through her sickness she was never known to complain.

It's a mother's hand that guides us
Through childhood's happy days;
It's a mother's faith that tides us
When we're past the years of play.

And the truest love is mother's,
For it has no selfish aim,
And through all the years in passing,
Her heart beats just the same.

[Note: Buried in Mound Hill cemetary]

The Gallia Times
May 28, 1925
Transcribed by Irene Hively Blamer                                                                    Top of Page


Beck, Susan [Errett]

Mrs. Susan Beck Dies Suddenly At Early Hour
Lacked But One Day of Attaining Four-Score
Funeral Rites Set For 2:30 Sunday

     Mrs. Susan Beck, widow of Morgan Beck, died very suddenly of heart trouble at 1 o’clock this morning at her home, 117 Fourth ave. Last night she appeared to be in her usual health. But around midnight she experienced a severe heart attack and her daughter, Miss Grace, who lived with her, called a physician. Before the physician could get there she was dead. Mrs. Beck would have been 80 years old tomorrow, having been born on Oct. 13, 1854, in Green tp., a daughter of John and Mary Love Erit.
     She and Mr. Beck were united in marriage by the late Rev. John W. McCormick on July 11, 1880. Many will still remember Mr. Beck’s shocking demise, for he was gored to death by a bull on his farm in Green tp., but just outside the city. That occurred 27 years ago. Not long afterward the widow and children moved into town.
There survive, besides the daughter named, one son, Homer T. Beck, another daughter, Mrs. Shirley Brown, wife of Cecil Brown and linotype operator for The Tribune, and one grandson, Bobby Brown.
     Mrs. Beck was a devout member of the Baptist church for many years and her life was devoted to her loved ones and to her church. Hers was an exemplary character and she was esteemed by her neighbors and all who knew her. Funeral services will be held at the First Baptist church at 2:30 Sunday, with Rev. George Sagen in charge. Burial in Mound Hill cemetery by Funeral Director Elias Wetherholt.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Friday, October 12, 1934

6 Brothers, Sisters, Survive Mrs. Beck
Name Pall Bearers
     Four brothers and two sisters survive Mrs. Susan Errett Beck, account of whose death appeared in Friday’s paper. They are: Mrs. Jose Numbers, Edgerton, Kansas; Mrs. Sam Errett, Buffalo, W. Va.; Mrs. Ida Dollard, Attica, Kansas; John Errett, Springfield, Ohio, Mrs. Mary Frazier, Fraziers Bottom, W. Va., and Charles Errett of near Attica, Kansas. (John and Mrs. Frazier are twins.) Two brothers and two sisters are dead. Mrs. Beck had one son, Walter, in addition to the one named as surviving her. Walter died in Columbus in 1925.
     The following pall bearers have been selected: Strod Kuhn, Fred Boggs, Henry Worman, Kenneth Frazier, Fritz Swigert, Bert Rose. Services will be held at the First Baptist church at 2:30 Sunday. Burial in Mound Hill cemetery by Elias Wetherholt.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Saturday, October 13, 1934
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Beck, Walter H

Death of Walter Beck

     Walter H. Beck, age 42, son of Mrs. Susan Beck, died at St. Anthony's Hospital in Columbus, Thursday, Nov. 12, 1925, after a short illness with pneumonia. His remains arrived here Friday evening and were taken to the home of his mother, 117 Fourth Avenue.
     Mr. Beck is survived by his mother, two sisters, Miss Grace and Mrs. Cecil Brown and one brother, Homer Beck, of this city. His father, Mr. Morgan Beck, died several years ago.
     Funeral services were held at the home Sunday afternoon at 3 o'clock by Rev. Robt. Pierce. Burial at Mound Hill in charge of Wetherholt & Entsminger.

[Note: Death Certificate..born 1885, died Nov. 19, 1925, Columbus, OH; aged 40 years. Single ]

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Nov. 21, 1925
Transcribed by F.K. Brown


Beck, Wealthy E. [Day]

     BECK – The funeral services in memory of Mrs. Reuben Beck were held in the Mercerville Baptist church, Saturday morning, April 30, conducted by ministers Arthur P. Cherrington and E.L. Sheets. Her body was gently laid to rest in Gallipolis Mound Hill cemetery. Below is the obituary read at the service.
     Mrs. Wealthy Elizabeth Beck, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Orlando Day, after a long and continued illness died Wednesday, 11 p.m. Apr. 27, 1910, at the home of her parents in Mercerville, O.
     She was born in Gallia Co., Ohio, Nov. 21st, 1881, and was therefore 28 yrs. 5 mo. And 6 days.
She was married to Rueben Beck Oct. 27, 1907. She leaves a husband, father, mother, one sister Mrs. Lena Cheney and a large circle of relatives and friends to mourn her sad demise.
     She was converted in 1900 while Rev. Ward was holding meeting at Mt. Carmel church and lived a devoted Christian life from that time until her death. She had been in poor health for sometime. Her sufferings and heavy burdens can never be described, but she never forgot in her severest sufferings the great and good God who takes care of us all and carries us safely over “The River of Death.”
     She told the family while at her bedside “she would like to live for the sake of her home and family.” She also said “there was a bright star in heaven for her and how nice it would be for us all to meet her in heaven and that she would soon be an angel in heaven.” While they are bowing in humble submission to the mandate of Him who makes no mistakes they realize they have lost a loving wife and daughter, but our Dear Father who cares for us all who loves his children has prepared her a bright and beautiful home beyond the grave, and the spirit of Dear Wealthy will only wait a brief period when in sweetness and love she will meet her friends to part no more.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
May 20, 1910
Transcribed by Deanna Partlow


Beck, William

Wm. Beck, Molder, Dies At Erie, Pa.
     Word was received here yesterday that William Beck, who was born and reared and spent the most of his life in this community, had died at his home in Erie, Pa. He was a molder. Mr. Beck was a son of William and Sarah Denney Beck and was born near Gallipolis but in Green tp. 65 years ago.
     On Dec. 20, 1896, he was united in marriage to Flora McCall of this county by Rev. John Rose. She and three children survive. Also surviving are these four brothers and two sisters: Reuben S. Beck, Raccoon Island; Ed, John and Oscar Beck, Mrs. Rose DeWitt and Mrs. Jane Coulson, all of Green tp.
     Funeral was to be held in Erie today, the Tribune was told.

[Note: Ann Simmerman wrote "April 1938" on the obituary.]

Newspaper (Gallipolis Daily Tribune, April 1938) clipping found in the Simmerman files, Beck-Betz file, Bossard Library.
Transcribed by Lynn Anders


Beck, William

William Beck Dies
     Relatives here have been informed of the recent death and burial on Friday of William Beck, aged 65 years, a native of Green Township and a Gallipolis resident for a number of years.
     Beck, a son of Mr. & Mrs. William Beck, married Miss Flora McCall here on Dec. 20, 1896. She and three children survive him.
     Brothers and sisters all living in this county are Reuben S. Beck... (rest of article missing)

Gallipolis Paper
No date
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Beckett, Carl Thomas

Mr. Beckett, 62, Succumbs
     Carl Thomas Beckett, 62, a resident of 725 Fourth Ave., Gallipolis, formerly of Georges Creek Rd., died at 4:55 this morning in the Holzer Medical Center. He had been in failing health for the past seven years and in a serious condition the past three weeks.
     Mr. Beckett was a retired shear operator for the Brown Steel Co., Columbus. He was born Aug. 22, 1908, in Mason County to the late James Beckett and Nancy Mouring Beckett.
     Survivors include his wife, Bonnie Erwin Beckett, and a brother, Russell, of Columbus. Three sisters and a brother preceded him in death. Mr. Beckett spent most of his lifetime in Gallia County.
     Funeral services will be held at 3 p. m. Sunday from the Waugh-Halley-Wood Funeral Home with Rev. Ronald Justice officiating. Burial will be in Campaign Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home from 7-9 p. m. Saturday.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Thursday, September 17, 1970
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron


Beckett, Evan

     It is reported that Evan Beckett, 21, of Proctorville, has died in an army camp of pneumonia. His mother was formerly Miss Annie Blazer, a sister of Wilson Blazer of near this city.

The Gallia Times
Wednesday, October 9, 1918
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron


Beckey, Ethel W.

     Ethel W. Beckey, 100. Englewood (Ohio) Manor Nursing Home, died Monday at her residence. Born July 24, 1886 in Gallia County to Frank Switzer and Abigale Watson. She was a retired employee of Children Services in Montgomery County and a member of Addison United Methodist Church.
     Survivors include two sons Jack Beckey, Englewood and Bob Beckey, Mars, Pa.; two daughters
Kathleen Hall, Florida and Edna Wise of California; 13 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren. One son and one daughter preceded her in death.
     Graveside services will be held at noon Wednesday at Gravel Hill Cemetery, Cheshire. Friends may call 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Morton and Whetstone Funeral Home Vandalia, Ohio.

Gallipolis Tribune
Dec. 29, 1986
Transcribed by J. Farley


Beeson, Plummer

P. Beeson, 55, Middleport, Died Sunday
Formerly A Postmaster At Middleport
Once Resident of Gallia Co.

     Plummer Beeson, 55, who was related and quite well known here, died Sunday evening at his home in Middleport. Although it was reported that he was a native of Gallia county this was not verified but it is known that he had lived here.
     He was a cousin of Charles H. Switzer and his father, Will Beeson, survives, as do his widow, Mrs. Mildred Thompson Beeson, and a brother, Leo Beeson, and sister, Miss Helen Beeson, who lives in Columbus.
     Mr. Beeson was prominently identified with the business and civic life at Middleport. He served as assistant postmaster, then postmaster and recently had been associated with the Priode Lumber Co. at Middleport. He was a city councilman for four terms and belonged to the Modern Woodmen, K. of P., and Masons.
     Funeral services will be held at his late home at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday. Interment in the Middleport cemetery by the Rawling-Coates Co.

[Note: From census records; b. 1884]

No paper or date.
From the newspaper collection of Harold and Odella Mack.
Transcribed by Shari Little-Creech


Beever, Charles

     Charles Homer Beever, 84, died Tuesday in a Huntington Hospital. Mr. Beever was born June 1, 1889, in Gallia County, son of the late F.M. and Lititia Halley Beever. He was preceded in death by his wife, Lydia Beever, in 1972. Mr. Beever was a member of the Otterbein United Methodist Church in Huntington and the Men's Gideon Bible Class. One daughter, Mrs. Ernest H. Jones, Huntington, survives. Three grandchildren and three great grandchildren survive. Three brothers preceded him in death.
     Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Thursday at the Kincaid-Mann Mortuary, Huntington, with Rev. Carl Burrows officiating. Friends may call from 6-9 p.m. Wednesday at the mortuary. Burial will be in Crown City Cemetery.

Gallipolis newspaper,
1973
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Beghtel, Neva Justine [Kanousche]

Neva Beghtel
     Neva Justine Beghtel, 92, of 3335 South Florida Avenue, Lakeland, Fla., and formerly of Springfield, died Tuesday, May 14, 1991. She was born March 28, 1899 in Gallia, the daughter of Charles W. and Caroline (Hively) Kanoushe. She was a member of the Highland Park Church of the Nazarene in Lakeland. She was preceded in death by her husband, Hollis Neal, and is survived by three nieces.
     Friends may call from 3-5 p.m. Sunday in the Richards, Raff and Dunbar Memorial Home. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday in the memorial home. Burial will be in Glen Haven Memorial Gardens.

Unknown newspaper
Unknown date
Transcribed by Deanna Partlow


Beilstein, Edward L.

E. L. Beilstein, 57, Dies In Huntington
Burial Will Be Made Wednesday At Mound Hill
     Edward L. Beilstein, who lived the greater part of his life in Gallipolis died Sunday morning at his home 1909 Seventh Avenue, Huntington. He was 57 years old.
     Mr. Beilstein left here about Sept. 1. He had been employed at the Walter Chick Hatchery when his health began to fail. He was treated in a Huntington hospital, but was never able to work after going to Huntington. He was one of two sons of the late Mr. and Mrs. George Beilstein of Garfield Avenue. The other son, Robert, preceded him.
     He is survived by his wife, who has been an invalid for about two years and a son and daughter by a former marriage. Lewis Beilstein, with the Army Air Forces in China, and Mrs. Elizabeth Souder of Gahanna.
     Funeral services will be held at the home in Huntington Wednesday morning at 11 o’clock. Burial will follow on the Beilstein family lot in Mound Hill Cemetery. Willis Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Monday, Nov. 5, 1945
Transcribed by Sandy Lee Milliron


Beilstein, Robert George

Sudden Death of Mr. Robert Beilstein
     Mr. Robert G. Beilstein, son of Mr. and Mrs. George Beilstein, living just below town on the old Col. Harvey place, died rather suddenly, at about 4 p.m., Monday, of apoplexy. He had been in poor health for sometime and unable to follow his occupation of moulder. For a few days he had complained of his head, and Monday afternoon, his mother was talking with Dr. Mack about him, and just requesting him to call down next day and see him, when a messenger came for them to come quickly, that he was very bad and had fallen unconscious. Dr. Mack and his mother were soon there and found him as stated uncon-scious. Dr. Mack called Dr. Holzer and they did all they could for him, but he soon passed away.
     He was a splendid young man well liked by everyone. He had been a member of the M. E. church since he was 12 years old and had brought his membership with him from Detroit, when he came here six years ago. His father is miller at Resener & Co’s Mill, and Robert was a moulder in the foundry of Thompson & Francis, until he was obliged to quit work on account of his health. He is survived by his parents and one brother, Edward, who is also a molder. He was a member of the Modern Woodmen of American and in his 25th year.
     The funeral services are not determined definitely, but it is presumed will be Friday afternoon, conducted by Rev. F. M. Evans, of Grace M. E. church and the interment by Wetherholt at Mound Hill cemetery. His parents, brother and other relatives will have the sympathy of all in the loss of so kind and devoted a son and brother and fine young man cut off in the prime of life that promised much of usefulness and honor.

[Note: 5/21/1888 - 5/12/1913 s/o of George J. & Minnie Ellis Beilstein]

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Tuesday, May 13, 1913
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron


Belcher, James P.

James P. Belcher Dies Friday Night
     GALLIPOLIS - James P. Belcher, 77, died early Friday morning at his home on Garfield Ave.  He had been in frail health for some time. Mr. Belcher was born at Malden, W. Va., a son of Joseph A. and Rebecca Gwinn Belcher. He came to Gallipolis when young and spent most of his life in this community.  He was a retired stove foundry foreman.
     He is survived by his wife, Anna Scheneberger Belcher, a son Paul E. Belcher, who holds an executive position with the First Central Trust Co. of Akron; a daughter, Miss Louise Belcher of West Palm Beach, Fla.; a sister, Mrs. Divers Plymale, Thivener, four brothers, former Chief of Police, Wm. H. Belcher and Allen Belcher, Gallipolis; Thomas Belcher, Buffalo, W. Va. and Frank Belcher, Los Angeles, Calif.
     Funeral services will be held Sunday afternoon at 4 at the Geo. J. Wetherholt and Sons funeral home. Burial in Mound Hill Cemetery.

The Athens Sunday Messenger
March 10, 1946
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron


Belcher, Rebecca

Mrs. Rebecca Belcher Died Saturday Morning
     Mrs. Rebecca Belcher, widow of Allan Belcher and mother of Officer William Belcher, died at 1 o’clock Saturday morning, Nov. 22, 1924, at the home of her son Mr. James Belcher on Garfield Avenue. Mrs. Belcher was born in Boone County, W. Va., and was 82 years, one month and twelve days old at the time of her death. She has lived in Gallipolis since 1881.
     Mrs. Belcher was a member of the Baptist church and a most highly respected and esteemed lady whose death is greatly regretted by all who knew her. She has been ill for the past four months.
     Surviving Mrs. Belcher are five sons: William, James and Allan of this city, Thomas of Raymond City, W. Va., and Frank of Los Angeles, Calif., and daughters, Mrs. Blanche Sterling of Salem, O., and Mrs. Divas Plymale of Yellowtown. One daughter Flora, wife of Lynn Greene, died ten years ago. Mrs. Belcher’s husband preceded her in death several years ago.
     Funeral services will be conducted Sunday afternoon at 2 o’clock at the residence of Mr. James Belcher by Rev. Mr. Peirce. Interment at Mound Hill by funeral director Hayward.

Gallipolis Tribune
Saturday, November 22, 1924
Transcribed by Suzanne Giroux


Belcher, Rose [Smeltzer]

Death Comes Suddenly To Mrs. William H. Belcher
     At seemingly shortening intervals lately Death has paid his visits to Gallipolis homes. One shock after another has come in rapid succession and the latest is caused by the news of the passing of Mrs. Rose Smeltzer Belcher, wife of William H. Belcher. This beloved woman died at 3:25 Thursday afternoon at the home of her son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. J.H. Grate, in Middleport. She succumbed to a heart attack.

Lived 74 years, 2 days
     Mrs. Belcher had been slowly failing since Christmas, Mr. Belcher said today. Saturday, she went to Middleport because she and Mr. Grate customarily celebrated their birthdays together, his being on March 3, hers on March 5- her 74th. Tuesday, she became seriously ill and Mr. Belcher was summoned. She grew steadily weaker, but remained conscious till the end.
     Mrs. Belcher was born in Gallipolis in 1866, a daughter of Lewis and Mariah Ripley Smeltzer, and her whole life was spent here. Her marriage to Mr. Belcher occurred Oct. 5, 1886, and their wedlock has been marked by mutual and unfailing devotion. Both of them became members of the Baptist church when it was organized here in the early '80's and held its first meetings in the old Academy building.
     Surviving, besides the husband and one brother, Pete Smeltzer, are two daughters, Mrs. Grate, already named, and Mrs. Asa Houck, who lives next door to the Belcher home on First ave. below Grape. There are seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
     Mrs. Belcher was a member of the Pocahontas degree of the Red Men, Rebekahs, Royal Neighbors, Pythian Sisters, and the Gallia County Council No. 114, D. of A. (which honored her with a handkerchief shower on Monday night, though she was unable to attend.)
     Last evening the body was brought from Middleport to the Entsminger mortuary. Funeral services will be held at 4 o'clock Sunday afternoon at the Baptist church, with Rev. George Sagen in charge. Burial will follow in Mound Hill.

[Note: Death certificate indicates dob March 5, 1866, dod March 7, 1940.]

Newspaper (March, 1940 Gallipolis) clipping found in the Simmerman files, Ripley file, Bossard Library.
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Bell, Carrie [Day]

Mrs. Bell, 84, Claimed
     Mrs. Carrie Bell, 84, who had suffered fractures of both hips in recent years died at 12:10 p.m. Sunday in the Mark Rest Center at McConnelsville. Mrs. Bell was a longtime resident of Gallipolis and at one time operated the old Olsemer Hotel. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church. A native of Pomeroy, she was born on Nov. 28, 1876, daughter of Charles F. and Amanda Maupin Day. Her father operated a restaurant in Gallipolis many years ago.
     Mrs. Bell is survived by two daughters, Mrs. John (Virginia) Oshel of Pt. Pleasant and Mrs. James (Ellen) McHaffey of Gallipolis. There are three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. One brother preceded her in death. Mrs. Bell made her home here with a sister-in-law, Miss Nellie Bell at 113 Second Avenue.
     Services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Wetherholt-Elliott-Sanders Funeral home. Rev. L. H. Stebbins and Rev. James Lee Harter will officiate. Burial will be in Mound Hill cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home after 7 p.m. today and until the hour of the service.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Monday, April 24, 1961
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron


Bell, Charlotte

     Died on Saturday, the 11th inst., at six o'clock in the evening, Charlotte Bell, daughter of Robert K. and Mary A. Sisson, aged 2 years, 10 months, and 11 days.

The Gallipolis Journal
January 16, 1862
Transcribed by Eva Swain Hughes


Bell, Effie [Irion]

Mrs. Effie Bell Claimed Suddenly
    
Mrs. Effie Bell died suddenly Sunday morning at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Oliver Lyle, 628 Third Ave. Although she had broken her hip several years ago, she had recovered sufficiently to be able to walk and had seemed to be as well as usual.
     Mrs. Bell lacked just six years [days] of reaching her 86th birthday, having been born Sept. 11, 1862. She was the daughter of the late John T. and Mariah Poole Irion. She was married in April, 1880, to the late William W. Bell and is survived, besides her daughter, Mrs. Lyle, by two sons, J. G. Bell, Flint, Mich., Brooks Bell, Grand Rapids, Mich.; one brother, Harry Irion, Washington, D. C.; and four grandchildren, eleven great grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter.
     Friends may call after 7 o’clock Tuesday evening at the funeral home of George J. Wetherholt & Sons; after 10 o’clock Wednesday morning, friends may call at the Lyle home, 628 Third Ave., where services will be held at 2 o’clock Wednesday afternoon by Rev. L. A. Donnally with burial at Mound Hill by George J. Wetherholt & Sons.

[Note: 9/11/1862 - 9/5/1948. Her daughter, Mrs. Oliver Lyle’s name was Bessie Grace Lyle.]

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Tuesday, September 7, 1948
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron


Bell, Frank

Frank Bell, 72 Dies Monday of Heart Trouble

     Frank Bell, 72, prominent retired merchant of this city, died at his home on Third Avenue early Monday morning, following several days illness with heart trouble. His death was not unexpected as his condition had been very low since last Friday.
     Mr. Bell was the youngest son of the late Henry and Sarah Bell of this city. He was born December 10, 1856 and lived his entire life in Gallipolis. Mr. Bell's early business experience was with the old Hutchinson and Baldridge Hardware store on Court Street, with whom he was associated until 1881.
     He was married October 19, 1881 to Miss Fannie Holloway, only daughter of Capt. and Mrs. John Holloway of this city. Mr. and Mrs. Bell had one daughter, Bessie, who was born September 6, 1882, and died January 8, 1924. She was the wife of Mr. Joe Moch of this city.
     Mr. Bell entered the shoe business in Gallipolis in 1881 and was the owner of one of the principal stores here until about two years ago when he retired.
     Mr. Bell was a life long member of the First Presbyterian Church, and for the past 37 years had been an elder and treasurer of the church. Funeral services will be held Wednesday afternoon by Rev. Wood Duff. The time and place to be announced later. Burial will be in Mound Hill Cemetery in charge of W. N. Hayward.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
January 7, 1929
Transcribed by Danielle Frogale-Dorso


Bell, Jeannette [Kent]

Mrs. Wilbur Bell Dead At Home in Baltimore
     News was received Monday of the death early in the morning of Mrs. Wilbur Bell at her home in Baltimore, Md.  Mrs. Bell is a former resident of this county and before her marriage was Jeannette Kent.  She had gone with her family to reside in Baltimore about six years ago.  Mr[s]. Bell was the daughter of Mrs. Augusta Kent of Porter, who with the husband, a daughter, two brothers, Merle of Columbus, and Kenneth at home, survives.  Arrangements for funeral and burial were not known at this time.

Bell Funeral Wednesday
 The body of Mrs. Wilbur Bell, (Jeannette Kent) who died Monday morning in Baltimore, Md., will arrive Wednesday on the noon C. & O. train and will be taken to the home of her mother, Mrs. Augusta Kent at Porter.  Funeral services will be conducted there that afternoon at 3:30 o’clock.  Burial will be in Fairview cemetery in charge of Wetherholt and Entsminger.

[Note: born in 1885]

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Tuesday, November 18, 1930
Transcribed by Suzanne H. Giroux


Bell, Mary Adelaide [Cole]

Dies At Huntington
Remains of Mrs. Edgar Bell Will Be Brought to Gallia County for Burial
     Mrs. Edgar Bell, 1142 Fourth avenue, died at five o’clock this morning. Mrs. Bell was previous to her marriage, Miss Mary Adalaide Cole, daughter of W. F. and S. C. Cole, both of whom are deceased. She was born November 19, 1851 in Clay township, Gallia County, O.
     She was married to Edgar Bell April 8, 1874. To them were born three children, only one of whom, Mrs. Amy Jensen of Detroit, is living. Mr. Bell, the dead woman’s husband is a well known contractor here. Besides her husband and daughter, Mrs. Bell leaves two brothers, S. T. Cole and L. F. Cole of Lisbon, N. D., and two sisters, Mrs. Reese Williams of Huntington and Miss Samantha Cole of Raccoon Island, Ohio.
     Mrs. Bell united with the Methodist Episcopal church at Clay Chapel at the age of twelve years and from that time lived a consistent Christian life. Short funeral services will be held at the residence, 1142 Fourth avenue, Thursday evening at seven o’clock. The remains will be taken to Clay Chapel cemetery for burial on Friday. Dr. A. J. Hiatt, pastor of the First M. E. Church will accompany the funeral party and will conduct services at the grave. -- Huntington Advertiser.

[Note: Buried as Addie Bell in Clay Chapel Cemetery.]

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Friday, January 19, 1912
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron


Bell, Mary Ellen [Holcomb]

Death of Mrs. Thomas L. Bell
     Mrs. Mary Ellen Bell, widow of the late Thomas L. Bell, passed away Thursday evening at 8:30, July 12, 1923, after an illness of 5 weeks, which confined her to her bed. Over a year ago, she fell and broke her hip, from which accident she never fully recovered her former health.
     She was 82 years old, the daughter of an old respected English family, Frances and Mary Holcomb. October 28, 1869 she was married to Thomas L. Bell of Scotland, who will be remembered as proprietor and owner of a large flour mill, and who preceded her seven years ago.
     She leaves five sisters, two daughters, Misses Mame and Nellie. Miss Mame is a partner in the flour mill of Bell and Shaw, and book-keeper while Miss Nellie remained at home. Frank R., her only son, died of flu Nov. 11, 1918. Three grandchildren, Mrs. Virginia Sayre, Miss Ellen Bell, and Thomas E. Bell.
     In her early years she became a member of the Universalist church. In her declining years her two daughters took up her mantle and devoted their time to her comfort and to the things she loved, especially her flowers.  The sympathy of the community is extended to them.
     The funeral will be conducted by Rev. John Glenn of the Presbyterian church at three o’clock Sunday from her home on Second Ave.  Burial at Mound Hill by W. N. Hayward.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Friday July 13, 1923
Transcribed by Suzanne H. Giroux


Bell, Thomas Little

Thomas L. Bell Dead
Prominent Manufacturer and Mason dies at Seventy-three
     Thomas Little Bell died of a general nervous breakdown at his residence on lower Second Avenue in the city at 12:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 13, 1916, after an illness of two weeks, which followed a year or more of gradually declining health and strength.
     He was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, Nov. 7, 1843, and was in his 73d year at the time of his death. His parents were Robert and Mary Bell. In 1866 Mr. Bell came to America, remaining a year in Aberdeen, Ohio, and then removing to Gallipolis where he has lived ever since except six year spent in Point Pleasant 1892 to 1896.
     In 1869 in the city he married Mary Ellen Holcomb, who survives him with three children, Mame, Frank and Nellie, all of Gallipolis, half-sister Catherine Fox, who has resided with him for some years. Two full sisters also survive him – Mrs. Wm. Blackie Edinburgh and Mrs. Eliza Duncanson who lives near Dublin, Ireland.
     Mr. Bell was a Miller by trade and has also been identified with milling except for a period of five years when he was treasurer of the Treasure Stoves Works. In 1904 he purchased the Anchor Mills of this city, and was active in their management up into the time of his last illness.
     The funeral will be Saturday at 2 p.m. from his late residence, with religious services by the Rev. Hugh Evans, followed by the burial services of the Knights Templars conducted by the Rose Commandery No. 43 of Gallipolis. The interment will be at Mound Hill by Hayward.
     The death of Mr. Bell removes a man of unusual qualities of mind and heart from a large circle of friends, who deeply regret his passing. He was companionable man, loved an argument, was strong in his convictions, and immovable once his mind was made up. The editor of this paper counted him among his true friends, and enjoyed many times the social gifts and those little courtesies which made life pleasant. For many years Mr. Bell was prominent in the various Masonic bodies of the city, and an active worker in them. He was also associated with the United Commercial Travelers and the Elks.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
September 14, 1916
Transcribed by Jessica L. Weber

Bell, Thomas L.

     Thomas L. Bell, aged 72 years, passed away at his home in this city last Wednesday after an illness of several weeks duration. The funeral services were held at his late home on Saturday afternoon by Rev. Hugh Evans, the interment following in Mound Hill by the Rose Commandery Knight Templar.
     Mr. Bell was born in Edinburgh, Scotland. He came to America in 1866, and located here soon after. He is survived by his wife, daughters Mayme and Nellie and a son Frank. He was a miller by trade and since 1904 he has owned and operated the Anchor Mill of this city.

Gallia Times
Sept. 20, 1916
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Bell, Wm. W.

     Mr. Wm. W. Bell residing on lower 4th avenue, passed away Thursday evening about 9 o'clock March 27, 1913. No definite arrangements have been made for the funeral services at this time but they will probably be Sunday. Undertaker Wetherholt has charge of the body.
     Mr. Bell was born in Marietta, O, December 1, 1853, and was a carpenter by occupation. He went to Raccoon Island in 1857, and was united in marriage with Miss Effie [sic], March 26, 1879.
     He joined the M. E. Church at Ohio Chapel in 1895, and was a pleasant well liked man by everyone.
Of late years he had been employed at the Treasure Store. Works [sic] until he was taken ill. Last fall he went to Colorado in quest of health but came back unimproved, and after arriving at home seemed to grow better and to be getting along, until this late bad spell of weather set in. His trouble was pulmonary and of the heart and he succumbed very quickly, not having been regarded as serious until two days before his death.
     He is survived by his wife, two sons, Brooks J. Bell of this city and Joseph Garrett Bell of Pueblo, Col., and one daughter, Bessie, wife of Mr. Oliver Lyle of this city. He was a member of the Jr. O. C. A. M. of Chambersburg in good standing and went to his end with the highest respect and esteem of all who knew him.
     He was also a member of the Patriotic Sons of America.

[Note: Buried in Mound Hill cemetery]

Gallipolis paper
March 1913
Transcribed by Irene Hively Blamer


Belville, Albert

Albert Belville Dead
     Another one of the good citizens of our community has been taken from us by the grim hand of death. Albert Belville departed this life at his home in Guyan township, Thursday morning, November 30, 1922, following a long illness of yellow jaundice. Mr. Belville was born in Noble county, Ohio, November 30, 1863, and at the time of his death was exactly sixy-nine years old. He was the son of Springer and Mahala Belville, and was one of the members of the Nobel county colony which emigrated to Guyan township in the early seventies.
     On January 31, 1878, he was united in marriage to Nancy Barry, daughter of James Barry, another one of the sturdy colonists. She is still living. Twelve children were born to this union, ten of whom are still living as follows: Sam and Mrs. Bessie Zimmerman of Huntington, W. Va., Bert of Camden, O., Ferman, Walden, Mrs. Letha Massie and Mrs. Addie Wells of Crown City, Stanley and Mrs. Dellie Taug of Greasy Ridge, O., and Mrs. Grace Corn of Miller, O. Other surviving relatives are five brothers, Sam and William of Huntington, Wesley of Lecton, O., Thomas of Cumberland, O., and Forest of Gallipolis, and a sister, Mrs. Harriet Thompson of Stafford, Ohio. Mr. Belville also had a wide circle of friends who regret his departure from among them.
     He was a farmer by occupation and was one of the first tobacco growers in Guyan township. He was an upright citizen and a useful man in the community. He was a member of the Christian faith and a few days before his death he was baptized by his friend and neighbor, Rev. George Johnson, who is also a native of Nobel county and Mr. Belville's senior by only a few months.
     Funeral services were held from the Good Hope church Sunday evening and attended by over five hundred people. Rev. Johnson delivered a touching funeral sermon, after which burial followed in the cemtery in charge of Albert E. Tops.

Gallipolis Times
Dec 7, 1922
Transcribed by Maxine Marshall                                                                         Top of Page


Belville, Morris

Died from Poison
     Morris Belville, 24, son of William Belville and a native of the lower end of Gallia County, was found dead from self-administered poison in his father’s home at Huntington. He was unmarried and suffering from injuries received in an auto accident several months ago.

The Gallia Times
April 22, 1937
Transcribed by Deanna Partlow


Belville, Tennessee [Sheets]

Died of Apoplexy
     Mrs. Tennessee A. Belville, aged about fifty years, widow of the late James Belville, died of apoplexy at her home in Guyan township Monday, January 9, 1922. She was the daughter of Samuel Sheets and was a native of this township. She leaves several grown children who will mourn the loss of an affectionate and dutiful mother.
     The funeral services were conducted at the Good Hope Church Thursday evening, by Rev. George Johnson. Interment was made in the church cemetery in charge of J. W. Stevers.

The Gallia Times - Crown City News
Thursday, January 19, 1922
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron


Beman, Fred S.

     Fred Safford Beman, 72, of Thurman, died Monday, Dec. 28, 1992, at his residence following an extended illness. Born April 16, 1920, in Thurman, he was the son of the late David M. and Bernice Safford Beman. A retired farmer, he was a member of the Thurman United Methodist Church. He was involved with politics for 20 years and served as Gallia County Republican Chairman until his illness in 1971.
     He is survived by his wife, Naomi Fellure Beman, who he married June 30, 1944, at Jackson. Survivors include: two daughters, Joan Beman of Thurman and Janet (Larry) Stephens of Vinton; a son, Charles Beman of Thurman and two grandchildren, Richard and Michael Stephens, both of Vinton. Also surviving are: two brothers, Dr. Floyd M. Beman of Columbus and Luther M. Beman of Rio Grande, and a sister, Ruth Lloyd of Oak Hill.
     Services will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday at Willis Funeral Home with the Rev. Jim North officiating. Burial will follow in Hill Cemetery in Thurman. Friends may call 6-9 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Gallia County American Cancer Society.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Monday, December 28, 1992
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron


Beman, Lewis

     DIED - At his residence in Perry township of brain fever, June 29th, 1874, Lewis Beman, aged 21 years 9 months and 17 days. Funeral service by the Rev. A. Wiseman, on the 30th.

Gallipolis Journal
July 9, 1874
Transcribed by Deanna Partlow


Beman, M. E.

Dies of Cancer
     Gallipolis, O., November 1--Cancer today caused the death here of M. E. BEMAN, 70, former Republican state senator, from Gallia County and reputed to have been one of the wealthiest persons in this section.

The Times Recorder, Zanesville, Ohio
November 2, 1929
Teresa Herrmann, Columbus, Ohio        


Beman, M. E.

M. E. Beman Dies Friday After Long Illness
Wealthy Gallia County Man Former State Senator Dies In Hospital
     M. E. Beman, one of Gallia county’s most prominent citizens, died in Holzer Hospital Friday morning after a long illness. He had been in the hospital since last Sunday.
     Mr. Beman was 70 years old and had been a resident of Gallia county all his life. He was of a pioneer Gallia county family, his father, before him having been a leading citizen and banker at Thurman. He served in the state Senate for one term, during the years 1913-14. Mr. Beman was one of the county’s wealthiest citizens, and was said to be the largest individual taxpayer in the county.
     He was widely known for his progressive enterprises. He was a director in the First National Bank of this city and his farm is one of the most modern and best developed in this section. Mr. Beman was known throughout this part of the state as a successful breeder of pure bred cattle.
     He had been ill for more than a year, relatives said, but he had not been confined by his illness until recently. An attack came some weeks ago while he was on the street in Thurman, and he was taken to his home where he remained until his physician advised his removal to the hospital here. Death came at 6:56 Friday morning.
     He is survived by his widow and one son, D. M. Beman, of Thurman. Mr. Beman was the last of a large family of brothers and sisters.
     Funeral services will be held Sunday afternoon at 2 o’clock from the Beman home in Thurman, by Rev. W. P. Cherrington. Burial will be in the cemetery at Thurman in charge of George J. Wetherholt and Sons.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Friday, November 1, 1929
Transcribed by Sandy Lee Milliron                                                        


Beman, Rufus

     Rufus Beman, a well known and prominent citizen of Perry township, this county, committed suicide, last Thursday, by hanging. For some years he has been subject to periods of insanity, and was, at one time, a few months, an inmate of one of our State insane Asylums. Since his return home his family had a watchful care over him, fearing the result which has at last happened, and because of an attempt, last year, to do what he has now accomplished.
     On the morning in question he left home on horseback, with the excuse of attending to some matters at the back end of his farm. This was about 8 o'clock. Not appearing at dinner time, the family became alarmed, and immediate search was made. He was found in the woods, about half a mile from the house, dead, hanging to the limb of a small chestnut oak tree, with his horse hitched to the fence. To all appearances he had been dead some time. His funeral occurred on Friday afternoon.
     Mr. Beman was originally from Connecticut. Until insanity had unfitted him for business, he was one of our most active, thriving citizens. He was known and respected by the whole county, having been elected, and served, one term as Director of the County Infirmary.

The Gallipolis Journal
May 26, 1870
Transcribed by Eva Swain Hughes


Benbow, John Lewis

John Benbow Dead
     John L. Benbow, 30, died Thursday, Feb. 23, 1922, at his home in Columbus of leakage of the heart.
Mr. Benbow was a native of New South Wales, and had resided in the United States some 15 years. He is survived by his wife, formerly Miss Augusta Lane of Addison township.
     The body arrived at Kanauga Saturday and was accompanied by relatives and friends to the Maddy cemetery where a short funeral service was held by Rev. W. E. Ewing. Many friends sympathize deeply with Mrs. Benbow in the loss of her husband.

[Note: Jan. 30, 1881 – Feb. 23, 1922; Age 41 yrs. 23 das. He was the son of Thomas Benbow. Death certificate states he was born in Pantymwym, North Wales. His occupation was an electrician.]

Gallia Times
Thursday, March 2, 1922
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron


Benner, Abigail

     DIED - In Green township, in Gallia county, on Saturday, 27th ult., after a short illness, Miss Abigail Benner, in the 17th year of her age.

The Gallipolis Journal
April 8, 1852
Transcribed by Eva Swain Hughes


Bennett, Rev. Albert

Death Claims Rev. Bennett
     Former pastor of several Gallia County churches, the Rev. Albert Bennett, 79, died Monday in his home in Windsor Twp., Greasy Ridge, Lawrence County, after a 15-week illness. He had been a member of Perkins Ridge Baptist Church for 57 years and funeral services will be held from there tomorrow at 2 PM with the Rev. Clifford Suitor and the Rev. Olaf Jenkins officiating.
     Ordained more than 30 years ago, the Rev. Mr. Bennett had served pastorates in Gallia and Lawrence Counties. Born in Cabell County, W. Va., Dec. 13, 1870, he was a son of the late Squire and Caroline Smith Bennett. Early in the Rev. Mr. Bennett's life they moved to Lawrence County and resided at the Windsor Twp. address.
     He was prededed in death by his wife in 1941. Surviving are eight of his nine children: Mrs. Lawrence Wells, Columbus; Earl Bennett and Clyde Bennett, Willowwood, Otha Bennett, South Charleston; Mrs. Orpha Dennison, Mrs. Merrill Dunfee, Vernon Bennett and Mrs. Lester Ellcessor, Springfield. Also surviving is a brother, Amos Bennett, Chesapeake.
     Friends may visit at the home until time for services. Burial will be in Perkins Ridge Cemetery.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
No date
Transcribed by Jean Yount                                                                               Top of Page


Bennett, Gene A.

Grandson of Gallian Killed
     Gene A. Bennett, 23, grandson of Mrs. Donna Boggs of Gallipolis, was shot and killed Saturday on the South Side of Columbus. He resided at 5074 Fullerton Drive and was associated with the National Dental Laboratories.
     He is survived by his wife, Pamela R. Bennett, and a daughter, Gina Kay Bennett. Other survivors are his mother and brother and two grandmothers.
     Services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at O. R. Woodyard State Street Chapel, Rev. Walter R. Dickout, Jr., officiating. Burial will be in Glen Rest.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Monday, December 19, 1966
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron


Bennett, Hattie [Mauck]

Bennett Funeral Set For Sunday
    Funeral services for Mrs. Hattie Mauck Bennett will be held at 2 o’clock Sunday at the Rawlings-Coats funeral home in Middleport. Rev. Ralph Zundell of the Middleport Baptist Church will officiate. Interment will be made in Gravel Hill Cemetery.
     Death resulted from an arterial blood clot about 10 o’clock Thursday morning. Mrs. Bennett had eaten her breakfast, worked among her flowers, re-entered the house, and present complained of severe pains. Dr. Raymond Boice was summoned. He administered palliatives and arrangements were being made to bring Mrs. Bennett to the Holzer Hospital when she suddenly expired. Mrs. Bennett would have been 80 years old on September 5.
     Her first husband was William H. Kail. They were married in 1885 and lived for a decade at Augusta, Kans. His health having failed, they returned to the Mauck homestead near Cheshire, where he died in the summer of 1896. Some years later she married William C. Bennett of Middleport, remembered as a passenger-train conductor on what was formerly known as the Hocking Valley Railway. He died 14 years ago. Thereafter she and her only living sister, Miss Allie Mauck, and their brother-in-law, C. F. Besserer, lived together at the Besserer home in Middleport.

[Note – Hattie died 7/23/1942 – daughter of Daniel Mauck & Mary Rothgeb]

Undated newspaper article
Transcribed by Suzanne Giroux                                                                     


Bennett, Phyllis [Northup]

     GALLIPOLIS - Phyllis Jean Bennett, 40, 112 Mabeline Dr., Maxatawney Addition, was found dead at her home 9 a.m. Saturday. Death was from natural causes.
     She was employed by H.W. & W.P. Cherrington Law Firm at the time of death. Born Oct. 16, 1930 at Northup, daughter of C. Ross Northup and Edith M. Elliott Northrup. Her mother and one daughter preceded her in death. Surviving are her father and stepmother, and husband Ralph L. Bennett, one daughter Sharon D. Bennett; sister Mrs. Marlin (Kathleen) Hughes of Gallipolis.
     Mrs. Bennett was a member of Grace United Methodist Church and a graduate of GAHS, 1949. Funeral services will be held 1 p.m. Tuesday at Waugh-Hailley-Wood Funeral Home with Rev. Paul Hawks officiating.

The Daily Sentinel
June 20, 1971
Abstracted by Peggy Sibert Mason


Bennett, Taylor

Taylor Bennett Dead
     Taylor Bennett, colored, formerly of this city died at Athens Friday. The funeral was held here Sunday.

The Gallia Times
Thursday, April 13, 1922
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron


Bennett, Capt. William Charles “Billy”

Attend Funeral
Many Present For Services of Capt. Billy Bennett
     MIDDLEPORT - Oct. 15 - A few among the many here for the funeral of Capt. Billy Bennett, Saturday, were: Mr. and Mrs. Warren Bennett and their daughter and son-in-law of Jackson, Frank Thomas, Miss Lettie Besserer, W. B. Besserer, Mrs. Mary Evans of Charleston, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Armel, Dr. and Mrs. A. W. Humphery [sic - Humphrey], of Columbus; Judge Mauck and wife of Gallipolis, and Mr. and Mrs. Mauck, of Proctorsville [sic - Proctorville].
     The funeral was at the C. F. Besserer residence, with the Rev. James preaching the sermon and the Knights Templar in charge. Burial was in Cheshire Gravel Hill Cemetery.

[Note: William Charles Bennett was born 28 May 1852 in PA and died 10 Oct 1928 in Middleport. He was the second husband of Hattie Mauck, daughter of Daniel Mauck & Mary Rothgeb.]

Athens Messenger
Monday, October 15, 1928
Transcribed by Suzanne Giroux


Benning, Zanna

     Word was received here today of the death of Mrs. Zanna Benning, 100, Springfield. Mrs. Benning died at her home, 204 North Douglas Ave., at 10:40 p.m. on Sunday.
     She was born Dec. 26, 1879, in Gallia County, a daughter of John H. and Elizabeth J. Short Thornton, and had resided in Springfield most of her life. She had owned and operated several restraurants in the Springfield area the past several years. Mrs. Benning was a member of the Columbus Avenue United Methodist Church.
     Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Louise Benning Bostick, Springfield; two sons, Willis, Holliday, Fla.; and Richard H., Springfield; 11 grandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren, two sisters, Mrs. Rena Sowards and Mrs. Lucille Porter, both of Springfield, and several nieces and nephews. Her Husband, David, died Jan. 11, 1917. Five sisters are also dead.
     Burial was in Ferncliff Cemetery on Wednesday.

Gallipolis Tribune
May 1980
Transcribed by J. Farley                                                                                    Top of Page


Benson, Carline [Parron]

Death of Mrs. Benson
     Mrs. Curt Benson of Maple Shade died this morning at 7 o'clock. She was taken to Mt. Zion Church in Mason County Wednesday at 7 o'clock where her funeral and burial will be. She left a husband and eight children, two married. She had been ill for eighteen months with cancer of the womb. She was a good, well liked woman with many friends and a middle aged woman about fifty years old.

[Note: Death Certificate..born March 25, 1864 Mason County, WV; died March 16, 1909 Gallia County. Father: Tranivon Parron. Burial Mt. Zion Cemetery]

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
March 16, 1909
Transcribed by F.K. Brown


Benson, Nancy Ann

Death Claims Mrs. Benson, 80
     Mrs. Nancy Benson, 2075 Chatham Avenue, Gallipolis, died at 11 p.m. Saturday at the age of 80 years. She was born December 18, 1866 to Mr. and Mrs. Odal Hickenbotham, married Burt Benson January 23, 1914, and was a member of the Gallipolis Church of God.
     Mrs. Benson is survived by three brothers and a sister; George Hickenbotham, Middleport; Homer Hickenbotham, Walbridge, O.; Mrs. Mina Ewing and Elija Hart, both of Cheshire.
     Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday in decedent’s late residence, with the Rev. H. M. Smith officiating. Interment will be made by J. L. Coleman and Son in Poplar Ridge Cemetery.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Monday, March 10, 1947
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron                                                                        Top of Page


Berkley, Nora E.

     Nora E. Berkley, 80, of Gallipolis, died Wednesday, Jan 21, 1998 at Holzer Medical Center. Born Nov. 21, 1917 in Hoggsett, W. Va., daughter of the late Ervin and Nora King Spears, She was a former cook at Balls Restaurant and a homemaker. She was also a member of Poplar Ridge Freewill Baptist Church.
     In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband Donald E. Berkley; a son, Richard L. Berkley; a daughter, Charla R. Berkley; four brothers; and four sisters. Surviving are four sons, Donald E. (Evelyn) Berkley of Panama City, Fla., Conrad D. (Mary) Berkley of Biloxi, Miss.; six daughters, Mary C.(James) Bradbury of Cheshire, Dottie L. (David) McCoy, V. Lynn (Roger) Mayes and Phyllis M.(Rob) Carr, all of Gallipolis, Sandra S. (Samuel) Juniper of Pt. Pleasant, W.Va., and Sheila J. (Bob) Whaley of Uniontown; 36 grand-children and 28 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Velda Gardner of Grove City and Ruby Snyder of Alliance.
     Services will be 1 p.m. Saturday at the Waugh-Halley-Wood Funeral Home, with Rev. Caudill Adkins and Rev. Miles Trout officiating. Burial will follow in Evergreen Cemetery in Letart, W.Va. Friends may call at the funeral home on Friday from 6-9 p.m.

Gallipolis Tribune
Jan 22, 1998
Transcribed by J. Farley


Berridge, Alfonso C.

Death of Alfonso Berridge

Ironton Register
     Alfonso C. Berridge, proprietor of the Clifford Hotel in this city, an able and industrious business man and well and favorably know[n] in his community as well as all over Lawrence county, was claimed by death about 7:15 Sunday evening after a short illness due to typhoid fever.
     Mr. Berridge’s death will be a great shock and a surprise to almost an army of friends and his death is all the more sad, coming as it did in the prime of his life, and after a very short illness.  Mr. Berridge had been feeling ill for several months, but not to such an extent as to warrant his remaining confined to his room.  Two weeks from the evening he died and at about the same time he was at Wesley church.  Shortly afterwards he was taken ill and the illness developed into a very serious siege of typhoid fever, which could not be checked even with the best medical skill obtainable and the loving administration by his wife and other relatives and friends.  Death was inevitable and in this case took one of the strongest from among us.
     Mr. Berridge was 37 years of age, and was born in Gallia county, Harrison township, Ohio, Oct. 26, 1875.  His parents were Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Berridge who are at present residents of below the city.  He was raised on a farm and later moved to Sedgwick and Haverhill and came to Ironton about 15 years ago.
     Besides his parents and wife as mentioned, Mr. Berridge is survived by C. E. Berridge, newspaper man of this city, and W. A. Berridge, a twin brother, who is at present in Duluth, Minn.  The step children, Harry Milstead and Mrs. Ruby Kouchens, are also surviving rela- [rest of obituary is missing].

[Note: Buried in Woodland Cemetery in Lawrence County, Ohio]

Gallipolis Journal
Wednesday, December 25, 1912
Transcribed by Suzanne H. Giroux


Berridge, Annie

Death of Mrs Sheridan Berridge
     Mrs. Annie Berridge, wife of Mr. Sheridan Berridge, died at her home in this city Monday night, April 3, 1893, at about ten o'clock, aged about twenty-six years and after an illness of five months with consumption and leaving a husband and one little girl.
     Her maiden name was Carter and she had been married about seven years. She was a woman of kindly disposition and a devoted Christian. Her funeral services were conducted at Bethesda Church, near Patriot, by Rev. J.W. Mohler today and her burial by Wetherholt.
     Her mother, three sisters and three brothers and a large circle of acquaintances are left to mourn her early death.

Gallipolis Journal
April 12, 1893
Transcribed by F.K. Brown


Berridge, C. K.

C.K. Berridge
Formerly of Royal Oak
     C.K. Berridge, age 70, died of a heart attack Sunday at this home in Springerville, Arizona. Mr. Berridge was born Oct. 12, 1889 in Gallipolis, Ohio. He was retired from the building business five years ago and had built many houses in this area. During World War I he was a captain in the U. S. Army and had served in the Aleutian Islands during World War II.
     Surviving are two brothers, John F. of Gallipolis and Lester P, 622 North Main, Royal Oak. Services were held in Arizona.

The Daily Tribune
Royal Oak, Mich.
Oct. 13, 1960
Transcribed by Joanne Galvin                                                                           Top of Page


Berridge, Carrie

Mrs. Carrie Berridge
     Mrs. Carrie Berridge, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. William Carter. Mrs. Berridge was born July 21, 1859 and died March 11, 1882. She was united to her now bereaved husband, Neal Berridge, April 26, 1879, with whom she lived in loving wedlock, until her Saviour called her home to rest.
     She was a member of the Methodist Church and a faithful member until death. With her kind husband, she leaves a little boy, nearly two years old and a father, mother and brothers and sisters to mourn her loss and a number of relatives and friends. She was confined to her bed a few days, when death relieved her of suffering. It was hard to give her up, but the will of God is Supreme. For months that dread disease, consumption, was sapping her vitals. Her mind was anchored on God.

Afflictions a long time she bore,
Called for physicians, but in vain,
Till Christ at last did take her home,
Where pain and conflicts all are past.

Farewell, my friends, weep not for me,
For me, breathe not a sigh,
For when life is so painful here
Tis a pleasant thing to die.


Gallipolis Paper                                                                                             

March 11, 1882
Transcribed by F.K. Brown


Berridge, Christian C.

Death of C. C. Berridge
     Mr. Christian C. Berridge died at his home near Rodney Saturday night, October 14, 1905, after a long illness, aged 87 years. Mr. Berridge was born in England but came to this country when a young man and for many years had been a resident of this county. He was one of the substantial farmers of the county and was highly respected by all who knew him. He was a member of the Methodist Church and a Christian gentleman.
     Besides his wife, he leaves the following named children: John L. Berridge, of Ironton; George Berridge, of Jackson; Andrew Berridge, of Gallia county; Mrs. Mary Howell, of Illinois; Mrs. Rhoda Daniels, of Gallia county; Noah Berridge, of Washington state; Mrs. Mattie Reese, of Gallia county; Christopher Berridge, Jr., Neal Berridge, of Ironton; Sheridan Berridge, of Pittsburg, and Sherman Berridge, of Gallipolis.
     The funeral was held Tuesday afternoon at Macedonia Church, interment following by Wetherholt.

Gallipolis Bulletin
Friday, October 20, 1905
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron


Berridge, Henry Sylvester

Death of Henry Sylvester Berridge
     Mr. Henry Sylvester Berridge, son of George and Jane Berridge, died at his home Wednesday, Feb. 27, 1924, at the age of 71 years. He leaves one daughter Mrs. Chas. Sigler of this city and two sons Carl of Marion and Fred of Columbus.
     Funeral services were held today (Friday) at 10 a.m. by Rev. Pierce at the residence of Mrs. Sigler on Mill Creek. Burial by Undertaker Entsminger at Pine Street cemetery.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
February 29, 1924
Transcribed by Henny Evans
                                                                            Top of Page


Berridge, Jessie [Baker]

Entered Into Eternal Rest Monday, Oct. 11, 1965
Mrs. Lester Berridge
     A resident of Royal Oak for 47 years, Mrs. Jessie Berridge, age 69, 622 North Main, died Monday in the University Hospital, Ann Arbor. Mrs. Berridge was born Aug. 6, 1896, in Gallipolis, Ohio, to the late Mr. and Mrs. Jacob N. Baker (America Northup). She was married to Lester P. Berridge on April 7, 1916, in Pomeroy, Ohio. He survives. Also surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Kenneth D. (June) Miller of Trenton; two grandchildren; and a sister, Mrs. William (Garnet) Sigler of Gallipolis.
     Mrs. Berridge was a life member of Royal Oak Chapter 392, OES. There will be a memorial service at 8:30 p.m., tonight, at C. F. Schnaidt Funeral Home, 1026 West Eleven Mile, Royal Oak. The Rev. Robert E. Holly, First Baptist Church, Royal Oak, will conduct funeral services at 10 a.m., Thursday, at the funeral home. Burial will be in Oakview Cemetery.

The Daily Tribune
Royal Oak, Michigan
Oct. 12, 1965
Transcribed by Joanne Galvin                                                                        


Berridge, John

     John F. Berridge, 94, of Eureka Star Route, Gallipolis, died Thursday morning at Pleasant Valley Hospital, Point Pleasant, W.Va. He was born on January 20, 1893 in Gallia County, to the late John W. and Lillie B. Berridge.
     A veteran of both World Wars, he attended the U. S. Army Air Force Intelligence School in Harrisburg, Pa. A second lieutenant in World War I, he was a captain in World War II in the Army Air Force. He worked for 20 years in the Far East for Standard Oil Company as an executive salesman.
     He was preceded by three brothers, one sister and a son, Charles. His wife H. Marie Berridge, whom he married in San Francisco, Calif., on December 22, 1922, survives.
     Services will be Monday at 11: a.m. at the Willis Funeral Home. The Rev. Charles Lusher will officiate. The remains from the cremation will be buried at Mound Hill Cemetery.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Thursday, October 8, 1987
Transcribed by Sandy Milliron                                                                           Top of Page


Berridge, John L.

John L. Berridge Killed By A Train
     A very distressing accident which resulted in the death of J.L. Berridge shortly after the noon hour Wednesday, shocked the entire community as soon as the news was heard. Mr. Berridge was the father of C.E. Berridge of this city and resided on a farm near the Newcastle Road. He was struck by the noon N & W passenger train and received injuries which resulted in his death within an hour after the accident.
      Mr. Berridge resided near the intersection of the Newcastle Road with the N& W tracks. Shortly before noon today he was out on the tracks just east of the tower near his home. A storage yard filled with cars and a car on another track blocked one's view down the N & W tracks. Mr. Berridge was behind some of these cars and stepped out in front of the fast flying train. He was struck and hurled a distant of 40 feet receiving many injuries. One of his feet was cut off, his skull fractured and his body bruised and scratched. The train was stopped and Mr. Berridge's body picked up and brought to Ironton. He was still alive but it was evident to everybody that he could live but a short time. Physicians made a hasty examination and even before this was concluded the spark of life had fled. C.E. Berridge had Bingaman and Jones take charge of the remains and prepare them for burial.
     The victim of this distressing accident was 72 years of age and was a retired farmer. He had always been a hard working, industrious man and was admired by everyone for his rugged character. He was a man of strict honesty and integrity and was of the old school. He had strong convictions and once he thought he was right he could not be moved or swayed from his position.

Ironton Register
   
  Mr. Berrridge was born in Virginia and came to Harrison Township, this county, when a child. He is survived by his widow, Missouri Lewis Berridge, also of Harrison Township; sons C.E. of Ironton and Alonzo of Duluth, MN and by the following brothers and sisters: Andrew J. of Clay Lick ;Neil of Oklahoma; T.S. of Gallipolis; Noah of Washington; Sheridan of Pittsburgh; Chris of Illinois; Mrs. G.W. Daniels of Green Township; Mrs. H.W. Howell of Tolono, IL.

[Note: Death Certificate....born Dec. 24, 1844; died March 17, 1915 West Ironton, Lawrence County, Ohio; aged 70 years 2 months and 24 days of age. Burial-Woodland Cemetery, Ironton, Ohio. Parents: C.C. Berridge born England and Deborah Josephs born WV.]

Gallipolis Bulletin
March 25, 1915
Transcribed by F.K. Brown


Berridge, Josephus

OBITUARY
Josephus Berridge
     Josephus, son of C.C. Berridge and Sarah C. Berridge, was born August 22, 1863; was married to Miss Addie Butler, Sept. 3, 1884; died Feb. 23, 1888. He leaves a wife and one child and many relatives and friends to mourn his loss.
     In January 1887, he united with the First Harrison F.W. Baptist Church. From that time he lived a faithful member until our Heavenly Father called him from his earthly home to share with Him the glories of a better world. Before he passed away he called his friends around him, bid them good-bye and said "All is right, the Lord is with me, with His face as bright as the morning star."

How silently the shades of evening
Gather around our lonely door;
Silently they bring before us
Faces we shall see no more.

How such holy memories cluster,
Like the stars when storms are past,
Pointing up to that fair Heaven
That we shall again at last.

Meet again! when life is o'er,
Meet again! to part no more,
How it cheers the drooping heart
When from friends we are called to part.

Meet again! How passing sweet!
Friends long lost again to meet!
Careworn souls, by tempest driven,
Oh, how sweet to meet in Heaven.

Gallipolis Paper
Feb. 23, 1888
Transcribed by F.K. Brown

Berridge, Josephus

     BERRIDGE - At his home in Harrison Tp., Feb. 22d, 1888, of pneumonia, JOSEPHUS BERRIDGE, aged 24 years and six months. Truly death loves a shining mark. Why he, in the glory of his manhood, should be stricken down and leave the aged and feeble, might to some seem hard, but God seen he was ripe for heaven, and seen fit to call him home. Although his friends must grieve for him they do not mourn, as those without hope. He had told them he was ready to go, that he had given everything up to God, while his face was as radiant as an angel’s. He called his friends around him when he knew he was dying, and took each one by the hand, and asked them to meet him in heaven.
     He was converted and joined the First Harrison F. W. B. church last winter and has ever since lived a faithful, earnest Christian. He leaves a wife and little boy, father and mother, brothers and sisters, to mourn his loss. His funeral was preached by Rev. Joseph Hartsook, from Rev. 14-13, at Macedonia church, where he was laid to rest amid a large concourse of friends, to sleep till the resurrection morn. A FRIEND.

Gallipolis Journal
Wednesday, March 7, 1888
Transcribed by Suzanne Giroux


Berridge, Laura [Wallace]

Mrs. Berridge Dies at Age 98 In Columbus
     Mrs. Laura Wallace Berridge, 98, a native of Gallia county, and former resident of Gallipolis, died at her home, 39 Bickle St., Columbus, at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday. Mrs. Berridge would have been 99, if she had lived until Oct. 2.
     She was born in this county on Oct. 2, 1868, daughter of the late John and Elizabeth Fierbaugh Wallace. Her marriage was to T. Sherman Berridge, a prominent Gallipolis insurance man, and he preceded her in death on Aug. 13, 1957. She is survived by a daughter, Norma Berridge, with whom she made her home, and several nieces and nephews. She was the last of her family, and was preceded in death by several brothers and sisters, among whom were Mrs. Tom Eachus, and Ross Wallace.
     Mrs. Berridge was a member of Grace Methodist church. Services will be held there at 12: noon on Friday. Burial will be in Mound Hill cemetery. The body will lie in state for one hour at the church prior to the service.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Wednesday, June 1, 1966
Transcribed by Sandy Milliron                                                                           Top of Page


Berridge, Leland Eugene

L. E. Berridge Dies Recently In Florida
     Leland Eugene Berridge, 43, a native of Gallipolis, died Sunday in the Florida Sanitarium and Hospital at Orlando, Fla., after being in failing health for eight months. Mr. Berridge was born July 21, 1924, son of Bessie Harrison Berridge of Kanauga, and the late Verne Berridge.
     He is survived by his wife, Winnel of Orlando, mother, Bessie Berridge of Kanauga; sons, Gene Berridge with the U. S. Navy at Bethesda, Md., David and Michael of Gallipolis; daughters, Patricia and Sally of Gallipolis, and brother, Marlin, of Fort Stuart, Ga.
     He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Gallipolis, and had attended the Temple Baptist Church of Orlando. He was an electrician for TWA at Cape Kennedy prior to his death.
     Funeral services were held Tuesday at the Temple Baptist Church, and were conducted by the Garden Chapel Funeral Directors with burial in Chapel Hill Cemetery in Orlando. Pallbearers were Gene Berridge, David Berridge, Albert Waller, Charles Walden, Donald Cossett and Donald Corsic. Mr. Berridge was a member of the Coast Guard during World War II, and a member of the Order of the Moose.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Friday, July 19, 1968
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron


Berridge, Missouri Lewis

Mrs. Berridge Died Friday
     A telegram was received Friday night by Mrs. C. E. Berridge from Mr. Berridge who is at Gallipolis, O., stating that his mother, Mrs. Missouri Lewis Berridge, had passed away at four o'clock Friday afternoon at the home of her brother, Rev. Samuel Lewis of Bladen, Gallia county. Her sons, C. E. Berridge, of this city, and A. L. Berridge of Duluth, Minn, visited her recently and at that time Mrs. Berridge seemed improving. A message was received by Mr. Berridge Friday announcing the critical illness of his mother and he left at once for her bedside, but she passed away shortly before his arrival there.
     Mrs. Berridge was a pioneer of lower Gallia county and was widely known throughout the county. She was loved by her every acquaintances and her death has caused genuine grief among her wide circle of friends. Two sons, C. E. and A. L. Berridge are the children who survive.
     The remains will be brought to Ironton where funeral services will be held but the exact hour has not yet been announced. Bingaman and Jones will have charge of the interment, which will occur in Woodland cemetery, where Mr. Berridge was laid to rest.

Semi-Weekly Register, 22 October 1918, Tuesday, Page 3.                                  Top of Page
Ironton, Lawrence County, Ohio
Reprinted with permission from Peggy Wells who transcribed the obituary. Thank you, Peggy!  

Berridge, Missouri

Death of Aged Lady
     Mrs. Missouri Berridge aged 75, died in Harrison township after a lengthy illness of complications. She was a widow, leaving two sons. One son, C. E. Berridge, government man, is here looking after the funeral arrangements. The funeral will be held in Ironton this evening. The body was in charge of Wetherholt and Entsminger.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Saturday, October 19, 1918
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron


Berridge, Norma

Norma Berridge Rites Thursday
     Funeral services for Norma Berridge will be held at the Shaw-Davis Funeral Home this evening, and graveside services will be held at Mound Hill Cemetery in Gallipolis on Thursday at 11: a.m. Norma Berridge was the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Sherman Berridge, Gallipolis. She died in Columbus around 7:45 a.m., Saturday.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Tuesday, February 2, 1971
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron


Berridge, Ruby ‘Bessie’ Ethel [Harrison]

     Ruby “Bessie” Ethel Berridge, 93, formerly of Gallipolis, died Monday, Jan. 1, 1996 in the First Community Village Healthcare Center, Columbus. Daughter of the late Isaac D. and Araminta Sheets Harrison, she was a member of the First Baptist Church and the OES, both of Gallipolis.
     She was also preceded in death by her husband, Verne Berridge, in 1959, and a son Leland Berridge, in 1968. Surviving are a son, Marlin Berridge of Kileen, Texas, and 11 grandchildren.
     Services will be 2 p.m. Thursday in the First Baptist Church, Gallipolis, with Pastor Alvis Pollard officiating. Burial will be in Mound Hill cemetery. Friends may call at the church from 1-2 p.m. Thursday.
     Those who wish may contribute to the Alzheimer’s Association of Central Ohio, 3380 Tremont Road, Columbus, Ohio 43221, in her memory. Arrangements are by the Schoedinger Northwest Chapel, Columbus.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Wednesday, January 3, 1996
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron

Berridge, Sarah C.

Death of Mrs. Sarah C. Berridge
     Mrs. Sarah C. Berridge, aged 83, died this morning, Saturday, January 27th, 1923, at her home on Fourth Avenue, of grippe and complications. Mrs. Berridge is survived by one son, Mr. T. S. Berridge, and one daughter, Mrs. E. F. Reese, both of Gallipolis. Mrs. Berridge is also an aunt of Prof. W. G. Scarberry, Auditor Elmer E. Scarberry and Mr. C. C. Scarberry of the Williams & Scarberry firm of Gallipolis.
     The funeral will be held at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. E. E. Reese, with whom she, Mrs. Berridge, made her home, at 9 a.m. Monday. Burial at Macedonia Church will follow.

Gallipolis Tribune
Saturday, January 27, 1923
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron


Berridge, Sarah E.

     Died, on the 27th day of June, 1864, Sarah E., daughter of G. and J. Berridge, in the sixth year of her age. [A eulogy and poem follow.]

The Gallipolis Journal
July 21, 1864
Transcribed by Eva Swain Hughes


Berridge, Sheridan

Sheridan Berridge Dead
     Sheridan Berridge, former Gallia county resident, is dead at London, O. He was a member of the Gallipolis police force for several years and was also employed by the Gill produce company. He is the father of Mrs. G. A. Layne and was well liked in this community.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Saturday, January 1, 1916
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron


Berridge, Tecumseh Sherman

Tecumseh Berridge, 91, Former Insurance Agent, Teacher, Dies
     Tecumseh Sherman Berridge, 91, one of the prominent figures of this city, died at his home at the corner of Third Ave., and State Street at 4: p.m. Tuesday. He had been in failing health since his retirement from the insurance business five years ago, and had been confined to his home for a large part of that period.
     For 20 years he was a salesman for the Henking-Bovie wholesale grocery company and was known in many circles in this part of the Ohio and Kanawha River valleys. Before his retirement he was the representative for the Columbus Mutual Life Insurance Co. From that company he had received the highest honors it could bestow and was the high production underwriter connected with the company. Prior to his becoming a salesman, he taught school at Rio Grande for a period of 15 years.
     He received his early schooling at Clay Lick, and later attended and graduated from Rio Grande College. Early in life he became a member of the Methodist church. He was an official of Grace Methodist church and was an honorary member of the official board at the time of his death. He taught St. Johns Bible class for 31 years. Berridge was a member of the Gallipolis board of education for several terms and was serving on that board when Gallia Academy was built in 1916.
     A native of the county, he was born on Clay Lick on Jan. 2, 1866, the son of the late Christopher and Sarah Scarberry Berridge. He was one of five children and was the last of his family. His marriage to the former Laura Wallace of Clay Lick took place on July 17, 1889, and they celebrated their 68th wedding anniversary this past month. Mrs. Berridge survives along with a foster daughter, Norma, who has cared for her parents for several years.
     Funeral services will be held at 2: p.m. Friday at Miller’s Home for Funerals. Rev. Warren H. Wilson will officiate and burial will follow in Mound Hill Cemetery. The St. Johns Bible class will act as honorary pallbearers. Friends may call at the funeral home after 7: p.m. Wednesday and until the funeral hour.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Wednesday, Aug. 14, 1957
Transcribed by Sandy Milliron                                                                           Top of Page


Berridge, Thomas

Whereas, in the mysterious dispensation of an All Wise Providence, our worthy and esteemed brother Thomas Berridge has been called away from the scene of his earthly labors and usefulness,
Resolved, 1. That in the death of brother Thomas Berridge, the world has lost a worthy and upright citizen, the Church an exemplary christian, and this Division one of its firmest supporters and highest ornaments.
Resolved, 2d. That the sympathies of this Division be hereby respectfully tendered to the family and relations, of our deceased brother, in this their bereavement.
Resolved, 3d. That the Division room be draped in mourning, and the members wear the usual badge of mourning for thirty days.
Resolved, 4th. That a copy of the foregoing resolutions be furnished to the City papers for publication.
     Committee, C. J. Menager, J. G. Damron, A. McCafferty

The Gallipolis Journal
March 16, 1865
Transcribed by Eve Hughes


Berridge, Verne David

V. D. Berridge, WWI Veteran, Dies At 69
    
Verne David Berridge, 69, World War I veteran lost his long fight for life when he died at 4:40 p.m. Thursday in Huntington Veterans hospital. He had been a patient there for several weeks and recently underwent an amputation of his leg, which was injured in the war. His condition had been serious for six weeks.
     Mr. Berridge had been a resident of Gallia county his entire life and for the past 24 years, had resided in Kanauga. He was a native of Walnut Twp. He was born on Oct. 6, 1890 to the late Andrew and Margaret Tucker Berridge. His marriage was on Feb. 7, 1923 to the former Bessie Harrison, who survives along with two sons, Leland of Hurricane, W. Va., Marlin, serving in the Armed Forces at Ft. George, Meade, Md. There are ten grandchildren.
     Other survivors are a brother Charles Berridge of Cut Bank, Montana, and three sisters, Mrs. Esta Hobson of Washington, D. C., Mrs. Sylvia Baker, of Springfield, Ill., and Mrs. Lucille Todd of Terra-Haute, Ind.
     He was a member of the First Baptist church, Jr. O. U. A. M. and was a charter member of the Gallipolis post, Veterans of Foreign Wars, who will have a part in last rites. Services will be held at the Waugh-Halley-Wood Funeral home at 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Rev. George Sagen and Rev. Cecil Mayle will officiate. Burial will be in Mound Hill cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home after 1 p.m. Saturday.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Friday, December 4, 1959
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron


Berridge, Violet [Baker]

     Violet (Dudie) Berridge, 62, 2249 Coventry Rd., Columbus, died Saturday at her residence. She was a former employee of Gallipolis Developmental Center and retired from Ohio State University Hospital where she was a switchboard operator.
     Born Oct. 13, 1926 in Gallipolis, she was the daughter of the late Wilbur and Daisy Fry Baker. She was married to Leland E. Berridge, who preceded her in death on July 14, 1968. Surviving are two sons, David Berridge of Jacksonville, Fla., and Mike Berridge of Gallipolis; two daughters, Patricia Berridge of Fremont, Calif., and Sally McGregor of Columbus; and one grandson. Also surviving are a sister, Melba Steiner of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, and a brother, Howard Baker Saunders of Gallipolis. She was preceded in death by a son, Leland E. Berridge II, and a brother, Willard Saunders.
     She was a member of Grace United Methodist Church, and supported Operation Liftoff and the Make a Wish Foundation.
     Friends may call at Waugh-Halley-Wood Funeral Home, 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday. Private family services will be conducted. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Operation Liftoff, in care of Jerry Davis, Box 1094, Gallipolis, Ohio. 45631.

[Note: Died Sept., 19, 1997; this was date handwritten on the copy of the obituary. It does not match up with the age stated above.]

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
No Date
Transcribed by Nancy S. Edwards


Berridge, John W.

Death of John W. Berridge
     John W. Berridge, whose serious condition has been mentioned in the Journal, died at his home in Clay township Tuesday afternoon, at 3 o'clock, aged 38. He had suffered many months, and for weeks past hope of his recovery was despaired of. Deceased was the only son of Mr. Neal Berridge, of the same township, and one of our best citizens who will be missed. He leaves a widow and four children, who have the sympathy of all in their bereavement. The funeral will be conducted at Elizabeth Chapel Thursday at 10 o'clock a.m. by Rev. J.L. Porter. Burial in Cottrell cemetery in Clay Township.

Gallipolis Journal
March 30, 1897
Transcribed by Nancy McMillan


Berry, Charles W.

OBITUARY OF CHARLEY BERRY
     Charles W. Berry, 79 of Patriot, Ohio, died Monday in a Huntington hospital. Funeral services will be conducted Thursday at 1:30 P.M. at the Schneider Funeral Home at Chesapeake. Burial will be in the Fox Fairview Christian Cemetery at Patriot, Ohio.
     A retired farmer, he was born on June 22, 1888, at Crown City, Ohio, a son of the late John and Nevada Berry [sic]. He was a member of the Fox Fairview Christian Church.
     Survivors include the widow, Mrs. Dochia [sic] Berry; four daughters, Mrs. George Newton of Huntington, Mrs. Sesco Adkins of Fort Myers, Fla., Mrs. Sylvester Mount of Kitts Hill, Ohio, and Mrs. Donald Hayes of Proctorville; four sons, Stacy Berry of Patriot, James and John Emerson Berry of Columbus, and Charles O. Berry of Lucasville; four brothers, Arnold, Clovis, Chauncey and Lawrence Berry, and a sister, Mrs. Sylvia Wilson [sic], all of Linville [sic], Ohio, and 20 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. Friends may call at the funeral home after 6 P.M. today.

The Herald-Dispatch
Tuesday, November 7, 1967, page 14.
Gallipolis Daily Tribune, Tuesday, November 7, 1967, page 1.
Contributed by Jeff Hayes Hiestzie76@aol.com                                                     Top of Page


Berry, Clark William

Clark W. Berry Dies Suddenly
     Clark William Berry, 64, fell dead at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the yard of his home at the crossroads of Mill Creek Road. Mr. Berry, who had been doctoring for a heart condition for the past two years, had worked all day in the fields Thursday and was eating supper about 5 p.m. when he first complained of pains in the back of his head and in his chest. Acting Coroner Dr. Roy W. Fishenour, who attributed the death to natural causes, said that Mr. Berry had tried to call a doctor, but none could be reached.
     He was the son of W. A. and Laura Irwin Berry, and was born Sept. 26, 1886, in Gallia County. He was married Feb. 26, 1917, to Nellie Hager who survives, along with one daughter Mrs. Leland (Beatrice) Winland, Mt. Vernon, Ohio.
     Mr. Berry who was considered a skilled mechanic and had worked for the county for 10 years, was a former trustee of Addison Twp., and had worked at different times for the Pennsylvania RR and the Indiana Bell Telephone Co. He was a member of the Bulaville Grange.
     Surviving in addition to the widow and daughter are four brothers: John E. and Clyde, Rt. 1, Gallipolis, Robert L., Marion and Cecil H., Ravenna. One sister and one brother preceded him in death.
     Services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Wetherholt Funeral Home with the Rev. L. A. Donnally in charge. Burial will be in Mound Hill Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home after one p.m., Saturday.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Friday June 29, 1951
Transcribed by Suzanne H. Giroux


Berry, David

David Berry Killed!
Lamentable News Received This Morning Soon After It Happened
     Mr. J. E. Berry, son of Alonzo Berry, of Addison, was in town a few minutes this morning on his way to Groveport, O., having just received a telegram that his brother David had been bumped off of a freight train and killed. He had no other particulars of the accident.
     Mr. Berry was 19 years old and had gone to Groveport, O., just below Huntington to work on the state road like the one on Chickamauga, and on which he had worked previously just two weeks ago.
     His remains will be shipped to Undertaker Wetherholt and the time of funeral and burial determined on later, when Mr. J. E. Berry returns home with the body. Mr. Berry, deceased, is said to have been a very industrious well liked young man.
     He is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Alonzo Berry and brothers J. E., Robert, Clare, Clyde, Cecil and sister, May.

[March 26, 1894 – Aug. 25, 1913 (Lawrence Co., Ohio). He was the son of Wm. Alonzo and Laura A. Irwin Berry.]

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Monday, August 25, 1913
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron


Berry, David

The Late D.W. Berry

     The not unexpected death of David W. Berry occurred at his home near Addison, Monday, Nov. 12, 1900 at 12 m. He had been gradually sinking for some months and the end came peacefully and without a struggle.
     He was born in Addison Township, Gallia County, Ohio, Jan. 2, 1828. His parents were Elijah and Charlotte Berry. To them were born six children, he being the last to pass away. After his marriage to Miss Martha McKown, which occurred Jan. 3, 1856, he bought the farm adjoining his father's and lived there until his death. Their union was blessed with seven children, Charles W., Sarah E.,Mrs. W.H. Vanden, Everette E., David S., Mrs. H.S. Ramsey and J. Harmen. All but two survived him.
     He joined the Methodist Episcopal Church under the preaching of Rev. L.Q. Adams at the age of 21. For 52 years he was known to be a consistent Christian and a pillar in the church. He was an unmovable rock for righteousness and a Methodist through and through. Every fiber of him quivered with joy over the news of the success of his chosen church. Her doctrines were the satisfaction of his soul. His faith in her methods and principals was like a column of some ancient temple, that overlooked the path of pilgrims going up to the shrine. Some said he was prejudiced. But his prejudices were only a magnificent loyalty to the church of his choice. He loved the truth and he loved men with a love that shallow men have no right to challenge for faults.
     He was an affectionate husband, a kind father, a good neighbor and charitable to the poor. He always gave liberally for the support of the gospel and took delight in doing so. He had a sweet disposition, always had a smile and a pleasant word for all he chanced to meet.
     He loved life, but said he was ready and willing to go when the Master called. It is needless to try and describe his pure life; it was an open book to all and speaks for itself. None knew him but to love him. After seeing his pure life and peaceful death, we would not call him back, but trust in Him who doeth all things well. He hath said: "Be thou faithful until death and I will give thee a crown of life."

"He is not dead, but sleepeth."

Gallipolis Weekly Times
Nov. 16, 1900
Transcribed by F.K. Brown


Berry, Doshie [Myers]

     CHESAPEAKE -- Mrs. Doshie Berry, 84, Kitts Hill, a former resident of Patriot in Gallia County, died Saturday in a Huntington hospital following a brief illness.
     She was born Sept. 12, 1888, in Gallia County, daughter of the late John and Harriett Pyles Myers.
Her husband, Charles Berry, preceded her in death in 1967. She was a member of the Fox-Fairview First Christian Church in Patriot.
     Mrs. Berry is survived by four daughters, Mrs. Sylvester Mount, Kitts Hill; Mrs. Donald Hayes, Proctorville; Mrs. George Newton, Huntington; and Mrs. Sesco Adkins, Ft. Myers, Fla.; four sons, Stacy and James O., Tarlton, Ohio; John E. Berry, Columbus, and Charles O. Berry, Lucasville; two brothers, Amer Myers, Gallipolis and Alan Myers, Scottown; three sisters, Mrs. Martha Roach, South Charleston, Ohio; Mrs. Ora Burcham, and Mrs. Meda Boster, both of Huntington, and 20 grand and 18 great-grandchildren.
     Funeral services will be held 2 P.M., Monday at the Schneider Funeral Home, Chesapeake with Rev. Raymond Dillon officiating. Burial will be in Fox-Fairview Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home after 4 P.M. Sunday.

The Sunday Time Sentinel (Gallipolis Daily Tribune)
Sunday, December 31, 1972, page 9.
Contributed by Jeff Hayes Hiestzie76@aol.com                                                   Top of Page


Berry, Elijah

     We omitted last week to notice the death of Mr. Elijah Berry, of Addison township. He died Sunday week. On Friday previous he went to his orchard to gather apples. He was alone. A short time afterwards he was found laying [sic] on the ground partially unconscious. He was taken home and died as we have stated. Mr. Berry was one of our best citizens—honored and respected by all his neighbors. His age was 73 years.

The Gallipolis Journal
November 11, 1869
Transcribed by Eva Swain Hughes


Berry, E. Everett

Everett Berry Dies In Dayton – Burial Here
     Everett Berry, native of Addison and former resident of this city, died this morning at his home in Dayton. He had been in poor health for two years, seriously ill for some weeks, as the result of a stroke of paralysis, and last week suffered another stroke. News of his passing came to his brother, J. Harrison Berry, of Addison.
     Before his invalidism he was in the employ of the National Cash Register Co. During his residence here, he worked for the late W. P. Beall, dry goods merchant, his first wife and Mr. Beall being sister and brother. The Berry home here was at Second and Grape, now occupied by Charles Huber and family.
     After going to Dayton 20 or more years ago, Mr. Berry married again. This wife and a daughter, who is at home, survive him; and there is a son by the first marriage, David, now in New York, who is remembered by many old school mates.
     Funeral services will be held in Dayton and then the body will be brought here Friday for interment in Pine Street cemetery at about a 2 o’clock.

[Note: Feb. 24, 1864 – April 28, 1936; Age 72 yrs. 2 mos. 4 das. His full name was Elijah Everett Berry. He was the son of David M. & Martha Evans McKown Berry. His 1st wife was Louisa Beth “Louie” Beall. His 2nd marriage was to Bertha M. Saunders in 1905.]

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Tuesday, April 28, 1936

Change Announced In Berry Funeral  
     A change has been made in the arrangements for the funeral of Everett Berry, who died at Dayton yesterday. Services will be held at the home of Mrs. W. P. Beall, 514 Third avenue, at 2 o’clock Friday, in charge of Rev. H. H. Wilbur.
     David Berry, the only son of the former Gallipolitan, will arrive here late Thursday from New York. 

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Wednesday, April 29,1936
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron


Berry, Garnet [Hager]

     GARNET BERRY -  Garnet Berry, formerly of Sun Set [sic] Drive, Gallipolis, died Tuesday, Feb. 12, 1991, at Logan General Hospital, Logan, W.Va. She was born in Gallia County, daughter of the late John and Clerissa Adkins Hager.  She attended the Church of the Nazarene of Gallipolis.
     She was preceded in death by her husband, Clyde R. Berry. Surviving is one daughter, Mrs. Roscoe C. (Velma Louise) Sheets of Logan, W.Va; two sisters, Mrs. Carl (Julia Ann) Gettys of Thornville and Mrs. Hallie Slane of Columbus; two grandsons, Ronald Sheets of Charleston, W.Va. and Larry Sheets of Owensboro, Ky.; two great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
     Funeral services will be conducted 1 p.m. Thursday at the McCoy-Moore Funeral Home, Wetherholt Chapel, Gallipolis, with Rev. Isaac Shupe officiating. Burial will be in Mound Hill Cemetery.  Friends may call the Wetherholt Chapel from noon until the hour of the service.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Tuesday February 12, 1991
Transcribed by Suzanne H. Giroux


Berry, John Elijah

Lige Berry, 72, Called by Death
     John E. (Lige) Berry, 72, an industrious and prosperous farmer, died at 11:30 p. m. Friday at his home near Bulaville. He suffered a heart attack Friday morning and another Friday night.
     Mr. Berry was born in Gallia County August 24, 1880, and spent his life here. He was the son of the late W. A. and Laura Irwin Berry. He and Sylvia Loretta Mink were married Oct. 7, 1903. They were the parents of a son, Dana, who died in 1906 when he was two years old. The decedent was a member of the Bulaville Christian Church, the Grange, and for several years had been on the Gallia County Board of Health and was a member of it when he died.
     Besides the wife he is survived by two brothers: Clyde Berry, Rt. 1, Gallipolis, and Cecil H., Ravenna. One sister and three brothers preceded him in death.
     Friends may call at the Wetherholt Funeral Home after noon Sunday. The Rev. Leonard Donnally, former neighbor of the family and, now at Toledo, will conduct the final rites at 2 p. m. Monday at the funeral home. Burial in Mound Hill Cemetery.

Gallipolis Saturday Times Sentinel
Saturday May 09, 1953
Transcribed by Suzanne H. Giroux


Berry, Laura Augusta [Irwin]

     Laura Augusta (Irwin) Berry, the daughter of John and Mary A. Irwin, was born August 28, 1856, and died May 17, 1925, aged 68 years, 8 months and 19 days. She was married to W.A. Berry October 14, 1879, and to this union were born seven children, six of whom survive her: J.E., Clark W., Clyde R. and Cecil H., all residents of Gallipolis, Ohio, Robert L. of Marion, Ohio, and Hattie Mae, wife of Richard Brown of Trafford City, Pa. David W. Berry, the youngest of the family, died August 24, 1913.
     The husand, W.A. Berry, died Sept. 20, 1908. Since that time the sons made it a rule to see that she was never alone. Each one, while single, stayed in his turn with her on the farm and saw that she was well cared for. The last few years, the sons all having married, Clyde R. and his wife have lived with her on the farm.
     Three sisters, Mrs. Wm. Reese of Columbus, Mrs. A.M. Grover and Miss Irene Irwin of Bidwell, and three brothers, Daniel Irwin of Bidwell, John H. Irwin of Gallipolis, and E.S. Irwin of Columbus; six grandchildren and her ward, Luella Collins, are left with the sons and daughters to mourn her demise.
     She was attended during her illness by those of her family who were near, and everything was done to alleviate her suffering that loving hands could do. She utterred words of praise and gratitude for their devotion and the comforts they proffered her. Having lived all her life in this vicinity she was both well and favorably known. A quiet, unassuming woman of sterling worth to her family and friends who will sadly miss her.

   “Into the lives of all
     The tears of sorrow fall.
     Into the happiest hearts
     Grief drives her darts;
     No door however stout
     Can shut Death's angel out.

    There is no joy secure, 
     No peace shall endure,
     No smile that man shall keep,
     God wills that man shall weep;
     And in his darkest hour
     Vain is all earthly power.

    When sorrow binds his hands,
     One master only grief
     Bows to, and that's belief---
     Faith that he'll some day know
     Why God has willed it so.”

    Burial in Maddy Cemetery in Addison Township

Gallia Times
May 1925
Transcribed by Nancy McMillan


Berry, Lenna [Lafon]

Obituary of Lenna Lafon Berry
     LENNA LAFON BERRY, 87, of Marietta, Ohio, formerly of Linnville, Ohio, died Saturday, November 15, 1997 at Marietta Center for Health and Rehabilitation.
     She was born May 29, 1910 in LaFayette, Ind., and daughter of the late Albert T. and Eva Miller LaFon. She was a retired school teacher of 37 years with the Symmes Valley School System, and a member of the Linville Church of Christ.
     She was preceded in death by her husband Clovis Berry, and two brothers, Kenneth and Clovis LaFon. She is survived by one daughter and son-in-law, Kay and Rod Hineman of Belpre, Ohio; two brothers, Samuel LaFon of Phoenix, Ariz. and Herbert LaFon of Baltimore, Md.; two grandchildren, David Hineman of Lancaster, Ohio and Kim and her husband Tom Weiner of South Parkersburg, W.Va.; and several nieces and nephews.
     Funeral services will be 2 P.M. Tuesday, November 18, 1997 at Schneider-Slack Funeral Home by the Rev. Donald Seevers. Burial will follow in Centenary Cemetery. Friends may call from 6 to 9 P.M. Monday at the funeral home.

Huntington Herald-Dispatch
Contributed by Jeff Hayes Hiestzie76@aol.com                                                


Berry, Louie Beth [Beall]

Death of Mrs. Berry
     Mrs. Louie Beth Beall, wife of Mr. Everette E. Berry, passed away at 5 minutes after 1 o’clock this Monday afternoon July 20, 1903, aged 35, and after an illness of over three weeks from brain congestion. She leaves her husband and one little boy, David, six years old. She was the youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Beall and was in Jefferson county, O. She leaves her father, her brothers, James P., Basil, W. P., and Colonel Beall. She was united in marriage with Mr. Berry ten years ago, and was a devoted wife and mother and almost excellent lady in every respect and her death will be greatly mourned.
     The funeral services will be from the residence of Mr. and Mrs. W. P. Beall on Third avenue Wednesday afternoon and the burial will be by Wetherholt at the Pine street cemetery. Word has been sent to the relatives, but it was not known at this writing who would be here. Basil is in California, too far away to get here, but the other brothers in Columbus may arrange to come. The remains will be removed from her home on Grape street to Mr. Beall’s this evening.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Monday, July 20, 1903

Funeral Services
     The funeral services of the late Mrs. E. E. Berry will be conducted by Rev. F. E. Brininstool at Mr. W. P. Beall’s residence on Third avenue at half-past 2 o’clock Wednesday afternoon, the interment at Pine street cemetery by Wetherholt following.
     The pall bearers selected are as follows: Messrs. D. A. Barton, John L. Ayres, Charles M. Alexander, G. W. C. Poore, John H. Ewing, John C. Butz, Julius M. Kaufman and E. Lincoln Neal.

GDT --Tuesday, July 21, 1903

Funeral Services
     There was a profusion of beautiful flowers tendered upon the occasion of Mrs. E. E. Berry’s funeral services. The Odd Fellows tendered a “Three Links” of roses and smilax. Her brothers gave a pillow of mixed flowers, roses and tube roses, etc. Mrs. Geo. S. Beall sent a large bouquet of white roses. The clerks at W. P. Beall’s gave a fine floral piece in the shape of a bell. Mr. and Mrs. T. E. Taylor, of Columbus, sent a large bouquet of chrysanthemums. Mrs. Charles Leeper gave a handsome bouquet of white carnations. Mrs. Henry Blanc gave a handsome bouquet of roses. Mrs. J. T. Soden, Miss Pumphrey and perhaps others made handsome donations of flowers.
     The remarks of Mr. Brininstool were impressive and touching. Mrs. Mary Kelley, of Zanesville, an aunt, and Mr. E. E. Beall, of Columbus, were in attendance upon the services.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Thursday, July 23, 1903
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron


Berry, Martha [McKown]

     Mrs. Martha Berry, widow of the late Davis Berry, died Tuesday, January 29, 1907, at her home near Addison, aged about 72 years, after an extended illness. She fell and broke her arm about a year ago and had gradually declined in health since that time.
     Her maiden name was Miss Martha McKown and she was born in Hancock County, Va. She was a member of the Methodist church and was a consistent Christian lady, a faithful wife and a kind and indulgent mother.
     She leaves two daughters, Mrs. W. H. Vanden of Rio Grande, and Mrs. H. S. Ramsey of Addison, and three sons, Charles and Harrison, of Addison, and Everett of Gallipolis.
     The funeral services were held Thursday at Addison M. E. Church by Rev. A. B. Davis, interment at Pine Street cemetery by Wetherholt.

Gallipolis Bulletin
Friday, February 1, 1907
Transcribed by Sandy Lee Milliron                                                                      Top of Page


Berry, Martin B.

Martin Berry, 57, Victim
Neck Is Broken - Warehime.
     A Kanauga resident, Martin Berry, 57, who lived alone in a cabin at the 7-35 Club, lost his life in an accident at the bridge of the New York Central Railroad, which crosses the tracks of the Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad just below the Kanauga Station at 7:10 p.m. Friday. He fell off the bridge between the tracks and the bridge railing and landed on his head on the C and O tracks, with one leg across the track. Dr. Donald Warehime, Gallia county coroner, who gave the cause of death as accidental, is of the opinion that the fall seriously injured him and that he might have been dead before the Chesapeake and Ohio freight train hit him.
     The train was enroute from Logan to Pomeroy. The engineer was George S. Davis and fireman, Harry Shaw, both of Rt. 2, Logan, were in the engine cab. They saw the body lying on the tracks, and made an attempt to stop by applying the emergency brakes, but their efforts were futile. At the time of the accident he was wearing a uniform of the Kanauga Block Co., where he had been employed. He was released from Holzer Hospital Friday morning, where he had been a patient for several days.
     He is survived by a brother, Riley Berry, who resides on Georges Creek and by several sisters. There are four children living in the Columbus area. The body is at Miller’s Home for Funerals, and funeral arrangements will be announced later.

The Gallia Times
Saturday, May 16, 1964

Berry Services Scheduled For 1 P.M. Tuesday
     Services for Martin B. Berry, 56, who was killed after falling from a bridge of the New York Central tracks to C & O tracks below Friday evening near Kanauga, will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday at Carmel Church near Jackson. Rev. Jack Stutler will officiate and burial will be in the church cemetery under the direction of Miller’s Home for Funerals. Friends may call at the funeral home.
     Mr. Berry was born April 22, 1907, at Louisa, Ky., one of nine children born to the late James and Margaret Moore Berry. He is survived by three sisters, and one brother, Mrs. Sarah Spencer of Bidwell, Mrs. Cora Spencer of Columbus and Mrs. Mattie Perry of Bloomfield and Riley Berry of Kanauga.
     Mr. Berry came to Ohio 40 years ago and his marriage was to the former Freda Kerns of Pt. Pleasant. They were the parents of the following five children who survive; Mrs. Billy (Sadie) Nicholson, who is with her husband stationed with the Army in Turkey; Herbert, Donald, and Marvin Berry, all of Columbus and Victor Berry who is in the Navy and stationed in Puerto Rico. There are 10 grandchildren.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Monday, May 18, 1964
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron


Berry, Nellie L [Hager]

Nellie Berry
     Nellie L. Berry, 87, of 29 Eastmoor Dr., Mt. Vernon, died Saturday morning at the Centerberg Nursing Center in Centerberg, following a long illness. Mrs. Berry was born on Jan. 13, 1898, in Gallia County to the late John and Clersia Ann (Adkins) Hager and spent most of her life in the Gallipolis area before moving to Mt. Vernon in 1983.
     A member of the First Baptist Church of Gallipolis, she is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Beatrice Stevens of Mt. Vernon; two brothers, Gilbert Hager of Thornville and Oscar Hager of Columbus; four sisters, Garnett Berry of Gallipolis, Julia Ann Gettys of Thornville, Hallie Slane and Lilyan Berry, both of Columbus. She was preceded in death by her husband, Clark Berry, four brothers and one sister.
     Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Flowers-Snyder Funeral Home in Mt. Vernon with Rev. William O’Hara officiating.  Graveside services will be 3 p.m. Tuesday at Mound Hill Cemetery in Gallipolis.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Monday, March 11, 1985
Transcribed by Suzanne H. Giroux


Berry, Norma

Norma Berry
     Norma Berry, 82, Gallipolis, died Thursday, April 23, 1998 in St. Mary's Hospital, Huntington, W. Va.
Born February 26, 1916 in Gallipolis, daughter of the late Chauncy J. CHICK and Mary CALLHOUN HARRISON, she was a homemaker, and a member of Grace United Methodist Church.
     She was also preceded in death by her husband, John C. BERRY. Surviving are three sons, John L. CARTER of Leonard, Md., James C. CARTER of Racine, and Charles W. POWELL of Gallipolis; five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; and a sister, Gail SPRAGUE of Vinton.
     Services will be 1 p.m. Sunday in the Willis Funeral Home, with the Rev. David HOFF officiating. Burial will be in the Ohio Valley Memory Garden. Friends may call at the funeral home from 7-9 p.m. Saturday.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune pg 3.
4-24-1998
Submitted by Charles & Fran Longsdorf, Midland, MI                                           Top of Page


Berry, Ralph E.

Crash Kills Waldo Man
      MARION O, (INS) - Ralph Barry [sic], 37, of Waldo, father of four children, was killed instantly Friday night when struck by one auto and thrown into the path of another at a street intersection in Waldo, nine miles south of Marion.

[Note: Ralph E. Berry was born in 1920 in Gallipolis son of Robert Lindsey Berry & Nellie Keller. His marriage certificate with Floretta Bell available at familysearch.com states that he was age 21 on 15 May 1939 which indicates a birth year of 1918 but he is not listed in the 1920 census, is listed as 9 in the 1930 census, is listed as 19 in the 1940 census and his tombstone shows a birth year of 1920. Buried Green Camp Cemetery, Green Camp, Marion, Ohio.]

Bowling Green Sentinel-Tribune
Monday June 03, 1957
Transcribed by Suzanne H. Giroux


Berry, Robert Lindsey

Robert L. Berry Found Dead In Home
     Robert L. Berry, 68, of north of Prospect was found dead at his home Saturday morning, March 7, 1953.
Dr. M. M. Weinbaum, acting county coroner, listed the cause of death as a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Sheriff’s deputies found a .22 caliber revolver beside the body.  The sheriff’s office received the call Saturday morning at 8:30.  Dr. Weinbaum estimated Berry had been dead for approximately 12 hours. Mr. Berry lived on State Route 203, north of Newmans.  The body was found shortly before 8:30 by his son, Ralph, of New Straitsville, Ohio.
     Robert L. Berry was born June 20, 1888, in Gallia County, a son of Alonzo and Laura A. Irwin Berry.  In 1912, in Gallia County, he married Nellie Keeler who died December 27, 1948 in Marion. Surviving are children, Ray Berry of Marion, Ralph and Clarence of New Straitsville, three grandchildren and brothers, Cecil Berry of Ravenna and Clyde and Elijah Berry both of Gallia County.
     Funeral services were conducted Monday at 2 p.m. in the Merle H. Hughes Mortuary in Marion.  The Rev. A. H. Nothstine of Green Camp officiated and burial was made in the Green Camp Cemetery.

Unknown Marion, Marion, Ohio Newspaper
Abt. Saturday March 07, 1953
Provided by Becky Jacobs & Transcribed by Suzanne H. Giroux


Berry, William Alonzo

Death of Mr. Berry
     Wm. Alonzo Berry, of Addison, died Sunday evening, Sept. 20, 1908. He had been more or less an invalid from paralysis for a long time. His funeral services will be conducted by Rev. W. J. Fulton at his residence Tuesday at 10 a. m., the interment following at the Maddy graveyard by Wetherholt.
     He is survived by six sons and one daughter as follows: J. E., Robert, William, Claude, Cecil and Hattie Berry and their mother who was a daughter of Squire John Irwin of Springfield township.
     He was a son of Elijah and Harriet Berry and taught school until the misfortune of paralysis overtook him. He always resided in the county except for 18 months spent in California. He was a good, well-liked citizen and his family will have the sympathy of all in their bereavement.

[Note: 1850 – Sept. 20, 1908; Age 58 yrs. 3 mos. 10 days. He was married to Laura A. Irwin on
Oct. 14, 1879 in Gallia Co., Ohio. The son not mentioned in above was David.]

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Monday, September 21, 1908
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron


Berthe, Lewis

     Died, at his residence in Gallipolis, on November 13th 1861, after a lingering illness, Mr. Lewis Berthe, in the 50th year of his age. He leaves a wife and twelve children and many warm friends to mourn his loss.

The Gallipolis Journal
December 5, 1861
Transcribed by Eva Swain Hughes


Berthe, Lyman W.

     Died, in Winona county, Minnesota, April 22d, 1867, after a lingering illnes, Lyman W. Berthe, aged 24 years.

The Gallipolis Journal
May 9, 1867
Transcribed by Eva Swain Hughes


Bertrand, Jean Baptiste

     Died at his residence in French Grant, on March 21st, 1855, Monsieur Jean Baptiste Bertrand, aged 94 years. Ironton Register.

The Gallipolis Journal
June 28, 1855
Transcribed by Eva Swain Hughes


Besserer, Mary Florence [Mauck]

    Mary Florence Besserer, daughter of Daniel and Mary Rothgeb Mauck, was born at Cheshire, February 23, 1855. She was educated at Cheshire Academy and Hillsdale college. She taught in the public schools and was a private teacher of music.
     On May 17, 1881 she was married to Charles Frederick Besserer. Thereafter her life was spent at Middleport where she died July 12, 1929, survived by her husband.
     These are the rough outlines of the useful life of a charming woman. She had too many interesting traits to be described with a phrase. Perhaps, however, after her devotion to her home, her love for beauty in general was her most outstanding characteristic. She loved music, painting, poetry and flowers and her devotion to the beauties of the external world brought her the natural reward of a beautiful inner spirit. She was a cultured woman and a merry one. Her wit was keen and her laughter infectious. She happily blended sympathy and sunshine and did her full part in bringing joy to a large circle of devoted friends.
     She had been a member of the Presbyterian Church for many years and was a charter member of the Middleport Literary club. Also one of the organizers and Past Worthy Matrons of the Order of the Eastern Stars.

Undated newspaper article
Transcribed by Suzanne Giroux                                                                        Top of Page                                                                     


Betz, Albertus L.

Death of Mr. A. L. Betz
     Albertus L. Betz, eldest son of Mr. Ethanile Betz, died on Wednesday evening last, July 13, in the 35th year of his age. For several years past, he was engaged in business at the corner of Second and Cedar Streets. About a year ago he was attacked with catarrh of the stomach, which increased until he was relieved by death.
He leaves a wife and one child -- a beautiful little girl of 13 years. Mr. Betz was a warm-hearted man, kind and affectionate in his intercourse with his fellows. The funeral services were conducted from the family residence at 4 o’clock yesterday afternoon, and the burial was at the Old Cemetery [Pine St.], by Wetherholt.

The Gallipolis Bulletin
Saturday, July 16, 1892
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron


Betz, Basil

Basil Betz, 89, Died Saturday At Jamestown
Funeral 1 Tuesday Here, With Burial In Mound Hill
     Basil Betz, closely followed in death by his wife Mrs. Cora Woolweaver Betz, when he passed away New Year's morning. Just two weeks before, Mrs. Betz had died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Emmett Mossman, at Jamestown and his death was at the same place.
     He was born at Morgan Center in Gallia county 89 years ago and spent practically all of his life here. Death was due to complications of his advanced years. Mr. Betz was twice married. His first wife, Elizabeth Kennedy, died in 1925. They were parents of four sons and a daughter of whom but the daughter, Mrs. Inez Barker of St. Petersburg, Fla., survives. His second marriage was in 1927. He was the brother of Mrs. Rachel Allshouse and Mrs. Celia Brown of Gallipolis and also leaves three grandchildren and twelve great grand children.
     The body arrived here at noon today and was taken to the George J. Wetherholt and Sons funeral home where services will be conducted Tuesday afternoon at one o'clock CWT by Rev. W. S. Westerman. Burial will be in Mound Hill Cemetery.

[Note: From death certificate date of birth November 22, 1854; date of death December 31, 1943; parents not named (unknown by informant).]

Newspaper (prob. January 1944, Gallipolis) clipping found in the Simmerman files, Beck-Betz file, Bossard Library.
Transcribed by Debbie Carter Evans


Betz, Basil William

Basil Betz Dies At Home
     GALLIPOLIS - Basil W. Betz, age 39, died late Thursday afternoon at his home, 216 First Avenue, after an illness of several months. He had been bedfast for seven weeks and death was attributed to an infection of the blood stream. Mr. Betz was a native and life-long resident of Gallipolis. He had been associated with the Gallipolis Motor Company as a mechanic for the past twelve years until ill health forced him to give up work a few months ago. 
     Basil William Betz was born December 27, 1905, and his mother, now Mrs. James Poindexter, survives.  He married Marie McAllister and she with three children survive. They are: Ronald, Anna Mae, and Margaret Faye. Also are two sisters surviving: Mrs. Inez Mae Betz and Mrs. Bert Brown, both of Gallipolis. Mr. Betz was prominently identified in Masonic circles. He was a past master of Morning Dawn Lodge.
     Funeral services will be held at Grace Methodist Church at 2 o’clock Sunday afternoon, when Rev. W. Scott Westerman will officiate and the local Blue Lodge Masons will have a part in the ceremony. Burial will follow at Pine Street Cemetery.

[Note: 12/27/1905 - 11/30/1944, 38 yrs. 11 mos. 3 das.; Son of Reuben & Ina Foglesong Betz]

Athens Sunday Messenger
December 3, 1944
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron


Betz, Benjamin C

Benj C Betz, Veteran, Dead At Dayton
     Benj. C. Betz, veteran of the recent war, died at the Dayton Home Wednesday from tuberculosis, aged 35 years. Mr. Betz was sent to the Dayton Soldier's Home three weeks ago following an examination by Veterans Bureau officials. He has been in poor health for some time. He is survived by his father, J. A. Betz, who lives in Waverley, Tennessee and one brother, who resides in Gallipolis.
     Mr. Betz joined the Army on July 8, 1918 and was discharged on Jan. 25, 1919. His residence was at 1000 First Avenue. His service was largely at Camp Sheridan, Alabama. While funeral and burial arrangements have not been decided upon, it is probable that they will take place at Dayton.

[Note: born 1888; died April 4, 1923. Lineman Buried National Military Home, Dayton, Ohio]

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Thursday, April 5, 1923
Transcribed by F. K. Brown


Betz, Clarence O.

Clarence Betz Claimed Suddenly This Morning
     Death came instaantly to Clarence O. Betz at about 9:15 this morning shortly after he went to his work at the Chesapeake and Ohio freight depot and his family and numerous acquaintances among the business people of this area suffered a severe shock. While he had not felt well last Sunday, he attributed his discomfort to indigestion and Wednesday felt as well as usual. He had remained at the courthouse wherre his son Common Pleas Judge-elect Robert M. Betz was receiving election returns until time to report for work Wednesday morning. Last night he slept well and went to work as usual this morning but a sudden heart attack ended his life before he reached Holzer Hospital where he was taken immediately.
     For 45 years he had been a familiar figure around the Gallipolis railroad yars, having entered the employment of the old Kanawha & Michigan Railway in 1903 at the age of 17. For a time he was employed as a ticket agent with the New York Central, later became a rate and bill clerk and since 1916 had been cashier of the C. & O. here.
     He was the son of Colonel T. and Bella Bane Betz and was born March 29, 1886 at the old Betz home, 644 Fourth Avenue, his sister, Jennie, wife of Charles McElhinny, is the only survivor of his immediat family. On April 17, 1909 he married Mabel Chick of this city who also survives, and to them was born one son already referred to; one grandchild, Bobbie also survives.
     For a quarter of a century the Betz family has occupied the prim and comfortable residence at 431 Second Ave., which bears unmistakable evidence of the handiwork of its owner who has continued a perpetual program of restoration and improvement.
     Always especially attentive to the welfare of his son who was the victim of infantile paralysis in babyhood, the decedent was known for this unselfish devotion to the comfort of his loved ones and his attention to the needs of his friends.
     He was a member of Morning Dawn Lodge No. F & AM., Order of Eastern Star, Modern Woodmen of America and Ohio Valley Grange.
     No funeral arrangements had been made today pending return of Mrs. Betz's nephew. Funeral Director Clarence Waugh, from Columbus.

Unknown publication in Bossard Memorial Library in Gallipolis
November 4, 1948
Submitted by Charles & Fran Longsdorf, Midland, MI                                           Top of Page


Betz, Edward

Ed Betz Falls Dead While Husking Corn
Year-End Tragedy Occurs At 3 P.M. On Tuesday
Lived At Harris, But At One Time Lived Here

     While husking corn in a field Edward Betz, well-known resident of Harris, toppled over and died about 3 o’clock Tuesday afternoon. He was 57 years old and had been in his usual health, apparently. His death occurred on the John Deckard farm, where Mr. Betz and his son, Gerald, were harvesting a crop of corn that belonged to him. That farm is about two miles from the Betz home, the latter being a picturesque place in Harris that was formerly owned by Mrs. Ridgeway and originally was the home of Sylvester Wood and family.
     Mr. Betz was a native of the community or at least of the township (Raccoon), where he died, but back in the ‘20s, he and family lived in Gallipolis. He was a son of the late Amos and Cynthia Vance Betz. Mr. Betz is survived by his wife, formerly Bessie Blagg, who is a sister of Mrs. Charles H. Swanson of this city There are two children, besides the son already named, Mrs. Winifred Thorne, wife of King Thorne of Athens and Harris, and Avonelle, who is at home. The surviving brothers and sisters are Num Betz of Ewington R.D.; Mrs. Ada Lloyd, wife of David Lloyd of Bidwell R.D.; Mrs. Daisy Scurlock and Charles Betz, both of Gallipolis.
     Mr. Betz was president of the Raccoon Tp. Board of Education and a member of the Harris Baptist church. Funeral services will be held at that church at 1 o’clock Friday, with Rev. C. O. Clark in charge. Burial at Calvary cemetery by Butler-McCoy. The pall bearers will be C. R. Kerr, Dana Wickline, Walter Wood, Maxie Thomas, Mr. Betz’s B of E colleagues, and Harland Vollborn and Nelson Phillips.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Wednesday, January 1, 1941
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron


Betz, Ira

Ira Betz, 78, Dies Very Suddenly
     Ira Betz, aged 78, died suddenly of a cerebral hemorrhage about 9:30 last night at his home at 26 Mill Creek street. He had not been well for a while and on that account had not been working at his trade of carpentering.
     Mr. Betz is survived by his wife, formerly Naomi Kesterson; one son, John J. Betz, Clear Lake, Wash., and a daughter, Mrs. Ora Chapman, Cincinnati.
     Funeral services will be held at 2 o'clock Monday at the Gallipolis Mission in charge of Rev. J. P. Keefer. Burial in Mound Hill cemetery by George J. Wetherholt & Sons.

[From death certificate date of birth January 28?, 1862; date of death June 7, 1940; father John J. Betz; mother Bella (Salso?). His full name on the death certificate is given as Ira Almerian Betz with the Almerian very difficult to make out exactly.]

Newspaper (prob. June 1940, Gallipolis) clipping found in the Simmerman files, Beck-Betz file, Bossard Library.
Transcribed by Debbie Carter Evans


Betz, James Harvey

     James Harvey Betz 70, died at his home in Cincinnati Monday. His body will arrive in Gallipolis Wednesday evening and the funeral will be held Thursday morning at Hayward undertaking parlors at ten o'clock. He leaves his widow and sisters, Mrs. Laura Canaday of Lincoln, Nebr., and Mrs. Wilson Blazer of this city, and one brother, William Betz of Lincoln, Neb., and a large number of relatives and friends.

[Note: B. April 2, 1855 D. Nov. 16, 1925]

Gallia Times
Nov. 19, 1925
Transcribed by Danielle Frogale-Dorso


Betz, James L. (Luther)

James L. Betz, 75, Contractor Dies Suddenly
Suffers Heart Attack As He Sat In Chair - Funeral At 2 Wednesday
     James L. Betz, known all over Gallia county and beyond as a contractor, died very suddenly last evening at Dot Kennett's "batching" quarters just below Kanauga. He had been ailing for six weeks at least and had spent a few days recently in the Holzer Hospital. While seated in a chair he toppled over and called for help and expired soon after the arrival of a physician. Death was attributed to a heart affection.
     Mr. Betz was an industrious man and a genial soul and had a host of friends hereabouts. He was in his 75th year, having been born here Dec. 31, 1861. He was a son of Amos Betz, who came here from Steubenville, and Cynthia Vance Betz, a native of Morgan Center.
     Four brothers and four sisters survive: Mrs. Martin Vollborn, Rodney; Charles Betz, Mrs. J. E. Harrison, Mrs. Daisy Spurlock [Note: Scurlock in the William W. Betz obituary- DCE.], and William Betz (a half-brother), all of Gallipolis; Timothy Betz, Patriot; Mrs. David Lloyd, Rio Grande; Num Betz and Edward Betz, Bidwell R.D. For some time Mr. Betz had made his home with Charles and Mrs. Spurlock at 245 Second ave.
     Funeral services will be conducted by Rev. George Sagen at the Baptist church at 2 o'clock on Wednesday. Burial in Pine st. cemetery by A. E. Tope.

[Note: From death certificate date of death July 6, 1936. Middle name of Luther given.]

Newspaper (prob. July 1936, Gallipolis) clipping found in the Simmerman files, Beck-Betz file, Bossard Library.
Transcribed by Debbie Carter Evans                                                                  Top of Page


Betz, Leroy C.

Leroy Betz, 57, Taken Suddenly
     At about the time he picked up his key at the G.S.I administration building basement key room preparatory to going on duty as a night attendant last night Leroy C. Betz, 51, sat down on a settee there and died in about two minutes, hospital attaches said today. Death was attributed to a heart attack.
     A robust fellow who had long been a familiar figure hereabouts, Roy had not been ill recently though he had not been in the best of health for a rather long period. He had been employed at the hospital since Oct. 17, 1946.
     The son of the late William Betz, he was born Jan. 28, 1897 and had worked the greater part of his life as a molder here and elsewhere, but had always maintained his residence here, presently at 817 Second Ave.
     He married Garnet Duncan, who was in Columbus at the time of his passing and had not yet been able to reach here, and to them were born three sons, all of whom survive: Leroy, a sargeant [sic] in the regular army who is believed to be stationed in the far east; Farrell, a student in a radio television school in Cleveland; and William, a student at Rio Grande College.
     Claude Miller took charge of the body but funeral arrangements will await the arrival of the widow and the flood's subsidence.

[Note: From death certificate date of death April 13, 1948; mother Charlotte Cooper; burial at Pine Street CE.]

Newspaper (prob. April 1948, Gallipolis) clipping found in the Simmerman files, Beck-Betz file, Bossard Library.
Transcribed by Debbie Carter Evans


Betz, Mabel

Mabel Betz
     Mrs. Mabel Betz, 888, a former resident of 431 Second Ave., Gallipolis, died around 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Kimes Nursing center, Athens. She had been in failing health several years. She was born March 2, 1888, in Harrison Twp., daughter of the late Thomas Chick and Elizabeth Boster Chick. She married Clarence O. Betz. He preceded her in death on Nov. 4, 1948.
     One son, former Probate Judge Robert M. Betz, preceded her in death in April, 1969. One daughter-in-law, Mrs. Sarah Betz, Gallipolis, survives. One grandson, Robert M. Betz, Jr., Athens, survives. Two great-grandsons, Robert M. Betz III and Nathan E Betz, both of Athens, survive. One twin sister, Mrs. E. C. (Jessie) Waugh, Portsmouth, survives. Two brothers and one sister preceded her in death. She spent all her life in Gallia County. She was a member of Grace United Methodist Church, Gallipolis Chapter, Eastern Star, Gallipolis Emblem Club and Lafayette Shrine of Gallipolis.
     Funeral services will be held 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Waugh-Halley-wood Funeral Home with Rev. Paul Hawks officiating. Burial will be in Pine Street Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home from 8 until 9 p.m. Monday.

[Note: Dated May 1976, she died May 2, 1976]

Unknown publication in Bossard Memorial Library in Gallipolis
May, 1976
Submitted by Charles & Fran Longsdorf, Midland, MI                                           Top of Page


Betz, Mary Belle

Death of Miss Mary Belle Betz
     Miss Mary Belle Betz died at her home Saturday, June 19, 1926, after a long illness at the age of 54 years. She was the daughter of the late Abraham and Sarah Moler Betz. She leaves one brother, Basil Betz and three sisters, Mrs. Wm. Allshouse and Misses Nancy and Celia Betz.
     Funeral services were held at her late home, 49 Olive street, Monday at 10 a.m. by Rev. Fields with burial in Mound Hill Cemetery by Geo. J. Wetherholt and Sons.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Monday, June 21, 1926
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron


Betz, Mary Jean [Cornell]

Mary Jean Betz
     Mary Jean Betz , 65, of Eureka, Star Route, Gallipolis, died Monday at Holzer Medical Center. She was born Oct. 10, 1924, in Clay Twp. To the late William Lindsey and Lelia (Craft) Cornell. For several years, she worked at Tawney Studio and was a volunteer at Holzer Medical Center. She was a 1943 graduate of Gallia Academy High School.
     Preceding her in death was her husband Kenneth H. Betz in 1971. Also preceding her in death are one sister Janice Saunders, and one son, Paul David in 1951. She is survived by one son, Larry M. Betz, Gallipolis; one sister, Mrs. Thurman (Rebecca) Boggs, Gallipolis; one brother, William David Cornell, Columbus, and two grandchildren, Angie Wandling and Kim Betz.
     Pallbearers will be Kennison Saunders, Brent Saunders, Lonnie Boggs, Eric Saunders, Winston Saunders and Kim Saunders. Services will be at 1 p.m., Friday at Willis Funeral Home with the Rev. Kenneth Saunders and Rev. James Lusher officiating. Burial will be at Mound Hill Cemetery. Calling hours are from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

[Note: Mary Jean Betz was born Oct. 10, 1924, and died Nov. 20, 1989.]

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Unknown date
Transcribed by Deanna Partlow


Betz, Max

Max Betz, 63, Dies Suddenly This Morning
     Max Betz, 63, a resident of Mill Creek Rd., slumped over the wheel of a truck he was driving in Mound Hill cemetery at 7:45 a.m. today, and he was rushed to Holzer Hospital, where he was declared dead on arrival.
     Mr. Betz is survived by his wife, Inez Mae Betz, and 3 sons and a daughter, Judge Robert S. Betz, Gallipolis Municipal Judge, Thomas Lee Betz, who has been serving in Vietnam for a month, John Edward Betz, at home, and Mrs. John R. (Mary Jean) DeLille of Columbus. There are six grandsons, and a granddaughter.
     He had been employed by the city for several years, in the cemetery department. The body is at the Wetherholt-Elliott Funeral home, and other details, and funeral arrangements will be announced later.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Tuesday, December 13, 1966

Await Word From Son In Vietnam
     Announcement of services for Max Betz, 63, who died suddenly Tuesday morning, will await word from a son stationed in Vietnam.
     Mr. Betz was born in Gallipolis twp. on Sept. 9, 1903, son of the late James E. and Lottie Persinger Betz. His marriage was to Inez Mae Betz, who survives along with three sons and a daughter, Judge Robert S. Betz of Gallipolis, John E. Betz, at home, and Thomas L. Betz, serving in the Air Force in Vietnam, and Mrs. John (Mary) DeLille of Columbus. There are seven grandchildren.
     Other survivors are two brothers and a sister, Robert E. Betz of Langsville, Albert E. Betz of Athens and Mrs. Edith Duckworth of Roanoke, Va. Three brothers and a sister preceded him in death.
     The body is at the Wetherholt-Elliott Funeral Home.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Wednesday, December 14, 1966
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron


Betz, Nancy

     Nancy Jane Betz died about 1 a.m. today at 43 Olive Street where she lived with her sister, Mrs. Celia Brown. Her death came unexpectedly but was believed to have come from infirmities due to her advanced age. She had reached her 86th birthday yesterday.
     Miss Betz was the daughter of Abraham Betz and was born in Morgan township but came to Gallipolis to live when but a child. In addition to Mrs. Brown she is survived by another sister, Mrs. Rachel Allshouse of Mill Creek and a brother, Basil Betz, at Jamestown.
     Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. at the residence with Rev. W.S. Westerman officiating. Burial will follow in Mound Hill Cemetery by George J. Wetherholt & Sons.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
December 14, 1942
Transcribed by Alexia Burnett


Betz, Robert M.

Judge Betz of Gallipolis Dies
     Judge Robert M. Betz, 57, of 435 First Ave.c Gallipolis, died from an apparent self-inflicted bullet wound    to the head around 12:15 p.m., Sunday. Judge Betz had been in failing health since 1955 when he suffered a heart attack. He had been seriously ill since February, 1966. He was pronounced dead on arrival at the Holzer Medical Center on First Ave., between 1:45 and 2 p.m., Sunday. The Gallia County Sheriff's Department, City Police and Gallia County Coroner were called to the Betz home to investigate.
Dr. Donald Warehime, Gallia County coroner, could not be reached today for an official ruling in the cause of death.
     Judge Betz graduated from Gallia Academy High School in 1930. After completing pre-law studies at Ohio University, he attended Ohio State University. He received his law degree from Ohio Northern University. At age 26, Judge Betz was elected to the House of Representives. He served two terms, from 1937 through 1941. He was the state's youngest representative at the time. He was admitted to the Ohio State Bar Association in 1940 and was Gallia County Prosecutor from 1942 to 1948. In 1948, Judge Betz was elected Judge of the Gallia County Common Pleas Court. He held that position until his retirement last October.
     Judge Betz was a member of the St. Peter's Episcopal Church, Gallia County Bar Association, Ohio State Common Pleas Judge Association, and recently had received a lifetime membership in the Gallia County Gun Club. The judge was a member of the Ohio Historical Society, Morning Dawn Lodge of Masons, Gallipolis, and Scottish Riters, Columbus.
     Judge Betz was born on May 22, 1911, in Gallipolis, son of Clarence O. and Mabel Chick Betz. His father preceded him in death. His mother resides at 431 First ave. He married the former Sarah Field on Dec. 1, 1937, at Winchester, Ind. She survives, along with one son, Robert M. Betz Jr., and a grandson, Robert M. Betz, III.
     Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Tuesday at the St. Peter's Episcopal Church with Rev. A. H. MacKenzie officiating. Burial will be in Pine Street Cemetery. In Lieu of flowers, the family requests funds for the Gallia County District Library. Friends may call at the Waugh-Halley-Wood Funeral Home between 7 and 9 this evening.

Gallipolis Tribune
April 21, 1969
Transcribed by J. Farley


Betz, Smith

Smith Betz Died in West
     Smith Betz, father of Col. F. and Robert E. Betz, well known contractors of this city, passed away at the age of 74 years, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. John Hunt, living two miles east of Sioux City.  Mr. Betz had been in poor health since last January from a cancerous growth.  He was born in Jefferson county, O., and moved to this city from Lincoln, Neb., about seven years ago.  His wife, Phoebe Prichard Betz, died 4 years ago.
     Mr. Betz is survived by nine children, James Franklin Betz, of Kansas City, Mo., John Betz and Isaac Betz, of Lincoln, Col. Robert and Charles Betz of this city, Jacob Betz, of Joplin, Mo., and Mrs Ida Betz Hunt and Mrs Mattie Betz Gagger, of Sioux City.
     An unusual feature of the funeral of Smith Betz, which was held at Sergeant Bluffs, was that six sons acted as pallbearers. The sons are Smith Betz, of Kansas city, Mo., John Betz of Lincoln, Neb.; Lawson Betz, of Joplin, Mo. and C. F. Betz, of Sioux City. The funeral was largely attended by former friends of the deceased man, many from Sioux City.   The funeral was held at the Hunt house near Sergeant Bluffs.  Interment was at that place.
     The above clipping from a Sioux City paper was handed to us by Mr. Ross Betz.  Smith Betz lived here many years and at one time operated a saw mill just above the water works power house.  He moved west about 30 years ago. He is an uncle of Ross Betz and has many relataives in this county.

Gallipolis Bulletin
September 1907
Transcribed by Maxine Marshall


Betz, Tim V. (Vinton)

Tim V. Betz, 67, Dies of Injuries Received Thurs.
Funeral To Be Held At Rio Grande At 1 O'clock Friday
     Tim V. Betz, 67, of Patriot, who was hurt in an unusual automobile accident last Thursday afternoon at the O. E. Elliott home, died at the Holzer Hospital at 4 o'clock Tuesday afternoon. His pelvic bone was fractured and he received severe chest injuries from which he suffered much.
     Mr. Betz is survived by his wife, who has been ill since early in January and who but recently left Holzer Hospital. Her maiden name was Ethel Gooch and they have been married 42 years. The surviving children are Harry Betz, this city; Hanley, a teacher in the Bloomfield (Jackson county) school; Mrs. Mildred Baumgardner, Pt. Pleasant, and Mrs. Geneva Haskins. There are 10 grandchildren.
     Rev. George Sagen will conduct the funeral at 1 o'clock Friday at Rio Grande. Burial in Calvary cemetery by A. E. Tope.
     Mr. Betz had gone to the Elliott home to engage an ambulance to remove Mrs. Betz from the hospital. His car, after being parked, started backward down a grade. In his efforts to stop it, he was caught between the car, with its door partly opened, and a building and was held there for some time before he could be extricated. Unless The Tribune is forgetful, Mr. Betz's death is the first resulting from an auto accident so far this year in this county.
     Mr. Betz's daughter, Mrs. Mildred Baumgardner, is doubly bereaved for Mrs. T. P. Baumgardner, mother of her husband, Gory Baumgardner, died Tuesday morning at New Haven. Gory Baumgardner is one of the owners (....Remainder was cut off)

[Note: From death certificate middle name of Vinton given; date of birth September 30, 1872; date of death May 14, 1940; father Amos Betz; mother Cinthia Vance.]

Newspaper clipping found in the Simmerman files, Beck-Betz file, Bossard Library.
Gallipolis Daily Tribune (May 15, 1940)
Transcribed by Debbie Carter Evans                                                                  Top of Page


Betz, William W.

William W. Betz Aged 89 Passes At Early Hour
Funeral Is Set For 2 Friday At Tope's Parlors
     William W. Betz, believed to be among the oldest if not the oldest man in Gallipolis, died at __ o'clock this morning at the home of his son, Roy C. Betz, 817 Second avenue. He was 89 years old last Saturday, March 29. Mr. Betz had been confined to his bed for four months because of a heart ailment and suffered a stroke four weeks ago that made his condition hopeless and helpless.
     For many years Mr. Betz was employed as a carpenter by the old Hocking Valley Railroad, now a part of the C.&O. system. In his later years, until physically disabled, he operated a junk yard on First avenue.
     On July 29, 1884, Mr. Betz married Charlotte Cooper. She died Oct. 28, 1921. Decedent was a son of Amos and Polly Vance Betz of Rio Grande and was born March 29, 1852, and was a lad of nine years when the Civil War broke out. Besides the son named, there was another son, Fred E. Betz, Huntington clothier. There are three grandsons, Junior, Farrell and Billy - Roy's sons - and these sisters and brother; Charles Betz and Mrs. Daisy Scurlock, Gallipolis; Mrs. David Lloyd, Rio Grande; Num Betz of near Ewington.
     Funeral services will be held at A. E. Tope's funeral parlor at 2 o'clock Friday. The body is there now but will be taken home Thursday and not returned to Tope's until shortly before the funeral hour. Rev. W. S. Westerman will officiate at the services.

[Note: Buried at Pine Street CE. From death certificate date of death April 2, 1941.]

Newspaper (prob. April 1941, Gallipolis) clipping found in the Simmerman files, Beck-Betz file, Bossard Library.
Transcribed by Debbie Carter Evans


Bevan, Dicie M.

     Dicie M. Bevan, 87, Rt. 1, Crown City, died at 2:45 p.m. Wednesday at her residence, having been in failing health since March.
     Born Sept. 17, 1895, in Harrison Township, Gallia County, daughter of the late George and Lurella Houck Martt, she was a member of Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church.
She married Carnot Bevan on May 15, 1917 in Gallipolis and he also preceded her in death on Sept. 11, 1982.
     Surviving are two sons, Ivan of Buffalo, NY and Dwight of Rt. 1, Crown City; two daughters, Mrs. Michael (Vivian) Kalk of Boulder, CO and Mrs. Robert (Georgia) Brown of Troy; 12 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. She was also preceded in death by four sisters and a grandson.
     Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday in Willis Funeral Home, with Rev. James Lusher officiating. Burial will be in Ridgelawn Cemetery, Mercerville. Friends may call at the funeral home from 7-9 p.m. today. Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

[Note: Social Security-Sept. 27, 1895; died June 22, 1983]

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
June 23, 1983 Page 8, Col. 1
Transcribed by F.K. Brown


Bevans, Charles

Chas. Bevans, 18, Dies Suddenly, At Guyan Home
     Residents of Guyan tp., were startled and saddened to hear of the sudden death of Charles Bevans, 18, son of Mr. and Mrs. Butler Bevans, who lives on Johns Creek. Charles died at about 6 o’clock Friday morning of acute inflammatory rheumatism, which suddenly involved his heart. He had been ill but two days, having been in normal condition prior to that. About three hours after his passing, Mrs. Bevans gave birth to a boy baby. Five other brothers and a sister survive.
     Funeral services will be held at 1 Sunday at Siloam Baptist Church, with Rev. Jasper Lunsford and Rev. I. J. Sheets in charge. Burial in new Ridgelawn at Mercerville by Undertaker C. R. Halley.

[Note: Name is spelled Bevan on his tombstone.]

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Saturday, December 15, 1934
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron