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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   G-Gl   Go-Gu 

   H-Hap   Har-Haz   He-Hol   Hoo-Hu   I   J-Joh   Jol-Ju   K   L-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   U   V   W-Ward   Ware-Wau   We-Wilh   Will-Win   Wis-Wy   X   Y   Z

Ricketts, William Wellington

W. W. Ricketts Rites Will Be At 2 Thursday
End Comes Suddenly To Kanaugan, Aged 80--Burial Will Be At Addison
     William Wellington Ricketts, aged 80, Kanauga resident, of whose death brief mention was made in Tuesday’s paper, was a native of Frederick, Maryland. Funeral services will be conducted by Rev. Jennings Cremeens at the Addison Baptist Church at 2 o’clock Thursday. Interment will be made in Reynolds Cemetery by A. E. Tope.
     Though he had been weak and frail, Mr. Rickett’s passing was quite sudden. He had toppled over near an outbuilding back of his house above Deem’s store and on the opposite side of the street. He was assisted to the house and put to bed but expired before a physician could be summoned.
     Surviving him are his wife; two sons, Burton Ricketts of Coal Grove and Beverly of Washington, D. C., and a sister, also of Washington. Mr. Ricketts bore the full name of his father. He came from West Virginia to Ohio about 12 years ago. For a long period, it is said he was employed as a foreman for Langhorne & Langhorne, railway contractors of Richmond, Va.

[Note: 5/6/1859 - 11/28/1939 s/o W. W. & Susie Trails Ricketts per death cert.]

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Wednesday, November 29, 1939
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron


Rickman, Payton

     Payton W. Rickman, 81, a resident of Lower River Rd., Gallipolis, died at his home Thursday morning. He had been in failing health the past few years. Mr. Rickman was a security guard in Columbus, and retired from Olentangy Village in 1963.
     He was born Aug. 9, 1899, in Louisa Ky., and married Tennise O’Dell Thompson in Columbus on Oct. 10, 1959. She survives, along with three step-daughters: Mrs. John (Jean) Winter, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; Mrs. Allen (Mary Ann) Klein, Rosewell, Ga.; Mrs. William (Ede) Hankel, Columbus; six grandchildren survive.
     Mr. Rickman was a member of Grace United Methodist Church. Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Sunday at the Willis Funeral Home with Pastor James E. Frazier and Rev. Ralph DeLong officiating. Burial will be 11 a.m. Monday at the Forest Lawn Cemetery in Columbus. Friends may call at the Willis Funeral Home on Saturday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Grace United Methodist Church.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Friday, August 15, 1980
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron                                                                     Top of Page


Rider, Muncie Elizabeth [Wright]

     Muncie Elizabeth Rider, 75, a resident of Rt. 1, Cheshire, died at 11:30 p.m. Monday in Pleasant Valley Hospital, Pt. Pleasant. Mrs. Rider had been ill the past three years. She was born Nov. 23, 1903, Pliny, W. Va., daughter of the late James Wright and Emmazetta Wallace Wright. Mrs. Rider attended Mertie School near Crab Creek, W. Va. She worked in a fruit jar manufacturing plant in Kanawha City, W. Va.
     Her first marriage was to Charles P. Hudnall in 1919. To that union, four children were born. One daughter survives, Mrs. Newaza Clarkson, Rt. 1, Cheshire. Her second marriage was to Clarence B. Rider in 1952. He survives and resides in the Cheshire area. One step-son survives, Fred Rider, Rutland. Seven grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grand-children survive.
     One sister and five brothers survive: Nettie VanSickle, Rt. 1, Cheshire; Stanley Wright, Hollansburg, Ohio; Lester Wright, West Jefferson, Ohio; Hansford Wright, West Jefferson; Roy Wright, Hardensburg, Ky., and Barb Wright, Bradford, Ohio. Several nieces and nephews survive.
     Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Friday at Miller’s Home for Funerals with Rev. Jack Finnicum officiating. Burial will be in Gravel Hill Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. on Thursday.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Wednesday, September 12, 1979
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron


Rife, Charles A. Dr.

Dr. Chas. Rife of Kyger Died Sunday Evening

For More Than 50 Years He Served as Physician
Funeral at Kyger Home at 2 Wednesday

     Dr. Charles A. Rife, who had practiced medicine at Kyger more than 50 years, and who was one of the county's best known citizens, died at 6:33 Sunday evening at the Holzer Hospital.
     For about three years he had suffered from carcinoma, or cancer, of the mouth. Everything that medical science had to offer to stay the dread disease was made use of in his case. At intervals during the
long fight he seemed to improve, but generally the tide was against recovery. He spent weeks at the hospital last winter or spring and was brought back there the middle of last week. As the result of blood transfusions and other heroic measures, he was temporarily strengthened and Friday evening he seemed to be quite
noticeably improved. But the patient himself not infrequently disclosed to close friends, with that familiar smile on his face, that he could hardly expect to be restored to health and his profession, and he appeared to be ready for whatever fate might decree.

Many Will Miss Him

     Thousands of people living nbetween Cheshire and Vinton, from Campaign up to and beyond the Meigs line, experienced a sense of personal loss when Dr. Rife was compelled to end his long career as a
practitioner. For more than half a century he had ridden the highways and byways, day and night, to administer to the afflicted, no matter how poor they might be or how isolated their home.
     Charles Augustus Rife was born on Campaign in Addison tp., the son of Jonathan and Rosella Rowley Rife, on November 26, 1858, and lacked less than a month of being 75 years old. When a boy he lost his left forearm when it was caught in the cog wheels of a cane mill. Being a strong, robust man, and acquiring
great dexterity in the use of his right hand and the stub, he overcame his handicap to a large extent.

Surviving Relatives
     On March 24, 1880, at the outset of his professional career Dr. Rife married Lydia L. Matthews of Cheshire tp. Down through the years she has been his faithful companion and helpmate and she and the
following children survive him: Clara V. Carson, Middleport R.D.; Phena A. Athey, Cheshire R.D.; Stanley M. Rife, Marion; Cora R. Miser, Columbus, and Charles B. Rife, Kyger. He is survived too, by three brothers; Samuel R. Rife, Columbus, A. L. and Frank B. Rife, Gallipolis R. D.
     On the night of March 9, 1932, at the Lafayette Hotel, a big dinner party was given in his honor by professional colleagues and other friends by way of celebrating his half century of service as an active physician. He and Mrs. Rife and family and friends had previously celebrated their golden wedding anniversary.
     Dr. Rife was a member of the Cheshire lodge, Knights of Pythias, Jr. O.U.A.M. and Daughters of America.
The funeral services will be held at 2 o'clock Wednesday at the home in Kygerville-his home for 53 years- with Rev. A. S. Davison of Cheshire in charge. Burial in Gravel Hill cemetery by Undertaker J. L. Coleman.

Gallipolis Tribune
Oct 30, 1933
Transcribed by J. Farley                                                                                 Top of Page


Rife, Ellis

Ellis Rife Passes
     Ellis Rife, 83, died at the home of his son Cornelius in Cheshire early Saturday Morning. He is survived by five sons, two daughters, seventeen grand children, eight great, grand children, one brother, William of Kyger. Funeral services will be held Sunday at 2:30 p.m. at the home in Cheshire with burial in charge of J. L. Coleman following at Gravel Hill.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
May 10, 1930
Transcribed by Henny Evans


Rife, Elva [Scott]

Mrs. C. W. Rife Died Early Today, 917 Fourth Ave.
Native of Vinton -- Husband And 5 Children Survive
     Mrs. Elva Scott Rife, wife of Chauncey W. Rife, succumbed at 12:32 this morning to a long illness at their home at 917 Fourth Ave. Death resulted from a heart condition and she had been in declining health the last two years. Mrs. Rife was in her 64th year, having been born at Vinton Dec. 27, 1882,. She was the daughter of the late John and Ida Scott.
     In 1908 Elva Scott married Mr. Rife of Old Kyger. For years they lived at Cheshire, where he was the railway ticket agent. Later they lived in Jackson, coming here from that city five or six years ago, with Mr. Rife continuing to serve as ticket agent. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Cheshire.
     Surviving in addition to the husband are these children: John Rife, recently discharged as an army master sergeant, and Mrs. M. T. Williams, Gallipolis; Mrs. Daniel Kelton, Lancaster; Clarence Rife, Houston, Texas, and Ellsworth Rife, Marion, Ohio. The surviving sisters and brothers are Arthur Scott and Mrs. Charles B. Rife, both of Gallipolis, the latter being a next-door neighbor; Henry Scott, Cheshire; Lorenzo Scott, of Middleport, and Michael Scott, Texas. Two brothers preceded Mrs. Rife in death -- Hollis, who was in the restaurant business here, and James, a railroader.
     Mrs. Rife’s death will sadden a wide circle of relatives and friends in each of the communities where she has lived. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Cheshire Baptist Church, with Rev. T. D. Ables, former pastor of that church, but now at Wellsville, Ohio, in charge. Interment will be in Gravel Hill Cemetery by J. L. Coleman and Son.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Thursday, February 7, 1946
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron


Rife, Elza

Soldier Killed In France
     Gallia County should add another star to her service flag, another Gallia County boy, Elza Rife of Kyger, has made the supreme sacrifice over in France, and the little mound in foreign soil that marks his last resting place should ever be green in memory of his fellow citizens.
     Early last week his sister, Mrs. Ross Shuler, of Cheshire Township, received word that her brother had been killed in action and the newspaper causality list carried his name among the slain. She had been named as beneficiary when young Rife took out his insurance papers and she will receive the sum of $10,000, paid in monthly installments.
     Young Rife's mother resides in the lower end of Pomeroy and his father is a resident of Addison Township. Since early boyhood he had made his home with his sister. He was 26 years of age.

Gallia Times
[no date
Transcribed by F.K. Brown                                                                            Top of Page


Rife, Erva [Chambers]

Mrs. Erva Rife Dies Thursday
     Rio Grande, died in Holzer hospital at 7:35 p.m., Thursday. She had been a patient there since Aug. 12 when she suffered a stroke, and for most of that period her condition had been critical. Mrs. Rife, a native of Centerpoint, has been a lifelong resident of Gallia county and for most of her life has lived in Rio Grande. After receiving her early education, she attended Rio Grande college and was a graduate of that institution. Later she attended Ohio University, where she pursued a course in public speaking. She was long identified with education in the county as a private teacher, and for many years was secretary to her husband, Edward M. Edwards, a former county superintendent of schools. He preceded her in death on May 8, 1946.
     She was active in many circles and held membership in Grace Methodist church, Gallipolis Order of Eastern Star, White Shrine, English club, and the Rio Grande Garden club. During her active career she directed many church and club plays. At one time she was an assistant librarian to the Gallia County District Library.
Mrs. Rife was the daughter of the late William and Molly Norman Chambers and her birth date was Dec. 18, 1881. She was an only child.
     Mrs. Rife was married to Chauncey W. Rife, who survives on June 14, 1948. Step-children who survive are Mrs. Anna Ida Williams of Addison, Mrs. Matilda Kelton and Joan Rife, both of Lancaster, Clarence Rife of Houston, Tex., and Ellsworth Rife of Whitehall.
     A service by the Gallipolis Order of Eastern Star will be held at the C. J. Waugh Funeral Home at 8 p.m., Saturday. Funeral services will be held at the funeral home at 2 p.m., Sunday. Rev. George Holcombe, of the Rio Grande Methodist church, will officiate and will be assisted by Rev. Warren Wilson of Grace Methodist church. Burial will take place in Calvary cemetery, Rio Grande. Friends may call at Waugh’s after noon Saturday and until the funeral hour.

[Note: Listed in Cemetery listings under Erva Chambers Edwards]

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Friday, September 7, 1956
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron


Rife, Eugenia Rowenia

     Eugenia Rowenia Rife, 90, died Monday in Springfield Villa Nursing Home. She was born in Gallipolis March 20, 1895 to the late George Long and Lydia Ann Walters Long.
     Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Charles (Virginia) Dixon, South Charleston, Ohio and Mrs. James (Violet) Conklin, Marion, Ohio; several nieces and nephews; seven grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Levi L. Rife.
     Friends may call at Littleton Funeral Home, 830 North Limestone St., Springfield, Ohio, Wednesday 5 to 8 p.m. Funeral services 1:30 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Burial in Ferncliff Cemetery.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Monday, March 10, 1986
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron


Rife, Fanny

"IN MEMORY OF MRS. FANNY RIFE
     Fanny Rife was born December 5, 1829, and departed this life January 15, 1910, aged 80 years, 1 months, 10 days.
     She was united in marriage to Joseph Rife December 12, 1850. To this union were born nine children, six sons and three daughters, two sons and two daughters having preceded her to their eternal home. Four sons Aaron, Jerry Levi and Howard and one daughter Mrs. Tena Hix still survive her; she also leaves twelve grandchildren and seven great-grand-children and a host of other friends and relatives to mourn their loss.
     She united with the Campaign F.W.B. Church October 12, 1876, and kept the faith until God said "it is enough, come up high." She was indeed faithful to the many duties of life and was a gentle mother and kind and good neighbor.
     She was tenderly cared for in her declining years in her own home by her youngest son, Howard, and wife, and all that kind hands could do was done for her, but all to no avail. God thought best to take her home and our loss is her eternal gain.

I would not live away, I ask not to stay
Where storm after storm rises o'er the dark way
The few lurid mornings that dawn on us here
Are enough for life's woes full enough for its cheer.

I would not live away. No--Welcome the tomb,
Since Jesus has lain there, I dread not its gloom,
There, sweet be my rest, till he bid me arise,
To hail him in triumph descending the skies,

Who, who would live away from his God
Away from you heaven, that blissful abode,
Where rivers of pleasure flow o'er the bright plains
And the noon-tide of Glory eternally reigns.

Where saints of all ages in harmony meet,
Their Savior and brethren, transported to greet,
While anthems of rapture unceasingly roll,
And the smile of the Lord is the feast of the soul."

[Written by the children]

Gallipolis Tribune
July 1910
Submitted by Teresa Herrmann, Columbus, Ohio                                             Top of Page


Rife, Franklin Pierce

     In memory of Franklin Pierce Rife, youngest son of anderson and Sophia Rife, who was born Nov., 4, 1852, and departed this life Nov. 19, 1913, aged 61 years and 15 days. He was married to Emma Alice Blackburn Nov. 11, 1880. To this union were born five children, viz: Mrs. Wilma Casto, Mrs. Katie Matthews, Mrs. Daisy Scott, and Ina and Stanley at home. Mrs. Casto preceded her father May 6, 1904. Besides his wife and children, he leaves to mourn two brothers, Jacob and Sylvester Rife, and three sisters, Mrs. Sarah Yeager, Mrs. Rilla Roush, and Mrs. Sophia Poindexter, also one-half brother, A. M. Rife and one-half sister, Mrs. Disa Story.
     He had been in failing health for some time and all that loving hand could do was done, but to no avail. He was a good neighbor, a kind father and a devoted husband, always ready and willing to lend a helping hand. His whole life was spent near his late home where he will be sadly missed.

So live, that when thy summons comes to join
The innumerable caravan, which moves
To that mysterious realm when each shall take
His chamber in the silent halls of death,
Thou go not like the quarry slave at night,
Scourged to his dungeon;but sustained and soothed
By an unfaltering trust, approach thy grave
Like one who wraps the drapery of his couch
About him and lies down to pleasant dreams.

     Funeral services were held Friday afternoon at one o'clock at the First Kyger F. W. B. Church, Burial at Gravel Hill Cemetery.

Gallia Times
Nov. 19, 1913
Transcribed by Nancy McMillan


Rife, Herbert P. (Heber Parker)

Herbert P. Rife Dies This Morning
Double Funeral To Be Held 2 Sunday At Bulaville
     Herbert P. Rife, ill the last four years, died early this morning at the home of his mother, Mrs. Florilla Rife, in the Bulaville community. Death was caused by anemia. Mr. Rife was in his 56th year, having been born on Aug. 19, 1887, and many of his adult years were spent in northern Ohio. Surviving him are two brothers and a sister: Dallas Rife and Mrs. Irvan Spurlock, of near Bulaville and Harold Rife of Upper Sandusky.
     Insert: Arnold Spurlock was one of Gallia County’s 13 F. F. A. State Farmers, having been one of three to win the award in 1944.
     Herbert Rife was an uncle of Arthur Spurlock, who was killed at Bucyrus Thursday morning by the accidental discharge of a gun he was handling. Arrangements have been completed for a double funeral to be held at 2 o’clock Sunday at the Bulaville Christian Church. Rev. Marie Shaver of Bucyrus will officiate and will have the assistance of Rev. and Mrs. E. C. Venz. Interment will be made in the Rife Cemetery by J. L. Coleman and Son.

[Note: On his tombstone the name is inscribed as Heber P. Rife.]

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Saturday, June 2, 1945
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron


Rife, Hurley W.

Hurley W. Rife, 82
Died Tuesday, October 20, 2009
     Hurley W. Rife, 82 of Wellston, Ohio, and formerly of Coalton, died Tuesday morning, October 20, 2009, at his home. He had been in failing health. He was born in Kyger, Ohio, on July 15, 1927, son of the late Archie M. Rife and Ruby Garnet Rupe Rife. He drove for the Royal Crown Cola Company for many years, the Dan-Dee Potato Chips Company, and the Gem Bottling Company. He then was a self-employed truck driver, hauling mulch. He attended the Savageville Methodist Church and enjoyed his woodcrafts and his grandkids in his spare time. His greatest enjoyment in life was mowing lawns for all of his family and friends. Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Mildred Cleland Rife in 2006; a son, Terry Lee Rife, in 1969; a daughter, Shirley Rife Anderson in 1994; and a sister, Vivian.
     Surviving are one daughter, Karen (Roger) Goheen of Wellston; six sons, Charles (Marolyn) Rife of Wellston, Dallas (Donna) Rife of Wellston, Ed Rife of Jackson, Joe (Jane) Rife of Wellston, Ray (Rita) Rife of Wellston, and Jimmy Rife of Wellston; one sister, Helen Young, of Middleport, Ohio; 28 grandchildren, several great-grandchildren and great-great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.

Jackson Times Journal
Published: Wednesday, October 21, 2009 10:58 AM EDT
October 21, 2009
Submitted by Brenda Dotson


Rife, Levi E.

Levi E. Rife, 82, Called By Death
Former Trustee Dies Of Injuries
     Levi E. Rife, 82, longtime Addison Twp. trustee and former president of the Gallia County Association of Township Trustees and Clerks, died at 7:35 p.m. Wednesday in Holzer Hospital of injuries he suffered Nov. 28 when he was struck by a truck during the great snow.
     Renowned as “the tall hickory of Campaign,” Mr. Rife twice was a candidate for membership on the Gallia County Board of Commissioners. In his first candidacy in 1946, he was runner-up to Commission Chairman Thomas E. Daniels, carrying both Addison precincts, both Cheshire precincts, both Huntington precincts, Raccoon, Centerville, Bidwell, Springfield, and Kanauga. In his second candidacy in 1948, he finished fourth with 1,270 votes in the Republican primary which nominated Chauncey L. Johnson and Harry Wilcox. He was first elected an Addison Twp. trustee nine years ago.
     Born Sept. 2, 1868 to Joseph and Frances Darst Rife, on the Addison Twp. farm now owned by his niece, Mrs. Belle Fulton. Mr. Rife was married Jan. 15, 1950 to the former Ella Furst, who survives. For 30 years he had been superintendent of the Sunday School and a Sunday School teacher of the Campaign Church. He attended Rockville School, which occupied a corner of the farm on which he was born. He and a brother ran a meat shop in Cheshire in 1894, and then he painted in the Pennsylvania Railroad shops in Columbus.
     For nine years until 1920, he and Mrs. Rife lived on a farm near Rutland, and then he bought the old farm place of 90 acres on which he was born, a half-mile from the Bulaville Church. They sold the farm in 1935. In April, 1892, he joined the Knights of Pythias, and transferred to Naomi Lodge 55, when the Cheshire lodge closed. He was also a member of the Masons.
     Masonic funeral services under auspices of Morning Dawn Lodge No. 7, F and AM, will be featured by pallbearers who are both Masons and Pythians: Thomas E. Mills, Harry W. Dexter, August Arnold, Harry Cameron, William H. Beabout, and Briggs Kirby.
     The final rites will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday in Miller’s Home for Funerals, the Rev. William Howard Green, pastor of the First Baptist Church, officiating with the assistance of the Rev. Leonard A. Donnally, pastor of the Grace Methodist Church. Burial will be made in Gravel Hill Cemetery. Friends may call at Miller’s Home for Funerals Friday.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Thursday, January 4, 1951
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron                                                                     Top of Page


Rife, Lydia L.

Mrs. C.A. Rife's Long Sickness Ended Friday
Widow Of Late Beloved Physician Succumbs In Kyger
Funeral Is Sunday

     Mrs. Lydia L. Rife, widow of the late C.A. Rife of Kyger died at their home Friday night following an illness of about a year's duration. Her age was 80 years, two months, and 14 days. She was the daughter of Charles and Tephena Matthews and was born September 6, 1856 back of Cheshire on Turkey Run.
     On March 24, 1880 she married Dr. Rife who was then just beginning to practice his profession and down through the years she proved herself an exceptional helpmate and mother. Like her beloved husband she endeared herself to the community they served. Their golden wedding celebrated in 1930 was a memorable occasion as was the dinner which honored Dr. Rife on retirement from active practice.  
     To them were born five children all of whom survive. They are: Mrs. Bert Carson, Middleport R. D., Mrs. Harland Athey, Kyger, Stanley, Marion, Mrs. Cora Mizer, Columbus, and Charles at home.
     Mrs. Rife was a member of the Free Will Baptist Church at Kyger of the Order of Eastern Star and of the Daughters of America.
     Funeral services will be conducted at the Kyger Methodist church Sunday at 2:30 p.m. by Rev. Snyder and burial will be made in Gravel Hill cemetery by Undertaker J. L. Coleman. The casket will not be opened at the church.

Gallipolis Tribune
Nov. 1936
Transcribed by J. Farley


Rife, Mary E. [Roush]

Death of Mrs. Roush
     Mary E. Roush was born in Cheshire tp., Gallia county, O., Nov. 19, 1834, died Jan. 11, 1902, aged 67 years, 1 month and 23 days. She was united in marriage to Anderson Rife Oct. 4th, 1868. Three children were born of this union, Arthur, Lodisa and Lovina, who were all with her during her last sickness.
     She was a member of First Kyger Free Will Baptist Church and was of a kind amiable disposition, a devoted mother, an obliging neighbor and will be sadly missed in the neighborhood where she has lived so many years.
Her funeral was held at the 1st Kyger Church Monday afternoon and services conducted by Rev. W. J. Fulton, of Rio Grande, and burial at Gravel Hill cemetery.

[Note: Apparently an error in referring to her as Mrs. Roush. Roush was her maiden name.]

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Wednesday, January 15, 1902
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron


Rife, Mary

     Mrs. Mary Rife, an estimable lady living on Old Kyger was buried Monday, funeral by W. J. Fulton.

The Gallipolis Bulletin
Cheshire News Notes
Friday, January 17, 1902
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron


Rife, Mary T

Mrs. Mary Rife Dead
     Mrs. Mary T. Rife, wife of Capt. Jacob M. Rife, died at Columbus February 11th and was buried there. She had been almost helpless the last years of her life and the Captain is also badly afflicted. Mrs. Rife was one excellent woman and her friends in this county will be sorry to know of her death. Her husband was a member of the 7th Reg. W. Va. Calvary and was also pastor on the Gallipolis circuit and will be remembered by many Gallia county people. Mrs. Rife leaves besides her aged husband three children.

Gallipolis Bulletin
March 11, 1910
Transcribed by Maxine Marshall                                                                      Top of Page


Rife, Mattie

     Died, November 21st, 1865, Mattie, daughter of Nathan and Elizabeth Rife, aged 6 years, 9 months, 26 days. "Suffer little children to come unto me and forbid them not, for of such is the kingdom of Heaven." Poem follows by Maggie P. K.

The Gallipolis Journal
January 25, 1866
Transcribed by Eva Swain Hughes


Rife, Pearl J.

Pearl J. Rife, Cheshire Twp. Farmer, Passes
Good Citizen And Untiring Worker
Funeral At Cheshire At 2 Sunday

     Pearl J. Rife, whose serious illness had been mentioned in these columns, died at 2 o'clock Thursday afternoon at his home on the Lindsey Hill, near Kyger. For two weeks he had been bedfast and he succumbed to Bright's disease.
     Several months ago Mr. Rife found it advisable to consult physicians and was told he must cease his strenuous activities and take the best care of himself possible. He was slow and reluctant to comply with these commands. He had been a worker from his boyhood and to him there came a deep satisfaction in getting things done. He was a successful farmer, a worthy citizen and husband and father, and his illness and death caused sorrow among all who knew him.
     Mr. Rife's age was 53 years, 6 months, 5 days. He was born and reared at Old Kyger, little over a mile across country from the home he built. He was the older son of the late Jacob and Ella Gross Rife, the mother dying about 13 months ago. He is survived by his wife, who was Nellie Salser, a daughter of the late Milton Salser of Addison tp., to whom he was married May 27, 1902. He is survived also by a married daughter, Mrs. Helen Lane, who with her family lives on the Rife farm; two grandchildren, Charles and Gertrude Lane, and one brother, Lawrence A. Rife of Johnstown, Ohio.
     Mr. Rife was a member of Kyger council, Jr. O. U. A. M. and of Little Kyger Grange.Funeral services will be held at 2 o'clock Sunday at the Cheshire Baptist church, with Rev. E. C. Venz in charge. Burial at Gravel Hill by Funeral Director Coleman.

[Note: From tombstone: 1882 - 1936; The name is given as Pearley Rife on the stone.]

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


Rife, Thomas Edison

Infant Dead
     The 17 months old son, Thomas Edison, of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Rife at Bulaville died Friday. The funeral was Saturday by Rev. Scott Mossman, burial there by Undertaker Tope.

[Note: From death certificate born Feb. 10, 1927, died July 27, 1928. Buried Rife cemetery, no stone.]

Newspaper Not Named
No Date
Gallipolis, Ohio
Transcribed by Margaret Calvin


Rife, Wayne Kerns

Death of Wayne Rife
     Mr. Wayne Kerns Rife, died at the home of his mother, Mrs. Dora K. Rife, Thursday evening, Sept. 7th, 1905, after a four weeks’ illness of typhoid fever.
     He was in his twentieth year and a son of the late Wm. Rife. Wayne had been employed at the store of W. Pres Beall for several years working in the mornings and evenings while attending school. He graduated from the Academy High School with honor last spring and since then has been steadily employed at the store, and his refined, cheerful disposition made him a favorite with both proprietor and patrons.
     He was a good son and a kind brother and his death is an awful blow to his mother and sister who fairly idolized him. He was a great favorite with his associates and his untimely death is universally regretted.
     The funeral services were held at Grace M. E. Church Sunday afternoon by Rev. Lewis, interment following at Mound Hill by Hayward & Son. The large attendance and the many and beautiful floral tributes attested the high esteem in which he was held by everyone.

Gallipolis Bulletin
Friday, Sept. 15, 1905
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron                                                                     Top of Page


Rife, William M.

W. M. Rife, 78, Died Today At Home On Kyger
     William M. Rife, aged 78, died early this morning at his home at Old Kyger (Cheshire R. D.) of heart trouble from which he had suffered for seven years.
     In what is known as the Rife settlement, about midway between Cheshire and Kyger, he was born, reared, and spent his whole life. Until his health failed, he was a stalwart figure, a pillar in the First Kyger Baptist church, an upright, exemplary citizen. In addition to farming he was part owner and operator of a threshing machine for many years.
     Mr. Rife paid a visit to Gallipolis three weeks ago and many of his old friends then were surprised to note the changes time had wrought in his once powerful physique. He was born Aug. 11, 1855, and his age was 78 years, 9 months, 8 days.
     On Dec. 12, 1880, he was united in marriage to Anna L. Scott of the same community. Three children survive him; Chauncey Rife, Mrs. Elna Spurlock and Mrs. Edna Taylor all of Cheshire.
     Funeral services will be held at the church named at 2 o'clock Monday, in charge of Rev. Harvey Belton of Rutland. Burial in Gravel Hill by Undertaker J. L. Coleman.

Gallipolis Tribune
May 19, 1914
Transcribed by J. Farley


Riffle, Cecil P.

     Cecil P. Riffle, 81, 828 Second Ave., Gallipolis, died Sunday, May 29, 1994 in Holzer Medical Center.
Born Feb. 10, 1913 at Beech Hill, W. Va., son of the late Early and Cassie Riffle, he was a retired civil service employee at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Dayton and a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, serving in the European theater.
     Surviving are his wife of 40 years, Hilda Russell Riffle; three sons, Herbert B. Miller of Gallipolis, Gary S. (Donna) Riffle of Cocoa Beach, Fla., and Anthony (Democracia) Riffle of Yokota Air Base, Japan; and four grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a brother, Herman Riffle, and a sister, Gladys Taylor.
     Services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday in the McCoy-Moore Funeral Home Wetherholt Chapel, Gallipolis, with the Rev. Alfred Holley officiating. Burial will be in Centenary Cemetery. Friends may call at the chapel tonight from 6-9 p.m. The American flag will be folded and presented at the gravesite by VFW Post No. 4464.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Tuesday, May 31st and Wed. June 1, 1994
Transcribed by Sandy Lee Milliron                                                                   Top of Page


Riggs, Edward

Edward Riggs Died Tuesday Morning
     Ed Riggs, prominent and highly respected farmer, died at his home at Raccoon Island, Tuesday, December 11, 1917, aged 65 years, after a long illness from heart trouble.
     Funeral services will be conducted this (Thursday) afternoon at Clay Chapel. He was a Mason and had been a member of the Clay Chapel Church since boyhood, serving as Sunday School Superintendent for 20 years.
     For 30 years he ran produce boats to Vicksburg and New Orleans, being in business with Graham and Clark. Of late years he devoted his time to agriculture and had one of the finest farms in the County. He was a kindly, honorable man and his death will be regretted by his many friends. During his long, useful and upright life Mr. Riggs endeared himself to everyone with whom he came in contact. All who knew him spoke always of him in terms of praise, and his influence for good in the community in which he lived will remain long in the hearts of those with whom he came in daily contact.

[Note: Picture in paper]

Gallipolis paper
December 11, 1917
Transcribed by Maxine Marshall

Riggs, Edward A.

The Riggs Funeral
     The last rites over the body of the late Edward A. Riggs, late of Raccoon Island, were held at Clay Chapel last Thursday afternoon, interment following in the churchyard there beside his parents, the late Mr. And Mrs. Jacob Riggs. Mr. Riggs was born near where he died on Dec. 28, 1851, and was nearly 66 years of age. He was never married. In early life for more than a quarter of a century he was actively engaged in shipping farm products to the southern markets, but of late years devoted his entire attention to farming.
     Since boyhood he was actively identified with the church and Sunday School work at Clay Chapel, and was foremust in many movements for the good of his community and county. He was a kindly, companionable man, gentle and pleasant at all times and his friendship was counted an asset by many. He was a member of Gallia Lodge No. 469, F.& A. M. of Chambersburg. Three sisters, Mrs. Bert Ingels and Misses Rose and Mary Riggs, and one brother, Mr. Ernest J. Riggs, survive him.

Gallia Times
Dec. 19, 1917
Transcribed by Nancy McMillan


Riggs, Elizabeth M [Guthrie]

Mrs. Riggs joined husand in death
     Following closely upon the departure of her husband, the late Hon. Jacob Riggs of Raccoon Island, who passed away on Dec. 20, 1915, Mrs. Elziabeth Riggs died on last Tuesday evening, Jan. 11, 1916, at the Riggs family homestead in Clay township. She was in feeble health at the time of the death of her husband, some three weeks ago, and the shock combined with grief and worry, gradually wore away her strength. She looked forward to and longed for the time when she and her lifetime companion would be united on the other shore, and glaldly welcomed the messenger who summoned her to him.
     Mrs. Riggs was 88 years of age at the time of her death, and Mr. Riggs was 92. For more than 67 years they had traveled life's pathway together, experiencing to the full its joys and sorrows, pleasures and pains, and it is peculiarly fitting that they should take up the life that lies beyond hand in hand. It was their desire, and happily it coincided with God's plan.
     Her funeral services were held THursday afternoon at Clay Chapel, the sermon being preached by Rev. Dailey. The interment was made in the churchyard cemetery beside her husband in the family burial lot. The services were beautiful, impressive --- ---, and were participated in --- ---- sympathizing friends. The --- ----- was read at the [ends here]

     Elizabeth Mary Guthrie, daughter of Truman and Hannah Guthrie, was born August 24, 1828, at Newbury, Washington County, Ohio. When she was 8 years of age her parents emigrated to Gallia County, moving household goods, lumber for a house and the family on a flatboat down the Ohio river to a point just below Raccoon Creek. There her father built a home and reared his family of seven children, Elizabeth being the oldest. In 1839, at the age of eleven years, she was converted and joined the M. E. Church then at Riggs Landing near the Ohio river.   
     In 1848 she was united in marriage to the late Jacob Riggs and they began their wedded life on Riverside farm at Raccoon Island where they lived for 22 years, then moved to the present home where they completed a pleasant and holy union of nearly 68 years. Eight children were born to them, five of whom this day in the midst of a host of friends mourn the loss of their parents. Besides her eight children, Mrs. Riggs has raised and educated one niece and two grandchildren, and her home has sheltered many orphans.
     In the history of Clay Chapel Mrs. Riggs has been worthilly called Dorcas, such has been the effect of the 80 years she has lived a consistent Christian, practicing and thus exemplifying in her everyday life the teachings and character of Christ. She is the last charter member of the L. F. M. Society of Clay Chapel. She was a Mother in Israel and her children will continue to rise up and call her blessed for generations yet to come. Many sorrows has she known, yet patiently she bore them and well may we close by saying,

"Servant of God, well done,
Thy glorious warfare's past;
The battle is fought, the victory won,
And thou art crowned at last."

    The surviving children of Mr. and Mrs. Riggs are Edward A., Mary Rose, Mrs. B. H. Ingels, and Ernest J. Riggs. While for them the home circle is broken, they are happy in the consciousness that their parents' lives here on earth were filled with good deeds, and that their good works yet do follow after them.

[Note: picture in paper]

Gallipolis paper
Jan. 11, 1916
Transcribed by Maxine Marshall                                                                      Top of Page


Riggs, Grace R. [Ward]

Grace McFann Riggs Dies at Huntington
     Mrs. Grace R. Riggs, 62, whose early life was spent between Bladen and Swan Creek, died Saturday morning at the home of her son, L.D. Riggs, 406 W. Tenth ave., Huntington, following a long illness.
     She was a daughter of Mrs. Elizabeth McFann Ward of Bladen and a cousin of Mrs. Oretha O'Brien of this city. Her early married life was spent in Colorado Springs but for 18 years had been a resident of Huntington and at one time was connected with the office staff of the Adelphi Hotel.  She was a member of Johnson Memorial church.
     Surviving her besides those already named are three brothers and a sister: W.W. and W.A. McFann, Lesage; O.S. McFann, Milford, Ill., Mrs. Lena Rousch, New York City.  Also two grandchildren, Joan and Jack Riggs.
     Funeral services at Kincaid Funeral Home at 2 o'clock today, with burial at Mt. Zion in Ohio tp. For pall bearers were selected W.D. Keister, W.N. Rardin, F.A. Howard, J.B. Porter, W.M. Nestor and F.J. Hoback, all of Huntington.

[Note: From stone b.29 Aug. 1872 - d. 23 Feb. 1934]

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Feb. 1934
Transcribed by Theresa E. Smith


Riggs, Katy

    Died, in this city, Sept. 24th, Katy, infant daughter of Wm. and Amanda Riggs, aged 11 months.

The Gallipolis Journal
October 4, 1866
Transcribed by Eva Swain Hughes


Riggs, Mary

Mrs Mary Riggs
     Mrs. Mary Riggs, mother of Jacob Riggs, died Sunday evening last at 9 o'clock, in her 87th year. Funeral services were held last evening at Clay Chapel, by Rev. Finney.

[Note: Buried in Clay Chapel Cemetery. Died 6/24/1888.]

Gallipolis Paper
No date
Transcribed by F.K. Brown


Riggs, Rose

Miss Rose Riggs Dead
     Miss Rose Riggs passed away suddenly Saturday morning, May 14 1927 at the home of her brother-in-law, Mr. Bert Ingels, where she had been staying while her sister, [cannot read] Ingels, is in Columbus with her daughter, Mrs. Frances Ingels Brown. Miss Riggs complained of feeling badly to her niece, Miss Mildred Ingels, and a doctor was summoned but she died before medical aid could reach her.
     Miss Riggs was aged 69 years, a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Riggs. She leaves a brother, Mr. Ernest J. Riggs,and two sisters, Mrs. B. H. Ingels and Miss Mary Riggs.
     Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at Clay Chapel, conducted by Rev. J. R. Fields of [cannot read] and Rev. Ernest Champer of Charleston. Interment was made in the Chapel cemetery.

[Note: Dates on tombstone read 1857-1927]

Galipolis paper
1927
Transcribed by Maxine Marshall                                                                      Top of Page


Riggs, William Kenneth (Rev.)

Rev. Riggs Dies at 78, Rites Sunday
     The Rev. William Kenneth Riggs, 78, of 1460 Manchester Ave., a native of Wayne County, W. Va., and former resident of Gallia County, O., died Friday in a Columbus hospital.
     Funeral services will be conducted Sunday at 9:30 a. m. at Schoedinger’s Linden Chapel in Columbus by the Rev. John Langlois. Additional services will be conducted Sunday at 2 p. m. at the first Baptist Church at Gallipolis by the Rev. W. S. __llups and the Rev. Joseph Chapman. Burial will be in Gravel Hill Cemetery at Gallipolis.
   Retired after 45 years in the Baptist ministry, in which he served pastorates in Gallia county and at Marion, O., and in Mason and Boone counties in West Virginia, he was born February 25, 1889. near Fort _ay, a son of the late James __ and Ida Ball Riggs. He was a member of the North Linden Baptist Church in Columbus and the Georges Creek Grange.
  Survivors include the widow, Mrs. Georgia Mipps Riggs; two sons, Ray Riggs of Pomeroy and Charles Riggs of Columbus; five daughters, Mrs. Lew__ Hughs and Mrs. Estell _ink of Gallipolis, Mrs. Earl __ield of Upper Sandusky. O., Mrs. Ada Brown of West Jefferson, O., and Mrs. Wald Leonard of Columbus;  a brother, __nory Riggs of Pulaski, Va., and four sisters, Mrs. Ora Brown and Mrs. Louia Har__son of Sunnymeade, Calif., Mrs. Estelle Pack of Long Beach and Mrs. Oleta Artrip of Wooster, O.
   Friends may call at the Columbus Home from 7 - 9 p. m. tonight.

[Note: The right-hand side of clipping was not cut straight and some letters are missing.]

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
March 3, 1967
Transcribed by Mary Crittenden


Rigney, John W.

Soldier Burial Sunday
     The body of John W. Rigney, a World war hero, who was killed in action on the Argonne Front, Sept. 27, 1918, arrived here Sunday morning, after its long journey across the sea and was taken to the Good Hope church and there amid the tears of weeping friends and relatives, the last sad funeral obsequies were observed, after which the body was consigned to its final resting place in the church cemetery, by Undertaker Albert E. Tope, assisted by Jas. P. Lewis. The body arrived in New York from France March 30 and reached Huntington, Saturday, April 15, where some of his relatives reside, to await arrangements for burial.
Young Rigney was a private in the 308th Machine Gun Battalion and entered the service September 23, 1917. He was trained for service in Camp Sherman and sailed for France May 30, 1918. He was born April 7, 1890, and was twenty-nine years old when he made the supreme sacrifice for his country. He was buried in the cemetery at Jaulna.
     He was married May 29, 1917 to Mrs. Nellie Belville Bowman of Crown City, who survives him. He is also survived by his father and mother, two half sisters, Mrs. Ray Hinkle and Mrs. H. H. Fielder of Huntington, and seven brothers, Owen, Leonard, Otis and Otha of Huntington, and Cecil, Oscar and Jasper of Scottown, Ohio
     The funeral sermon was preached by Rev. Geo. W. Burdette of the First United Brethren church in Huntington and was one of the most touching and impressive services ever held in this community. Rev. Burdette was a lieutenant in the Spanish American War and led one of the charges against San Juan Hill. During the World war, he had charge of the recruiting of soldiers and is well versed in the military affairs of our country.
     His text was taken from the last two verses of the forty seventh chapter of Jeremiah, as follows: “O, thou sword of the Lord, how long will it be ere thou be quiet? Put up thyself into thy scabbard, rest and be still. How can it be quiet, seeing the Lord hath given it a charge against Ashkelon and against the seashore? There hath he appointed it.” The preacher confined his thoughts to the military sphere in which this young soldier worked and the sermon was highly complimented.
     The deceased soldier was a member of the Woodmen of the World and the pall- bearers were selected from that order and performed the ritualistic ceremony at the grave. They were L. L. Lapole, Amos Smith, Ira Ward, O. W. Mynes, Frank Brookins and R. W. Kinder of the Huntington lodge.

The Gallia Times - Crown City News
Thursday, April 20, 1922
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron


Rinderlee, Joseph

Joseph Rinderlee Dead
     Joseph T. Rinderlee, son of Mrs. Amelia Lautenschlager, died at Quincy, IL, Friday, March 31, of peritonitis. He was born and reared in this city and was about 43 years of age. He was a moulder by trade and left here 23 years ago, though during that period he has visited his mother here several times.
     He married Miss Hannah Beal, an Ironton lady and is survived by her and a son 17 years of age. He also leaves besides his mother, two sisters, Mrs. Bertha Rose of Columbus and Miss Theresa Lautenschlager of this city. Joe was popular as a boy and man and had many friends who will regret his end and sympathize with the bereaved ones.
     The remains arrived here Sunday afternoon and were taken to the home of his mother on lower Third Avenue. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. Father Kessler at St. Louis Catholic Church Monday, interment following Pine Street Cemetery by Hayward & Son.

Gallipolis Bulletin
April 6, 1911
Transcribed by F.K. Brown


Rinehart, James Loren (Riney)

Services Friday For J. L. Rinehart With Burial In Magnolia Plot
Sudden Death Claims Renowned Bridge Builder
     Renowned as a bridge builder while he was connected with the Gallia County road department, James Loren (Riney) Rinehart died at 11:50 a. m. Wednesday and his funeral services will be held at 7 p. m. Friday at Miller’s Home for Funerals.
     He had been ill only one hour from a heart attack, but, a giant of a man, Mr. Rinehart had been in failing health for some time.
     The Friday funeral, with the Rev. H. M. Smith, pastor of the Church of God, officiating, will be the first of two. The second will be at 2 p. m. Saturday graveside with a Lutheran minister officiating, at Magnolia.
     Magnolia was Mr. Rinehart’s birthplace March 19, 1885. He was one of six children – and the first to die – of W. E. Rinehart and Arletta Knotts who are buried in Magnolia. He was brought up on a Carroll County farm, became a West Virginia coal miner, and entered the coal business for himself in Boone County, W. Va., later.
     He came to Vinton County after several years in West Virginia, and owned and operated a coal mine. In 1923 he moved to Gallipolis (to 1058 First Ave., where Postmaster Elmer E. Caldwell now resides), and entered the sand business out on the old Womeldorff farm near town on U. S. Route 35.
     A member of the Lutheran church in Waynesburg, O., the decedent married Myrtle Church Oct. 24, 1936, and she survives with these children from a former marriage: Clerk of Courts Marjorie Rinehart; Mrs. R. B. (Dorothy) Crockett, Harbourside, Me.; Mrs. Orville (Helen) Chambers, Athens; and Max Rinehart, Fort Wayne, Indiana.
     The three surviving sisters and two brothers are Mrs. Byron (Ann) Long, Waynesburg; Mrs. Robert (Ida) Clark, Akron; Mrs. Joseph (Helen) Eckley, Carrollton; Richard Rinehart, Canton; and William Rinehart, Kent.

Gallipolis Tribune
25 May 1949
Transcribed by Lew Casey                                                                             Top of Page


Ripley A. S. (Ammon Sanford)

Sanford Ripley Dead
     A. S. Ripley living at Patriot died about 4 p. m. Thursday, July 19, 1917 after a lingering illness with a complication of ailments. He was a good citizen well liked by all who knew him.
     The funeral will be held at Patriot at 10 a.m. Sunday.

[Note: From death certificate date of birth January 21, 1853; father Ammon Ripley; mother Lovica Allison; buried at Ripley CE; half brother to James Oliver Ripley.]

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
July 20, 1917
Transcribed by Lynn Anders


Ripley, David C.

     RIPLEY - At the residence of his son, Sanford Ripley, Esq., in Riverton Township, Judge David Ripley, at two o'clock in the morning of Tuesday. July 26, 1881, aged 81 years and 6 months. Judge Ripley was born in the state of New York in February (20), 1798. Shortly before coming of age he removed to Ohio, where he was married when 21. Here he lived until 1854, holding in the meantime the office of Sheriff for twelve years and representing his county one term in the Legislature. In 1854 he moved to this county. He was elected County Judge which position he held during the old county seat fight. In 1861 he went to Colorado, where he saw service with the Territorial Rangers during the Indian wars. He was also a member of the Legislature.
     In 1866 he came east, stopping in Missouri, where he lived one year. He then came back to Iowa, settling in Fremont County. He returned to this county in August, 1870, and has since lived with his son Sanford Ripley in Riverton twp.
     He has been hopelessly afflicted for the past five years with enlargement of the prostate gland, and has suffered greatly. His death, though long expected, will be heard of with sincere regret by his many friends throughout the county. Honest in his convictions and earnest in carrying them out, he always carried with him the respect even of his strongest opponents. He has rounded a life of sterling worth, and goes to his grave mourned by all who knew him. "Peaceful be his sleep and green be the grass above him."
     He left two sons, Mr. Sanford Ripley of this county, and Frank Ripley of Benficklin, Tom Green County, Texas, and four daughters, Mrs. W. B. Carter, Mrs. James Wood, Mrs. John Allison, and Mrs. Henry Allen.
The funeral took place at the Thompson School house in Riverton, Wednesday, July 27, at 10 o'clock, am, and was largely attended. Burial was in Riverton Cemetery.

[Note: David Ripley is a son of Joshua and Rhoda Ripley, early arrivals to Gallia County. He and Easter Griswold were married in Lawrence County, Ohio in 1819. David Ripley died and is buried in Floyd County, Iowa.]

Charles City Intelligencer July, 1881
Obituary located by Val Fisher in 2002
Transcribed by Lynn Anders


Ripley, Mrs. David [Rothgeb]

Death of Mrs. David Ripley

     Mrs. David Ripley, of Carlton, whose critical illness has been mentioned, died Monday night, aged about 70 years. She left two daughters Mrs. Chas. Long of Cheshire, and Miss Esther at home. She was a fine old lady respected by all who knew her. Her maiden name was Rothgeb, and she the last one of the old members of that extensive family and was aunt of Mrs. D. M. Blosser and otherwise related to the Mauck family, of Cheshire. Her funeral services were conducted this Wednesday forenoon, the burial following at Gravel Hill cemetery.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
February 5, 1897
Transcribed by Henny Evans                                                                          Top of Page


Ripley, Florence J.

Widow Of Sanford Ripley Dies At Her Home In Patriot
     Florence J. Ripley, eighty year old widow of A. Sanford Ripley died at her home in Patriot about six o'clock this morning following a lingering illness with an incurable disease which had kept her bedfast since last fall. Her husband died about twenty years ago.
     She was the mother of three girls, all of whom died when quite young. But she reared a nephew, Jack Edler, who is located in Columbus. Five brothers and a sister survive: A.A. Carter, Gallia; James O. of Iowa; P.B. of Chicago, and John H. Carter of California, and Mrs. Mary Powell, city.
     Funeral services for Mrs. Ripley will be held Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock at Patriot by Rev. Mr. Frost. Interment will be in the Ripley cemetery on the George Carter farm by O.E. Elliott.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
March 15, 1938
Transcribed by Lynn Anders


Ripley, Mabel

     The funeral services of Miss Mabel Ripley, daughter and only child of Justice A. S. Ripley, of Patriot, the particulars of whose death were published Friday, will be conducted Sunday at 10 o’clock at the Ripley burying grounds. The funeral services will be at the M. E. Church. Hayward & Son sent out a beautiful white casket for the deceased. Her death comes with crushing force to her parents for she was a highly intelligent and winsome young Miss whom everyone admired.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Saturday, February 9, 1901

Miss Mabel Ripley

     When we know why the fragrant bud, with leaves just ready to blossom forth, drops to the ground, possibly it will be clear to us why promising youth sometimes suddenly yields to the frost of death. The passing of Mabel, the thirteen year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A. S. Ripley of Patriot, Feb, 8, 1901, after a few days of illness, is a shock to our sense of the fitness of things.
     A charming girl, bright, attractive, gentle and lovable, the only living child of her parents, whose whole future was wrapped up in her welfare, it seems that she might have been spared to comfort those who loved her best. But she was called, and bravely solved the greatest of mysteries, which all must some day face.
     The interment was at 10 a.m., Sunday, after the services at the Patriot M. E. Church, by the Rev. Mr. Rice. Born Oct. 3, 1887, she was conscious to the very moment when her spirit fled. Now her form rests in the bosom of the bountiful mother of mankind, and her essence is free from the restraints of Clay - free to mingle with the wonders of the Universe and learn the untold glories of the Creator’s works. Doubtless the life she loved has been changed to an eternity of bliss. This is the sole comfort of those left behind. Mabel has escaped the cares and trials and troubles of earth. Would we bring her back to them if we could?

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Monday, Feb. 11, 1901
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron


Ripley, Malinda A. (Peck)

     Mrs. John Ripley, who lived near the mouth of Story Run, was buried last Sunday. Her death is much lamented by her host of friends in that vicinity.

[Note: Buried at Gravel Hill Cemetery in Cheshire Twp.]

Gallipolis Bulletin
Tuesday, October 23, 1888
Transcribed by Suzanne Giroux


Ripley, Mary [White]

OBITUARY
     Mary Ripley, wife of Philo Ripley was born January 14, 1827 and died at Rio Grande, Ohio, May 28, 1903, aged 76 years, 4 months and 14 days. Her parents, John and Susannah White were among the pioneer settlers of this county. In the early twenties they built the old homestead just over the hill south of Rio Grande.
     Mary Ripley joined the Methodist church at the age of fourteen and lived a devoted Christian sixty-two years. She was married to Philo Ripley by the Rev. J. W. Alderman at Centreville, Dec. 6, 1857. No children blessed their home but they were called to take charge of two motherless little girls to whom they have been father and mother in the true sense of the word.
     Mary was a woman of more than ordinary intellectual ability. She was generous to a fault, always ready to send a helping hand in times of need. No one was ever turned away from her door unrelieved. Her sympathetic and generous nature won for her hosts of true friends who now mourn their loss.
She leaves beside a devoted husband to mourn her loss, two brothers D. W. and W. R. White of this county and P. J. White and Sarah S. C. Childers, of Missouri.
     She has fought a good fight and gone to her reward. Let us all follow her good example and join her in the home of rest.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Thursday, June 4, 1903
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron


Ripley, Sanford

Sanford Ripley Dead
     Sanford Ripley, an old resident of "Ripley's Mills," near Carrville, died Monday. He was one of the oldest residents of Floyd County, being 87 years old, and having resided there for over fifty years. He was well known around here, having lived in this vicinity for so many years. His death seemed to be due to old age, although he maintained his mental faculties until the last.

The Nashua Reporter/Accessed through Ancestry/Newspapers and Periodicals
Thursday, June 6, 1907

Ripley, Sanford                                                                                            Top of Page

     Died at his home in Riverton township, Floyd county, Iowa, Monday, June 3, Sanford Ripley, of ailment incident to old age. He was 87 years, 10 months and 6 days old.
     He was born in Gallia county, Ohio. In the spring of 1852 he settled at Nashua. In 1854 he settled in section 34, range 15, Riverton, and died there. In 1847 he was married to Susan Norton, nee Baumgardner, who was also a native of Gallia county, Ohio. To this union there were born three daughters, who still survive him. His father, David Ripley, was elected county judge of this county in 1858, on the county seat issue, he being the candidate for that office of the friends of the geographical center.
     Sanford Ripley had everything to do with the very early settlement of this county, helped lay out the first roads surveyed in the county. He was a famous violin player and manufacturer of violins and sold many of his own make to various persons in the county. In every way he was a most exemplary citizen, one of the best of neighbors, generous to a fault, upright and honest in all his dealings. He lived a peaceful, quiet, inoffensive life, popular with all classes. We never heard of a wrong word spoken or a wrong deed committed by him. He was buried in Riverton cemetery, funeral (service?) being held at the home.

[Note: Sanford Ripley is a son of David C. and Easter (Griswold) Ripley]

Newspaper clipping (unknown, but very likely from The Nashua Reporter, June 1907) found in the Simmerman files, Ripley file, Bossard Library.
Transcriptions by Lynn Anders


Ripley, Susan Baumgardner [Norton]

     Our little community has been saddened by the death of two of our most respected old ladies within the last few days. The first, (Mrs. Olney)........................... Mrs. Sanford Ripley was stricken with paralysis about two weeks ago, and never rallying, lived 16 days before being called to rest by her Heavenly Father. She was 81 years of age and for 54 years lived a most happy, peaceful married life with her husband, Sanford Ripley, who has seen his loved and loving wife go Home and leave him behind. Besides the bereft husband are three daughters and eight grandchildren and many friends and neighbors. We miss her but know she is at rest, seeing always the face of our Master and Lord.

On another page.........

     Mrs. Sanford Ripley died at her home in Riverton township, Floyd county, Tuesday, November 5, at the age of 82 years. Death was due to a stroke of paralysis which she suffered some weeks ago. She was one of the earliest settlers of Floyd county, she with her husband settling on a farm in Riverton township in 1853 and had lived there ever since until her death. She leaves three daughters- Mrs. Geo. Wert and Mrs. S.A. Parker of Riverton, and Mrs. Chas. Linderman of Charles City. The funeral was held from the home last Friday conducted by Rev. Sours of Charles City. Interment took place in Riverton cemetery.

[Note: Susan Baumgardner married Harvey Norton September 23, 1841 in Gallia County. They had one daughter, Candice. Susan Norton and Sanford Ripley were also married in Gallia County June 21, 1846. The date of birth from her stone is January 28, 1820.]

The Nashua Reporter/Accessed through Ancestry/Newspapers and Periodicals
Thursday, November 14, 1901
Transcribed by Lynn Anders                                                                          Top of Page


Rippey, Charles

Death of Charles Rippey
     Charles Rippey, aged 20 years, died Saturday morning of paralysis following an illness of ten days. He was the son of Mrs. Birdie Rippey who resides at 715 Fourth Avenue. Funeral Services were at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Buck Ridge by Rev. Ed Howell. Burial followed under direction of W. N. Hayward. He leaves his mother and one brother.

[Note: Cemetery entry reads, "from obit. no stone,. b. 1904. d. 3/ 29/1924, buried Providence Bapt, SP"(ringfield twp).]

Gallipolis Journal
April 1, 1924
Transcribed by Lisa Halbig


Rippey, Stella

Mrs. Rippey, 90, Succumbs
     Mrs. Stella Rippey, 90, a resident of 746 Fourth Ave., died at 11:40 a.m. Friday in Medical Center Hospital 90 minutes after being admitted. She was a native of Ma__son, W. Va., and had lived in Gallipolis since 1913. She was the daughter of the late Neal and Nannie Posey Johnson. She was twice married. Her first was to George Cathie, in 1894, who preceded her in death. Children surviving that union are George Cathie, Harrison Cathie, Mrs. Ida Mae Harrington, all of Columbus, and Frances Cathie. Her second marriage was to Ish Rippey, in 1913, and he preceded her in death on Aug. 21, 1956.
     She was a member of the Triedstone Baptist Church. The body is at Miller’s Home for Funerals. Services will be 2 p.m. Monday at Triedstone Baptist Church. The body will lie in state for one hour at the church. Rev. Gul will officiate and burial will be in Providence cemetery.

[Note: Name is spelled Ripley on the cemetery entry]

The Gallia Times
Saturday, March 13, 1965
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron


Risen, Harriett

Death of Good Old Colored Woman
     Mrs. Harriett Risen, a highly respected old colored woman, aged 80 years, died at her home on First Avenue Monday morning after a short illness with pneumonia. She was born in slavery in old Virginia and for the past 45 years has been in the employ of the family of the late Capt. W. O. Martin and has resided here since. The funeral was held from the A. M. E. church at 2 P. M. today. Interment followed at Pine Street cemetery by Wetherholt.

[Note: no stone d. 2.26.1917]

The Gallipolis Daily Tribune
February 27, 1917
Transcribed by Mary Kay Clark


Rison, Will

     A little colored boy named Will Rison, aged ten years, was playing on a train of freight cars that were in motion, on Spruce Street, last Saturday morning, and was knocked off and instantly killed and badly mangled. Mr. W. C. Hayward happened to be present at the time and took charge of the remains. It seems impossible for the Railroad officers to keep the little chaps from playing on the cars when hitching and unhitching on this street and at the Incline, and the wonder is that some of them have not been killed before this.

Gallipolis Bulletin
Oct 12, 1883
Transcribed by Maxine Marshall                                                                      Top of Page


Ritchie, George Mathew

Services Wednesday For G. M. Ritchie, 38, Swan Creek Resident
     George Mathew Ritchie, 38 years old Swan Creek resident and father of eight children, will be buried Wednesday after he drowned Saturday night in Dillons Lake, an offshoot of the Ohio River at the Gallipolis Dam at Eureka.
     Mr. Ritchie’s body was recovered at midnight Saturday after he fell in the small lake two hours earlier.
An operator of heavy construction equipment for the Holderman Construction Co., he had recently been working on the highway job at Chester in Meigs County.
     He and a 15 year old son, Bobby Ritchie, were fishing at the edge of the lake when he fell in. Known as being able to swim, he made an attempt to reach shore. The son tried to reach him with a fishing pole but was unsuccessful after wading into the water to shoulder depth. The boy ran to a summer cottage near the lake, owned by Ned Eachus, State St., where he summoned Eachus and former Gallia County Deputy Sheriff Jim Mills. Eachus and Mills hurried to the lakeside and Mills dove three times in the effort to reach the man.
     Mills said an offshore ledge deepens the water to over 20 feet in the lake and he was unable to reach Mr. Ritchie. Mills recovered the fishing pole the boy had used. Deputy Sheriff Woodrow Saunders and others were called to the scene with city owned grappling hooks and the body was then recovered.
The son said he was unable to explain his father’s fall into the water.
     A graduate of Gallia Academy High School and member of a well know family of near Bladen, the victim was a son of W. E. and Rosa Angel Ritchie, who survive.
     He leaves his widow, the former Sadie Walters whom he married in 1931; four sons, Clifford, a Mercerville High School senior and a Gallipolis Rotary Club Junior Rotarian for April, the son Bobby, Gary, 6, Dane, 4; and four daughters, Sandra, 8, Rose Mary, 3, Texanna, 16 months and Rhonda Kay, one month. He also leaves a sister, Mrs. Virginia Pfeiffer of Canton. Two sisters and a brother preceded him in death.
     Funeral services Wednesday will be at 2 p.m. from the Swan Creek Chapel with the Rev. Frank Harding in charge, with burial at Swan Creek Cemetery. The body was taken to the Miller Home for Funerals, where friends may call tonight. Tomorrow it will be taken to the Ritchie home and friends may also visit there Tuesday night.

Gallipolis Tribune
Abt 1949
Transcribed by Lew Casey


Ritter, Maggie May Hampton

     Maggie May Hampton Ritter, daughter of Col. and Mrs. T.W. Hampton, was born May 31st, 1808, in Cheshire, Gallia county,O. She was married from her father's then home, Rose Cottage, Gallipolis Ohio, Jan. 5, 1888, to Chas. F. Ritter, of Tippecanoe City, O. and died May 11, 1889, at the home of her parents, Columbus, Ohio.
     Only a little over a year of happy married life and death claimed her for his bride. Maggie certainly was an exception. Few possessed the talent for music in which she excelled. Her talents for fine painting, drawing and all kinds of home decorations were far above the average. None knew her but to love her. She was the light and life of her bereaved husband and parents; ever cheerful and always working for their happiness. We are won't to wonder why God chooses the most loved for his own, and do murmur that we are deprived of the presence of our loved one, but "God doeth all things well". She has only gone a little sooner than we thought she should have gone, to be with loved ones. She is not alone. Brothers and sisters await her. She will wait and watch for the loved ones who bade "good-bye". Only a little while and all, one unbroken band, will sing praises to God.

"Alas for him who never sees
The stars shine through the cypress trees!
Who, hopeless, lays his dead away,
Nor looks to see the breaking day
Across the mournful marbles play!
Who hath not learned in hours of faith
The truth, to flesh and sense unknown,
That life is ever lord of death,
And love can never loose its own".

May 22, 1889
Gallipolis Journal
Transcribed by Nancy McMillan


Roach, Carlin E.

C. E. Roach is Claimed at 73
     Carlin E. Roach, 73, of 1833 Third Ave., Huntington died Sunday night in a Huntington hospital. He was a brother-in-law of Mrs. E. K. Staley, Ora and Grover Gilmore of Gallia county. Mr. Roach was a retired city fireman, and was formerly associated in the Roach Barber Shop at 20th St. and Third Ave. He was born in Gallia county July 12, 1891, son of the late Calvin and Elizabeth Holley Roach. His marriage was to the former Ruby Gilmore, who died in 1958.
     He is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Dixie Franklin, Mrs. Marjorie Wright and Mrs. Betty Stevens, all of Huntington. There are eight grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. A brother, Harley Roach of Huntington, and a sister, Mrs. Letha Jeffers of Proctorville also survive.
     Services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Willis-Mann Mortuary. Rev. Neil Irons will officiate, and burial will be in Rome cemetery.

[Note: died May 30, 1965]

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
June 1, 1965
Transcribed by Mary Crittenden


Roach, Emily Exia

Funeral of Emily Exia Roach
     The sad and untimely death of Miss Emily Exia Roach at 4 o'clock Saturday morning at the home of Capt. D.L. Thomas in Gallipolis, noted in Saturday's Daily Journal, ended a bright young life and saddened many hearts among her many friends and relatives at Chambersburg, this county, where she formerly resided, and at Dayton, Ohio where her parents and family now reside. The deceased, who was a daughter of Calvin E. and Elizabeth J. Roach of Dayton, was born in Ohio township, Gallia county, November 17, 1883 and was consequently 16 years, 10 months and 26 days of age at the time of her demise. Besides her father and mother, the deceased leaves the following brothers and sisters to mourn her demise, Samuel T. Roach, Batty. G, 4th U.S. Artillery now stationed at Fortress Monroe, Va; Mrs. Fleetia A. Brown, Dayton; Mrs. Wavie W. Chambers, Chambersburg; and Leathy M., Harley Carlin and Clemina Roach with their parents at Dayton.
     The deceased was a bright, highly respected and handsome young lady and her death away from her father and mother was as sad as it was sudden and unexpected. As stated in the Journal, Miss Roach was taken sick Monday morning with symptoms of pneumonia lingering only until the early dawn of Saturday morning when she peacefully crossed over the river in the presence of her sister, Mrs. Wavie W. Chambers, her cousin, Miss Blanche Halley and her affianced husband, Harry G. Chambers, an employee of the Treasure Stove Foundry of this city. A few hours before her death she remarked to the watchers at her bedside that she would soon be with angels and just a few minutes before the end she sang a few chords of "Am I a Soldier of the Cross."
     The remains were taken from this city to the home of John Chambers of Chambersburg and the interment was at Clay Chapel cemetery Sunday afternoon by Wetherholt.
     The pall-bearers were Misses Levia Smith, Mabel Todd, Nellie Fletcher, Elma Evans, Maggie Martindill and Bessie Lewis assisted by Meesrs. R.B. Cornwell, J.J. Boston, Joshua Todd, Gus Martindill, Charles Green, and William Smith.

[Note: From Funeral home died 13 Oct 1900]

Gallipolis paper
Oct 1900
Transcribed by Theresa E. Smith                                                                   Top of Page


Roach, Gertrude G. [Gaskins]

     GALLIPOLIS - Mrs. Gertrude G. Roach, 92, former resident of Clay Twp., Gallia County, died at 2:30 p.m. Friday at the home of Mrs. Norene Shaffer at Crown City. A native of Gallia County, she was born March 10, 1875, daughter of the late John and Nancy Lemley Gaskins. Her husband, Hemby L. Roach preceded her in death in 1954. She spent most of her life in Huntington, W. Va.
     Her only survivor is a son, Ora Roach, whose whereabouts are unknown. There are four grandchildren. A granddaughter is Mrs. Merrill Grube, Anchorage, Alaska. Millers’ Home for Funerals will announce arrangements.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Sunday, January 21, 1968

Graveside Services
     Graveside services for Mrs. Gertrude G. Roach, 92, Crown City, who died Friday, will be conducted at 10 a.m. Tuesday in Pine Street Cemetery by the Rev. James Early.
     Mrs. Roach’s only survivor is a son, Ora Roach, whose whereabouts are unknown. There are four grandchildren.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Monday, January 22, 1968
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron


Roach, Okey, Jr.

     Okey Hamilton Roach, Jr., 50, a native of Gallipolis, died in United Hospital at Port Chester, New York, Dec. 2. The body was cremated and the ashes sent to Gallipolis for burial. Brief memorial services will be held at Miller’s Home for Funerals Saturday morning at 11 o’clock by Rev. Jack Finnicum. Burial will follow in Pine Street Cemetery.
     Mr. Roach was born in Gallipolis Oct. 28, 1923, son of the late Okey H. Roach and Allie Long Roach. He attended Gallipolis schools and served in the Army in World War II. He was formerly employed as a truck driver for the Jenkins Concrete Co.
     He was married to Dorothy Nibert. She survives and lives in Gallipolis. Two sons, John, in the Army in Colorado and James of Gallipolis, one daughter, Mrs. Richard (Kathy) Cremeans of Gallipolis survive, along with one granddaughter. Two brothers, James of Sealy, Ala., and Ira, of Chicago, and a sister, Mrs. Homer (Thelma) Simmons of Fairborn, also survive.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Tuesday, December 18, 1973
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron                                                                     Top of Page


Roach, Oscar Phmore

Former Resident Dies
     Oscar Phmore Roach, aged 72. Funeral services for Mr. Roach, who died at his home at 779 South High Street, Friday night will be held at the residence Tuesday at 9 a.m.
     Burial in Gallipolis under the direction of Cook & Son - Columbus Dispatch.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Monday, November 11, 1929
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron


Roach, Robert Perry

OBITUARY
     Robert Perry Roach, aged 24 years, died of typhoid fever, Oct.21, at his home in Perry tp.
Mr. Roach was becoming well known in this county as a teacher of district schools and a student of Rio Grande College. He was a young man of nice appearance and considerable ability, and was making preparation for the further prosecution of his studies.
     He left a grief-stricken mother, and sorrowing sisters and brothers who find some consolation however in the patience and fortitude exhibited during his sickness, and his still position to renew his religious life and trust himself to the mercy of the Judge of all the earth.
     The funeral services were conducted at the house of the deceased by Rev. A.G. Ebright of Rodney, and were largely attended. They were participated in by the teachers of Rio Grande College. Appropriate selections were sung by students, six of whom were selected to act as pall bearers.
     The following resolutions were passed by the Shakespearian Literary Society of Rio Grande College, of which the deceased was a member and in connection with which he had received a prize for excellence in declamation at a public competition.

     Whereas, in the providence of Almighty God, who doeth all things well, it has pleased Him to take from among us our esteemed fellow member, Robert P. Roach, and whereas we bow in humble submission to the Great Ruler of the Universe and feel assured that the decrees and council of Him, who holds the destiny of man in His hands, are right and justified that He --seth all things well,. Therefore be it
      Resolved, That the Shakespearian Literary Society of Rio Grande College lovingly bear testimony to the worth of Robert P, Roach as a member of our organization and as a kind associate
      Resolved, That we express our deepest sympathies to his bereaved mother, and to his brothers and sisters.
      Resolved, That a copy of these resolutions be presented to his mother, also that a record of them be placed on the Secretary's book.
                          Thomas B. Davis, E. E. Booton, HA. Bandyberry, Committee.

[Note: Buried in Hulbert Cemetery in Green Township]

Gallipolis Journal
November 17, 1881
Transcribed by Margaret Calvin                                                                      Top of Page


Roadarmour, Barbary [Tyler]

     Mrs. Barbary Roadarmour, 81, late wife of Col. John Roadarmour, on 16 Apr 1870...came to Gallia Co. in 1804 with her father, Christian Tyler, (sic, Syler) and his family of mostly females.

Gallipolis Journal
12 May 1870
Transcribed by Sunda Peters


Roadarmour, Barbary

     Mrs. Barbary Roadarmour, late consort of Col. John Roadarmour, departed this life on the 16th day of April last, in the 81st year of her age.
     It is but a just tribute of respect to say that she possessed all the noblest traits of the human family, particularly in the discharge of her duty as a wife, a mother, a neighbor, and a member of society. She came to Gallia county in 1804, with her father, Christian Tyler and family, mostly females, who had been trained to usefulness by an exemplary mother, and soon found husbands of high standing and usefulness, and became good wives and mothers, and from them have grown up a numerous line of highly useful and distinguished citizens now spread over Southern Ohio.

Gallipolis Journal
May 12, 1870
Transcribed by Sandy Lee Milliron                                                                   Top of Page


Roadarmour, Myrtie

Mrs. Willis Roadarmour Dies
     Mrs. Willis Roadarmour passed away Thursday about 3:30 p. m. after after[sic] an illness of several weeks. Mrs. Roadarmour, who was 48 years of age, before her marriage was Myrtie Buckle, daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. J. R. Buckle and was a native of this county where she lived her entire life.
     Surviving relatives are her husband, one daughter, Miss Dorothy, a techer[sic] in the local schools, one brother and five sisters, R. W. Buckle of Colorado, Misses Della, Grace and Frances Buckle, Mrs. Grover Shoemaker and Mrs. Okey Saunders, of Northup.
     Funeral services will be conducted at her late home, 708 2nd ave., Monday at 1:30 p. m., conducted by Rev. W. E. Ewing, of Mt. Sterling, O., and burial in Mound Hill in charge of A. E. Tope.

Gallipolis Tribune
February 9, 1928
Transcribed by Nancy S. Edwards


Roadarmour, Rhoda [Loucks]

     Mrs. Rhoda Roadarmour died at the family residence in Harrison Tp. last Wednesday night after a briefillness with cardic asthma. She was born Sept. 22, 1816 and was 94 years, 8 months and 20 days old. She had always been a resident of this county except for a few years spent in Kentucky shortly after her marriage. Her husband Thomas J. Roadarmour died over 60 years ago. She was a good, christian woman and a member of the Christian church.
     She is survived by three sons, Alden L., an attorney of this city, John of Harrison Tp., and Jacob of Lexington, Ky. and by two daughters, Mrs. Amelia Haskins and Mrs. Caroline Perkins of Harrison Tp. Mrs. Roadarmour was the mother of six children and there were in her family at one time 24 grandchildren, 45, great-grandchildren and 3 great-great-grandchildren. One of the latter was present at her funeral.
     The funeral services were held at the family residence Friday and were conducted by Rev. J. B. Massie. Burial at the Louks cemetery by Wetherholt.

[Note: from stone Died May 10, 1911]

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
May 17, 1911
Transcribed by Irene Blamer


Roark, Edward Paul, Jr. "Ed"

1943 - 2003
     Edward Paul 'Ed' Roark Jr., age 60, of Rio Grande, died unexpectedly Thursday August 14, 2003. Born June 17, 1943 in Gallipolis, he was the son of the late Maxine Dickey Roark. He is survived by one brother: Gary Roark of Pt. Pleasant, a special friend: Patsy Schuldt of Gallipolis, and will be sadly missed by a multitude of friends.
     Ed was an associate professor and the assistant to the coordinator of graduate studies at the University of Rio Grande and as head of the independent production agency RSR Enterprises, which helped to fund several education scholarships.
     Funeral services will be 10:00 A.M. Monday August 18, 2003 at the Waugh-Halley-Wood funeral home. Burial will follow in Ohio Valley Memory Gardens. Friends may call at the funeral on Sunday form 6-9 P.M. In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to the Merlin G. Ross Scholarship fund, P.O. Box 500 Rio Grande, Ohio 45674 to the attention of the office of Institutional Advancement

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
August 15, 2003
Transcribed by Cheryl A. Enyart                                                                     Top of Page


Robbins, George

Death of George Robbins
     George Robbins, who was badly injured in an accident at Wellsville last week, died, and his remains were brought here Monday evening and taken to Wetherholt's undertaking rooms. The funeral was held Tuesday afternoon under the auspices of the American Mechanics, burial at Pine Street Cemetery.

[Note: The stone in Pine Street Cemetery was read as George Robbines]

Gallipolis Bulletin
January 25, 1907
Transcribed by Margaret Calvin


Roberts, Albert E.

S. Sgt. Albert E. Roberts, Victim Of War, To Be Given Sunday Burial
     VFW military services for S/Sgt. Albert E. Roberts, 32, whose body arrived here today from Europe via Transport Haiti Victor will be held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday in the Grace Methodist Church, with the Rev. L. A. Donnally, pastor, officiating.
     Sergeant Roberts was killed in action Sept. 18, 1944, while serving with the 319th Field Artillery, 82nd Airborne Division over Germany. A graduate of Vinton High School, the decedent had attended Bliss College, Columbus, and was a member of Aerie 2290, Fraternal Order of Eagles, Gallipolis. Before entering the service he was associated with the Columbus Mutual Life Insurance Co.
     He entered service March 23, 1942, and went overseas April 22, 1943, fighting in Africa, Sicily, Italy, France, and later in Belgium and Germany. He was awarded the Good Conduct, American Campaign, European-African, Middle Eastern Campaign medals. On the last named he was given a bronze arrowhead for the invasion of Normandy, and four bronze service stars for the Normandy, Rhineland, Rome-Arno, and Sicily campaigns.
     Sergeant Roberts got the Victory medal, Distinguished Unit emblem with oak leaf cluster, French Fourragere, Netherlands Orange lanyard, and Purple Heart.
     Born Feb. 2, 1912, at Hamden, W. Va., to Eustace and Carrie Roberts, Ewington, the decedent was married June 10, 1938, to Virginia Stevens, Porter, who now resides at 1137 Second Ave. Besides the widow and his parents, Sergeant Roberts is survived by a sister, Mrs. Pearl (Virginia) McClaskey, Ewington; two brothers, DeWitt Roberts, Ewington, and Pvt. Earl Roberts, United States Army of Occupation, Japan. Burial will be made in Vinton Memorial Park by Vernon McCoy. Friends may call at the McCoy Funeral Home in Vinton until Friday noon. After 7 p.m. Friday, the body will lie in state at his late residence, 1137 Second Ave.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Tuesday, June 7, 1949
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron


Roberts, Anna

DIED
     In Gallipolis, Ohio, January 6, 1864, Anna, wife of S. Roberts, in the 34th year of her age. Mrs. Roberts was born in England on the 16th of January 1830.
     In 1839 she was sent from home to school, where she remained until she was thoroughly educated for the duties of a teacher. She first taught in the family of her relative, General Darroch, of the British Army. Her accomplishments as school teacher and musical governess were found so complete that she was recommended and persuaded to emigrate to act as governess in the family of her uncle, Col. Cotter, brother of Sir James Lawrence Cotter, Bart., of England. She arrived in New York in 1848 with others who accompanied her, and instead of going on with Col. Cotter, took charge of a school for the Rev. Mr. Watson, Episcopal minister at Newark, New Jersey. She made her home at the residence of Mr. Lowell, whose name is familiar to readers of The New York Ledger, until married to Mr. Roberts at Christ church, Newark, N.J., in June 1850.
     Early in the year 1850 she was confirmed by the Rev. Mr. Lowell, Episcopal minister at Newark.
A funeral sermon was preached by the Rev. Mr. Thompson at the Episcopal church to a very large, attentive, and sympathizing audience.

[Note: I could not find a burial for her or Mr. S. Roberts.]

Simmerman files, Tope file with a notebook of handwritten obituaries that Ann Simmerman copied from Mary Tope's scrapbook, Bossard Library.
Newspaper was Gallipolis Journal
January 28, 1864
Transcribed by Lynn Anders


Roberts, Carrie May

     ROBERTS - At her home in Maple Shade, O., March 19th, 1891, CARRIE MAY, infant daughter, of William and Dora Roberts, aged 5 months and 10 days. The funeral services were conducted at Damron Chapel by Rev. Jones of the M.E. Church. He chose for the subject of his discourse the language of David, 'He cannot return to me but I can go to him.'
     Burial at old cemetery by G.W. Wetherholt.

A precious one from us has gone;
A voice we loved is stilled;
A place is vacant in our homes
Which never can be filled.

As the vernal flowers that scent the morn,
But withers in the rising day;
Thus lovely was the infant's dawn,
Thus swiftly fled its life away.

It died to sin, it died to care,
But for a moment felt the sod;
Oh mourner such the Lord declares
Such are the children of our God.

Sleep on in they beauty,
Thou sweet angel child;
By sorrow unblighted,
By sin undefiled.

Like the dove to the ark,
Thou hast flown to thy rest;
From the wild sea of strife,
To the home of the blest.

Safe in the arms of Jesus,
Safe on His gentle breast;
There by His love o'ershadowed
Sweetly thy soul shall rest.

Safe in the arms of Jesus,
Safe from corroding care;
Safe from the world's temptations,
Sin cannot harm you there.


By ALICE GIBSON

Gallipolis Journal
April 1, 1891
Transcribed by Theresa E. Smith                                                                    Top of Page


Roberts, David

David E. Roberts Dead
Passed Away Wednesday at Birmingham, Ala.
     Word was received here Wednesday by Mr. and Mrs. S.A. Moore of the death of her brother-in-law David E. Roberts, Wednesday morning, January 14, 1920, at Birmingham, Ala. He had been in poor health for sometime, and went South to be with Herman Uhrig hoping to regain his strength, and Tuesday his condition became so alarming he was rushed to a hospital where the end came.
     Mr. Roberts was born in Ironton but spent the greater part of his life here where he became acquainted with and married Miss Frances Uhrig who with two sisters survive him. He was employed in the industrial school at Washington when his health failed. Mr. Roberts was a man of excellent qualitites, sociable and had many warm friends here. He was a member of the Masonic lodge at Lancaster, Ohio.
     The funeral arrangements have not been decided upon, awaiting the arrival of the remains here Friday. The burial will be in Mound Hill Cementery in Gallipolis Twp.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Jan. 15, 1920
Transcribed by Nancy McMillan


Roberts Eximae [Exie Mae]

Death of Child
     Eximae Roberts, four-year-old and only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Roberts of Green township, died Wednesday, Jan. 28, of diabetes after several months illness. Her parents and six brothers survive. She was a bright and lovable little child and her early death is quite sad. The funeral will be held at Mina Chapel Friday at 2 p.m. by Rev. S. S. Denney, interment at the church cemetery by Hayward.

[Note: 10/16/1915 - 1/28/1920 d/o Edward & Cordelia Jane Fillpot Roberts]

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Thursday, January 29, 1920
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron


Roberts, Fannnie [Waddell]

Death Of Mrs. Roberts

     Mrs. Fannie Waddell Roberts, whose long illness has been mentioned from time to time, came to an end Thursday, Oct. 26, 1911, in the 58th year of her age. She was the daughter of Franklin and Mary Waddell and was born in Green Township and spent most of her life near the scene of her early home.
     She married Thomas M. Roberts and to this union were born a daughter, Ruby and a son, Earle, who with their father survive. These with her mother and one sister, Mrs. Emma Roach, in Green Township and brothers Herbert with a Bridge Co. at Kenova, WV; Charles at Camden, N.J.; George at Knab, Washington; together with many friends and relatives are left to mourn the loss of this dear one.
     Early in life she became a member of the M.E. Church at Rodney and died in the Christian faith to which she clung through the years. Rev. George Brown delivered a beautiful address on Saturday, Oct. 28, after which her body was laid to rest in the Waddell Cemetery near Alexandria Church.

[Note: Death Certificate..Born Feb. 14, 1854, died Oct. 26, 1911; age 57 years 8 months and 12 days. Mother's maiden name Scott. Cause of death: Tuberculosis. Burial: Hulbert Cemetery in Green Township.]

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Oct. 30, 1911
Transcribed by F. K. Brown


Roberts, George K.

Death of Mr. Roberts
     George K Roberts, Ironton, born March 10, 1834, a Porter, this county, and distinguished as first boy baby born in that village, died last Saturday. He spent 15 years before the mast on the sea, enlisted in the Navy in 1865 and served on several battleships, until July 20, 1868. After that he made wagons at Porter, married Emma Carrell of that place, and is survived by one son Wm. F. Roberts, a Cincinnati, by that wife. In 1876 he married Kate Wells, of Wilkesville, and she and three daughters survive him in Ironton where he was buried. He was a good and useful man.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
March 15, 1911
Transcribed by Jessica L. Weber


Roberts, James

     Mr. James Roberts of Clipper Mill, a patient at the County Home died this Tuesday, May 20, 1924. His age was 74. He was buried at Mound Hill Cemetery.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
May 20,1924
Transcribed by Nancy McMillan


Roberts, Jennie Bell [Bonecutter]

Mrs. Roberts, 88, Claimed Early Today
     Mrs. Jennie Bell Roberts, 88, Rio Grande, died early today at the home of her daughter, Miss Faye Roberts, with whom she resided.
     She was born March 8, 1873, at Gallipolis Ferry, W. Va., daughter of the late Richard and Cynthia Steed Bonecutter. She was the widow of William Roberts, who preceded her in death 11 years ago.
She was a member of the Baptist church. Surviving in addition to the daughter are two sons, Guy Roberts of Rio Grande and Lawrence Roberts of Gallipolis Ferry. Two brothers, Charles Bonecutter of Rio Grande and Dan Bonecutter, Gallipolis Ferry, also survive.
     Three sisters surviving are Mrs. Viola Casey of Gallipolis Ferry, Mrs. Zona Milliron of Pt. Pleasant and Mrs. Minnie Milliron of Jackson. Eight grandchildren, and nine great-grand-children survive. One son and a daughter preceded her in death.
     Funeral services will be held Friday, 2 p.m., at the L.G. Mohr Funeral Home, Pt. Pleasant. Burial will be in the Mt. Pisgah cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home after 2: p.m. Thursday.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Wednesday, August 16, 1961
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron                                                                     Top of Page


Roberts, Jules

Death Of Mr. Jules Roberts
     Mr. Jules Roberts died Friday afternoon, February 10, 1905, at 3:30 o'clock. He was born Feb. 23, 1830 at Fribourg, Switzerland and learned his watch making trade at a watch factory in Chandfond, Switzerland, coming to America in 1854 and settleing in New Orleans, LA. In 1857, Mr. Roberts married Miss Louise Valloton, a Swiss lady of Payerne, Switzerland and came to Gallipolis the same year where he has been engaged in the watch business ever since.
     The first family he became acquainted with was Mr Solomon Hayward's. His wife preceded him ten years ago. He is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Amelia Baker, a sister, Mrs. John Howell and two brothers in the old country. Had he lived until the 24th of February he would have been 75 years old.
     The funeral services will be held Sunday at 2 o'clock p.m. at the Presbyterian Church by Rev. T. S. Armentrout. Hayward & Son have charge of the burial. The pallbearers selected are Geo. House, Dr. J. T. Hanson, J. P. Ingels, James Lupton, Wm. Minturn and Abe Moch.

[Note: Burial in Mound Hill Cemetery]

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Feb. 11, 1905
Transcribed by F. K. Brown


Roberts, Louise

Death of Mrs. Louise Roberts
     Mrs. Louise Roberts, wife of Mr. Jules Roberts, the well known jeweler, died very suddenly on Friday evening of last week. She had been ill for about a week with heart trouble, but was able to be about the house. A few minutes before her death she laid down upon the bed to sleep. Her daughter, Miss Amelia, went into the room to give her some medicine and spoke to her. Getting no answer, she thought her mother had fainted, and called to her father, who ran for the doctor, but before medical assistance could arrive, Mrs. Roberts had expired.
     She was about seventy-four years of age and was a native of Switzerland. She was married to Mr. Roberts in New Orleans, and came here with him in 1856. Mrs. Roberts was very popular with, and much esteemed by all who knew her.
     The funeral services were conducted at the Presbyterian Church by Rev. W. E. I.d’Argent, Sunday afternoon at two o’clock. Burial at Mound Hill.

The Gallipolis Bulletin
Saturday, November 10, 1894
Transcribed by Sandy Lee Milliron                                                                  Top of Page


Roberts, Margaret

Death of Mrs. Roberts
     Mrs. Margaret Roberts died at her home in Porter Sunday, May 15, 1904, aged 77 years, 6 months and 15 days. Her death was due to the infirmities of old age. She was the widow of P. J. L. Roberts, a soldier of the War of 1812, who was one of the first settlers of the village of Porter.
     She was the mother of six children, all of them dying in infancy. Mrs. Roberts had been a faithful member of the Porter M. E. Church for more than fifty years and was a fine old lady respected and loved by all who knew her.

Gallipolis Bulletin
Friday, May 27, 1904
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron


Roberts, Mary C.

     Mary Corbetta Roberts, 63, 8 Vinton St., Gallipolis, died Sunday, July 27, 1997 in the Holzer Senior Care Center. Born May 9, 1934 in Gallipolis, daughter of the late Corbett J. and Vergie D. Roberts, she was a clerk at Clark's Jewelry Store in Gallipolis and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Gallipolis.
     Surviving are a sister, Brenda (Dan) Morgan of Rio Grande; a sister-in-law, Phebe Roberts of Racine; and several nieces and nephews, and great-nieces and nephews. She was also preceded in death by a brother, Robert L. Roberts.
     Graveside services will be 1 a.m. Tuesday in the Ohio valley Memory Gardens, with Pastor Archie Conn officiating. Friends may call at the Willis Funeral Home from 6-8 tonight. Donations may be made to the Arthur G. James Cancer Research Hospital, 941 Chatham Lane, Suite 305, Columbus, Ohio 43221, or the Holzer Hospice, 100 Jackson Pike, Gallipolis, Ohio 45631.

Gallipolis Tribune
July 28, 1997
Transcribed by J. Farley


Roberts, Mary Jane

     DIED - In this county, on the 28th ultimo, Mrs. Mary Jane Roberts, wife of Mr. James Roberts, in the 29th year of her age.

Gallipolis Journal
October 7, 1852
Transcribed by Linda Halley Criner                                                                  Top of Page


Roberts, Minnie [Little]

IN MEMORY
     Mrs. Minnie Roberts, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Mark Little, was born Nov. 9, 1865, and departed this life Dec. 24, 1918, aged 53 years, one month and fifteen days.
     In 1884 she was united in marriage with Marion E. Harrison and to them four sons were born.  Her husband departed this life Feb. 6, 1905.  In the same year she was united in marriage with Will Roberts, who with her four sons Edgar and Leonard Harrison of Akron, and Will and Robert Harrison of Gallipolis, survive her.
     She leaves her aged mother, four sisters and two brothers, ten grandchildren and a host of relatives and friends.  She will be sadly missed in her home and the homes of her children, and the sudden taking away of mother has cast a gloom over all.

 We miss thee from our home dear mother,
 We miss you from your place,
 A shadow o’er our life is cast,
 We miss the sunshine of thy face.
 We miss thy kind and willing hand,
 Thy fond and earnest care,
 Our home is dark without thee,
 We miss thee everywhere.

Gallia Times
Wednesday, January 1, 1919
Transcribed by Suzanne Giroux


Roberts, Nellie [Reese]

Nellie Roberts
     GALLIPOLIS - Nellie Roberts, 87, of Gallipolis, died Friday, May 2, 1997 in Pleasant Valley Hospital, Point Pleasant, West Virginia. Born May 15, 1909 in the Cora Community, Gallia County, she was the daughter of the late Evan E. Reese and Mattie M. Reese.
     On March 26, 1932, she married Shelby F. Roberts, who preceded her in death on July 12, 1989. Also preceding her is a special son-in-law, Henry Jenkins, and three brothers and three sisters. Surviving are a son and daughter-in-law, Richard B. "Butch" and Sally Roberts of Gallipolis; a daughter, Mary Margaret Jenkins of Columbus; four grandsons, Douglas (Pam) Jenkins of Perry, Ohio, Harold (Kitty) Jenkins of Dublin, Ohio, Richard A. (Jozie) Roberts of Gallipolis, and Larry J. (Rosa) Roberts of El Paso, Texas; and six great-grandchildren.
     Nellie lived her entire life in Gallia County. She worked at the former Lafayette Hotel, for the G. C. Murphy Company, and at the Reese Cab Company. She and her husband Shelby owned and operated a plumbing business in Gallipolis for many years. In later years, Nellie and her husband worked for the Gallipolis Golf Club. She was a member of the Grace United Methodist Church, and a member of the Abigail Circle at the church.
     Services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 6, 1997 in the Waugh-Halley-Wood Funeral Home, with Pastor David Hogg officiating. Burial will follow in Mound Hill Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Monday, May 5, 1997.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
No Date
Transcribed by Nancy S. Edwards


Roberts, Shelby F.

Shelby F. Roberts

     Shelby F. Roberts, 82, of 727 First Ave., died Wednesday, at Holzer Medical Center following a lengthy illness. He was a retired plumber. Born Dec. 12, 1906 in Huntington, W. Va., he was a son of the late James Roberts and Margaret Denny Roberts.
     He was also preceded in death by two brothers and two sisters. Surviving are his wife, Nellie Reese Roberts, whom he married March 26, 1932; one daughter, Mary Margaret Jenkins of Columbus; one son, Richard (Butch) Roberts of Gallipolis; and four grandchildren , six great grandchildren.
     He worked for Dexter Plumbing, and founded Shelby Roberts and Son Plumbing in 1951. He also worked at the Philip Sporn Plant and ran the clubhouse at the Gallipolis Golf Course for a number of years. He was a member of Grace United Methodist Church and served in the Ohio State Militia in World War II.
     Services will be conducted Saturday, 10:30 a.m. at Waugh - Halley - Wood Funeral Home, the Rev. David Elliott officiating. Burial follows in Mound Hill Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home Friday, 2 to 4 p. m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Pallbearers will be Rick Roberts, Douglas Jenkins, Harold Jenkins, Bob Saunders, John Davis and Roger Frazer.

[Note: Died July ......, 1989]

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
No date
Transcribed by Charles Wright                                                                       Top of Page


Roberts, Thomas M.

Aged Resident Passes Away At Rodney Home
     Thomas M. Roberts died early Saturday morning at his home at Rodney following a short illness from double pneumonia. Mr. Roberts was seventy-three years of age and had lived his entire life in the neighborhood where he passed away.
     He is survived by two children, Earl of Springfield and Mrs. Ruby Bright at home. He also leaves a sister, Mrs. Mary Thompson of Tuscola, IL.
     Funeral services will be conducted by Rev. Fred Rice Monday at 10 a.m. in the Rodney M. E. Church. Burial in the Hulbert Cemetery in charge of Wetherholt and Entsminger.

[Note: Death Certificate.. Thomas Marlow Roberts born Sept. 16, 1856; died Jan. 4, 1930; aged 73 years 3 months and 19 days. Parents: Peter Maxie Roberts and Sophia Bing. ]

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Jan. 4, 1930
Transcribed by F. K. Brown


Roberts, Wm.
 
Death of Wm. Roberts
     Mr. Wm. Roberts died at his home in East Gallipolis Sunday, June 11, 1926, after three weeks illness at the age of 59 years.
     He leaves his widow, two sons John and George and one daughter Nancy, age 2 years.
     Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 2 p.m. at his home by Rev. Venz with burial in Pine street cemetery in charge of Wetherholt and Entsminger.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
June 14, 1926
Transcribed by Henny Evans


Roberts, William John

     Died, on November 4th, 1862, in Gallipolis, William John, son of Stephen and Anna Roberts, aged 10 years, 4 months, and 12 days. [Followed by a long poem.]

The Gallipolis Journal
November 13, 1862
Transcribed by Eva Swain Hughes


Robertson, Clara Effie

Kanauga Native Dies At Home
     Mrs. Clara Effie Robertson, 86, a native of Kanauga, died in her Washington, D. C. home on Sunday. She suffered a second stroke on Dec. 27 and had been in poor health for a year. Mrs. Robertson was the widow of J. E. Robertson who was stationed as a telegrapher and station agent at Kanauga Station and later at Gallipolis where the family lived for a number of years.
     She was born on Jan. 12, 1874 and had lived in this county, until about 25 years ago. Survivors are a son, Louis, of Wauseon, Wisc., and two daughters, Miss Mabel Robertson and Mrs. Virginia Hiley, both of Washington, D.C. There are six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
     The body will arrive in Gallipolis Tuesday and friends may call at the Miller’s Home for Funerals Tuesday evening and until the hour of graveside services at 10:30 a.m. Thursday in Mound Hill Cemetery.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Monday, Feb. 1, 1960
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron                                                                     Top of Page


Robertson, Jesse

Pneumonia Victim
     Jesse Robertson, brother of Ed, Robertson, the telegrapher, living on Mill Creek, died this morning, April 5, 1918, of pneumonia after a few day's illness. He was about 40 years of age and is survived by his widow and three children; sister Mrs. Clyde Phillips. He was a well liked man and his sudden death is a shock to all. The funeral arrangements have not been made.

[Note: Death Certificate---Jesse Goodwin Robertson born June 24, 1871 Addison Township, Gallia County, Ohio; died April 5, 1918; age 46 years and 4 months. Parents: James V. Robertson (born Giles Co. VA) and Narcissis McCoy (born Putnam County, WV). Burial at Maddy Cemetery in Addison Township.]

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
April 5, 1918
Transcribed by F.K. Brown


Robie, John

Robie Services
     GALLIPOLIS - Funeral services for John Robie, 90, former Bidwell area farmer who died Thursday in an Albany rest home, will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Vernon McCoy funeral home in Vinton by the Rev. Seth Huntley. Burial will be in Vinton Memorial Park.
     Born at Ravenswood, he was the son of the late Isaac and Kathleen Rector Robie.  His wife, the former Minnie Reynolds, died in 1955. He came to Gallia County from West Virginia in 1939 and after his wife’s death, he lived in Pomeroy for several years.
     Survivors include a son, Everett Robie, Mesa, Ariz., a daughter, Mrs. Loretta Jobe, Gallipolis, a brother, Edward Robie, Pomeroy, and three sisters, Miss Minnie Robie and Mrs. Emma Casto, Ripley, W. Va., and Mrs. Clara McGraw, Parkersburg, W. Va. There are 10 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.

Athens Sunday Messenger
March 7, 1965
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron


Robinette, [Infant Daughter]

Final Rites Held For Vinton Infant
     The infant daughter of George and Irene Kirk Robinette of Vinton died in Holzer hospital at 5 p.m. Saturday. The father is an employe of the Bob Evans Sausage Co. In addition to the parents, two other children survive, Regina 5 and David 6. Maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Roy Kirk of Henlawson, W. Va., and the paternal are Mr. and Mrs. Joe Robinette of Switzer, W. Va.
     Graveside services were held in Vinton Memorial Park at 10 a.m. today, under the direction of the McCoy Funeral Home.

[Note: 2/23/1963 - 2/23/1963]

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Monday, February 25, 1963
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron


Robinson, Adda

Mrs. W. H. Robinson
     Mrs. W. H. Robinson, wife of the popular uptown barber, died suddenly about noon Saturday, Jan. 2, 1904, though she had been in ill health for about a week. She was a native of Cleveland, Ohio, and her maiden name was Adda Stewart. Mrs. Robinson was a most estimable lady with a wide circle of friends who will unite with the Bulletin in sympathizing with the bereaved ones. The funeral services were conducted at the A. M. E. Church, interment following at the Pine Street cemetery by Haward & Son, Tuesday afternoon.

Gallipolis Bulletin
January 8, 1904
Transcribed by Margaret Calvin                                                                      Top of Page


Robinson, Agnes

Death of Mrs. Agnes Robinson
     Mrs. Agnes Robinson, a fine old colored woman living on First avenue above the ice plant with her son, John Kirker, until a week ago when he died, died Monday night, April 29, 1912, of paralysis. The body will be taken to Providence Church near Kerr Station for burial by Hayward Wednesday. She is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Martha Neil of Columbus and one sister Mrs. Nancy Guthrie. She was about 80 years old and had a host of relatives scattered about, among them Mr. Tom Howell of this city, and nephew.

[Note: Born 1845, no stone]

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
April 30, 1912
Transcribed by Jessica L. Weber


Robinson, Anna L. [McClain]

IN MEMORIAM

Mrs. Anna Robinson
(From the funeral address of the Rev. Dr. Cherrington)
     The dates of May 4, 1870 and Jan 24, 1917, mark the boundary lines of the earthly life that has just been closed to our sight and whose crossing over into eternity is the event that calls us to this house of mourning.
     Anna Laura McClain was the daughter of Eli and Rachael McClain and was born near Cambersburg, Ohio. Feb. 23, 1890, she was joined in marriage with John F. Robinson. Three children were born to this marriage: Mabel Augusta, the eldest, who died in infancy and the two sons, Garland Thomas and Glenn Parker, both of whom survive their mother and are deeply bereft by her death. Garland's wife, whom she loved as a her daughter by marriage, also deeply mourns the death of the mother who had so fully adopted her as one of the household.
     Mrs. Robinson's home was in Gallipolis for twenty-four years. She left here, with her sons, April 29, 1916, for Norwood, a delightful suburb of Cincinnati, expecting to make her home there. She was taken sick in the last Christmastide and declined rapidly until she went across into immortality, Jan. 24, 1917.
     Last Sunday she was taken to the Christ Hospital in Cincinnati, where she was tenderly cared for until her spirit took its flight on Wednesday. She was in her 47th year when she heard God's call and went across to the great future.
     Her parents entered into rest many years ago. They had only the two daughters, who were everything to each other, Mrs. Robinson and Mrs. J.S. Waugh (in whose home we meet this day). Her sister, Mrs. Waugh, was with her during her last afflictions and did everything in her power for her comfort.
     This deeply bereft sister, who is now the lone survivor of the family circle of her birth, has the deep sympathy and the earnest prayers of her many friends, in this great sorrow.
     Mrs. Robinson was a faithful and esteemed member of Grace Methodist Episcopal Church of Gallipolis and her death is added to the many bereavements of our church. May our many bereavements as a church bring us all into closer union with God, that we may all be ready and that we may all at last receive a safe transfer to the "Church Triumphant which is without fault before the throne of God."
     It was a good providence that permitted this surviving sister to be with her dying sister, in the closing days of her earthly life and to hear and be always comforted by the many clear testimonies of her readiness for her exchange of worlds. She was kept in clear consciousness and realized that she was hovering on the border of eternity. She said to her sister, "If I get well it will be all right and if not, it will be all right." She said with great assurance, "I feel that I am ready for whatever may be before me." She was calm and rational and perfectly composed, without a tear, as she talked of her prospect and as she gave her farewell counsels to her dear boys. And it was not in delirium, but in the calm composure of her Christian faith, that as she was nearing the gates of that great future, she exclaimed:

"I see father and mother and daughter waiting for me. Don't you see them?" And all this is for the comfort of her children, her sister and all who loved her....and it adds to the many assurances of immortality, in real life, that God gives to us, while we tarry in these lower lands of death. Many, many times have we found God's children, as they brushed the borders of eternity, calling and recognizing the loved ones on the other side, as though God was opening the windows of Heaven to them and giving them an advance vision of their sainted death on the immortal side and the vividness of these recognitions in the holy hours of their final triumph, is one of the cherished evidences of the immortal life. Count it not strange that when there is only this veil between this life and the life that is to come, that God should sometimes push aside the veil and give his dying children an advance vision of the loved faces on the other side, that they might call the tidings back to us for our encouragement as we press on to the immortal country.
[Note: Death Certificate...Hannah L McClain born March 10, 1870; died Jan.24, 1917 ages 46 years, 8 months and 14 days. Father: Eleigh McClain. Cause of Death: Chronic Nyphritis Buried in Mound Hill Cemetery in Gallipolis Township.]

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Jan 31, 1917
Transcribed by F. K. Brown                                                                           Top of Page


Robinson, Ann

Tribute of Respect
     In memory of Mrs. Ann Robinson, who departed this life, August 17th, 1875, in the [?]2d year of her age.
Whereas, the great Master of the universe, in his wisdom, has seen fit to take from time to eternity, our beloved sister, Mrs. Ann Robinson, we, as brothers and sisters of the order, beg leave to offer the following resolutions:

Whereas, By her affectionate and gentle disposition, she won the esteem of all her brothers and sister of this grange.
Resolved, That in her death, Guyan Grange, No. 688, has lost an intelligent, devoted and worthy member, to be revered in all time to come.
Resolved, That we tender our heartfelt sympathy to the family in this sad hour of their bereavement.
Resolved, That a copy of the above resolutions be sent to the family of the deceased, and entered on the minutes of the deceased, and entered on the minutes of the grange; also, that it be sent to each of the county papers, and the American Patron, for publication.
         Nancy L. Smith, Elizabeth B. Irwin, Elvenor R. Niday.

Unknown Newspaper
About Tuesday August 17, 1875
Transcribed by Suzanne Giroux

Robinson, Ann   

DIED
Robinson- In Guyan township, Aug. 17th, 1875, Mrs. Ann Robinson, in the 52d year of her age.

Gallipolis Journal
Sept. 23, 1875
Transcribed by Lisa Halbig


Robinson, Annie E.

     Mrs. Annie E. Robinson, the beloved wife of Mr. James E. Robinson, passed to the great beyond Monday morning, October 3, 1904, at 12:23 o’clock, after a long illness with tuberculosis, aged 63 years, 7 months and 7 days. Mrs. Robinson was a daughter of the late Wm. H. Langley, in his day the leading merchant of Southern Ohio. She was married to J. E. Robinson Oct. 13, 1863, and is survived by her husband and two sons, Ned C. and Wm. A. Robinson.
     She was a member of the M. E. Church, President of the Woman’s Relief Corps, and also of the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union. Her wonderful executive ability made a success out of everything she undertook and she was frequently called upon to straighten out knotty problems in the management of the affairs of the orders to which she belonged.
     Mrs. Robinson was a thoroughly good woman. She was a sincere Christian and faced the end with the same unfaltering courage that for more than a year had marked her fight with a relentless disease. She was a pure, high minded lady, courteous and dignified in her every day life, charitable to a fault, and loved her family with an affection that grew stronger with advancing years. She will be sadly missed by her many friends, who will long remember her as one in whom all the noble tributes of character were so finely mixed.
     The funeral services were conducted from her late residence Tuesday afternoon by Elder A. J. Hawk, burial following at the Pine Street Cemetery by Hayward & Son. The last sad rites were largely attended, and the many floral tributes attested the esteem in which she was held by those among whom she had spent her noble life.

Gallipolis Bulletin
Friday, October 7, 1904
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron


Robinson, Charles (aka Mike)

Died at Huntington
     Charles Robinson, formiliarly [sic] known as Mike Robinson, a butcher by occupation and a native of this City, died at Huntington, Wednesday. The remains will be brought here for burial.
     Mr. Robinson belonged to a colored family of which the late Alex Robinson a barber, was the head. W. H. Robinson, up-town barber is a brother, and Jim another barber known far and near, was another brother. A sister survives.
     The family were noted for their strong traits of character respecting decision and mental brightness. The deceased was a jolly soul, very strong physically and was aged about 60.

Gallipolis Journal
Friday, September 11, 1914
Transcribed by Suzanne Giroux                                                                     Top of Page


Robinson, Charles B.

Death of C. B. Robinson
     Col. Vance received a postal this morning from Walter Holcomb at Vinton stating that Mr. Charles B. Robinson was dead at his home at Vinton, without any particulars. We learned that he was distressingly ill last Saturday with heart failure, but was better. It is presumed in the absence of other information that another attack of the same carried him off. The postal card was dated Tuesday, the 7th inst., and we suppose he died that day.
     He was one of the very best citizens of this county, a son of the late Jonah Robinson, of Morgan township, and leaves a widow and two step children. His wife was the widow of Walter Fogg, we believe, an estimable lady who will have the sympathy of all in her bereavement.
     Mr. Robinson was Postmaster at Vinton we believe for five or nearly five years. He was an agent for the Ohio Farmers' Insurance Company for years and is well and favorably known all over this county. He was also one of the Board of Trustees of the Childrens' Home. We think he was in the neighborhood of 62 years of age. We met him when he was in town only a few days ago and received a letter from him last Sunday written only a day or so before. We part with an old friend who was true as steel to all men, with the greatest of regret. He had been in poor health for sometime, but the news of his death was entirely unexpected, we know, to every one.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
February 8, 1899
Transcribed by Romaine Smith


Robinson, Charles B.

Death of Chas. B. Robinson
     On the morning of the 8th inst., the sad news was received by the editor of The Bulletin, from Mr. Walter Holcomb, of the death, at his home at Vinton, of Charles B. Robinson. He was the son of the late Jonah Robinson, of Morgan Township, and was 65 years of age. During the past year his health, at times, had been precarious, but when we last met him, he was buoyed with the hope that he would soon be restored to his usual vigorous health. But such was not to be the case.
     He was born at Wellsville, Ohio, October 23, 1833; moved to Gallia County with his parents; settled in Morgan Township, where he lived until the last fifteen years, when he removed to Vinton. He was married to Victoria Fogg, March 11, 1889. He had been failing in health for two years, and was taken suddenly ill Sunday night at 2 o’clock, and died at 7 o’clock Tuesday morning, from complication of kidney and heart trouble. The funeral was held at one o’clock on Thursday.
     For many years Mr. Robinson has conducted an insurance business that brought him in contact with a large majority of the citizens of this county, who will all testify to his great worth. As postmaster at Vinton, and as a Trustee of the Children’s Home, Mr. Robinson made an enviable record, discharging the duties of his office in an able, conscientious and satisfactory manner.
     His was of a jovial disposition, and he made friends wherever he went. Kind and charitable, no person worthy of aid ever applied to him in vain. In his death Gallia County loses one of her best citizens, honorable and upright, a gentleman of the old school. His legion of friends here and elsewhere will learn of his demise with deep regret. The sorrowing relatives have the sincere sympathy of the whole community in their great loss.

The Gallipolis Bulletin
Saturday, February 11, 1899
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron                                                                     Top of Page


Robinson, Charles Titus

‘Spoon’ Robinson Dies Suddenly
     “Spoon” Robinson’s dead! That was the terse message flashed over the city last night. Those who heard the shocking news appeared dazed and incredulous. It culminated a series of announcements of like kind that has saddened and appalled this community in recent weeks -- especially the last six days.
     Charles T. Robinson died about 8 p.m. at Leroy, O., where he had gone on Monday to participate in the centennial anniversary of the Ohio Farmers Insurance Co. He became ill in his room Tuesday morning complaining of pains in his chest. A physician was summoned from nearby Seville and he urged Mr. Robinson to rest for several days. Max Fulks, insurance agent at Chillicothe, telephoned Dr. F. W. Shane and asked him to inform Mrs. Robinson. The latter was told that Mr. Robinson’s illness was not alarming and that it was suspected he had picked up a virus affection [sic - infection] while en route to Leroy. The physician was recalled in the afternoon. Meanwhile the patient’s condition had worsened. The death message came about 8:30 p.m. to Dr. Shane, who conveyed it to Mrs. Robinson; she reassured by the first message, had gone to the Colony Theater, but she sensed the tragedy when Dr. Shane spoke to her and asked her to accompany him to the exit. The message was sent to Dr. Shane for the reason that he was to take Mr. Robinson’s role as captain general in the Masonic Commandery inspection set for tonight. The latter, before his illness, had expected to get back in time to officiate.
     Death was ascribed to a coronary thrombosis. The body was taken from Leroy to Seville in the same county (Medina). It will be brought to the funeral home of George J. Wetherholt & Sons, probably late this afternoon. Funeral arrangements will be made later. Mr. Robinson had made the trip to Leroy with Harvey Klein, Huntington, representative of the Ohio Farmers Ins. Co.
     Except for a period of some months about three years ago, when he suffered from a puzzling ailment, Mr. Robinson had enjoyed good health. He was a rugged individual, of admirable physique, and lately had seemed to be exceedingly vigorous. He did complain occasionally of back pains but said they were nothing that Florida sunshine would not cure. Lately he and Mrs. Robinson had been quite busy preparing for their annual sojourn at St. Petersburg, Fla. It was their plan to leave here next Tuesday.
     Charles Titus Robinson was the worthy scion of the Robinson and Titus families, prominent in this area for more than a century. He was born in the old Robinson homestead at Eno on June 11, 1891, a son -- and the first child -- of J. T. (Tite) and Mary Thompson Robinson. Six years later the family moved to Bidwell and J. T. then ended his career as a teacher and began to devote full time to the insurance business which his father, Samuel Robinson, and a Rev. Mr. Morrow had established.
     Charles was graduated from the Bidwell High School in 1909. Thereafter he attended Rio Grande College, Ohio University and a Portsmouth Business College. He began to assist his father in the insurance business in 1912. In 1918 Charles entered the air corps and was closely associated during that war year with Col. H. B. Ecker and all the intervening years they were pals. Discharged from service, he resumed his post in the agency. In 1930 his father died and Charles became the head of the agency and give it his name.
     Charles T. Robinson and Miss Clyone Fee were united in marriage July 20, 1921. They have lived happily and abundantly and their attractive home on Second Ave. near Vine has been the scene of countless pleasant gatherings of friends and kinfolk.
     Charles was in his 57th year. He was 10 months older than H. U. Carnes, his close friend, whose death on Jan. 20, was similarly astounding.
     This writer remembers the event of Charles Robinson’s birth and had known him for 40 years. He can recall no one else in the county who had more interest and more important business connections, or made so many friends and in so many different circles.
     Charles was an athlete in his boyhood and an amateur baseball pitcher of more than community-wide fame. For 25 years he had served as assistant secretary and secretary of the Gallipolis Building & Loan Association. He was a director of the Commercial & Savings Bank and of the Ohio Valley Memorial Co. He was interested in farming and owned a farm on Raccoon. He was prominent in Masonic circles as already indicated. He was a past exalted ruler and president of the building committee of the local Elks Lodge. He was a member of Grace Methodist Church; of the Raccoon Club, and was a past commander of Lafayette Post, American Legion.
Moreover, he was a true sportsman, interested in all forms of athletics, in hunting and fishing, especially deep sea fishing. He was a Democrat in politics, but no narrow partisan; and he had the spunk to express himself on any issue of concern to himself or the public.
     His passing will be mourned in all corners of his native county. It is a staggering blow to his devoted wife and to his sisters, Mrs. Helen Russell of this city and Mrs. Murl Darling of St. Petersburg, Fla. Nephews and other relatives have suffered an overwhelming loss in the death of “Uncle Spoon”. What a grand wholesome fellow he was!
     There need be no “monument to his ashes, no temple to his fame;” his memory will be enshrined in the hearts of those who knew him well.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Wednesday, February 11, 1948

Robinson Rites Set For Friday
     Funeral services for Charles T. Robinson will be conducted at 3 p.m. Friday by Rev. W. Scott Westerman at Grace Methodist Church. For an hour, the body will be in state there. At 8 o’clock tonight the Elks will have services at the funeral home of George J. Wetherholt & Sons. Interment will be made in Mound Hill Cemetery and the Knights Templars will have part in the graveside services.
     Pall bearers have been selected, as follows: Active -- H. B. Ecker, Dr. Raymon Allison, F. C. Ghrist, W. P. Cherrington, W. W. Sigler and Carl Myers; Honorary -- C.C. Ingels, David A. Pickens, E. E. Hatfield, T. A. Thomas, H. W. Cherrington, John Halliday, Robert Bischoff, Dr. Clyde Ingels, C. Wayne Booth, Ralph Saunders and Garland Gillingham.
     The body was brought from Seville, O., to the Wetherholt Funeral Home by Blazer Wetherholt. It arrived about 11:30 Wednesday forenoon -- hours sooner than expected by those at the Robinson home. Mr. Robinson died early Tuesday night at Leroy (near Seville) where he had gone to attend the centennial anniversary of the Ohio Farmers Insurance Co. Leroy is the headquarters for the company. In this area Charles T. Robinson had represented the concern most of his adult years, as his father, J. T. Robinson, and grandfather, Samuel Robinson, had done.

Looking Far Back
     Charles T. Robinson’s great-grandparents were Kinsey and Hannah March Robinson, Leonard and Maria Becker Titus. The Robinsons came to Morgan Twp. from Columbiana County in 1840, when their son, Samuel, was 11 years old. Five years earlier the Tituses came to either Gallia or Meigs County from Ononda [Onondaga] County, New York. Their daughter, Mary, was then but four years old. She married Samuel Robinson in 1857, she then being 26 years old and he 28.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Thursday, Feb. 12, 1948
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron                                                                     Top of Page


Robinson, Charley

Old Fiddler Dead
     Charley Robinson, colored, died at the County Infirmary Monday, aged 80 years. Robinson was a fiddler of wide repute and many a gathering in town and county in days gone by has been enlivened by the strains produced from his old violin.

Gallipolis Bulletin
Thursday, Feb. 29, 1912
Transcribed by Sandy Lee Milliron


Robinson, Hannah S.

Remains Brought Here for Burial

     Mrs. Hannah S. Robinson died in Clairmont [sic] county near New Richmond, O., Saturday, October 28, from cerebral hemorrhages in her seventieth year. She has a son William living in Kanauga, also sons Ben and Otis of New Richmond. She was the widow of the late T.M. Robinson who died in 1913. They formerly resided at Kanauga. The remains arrived here this morning over the B. and O. and were taken in charge by Wetherholt and were buried this afternoon beside her late husband on the Robinson lot at Mound Hill cemetery.

The Gallipolis Tribune, Friday
10 November 1916
Submitted by Eve Hughes                                                                             Top of Page


Robinson, Hester

Good Woman Gone
     Mrs. Hester Robinson, widow of James Robinson, passed away at a hospital in Columbus on Friday, August 14, 1914. The remains were brought here and taken to the home of her son Bert, on Garfield Avenue, where the funeral services were held Sunday afternoon. The remains were laid to rest in the Mound Hill Cemetery.
     The deceased was a fine woman with many friends and is survived by six sons, Will of Columbus, Albert of Cora, Everett of Dakota, Lewis of Mercerville, John and Bert of Gallipolis, and by three daughters, Mrs. Harry Kerns, and Nellie and Ona Robinson of Columbus.

Gallipolis Bulletin
August 20, 1914
Transcribed by Henny Evans

Robinson, Hester

Died In Columbus
     Mrs. Hester Robinson, wife of the late James Robinson, died Friday in a Columbus hospital. The funeral and interment were at Gallipolis Sunday afternoon. Mrs. Robinson is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Harry Kerns, Ona and Stella Robinson of Columbus, six son, Will of Columbus; Albert of Cora; Everett of Dakota; Lewis of Mercerville; John and Bert of Gallipolis.

[Note: Death Certificate...born June 1845, died Aug. 14, 1914; age 69. Buried in Mound Hill Cemetery in Gallipolis Township.]

Gallia Times
Aug. 19, 1914
Transcribed by F. K. Brown


Robinson, Hoke

Hoke Robinson
     Hoke Robinson, 109 Cedar St., Gallipolis, died at Holzer Medical Center Wednesday. Born June 9, 1906 in Clendenin, W. Va., he was a son of the late Anderson and Ivy Taylor Robinson. In his early years, he was a mechanic for C. J. Winters, and later was a bus driver. For 14 years he was an engineer at Gallipolis Ice Co. and for 30 years, was a machinist for Point Pleasant Auto Parts.
     He married Ethel McCormick Robinson 59 years ago, and she survives. Also surviving are one son, David M. Robinson, four grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren; three brothers; Ralph and Harold Robinson, both of Gallipolis, and Paul Robinson, Melbourne, Fla.; one sister Sylvia Cole, Grove City, and several nieces and nephews.
     He attend Grace United Methodist Church, and was vice-president of French City Campers. Services will be 3 p.m. Saturday in the Cremeans Funeral Chapel, with the Rev. Joe Hefner officiating.         
     Burial will be in the Ohio Valley Memorial Gardens. Friends may all at the funeral home chapel 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Friday. Pallbearers will be Thomas J. Robinson, Edward Springer, John McCormick, John Nibert, Todd Smith and John Sturgeon. In lieu of flowers , contributions may be made to the Senior Citizens United Methodist Church Memorial Fund.

[Note: Died February 4, 1987]

Gallipolis Daily Tribune 
Transcribed by Charles Wright                                                                       Top of Page


Robinson, James D

     James D. Robinson, 70, Hobe Sound, Fla, formerly of Gallipolis, died Sunday, March 8, 1998 in the Martin Memorial Hospital South, Port Salerno, Fla. Born Oct. 29, 1927 in Gallipolis, he had been a postal employee and had resided in Hobe Sound for two years after moving there from Gallipolis.
     A U.S. Navy veteran of World War II and a 32nd Degree Mason, he was a member of Gallipolis Elks Lodge 107, where he was past ex-ruler and district deputy grand ex-ruler, the Aladdin Temple of Columbus, the Gallipolis Shrine Club, the VFW and the AMVETS.
     Surviving are his wife of 44 years, Mary K. Robinson, two daughters, Suzelle Snowden of Covington, Ky., and JeniLynn Robinson of Orlando, Fla., and four grandchildren.
     A memorial service is to be held in Gallipolis at a later date. Arrangements are by the All-County Funeral Home & Crematory Treasure Coast Chapel, Stuart, Fla. Memorial contributions can be made to the American Heart Association.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
1998
Transcribed by Maxine Marshall


Robinson, James E.

     James E. Robinson, city, editor of The Tribune for nearly 20 years, died this morning at the home of his son, Will A. Robinson. He was in his 74th year.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
March 19, 1914
Transcribed by Joanne Galvin                                                                              


James E Robinson Passes
Lays Down His Pencil As City Editor At the Tribune Forever
Made A Matchless Record As Reporter On The Bulletin, The Journal And The Tribune
Was In His Twentieth Year of Service On This Paper

     James E. Robinson died in Gallipolis at 7:30 o'clock Friday morning, March 30, 1914, at the home of his son, Will A. Robinson. Funeral services will be conducted at the residence on Monday morning at 10 o'clock by the Rev. F.M. Evans and the Masonic Fraternity will be in charge of the body, which will be interred at Pine Street Cemetery beside his wife with Hayward in charge.
     Last Saturday afternoon Mr. Robinson was in The Tribune office for the last time. For a month or more he has been having spells of illness which have confined him to the home of his son, Mr. Will A. Robinson, for two or more days at a time. Talking of the physical troubles he had had during the week, he remarked that they had been more severe and had left him more exhausted, than any he could remember. A little chill of apprehension came to us, but Mr. Robinson had been a semi-invalid so long and had battled so successfully against his disease, the asthma, for years, that we felt no serious doubt that he would get along this time.
     Returning from a Columbus trip Tuesday, we found Mr. Robinson had been confined to his room since Sunday, because of weakness, but on Wednesday and Thursday mornings the word came that he was "getting along" so we were wholly unprepared for the shocking news of his death at 7:30 this morning of March 20,1914, after a light stroke of paralysis Thursday.
     The news spread rapidly over the city and was everywhere received with profound regret. No man in Gallipolis had a larger part in the affairs of the people. He made the public records of their lives, rejoiced with them in their joys and successes, sympathized with them in their reverses and misfortunes and wrote their obituaries when they died, for a period of thirty years or more of his public life as a newspaper reporter.
The exact dates of Mr. Robinson's life are not available at this time and perhaps will not be until after his funeral. He had a summary sketched out in anticipation of his death, to which he called his son's attention some years ago, but there has been time for only a hurried search and that has been unsuccessful.
He was born at Winchester, Illinois, November 17, 1840 and was, therefore, in his 74th. year. In 1863, he was married to Annie Langley, who with a son and daughter, preceded him to eternity.
     Practically al his life has been spent in Gallipolis, where his school education was completed in Gallia Academy in the days of Mr. Sears, its famous principal. On January 21st, 1895, Mr Robinson became the City Editor of The Daily Tribune under a "three years" contract and with the positive assurance that he should hold the position so long as he was able to perform his duties. He plunged into his work enthusiastically and its effect was felt immediately in increased circulation and business. He was always on the job, day or night, always faithful in his trust, always loyal to the interests of the paper.
     For twelve years Mr. Robinson covered practically the whole city of Gallipolis every day, from the Hocking Railroad Station to Vine Street and it was a very remote and obscure item he did not research. Of late years the effect of his chronic asthma made it impossible for him to cover so much territory and his work was confined to the business portions of the city. Instead of being on the streets from seven in the morning, he was urged to start later and to adopt a more leisurely habit. This made his work less fatiguing. For years he worked at night as well as through the days and this also his employer urged him to abandon, although he never entirely gave it up. His idea of a newspaper man's work was that it must be continuous, with never a let-up. He had his eyes open to cover every point every day and the amount of work he turned out until he began to break was simply prodigious.
     His manner was naturally cordial, breezy and friendly and all the combined annoyances and nerve-racking incidents of daily paper life, were rarely able to break his uniform good humor. In his prime, during the thirty years he spent as local editor of The Bulletin, The Journal and The Daily Tribune, he was by all odds the most capable and industrious newsgather Gallipolis ever knew. He was accurate, dependable and clever. We have known him to walk four blocks to be sure that some minor detail of a news story was correct.
     We presume no man in Gallipolis had as many personal acquaintances in the town as Mr. Robinson---men, women and children. And for them all he had a smile and a kind word. His manner was rarely reserved and his face radiated kindness and good will. He lived to have lovely grandchildren gather about his knee and his affection for them was of the warmest kind. The sorrows which came to him through the death of his only daughter, his younger son and his wife, were deep and abiding. A momentary reference to either of them years after they had passed away, usually brought the tears to his eyes.
     The grief which has come to his only surviving son and his family is shared not only by all associated with him for many years in the Tribune office, but also by the circle of personal friends in the city and county and in nearly every state in the Union to which the weekly editions of the paper goes.

[Note: Death Certificate..Father's name Joel Robinson]

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Friday, March 20, 1914
Transcribed by F.K. Brown                                                                            Top of Page


Robinson, James G.

     Mr. James G. Robinson, the popular Court Street barber, died at his home Sunday afternoon at 4:30 o’clock. Mr. Robinson was the son of the late Alexander and Ann Robinson. He is survived by brothers Will H. and Charles, of this city, and Sam, of St. Louis; also a sister, Mrs. Alice Qualls, of Huntington. Of his own family he is survived by his wife, formerly Mrs. Mamie Howell, and step daughter Mabel, and one son, Carl, a lad of eight years.
     Mr. Robinson began to fail in health about three weeks ago and kept getting worse all the time. On July 4th he was seized with violent hemorrhages and Sunday he was taken with an internal hemorrhage which caused his death.
     He was about 55 years of age and had been in the barbering business ever since a lad with his father and for the last 23 years had carried on business for himself where his present shop is and on the corner.
Every one who knew him will regret to hear of his death and will extend to the family sympathy in their trouble. The funeral services were held at the A. M. E. Church on Pine Street Tuesday afternoon at 2 o’clock by Rev. Palmer, the burial under the direction of the colored Knights of Pythias, by Hayward & Son at the Pine Street Cemetery.

Gallipolis Bulletin
Friday, July 28, 1905
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron


Robinson, John H.

Death of John H. Robinson
     Mr. John H. Robinson died at his residence, on Front street, last Sunday evening, Dec. 13th, at half-past seven o’clock. Mr. Robinson was in his 87th year, and was born in Eastern Virginia. He had been a sufferer for the past few years from the infirmities of old age. The funeral services will be held at the M. E. Church this afternoon, at half-past two. Two children by his first wife survive him: Mrs. Irene McClurg, wife of Capt. James A. McClurg, who resides in California, and Mr. Chas. B. Robinson, of this city.

Gallipolis Bulletin
Tuesday, December 15, 1891
Transcribed by Suzanne Giroux                                                                     Top of Page


Robinson, John S.

J. S. Robinson Dies at Home on Campaign
     John S. Robinson, who was nearing his 75th birthday, died at 3:15 Sunday morning at his home on Campaign. Death resulted from a third stroke occurring on Friday, the first one dating back some three years.
     Mr. Robinson was born at Mercerville Jan 25, 1863, and was a son of James and Hester Niday Robinson. He was twice married. His first wife was Emma McLean, and two children of this marriage survive: Garland and Glenn Robinson, both of Norwood, Ohio.
     He is also survived by his second wife, who was Elizabeth Saxton?, and the following brothers and sisters: William Robinson of Columbus; Everett, South Dakota; Al, who lives on Mud Creek in Green tp,; Bert Robinson, Garfield ave.; Mrs. Mary Tagg, Delaware, and Nellie Robinson, Columbus.
     Funeral services will be conducted by Rev. R. R. Denney at the residence (on the farm adjoining that of the late John H. Irwin) at 2 o'clock Tuesday, under the auspices of the Jr. O.U.A.M. Burial at Prospect by J.L. Coleman.

[No stone but death date from death certificate Dec 19, 1937]

Gallipolis paper
1937
Transcribed by Maxine Marshall


Robinson, Joseph M.

Joe Robinson, Died at Early Hour
Worthy Citizen Passes In Huntington Hospital
Funeral Sunday P.M.

     Joseph M. Robinson, retired mail clerk of Bidwell, died about 3 o'clock this morning in St. Mary's Hospital, Huntington. Members of the family had known since Sunday that his condition was nearly hopeless, but to most of his numerous friends and even close neighbors the news of his passing came as a shock. Born in June, 1866
     Mr. Robinson entered the hospital about a month ago and was operated for a prostate condition. His sister-in-law, Mrs. Jennie Boatman, was with him when he died, having gone Tuesday to relieve Mrs. Robinson; and someone, near and dear, had been there about all the time.
     Mr. Robinson lacked 20 days of reaching his 74th birthday, having been born June 27, 1866, presumably at the Robinson homestead at Eno now owned by Oscar Rupe. He was the youngest and the last survivor of the four children of Samuel and Mary C. Titus Robinson. The late and lamented J. Titus Robinson was the next youngest.
     In the early '90's Joesph March Robinson and Jessie Coughenour, second daughter of the late S. F. Coughenour, were united in marriage. They lived at Eno for a number of years and then moved to Bidwell when he became a rural mail carrier. Failing health finally forced his retirement but he remained at Bidwell.
     Though never a very robust man, Mr. Robinson was very industrious. He was a man of abstemious and exemplary habits, reserved and genteel, a kind and devoted husband and father. He had a deep and abiding sympathy for those in need of sympathy and in his quiet, unostentatious way he lived the good life all the time.

No paper and no date -died ca. June 7, 1940.
From the newspaper collection of Harold and Odella Mack
Transcribed by Shari Little-Creech                                                                  Top of Page


Robinson, May Irene

      GALLIPOLIS - Miss May Irene Robinson, 90, of 81 Cedar St, died at 8 p.m. Sunday at her home after a four-month illness. She taught private piano lessons in early life. Born in Gallipolis, she was the daughter of the late Charles and Mary E. Seshole Robinson. Surviving are three sisters, Miss Carrie Robinson, Miss Stella Robinson and Mrs. Mahala Rue, all of Gallipolis; and two brothers, Luther V. Robinson, Gallipolis, and Charles Robinson of Bidwell. Two brothers and a sister preceded her in death.
     Private funeral services will be conducted Wednesday at 1 p.m. at Waugh-Halley-Wood Funeral Home by the Rev. Albert MacKenzie. Burial will be in Mound Hill Cemetery. There will be no calling hours.

The Athens Messenger, Athens, Ohio
Monday, January 15, 1968, page 5


Robinson, May Irene

Miss Robinson Claimed Sunday After Illness
     Miss May Irene Robinson, 90, of 81 Cedar St., died at 8 p.m. Sunday at her home. She had been in failing health for four months. Miss Robinson resided in Gallipolis her entire life and in her younger days was a piano instructor.
     Born Aug. 10, 1877, in Gallipolis, she was the daughter of the late Charles B. and Mary E. Seashole Robinson. A sister, Garnet, and two brothers, John and Frank Robinson, preceded her in death. She is survived by three sisters, Miss Carrie Robinson and Miss Stella Robinson, 81 Cedar St., and Mrs. Mahala Rue, 340 Third Ave., and two brothers, Luther V. Robinson 81 Cedar St., and Charles B. Robinson, Bidwell.
     Private services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Waugh-Halley-Wood Funeral Home by the Rev. Fr. Albert H. MacKenzie. Burial will be in Mound Hill Cemetery. There are no calling hours.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Monday, Jan. 15, 1968
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron


Robinson, Melinda Ann

4-Month-Old Daughter Dies
     Melinda Ann Robinson, 4-month-old daughter of Dr. Donald K. and Joan Gatewood Robinson of Rochester, N. Y., died Sunday night in Strong Memorial hospital in that city. Both the parents are natives of this county and Dr. Robinson, who had been chief dental surgeon at the Ohio State Medical center had transferred to Rochester just two weeks ago.
     The child was born in University hospital, Columbus, on May 10, 1958. Besides the parents, three brothers survive, Donald Keith, Jr., James Scott and Johothan David. The surviving paternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. J. Donald Robinson of Third Ave., and the maternal grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. M. E. Gatewood of Crown City.
     Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Wetherholt-Elliott-Sanders Funeral home. Rev. Warren Wilson will officiate, and burial will follow in Mound Hill cemetery.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Monday, September 8, 1958
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron


Robinson, Rhozina [Grow]

Death of Mrs. George Robinson
     Mrs. C. B. Robinson informs us of the death of Mrs. Rhozina Grow Robinson, which sad event occurred at her home in Green Valley, Minn., July 15 after a brief illness. Mrs. Robinson was born in Marietta, O., April 12, 1825. Her parents dying in early childhood, she went to live with her aunt, Mrs. Martha Sawyers, in Gallia County, where she remained until her marriage with Mr. Robinson, Mar. 24, 1847. To this union was born seven children, who are left to mourn the loss of a good mother. She was a sister-in-law of the late C. B. Robinson of Vinton. - Vinton Leader.

Gallipolis Tribune
Saturday, August 9, 1902
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron


Robinson, Samuel

Death of Sam Robinson
     Mr. Sam Robinson, an old colored man, who used to be in the employ of Dr. Bean, died at Annie Holmes' 846 3rd. Avenue, Saturday afternoon. He made his home with Mrs. Holmes and had been ill for a long time with infirmities and was 78 years old. A stroke of apoplexy carried him off.
     The funeral services were held at Mrs. Holmes' this afternoon by Elder Wright of Paint Creek Baptist Church, burial at Pine Street by Hayward.

[Note: Death Certificate...Samuel Robinson born April 11, 1835 (WV); died July 5, 1913; aged 78 years, 2 months and 24 days. Widower Father: George Robinson]

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
July 7, 1913
Transcribed by F. K. Brown                                                                           Top of Page


Robinson, Samuel

     SAMUEL ROBINSON - Samuel Robinson, of Morgan Township, one of the most respected citizens of Gallia County, died at the residence of his son-in-law and daughter, Mr. & Mrs. Joseph Ledlie, in Athens County, at 2:00 o'clock last Sunday morning, of neuralgia of the heart, with which he had suffered at times for years past.
     Mr. Robinson and his brother-in-law, Mr. Abram Titus, drove to Athens the day preceding his death. He retired for the night with Mr. Titus and about 2 o'clock Sunday morning the latter was awakened by Mr. Robinson's labored breathing. He could not be aroused and in a few minutes death came.
     On Monday afternoon the remains were brought by rail to Langsville, where they were met by Undertaker Glassburn and taken to his old home in Morgan.. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. W.J. Fulton, on Wednesday forenoon and the interment was at the Robinson graveyard, on the old Jonah Robinson farm.
     Mr. Robinson was born in Columbiana County, Ohio, on the 9th. of April 1829 and at an early age came to this county with his father (the late Kinsey Robinson) and family.
     April 9, 1857, he married Miss Mary C. Titus and has made his home at the old homestead. His wife, two sons, Elmer H. and J.T. Robinson, merchants at Eno, one daughter, Mrs. Ledlie, survive him and mourn the loss of a husband and father whose unvarying love and devotion can never be forgotten, but will be a tender memory so long as life lasts.
     During his life, Mr. Robinson was called upon by his fellow citizens to fill many positions of trust and honor. In all of them he was faithful and he died in the possession of the respect and esteem of all who knew him.

Gallipolis Bulletin
May 12, 1894

     OBITUARY - Samuel March Robinson was born in Columbiana Co., Ohio, April 9, 1829; died May 7, 1894, aged 65 years and 28 days. He moved to Gallia County in 1840 and settled on the farm where he has since lived. He was married April 9, 1857 to Mary C. Titus, who with their four children, three sons and one daughter, survives him.
     Mr. R. was extensively and favorably known; he was a good citizen and respected by all who knew him as he was a kind and obliging neighbor, a true and faithful friend; a devoted and affectionate husband and a kind and indulgent father. He loved the right and the good and always gave his word and influence to promote peace among his fellow men. Truly a good man hath left us, but his work will follow him.
     His funeral was very large in which his many friends showed their respect for the departed and their sympathy for the friends that survive him. The funeral service was conducted by Rev. W.J. Fulton of Rio Grande, after which he was buried in the Robinson Cemetery in resurrection hope.
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Gallipolis Bulletin
May 12, 1894
Transcribed by F.K. Brown                                                                            Top of Page


Robinson, T. M.

Former Resident Dead
     Mr. T. M. Robinson, 63, former well known resident of near Addison, died on Sept. 2, 1913, at the family home at New Richmond, Ohio. The remains were brought to this city where the interment took place in Mound Hill cemetery. Mr. Robinson was a native of this county and is well and kindly remembered by all who knew him.

Gallia Times
About September 2, 1913
Transcribed by Suzanne Giroux

Death of Mr. Robinson

     Mr. T. M. Robinson, of New Richmond, O., born in this county, and residing at one time on the Guthrie farm and an uncle of Mr. John F. Robinson, died in that city Sept. 2nd, 1913, in his 63rd year. Funeral services were held in New Richmond yesterday, and the body was brought here for burial this morning and taken charge of by Undertaker Wetherholt, and conveyed to Mrs. Anna Robinson's on Grape street, the burial following this afternoon at one o'clock at Mound Hill cemetery.

The Gallipolis Tribune
September 12, 1913
Contributed by Eve Hughes


Robinson, Wilburt

Death of Wilburt Robinson
     Mr. Wilburt Robinson, son of Mr. and Mrs. P. M. Robinson of Addison, died Sunday, Jan. 24, of pneumonia, aged 36 years. He was a well respected man and had been conducting a store at Addison, and leaves a wife but no children.
     His funeral services were conducted Tuesday morning at Addison at 10 a.m., by Rev. Thomas and interment followed at Mound Hill by Undertaker Wetherholt under the auspices of the Order of the Elks.

Gallipolis Bulletin
Friday, January 29, 1909
Transcribed by Sandy Lee Milliron


Robinson, Wilfred W.

     Wilfred W. Robinson, 88, 580 Fourth Ave., Gallipolis, was found dead Tuesday morning at his home.
He had been the chief engineer at the Athens waterworks and custodian of Portsmouth High School and YMCA.
     He was born in Meigs County, the son of W.W. and Julia Robinson. His wife, the former Ida M. Williams, preceded him in death March 1963.
     He is survived by two sons, Kenneth W., Point Pleasant; Robert O., Madiera; and 10 grandchildren.
He had lived in Gallipolis for three and a half years, coming from Point Pleasant where he was a member of Trinity Methodist Church.
     Services will be at 1 p.m. Thursday at Waugh-Halley-Wood funeral home with the Rev. C.S. Thompson, Jr. officiating. Burial will be in Fairmount Cemetery, Jackson. Friends may call at the funeral home after 2 p.m. Wednesday.

Athens Messenger
Feb. 23, 1965
Contributed by Joyce Robinson                                                                      Top of Page


Robinson, William

Native of Bladen Dies In Huntington

     William Robinson, 63, a native of Bladen, died Saturday p.m. at his home, 311 Main street, Huntington. Funeral was held at First Guyandotte Baptist church at 2 o'clock today.
     Robinson was a machinist at the C. & O. shops and had lived in Huntington 15 years. Surviving are the wife and two children, Owen Robinson and Mrs. W. R. Murray; two brothers, B. F. Robinson of Anderson, Ind., and Otis Robinson of Glendale, O.

[Note: from 1930 Huntington, Cabell County, West Virginia census, William's year of birth was 1877. Date of death approximately 1940]

Gallipolis newspaper
1940
Transcribed by Joanne Galvin                                                                         Top of Page


Robinson, William Lorah

     William Lorah Robinson was born at Chest Springs, Pa., Apr. 16, 1860. He is the son of Thomas S. and Mary Sulloway Robinson, and the grandson of Jonathan Robinson and Thomas and Mary Stuart Sulloway. The Robinsons came originally from England to New England, and the Sulloways from Ireland.
     W. L. Robinson attended the public schools of Pennsylvania and was for two years a student at Mt. Pleasant, Pa. Academy. His father died while he was at the Academy, and all his plans for further education at the institution were disrupted. He was eighteen years old at the time, and went to work immediately in his brother's drug store at Buffalo., W. Va. After three years there he accepted a position in the drug store of Charles D. Kerr of this city in July, 1882, where he has remained ever since. When the business was incorporated as The C. D. Kerr Drug Co., he became its secretary.
     On Oct. 3, 1880, Mr. Robinson married Miss Mary H. Timms of Buffalo, W. Va. She is the daughter of Jesse A. and Mary McCowan Timms. The Timms family came from Pennsylvania, and the McCowans from Virginia. The children resulting from the union of Mr. and Mrs. Robinson are: Miss Ethel, now a stenographer with the Calkins Holden Co., advertising agents, in New York City. Harry Stuart, a student of the violin in the College of Music at Cincinnati. Miss Mary Timms, at home. Lorah, at home.
     All the children are musicians, Lorah and Miss Mary being pianists, and Harry an unusually promising violinist. Mr. Robinson himself is a musician and violinist, having conducted the Robinson orchestra of this city for many years, until business responsibilities made it necessary for him to disband it.
     Mr. Robinson is a member of the M. E. Church, of Morning Dawn Lodge of Masons, of the Elks, and of the Board of Trade. He is also Secretary of the National Union.

Transcribed from the Gallipolis Daily Tribune
July 29, 1909
By Maxine Marshall


Robinson, William W.

DIED
     ROBINSON - In Gallipolis Township, Dec. 26, 1876, William W. Robinson in the 80th year of his age.Mr. Robinson had been a resident of this township for 44 years.

[Note: Born 1796 Shenandoah Co., VA, died Dec. 27, 1876; age 80.]

Gallia Bulletin
Jan. 17, 1877
Transcribed by F. K. Brown