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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Stout, Bruce S.

Bruce S. Stout, 52, Route 1 Bidwell, died Friday.
     Born Aug. 8, 1930, at Notomine, WV, son of the late J.D. and Danfred Dunn Stout, he was an Assistant Shift Engineer at Ohio Valley Electric Corp's Kyger Creek plant, where he was employed for 28 years and a member of the Gallia County Local and Galla-Jackson-Vinton Joint Vocational Boards of Education.
     He was a Korean War Army Airborne Division Veteran, member of VFW Post #4464, Gallipolis, Vinton American Legion (rest of article missing)

Gallipolis Paper
April 22, 1983
Transcribed by F.K. Brown

Stover, Charles C.

Stover Funeral At 2 Thursday
Bulaville Resident Succumbs While Chopping Wood
     Funeral services for Charles C. Stover will be held at the Bulaville Church at 2 o'clock Thursday. Burial will be in the Pine Street Cemetery by O. E. Elliott. Rev. Earl Cremeens will officiate.
     There was brief mention of Mr. Stover's death in Tuesday's Tribune. He expired of a heart attack at his home on the James Fulton farm at Bulaville while chopping wood. The body was found by Mrs. Stover when she went out to fetch in an armload of wood. Mr. Stover would have been 70 years old next Feb. 27. He had been under the care of a physician for a heart ailment.
     He was born on Rocky Fork and was a son of Meredith and Elizabeth Saunders Stover and nearly all his life was spent in this county. He married Anna Irwin. They lived for a while in Mason County, moving back to this county 20 or more years ago.
     Mrs. Stover and these eight children survive: Russell Stover, Maple Shade; Nellie Burgess and Rosetta Thornton, Washington C. H.; Charles C. 622 Third Ave., Gallipolis; Raymond, Neal Ave.; Verna Lane, near the parental home, Gallipolis R. 1; J. Oliver Stover, 906 Second Ave., and Lucille Jacques, Waterloo star route (Centenary).
     Also surviving are a brother Earl of Mason County and these three sisters: Docie Shaw and Bertha Neal, Bladen R., and Zonia Fowler of Columbus.
     Mr. Stover was a member of the Church of God and lived a quiet and useful life and devoted himself to farm work as long as he was able.

Gallipolis Newspaper
No Date
Transcribed by Margaret Calvin                                                                     Top of Page

Stover, Charlotte [ Saunders]

Mrs. Stover, 80, Invalid, Passes
Body Is Brought To Gates Home -- Funeral Friday
     Mrs. Charlotte Saunders Stover, wife of Jubal Stover, died Tuesday evening at their home at Laurelville. She was about 80 years old and had been an invalid since she fell and broke a hip several years ago.
Mrs. Stover was born and reared near Saundersville, but over the line in Lawrence county. The Stovers lived for a while on the McCarley farm near Clipper Mills and from there moved to Columbus or thereabouts and for eight or ten years had been living at Laurelville.
     There survive, besides the husband, these children: Mrs. Lester Gates, living at the Chillicothe Road at the edge of town; Oliver Stover, also of Gallipolis; Wilbur and Emza Stover and Mrs. Joe Angristi, all of Columbus, and Mrs. Don Burcham of Springfield. Living brothers and sisters are J. Walter, Gideon and Grant Saunders, Crown City R. D.; Fred Saunders and Susan Wilcoxen, both of Waterloo star route (Green tp.).
     Mrs. Gates was with her mother during her last illness; and the body was to be brought to the Gates home today by Undertaker A. E. Tope. Funeral will be held Friday, but complete arrangements had not been learned when these lines were written. Interment will be made at Mina Chapel.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Thursday, November 8, 1941
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron

Stover, Helen Reynolds [Halley]

     GALLIPOLIS - Helen Reynolds Stover, 93, Gallipolis, died Saturday, Aug. 3, 2002, at Arbors of Gallipolis. Born July 19, 1909, in Mason County, W. Va., daughter of the late John and Florence Henry Halley, she was a member of Deer Creek Baptist Church near Vinton, and had attended Elizabeth Chapel Church. She was also a member of the Gallia County Senior Citizens and had retired from the RSVP Services.
     She was also preceded in death on Aug. 21, 1982, by her husband, Russell Reynolds, whom she married April 12, 1924; three brothers, Charlie, Robert Henry and John; and two sisters, Pauline and Bonnie.
     Surviving are two brothers, Richard Halley of Kinderhook, N. Y., and Elmer (Denise) Halley of White Plains, N. Y.; a sister, Thelma DeFalco of Hillsdale, N. Y.; and several nieces, nephews, stepchildren and step grandchildren.
     Services will be noon Tuesday in McCoy-Moore Funeral Home Wetherholt Chapel, Gallipolis, with the Rev. Alfred Holley and the Rev. Jake Fry officiating. Burial will be in Maddy Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home on Tuesday from 10 a.m. until the time of services.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Monday, August 5, 2002
Transcribed by Sandy Milliron

Stover, Jubal
     Mr. Jubal Stover, one of the pioneer residents of Guyan and a fine old citizen highly respected, died Monday and was buried Wednesday. Every day records the death of some of these ancient landmarks in communities where their loss is felt and the inexorable law of the fate of all deplored.

Gallia Journal
February 24, 1894
Transcribed by Harrison Christensen

Stover, Jubal McClellan

Services Set Monday For Jubal M. Stover
     Funeral services for Jubal McClellan Stover, 91, who died Friday in Logan will be held at 1 p. m., Monday at Mina Chapel church with Rev. Earl Cremeens officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery under the direction of Miller’s Home for Funerals. Friends may call at Miller’s Sunday afternoon.
     Stover was a native of Gallia county, having been born on a farm near Crown City, Nov. 26, 1864, the son of the late Jubal and Mary Jane Dowdy Stover. He was married to Charlotte Saunders who died in 1941.
     Six children of that union survive: Oliver, Emza and Mrs. Lester (Retha) Gates, all of Gallipolis, Mrs. Don (Roma) Bircham of Logan, at whose home he died, Wilbur of Columbus and Mrs. Voncia Agresta. One sister, Mrs. Cynthia White, also survives. Stover had lived away from the county for the past 25 years.

The Gallia Times
Saturday, January 14, 1956
Transcribed by Sandy Milliron

Stover, Minnie

     Mrs. Minnie P. Stover, 86, of Rt. 1, Bidwell (Van Zant Road), died at 7 p.m. Sunday in Holzer Medical Center. She had been in failing health for the last two years.
     A former school teacher in Raleigh County, WV, she was born Dec. 31, 1891 at Artie, WV, to Valentine Perry and Elvira Hodge. She married Eli V. Stover April 4, 1916 in Clear Creek, WV. He preceded her in death May 14, 1959.
     Survivors include three daughters, Mrs. Herndon (Florie) Grounds, Leewood, WV; Mrs. Cecil (Irene) Wiseman, Marmet, WV; Mrs. Janice Workman, Middletown, IN; four sons, Melvin, Rt. 1, Bidwell; Noel, Rt 1 Patriot; Ira, Rt 1 Vinton and Paul of Rt. 1, Bidwell. There are also 21 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchldren, a step-brother, Jim Workman of Columbus and a step-sister, Mrs. Norma Stover of Artie, WV. Two brothers preceded her.
     Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday from the Waugh-Halley-Wood Funeral Home with Rev. Chester Lemley officiating. Burial will be in Gravel Hill Cemetery at Cheshire. Calling hours will be held at the funeral home from 6-9 p.m. Wednesday.

[Note: Social Security - birth Dec. 31, 1892; died April 30, 1978]

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
May 1, 1978, Page 12, Col 2
Transcribed by F.K. Brown

Stowers, Harriet [Curry]

Death of Mrs. H. D. Stowers at Washington
     Friends in this city will be grieved to learn of the death of Mrs. H. D. Stowers, which occurred Wednesday morning, Jan. 31, 1923, at her home in Washington, D. C., after an illness of several months. Mrs. Stowers submitted to an operation in Sibley Hospital, Washington, last May for cancer, but her condition was such that the surgeons offered no hope of her recovery. Since that time she has failed rapidly.
     She was born in Gallipolis Sept. 18, 1864, and spent most of her early life here. In 1889 she was married to Henry D. Stowers, a Gallipolis boy. She is survived by her husband and three children—Mrs. Louis Eberly of Washington; Mrs. Robert McCleery of Hubbard, Ohio; and Egbert of Brevard, N. C., all of whom were at her bedside at the time of death.
     Before her death Mrs. Stowers asked to be buried in Washington, and the remains will be laid to rest in the beautiful new Fort Lincoln Cemetery in Maryland, north of the city. Mrs. Mary L. Curry, Mrs. Stowers’ mother, had been making her home with her daughter in Washington, but as the end approached the condition of Mrs. Curry became such that it was thought advisable for her to return to the home of her sisters, the Misses Denny on Fourth Avenue in this city. She was accompanied here by Miss Jennie McKowan, who had been visiting in Washington. The particulars of Mrs. Stowers’ death were received from Mr. Fred S. Walker.

Gallipolis Daily Times
Wednesday January 31, 1923
Transcribed by Suzanne Giroux

Stowers, Ruth Marie [Lucas]

     BIDWELL - Ruth Marie Lucas Stowers, 91, of Bidwell, passed away Thursday, June 13, 2002, following an extended illness, at Holzer Senior Care Center.
     She was born May 29, 1911, in Lincoln County, West Virginia, daughter of the late John P. and Martha Jane Lucas, and she was preceded in death by her husband, Stollie Blaine Stowers, on June 4, 1982. She was a homemaker, and was employed for 20 years at the Gallipolis State Institute, retiring in 1982.
     She is survived by the following: Three daughters, Elizabeth Patricia (Tom) Washam of Vinton, Carolyn June (Bill) Bradley of Gatesville, Texas, and Martha Jane (Vernon) Craddock of Barboursville, West Virginia; one son, Edward Lucas (Marianna) Stowers of Bidwell; eight grandchildren, Laura Ebersoll, Karen Fordham, Charles A. Stowers, Sheri Stowers, Teresa Funk, Mike Stowers, Kelly Peters and Christopher Lane; eight great-grandchildren; and one brother, Harold (Romaine) Lucas of Daytona Beach, Florida. In addition, she is survived by her extended family at Holzer Senior Care Center.
     She was preceded in death by two sons, Larry Blaine and Charles Lee Stowers. Five sisters and one brother also preceded her in death.
     Services will be 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 16, 2002, at McCoy-Moore Funeral Home Wetherholt Chapel, 420 First Avenue, Gallipolis, with the Rev. Alfred Holley officiating. Entombment services will be conducted on Monday, June 17, 2002, at 11 a.m., at Forrest Memorial Cemetery, U. S. Route 60, Milton, West Virginia. Friends may call at the funeral home on Saturday, June 15, 2002, from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Holzer Hospice, in memory of Ruth M. Stowers, 100 Jackson Pike, Gallipolis, Ohio 45631.

Gallipolis Sunday Times Sentinel
June 16, 2002
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron

Stowers, William A.

Wm. A. Stowers, 90, Died 4 A.M. Kemper Hollow
     William A. Stowers, who was in his 91st year, died at 4:30 this (Thursday) morning at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Virgie Huffman, on Gallipolis Route 1. The Huffmans own the old Watts homestead in Kemper Hollow. His parents were Joseph and Martha Payne Stowers and his late wife was Victoria Estep before their marriage.
     He is survived by five daughters and two sons; Mrs. Ed Brewer of Bidwell. Mrs. Nellie Oxley of Oak Hill, Mrs. Jennie Dingess of Gritffithville, W.Va., Mrs. Stella Brewer of Addison and Mrs. Huffman; Manie Stowers of St. Albans, W. Va., and Hurston Stowers of Warsaw, O. He also leaves a brother Charles Stowers of Giffithville W.Va.
     The body will be taken to Sandfork, Lincoln County, W.Va., for burial. Arrangements were not completed but funeral services will probably take place Sunday at Sandfork (W.Va.) Baptist Church of which he was a member. J.L. Coleman & Son of Bidwell are in charge.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Oct. 19, 1944
Transcribed by J. Farley                                                                               Top of Page 

Straight, Mary Ellen

Mrs. Straight, 90, Passes At Home of McCarleys
Funeral At 1:30 Thursday P.M. At Ohio Chapel
     Mrs. Mary E. Straight who was in her 91st year, died 6:30 last evening at the home of her son-in-law and daughter, Rev. and Mrs. R.P. McCarley at McCarleyville. She had been in poor health for eight years and her condition had been serious in recent weeks.
     Funeral services will be conducted at Ohio Chapel at 1:30 Thursday, in charge of Rev. J. W. Frye, Rev. Harold DeWolfe and J.D. Craft. Burial at Flag Springs by Coleman & Son. Old friends will be permitted to view the features at both the church and cemetery.
     Mrs. Straight was the widow of Lewis Straight, who died 22 years ago. She was born Aug. 20, 1851 at Gage and was a daughter of James M. and Elizabeth Prose Waddell. Her marriage to Mr. Straight occurred on Dec. 9, 1869, at the home of Alex McDaniel.
     Mrs Straight was converted at Flag Springs in 1880 under Rev. Mr. Jarvis and joined the Ohio Chapel Methodist Church in 1936 during the pastorate of Rev. Tracy Martindale.
     Besides the daughter, Mrs. Rilla McCarley, there survives a son, John A. Straight of Bethesda, Walnut Township. There are two brothers and a sister surviving; John and Joseph Waddell and Mrs. Harriet Smith, all of LaFarge, WI. There are 18 grandchildren, 45 great-grandchildren and 6 great-great-grandchildren.

     Mary Ellen (Waddell) Straight, daughter of James M. and Elizabeth Prose Waddell, was born Aug. 10, 1851 and departed this life Oct. 28, 1941, age 90 years, 2 months and 8 days. She was united in marriage to Lewis Straight Dec. 9, 1869 To this union was born 4 children, namely John A. Straight of Patriot and Arila McCarley of Gallipolis; two children having preceded her in death; namely, Mrs. Sallie Baker and Jane Grube. She leaves to mourn her loss, 18 grandchildren; 45 great grandchildren and 6 great-great-grandchildren; also two brothers, John and Joe and one sister, Mrs. Harriet Smith, all of Lafarge, WI.
     She was converted 1880 at Flag Spring Church under the leadership of Rev. Jarvis and lived a devoted Christian life. Having made her home with her son-in-law and daughter the past 8 years, she changed her membership to Ohio Chapel. She was highly esteemed by all who knew her. She was always ready to lend a helping hand. The night never got too dark or the weather too rough to sway her from lending a helping hand in time of need.
     She repeated time and time again she was just waiting for the Lord to call her home and would say, like to Apostle Paul, it is far better to be with Christ than to be here.
Mrs. Straight was a member of The Ohio Valley Grange and was its oldest member and possibly the oldest member of any local Grange in the State.
     Funeral was conducted by J.W. Fry, Rev. Harold Dewolf and Rev. J.D. Craft at Ohio Chapel Oct. 30. Interment at Flag Springs Cemetery by J.L. Coleman.

So let us build this ladder sound
And we can reach Mother in the sky
If we fill each round as time goes by
With sunshine, smiles and cheer
And love for our Saviour, so dear
We are sorry to give up Mother here below
But she has told us "She is ready to go".

Card of Thanks
     We wish to thank all of those who helped in any way during the sickness and death of Mrs. M.E. Straight.
                        Rev. and Mrs. R.P. McCarley

Gallipolis Papers
Oct. 1941
From the Debbie Carter Evans Collection
Transcribed by F.K. Brown                                                                           Top of Page

Straight, Rella Pearl [Drummond]

Mrs. Straight Dies Saturday After Illness
     Mrs. Rella Pearl Straight, 63, a native of Walnut twp., died at 1 p.m. Saturday in Holzer hospital where she had been a patient since May 20.
     Mrs. Straight, a resident of Northup Rt., was born April 22, 1900, daughter of the late Henry W. and Phoebe Bostic Drummond. Her marriage to Joseph Straight, a member of the Gallia County Election Board, took place June 1, 1921, at Gallipolis.
     Mrs. Straight attended schools in Walnut twp., and Rio Grande College. She was a teacher for a number of years in county schools.
     In addition to the husband, she is survived by three children, Miss Ermalie Straight, cashier of the Ohio Fuel Gas Co., Robert L. Straight of Knoxville, Tenn., and Mrs. B. A. (Donna) Hoffman of Grand Rapids, Mich. A son, Earl, preceded her in death. There are five grandchildren. Other survivors are two brothers and two sisters, Mrs. Viola Carter of Northup, Mrs. Nettie Simmons of Indianapolis, Ind., Otis Drummond of Margate, Fla., and Myron Drummond of Huntington.
     Mrs. Straight was an active member of the Bethesda Methodist Church. She taught a Sunday School class at that church.
     Services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Miller’s Home for Funerals. Rev. Frank Fenton will officiate, and burial will be in Mound Hill cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home until the hour of the service.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Monday, June 3, 1963
Transcribed by Sandy Lee Milliron

Strait, David Blake

Killed by a Train
D.B. Strait, A Former Teacher of this County
Run Over By a Train on the Ohio River Railroad

     David Blake Strait, a well-known and popular attorney of Huntington, W.Va., was instantly killed Saturday night, by a train on the Ohio River Ry. The body was not found 'till Sunday morning, and was horribly mangled. The head was severed and split, and both legs cut off. The news was brought to his daughter and relatives at Bladen this morning, by a special messenger. The daughter is prostrated with grief.
     Mr. Strait was finely educated and formerly a popular teacher of this county. He was at one time a candidate for the nomination for Probate Judge before the Republican county convention, and came within a few votes of the nomination. He was about forty years of age, and leaves four children, two boys and two girls, to mourn their loss. His remains will be interred at Huntington.
     Mr. Strait had been in Huntington about 5 years and was a member of the law firm of King & Strait, his partner being Mr. Ed. King, also a Gallia county man. His many friends in this county will learn of his tragic death with sincere regret. Mr. Strait was also a reporter here and was at one time city editor of the Huntington Daily Times.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Aug. 19, 1895

Strait, Blake
     Last Sunday morning the body of Mr. Blake Strait, a well known attorney of Huntington, W.Va., was found on the Ohio River railroad track in that city. It was so mutilated as to be scarcely recognizable. Mr. Strait formerly taught school in this county. He was also a reporter on the Tribune, and was at one time connected with the Huntington Daily Times. He was about 40 years of age, and leaves four children to mourn the loss of a kind and affectionate father.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Aug. 19, 1895
Transcribed by Nancy McMillan

Strait, Gladys

     Miss Gladys Strait, 19-year-old daughter of the late Attorney Blake Strait, died from her injuries Tuesday forenoon.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune (Pg. 2)
Thursday, April 15, 1897
Transcribed by Sandy Milliron

Strait, Henry

Death of Henry Strait
     News was received here Saturday that Mr. Henry Strait, of Harrison township, ill for several weeks with typhoid pneumonia, died Friday at midnight.
     He was about 28 years old, an excellent Christian gentleman and left a widow and infant son besides several other relatives to mourn their loss.
     Undertaker Wetherholt conducted the burial at 10 o’clock Sunday at the Lewis cemetery near Macedonia.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune (Pg. 2)
Monday, September 7, 1896
Transcribed by Sandy Milliron

Strait, Merle

     GALLIPOLIS - Merle Lionel Strait, 41, of Neighborhood Rod, Gallipolis, died Sunday morning in Holzer Medical Center after a short illness. He was born in Gallipolis, a son of Mary and Weldon Strait, Gallipolis. He was an employe of the Pantasote Co., Point Pleasant.
     Besides his parents, he is survived by his wife, Donna Smith Strait, a son, John; a daughter, Cathy; two brothers, Allen of Gallipolis and Weldon Strait, Jr., Nolinda, Calif., three sisters, Mrs. Gwen Sheets, Gallipolis; and Misses Margaret and Betsy Strait, both of La Punte, Calif. Two brothers and a sister preceded him in death.
     Services will be Wednesday, 11 a.m., at the St. Louis Catholic Church, with the Rev. A. J. Golubiewski officiating. Burial will be in the Mina Chapel Cemetery. Friends may call at the McCoy-Wetherholt-Moore Funeral Home Tuesday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Christian Wake will be at 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Athens Messenger
Monday, December 29, 1975
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron

Strait, Myron Earl

Explosion of Kerosene Causes Fatal Blaze
Two-Year Old Child Burned to Death and its Aunt Injured
     One child only two year old is dead and another fourteen years of age is badly burned about the arms as a result of a fire which originated from an explosion of kerosene and burned the home of Joseph L. Strait near Bethesda in Walnut township Monday evening.
     Miss Myrtle, a sister of Mr. Strait, was starting a fire for the preparation of the evening meal and to hasten the blaze was using kerosene. In some way the kerosene came in contact with the flame and exploded. The house burst into flames with its only occupant the little babe, who was blown across the room. In attempting to rescue the babe, Miss Strait was badly burned about the arms and face. Although the little one was rescued from the burning building, it received burns which with the shock from the explosion, caused its death a few hours later.
     Mr. Strait came into town this morning and had Dr. Leo Bean dress his sister’s painful injuries. The funeral of the child will be held at Bethesda Church Wednesday at 10 a.m. by Rev. W. K. Riggs, burial by Tope, following at Flag Springs cemetery.

[Note: The name is given as Earl Straight on his tombstone.]

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Tuesday, July 22, 1924
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron

Strait, Robert G.

     Mr. Robert Strait, an excellent young man whose serious illness with typhoid fever has been frequently mentioned in these columns, died at the residence of his mother near Yellow Town, Saturday night and was buried by Undertaker Wetherholt today. His death will be universally regretted wherever known.

[Note: 1870 – No. 30, 1895; Age 25 yrs. 1 mo.; His occupation was a teacher.]

Gallipolis Daily Tribune (Pg. 3)
Tuesday, December 3, 1895
Transcribed by Sandy Milliron

Stratton, Charity

Former Slave Dies At Age of 102
     VINTON, Dec. 12 - At the age of 102 Charity Stratton, a respected colored lady, passed away at her home near here Thursday. Before the Civil War she had been a slave in the South. Coming to Vinton immediately following the war, she lived here the remainder of her life. She leaves three sons, Absalom, George and Andy and two daughters, Sarah and Aggie.
     The funeral was held today in the Morgan Church.

[Note: Death Certificate..Born 1824; died Dec. 11, 1924 about 100 years old.]

Gallipolis Weekly Tribune
Dec. 19, 1924
Transcribed by F. K. Brown                                                                          Top of Page

Stratton, George

Vinton Man Is Found Dead
     George Stratton, 87, a native of Tennessee, was found dead in his cabin three miles north of Vinton at 1 p.m., Saturday. He had been a familiar figure in the township and on the streets of Vinton for many years.
     A neighbor, Bert Hamilton, became curious when he had noted no stir or signs of any smoke from the cabin, where the man lived alone, and on investigating found Stratton dead on the floor.  Apparently, the man had collapsed, and with some burns on his lips, it is presumed that he fell against the stove, but when he was discovered there was no fire in the stove, according to a report from Dr. Donald R. Warehime, county coroner.
     Stratton came to the Vinton community as a child with his parents, Samuel and Charity Stratton, who were released from slavery at the close of the Civil War.
     His only survivor is a sister, Miss Agnes Stratton of Rt. 1 Vinton. Graveside services were held at 3 p.m., Monday, at the Morgan-Bethel cemetery. Rev. Alex Harrington officiating, and burial was under the direction of the McCoy Funeral home.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Monday, Jan. 28, 1957
Transcribed by Sandy Milliron

Stratton, William

     William Stratton, the six-months old son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Stratton living on Grape street, died early yesterday morning. He was buried this afternoon at 2 o’clock at Mound Hill by Undertaker Wetherholt with Rev. Lutz officiating.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune (Pg. 3)
Monday, March 8, 1897
Transcribed by Sandy Milliron

Strausbaugh, Alice [Leslie]

Death of Mrs. Strausbaugh
     Mrs. J. C. Strausbaugh, wife of Dr. Strausbaugh of Vinton, died Thursday night, September 26, 1918, after a prolonged illness. The deceased, a lovable and prominent lady, is survived by her husband and daughter, Mrs. Wesley Oliver of Columbus. She had many friends who will be grieved to hear of her death. The funeral will be held some time Sunday, the exact hour not having been decided upon.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Friday, September 27, 1918

Strausbaugh, Alice

Mrs. J. C. Strausbaugh Dead
     Nothing has caused more universal sorrow and regret in Vinton and surrounding country than the death of Mrs. J. C. Strausbaugh, which occurred Thursday night, Sept. 26, 1918, at 10 o’clock. Alice Leslie, daughter of Wm. and Sarah Leslie, was born in Gallia County, January 30, 1848, and died at Vinton, aged 70 years, 7 months and 27 days.
     She was one of a family of several children, all of whom with their parents have preceded her in death except one sister, Mrs. Nettie Strausbaugh of Hartford, Conn., and one brother W. T. Leslie of Vinton.
     On March 24, 1872, she was united in marriage to Jacob C. Strausbaugh, to whom she was a devoted wife through all these years of toil, of sunshine and cloud. To this marriage were born three daughters, Lillian, Etta and Melva, the youngest and eldest having crossed the bar.
     Almost her entire life was spent in and near Vinton, her early education having been received at the Ewington Academy. She began teaching at a very early age, and was a highly educated and cultured woman whose whole soul and life was given to good deeds. She loved and enjoyed the beautiful things of the world and the abundance of beautiful flowers she always had about her bore evidence of her love for the beautiful and how emblematic they were of the purity of her life.
     Mrs. Strausbaugh had been greatly afflicted for many years, but patient under affliction and sometimes burdened with sorrow that seemed almost unbearable, it only strengthened her faith in God. Love of home and loyalty to her family was ever her foremost thought, her devotion to her family being beyond the power of tongue to tell or pen to portray, for she poured her entire heart into a passion of love for her family.
     Her interests and kindnesses broadened out, beyond her hearthstone, yet there she was supreme. In her life was the light that never fades, but spreads its radiance over her associates, for to know her was to love her, and in her home all were welcomed alike and its hospitality knew no bounds.
     The funeral was held at Vinton in the Baptist Church Sunday afternoon conducted by Rev. W. J. Fulton. The order of Eastern Star had charge and gave their entire ritual at the church. The floral offerings were most beautiful and abundant. The burial was in the Holcomb Cemetery by H. K. Butler.

The Gallia Times
Wednesday, October 2, 1918
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron                                                                    Top of Page

Strausbaugh, Grace [Tate]

Death of Mrs. Strasbaugh
     Mrs. Gracie Strasbaugh of Kyger, wife of Mr. I. N. Strasbaugh and daughter of Mr. James Tate, died this Wednesday morning of typhoid fever, aged 20 years leaving an infant only four hours old and which promises to live.
     The funeral services will be conducted by Rev. Pietsmyer Thursday at 2 o’clock, burial following at Kyger. No nicer lady dwelt in that section of the county, it is said, and her untimely death is greatly deplored.

[Note: 1875 – Sept. 16, 1896; Age 21. Her occupation was a music teacher. Also noted on another death record was that Gracia Strausbaugh born Sept. 15, 1896 died on Sept. 26,1896; Age 10 days of typhoid fever.]

Gallipolis Daily Tribune (Pg. 2)
Wednesday, September 16, 1896
Transcribed by Sandy Milliron

Strausbaugh, Jacob C.

Dr. Strausbaugh Dead
     Dr. Jacob C. Strausbaugh died Thursday, March 4, 1920, at 5:15 a. m.  The funeral was held at the Baptist Church Saturday afternoon by Rev. Fulton, burial in the Holcomb cemetery by H. K. Butler. Among the out of town attendants were Henry Watson and son of Cheshire, Mrs. Will Deem and son Leslie of Kanauga, J. W. and William Strausbaugh of Chillicothe, Miss Susie Rothgeb of Gallipolis and W. B. Conway of Chillicothe. Among the many beautiful floral offerings was a lovely spray sent by Lorain Chapter, Order of Eastern Star of Columbus, which was greatly appreciated by the daughter, Mrs. Etta O’Hara.
     Dr. Strausbaugh was born in Morgan township, this county, February 9, 1850. On March 24, 1872, he married Alice, daughter of William and Sarah Leslie. To them were born three daughters, Lillian, Etta and Melva. The eldest of these and the youngest, together with their mother, have preceded him to the spirit world.
     Early in life he taught school, later taking up the study of medicine under Dr. R. D. Jacobs, and after graduation from Starling Medical College in 1887 he began to practice. He was an honored and worthy member of the Masonic order, the Eastern Star and the Odd Fellows.
     Besides a host of nephews, nieces and other relatives, he leaves a grief stricken daughter, Mrs. Etta O’Hara, and one brother, John Strausbaugh of Chillicothe. Dr. Strausbaugh had long been a notable figure in Vinton, and was a gentleman of the old school.  He took an active interest in all public affairs and spent all his active years in the service of mankind.

Gallia Times
Thursday, March 18, 1920
Transcribed by Suzanne Giroux

Strausbaugh, Melva A.

Death of Melva A. Strausbaugh
     Miss Melva A. Strausbaugh, youngest daughter of Dr. and Mrs. J. C. Strausbaugh, died yesterday evening (Friday) at half past six. She was 23 years old last Dec. 12th. She was a good christian girl and one of our most estimable young ladies.
     Her funeral services will occur tomorrow (Sunday) afternoon at 2 o'clock from the Baptist church, of which organization she was a member. Rev. Geo. E. Moore, of Cheshire, will conduct the services and Undertaker Kerr Butler will have charge of the interment, which will take place at the Glenn cemetery.

[Note: Cemetery marker has 1880-1904, d/o J. C. & Alice]

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Sat. Sep 3, 1904
Transcribed by Maxine Mashall                                                                      Top of Page

Strickland, Helen [Burnett]

     Helen Burnett Strickland, 87, of Kanauga, died Monday, May 24, 2004, at Holzer Senior Care Center. She was born Jan. 23, 1917, in Mercerville, daughter of the late Truman and Stella Smith Burnett. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, William A. “Flip” Strickland; an infant daughter, Julia Ann Strickland; three brothers, Morris Robert and Woodrow Burnett; and a sister, Rachael Borton.
Helen was a retired bookkeeper and a former employee of Holzer Hospital. She attended Fair Haven United Methodist Church.
     She is survived by a stepson, John (Martha) Strickland of Cairo, W.Va.; two step-grandchildren; a sister, Mary Ann Bowman of Gallipolis; four brothers, Claude (Helen) Burnett of Kanauga, Clyde (Freeda) Burnett of Kanauga, Truman “Harry” (Sue) Burnett, Jr., of Gallipolis and Vinton (Chris) Burnett of Columbus; and several nieces and nephews.
     Services will be 2 p.m. Thursday, May 27, 2004, in the Waugh-Halley-Wood Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Mound Hill Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, May 26, 2004. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Fair Haven United Methodist Church. To send condolences, please visit us at

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Tuesday, May 25, 2004
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron

Strickler, Sarah [Graves]

Saturday Selected For Strickler Rites
     MIDDLEPORT - Saturday afternoon has been set as the tentative date for funeral services for the late Mrs. Sarah Strickler, 65, who passed away at her home in Bowling Green, O., Wednesday morning after an extended illness. Mrs. Strickler is survived by her husband, Lee Strickler, and Pearl Graves, a brother, of Middleport. Mrs. Strickler was a member of the local Church of Christ.
     Interment will be made in the Gravel Hill Cemetery in Cheshire, and the Rev. C. E. Shepard will officiate. Rites are in charge of the Rawlings-Coates Funeral Directors. The body will be brought here today from Bowling Green.

[Note: 3/1/1884 - 5/4/1949]

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Thursday, May 5, 1949
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron

Stringfellow, Franklin

     Whereas, It has pleased God in his all-wise Providence to remove from our Alliance by death our most worthy and esteemed brother, Franklin Stringfellow, and
     Whereas, We are made to realize that man born of woman is of few days and full of trouble; he cometh forth as a flower and is cut down; he fleeth also as a shadow and continueth not; therefore
     Resolved, That we deeply feel our loss, and shall ever cherish the memory of our departed brother, and shall ever hold his virtues in sacred remembrance, and that his many good deeds will live after him.
     Resolved, That we extend our sympathy to his bereaved family, and that they may feel that their loss is his eternal gain.
     By order of the Union Alliance
     A. C. Safford, W. R. Tanner, R. E. Russell—Com.

NOTE: [Buried in Centenary Cemetery in Green Township]

Gallipolis Journal
Wednesday, June 3, 1891
Transcribed by Suzanne Giroux                                                                    Top of Page

Stringfellow, John

     STRINGFELLOW - Died in Green Township, at the residence of his son, Franklin Stringfellow, Sept. 20, 1884, of paralysis, Mr. John Stringfellow, in the 77th year of his age. Mr. and Mrs. Franklin Stringellow and Mrs. Fred Ecker return thanks to the citizens of Green Township and Centerville, for their kindness and assistance during the sickness, death and burial of their dear father.

Gallipolis Journal
Thursday, October 9, 1884
Transcribed by Suzanne Giroux

Strong, Helen W. [Gardner]

     Helen W. Strong, 79, Rt. 3, Gallipolis, died Tuesday in Holzer Medical Center. She was retired from Gallipolis State Institute in 1966. Born Oct 6, 1907, in Meigs County, she was the daughter of the late Frank and Barbara Folden Gardner. She was a member of Faith Baptist Church and was a 50 years member of the Eastern Star and the White Shrine of Jerusalem.
     Surviving are her husband, Laing J. Strong, whom she married on April 7, 1926 in Meigs County; one daughter, Eileen Carter, Gallipolis; two sisters, Hazel Grate, Pomeroy, and Myrtle Gardner, Rutland; and two grandchildren. She was preceded in death by two brothers, Harold Gardner and Earl Gardner.
     Services will be Friday at 1 p.m. in the Willis Funeral Homes, with the Rev. James Lusher Officiating. Burial will be in Ohio Valley Memory Gardens. Friends may call at the funeral home Thursday from 6-9 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Faith Baptist Church building fund.

Daily Sentinel
Feb 11, 1987
Transcribed by Connie Cotterill-Schumaker

Strong, Laing J.

     Laing J. Strong, 94, of Gallipolis, died Wednesday, February 11, 1998 at Pleasant Valley Hospital, Pt. Pleasant, W.Va.
     Born May 30 1903 in Meigs County, son of the late Glenn and Emma Halliday Strong, she[sic] was retired from the Gallipolis Developmental Center. A member of Faith Baptist Church in Rodney, she[sic] was a 50-year member of the Orphan's Friend Masonic Lodge 275 of Wilkesville, a 32nd Degree Mason, a member of the Knight's Templar, the Grand Council, the Gallipolis Shrine Club and several other Masonic bodies.
     In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Helen W. Gardner on February 10, 1987; a brother; five sisters; and a daughter, Barbara Kathaleen[sic] in infancy.
     Surviving are a daughter, Eileen Carter of Gallipolis; two grandchildren, Rhonda Lynn[Terry] Reed of Gallipolis, and R. Todd [Kari] Carter of Tipp City; and a great-grandson, Ty Reed of Gallipolis.
     Services are 2 p.m. Friday, February 13, 1989 at Willis Funeral Home, with Pastor Jim Lusher officiating. Burial will be at the Ohio Valley Memory Garden. Friends may call at the funeral home on Thursday from 6-8 p.m. There will be a Masonic Service on Thursday at 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Faith Baptist Church.

[Transcriber's Note: Laing's parents, Glenn & Emma Strong and his infant dau. Barbara are buried in Salem Center Cem., Salem Twp., Meigs Co., Ohio]

Daily Sentinel
Feb 11, 1998
Transcribed by Connie Cotterill-Schumaker                                                    Top of Page

Strong, Rebecca

Death of Mrs. Strong
     One of our most esteemed and elderly ladies, Mrs. Rebecca Strong, has passed over to the better land, after a long and useful life, full of affection and kindness to all of her fellow mortals. The sad event occurred at the home of her daughter, a widow, Mrs. Frank Souverain on Front street, below Court, at 8 o’clock January 24. 1895. The good old lady had her full share of earthly afflictions and suffered much but fell asleep in the arms of Christ, Her Lord, peacefully as a babe upon her mother’s breast.
     She had been very deaf for a long, long time, but she enjoyed greatly her reading, then, one morning, five or six years ago, she awakened to find her sight so impaired that she could no longer read and scarcely distinguish her friends; this, too, she bore cheerfully and resignedly, while her children and friends made her life as happy as they could for her. Two years ago, she again met with misfortune by falling and injuring herself so that she could no long walk or lie down and her time was spent as a helpless invalid in her chair. Worn out, finally, with the infirmities of old age, she succumbed to fate and laid down to eternal rest at the great age of 85 years.
     She had been the mother of ten children, four of whom, only survive her. These are her loving daughter, Mrs. Sadie Souverain with whom she made her home for the past seventeen years, Mrs. Wunderlee, of this city and Mrs. Cyrus Mollohan, of Marion, Kas., and one son, Mr. Curtis Strong, of Vancouver, Washington.
     Her funeral services will be conducted from her late home at 2:30 o’clock, Saturday afternoon, by Rev. B. F. Jackson, of the M. E. Church, the burial following at the Pine Street Cemetery, conducted by undertakers Hayward & Son.
     While Mrs. Strong was not a member of the church, she lived a pure Christian life and died happily with a full faith of immortality.
     The pallbearers at Mrs. Strong’s funeral services are Messrs. A. W. Longley, Cap. W. H. Martin, Wm. H. Billings, John Davidson, Clarence Ward and Will Ward.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune (Pg. 3)
Friday, January 25, 1895
Transcribed by Sandy Milliron

Stroud, Blanche

     Blanche M. Stroud, 36, a resident of Columbus, died at 7:45 p.m. Friday at her home. Born in Jackson County on March 28, 1946, she was the daughter of George and Loretha Mayle Tanner, who survive and reside on Rt. 2, Chillicothe.
     She married Lonnie Stroud of Gallia County on April 1, 1967. He survives, along with one son, Ryan and one daughter, Pam both at home. Six brothers and three sisters survive.
     Mrs. Stroud was a secretary for the Franklin County Public Defender's office. She was a member of the United Coummunity Methodist Church in Jackson County where funeral services will be held 1:30 p.m. Tuesday with Rev. L. V. Gause officiating. Burial will follow in Caldwell Cemetery. Friends may call at the Haller Funeral Home in Chillicothe from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. today.

Gallipolis Tribune
Jan. 17,1983
Transcribed by J. Farley

Stuart, John T.

Won Prominence Here And In Huntington ---Rites Will Be Held 2:30 Sunday
     John T. Stuart, 82, a native of Lincoln Ridge, this county, and a brother of Mrs. J. Will Clendenin of this city, died at 7:50 last night. He had been ill since November of last year and for several days had been in a coma so that the news of his passing had been expected by his kinfolk and close friends.
     As a deputy sheriff and a participant in politics, Mr. Stuart became a popular and prominent citizen of this county before he moved to Huntington in 1900. There he soon became a man of affairs and for 16 years served as justice of the peace a lucrative post in the populous magisterial districts of West Virginia. He was an ardent active Republican.

Merchant at Lincoln
     At Lincoln Mr. Stuart was a farmer and merchant. On Oct. 5, 1875, he married Margaret Ann Drummond of the same section—a loyal, loving, devoted to the end. Their married life lasted 62 years and 35 days.
     In Huntington he first engaged in the produce business and later in the transfer business with his son, Harry D. Stuart. He was a member of the First Methodist Church of Huntington.
     An ardent follower of baseball, Mr. Stuart attended all Huntington games, usually with Mrs. Stuart, until two years ago when his health failed. He and Mrs. Stuart had made it a custom to be the first “fans” to arrive at baseball games. Their interest in the game was due in some measure to the fact that their grandson and his namesake, John D. Stuart, became an outstanding figure in the history of Huntington baseball. For years Stuart pitched for Huntington teams, then joined the St. Louis Cardinals for a season or two, and still later managed the leading Huntington team.
     Decedent was the first Huntingtonian to build a home on North Boulevard--- a modern brick home, at 526, where he died.
     John Thurman Stuart was born Feb. 5, 1885, the son of Charles and Missouri J. McCall Stuart. The father was a Civil War veteran and served as sheriff of this county.
     Besides his widow, Mr. Stuart is survived by two sons, Clarence W. Stuart and Harry D. Stuart, both of Huntington; two daughters, Mrs. Jessie Stuart Garlach, Huntington, formerly of Gallipolis, and Mrs. Ibbie Carter, Detroit, Mich., seven grandsons, John D. Stuart, Clarence W. Stuart Jr., Charles Stuart, Knowlton Stuart and Paul Garlach, all of Huntington, and Stuart Carter and Robert Carter, both of Detroit.
     Mr. Stuart also is survived by four granddaughters, Mrs. Marguerite Garlach Evans and Mrs. Margie Carter Hannan, both of Huntington; Mrs. Ernestine Garlach Slifkin, Harrisburg, Pa., and Mrs. Margaret Stuart Kelsey, Marble, Mass., eight greatgrandchildren, a brother, Oscar Stuart, Belle, W. Va., and four sisters, Mrs. Rachel Stuart Cagney, Catawba Island, O., Mrs. Anna Stuart Clendenin, Gallipolis, Mrs. M. Stuart Townsend, Schenectady, N. Y., and Mrs. Gertrude Stuart Richard, Royal Oak, Mich.
     Funeral services will be held at the Stuart residence at 2:30 Sunday, in charge of Klingel Carpenter.

Transcribed by Joanne Galvin
Undated newspaper clipping
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Stuart, Margaret Ann

Mrs. J.T. Stuart, Huntington, Dies
     Mrs. Margaret Ann Stuart, 526 Washington Boulevard, Huntington, widow of Magistrate John T. Stuart and native of Gallia County, died early Tuesday at her home. Funeral is being conducted this afternoon at the Klingel-Carpenter Chapel by Dr. Charles G. Stater, former pastor of Huntington First Methodist Church. Burial in Woodmere Cemetery.
     Mrs. Stuart, mother of Harry E. Stuart, president of the Try-Me-Transfer & Storage Co., was daughter of the late Samuel A. and Lucinda Saunders Drummond, and first came to Huntington in 1900. Her husband, who died in 1937, was a justice of the peace for 16 years. She was active in the First Methodist Church.
     Also surviving are another son, C. W. Stuart of Hurricane; two daughters, Mrs. I. J. Harrington and Mrs. Ernest Gerlach of Huntington; a brother W. E. Drummond, with whom she resided, and 12 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
     Active pallbearers will be grandsons and great-grandsons including John D. Stuart, Ray Knowlton Stuart, Stuart Carter, Robert Carter, Clarence W. Stuart Jr., John Stuart Hannan, Charles T. Stuart, Roland Stuart, Jack Stuart, and William G. Evans Jr.

[Note: From death certificate ( search) date of birth September 19, 1856; date of death November 3, 1947.

Newspaper (prob. November, 1947, Gallipolis) clipping found in the Simmerman files, McCall file, Bossard Library.
Transcribed by Lynn Anders                                                                         Top of Page

Stuart, Oscar

     Oscar Stuart, former Gallipolitan and sister [sic, brother?] of Mrs. J. W. Clendennin, died at 5 o'clock last evening in McMillan Hospital at Charleston. He was a retired railroader and lived in Belle, W. Va., just east of Charleston.
     Mr. Stuart had been ailing a good while and entered the hospital two weeks ago. His strength having been built up, an operation was performed last Thursday, revealing a cancer of the stomach. Nothing more could be done except to insert a tube to insure the continued functioning for a short time of vital organs. During the hospital ordeal he was given four blood transfusions, his nephew, Stewart Clendennin, now located in Charleston as the Firestone representative, twice being the donor.
     Decedent was born on Lincoln Ridge and would have been 68 years old on March 9. He was the son of Charles and Missouri McCall Stuart. When Oscar was small the father was elected sheriff and the family moved to Gallipolis. Here he was reared to manhood and made a host of friends. From here he went to the Charleston district, married a West Virginia girl, Mary Bays, and entered the employ of the New York Central Railroad. He was conductor on a branch line for 34 years, retiring Jan. 1, 1938 and fondly anticipating a period of leisure and rest and of opportunity to do many of the things he had dreamed of doing.
     Surviving are the wife; one son, Bays Stuart of Wyandotte, Mich.; a daughter, Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Hudnall of Belle; the son's stepson and the daughter's daughter, Jean Anne, and these sisters: Mrs. Rachel S. Cagney of Catawba Island, Ohio; Mrs. A. E. Townsend, Schenectady, N. Y.; Mrs. H. E. Richards, Royal Oak, Mich., and Ann Stuart Clendennin of this city.
     He was a member of the Rhododendron lodge 203, Knights of Pythias, and of the Brotherhood of Railway Trainmen.

[Note: Ann Simmerman wrote "February 24/27/29 (?) 1939” on this obituary.]

Newspaper (prob. February 1939, Gallipolis) clipping found in the Simmerman files, McCall file, Bossard Library.
Transcribed by Lynn Anders

Sturgeon, Maxine E

Obituaries Given For Bridge Victims

     Maxine E Sturgeon, 33, of Kanauga, O., whose body was recovered from the bridge wreckage Friday night, will be buried in the Beech Hill Cemetery following funeral services at 2 pm Tuesday in the Mohr-Stevens Funeral Home.
     Born at Leon on June 7, 1934, she was the daughter of Charles R Fielder and the late Elsie Warner Fielder. Others survivors include three sons, David, John and Lewis all of Point Pleasant; three daughters, Delva of Weston, Sonya and Jaretta, both of Pt. Pleasant; two sisters, Mrs. Dolly Sturgeon and Mrs. May Byus, both of Point Pleasant; and a brother, Orville R Fielder of Point Pleasant Route 1.
     Friends may call at the funeral home after 4 pm today.

Point Pleasant Register, Point Pleasant, WV
Monday, December 18, 1967
Page 1
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Sturgeon, Tennie [Stafford]

     Tennie Sturgeon, 66, 336 Norfolk Avenue, Dayton, formerly of Vinton, died Wednesday at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Dayton. Born April 27, 1923 in Jackson County, TN, she was a daughter of the late Mounce Stafford and Minnie Bell Mea.
     She was preceded in death by two husbands, Robert Lawson and Clarence Sturgeon and a daughter, Lots Blevens. Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Bradford (Hazel) Lewis of Rutland and Mrs. Charles (Joyce) Ledford of Dayton; two step-daughters, Jean Blankenship of Trotwood, Ohio and Gail Sturgeon of New Lebanon, Ohio; two sisters, Sally Horner of Englewood, Ohio and Ova Pigg of Dayton, Ohio; one brother, Jay Stafford of Jackson County, TN; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
     She was a member of the Pentecostal Church of God in Englewood, Ohio and the senior citizens of Englewood, Ohio.
     Services will be conducted Sunday, 1 p.m., at Willis Funeral Home with burial in Vinton Memorial Park. The Rev. Jessie Tipton will officiate. Friends may call Saturday 4-8 p.m. at Willis Funeral Home.

[Note: Died August 30, 1989]

Gallipolis Paper
August 1989
Transcribed by F.K. Brown

Suiter, Lola Mae

     GALLIPOLIS- Lola Mae Suiter, 87, of Galliplis, died Friday, September 24, 1999 at her residence.
Born October 4, 1911 in Gallia County, she was the daughter of the late Chester Rupe and Garnet Roush Rupe.
     In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death on November 20, 1988 by her husband, Keith Suiter, whom she married May 27, 1944 in Columbus; and by a son, William Eugene Suiter.
Surviving are two daughters, Betty Keith Stiverson of Austin, Texas, and Jennie Mae (Jack) Waugh of Ravenswood, West Virginia; six grandchildren, several great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandchild; and a sister Virginia Davenport of Lima.
     She was a retired banker. Lola Mae was a member of the following organizations: Grace United Methodist Church; Gallia County Historical Society, where whe served as treasurer for 24 years; Gallia County Genealogical Society, where she was a past president and past treasurer; United Methodist Women, where she held various local and district offices; Grace Guild Sunday School Class; Gallipolis Chapter No. 283 Order of the Eastern Star, where she was a past matron and past district deputy; Christian Women's Club and served as treasurer; served as a volunteer for the American Red Cross for many years; Gallia County Retired Teachers Association; Business and Professional Women, past president and past district director; served onthe board of American Heart Association; board member of the Gallia County Council on Aging; United Way, was the very first honorary chairperson; American Cancer Society, which she organized in Gallia County; served on the Our House Museum Board and was past treasurer; worked on the Ariel Theatre restoration project; French Art Colony; helped on the loaves and fishes project; French Colony Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution; Atwood Heritage Club; was honored by the Gallia County Commissioners and the Chamber of Commerce for her many years of volunteer service to Gallia County.
     Services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, September 28, 1999 in Grace United Methodist Church, with Dr. Bob Ingram and the Rev. Jonathan Kollmann officiating. Burial will follow in Mound Hill Cemetery. Friends may call at the Waugh-Halley-Wood Funeral Home on Monday, September 27, 1999 from 6-9 p.m., and at the church on Tuesday, September 28, 1999, one hour prior to the services. Eastern Star services will be conducted in the funeral home at 8:30 p.m. Monday, September 27, 1999 by Gallipolis Chapter No. 283.

Gallipolis Tribune
Sept. 1999
Transcribed by J. Farley                                                                               Top of Page  

Suiter, Orville Keith

     Orville Keith Suiter, 82, 661 Second Ave., died Sunday night at Holzer Medical Center after an extended illness. He was the owner of Suiter's Shell Service Center until he retired in 1975. He was a service manager for Moore Motor Sales and Gillen Ford, and a foreman of Gallia County Highway Garage for several years.
     Born Feb. 27, 1906 in Lawrence County, he was the son of the late Oscar L. Suiter and Daisy (Spears) Suiter. He is survived by his wife, Lola Mae Rupe, whom he married May 27. 1944 in Columbus. Also surviving are two daughters, Betty Keith Stiverson of Columbus, and Mrs. Jack (Jennie Mae) Waugh of Ravenswood, W. Va.; four sisters, Helen Heffner and Dorothy Huron, both of Chesapeake, Ohio Hazel Hollingsworth of Portsmouth, Va., and Thelma Black of Farmington, Mich.; one brother, Harold Suiter of Huntington, W.Va.; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by one son, William Eugene Suiter in October 1960, and one brother, Tommy.
     He was a member of the Grace United Methodist Church. He also was a member of the Morning Dawn Masonic Lodge No. 7, Rose Commandery No. 43, Moriah Council No. 32, and Gallipolis Chapter No. 79. He was a member of the Aladdin Temple Shrine and a life member of the Gallipolis Shrine Club.
He also was a member of the American Legion Post No. 27. He served in World War II in the European and African Middle Eastern Theater.
     Services will be Wednesday, 1 p.m. at Waugh-Halley-Wood Funeral Home with the Rev. Joe Hefner. Burial will be in the Mound Hill Cemetery. Friends may call Tuesday, 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home. Masonic service by the Morning Dawn Lodge will be Tuesday 8:30 p.m.

Gallipolis Tribune
Nov. 1988
J. Farley 

O. Keith Suiter
     Pallbearers for Orville Keith Suiter will be John Waugh, Jay Waugh, Louis Stilverson, Tim Rector, Louie Miller and James Rich. Honorary pallbearers will be Gordon Fisher, Gene Starcher, Dick Carter, Dovel Myers, Gary Bane and Ernie Null. Flag presentation at the graveside will be by Post 4464 VFW.
     Services are 1 p.m. Wednesday at Waugh-Halley-Wood Funeral Home, with burial following in Mound Hill Cemetery. Friends may call Tuesday, 7 to 9 p.m. Masonic services Morning Dawn Lodge No. 7 will be Tuesday 8:30 p.m. at the funeral home.

Gallipolis Tribune
Nov. 22, 1988
J. Farley                                                                                                     Top of Page

Suiter, Otho P.

     Otho P. Suiter, 84, of 407 Pike St., Kanauga, died Thursday at Holzer Medical Center. He was a retired real estate broker and antique dealer. Born Sept. 1, 1905, in Lawrence County, Ohio, he was a son of the late Walkie Suiter and Mae Kitts Suiter.
     Surviving are his wife, Doris Taylor Suiter; a son, Ed Suiter, Kanauga; a granddaguther, Connie Hofstetter and three great-grandchildren. Two brothers preceded him in death.
     Services will be conducted at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Waugh-Halley-Wood Funeral Home. Burial follows in Highland Memorial Gardens in South Point. Friends may call at the funeral home 6-9 p.m. on Saturday.
     Pallbearers will be Scott Dennis, Charles Bailey, Dana Rake, Clarence McComas, Clyde Burnett and Claude Burnett. Honorary pallbearers will be Don Facemire, Junior Schoonover, Mack McCumber, Richard Kuhn, Norman Smith and Clarence Warnsley.

[Note: Died Sept. 21, 1989]

Gallipolis Paper
September 1989
Transcribed by F.K. Brown

Sullivan, Alva Lee

     Alva Lee Sullivan, 67, of Gallipolis, died Friday, Nov. 17, 2006, at his residence. Born June 5, 1939 in Cedarville, W. Va., he was the son of the late Ray and Zella James Sullivan. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Jean Hought, and by a brother, Lucky Sullivan.
     Alva started a law enforcement career with the Point Pleasant Police Department, then moved to the Mason County Sheriff’s Department, and finally to the Gallia County Sheriff’s Department. He later worked in construction, the job from which he retired. He was a United States Navy veteran, and a member of the American Legion Post 23 in Point Pleasant, and the Point Pleasant Moose Lodge.
     He is survived by his wife, Kathy McGuire Sullivan, whom he married on May 22, 1987, in Catlettsburg, Ky., one daughter, Karla (Rusty) Shaffer of Point Pleasant; two sons, Greg Sullivan of Point Pleasant, and Chris (Bev) Sullivan of Patriot; one stepdaughter, Jodi (K.W.) Fellure of Gallipolis; six grandchildren, Nick, Larry, Kennedy, Breanna, Sommer and Luke; seven great-grandchildren, Garrett, Darian, Jozlynn, Matthew, C. J., Dalton and Abby; one sister, Maycel (Ray) Queen of Florida; two brothers, Bob Sullivan of Glouster and Kenny (Kathy) Sullivan of Bidwell.
     Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Waugh-Halley-Wood Funeral Home in Gallipolis, with Pastor Chuck Stansberry officiating. Burial will follow in the Jordan Baptist Church Cemetery in Gallipolis Ferry. Friends may call from 5-8 p.m. today at the funeral home. Military funeral honors will be presented at the cemetery by the Gallia County Veterans Funeral Detail. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Monday, November 20, 2006
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron

Summers, Alphonso D.

A.D. Summers, Octogenarian, Dead
     Mr. Alfonso D. Summers, one of the oldest and best known citizens of Gallipolis, died (this) Tuesday morning, Jan. 1st., at 5 o'clock. He was born in Malden, WV and came here when a young man. For several years he was a riverman being a steward of Kanawha River Steamboats in the early days of boating on that stream. Mr. Summers, an octogenarian, was one of the oldest Odd Fellows in this city.
     Besides a wife, who survives, are three daughters, Mrs. George Kinghorn of Hartford, CT; Mrs. J.S. Cadot of Toledo, OH and Mrs. Charles Gray of Augusta, KY and one son, Mr. W. Ed Summers at home.
     The funeral services will be conducted Thursday afternoon from his late residence on First Avenue by the Odd fellows with Rev. Mr. Glenn of the Presbyterian Church officiating. Interment will be at Mound Hill, in charge of funeral director Hayward. The death of Mr. Summers was the first of the New Year to occur in this city.

[Note: Alphonso D. Summers born 1838 Malden County, WV; died Jan. 1, 1924 Gallipolis at age 86; wife, Martha T. Parents Jacob Summers and Mary Oliver (both born WV)]

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Tuesday, Jan. 1, 1924
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Summers, Alva Rees

Alva Summers, 36, Dies in Columbus; Rites 2 Monday
     Alva R. Summers, 36, a nephew of Mrs. Claude Leonard of Georges Creek, died at 4 o’clock this morning at White Cross hospital in Columbus. He had suffered from a brain tumor.
     Funeral services will be conducted at the Leonard home at 2 o’clock Monday by Rev. J. L. Stephenson. Interment in Maddy cemetery by Coleman and Son.
     Mr. Summers was born in Mason county May 30, 1905, a son of Lewis and Jennie Reese Summers. He never married and has no brothers or sisters.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Saturday, July 19, 1941
Transcribed by Sandy Milliron

Summers, Carrie Etta

     Died, Dec. 10th, 1864, Carrie Etta infant daughter of J. H. and E. H. Summers aged three months and twenty-two days. [Poem by S.J.J. follows.]

The Gallipolis Journal
December 29, 1864
Transcribed by Eva Swain Hughes

Summers, Carrie F.

Mrs. Summers Claimed After Year’s Illness.
     Carrie F. Summers, 89, died at 7 a.m. today at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Audra Smith in Kanauga. Mrs. Summers had been in failing health for over a year.
     She was born in Putnam county, W. Va., Aug. 26, 1873, the daughter of the late William and Amanda Mason Fisher. She had resided in Kanauga for many years, and was among the founders
of the Fair Haven Methodist Church in 1896.
     Her marriage was to Fred Shaw Summers, who preceded her in death on Dec. 15, 1914. Children who survive that union are Emory Summers and Mrs. Audra (Anna) Smith, both of Kanauga, James Summers of Springfield and Mrs. Fern Marple of Columbus. There are five grand and one great grandchild. Mrs. Nathan Baker of Carridington, a half sister, also survives.
     Services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Miller’s Home for Funerals. Rev. Wesley Bennett will officiate and burial will be in Mound Hill cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home after 3 p.m. Saturday and until the hour of the service.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Friday, October 12, 1962
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron

Summers, Charles H. D.

C.H.D. Summers Dies at Moundsville
     Charles H. D. Summers, aged 60, a lifelong resident of this city up to a few months ago, when, failing health compelling him to abandon the practice of law, he moved with his family to Columbus, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. J. P. O’Neill, at Moundsville, W. Va. early Monday morning. He suffered from cancer of the stomach and hope for his recovery had been given up months ago.
     Mr. Summers had practiced law here since 1885 and was an active member of Grace M. E. Church. He is survived by his wife, two daughters, Mrs. O’Neill and Miss Ruth Summers, and one son, Atty. John H. Summers of Columbus, and one brother, Harry Summers.
     The body arrived here Wednesday evening and the funeral will be conducted by Rev. D. Finley Wood, under Masonic auspices, at 10 o’clock today at the home of Fred Plymale. Burial at Mound Hill by Wetherholt & Entsminger.

[Note: 1858-1919]

Gallipolis Bulletin
July 17, 1919
Transcribed by Candy (Hulbert) Ditkowski                                                     Top of Page

Summers, Edward

     Edward Summers died at the home of his mother, Mrs. Thos. Dale, Wednesday morning after a long illness, aged 27 years. The funeral services will be conducted Friday afternoon by Rev. Cherrington, interment following at Mt. Zion by Hayward & Son. He was a riverman by occupation and a quiet industrious young man with many friends.

Gallipolis Bulletin
Friday, February 5, 1909
Transcribed by Sandy Lee Milliron

Summers, Elizabeth H. [Bailey]

Death of Mrs. Elizabeth Summers
     Mrs. Elizabeth H. Summers passed away at 5 o’clock (this) Tuesday morning, Jan. 4th, 1916, at the home of her sisters, the Misses Marian and Frances Bailey in East Gallipolis in her 87th year.
     She was born in Washington county and was the daughter of Emory and Sophronia Bailey. She was united in marriage to James H. Summers and to this union the following children were born: Mrs. Wilbarger of Sunberry, O., Attorney C. H. D. Summers and William of this city, Harry of Columbus and Ed of Marietta.
     She was highly esteemed by a host of friends with a loving kind manner to her family. The arrangements for the funeral at present have not been decided upon.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Tuesday, January 4, 1916

Summers, Elizabeth

Funeral of Mrs. Summers
     The funeral services of Mrs. Elizabeth Summers will be conducted at her late home at 11 a. m. Thursday by Rev. W. D. Cherrington. Interment will follow at Pine street cemetery by Hayward.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Wednesday, January 5, 1916
Transcribed by Sandy Milliron

Summers, Emory

     Emory F. Summers, 77, died at 10:50 a.m. Wednesday at St. John’s Nursing Home in Springfield, Ohio. He was born Feb. 6, 1900 in Gallia County, one of four children born to the late Fred and Carrie Fisher Summers.
     Survivors include a brother, James, Lakeview, Ohio; sisters, Mrs. Audrey (Anna) Smith, Kanauga and Mrs. Fern Marple, Columbus.
     He attended school in Kanauga and Gallipolis. He worked on riverboats for several years and for the O. L. Kyger Garage in Gallipolis. He was also employed with Wally White’s TV and Radio. A former member of the Eagles and the Moose Lodge, he had been ill the past four years.
     Funeral services will be 2: p.m. Saturday at Miller’s Home for Funerals with the Rev. J. D. Finnicum officiating. Burial will be in Mound Hill Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Thursday, April 28, 1977
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron                                                                    Top of Page

Summers, Frances [Kent]

Frances Summers
     GALLIPOLIS – Mrs. Frances Summers, 71, retired employee of Lazarus in Columbus, died at 2:30 p.m. Friday at the Greenfield (Ohio) Manor Nursing Home after an extended illness.  She was a former resident of the Porter community. She was born Jan. 13, 1907, in Porter to Milton and Donna Kent.  Her husband, Boyd Summers, died in 1968.  One sister, Mrs. Iris Emmers, Columbus, and three nephews and two nieces survive.
     Funeral services will be conducted at 2 this (Sunday) afternoon at the McCoy-Wetherholt-Moore Funeral Home in Gallipolis, the Rev. Jerry Neal officiating, and burial will be in Mt. Zion Cemetery. Friends may call after 11 this morning at the funeral home. Mrs. Summers was a member of the South United Methodist Church in Columbus.

Gallipolis Sunday Times Sentinel
Sunday July 30, 1978
Transcribed by Suzanne H. Giroux

Summers, Fred

Death of Mr. Fred Summers
     Mr. Fred Summers died at Kanauga early this morning after an illlness for the past few months. He is survived by a wife and four children. Funeral arrangements and particulars will be given later.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Tuesday, December 15, 1914
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron

Summers, Fred Shaw

Fred Summers Dead
Fred Summers, 59, and a well known resident of the Kanauga neighborhood, died at his home there on Monday of last week. His funeral services were held Thursday by Rev. Cherrington.
     Mr. Summers is survived by his wife, two boys and two girls, brothers, Charles, Will, Edward and Harry Summers, and one sister, Mrs. Frank Willbarger of Columbus.
     He was a son of the late Capt. John Summers, and during much of his life-time had been afflicted with asthma, which caused his death.

[Note: 11/4/1855 - 12/15/1914; Age 59 yrs. 1 mo. 10 das. He was the son of James H. & Elizabeth Bailey Summers. His occupation was a farmer.]

Gallia Times
December 23, 1914

Fred Summers Dead
Fred Summers passed away at his home at Kanauga Monday morning, December 14, 1914, aged 59 years. The funeral was conducted at the Bailey home Thursday by Rev. W. D. Cherrington, burial being in the Pine Street Cemetery by undertaker Wetherholt.
     He is survived by his widow and four children, brothers, C. H. D., Will, Ed and Harry and by one sister, Mrs. Frank Willbarger of Columbus. The family will have the sympathy of all in the great loss that has come upon them.

Gallipolis Bulletin
December 24, 1914
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron

Summers, Capt. James Harvey

Death of Capt. James H. Summers
            Capt. James Harvey Summers departed this life Wednesday evening at 7:20, January 25, 1899, in his 70th year. He was the son of Capt. William and Mary Summers and was born at Red House, on the Kanawha river, December 22, 1829. He began steamboating as second clerk when 14 years of age and came here with his parents in 1845.
     He went to school after that and again returned to the river, becoming Pilot and Captain in the course of years on 74 different steamboats, among them the famous ones, Herman, General Meigs, Lake Erie, Blue Ridge on which he was blown up, Kanawha, Keystone and Jonas Powell. The last one he was on was the Jennie Campbell.
     He was the first pilot to make a success of towing clear through to New Orleans, and he was well known at every port between Pittsburg and that city, and well-liked by all men.
     He became an Odd Fellow December 17, 1852, and has occupied every chair in that order, and was, when he died, District Deputy Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Ohio.
     During the Civil War he was in the Government Service from the beginning to the close and ran the Blockade at Island No. 10. He was fearless and distinguished in whatever he undertook. He was a member in good standing of the Junior Order of United American Mechanics.
     He was united in marriage here to Miss Elizabeth, daughter of the late Emory Bailey September 3, 1851, by Rev. Samuel Bateman, of the M. E. Church and became the father of nine children, his wife and six children surviving---William E., Edward, Fred, Attorney C. H. D. Summers and Mrs. Mary Willbarger, wife of Mr. Frank Willbarger at Harris, O., and one brother Capt. Frank Summers, of Pomeroy, and seven grandchildren. To all of these he was known as one of the kindest and most affectionate and indulgent men and his death is a great sorrow and affliction to them all.
     He was taken sick just a month ago with what seemed to be paralysis, and his condition has been one of the deepest concern from the first. Two weeks ago, last Tuesday, he was enough better to be out and install officers in Ariel Lodge. He was out again to a lodge meeting the following Friday, and on Saturday night a week ago went out to Vinton and installed officers there.
     This seems to have overtaxed him and before coming home he fell helpless and has never been able to move with assistance since. His paralysis is thought to be due to being struck a year or so ago in a violent manner by a street car, receiving a serious jolt in the body and a serious wound on the head. His sufferings during his illness at times were very extreme, but at the last he passed away peacefully as a child going to sleep on its mother’s breast and perfectly conscious to the last moment.
     He belonged to no church, but was a very moral man and a good citizen, esteemed by all who knew him.
     His funeral services will be conducted at his late residence on Third above Cedar Street, by Rev. L. L. Magee, of Grace M. E. Church Friday afternoon at 2 o’clock, the interment following by Undertaker Wetherholt at the Pine Street Cemetery under the direction of the Odd Fellows, of which Order he had been so long a worthy and useful member.
Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Thursday, January 26, 1899
Transcribed by Sandy Milliron

Summers, Jennie [Rees]

Death of Mrs. Lewis Summers
     Mrs. Summers, of Addison, wife of Mr. Lewis Summers, and formerly Miss Jennie Reece, died Friday morning, April 18, 1913, of paralysis after a week’s illness.
     She leaves a husband and young son and was a most excellent lady. Funeral Sunday morning.

[Note: June 28, 1865 – April 18, 1913; Age 47 yrs. 9 mos. 19 das. She was the daughter of Samuel & Adeline McCoy Rees.]

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Saturday, April 19, 1913
Transcribed by Sandy Milliron

Summers, Laura J. [Chevee]

Mrs. Sam Summers Succumbs At Porter
     Laura J. Chevee, wife of Samuel H. Summers, passed away Friday morning at her home near Porter, at the age of 66.  Two children, in addition to the husband, survive Mrs. Anne J. Stinchcomb and James A. Summers, both of Columbus.  She also leaves two brothers, Henry and Crumley Chevee, of Columbus.
     The remains may be viewed at the home until 8:30 Monday morning when they will be taken to Columbus for funeral and burial.  Rev. R. R. Denney will officiate at the services at 2 p. m.  J. L. Coleman of Bidwell will be in charge of the burial in Green Lawn cemetery.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Saturday, October 18, 1930
Transcribed by Suzanne H. Giroux

Summers, Lewis

L. Summers Buried In Maddy Cemetery
     Funeral services for Lewis Summers, who formerly lived on Georges Creek, were held Wednesday. Burial in Maddy cemetery. He died on Monday at the state hospital at Spencer, W. Va. Decedent was 74 years old on January 26, a native of Mason county and a son of Harvey and Elizabeth Dunfield Summers.
     Some years ago he sold his property to Floyd Leonard, who has since lived there. Mr. Summers married Jennie Rees at Addison in 1901. She died in 1913, but they are survived by one son, Alva. He is survived also by three sisters and a brother; Mrs. Amanda Blake, Los Angeles; Mrs. Monta Lanham, Wyoming; Mrs. Mollie Denney, Parkersburg; W. N. Summers, Pliny.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Friday, March 13, 1936
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron

Summers, Martha Frances [Congleton]

Mrs. Summers, Oldest Woman In County, Dies
Pneumonia Claims Beloved and Venerable Woman Three Months Before Her 99th Birthday
     Mrs. Martha Frances Summers, whose life had spanned almost a century, passed away shortly after ten o’clock Sunday night at the family home on First avenue.
     The last illness of Mrs. Summers, whose physical condition for one of her age, had been a marvel to her family and friends, was of short duration. Taken last Thursday with a heavy cold, pneumonia developed and this was too much for the enfeebled strength of the nonagenarian.
     Mother Summers, as she was affectionately known, had been a resident of Gallipolis for more than sixty years, and almost that long she had lived in the square above the park on First avenue where she died.
     Born at Malden, then Virginia, March 31, 1835, Mrs. Summers was in her ninety-ninth year. Her forebears the Congletons and Marshalls were among the pioneers of the Old Dominion. Soon after her marriage to A. D. Summers, she went with her husband to live in Pt. Pleasant and later came here. Mr. Summers died ten years ago on Jan. 1. Of five children, four survive, her first born dying in infancy. These are three daughters and a son: Gertie, wife of George Kinghorn, of Hartford, Conn., Vada, widow of J. S. Cadot, of Maumee, Maude (Mrs. Charles Gray) and W. E. Summers, at home. Mrs. Cadot arrived here Sunday before the end came but Mrs. Kinghorn will not be able to come due to both her own and Mr. Kinghorn’s illness.
     Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 2 p.m. at the Presbyterian church, where she was a member and a devout attendant. The pastor, Rev. Wood Duff will officiate. Burial will be in Mound Hill cemetery under the direction of W. N. Hayward.
     With the passing of Mother Summers, one of the city’s best loved and most remarkable characters is gone. Up to the date of her fatal illness, she was able to continue her household duties as one many years younger than she would have done. She was particularly happy this fall for upon her return from Augusta, Ky., early in November, she had been accompanied by her son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Gray, who came to make their home with her, and she had been especially busy with the remodeling of her home to accommodate the larger family.
     Mother Summers was always of a sunny, happy nature, kind and considerate of others to a remarkable degree. She gave a life’s devotion to her family and her home and in turn received a full measure of devotion from her loved ones.

[Note: March 31, 1835 – Dec. 17, 1933; Age 98 yrs. 8 mos. 16 das. She was the daughter of Basil Wells & Ann Marshall Congleton. Her spouse was Alphonso D. Summers.]

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Monday, December 18, 1933
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron

Summers, Mary E.

Death of Mrs. Summers
     Mrs. Mary E. Summers, widow of William Summers, the old river engineer and brother of Capt. Jim Summers, died at Point Pleasant, at the home of her sister, Mrs. John Greenlee, of heart trouble, Friday, Nov 27, 1903. She will be brought here by Undertaker Harper of that place Sunday forenoon about 11 o'clock, and interred in the Pine street cemetery. She was 64 years of age and had some insurance in the Prudential Company. She left one son, Frank Summers, telegraph operator, but his whereabouts is not known. Her husband died January 6th, 1891. They both lived here for many years. She was a sister of Mr. Tom Staley and was a well liked woman, noted for her kindness in sickness.

Daily Tribune
Nov 28, 1903
Transcribed by Maxine Marshall

Summers, Mary Jane [Jennie Rees]

Death of Mrs. Lewis Summers
     Mrs. Summers, of Addison, wife of Mr. Lewis Summers, and formerly Miss Jennie Reece [Rees], died Friday morning, April 18, 1913, of paralysis after a week’s illness. She leaves a husband and young son and was a most excellent lady. Funeral Sunday morning.

[Note: June 28, 1865 – April 18, 1913; Age 47 yrs. 9 mos. 19 das. She was the daughter of Samuel and Adeline McCoy Rees.]

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Saturday, April 19, 1913
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron

Summers, Sarah G.

DIED, in this city, March 24, 1875, Sarah G. daughter of William and Sarah Summers, aged 10 months.

Gallipolis Journal
April 1, 1875
Transcribed by Eva Swain Hughes

Summers, Stella D. [Wetherholt]

Death Claims Mrs. Summers, County Native
     Mrs. Stella Wetherholt Summers, 85, widow of the late Lewis S. Summers, died suddenly at 6 p. m. Monday at the farm of her son and only child, Boyd Summers, between Washington C. H. and Frankfort, according to word received by relatives here. In failing health for several years from a heart condition, she is presumed to have succumbed to a heart attack. She was next to the youngest of the eight children of Elias and Caroline Wetherholt of whom Elias Wetherholt, 602 First Ave., is now the only survivor.  She was born Feb. 17, 1866 in Gallipolis.
     Decedent was married on May 18, 1890 in Porter to Lewis Summers who died more than 40 years ago.  For many years thereafter she was a resident of Porter.
     Funeral Director Frank E. Wetherholt, a nephew, went to Frankfort today to bring the body here for burial in Mt. Zion Cemetery.  Private funeral services will be held Wednesday at 2 p. m. at the Wetherholt Funeral Home.

[Note: Another obituary appeared in the Gallipolis Saturday Times Sentinel on April 21, 1951, which consisted of a condensed version of this obituary.]

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Tuesday April 16, 1951
Transcribed by Suzanne H. Giroux

Summers, Capt. William Shaw

Death of Capt. Summers
     Capt. Wm. Shaw Summers, one of the very oldest citizens of this county, died at the residence of his son, Capt. Jas. H. Summers, on Third street, at 4 o’clock this morning, aged 92 years, 6 months and 8 days. His funeral services will be conducted at his late home at 10 a.m., Thursday, May 14, 1896, most likely by Rev. W. E. I. D’Argent, late pastor of the Presbyterian church, Rev. Dillon, pastor of the M. E. Church, and to which Capt. Summers was more closely allied being absent at Cleveland. The burial will be by Wetherholt at the Pine street cemetery, beside the remains of his wife, who died June 12, 1881.
     Capt. Summers was born in Albemarle county, Va., Nov. 5, 1803, and when very young left there with his parents and went to Harrison county for a few years and thence to the Kanawha river in 1817. There were twelve children of them in all seven sons and five sisters, Capt. Summers having survived them all.
     In early life he became a cooper and would work all day long by himself in the woods cutting, splitting, shaving and making into barrels out of timber for which he had to ask no man. Then he would sell for 25 and 50 cents or exchanging 20 barrels for a barrel of flour. This would be in the winter time. In the summer he followed keel boating in the Kanawha river.
     June 12, 1827, he was married to Mary Dawson Payne, daughter of Thos. Payne. By this union he became the father of seven children, Edgar, James H., Mary, Frank E., William, Thomas and Elizabeth, all of whom are dead except two, Capt. James H. Summers, of this city, and Frank E., on the towboat Bob Pritchard.
      During his life he was captain of no less than twenty-five steamboats, the first of which was the Enterprise in 1831. Some of the others were the Hope in ’33, Lawrence, Laurel, Davie Crockett, _________, Ark and Viola. After making several trips to New Orleans on the Viola he came back and took command of the ill-fated Blue Ridge, which belonged to his brother-in-law, James A. Payne. He was captain of the Blue Ridge for about three years until she blew up about one o’clock on the morning of January 9, 1848. This disaster will be long remembered because several were killed and among them Frank Sanns, brother of Dr. John Sanns and Miss Eliza Sanns of this city. Capt. Summers then bought the old City of Madison. He made a few trips with her and then built the Grand Prairie using the machinery of the Madison.
     In 1851 or 2 he went to California and remained there 24 years making three trips home during that time. In those days it took him over two months to make the trip and cost him $250 each way, going down the Ohio and Mississippi and around the coast to the Isthmus of Panama. In crossing the Isthmus, he traveled the first twenty miles by rail and the rest of the way rode a mule. He also rode some in a hammock that six natives would carry. Crossing the Isthmus he took a vessel to San Francisco, where a steamer would be awaiting him to take charge.
     He wore out three steamers called the Governor Dana and was Captain of fifteen other boats. For the first 12 years after going to California, he received a salary of $3000 a year, but bad investments, going security and lending to those who never paid dissipated in a great measure his earnings.
     He frequently received large presents from the company by which he was employed in addition to his large salary such as $300, $500 and on a particular occasion $1800 and all in gold in those days. When he was sick his salary went on and it was $10 a day, work or play.
     During his entire residence in California he never saw snow but twice. He came home in 1875 and lived on Second street until the death of his wife, since which he lived with his son where he passed away. He was a type of manhood that is not built up or matured in this section any more. Rugged, stern, almost invincible when in the discharge of duty, fearing no man, faithful to every trust, he passed away without a murmur or regret, not sick, but simply slept away in perfect peace with his fellow man and his Creator, with the drapings of his couch about him he lay down on the bosom of Eternity.
     The following are the pall bearers, Judge Hanna, A. W. Kerns, J. J. Thomas, R. L. Hamilton, Sam’l Hamilton and Henry Lear.    [Picture attached.]

Gallipolis Daily Tribune (Pg. 2)
Wednesday, May 13, 1896
Transcribed by Sandy Milliron

Sumpter, William H.

Died of Heart Trouble
     William H. Sumpter, a resident of Gallipolis, died Saturday morning from heart disease. His body was shipped to a point near Chesapeake, in Lawrence County, for interment. He was aged 76 years and lived alone.

[Note: 1880 census he is 12, age should be 46?]

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

Suttle, Lewis

     Lewis Suttle, the colored child who died at Mrs. Stevenson’s on the Cating farm Sunday was buried at the Pine street cemetery Monday by Hayward & Son.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune (Pg. 3)
Tuesday, March 17, 1896

Settles, Infant

     The infant child of Mr. Charles Settles, of Point Pleasant, died here last Sunday evening at the residence of Mrs. Stephenson’s, she having took the child to rear after the death of its mother.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune (Pg. 2)
Thursday, March 19, 1896
Transcribed by Sandy Milliron

Swain, Bessie [Dillon]

     Bessie Swain, 91, of Crown City, died at her home Saturday morning. She was born on June 16, 1897 in Crown City, daughter of the late Thomas G. and Bertha Syrus Dillon.
     Preceding her in death were her husband, Stanley W. Swain whom she married on June 23, 1915 in Mercerville; three children, four brothers and one sister. Survivors include three daughters, Mrs. Aldean Miller of Gallipolis, Mrs. Naomi Gooderham of Crown City, and Mrs. Nelda Smith of Columbus; three sons Nelson and Verlin Swain, both of Crown City, and Orman Swain of Lakeland, Fla.; two sisters, Mrs. Jule Robinson of Gallipolis, and Mrs. Hazel Bean of Lawton, Okla.; a brother, Evan Dillon of Ashland, Ky.; 20 grandchildren, 30 great-grandchildren and eight great-great-grandchildren.
     Services were held Monday at Crown City Wesleyan Church, where she was a member. Burial was in Crown City Cemetery. Pallbearers were Bill Gooderham, George Holley, Marty Matthews, Larry Miller, Maurice Smith and David Swain.

Gallipolis Tribune
Jan 3, 1989
Transcribed by J. Farley

Swain, Buell J.

Buell Swain, 65, Is Dead
     Buell J. Swain, 65, a resident of Mercerville community, and a lifelong resident of the vicinity, and a farmer, died at [the hour is not readable] a.m. today at Holzer hospital shortly after his arrival following a heart attack. He had been ill for a week.
     Mr. Swain was born in Guyan twp., Feb. 16, 1900, son of the late Lonnie and Frances Mary Ann Eagleson Swain. His marriage to the former Gertie Fillinger took place in Gallipolis on Feb. 16, 1920, and she survives.
Three children are Willard Swain of Rt. 1 Crown City, Mrs. Gerald (Betty) Beaver of Springfield and Mrs. Woodrow (Thelma) Lockhart of Mercerville. There are 10 grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Other survivors are three brothers and a sister, Rev. Webster Swain of Rt. 2 Crown City, Homer Swain of Gallipolis, Virgil Swain and Mrs. Geneva Fisher, both of Teens Run. Two brothers, Curtis and David, preceded him in death.
     Services will be held at 2 p.m. (EST) Sunday at the Mercerville Baptist Church. Rev. Earl Cremeens and Rev. Bruce Unroe will officiate, and burial will be in Ridgelawn cemetery under the direction of the Waugh-Halley-Wood Funeral home. Friends may call at the funeral home after 1 p.m. Saturday.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
May 7, 1965
Transcribed by Mary Crittenden

Swain, Carrie Louise [Johnson]

     GALLIPOLIS Carrie Louise Swain, 87, Kanauga, died Saturday, Feb. 25, 1995 in Pinecrest Care Center. Born Jan. 13, 1908 in Kanawha County, W. Va., daughter of the late Joseph C. and Nettie Carrie Johnson, she attended Gallia Academy High School and was a member of the Kanauga United Methodist Church. Surviving are a daughter, Eva S. Hughes of Columbus; and two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
     Services will be 11 a.m. Monday in the McCoy-Moore Funeral Home Wetherholt Chapel, Gallipolis, with the Rev. Leland Brehm officiating. Burial will be in the Gravel Hill Cemetery, Cheshire. Friends may call at the chapel Monday from 10 a.m. until the hour of the service.

Gallipolis Sunday Times Sentinel (Pg. 3)
February 26, 1995

     Services for Carrie Louise Swain, 87, Kanauga, who died Saturday, Feb. 25, 1995 in Pinecrest Care Center, were 11 a.m. today, Monday, Feb. 27, 1995 in the McCoy-Moore Funeral Home Wetherholt Chapel, Gallipolis. The Rev. Leland Brehm officiated and burial was in the Gravel Hill Cemetery, Cheshire. Pallbearers were Clyde Burnett, Bob Condee, Ronald Betz, Jim Saunders, Jim Sims and Jay Moore.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Monday, February 27, 1995
Transcribed by Sandy Milliron

Swain, Clark D.

Clark Swain Dies Suddenly At His Home
     Clark D. Swain, 58, a resident of Rt. 2, Crown City (Bladen-Mercerville Rd.) died suddenly at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at his home. He had been in failing health for two years. Mr. Swain was a lifelong resident of Gallia county and was born July 19, 1907, son of the late Luther and Nettie McIntyre Swain. He never married. He was a veteran of World War II and attended King’s Chapel Church.
     Mr. Swain is survived by three sisters and a brother, Mrs. Gertrude Nolan of Bidwell, Mrs. Lillie Campbell of Gallipolis, Mrs. Marie Dennis of Marietta and Neal Swain, of Huntington.
     Services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Mt. Zion Baptist Church, Rt. 7. The body is at the Waugh-Halley-Wood Funeral Home.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Thursday, December 30, 1965
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron

Swain, Eliza


     Mrs. Eliza Swain, age 43, member of Society of Friends, wife of Capt. Samuel Swain, late of Nantucket, Mass., died at Gallipolis, on 24 January 1816. They moved their family here about two years ago.

[Note: This was Samuel's second wife, and their only child, Paul, also died that year. The mother of the children who came to Ohio with their father was Mary Bradford Cook who died on Nantucket in July of 1812. Samuel died in 1823, and his third wife, Theodate Russell, survived him.]

The Scioto Gazette
New Series No. 27, Vol. 1, Whole No. 802
Thursday, 8 February 1816
Submitted by Eve Hughes                                                                            Top of Page

Swain, Emma

Death Claims Mrs. Swain, 78
     Mrs. Emma May Swain, 78, widow of George Swain, Bladen, passed away at 2:30 p.m. Monday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Clarence Carter, Gallia, after an extended illness.    
     She was the daughter of the late Jesse and Elizabeth Thompson Williams, Crown City.  She leaves these sons and daughters: Mrs. Bert Finley, Bladen; Mrs. Clarence Carter, Gallia; Mrs. Jennings Cremeens, Bladen; Herbert Swain, Mercerville; Stanley Swain, Gypsum; Mrs. John Waugh, Bladen; Mrs. Ralston Johnson, Bladen; Mrs. Marable Haffelt, Bladen; Mrs. Woodrow Jackson, Springfield; 41 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, and a half-brother, Charles Williams, Chillicothe.
     The body is at the home of her son Herbert Swain, Mercerville, where friends may call until the funeral hour, 2 p.m. Wednesday, at the Providence Baptist Church, the Rev. Earl Cremeens officiating.  Burial will be made by F. L. Stevers at Good Hope Cemetery.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Tuesday, January 16th, 1951
Transcribed by Eva Swain Hughes

Swain, Emmaline Artis [Walker]

Reached Good Age
     Mrs. Emmaline Swain, one of the oldest residents of Guyan township, died early last Sunday morning at the home of her son, Lonnie Swain, near Glenwood, W. Va., with whom she was living for the winter. Her death resulted from infirmities due to old age.
     She was the widow of the late Otha Swain who came to this township from Noble county, Ohio in 1877, and became one of the leading men of the community. They were married in Noble county, January 3, 1851.
     Mrs. Swain was the daughter of Stephen and Mary E. (Walker) Artis and was born in Belmont county, Ohio, May 15, 1834. She died at the ripe age of 87 years. Since the death of her husband several years ago, she has lived around among her children and was kindly cared for. She was the mother of eleven children, seven sons and four daughters. The children still living in this community are Lonnie, Luther and Ellsworth. Four of her children have died within the past few years.
     Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Earl Cremeans from the Stewart chapel church, of which the deceased was a member, Tuesday evening. Undertaker J. W. Stevers had charge of the burial which was made in the church cemetery.

[Note: Birth date on cemetery stone was listed as 5/1/1836. Based on the date of the obituary estimating death occurred in January 1922.]

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

Swain, Frances Mary Anne [Eagleson]

     Mrs. Frances Mary Ann Swain, 84, a resident of Eureka, died suddenly Thursday morning at her home. She had been in failing health for five years. Mrs. Swain was born in Harrison twp., Dec. 1, 1879, daughter of the late David and Mahalia Lewis Eagleson. Her marriage was to Lonnie Swain, who died May 13, 1932. Children who survive are Buell Swain of Mercerville, Rev. Webster Swain of Rt. 2 Crown City, Homer Swain of Gallipolis, Virgil Swain of Teens Run and Mrs. Geneva Fisher of Eureka. Two sons, Curtis and David preceded her in death. There are 20 grandchildren. Two brothers and two sisters are deceased. Mrs. Swain was a member of the Mercerville Baptist church, and she had spent her entire lifetime in this county. Services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Providence Baptist church with burial in the church cemetery under the direction of the Waugh - Halley - Wood Funeral home.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Transcribed by Mary Crittenden

Swain, George

     George Swain, son of Otha and Emily Swain, was born in 1866 and died at his home in Clay Township, March 13, 1919, aged 58 yrs., 1 mo., 27 da., from influenza and pneumonia.
     He bore his sufferings patiently. On the morning of his death he looked up and said, "I am not long here. I must go. I am happy, oh happy. I have a home not made with hands." With his eyes looking upward he said, waving his hands towards Heaven, "I am going fast---meet me, all."
     He lived a Christian life from his youth and did all he could to make those about him happy and was always ready to do his part of the work for the Lord. He was a kind and loving husband and father.
     He leaves a widow, Mrs. Emma Williams Swain, to whom he was married in 1890, and the following children: Mrs. Bert Finley, Mrs. Ada Carter, Verda, Herbert, Golda, Dale, Stanley, Audrie and Laura; brothers Ellsworth, Luther and Lonnie; sisters Mrs. Jacob Lindemood, Mrs. Martha Johnson, an aged mother, Mrs. Emaline Swain, two grandchildren, Virginia and Elwin Finley; and a host of relatives anf friends to deeply mourn his death. But our loss is his eternal gain.
     Funeral services were conducted at the Good Hope Church Saturday afternoon, March 15, by J. W. Wetherholt, undertaker Stevers having charge of the remains.
              Father, we miss you, miss you, in our home.
                 Everything seems sad and lonely when we enter in the door.
                 But we trust you are in Heaven, where no farewell tears can flow
                 And with those who have gone before in that happy land to dwell.

[Note: wife, Emma was daughter of Jessie Williams]

Gallipolis newspaper
March 1919
Transcribed by Joanne Galvin                                                                       Top of Page  

Swain, John C.

     Jno. C. Swaine died at his residence in Rome township, Lawrence county, Ohio, July 23, of paralysis. Mr. Swaine was born in Nantucket, Massachusetts, October 28, 1798. The family came to Ohio in 1814 and settled where the deceased met his death. He married Louisa Vincent in 1825, who preceded him to the other world some twenty-five years ago. He was the brother of Mrs. Caroline Coleman and Mrs. Susan Baxter of this city. He was the son of Commodore Swaine who died in this city many years ago.

[Note: John's full name was John Coggeshall Swain. His father Samuel brought eight of his twelve children to Ohio after the death of their mother on Nantucket in 1812. Samuel was in business in Gallipolis before his death in 1823. In 1826, John married Louisa Vincent (1800-1865), one of the seven daughters of Antoine Claudius and Flore Emilie (Berthelot) Vincent. Both Antoine Vincent and the Berthelots were part of the French 500.]

The Gallipolis Journal
July 29, 1885
Contributed by 2nd great granddaughter, Eve Swain Hughes

Swain, Joseph A.

Death of Joseph A. Swain
     Mr. Joseph A. Swain died at his home at Kanauga Sunday Nov. 2nd, 1924, at the age of 66 years. He leaves his widow and four daughters and two sons, Mrs. Minnie Clark of Athalia, Mrs. Gladys Jones of Dayton, Mrs. Emma Foster of near Charleston, WV, and Mrs. Ella Trosche [sic] of Cleveland, Sidney and Victor Swain at home. Funeral Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Millersport, Lawrence county. Burial in charge of Geo. Wetherholt and sons.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
3 Nov. 1924, p. 3
Contributed by Eve Hughes

Swain, Leatha Frances [Fulks]

Mrs. Swain, 74, Kanauga, Dies Fri. Afternoon
     Mrs. Leatha Frances Swain, widow of Joseph Swain, died at 2:30 Friday afternoon at her home in Kanauga. She had been ill a long time and her death was not unexpected. She was 74 years old.
     Mrs. Swain was a Fulks and was born and reared in Guyan tp. Her husband died in 1924. She and some of her children moved to Kanauga a number of years ago and they resided in the big two-story frame dwelling opposite the end of the Silver Bridge. It was once known as the the Bryan property.
     The surviving children are: Mrs. G.F. Clark, Athalia; Mrs. W.H. Foster, Princeton, WVa.; Mrs. John Jones, Dayton; Sidney and Victor at home. There are also two sisters and a brother; Harvey Fulks, Crown City; Mrs. J.P. Lewis, Ironton, and Mrs. Frank Williams, Proctorville. Ferry Dillon of this city is a nephew of Mrs. Swain, she and his mother having been sisters.
     The funeral services will be held at the church in Kanauga at 2 o'clock Sunday with Rev. C.W. Frye of Rodney in charge. Burial at Miller by Tope.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Saturday, February 22, 1936, p.1
Contributed by Eve Hughes

Swain, Lonnie

Lonnie Swain Dead
     Mr. Lonnie Swain, 64, died at his home at Leaper on Friday morning, May 13, 1932, after several years illness following a stroke of paralysis. He is survived by his wife and sons, Curtis, Webster, Buell, Virgil and Homer and a daughter, Geneva. Mr. Swain was both born and lived all his life in the section which he died.
     Funeral services were Sunday at Providence Church, burial following there.

Gallipolis Paper
May, 1932
Transcribed by F.K. Brown                                                                           Top of Page 

Swain, Otho

Riverman Missing, Believed Drowned Near Lock 27: Ice Hampers Dragging
Otho Swain, 48, Disappears From Towboat Heekin
     Otho Swain, 46, deckhand on the diesel towboat Albert E. Heekin, suddenly disappeared from the boat at Lock 27 above Proctorville about 7 p.m. Friday. It is believed he was drowned but because of ice conditions in the river dragging operations have not been attempted.
     Mr. Swain, who lived with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Luther Swain, on Sugar Creek, two miles this side of Crown City, was last seen when he left the supper table on the boat. He and other members of the crew ate as the boat lay alongside the upper guide wall entrance to the lock waiting to enter the chamber.
It required more than two hours to open the gates against the ice jams which had formed, and before the boat entered the lock chamber Mr. Swain was missed.
     He had earlier left the boat at Pt. Pleasant to go to his home and get some clothes. He rejoined the boat at Lock 27. No one working at the locks saw him ashore after that time. But the packages of clothing he brought were found.
     The captain of the vessel notified relatives at Crown City, where a brother, Clark Swain, and a sister, Mrs. Lily Campbell, also reside.
     Another brother is Neil W. Swain of Huntington and a sister, Mrs. Gertrude Nolan of Gallipolis.
Otho Swain and Mary Mooney, daughter of W.J. Mooney were married here Jan. 10, 1927 by Squire F.M. Millisor. The marriage record shows that Swain was born Apr. 10, 1901, and hence was nearing his 47th birthday.
     He and his wife divorced and she is now the wife of Billy Kuhn, who works for Nicholson & Saunders, local plumbers. To the Swains were born two daughters, Geraldine, now 20, who married Lee Burcham, a deckhand of Eureka, and Betty Swain, who lives here and at Eureka. Geraldine worked as a waitress in local restaurants before her marriage.

[Note from Stone: 1901 - 1948]

Gallipolis Paper
Date Unknown
Transcribed by Theresa E. Smith

Swain, Otho

Body of Drowned Boatman Is Found In River Saturday
     Funeral services for Otho Swain, drowning victim, are being held this afternoon at the Swan Creek Church, with Rev. Oma Williams in charge with interment there by C.R. Halley.
     Riverman found the body Saturday afternoon. It was floating in the Ohio River near the Ohio shore below Chesapeake at a point opposite Huntington's W. Ninth St. (That would be 15 blocks below the Huntington-Chesapeake Bridge).
     The finders were members of the crew of the small towboat Pete of the Ohio Dredging Co. They took the body to the Schneider Funeral Home at Chesapeake, where Dr. W. Wilson Lynd, Lawrence County coroner, held an inquest and returned a verdict of accidental death by drowning. From there the body was removed to Halley's mortuary at Mercerville.
     Swain popularly known as "Buff", disappeared suddenly from the towboat Albert E. Heekin in the evening of Friday Jan. 23. He was a deckhand on the boat and vanished while the boat lay along the upper guide wall entrance to the lock chamber of Dam 27 above Proctorville. Because of an ice jam it required more than two hours to open the gates so the boat could enter the chamber.
     During this period, Swain and other crew members had eaten and he left the table and was not seen again. It was then presumed he had fallen off the boat and drowned, but no outcry had been heard. Extensive dragging operations were resorted to, but without getting any trace of the missing boatman.
From Dam 27 to the point where the body was recovered is about nine miles. Identification was made by personal effects in the clothing, including social security and draft registration cards.
     Swain would have been 47 years old on April 10. He was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Luther Swain, who live two miles above Crown City. He was twice married. He and his first wife, Mary Mooney, were divorced and she is now the wife of William Kuhn, who works for Nicholson & Saunders, local plumbers. Two daughters of his first marriage survive him: Mrs. Geraldine Burcham and Betty Swain, both of Crown City and both well-known in Gallipolis, having worked here as waitresses. There is a granddaughter, Judy Ann Burcham.
     Swain's second wife was Hazel Helzinger and they, too, were estranged. His other survivors include a stepdaughter, Shirley Messer, and these three sisters and two brothers: Mrs. Gertrude Nolan, Bidwell; Mrs. Marie Dennis, Marietta; Mrs. Lily Campbell, Crown City; Neal Swain, Huntington, and Clark Swain, at home.

[Note from stone: 1901-1948]

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

Swain, Richard Curtis

Obituary of Richard Curtis Swain

Let not your heart be troubled; ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.

     Airman Second Class Richard Curtis Swain, son of Virgil and Ollie Raines Swain was born April 27, 1937 in Harrison Twp. He graduated from Gallia Academy High School in 1954, where he made excellent grades and was a favorite of his class. While attending Rio Grande College, where he was preparing to teach, he enlisted in the Air Corps on Oct. 24, 1955. He served in Newfoundland and in Greenland. On June 9, 1957 he was stationed at Columbus, a member of 4233rd Ari Force Unit at Lockborne Air Base.
     On July 13, 1957 he was married to the former Clara Lou Barton, and they had established their home in Columbus. She survives, in addition to his parents and one sister, Candace, to whom he was tenderly devoted. Also grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Raines and Mrs. Frances Swain.
     Immediately on receiving word of the accident, his wife and parents went to him and stayed by his side while nurses and doctors at the air base did everything in their power to help. Thinking there might possibly be better facilities at University Hospital, he was transferred there. Everyone worked tirelessly, but the Master called him home. He had reached the age of 20 years, 5 months and 27 days.
     Richard was a quiet likeable young man of whom everyone spoke with the highest praise. We cannot understand why one so young and helpful with such a promising future must be taken at this early age.

My life is but a weaving
Between my Lord and me,
I cannot choose the colors
He worketh steadily.

Oft times He weaveth sorrow
And I in foolish pride
Forget he sees the upper
And I, the under side.

Not ‘til the loom is silent
And the shuttles cease to fly
Shall God unroll the canvas
And explain the reason why.
The dark threads are as needful
In the Weaver’s skillful hand
As the threads of gold and silver
In the pattern He has planned.

He knows, He loves, He cares,
Nothing this truth can dim,
He gives His very best to those
Who leave the Choice with Him.

[Note: d. November 6, 1957 and was buried in Mound Hill]

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Abt. November 6, 1957
Transcribed by Suzanne Giroux                                                                    Top of Page

Swain, Robert Mitchell, Jr

     Robert Mitchell Swain, Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Swain was born March 23, 1926 and departed into another world March 27, 1926. He leaves besides his parents, two sisters, Erdine and Vivian, and a lot of relatives and friends.

We had a little treasure once
He was our joy and pride,
We loved him Ah! perhaps too well,
For soon he slept and died.
All is dark within our dwelling
Lonely are our hearts to-day,
For the one we loved so dearly
Has forever passed away.

Gallipolis paper
Transcribed by Maxine Marshall

Swain, Thomas Paul

Swain Death Ruled Suicide
     Thomas Paul Swain, 51, of 1937 Chatham Ave., died around 10:20 a.m. Tuesday at his home of a self-inflicted gunshot wound according to Dr. Donald W. Warehime, Gallia County coroner. Dr. Warehime said Swain was pronounced dead at 10:40 a. m. He had been shot in the left side of the chest with a .22 caliber pistol.
     Mr. Swain was a carpenter, and was recently employed at the Gallipolis State Institute. He was born Aug. 12, 1916, in Crown City, son of Stanley Swain and Bessie Dillon Swain. Both survive. He was married to Norma Jean Northcraft on Feb. 17, 1944, in Sistersville, W. Va. She survives, along with one daughter, Mrs. Joyce Rossiter, and two grandchildren.
     Three brothers surviving are Orman, Verlin, and Nelson, all of Crown City. Four sisters survive: Mrs. Aldean Miller, Crown City; Mrs. Wanda Scarbrough, Ross, Ohio; Mrs. Naomi Gooderham and Mrs. Nelda Smith, both of Crown City. One sister, Mrs. Bertha Miller, preceded him in death.
He served in both the Navy and Army during World War II.
     Funeral services are scheduled 2 p.m., Thursday at the Crown City Pilgrim Holiness Church, under the direction of Rev. Donald Wilson, and Rev. Oma Williams. Burial will be in Crown City Cemetery. Friends may call at Miller’s Funeral Home between 7-9 this evening and until noon Thursday. The body will lie in state at the church one hour before the services.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Wednesday, July 10, 1968
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron                                                                    Top of Page

Swain, Webster, T., Jr.

Jr. Swain, 12, Killed In Truck Accident As Fox Hunt Ends
Accident Occurs Saturday Midnight On Hill Back Of Bladen Near Boy's Home
---Funeral Services Held At Bethel This Afternoon

     A fox-hunt in the hills back of Bladen Saturday night ended in a tragedy that has saddened and shocked the whole countryside. Webster T. Swain Jr., aged 12 and commonly known as "Junior", was fatally injured when he was struck by the axle of his father's truck as he lay unseen and asleep in a rut of a seldom-used roadway.
     That occurred about midnight. The boy was brought to the Holzer Hospital about 1 a.m. and died an hour and 45 minutes later.

Several Vehicles There
     Junior Swain was one of eight children of W. T. and Garnet Donnally Swain, who live about three-fourths of a mile back of Bladen. The accident scene was not far from their home.
     Mr. Swain and other adults and a number of children had gone to the hill tops to enjoy a fox chase. Several vehicles, among them the Swain truck, had transported the hunters.

Fifth Fatality in '42
     Junior Swain's death is the fifth fatality in the county so far this year resulting from an automobile or highway accident.
     About midnight the party was breaking up, or at any rate the Swains were getting ready to leave. Mr. Swain rounded up his own children, except Junior, and failing to find him, it was surmised he had gone home in another vehicle. Hardly had Mr. Swain started the truck, after looking into the truck bed and around the truck for the missing boy, than he struck an object that caused him to stop.
     The axle of some other part of the truck had hit the boy on the head, presumably as he lay asleep or perhaps as he awakened and attempted to rise.
     Junior was said to be an extraordinary boy and was a favorite in the home and the community. He was industrious, ambitious, and impressed those about him as certain to succeed. He would have been 12 years old in July.
     The father, who is a well-known and progressive farmer and stock-buyer, and the mother, who is a daughter of the late Charles Donnally, are said to be disconsolate over their loss. Their other children, all at home, are Billy, Bobbie, Naomi, Jackie, Johnnie, Peggie and Patty.
     Funeral services are being held at Bethel Church this afternoon.

     Junior, son of Webster and Garnet (Donnally) Swain was born June 24, 1929. He was called from eartly scenes forever and passed without a struggle or a motion from the repose of sleep to the repose of death.
     The summons came early on the morning of June 21, 1942 at the tender age of 12 years, 11 months, 27 days, lacking but three days of his thirteenth birthday.
     He bade a long farewell to his loving parents, his brothers Billie, Bobbie, Jackie and John, sisters Naomi, Peggy and Patsy. Grandmothers Mrs. Frances Swain and Mrs. Cora Donnally and to his many friends and playmates.
     His spirit took its flight to that world where goodbyes and farewells are a sound unknown. The family circle is broken and a chair is vacant in the home. Junior was a bright, happy boy, a favorite with his friends and schoolmates.

Galliipolis newspaper
June 1942
Transcribed by Joanne Galvin                                                                       Top of Page

Swaney, Joseph W.

Joe Swaney Dead
     Uncle Joe Swaney, one of our good citizens and neighbors, died very suddenly last Tuesday evening, April 11th at his home on Double Creek. He was plowing in his garden with a hand plow and it is supposed he over taxed his heart, as he fell from exhaustion and died within a few minutes. Mr. John Henry, who was working just above the house, saw him fall, but before he reached him he had expired.
     Mr. Swaney was born in Pennsylvania October 8, 1857, and was 64 years, 6 months and 4 days old. He came to this state at a very early age and has since resided in Lawrence and Gallia Counties. He was married to Katherine Syrus Sept. 13, 1895, who survives him. For several years he carried the U. S. mail from Swan Creek, Ohio, to Glenwood, W. Va.
     He leaves two sisters, Mrs. J. M. Lewis of Goldfield, Nev., and Mrs. Kate Hendricks of Deadwood, S. D. Also another sister, Mrs. Mary Goebel and a brother, John Swaney, whose present whereabouts are unknown.
     The funeral services were held from the Crown City M. E. church, Wednesday evening, conducted by Rev. Fred Koster. Undertaker J. W. Stevers had charge of the burial which was made in the Crown City cemetery.
Mrs. Swaney disposed of her household goods last Saturday and went to Huntington, where she will reside for a while with her sister. Her property was sold to Denis Hayner.

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

Swango, Georgeann
     Mrs. Georgeann Swango, 94, a former resident of the Porter community died Friday evening in Cincinnati General Hospital. She was born in Wolf County, Ky., on July 13, 1873. She was married to Dr. George Washington Swango who died in 1937.
     She is survived by four children, Ishmiel Swango, Cincinnati; Mrs. William (Louise) Brown, and Mrs. Wayland Proffitt, and Courtney Swango, all of Bidwell. One son, Dr. Jefferson Swango, of Waterloo, preceded her in death. Twenty grandchildren and several great grandchildren also survive.
     Funeral services will be held Monday at 1 p.m. at the McCoy Funeral Home in Vinton. Burial will be in Mound Hill Cemetery. Friends may call after 1 p.m. today at the funeral home.

Gallipolis Sunday Times Sentinel
April 23, 1967

Swango Rites Are Conducted In Vinton
     Services for Mrs. Georgeann Swango, 94, former resident of the Porter community, were conducted at 1:30 p.m. Monday at the McCoy Funeral Home, Vinton, by the Rev. Joseph C. Chapman. Burial was in Mound Hill Cemetery. Grandsons served as pallbearers.
     Mrs. Swango, who died Friday in Cincinnati General Hospital was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. George Washington Swango, and a son, also a physician, Dr. Jefferson Swango.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Monday, April 24, 1967
Transcribed by Sandy Lee Milliron

Swann, Claude Edward

Claude Edward Swann
     Claude Edward Swann, 86, of Gallipolis, widower of Margaret Salem Swann, died Monday in Holzer Medical Center. He was a retired plumber and pipefitter from Local 521. Survivors include two sons, Claude Edward Swann of Roseville, MN and Joe Swann of Tampa, FL and a daughter Leah Schoonover of Gallipolis. [Note: son, Robert Cornell Swann died in 1995]
     Funeral 1 p.m. Thursday at Waugh-Halley-Wood Funeral Home, Gallipolis; burial in Lone Oak Cemetery, Point Pleasant. Friends may call from 7-9 p.m. today at the funeral home.

[Note: born June 12, 1910; died July 8, 1996. First wife, Alene Davis. Parents: Claude Vilas Swann and Grace May Cornell]

Gallipolis Paper
No date
Submitted by F.K. Brown                                                                             Top of Page 

Swann, Claude V.

Swann Funeral Monday At Church In Gallipolis (photo and caption, “Former Mayor is Dead”)
     Funeral services for Claude V. Swann, 72, a former mayor of Huntington who died yesterday in a Gallipolis hospital of a heart attack, will be held Monday at 2 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Gallipolis with Dr. Howard G. Young officiating. Burial will be in Ridgelawn Cemetery here with Huntington Lodge 53, AF&AM conducting graveside rites.
     Three times a member of the House of Delegates from Cabell County, Mr. Swann was Huntington’s mayor in 1941042. He was a city councilman-at-large in 1935 and was elected to the Legislature in 1936, 1938 and 1944. While he was mayor, Mr. Swann’s brother, Leslie J. Swann, was Huntington police chief. The brother is now assistant warden of the Florida State Penitentiary at Raiford.
     Because of failing health, Mr. Swann ended his political career in 1944 after his last legislative term. In 1951, he suffered a severe stroke while living in Huntington. Later, he moved to Gallipolis where he made his home at 512 Second Avenue, living in semi-retirement because of a heart ailment.
     Mr. Swann operated a plumbing company in Huntington for many years. He was born July 30, 1886, at Salt Rock, a son of the late F.M. and Beulah Perry Swann. He was educated in Cabell County public schools and was married January 6, 1909 to May Cornell, who survives.
     Mr. Swann was a charter member of the Baptist Temple in Huntington; a member of the Temple building committee, chairman of the board of trustees for several years and, until he moved to Gallipolis, assistant teacher of the men’s Bible class. He was a member of the Masonic Order, Shrine and Scottish Rite, and the Junior Order of the United American Mechanics. He was a past president and former secretary of the Huntington Lions Club, served as president of the Master Plumbers Association of West Virginia in 1926-27, and for 10 years afterward was secretary-treasurer of the organization.
     Survivors include the widow; a daughter, Mrs. Virginia Clark of near Gallipolis; a son, Claude V. Swann Jr., of Point Pleasant; two sisters, Mrs. A.T. Runstedtler of Huntington and Mrs. L.M. Gilmore of Portsmouth, Va., four brothers, Leslie J. Swann of Raiford, Fla., E.H. Swann of Huntington, A.E. Swann of Cincinnati and Y.M. Swann of New Your City, and five grandchildren.
     The body is at the Miller Funeral Home in Gallipolis.

Unknown newspaper, possibly Huntington, W.V.
Unknown publication date--death date: 03 July 1959
Transcribed by Deanna Partlow

Swann, May [Cornell]

Funeral For May Swann On Saturday
     Funeral services for Mrs. May Swann, 79, of Gallipolis, O., widow a former mayor of Huntington, will be conducted tomorrow at 1 p.m. at the Miller Home for Funerals in Gallipolis and the Rev. Joseph C. Chapman of Gallipolis and the Rev. John W. Cromwell of Huntington. Burial will in Ridgelawn Cemetery here.
     Born in Gallia County, she was a daughter of the late Zachary T. and America Clark Cornell. In 1909, she was married in Cheyenne Wyo., to Claude Swann, then an employee of the Union Pacific Railroad. In 1912, they came to Huntington, where he at one time operated a plumbing establishment and was mayor of the city in 1942. He died in 1959.
     Survivors include a son, Claude Swann of Point Pleasant; a daughter, Mrs. Herman Clark of Gallipolis, formerly of Huntington; five grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren, and two sisters, Mrs. Roxie Patterson and Ruby Unroe of Crown City, O. Friends may call at the funeral home after 1 p.m. today.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Sept. 15, 1965
Transcribed by Mary Crittenden

Swanson, Charles B.

Charles B. Swanson
     Charles B. Swanson, 72, 1964 Forest Lawn Blvd., Marion, died at 10:10 a.m. Monday in Marion General Hospital. Born Oct. 10, 1910, in Gallia County, he was the son of the late Charles H. and Byrd Blagg Swanson.
He taught at Gallia Academy High School for more than 25 years, and served as head football, basketball and baseball coach at GAHS in 1944-45 and as an assistant coach until the mid-1950s. He moved to Marion in 1961 and taught at Mount Gilead High School for 21 years.
     A member of Epworth United Methodist Church at Marion, he was also a member of the Ohio Education Association and the National Education Association.
     He married Betty Blazer, who survives, on Feb. 6, 1933, in Greenup, Ky. Also surviving are two daughters, Mrs. E.C. (Gloria) Beale of St. Louis, Mo., and Mrs. Edward (Sally) Vanderloop of Pittsfield, Mass.; three grandchildren; and a brother, Carroll of Middleport.
     Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday in Waugh-Halley-Wood Funeral Home, with the Rev. C. Joseph Sprague officiating. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery, Rio Grande. Friends may call at the funeral home from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Wednesday. Pallbearers will be Miles Epling, Vance Johnson, Bill Joe Johnson, Sam Plants, Hobart Wilson Jr. and Garland Folden.

[Note: Charles Swanson died Sept. 12, 1983.]

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Tuesday, September 13, 1983
Transcribed by Deanna Partlow

Swanson, Charles F.

Chas. F. Swanson Dies Suddenly
Well Known Resident is Victim of Heart Attack at Home Friday
     Mr. Charles F. Swanson, 60, former well known hardware merchant, died quite suddenly at his home here Friday night about nine o'clock of a heart attack. Mr. Swanson was a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Frank Swanson and was born at Cheshire. With his parents he came here at the age of 12 years.
     He began business life with the hardware store of J.M. Kerr, later conducting a store of his own on Court street. Lately he has been employed by Fred Foster at the Spring Hill dairy. Mrs. Swanson, formerly Miss Laura Morton of Middleport, and a daughter, Mrs. Edith Morton of Halstead, Kansas, survive him.
     Funeral services were Tuesday afternoon at the Swanson home by Rev. Wilbur, interment following in Pine Street cemetery.

[Note: Cemetery stone gives DOD as 1934.]

Gallia Times
January 31, 1935
Transcribed by Nancy McMillan

Swanson, Frank

Formerly of This County. Died at Huntingto From Results of Injuries Received in Fall
     F. S. Swanson, 2050 Seventh avenue, founder of the Swanson Monument Co., died Wednesday noon, as the result of injuries received three weeks ago when he slipped and fell on a concrete walk in his backyard. For many years a resident of Huntington, Mr. Swanson was widely known for his business and social connections. Although retired from business, he had been in active health and the news of his death came as a sad shock. He was fatally injured in a fall in his backyard although at the time his injuries were not thought to be serious.
     His widow, one daughter, Mrs. Myrtle Jones of Staunton, two sons, C. F. Swanson of Gallipolis, O., and H. B. Swanson of Lincoln county, and three sisters, Mrs. Mary Calhoun, Mrs. J. J. Coughenour and Mrs. J. P. Coughenour, all of Cheshire, O., survive him.
     Funeral services will be held at eight o'clock Friday morning at the residence, 2050 Seventh. The body will be taken by auto to Gallipolis, O., for interment in the family cemetery. Funeral services will be in charge of the United Commercial Travelers of which Mr. Swanson had long been a member. - Huntington Herald-Dispatch.

     The body of Mr. Swanson was laid to rest in the Pine Street cemetery Friday morning. A large number of Gallia County relatives and friends met the funeral cortege at the cemetery and joined in paying a last tribute of respect to our former townsman. Mr. Swanson and family resided in this city for a number of years, and prior to that time they resided at Cheshire.

Gallia Times
July 13, 1922
Transcribed by Maxine Marshall

Swanson, Franklin F.

F. F. Swanson, 57, Succumbs In Huntington
     Franklin F. Swanson, 57, a resident of Texas Rd., died at 8:34 a.m. Sunday in Huntington Veterans Hospital. He had been a patient there since Dec. 30. Mr. Swanson had been a riverman and his last employment was at the Gallipolis State Institute.
     He was born in Huntington on Nov. 25, 1908, son of the late Harry and Katherine Halley Swanson. His marriage was to the former Hazel Morrow, and it took place in Gallipolis, Sept. 30, 1930. She survives along with two sons and five daughters, Frank Swanson of Cleveland, James Swanson and Mrs. Norma Moss, both of Gallipolis, Mrs. Margaret Wooten and Mrs. Hilda Canaday, both of Miamisburg, Mrs. Clara Cromlish of Columbus, and Mrs. Ann Baird of Syracuse. There are 21 grandchildren.
     Other survivors are three brothers and a sister, Leonard Swanson and Everett Swanson, both of Columbus, and William Swanson and Mrs. Hazel Guess, both of Gallipolis.
     Services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the First Church of the Nazarene. Rev. Ronald Justice will officiate, and burial will be in Pine Street cemetery under the direction of Miller’s Home for Funerals. The body will lie in state at the church from 1 p.m. until the hour of the service. Friends may call at the funeral home from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Monday, January 24, 1966
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron

Swanson, George W.

     Geo. W. Swanson was born August 10th, 1842, joined the M. E. Church in his 14th year, he was married to Sarah E. Williamson July 18th, 1872, died July 5th, 1875. He was early trained in the way of piety, and from the time he could walk he was a regular attendant of the Sunday School.
     As a teacher and Superintendent he was very efficient and successful, and when death came it found him fully prepared to leave the Church militant and join the Church triumphant, and hail his two brothers that had preceded him to the Heavenly country.
     The great concourse of people that attended his interment showed the high esteem in which he was held. He leaves a wife, one child, parents, brothers, sisters and a host of friends that mourn his loss.

[Note: stone Gravel Hill Cemetery - Cheshire Twp 48 years, 11 months, 4 days]

Gallipolis Journal
July 15, 1875 Vol. XL No. 39
Transcribed by Irene Blamer                                                                         Top of Page

Swanson, H. B.

     Swanson, of Lung disease on the 17th of April, 1870, H. B., third son of S. W. and R. M. Swanson. Aged 23 years.
     He was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. He died in great peace. Shall we then mourn for those who have fallen asleep in Jesus? Shall we mourn because they have left all that they loved on earth? Because the eye once beaming with Christian affection and Christian hope is now closed? Because the lips on which dwelt the law of kindness, are sealed up, and the tongue once vocal with accents of supplication, thanksgiving and praise, is now silent in the grave? Aye! Let us rather follow with the eye of faith the emancipated spirit, as it leaves all its infirmities, its errors, its sins, and sorrows and fears behind; and rising to the consummation of all that it wished and hoped for here, enters the Heavenly Zion, with songs and everlasting joy; and while in spirit we join the gratulations of that holy, happy company who bid it welcome to their blest abodes, let us resolve, in a devout reliance on the grace of God, to live to Christ, more entirely, more cordially, more constantly than we have ever done, that to us it may be gain to die. Die we must. E. SIBLEY

Gallipolis Journal
May 12, 1870
Transcribed by Sandy Lee Milliron

Swanson, Hazel [Morrow]

     Hazel Virginia Swanson, 69, a resident of 41 Grape St., died at 2:15 p.m. Monday in Holzer Medical Center. She had been in failing health one year.
     Mrs. Swanson was a former employee of the Gallipolis State Institute. She was also a practical nurse. She was born June 19, 1911, in Mason County, daughter of the late Jim and Clara Danner Morrow. She married Franklin F. Swanson on Sept. 30, 1930, in Gallipolis. He preceded her in death on Jan. 23, 1966.
     The following children survive: Mrs. Margaret Dominguery, Gardenia, Calif.; Mrs. Richard (Hilda) Gonzales, also of Gardenia; Mrs. Kenneth (Clara) Cromlish, Columbus; Mrs. Marvin (Norma) Moss, Gallipolis; Franklin, Addison; Mrs. Paul (Anna) Beard, St. Cloud, Fla., and James Donald, Miamisburg, Ohio. Thirty-three grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren survive. One sister, Mrs. Berkley (Ethel) Wright, Kanauga, survives. Four brothers preceded her in death.
     She was a member of The Church of Christ in Christian Union on Eastern Ave. and the Daughters of America and senior citizens.
     Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Thursday at The Church of Christ in Christian Union with Rev. George Jones officiating. Burial will be in Pine Street Cemetery. Friends may call at the Waugh-Halley-Wood Funeral Home from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Wednesday. The body will lie in state at the church one hour prior to the services. Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Tuesday, July 15, 1980
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron                                                                    Top of Page

Swanson, L. W.

Funeral of Mr. L. W. Swanson
     The funeral of Mr. L. W. Swanson was largely attended and quite a number of the Mechanics accompanied the remains to Cheshire where the lodge had charge of the burial. Many friends from other cities were here for the last rites and the floral offerings were beautiful and numerous.

[Note: Born 1855; buried Gravel Hill]

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
June 26, 1915
Transcribed by Jessica L. Weber

Swanson, Mary [Sherritt]

Death Of Mrs. Swanson
     The funeral of Mrs. Mary Swanson, who died yesterday afternoon of the complication of diseases of two years standing, will take place from the residence on Franklin Avenue at 2 o'clock Saturday afternoon, conducted by Swinehart and Rev. Wilder. Burial will be made in the Union St., Cemetery.
     Besides her husband, Mr. D. A. Swanson, she leaves three daughters and two sons, Mrs. C. F. Heizer, of Falfurrias Texas, Mrs. E. C. Bibbee, of this city and Hester at home, J. B. and Clarence of this city. She is also survived by one brother and three sisters –L.L. Sherritt, of Montgomery, Grace Sherritt of this city, Mrs. Moomaw, of Rio Grande, and Mrs. McCloud of Cheshire. The family came here about five years ago from Kings Mills, through their former home was Rio Grande.
     – Athens Messenger. Mrs. Swanson was well known in Gallipolis, having made her home here at one time.

Gallipolis Bulletin
April 18, 1912
Transcribed by Jessica L. Weber

Swanson, Rachel A

Mrs. Swanson Dead
     Mrs. Rachel A. Swanson, wife of F.F. [Frank] Swanson, formerly of this city, died at her home in Huntington, WV, Wednesday, March 8, 1911. Her body accompanied by her husband, son Harry and daughter, Miss Myrtie and other friends arrived here on the C.C. Bowyer Friday morning and was taken to her son, C.F. Swanson at No. 1110 Second Avenue.
     The funeral services were conducted there at 2:30 Friday afternoon by Rev. Dr. Hiatt of Huntington and Rev. Arthur P. Cherrington, of Grace Church of this city. The internment was at Pine Street Cemetery by Undertaker Wetherholt immediately after the religious services.
     Mrs. Swanson's maiden name was Miss Rachel Givens of Buena Vista, near Portsmouth and she was born 61 years ago. She was united in marriage with her husband who survives her, 40 years ago, at that place in the old McKendre Chapel by Rev. Mr. Griffith, of the M.E. Church and she became the mother of five children, those three mentioned being the only ones who survive her.
     She was a member of the M.E. Church and was converted and joined the church in which she was married in 1869 and always lived an upright, religious life that sustained her in death. She was a woman of strong mentality, kind to the needy or distressed and her neighbors here and at Huntington will testify to her amiability and general sweet life and disposition to all those virtues so essential in a loving wife, mother and neighbor.
     One brother, David F. Givens, survives her at Royal, IA, who visited her in December after a separation of 34 years. Two sisters survive, one in Illinois, Mrs. Elmeta Moore and Mrs. Fannie Warvel of North Judson, IN, who were here in attendance to the funeral services.

Gallipolis Bulletin
March 16, 1911
Transcribed by F.K. Brown

Swanson, Silas

Death Of Silas W. Swanson
     Mr. Silas W. Swanson, of Cheshire, departed this life Tuesday evening at 8 o'clock, May 23, '99 at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Joseph Coughenour, aged 83 years next November.
     The funeral services had not been arranged at this writing. His wife, whose maiden name was Ruth M. Holcomb, daughter of Abner Holcomb, died in 1881.
     The relatives who survive him are three daughters, Mrs. John Calhoun, of Wellston; Mrs. Jacob Coughenour and Mrs. Joseph Coughenour of Cheshire and sons, Mr. F.F. Swanson, of this city and Mr. L.W. Swanson of Cheshire. His last brother, Mr. Ben Swanson of Rio Grande, died last fall and he left no sisters.
     He was born in Greenbrier County, WV and came here when a mere boy. He settled in Raccoon Township, near Centreville, after marriage and farmed until he went to Cheshire in '64, when he engaged in the marble business, retiring from active pursuits along about '85. He was a devoted member of the M.E. Church for many years a social, pleasant, genial gentleman, well liked by all and though having lived long past the allotted life of man, his death is profoundly regretted by all who knew him.

[Note: buried in Gravel Hill Cemetery in Cheshire Township.]

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
May 24, 1899
Transcribed by F.K. Brown                                                                           Top of Page

Swartzwelder, Ada

     Died, on Friday evening, 14th, Ada, second daughter of Dr. Swartzwelder and his wife Mary, aged 5 years.

The Gallipolis Journal
October 27, 1864
Transcribed by Eva Swain Hughes

Swick Daniel

Daniel Swick of Morgan Died Friday Night
Burial Made Sunday At Fultonham - Was 63 Years Old
     Daniel W. Swick, 63, died at the Athens State Hospital Friday night. He had been a patient there for more than two years. Burial was made Sunday at Fultonham, near Zanesville, where a daughter is buried.
     Mr. Swick was a native of Morgan township. He was for many years a railroad engineer, and for a time operated a flour mill at Bidwell.
     He is survived by his wife, Laura Ward Swick, sister of Grant, Homer, James and Charles Ward, who resides near Eno, and a son, Prof. Lyman Swick, principal of a Youngstown, Ohio, school.

The Gallia Times
Thursday, April 7, 1932
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron

Swick, Daniel

Daniel Swick Dies; Burial At Fultonham
     Daniel Swick, 63, native of Morgan township and former resident of Bidwell, died Friday night at the Athens State Hospital, where he had been under treatment for more than two and a half years.
Funeral services were held at Athens on Sunday and the body was then taken to Fultonham, near Zanesville, for burial.
     For many years Mr. Swick was an engineer on the old Cincinnati & Muskingum Railway and then lived at Fultonham, and their only daughter was buried there.
     Mr. Swick is survived by his wife, Laura Ward Swick, a sister of H. J. and D. Grant Ward, and she lives on the road between Porter and Vinton. There is one son, Lyman, a very successful school teacher who now holds the principalship of a Youngstown school.
     Mr. Swick for several years managed the flour mill at Bidwell which belonged to his father-in-law. He possessed no little musical talent and will be recalled by many, no doubt, as a singer.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune, p. 1
Monday, April 4, 1932
Transcribed by Mary Kay Clark

Swick, Eunice R. [McQuiston]

     Swick - At her residence in Walnut township, June 27, 1882 of paralysis, Eunice R. Swick, wife of Jesse Swick. The deceased was born in Beaver county, Pa., on the 18th day of April, 1823, and was married April 5, 1842. She came to Gallia county in April 1849, and has lived here ever since. Her maiden name was McQuiston, being a daughter of the late David McQuiston. She was the mother of ten children, seven of whom survive her. She was a truly good woman, a mother in Israel. "She hath done what she could."

Gallipolis Journal
August 24, 1882
Page 3 Column 6
Transcribed by Margaret Calvin                                                                     Top of Page

Swick, Fannie [Graves]

Death Ends A Marriage Of 73 Years
     A marriage relation which had endured for 73 years was ended at 7 p.m. Thursday when Mrs. Fannie Graves Swick, 90, died in Holzer hospital. She was the wife of John Swick who survives at the age of 93. The Ewington lady had been a patient in Holzer hospital for several months following a stroke.
     Mrs. Swick was born in this county on Sept. 5, 1868, the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Graves. She was married to John Swick on Oct. 24, 1885. Surviving this union are three daughters and two sons, Mrs. Anna Dyer, of Bidwell, Mrs. Lottie Baker of Vinton, and Mrs. Viola Snyder of Ewington (who lives near the parental home), Clarence Swick of Fostoria and Homer Swick of London.
     Mrs. Swick was a member of the Ewington Church of Christ in Christian Union and funeral services will be held there at 2 p.m. Sunday. Rev. Claude Graves will officiate, and burial will follow in Vinton Memorial Park under the direction of the McCoy Funeral Home. Friends may call at the funeral home on Saturday and until the hour of the service.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Friday, December 19, 1958
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron

Swick, Lewis

L. Swick Of Near Eno Died Tuesday
Louis Swick of near Eno died of pneumonia Tuesday after an illness of two weeks. He was a lifelong resident of Morgan tp. He is survived by his widow and these four children: Don Swick and Mrs. Blanche Burns, Vinton; Clarence Swick and Mrs. Hattie Freshcorn, Marion, and a number of grandchildren and great grandchildren.
     Funeral services will be conducted by Rev. J. L. Stephenson at Morgan Center church at 2 o’clock Thursday. Burial in Vinton Memorial cemetery by H. K. Butler.

[Note: 1860 - 12/8/1936, Age 76 yrs. 9 mos. 4 das. He was the son of Martin & Nancy Gould Swick. He was married to Eliza J. Russell on Nov. 3, 1878 in Gallia Co., Ohio.]

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Wednesday, December 9, 1936
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron

Swick, Rebecca Belle [Denny]

Aged Widow Dies at Home in Gallia County
     GALLIPOLIS - Mrs. Rebecca Belle Denny Swick, age 81, died at her home in Morgan Township late Thursday. She had been in frail health for a year or so and in a critical condition for about ten days.
     She was the widow of Charles Martin Swick. She was born Aug. 18, 1864, a daughter of Izariah and Sarah McClaskey Denny. She is survived by the following children:  Joe Swick, Langsville; Floyd and Willie Swick, who lived with their mother, and Mrs. Mary George, who also lived with the mother.
     Funeral services will be held at the Morgan Center Church Sunday at 2 p.m. Burial will be in Grove Cemetery. [Pine Grove Cemetery]

Athens Sunday Messenger
March 24, 1946
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron

Swigert, Cora B.

Miss Swigert Is Claimed Sunday
     Cora B. Swigert, 72, a native of Gallipolis, and a lifelong resident of the Chillicothe Rd., died at 6:48 p. m. Sunday in an Athens hospital.
     Miss Swigert was born here May 9, 1891, daughter of the late M. V. and Sophia M. Steinbeck Swigert. She is survived by a sister, Stella Swigert of Jackson and a brother, Marcus Swigert of Weaver, Alabama.
     She was a member of the First United Presbyterian Church. Services will be held at 2 p. m. Thursday at the Wetherholt-Elliott-Sanders Funeral Home. Rev. Glen Hueholt will officiate, and burial will be in Mound Hill cemetery.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Monday, December 23, 1963
Transcribed by Sandy Milliron

Swigert, John

     Mr. John Swigert, 70, a lifelong resident of this city, died at his home on the Chillicothe Road near this city Tuesday, May 30, 1922. He had been ill for several months. Besides his wife, one son, Professor Frank Swigert of the Gallipolis schools, survives him. The funeral was Thursday afternoon at his late home by Rev. Robinson, interment in Mound Hill cemetery.

[Note: John Swigert was the husband of Roma Smeltzer, daughter of Jacob and Elizabeth (Farmer) Smeltzer. The cemetery entry indicates a birth date in 1843, which would, if correct, make him 79 rather than 70 years old.]

The Gallia Times
June 3 1922                                                                                               Top of Page

Swigert, Marcus

Dies at Age 70
     Marcus Swigert, 70, a native of Gallipolis, and a retired distributer for te Standard Oil Co., died at 4 a.m. today in Walter Reed hospital at Washington, D. C. Mr. Swigert had been in failing health for several months, and had suffered several heart attacks. He was born in Gallipolis Dec. 11, 1893, son of the late M. V. and Sophia Steinbeck Swigert. Survivors are his wife, the former Camille Black, and one sister, Miss Stella Swigert of Jackson. A brother and sister preceded him in death.
     The body will be brought to the Wetherholt Funeral home, and funeral arrangements will be announced later.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
June 6, 1964
Transcribed by Mary Crittenden

Swigert, Permelia

Death Of Mrs. Swigert
     Mrs. Permelia Swigert got a release from her long suffering at about 6 o'clock in the evening of May 30, '98. She would have been 79 years old June 5th. She was the widow of Valentine Swigert, who died several years ago and the mother of Marquis V., John A, Frank R. of Angola and Mrs. R.M. Nesbitt of Colony, KS.
     Her funeral services will be at her late home at one o'clock Wednesday, conducted by Rev. J.W. McCormick, burial following at Mound Hill, by Hayward & Son.
     She was a fine old lady with many friends and whose departure is not without the regret of many.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
May 31, 1898
Transcribed by F.K. Brown

Swigert, Roma L. [Smeltzer]

Mrs. Swigert, 85, Died Thurs. At 4th Ave. Home
Mother of Late Frank Swigert and Last of 10 Children
Funeral at 2 Saturday

     Mrs. Roma L. Swigert passed away at 1:45 Thursday afternoon at her home at 419 Fourth Avenue. She succumbed to the infirmities incident to her 85 years.
     Mrs. Swigert was the youngest child and the last survivor of ten children of Jacob and Elizabeth Smeltzer and was born in Green tp., May 14, 1849. She had six brothers and three sisters.
Decedent was twice married. Her first husband, Roman Carter, died early in their married life. Her second husband was John A. Swigert, with whom she lived happily many years. He died May 30, 1932. She became the mother of two children; Harry, who died at the age of one, and Francis A. Swigert, who died last October 3, after attaining success and great popularity in the teaching profession. He and his mother had lived together at the address mentioned.
     Mrs. Swigert united with the Methodist Church at Centenary at the age of 10 and held steadfastly to that faith. She was a Christian woman, a devoted mother, a kind and considerate neighbor.
     Rev. H. H. Wilbur will conduct the funeral services at the home at 2 o’clock Saturday. Burial will be in Mound Hill Cemetery by George J. Wetherholt & Sons.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Friday, August 3, 1934
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron                                                                    Top of Page

Swindell, Ella

Mrs. Lawrence Swindell Dies in Aultman Hospital
Leaves Infant Son
     Mrs. Ella Swindell, 37, wife of Lawrence Swindell, of 517 High Ave. NW, died Monday night in Aultman Hospital. Besides her husband, she leaves a two-day-old son, Lawrence Jr., her mother, Mrs. Letha Swain of Kanauga, O., three sisters, Mrs. John Jones of Dayton, Mrs. W. Foster of Princeton W.Va., and Mrs. G. F. Clark of Athalia, O., and two brothers, Victor and Sidney Swain of Kanauga, O. The body is at the Orville Smith parlors, where it will remain until the hour of the funeral.

The Canton Repository
Tuesday June 11, 1935
Submitted by Eve Hughes

Swindler, Harold

     Harold A. Swindler, 60, a resident of 853 Second Ave., Gallipolis, died at 9:15 p.m. Tuesday in the Mesa Lutheran Hospital, Mesa, Ariz., following a lingering illness. His wife, Bonnie Johnson Swindler survives. Mr. and Mrs. Swinder owned and operated Johnson's Market before retiring in 1975.
     The body is being sent to McCoy-Wetherholt- Moore Funeral Home, Gallipolis. Funeral arrangements will be under the direction of Jay Cremeens. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations for the Southeast Ohio Lung Association, PO Box 807, Marietta, Ohio, 45750.

Gallipolis Tribune
June 23, 1976
Transcribed by J. Farley

Swindler, Henry

Tribute of Respect Gallia Co., O., Aug. 9, 1875
     In memory of Brother Henry Swindler, our worthy gate keeper, of Guyan Grange No. 655, Patrons of Husbandry, who departed this life on Aug. 9th, 1875, in the 74th year of his age.

Whereas, It has pleased our Heavenly Father, in His infinite wisdom to remove from our midst, by the hand of death, our much esteemed and honored friend and brother, Henry Swindler, and that we acknowledge the hand of Divine Providence in calling our worthy brother from labor to his reward.
Resolved, That in his death we have lost an intelligent, faithful, beloved and reliable member of our order, and while we grieve to know that he has passed away from us forever, while mourning his loss, and in common with his many friends, participate in the anguish of heart with his many warm friends, still our grief is not without comfort, for we feel assured that he has passed to the presence of the Heavenly Father, who [unreadable text] gently and in loving kindness with His erring children.
Resolved, That we tender our heartfelt sympathy to the bereaved friends in their hour of trouble.
Resolved, That a copy of these resolutions be presented to the family of our worthy Brother, and also a copy to each of the county papers with the request to publish the same, and also enter on the minutes of the grange.
         H. C. Niday, Henry Irion, Committee.

[Note: Born in 1800 and buried in Swindler Cemetery in Guyan Township]

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

Swindler, James Emory

     James Emory Swindler, died at his home near Crown City, Ohio, on Tuesday evening, April 2, 1929, at the age of 54 years, 7 months and 10 days.
     He was ill only a short time and his death resulted from apoplexy. He was a son of J.M. and Addaline Swindler and was born in Guyan Township, Gallia County, Ohio, August 22, 1874. He was a grandson of the late and well known John Swindler, who was among the early settlers of this community.
     Besides his father, Emory leaves to mourn their loss three brothers, Homer of Gallipolis; Judson and Norman of Crown City and two sisters, Mrs. Luther Harbour of Avondale, CO and Mrs. Strother Houck of Crown City. Also a half-brother, C.W. Cain of Marion, Ohio.
     Emory was of a quiet disposition but had a spirit of friendliness about him that made everyone with whom he associated, like him and we are sure that he had not an enemy in the world.
     During most of his life he followed farming as a means of livelihood. He was industrious and frugal in this calling and set an example of thrift in his neighborhood that is worthy of imitation.

[Note: Burial Swan Creek Cemetery]

Gallipolis Paper
April 2, 1929
Transcribed by F.K. Brown                                                                           Top of Page       

Swindler, John

     Died, at his residence in this county, on Wednesday, August 30th, John Swindler, aged about 70 years.

[Note: This correction appeared in the same newspaper on 9-14/1854: "In our notice last week of the death of John Swindler, we stated his age to be about 70 years. We have since learned he was 78 years of age."]

The Gallipolis Journal
September 7, 1854
Transcribed by Eva Swain Hughes

Swindler, John C.

John Swindler
     John Swindler, one of the pioneer settlers of this country, after a protracted illness, passed from life on the morning of the 12th inst., aged 88 years.

Gallipolis Journal
March 14, 1894
Contributed by Henny Evans

Swindler, Judd

Judd Swindler
     Judd Swindler, 89, of Crown City, died at 2 a.m. Thursday at Cabell - Huntington Hospital. He had been in failing health for three weeks He was a retired farmer. He was born April 30, 1886 in Guyan Twp. To the late John and Adeline Smith Swindler. He is survived by his wife, the former Bonnie Day whom he married Feb. 17, 1909 in Gallipolis.
     Surviving children are; Mrs. Evelyn Simms, Crown City; Howard, Dayton; John, Columbus; Louisa Swindler, Columbus; Mrs. John (Mildred) Brewer, Columbus; Carl, Columbus; Mrs. Betty Callicoat, Columbus; Mrs. Trula Rapp, Titusville, Fla.; Adrian, Dayton; Richard, Waverly. Nineteen grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren survive. Three brothers and two sisters preceded him in death. He spent his entire life in Gallia County.
     Services will be 2 p.m. Saturday at Waugh-Halley-Wood Funeral Home. Burial will be in Swan Creek Cemetery. Friends may call from 3:30 – 5 and 7 – 9 p.m. Friday.

Gallipolis Tribune
April 15, 1976
Transcribed by J. Farley

Swink, Mrs. John L.

Death of Mrs. Swink
     A telegram from Mrs. G. Torrence to friends here Sunday evening stated that her mother, Mrs. Swink, had died at the home of her daughter Mrs. Howard Womeldorff, who resides near Pittsburg on the Monongahela river. Mrs. Swink has been in very feeble health for several months past and her death was not entirely unexpected by relatives and friends.
     She leaves five daughters: Mrs. Geo. w. Torrence, of Portsmouth, Mrs. Heck, of Toledo,Mrs. Humphrey, of Columbus, Mrs. King, of Cleveland, and Mrs. Rickey, of Cincinnati, and one son, Bub of Pittsburg.
     Mrs. Swink, who was the widow of the late Mr. John L. Swink, was born at Staunton, Va., over seventy years ago and drove over land before the war to Middleport where she and husband resided for many years, Mr. Swink being in the hotel and hack business. They afterward moved to Gallipolis, Mr. Swink at one time running the Geneva hotel before it became the Marine hospital. Mr. and Mrs. Swink resided here for several years, making their home with Mrs. Torrence. Mrs. Swink was a kind and christian lady and has for years past been a devoted member of the Methodist Church. She had many friends here who will be pained to hear of her death.
     The funeral and burial will take place Tuesday afternoon at Middleport, the remains being interred beside those of her late husband. The daughters and son will have the sympathy of all their friends in their bereavement.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
January 26, 1903
Transcribed by Henny Evans                                                                        Top of Page

Swink, John

Death of Mr. Swink
     Mr and Mrs. John Swink, living on Front Street with Mrs. George Torrence, their daughter, left last Friday to visit her brother in Middleport and a Mrs. Davis. Mrs. Torrence has been visiting Cincinnati friends for two weeks and was there today, when a telegram came from Pomeroy to Capt. Barrows of the Neva, stating that Mr. Swink had died. We have no particulars.
     He left one daughter and one son living in Pittsburgh, one daughter, Mrs. Rickey of Cincinnati and another daughter, Mrs. Farmer of Waverly and a daughter in Cleveland, one in Toledo and one in Columbus.
     Mr. Swink was in his 83rd year and a fine old gentleman that everyone liked. He was formerly proprietor of the Geneva and St. Charles Hotels of this city, first coming here from Middleport, where he had also been in the hotel and other business and they have one daughter buried there. He and his wife were related to Judge C. W. White, the Womeldorffs and the Koontzs remotely or by marriage. We have no further particulars at this time.

[Note: buried in Middleport Cemetery]

Gallipolis Daily Times
Friday, June 8, 1900
Transcribed by F. K. Brown

Swisher, Adrian [McCarty]

     Our community was terribly shocked when on Sunday evening, Sept. 5, 1920, the news came from the Holzer hospital in Gallipolis that our friend and neighbor, Mrs. Vernon Swisher, had passed out of this life to her final reward.
     Mrs. Adrian Swisher, daughter of Jonas and Saphronia McCarty, was born near Cheshire, Ohio, July 1, 1858, and died Sept. 5, 1920, aged 62 years, 2 months and 5 days. __________ [part of two lines missing] married to Vernon Swisher of Cheshire on December 25, 1878. To this union were born 8 children, 7 of whom survive her, one dying in infancy. She leaves besides her children, her husband, one sister, Mrs. Alonzo Darst of Kanauga, and a brother, Milton McCarty of Cheshire, to mourn their loss, besides a host of other relatives and friends.
     She was a devoted companion, a dear and loving mother, and a good neighbor. Her chief joy was to have around her her husband and children, willing to sacrifice all for their comfort. She has raised her children up to be among the most respectable men and women of the community. Like all good mothers, her task has been a tedious one, feeling her responsibility to God who gave these precious gifts. She has done her part.
     Mrs. Swisher had been failing for some time, but little did we think she would leave us so soon. She was a member of the Cheshire Baptist Church, choosing to follow her Lord and Saviour early in life.
Her place is empty here, for so God willed, but there in Heaven her place is filled. Her place is empty. God calls us one by one to homes prepared by Him when earthly work is done.     

We would not have you leave that world of bliss,
E'en if we could, beloved, bring you back again to this;
Back to this world of sorrow, and of suffering again,
To days of toil, to nights of ceaseless pain,
Although we surely miss you, the time will not be long
When we will hear your voice in Heaven's glad song.

    Funeral services were conducted at the Cheshire Baptist Church Tuesday, September 7, 1920, by Rev. Reed, interment in Gravel Hill cemetery.

Card of Thanks
     We wish to thank our friends and neighbors for their kindness shown to us during the sickness and death of our beloved mother and wife, and also the beautiful flowers. Mr. Vernon Swisher and Children.

Death date September 5, 1920
No paper or date.
From the newspaper collection of Harold and Odella Mack.
Transcribed by Shari Little-Creech

Swisher, Agnes [Rupe]

Mrs. Agnes Rupe Swisher
     Mrs. Agnes Rupe Swisher, 73 died April 1, 1969 at 51 Chittenden Ave., Columbus, OH. Mrs. swisher was the former owner and operator of the Swisher Grocery Store in Kyger, OH and Cheshire, OH. She was a member of the Kyger Methodist Church and the Cheshire Eastern Star. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles E. Swisher.
     She was the daughter of the late David P. and Laura Lyle Rupe. Mrs. Swisher is survived by two sons, Wayne Swisher, Pomeroy, OH and Paul Swisher, Columbus, OH; three brothers, Walter Perry Rupe, Cheshire Twp; Marcus Rupe, Bidwell, OH R#1; and Claude M. Rupe, Middleport, OH R#1; one sister, Mrs. Luella Bradbury, Kyger OH; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
     Funeral services at the Ewing Chapel, Pomeroy, OH with the Rev. Wilbur Perrin officiating. Buried in Gravel Hill Cemetery, Cheshire, OH.

Gallipolis Tribune
April 1969
Transcribed by J. Farley                                                                                   

Swisher, Alice M. [Kail]

     Alice Mae Swisher, 75, Route 1, Cheshire, died at 7:50 a.m. Wednesday in Holzer Medical Center.
Born May 13, 1907 in Cheshire Township, daughter of the late Edmond and Nina Knopp Kail, she was a cook at Kyger Creek High School, retiring in 1970. He was a member of Little Kyger Congregational Church, Little Kyger Ladies Aid, Little Kyger Grange and the Farm Bureau.
     She was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth Swisher, in 1978. Surviving are three sons, Kenneth E. and Paul of Columbus; a daughter, Mrs. Richard (Evelyn) Sisson of Gallipolis; nine grandchildren and a great-grandchild.
     Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday in Willis Funeral Home with Rev. William Newman officiating. Burial will be in Gravel Hill Cemetery, Cheshire. Friends may call at the funeral home anytime after 4 p.m. Friday.

Gallipolis Paper
March 30, 1983
Transcribed by F.K. Brown                                                                           Top of Page

Swisher, Alma [Rupe]

Mrs. Sam (Alma) Swisher
     A sufferer from ill health for many years, Mrs. Sam (Alma) Swisher, 40, Kyger, OH, hanged herself and was found in the garage at her home by her little six year old daughter, Jo Ann, while her son, David, 15, was in school at the Cheshire High School, Cheshire, OH.
     She was the daughter of David Perry and Laura Lyle Rupe and had been in ill health for some twelve years. Besides the immediate family already mentioned, she is survived by three sisters, Mrs. Elta Miller, Jerseyville, OH.; Mrs. Charles (Agnes) Swisher, Kyger, OH; and Mrs. Bion (Luella) Bradbury, Gallia, OH; and two brothers, Marcus and Claude Rupe, at home.
     Funeral services at Kyger Methodist Church, Kyger, OH. Burial in Gravel Hill Cemetery, Cheshire, OH.

Gallipolis Tribune
Sept. 1930
Transcribed by J. Farley

Swisher, Alma   [Rupe]

Kyger Woman, Long In Ill Health, Hangs Self
Mrs. Sam Swisher Victom [sic] of Suicide At Home Tuesday
     A sufferer from ill health for many years, Mrs. Sam Swisher, aged 40 of Kyger, hanged herself Tuesday and was found dead in the garage at her home by her little six year old daughter, Jo Ann, while her husband was at work in a coal mine and her son, David, 15, was in the school at the Cheshire High School.
     She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. D. P. Rupe and had been in ill health for some twelve years. Besides the immediate family already mentioned, she is survived by three sisters, Mrs. Elta Miller, Jerseyville, Mrs. Chas. Swisher, Kyger, and Mrs. Byon Bradbury, Gallia, and two brothers, at home.
     Funeral services will be conducted Thrusday at 2 p. m. in Kyger.

[Note: 8/4/1891 – 9/23/1930. Her parents were David Perry and Laura Lyle Rupe. She was married to Samuel W. Swisher. She is buried in Gravel Hill Cemetery in Cheshire, Ohio.]

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Wednesday, September 24, 1930
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron

Swisher, Amanda [Trichler]

Mrs. Swisher, Cheshire, Dies
     Mrs. Amanda Trichler Swisher, aged 82, died this morning at her home a short distance below Cheshire. She was the widow of Dean Swisher and around the turn of the century they acquired what had been known as the Ashworth place.
     Mrs. Swisher was the daughter of David and Elizabeth Moneymaker Trichler and was born in Addison tp. August 15, 1857. She is survived by these children, Wade, Ray, and Roy, twins, Mrs. K. R. Knight of Miller, Madge and Hazel, at home.
     Funeral services will be conducted by Rev. Mr. Higginbotham at the Cheshire Baptist church at 2 o’clock Thursday. Burial in Gravel Hill cemetery.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Tuesday, December 19, 1939
Transcribed by Sandy Milliron

Swisher, Ben W.

     Funeral services for the late Ben W. Swisher were held in Columbus Saturday afternoon at his late residence, interment following in Greenlawn cemetery there. Mr. Swisher passed away at his home in Columbus on Wednesday, March 16, 1932, after long illness.
     He had been a member of the Columbus police force from Dec. 27, 1904, to Jan. 19, 1931, when he resigned because of ill health. He had been serving as a municipal court bailiff since his retirement from the force.
     Mr. Swisher was a native of Cheshire and a kindly, jovial man with many warm friends. His wife, Mrs. Tillie Swisher, brothers Oscar and Ed and sister, Miss Josie Swisher of Cheshire and another sister, Mrs. George Arthur of Cincinnati, survive him.

The Gallia Times
“Ohio State Journal”
Thursday, March 24, 1932
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron                                                                         Top of Page

Swisher, Benjamin W.

Ben W. Swisher, Cheshire Native Dies Wednesday
For 27 Years He Served As Patrolman in Columbus, Until Ill Health Forced His Retirement
     Benjamin W. Swisher, retired patrolman of Columbus, but a native of Cheshire, died on Wednesday at his home at 891 Beech Street, Columbus. He had been ill for a long time and several weeks ago, it was realized he could not recover.
     Mr. Swisher was a member of the Columbus police department from Dec. 27, 1904 until Jan. 19, 1931, when he resigned on account of ill health. He was a bailiff at the municipal court since his retirement. He was a big jovial fellow who made countless friends during his service as an officer. Those who remember him as a boy at Cheshire will also share in the sorrow of his passing.
     His widow, Mrs. Tillie S. Swisher; two brothers, Oscar and Edward E. Swisher, Cheshire, and two sisters, Miss Josephine Swisher, Cheshire and Mrs. George Arthur, Cincinnati, survive.
     The funeral services will be held at the residence at 2 o’clock Saturday. Burial will be in Greenlawn cemetery.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Thursday, March 17, 1932
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron

Swisher, Bertie Virgil

     BERTIE VIRGIL, son of Jacob C. and Electa Fulton Swisher, was born on September 12, 1874 near Cheshire, Ohio and departed this life at his home in Radcliff December 15, 1941, aged 67years, 3 months, and 3 days.
      He received his early education in the Gallia County schools, then attended college at Lebanon and Rio Grande, later was a student at Starling Ohio Medical School and graduated in medicine from the University of Cincinnati, class of 1898. He first practiced medicine at Northup, Gallia County, moving from there
to Chauncey, Athens County. In December, 1904 he established a practice at Oreton, later to Radcliff where he resided until death.
      He was the youngest of six children all of whom are deceased except one sister. Those preceding him were two brothers Rolando R. and S. Waldo Swisher, both of whom are buried at Los Angeles, California and two sisters Mrs. Minnie Foster and Mrs. Viola Shaffer who are buried at Cheshire.
      On November 8, 1916 he was united in marriage to Ruth E. Cottrill and last month they quietly celebrated their silver wedding anniversary. Dr. Swisher suffered an attack of tularemia seven years ago and for several weeks his life was despaired of. He slowly recovered and resumed his practice, but was never able to do the strenuous work he had done heretofore. His last illness only lasted a few hours, and his death came as a shock to the entire community.
      He is survived by a wife, a sister, Mrs. Cora Swisher Schonfeld of Addison, two nephews, Roy Rothbe of Cheshire, and Perry H. Swisher of Compton, California, besides a host of friends. "Doc" as he was always called was of the old fashioned type of family doctor. He was friend and counselor as well as physician--never in too much of a hurry to listen to one's troubles as he ministered to the physical infirmities. Having practiced in many families for three generations - He believed in the homely virtues of education, thrift, and industry. He advised the young people to get all the education possible and was always interested in learning that some local youngster had made good. His passing has left vacant a
place in the community which never can be filled.
      He never sought any public position but served as examiner for soldiers' pension, and was a member of the Vinton County Health Board for several years. He was a devoted Mason, being a member at the following orders: the Masonic Blue Lodge at Hamden, Knights Template Commandry of Jackson, and the Aladdin Shrine of Columbus.
      His wife, Ruth E. Cottrill was born near Radcliff, OH March 13, 1894, the daughter of Vinton E. and Elizabeth (Woodyard) Cottrill, and died Holzer Medical Center, Gallipolis, OH FEB 26, 1980. They are both buried at the Vinton Memorial Park, Vinton, Gallia Co., OH.

Unknown Vinton County newspaper
Dec 1914
Transcribed by Elsie Rarey                                                                           Top of Page

Swisher, C. Wayne

     C. Wayne Swisher, 64, Pomeroy, died unexpectedly at his home Thursday morning while preparing to leave for Florida.
     Mr. Swisher was the son of the late Charles E. and Agnes Rupe Swisher. He was a graduate of Middleport High School and Ohio State University School of Pharmacy. Swisher, a retired pharmacist was in partnership with Harold Lohse and operated Swisher-Lohse Drugs from 1946 to 1973. He was a member of the Trinity Church, served as president of Pomeroy Village Council; served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and was discharged as Lieutenant J. G.
     He was a member of Drew Webster Post 39, American Legion, Voiture Forty et Eight; Ohio State Pharmaceutical Association, director of Farmers Bank and chairman of the loan committee and was former president of the Pomeroy Gun Club.
     Mr. Swisher is survived by his wife, Mina Heines Swisher; one daughter, Mrs. Keith (Barbara) Riggs and son-in-law, Dr. Keith Riggs, Pomeroy; two sons, Charles E. Swisher, Pomeroy, and Don W. Swisher, Point Pleasant; daughter-in-law, Avalee Swisher, Pt. Pleasant; four grandchildren, Andrea and Nick Riggs, Phillip and Eric Swisher; three step-children, Aaron, Carey and Mikka Stanley; one brother, Paul Swisher of Thornville.
     Funeral services will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Ewing Chapel with the Rev. W. H. Perrin officiating. Burial will be in Beech Grove Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home any time.

Gallipolis Tribune
July 10, 1980
Transcribed by J. Farley                                                                                  

Swisher, Charles

     COLUMBUS - Charles E. (Chuck) Swisher, 47, of Urlin Avenue, Summit Chase, Columbus, formerly of Meigs County, died Wednesday at Riverside Hospital in Columbus after a brief illness.
     Born in Middleport, he was the son of Mina Heines Swisher of Pomeroy and the late Wayne Swisher.
Mr. Swisher was a consultant with Management for Professionals. He was affilliated with Pomeroy Trinity Church. He served in the air National Guard, and was a member of Drew Webster American Legion Post 39 in Pomeroy. He was a 1959 graduate of Pomeroy High School and attended Ohio State University, where he was a member of Phi Delta Theta Fraternity.
     Besides his mother, he is survived by a sister and brother-in-law, Barbara and Keith Riggs of Pomeroy; a brother and sister-in-law, Don and Avalee of Point Pleasant, W. Va.; a niece, three nephews, two stepnieces, a stepnephew, and several aunts and uncles.
     Services will be Saturday at 1 p.m. at Ewing Funeral Home in Pomeroy with the Rev. William Middleswarth officiating. Burial will be in Beech Grove Cemetery, Pomeroy. Friends may call Friday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.

Gallipolis Tribune
Oct. 5, 1988
Transcribed by J. Farley                                                                               Top of Page

Swisher, Charles E.

Charles Swisher Dies of Injuries         
Funeral plans for Charles E. Swisher, 47, of 51 Chittenden Avenue, Columbus, a fireman on the New York Central railroad, who was fatally injured in an accident in the McKinley Avenue roundhouse early yesterday were delayed yesterday pending the location of his son, Paul E. Swhisher, who left Monday for a vacation in Michigan.
     Mr. Swisher died at 3:30 a.m. Tuesday in Grant Hospital of internal abdominal injuries suffered two hours earlier at the McKinley Avenue roundhouse when a large steel bucket he was operating in an ash pit fell and crushed him. The chain in the hydraulic hoist operating the bucket broke, according to a report to Dr. Edward E. Smith, coroner. Formerly connected with the railroad while living at Cheshire and Middleport, Mr. Swisher went to Columbus two years ago.
     He is survived by his wife, Agnes another son, Charles W. Swisher of Portsmouth, one granddaughter, three brothers and three sisters. The body is at the O.R. Woodyard Co. mortuary.
     The body was brought to the home of Mr. and Mrs. Estie Heines, Pearl Street, parents of Mrs. Wayne Swisher, Wednesday. Funeral services in charge of Rawlings-Coats will be held at the Cheshire Methodist Church with burial at the Gravel Hill Cemetery.

Gallipolis Tribune
Sept. 8, 1939
Transcribed by J. Farley

Swisher, Clara

Aged Lady Dies at Cheshire Home
Clara Swisher is Victim of Heart Disease and Complications
     Miss Clara Swisher succumbed Sunday at about midnight at her home in Cheshire from heart disease and complications, Miss Swisher was born and reared and spent all of her life with the exception of the past few years which she spent in Middleport with her sister, Mrs. Julia Gerber, in Cheshire, passing away in the same residence where she was born. She was about 74 years of age. Miss Swisher had just recently returned to the old home place.
     Surviving are one sister, Mrs. Gerber of South Second Avenue, and two brothers, Rinaldo and Wesley, both of Cheshire. She was the daughter of the late Mr. And Mrs. G. W. Swisher of Cheshire.
     Funeral rites will be conducted Wednesday morning at 10 o'clock from the residence with Rev. Harley Bolton of Rutland officiating. Interment will be made in the Gravel Hill Cemetery at Cheshire.

[Notes: Clara Swisher was the daughter of George Washington Swisher (1831-1908) and
Samantha J. King (1833-1918) both born and died in Gallia County, Ohio.]

Daily Tribune, Pomeroy, Ohio
Monday, July 13, 1936
Teresa Herrmann, Columbus, Ohio                                                                   

Swisher, Claude

Honored Dead Soldier
     (Mr. Ed Swisher of Cheshire was down Saturday and left with us the following account of the funeral services of his nephew, Sergeant Claude Swisher, son of Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Swisher of Washington, Iowa. Mr. Oscar Swisher is a former Cheshire boy who went west 23 years ago, married and settled in Iowa. He had three sons in France, two returning safely home. Mr. Swisher expects to visit the home folks at Cheshire sometime in February.)
     One of the largest funeral services ever held in Washington County was that of Sergeant Claude Swisher, whose body was the first of the Washington Rainbow division soldiers who died overseas to be brought home for burial. Sergeant Swisher, who died two years ago in an army hospital in France as a result of wounds and exposure, was a very popular member of Company K, 168 Infantry, and at least 1,500 people paid honor to his memory Sunday afternoon. The large church was filled to overflowing and many people filled the church yard during the services. The crowd at the cemetery was fully as large as at the church.
     Brief memorial services were delivered by Rev. M. R. Regan of the Baptist church and Rev. A. R. Oates of the Presbyterian church. Music was furnished by a quartette from the First United Presbyterian choir, composed of Miss Carolyn Hamilton, Mrs. Hugh McCleery, J. G. Maxwell and T. J. McElhinney.
     In his address Mr. Regan spoke feelingly of the helpful and courageous life lived by Sergeant Swisher, both in his home here and in the service in this country and in France. He was one of three brothers, all of who served in the trenches against the Germans. Mr. Regan refered to the experiences of the parents, Mr. and Mrs. O. M. Swisher, who celebrated Armistice day in the expectation that their three sons would soon return home, only to receive word a few days later that one had been called as the result of the American drive in the St. Mihiel sector. The minister paid tribute to the heroic spirit shown by the parents.
     The life of Sergeant Swisher, he said, should be an inspiration to all who came in touch with him in any way. "By giving his life in defense of his country, he belongs to all of us." Mr. Regan declared. "His death is a personal loss to everyone in the community and an inspiration to us all for nobler living, and a help in waging a continuous and successful warfare against the iniquities which prevail in the land, the same iniquity which was typified by the Hun."
     Mr. Regan closed with the recitation of a part of Lincoln’s Gettysburg address and an appeal for all to dedicate their lives to the tasks given them to do. Mr. Oates suggested the question that is often asked as to whether death is a thing of chance or accident and he answered by saying that a courageous death is the result of strong faith "God is ruling and working in the world and He is love ," said the minister "We can not always understand his providence but we can trust him" Mr. Oates said that a man could not give his life in a nobler cause than that for which Sergeant Swisher laid his down.
     The body was escorted to Elm Grove cemetery by a large body of former comrades in the world war, commanded by Lieut Harold Putnam. At the cemetery "taps" was sounded by Oral Larkin, and a volley was fired by a squad in charge of Lieut Everette Burham.

The Gallia Times
January 22, 1921
Contributed by Cheryl Enyart                                                                       Top of Page

Swisher, David

David M. Swisher Died Monday in Hospital
Well Known Cheshire and Gallipolis Resident Passes at 72
     David M. Swisher, 72 a resident of this city, dies at the Holzer hospital Monday, July 16, 1928, after a brief illness. He had been ill about a week before his removal to the hospital. The funeral services were Wednesday afternoon at Old Kyger Baptist church, where he held membership, by Rev. Cremeens. Burial was in Gravel Hill cemetery by Undertaker Tope.
     Mr. Swisher was a native of Cheshire township and for many years resided there. He is survived by his wife, one son, Amos Swisher, and a brother, Perry Swisher of Cheshire. He retired from active farming several years ago and had since resided in Gallipolis.

Gallia Times
July 21, 1928
Transcribed by Jessica L. Weber

Swisher, David W.

     David W. Swisher, 81. Columbus, died Saturday, Oct. 14, 1995 at his residence. After 38 years service, he was a retired inspector with Timken Roller Bearing Co. He was a 50-year member and served on the board of the First Church of the Nazarene, and a member of the Northwest Church of the Nazarene for the past seven years.
     Surviving are his wife of 57 years, Marguerite Swisher; a son, Dale Swisher of Cincinnati; a daughter, Marilyn (William) Tripp of Columbus; a sister, Joan Hood of Gallipolis; a nephew, Michael Isaacs of Atlanta, Ga.; and two grandchildren. He was preceded in death by infant son, David W. Swishter Jr.
     Services will be 11 a. m. Tuesday in the Northwest Church of the Nazarene, 5707 Olentangy River Road, Columbus, with Dr. Richard Parrott officiating. Burial will be in the Union Cemetery. Friends may call the Schoedinger Worthington Chapel, 6699 N. High St., Worthington, from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. today.

Gallipolis Tribune
Oct. 1995
Transcribed by J. Farley                                                                                  

Swisher, Dayton H.

A Sad Death----
     Dayton H. Swisher, only son of Perry Swisher, of Cheshire township, and nephew of Rev. W.J. Fulton, died in Denver, Col., Saturday morning, Dec. 29, 1900. He had been sick about four weeks with typhoid fever. His father had been with him near three weeks and will bring his remains home, having left Denver Sunday afternoon, and is expected to reach Cheshire Wednesday on the noon train.
     The funeral will be held at the Baptist church in Cheshire Thursday, Dr. J.M. Davis, of Rio Grande, conducting the services. He was 23 years old and unmarried. He left parents and two sisters, Misses Sallie and Eve, to survive him. He spent two years at Rio Grande College and one year at Valparaiso, Ind. He was a very promising, excellent young man, with a bright future, had he not met with his untimely end, and which has breaved a wide circle of friends.

[Note: Buried in Gravel Hill Cemetery in Cheshire Township.]

Gallipolis Weekly Tribune
4 January 1901
Contributed by Cheryl Enyart                                                                       Top of Page   

Swisher, Edna Lee [Darnell]

Death Claims Mrs. Swisher
     Mrs. Edna Lee Swisher, 70, Frederick Rd., died in the Holzer Medical Center, at 5:25 a.m. today. She was born June 10, 1900, at Manchester, Ky., daughter of the late Altman Darnell and Mrs. Laura Darnell, who survives.
     She married Raymond E. Swisher on March 15, 1932, in Gallipolis. He survives, along with the following children: Raymond E. Swisher, Jr., Bidwell; Robert Lee Swisher, Columbus; Mrs. Alvin (Betty) Walton, Rt. 2, Bidwell; and Lewis B. Swisher, Rt. 1, Ewington. One daughter preceded her in death. Twenty-two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren survive.
     The following brothers and sisters survive: Ralph Darnell, Gallipolis; Wayne Darnell, Columbus; Warren Darnell, Michigan; Marion Darnell, Cheshire; Mrs. Ed (Jean) Fry, Rio Grande; Mrs. Dallas (Frances) Wetherholt, Rio Grande and Mrs. Jim (Helen) Gladfellow, Ft Wayne, Ind. Three brothers and one sister preceded her in death.
     She was a member of the Pine Grove Mennonite Church. Funeral services will be held Sunday at 1 p.m. at the McCoy Funeral Home in Vinton with Rev. Elmer Geiser officiating. Burial will be in Gravel Hill Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home Saturday afternoon and evening.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Thursday, May 21, 1970
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron

Swisher, Electa [Thomas]

Mrs. Swisher, Aged 77, Died at 1 p.m.
     Mrs. J. R. Swisher died at 1 o’clock this afternoon at the Swisher home above Addison and near the railway underpass. She was 77 years old and had been seriously ill for five weeks. Mr. Swisher, who is several years older, has been very frail for months. Both spent most of the winter here at the home of their daughter, Mrs. George Maze.
     Funeral arrangements had not been made at press time.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
June 23, 1939

Swisher Rites Will Be Held at 2 Sunday
     Funeral services for Mrs. J. R. Swisher, who died early yesterday afternoon, will be held at 2 Sunday at the home above Addison. Rev. George Sagen and Rev. Jennings Cremeans will officiate. Burial will be in Gravel Hill Cemetery by A. E. Tope.
     The only son and the sons-in-law will serve as pall bearers: Harry Swisher, E. E. Langdon and George Maze all of Gallipolis; A. B. McGhee, Middleport RD 1; D. E. Roush and Paul Gordon both of Middleport.
     Mrs. Swisher’s maiden name was Electa Thomas. She was born and reared and spent her whole life in Addison Twp. and would have been 77 years old on July 21. She was a daughter of Peter Thomas.
She and Mr. Swisher celebrated their 55th Wedding Anniversary on Sunday, May 28, a week before her last illness began. Hers is the first death in a long span of time.
     She is survived by six children as indicated and by her husband, now enfeebled by age and a recent serious and extended illness, and 13 grandchildren. Also surviving are two brothers and a sister: Isaiah Thomas of White Oak and Plain City, Oscar Thomas of near Kyger and Mrs. Fannie Haffelt. Judge David H. Thomas of Marietta was a double cousin.
     Mrs. Swisher was tenderly devoted to her loved ones, and her children reciprocated that devotion and affection in full measure. She and Mr. Swisher spent most of the winter at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Maze, and after the return to their own home, Mrs. Langdon joined them.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
June 24, 1939

Many Attend Rites
     The funeral of Mrs. Electa Thomas Swisher, wife of J. R. Swisher, was largely attended, both at the residence and Gravel Hill Cemetery.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
June 24, 19139
Transcribed by Sandi Hardesty                                                                     Top of Page

Swisher, Eve Genevive [Swisher]

Mrs. Swisher Rites Slated 2 P.M. Tuesday
Services for Mrs. Eve Genevive Swisher, 84, who died Saturday morning at the home of her daughter, will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Cheshire Baptist church. Rev. Osborne Hoover will officiate and burial will be in Gravel Hill cemetery under the direction of Miller’s Home for Funerals. Friends may call at the funeral home from 7 to 9 p.m. today, and the body will lie in state for one hour at the church prior to the services.
     Mrs. Swisher was born in Cheshire twp., Sept. 14, 1879, daughter of the late Perry and Mary Tipton Swisher. She was one of three children, and is survived by a sister, Mrs. Bessie Price of Porter. A brother, Dayton, preceded her in death.
     Her marriage to Perry Swisher took place June 9, 1907 at Rio Grande. He died Oct. 25, 1951, and after his death she made her home with her only daughter, Mrs. Ellis (Betty) Hamrick, Upper River Rd., a teacher in Kyger Creek schools.
     She and her husband spent their married years in Cheshire, where he operated a store and she was a telephone operator. Mrs. Swisher attended Cheshire schools and Rio Grande College. She was a member of the Cheshire Baptist church.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Monday, May 4, 1964
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron

Swisher, Frances [Shuler]

Mrs. Frances Swisher Died Last Evening
     Mrs. Frances Swisher, long in distressing health, died about 6 o’clock last evening at her home in Cheshire.
     She was the grandmother of Mrs. Ned Eachus of this city. Mrs. Swisher, the widow of Frank Swisher, was in her 81st year, having been born on Little Kyger on July 28, 1859. She was the daughter of Jerry and Rosannah McCarty Shuler. There were 10 children in the family, but Mrs. Swisher’s death leaves but one survivor, Mrs. Elizabeth Fulton, widow of Sam Fulton and a resident of Cheshire. She too, is in poor health.
     Frank Swisher and Frances Shuler were married Sept. 30, 1877. Their early-married life was spent back of Cheshire but they moved to Cheshire some years before his death in 1934.
     They are survived by two sons, Curtis, who holds a position at the Mansfield Reformatory, and Albert Swisher, who lives at Sycamore, Ohio. There are two surviving grandchildren besides Mrs. Eachus, her brother, Raymond of Bidwell, and Clair Swisher, who lives with his father at Sycamore.  
     Recently Clair was severely burned. Mrs. Swisher was a kindly, hospitable woman, and was affectionately called "Aunt Fannie" by her numerous friends among the younger folk. She was tenderly cared for during her illness. She was a member of the Baptist church. Funeral arrangements will await the arrival of one or both sons.

Swisher Rites Set for 2 Saturday P.M.
     Funeral services for Mrs. Fannie Swisher will be held at 2 Saturday at the Cheshire Baptist Church, with Rev. S. H. Higginbotham in charge. Burial will be made in Gravel Hill cemetery by Coleman. Mrs. Swisher was a member of the Campaign Baptist Church. Frank Swisher, son of the decedent, arrived here yesterday from Mansfield. The other son, Albert of Sycamore, came later.

The Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Thursday February 22, 1940
Contributed by Cheryl Enyart                                                                       Top of Page

Swisher, G.W.

G.W. Swisher Dead

     Mr. G.W. Swisher, residing at Carlton, and 76 or 77 years old died last night. He was a prominent businessman dealing largely in hay and corn in the Middleport and Pomeroy markets and known by everyone in the upper part of the county.
     His funeral services will be at his late home Wednesday at 2 p.m., the burial following at Gravel Hill.
He leaves a wife, three sons and two daughters and was a fine man, well liked wherever known.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Wednesday, Aug. 12, 1908
Transcribed by F.K. Brown

Swisher, George

Two Men Die [The other was Oldsherry Higginbotham]
Addison Loses Two Long Time Residents
     Pomeroy, March 26, George Swisher, 79, a life-long resident at Addison until last fall, died at Columbus, where he had gone to live with a daughter. Cancer was the cause of his death. He leaves a widow and several grown children and three brothers all of whom live in the vicinity of Addison. The body was brought to the home of a son, John, a burial was made near Point Pleasant, Sunday.

Athens Messenger
March 26, 1928
Transcribed by Connie Schumaker

Swisher, George

George Swisher Dies in Columbus
     George Swisher, who was 79 years old, and whose home was at Addison until last fall, died Thursday evening in Columbus at the home of his daughter where he made his home since leaving Gallia county. Death was the result of a cancerous growth. He is survived by his wife and several children and three brothers, all of whom live in this county, J. R., Frank and John Swisher.
     His body will be brought to the home of his son, John, at Pt. Pleasant and interment will be in a cemetery near there.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Saturday, March 24, 1928
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron                                                                    Top of Page

Swisher, Gus Franklin

Gus Swisher, 49, Dies In University Hospital
     Gus Franklin Swisher, 49, a former resident of Rt. 1 Bidwell, died at 9 p.m. Saturday in University hospital, Columbus. He had been a resident of Columbus for eight years.
     He was born at Athens on May 22, 1911 and in 1941 he married the former Bessie Swick of Rt. 1 Bidwell, who survives. In addition to his wife, he is survived by a half-brother, Charles Rice of Northup.
     Services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Clark Chapel church, burial will be in the church cemetery under the direction of the McCoy Funeral home. Friends may call at the funeral home until the hour of the service.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Monday, June 13, 1960
Transcribed by Sandy Milliron

Swisher, Ira

Ira Swisher Expires At 62
     Ira Swisher, 62, Cheshire Rt. 1, died at the Huntington Veteran’s Hospital last night after a six months illness. He had entered the Huntington hospital Monday with a heart condition. Mr. Swisher was born Oct. 3, 1889 in Cheshire Twp. to Eli Swisher and Eloise Kirkpatrick, Cheshire. Both parents are dead.
     The deceased was married to Nettie Roush Oct. 27, 1919. She survives, also surviving are five children, Virginia and Grace at home, Mrs. Hazel Higgenbottom, Carey; Mrs. Daisy Thomas, Middleport; and Gerald Swisher, Bidwell.
     He was a World War I veteran and served nine months in Europe. Military services will be held at Poplar Ridge Church at 2 p.m. Monday and interment at Poplar Ridge Cemetery. Friends may call at the late home Sunday. Vernon McCoy is the funeral director.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Friday, February 8, 1952
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron

Swisher, J. R.

J. R. Swisher, Aged 86, Dies This Morning
     J. R. Swisher, retired farmer of Addison Twp. and the head of a well-known family, died at 6:15 this morning at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Julia McGhee, near Rutland. He was in his 87th year, having been born Feb. 21, 1856.
     His daughter, Mrs. Edith Langdon of 44 Vinton Ave., with frequent visits to his other children. His home for a long time was above Addison and just below the railroad underpass.
     Funeral services will be held at 2 o’clock Friday at the Addison Baptist Church with Rev. Jennings Cremeans in charge, assisted by Rev. William Crabtree of Rutland. Rev. E. C. Venz of Kanauga will sing. Interment will be made in Gravel Hill Cemetery by A. E. Tope.
     Mr. Swisher’s wife, Electa Thomas Swisher, died June 23, 1939. They are survived by these children, in addition to the two already named: Harry Swisher and Mrs. George Maze of Gallipolis; Mrs. D. E. Roush, Middleport and Mrs. Paul Gordon, Parkersburg.
     Mr. Swisher’s death was ascribed to heart trouble and the infirmities incident to his advanced age. He had been in very serious condition for the last three months. During this period and before that he was tenderly cared by his children and other loved ones.
     At the time of Mr. Swisher’s death there were 13 grandchildren.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
July 29, 1942
Transcribed by Sandi Hardesty                                                                     Top of Page

Swisher, John

John Swisher Dies
Funeral Saturday
     John Swisher, 79, passed away late Wednesday evening at his home near Little Kyger. He will be buried in Gravel Hill Cemetery following funeral services at Little Kyger Christian church Saturday, 1 p.m. By Rev. Scott Mossman. Arrangements are in charge of J. L. Coleman, of Bidwell.
     Mr. Swisher is survived by four sons and two daughters: Arthur of New York, Bud of Columbus, Ermin and Duffy, at home, Mrs. Peters, Cheshire and Mrs. Hulda Jenkins of Kyger.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Thursday, March 03, 1932
Contributed by Teresa Herrmann                                                                     

Swisher, John

Gunshot Wound Self-inflicted Ends in Death
John Swisher Dies at Early Hour Today, Having No Desire to Recover His Health
     John H. Swisher, 41, died at Holzer Hospital at 12:25 this morning of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Hope for his recovery had not been strong since he was rushed to the hospital last Saturday night from home of an aunt at Carlton, a mile above Cheshire. Nor did he wish to get well, but had repeatedly told those about him he would drown himself if he recovered sufficiently to leave the hospital. Despondent over ill health and unemployment and uncertain as to what the future had in store for him, he fired a 38-calibre ball into his left breast. The missile, aimed at his heart, penetrated his stomach and entered his abdomen.
     Swisher was a printer and until a year ago had been employed in Huntington for a period of five or six years, it is said. When laid off he returned to Carlton and lived with his aunt, Miss Clara Swisher, a sister of Wesley E. and Rinaldo Swisher, both of that same community, and of Mrs. Garber of Middleport.
John was a son of the late Curtis Swisher, both of his parents being dead, and of that family the only survivor now is Arthur Swisher of Columbus. John was never married.
     The body was turned over to Rawlins and removed to his place of business at Middleport. The funeral services will be conducted at 2 o’clock Sunday at Cheshire Baptist church. Burial in Gravel Hill cemetery.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Friday, March 11, 1932
Transcribed by Sheri Culler                                                                           Top of Page

Swisher, Leo E.

Leo E. Swisher
CHESHIRE -- Leo E. Swisher, 72, Route 2, Cheshire, died Tuesday at Holzer Medical Center
     Mr. Swisher was born May 3, 1904 at Cheshire, the son of the late M.K. and Millie Reese Swisher. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Lena V. Scott Swisher in 1967 and by a sister.
     Surviving are two sons, Lowell and Robert, both of Cheshire; eight grandchildren and two great granddaughters.
     Mr. Swisher was a member of the Cheshire United Methodist Church and was a school bus driver before his retirement. He was an active member of the Cheshire Township Trustees.
     Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Rawlings-Coats Funeral Home in Middleport with the Rev. Chester Lemley and the Rev. William Beagle officiating. Burial will be in Gravel Hill Cemetery at Cheshire. Friends may call at the funeral home at anytime.

The Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Wednesday, June 23, 1976
Contributed by Cheryl Enyart

Swisher, Leola [Vance]

Mrs. Leola Swisher Passes
     Mrs. Leola Vance Swisher, aged 36 years, died at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Joe Vance, 3rd Ave., Monday morning. She had been in failing health for five years but bore her affliction uncomplainingly.
     Besides her parents she leaves one son, Joe Bays, two sisters, Mrs. Tull Steiner of Maysville, and Mrs. Dewey Jordon, at home, and one brother Willie Vance, 1st ave.
     Funeral will be conducted by Rev. Anderson Wednesday afternoon at 2 o’clock at the home and burial will be in Pine street in charge of Wetherholt and Entsminger.

[Note: She is buried in Pine Street Cemetery under the name Leola Vance.]

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Tuesday, June 28, 1927
Transcribed by Sandy Milliron

Swisher, Lowell E.

Lowell E. Swisher

     Lowell E. Swisher, 63, Rt. 1, Cheshire, died this morning at Holzer Medical Center following an extended illness. Born Jan. 15, 1926 in Cheshire, he was the son of the late Leo and Vale (Scott) Swisher.
     Also preceding him in death was his first wife, Geraldine (Ward) Swisher, whom he married in 1947. He is survived by his second wife Bonnie (Howard) Swisher, whom he married Dec. 12, 1964. Also surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Keith (Connie) Drummond, Mrs. Richard (Lena) McFAnn and Mrs. J.D. (Carolyn) Taylor, all of Cheshire; one son Michael L. Swisher od Syracuse; two step children, Yvonne Jacques of Pomeroy and Dwanna Jett of Marietta; one brother, Robert Swisher of Bidwell; six grandchildren and five step grandchildren.
     He was retired from Federal Mogul. He was a World War II U.S. Navy veteran and a mamber of the VFW Post 4464.
     Services will be Saturday, 1 p.m. at he Willis Funeral Home with the Rev. Steve Fuller officiating. Burial will follow at the Gravel Hill Cemetery. Friends may call Friday 6 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home. Pallbearers will be Ed Swisher, Randall McFann, Vince Hill, Elwood Howard, Jr. Raymond Swartz and Jim Folmer. Honerary pallbearers will be Luther Smith and Garland Ward. Military services will be conducted at graveside by VFW 4464 and American Legion Post 27.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Thursday, March 23, 1989
Contributed by Cheryl Enyart                                                                       Top of Page  

Swisher, John H.

John Swisher Dies From Bullet Wound
Cheshire Township Man Left Note Explaining Suicide - Funeral Was Sunday
     John H. Swisher, 40, a printer by trade, died in the Holzer hospital Friday morning, March 11, 1932, from a bullet wound in his abdomen, self inflicted on the Saturday before. Funeral services were Sunday at the Cheshire Baptist Church, interment following in Gravel Hill Cemetery.
     Mr. Swisher was a son of the late Curtis Swisher and wife, both deceased. He leaves a brother, Arthur Swisher, of Columbus. He was a printer by trade, employed for a number of years in Huntington and later by the Downtain Printing Co. of this city.
     He had been making his home with his aunt, Miss Clara Swisher, sister of Wesley and Rinaldo Swisher. At the time of the shooting he was alone at home, Miss Swisher having gone to Middleport to call on her sister, Mrs. Julia Gerber.
     Ill health and despondency had gripped him, and he left a note for his uncle, Wesley Swisher, explaining his actions. He was a World War Soldier and was given military honors at his funeral.

The Gallia Times
Thursday, March 17, 1932
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron

Swisher, Margaret E. [Coughenour]

Tribute To Memory Of Mrs. Margaret E. Swisher
     Margaret E. Coughenour, daughter of Washington and Damariss Coughenour, was born May 10, 1852 and passed to Heavenly Home on April 17, 1922, aged sixty-nine years, eleven months and seven days.
She was united in marriage with David Swisher on Aug. 8, 1886. To this union one son, James Swisher, was born.
     Mrs. Swisher was one of a family of five children. Her only brother passed away several years ago and two of her sisters, Mary Jane and Macy, died in their youth. The immediate relatives left to mourn are her loving and only son, James Swisher, and one sister, Mrs. Samuel Anderson, besides hosts of other relatives and friends who have the sincere sympathy of all.
     Her husband departed this life on April 7, 1903, nineteen years ago and during all those nineteen years this mother and son have been inseparable companions, living with and for each other.
Her sudden death, just at this glad Easter time, came as a shock to all and especially so to her only son, but we have this promise from our Heavenly Father, "Behold I show you the mystery; we shall not all sleep but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in a twinkling of an eye, for the trumpet shall sound and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed." A great change where "death is swallowed up in victory" and all things are made new--a new life, a new home, a new song, which will last throughout the eternal ages.
     Mrs. Swisher was a woman of strong character, standing bravely for what she though was right and just and as bravely opposing wrongs. She united with the First Kyger F.W. Church many years ago and remained a member of that church of her choice until death. Not being in good health she seldom left her home, but those who knew her best tell us that she spent many hours reading the Bible; especially did she devote much time to studying God's word on the Sabbath Day.     

"A little within she is waiting,
Not where she has met us before;
For over the pleasant threshold
She is only to cross once more.
The smile on her face is quiet,
And a lily is on her breast;
Her hands are folded together
And the words on her lips are "rest".
And yet it looks like a welcome,
For her work is compassed and done;
All things are seemly and ready,
And her summer is just begun.
It is we who may not pass over,
Only with song and prayer,
A little way into the glory
We may reach, as we leave her there.
But we cannot think of her idle,
She must be a home-maker still;
God giveth that work to the angels
Who fittest he task fulfill.
And somewhere yet in the hilltops
Of the country that hath no pain;
She will watch in her beautiful doorway,
To bid us welcome again."

     She was a great lover of beauties of nature. One could not pass her home without being attracted by her many varieties of pretty flowers in their season. We feel that these fine traits of character have been handed down to her son and that they will live after her. And now, at the beautiful Eastertide, when the earth again springs into new life and all things are beautiful, let us think of her robed in the garments of a new and happy life.

[Note: Buried Gravel Hill Cemetery. Mother's maiden name Tipton]

Gallia Times
Thursday, April 27, 1922
Transcribed by F.K. Brown                                                                           Top of Page

Swisher, Martha [McCarty]

Rites For Mrs. Martha Swisher Wednesday
Aged Woman Was Lifelong Resident of Gallia Co.
     Mrs. Martha Swisher was buried Wednesday afternoon in Gravel Hill cemetery following funeral services in the Baptist church at Cheshire. Mrs. Swisher, who died Monday at her home in Cheshire, was eighty-two years old and a life long resident of this county.
     She was the widow of Ellis Swisher, who has been dead many years. She is survived by five children, Mrs. George Arthur, of Cincinnati, Ben, of Columbus, Oscar, who lives in Illinois and Ed and Miss Josie Swisher at home. Misses Lottie and Margaret Shuler, all of this city, who were nieces, attended the funeral.

[Note: 1836 - 1929. Calculating her age from her birth and death dates makes her approximately 92 years old rather than 82.]

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Wednesday, March 27, 1929
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron

Swisher, Millie E. [Reese]

Mrs. Swisher, 64,Of Little Kyger Died Tuesday P.M.
Funeral Is Set For 1 P.M. Friday At 1, Kyger Church
     Mrs. Millie E. Swisher, wife of M. K. Swisher, whose home is on Little Kyger died at 3:05 Tuesday afternoon. She had been in poor health a long time and was in her 65th year.
     Mrs. Swisher was a daughter of the late Thomas L. and Sarah Kincade Reese and was born in the Oil Hollow community of Addison Twp. on Feb. 24, 1879. Of the immediate family she is survived by besides her husband, a daughter, Mrs. Faye Van Heyde, Columbus, who lived in
Gallipolis a few years ago, a son, Leo Swisher of Cheshire, and two grandsons, Lowell and Robert Swisher. There are three brothers and one sister: Willard Reese, Cheshire; Elgia and Herbert Reese, Plain City, and Mrs. Earl Moore, Gallipolis.
     Funeral services will be conducted by Rev. E. C. Venz at 1 o’clock Friday at the Little Kyger Church. Interment will be made in Gravel Hill Cemetery by Rawlings-Coates. Friends may view the features at the home up until the funeral time.

The Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Wednesday May 5, 1943
Contributed by Cheryl Enyart                                                                       Top of Page

Swisher, Mollie

     Died, in Cheshire, Ohio, October 5th, 1868, of croup, Mollie, daughter of Ellis and Martha Swisher, aged 2 years, 9 months, and 24 days. Funeral services at the Academy Hall, on tthe 6th inst., conducted by the writer. Text Mark x::xiv. "Suffer the little children to come unto me, &c." A beautiful bud on earth; in heaven, a fadeless flower.

"She died to sin; she died to care;
But for a moment felt the rod;
Then, rising on the viewless air,
Spread her bright wings, and soared to God." T. H. Drake

The Gallipolis Journal
October 22, 1868
Transcribed by Eva Swain Hughes

Swisher, Nora [Blain]

Mrs. Nora Blain Swisher, 72, Dies In Condee Home
Funeral Is Set For 2 Sunday At That Home
Mrs. Nora Blain Swisher, widow of John Swisher, died at 8:25 last night at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Herman Condee, on Route 160, this side of Kerr. She had been bedfast from a malignant ailment since the first of the year and her condition was known to be grave.
     Mrs. Swisher was the scion of a well-known Mason County family. She was a daughter of Z. T. J. and Amanda Blain, whose address was Gallipolis Ferry, and most of her years were spent near her birthplace. Her birthdate was Jan. 10, 1871, and hence, she was in her 73rd year.
     Mr. Swisher died Dec. 2, 1939, and they are survived by, besides the daughter, these two sons; George A. Swisher of Gallipolis Ferry and Comer Z. of East Liverpool. There are four brothers and one sister surviving: Mrs. Mary Brown of Gallipolis, C. A. H. D., J. A. and S. P. Blain, all of Gallipolis Ferry.
     Funeral services will be held at 2 o’clock Sunday at the Condee home, with decedent’s pastor, Rev. Mr. Billup of Pt. Pleasant officiating, assisted by Rev. J. E. Hakes of Gallipolis. Interment will be made in Mound Hill Cemetery by F. J. Entsminger. Friends may call at the Condee home to view the features after the body is taken back there Saturday afternoon.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Friday, July 9, 1943
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron

Swisher, Perry

Aged Man Passes
     Perry Swisher, aged 80 years passed away Wednesday morning at the home of his daughter, Mrs. William Rice at Kyger. Death was due to complications and old age.
Funeral services will be held at two o'clock Friday at the Rice resident with Prof. Clark of Rio Grande officiating with burial in Gravel Hill Cemetery in charge of Rawlings.

[Note: gravestone 1850-1929....death certificate: Born: March 24, 1850; died October 2, 1929, 79 years 4 months and 18 days of age. Wife: Mary A. Swisher. Parents: David Swisher and (unknown) Scott]

Gallipolis paper
October, 1929
Transcribed by F.K. Brown

Swisher, R. R

Death of R.R. Swisher
     At Lordsburg, Cal., Oct. 24, R. R. Swisher, formerly of Addison, died at the foothills of consumption. His parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Swisher of Addison, were with him at the end. He leaves a widow and infant son. Mr. Swisher was a railroad civil engineer who worked in Cuba. He was buried at Lordsburg.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
November 13, 1906
Transcribed by Jessica L. Weber

Swisher, Ray B.

In Memory
     Ray B. baby of J.A. And A. Swisher, was born April 23, 1891, died January the 14th, 1892, aged 8 months, 3 weeks and 1 day.

     We clasped his little finger,
     Over his breast;
     We laid him down gently,
     We leave him to rest.

     Sweetly he slumbers,
     His sickness is o'er;
     The love of his mamma
     He needs no more.

     We pressed on his forehead
     The last kiss of love;
     I know angels welcome
     That dear babe above.

     Then weep not dear mother
     For your little babe;
     Though you miss him from his crib,
     He has only gone to Heaven to live.
                                                  J.D. Athens, Ohio

Burial at Gravel Hill cemetery in Cheshire Township.

Gallipolis Journal
Transcribed by Nancy McMillan

Swisher, Rinaldo

'Nad' Swisher, Retired Carrier, Died Early Today

Funeral at Home At Carlton At 2 Saturday
     Rinaldo Swisher, better known as Nad, aged 85 years, well-known and highly respected citzen, passed away at his home at Cheshire, (Carlton) early this October 12, following a period of ten days' serious illness. He had been an invalid for the past four years as a result of a paralytic stroke.
     Mr. Swisher was a retired mail carrier and in that role he made many friends during a period of nineteen years of active service. Mr. Swisher was the son of the late George and Samantha Swisher. His loving companion preceeded him in death two years ago.
     He leaves to mourn his loss the following children: Wilber of Corning, O.; Dewey at home; Mrs. Robert Hern of Akron, O.; Mrs. Hilah Roush of Gallipolis, and George Swisher of Columbus, O.; also one brother, W. E. Swisher, a close neighbor, of Cheshire and one sister, Mrs. Julia Gerber of Middleport. There are ten grandchildren besides a host of other relatives and friends.
    Funeral service will be held at the residence at 2 p.m. (fast time) Saturday. Interment at Gravel Hill cemetery by Rawlings-Coates.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
October 12, 1944
Contributed by Cheryl Enyart                                                                       Top of Page                                                                          

Swisher, Rose Della

     DIED - Swisher, Mrs Rose Della, 63, Point Pleasant, November 21 at Holzer Hospital; survived by a daughter, Mrs. Warren W. Miller Rodney, and four sons, away; four sisters and three brothers also survive; funeral November 24; burial in Lone Oak Cemetery.

The Gallia Times November 23, 1946; Page 2
From the newspaper collection of Harold and Odella Mack
Transcribed by Shari Little-Creech

Swisher, Sam

Services Tuesday for Sam Swisher
     Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday in the Kyger Methodist Church for Sam W. Swisher, 59, who died at 1 p.m. Friday in Holzer Hospital of cirrhosis of the liver.
     The Rt. 2, Cheshire, farmer was born Oct. 16, 1889, in Mason County, W. Va., to Eli and Mary Rosanna Fulton Swisher. He married Alma Rupe, who died 20 years ago. He is survived by a son, David W. Swisher, 2312 Traymore Pl., Columbus; and a daughter, Mrs. W. R. (Joan) Isaacs, 301 Madison St. Milton, Fla.; three sisters, Mrs. Pearl Pierce, Hamden, Mrs. Bruce Lawlace, Fostoria; Mrs. Harvey Darst, Rt. 2 cheshire; and two brothers, Blaine Swisher, 438 Lee St., Marion, and Perry Swisher, Cheshire. Three grandchildren also survive.
     The Rev. Andrew Perry will officiate at the funeral, and burial will be made by J. L. Coleman and Son in Gravel Hill Cemetery. The body will lie in state in the church an hour before the last rites.

Gallipolis Tribune
Transcribed J. Farley                                                                                    Top of Page

Swisher, Samuel Roy

Of Fractured Skull In Hospital Here Late Saturday Night
Rance, Watkins Driver, Held Blameless Burial at Gravel Hill Near Decedent's Home
     As he attempted to dart across Eastern ave, (Route 7) near Casto's store in Maple Shade at 7:45 Saturday night, Samuel Roy Swisher, 48, a deaf mute, of near Cheshire was struck by a truck and knocked unconscious.
     The truck driver, Rance Watkins, 25, also of Cheshire, rushed Swisher to the Holzer Hospital, where he died at 11 o'clock the same night. Death resulted from a fracture at the base of the skill. The man had suffered no other serious injury.
     Undertaker, J. L. Coleman removed the body to his mortuary at Bidwell and at 2:30 this afternoon funeral services were conducted at the Cheshire M. E. church by Rev. H. N. Snider, Burial in Gravel Hill Cemetery.

Driver Not At Fault
     Information obtained by Sheriff Hatfield from Watkins and other eye-witnesses seemed to show so conclusively that Watkins is blameless that the advisability of making an arrest was hardly contemplated.
     Seated with Watkins were his wife and baby and Pearl Devault, a miner, was in the back end of the pick-up truck. Watkins told soon after the accident. They were coming into Gallipolis.

[Tombstone dates are: 1889-1937]

Gallipolis Paper
Transcribed by Maxine Marshall

Swisher, Vernon

Vern. Swisher, Aged 84, Died This Morning
Funeral Services Will Be Held 2 Wednesday Baptist Church In Cheshire
     Vernon Swisher, who was well known in the upper end of the county and in Meigs, died at 2:30 this morning at the home of his youngest daughter, Mrs. Isabelle Autherson, in Bradbury. He had been bedfast 15 weeks and in poor health for a much longer period and was nearing his 84th birthday.
     Mr. Swisher was born near Cheshire, a son of Solomon and Sophia McCarty Swisher, and was the last survivor of that immediate family. His birthdate was Jan. 19, 1855. He was reared in the Turkey Run community and on Dec. 25, 1878 married Adrian McCarty of the same community. She died in 1920.
Up until her death he lived in and around Cheshire and in addition to farming was employed for a period at the Cheshire flour mills. Most of the time since her death he had lived at the Autherson home in Bradbury.
     Six children besides Mrs. Autherson survive: Earl Swisher of Gallipolis; William and Arthur Swisher, Middleport; Stanley Swisher and Mrs. Eugene Watson, Cheshire, and Mrs. C. D. Carter, New Plymouth, O. One child died in infancy. There are 13 grandchildren, including Miss Kathryn Watson, The Tribune's Cheshire correspondent, and several great-grandchildren.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune, Front Page
Monday, January 9, 1939
From the newspaper collection of Harold and Odella Mack
Transcribed by Shari Little-Creech

Swisher, Wade

     Wade Swisher, only son of Mr. and Mrs. J. A. (Dean) Swisher of Cheshire, died Thursday at Camp Sherman, aged about 22 years. He had been in camp about two months. His father went to the camp and accompanied the body home. He was sick only a short time from influenza and pneumonia.
     Funeral services were held at Cheshire Sunday afternoon at the home by Revs. Reed and Lockwood, burial in Gravel Hill cemetery. He leaves his parents, three sisters and a host of sorrowing relatives and friends.

[Note: b. Jan. 1887 d. Oct. 3, 1918; Co. 33 - 9th Tr. Bat.]

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

Swisher, William Curtis

Cheshire Man Ends Own Life
     William Curtis Swisher, 79, one of the prominent figures in Cheshire, took his life Saturday afternoon to end his suffering from a malignancy which had made him bedfast in recent weeks. Saturday afternoon he marshalled enough strength to leave his bed and secure a .22 calibre rifle which he fired into his temple above the left eye. He lived only about eight minutes after the shot was fired, his death taking place at 2:15 p.m. He was seated in a chair in the family home on the main street of the village.
     Swisher was a native of Cheshire twp., where he was born on Oct. 25, 1877, the son of the late Frank and Fannie Shuler Swisher. As a youngster he attended the village schools and for a number of years engaged in farming. At a later time he was employed at the Gallipolis State Institute. He left the GSI to take employment at the Mansfield Reformatory as a guard from which position he retired in 1941. He returned to Cheshire to make his home and served the village as marshall.
     He was twice married, his first wife being the former Minnie Smith, who preceded him in death in 1942. They were the parents of two surviving children, Mrs. Ned (Neva) Eaches of Gallipolis and Raymond of Columbus. In July, 1943, he was married to the former Anna Adams who survives along with two step-children, Clarence Adams of Bidwell and Mrs. Thelma Kohler of Columbus. Other survivors are a brother, Albert of Sycamore, six grand and nine great grandchildren.
     Swisher was a member of the Cheshire Methodist church, where services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday. Rev. Kenneth Betz will officiate, assisted by Rev. C. J. Lemley. Burial will take place in Gravel Hill cemetery under the direction of Miller’s Home for Funerals. Friends may call at the late home until shortly before the hour of the service. Pallbearers will be Dick Allen, Ed Thompson, James Baker, Melvin Little, Wilbur Ward and Wilbert Underwood.

The Gallipolis Tribune
Monday November 5, 1956
Contributed by Cheryl Enyart                                                                          

Switzer, A. P.

A. P. Switzer, 61, Dies Suddenly in Jersey Home
Was Train Dispatcher in New York for N. Y. C.
Brother of C. H. Switzer

     Arthur P. Switzer, native of this county and the older and only brother of Assistant Postmaster Charles H. Switzer, died Saturday night at his home in Harrington Park, New Jersey.
     He had suffered severly from a heart affection for several months, he and his brother becoming ill about the same time, but he had recovered to some extent and had been working since the first of the year. He was a train dispatcher, was stationed in the New York Central station in New York City, and had been in the service of that company for about 35 years.

Was Nash Cadet
     Mr. Switzer was 61 years old. He was a son of the late Valentine H. Switzer and was born on what is now W. H. Swartzwalder farm in Springfield tp. The family came to Gallipolis in 1888 when the elder Switzer was elected sheriff. Arthur attended school here and became one of the Nash Cadets.
     His interest soon turned to telegraphy and he accepted a job in the local Western Union office and developed a sort of genius for repairing telegraph equipment. He became a man of rather gigantic stature, attaining to a height of either 6 feet 6 inches or 6 feet 8 inches and well-portioned.
     As a young man he worked in Topeka and attraced considerable attention there as a baseball pitcher. From there he went to Atlanta and played a season or two with that city's team in the Southern League.
About 25 years ago he and Miss Lulu Womeldorff, daughter of Fannie Tate Womeldorff and the late Harry Womeldorff, were united in marriage in East. She survives him, as do his mother, Mrs. Melissa Switzer, and his sister, Mrs. Mabel Vervenne, both of Westwood, N. J. in addition to the brother named.
     Funeral and burial will take place at Harrington Park.

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

Switzer, Charles H.

C. H. Switzer Dies Suddenly At Age of 63
     GALLIPOLIS - Charles H. Switzer, 68, retired assistant postmaster, died at his home on the corner of State St. and First Ave., about 10:30 Friday morning. Mr. Switzer’s death came suddenly and unexpectedly, though it was known that he had been in failing health for sometime.
     Appointed to the office of assistant postmaster in July, 1910, Mr. Switzer is believed to have served longer in that position than any other person in the history of the local post office. He gave up that position two or three years ago because of ill health.
     The son of the late Valentine H. and Melissa P. Switzer, he was born in Springfield Township on the farm now owned by Hal Schwartzwalder near the County Children’s home. When the father was elected to the office of sheriff, the family moved to Gallipolis, and Charles Switzer became a clerk in the E. L. Neal Drug Store. Later he was appointed pharmacist at the Athens State Hospital where he served in that capacity for a number of years.
     He is survived by his wife, the former Winifred Smith, daughter of the late S. F. Smith, Pomeroy editor and publisher, and a sister, Mrs. Mabel Switzer Vervenne of St. Petersburg, Fla.  Funeral services will be conducted at 2 o’clock Sunday afternoon at the George J. Wetherholt and Sons Funeral Home by the Rev. Theodore Valenti, with burial following at Mound Hill Cemetery.

Athens Sunday Messenger
January 21, 1945
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron

Switzer, Charles John

C. J. Switzer, Aged 88, Dies in Washington
Native of Addison Tp. And Brother Of Robert M. Switzer---Funeral At 2 Friday
     Charles J. Switzer retired lawyer and government employee and a half-brother of former Congressman R. M. Switzer of this city, died at his home in Washington, D. C. last night. He was 88 years old and was born and reared on Little Chickamauga in Addison tp. He had been in failing health for a number of years and was bedfast and nearly blind during the last two years.
     Funeral services will be held at 2 o'clock Friday at the residence at 314 Usphur street, N. W. R. M. Switzer expected to leave this afternoon to attend the services and others of the family may accompany him.

Uncle of C. H. Switzer
     Charles John Switzer was a son of Valentine Switzer, whose home stood near the road in front of what was long known as the Hawkins homestead and now the property of E. W. Bradley. He was a brother of the late Val H. Switzer, one-time sheriff, who was the father of Assistant Postmaster Charles H. Switzer.
     When a young man Charles J. accidentally shot off one of his arms while hunting. He underwent three amputations, the first two being unsuccessful efforts to save part of his arm. He attended the Holbrook College at Lebanon and was a boyhood chum of Captain Oberlin M. Carter.
     In 1882 Charles J. and the late Col. C. W. Bird were appointed to clerkships in the Pension Bureau. Before they lost their positions as a result of a change of administrations, Mr. Switzer was promoted to field examiner and was stationed at Charleston, W. Va. Subsequently he practiced law in that city in association with L. A. Martin.
     Becoming ill, he was taken to Washington in the early '90s. He finally regained his health, obtained a departmental position and remained there the rest of his life. He had not been here on a visit since 1918. Even before that date he had retired because of physical disabilities.
     He married an Illinois girl, whose father, Captain John B. Dowd, held an important position in the government. They are survived by two children, both married and residents of the National Capital: John B. Switzer, who as a boy obtained a position in the interstate Commerce Commission and who for a number of years has served as the commission's appointment clerk; and Edith, wife of Alfred Johnson.

[Note: Burial is at Rock Creek CE (located in Washington D.C.). Washington Post, November 21, 1935 (]

Newspaper (prob. November 1935, Gallipolis) clipping found in the Simmerman files, Switzer file, Bossard Library.
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Switzer, Frank

Death Claims F. Switzer, 89, Near Addison
     Frank Switzer, who was in his 90th. year, died at 10 o'clock this morning at his home above Addison. He had been seriously ill 10 days and death resulted from heart ailments.
     Mr. Switzer was born here Aug. 16, 1850, the son of Metellus and Margaret Hamlin Switzer. He and Abbie Watson were married at Addison in January, 1873 and she died nine months ago. They are survived by these children: Mrs. J.H. Berry, Mrs. W.H. Reeves, Marie and Jack Switzer, all of Addison; Earl Switzer, Galparaiso, IN; Mrs. N.J. Backus and Mrs. J.H. Beckey, Pittsburgh. There is one surviving brother, William Switzer of Turkey Run (Cheshire R.D.).
     Funeral Services will be conducted at 1 o'clock Sunday at the Addison M.E. Church, of which decedent was a member, by Rev H.N. Snider. Burial in Gravel Hill by Coleman.

[Note: Death Certificate: born Aug. 16, 1850; died Sept. 27, 1939; aged 89 years, 1 month and 11 days of age.]

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Sept. 27, 1939
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Switzer, Mary Elizabeth [Morton]

Mrs. George Switzer
     Mrs. Mary Elizabeth (Morton) Switzer, widow of George Switzer, passed away Friday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Edward Culp, in Marion, aged 67 years. The funeral and interment were Sunday at Bethel church in Addison township, the religious services being conducted by Rev. W.D.Cherington.
     Until within the past few years Mrs. Switzer had spent all her life in this county.  She was a most estimable woman, and a life long member of the Methodist church.  Mr. Switzer died nine years ago. Four daughters, Mrs. Bert Hodge, Mrs. Newt Jones, Mrs. Ira Copeland and Mrs. Ed. Culp, and four sons; Frank, Peniel, Harry and Homer Switzer, survive their mother.

Gallia Times
April 18, 1917
Transcribed by Nancy McMillan

Switzer, Melissa [Plummer]

Mrs. Switzer, 90, Dies In Jersey; Funeral Here
Mother Of Asst. P. M. Switzer Passes At Daughter’s Home
     Mrs. Melissa Switzer, mother of Assistant Postmaster Charles H. Switzer of this city, died yesterday afternoon at Westwood, N. J., where for a score of years she made her home with her daughter, Mabel, wife of Jacob Vervenne. Mrs. Switzer had been bedfast about four months and the news of her passing occasioned, but little surprise among those knowing of her infirmities. She was 90 years old on July 9.
     Mrs. Switzer was born at Rutland and she was the last survivor of her generation of the Plummer family. Her father was Harriman Plummer. In 1870 Melissa Plummer and Valentine H. Switzer who had served in the Union Army, were married. For some years thereafter they lived in Rutland and then located on what is now the W. H. Swartzwalder farm in Springfield tp. That was their home until he was elected sheriff in 1888 and was again their home after he retired from office in 1893. Mrs. Switzer serviced as matren of the county jail during her husband’s two terms as sheriff.
     Three children were born to the Switzers—the two named and Arthur P., who died some years ago. There are but few near relatives of the decedent surviving.
     It is not known yet when the body will arrive here, but the funeral services will be held at 2 Sunday at Entsminger Funeral Home. Burial in Mound Hill.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Thursday, August 15, 1940
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron

Switzer, Robert M.

Services for Gallia Lawyer Are Sunday
     GALLIPOLIS - Funeral services for Robert M. Switzer, dean of Gallia County lawyers, who died at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday in Holzer Hospital, will be conducted Sunday at 2 p.m. at Grace Methodist Church with the Rev. P. N. Niswander officiating.  Burial will follow in Mound Hill Cemetery.
     Switzer was city solicitor at the time of his death, a post he had held since 1922 with the exception of five years.  He served in Congress from 1911 to 1919, and had voted for the declaration of war against Germany.
     Pallbearers have been named as follows:  W. H. Dexter, Thomas E. Mills, John Morgan, Dr. Raymon T. Allison, William H. Janes, and John E. Halliday.  The latter is Mr. Switzer’s partner in the firm of Switzer and Halliday.
     Switzer was a member of Knights of Pythias, holding a 50 year pin; the Elks, the Woodmen, and members of these organizations are to attend the funeral in a group.

Athens Messenger
Friday, October 31, 1952
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron

Switzer, William Langley

W. L. Switzer, 80, Dies At Addison
Rites to be Held 2 P. M. Thursday At Cheshire
     William Langley Switzer, ill for several months and blind for years, died at 10 o’clock this forenoon at the home of his niece, Mrs. Marie Switzer, above Addison. He had lived there the last three years.
     Mr. Switzer succumbed to the infirmities incident to his four-score years. He was a son of Matellus and Margaret Hamlin Switzer and was a native of Addison Twp. and was the last of his generation of the family. His wife, who was Lois McArty,  [McCarty] died some years ago, and they had no children.
     Funeral services will be held at the Cheshire Baptist Church, of which decedent was a member, at 2 o’clock (slow time) Thursday. Interment will be made in McCarty Cemetery by Coleman & Son.

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Tuesday, October 5, 1943
Transcribed by Sandy L. Milliron

Swords, America A.

Widow of J.W. Swords Passes
     Mrs. America A. Swords, most of whose life was spent in this county, died at 10:30 Thursday night in Springfield, Ohio. She was the widow of James W. Swords, who died at Crown City in 1935.
     Since his death Mrs. Swords divided her time among her children, who are Homer, Wheeler, John, Burt and Aaron Swords, all of Springfield; Mrs. Wealtha Leedom, Cincinnati and Miss Garnet Swords, Columbus. Also surviving are two brothers, David and James Stewart, both of Bladen and 15 grandchildren.
     Funeral services will be held. Funeral services will be held at Lincoln at 2 o'clock Sunday. Burial in Houck cemetery.

[Note: from stone in Houck Cemetery in Harrison Township...1869-1938. Death Certificate: America Swords was born Oct. 12, 1869 in Illinois; died May 26, 1938 in Springfield, Ohio..68 years, 7 months and 14 days. Parents: Jackson Stewart and Anna Markin]

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
May 28, 1938
Transcribed by F.K. Brown

Symmes, Capt. James  (Sims)

Death of Capt. Symmes
     Capt. James Symmes, the well known wharfboat veteran whose serious illness was mentioned a day or two ago in the Tribune, died Saturday afternoon at 2 o’clock. He will be buried at Mound Hill Sunday afternoon.

[Note: 1826 – 9/4/1897. Capt. James Symmes at the Infirmary is in very bad shape from hernia. GDT, Friday, Sept. 3, 1897. He died at the Infirmary.]
Gallipolis Daily Tribune (Pg. 3)
Saturday, September 4, 1897
Transcribed by Sandy Milliron

Syrus, Birtie Arthur

World War Vet Dead
     Bertie Arthur Syrus, 39, a veteran of the World War who served overseas, died at his home in Crown City late Wednesday evening after a lingering illness from tuberculosis. He was never married and is survived by his parents and several brothers and sisters.
     Funeral service will be conducted by Rev. Lunsford of Chesapeake at the Crown City Methodist church Friday at 2 p. m. with burial in charge of F. L. Stevers following in the cemetery there.

[Not: 10/15/1891 – 1/28/1931; Age 39 yrs. 3 mos. 13 das. He was the son of Erie & Savannah Saunders Syrus.]

Gallipolis Daily Tribune
Friday, January 30, 1931
Transcribed by Sandy Milliron

Syrus, Rena R.

     Funeral services for Rena Rosetta Syrus will be conducted Wednesday, 1 p.m. at Willis Funeral Home.      Additional survivors in Monday's Gallipolis Daily Tribune are a halfbrother, Leroy Smith of Florida; a half sister, JoAnn Cicinali of Cincinnati; and two step-sisters, Louise Kirby of Gallipolis and Edna Glass of Oregon.      Friends may call the funeral home tonight from 6 to 9 p.m.

Gallipolis Tribune
Jan. 30, 1990
Transcribed by J. Farley