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Title: Obituaries Williamsport, IN. Warren Review - Thursday, July 30, 1896 Edition
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The lifeless body of John Johnson, a brother-in-law of John Carlson of Liberty Township, was discovered by Doc Egen and F. Layton, two Attica fishermen, last Thursday morning, caught on one of their trot lines near its fastening on the east bank of the river between this place and Attica near mouth of the old Side Cut. The men on making the discovery immediately gave the alarm, and the body was soon taken from the water, the coroner summoned, and an inquest held. No evidence was forthcoming as to the man's identity or how he came to his death and the coroner returned a verdict of death from drowning and the body was buried. Later, from an identification of clothing, shoes, etc., it was made certain that the body was that of John Johnson, a Swede, about 45 years old, and that he had lived for some years with his brother-in-law, John Carlson, about five miles north of here and just east of George D. Butler's place. Johnson was umarried and is said to have had considerable money, but this report is not verified. For some years past, Johnson's mind was not of the best and at times he would wander from home and be gone for some days, but he was never considered dangerous. The Monday after the Populist speaking in the courthouse, Johnson was observed leaning on the courthouse fence opposite this office, where he stood for two hours or more, scarcely changing his position. When finally approached by Marshall Russell he said his name was Johnson, that he lived at the coal bank in Liberty Township, and that he was waiting for a chance to ride out. Where he went from here is not known, or when or how he got into the river will perhaps always remain a mystery. So far as known, he did not return home Monday, and it is probably that he met his death some time Monday night or Tuesday. Rumor has it that he had considerable money on his person and foul play is therefore suspected by some, but so far as the inquest developed, no marks of violence were found upon him by the Fountain County Coroner. It might be well to more fully investigate the case. Harvery Day, aged 68 years, died from fever at his home in Jordan Township, north of Hedrick, Monday evening. Mr. Day was one of the county's oldest and most respected citizens. The funeral was held from the neighborhood church this morning. J. W. Titus recieved a telegram Tuesday morning, informing him of the death of his brother-in-law, W. A. Jackson of Columbus, Kansas, and also of the serious illness of his mother. Jess left at once for the above place. Little Homer L. Davis, son of Jonathan H. and Flora Davis, was born in March 1895, and died July 23rd, 1896, aged 17 months. His suffering was intensely, but he bore it with Christian fortitude. He leaves to mourn, a father, mother, brother, grandparents and a host of friends, but they wep not as those who have no hope. All that could be was done by loving hands, but in vain. God thought best to take little Homer with Him where there is no sickness and he is now with the angels. He was laid to rest in the Davis Cemetery near Green Hill, Ind., Rev. Coghill officiating at the grave. The little infant of Mr. and Mrs. George Talbert died at its home in Marshfield, on July 13th, aged 2 weeks. It was a nice baby at its birth, weighing 9 pounds. It was taken away very sudden, only being sick two days with spinal trouble and God called it away very suddenly and relieved if of its great suffering. We cannot see why our loved ones are called away from us, but we must remember that God doeth all things well, and that we must prepare to meet them for we know that such little ones are pure in the sight of God, for he suffered and died that they might live. They are sometimes called away to get others to repent. We do earnestly pray if those parents have not repented of their sins and found God, they will do so, where they can meet their little one that has gone on before. Remember the little one has gone to rest with its little hands folded on its breast. Its mother is left to weep and sigh for the little one that had to die. The funeral services were held at the house, conducted by Rev. Carson, the Free Methodist minister. The remains were laid to rest in the Mound Prairie Cemetery, followed by a number of friends and relatives.

Date: 7/30/1896
Origin: Warren Review extracted from microfilm
Author: Sharon Roberts
Record ID: 00003558
Type: Obituary
Source Archive: Williamsport-Washington Township Public Library
Date Entered: 4/29/2014
Entered By: Chris Brown

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