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Title: Obituaries Williamsport IN, Warren Review Thursday, November 19, 1896, Edition
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Death is generally an unwelcome visitor and we are never quite willing to entertain it, therefore it is always with feelings of sorrow that we think upon it. Surprise and sorrow are even intensified when it comes most unexpectedly. Such was and is now the condition surrounding the S. B. Mathis household. Monday morning about 9 o'clock, the aged wife and mother, after two weeks' illness from pneumonia, and when it was thought she was much improved, she even being able to be about the house, suddenly dropped dead as she stood near the west window of her room. Age had told upon her and the dread disease, like a thief in the night, had done its work, death was at hand and the aged mother surrendered apparently without an effort. Mrs. Sarah J. Mathis (nee George) was born in Warren County, Ohio, in February 1823, was married ot S.B. Mathis, who survives her in 1843, moved to their prairie farm in this county in 1847, from thence to Williamsport where she has since lived in 1881, and died Monday morning about 9 o'clock, November 16, 1896, at the age of 73 years, 9 months and 7 days. She was the mother of 9 chindren, two girls and four boys of which survive her, all grown to maturity. She was a faithful wife, a devoted mother and a Christian, having united with the Methodist Church some thirty-five years ago. Her life has been one of devotion to her family and her God. About two weeks ago she was taken with a chill, pneumonia following, but she seemed in a fair way to recover, being even about the house, when congestion set in and death was almost instantaneous. The funeral services, conducted by Rev. C. L. Harper, were held from the m. E. Church, Tuesday at 2:30p.m., after which interment was made in Hillside Cemetery, where her remains were followed by a large concourse of friends. Danville- The body of David Phillips, a colored man, was found in a vat in the rear of the Stephens Block, on the south side of the square. It had lain there almost forty-eight hours, as the last time he was seen was Thursday night. It is difficult to understand how he fell in and a deep bruise on his face gives ground for some suspicion of foul play. The little daughter of Jack Rice of the Springs was buried here last Thursday. Thsi community was greatly shocked Saturday evening by the news of the death of James Martin. Mr. Martin had been feeling bad for several days but had not been confined to his bed and none of the family considered the complaint serious. On Saturday evening at about 4 o'clock while lying on a sofa, he breathed his last. The trouble was neuralgia of the heart. Mr. Martin has been a resident of this cityfor forty-four years, engaged in the grain business during all that itme. He was a member of the Masons and Odd Fellows and was one of the most respected of Attica's citizens. He was a friend to all and his kindness of heart and his sterling qualities and uprightness in business life made him a man among men, one to honor and look up to. His death has caused a vacancy, which cannot be filled, andt the hearts of his fellow citizens and friends go out to his bereaved family in sympathy and condolence. James Martin was born in Butler County, o., July 19, 1825 and moved to Lafayette when a boy of 14 years. From there he went to Keokuk, Iowa, and then to Perrysville, Indiana. Here on the 3rd of June 1851, he was united in marriage to Matilda Gookins. The following year he came to Attica and has ever since resided here. Besides his sorrow stricken wife, four sons are left to mourn his loss, Ludius M., Harry C., Fred V., and James Ralph. The funeral services were held at the residence Tuesday afternoon at half past two o'clock. Rev. Wilmer officiated and the Masons were in charge. Interment was at Riverside.

Date: 11/19/1896
Origin: Warren Review Extracted from Microfilm
Author: Sharon Roberts
Record ID: 00003573
Type: Obituary
Source Archive: Williamsport-Washington Township Public Library
Date Entered: 5/6/2014
Entered By: Chris Brown

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