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Title: Obituaries Williamsport, IN. Warren Review- Thursday, May 13, 1897 Edition
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Died, Al Mayer at his home in Lafayette, Thursday, May 6th. Funeral occurred Saturday. Mr. Myers Was A Former resident of Attica. Died near Williamsport, Friday, May 7th, death caused by drowning. Oscar Bittinger aged 33. Funeral occurred at the family home in Williamsport, Sunday May 9 at 10 a.m., Rev. Harper officiating. The following named persons were present from out of town: Wallace Bittinger of Chicago, Asa Roff and daughter, Mrs. Atter of Watseka, Ill., C. M. Fenton of Gibson City, Ill., J. H. McBroom and wife of Hillsboro, Ind., Mrs. Dr. Moore of Michigantown, Ind., W. W. Fenton and wife of Pine Village, this county, and Mrs. Eliza Nolin, Grandmother of the Deceased. Deceased was a consistent member of the M. E. Church and the Epworth League. His sudden taking away was a sever shock to his aged parents, who have the sympathy of a large circle of friends. Died at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Stump on Thursday, May 6th of rheumatism, Miss Nettie Stump, aged 25 years, 7 months and 11 days. The funeral occurred Friday, May 7th at the M. E. Church, Rev. Harper assisted by Rev. Wilmer officiating. Interment was in the hillside Cemetery. Died at her home in Attica, Saturday, may 8th, from uremic poisoning. Mrs. Williams, Wife of George W,. Williams, Publisher of the Attica Democrat. Concerning the death, the Daily News of Monday says: Deceased was born in Owens County, Ind., and was 31 years of age on the 31st of last January. She was married to George m. Williams on May 3rd, 1887. They lived in Spencer for a short time and seven years ago came to Attica. Mrs Williams was a lady of pleasant manners, a kind neighbor and highly respected by all who knew her. She was most devoted mother and loving and helpful wife. Her death in the very prime of life would be sufficient to cause universal regret and when is added to this the fact that four children are left, the eldest scarcely old enough to realize the full meaning of the great loss, there comes to every heart an ache that means the tenderest sympathy known to humanity. The funeral occurred Tuesday at 2 o'clock, Rev. J. A. Maxwell assisted by Rev. William Wilmer, Officiating. Mr. Williams has the sympathy of the entire community. Much excitement was caused here Friday morning by the drowning of Oscar Bittinger, which occurred at 5:30 a.m., while fishing in company with John Congo and Charley Pitcher. The three were out in a small boat and while rowing along the east bank of the Wabash, Bittinger was suddenly seized with a fit-he having been subject to epileptic fits for years-and he fell over into the water. His companions supposing that his body would soon come to the surface, as is usual in such cases, turned about and made ready to seize him when he appeared, but the unfortunate man went down never to be seen againg by his companions or friends. The man in the boat as soon as satisfied that he could not be rescued pulled to the shore and ran to the nearest telephone and called up central, who notified the few citizens to be found on the streets at that early hour, but the sad intelligence was soon herald about the town and a large crowd was attracted to the scene of the accident. The work of dragging the river to recover the body was commenced at once but it was not located until about 11:30 a.m., when it was found in ten feet of water about twenty feet from where it went down. Deceased was a son of Samuel Bittinger, one of Williamsport's oldest residents. Presley B. French, a player, who was on the road with a dramatic company that struck Attica last week, committed suicide by shooting himself in the head with a bulldog revolver. In the room where the deed was committed, was found the following letter: Attica, Ind., May 5 To whoever may find this: I shall take my own life today because i have nothing to live for. Everything has gone wrong with me for years. there is something wrong with my brain. I can not study. My mind will not do its proper action. My mother's name is Mrs. Lucinda French, and her post office address is Point Pleasant, Ky. I should like for her to be notified. My trunk has all my clothes and wardrobe in it. I want it sent to my mother. God forgive me for what i am going to do. Presley B. French P.S. -I am a knight of Pythias. Tell them; perhaps they will bury me. P.B.French As per the above request, the mother was notified, and the next day a telegram was received from her requesting that the body be sent to Livermore, Ky. She telegraphed $30 to pay expenses and the remains were shipped over the Wabash via St. Louis that night.

Date: 5/13/1897
Origin: Warren Review Extracted from Microfilm
Author: Sharon Roberts
Record ID: 00003599
Type: Obituary
Source Archive: Williamsport-Washington Township Public Library
Date Entered: 6/10/2014
Entered By: Chris Brown

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