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Title: Williamsport, IN. Warren Review- Thursday, March 16, 1899 Edition
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Cecil, the only son of Hon. J. Frank Hanly and wife of Lafayette, died from acute meningitis. He was born in Williamsport in September 1895, and was in his fourth year. He was taken ill on Saturday evening, March 4, and died Tuesday morning following at 9 o'clock. The remians were brought to this place last Thursday and services were held in the Methodist Church at 3 o'clock p.m., Rev. L. C. Bentley officiating. Interment was made in Hillside. The pallbearers were T.C. Powell, W.H. Gemmer, Judge J. M. Rabb, Ele Stansburry. Friends of the family accompanied the remains from Lafayette acting as pallbearers. The flower decorations were profuse and elegant. A large attendance was at the church and sympathized with the afflicted parents in their great loss. Rev. John L. Smith, D. D., whose illness we announced last week, died last Saturday at his home in Valparaiso, Ind., aged 88 years. The remains were taken to Lafayette last Monday and interred in Springvale Cemetery, the Methodist ministers of the city acting as pallbearers. He had been in the active service of his church 55 years and was the oldest Methodist minister of the state. He was a grand man and there are many here who will regret to learn of his death. Samuel Biggs and Mrs. Charles Swarts went to Covington Monday afternoon to attend the funeral of Samuel Boord, an uncle. Deceased was about 80 years of age and was at one time a prominent citizen there. The funeral was held Tuesday. John Gunckel. This gentleman was born in Butler County, O., December 25th, 1844, and departed this life in Independence, Ind., March 4th, 1899, of bronchial catarrh, aged 54 years, 2 months and 13 days. At the age of eight years he, with his parents, moved to Lafayette, Ind., and thence to Pine Village in Warren County, where he grew to manhood. Here he enlisted November 12th, 1861, in Co. B., Tenth Indiana Volunteers, under Gen. George B. Wagner. He took part in some of the most sanguinary battles of the Civil War-Shiloh, Chickamauga, Stone River and Corinth. He served his country until July 31, 186_. On the night of May 24, 1864, he was captured and taken a prisoner of war and confined in Andersonville Prison where he languished for fourteen months. He was wounded in the back with a saber. After he was discharged he returned to Pine Village where he remained until 1881. October 17th, 1872 he was married to Mary A. Wade, and to them were born two children. One, a daughter, died in infancy; their other, a son, survives him. January 1, 1877, his wife died, leaving him alone. December 22, 1881, he again married, his wife being Mrs. Nancy R. Puckett. August 3, 1885, his second wife died, leaving him with one son and three stepchildren. In 1883, he was elected a Justice of the Peace, and October 17th, 1883, he was admitted to the Bar to practice law, this being his profession up to the time of his death. Long months of sickness with his mind unclouded gave him time to think of eternal things, and so recently he sought Christ and found him to his joy. After a consciousness of sins forgiven came to him, he felt and expressed deep regrets that he had not long ago became a Christian. He acknowledged Christ as his savior and died in great faith. His last words to his comrades and friends were: "The way is clear; I am all right now." He talked freely to all comers of the future and felt that all was well. He urged that all his children, especially his stepson, should look well after the interests of the soul as of the greatest importance. He leaves one son, Clarence, and three stepchildren and a large circle of relatives and friends to mourn his loss. The funeral was conducted by Rev. W. N. Coffman, under the auspices of Kennesaw Post, No. 47, G.A.R. at the Baptist Church, Independence, Friday, March 10, 1899, at one o'clock p.m. Interment was made in Independence Cemetery No. 1. He was a noble father and a kind neighbor. Not only will he be missed from his fireside, but he will be missed from his desk, in the daily conversations and by all who knew him. "Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord."

Date: 3/16/1899
Origin: Warren Review Extracted from Microfilm
Author: Sharon Roberts
Record ID: 00003636
Type: Obituary
Source Archive: Williamsport-Washington Township Public Library
Date Entered: 7/22/2014
Entered By: Chris Brown

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