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Title: Williamsport, IN. Warren Review- Thursday, May 11th, 1899 Edition
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John Fredrick Reiff. Deceased was born in Reading, Berks County, Pa., September 22nd, 1836, and departed this life at his home in Williamsport, Ind., wensday evening at 6 o'clock, May 3rd, 1899, aged 62 years, 7 months, and 11 days. At the age of 22 he came to this place at the very begining of early manhood and locate, engaging in his trade-carpenering. This was in 1858 and from that year to his death, exept two years that he engaged in farming on the John T. Briscoe farm in Pine Township, he was a citizen of Williamsport. December 10th, 1859, he was merried to Iss Sarah P. Percy, and to them were born four children-two sons and two daughters. One, Harry, died at the age of 14, and three, Mrs. Annie Kiger, Mrs. WmHiringer of this place and Rollin of State Line, survive him. Mrs. Reiff died january 18th, 1880. April 12th, 1883, Mr. Reiff again married, his wife being Miss Roseta Fry of Pine Township. To them were born two sons, George E. and Charles G. Reiff, who survive their father. When 14 years old deceased untied with the Lutheren Church and remained a member to his death. There being no church of that denomonation here, his wife urged him to obtain his letter from the Luthren Church and place it with some other denomonation, but he said he did not beleve in belonging to so many churches. In 1892, he joined Waren Lodge, No. 57, I.O.O.F., of this place, and remained a member in good standing to his death. He was also for sometime a member of Washington Lodge, No. 2045, K. of H., but allowed his membership to lapse and was never reinstated. He leaves four sisters and one brother, all living in Reading, Pa., and one brother in Iowa, none of whom were able to attened the funeral. Mr. Reiff came to his death by an accedent, which occured tuesday afternoon af last week while working on the second story of J. W. Brier's new residence, near town. He was at work on a window, became dizzy and fell out of the window, striking in his decent upon the roof of the bay window. He was picked up and takento a neighbor's nearby, not recovering consciosness until about 6 o'clock. He was coveyed home and Dr. DeHart attended him. His sufferings were intense, indicating internal injury. At six o'clock the next evening, wednesday, he expired. He was conscious to the end, and when asked by his wife if he felt prepared for death, he answered he was and that he had nothing to fear. we knew deceasced for many years and found him ever the same. He was a good citizen, a devoted and kind husband and a loving father. Funeral services were held at the Presbyterian Church last friday afternoonat 1 o'clock, Rev. William Wilmer officiating assisted by Rev. G. H. Clarke of the Christian Church. Interment was made in Hillside Cemetery under the auspices of the Odd Fellows. The pallbearerswere: Mrs. Nimrod Dolbow, Ed Wilson, Charles Sentman, John Fox, Lewis Myers, and George W. Salts. Bobituary. Albert W. Fowler was son of Mr. and Mrs. H Fowler. He was born Febuary 28th 1888, departed this life May 1st, 1899, being at the time of his death 11 years, 2 months, and three days old. He leaves father mother and three brothers to mourn their loss, he being the first one to depart this life. He untied with the Methodist Episcopal Church in the year 1897, durring the pastorate of Rev. F. J. Beisel. He received Sacrement of Christian Baptism July 11th, 1898, Rev. David Rogers officiating. He was recieved into full connection with the church Febuary 6th, A.D. 1898, by Rev. J.H.Smith. His funeral took place atthe Stae Line M.E.Church May 3rd, 1899, where a verry large congragation of freinds whitnessed the services, and followed the rmainsto its long home- the grave. Bertie was a good Christian boy. Though young in years, had given his heart to God, and knew how to trust Him. He learned to pray at his mother's knees in very early childhood, when lisp that child's prayer- Now I lay me down to sleep, Ipray the Lord my soul to keep; If I should die before I wake, Ipray the Lord my soul to take. But he had not prayed that prayer very long until he said; "I wantto pray the prayer that has the power in it," meaning the Lords prayer. So he learned that and ever afterward prayed that prayer, the prayer of prayers. His sickness was long and severe, yet he bore it all very paitebtly, but his sufferings are forever ended. He is reigning with the Lord now. He loved God, and he loved His house and word. Though young in years he had read the Bible through. He was not afrade to die. His mother said to him a short time before he passed away: "Bertie, you are not afrade to die?" He answered, "Why, no mama, I shall die happy." Thus ended this pure life. How sad that his sun should go down so soon, that his leaf should wither in the springtime. Brother and sister Fowler and family have loving sympathy of all the comunity in this their very sad bereavement. Obituaries. Mrs. Martha J. Kent. This lady was born in Ross County, Ohio, April 3rd, 1827, and was the daughter of the late Elisha and Mary Hitchens. After an illness of several months and paitent suffering, she departed this life April 2nd, 1899, on Easter morning at 6 o'clock and was at rest, aged 71 years, 11 months, and 29 days. At the age of 4 she moved with her parents to Williamsport, Ind., where she spent the remainder of her life- 58 years. This was in the year 1841 and she was undoubtably a pioneer of both the town and county. She lived to see her grandchildren all grown and filling responceable possitions in life. She was one of the actors upon the busy stage of life durring the early days of Williamsport's greatest prosparity, and was intimatly connected with the men and women who molded and advanced the moral and religious thought and action of our community. She was untied in marrige to the late William Kent, April 6th, 1847, who died at his home in this place May 10th, 1884. Her husband was one of the the best, truest freinds Williamsport ever possessed, being a CHristian gentelman, an enterprising buisness manand one of our pioneer merchants, comming from the farm of his father and of a family connected with the history of the county from its organization. To Mr. and Mrs. Kent were born several children, six of whom survived their father, and five the mother- William H., now of Dever, Colorado, who is engaged in journalism; Perrin Herbert, who died in Toledo, O., only last September; Miss Ella, who lived with her mother and was, for many years, the trusted and faithful agent for the Wabash R'y at this place; Mrs. Girtrude Hurlburt of Toledo, Ohio; and Miss Mary R and Arthur D., both engaged in railroad duties at Chicago. The funeral scervices were impresivly conducted at the residence by Rev. William Wilmer, the pastor of the Presbytarian Church at 2 o'clock pm, tuesday, April 4th, 1899, and interment made in Hillside Cemitary beside the rmains of he husband. Deceased had for a lifetime been an active member of the Presbytarian Church and her death has removed from the society one of the origional members who bore an active part in the orgunazation of the Church, dating as far back as 1850. It can truly be said of Mrs. Kent that she was a good woman, a loving daughter, a devoted wife, an indulgent mother, and a kind and sympathizing freind and neighbor. She is gone and we miss her from our midst. the Pallbearers were R.W.Claypool, P.W.Lewis, Isaiah Smith, J.W.Sutton, N.T.Vanderblit, and Philip Gemmer. Deceased was born in the year 1819 in Warren County, Ohio, near Red Lion. He came with his parents to Indiana and settled in Fountain County, Ind., in the year 1824. He grew to manhood on the farm where his father settled. When a young man, he married the daughter of Absalom Jenkins, another pioneer settler of Fountain County. To this union was born one daughter, when the wife and mother sickened and died. He then married Anna, daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth Collier of Warren County, Indiana, and lived on a farm near Independence. This wife died in 1872, when he again married and moved to Huntington County, Indiana, where he lived until recently. When his health failed him he came to Willliamsport to visit his daughter, Mrs. Jesse Willis. He gradually grew worse and died on Tuesday morning, May 2d, 1899, aged 79 years, 5 months and 4 days. Three daughters live to mourn their loss. The deceased united with the Christian Church at Osborn's Prairie, Fountain County, Indiana, when a young man and lived a consistent Christian until death. He leaves a sister, Mrs. Sarah A. Swank, the only surviving member of his family, his brother Willis of Fountain County, being the last to preceed him to the great Beyond. The funeral discourse was preached by Rev. W. N. Coffman, pastor of the United Brethren Church of this place at Independence last Thursday morning. The Pallbeareres were: Messrs. Christopher Dove, Thomas Phipps, Ed Straube, Robert Hall, D. M. Brubaker and Howard Robb. Deceased was the only child of Cyrus C. and Nettie J. Evans, and was born in Warren County, Ind., March 9th, 1898, and always being very delicate, his death has been realized a great loss. He died at their home April 23d, 1899, after an illness of one month and fourteen days of typhoid fever, from which he died in terrible agony at the age of one year, one month and fourteen days. Funeral services were held at Pleasant View Church April 24th, by Rev. F. L. Austin of Renssalaer, Ind., after which the remains were laid to rest in the West Lebanon Cemetery to the care of keeping of Him who will "raise it up at the last day."

Date: 5/11/1899
Origin: Warren Review Extracted from Microfilm
Author: Sharon Roberts
Record ID: 00003648
Type: Obituary
Source Archive: Williamsport-Washington Township Public Library
Date Entered: 8/6/2014
Entered By: Chris Brown

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