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Title: Williamsport, IN Warren Review Thursday, August 16, 1900 Edition
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J. T. Rothrock aged 42, of Tippecanoe County, accidentally shot himself through the heart with a shotgun. Death was instantaneous. Last Saturday afternoon between one and two o'clock, Charles R. Keister, only son of George Keister of Prairie Township, started in his wagon to go to Attica for a load of tile. He went by the way of Hillside Cemetery, as it was much the more direct road. Reaching the crossing of the Wabash Railroad track, which runs through the cemetery, he found the passenger train, NO. 24, bound east, rapidly approaching. He had not heard the train as there is a downgrade and the engine makes but little noise. It is said he checked his team within ten feet of the track and then whipped his horses up with the lines and attempted to make the crossing, but had miscalculated the distance of the approaching train. His horses were across the rails, but the wagon received the full force of the terrific contact and wagon was torn to splinters, the horses running away down the hill with a portion of the front wheels. The bed of the wagon was thrown a distance of thirty feet and across the cattle guard. Keister was hurled head foremost into the fence to the right of the engine, his head being driven under the lower board so tightly that he had to be pulled out. Quickly as possible the engineer stopped his engine, the injured man was placed in the baggage car and the train returned to Williamsport where medical attention was given him. No stretcher being at hand, the unconscious man was placed in the freight room and from there removed to Hotel Warren. Dr. Swank discovered that the left leg was broken near the hip joint, internal injury had been inflicted and the patient at times vomited blood. The brain had received a dangerous concussion by a severe wound upon the back of the head and upon the left side above the left eye. The parents and other relatives were notified. In the evening Dr. Swank called Dr. Osborn for consultation. He never regained consciousness and at 9 o'clock Sunday morning he died. Remains were take in charge by Correll & Boyd, undertakers, and removed to John Covalt's residence, a couple of miles north of this place and thence taken to Locust Grove Church where at 11:30 a.m., Monday, the funeral discourse was delivered by Rev. Wm Wilmer and interment was made in that cemetery. Charles Raymond Keister was the son of George R. Bartlett, and they were living on John Covalt's farm, Mr. K. working for him. He was strictly sober, never going to a saloon, was industrious and trustworthy, his family being one among the oldest and most respected in the county. The bereaved wife, who is only 21 years olds, is prostrated from the terrible shock and the tragic death has caused a gloom to rest upon the entire community. George Dewey, infant child of George E. and Lucy C. Reynolds of Warren Township, two miles west of Independence, after an illness of one week, died of cholera infantum Monday, August 13, 1900. Funeral services were conducted by Revs. Wm Wilmer and Mr. Dunseth at the U. B. Church in Independence at 10 o'clock a.m., last Tuesday, and interment was in Independence Cemetery. The child was born October 2, 1898, and was one years, ten months and eleven days of age. Mrs. Sarah Dowler-Butt. This lady was born in Marshall County, West Virginia, October 26, 1820, and died at her home in this city Tuesday, July 31, 1900, aged 79 years, 9 months and 5 days. She was the daughter of Edward and Sarah Dowler. She came to Fountain County, Ind., when 15 years of age, from Springfield, Ohio, traveling the distance from Ohio, with her future husband on horseback. Sarah Dowler was married to Valentine Butt October 18, 1838, in the town of Attica, and they had lived together nearly 62 years. In 1839 she and her husband returned to Ohio where they lived two years and then moved back to Fountain County. After a year's residence there they came to Warren County in the year 1843, locating on a farm of 160 acres on Fall Creek in Liberty Township, which Mr. Butt had purchased of the government. He continued to live there until the spring of 1865, when they moved to a farm in this, Washington, Township near this place. In 1893 they moved to Williamsport, occupying their residence on Second Street. There were born to them eleven children-five sons and 6 daughters, all of whom but one, Mrs. Mary E. Watkins, who died nearly two years ago, survive her. These children are: Mariah, wife of Henry Chenoweth of Illinois; Sarah, widow of Thomas Chenoweth; Jennie, wife of George W. Watkins of this place; Misses Carrie and Anna, living with their parents; Daniel K. and Clark of Williamsport; William and Frank of Nebraska, and Joseph of Minnesota. The husband also survives. Deceased became a member of the United Brethren Church at the "Christman" homestead 58 years ago and for more than half a century has exemplified in her life the teaching of the Man at Calvary, ever rejoicing in the midst of her years, although some of them have been years of care and affliction, in the privileges of a Christian life. The influence of her life upon the community has been very great, because of the faithfulness of her loyalty to the Divine Master. None who ever came within the sacred influence of her home but have felt themselves better because of contact with that holy life. Often has the writer, as her pastor, entered her home when discouraged and disheartened, to catch the inspiration of calm, peaceful confidence in her Maker, and then leave her presence helped, a stronger and better man. In her religious life she was very practical. Believing what Christ said, "Inasmuch as ye did it unto Me," she tried to follow His precept. And besides the care of her own large family, she has reared seventeen orphan children. Who can tell what her influence has been in these seventeen young lives, and what their lives will be on human destiny? Time will never tell it, eternity alone will suffice for the summing up of such a life. Too great for the grasp of finite mind, but the Master knows, and her works doth follow. She was very devoted to her family; her love and her care for them were the strength of her life. For several years she had been sorely afflicted, yet she bore her affliction with remarkable patience, and no word of complaint has she even uttered, but of recent years has often said to those about her, "I wish the Lord would take me." And now her prayer is answered and she doth rest from her labor. She enjoyed the utmost love and confidence of her family. All that love could do has been done. It has almost seemed that she has been kept for years past simply by the might of the great love her family bore her, whose care and devotion have been almost unparalleled. She died as she had lived, in triumph trusting in the Divine Master. And when she was at the crossing, when life was receding, when the glory of eternity was downing, she simply said, "Lord receive my spirit," and the noble life was over here. But we shall meet her again, for as we have said good night here in the twilight, so shall we say good morning in the dawning. At the house on Thursday, August 2, at 5 o'clock p.m., Rev. Mr. Dunseth read the 23d Psalm, and Rev. D. C. Warren offered prayer. Remains were then borne by the pallbearers to the U. B. Church, near by where the funeral services were conducted by Rev. Mr. Warren, assisted by Revs. Wm Wilmer, Dunseth and Myers. The text was the 13th verse of the 14th chapter of Revelation: "And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth; Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them." Interment was made in Hillside Cemetery, the pallbearers being the sons, grandsons and sons-in-law of deceased-D. K. Butt, Clark Butt, Henry Chenoweth, Frank Chenoweth, George Watkins Jr., and Charles Watkins. The church was beautifully decorated with flowers in profusion and the floral offerings of friends were of the choicest flowers. The attendance at the services and at the grave was very large. The songs used by the choir were "What a Friends we Have in Jesus," "Saved by Grace," "There Will be no More Sorrow," and "Asleep in Jesus," which were favorites with the deceased. Florence Estella Wood. On Tuesday, July 31, about 5:30 in the morning, Florence Estella Wood passed from this life to the world beyond. It will be of interest to her many friends to know that in spite of the long months of suffering, the last moments were peaceful and triumphant. She was conscious to the last moment, called her friends to her side and amid the exchange of loving kisses bade them farewell. Her passing between the worlds was as clam and natural as the passing from one room to another. Her dying faith was like the living, unshaken. The services were held at the Methodist Church Thursday afternoon at 3:30, August 2nd, conducted by Rev. L.C. Bentley of Brazil, Ind., assisted by Rev. J.N. Greene of this place.

Date: 8/16/1900
Origin: Warren Review Extracted from Microfilm
Author: Sharon Roberts
Record ID: 00003702
Type: Obituary
Source Archive: Williamsport-Washington Township Public Library
Date Entered: 10/9/2014
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Entered By: Chris Brown

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