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Title: Williamsport, IN Warren Review Thursday, May 1, 1902 Edition
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Obituary Hon. Jesse Harper is no stranger to people of Warren County. Prior to his locating in Danville, Ill., he practice law for 17 years in this place, the law firm being Gregory & Harper. He was born in Indiana in 1823 and at the time of his death was in his 79th year of life. His companion departed this life in 1895, and from that time to his death he lost interest and gradually he failed in health until he died Wednesday evening, April 23, 1902, from disease and old age. Deceased leaves two sons, Edward and Almer Harper, and an adopted daughter, Mrs. Jesse Lucas, all residing in Danville. The funeral occurred last Friday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock. For many years he was a staunch abolitionist and Republican, but in 1876 he left the party and allied himself to the Greenback Party. Although repeatedly honored by that party with nominations they were but empty honors, for he was never elected to any of the offices to which he was nominated. As a speaker but few excelled him, but having cast his lot with that party of theory his oratory was wasted upon the desert air. In 1864 and of several years, while a residing here, he owned and edited the Warren Republican, finally selling to the Republican Publishing company with W. P. Rohodes as editor. IN Mr. Harper's death another pioneer of the old school has gone hence, and as the mind catches up the pictures again back in those days of war and strife we can but shed a tear over the memory of our dead friend. Faults are forgotten and we see him as a friend and neighbor, patriot and advocate of a holy cause. How the name, Jesse Harper, brings again before the vision those men, colleagues of his in the stirring scenes of those days thirty-five and forty years ago! But, like them, he has played his part upon life's great stage, the last act is death, and the curtain falls. Obituary Mrs. Margaret Kohn-Fry was born in Germany April 11, 1830, and came to America in October 1853, locating with her parents in Reading, Pa., where in December 2, 1853, she was united in marriage to George Fry. After a residence of a year and a half in Pennsylvania she, with her husband, moved to Indiana, locating at Rainsville, this county, where their home has been ever since. To Mr. and Mrs. Fry were given ten children- seven daughters and three sons, three of whom are dead, two dying in infancy and one dying in 1898. The surviving children are: Mrs. Anna Fix, Talbot, Ind.; Mrs. Mary Nern and Mrs. Frederica Poiter, of Praire township; Mrs. Christine Bisel, Jacob and George Fry, of Adams township; and Mrs. Rosetta Reiff, of Willimsport. Deceased was a member of the German Lutheran church nearly all her life and died in that faith. She had not been well for three weeks prior to death, her ailment being paralysis. Dr. Flack, of ambia, and Dr. Fenton, of Boswell, were her physicians. She died Saturday, April 26, 1902, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Poitier, in Praire Township, aged 72 years and 15 days. The funeral discourse was preached by Rev. Wm. Wilmer at the M. E. Church in Rainsville, on Monday, April 28, at 10 o'clock a.m. Interment was made in the Locust Grove cemetery. The pallbearers were six grandsons: George and Charles Reiff, Wm. and Frank Nern, George Bisel and Elmer Fix. She leaves behind a loving husband, 18 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild and a host of sorrowing friends. Died Elva Gladys, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Theodore Harper, of Warren Township, died Thursday, April 24, 1902, aged 17 months. The burial was made in the Independence cemetery at 2 p.m. last Friday. Richard Paul, the infant son of Richard L. and Ethel Stewart, died Tuesday, April 29, 1902, aged seven weeks. Funeral this morning at 10 o'clock and interment will be made in Hillside cemetery. Obituary Mrs. Margaret Crawford was the daughter of the late John and Sarah Sheffer, formerly of this place, after an illness of one week she departed this life at the home of William and Sarah Waltz, in Oxford, Ind., from lung fever, in the 69th year of her life. She was the mother of five children, three of whom are living, one in Arkansas, one in Portland, Ind., and one in Illinois. For the past two years she made her home with Mrs. Waltz. Deceased was a cousin of ex-treasurer Jacob Sheffer, of this place. Death came to her relief at 10 o'clock last Saturday morning. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. Mr. Crowder, the pastor of the Methodist church, at the family residence on Tuesday, April 29, 1902, at 9 o'clock a.m., and interment was made in the Bumgardner cemetery west of this place.

Date: 5/1/1902
Origin: Warren Review Extracted from Microfilm
Author: Sharon Roberts
Record ID: 00003787
Type: Obituary
Source Archive: Williamsport-Washington Township Public Library
Date Entered: 3/28/2015
Entered By: Chris Brown

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