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Title: Williamsport, IN Warren Review Thursday, June 12, 1902 Edition
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Obituary Nathan Lesher was born September 21, 1820 in Berks county, pa., his parents being Jacob and Rebecca Hunter-Lesher. His mother died when he was an infant and at the age of 9 his father died, leaving him an orphan. when old enough he became and apprentice to a tailor and learned that trade. On December 7, 1851, he was married to Miss Caroline Stout and the follwign spring they came to Indiana an located at Walnut Grove in this county where they lived a short time and then moved to Burr's Mill, on Pine Creek. Here they resided until the Spring of 1854, when they moved to Williamsport and here has been their home ever since. Not being able to work at his trade he followed the calling of a day laborer. To Mr. and Mrs. Lesher were given two children- daughters, Mrs. Mina R. Crabb, of Chico, Calif., and Mrs. E. Carrie French who lives with her parents. Last December Mr. and Mrs. Lesher passed their 50th wedding anniversary, and this is the first death that has ever occurred in the family. In early life deceased became a member of the Lutheran church, but when he moved west there being no church society of this denomination he united wit the Presbyterian church and remained a consistent member to the close of life. He has been in poor health for a number of years, and became too ill last March to go about and was confined to his home ten longs weeks when death relieved him of his suffering on Saturday morning early, June 7th, 1902, in the 81st year of his life. His ailment was cardiac asthma, Dr. Porter, attending physician, who gave no encouragement to the family of his recovery. He leaves and aged companion, two daughters, four grandchildren and one great-grandchild. The funeral services were conducted at the residence Sunday afternoon at 3:30 o'clock, June 8, 1902, Rev. Wm. Wilmer officiating. The remains were laid to rest in Hillside cemetery. The pallbearers were: John Fox, Sr., Isiah Smith, N. T. Vanderbilt, Ed. Straube, Henry Pollom and John Stinespring. Died On Wednesday of last week, Dr. McCollough and wife drove to Crawfordsville to attend the funeral of Mrs. Margaret McCollough, the doctor's stepmother. Her disease was paralysis, the attack coming on last Saturday. She was 72 years of age and leaves three sons and one daughter, all of adult years. Funeral was on Thursday at 2 p.m. and remains were interred in the Shiloh cemetery. Fire Claims Life The St. Luke's Sanitarium in Chicago was destroyed by fire last Monday afternoon and nine men and a women lost their lives. Seven persons are missing and fully thirty persons were injured. Dr. Benj. H. Boyd, of Lafayette, one of the medical staff, at the time of the fire was in the fifth story and leaped to ground. As he descended he was caught in a net, but sustained internal injuries from which he soon died. He was 78 years old and leaves a wife and several children. Dr. Boyd many years ago was a practicing physician here and sold drugs. From here he went to Attica where he lived several years. He then moved to Lafayette where he resided until his death. Fro seven years past he has been connected with St. Luke's Sanitarium, which was for the cure of men and women suffering from the drink and drug habits. Died Frank Britto, an old soldier of the Civil War, living at Independence, died about 3 o'clock Monday afternoon from heart trouble without a moment's warning. Deceased was about 70 years of age and he and his wife lived in town. He had been troubled with heart disease about 5 years. He came to Independence many years ago probably soon after the war. He was born in Connecticut. He was a member of Kennesaw Post, G. A. R. and also of the U. B. church. He was a good man and respected by all who knew him. The funeral services were held yesterday at 3 p.m. Rev. M. K. Richardson officiating. Remains were interred in the cemetery at Independence. Died Mrs. Arabella Cronkhite, who was an inmate of the County Asylum 12 years, died last Monday evening at 6:30, after an illness of two months. She belonged in Stueben Township and was feeble minded. Her husband, from whom she was separated several years ago, and two children, are dead. Some 5 years ago she fell and broke a limb from which she never fully recovered. Remains were interred Tuesday morning in the grounds attached to the Asylum, at 10 o'clock. She was 84 years old. Death of Mr. Otto Ringel We regret to have to chronicle the sudden death of Mr. Otto Ringel, the Queensland manager of the Deering Harvester Co., which took place at Taringa, near Brisbane, on Sunday evening last, also the death of his little daughter on the following morning. Mr. Ringel resided in Toowoomba for about two years. He was one of the foundation members of the Lodge Temperance of Toowoomba, S. C., and was chosen as the first W. S. W. of that lodge. He was an enthusiastic Mason and an able expositor of its high principles, and his death will be a great loss to that lodge. A Masonic Burial service was conducted by the R. W. M. of the lodge Temperance of Brisbrane, S. C., after the usual burial service was read. The late Mr. Ringel was a native of West Lebanon, Ind., U.S.A. We extend our deepest sympathy to Mrs. Ringel in her sad Bereavement, and we are certain we express the feelings of her and her late husband's many friends on the Downs - Downs Doings and Toowoomba Tidings, May 2, 1902. The many friends of Mr. Otto Ringel, manager in Queensland of the Deering Harvesting Co., who was well known in Toowoomba, will deeply regret to hear of his sudden death, which took place at his home, Taringa, Brisbane, on Sunday evening last. He called in a doctor to attend his infant daughter, and on being told that the child would not live through the night, he complained of being unwell, but after a few minutes appeared to be all right, and the doctor left. Shortly afterwards he took another bad turn, and succumbed to an affection of the heart. Twelve hours afterwards the little sufferer- who was the only child- also died, leaving a fine wife and mother to mourn her very sad loss. The funeral took place on Tuesday morning. After the Methodist burial service the burial service of the Masonic lodge was read. Mr. Ringel for a time resided in Toowoomba, where his child was born. He was a native of Indiana, and was 33 years of age- very popular and much esteemed by all whom he came in contact with. Mr. Otto Ringel, the subject of this sketch, was born in Pike Township, this county, on November 2, 1869, died April 27, 1902 in Taringa, near Brisbane, Queensland, Austrailia. After Otto had completed the common schools he entered the Williamsport High School; completing this course he took up a course of study int eh Indiana State Normal, at Terre Haute, Ind., but on account of failing health he had to abandon this course of study, later taking and completing the regular course of work int he Terre Haute Commercial College; he graduated from this college in the spring of 1893. For two years he worked locally with the Deering Harvester Co., later going into business at West Lebanon under the firm name of Burge & Ringel. In November of 1898, he accepted a position as traveling salesman for the Deering company, to work in Indiana then being advanced he took up the work in Australia with the same company going there September of 1899. On October 29, 1900, he was united in marriage to Miss Vessa Swisher, Sr., this ceremony being performed in Sydney, N.S W. to them was born one child, Mary ElVessa, who died in Just eleven hours after her father on April 28, 1902 He leaves to mourn his death a wife, an aged mother, four brothers, two sisters and a large circle of friends.

Date: 6/12/1902
Origin: Warren Review Extracted from Microfilm
Author: Sharon Roberts
Record ID: 00003789
Type: Obituary
Source Archive: Williamsport-Washington Township Public Library
Date Entered: 3/31/2015
Entered By: Chris Brown

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