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Obituaries, 1921-1940

Death Notice of Evangeline (Marsh) Wadleigh, Indianapolis Star [Indianapolis, IN], Feb. 22, 1921, Pg. 12:

WADLEIGH - Mrs. Evangeline, age 33 years wife of Odon (sic) F Wadleigh, passed away Monday morning at the residence, 2415 N Delaware st. Services at Central Universalist Church, 15th and New Jersey Sts. Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. Friends invited. Interment at Binghamton, NY.
Obituary of Dora (Lilienthal) Kling, Brainerd Dispatch [Brainerd, MN], Jul. 8, 1921, Pg. 2:

MRS. DORA KLING
Passed Away at the Home of Her Daughter, Mrs. J. C. Alexander
Mrs. Dora Kling, born in Germany in the year 1834, died at the residence of her daughter, Mrs. J. C. Alexander of Brainerd, on July 4, 1921 at the ripe age of 87 years.
In addition to Mrs. Alexander, with whom she has lived for the last 21 years, the other children are Hans Chris. Kling of Bovey, , Mrs. C. H. Miller and Mrs. Christine Hoffman of Mankato. There are 20 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.
Funeral services were held at the Whitney undertaking parlors Tuesday afternoon, conducted by Rev. S. M. Kelly. The remains will be taken to Mankato for burial.
Obituary of Sophia (Stroy) Hoffman, Mankato Free Press [Mankato, MN], Mar. 23, 1922:

Mrs. Sophie Hoffman Dies After Residence Here Fifty Years.
Another of Blue Earth County's pioneer settlers has been called by her maker. Mrs. Sophie Hoffman, a resident of this vicinity for over fifty years, passed away at her home, 1513 North Fifth Street, yesterday at 10 a.m. Death was caused by complications.
She was born in Mecklenburg, Schwerin, Germany, May 29, 1840, being eighty one years of age at the time of her death.
The deceased is survived by eleven children, fifty-three grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren. The children are: Mrs. Bertha Gusso, of St. Clair; Mrs. Amelia Felbert, Mankato; Mrs. Elizabeth Graham, Fairmont; Mrs. Laura Haslip, Mankato; William, Herman, George, John, Alfred, Rudolph, and Edward Hoffman, all of this city. Her husband Henry Hoffman passed away June 21, 1906, and also one son Henry Hoffman, Jr., and a daughter, Mrs. Ida Lamm.
Mrs. Hoffman endured many of the hardships of the early days and saw this city of Mankato grow from a village to its present stage. She was a kind and loving woman, and was held in high esteem by all who knew her.
Funeral services will be held Saturday at 1:30 o'clock from the home and at two o'clock from the Immanuel Lutheran Church. Dr. C. Abbetmyer will officiate.
Obituary of Mary E. (Murray) Merriman, Medford Mail Tribune [Medford, OR], Oct. 8, 1923:

MRS. MERRIMAN, COUNTY PIONEER, DIES AT HOME
Mrs. Mary E. Merriman, wife of the late George F. Merirman(sic), passed away at her home, 520 South Central avenue, at 7:30 Sunday morning, October 7. Death came after a lingering illness of several years' duration. Mrs. Merriman was born near Freeport, Ill., May 6, 1857, and passed away at the age of 66 years, 5 months, 1 day.
In 1871, when at the age of 14 years, she came with her parents to Jackson county, Oregon, she has been a continuous resident in and near Medford since that time, and although she has been confined to her home for a considerable time, there are perhaps few who bear a wider acquaintance than Mrs. Merriman, and her many warm friends will regret to learn of her passing.
She was the mother of 10 children, three of whom died in infancy. The surviving children are: Thomas Merriman of Medford, May Telfer of San Francisco, George Merriman of Orange, Cal., Blanche Miles, Mollie Merriman and Vera Plymale of Medford and Sharon Merriman of the University at Berkeley, Cal. Also one brother and one sister, Mrs. Eleanor Maule and George Murray of Hanford, Calif.
Funeral services in charge of the Church of Christ Scientist, will be held at the Conger chapel at 2 p.m. Tuesday. Interment in I.O.O.F. cemetery.
Obituary of Amanda A. (Stephens) Brown, Clarksville Leaf Chronicle [Clarksville, TN], Nov. 10, 1923, Pg. 1:

BROWN, Mrs. Amanda Ann Stephens. Age 85 yrs. Died 10 Nov. 1923, at home of son, R. S. Brown on Nashville Pike. Life long resident of Montgomery County, TN. Wife of W. R. Brown, who died eleven years ago. Member of McAdoo Presbyterian Church. Survived by following children: Mrs. Alonzo Brown, Mrs. V. S. Wallace, Mrs. W. J. Crotzer, J. B., C. C. and R. S. Brown. Interment at Greenwood Cemetery.
Obituary of Thomas A. Jones, Clarksville Leaf Chronicle [Clarksville, TN], May 4, 1928:

Tom Anthony Jones. Born November 15, 1856. Age 72 years. Died May 4, 1928 of heart disease. Resident of Christian County, KY. Son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Jones (sic). Twice married. First, married Miss Lee Whitlock in 1894 (sic). To this union were born two children, Mrs. Newell Brown and Mrs. L.M. Cayce. Second, married Miss Iola Smith of Sewanee, TN, who survives with one son, Thomas Jones, Jr. Christian Religion.
Obituary of Ben H. Plymale, Medford [OR] Mail Tribune, Feb. 11, 1929, Pg. 8:

BENJ. PLYMALE PASSES AFTER SHORT ILLNESS
Ben Plymale died Sunday afternoon, February 10, at Sacred Heart hospital, following an operation performed last Thursday. He was a veteran of the Great War, and a native of Jackson county and a widely known young business man of this city, whose passing brought a deep note of sorrow to a wide circle of friends. He was a kind and companionable man of many virtues.
The funeral services will be held from the Catholic church Tuesday morning at 10 o'clock. Medford Post No. 15, American Legion, will have charge of the services at the grave. He will be laid to rest in the mausoleum. The body will lie in state at Coeger's Funeral parlor from 8 o'clock to 9:30 o'clock in the morning.
Benjamin Harrison Plymale was born in Jacksonville, August 14, 1888, of pioneer parents. His father was W. J. (Tip) Plymale, and his mother Josephine Martin Plymale. His parents passed in his early boyhood. For many years he was a partner in the Model Clothing company. He answered his country's call to the colors in 1917 and served two years overseas. He was a member of the Elks lodge and the American Legion.
He had an individuality all his own, and he held very positive and firm convictions on all matters that should concern a good citizen. He was always pleasant and affable and agreeable. He was known for his keen sense of humor and and for his general good will and sunny disposition. He loved the streams and mountains and all of the beauties of nature. He was very fond of his home and of his friends, who counted on finding him just where he ought to be on all matters that concerned them. He was married to Vera Merriman, May 16, 1920. There are two children: Ben Telfer, aged 2 years and 8 months, and Mary Josephine, aged 5 weeks. A great host of friends sympathize with them and join them in their sorrow.
The active pallbearers will be John Wilkinson, Charles Reames, Halbert S. Deuel, William O'Hara, Peter Tosken, and Ven Van Dyke. The honorary pallbearers will be Louis Richardson, John S. Orth, Wilber Ashpole, Fred Weeks, Paul McDonald, and William Hansen.
Friends are requested to gather at the Couger funeral parlors that evening to pray the Rosary. Friends of Ben Plymale will meet at the Couger Funeral Home tonight and recite the Rosary. The funeral of the deceased will be held at 10 o'clock tomorrow morning from the Catholic Church, Father Black officiating.
Obituary of Abigail R. (Tilton) Wadleigh, Unknown newspaper [Franklin, NH], c. Jul. 1929:

Mrs. Abbie Ruthena Wadleigh, widow of John B. Wadleigh, passed away Saturday evening at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Henry T. Blake on Oak street, where she had been making her home for a year and a half, coming here from Sanbornton. On April 2nd, she fell and she had been confined to her bed since that time.
Mrs. Wadleigh was born in Deerfield, November 22, 1842, a daughter of Rev. Jeremiah and Abigail (Freese) Tilton. It was while her father was pastor of the church in Sanbornton that she married Mr. Wadleigh, one of Sanbornton's most prominent farmers. Their marriage took place October 9, 1864. Mrs. Wadleigh was educated at New Hampton and at Tilton Seminary. She took a very active interest in the First Baptist church of Sanbornton of which she was for many years a member. She was church clerk for a long time and was also president of the Ladies' Circle of the church for years.
Mrs. Wadleigh leaves two sons, Oscar Wadleigh, superintendent of the J. J. Little and Ives Publishing Company of New York and Senator Fred T. Wadleigh of Milford, and two daughters, Mrs. Inez Wadleigh Blake of this city and Miss Helen A. Wadleigh of Andover. Senator Wadleigh was one of the New Hampshire men marooned on Mt. Washington Saturday and could not be reached until late Sunday afternoon. Mrs. Wadleigh also leaves two brothers, Will T. Tilton, vice president of the New York Underwriters Salvage Co., and Dr. Odlin F. Tilton of Lexington, Mass., and a half sister, Miss Martha Tilton of Elmira, N.Y., a member of the college faculty. Six grandchildren and five great grandchildren also survive. One grandchild, Miss Eleanor Wadleigh of Milford, a graduate of Wheaton College, has just returned from a year's study in France, being one of the 65 honor college students sent there for advanced study. The grandchildren include Winthrop Wadleigh, Esq., of Concord, Ruth Wadleigh a teacher in Westboro, Mass., Miss Eleanor Wadleigh, a senior at Wheaton College, children of Senator Wadleigh, Gerald of New York and Odlin of Indianapolis, sons of Oscar Wadleigh, and Robert Blake, son of Mr. and Mrs. Blake.
The funeral took place at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Blake on Oak street, Tuesday afternoon. Rev. Daniel S. Jenks of Manchester, formerly of Franklin, was the officiating clergyman, assisted by Rev. H. P. George of Sanbornton and Rev. Robert Swallow of Londonderry, a former Sanbornton pastor. There was a very handsome display of flowers. Fred W. French of Bedford, rendered baritone solos. The bearers were Oscar Wadleigh, the son-in-law, Henry T. Blake and Withrop Wadleigh, a grandson. Burial took place in the Franklin cemetery, Undertaker Arthur H. Sawyer having charge of the arrangements.
The children and grandchildren were all present except Odin Wadleigh of Indianapolis.
Obituary of Oscar S. Wadleigh, New York Times [New York, NY], Feb. 3, 1932, Pg. 19:

Oscar S. Wadleigh.
Oscar S. Wadleigh, prominent in the book manufacturing business for more than thirty years, died of heart disease Monday at his home, 86-09 Ninety-sixth Street, Woodhaven, Queens. He was 65. Mr. Wadleigh was a salesman for J.J. Little & Ives of this city, and formerly served the Vail Ballou Press of Binghamton, N. Y. He was master of the drill corps of Pilgrim Commandery, Knights Templar. Two sons, Gerald and Ogden [sic], survive.
Obituary of Sharon C. Merriman, Medford Mail Tribune [Medford, OR], Jul. 5, 1935:

SHARON MERRIMAN EX-MEDFORD MAN DIES IN MONTANA
Sharon C. Merriman, youngest son of the late George F. and Mary E. Merriman, passed away very suddenly at his home in Red Lodge, Mont., at 5 o'clock July 4,1933(sic), of heart trouble. His passing comes as a shock to his relatives and friends, as it was not that his illness, which was of short duration, was of a serious nature.
Sharon Chapmn (sic) Merriman was born in Medford, Ore., January 29,1902. He spent all his boyhood in Medford and was graduated from the Medford high school in 1919, afterward moving to Berkeley, Cal., where he attended the University of California law school, from which he was graduated in 1925. He was married to Marietta Edwards of Berkeley in 1924 and after finishing school he and his wife moved to Red Lodge,Mont., where Sharon had since practiced law. He was elected to the Montana state legislature in 1932, and had been quite active in state and county politics. At the time of his death he was exalted ruler of the Elks lodge of Red Lodge and chairman of the school board of that town.
Sharon leaves to mourn his death his wife, Marietta, and daughter, Mary Elizabeth, six years of age; three sisters; Mrs. May L. Telfer and Mrs. Blanche Miles of San Francisco, Cal.; Mrs. Vera Plymale of Medford; one brother, George Merriman of Orange, Cal; three nephews: Merle (sic) and Francis Merrimn ond (sic) Ben Telfer Plymale, and one niece, Mary Jo Plymale of Medford, nd (sic) a number of aunts and uncles.
Funeral arrangements have not as yet been made, but will be announced later.
Obituary of John W. Custer, Indianapolis Star [Indianapolis, IN], Mar. 25, 1936:

J. W. CUSTER STRICKEN HERE
Expert Ballroom Dancer Dies at 83 - Funeral to Be Tomorrow.
John W. Custer, 83 years old, prominent as a ballroom dancer in Indianapolis, an avocation he adopted after he was 70 years old, died of heart disease last night at his home, 3030 North Delaware street.
Mr. Custer had won a number of prizes in dance competition, particularly in waltzes, and when he was 75 years old was credited with a "perfect execution" of waltz steps. He was connected with the Central Press Clipping Bureau and was an employee of the Big Four railroad several years ago.
Funeral services will be held at 1 o'clock tomorrow afternoon in the Kregelo & Bailey funeral home, 2283 North Meridian street. Burial will be in Lebanon.
Came Here in 1904.
Mr. Custer was born in Jefferson county but lived many years in Boone county, where he was a teacher and a live stock dealer. He came to Indianapolis in 1904. He was a member of the Masonic order in Lebanon and the McGuffey Club of Indianapolis and attended the Christian Science church. He was a member of the Fifty-Fifty Club, social organization of widows, widowers, spinsters and bachelors more than 50 years old.
Mr. Custer was a relative, but not a descendant of Gen. Custer, hero of the Indian wars. Survivors are two daughters, Mrs. June Dragoo and Mrs. Louise Wadleigh of Indianapolis; a son, C. S. Custer of Lexington, Ky., and five grandchildren, Miss Jean VanVoorhees, Gerald and Paul Wadleigh of Indianapolis, Eric Wadleigh, a student at Purdue University, and Henry Dragoo Jr., a student at Miami University.
Obituary of Christopher C. Brown, Clarksville Leaf Chronicle [Clarksville, TN], Oct. 11, 1938:

C.C. Brown, 76, dies after fall, ill for year
Funeral services to be conducted Wednesday afternoon
Christopher C. Brown, retired tobacconist, financier, and landowner, died at 4:15 o'clock Monday afternoon at his home off Madison extension, at the age of 76.
Mr. Brown who had been in failing health for over a year, fell Friday night in his bathroom receiving a bad wound on the head. He is believed to have suffered a stroke of paralysis at the time and his condition had been critical since.
Funeral Rites will be conducted at
The funeral procession will leave the Harvey W. Hunt Funeral Home at 2:15 o'clock Wednesday afternoon and services will be conducted from the grave in Greenwood cemetary, by Dr. J. H. Lacy, pastor emeritus of the First Presbyterian Church, assisted by the Rev. Richard N. Owen, of the First Baptist Church.
Acitve Palbearers will be, Emmett Ladd, Clay Caroland, Robert Morrison, Herschel Wall, Homer Smith, and Lawrence Draper,. Honorary pallbearers are to be, Prof. P. L . Harned, and the board of directors of the First Trust and Savings Bank.
Born to parents of moderate circumstances, Mr. Brown worked himself up to become one of Clarksville's most important business leaders. He entered the tobacco business as a young man, organizing with his father, the late William Brown, and two brothers, R. S., and Jesse Brown, a small firm operated under the name Brown Bros. He afterwards became associated with James Adams in the firm of Adams and Brown and operated a factory here for many years.
Bank Director
Mr. Brown was a charter member of the board of directors of the First Trust & Savings Bank and had served that institution as a vice president since it was organized about thirty-five years ago.
Reared on a farm in the McAdoo Community, where he was born on February 8, 1862, a son of William and Amanda Stevens Brown, Mr. Brown understood the hardships and problems of the farmer and was always extending a helping hand. He was unusually charitable, doing his untold number of kind deeds in secret. Intimate friends recalled today that Mr. Brown at one time had financed through the year several hundred poor farm families who were unable to get financial backing elsewhere.
Although outwardly, Mr. Brown appeared of a retiring nature, he was jovial with his family and friends and was a highly interesting conversationalist. A devoted husband and father, he was always thoughtful of his family.
When a youth, Mr. Brown united with McAdoo Cumberland Presbyterian Church. In 1914 he transferred his membership to the First Presbyterian Church of Clarksville.
Mr. Brown was married on January 7, 1914 to Mrs. Daisy Dalton Pollard of Louisville, Ky., and one daughter, Miss Dorothy Lillian Brown, teacher at Howell School, survives that union, along with Mrs. Brown and one stepson, John D. Pollard, Louisville. He was first married to Miss Georgia Curent in 1894. She died in 1910. Three children born to that union survive. They are two sons, Irl C. Brown, of Clarksville, and Newell B. Brown of, Indianapolis, In., and a daughter Mrs. Pauline Brown Russell, of Denver, Colo. He is also survived by one brother, R.F. Brown, of Montgomery County, and a sister, Mrs. Lizzie Brown, Carmi, Illinois.