Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Obits from the Sumner Press 1890's to 1910's

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Obits published in the Sumner Press and summarized by researcher K Borden.

Lyda Case was born January 19 1886 and died November 29, 1918 at the age of 32 years.  She was married to Joe Brown November 2, 1907.  Mr. Brown had been working in the east and did not arrive home until after her death but before the death of one of their twin infants. Death was due to influenza.  The twins were born November 7, 1818, but the daughter, Maxine died the day after her mother’ death.  She was three weeks and two days old and was laid to rest with her mother.

Mary Jane Gould was born in Brown County, Ohio September 15, 1839 and died August 22, 1910.  She gave birth to 11 children after marrying Joseph Biles January13, 1858. 

Mrs Catherine Black, wife of I A J Black died at the asylum in August 1897 where she had been confined for several years.  (The editor of the obit thought she was the daughter of Peyton Johnson. Her sister was Mrs Justice Struble.)

Josephine Benson wife of Louis Benson died March 14 of puerperal fever at age 20, survived by a husband and two children.   (Ed Note: A Puerperal infection is a bacterial infection following childbirth or miscarriage.) 

Matilda A Wagner, daughter of George W and Catherine Wagner was born September 9, 1846 in Perry County Ohio and died August 9, 1917 aged 70 years.  Her parents died when she was a small child, and she was brought to Illinois about the year 1855 to live with her sister, Mrs. Joel Petty.  In March 1864 she married Daniel D Burget.  In November 1879, her husband passed away leaving her with nine small children and the farm to care for.  In addition to rearing her own large family, she later raised three of her small motherless grandchildren. 

Harriet Bernadette Brian, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ed Brian died August 10, 1904.  The cause of death was summer complaint with complications involving the brain. (Ed Note:  Summer complaint is an acute condition of diarrhea, occurring during the hot summer months, chiefly in infants and children , caused by bacterial contamination of food and associated with poor hygiene.) 

Henry Bowman, age 78 and one of the oldest residents of Sumner, died at his home on North Railroad Street  in June of 1907 after over eight weeks illness resulting from a stroke of paralysis.

Hanna O’Leary was born in County Cork, Ireland March 12, 1831 and in her girlhood days immigrated to this country.  On Feb 3, 1856 she married Lawrence Burns in Cincinnati. They lived at that place for a couple of years and then spent a few months at Flora, Ill, afterwards moving to this city.  She died in October 1908 from pneumonia. 

John Bunn, died March 4, 1908 at age 75, one of the oldest residents of the county, having come here with his parents about 70 years ago. 


Sarah Ann Sorber was born in Pennsylvania December 25, 1826, and married William Sims in 1844, who died in ’55. She then married F Malone in 1856 and later became the wife of Solomon Bunn in 1883.  She suffered from heart disease leading to dropsy which caused her death on September 24, 1891.