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Mary Magdalene Leeman

Elwood Call Leader, Friday 23 August 1929

Mrs. Mary Magdalene Leeman, 86, wife of Alfred Leeman, died at her home, two miles west of Aroma, at 12:30 o'clock this morning, of infirmities of age , after a long illness. She was one of the well know women of that community, having spent her entire life there and was highly esteemed by all who knew her.

Mrs. Leeman was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Anderson Eller and was born east of Arcadia, February 9, 1843. On October 8, 1863, she was united in marriage to Alfred Leeman who with five of the seven children born to their union, survives. The children are: Mrs. Jacob Faust residing southwest of Elwood; William Leeman of Aroma; Mrs. Herman Harvey of Louisville, Ky; Mrs. Elvin Haworth near Aroma and Mrs. Charles Phayer near Omega. There are thirteen grandchildren and five great grandchildren John Eller residing near Arcadia is a brother.

Mrs. Leeman had been a member of the Omega Christian church almost her entire life and was a regular attendant at its services while her health permitted. Funeral services will be conducted at the Omega Christian church Sunday morning at 10:30 and the burial will follow in the cemetery at Aroma.

[Elwood Call Leader, Friday 23 August 1929]

The Tipton Daily Tribune

Long Time Resident of Community East of Arcadia- Mrs. Mary Leeman, wife of Alfred Leeman, one of the good pioneer women of east of Arcadia and the mother of Commissioner William Leeman of Hamilton county, died at her home near Arcadia in White River Township at midnight Thursday night. She was eighty-six years of age. No arrangements had been made for the funeral up to noon, Friday, but it was thought that the services would be held sometime Sunday.

Mrs. Leeman had been in poor health for the past eighteen months, largely as a result of a stroke of paralysis. During the last few days her decline is said to have been very noticeable and a result the end was not unexpected. The husband and the following children survive: Mrs. Jacob Foust of Madison county; William Leeman of White River township; Mrs. H. E. Harvey of Louisville, Ky.; Mrs. H. E. Haworth of Atlanta and Mrs. C. D. Thayer of Arcadia. Two of the children died in infancy.

Mr. Leeman is about the same age as his wife. The deceased before her marriage was Miss Mary Eller, member of one of the pioneer families of Hamilton county that lived a short distance east of Arcadia. Following the marriage of Mr. and Mrs. Leeman, sixty-four years ago, they moved to White River township and have lived there continuously ever since. They have seen the land in that section of the country converted from woods into fertile farms and both did their full share of work to bring about this condition. No family was better known or better liked than the Leemans. They were both church workers and splendid neighbors.

[The Tipton Daily Tribune]

The Ellers still live near Aroma, Hamilton county, and raise Belgium horses.