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LAFFERTY The Urbana Citizen, Feb. 16, 1928
Mrs. Lafferty Dies Here on Wednesday
Was Native of Urbana -- Funeral Services Friday at 2:30 p.m.
Mrs. Josephine Lafferty, well known in a wide circle of friends, died at 6 o'clock Wednesday morning, at the home of Mrs. George Waite, Sr., on East Church street, where she had lived for a number of years. Death was due to bronchial pneumonia. She had not been so well for several weeks, but her condition had been serious only since Sunday.  
Mrs. Lafferty would have been 85 years of age on February 23, and was born in Urbana, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Guthridge. She leaves three cousins, Mrs. C. F. Downey, Ralph McDonald and Joe Cheetham, as the only near relatives known here.
Funeral services will be held Friday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock, at her late home in charge of Rev. W. V. Mueller, pastor of the Episcopal church, of which she was a member, and Dr. H. W. Barr, Presbyterian pastor. Interment will be made in Oak Dale cemetery by Humphreys & Son.  
The Urbana Citizen, Feb. 18, 1928
Mrs. Lafferty Buried Friday
Funeral services for Mrs. Josephine Lafferty, who died Wednesday morning, were held at 3 o'clock Friday afternoon, at the home of Mrs. George Waite, Sr., on East Church street. Rev. W. V. Mueller and Dr. H. W. Barr were in charge of the service and interment was made in Oak Dale cemetery by Humphreys and Son.  
S. S. Deaton, Charles Downey, R. C. McDonald, C. F. Downey, Geo. Waite and Joe K. Cheetham acted as pallbearers. Among those from a distance who attended the funeral were Mrs. R. F. Wolfkill, of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, a cousin; Mrs. George Daugherty, Chicago; Mrs. Harry Price, Columbus; and A. L. Slager, Springfield.
Mrs. Josephine Lafferty, who was 85 years old, died at 6 o'clock Wednesday morning at the residence of Mrs. George Waite, Sr., in Urbana where she made her home. The deceased formerly resided in Bellefontaine. Pneumonia was the cause of death.  Mrs. Lafferty was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Guthridge. Three cousins remain, Mrs. Charles Downey, Ralph C. McDonald and Joseph Chetham, all of Urbana. When the residence of Mr. and Mrs. Lafferty was in Bellefontaine some 40 years ago, both were employed in the Hitt dry goods store which was located where the Denman store is now. Later they moved to Akron. 

Bellefontaine Weekly Examiner, 11 May 1928,
SHEPPARD B. LAFFERTY, One Time Resident of Bellefontaine Passes Away in Detroit, formerly of Bellefontaine, later residing in Urbana, died in Providence Hospital in Detroit Thursday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock of pneumonia. He was born in Salem township, Champaign County, April 1, 1851, the son of Joseph and Elizabeth Lafferty, and was just past 77 years of age at the time of his death.
Surviving are two sisters, Mrs. W. M. Black, Urbana, and Mrs. George Beery, who lives near Westville. Mrs. Lafferty died only a few weeks ago in Urbana. Her remains rest in the Urbana cemetery.  The deceased was associated for many years with the dry goods firm of Hitt, White & Mitchell, in Urbana, and for some years he managed a branch store in Bellefontaine for that firm. From Urbana he went to Akron where he operated a candy store and from that city he went to Detroit where he was employed by the Ford Motor Car Company at the time of his death.  The remains arrived in Urbana Friday evening and funeral services were held at the Black home Saturday afternoon at 3 o'clock in charge of Rev. Franklin Blackmer, pastor of the Church of the New Jerusalem. Interment was made on the family lot in Oak Dale cemetery, Urbana.

LEFFEL -- ST. PARIS ERA-DISPATCH, Thurs., 19 July 1888
Another terrible reminder that death is always lurking near came last Sabbath afternoon in the form of a telegram from Brush Lake saying that John LEFFEL , a son of Fred LEFFEL , a well known St. Paris lumber merchant, had drowned. Our people have been shocked before by several sudden and appoalling accidents, but this seemed to unnerve every body.
It seemed impossible that it could be true. It appearas that the unfortunate young man, with the following companions, left on the 10 o'clock train Sunday forenoon for Brush Lake for the purpose of bathing and swimming; Will M. HUFFMAN, Frank and Will BATDORF, Chas. TOMLIN, Will LOSH, Geo. W. WILLIAMS, Ed. E. REEDER and Oza BENSON, of St. Paris; Will HEFFNER, John R. MARSHALL, Milt DEATON and a Mr. BRIGHT, of Addison. After they were nearly done bathing and about 12:20 o'clock young LEFFEL stepped on a spring-board, fastened to a platform at the edge of the lake, and remarked to Frank BATDORF, who was standing near him: "Frank, I'm going to see how far I can dive."
At that he disappeared in the water below and his friends saw him alive for the last time. He never came to the top, and it is thought that in making the dive he bounded up too far and was thrown backward into the water, when he lost control of himself and was carried back under the platform, where he became fastened and drowned before help could reach him. His companions waited and waited for him to come up. Realizing his fate they hurriedly tore up the platform, secured hooks and scoured the lake for his body. After three hours of fruitless search they finally caught him by the shirt collar and pulled his lifeless from to dry land. The lake, where he was found, was 25 feet deep.
His remains were carried to the railroad track, near the lake, and brought home on the 6 o'clock evening train. At the depot here a large crowd of people and his grief-stricken relatives had assembled to give him a sad welcome home, when he was conveyed to his late residenc, there to await his burial on Tuesday.
The funeral took place from the Baptist church at 10 o'clock, and was a large one, the house being over crowded. Rev. MURRAY delivered the discourse and was assisted by Revs. E. D. SMITH and W. R. THOMAS. Interment at Evergreen.
He was 21 years, 9 months and 28 days old. He was strong, healthy and active, and the bloom of manhood had just settled on his fair form. He was good hearted, full of fun and quite witty at times. Like us all he had his faults. His surviving friends can emulate his good traits of character and discard his evel ones.
The pall-bearers were: Will LOEB, Chas. TOMLIN, Will and Frank BATDORF, Geo. W. WILLIAMS and Will M. HUFFMAN--six of the young men who were with him at the fatal moment.
The sympathy of our people goes out to this family, which has twice been suddenly stricken with the deaths of two sons, Clement and John, just as they were entering manhood.
It is understood his father didn't want him to go away, but urged him to stay at home.
On Monday Will M. HUFFMAN, Oza BENSON, Ed REEDER, Will and Frank BATDORF went to Urbana and were examined by Coroner DOWELL as to the facts of the drowning.

LEFFEL -- ST. PARIS NEWS-DISPATCH, Thurs.7 August 1924
The vicinity of Christiansbury on Friday evening when the report was circulated that Morris LEFFEL, ex-county commissioner and prominent citizen had committed suicide at his home sometime during the afternoon. A double barreled shot gun was used in accomplishing the deed, the entire top of his head having been blown away by the discharge.
Coroner ARMPRIESTER was called to view the body after it was brought to the Bert Richeson undertaking parlors here to be prepared for burial. Ill health is attributed as the cause for the rash act. Mr. LEFFEL had undergone an operation without relief to his condition.
Mrs. LEFFEL was in Springfield at the time visiting her daughter, Mrs. J. M. DRAKE.
The former county official had always lived in Christiansburg, having been born there in November, 1869. He was one of nine children of Mr. and Mrs. Martin S. LEFFEL . After completely the grade schools of at his home, he secured further education in the Urbana high school and normal school at Ada. He was married to Elizabeth GILLESPIE in February, 1900. She died six years later, and on February 8, 1909 he was married the second time to Mrs. Savannah DEATON, who survives him, together with a brother, Calvin LEFFEL of Christiansburg, one sister, Mrs. George DEATON of Springfield, one step-daughter, Mrs. J. M. DRAKE of Springfield.
Mr. LEFFEL was a member of the Methodist church of his town and belonged to the Masonic bodies in Christiansburg and St. Paris. He had been prominent in Republican politics for many years, having served on the county central and executive committees and was at one time township clerk. He served two terms on the board of county commissioners from 1916 to 1921. Mr. LEFFEL was a successful business man and was held in the highest esteem by a wide acquaintance.

LOUDENBACK -- ST. PARIS NEWS-DISPATCH, Thurs. 22 Jul 1926, pg 1
George W. LOUDENBACK died at 12:50 o'clock Wednesday morning, July 21, from injuries which he sustained on Friday, June 25, when he fell in the field from a load of hay. practically no hopes or his recovery had been entertained since the accident occurred, paralysis having affected a part of his body.
Mr. LOUDENBACK was nearing his 68th year of age, having been born on East main Street, St. Paris,OH, on August 26, 1858, and had spent his entire life in his community. He was the son of Joseph and Elizabeth HUFFMAN LOUDENBACK and is the last member of the family, two brothers having died in infancy.
His marriage to Miss Susie PENCE took place February 27, 1881. Only one son was born to this union, L. W. LOUDENBACK. living near the home pace. he had always been a farmer. For more than forty years he had been a member of the Mt. Zion Baptist church and was held in the highest esteem as a man of noble character.
The funeral services will be held in the Mt. Zion church Friday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock Central Standard time. Rev. Clarence Motter will be in charge. Burial will be made in Evergreen cemetery, St. Paris, by Lowell Jones, funeral director.

Mrs. George W. LOUDENBACK died at her home four miles southeast of St. Paris at about 10 o'clock Sunday night. She had suffered a third stroke of paralysis Saturday afternoon while working in the garden. She was alone at the time, but was found in a few minutes following by her son.  She was unconscious and never became rational after being carried into the house.
Last fall Mrs. LOUDENBACKsuffered her first attach of paralysis and a second stroke in February seriously impaired her health and other complications set in.
The funeral services were held in Mt. Zion church Tuesday afternoon, Rev. Motter being in charge. Interment was made in Evergreen cemetery by funeral director, Lowell K. JONES.

Susie, daughter of Henry and Elizabeth SMITH PENCE, was born July 4, 1857, in Johnson township, Champaign county, Ohio, about three miles east of St. Paris; and departed this life August 1, 1926 at the age of 69 years and 27 days.
She was united in marriage to George W. LOUDENBACK February 27, 1881. To this union was born one son Leonidas W. LOUDENBACK . Her husband preceded her in death eleven days ago.
She united with the Mt. Zion church January 29, 1877. She was a great church worker, and always attended services whenever she had the opportunity. She was afflicted for about a year, but her last sickness was of a short duration. She often spoke of her willingness to go when the Master called for her.
She leaves to mourn her loss one son and daughter-in-law, three brothers and one sister, who are, George E. PENCE and J. L. PENCE of St. Paris, Rural 3; Wm. PENCE of Uniopolis, O., and Mrs. Clarence KELLEY of St. Paris, O., and many neighbors and friends who are in deep sorrow and extend great sympathy to the son and daughter-in-law in their sad bereavement. She has gone to meet her husband and to the home that her Saviour has been preparing for her.

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