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REED--St. Paris News - Dispatch March 24, 1932
Mrs. Nettie Reed died Monday morning at 9:10 at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Ray Ward, north of town. Mrs. Reed has been with her daughter since her illness in January at which time she became ill with pneumonia and other complications developed which caused her death. She was the daughter of Andrew and Elizabeth Frank and was born January 3, 1865 in Jackson twp. She was united in marriage to Philip Reed, who preceded her in death five years ago. They had been residents of this locality for many years. After her husband's death she moved to St. Paris and lived on West Lynn street. She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Jess Anspaugh of New Carlisle and Mrs. Ray Ward. One brother, McClellan Frank. Funeral service was held from the Ward home this afternoon at 2:00 o'clock in charge of Rev. J. W. Poorman and burial was made in Spring Grove cemetery by Ira Frank, funeral director.
Submitted by Mike Welty
REED -- ST PARIS ERA DISPATCH, Thurs. 10 June 1887
"In the midst of life we are in danger" was fully verified last Saturday forenoon in the sudden and unexpected killing of Wm. REED, a young farmer of this township. Early in the morning he had come to town in the best of spirits and went to BRUBAKER's warehouse where he received a $300 check for grain that he had sold. He left there little thinking that "in the midst of life" he was in the arms of death. He never realized it. As he and his brother, Philip, were about to cross the railroad in front of an east-bound freight train, their horse became frightened and broke loose from the spring wagon pulling Philip, who was driving, out and thus rescuing him from a terrible death. The horse got away and Philip, seeing the train coming, took hold of the shafts and attempted to pull the wagon across the main track, but the engine struck it near the hind wheel and carried it, together with Wm. who either didn't have time to jump out or else lost his presence of mind, down the platform to the mail crane, where he was thrown out onto the lawn.
He was immediately picked up and taken to the depot, where it was found that his skull had been crushed, a hole forced into this head just back of his right ear and an arm, a leg and two ribs broken. A short time afterwards he was removed to the American House, where he died at 10:38 o'clock, living two hours after being hurt.
This is one of the saddest accidents that have ever been known to happen in St. Paris, and should be a warning to all persons who have occasion to cross a railroad. It is said young REED was cautioned not to cross until the train had passed, but he didn't heed the timely warning.
The statement has been made that the train was running at a very high rate of speed, but the engineer says he was making from 8 to 10 miles an hour. The Company surely can not be held accountable for that death of this young farmer.
He was a member of the Mt. Pleasant church for a number of years, and was loved and respected by all who knew him. He lost his wife and one child about a year ago, and now he has gone to meet them. He leaves two children, a father and mother, several brothers and sisters, and many friends to mourn their loss.
RHODES-- THE OHIOAN, Urbana, OH, Thursday, August, 25 1825:
On morning of the 22d inst. after a lingering illness, WILLIAM RHODESin the 86th year of age; leaving a wife and a large number of relations and friends to lament his loss. Mr. RHODES was a soldier of the Virginia line on the Continental establishment-through the whole of the Revolutionary War. He was a man, in early life, of uncommon athletic powers; and in the course of his services if my memory serves me. (having received the facts from himself,) he received five severe wounds; by which he was so far disabled, that, for the last 8 or 10 years, he received small pettance from the bounty of his country, which served to smoothe his declining years. His remains were intered in this place on the 23d, with military honors, by Capt. Ambrozene's company of volunteers, in the presence of a large concourse of citizens and strangers.
The following next address was spoken by Gen. Vance, at the time of the interment of Mr. Rhode's body.
--Fellow citizens, and brother soldiers--
You have this day been called upon to pay the last tribute of respect to a departed solder of the Revolutionary Army: one who had not merely the honor of having his name enrolled amongst that band of patriots and worthis, but one whose blood crimsoned the snows of Trenton, the fields of Princeton, and the battlements of Stony Point. Venerable man! Why didst thou not pay the debt of nature on the walls of York-Town, where the measure of thy glory was complete, and whence thy name would have have been, by faithful history handed down in posterity, as one of the martyrs whose lives were offered us for the liberties of their country! Yes, there thou wouldst have had the sympathetic tear of your beloved commander, the Father of his country, to have smoothed thy passage to the Eternal World! But why compain? Are not thy service deeply engraven on the hearts of posterity? And notwithstanding thy mortal remains shall inhabit the cold confines of that vaulted clay, yet thy name shall live in the hearts of thy countrymen, a mausoleum that will be more lasting than monumental brass. Under our present feeling, must we not with the poet exclaim.--
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In death's terrific, icy arms,
Lo! the illustrious soldier lies;
He's free from care and war's alarms,
Nor sees our tears nor hears our sighs.
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Cold is the heart where valor reign'd;
Mute the tonge [tongue] that joy inspir'd;
Still the arm that conquest gain'd,
And dim the eye that glory fir'd.
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Too mean for him a world like this.
He's landed on that happy shore
Where all the saints partake of bliss,
And heroes meet to part no more.
RICE -- see COOK, ST. PARIS NEWS-DISPATCH, Thurs March 26, 1942
RICHESON -- ST. PARIS NEWS-DISPATCH, Thurs, March 22, 1945
A memorial service was held for Herman RICHESON at the morning worship service of Zion Lutheran church, Sunday, March 18.
The service was conducted by pastor Herman ANDRES, who also read Mr. RICHESON 's service record. A solo "A Little Prayer," was sung by Miss Mary BLAIR. The sermon was preached by the Rev. George W. MILEY, D. D., president of the Ohio Synod of the United Lutheran Church of America.
Herman RICHESON was received into membership of Zion Lutheran church by Rev. MILEY on one of his former visits to the congregation, April 23, 1944; and it was for that reason that Rev. MILEY responded to the request of the RICHESON family to take part in this memorial service.
RICHESON Sat. Jan 11, 1947, pg 3
Mrs. Alonzo RICHESON, North Lewisburg - Mrs. Rosie Etta RICHESON, 65, wife of Alonzo RICHESON of North Lewisburg, died Saturday morning in her home after a two-year illness. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jason BROWNING. Mrs. RICHESON, who lived here for 45 years, had been a practical nurse for many years. She is survived by her husband; a daughter, Mrs. Evelyn Lucille ODELL of Urbana, and three sisters, Mrs. Olive M. WARD, Mrs. Anna GABRILL, and Mrs. Goldie BECKWITH, all of St. Paris.
ROBERTS -- ST. PARIS NEWS-DISPATCH, Thurs, 25 Sept 1947
Homer ROBERTS of Christiansburg died at 11:00 a. m. Thursday of last week of a sudden heart attack at his residence in Christiansburg.
Head of the aid for the aged in Urbana, ROBERTS , is survived by his wife, Valencine; one daughter, Diantha, at home; his mother Mrs. Hattie ROBERTS , Christiansburg; one brother Glen ROBERTS of Troy; and one sister Mrs. Lola CROUSE, Alcony.
Roberts was born north of Christiansburg and was a member of Mt. Olivet Lodge, the chaper and commandery of the Masons.
Funeral services were held at 2:00 p. m. Sunday in the Methodist church in Christiansburg with Rev. J. K. PRICE officiating. Burial was made in the Honey Creek cemetery in charge of the Richeson-Wickham Funeral Home.
ROCKEY -- ST. PARIS NEWS-DISPATCH, Thurs. 7 Oct 1926, pg 1
U.G. ROCKEY, a former resident of Christiansburg, died at his home, 1123 Tibet Ave., Springfield, OH, Friday night at 11:40.
He was 55 years of age and is survived by his wife and one son, Carlton of KY; one daughter, Lenora, at home.
Funeral was held Monday at 2:00 o'clock from the Christian church in Christiansburg. Burial was made in Honey Creek cemetery by Bert Richeson, undertaker.
RURTZAHN -- ST. PARIS NEWS-DISPATCH, Thurs.9 November 1944
Funeral services for William Henry RURTZAHN , 82, were held Sunday at 2:00 p.m. at the Bert Richeson funeral home. Rev. A. J. RIETH, pastor of the Christiansburg Methodist church officiated. Burial was in the Casstown cemetery.
He was a retired farmer and passesd away Thursday at 8:30 p. m. at the home of his son Ernest, northwest of Christiansburg. Death followed several weeks of illness.
In addition to the son at whose home he died he leaves a foster son, Robert KAVANAUGH in the armed forces and stationed at Ft. Leonard Wood, Mo.