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WALLES, George (DATE: February 24, 1916)
Oakwood News: George Walles who lives about about a mile and a quarter west of Mandale, shot himself Thursday (today). Dr. A. C. Sherrard, the coroner, has been notified of the suicide.

George Walles, a farmer aged about 60 years, who located a few months since on a farm in Washington Township about a mile and a quarter west of Mandale, coming from Darke County, Ohio, took his life last Thursday morning by shooting himself in the head with a shotgun. He was in the house at the time of the crime. Setting the stock of the weapon on the floor, he put a muzzle to the side of his head and pressed the trigger. The load shattered the back part of his head and he died in a very short time. He leaves a wife and several children. Despondency is said to have been the cause of his rash act.

WENTWORTH, Benjamin (11 July 1912)
With the passing of Judge Wentworth, who died at his home in Antwerp June 29, 1912, Paulding county lost one of its most worthy citizens. He was born in Foxcroft, Penobscot county, Maine, February 11, 1825. The number of his days therefore was 87 years, 4 months and 18 days. When he was 10 years old his parents, Thomas and Rachel (Townsend) Wentworth, emigrated to Ohio, settling on the banks of the Maumee in Defiance county. In the winter of 1839 they moved to Harrison township, Paulding county, being the first white settlers in that township. On April 13, 1854, Mr. Wentworth was united in marriage to Susannah Myers, of Defiance county, daughter of Benjamin and Elizabeth (Gruber) Myers. Four children were born to this union, Frank B., Eva Belle, Carlie Blanche and Loe Myrtle, who with his wife, survive him. Mr. Wentworth was chosen by the people to fill important offices in the county for many years. Two of these were auditor and probate judge. In the discharge of his official duties his honor and honesty have never been questioned. At a very early age Judge Wentworth united with the Methodist Episcopal church and lived a consistent Christian life ever after. He loved the church and was loyal to its obligations. One of his last acts before his last very short illness was to see his church treasurer and pay in full what he owed the church for this year. His connection with the Sunday school in Antwerp--his home for many years--has been of the most pleasing character. He was a very successful superintendent, and a teacher of the Bible class for years. As long as his health would permit he never neglected his church or Sunday school work. In both he was a general favorite on account of his amiable disposition. Because of his great integrity he was loved and respected by citizens of every class.

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WENTWORTH, John (DATED: 16 December 1915 NEWSPAPER: Antwerp Bee-Argus)
John Wentworth, well known aged resident and veteran of "The Great American Conflict," was suddenly mustered out of earth life service, Friday afternoon at the A. Grant & Co. grocery store. He had just entered and sat down on a stool near the stove when it was noticed he was gasping for breath and then his head dropped forward on his breast. A physician was quickly summoned, but for him "taps had sounded" and earth's warfare was ended. On Monday at 9 a.m. the funeral was held at St. Mary's Catholic Church. Interment was made in Riverside Cemetery.

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