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Anne Lucy Holbrook Obituary - The Western Star 11 Aug 1932 contributed by Arne H Trelvik on 11 June 2005


Daughter Of Prof. Alfred Holbrook Dies At Lansing, Mich.

Memorial services for Miss Anne Lucy Holbrook, whose death occurred at Lansing, Mich., on Sunday, August 7, were held at the Oswald Funeral Home in Lebanon at 4 o’clock Tuesday afternoon. The Rev. Harry S. Mabie, pastor of the East Baptist Church, conducted the services. The body did not reach Lebanon until Tuesday evening and interment was made in the family lot at the local cemetery on Wednesday morning.

Miss Holbrook was a daughter of the late Alfred and Melissa Holbrook and was born at Kentland, Ohio eighty-one years ago. Her father was the founder and first president of the National Normal University at Lebanon, the family removing to Warren county when Miss Holbrook was but four years of age.

She spent the major part of her life in this community and for a number of years was a teacher in the university here. Miss Holbrook was the last of her generation of the Holbrook family and was remembered by many in Lebanon

Josiah Holbrook (1844-1921)
"Death Came Peacefully Last Thursday, December 15th.", obituary, The Western Star (Lebanon, Ohio), 1921 contributed by Arne H Trelvik on 11 June 2005

It. was with profound sorrow that the sad news of the death of Josiah Holbrook reached the people of Lebanon on last Thursday, December 15th. His passing came at his home on Sycamore street and his spirit

passed into the great beyond as peacefully as had been his life. It was thus he had wished it.

Mr. Holbrook had been in poor health for a number of years. About eleven years ago he suffered a paralytic stroke from which he only partially recovered. Some two weeks prior to his death his health failed rapidly and he was taken to his bed. Death was due to general debility.

Josiah Holbrook was born January 28, 1844, at Berea, Ohio. He was the oldest of six children born to Alfred and Melissa Holbrook. His father with his family moved to Lebanon in 1855, and the greater part of his subsequent life was spent in this town as teacher and business manager in his father’s school. At the age of seventeen he enlisted in Co. F., 12th Reg., O. V. I., serving for more than three years with the Union forces during the Civil War. He participated in the battles of Scarey Creek, Carnifax Ferry, Bull Run Bridge, Frederick, South Mountain, Antietam, Fayette C. H., Lewisburg, Cloyd Mountain, Lexington and Lynchburg. He always had a great affection and respect for his soldier comrades.

After returning from the war he attended his father’s school and then went to Montgomery, Alabama, where as Superintendent, he reorganized the public school system. He remained in Montgomery for three years.

In 1876 he married Laura A. Mason to which union two children were born, Irene Hebe and Alfred. His son died in 1906.

His wife and daughter and one sister, Anne Lucy, survive him. In 1893 he moved to Knoxville, Tenn., where he built and founded Holbrook Normal College. This building was afterwards destroyed by fire. Se [sic] suffered his first paralytic stroke in 1911, before becoming Recorder of Warren County in which capacity he served for eight years. He suffered several other strokes and his health gradually failed until 11 A. M., December 15, 1921, when his spirit gently passed to “that undiscovered country, from whose bourn no traveler returns.”

The funeral services were held at the family residence on last Saturday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock conducted by Rev. Clerke, his comrades of the G.A.R. being in attendance. Interment was made in the Lebanon cemetery.


"Death of Josiah Holbrook," obituary, Franklin (Ohio) Chronicle, 22 December 1921 contributed by Arne H Trelvik on 17 March 2014

Death of Josiah Holbrook.
Josiah Holbrook, last surviving son of the late Alfred Holbrook, founder of the National Normal University, died at his home in Lebanon, Thursday morning, Dec. 15, of paralysis.
Mr. Holbrook was the eldest son of Alfred and Melissa Holbrook and was born in Berea, January 28, 1844. At the age of eleven years, he removed with his father and mother to Lebanon, where he has since resided most of the time. He received his education in his father's school and graduated in the scientific class of 1865. At the breaking out of the Civil War he enlisted in Co. F., O. V. I., the first regiment organized in Warren County, and served three years. He was a charter member of Granville Thurston post, No. 213, G. A. R., and was twice elected post commander, in 1886 and again in 1918. At the close of the war he was connected with his father's school. He was also proprietor of a book store in Lebanon and was engaged in the publishing business in Cincinnati and Dayton. He served three terms as recorder of Warren county.
Mr. Holbrook married Miss Laura Mason, daughter of Dr. Mason, of Harveysburg, who with one daughter, Irene Hebe, and one sister, Miss Anne, of Lansing, Mich., survive him. an only son, Alfred III, of brilliant promise, died in early manhood.
The funeral services were held from the family residence on Sycamore street, Saturday afternoon, at 2 o'clock, and in charge of the Grand Army.


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