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Circleville Herald, October 9, 1970 reads:


Mrs. Mary E. Diltz, 73, 222 Town St., was dead on arrival at Berger Hospital 2:10 a.m. Friday.
Born Feb. 25, 1897 in Vinton County, she was the daughter of Motis and Addie Seitz Reid.
Survivors include five sons, Ralph, 144 Pinckney St.; James, 240 Walnut St.; Dale, Circleville; Roger, Route 1; Karl, Route 3; five daughters, Mrs. Retha Eccard, 425 Watt St.; Mrs. Alice Clifton, 27 Third Ave.; Mrs. Ruth Grooms, W. Mill St.; Mrs. Clara Dumm, 115 Wilson Ave.; Mrs. Marilyn Zwayer, 231 S. Pickaway St.; 21 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; three brothers, Lester Reid, Charles Reid, Clarence Reid, Lancaster; two sisters, Mrs. Thomas Boyer, Sr., 1095 S. Washington St.; Mrs. Thomas Lyons, Springfield. One daughter, Mary, preceded her in death.

Services will be 1:30 p.m. Monday in the Defenbaugh Funeral Home with Rev. Roy Osborne officiating. Burial will be in Forest Cemetery.

Friends may call at the funeral home beginning 4 p.m. Saturday.

Circleville Herald, September 17, 1951 reads:

Virgil M. Diltz, 59, of 229 Town street died at 9:45 p.m. Sunday in Mercy hospital in Columbus, following an illness of several months. He was born in Hocking County, the son of Ida B. and James F. Diltz.

On May 2, 1914, he was united in marriage to Mary E. Reid and to this union were born ten children, who survive. They are: Mrs. Retha Eccard, Mrs. Alice Clifton, Mrs. Ruth Leach, Mrs. Clara B. Dumm, Mrs. Marilyn Zwayer, Ralph, James, Dale, Roger, and Karl Diltz, all of Circleville.

Also surviving are a sister, Mrs. Mabel Peters of Circleville; six brothers, Jess, John, and Dorse of Circleville, Herman and Noah of Columbus and Frank of Logan; and seven grandchildren, all of Circleville community.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday in Mader Chapel with the Rev. James Hester officiating. Burial will be in Forest Cemetery.

Friends may call in Mader Chapel after 5 p.m. Tuesday.

The Circleville Herald, dated March 15, 1937 reads as follows:

A. J. Dollision, 77, Is Dead After 6-Month Illness…

Andrew J. Dollison, 77, cement worker, died at his home on Half Avenue at 11:45 p.m. Sunday, following a six months' illness of complications.

Mr. Dollison was born in Vinton County, the son of James and Mary Rhine Dollison, Dec. 1, 1859. 

Surviving are his widow, Nancy Hoselton Dollison, and two children, Pearl C., and Claude W. Dollison.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 3 p.m. in the Evangelical church with Rev. S. S. Davis officiating. Burial will be in Forest Cemetery in charge of the W. H. Albaugh Co.


The Circleville Herald, June 11, 1951 reads as follows:

Mrs. Bertha Alice Dollison, 58, wife of Pearl Dollison of South Washington Street died at 12:30 a.m. Saturday in her home.

She is survived by her husband, five daughters, Mrs. Rance Wolfe, Mrs. Greer Iles, Mrs. Harry Davis, and Miss Ruth Dollison of Circleville and Mrs. Phinas May of Chillicothe; four sons, Ronald and Ralph of Circleville; Thomas and Ray of Holland and Charles of Chillicothe; 38 grandchildren; three great grandchildren; and two brothers, John Welch of Circleville and Charles Welch of Wauseon.

Funeral arrangements are being made by Defenbaugh Funeral Home.

The Circleville Herald, Tuesday, November 15, 1995 reads as follows:

Mr. Pearl C. Dollison, 70, of 100 Margaret Ave., died at 6:15 p.m. Monday in Berger Hospital where he had been a patient since September 23.

Mr. Dollison was born in Vinton County, the son of the Rev. Andrew J. and Nancy Hoselton Dollison. He was married to Bertha Welch Dollison who died June 9, 1951.

Mr. Dollison was a general maintenance man for the Winorr Canning Co. since 1938, and prior to that time he worked as an engineer at the Container Corporation.

Survivors include: five sons, Ronald of 355 Town St.; Thomas of Toledo; Charles of Williamsport, Route 2; Roy of Circleville, Route 1; and Ralph of Renville; five daughters, Mrs. Deloris Wolfe of Weldon Ave.; Mrs. Mildred May of Chillicothe; Miss Ruth Dollison of the home; Mrs. Peggy Iles of Barnes Ave.; and Mrs. Martha Davis of Huston St.

He is also survived by 42 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren and one sister, Mrs. Claude Wigginton of Columbus.

Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Thursday in the Defenbaugh Funeral Home with the Rev. James Recob, officiating.

Friends may call in the funeral home after 1 p.m. Wednesday.

Stoutsville News:

JESSE DRAKE was born near McArthur, Vinton Co., O. Dec 25, 1834 and died at his home in Stoutsville Oct. 14, 1902, aged 67 years, 9 months and 19 days. He was married Nov. 6, 1853 to Miss Elizabeth Valentine and to this union were born 6 sons and 5 daughters, all of whom are living, cepting one son who died in infancy.

Mr. Drake moved from the place of his nativity, when a boy, and spent the greater part of his life in Pickaway Co. In the year 1887, he moved to Stoutsville, in company with his wife, who died 8 years ago.

He was converted to God and joined the U.B. Church in the year 1854, and subsequently he united with the Evangelical Church of which he was a member until he was called from labor to reward.

He enlisted as a soldier in the Civil War in 1861, and was a member of Co. E, 43rd Ohio Infantry. He was borne to the grave by six of his old soldier comrades.

His sickness lasted only a few days. His sufferings were intense and all that could be done failed to save his life.

He was a good citizen, a kind father and neighbor and will be missed by all who knew him.

He leaves 5 sons and 5 daughters, also 5 brothers and 3 sisters, and many other relatives who mourn his departure.

The funeral was held in the Ev. church, at Stoutsville Thursday, Rev. W. D. Huddle officiating. Interment at Pontius church beside his wife. "Hushed is the voice we loved so well, Silence reigns instead, How deep the grief we cannot tell Since our dear father is dead.

Circleville Herald, Pickaway County, Ohio Oct 13, 1915 reads:

Wednesday Afternoon, Dying Two Hours Apart--Mrs. Eccard By Carbolic Acid, He By Aconite--Were In The City Earlier In Day and Both Seemed In Usual Spirits.

Two deaths in one family within two hours, Wednesday afternoon, caused by poison, leaves the impression that Gideon Eccard and his wife were parties to a suicide pact.

Mrs. Eccard was taken suddenly and alarmingly sick about 4 o'clock and went into convulsions; Dr. Heffner was telephone and when he arrived at the Eccard home, on the farm of Mrs. Rebecca Hulse Halstead in Jackson township, Mrs. Eccard was dead and Mr. Eccard was unconscious from an overdose of aconite, self-administered, dying three hours thereafter.

Mr. and Mrs. Eccard took the fatal draughts in the barn where she had gone to assist him with the chores, an empty three ounce bottle that contained aconite was found by Coroner Dunton, near the body. Realizing that his wife was dying, Mr. Eccard, it is reported, took about the same amount of aconite from a bottle used for horse medicine, and called loudly for help.

The sad circumstance has cast a gloom over the entire neighborhood in which Mr. and Mrs. Eccard resided, as they were universally esteemed and respected by all who knew them.

Mary Alice Drake was a daughter of Jesse and Elizabeth (Valentine) Drake and she was born in Stoutsville, March 18th, 1859, she was united in marriage to Gideon E. Eccard in 1878. They are survived by the following children: John, Charles, Turney, Albert and Walter Eccard, Mrs. George Eitel, Mrs. Mae Brown of Jackson township, and Mrs. george H. Groves of Ashville.

Mrs. Eccard is survived by the following sisters and brothers: Mrs. Martha Young, this city; Mrs. Isaac Hatter, Darbyville; Mrs. Amos Stout, Stoutsville; William Drake, Washington township; Robert and John Drake, of this city; Arch Drake, Stoutsville; and Harley Drake of Springfield, O.

Mr. Eccard was a native of Maryland. He followed farming as an occupation and lived on some of the best farms in the county.

Some years since, Mr. Eccard was badly crippled by a horse which knocked him down in the stable and fractured one of his arms in such a manner that he was permanently crippled, and suffered a great deal of pain from the injury, and it is thought that he contracted the opium habit, as he had purchased on several occasions in recent months, laudanum in large quantities, ostensibly for horses injured in barbed wire fences.

Earlier in the day, Mr. and Mrs. Eccard were in the city and seemed in those who met them, to be in their usual good spirits and what caused them to commit the rash act, is beyond the ken of human knowledge.

Mr. Eccard was in his 65th and Mrs. Eccard in her 57th year. They had always been lovers, and came to the city or went to other points together. Since he was crippled, she always assisted him with his chores.

Mr. Eccard was a lover of good horses and he was always the owner of a bunch of good ones, in fact, much better than the average renter; in his early days he was a teamster back in Maryland and when he came to this state he brought horses with him that were the envy of every one who saw them. Some several years since he refused an offer of $800 for a team of beauties that he raised, saying: "It would be like parting with a couple of members of the family." In addition to raising good stock he was one of the best conditioners in the county.

Those nearest and dearest to them are at loss to know the reason for their rash acts.

The double funeral which will be private, arrangements in charge of W. H. Albaugh, will occur from their late residence, Saturday morning at 10 o'clock, Rev. Elliott of the United Brethren Church, officiating, burial in Forest Cemetery.

Circleville Democrat and Watchman, November 13, 1896 reads:

Alice, widow of George P. Holiday, Sr., was born in Northumberland county, VA., Jan. 6, 1816, and died at the home of her son, Samual Holiday, in Circleville Township, Oct. 24th, aged 80 years, 9 months and 10 days. Her maiden name was Hudson. She was married to the late George P. Holiday at the age of 16 years, in 1832, and removed to Pickaway County, O., in 1847, where she has eve since resided. She was the mother of eleven children. She leaves to mourn their loss four sons, two daughters, Joseph W., George, Richard and Samuel, Rebecca Holiday and Mrs. Nana Dornsife, of Darbyville, O., and twenty-four grandchildren. Grandma Holiday gave her heart to God at the age of 16, and has lived a faithful Christian ever since. She was a kind wife and a loving mother. She had been in feeble health for some time, and bore her suffering patiently and without a murmer. Some time before she died, when her little grandchildren whom she loved so well, were gathered around her knee, she told them when she was laid to rest she wanted to be dressed in white, and that her funeral should be preached from II Corinthians, v. 1, and to sing hymn 140—"There’s a great day coming." For sixty-eight years she had been waiting for that great day, and when it come she was ready.

Funeral services at the M.E. Church at Darbyville, on 27th ult., conducted by Rev. Prior, after which the remains were interred in the Darbyville cemetery, her four sons and two grandsons acting as pall-bearers.

Circleville Herald of June 29, 1905 reads:

Mrs. Clara Iles, wife of John Iles, died at her home on Walnut Street Friday morning at 6:30 o'clock of consumption. Deceased was 47 years of age and was born in Hocking County. She is survived by her husband and three sons, Charles, Clifford and George Iles.

The Circleville Herald, Monday, April 31, 1960 reads as follows:

Mr. George R. Iles, 82, Laurelville, died at 7 p.m. Sunday in the Circlevile Home and Hospital, 158 E. Mound St.

Mr. Iles was a retired employee of the Winorr Canning Co., 301 Logan St. He was born Sept. 25, 1877, in Hocking County, the son of John W. and Clara Ramey Iles.

Mr. Iles was twice married. He wed his first wife, Sarah Hampshire on July 20, 1898. She died in 1935. He married his second wife, Etta Wiggins, in 1943. She died in 1950.

Survivors include three daughters, Mrs. Hazel Cline, 333 E. Ohio St., Mrs. Dorothy Root, 374 Walnut St., and Mrs. Florence Wise, 146 E. Franklin St.

Three sons, Charles Dudley, 350 Logan St., Meinhard G., 958 S. Washington St., and George W., Compton, Calif.; one brother, Charles C., Marion; 15 grandchildren, and 10 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be at 2:30 p.m. tomorrow in the Defenbaugh Funeral Home with the Rev. Samuel Elsea officiating.

Burial will be in Forest Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home any time.

The Circleville Herald, March 18, 1965 reads as follows:

Mr. Meinhard Greer Iles, 61, of S. Washington St., died 10 p.m. yesterday in University Hospital, Columbus. Mr. Iles was born May 21, 1903 in Circleville the son of George R. and Sarah Hampshire Iles.

He is survived by his widow, Peggy Dollison Iles, a son, Gary, two daughters, Brenda and Debby, all of the home; two brothers, George W. Iles, Pasadena, Calif., and Charles D. Iles, 350 Logan St.; three sisters, Mrs. Hazel Cline, Mrs. Dorothy B. Root, and Mrs. Florence Wise, all of Circleville.

Arrangements are to be completed by the Defenbaugh Funeral Home.

The Circleville Herald, Tuesday, May 14, 1935 reads as follows:

11 Weeks' Illness Fatal to Mother of Six; Rites Thurs…

Organic-heart decay after an illness of 11 weeks caused the demise at 1:05 a.m., Tuesday, of Mrs. Sarah A. Iles, 53, wife of George R. Iles, at her home, 350 Logan St.

She was a native of Madison County, born June 29, 1881, a daughter of Jesse and Catherine Gallagher Hampshire. She was married July 20, 1898 to George R. Iles, who survives her with six children, Mrs. Florence Wise, Meinhard G., Dorothy B., Goerge W., and Charles Dudley and Mrs. Hazel Crawford, R. F. D.

Two brothers, Jess of Amanda and Will Hampshire of Stoutsville, also survive.

The funeral will be Thursday at 3 p.m. at the United Brethren Church with Rev. T. C. Harper in charge. Interment will be in Forest Cemetery by the Albaugh Co.

Obituary in the Chillicothe Gazette, Monday, November 25, 1957 reads:

George Thomas Knox, 64 of 282 S. Mulberry St, died as the result of a heart attack at his home at 4 a.m. Sunday. The emergency squad was called but Mr. Knox was dead when they arrived.

He was born March 11, 1893 in Vinton County, a son of William and Nancy Vittitoe Knox. On Feb. 14, 1913 he was married to Irma L. Knapp, who survives.

Also surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Robert Compton and Mrs. Jane Lemaster of Chillicothe and Mrs. Warren Nelson of Thief River Falls, Minn.; five sons, Owen Knos of Guam Island, Marvin Knox of Millington, Tenn. and Charles, Donald and Monte Lee Knox of Chillicothe and 23 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Mr. Knox was an oiler at the Mead Corporation for 33 years and was to have retired next April 1.
Service will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Fawcett-Oliver Funeral Home with the Rev. Charles Lusher officiating. Burial will be in Greenlawn Cemetery.

Friends may call at the funeral home after noon Tuesday.

The Chillicothe Gazette of September 11, 1902 reads:


Mr. William Knox of Riverside Street died this morning at 9:30 o'clock of typhoid fever. The deceased was 54 years old and leaves four children, Mrs. Charles Price of Wellston, Mrs. Joseph Dixon, Miss Lenora and Thomas of this city to mourn his demise.

The funeral will be held Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the house and Rev. Zinn will officiate. The interment will be at Greenlawn.

Jackson Herald reads:

Hiram Parish, died Thursday morning at the home of his son Otto on Main Street at the age of 84 years. His wife has been dead more than a year and he has two sons, Otto and Jess living in Jackson, and a son Ed in Circleville, and nother Chauncy, near London, who came home Friday. The burial is in charge of Charles L. Wood and Rev. H.E. Uhrig will conduct the funeral services. The interment will be in Pleasant Grove Cemetery Saturday at 10 o'clock.

Jackson Herald reads:

Jesse H. Parish, age 81, 494 Water Street, passed away Sunday morning in Oak Hill Hospital. Born in Jackson County, he spent his entire life here. He was a retired miner of Jisco Mine. Surviving are his wife Mollie, one granddaughter, Mrs. Joe Ray, Coalton, and one brother Ed Parish of Circleville. One son preceded him in death. Friends called at the Mayhew Funeral Home after noon Monday. Services were conducted at the Funeral Home Tuesday, 1 p.m. wth the Reverend Glenn Biddle officiating. Interment in Pleasant Grove Cemetery under direction of Jack Eisnaugle.

Jackson Herald reads:

OTTO P. PARISH DIES SATURDAY: Complications Fatal to Local Foundry Employee...
Otto Pearl Parish, 63, passed away at his home on Mitchell Street, Saturday night at 8:45 p.m. as the result of complications. The deceased was a foundry worker in this community for many years until his illness forced him to retire. Mr. Parish was a member of the Eagles lodge. He is survived by two brothers, Jess, of this city, and Edward of Circleville. The body was taken to the home of his brother here where friends called until Tuesday when funeral services were held at 2 p.m. with Rev. J. L. Siders, pastor of Oak Hill Pilgrim Holiness church officiating. Burial was made in the Pleasant Grove cemetery under the direction of Don Sperry.

Circleville Democrat and Watchman, November 13, 1896 reads:

WILLIAM RUSH, an old resident of Pickaway township, and a veteran soldier of the Union Army, died yesterday morning, of Bright’s disease, aged 77 years.

Delaware County, Ohio, Delaware Gazette, September 21, 1944.

Frank Shaffer, 75, a retired farmer, died Wednesday morning at the Williams Rest Home, at South Washington and Spring St. following an illness of two years. He was a member of the First Pilgrim Holiness church at Columbus. Surviving are the widow, a son, John Shaffer of Columbus and three daughters, Mrs. Nellie Thomas of Marion, Mrs. Ercell Speakman of New Holland and Mrs. Cecil McGuire of Columbus. Friends may call at the Ramsey-Mohr Funeral Home where services will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. Burial is to be made in the Radnor Cemetery.

Delaware County, Delaware Daily Journal Herald, Friday, January 29, 1904 reads:

"DEATH OF MR. JOHN SHAFFER, FRIDAY MORNING, AT THE HOME OF HIS SON. Mr. John Shaffer, aged 72 years, died Friday morning at nine o'clock at the home of his son, Mr. Henry Shaffer, who resides on the Marysville Pike (Bevan Farm?). The deceased has been a sufferer of heart trouble for the past nine months which finally resulted in his death. He leaves a wife and six children. Mrs. Anna Harris, of Oakland, California, Mrs. Mary Vince, of South Bloomfield, Ohio, Mr. Martin Shaffer, New Morrisville, Ohio, William Shaffer, Lazureville, West Virginia, Henry Shaffer and Frank E. Shaffer, residing west of this city. The funeral will be held Sunday morning at 10 o'clock at the late residence. Rev. Garbrandt will conduct the services. Interment will be made in Dublin."

Circleville Herald, February 4, 1935 reads:

MRS. SHAFFER TAKEN SUNDAY: Walnut-St. Woman Victim of Pneumonia; Leaves Husband, Eight Children…
Mrs. Katharine Rosanna Shaffer, 67, wife of Martin E. Shaffer, Walntu St., died Sunday at 4:15 a.m. of pneumonia after a two weeks illnes. Mrs. Shaffer was a native of Waverly, being born June 1, 1867, a daughter of Casper and Caroline Yitterest Moll, natives of Germany.

She was married July 4, 1885 in Circleville to Mr. Shaffer, who survives her, with the following children: Mrs. Clara Friley, Mrs. Edna Brungs, Mrs. Mary Lott, this city; Mrs. Alice Fleck, Columbus; Mrs. Ella Wolf, Ringgold; Albert of Benton Harbor, Mich.; Clarence of Yellowbud and Lawrence Shaffer of Williamsport, in addition to a sister, Mrs. Mary Houser of Chillicothe.

She was a member of the Chillicothe United Brethren Church.

The funeral will be Tuesday at 2 p.m. at the Rinehart Funeral home with Rev. Albert McCutcheon, a nephew, officiating. Burial will be in Forest Cemetery.

Circleville Herald, January 13, 1941 reads:

Martin E. Shaffer, 78, a native of Martins Ferry, but a resident of Circleville since 1904, died Monday at 4 p.m. at his home, 118 East Main Street, after illness of three days.

He was born January 22, 1862, a son of John and Sarah Ogan Shaffer.

He married Rosa A. Moll in Chillicothe, July 4, 1885, his wife and two children preceding him in death. Survivors are the following children: Clara C. Friley, Circleville; Albert., New Carlisle, Ind.; Ella Roll, Washington C.H.; Mary Lott, Athens; Alice Fleck, Columbus; Clarence, Yellowbud; Lawrence, Ashville; Edna Brungs, Circleville; and Mary Tavern, Dayton; two brothers, Frank, Toledo; and Henry, Columbus; 41 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

The funeral will be Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. at the M. S. Rinehart Funeral Home, the Rev. Albert McCutcheon officiating. Burial will be in Forest Cemetery. The body will be at the Rinehart Funeral Home where friends may call.

Circleville Herald, November 19, 1930 reads:

Resident of This City For 45 Years Passes Away Wednesday at 5 A.M…

Heart disease was fatal to Pearley Welch, aged 63, suddenly Wednesday at 5 a.m. at his home 1120 S. Court Street.

He was born in Morgan County, March 15, 1867 and was the son of George and Mary Sowers Welch. He came to Pickaway County at the age of 18 and had been a resident here the remainder of his life. He was a laborer.

On November 7, 1889 he was married to Leora Russell.

Surviving are two sons, John and Charles, and one daughter, Mrs. Bertha Dollison, all of this city. Three brothers, Otis Welch and James Welch of Cedar Hill and Nathan Welch of Gulfport, Mississippi, also survive.

Funeral Services will be Friday at 2 p.m. at the Church of the Brethren, of which he was a member, with Rev. Young officiating. Burial will be in Forest Cemetery by M. S. Rinehart.