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Obituaries from Arcanum, Ohio Newspapers
Arcanum Times Mar. 26, 1926 December 27, 1928
Contributed by Rose Shilt
Proofed by Carol Null
The obituaries included here have been abstracted for all their important genealogical content. Some were only
death notices while others were full obituaries with all the many worded content used in early times. It should also
be remembered that many newspapers of this period received their news by word of mouth, with some items being
told through a chain of several people. Spelling as found. Some of these death notices will appear in more than one
edition of this weekly newspaper, if additional information is given, then that additional data will be given. Date of
newspaper in which item appears will be given in parenthesis. If females are listed under maiden name, a further
reference is given to married name. A few items other than obituaries have been included for their genealogical
content. Marriages are included only if they took place in another area or state where they might be hard to find. As
Arcanum was not that far from the Montgomery, Miami and Preble County lines, there will be some items
concerning people in these counties. All newspapers are on micro-film and are located in the Arcanum Public
It should be noted that during this period, some of WWI death notices were reported when the relatives were
notified, or at the time the remains were received by families, if returned. Hence, the newspaper may have not
reported until the time when the remains were received or buried some time later. Also, the influenza epidemic was
the cause of an exceptionally large number of deaths for persons of all ages in this time period.
Important in figuring death dates in some instances:--
Newspaper published on Friday until Feb 28, 1916 when publication date was changed to Thursday.
Missing issues: Feb. 27, Mar 6 & Mar 23, Mar 27, 1919
All dates are as found. Some obviously are not correct and if noticed are underlined.
Abbreviations: Abbottsville = defunct Darke County, Ohio hamlet or community
Abbottsville = burials at Abbottsville Cemetery, Van Buren Township, Darke Co., Ohio
Months of the year = standard old fashioned abbreviations = January = Jan; February = Feb, etc.
States Names = standard old fashioned abbreviations = Indiana = Ind; Ohio = Oh; Michigan = Mich., etc.
Abt = about
Assoc = Association
bro. / bros. = brother(s)
ch = children
Co = county
decd = deceased
d/o = daughter of
dau / daus = daughter(s)
GAR = Grand Army of the Republic
gs/o = grandson of
grch = grandchildren
g-grch = great-grandchildren
Hollandsburg = now Hollansburg
Hosp = Hospital
Hrs = hours
Inf. = Infantry
m = month(s)
Mont Co = Montgomery County
Nineveh = Ninevah (Spelled both way in records.)
OVC = Ohio Volunteer Cavalry OVI = Ohio Volunteer Infantry
Pittsburg, Ohio = now Pitsburg, Ohio
prec = preceded
Regt. = Regiment
res = resident, residence or resided
s/o = son of
sis = sister
surv = survive(s), surviving, survived by
TB = tuberculosis
twp = township
UB Church = United Brethren
Vet = veteran
w/o = wife of
wks = weeks
y = year / years
yr / yrs = year / years
JENKINSON, Thomas 81 d. Greenville Mon. res. Of dau. Mrs. S. A. Myers. Surv. 4 sons, 4 daus. Buried Ft.
Jefferson. (Mar.25, 1926)
WHITNEY, Mrs. C.O. 77 d. Piqua Sunday, dau. Mrs. L.S. Brandenburg of Arcanum. (March 25, 1926)
HENDERSON, Victoria d/o Joseph & Elizabeth Markley b. near Cincinnati Feb. 21, 1854 & d. Mar. 9, 1926.
Married Dec. 20, 1887 John Henderson & had 2 children Delbert & Emma. Surv. Husband, children, 4
grandchildren 1 half-brother J.W. Henderson, half-sister Mrs. Emma Coppock. (Mar. 25, 1926)
FOLKERTH, William of near Ft. Jefferson 63 buried Abbottsville. Surv. Wife, 3 sons, father, 2 brothers, 2 half-
IRELAN, William T. 57 d. res. Ft. Recovery last Wed. Surv. Wife, son, dau. Buried Ft. Recovery. (Mar.25,1926)
MONKS, Mrs. Harley 42 d. res. Palestine Sat. Surv. Husband,, 2 children. Buried Palestine. (Mar.25,1926)
KEISTER, Dr. W.H. 69 d. res. Dayton Tues. born Pleasant Hill, went to Dayton 1901. Surv. Wife Alberta, 2 dau.
By a former marriage Mrs. Archie Mumma,, Mrs. Robert Ruhns. Buried Pleasant Hill. (Mar.25 1926)
HOUSE, Wess 79 d. res. Of son Russell Thurs. Surv. 2 daus. Mrs. Goldie Hensel of West Manchester, Mrs. Oma
Ritz of Eldorado, 3 sons Charles, Ray & Russell of Eldorado, sister Mrs. Wesley Wehrley of Mt Cela, Ind. Buried
HUNT, Aaron d. res. Verona. (Apr.1,1926) Born near Taylorsburg, Mont.Co.O. Apr.22,1850 & d. res. Mar.31,
1926 s/o James & Elizabeth Hunt. One of 10 children, 4 sons,6 daus. Aaron the 7th
. Married Nov. 13,1869
Elizabeth Staver & had 9 children, 4 daus., 5 sons. Surv. Wife, 4 daus. Mrs. Rosa Howell of West Manchester,
Mrs. Martha Weidner of Dayton, O., Mrs. Sallie Howe of Brookville, Mrs. Clara Weisenbarger of Arcanum, 5
sons James of Arcanum, Erwin of Dayton, Samuel of Ithaca, Raymond & Roscoe of Verona, 3 sisters Mrs.
Catharine Studabaker of Verona, O., Mrs. Mary Pease of Dawn, O., Mrs. Elizabeth McInturf of Ithaca.
BRIDENBAUGH,Gerald Otis s/o Elias O. Bridenbaugh b. Feb.24,1910 near Pitsburg, O. & d. Mar. 12,1926.
Surv.parents, brother Forest, 4 sisters Mrs. Chester Oda, Freda Glenna & Oliva Bridenbaugh (Apr.1,1926)
SINGLE, Sopha d/o Frederick & Christena b. July 29, 1854 Cincinnati, O. & d. Mar.7, 1926. Family moved to
Dayton, then Ithaca. Surv.sister Mrs. C.D. Schaar. (Apr.1,1926)
OSWALT, Amanda 51 d. res. Monroe Twp. Fri. d/p David Swank, born in the area. Surv. 2 sisters Mrs. Laura
Keller of West Milton & Mrs. Celinda Norris of Arcanum, brother Harvey Swank of Trotwood. Buried Potsdam.
BRINEY, Israel d. res. David Huffer near Arcanum. Buried Abbottsville. Dau. Mrs. Lee Harleman (Apr.1) Israel
M. b. Van Buren Twp. Darke Co., O. Nov.27,1847, married Aug.1,1872 Angenetta Vanatta. Had 3 children, dau.
Bertha Ross d. Feb.8,1921. (Apr.8,1926)
CLARK, Dr. J.A. 51 d. res. Savona Fri. Surv. Wife, son Allen of Greenville, dau. Alice at home. Buried New
BROWN, Caleb & wife d. res. Greenville Wed. Caleb 73 life res. s/o David Brown, wife Caroline 77 b. Palestine
d/o Soloman Frank. Surv. 5 children. Buried Abbottsville. (Apr.1,1926)
WEHRLEY, Mrs. J.E. of New Weston d. Mar. 18, MVHosp. Dayton. Buried Eaton. Surv.husband & 8 children.
GETTING, Simon Peter d. Sat. Mar.20 res. Of son Oscar Getting near Eaton. Buried Wares Chapel. (Apr.1,1926)
MCGRIFF, Frank 73 buried Roselawn. Surv. 2 daus, 2 brothers. (Apr.1,1926)
MARTIN, William Harvey 84 Civil War Vet d. res. Of dau. Mrs. H.K. Stump near Ansonia Wed. Ohio Calvary
Co. G. 8th
Rgt. Surv. Dau. 15 grandchildren, 7 great grchildren. Buried Martin Cemetery east of Greenville.
LUDY, Catherine 86 d. Tues. res. Of son George Ludy near Ninevah. Surv. 3 sons. Buried Abbottsville.
SHILT, Harvey Daniel 23 d. res. Of J.H. Shepherd of Fri. TB born near Arcanum s/o Garrett Shilt decd. Married
Mae Shepherd of Arcanum. Parents & brother Ollie preceded him. Surv. Wife, 3 sisters. Buried Abbottsville.
Born Sept.28,1902 & d. Apr.2,1926. Married June 14, 1924 Cecile May Shepherd. Sisters Esther Anderson of
Springfield,O., Mrs. Harvey Minnich of Arcanum, Mary Shilt of Arcanum. (Apr.8,1926)
FOLKERTH, Martha 69 d. Sun. res. Of son Jesse in Greenville. Husband William died 2 weeks ago. Born near
West Manchester d/o Isaac Black. Surv. 3 sons Jesse, Raymond of Wabash, Ind. Buried Abbottsville.
STEINMETZ, Edgar Reed d. res. Arcanum last Fri. 72 yrs. Surv.wife 2 sons Robert & Russell, dau. Mrs. Helen
Chalfant. Buried Abbottsville, O. S/o Israel & Elizabeth Steinmetz b. Lancaster, PA. Aug.27,1854 & d.
Apr.9,1926 res. Arcanum. Married Dec.9,1885 Jennie Reichard-3 children Russell,Robert & Helen. Also surv.
Sister Mrs. A.J.Klinger. (Apr.15,1926)
PORTEOUS, Mrs. Hugh d. Thurs. of last week res. Charter Oak near Los Angeles, Calif. Former Pearl Olwine d/o
Daniel Olwine former Arcanum res. Surv. Husband,son. Buried Calif. She was niece of Mrs. Sarah Rosser.
LOGAN, Robert D. 56 d. res. Wed. near Castine wife died 1908. Surv. 3 children, 1 son, 2 daus., 1 brother Amzi
Logan of Dayton, Mrs. Ed Ludy of Arcanum. Buried Castine. (Apr.15,1926)\
GILBERT, Ellen d. Apr.26,1926 res. Of dau. Mrs. E.L. Beck Arcanum. Moved to Arcanum 53 yrs. Ago. Born
Dec. 14,1843 Liberty, Mont.Co.O. buried Abbottsville. Surv. 4 daus. Mrs. Mollie Wheeler of West Liberty,O.,
Mrs. Myrtle Reynolds of Canton,O., Mrs. Lottie Culp of Dayton,O., Mrs. Ollie Beck of Arcanum, son Albert W.
Gilbert of Dayton, sister Mrs. Viola Gilbert of Arcanum, brother Albert Zook of Kansas City, Mo. Married James
Gilbert Oct. 15, 1863 Mont. Co.O. He died jan. 30, 1910. (Apr.29,1929)
WEAVER, Hester former res. Arcan