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Springfield Daily News, Monday Oct. 8, 1928
Funeral services for Mrs. Eleanor P. COOPER, 73, who died at midnight Saturday at the Ohio Masonic Home where she had been a resident, will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Rickley Memorial Chapel. Burial will be made in the home cemetery.
Her husband, John D. Cooper also a resident of the Masonic Home survives her.

The Vermilion News, Thursday Nov. 13 1913
Mrs. Henry T. Baldwin died suddenly Tuesday afternoon at her home on Decatur St.  Mrs. Baldwin has been ailing for the past several months but was able to be downtown as late as Saturday. She was taken violently ill Monday and Tuesday morning passed away. A husband, two daughters and three sons survive.  Funeral services at 1 o'clock today at the M.E. church. Obituary next week.

The Vermilion News, Thursday March 22, 1906
James D. DRIVER died at Las Vegas, New Mexico, Thursday March 15 at 8 p.m. aged 41 years old.
Mr. Driver was born in Vermilion and his father James Driver carried mail between Sandusky and Johnson island during the Civil War and was drowned shortly before the close of the war.  His mother died a few yeaaars ago.  Mr. Driver was ticket agent at Huron for ten years and was later employed in the Cleveland offices of the Lake Shore.
He is survived by a  widow, one brother George SAYLES and a sister, Mrs. SPOHN of Milan.
The funeral was held Tuesday morning from SS Peter and Paul's Catholic church at Sandusky.

The Vermilion News, Thursday Nov. 20th 1913
Catherine FERBER was born in Zenners, Hessia, Germany on the 23 day of November 1829..  When eighteen years of age she came  to America, and within a year or two after her arrival in New York City she was married to John Ferber.  With him she came to Ohio and settled on a farm west of Vermilion, where she remained until  with in a few months of her death spending altogether sixty-two years in the hard and strenuous work required in farm life
Her husband and three of the nine children which were born into the family, preceded her in death many years ago.
Mrs. Ferber has been a faithful member of the Reformed congregation ever since its organization in the year 1851.
After attaining the age of 84 years 11 months and days she entered into her eternal and well earned rest from the home of her daughter, Mrs. Emma SCHERER in Cleveland, Ohio.
There remain as mourners, four daughters, two sons, thirty four grandchildren and nineteen great grandchildren.
Funeral services were held from the Reformed church, Vermilion Saturday Nov 15 at 10:30 a.m. Rev. A. C. PRETZER officiating.

The Vermilion News, Thursday May 3, 1923
Henry W. FERBER, a well-known farmer of Berlin Twp died Tuesday shortly before noon are his home near Berlin Heights.  He had been a sufferer from diabetes for several years but confined to his bed but a few weeks. He was fifty-nine years of age and of his immediate family he leaves to mourn great loss his wife, two sons, Henry Jr. and Nelson of Berlin and three daughters, Mrs. Henry LEIMBACH of Amherst, Mrs. Carl NOTTKE of Berlin and Margaret FERBER at home.
Funeral services will be held at the late home Friday at 2 p.m.Burial at Berlin Heights.

Tribune, Sept. 9, 1964
Funeral services for Mrs. Sophia SMITH, 96 years of, of 2521 S. 6th St. who helped organize the Union Hospital School of Nursing staff, will be held at Gillis Memory Chapel at 10 o'clock Friday morning. Rev. Albert Lucchi will be officiating and burial will be in Highland Lawn Cemetery..  Friends may call after 6 of clock Wednesday evening. Mrs. Smith died Tuesday morning.
She was a member of the West Terre Haute Baptist Church. She was the former Miss Sophia FERBER and as far as Union Hospital officials know, she may have been the only surviving member of the group that played a prominent part in nursing at the hospital in the late 1890's.
She helped start the hospital, which was staffed mainly with deaconess nurses.  Mrs. Smith came  to the Union Hospital in 1896 from Cincinnati Bethesda Hospital.
Surviving are the daughter, Mrs. Cora Helen Fuchs and one granddaughter Mrs. Frances BARNETT, and one great grandson, Michael Barnette, all of Terre Haute, and several nieces and nephews.

The Vermilion News, Thursday Jan 3, 1918
Mr. and Mrs. C. D. WILLIAMS and Mr. C. BACHMAN were called to Cleveland this week by the sudden death of Mrs. Mary ZILCH which occurred Sunday at her home in Lakewood.  The funeral  was held Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the United Presbyterian Church, Detroit Ave.  Mrs. Zilch was well known here being the daughter of John and Catherine FERBER and a sister of the late Mrs. C. Bachman.  She leave a husband seven children and five grandchildren.

The Vermilion News, Thursday Oct. 18, 1923
Mary Margaret KANE, daughter of Edwin GIBBS and Agnes BROOKS Gibbs was born in the state of Connecticut February 19 1846 and departed this life Oct. 12, 1923 at her home on Liberty St., Vermilion after an illness of one week.
Her mother , sister and two brothers preceded her in death many years ago. Her father in 1905.
At the age of nineteen, she was married to John WHEELER of Madison, Oh who passed away in 1915.
On January first, 1916 she was married to E. M. Kane, a prominent Vermilionite at Cleveland Oh.
Her childhood days were spent in Canada and Missouri, the family moving to Madison Oh. when she was still a young girl.  Most of her life was Adjunct General for ten years. 
She and Mr. Kane made their home in Amhurst nearly eight years coming to Vermilion two months ago.
Mrs. Kane was a woman of sunny disposition and made friends easily.
Of her immediate family aside from her husband she leaves a nephew.  Mr. Kane has the sympathy of all in his bereavement.
Funeral services were held Monday Rev. F. S. TINCHER officiating and burial was made in the family lot in Painesville, Oh.

The Vermilion News, Thursday Oct 18, 1923
After an illness extending over many months, Mrs. Emma E. Scherer a well known and highly respected lady passes away Wednesday afternoon Oct 17th at the home of her daughter Mrs. W. S. LAMB of Huron St.  She was sixty-four years of age and is survived by five children, Paul L. Scherer, Elma S. LUDWIG, Emma S. Lamb, Rudolph Scherer and Anna T. MEYER.
.Saturday afternoon at 2:30 and she will be laid to rest in Maple Grove cemetery.
Mrs. Scherer was born on what is now known as the KUHL farm.  Her maiden name was Emma E. FERBER.  One sister Mrs. Sophia SMITH of Terra Haute, Indiana survives.  Her husband died  about eight years ago.  She was a member of the local W.B.A.

The Vermilion News, Thursday Oct. 18, 1923
Friends and relatives here were notified this week of the death on Saturday morning of Mrs. Charles LUMLEY at the home of her daughter Mrs. M. M. LANE at Wakeman at the age of eighty-three.Mrs. Lumley was a former Vermilion resident, but with her husband moved from here to Colby and later to Clyde about twenty years ago.
Funeral services were held Monday and burial made at Clyde.  Besides Mrs. Lane she leaves another daughter Mrs. Eugene CHANDLER of Cleveland.

The Vermilion News, Thursday April 15, 1915
John H. FERBER, formerly a resident of Vermilion, died Thursday at Memorial Hospital, Elyria after an illness of six weeks.  Mr. Ferber has been ailing for the past twelve years but was taken seriously ill six weeks ago.  Funeral services were held Saturday at Elyria and the body brought here for interment at Maple Grove.  One daughter Mrs. Harry Pemper of Elyria, four sister and one brother Henry Ferber of Berlin Heights survive. Mrs. John Bachman of Vermilion is a sister.

Vermilion News, Thursday June 23, 1955
Lloyd E. Webster, age 62, West Lake Rd, died suddenly at his home Sunday morning.  He had been ill about three weeks.  He was born in Deschler, Oh. and had resided here for fifteen years. 
Mr. Webster graduated from Lorain High school in 1909 and Western Reserve University School of Pharmacy in 1913.  For twenty years he operated the Webster Pharmacy in Amherst. Previously he had operated two stores in Cleveland and had worked in Lorain pharmacies in later years.
He was a member of the E. and R.. Church, the Iris Lodge 229 F. & A.M. Cleveland and the Ohio State Pharmaceutical  Association.
Survivors include his wife Mary, three daughters, Mrs. Evelyn SPENCER, Orange Ca., , Mrs. Jean FOYER, Cleveland, and Mrs. Marilyn SCHWARTZ, Avon Lake,  three grandchildren and one brother Lawrence of OH.
Services were held Wednesday afternoon at Fishers Funeral Home. Burial was at Brownhelm cemetery.

Vermilion News, Thursday June 23, 1955
Mrs. Ruth BENSON, 1419 W. 81st St, Cleveland died Monday.  She was the wife of Maxwell Benson, son  of Ed Benson, Vermilion.
Surviving besides her husband are two daughters, her mother and a brother.
Funeral services were held this (Thursday) at 2 p.m. and burial was made at Sunset Memorial Park.

Springfield Daily News, Monday Oct. 8, 1928
Mrs. Mamie Orr Russell, former Springfield resident, died at 11:10 p.m. Sunday at her home in Chicago, according to word received by her brother, Albert C. Orr  of 137 Princess  Ct.  She left Springfield about 18 years ago and had made her home in Chicago ever since.
Besides the brother already mentioned, Mrs. Russell leaves two other brothers in Springfield, Robert and Edward Orr.  The body will be brought to this city for funeral services and burial.

Springfield Daily News, Monday Oct. 8th 1928
Christopher LAPP, 81, died at 2:15 p.m. Sunday at the Ohio Odd Fellows Home following a stroke of Paralysis which he suffered Friday morning. He lapsed into unconsciousness from which he did not awake.
For the last four years Mr. Lapp had resided at the home coming there from Genoa, Oh. Funeral services are in charge of the Littleton Funeral Home.

Springfield Daily News, Monday Oct. 8, 1928
Mrs. Zula B. Morris
Funeral services of Mrs. Zula B. MORRIS, 45, wife of Henry Morris who died at 10:30 pm Saturday at her home 2258 Ontario Ave. will be at her home at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the residence. Burial will be made in the Yellow Springs cemetery.
Mrs. Morris was an active member of the Daughters of America and was also an interested worker in the Clifton Ave Methodist Church.
Besides her husband Henry Morris, she is survived by a son, John G. Morris of Springfield; two brothers, Henry DEHART of Richmond Ind. and Charles Dehart of Springfield.

Vermilion News, Thursday March 29, 1945
Benjamin H. MINGUS, 76 of Berlin Heights, died at his home Friday. Funeral services were held Monday.  He was a carpenter by trade and is survived by his wife, four sons and three daughters.

Vermilion News, March 29, 1945
Mrs. Otto ZELINSKI died at 6 am Tuesday at Lorain Convalescent Home where she was taken three weeks ago following an illness of three years. Of her immediate family she is survived by her husband Otto, three sons, , August of Vermilion-on-the-Lake, Ernest, of Long Beach Ca,  Otto Jr. with the US Navy in the South Pacific; two grandchildren, four brothers, William BURKHART of Long Beach, Ca.,  Roman, Lewis and Henry Burkhart of Cleveland, four sisters, Mrs. Laura KESSLER, Mrs. Frank Kessler, Mrs. Harry LAUGHLIN, Mrs. Frank PATCHATAK, all of Cleveland.
Mrs. Zelinski was born in Canton, Ohio September 19, sixty one years ago and came with her family to Vermilion-on-the-Lake from Cleveland. twenty three years ago. She was a member of the St Pauls Luthern Church, Amherst , a member of the Spanish Was Veterans Auxiliary of Lorain.
Funeral services will be held at the Edward M. Fisher Funeral Home at 1pm Friday in charge of Reverend R. C. BOSSE of Amherst and interment at Lutheran Cemetery, West 25th St Cleveland.

Vermilion News, Thursday March 29, 1945
Mrs. Irene Webster
A few minutes after going into the house from her yard at 1:30 pm on Sunday afternood, Irene Webster dropped to thw floor dead. Her son Lloyd with whom she lived was home at the time and had been talking to her a few minutes earlier.
She was born in Florence Twp seventy years ago and lived the greater part of her live there and in Lorain. With her husband she moved to Vermilion sixteen years ago which has been her home ever since.  Mr Webster died thirteen years ago.
Besides her son Lloyd she is survived by another son Lawrence of Cleveland and one daughter Thelma (Mrs. Fred WAGNER) of Cleveland, eight grandchildren, one great grandchild, two sisters, Mrs. Sophia BLATTNER of Cleveland, Mrs. Anna HEMMINGER of Jackson Mi; three brothers, Z. B. LAPP of Jackson Mi., Adam of Lorain and Paul of Ca.
Mrs Webster was a very active hard working woman. For a number of years she cooked at the Wagner House.  The last eighteen months she had been about her home which was being remodeled into a duplex which was almost completed.
She was president of the Womans Benefit Association, a member of the Dorcas class of the Reformed church, of the GARDEN CLUB and the E.E.S.K. social club.
Funeral services were held Wednesdy afternoon at the Edward M. Fisher Funeral Home in charge of Reverand Norman GREENWALT and burial made at Maple Grove cemetery.

Vermilion News, June 29, 1933
Mrs. George HOLL of Ohio St. whose serious illness was mentioned last week died early Friday morning after an illness of two weeks.  Funeral services were held Sunday at the Reformed church, attended by a large concourse of sorrowing relatives and friends.  The W. B. A. of which she was a charter member, attended in a body.  Burial was made beside her husband in Maple Grove cemetery.
Katherine Elizabeth LAPP was born in Germany, the eldest of nine children, and migrated to this county when four months of age.  Her parents located in Brownhelm, where she grew into young womanhood.
At the age of seventeen she united in marriage with Mr. George Holl and located their new home on Douglas St; later bought the home from which both departed this life. They were great homelovers and constituted a happy home.  Mrs. Holl was a charter member the W. B. A. and member of the Reformed church.
Together with her husband they celebrated their golden wedding anniversary on December 29, 1930. This happy union was broken  last  August when Mr. Holl preceded her to the Spirit World.  Ever since then it was her wish that she might depart and be with him.
She leaves her five children to mourn her departure, Mrs. Edna MINOR, and Mrs. Bertha MILLER of Lorain; Clarence of Cleveland; Fred and Percy of Vermilion; seven grandchildren and four great grandchildren.  She leaves three sisters, Anna HEMMINGER of Jackson, Mrs. Sophia BLATTNER, of Cleveland; Irene WEBSTER of Vermilion; five brothers John Lapp of Hubbard Lake, MI. Henry of Elyria; Paul of Cleveland; Adam of Lorain and Zack of Jackson, MI.  Four children preceded her in death.

Vermilion News, June 29, 1933

The baby born last week to Mr. and Mrs. Vincent FRANCES (Margaret THOMPSON) at Cleveland , lived only a few hours.

Francis MINKLER was born in Berlin Twp., December 1, 1857, died June 26, 1933, aged 75 years seven months twenty six days.  She was married to Sidney W. SIMMONS  September 1, 1873.  The new home was established in Ashmont.  Later they moved to Berlinville, and then to Vermilion where she has lived for forty five years.
Funeral services were held from the home Wednesday afternoon at 2 p.m. with Rev. E.T. ENGLISH officiating.  Interment was made in Maple Grove cemetery under the direction of A.E. Beeckel.

Vermilion News, January 1, 1931
The infant child of Mr. & Mrs. Wesley GRIGGS died this morning after a few days illness from pneumonia.

Vermilion News, Aug 11, 1942
Veteran Shoemaker Passes On
This morning at 7:45 Mr. George HOLL, Vermilion's veteran shoemaker passes to his reward.  He had been confined to his home for almost a year.  His sufferings began on Sept 30 last year when while crossing Liberty St. he was knocked  down by an automobile and suffered a broken leg and body bruises.  This spring he recovered sufficiently to be up around the house but only  for a short time. He suffered a stroke on June 23, since which he steadily grew worse.
Mr. Holl was born on a farm near Amherst, Lorain Co., on December 29, 1855. When 14 years of age he apprenticed himself to Mr. BAUS of Amherst and learned the shoemakers trade.  He was married to Miss Katherine Elizabeth LAPP  of Vermilion on December 29, 1880 and the new home was established in Vermilion. Here nine children were born to them, five of whom with the devoted wife mourn their great loss.
For more than fifty years, day in and day out Mr. Holl could be found pegging away at shoes in his little shop on Liberty St. which was torn down some two years ago to give place to improvements.  He was the oldest member of the Vermilion Volunteer Fire Company and brother fireman will perform the last sad service for him.
Funeral services will be held Saturday-private at the home at 1:30 and then at 2 o'clock at the Reformed Church of which he was a member, where friends will pay their respects.
Mr. Holl is survived by his wife, three sons, Fred, Clarence of Cleveland and Percy, and two daughters, Bertha (Mrs. MILLER) and Edna (Mrs. MINOR) both of Lorain. One daughter Tillie (Mrs. Gust LEIMBACH) died several years ago and the other three children passed away in infancy.
Mr. Holl enjoyed a wide acquaintance and the respect of the community.

Vermilion News, Thursday, December 31, 1914
Mrs. Margaret Lapp
Mrs. Margaret LAPP died December 28, 1914, age 76 years 4 months and 6 days.
Born Anna Margareta STEINHAUER in Ashbach Kreis Hershfeld, Germany on the 22 day of August 1838. At the age of 23 she emigrated to America and during the same year she was united in marriage to Mr. John ALEXANDER. To this union were born 10 children. Feb 21 1878 she was left a widow until July 16, 1891 when she was united in marriage with George Lapp who passed away July 25, 1911. Surviving the deceased are five children, Henry Alexander, Martha PRESSLER, and Della TUOHY of Detroit, Mich., Eliza RITTER of Lorain and Catherine Alexander of Vermilion. The deceased has resided in Vermilion for about fifty-three years.  Funeral services were held this afternoon at the home at 1 o'clock and at the Reformed Church at 1:30. Rev. Pretzer officiating.

Vermilion News, Thursday December 31, 1914
Nicholas R. Riefert
Nicholas Riefert, a well known Vermilion farmer, died at his home on the old homestead farm, Tuesday December 29, 1914 after a prolonged illness of more than four  years. Mr. Riefert was 63 years of age.
Funeral services will be held from the Riefert home, Saturday January 2, at 1 p.m.

Vermilion News, Thursday December 31, 1914
Daniel E. Thompson
Daniel E. THOMPSON was born in Dunkirk, NY, Nov. 13,1816 and came to Vermilion, OH with his parents when he was seven years of age.  Enlisted as a private of Captain Meads, Company F 128th regiment of the Ohio Infantry December 14, 1863 and was favorably discharged July 14, 1865 at Camp Chase serving his country for nearly 2 years.  He was married on November 26, 1867 to Emma MATTISON, three children were born to them. One son Charles who was drowned on the steamer W. H. Gilcher and two daughters Lois Thompson DELKER of Vermilion and Ella STICKRATH of Marion, OH who are left to mourn his death.  He died at Vermilion, Oh. December 27, 1914 at the age of 68 years 1 month and 14 days.
Funeral was held from the home Tuesday afternoon. Rev. Pretzer officiating.

Vermilion News, Thursday July 27, 1911
An Old Citizen Dead
George Lapp, who for many years has been a resident of Vermilion, died at his home on Ohio Street Tuesday, July 25 at the age of 80 years 4 months and 3 days.
Mr. Lapp was born in Blankenheim, Kries Rothenburg, Germany, March 22, 1831.  He was married to  Katherine Elizabeth Leimbach in 1856.  To this union were born 12 children, nine of whom are living.
They came to America in 1863 and since that time Mr. Lapp and family have lived in or near Vermilion.
In 1891 Mr. Lapp married Margaret Alexander.  Besides a widow, five sons, four daughters, thirty-seven grandchildren and six great grandchildren survive.
Funeral services will be held at the Reformed Church at 10 o'clock Friday morning, conducted by the pastor.

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