This post was contributed to the Crawford County Chapter of OGS by Kristina Stearley as part of the Florence Siefert Scrapbook in 2010.

The scrapbook is compiled from undated, unidentified newspaper clippings involving events in the lives of Crawford County citizens living in or having connections to New Washington, Tiro, Shelby, Sulphur Springs, Chatfield, Bucyrus, Ashland, Mansfield, and other areas. Only minimal spelling or punctuation corrections were made. Unreadable areas are shown by underlines, dots &/or question marks. This collection has been scanned, “optical character recognized” (OCR’d), proofed, then coded for HTML by volunteers of the Crawford County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society. Since the copies are not of the best quality errors may have been made. Please contact us if you find corrections needing to be made or can verify any missing dates which could be added.


Ethel Bruce was born Aug. 6,1873, in Auburn township, Crawford county, Ohio; died July 6, 1898, aged 24 yrs. and 11 mos. February 14, 1886, she became a member of the Methodist Episcopal church. From the time of her conversion she was an earnest, consistent christian and when death came it found her ready for the call into a fuller life. She leaves a father, 2 brothers and 1 sister to mourn her departure.

‘Tis hard to break the tender cord,
When love has bound the heart,
‘Tis hard,so hard to speak the words
We must forever part.
Dearest loved one, we must lay thee
In the peaceful grave’s embrace,
But thy memory will be cherished,
Till we see thy heavenly face.

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