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.


Nappanee News:

Benjamin Guiss, who had his right leg, so badly crushed in the sawmill of Coppes Bros. & Zook, June 29th, died at noon on Sunday, July 24th, not so much perhaps, from the wound direct, but from troubles resulting from a bad stomach, with which he had been more or less afflicted for a number of years.

Deceased was a very popular mechanic in Nappanee, and a man with of numerous friends. He was born in New Washington, Ohio, Sept. 21st, 1848. He came to Nappanee in April, 1884, and had ever since held the responsible position of head sawyer at the mill named, up to the time of receiving his injury while drawing a log further into the mill, as described in these columns at the time.

Besides a wife and a widowed daughter, Mrs. Callie Flickinger, he leaves parents and a number of brothers and sisters to mourn their loss. They are: Mr. and Mrs. Christian Guiss, aged 77 and 80 years respectively; brothers Daniel and John, of New Washington, O., and Emanuel and Adam, of Nappanee; and sisters Mrs. Ben Pratt, Mrs Thos. Hosler, and Miss Matilda, Guiss, also of Nappanee, and Mrs. L. C. Donnenwirth, of Caledonia, O. The age of the eldest is 56 years and the youngest 39 years. Aside from these above mentioned there were present at the funeral from abroad the following relatives: Mrs. Jacob Michelfelder, John Utz, George Kline, and a son of Daniel Guiss, all of New Washington, O., and Mr. and Mrs. John Lederer, of Toledo.

The funeral was held at the house on East Market street yesterday afternoon, and was preached by Rev. Hall, a Lutheran pastor at Syracuse. The remains were interred at the South West cemetery under the direction of N. A. Lehman.