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.

J. H. GUISS, a Cranberry Township Farmer


Financial Embarrassment the Cause of the Rash Act–Still Living but Cannot Recover.Yesterday afternoon THE FORUM received a message from New Washington, announcing that Jacob H Guiss, a prominent farmer and stockbuyer residing a mile and a half southwest of that place, had shot himself with suicidal intent, and that though still living he could not recover.
The rash act is said to be due to financial trouble. Mr. Guiss was in New Washington yesterday afternoon, and about four o’clock was left alone in the rear room of the jewelry store. A few moments later the shot was heard, and on entering the room he was found fatally wounded by his own hand. The weapon used was a revolver. Physicians were promptly summoned and did all in their power, but it was evident that the wound was fatal.
Mr. Guiss has been successful as a farmer and stockbuyer, but has lately been embarrassed as a result of depressed business conditions. His wife died many years ago, but two sons and a daughter are still living. He is upwards of fifty years of age. No suspicion was entertained of his deadly purpose. The tragic event has produced great excitement in New Washington.



Jacob H. Guiss was born on February 22, 1847; died February 17, 1898, aged 50 yrs 11 mos. and 25 das. On September 26, 1867 he was united in marriage with Matilda Lederer, to which union three children were born, 2 sons and 1 daughter. He leaves, besides his children, his aged mother and 2 sisters to mourn his departure. His wife died about 19 years ago. Funeral services were held at deceased’s late home, about one mile southwest of New Washington, last Sunday afternoon, conducted by Rev. J. W. Dowds, afterwhich the remains were interred is the Union cemetery. Mr. Guiss was one of our prominent stock dealers for nearly 30 years and will he greatly missed in this vicinity.