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.

DIED-At the residence of her parents in New Washington, Ohio on Wednesday October 10, 1888. Cora May Guthrie aged 17 yrs., 8 mo., 16 da of Tuber Culosis of the Lungs.
Deceased was born at Lakeford, Ohio, Jan. 24, 1871, and two years later moved with her parents to this place. Here in our midst then she lived out the allotted time of her life, and until some months ago, was the possessor of fairly good health. About six months ago disease began to prey upon her system, and she was obliged relinquish her school work, thinking, that by perfect rest, at home she might again recover her health; but it seems that the All-wise God had need of her in his kingdom; and all that human hands could do to arrest the disease, was of no avail. During the many months of her sickness, she was a patient and willing sufferer and fully realised that she would soon be called to her heavenly home. For this she earnestly wished, and devoutly prayed.
As a child in her home, Cora combined the traits of obedience and true devotion to her parents, sister, brothers to such a degree that they feel her loss to be a sore affliction indeed. As a pupil in school, her kind, careful and loving manner made her a favorite of all, while her studious ways, made her an ever ready and thorough member in all her classes. Here, again her loss will sadly be felt, and affectionately did her classmates show their love for her by placing upon her coffin several elegant wreaths, upon one of which was inscribed in the choicest of flowers the name, ‘Cora.’ As a member of the community, those who knew her best, can attest best to the Christian bearing of Cora, as a true lady and firm friend. Hence making her death a loss to all, but a gain to the hosts of heaven. Thus impressing upon us again the Bible Truth. That death loves a shining mark. The Public Schools as a body and a large circle of relatives and friends accompanied the remains to the where an impressive service was conducted by Rev. Kauffman and a tribute read by O. F. Laughbaum, the High School teacher, after which the corpse followed by many mourners, was conveyed to the Good Will Cemetery for burial, thereto rest peacefully until the Judgment Day.

The Excelsior Literary Society of our Public Schools submit the following:


Whereas, In view of the loss we have sustained by the decease of our friend and associate Cora May Guthrie, and of the still heavier loss sustained by those who were nearest and dearest to her; therefore, be it:
Resolved, That it is but a just tribute to the memory of the departed to say, that in regretting her removal from our midst we mourn for one who was, in every way, worthy of our respect and regard.
Resolved, That we sincerely condole with the family of the deceased on the dispensation with which it has pleased Divine Providence to afflict them, and commend them for consolation to Him who orders all things for the best, and whose chastisements are meant in mercy.
Resolved, That this heartfelt testimonial of our sympathy and sorrow be forwarded to the parents of our departed friend, that they shall be recorded in the journal of this society and that the same shall be published in one or more newspapers.



A former classmate contributes the following lines:

All hushed the merry voice so sweet,
That called the sunshine to our door
All cold and still those silent feet,
That we shall hear no more
We laid our darling down to rest;
In tears and grief we humbly bow;
The Savior is watching o’er her breast.
Our darling is an Angel now.

O. how we miss the joyous face!
Her books all are now laid away!
How sad and lonely every place,
Where she has wandered day by day
And when the evening gathers round,
No good-night kiss for Cory’s brow;
All still the voice of silver sound,
Our darling is an Angel now.

Those little guileless, winning ways,
O, shall we greet them now no more?
Ah! never more throughout the day,
Shall meet her “school-mates” at the door!
But He who bade us all to come,
Can help us tho’ in pain we bow;
Those quiet feet have wandered home,
Our darling is an Angel now,

O, closed for aye, those sunny eyes,
While humbly to his will we bow
She waits for us in yonder skles,
Our darling is an Angel now.

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