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.
Wm S. Guthrie, son of W. P and Isabel Guthrie, was born in Richland county, Ohio, July 24, 1838. He ranked third in a family of ten children, four of who survive him; viz., one brother and three sisters.
He married Esther Charles Dec. 30, 1862, which happy union blest them with six children, four boys and two girls, all of whom survive him save the second daughter who preceded her father two years ago.
Mr. Guthrie and family came to New Washington in 1873 where he engaged in the grain and drug business for a number of years, and has been an upright citizen of this place ever since. He was a man who made the world better for having lived in it, not that he was more charitable or amiable than his peers. On the contrary he had a high-spirited nature, impatient sometimes, but underlying all this he had a great geniality, the highest sense of honor, the keenest sensibilities. and the liveliest sympathies. He believed in the gospel of Jesus Christ and lived in the profession and practice of it until his death. He regretted often that his illness kept him so much from the service of the sanctuary.
He was for many years Class leader and Trustee of the M. E. church as well as one of its most honored member’s. No man was ever more just to his fellow man. His time was too precious to expend; his mind too fair to indulge in the frontless results of personal animosities, spites or wrangles.
His virtues and excellencies are as the fixed stars; they become brighter and fuller the longer and oftner they are examined they are impressed upon our hearts indelibly.
His faults if he had any, have gone like a flash into oblivion. He lived a useful model life. He has entered now into his christian rest. May he sleep in peace and may perpetual light shine upon him.
Whereas, in view of the sad loss, our lodge and the entire community have sustained by the decease of our worthy brother W. S. Guthrie, be it
Resolved, That we, the members of Cranberry Lodge I. O. 0. F., sincerely mourn the death of one who for many years was true to the benevolent principles and zealous for the success.
Resolved That we extend to the sorrow-stricken relatives our profound sympathy and commend them to Him, whose mercy never faileth.
Resolved, That these resolutions be placed on our minutes and that they be published in the New Washington HERALD.
ORRIN J. CORY
A. H. HISE, Com.