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.

Sudden Death

Matilda Louisa (Hesse) High was born in Germany October 10, 1830. In 1831 she emigrated to America with her parents, locating in Pennsylvania. In the fall of 1838 they removed to Somerset, Perry county, Ohio, where she was raised and educated. She was baptized in infancy and received into the Lutheran church at Somerset, April 16, 1848. A few years later she came to New Washington, Ohio. She was united in marriage to Adam High, October 23, 1851. Of this union were born twelve children, five of whom preceded her to eternity. Eight months ago, the angel of death summoned her beloved husband. She has always been a faithful follower of Jesus, and a great lover of her Bible, frequently speaking of her desire to meet her loved ones in Heaven. She was a kind and affectionate mother and neighbor, never weary in well doing for others. She was in her usual health Saturday, until in the evening when she peacefully fell asleep in the arms of one of her daughters, at the age of 66 years and 14 days. She has only gone before to await our coming. Our loss is Heaven’s gain. Our parents have gone to their reward, but they are not dead, only sleeping until resurrection day. There remain to mourn her loss three daughters, four sons, three grand children, two sisters, three brothers, and a host of relatives and friends.

“High In Heaven’s own Light she dwelleth,
Full the song of triumph swelleth.
Freed from earth, and earthly failing,
Lift for her no voice of wailing.”