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.

It is our duty to record the double death which occured at the house of Wm Kahler of this place. Not a week has passed since three happy little children gladdened that home and now but one remains to comfort the grief stricken hearts of its parents. Amanda Amelia, the little daughter of Wm Kahler and his wife Louisa, nee Huber, preceded her little brother Adolph Henry into eternity but a few days. Amanda was born Oct. 7, 1880 and baptized Oct. 29 of the same year. She was a regular pupil at the Ev. Lutheran Parochial school and her gentle, lady like bearing made her a favorite of her schoolmates and all she met. But a few days before her death she was seized with an attack of diphtheria, from which, however, under the treatment of Dr. Keller, she seemed to recover. Membraneous Croup however, set in and did the fatal work. After a severe combat of several days, she died Friday December 16, aged 7 yrs 2 mo and 9 da.  Little Adolph immediately after his sisters death was seized with diphtheria for the second time and it was evident from the outset that he could not survive the attack. He died on Sunday morning, Dec. 18, aged 2 yr.7 mo and 2 days, having been born May 16, 1885. The funeral took place from the Ev. Lutheran church where a sermon was preached by the undersigned on Jeremiah 31, 3. A large concourse of people followed the remains to the the cemetery where the two beautiful little _____ were laid side by side to await the promised resurrection of all flesh. An appropriate song was rendered at the grave by the deceased schoolmates. The bereaved family has the entire sympathy of the brethren in faith, and I venture to say, of the community at large.

So faded the lovely, blooming flower;
Frail smiling solace of an hour;
So soon our transient comforts fly,
And pleasure only blooms to die.

Is there no kind, no healing art
To soothe the anguish of the heart?
Spirit of grace, be ever nigh:
Thy comforts are not made to die.

Let gentle patience smile on pain
Til dying hope revives again;
Hope wipes the tear from sorrow’s eye,
And faith points upward to the sky.


(LATER:) The little son of the above parents, William Kahler, Jr., died last evening, aged 5 yrs. This is the third death that occurred in this family in less than a week’s time. Sad indeed is this.

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