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Stamped metal grave marker for Charles Smith

Charles Smith Killed in Nevada

“Killed for his money as he slept in his lonely mountain cabin several miles from Tonopah, Nevada, the decomposed body of Charles Smith, a former Scioto Countian was found by neighbors, Monday. The last seen of him alive was on August 12.” “The news of his death was received by his uncle John Cooper Smith …


Mrs. Ivy Viola Lute

“Mrs. Ivy Viola Lute, 77, of Tatman Road, McDermott, died at 4 a.m. Sunday in Portsmouth General Hospital following a stroke which she suffered Thursday at her home. Born April 8, 1876, in Scioto County, she was a daughter of George and Drucilla Crabtree Lute. She was married to Daniel F. Lute who preceded her …


John Donahoe Died at Comstock

“John Donahoe died at his home near Comstock Post Office, Monday night at eight o’clock. Death was due to the infirmities of old age. Mr. Donahoe was born in County Clare, Ireland, March 12, 1818 and was therefore, 83 years of age. He came to America in 1851 and located in Pennsylvania. On February 19, …


John Crabtree Shoots to Kill

“John Crabtree had his hearing before the Mayor yesterday and was bound over to court in the sum of $500 for shooting with intent to kill. The fracas occurred on the night of the 24th of last December at Pioneer Switch, and the complaining witness was William Jackson.”(1881, September 17). Portsmouth Times, p. 3.[/efn_note]

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Ephemera Friday #17: Child Naming Postcard

In February 2023, during a digitization project in Madison Township, Scioto County, Ohio, a postcard postmarked November 12, 1926 surfaced. Addressed by George Piersol Bennett, the township clerk of 22 years, it affirmed the birth of Harold Emerson Allen to Clarence Allen and Jennie Hosier on August 22, 1926. Signed by Clarence Allen, the postcard …


The Obituary of Mary Gilliland

“Mrs. Mary Gilliland, aged seventy-four years, died Saturday at the home of her friend, Mrs. Wiehle, on West Seventh street. Seven children survive- John Welch, William Welch, George Welch, Mrs. William Lair, Mrs. Lida Humphries, Jack Gilliland and Nate Gilliland, the latter being deputy probate judge of this county. The deceased was married twice. the …


Death of a Former Portsmouthian

“In Marion county, Illinois, on the 7th inst., Mrs. Catherine Hatch died of dropsy of the heart, aged eighty-six years. The deceased was quite well known here, having at one time been a resident of the county, and will be remembered as a sister of the late M. Kehoe. She was a native of Virginia, …

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The Hoffer Murders

“Sylvanus Daulton, former marshal of Rarden, who figured in numerous controversies, faces a kidnapping charge, filed today in Portsmouth Municipal Court.” “Paul Williams, investigator for the office of Everett Burton, Scioto County prosecutor, said Daulton was charged with kidnapping Mrs. Florence Hoffer, 51, of Rarden.” “He said the warrant was issued on information of Orvie …