It has came into my possession- a very old scrapbook filled with newspaper clippings on deaths, marriages and other newsy items. Some loose but most glued to the pages of an old book called Manual of Geography. I can't be 100% sure but I'd say Hannah Ellen McClure Eyre is who made and kept this scrapbook of family History. I can place many names but some must be related to them via her husband's line and some must be just friends or people they knew. One lady, who's obit is in there was born over 200 years ago and all the info in the book, I believe is well over 100 years old and dated before 1904. Also many many handwritten old recipes are in the book. I plan to scan the entire book and share the scans with those who would love to have the information. In some cases, just a few, I could part with the original loose obituary or news clipping. Hannah's mother is Mary Todhunter McClure, a 1st cousin of Abner Jr.. I was so hoping an obit of my great great great grandfather Abner Todhunter Sr (died 1871) would have been in the book. I was not so lucky. Abner Jr. died 1917, out-lived Hannah so he was lucky in that case but I still would love to have his obit. Maybe others have old obits in scrapbooks somewhere and have not shared them? I hope to pass the book to one of Hannah's direct relatives and am not sure how it got to California or out of her family's possession. If you copy any information or request a scan please send a note of thanks to the wonderful woman who did not trash this book of family history but saved a genealogical treasure and passed it to me. I know she'd be tickled to hear from you. She is - Judy Ketner - Birdxing@aol.com
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To request a scan email me at - LauraF46@aol.com
Glued to the book.
Can scan it.
Most articles from one of these places
**Fayette Co., Ohio or Highland Co., Ohio
Clarinda, Page Co., Iowa or Ottumwa, Wapello Co., Iowa
Ottumwa's paper is the Republican.
Clarinda's is the Gazette.
Ottumwa, Iowa, "Daily Courier",
Do or did they have two papers or have I copied something wrong?
OBITUARY - not date but prob before 1899
Mrs. Mary Poling Harper.
The death of Mrs. Mary Poling Harper, widow of the late Samuel Harper, of this city, occurred at the home of her son, W. T. Harper, 1008 North Court Street, yesterday afternoon at 1:20 o'clock. Mrs. Harper had been in feeble health for some time past but her last illness was of but a few days' duration. The deceased was born in Cumberland, Maryland, March 5, 1809. In 1820 she moved to Zanesville, Ohio, where, in 1828 she was united in marriage to Samuel Harper. Here she resided for a number of years, moving with her husband and family to Ottumwa in 1853. Mr. Harper's death occured twelve years later, or in 1865. Mrs. Harper was a life long member of the Baptist church, having been the oldest member of that denomination in Ottumwa. Her entire life was that of a devout Christian and she was held in the highest esteem by all who knew her. Among the immediate members of the family who are left to mourn the loss of the deceased, are seven child and two sisters. The children are W. T. Harper, Sr., and Capt. S. H. Harper, Ottumwa; Mrs. Aaron Arick, Yates City, Ill.; Mrs. Lydia Guthrie, Kirkville; Joseph Harper, Barnard, Kas.; Austin Harper, Perkins, Oklahoma, and Mrs. E. D. Martin, of Baldwin, Louisiana. The sisters are, Mrs. Eliza Allcott, residing on West Fourth street, and Mrs. Sarah Armour, Quincy, Ill.
Funeral services will be conducted from the residence tomorrow afternoon at 2:30 o'clock, by Rev. F. G. Davies, pastor of the First Baptist church. The remains will be interred in the Ottumwa cemetery.