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George Fondersmith (1814-1904)

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George Fondersmith (1814-1904)

Posted: 21 Oct 2009 12:39PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Fondersmith, Taft
From the newspaper "Urbana Daily Courier",
Urbana, Illinois, dated April 4, 1904, pg. 1:

NINETY YEARS OF AGE
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George Fondersmith, Who Died Friday, Will
Be Buried Today.
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The funeral of George Fondersmith,
who died last Friday in Champaign,
took place yesterday afternoon from
the residence, Rev. C. N. Wilder of-
ficiating. Interment was in Mt.
Hope cemetery. Deceased was close
to 90 years of age, having been born
in Pennsylvania in 1814. He had been
a resident of this state since 1865 and
of Champaign since 1876. He leaves
one daughter, Mrs. Emma Taft, of
207 West Park street, Champaign.
The deceased was a gunsmith by
trade and up to the last spoke of re-
turning to his work, which since his
injuries in a street car accident and
in an accidental fall some years later
he had been forced to abandon. Physi-
cally, he was a powerful man, weigh-
ing 270 pounds. Mr Fondersmith was
generally known in this city and was
beloved by his aquaintances.


Hope this helps someone,
David M. Myers

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