Newton Lett Killed By Shot Gun Blast Monday Night

Sunderland Hetman, 55, Chillicothe Route 2, was held in the county jail Tuesday for investigation in connection with the shotgun slaying of Newton Lett, 34, about nine p.m. Monday
The body of Lett, a Negro, and an employee of the National Fireworks, Inc. was found on the front porch of his father-in-law, Arthur Jackson, who resides on Route 335, about 5 miles north of Beaver.
Jackson told officials that his son-in-law called to him form the porch and that before he could get there he heard the blast of a gun.
Left's right side was drilled by a charge from a shotgun which obviously was fired form close range, Sheriff Jesse Foster said. Beside him was found his shogun, but it had not been fired, the sheriff added.
Hetman, who also is a Negro, and an NFI employee, was picked up at his home at two a.m. Tuesday by Sheriff Foster after the latter learned that the two had been drinking together in Waverly.
After further questioning by Pike county authorities, Hetman was released from the jail at Waverly.
Sheriff Jesse H. Foster said today that he expects to make further arrest in the case. He and Prosecutor M. J. Cofer questioned members of the Arthur Jackson family on whose premises the killing occurred, and individual statements were taken by a court reporter.
Members of the family said he had been in the home several hours before the murder and that he had bragged of having a fight with a man in a nearby hollow.
His wife said he went to their home, got a shotgun and came back to the Jackson residence and was demanding to be let into the house when the shooting occurred.
Lett was born in Pike county, February 22, 1912, and is survived by his wife, Almeda Jackson Lett, and four daughters, Edith Mae, 9, Irene, 7, Mary, 5, and Shelby Jean, 2.
Funeral services for the victim will be held Saturday at two p.m. at the Big Run Baptist church with the Rev. Geo. Zimmerman officiating and interment will be made in the Jackson family cemetery.  19 Sep 1946 The Republican Herald


     John Henry Staughter, colored, aged 110 year, said to have been the oldest resident of Pike County, passed away, Sunday night at nine o’clock at the Pike County Infirmary at Idaho, death being due to infirmities of age. Deceased who was a former resident of the Carr’s Run neighborhood in Jacksontownship, has been an inmate of the infirmary for the past several years. Staughter claimed to have been an ex-slave. The remains were claimed by his only surviving relative, a sister, Mrs. Mary Shreeves, of Ironton. The body was shipped to Ironton, Monday evening, where services were held, Tuesday and interment made in the Ironton cemetery." 3 Mar 1927 The Republican Herald

Jackson Twp., Pike Co., OH Tragedies


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     Mr. and Mrs. L. A. Oyer of Richmondale have been advised by the war department that their son, Sgt. Ralph E. Oyer was slightly wounded in action in the fighting in Luxembourg December 27.
    Sgt. Oyer received his first wounds on November 9th in action in the European Theatre and has been awarded a Purple Heart. This second wound will justify an Oak Leaf Cluster award later. 1 January 1945 The Republican Herald

Sgt. Ralph Ellsworth Oyer
17 Oct 1916-10 Aug 1981 buried Omega cemetery


Herschel  Hartley 23 April - 11 February 1921

Waverly Watchman 17 Feb 1921


HARTLEY, HERSHEL, “oldest son of Frank and Elizabeth (Overly) Hartley, was born April 23, 1898 and died Feb. 11, 1921, aged 22 years 9 months and 18 days.  He leaves to mourn, his father and step –mother, five brothers and two sisters: Homer, Early, Muriel, Eugene, Archibald  and Ora, at home, and Elma, of Austin, Ross county, Ohio, two aged grandmothers, an aged grandfather, his mother and infant brother preceded him to the Great Beyond.” 17 Feb 1921


Hickman Car and Freeman Car Collide In Accident On Omega Pike

     John Hickman, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jack Hickman, was severally injured in an automobile wreck at the intersection of the Omega and Alma roads on Monday morning about two o'clock when the car driven by him and one owned by C. M. Freeman, of Piketon, collided. The Freeman car was being driven by Mary French of Omega who with Miss Hazel Maloy were with Mr. Freeman at the time of the accident.
     With young Hickman were Finley Hartley, Henry Whaley and a Woods boy, but they escaped with minor injuries.
    The Hickman boy suffered a crushed chest, broken collar bone and deep cut on the face.
    He was brought to Waverly where he received treatment. At the present, he is getting along very well.  12 Jul 1934 The Republican Herald

Anna Anderson Hickman, age 77, of Hay Hollow Road, Chillicothe, Ohio, died Thursday afternoon, February 26, 2009 in a fire at her residence


     Last Friday At the Negro Camp On the Norfolk & Western.
Two negroes were shot, one fatally, last Friday at the railway camp below Waverly. Young Stamey, commissary clerk, shot four bullets into the face and heart of a negro named Gasty who was attempting to kill him with a poker, The negro died almost instantly. Stamey was dismissed by acting Coroner Philip Gabelman, on the grounds of justifiable homicide.
     In the other case, Walter Crissfield shoot Jon Hoskins through the lung over a dispute in a game of cards. Both negroes. Haskins still lives at the Portsmouth hospital. Gasty was buried in a negro cemetery over on Straight Creek.  30 November 1910 The Democrat

Omega Tree Victim Improves

 Floyd Claytor, of Omega, who had a tree fall on him Thanksgiving Day, has been returned home from Grant Hospital and is showing steady improvement.
    After being caught and pinned to the ground by the tree, Claytor was rushed to the hospital in the Gregg Ambulance where it was found necessary to amputate the right leg, which was crushed. His left leg was also broken and at present he is able to be up on crunches. 1933 The Waverly Watchman

Former Omega Resident is Killed In Fall of Concrete Blocks At Rosemount Road Saturday
James Cutlip Was Also Injured

     Sam Harris, 40, of Rosemount Road, and the father of four children was killed instantly and James Cutlip, 59, suffered a broken left ankle about 9 o'clock Saturday morning when a section of the front of a winter riding stable they were working on at the Roger A. Shelby farm, Rosemount Road,, gave way and more than one hundred concrete blocks fell on them.
     The two men, according to workmen, were hired by Mr. Selby and were in the act of hauling some of the concrete blocks into the stable which was nearing completion, when the top  of the front wall gave way, and the blocks fell on the two men.  Harris was dead when Lynn's ambulance arrived.  He suffered a fractured skull.
     Workmen rushed to the assistance of the injured men and carried them from the building and called a physician and Lynn's ambulance, from Portsmouth.  One of the men moved Cutlip to the Portsmouth General Hospital in an automobile.  When the ambulance arrived, Harris was dead, and the driver summoned Coroner Virgil Fowler, of Scioto County, before moving the body.  Coroner Fowler stated that death was due to a fractured of the skull and gave his verdict as accidental death.  The body was moved to the Lynn morgue.
     Harris lived on the Selby farm with his wife and four children.  All of the children are ill with measles.
     He was a former resident of Omega, but moved to Rosemount several years ago.
     He is survived by his wife; three sons: Curtis, 8; Billy, 7; and Stanley,4 and one daughter, Seely, 2 one brother, Corbett

     The body of Samuel C. Harris, 40, of Rosemount Road, who was killed Saturday morning while working on the Roger Selby farm, Rosemount Road, when a concrete wall fell on him and crushed his skull, was moved to Omega for burial Tuesday.  The funeral services were held in the OmegaChurch at 2:00 o’clock, p.m., with Rev. John Kemper, of Sciotoville in charge.  Interment was in the Omega cemetery. 20 Mar 1930 The Waverly Watchman


BEAVER--The home of Arthur Jackson, colored, of Big Run, about four miles from Beaver, and its entire contents were destroyed by fire which started from a defective flue, about eight o'clock Sunday morning.  Jackson was away from the home when the fire started and his wife was unable to cope with the flames which soon destroyed the house.  A corn crib nearby, filled with corn, caught fire but Jackson arrived on the scene in time to save the crib and its contents. 

22 Feb 1926 Waverly Watchman
Services Are Held For Man Killed By Train

     Services for Albert Cottrell, 77, Higby, who was killed by a train at 1:38 a.m. Thursday, near Omega, were held at two p.m. Saturday from the Allen chapel at Mt. Sinai with the Rev. Olin Willace, Chillicothe, Route 2, officiating.  Burial was in the Allen chapel cemetery under the direction of the Boyer Funeral home.     Mr. Cottrell was born in Pike county on October 31st, 1872, the son of Hiram and Arminda Vanski Cotterell.    
     Mr. Cottrel had stepped in to the path of a speeding N. & W. freight train and me instant death. 
     The body, practically every bone in which was broken, was identified at the Boyer funeral home about 8 hours later by a son, Warren Cottrel, with whom the elderly man had made his home.   
     The son said Mr. Cottrell had a habit of arising in the middle of the night and wandering away  from the house.    
     Charles Ross, engineer, said the man stepped directly into the path of the engine.  The body was hurled 27 feet, landing on the southbound tracks of the two track road,  The train was northward bound and was traveling at the rate of 50 miles an hour, the engineer said.
     The tragedy was investigated by Sheriff Jesse Foster, Deputy Sheriff Ralph Davis and Coroner Dr. Mack E. Moore.    
     Nothing was found on the body in the way of identification and it was removed to the funeral home.  The son, noting the absence of his father and learning that a man had been hit by a train during the night, went to the funeral home and made the identification.     
     Mr. Cotterell had wandered more than 5 miles from the son's home.  It is six miles from Higby to Omega.   
     Mr. Cotterell, a retired farm laborer, is survived by another son, Clarence, of Portsmouth; a daughter, Miss Mary Cottrell, of Higby; two sisters, Mrs. Ed Detillion, Waverly; and Mrs. Henry Saxton, of Omega, and a brother, Amsie, of Route 8. Chillicothe.  Also six grandchildren and six great grandchildren survive. 

8 Jun 1950 The Republican Herald
Father Of Six Crushed To Death

     A Pike County father of six children died Tuesday afternoon in Pike County Hospital as a result of severe chest injuries sustained three hours earlier in an accident on the Everett Streitenberger farm near Omega. 
      Pike County Sheriff Jesse H. Foster reported Charles Rose, 47, Rt. 2,
Chillicothe, died of a crushed chest which resulted when he was pinned between a truck and the wall of a corn crib.  The mishap occurred at approximately 11:40 A. M. when Rose was working on the farm with Streitenberger, William Anderson and Walter Anderson.  According to Sheriff Foster the victim was standing in the rear of the corn crib behind the truck when Walter Anderson moved the vehicle in order to line it up in a straight position.  Rose apparently moved and was hit and rolled by the bed of the truck and crushed against the crib, the sheriff stated.   
     His fellow workers rushed the injured man to
Pike County Hospital
where he died at about 3 P. M.  Rose and his family reside on the old Accord homestead in Jackson Township located on the River Road [now Watson Road ] between State Rt. 335 and Richmond Dale. 
     Charles Wesley Rose, was a native of
RossCounty , born on April 21, 1913 , the son of George E. and Mary (Baxter) Rose.  His mother, Mrs. Mary Rose still survives and resides on Chillicothe Rt. 2.  Also surviving is his wife, Viola Mae (Jones) Rose; four sons, Wilbur Wesley, Clinton Daniel, Samuel Lee, and Gerald Leo Rose, and two daughters, Wilma Jean and Sarah Mae Rose, all at home; three brothers, Henry Rose and Andy Rose, both of Waverly, Rt. 3 and William Rose of Chillicothe, Rt. 7; and two sisters, Mrs. Clara Cisco and Mrs. Sadie Lewis, both of Waverly, Rt. 3.  The body is at the A. H. Boyer Funeral Home in Waverly pending funeral arrangements." [HayHollowCemetery] 13 Apr 1961  


Anna Anderson Hickman, age 77, of Hay Hollow Rd., Chillicothe, Ohio, died Thursday, February 26, 2009 at her residence. She was born March 17, 1931 in Pike County, Ohio, a daughter of the late Walter and Dorothy Woods Anderson. On December 22, 1951 she was united in marriage to Charles Hickman who preceded her in death July 6, 2006. She is survived by two sons, Gary (Debi) Hickman and Craig Hickman both of Chillicothe, Ohio, three daughters, Sherry (John) Cline of Pennsylvania, Cindy (Jim) Allen of Jackson, Ohio and Teena (Paul) Howard of Chillicothe, Ohio, six grandsons, Marc Cline of Rawleigh, North Carolina, Shawn Hickman of Columbus, Ohio, Matt Cline of Concord Virginia, Charlie Hickman of Chillicothe, Ohio, Ray Howard of Chillicothe, Ohio and Bobby Stevens of Columbus, Ohio and sixteen great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by one brother Kenneth Wickline. Anna graduated from Waverly High School and worked as a cook for Waverly City Schools for many years. Graveside services will be 10:30 A.M. Friday, March 6, 2009 at Hay Hollow Cemetery with Roger Tomlison officiating. Friends may call 4-8 P.M. Thursday at the Botkin Funeral Home in Waverly.


    Mrs. Helen Newton, 23, of near Omega, is in a serious condition in a Chillicothe hospital, suffering from a compound fracture of the skull at the base of the brain, received in an auto accident near the Gehres farm, one mile north of Waverly on the Omega road at six p.m. Saturday.
    Harry Newton, husband  of the injured woman, Mrs. Newton and their family, were returning from Waverly to their home at Omega, when a car door came open and Mrs. Newton fell out of the car.
    She struck the highway and was picked up unconscious.
    Dr. L. E. Wills administered first aid and Mrs. Newton was taken to the Chillicothe hospital in the Gregg ambulance.  2 Jul 1936 The Republican Herald

J. W. Overly, Well Known Citizen, Dies

      J. W. Overly, 80, prominent resident of Jackson township died suddenly at his home Saturday about 8 p.m., following a stroke of paralysis.  He was a magistrate in Jackson township for years.  He was the grandfather of Probate Judge Will H. Acord. 
      He is survived by four sons; Oscar of Illinois; Albert and Ray at the home and Edgar of Jackson twp., three daughter Mrs. Ollie Acord of Richmondale; Mrs. Maude Hartley of Waverly and Mrs. Nora Maple of Jackson.  Funeral service were held Monday at Allen Chapel in Jackson twp. with the Rev. W. L. Reisinger in charge and burial was made in the Allen Chapel Cemetery. The Waverly Watchman 19 Feb 1931


On Thanksgiving morning on Hixon Run, Ripley Wishons little son age 14, met with a sad accident while the father was absent. The boy and his older sister got to fooling with the guns and was snapping them at each other. The one that the girls had proved to be loaded with shot and while in the stairway the boy received the full charge in the face. The boy is still living at this writing but thought to be dying.  5 Dec 1906 The Waverly Democrat


    On last Tuesday the house occupied by Abraham Simon, John Kuhn and Jacob Pancake situated on the Pancake farm about three miles above Omega was consumed by the flames  with nearly all the household good and farming utensils belonging to those parties.  Even the personal effects of the parties were lost, their clothing not being saved.  Mr. Simon lost also sixteen head of hogs by the flames communicating with an out building,  His total losses are placed at about $2200.  The other parties losses were much less.
    The building belonged to the Pancake estate.  Persons who have been on the site since the fire represent a very distressing condition of affairs existing about the scene of the conflagration.  3 April 1885 The Republican

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Kerosene Explodes and Former Omega Citizen Dies In Chillicothe Hospital

     Joseph Sheets, aged 36, married who resides on a farm  near Gillespieville, Ross County, died in the Chillicothe City Hospital Friday afternoon about 4 o'clock as the result of burns received Friday when a coal stove which he was lighting with kerosene, blew up.
     The fatal accident occurred at Sheets' home early Friday.  He was in the act of lighting the kitchen stove and was using kerosene to start the fire.  It exploded in his face and ignited his clothing.  He was badly burned about the face and the upper part of the body.
     Sheets ran into the yard and a hired man came to his assistance and threw water on him, putting the flames out.  A physician was called from Gillespieville and ordered the injured man removed to the Chillicothe Hospital.
     Sheets was a former resident of this county and was the son of Mr. and Mrs. George Sheets, of Omega.  He leaves his wife, Mrs. Leona A. Sheets, a five year old son; his father and mother and seven brothers and sisters.

Feb 1927 The Waverly Watchman



Then Grounds on the Side of the Building--Service Was Continued After the Excitement


Death, in the form of a bolt of lightning, Sunday afternoon at two o’clock, invaded the Memorial services in progress at Allen Chapel in Jackson township five miles northeast of Beaver, and snapped out the life of Lucretius L. Allen, young farmer of that vicinity. Allen and George Palmer, young men of about the same age, were sitting side by side in the church when the bolt of lightning struck a tree at the corner of the church, ran down the side of the building and flashed through an open window striking Allen and killing him instantly, while his companion, Parmer, and two other young men, John Kite and Nelson Overly, who occupied the next seat, were attended by Dr. Wayne Bronough, of Stockdale. The victim was 23 years of age and was a son of Mr. and Mrs. James Allen, well known residents of that neighborhood. He is survived by his parents and one brother. All the persons sitting near the direct path of the bolt were shocked severely. Even those standing in the rear of the chapel felt the force of the shock. The bolt was followed by a deafening crash of thunder. It was several minutes after the lightning struck that it was discovered that Allen had been killed. After Parmer was taken to the home of his parents, the services were continued briefly and then dismissed with a short prayer by the pastor. Two windows and the casements were shattered. Funeral services were held from the same church where Allen met his fate, Tuesday afternoon at two o’clock. Burial was made in the church yard cemetery." [Allen cemetery] 3 Jun 1926 The Republican Herald

Aged Pike Man Dies As Flames Level Home

     An 89-year-old Pike County pensioner lost his life early last Sunday morning when flames destroyed his one-story, five room, log home located on the Meadow Run Road in Jackson Township.
     Pike County Sheriff Jesse H. Foster listed the dead man as John William Sibole, Rt. 1 Waverly.  Sibole's body was found lying near the front door virtually cremated.
     Sibole's home was located 2.2 miles southeast of the River Road approximately seven miles east of Waverly.
     The tragedy was discovered at about 9 A.M. by a neighbor, John Bandy, who was passing the location.  Bandy went to the home of Fred Topping, Sibole's brother-in-law, who notified authorities.
     Sheriff Foster was assisted with his investigation by Deputy Sheriffs Raymond Scowden and James Beekman.  Pike County Corner Dr. Paul Jones conducted an inquiry at the scene and ruled accidental death by burning.
     The remains were removed to the Howe Funeral Home in Piketon.
     Mr. Topping told the sheriff deputies that his brother-in-law had a habit of rising at 5 A. M. each day and cooking his breakfast on a single-unit hotplate.
     Officers theorized that the plate caught the house on fire and that the elderly Sibole couldn't escape from the log structure.
     The hotplate was found several feet from the kitchen leading officers to believe he had thrown it from the house.
     Mr. Topping, owner of the destroyed house, said he carried no insurance on the log home of his relative.
     John William Sibole was born in Ross County on March 23, 1871, the son of Jacob and Mary Jane (Edgton) Sibole.  His wife Margaret preceded him in death in 1948.
     Surviving is one brother, Jacob (Quinn) Sibole of Springfield.
     Funeral services were conducted at 2:30 P.M. Tuesday at the Howe Funeral Home in Piketon with the Rev. Alvin Denny officiating.  Burial followed in the Omega Cemetery.

21 Jul 1960 Waverly Watchman

Everett Emory Dies Instantly Of Injuries Received
Funeral Services Held Here Tuesday For Former Resident

     Paul Emory. 34, former resident of the Omega community, was accidentally killed Saturday afternoon when he was caught in the machinery of a corn picker with which he was working at Rosedale.
     Now a resident of Irwin, Mr. Emory had made several circuits of the field with the picker and was working alone. He apparently stopped to make some adjustment to the machinery and was drawn to his death when his coat caught.
     A passing motorist saw the farmer leaning over the picker but drove on for some distance before deciding that something must have been wrong. When he returned to the scene, the machinery was still in operation and he was unable to bring it to a stop. He secured the assistance of a farmer and also a physician. However, when the machinery was stopped, Mr. Emory was dead.
     He was born in Scioto county, on Dec. 11, 1911, the son of William and Bertha Andre Emory, and was a member of the Pilgrim Holiness church of Williamsport.
His parents residing on the John Lee farm, near Omega, survive, as do the wife, Frances Hungerford Emory, and two daughters, Geneva Ann and Veena Louise, all at home. Also surviving are six brothers, Wilbur and Clyde, both of Urbana; Ray, of Sciotoville; Vincent, of Waverly rfd 2, and Harold and Denver, both of Waverly rfd 3, and 3 sisters; Mrs. Flora Stulley of Chillicothe rfd 5; Miss Ollie Emory, of Waverly, rfd 3, and Miss Mary Emory, with the W. A. C. at Camp Atterbury, Ind.
    Services were held at three p.m. Tuesday at the A. H. Boyer funeral home, Waverly, with the Rev. H. A. Taylor officiating, and burial was made in the Waverly Evergreen cemetery.  18 April, 1946 The Republican Herald


Pvt. Raymond Soward, 17, Is Victim In Drowning

     Funeral services and a military burial for Pvt. Raymond D. Sowards, 17, a son of Ora A. and Hazel Evans Soward, of Chillicothe RFD 5, who was a victim of accidental drowning, were held Wednesday at two p.m. at the Bible Christian church on Wilson Run with the Rev. Olan Willis officiating and burial was made in the Omega cemetery under the direction of the Boyer funeral home.
    The youth had enlisted in the army June 5 and had reported to Aberdeen Proving Grounds, Md., June 17, according to his parents, He had gone swimming in a pool near Aberdeen and was found dead by his companions.
    Pvt. Sowards had been assigned to the ordinance branch of the army. He was graduated from Southeastern high school at Richmondale in the class of 1946.
    Pvt. Sowards was born in Ross county, October 28, 1928, and was a frequent visitor in Pike county.
Besides his parents, he is survived by 3 sisters, Mrs. Erma Tarleton, Chillicothe RFD 4, Edith and Nancy, at home.  25 Jul 1946 The Republican Herald

Cal Rider Fatally Injured When Run Over By An Automobile

     Cal Rider, 53, Negro laborer, of Beaver rfd 1, was fatally injured at 9:15 p. m. Monday when ran over by a car traversing his private lane off Route No. 335, nine miles north west of Beaver.
     Newt Lett, driver of the machine, and a companion, Lew Johnson, both Negro friends of the victim, rushed him to the office of Dr. W. L. McCaleb, of Beaver. From there, Rider was placed in a Davis-Hammerstein ambulance to be taken to the Portsmouth Mercy hospital, but died before the ambulance reached Stockdale.
Sheriff Jesse Foster and Coroner M. E. Moore investigated and said death was due to internal hemorrhages and crushed chest.
    During the investigation, the two officials learned that Rider had been drinking during the day and apparently had lain in the driveway to sleep. His sister, Miss Melva Rider, with whom he lived, told the officers she knew her brother was lying in the lane but that she was unable to get him to the home.
Lett said he was on his way to the Rider home to see the victim when the machine hit the body and dragged it ten feet. Lett and Johnson, took the injured man to the home, then rushed him to Dr. McCaleb's office.
     The officers said Rider's body, lying in the weeds on a sharp curve, would have been out of the range of vision of a car driver coming down the grade. They exonerated Lett.
    Also surviving the victim are two other sisters, Mrs. Margaret Brown, Waverly rfd 3, and Mrs. Marie Cosby, of Lockbourne rfd 1, and a brother, Earl Rider, of Beaver rfd 1.
Funeral services were held today at 2:00 p.m. at the Zion Baptist church on Big Run with the Rev. George Zimmerman officiating and interment was made in the Carr's Run cemetery under the direction of the Davis Hammerstein funeral home.

16 Aug 1945 The Republican Herald


Probe Death Of Airman

    The Sheriff's Department of Pike and Jackson Counties and Air Police from Lockbourne Air Force Base at Columbus are continuing their investigation of the death of a young airman from the Waverly area who died last Sunday evening.
Richard (Dickie) Bauer, 20, of Omega, died after being involved in a "friendly" scuffle at a tavern on U.S. 35.
    Bauer's young wife and three month-old daughter were unaware of the tragedy until reaching Bauer's home at Omega.  The airman called his wife in California and she was enroute here to spend the furlough with her husband.
    The boxing match occurred at Trippies, a tavern on Route 35 in Jackson County, near the Ross county line.
    The youth was pronounced dead on arrival at Pike County Hospital at 7:30 P.M. Sunday.
    Sheriff Jesse H. Foster of Pike County and John Evans of Jackson County reported that Bauer and a friend, Frank Bandy, 21, of Waverly, engaged in a friendly bout outside Trippies.
    When witnesses noticed Bauer lying on the ground they moved him to the hospital.
    The youth arrived home last Friday from a tour of duty in Greenland.  He was an a 15-day furlough for a kidney ailment and telephoned his wife to join him here.
    According to authorities, Bauer, Marvin Leffler, 17, William Leffler, 20, and Randy Harrison, 23, all of Waverly, Rt. 3 and Alfred Maloy, 17, of Chillicothe, Rt. 2 met near Omega and decided to go to Trippies.  Officials said the two youths long-time friends, decided to box.
    William Leffler moved Mr. Bauer to the hospital in the Bandy car.
    Dr. Paul Jones, Pike County coroner and Dr. Charles Gaskill, Jackson County corner, examined the body.  Ross county officials assisted in the investigation.
    The corners reported lacerations and bruises were found about the face and head and scratches on the hands and back but none serious to cause death.
    Charles Richard (Dick) Bauer,20, of the Omega community was born in Pike county on February 29, 1940 a son of Charles and Norma (Stubbs) Bauer of Waverly Rt. 3.
    In addition to his parents, he is survived by his wife, Mrs. Renee (Daudevier) of Yuba City, California; a daughter, three month old Becky Katharine; a brother, Robert Bauer at home; two sisters, Mary and Diana Bauer, both at home; the paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Bauer of Omega and the maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Roy C. Stubbs of Pleasant Corners, (Ohio), near Columbus.
    Bauer was a member of the Waverly High School 1958 class and joined the Air Force Sept.4, 1958.
    Funeral services have been set for 2 P.M. Thursday at the Christian Union Church at Omega with Rev. Marion Conkel and Rev. Paul Marhoover officiating.  Burial will follow in Omega Cemetery under the direction of the A. H. Boyer Funeral Home of Waverly.
    Friends called at the Bauer residence until the funeral hour. Waverly Watchman 10 Nov 1960


Shooting At Home Halts Hunting Trip Sunday
Second Tragedy in Hickman Home In The Last Few Years

    Paul Hickman, 12, son of Mr. and Mrs. W. A. Hickman, of the Overly Hill community, about 5 miles north of Beaver, is in a critical condition in the Portsmouth General Hospital, with a bullet wound in the abdomen. The riffle bullet punctured the intestines in several places.
    The accidental shooting occurred at the home about 10:30 a.m., Sunday, when the brother prepared to go hunting.
    An elder brother, William, 16, was carrying the gun and the younger brother was a few feet in front of him when the gun discharged. The rifle ball entered above the right hip and came out above the left hip.
    The bullet fell from the boy's clothing when he was placed in a hospital bed.
Rushed to the office Dr. W. L. McCaleb, in Beaver, the victim was ordered removed immediately to the hospital.
    He was taken to Portsmouth in the Davis-Hammerstein ambulance and Dr. R. T. Thurman operated in an effort to save the boy's life.
   The shooting is the second tragedy in the family in a few years. In May , 1943, a son , Herbert, 6, lost his life by hanging. The child was releasing a wheelbarrow chassis from a grain bin when the chassis fell and caught the child's head over the edge of a box.  22 Nov 1945 The republican Herald


    Mrs. Mattie Hatfield, Waverly, Ohio, has received word from the war department that her son, Private Stanley D. Hatfield died on December 23, 1944, in Sansapor, Dutch New Guinea, as a result of drowning and it has been confirmed. The war department stated that a letter with the details would follow the official telegram.  1 January 1945 The Republican Herald


     Mrs. Mattie Hatfield, of North street, has received word from the War Department confirming the death of her son, Pvt. Stanley D. Hatfield. He was drowned at Sansapor, Dutch New Guinea on December 23rd.
He was the brother of Irene and Roy Hatfield, of Waverly, Mrs. Lawrence Wood, of Waverly route 3, Robert Hatfield of Chillicothe, and Herman Hatfield, of Washington C. H.
    Pvt. Hatfield entered the army May 21, 1941, and trained at Ft. Thomas, KY., Camp Wolters, Tex., Ft. Leonard Wood, Mo., and Camp San Luis Obispo, Calif. He was sent overseas in September 1943 to the Hawaiian Islands and later to New Guinea 18 Jan 1945 Waverly Watchman

Additional information from Betty Gildow: He was the son of Jake Hatfield and he drowned during a typhoon. In a letter dated 29 Oct 1944, that he wrote to Betty when she was 6, he signed it "Snow Ball."


John Keaton, of Omega, Held Up and Shot by Two Negro Thugs Last Monday Night

    Little hope is held out at the city hospital, Chillicothe, for the recovery of John Keaton, 28, Omega, N.& W. section worker who was found along the railroad embankment early Tuesday morning, near Omega, in a semiconscious condition, suffering from a bullet wound in his left shoulder and the effect of a severe beating, administered, he said, by two negroes, who held him us as he jumped off a train, took his own gun away from him and shot him with it and then beat him up.
     Keaton who was taken to the hospital Tuesday morning, is paralyzed from the waist down. He laid along the tracks from 11 o'clock Monday night, until about 6 o'clock Tuesday morning, when his brother discovered his plight.
    The bullet, which entered his shoulder, is believed to have nipped a vertebrae in his spinal column, causing partial paralysis.
    Pike county authorities are searching for Keaton's assailants.
    The condition of the injured man was said to be very serious yesterday morning. He spent a restless night.  10 Sep 1925 The Republican Herald.


Son Held In Jail After Fatal Shooting


     Sheriff Robert E. Mercer said Saturday that Charles Herman, 40, colored, of Carr's Run, Jackson township, was shot to death during an argument at his home Saturday. The fatal wound was inflicted by a 12 gauge shotgun.
    Boss Herman, 19, son of the victim is being held in the Pike county jail here.
    Sheriff Mercer, said the youth admitted the shooting which took place following and argument over oil for the car, Sheriff Mercer said.
During the absence of the coroner, Dr. A. M. Shrader went to the scene but failed to return a verdict.
    The body was taken to the Davis-Hammerstein funeral home at Beaver.
Funeral services were held at two p.m. on Tuesday at the Carr's Run Church with the Rev. George Zimmerman of Columbus officiating and burial was made at the Carr's Run cemetery under the direction of the Davis-Hammerstein company of Beaver.
    Mr. Herman is survived by his wife and nine children.

(Charles Herman 26 June 1889-2 July 1938)


    Boss Herman, 19, years odd colored youth of Jackson township, Pike county, entered a plea of guilty to a charge of first degree murder when arraigned on Tuesday evening before Magistrate G. W. D. Twyman and was committed to the county jail without bond. The charge was filed by Sheriff R. E. Mercer. 7 July 1938 The Republican Herald