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BLAST FROM THE PAST - A real 'daughter"

Norwalk Reflector Staff • Oct 29, 2015 at 12:15 PM

June 13, 1910

The top stories in The Daily Reflector on this date 98 years ago:

A real daughter of the Revolution

Like a little child going to sleep on its mother’s breast, the life of Mrs. Amelia Ann Southard of this city, a “real Daughter” of the American Revolution and a member of Martha Pitkin Chapter, DAR, of Sandusky, went out Sunday morning at 7:45 o’clock at the home of her grandson, Frank Crandall, East League Street, where she had been residing for the past year or more and where she had had the tenderest care from both Mr. and Mrs. Crandall. She was taken ill last January with pneumonia, from which she never fully recovered, and for the past six weeks had been confined to her bed, much of the time in a semi-conscious condition.

The Reflector, on May 21, published a somewhat lengthy sketch of Mrs. Southard’s life, written by Mrs. Gertrude B. Williams of this city, a portion of which is here with reproduced.

Amelia Dodge Southard was born March 23, 1823 at Colebrooke, Coos County, N.H. She is the daughter of Brewer Doge and his wife, Anna Brainard. Her father served in Captain Daniel Carlisle’s company of Colonel Timoty Dedell’s regiment. The regiment was raised at Westmoreland, N.H. June 20, 1776 and served during the Revolutionary War. Brewer Dodge died at Colebrook in December, 1826. In 1828, Mrs. Dodge’s brother, John Branard, a prominent resident of Milan, O., who had served in the war of 1812, visited at his old home in New Hompshire. His sister, Amelia’s mother, decided to return with him to the “Western Reserve of Ohio,” which was then nearly an unbroken wilderness.

Mrs. Southard has a vivid recollection of this long, tedious journey in October of 1828. A hard ride by stage to Whitehall N.H., and a long trim in a canal boat to Buffalo, N.Y., where, after several days of waiting, they embarked on the schooner Louise Jenkins. There were no steamers in those days. The trip was a very severe one owing to storms and wind. Finally, after ten days Sandusky City was sighted, just a hamlet in the woods. There were no docks either at Huron or Sandusky, and passengers were landed a few at a time in a small boat. The bay was very rough and landing was very disagreeable...At the age of fifteen she was married to Levi Fletcher, who died in 1884. The young couple went at once to housekeeping at Camden, in a little log cabin on he banks of the Black River in an almost unbroken wilderness, the nearest neighbor being one-half mile away. ...Five years later, after Amerlia had become the mother of two bright children, she was determined to pursue her studies, as her opportunities for learning had been so very limited. Leaving the little ones thought the day in the care of her mother, this ambitious woman attended a select school, working faster and harder out of school hours that nothing at home should suffer neglect. She has never regretted this step, but only a woman of indomitable will could have accomplished what she did. Mr. and Mrs. Fletcher built up a fine home, which was the center of benevolence and hospitality. They were very kind Christian people. Their five children preceded them to the other world.

In 1888 she was again married to WIllard J. Souhard, who died in 1902. During the late years of her life, through no fault of hers, she met with reverses and trials which would have killed a less courageous woman. Today she is brighter mentally than many a woman of fifty. Her life has been a very beautiful one. She has grandchildren living and is at present taking her home with a granddaughter, Mrs. Ewell at Monroeville.

Shot in dispute over rent bill

Frank Garlo, who has been conducting a small baker in Chicago Junction, and a majority of whose patrons have been the foreign laborers who are engaged in the work of building the Baltimore & Ohio railroad yards in Chicago Junction, is now a prisoner in the village lockup, accused of, but not formally charged with, the shooting of Nathan P. Wright, of Cleveland, an employee of the Robert Grace Company of that city, which has the contract for constructing the new railroad yards in Chicago Junction.

The shooting of Wright occurred in Garlo’s baker Saturday afternoon, and two versions of the affair have been given. It is known, however, that Wright went to the bakery to collect $11 in rent from Garlo and that an argument ensued between the two men regarding the paying of the alleged debt, the argument being started by Garlo.

May autos owned in Huron County

Up to May 1, last, the Department of State in Columbus had issued license number tags to a total of 169 automobile owners or dealers in Huron County, according to the last printed report received from the department at the office of County Clerk Tucker. Since that date, ten other automobile owners in the county have received their tags, so that the total number of license tags now owned in the county is 179.

Compiled by Andy Prutsok

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