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Asa B. McFann:


Passed Away at the Soldiers' Home Yesterday at Lafayette.

Asa B. McFann, who is widely known in this county, and who formerly lived in North Manchester, passed away Sunday morning at the state soldiers' home at Lafayette, his death being due to cerebral hemorrhages. The remains were taken to North Manchester for burial.


Wabash Plain Dealer, Wabash IN, Monday, 4 November 1912, page 4, column 1. I am grateful to Linda Thompson for looking up this obituary and sending me a copy.

For more information on Asa B. McFann, see Asa B. McFann's Family Page.

Amanda McFann:

Mrs A.B. McFann, a popular lady at North Manchester, died at her home last Monday, and was buried on Tuesday afternoon. The obsequies were very largely attended.


Wabash Weekly Courier, Wabash IN, Friday, November 6, 1885, page 3, column 3. I am grateful to Linda Thompson for looking up this obituary and sending me a copy.

Mrs A. B. McFann was the wife of Asa B. McFann. Her maiden name was Amanda Martin. For more information, see Asa B. McFann's Family Page.

Edna McFann:



Victem's Companions Declare Driver Was in Intoxicated Condition---Held on $3,000 Bond.

While crossing Washington avenue at William street Saturday night at 10:30 o'clock, Miss Edna McFann of the Hoffman apartments, was run over and fatally injured by a speeding jitney bus, driven by Frank Ranstead, 3226 West Washington avenue.

Miss McFann's sister, Miss Ina McFann, and her aunt, Miss Mollie Mulford, were with her when the accident occurred. They were crossing the street when the speeding automobile going west on Washington avenue at 40 miles an hour, according to witness, struck Miss McFann and dragged her nearly a hundred feet before it was stopped.

Miss McFann's companions, with the aid of several pedestrians carried her to her home in the Hoffman apartments. Dr. C. C. Terry was summoned and found Miss McFann suffering from internal injuries besides being bruised and cut badly, as the result of being dragged along the pavement. She was unconscious for nearly an hour after being taken to her home, and she died at 7:30 o'clock Sunday morning.

Miss McFann's companions declared the driver of the jitney bus seemed to be intoxicated and that they could smell liquor on his breath. He was arrested Sunday morning on the charge of man-slaughter and his bond was fixed at $3,000, which he was unable to furnish. He is being held in the city jail waiting his hearing Nov. 18. The coroner's inquest will begin this afternoon.

Besides her parents, Miss McFann leaves two sisters, Miss Lucille McFann and Miss Inez McFann, residing at home, and one brother, E. E. McFann, of Montpelier, Oh. Miss McFann was born in Blue Hill, Neb., March 30, 1888, and had lived here for two years coming to this city from Logansport, Ind. Funeral services will be held at the residence at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Rev. H. L. Davis, D.D., officiating. Burial will be in Riverview cemetery.

At noon to-day, Ranstead made a statement to the Chief of Police Kline in which he said: "I was driving straddle of the south rail when I his Miss McFann. * * * I had taken some whisky home at 8 0'clock. * * * I had taken a few drinks at that time. I went home later, reaching there at 9 o'clock. I took some more drinks. * * *"


South Bend Tribune, Monday, 11 November 1918. Irvin L. Morse found this article and sent me a copy.

Edna McFann was the daughter of Alexander F. McFann (a.k.a. Franklin A. McFann). For more information, see Alexander F. McFann's Family Page.

Alexander F. McFann (a.k.a. Franklin A. McFann):


Former Train Conductor Came Here From Logansport

Alexander F. McFann, aged 85, for many years conductor of a railway train between South Bend and Logansport, Ind, and a veteran of the civil war, died at 3:30 o'clock Wednesday afternoon in his home.

Born in Waynesburg, Pa, Oct 20, 1848, Mr. McFann came to South Bend from Logansport in 1918. He was married in 1885 in Logansport to Miss Sarah E. Mulford, who survives. He leaves also a son, Eaton E. McFann, of Montpelier Oh; two daughters, Mrs. Wilbur VanScoik, of South Bend, and Mrs. Clem VanScoik, of East Williston, N.Y.; six grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; one brother, John McFann, of Muncie Ind; and five sisters, Mrs. Frank Bonewitz and Mrs. Clara Sala, of North Manchester, Ind, Mrs. Laura Lower, of Fort Wayne, Ind, and Mrs. Silbey Shear and Mrs. Catherine Williams, both of Indianapolis.

The body will lie in the A. M. Russell chapel, where the funeral will take place at 3:30 o'clock Friday afternoon, in charge of Rev Gilbert S. Cox, D.D., pastor of First Methodist Episcopal church. Burial will be in Riverview cemetery.

Mr. McFann was a member of Auten post, No 8, Grand Army of the Republic.


South Bend Trubune, Thursday, 1 February 1934. A picture with the caption "A. F. McFann" was also printed.
I am grateful to Irvin L. Morse for looking up this obituary and sending me a copy.

Alexander F. McFann was also known as Franklin A. McFann. For more information, See Alexander F. McFann's Family Page.

Mrs A. F. McFann:

Mrs. A. F. McFann

Mrs. A. F. McFann, aged 81, of 140 East Victoria street, died suddenly Thursday in Minneapolis Minn., where she was visiting her daughter, Mrs. Wilbur VanScoik. She was born in Covington, Ky., and resided here 20 years, coming from Logansport, Ind. Surviving are another daughter, Mrs Glenn VanScoik, of South Bend; two grandchildren and a sister, Mrs W. E. Widgeon, South Bend. The body will arive here this afternoon and will be taken to the Earl C. Hollis funeral home where the funeral will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday. Rev E. Burns Martin, D.D., pastor of First Methodist church, will officiate. Burial will be in Riverview cemetery.


South Bend Tribune, Friday, 24 January 1941. Irvin L. Morse found this obituary for me and sent me a copy.

Mrs A. F. McFann was the wife of Alexander F. McFann (also known as Franklin A. McFann). Her maiden name was Sarah Mulford. For more information, see Alexander F. McFann's Family Page.

Glen Van Scoik:

Glen Van Scoik

C. E. Van Scoik, 1625 South St. Joseph street, Wednesday received word of the death of his brother, Glen Van Scoik, aged 43, of Williamston Park, N. Y. Mr. Van Scoik, a former resident of this city, died of heart trouble at 2 o'clock Wednesday morning, in Williston Park. He had been ill two weeks. He was born May 24, 1893, in Plymouth, Ind., and came here when a child. He was married Sept. 14, 1924, in this city to Miss Inez McFann, who survives. He left here 12 years ago and served the last 10 years on J. P. Morgan's private detective force. Surviving besides his widow are two children, Sarah Ann and Wilber Glen; two other brothers, Wilber Van Scoik, of Wichita, Kan., and Ray Van Scoik, of Valparaiso, Ind., and one sister, Mrs. Florence Elick, of Flint, Mich. Mr. Van Scoik saw active service in the Marine corps during the world war. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 o'clock, central standard time, Friday afternoon in Plymouth, Ind. Rev. F. E. Kline, pastor of Plymouth Presbyterian church, will officiate and burial will be in North Liberty, this county.


South Bend Tribune, Thursday, 2 July 1936. Irvin L. Morse found this obituary for me and sent me a copy.

Glen Van Scoik was the husband of Inez McFann, who was the daughter of Alexander F. McFann (a.k.a. Franklin A. McFann). For more information, see Alexander F. McFann's Family Page.

Inez Van Scoik:

Mrs. Inez C. VanScoik

Mrs. Inez C. VanScoik, 85, of Clearwater Fla., formerly of South Bend, died Monday at 12:55 p.m. in the Heather Hill Nursing Home, New Port Richey, Fla., after a lengthy illness. She was born on Nov. 5, 1893, in McHenry County, Ill., and lived in South Bend for 23 years, coming from Logansport. She was employed for 21 years at the University of Notre Dame, retiring as secretary to Athletic Director Ed (Moose) Krause. She married Glen VanScoik, who died in 1936. Surviving are a son, Wilber G. of Clearwater; six grandchildren; a great-granddaughter and a sister, Mrs. Lucille VanScoik.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Thursday in the Light of Christ Catholic Church, Clearwater. Rev Frances Kelly, associate pastor, will officiate. Burial will be in Sylvan Abbey Memorial Park, Clearwater. Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in the Moss Lakeside Chapel, Clearwater.


South Bend Tribune, Tuesday, 25 September, 1979. Irvin L. Morse found this obituary for me and sent me a copy.

Inez Van Scoik was the daughter of Alexander F. McFann (a.k.a. Franklin A. McFann). For more information, see Alexander F. McFann's Family Page.

Wilber Van Scoik:

Wilber Van Scoik

Wilber Van Scoik of North Webster, Ind., formerly of South Bend, died at 9 p.m. Tuesday in St. Joseph's Hospital after an illness of several months. He was born in South Bend Sept. 6, 1888, and lived here until 10 years ago when he went to Noblesville, Ind., where he was employed by the Grizzly Manufacturing Co. He retired from there in 1953. In South Bend on Aug. 2, 1922, he married Lucile McFann, who survives. Also surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Charles Vernon, of Atlanta Ga.; a brother, Raymond, of Chicago; and a sister, Mrs. Florence Elick, of Flint, Mich. Mr. Van Scoik was a member of the Brotherhood Lodge 986, F. & A. M., of Chicago; Commandery 61 and Chapter 120, R. A. M., of Noblesville. He was a veteran of World War I and a member of South Bend Baracks 829, Veterans of World War I of the United States. He was also a member of the River Park Post 303, American Legion. Friends may call after 7 p.m. today in the Forest G. Hay Funeral Home and until services there at 3 p.m. Friday. Burial will be in Riverview Cemetery.


South Bend Tribune, Wednesday, 29 July 1959. Irvin L. Morse found this obituary for me and sent me a copy.

Wilber Van Scoik was the husband of Lucile McFann, who was the daughter of Alexander F. McFann (a.k.a. Franklin A. McFann). For more information, see Alexander F. McFann's Family Page.

Harold Junior McFann


Lieut. Harold McFann, Pfc. Warren Mills and Lee Lynch Jr. Died in Service

Second Lieut. Harold McFann Jr., a former Montpelier youth, and son of Mr. and Mrs. Harold McFann of Gary, Ind., died at Gardner Field, Calif., following an airplane crash during a takeoff after an emergency landing. Services were held at Gary last Wednesday.


Bryan Press, Bryan (in Williams County), OH, Thursday, 12 October 1944, page 1. I thank the Williams County Library-Bryan Branch for sending me a photocopy of this article.

Harold Junior McFann was the son of Harold P. McFann. For more information, see Harold P. McFann's Family Page.

Martha E. Bonewitz

Mrs. Lewis Bonewitz

NORTH MANCHESTER --- Mrs. Martha E. Bonewitz, 90, who had lived 11 years in Fort Wayne with a daughter, Mrs. Ora E. Goff, died in the Crow Haven Rest Home, Fort Wayne, at 6:30 a.m. Tuesday. She was a former resident here and had been ill 15 months.

Mrs. Bonewitz was born July 29, 1873 to Asa and Amanda McFann. Her marriage to Lewis Franklin Bonewitz occurred in 1892 and he died Jan. 25, 1953. The daughter, two grandchildren and four great grandchildren survive. One daughter, five sisters and six brothers are deceased.

Mrs. Bonewitz belonged to the Eastern Star and Pythian Sisters.

Friends may call at the Bendor Funeral Home where funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday with the Rev. Clayton Gooden, Fort Wayne, officiating. Burial will be in the Oaklawn cemetery.


Wabash Plain Dealer, Wabash IN, March 25, 1964. From a collection of photocopied clippings, Wabash Carnegie Public Library, Wabash, IN, 1982. The date is hand-written on the clipping. I am grateful to Linda Thompson for finding the obituary and sending me a copy.

For more information, see Martha E. McFann's Family Page.

Ralph G. McFann


Former President of Stock Exchange is Dead At 49

Ralph G. McFann Sr., 49, former president of the Denver Mining and Stock exchange and well known mining investment man, died at his home at 1929 Kearney street Wednesday, after an illness of three days.

Mr. McFann editor and publisher of the Western Mining News seven years until 1935, was born in Denver. He attended schools here and in McCook Neb., where he moved with his family as a young man.

Twenty-eight years ago he returned to Denver and became engaged in the automobile business.

Mr. McFann entered the mining investment brokerage field in 1924. Shortly afterward he established his own firm and remained active until his retirement two years ago.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Blanche McFann; a son , Ralph Jr., and two sisters, Mrs. D. K. Hickey and Miss Hattie McFann, all of Denver.

Funeral services will be held at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, at the Olinger mortuary at Speer Boulevard and Sherman Street. Burial will be in Crown Hill Cemetery.


Denver Post, 13 November 1941, page 35, includes photo (microfilm: Denver Public Library). This obituary was found and transcribed for me by Rita Timm, a volunteer with Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness.

Ralph G. McFann was the son of James Preston McFann. For more information, see James P. McFann's Family Page.

Harry H. McFann

Funeral services for Harry H. McFann, 85, of 418 W. Elm St., have been announced for Tuesday, June 12, 1962, at 10 a.m. at the First Christian Church, with the Rev. Joseph Fitch officiating.

Burial will be in Arlington Cemetery, under the direction of Young's, with Masonic and military rites at the grave by El Dorado Lodge No. 13, F.&A.M. and the American Legion.

Pallbearers will be Andy Stalford, Dwayne Smith, Harry Miller, A.J. Mitchell, Henry Hogg and Marshall Shackleford.

Honorary pallbearers are Carl Rogers, Tom Wakefield, Harold Thurston, Herbert Calvin, Judge Gus W. Jones, Tom Martin, Dutch Meinert, Sam Babb, Grady Wooley, H.H. Norman, Jack Ward, Edward Soph and Walter Hudson.

Mr. McFann, prominent independent oil operator and a former Arkansas Department commander of the Veterans of the Spanish American War, died in the Veterans Hospital in Little Rock Friday afternoon, June 8, 1962.

A resident of El Dorado for the last 40 years, Mr. McFann was born in North Washington, Butler County, Pa., Dec. 6, 1876, one of the eight children of L.R. and Mary Morris McFann. He attended Fairview Academy, Prospect, Pa.

Born in the oil-producing sector of Pennsylvania, Mr. McFann was connected with the Petroleum Industry throughout his life, both as a builder of pipelines and as a producer of oil. In 1904 he moved to Tulsa, where he was vice president of the Compression Inner Tube Co.

Mr. McFann was a veteran of the Spanish American War and active in veterans affairs of that war. In addition to serving as Arkansas Department Commander, he was a member of the National Executive Committee of the Spanish Veterans organization. He was chairman of the Republican Committee of the Fourth Arkansas District, a Knight Commander of the Court of Honor of the Masonic order, a past imperial potentate of Akdar Temple, Tulsa, and and a member of the Cabiri, past potentates organization. He was a member of the Petroleum Club International and of the Independent Oil Producers Association of America.

Mr. McFann is survived by three sons, Kenneth H. McFann of Gretna, La.; Lt. Col. H. Miles McFann of the U.S. Air Force, Jacksonville and John R. McFann of Johnstown, Colo.; a daughter, Mrs. Wilfred Ward of El Reno, Okla.; a sister, Mrs. Byrl Kaiser of Butler, Pa.; five grandchildren and five great grandchildren. Mrs. Ward's husband died of a heart attack in El Reno 15 minutes after Mr. McFann's death.


El Dorado News-Times, El Dorado, AR, 10 June 1962. Transcribed by David Christy, great grandson of Harry H. McFann.

For more information on Harry H. McFann, see Harry H. McFann's Family Page.

Margaret Thrift

Margaret McFann Thrift, 92, 602 S. Independence, died Friday at Saint Francis Hospital, Tulsa.

Funeral services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Monday at the First Presbyterian Church with Rev. John Nelsen officiating.

Burial will follow in South Heights Cemetery.

She was born May 11, 1899, in Mermill, Ohio, and moved to Sapulpa in 1905. She graduated from Sapulpa High School in 1916 and from Lindenwood College in St. Louis, Mo. She married R. Brooke Thrift on Oct 6, 1920 in the McFann family home.

Mrs. Thrift had been a member of the First Presbyterian Church since 1912 and served as an elder and was active in the Women's Guild. She prepared bread for communion sevices for more than 20 years. She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, American Legion Auxillary, life member of the Sapulpa Historical Society, charter member of PEO Chapter DT and a Sapulpa Library Volunteer.

Survivors include daughters Dorothy Dobson of Sapulpa and Mary Ann Peard of Atlanta GA; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

In lieu of other remembrances, the family requests donations be made to the memorial fund of the First Presbyterian Church.

The family will headquarter at 602 S. Independence.


Sapulpa Herald, 3 May (Sunday) 1992, p 561. A shorter notice appeared on the date of the funeral. Copies of both obituaries were sent to me by Leona Headly, a volunteer with Genie Angels. I found a reference to the obit in "Anna's Obits" on the Creek County OKGenWeb Page.

Margaret McFann Thrift was the daughter of George W. McFann. For more information, see George W. McFann's Family Page.

Walter E. McFann:

Reading Man Dies

Special to the Gazette:
Reading, March 14 --- Walter Eaton McFann, resident here since 1886, died March 13 at 10:50 o'clock at his home following a three day sickness. He was born May 28, 1865 at Littleton, W.Va., the son of William and Elizabeth Eaton. He married Abigail Schlobohm September 9, 1889, who died in 1938.

Mr McFann is survived by four sons: William D. McFann, Herington; Leo McFann, Kembro; Chester McFann, Ottowa; Howard McFann, Reading; and one sister, Mrs. Nan Phillips, Reading.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock at the Reading Methodist Church. Rev A. R. Williams will conduct the services. Burial will be in Reading cemetery.


Emporia Daily Gazette, Emporia KS, March 14, 1944. A scan of the obituary was sent to me by Sandra Kerschner Green.

For more information on Walter E. McFann, see Walter E. McFann's Family Page.

Melvin O. McFann:

Melvin Ohio McFann

A retired oil well driller, 69 years old, died suddenly at the Veterans hospital in Wichita, Thursday night where he had been a patient only a few hours. He was on Canton's Main street in the morning and became ill a short time later. He was taken to Bethesda hospital, Goessel about 1:00 o'clock in the afternoon and to the Veterans hospital from there.

He had been in the hospital several times in recent years, but his condition was not considered serious.

A native of Indiana, Mr McFann was born at Wawaka, on November 9, 1890. He was a son of Jonothan Daily and Jennie Jarrett McFann. He came to Kansas as a young man and worked in the oil fields as a driller.

On June 27, 1954 he was married to Estella Jones. For about 25 years he lived in Madison and Alma, Kansas. The past 10 years was spent at Canton.

He was a veteran of World War I, a member of Canton Post of the American Legion, the Masonic lodge at Madison and the Consistory at Wichita.

Beside the widow, he is survived by a son, Jack McFann, Eldorado; a daughter, Virginia Pritchard, Madison and a step-daughter, Lucile Spence, McPherson; two brothers, Ben McFann, West Ritchfield, Ohio; and Frank McFann, South Bend, Indiana; three sisters, Fern Helmlinger, Brownsville, Indiana; Essie Millikan, Muncie, Indiana; Nell O'Neil, Victor, New York; and ten grand children.

Couresy of OLSON MORTUARY Canton, Kansas


A scan of the obituary was sent to me by his granddaughter, Linda Trekell.

Melvin O. McFann was the son of John D. McFann. For more information, see John D. McFann's Family Page.

Alma Leona (McFann) Hearn:

Funeral Mrs. Hearn Takes Places Thursday

The funeral of Mrs Alma Leona Hearn, 73, widow of Frank E. Hearn, who died yesterday morning in her home of her daughter, Mrs Perry Willy, at Watson, will take place Thursday afternoon.

The body was taken yesterday afternoon from the Carpenter & Ford funeral home to the home of her son, John Hearn, at Watson.

Mrs Hearn was born March 13, 1871 and was a daughter of John McFann and Mary Ferguson McFann.

She is survived by the following children, Mrs Willy, of Watson, Karl of Fairmont; John of Watson; Mrs Pearl McCalie of Fairmont and Russell Hearn with the U.S. Army in Italy.

Two sisters, Mrs Bell Keldow and Mrs Stella Maroney reside in Cuyhoga Falls, Ohio. She held membership in the Church of Christ.


Fairmont Times, Fairmont, WV, 4 April 1944. A scan of the obituary was sent to me by her great grandson, Randy Williams. Her husband's name was actually Friend E. Hearn; and according to Randy, Pearl's last name was McAtee not McCalie.

For more information, see Alma L. McFann's Family Page.

Herbert Hearn:

Herbert Hearn Passes Away

Herbert Hearn, age 15 years, son of Mr and Mrs F. E. Hearn, of Watson, died this morning at Cook hospital after an illness with a complication of diseases. The deceased is survived by his parents and four brothers, Monroe, John, Carl and Russell. The remains were taken this morning to his late home by Undertaker B. C. Jones and tomorrow will be taken to Littleton, where interment will be made.


A scan of the obituary was sent to me by Randy Williams.

For more information on Herbert Hearn, see Alma L. McFann's Family Page.

Author: Brian McFann
Revised: 4 July 2000