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THE WESTERN STAR, 28 April 1917
Obituary of OLIVER GUSS

The people of Coldwater and of the entire surrounding country were surprised at about 4:00 o'clock p.m. on last Friday, April 21, 1916, to learn that Oliver Guss had just died at his home on East Main st. It was
known that his health had been somewhat impaired for 2 or 3 years, but no apprehension was felt that his ailment was of such a nature as to cause his death so suddenly. On Thursday he had been about as usual.
Early Friday morning, however, he became sick. A physician was called and everything possible was done to relieve him. His wife, who on that day was at the Guss home in Avilla-tp., was summoned and was soon by his side. During the afternoon Mrs. Guss stepped into the kitchen for a short time and while there heard her husband call from an adjoining room and hurried at once to him, but the death stroke and seized him and the end came almost instantly. Some form of heart trouble was the immediate cause of death. Mr. and Mrs. Guss were alone in the house at the time.

Deceased was a native of Indiana, having been born in Pulaski-co., that state, on December 29, 1850. His age, therefore, at the time of death was 65 years, 3 months and 23 days. On May 24, 1883, in Niles, Michigan, he was united in marriage with Miss Sarah Vorhis. For about a year they made their home in Chalmers, Ind., after which they came west, settling
on a farm near Anthony, Harper-co. A year later they came to Comanche-co., locating on a claim in Avilla-tp., thus becoming pioneer settlers here. They stayed with the country through all the years of pioneer privations, and at last were rewarded for their toil and
sacrifice. They continued to make their home on the farm until last June, when they bought residence property in this city and moved thereto.

Funeral services were held on Monday afternoon in the Presbyterian church. Rev. Ralph W. Wyrick of the M. E. church being in charge. The sermon subject was, "Blessed are they that mourn." Interment was in the
Coldwater cemetery.

Mr. Guss was well known throughout the county. As a farmer and stockman he was quite successful. Since Mr. and Mrs. Guss left the farm their son, Earl, has lived on the farm and had active charge thereof. Another son, Clyde C., survives. These sons and the bereaved wife now have the sympathy of all.
Transcribed and Contributed by Shirley Brier

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