Deaths Transcribed

Mr. and Mrs. L. A. Boswell of this city and Mr. and Mrs. E. J. Boswell of Felicia attended the Funeral of Mr. G. W. Hiller at Inverness on last Thursday afternoon. Crystal River News: 2-1915.

Death At The Hospital…Dr. A. Armstrong of Crystal River died at the Marion County Hopital in this city Sunday morning of Typhoid Fever. His remains were buried in the St. Johns Church Cemetery near Cottonplant Monday morning. Dr. Armstrong was a prominent physician and son-in-law of Col. Nic Barco of Crystal River. He was brought to the city from his home and everything possible was done for him but to no avail. He is survived by a wife and one child to whom we extend our sympathies. Ocala Banner: 6-21-1905


Death of Mr. E. R. King of Lecanto, died on last Tuesday night in the hospital in Ocala. He was taken to Ocala on last Monday night to be operated on for appendicitis and never seemed to rally from the operation.

Mr. King was only 26 years of age and only been married since last spring. Besides his wife and parents, he leaves five brothers to mourn his death; Mr. A. S. King of our town, J. B. King, William King and Bennett King of Lecanto and Nick King of Floral City. He was buried at Lecanto Thursday morning, Rev. Frank L. Price of Istachatta, officiating. The News with their many friends extend their sincerest sympathy.

Edward Manly, an employee of the Crate Mill, died at his home here on January 30th. Mr. Manly was born in Pennsylvania about 70 years ago, and was a member of the Catholic church.

He leaves a wife and two sons to mourn his loss. His remains were laid to rest at the cemetery at this place on last Sunday morning, Rev. H. P. Blocker performing the funeral service.

The News joins with the friends of the bereaved ones in extending sincere sympathy. 

Crystal River News 2-5-15

Death of Mr. C. C. Sanders

After an illness of several weeks of hemorrhagic fever, Mr. C. C. Sanders, of Crystal River, died at the Knight house in this city at 2:30 o’clock Wednesday morning. He was sick for some time at Crystal River and then brought to Ocala to the hospital and several days before his death he was moved to the Knight house. His wife and his mother, Mrs. Felshaw, of Leroy were with him when he died and everything possible was done to save his live, but to no avail.

Mr. Sanders was thirty-three years of age and for several years before going to Crystal River was with the Spoke and Rim Company in this city and made many friends here, who were exceedingly pained at the news of his death. He was a native of Chicago, but made his home in Florida for more than twenty years.

Mr. Sanders was buried from the Baptist church yesterday morning at ten o’clock and his body was laid to rest in Greenwood Cemetery under the auspices of the Odd Fellows, of which organization he was a member in good standing.

This paper extends its sympathies to the bereaved wife and mother. Banner 10-12-06


John Motier Hurst was born in Jefferson County, Fla. March 28, 1841, and passed away, from his late home near Crystal River, Fla. October 24, 1911, age 70 years 6 months and 27 days.

He professed religion in his young manhood and had been a member of the Missionary Baptist Church for about 36 years. His membership has been with the Lecanto Baptist Church for the past 20 years. He was a true devoted husband and a loving, kind father. He leaves to mourn his departure a wife, three children, Mrs. Minnie H. Barns of Survey, Fla, Mrs. Carrie Redding of Sutherland, Fla. Crystal River News: 11-3-1911

After a lingering illness of four months, Mrs. W. R. Hilliard passed away on Friday Night last at 11o’clock. She was eighteen years old at the time of her death. The remains were laid to rest in the Crystal River (Cemetery) Saturday evening at 4o’clock. The News extends sympathy to the bereaved relatives. Crystal River News: 2-24-1911

The death of Butler Fisher occured Friday of last week after suffering many months from an incurable diseasse. He was accorded every comfort possible during his illness, and skilled doctors attended him. He had many friends both white and colored and it will be many years before his name will be forgotten.
Crystal River News: 4-21-11

Rev. Dr. George Adamson, of Crystal River, the pastor of the Presbyterian church at that place, was called on Monday to mourn the death of his estimable wife, leaving two small children. Source: Ocala Evening Star: 7-12-1901

Roger Johnson, the young man shot by the detective who was sent to Dunnellon to ferret out the gang of thieves infesting that town, died Friday night at 10 o’clock. There is little doubt among the citizens of Dunnellon but that the ring leader of the gang was killed. Johnson was under thirty years of age and is said to be a very handsome as well as educated man. Source: Ocala Banner: 4-9-1909

Murdered and Robbed

A Florida paymaster and a mail carrier killed for their money…

Ocala, Florida...April 10- A telegram just received here by the operator of the Silver Springs, Ocala and Gulf road says that two men were murdered near Hernando, Citrus County. Their names are Robert Stevenson, paymaster of the Empire State Phosphate Company of that place and a Mr. Payne, a mail carrier. They are said to have been murdered for their money, as Stevenson was in Ocala during the day making up his pay rolls and took back the money with him to pay off the men, having drawn $1,800 at the Merchants National Bank. The bodied were warm when found, the money being missing. Source: Bismark Daily Tribune: 4-17-1892

Arthur Benjamin Woods, 79, Crystal River, native of Elizabethtown, Pa. (DOD 1958). Source: Citrus County Chronicle: 6-6-1963

Mrs. Lisa L. Smith, 90, Nassau County native, but resident of Citrus since 1863.(DOD 1948) Source: Citrus County Chronicle: 11-14-1963

Dr. J. J. Fields, of Citrus, is dead. He died New Year’s Day. Old Father Time reaps as he goes, without respect of persons. Source: Levy Times Democrat: 1-29-1891

A Sad End

J. R. Harven of Citrus County Dies From An Overdose of Laudanum

A middle aged white man named J. R. Harven, from the island at the mouth of Crystal River, in company with two or three friends, got on a big drunk Saturday night and raised a disturbance. He pulled his gun in Strauss’ bar and wanted to shoot, but was induced to leave. He hid his gun, which he put in his grip and left it in a store, where it was found next day by an officer. Last night the man put up at the Carlton House and imbibed the contents of a bottle of Laudanum.

Dr. Powers worked all the latter part of the night to save him, but he died at an early hour this morning, from the effects of the liquor and Laudanum he had taken. The remains were turned over to Undertaker D. E. McIver for burial.

Mr. Harven worked under Mr. Layne at Port Inglis and when sober was a good man. Source: Ocala Evening Star: 6-1-1903

Conductor Walter Burt was in Ocala Friday on the way back to Jacksonville from a short stay at Crystal River and Fairmount. He and Mrs. Burt went down to attend the funeral of the latter’s father, Mr. Keiler, whose death occurred last Tuesday at Fairmount. Mrs. Burt remained at Crystal River with relatives for about ten days. She has the sympathy of her many friends in her bereavement. Source: Ocala Banner: 10-6-1905

John William Debusk, 71, Crystal River; native of Sumter County, (1943). Source: Citrus County Chronicle: 10-24-1963

George V. Bullen, prominent contractor and real estate broker...Died 10-24-1943. Source: Citrus County Chronicle: 10-24-63

Mrs. Loretta Tratchell Wells, age 81, a resident of Homosassa and Citrus county for 63 years. (DOD 1953)Source: Citrus County Chronicle: 11-27-63

Strauss L. Lloyd, Inverness resident for 50 years. He was a native of Macon, Ga., and moved to Inverness following his graduation from Mercer University, in that city. At Inverness, Mr. Lloyd practiced law and served as a judge and as county engineer(DOD 1953). Source: Citrus County Chronicle: 11-27-63

Ila May Spires, youngest daughter of Mrs. R. M. Spires, Hernando. (DOD 11-7-1948) Source: Citrus County Chronicle: 11-7-1963

Costa Veneris, 56 (DOD 11-7-1948); operated a shoe shop here. Source: Citrus County Chronicle: 11-7-1963

John A. Smith

Mr. C. J. Smith, the jeweler at Mr. Burnett’s, has just returned from Hernando, where his brother, Mr. John A. Smith, died on Tuesday evening at 7 o’clock. The funeral and burial took place at Belleview. Source: Ocala Evening Star: 11-27-1909

W. H. Jones, a leading citizen of Stage Pond, in Hernando county, while driving from Mansfield to his home with his family, died suddenly without a moments warning on the 18th. Source: Ocala Evening Star: 8-27-1897

Mrs. Elisabeth DeBusk died at her home in Ozello at age 63 (1938). Source: Citrus County Chronicle: 11-21-1963

Harvey Hilford Miller, 48, Inverness 22 years: native of Spokane, Wash,(1953). Source: Citrus County Chronicle: 10-10-63

“Aunt” Julia Braddy, a colored resident of Crystal River for more than 50 years, died at her home December 24. She was more than 100 years old (1958). Source: Citrus County Chronicle: 1-3-1963


Crystal River…Mr. T. E. O’Brian, father of F. E. O’Brian, of this place, died at the latter’s home on Friday. Mr. O’Brian was born in 1830. Source: Ocala Evening Star: 8-12-1913

Transcribed and Submitted by Linda Flowers

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