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ALFONSE RAGONE- Buffalo News March 9, 1921

Alfonse Ragone, well known harpist and composer, is dead at the home of his son, Dr. John A. Ragone, 325 Elmwood Avenue. Mr. Ragone was born in Italy. He came to this city more than 50 years ago and has lived here since. He mastered the harp before he was seven years old. He composed many selections for the harp and gave concerts before former President Garfield, Cleveland, McKinley and Roosevelt.

Mr. Ragone was intimate friend of Grover Cleveland. he began his career with a group of traveling musicians. He was the inventor of an instrument of crystal glass, said to be the only one in existence. Mr. Ragone is survived by his widow, a son, Dr. John A. Ragone and a daughter, Madeline, living in Los Angeles. Funeral Services will be tomorrow morning at 9 o'clock in Saint Joseph's
new cathedral.


MRS. SARAH LOUISA GRAY - 71ST Annual Report of the Philadelphia Conference Missionary Society of the Methodist Episcopal Church March 1892

It is seldom that there is entered upon the death-roll of our Conference the name of one lived a purer or more consistent life than the wife of our brother, the Rev. W.L. Gray, D.D.

Born at Old Fort Halifax, Dauphin County, Pennsylvania, of good Methodist parentage, on the fifth day of September, 1826, Sarah Louisa Geiger was carefully trained in the principles of our holy religion.

She became the wife of Brother Gray on the twenty-sixth day of September, 1844, and remained a faithful helpmeet in his intinerant life until the twenty-third of March 1891, when she was taken to join the shining ones in the better land.

Sister Gray entered into the clear and conscious experience of saving grace while her husband was reading to some parishioners whom they were visiting, a sermon by Christmas Evans, on "One God and one Mediator". While thus engaged, the light shone into her prepared heart, and she joyfully exclaimed: "I have it; I have it!" this blessed birth to a new life took place in Kent county, Maryland.

None that knew our sister in subsequent years ever doubted that she indeed, "had it". Her faith in Christ was steady, calm, constant. Her charity unostentatious, practical, considerate; her conduct uniformly that of a Christian lady. In the sacred precincts of home she was the idolized mother, and to her husband the one particular star that ever cheered his itinerant life. Sister Gray was spared the pain of a parting farewell. Without special premonition she was not, for God had taken her. The portrait of a virtuous woman, drawn by an inspired artist three thousand years ago, is a good and true picture of Sister Louisa Gray; "The heart of her husband doth safely trust her. She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life. She stretcheth out her hands to the poor; yea, she reacheth both her hands to the needy. She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness. Her children rise and call her blessed; her husband also, and praiseth her." By T.A. Fernley


MRS. HANNAH WILLIAMS - Minutes of the Ninety-first Session of the Philadelphia Episcopal Church, convened at Reading, Penna. March 13, 1878

Mrs. Hannah Williams was born August 7th, 1802, and passed to her home in heaven on Thrusday morning, July 5th, 1877. She was united in marriage to the late Rev. Enos R. Williams, of the Philadelphia Annual Conference, on September 3rd, 1825. She was the honored mother of nine children, six of whom ourn her absence, and three rejoice in her glorified presence in heaven. As a wife, mother, member of the church, neighbor and friend, she was a devoted follower of the Lord Jesus Christ. She was a good woman, ever faithful in the performance of her religious duties, devout in her bearing, cheerful in her spirit, kind in her judgment, and always a deeply interested student and contributor to the benevolent enterprises of the church. She often expressed a desire that her final sickness might be of short duration. Her request was granted. She was taken ill on Tuesday, and expired on Thursday of the same week. She fell asleep in the sure and certain hope of the glory of God.


HERMAN BEHLING - Buffalo Courier August 6, 1907

In this city, August 3, 1907, Herman, son of Amelia and John Behling, aged 38 years, 3months, 28 days; brother of Mrs. Frank roseler, Mrs. Peter Christman, Mrs. Joseph Goatscay, Emil, John and Minnie Behiling. Funeral Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the family residence, No 718 Northampton street. Friends are invited to attend.


JOHN HOGENKAMP - Buffalo Courier August 6, 1907

In this city, August 4, 1907, John W., beloved husband of Cathereing Hogenkamp (nee Grosstephan), father of John A., Raymond, Hildegard, Catherine and Mary Hogenkamp, son of Henry and Theodora Hogenkamp and brother of Ignatz Hogenkamp and Mrs. William Kraus, aged 33 years. Funeral from the family residence, No. 113 Mortimer Street, Wednesday morning at 8:30 o'clock and from St. Mary's Church at 9 o'clock. Deceased was a member of the Men's Sodality of St. Ann's. Friends are invited to attend.


DANIEL CHELIUS - Buffalo Courier August 6, 1907

At Ebenezer, N.Y., entered into rest August 4, 1907. Daniel Chellius beloved husband of Maria Chelius (nee Buegler) and father of Otto, Charles, Albert, Julius, Mrs. Leo Fox, Mrs. John B. Weber and Mrs. Charles Faust, aged 78 years, 4months. The funeral will take place from the family residence, Ebenezer Wednesday morning at 8:30 o'clock and from the Fourteen Holy Helpers Church at 9 o'clock. Interment will be at Pine Hill Romand Catholic Cemtery, New York. Boston and Philadelphia papers please copy.


BERTHA KAHRS- Buffalo Courier August 6, 1907

In Buffalo, N.Y. Bertha Kahrs, wife of John Henry Kahrs, resident of St. Louis. Due notice of funeral eill be given later. St. Louis papers please copy.


MARGARET McCAUL - Buffalo Courier August 6, 1907

In this city, August 3, 1907, Margaret, beloved wife of Patrick McCaul, mother of Mrs. A.F. Lamb and Mrs. James Clement, aged 80 years. The funeral will be held from the residence of her daughter, No 665 Grant Street, Tuesday morning. August 6th at 8;30 o'clock and from the Chruch of Annuciation at 9 o'clock. Friends and acquaintances are invited to attend. Toronto and Guelph, Ont. papers please copy.


THOMAS FRAWLEY - Buffalo Courier August 6, 1907

In this city, August 3, 1907, Thomas, husband of Rose Ott Frawley, son of John and the late Anna Frawley, and the brother of Tessie, Alfred and John Frawley, Mrs. Edward Stack, Mrs. William Morrissey and Mrs. John Murphy. The funeral will take place from the family residence of No. 304 Perry Street, Tuesday morning at 8 o'clock and from St. Bridget's Chruch at 9 o'clock. Friends and acquaintances are respectfully invited to attend.


CAROLINE (nee MARKS) NELLIST - Buffalo Courier August 6, 1907

In this city, August 4, 1907, Caroline Nellist (nee Marks), widow of Joseph Nellist and mother of Chrley, Benjamin, Nelson and Edward Marks and George Hollis, Mrs. D. O'Donnell and Mrs. H. Whalley, aged 67 years. The funeral will be held from the residence of her daughter, No. 381 Connecticut Street, Tuesday afternoon. August 6th at 2:30 p.m. Friends and acquaintances are invited to attend.