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SOWERS, Susannah

Source: Mattoon, Ill. Journal-Gazette Wed 10 Jan 1929 p 5

Newton, Ill Jan 9 – Mrs. Susannah Sowers, probably the oldest “hello girl” in the United States, passed away at her home in Gila Sunday night at midnight after a short illness. Mrs. Sowers was born at Brownstown Ind March 25, 1837. She was married to Marshall M. Sowers in Fountain County, Indiana in 1855 and they came to Jasper County in 1870, residing at Gila ever since. Mr. Sowers’ death occurred September 13, 1919. For the past 23 years the Gila exchange has been at the Sowers home and Mrs. Sowers frequently acted as the operator. Her hearing and eyesight was almost perfect a year ago. Surviving are four children: Miss Mary Catherine Sowers at home; WD Sowers at Philo, Alva L. Sowers of Wheeler and Oscar A. Sowers of Chicago; 17 grandchildren, 42 great grandchildren and one great great grandchild. Funeral services were held at 11 o’clock after which she was laid to rest in the nearby cemetery beside her husband. - kbz
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