Source: Crawfordsville Review Crawfordsville, Montgomery County, Indiana Thursday, May 18, 1916 p 1
Waynetown Ind May 17 -- Mr. Alva Summer, 88 years old died suddenly yesterday afternoon in his son's barber shop here. Mr. Sumner had been in failing health for several years, due to the infirmities of old age, but had been able to get around. Yesterday he seemed in his usual health and after dinner as was his custom, he went down to his son's store about 3 blocks from his home. He stayed there for a short time and then went to the barber shop a few doors away. On entering the shop he started over to get a drink. One of his grandsons who was in the shop saw him choking and ran to his assistance. He asked what was the matter and the aged man looked up and said, "I am going, boys." The men in the barber shop placed Mr. Summer in a barber chair while one of them ran to the store and called AC Summer and another summoned a physician. He died a few minutes later. Mr. Summer was born in Darke Co Ohio 88 years ago. He came to this county with his parents while a small boy and settled in Coal Creek twp. He has spent practically his entire life in Montgomery and Fountain counties with the exception of a short time which he resided in Peru. He was married to Miss Emily Booe in 1859 and of the four children to this union, 3 survive: AC Summer of this city, Ms. Lincoln Hesler of Crawfordsville and Will H. Summer of Peru. The funeral will be held from the home of the son AC Summer Thursday afternoon at 1 o'clock and the services will be in charge of the rev. PJ Lough of the Christian Church. The burial will be at the Knights of Pythias Cemetery at Veedersburg.
Source: Crawfordsville Daily Journal, Wednesday May 17, 1916
Waynetown - The death of Alvah Sumner came suddenly on Tuesday afternoon. Mr. Sumner had been in usual health and had just came from his son's store to the barber shop, run by two of his grandsons where he spent much of his time. After taking a drink of water he began coughing as though strangling and Fern Sumner and Ed Monroe who were in the shop went to him. He looked up and said, "I am gone." They lifted him up in a barber chair and called Dr. Hurt but life was extinct before the physician arrived. Mr. Sumner was born in Darke Co OH March 15, 1828. He had passed his 86th milestone. He came to Indiana when a boy and settled in Fountain Co near old Chambersburg. He was married to Miss Emily BOOE in 1859 and to this union were born 4 children: Alfonse C. Sumner living here; Will H. of Peru; Frank W whose death occurred two years ago and Mrs. Lincoln Hesler of Crawfordsville. He leaves 5 grandchildren and one great grandchild. The funeral services will be held at the home of his son, AC Sumner, Thursday afternoon at 1. A short talk will be made by PJ Lough and the body placed at rest in Rockfield Cemetery near Veedersburg by the side of the wife who preceded him in death some 12 years. Uncle Alvah was the last one of his immediate family, a brother and sister and one brother-in-law all dying within the past year. He was a member of the Christian Church here. Waynetown never had a citizen cleaner in life and purer in character than Alvah Sumner and his going marks the passing of one of the pioneers.
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