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Light Bulb Find

Do you get ‘light bulb’ hints? Since I have my RootsMagic software connected to my Ancestry tree, I get a yellow ‘light bulb’ next to someone’s name whenever there is a new Ancestry hint.

When I opened the software today, I had several of those hints sprinkled thru the first 5 generations of my tree. One of those light bulbs was for my great-great grandmother, Mary Foster Crawford.

That ‘hint’ was a link to a ‘story’ posted by another researcher. That story appears to be an obituary clipping from an unknown source.

I’m guessing that unknown source was the West Lebanon newspaper. I

Hoping to find the obituary online, I checked Newspapers.com. I didn’t find an obituary to ‘match’ the story, but I found a version that is close.

Death Message
Word was received of the death
of Mrs. Mary Foster Crawford, 86,
of Dodge City, Kas., a former res-
ident of this place, who passed
away at her home form complica-
tions. Mrs. Crawford was born
in Warren County, August 28,
1842 three miles northwest of this
city, on what is now the George
Astell farm, and was the fifth
child of Zebulon and Caroline Os-
trander Foster, pioneer residents
residents who same from Ohio to
Warren County in 1833. She was
married to Marion Crawford,
March 4, 1860. If 1884 Mr. and
Mrs. Crawford moved to Dodge
City, Kas. Mr. Crawford was a
Civil war veteran and died Au-
gust 23, 1889. Surviving are four
children. Mrs. Ida Sherman, of
Tacoma, Wash.; Mrs. Lida Lighter,
of Rolla, Mo., and Judson and Nel-
son Crawford of Dodge City, Kas.
She was a member of the M.E.
Church. Burial in cemetery at
Dodge City.

“Death Message,” Journal and Courier (Lafayette, Indiana), 26 January 1929, page 11; digital image, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online August 2019).

I checked the Library of Congress newspaper database to see if there was a West Lebanon, Indiana newspaper online. I did find the West Lebanon newspaper on NewspaperArchives.com. Unfortunately, I did not find the 1929 edition of the newspaper online. 

This little light bulb hint and my search led me to a copy of an obituary that I had not seen before! Thanks to the original poster of the ‘story’ on Ancestry and thanks Ancestry for suggesting the story to me!