Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Mrs. Rachel Harker - Obituary

Mrs. Rachel Harker
Sept 4,1901
East Liverpool Tribune

Mrs. Rachel Harker, one of the oldest and best known residents of this community died Wednesday afternoon (Sept. 4, 1901) at 1:30 o’clock, at the family home, corner College and Cook streets. Her maiden name was Rachel Newell. She was a daughter of John Newell, and was born on the old Newell Farm, opposite this city, October 12,1833. Her girlhood life was spent on the old Newell farm. October 25, 1855, she married George S. Harker, a pioneer pottery manufacturer of East Liverpool, who died in 1864
Mrs. Harker was the second oldest member of the First Presbyterian church of this city, Mrs. Thomas Blythe being the oldest. Mrs. Harker joined the church in 1853, and was a lady of kind Christian character, loved by all who shared her acquaintance. She had many friends throughout the city and surrounding neighborhood.
The surviving children are: W. W. Harker, Mrs. L. S. Newell, David B. Harker, H. N. Harker and Miss Georgia Harker.
Those who were present from out of town when Mrs. Harker died were: Rev. S. F. Marks, Tidioute, Pa.; Mrs. Hattie M. Riblett, Ft. Wayne, Ind.; L. S. Newell and family, Denver, Col. All her children and grandchildren were at her bedside. They have been aware for several days that there was no hope for her recovery, and while somewhat prepared for the parting, yet their sorrow is great for one of the best of loving mothers.
The funeral services will be held Friday afternoon at three o’clock, from her late home. Services will be in charge of her pastor, Rev. Jordan.

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