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           The former Addie Sponseller made headlines coast to coast in 1924 when she allegedly threw herself into the furnace of her exclusive Columbus, Ohio, area home, closed the incinerator door behind her, and was burned alive.  Addie was the wife of Reverend Clarence Sheatsley, the minister of the Christ Lutheran Church in Bexley.  The coroner eventually ruled the death a suicide, bringing to an end official--and very public--speculation about her husband.  My third great-grandfather, George Sponseller (by his first wife, Hannah), was Mrs. Sheatsley's grandfather (by his third wife, Leah), making her my half first cousin, three times removed.  For the record, the Sheatsleys' youngest son, 16-year-old Clarence, who discovered the charred remains of his mother, was particularly unemotional throughout the entire ordeal.  As an aside, this story shared the front page with news of the death of Mrs. Warren G. Harding.