Mrs. Christina KNODELL Answers Final Call.

The end came for one of Fairfield's most beloved woman at the ripe age of nearly ninety.

Mrs. Christina KNODELL, one of Fairfield's oldest and most beloved women, died at her home Sunday afternoon about one o' clock. She had been seriously ill for about two weeks, as a result of a fall on Monday, March 14th, when her hip was broken. During her nearly two weeks of suffering she had the tender ministrations of many loved ones and a skilled nurse. The end came peacefully, as one going into a deep sleep.

The funeral service was conducted at the First M.E. Church on Tuesday afternoon at 1:30, in the presence of a large concourse of friends and relatives who made this last tribute to one of whom they had a lifetime of respect and love. Rev. Roy N. KEAN, pastor conducted the service.

The burial took place in Bethel Cemetery, southwest of Ellery, beside the grave of her husband, Judge William KNODELL, a civil war veteran.

Christina, daughter of Leander and Rebecca BATSON-MELROSE, was born Oct. 12th, 1842, at the family home in Eastern Leech Township: died March 27th, 1932; aged 89 years, 5 months and 15 days.

She was married to the late Judge William KNODELL, May 10th, 1867. Of this union 7 children were born: Vivian, Victor, Felisia, Lewis, William, Roscoe and Dietrich. The father and two of these children preceded the mother in death. Judge KNODELL departed this life on April 3rd, 1892: Lewis died on October 14th, 1922 and Vivian on April 23rd, 1926.The loss of these dear ones bore heavily upon this devoted wife and mother, but she never faltered in the performance of her duties.





E.C. Melrose

“Wayne County Press”, Thursday December 5th, 1985  Page 2


E.C. Melrose, 91, Dies


A well-known Fairfield man, E. C. Melrose, 91, died at 12:41 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, 1985, at Fairfield Memorial Hospital. Funeral services will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Johnson's Funeral Home, with Rev. Louis Frick officiating.  Burial will follow in Maple Hill Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home for visitation Friday evening from 6-8 p.m.

Mr. Melrose was born in Fairfield Aug. 11, 1894, the son of Chester H. and Hattie M. Lyon Melrose.  He married the former Ruth Creighton in 1917, in Fairfield.  Mr. Melrose grew up in Grayville and he attended business school in Indianapolis, Ind.  A lifelong Methodist, Mr. Melrose was a member of the Fairfield Elks and the Masonic Lodge.

Among survivors are two sons, Dan. C. and Edward C. Melrose,; one sister, Caro Webber,  five grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, two brothers and one infant daughter.





Ruth Creighton/Melrose

“Wayne County Press”, Thursday, November 1st, 1976


Mrs. E. C. Melrose, 81, Dies

Well-known Fairfield woman, Mrs. Ruth Melrose, the wife of E. C. Melrose, died at 7:20 Saturday morning in Memorial Hospital. Mrs. Melrose was admitted to the hospital Thursday suffering from heart complications and a diabetic condition. Her family said she failed to respond to treatment. Her death was unexpected.

Services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Nale's Funeral Home in Fairfield, with Rev. B. R. Cummins officiating. Burial will be in Maple Hill Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home from 6 to 9 Monday night.

Mrs. Melrose was born in Fairfield Feb. 18, 1895, the daughter of the late Thomas H. and Alma (Patterson) Creighton. She was reared in Fairfield. Her father, for years was a prominent lawyer here. On Sept. 12, 1917, she was married to Mr. Melrose. They have spent their entire lives in Fairfield.

Mr. Melrose, for years, has been an oil lease man for Duncan Leases and Royalties. Mrs. Melrose was a housewife. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church.

Surviving are her husband; two sons, Dan, of Fairfield; and Ed Jr., of Houston, Tex.; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren; four sisters, Mrs. Margaret Harrison, of Grandville, O*.; Mrs. Helen Pratt, of Riverside, Calif.; Mrs. Alice Willis, of Sarasota, Fla.; and Mrs. Mildred Coates, of Lafayette, Ind.

Preceding her in death were two brothers, T. H. Creighton, Jr., and Charles Richard Creighton; and one sister, Esther Wilson.





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