Local History and Genealogy

Thursday, January 26, 2012


Sophronia Harylett Case was born in Battenburg, Germany, May 11, 1845 and died at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Cline in Angola on Feb 22, 1923, at the age of 77 years, 9 months and 11 days.  She was united in marriage will William Case in 1865.  Her husband died in the spring of 1893, leaving her with Mr Case's aged mother and sister Betsy to care for.  It was a responsibility and a task she bravely met, caring for them in all the illnesses as they came.  Every one knew her as Aunt Fronia.

The funeral services were held in the Congregational church of Angola, of which she was a faithful member, on Sunday, Feb 25, at 2:30 o'clock, conducted by Rev. John Humfrey.  She was laid to rest in the old cemetery.

We wish to thank all our friends and neighbors for their kindness and assistance during the sickness and burial of our aunt, also for the beautiful flowers from the friends and neighbors and the pall bearers for their services.
Mr and Mrs Albert Cline, and children

Monday, January 23, 2012

Lawrence Miller : Pioneer School Boy

Lawrence Miller, as far as we have been able to find out, is the only person living who was a member of the first class which started to school in Angola. He was born in 1831 in New Jersey, and moved to angola when he was five years old.  The next year, he went to the first school ever held in Angola.  It was held in a log building, which stood on Sowle's lot, diagonally across the street from the Methodist church.  The first teacher was Miss Waterman.

When Mr Miller came to Angola the town was made up of  four log cabins.  The people who were here and those who came later, were mostly from Ohio, New Jersey, and New York. Louise Hendry isthe only person now living who was at Angola when he came here.

Mr Miller has been a farmer nearly all his life, and is now living at Pleasant Lake.  Although he will be seventy-six years old next August, he is still very active.  The day that the representative of the Spectator was down to see him,  he had gone from his home up town, a distance of 40 rods, three times.

Angola Spectator 1907
(Angola School Yearbook)