Sunday, June 3, 2012

Sunday's Obituary - David Franklin (1867-1932)

David Franklin was the youngest child of Joseph and Rhoda (Cary) Franklin, my maternal 2nd great-grandparents, making him my great-granduncle. He was the mayor of Magnetic Springs, a village in Union County, Ohio; I have not yet found any information about his term in office. I did, however, find that he served as assessor in 1910. The date of birth in his obituary is likely inaccurate. Although the information in the obituary and his death certificate are the same, the informant was someone named Arthur Petty, whose relationship to David Franklin is unknown. The month and year of David’s birth were reported as January 1867 in the 1900 federal census and that year is consistent with his age as reported in every federal census on which he was enumerated.

“Former Magnetic Mayor Succumbs
Death Follows Operation at Jane Case Hospital — Funeral is Held Sunday Afternoon
David Franklin, 67, of Magnetic Springs, died Thursday, December 29, at the Jane M. Case hospital, Delaware, following an operation for hernia, to which he had submitted three days previous to his demise. He was formerly mayor of Magnetic Springs and was engaged in business there for many years.

Mr. Franklin was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Franklin, and was born in Ohio, October 15, 1865. He was never married.

Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Kimbal Sunday afternoon, January 1, at two o'clock in the Winter chapel. Burial was made in Maple Dell cemetery, in charge of Lloyd Winter & Son.”

[Source: "Former Magnetic Mayor Succumbs," Richwood Gazette, 5 Jan 1933, p. 1, col. 5; digital images, NewspaperARCHIVE ( : accessed 17 May 2012).]

© 2012 Denise Spurlock


  1. How interesting to have the distinction of dying in one year and being buried in the next.

    1. I didn't find this obituary at first because I was searching using the year as one of the parameters. Lesson learned: if someone dies at the end of the year, the obituary may not appear until the next calendar year!