Piqua Daily Call
12 Apr 1889
A PECULIAR ACCIDENT REMOVES JOSHUA ANDERSON DUER,
A PIONEER OF MIAMI COUNTY
Joshua A Duer, who has resided two miles northeast of Fletcher met with a singular accident yesterday that resulted fatally. In the morning he had been fishing with his son and on his return he started to a field where a ditch was being dug. While standing on the bank a strange faintness seized him and he lost all control of himself, toppling into the ditch. The fall broke his neck. Mr Duer was one of the pioneers of Brown township. He was born in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, in 1809. He learned the blacksmith trade and in 1830 came to Ohio. From Warren county he came to Miami near Fletcher and was the possessor of a quarter section. In those early times he also had a shop at Fletcher and did smithing for the farmers in that section. He devoted most of his time to the farm which his son now works and where he has lived, except for a period in Fletcher. For more than 40 years he has been a member of the Presbyterian Church. The funeral will probably take place Sunday.
J A Duer was born 31 Jan 1809 in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, the son of William Hollingshead and Charlotte Anderson Duer, and died 07 Nov 1889 in Miami County, Ohio. On 07 Nov 1833 he married Sarah Fryback, who was born 27 Apr 1814, and died 23 Mar 1898. The couple had nine children.
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