Stillwater Valley News
19 October 1927
Mr. Joshua Grubb passed away at his home this morning at a little after nine o'clock having reached the advanced age of eighty-three, had he lived until Saturday. He was sick for only a short time, although suffering weakness of age for the past year. Mr. Grubb was born near Bradford October 22nd, 1844 and has lived in Darke and Miami counties all his life. The past forty-four years he has lived on the same farm and in the same home his wife Mrs. Frances Grubb, passing away nineteen years ago. Since that time Mr. Grubb has been tenderly cared for by his daughters, Mrs. Homer Shellaberger and Mrs. Ganger, Mr. and Mrs. Shellaberger living in the home with him. Mr. Grubb was a Civil War Veteran in the 100 day service, 147th, Regiment O. V. I. and he was also a member of the Masonic Lodge. Two daughters are left to mourn his loss, one foster daughter, Jane Grubb and a step grandson Robert Shellaberger. Two half brothers and two half sisters, Mr. Ora Grubb, Mr. Ruben Grubb, Ms. Martha Sease and Mrs. Minerva Williams are also left, beside many friends and neighbors, who respected and honored his wife. Funeral services will be held at the Christian Church in charge of Rev. O. P. Furnas of West Milton, and Rev. Thomas. The Masonic Lodge will also have part in the service. Friends will meet at the home at 1:00 o'clock, services at the church at 2:00 o'clock. Burial will be made in Highland Cemetery, George Miller & Son, Funeral Directors.
Stillwater Valley News
24 October 1927
Having survived most of his old comrades of the days gone, Joshua Grubb answered the last call that comes to everyone. He had been a soldier and loved to think of his soldier days and his faith was such that to him the call came as a muster into a higher service. After an illness that lasted over a period of about two years he died Oct. 19, 1927 at the age of 82 years, 11 months and 26 days. He was the son of John and Catherine Grubb and was born near Bradford, Ohio, Oct. 23. 1844. He lived in practically the same community all of his life and the last forty-five years on the farm on which he died. He enlisted in the 147th O. V .I. of the Union Army when he was nineteen years of age and served during the term of that regiment being one of the very few old soldiers who were left. He was also the oldest member of the local Masonic lodge both as to age and length of time of membership. He has been a mason for over sixty years and took great interest of the affairs of that organization. On October 21, 1869 he was united in marriage with Frances E. Cable and to them were born three children, one of whom died in infancy. The two daughters, Mrs. Bertha Ganger and Mrs. Audrey Shellabarger who both live on adjoining homes on the old farm. His wife preceded him in death several years ago, having died July 24, 1908. While there were no grandchildren, in each of the daughters homes is a child of whom he looked with the same affection as though they were grandchildren, Jane Grubb and Robert Shellabarger. Two half brothers, Ruben and Ora Grubb of near Covington, and Mrs. Martha Sease and Mrs. Minerva Williams both half sisters of Covington survive their brother. Soon after his marriage he was converted and united with what was then the Bradford Christian Church. After the disbanding of that congregation he united with the Greenville Creek Christian Church where he still held his membership. He was man of sterling qualities and although he has been a farmer always he entered into public activities which made him a well known figure in Covington and all the surrounding community. To everybody he was familiarly called Uncle Josh Grubb. His integrity and his interest in public welfare made his life most valuable to the whole community. His active service as a citizen extended past the age of most men and only with the loss of health did it cease. As a consequence even now not only will his vacant chair in the home bring sorrow there but his death brings a feeling of a loss to the whole community.
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