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Mt. Pulaski, IL weekly newspaper, August 3, 1916

Portions of this article had been destroyed by mice. I have filled in how I believe the article would have read based on my knowledge of Mary and Albert Combs. TDresbach is misspelled in this article as Dresback and Desback.


Mary J. Dresback, daughter of William and Mary Dresback, was born in Circleville, Ohio, September 3, 1841, and died at her home on North Spring street, Mt. Pulaski, Illinois at 8 :15 a.m., Wednesday, July 26, 1916, aged 74 years, 10 months, and ? days.

On November 1, 1864, she was married to Albert B. Combs in the town of her birth. In 1881 they moved to Illinois and located southwest of Mt. Pulaski, where Mr. Combs died September 9, 1884. They were the parents of six children, namely, Sarah, wife of William Follis, William Combs, Robert Combs, Mamie, wife of John Drabing, living southwest of Mt. Pulaski, Mina, wife of Charles Harbert, residing on North Spring street where her mother spent her past few years, Clifton D. Combs of Mason City, Iowa. She also leaves fifteen grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Three sisters and two brothers survive her - Mrs. Elias Julian, of Remington, Indiana, Mrs. Kate Reichelderfer, of Tarlton, Ohio, Mrs. Amanda Shride, of Groveport, Ohio, Milton Desback, of Harlowts, Montana, and Scott Desback, of Tarlton, Ohio. Three brothers and one sister preceded her in death.

On the 16th of December, 1864, she united with the Methodist Episcopal church in Tarlton , Ohio. April 30, 1905, she was received by certificate into the Methodist Episcopal church in Mt. Pulaski.

During the last year she had not been able to attend services, but has been faithful to the teachings of the religion she professed. A good mother, a kind neighbor, a loyal friend has gone, but we shall meet again.

"There is a word of grief the sounding token.
There is a word bejeweled with bright tears.
The saddest words fond lips have ever spoken.
A little word that breaks the chain of years;
Its utterance must over bring emotion.
The memories its crystals can not die.
'Tis known in years later, on every ocean,
Tis called "Good-bye"

Funeral services were held at the Methodist Episcopal church in Mt. Pulaski at 2:30 p.m. , Friday, July 28th, conducted by a former pastor, Rev. A. A. Heinlein, of Pleasant Hill, Ill ., assisted by the pastor, Rev. W. M. Carter, and Rev. D. H. Lovejoy, the latter pastor of the Christian church.

Great great grandmother of submitter