|Copied by Nancee(McMurtrey)Seifert
"With permission from the Leon Journal Reporter" April 29, 2003
*Note: Several places in the article, the girls' last name was spelled TOLMAN -- so I'm not sure which is correct.
SHE WAS CLEANING AND OILING HER REVOLVER AND ACCIDENTALLY DISCHARGED A BULLET. HER DEATH WAS INSTANTANOUS. SHE WAS HIGHLY RESPECTED.
Keota Nov, 4-as word was passed from mouth mouth last Saturday
afternoon of the accidental death of Ethel Tallman every face reflected
horror that so strong a character in almost the life history of this town
should meet so sad an ending. She had always deemed it an accomplishment
to be adept at target shooting and fond of the sport took a certain pride
in the handling of fire arms without the least fear. On Saturday afternoon
at about 2:45 she thought to clean and oil her revolver and was so engaged
on the side porch at the residence when this fatal accident took place.
Harold Page was with her at the time and speedily a number of willing
hands were there but that speedy messenger of death had done its work so
well that Ethel Tallman known and loved by all within a radius of miles of
Keota, had passed into the great beyond from whence no traveler returns.
Having taught in the public schools in the grammar grade for the last nine years, and the conscientious work conservative to modern ways of best getting control of the pupils mind, the natural ability she undoubtedly had to handle pupils of grade she taught where the mind was full of perception, blossoming into young man and womanhood, her influence, the good she did, will be long alive in the hearts of many of her old time scholars. Vocations in life for many of them will no doubt bring back memories of Ethel Tallman and the work she did in the public schools of Keota.
In society she was a star, a conversationalist rarely found. Her extensive traveling throughout the whole country enabled her with her perceptive and reflective faculties to converse intelligently on almost any subject of interest.
Keota places neath six feet of earth, wrapped calmly in the icy bounds of death one of the most intelligent, truest in thought, in deed and action of all womankind.
Ethel Tallman was born September 1, 1864. Funeral was held at the Presbyterian church Monday conducted by the Rev. Crozier and interment in Keota cemetery.
source: The Sun Gazette, Williamsport,
PA Dec. 11, 2002
SHIRLEY TALLMAN, 96, of WHITING
Published in the Asbury Park Press 3/3/03
L. SHIRLEY TALLMAN, 96, of WHITING, died Friday, Feb. 28, at Crestwood Manor Health Care, Whiting. She was a homemaker. She was a member of Community Reformed Church of Whiting, where she also served as a member of the church "workshop." She was a former elder of Colony Presbyterian Church, Union. She served on the advisory board of the Kokes organization for Crestwood Manor, Whiting. Born in Newark, she lived in Union for many years, before moving to Whiting in 1978. She and her late husband enjoyed traveling all over the world.
She was predeceased by her husband of more than 60 years, Herbert Tallman, in 2001, and a daughter, Gail Drue James, in 1997. Surviving are three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be held from 9:30 to 11 a.m. today at Anderson and Campbell Funeral Home, 115 Lacey Road, Whiting, with a funeral service to follow at 11 a.m. Burial will be held at Hollywood Memorial Park, Union. acwht (A.C. Whiting)
from the Asbury Park Press