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Mrs. Adeline Childers Passes At Versailles

Versailles Ky., Jan. 7--Mrs. Adeline Hall Childers, 81, widow of Henry McLeod Childers, of Versailles, died unexpectedly at 8 o'clock this morning at the residence of Mrs. Gertrude Mehring, 135 Green street, Versailles, with whom she had made her home for a number of years. A native of Shelbyville, Mrs. Childers was a member of the Versailles Methodist church. Although in ill health for many years, she was on the streets of Versailles Saturday afternoon and that night appeared as cheerful as usual. Sunday morning, when she did not appear at the breakfast table, Mrs. Mehring went to her room and found her unconscious. She did not regain consciousness. She had been active in church and civic affairs here. Mrs. Childers is survived by one nephew, John Hall, of Louisville, and a number of cousins.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Tuesday at the grave in the Versailles cemetery. They will be conducted by the Rev. Earl Curry, pastor of the Versailles Methodist church, and Dr. Albert G. Stone of Lexington, presiding elder and former pastor of the local church. The body is at Duell's funeral chapel.

 Versailles Cemetery, Woodford County, Ky.
H. M. Childers, 1861-1917
A. H. Childers, 1864-1946

Henry Childers, Jr., 1887-1920

Woodford Woman Dies At 94

Versailles Ky., Jan. 7--Mrs. Sarah Jane Sellers Traugott, 94, widow of Charles W. Traugott, of Woodford county, died at 11:30 o'clock Sunday night after an illness of a week, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Luther Cornish, Route 3, Versailles, with whom she had resided for the past 20 years. A native of Bracken county, she was a member of the Baptist church at Keene, Ky. Besides Mrs. Cornish, Mrs. Traugott is survived by another daughter, Mrs. Carrie Guynn, Fayette county; and one son, Louis Traugott, Ashland, and eight grandchildren. The body today was taken to the residence of Mr. Traugott at Ashland, where funeral services will be held Tuesday, with burial in the Ashland Cemetery.

Funeral Rites Held For Oldest Citizen

Vidalia, Ga. Dec 29--The man recognized by the Census Bureau as the country's oldest citizen was buried today at St. Joseph's Colored Baptist church. He was James Walter Wilson, born in slavery on a Georgia plantation. He died a week ago at the officially recorded age of 120 years, seven months, seven days.

Wilson won recognition as the oldest citizen when he applied for a pension in 1942, giving his age as 117 and saying "I reckon I'm old enough for one. Wilson worked as a farm hand until he was 100, preached 17 years, then retired from the ministry but continued to do light field work until his last illness.

The day of his death, he called a son and told him: "I am going to leave you today, son, "I am going to my Heavenly home." He fell asleep and never awoke.

Wilson credited his age to temperate living and obedience to "The laws of God." He could read without glasses until his death. He is survived by six children, 43 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren and 18 great-great-grandchildren.

Mrs, Beulah A Franks