Copies of the following unidentified newspaper articles were found in a scrapbook owned by Town Historian Richard Schmal:
DIED IN PEACE
BLOWERS -- At the home of her eldest son, W.H. Sturges, in this city, July 22nd, 1887, Mrs. Diadama Blowers in the seventy-fifth year of her age.
Diadama Dodge was born October 14, 1811, and in January 22, 1832, she was united in marriage to Hiram Sturges, by whom she was blessed with ten children, our townsman, W.H. Sturges being the eldest. Only four of her children survive. Hiram Sturges died in Rochester, N.Y., in May 1850. In 1856, she with her family removed to Crown Point, Indiana, where she three years later, united her fortunes with William Blowers, a prosperous and well-to-do farmer, who proved a good husband remaining her constant companion until his death, which occurred in December 1884. She has paid her son and our town three visits. Being endowed with an energetic spirit, she was not content to remain in idleness. Having a warm affection for her children perforce she must visit them often but the thought of being a burden prayed upon her, and she could not be content until in April last, when she consented to the oft-repeated solicitations of her son, to make her home with him, where she remained up to the time of her death, which occurred yesterday at three o'clock, P.M. Many years ago she acknowledged the saving power of Him who doeth all things well, and became a member of the Presbyterian Church. How blessed is the sleep in Jesus, such as hers must be, for when her son was holding her up to a sitting posture, with friends gathered around, she then asked for someone to sing an old familiar hymn, which request was complied with, she asked to be laid in such a position that she might die. From that time until many hours thereafter, when the winged spirit took its flight, she never uttered a sound or sign of complaint. Her sleep will be the sleep of the just, after a long life well spent. The funeral takes place from the residence this afternoon at 2:30 o'clock. Rev. J.H. Cooper, officiating.
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On Oct. 23 that year Mrs. Diana Sturgis* and Wm. Blowers were married, and on Oct. 30, Johnson Wheeler was wedded to Miss Mary Pinney, of Townsend, Ohio.
* NOTE the variation in the spelling of "Sturges"/"Sturgis" in the various articles.