"Owen County Journal" 20 Feb. 1919

FRANK CHERRY, 51, one of the best known farmer citizens of the Liberty neighborhood, east of Gosport, and one of the directors of the Gosport bank, died suddenly Thursday night of paralysis at Dr, Gray's sanitarium at Milgrove, where he had gone to take treatment for the removal of a cancer on his face. Mr. Cherry had not been in good health for some time and some weeks ago submitted to an examination of a small sore on the left side of his face near the temple, which disclosed the fact that the infection was of a cancerous nature. He immediately made arrangements and entered the Gray sanitarium to have the growth removed. His condition improved under the treatment given, and all indications a few hours before his death were that the growth would be in condition to remove on Sunday and that he would be able to return to his home some time the latter part of next week. He was feeling good and in the best of spirits up until late Thursday afternoon. Dr. Gray makes a specialty of raising pure bred hogs and Mr. cherry being a farmer was very much interest in the animals and usually accompanied and assisted Dr. Gray in feeding them. At feeding time Friday afternoon he was helping with the feeding and talking about the animals when dr. Gray noticed him continually rubbing and warming one of his hands at the fire under the feed cooker. He asked him if his hands were cold. Mr. Cherry replied that they were not, but that one of them felt numb and peculiar. A little later when supper was announced he said he was not feeling just right and would not partake of the meal. After supper Dr. Gray returned and talked with him until near eight o'clock when Mr. cherry suddenly sank down in his chair and would have fallen to the floor had the doctor not prevented. Dr. Gray immediately saw the seriousness of Mr. Cherry's condition and telephoned Mrs. Cherry and daughters to come at once. He died, however, before they arrived at his bedside. The body was removed to the home Saturday and funeral services were held in Liberty church Sunday, the Rev. Harper officiating. Burial was in the church yard. He leaves the wife, three daughters, Misses May Lea, at home, and Mrs. J. L. Stucky of Muncie, and two brothers, James, living in the same neighborhood east of town, and John of Danville, ILL. Mr. Cherry was a man who could truthfully be spoken of as of the highest type of citizen, husband, father, neighbor and friend and not only in his death a distant loss to his relatives and friends, but to the entire community. Such men are hard to replace.

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