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March 6, 1932


Mrs. Florence M. Post departed this life Sunday, March 6th, at her home in Coe township, Isabella Co., at the age of 72 years, 9 months and 1 day.

Florence M. Post was the daughter of David and Julia Vroman.  She was united in marriage to Perry A. Post on October 11, 1877.  She leaves to mourn their loss the husband, Perry A. Post, and six children as follows:  George W. Post of Shepherd,  Mrs. Edna Lehtinen and Glen D. Post of Mt. Pleasant,  Harvey L. Post of Shepherd,  Mrs. Glade Goldsmith of Jackson and Foster A. Post of Niles.

One son, Marion A., died March 7, 1911.  There survive also three brothers, William Vroman of Alma and Walter and Raymond of Shepherd;  23 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren, besides a host of friends.

Florence Post was born June 5, 1859 and died March 6, 1932.  She was a very kind, loving wife and mother.  Services were held at the (missing) and A. A. Lutz of Jackson, MI officiated, Jehovah's witness.  Interment was in Salt River Cemetery.


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James Casner of Elm Hall, Formerly of St. Louis,

is Buried Saturday

Feb. 18, 1932  (nsp)


James Casner, well known St. Louis man who was a resident of this place for a number of years, passed away at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Robert Carrick of Elm Hall, last Thursday evening.  He suffered a stroke five years ago last June and since that time has been an invalid.

His wife died just four months ago after an illness of just a few days.

He leaves nine children:  Mrs. Dwight Johnson,  Mrs. Marion Foster,  Mrs. Delbert Beckman,  Mrs. Robert Carrick and Matt, Jesse, William, Chancy, and Harvey.  He was 80 years, six months and 28 years of age.

The funeral was held at the home of Mrs. Carrick Saturday and burial was in the Shepherd cemetery.  Rev. Spence of Vestaburg officiated.


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Public Works Chief Dies of Second Attack;

Recently Resumed Duties

September 15, 1932


Egie D. Klock, 52, superintendent of the Lansing department of public works for two years and representative of the first ward in the city council for about 10 years, died at St. Lawrence hospital shortly before 7 o'clock Wednesday morning following several months of ill health.

Mr. Klock was stricken with a serious illness while directing snow removal operations of his department last March 21st.  Although he had never completely recovered from the effects of the attack he returned to active charge of his department a week ago Tuesday.  He suffered a recurrence of his illness Sunday and was removed (several works smudge beyond reading).

He was appointed superintendent of public works in Feb. 1930 by former Mayor Laird J. Troyer, while he was still a member of the council.  He was reappointed by Mayor Peter F. Gray.

Mr. Klock was born in St. Johns and came to Lansing when he was three years old.  He had lived here since and for a number of years operated a barber shop in North Lansing. 

Mayor Gray paid tribute to Mr. Klock characterizing the public works official as a faithful and conscientious public official with a willingness to operate in the efficient conduct of his department which enhanced his (missing) to the city government.  The Mayor recalled that it was while Mr. Klock was actively in charge of the (?) of his department that he was first stricken.

Mr. Klock, who resided is survived by the widow, a son, Robert, 13 a student in junior high and.....(?) William.  Funeral services were held from the Estee-Leadley Funeral home Saturday.  Interment will be in Mt. Hope cemetery.


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John Chancy Divelbiss, an oil driller well known and highly respected throughout the county died suddenly at the age of 59 years of heart failure at about 11 o'clock Wednesday night, September 14th, at his home southwest of Shepherd.  He was stricken at about 5 o'clock in the afternoon.

Mr. Divelbiss was the son of Robert and Mary Jane Ferrenburg Divelbiss and was born in Fremont, Ohio August 2, 1873.  He was united in marriage with Bertha B. Studebaker, January 22, 1902 in Bluffton, Ohio.  To this union two sons, Glen of Albuquerque, New Mexico and Howard, of El Paso, Texas, were born.

After the death of his wife, which occured Sept 2, 1922, at Bartlesville, Okla., Mr. Divelbiss came to Michigan.  He moved to this community about six years ago.  Besides the sons named, he is survived by three brothers, Forest of Shepherd,  A. B. of Blanchard, and Elmer of Forest Hill;  and two sisters, Mrs. Nellie McCoy of Lima, Ohio and Mrs. Eliza Hall of Alma.  Mrs. Rebecca Fernburg of Shepherd is an aunt.

The funeral Sunday afternoon at the Church of Christ was under the auspices of the Salt River Masonic lodge, of which the deceased was a member.  The Rev. W. H. Bell officiated and the beautiful Masonic ritual was carried out.  Music was furnished by a pianist and violinist.  Masons acted as pallbearers.

Interment was in Salt River cemetery.


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(no date other than 1932)


Leslie Purvis, 23, of Lansing, died Sunday afternoon in a hospital there after a long illness of tuberculosis.  He is survived by his mother, Mrs. Pearl Purvis, of Lansing, and two sisters, mrs. Helen Gagush of Detroit and Mrs. Rhea Huber of St. Louis.

Mr. Purvis was a former resident of St. Louis and was a member of the Ancient Order of Gleaners there.  The body was removed to a Lansing funeral home after which it was taken to St. Louis to the sister's residence.  Funeral services were held from the Pleasant Valley church Wednesday afternoon, Rev. Vern G. Butler officiated.   Interment was made in the St. Louis cemetery.

Mr. Purvis' father conducted a feed barn in Shepherd up to about 10 years ago  occuping the present quarters of the Norton garage.  Later the family moved to Pleasant Valley where his father died.


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(can't read month, 21, 1932


Mrs. Harriett Cole Dodds, wife of Francis H. Dodds, former congressman who has practiced law in Mt. Pleasant for more than half century, died early Monday morning at St. Joseph's hospital in Ann Arbor.  News of her death came as a shock to residents of the county seat where Mrs. Dodds was socially prominent and was universally highly esteemed.

Mrs. Dodds was taken seriously ill more than 10 days ago and was removed to the hospital Thursday.  Sunday she appeared to be doing as well as could be expected and specialists appeared sanguine of her recovery.  Her husband had been at the hospital constantly.

Mrs. Dodds taught school in Mt. Pleasant prior to her marriage.  She was a member of the Episcopal church and her interests were those of a cultured woman who was devoted to her family but still found time for activities contributory to the welfare of many outside the family circle, and the community as a whole.

Surviving with the husband are three daughters, Mrs. Gertrude Lewis of Oberlin, Ohio;  Mrs. Dorothy Buchanan of Tulsa, Okla; and Miss Daphne Dodds at home, and a stepson, Nugent Dodds, who recently was appointed to the post of assistant attorney general of the United States, with headquarters in Washington D C.  Mrs. Dodds was the sister-in-law of Mrs. F. C. Hibbard of Shepherd, pioneer whose death occurred several weeks ago.

Funeral services were held at the home in Mt. Pleasant Wednesday afternoon and interment was made in Riverside cemetery.


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(no date other than 1932)


The Rev. W. S. Phillips conducted a prayer service Friday afternoon for Charles Virgil, four year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Ursel Converse, who died of diphtheria Wednesday in the Saginaw contagious disease hospital.  Burial was made in the Salt River cemetery.

The father of the deceased boy conducts a store in Midland county, five miles east and three miles north of Shepherd.  His (believe it says mother) has also been ill of diphtheria and the last rites were privately held at the home.  C. R. Converse is the deceased boy's grandfather.


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April 11, 1932


Edward Bailey, son of Benjamin and Emma Bailey, was born in Mt. Pleasant in 1882 and died in Detroit of lobar pneumonia April 11, 1932, after an illness of nine days.

He leaves to mourn his loss a wife and six children:  Harold, Clarence, Carmen, Ray, Garland and Ross.  He also leaves his father and the following brothers:  Clarence of Bergland, MI;  Roy of Mt. Pleasant, MI;  Richard of Toledo and one sister, Mrs. John W. Turner of Detroit with whom he had made his home for many years.  He was a nephew of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Gordon of Mt. Pleasant.

Funeral services of the Spanish-American war veteran took place in Detroit, Monday evening, and a military funeral followed in Mt. Pleasant, Wednesday afternoon in charge of the American Legion.  Interment was in the Riverside cemetery beside his mother.

The flag which draped the casket was presented by the Legion commander to the aged father of the deceased.


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(no date other than 1932)


Beverly Jane, the three week old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gail Stalter, was buried in the cemetery in Shepherd Wednesday, April 3, after services sat the Stinson chapel in Mt. Pleasant.


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November 17, 1932  (nsp)


The funeral of Mrs. J. N. Bonney, widow of the late John N. Bonney, a veteran of the Civil War, was held from the family home on South Franklin Street Sunday afternoon, Rev. R. O. Moon officiated at the service.  Mrs. Bonney was past 80 years of age and had been a resident of St. Louis and vicinity for a long time.  She had been in declining health for a number of years and passed away Friday morning at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Carl Lathrop north of St. Louis.

The deceased was born in Ohio, January 29, 1852.  She was married to Seely D. Morrison in 1871 and moved to a farm near St. Louis where she lived until the death of her husband in 1896.  To this union three children were born:  Mable R., Orfa D., and Lee A.

In 1901 she was married to J. N. Bonney of Prattsburgh, N. Y., who preceded her in death in 1929.  Mrs. Bonney leaves two children, Orfa D. Lathrop of St. Louis and Lee A. Morrison of Nappanee, Ind., one granddaughter, Mrs. Clyde F. Barnes of Detroit and three great granddaughters, Doris, Arleen and Marian Richardson of St. Louis.

The interment was made in Oak Grove cemetery.


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Well Known Woman Dies on 88th Birthday

Lived in Gratiot Many Years

June 30, 1932  (nsp)


Mrs. Eva Bailor passed to her reward on her 88th birthday anniversary at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Edgar Sias, Flint, after an eight month's illness.

A daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Dreahmer, she was born in New York state June 25, 1844.  She was married to Charles William Bailor in 1866 and they spent the early part of their married life in Jackson county.  The family moved to Midland County in 1881, where they resided for 20 years.  Later they moved near Forest Hill and they lived there until after the death of Mr. Bailor in 1901.  For the last 22 years she has lived with her daugther, Mrs. Sias, at Forest Hill and Flint.

She leaves five daughters:  Mrs. Sias of Flint,  Mrs. Anna Rolf,  Miss Maggie Bailor and Mrs. Etta Wilson, all of Bay City, and Mrs. Nora Balliet of St. Louis.  There are also two sons, Chester of St. Louis and Tilden of Minneapolis, Minnesota.  Fourteen grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren and one sister, Mrs. Louise Dell of Dubuque, Iowa also survive.

Mrs. Bailor was a consistent member of the Church of Christ in Flint and was held in high esteem by her many friends.


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Mrs. Estella Good Taken Very Suddenly Ill

Saturday, Died Sunday.

April 7, 1932 (nsp)


The funeral of Mrs. Estella Good, who passed away Sunday noon following a very brief illness, was held at the Nazarene church Wednesday afternoon, Rev. Sharp, pastor of the church officiating.

Mrs. Good, on Saturday appeared in her usual health, and that evening was returning home from shopping, when in some manner she fell factoring her ankle.  The accident happened near her home on Olive Road and people in a passing automobile carried her home.  Medical aid was summoned, and shortly after that Mrs. Good lapsed into a state of coma, having been the victim of a paralytic stroke, it is said.  After this developed it was thought a previous but lighter stroke may have been the cause of her falling.  She passed away Sunday, not having regained consciousness.  Mrs. Good's passing is particularly sad, as she has worked faithfully to keep her family together and will be sadly missed by them, and by her many friends in the church.  She was a kind neighbor, and the sympathy of many is extended to those who mourn her passing.

Estella Kaiser, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. R. M. Kaiser, was born on April 28, 1882.  She was united in marriage to Harry Good on April 8, 1899.  To this union were born eleven children, ten of whom survive.  They are: Alfred R., Milo R., and Mrs. Veda Low of Saginaw;  Enith V. of Lansing,  Felville L of Carp Lake,  Warren J. of Chippewa Lake,  Mrs. Myrtle Florence Gould of St. Louis, and Ilah A., Bernice Mac and Emmet Carl at home.  Besides the husband and children she leaves an aged father, two sisters and three brothers.


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Former Resident of Coe Township is Brought

to Shepherd to Rest.

May 4, 1932


Dr. Alonzo Eagan, father of Bert Eagan of this city and a brother of Mrs. C. L. Chadwick of Detroit, passed away in the Chadwick home on Wednesday, May 4th, and the body was brought through Alma to Shepherd for burial on Friday.  Mr. and Mrs. Chadwick and other friends accompanied the funeral car and during a short stop in this city met many of their local friends.

A funeral service was held at the Shepherd cemetery and it was attended by friends of the deceased who were unable to go to Detroit following his death.

Dr. Eagan was born in Green Co., PA in 1861 and came to Coe township with his parents in 1866.  This was a typical pioneer family and from childhood the young Alonzo knew all the experiences of a rural life which offered little of luxury.  He was ambitious to advance and got what education he could, later teaching in this state for several years.  He began the study of medicine in Chicago, but completed his course and graduated from the Grand Rapids Medical College.  After practicing for twenty-six years he retired about five years ago.  His wife died and for  some time he lived in South Dakota.

He is survived by three sons, Bert Eagan of Alma,  James of Minneapolis and Lloyd of New York and a daughter, Mrs. Lucilla Minor of Buffalo, NY,  the sister, Mrs. C. L. Chadwick and a brother Frank of Wahpeton, North Dakota.


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Born in Chippewa Township,

Had Lived in Isabella Co. All His Life

(no date other than 1932)

(Parts of this obituary in the beginning is missing words)


_ _ _ of the oldest, if not the oldest of Isabella pioneers from point _ _ in the county was _  at about 10:30 Saturday night when Henry Hall, 72, succumbed to a lingering illness at his home two blocks north of the Shepherd M. E. church.  The funeral was held Monday afternoon at the home.  Rev. W. H. Bell officiated and interment was in Salt River cemetery.

Mr. Hall was born April 15, 1856 in Chippewa township, Isabella County - the son of Charles and Abigail Hall, who were among the earliest settlers of this locality.  He had lived in Mt. Pleasant and in this vicinity all his life.  He was a member of a large family that experienced all of the privations of pioneer life.

Four brothers and four sisters:  Harmer, Jane, Mary Eliza, Orie, Lyman, Frank and Will preceded him in death.  He was married November 25, 1887 to Mary E. Post, who survives him with one brother, Horace L. Hall of Shepherd, and an adopted son, Donald of Midland.

Mr. Hall affiliated with the Odd Fellows of this article is missing.


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Many Pay Tribute of Respect to Prof. C. W. Yerington Who

Died August 10, 1932.


The deceased was the son of William and Amanda Yerington and was born in Ionia on November 27, 1855.  When a small boy the family moved to Muir and later to Alma, where the young Charles graduated from the high school.  He later attended and graduated from the University of Valparaiso, Indiana, and made a special study of music in the University School of Music in Chicago.  He taught for four years in the commercial department of Alma College, and in 1890 founded the Yerington Business and Music College in St. Louis. He had continued as head of this institution during the ensuing years, with the exception of a short period spent as an instructor in Nashville, Tennessee.  In 1895 he married Miss Annabel Olmstead of St. Louis, and she immediately became his able and sympathetic assistant in the College program.

During his life in Alma he was a member of the Baptist church and later transferred his membership to the St. Louis Presbyterian church.  He was a member of the Masonic order but because of his unusually full program as an instructor, did not take an active part in the lodge.  At the age of thirteen years he joined the Alma band and throughout his life continued to use his talents in a full and busy career.  He had always a burning passion to become an author, and wrote many short stories, poems, photo-plays and novels, besides composing considerable music for band, orchestra and piano work.  Unceasingly active until his death, he often expressed the desire to die in the harness.

Surviving Prof. Yerington are his wife, Annabel Olmstead Yerington, the daughter who is an only child, Mrs. J. C. Rice with her husband and two little daughters, Virginia and Joan;  two nephews, William Yerington of Syracuse, NY and Edward Finch of St. Louis;  and one niece, Bertha Lucille Yerington of New York City.


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July 16, 1932


Mrs. Lillie (Thompson) Parks was born October 22, 1873 at Kinneyville, MI and passed away at her home in Lincoln twp., July 16, 1932.

Her girlhood days were spent in the southern part of the state.  She was united in married to John E. Parks in 1890.

To this union were born eight children of whom seven survive with the husband as follows:  Edwin of Lansing,  Walter of Holt,  Alfred, who passed away in infancy,  Elmer of Lansing,  Mrs. Florence Compo of Buffalo, NY,  Chester, Hazel and Harold at home;  twelve grandchildren and two half-brothers, Henry and Charles Benton, and three sisters, Mrs. Nora Hauser,  Mrs. Cora Ingersoll and Mrs. Elva Barney.

Mrs. Parks was highly esteemed.  A devoted wife and mother, she will be keenly missed, not only the family circle, but by a host of friends.


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March 12, 1932 (nsp)


David Bryan, 78 years old and a former resident on a farm in Coe township east of Shepherd for many years, died Sunday of senility at the county infirmary.  His wife died many years ago and the nearest surviving relative is a brother in Ohio.  He had been at the county farm about four years.  The funeral was held Tuesday morning at the Moody and Garber chapel in Shepherd, the Rev. W. H. Bell officiating and interment was in Salt River Cemetery.


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Well Known Young Man Dies Suddenly in Ann Arbor

Hospital Last Week.

September 7, 1932


Funeral services for Fred B. Huntoon of Dearborn, were held from the Church of God in this city on Saturday, September 10th, with Rev. F. W. Sharp, pastor of the Nazarene church officiating and assisted by Rev. William Eldridge of the Church of God.

Mr. Huntoon had been in poor health for over a year, and on Wednesday, September 7th, he was suddenly taken worse.  He was rushed to the University hospital where he passed away before an operation could be performed.  The case was diagnosed as tumor of the brain.

Fred Byron Huntoon was the youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Huntoon of St. Louis.

He was born February 21, 1900 at Pleasant Valley, and passed away at Ann Arbor, Sept. 7, 1932, at the age of 32 years, 6 months and 16 days.

Several years ago he was united in marriage with Miss Catherine Bigelow of near St. Louis.  He leaves the parents and widow, three small sons, two sisters, Mrs. Alma Law of St. Johns, and Mrs. Edna Healy of Detroit, two brothers, Guy of Midland county and Earl of Wheeler.  There are also many other relatives and a host of friends.  He was a kind husband and father and will be sadly missed in the home and by his many friends who sympathize with the bereaved ones in their sorrow.

The choir, with Mrs. John Roberts at the piano, sang three beautiful hymns.  The body was laid to rest in Oak Grove Cemetery.


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April 0, 1932 (?)


Elsie Herryman was born at Midland, MI on May 13, 1870, and came to St. Louis with her father in 1918.  After his death she lived alone in her home on Olive Road, working diligently to earn her own living, worshipping regularly the Lord whom she had accepted in her youth, and proving herself a real friend to neighbors in need.  To them the news came as a shock that she had succumbed to an operation at the Alma Hospital, passing away on April 0, 1932, at the age of 62 years, 11 months and 17 days.

She leaves to cherish her memory two brothers, Ellis D. Herryman of Tacoma, Wash., and Lugrand Herryman of Nashville, MI;  two nephews, Arthur J. Herryman of Saginaw and Elmer Curtis of Madison, S. Dak., two nieces, Mrs. Lulu Roberts of Green Bay, Wisc., and Mrs. Orpha Cummings of Madison, S. Dak.; a number of other relatives and a host of friends and neighbors.

She was a member of the Christian church since early girlhood.  After the death of her mother she kept the home for her father and after he passed away, lived on at the same place.  She was known as a tireless worker, a sincere Christian, a helpful neighbor, a sojourner here, she "looked for a city that hath foundations, whose Builder and Maker is God."

The funeral was held at the Christian church Tuesday, Rev. E. S. Worden officiating.  Interment was in Gilmore cemetery near Farwell.


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Young Man on Motorcycle Collides With Calf Near

St. Louis

September 15, 1932


When his motorcycle struck a calf on the River road east of St. Louis late Saturday night, Gerald Harry was thrown violently to the gravel road and suffering a fractured skull, died a short time afterward.  He was about 27 years old.

Edith Chapel, a young woman with whom he had been keeping company and members of her family, found him a short time afterward with his head crushed and in a dying condition although still partially conscious.  They had been driving ahead of him in a car and when they failed to see his light returned to the place where they had observed a white calf in the road in passing.  The motorcycle had been doubled up like a jackknife by the force of impact.

Death occurred soon afterward.  A coroner was called and the body was later removed to the W. E. Moody funeral home in Alma.  Later it was taken to the home of his sister, Mrs. Floyd Parrish, east of St. Louis.  Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at the house and at the Coe church.  Interment was made in Salt River cemetery.

Gerald Harry was born in Isabella County and his father and mother, Albert and Nettie Harry moved from near Mt. Pleasant to Shepherd in his infancy and later to Pleasant Valley community where he grew to young manhood.  He went to Milwaukee about five years ago and had since been employed there as an electrical engineer.  He had been visiting relatives in the neighborhood when his death occurred for about a week.

His mother was killed about five years ago by the explosion of an electric flatiron and his father also preceded him in death.  Surviving are three sisters, Mrs. Floy Parish and Mrs. Edith Rouse, living east of St. Louis and Mrs. James Rouse of Fowler;  and four brothers, Hazen Harry of Pleasant Valley, Ferris and Clell Harry, east of St. Louis and Vernon Harry of St. Louis.  Marion and Frank Harry and Mrs. M. C. Lathrop of Shepherd are his cousins.


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June 16, 1932


Howard Snyder, aged 20, died at the University hospital in Ann Arbor just before noon, Sunday, June 16th, of hemorrhage of the brain.

He was born in Isabella County July 21, 1911 and spent his boyhood and youth in Mt. Pleasant.  He was a dutiful son and a willing worker.  He attended the Mt. Pleasant public schools and was active among the young people of the community.

Apparently in good health, he was suddenly stricken Saturday night and was rushed to Ann Arbor but medical aid was of no avail and he died without regaining consciousness.  He was accompanied to Ann Arbor by his mother, Mrs. John Snyder, and a friend, Marjorie Turnbull.

Besides his mother he is survived by three brothers, Arthur and Oscar of Alma and Floyd of Mt. Pleasant; and one sister, Mrs. Kenneth Rohlfs of Carson City.  His father died only four years ago.

The funeral took place Wednesday afternoon, June 15th, at the home on Oak Street, Rev. C. W. Mackenzie officiating.  Burial was in Riverside Cemetery.


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