Sunday, September 18, 2016

Verda May Burton Barger Uible, "Aunt Vertie" was born on March 11, 1879 in Fayette County, Ohio, the daughter of James and Laura Belle Carson Burton.   She was the oldest of five siblings, with three sisters and a brother.  Her sister, Elizabeth (1887-1974) was the mother of famous Hillsboro cartoonist, Milton Caniff (1907-1988), of whom Aunt Vertie was extremely proud.

She married her first husband, Harry Quincy Barger, in 1899.  He died in 1916.   In 1920 she married her second husband, William David "W.D." Uible, in Highland County, Ohio. She died on September 20, 1966, in Washington Court House, Ohio, at the age of 87.

She lived in a small house on the main street of Leesburg, where the Uible family made frequent visits before she moved to the nursing home in Washington Court House.  I have memories of seeing her "shrine" to Caniff on the fireplace mantel in her sitting room and playing "Mother May I" in her front yard with neighboring children.  At one time Uncle Will and Aunt Vertie operated a dairy on their property.

An obituary of her husband, our great-uncle, William David "W.D." or "Will" Uible can be found at this link:

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Mrs. Vertie Uible, 87, widow of William Uible, died Tuesday at 9 P.M. at the Elizabeth Ann Nursing Home in Washington C.H.  She was a resident of Leesburg.  Death followed an illness of about two years.  Her husband died in 1942.

She was born in Highland County on March 11, 1879, the daughter of James Burton and Laura Carson Burton.  She is survived by one son, Frank [Rutledge] Uible, Cleveland [stepson 1895-1974, his mother was Ida Stouder Uible (1871-1920).  Uncle Will had another son, Russell Lionel Uible, 1896-1983.]  Two sisters, Mrs. Maude Grenier [1881-1966 who died eight days later on Sept. 28, 1966] and Mrs. Elizabeth Caniff, both of Dayton; one brother, Homer Burton, [1891-1977] Cincinnati.  She was an aunt of the famed cartoonist Milton Caniff, native of Hillsboro.

She was a member of the Leesburg Methodist Church.  She was a news correspondent for Hillsboro newspapers for many years.

Funeral services will be held on Friday at 1 P.M. at the Patterson Funeral Home in Leesburg, with Rev. Sterling Morrow officiating and burial following in Leesburg Cemetery.

Friends may call at Patterson's from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 P.M. Thursday.

Uible Reunion c1940.  Brothers and wives:  Frank Uible, Clara Louise Schloss Uible, Will Uible, Vertie Burton Barger Uible, Cecil J Uible, Gladys Hiestand Uible.

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