Dena May (Loy) Sinn of Otoe County Nebraska Newsclippings

Along with the family group chart for Dena May (“Deine”/”Denie”) Loy, I have several historical news clippings regarding her and her family. In some clippings, and daughter Addie’s death certificate, her name was spelled “Deine,” which is close to the “Deinie” name on her gravestone. In German, “Deine” means “your” and is pronounced like “Dinah.” I can’t say whether or not this was the way her name would have been pronounced with the “Deine” spelling. As her first census listing as a child had the Dena spelling, I’ve used this for a more uniform way of writing her name, without my having to add all the other alternative spellings.

One account of their marriage was in the Monday, 12 July 1880 The Ness County Pioneer (Sidney, KS) pg. 3:

   At the office of the Probate Judge, at Ness City, Saturday, July 3rd, by Judge Barnd, Mr. John Sinn and Deine Loy, both of Ness county.

However, a more creative editor wrote the following for the Tuesday, 13 July 1880 The Progress (Dighton, KS) pg. 3:

   At the office of Probate Judge, in Ness City, July 3d, by Judge Barnd. Mr. John Sinn and Miss Deine Loy. May their lives be pleasant, and, may they in future years look with pleasure upon their little Sinns.

Many years of historical newspapers for Page County, Iowa are available for free viewing/download online. During the Sinns’ Page Co., IA residence, and even years afterward, there were numerous mentions of the family. This includes letter-articles Dena’s husband wrote to the newspaper, describing the towns and farmland where his family now lived. Instead of taking time to transcribe longer articles, I’ll give a summary with a link to the newspaper image. And for other articles, such as death notices, that I transcribed, I’m including a link to available images of the original article. Once you’ve clicked on the link and are taken to the newspaper website, look for the blue highlighted name on the newspaper image to locate that article on the page. In the panel above the image viewer, the download icon (to left of the minimize “magnifying glass” icon) will enable image download into a PDF file.

From Friday, 4 January 1895 The Clarinda Journal (Clarinda, IA) pg. 4:


   Mrs. John Sinn of College Springs has returned to her home after having spent seven weeks at the Mercy Hospital, Chicago, in which place she says she received the best of care. She returns home much improved in health.

From Friday, 7 June 1895 The Clarinda Journal (Clarinda, IA) pg. 2:

SOLDIERS IN PAGE: Details Civil War veterans residing in Page County, Iowa, regardless of what state in which they originally served. John Sinn is in this list.

From Friday, 27 November 1896 The Clarinda Journal (Clarinda, IA) pg. 3:

   John Sinn is having his new house plastered this week. Some men from Clarinda are doing the work.

From Friday, 27 November 1896 The Clarinda Journal (Clarinda, IA) pg. 4:

   John Sinn is about completing a good two story residence, 18×28 feet, on his farm one and one-half miles northwest of College Springs.

[Note: This was “Tiny House” building a century before it became a fad.]

From Friday, 9 February 1900 The Clarinda Journal (Clarinda, IA) pg. 1:

   John Sinn, living near College Springs, is having a new barn erected on his premises.

From Friday, 10 May 1901 The Clarinda Journal (Clarinda, IA) pg. 4:
John Sinn vs George Sinn, decree of partition. Property ordered sold.

From Friday, 6 February 1903 The Clarinda Journal (Clarinda, IA) pg. 3:
Sinn Family Prepares Move from Page County, IA to KS

From Friday, 13 February 1903 The Clarinda Journal (Clarinda, IA) pg. 4:
Neighbors Give Sinn Family a Goodbye Social

From Friday, 20 February 1903 The Clarinda Journal (Clarinda, IA) pg. 6:


John Sinn and family have taken their departure for Kansas, loading their car at Shambaugh last week.

From Friday, 20 May 1904 The Clarinda Journal (Clarinda, IA) pg. 7:
John Sinn Tells of Hutchinson, Kan., and Its Vicinity.

From Friday, 25 November 1904 The Hutchinson News (Hutchinson, KS) pg. 5:
Wedding of Mr. and Mrs. John Sinn’s eldest daughter Anna May to Frank L. Rose.

From Friday, 11 August 1905 The Clarinda Journal (Clarinda, IA) pg. 8:

   The Journal is in receipt of a postal card from a former Page county citizen, which says: Please change our paper from Darlow, route 1, to Hutchinson, route 5 [Kansas]. We are having very warm weather now. Wheat is good and the two heavy rains have insured a good corn crop. Fall plowing not all done as it has been impossible to get in the fields on account of the heavy rains this week. We have abundance of plums and apples here, but no peaches worth mentioning. – John Sinn.” The card was dated Aug. 4.

Note: Above is typed as is from original article; the missing opening parenthesis should have appeared before word Please.

From Friday, 2 August 1907 The Hutchinson News (Hutchinson, KS) pg. 5:

Death of a Baby.

The 5-months-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. F. L. Rose who live near Dorlow [sic] died yesterday afternoon. The funeral was held this afternoon in the United Presbyterian church of this city. Burial was at the Eastside cemetery.

From Friday, 16 August 1907 The Clarinda Journal (Clarinda, IA) pg. 3:


Veste Ester Mae Rose, little daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank L. Rose, living near Darlow, Kan., died there Aug. 1, 1907. She was born April 15, 1906. She was the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Sinn, formerly of College Springs, Page county. The funeral was held from the United Presbyterian church in Hutchinson, Kan., and was conducted by Rev. W. R. Gray, pastor of that church who was formerly the pastor of the United Presbyterian church at Coin, Page county.

Vesta’s memorial at Find a Grave.

From Friday, 13 December 1907 The Clarinda Journal (Clarinda, IA) pg. 8:


George C. Sinn, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Sinn, formerly of Amity township, Page county, is married. From the St. Clairsville (Ohio) Gazette of Dec. 4 these particulars are learned: “Last Wednesday at the home of the bride, south of town, Miss Martha Jane Marple and George C. Sinn, of Darlow, Kan., were united in marriage by Rev. Mr. Balph, of the United Presbyterian church, assisted by Rev. Mr. King of the Methodist. After the ceremony the guests were invited to the dining room, where an elaborate dinner was served. The bride wore an elegant dress of pale blue satin, and the groom wore the conventional black. It was to have been a double birthday party for her mother and brother, John. Her mother was 50 years old and John was 25. The announcement of the wedding came as a surprise to her parents and friends. Quite a number of beautiful presents were received both by the bride and mother. On Thursday the bride and groom left for Kansas, where they have a lovely home already furnished. May happiness be their lot.” The bride and groom are located at Darlow, Kan.

Their marriage record image is at FamilySearch.

From Monday, 6 June 1910 The Hutchinson News (Hutchinson, KS) pg. 8:

   Mr. and Mrs. Frank Rose entertained at their home on 520 East Sixth avenue, in honor of their brother and his wife, Mr. and Mrs. John F. Sinn, Jr. who were married at Ness City, Kansas, June 2, 1910. The following guests were present: Mrs. and Mrs. George Sinn and son, Master John; Mr. and Mrs. John Sinn, Sr.; Miss Addie Sinn and Mr. Martin Sinn.

From Friday, 24 June 1910 The Hutchinson News (Hutchinson, KS) pg. 5:


   Married June 2, 1910 at the home of the bride in Ness City, Kan., at 12:30 p.m., Mr. John F. Sinn, Jr., of Hutchinson, and Miss Stella Shover of Ness City. Rev. G. W. Duram performed the ceremony. About thirty guest were present, mostly relatives.

From Thursday, 27 February 1913 The Clarinda Journal (Clarinda, IA) pg. 1:

Letter from John Sinn

   In a letter received from John Sinn, dated Hutchinson, Kan., Feb. 22, Mr. Sinn writes: “Please change my address from 819 North Walnut street, Hutchinson, Kan., to Route 5, Box 47, Hutchinson, Kan., as I have moved out on my farm again. I have had the lumbago for about five weeks, but am better now. The rest of the family are all in good health. My daughter, Mrs. Frank Rose and children, Howars [sic] and Goldie, of Pratt, Kan., are here on a visit now. We had a fine snow here the 20th, which was fine for the wheat. Everything is prosperous here. Hutchinson is building some fine new buildings now. One new dry goods store building in construction is eight stories high, costing $300,000. Besides several other large buildings are being constructed. If any Page county farmers come down this way they will always find a welcome at my home. We send our best regards to all old timers. Enclosed find $1.50 for which send me The Clarinda Journal for a other [sic] year. It is always eargerly [sic] read at my house.”

From Thursday, 4 January 1917 The Hutchinson News (Hutchinson, KS) pg. 11:

   Mrs. Addie L. Rice is here for a few weeks’ visit with her father and mother, Mrs. and Mrs. John Simm [sic], of southwest of the city.

Addie’s 1963 death certificate.

From Thursday, 3 May 1917 The Garden City Herald (Garden City, KS) pg. 5:


John Frederick Sinn was born in Otoe county, Nebraska, July 13, 1885. Died April 16, 1917, aged 31 years 9 months and 3 days.

His death was caused by accidental shooting. In drawing the gun from the wagon it was in some way discharged.

Mr. Sinn was united in marriage to Stella May Shover June 2, 1910, at Ness City, Kansas. To this union were born two chillren [sic], Reita aged 5 and George aged 4.

With his wife he moved onto a claim February 28, 1916.

In 1903 Bro. Sinn was converted, baptized and united with the United Presbyterian church at College Springs Page county, Iowa. He transferred his membership to the U. P. church in Hutchinson, Kansas, and remained a consistent member of that church till the time of his death.

He was not unprepared for death as his words to those who ministered to him indicate for he said he was ready to meet his Savior in peace, God’s people die well, for they live well.

He leaves to mourn his departure his wife, his two children, his father and mother, two brothers and two sisters, Geo. Sinn of Darlow, Kansas, and Martin Sinn, who lives with the parents in Hutchinson; Mrs. Addie Rice of Osewgo, Kansas and Mrs. Anna Rose of Ashland, Kansas. All were present at the funeral but Mrs. Rose. There were also present Mrs. Sinn’s mother, Mrs. Shover and her three sisters. Miss Ada Shover, Miss Grace Shover and Mrs. Geo. Thompson with her husband, Mr. Thompson. The funeral service was conducted at the home, 20 miles southwest of Garden City, by Rev. W. W. Enyeart of the Methodist church, and interment was made in Valley View cemetery.

From Thursday, 3 May 1917 The Clarinda Journal (Clarinda, IA) pg. 8:


John F. Sinn, Jr.

   Friends in Page county of John Sinn and family will regret to learn that John F. Sinn Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. John Sinn, formerly residents of this county, accidentally lost his life by shooting, Monday, April 16, 1917, in Kansas. The deceased left relatives in Clarinda, being a nephew of Mr. and Mrs. George Sinn, and a cousin of J. F. Sinn. The Hutchinson (Kansas) news gives the following particulars:
   “John F. Sinn Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. John Sinn of southwest of Hutchison [sic], near Partridge, was accidently [sic] short at his home, eighteen miles southwest of Garden City, with a .22 rifle, Monday afternoon. Mr. Sinn, while out making a fence, shot himself while removing his rifle from the wagon. He supposed his rifle was on safety and as he pulled it out it went off. The shot passed through his right lung. He died at 10:30 Monday night. Mr. Sinn was a former resident of Lincoln township and Hutchinson.
   His parents and other members of the family attended the funeral, which was held at the home near Garden City. A sister, Mrs. Vernon Rice, of Oswego, Kan., came to attend the funeral. She left for her home today.
   The deceased is survived by a wife and two children. He was living on a claim in Finney county, near Garden City.”

From Thursday, 7 July 1921 The Hutchinson News (Hutchinson, KS) pg. 11:


   Mr. and Mrs. Frank Rose, of 819 North Walnut street, announce the birth of a little daughter, this morning, at the St. Elizabeth hospital.

From Monday, 11 July 1921 The Hutchinson News (Hutchinson, KS) pg. 11:

Mrs. Frank Rose.

   Mrs. Frank Rose, of 819 North Walnut, died yesterday afternoon at 4:30 at St. Elizabeth’s hospital. A little baby, born four days ago, and two older children, Goldie and Howard, survive the mother, with the husband. Mr. Rose is connected with the Rorabaugh-Wiley company.
   The deceased was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Sinn, of southwest of Hutchinson. The funeral will be held tomorrow at 2 o’clock from the family home.
   A sister, Mrs. Addie Rice, of Geneseo, and two brothers, George Sinn, of Oregon City, Ore., and Martin Sinn, who lives on the farm near Hutchinson survive.

From Thursday, 14 July 1921 The Hutchinson News (Hutchinson, KS) pg. 7:

Card of Thanks.

   We wish to extend our appreciation and thanks to our many friends for the beautiful floral offerings and many kind deeds during our recent bereavement in the loss of our dear wife, mother, daughter and sister.

    F. L. ROSE,
    GEO. SINN.

From Tuesday, 12 September 1922 The Hutchinson News (Hutchinson, KS) pg. 2:

City Brevities

   John Sinn left yesterday for Oregon City, Ore. where he will visit his son George for two months.

From Monday, 30 June 1924 The Hutchinson News (Hutchinson, KS) pg. 8:

   John Sinn, elder of the United Presbyterian church is seriously ill at the St. Elizabeth’s hospital.

From Monday, 30 June 1924 The Hutchinson News (Hutchinson, KS) pg. 12:

Aged Farmer Dies.

   John Sinn, age 87, a prominent farmer living about 9 miles southwest of this city died this morning at a local hospital about 11 o’clock. He had been ill for some time. Funeral arrangements have not been made.

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