David Switzer, Sexton Astoria Cemetery, Dies

David Switzer, a well known and highly respected citizen, died at his home in Astoria Tuesday, following an illness of several weeks duration, incidental to advancing age.

Mr. Switzer has been sexton of the Astoria cemetery for twenty-five years and he was no doubt one of the best informed persons in the community as to the cemetery. When anyone desired to find a marked or unmarked grave, Mr. Switzer could easily locate it and give what information was desired. He possessed a “store house” of knowledge as to the cemetery, which would have been of inestimable value to the community if it had been made a matter of record.

Mr. Switzer was born June 17, 1847, near Harrisburg, Hancock county, Virginia. At the time of his death he was aged 85 years, 5 months and 25 days. He being the last of a family of six, all of whom have preceded him in death.

Mr. Switzer was united in marriage to Mary Catherine Ewing, Jan. 12, 1871. She died Dec. 24, 1893. He was again married to Mrs. Emily Litchfield-Brannan about 34 years ago. She died about eight years ago.

Funeral services will be held Thursday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock, at the U. B. church, conducted by Rev. Fred Thompson. Burial in Astoria cemetery.


Published in the Argus-Searchlight on 12/14/1932

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