Have you searched the newspapers for your ancestor?
You may have searched for news in the town from which your ancestor came. However, what about the newspapers from which their children or parents came? Or, the newspapers years later after your ancestor relocated?
I have found obituaries for ancestors in the towns of their children – the child wanted others to know about their loss, so a copy of the obit was in their local paper. And, I have found ancestors mentioned in their past local paper – they still had friends in their old locality, so their news would have been important to those friends!
I even found articles in the old local paper of my ancestor because she still wrote an article for the paper – 20 years after she left the town!