Source: The obituary is from a collection of newspaper (paper names not recorded) obituaries saved, by Fauniel Hershberger, during the 1950's, 60's, 70's and 80's. She was a life long resident of Fountain County Indiana. The collection is now housed at Crawfordsville District Public Library.
Hand dated 1966
Memorial services for Joseph Stahl, age 87, of Newtown, who was killed in an auto accident May 16, were held at 4 p.m. Sunday, May 29, at the Presbyterian Church in Newtown. The accident, in which Mr. Stahl lost his life, occurred on U. S. 41, south of Terre Haute, while he was en route to Newtown from Florida where he had been spending the winter. The body was taken to Indianapolis for cremation. The Rev. A. R. Seeman, assisted by the Rev. Peter Heemstra, officiated at the memorial service. Graveside rites were conducted at the Newtown Cemetery by the Covington American Legion Post and the Quigle-Palin American Legion Post of Newtown. --typed by Walt W
Source: Crawfordsville Journal Review 18 May 1966 p 4
NEWTOWN—Joseph H. Stahl, 87, former educator and Indiana legislator, was killed in a two-car collision on rainswept U.S. 41, 14 miles south of Terre Haute at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday. Mr. Stahl, who wintered in Lanark Village, Fla., was en route to his farm at the edge of Newtown when the collision occurred. State police said a car driven by Thomas Booker, 36, Sullivan, swerved out of control on the wet highway and struck Stahl's car head-on. Booker suffered minor injuries. Mr. Stahl was born near Spencer and graduated from Indiana State Normal College at Terre Haute in 1906. That same year he was married to Luella Rifle of Newtown. She died in 1960. He taught school and was principal of Newtown school and later was a public accountant at Indianapolis. He received a law degree, then served in the legislature several years ago. Mr. Stahl also was a veteran of World War I and was a member of the Newtown Presbyterian Church; Quigle-Palin American Legion Post; Masonic Lodge and Knights of Pythias. Surviving is a daughter, Mrs. Gayle Johnson of Tampa, Fla. Source: obituary in a scrapbook from a collection of Fauniel Hershberger's typed by Walt W Joseph H. Stahl, 84, Newtown, was killed in a collision of two cars one-half mile, south of Farmersburg on U. S. 41 at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday. Thomas Booker, 36, Sullivan, whose car collided with Stahl's, suffered minor injuries. Stahl was en route from his winter home in Lanark Village, Fla. to his farm home near Newtown. Stahl was born Jan. 9, 1879 near Spencer. He graduated from Indiana State Normal College at Terre Haute in 1906. After graduation he was principal and teacher at the Newtown School. He was married to Luella Rifle of Newtown on June 22, 1906. She died on March 20, 1960. Mr. Stahl had been a public accountant in Indianapolis and had served in the State Legislature. He was a veteran of World War I and a member of the Quigle-Palin American Legion Post at Newtown. He was also a member of the Newtown Presbyterian Church, the Richland Lodge of F&AM at Newtown and the Newtown Knights of Pythias. A daughter, Mrs. Gayle Johnson of Tampa, Fla. survives. The body was taken to Indianapolis for cremation. Memorial services will be conducted at the Newtown Cemetery. Date and time of the memorial rites will be announced later. --typed by Walt W