Perry Bachelor, son of L. D. and Millie Bachelor, was born in Martin County, Ind., Oct. 13, 1893, and departed this life July 6, 1925, age 32 yrs., 9 months and three days.  His parents moved to Orange County , where most of his life was spent, and came to Mitchell about four years ago.  He was taken to the hospital at Bedford where he passed away after intense suffering.  He was of quiet, loving disposition, no sacrifice being too great to make for his family and those about him.

On Dec. 24, 1614 (1914?), he was married to Emma Pipher.  To this union were born four children, Mildred Elizabeth, who died in infancy; Mary Ethel, Blanche Estaline and Perry Clinton who survive.

Besides his wife and three children he leaves to mourn his departure his mother and father, three brothers, Walter, Oscar and Lloyd, of Mitchell; five sisters, Mrs. Herbert Terry, of Shoals; Mrs. Harry Terry, of Mitchell; Mrs. Ben Wilson of Paoli; Mrs. Everett Harris and Mrs. Frank Smith, of Indianapolis; an aged grandfather and a number of other relatives and a host of friends.

At the age of seventeen he was first converted at Faucett chapel, a Methodist church in Orange County .  About two years ago he bowed at the alter in the Nazerine church and was sanctified after which he became a member of this church.  He testified to different ones during his illness that all was well with his soul.”


Shoals News, July, 1925

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John Boonshot

The death angel took from our midst on February 6. 1929, John Boonshot, aged eighty-four years, one month and twenty-one days.

Uncle John was born in Bavaria, Germany, Dac.[Dec] 15, 1844. He came to the United States in 1851 with his parents and settled in the state of Pennsylvania. In 1859 he moved to Dubois county, later moving to Martin county and lived there until 1910 when he came to Alfordsville. He was converted and joined the M.E. church in February of 1864. He was united in marriage to Elizabeth Waggoner in 1867. Two children were born to this union, Mrs. Eva May Boonshot-Truelove and Charles Finley Boonshot, both of whom have preceeded their father in death.

Uncle John lived a faithful Christian life, always dealing honestly with his fellow-men with whom he came in contact. He helped to make his home a home of prayer, and insisted on carrying on the devotions even when his physical strength would hardly permit.

Funeral services were conducted by the Rev. E.A. McBride of Loogootee at the M.E. church of Alfordsville.

Loogootee Martin County Tribune February 14, 1929
Courtesy of: Elaine Thomas


Printer Answers "Thirty" Call

J. Lish Crays, who was well known in the city and community passed away
about 7 o'clock yesterday morning at the home of his grandmother, Mrs.
Savilla Crays, north of town, where he had been visiting for a few days.
Death resulted from an attack of diabetes.

The deceased had been in failing health for two months or longer, but had
been able to keep at his work in a local printing office until about 10
days ago. After quitting his work in the printing office, Mr. Crays went to
the home of his father, north of town , for a visit and rest and later went to the
home of his grandmother, where his condition suddenly became serious and where
his death occurred yesterday morning.
The deceased married Miss Ida Montgomery, a daughter of the late Samuel
Montgomery who died suddenly in this city a few weeks ago. The wife and
four small children, Wilma, Beulah, Norma May and Hubert, survive him. He
also leaves his aged grandmother, Mrs. Savilla Crays, at whose home his death occurred, his father, a half brother - Ora Crays and four half sisters - Mrs. Phoebe King, of Princeton, Bertha
and Maude Crays and Mrs. Mabel Strawn, who lives north of town.
Mr. Crays was a member of the local lodges of Masons, Odd Fellows and
Knights of Pythias, and carried life insurance in the last named order.
The body was prepared for interment yesterday afternoon and was brought to
his late home in this city where it will be kept until time for the funeral
service which will be held at 9 o'clock Saturday morning at the M. E.
Church. Interment will be made at Good
will cemetery.

Source: Loogootee Tribune, August 18, 1916
Courtesy of: James R. Tewell

"Dies of Heart Attack"
Paper Dated November 5, 1926

Mrs. Alice Lundy, aged seventy years, died Wednesday at her home north of Shoals, in Center township. Death resulted from organic heart disease. Though Mrs. Lundy had been in poor health for some time, she had been confined to her bed only since Monday, her death being rather sudden and unexpected.

Deceased was the wife of Amos Lundy, well known Center township farmer, and was a much esteemed woman. She was the daughter of John and Nancy (Vandiver) Douglas, who were prominent residents of Martin county in the earlier days.

Besides the husband, Mrs. Lundy leaves a son, Grover Lundy, who resides in Cincinnati, and a daughter whose name we were unable to learn, but who lives in Dayton, Ohio.

Funeral services will be held at the Hickory Ridge church, Center Township, this afternoon at 2 0'clock and interment will be made in the cemetery at the same place.

Courtesy of: Jolene Huddleston

Margaret Gibson

Margaret Gibson died Feb. 2, 1915, at the home of her son Robert Gibson Jr., in Rutherford township, born Aug. 12, 1854, aged 60 years 5 months and 20 days. She was the daughter of Jonathan and Darkes Hembree.

She was twice married. Her first marriage being to Geo Head. To this union were born four children, Mrs. Anna Parsons, of Loogootee, Isaac Head, of Rutherford township, who survive her, and Benjamin and John Head who preceeded her to the great beyond a few years ago.

On Sept. 25, 1887 she was again united in marriage to Gilbert Gibson. To this union were born three children, Robert M. of near South Martin, Mrs. Lizzie Abel and Mrs. Nettie Lingenfelter of Loogootee, who with their father survive.

She united with the U.B. Church at Inman's Chapel at the age of eighteen, and lived a life consistent with its teachings. Aunt "Sis", as she was familiarly called, was an upright Christian woman, a devoted companion and loving mother.

She had been a sufferer from a complication of diseases for several years, but in spite of her failing health she remained cheerful and pleasant, and at different times had expressed a willingness to die.

Her pathway was not always strewn with roses. There were some thorns as there always are in the christian life, but she overcame the trials and difficulties and seemed to grow stronger in the faith, and as the end was drawing near she seemed fully resigned to his Divine Will. Just before death she was unconscious but we all have reasons to believe that she is now treading the streets of the New Jerusalem.

Funeral services were conducted at the Inman church by Rev. P.C. Reisen after which the remains were laid to rest in the cemetery near by.

Shoals News February 12, 1915
Courtesy of: Elaine Thomas

Death of Gilbert Gibson

Another of the few remaining veterans of the civil war answered the last taps Saturday when Gilbert Gibson passed away at the home of his son, Robert Gibson, north of town. Mr. Gibson had been in failing health for several years, suffering from a complication of diseases incident to old age. On Tuesday of last week he sustained a stroke of paralysis and from about noon of that day until his death was unconscious.

Mr. Gibson was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Gibson, both of whom are dead. He was born September 17, 1849 being in his seventy-second year. He was twice married, the first time to Julia Hembree, and after her death the second time to her sister, Margaret Hembree. There were no children of the first union, but by the second marriage there are living the following children; Robert of this city, Mrs. Nettie Lingenfelter of Washington, and Mrs. Lizzie Abel of Rutherford township. There are also five step children and ten grand children.

Mr. Gibson saw active service in the civil war and was in the hottest of the fight at the battle and siege of Vicksburg. He was a member of the G.A.R. post.

The funeral services were held on last Sunday at the Inman chapel in Rutherford township and were conducted by the Rev. Carroll, pa ---- ...that church and the remains ... laid to rest in the adjoining cemetery. [paper torn at edge]

Loogootee Martin County Tribune May 19, 1921 P. 5
Courtesy of: Elaine Thomas

Civil War Vet Answers Final Roll Call Thurs.

John M. Gibson, 93, one of Martin county's oldest and few remaining Civil war veterans, died at 7:30 o'clock Thursday morning of last week, at his home in Rutherford township, death being attributed to senility, and complications that arose after he had fallen from a porch and broken his leg about ten days ago.

Mr. Gibson was a native of Rutherford township and lived in Martin county all his life. He was well known and had a wide circle of friends. Born February 15, 1842, he was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Gibson of Kentucky. His wife was Elizabeth Blagrave Gibson, and she preceded him in death about thirty years ago.

The deceased man was a member of the United Brethren church and was educated in Rutherford township. When a young man he enlisted for service in the Union army in the conflict between the states and was assigned to Company E, 58 Regiment Indiana volunteers.

Surviving children are R. H. Gibson of Jacksonville, Fla., Emmett Gibson and Morton A. Gibson of Rutherford township and Mrs. Nancy Chattin of Decker. A son, John W. Gibson, three brothers and one sister are dead.

Funeral services were held Saturday morning at 10 o'clock at Mt. Zion church, with burial in the Inman Cemetery.

Loogootee Martin County Tribune May 30, 1935, P.1

Date of death: May 23, 1935
Courtesy of: Elaine Thomas

Uncle Robert Gibson, the oldest of Rutherford township's citizens, passed away at his home here on Sunday, July 15th at the advanced age of 95 years. He had been married four times and all of his wives are dead except the last one. He was the father of twenty-four children, nine of whom are living. There are a large number of grand children and great grand-children besides the wife, one brother Martin, and a host of other relatives and friends, all of whom regret the passing of a splendid man. The funeral services were held Monday at Inman church by the Rev. John Carroll and the remains interred there.

Loogootee Martin County Tribune July 26, 1923 P.7

Date of birth on tombstone: June 20, 1828 Wives: Missouri Lemmon, Margaret Reed (Reeves?), Lidia Emily Allen, Emma Purcell. The brother referred to as "Martin" was John Martin Gibson

Courtesy of: Elaine Thomas

W. D. Hunt Funeral Held Wednesday

The funeral service for William Dempsy Hunt, 58, who died at his home 10 miles south of Loogootee in Rutherford township, at 4:00 o'clock Monday afternoon, was held from Mt. Zion church in Rutherford township at 2 o'clock Wednesday afternoon, with Rev. E. C. Jones officiating. Burial was made in the nearby cemetery. The remains were kept at the Emil Norris & Sons funeral home until time for the funeral.

The deceased, a son of Marshall and Peggy (Street) Hunt, was born in Rutherford township, July 26, 1880, and spent his lifetime in that township, following farming for a vocation. Although in poor health for a number of years, his condition was not serious until two weeks ago.

He was united in marriage to Minnie E. White, January 25, 1899. To this union were born eight children, three of whom preceded him in death. The surviving children are Mrs. Ethel Waggoner of Loogootee, LuRena Naylor of Washington, Mrs. Vivian Fuhrman of Loogootee, Ruth and Dessie Hunt, at home. Those who preceded him in death are Mrs. Janie Ziegler, Mrs. Pearl Gibson and Inez B. Hunt.

Besides the widow and surviving children, he leaves two brothers, Robert Hunt of Loogootee and Bess Hunt of Lawrenceville, Ill.; one half-brother, Porter Hunt of Loogootee; two half sisters, Mrs. Phoebe Ziegler of Loogootee, and Mrs. Maudie Brown of Haysville; one step sister, Mrs. Grace Mauder of Loogootee, and eleven grandchildren.

Date of Death: 30 May, 1938
Loogootee Martin County Tribune June 2, 1938 P. 5
Courtesy of: Elaine Thomas

Young Mother Expires After Long Illness

Frances Naundus Tewell, wife of Enoch Tewell, passed away in this city at 10:10 Tuesday morning from complications of several months duration. She had been serious for about six weeks and had recently been taken to the Daviess County hospital for treatment, but a diagnosis of her ailment revealed her condition beyond medical skill. Mrs. Tewell lived but a sport span of time, dying at the early age of 24 years, 19 days. She was born in Daviess County, a daughter of Felix and Frances (Dagman) Sanders on March 14, 1910. She received her education in the Cannelburg schools. She was married to Mr. Tewell on March 4, 1930, and moved to this city about two years ago, where she has made a host of friends, whom mourn her early departure. Surviving are her husband and one son, Robert J. Tewell, age 2 years and a sister Mrs. Geoffrey Brothers of this city. Funeral services will be conducted at St. John/s Catholic Church at 9 o'clock today (Thursday) with burial following in St. John's cemetery.
Source: Martin County Tribune, April 5, 1934
Notes: Her name is also shown as Naundus Nancy Dagman. The cause of death was Intestinal Cancer.
Courtesy of: Jim Tewell -

Contributed by Kris Bain
From the Loogootee Newspaper
Feb. 21, 1890

Greenberry Harrison
Feb. 16,1890
Burial at Love's Cemetery

Sarah Arvin
died after long illness
Feb 13,1890
Services at St. John's Church

Nancy Goff Love
Born Jan 8 1844
Near Bedford, IN
Died April 4 1890
Husband Moses Love
Married Jan 7 1866
7 Children

Anna Jean Tewell Mathias

Mrs. Anna Jean Mathias, 50, 211 Sycamore Street, died at 5:22 p.m. Tuesday
at the Eastgate Manor Nursing Home in Washington. She had been seriously
ill for eight months.
Mrs. Mathias was born in Martin County on November 17, 1925 to the late
George and May (Montgomery) Tewell. On May 20, 1953 she married Victor
Mathias who survives.
She was a member of St. John's Catholic Church, Daughters of Isabella, and
Tri Kappa. She was formerly a clerk at NWSC. Crane.
Survivors besides her husband include two daughters, Mrs. Alex (Martha)
Hamilton of Bloomington and Patricia Jean Mathias, at home; one son,
Richard Joseph, at home; a sister, Mrs. John (Dorothy May) Bradley,
Indianapolis; and a brother, Charles Tewell, of Hastings, Nebraska.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at St. John's Catholic
Church with burial in the church cemetery. Friends may call after 7 p.m. at
the Titzer Funeral Home. The rosary will be at 8 p.m. Thursday with D of I
services immediately following.

Contact: James R. Tewell

Aged Resident of Loogootee Died Saturday

Funeral Today For Mrs. Jane Montgomery, Aged 79

Loogootee, Ind., March 6
Mrs. Jane Montgomery, 79, widow of Samuel Montgomery, died Saturday night
at 9:45 o'clock at the family home here, death following a four weeks illness of complications. Mrs. Montgomery had been seriously ill for two weeks.
Born in Brown Township, in Martin County, deceased was a daughter of John
and Elizabeth (Crane) Cannon and as a young woman was married to Mr.
Montgomery, who died 22 years ago.
Mrs. Montgomery was a member of the Loogootee Methodist Church.
Surviving children are Mrs. W. A. Crane of Walnut, Ill., Jasper Montgomery
of Loogootee, J. R. Montgomery of Tacoma, Wash., John C. Montgomery of
Tulon, Ill., Mrs. Ida Kramer of Broadus, Mont., and Mrs. George Tewell of
Loogootee. Four other children are dead.
One brother lives in St. Joseph's community north of Loogootee. Seven
sisters preceded her in death.
Funeral services were held at 2 o'clock this afternoon at the home of the
daughter, Mrs. Tewell, with burial following in Goodwill cemetery. Emil
Norris and Sons had charge of the funeral.

Source: The Washington Democrat, March 6, 1939
Courtesy of: James R. Tewell

Floyd Montgomery died Tuesday. He was born July 25, 1905, youngest of ten children born to Samuel and Jane Montgomery. His father died about 14 years ago. A brother, Willis, is deceased and one child died in infancy. Brothers
and sisters surviving are: Mrs. W. A. Crane, Robert, Cleveland, John C. Mrs. I. W. Cramer (sic), Jasper and Mrs. Geo. Tewell.
Burial was at Goodwill cemetery.

Source: Abstract from the Martin County Tribune, Thursday February 12, 1931
Courtesy of: James R. Tewell

Death was Unexpected

Samuel Montgomery Dead From A Sudden Attack of Paralysis
Samuel Montgomery, aged sixty-two years and was well known in Loogootee and vicinity, died at 12 o'clock Wednesday night, about fourteen hours after he
had suffered a stroke of paralysis while at work making repairs on the roof
of an outbuilding at the residence of Maj. Wm. Houghton in the northeast part of the city.
Mr. Montgomery, who of late had followed the work of doing odd jobs of
carpentering and repairing, was called to the Houghton residence Wednesday
morning to do some repair work on the roof of the washhouse. He had just
completed the work when he suffered the fatal stroke and fell on a concrete walk near the outbuilding, where he was found some ten or fifteen minutes later by Mrs. Houghton when she started to go to the kitchen garden for some radishes for dinner.
Mrs. Houghton instantly realized that was something wrong with Mr.
Montgomery, and, when he failed to make answer when she spoke to him, she
hurried to the telephone and notified Mr. Houghton. A physician was summoned and hurried to the Houghton home.
Mr. Montgomery was unconscious when found by Mrs. Houghton at about 10
o'clock Wednesday and stayed in that condition until the end.
About ten minutes before the prostrate man was found, a clattering noise
emanating from the vicinity of the outbuilding was heard by Mrs. Houghton
and a neighbor woman who was at work in her garden near the Houghton home.
This with the fact that a tall step-ladder on which Mr. Montgomery had first been working was found lying beside him led to the belief that he had fallen from the ladder and sustained an injury that rendered him unconscious. This, however, was disproved by
examination of the sick man after he had been removed to his home, the examination failing to reveal any bruises or other marks to indicate that he had fallen any distance, and the physicians decided that his condition was the result of an attack of paralysis.
Mr. Montgomery had been a resident of Loogootee for a number of years,
having moved here from the country north of town, and was a well known and
respected citizen. He is survived by his wife and nine children. The
children are Mrs. Will Crane of Neponset, Illinois; Willis, Bradford, Illinois; Jasper of this  city; Robert of Ridge, Montana; Cleveland, of Sikeston, Missouri; John, of Toulon, Illinois; Mrs. Lish Cray, of this city; Mrs. George Tewell, of Washington; and Floyd, who
is at home. He also leaves a brother, William Montgomery, north of town, and a sister who lives in Odon.
Funeral services will be conducted at the residence this morning at 9 o'clock, following which interment will take place at Goodwill Cemetery.
Source: The Sentinel, Friday, June 9, 1916
Courtesy of: James R. Tewell

Willis Montgomery died last night at Kewanee.
He was the son of Mrs. Jane Montgomery; a brother of Jasper, Floyd and
Mrs. George Tewell. Also 3 other brothers; Robert, Cleveland and John and
two other sisters:  Mrs. Ollie Crane and Ida Kramer. He was 45.
Buried at Kewanee, Ill.

Source: Martin County Tribune,  February 11, 1926
Courtesy of: James R. Tewell

Robert Morrison

Robert Morrison was born near Shoals, Indiana March 14, 1841 and departed this life Sunday night, May 1, 1930 at the age of 87 years and two months. He was united in marriage three times. His first marriage was to Elizabeth Davis, January 31, 1860. To this union four children were born. Two preceded him in death. The living are Charles of Oaktown, Indiana and Ella Acre of Canton, Ohio. His second marriage was to Mary J. Simmons, August 29, 1872. To this union three children were born of which only Mrs. Laura Fowler of Claysville, Penn. survives him. And his third marriage was to Sarah A. Wilson, May 26, 1877. To this union six children were born of which four survive; him: Harvey of Brooklyn, Indiana, Shirley of West Baden, Ross of Windsor, Ill. and Mrs. Bina Scarlet of West Baden. Brother Morrison rendered service to his country during the civil war. He was a private of Captain C. H McCarty's Co., 17th Regiment of Indiana Infantry, having enlisted in 1862 and in 1865 he received an honorable discharge. For three years he has been blind and confined to his home. He was a member of the Methodist church and was converted in 1898. During all his afflictions and pain he was jovial, patient and kind. He expressed his willingness and readiness to take the great departure. Besides his children and other relatives he leaves thirty-four grandchildren to mourn his departure.

Contact: Steve Morrison


Bernice Laura Powell



Bernice Laura Powell, 71, died at the Orange County Hospital at 9:30 p.m. Friday.

            Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Monday from the Queen-Lee Funeral Home with the Rev. Lloyd Butler officiating.  Burial will be in Union Chapel Cemetery .

            Friends may call in the funeral home after 1 p.m. Sunday.

            Bernice McNeff was born Aug. 2, 1912 in Martin County , the daughter of Clint and Rosa Way McNeff.  She married Harvey Powell in 1936, who survives.

            She was a member of the Fairview United Methodist Church in Shoals.

            Surviving besides her husband are two daughters, Mrs. Claude (Anna) Lynch of West Baden and Mrs. John ( Rosa ) Bolten of Washington; one sister, Mrs. William (Dorothy) Pinnick of Shoals; six grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.”

Aug. 26, 1983 (The clipping does not say from which newspaper it was cut.)


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Harvey Powell


         Services were held Monday at Queen-Lee Funeral Home in Shoals for Harvey Powell, 83, of Shoals, who died Saturday at Medco Center in French Lick.  He had been ill one year.

            He was born May 10, 1901 in Martin County , to Thomas and Catherine Batchelor Powell.  He married Bernice McNeff in 1936, and she died Aug. 26, 1983.

            He was a retired farmer and a member of Fairview United Brethren Church .

            Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Claude (Ann) Lynch, West Baden, and Mrs. John (Rosa) Bolton, Washington , Ind. ; six grandchildren, and one sister, Mrs. Clarissa Allen, Shoals.

            Three sisters, and four brothers are deceased.

            The Rev. Lloyd Butler officiated and burial was in Union Chapel Cemetery in Martin County .”

He died 1 Sept 1984.  (The clipping does not say from which newspaper it was cut.)

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George Powell


George Powell, 96, French Lick, formerly of Shoals, died at 8:37 p.m. Wednesday in Orange County Hospital at Paoli.

            He was born Sept. 22, 1887 in Martin County , to Thomas and Catherine Batchelor Powell.

            He was a member of Fairview United Brethren Church .

            Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. Joe (Bonnie) Wallen, Clarksville; one son, George Robert Powell, Leavenworth; one grandchild; three great grandchild; two great-great grandchildren; one brother; Harvey Powell, French Lick, and one sister, Clarrisa Allen, Shoals.

            Three sisters and three brothers are deceased.

            Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Queen-Lee Funeral Home in Shoals, the Rev. Lloyd Butler officiating.  Burial will be in Union Chapel Cemetery .

            Friends may call at the funeral home after 6 p.m. today.”

August1, 1984  (Clipping does not include name of newspaper)

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For unknown Powell gentleman:  (Possibly Thomas Powell, born 1907, died 11 May 1968,  who graduated from French Lick High School in 1926.)


“…He was a member of the Red Quarry Christian Church, the Indiana State Teacher’s Association, the National Educational Association and Shoals Class Room Teachers Association.  He had taught in Shoals High School for twenty-two years, coming here in 1946.

He was a graduate of the French Lick High School , earned an Elementary degree at Oakland City College and his b.S. degree at Indiana State University .  He also attended Lockyear Business College .  He began his teaching career in 1929.  He was head of the Industrial Arts Department.  He also taught History and Economics and was the sponsor of the Senior Class.

Funeral services will be conducted at the Queen Funeral Home at 2 p.m. today, Wednesday, with Rev. Robert Hawkins conducting the rites.  Burial will be made in Ames Chapel Cemetery , in Orange County .

The Shoals Community Schools will be closed Wednesday in respect of Mr. Powell.”


No date listed and newspaper unknown, but possibly Shoals News.

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Samuel Powell

Funeral services for Samuel Powell, 72, of 413 Southwest Third Street , Loogootee, were held at 1 p.m. Friday, at the Titzer Funeral Home, with Rev. Donald boes officiating.  Burial was made in the Anderson Cemetery , in Powell Valley , Lost River Township .

Mr. Powell died at 10 a.m. Monday, December 15, 1975, in the Lee Memorial Hospital , in Ft. Myers , Florida .  He was born in Martin County on June 9, 1903, the son of George and Lettie (Spoonmore) Powell.  He married Edna Anderson and she survives.

He had retired fro the Naval Weapons Support Center , at Crane, having worked in the Ordnance Department.

He was a member of the Loogootee United Methodist Church .

Other survivors are four brothers, Roscoe Powell, of Shoals, Leroy Powell, of Batavia , Ohio ; John Powell, of Trimble, Missouri , and James Powell, of Westminster , Calif.

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Death Takes Mrs. Alma Powell


            Mrs. Alma A. Powell, 84, of Route 1, French Lick, died at 9.45 a.m. Monday, February 26, 1973, in the Bloomfield Nursing Center .

            She was born in Martin County on November 17, 1888, the daughter of Thomas and Laura Bell ( Henderson ) Allbright.  Her husband, Everett Powell, preceded her in death.

            She was a member of the Powell Valley United Methodist Church .

            She is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Maude Quimby, Stanford , Ind. ; Mrs. Joseph Banet, Jamesburg , N.J. ; and Mrs. O. D. Ferguson, Monticello, Ind. ; a brother, Orville Allbright, Shoals; a sister, Mrs. Elsie Gines, Spring Hill , Florida ; seven grandchildren and ten great grandchildren.  A son, Thomas Powell, preceded her in death.

            Funeral services will be conducted at the Brosmer-Drabing Funeral Home, in French Lick, at 2 p.m. today (Wednesday).  Burial will be made in the Anderson Cemetery , in Lost River Township .”


Shoals News, Feb. 28, 1973

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John D. Powell, 79, retired farmer, died at 8:10 Sunday night at his home in Mitchell following a brief illness with bronchial pneumonia.

He was the son of Andrew and Frances Salmon Powell and was born in Martin county August 13, 1865.  He was united in marriage with Miss Belle McNamara on November 6, 1865 (?).

Mr. Powell followed agricultural pursuits in Martin county until 1910 when he moved with his family to Mitchell and accepted employment with the Lehigh Portland Cement Company and retained that position for several years.  He later moved with his family to Spice Valley township where he was engaged in farming until five years ago, when he returned to Mitchell and has since resided there. 

He is survived by the widow, three sons, Jerry, Jack and Otto, all of Mitchell; three daughters, Mrs. Icelie Archer, Mrs. Mae Austin and Mrs. Pearl Roberts, all of Indianapolis ; 20 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, and a sister, Mrs. Cynthia Hopper, Vincennes .

The funeral service was held Wednesday afternoon at the Mitchell Pilgrim Holiness church, interment following in the Mitchell cemetery.”


Shoals News, March 1945

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Mrs. Catherine Powell Dies in Halbert Twp.


Mrs. Catherine (Batchelor) Powell, aged __ Halbert township woman, died at 8:45 o’clock Wednesday morning at her home southeast of Shoals.  She had been ill for some time.

Deceased was the widow of Thomas Powell, who passed away about eight years ago.

Born in Martin county, she was the daughter of Dowell and America (McCart) Batchelor.  All her life had been spent in this county, death coming to her at the age of 84 years, 6 months, and eight days.  She was a member of the Methodist church.

Surviving children are: George and Harvey Powell and Mrs. Clarissa Allen, of this county; Edward Powell, of West Baden , and Mrs. Anna Fortune and Wm. Powell, addresses unknown.  She also leaves a brother, Harvey Batchelor, who address was not learned.

Funeral services will be held at 2 o’clock tomorrow (Saturday) afternoon at the Natchez church, with Rev. Lloyd Butler in charge.  Interment will be made in the Union Chapel cemetery.”


Shoals News, May 1943  (She died 26 May 1943)

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Obituary from The Sentinel, Tuesday, July 20, 1915
Death Was Unexpected

Squire John P. Tewell Succumbed to Heart Attack Early Yesterday - Funeral
Announcement of the unexpected passing of Squire John P. Tewell, whose
death occurred yesterday morning at 12:30 o'clock at his home in the south
park of town, was received with a feeling of grief by his numerous friends
and acquaintances. Death was caused by  heart disease. Mr. Tewell had been in declining health for several months, but was able to be about town on Wednesday afternoon. He was seized with the fatal attack shortly after midnight and awaken his daughter, Mrs. Clem McBryant, with whom he made his home.  She summoned
 a physician, but Mr. Tewell passed away before the doctor arrived. Mr. Tewell was born on a farm east of this city, September 8, 1838, and had been a life long resident of this county. His father, the late Charles Tewell, was one of earliest settlers of this part of Martin County. Mr. Tewell had been a resident of Loogootee during the past twenty-four years, and, during the greater part of that time he had served as a justice-of-the-peace. He was well known to almost  every person in the city and currounding community and was esteemed and respected by all.
Five children survive the deceased. They are Mrs. James Callahan, of Montgomery; Mrs. Frank Riley, of East St. Louis, IL; Mrs. Eli Dosch, of Washington (IN); Chris Tewell and Mrs. Clem McBryant, of this city. A half-brother - James Tewell,  of Bedford, also survives him.
The funeral will be held this morning with mass at St. John's church at 9 o'clock, followed by interment at St. John's cemetery.

Contact: James R. Tewell




Funeral Arranged For 10 A. M. Sunday At Oolitic Pentecost Mission

Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Ray passed away at 11:35 p. m. Thursday at the home
of her son, John Wes Jones in the Dive school neighborhood north of Bedford.

A fractured hip, suffered two years ago had since kept her confined to
her bed and complications arising from the injury brought death.

Mrs. Ray was a native of Martin county and was born to Jonathan and
Serilda Mayfield Phillips May 30, 1850, and would have celebrated her ninetieth
birthday had she lived until May 30.

She was twice married, first with William Jones, and subsequently with
William Ray at Oolitic.  Both husbands have preceded her in death.

She is survived, besides the son, John Wes Jones, with whom she made her
home, by another son, Everett Jones, Oolitic;  a daughter, Mrs. Charles
Parkes, Bloomington;  a sister, Mrs. Clementine Kidwell, Loogootee, and a
number of grandchildren, great - grandchildren and great - great -

She belong to the Oolitic Methodist church.

The body was removed to the  Sherwood and Ferguson funeral home for
burial preparation, and late today or Saturday morning will be returned to the
son's home on the Breckenridge Road to lie in state until the funeral,
arranged for 10 a. m. Sunday at the Oolitic Pentecost Mission under
direction of the Sherwood and Ferguson funeral home with the Rev.
Clarence Smith, pastor of the Pentecost Undenominational church officiating.
Burial will be made in the Church of Christ cemetery near Fayetteville.

Contributed by:  Diana Flynn

James Howard Survance

James Howard Survance, age 52, was killed Friday night when his car collided with a truck on Rt. 50 two miles east of Shoals. James Howard Survance, son of William and Clarissa (Harding) Survance, was born in this county, March 1, 1876. He was united in marriage to Zella Dixon on Mary 4, 1904, and to their union were born fifteen children, fouteen of whom are living. They are: Mrs. Bessie Tranter, of Shoals, James D, Cleo, Lester, Luella, Waneda, Mabel, John, Lillie, Ellis, Paul, Roy, Pauline and Curtis, all at home. One son, Raymond Leo, twin-brother of Cleo, died in infancy. Besides the bereaved wife and children, Mr. Survance leaves to mourn his tragic death one sister, Mrs. Ella Nixon, of Jasonville; two half-sisters, Mrs. Stella Deckard, of Terre Haute, and Mrs. Nellie Baily, of Vincennes; a half-brother, Roscoe Courter, of Beall, Indiana, and three step-sisters, Mrs. Alice Hogan, Mrs. Maranda Stiles and Mrs. Anna Anchlin, of this city. Funeral services conducted by the Rev. Goins, pastor of the Pilgrim Holiness church, were held at the Methodist church on Sunday afternoon and interment followed at Spring Hill cemetery. The Shoals News, Shoals, Indiana, page 1, 11 May 1928.
Courtesy of: LaDonna Leavens

Charles Francis Tewell

Obituary from The Referendum, Shoals, IN, Sept. 10, 1896
Our Loogootee correspondent tells of a sad accident in that place, which
resulted in the death of Chas. Tewell. The same old story - killed by the
fast mail.
Loogootee - Several were called to witness the sad death of Charlie Tewell
Monday. He was returning (to work) from his dinner and started to cross the
track when he was stuck by the east bound passenger train and hurled into
eternity. He was dead before anyone reached him, and some were within a few feet. An inquest was held and it was found that his neck and back were broken. He leaves a wife and five children, the oldest of which is a boy sixteen years old. His hand was
mashed by the cars (railroad) some two years ago and since that time he has not been able to do much. We never know how soon we will be called away from this earth. He little thought when he ate his dinner with his family that in a half hour he would be brought home a corpse, and yet it might have been you or I.

Contact:  James R. Tewell

Obituary from The Martin County Tribune, May 11, 1933
Prominent Men Called To Their Final Reward

Christopher and T. J. Morrison Answer Final Summons

The many  friends of James Christopher Tewell, familiarly called "Jersey"
were shocked to hear of his sudden death at his home on East Main street at
12:15 Tuesday morning. Although a sufferer of heart trouble for the past
year, his condition was not regarded  as serious, as daily he was at the N. F. Mathews grocery and meat market, where he had been employed as meat cutter for many years.
During the past year, Mr. Tewell had made two trips to Mayo Brother's
Santatarium at Rochester, Minnesota for treatment. He worked all day Monday
and was down town chatting with friends in the evening, returning home at 8
o'clock in apparently his usual health. At about 11:30 he had a sudden heart attack, but was able to awaken his nephew, Eugene Tewell, who lived with him, before he sank into
unconsciousness. A physician was quickly called, but all efforts of revival were in vain.
Mr. Tewell, son of P. J. (John Peter) and Frances (Brown) Tewell was born in Brown Township, December 25, 1873,  making him 59 years of age last December. He was reared and educated in Brown Township, but had been a resident of this city for many years. He was never married. Surviving relatives are two sisters, Mrs. Frank Riley of
St. Louis and Mrs. Eli Dosch of Terre Haute and several nieces and nephews.
Mrs. Clem McBryant, who died a few years ago, was a sister of Mr. Tewell. The funeral service was held from St. John Catholic church at 9 o'clock this (Thursday) morning with burial following in St. John cemetery. Among those from out of town who came to attend the last rites were: Mr. and Mrs. Eli Dosch and son, Ralph of Terre Haute, Mr. and Mrs. Carl Cooper of Somerset Kentucky, Mrs. Herschel Kennard and Joe Callahan......

Contact: James R. Tewell

Julia May Montgomery Tewell

Mrs. May Tewell Dies in Indianapolis
Mrs. May Tewell, age 66 years, of 505 Walker Street, Loogootee, died Wednesday morning at the St. Francis Hospital, in Indianapolis, following an illness of four weeks.
Mrs. Tewell was born in Martin County on December 18, 1895, the daughter of
Samuel and Jane (Cannon) Montgomery. Her husband, George W. Tewell, preceded her in death.
She was a member of St. John's Catholic Church and the Daughters of
Funeral services were conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. John's Catholic
Church and burial was made in St. John's cemetery. Mrs. Tewell is survived
by a son, Charles R. Tewell, of Riverdale, Md.; two daughters, Mrs. Anna
Jean Mathias, of Loogootee; and Mrs.  Dorothy M. Bradley, of Indianapolis; twelve grandchildren, a brother, Jasper Montgomery, of Indianapolis, and a sister, Mrs. Ida Carter, of Mizula (sic) Montana.
Source: The Shoals News, November 21, 1962

Contact: James R. Tewell

Mary Bernadette Lents Tewell

Dies After Long Illness of Tuberculosis
Mrs. Henry Tewell Died Monday at Her Home in the East Part of Town After
Long Illness.
Mrs. Bernadette Tewell, the wife of Henry Tewell of the south east part of town, died Monday afternoon at three o'clock after an illness extending over two years of tuberculosis. She was a long and patient sufferer and only her by energy and pluck did she keep from taking to her bed until almost the last. Mrs. Tewell was born and reared in Loogootee. She was the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. John Will Lents of this city, and was born Feb. 1, 1883, being almost 39 years old at her death.
She was married to Henry Tewell April 28, 1902, and to them were born six children, all of them living. They are: Charles, Pauline, Forrest, Ruth, Donald and Robert.
She leaves the following brothers and sisters: Arthur Lents of Washington; Onas Lents of Fairfield California; Mrs. Ethel Lannan and Mrs. Belle Downing of Evansville; and Zeno and Miss Julia Lents of this city who are respectively half-brother and half-sister.
Mrs. Tewell was a highly respected woman, a good neighbor and a splendid
mother. She was a life long member of the Catholic church at St. John's congregation Loogootee and funeral services were held from there on Wednesday morning at nine o'clock, The Rev. Louis Becker officiating. The remains were buried in St. John's cemetery.
Source: Martin County Tribune, Jan 19, 1922

Contact: James R. Tewell

Ruth Ann Lundy Tewell

Obituary from the Martin County Tribune, Loogootee, Feb. 22, 1907
Died of Consumption
Mrs. Ruth Ann Tewell a well known and highly respected lady, of this city, died at her home Monday morning after a lingering illness of consumption.
She was a widow, her husband, Chas. Tewell, being killed by a train near this place several years ago.
She leaves six children, 3 boys and 3 girls. They are Mrs. Theresa Levell, Shinola, IL, Ethel, Sadie, Frank, Henry, and George of this city.
The remains were laid to rest in St. John's cemetery Wednesday morning after high mass at St. John's Catholic church by Rev. T. O'Donaghue.

Contact: James R. Tewell

Ruth Ann Tewell Strange

Mrs. Ruth A. Strange, 62, of 409 J. F. Kennedy Ave., Loogootee, died at
6:15 a.m. Monday at the Dubois Memorial Hospital, in Jasper. Although she
had been ill of seven years, she was seriously ill only one day.
She was born in Martin County on February 11, 1909, the daughter of Henry
and Bernadette (Lents) Tewell. On September 25, 1932, she married Frank C.
Strange, the present clerk of the Martin Circuit Court.
She was a member of St. John's Catholic Church, the Daughters of Isabella
and the American Legion Auxiliary.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by three sons, John W. Strange,
of Hot Springs, Ark.; Edward J. Strange, of Indianapolis; and Thomas E.
Strange, of Loogootee; two daughters, Mrs. Richard (Mary Ann) Flynn, of
Loogootee; and Mrs. John (Katherine) An
thony, of Raleigh, North Carolina; twelve grandchildren; two brothers,
Robert Tewell, of Loogootee; and John Tewell, of Owensboro, Ky.; and a
sister, Mrs. Bennie (Pauline) Traylor, of Montgomery, Ind. Two brothers are
Funeral services will be conducted at St. John's Catholic Church at 10 a.m.
Thursday and burial will be made in the church cemetery.
Friends may call at the Titzer Funeral Home, in Loogootee, where the parish
rosary will be at 8 p.m. Wednesday and the Daughters of Isabella rosary at
8:15 p.m., Wednesday.

Contact: James R. Tewell

William Baldwin Clifton

Died after 1930,  Civil War vet.

Courtesy of Ann Guiles

 Loogootee Paper Thurs. April 10, 1919

Prominent Farmer Dies Of Heart Trouble

William C. VanHoy Succumbs After Four Years Illness At Age of
Burial Saturday.

     A Lingering illness from leakage of the heart caused the death of
William Clayton VanHoy. one of the best known and most highly respected
farmers and business men of this community, at his home North of town
last Thursday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock. He had been in failing health for
about four years and had been confined to his bed for the last three weeks. Mr.
VanHoy was Sixty-seven years old.

    He was born near Loogootee and spent all his life in this community,
having lived the most of his married life on the farm where he died. He
was one of the most prgressive farmers of the neighborhood and took a great
interest in community affairs. He was also engaged in the contracting
business with his son Walter for some years retiring to seek the quiet of
private life.

    He was a long time member of the Presbyterian Church, until some
three years ago he became converted to the Roman Catholic faith and united with
St. John's Church here. The funeral was held Saturday forenoon at the
church and high mass was said for the repose of the soul by the pastor, the Rev.
Joseph F. Gerdon, and the remains interred in St. John's Cemetery.

   Early in Life Mr. VanHoy married Miss Catherine H. Fitzgerald who
survives him. there were seven children, all of whom are living; They
are: Mrs. Phoebe Summers, and Mrs. Lizzie Smith, of Loogootee and Anne, who is
now Sister Agnes Helen of the order of Providence of Chicago; James
Walter, Cosmos C. , William, and Omer, all of this place. There are also two
sisters; Mrs. Ada Walton Mrs. Mary Burris, and three brothers; Saul
VanHoy, who lived near him; John of Wheatland and Abraham of California.

       Mr. VanHoy was a splendid man of fine character and of exemplary
habits. He had many warm friends in this and neighboring communities who
will be shocked to hear of his death.

Courtesy of:  Paul D. VanHoy

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