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Airhart - Cornelius (Rev)

Rev. Cornelius L AIRHART

Source: Tri-County News & Waveland Independent Waveland, Montgomery County, Indiana Sept 15, 1955

At 95 years of age, most people aren't very spry physically but that is no reason why they can't show a keen interest in the affairs of their fellow men. Such an interest may at least in part account for the fine long life which has been and is still being enjoyed by the Rev. CL AIRHART, shown above with Mrs. Airhart. On Sunday, Sept 4, approximately 100 friends of Mr. Airhart gathered at the Primitive Baptist Church, Browns Valley to honor him with a basket dinner. The occasion was by way of a birthday party because the following Saturday Sept 10, Mr. Airhart was 95 years old. He enjoyed every minute of the party, too. There are of course, many ministers of Indiana who have arrived at advanced ages, tho no doubt if very many of them still not as active a role in church affairs and meetings as does Mr. Airhart. He is retired from the ministry but still takes an active part in meetings which he attends. Mr. and Mrs. Airhart make their home in New Market where they have resided since 1934. They are both looking forward to five years hence when they can celebrate Mr. Airhart's 100th birthday and their own golden wedding anniversary. Mr. Airhart was born Sept 10, 1860 in Boone County near Advance. He was 23 when in 1883 he was ordained as a minister in the Primitive Baptist Church although he had even then been preaching for two years. He has served many charges in this area including Pisgah in Montgomery County, Union, Wolf Creek, Ellendale, Mt. Moriah near Bellmore in Parke County, the old Indian Creen Church on SR 234 and the new church of the same name in Browns Valley. By a previous marriage, Mr. Aihart had 5 children, 3 of whom are still living. They are Mamie TATE of near Roachdale; Blanche JACKSON of North Salem and Paul of Union, NJ. - kbz

Source: Crawfordsville Journal Review Jan 12, 1956

New Market -- Rev. Cornelius L. Airhart, 95, veteran minister who began his career in the pulpit at the age of 21 in 1881 and who had served churches in Boone, Montgomery, Parke and Putnam counties, died Thursday at 3:50 p.m. at his home here. He became ill last month and death resulted from complications. Rev. Airhart was ordained on May 30, 1885. He was active in the ministry until two years ago, serving as pastor of the Browns Valley Primitive Baptist Church of which he was also a member. In addition to his long service with the church, he held political office on two occasions, serving as a representative to the Indiana legislature from Boone County in 1901 and an auditor of Putnam county from 1910 to 1914. Rev. Airhart was a member of the Odd Fellows and Masonic Lodge. Born Sept 10, 1860 near Advance in Boone County, he was the son of Henry and Mary Galliday Airhart. He was first married in Boone County in 1882 to Adda May Canine and was later married in Montgomery County to Evelyn VanCleave in 1911. Surviving are his wife; two daughters, Mayme Tate of Cortez, Fla; and Mrs. Blanche Jackson of North Salem; a son, Paul of Union, NJ: 8 living grandchildren; 8 great grandchildren; 12 great great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Two sons, Claude and Jesse and a daughter, Maude preceded him in death. Funeral services will be held Sunday, Jan 15 at 2 p.m. from the Noble Reeves Funeral Home with burial in Pisgah Cemetery in Boone County. - kbz

Source: Tri-County News, Thursday, Jan 19, 1956

The Rev. Cornelius L. AIRHART, 95, retired minister, who was the first person to appear in this newspaper's series of Personality Sketches, died last Thursday Jan 12, 1956 at his home in New Market. Rev. Airhart began his long ministerial career in 1881 at the age of 21 and served a number of churches in Montgomery, Parke, Boone and Putnam Counties. In addition to his ministry, he also served as a representative to the state legislature in 1901 and as auditor of Boone Co. from 1910 until 1914. Funeral services were held Sunday with burial in Boone Co. Surviving are the widow; Evelyn; two daughters, Mayme Tate of Cortez, Fla; and Mrs. Blanche Jackson of North Salem; a son, Paul of Union, NJ; 8 grandchildren, 8 greats; 12 great greats and several nieces and nephews. - kbz

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