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Luse - Fleming Thornton

Source: Crawfordsville, Indiana Sunday Star Nov 11, 1901 p6
Fleming T. Luse last week took his farewell swim in the Sperry dam for this season. He said the water was pleasant and bracing, but the air most too cool to make the sport enticing. His first swim for the season was on the 10th of April and his last on the 31st day of October. Mr. Luse gives the credit for his remarkable health to the fact he takes daily plunges in the creek for 9 or 10 months in the year. He is a man of superb physique.
Source: Crawfordsville, Indiana Weekly Review, Nov 27, 1908 p 1
Fleming T. Luse, a veteran Indiana newspaper man, who was editor and proprietor of the Crawfordsville Review for many yers, was found dead in bed Wenesday abou 5 o'clock by his son, Ed. F. Luse, at whose home he lived at 418 East Market Street in this city. ALthough Mr. Luse had been in failing health for several weeks, his death, which was due to heart failure and other complications, was unexpected. Upon retiring for the night Tuesday evening, Mr. Luse remarked to hi son that he was feeling pretty well and expected to have a good night's sleep. About 3 o'clock, the son went to his father's room and in response to a question as to how he felt, his father told him, "fine." The son was in his room again at 4 o'clock and as Mr. Luse was sleeping soundly he did not wake him. Again at 5 when the son was in the room, he was startled to find his father dead. A physician was hastily summoned, but it was of no avil. Mr. Luse had evidently just slept away in death. For years Mr. Luse was one of the best known newspapermen of Crawfordsville. He came to this city from Anderson in 1885 and purchased an interest in the Review, his partner being Clarence Galey. Mr. Galey had for two years previously, been in partnership with SM Coffman, the two having started the Daily News. This was Crwafordsville's second daily newspaper, the Daily rgus, started in 1882, having been the pioneer daily here. Mr. Luse and Mr. Glaey conducted the Review together for a year or more, when Charles Berry, now of Veedersburg, purchased Mr. Galey's interest. Later, Mr. Luse became sole owner. He conducted The Review alone for a dozen years, selling it in 1889 to Hinkle & Cunningham. Since disposing of the paper, which has been the Democratic party paper for years, Mr. Luse has devoted his time to writing. He has been a frequent contributor to various magazines of short stories, which, however, were not writting under his own name. Since last May, Mr. Luse has been engaged i writing a history of Montgomery County. He set out to write 100,000 words of which he had 9,000 (sic) completed. The remianing 10,000 (sic) words will be written by friends and the history published. With his vast fund of information regarding the county, Mr. Luse was expected to write a history that would deal with all the important facts of the county in an authentic manner. Mr. Luse was a native of Indianapolis, having been born April 25, 1838 in an old building that stood on the site of the Claypool Hotel. His father, Fleming T. Luse, Sr. conducted a tannery in the Capital City and he also had an undertaking establishment. For three years in the late 50s Mr. Luse was a student in Wabash College. He left Wabash in 1859, however, and entered the University of Michigan from which institutioin he graduated. During the Civil War, Mr. Luse lived in Lafayette and was interested in the publishing of the Lafayette Journal. Leaving Lafayette at the close of the war, he went to Bloomington, where he published the Bloomington Pantagraph. During the next score of years he edited and published newspaper in Warsaw, Wabash and Anderson, having owned two different papers in the latter city. Mr. Luse was married Sept 26, 1862, to Melissa Hoover. She died July 23 1905. They had 3 children, two of whom are living, Ed F. Luse, a printer in this city and George H. Luse, a daughter, of Toledo, Ohio. A daughter, May Etta, died in childhood. Mrs. Luse's mother is still living in Richmond at the advanced age of 94. Mr. Luse is survived by one sister, Mrs. A.B. Bosserman, of Los Angeles, California. He had three brothers, all deceased, CP Luse of Chicago; James Luse of Lafayette, who was connected with the Lafayette Journal and AP Luse of Chicago, a member of the type foundry firm of Marder, Luse & Co. Mr. Luse leaves a half brother, E.w. Allen of Wheatfield, Ind. Mr. Luse was a sterling Democrat all his life. He was a vigorous and forceful editor, being very careful and painstaking in all he did and doing everything with his whole heart and soul. Although having sincere religious views, he was not a member of any church and neither did he belong to any lodges. He has been a familiar figure on Crawfordsville's streets for which time he has made many warm friends. Arrangements for his funeral are not completed.

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