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Madden - Anson G.

Source: Crawfordsville Journal Review 1 Nov 1943 p 1

Funeral services for Anson G. Madden, 83, of Kingman, father of the late Mayor Claude P. Madden of Danville, were conducted at 2 p. m. Monday at the Kingman Methodist Church by the Rev. A. B. Coap. Burial was in Fraternal Cemetery at Kingman with G. W. Spencer Funeral Home of Kingman in charge. Madden was fatally injured Saturday in an automobile accident at Kingman, death being attributed to a basal skull fracture at a coroner's inquest.  --typed by Walt W

Source: _______ (newspaper clipping) Oct 30, 1943

Col. A.G. Madden Killed When His Car Was Struck by Truck

Col. Anson G. Madden, 84 year old auctioneer of Kingman, one of the most widely known men in this section of the country, died in Lakeview hospital in Danville at 5:00 p.m. on last Saturday, as a result of injuries sustained that afternoon. He was driving his car away from a filling station in his home town and in crossing state highway 234, his car was struck by a truck driven by John Brock of Silverwood. The force of the impact threw the aged man out of his car onto the pavement, fracturing his skull and inflicting other fatal injuries.

Perhaps no man in this section of the state was so well and favorably known as Col. Madden.  For more than 50 years he has been crying public sales all over western Indiana and eastern Illinois. Farm sales, community auctions, sales of fine bred livestock and in later years in the sale barns in Attica and Danville, his familiar voice was heard. For many years he presided as starting judge at the old Covington Fair races and other tracks, including the State Fair

Born in Parke County on September 23, 1859, he was a son of Samuel and Lydia Marks Madden.  He was first married to Marilda Pithoud, whose death occurred in 1883.  His second marriage was to Lydia Jane Lindley, who died a number of years ago.  He was married the third time to Clara Bowsher, who survives.

Other survivors include three sons, Glenwood Madden, an outstanding veterinarian of Cincinnati; George, manager of the advertising department of the William H. Block Co of Indianapolis and Fred, a coal dealer, both residing at Indianapolis; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Two other sons preceded him in death. They were Claude Madden, former mayor of Danville, Ill and Al J. Madden.
In politics he was a Democrat and he never missed an opportunity in his jovial and good-natured manner to expound the virtues of his party.  In 1904 he was a candidate for County Commissioner and lost by a few votes and then in 1906 was elected Clerk of the Circuit Court.  He held the office for one term and did not run for re-election, stepping aside for his chief deputy, Leroy Sanders who served for the following 8 years.

Just the day before his death he was in Covington, calling on several of his old friends, telling them of his recent success in the real estate field.  He was compelled to give up some of his public sales, so turned his attention to selling farms and during the past few months sold two large farms one the famous Cunningham farm with the round barn in Sugar Creek Township, Parke County to a friend, William McCormick of Champaign, Ill for $30,000.00 and the Tom Garland farm near Yeddo to Tom Harlan of Dana for $29,240.

In the passing of Col. Madden this community has lost one of its most colorful figures;  men who commanded the respect of everyone who knew him and there were hosts of them.

The last rites were held at the Kingman Methodist Church on Monday afternoon and interment was made in the Fraternal cemetery.  (thanks to Jennie P - one of our great contributors on this site :)
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