Orleans Progress Examiner, June  30, 1910:

Obituary. Richard Burton was born August 17, 1843, died June 18, 1910, at his home five miles west of Orleans. He had been confined there for two years having had a stroke of paralysis in June 1908 from which he never recovered. On March 25, 1868, he was married to Amanda Elrod to which union were born two sons, George I and Newton M. Afterwards he married Florence M Mathers to which union four children were born, Mrs. L J Sanders, Samuel O Burton, Cora M and Dessie M, who with two sisters and six grand-children survive to mourn his loss. Mr. Burton united with the M E church several years ago and lived a faithful member until his death. He served his country for tree years as a private soldier in Co K 53rd Ind Vol Inf making a record as a good and brave soldier. He served his God in his meek and quiet way almost his entire life. He was a good husband and father and was highly respected as a neighbor and citizen. Funeral services were conducted at Bethel church Sunday afternoon by Rev. Scully. Interment in IOOF cemetery. The Family. 
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Orleans Progress Examiner, Nov 12, 1908:

Obituary. George W Chisham was born March 7, 1835, near Orleans, Orange county, Ind., and died at his home, two miles east of Mt. Pleasant church, Paoli township, Orange county, Ind., on the morning of November 1, 1908, aged 77 yeas, 7 months and 24 days. He spent his whole near his birth place. He was a son of Urial and Jane Chisham. This was a large family. Mrs. Rebecah Johnson, of near Winfall, Ind.; Mrs. Landmond [sic ?Lambdin] and Joel Chisham, of near Osage City, Kansas, are the only surviving ones living. He was married to Mary E. McClain, in 1858, who died September 30, 1865. This marriage was blessed with four children, two sons and two daughters, William, Janie, and Jesse are left. His second marriage was with Louisa Jane McClain in 1867. They were blessed with seven children, six daughters and one son. Two daughters have crossed the chilly river. Four daughters, Clara, Martha, Emma and Lizzie, and son, Robert are left to watch his coming, which will never be theirs to see. In May 1902 the messenger of death came into his home and took the wife and mother. He professed faith in Christ and united with the Mt Pleasant church, about thirty-five years ago and has lived a christian life. He was a good neighbor, a kind husband and father. He leaves eight children to mourn his loss. Funeral services were conducted at Mt Pleasant Wednesday, Nov 4, Rev Warren Sanders officiating and the remains laid to rest in that cemetery.
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Orleans Progress Examiner, Jun 4, 1902:

Louisa Jane McClane Chism was born July 16, 1838. Died May 25 1902, aged 63 years, 10 months and 9 days, was married to George W Chisham [sic], Sept 15, 1866. This union was blessed with seven children, one son and six daughters, two of the daughters having preceded her to the better world. Mrs. Chism united with the Mt Pleasant Baptist church about thirty years ago and lived a faithful Christian life until death. She was loved and respected by all who knew her. She leaves a husband, five children, three step-children and one brother who greatly mourn the loss of a loving companion, sister and mother. The funeral services were conducted by her pastor, W A Sanders, Tuesday of last week at Mt Pleasant church, after which the remains were laid away to rest in the beautiful church cemetery.
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Orleans Progress Examiner, Dec 21, 1905:

Obituary. Martha A Cleveland was born March 14, 1862. She was left an orphan when quite young and was brought up by Uncle Hiram and Aunt Rachel Pipher. She joined the Church of Christ under the preaching of T Dillon in October, 1883, of which church she remained a member until she was called from time to eternity. She was married to Geo. W Cleveland, August 1, 1889. To the were born two sons, Ralph and Roscoe. Ralph was taken from them by the grim monster, February 24, 1904. [he died at 13 from measles] On February 24, 1901, Martha had a stroke of Paralysis from which she never recovered having lost the use of one hand and arm, but was able to go about most of the time until December 7, 1905, when she had another stroke, which ended her earthly pilgrimage. She gone from us, but we can say, as Job said, "The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away, and Blessed be the name of the Lord." (and a bunch more quotes from the Bible). Sister Martha leaves a husband, one son, one brother, one sister and two half sisters, and quite a number of relatives to mourn the loss of one they loved. May we all so live than when life shall end we may meet her in that bright world, where there will be no parting forever.
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Rev. John Hilliard Dark died in home of his granddaughter, Mrs Charles Warner of Ladoga, Thursday afternoon April 1, 1917 at the ripe age of 98 years [typo-death cert says 93 years] and 2 months and 12 days. John Hilliard Dark was born in Orange Co, NC 1824. He was the son of Nancy Bradford and Thomas Dark. He was the 5th child of 10 children all of whom have preceded him in death. He was married to Jane Phillips in 1846 at the age of 22 years. They began their life together in Paoli, IN. Of their seven children, only one survived infancy. This daughter was Martha, the wife of John T. Hunter, and she died January 19, 1884, at the age of 28 years, leaving four children. The wife and mother died September 5, 1886. In 1887, he married Susan Lagle who died September 26, 1913. Since the death of his second wife he has made his home with granddaughter Mrs. Charles Warner, where he was tenderly cared for as the informative [sic] of age gradually sapped his strength. He came from Orange Co, NC to Orange Co, IN in 1829. He lived in this vicinity until 1903 when he removed to Parkersburg, IN where he resided until November 7, 1916 when he came to Ladoga. John Dark was a man of strong character sterling worth and unblemished integrity. The hardy constitution and wonderful vitality of the early pioneer days were his, such men as he redeemed Indiana wilderness and made it one of the foremost states in our great union and when the dark cloud of the Civil War gathered in our skies and the Union was threatened with dissolution he obeyed his country's call and enlisted with the 25th IN regt. on July 13, 1861 and served his country as any true patriot and a brave loyal soldier can for almost three years receiving honorable discharge on February 11, 1863. He remembered his creator in the days of his youth and became a member of United Brethren Church when but 22 years of age and for some years was a pioneer preacher of that denomination. Soon after the Civil war, he transferred his membership to the Missionary Baptist and was a tireless and able minister in that church as long as his health permitted. He is survived by 4 grandchildren, Miss Pearl Warner, Miss Lela and Jennie Hunter and Virgil Hunter, three great grandchildren and a number of nephews and nieces. Since death is but a transition, a portal to that higher true life those who him best and loved him most can rejoice to know that the long journey has ended and the weary traveler has reached the goal and entered into eternal rest and life everlasting. For who go findeth me findeth life shall obtain favor of the Lord.
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Mrs. Susan Dillon dies. 
Mrs. Susan J. Dillon of the Hotel Iowa died at 1:20 a.m. today in Graham hospital after a long illness. Born July 4, 1869 in French Lick, Ind., she was the daughter of John and Mary Elizabeth Lindley Fullen. On November 5, 1893, in Paoli, Ind. she married John Dillon. They came to Keokuk in 1923. Mr Dillon who sold an elevator business he founded to the Otis Elevator company, was one of the original stockholders and founders with the late G. E. Weissenburger of the Keokuk Electro Metals Company in 1916. For a number of years he was secretary and treasurer but later became vice president in charge of sales. He died September 25, 1941. Mrs. Dillon was a member of the First Church of christ, Scientist. Surviving are four sisters. Mrs. Ella Trinkle of Paoli, Ind., Mrs. Amanda Elrod of Paoli, Mrs. Effie Isom of Long Beach, Calif., and Mrs. Amy Scaritt of Pensacola, FL, a brother, Ralph Fullen, of French Lick and several nieces and nephews, including Mrs. John Wells of Indianapolis, Ind. The funeral will be held Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. in DeJong's Funeral Home with Mrs. Jane DeVries as reader. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery
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Orleans Progress Examiner, Jan 10, 1901,
Orleans, IN:

The subject of this sketch was born in Harrison County, Indiana, February 23, 1839, and died at his home near Bromer, Indiana January 2, 1901, aged 61 years, 10 months and 9 days. On the 13th day of October, 1862 while home on a furlough from his regiment he was united in marriage to Miss Martha J Potter, daughter of Dr Shelby Potter, who was formerly a prominent physician and citizen in North East Township. To this Union nine children were born, seven of whom are now living. He enlisted in the war of the rebellion August 19, 1862 as a member of Co C 66th Reg Ind Volunteers Infantry and was discharged and mustered out January 15, 1865. At the organization of Boss Wible Post No 549 G.A.R., he became a charter member. Since his discharge from the army in 1865 Mr. Ellis has been a citizen of Orange County, and except the four years he spent in Paoli while Treasurer of Orange County, he has resided in North East Township. He was a man of sterling worth and character, scrupulously honest, and was held in highest esteem by all who knew him. He enjoyed the confidence of everybody, and was much sought after as an administrator and guardian in the settlement of estates. He served his township well for two years as township trustee some years ago, and later was elected Treasurer of the county. In 1890 to which office he was re-elected in 1892, serving two terms. His party had such confidence in his knowledge and ability to deal with (?) that he was nominated (?) as County Com(?) term of office did (?) December, it will (?) Com-(?) Auditor to (?). Besides his immediate family he leaves four brothers. Three of the brothers were at the funeral which occurred at the family residence at 10:30 o'clock, Friday, January 4. The sister and the one brother not being able to be present on account of sickness. Deceased united with the Island M.E. Church in 1883, and ever remained a faithful and consistent member. The funeral services were conducted by Rev T.J. Shrode of Orleans and Island charge, after which remains were taken to the Trimble Cemetery for interment, followed by a large concourse of friends and neighbors. To the heart broken widow and fatherless children, we pour out our sympathy in this their darkest hour of grief and sorrow. [newspaper article torn -some info missing]
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Ed E Ellis Passes.
A message was received by relatives here Sunday night stating the death of Ed E. Ellis, of Greeley, Colorado. He was a brother of C. S. Ellis, of this place and Mrs. Virgil Hunter of Bromer. Ed was reared in the Bromer neighborhood and left here nineteen years ago with his family to make their home in Colorado. He has been in failing health for several years suffering from diabetes and in the last year has suffered two strokes of paralysis. Besides his wife, four daughters and one grandchild, he leaves two brothers, four sisters, and many relatives and friends to mourn his passing. Burial at Greeley, Colorado. He was 52 years old.
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Orleans Progress-Examiner, June 29, 1922:

Obituary. Martha J Ellis, daughter of Dr. Shelby and Martha Potter, was born Sept 18, 1845 and passed away at 8:30 p.m. June 23, 1922 at the old home near Bromer, Indiana, where she spent the greater part of her life, being 76 years, 9 mo and 5 days of age. She was left motherless at the age of eight days and later was bereft of her father at the age of sixteen. On the 13th of October, 1862, she was united in marriage to John Wesley Ellis, who preceded her in death January 2, 1901. To this union nine children were born, two Anna and Ida passed away in early life. Those remaining are: Mrs. Minnie E Lewis, Campbellsburg; Mrs. Allie King, Toledo, Ohio; Charles Ellis, Orleans; Ed Ellis, Greeley, Colorado; Mrs. Estella Patton, Dodge City, Kansas; Arthur Ellis, Greeley, Colorado; and Mrs. Ethel Hunter, Orleans. Mrs. Ellis united with the Methodist Church early in her married life and lived a beautiful Christian life. Twenty-one grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and one sister, Mrs. Nellie Lewis, of Florence, Kansas, mourn the departed together with hosts of friends. Funeral services were conducted from the home Sunday afternoon at two o'clock by Rev. Buchanan of the Methodist Church of Orleans. Burial at Trimble Cemetery. The floral offerings were profuse and beautiful. Card of Thanks. We wish to thank our many friends and neighbors for their kindness and sympathy extended us during the sickness and death of our beloved mother, Martha J Ellis. The family of Martha J Ellis.
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Charles S Ellis Dies Wednesday. Charles S Ellis, 78 prominent stock dealer, and father of State Senator, Noble Ellis, passed away Wednesday, April 15, at 8:15 a.m. following a prolonged illness with which he was stricken a year ago in May. Funeral services will be conducted Friday afternoon at 2:00 o'clock at the Ochs Funeral Home by Rev G. J. Pickett of the Methodist Church. Internment will be in Fairview Cemetery. The son of John and Martha Potter Ellis, he was born February 19, 1875 in the family farm home between Orleans and Bromer. A few years of his life was spent in Paoli where the family resided during his father's term of office as County Treasurer, but the remainder has been spent in this community. He was married March 16, 1898 to Miss Nona Hungate of Salem. They were the parents of two sons, Noble, previously mentioned, and Cedric, residing in Birmingham, Alabama, who, with his wife, survive. The family resided on the farm until 1908 when they moved here to their present home. Mr. Ellis had always followed the stock trade, and for several years his son, Noble, had been associated with him in the business. He attended the Methodist Church and was a member of the Orleans Kiwanis Club. Other survivors are four grand-children, Jack Ellis of Orleans, and Diane, Jenifer, and Martha Jane Ellis of Birmingham, one brother, Arthur Ellis, Chicago, Illinois; one sister, Mrs. Virgil Hunter, Orleans, and several nieces and nephews. Ochs Funeral Directors are in charge of arrangements, and friends may call at the Funeral Home, where the body is lying in state.
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Orleans Progress Examiner, date unk:


Mrs. Mary F. Frazier, 73 years of age, wife of the late Walter Frazier, died at her home west of Paoli, Friday morning at 4 o'clock after several years of illness. Mrs. Frazier was a twin sister of James Riddle, deceased. She leaves three children: Miss Esther and William who reside at home and Chester of near Paoli. Funeral services were held Sunday at Newberry, conducted of Rev. Nerrill, assisted by Isaac and Bert Morris and Rev. Eldon Farmer. Burial was made in the Paoli Community Cemetery.
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Orleans Progress Examiner, Thursday, May 7, 1959:

Arthur J Fullen, well known farmer of near Livonia, passed away Tuesday evening at the Washington Co Hospital in Salem, following a years illness of cancer. The body is at the Och Funeral Home where funeral services will be conducted Friday at 2:00 p.m. by Robert Berkey of the Livonia Presbyterian Church, assisted by Rev. Ivan Steed, of the Old Union E.U.B church. Burial will be in the Old Union cemetery. Mr. Fullen was the son of the late John and Mary E Lindley Fullen, where he had resided until purchasing and moving, twenty-five years ago to the farmer Knox farm near Livonia. He is survived by his wife, the former Lucy Riddle, to whom he married September 13, 1911, five children, Mrs. Neva Lagle of Louisville, KY., Mrs. Edna Turley, San Diego, Calif, Mrs. Glen Somers of Los Angeles Calif., Leon Fullen of Orleans R.R. and Gail (Bud) Fullen of Salem R.R.; fifteen grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Also surviving are five sisters, Mrs. Susan J Dillon of Keokuk Iowa, Mrs. Effie Isom Long Beach Calif, Mrs Amy Scarritt Pensacola Florida, Mrs. Amanda Elrod of Orleans, and Mrs. Ella Trinkle, Paoli; and one brother Ralph Fullen, a patient at the Gorge Nursing Home at French Lick.
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Anderson Daily Bulletin, Date unk:

Ernest L. Fullen 74, of French Lick, died at 3:37 p.m. Tuesday at the Bloomington Hospital. He was born June 18, 1913 in Paoli, to Arthur and Lucy Riddle Fullen. He married Martha Hunter and she died in 1983. He retired from Delco Remy in 1980 and was a member of Whetstone Church of Christ in Anderson and United Auto Workers 662. Survivors include five daughters, Nina Lee Bosley, Paoli, Margaret Ann Walt, Bedford, Marcella Lindley, Jeffersonville, Marilyn Leahigh, Bloomington, and Linda Woods, Medford, Oregon, two sons, Gene Fullen, Sioux City, Iowa, Ray Fullen, Anderson; fourteen grandchildren and six great grandchildren.
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Pharos-Tribune, Nov 19, 1985: Peru.

William Luther Hall, 86, Rt 2, Macy, died at 7 pm Monday in Woodlawn Hospital, Rochester. He was born Jan 26, 1899, in Orange County, to Joe and Mary Jane Hill Hall. His marriage was to Emma Patton Sept 8, 1918. She died Sept 28, 1968. His second marriage, July 3, 1976, was to Loral Clark Miller, who survives. He was a member of First Christian Church, Peru, the Peru Masonic Lodge and the Scottish Rite of Fort Wayne. He was retired from the Wabash Railroad. Also surviving are a son, Charles Hall, Bloomington; a stepdaughter, Irene Christenson, Champaign, Ill; a stepson, Paul Christenson, Carbondale, Ill; four grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Two brothers and four sisters preceded in death. Services will be held at 1:30 pm Thursday in Flowers-Leedy Funeral Home, with the Rev James Swan officiating. Burial will be in Mount Hope Cemetery, Peru.
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Bedford Weekly Mail, Bedford, Indiana; Aug 9, 1907:

Old Soldier And Prominent Citizen Stricken With Heart Disease ; Burial will be at Paoli Thursday. John Fullen, aged 68 years, died at 10:30 o'clock Tuesday at the home of his brother, Arthur Fullen, South G street. Death was due to an attack of heart disease, of which he was stricken at the Monon depot Monday morning and for a time life was thought to extinct. Undertakers Hamer & Day were summoned to the depot, but found on their arrival that the spark of life still remained. Mr Fullen was removed in an ambulance to the home of his brother and medical attention given him. He failed to rally from the attack and died at 10:30 Tuesday morning. He was a resident of Paoli, an old soldier and is survived by a widow and ten children, two brothers and a sister. The latter are Patrick and ArthurFullen, of this city and Mrs. Samuel Gabbard, of Evansvil!e. Deceased had been here the past week visiting his brother and was returning to his home at Paoli when stricken at the Monon station. The remains were taken to Paoli this afternoon at 4:30 o'clock where the funeral will bs held Thursday. Aug. 13, 1907:  We thoroughly appreciate and desire to offer our sincere thanks to all  those who rendered assistance and consolation by words or acts during the illness and death of our husband and father, John Fullen.  MRS. JOHN FULLEN AND CHILDREN. Paoli, Indiana.
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Orleans Progress Examiner, Orleans, Thursday Jan 11, 1973. 

Lucy J Fullen 77, Route Campbellsburg, died Tuesday evening, Jan 9 at Washington County Hospital, Salem. She was born Aug 22, 1895, the daughter of James and Mary Wells Riddle [error Carrie Webb Riddle]. On Sept 13, 1912 she married Arthur J. Fullen and he preceded her in death May 5, 1959. Surviving are two sons, Arthur G R.#2 Campbellsburg, and Leon of Anderson; two daughters, Evan Glen Kelly of Whittier, Calif. and Mabel Edna Turley of La Mesa, Calif, two sisters, Mrs. Elsie Newlin and Mrs. Crystal Marshall, both of Paoli, one brother Lawrence Riddle of North Carolina. She is also survived by 15 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren. She was a member of the Livonia Presbyterian Church. Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friday at Ochs Funeral Home with the Rev. Morris McClintic officiating. Burial will be in Old Union Cemetery.
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Anderson Daily Bulletin, Date unk:

Martha F Fullen, 67, former resident of Orleans, died early Monday morning at St. John's Medical Center in Anderson following a lengthy illness. She moved from Orleans to Anderson in 1962. Born Jan 14, 1916 in Yakima, WA, she was the daughter of Virgil C and Flora Ethel Ellis Hunter. She married Ernest Leon Fullen, and he survives. While living in Orleans, she was employed at Trav-Ler Radio and TV Company. She was a member of Whetstone United Church of Christ in Anderson. Surviving in addition to the husband are five daughters, Nina Lee Bosley, Paoli; Margaret Ann Walt, Bedford; Marcella Lindley, Jeffersonvlle, Marilyn Jessey, Bloomington; and Linda Woods, Medford, OR, two sons, Arthur Gene Fullen and Harold Ray Fullen, both of Anderson; and one sister, Mrs. Albert Felton, Shoals. Funeral services were held at 1 pm today (Wednesday) at Robert D Loose Funeral Home in Anderson with Rev. Charles Burrey officiating. Burial following in Anderson Memorial Park Cemetery.
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Paoli Republican, Tues, Dec 20, 1966.

Ralph Fullen, 87, died early Sat morning at the Orange County Hospital where he had been a patient for five days. He was transferred to the hospital from the Gorge nursing home where he had been a patient for many years. Funeral services were held Mon at Old Union E.U.B. church, conducted by Rev. Eugene Ranson. Burial by Ellis funeral directors was in the church cemetery. Mr. Fullen was a native of Orange Co. and had spent most of his life here. Surviving are two sisters, Mrs. Effie Isom of Long Beach, Calif. and Mrs. Ella Trinkle.
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French Lick Springs Valley Herald, Feb 13, 1919:

Mary Elizabeth, daughter of Dr. William Shelby and Martha Potter, was born July 18, 1844. She was united in marriage to William Bennett Grigsby October 14, 1862. To this union were born nine children, namely: Isaac Emmett of Bedford, William Shelby of West Baden, Claudius Lee of Chicago, Albert Elsby, who departed this life September 22, 1897; Mrs. Harry Roland of Mt Carmel, II, Mrs. Hugh Glenn of French Lick, Mrs. Edward Nuss of West Baden and two children who died in infancy. Besides her immediate family, she is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Martha Ellis of near Orleans and Mrs. Hettie Lewis of Florence, Kansas. She spent the early part of her life near Bromer and almost her entire life in Orange County. She was brought up in the Presbyterian faith, but in later years united with the Primitive Baptist church at French Lick, in which she remained a consistent member until death. She was a charter member of French Lick chapter, Order of the Eastern Star, and was greatly devoted to the order. On the morning of January 22, 1919, at 5 o'clock Jesus whispered, "Come unto me," and placing her hand in His, she walked through the gate into the city of New Jerusalem, at the age of 74 years, 6 months and 4 days. She had been an invalid for about three years, but was ever patient and submissive to His will. She was a faithful and dutiful wife and a fond and loving mother, never growing weary ministering to the wants of others. she will be greatly missed by her loved ones. While she is taken from the family circle, yet she is now living that life that knows no death and is not dead, but only gone on before, and her sweet spirit is now in that heavenly land where all the white-robed angels are. In her quiet and pure life, she has left a striking example well worthy to be imitated by all. She was one whom to know was to love, always kind and had a smile and kind word for all. Thus she passes to her grand reward from a beautiful and useful life on this earth to live a higher and purer life in that of ever blooming flowers. Brief funeral services were conducted by her pastor, Elder George W. Atkins, assisted by Rev. Mr. Wilson, pastor of French Lick M.E. church from the home of her daughter, Mrs. Edward Nuss of West Baden, after which her mortal remains were laid to rest in the cemetery at Ames Chapel by the side of her husband to await her Master's call on the Resurrection morning.
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Orleans Progress Examiner:

Miss Goldia Hall, the 14 year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Hall south of town, died Monday morning after a short illness of intense suffering. She is a sister of Miss Nora Hall and Mrs. Otho Potter. Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon. Interment in the Unionville cemetery....[several bible verses here]... Mesdames Benjamin Potter, Charles Key, Charles Love, Robert Hand and Ola Potter attended the funeral of Miss Goldie Hall at Unionville last Tuesday.
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Orleans Progress Examiner, Aug 7, 1919:

Miss Nora Hall, who has been suffering the effects of an automobile accident for two years past, was buried on Thursday, July 31, just two years to the day from the time of the accident. She died at the home of her sister, Mrs. Dallis Daugherty, in Campbellsburg and was buried near the home of her parents, Thomas Hall of Unionville. After a weary invalidism of many months, caused from fractured dorsal vertabrae. Miss Nora Hall, aged 29 years, died July 30, 1919 at Livonia at home of Mr. and Mrs. Daugherty with whom she resided. Miss Hall was in automobile wreck two years ago this summer, receiving a bad injury to her spine from which recovery was impossible. She has been confined since to her bed and chair. Medical skill of local physicians and of specialists failed to restore the broken back or perfect a cure. Funeral service was held Thursday, July 31. The remains were taken to Unionville, Orange Co (near Paoli) for burial.
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Orleans Progress Examiner, April 14, 1910:

Obituary. Amanda Jane, daughter of Alfred and Mary Wilson Bruner, was born Oct 8, 1838 and departed this life April 7, 1910. Her age at death was 71 years, 4 months and 29 days. The deceased was converted at Orangeville at the age of sixteen and united with the Methodist Episcopal church during the pastorate of Rev J K Richards. Her conversion was so bright and so real that she often spoke of it even during her last illness. About fur years later the same pastor was called from a new field of labor to unite her in holy wedlock with Moses F Ham. It was a happy union. They began their home life as true christians and ardent lovers. Both having been previously converted to God they gave Him and His cause a large place in their lives and thoughts. To bless this happy union, six sons and two daughters were born as follows: Alvin B, Owen C, Charles M, Mary Elizabeth Osborn, Edward, Geo F, Lucy A Lindley and John E, all living except Lucy who departed this life in peace, about eleven years ago. The most active part of Mr and Mrs Ham's lives was spent on the splendid fam near Ames Chapel M E church. This farm was sold when poor health and old age incapacitated them for work at which time they moved to Paoli where they lived until death claimed the father and husband. Mr Ham died July 28, 1907, at a good old age. We who have known Mrs. Ham in her graceful and cheerful and beautiful old age can well imagine how nobly she stood by her devoted husband, in his younger days, as she did in his last years, calm, patient, loving, trustful and heroic.  As a mother and as a christian she would not approve of extravagant eulogy but we feel that it is difficult t find language to measure the infinite value to a human soul of such a true and consecrated mother. She was a woman of sterling qualities and of an even and sweet disposition. As a christian she was intensely practical in her home. She looked well to her own household. In the busy seasons of farm life, we are told, she made careful plans for the Sabbath never allowing retrenchment to begin at the house of God. As a neighbor she was greatly loved. She proved herself a true neighbor. Many lives have felt her transforming touch, many broken hearts she has comforted, many despairing ones her gentle voice, now hushed in death, has called back to purity, home and heaven. Two years ago the 10th of last February she suffered a stroke of paralysis while at work and from this she never fully recovered the use of herself. The second stroke came about one year later which left her helpless. The best of attention and care was given her but she endured great suffering, yet never complaining. During the two years she was not heard to murmur; always bearing her afflictions, whether physical or mental, with christian grace and fortitude. During her last sickness she was a great reader preferring the Bible to all other books. She died as she lived a true mother, a kind friend and a faithful member of the church militant. She leaves to mourn four sisters, a brother, an aged mother, six children and twenty grandchildren. A short service, consisting of songs, prayer and the reading of an obituary, was held at the home of her son, Alvin B Ham, where she died, Friday 12:30, after which the remains were conveyed to Ames church where funeral services, conducted by Rev. J W McFall, her pastor, were held, attended by many old friends and neighbors. At the conclusion of this service her body was laid to rest by the side of her companion in the beautiful city of the dead. We join with numerous other friends in extending sympathy to the bereaved children and relatives. Paoli Republican
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HAM, MOSES [DOD 28 Jul 1807].
Progress Examiner, August 1, 1907:

 Moses Ham died at his home in Paoli last Sunday, aged 80 years. The funeral occurred at Ames M E church Monday afternoon at 2'oclock. Rev. J W McFall preached the funeral sermon. The funeral was in charge of the Odd Fellows Lodge of Orangeville, of which Mr. Ham was a charter member The Orangeville lodge was assisted by a number of members of Paoli and West Baden Odd Fellow lodges. A large crowd of people were present at the funeral services. Paoli News.
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Orleans Progress Examiner, Feb 27, 1908:

Elbert Hill, son of Josephus Hill, residing southwest of town, died in St Joseph's Infirmary at Louisville, Tuesday. He was taken there last Friday to undergo a surgical operation for impaction of the bowels. The operation was performed, and for a time it was though he would recover, but death came Tuesday, and the remains were brought here yesterday and taken to the home of his parents. Elbert was a most excellent young man, about twenty-two years of age, and had the promise of a bright future. He had been teaching the Magner school in this township up to the time of his last illness, and was liked by everybody. The remains will be interred today. Orville Apple [her brother per FAG] of Paoli, was in Orleans Tuesday evening enroute [sic] to New Albany in response to a telegram announcing the death of Elbert O Hill. Mrs. Apple joined her husband here yesterday morning, and will attend the funeral which occurs at 10 o'clock today at union.
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Orleans Progress Examiner, June 22, 1922:

Obituary. Julia Ellen (Hill) Hancock, daughter of William and Mary Elizabeth Hill was born June 19, 1872. After fighting the dreaded disease "Diabetes" for nearly two years, the Great Reaper, Death, came and she peacefully fell asleep on June 8, 1922, thus closing a brief life of 49 years, 11 months and 19 days. Regardless of her distressing affliction she bore it very patiently and talked of what the result would soon be. She told her daughter that she was ready and expressed a willingness to go, and left the evidences by her noble character that she has fallen safely in the arms of her Saviour. She was married to Thomas M Hancock Jan 11, 1893. To this union four children were born; one died in infancy, and Rosalla, aged 13 years, died Nov 4, 1918. She leaves to mourn her departure a loving and devoted companion, one son, Ralph O Hancock, one daughter, Mrs. Ed H Lewis, one grandchild, Albert D M Lewis, one sister, Mrs. Joseph Hall of near Youngs Creek, three brothers, Josephus Hill of near Orleans, Venus Hill of Elizabeth, Ind, and Benjamin Hill of Washington, an aged father-in-law, M B Hancock of Youngs Creed, and a host of other relatives and friends. The funeral services were conducted at the home near Youngs Creek by Rev M E Apple, on June 9, 1922, in the presence of a very sympathetic audience, after which the body was laid to rest in the nearby cemetery to await the resurrection morn.
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Virgil Cooper Hunter, 78, a resident of Route 3, Orleans died at 1:30 a.m., Tuesday at the Orange County Hospital. The immediate cause of death was from a heart attack, although he had been a victim of cancer for several years. He had been at home only a short time from hospitalization at Louisville before entering the Orange County Hospital where he was a patient for ten days. A farmer in the Bromer community, Mr. Hunter was a native of Washington county. He was born January 23, 1883, to John T and Martha Darke Hunter. He was married on Feb 17, 1915 to Ethel Ellis, who survives. Other survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Geneva Felton of Shoals, Mrs. Martha Fullen of Route 3, Orleans; one sister, Mrs. Lela Horlacher of Lewisburg, Ohio; a half-brother, Orange Hunter of Route 3, Orleans; a step-brother, James Baker of Campbellsburg; seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Funeral services were conducted at two o-clock this afternoon at the Ochs Funeral Home by Rev. Staten E. Lightfoot. Burial was in Fairview cemetery.
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Hunter Final Rites Slated Saturday.
Mrs. Ethel Hunter, 76, died Wednesday morning in the Dubois County Memorial Hospital, Jasper, where she had been a patient for several weeks following surgery for amputation of a leg. The body was returned to the Ochs funeral home. Rites will be from the funeral home at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, conducted by Rev. Staten Lightfoot. Burial will be in the Fairview cemetery. Mrs. Hunter was the widow of Virgil Hunter whose death occurred in February. They had resided on a farm in the Bromer community since their marriage in 1915. A native of Orange county, she was born Nov 28, 1884, the daughter of John Wesley and Martha Jane Potter Ellis. She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Martha Fullen of Orleans and Mrs. Geneva Felton of Shoals, a brother Arthur Ellis of Denver, Colo., seven grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
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HUNTER, JENNIE [DOD 29 Oct 1933]. 

Miss Jennie Hunter passed away Sunday evening at 6:00 at the home of her brother, Virgil Hunter, here. Miss Hunter, who was 53 years of age, has made her home with her brother for the past two years. She is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Everett Horlacher of Lewisburg, Ohio, and Mrs. Charles Warner, of Hobart, Indiana, and two brothers, Virgil and Orange Hunter of this place; also two nephews and five nieces. Funeral services, conducted by Rev. Emmett Wells, were held at Bromer church at 1:30 o'clock Tuesday afternoon, with intement following in the Trimble Cemetery.
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John T. Hunter was the son of Thomas Cooper and Mary Stratton Hunter. He was born Sept 19, 1844 in Shelby County, KY, came to Indiana when about one years old. John T Hunter joined the Baptist Church at Livonia, IN, Mar 1874, moved church membership to Campbellsburg, IN Baptist Church of which he was a faithful member until his death. At his death April 8, 1927, being 82 years, 6 months, 20 days old. He was survived by his wife Martha S. Hunter, two sons, Virgil, and Orange of Campbellsburg, Ind, two daughters, Mrs. John (Pearl) Warner, Gary, Ind, Miss Jennie Hunter, California. He departed this life early Friday morning.
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The Republican, Paoli, Indiana, Tuesday, May 25, 1971.

Sister Dies.
Mrs. Effie Isom, 87 sister of Mrs. Ella Trinkle, died Monday at a hospital at Long Beach, Calif. She was a native of Orange county, the former Effie Fullen, and had resided in California for many years. Funeral and burial will be at Long Beach. Surviving with the sister are two foster children, Ann and Fred Isom, both residing in California.
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Mrs. Allie Ellis King Succumbs to Paralysis.
Mrs. Allie Ellis King, Orange County native, is dead in Lake Worth, Florida. She succumbed Sept 6 following a paralytic stroke. Funeral services were held at Lake Worth with burial there. Mrs. King was a daughter of John W Ellis. She was married to Lou King of this place in 1896. Surviving with the husband are four children, Ellis King of Pittsburgh, PA, Mrs. Raymond Martin of Long Beach, CA, Mrs. Edward Picray of San Diego, CA and Willard King of Lake Worth. She also leaves two brothers and two sisters, Arthur Ellis of Denver, CO, Mrs. Earl Patton of Garden City, KS and Charlie Ellis and Mrs. Virgil Hunter of Orleans.
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LAGLE, NEVA FULLEN. [DOD 12 Jun 1970] Neva Lagle.

Funeral services for Mrs. Neva Lagle were held Monday afternoon at Ochs Funeral Home, followed by burial in Old Union Cemetery. Mrs. Lagle 55, died Saturday at her home in Louisville, Ky. she was born November 15, 1914 in Orange Co to Arthur J and Lucy J Riddle Fullen. She married Cobert Lagle who preceded her in death. she had been employed as an engineer supervisor in civil service. Surviving are her mother; two brothers Arthur G of Campbellsburg and Leon of Anderson; two sisters Mrs. Edna Turley, La Mesa, California and Mrs. Glen Kelly, Whittier, California.
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Hettie Potter was born January 2, 1857, at Paoli, Orange County, Indiana, and died in Florence, Kansas, August 31, 1924, aged 67 years, 7 months and 29 days. She united in marriage to Elijah Lewis in 1873. To them were born four children one daughter and three sons. She is survived by one devoted son, D. Earl Lewis, with whom she made her home, her husband, two sons, Everett and John, who died in infancy, and the daughter, Flora Elizabeth, who died in April 1921, having preceded her in death. She was converted early in life and united with the United Brethren church in her Indiana home and later in Missouri, and was an adherent of the church of her choice until her death. She came to Florence in 1905, which has been her home ever since. Her life was unusual in its varied experiences, its devoted friendships, and its opportunities for service. Her chief characteristic was kindness. She recognized only good in others. To many who lived with her in her home from time to time, she was motherly and sympathetic, helpful in her advice, and untiring in her interest in everyone, as one has paid tribute to her in the testimony: "Everyone's trouble was her trouble". Patient and devoted as a mother, kindly, thoughtful, and helpful as a neighbor and friend, she was known and loved by many who will cherish the memory of her faith and steadfast devotion to duty. Her later years brought gradually increasing ill health with much suffering, always patiently borne, before release came in the final stroke of paralysis. The funeral service was conducted from the Lewis home, 123 W Third Street, Tuesday afternoon, Rev. O. R. Henderson officiating. A quartet, Mrs. C. L. Myers, Mrs. O. L. Doty, Mrs. C. F. Johnson and Mrs. Harry O'Brien, rendered the funeral hymns. Interment was made in the city cemetery. 
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Orleans Progress Examiner, July 11, 1901.

One of the oldest citizens of the county, died at his home 4 miles northwest of Paoli, last Sunday morning, of injuries sustained in a fall he received on Wednesday. He was working on a ladder when it broke, precipitating him to the ground, from whence he was injured about the head and three ribs were broken. He was 81 years old.
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Paoli Republican, Wed, Aug 29, 1917:

God, who "moveth in mysterious way His wonders to per form," hath suddenly called Home one who was in the prime of youth - full of life and vigor, with promise of a long and useful career. Today let us look up in faith to Him and believe, even though is seems very hard, that "He doeth all things well.". Raymond Lindley was born October 5, 1885, near Paoli, Indiana, died August 21, 1917, at the M. E. Hospital, Indianapolis, Indiana, aged 31 years, 10 months and 16 days. He was the son of John T and Hester A Lindley, both of whom were there to greet him when he reached that Heavenly Home. Also he may clasp hands with an elder brother and sister who were called away a few years ago. Those who survive him are the widow, two sisters, Mrs. Charles Brown, of Paoli, and Mrs. Archie Hudelseon of Mitchell, and one brother, Benton S Lindley, living near Paoli, also a half sister Faith and a  step-mother, Mrs. John T Lindley, and a host of other relatives and friends whose hearts ache with sorrow at the terrible tragedy that has  __?__ a husband, brother, friend and good citizen. In 1909 he was married to Ella Fullen, with whom he lived happily in the neighborhood where both were born and raised. On the young widow, whose heart is heavy with sorrow, may God shed his love and sympathy, for He alone is able to comfort in this heart-rendering sorrow. A few years ago during a series of revival meetings at Old Union Church, prior to the erection of the new church edifice, Raymond united with the U B Church under the ministry of Mrs. Thorne. He was faithful in all things - true to loved ones, to the church, to his God. In the community where he lived he was highly respected. Honesty, uprightness and industry were his watch words and he lived up to them. His life has been such that he might, in his neighborhood, be termed a model of good citizenship. He will be missed in the home in the community in the State, for he was a tiller of the soil, helping to produce and conserve for the nation's need at this trying time. But God's wisdom is supreme. Let us look to Him for help and strength, believing always in His love that surpasseth [sic]all understanding. Card of Thanks. We wish to take this opportunity to thank our neighbors and friends for the many acts of kindness shown during our time of trial and bereavement in the death of our dear husband and brother, which coming in the terrible way that it did, only the love of God and the help of our friends can carry us through such trials. The blessings of God and all the help that we can give and a peaceful hour in death is our wish for all. Mrs. Ella Lindley, Brother and Sisters.
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Orleans Progress Examiner, April 4, 1901:

Moses Mathers, one of our prominent farmer citizens, who lived about four miles southwest of this place, died of pneumonia fever, Wednesday morning at 8 o'clock. The Mathers family are almost as old as the county, as Moses Mathers, Sr., the grandfather of our subject, moved into Orange county in its early history and raised a large  family. Thomas Luther Mathers, the father of Moses Mathers, Jr., being his oldest son. The deceased no doubt contributed to his death by exposure, loss of sleep and lack of nourishment while waiting on his son, Frank, who died of the same disease a few days ago. It was a subject of remark among the neighbors of the time that Mose [sic] would make himself sick. They then little reckoned on the sad result of their prophecy. We sympathize with his widow and surviving children in their double bereavement. They have the sweet consolation that he did all he could for Frank and that his arduous attention to Frank made him an easy victim to this relentless disease. He had all the attention that human mind and hands could extend. He will be buried this afternoon at Orleans cemetery by the IOOF, of which order he was a member.
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Orleans Progress Examiner, Feb 13, 1902:

SAMUEL MATHERS, one of the best known farmers in Orange county, and one of the leading citizens of Orangeville township, died at his home last Sunday night of pneumonia after an illness of only three days, at the age of eighty-one years. He was a member of Co G, 49th Ind Vol and served through the civil war making a record that anyone would be proud of. He also was a faithful member of the Independent order of Odd Fellows. He leaves four children to mourn his loss - two sons and two daughters - James L Mathers and Marion F Mathers, Mrs. Richard Burton and Mrs. Sherman Noblitt. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Frank Denny, of Greene county, and the remains were laid to rest in the Bethel cemetery Tuesday. To the relatives and friends we extend sympathy.
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Orleans Progress Examiner, date unk:

Alpha, the youngest child of John and Mary Fullen, was born four miles north of Paoli, Jan 14, 1890. The 26th of Jan, 1908, she was united in marriage to John Birdwell McIntosh and four children were born to this union, Mary Elizabeth, Verna, Susan Virginia, and Frances. Three of these daughters survive. Susan Virginia lived four short months when God took her to be with Him forever. Mrs. McIntosh was converted and united with the Methodist Episcopal Chruch in Jul 1909. She was a devoted mother and ever solicitous concerning the welfare of her children and often expressed the desire of the true mother-heart, "if I could only live until my children were grown." However, her heavenly Father had planned otherwise, for on Tuesday, Nov 27 just as the sun was sinking in the west at the close of day, her eyes closed on her earthly day, to open amid the bright splendors of the heavenly, in the presence of the Son of Righteousness, who was promised to wipe all tears from our eyes. Mrs. McIntosh did so enjoy the visits of friends of whom she had so many, and her room was constantly filled with the aroma of beautiful flowers sent by them. Of all those who watched over her, caring for her every need so tenderly and lovingly, none were more affectionate and loving than her husband's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Sam McIntosh, who were with her almost constantly during those long days of intense suffering, doing everything in their power for her relief, which was so kindly appreciated by her. Mrs. McIntosh was a devoted Christian and loyal to her church, and when health permitted, was constant in her attendance. Those surviving besides the husband and three daughters are six sisters; Susan J Dillon, Keokuk, Iowa; Florence Mitchell, Beford, Ind; Effie Isom, Bloomington; Ella I Trinkle, Paoli Ind; Amanda Elrod,Orleans, Ind; and Amy Scarritt Pensacola Florida; and three brothers, John H Fullen Bedford Ind; Ralph Fullen Bedford Ind; and Arthur Fullen Paoli Ind. Together with a host of friends, we extend our tenderest sympathy to these in their sad bereavement and pray that they may be able to say with that one of old, "the Lord gave and the Lord taketh away; blessed be the name of the Lord." Card of Thanks We, who are so bereft in the loss of our dear companion, mother and sister, desire to convey herein our sincere thanks for kindly words, floral remembrance, and sympathy shown in the sickness and death of our beloved Alpha McIntosh. John B McIntosh and children, Mrs. Ella L. Trinkle, Brothers and Sisters.
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Mitchell Remains Arrived Here from Rochester (Minn) Friday Eve. 

The remains of Mrs. John L. Mitchell, who passed away at Rochester, Minn., Thursday morning following an operation at a hospital there for cancer and tumor, reached Bedford Friday afternoon over the Monon at 4:50 on train No. 5, being accompanied by the husband and son who were with her when the end came. The remains were taken to the home on East 16th street where they will remain until Sunday afternoon at 1 o'clock when the body will be taken to the First Christian Church, of which she was a devout member during her lifetime. Services will be conducted there at 1:30 and burial will follow in Green Hill cemetery. Florence Fullen Mitchell, was the third of a family of eleven children born into the home of John and Mary E. Fullen and she was born in this city Jan 26, 1871. She was married to John L. Mitchell of this city May 13, 1904 and has ever been an amiable and industrious housewife and mother. She has for several years been a constant and faithful member of the Christian church at this place and her place and services for and in the church will be sadly missed. When coming into the home of Mr. Mitchell, she at once assumed the duties of a mother to his children of a former marriage, and to her was born three children. Of this immediate family two of her own and four of the step-children survive this sainted mother. She also leaves five sisters and three brothers, several step-grandchildren and numerous relatives and friends in this and Orange counties, where a portion of her life was spent.
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Mrs. John L. Mitchell, aged 54 years, a resident on East 16th Street in this city, passed away this morning at 7:40 o'clock at the Mayo's in Rochester, Minnesota where three weeks ago last Thursday she underwent an operation for cancer and tumor. She had been in failing health for several months but a strong will power kept her from giving up to her sickness until about two months ago when her condition became so serious that she could no longer successfully battle her ailments. Four weeks ago she went to the Mayo Clinic where an operation was advised. Following this ordeal her condition gradually grew worse and two weeks ago her husband and son, Everett Wells, were called to her bedside after physicians realized that the end was but a short way off. They have since remained with her and were at her bedside when death occurred. She is survived by the husband, one son by a former marriage, Everett Wells, two daughters, Oleta and Elizabeth Mitchell, of Bedford and Cecil Michell, of Terre Haute. Several brothers and sisters also survive. The remains are being returned here for funeral services and burial but definite arrangements for these will not be completed until the body accompanied by the husband and son arrive from Rochester.
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Mrs. W. E. Patton Dies in Texas, Burial to be made at Livonia. News of the death of Mrs. W. E. Patton of Witchita, Kansas, was received here Tuesday by her sister, Mrs. Virgil Hunter, and brother, Charles S Ellis. The body, accompanied by her son, Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Patton, of Witchita, and her daughter, Mrs. Maurice Kelley and Mr. Kelley of Snyder, Texas will be brought to the Dennis Funeral Home at Salem. Funeral services will be held at the Livonia Presbyterian Church, the time is not yet known. Burial will be made in the Livonia Cemetery, beside her husband, whose death occurred in 1941. Mrs. Patton had been ill since last December and had been taken in the home of her daughter in Snyder, Texas, where her death occurred on Monday, October 2. A daughter of John and Martha Potter Ellis, she was born April 29, 1879 near Bromer, Indiana. She was married June 19, 1901 to W. E. Patton and they resided in the vicinity of Livonia until thirty years ago when they moved to Kansas. She was a member of the Livonia Presbyterian Church. Surviving are the son and daughter, a step-granddaughter and step great grandchild, two brothers, Charles S Ellis of this place and Arthur Ellis of Chicago and the sister, Mrs. Virgil Hunter of near Bromer.
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Bluffton Banner, Nov 8, 1893:

William Peacher, a farmer living near Orleans, aged 82, and well known, was attacked by a vicious ram on his farm and received wounds from which he died. Two ribs were broken by the charge and other internal injuries received.
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Orleans Progress Examiner, Thursday, June 17, 1909,

Orleans, IN: The subject of this tribute, Caroline Shade Pickett, was born in Kentucky, October 15, 1830, and died May 22, 1909, age 78 years, 6 months and 7 days. When a small girl her parents moved near Carters Creek. When she was only 18 years of age she joined the Christian church and was there baptized.  It can be truly said that she lived a true and consistent Christian life from that time until the date of her death. On May 18, 1857 [marriage record says 1854]she was united in marriage to Thomas Pickett. To this union were born eight children, four boys and four girls, seven of whom with the husband survive her, one son, James Grant, having died in infancy. On January 22, 1909 she became ill and was confined to her bed, and from that time until her death she suffered great and intense pain, all without a murmur. Many times during her sickness, she remarked, "I am ready and willing to go when the messenger comes." She leave husband, one sister, seven children, nine grand-children and three great grand-children to mourn her loss. The funeral occurred in the M E church at Tunnelton, May 23, at 3:00 o'clock. Rev Martin, of Claysville officiating.
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Progress Examiner, Thursday, Mar 17, 1910,

Orleans, IN: Thomas Pickett was born Oct 28, 1832, died Feb 19, 1910, at 6:30 o'clock of paralysis. He united with the Methodist church about 1854 and lived a christian for several years and then wandered away until about three years ago, when he renewed his vows and lived faithful until death. He was a loving father. He leaves one sister, four daughters, three sons, nine grandchildren, and a host of friends to mourn his loss. The funeral occurred in the M E church at Tunnelton, Feb 21 at 2 o'clock. Rev. Norman of Tunnelton, officiating
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RIDDLE, CARRIE [DOD 24 Mar 1962]. 

Mrs. Carrie Riddle, 91, died Sunday night at the Orange Co hospital where she had been a patient since Wednesday. Funeral services will be Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. from the Paoli Baptist Church, conducted by Rev Powell Forbes. The body will lie in state at the church from noon. Burial by Ellis funeral directors will be in the IOOF cemetery. Mrs. Riddle was the former Carrie Webb, born Nov 28, 1870, the daughter of John and Mary Jane Pickett Webb. She was married to James Riddle, who preceded her in death several years ago. Surviving are a son, Lawrence Riddle of Gastonia, NC and four daughters, Mrs. Marea Radcliff, Mrs. Fred Marshall, Mrs. Elsie Newlin, and Mrs. Lucy Fullen, 18 grandchildren, 35 great grandchildren and 10 great great grandchildren.
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Paoli Republican, Thursday, June 8, 1939.

James Madison Riddle.
Funeral services for James Madison Riddle, who died Sunday at the St Edwards hospital in New Albany, were conducted Wednesday afternoon at the United Brethren Church, Paoli, IN. (condensed and reprinted twenty years later, or possibly 40 yrs later from Pearl Wilson's clipping collection)
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Obediah Riddle was born in Stokes County, North Carolina, April 11, 1822, died Oct 30, 1903, aged 81 years, 6 months, and 19 days. He moved with his parents in early age to Hawkins County, Tennessee, where he remained until close of the late war. Later he moved to Brown County, Indiana. May 30, 1866, he was united in marriage to Elizabeth Davis. To this union two children were born, both of whom still survive him. June 14, 1870, he buried his companion. He then moved to Orange County, Indiana and on Aug 15, 1872, was united in marriage to Martha J. Webster. In the year 1866, he was converted and joined the Baptist Church. He was admitted to the Baptist Church at Mt. Pleasant by letter where he remained a member until death. He lived a christian life and said to companion "do not grieve for I am going home." He leaves a wife, two children and seven grandchildren, and a step-daughter, Mrs. Elsie Herning of Indianapolis, to mourn his loss. (Obituary was clipped from a newspaper by my mother Hattie Wells Springer. She grew up in the same community as the Riddles, near Mt Gilead Church. Courtesy of Linda Fullen Sawyer

Paoli Republican, Tues., Mar 1, 1966.

Mrs. Amy Scarritt Dies in Alabama.
Mrs. Amy Scarritt, 89 sister of Mrs. Ella Trinkle, died Thursday in an Alabama nursing home where she had been a patient for two years. Final rites were Saturday morning at Pensacola, Fla. Mrs. Scarritt was the former Amy Fullen and spent her early life in this area. she had resided in Pensacola for more than 40 years. She visited formerly in the Trinkle home here. Other survivors are two step-daughters, a brother, Ralph Fullen, patient at the Gorge Nursing Home, and another sister, Mrs. Effie Isom of Long Beach, Calif.
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The Mitchell Commercial, Feb 24, 1916:

Obituary. Rettie Newlin Smedley, daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth Newlin, was born Sept 15, 1884. Died Feb 18, 1916. Age 31 years, 5 months and 3 days. She was born and lived in Orange county until she was about 20 years of age at which time she was united in marriage to Roy Smedley of Smedley, Washington county. To this union was born one daughter, Pauline. who is about nine years of age. They lived at Smedley, a few years, after which they moved to Mitchell where they resided until her death. She united with the church of Christ and was baptized by W W Otte, during a series of meetings held in a tent at Paoli in July 1910. She was very loyal to her church regularly during the past winter; making the trip at times when she could hardly get there. We can truthfully say that during the past few years, Rettie's attendance at church has been for no other purpose than, to fully prepare herself to meet God in peace. "Ye shall know them by their fruits." The fruits of her life have been love, joy, peace, long suffering, gentleness, faith, meekness, and temperance. She became afflicted about eight years ago, and made a hard struggle for life during all that time. All was done for her that human hands could do, but death finally claimed her for its own. She leaves a husband, daughter, father, mother, three brothers, two sisters and a host of relatives and friends to mourn her departure.
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Mary G Stratton was born April 9, 1813 in Spencer County, Kentucky. While yet a child she removed with her parents to Shelby Co, Ky. She was married to Thomas C Hunter, December 10, 1840 and moved to Indiana in Christmas week of 1845. She departed this life July 13, 1892, aged 79 years, 3 months and 4 days, after an illness of only 48 hours of intense suffering. She was the mother of 8 children, 3 boys and 5 girls, all of which except one daughter survived her. She joined the Baptist church at Simpsonville, KY, about the year 1832, before she was 20 years of age on removing to Indiana, transferred her membership to the Lost River Church in 1842, where for nearly 45 years, she lived a consistent life, honored by her family, respected by her neighbors and beloved by her church. Her heart, her hand, and her home were always open to the poor, or to anyone in distress. About 36 years ago, her husband died, leaving the care of the farm and a large family of children upon her hands. Bay a request of many years standing, Rev. W Sanders, who had been her pastor for 17 years preached her funeral at her late residence at 2:00 p.m. , Thursday, July 14, 1892.
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STRATTON, SETH [DOD 7 Feb 1910].
Paoli News, Feb 8, 1910:

Obituary. Seth Stratton, a prominent farmer of Northeast township died at his home in Bromer Monday morning after a lingering illness of several years of kidney disease. He was about 66 years of age. Mr. Stratton was well known throughout the county. He served two terms as county commissioner, his last term of office expiring about three years ago. It was during his term as commissioner that his health began to fail him and about a year before his term of office expired he went to California for his health but the trip proved no benefit. Mr. Stratton is survived by his widow and five children, three of whom live in California, Misses Hattie and Nellie Stratton and Henry. The two other sons John and Roscoe live in this county. The funeral will be held until after the arrival of Henry from California and the date for the holding of the funeral will not be fixed until it is known when he can get here. The News joins the many friends of Mr. Stratton in extending sympathy to the family.
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Paoli Republican, Dec 11, 1923:

Word was received here the first of the week of the death of James H Webb at the home of his cousin, Arthur Lindley, in California. We understand he fell from a wagon two months ago, sustaining a broken hip, but it had been thought that he was doing nicely until the word came that he was dead. He was perhaps 60 years of age and was a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Henry Webb and was born and raised on the farm now owned by James Lindley 3 miles south of Orleans on the Paoli and Orleans road.
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New Albany Daily Ledger 08 Feb 1870:

 Sudden Death of an Old Citizen, Mr. James W Webb, for over thirty years a citizen of Orleans, Orange County, and a well known business man of that town died suddenly at his home at 8 o'clock last night. Mr. Webb was sitting by a stove, in pleasant conversation with his family, when he suddenly fell forward, his head striking against the stove heavily. He was immediately lifted up by the family, but expired within three minutes. Mr. Webb was known as one among the best citizens of Orange county, and a business man of unimpeachable integrity. By his energy and enterprise he did much to develop the material interest of Orleans and Orange county, and in his death he will be sincerely mourned by all who knew him. His son who is employed in the wholesale house of W. S. Culbertson & Son, left for Orleans on the train this morning to attend the funeral.
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Orleans Progress Examiner, Jul 31, 1918:

Joseph William Webb, son of Henry and Elizabeth Webb, was born in Orange county, Indiana, March 15, 1852, and died near the place of his birth July 18, 1918, aged 66 years, 4 months and 3 days. He was married to Nellie B Wells September 28, 1881. To them were born seven children, all of whom are living. Brother Webb was converted about eleven years ago a revival meeting held by Mrs. Thorne in the old school house near his home. Since that time he had lived a consistent life. The deceased was a good neighbor, always attentive and helpful in times of need and in sickness. The night was never too dark, stormy or cold for "Uncle Joe," as he was affectionately called by his friends, to go the aid of a neighbor in misfortune. He was a lover of home, an affectionate husband, an indulgent, but good father, who followed the children as they one by one went out from home to meet the responsibilities of life with a keen interest in their future success. One of the highest tributes that could be paid to anyone can sincerely be paid to Brother Webb, "He will be missed in the community." He leaves to mourn a wife, three sons and for daughters. The children, according to age, are as follows: Henry of Waukegan, Ill., James of East St Louis, Ill, William in France, Bess W Alexander of Kenney, Ill, Pearl Funk of Wellington, Ill, Dora a trained nurse, a volunteer for service overseas, and Amanda; also two brothers James H Webb of California and Samuel Webb of near West Baden. One sister, Mrs. Mary Braxton, and one brother, Thomas Webb, preceded him to the beyond. "Why do we mourn for dying friends, Or shake at death's alarms? Tis but the voice that Jesus sends, To call them to his arms." Funeral services were conducted at Old Union Friday afternoon at 4 o'clock, Rev. Taylor of the United Brethren church officiating, and the burial in the cemetery adjoining.
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Orleans Progress-Examiner, March 4, 1909:

Obituary. Luzena (Millikan) Webb was born June 20, 1834, died Feb 21, 1909, aged 74 years, 7 months and 23 days. She was united in marriage to Joseph B Webb, May 12, 1853, and was the mother of nine children. The husband and six children, Mary I., Charles H, Laura A., Columbus W., Lawrence E. and one infant have preceded her to the better world. Alvin H., Beatrice A. and George E still survive. Also nine grand-children and one sister together with a host of relatives and friends are left to mourn the loss of a devoted mother of Israel. More than 60 years ago she was converted at the Friends church at New Berry. Some years after her marriage she united with the Union church, of which she remained a true devoted christian member until the Master caller her to her reward. For 45 years she has gone in and out among the people of Union. Her life was always in accordance with the teachings of the Gospel. On the day preceding her death she sang the song "We're Going Home to Die No More," and raising her hand toward heaven said, all is well, all is well. Her life has been an open book to the world, and to know her was to love her. Many times during her declining years she would testify to the love of God in her heart, always exhorting others to be christians, telling them she knew the end of her journey was near and would soon be free from her suffering and at rest with her loved ones in Glory. She has fought a good fight. She has kept the faith, and today she is feasting on the Glories of Heaven.
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William A Wells, who was so seriously burned when a coal can exploded, May 20, while he was building a fire, died from those injuries last Thursday afternoon, having suffered the most excruciating agony and pain for the greater part of the month following. Funeral services, conducted by Rev. George Dalrymple, were held a Mt Gilead church, north of town Sunday afternoon, interment following in the cemetery at that place. Ark Wells, as he was generally called, was the oldest son of the late John R Wells, and was born and raised on a farm north of Paoli. He lived in that vicinity until some fifteen or twenty years ago when he moved to Paoli. He was an honest, hard working man and for a number of years was a steady employee at the Knox-Hutchins furniture plant. He is survived by his widow and two children, and a daughter, Mrs. Harry Dixon, and numerous other relatives, who have the sympathy of a large circle of friends.
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Orleans Progress Examiner, Nov 6, 1913: Obituary of Rebecca Jane Worrell.
Rebecca Jane Worrell was born April 1st, 1826, and peacefully passed away on the 31st day of October, aged 84 years and 7 months. She was a daughter of Henry and Nancy Webb, her father was one of the substantial citizens of this community in his  day and was a member of a numerous pioneer family. Rebecca Jane survived her
brothers and sisters who lived and died in the neighborhood where they were reared. Their surviving children compose at this time, respectable members of society. The subject of this sketch  was married to W H Worrell, Dec. 27, 1849; they were the parents of several children, five of whom are now living, viz: Mrs. Harry A Brooks,
Mrs. C. P. Munger, James M., Newton, and Miss Jean Worrell. The husband and father and two of the children having preceeded [sic] her into the silent abode of the peaceful sleeper. She also has a living posterity of eighteen grand children, and six great grand children. To these children near and remote, she has left a rich inheritance,
 a good and respectable name, and a splendid example and her life was a benediction to her fellow beings. An old neighbor and friend has passed on before us. She was native-born and lived and died here. She outlived her allotted span of three score years  and ten. She maintained an exemplary character throughout her long journey through  the ever changing scenes of life. It is a credit to her memory, that she lived a long and useful life in the same place; that she gave her best efforts to the performance of her duty to her family and her gentle influence to righteous action. She was a good wife, affectionate mother, and an amiable lady. What more can be said? It seems fitting, that  after a long and well spent life in the service of her God and humanity, that at this time  of falling leaves and withering flowers all that is earthly of her may be consigned to the earth with an unwavering confidence that her Spirit has gone to the realms of everlasting joy beyond the grave. She was a true friend and constant of this paper from its birth to the last issue before death claimed her, never letting an opportunity pass to speak a good word for the home paper.
Courtesy of Linda Fullen Sawyer