Orange County Obituaries


FISHER, Dwight O., Spring Valley Herald (Spetember 25, 1930)

Dwight O. Fisher, aged 28 years, a local electrician, died suddenly at his home last Saturday (September 20, 1930) evening of chronic myocarditis.
Funeral services were held at the home of his parents, David O. and Elizabeth Fisher, Maple Street at 2"30 Tuesday followed by burial at Ames Cemetery.
He is survived by his wife, a son, Jack and his parents. Rev. Drash of the Christian Church conducted the funeral services. Submitted by Tom Agan.

McCARTY, Grace Dexter Flick, Spring Valley Herald (November 13, 1930)

Beautiful indeed is that life of which nothing better can be said after death than has been repeated during life.
Such might well be said of Grace Dexter Flick McCarty, who closed her eyes upon the scenes of the world about 6 o'clock October 27, 1920 at the age of 18 years, 8 months and 16 days
Born to George A. and Lora Flick on February 11, 1912, she was the fourth of a family of twelve children, two of whom have preceded here to the great beyond. Grace was born near Newton Stewart in Orange County at which place she spent her childhood days with her parents, brothers and sisters, sharing the joys and sorrows as they came to their home.
During her girlhood days she attended school near her home where her dutiful and loving manners endeared her to schoolmates and teachers alike.
She was united in marriage to Lee McCarty on the 3rd of December, 1929. During their brief married life she was faithful and devoted to her husband. To this union was born one child who in its very infancy preceded its mother in death.
Grace was companionable, considerate, kind and loving always. Truly it may be said that to know her was to love her.
The Great Master, whose motives we do not question has seen fit to call her home, but let us remember that He said, "In my Father's house are many mansions. If it were not so I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you and if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come gain and receive you unto myself; that where I am there ye shall be also."
She leaves to mourn her departure her husband, parents, two grandparents Lee King and Rutha Flick, nine uncles, ten aunts, seven sisters Esther, Edna, Ruth, Violet, Mary, Virginia and Maxine; two brothers Desco and Alva. One of her brothers, Lawrence, preceded he death a little more than three years ago, the about the thirteen years of age. Besides these she leaves many more distant relatives and a host of friends who remember her with living kindness and tender memories.


We want to thank the many friends and neighbors for their kindness and sympathy shown is in the death of our daughter and wife, also for the beautiful flowers, the undertaker, the choir and the minister for his consoling words.
Sadly missed by husband, father and mother.
Submitted by Tom Agan.

WININGER, Frank, Spring Valley Herald (December 22, 1929)

Frank Wininger, son of Henry and Rosie Wininger, was born on a farm near French Lick July 22, 1877. He died at his home in French Lick December 17, 1928, being 51 years, 4 months and 25 days old at the time of his death. He was the oldest of a family of nine children - four sons and five daughters. Of these there are three brothers, John of Quincy, Ill., Asa and Audie of French Lick, Mrs. Myron Nelson of West Baden, Miss Goldie Wininger of Los Angeles, Calif., and Mrs Southern Taylor of French Lick. One sister died in early childhood. He was married to Miss Ellen Shields June 9, 1907. She has walked by his side during the intervening years and tenderly and lovingly cared for him during his illness to the last hour of his life.
He leaves his widow, his mother, three brothers and four sisters, besides many other relatives and friends to mourn his passing. He grew up on a farm near French Lick and in later years moved into town and engaged in business with the exception of about one and one-half years which were spent in Arizona seeking the recovery of his health.
Mr. Wininger united with the Christian Church of French Lick about the year 1910. He was soon elected a deacon of the church which office he held and filled with dignity and faithfulness to the time of his last illness, when he could no longer attend to his duties in this capacity. It was a source of sore regret when he could not meet with his brethren and enjoy the happy fellowship in the Lords house. He came to the services when he was scarcely able to be out of bed. many with lesser ailments would not have thought of attending services, yet it was source of greater satisfaction to him to meet and worship the Lord with his brethren.


I want to thank all the neighbors and friends who so kindly assisted me in the death of my husband and father, especially do I want to thank Dr. Sloan for his faithful service during my husbands long illness and the Rev. Drash for his many visits to the sick room and his words of comfort.
Ellen Shields Wininger
Submitted by Tom Agan.

BAXTER, Abraham Lewis, Spring Valley Herald (January 10, 1929)

Abraham L. Baxter, 85 years of age, died January 2, at Terre Haute, Ind. Death was caused by influenza and pneumonia.
The body was shipped here Thursday night and funeral services were held Friday morning at the First Christian Church here. Burial was in Ames Chapel cemetery. Mr. Baxter was a former resident of this city, and is survived by several relatives in this community. Submitted byTom Agan.
Terre Haute (IN) Tribune, Wednesday, January 2, 1929
Abraham Lewis Baxter, 80 years old, died at 10 o'clock Wednesday morning at the home of his son, Albert L. Baxter, 2335 Garfield avenue. Besides Mr. Baxter, he is survived by two other sons, Charles H. of San Antonio, Tex., and Oliver H. of Seattle, Wash.; two daughters, Mrs. Elizabeth McLemore of Caldwell, N.J., and Mrs. Alice Stewart, of Chrisman, Ill., four brothers, three sisters, 17 grandchildren, and 5 great grandchildren. The body was removed to Thomas undertaking parlor.

GILLIATTE, Cyrus F., Spring Valley Herald (January 17, 1929)

Cyrus F. Gilliate, of near Newton Stewart, ages 56 years, 5 months and 3 days died at his home last Wednesday, January 9, 1928. funeral services were held Thrusday with burial in the Fairview cemetery. Submitted byTom Agan.

CAVE, Margaret Moore, Spring Valley Herald (February 21, 1929)

Margaret E. Cave, wife of Thomas Cave died at her home at Crystal Tuesday, February 19th at 3:00 p.m. Mrs. Cave was born November 22, 1868, being 60 years, 2 months and 28 days old at the time of death. Mrs. Cave had been in poor health for some time but seemed to be better until a few weeks ago when her sickness became more serious. She seemed patient and alway greeted friends who called to see her with a welcome smile. Her departure will be a great loss to the community as well as her family, as she was accustomed to help in any affair for the betterment of the community. She is survived by her husband, several brothers and sisters and eight children; Mrs. Mary Goss, Kellogg, Idaho; Raymond Cave, Indianapolis; Will Cave, French Lick; Mrs. Edith Arnold, Dubois; Clarence Cave, French Lick; Cornelius Cave, French Lick, Mrs. Lowell Thacker, Cuzco; and Paul Cave, Crystal, and a number of other relatives and friends.
Burial and funeral services were conducted at Crystal Thursday at 10:30 a.m. Submitted by Tom Agan.

FLICK, George W., Spring Valley Herald (February 28, 1929)

George W. Flick, of near Newton Stewart died this morning at his home about 10:00 o'clock at the age of 76 years, 5 months and 9 days. Mr. Flick had been sick for over nine years and was highly honored and respected by his neighbors. He is survived by an aged companion; six children: Jacob, Hammond, Okla.; John, Newton Stewart; Amos, Newton Stewart; Mrs. Minnie Williams, Vincennes; Mrs. Elvira Burton, French Lick; Elgora Eastridge, French Lick; one brother, Isaac Flick, Norton; and one sister, Mrs. Louisanna Bledsoe, Elon.
Funeral Services will be conducted at Cane Creek church Saturday, March 2nd. Submitted by Tom Agan.

BEATTY, Hazle Grace, Spring Valley Herald (April 11, 1929)

Hazle Grace Combs Beatty, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Homer Combs was born in Orange County October 27, 1909, died March 19, 1929. Age 19 years, 4 months and 23 days.
Hazle was united in marriage to Walter Beatty on September 3, 1927 and to this union was born one daughter, dying in infancy. Hazle spent most of her life in this vicinity up until the last ten months when she and husband went to Arizona. There they lived a happy life until the death angels came and said come higher. Hazle had to answer to the call. Hazle was much fond of going to Sunday School and services. She was loved by all who came in contact with her. She was a loving wife and a kind daughter.
Hazle leaves to mourn her loss, a husband, Walter Beatty, a father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. Homer Combs, three sisters, Mrs. Blanche Beatty of Arizona who cared for Hazle through her sickness, Pauline and Edna, who are at home, two brothers, Luther Combs of Florida and Willard Combs of French Lick.


We desire to thank relatives and friends for their kindness and sympathy shown us through the death of wife and daughter, Hazle Combs Beatty. Also the ones who furnished cars, the floral offering, Sister Ada Huston for her consoling words and Mr. Schmutzler.
Mr. & Mrs. Homer Combs
Willard Combs
Walter Beatty
Submitted by Tom Agan.

ROGERS, Alexander, Spring Valley Herald (May 9, 1929)

Alexander Rogers, son of Hugh and Mary Rogers, was born in Orange County, Indiana, July 22, 1873. God called him to his reward April 22, 1929 at the age of 56 years and 9 months. All of his life was spent as a farmer in the immediate community of his birth where he is widely known amount his many friends.
He was married to Lucy J. Lane January 16, 1896. To this home five children were born, three daughters and two sons, namely, Marie M. Beaty, Zoe Kearby, Geneva R. Clay of French Lick, Guy E. of Indianapolis and Hugh T. of Los Angeles, California.
For several months he had been in failing health and a few weeks ago went to his son Hugh in California thing the change of climate would be helpful to him. This proved to be of no value and at dawn, on Monday morning April 22, he passed away in a Los Angeles hospital.
He was converted at an early age and was baptized in the faith of the Church of Christ at South Liberty where he was a faithful member. He served as deacon for many, many years and was never absent but very few times the past years and then only when sick or called away from home to help someone in trouble.
The community has lost a good citizen. The weather was never too bad nor the distance too far, for him to go and administer to the sick and the suffering. A good man is gone. The home, community and church will miss him.
We cannot know or understand God's plans but our faith gives us insight in the future and confidence to believe that this kind and loving father and husband who has made his home here one of paradise for his loved ones, has gone to prepare for them an eternal home where moth and rust cannot corrupt.
As he loved and adored his grandchildren he now stands waiting with outstretched arms to receive all who follow in grandfather's footsteps.
He leaves to mourn his departure four sisters, one brother, a devote wife, two sons, three daughters, two son-in-laws, three granddaughters, a grandson and a host of relatives and friends. His mother, father, one brother and two sisters preceded him to the city Beautiful.


We want to thank our many friends and neighbors for their kindness and sympathy in the bereavement of our father and husband, Alex Rogers. We thank Bro. Porter and Bro. Bex for their words of comfort. Mr. Schmutzler for his help and our friends for the beautiful flowers.
Mrs. Alex Rogers
Marie M. Beatty
Mr. and Mrs Roscoe Kearby
Mr. and Mrs. Gallie Clay
Hugh T. Rogers
Guy E. Rogers
Submitted by Tom Agan.

BALLARD, Reed, Spring Valley Herald (August 15, 1929)

Reed Ballard, son of Thomas and Fannie Ballard, was born in Hillham, Indiana, Aug 1, 1894. He died at his home in French Lick August 8, 1929, being 35 years and 8 days old at the time of his passing.
Reed's father died when he was very young. His mother remarried and was soon left a widow again with two little boys. He loyally stood by his mother and helped he to rear the two younger bothers. He lived most of his life in French Lick, with the exception of the last year which was spent in Arizona seeking to regain his health.
On October 14, 1914 he was united in marriage to Miss Pearl Dove. To this union was born three sons, Glenn, Thomas Dale and Randall Verne, the latter two having preceded him in death.
He leaves to mourn his departure, the widow, who has waled by his side during these years and tenderly and lovingly cared fro him during his long illness, one son Glenn, two half-brothers Gardner Flick of West Baden, Indiana and Claud D. Flick of Chicago, Illinois, besides a number of other relatives and a host of friends.
In December 1927 he was converted and united with the Methodist church at French Lick. He was always loyal to the allegiance made with his God and the church, expressing in words many times that he was ready and willing to go.
Reed bore his long suffering with much patience. He was a kind father, a loving husband, and always had a friendly smile and a cheery word for all his friends. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him, but we mourn not for him as those who have no hope.


We wish to thank our many friends and neighbors for their kindness and sympathy during the illness and death of our dear husband and father. Also for the beautiful floral offering, and to Dr. Boyd, Rev. Morin and Mr. Ritter for their kindness and sympathy.
Mrs. Ballard and Glenn
Submitted by Tom Agan.

FLICK, Isaac, Spring Valley Herald (February , 1918)

Isaac Flick was born Jan. 24th 1824, Departed this life, Feb. 10, 1918; age 94 years 17 days. Was married to Elizabeth Beatty, March 1844. To this union were born nine children, three of whom were called home. The wife and mother departed this life Sept. 18, 1865.
On August 11, 1866, he was married to Mary Jane Baxter. To this union were born eight children, five have answered the call home.
In 1861 he enlisted in the Civil War, serving for three years, when he was wounded and receive an honorable discharge from the service.
In 1896 he united with the Church of Christ at Pleasant Valley under the preaching of Bro. Baggerly, and lived a christian life, until about six years ago, when his mind began to fail. His request years ago was to be buried beside his first wife in the old cemetery at Cane Creek church.
He leaves a wife, nine children, and great, great grandchildren, also two sisters to mourn their loss.


We wish to thank the many friends who were so kind to us during the sickness and death of our loving husband and father, and we wish to thank the G.A.R. for their kindness and floral offering, also the Christian Church and the ladies Aid for the beautiful flowers. And we wish to thank R.V. Claxton and Mr. Wm. Morgan for their kindness and help, also Rev. Nicholson.
Mrs. Isaac Flick and children

NEW ARTICLE - One of the Oldest Veterans of the Civil War Dead.

Isaac Flick was born in Orange County Jan. 24th 1824, Departed this life, Feb. 10, 1918; age 94 years 17 days. Up to the time of his death he was the oldest survivor if the 38th Inf. He was enrolled on the 18th day of Sept. 1861. He was in many hard fought battles being wounded at Chickamauga. Was discharge Sept. 21, 1864. He was married to Miss Elizabeth Beatty in March 1844. To this union was born nine children.
His first wife departed this life in the fall of 1865. He was then married to Miss Mary J. Baxter, Aug 11, 1866. To this union was born eight children.
He has 80 grandchildren, 124 great grandchildren, 14 great-great grandchildren. He was good soldier, a food farmer and always will to pay his contracts. We need such men as he once was at this time. When his country called he answered "present" and was found at the breech of his gun. Submitted by Tom Agan.

BLEDSOE, Ross, Spring Valley Herald (April 25, 1918)

News of the death of Ross Bledsoe of wounds received in the first line trenches in France an April 13 (1918) was received here this morning. His brother, John Bledsoe, received a telegram a few days ago stating that Ross was slightly wounded in action and stated that f anything serious developed notice would be sent, and the telegram this oning is the sequel to the sad story. Ross is the first French Lick township boy to lose his life in this was and brings home to us all what we have to expect hear frequently now.
Ross had served a term in the regular army and re-enlisted last summer and was one of the first to go over with Gen. Pershing. Submitted byTom Agan.

RITCHEY, Henry, Spring Valley Herald (March 31, 1911)

The body of Henry Ritchey formerly a restaurant keeper of Shoals was shipped to this place Wednesday and taken to Mt. Lebanon for burial. Mr. Ritchey was formerly a resident of Hillham and some of his family are buried in Mt. Lebanon Cemetery. The remains were accompanied by a number of the members of the Inali Tribe No. 438, I.O.R.M. of Shoals of which he was a member. The Red Men conducted the burial services according to the ritual of the order at the grave. Submitted byTom Agan.

KENDALL. Harry Paul, Spring Valley Herald (April 7, 1911)

Harry Paul, little son of Virgil and Goldie (Miller) Kendall was born Oct. 13th, 1910. Died March 18th, 1911. Aged 5 months and five days.
Little Paul had been a sufferer of spasmodic heart trouble ever since his birth.
The funeral was preached in the Christian Church Sunday, March 19th at 1 o'clock p.m. by Rev. Lutes, and the little body was consigned to the grave at Moores Ridge. The little cradle and also the cradle roll chart were draped in white an emblem of purity and innocence. Sweetly it rest. Submitted byTom Agan.

GILES, Mary Pinnick, Spring Valley Herald (April 14, 1911)

[News item] Mrs. Mary Giles, mother of Rev. John P. Davis, of this city died at her home in Yazoo City, Miss. and the remains arrived in this city Tuesday and were interred at Ames Chapel Wednesday. [In a related article] County Commissioner Charles Pinnick of Martin County was here Tuesday to attend the funeral of his aunt, Mrs. Giles, whose remains were shipped here from Yazoo, Miss. for burial.


Mary H. Pinnick, was born Dec 22, 1830. Died April 9, 1911. She was married to J.P. Davis, to this union was born two children, J.P. Davis and Emma E. Davis. Her husband died in 1873, after which she was married to Randolph Giles, he departed this life. She then made her home with her children, her daughter Emma lived in Yazoo City, Miss., at which place she died. Her daughter and Frank Davis, her grandson brought the remains back which was laid to rest in the cemetery at Ames.
She was a member of the Church of Christ and lived a faithful member for 54 years. She had been an invalid for 50 years, she looked forward to the time when she could enjoy that rest that remains for the people of God.
Her father came here from Kentucky in 1808, entered part of the land where a part of the town now stands. She was raised with one mile of this place, she possessed a great memory and could give a good history of the developing French Lick.It is hard to give up the pioneers who labored to build up the country and to make good society. But let us all labor to better this world by living in it like she has. Submitted byTom Agan.

HANKINS, Henry, Spring Valley Herald (April 14, 1911, 1911)

Henry Hankins died Sunday morning (April 9, 1911) after being ill with the measles and pneumonia fever for some time. He was about 56 years of age. The remains were interred at Mt. Lebanon Cemetery. Submitted byTom Agan.

UNDERWOOD, W.W., Spring Valley Herald (April 21, 1911)

W.W. Underwood, the son of W.C. and Elizabeth Underwood was born in 1872. Died April 14, 1911 at Bethany, Ill.
He went to Canada sometime ago for his health but grew worse and was on his return home when he died. He leaves a wife, two boys and a father and rear relatives to mourn the loss.
This son is the 12th child that the father buried. funeral services were conducted at Ames Chapel Sunday, April 16th at 2 p.m. by Rev. L.T. Taylor of French Lick. The body was laid to rest in the cemetery at Ames. Submitted byTom Agan.

ELLEDGE, Clorinda Anise, Spring Valley Herald (April 21, 1911)

Clorinda Anise Elledge, daughter of Zephaniah and Frances Elledge was born Sept. 28, 1883 . Died April 11, 1911, aged 27 years, 4 months and 13 days. She joined the Christian Church four years ago at South Liberty and lived a consistent Christian life sine and left evidence that her future would be alright. She took sick with measles on March 26.
She leaves a father and a mother, two sisters and one brother to mourn her departure, but their loss is her eternal gain. One sister preceded her to eternity. Submitted byTom Agan.

ELLEDGE, Joseph Albert, Spring Valley Herald (April 21, 1911)

Joseph Albert Elledge, son of Zephaniah and Frances Elledge was born March 22nd, 1886, died April 11, 1911. Aged 25 years 19 days. He and his sister died on the same day. He never joined the church, but just before he died, told his sister; Miss Lizzie Taylor that he was trusting in the Lord and though he was sorry to leave, he felt that he was going to a better home. Submitted byTom Agan.

BEATTY, Nancy A. Seybold, Spring Valley Herald (April 21, 1911)

After a long lingering of White Plague, death came to the relief of Mrs. David [Nancy] Beatty, of Beatty Ridge, on the 9th inst. (April 9 1911). She had been in critical condition several months, and her decease came as no surprise to her neighbors. [Interred at South Liberty cemetery] Submitted byTom Agan.

PIPHER, Lyndus, Spring Valley Herald (May 5, 1911)

Lyndus Pipher aged seventy-one years died at the home of his son-in-law, John Stackhouse, north of Prospect Tuesday afternoon (May 2, 1911). He had been ill for three weeks with pneumonia. He had been a resident of Orange County all of his life. the remains were interred at Ames Chapel, Thursday. Submitted byTom Agan.

WININGER, William A., Spring Valley Herald (May 5, 1911)

William A. Wininger, one of the oldest and most highly respected citizens of this part of the state died at his home one and a half miles south of this place early Wednesday morning (May 3, 1911). Mr. Wininger had been very ill for several months and at times during the winter it was not expected that he could survive for more than a few days, but his wonderful vitality fought off death till Wednesday morning when he passed away. He formerly lived in Dubois County south of Hillham, but has owned and lived on the Case farm near Mt. Lebanon for the past year or so.
He was past eighty years of age and was a life long member of the M.E. Church. He was one of the pioneer settlers of this section of the state and a typical representative of that hardy type of American citizen that is now almost extinct
He was buried at Union Valley Thursday. Submitted by Tom Agan.

EARLY, John, Spring Valley Herald (June 16, 1911)

Death has again entered our midst. this time in the person of John Early, aged about 50 years, who died last Tuesday (June 13, 1911) of heart trouble. He came home from his work and as usual in apparently good health, and ate a hearty supper. After the meal he took his chair and prepared for a rest after his day's work. He was stricken almost immediately and expired in a few moments. He leaves a wife and two children, two sisters and an aged mother to mourn his loss. To the grief stricken family we extend our heartfelt sympathy in this their darkest hour. Submitted byTom Agan.

RILEY, David, Jasper Courier dated 30 Jan 1880

"Died on January 21, 1880 in Hall township, David Riley of Pneumonia. He was 78 years 4 months and 4 days old and was an honest, upright and firm Christian. He was for over 50 years a member of the Regular Baptist Church, and for a number of years a regular ordained minister of that denomination. He was highly esteemed by all who knew him, and had very few if any enemies while living. He acted as Justice of the peace for several years while living in Crawford county. He leaves an aged companion who is in very feeble health and cannot survive him a great while. Elder Riley was buried in the graveyard near A.W. Atkins. A funeral discourse was delivered at the family residence by his son J.S. Riley.Submitted byVaughn Bushman

RILEY, Thomas Y.,Jasper Courier dated 17 April 1891

AN OLD PIONEER AND PATRIOT GONE - - THOMAS Y. RILEY DEAD Thomas Y.Riley died at the home of his son-in-law near Ellsworth April 8 1891, aged 80 years 4 months and 10 days. Mr. Riley was born in Oldham County, Ky Nov 29, 1810, was married to Miss Nancy Lawrence who bore him 8 children; four daughters with herself survive him. He was a lifelong Democrat, having cast his first vote for Gen Jackson, and his last for Cleveland. He was a patriot in the true sense of the word always favoring that which he believed for the best of the country. He volunteered in the Black Hawk War and saw service against the savages in 1832 in the wilds of Illinois. He was for many years one of the most prominent farmers in Columbia township, but sold the farm to take charge of the pauper system of Dubois county in 1881 and continued as its superintendent, managing its affairs for 6 years until compelled to give it up by the infirmities of old age. In religion he was a devoted member of the Missionary Baptist denomination and died with a faith reaching out to a happy eternity. He was buried April 9th at the Robert's Chapel graveyard in Hall township; a very large number of friends and relatives attending his funeral. Rev. J.D. Kiper of the ME church superintended the services and preached a feeling and appropriate discourse. Submitted by,Vaughn Bushman

COX, Mattie, Spring Valley Herald (January 11, 1917)

Mrs. Jesse Cox died at her home south east of town Monday (Jan. 8, 1917) morning of paralysis. The funeral and burial was at South Liberty Tuesday at eleven o'clock. Funeral was conducted by Rev. Wm. Bex, of Williams, Ind.


Mattie M. Brent was born May 1, 1858, departed this life Jan 8, 1917, she was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Brent. She was born in New Castle, Ky., she was 59 years, 8 months and 7 days of age at death.
She was married to Jesse Cox, August 8, 1878. To this union were born five children: Sanford Andrew, John W., Charles, L., Edmond M. and Robert Lee, two of whom preceded her to the great beyond.
She was a member of the Church of Christ at South Liberty thirty four years and was a consistent christian woman.
Mattie Cox as she was known among her many friends, was admired and respected and was quiet and peaceable at home and among her neighbors and she was most devoted to her family. She loved her two daughter-in-laws and three grandchildren as her own children. She was a niece of Mrs. C.O. Chilton and a cousin of Mrs. Sloan and Wm. Luckett of French Lick.
Elds. R. Bex and V.T. Trimble were called on to talk at the funeral occasion to a large crowd of sympathizing friends.
There were about forty rigs that followed the hearse to the cemetery and a large crowd had gathered there to pay their last tribute of respect to a dear departed one. There is no sorrow so crushing as that of a dear departed wife you want to tell her how heart broken you are, but alas she sleeps the long and silent sleep from which none ever wake to weep. Submitted byTom Agan.

ROGERS, Hugh, Spring Valley Herald (January 11, 1917)

Hugh Rogers, aged 80 odd years fell in the fire at his home Monday near South Liberty southeast of this place about 6 miles and was so badly burned that he died Tuesday (Jan, 9, 1917) morning. Burial at South Liberty Wednesday.
[News Article]
The home of Alex Rogers was thrown into a state of confusion Monday afternoon (Jan 8) when his father, Hugh Rogers 84 years of age, who it is supposed was stirring the fire in the fireplace in some way fell into the fire, and was so horribly burned about the face and head that he died early Tuesday morning. He had been in fairly good health for one of his years, except Monday when he appeared to be extremely feeble and was supposed to have had an attack of heart trouble as there were no signs of a struggle to get out of the fire. He had been a very hard working man and one of the oldest members of Liberty Church. He leaves two sons and five daughters. Submitted byTom Agan.

SMITH, Seth C., Spring Valley Herald (January 11, 1917)

Seth C. Smith, the youngest child of Benjamin S. and Mary A. Smith was born September 27, 1869 and departed this life January 1, 1917, aged 49 years 3 months and 5 days. He was born on the same farm on which he died and spent his entire life on the old homestead with the exception of about two years which he lived in French Lick, Indiana. On September 19, 1879 he was united in marriage to Dora While who died Oct. 19, 1896. To this union was born one son, Walter, who still survives. He was married again September 30, 1897 to Rosa I. Wells, who died March 17, 1910 and to this union were born three children, who of whom, Freda and Thelma, are still living and a son who died in infancy and was married with his mother.
He was married Dec. 24, 1911 to Susie Southern, who survives him. When but a boy at the tender age of seven years he united with the M.E. Church at old Smith's Chapel, under the ministry of N.E. Boreing, one of the pioneer preachers, of Ind. He had a definite, positive Christian experience of which he often spoke both privately and publicly. He was noted for his cheerful and sunny disposition and it seemed he had more sorrows and afflictions than befalls must men, but he maintained his cheerfulness and bore it all with patience and fortitude. He was a kind and affectionate husband, a devoted father and a kind and good neighbor. Besides his wife and three children, he leaves two brothers, A.C. and William Smith and many other relatives and friends to mourn his untimely death.


We wish to thank our many friends for their kindness shown us at the death of our dear husband and father.
Mrs. Susie Smith and Children
Submitted by Tom Agan.

BROWN, John, Spring Valley Herald (January 18, 1917)

John Brown, who has been sick for quite a while having had measles and taking a back set with spinal trouble developing, died Sunday (Jan 14, 1917) night at an early hour. funeral services were conducted at the home and the remains were laid to rest in the Moores Ridge Cemetery. John was a bright young man and will be sadly missed. Submitted byTom Agan.

LOMAX, Alfred, Spring Valley Herald (January 18, 1917)

Alfred Lomax, a former resident of this community but for the last few years of Young's Creek, died of paralysis, Tuesday (January 16, 1917) at Salem, where he was visiting friends. Funeral services and burial was this place Saturday, conducted by Rev. V.T. Trimble and Rev. Sam Lankford. He was the father of nine children, all of whom are dead. Submitted byTom Agan.

ARCHER, Minnie Sorrels, Spring Valley Herald (February 8, 1917)

Minnie Sorrels Archer, born May 18, 1892 died December 21, 1916. She was married to Willie Archer October 25, 1914.
She united with the Church of Christ in 1908 and lived a devoted christian life, her patience and long suffering were marvelous. She leaves a husband and one little daughter, Audra Belle. She was a kind and affectionate wife and loving mother, to know her was to love her. Submitted byTom Agan.

HOBSON, Bloomer, Spring Valley Herald (February 8, 1917)

Bloomer, the little son of Sherman Hobson and wife died Saturday (Feb. 3, 1917) evening of pneumonia as was buried at Corks Chapel Monday. Submitted by Tom Agan.

PATTON, Mabel, Spring Valley Herald (February 22, 1917)

Mabel, the daughter of Simeon Patton and wife, of Briner Springs, died Feb. 18, 1917, aged 4 years, 6 months and three days. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Walls at Amers where she was laid to rest at the same time with her two twin brothers. The entire family has our sympathy.
[Related story]Born to Simeon Patton and wife, Feb 18, twin boys. They were premature birth and only lived a few hours. Submitted byTom Agan.

POE, John, Spring Valley Herald (February 22, 1917)

John Poe, an aged and highly respected citizen of this city, passed away Wednesday morning (February 21, 1917) about one o'clock. Mr. Poe was about 86 years old and had been confined to his room for a year or so with rheumatism and general debility due to old age. He suffered a slight stroke of paralysis Tuesday which resulted in his death. Funeral and interment at Ames Chapel Wednesday. Submitted byTom Agan.

CAMPBELL, William, Spring Valley Herald (March 1, 1917)

William Campbell was born July 5, 1839, in the state of Kentucky near the town of Crab Orchard. Died near French Lick, February 25, 1917, aged 78 years, 7 months and 21 days.
He was married in February 1857 to Mary Belle. To this union five children were born, John C. Elizabeth, Emma, Willard and Ellen, four preceded him to the great beyond. His companion died 51 years ago leaving him to struggle through life.
He was then married to Sarah Emmons. To this union twelve children were born, all of whom are living but two.
He united with the Christian Church at Red Quarry some thirty years ago and lived a quiet christian life and firmly believing the old time religion and in the spiritual hymns. He said he was ready to go and only waiting and that it paid everyone to be ready. Submitted byTom Agan.

FLICK, Anna Vories, Spring Valley Herald (March 8, 1917)

Anna Vories Flick, daughter of Newton and Ella Vories was born May 1, 1891. She has one brother and four sisters. Two sisters preceded her in death. Noble has been the character of which nothing greater can be said after death thank has oft been repeated during life. Anna was born and reared in the community where she died. Always leading a very quiet life, leaving an example of virtue, faith and honor.
August 12, 1910, she was united in marriage to (Alfred) Otto Flick. To this union four children were born, Loyd Randall, Phillis May, Vane Vories, and the infant son, all of whom are left to mourn the loss of a good mother. Her loving heart, her kind words will be missed by all who knew her, but none can know the loss of the husband. Anna was very patient and cheerful during her last illness, when she realized the end was near, was perfectly resigned to the will of God. This happy and useful life came to a close March 1, 1917, age 25 years and 10 months.
The remains were laid to rest in the Cemetery at this place (Mt. Lebanon). Rev. Flanigan conducted the services. We extend our sympathy to the bereaved ones. Submitted byTom Agan.

BEATTY, Mary J., Spring Valley Herald (March 22, 1917)

Mrs. John M. (Mary J. Tillery) Beatty, formerly of this city was killed in a cyclone that struck the town of Melwood, Ark. yesterday (March 21, 1917). Mr. and Mrs. Beatty were conducting a hotel at that place and the hotel and depot were among the wrecked buildings. The body will arrive here tomorrow and the funeral services will be held at the Christian Church Sunday. Burial at Ames Chapel.
[Related article - March 29, 1917] The funeral of Mrs. John M. Beatty was conducted at the Christian Church Saturday at two o'clock by Rev. Claud Cogswell followed by interment at Ames Chapel. A large number attended. Submitted byTom Agan.

MILLS, Rosa Smith, Spring Valley Herald (April 12, 1917)

Mrs. Thomas Mills departed this life Monday, March 27 (1917) and was laid to rest in the Patoka Cemetery Wednesday. She was the mother of eleven children, six who preceded her to that great beyond. Mr. Trible conducted the funeral services. The entire family have our sympathy. Submitted byTom Agan.

UNDERWOOD, Opal Moore, Spring Valley Herald (May 3, 1917)

Mrs. Grover Underwood [nee Opal M. Moore], fell dead at her home near Briner Springs Friday morning (April 27, 1917), her death was a great shock to everyone as she had been in good health. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. McCollough and C.E. Cogswell at Ames Chapel Sunday afternoon. She leaves to mourn her death a husband, two children, a father, mother and two brothers and two sisters, a host of other relatives and friends. The entire family have our sympathy. Submitted byTom Agan.

GRAVES, James, Spring Valley Herald (May 10, 1917)

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James Graves aged about seventy was run over and killed by the Southern passenger train leaving here at 11:10 a.m. in the Campbellsburg addition to French Lick, yesterday (May 9, 1917). The old man was standing in the middle of the track, stooping over as if picking up something. The train gets up speed going south to make the grade to the tunnel and was, owing to a sharp curve, too close to him to stop. Mr. Graves was a brother to Richard Graves, who died Tuesday of tuberculosis and his death is an added sorrow to the relatives. He was the father of Mrs. Joe Corbett of this city. The body will be taken to Potter Cemetery in Crawford county for burial Friday.

OBITUARY - May 17, 1917

James R. Graves, the fourth son of a family of twelve children, of John and Catherine Graves, was born November 22, 1852 and departed this life May 9, 1917 aged 64 years 5 months and 7 days.
in 1873 he was united in marriage to America E. Hatfield. To this union were born two children, Sarah Emma and John Samuel, the latter departing this life at the age of three weeks. After a short, but happy wedded life of ten years he witnessed the death of his young wife, three weeks after the death of his little son.
In 1883 he married Nancy D. Shoemaker. To this union seven children were born, four girls, Catherine, Laurie, Nora and Dottie, and three boys, James Benjamin and Charley. James and Dottie departed this life in infancy.
Mr. Graves has lived a devoted christian life having united with the United Brethren church in his early manhood. He was a devoted husband and a loving father. Everyone who knew him knew a man who held no malice or hatred. He said a few days before he died that he was living as his heavenly Father would have him live and he feared no earthly trials.
He leaves to mourn his death a wife, six children, six brothers, two sisters and a number of other relatives and friends.


We wish to thank the many friends and neighbors for the kindness and sympathy shown us at the time our husband and father, James Graves, was killed by the train, May 9, 1917.
His wife and children
Submitted by Tom Agan.

GRAVES, Jonathan Richard, Spring Valley Herald (May 10, 1917)

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Richard Graves died at his home in this city Tuesday (May 8, 1917) of tuberculosis. Mr. Graves had been afflicted with the disease for a number of years and was only unable to be about the town the latter part of this winter and spring. For the past few years since he has been in failing health he did such light work as night watching and extra police duty. The funeral and interment will be today at Mt. Lebanon.

OBITUARY - May 17, 1917

Jonathan Richard Graves, was born Sept. 6, 1863. He united in marriage to Catherine Cox, December 12, 1186 to this union was born 6 children, four girls and 2 boys, all of this place.
He united with the United Brethren church in 1906 under the pastorship of Rev. Lutes. Mr. Graves with if family came to French Lick about 14 years ago, where he lived up the time of his death. He became afflicted two years ago with tuberculosis. He was a patient kind and loving through his sickness and at different times stated he was prepared to go to his final home. He departed this life May 8, 1917, aged 53 years, 8 months and 2 days.
He leaves a companion, six children, 7 grandchildren, 6 brothers and two sisters and a host of other relatives and friends to mourn his untimely demise.


We wish to thank our many friends and neighbors for their kindness through the death of our husband and father, Richard Graves, who died at his home May 8, 1917. Also for the beautiful floral offerings, we especially thank Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Elledge and Mr. and Mrs. John Elledge, Bro. Walls and W.V. Ritter & Son.
Mother and children
Submitted by Tom Agan.

BURTON, Cora, Spring Valley Herald (June 14, 1917)

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Miss Cora Burton of Orleans, a teacher in the high school at Acton, Marion County, was killed instantly at 4:30 o'clock this afternoon (June 7, 1917) three and a half miles north of here (Bedford, Ind.), when an automobile in which she was riding turned over. She was pinned under the car and sustained a crushed skull. Her companion, Alfred Schlooser, 14 who was accompanying her home for a visit, escaped with severe bruises, although he too was pinned under the machine.
The accident happened as the machine was being driven back into the road. Repairs was being made to the Salt Creek bridge over the Dixie highway and in going up a steep enbankment the wheels of the car slipped in the mud, Schloesser, who was driving, "killed" the engine by mistake and the car slid backwards onto a plank and against a culvert. The plank broke and started the machine to turn over.
The body of the woman was brought to the J.R. Roach undertaking establishment here and was sent to Orleans late tonight. A mother, Mrs. Florence Burton, brother and sister all of Orleans survive [Indianapolis Star] Submitted byTom Agan.

WININGER, Minnie, Spring Valley Herald (June 14, 1917)

Minnie Wininger, daughter of Henry and Jose Wininger, was born in Martin County, Ind., April 19, 1890. Died at her home near Norton, Ind., on the early morning of June 2, 1917, aged 27 years, 1 month and 14 days.
She gave her heart to Jesus and became a follower of him, Feb. 10, 1910. joining the United Brethren church at French Lick three days later. Since then she has been an earnest worker in her Master's cause, in doing whatever duty that came to her, being especially interested in the Christian Endeavor from the very beginning of her christian life.
Minnie was never a strong girl, and her health gradually failed until three months ago, when she gave up her position and came home. through all her illness she never murmured of complained, but as always cheerful and patient with a pleasant word and smile for everyone - forgetting self, thinking and planning for others in that unselfish attitude which has expressed itself through out her life. The example of her life and the influence yielded by it will linger in the hearts of her many friends.
She leaves to mourn her absence, father, mother, two sisters, three brothers and many relatives and friends who will miss her smile and cheerfil words of greeting.


We wish to thank our friends and neighbors for their many kindnesses during the illness and death of our daughter.
Mr. and Mrs. Henry Wininger
Submitted by Tom Agan.

BEATTY, George C., Spring Valley Herald (July 5, 1917)

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A terrible tragedy occurred here Monday evening (July 2, 1917)when George Beatty killed himself by drinking an ounce of carbolic acid dying about thirty minutes after taking the poison. Domestic trouble was the cause of the rash act and the details as near as we could obtain them are as follows:
George Beatty and Etta Crowe were married about two years ago and it seems that all was not as smooth as it might have been and a suit for divorce was applied for some months ago by Mrs. Beatty, but was not filed as they made up and went back to Indianapolis where Mr. Beatty had employment at the Severin Hotel. About three weeks ago Mrs. Beatty again left him and came to her mother;s home at Frentressville, a suburb of French Lick, and divorce proceedings were again started.
Beatty arrived here Monday morning and went to the law office of Harry Carnes who was Mrs. Beatty's lawyer and asked Carnes to call his wife to come down to his office as he wished to try to again fix up the trouble. Carnes refused to call her but told Beatty that he could call her and they could talk the matter over in his office and anything he could do to bring about a reconciliation would be gladly done.
Mrs. Beatty came down town and she and her husband talked for several hours in Carnes' law office and later went down in the park where they talked till about 3:00 o'clock when Mrs. Beatty went home and Beatty returned to Carnes' office and said that everything was satisfactorily settled between him and his wife, but that he was going up to her mother's house and talk to her.
A few minutes later he got a jitney bus driven by "Dutch" Frentress and went to the Crowe home. Mrs. Beatty says that she saw him coming and thing that he meant trouble shut and locked the door. When he called to her to come out and she did not he took a bottle of carbolic acid out of his pocket and drank it's contents almost to the last drop. He then went to the auto and said to the driver who asked him what he had done, "Carbolic Acid! Take me to French Lick and drive like hell." His wife realizing what had happened rushed out of the house and came to town with him.
When they arrived at Dr. Dillinger's office they had to almost drag him up the stairs as he was not able to walk. It was too late and in a few minutes he was dead.
George Beatty was a fine looking young man about 25 years old and his wife is a pretty little woman of perhaps twenty and it is lamentable that their married life should have had so much trouble for both and have such a tragic ending.
Dr. Boyd, Coroner of Orange County, held an inquest over the remains and the body was taken to W.V. Ritter & Sons's undertaking establishment where it was prepared for burial. The body was interred at Ames Cemetery, Wednesday.

OBITUARY - July 12, 1917

Geo. C. Beatty, died at the home of Mrs Belle Crowe near French Lick, July 2, 1917. He was united in marriage to Miss C. Etta Crowe, Oct. 30, 1914, and lived in or near French Lick until death separated them. He leaves a wife, mother, three sisters and one brother and a host of relatives and friends to mourn his departure, for to know him was to love him. Submitted byTom Agan.

GERKIN, Lizzie, Spring Valley Herald (July 12, 1917)

Mrs. Jesse [Lizzie] Gerkin, an aged lady of past 65 years died at the home of her son-in-law, Comodore Baker, Monday (July 9, 1917). Interment at Mt. Lebanon, Tuesday. Submitted byTom Agan.

BLAGRAVE, Willis, Spring Valley Herald (April 19, 1917)

Willis Blagrave died at his home in Russelville, last Wednesday (April 11, 1917). He was 27 years of age and unmarried, funeral services were conducted by the Christian minister of French Lick, Friday and he was laid to rest in the beautiful cemetery of Ames Chapel. Submitted byTom Agan.