Orange County Obituaries


CRAIG, Lydia C., Orleans Progress (February 14,1895) Death Notice
Died - Last night at 9 o'clock, at the residence of George P. Stout, of paralysis, Mrs. Lydia C. Craig, at the advanced age of 82 years. Mrs. Craig was the mother of Mrs. Stout, with who she removed to this place and where she has resided ever since. She had been sick for some time, but when, on yesterday morning she had a stroke of paralysis, her relatives rapidly discerned that the end was near. She was born in Pittsburgh, Penn. and was a good christian woman, Her son, Mr. E. W. Craig arrived her this evening and will take the remains to Chester, Ohio for interment. The grief stricken family have our warmest sympathy.


We desire to extend our sincere thanks to our friends who so kindly assisted us during the sickness and death of our aged mother. Their kindness and sympathy shown us is highly appreciated and will never be forgotten. May God bless them all. Geo. P. Stout and Wife. E. W. Craig. Submitted by Tom Agan.

COPE, Elmer, Orleans Progress (February 21, 1895) Death Notice
Suicide by Hanging

Elmer, the 15 year old son of Jesse Cope, of Jackson Township, suicided by hanging last Thursday morning. The unfortunate boy had a severe fever about ten years ago, since which he has been in very poor health, both of mind and body. He had often in fits of despondency threatened to take his own life, but his treats were not taken seriously. He was found in the smokehouse by his sister at 10 o'clock in the morning, dead, with a half inch rope round his neck. His mother cut him down. The remains were buried at Centerville Friday. Submitted byTom Agan.

SHERROD, James H. Dr., Orleans Progress (February 28, 1895) Death Notice
Dr. James H. Sherrod, one of the oldest and best known citizens of Paoli, died last Saturday, after a long and painful illness. He was seventy-eight years of age, and was an Odd Fellow and Mason. For years he was one of the most successful medical practitioners in this section. Submitted byTom Agan.

LINDLEY, Beatrice, Orleans Progress (February 28, 1895) Death Notice
Beatrice Lindley, daughter of James A. and Mary E. Lindley, living four and one half miles south of town, died very suddenly this morning of brain fever. She had been complaining of feeling bad less than a week ago, and was confined to her bed since last Monday. Her death was entirely unexpected. She was twenty-one years old. The family have our warmest words of sympathy in their bereavement. The funeral services will be held at Union Church at 2 o'clock p.m. Friday, and interment in the Union cemetery thereafter. Submitted byTom Agan.

SPEER, Asberry and Margaret, Orleans Progress (March 14, 1895) Death Notice
Uncle Berry Speer and wife [Margaret], who for half a century have lived about three miles west of Orangeville died last Friday. The old lady was ninety one years old and died first, and three hours later her husband, who was eighty seven years old followed he to that land from whence no traveler returns. they had been married fifty seven years and nearly all that time had lived in the same house in which they died. They were good christian people whom it was a pleasure to know and their influence in the community, the christian and charitable acts, will all be missed. The two bodies so long united in the flesh were buried side by side at the same hour Saturday, followed by a large concourse of friends. Submitted byTom Agan.

REYNOLDS, George O., Orleans Progress (March 21, 1895) Death Notice
George O. Reynolds died at his home in Orangeville township last Friday morning of Bronchial trouble, and the remains were interred at Wesley Chapel cemetery. He was forty four years old, and leaves a widow and several small children. We extend to the bereaved family our sympathy. Submitted byTom Agan.

LUKENBILL, Ellsworth, Orleans Progress (March 21, 1895) Death Notice
Ellsworth Lukenbill, a prominent Pythian, was shot and instantly killed by the accidental discharge of his gun while out hunting near Gosport last Saturday afternoon. Submitted byTom Agan.

FISHER, William G., Orleans Progress (April 11, 1895) Death Notice
William G. Fisher, son of Sarah and David Fisher, died at his home in Kansas City, Mo. April 1st, aged 27 years. He was married to Minnie Knowls of Fort Scott, Kas., Oct. 3, 1887. Since the death of his father he has had a different view of the Bible. instead of being skeptical he has been a firm believer. Will was a devoted husband and father. His little daughter, Gertrude, dreamed that her papa came to her after he was dead and asked her to be good girl. He had been a sufferer for four years, the last two months of which he spent very patiently. He was full resigned to die. He wanted to see his mother, but she arrived too late to see him alive. His funeral took place from the Stampers Creek Church, Friday, April 5th, where a large assemblage of relatives and friends met to pay their last respects. The services were conducted by Eld. J. G. Brengle. Submitted byTom Agan.

WARREN, Charles and Hettie, Orleans Progress (April 11, 1895) Death Notice
Charles and Hettie Warren, father and daughter, who lived near Pinhook church, died last Saturday afternoon. Hettie, a well loved and highly esteemed young lady, died about 4 o'clock. Her father, an aged and well respected citizens of Orange County, died about 8 o'clock. They were interred at Livonia, Monday, in the presence of a large assemblage of friends. Submitted byTom Agan.

ALERS, Elizabeth C., Orleans Progress (May 23, 1895) Death Notice
Mrs. Elizabeth C. Alers died at her home on south Alexander Street last Friday evening at seven o'clock, of suspension of vital forces, the result of malignant tumor. Mrs. Alers has suffered intensely during the past year, and a few months ago was advised to have a surgical operation performed. She went to Indianapolis and the knife was applied. It brought her only temporary relief, for in a short time she experienced a relapse from which she never recovered. Mrs. Alers was fifty five years of age, and has been identified with the business interest of Orleans for thirty years. She leaves four brothers, and two sisters to mourn her loss. In their sad affliction we offer our sincerest sympathy. The funeral service was conducted by rev. D. W. Denny from the M. E. Church on Sunday afternoon at two o'clock, and interment in Green Hill cemetery. Submitted byTom Agan.

HIBBS, Jennie May, Orleans Progress (May 23, 1895) Death Notice
Jennie May Hibbs, wife of George H. Hibbs, died of consumption, at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. William E. Lewis, on east Jackson Street, last Saturday afternoon, at 2:20 o'clock. She had been suffering from the dreaded disease for over a year, but by her persistent efforts had stayed the death grip until within the last few months when she was removed from her home in Danville, Ill. to this place, where she was compelled to take bed. With all the loving acts and tender care the hand of death could not be withheld. She was twenty-two years of age and in her death she leaves a husband and two dear little children, a grief stricken father, mother and two brothers. To them we tender our heartfelt sympathy. funeral services were conducted at the family home by Eld. T. J. Scully on Sunday afternoon at four o'clock and interment in the I.O.O.F. cemetery thereafter. Submitted byTom Agan.

TURLEY, Allen, Orleans Progress (May 23, 1895) Death Notice
Allen Turley died last Thursday evening at nine o'clock, of heart failure, at the home of his brother, Arthur, one mile northeast of town. Allen had not had good health for two years, and recently had been troubled with an abscess which formed in his throat and caused him much trouble and pain. He was thirty seven years old, and was the first of a family of eleven children to die. Six sisters and four brothers survive him. To these survivors we offer our sympathy.
Allen was always a favorite of the soldiers and was loyal to the flag to such a degree that his request was that when he died, he should be covered with a flag. His request was complied with, and quite a number of soldiers followed his remains to their last resing place in Liberty cemetery. The funeral services were conducted by Eld. T. J. Scully at Liberty church on Saturday morning at ten o'clock, and interment thereafter. Submitted byTom Agan.

REED, Lou, Orleans Progress (May 23, 1895) Death Notice
Mrs. Lou Reed, wife of Henry A. Reed, deceased, died last Saturday at her home in Indianapolis, of consumption, after a long illness. She leaves a son and two daughters and a host of sorrowing relatives and friends to mourn her loss. The remains arrived here on Tuesday, and after services at Liberty church, were interred by the side of her deceased husband in beautiful Liberty cemetery, yesterday morning at 11 o'clock. Submitted byTom Agan.

TAGGART, Mollie, Orleans Progress (June 20, 1895) Death Notice
Died - Mollie, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Hamilton Taggart, at the family home one half mile northwest of town on yesterday morning at eight o'clock. She had been a sufferer from consumption for over a year, and had been confined to her bed during the past seven months. Mollie had always been considered a healthy young lady until the illness and ultimate death of her sister, Louella, over whom she was a constant attendant, when her health began to fail. she was twenty seven years of age, and in her heath her young friends are deprived of a cheerful and cleaver companion, the bereaved parents a beloved daughter and the brothers and sisters a kind and loving sister. A father, mother, three sisters and four brothers survive her to mourn her loss, and to these we desire to express our most sincere and heartfelt sympathy in their darkest hour. The funeral services will be conducted at the family home by Rev. VanDuyn, of Mitchell, this afternoon at four o'clock, and interment thereafter in the I.O.O.F. cemetery. Submitted byTom Agan.

TAYLOR, Thomas, Orleans Progress (June 27, 1895) Death Notice
Uncle Tommy Taylor died last Monday night at eight o'clock at the old homestead just northwest of town. He was 81 years, 5 months and 8 days old, and had lived in and around Orleans for the past 66 years. A few days ago he fell from a chair inflicting injuries from which he never fully recovered. His was a genial disposition and he had many friends who will sadly miss his familiar face. he was married in 1835 to Miss Jane H. Moore and they journeyed along life's pathway together, accumulating quite a snug little property, until 1880 when his companion was called home. Five children were born to them, of which only two remain to mourn the loss of a kind and indulgent parent. The funeral services were held yesterday, conducted by Rev. Denny and the remains laid to rest by the side of his wife in the Campbell graveyard north of town. To the bereaved family we tender our heartfelt sympathy.


We desire to return our sincere thanks to the neighbors and friends who so kindly tendered their assistance during the illness of our father. T. N. Taylor, Mrs. W. A. Mead. Submitted byTom Agan.

MURRAY, John, Orleans Progress (July 11, 1895) Death Notice
Uncle John Murray died last Thursday, of heart disease, at the home of William Kearby, in Lawrence county. He had been sick about five months, but owing to his advanced years had been quite feeble for two or three years. Uncle John, as he was familiarly known, was known to everybody, and loved by all. He was a good man and a peaceable, quiet citizen, and christian gentleman. He was eighty years, nine months and twenty eight days of age. Seven children survive him, five sons and two daughters. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. J. K. Howard, of Livonia, and the remains were interred in Liberty cemetery on Friday. Submitted byTom Agan.

TRABUE, Max L., Orleans Progress (July 11, 1895) Death Notice
Died - at Louisville, July 5th, L. M. Trabue, of cancer of the stomach. He was taken there for treatment and only lived twenty-four hours after the operation was performed. He expressed himself that if it must be so he was ready and willing to die. When he was assured he must die he asked his beloved mother to sing and she sang a verse of "Jesus Lover of my Soul." Max was highly respected and leaves a host of friends to mourn his departure.

Paoli Republican (July 10, 1895) Death Notice
Max L. Trabue, one of the best young men of our acquaintance, died last Saturday of cancer of the bladder, age 28 years. He left his home in Northeast Township last week in company with his mother and doctor for Louisville to consult a specialist, confidently expecting relief and an immediate return of his old time vigor. On Friday he was operated on at the Norton Infirmary. On Saturday, when he had recovered from the opiates, he died, thinking until about thirty minutes before the summons came that he would soon be well. The physician said, however, when they had examined the abdominal cavity, that he could not last more than three or four days, should he survive the operation. The malignant cancer had spread to his vitals and eaten the poor boy's life away. The heart broken mother arrived home with the remains Saturday evening. At 2 o'clock Sunday afternoon Rev John McCullough, of the Livonia M. E. Church, preached the funeral at the family residence. On account of the driving rains and high water the interment was not made until 10 o'clock Monday morning at Trimble graveyard. Max was a model young man, honest, true, and manly, counted his friends by the limit of his acquaintance and never had an enemy. The bereft parents and friends have the sincerest sympathy of the whole community. Submitted byTom Agan.

McCART, Thomas B., Orleans Progress (July 25, 1895) Death Notice
We are pained to announce the death of Thomas B. McCart, of Orangeville Township, which occurred at 11 o'clock Saturday night last. The funeral was preached at Bethel Monday at 10:30 by Rev. Harry Morgan, of Orleans, Orange Lodge No. 113, I.O.O.F., of which deceased was an honored member, conducting the beautiful funeral rites of the order in the presence of a great throng of people. He died of consumption after an illness of more than six months. Thomas B. McCart was a member of Co. G. 25th Indiana Volunteers and followed the flag for four long years. He was intensely loyal to his country and loved her colors with a beautiful fervency. He loved his friends the same, and who was not his friend? His heart was big and full and tender and overflowing with the milk of human kindness. He was a 'rough ashler," one of nature's noblemen, plain, unassuming and always the same steadfast true friend. His bereft wife, three sons and three daughters have the heartfelt sympathy of the entire community in this their sad affliction. Submitted byTom Agan.

TRUEBLOOD, William, Orleans Progress (July 25, 1895) Death Notice
William Trueblood died last Thursday evening at nine o'clock, of consumption. He was fifty-four years of age, and was a soldier in the war of the rebellion. He has been in very poor health the past three or four years, but has been confined to his bed about three months. He leaves a wife and three children, one brother and three sisters to mourn his loss. He was a member of the Church of Christ, at which place the funeral was preached by A. M. Morris, of Indianapolis, on Friday afternoon. Immediately thereafter the remains were interred in Green Hill cemetery. Spicely Post, G.A.R., No. 252, of which he was a member, attended the funeral in a body. Submitted byTom Agan.

COX, Samuel, Orleans Progress (September 12, 1895) Death Notice
Samuel Cox, a former resident of this county, son of ex-Commissioner Christopher Cox, who on the night of August 26th, fell or jumped from a swiftly moving train when near Trenton, Kentucky, died at his home from injuries received, Sunday, after remaining unconscious thirteen days. Mr. Cox was a Christian minister of considerable note and a professor in the College at Trenton. He was returning to his home from a short visit to his aged father and other relatives in Jackson Township. The accident is somewhat surrounded by mystery, but it is supposed that he was not fully awake when he took the fatal jump. Submitted byTom Agan.

SEARS, Thomas, Orleans Progress (September 26, 1895) Death Notice
Thomas Sears, who lived about a mile west of town died very suddenly last Monday morning of heart failure. When four by the members of his family he was in an out-building in an unconscious condition. He was carried to the house where he died in a few minutes. He was about fifty-nine years of age and leaves a large family, all of whom are grown. He was an Ancient Odd Fellow, a member of the Orleans lodge. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. Harry Morgan at the family residence, after which the body was taken to the cemetery where the very impressive ceremony of the Odd Fellows was said and the remains laid to rest. the was one of the boys who wore the blue and the Post at this place was present to pay the last tribute to a brave soldier and good citizen. The bereaved family have the sympathy of a whole community. Submitted byTom Agan.

SHIRLEY, George, Orleans Progress (September 26, 1895) Death Notice
George Shirley of near Wesley Chapel, died last Sunday morning at the home of his son, L. O. Shirley, at Linden, Ind. The remains arrived here Sunday morning and were taken to Bethel church where the funeral services and interment took place. The old gentleman had reached the ripe old age of 82 years and leaves four children, three sons and one daughter. The family have our sympathy in their bereavement. Submitted byTom Agan.

HAFFNER, Henry, Orleans Progress (November 14, 1895) Death Notice
Henry Haffner, a German fruit trimmer who has been working in several counties in this section of the State for a number of years, had both legs cut off by the locomotive of the 11 o'clock train at West Baden last Saturday morning. It appears that the unfortunate fellow had just come out of one of the saloons which infest "railroad avenue" there and stumbled and fell across the track immediately in front of the engine. Both legs were cut and mashed off below the knees. He was taken into Dr. J. A. Ritter's drugstore where proper attention was given. In order to get above shattered bone it was necessary to amputate both limbs twice.
He came to this country many years ago from Hielbron, Wurttenburg, Germany, where he still has two sisters living. He has no relatives in this country. Henry Merkel, shoemaker here, knew the family back in the fatherland and wrote Monday, informing the sisters of the accident. Mr. Merkel says that Haffner has two thousand dollars held in trust in Germany, from which he is allow only the interest.
Henry was fifty nine years old, and was know to everybody. When he was crippled he had started from French Lick to Shoals to collect some money that was owing him. The coroner's inquest was begun Tuesday and occupied the entire day yesterday. Henry was a German and a catholic and was a great friend of the Kauffman's of this city. When his death was known here, Mrs. Kauffman and son, Charles, boarded the train and went to West Baden and taking John Ochs, one of our undertakers, and a fine casket prepared the body for burial. The remains were brought here yesterday on the 5:00 p.m. train and interred in the Kauffman's lot in the beautiful I.O.O.F. cemetery.
Henry was in no way related to the Kauffman's, and their last act towards the old German were indeed acts of Love towards their fellowman. The sisters in Germany have been written to and the sad intelligence of the death of their brother conveyed. Submitted byTom Agan.

MOTSINGER, Delpha, Orleans Progress (November 21, 1895) Death Notice
Miss Delpha, daughter of Leander Motsinger, a prosperous farmer living three miles north of this city, died of consumption last Tuesday evening. She was a highly respected young lady and much beloved by all who knew her. The interment took place at Liberty cemetery yesterday afternoon. To the bereft parents we extend sympathies. Submitted byTom Agan.

WRIGHT, Martha, Orleans Progress (December 5, 1895) Death Notice
Mrs. Martha Wright, mother of Clay and John Wright, died at the home of the first named son, last Friday morning, after a long protracted sickness. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. H. Morgan at the Liberty Church last Saturday morning and the remains interred in Liberty cemetery. Submitted byTom Agan.

MONEYHAN, George, Orleans Progress (December 19, 1895) Death Notice
George Moneyhan, the 22 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Ben Moneyhan, of Stampers Creek township, was buried last Thursday at Stampers Creek, after an illness of four days. He was a promising young man and his untimely taking off is a sad bereavement to the doting parents. Submitted byTom Agan.

KIMBLEY, Elmer, Orleans Progress (December 26, 1895) Death Notice
Elmer Kimbley Meets a Sad Death by the Accidental Discharge of a Shotgun While Out Hunting Near Brookstown
One of those distressing accidents which seem to be unavoidable happened near Brookstown last Thursday evening about half past four o'clock, in which Elmer G. Kimbley was shot and almost instantly killed. In the company of Will Fidler he had left town just after noon for an afternoon's hunt. He carried a Winchester repeating shotgun, and when crossing a fence near the residence of William Brooks, the gun in some manner was discharged, the load striking him in the right side of the head just above the ear, tearing off the whole top of his head.
His companion, who was some distance in advance of him, heard the shot and turned just in time to see him fall. When he reached his side and saw the condition of his friend and companion, he was horror stricken, but in a heroic manner set about rendering such assistance as was possible. He ran to the residence of Will Brooks and sent one of the boys to the residence of David and Thomas Brooks for help to move the dying boy to a more comfortable place.
Mrs. Richard Prather, who had seen the accident from her own door, was the first one to arrive and the body was soon after removed to the house of Thomas Brooks and a messenger dispatched to town for medical aid and to break the news to the family. His brothers, Henry and Fred, left immediately for the Brooks residence and arrived a few moments before he died, but he never regained consciousness. Death was painless to the poor boy, as the absence of any suffering indicated.
Drs. E. D. and C. K. Laughlin arrived a few moments after his death and dressed the wound, which was an extremely ugly one. About 10 p.m. the body was brought home where tender and loving hands soon dressed and prepared it for the casket. The scene at the home baggers description. The broken hearted mother and father were crazed with grief at the sad and appalling fate of their youngest idol. The sister and brothers, to whom death was a comparative stranger, gave vent to their grief in sobs and tears.
Many of the young man's friends gathered there to view his remains and offer words of sympathy and condolences to the sorrow stricken relatives, but their hearts were too full for utterance and the scene became on of universal weeping. Not a dry eye was seen in all that crowd, and the eye and hand grasp gave what the lips would not speak. The grief of his aged father and mother was simply appalling. it was their first visit from the death angel and he had stolen on them so silently and unawares that the shock was almost too much for them to bear.
The young man's associates and friends called Friday and took a last look at the body so soon to be consigned to the tomb and expressed their heartfelt sympathy to the family. The body lay in a beautiful casket in the front room and the features were wonderful in their life like preservation. Some elegant floral pieces were brought out Saturday morning from New Albany and place on the casket. One an elegant Pillow design in white hyacinths, a beautiful Crescent in Marchal Neil roses and a wreath in white and pink roses, all the gifts of his young friends, a fitting tribute to his deserved popularity, and clearly indicative of the esteem in which he was held by his companions.
The pallbears, twelve in number, were selected from among his associated and were about his own age. They were: Harvey King, Guy Fidler, Will Clayton, Fred Clayton, Ralph Chatham, Brady Miller, Bert Lewis, Walter Marley, Harry White, Arra Brengle, Virgil Lindsey and Ed Morgan.
The funeral services were held at the family residence, Saturday afternoon at two o'clock and were conducted by Rev. D. W. Denny, after which the remains, followed by a large concourse of people, were taken to the beautiful I.O.O.F. cemetery and there laid to rest to await the last awakening.

Orleans Progress (December 26, 1895) Obituary
Elmer Grant Kimbley was born April 28, 1878 and died Dec. 19, 1895, being 17 years, 7 months and 21 days old. He was the son of Isaac G. and Milla A. Kimbley and was the youngest of a family of seven children, six sons and one daughter, all of whom survive him and all save one, William, who has been absent about twelve years, were present at the funeral.
He was a young man of bright promise, universally liked and respected. With a genial disposition, a quiet even temper, a frank, open countenance he won respect and esteem, and held it by his upright manly conduct.
In his home life he was generous and obliging, giving to his parents a cheerful obedience to all their wishes, and to his sister and brothers a hearty assistance in all their affairs. With his associates he was an especial favorite and his quiet demeanor won him many friends and made him deservedly popular.
When the news of the accident first reached town, all expressed hope that it might not be so serious as at first supposed to be, but when the news of his death came a pall of gloom settled over the entire town. The home circle is broken, there is a vacant place in that home that can never be filled. There is an aching void in the hearts of the parents and brothers and sister that words of comfort and sympathy cannot deface. The memory of the dear one gone is all that's left, save the blessed assurance given us by an all wise Creator that "He doeth all things well."
While our hearts are overflowing with grief at the sad and sorrowful death of our young friend, our heartfelt sympathy goes out to the sorrowing family in this their hour of greatest trouble and may they find consolation in the blessed assurance that they will meet him in a land where death is not known, and where parting shall be no more.

In this dark hour of our most profound sorrow and sadness, occasioned by the sudden taking away of our dearly beloved son and brother, we can but humbly express our most sincere and heartfelt thanks to our dear friends for the many acts of love toward us, and assure you we will treasure them as sacred to the memory of our beloved dead.
To his dear friends who proved their love for him in many ways we can but say, God Bless you. We thank you all. I. G. Kimbley, M. A. Kimbley, The Children. [Transcriber's note: Fred Kimbley, Elmer's brother, was the editor of the Orleans Progress, hence the reason for this coverage] Submitted byTom Agan.

BROWN, Columbus, Orleans Progress (December 26, 1895) News Article
The Wound Perhaps Fatal.
J. E. McCoy shot and perhaps fatally wounded Columbus Brown last night at 7:45 o'clock, in front of Moore & Oldham's store.
The exact cause of the trouble cannot be learned at this time, but it is known that bad blood existed between the men for two or three years, and the trouble resulting in the shooting was brought on over the arrest of Ira McPheeters, who was seen peeping in the windows of the residences of James Jackson and Mr. Brown, a few minutes before. McPheeters had been "spotted" several evenings since as the man who was playing the part of "Jack the Peeper," and it is said that after the arrest, McCoy made a remark about Brown, which unfortunately, reached Brown's ears, this bringing on the unfortunate affray.
It is said blows were exchanged between the men before the shot was fired. After Brown was shot he walked to the restaurant of his son, Edward, and after telling he was shot was carried home on a cot and Drs. K.D. and C. K. Laughlin were summoned. They worked all night probing for the ball, but were unsuccessful in locating it. Mr. Brown displayed wonderful courage all through the ordeal, but this morning is in a much worse condition.
McCoy was in a very excitable state of mind when he walked into Marshal Keeth's office and handed his revolver over to Keeth, with the remark that: "Here Charley, I have shot Lum Brown."
By this time excitement was running high and Marshal Keeth hustled McCoy off to jail for safekeeping.
There was some misunderstanding about a conveyance and the trip to jail was made on foot.
We shall not attempt to give any particulars, because we are entirely unacquainted with it all, and at the time of going to press it is impossible to learn anything we would feel justified in publishing.
LATER: It is stated now that Mr. Brown is gradually sinking and cannot survive.

Louisville Commercial (December 27, 1895) News Article
Plot to Rob the Monon Train Failed Last Spring
The Story Brought to Light by the Arrest of Ed McCoy at Orleans, Ind
Orleans, Ind - Special Telegram - Since the killing of Deputy Marshal C. Brown at this place last Monday and the arrest of detention of Ed McCoy, alias Mogul, it has leaked out that McCoy was the ring leader of a gang of train robbers and had planned to rob the Chicago night express near this place last summer.
His brother, Charles McCoy, who lives in Texas, was here on a visit last summer and while here the robbery was planned. McCoy made maps of the road, showing the point where the train was to be held up, the town near by and the route to be taken by the robbers after the hold-up was accomplished. The daring deed was to be done in what is known as the flat woods, about four miles east of this city.
Charles McCoy went to St. Louis with the maps and plans to secure the services of three Western crooks, who are well up in the work, but one of them, fearing that a trap was being laid for them, informed on the gang and notified the Monon officials. Steps were taken to thwart the holdup and armed men were sent out with all trains from Bloomington to Louisville. The McCoy gang had a pal in Chicago who was to notify them of any large shipment of money. Detective Healey, of the Monon route, was sent here and knowing that McCoy had been in the employ of the Monon as a detective secured his services in an effort to catch the robbers. Thus warned, McCoy called the men off and the holdup was never attempted.

Orleans Progress (January 2, 1896) Death Notice
The Bullet Fired By Ed McCoy Results Fatally.
As predicted by the PROGRESS last Tuesday the shot from Ed McCoy's revolver resulted in the death of Columbus Brown. He died Wednesday morning at 2 o'clock, after thirty hours of suffering. He remained conscious and perfectly rational until about nine o'clock Tuesday morning, about fourteen hours after which time he was never again conscious.
The shot entered the abdomen about two inches above the pubis and ranged downward passing through the bladder and intestines.
The ball was a thirty-two calibre, and the autopsy, performed by Drs. K.D. and C. K. Laughlin revealed the fact that the ball only lacked about an inch of passing entirely through the body.
Brown was a soldier and a member of the G.A.R., of which a large portion of the membership followed his remains to their last resting place. He belonged to Company G, 24th Regiment, Indiana Volunteer Infantry.
The funeral services were conducted at the Christian Church on Thursday morning at ten o'clock by Rev's. Scully, Morgan, Brengle and Denny, of this city, and Hutchison, of Mitchell. Interment took place in Liberty cemetery immediately thereafter, For the sorrowing relatives we have the sincerest sympathy.
That the occurrence was a deplorable one no one can dispute. Who was the aggressor we shall not attempt to say, because we do not know. Various reports are in circulation, bit so few were the persons who actually know anything of it we cannot learn enough to express an opinion.
That McCoy was a man with a bad reputation is indisputable, and it has been said that he had frequently said that he would kill Brown if he ever got an inch of the law on his side. Whether he did or not we do not know.
We believe this is a matter that should be tried by the courts and not in the newspapers and with them, so far as we are concerned, it must be left.
We regret that McCoy should have been hurried off to Jeffersonville for the protection for he was as safe in the Paoli jail as he is in Jeffersonville. It casts a reflection upon the citizens of Orleans and Orleans township, and know full well that no violence would have occurred.
Brown was a good soldier and citizen, but his comrades and friends, while deeply mourning his loss, are law abiding men.

Orleans Progress (January 2, 1896) Obituary
Columbus Brown was born September 15, 1843 and died December 25, 1895, being 52 years, 3 months and 19 days old. He was born in Lawrence County and was the youngest son of Campbell and Clara Brown. When the shadows of war over spread this country, he at the age of eighteen enlisted in Company G, 24th Regiment, Indiana Volunteer Infantry and served his country faithfully during her darkest hours of need. He was a brave and true soldier and escaped the fury of rebel bullets only to meet death at the hands of a cowardly assassin. When the white winged angel of peace once more hovered over our country, he returned home and was married to Miss Huldah Glover, Oct. 4, 1866, with whom he lived until the time of his death. From this union three children, all boys, were born, two of whom have preceded him to that other land. His youngest son, Ed M., is still living and is a prominent business man in our city. Mr. Brown was perhaps more generally know than any man in our county, outside of those who have served in official capacity. He numbered his friends in the hundreds. Wherever his name was known there he had friends. He made friends by his free and open-hearted generosity and held them by his staunch fidelity in times when true friendship was worth a premium. Many a poor widow and orphan children have prayed for God to bless him as they partook of his charitable gifts. His generosity and kind good nature was plainly visible. It could not be concealed. It showed in his home life where he was always kind to those dependent on him. Always cheerful and obliging it is no wonder that his death is deeply deplored. Submitted byTom Agan.

KEARBY, Robert, Orleans Progress (January 9, 1896) Death Notice
Uncle Robert Kearby died last Friday morning at his home one mile north of Liberty, at five o'clock . of pneumonia fever, after an illness of only six days. He was nearly eighty-four years of age, and was an energetic and law abiding citizen and loved by all. Four children, three daughters and one son, survive him. The funeral services were conducted by Eld. T. J. Scully at the Liberty Church on Saturday afternoon at two o'clock, and the remains were interred in the Liberty cemetery. To the bereaved relatives we extend our heartfelt sympathies. Submitted byTom Agan.

PORTER, James, Orleans Progress (January 16, 1896) Death Notice
James Porter, aged about forty years, died last Friday morning at about four o'clock, of consumption. He leaves a wife and one child, a daughter, to mourn his loss. He was a quiet, peaceable citizen, a good husband and father and a christian gentleman. He was a member of the Baptist church. His heath has not been good for years, but he was not compelled to take his bed until about a month ago, since which time he gradually became weaker, until death relieved his sufferings. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. J. G. Brengle at the Baptist church on Saturday at two o'clock p.m. and interment in the I.O.O.F. cemetery. To the bereaved wife and daughter the PROGRESS extends it sincerest sympathy. Submitted byTom Agan.

HALL, Sarah, Orleans Progress (January 23, 1896) Death Notice
Mrs. Sarah Hall died last Friday morning at ten o'clock, at her home in east Orleans, of general debility and old age. She was born in North Carolina, Oct 12, 1804, being 91 years, 3 months and 5 days old. She was married twice, both husbands having long since preceded her to the world beyond. She was a Christian woman and a member of the Baptist church. She leaves three children, two sisters, one brother, twenty five grandchildren, fifty great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren, and a host of friends to mourn her loss. She was, perhaps, the oldest person in Orange County. The funeral services were conducted at the Baptist Church Sunday at two o'clock p.m. and interment in Greenhill cemetery. Submitted byTom Agan.

KEARBY, Elijah, Orleans Progress (February 6, 1896) Death Notice
Elijah Kearby, an old soldier who removed to this city with his family from Northeast township last November, died at the family home in East Orleans last Friday morning of consumption. He was a quiet and law abiding citizen and was sixty two years of age. He leaves a wife and several children to mourn his loss. The funeral took place on Saturday, and the remains were interred in the Liberty cemetery. Submitted byTom Agan.

WALTERS, Jane, Orleans Progress (February 6, 1896) Death Notice
Mrs. Solomon Walters durned to Death.
A horrible death occurred in Jackson Township last week. Mrs. Jane Walters was burned to death, the poor woman, the home, everything in the house, even to the night clothes were burned. The aged husband and a little granddaughter were severely burned, also, in their heroic efforts to save the wife and mother.
Mrs. Walters, the mother of Ben and William Walters, well known to our readers, was quite old and feeble, being 81 years of age. She has been for years afflicted with cold feet and on Monday night of last week she wrapped up a hot iron and placed it at the foot of her bed. From this hot iron the bed clothing caught fire. About 1 o'clock Mr. Walters was awakened by a stifling smoke in the room and immediately arose and discovered his wife trying to stamp out the fire. He threw open the doors and dragged the bedding to the middle of the floor. The fire, which up to this time had been smoldering, now burst into a flame and like a flash it spread all over the house. The three occupants ran for their lives and all escaped from the building. A minute later the little eleven year old daughter of William Walters discovered the grandmother clinging to the facing of a rear door, with the flames roaring wildly about her. The little girl called the stricken and almost helpless husband and they together, at great risk to their own lives and after receiving severe burns, succeeded in dragging the poor woman, now thoroughly demented through fright and grief and pain, from the very jaws of death.
But no sooner had she been rescued than she darted around the house and in her wild frenzy plunged again into the fiery furnace, again to be dragged out by her heroic rescuers.
The night clothes were burned off their backs and but for the friendly shelter of a near by barn and a few blankets which they were fortunate enough to carry our when they were fleeing for their lives, they would have died from exposure. Around the embers of their ruined home they shivered from 1 o'clock in the morning until daylight before the neighbors knew of their pitiable plight, and then the critical condition of the octogenarian was not realized. In her wild desire to save some article dear to her heart she had inhaled the deadly flame and two days later at 7 o'clock Wednesday morning, she was released from her awful suffering.
The funeral was very largely attended at Cane Creek Thursday afternoon at 3 o'clock.
Mr. Walters is in a very critical condition and it is feared that he will not survive the injury and shock. The little girl is not so seriously hurt and will go with her father, William Walters, to his Jeffersonville home when the condition of the elder Walters will admit of his leaving. Submitted byTom Agan.

PICKENS, Hiram, Orleans Progress (February 20, 1896) Death Notice
Hiram Pickens, of the Mt. Pleasant neighborhood, died last Monday at the family homestead, of pneumonia fever. He hadd been sick but a few days. He was the son of Lemuel Pickens, who was killed several years ago near Mt. Pleasant by a runaway team. He was one of a family of eleven children, nine of whom are still living. His mother with whom he lived still survives him and is very feeble, being almost 80 years of age. Hiram, as he was familiarly known was a quiet, inoffensive man, honest to a degree not often obtained, and atteded strickly to his own affairs. He was know and respected all over the county. The funeral took place at Mt. Pleasant yesterday and the remains were interred in the beautiful cemetery at that place. The bereaved family have the sympathy of the entire community. Submitted byTom Agan.