Orange County Obituaries


JACOBS, Charles, Spring Valley Herald (April 28, 1921) Death Notice
After suffering fourteen months of tuberculosis, Mr. Charles Jacobs of Newton Stewart died last Saturday. His funeral was preached at Elon Sunday evening by Wm. A. Crowder, after which his remains were laid to rest in the Elon cemetery. A large attendance attended the funeral from various sections of the community. The Masonic lodge of Newton Stewart took charge of the corpse after the funeral discourse and interred it in Masonic rites in a very commendable manner. Mr. Jacobs was a good citizen and a reverenced mason. We extend our condolence to the bereaved family. Submitted by Tom Agan.

NICHOLSON, Joseph H., Spring Valley Herald (May 12, 1921) Death Notice
Joseph H. Nicholson, one of our old pioneers died at his home near Norton on Sunday May 8. Funeral services were held at the Cuzco M.E. Church Monday afternoon, Rev. B. F. Nicholson officiating.
"Uncle Joe," as he was commonly called, was born in Orange County in 1830 and except five years of his younger days spent in Iowa, his entire life was spent in Orange and Dubois counties.
The trip to Iowa was made in an old "prairie schooner," which was the only means of transportation to the , "far west". This trip was made in 1846. Upon his return from Iowa in 1851, he was united in marriage to Elizabeth Condrad. To this union was born three children, two of which survive; William H. Nicholson of Cuzco and Lucinda E. Meyers of Fort Wayne, Indiana.
"Uncle Joe" was a leader in all public affairs in his community. He served in various public offices including that of Assessor of Columbia township. Columbia township at that time consisted of the present township and part of the present townships of Harbinson and Hall. He later served as Deputy Sheriff of Dubois County. He was considered until the time of his death, as one of the best posted men on land in Dubois County. He was able to write a description of land situated any where in the county without any reference what ever.
He was a member of the masonic Lodge and of the Christian Church.
Deceased was twice married. His first wife died in 1900 and in 1908 he married Catherine Beyers, who still survives. Besides the widow, he leaves 2 children, 9 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren to mourn his loss. Submitted byTom Agan.

SENEFF, John H. Dr., Spring Valley Herald (May 19, 1921) Death Notice
Dr. John H. Seneff died at his home in this city Monday afternoon of paralysis. Mr Seneff was stricken with paralysis about a year ago while in Florida, but the stroke was light and he was soon able to be about but it was several months before he apparently fully recovered. A second stroke occurred last winter, but it was slight. Monday he was stricken about twelve o'clock and lived only a few hours, dying early in the afternoon.
Dr. Seneff had practiced medicine here for many years, coming here from Crystal, Indiana. He was a genial good natured jolly kind of man who made friends everywhere. In his passing French Lick losses a good citizen. funeral and burial was at Crystal Wednesday afternoon. The Masonic Lodge of this place, of which he was a member, had charge of the burial services. Submitted byTom Agan.

McBRIDE, Harriet E., Spring Valley Herald (June 2, 1921) Obituary
Harriet E. Williams was born Sept. 24, 1856, and departed this life May 23, 121, age 64 years, 7 months and 29 days. She was united in marriage to James R. McBride Sept. 27, 1876. To this union was born 14 children, five of whom preceded her to the land beyond. She is survived by the husband, nine children and ten grandchildren.
The surviving children are Mrs. Lizzie Reedholn of Locport, Ill., Charles E. McBride of Alpine, Mich., Eva and Blanche McBride of French Lick, Mrs. Janie Simmerman and Mrs. Rose Allor, Mt. Clements, Mich., and Mrs. Grace McDonald of Washington, Ind., Mrs. Nellie Love and James McBride Jr. of Indianapolis.
The husband and children were at her bedside when the death angel came to carry her home. She had always been an earnest and devoted Christian. Five years ago she made the final surrender yielding herself wholly to her Master embracing the faith as expressed by the Methodist Church. Kind words and loving deeds characterized her life among those with whom she lived. As a neighbor she was all that could be desired. Her cheerful willingness to help those in distress and kind living ways endeared her to the entire community.
Her illness extended over a long period of time, but she bore her suffering patiently, and cheerfully. Throughout her illness she expressed her willingness to bow to the Masters will whatever it might be. Toward the last she became very eager for her Lord to take her home, where she knew eternal rest awaited her.
She told those about her that the gates would open for her and she would rest.
A few hours before her departure her face was transfigured with joy and she said to those about her, "Listen!" "Her master had callen her."
By her death the husband has lost a true devoted companion, the children a loving mother, and the community a good neighbor. Her kind words and loving deeds will be missed by all who knew her. Truly a mother in Israel has been taken from us. Submitted byTom Agan.

BABBAGE, Lee, Spring Valley Herald (June 9, 1921) Death Notice
Lee Babbage, who for years conducted a news stand here, died at his home Friday of general nervous breakdown. He had been in poor health for years and had turned over the newspaper business to his John, when his health got so bad that he could no linger look after it. Lee Babbage was a colored man who was highly respected by both white and black as he was honest, industrious and a christian man. He was a member of the Colored Baptist Church at West Baden and a member of the colored K. of P. lodge here. The funeral was held at the Baptist Church at West Baden Saturday afternoon and interment was in the K. of P. cemetery at Mt. Lebanon conducted by his brother Knights. Submitted byTom Agan.

CHARNES, Nancy Jane, Spring Valley Herald (June 9, 1921) Death Notice
The Scripture teach us that mans allotted time is three score and ten of so Nancy Jane Kearby lived 6 years and 17 days on borrowed time.
Aunt Nan, as she was called, always kept the sunny side of her life exposed and this brought her Legions of friends. Unlike many people of her time she never permitted herself to grow old in thought, but spoke in terms of years as though she was but a child.
In her early youth she obeyed the call of her Lord and lived a consistent Christian life. She was a member of Mr. Lebanon M. E. Church for more than 30 years. She was never at variance with the church, but bowed to the will of the majority. Whoever came as pastor was her pastor and her prayers were for him and the church.
In 1865 she was united in marriage to Edward Charnes. It was the privilege of this union to be blessed with eleven children. Seven children and her husband preceded her to the great beyond.
It can be truly said of her that her joy was her home and family, her devotion was to her church, her worship to her God, he pleasure to her friends and he life marked a service for her to all within reach.
She leaves to mourn her loss four children, Mrs. Claude Leffler; Alva B. and William of French Lick; and Edward Charnes of Poplar Bluff, Mo.; 11 grandchildren; four great grandchildren; five sisters; two brothers and a host of friends who mourn her departure.
May the God of peace help us to be ever Vigilant of our duty that we many at the end wrap the draperies of our couch about us and lie down to pleasant dreams.


We desire to express our sincere thanks to all who so kindly assisted us in the hours of sickness and death of our beloved mother and take this means of expressing our gratitude. The Children. Submitted byTom Agan.

ANDERSON, Susan, Spring Valley Herald (June 19, 1921) Death Notice
Mrs. Susan Anderson aged near ninety years, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Sherrod Lane in the east past of town about four o'clock Wednesday evening. She was born in Eastern Ohio and came to Indiana just before the Civil War with her husband, Richard Anderson, and settled on a farm near Hindostan, Martin County. Her husband died many years ago, The funeral will be held Friday and burial will be at the Anderson cemetery near Powell Valley, west of here, the old home of the family for many years.
"Aunt Susan" was a cousin to the father of the Herald and her home was the first stopping place for our family when arriving in Indiana in 1864. She was a hard working woman and raised a large family of industrious sons and daughters.

Springs Valley Herald (June 23, 1921) Obituary
Susan A. Tedrow was born in Harrison County, Ohio May 16, 1828 and departed this life June 15, 1921, age 93 years and 29 days. She was the second of 13 children. In 1856 she was united in marriage to Richard M. Anderson. To this union was born 7 children, three girls and four boys. Sometime after her marriage she and her husband moved to Indiana where she has spent the remainder of her life.
Like many pioneers of our country Grandma Anderson, as she was more universally known. together with her husband set about the task of making for themselves a home and prepare for their children's future welfare. Just when the home was firmly established and the future looked bright and promising the grim destroyer came and took away the husband and father. Thus this brave and heroic mother was left alone with 7 children to rear and educate. many would have grown faint-hearted at the tremendous task before them, but not so with her. She set about, alone and unaided, to rear these fatherless boys and girls. The struggle was long and hard. The strength of her body and the courage of her heart was taxed to the uttermost for years but she fought gallantly on with a brave and cheerful heart. She met the issues of life as bravely, and squarely as any general ever faced on opposing army. This courageous mother, forged ahead, reared her family and set before them a splendid example of sacrifice and its rewards. In return for this giving of love her children are known wherever they go by their splendid sense of justice and honesty.
Nineteen years ago Grandmother Anderson gave her heart to Christ and lived a faithful loving christian life thereafter. She was not so pronounced as some and was always filled with the unassuming quality of life yet the U.B. Church had no more loyal workers or steadfast member in the faith than Grandmother Anderson. Her attitude of help and assistance in time of trouble and service brought many to the light and faith of her redeemer whom she loved to the end and to whom she said she hoped to go.
The subject of this sketch did not pass so long a life without drinking of some sorrows and pains and heartaches and for the last 5 years she was a continual sufferer having been the victim of a stroke of paralysis although her suffering was intense she bore it with that same uncounted courage with which she struggled to rear her children. Her reward will be and is in the message of the apostle when he said, "for I reckon the sufferings of this present world are not worthy to be compared with the glory of the world to come."
She leaves to mourn her loss, a 6 children, one Andrew Jackson having passed on to the land beyond, 53 grandchildren also great grandchildren and a host of relatives and friends, It can be truthfully said Grandmother Anderson lived much.


We desire to express our sincere appreciation for the help and sympathy rendered us during the sickness and death of our beloved mother and grandmother. Mr. and Mrs. Sherrod Lane and Family. Submitted byTom Agan.

KERBY, Arthur, Spring Valley Herald (June 30, 1921) News Article
Martin A. Mickler Fatally Shoots Arthur Kerby - Jitney Driver near the Star Store About 11:30 Saturday Morning

The second fatal shooting affair of a series of three, one of which was serious but not fatal, happening here about 11:30 a.m. Saturday when Martin Mickler fired a bullet into the body of Arthur Kerby. The shooting occurred at the Star Store corner in a large crowd of customers busy with their shopping. Domestic trouble seems to have been the cause it being claimed by Mickler that Kerby had been paying attentions to his wife and a few weeks ago they had separated over this cause, but had made up a week ago. We understand that Mickler had notified Kerby not to take his wife riding in his automobile again and had enjoined his wife from riding with him. Saturday morning it is claimed she was in the jitney with Kerby again and this so incensed Mickler that he waited near the Star Store for Kerby to return from West Baden with his car. Kerby drove up in front of the Star Store and go out of his car and started toward the store entrance when Mickler made a rush for him and opened fire as kerby ran into the store. One shot was fired at Kerby as he entered, but it lodged in the woodwork of the casing of the door a few inches from the floor. Mickler then pursued Kerby through the store and out at the other front entrance. Kerby doubled back around the North west corner of the building and turned up Main Street. Her the fatal shot reached him, striking him in the small of the back just above the hips, passing through his abdomen and lodging just under the skin in front. Kerby fell to his knees and then jumped to his feet and started in a walk east saying he was going to Dr. Hoggatt's office which was only a few rods away. When he fell a lot of small change which he carried in his breast pocket flew all over the sidewalk and he stooped and picked up some of this and told someone to pick up the rest as he was going to the doctor and said "he has shot me through and through." In the meantime bystanders had caught Mickler and disarmed him and turned him over to Marshall Apple.
After an examination and first aid by Dr. Hoggatt, Kerby was placed in his car and taken home, where he died about three o'clock Sunday morning. An autopsy was held after his death in which it was found that the ball had passed through his intestines tearing them in a half dozen or more places and there was near a gallon of blood in the abdominal cavity.
The funeral services were conducted at the U. B. Church Monday by Rev. Porter Walls, a brother-in-law of Mickler. Burial at Ames cemetery. A large crowd was in attendance.

Springs Valley Herald (July 21, 1921)

We wish to express our sincere thanks to all who so kindly assisted us during the sickness and death of our husband and father, Arthur Kerby. We also wish to thank the Taxi drivers and others for floral offerings, Rev. S. P. Walls for his words of consolation and undertaker W. V. Ritter & Son for their efficient and careful services. Wife and Children. Submitted byTom Agan.

BUNDY, Gideon, Spring Valley Herald (June 30, 1921) Death Notice
Gideon Bundy, an old and respected citizen of Rego died at his home Sunday afternoon after a lingering illness. He was 83 years old and had been helpless for many months have had a paralytic stroke sometime ago. He was the father of George Bundy of this city and Claude Bundy formerly of this city, but for several years of Vincennes. Submitted byTom Agan.

ERVIN, Belle, Spring Valley Herald (July 7, 1921) News Article
Took Carbolic Acid And Then Cuts Her Throat

A tragedy which was the sequel of the Mickler-Kerby tragedy of a week ago occurred this morning when Mrs. Belle Ervin, wife of Sherman Ervin who lives in the Hoggatt Addition to French Lick on top of the Lick Hill committed suicide by first taking carbolic acid and then slashing her throat with a knife. Medical aid was called and doctors Hoggatt and Sloan hurried to the scene, but she died soon after their arrival and a few minutes after 8:00 o'clock W. O. Ritter undertaker was called. Mrs. Ervin's daughter, who is the wife of M. A. Mickler who killed Kerby a week ago, being connected with that tragedy, is supposed to have been the principal cause that led her to do this rash act. This terrible sequel to the other tragedy has added a deeper gloom over the community. Mr. Ervin who is man who is well respected has the deepest sympathy in these recent sorrows which have come into his life.


I wish to thank the many friends who extended their sympathy and kindness in my recent sorrow. Especially the Knights of Pythias who showed their fraternal spirit by their presence. Sherman Ervin. Submitted byTom Agan.

SEYBOLD, Minnie, Spring Valley Herald (July 7, 1921) Obituary
Minnie Seybold, daughter of Isaac and Theresa Seybold was born April 1, 1864, died June 2, 1921. Age 57 years, 2 months and 2 days. She was united in marriage 1880 to Jordan Seybold. To this union was born 9 children, six daughters and three sons, two daughters have preceded her in death. She was converted at the age of 15 and united with the M. E. Church and was always found at her post of duty and was ready to do her part as long as her health would permit, she was taken sick on March 9, 1921 and from that time on she was unable to attend church services, but always asked concerning the church.
She loved her home, family, church, but best of all she loved her Savior and expressed a readiness and willingness to go and he prayer was Thy Will Oh Lord not mine be done. She always has a kind word for everyone during her sickness as long as she could speak, when unable to speak longer met her friends and loved ones with a smile.
She leaves to mourn her departure a husband, three sons, four daughters, two sisters and a host of relatives and friends. Submitted byTom Agan.

SPRINGER, Hannah, Spring Valley Herald (August 4, 1921) Obituary
Hannah Hammers was born near Shoals, Ind., Martin County Aug. 18, 1841 and was taken by the Death Angel July 31, 1921. She was the oldest of four children and is survived by one sister, Mrs. Anne Baker of Shoals and two brothers, Jacob Hammers of Terra Haute and Benjamin Hammers of Canada.
Her childhood was passed in the place of her birth. In her young womanhood she went to Bedford to live with friends and at this place met and married Joseph Beaderman. To this union was born Willie, who died in infancy, and Mrs. Joseph Bailey at whose home she was visiting when called beyond.
During service in the Civil War the husband and father contracted tuberculosis and died leaving the young mother to fight the battle of life alone.
After three years of widowhood she was again married to David Springer of Shoals. To this union was born 4 children, James and Charley Springer of French Lick, Samuel Springer of Vincennes and Mrs. William Busse of Indianapolis. She was again widowed in January, 1904.
A wise man once said: The greatness of life consists of the life unremembered acts of kindness.
Grandma Springer as she was familiarly known has lived a long useful life. She cared little for praise or criticism, but went about doing what she could for those with whom she came in contact - Intensely kind hearted and generous. No beggar ever left her door unfed. The writer remembers a scene when with her children clinging to her skirts a beggar came to her gate and begged bread. The mother prepared the best meal that the house could afford and brought it to the hungry man. Bent of body, ragged and of foreign tongue he could not express his thanks in words, but as tears streamed down his face he kneeled pointing to the mother then toward Heaven meaning that kind deed was being recorded in Heaven.
Intensely human she wept with those that wept and rejoiced with those that rejoiced. She lived a round full life and left to the world her children in which she took so much pride and who she hope would continue to the world the service she has laid down.
She was converted and baptized in the Christian church in her young womanhood - but later united with the Brethren church at Fairview, Martin County from which place she transferred her membership to the Brethren church at French Lick. She lived a quiet christian life aiming at quiet service rather than religious display.
Her faith in immortality was firmly fixed and although she had her heartaches and sorrows yet like Longfellow she had her faith firmly fixed. Submitted byTom Agan.

PIERCE, Louisa Cox, Spring Valley Herald (August 4, 1921) Obituary
Louisa Cox Pierce was born February 7th, 1843. On October 17th, 1861 was united in marriage to George H. Pierce. To this union was born 10 children, five girls and five boys: Mrs. Laura Boyd of Paoli; Maria; Mrs. Eudora McDonald Kirkland of French Lick; Mrs. Jane Buffington, Charles M.; Mrs. Lydia Jackman of West Baden; Harvey A. of Paoli and John C.
Those preceding her in death are Maria, May 3, 1886; John C., August 14, 1893; Charles M., May 20, 1899; George H., December 4, 1907.
She united with the church at New Prospect about 42 years ago and ever after living in the "One Faith of the Gospel" of her Lord and Savior. She was a loving mother, affectionate companion and a kind neighbor.
After 5 weeks of suffering the words fail to express, She departed this life July 31, 1921. Aged 78 years, 5 months and 24 days.
funeral services at New Antioch August 2nd at 11 a.m., conducted by Elder J. P. Davis.


We wish to thank all those who so kindly assisted us during the sickness and death of our mother, Mrs. Louisa Pierce. Also for the floral offering. The Children. Submitted byTom Agan.

HUGHES, Stella M., Spring Valley Herald (August 4, 1921) Obituary
Stella M. Hughes, wife of Leslie Hughes, daughter of John and Virginia B. Royer of French Lick, was born October 13, 1899. Departed to be with the Lord, and among the redeemed of past ages, on July 28, 1921. She was taken away in the prime of life by that dreaded disease consumption.
Stella early manifested a desire to serve the master; and was baptized when about fourteen or fifteen years of age. Perhaps she was not fully conscious of a change of heart at that time, yet it exerted a beneficial influence over her life; and she was truly converted last fall at Mt. Lebanon M. E. Church. Though she wandered later, as most young converts do, she was fully renewed some time previous to her death, and bore a clear, ringing testimony to the fact that Jesus was precious to her soul through the hardest suffering and trials, until she left the sorrows of earth for the joys of eternal bliss.
During the last days of her sickness in which she spoke several times of that beautiful home which Jesus had for her and expressed over and over a great desire to go and be with Him there. She told her loved ones not to grieve after her, and exhorted them to meet her where no sorrow ever comes - where sickness and death can never enter.
Stella leave Verne, the only child, father, mother, two brothers, three sisters and a number of other relatives and friends to mourn her loss.
Funeral was conducted in the Mt. Lebanon M. E. Church by the Rev. J. H. Buaghman and his wife, pastors of the International Holiness Church of French Lick. The body was laid to rest in Mt. Lebanon cemetery to await the coming of the Lord.


We wish hereby to express our sincere thanks to all who so very kindly assisted during the last sickness and death of our beloved daughter and sister, Stella Hughes. Mr. and Mrs. John Royer and Children. Submitted byTom Agan.

WININGER, Clarence, Spring Valley Herald (August 11, 1921) Death Notice
Newly Married Man Shot While Being Charivaried

Tuesday was the wedding day of Clarence Wininger and Miss Archer both of near Hillham and Tuesday evening the friends of the young couple gave them an old fashioned charivari. During the progress of the fun the groom was shot in the abdomen by a pistol bullet, the ball ranging downward and lodging in his body, producing a very serious wound. He was taken to a hospital at Evansville Wednesday. The shooting was purely accidental.
Later - Wininger died before reaching the hospital in Evansville. Submitted by Tom Agan.

WALLS, Jacob H., Spring Valley Herald (August 11, 1921) Death Notice
Rev. J. H. Walls died at his home Tuesday of last week and was buried Thursday at Sulphur Creek cemetery, age 56 years, 11 months and 7 days. The largest attended funeral that was ever at Sulphur Creek. Rev. Walls had been a minister of the U. B. Church for more than 30 years serving for twelve years as presiding elder and was well known throughout southern Indiana. He leaves an aged mother, the widow and five daughters, five brothers and two sisters. Funeral services were conducted by Dr. J. W. Settle of Washington, Ind. assisted by Revs. Lutes, Apple, Kendall and Gilliatt.

Springs Valley Herald (September 8, 1921) Obituary
Jacob H., son of Simon and Hannah Walls, was born near Mifflin, Crawford Co., Indiana Sept. 25, 1864 and died August 2, 1921. In Nov. 1882 he was wonderfully and powerfully converted and joined the United Brethren church at Whites Chapel in Jackson Co. during the pastorate of his father, Rev. Simon Walls. In 1883 he was married to Lucy A. Enes and to this union were born six children, one son and five daughters. In 1886 he was admitted to the Indiana conference and served the following charges: White River, 1 year; Shoals, 2 years; Scottsburg, 3 years; Palmyra, 4 years; Georgetown, 1 year. He was then elected Presiding Elder in 1897 and filled that office for 12 years and then served French Lick, Leipsic, Washington, Marengo and then Leipsic making a total of thirty-five years in the ministry. He was elected delegate of the five last general conferences which occur every four years.
He was a devoted husband, tender loving father and a good neighbor always at all times and in all places trying to please and comfort others if it discomforted himself.
His last public service was on Easter Sunday at Leipsic as pastor in charge when he received two into church fellowship.
During his late illness he would speak of the gospel he had preached stating that it was sustaining and comforting him in affliction's hour; and often would shout and praise God for his blessing and mercy.
He admonished all who visited him to be intensely religious. He related during his last sickness his struggles and conflicts to make the best out of his life since he was taken out of school at an early age. But he studied the Bible, studied it with all his mind and heart often taking it with him and while at his work in woods or fields would spend an hour or so at the time in earnestly searching the scripture and prayer for light on it. He bought good books one by one, until he had a good library which meant so much to him for he studied diligently these good books. In his life work he had to take his place along side of doctors, lawyers and all high officials in the church and when asked where he obtained light on certain subjects and how his ideas were found he would refer to those hours of Bible study and prayer.
In arranging for his funeral he said, "Tell the preacher not to say, 'Here lies the body of a prince', but a sinner saved by grace."
He leaves a companion who was of great help to him as a pastors wife in making earthly sacrifices for the cause of Christ and the church.
The five daughters, Effie Fisher of French Lick; Minnie Noblett of Zarephath, New Jersey, who visited him a few days before his death; Emma Walls of Cincinnati, Ohio, who spent five weeks with him during his sickness, Daisy Traylor, Lebanon, Ohio, privileged to visit her father while sick; Loma Andrew of French Lick, who with her sister Effie spent much of the time at his bedside. An aged mother who had much influence in his early training survives him; also five brothers, Theodore, Wm. H., J. Hence, S. L. and Porter, the last two ministers. Two sisters, Dicie Bush of Phoenix, Arizona and Ella Lashbrooks of Indianapolis; eight grandchildren, a host of friends and kind neighbors whom he loved dearly.
A son, little Charley, his father and little sister preceded him to the better world. Our loss is his gain.
You'll miss him here we know you will. But he'll be looking from glories hills. Just wait and watch and trust and pray while here you stay thru life's short day. The thru His love and Grace and power divine, somewhere you'll meet this friend of thine.

Springs Valley Herald (August 11, 1921) CARD OF THANKS
We wish to thank the neighbors and friends for their kindness and help during the illness and death of our husband and father, Rev. Jacob H. Walls. We thank the friends for the many flowers, and designs were wonderful and much appreciated. We also thank the ones that donated their cars, and also the undertaker for his words of sympathy and good service. Lucy A. Walls and daughters. Submitted byTom Agan.

HALL, Laura J. Decker, Spring Valley Herald (August 11, 1921) Death Notice
Mrs. John C. Hall died at her home at Leipsic Monday night after a long affliction with cancer. She was well known here where they formerly lived for several years. She was a niece of Mr. L. K. Ellis of this place.
The funeral services and burial were at Ames Chapel Wednesday at 3:00 p.m.

Springs Valley Herald (August 11, 1921) Obituary
Laura Jane Decker Hall was born November 1, 1865 in Dubois County, Ind. She was the oldest daughter of Rev. John Wesley and Mary Ann Decker. She was united in marriage Aug. 3, 1884 to John C. Hall. To this union were born eight children, Bertha, Ernest, Exum, Gertrude, John, Hester, May and Flet. August 8, 1921 she bade farewell to this land of sorrows, age 55 years, 9 months and 7 days.
When but a girl Laura gave her tender heart to Jesus and united with the class at Roberts Chapel M. E. Church. From that day until the close she lived a consistent christian life. In 1906 she transferred her membership to the Friends church where she remained a faithful member until 1914 at which time she and her husband placed their letter with the Leipsic U. B. Class, of which church she remained a member until God called her from the church militant to join the great church Triumphant.
During her long illness she thought much of the Home Land. Heaven held many attractions to her. In addition to her Savior, there stood at the pearly gate her father and mother, one brother, one sister and two children, Exum and Hester, to welcome her into the new Jerusalem.
She leaves a brother, W. F. Decker of Vincennes, Ind.; a sister, Mrs. A. M. Hardin of Lodiburg, Ky.; a faithful and devoted companion John C. Hall; six children, Bertha Hall Mason of Paris, Ill.; Ernest E. Hall of Redman, Ill.; Gertrude E. McGinnis of Leipsic, Ind.; John E. Hall of Indianapolis; May Hall Pariah of Leipsic; John Flet Hall of Leipsic; fifteen grandchildren besides a host of relatives and friends to mourn her departure.
Greater devotion between husband and wife is rarely to be seen than that which existed between Mr. and Mrs. Hall from the day they stood at the sacred altar and took the wedding vow, until the close they were as one.
Mrs. Hall was a good neighbor, shortly before the end she said, "Tell my neighbors I love them all." She was a loving mother, teaching her children to trust and obey the God whom she loved. She was a good christian. Throughout her long illness she manifested a wonderful patience and wore a smile which only the soul at peace with God can wear. She was resigned to God's will and ready at any time to answer the summons. Submitted byTom Agan.

HOGGATT, Anna, Spring Valley Herald (September 1, 1921) Death Notice
Mrs. Anna Hoggatt died at the home of her granddaughter, Mrs. Will. Miner, at Lafayette, Ind. Sunday afternoon at one o'clock, of cancer. Mrs. Hoggatt had been a sufferer from this dread disease for two or three years, but the disease began to assume serious and dangerous form about two years ago. All that medical skill could do was tried as specialist at Cincinnati and other cities treated her with no avail. The last few months she had been rapidly growing worse and a short time ago her granddaughter, Mrs. Will Miner took her to her home in Lafayette, where she could be given close attention and her last moments be made as comfortable as possible. The end came Sunday afternoon rather suddenly. The body was shipped here and was taken to her residence on Main St. where she had lived so many years as it was her request to be taken to her own home. The funeral services were held at Mt. Lebanon Church at two o'clock Tuesday followed by interment in the cemetery near the church. Rev. M. B. Hyde had charge of the funeral services. Mrs. Hoggatt was seventy seven years old and was the last of a large family of brothers and sisters, the others having preceded her. She leaves two sons, Dr. W. W. Hoggatt of this city and Charles Hoggatt of Washington State, several grandchildren and a host of friends to mourn their loss. Submitted byTom Agan.

HARMON, Asa, Spring Valley Herald (September 1, 1921) Death Notice
Asa Harmon, after a protracted illness passed away Sunday. Mr. Harmon, familiarly known to all as Asa, had a large circle of friends that will mourn his passing. Funeral services were conducted at Scarlet Ridge by Rev. Carl F. Glick.

Springs Valley Herald (September 15, 1921) CARD OF THANKS
We wish to thank you one and all for the kindness and sympathy shown us during the illness and death of our dear husband and father, Asa Harmon, who departed this life August 28th. He was a member of the Odd Fellows and Red Men, both of these orders we are proud of for they did their work well.
He worked for the West Baden Springs Company twenty-three years in February. When he took sick we did everything we knew. He was in the hospital for weeks. We feel that all the doctors did their best. He wanted to stay and help us and we needed him so bad, but God knows best and we trust him that all things will be done well.
We thank Bro. Glick and the churches and the kind hearted men who brought him from his mother's at Norton about four weeks before he died. One day I said dad I am so glad you are at home. He told me then "I want my last days to be with you and the children."
We thank the people from French Lick, West Baden and our own dear neighborhood. I would live to name them one by one, but can't. We thank Bro. McKinney and the people at Mt. Lebanon.
Only those who have experienced my experience can understand. Baby often ask me, "When will my dear old daddy come home?" I can't make her understand that he will never come back. It doesn't seem true to me. Edna Harmon and Children. Submitted byTom Agan.

BAKER, William A., Spring Valley Herald (September 22, 1921) Death Notice
W. A. Baker who was taken to Louisville last Saturday for appendicitis, died at four o'clock Wednesday morning after the operation which was made Saturday. Mr. Baker had a weak heart which might have been against his recovery. The body was shipped to this place, arriving here Wednesday evening. A large concourse of people met the body at the Monon depot when the train pulling the special coach with his remains arrived. The remains were take to his home on Washington Street.
The funeral services will be held tomorrow at 2:00 p.m. Christian Church. Burial at Ames cemetery.
W. A. Baker was a young man who was universally liked by all who knew him. He was always pleasant in his business relations with the public, quiet and unassuming and with a smile and pleasant word for everyone.
He leaves a young wife to mourn her loss, also a host of friends and relatives.

Springs Valley Herald (September 29, 1921) Funeral Notice
Church Could Not Hold Crowd Who Wished to Show Their Respect

That W. A. Baker was universally loved and respected was evidenced by the vast concourse of people who attended the funeral at Christian church last Friday afternoon. The church did not hold more than half of the people. Railway people from Bedford, Bloomington and other points attended in large numbers to do him honor. The acted as pall bearers. The Masonic fraternity of which he was a member turned out in a body and the entire town with but few exceptions were in attendance in large numbers. The floral tributes were beautiful and lavish. A blanket of flowers given by the railway employees covered the casket and was a most beautiful piece.
The funeral service was conducted by Rev. Collins of the Christian Church assisted by Rev. Copeland of the Presbyterian Church of Salem, Indiana.
A long line of autos followed the remains to Abydel where they were laid to rest under a bank of flowers.

Springs Valley Herald (September 29, 1921) Obituary
William August Baker, son of Edward and Rose Wille Baker, was born in San Pierre, Indiana Jan. 26th, 1884 and went out from our midst Sept. 21st, 1921, aged 37 years, 7 months and 25 days.
On Nov. 25, 1900 the subject of this sketch was confirmed in the Lutheran church. His keen sense of christian character and high standards of the finest ethics made him a valuable asset to his church and community. His loyalty to his employer and his devotion to his work will make his position altogether difficult to fill.
What is said of his church and position can be said of his home. On September 28th, 1916 he took the hand of Miss Macy Burton and promised her his life. The hours of devotion to his home, the expressions of fidelity to his wife makes it impossible to doubt his faithfulness to his companion. She sits today amidst a legion of friends who mourn with her the loss of a true and devoted companion.
He was a member of the Masonic Lodge and the O. R. T. His every day life was a living testimony of the high ideals held out by these splendid orders.
The best expression of the high esteem in which the subject of this sketch was held by his church, employers, fraternities and fellow townsmen is seen in this large assemblage of friends and beautiful floral tributes.
He leaves to mourn his departure an aged father, six brothers, two sisters, a devoted wife and a host of relatives and friends.
His mother, one sister have preceded him to the City Beautiful.


I wish to thank our neighbors and friends for the sympathy and kindness shown me during the sickness and death of my husband, W. A. Baker. Mrs. Macy Baker. Submitted byTom Agan.

OWEN, Richard M., Spring Valley Herald (October 6, 1921) Death Notice
Monon Passenger Train Strikes Richard M. Owen at West Baden
Dies Three Hours After Accident

Richard M. Owen, aged 71 years, chief Engineer for the West Baden Hotel Co. was killed early Friday morning by the south bound Monon passenger train due into West Baden at about 7:00 o'clock.
Mr. Owen had been called to the pump station to attend to some repairs in the machinery there and on his way back and was walking the railroad track when the incoming train came around a sharp curve at that point which was near the end of the switch about half way from the depot and the Lost River bridge. The whistle was sounded, but Mr. Owen seemed to not hear it as it is said he was winding his watch. The emergency brakes were thrown on and the train was stopped, but not until it struck him. He was knocked from the track and one foot caught by the pilot and badly crushed between it and the rail. A gash about six inches long was cut in his scalp, but his skull was not fractured. He was taken to his home which was not far away and the gash in his head sewn up. He was conscious and said he did not know how it happened. He complained of pains in his chest and had difficulty in breathing. He died at about ten o'clock, about three hours after the accident.
Mr. Owen was a member of the I.O.O.F., K. of P. and I.O.R.M. orders of the Valley and they all turned out in a body and gave their beautiful burial ceremonies at the grave at Ames cemetery. The funeral services were conducted at the home of Rev. Carl F. Glick, pastor of the West Baden M. E. Church before the long procession started for the cemetery. The floral tributes were many and fine showing the high esteem in which he was held in the community.

Springs Valley Herald (October 6, 1921) West Baden News
The saddest event in years happened to West Baden last Friday. Uncle Dick Owen, an employee of the Springs Hotel Company for the last 31 years started on his daily task by going by way of the pump station to see that things were ok there. Then going to the Hotel, while on the railroad track, he stopped to look at his watch, when the incoming seven o'clock train ran into him, knocking him off the track. His leg most entirely below the knee and head fractured he was removed to his home. He lived a few hours in which he talked some with his family, but not at any time complaining. Funeral services were held at the house at 10 o'clock Sunday by Rev. C. F. Glick and the three lodges, Odd Fellows, Red Men and K. of P's. The high esteem Uncle Dick held in this community was shown by the beautiful floral tokens and the large concourse gathered at the home for the last respects at the funeral services.

Springs Valley Herald (October 13, 1921) Obituary
Richard Henley Owen was born in Orange County, Ind. August 8, 1850. The race of life was ended on the morning of Sept. 30, 1921, aged 71 years, 1 month and 23 days.
He was united in marriage to Miss Jeanie A. Gass, Oct. 30, 1890. To this union was born one son, namely Roy L. Owen, who with the other survive. Mr. Owen began his career of usefulness when by a lad having worked for the form of Campbell & Rhodes, passing from thence he secured a situation with the West Baden Springs Company, which position he held for 31 years.
He was converted at Old Nelson Chapel at the age of 18 years, and remained a member of Ames Chapel until his death, his whole life having been spent in this vicinity.
He was a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Red Men, K. of P. and Rebekah lodges. He leaves a record among the many who knew him as a true man, wise in his counsels, faithful in his obligations and true in all his relations.
The familiar face of "Uncle Dick" Owen will be missed from the community, the voice of a true citizen is forever still, but the memory of this man will keep green through the coming years.
May his mantle rest upon those worthy to bear it and carry it to even greater achievements.
Funeral services were held at the home Sunday morning by Rev. Carl Glick of the W.B.M.E. Church. Burial immediately after the services at the Ames Chapel cemetery. Submitted byTom Agan.

WILSON, Winnie Pearl, Spring Valley Herald (October 6, 1921) Death Notice
The death angel visited the home of Walter Wilson and took from him his loving wife. All was done for Winnie that loving hearts and willing hands could do, bit to no avail. God gave her and he will restore; he doeth all things well. Dearest Winnie we shall miss you. There will be a vacant chair. But in Heaven we hope to meet you when the morn is shining fair. The remains were laid to rest at Moores Ridge cemetery Friday evening at two o'clock. Rev. Porter Walls officiating. The bereaved husband and family have the heartfelt sympathy of the entire community as Winnie was known and loved by all. She leaves to mourn her untimely death her husband, father, stepmother, one brother, one half sister, a step brother and grandmother besides a host of relatives and friends.

Springs Valley Herald (October 13, 1921) Obituary
Winnie Pearly Kinsey, daughter of Charles and Polly Kinsey, was born July 10, 1900. Departed this life Sept. 29, 1921. Aged 21 years, 2 months and 19 days.
On March 13, 1917 she was united in marriage to Walter Wilson.
Winnie was deprived of a mother's love and care early in life, her mother having died when she was quite small. She then lived with her grandmother until the coming of her stepmother, whom she loved as her own mother. She was always kind, loving and obedient.
She grew up in the Sunday School and church to which she was always loyal and devoted. She was converted in the winter of 1914 when she was only fourteen years of age. She lived her short life the best she knew.
Winnie was take so quickly. It doesn't seem possible that she has left us. On last Monday morning she was taken seriously ill with what the Dr. called clogged artery. She soon lapsed into unconsciousness from which she never rallied. Her gentle spirit took its flight into that beautiful beyond where mother, sister Bernice and Verona were waiting for her. She leaves to mourn, a young husband, father, stepmother, one own brother Glenn, one half sister Genevieve, a step brother Lon, also her grandmother and a host of other relatives and friends.
She will be sadly missed in the S. S. and church, but most of all in the home where her sweet disposition was best manifested.


We desire to thank our many neighbors and friends for their kindness and sympathy during the short sickness and death of our loving wife, daughter and sister, Winnie Wilson. For the beautiful flowers. Also the undertaker and Bro. Porter Walls. Walter Wilson. C. W. Kinsey and family. Submitted byTom Agan.

STANFIELD, Roy, Spring Valley Herald (November 3, 1921) Death Notice

Roy Stanfield, aged 26, was fatally stabbed with a knife in front of the Cresent Store about 9:00 o'clock Saturday evening by Claude Archer, aged 17.
It appears that a quarrel had started between Stanfield and Archer over Stanfield's father, John Stanfield, claiming that he had been robbed of some money and the Ray accused Archer taking it. Archer it is said went to find the Marshall and when returning near the Cresent Store he learned that Stanfield was looking for him went through a restaurant and picked up a butcher knife and went out the back door. Coming around the Cresent Store he ran into Stanfield who he says attacked him. He claims that he warned Stanfield not to strike him and when he did strike at him he plunged the knife into his breast making a gash about six inches long below and to the right of his heart. Stanfield, realizing that he had been seriously cut ran about forty feet to the corner of College and Indiana Ave. and fell bleeding profusely. He was picked up and taken to Dr. Hammond's office near by, but died a few minutes later. He lived only about fifteen minutes after being stabbed.
Archer immediately hunted up Marshal Apple and gave himself up claiming self defense.
The body of Stanfield was taken to the Undertaking rooms of W. V. Ritter & Son and prepared for burial which took place at Mt. Lebanon Monday.
Claude Archer is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Sylvester Archer and Roy Stanfield was the son of Mr. and Mrs. John Stanfield. Both families live southwest of this city about three miles and not far apart.

Springs Valley Herald (November 3, 1921) Obituary
Roy C. Stanfield, son of John H. and Malinda S. Stanfield was born June 10, 1895 and departed this life Oct. 29, 1921, age 26 years, 4 months and 18 days. He was married to Inez Hoggatt Sept. 28, 1915. To this union was born one son, Ray.
He leaves to mourn their loss a father, mother, and son and other relatives and friends.
His only sister preceded him to the great beyond 10 years ago. Submitted by Tom Agan.