Orange County Obituaries


RICHARDSON, Nora Wells, Springs Valley Herald (August 21, 1930) Death Notice
Mrs. Edward Richardson, age 50 years, passed into the great beyond August 19th. Death came to her door about 1 a.m. Tuesday caused by Paraplegia. Mrs. Richardson had been in ill health for some time and her condition did not become doubtful until about 10 days ago.
Funeral services were held at the home in West Baden, at 2:00 o'clock yesterday afternoon conducted by the Rev. John P. Davis, of French Lick, with interment following at Ames cemetery. She is survived by her husband, two daughters, Mrs. Newell Ballard and Mrs. Floyd Grigsby, one son, Frank, all of this place, two brothers, Fred and Otto Wells of French Lick and other relatives besides a host of friends.


We wish to express out thanks to the many friends and neighbors who so kindly comforted us at the death of our wife and mother. Edd Richardson and Family. Submitted by Tom Agan.

RILEY, Clarence, Springs Valley Herald (September 11, 1930) News Article
Clarence Riley, 20 years old, of Youngs Creek, died a few minutes after he was thrown from his automobile onto the concrete in State Road 56 early Sunday morning as he was driving from French Lick to Paoli. Riley's death, it is said, was caused when his head struck the concrete pavement.
The victim's cousin, Lawrence Riley, 18, suffered a possible fracture of the skull, while his brother, George Riley, 19, seated beside Clarence, escaped injury. Their two companions, Melvin Apple, 16, and Kenneth Smelcher, 18, were hurt, the latter seriously.
Riley, driving without lights, crashed into another car that was also driving without lights. The latter car, badly damaged, left the scene without identification of the driver or other occupants becoming known. Submitted byTom Agan.

FISHER, Dwight O., Springs Valley Herald (September 25, 1930) Obituary
Dwight O. Fisher, aged 28 years, a local electrician, died suddenly at his home last Saturday 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.

BRADLEY, James, Springs Valley Herald (September 25, 1930) Death Notice
James Bradley, aged 33, died at 5:15 o'clock Tuesday evening at the local hospital of Dr. Dillinger.
Several years ago Bradley was kicked by a horse while employed by the French Lick Springs Company and sustained a broken leg above the knee. At the time of the accident he was taken care of by the Springs Company, being given medical attention and compensation and a settlement for the injury. The broken bone never healed properly and a diseased condition developed which recently grew much worse. Sores developed on his leg and he was taken to Dillinger, where the diseased bone was treated.
Tuesday evening his heart slowed down from the septic poison in his body and he passed away at 5:15 o"clock.
Funeral services were conducted at the Holiness Church at 2 o'clock this afternoon, followed by burial in the Ames cemetery.
Submitted by Tom Agan.

CARROLL, Bertha Esther, Springs Valley Herald (September 25, 1930) Obituary
Bertha Esther Carroll, daughter of Hickman and Amanda E. Carroll, was born November 27, 1903, near Newton Stewart, Indiana, and departed this life September 14, 1930, at the home of her mother in French Lick, age 26 years, 10 months and 18 days.
Esther, as she was known by all, was of a lovable disposition, having a smile for everyone, making many friends wherever she went.
She was converted in the Methodist Church at Loogootee in 1922 under the preaching of Rev. C. F. Mahler, and united with the church. Two years ago she went to Anderson, Indiana, transferring the membership to the First M. E. Church of that city. In May 1929 in a meeting held at the Second Pilgrim Holiness church by her brother, Rev. J. H. Carroll, she received the experience of Sanctification. She lived a consecrated Christian life to her departure, singing, testifying and praising God on her death bed. Just a few hours before her departure she told her doctor she was save and sanctified.
Death came quietly and peacefully, just stepping from this life of toil and labor to the beautiful reward, promised to them that love God.
She leaves a mother, and step-father, Mr. and Mrs. Jake Painter of French Lick, four brothers, Will Carroll of this city, Rev. John Carroll of Epson, Ind., Herman Carroll of Newman, Ill., Porter Carroll of Elon, and three sisters, Mrs. J. E. Summers of this city, Mrs. F. C. Eckerty of Hume, Ill., Mrs. R. H. Howard of Indian Springs and a host of relatives and friends to mourn their loss.
Funeral services were held at Loogootee by Rev. C. Muller with interment following in the Good-Will Cemetery at that place.


We wish to express our sincere thanks to our friends and neighbors for the kindness and sypathy shown during the illness and death of our dear beloved daughter and sister. We also thank Mr. Ritter for his servie, Dr. Hammond and Rev. Byrum and all who gave the beautiful flowers. Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Painter, Brothers and Sisters. Submitted byTom Agan.

CONRAD, Sarah Jane, Springs Valley Herald (October 2, 1930) Death Notice
Mrs. Sarah Jane Conrad, age 76, died at her home at this place Sunday afternoon, September 28, about 2:00 o'clock of cancer. Mrs. Conrad was reared near Cuzco, but had resided here for the past two weeks.
Funeral services were held at Cane Creek, Tuesday afternoon, with Rev. Otho Jackson officiating. Interment was made in the nearby cemetery.
she is survived by her eight children, Edward and Otto Conrad of French Lick, Mrs. Perry Owen, Mrs. Clyde Nicholson, Mrs. Ethel Nicholson, William, John and Everett Conrad, all of Cuzco, Indiana. Submitted byTom Agan.

BEDSTER, John R., Springs Valley Herald (October 9, 1930) Death Notice
John R. Bedster, aged 77, well known citizen of Orange County, died suddenly at his home in Northwest township Tuesday morning. Mr. Bedster's death was caused by paralysis, and he had suffered several strokes previous to his death.
Funeral services, conducted by Rev. Frank Denny, were held at the home yesterday morning with interment in the Southern cemetery. He is survived by three nieces, Mrs. J. A. Kelknor, Mrs. Wm. Charles, and Mrs. Ollie Isom, and three nephews, John B. Bedster, Louis Bedster and Grover Bedster. His wife preceded him in death several years ago. Submitted byTom Agan.

SULLIVAN, Harvey C., Springs Valley Herald (October 9, 1930) Death Notice
Hotel Operator Died Monday Morning Following Long Illness

H. C. Sullivan, 68 years of age, who for the past two or three years has operated the Sullivan Hotel at West Baden, died at four o'clock Monday morning at his home here, following an illness of several months. Mr. Sullivan's death was caused by cancer.
Mr. Sullivan, while located in West Baden a comparatively short time, has made many friends here during the time he has owned and operated the hotel. He formerly owned the Stickles Hotel in Bedford, and has had charge of other hotels in Southern Indiana during his long career.
The body was removed from here to the home of his brother, Fred Sullivan, of Salem, Ind. He is survived by his wife and one son, James Sullivan of Seymour.
Funeral services were held yesterday at Salem from the home of his mother, conducted by Rev. LaHughes of Pekin. Submitted by Tom Agan.

SEYBOLD, Laurel, Springs Valley Herald (October 9, 1930) Death Notice
The body of Laurel Seybold, son of Robert Seybold of French Lick, is expected to arrive here today from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where he died Tuesday from the effects of an appendicitis operation.
Young Seybold had been on his way to French Lick when he was taken suddenly ill in the Iowa town. He was rushed to a hospital, and seemed well on the way to recovery when a relapse set in.

Springs Valley Herald (October 16, 1930) Obituary
Laurel Wayne, son of Robert and Rebecca V. Seybold was born November 7th, 1899 and departed this life october 8th, 1930 at Cedar Rapids, Iowa, being 30 years, 11 months and 1 day of age. At 6 months of age his mother crossed the great beyond and left the babe in care of his grandmother, Nancy Seybold, who spent many anxious moments for his care. As soon as he was old enough she sent him to school and taught him right from wrong.
Early in life he confessed his Savior and was baptized with him in Christian immersion and became a member of the Church of Christ at South Liberty. He had no enemy. Everybody was his friend. Last February he went to California, which he did not find to his liking and was on his way back to Chicago, when he was stricken with appendicitis, and was rushed to Mercy Hospital at Cedar Rapids, Iowa where the people did everything they could to save his life, but failed.
He leaves to mourn his departure his grandmother, Nancy Seybold, his father, Robert Seybold, brother Floyd R. of Fairmont, West Va., sister Mabel P. Baxter of West Baden, Ind., sister Nellie H. Seybold of Fort Wayne, Ind., besides a host of relatives and friends - His mother and brother Ollis Randolph having preceded him in death.


We are sincerely thankful for the condolence of our many friends in the death of our son and brother, laurel Seybold, and are deeply appreciative of the services of Mr. Ritter the undertaker, Rev. Drash for his message of sympathy, to the chorus for the songs rendered and to all those contributing to the beautiful floral offering. We are especially thankful to Dr. Murphy and the staff of the Mercy Hospital of Cedar Rapids, Iowa for the care given Laurel while in that city, place of his late illness and demise, and also Mr. Beatty, mortician of Cedar Rapids for his services. Robert Seybold, father, Floyd Seybold, brother, Mrs. Volney Baxter, sister. [Interment at Moores Ridge cemetery] Submitted byTom Agan.

BARKLEY, Lloyd Gifford, Springs Valley Herald (October 9, 1930) Death Notice
Gifford Barkley, aged 25, died at his home in Russellville Tuesday morning of tuberculosis. Funeral services were held today at the Holiness Church in French Lick, with interment at Moores Ridge cemetery.
Mr. Barkley is survived by his wife, Nina Barkley, a daughter six years old and a son two years old.

Springs Valley Herald (October 23, 1930) Obituary
Lloyd Gifford Barkley, son of Albert and Lucy Barkley was born May 2, 1905 and went to his eternal reward October 7, 1930. Age 25 years, 5 months and 5 days.
Gifford's life was one of trials and dark places, having lost his mother at the age of ten years and his father also preceded him in death when he was 16 years of age. From the time of his mother's death he had no certain home until he was united in marriage to Nina Hopper November 1, 1924. He was then 19 years of age and from that time in he was a great lover of his home and family, having had four children. Lloyd Gifford Jr. died at the age of two years and Gladys Lorene at the age of 4 months and 4 days.
His thoughts were of others before thinking of himself. Even during his sickness, when it was necessary to care for him he wanted his children served first, willing to wait and suffer that they might be comfortable. He was always patient and was thankful even for the smallest favor.
When Gifford was 17 years of age he was converted and gave his heart to God and lived a good Christian life for some time, but though neglect and temptation he drifted by the wayside. Bit he always remembered the good things God had done for him, and during the sickness he considered the welfare of his soul, and renewed his covenant with the Lord and made peace with Him. He died trusting in the one whose blood was shed for the cleansing of all sin.
Gifford leaves to mourn his loss a faithful and devoted wife, two babies, Hazel age 5 years and Richard age 15 months old, one grandmother, five brothers and one sister: Virgil of New York, Dolphus, Dwight, Clarence and Andy of West Baden, Josephine also of West Baden, his only sister. He leaves several uncles, aunts, cousins and a host of friends who will share our sorrows while we mourn the loss of a loving husband and father.


We wish to thank relatives, neighbors and friends who comforted us in the sickness and death of our husband and father. We realize that by your help the past year of Gifford's suffering from T.B. has helped us to care for him and get the things necessary for his comfort thru his long siege. Our hearts are thankful and grateful to each one. Mother and Babies. Submitted byTom Agan.

LEWIS, Mary A., Springs Valley Herald (October 23, 1930) Death Notice
Hit and Run Driver Speeds On After Mishap Near Paoli

Mrs. Richard F. Lewis of Jackson township was fatally injured last Thursday night when the car in which she was riding with her husband collided with another car driven at excessive speed. The accident occurred about three miles north of Paoli on state road 37. Mr. Lewis was seriously injured, but is expected to recover.
Mr. and Mrs. Lewis were returning from a church service at Orleans when the accident happened. The car hitting them swerved over on the left side of the road, striking the Lewis car on the left side. The automobile, described as high-powered and having California license plates, sped on without stopping.
Mrs. Lewis, who was injured internally, was taken to the home of Mr. Lewis' brother, Thomas Lewis, who lives south of Paoli. First aid was given to both husband and wife, and Dr. W. W. Sloan of French Lick was summoned. Mrs. Lewis died soon after being removed from the wreckage.
Mrs. Lewis is survived by her husband, six sons and two daughters, her father, Clinton Wininger of Muncie; two brothers, Samuel of French Lick and Thomas of Muncie; three sisters, Laura of Muncie, Lucy of French Lick and Eva of Detroit, Mich. she was a well-known resident of Orange County.
Funeral services were held at Moores Ridge church Monday at noon, conducted by Rev. Harvey Chastain of Paoli and Rev. James Wolfe of Orleans.

Springs Valley Herald (October 23, 1930) Obituary
Mary A., daughter of Clinton and Rhoda Wininger, was born at Shoals, Ind., August 29, 1880, and departed this life October 16, 1930, at the age of 50 years, 1 month and 18 days.
She was married to Richard G. Lewis, April 28, 1901. To this union was born eight children, six sons and two daughters: William R., Raymond, Richard Jr., George, Thomas, Lawrence, Lilla and Lucy.
When she was young, she taught school at Lost River. At an early age she joined the Baptist church at French Lick and always attended services when circumstances would permit. She was a devoted wife, a kind and gentle mother, and a kind and loyal friend and will be missed by all who knew her.
She was on her way home from church when she was killed in an automobile accident, the angel of Death coming in the still of the night to carry her home. Her passing was as peaceful and serene as the full life she had lived. Her entire life is a noble example of faith and love, and she was at peace with God when the end came.
She leaves to mourn her departure a husband, eight children, a father, Clinton Wininger of Muncie; two brothers, Samuel of French Lick and Thomas of Muncie; three sisters, Laura of Muncie, Lucy of French Lick and Eva of Detroit, Mich., besides a host of friends.


We wish to thank our friends and neighbors for their kindness shown to us in the hour of our sorrow. Richard F. Lewis and Family. Submitted byTom Agan.

JENKINS, Mary E., Springs Valley Herald (October 23, 1930) Obituary
Mary E. Jenkins, wife of William Jenkins was born August 25, 1862 and departed this life October 19, 1930.
She was first married to Thomas Bledsoe. To this union two children were born, namely, Margaret Lashbrook of French Lick, and a son Noah who preceded her in death several years ago. Later she was married to Joel S. Brown. To this union three children were born, namely, Mrs. Ethel Knowles of Bedford, Ind.; Mrs. Goldie Taylor of Culver, Ind., and an infant son George Brown preceded her in death at the age of 2 years. Later she married William Jenkins. She was a loving wife and mother, always ready and willing to comfort those around her.
She leaves to mourn her loss a husband, three children, eight grandchildren and five great grandchildren.
She united with the First Christian Church of French Lick during the ministry of Rev. Collins about eight or nine years ago.


The family of the late Mary E. Jenkins, who entered into rest October 19, 1930 wishes to thank and express their sincere appreciation to the friends and neighbors for kindness and sympathy shown them during the illness and death. Also for the beautiful floral tributes. Husband and Children. Submitted byTom Agan.

MARIS, Aaron, Springs Valley Herald (October 30, 1930) Death Notice
Well Known Citizen Dies Tuesday Night at Home of Daughter Here

Aaron Maris, 78 years of age, died suddenly Tuesday afternoon at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Norman Mavity on Summit Street. Death was caused by apoplexy.
Mr. Maris, who had been in failing health for several years, had seemed as well as usual before the stroke which caused his death. He was alone with his daughter at the time, and died soon after medical aid was summoned.
Mr. Maris was well known in Orange County, having been prominent in the business life of Paoli for many years. For the past few years he has made his home with his daughter here.
The deceased is survived by three sons and two daughters, Dr. J. I. Maris of Paoli, Charles R. Maris of Cincinnati, Dwight R. Maris, Washington, Mo., Mrs. Norman Mavity, French Lick and Miss Anna J. Maris, Paoli.
Funeral services were held this afternoon at 2:00 p.m. from the Friends church at Paoli, followed by interment in the adjoining cemetery. The body laid in state at the church from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Springs Valley Herald (November 6, 1930) Obituary
On Log Creek, three miles west of Paoli, Indiana, Aaron Maris was born August 11, 1852. He was the youngest of a family of six children born to Aaron and Jane Andrew Maris. His father was a native of Orange County, Indiana and was born just east of the present site of Paoli in 1811. His death occurred not long before Aaron Maris was born. Jane Andrew Maris was a native of Orange County, North Carolina and migrated to this state when she was seven years of age. She lived with her youngest son Aaron Maris until her death in 1903.
Mr. Maris attended the rural neighborhood school and when he had finished there, went with his sister, Ruth, to Blue River Academy, near Salem, Ind., for two years.
Aaron Maris was united in marriage to Mary A. Rhodes, November 12, 1878. The early years of their married life were spent on the home farm of the Maris family on Log Creek. In 1888 they moved to Paoli where Mr. Maris engaged in business until he retired in 1917. Mrs. Maris died November 17, 1916. The home was broken up in the fall of 1918, a few months after which Mr. Maris went to live with his son Irvin. for the last four years he has made his home with his daughter, Myrtle and her husband Norman B. Mavity of French Lick, Ind.
There are five children in the family of Aaron and Mary Rhodes Maris: Dr. John Maris of Paoli; Myrtle Mavity of French Lick; Anna Jane of Paoli; Charles R. Maris of Cincinnati, Ohio; and Dwight R. Maris of Washington, Missouri. There are eight grandchildren: Marie Maris of Indianapolis, Leighton Maris of Louisville, Ky., Julian Mavity of Columbus, Ohio, Eleanor Mavity of French Lick, and Margaret, John, Mary and Dean Maris of Cincinnati, Ohio.
Mr. Maris was a birthright member of the Friends church, and came of a long line of Quaker ancestry, being descended from George and Alice Maris who came to America from Worchestershire, England, with William Penn in 1683. In the Bible School and Church he was interested and attended faithfully as long as he could do so. Even after he had become unable to participate in the ordinary affairs of life with enjoyment and appreciation he still showed interest in the services for worship, and joined in the singing. Only two days before his death he attended the Quarterly Meeting service and sang with the congregation the hymn "Blest be the tie that Binds". When in health he often gave testimony in the church to his faith and christian experience.
On October 28, 1930, Mr. Maris being past 78 years of age, the Master called him home. The call came suddenly while he sat in his usual chair, as he so often sat, waiting for some one to "take him home," but this time it was not for him to go to Paoli as usual, but to go to his other home in the realms beyond where flows the river of life on whose banks the trees of life grow forever.


We wish to express our appreciation for the words of sympathy and the many kindnesses shown us at the time of our father's death. Mr. and Mrs. N. B. Mavity, Miss Anna Jane Maris, Dr. and Mrs. J. I. Maris, Mr. and Mrs. C. R. Maris, Mr. and Mrs. D. R. Maris. Submitted byTom Agan.

COBB, Samuel, Springs Valley Herald (November 6, 1930) Obituary
Samuel Cobb, son of John and Sarah Cobb, was born near Roland store on March 20, 1906 and passed away at El Paso, Texas October 14, 1930.
Some two years ago he was stricken with the dreadful disease tuberculosis, and with his two brothers went to Phoenix, Arizona for his health. When he did not seem to gain much his father and mother then went to help take care of him. During his sickness he suffered so very much he was always kind and cheerful.
He leaves to mourn his loss an aged father and mother, one sister, Mary of the home address, five brothers, Albert of Urbana, Ill., George and Charlie of Williams, Ariz., Noble and Lee of the home address. One brother has gone on before, also several nieces and nephews and a host of other friends.
Everything that loving hands could do was done, but God saw fit to call him from his sufferings. Our loss is heaven's gain.


We want to thank the many friends and neighbors for their kindness and sympathy shown us in the death of our son and brother, also for the beautiful flowers, the undertaker, the choir and the minister for his consoling words. Mr. and Mrs. J. D. Cobb & Family. Submitted byTom Agan.

McCARTY, Grace D. Flick, Springs Valley Herald (November 13, 1930) Obituary
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 this world about six o'clock October 27, 1930 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 forth of a family of twelve children, two of whom have preceded her 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 again and receive you unto myself; that where I am there ye may 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 the brothers, Lawrence, preceded her in death a little more than three years ago, then about thirteen years of age. Besides these she leaves many more distant relatives and a host of friends who remember her with loving kindness and tender memories.


We want to thank the many friends and neighbors for their kindness and sympathy shown us 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 byTom Agan.