FARRELL, Cynthia, Springs Valley Herald (January 3, 1918) Obituary
Ann Farrell, daughter of Andrew J. and Rebecca Abel was born June 1,
1850, died December 21, 1917, age 67 years, 6 months and 20 days.
March 3rd, 1877 she was married to John Farrell; to this union was born
one child, Susie A. now the wife of George Gerkin of West Baden, Ind.
She leaves also three grandchildren, Helen, Vivian and George Harold
Gerkin, and the following brothers and sisters: John, George, Taylor
and Frank Abel, Mrs. Francis McCracken and Mrs. Jasper Mahan.
Farrell united with the Church of Christ at Prospect in 1905, bringing
her membership from a like organization at Miller School house. In
April 1911, under Rev. Breeden's pastorate she united with the West
Baden M. E. church in order to have her church home with that of her
Mrs. Farrell represented the
mother-type of womanhood. She delighted to help everybody. Was
interested in community life, social and religious. Her home was ever
with the daughter and grandchildren were he special joy, and their
varied interests were hers also.
the day of her death she had set aside other duties to give the time to
preparation of the children for the school entertainment of the evening
and was just leaving the house with them, when came the summons to the
Heavenly home, and she went to be with Christ.
was a lovable woman whom it was a delight to know, and she liked to
talk of Heaven and its relatives. During a recent visit with father and
mother Gerkin, she expressed an assurance of salvation, saying "I know
I an at peace with my Lord."
all this is the key to the life we loved. The Christ within shone out,
though hearts are saddened, it is but the yearning of the child heart
in us all for the touch of the mother hand and she had but gone on the
beautiful close of a beautiful life, sound , serene, womanly and sweet,
ripen into the fullness of the sheaf fruitage all about her manifest.
dead, but gone on a while; as from one room into another. Death closes
the door of vision, but upon the other side she awaits our coming.
Funeral services were held at Ames Chapel, Dec. 23, conducted by Rev. A. Jean, pastor of M. E. Church and Rev. G. W. Eadie.
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all who during our sad accident and death of our mother and grandmother
proved such true friends by words of sympathy and deeds of kindness,
the singers who furnished the music and all who contributed flowers. We
extend our sincere thanks. Mr. and Mrs. George A. Gerkin and Children.
Submitted by Tom Agan.
EASTRIDGE, Amanda, Springs Valley Herald (January 3, 1918) Death Notice
sadness we chronicle the death of Mrs. W. R. Eastridge of Newton
Stewart. She and her husband took their beds from an attack of
pneumonia the same say, and it was thought that he was the more
dangerous of the two, till a short time before her death, which
occurred last Saturday morning. The interment took place last Monday.
Mr. Eastridge remains seriously ill and fears are entertained that his
case may prove fatal. Submitted byTom Agan.
WOODS, May, Springs Valley Herald (February 7, 1918) Obituary
body of May Woods as she was known here, was shipped here from Chicago
Friday where she had been murdered on the street, some days ago. It is
said that she was waiting tables in a restaurant and it was after she
had finished her work and left the restaurant that she was killed by
being struck on the back of the head by some heavy instrument. The
remains were interred at Mt. Lebanon cemetery Saturday. Submitted byTom Agan.
BEATTY, August, Springs Valley Herald (February 7, 1918) Death Notice
Beatty (commonly called Gus or Happy around town) died at his room in
the Indiana Hotel last Friday morning. He had been hurt in an explosion
in an ammunition factory in Michigan according to his statement, but
his mind seemed to be so badly unbalanced that no one knows what had
happened to him. He was a son of George Beatty and was about
twenty-three years old. Interment at Mt. Lebanon cemetery Saturday.
Submitted byTom Agan.
RUSSELL, William Henry, Springs Valley Herald (February 28, 1918) Obituary
Russell, and old resident of this vicinity died at his home at
Greenwood, a suburb of Indianapolis, Monday and the body was shipped
here for burial at the Old Baptist cemetery east of this place. He
founded the suburb of West Baden known as Russellville and was engaged
in hotel business for many years. He moved to Indianapolis several
years ago where he operated a restaurant business.
Springs Valley Herald (March 7, 1918) Obituary
Henry Russell was born in Hardin County, Ky., July 3, 1842 and departed
this life at his home in Greenwood, Ind., Feb.25, 1918. Age 76 years, 7
months and 22 days. He was the second son of ten children corn to
Reuben and Nancy Russell. His parents, three brothers and three sisters
have preceded him, leaving one brother and two sisters to mourn the
loss of a loving brother. They are namely Elias Russell, of
Elizabethtown, Ky., Mrs. Martha Preston and Mrs. Nancy Meadows, of
Custer, Ky. He was married to Miss Sarah Lambden, Nov. 30, 1863. To
them were born two daughters, Mrs. Alice Russell of Greenwood, Ind.,
and Mrs. Anna Wilson of Indianapolis. He was bereft of his companion
early in life, she having been called away Jan. 8, 1879, leaving him
the care of the two small daughters, of which mission as a father he
faithfully fulfilled. Uncle Henry as he was familiarly known in his
home town will be greatly missed by those who knew him. He was an
honest upright citizen, loved and respected by all. He will be sadly
missed in the home, as he was ever thoughtful of those around him. He
leaves the two daughters and a host of friends to mourn their loss.
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wish to thank the people of West Baden for their kindness and sympathy
shown us in our recent sad bereavement. Especially do we thank Mrs.
Doyle and the Rev. Team. Miss Alice Russell, Mrs. Anna Wilson.
Submitted byTom Agan.
DENBO, Roy Russell, Springs Valley Herald (February 28, 1918) Obituary
Russell Denbo departed this life February 8, 1918. He was 18 years of
age. He was a dutiful son, a loving brother and a faithful companion.
During his long affliction, he bore his suffering and murmured not. He
honored his parents, was kind to his brothers and sisters and loved his
He leave a father, a
mother, six brothers: Orris, Orville, Jesse, James, Joe and Paul; also
three sisters, Hazel, Marie and Ruth and a host of friends and
relatives to mourn his decease. Hallie, a sister, preceded him to the
bright beyond more than two years ago. The family wishes to extend
thanks to the host of friends who gave untiring assistance through the
long suffering of their beloved son and brother. We thank the young men
who so faithfully visited our home regardless of the inclemency of the
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thank Dr. Gobble for medical aid skillfully rendered, also we thank
those ladies of French Lick and West Baden for beautiful floral
offerings. To Elder C. E. Cogswell, we wish to tender our sincerest
gratitude for the many words of consolation in his funeral discourse.
Also Bros. Wm. A. Crowder and John Carroll for their kindly assistance.
Charles H. Denbo and Family.
Springs Valley Herald (February 28, 1918) Newton Stewart
Denbo, son of Mr. and Mrs. C. H. Denbo died suddenly Feb. 8, 1918,
after vacillating between life and death for more than 70 days. The
funeral discourse was preached by Elder C. E. Cogswell of Paoli, on
Sunday 10 inst. at Newton Stewart, after which the remains were laid to
rest at Fair View cemetery. Submitted byTom Agan.
PIERCE, Nancy Ann, Springs Valley Herald (February 28, 1918) Death Notice
Napoleon Pierce died early Wednesday morning at her home near West
Baden. She was past 72 years of age. Her husband preceded her several
years ago. Interment at Ames Chapel today.
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desire to sincerely than those friends who so kindly assisted us during
the illness and death of our mother, Mrs. N. B. Pierce. Also for th
beautiful floral tributes. May God in his own good way be gracious to
you all. The Children. Submitted byTom Agan.
BYERS, John W. Sr., Springs Valley Herald (February 28, 1918) Death Notice
passed his 83 mile stone in life, John W. Byers, Sr. died February 13,
1918, after an illness of a few days of apoplexy. In accordance with
his previous request W. L. Condra was called to conduct funeral
services at the home, after which the remains were laid to rest in the
cemetery at Elon, Feb. 15. Mr. Byers was a peaceable, industrious
citizen and a Mason in good standing. Submitted byTom Agan.
PARKS, Sarah, Springs Valley Herald (February 28, 1918) Death Notice
William Parks, one of the most highly respected christian ladies of her
community, past the ordeal of death on Tuesday Feb. 19, 1918. She had
been a patient sufferer of a complication of diseases a long while, and
had given up the desire to regain health, but expressed her hopes of
redemption of her should, and gladly awaited the transition from death
into life. Wm. A. Crowder conducted the burial services at the
residence on the 21 inst., after which the mortal remains were returned
to earth, at the Panther Creek cemetery, where floral offerings
indicated the high esteem in which Sister Parks was held by her
numerous friends and relatives. She was a beloved member of the Church
of Christ. Submitted byTom Agan.
CROWDER, Lydia, Springs Valley Herald (March 28, 1918) Death Notice
Mrs. Lydia Crowder departed this life about five o'clock a.m. Friday morning.
Crowder went to church Thursday night and was very cheerful and happy,
but on the following morning the Death Angel made its call. Mrs.
Crowder was a kind and loving companion and mother. She was loved by
all who knew her. She leaves to mourn her death a husband, eight
children, an aged father, three sisters, three brothers and a host of
relatives and friends. Eight children preceded her to the Glory Land.
Funeral services were conducted at Mt.Lebanon Saturday at 11 a.m. by
Rev. Flanigan where the body was peacefully laid to rest in the Mt.
Lebanon cemetery. Submitted byTom Agan.
ANDERSON, Aaron R., Springs Valley Herald (April 18, 1918) Obituary
R. Anderson was born September 4, 1847. He has been in failing health
for the last year, with no special disease, just a wearing out of the
general system and at midnight April 9, 1918 he passed from this life
to the great beyond at the beautiful ripe old age of 70 years, 7 months
and 5 days. He passed out quietly and peacefully and conscious to the
He was a veteran of the Civil
War and enlisted in Company G, 24th Infantry Volunteers. He served
about three years in loyal defense of the flag he loved so well. He
received an honorable discharge at the end of the was and returned home
and soon after was united in marriage to Miss Lucinda Clark, to this
union was born six children all of whom are living. The wife of his
youth passed away some years ago and he was again united in marriage to
Mrs. Amelia Tucker, she with the children survive him. He was much
devoted to home life, and also took an active part in business and
stood for anything pertaining to good citizenship.
He had long been a member of the Methodist Church and was a member of the Basil B, Decker Post No. 334 of West Baden.
was unusually patient during his last days, and all that human hands
could do was done for him. God had called, his life's work here was
over, and he passed peacefully away.
would say to the dear ones to look up to Jesus for he doeth all things
well. He has said, "Let not your heart be troubled; ye believe in God
also believe in me. 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, I will
come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may
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desire to extend our heartfelt thanks to our friends and neighbors for
their kindness and sympathy in the loss of our Dear Father, and to Rev.
Holmes for his consoling words of sympathy. His Children. Submitted byTom Agan.
JONES, Annie, Springs Valley Herald (April 18, 1918) Death Notice
Jones died at her home near Valeene Monday and was buried there
Tuesday. She left an infant baby a week old, she will be remembered as
Annie Walls, who formally resided near home. Submitted byTom Agan.
DEICH, Matilda Corbett, Springs Valley Herald (May 9, 1918) Obituary
the third daughter of Henry and Elizabeth Smith was born June 4, 1840
in Scott County and died April 30, 1918 at French Lick, Indiana at the
age of 77 years, 7 months and 26 days.
1857 she was united in marriage to Jacob Corbett, to this union was
born eight children, four of whom with their father have preceded her
in death. She was again married in 1892 to Valentine Deich. In a few
short years after this marriage death also deprived her of this husband.
1853 she joined the Methodist church and has been a faithful follower
until her death. She was an obedient child and a kind a loving mother
who was always near in time of trouble. In her long illness she was a
patient sufferer, always praying to and trusting in the Lord. She will
be sadly missed by all her relatives and friends.
leaves to mourn their loss one daughter, Mrs. Rose Jones, and three
sons, Joe, John and Riley Corbett, and one sister, Mrs. Riley Underwood
of Cadams, Nebr., and a number of other relatives and friends.
Submitted byTom Agan.
MATHERSON, Caroline, Springs Valley Herald (May 9, 1918) Death Notice
Matherson died Saturday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. R. L.
Purkhiser. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Authur Jean and
interment at Bethel cemetery. Submitted byTom Agan.
NEWTON, Sarah Ellen, Springs Valley Herald (May 16, 1918) Death Notice
George Newton, of near this city, was found dead at the spring this
morning where she had gone for a bucket of water. She has been subject
to heart trouble for some time and this is attributed to have been the
cause of death. Submitted byTom Agan.
HAWKINS, Philip, Springs Valley Herald (May 16, 1918) Death Notice
Hawkins, aged 93 years, was killed by the Monon freight going out of
here at about noon Tuesday at the crossing near the Colonial Hotel,
Mr. Hawkins, who has
been making his home with his son, John Hawkins at West Baden for some
time, had been over to the West Baden Springs park where he spent much
of his time and had started home to dinner when strick by the out-going
local freight. The train crew knew of nothing of the occurrence as it
occurred on the fireman's side of the engine and he was no doubt busy
shoveling coal at the time and Mr. Hawkins was not found for nearly an
hour after. He was still living, but died shortly after being taken up
town to his son's residence. He had been struck on the head and one of
his arms was badly crushed and his side bruised. No one saw the
accident, but Mr. Waddy, a colored man who runs the Waddy Hotel near
where the accident occurred, says he saw a man walking toward the
crossing as the train was approaching, but did not see it hit him. He
later noticed something lying by the track which he thought was a man's
coat, but supposed it was a coat of some workman. Later a couple of
horseback riders came along and gave the alarm.
Hawkins had formerly been a prominent farmer citizen of Martin County
and was remarkably spry for his age and barring accident would no doubt
have rounded out his hundred years as he had perfect use of all his
faculties. He was a bright intelligent man and highly esteemed by all
who knew him and his host of friends will be sad to learn of his tragic
death. Submitted byTom Agan.
THOMPSON, Hovey, Springs Valley Herald (June 6, 1918) Obituary
Thompson was born September 4, 1888 and died in a sanitarium at
Indianapolis of tuberculosis, May 26th, 1918. The remains were shipped
here and interred in the Cane Creek cemetery Wed. May 29th. He leaves
to mourn his departure a wife, one daughter, a mother, four sisters,
two brothers and other relatives and friends. Submitted byTom Agan.
GRIGSBY, Peter Lowe, Springs Valley Herald (June 13, 1918) Obituary
Lowe Grigsby was born on the farm at Grigsbys Mill near West Baden,
Ind. August 22, 1880. Died in Asheville, N. C. June 5, 1918, aged 27
years, 9 months and 14 days.
of Scots-Irish descent, the great, great grandfather having settled in
Virginia, from whence his great grandfather joined Daniel Boone on the
historic expedition from Virginia to Kentucky, thence into South
Carolina, and back again into Ky. fining settling in Gibson County,
Ind., where he died and the son, (the grandfather of Peter Grigsby) and
his son (the father) located in Stampers Creek township, Orange County,
Ind., where the father married Mary A. Lewis. To this union were born
eight children, four sons, John, George, Lewis and the subject of this
sketch, who is the last one to pass out into eternity, one girl died at
babyhood, the other three sisters are left to mourn his death. Mrs.
Alonzo Wolfington, Mrs. Edd Plummer and Mrs. Edd Charles, together with
the aged mother upon whom the blow falls heavily, as she is called upon
to give up the last of the sons, while the shades of lifes even time
are round about her declining years.
Grigsby lived all his life in the valley of French Lick and West Baden;
was married to Miss Radie Leffler, and there created their home, which
he loved so much.
There were born to
them two splendid sons, Claver and Halbert, now 17 1/2 and 16 years of
age who, together with the sorrowing wife survive him.
outstanding characteristic of his life, was his love for his home, and
his family, and he had a great yearning to have sufficient means to
educate his boys. But the frail constitution gave our, the dread
destroyer tuberculosis laid hand upon him, and ere he realized its
gravity, the end was near.
last day of March he was taken to Battle Creek, Mich. for treatment,
but examination indicated their inability to help him, and he returned
home to leave within the week, with his family for Asheville, NC hoping
the mountains and rest might restore him to health. He fought bravely
for his life, and wanted so much to get well, and in these last days,
so far from home, in the fancy delirium he lived among his friends at
home - calling them by name and thinking them near his side, through
these weeks of suffering he was tenderly cared for by his loved ones,
desiring their presence every minute, and all was done that could have
been done, but the breathing became more labored, and more difficult
and finally, in the early dawn of the morning of June 5th, his life
quickly went our, to await the resurrection morn.
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wish to express sincere thanks to the many relatives and friends for
the great kindness and sympathy shown us at the death of our dear
husband and daddy, Peter Lowe Grigsby. Special thanks are due Father
Mattingly and the Mrs. Doyle family, the Baptist minister Rev. T. J.
Parsons for the impressive service, the pall bears and undertaker, Mr.
Ritter, for the efficient manner in which he conducted the funeral, and
the donors of the beautiful floral offerings, Mother Grigsby and the
family join me in appreciation, greater than words express. Mrs. Peter
Grigsby and Sons. Submitted byTom Agan.
POWELL, John J., Springs Valley Herald (June 13, 1918) Obituary
J. Powell, son of James and Margaret Powell was born in Mercer County,
Kentucky December 26, 1836. He was married to Rebecca A. Moore Dec. 25,
1860. To this union was born eight children, of this number three have
passed to the great beyond. William A., James E. and Margret A. Gromer.
He leaves to mourn his loss John W. of South Dakota, George W., Everett
L., Mary E. Doughtery and Jane Rindley, the last four living on or near
the old home farm, he also leaves a wife which looks forward to the
time she will go to meet her loving companion, he has 27 grandchildren
besides his relatives, he leaves a host of friends which feel that as
time takes then one by one that they will meet him where parting will
be no more. He joined the M. E. Church in the year of 1859, then in
1902 he joined the U. B. Church as it was his home church. He didn't
dread death and said he was going to a long rest.
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wish to thank our neighbors and friends for the kindness shown during
the sickness and death of our dear husband and father, Also thank the
ones that showed their sympathy by bringing such beautiful flowers.
Mrs. Rebecca Powell and Children. Submitted byTom Agan.
FELKNOR, George, Springs Valley Herald (June 20, 1918) Death Notice
Felknor, an old and well known citizen of this township, died sunday.
He was a prosperous farmer and followed that occupation till his
declining years incapacitated him for active work when he moved to
Prospect where he lived up to his death. The interment was at Ames
Chapel Tuesday Afternoon. Submitted byTom Agan.
COTTRELL, Louise Powell, Springs Valley Herald (June 27, 1918) Death Notice
body of Miss Louise Powell Cottrell, who perished in the wreck of the
Hagenbeck-Wallace Circus was shipped here for burial and arrived
Tuesday morning and was buried at Ames Chapel, Wednesday. Miss Powell
was an Equestrienne and performed with her sister and brother-in-law
the Cottrells known as the Cottrell family of riders. They were
originally from London, England, but their home is now West Baden.
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wish to thank our many friends of West Baden and French Lick for the
kindness and sincere sympathy shown us in our great sorrow in the
untimely death of our dear sister and aunt, Miss Louise Powell. Mr and
Mrs. R. Cottrell, R. J. Cottrell, Jr. Submitted byTom Agan.
ROBERTS, Ed, Springs Valley Herald (June 27, 1918) Death Notice
Roberts, who has been sick for several weeks, died last Thursday
evening and was buried at Simmons Chapel cemetery Friday evening.
Submitted byTom Agan.
JACKSON, Martha Elizabeth, Springs Valley Herald (July 4, 1918) Obituary
Elizabeth Jackson the oldest child of John and Sarah McCabe was born
July 22, 1869, died June 11, 1918, age 48 years, 10 months and 19 days.
She was united in marriage to Ed Jackson 22 years ago, she was the
mother of 5 children, Charles Simon Walls, of Keensburg, Ill., Albert
Jackson and Asa Allen, of Dubois County, Dortha, age 14, and Lawrence,
age 11. Besides husband and children, she leaves one brother and one
sister, James F. McCabe, of Stampers Creek and Mrs. Frank Walls, of
West Baden and a host of friends to mourn her loss. She was in as good
health as usual till a few minutes before 8 o'clock on Tuesday morning,
June 11th, she was sitting in the door sewing and called the little
girl to her and said, "Dortha, I am getting blind," and died before
they could get her to the bed. she was laid to rest at Sulphur Creek
cemetery June 12 to await the call of our blessed redeemer. Submitted
ROMINGER, Cena, Springs Valley Herald (July 11, 1918) Obituary
Cena Rominger died at her home on Walnut Street about two o'clock
Monday morning after a brief illness of only a couple of days, with
locked bowels. She suffered intensely and several doctors did all that
medical skill could do, but with no avail. The funeral services were
held at the M. E. Church at 2:00 p.m. and the remains were laid to rest
at Ames Chapel cemetery.
Springs Valley Herald (August 1, 1918) Obituary
May Bostock, the fourth child and youngest daughter of Daniel and
Amanda Bostock, was born in New Albany, Ind., July 27, 1880. She came
with her parents to Orange County when eight years of age.
was married to Perry Everett Rominger, Dec. 18, 1898. To them three
children were born: one son, Paul, two daughters, Mabel and Helen
Marjorie. all of whom survive the mother.
was converted and united with the M. E. Church at Ames Chapel in 1901
and had endeavored to live a Christian life since that time.
life was made up of many sacrifices in her effort to care for her
children, and during the illness which caused her death, she was very
solicitous for their future welfare, for she realized her illness was
The last three years have
been spent in French Lick. She was in usual health until the Fourth of
July, she attended the exercises at West Baden with her sister. She was
stricken that evening and her sufferings were intense throughout her
illness. she bore all with great patience and was resigned to go, only
for her concerns for her children. she was conscious all the time and
talked frequently about her going and how the children should live
after she left them.
She passed away
July 8, 1918. Besides her children, she leaves a mother, three sisters,
three brothers and many friends to mourn her loss.
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behalf of the immediate family and relatives, we wish to extend the
most heartfelt thanks to our friends and neighbors for their unlimited
kindness at a time when it was most needed and appreciated. Especially
do we want to thank Dr. Sloan, for his solicitous care and attention
during our mother's illness and Drs. Boyd, Hoggatt, Miller, Luckett and
To the Rev Mr. Murr, Mrs. W. W. Cave, Mr. Ritter and Mrs. Schwieters, we extend our most sincere thanks and gratitude.
are very grateful to our friends for the beautiful floral offerings and
assure them of our deepest appreciation. The Children. Submitted byTom Agan.
SNIPES, Margaret Hawhee, Springs Valley Herald (July 25, 1918) Obituary
W. Hawhee was born Sept. 15, 1856 in Orange County, Indiana, died July
16, 1918 at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Martin Nichols, age 61
years, 10 months and 1 day.
she was married to Cyrus W. Snipes. To this union were born three
children, William W. and Floyd of Oklahoma and Mrs. martin Nichols of
French Lick. In early life she became a member of the Methodist
Episcopal Church. Her heart was given to Jesus and her life devoted to
his cause. In the home where her most beautiful traits of character
were to be seen. As a wife she was faithful and loving; as a mother
there was no end to the love and sacrifice she made for the children.
her last days she was much in prayer, saying, "Lord, be merciful - Your
will be done." She expressed a willingness to go and said she was
ready, surely it can be said of her she has fought a good fight, she
has finished her course, she has keep the faith. Hence forth there is
laid up for her a crown of righteousness.
a neighbor she was always ready to lend a helping hand, being loving
and kind to all with whom she came in contact. A husband, 3 children,
11 grandchildren and many friends mourn her going.
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extend our sincere thanks to our many friends and neighbors for their
asistance and kind words during the illness and death of the wife and
mother. Cyrus Snipes, Wm. Snipes, Floyd Snipes, Mrs. Martin Nichols.
Submitted byTom Agan.
JACKSON, Eva, Springs Valley Herald (August 8, 1918) Obituary
Hammond was born in the year of 1895 in Kentucky, died July 21, 1918,
aged 23 years, 7 months and 28 days. In the year 1911 she was united in
marriage to Charlie Jackson, to this union was born three children,
little Ora, age 5 years, Vermont, age 3 years. and Laual Deliala, age 9
months. she leaves to mourn her loss a husband and three children which
looks forward to the time they will go to meet her loving companion.
she leaves a father, stepmother and some half brothers besides her
other relatives and a host of friends which feel that as time take them
one by one that they will meet her where parting will be no more. she
was a loving wife and a kind mother, and was loved by all who knew her.
She would have loved to stayed with her husband and little children,
but God knows best, he called her home to rest where there will be no
more pain. she is gone, but not forgotten as long as life shall last
and flowers shall bloom, we shall linger around her grave.
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wish to thank our neighbors and friends for the kindness during the
sickness of our dear wife and mother and Rev. Cummins for his kind
words also thank the ones for the beautiful floral offerings. Charlie
Jackson and Children. Submitted byTom Agan.
EARLY, Hannah, Springs Valley Herald (August 29, 1918) Death Notice
Early, widow of Samuel Early, died at her home on Wells Avenue Monday
afternoon. Her daughter, Mrs. Henderson, found her dead in bed. She had
been confined to her bed for some time with the infirmities of old age.
She was about 88 years old. Funeral was at Abbydell Wednesday.
Submitted byTom Agan.
VANCLEAVE, Dessie, Paoli Republican (September 11, 1895) Death Notice
Dessie Vancleave died at her home near Lost River Station last Friday
morning of consumption. She was the eldest daughter of the late Neal
Lindley. The interment was at Livonia Saturday. Submitted byTom Agan.
BURTON, Vater, Paoli Republican (April 1, 1896) Death Notice
Burton, aged 25, a citizen of Jackson Township, died in Crawford county
a few days since under circumstances which called for an inquest. The
new Coroner, Charley Tillery, officiated and found that Burton came to
his death from an overdose of morphine, taken probably with the
intention of killing pain, he being a great sufferer from rheumatism.
Submitted byTom Agan.
PEARSON, James, Paoli Republican (April 1, 1896) Death Notice
Pearson, an old and well respected citizen of Southeast township, died
suddenly last Friday evening of what was supposed to be a heart
failure, aged 71 years. He was in his usual health, which, however, had
not been the best for several years, ate a hearty supper and retired.
It was to sleep the sleep of death, for at nine o'clock, and without
warning, his spirit took its flight to that untried country from whence
no traveler returns. Submitted byTom Agan.
FERGUSON, Mary, Paoli Republican (April 1, 1896) Death Notice
Ferguson died at the poor house Saturday morning, of general debility.
She was sent up from Jackson township and was 76 years old. Submitted
RHODES, William A., Springs Valley Herald (October 10, 1918) Death Notice
A. Rhodes, for many years the leading liveryman her and well known
throughout the southern part of the state. passed away Tuesday morning
at his home on Monon Ave. Mr. Rhodes had been suffering from nervous
breakdown for the past year and had spent all spring and summer at
Silver Hill, near New Albany at a private sanitarium of Dr. Peek. He
came home for a few days at a time at intervals during the summer, but
gradually grew worse and a few weeks ago was brought home as his
condition was such that the inevitable was seen approaching. He was
confined to his room, but not till Monday of this week did it appear
that the end was near.
services were held at the residence at 1:30 and the interment later in
the afternoon at the Paoli cemetery. Mr. Rhodes was a live business man
and a great booster of all legitimate enterprises for the valley. He
was always jolly and had a good word for all. His cheery presence will
be missed by the citizens of the valley as he has passed from among us.
The Herald joins a host of friends in sympathy to the bereaved ones.
Springs Valley Herald (October 17, 1918) Obituary
Anderson Rhodes was born just north of Prospect - West Baden, Ind.
September 22, 1857 and died at his home in French Lick, Ind., Oct. 8,
1918, aged 61 years, 6 days.
the son of Andrew J. and Elizabeth Pinnick Rhodes. There were three
children, namely Beverly V., who survives him, Mary Rhodes Maris,
deceased and the subject of this sketch.
mother died, and the father in answer to the call of his county in
1861, was forced to separate the children, leaving Bev with his aunt,
Sarah McCracken, Mary with her aunt, Jane Hudelson, and Willie the
youngest with his uncle, Isaac Pinnick, on what is now known as the Ed
McCracken farm. He often said in later years that he began right then
to struggle for himself.
close of the war his father gathered them all into a new home in Paoli,
with a new mother, who practically raised him and to whom he seems as
dear as her own. And this dark hour falls heavily upon he, in the very
shades of the evening of her life, because to her he took largely his
fathers place in the family.
grew up in Paoli, but in 1884 he came to French Lick and West Baden and
for thirty years he and his brother, Beverly, were together associated
in the Livery business, first at West Baden, but for long years in the
French Lick Springs Hotel Livery. A few years ago Will purchased the
incorporated interest and became sole owner and proprietor of this
business which has become such a part of his life. He loved his
business as men do, who achieve only by the hardest struggles. He was
an inveterate worker and his interest in it all abated only with the
decline of his health. Only last Sunday he asked to see his horses and
when one was brought into the year he begged to be taken down stairs
just to pat the horse saying "You know I love my horses and beautiful
spotted dogs and they know me." Many and many a night in winter would
he distribute a bushel of apples about the barn as an extra treat to
the horses. And during his last illness he had his dogs brought to his
bedside and the bed carefully covered so he could gather them close and
their delight knew no bounds.
March 30th, 1902 he was married to Mrs. Fannie Campbell Botts and the
son Farwell a little lad of nine years coming into Mr. Rhodes name and
helping create the home became as dear as his own life to him and in
his ill health he depended more and more upon Farwell. The last
conscious words were :have Farwell come and tuck me into bed, bless my
lad, he is a good chap - he is all my dependence now."
Rhodes was a genial, hospitable man. He loved his home, and his
happiest hours were spent in his back yard where he loved to sit with
his family, and he delighted to have his friends enjoy his home with
him. He knew and was know by everybody round a bout and his
acquaintances soon became friends because he was so friendly, people
naturally came to love him.
ago his health perceptibly failed. His usual Florida trip failed to
restore him upon his return it was evident that only by rest could he
hope to get well. He could not rest with the business daily in sight,
so he went to Silver Hills, New Albany, to the home of his friends Dr.
and Mrs. Peek and spent the summer in midst of the beautiful woods
which he enjoyed so much. No tree nor flower that did not speak to him.
He told us often of how he sat, still and listened to the birds and
voice of nature and enjoyed his rest. His fight for health was
wonderful. He wished not to come home until he was able to walk about,
among his friends.
On August 12, he
suffered his first light paralytic stroke. Following which he never
regained the lost ground and as the cool days came he desired the
comforts of home and after his return rejoiced so greatly to be among
his French Lick friends and neighbors, but the wearied brain gave out,
and like a child he fell asleep.
was generous, tender and sympathetic. Ready to help everybody who
needed him. Dear in his home, tender among his neighbors and a business
man worth while in the world. And through our tears we are thinking
too, how good it has been to have had him. There survives him the wife
and son, Farwell, the aged mother and brother, B. V. Rhodes, and
following half brothers and sisters who were indeed like his own to
him, namely: James C. Rhodes, Andrew J. Rhodes and Mrs. Nellie Rhodes
Funeral services were held at
the home in charge of Rev. C. A. Wade of West Baden Baptist Church
assisted by Rev. Heitmeyer, pastor of Mitchell Baptist Church with
music by the West Baden Baptist Choir. Rev. Heitmeyer's theme was the
Resurrected Life. The casket was placed in the living room near the
desk where Mr. Rhodes spent his many busy hours. His desk and chair
were covered with a beautiful blanket of smilax and rosebuds and round
about him were wonderful flowers from the friends who loved him so much
and this the last rites were conducted as he would have had it all
among his friends and neighbors.
interment was at Paoli, his boyhood home, and short services were held
at the grave by Rev. Frank Asher of the Paoli M. E. Church who had long
known Mr. Rhodes and the pastor of the aged mother and family.
houses in French Lick closed during the hours of the funeral services
and the pall bearers were business men of Mr. Rhodes' daily association
namely: A. C. Smith, R. V. Claxton, J. B. Bedster, W. W. Cave, John
Kellams and S. V. Mickler.
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we should miss someone in a personal note, we wish in this way to
acknowledge appreciation of the courtesy of the men in French Lick, who
closed their places of business during the hours of the funeral
services of Mr. Rhodes. Mrs. Wm. Rhodes, Mr. and Mrs. Farwell Rhodes.
Submitted byTom Agan.
BEVERS, Elsie May, Springs Valley Herald (October 10, 1918) Obituary
Elsie May Keech Bevers was born in Hudson, Wisconsin, June 12th, 1872 and died at her home in West Baden, Ind., Oct 3rd, 1918.
had been so fragile that we all were wont to fear that life might not
be long, but no thought of the sudden demise, and the entire community
was shocked and grieves today with the bereft husband, in the going of
one who was past of us all.
Bevers was active in Church and Social life when her strength permitted
her to mingle with the public. she has served as Supt. of the Primary
Department in the Sunday School, and as a Sunday School teacher, was
formerly president of the Woman's Missionary Circle, and was a past
Worthy matron of the Eastern Star.
early childhood was spent in Waukesha, Wisconsin, but she returned to
Hudson , and was educated there, in the Public Schools.
accepted Christ in early life, and united with the First Baptist Church
Of Hudson, at the age of twelve years, and few people have the
reverence for their denomination that Mrs. Bevers held.
loved the wonderful old Hymns, and the West Baden Church is using
Baptist Hymnals which were a surprise gift from her, that these Hymns
might be sure to be sung in the church of which she became a charter
member upon its organization.
June 3rd, 1902, she was married to James Marion Bevers, and came to
West Baden a bride, into new surroundings, there to help create the
home which was to be one of unusually tender companionship, and for
which she so delighted to care, filling it with her own personality of
daintiness and charm, in its every appointment.
this union were born six children, but not one was spared to them
beyond its birth, and perhaps the most beautiful characteristic of her
life was her mother instinct, which reached out to all children,
because of the loss of her own, for each of whom, she had planned and
hoped, as for nothing else in her life, and following the last birth
and death she said, "Six little graves; six little ones awaiting me in
Heaven. Oh you do not know how much it means to me to know that I will
have my children in Heaven." And in writing to a friend, upon the
occasion of a death in the family, she said, "Bit when you think of the
happy reunion in the land beyond, where no parting shall ever come, it
seems, after all, God knows best." And thus she tried in ill health, in
disappointment, to see God's hand behind it all. even though she could
not understand, so, today, may he who is so bereft, and those who
mourn, see God;'s Hand and be drawn closer to the great Father Heart of
Him who said, "I will not leave you comfortless, I will come in and
abide;" and again, "Like as a father pitieth his children, so pitieth
the Lord all who fear him." Cannot we then, place one hand on the
gentle pulse of memory of her, who has so long gone out and in among
us, and who presence this abides, and the other hand in that of our
Father, and say as she said to her friends, "It seems after all the God
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the friends who have so nobly assisted me in my hour of trial and
sadness, I desire to express my heart felt gratitude. James Marion
Bevers. Submitted byTom Agan.
BAXTER, Sarah E., Springs Valley Herald (October 3, 1918) Death Notice
Mrs. William Baxter died at her home in this city about 2 o'clock Friday after several weeks illness with typhiod fever.
services were conducted at the Christian Church at one o'clock Sunday
by Rev. Stephenson. The remains were laid to rest at Moores Ridge
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wish to thank the many friends and neighbors for their assistance and
visits to our dear mother, Mrs. Wm. Baxter during her illness and death
and for the beautiful floral offerings that were given by the many
social clubs and friends. We also thank Sr. Sloan and Auntie Morgan for
the untiring services. The Children.
Springs Valley Herald (October 10, 1918) Obituary
memory of Sarah E. Baxter, wife of William Baxter, who departed this
life September 27, 1918. Aged 59 years, 7 months and 13 days.
was a fond mother of nine children, of which all are living except an
infant son of 18 months, who has gone to that great beyond to await her
Funeral services were held at the First Christian Church of which she had been an ardent worker for a number of years.
her long suffering of twelve weeks she bore them as all christian
people do, with her heavenly home ever in view and talked of Jesus to
all her friends and neighbors.
She leaves a husband and eight children and a host of friends to mourn her loss. Submitted by Tom Agan.
GRIGSBY, Harry Bernard, Springs Valley Herald (October 17, 1918) Obituary
Bernard Grigsby was born Jan. 19th, 1897 and passed away October 6,
1918. He was the son of Isaac Lewis and Ellen Elizabeth Grigsby.
father preceded him in 1914. Private Harry Bernard Grigsby of Training
Detachment No. 1, Company D, enlisted in the U.S. Army, August 14th. He
was a mere lad, but a hero. He was educated in the High School of West
Baden, Ind. Harry was a very affectionate son, especially to his dear
mother. The last moments of his life he longed to send a rosebud to his
little sister of whom he was very fond.
had many friends and all loved him. He is survived by his mother, Ellen
Elizabeth Grigsby, two sisters, Grace and Mary Elizabeth, and many
relatives and friends who mourn his loss.
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wish to thank our friends and neighbors for the many favors and
sympathy during the burial of my son, Harry Bernard Grigsby, who died
at Indianapolis Training Detachment No. 1, Sunday night October 6th at
11:30 o'clock and we especially thank our many friends for so many
beautiful floral offerings. Submitted byTom Agan.
POTTS, Jane Rose, Springs Valley Herald (October 17, 1918) Death Notice
Rose Potts, wife of George Potts, died at her home in this city Tuesday
afternoon of pneumonia. she had been sick only a short time. The burial
was at Ames Chapel.
Springs Valley Herald (October 24, 1918)
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wish to thank all those who by the assistance and sympathy helped to
soothe our sorrow in the loss of wife and mother. Also the Carpenters'
Union No, 1309 for the fraternal spirit show us. Also the pall bearers:
Frank Drake, Joe Lomax, James Bartl, Ben Thacker, and Charles Bennett.
And for the floral tributes.
We sincerely appreciate the kindness and sympathy. George Potts and Children. Submitted by Tom Agan.
CHARLES, Florence, Springs Valley Herald (October 31, 1918) Obituary
Wolfington was born May 26, 1888 near West Baden, Ind. She was the only
daughter of Alonzo and Lizzie Wolfington. She was married to Joseph
Charles, May 26, 1906, this being her eighteenth birthday. To this
union was born five children, three sons and two daughters.
died October 29, 1918 at her home in Bloomington, Ind. at the age of 30
years, 4 months and 20 days. She is survived by her father, mother, two
brothers, namely Wilber and John Wolfington, husband and four children,
one, the oldest. having preceded her to the beautiful beyond some years
ago. Besides all these she leaves a host of friends that grieve at her
I would say to all the dear
ones, Look up to Jesus, for he doeth all things well, for he has said,
in my fathers house are many mansions, if it was not so, I would have
told you; I go to prepare a place for you, I will come again and
receive you unto myself; that where I am there yea may be also. (John
14:23) She was converted and united with the Methodist Church at West
Baden, Ind. several years before her marriage. Florence was one that we
all loved, she was of a sweet disposition, always kind and gentle going
about with a smile for everyone, she was a loving daughter, wife and
mother, looking to the interest of her family as well as her health
would permit her. She was not strong and grew more frail each day,
until God thought best to take her away from all her suffering here and
transplant her in his garden above. There to bloom more full, more
beautiful than ever before. For those surviving loved ones God's word
is full of healing balm. Blessed are they that mourn for they shall be
comforted, Matt. 5:4. Today let us thing of her as not dead for each
day natures voice proclaim the old but wondrous story. Oh how the sun
must set in glory to rise again in glory. The seed must mould in the
dust, to being a joyous reaping, then let us wait the harvest day, she
is not dead, but sleeping.
He mother was called Sunday morning and was at her bedside when the guarding angel called her home at 11 o'clock Sunday night.
funeral service and burial were conducted at Ames Chapel, Tuesday
October 22, 1918, Rev. C. A. Wade officiating in the presence of a few
of he friends and relatives who join with the husband, mother, father,
brothers and children in bearing the loss if so true a friend.
Submitted byTom Agan.