Orange County Obituaries


DAVIS, Samantha, Springs Valley Herald (October 31, 1918) Obituary
Samantha Morris Davis was born near Prospect, Orange County, Ind., March 15th, 1849 and died at her home in French Lick, Ind., Oct. 21st, 1918, aged 69 years, 7 months and 6 days.
She was the daughter of Walker Morris, well remembered by our older citizens. He moved to Texas some 25 years ago. Her mother's maiden name was Pinnick, a sister of Walter W. Pinnick of this county.
On August 4, 1870 Samantha was married to John P. Davis, who survives her. To this union were born five children, all boys namely: W. F., the oldest; A. W., died at 2 1/2 years; H. F.; T. C. and harry. Also the granddaughter, Constance A., whom she raised from an 8 month old babe, and who was as dear as her own to her.
In 1876 she accepted and obeyed her savior and always lived true to him. She did all she could for the upbuilding of christianity, caring for her family while her companion labored in the ministry for 30 years. Often he would receive calls to go, and feeling tired and worn out might have hesitated, but she would say "Go do all the good you can. I can take care of home." Me thinks no better woman lived than Samantha Davis. In her going there passes from us one who represented the very truest type of womanhood. She loved people naturally. It was never an effort for her to be a neighbor, to be kind, to do good to those about her. It came perfectly natural for her to do so. She belonged to the Women Solomon meant in the 31st chapter of Proverbs, she "looked well to the ways of her househood," was alert to their interests, shared the joys and the sorrows of them all.
She was a woman of unassuming mein, who went about daily, ministering where she could. Not in a particularly public way, but steadily doing, if comfort was needed, she knew how to sympathize. If a tired mother needed her, she say with babies. If work was to be done, she did it, all cheerfully, sweetly, as the natural thing for her to do. Such a life is always a steadying power in the world, great strength of character and purpose was hers, and almost unerring judgment. Such a woman, must, perforce be missed.
For several months she has been ailing, and one by one, laid down her duties. Finally, the tired hands are folded, the great loving, yearning mother, heart is stilled. She is with her Savior.
She is but gone on awhile. She loved him and belonged to him, and he said in John, tenth chapter, "I give unto them eternal life and they shall never perish."
Funeral services conducted by J. E. Terry of Orleans. Submitted by Tom Agan.

PINNICK, Singleton, Springs Valley Herald (October 31, 1918) Death Notice
Singleton Pinnick, an old resident of this vicinity died Sunday of cancer of the bowels at a hospital in Indianapolis. The remains were shipped here and was buried at the Baptist cemetery north of town Tuesday. Submitted byTom Agan.

CROWDER, Hazel, Springs Valley Herald (October 31, 1918) Death Notice
Miss Hazel, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Webster Crowder of this city died Tuesday night of influenza. She was about fifteen years old and the family has the deepest sympathy of the editor of this paper who has known the parents from their childhood.

Springs Valley Herald (November 14, 1918) Obituary
Eliza Hazel, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Web Crowder was born October 13, 1905 and died October 29, 1918, age 13 years, 2 weeks and 2 days.
Hazel was a very loving and dutiful child, always being thoughtful of her mother and helping her in every way she could. She was also greatly loved by all her family and all her neighbors. We know that Jesus also loved her and for some reason unknown to us he has taken her unto himself. While our hearts are breaking because of her going may we look up through our tears and see him "who doeth all things well" and some way be able to say "Thy will be done."
She leaves a father, mother, three sisters, five brothers and many friends to mourn her going. Submitted by Tom Agan.

WEIDMAN, Mervyn Earl, Springs Valley Herald (November 7, 1918) Obituary
Mervyn Earl Weidman was born February 23, 1885 and departed this life October 25, 1918, age 33 years, 8 months and 2 days. He was united in marriage to Bertha Crecelius February 16, 1910, to this union were born three sons, Lowell, now age 7, Chester, 6 and Paul 4 years.
He leaves to mourn their loss a loving wife, three sons, a father, three sisters, two brothers, a mother-in-law, a brother-in-law and a host of others.
Mervyn was a kind and loving husband, father, son and brother. He united with the U. B. Church 1901, converted February 2, 1909. He always adhered to his faith in Christ.
Funeral services were conducted by Rev. E. B. Catt, and the remains laid to rest in the Eckerty Cemetery Saturday, October 26.


We wish to extend our sincere thanks to the friends and neighbors for the kindness and sympathy extended during the sickness and death of our dear husband and father. Especially do we thank Dr. W. W. Sloan and the undertaker W. V. Ritter. Also we thank the friends for the many beautiful floral offerings. Mrs. M. E. Weidman and Children Submitted byTom Agan.

EARLY, Josephine, Springs Valley Herald (November 7, 1918) Death Notice
Josephine, the little 5 year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dave Early died Monday with the influenza. Burial was at Scarlett Ridge Tuesday afternoon. Submitted byTom Agan.

HAWKINS, Alice, Springs Valley Herald (November 7, 1918) Death Notice
Mrs. Alice Hawkins, wife of Ham Hawkins died at her home on Walnut St. last Friday of that dread disease, tuberculosis. Burial was at Old Providence, Crawford County, Sunday. Submitted byTom Agan.

TRUSTY, Gertrude, Springs Valley Herald (November 7, 1918) Death Notice
Mrs. Allen Trusty died at the home of her father-in-law, B. B. Trusty on Monon Street early Friday morning of that dread disease, tuberculosis. She and her husband lived in Missouri till about two months ago her health becoming so poor they came to this city and made their home with his parents till death took her. Interment was at Sulphur Creek Saturday afternoon. Submitted byTom Agan.

FLICK, William Chester, Springs Valley Herald (November 7, 1918) Death Notice
William Chester, one of the little twins of Mr. and Mrs. Madison Flick died with pneumonia Oct. 29, 1918, age 6 months, 2 weeks and 2 days. The little form was laid to rest in the Cane Creek Cemetery. The family has our deepest sympathy. This little bud so young and fair has gone to heaven to blossom there. Submitted byTom Agan.

DeJARNETT, Ella Mae, Springs Valley Herald (November 14, 1918) Obituary
Died at the home of her father, Jessie Carnes. Ella M. DeJarnett, October 26, 1918, age 22 years, 2 months and 17 days.
She was united in marriage to William DeJarnett in 1915, To this union one child was born, Myrtle Marie, who has preceded her to the heavenly home.
Ella Mae was converted and baptized at the age of 17, during a revival meeting held near her home. She was prepared to meet Jesus for a few hours before she died, she called her folks around her and told them good-bye and for them to live a christian life and meet her in heaven, then turned to her father and asked him if he could see an angel by her bed who had come to take her home.
Besides a husband, who is some where in France, she leaves father, mother, five brothers and four sisters, Mrs. Nora Flick of Kokomo, Mrs. Blanche Clayton of Orleans, Mrs. Ethel Brewer of Cane Creek, Amos, somewhere in France, Harry of French Lick, Zola, Oral, Elwood and Arthur at home She has one brother and two sisters who have already go to meet their savior. Besides these she has uncles, aunts, cousins and a host of friends to mourn their loss, but we do not mourn as those who have no hope for what is our loss is God's gain.
Her body was laid to rest in the Cane Creek Cemetery, Sunday, October 27. Submitted by Tom Agan.

DISHION, John Van Buren, Springs Valley Herald (November 21, 1918) Obituary
John Van Buren Dishion was born near French Lick, Orange County, Indiana February 22, 1841 and died at his home at Prospect November 6, 1918, aged 77 years, 8 months and 15 days. He lived near his birthplace until manhood.
He was united in marriage to Mary Ann Marlette. To this union was born two children, William and Ida.
The wife and son, William, preceded him in dead many years ago.
On July 7, 1883 he was again married to Samira (Dishion) Hammond. To this union was born two children, Lillie and Stella. They with their half brother, Arthur Hammond were reared at the home where he died.
The family ties between father, mother and children were strong. He united with the M. E. Church at Moores Ridge and later with his wife united with the Church of Christ at Prospect. He was a great Bible reader and realized that it was the book by which we should live believing in the great truths contained therein. That God is a God of love and mercy and one to whom we could look for comfort and reconciliation. He was a man who lived a quiet and peaceful life, laboring with his own hands to provide things honest in the sight of all men. He had many times expressed the desire that he might die at his work, though the loving Father did not call him in this way, he kept strength sufficient to walk out into the yard only an hour or two before death, though not permitted to see the dawn of peace which is dear to all the world. He is enjoying a quarter peace which passeth all understanding. He leaves a wife, three daughters, Mrs. Ida McBride of Chicago, Mrs. Lillie Ellis of Elton, La., and Mrs. Stella Coyne of West Baden, Ind., one step son, Arthur Hammond of Gary, Ind., eight grandchildren, three brothers, James and Marion of Terre Haute, Ind., Truston of Indianapolis and one sister, Sarah of Indianapolis with other relatives and many friends to mourn their loss.
"Blessed are the dead that die in the Lord. They do rest from their labors and their works do follow them." Submitted by Tom Agan.

MILLS, Enda, Springs Valley Herald (November 28, 1918) Death Notice
Miss Edna Mills was born November 27, 1901 and died November 11, 1918. Edna had an attack of the flu and then pneumonia fever. she was a member of the Christian Church at Elon. Edna was a graduate from the Beatty School last spring and was a student in the high school here this fall until her sickness. She leaves to mourn a father, Jno. Mills, one sister, Forsee, two brothers, Audra and Ezra, three half sisters, four half brothers and a host of other relatives and friends. The remains were laid to rest by the side of her mother in the Elon cemetery on November 13, 1918. The bereaved have our sympathy. Submitted byTom Agan.

BURTON, Henry, Springs Valley Herald (November 28, 1918) Death Notice
In the passing of "Uncle" Henry Burton, who died last week, the community loses one of its oldest and most highly respected citizens. Mr. Burton was a man of high intelligence and an interesting man to listen to as he was a good talker and was well posted on current events. His advanced age made it impossible for him to get to town often, but when he did he usually called at the Herald office and his visits were much appreciated. He was a constant reader of the Herald since its first number and the editor misses him as one of our best friends. Submitted byTom Agan.

BLEDSOE, Caroline, Springs Valley Herald (December 12, 1918) Death Notice
Mrs. Charles Bledsoe died at her home here Sunday morning about 9:00 o'clock after suffering acutely of several weeks with cancer of the liver. The disease had been making progress for a long time, but she was only confined to her bed during the past few weeks. Her husband died about two years ago. Remains were interred at Moores Ridge Monday. Submitted byTom Agan.

KIRKLAND, Barbara J. Anderson, Springs Valley Herald (December 12, 1918) Death Notice
Mrs. James Kirkland of this city died at the home of her son, George Anderson in Martin County, Saturday morning. Mrs. Kirkland had gone to the home of her son two or three weeks ago to help nurse the family through their siege of influenza that swept away five of the children and she broke down with the disease which developed into pneumonia, which caused her death last Sunday. This is another sad chapter in the terrible misfortune of this family which is no doubt one of the saddest of any case of the flu in this part of the country. Only four of the immediate family of nine are left and now the grandmother who went as a ministering angle to the afflicted family has passed to her reward. The lonely husband has the deepest sympathy of all in this sad hour of sorrow.

Springs Valley Herald (December 26, 1918) Obituary
Barbara J. Moore was born August 2, 1861. She was the youngest child of "Uncle" Neddy Moore who lived near French Lick for many years.
January 7, 1878 she was united in marriage to A. J. Anderson. To this union six children were born, three of the children are still living, George of Martin County, Mrs. Rosa B. Ward and Flora Anderson of Indianapolis. Her husband died December 24, 1911. On April 4, 1915 she was united in marriage to James J. Kirkland and shortly after they made their home in French Lick.
During the terrible scourge of the Spanish influenza a few months ago the family of her son, George Anderson was stricken with the disease and five of the seven children died. Mrs. Kirkland went like and angel of mercy to the relief to her grandchildren and in her ministrations to their suffering she contracted the disease which merged into pneumonia and on Friday December 6, 1918 she passed to her reward.
She was interred Sunday Dec. 8, at the Anderson cemetery near her old home, by the side of her first husband.
She was a highly respected woman, a kind wife and an affectionate mother, and during the few years of her residence in this city made many friends who sympathized with the lonely husband who is left to mourn his loss in her departure.
She united with the M. W. Church at the age of 9 years and lived a consistent christian life till the end and during her last sickness expressed her faith that she soon would enter her heavenly home.


Through the Springs Valley Herald we wish to thank all those who so kindly assisted us in the sickness and death of our dear companion and mother, Mrs. James J. Kirkland and to those that come to us with their sympathy and consoling words and those that gave the beautiful floral offerings, also the undertaker R. V. Claxton and Dr. Hammond who gave so much of his valuable time to try to save life of our loved one. The Husband and Children. Submitted byTom Agan.

MARGUET, Joe, Springs Valley Herald (January 8, 1940) Death Notice
Word was received here early today that Joe Marguet has passed away at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Josephine Wasmuth, at Dayton, Ohio. Death occurred at 1:30 a.m. this morning.
Mr. Marguet has been visiting there for the past two weeks and his death came as a great shock to his family here and friends of this community. He became ill around 11 p.m. last night and died soon afterwards from heart trouble. He had been in failing health for several years.
Mr. Marguet has been employed as head butcher at the French Lick Springs Hotel for over forty years and was a well liked and respected citizen.
Funeral arrangements have not been completed at press time today. He is survived by the widow, a son, Leroy of French Lick and a daughter, Mrs. Robert Wasmuth of Dayton. Submitted byTom Agan.

JACKSON, Nora P., Springs Valley Herald (January 8, 1940) Death Notice
Mrs. Nora P. Jackson, 44, died at her home in Russellville at 1:00 a.m. after a long illness of nephritis.
Rev. James Austin had charge of the funeral service at the home Tuesday afternoon with burial in the Ames Chapel cemetery with W. V. Ritter & Son in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by two children, Evelyn and Phillip, her parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Phillips, and one sister, Mrs. J. R. Purkiser. Submitted byTom Agan.

JONES, Stephen, Springs Valley Herald (January 8, 1940) Death Notice
Stephen Jones, 67, of Paoli, was fatally injured last Saturday night when struck by an automobile on highway 37 north of Paoli.
He was taken to the Clark Hospital in Paoli where he died from head and chest injuries early Sunday morning.
John Drabing, French Lick taxi driver, was held blameless for the accident by state police. Jones was walking along the highway on the wrong side of the road and when Drabing attempted to stop his car slid on the icy pavement, hitting Jones and then went into a ditch. None of the occupants of the car, including Mrs. Drabing and Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Marlette and daughter, were injured.
Funeral services were held Tuesday at the Ellis Mortuary in Paoli conducted by Rev. Oliver Boston. Burial was made in the Mt. Gilead cemetery.
He is survived by the widow and several children. Submitted by Tom Agan.

OWEN, Lloyd P., Springs Valley Herald (January 8, 1940) Death Notice
Lloyd Philip Owen, 44, passed away Monday evening at 8:00 o'clock in the veterans hospital at Hines, Ill. after a long illness. He entered the veteran's hospital at Indianapolis on September 25th, 1939 being transferred to the Hines hospital on October 4th.
Mr. Owen was a member of the Christian church at Cane Creek, a member of the American Legion W. W. Benson Post No. 76 and had been employed by the Standard Oil Station for 10 years.
Mr. Owen enlisted in the army in 1918 and was sent to Camp Taylor, Ky. He was given an honorable discharge while at Camp McClellan, Ala. in February 1919.
Rev. C. W. Parks delivered the funeral services at the Cane Creek church Thursday afternoon. A military burial was made in the adjoining cemetery with Schmutzler in charge of the arrangements.
He leaves a wife, two sons, Bobby and Willard; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Perry Owen, of Cuzco; four sisters, Mrs. Wm. J. Mynatt of Gary, Ind., Mrs. Victor McCune, Cuzco, Mrs. Clifford Burton, Hillham and Mrs. Bennice Rutter of Cuzco; five brothers, Roy and Dewey, Gary, Ind., Emmett, Bedford, Ind., and Fred and Floyd of French Lick.

Springs Valley Herald (January 25, 1940)

We wish to thank all those for their kindness and sympathy during the sickness and death of our husband and father, Lloyd Owen. Especially the American Legion, Rev. Parks, Mr. Schmutzler and those who gave floral offerings. Mrs. Lillian Owen, Willard and Bobbie Owen.

Springs Valley Herald (February 1, 1940) Obituary
Lloyd Philip Owen, son of Perry and Mary Owen, was born September 29, 1895 and departed this life January 8, 1940 at 8:00 o'clock at Hines Hospital at Hines, Ill.
On April 3, 1923 he was united in marriage to Lillian Willard at Paoli, Ind. They lived in the vicinity of French Lick all their married life.
To this union four children were born, two of whom, Virginia Lee and Wilma Katharine, preceded their father in death. The surviving children are Bobbie and Willard.
He served his country during the World War, serving from July 23, 1918 to January 20, 1919, on which date he was honorably discharged from Camp McClelland, Ala.
He was first sent to the Veterans Hospital in Indianapolis, July 1938. On October 17 of the same year he went to Hines Hospital. After about five months he was able to return home, but on September 25 he returned to the hospital.
Besides the wife and two children he leaves to mourn his passing his father and mother, five brothers, John E., Floyd D., George D. Fred and Roy and four sisters, Ada McCune, Marie Mynatt, Bernice Burton and Bennice Rutter, besides a host of other relatives and friends. Three brothers and one sister preceded him in death.
Submitted by Tom Agan.

HENSON, Lee, Springs Valley Herald (January 18, 1940) Death Notice
Lee Henson, 70 , passed away at his home on Walnut Street Tuesday afternoon after a long illness.
Mr. Henson has lived in the valley for a number of years and was a successful farmer in this vicinity. He was a member of the French Lick Kiwanis Club.
Funeral services ware being held at Ritter's Funeral chapel this afternoon (Thursday). Interment will be made in the Ames Chapel cemetery.
He is survived by his wife, a nephew, Lee Happle, who was reared in their home, three sisters, Mrs. Winnie Snipe of Oklahoma City, Mrs. Cecil Ikerd of Chicago and Mrs. Alfred Elledge of French Lick and three brothers, Hilbert, Harry and James, of French Lick.

Springs Valley Herald (January 25, 1940) Obituary
Lee Henson, son of Henry T. and Martha Johnson Henson, was born in Orange County, Indiana, May 15, 1869. He grew to manhood amid the scenes of his nativity and attended the public schools of French Lick Township.
As a boy and youth, he was know for his industry and dependability. These traits were characteristic thorough his life.
In 1896 he was married to Miss Emma Apple, who survives him. They established their home in French Lick where they have since resided. Into this home a nephew and namesake, Lee Happel, came to live when a small child. The devotion which the uncle lavished upon this lad was like unto a father and this relationship was a source of much joy and pride to this household. It was passed on to the grandchildren, as a further testimony of the love so freely given.
By nature Lee Henson was quiet and unassuming, bit made friends easily and retained them. He was a valued member of the French Lick Kiwanis Club and made a contribution thereto that will be greatly missed by his fellow members. He was a faithful attendant, even when it became a severe physical effort to him.
For some time his health had not been rugged and some months ago he became aware that he would soon face the inevitable. He bore his affliction with marked patience and appreciation for all that his companion and loved ones did for him. On January 16, 1940 an angel form walked by his side and took him from us for a little while, leaving besides the sorrowing wife and nephew, three sisters and three brothers with many friends who will keenly fell his passing.


In this means I tender my heartfelt thanks to those who so willingly offered their sympathy and assistance during the sickness and death of my dear husband, Mr. Lee Henson. I do especially thank Rev. E. O. Parrett for his consoling words, those who sent the beautiful floral offerings, those who furnished cars and Mr. Ritter for his efficient service. Mrs. Lee Henson. Submitted byTom Agan.

BREEDEN, James A., Springs Valley Herald (January 18, 1940) Death Notice
Rev. J. A. Breeden, 74, widely know Methodist minister in southern Indiana for more than thirty-five years, passed away at Seymour, Ind., Saturday after an illness of several months.
Rev. Breeden was a former pastor of the French Lick M. E. Church and since has occupied pulpits in many Southern Indiana towns. He retired in 1932.
Several local people attended the funeral at Ames Chapel Monday afternoon. Submitted by Tom Agan.

KIEFNER, Henry, Springs Valley Herald (January 25, 1940) Death Notice
Funeral services were held here (Bethel) on Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock for Henry Kiefner, who passed away at his home Tuesday morning, and were in charge of the pastor of the church, Rev. Wells. Mr. Kiefner leaves a wife, six children and two grandchildren to mourn his departure. Submitted byTom Agan.

HOLLAND, Mary Brown, Springs Valley Herald (February 1, 1940) Death Notice
Mrs. Mary Jane Holland, 70, wife of George Holland, died Monday night at her home near Sulphur Creek after an illness of pneumonia.
Funeral services and burial were held Wednesday morning at eleven o'clock at Sulphur Creek followed by burial in the church cemetery with Schmutzler in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Harry Case, Mrs. Harry Henderson of Muncie, two sons, James Brown of Connersville and Manuel Brown of Paoli.

Springs Valley Herald (February 8, 1940) Obituary
Mary J., daughter of Wesley and Rachel Wilson, was born March 18, 1869 near Taswell, and passed away at her home near French Lick, January 29, 1940, aged 70 years, 10 months and 11 days.
She was united in marriage to Elisha Martin Brown in August, 1884. This companion was taken in death September 17, 1913, leaving her sad hearted and lonely.
To this union were born four children: James Brown of Connersville, Manuel Brown of Paoli, Mrs. Minnie Case and ms. Myrtle Henderson of Muncie.
She was converted early in life and united with the Methodist Church at Taswell and later transferred her membership to the Sulphur Creek U. B. Church so she could attend her church with more regularity.
During her life she kept the faith in the works of Paul. She fought the good fight. Her life was one of deep devotion to her family, her neighbors and her friends. She gave herself for them in sacrifice and service and no task was thought of as hard or burdensome if it would give them comfort or happiness to her companion or her children. No night was too stormy or too dark for her to go to the homes of neighbors to help in time of sickness or distress.
In her last moments, she exemplified the same peaceful spirit that characterized her life, and when the end was near she lisped the words, "I'm ready to go, everything is alright," and she peacefully passed away.
Besides the companion and the four children she leave 24 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren, four brothers, George Wilson of Taswell, John Wilson of English, James Wilson of Bedford and Sam Wilson of Chicago and three sisters, Mrs. Nance Smith of near English, Mrs. Sarah Lentz and Mrs. Lilly Allen of Dayton, Ohio and a host of other relatives and friends who will feel her loss keenly.
She was again married to George Holland August 7, 1939. This union was a happy one, but all to short. His daughters from St. Louis, Mrs. Pauline Bauer and Mrs. Florence McKee have come to comfort their father in his grief, who also feel the loss, keenly, of their step-mother.


We wish to express our sincere thanks to the neighbors and friends for their many kindnesses during the illness and at the tome of the death of Mrs. Mary J. Brown Holland. We also wish to thank Dr. Hammond, Rev. Wm. Hancock and Mr. Schmutzler, the undertaker , and all who sent flowers or assisted in any way. Husband: Mr. George W. Holland; Children: Mr. James W. Brown, Mr. Manuel Brown, Mrs. Minnie Case, Mrs. Myrtle Henderson. Submitted byTom Agan.

FORD, William Thomas, Springs Valley Herald (February 1, 1940) Death Notice
William Ford, 97, passed away at the home of his son, Schuyler Ford, in Paoli Tuesday morning at 3:45 after a two week illness.
He was one of the three remaining veterans of the Civil War in Orange County, the other two being Thomas J. Scott, 93, of near Paoli and Thomas J. Cave, 94, of French Lick.
Mr. Ford was a native of Kentucky, but came to Indiana when a young man. He came to French Lick from Providence and lived here several years before moving to Paoli a few years ago. He enlisted in the 50th Indiana Infantry, Company A. at Indianapolis and served four years Most of his service was spent in Missouri and Arkansas under General Solomon. He was wounded in the leg in a battle near Little Rock, Ark. He received an honorable discharge in June, 1865 at Little Rock.
Funeral services are being held at the Providence Baptist Church this afternoon (Thursday). Interment will be made in the nearby cemetery.
He is survived by one son, Schuyler Ford, of Paoli, who was also a former French Lick resident.

Springs Valley Herald (February 8, 1940) Obituary
How true it is that - "We do well in His sight to pay our respect to those who pass along the great white way to lands eternal, even as the Master wept with those who mourned the passing of their loved ones in His day."
I like manner it is an honor to be one of the number and to have a part with those who have met to pay a parting tribute to a fellow citizen, a soldier of the Christ, and the last save two in this county of those valiant defenders of the Union, the Church and the Home. William Thomas Ford, whose passing came at the home of the son in Paoli where he had resided the past four years, in Tuesday morning, January 30, 1940 at the advanced age of 97 years, 7 months and 22 days. He was the son of William T. and Jane Sparks Ford and was born near Louisville, Ky., June 8, 1842. At the age of three years he came with his parents to this county, settling near this place, where he has spent the greater part of his life as a farm citizen. He was one of eight children born into this home and with his passing, all are now gone.
At the age of twenty years he became a part of that great army of the North in the defense of his country, a member of Company A, 50th Indiana Regiment, serving faithfully in that service until the close of the war, a period of four years.
Returning to his home here, he was married in 1867 to Rachel Wellman, who remained his faithful companion until her death in 1910. To this union there were born four children, viz. Thomas Ellsworth, Schuyler Colfax, in whose home came his passing, Martha Jannette and Loretta Jane, all of whom save Schuyler have preceded the father in death. With the son today there are 19 grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren and 2 great great grandchildren with many friends and neighbors, who today mourn the final separation with this loved one and neighbor.
Many years ago he became a member of the Primitive Baptist Church at Providence, remaining a faithful member and a devoted follower of Christ, through life, and of whom the church may well say, "He has fought a good fight, he has kept the faith, and henceforth there is laid up for him a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give him in that day."


We wish to thank all of our neighbors and friends for their kindness and help to us during the illness, death and burial of our father and grandfather, and the minister for his kind words of comfort to us. Schuyler Colfax Ford, the son, and Grandchildren. Submitted byTom Agan.

McBRIDE, Nancy, Springs Valley Herald (February 1, 1940) Death Notice
Mrs. Nancy McBride, age 89 years, passed away at her home her Tuesday night from pneumonia.
She is survived by three sons and three daughters namely: Edd of French Lick; Arthur of Millerburg; Charles E. of this place (Queen City); Mrs. Alvia Stout and Mrs. John Willyard of this place and Miss Laura at home who cared for her mother.
Funeral services were held Thursday at Youngs Creek with interment in the cemetery nearby.
We extend heartfelt sympathy to the bereaved ones. Submitted by Tom Agan.

BUFFINGTON, Susan Jane, Springs Valley Herald (February 8, 1940) Death Notice
Mrs. Jane Buffington, 71, wife of Edward Buffington, passed away at her home near West Baden Friday afternoon about five o'clock from cerebral hemorage following a few weeks illness. She is the eighth taken by death from a circle of ten children of the late George H. Pierce family.
She was a member of the Christian Church at Prospect.
Rev. Robert Hawkins delivered the funeral rites at the Red Quarry church Sunday afternoon. Interment was made in the Ames Chapel cemetery with Schmutzler in charge of the arrangements.
She is survived by her husband, two daughters and three sons, Ermal Wortinger of French Lick, Gladys Owens, Rolla, Chester and Herschel of West Baden, one brother, George W. Pierce and one sister, Lydia Jackman, also of West Baden.

Springs Valley Herald (February 15, 1940) Obituary
Susan Jane, daughter of George and Louisa Pierce, was born March 16, 1868 in Lawrence County and departed this life February 2, 1940, aged 71 years, 11 months and 17 days.
On August 27, 1891 she was united in marriage to Edward Buffington. To this union were born six children, three sons and three daughters.
She was a member of the Prospect Christian Church, having been baptized into Christ at an early age. She was loyal to her church and died in that faith.
By nature Mrs. Buffington was quiet and unassuming, but made friends easily and retained them.
Besides rearing her own children, two granddaughters came to live in their home when small. The devotion which she lavished upon these children was like unto a mother.
For the last six weeks, she had been very low. She bore her suffering with a murmu, never complaining and always a smile for everyone, never forgetting to thank anyone who helped her in any way. The children have done everything possible that living hands could do to relieve her suffering.
She leave to mourn their loss her faithful companion for almost forty-nine years; two daughters, Ermel Wortinger of French Lick and Gladys Owen of West Baden; three sons, Rolla, Chester and Herschell of West Baden, one sister, Lydia Jackman of West Baden, nineteen grandchildren and two great grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends.
One daughter, Hazel, four brothers and three sisters have preceded her in death. Submitted by Tom Agan.

REED, Thomas C., Springs Valley Herald (February 8, 1940) Death Notice
Thomas C. Reed, 54, passed away at his home in West Baden Tuesday after a long illness.
Mr. Reed came to the United States from London, England when about sixteen years of age.
Funeral services are being held at the West Baden Methodist church this afternoon (Thursday) where he was a member. Burial was made in the Ames Chapel cemetery with W. V. Ritter & Son in charge of arrangements.
He is survived by a wife and one son, Clifford.

Springs Valley Herald (February 22, 1940)

We wish to express my appreciation and thanks for the kindness and helpfulness shown to me during the sickness and death of my husband, Thomas C. Reed. I wish to thank Rev. Austin, W. V. Ritter & Son and all who assisted in any way. Mrs. Bertha Reed. Submitted byTom Agan.

HOLIDAY, Jacob & Ida, Springs Valley Herald (February 8, 1940) Death Notice
Jacob Holiday, 72, prominent Orange County farmer of the Log Creek vicinity, and his wife, Ida, 73, passed away at the Clark Hospital in Paoli Monday. Only two hours separated their deaths.
Both were taken to the hospital on sunday after he had suffered an attack of pneumonia. Mrs. Holiday suffered from the strain of caring for her husband during his illness and was near a nervous collapse.
Mr. Holiday passed away at 7:00 a.m. and Mrs. Holiday's death occurred two hours later. She was not notified of her husband's passing.
Double funeral services were held at the Beech Grove Church Wednesday afternoon, conducted by Rev. Isaac Morris.
Mrs. Holiday is survived by a sister and a half-brother, He is survived by two brothers and one sister. Submitted by Tom Agan.

KELLAMS, David, Springs Valley Herald (February 15, 1940) Death Notice
Dave Kellams, 74, of near Prospect, died Tuesday morning at the Daviess County Hospital in Washington, Ind. from a complication of disease.
Funeral services and burial were held today (Thursday) at Ames Chapel with W. V. Ritter & Son in charge of the arrangements.
He is survived by a wife and seven children, Osa, Ida, Nancy, Lucille, Verna, Leslie and Lowell.

Springs Valley Herald (February 22, 1940) Obituary
David Kellams, son of William and Nancy J. Kellams, was born December 4, 1865 in Pierre County, Ky. and departed this life at the Daviess County Hospital Tuesday morning at 6:15, February 13, 1940, age 75 years, 2 months and 9 days.
On October 12, 1893 he was united in marriage to Mary J. Smithhart. To this union twelve children were born. Four having preceded the father in death, Russel, George, Mamie and William L.
He is survived by his beloved companion, three sons, Vernie Kellams of Centerville, Ind., Leslie Kellams of St. Louis, Mo., and Lowell Kellams of Kokomo, Ind. and five daughters, Mrs. Simon Miller and Mrs. Elmer Corbitt, both of South Bend, Ind., Mrs. Floyd Wood of Mitchell, Ind., Mrs. Mike Harvath of Mishawaka, Ind. and Mrs. Mike Asturtan of Granite City, Ill. He also leaves to mourn his going thirty-four grandchildren, seven great grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends.
Mr. Kellams has been in failing health for some time, and knowing as he did for so many months that his earthly stay was short, he often talked with his friends of his faith in the Divine Master.
The family circle, was well as the community friendships, is now broken, but through the gift of the loving Savior, the death has been made but a step between the companionship of yesterday and the glad reunion of tomorrow.


We wish to take this means to express our sincere thanks to those who helped during the illness and death of Mr. David Kellams, especially do we thank Rev. Edward Edgenger of Bedford, for his consoling words, those for the beautiful songs and floral offerings; also W. V. Ritter & Son for their most efficient service. The Family. Submitted byTom Agan.

SEALS, Lee, Springs Valley Herald (February 15, 1940) Death Notice
Lee Seals, 54, passed away Monday, February 5th at the Dunn Memorial Hospital at Bedford, Ind., after a four week illness.
Funeral services were held at Bedford last Thursday with interment in the Beech Grove cemetery.
Mr. Seals was a former French Lick resident and was the son of James Seals. He was employed as a switchman for the Monon railway for many years.
He is survived by the wife, four brothers, Arthur Seals of Bedford, Fred Seals of French Lick, James Seals of West Baden and Frank Seals of Bloomington and two sisters, Mrs. Chris Beatty of West Baden and Mrs. John Spoonmore of Avoca. Submitted byTom Agan.

LOMAX, James, Springs Valley Herald (February 15, 1940) Death Notice
James Lomax, 82, died Monday at his home east of town after an illness of influenza.
Mr. Lomax was a well know and highly respected farmer and had a wife circle of friends in Orange County. He was the last remaining charter member of the United Brethren church.
Funeral services were held at the United Brethren Church Tuesday afternoon by Rev. Ed Apple followed with burial in the Moores Ridge cemetery. W. V. Ritter & Son were funeral directors.
He is survived by one son, Clair Lomax of French Lick, one daughter, Mrs. Nellie Kennedy of Washington, D. C.

Springs Valley Herald (February 22, 1940) Obituary
James Lomax, son of Lentsford and Elvira Lomax, was born February 10, 1857 near Youngs Creek in Greenfield Township, Orange County. Death came to him at the home of his on. February 12, 1940, age 83 years and 2 days.
His boyhood days were spent in and around the place of his birth. After having completed his common school education, he attended normal school and taught school in the rural schools of Greenfield Township for seven years.
On October 7, 1883 he was united in marriage to Belle Waynick. To this union five children were born, one son and four daughters, namely: Irma, who died October 15, 1906, Iva, who departed this life August 19, 1926, Inez, who died April 8, 1906, Mrs. Nellie Kennedy of Washington, D. C. and Clair of French Lick.
Besides the two children mentioned he leaves to mourn his departure three brothers, Dr. Wm. Lomax of Evansville, Ind., Lee Lomax of Portland, Oregon and Worth Lomax of French Lick and six grandchildren.
His first few years of married life were spent near the scene of his birth. He later bought a farm and moved to French Lick township. Early in life he engaged in the livestock business, which he followed throughout his life. He had a wide acquaintance of friends in Orange and the adjoining counties.
He was converted during the pastorate of Chris Osborne at Sulphur Creek Church. Since that time he has lived a consistent and devoted christian life. The beautiful thing about his christian life was that he never faltered and he often said that if we are saved it would be through the bold of Jesus.
By disposition Uncle Jim was cheerful, he was rarely depressed and always looked on the bright side of things.
His devotion was loyal and sincere although he was not inclined to make a display of it and therefore he was often misunderstood in this respect.
During his last sickness he often spoke of dying and expressed himself as longing to go to his reward.
It might truly be said of Uncle Jim that he has fought a good fight, that he has finished his course and that he kept the faith.


We wish to thank those who assisted through the illness of James Lomax. We also wish to thank those who sent flowers, the United Brethren choir, the pall bearers, the minister and all others who assisted at his funeral. Nellie Kennedy and Son, Laura Belle Hall, Clair Lomax and Family. Submitted byTom Agan.