Orange County Obituaries


KINSEY, Margaret, Springs Valley Herald (July 13, 1950) Death Notice
Mrs. Margaret Kinsey, 65, passed away Friday morning at 3:00 o'clock in the Clark Hospital in Paoli where she was taken a few days ago for treatment.
The body lay in state at Ritter's Funeral Parlor until Sunday afternoon when the funeral rites were conducted at Moores Ridge by Rev. Vernon Flickner, assisted by Rev. T. G. Scott and Rev. Albert Nelson. Interment was made in the church cemetery.
She leaves the husband, C. W. Kinsey, one daughter, Mrs. Marvin Leonard, one son, Lon Begerly, and step-son, Glenn Kinsey.

Springs Valley Herald (July 20, 1950) Obituary
In the wee small hours of the morning of July 7, 1950 at the Clark Hospital in Paoli, Indiana when the night swooped down to embrace the day, Margaret Lashbrook Kinsey, cast her moorings and sailed away in the Beautiful Beyond.
Margaret Lashbrook Kinsey was born in Orange County, Indiana, June 29, 1885, daughter of Leroy and Sarah Kirby Lashbrook.
She was united in marriage to Charles Begarly, August 20, 1901. To this union two sons were born, one dying in infancy.
On December 21, 1911 she was united in marriage to Charles W. Kinsey. Born to them was one daughter, Genevieve.
In 1912 during the ministry of Rev. Ed. Moore she was converted and became a faithful member of Moores Ridge Methodist Church. For 38 years she lived a sincere, devoted Christian, giving of her time, talent and finance that God's Kingdom might increase.
For many years she was president of the Ladies Aid and Woman's Society of Christian Service. The organization flourished hue largely to her foresight, friendliness and fine spirit of cooperation.
During the war years the family moved to Van Port, Oregon that they might do their share in winning the war.
In 1945 they returned to the Moores Ridge community. The remodeled and modernized their home, the home in which she was so happy and took such great pride.
Here with her family, church and scores of friends, she hoped no doubt to live years of peace and serenity. But it was not to be, and we must bow to God's will.
She experienced joy, sorrow and hardships. She accepted them and wove them into the pattern of a beautiful personality.
She leaves the sorrowing husband, one son, Lon Begarly of French Lick, Indiana, one stepson, Glenn Kinsey of Moores Ridge, who she loved as a son, two brothers, Lon Lashbrook of Texarkana, Texas, Orville Lashbrook , Paoli, Indiana, one sister, Sadie Wilson, Ames Chapel, two half sisters, June Graves, French Lick, Luella Flick, also of French Lick, one half brother, Hiram Lashbrook, of Indianapolis, Ind., five grandchildren and one great grandchild.
she was a friend of everyone. At the time of her passing she was 65 years and 7 days of age.


We wish to express our heartfelt thanks to those who assisted in any way during the illness and death of our dear wife and mother.
To Rev. Flickner and Rev. Scott for their consoling words, to Stout's Quartet for their beautiful hymns, the pall bearers, and Moores Ridge W. S. C. S., who acted as flower girls, also Ritter's for their efficient service - we are especially grateful. C. W. Kinsey, Genevieve Leonard, Lon Begarly, Glenn Kinsey. Submitted by Tom Agan.

MILLS, John W., Springs Valley Herald (July 20, 1950) Death Notice
John W. Mills, 58, died at his home near Elon from a heart attack early Wednesday morning.
Funeral service was held Friday afternoon at Cane Creek by Rev, Kellams. Burial was made in the church cemetery.
Survived by the wife, Mrs. Pearl Mills, five daughters and three sons.

Springs Valley Herald (July 20, 1950) Obituary
Death is inevitable. It is the turning of another page in the book of life. Milton says, "Death is the golden key that opens the palace of eternity." Bunyon describes it as a passage into a palace out of a sea of trouble into a haven of rest. "Come unto me all ye that labor and I will give you rest," said our Master and He has called from our midst a dear father, a loving husband and a good neighbor.
John W. Mills was born November 17, 1892. The oldest son of William and Margaret Newton Mills. His whole life was spent near Elon, the place of his birth. On February 21, 1912 he was married to Pearl Owen and they have spent their married life near Elon. To this union 8 children were born, three sons and five daughters, namely: Mrs. Irene Parks, Mrs. Pauline Allen, both of French Lick R-2, Cecil Mills of Charlestown, Ind., Mrs. Opal Flick of Gary, Ind., Mrs. Myrtle McCracken of Paoli R-3, Mrs. Esther Crews of Loogootee, Ind., Kenneth Mills of Jefferson, Ind. and Calvin still at home.
He became a member of the Elon Christian Church in the year of 1923 and kept the faith all through the years.
He leaves to mourn his passing his loving wife, 8 children, 21 grandchildren, two sisters, Mrs. Gertrude Simmons of near French Lick, Mrs. Mae Clements of Gary, Ind., two brothers, Otto of Gary, Ind., Lee of French Lick, 4 half brothers, Claude, Oscar and Roscoe of Gary, Ind. and Howard of Hillham, Ind. Also a host of other relatives and friends.
He was a good neighbor and friend. To be a good neighbor is to find the way to sweetest joy and it was his joy to be of help to his neighbors and friends. Realizing that God is father to all whom we meet and that he has placed some of his divine spirit in each of us - Johnny found the good in his neighbors and friends.
Whether we are in the shadow or sunshine, God is with us. Sorrow sometimes clears our eyes so that we are able to place true value upon things of life. And since the disease of his body could not be stayed by human hands God call, "Be ye strong of heart and come bravely and peacefully." In the presence of his loved ones he went bravely and peacefully onward to his home, July 12, 1950 at the age of 57 years, 7 months and 25 days.


The thanks of the family are extended to the friends and neighbors for their kindness and sympathy during the illness and death of our beloved; to the funeral director and his associates; to the ministers for the words of comfort; to the singers; and to all who in any way gave of their love and sympathy in our bereavement. Mrs. Pearl Mills and Children. Submitted byTom Agan.

EARLEY, Henrietta, Springs Valley Herald (July 20, 1950) Death Notice
Another one of our aged citizens, Mrs. Retta Earley, 84, passed away Wednesday night, July 12th in the Daviess County Hospital in Washington, Ind. where she had been a patient the past few weeks on account of a broken hip.
Dr. G. W. Wise conducted the funeral services in the First Christian Church, where she was a member, Sunday afternoon. Interment took place in the Ames Chapel cemetery.
She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Nora Roberts and Mrs. Cora Denny.

Springs Valley Herald (August 3, 1950) Obituary
Mrs. Rhetta Earley was born June 25, 1868, died July 12, 1950 in the Washington Hospital. She was the daughter of Mary and Isaac Flick. One sister is living, Mrs. Effie Owens of Iruquois, Ill. There were 5 half-sister and 3 half-brothers. all of whom preceded her in death.
She was married to Hugh Flick, January 1, 1885. To them two children were born - Nora Jane Roberts and Cora Denny.
She was married to William Earley September 21, 1895 and became a mother to 5 step-children, whom she loved as her own, Mrs. Lucy Taylor, Bedford; Mrs. Minnie Minor, Cincinnati; Mrs. Jossie Tungent, Greencastle; Harry Earley, Louisville, Ky.; Mrs. Magdiline Tyndell, Urbana, Ill. She leaves three grandchildren: Mrs. Nora Elkins, Bedford; Mrs. Louise Cave, French Lick; Corp. William J. Denny, with armed service stationed at Baltimore, and 1 son-in-law, W. H. Denny.
At the death of her father in 1918 she left her home and made her home with her mother until 1937. Due to her own illness she and her husband and mother came to make their home with her daughter, Mrs. Cora Denny. He mother passed away September 24, 1937. She and her husband continued to live with Mrs. Denny until his death in 1942 and she remained with her daughter until her death.
When she was taken to the Washington Hospital, her daughter, Mrs. Nora Roberts, went with her and remained with her until she died.
Both Mrs. Denny and Mrs. Roberts were with their mother at her death.
Mrs. Earley became a christian and united with the South Liberty Church when she was a girl of 13 years. She became a member of the First Christian Church in French Lick while the church was still worshiping on Wells Ave. For a number of years she was most active in the life of church, taught in the Bible School and was active in the women's work until her health failed her.


We wish to thank those who assisted in any way during the illness and death of our Mother and Grandmother. To the ministers, George Wise, LLD, Rev. L. W. Mayhugh; the singers, the pall bearers and flower girls. Mrs. Nora Roberts, Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Denny, Mrs. Minnie Minnor, Mrs. Nora Elkins, Mrs. Louise Cave, Cpl. William J. Denny. Submitted by Tom Agan.

EMMONS, Mary Elizabeth, Springs Valley Herald (July 20, 1950) Death Notice
Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Emmons, 77, died Wednesday morning at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Nellie Crowe in the Red Quarry neighborhood. she is the last survivor of her family.
Funeral service will be at Red Quarry Friday afternoon at 2:00 o'clock with Rev. Trever Pinnick officiating. Burial will take place in the Mt. Lebanon cemetery.
Besides the daughter mentioned about she leaves another daughter, Mrs. Susie Land, 11 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.

Springs Valley Herald (August 3, 1950) Obituary
Heaviness fell upon the hearts of the Red Quarry community July 19, 1950, when the message came that one of its oldest residents, Mary Emmons had quietly slipped away to her eternal home. At one our thoughts were on our loving Savior in whose resurrection we are comforted for He said, "I am the resurrection and the life; he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live."
Mary, daughter of John and Julia Clements Carnes, was born in Orange County, December 27, 1872 and death came at the age of 77 years, 7 months and 16 days. Her entire life was spent near French Lick.
On December 3, 1896 she was married to Levi Emmons and they became the parents of six children. Her interest was in her home and in caring for her children.
About 20 years ago she was bereft of her companion, but still kept her home caring for an invalid daughter, Mae. Her love and devotion to her was great.
About twelve years ago when her health began to fail and she was no longer able to keep her home, she came to live with her daughter, Nellie, in whose home she lived until her death.
During her last illness her two daughters cared for her doing all that loving hands could do.
She leaves to mourn their loss the two daughters, Mrs. Nellie Crowe, Mrs. Susie Land of French Lick, 11 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren whom she loved as her own. four children preceded her in death.
At an early age she became a member of the Red Quarry Church and lived in that faith throughout her life. She enjoyed going to church as long as her health permitted.
"Aunt Mary" as known by her friends and neighbors, bore her suffering with patience trusting in Him who does all things well. She was a good wife, mother and neighbor and no one can fill her place, but her good works will live on earth while she lives in the great beyond.


We wish to express our sincere thanks and appreciation to our friends and neighbors who assisted us during the illness and death of our mother, Mrs. Mary Emmons. We especially want to thank Mr. and Mrs. Ben Schmutzler, Arnold Qualkenbush, Dr. Sugarman, the ministers, Treavor Pinnick and Thomas Thurman, the singers, pall bearers, flower girls and to those who sent lovely flowers. Mr. and Mrs. George Crowe and Family, Mr. and Mrs. Lynden Land and Family. Submitted byTom Agan.

COBB, Noble Fletcher, Springs Valley Herald (July 20, 1950) Death Notice
Saturday night a school bus driven by Ray Jones while returning to town met a truck on U.S. 50, about a mile west of the Martin and Orange county line, who failed to dim the lights, blinding Jones, whose bus hit a bridge ripping off the right fender.
Noble Fletcher Cobb, 64, who was sitting in the front seat was thrown out of his seat and killed. The other sixteen occupants of the bus, including his wife, who was in the seat by him, next to the window, escaped with only minor injuries.
It was the habit that on Saturday night Jones would bring the school bus to town and anyone in the community was welcome to accompany him.
The truck failed to stop and we understand that no effort has been made to find out who the driver was.
Funeral service was conducted at Ames Chapel Tuesday afternoon with burial in the church cemetery.
He leaves the wife, Bertha Cobb, and five children, Isabelle Grange, Mrs. Esther Rich and Junior Cobb, all of Lawrence, Ill. a married daughter, Doris and Garrett Cobb of Indianapolis.

Springs Valley Herald (July 27, 1950) Obituary
Noble Fletcher Cobb, first son of John D. and Sarah Walker Cobb, was born in Lawrenceville, Ill., on Oct. 29, 1885 and passed away this July 15, 1950, at the age of 64 years, 6 months and 15 days.
Early in his childhood the family moved to Orange County, Indiana and later to Martin County. He was united in marriage to Bertha Mae Carnes, November 15, 1913 and to this union five children were born. He leaves to mourn his loss, the wife, and children, Mrs. Isabella Grange, Mrs. Esther Rich and Noble Fletcher, Jr., of Lawrenceville, Ill., Mrs. Doris Seiloff of Beach Grove, Ind., Garrett O. Cobb of Indianapolis, Ind., one sister, Mary Clark of Bedford, Ind., four brothers, Albert of Urbana, Ill., George, Charles and Lee of near Shoals, and two grandchildren, Barbara Grange and Danny Rich of Lawrenceville, Ill. Also a host of other relatives and friends, His Father and Mother and two brothers have preceded him in death.
Noble spent most of his life as a farmer in Martin County, participating in everything of an interest to the community; he became a member of the Masonic Lodge in 1913.
In the early part of World War II he entered employment in the Crane Naval Ammunition Depot, serving faithfully his country and as a father to any person needing a helping hand.


We wish to express our sincere thanks for the many expressions of sympathy and the kindness shown us by our friends and neighbors, during the passing of our loved one, Noble F. Cobb.
We would especially thank the funeral director, Mr. Ritter, the minister, Michael Grange, the French Lick Quartet, and all those who sent floral offerings. Your kindness will ever be remembered. Mrs. Bertha Cobb and Children. Submitted byTom Agan.

RYAN, Harriette, Springs Valley Herald (July 27, 1950) Death Notice
Mrs. Harriette Ryan, 64, widow of the late Sam Ryan, passed away at the Bedford Hospital shortly after noon today (Thursday).
She was taken to the hospital last night in Ritter's ambulance after suffering severe internal hemorrhages. She had been in ill health for the past two years.
She is survived by 2 sons, 5 daughters, 13 grandchildren and 1 sister.
He husband preceded her in March, 1950.

Springs Valley Herald (August 17, 1950) Obituary
Harriette Maygors Ryan, daughter of Ida McCall and William J. Maygors, was born at Deputy, Ind. December 1, 1884 and passed away at the Dunn Memorial Hospital at Bedford, Ind. July 27, 1950, age 65 years, 7 months and 26 days.
She was only two years old when her mother died and she then made her home with her grandparents at Deputy, Ind. until 1897 at which time they moved to Indianapolis, Indiana.
December 23, 1904 she was united in marriage to Samuel P. Ryan at French Lick where they made their home. To this union were born three sons and five daughters, one son, Billy, passing away in infancy.
Devotion to her husband and children dominated her married life and she made the rearing of her children and attending their needs her goal in life. Always placing the comfort of her family above her own needs and desires, she even sacrificed her own health in caring for her husband during the long illness that preceded his death, March 24, 1950.
She was a member of the First Methodist Church of French Lick and an active worker in the W. S. C. S. for many years, She was also a member of the Literary Club, Home Economics Club and American Legion Auxiliary.
Her health began to fail two years ago following an operation. She was able to attend the needs of her husband during his long illness, but the constant care and strain left her with little resistance to her own bodily ailments and she passed away only four months after his death.
Funeral services were held at the Ritter Funeral Parlor in French Lick by Rev. T. G. Scott, pastor of the Methodist Church, assisted by Dr. G. W. Wise, pastor of the First Christian Church. Burial was made at Ames Cemetery.
Surviving her are two son, Winston of French Lick and Sam Jr. of Indianapolis; five daughters, Mrs. Katherine Lashbrook and Mrs. Rose Ballard of Indianapolis, Mrs. Mary Chambers of Bedford, Ind., Mrs. Harriette Pizak of Kaukauna, Wisc., and Mrs. Jane Gruber of French Lick; fourteen grandchildren; and one sister, Miss Winifred Maygors of Indianapolis. Submitted byTom Agan.

HENSON, Harry, Springs Valley Herald (July 27, 1950) Death Notice
Harry Henson, 66, was found dead in his room at the Grand Hotel Friday morning. Death was caused from a heart attack.
Funeral service was held in Ritter's Funeral Parlor Sunday afternoon by Rev. Waldrip, minister of the West Baden Methodist Church. Burial took place in the Mt. Lebanon cemetery.
He is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Della Ikerd of Chicago and Mrs. Winnie Snipes of Oklahoma, and one brother, James Henson of French Lick, who is seriously ill at this time. Submitted byTom Agan.

SMITH, Lillian Ethel, Springs Valley Herald (July 27, 1950) Death Notice
Mrs. Lillian Smith, 62, passed away at her home on Maple Street Monday night following a long illness of a heart ailment and a paralytic stroke.
The body lay in state at Ritter's Funeral Parlor until Thursday afternoon at two o'clock when the last rites were conducted in the parlor by Rev. T. G. Scott. Interment took place in Ames Chapel cemetery.
She is survived by the husband, Carl Smith, one daughter, Mrs. Lee Pfeiffer of Columbus, Ohio, two brothers, Wayman and Torrence Goldman, both of French Lick.

Springs Valley Herald (August 3, 1950) Obituary
Mrs. Lillian Ethel Smith, daughter of George W. and Polly Goldman, wife of Carl H. Smith, was born November 10, 1888 in Crawford County, Indiana. Her life was lived in the southern part of the State of Indiana, where even nature speaks to one of God; therefore, it was here that she came to know the love and the goodness of God. This knowledge which came to her early in life served as a light for all the walks f life. She united with the Methodist Church in French Lick during the ministry of Rev. Jeffery.
Another great love entered into her life and on June 30, 1907 she was united in marriage to Carl H. Smith. The Smiths established their home and found that life together was a thing of beauty. This beauty was made even more beautiful by the birth of a daughter, Martha Belle. Mrs. Smith then became the devoted mother which she continued to be throughout the years until she began, with great joy, to take over the dual role of Mother and Grandmother, which double duty she fulfilled with wonderful exactness. The great love which she has for Her God and for her family made life a sweet song.
In recent months those who were close to her realized that the strength of her body was failing, but were also conscious of the fact that as the bodily strength failed, spiritual strength increased. She approached the failure of the strength of the body like unto one who was preparing to take a journey, a pleasant journey, or like unto one who wraps the mantle of his couch about him and lies down to pleasant dreams. Her departure was made on Monday evening, July 24, 1950.
She leaves to mourn her departure her husband, Carl, her daughter, Martha Belle Pfeiffer, her son-in-law, Lee Pfeiffer, her three grandchildren, one sister, Mrs. Faye Laswell of Worthington, Indiana, and two brothers, Waymond and Torrance Goldman, both of French Lick, and other relatives and friends.


We wish to express our appreciation for the many kindnesses shown us during the illness and death of our dear wife and mother. We especially want to thank Dr. Sugarman, Rev. Thomas Scott, the funeral director, W. O. Ritter, Mrs. Delma Line for her faithful care during our loved ones illness, the many kind neighbors and friends, the flower girls, the singers and the pall bearers. Carl H. Smith, Mrs. Robert L. Pfeiffer. Submitted byTom Agan.

CRECELIUS, Rebecca Delcinia, Springs Valley Herald (July 27, 1950) Death Notice
Mrs. Rebecca Crecelius, 80, passed away at her home Saturday morning following a long illness.
Funeral rites were held Monday afternoon in the Christian Church where she was a member. Dr. G. W. Wise, assisted by Rev. C. W. Parks and Bro. Fred Weisman officiated. Short service was held at the Eckerty church. Burial was in the Eckerty cemetery.
She is survived by three son, Edward, Clyde and Sherman Crecelius of French Lick, three daughters, Mrs. Essie Hawhee and Mrs. Violet Crecelius, both of French Lick and Mrs. Mae Huss of Detroit, Michigan.

Springs Valley Herald (July 27, 1950) Obituary
The life of Rebecca D. Crecelius was lived each day, much better than a writer can put into words. The apostle Pail has said, "Study to show thyself, approved, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed." The in the ten commandments we read, "love thy neighbor as thyself." Surely these words will so aptly apply to the life of Rebecca Delcinia Crecelius, daughter of Jonathan and Eliza McBride, who was born south of Paoli, Indiana, December 10, 1869, and so quietly and peacefully slipped away , in the morning of July 22, 1950 at the age of 80 years, seven months and twelve days.
Becky, as she was known by many, was married to Thomas Crecelius on September 26, 1886 and to this union, which lasted more than fifty years, eleven children were born, namely: Mrs. Essie Hawhee, of French Lick, Indiana, Mrs. Eliza Overlin, Weaver J. Crecelius, Edward G., Maggie, Willie, Clyde, Sherman, Violet, Mrs. Mae Huss of Detroit, Michigan and Waldo Hoyt. Five children, Eliza, Weaver, Maggie, Willie, Hoyt and the husband have preceded her in death.
Mrs. Crecelius, the daughter of a Christian minister, united with the church early in life and lived a devoted Christian all her life. She loved her God and her greatest desire was to rear her children in a christian home. Several time she has read her bible through and it gave her a great comfort to hear the gospel of her Savior preached. she attended the Christian Church regularly and was an ever faithful worker, as long as her health would permit. After he health failed about a year ago, she would sit and listen to the word as it came over the radio. It was one of her true Christian characteristics to discuss the writings of the Bible with her many friends. During her recent illness she requested the family all join her in a communion service in the home. That indeed was a happy moment for her. Just before the Death Angel came for her, she whispered, "I'm praying." What a consoling thought it was to her children, when she again said, "It's all right" and with a smile she peacefully passed to her reward.
She leaves to mourn her passing, six children, Mrs. Essie Hawhee, Edward G., Clyde, Sherman, Mrs. Mae Huss of Detroit, Mich., and Violet of French Lick, and one sister, Mrs. Emma Polen of Paoli. A sister, Maggie Leasor and a brother, Sherman McBride have recently preceded her in death.
She also leaves 17 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren and a host of near relatives and friends.


We want to express our sincere appreciation to all who offered their kind assistance during our recent bereavement. We want to especially thank the Reverend Wise, Parks, Weseman and the singers. The Family. Submitted byTom Agan.

STONE, Sally, Springs Valley Herald (August 3, 1950) Death Notice
Mrs. Sally Stone, 78, passed away suddenly from a heart attack at her home in Prospect last Thursday afternoon.
Rev. Frye was in charge of the funeral service at Ames Chapel Sunday afternoon followed with burial in the adjoining cemetery.
She is survived by the husband, Frank Stone, one son, Will Stone of Mooresville, Ind. and Clyde Variery, who was reard in her home.

Springs Valley Herald (August 3, 1950) Obituary
Sallie Wells Stone was born November 5, 1871 and departed this life July 27, 1950 at the age of 78 years, 8 months and 22 days. She was eldest of 7 children of Mary Elizabeth Love and William T. Wells, all having preceded her in death, except the youngest, Fred Wells of Paoli.
She was married to Frank Stone April 16, 1893, to this union was born one son, Will, who now lived on a farm near Mooresville. She also reared Clyde Verity from a baby whom she loved and cared for as her own. He too loved her and cared for her in her declining years. She was always on hand every time anyone needed a helping hand, giving her assistance in sickness, day or night, also giving flowers where anyone would get happiness from them. She leaves the husband, the son and brother and many more relatives and a host of friends to mourn her passing. She was loved by all who knew her and will be sadly missed by all. She was a member of Ames Chapel Church.


We sincerely thank all who were so kind and assisted in any way during our recent bereavement. Frank Stone and Family. Submitted byTom Agan.

HOFFMAN, John B., S.J., Springs Valley Herald (August 3, 1950) Death Notice
Brother John B. Hoffman, S. J., a member of the West Baden College community for the past eleven years, died at 1:30 last Sunday afternoon in the College infirmary. He was 79 years of age.
Brother Hoffman was born in Heldesheim, Germany, on July 15, 1871 and entered the Society of Jesus in 1892. Most of his life as a Jesuit was spent in America as infirmarian in various Jesuit colleges in the Midwestern Provinces. He was noted and loved for his kind and patient treatment with the sick.
Enjoying poor health for the past several years, Brother Hoffman nevertheless participated in almost all of the religious exercises of the community with the use of a wheelchair.
Brother Hoffman is survived by a niece, Mrs. J. A. Pokarny of Buffalo, N. Y.
Funeral services were held at 9 o'clock Wednesday morning in the College Chapel. Submitted by Tom Agan.