LANE, Wilford Monroe, Springs Valley Herald (April 14, 1932) Death Notice
Monroe Lane, of New Prospect, 64 years of age, died Sunday morning at
the home of his son, Charles C. Lane, managing editor of the Herald, in
French Lick. Death was caused by paralysis.
Lane suffered a stroke of paralysis last fall, but seemed to recover
fully. He experienced another stroke March 18, being brought to the
home of his son immediately afterward. He had been in poor health for
Mr. Lane was born at
Prospect in 1867 and was well known throughout the county. He spent
most of his life in French Lick and West Baden, moving to his farm near
Prospect several years ago.
survived by two sons, Charles C. Lane of French Lock and Walter Lane of
Jackson, Miss.; two sisters, Mrs. Leta Jackson of Paoli and Mrs. Mellie
Livengood of French Lick; five brothers, Charles E. of French Lick,
Jordan of Kansas City, Kans., Oliver of Paoli, Perry and Philip of West
Baden. He is also survived by one grandson, Norman Gary Lane of French
Mr. Lane was a member of the
Christian Church at Antioch, and also a member of the Odd Fellows and
Modern Woodman Lodges of West Baden. He was past Noble Grand of the Odd
Funeral services were
held Tuesday morning at the Ames Chapel M. E. Church with Rev. L. F.
Drash, pastor of the French Lick Christian Church officiating, assisted
by Rev. A. L. Meredith, pastor of the local Methodist Church. The Odd
Fellows and Modern Woodman lodges of West Baden had charge of the
ceremonies at the grave.
Springs Valley Herald (April 21, 1932) Obituary
Monroe Lane, son of Martin V. and Martha Shively Lane, was born June
15, 1867 at New Prospect, Ind. and died April 10, 1932, aged 64 years,
9 months and 25 days.
He was married
to Lou Olive Bowman on May 1, 1901, and to this union was born three
sons, Walter of Jackson, Miss., Charles C. of French Lick and Marion,
who died when seven years of age.
leaves two sisters, Mrs. Leta Jackson of Paoli, Mrs. Mellie Livengood
of French Lick and five brothers, Jordan of Kansas City, Kan., Oliver
of Paoli, Charles E. of French Lick and Philip S. and Perry C. of West
Baden. He also leaves one grandson, Norman Gary Lane and a host of
other relatives and friends whose devotion was unexcelled in his few
weeks of suffering.
His faith and
hope centered around the dear Redeemer, who "By the grace of God tasted
death for every man" and with the full assurance that the ransom paid
on Calvary's cross will in God's due time cause all the dead again to
live, for He "tasted death for every man to be testified in due time."
was united with the Christian Church at Antioch when 21 years of age,
and has remained a member of that church. He has ever been an influence
for good in the community in which he lived, his circle of friends
being limited only by the number of his acquaintances.
was past Noble Grand of the West Baden Lodge of Odd Fellows and was
also a member of the Modern Woodmen of America. Submitted by Tom Agan.
FRENTRESS, Emeline, Springs Valley Herald (April 21, 1932) Obituary
Frentress, daughter of Jabez and Emeline Leonard was born August 31,
1855 in Orange County, Indiana and died April 12, 1932 at Indianapolis,
where she had been staying for several months.
was united in marriage to Mr. Eleazor Frentress of Orange County, in
1874, with whom she lived happily until January, 1931, Mr. Frentress
passing away at this time. To this union was born seven children, Mrs.
Lizzie Pitcher and Jabez of French Lick and Ben of Indianapolis. John,
William, Winslow and Lula preceded their mother in death.
was one of a family of fourteen children, three of whom remain, Mrs.
Alfred Leonard of Unionville, Mr. Ahi Leonard of Boonville and Mrs.
Barbara Montgomery of Evansville, the rest having preceded her in death.
Frentress was converted early in life and joined the M. E. Church,
attending regularly when able, and living faithfully to the end, always
ready to help her many friends. She was a loving and devoted mother, a
good neighbor and friend. She will be greatly missed by her many [sic]
home any time, for so many loved Aunt Emeline (as her friends chose to
She leaves to mourn her
passing, two brothers, one sister, three children, six grandchildren,
eight great grandchildren and a multitude of friends.
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wish to express our sincere thanks to our friends and neighbors for
their kindness in our recent bereavement of our mother and grandmother,
Emeline Frentress. Children and Grandchildren. Submitted byTom Agan.
ROBERTS, Emily Jane, Springs Valley Herald (May 12, 1932) Obituary
Jane Roberts, daughter of Joel and Elsie Mavity, was born near
Celestine, Ind., April 24, 1855, and departed this life May 3, 1932,
aged 77 years and 9 days. She was the last of a family of eight
children, one brother, two sisters, three half brothers and two half
On February 18, 1875, she
was united in marriage to George W. Roberts, and enjoyed a happy life
together for 57 years. To this union was born five children. Orlena,
the oldest, was born February 24, 1876 and departed this life June 2,
1876; John C. Roberts was born Nov. 25, 1884 and departed this life
Dec. 21, 1925. She leaves a husband and three children to mourn her
departure: Anna Moore of Los Angeles, California, Lillie Speece of
Hibbing, Minn., and Roy E. of E. St. Louis, Ill.
were born 15 grandchildren, three of whom preceded her in death, and
four great grand children are living. She also leaves a host of
relatives and friends to mourn her departure.
father was a Methodist minister, and she was brought up in Christian
faith and at the age of 15 was converted and united with the M. E.
Church at Shiloh, near Celestine, and lived a true Christian all her
life, and was ever ready to help others in times of need and encouraged
others in the faith of God. Owing to her long suffering she felt that
when God called her it would mean sweet rest from all the cares and
sufferings of this life. She has said many times she was ready when God
should see fit to call her home. During her illness she was tenderly
cared for by her husband and children. She was a loving wife and mother
and will be sadly missed.
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wish to express our sincere thanks to our neighbors and friends for
there assistance and kindness in our recent bereavement of our dear
wife and mother. Especially we wish to thank the ministers, Rev.
Propheter, Rev. Meredith and Rev. Goins, the pall bearers, and the
undertaker, Mr. Schmutzler, and organist, and all who assisted with
cars. those who donated flowers, and Dr. Hammond. George W. Roberts and
Children. Submitted byTom Agan.
GARRISON, Melinda, Springs Valley Herald (May 19, 1932) Death Notice
Melinda Garrison, aged 90, wife of Woodford Garrison, died Tuesday
afternoon at her home near Sulphur Creek of the infirmities of age. She
was ill for only a short time before death claimed her.
Garrison was born in Pike County, but has lived near French Lick nearly
all her life, her family moving here over eighty years ago. During her
long and useful life she has built up a circle of friends that numbers
almost everyone in the community.
She leaves five children, Alonzo, William O., Salem, Edward and Mrs. Mattie Edwards, all of who reside here.
services were conducted by Rev. W. J. Byrums, will be held at Sulphur
Creek Church with burial in the nearby cemetery today (Thursday).
Funeral arrangements are in charge of Schmutzler funeral parlors.
Submitted byTom Agan.
TANKSLEY, Viola, Springs Valley Herald (May 26, 1932) Death Notice
E. Tanksley of French Lick was instantly killed last Thursday night
about nine o'clock when the car in which she was riding struck a truck
parked along the pavement on Highway 37 between Orleans and Paoli.
Tanksley was riding with her husband who was driving when the accident
occurred. Just as they were about to pass an oncoming car Tanksley's
car struck the truck which was parked with one wheel on the concrete,
and, we understand, with no tail light. The truck was hurled several
feet, the Tanksley car wrecked, and Mrs. Tanksley crushed instantly in
the crash. Mr. Tanksley was thrown clear of the wreckage and while he
suffered bruises and minor cuts, he was not seriously injured.
Passing motorist gave first aid, and called Schmutzler's ambulance, which brought Mrs. Tanksley's body here.
services were conducted at the home here by Rev. Drash of the First
Christian Church at 1:15 Sunday afternoon and burial at Mitchell.
Springs Valley Herald (July 7, 1932) Obituary
Ola Parks Tanksley, daughter of James of Seleah Parks, was born near
Greenbriar, Ind., September 22, 1877, and died at French Lick, Ind.,
May 19, 1932, aged 55 years.
united with the Christian Church at South Liberty in girlhood and later
moved her membership to the Christian Church at French Lick.
December, 1931 she was married to Earl Tanksley of French Lick.
Together they lived happily until May 19, when she and her husband were
motoring from Mitchell, she met with an automobile accident which
caused instant death.
It may be
truthfully said of Ola that her loving disposition and sweet smile won
for her the love and friendship with all she met.
leaves to mourn her departure, a mother, Mrs. Seleah Parks, her
husband, Mr. Earl Tanksley, two sisters, Mrs. Minnie McBride of Helix,
Ind., and Mrs. Lucile West of Indianapolis, Ind., two brothers, Mr.
Robert Parks of Indianapolis and Mr. Claude Parks of Waterloo, Iowa,
also a host of relatives and friends who mourn her loss. A brother
preceded her in death.
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wish to express our sincere thanks for the minister, the choir, the
undertaker and for the beautiful floral offerings; also all those who
assisted in this sad hour of bereavement. Mother, Brothers, Sisters and
Husband. Submitted byTom Agan.
UNDERWOOD, Thomas Jefferson, Springs Valley Herald (May 26, 1932) Obituary
Jefferson Underwood, one of the seven children of Henry and Nancy
Underwood, was born in Orange County, Indiana, April 19th, 1845 and
passed from this life may 16th, 1932, aged 87 years, and 27 years. Of
the family only one sister, Mrs. Lucy Lambdin, survives.
Underwood's attendance in our schools during his boyhood years was
broken by the Civil War when he eagerly volunteered in the great
struggle to preserve our Union, enlisting in Company B, 24th Infantry
of Indiana at seventeen years of age, and serving a full three years
until honorably discharged.
to his home, he once more took up the threads of industry and
established himself in the farm life of our community. The lure of the
West beckoned, and he spent some years in Arkansas, but love of his
native state brought him back to his Orange County home to spend the
balance of his life.
14th, 1869 he was joined in Holy wedlock to Mary A. Wolfington, a union
of rare happiness that has endured for over sixty three years. To this
union there were born three children, Milea, now Mrs. George Campbell,
a daughter, Minnie, who left them in infancy, and Raymond Underwood,
now of Valparaiso, Indiana. Three grandchildren, Clyde Campbell, Ann
and Ruth Underwood are also left to mourn their loss. The heartfelt
sympathies of even the passing stranger must go out to the devoted wife
who now lives bereft of the companionship that has been a joy these
He has for many years
been a member of the local G. A. R. Post and was its commander for
several terms prior to its dissolution due to the passing on of its
members, of whom now only one survives.
was converted and accepted Christ as his leader at a meeting held in
Nelson Chapel in 1866 and has for years been a member of the Ames
Church. He often told of his experience in this meeting so long ago
where he and Rev. Frank Denny first took their stand. A long and useful
life that has been crowded with kindly acts and deeds has drawn to a
close Deeds that will long linger in the fond memory of his loved ones.
May we all be as ready to face our maker as was this good man whose
last expressions during a peaceful passing were that he was ready to
go, ready to take his rest.
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desire to thank the many neighbors and friends for their kind
assistance and expressions of sympathy during the recent illness and
death of Thomas J. Underwood. Mrs. Thomas J. Underwood, Milea Campbell,
Raymond Underwood. Submitted byTom Agan.
ATKINS, George W., Springs Valley Herald (June 23, 1932) Death Notice
W. Atkins, aged 72, died at his home near here last Saturday, June 18,
of chronic nephritis. He had been in poor health for almost a year
before succumbing to the ravages of this disease.
Atkins was well know throughout the county. He served two terms at
township assessor and had been engaged for years in the insurance
business, with offices in French Lick.
services were held at Ames Chapel on Tuesday and were conducted by Rev.
William C. Hancock of Paoli. Burial occurred in the Ames cemetery. W.
V. Ritter & Son had charge of the funeral.
Springs Valley Herald (June 30, 1932) Obituary
George W. Atkins, the son of George and Mary Atkins, was born in Ohio,
April 5, 1860. At the age of four years this poor boy was left an
orphan, which was indeed a very sad thing for him so early in life. His
grandmother took him and she moved from Ohio ti Henry County, Indiana,
locating near Mt. Summit. At the age of seven years his grandmother
moved back to Ohio, after which he was given a home by Joshua and
Judith Hickman, in which home he grew to manhood. On December 31, 1876,
he was married to Mary Adelaide Nash of Henry County, Ind. Sometime
later they moved to Southern Indiana, and his final residence being
French Lick, Indiana, where he loved to the end of his pilgrimage here
in this world.
To this union five
children were born, namely: Frank E., Elcie B., Eva M. of Dayton, Ohio,
Nellie F. and George M. of French Lick, Ind. Frank E., Elcie B. and
Nellie F. preceded him in death. This leaves Eva M. and George M. the
only children surviving him. Besides the children mentioned above there
is one step daughter, Mrs. Elma Dean of Roachdale, Ind.
August 5, 1925, his dear wife was taken from him by death, they having
journeyed together peacefully and happily, sharing each other's joys
and sorrow for over forty-eight years. This brought deep sorrow to him,
but by the Grace of God he was enabled, to bear this sadness with
Christian fortitude, and willing to be submissive to the Will of God in
whom he trusted until death with that trust and faith that is a
characteristic of a Child of God. On January 26, 1927, he was united in
marriage to Mrs. Josie Cox of Roachdale, Ind., with whom he lived so
happily until his departure. This matrimonial journey was short, but
all spent well, and by the Grace of God she was blessed to stay with
him and care for him to the end of his journey here.
united with Lebanon Primitive Baptist Church near Mt. Summit, Indiana,
October 12, 1877. this church was a has always been a dear spot to him.
His Soul would run over with joy when he could visit his old home
church. He was very anxious to visit there of recent, and would have
done so, but through a misunderstanding of the time he failed to get
there, and since he planned the trip referred to above, his health
failed, so he was unable to get there at all. However, we can feel
comforted that today his Soul is in the Church of the First Born where
his poor body will be taken some sweet day and reunited with the Soul
to live forever where afflictions will not hinder his worshiping, for
there is no tears, no death, no pain, no sorrow there. After moving to
French Lick he placed his membership in Bethlehem Church, where it
remained until death.
In this Church
he was ordained to the full work of a Gospel Minister in April 1909. He
always felt a deep interest in our churches, having manifested his
interest in life, and have served many of our churches as pastor, and
his services as pastor were blessed, and crowned with success and for
such blessings he gave God the praise and honor. He craved to see our
churches grow and prosper, and was made to rejoice on hearing and
witnessing the good Lord's humble poor coming home to the churches.
was elected Clerk of Blue River Association, which position he held
with credit and honor to himself and the Association for ten years,
after which he was elected Moderator upon the resignation of Elder
Wolfe, and which position he held with the same honor and credit as he
did Clerk until his death, and held this position for five years.
Moderator he was ever willing to be submissive to the will of the
Association, desiring to do what he thought best for the precious cause.
the time of his death he was pastor of Bethel Church near Franklin,
Ind. He loved the doctrine of Depravity of Man, Unconditional Election
of God, the Effectual Calling, Complete Regeneration and Justification
by the Imputed Righteousness of Christ, and that all who are thus led
and brought to Christ will be resurrected at the Coming of Christ and
all the Elect Family shall finally be saved in Ultimate Glory. His Soul
was made to rejoice in the above fundamental principles, and he stood
firm and true to the principles until death.
He was a member of the Masonic Lodge of French Lick, Ind. He was
elected Township Assessor of French Lick Township for two terms of four
years each, and he served the people in this capacity faithfully.
December 1931, he became afflicted to such an extent that he was soon
unable to preform his ministerial duties as formerly, however his love
and zeal for the cause he went some, although not able to preach. Since
February he has not been able to preach at all. His afflictions grew
worse, and regardless of the help of his loving wife and children, who
loved him so dearly, and the care of doctors, he finally on June 18,
1932, at 9 o'clock p.m. peacefully and calmly asleep in the Arms of His
Blessed Savior, thus closing a very useful life of 72 years, 2 months
and 13 days.
Through all his
suffering his hope was anchored in God, and his live was strong. He
desired prayer, and the unworthy writer of this obituary offered
prayer, which seemed to comfort him, and his dear companion. He prayed
that he might depart and go to his Savior where there was no suffering,
and an ocean of joy.
Dear wife and
children, you had a good father and companion, his death is your loss,
but his eternal gain. You all have been good to him, you loved him, and
he loved you, but our love will not keep our loved ones, the farewell
must come, may the good Lord bless you all. How much joy it brought to
him that it was possible to have his son near him, we know that it
isn't possible to have all our children to live near us. When far away
we can only do the best we can, our prayers, however, and our love
can't be restrained by distance. The son, being near, and being with
him gave him much comfort. He had great confidence in his children.
Their prosperity spiritually and temporally brought him joy. may the
good Lord bless you all to lean strong on the Arms of Christ, the Rock
of Ages. We can say that the Country is better off that he lived, and
our churches have been wonderfully blessed with his services among them.
leaves to mourn his departure the loving and devoted companion,
children and step-daughter mentioned above, eight grandchildren,
churches and ministers, who were coworkers with him, and relatives and
friends to mourn with them.
funeral services were conducted by Elder William C. Hancock, of Youngs
Creek, Indiana, assisted by Elder Roscoe Totten, of Marengo, Indiana,
and the pastor of Elder Atkins' home church, and by five other
ministers of his faith, at Ames Chapel on Tuesday, June 21, 1932, in
the presence of a large and attentive audience after which the body was
laid to rest in the nearby cemetery to await the Resurrection Morn.
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desire to thank each and every one who assisted us in any way during
the illness and death of our dear companion and father, George W.
Atkins. The Family. Submitted byTom Agan.
PLUMMER, Sarah E., Springs Valley Herald (June 23, 1932) Death Notice
Sarah E. Plummer, aged 75, died at her home at Sand Hill, near New
Prospect, last Friday, June 17, of cardio renal induced from the
infirmities of age. She had lived almost all her life in this community
and was well known and respected by her friends and neighbors.
services were held at Ames Chapel Sunday afternoon, conducted by Rev.
Omar Porter, with the interment in the church cemetery. Funeral
arrangements were in charge of W. V. Ritter & Son.
Springs Valley Herald (June 23, 1932) Obituary
Daugherty Plummer was born near West Baden, Orange County, Indiana,
December 11, 1856, and died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Charlotte
Chestnut, near Prospect, June 17, 1932, aged 75 years.
She lived in the vicinity of her birthplace during the majority of her lifetime.
was united in marriage to Lyman C. Plummer, November 2, 1877. To this
union were born three children, Etta, Frank and Charlotte. She was a
mother as well to the children of Mr. Plummer by a former marriage,
Alice, Nell and Ed, the family being unbroken until the death of the
father on October 1, 1913.
united with the Prospect Church of Christ on the year 1916, under the
ministry of Omer Porter, but upon her request was baptized by John P.
Davis, a friend of the family. She was a faithful member of her church
throughout the remainder of her life. She was a woman who lived a quiet
and peaceful life, believing in the great truth of the Bible of which
she was a constant reader. Her example to the community where in she
has resided is one well worthwhile following, for her spirit was always
that of friendliness, goodwill and charity toward all those with whom
she was associated.
"Blessed are the dead that die in the Lord, they do rest from their labors and their works do follow them."
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wish to express our thanks to the friends, the choir, and the people
who sent floral offerings for their help during the illness and death
of our mother. Submitted byTom Agan.
CARNES, Harry A., Springs Valley Herald (June 30, 1932) Death Notice
A. Carnes, aged 62, died at his home here two o'clock Tuesday afternoon
after a long illness. He had been in failing health for the last year,
but had been able to be around town and attend to business until about
three months ago when he was forced to take to his bed.
Carnes was without doubt one of the best known men in the Valley,
having been born near here and lived all his life in French Lick, where
he built up and maintained a successful law practice. His shrewdness
and ability as a forceful speaker was recognized throughout the county
and many difficult cases have been decided in his favor through the
thoroughness with which he marshaled his facts and the impressive
manner in which he presented them. Practically every important trial in
the county during the past thirty years saw Mr. Carnes taking an active
part as the trial or defense attorney.
of the immediate family had been called to his bedside during the last
week when it became evident that death was not far off. He leaves
besides his wife, four daughters, Mrs. Harley Denny and Mrs. Claude
Leonard of French Lick and Mrs. Fred Carter and Mrs. Tilford Lennon of
Chicago. He is also survived by three brothers and three sisters.
services were conducted by Rev. A. L. Meredith of the M. E. Church
today (Thursday) at 2:00 p.m. at the home with burial at Mt. Lebanon
cemetery following the services. Funeral arrangements were in charge of
Carter of Bedford.
Springs Valley Herald (July 7, 1932) Obituary
subject of this obituary first saw the light of day on June 28, 1870.
He was the second of a family of nine children who came to bless the
home of Josiah Harrison and Mildred Ann Carnes of near French Lick. His
early education was gained in the township schools and from there he
went to Central Normal College and Indiana University.
began the practice of Law in the courts of Orange County in the year
1895. Two years later he took unto himself a helpmate in the person of
Miss Ellen Pruett of near Orangeville. To them were born four
daughters: Ruth, Esther, Ethel and Mary. Twenty-nine years ago he with
his family removed from Paoli where they had been living for several
years, to French Lick.
Just as he
was passing his sixty-second milestone on the journey of life and as
the noontide began to wane, the angel of death met him and wafted his
soul away to the land from which none of its inhabitants have as yet
During this earthly
pilgrimage he developed a love for nature. The open fields, stream and
woodland were places he longed to visit. To him the song of the birds
in the wildwood and the babbling of its brook became enchanting music.
Shortly before his passing away he expressed appreciation for the
presence of the birds as they sang to him from the clump of trees and
shrubs near his window. All these seemed to speak to him of God's
creations, even though he did not begin to worship Him until recently.
gradual and marvelous change was wrought within Harry's soul during his
last illness. He gladly testified to many friends of his conversion and
the joy and peace of his heart. To one he said, "If God sees fit to
spare my life I shall be a different man." When he realized it was
impossible to recover he began making arrangements for his funeral
services; selecting the ministers, hymns, 30th Psalm and one of his
favorite poems, entitled "Going Home."
the wife and daughters, he leaves a grandson and granddaughter, three
brothers, four sisters, besides many relatives and friends to mourn his
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desire to express our sincere thanks to all who were so kind and
helpful during the sickness and death of our dear husband and father.
Mrs. Harry A. Carnes and Children. Submitted byTom Agan.
HOBSON, Letha E., Springs Valley Herald (July 7, 1932) Obituary
E. Hobson, daughter of Bailey and Eliza J. Hobson, was born November
18, 1914 in Orange County, Indiana. Letha lived a quiet home life and
was loved by her associates. Last winter she was converted at the
United Brethren Church in French Lick. On June 11, 1932, God in His
tender mercy reached down and called her away at the age of 17 years, 6
months and 23 days.
He leaves to
mourn her going, besides her father and mother, five brothers, Ira L.,
Omer J., James A., Jesse H. and William R., also three sisters, Mrs.
Bertha L. Farris, Mrs. Manila B. Jones and Mrs. Lois J. Farris, all of
French Lick. One brother, Elza Everett, preceded her to the great
beyond. He going will not only be mourned by those in the immediate
family, but by a host of relatives and friends.
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take this means of expressing our heartfelt thanks to those who
assisted us during the sickness and death of our daughter and sister,
Letha E. Hobson. We especially thank Rev. Byrum for his consoling
words, the choir, the many who sent the beautiful floral tributes, Mr.
Schmutzler for his efficient services, and those who furnished cars.
Mr. and Mrs. Baily Hobson and Family. Submitted byTom Agan.
McINTOSH, Ely, Springs Valley Herald (July 14, 1932) Death Notice
was received here the first of the week of the death of Ely McIntosh,
at his home in New Albany, Ind. Mr. McIntosh was one of the pioneer
residents of French Lick, having lived here fifty years ago. During the
80s he was postmaster when the town was little more than a struggling
village. Many of our older people knew him well and his passing recalls
to them the early days of the Valley. Mr. McIntosh was 88 years old.
Burial was in the New Albany cemetery, Wednesday. Submitted byTom Agan.
BROWN, Louis P., Springs Valley Herald (July 14, 1932) Obituary
P. Brown, son of Jonathan and Sarah Davis Brown, was born near West
Baden, Indiana, NOvember 7th, 1845. His early education was received at
the old Miller school house. He was reared in a Christian home. From
that home there went up daily the incense of prayer and praise to a
loving Heavenly Father, for His bounties and blessings. The parents and
children were members and regular attendants of the old Faucett's
Chapel M. E. Church, John Brown, grandfather of Louis P. Brown, was one
of the first trustees elected for this class. At this church brother L.
P. Brown was converted when quite young and for more that seventy-five
years has been a Christian man.
his early life there was laid the foundation of high ideals, and a
lofty standard of morals, which prepared him for a long and useful
life. When young he associated with the best society and never sowed
any wild oats. He attended school at Orangeville and also at Asbury,
now Depauw University. He taught school for several years. He also
engaged in the mercantile business in Orangeville for several years.
was married to Miss Harriett F. Ritter of Orangeville, April 29, 1873.
To this union was born seven children, three sons and four daughters.
Mrs. Anna Cleveland, of Orangeville; Mrs. Mary Bruner of Palestine,
Ill.; Mrs. Orlena Suddrath, wife of Rev. Suddrath, of Irrigon, Oregon;
Mrs. Fannie Scarlett, of Irrigon, Oregon; Louis A., deceased; Lloyd E.
of Orangeville; and Nobel L. of Palestine, Ill. He served his county as
Commissioner with honor to himself and the people who elected him. At
his death he was President of the West Baden National Bank. This office
he held for many years and proved to be a safe counselor. He was also
Trustee of the Orangeville M. E. Church, and was delighted to see it
repaired and rededicated. He and his wife presented the church with a
fine heating stove. In the long history of his private, political and
business career there has never been a spot or blemish.
more than sixty-four years he has been an honored member of Orange
Lodge No. 113 of the I. O. O. F. He believed in the principles of
benevolence and charity and practiced Friendship, Love and Truth.
several months he has felt life gradually slipping away. He came to the
end of the journey unafraid. An honest, clean, upright life that honors
God, and believes in the brotherhood of man can only end in victory. As
a brotherhood we extend our sympathy and prayers to the bereaved
family, assured when the guardian of the Grand Lodge on high informed
the Noble Grand there was an alarm at the gate, the answer came, "Swing
wide the gates and be ye lifted up ye everlasting doors, and let him
in," and our brother took his seat with the immortal characters of
God's great Brotherhood. Earth never bore upon it's bosom a better
friend. He leaves to his family a rich heritage more enduring that
silver or gold. He leaves to mourn his departure a wife, two sons, four
daughters; sixteen grandchildren and two great grandchildren, two
brothers and four sisters; William A. of Bedford, Ind.; Oratio S. of
Indianapolis, Ind.;Mrs. Gruzilda Blakely of Bosburn, Mo.; Mrs. Helen
Newland of French Lick, Ind.; Mrs. Mary M. Burton of French Lick, Ind.
and Mrs. Emma Murphy of Los Angeles, Calif.
the death of Louis A. the daughter-in-law and four children came into
the home and to Brother Brown and wife they have been as dear as their
own children. During the long illness of brother and sister Brown, the
daughter-in-law has been a faithful, sympathetic nurse. She, with the
four grandchildren, sit in the shadows today and deeply mourn the
passing of him who has been an indulgent, affectionate father and
This large audience is
an expression of the high esteem and regard of his many friends. After
long years of affliction and suffering, as a child pillows it's head on
it's mother's bosom and falls asleep, so our brother quietly and
peacefully fell asleep, to awake with the resurrection of the just,
aged 86 years, 7 months and 25 days. May the God of all grace comfort
and cheer the wife and children.
service was conducted by N. F. Denny, assisted by the pastor, Rev. A.
H. Rumbley, Monday, July 4, 1932, after which the I. O. O. F. rendered
a very appropriate service at the grave and the interment was in the I.
O. O. F. cemetery at Bethel.
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wish to extend our thanks to neighbors and friends for kindness and
sympathy shown us in our late bereavement. Especially do we thank the
ministers, the musicians, members of Orangeville and Orleans I. O. O.
F. Lodges and for the beautiful floral offerings. Mrs. Harriett F.
Brown and Family. Submitted byTom Agan.
WALLS, Isaiah, Springs Valley Herald (July 21, 1932) Obituary
Walls was born October 25, 1873 and died July 13, 1932 at the home of
his sister, Mrs. Ed Gillum at 1341 S. Meridian Street, Indianapolis,
Indiana. He leaves only his sister to mourn his departure.
was converted in the Church of God in 1930 and was baptized, remaining
a true Christian until his death. All was done that willing hands could
do. He suffered three years without a murmur. He prayed every day that
he might pass through the pearly gates of heaven.
often told his sister that his only wish was that his friends in French
Lick could know the change in him. He was well cared for by the nurse,
but all efforts to save him were in vain.
services were held at the Wald funeral parlor in Indianapolis and he
was laid to rest in the New Crown cemetery. Funeral services were
conducted by Rev. Daniels and Rev. Jackson. The many friends in
Indianapolis will never be forgotten for the friendships which was
shown us during the death of our dear brother. Mr. and Mrs. Ed. Gillum.
Submitted byTom Agan.
TOMILSON, Robert Franklin, Springs Valley Herald (July 28, 1932) Death Notice
Franklin Tomilson was born near Highland Chapel, Orange County,
Indiana, on December 4th, 1878 and passes from this life July 19th,
1932 at his home in West Baden, Indiana, aged 53 years, 7 months and 15
days. In early manhood he was united in marriage to Hattie Miller of
Louisville, Ky., and moved to that city, residing there three years.
birth of a son, Noble, and a daughter, Lillian, gladdened their hearts
during the brief period, but the call came for the beloved wife, who
went to the great beyond July 4, 1910.
with his motherless little ones to his boyhood home, he once more
centered his life to caring for his children. On May 2nd, 1916, he was
united in marriage to Susie Mills at Paoli, Indiana, a happy union that
endured for over sixteen years, but now brought to its close.
have been blessed with the birth of five children, four sons, Wallace,
15; Warren, 13; Farrel, 11; and John, 10, and one daughter, Rachel, 7.
tender memories of the kindness and affection of the husband and father
will live long in the hearts of the bereft widow and children, and this
great loss is shared by the surviving brother, William A. Tomilson, and
sister, Mrs. Emma Tomilson McBride, two grandchildren, Claude Edward
Parsons and Mary Lee Tomilson.
host of friends sympathize with this stricken family and mourn with
them in the passing of this serene, kindly soul who had gone through
life giving his best.
and hardworking, he though not of the hours of labor, but only of the
end to be achieved in taking care of those dependent upon him, and his
last worries during the fatal illness that was creeping over him, were
of his loved ones. A good man has gone that was honest in his dealings
with others, kindly in his attitude and devoted to the little flock
whose cheiftan he was.
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wish to extend our sincere thanks to the friends and neighbors who were
so kind during the illness and death of our dear husband and father.
Especially do we thank Rev. Hacker, the choir, pall bearers, Mr.
Schmutzler, those who sent the beautiful floral tributes and those who
furnished cars. Mrs. Robert Tomilson and Family. Submitted byTom Agan.
OCHS, John, Springs Valley Herald (August 4, 1932) Obituary
years of life, well blest with good health and ambition, seems a long
time to look into the future, but in our selfishness it did not seem
quite long enough when it came to giving up so kind and generous a
person as John Ochs.
His life was
guided by the Golden Rule. His allegiance to his employers was his
first consideration; he respected his duty toward them. To verify the
statement that he was in turn appreciated in his work, he was employed
with one company for twenty-one years, up until the time of his death.
and reared in Orleans, of German parents, he learned the trade of his
father, that of cabinet maker and carpenter. So skillful was he in his
work that strangers here at the Springs have enjoyed watching him ply
his tools, and spent hours with him in his workshop watching him work.
was kind and sympathetic; other people's troubles were his troubles; he
was saddened by their sorrows, and those in need always had a friend in
Mr. Ochs. None feared to ask of him a favor, for everyone knew he would
never turn them away until the favor had been granted. He was ever
ready with a loan, to help those who asked for one, and was always
liberal in his gifts to charity.
the outside world one may be held in high esteem by his associates, but
in the home there may be some minor faults to be weighed. At "Doane's",
where Mr. Ochs had made his home for the past seven and one-half years,
we found no fault with him, for he had none. He was quiet and refined
in his manners, clean in his habits, and honest to the point of
generosity in his business dealings. He was loved by all. Guest sought
his company at meal hours, and after coming year after year, the older
men held him as their Pal. Some were able to visit him during his
illness at the home of his niece and their daily inquiries as to his
condition attested to the strong friendship they had for him.
May 29th he was found in his workroom at the Homestead Hotel in a
critical condition, and on July 22 his work and his life on earth was
finished; he was called home, to that home eternal. Oh! that we could
be brave enough to shed no tears, for there is no fear for this loved
one gone on before. There is a God! There is a Home! There is a Reward
for kindness, loyalty and honesty!. Mr. and Mrs. C. M. Doane.
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family of John Ochs wishes to thank the friends who in any way gave
assistance during this sickness and death. Especially do we thank his
friends from West Baden and French Lick who so ably assisted and who
offered assistance during his early illness. Submitted byTom Agan.
FARRIS, Russell, Springs Valley Herald (August 18, 1932) Death Notice
Russell Farris, of near Hillham, died Wednesday morning of heart failure brought on by acute indigestion.
collapsed near the French Lick County Club while walking along the
highway. A brother who was with him enlisted the aid of a passing truck
and rushed him to the office of Dr. Dillinger here. Dr. Dillinger was
engaged with an important operation and Dr. Miller of West Baden of
West Baden was called to attend Farris. Examination disclosed that he
was dead before the doctor reached him.
services were conducted by Rev. Propheter at Mt. Lebanon today
(Thursday) at 3 p.m., and burial was in the adjacent cemetery. W. V.
Ritter & Son had charge of funeral arrangements. Submitted byTom Agan.
RUNYON, Sarah Harriet, Springs Valley Herald (August 18, 1932) Obituary
Harriet Owen was born March 2, 1852, and passed away at the home of her
daughter, Mrs. Arthur Dixon in West Baden, August 11, 1932, aged 80
years, 5 months and 9 days.
united in marriage to James A. Runyon, December 10, 1874,, and she
resided in and near West Baden until God called her home.
this union was born eleven children, Mrs. Anna Minton, Elvet L. Runyon,
Mary Etta Pearl, Mrs. Arthur Dixon, William M. Runyon, Wilbur Runyon,
Mrs. Fannie Stapleton, Mrs. Lizzie Pierce, Harvey H. Runyon and Maggie
She united with the
Old Nelson Methodist Church when a girl, later moving her membership to
the M. E. Church in West Baden, where she remained faithful until death.
She was a kind and loving wife and mother, always having the care of her home and loved ones at her heart.
leaves to mourn her loss her aged companion, eight children, thirty
grandchildren, thirteen great grandchildren, two brothers, Tom and
Henry Owen of West Baden and a host of other relatives and friends.
Mary Etta Pearl, Wilbur and Maggie Agnes Runyon preceded her in death.
now we see through a glass darkly. We shall see face to face, and even
as our children do not understand our plans for them, even so may not
understand our Father's plans for us and our suffering, but we may
still hold our hand in his hand, knowing that with the other hand He
holds our dear ones, hone on ahead a little while.
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wish to extend our sincere thanks to the friends and neighbors who were
so kind during the illness and death of our dear wife and mother.
Especially do we wish to thank Rev. Rumbley, the choir, pall bearers,
the flower girls, the undertaker, Mr. and Mrs. Ritter, and those who
sent the beautiful floral offerings and those who furnished cars. J. A.
Runyon and Children. Submitted byTom Agan.
SEYBOLD, Nellie Harriett, Springs Valley Herald (August 25, 1932) Obituary
Harriett Seybold, daughter of Robert and Rebecca V. Seybold, was born
December 22, 1897 and departed this life August 5, 1932, being 34
years, 7 months and 13 days of age. Hattie had been an invalid since
Her mother died when
Hattie was three years of age. Her father and relatives took care of
her as best they could until she was twelve years old, when it was
thought best to put her in an institution for treatment. Consequently
she was sent to Fort Wayne to a school for her class, where she
remained for 22 years, until her death. Under this method of treatment
she made progress until about six months ago, when her general health
began to fail, causing her sudden death on August 5th.
was of a loving disposition. She realized her serious condition. She
never forgot a person, though a stranger, who showed her a kindness.
leaves to mourn her departure her father, one sister, Mrs. Mabel P.
Baxter of Mackinaw Island, Mich., one brother, Floyd B. of Winchester,
Ind. Her mother and two brothers, Ollis R. and Laurel W., preceded her
in death. Submitted byTom Agan.