Orange County Obituaries


KESTERSON, Lucia J., Springs Valley Herald (July 26, 1928) Death Notice
Funeral services were held at the First Baptist church here last Friday for Mrs. Alexander Kesterson, who died at her home south east of Paoli on Thursday, July 19. The services were in charge of Elder W. C. Hancock, of Youngs Creek. Mrs. Kesterson had been ill for some time. Besides her husband, she is survived by one daughter and several sons, all married. Submitted by Tom Agan.

GROMER, Jessie, Springs Valley Herald (August 9, 1928) Death Notice
Jesse Gromer, died at his home in the western part of town Sunday of chronic nephritis. He had been in failing health for about a year, but had only been confined to his bed for the past three weeks.
Mr. Gromer had lived in French Lick for many years. Since the death of his sister about ten years ago he lived alone, as he has no near relatives here.
Interment was made in the Mt. Lebanon cemetery Tuesday afternoon at 2:00 o'clock. A short service at the grave was conducted by J. P. Davis.
Mr. Gromer was 72 years, 5 months and 15 days old at the time of his death. Submitted by Tom Agan.

DeMONT, Mary E., Springs Valley Herald (August 16, 1928) Death Notice
Funeral services were held at Ames Chapel Sunday afternoon for Mrs. Mary E. DeMont, former resident of this place and widow of Richard A. DeMont.
Mrs. DeMont died Saturday of apoplexy at the home of her brother in Niles, Michigan.
She was the widow of Richard DeMont, who died about fifteen years ago. Mr. and Mrs. DeMont formerly owned the property now occupied by Mrs. Margaret Hill on Maple Street. Mrs. DeMont leave French Lick after the death of her husband and lived with her brother in Niles.
She is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Howard Ewalt of South Bend, Ind., and an adopted daughter, Mrs. Harry Higgins of Indianapolis.
A short funeral service was conducted at the grave by Rev. N. F. Denny of Indianapolis.
Mrs. DeMont was 85 years old.

Springs Valley Herald (August 23, 1928) Tribute
At the setting of the sun on August 10, 1928, Mrs. Richard A. DeMont passed to her reward from a hospital at Niles, Mich.
On July 17 at the home of her brother at Eau Clair, Mich., she suffered a paralytic stroke from which she never recovered.
Mrs. DeMont spent the greater part of her life in Paoli and French Lick. she was a loyal member of the Methodist Episcopal Church and always evidenced her faith and trust in the living God. She served in places of leadership in almost every department of the Church life with much capability and efficiency.
It is difficult to analyze a woman so finely blended as was Mrs. DeMont.
She had such a warmth of love for her friends and neighbors, such a pleasing faculty of expression that all who came within the circle of her influence were charmed and inspired.
She had sincere belief in the goodness of God, and realities of life and endeavored to lead others to the same belief.
One of her most striking and outstanding characteristics was her never failing optimism. To be in her company one was made to feel that this world with all its vicissitudes is a good place and that to live is worth while.
She met the problems of life with Christian fortitude, being grateful for blessings and meeting defeat with submission.
Mrs. DeMont had a fine appreciation of the sunshine, trees and flowers and of every living thing in the great out of doors.
She was saved from melancholy by a ready sense of humor and had a rich heritage in a happy heart and the enjoyment of beauty.
She had a poise and self reliance that remained with her to the end.
She ministered devotedly and diligently to the loved ones of her household, and at the close of a long life she bade adieu to them by pointing upward and saying, "I am so tired. I want to go home."
May the bereft be comforted by the message: "Sorrow not, her day was done, well done." Mrs. Rolla V. Claxton, Indianapolis. Submitted byTom Agan.

COOK, Melinda, Springs Valley Herald (August 16, 1928) Death Notice
Mrs. Melinda Cook, 81 years old, died Sunday at her home near Youngs Creek, of chronic organic heart disease. Mrs. Cook had been in poor health since 1922.
Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at Corks Chapel. Submitted by Tom Agan.

STOCKDALE, Pearl, Springs Valley Herald (August 16, 1928) Death Notice
Mrs. Pearl Stockdale, colored, died Wednesday of last week at the Red Cross Hospital in Louisville following an operation for appendicitis. She was the wife of Charles Stockdale.
The remains were brought to French Lick Thursday and taken to the Stockdale home on Wells Avenue. Funeral services were held at the Baptist Church in West Baden Friday. Rev. Gore conducted the services. Interment was made in the Pythian cemetery.
Mrs. Stockdale was 48 years old. Submitted by Tom Agan.

HARRISON, Gertrude Lee, Springs Valley Herald (August 30, 1928) Obituary
Gertrude Lee Harrison, daughter of John W. and Belle Kellams, was born June 11, 1895 at French Lick, Indiana and departed this life August 25, 1928 at Savannah, Georgia, aged 33 years, 2 months and 14 days.
She was united in marriage to F. R. Harrison August 11, 1917. she was converted and united with the U. B. Church in the year 1907. She was not active in church work, being removed from the church of her choice, yet she retained that spotless integrity obtained through grace in her childhood days.
She leaves to mourn her loss the husband, two sisters, Mrs. Maude McMickle and Mrs. Dessie Klutts, and a host of relatives and friends.


We wish to thank the host of kind friends of Gertrude Kellams Harrison for their deep sympathy and beautiful floral tributes. Husband and Sisters. Submitted byTom Agan.

WELLS, Martha, Springs Valley Herald (August 30, 1928) Obituary
Martha, the eldest daughter of George and Martha Robbins, was born March 24, 1839 and departed this life August 23, 1928, at her home in Abbey Dell.
She was married in 1867 to Bailey Leonard. To this union was born two sons, George and Charles Leonard. In 1870 the husband died, leaving her alone with the two children.
In 1875 she was again married to William Wells. To this union was born two sons, Samuel and one who died in infancy.
She was united with the Bethlehem Baptist Church at French Lick in 1875, being baptized by Elder Robinson.
Two songs, "Meet Me There" and "There Is a Land of Pure Delight" were sung at the funeral. Submitted by Tom Agan.

VICKERY, Julia, Springs Valley Herald (September 6, 1928) Obituary
On August 16th, 1928, about the hour of 9 o'clock a.m. the Death Angel entered the home of Mr. John Vickery and family and called to rest the aged companion and mother, Mrs. Julia Vickery.
Julia, daughter of Charles and Lucinda Elliott, was born September 20, 1853 and at the time of her death was 74 years, 10 months and 28 days old. She was born in Orange County, Indiana near Millersburg, spent the greater part of her life in the county where she was born. She was one of a family of nine children.
She was united in marriage to John A. Vickery on October 29, 1874. To this union was born five children, two boys and three girls.
About thirty years ago she was added to the Christian Church at Antioch. To this church she remained a true and faithful member being very firm and strong in her belief. Her great theme through life was I believe that Jesus is the Christ the Son of the Living God the Savior of men. She obeyed her master in her home and in her daily walk through life.
During her illness her companion of fifty-four years did every thing that was possible to make her last days comfortable. She leaves to mourn her going a husband and five children, Mrs. Henry Hallaway and Mrs. Charles Sorrels of West Baden, Mrs. Stella McCracken of Detroit, Michigan, Delbert Vickery of Paoli and Charles Vickery of West Baden, there remains also twenty grandchildren, six great grandchildren, two brothers and one sister, with friends numbered with her acquaintances. It can be well said of her in the words of Paul, "I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith, henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness which the Lord the righteous judge shall give me at that day."
If those that are left can only resist the evils and temptations of this life and make heaven at last all will be well.
Funeral services were conducted by Elder William A. Crowder at Ames Chapel, Saturday, August 18th in the afternoon, followed by interment in the Ames cemetery.


We wish to thank the kind friends and relatives for their kindness and sympathy shown us during the sickness and death of our dear wife and mother, Mrs. Julia Vickery. We also thank Brother Crowder for his consoling words and the undertaker, Mr. Schmutzler for his kindness. Husband and Children. Submitted byTom Agan.

KING, William L., Springs Valley Herald (September 20, 1928) Death Notice
Will King died suddenly Sunday at his home in Paoli of heart disease. He operated a tailor shop in that city and was also salesman for the Kahn Tailoring Company of Indianapolis.
Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at the Presbyterian church in Paoli.
Mr. King was a cousin of W. J. McCoy, of this place. Submitted by Tom Agan.

MURRAY, Henry, Springs Valley Herald (September 20, 1928) Death Notice
Henry Murray, colored, died yesterday morning at his home on Wells Avenue. He had been in poor health for several months.
He had been employed as night man at the C. L. Drabing Garage for the past two or three years. He came here with his family from Kentucky. The body will be shipped to Kentucky this afternoon for burial.
He is survived by a wife and several children. Submitted by Tom Agan.

RICHARDSON, Mary Adeline, Springs Valley Herald (September 27, 1928) Death Notice
Mrs. John G. Richardson, 76 years old, died at 6:00 o'clock yesterday afternoon at her home in Prospect after a prolonged illness.
She is survived by her husband, two daughters, Mrs. Joe Lomax of this place and Mrs. Ella Taylor of Indianapolis and two sons, Ed and Will Richardson, both of West Baden.
Funeral services will be held tomorrow (Friday) afternoon at 1:00 o'clock at Ames Chapel.

Springs Valley Herald (October 4, 1928) Obituary
Mary Adeline Grigsby Richardson was born March 16, 1854 and died September 26, 1928, age 74 years, 6 months and 10 days. Her parents were Dr. William and Amey Grigsby, who were among the early settlers of Orange County.
Death is not the end, but the beginning of a true and noble existence. She was married to John G. Richardson, January 23, 1870. Into this home came six children, two daughters preceded her to the great beyond. She is survived by the husband and four children, who were able to minister to her in her last hours. The children are William F. Richardson and George E. Richardson of West Baden, Mrs. Ella Taylor of Indianapolis and Mrs. Nell Lomax of Prospect. She loved her husband, children and home with a great devotion and counted no sacrifice for them too great. She is also survived by nine grandchildren, two great grandchildren, one brother and two sisters. "She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness." Proverbs 31-27. She united with the Church of Christ at Prospect January 9, 1887. She was a faithful member, ever loyal to her church and her savior. Like a flower whose perfume we sense, after it is closed in at night time, is her life to us all, and she has broken the shackles of earth and gone home. There she has it all, Jesus her redeemer, her loved ones, no suffering, no sorrow, and we know she would not have it different. The Father's will was hers.
She was a good neighbor and many there are who can testify to her goodness, she shared the joys and sorrows of the whole community. Jesus said, "Let not your heart be troubled; ye believe in God, believe also in Me.
In my Father's house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.
And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto my self, that where I am, there ye may be also." St. John 14-1,2,3.
We would say to all the loved ones, look up to Jesus for He doeth all things well.


We wish to express our appreciation to the many friends during the illness and death of our wife and mother. Also for the choir service and beautiful floral offerings. J. G. Richardson and Family.\ Submitted byTom Agan.

PRICE, William A., Springs Valley Herald (October 4, 1928) Death Notice
William A, Price, age 70, veteran Monon conductor on the French Lick branch, was found dead in his room at the Grand Hotel here Sunday morning, his body hanging from the side of the bed, with his feet and head tied to the posts.
The coroner's inquest was held following the discovery of the body and his death was pronounced due to suicide although those who assisted in the investigation declared it was the most ghastly and queerest suicide of which they had ever heard or seen.
Indications were that the man had performed the act in a nightmare; had arisen in the dark after he had read a book and gone to sleep, secured some underwear around his neck and the sheet about his feet, and then simply slipped out of bed.
Although there were some rumors of foul play those who investigated could find no indication that such was true as there were no clues or apparent motives leading to murder.
Price had a room at the Grand Hotel and came in from his run between French Lick and Orleans at 7:10 Saturday evening, spoke to several people about the hotel, then went to his room. Nothing further was thought about Mr. Price until the time came for him to go out on his run at 10 o'clock Sunday morning, and he did not report for duty. This alarmed his friends and going to the hotel it was found that he had not been downstairs. The door to his room was locked and had to be forced open, when Price was found dead, suspended between the top of the bed and the floor. It was evident that he had been dead several hours.
No note could be found and so far as was known he had not talked to anyone about taking his life and he seemed to have been in good health. About $200 was found in his pockets.
The wife of Conductor Price died two years ago, also a son died in California of lung trouble about six months ago and it was evident that he was more or less despondent.
Mr. Price had been an employee of the Monon since 1890 beginning at the bottom and for a long time has been a conductor, running for several years between Orleans and French Lick. He was a 32nd degree Mason and a member of the Order of Railway Conductors and a very substantial man. The home is at Orleans and Clay Price, a Monon freight conductor is a son. There are five grandchildren.
Funeral services were held at the home in Orleans Tuesday at 2 o'clock and a number of the local railroad men attended going on a special train from here to Orleans. Submitted byTom Agan.

PARKS, Sarah Ann, Springs Valley Herald (October 11, 1928) Death Notice
Mrs. Sarah Ann Parks, age 71, died at her home in French Lick Thursday night after a month's serious illness. Suffering with a form of heart disease Mrs. Parks put up a brave fight for her life, but was finally forced to succumb.
Funeral services were held at the Christian Church, of which she was a faithful member, Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock and the body was laid to rest in the Ames Chapel cemetery.
Mr. Parks died less than a year ago and Mrs. Parks is survived by the following sons and daughters: Frances, Joe, Milton and Ethel of French Lick; and Mrs. Wilson Denbo of Jackson, Michigan; a brother, Edward Dillard, of Eckerty.

Springs Valley Herald (October 11, 1928)
Those out of town who attended the funeral of Mrs. Sarah Ann Parks at the Christian Church Saturday afternoon were Mr. and Mrs. Ark Davis and son, Ted; Mrs. George Ruttledge, Mr. and Mrs. John Hill and Mrs. Mollie Hill of Washington; Mrs. L. L. Holiday and Arthur Dillard and daughter Margaret Ann of Paoli; Everett Dillard of Eckerty; Mr. and Mrs. William Dillard and Mrs. Fred Dillard of Newton Stewart; Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Eckerty and son, Ernest of Wickliffe.

Springs Valley Herald (October 11, 1928) Obituary
Sarah Ann, daughter of Dr. James F. and Mrs. Jane Dillard, was born July 28, 1857 at Newton Stewart, Indiana where the greater part of her girlhood was spent. She was one of a family of twelve. Only one brother remains, Mr. Ed Dillard of Eckerty, Indiana.
She was united in marriage December 28, 1887 to Charley Parks of Fargo, Indiana, who preceded her to the Glory World December 30, 1927.
To this union five children were born, Frances, Joe, Milton and Ethel of French Lick and Mrs. Wilson Denbo of Jackson, Michigan. Four of these have had the blessed privilege of being by the side of the mother during her illness and giving her every comfort that was possible in her passing days. She departed this life October 4, 1928. Aged 71 years, 2 months and 6 days.
Mrs. Parks lived a quiet reserved life. She was one who took great pleasure in her humble home ministering to the needs of the family and reaching a helping hand when possible to a friend or neighbor. Hers was a life of devotion to lived ones and her many friends and neighbors can testify to her goodness. She converted and united with the Regular Baptist Church in 1901. After moving to French Lick she united with the Christian Church to which she has remained a faithful member.
Jesus has called her to her reward and there is left to those who loved her, the beautiful memory of a life well spent. We would not have it otherwise.


We take this means of expressing our heartfelt thanks to those who so kindly assisted us during the illness and death of our dear mother, Mrs. Sarah Ann Parks. We especially want to thank Rev. Drash for his consoling words, the ones who sent the beautiful floral tributes, W. V. Ritter & Son and those who furnished cars. The Family. Submitted by Tom Agan.

BLUM, Mary A. Pinnick, Springs Valley Herald (October 11, 1928) Death Notice
Mary A. Blum, daughter of Henry and Polly Ann Sanders, was born near Clestine, Dubois County, Indiana on January 13, 1844 and died in Cuzco, Indiana on September 29, 1928 at the ripe old age of 84 years, 8 months and 16 days.
She was married three times. Her first marriage was to Thomas Pinnick on September 2, 1866. Two children were born to this union, William Thomas and John H. The Husband and father died on May 24, 1868. Her son John is dead, but William Thomas is still living and resides in Brazil, Indiana.
Her second marriage was to Nathaniel Burton. He died on January 14, 1884.
Her third marriage was to Joseph Blum. He died on October 3, 1895.
She had living ten grandchildren, nine great grandchildren and one great great grandchild. Two of her grandchildren, George Pinnick and Ira Pinnick are living near Kokomo, Indiana, and were present at her funeral. She became a mother to George Pinnick after the death of his other while he was quite young and raised him up to his manhood. He visited her five weeks before her death. Distance and home cares prevented more frequent visits to the home of his grandmother to comfort her in her ill health, for she was an invalid for thirty five years.
She was a member of the Christian Church, at what is known as the old Bender school house and ministered to its well being as much as her health would permit.
Her funeral was preached in the Cuzco Methodist Church on September 30, 1928 by Rev. Nicholson and her body was laid to rest in the cemetery near by to await the Resurrection. Her death was due to paralysis.
May her life and service be to all an inspiration and a pleasant memory. Do not weep for her as "one that has no hope," for she has lain down the burdens of life and is forever free, but strive to live that the glorious life, too, may be yours when you are called to quit the walks of men. Submitted byTom Agan.

ROYER, Dessie, Springs Valley Herald (October 18, 1928) Death Notice
Mrs. Dessie Royer, died at her home in the Red Quarry neighborhood early Sunday morning with cardiac reual, at the age of 59 years and 2 months.
Funeral services were held Monday afternoon followed by interment in the Wolfington cemetery.
She is survived by several children and one sister, Mrs. Carrie Davis of St. Louis, Missouri. Submitted by Tom Agan.

BLEDSOE, Herbert, Springs Valley Herald (November 15, 1928) Death Notice
Herbert Bledsoe, 20 years old, was instantly killed last Thursday afternoon near the Sulphur Creek neighborhood when a truck which he was driving plunged over an embankment on a narrow strip of road, pinning him under the vehicle.
Young Bledsoe was hauling gravel for the construction of a road near the place of his death. As he rounded a turn in the road, he seemed to lose control of the car, which ran over the embankment, turning over several times.
He is survived by his mother and father, three brothers and four sisters. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Nash Eskridge, pastor of the United Brethren Church here were held Saturday afternoon at Sulphur Creek. Interment followed in the cemetery adjoining the church. Submitted byTom Agan.

CHARLES, Lawrence, Springs Valley Herald (November 22, 1928) Death Notice
Lawrence Charles, 39 years of age, died at Marion, Indiana, November 14, after a lingering illness of several months. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Wilbur Charles, residents of French Lick.
Mr. Charles was born in Orange County and spent most of his life in this county. He was a World War veteran, enlisting on Company B, 57th Infantry, first going to Camp Logan at Houston, Texas and later to Camp Pike, Little Rock, Ark. He was honorably discharged from the service of his country in February, 1919.
Fail health compelled him to leave French Lick several months ago, and hope was entertained for his ultimate recovery, but his condition seemed to grow worse instead of better. Although a sad blow to friends and relatives in French Lick, his demise was not entirely unexpected.
He was united in marriage July 5, 1923 to Rhodella Roach. His wife, parents, two brothers and two sisters survive him.
Mr. Charles was a member of the Masonic Lodge and the American Legion, which orders mourn his passing with the loss of a brother and comrade.
Funeral services were conducted last Saturday afternoon at Ames Chapel by Rev. Montgomery, pastor of the West Baden M. E. Church. French Lick Lodge No 586, F. & A. M., had charge of the services at the grave. Interment followed in the Ames cemetery.

Springs Valley Herald (November 22, 1928) Obituary
Lawrence Charles, son of Wilbur A. and Rhoda Charles, was born in Orange County, September 3rd, 1889 and departed this life November 14th, 1928. Aged 29 years, 2 months and 11 days.
Lawrence was a good boy, industrious, kind hearted, and loved by all who knew him. His live and devotion to his father and mother, brothers and sisters which became evident early in life grew with the years. His genial disposition having won for him many friends, it was with a feeling of regret to the community, when on May 23, 1918 he answered the call of his country to arms, serving a period of training in Co. B., 57th Infantry, first at Camp Logan, Houston, Texas and later at Camp Pike, Little Rock, Arkansas. During his military service, though many miles away from familiar scenes, his thought were constantly at home. Through his letters to home folks he expressed, not only his love, and devotion to them, but also his anxiety for the safety of a brother also serving his country on foreign soil.
The great war having ended, making military service no longer necessary he was honorably discharged February, 1919. Returning to civilian life it was with heartfelt joy, his many friends welcomed him again into their midst.
On July 5, 1923 he was united in marriage to Rhodella Roach, who with father and mother, two brothers, Van R. and Noble, two sisters, Mrs. Harry Love and Mrs. Norman Jones, and a host of friends and neighbors are left to mourn his loss.


I take this means of thanks the neighbors and friends for their kindness during the death of my husband and especially the singers, Masons, American Legion, Rev. Montgomery, the undertaker, W. V. Ritter & Son and for the beautiful flower offerings. Rhodella Charles. Submitted byTom Agan.

WOLSEY, Christine Elizabeth, Springs Valley Herald (November 30, 1928) Obituary
On last Thursday morning, November 22, at 10:30 o'clock the death angel visited the home and took from them a loving wife and dear mother.
Christine Elizabeth Wolsey, nee McCormick, was born October 4, 1873 and died November 22, 1928, aged 55 years, 1 month and 17 days.
In 1906 she united with the church at St. Joe and was always a faithful member and was always in service when able to attend.
She was a faithful wife, a devoted mother, a good and kind neighbor. Her gentle disposition has won for her many friends and can be dais a good woman has left us. But her influence is still left to pilot her's left here to a better land. It is to be hoped that her good will be there, God, and may we all look to Him and say, "Thine will be done."
In the year 1888 she was united in marriage to Charles G. Wolsey. This union was blest with eleven children, four preceding her to the great beyond. She leaves her husband, seven children, as follows: Lon and Babe of French Lick, Mary Brosmer of Jasper, Willis of Lima, Ohio, Josephine Mynatt of Gary, Nelia and Jim of Birdseye. Also one sister, Mary Chumbley, one brother, Willis McCormick, both of Birdseye.
Funeral services were held at the home Saturday morning, Rev. R. McKenny of Birdseye officiating. The remains were laid in the last resting place at Wickliffe cemetery.
Again and again she told her family she was alright and ready to go. Then let her rest till God shall call. Submitted by Tom Agan.

JOHNSON, Ermel Marie, Springs Valley Herald (November 30, 1928) Obituary
Ermel Marie Johnson, youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John T. Johnson, was born December 21, 1903 and departed this life November 7, 1929, age 24 years, 10 months and 18 days.
She leaves to mourn her loss, besides the broken hearted parents, three sisters, Mrs. Nora B. Erwin of Greentown, Ind., Mrs. Lizzie Pickering of Markel, Ind. and Mrs. Zita Clarice Cleaver of West Baden, four brothers, Freddie Claude of Windfall, Norma Lee of Huntington, Ind., Wesley of West Baden and Rolla Thomas of Garrison, Iowa, and a host of other relatives and friends.
As a child Ermel was quiet, loving and obedient and these characteristics clung with her as she grew into womanhood. Her lovable sunny disposition won her friends where ever she went and to know her was to love her.
She graduated from the West Baden High School in 1922 and has completed a two year College Course Prepatory to teaching. For the past four years she has been engaged in teaching in the neighboring schools.
Nine years ago Ermel was converted in the Methodist Church at West Baden. Later she was sanctified and united with the Pilgrim Holiness Church at French Lick. To the vows she assumed she has ever been faithful, and lived a consistent Christian life so we mourn not as those who have no hope for we have the assurance that "Blessed are the dead that died in the Lord."
She will be missed in the classroom and in the church where he testimony and song was ever an inspiration to the hearers. But most of all, will she be missed in the home circle where she was a comfort and joy to her parents in their declining years.
Funeral services were held Sunday November 11, at 2:00 o'clock p.m., at the Holiness Church, conducted by Rev. Floyd Goins. Interment was in the Ames Chapel cemetery.


We wish to thank the neighbors and friends for their kindness and sympathy during the sickness and death of our daughter and sister, the undertaker, W. V. Ritter & Son, and for the beautiful floral offerings. Mr. and Mrs. John T. Johnson and Children. Submitted byTom Agan.

KING, Nancy, Springs Valley Herald (November 30, 1928) Obituary
Just as a new day was dawning the precious soul of a mother took its flight and entered the pearly gates of Heaven.
Nancy King, daughter of William and Polly Cope was born in Knox County, Kentucky, February 16, 1853 and departed this life November 24, 1918. Age 75 years, 9 months and 8 days.
She was united in marriage to Lee King March 2, 1870 and lived together happily almost 59 years. It is indeed sad to separate such a happy union, but God doeth all things well.
To this union was born thirteen children, eight girls and five boys. Namely: William H., Mary E., Lucretia E., George B., Charlotte B., Lee R., Arvilla J., Lora M., Grace E., Nancy A., Simon P., Thomas O. and Ida E., of this number six have preceded her to the great beyond. They are William H., Mary E., Lucretia E., George B., Charlotte B. and Grace E.
She leaves to mourn her departure the aged husband, seven children, fifty-four grandchildren, twenty-two great grandchildren. The children surviving and who so tenderly cared for her are: Lee. R. King, Mrs. Arvilla Ionne, Mrs. Lora Flick, Mrs. Nancy Ash, Simon King, Otto King and Mrs. Ida Crowe.
She united with the M. E. Church at about the age 20 years and later transferred her membership to the General Baptist Church of Fairview. She lived a devoted christian life until God called her home to rest. Many times she has told her loved ones that she was prepared to go. She has often been heard praying for God to care for her companion and children.
Funeral services were conducted at Patoka Church Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock by Rev. Curtis Cummins of Birdseye and the request of the deceased the song, "Some Sweet Day," was sung by the seven children before leaving the home. Five little granddaughters served as flower bearers, and pallbearers were four daughters and two sons, while the remains were followed by the husband and oldest son.


We desire to express our sincere thanks and appreciation to our neighbors, friends and relatives for the kindness shown us during the illness and death of our wife and mother, Mrs. Lee King. Also the consoling words of the Rev. Cummins, and the efficient services of the undertaker, Mr. Schmutzler. Lee King, Children and Grandchildren. Submitted byTom Agan.

WOODS, Dora Lindley, Springs Valley Herald (November 30, 1928) Death Notice
After a lingering illness covering a period of seven years, Mrs. Dora Woods passed away at her home last Saturday morning at 1:30 at her home on West Water Street. She was 73 years of age.
Mrs. Woods was born in Morgan County, but was reared in Monroe and after her marriage to Cornelius Lindley in 1879, moved to this county, where she spent the remainder of her life. One daughter, Mrs. Maude Lindley Kibler, born to this union survives, two step-daughters having preceded her in death.
Her husband passing away in 1882, she was married again in 1888 to Marion Wood, and to this union one son, Harley Wood, now of Council Bluff, Iowa was born. Three grandchildren, Leon Kibler, this city (Paoli), and Rober and Cleo Wood of Council Bluff, Iowa, survive. Also two brothers of the deceased survive, namely: J. V. Rawlins and Osbin Rawlins of Dallas, Texas.
The body of the deceased was taken to the M. E. Church, of which she was a member, at noon, Monday, and funeral services were held at 2 o'clock. The services were in charge of the Rev. George W. Dalrymple, assisted by the Rev. R. O. Lahue and by Rev. A. L. Copeland. There were many beautiful floral tokens, expressing the love and esteem, in which she was held by those who knew her best. Mrs. Wood was recognized in the community as a good woman, but her outstanding characteristic was her unfailing patience. She bore her long affliction with a fortitude and patience rarely seen.
Interment was made in the Paoli cemetery beside her first husband.
Those from out of town attending the funeral of Mrs. Dora Wood Monday afternoon were Mr. and Mrs. Harley Wood and two children, of Council Bluff, Iowa; Henry Hinkle and son, Johnie and daughter, Daisy, and Mrs. Will Wood of Bloomington; Dr. and Mrs. J. A. Brady and son, Matthew Brady, of Louisville; Mr. Minnie Fitzgerald of Louisville; Mrs. William Ritter of French Lick and others from French Lick and Orleans. Submitted byTom Agan.

DIXON, George E., Springs Valley Herald (December 27, 1928) Death Notice
Funeral services for George E. Dixon, 48 years old, were held at the home in Prospect Sunday morning, followed by interment in Ames Chapel cemetery. The services were in charge of Rev. Volney Trimble. Mr. Dixon was killed Friday morning by what was thought to be a self-inflicted wound from a shotgun with which he had gone hunting earlier in the day.
Mr. Dixon was found a short distance from home when Mrs. Dixon became alarmed over his absence. He was found with his head almost blown off with a charge from the gun.
The deceased, because of his mental condition, is believed to have taken his own life, his mind having been affected for several years. Besides the widow, he is survived by two sons and two daughters. Submitted byTom Agan.

BLEDSOE, Delphus, Springs Valley Herald (December 27, 1928) Obituary
Delphus Bledsoe, a well known and highly respected citizen of the Moores Ridge community was born near South Liberty church, Orange County, August 16, 1851 and departed this life December 8, 1928, age 77 years, 3 months and 22 days. He was the son of William and Margaret Bledsoe.
On March 1, 1874 he was united in marriage to Mary E. Cox, daughter of John and Elizabeth Cox. To this union were born four sons and two daughters. Two of the sons, Amos and Roscoe, have preceded their father in death. Roscoe sleeps in France.
Delphus was an industrious farmer and when stricken with his last illness was engaged in work on his farm. He was one of the prominent and respectable citizens of his community and was held in high esteem by all who knew him.
Besides his widow he leaves two sons, John W. and Eldo of French Lick, two daughters, Mrs. Flarrintha Line of Bedford and Mrs. Lula Seybold of Terre Haute, nineteen grandchildren and nine great grandchildren, two brothers, Samuel of Elon and Jefferson of Norton and a host of other relatives and friends to mourn their loss.
He will be greatly missed by all who knew him, but most in the home where he ever had a kind and loving word for those who were near and dear to him.
Mr. Bledsoe had been a member of the Christian Church at Elon since 1873, having united with the church there when he was 22 years of age.


We wish to thank our many friends and relatives for their kindness during the sickness and death of our beloved husband, and the undertaker, Mr. Schmutzler for his kindness and Dr. Dillinger for his assistance and also Rev. Jackson for his consoling words. Mrs. Delphus Bledsoe and Children. Submitted byTom Agan.