Orange County Obituaries


ABELS, Rachel, Springs Valley Herald (September 7, 1933) Death Notice
Rachel Abel, 43, died Tuesday morning at a hospital in Washington, Ind. where she had been taken only a few hours previously. The cause of death was given as Carcinoma (Cancer) of the Larynx.
Miss Abel is well known here, having been employed for a number of years at the Ladies Bath at the French Lick Springs Hotel. Her death comes as a shock and surprise to her many friends as she was not know to be in ill health. She was taken ill last Saturday and grew rapidly worse until it was decided to remover her to the hospital for treatment.
Funeral services were conducted Thursday morning at the United Brethren Church in French Lick by Rev. W. J. Byrum with burial at Waggoner's Chapel in Martin County.
She is survived by her mother, Mrs. Hiram Abel and 3 sisters and 6 brothers. W. V. Ritter & Son had charge of the funeral.

Springs Valley Herald (September 21, 1933)
Rachel K. Abel, who passed away September 5th had lived in French Lick for more than eighteen years, during which time she had been one of the employees of the French Lick Springs Hotel Company. On August the 17th while working in the bath department she took sick, but continued to work the 17th and 18th over the protest of those who worked with her. On Saturday the 19th day of August she had two hard chills and was sent to her room at the New Windsor Hotel and from which time she never was able to go back to work. Joseph R. Dillinger was called to visit her and who did wait on her for a few days. About the last day of August she recovered enough to be out of bed and out of her room, but on Friday night, the first day of September, she was very sick and early Saturday morning Dillinger was again called, but during the day she grew worse, her fever was 104 and she and her sister decided to have Dr. F. B. Hammond called, and Dr. Hammond came and administered to her and took charge of the case, gave her something to relieve the pain in her head and throat and resting medicine of some kind.
Saturday night about nine o'clock Dillinger came in to see her, or might have been called, I do not known and I went up into the room where Rachel was, on being informed that he was going to remove Rachel from her room to his place of business. With her sister and others present I absolutely informed him that he could take her from that room while she was asleep; that if her sister wanted to take her I had no objection, but as it was then, he could not touch her and that she had had Dr. Hammond called in as her physician. Then the sister, Sopha Gammon, informed him that she would not let Rachel go until she awoke and then it would be up to her. Dillinger then said that he withdrew from the case, but Dr. Hammond had already taken charge.
Rachel state to me and others the next day "that if we had let him take her out of that room into his place of business that she never would have forgiven us, and that she would not have stayed, that she would have jumped our of a window if there was no other way out" and I then informed her that for her not to be uneasy that she would never leave there, but would be taken care of and everything done for her that was possible.
Dr. Hammond continued to wait on her and on Monday night she was taken to Washington to the Daviess County Hospital and Doctor Walden, one of the best physicians in Southern Indiana, was called in and in consultation with Dr. Hammond thoroughly decided that it was cancer of the larynx that was causing her serious illness and which caused her death early Tuesday morning.
At the time of her death with her sister, Clara Blocher and Clara Wininger and myself about her she turned over on her right side and took me by the hand and with a smile on her lips her soul was wafted into eternity; everything that could be done was done for her relief but it was hers to die and ours to mourn her loss, the loss we deeply feel.
We brought her back to French Lick to the undertaking department of W. V. Ritter & Son and had the body prepared for burial. The coroner came in and said that J. R. Dillinger had made certain statements and demanded that the stomach of Rachel be taken and examined by the proper officials, the same was done and her I insert the coroner of Orange County, and also that of the state chemist who tested her stomach, its contents and tissues and his report is an answer to Dillinger's demand, as filed with the Clerk of the Orange Circuit Court, as the returns of the coroner in that case and of record there.

State Of Indiana
Orange County, SS:
Be it remembered that on this the 14th day of September, 1922, the same being the 4th judicial day of the September Term of the Orange Circuit Court, the following proceedings were filed, to wit:
Paoli, Indiana, September 14, 1933.State Of Indiana
Orange County, SS:
In the matter of the death of Rachel Abels, September 5, 1933.
This is to certify that I, R. L. Holaday, coroner in and for said county, having been informed of the death of Rachel Abels, and that her body was at the Undertaking establishment of W. O. Ritter, at French Lick, Indiana, and being informed that there was a suspicion of foul play, and being demanded by Dr. R. Dillinger, who treated her in her last illness, I did proceed at once to the place of her body.
After getting permission from her two sisters, I summoned Dr. Miller at West Baden and an autopsy was held and her stomach was removed and sent with careful precaution to the Indiana School of Medicine, where a complete toxicological analysis was made with negative results. The burial permit was signed by the physician who treated her at Washington, Indiana.
In witness whereof, this day I have set my hand and seal of my office. Dr. R. L. Holaday, Coroner.

Indianapolis, Indiana
September 13, 1933
Dr. R. L. Holaday, Coroner
Paoli, Indiana
Report of analysis for poisons conducted upon a stomach and it contents from the body of one Rachel Abels, late of Orange County, Indian.
On September 8, 1933 I received from Dr. R. L. Holaday, Coroner of Orange County, Indiana, a stomach and its contents, which stomach Dr. Holaday state, was from the body of one Rachel Abels who recently died in Orange County, Indiana.
I have performed analysis for poisons upon the above mentioned stomach and its contents from the aforesaid Rachel Abels with the following results:
Stomach contents. The contents of the stomach weighed 3.5 ounces and consisted of a reddish brown fluid. This material was subjected to extensive analysis for poisons, but no poison found.
Stomach Tissue. The empty stomach weighed 6.4 ounces and appeared to be normal. Careful analysis did not reveal the presence of any poison in the stomach tissue.
Rabbit Test. Twenty-five grams of the stomach contents were administered to a rabbit weighing 3 1/2 lbs. by means of a stomach tube. The rabbit showed no ill effects.
R. N. Harger, Professor of Biochemistry and Toxicology, Indiana University School of Medicine.

State of Indiana
Orange County, SS:
I, Arthur J. Farlow, Clerk of the Orange Circuit Court in and for said County and State do hereby certify the above and foregoing to be a correct copy of the proceedings filed in the above entitled cause and the same is made of record in Civil Order Book No. 51 at pages 1421142 now on file in my office as such Clerk.
In Witness, I hereunto , this 14th day of September 14, 1933.
Arthur J. Farlow, Clerk Orange Circuit Court.

Springs Valley Herald (September 14, 1933) Obituary
Rachel Abel, daughter of Hiram Z. and Ellen Blagrave Abel, was born in Martin County, Indiana March 1, 1890 and departed this life a the Daviess County Hospital, September 5, 1933, having lived a life of 43 years, 6 months and 4 days.
The girlhood days of the departed were spent on a little farm near Waggoner's Chapel in Lost River Township, Martin County. She was married to Austin Davisson in Nov. 1906. To this union was born one child, a son, who died in infancy.
After her brief wedded life she spent a few years in the Abel family home and them went to West Baden and French Lick where she was employed and where she spent the remainder of her life.
Rachel had a cheerful and amiable disposition. She had a word of cheer and a smile for everyone. She was a truly affectionate daughter and sister and a loving friend. Although her last years were spent away from home she constantly carried in her heart and mind the thoughts of those at home and many times denied self for the comfort and welfare of her parents, brothers and sisters.
Rachel leaves to mourn her loss a mother, Mrs. Ellen Abel of Lost River Township and the following brothers and sisters: Harrison of Lost River Township; Columbus of Shoals, Edwin of Florida, Henry of Hutsonville, Ill.; James of Hymera; George of Seymour; Mrs. Alletha Blocker of Fort Wayne; Mrs. Clara Wininger of Muncie and Mrs. Sophia Gammon of near Shoals. She also leaves many other relatives and friends.
Her was an unselfish life and she will be sadly missed by her many friends.
She united with the United Brethren Church of French Lick several years ago and has since been a devoted member and sincere in the faith that she accepted. She has passed from this life into the life of immortality and to all mortals she has a message: Beyond that mysterious veil there comes a sound of that voice we loved so well, saying "Live a life of usefulness, deny self, and accept God." Submitted by Tom Agan.

BENNETT, Paul, Springs Valley Herald (September 7, 1933) Death Notice
Paul Bennett, age 20, died September 4 at his home near Scarlett Ridge from pulmonary tuberculosis.
He was the son of the late William Bennett of this place.
Funeral services were conducted at Scarlett Ridge Wednesday afternoon by Rev. Wm. Riedeman of Louisville with burial in the nearby cemetery.
Ritter & Son had charge of the funeral arrangements. Submitted by Tom Agan.

PAINTER, Jacob, Springs Valley Herald (September 7, 1933) Death Notice
Jacob Painter, age 77, passed away at his home here Friday from hemorrhage after a long illness.
Funeral services were conducted by Rev. J. F. Goins at Wycliffe Sunday afternoon. Burial was in the adjoining cemetery. W. V. Ritter & Son had charge of funeral arrangements. Submitted byTom Agan.

WININGER, Clinton, Springs Valley Herald (September 14, 1933) Death Notice
Clinton Wininger, 86, formerly of this place died Monday at his home at Muncie, Indiana as a result of injuries suffered in a fall a few days ago.
The body was brought to the home of his granddaughter, Mrs. Charles Leonard of West Baden. Funeral arrangements were conducted Wednesday afternoon at Moores Ridge by Rev. Wm. C. Hancock with burial in the church cemetery. He is survived by three children.
W. V. Ritter & Son had charge of the funeral. Submitted by Tom Agan.

PARKS, Elmer C., Springs Valley Herald (September 21, 1933) Death Notice
Elmer C. Parks, 46, passed away at his home near Newton Stewart Saturday night after a long illness of tuberculosis.
Mr. Parks was well known in Orange County teaching circles having taught school in the county for a number of years. On account of the nature of his ailment he had given up active teaching some time ago.
Funeral services were conducted at South Liberty Monday afternoon by Rev. Ed Apple. He is survived by his wife, one daughter, his father and one brother. Schmutzler had charge of the funeral.

Springs Valley Herald (September 21, 1933) South Liberty News
Mr. Elmer Parks, a teacher of Orange County twenty years, died at his home northeast of Newton Stewart Saturday evening. He was buried at this place Monday afternoon. He was a member of the Church of Christ. Elder Ed Apple preached the funeral discourse. Schmutzler had charge of the funeral arrangements. An uncommonly large concourse of people were in attendance. We sympathize with the bereaved.

Springs Valley Herald (September 14, 1933) Obituary
The portals of Heaven have again been opened to us, its celestial glories drawn earthward, and through the mist of our tears we again look to Him in whose presence our lived and lost now abides.
In bringing this new vision to us, Death has entered our home, our school, our church and our community and has taken from us one of our own, Elmer C. Parks.
He was the son of William K, and Sarah E. Parks and was born September 11, 1887. Departed this life September 16, 1933, aged 46 years and 5 days. He was united in marriage to Ida Linthicum in 1911 and to this happy union one daughter, Evaleen, was born.
In young manhood Elmer heeded the call of his Master and became a member of the Christian Church at Panther Creek. He was a firm believer in the Divine Master and often expressed his faith. He looked forward to his passing as only a new adventure in which he held no fear.
Knowing as he did, for so many months, that his earthly stay was sort, he often talked with his friends of his readiness to go Home and oft times seemed anxious, and when came the hour of his transition from this world of pain and sorrow, to that realm of eternal bliss, he faltered not but with a beautiful faith fell asleep in Jesus.
He was a successful teacher in the schools of Orange County fir twenty years and his sterling qualities and friendly smile will long linger in the minds of the manly boys and girls who are grieved by his passing.
Elmer was greatly devoted to his home and family and he always seemed happiest when he could make others happy. Such love and affection is seldom seen as was found in his home life. He had an alluring quality about him which assured him a host of friends. He was always of a cheerful nature, even during his long months of suffering and was never heard to murmur or complain. He took a deep interest in nature and the great outdoors and to him all life was beautiful.
Our hearts are tendered today with sympathy and sorrow and God does not seem so far away, coming in answer to our needs, comforting us in this dark hour.
He leaves a sorrowing wife, who so faithfully and lovingly did all that was in her power to bring back health, a daughter to whom "daddy" meant so much, a fear father and one brother, who also helped so much to lighten his suffering. Besides these, there is a niece, Mary Parks, who has shared the love and comforts of his home since babyhood when she was bereft of her mother, His friends left are a multitude.
To those who knew Elmer, the time will never come to pay our last respects for he has left an influence that will abide with us. A good and true man has gone to his reward and the world profits from the fact that he has lived.


We take this means to express our thanks to the many friends and neighbors for their kindness, help and sympathy during the sickness and death of our loved one. Especially do we want to thank Bro. Apple for his consoling words, Mr. Schmutzler for his fine service and those who sang and sent so many beautiful flowers. We appreciate the kindness shown by Mr. C. H. Denbo and the teachers of Jackson Township. Mrs. Elmer Parks and daughter. Submitted byTom Agan.

NORMAN, Jessie, Springs Valley Herald (October 5, 1933) Death Notice
Miss Jessie Norman, 21 years old, of Paoli, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Norman, died at St. Edwards Hospital in New Albany Tuesday of injuries suffered in a motor accident Sunday.
Miss Norman, a reporter on the Paoli Republican, suffered a punctured lung when the car in which she was riding turned over near Greenville as the driver, Archie Wright of Fort Benjamin Harrison drove off the road to avoid hitting an approaching car. Wright suffered a crushed thumb; Miss Ruth Walters of near Paoli, fractured collar bone; Miss Pauline Walters, broken ribs; James Law, Fort Harrison, slight injuries. The driver of the other car failed to stop.
Besides the parents, two sisters survive. Submitted by Tom Agan.

SIMMONS, Charles Henry, Springs Valley Herald (October 12, 1933) Death Notice
Charles Simmons, 57, died Wednesday afternoon from a stroke of paralysis suffered that morning. The stroke occurred while he was on the upper golf course and he was taken at once to the office of Dr. Hammond. He succumbed within five hours from the time he was stricken.
Funeral services will be conducted Friday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock at the First Christian Church in French Lick. At press time the name of the minister who will conduct the funeral services had not been definately decided.
He is survived by one brother, John, and one sister, Mrs. Charles H. Ritter, both of French Lick.

Springs Valley Herald (October 19, 1933) Obituary
Charles Henry Simmons, son of William and Mary Burton Simmons, was born near French Lick, Indiana, February 14th, 1877 and passed to his reward October 11th, 1933 at the age of 56 years, 7 months and 27 days.
His entire life was spent in the small circle of this community. His strength, interest and happiness were bound up in the making of the home and the two elderly aunts with whom he lived.
A quiet, home loving man, it was never an effort for him to be a good neighbor, to show kindness and to do good to those about him. It was his "natural way of living." He went about ministering where he could, not in any particularly public way, but constantly doing.
He loved music and learned to know by experience the happiness he gained for himself and rendered to others thru song. He was always ready to aid in musical programs of the church, lodge and various organizations. He believed with our own poet, Riley, that there "is ever a song somewhere," the song of birds, of babbling brook or only the humming of the bee, but somewhere always there is music, that brings man nearer to the Infinite.
'Tis a dark shadow that spreads over a household where Death enters and a new wound is made in our hearts, a new sorrow has come into our lives because a loved one has gone from our midst. All that loving hands could do was done, and we are reminded now again of the frailty of man and can but say "Thy will be done."
The deceased leaves to mourn his passing three sisters, Mrs. Clarence Wood of Sidney, Ill., Mrs. Cora Hampton of Evansville, and Mrs. Charles Ritter of French Lick; two brothers, Lloyd Simmons of Sidney, Ill. and John Simmons of French Lick, in addition to many other relatives and friends.


We wish to sincerely thank all our neighbors and friends who in any way assisted us during the illness and death of our brother. Mr. and Mrs. C. H. Ritter, Mr. and Mrs. C. A. Wood, John Simmons, Lloyd Simmons. Submitted byTom Agan.

NORTH, Sarah Ellen, Springs Valley Herald (October 12, 1933) Death Notice
Mrs. Sarah E. North, 78, died suddenly of a heart attack Monday morning at the home of her sister, Mrs. Mary E. Gillum on Michigan Street. She had been in failing health for some time.
Funeral services were conducted at the First Christian Church Wednesday afternoon by Rev. F. R. Greer. Interment was made in the Moores Ridge cemetery.
Mrs. North is survived by four children: John T. North of Gainsville, Ark.; Jasper North and Mrs Ora Lovelady of Beechgrove, Ark.; Mrs Martha Yates of Rector, Ark.; one sister, Mrs. Mary Gillum of French Lick; two brothers, Wesley Smith of Lawrenceville, Ind.; and Columbus Smith of French Lick.
Schmutzler had charge of funeral arrangements.

Springs Valley Herald (October 19, 1933) Obituary
Sarah Ellen, daughter of Levi and Nancy Smith, was born in French Lick Township, Orange County, Indiana, July 26th, 1855. She died October 9th, 1933, aged 78 years, 2 months and 13 days.
She was united in marriage to henry North in 1870. To this union were born two sons, John T. North and Jasper C. North and three daughters, Mrs. Martha Yates, Mrs. Ora Lovelady and Rasa, who died in childhood.
While the children were yet small the family moved t Arkansas where they lived until the death of the husband and father. In 1928 Mrs. North came to make her residence with her sister, Mrs. Mary Gillum, of this city.
She united with the Christian Church when ten years of age and had lived a true, consistent Christian life since that time.
There remain to mourn her going, two sons, two daughters, nineteen grandchildren, five great grandchildren, two brothers, Wesley and Columbus Smith and one sister, Mrs. Mary Gillum. Many friends will regret her passing. Submitted byTom Agan.

BESWICK. Robert, Springs Valley Herald (October 12, 1933) Death Notice
Robert Beswick, 71 years old, died Tuesday at his home near Orleans.
Mr. Beswick was well known here having lived in French Lick up until about two years ago when he moved to a farm near Orleans.
Funeral services were conducted this afternoon (Thursday) at Ames Chapel with burial in the adjoining cemetery.
He is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Mae Campbell of this place, two sons, George of South Bend and John of French Lick, one brother, James of Indianapolis, three sisters, Mrs. Alice Jardee of Indianapolis, Miss Emma Beswick of Denver, Colo., and Mrs. Ary Bethurem of Indianapolis.
Schmutzler had charge of funeral arrangements.

Springs Valley Herald (October 19, 1933) Obituary
Robert C. Beswick was born October 15th, 1862 and died October 10th, 1933. Age 70 years, 11 months and 25 days. He was the son of James and Margaret Beswick. He was born in Orange County, Indiana and lived all his life there. He was married to Annie Abels April 2nd, 1887. To this union was born four children: George, May, John and James. James died when an infant.
In 1907 he was converted at a prayer meeting in the home of Rev. W. H, Lutes, who received him into the United Brethren church at French Lick. The last years of his life was spent on a farm near Orangeville and he attended church in Orleans, and taken more than usual interest in church work. Those who knew him know that he was a man that attended strictly to his own business. He was an honest hard working man.
He leaves besides his children one brother, James H. Beswick, three sisters, Mrs. Ary Bethuram, Mrs. Alice Jarde and Miss Emma Beswick and many friends who will miss him.


We wish to thank the friends and neighbors for their kindness and sympathy during the illness and death of our father, Robert Beswick. We especially wish to thank the quartet and Mrs. Otto Emmons for the music, those who sent flowers and furnished cars and Mr. Schmutzler. The Children. Submitted byTom Agan.

RADCLIFF, William Brooks, Springs Valley Herald (October 19, 1933) Obituary
William Brooks Radcliff, son of Benjamin and Lucy Ann Radcliff, was born near Fredricksburg, Indiana October 5, 1856 and departed this life October 13, 1933, aged 77 years and 8 days.
He was united in marriage to Mary E. Pinnick September 7, 1890. To this union were born seven children, two of which have preceded him in death, namely Laura Jane, who died at the age of fourteen months and Eliza who died at the age of 12 years. The children living are John T., Clarence H., Elvert K., Charles Hoover Radcliff and Mrs. Cora E. Slaten, all of Orange County. He and his wife united with the Primitive Baptist Church at Pleasant Grove in the year 1902 and have held continuous membership there. Besides his wife and children he leaves to mourn his loss one sister, Elizabeth Davis, one brother, Benjamin Radcliff, nine grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends.
He enjoyed good health until about nine years ago when he lost his eyesight. In spite of this he got a great enjoyment out of life. Two years ago he became crippled due to a fall received and never recovered completely. He was stricken with paralysis Tuesday morning at 4:30. He remained conscious almost until death and died with having to struggle with death. He was a good husband and father.


We desire to thank our friends and neighbors for the kindness and help during the sickness and death of our beloved husband and father. We especially thank the singers for their wonderful singing and the minister for his wonderful sermon. Mrs. William B. Radcliff and Children. Submitted byTom Agan.

QUALKENBUSH, Edward, Springs Valley Herald (October 26, 1933) Obituary
Edward Qualkenbush, son of Clem and Bell Qualkenbush, was born in Orange County, July 14, 1907. Departed this life October 20th, 1933, aged 26 years, 3 months and 6 days.
Eddie, as everyone knew him, spent his entire life and received his education in the community of French Lick and West Baden where he has many friends.
Being in such delicate health all his life he could never enjoy the things other young men enjoyed, but always smiled and bore his heartaches and pain without complaint. Eddie never feared the great beyond. He was honest with himself and friends. He was a joy and comfort to his family. especially his mother as he was always thinking of her. He looked on the bright side of the hard ways of life thus making life for those around him bright and happier. When we think of him with his smile and kindness we know that Jesus has found need of this beloved young man and has taken him into Heaven and rest.
His mother and father, sister and brother, namely, Cenith and Albert, are left to wonder why this ray of sunshine should leave them. Sister, Ruth, having preceded him in death at the tender age of seven years.
Everything was done for Eddie that was humanly possible to relieve his pain and restore his health, but to no avail. may his dear ones have comfort that he is now resting in the everlasting sunshine of God's love.


We wish to thank the friends and neighbors for their kindness and sympathy during the illness and death of our son. We wish especially to thank the minister, the neighbors and friends for their many beautiful flowers and cars and Mr. Schmutzler. Mr. and Mrs. Clem Qualkenbush and Family. Submitted byTom Agan.

LINGLE, John A., Springs Valley Herald (November 2, 1933) Death Notice
In the death of John A. Lingle, which occurred at his home here this morning, the last curtain is drawn on the most useful and well spent career. His health had been failing for several months, and his physical condition had been such that he was confined to his home, but the end came rather suddenly and unexpectedly at about 11 a.m., today.
For the past thirty years he has been at the helm of the Paoli Republican and his clean, upright life was always reflected in his columns when he was in active charge. In an official capacity he served for more that eight years as clerk of the Orange Circuit Court, an office he filled most efficiently, making many lasting friends during his term of office.
Funeral services will be held from the M. E. Church Friday afternoon. Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Ray Robinson, this city, and Mrs. George Palmer of Lebanon. A son, Capt. John Arthur, gave his life for his country during the World War. - Paoli News. Submitted byTom Agan.

WALTERS, Sarah Elizabeth, Springs Valley Herald (November 9, 1933) Death Notice
Mrs. Sarah Walters, 75, died at the home of her son, Frank Walters here Friday, Nov. 3rd. She had been ill only a few days and her condition was not considered serious. Hemorrhages developed which caused her unexpected and sudden demise.
Funeral services were conducted at the M. E. Church here Sunday afternoon by Rev. F. R. Greer with burial at Waggoner's Chapel in Martin County.
She is survived by nine children, Herman and Frank of French Lick, Thomas of Shoals, Wallace of Petersburg, Mrs. Lena Waggoner of this place; Mrs. Ruth Crow and Mrs Grace Crecelius of Blairstown, Ia., and Mrs Sarah Dickey of French Lick. Another daughter, Mrs. Mae Anderson of Lions, Neb., preceded her in death about two years ago.
W. V. Ritter had charge of funeral arrangements.

Springs Valley Herald (November 23, 1933) Obituary
Sarah Elizabeth Martin was born in Spencer County, Indiana, April 15, 1858. Orphaned at a very early age she made her home with her brother, Allen Martin, doing her housework at night so that she could go to school during the day. She enjoyed school, was unusually eager for an education, stood well in her classes and received various rewards as a token of merit and studiousness.
At thirteen she became a member of the Methodist Church and ever afterward remained faithful, taking a keen interest in all things good and beautiful and a firm stand for right and justice.
At the age of twenty she was married to Frank Walters of Martin County and became a mother of eleven children, Lena Waggoner, Frank Walters, Jr., Herman Walters and Sarah Dickey of French Lick; Wallace Walters of Petersburg, Ind.; Thomas Walters of Shoals, Ind.; Eva Cherry of Cortland, Neb.; Grace Crecelius and Ruth Crow of Blairstown, Iowa; and Mae Anderson and McKinley Walters, deceased. Beside all these to mourn her there are thirty-five grandchildren, one great grandchild, one sister, Mrs. Belle Ellis of Green County and Theodore Martin of Spencer County.
After a short illness our mother passed away at the age of 75 years, 6 months and 20 days at the home of her son, Frank. She is mourned by all who knew her, relatives, friends and neighbors. Submitted byTom Agan.

RUBLE, Blanche, Springs Valley Herald (November 23, 1933) Death Notice
Mrs. Blanche Ruble, 37, passed away at the home of her mother, Mrs. Lucy Bledsoe on Adams Street Saturday morning of cerebral hemorrhage.
Mrs. Ruble had been in ill health for some time and came here from her home in Tulsa, Oklahoma for rest and treatment.
The body lay in state at Ritter's Funeral Chapel and the Methodist Church Sunday morning where her many friends paid their respects. Funeral services were conducted at the church at two o'clock Sunday afternoon by Rev. F. R. Greer with interment at Ames cemetery.
She is survived by her husband, her mother, one sister, Mrs. Carrol Atkins, and two brothers, Ferrell and Banks Bledsoe.
W. V. Ritter & Son had charge of funeral arrangements.

Springs Valley Herald (December 21, 1933) Obituary
Funeral services for the late Mrs. Jack Ruble were held at 2 o'clock Sunday November 19, at the Methodist Church in French Lick, Indiana. Interment taking place here also.
Mrs. Blanche Bledsoe Ruble passed on early Saturday morning at the home of her mother, Mrs. Lucy Bledsoe in French Lick to which place she had gone about two weeks before on a visit with relatives. She was stricken in the early hours of the preceding Monday, falling into a deep coma from which she never rallied. Her husband hastened to her bedside from Tulsa to be joined later by his sister, Mrs. Clayton N. Smith, of Houston, Texas who were with her at the time of her passing.
Blanche Bledsoe was born in the vicinity of French Lick and was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Bledsoe. She attended the schools there, later to enter the Indianapolis Conservatory of Music from which she graduated, then attended the St. Louis Conservatory of Music. December 2nd, 1922 she was married to Jack Ruble of Pawhuska, coming here as a bride. In an established period of residence here she was popular in many social circles of the city being a member of the Theta Gamma and Vanity clubs. She was a member of the Paketsa club and was a most talented pianist of its number.
In the annals of Pawhuska's musical history the talent of Mrs. Ruble has been unsurpassed. Her's was a talent so versatile that she played a perfect interpretation of both the romantic and modern composition of the piano and was as unexcelled in playing the most popular variety of syncopated melody. For several years prior to her marriage she was accompanist for George Olsen's orchestra, prominent today as entertainers.
Her's was a disposition of such gentle nature and unselfish devotion to her family and friends that her life was one of exemplary character. Innumerable friends enjoyed her talent so graciously shared with the sincerity of her friendship was without peer.
In a period of residence in the city of Tulsa during the last few years she had attained recognition as a teacher and accompanist, participating in several recitals of prominent nature.
Besides her husband, her mother, a sister, Mrs. Carol Atkins, two brothers, Ferrell and Banks, and several nieces survive. Submitted byTom Agan.

CLARK, Peter M., Springs Valley Herald (November 23, 1933) Death Notice
Peter M. Clark, 78, died at his home on Main Street Saturday morning from stomach disorders. He had been in poor health for several months and very low for the past few weeks.
Funeral services, which had been previously planned by Mr. Clark, were conducted at the home Monday morning at nine o'clock by the Episcopalian minister of Washington, Indiana. Burial was at Ames Cemetery.
He is survived by his wife who had been his companion for forty seven years.
Schmutzler had charge of the funeral.

Springs Valley Herald (November 23, 1933)
I take this means of expressing my heartfelt thanks to my friends who assisted me during the illness and death of my husband, P. M. Clark, also the doctors, Masonic and Shrine lodges, the Episcopalian minister and for the beautiful floral offerings. Mrs. Emma Clark. Submitted byTom Agan.

KIMBLE, James Lee, Springs Valley Herald (November 23, 1933) Death Notice
James Lee Kimble, 81, died Tuesday morning at the home of his daughter, Mrs. W. C. Ellis, on College Street, of bronchial asthma and organic heart trouble.
Funeral services were conducted at Ritter's Funeral Chapel Tuesday night by Rev. F. R. Greer. The body was taken to Portland, Indiana Wednesday morning for burial.

Springs Valley Herald (November 30, 1933)
We wish to thank the neighbors and friends for their kindness and sympathy during the illness and death of our father, James Lee Kimble. Especially do we wish to thank Dr. Greer, the choir, the men who acted as pall bearers, Mr. Ritter, the undertakers, and those who sent flowers. Mrs. W. C. Ellis and brothers. Submitted byTom Agan.

DENNY, Nathan Frank, Springs Valley Herald (November 30, 1933) Death Notice
Rev. N. F. Denny, 83, passed away Sunday afternoon at the home of his son, E. O. Denny, at Indianapolis after a few days illness. Rev. Denny had retired from the ministry about seven years ago after preaching for fifty years. He served as minister of the West Baden and Ames Chapel Methodist churches and had visited them frequently since his retirement.
He was a member of the Masonic order, Odd Fellows and Knights of Pythias.
Surviving are three sons, E. O. Denny and R. F. Denny of Indianapolis, J. H. Denny of Plainville, Ind., one daughter, Miss Esther Denny of Indianapolis.
Funeral services were conducted at the Flanner and Buchanan mortuary in Indianapolis Tuesday afternoon at 3:30. The body was brought to his old birth place at Ames Chapel where the final funeral services and burial were held this afternoon (Wednesday) at one o'clock. Submitted byTom Agan.

SIMMONS, Kathleen, Springs Valley Herald (December 7, 1933) Death Notice
Kathleen, wife of Roy Simmons, 25, passed away at her home in French Lick Saturday from tuberculosis.
Funeral services were held at the home Monday afternoon by Rev. W. O. Haynes followed by interment in the Mt. Lebanon cemetery.
She is survived by her husband, one daughter, her parents,. Mrs. and Mrs. Dave Earley, and several brothers and sisters.
Ritter & Son had charge of the funeral.

Springs Valley Herald (December 7, 1933) Obituary
Kathleen, daughter of Samuel and Lucinda Earley was born near French Lick, Indiana January 30, 1909. In the early hours of the morning of Dec. 2, 1933 she was called to rest at the age of 25 years, 10 months and 2 days.
She was united in marriage to Roy Simmons January 30, 1926. To this union was born one daughter, Sara Lou.
Kathleen was united with the Christian Church in French Lick at the age of twelve years under the pastorate of N. L. Collins.
Kathleen will be sadly missed by her husband, little daughter, parents, brothers and sisters, other relatives, friends and especially her schoolmates.


We wish to express our heartfelt thanks to the many friends for their acts of kindness for all the beautiful floral offerings and for every token of love and sympathy. Roy Simmons and daughter. Submitted byTom Agan.

BLEDSOE, Jonathan Lewis, Springs Valley Herald (December 7, 1933) Death Notice
Jonathan L. Bledsoe, 77, farmer of the Columbia Township, was killed by a hit and run truck late Friday at Hillham while walking along the state highway. Funeral services were conducted at Mt. Lebanon by Rev. Goins Sunday, with burial in the nearby cemetery.
He is survived by his wife and fourteen children. He is the father of Mrs. Howard Purkhiser of this place and Mrs. William Hooten of West Baden.
Ritter & Son had charge of funeral arrangements.
James Moore of Indianapolis, truck driver, was arrested at Paoli by State Policeman Robert Nordhoff and returned by the Dubois County Jail to be held pending an inquest Saturday. Witnesses said Moore's truck, loaded with rabbits, resembled that which struck Bledsoe, as the aged farmer walked along the highway.

Springs Valley Herald (December 21, 1933) Obituary
Jonathan Lewis Bledsoe, son of David and Mary Bledsoe, was born November 5, 1856 at Newton Stewart, and departed this life near his home, Dec. 1, 1933 at the age of 77 years and 25 days.
In 1876 he was united in marriage to Susan Napper. To them were born eleven children, six of these having preceded him in death, and the mother also died.
January 5, 1895 Mr. Bledsoe was married to Adaline Owen Lane. To this union were born ten children. Tow of these also preceded him in death.
His life was one of labor and love for his family until he was suddenly called away, bringing sorrow too deep for words to his loved ones and friends.
He leaves to mourn their loss a loving and faithful wife, five sons and nine daughters, Mrs. Stella Hooten of West Baden; Mrs. Mary Evans of Pontiac, Mich.; Lee and Scott of Frankfort, Ind.; John of St. Francisville, Ill.; Belle Lane of Evansville; Myrtle Barker of Lamar, Ind.; Lillie Barker of Chrisney, Ind.; Dorothy Purkhiser, Bertha Elmore, Lula Taylor and Roma Carnes of French Lick; Elvis of West Baden and Thomas who lived with his parents. Mr. Bledsoe leaves fourteen children, forty-four grandchildren, also a brother, Bill Bledsoe of French Lick, and a host of other relatives and friends.
In early life Mr. Bledsoe united with the Christian Church and was baptized. He was later converted and gave his heart to God. He leaves behind him a life of good works and kind deeds and his parting will be felt by all who knew him. He is mourned with words of praise and love.
Funeral services were conducted at Mt. Lebanon Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock by Rev. F. L. Goins and Rev. O. W. Haynes.


We wish to sincerely thank all our friends and neighbors for their kindness and sympathy during our sad bereavement. Mrs. J. L. Bledsoe and Family. Submitted byTom Agan.

COX, James Christopher, Springs Valley Herald (December 7, 1933) Death Notice
James C. Cox, 69, died at his home near Cane Creek sunday.
Funeral services were conducted at Cane Creek Tuesday afternoon by Rev. Otho Jackson of Marengo with burial in the church cemetery.
Ritter & Son had charge of the funeral arrangements.

Springs Valley Herald (December 21, 1933) Obituary
James C. Cox, son of Willis and Mary E. Cox, was born in Dubois County, Indiana, November 26, 1864, but when young his parents moved to Orange County where he spent the greater part of his life.
On Dec. 11, 1884 he was united in marriage to Hester A. Weaver. To this union four children were born, three sons and one daughter. The eldest son, Willis Knofel, died at the age of 12 years, leaving a great sadness in the home for many years. Otis of Hammond, Ray of French Lick and Mrs. Fred Owen of French Lick are the surviving children.
About 1892 he was united with the Cane Creek Christian Church and was baptized by the Rev. Chris Cox and lived a consistent Christian life from that time to the end. He was trustee of the church for several years and was seldom absent from services in his younger days. The ministers were always welcome guests at his home and he often talked of the different ones who had visited him.
He departed this life of Sunday night at 12 o'clock, Dec. 3, 1933 at his home near Norton, in Dubois County at the age of sixty-nine years and 7 days after a lingering illness of several months.
He often expressed his desire to be relieved of his suffering and go to rest and on Thursday he told his daughter he was ready to go.
Besides his companion, who has cared for him and walked through life with him for almost forty-nine years, and his three children, he leaves nine grandchildren, 4 sisters, Mrs. Lizzie Dillard of French Lick; Mrs. Anna Hentgen of Valpraiso, Mrs. Malinda Conrad of Cuzco, Mrs. Minnie Kellams of Cuzco; 4 brothers, John of Harvey, Ill,; Frank of Plymouth, Ind.; Sherman and Tom of Indianapolis and a host of other relatives and friends to mourn his passing.
His father, mother and two sisters preceded him many years ago.
His greatest joy was when his companion and his children and grandchildren were around him for he loved his grandchildren almost as his own.


We wish to express our thanks to the neighbors and friends who so kindly helped us during the illness and death of our beloved husband and father. Especially do we wish to mention W. V. Ritter and Mrs. Ritter, the singers who came from French Lick, and the pianist, also Rev. Jackson. Their kindness will ever be remembered. Mrs. Hester Cox and Family. Submitted byTom Agan.