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Commissioner Joe Bain, whose illness has often been mentioned in this paper, died Saturday. The funeral services were held at 1 o'clock Monday afternoon at Memorial Presbyterian church. The body was escorted from the home by the Modern Woodmen. County officials as follows were pall bearers: Henry Grubb, James H. Kerr, Thomas Gerard, D. J.. Chapin, Thomas Aydelotte, C. D. Renick and Ewing Chapman. A number of beautiful floral offerings covered the casket. Music was furnished by a quartet from the Presbyterian choir. The funeral services were conducted by Dr. H. L. Nave, pastor, assisted by Rev. F. W. Hixson. Dr. Nave embodied a sketch of Mr. Bain's life in his discourse as follows: Joseph Bain was born Nov 2, 1852; died Jan 30, 1904, age 51 years, 2 month, 28 days. He was born of Christian parents and consecrated to God in baptism at an early age by Rev. John Dixon, pastor of the Associate Presbyterian or Seceder church, near Portland Mills, this county. His religious training was very careful and thoro (sic) - family worship evening and morning, committing Psalms and catechism and  strictest Sabbath observance. He was a thoro (sic) believer in the doctrines  of that church. Telling me how much he appreciated the faithfulness of  his parents he said: "You know how hard it is to forget early training." He believed in the word of God and in prayer; was pleased when told that his sons had joined this church. He told his brother he was glad he had always encouraged his children to attend Sunday school and church. He never publicly confessed his Savior and united with any church. I am sure if, with his clearer knowledge since his spirit left the body, he could open his mute lips he would say to all who loved him: "You could serve the Master better by joining His church on earth with its worship of God and communion of saints." Mr. Bain was married first to Melissa Burnside, Nov 28, 1877 who died Nov. 21, 1878. He was married to Mary K. Lanning Sept. 25, 1884, who is left to mourn for him. One of the children died in infancy. Roy, Thomas, Murl, Frost, Eliza and Catharine will help their mother keep the memory of this kind father precious. Frequently he told friends when he knew he could not possibly live that he did not fear death. He only wished to live long enough to see his boys started in life,  helping them by his own experience to avoid mistakes he had made.  The eldest son will ever remember and try to carry out his father's  dying counsel so earnestly given just before he became unconscious.  No wonder with such godly ancestry and thoro moral and religious  training, Mr. Bain was an intelligent, honest man and citizen.  He was a man of sunny disposition yet of strong convictions; a zealous  worker in politics. Twice he was honored by election to the office of county commissioner. He conscientiously tried to do his whole duty. His   faithfulness is shown in his struggle against weakness in order to be   inducted into office and sit with the board at its last session.  An honest man is the noblest work of God. A farmer until he became of  age and then a buyer and seller of stock, his manner of life is known to  you all. As a stranger, in our only talk together he impressed me as a  thoughtful, earnest, faithful, true man. He feared and loved his God and tried to treat his neighbor as himself. Dr. Nave then read and  commented upon the 23rd Psalm in a most beautiful and impressive manner,  closing with prayer. The casket was opened and the large number of  friends present took a last look at the placid features of Mr. Bain who  lay as if asleep. The Woodmen escorted the body to the Rockville cemetery where the service for the dead they laid the deceased brother in his grave. Mr. Bain had a $2,000 insurance policy in the Woodmen order. - Newspaper unknown, but it is assumed it is a Rockville paper, February 1904

Funeral Card  -- In Memory of Ida Bain -- born: Feb 26, 1877 -- date of death: Sept 30, 1969 -- services from: Butler Funeral Home, Rockville, IN Friday, Oct 3, 1969 - 2:00 p.m.  Clergyman: Rev. Kenneth Greeley.  Organist: Sylvia Porter.  Final Resting Place: Mt. Moriah Cemetery, Hollandsburg, IN.  Pallbearers: Morris McGaughey; Ralph Sands; Arthur, Cloyd, John, Wayne Thompson. (thanks to Alberta Butler for this)

Frost L. BAIN, 65, a retired business man, died Tuesday morning at his residence in Rockville.  Surviving are a sister, Mrs. Kathryn Moore and a brother, Roy Bain both of Indianapolis and several nieces and nephews.  He was a member of the Rockville Presbyterian Church and a veteran of WWI.  Funeral services were to be held Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Branson Funeral Home with Rev. Louis Alderton officiating. Burial in Rockville Cemetery.  - Tri-County News, May 1, 1958


 Samuel David Baird b. April 21, 1917. Died: Sept 24, 1965 -- services held at: The Perkins Funeral Home, Roachdale, IN.  Sept 26, 1965.  Clergyman: Rev. Roger James. Interment: The Brick Chapel Cemetery, Brick Chapel, IN


“Esrael BAKER, father of Max Baker, Clinton business man, died at his home in Owensboro, Ky. Although he had been in poor health several years, he had been bedfast only a short while. Three weeks ago he visited his son in Clinton.” - Montezuma Enterprise, May 25, 1933

“Last night, between eight and nine o’clock, as a party of young men, en route for Rosedale, were passing down the railroad on a hand car, Elisha BAKER, one of the number, lost his balance and fell upon the track in front of the car, which passed over him, frightfully crushing his body and causing almost instant death.” - The Parke County Republican, July 5, 1865, Page 2

"Jonah M. Baker, 86, 1125 East High Street, Rockville, died at 6:10 a.m.  Sunday, January 22, at Vermillion County Hospital in Clinton.  Born June 12, 1897 in Greene County, he was the son of George and Martha Burnett Baker.  A retired farmer, he was a member of Rockville Church of God.  His wife, Sally preceded him in death.  Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Margaret Alward of Rockville, five grandchildren and several great-grand children.  Services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Thursday at Butler Funeral Home in Rockville with Rev. Jerry Bates officiating.  Burial will be in Bethany Cemetery near Marshall.  Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday." – Parke County Sentinel, 23 November 1984


Judson - Harry L. Baldwin, 82, a retired farmer died at 4:45 p.m. Saturday at the Wallace Nursing Home in Terre Haute. He was born March 8, 1883 in Parke County to William and Mary Rutledge Baldwin. Survivors include a brother, Roscoe of Judson and a sister, Mrs. Annette Darnell of Terre Haute. Services will be at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday at the Barnes Mortuary in Rockville, Rev. J.O. Trousdale will officiate. Burial will be in Bethany Cemetery, near Marshall. Friends may call at the funeral home.  - Crawfordsville Journal Review Monday, 27 December 1965, page 010

Mary Eliza Baldwin, a daughter of Curtis C. and Vanessa S. Baldwin, was born in Lenox county, N.Y., Jan. 2, 1840.  In her younger days she was an invalid, caused by curvature of the spine, and could never mingle freely in social gaieties around her.  After the death of her parents she lived with her only brother until she came to Indiana 39 years ago last October to make her home with her sister, Mrs. Frances Hanna. She never married, but she was a second mother to two nieces, in whose lives she yet lives, and both of whom owe much of the gentler influences of their lives to the quiet examples and kindly teachings of her life.  The one is Mrs. Gertrude Baldwin St.  John, of Hartford, Connecticut, and the other, Mrs. Sara Hanna Vail, at whose home she died.  Of two brothers and three sisters only one, Mrs. Julia Higgins, of Howard, N.Y., survives.  Her life was quiet and unassuming.  Never strong, she husbanded her strength for the business of life, and found her greatest pleasure in service to others.  Her circle of acquaintances was small, but to know her was to become her friend, and for these chosen few no service was too heavy or sacrifice too great. She united with the Presbyterian church in early childhood, and, though never active in church work, was always an ardent Christian.  Four years ago this month she was stricken with a return of the spinal trouble of her youth, and since then she has been an invalid.  A year ago last February she became worse, and since then she has been confined to her room.  For the last three months she has been entirely helpless.  During all these years there has never been a complaint.  It has been a quiet time of waiting--unassuming, like her whole life--never demanding much, always willing to abide by the Master's will, until He should call her home.  The end came peacefully at 12:15 Thursday morning, May 25, when without a struggle and with scarcely a sigh, she fell asleep in the arms of Jesus. - Waveland Independent-June 9, 1916

Mrs. Ella Baldwin, age 81, died suddenly at her home here [Marshall] Thursday morning. She had lived in Marshall for a number of years. She was a member of the Presbyterian Church, Royal Neighbors and the Neighbors Club. Her husband died about 15 years ago. She is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Wanetah Kehoe, of South Bend. A son and daughter preceded her in death.  Funeral services in charge of Rev. E. M. Woodard were held from the Davies funeral home, Sunday afternoon. Mrs. Ruby McCampbell furnished the music and pallbearers were Fern and Cecil Mayes, Wilbur and William Fisher, LeRoy Bradley and Julian Baldwin. Burial was in Bethany Cemetery [Marshall, IN]. - Rockville Republican, Thursday, 1 May 1952

Frank R. Ball of Rockville, age 69, died at his home, Monday afternoon, Dec 16.  He was born in Parke Co, Sept 20, 1899 the son of James and Nancy Sutton Ball.  He was a member of the Bloomingdale Masonic Lodge and the Parke Co. Low 12 Club.  A retired farmer and carpenter, he was married Dec 3, 1932, to Margaret Rich, who is operator of the Parke Co. Nursing Home. Surviving with the widow are two daughters: Mrs. John Woody of Wellington, ILL and Mrs. James Hill of Mecca; two sons, Dale of near Rockville and Gerald at home; three sisters, Mrs. Lucille Fuller and Mrs. Lillian Juby of Elgin, Ill and Mrs. Mary Lois Mangum of Meridian Ida; three brothers, Clarence of Bellmore, Sherrill of Judson RR and George of Salinas, California and 10 grandchildren.  Funeral services were held at the Butler Funeral Home Wd. after with Rev. Paul Wright officiating.  Burial in Memory Garden Cemetery.  - Rockville Republican, Thursday, December 19, 1968(thanks to Alberta Butler of Rockville for this and several other obituaries)

Mrs. Nancy Clay, Ball, 76 years old died at the home of her son, Ronald Ball, here.  She is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Lucille Fuller of Miami, Florida; Mrs. Lillian Ryan of Elgin, Ill and Mrs. Mary Lois Mangum of Mursede, Idaho; four other sons, Frank Ball of Marshall; Clarence Ball of Bellmore; Sherrill Ball of Judson and George Ball of Salinas, California; a brother, Tiara Sutton of Judson; 14 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren.  The body was taken to the McMullen Funeral Home in Rockville where services will be held at 2 o'clock Sunday afternoon.  Burial in Mt. Moriah Cemetery.  - Terre Haute Tribune, December 30, 1951 -- (Judson)  (thanks to Mary Lou Hermiller for this one)

Flora FARLEY BALDWIN died Saturday afternoon at the home in Rosedale.  She was 27 years old and was born north of Howard, the daughter of George and Cordela Farley.  She is survived by her husband and father and three sisters: Mrs. Sarah Jackson of Rosedale; Mrs. Nora Lister of north of Howard and Mrs. Minnie Ray of Woodriver, Illinois.  Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at the home.  Rev JW Williams of Rosedale ME Church officiating. Burial in Cashatt cemetery north of Marshall. - Rockville Tribune 17 March 1926


Mrs. Lula Pearl BALL, 76, died Sunday June 19, at Rockville.  Born in Parke County, August 23, 1879, the daughter of Ephraim and Anna GOODWIN. Survivors are a son Forrest of Kentucky and two sisters, Mrs. Charles HARBISON and Mrs. Jesse WILLIAMS of Crawfordsville nine grandchildren, several great grandchildren.  Burial was in Seceder Cemetery. - Russellville News - 1 Jul 1955  - Source: Obituaries of Mary Jo Johnson found in Crawfordsville District Public Library.


Bertha McMullin Bannon eldest daughter of George and Grace McMullin was born on a farm near Byron, October 22, 1904 and passed from this life into immortality Nov 3, 1928 at the age of 24 years, 12 days.  Bertha attended the rural school near her home and after graduating from common School in 1919 entered Crawfordsville High School to complete her education.  Later, she attended Waveland High School.  Then for 3 years she held a position as typist in Crawfordsville.  She left this work to assume the duties of homemaker; Sept 4, 1926 when she was united in marriage to Cliston Bannon.  They established their new home in Terre Haute where they continued to live until Death severed the ties of their happy union.  Bertha was fortunate in being born in a good Christian home, so at an early age she became an enthusiastic worker in the Sabbath School and at the age of 12 years united with the Byron Christian Church.  Bertha had always enjoyed splendid health and it was a shock to the community to hear that on Monday evening, Oct 29, she was taken to the Union Hospital.  All was done for her relief that medical knowledge and skillful nursing could suggest.  She fought a brave fight, but losing it, passed into the Great Beyond, November 3, 1928. - Waveland Independent -- November 23, 1928

The neighbors and friends of the Byron Community were sorry to hear of the death of Mrs. Bertha Bannon, formerly Bertha McMullin.  She leaves to mourn an infant children and husband, besides a mother and three sisters. - Waveland Independent -- November 9, 1928


Judge Hugh H. Banta suffered a fatal heart attack Tues afternoon at 4:30 in the Rusk Cleaners Shop where he had called on his way home from his office.  While the sudden death of such a prominent citizen is always a shock to the community, it was generally known that the judge's health the past few months had been seriously impaired.  having served a few days over one year of his second term, Judge Banta was 69 years old.  He was b. in Howard Twp, Parke Co Dec 29, 1885, the son of Joseph and Armilda Allen Banta.  He was reared in Sugar Creek Twp and on Oct 25, 1916 he was married to Beatrice Fisher. He practiced law in Parke Co. and was elected prosecutor for two terms.  Following that, he was in the legal department of the Louisville land bank for 10 years and also for 10 years was with the Indianapolis office of the Internal Revenue Dept. During WWI he served overseas with the Salvation Army.  Judge Banta was a member of the Rockville Methodist church, the local and state bar assoc, Kingman Lodge F and AM and the Scottish Rite.  Survivors are the widow, Beatrice; a son, Capt. Hugh V. Banta, with the AF in San Antonio, TX; two brothers, Bruce of Rockville and Emory of Covington; two sisters, Mrs. Grace Martin of Pittsboro and Mrs. Effie Bowman of Veedersburg. The body was taken to the Branson funeral home and fun. services will be held in the funeral home at 1:00 o'clock Fri. afternoon with burial in Memory Garden Cemetery, Revs. Chester Mahan and Hugh Craven will officiate. - Unknown newspaper

Judge Hugh H. Banta, 69 years old, of the Parke Co. Circuit Court, died of a heart attack at 4:30 o'clock, this afternoon while at a dry cleaning plant.  A former Parke Co. prosecutor, he was beginning his 8th year on the bench.  Judge Banta, a Dem, was first elected to the Parke Co. Circuit bench in 1948 and as reelected to the judgeship 1954.  A native of Parke Co he practiced law in Rockville for  a number of years before serving two terms as prosecutor in the early 1920's.  He was retained in the legal department of the Louisville Land Bank for about 10 years preceding 1936 when he accepted a post with the Internal Revenue Dept. at Indianapolis.  After ten years he returned to Rockville and the practice of law.  Judge Banta was a member of the Parke Co. 6th District and Indiana Bar Assoc., the Kingman Lodge F and AM; Indianapolis Consistory Scottish Rite Masons and the Rockville Methodist church.  Surviving are the widow; Mrs. Beatrice Banta; one son, Capt. Hugh V. Banta with the US Air Force at San Antonio, TX; two brothers, Bruce Banta of Rockville and Emory Banta of Covington; and two sisters, Mrs. Grace Martin of Pittsboro and Mrs. Effie Bowman of Veedersburg. The body was taken to the Branson Funeral Home. - Unknown newspaper

Funeral Card  -- In Memory of: Mrs. Beatrice F. Banta.  Born: Dec. 22, 1891.  Date of Death: Aug 19, 1960.  Services from:  Rockville Methodist Church.  Monday, Aug 22, 1960 -- 3:00 p.m.  Clergyman Officiating: Rev. R. Richmond Blake; Final Resting Place: Memory Garden Cemetery.  Pall Bearers: Courtesy of US AF Personnel.  - (thanks to Alberta Butler for this)

Joseph H. Banta, who formerly lived near Byron, died in Rockville on Sunday morning.  Funeral services in charge of Howard lodge, I. O. O. F., were held at the Rockville Baptist church on Tuesday.  He was a member of Waveland lodge,  and the following members attended:  Lee Moore, George Woodcook, Frank Clark, Claude Shoaf, T. E. Huston, J. A. Alward, Norman Jack, Ernest Fickenwirth and John Pickard.   Mr. Banta was twice married, first to Miss Lou Watson, who died in 1899; and again to Miss Mary Burford, who survives him.  There are no children.  Up to a year before his death, he was engaged in the restaurant business in Rockville.  He was the son of Jacob and Sarah Banta, and was born March 8, 1847. - Waveland Independent-December 29, 1916

Thomas BANTA, 75, cashier of the Marshall Bank, died on Sunday afternoon of a heart attack after attending the memorial service at Bethany Cemetery in the morning.  Clifford Banta, who married Miss Aline Fisher is a son. - Waveland Independent, June 1, 1939

 John Melvin BANTA was born in Parke Co, Indiana July 19, 1857 and departed this life December 25, 1941 age 84 years 5 months and 6 days.  He was united in marriage to Amanda Jane PITMAN December 25, 1878, who preceded him in death February 7, 1906.  To this union were born 9 children, 7 of which survive: Claude: Wesley and Carl who reside in Canada; Gilbert and Mrs. Frona Oliver of Indianapolis; Mrs. Maude Clore of Marshall, Indiana and Mrs. Lulu Smith of Waveland.  13 grandchildren and 2 greats.  With the exception of a few years, he spent farming in Canada, his entire life has been lived in Indiana.  He passed away at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Clarence Oliver, 1551 Spann Ave, Indianapolis with whom he had made his home most of the time for the past 15 years, part of which time he was employed at the EC Atkins saw works.   The funeral services were conducted by Rev CN McBrayer at Machledt Funeral Home Sunday at 1:30 p.m. Burial at Maple Ridge Cemetery. - Waveland Independent, Thursday, January 1, 1942

Waveland Independent, June 30, 1949 -- Mrs. Margaret N. BANTA 91, widow of William C. Banta, died Monday night at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Thomas Durham. She had been ill six weeks. Born May 16, 1858 in Montgomery County, Mrs. Banta was born to George and Mary Ann Payton.  She married William C. Banta of Rockville Feb 9, 1881.  She was a member of the Methodist Church. .Surviving besides her daughter at whose home she died are two other daughters, Mrs. Blanche Morgan of Rossville, and Mrs. Robert Miler of Kingman; 3 grandchildren.  Funeral services were held Wed. afternoon at the Machledt Funeral Home.  Burial was made in Bethany Cemetery, Marshall. Services will be in charge of Rev E. F. Prevo.

William C. Banta, died at his home at Byron on Sunday, after a long illness of pneumonia. The funeral services were held at the ME Church in Marshall on Tuesday.  Internment at Bethany.  Mr. Banta was born at the place where Melvin Banta lives 51 years ago.  He was a member of the ME Church and was insured in the AUW for $2000.  His health has been bad for several years and has been a great sufferer.  - Waveland Independent February 25, 1905


Charles Barker, merchant and postmaster for many years at Grange Corner who has been in the hospital at Indianapolis for about 3 weeks died Saturday noon and was brought here on the evening train. He underwent 3 operations and then took pneumonia from which he died. He leaves a wife and one daughter, Mrs. Charles Lewis and a son, Earl, who is in the West and has not yet arrived home. He was highly respected by all who knew him, being an honest, upright Christian gentleman. - Rockville Tribune Nov 13, 1907

Deward Barker, age 72, of Newport, father of Virgil Barker of Montezuma died at the Vermillion County Hospital December 24. Four other sons all of Newport survive.   - Rockville Republican, January 14, 1937

Elmer E. (Brownie) Barker, 66 years old, passed away Wednesday of last week in Safety Harbor, Fla. He is survived by the widow, Mary; five daughters, Mrs. Willard Bosley of Indianapolis; Mrs. John Hobson of Rockville; Mrs. Robert Jessup of Bridgeton; Mrs. Earl Baily of Hainesville Louisiana and Mrs. Paul Kopchak of Teaticket, Mass; five sons, Harold and Dick Barker, both of RR1, Greencastle, Gerald Barker of Fontana, California; Joe Barker of Bayonne, New Jersey and William Barker of Indianapolis; 14 grandchildren and two great grandchildren. The body was brought to the Branson funeral home where last rites were held at 10 o'clock Monday morning. The Rev. JO Trousdale officiated and burial was in Memory Garden cemetery. - Rockville Tribune, January 8, 1959

Jemima Maxine, youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Herman Barker was stricken with shopping cough which later developed into pneumonia, causing her death, Nov 27. The little darling came to bless the home Dec 26, 1917. She leaves to survive her a broken-hearted father and mother, a brother, Arthur D. and two half sisters, Pauline and Dora. All was done that the physician, nurse and loving hands could do. her time had come and God knows best. But Jemima was loved by all who knew her; she was a sweet tempered child, with a loving disposition and always ready to meet you with a smile. She will be missed by all who knew her. Funeral services at the home on Monday morning, Nov 29, were conducted by Rev. OS Stewart. Burial at Harveysburg. The pallbearers were: Misses Cora and Hazel Barker, Madge Spruhan and Ruth Fickenwirth. Beautiful flora offerings were given by the roundhouse boys and Miss Jemima Foster. As we cannot reach each one and take them by the hand those who expressed sympathy in the form of flowers, personal aid or kind words of consolation when our little darling died, we resort to this means of communication to sincerely thank all who assisted in our recent bereavement. May God bless you all and give you success in your life's path. Mother and Father, Brothers and sisters. - Waveland Independent, December 10, 1920

Mrs. Mary Barker, of Rockville, age 72, died last Friday at the university Heights Hospital in Indianapolis, following a lingering illness.  She is survived by 5 daughters, Mrs. Helen Bosley of Beech Grove, Mrs. Velma Hobson of Rockville, Mrs. Margaret Jessup of Mansfield, Mrs. Lacreta Baily of Homer, La and Mrs. Marshal Kopcheck of Marblehead, Ohio; five sons, Harold Barker of Greencastle, Dr. Gerald Barker of Fontana, California; Joseph Barker of Bayonne, NJ; William Barker of Indianapolis and Richard Barker of Greencastle; 17 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren; four sisters, Mrs. Deward Nelson of Rockville; Mrs. Shelby Broady of Coloma, Mrs. Homer Thomas of Danville, Ill, a stepsister, Sylvia Martin of Rockville and one brother, Bud Delp of Rockville.  Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at the Barnes Mortuary with the Rev. John V. Taylor officiating. Interment was in Memory Garden Cemetery. - Rockville Tribune, February 22, 196

Grover Cleveland Barker, 84, died Sun. afternoon in Bowles Convalescent home after being ill for 2 weeks. Barker, known as "Cleve", was born December 30, 1885, son of Joseph and Elzada Gooding Barker. he married Harriet Shinneman. He was formerly employed by the Montgomery Co. Sale Pavilion. He is survived by a daughter, Cleo Elizabeth Woodsmall, Danville, Ill; a brother, Lloyd Barker, LaPorte and a sister, Goldie Daugherty, Muncie. Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Hunt and Son Fun. home and bur. in Coopers Chapel Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home after 2 p.m. Tuesday. - Unknown newspaper

Joseph Thomas Barker, son of Bryant and Anna Sowers Barker, was born in Sugar Creek Twp, Parke County, Indiana April 25, 1858 and departed this life at Lake View Hospital, Danville, Ill September 28, 1933 - age 75 years, 5 months and 3 days. He was the eldest of a family of 7 children. His father, mother, two sisters, Mrs. Alice Wagoner and Mrs. Amanda Morgan and one brother Austin have preceded him in death. He was united in marriage to Elzada Gooding Jan. 23, 1878. To this union were born four sons, Eston of Los Angeles, Cal; Charles of Wingate; Cleve of Crawfordsville and Austin of Wingate all of whom survive. On July 30, 1891 the wife and mother was taken away. On Nov. 20, 1883, he was united in Marriage to Rose Belle Jones of Rantoul, Kansas. To this union was born one son, Lloyd H., with whom he resided on a farm, northwest of Kingman until his death. Again the wife and mother preceded him, she passing away April 28, 1910. he also leaves on brother, John of near Cates and two sisters, Mrs. Joseph Starkey of Cates and Mrs. Henry Lawson of Wolcott, a stepdaughter, Mrs. Russell Daughter of Terre Haute, two granddaughters, four grandsons, one great grandson and several nieces and nephews. He was united with Wolfe Creek Church May 24, 1925. Most of his life was lived in the Kingman Area. Bur. in Centennial Cemetery. - Obituary from Dowden scrapbook

Isaac Barker, retired farmer died Friday at his home in Cates after an illness of two weeks. he has been in poor health for 6 months. He was born in Parke County in 1858 and on November 13, 1877 (wife's obit states 1880) married Eliz Shoaf. Surviving are the widow, 3 sons and a daughter - Elmer of Veedersburg, Ira of Mecca, Guy and Mrs. Mamie Tunin of Cates, nine grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Funeral services were held at 1:30 Sun afternoon at Cates United Brethren Church and burial in Lutheran Cemetery near Wallace. - From Mrs. Grover Downden's scrapbook owned in 1981 by her grandson, Max Bond R.R. 1, Kingman. ?? Paper -- news from Cates -- March 30, 1934

February 20, 1959 - Elmer Barker, 75, died at 1 a.m. Wed at St. Elizabeth Hospital, Danville, Illinois. He had been hospitalized 8 days. he was born May 7, 1883, son of Isaac and Mary Shoaf Barker. He was married July 27, 1908 to Leona Hicks. Mr. Barker farmed near Veedersburg and was formerly of Kingman. He was a member of Pleasant Grove Church and I. O. O. F. Lodge #339 and Rebekah Lodge in Kingman. Survivors include the widow, a brother Guy, a sister, Mrs. Claude Tunin of Cates. hew as preceded in death by a brother. Funeral service were at 2 p.m. Fri at the Woofrow Funeral home in Kingman with the Rev. Dubois officiating, assisted by Rev. Dale Wilson Bur. in Kingman Fraternal Cemetery.  Obituary for Bayless C. Barker, found in Mrs. Grover Dowden's scrapbook

Bayless Barker, 69, died Lake View Hospital at Danville, Ill. at 6 o'clock Tuesday morning. he was operated on for a kidney complaint Sat. He has been confined to bed for 10 weeks. Surviving are the widow and five children: Mrs. Harry Youngblood of Terre Haute; Mrs. Edward Clark of Bloomingdale; Clay b of Kingman and Van and Gerold at home. Fun. arrangements are incomplete. There was no dates. In the 2900 census, Sugar Cr. Twp, Parke Co, we find: Vaughn, Richard, Clay, Ray T. b. Feb 1890, Vera Beatrice, b. August 1897, Elsie Mabel, b. October 1894, Madge G b. March 1898 - Obituary for Bayless C. Barker, found in Mrs. Grover Dowden's scrapbook

Ira L. Barker, 76, died at his home in Rockville, Wed. at 8 a.m. following an illness of 7 years. he was born May 16, 1880 in Parke Co. the son of Isaac and Elizabeth Shoaf Barker. He was a member of the Rockville Nazarene Church. he is survived by Lula, his wife, four son, Owen, Frank, Leroy and Ernest of Rockville, a sister, Mrs. Mayme Tunin of Cates, two brothers, Guy of Cates and Elmer off Covington, 10 grandchildren, one great grandchild. Funeral service will be held Fri. at 1 p.m. in Branson Fun. Home of Rockville and bur. in Rockville Cemetery. - Crawfordsville Journal-Review June 14, 1956, Page 5

Died -- a few days ago, George Barker, an old resident of Sugar Creek Township, and also lived in Howard Twp.  He was sick only about a week.  He was an old man, well-respected.  A wife and adopted son, Eddie survive him.  Interment in Wolfe Creek Cemetery. -- note from Karen Zach:  George Barker was b. 17 June 1836 in Parke County, Indiana twin to Nancy Barker (married Lewis Harrison).  George married 25 March 1860 Emma Lawson. - Rockville Tribune, Wednesday, 28 August 1901 (under Howard Township news)

Bryant Barker who lives a few miles from Veedersburg took a dose of arsenic thinking it was quinine. He died a few minutes afterward in great agony.     It is said that Bryant had medicine (for him) and arsenic (for the mice) in his grandfather clock -- in the middle of the night, he needed his medicine and got the wrong stuff.  - Crawfordsville Daily Journal 29 July 1896 ( PLEASE contact descendant  Karen Zach if you need more information )

Mrs. Anne Elizabeth Sowers Barker who lived near Cates, died Tuesday of last week. Mrs. Barker was born May 22, 1837. Her husband preceded her in death a number of years ago. For the past two years she has made her home with her daughter-in-law, Mrs. Ollie Barker. Mrs. Barker has been in poor health the past year due to old age. Funeral service were held at Cates Church Thurs. afternoon in charge of Rev. Airhart of C'ville. Interment was made in Cooper Chapel Cemetery. She leaves four daughters, Mrs. Joseph Starkey of Cates; Mrs. Henry Lawson of Yeddo; Mrs. Joe Morgan of Marshall and Mrs. Eli Wagoner of Hillsboro and two son, John and Joseph B of Cates, 35 grandchildren and 57 great grandchildren. - Covington Republican Friday July 28, 1922 -- 1st page

 George W. Barker died at his home in the southern part of town last Wednesday  morning, the result of an operation which was performed on him the preceding Monday. The funeral service conducted by Rev. Goodwin took place at the Christian Church Friday at 11 o'clock and burial immediately after at Cashatt Cemetery.  – Rockville Tribune, 18 April 1900, Page 004

Jesse Barker, age 19, son of Mr. and Mrs. Clell Barker who reside near Grange Corner, died Wednesday morning after a short illness of pneumonia fever and measles.  On account of the disease being contagious no funeral services were held.  Undertake CM Spencer left the house with the body at 10:30 yesterday morning, making interment in the Wolf Creek Cemetery - Kingman Star – Rockville Republican, 14 April 1915, Page 003

On Sunday evening, the body of John Barker was brought to the home of his cousin, Henry Barker, who lives near Cashatt cemetery.   Thomas barker of Urbana, Ill. brought the body.  John Barker lived with his mother in Marshall many years.  He was a teacher in the public schools of Sugar Creek Township.   - Crawfordsville Daily Journal, May 24, 1920


Joseph Barker, 75, father of Principal Lloyd Barker of the Kingman schools died at the Lake View Hospital at Danville, Thurs after having been found seriously ill at the son's home, Wed. night from the effects of having taken some powdered lye. How he came to take the poison is not known, as he had never intimated such an act and there is no reason for him having done it with suicidal intent. The son, Lloyd had been attending a freshman party at the school building and Mr. Barker was at home alone,  the formers wife was visiting in Frankfort at the time. He had made his home with his son and wife for the past 25 years. After having been given medical attention by Dr. Ratcliff, he was removed to the Danville hospital, where he died a short time later, Mr. Barker was highly respected and had lived almost his entire life time in the Kingman vicinity. He was twice married but was preceded in death by both wives. Surviving are 4 sons: Lloyd at Kingman, Austin at levelan, Charles at Wingate, Walter at Crawfordsville, together with two sisters, Mrs. Henry Lawson of Wolcott, Indiana, Mrs. Joseph Starkey of Cates and one brother, John Barker also of Cates. Funeral service were held Sat aft at the Centennial Church with Rev. McGaughey in charge. Bur was made in the Centennial cemetery..  - Unknown newspaper

Lucinda E. Cotton was born in 1830; died October 5, 1908 aged 78 years and 29 days. Her father and mother were both b. in NC but she was born in Parke Co Indiana where she lived her entire life. Grandma Barker, as she was known among her friends and neighbors was married in 1845 to George W. Barker who died April 11, 1900 in his 77th year. She was the mother of 14 children, but 7 of whom are living. With her husband she united with the New Light Church at Pleasant Grove, Parke Co. under the labors of Elder JT Phillips, where she lived a faithful, humble Christian to the close of her ever patient, upright life. "Our mother," as she was known by her devoted children, taught them in their tender youths to lead a happy, blameless life which showed her to be prompted by a true service of her savior. Her loving children now surviving, though they feel the heavy weight of her death upon each burdened heart, will never forget their tender loving mother. Mrs. Barker was an humble, quiet subservient friend, everyday leading the same Christian life. Funeral services were at her home in Marshall by Mrs. Sarah T. McKey at Cashatt Cemetery, where her husband and children who preceded her are buried. Thanks to Marsha Patterson of Harrisburg IL for this one! - Unknown newspaper

Mrs. Nancy Beeson Barker of Marshall died Monday afternoon at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Fred White, near Crawfordsville where she had been ill for some time. Born near Marshall, Mrs. Barker was 76 years old and was the daughter of Steven and Ella Beeson.  She is survived by her husband, Samuel Barker, her daughter and two sons, Steven Barker of Crawfordsville and Vance Barker of Terre Haute; three sisters, Mrs. Ewing Chapman of Rockville; Miss Lula Beeson of Marshall and Mrs. Henry McCune of Terre Haute; two brothers, Dr. J. H. Beeson of Crawfordsville and Harry Beeson of Marshall.   The body remained at the McMullen fun. home until Wed. afternoon when it was taken to the Marshall Fed. church. There, Rev. E. M. Woodard conducted rites with Mrs. Hubert Beeson in charge of the music. Burial was in Poplar grove cemetery.  - Mrs. Nancy Beeson Barker of Marshall died Monday afternoon at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Fred White, near Crawfordsville where she had been ill for some time. Born near Marshall, Mrs. Barker was 76 years old and was the daughter of Steven and Ella Beeson.  She is survived by her husband, Samuel Barker, her daughter and two sons, Steven Barker of Crawfordsville and Vance Barker of Terre Haute; three sisters, Mrs. Ewing Chapman of Rockville; Miss Lula Beeson of Marshall and Mrs. Henry McCune of Terre Haute; two brothers, Dr. J. H. Beeson of Crawfordsville and Harry Beeson of Marshall.   The body remained at the McMullen fun. home until Wed. afternoon when it was taken to the Marshall Fed. church. There, Rev. E. M. Woodard conducted rites with Mrs. Hubert Beeson in charge of the music. Burial was in Poplar grove cemetery. - Unknown newspaper

Samuel P. Barker, 82, died Sat. morning at 11:15 o'clock at the Wallace nursing home in Rockville. He had been in failing health for several months.  Born Jan 1, 1870 in Indiana, he was the s/o Thomas and Emily Morgan Barker. Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Fred White of Crawfordsville, two sons, Vance of Demotte and Stephen of Indianapolis; three sisters, Mrs. Anna Strader of Attica; Mrs. Lora Strader of Veedersburg and Chloe Barker of Crawfordsville; four grandchildren and one gr. grandchild. Funeral service will be held Monday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock from the Federated church in Marshall. Rev. Edw. Woodard will officiate and burial will be in Poplar Grove Cemetery. near Marshall.   Friends may call at the McMullen funeral home in Rockville until 11 o'clock Monday morning and at the church in Marshall from 2:30 until time for the services.  - Unknown newspaper

Word has been received here by Mrs. Fred White of Crawfordsville that her brother, Vance BARKER, 60, Hebron, IN died in a hospital in Westville at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday.  Mr. Barker taught school in Montgomery Co for many years before moving to northern Indiana where he taught until he became disabled.  Born May 20, 1904 of Marshall, he was the son of Samuel P and Nancy Beeson Barker.  Survivors include the widow, Mrs. Nora Allen Barker, formerly of Waveland; a son, Robert of Hebron; four grandsons; a daughter, Eva Grace of Hebron; a sister, Mrs. White and a brother, Stephen Barker of Indianapolis.   Funeral services will be held Friday afternoon at the Todd Funeral Home in Demotte, Ind.  - Unknown newspaper

Grange Corner - Died at his home in Attica Monday April 22, 1895 William B. Barker.  Deceased had been ailing for some time of Lagrippe, but the sequel was the dreaded typhoid.  Mr. Barker had been a resident of Sugar Creek previous to a few years ago.  Interment took place at Wolf Creek Cemetery on Wednesday. – Rockville Tribune, 02 May 1895, Page 002

William L. Barker, son of Felix and Mary E. Barker, was born in Parke Co. on January 17, 1857 and passed from this life September 8, 1930 at the age of 73 years, 8 months and 14 days, his illness lasting only a few days. All was done for him that loving hands could do but God in his Goodness saw fit to call him. He was united in marriage to Harriet Cox. To this union was born Earl and Eartha, both of whom are now deceased. Ten years ago he was deprived of a loving wife and has since spent his life in loneliness. In his boyhood days he united with the Christian church. Funeral service were held at Coopers Chapel Wed. morning with Rev. Tharpe officiating. Interment in Cooper's Chapel. - Obituary from Max Bond's grandmother's scrapbook (Mrs. Grover Dowden)

Willis Barker, of Marshall, died suddenly of heart disease, Tuesday morning.  He was at work hauling heading to the mill at Byron and boarding near that place.  He arose early that morning and while waiting for breakfast concluded to go out and load his wagon.  Fifteen minutes later, when called to breakfast, he made no response and shortly afterwards was found lying on his face near the wagon, dead.  The day before he had suffered a severe attack and fallen to the ground but was revived by the men who happened to be near at the time.  He has been subject to such attacks for 25 years but until recently they had yielded to treatment.  Mr. Barker was about 62 years old and leaves a wife and three grown sons. – Rockville Tribune, 21 March 1895, Page 003



Mrs. Hannah Ellen Barnes, 72 years old, died at 9 o’clock yesterday morning at her home near Rosedale, Indiana.  She is survived by a grandson, Rufus Daniels;  four brothers, William Hartman, of Bridgeton, Indiana;  Basil Hartman of Terre Haute;  Zill Hartman of Rosedale, Indiana and John Hartman of Valley City, Illinois and three sisters, Mrs. Cornelia Pate of Lebanon, Indiana;  Mrs. Clifford Germain of Waveland, Indiana and Mrs. Bernard Martin of Indianapolis.           The funeral will be held at 10:30 o’clock Sunday at the Forks of the Creek church.  Burial will be in the Forks of the Creek cemetery. -  Rockville, Republican:  June 28, 1911, Page 2 – shared by Jimmy Gillis

“Lafe BARNES died Wednesday morning and was buried Thursday afternoon at the Forks of the Creek Cemetery. The funeral services were held at the home, conducted by Rev. R. A. Fuson of the Liberty Baptist Church.” - Rockville Tribune, October 7, 1919

Mrs. Mary Ann Barnes, 67, of Hillsdale, died at 9 a.m. today (Sept. 23, 1969) at her home after a long illness. Born July 30, 1902, in Cornishville, Ky., she was a daughter of Bruner and Sarah Huffman Shewmaker. Surviving are her husband Chauncey; a sister, Mrs. Addie Cooksey of Cornishville, and two brothers, Howard Shewmaker of Cornishville and John Shewmaker of Wilmore, Ky. Mrs. Barnes was a member of the Methodist Church. The body is at the Brown Funeral Home in Montezuma.

Rosco Roy, dear and beloved son of Silas L (Lafe) and Cora Barnes, was born September 17, 1894; died December 6, 1905;  age 11 years, 2 months and 19 days.  Rosco was a remarkably kind and loving child, too lovely and fair to live and blossom in this world of sin and care, so the kind Father in heaven transplanted him to bloom forever in the paradise of God.  When we think of the pleasant home into which his life had fallen, that he never lacked for what money could buy or love bestow and surrounded by so many influences of right to prepare him for future usefulness, and as we think of the mysteries of Providence in taking away this sweet young life, we are made to say, “We look thru a glass darkly.”  But we know that our darling, whose smile was like sunshine in our home, is now rejoicing with the angels around the great white throne.   Never again, will his sparkling eyes beam forth with joy at the family circle.  Never again will he greet his little playmates, whom he loved so well, and join them in their innocent games.  Oh! How he will be missed by his teacher and schoolmates.  When at Sunday school he would often ask his teacher about Jesus and the angels and would say he was going to be a good boy so that he could go to heaven when he died.  It can truly be said of Rosco that he loved everyone whom he knew and we may add that everyone loved him in return.  While his parents and kindred miss him as only parents and kindred can they have the consolation, that their early loss is his eternal gain.  He passed away calmly and peacefully as if falling asleep.  He leaves to mourn his loss father and mother, two sisters and a host of relatives and friends.  “I cannot say, I will not say,  That he is dead.  He is just away,  With a cherry smile and a wave of the hand,  He has wandered into a beautiful land  And left us dreaming how very fair  It needs must be, since he lingers there.  Think of him still as the same, I say,  He is not dead;  he is just away.  Funeral services were conducted at the family residence, Thursday afternoon, by Rev. Silas Adams.  The remains were laid to rest in the Adams cemetery to await its seond calling in Christ.  The family have the deepest sympathy of the entire community in their sad bereavement.  --written by EVA ADAMS NEVINS - The Rockville Republic, Wednesday, December 13, 1905, page 6 – shared by Jimmy Gillis


Mrs. Mary M. BARR 65 of Rt. 1, Bloomingdale, died at 9:35 p.m. Saturday in Vermillion County Hospital in Clinton.  Born December 9, 1909 in Parke County, she was a daughter of Thomas and Sarah Shefield TEAGUE.  She married Verlin Barr on October 26, 1936; he survives. Also surviving are a stepdaughter, Delores Gase of Ft. Wayne; a brother, George Teague of Sullivan; a sister, Mrs. Frances Bedwell of Lafayette; two grandchildren and five great grandchildren. Services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday in Butler Funeral Home, Rockville with Rev. Wendell Adams officiating. Burial in Bloomingdale Cemetery - Crawfordsville Journal Review 13 October 1975


Mrs. William N. Batman of Rockville, Parke county, died suddenly at 9 o’clock last Monday morning, Christmas day. She was 71 years of age and had been in poor health for some time. She is survived by a husband, three sons and one daughter. The funeral was held this (Wednesday) afternoon.  – The Newport Hoosier State, 27 Dec 1905


Funeral Card (thanks to Alberta Butler for this) -- In Loving Memory of John Freeman BAUGH.  Date of Birth: Feb 26, 1900.  Date of Death: Oct 18, 1965.  Services from: Tudor Funeral Home, Wed. Oct 20, 1965 at 2:00 p.m.  Clergymen Officiating: Rev. Roger T. Rankin and Rev. James O. Trousdale.  Organist: Miss Connie Skelton.  Final Resting Place: Memory Garden Cemetery.  Pallbearers: Harold Andrew; Aaron Jacks; Eugene Jenkins; Donald and Leon Nevins and James Richardson.


William Riley Baxter of Rockville, age 68, was dead on arrival at Vermillion County Hospital, Sunday evening, December 19.  He was born in Parke County, January 30, 1914, the son of Lawrence and Anna Frances Wood Baxter.  May 5, 1942 he married Ilene Spencer, who survives.  Any Army veteran of World War II, he was a member of Paul Taylor VFW Post and the Half-Century Club at Clinton.  Baxter was a retired engineer’s assistant with the Indiana Department of Highways.  Also surviving are a daughter, Ruth Ann Baysinger of Clinton;  a son, Gene of Rockville;  a sister, Edna Kelsheimer of Rockville;  a brother, Ralph of Terre Haute;  a stepbrother, Ivan Overpeck of Rockville;  and two grandchildren.   Funeral services were held this morning (Wednesday) at Butler Funeral Home with Rev. John E. Hopkins officiating.  Military graveside rites by the VFW and burial was in Memory Garden Cemetery.  - The Parke County Sentinel, Wednesday, December 22, 1982, page 10 – shared by Jimmy Gillis


Mrs. Elizabeth Priebe BAYLESS, 81, died Wednesday at 9:10 p.m. at her home here.  She had been ill for two weeks and died of complications.  She was born in Parke County, Oct 21, 1873, the daughter of August and Otelia Priebe.  On November 20, 1895, she married Luna H. Bayless at Browns Valley.  She was a member of the Freedom Baptist Church and attended Freedom School.  Survivors include 3 sons; nelson and Fred of Browns Valley and Floyd of Crawfordsville; 3 daughters, Mrs. Mae Bollman of Mooresville; Mrs. Hazel Newkirk, Crawfordsville and Mrs. Rose Glascock, Waveland; two step daughters, Mrs. Lottie Robison of Waveland; Mrs. Lulu Bryant Rt 4, Crawfordsville; four brothers, Elmer of Monticello, Ill; William of Linden; Sam of Waveland and Fred, Rt. 1, Ladoga, 19 grandchildren and 36 greats.  Funeral services will be held Friday at 3:30 p.m. at the Freedom Baptist Church, with the Rev. CW Mears, assisted by Rev. David Canine officiating.  Burial in Freedom Cemetery.  The body will be in state for one hour before the service.  Friends may call at the Noble Reeves Funeral Home in New Market.  - Waveland Independent, April 14, 1955


"Former Tribune Publisher Succumbs Following Extended Illness Thurs, Feb 1, 1951 -- Edmund Parke Beadle, former owner and publisher of the Rockville Tribune d. Monday evening at his home in Lebanon.  He would have been 75 years of age in March.  He was b. in Parke Co. March 21, 1876 the s/o James Ward and Belle Tenbrook Beadle.  He married Celia LAUER Oct 23, 1901 and she survives.  In 1907 he bought a partnership in the paper and in 1939 bought out Mr. Strouse's interest and became sole owner.  Upon the election of Gov. Paul V. McNutt, Parke was honored by being appointed clerk of the Indiana State Printing Board, a position he held for 10 years.  Surviving besides the widow are 3 children: Mrs. Hubert THOMPSON of Lebanon, Paul Beadle of Indianapolis; and Parke Jr. of Lebanon  a sister, Mrs. Dan RYAN of Grandview, Ill; a nephew, Warren BUCHANAN of Rockville.  Two brothers and sisters preceded him in death.  Bur. in Oak Hill Cemetery, Lebanon. (thanks to Phyllis of Danville, Ill. for sending this -- she is searching the Beadle family)

Mrs. Belle BEADLE, 82, died about 6 o'clock last Thursday morning at her home here after a serious illness of about two weeks. She was the widow of James W. Beadle, who died in 1921. She was born in Parke County and spent her entire life here with the exception of a short residence in Terre Haute. She was a member of the First Methodist Church and Rockville Chapter Order of Eastern Star. The deceased is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Jessie Reiter of Judson and Mrs. Dan Ryan of Grandview, Illinois; one son, Parke Beadle of Indianapolis; one half brother, Bert Viquesney of Terre Haute; five grandchildren and two greats.  Funeral services were conducted Saturday afternoon at 2 pm. at the Methodist Episcopal Church with Rev. RC Ellsworth, pastor of the church in charge. Burial in Rockville Cemetery.  (Note:  Belle Tenbrook daughter of John & Mary (Lee) Tenbrook)- Rockville Tribune, Wednesday, December 14, 1938


"John Beal, of Terre Haute, a brother of Rev. S. R. Beal, of Catlin, died at his home in Otter Creek township, last Friday. He was a successful farmer, and served one term as county commissioner. He was for a long time one of the most active Democrats of Vigo County. The Terre Haute Gazette gave the following in its obituary: 'Deceased was born in Parke county, Indiana, near Catlin, May 4, 1836, the son of Jeremiah Beal, who was born in Lowdown County, Va. Deceased was the fourth in a family of ten children, and was reared on the farm. He was united in marriage Jan. 5, 1865 to Miss Lucy Hopper, who, with two children, Frank Beal and Mrs. Jessie Creal, survive him. Mark Beal of this city, is a brother, and Prosecuting Attorney Fred Beal, a nephew of the deceased. Mr. Beal was a man of sterling integrity, and was widely know known throughout the county. Funeral services were held at his late residence on Sunday afternoon, and the remains will be taken to Mt. Olivet cemetery near Catlin for internment, Monday morning. The Masons will have charge of the funeral.'" - Rockville Tribune 19 January 1902


“Mrs. Wave BEAMAN died at the home of her mother, Mrs. Drusilla Hallett, Bluff Mills on Monday night. Funeral services at Freedom church on Wed. afternoon were in charge of Rev. John Caldwell of Crawfordsville. The casket was borne by Norman, Denzil & Kenneth Keller, Virgil & Alva Smith and Raymond Busenbark. The flowers were carried by Tommy & Paul Keller, Barbara & Wandeline Hallett, Charles and Russell Smith and Helen Jean Myers.  Burial in Freedom Cemetery. The following obituary was read: Maude Hallett Beaman, daughter of Harvey & Druzilla Hallett was born near Waveland May 19, 1897 and departed this life early evening of September 9, 1935. The majority of her life was spent in and around the same vicinity with the exception of two years which were spent in Tucson, Arizona trying to regain her health. She became a member of the Freedom Baptist Church in her early life and remained a faithful member until her passing. Maude attended Waveland High School with but one aim, that was to be a missionary, but her health failed while she was a Jr. in High School and was compelled to quit. Her health never permitted her to enter into the missionary work but she was ever cheerful and always thinking of others. She was united in marriage August 21,1931 to Wave Beaman who survives. Other survivors include her loving mother, three sisters, Mrs. Roscoe Keller of Waynetown, Mrs. Forrest Martin of Rockville and Mary Hallett at home, one brother, Bert of Waveland, four nieces, seven nephews and a host of relatives and friends.” - 13 September 1935 - Waveland Independent. Provided by Karen Zach.


James BEATTY was found dead in the road some 4 mi. so. of this place on Tuesday evening last. Just how he came to his death is not certainly known.  He had been assisting in threshing wheat on the Pinegar farm, two mi. So. of Rockville and was returning home riding a harnessed horse.  It seems that the horse threw him, that his legs became entangled in the harness and that he was dragged about 150 yards. An examination showed that his skull was crushed and that his neck, thigh and four ribs were broken. Beatty was about 40 years of age and leaves a wife and 7 children to mourn his death.  -  Thanks to Randy Wright for this one -- 3-7-99.  Randy also gave me the following information on this family.   James C. Beatty (above) Parents: Joseph R. and Mildred S. HERRINGTON Beatty.   James C. born April 2, 1832, VA; died August 19, 1881 married Sarah F. Nutgrass January 29, 1863.   Children: Laura married Guy Bryant; Mildred married Randolph Straughn;  Emma married  Monroe Lang; Cora married  Silas L. Barnes; James married  Elizabeth Thorpe; Joseph married  Jennie Uselman; George married  Lora Suttler; Rosette; Charles and an adopted son, Frank Cox. - Rockville Tribune, Aug 24, 1881

James Beattley (sic), a citizen of Parke County, was found dead in the road about 4 miles South of Rockville on Tuesday of last week.  He had been riding a harnessed horse and it is supposed the horse threw him and he was dragged to death as his body was mangled to a considerable extent.  - Crawfordsville Weekly Review, Sept 3, 1881


 Miss Rhoda Beauchamp died at the old Beauchamp homestead two mi. So. of Portland Mills on Monday.  She was a student in the old Waveland Academy 46 years ago.  Mrs. C. W. Spencer, Parke Spencer and Mr. and Mrs. Walter Sutherlin attended the funeral at the home on Wed.  The Beauchamp place was well known in the early days as the place where the mail carriers from Waveland, Greencastle and Rockville met.  - Unknown newspaper


William Beeson, age 71, retired farmer of Marshall, died suddenly of a heart attack about 4 o'clock Monday afternoon.  He was stricken in a Marshall drug store and died within a few minutes. The s/o Stephen and Ellen Teague Beeson, Mr. Beeson was born Nov. 11, 1869, on a farm near Marshall.  With the exception of a short time spent in Hamilton Co, he resided in the Marshall community all his life. He was married to Minnie Newlin, Dec 30, 1896.  Surviving are the widow; four sons, Carroll and Theron of Crawfordsville; Hubert of Marshall and Cyril of Indianapolis; one daughter Mrs. Frank Hall of Marshall and brothers, Dr. J. H. Beeson of Crawfordsville and Harry Beeson of Marshall; four sisters, Mrs. Eulia Chapman of Rockville; Mrs. Sam Barker and Miss Lula Beeson of Marshall and Mrs. Henry McCune of Terre Haute and five grandchildren. Funeral services were held at one o'clock Wed. afternoon of this week in the Marshall Federated Church. Rev. M. Woodard, Bloomingdale, officiating.  Bur. was made at the Poplar Grove Cemetery. near Marshall .  - Unknown newspaper

Mrs. Minnie May Beeson of Marshall, age 82 passed away at the Wallace nursing home in Rockville Jan 1 at 9:30 p.m.  Survivors include four sons; Carroll of Crawfordsville; Cyral of Indianapolis; Theron of Paris, Ill; Hubert of Marshall RR 1 ; a daughter Mrs. Ruth Hall of Marshall; a sister, Mrs. Mary Allen of Cincinnati; a brother, Oral Newlin of Marshall 8 great grandchildren and six gr. gr. grandchildren. She was a member of the Friends church of Marshall, the Aid society and Missionary Soc. of the church and the Marshall Home Economics club. The body was taken to the Davies funeral home in Marshall where friends may call after 12:00 noon.  Thurs. Service will be conducted at the Marshall Federated church.  Friday at 2:00 with Rev. E.M. Woodard of Montezuma and Rev. Milo Hinckle (?) in charge. Bur. will be in Poplar Grove cemetery.  - Unknown newspaper

Stephen Beeson, life long resident of Marshall and one of our best citizens passed away Monday morning at his home in the north part of town.  Mr. Beeson who was 72 years of age, had spent all of his life with the exception of a few years in this vicinity, was one of our oldest citizens and had been active in the interests of Marshall and had seen it grow from timber land to the beautiful little village we are now proud of.  He was elected to the office of township trustee and during his administration he built the present school building and made it possible for this place to have a high school.  He was appointed postmaster under the administration of Benjamin Harrison and he served both of these offices of trust faithfully and to the best interests of the community. He was a member of Co. K 21st Indiana Vol. 1st Heavy Artillery and served with this company three years in the Civil War.   The immediate cause of his death was Bright's Disease.  He leaves to mourn his loss, his widow, Mrs. Ellen Beeson, and 10 children: Mrs. Alice Hume, William Beeson, Mrs. Rose Alexander, Mrs. Nannie barker.  Mrs. Mellie Chapman, Miss Lula Beeson, John Beeson, HC Beeson, and Miss Jessie Beeson, Mrs. Susan Nickell of Bloomingdale.  One brother, E. W. Beeson of Emporia Kansas several grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends (Note: in the original obituary there was a picture of him, complete with long curly hair; a white bear, long nose and high brow -- sorry, I couldn't get it reproduced here).  Stephen Kersey Beeson, s/o David and Hannah Beeson, was born March 5, 1844 and departed this life November 27, 1916, aged 72years, 8 months and 22 days. On January 31, 1867 he was united in marriage to Ellen Teague and to this union 10 children were b, all of whom survive. He was a birthright member of the Friends church, to which faith he remained loyal.  He served 3 years in the Civil War with Co. K, 21st Indiana Vol, 1st Heavy Artillery and some of his best friends were the comrades of the GAR.  He was a public spirited man and served the public with honor in many positions of trust.  A man of unusual intelligence, broad and liberal in his views and progressive in his ideas.   His motto in life was "be kind."  A brother, EW Beeson is the only surviving member of his family.  A comfort to his family during his recent illness was the assurance that all was well and that he was ready to go.  a good man has gone, blest be his memory, sweet be his sleep.  Funeral services were held Wed. morning at the Friends Church, conducted by Rev. Reagan of Bridgeport, Ind. burial at Poplar Grove cemetery. - Marshall News, December 1, 1916


Albert Davis, the north side grocer (Covington) received a wire that his sister, Mrs. Eva Davis Beebe, had been suddenly stricken with heart failure at her home in Waverly, Iowa. Mr. Davis left by way of the Big Four Tuesday.  On Wednesday, Mrs. C.K. Bright, a relative, received a wire that Mrs. Beebe had passed away about midnight Tuesday.  Mrs. Beebe was the daughter of the late Eli and Emily Crawile Davis and was born and educated in this city  About 25 years ago she was married to William Beebe and settled in Iowa. Mr. Beebe passed away several years ago. Mr. Beebe is survived by one daughter and two sons. - Crawfordsville Journal, Saturday, March 24, 1923


“James Daniel BELL, son of James C. and Elizabeth Cofer Bell, was born in Jackson Township, Parke County, Indiana, on March 17, 1888; entered into the blessed rest of Paradise on March 10, 1920, aged 31 years, 11 months and 23 days.   On August 3, 1911, he was united in marriage with Miss Clara Ames and to this union, which had been a very happy one, one child, a son, Idris, was born. Those left to mourn besides the wife and son are his father and stepmother, Mr. and Mrs. James C. Bell, a brother, Ernest Bell, and a half-sister, Gladys Bell, all of Jackson Township; two sisters, Mrs. Clara Blacketer and Mrs. Mary Richardson of Bellmore vicinity, and a wide circle of relatives and friends who loved him for many fine qualities. …”   - Rockville Tribune, March 16, 1920


Mrs. Sarah Ellen BELT, 77 a life-long resident of Parke County died Wednesday morning about 5 o'clock at the home of a son, Walter. in Rockville. She had been ill approximately a month. Surviving are the husband, John C. of Bridgeton; two sons, Walter of Rockville and George H. of Farmersburg; a daughter, Mrs. Mary Fisher of Terre Haute, 8 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.  Funeral services will be held Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock at Bridgeton Baptist Church with Rev. Shirley Barrows officiating. Burial in Clear Creek Cemetery.  Friends may call at the Branson Funeral Home in Rockville until 1 o'clock Friday afternoon. - Crawfordsville Journal Review - 8 October 1947


BENNETT, Martha Veda Magill, 95, of Rosedale, Ind., died at 12:45 a.m. EDT Wednesday, April 16, 2008, in Vermillion Convalescent Center in Clinton, Ind., where she was a patient for the past 14 years. She was a homemaker and also taught piano in her home to students in Rosedale. Funeral services: 10 a.m. EDT Saturday, April 19, 2008, in Cottrell-Gooch Funeral Home, 281 N. Main St. in Rosedale: Burial: Rosedale Cemetery; Visitation: 5-8 p.m. EDT Friday, April 18 at the funeral home and before services Saturday. – Danville (Illinois) Commercial News, April 17, 2008, Page 3B –shared by Jack Rodebush

Rockville – Mrs. Mildred McGill Bennett, 59, of Rt. 3, Rockville, died Saturday evening in Union Hospital at Terre Haute after a lengthy illness. Mrs. Bennett was a member of the Rockville United Methodist Church, Moose Lodge and the Half-Century Club at Clinton. She was born March 15, 1921, in Parke County, a daughter of Albert and Nellie Heslar. She is survived by her husband, Patrick Bennett; a son, Randy McGill of Rockville; two stepdaughters, Margaret Bennett of Clinton and Mrs. Connie Jarosak of Chesterton; two stepsons, David Bennett of West Terre Haute and Patrick Bennett of Greenwood; 18 grandchildren; and a great-grandchild. Services are at 10 a.m. Tuesday in Butler Funeral Home at Rockville with the Rev. Lindy G. Russell officiating. Burial will be in Memory Gardens Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home after 5 p.m. today. smc - Source: Crawfordsville Journal Review 23 February 1981, Page 002

Perry Edward Bennett, 77, of Mellott, died at 4:30 p.m. yesterday (Dec. 12, 1968) at Lake View Memorial Hospital in Danville.  He had been a patient there since Tuesday after being transferred from the Community Hospital in Williamsport.  Born May 18, 1891, in Marshall, he was the son of Nathaniel and Malinda Delp Bennett.  He was married, Nov. 20, 1915, at Rockville, to Nora Harris of Thompkinsville, Ky., who survives.  Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Crumley-Williams Funeral Home in Hillsboro.  The Rev. Richard Austin will officiate.  Burial will be in Wolfe Creek Cemetery. - Crawfordsville Journal Review, 13 December 1968, Page 4 – shared by Karen Zach

Mrs. Serena Bennett, 69, 302 S. Michigan St. died Friday, July 2 at her residence. She was a retired employee of the former Indiana State Hospital at Rockville. Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Betty Miller, Fillmore, Ind., Mrs. Marie Baysinger, Lyford, Ind., and Mrs Martha Davis, Colorado Springs, Colo.; three sons, Stanley, Apple Valley, Calif., James, rural Paris, Ill., and Raymond, Maryville, Ill., 17 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren. Services were held Tuesday.  Unknown newspaper.  (Submitted by Anita Ellis )


Marjorie Ethel Benson came to bless the home of Walter E. and Mary Brown Benson in Pleasant Valley, near Bridgeton on Dec 4, 1910.    For seven years, ten months and twenty-two days the gentle child lived a beautiful life fraught with the lessons of love and unselfishness that lead to the gate Beautiful and her mission being fulfilled on earth, the pure, white soul winged its flight back to Him who gave it on Oct 26, 1918.  Those of the immediate family circle left to mourn her going away are the parents, a twin sister, Margaret and the grandparents, M/M CE Benson and M/M BF Brown.  The lives of the little twin sisters were deeply intertwined with love and devotion each for the other. They had never been separated, each shared every childish joy and sorrow; all play, every thought and deed was one with them -- their mutual devotion was remarkable. Little Marjorie, though frail in body possessed a sweet, sunny disposition and shy loving way s that endeared her to all who knew her.    She had a bright mind and excelled in her school work.  At school, she was an especial favorite of her schoolmates and greatly loved by her teacher.  Her last illness, due to the dread influenza, was brief but severe.  At intervals she was irrational but again her own dear self patient and sweet and kind.  The devoted parents did everything possible to relieve the little sufferer and now she is with them no more, they have the blesses consolation of that memory.  On the morning of her last day the little girl rallied, played some with the little sister asked for her books and did some drawing in which she was talented, but she soon grew worse.  As another change came the tiny hands uplifted pleadingly and begged, "Oh, let me go, i want to go up higher," and who can say that these small earth angels are not given a foresight of eternal visions of the beauty of Heaven?  The life-tide slowly ebbed until the evening shadows were falling when little Marjorie went to sleep in the arms of Jesus, the tender Shepherd of God's children.  Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God.  Private Funeral service were held at the family residence Mon. aft at 2:30 o'clock the Rev. Smith of Rosedale ME Church officiating. John R. Miller and son Roy and Perry L. Seller sang "Asleep in Jesus" and "Shall we meet Beyond the River."  The little white casket was borne across the field from the home where she had given so much happiness to Pleasant Valley cemetery, where little Marjorie was laid to rest.  There was a profusion of beautiful flowers. - Waveland Independent, November 5, 1918


Laura May Berry, daughter of William S. and Pearl A. Berry, died at her home at 10 o’clock a.m., Sept. 13, 1901, aged 8 months and 4 days having been born January 9. Little Laura was a bright child on earth but a brighter angel for heaven.  Her little presence will be missed by the bereaved parents but the Father of mercies hath said; “I will never leave thee nor forsake thee.” The angel of death has plucked this bud that it might bloom in heaven. Her death has desolated a home once bright with her presence, but he who giveth also taketh away. A long lapse of time will pass before her short visit on earth will be forgotten by father and mother, who with their may friends mourn her loss. The funeral services were held at Farmers chapel, conducted by Rev. D. S. Kalley, after which the remains were laid to rest in a cemetery near by. M.E.    - Rockville Republican, September 25, 1901 (Submitted by Anita Ellis )

Mrs. Wm. Berry, the mother of Mrs. McCarty Lantz and Mrs. Frank Shaul, died at her home in Judson Saturday afternoon. She has been seriously ill for a long time. Funeral services on Sunday afternoon were conducted by Rev. J.E. Smith. Interment in the Barnes cemetery.  - Waveland Independent, August 11, 1916


Mildred E. Bers, 72, Chicago, Illinois, died at 8 a.m. Thursday, September 16, 1993, at St. Joseph ’s Hospital in Chicago .  Born April 5, 1921 in Parke County , she was the daughter of Aladi H. and Nancy Timberlake Boyd.  She married Stanley Bers, who survives.  She was a 1939 graduate of Rockville High School and was a retired employee of Illinois Bell .  Other survivors include a daughter, Pamela Nelson of Chicago; four sisters, Virginia Holler of Rockville, Alice Anita Rose of Seymour, MO, Mary Catherine Mealka of Lafayette and Claris Stanley of Goode, WA; and two brothers, George Boyd of Arkansas and Jon [sic] Boyd of Avon.  She was preceded in death by a brother, Alan A. Boyd.  Private services were conducted Monday at Rose Hill Cemetery Chapel in Chicago with burial in Rose Hill Cemetery .  Drake and Son Funeral Home of Chicago was in charge of arrangements. - The Sentinel  September 22, 1993 [Contributed by Sandra J. Lee]

Mrs. Wm. Berry, the mother of Mrs. McCarty Lantz and Mrs. Frank Shaul, died at her home in Judson, Saturday afternoon.  She has been seriously ill for a long time.  Funeral services on Sunday afternoon were conducted by Rev. J. E. Smith.  Interment in the Barnes cemetery. - Waveland Independent-August 4, 1916


June Bias, a well known colored boy who was raised in Crawfordsville died Sunday at the Northern Penitentary where he had been sent for stealing brass jewelry of the 99 Cent Store.  June had been there once before, and during this, his second term, grew melancholy and morose, and was finally taken with consumption from which disease he died.  He was buried Nov 16 at Rockville.  Poor, happy-go-lucky June, always laughing and sparkling always good hearted but with a fatal penchant for other people's property.  His end is a sad one and his life an example to his old companision among whom he was a lender. - Crawfordsville Weekly Journal November 21, 1891


The five-year-old daughter of Mrs. Billings of Rosedale died Friday from the effects of a distressing accident. The mother had gone to church the night before, leaving the children at home in charge of an elder sister, aged 16.  The young lady left the house for a moment to get a bucket of water, and while gone, the little girls' clothing took fire from the grate.  The body was taken to Marshall Saturday for interment. – Rockville Tribune, 21 March 1895, Page 008


Frank Seybold was an eye witness to a tragedy on Sunday morning.  He was sitting on the porch at the home of Charles Horn about half past 11 when two cars collided on the intersection of 41 and 36 nearby.  He ran over and was in time to assist in removing a former neighbor, James BIRCH from one of the cars.  Birch, who had been living in Roachdale and a friend, John Davenport had been in Montezuma and were returning home. They drove on the intersection just as a car from Terre Haute carrying Father Thiennes and 5 boys on their way to Chicago came from the south.  Both cars were badly wrecked.  Birch had his skull fractured his back broken and other injuries that caused his death at 7:40 that same evening. Davenport was painfully but not fatally injured.  Warren Stewart, who was in the other car, was seriously injured and was taken to St. Anthony hospital.  Birch lived here a number of years and was one of the group of log haulers including the Birches; Nicholsons and Yaryans who handled a large part of the timber in this section.  He is survived by one daughter Mrs. LM Kelly of Terre Haute; one sister, Mrs. Lucy Miles of Montezuma and two brothers, William of Topeka, KS and John of Mecca.  The body was buried in Roachdale cemetery after services at the Presbyterian Church there on Tuesday. - Waveland Independent, August 25, 1933

Private Clarence Earl Birch, Jr., son of Clarence J and Mrs. Carrie (Birch) Barfield, was born at Lehigh, Iowa March 29, 1907 and died Jan 11, 1929 at the age of 21 years, 11 months and 13 days. On July 24, 1926 at the age of 19, he enlisted in the Army Air Corps at Chanute Field, Rantoul, Ill and in less than a year was transferred to Boling Field, Washington, DC at which place he was stationed at time of his death.  he was one of the 8 victims of the C-2 airplane crash at Royalton, pa Jan 11 at 1:40 in the afternoon.  The exact cause of the crash will never be known.  He died in line of duty in the service of the USA.  He is one of 3 children, two of whom, one sister, Pauline and one brother, Allen live in Oregon; his father and mother, his grandmother, Mrs. Ida Hutson of Waveland, a grandfather and grandmother,  Mr. and Mrs. John Birch of Mecca; aunts, uncles and a number of other relatives survive him.  The great part of his life was spent with his grandparents in Mecca.  He attended the common high school there, leaving to enlist.  He united with the Christian Church at Mecca and was baptized under the ministry of Rev. R.D. Thomas.  Clarence was a straight forward boy and made friends wherever he went.  He was honest in his work and always willing and ready at all time to do his duty.  His mother who has been in ill health for some time was not told of her son's death at first, but later was and a short funeral service was held in Chicago, Monday.  The body was brought here for its final resting place.   Those here from a distance for the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. John Birch, Mr. and Mrs. Jim Birch and family, Mr. and Mrs. Hank Stevens, Paul Stevens, Sidney Stevens, Mrs. Lee Lambert, Mrs. Sally Carl of Mecca; Sidney E. Allen of Rantoul, Ill; Robert A. Barfield of Chicago; Mrs. Pearl Davidson of Lafayette; Mr. and Mrs. Hubert Youmans and family, Glen Youmans and son, Keith of Newport; Mrs. Mary Davis, Rev. and Mrs. Clarence Todd of Dana; Misses Wanita and Mildred Farmer of Scotland Ill; Miss Violet Allen, Mr. and Mrs. John Kesner of Rockville; Mr. and Mrs. Forest Allen and Family, Mrs. Loretta Weaver, Mrs. Sam Staggs, Mrs. Frank Whelchel, Mrs. Edgar Staggs of Byron; Mrs. Bert Hallet, Bluff Mills; Darrold, Ione and Carolyn Moore of Mecca and Ronald Redish of Byron.  - Waveland Independent -- January 18, 1929

Mrs. Mary BIRCH, wife of John Birch died at her home in Mecca on Saturday morning at 3 following two paralytic strokes the last on Friday. Funeral services at the home on Monday afternoon burial at Mecca cemetery.  Mrs. Susan Marshall; Miss Laverne, Mr. and Mrs. Delbert Pollitt and Billy attended the funeral home.  Mrs. Birch was the d/o Thomas and Elizabeth MILES and was born i n Waveland 77 years ago.  She was married to John Birch here 59 years ago and had lived in Mecca 34 years where Mr. Birch was superintendent of the tile factory. In all the 59 years they were separated but two weeks when Mr. Birch was in a hospital. The husband survives with 5 children; Leonard; Clarence; Walter and Emma all living in Oregon and James who lives in Mecca.- Waveland Independent, May 31, 1935


MURDER OR SUICIDE - Mystery surrounds death of Perry Bishop near Catlin in Wabash Township --no arrests. - Sheriff Charles Thompson and Deputy Everett Marlar, accompanied by Coroner J. R. Bloomer and Squire F. M. Bryant rushed to the cabin of Perry Bishop in Wabash Township Thursday night when notified by neighbors that Mr. Bishop who was past 76 years of age had been found in the dooryard by his son, William.  It seems that old man and his son, William, who is about 50 years old, kept batch in a cabin on the farm of Samuel McCune about a mile East of Armiesburg, the father working at odd jobs for farmers of the neighborhood.  The son being employed at the Indiana Sewer Pipe works in Mecca.  The son had worked at the plant during the day quitting about 4 p.m. and after purchasing a few groceries went home and claimed that as he entered the yard, he found the body of his father lying in a pool of blood about 40 or 50 feet from the house, a gunshot wound in his head. The son threw a cover over the body and ran to the house of Mr. McCune, crying that his father had shot himself.  Mr. McCune and France McCalment accompanied by the son, hurried to the cabin and were surprised to find the old man alive, he having crawled several feet from where the son first claimed to have found him.  Peculiar and suspicious things were found that will lead officers to make an investigation.  While the son claims that the father shot himself, he avers that he did not see the act committed and there were no powder burns on the face, although an old single barrel muzzle-loading shot gun was found by his side.  Deputy Sheriff Marlar found a locust club about 3 feet long and claimed by the son to have been used as a poker at the fireplace.  On this club there were splotches of blood, although there was no blood on the ground near where the stick was picked up.  It is alleged that scratches were visible on William Bishop's face the night the old man was found.  Mr. Bishop never regained consciousness and Saturday evening around 5 p.m. he was taken to the county Asylum, dying 2 hours later.  On Sunday the body was brought to the undertaking establishment of Teague and Chapman and an autopsy held by coroner J. R. Bloomer, assisted by Dr. J. J. Connelly and Dr. J. F. Swayne of Mecca.  These physicians are said to have counted about 40 wounds where the shot entered the left side of the face and head, some of them penetrating the brain causing paralysis, and that there were unmistakable evidence of a wound on the side of the head that had been caused by a blunt instrument.  Coroner Bloomer has not made his report, but it is almost sure that he will not pronounce the case one of suicide. Mr. Bishop is survived by 2 sons, William and "Tip", and one daughter, Mrs. William Straughn, the latter living 4 miles south of Rockville, where the body was taken and burial made in Arabia cemetery Monday morning at 10 a.m. - Rockville Tribune  April 10, 1917

Shooting of Timer Cutter Is Mystery--Perry Bishop found wounded near Mecca, still unconscious-- One side Paralyzed. -- By Special Correspondent.  Rockville, Ind., April 7--  Perry Bishop, of Wabash township, who was found lying on his premises yesterday with 35 shot from a shot gun in his face, head, and neck is still unconscious, and the case still remains a mystery.  He has become paralyzed on one side.  Bishop is about 70 years old and a timber cutter, and lives between Armiesburg and Mecca.  He was found by his son, William, near an out building.  A shot gun and a bloody poker were found near.  There is some hope for his recovery, according to the physicians.  Arrangements are being made to take him to a hospital in Terre Haute. - - Unknown newspaper - April 7, 1917

Perry C. Bishop, son of John P. and Elizabeth Bishop, was born May 12, 1841; departed this life April 7, 1917, at the age of 75 years, 10 months and 25 days.  He was the last of a family of 18 children.  He was married to Minerva McCool Sept. 11, 1869.  She departed this life June 3, 1891.  To this union were born five children, one boy dying in infancy, Charles T., of Catlin, Ill.; William of Mecca, and Mrs. William Straughn of Rockville and Mrs. Harry Lorimer of Taswell, Ind.   Mr. Bishop lived in and around the neighborhood where he died for over fifty years, and was ever ready to help the sick and needy.  He joined the Christian church at Rockville under the ministry of T.J. Freed, and taking the Bible for his guide lived up to some of its teachings.  He leaves to mourn his departure four children, 17 grandchildren, two great grandchildren. - Unknown newspaper

A  MYSTERIOUS DEATH --Perry Bishop, aged seventy-eight years died Saturday from the effects of gun shot wounds received last Thursday evening, at his home, near Mecca, where he and his son William Bishop lived in a cabin on the Sam McCune farm, near Armiesburg.    Sheriff Thopason was called over the telephone from John W. Newton's place, about a mile and a half from the Bishop home, to come and bring the coroner with him, as a man had been shot.  Mr. Thompson, Coroner Bloomer, Deputy Sheriff Marlar and Squire Bryant left Rockville about seven o'clock and went at once to Newton's. Sam McCune, who had telephoned from the Newton place said William Bishop, son of Perry Bishop came to his place and told him that when he came from work at the Mecca clay plant, he found his father in the yard, by the

south side of the smoke house, bleeding profusely from gun shot wounds in his face and head.  McCune and France McCalment went at once with the son and when they reached the scene, the old man had crawled to the northeast corner of the building.  The son, a man about forty years old, and McCalment carried the wounded man into the house and placed him in bed.  When the Sheriff and his party reached Newton's they supposed the man was dead.  The Sheriff and McCune left for the scene in a buggy and

the others walked down the track.  When Sheriff Thompson entered the house, he still supposed the man to be dead, until he saw the bed clothes moving.  He drew them back and a horrible sight met his eyes; the wounded man, literally covered with blood, was groaning and struggling, more like a wounded suffering animal than a human being.   Dr. Bloomer dressed his wounds and he was taken to the poor farm, where he died Saturday evening about eight o'clock, without regaining consciousness.  Sunday the body was removed to the home of his daughter, Mrs. William Straughn, south of Rockville, where funeral services were held Monday afternoon, with burial at Arabia cemetery.   An autopsy was held on the body at Teague and Chapman's undertaking rooms, by Dr. Bloomer, assisted by Drs. J. J. Connelly and J.F. Swayne of Mecca.  They found that at least forty shot had entered the left side of the man's face and head and that there was evidence of a wound on the side of his head that must have been caused by a blunt instrument.   The Coroner is of the opinion that the man's death was not caused by suicide.  A large wooden poker, covered with blood was found about fifteen feet away from where the man was found, and the gun was lying a little distance away.  Sunday night, Prosecutor Dowd and Deputy Sheriff Marlar went to the Bishop home and procured the gun. The case is being investigated thoroughly.

Suicide or Murder? --Sheriff Thompson was called to Wabash township, Thursday night, by telephone message stating that Perry Bishop had been found dead in the yard surrounding the cabin in which he lived on the farm of Samuel McCune, east of Armiesburg.     The sheriff, accompanied by Deputy Marlar, Coroner Bloomer and Justice Frank Bryant went to the place but found Bishop still alive.  He had been shot in the head and face with a shot gun.  He was unconscious and died Saturday evening at the poor asylum, where he was taken, without regaining consciousness.    An autopsy, held at Teague and Chapman's undertaking rooms, revealed the fact that death was due to a blow on the head with some blunt instrument or a club.  Not far from the body a stick that had been used as a poker was found, and it is presumed he was struck by this in addition to being shot.  The gun was lying by his side when found and the supposition at first was that he had killed himself.  However, the direction of the shot in his head and other suspicious circumstances point to murder.  The officials are still investigating.  Coroner Bloomer had not filed his report this morning.     Bishop was about 76 years old.  He is survived by two sons, William and Tip, and one daughter, Mrs. Wm. Straughn, living south of Rockville where the body was taken after the autopsy.  Burial in the Arabia cemetery at 10 o'clock Monday morning.  (thanks to Sherry Grunhaus for the ones on the Bishop murder? -- doesn't make you wonder just what happened and who did KILL??? him ???)


Parke County Sentinel, January 15, 1992 - “Robert J. ‘Joe’ BLACKETER, 63, RR 1, Fillmore, died unexpectedly Friday afternoon, January 10, 1992, in the emergency room of Putnam County Hospital in Greencastle, Indiana.  He was born July 1, 1928 in Parke County, and was a lifelong farmer. On July 1, 1848, he married Dorothy J. Varvel, who survives. He was a 1946 graduate of Union Township High School in Parke County.  Other survivors include a son, Joe Blacketer of Port Myers, Florida; a daughter, Darla Murray of Huston, Texas; a half-brother, Clyde Overpeck of Roachdale; six grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Burial was in Putnamville Cemetery.”

“John Martin BLACKETER was born in the Otterbein neighborhood, Parke County, Indiana, August 26, 1916; on the night of March 4, 1935, his gentle spirit passed into the safe haven of eternity after a stay on earth of 18 years, 6 months and 8 days.       He was the second son of Thomas and Mary Martin Blacketer and his going away leaves the parents, three sisters, Mrs. Blanche Overpeck and Mary Doris at home and Mrs. Golden Norman of Ferndale; two brothers, Thomas E. and David Frank Blacketer of Ferndale; three small nephews and a grandmother, Mrs. Samuel Martin of Rockville in grief and loneliness.           … The mortal remains were taken to the Beach Grove U. B. Church… Burial was made in the cemetery near by. …”  Rockville Republican, March 21, 1935


September 29 at Judson, Lida BLACKMAN, of consumption, aged 21 years. Reported by Hargrave & Elson, funeral directors, Rockville Republican, October 10, 1888


"Died - At his home west of town, Noah Blackmore, of consumption, Monday morning, June 5. – Rockville Tribune, 07 June 1905


Services for Mrs. Mary Alice Blair, 58 who died at 11:20 a.m. Wednesday February 7th. in the Vermillion County Hospital, Clinton, IN will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the Brown Funeral Home, with the the Rev. Robert Sizemore officiating. Burial will be in the Oakland Cemetery. Friends may call after 6 p.m. Thursday. Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Crystal Gill McGraw, Montezuma and Mrs. Rose Henderson, Burton SC; a son Paul Ray, Bridgeport, IL; two sisters Mrs. Bessie Jones, Lodi, IN and Mrs. Dorothy Lowe, Los Angeles, CA; two brothers, William D. Shaw, Hillsdale, IN, and Wayne G. Shaw, Morgantown, IN, 13 grandchildren and a great grandchild. – Terre Haute Tribune – shared by Arnie Gill


Services for the Rev. R. Richmond Blake, 63,  associate pastor of Speedway Methodist Church will be at 2:00 p.m. tomorrow in Speedway Church, with burial in Lizton Cemetery.  Friends may call at the Farley Speedway Funeral Home.  He died in Memorial Hospital at Auburn, N. Y.  He and his family had been vacationing in New York when he became ill.  His home was at 7305 Holstead Drive.  The Rev. Mr. Blake had held pastorates at Benchland, Mont. and at Jamestown, Rockville, Plymouth, Terre Haute and Speedway in Indiana.  He was a former president of the Terre Haute Ministerial Association and had served on the board of trustees and visitors at DePauw University.  He was a member of the Northwest Conference of the Methodist Church, the Benchland Masonic Lodge and Scottish Rite.  Survivors include the widow, Ruth N. Blake, his mother, Lola Blake, Lizton, a son, Robert P. Blake, Evanston, Ill. and a daughter Lynette Deckard, Plainfield.   - Waveland Independent News, August 17, 1964Thanks to Peggy Robertson for this one

William Perry Blake, son of Charles and Barbara Blake, was born in Parke county, February* 28, 1837, and died January 13 1917, aged 79 years, 11 months and 15 days.  He was married to Louise** McGilvery, Feb. 20, 1862. To this union were born six children – Charles W., George S., Cora E., Sarah E., Mary E. and William P. Charles, Cora, Sarah E. and Mary preceded him to the better land.  Louise Blake, his wife died September 12, 1872***. On the 19th day of December 1877, he was married to Mary Jacks Blake, who died June 4, 1910. He leaves to mourn their loss two sons, Sherman and Wm. P., seven grandchildren, three great grandchildren and three sisters – Mrs. Lucinda Davis, Mrs. Weltha Reeder and Mrs. Mary Crooks of Missouri. William P. Blake died on the farm on which he was born. With the exception of about 12 years he had lived there his entire life. He was a member of the Masonic fraternity and a charter member of the lodge at Bellmore.  He enlisted in the 60-day service during the Civil war and was taken prisoner at the battle of Uniontown, Ky., and paroled. Although not a member of any religious organizations, he was a firm believer in the Christian religion, always practicing the principles of right and wrong in which he so firmly believed. In the death of William Perry Blake this community looses one of its oldest and best citizens. He was a type of the old pioneers that are fast passing away. He was a splendid farmer and thoroughly in sympathy with modern and improving methods and always in touch with the world. He was ever honest and upright in all his dealings and no one ever appealed to him in vain for help in a worthy cause. We loved him for his councils as a neighbor and friend. His column is broken and his brethren mourn. (   * should be Jan. 28, 1837        ** should be Louisa        *** should be February 17, 1874  ) - •[Taken from Obituaries of Parke County, Indiana, p.16, Rockville Public Library 106 N. Market Street Rockville, Parke County, Indiana 47872, C.929.2]  THANKS  To Bob and Lynn Marti for this one!

The funeral of Charles BLAKE, 76 years old, living in the Otterbein neighborhood, east of here, was held this morning.  He leaves a widow and one daughter, Mrs. Frank THOMAS.  Buried at Blake Cemetery.  - Terre Haute Star, 28 May 1908 (Thursday, Page 11 - Heading Rockville, May 27th)

Rev. Lawrence 0. Blake.   Since 1932 pastor of the First United Brethren church here and formerly pastor of the First U. B. church in Terre Haute, died at his home Sun­day morning of heart disease. He was 63 years old.   He was educated at Bonebrake seminary, Dayton. 0hio and served in pastorates at Sterling, Kansas, and Columbus, Anderson, Marion, Dale­ville, Terre Haute and Muncie, Ind. For four years he was superin­tendent of the Montana mission conference at Great Falls, Montana. Mr. Blake had suffered a heart attack before he came here from Muncie. Death followed an imme­diate illness of a week. Rev. Blake was born in Parke County, near Rockvi1le. In 1894 he married Miss Flora Rafferty of near Crawfordsville. He is survived by the widow, four daughters, Mrs. Claud Williams of Terre Haute, Ethel, Mary and Edna, at home, and one son, Walter of Indianapolis. The funeral is to be held at the Crawfordsville church of which he was the pastor at 1 o’clock Wednesday afternoon. The body will lie in state from 11 o’clock in the morning until time for the funeral. Bishop H. H. Fout of Indianapolis will officiate at the services, assisted by Rev. William H. Todd of Terre Haute, Rev. C. I. Rouch of Indianapolis and Rev. W. A. Settle of Columbus. Dr. J. B. Parsons, superintendent of the conference at Indianapolis, will be chairman of the ceremonies. [Tribune Newspaper, Terre Haute, Indiana, Monday, January 15, 1934, p.2]

Isaac Newton BLAKE, 81 year sold, died Friday at his home here after a long illness.  He is survived by four children: Mrs. Minnie D. Farris; Mrs. Daisy Bronson and Okie C and Clyde M. Blake.  Funeral services will be held at the New Discovery Church Sunday at 2 o'clock.  The body will remain at the McMullen Funeral Home until 1:30 o'clock where friends may call.   - Terre Haute, Indiana, April 14, 1940 Tribune Newspaper -- dated Rockville, In April 12th


Alice Cary BLATCHLEY was born near Needmore, Hendricks Co, In Sept 2, 1852 and passed from this life Dec 22, 1916.  She is survived by two brothers and two sisters, her parents moved near Bainbridge when she was 5 and here she grew to womanhood and attended the public schools.  Much of her education was gained through study at home with her parents as guides.  Always she ranked among the best of her classmates for the best was her goal in whatever she tried to do. For a number of years, Miss Blatchley was a successful teacher in the public schools of Hendricks, Putnam and Parke Co.  At a very early age she showed marked talent for drawing and her great desire was to become an artist.   She was a student of art in Greencastle, Terre haute, Indianapolis and Cincinnati.  Her work in landscape and flower painting and in still life, with both water color and oil as medium shows much originality and beauty.  For a number of years she was a successful teacher of painting and expected to devote her life to art work but her health gave way.  In early womanhood Miss Blatchley joined the Presbyterian church and devoted much of her time and strength to church work.  She was an earnest student of the Bible and the paramount purpose of her life was to daily serve her heavenly Father.  Always she tried to hold thought in line with that which was good, true and beautiful.  She is not longer with us in the flesh, but the intelligence which was hers remains forever a part of the infinite Mind which is Gods.   Added  3/24/99   -- thanks to Randy Wright for this one! - Rockville Tribune, Dec ? 1916


Marshall, IL, June 25 - (Special) - HENRY BLOCKSINGER, 88 years old, died at his residence, 4 miles southwest of here at 6 o'clock Tuesday morning.  He is survived by the widow, Mrs. Eva Kellogg Blocksinger; one son, Aaron Blocksinger of Terre Haute; one stepson, Theodore Durham of Chicago; 2 brothers, John and George, both of Marshall; 3 sisters, Mrs. Ella Kerns of California; Mrs. Amanda Lowry, of Indianapolis.  The body was brought to the Marrs Funeral Home.  Funeral services will be held at the Snyder Methodist Church at 2 o'clock Thursday afternoon, daylight savings time. Rev. H.J. Kemp will officiate and burial will be in the Dawson Cemetery., Terre Haute Tribune, Tuesday, June 25, 1946, Page 002, shared by Carolyn Schwab


Amanda J. Spencer, daughter of John and Nancy Spencer, was born in Fleming Co., Ky., on January 23, 1827 and died in the early morning of Oct. 2, 1913, at the age of 86 years, 8 months and 19 days.  At the age of 7 years, her parents moved to what was then an Indiana wilderness, and settled on the farm three miles south and west of Waveland, which is now occupied by her nephew, Jesse C. Spencer.  Here she spent her young womanhood receiving her early education in the home and in the little log school house which stood on the corner of her father’s farm.  In very early life she became a member of the Bank Springs Christian Church and at the organization of the Waveland Christian Church, was one of its charter members.  As to her faith and trust in her Savior, all who came near, knew that along her rugged pathway of life she had traveled close to her Master’s side.  Always quiet, patient, gentle and unassuming, yet she was never afraid to reprove that which was evil.  On February 3, 1851, she was united in marriage to Robert W. Bloomfield, and to this union were born five children – one son and four daughters.  The father was called away in the year 1867, the son, John in March 1892 and the mother and daughters left to fight life’s battles alone.  The other children are: Nancy and Mary, who have lived with and so carefully and tenderly cared for their mother during her declining years: Mrs. Charles Deere, of this place and Mrs. Nelson Lough of Hillsboro.  There are also seven grandchildren, five great grandchildren, one brother, one sister and a host of other relatives and friends left to mourn her departure.  During her 46 years of widowhood not only has she been both father and mother to her own children, but the many young men and young women who have come and gone from her home have been most happy in calling her by that tenderest name – “Mother”.  Truly she has “fought the good fight. She has finished her course.” “She hath done what she could” and has now after a long and useful life passed to her heavenly reward, there to join her husband and son.   Funeral services were held at the Christian Church at eleven on Saturday morning.  Rev. E. E. Moore, a pastor of the Englewood Church, Indianapolis, preached the funeral.  Six nephews acted as pall bearers. Interment in the family cemetery near Judson.  Among those present from a distance were:  Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Spencer and family, Mr. and Mrs. Earl Spencer, Mr. and Mrs. John Spencer, Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Yeager, and daughter of Rockville; Mr. and Mrs. F. N. Johnson, Mr. and Mrs. J. T. Deere, Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Deere and  daughter, Elizabeth; Mr. and Mrs. Chas. McCullough and daughter Velma, James Alfrey, Miss May Swearingen of Crawfordsville; Mrs. Sanford Spencer and Mrs. Louis Hicks, New Market; Mr. and Mrs. John Spencer, Russellville.  Waveland Independent, October 10, 1913


William Bloomfield died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. James Satchel at Cissna Parke, Ill September 26 at the age of 84 years.  He had made his home with his daughter for 15 years.  He had been a patient sufferer for several years. He had been a member of the Christian Church since early in life.  Mrs. Charles Deere and Mrs. Nelson Lough were called there by his serious illness last week. He was an uncle of Mrs. C. H. Deere and Misses Nannie and Mollie Bloomfield. He was born on the old Bloomfield farm, southwest of town, now owned by Mrs. Virginia Jarvis.  - Waveland Independent, September 25, 1918


“Walter Samuel BLUE, 75, Danville, Illinois, died at 11:40 a. m. Thursday, May 8, 1997, at Danville Care Center.  Born February 4, 1922 in Montezuma, he was the son of Squire and Gertrude Noble Blue. On October 11, 1958, he married Latishia Nell German in Covington, who survives. He had worked a s a delivery driver for furniture stores and was a Navy Veteran of World War II.      Other survivors include two sons, Stan Blue of Wabash and Steven Blue of Traverse City, Michigan; and six grandchildren. He was preceded in death by five sisters.  Graveside services were conducted Friday at Sunset Cemetery at Danville with Rev. Dave Anderson officiating. Pape Memorial Home and Gardens was in charge of arrangements.”  -  Parke County Sentinel, May 14, 1997

“John C. BLUE was born at Montezuma, June 13, 1860, died May 31, 1892, aged 31 years, 11 months, 18 days.  His death produced such a shock as this community has not known for many a day. To have one in the very prime of manhood and in good health so suddenly taken from a community by the hand of death is sad in the extreme. The sad event which caused his death took place about 8 o’clock Tuesday evening, May 31. He and Arthur Machin were trying to corner and catch a colt which they wished to turn across the road into a pasture. The colt ran in with some other horses in the lot, and as John followed it one of the horses kicked at the colt, and hit John. The boy notified those of the family who were at home, and then hastened for assistance. It is doubtful if he was ever conscious after he was hurt. He spoke two or three times when questioned by the women while his brother Thomas and little Arthur Machin were gone for help, but he never spoke after the doctors arrived. He lingered in unconsciousness until about 11 o’clock, when he died.  John was a young man of sterling worth. He was employed by the heirs, his brothers and sisters, to run the homestead farm, and was head of the family. His death will be a heavy blow to them, and his loss keenly felt by his friends and neighbors. No man in this community is more highly respected than was John Blue, and no one has more friends than he had. Like his brothers and sisters who are left to mourn him, John was kind hearted, sociable, and always ready to accommodate a neighbor. He was honest, industrious and enterprising, willing to take hold and help build up the business of the town and vicinity.  Funeral services wee conducted at the M. E. Church, by Rev. Grimes, assisted by the Revs. Griffith and Rippetoe. The funeral procession, which was one of the largest ever known in this locality, certainly indicates that the deceased was held in high regard. The body was interred at Oakland Cemetery. The family has the deep and sincere sympathy of the entire community.          B. A. Ogden”  -  Rockville Tribune, June 9, 1892

“Wilbur BLUE, life-long resident of Montezuma, age 82, died in the Vermillion County Hospital, where he had been a patient for two weeks, Friday, August 3. He was the son of Thomas and Allie Loftus Blue was the last surviving member of his family.    Surviving are one son Lebert and two grandsons, James and Robert of Teaneck, N. J.  Mr. Blue was a talented musician. He graduated from the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music in piano and for many years taught piano in Parke and Vermillion Counties and is remembered as an excellent teacher by hundreds of people. He combined his musical ability with an unusual talent for mechanics, equal to that of a specialized worker.  Funeral services in charge of Rev. Whelan were conducted in the Brown funeral home, Sunday afternoon at 2 o’clock. Burial in Oakland Cemetery.”  Rockville Republican, August 9, 1945


Benjamin John Bockhold, 75, of Bloomingdale died at 10:20 a.m. Sunday, March 12, 2000, in Union Hospital in Terre Haute. He was a lifelong farmer and was retired from Midland Glass in Terre Haute. He was born February 3, 1925, in Terre Haute to Benjamin H. Bockhold and Ida Hauser Bockhold. Survivors include his wife, Mary Whallon Bockhold, whom he married June 9, 1972; three sons, Benjamin Bockhold Jr., Raymond Bockhold and Donald Bockhold; two daughters, Barbara Connerly and Charlotte Russell; two brothers, Harold Bockhold and Joseph Bockhold; one sister, Rosella Ellis; nine grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. He was a member of Friday afternoon Senior Bowling League at Rockville Lanes and Parke County Soil and Conservation District. Services are 10:30 a.m. Wednesday in DeBaun Springhill Chapel. Burial is in Highland Lawn Cemetery. Visitation is 4 to 8 p.m. today. The family suggests that, if friends so desire, memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association or the American Cancer Society. - Terre Haute Tribune


Will BONNER who has been ill for several months died at his home two miles northeast of Marshall Thursday.  He contracted a severe case of grip last December and as he improved exerted himself too much causing a relapse which brought an acute diabetes.  The immediate cause of his death was pneumonia.  He was one of several children, who, after their mother's death, during their early childhood, found homes with people of the surrounding country having spent a number of years with A. R. McMurtry.  He was married to Miss Daisy McCullough who with two sisters and one brother survive.  Funeral services were conducted Saturday morning by Rev. John Cauldwell of Crawfordsville and interment at Bethany Cemetery. - Crawfordsville Daily Journal, Saturday, May 6, 1916

Marshall , Indiana May 6 – Will BONNER died at his home two miles northeast of this place Thursday.  The deceased has been ill for several months following a severe case of grip contracted last December.  A short time ago he contracted pneumonia and in his weakened condition he was unable to fight the disease. The funeral was held this morning with Rev. John Cauldwell in charge and interment in Bethany Cemetery .  - Crawfordsville Review Monday May 8, 1916, shared by Karen Zach


Amandus K. Booe, age 78 years, passed away at the home of his daughter, Mrs. John Osborn in Cates Wednesday, Sept 7th. His funeral was held at East Liberty church Friday Sept 9th at 2 o'clock, Rev. Sharp officiating. Interment was made in the Miller cemetery. – Covington Republican, 16 September 1932


ROCKVILLE —Charles A. Boughton, 92, a retired painter and decorator, died at 10 p.m. Sunday in Vermillion County Hospital at Clinton .  He was a native of Parke County, born October 17, 1878 to John and Minerva Downs Boughton.  He attended the Methodist Church.  He was married to Pearl Chase, who preceded him in death in 1901.  Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Wilma Weatherly, Washington Court House, Ohio ; a son, Roland A. Boughton, Morgantown ; five grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.  Services will be conducted at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Butler Funeral Home in Rockville with Clifford L. Miller officiating.  Burial will follow in Memory Garden Cemetery.  Friends mall call after 5 p.m. Tuesday – Crawfordsville Journal Review, 01 December 1970, Page 04 – shared by Karen Zach

Harry Boughton, a citizen of Parke Co, was killed in the Mankin coal mine, two miles southeast of Rockville on Wednesday of last week, by a rock weighing about 5 tons falling from the roof upon him and crushing him to death.   He was 21 years of age and well respected, a man by the name of Voorhees working near him escaped without a scratch. - Crawfordsville Weekly Review, September 3, 1881


Found in a scrapbook -- no date/name of paper, etc.-- "Obituary" -- Felix Bowers, the grand old gentleman so well and favorably known throughout this country as Uncle Felix, the Country Blacksmith, was born in Davidson County, NC near Thomasville, Oct 16, 1824, and quietly and peacefully fell asleep Tuesday evening, July 23, 1918, at 8 o'clock at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Susan Zachmire, age 93 years, 9 months and 7 days. Passing out of the shadow, into eternal day, Why, oh why do we call it dying this sweet going away? Uncle Felix had been in really poor health for many months, and years but bore his infirmities without complaint. In early manhood he united with the Lutheran Church in NC prior to his removal to this state and lived a humble, patient, Christian life, doing as he wished to be done by . He was united in marriage to Catherine Hepler in 1847, who preceded him in death in 1912. To this union three little girls came to brighten the home, now known as Mrs. Delphina Myers, decease wife of Eli Myers, Mrs. Mary Zackmire and Mrs. Susan Zackmire. he with his wife emigrated to Fountain Co, In in 1858. They were among the early pioneer families of state and endured the hardships of early pioneer life. The little log cabin which they erected and live din until death of his devoted wife is still standing. He was engage din farming and as a blacksmith, during the active part of his life. He also made a home for his aged mother, who, after having suffered for four years, preceded him in death at a ripe age of 99 1/2 years. She lived in all the presidential administrations up to her death except Washington and Adams. He leaves two daughters, fourteen grandchildren, 27 gr. grandchildren and one great, great grandchild with a host of relatives and friends to mourn his departure. Uncle Felix is gone Today the home circle is again broken one more link is gone. There waits an empty chair but his kindly deeds and friendly helpfulness are his monument and our sorrowing tears his epitaph.  Added  3/24/99 -- note: Felix died July 23, 1918 and lived in the Fountain/Parke Co much of his life.

Kingman April 23 -- Clarence Sowers, 67 died at 10:10 o'clock this morning at his home two miles so. of Kingman as the result of a stroke suffered Tuesday.  He had been in ill health for several months. Born near Kingman October 12, 1879 he was the youngest son of Andrew and Eliz. Lindley Sowers. He married Jessie Cowgill at Pine Village. He was a member of the Kingman United Brethren Church. Surviving are the widow; two brothers, J. M. Sowers of Covington and Elmer Sowers of Kingman. A granddaughter also survives. Funeral service will be held Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock in the Fairview Church near Tangier. Burial will be in Kingman Cemetery. Friends may call at the Spencer Funeral Home.  - Crawfordsville April 24, 1947

?? as to paper -- newspaper clipping --Catharine Sowers was born in Davidson Co., NC September 9, 1923. In 1835 at the age of 12 she accompanied her parents to Ft Co and settled near Wallace January 29, 1849 she was united in marriage to Jno. BOWERS, who 5 years ago preceded her to the great beyond to this union were:  7 Children: William, David, Mary Jane, Daniel, Elizabeth, Augusta, Jno. D and Harriet Ann 3 of whom have preceded her in death. In her infancy she was baptized into the Lutheran church to which faith she held until it became necessary to lend her support and example to the community in which she lived by placing her membership with the nearest church, which was the Christian church at Freedom. She leaves to mourn their loss 2 daughters, a bro, Valentine Sowers and a sister, Mrs. Phillip Shoaf and a host of relatives and friends. She departed this life Wed. morning, March 25, 1909. Internment. at Lutheran Cemetery, E. of Wallace.

?? as to paper -- newspaper clipping-- Catherine Hepler, the grand old lady so well and favorably known was b. in Davis Co., NC May 1, 1824  and died at her home near Yeddo Aug 24, 1912 age 88 years,  3 months and  27 days. She was united in marriage to Felix Bowers in her native state in 1847. To this union was b 3 daughters: Mrs. Delphia Myers (deceased wife of Eli); Mrs. Mary Zackmire wife of John and Mrs. Thomas Zackmire wife of Thomas Zackmire (sic) all of Ft. Co. She emigrated with her husband to Ft. Co in in 1859. She became a member of the Lutheran church at the age of 16 and lived an exemplary Christian life until her death which was caused by a fall, breaking one of the femur bones. Dec. was truly a great and noble lady, if nobility and greatness is measured by kind, deeds patience, unselfishness, humility, generosity, courtesy and sincerity; for I will say without fear of contradiction that this noble lady possessed all of these virtues. I have written many death accounts and obituaries but in summing the qualities of these scores of people I find none in my opinion that deserve greater praise than this noble woman, whom it seems was almost faultless. Aunt Kate never sought notoriety but was contented to live an humble patient Christian life, whose ever thought was for the good of humanity; she was never wrought for her own personal welfare, but through generosity she was always known to almost exceed her duty. We need not attempt to eulogize her life or character because all who knew her know that my eulogy would fall short of her merit. While Aunt Kate is gone her kind deeds and precious memories remain. If our lives are influenced by those with whom we associate and meet, then the subject of this sketch has wrought a positive and permanent good in the tide of human existence. Those who like the deceased could conscientiously face the world throughout their lives need not fear to meet their Pilot face to face "When they have crossed the bar." Our prayer is that this ideal life may be an inspiration to all, that they may emulate it with a full assurance of a just reward. She leaves an aged and worthy husband; two daughters, 14 grandchildren, 22 gr. grandchildren; one sister and one aged brother, uncle Dave Hepler aged 92 together with a host of relatives and friends to mourn her departure, which has deprived them of a loving mother, sister and wife and grandmother and the community of a true friend. Funeral services were rendered at Wallace Lutheran church, conducted by Rev. Hunt after which the remains were interred in the cemetery adjoining, to await the resurrection of the just. We tender the bereaved family our sincere and heartfelt sorrow in this sad event. 

August 23, 1852 to October 28, 1931 -- Within these dates the life history of Milton T. BOWERS was written. We knew him as an upright man, fair and just in all his dealings; invariably willing to do his part. With courage to face his convictions of right and duty, and ever ready to extend a helping hand to those in need. Loyal in his obligations to church, family and friends, of whom one can faithfully say, "He lived by the side of the road and was a friend to man." A companionship of more than 50 years was unbroken until within a few days, when Aunt Sarah passed away, through the portal of life to life eternal; to take up a new journey there as here -- together -- always together. Both fared forth gladly -- then who should weep? Who should regret their passing. Is this not their day of great adventure? Their homecoming? Ah! even death is beautiful, when you have lived silently -- patiently, for then you go forward untrampled and unafraid, as they have gone leaving us memories.  - no source provided

Peter BOWERS was born of German parents in North Carolina, near Lexington, March 25, 1822. He with his parents moved to this county and settled in Russell township, about two miles east of Portland Mills in the fall of 1832, he at that time being 10 years of age. The country at that time was in the wilds, covered with forests. The family underwent many hardships, but they succeeded in clearing up and improving a nice home. His education was limited. He was christened in the German Lutheran church when a baby and never belonged to any other. he was the oldest of a family of seven children. Three brothers and one sister survive him. He was married to Mary Guilliams Nov. 20, 1849, and to this union were born four children, three sons and one daughter. John D., better known as Johnnie, died November 10, 1879; Clay died February 15, 1900; Milton T and Annie C survive him. He was a man of strong constitution and great will power. In his young days he was known to walk four miles, cut and cord two cords of four-foot wood at the price of 37 1/2 cents per cord and then walk home at night, for one day's work. He frequently cut with the old fashioned cythe and cradle five acres of wheat as a day's work. He succeeded in accumulating considerable property and owned a nice home in Franklin township near Fincastle. Mary, his wife, died Feb. 22, 1908. He died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. D.A. Brothers, January 29, 1911, aged 88 years, 10 months and four days. The funeral service was conducted by Rev. M. G. Linton., Universalist Minister of Brookston. Burial at Blakesburg cemetery.  - no source provided


 Veedersburg News. February 10, 1900 --The many friends of Mrs. Marilda Bacus BOWSHER, wife of Sylvester Bowsher of Kingman were startled Thursday morning upon the receipt of the awful news that she was dead. Mrs. Bowsher was the picture of health and has enjoyed the blessings of it. She assisted a neighbor butcher Tuesday and was apparently as well as she ever was in her life. Wednesday afternoon she complained of tonsil troubles and at two o'clock Thursday morning had an attack which passed away and she grew better, shortly before 9 o'clock. Thursday morning she suddenly grew worse. Dr. Mendenhall was summoned and hastily began preparing some medication for her, but before he could do she was dead. Her throat simply swelled until it closed and she choked to death. The report that was hurriedly sent out in the town that she was dead, was like a thunderbolt from a clear sky and her friends could hardly realized that it could be true. Mrs. Bowsher was a most estimable lady. She was born in Parke Co, April 18, 1846 and has resided all her life in Parke and this county. She was a member of the Missionary Baptist church and her life  was spent in following the teachings of her Master and trying to do good.  She was a member of the Order of Eastern Star. She and her husband, Sylvester Bowsher, were as highly respected and beloved as any people that lived in the county. To them there has been born six children, 4 of whom survive their mother and to whom with the sorrow stricken father the deepest sympathy for everyone goes out in this the darkest hour of their lives. The funeral will be held Sunday at 11 a.m. at the Friends church, services being conducted by Rev. A.T. Marshall, after which the remains will be laid to rest in the Rush Creek cemetery.  shared by Jennie Peters

Sylvester BOWSHER was born February 1, 1833 died at his home in Kingman, February 17, 1900, aged 67 years 16 days. he was united in marriage to Marilda BACUS April 28, 1868. To this union was born six children: four of whom survive. These are Hillman; William; Carl and Claire. Brother Bowsher and wife united with the Baptist church at Harveysburg in 1888 and lived a consistent Christian life until death called them to their reward. In life they took great interest in the kingdom of Christ and lived humbly before God. Soon after the death of his wife he became very sick, living only one week. When asked if he was ready and willing to go if called, his answer was, "Yes, I feel that I am ready, I feel that I am resting in my Savior's arms, we were all born to die and if we live right before God, he has promised to take care of us to the end. I have tried to life right and to help others and I want everybody to meet me in Heaven!"  Thanks to Jennie Peters for this obituary also.  - Kingman Star, 18 February, 1900

"Ira BOWSHER, age 66, a well known bachelor farmer of Liberty Township, took his life about 11 o'clock last Friday at his home on the old Bowsher homestead. On the pretense of mailing a letter he left the house and going in to the yard, sat down on the ground and fired three shots from a small revolver into this mouth, the shots passing thru his head. Mrs. Martha Bowsher, a sister-in-law, who lived with him, testified at the coroner's inquest that he had been in poor health for a long time, that she heard the shots, went out and found him dead. - Rockville Republican, 21 October 1926


Aldai Boyd - Aldai Hazel Boyd, son of Albert Harrison and Lydia Eleanor Vincent Boyd, was born July 4, 1893 near Rockville and departed this life August 27, 1939 at the age of 46 years, 1 month and 23 days.  On 19 Sept 1917, he was united in marriage to Nancy Clotine Timberlake and to this union was born eight children, Mrs. Richard Holler, Mildred Eugenia, Alice Anita, Mary Catherine, George Albert, Alan Aldai, Claris Pearl and John Donald.  He was an honest Christian man and his memory will always be cherished by his wife and his children.  The passing of Aldai deprives the entire community of an upright citizen who met death with a smile of courage.  He leaves to mourn his loss, his wife, his children, three sisters, Mrs. Jennie Myers of Rockville, Mrs. Park Thompson of South Bend, Mrs. C. Paul Neet of Catlin, three brothers Andrew of Judson, Harold of Rockville and Robert of Indianapolis, and a host of relatives and friends. - The Tribune  6 Sept 1939  Wednesday  [Contributed by Sandra J. Lee]

Andrew H. Boyd  - Andrew H. Boyd, 79, of 324 Lincoln Way West, Mishawaka, Indiana, died at 1:10 p.m. Thursday, Dec 31 in Memorial Hospital, South Bend, where he had been a patient for the last two weeks. He had been ill for some time.  He was born December 2, 1891 in Rockville , and had moved to Mishawaka 40 years ago.  On September 3, 1919 in Rockville , he married the former Veva Cloyd who survives.  Also surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Loren Engelhardt, Chicago; two brothers, Harold and Robert Boyd, both of Rockville, and two sisters, Mrs. Paul Neet, Rockville, and Mrs. Parke Thompson, South Bend.  Services were held at the Bubb Funeral Chapel, Mishawaka, at 11 a.m. Saturday with Rev. Kenneth Mangelsdorf, pastor of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, officiating.  Burial was in the St. Joseph Valley Memorial Park .  Mr. Boyd was a member of St. Peter’s Church. He was retired from the Uniroyal, Inc., plant in Mishawaka in 1956, after 25 years of service. - The Tribune    Jan 7, 1971  Thursday  [Contributed by Sandra J. Lee]

Harrison Boyd, one of the pioneers of Parke Co, and almost a lifetime resident of Adams Twp. died Sun. evening at his home near Nyesville. The funeral occurred Monday afternoon. Deceased was one of our most respected citizens and his death will be widely mourned. He died at the age of 75 years, 1 month and 1 day. Extended obituary will be published next week. - Rockville Republican, October 1893

 -- died, at his residence near Rockville, IN September 24, 1893, of general sclerosis, Harrison Boyd, aged 75 years, 4 months and 1 day. Harry Boyd, as he was familiarly known to the people of this community for nearly 60 years, was b. in Hawkins Co, TN May 23, 1818. As a boy he had very limited opportunities for acquiring an education. He was well trained to habits of industry and economy, however, and was enabled thereby to lay a handsome support for his declining years. in 1835 he came to Parke Co. with his parents, and has resided here ever since Nov. 1846. He was married to Miss Rebecca LEWIS who survives him. Their union has been singularly blessed. Faithfully and lovingly, through sunshine and storm, they have stood together for 47 years. Into their home they put all they had of energy, industry, high character and purpose. 7 children have clambered over their knees and into their hearts; have grown up strong and healthy and 6 of them now have families of their own and are occupying places of honor and usefulness in society. One daughter remains, who has faithfully ministered to the wants and comforts of her parents during long continued sickness and suffering. The death of the father now at the end of 47 years makes the first break in the family circle. Personally, Hamson (sic) Boyd had inherited good health and a rugged constitution from his ancestors, many of whom had lived to a great age. He was not a showy or brilliant man in any respect, but was possessed of those sturdy and enduring traits which go the making of a good husband, father and citizen. Industrious and energetic, he was careful as to his business affairs, yet a liberal contributor to all worthy objects and enterprises. He filled his station in life and was apparently contented with his station. He was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church for 42 years and d. in full enjoyment of a Christian's hope. To his children he has entrusted the welfare and comfort of their good mother during the remaining days of her life. Hopelessly afflicted in her declining years, and borne down by sorrow, she has the sympathy of the community, and is entitled to all the care and attention that loving hearts can suggest or gentle hands bestow. To his children also, he has bequeathed the heritage of a name unsullied by breath of suspicion and untouched by taint of dishonor, for in point of business integrity and fairy dealing among his fellow, nor man ever stood higher in this community than Harrison Boyd.   Rockville Newspaper, October 4, 1893 ( submitted by Paul Boyd   )

 A. B. (Anderson Bell Boyd) BOYD or "Sim" Boyd, age 71, died at the home of his son-in-law, Tilghman SKEETERS on the Roger's farm, east of town at 5:30 last Thursday morning.  Mr. Boyd was a brother of Joseph L. Boyd of this place but has spent only a part of his life in this county, living for years at Paris, Illinois.  He was sick about a year with dropsy which finally caused his death.  The funeral took place at the residence, Friday.  Burial in the Boyd cemetery near Nyesville.  Mr. Boyd' wife preceded him several years.  Five children survive: J. L. of Paris, Ill; Albert of St. Louis; Mrs. Minda Martin of Chicago; Mrs. Win. Bobst of Noblesville and Mrs. Skeeters.  Mr. Boyd has lived at Bloomingdale and Marshall at which places he will no doubt be remembered by many.   ?? Boyd Cemetery is probably the Rowe Cemetery, near Rockville, Indiana -- Thanks to Marilyn Blakely for this one --

Albert BOYD, 76, died at his home E. of Rockville at 10 o'clock Saturday morning.  Mrs. Boyd preceded him in death about one month ago.  Surviving are four sons, Andrew Boyd of near Judson, Aldai Boyd of near Rockville, Harold and Robert Boyd, both at home; 3 daughters, Mrs. Parke Thompson of So. Bend; Mrs. Paul Neet of Catlin and Mrs. Jennie Myers at home; 11 grandchildren; one brother, Elbridge Boyd, of near Rockville and one sister, Mrs. Ann King, of Rockville.  Fun. services were held at the Sand Creek UB Church at 10:30 o'clock Mon. morning, with the Rev. CC Griggs officiating.  Burial in Rowe Cemetery.  Unknown Newspaper

Mrs. Carrie T. Boyd Dies in Terre Haute - The body of Mrs. Carrie Tenbrook Boyd, age 82, was brought to Rockville for burial in the Rockville cemetery, Wednesday afternoon.  She died in a Terre Haute hospital, Monday.  Mrs. Boyd was born near Rockville , the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Garrett TenBrook and spent most of her life in and near the town.  Her husband, Wallace Boyd, died nearly 30 years ago, and for some time, she had made her home with her daughter, Mrs. Helen Newhart in Terre Haute .  Aside from Mrs. Newhart, she is survived only by her two grandchildren, cousins, nephews and nieces.  A funeral service in the Martin mortuary, Terre Haute , preceded the committal service here, yesterday. - Montezuma Enterprise, June 3, 1948, Page 1,   Thursday  [Contributed by Sandra J. Lee Westbrooks]

Miss Chloe Boyd Dies in Wisconsin  - Mrs. Lula Dixon of Racine , Wis. , sends the Republican an account of the death of her sister, Miss Chloe E. Boyd, age 77, Wednesday, April 15, in St. Luke’s hospital at Racine .  Born in Rockville , 25 Oct 1886, she spent most of her life here, but had lived in Racine since 1950.  She was a member of Rockville First Methodist church and superintendent of the primary department of the Sunday school for 25 years.  She was also a past matron of Rockville chapter O.E.S.  Surviving are three brothers, Charles of Muncie, Jesse of Chicago and Ray of Boulder Junction, Wis ; three sisters, Mrs. Lula Dixon of Racine, Mrs. Herman [Hazel] Woodard of Cudahy, Wis., Mrs. Wayne [Beulah] Williams of St. John, Mich; several nieces and nephews.  Funeral services were held, Saturday in Racine with Rev. Stanley Matz, pastor of Christ Church Methodist officiating and interment was in West Lawn Memorial Park . - The Rockville Republican, Thursday, 23 Apr 1964 - [contributed by Sandra J. Lee]

 Boyd, Miss Chloe E. - 1934 Grange Ave.  Age 77. Passed away April 15, 1964 in St. Luke's Hospital. Miss Boyd was born in Rockville, Ind. on Oct. 25, 1856 and had lived in Racine since 1950. She was a member of the Methodist Church of Rockville, Ind., was superintendent of the primary department of the church Sunday School for 25 years and was past matron of Rockville Chapter No. 177, Order of Eastern Star. Surviving are three brothers, Charles Boyd, Muncie, Ind., Jesse Boyd, Chicago, Ill. and Ray Boyd, Boulder Junction, Wis.; three sisters, Mrs. Lula Dixon, Racine, Mrs. Herman (Hazel) Woodard, Cudahy, Wis., and Mrs. Wayne (Beaulah) Williams, St. John, Mich.; several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held Saturday, 10 a.m., in the Greenwood Funeral Home, Rev. Stanley Mair, pastor of Christ Church Methodist, officiating. Interment will be in West Lawn Memorial Park. Friends may call at the Greenwood Funeral Home, 1003 14th St., Friday after 4 p.m. and until time of services on Saturday.- Page 8D of Racine Journal-Times, unknown date

Clarence Boyd, son of William Boyd, of Rockville, was killed on the Mobile and Selma railroad in Alabama last Wednesday.  A telegram stating this fact but giving no particulars was received by his father.  The body was directed sent to Rockville for internment but for some reason this was not done.  Communication by telegraph was uncertain, and there was some misunderstanding of messages which left the relatives her in much anxiety for several days.  The deceased was born in Rockville 31 years ago.  He was one of the first men to volunteer in the Spanish-American war, serving in Capt. David F. Allen’s company  the first full company ready for the front at the President’s call. He subsequently re-enlisted and served in Co., “A” of the 38th U. S. infantry. While in the Phillipines, where the regiment was sent, he wrote occasional articles for the Tribune which were very creditable and interesting.  After receiving an honorable discharge, Mr. Boyd went to Alabama to work for Frank Payne.  He then sought employment as brakeman on the railroad with prospect for advancement to conductor. He was a fine soldier, a highly respected young man and his violent death is greatly deplored. - Rockville Tribune, September 20, 1905

Elbridge BOYD, age 93, was found dead in bed at the King hotel In Montezuma about 7:00 o'clock, Thursday, Nov. 20.   Mr. Boyd had made his home with his daughter-in-law, Mrs. Glethal Boyd, owner of the hotel, the past few years.   Born on a farm near Sand Creek Sept. 14, 1865, he was the son of Harrison and Rebecca Lewis Boyd.  He attended school at Sand Creek and Danville Central college. Following a few years teaching, he was for a number of years an efficient superintendent of the county farm. Later he engaged In farming and remained on his farm on the Bridgeton road until three years ago. His wife preceded him in death in I948 as did their only son, George.   In addition to the daughter-in-law he Is survived by several nieces and nephews.   The body was taken to the Branson funeral home where funeral services were held at 2:00 o'clock, Saturday.  Rev. Robert Baum officiated and burial was in Memory Garden cemetery.  Elbridge Boyd, age 93, was found dead in bed at the King hotel in Montezuma about 7:00 o'clock, Thursday, Nov. 20.   Mr. Boyd had made his home with his daughter-in-law, Mrs. Glethal Boyd, owner of the hotel, the past few years.   Born on a farm near Sand Creek Sept. 14, 1865, he was the son of Harrison and Rebecca Lewis Boyd.  He attended school at Sand Creek and Danville Central college. Following a few years teaching, he was for a number of years an efficient superintendent of the county farm. Later he engaged In farming and remained on his farm on the Bridgeton road until three years ago. His wife preceded him in death in I948 as did their only son, George.   In addition to the daughter-in-law he is survived by several nieces and nephews.   The body was taken to the Branson funeral home where funeral services were held at 2:00 o'clock, Saturday.  Rev. Robert Baum officiated and burial was In Memory Garden cemetery. - Unknown Newspaper

Catlin- Mrs. Paul Neet received word Saturday of the sudden death of her mother, Mrs. Eleanor Boyd, of East Rockville . Much sympathy is extended Mrs. Neet in the loss of her mother. - The Rockville Tribune December 4, 1935- [contributed by Sandra J. Lee]

Ella Burford Boyd Dies in Oregon - Richard Adams of Raccoon Township , was advised, Saturday, of the death of his cousin, Mrs. Ella Burford Boyd, who lived in Oregon .  Mrs. Boyd, the daughter of William and Nancy Burford, was born in Rockville 84 years ago.  Her father was a house painter and her mother was a practical nurse who spent much time nursing in various homes in Rockville .  After completing her education she married Harry Boyd and they lived in various parts of Indiana for several years.  About 40 years ago they moved to Oregon and not much more is known of the family.  One daughter, Mildred, died in infancy and three more daughters were born-Maxine, Marie, and Jane, Mr. Boyd died many years ago and the mother kept the home together for the daughters.  Mrs. Boyd had been in poor health for several years and lived with the daughter, Mrs. Burton.  She passed away, April 6, at Wilsonville , Ore.  Memorial services were held, April 12, Rev. Stanley Hunt of the Advent Christian Church officiating.  Burial followed in the Lone Fir cemetery. - The Rockville Republican, Thursday, 5 May 1966 - [contributed by Sandra J. Lee]

Eunice E. Glosson Boyd - Eternal peace came silently to Eunice E. Glosson Boyd, daughter of Joseph and Sarah Ann Glosson, early on the morning of January 6, 1948.  She was born near Bloomingdale , IN , Sept 7, 1869, attended the schools of her home community and grew to womanhood in the vicinity of her birth.  August 28, 1890, she was married to Elbridge Boyd, who with their son George W. Boyd and with his wife, Gleethal, survives her.  Her entire life was spent in Parke Co. IN.  Eunice E. Glosson Boyd was a woman of character and throughout her active life gave of her best to her family, her friends and to the people generally of the areas in which she lived.  She was of a retiring nature but labored continually and unstintingly for the things in life that were fine.  Her extraordinary abilities as a helpmate to her husband were known to all who were acquainted with her.  In spite of 12 years of continuous illness which the greater part of the time caused her to be confined to her bed, she was always patient and kind and never lost the happy disposition with which she was endowed.  The mutual love and respect of this husband, wife, son and daughter in law were always manifested by their constant ministrations for each other.  No husband ever evidenced greater devotion to his wife than this woman’s husband did for her.  She is also survived by two brothers, Charles Glosson of Rockville and Jack Glosson of Indianapolis; three sisters, Hattie Downey of Rockville, Susan Burks of Indianapolis and Dollie Mull of Rockville; a niece, Esther Silvers, who with her husband, Ed Silvers, loyally assisted with her care, and a number of other nieces and nephews.  Eunice E. Glosson Boyd was a Christian noble woman, the like of which we too infrequently see, and our world is a better one for the 78 years, 3 months, and 29 days that she spent with us. - The Rockville Republican, Thursday, 22  Jan 1948 [contributed by Sandra J. Lee]

Fred R. Boyd of St. Petersburg, Fla., died suddenly at his home, Sunday morning, Jan 19.  He was a native of Parke County , the family living near Rockville many years.  Survivors include the widow, Winifred; four sisters, Mrs. Beulah Williams of Illinois, Miss Chloe Boyd, Mrs. Lula Dixon, and Mrs. Hazel Woodard all of Racine, Wis; and two brothers, Ray and Charles of Muncie.  Funeral services and burial were at St. Petersburg . – The Rockville Republican, 20 January 1964 - Submitted by Sandra Lee Westbrooks 

Hannah Boyd was born March 18, 1823 and died November 12 at the home of her granddaughter, Mrs. Mollie Smiley near Marshall.  Death resulted from paralysis.  She married James Robertson January 11, 1844. To them were born two children John who survives her and Douglas who died in infancy. Her husband preceded her to the life beyond 24 years ago.  She was a helpmeet in the fullest sense of the term.  In her home life she was self-sacrificing, almost to fault; her greatest concern always caring for others, regardless of herself.  She united with the ME Church at Russellville at age 15 and lived a loyal, devoted Christian Life.  After brief services at the ME Church conducted by Rev O. P. Paxon her body was interred at the New Cemetery yesterday afternoon. - Waveland Independent, November 14, 1902

“Harold E. BOYD of RR 1, Rockville, age 75, died of an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound at his home Monday, February 14. He was born in Parke County, May 1, 1901, the son of Albert and Lydia Vincent Boyd. Mr. Boyd was a member of the Modern Woodsmen of America.  Surviving are two sisters, Mrs. Mary Neet of Catlin and Mrs. Pearl Thompson of South Bend, and nieces and nephews.  Funeral arrangements are pending at Barnes Mortuary.” - Rockville Tribune, February 16, 1977 - From Randy Wright

“Died, at his residence, near Rockville, Ind., September. 24, 1893, of general sclerosis, Harrison Boyd, aged 75 years, 4 months and 1 day.  Harry BOYD, as he was familiarly known to the people of this community for nearly sixty years, was born in Hawkins County, Tennessee, May 23, 1818. As a boy he had very limited opportunities for acquiring an education. …    In 1835 he came to Parke County with his parents, and has resided here ever since. November, 1846, he was married to Miss Rebecca Lewis, who survives him.    … Seven children have clambered over their knees, and into their hearts; have grown up strong and hearty, and six of them now have families of their own and are occupying places of honor and usefulness in society.              One daughter remains, who has faithfully ministered to the wants and comforts of her parents during long continued sickness and suffering. …”   Rockville Tribune October 5, 1893   - From Randy Wright :  Father: William Boyd (born in Virginia) Mother: Hulda M. Epison/Occupation: Farmer  Place of Death: Rockville  (As Per Parke County death records)

Harry Boyd Succumbs Last Week at Flora - Mr. and Mrs. Elbert Nevins, with Mr. and Mrs. Joe Thomas, attended the funeral of Mrs. Newline’s brother, Harry Boyd, at Flora, Saturday.  Mr. Boyd, who was 78, died of a heart attack.  He was the son of Dr. and Mrs. Boyd, formerly of Annapolis , where he grew up, and was a nephew of Elbridge Boyd of Montezuma.  Besides Mrs. Newlin and Mr. Boyd, survivors include another sister, Mrs. Alma Goodwin of Long Beach , Calif ; a son, Frank Boyd of California and a daughter, Mrs. Clifford Thomas of Indianapolis . - Rockville Tribune, Thursday, 17 May 1956  [contributed by Sandra J. Lee]

Dr. J. M. Boyd  [James Monroe Boyd]  On Monday, Nov 16, the residents of the little village of Annapolis and community were saddened by the sudden death of Dr. J. M. Boyd which occurred near 10 o’clock that morning   Dr. J. M. Boyd, the subject of this sketch, was the first born child of Harrison and Rebecca Boyd, and was born August 23, 1847, being 78 years 2 months and 23 days old when death came to him.  He inherited good health and a rugged constitution from his ancestors, many of ”whom lived to a great age”.  His boyhood days were spent on the home farm about three miles east of Rockville , going to school and laboring on the farm.  Upon reaching his majority, he worked on the railroad for a time, until he had saved money enough to pay his expenses in school.  After which he entered Ascension seminary at Sullivan , Ind. , graduating from the teachers department in 1870. For four or five years he taught school in Parke County and at the same time was engaged in farming during the summer season.  He studied medicine under Drs. Cross and Gillum, entered the Medical school of the University of Pennsylvania and received his degree in 1877.  For three years he practiced medicine in Fountain County before moving to Annapolis 45 years ago.  He soon built up a good business which he retained until age and ill health overtook him.  Politically Dr. Boyd was rooted and grounded in the Democratic faith of the Thomas Jefferson type and used his voice and influence along that line.  Religiously he was a firm believer in one God, the creator and ruler of the universe, and the Savior of all mankind, and while he was not associated with any church he was the possessor of many of the attributes of Christianity.   In 1873, Dr. Boyd married Miss M.H. McCampbell and to them came three children, namely, Mrs. Bertha Newlin of North Judson , Ind. , Mrs. Alma Goodwin of Long Beach , Cal , and Harry Boyd of Lafayette .  He was a devoted husband, a judicious father, a good neighbor and friend.  Besides his wife, and children he leaves five grandchildren, three brothers, two sisters and many other relatives and friends to mourn their loss.  Dr. Boyd was always ready and willing to minister to the needs of his relatives and friends; always ready to greet them with a cordial salute of some kind; always ready to vindicate what he believed to be right and just and was never known to sacrifice right on the altar of policy.  The funeral was held, Thursday afternoon at 1 o’clock, at the home, Rev. E. M. Woodard officiating.  Burial in Bethany cemetery, near Marshall . - The Rockville Republican  26 Nov 1925  Thursday  [Contributed by Sandra J. Lee]

John Harrison Boyd, who had been a resident of Lisle the past three years, died at 3:30 Sunday afternoon February 7, 1943, at St. Charles hospital in Aurora. He was 64 years of age at his demise, having been born in Rockville, Indiana, on Nov. 26, 1878.  He was married to Caroline A. Schaefer January 14, 1914 at Chicago and they celebrated their silver wedding anniversary four years ago.    Mr. Boyd had lived the greater part of his life in Chicago, and was employed by the Link-Belt Company where he had worked for 15 years.  He was the fond father of Mrs. Margaret Bennett, Mrs. Lucille Richmond, Charles, Private Eugene, Sergeant Roy, Corporal Earl, Dorothy and Caroline. Also surviving him are his wife, Caroline and his mother, who is 80 years of age. Also there are five brothers and four sisters: Charles, Muncie, Ind., Fred, Rockville, Ind., Jess, Ray and Clay, all of Chicago; Lulu Dixon, Racine, Wis., Hazel Woodard, Cudahy, Wis., Chloe Boyd, Rockville, Ind. and Beulah Williams, St. John, Mich.  Mr. Boyd was a home man. His home was his castle. He spent all his time, aside from his work, with his family and seldom left his house. His only hobby was a little occasional fishing with his son, Earl.   The funeral service was held at ?63d and Harvard, in Chicago, at the Lain chapel on Wednesday. Interment was made at the Ridgewood cemetery. He was a member of Hebron lodge, No. 602, A. F. & A. M., Hebron, Ind. This lodge cooperated in the service with Rev. Edgar ?Bose of the Lisle Bible church who delivered the funeral sermon.

“Died – On the 8th inst., of old age at the residence of her son John R. Boyd, Mrs. Huldy M. BOYD, aged 94 years and four months. Mrs. Boyd was the mother of Joseph L. and John R. Boyd, and had been a resident of Parke County for thirty-nine years. She was born in Virginia May 20th 1789, in early life she became a member of the M. E. Church and for sixty years she has been a consistent Christian worker. She was a regular attendant on all the ministrations of the Church until in later years she lost her hearing and was thus prevented from longer participating in them. About one week before her death, her hearing was fully restored and she was permitted to converse fully and freely with her children. She was perfectly willing to die, made all the preparations for the change like one preparing for a journey, selected the text for the funeral discourse, directed where she should be buried, and after bidding her children and friends to meet her in Heaven, without a struggle, and happy in the faith, passed to the life beyond.”  September 16, 1874 - From Randy Wright

“John R. BOYD died July 28, 1888, at his home one mile east of Rockville, with erysipelas He was born August 24, 1829 in Hawkins County, Tenn., and came to Parke County March 10, 1835, where he has since lived, except the 1843 when he was in Missouri, and the years’53 and ‘54 he lived in Morgan County, Ind.  He was married January 27, 1850, to Eliza Ann Lewis. Three were born to them eleven children, six daughters and five sons. Eight of them survive.  About thirty years ago, he joined the Methodist church. He is a brother of Harrison and Joseph L. Boyd.”  -  Rockville Republican, August 1, 1888

Joseph L. Boyd, son of William B. and Hulda Boyd, was born in Hawkins County, Tenn., April 24, 1825, died at the home of his son Edgar, on Howard Avenue, Jan. 21, 1912, at the age of 86 years, 8 months and 27 days.   … His first wife, Clarissa Shepherd, the mother of all his children died July 15, 1871. He (later)… married Mrs. Matlida Davis, who survives him. He leaves five children: Mary, Edgar, Wallace, Clara and Alfred Boyd, and one grandchild, Mrs. J. L. Rohm. He was the father of eight children, three of whom have passed to the great beyond: Margaret who died in infancy, Mrs. Robert Huey and Mrs. William Maxwell who died in 1908.  Burial was in the Rockville Cemetery.” – Rockville Tribune, 30 January 1912

Lewis BOYD, one of the sons of Harrison Boyd and Rebecca Lewis Boyd, was born at Sand Creek, Parke county, Indiana, January 14, 1851, and departed this life at his home in Rockville at 12:50 a. m. on Saturday, April 28, 1934, age 83 years, 3 months and 14 days.   He grew up on his father's farm and attended the schools of his community until he finished the 8th grade. He then In 1872 entered the Terre Haute Commercial college from which he graduated. He took Merchant Emporium, along with his regular course. For a short time he clerked in a store and then began farming for himself. He taught school for eight school years and at the time he quit teaching and began giving all of his time to farming was considered one of the most successful teachers in the county and was drawing the highest salary then paid local teachers.   He was married to Lucy A. Archer, a daughter of Lemuel and Martha Archer, on April 12,1876. To this union 10 children were born, six sons- Charles P. of Muncie, Ind.; John, Fred R., Jesse D., Clay and Raymond of Chicago; and four daughters, Mrs. Homer Dixon of Racine, Wis., Mrs.. Herman Woodard of Cudahy, Wis.; Mrs. Wayne Williams of St. Johns, Mich., and Chloe Boyd, at home. Mrs. Boyd and the 10 sons and daughters all survive him, and amongst many happy memories none are dearer to them than the celebration of the 50th wedding anniversary of the parents when all 10 of the children were present. He also leaves surviving him two brothers, Elbridge and Albert Boyd of Parke county and two sisters, Mrs. Charles Kent of Rockville and Mrs. Mary Hann, of Beatrice, Neb. He joined the Presbyterian at Bethany 57 years ago and when he  moved west of Rockville on the D. W.  Stark farm he became a member of Memorial Presbyterian church at  Rockville, retaining his membership there until 1909. While living In the  Coloma neighborhood he, with his wife  and four daughters, united with the  Friends church of Coloma. In the Sunday school of this church he taught a  young peoples class; was clerk of the  monthly meeting, and for a number of  years was chairman of the finance  committee and board of trustees.    He followed farming until 1918 when  he sold his farm and moved to Rockville where he continued to reside until his death. After moving to Rockville he attended the Methodist Episcopal church and its Men's Bible class regularly so long as his health permitted. His health had been failing for  over three years necessitating an  operation at the Union hospital in  Terre Haute. Two subsequent trips  and operations were necessary, and Since the last one in November, 1933,  he never regained his strength, and  since February 19 was confined to his  bed. The tender and loving care of his  wife and daughter Chloe did much to  alleviate his suffering and to make  easier the ordeal thru which he was passing.    He was one of the promoters of the Community sales in Rockville and  clerked hundreds of public sales in this  and adjoining counties.    He was a kindly man, a good neighbor and a useful citizen. He was a loyal friend . If he could not say a good  word for a man he said nothing. He spoke ill of no man. He was a man of  strong convictions and could sustain his conclusions and opinions.  He was intelligent, honest, sociable and capable. He held the esteem of our entire  community. His widow and children  have lost a kind, loving and indulgent  husband and father. He will be long  remembered in this community for his  virtues and his manner of life.   His faith was supreme and he assured his loved ones that he was fully  prepared and anxious for his call to  come up higher and when the light  faded he knew no fear as he passed  down into the valley of the shadows.  We cannot regret that his prayer has  been answered and while his passing has brought grief to the hearts of all who knew and loved him yet his memory will be an inspiration that will linger with all. The funeral services were held In  the Methodist Episcopal church, Monday afternoon, Rev. C. M. McClure of  Frankfort, assisted by the pastor, Rev. Clyde Lininger officiating. The six sons  were pall bearers and flowers were carried by Clarence Harrison, Albert Smiley, Dr. Wood, Raymond Bramblett,  George A. Scott, W. H. Dukes, E. J.  Coleman and Wm. E. Ferguson. Burial in the Rockville cemetery.. necessitating an  operation at the Union hospital in  Terre Haute. Two subsequent trips  and operations were necessary, and Since the last one in November, 1933,  he never regained his strength, and  since February 19 was confined to his  bed. The tender and loving care of his  wife and daughter Chloe did much to  alleviate his suffering and to make  easier the ordeal thru which he was  passing.    He was one of the promoters of the Community sales in Rockville and  clerked hundreds of public sales in this  and adjoining counties.    He was a kindly man, a good neighbor and a useful citizen. He was a loyal friend . If he could not say a good  word for a man he said nothing. He spoke ill of no man. He was a man of  strong convictions and could sustain his conclusions and opinions.  He was intelligent, honest, sociable and capable. He held the esteem of our entire  community. His widow and children  have lost a kind, loving and indulgent  husband and father. He will be long remembered in this community for his  virtues and his manner of life.  His faith was supreme and he assured his loved ones that he was fully prepared and anxious for his call to  come up higher and when the light faded he knew no fear as he passed  down into the valley of the shadows.  We cannot regret that his prayer has  been answered and while his passing  has brought grief to the hearts of all who knew and loved him yet his  memory will be an inspiration that will linger with all.  The funeral services were held In  the Methodist Episcopal church, Monday afternoon, Rev. C. M. McClure of  Frankfort, assisted by the pastor, Rev. Clyde Lininger officiating. The six sons  were pall bearers and flowers were carried by Clarence Harrison, Albert Smiley, Dr. Wood, Raymond Bramblett,  George A. Scott, W. H. Dukes, E. J.  Coleman and Wm. E. Ferguson. Burial in the Rockville cemetery. - Rockville Tribune?  May 3, 1934

Mrs. LOUIS BOYD EXPIRES IN HER HOME --Lucy A. Boyd, widow of Louis Boyd, died in her home In Rockville early Monday morning at the age of 89 years. She was born in Auburn Mo., the daughter of Lemuel and Martha  Archer, and when she was born. a friendly neighbor dressed and named her. This neighbor was Mrs. Ulysses S. Grant who years later Presided in the White House when her husband was the 18th president of the United States. Forced by guerrilla warfare to leave Missouri the Archer family eventually settled In the Bethany, neighborhood near Marshal and Mrs. Boyd was educated in the district school there. Following her marriage in 1875 she and Mr. Boyd lived west of Rockville until his retirement in 1919 when they moved to Rockville. She was a member of the Methodist church, the Judge White Bible class and 'War Mothers.  Surviving are five sons, Charles H. of Muncie, Fred of Rockville, Jesse D., Wm. Clay and James Raymond of Chicago; four daughters, Lula Dixon of Racine, Wis., Chloe Boyd who has cared, tenderly for her mother thru years of Illness. Hazel Woodard of Cudahy, Wis., and Beulah Williams of St. Johns, Mich.; a brother, John Archer of Blackwell Oklahoma, 19 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren. The body was taken to, the McMullen funeral home, where Wednesday afternoon, Rev. R. Richmond Blake -conducted a serviced in which fitting expression of Mrs. Boyd's long and useful life was voiced. Mrs. Clayton Harrison sang and Mrs. J. C. Stevenson played appropriate piano music. Burial is in the Rockville cemetery. - Unknown Newspaper

Death of Miss Mary Boyd  - Miss Mary Boyd, who was born at Nyesville, 82 years ago, died at the home of her niece, Mrs. Mae Rohm, west of town, Thursday evening of last week, Dec 11, after a year of failing health.  Miss Boyd was the eldest child of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Boyd and is the last surviving member of the family.  Mrs. Rohm with whom she has made her home since the death of her sister Clara, six years ago, is the only near living relative.  Her brothers were Edward and Alfred.  Miss Boyd lived a very quiet and unobtrusive life.  The funeral was held Saturday afternoon at 2 o’clock, Rev W.F. Smith officiating.  Pall bearers were Eldridge Boyd, C.E. Lambert, H.E. Marks, F.B. Harding, Ewing Chapman and W.B. Lambert.  Burial in Rockville cemetery. - The Republican,  December 18, 1930, Page 1, Thursday  [Contributed by Sandra J. Lee Westbrooks]

Maurice BOYD, 52, died Monday at Greencastle.  He was born in Annapolis, Ind. near Rockville and came to Greencastle in 1949.  Survivors are the widow Marie, two sons Jack and Jim, a daughter Carolyn Sue, his father Harry S. BOYD of Bringhurst, Indiana, a sister Mrs. C. C. THOMAS of Indianapolis, a brother Frank BOYD of Wilmington, California. - Russellville News – April 2, 1954

Nancy C. Boyd  - Mrs. Nancy C. Boyd of 202 E. High St., Rockville, age 77, died Monday morning, December 17, in Vermillion County Hospital at Clinton.  She was a member of the Rockville Baptist Church .  Born in Parke County , 18 June 1896, she was a daughter of George and Maria Rowe Timberlake.  She was married in September, 1917, to Aldai Boyd, who died August 27, 1939.  A son, Alan, died on July 22, 1973.  Surviving are five daughters, Mrs. Virginia Holler of Rockville, Mrs. Mildred Bers of Chicago, Mrs. Antia Roe of Seymour, MO, Mrs. Mary Catherine Mealka of Lafayette and Mrs. Clarice Stanley of Goode, VA; two sons, George and John of Indianapolis; a sister, Mrs. Mary Holbert of Rockville; a brother, Ray Timberlake of Rockville; 10 grandchildren and five great grandchildren.  Funeral services were held at the Butler Funeral Home, Wednesday afternoon, with Rev. Phillip Robinson officiating. - The Rockville Republican   24 Dec 1973  Monday  [Contributed by Sandra J. Lee]

Oliver W. BOYD, 63, formerly of near Milligan, Parke County, Indiana, and a former Crawfordsville resident died Jan 4 in Los Angeles, California.  He had lived in California the past 10 years. He is survived by a  son Ernest of Detroit, and a daughter Dorothy of Terre Haute.  He was a cousin of Mrs. Lou Wilson and Romulus Boyd of Russellville. Burial in Valhallah Cemetery, Burbank, California.  Source: Obituaries of Mary Jo Johnson found in Crawfordsville District Public Library.  We thank Mary Jo for permission to use these. - Russellville News January 12, 1940

“Philip T. BOYD, age 47, a former Rockville resident, died Thursday of last week in St. Vincent’s hospital, Santa Fe, N. M., according to word received by his mother, Mrs. Mattie Boyd of near Judson, who left for Santa Fe soon after receiving the message. Death was due to injuries sustained when he fell from a carpenter’s scaffold.  Besides his mother, Mr. Boyd is survived by the widow, who was formerly Mary Cravats of Terre Haute, a daughter Phyllis, a son Nathaniel, and two sisters, Mrs. Bertha Neighbor of Rochester, Ind., and Mrs. Lila Penry of Terre Haute. Funeral services and internment were in Santa Fe.” - Rockville Republican June 29, 1939

Mrs. Philip Boyd, of Rockville, was killed at Hollandsburg, Sunday afternoon.  She and her husband and daughter were returning from Greencastle when they met a truck on a curve.   The truck struck the car about in the middle and completely wrecked it.  Mrs. Boyd's head was nearly cut off by a fragment of the windshield.  Neither Mr. Boyd nor the daughter were injured. The driver of the truck Lawrence Odell was rendered unconscious for some time and had one arm broken. - Waveland Independent, July 28, 1922


Ravinia Acres Manager Died Last Thursday - Ralph W. Boyd died at his home in Ravina Acres, near Turkey Run at 3:30 o’clock Thursday morning.  He had been ill for several weeks.  Born in Bloomingdale, he was the son of William and Isabelle Wilson Boyd and was 67 years old.  He was manager of Ravinia Acres.  Surviving are the widow, Ruth Boyd; a daughter, Mrs. Warren Graham of Rockville ; two sons, Robert, with the American army in Austria and David at home; a brother, William Boyd of Spokane , Wash ; and three grandchildren.  The body was taken to the Branson funeral home, to await the arrival of the elder son, who came by plane from Frankfort , Germany .  Monday afternoon, Rev. Clarence Ozier of Hemlock, conducted services in the Branson chapel.  Burial was in Memory Garden cemetery. - Montezuma Enterprise, Thursday, April 5, 1951  [contributed by Sandra J. Lee]

“ Riley BOYD, one of Rockville’s old time citizens, was killed in a motor accident, near Nashville, Tenn., Friday night as he was en route to Florida to spend the winter. He was born here, 82 years ago, was a 50 year member of the United Mine workers union, of the Methodist Church and of the New Goshen Masonic Lodge. He had lived in New Goshen for a number of years.  Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. W. C. Fleming of Patoka; four sisters, Mrs. Dora Myers, Ms. Allie Lang and Mrs. Mrs. Maude Welch of Rockville and Mrs. Vernie Puett of Rosedale; two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.  Funeral services were conducted in the Branson Chapel Monday morning by Rev. Wm. Bleam. Miss Mary Brown played organ music. Burial was in New Goshen Cemetery.” - Rockville Republican, December 7, 1950

"Robert F. Boyd of Rockville R. R. 4, age 67, died Friday evening Aug. 6, while enjoying a concert by the Parke County Band. He was born in Parke County Aug. 10, 1903, the son of Albert and Lydia Vincent Boyd. He was a retired employee of the Rockville water department.  Surviving are the widow, Mae; a son, James Robert of San Diego, Calif.; two sisters, Mrs. C. Paul Neet of Rockville R. R. 4 and Mrs. Parke Thompson of South Bend; a brother, Harold of Rockville R. R. 1; and two grandchildren.  Funeral services will be held at the Tudor Funeral Home, Tuesday morning at 10:30, with Rev. James O. Trousdale officiating. Burial will be in Memory Garden Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home."  - Rockville Republican, 09 August 1971


The one-year-old child of Mr. and Mrs.  Jacob BRACKEN died Saturday.  Services were held Tuesday conducted by Rev. CC Gross.  - Rockville Tribune, January 19, 1927


Mary Lee Bradburn of Hillsdale, age 57, died Tuesday night, Mar 15, at her home.  She was born at Terre Haute , November 9, 1925, the daughter of Frank L. and Letha Puett Adams.  She married Samuel Bradburn, who survives.  Mrs. Bradburn was a member of the Rockville American Legion Auxiliary.  Also surviving are a daughter, Connie, at home; two sons, Benn J. of Detroit , Michigan , and Fred R. of Carbondale , Illinois ; a half-brother, Joe Adams of Gainesville , Florida ; and two grandchildren.  Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon at Brown Funeral Home in Montezuma with Rev. Robert Sizemore officiating. - The Sentinel  21 March 1983, Monday  [Contributed by Sandra J. Lee Westbrooks]


"Mrs. Julia Ann Bradfield, age 90 years, died Saturday at her residence in Mecca. Mrs. Bradfield, the daughter of Joseph C. and Eliza Chamberlain, was born in Columbiana County, Ohio, July 25, 1845. She was married on March 15, 1866 to Levi Bradfield and they established their home in Wabash Township. Mr. Bradfield preceded her in death Nov. 14, 1893. She was a member of the Mecca Christian Church. Surviving are her son, A. H. Bradfield, of Rockville; one daughter, Mrs. Laura Dixon of Mecca; seven grandchildren and twelve great grandchildren. Funeral services were held at 2 o'clock Monday afternoon at the Christian Church in Mecca with Rev. T. J. Freed officiating. Burial was in the Union cemetery." - Rockville Tribune, 14 August  1935

Funeral Card (thanks to Alberta Butler for this) -- In Memory of Keith ? Bradfield -- Date of Birth: Jan 16, 1896.  Services: March 17, 1969 Barnes Chapel.  Minister: Rev. Roger Rankin.  Music: David Gibbs.  Pallbearers: Aaron Jacks; Warren Crooks; Keith Helfner; Paul C. Neet; Brownie Loden; Robert Mankin.  Burial: Rockville Cemetery. 

Funeral Card (thanks to Alberta Butler for this) -- In memory of William A. Bradfield.  Date of Birth: Aug 29, 1868.  Services: Rockville Christian Church April 14, 1952.  Minister: Rev. James Trousdale; EM Gallagher.  Pall Bearers: Grandsons.  Burial: Rockville Cemetery.  Services in charge of Barnes Mortuary.

Reason Bradfield was born in Columbiana County, Ohio October 20, 1834; died at the home in Wabash Twp, Parke County, Indiana September 5, 1907 aged 72 years 10 months and 6 days.  He was the third of a family of 9 children born to William and Sarah Robinson Bradfield, 3 of whom are still living: vis: Edward Bradfield, Hannah S. Marshall, wife of Theodore Marshall and Arminta, widow of Joseph McAdams.  The family with many others, 44 in all, came to Parke Co. in the fall of 1852.  He was united in marriage to Elizabeth Cornwaithe daughter of Guy and Mary Cornwithe, September 4, 1856.  Nine children came to bless the home of the happy couple as follows: Albert who died at age 9; Melvina wife of Victor Nowling; John who died aged 28, leaving a wife and 3 children; Etta who died when about 1; Louie, wife of Frank Bradfield; Mary wife of Homer Cox, who died two years ago last July; Willie who died age 7 months and Wallace, still living.  Reason had been a member of the Church of Christ since his 20th year and his wife, still living since 1861.  Both have been faithful followers of the Great Teacher, their Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  Reason was an elder of the congregation which meets for worship at Harmony, near his home.  The funeral occurred on Saturday the 7th at 2 o'clock conducted by Elder Charles Cook assisted by Elder Joseph Miller, burial in Union Cemetery.  Reason Bradfield secured only a district school education and on attaining his majority started to carve out his fortune single handed.  For six years he retned land and in 1861 bought 200 acres of land for $3000.  He was able to pay $100 down, but in time through his native energy and enterprise made the final payment.  He improved and partially cleared the place, which wa shis home until December 1872, when he located where he died on a farm of 79 acres.  This homestead he has improved in various ways, having erected good substantial buildings upon it and otherwise greatly added to its value.  - Rockville Tribune Wednesday September 18, 1907

Victor Vernon Bradfield, son of John and Annie Bradfield, was born in Columbia County, Ohio February 12, 1840; departed this life December 9, 1911 aged 71 Y 9M27D. When 12 years of age, he and his mother came with his grandfather Harrison to Parke Co. where he has since made his home except for a short time spent in Ill. In 1861, he obeyed the gospel. In 1862 he was married To Maris Lang who d. June 23, 1883. To this union 10 children were born: 3 dying in infancy and 3 are left to mourn the loss of father seven children Bernard and Wilson of Riley, Frank and Vernon of Mecca, Mrs. Anna Craig of Okonogan WA, Mrs. Agnes Hammersley of Hillsdale and Mrs. Mary Pinnegar of Rockville also 17 grandchildren. IN 1890, he was married to Mrs. Mary Jacks who passed to the great beyond in 1903. After the death of his second wife he made his home with his daughter Mrs. Pinnegar whose unfailing love and devotion did much to make his declining years which were so full of intense suffering, pleasant. He being of such a genial, sunny disposition, lived only to make others happy, forgetting himself, thinking only of the advancement of the Kingdom of Christ, loyally supporting the church, delighting to uphold and maintain its faith and doctrine, loving his fellow man, who in turn loved and trusted him. To those of the immediate family there are no words that can be spoken with which to comfort them save those of the Divine Father in whom he so implicitly trusted. His life was beautiful and his spirit is beautiful in death. You will be lonely but you know that his soul has been transplanted into a better world and ever near you, though unseen his immortal spirit lives. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Carlos Cook of Clinton at the home of his daughter, Mary. Interment in Rowe Cemetery, Monday Dec 10, all the children being present but Mrs. Anna Craig of Okonogan, Washington.  Thanks to Randy Wright for this one. - Unknown Newspaper


Mrs. Victoria B. BRANER, 82 years old, d. at 4 o'clock Monday morning at the residence So. of Montezuma. She was a member of the Daily Chapel Christian Church. Surviving are 5 daughters: Mrs. Eunice Markert of Rockville; Mrs. Hulde Reid, Mountain View, Mo; Mrs. Martha Boughton, Nashville, IN; Mrs. Helen Canter, Greenville, Ill; and Mrs. Marjorie Myers, Montezuma; one son, Foster Braner, Montezuma; four sisters, Mrs. Merle Gustin of Anderson; Mrs. Wallace Hayworth, Attica; Mrs. Fred Uselman, Montezuma and Mrs. Walter Pittenger, Hollywood, California; and one brother, Simeon Smith of Montezuma. The body was taken to the Brown funeral home and later to the residence for funeral rites at 2 o'clock Wed. afternoon. The Rev. Robert Pebly officiated and burial in Oakland cemetery.  - Unknown newspaper

November 24, 1949 -  “Frank BRANER, age 85, a former resident of Montezuma, died in the St. Elizabeth Hospital, Danville, Ill., Sunday morning. He was a native of Wabash Township, but had lived in Danville for a number of years.   Surviving are a son, Lawrence Braner of Terre Haute, and a brother, L. D. Braner of Montezuma.  The body was brought to the Brown funeral home, where Rev. Lloyd Bensmiller conducted services Tuesday afternoon. Burial was in Oakland Cemetery.”


KICKED BY A HORSE AND DIES FROM BLOW - Farmer Goes to Stable to Feed Stock ---- Is Found Dead By His Wife - ROCKVILLE, Ind., July 14 ---- Marion Branson, 62 years old, a farmer living at Prattsville, two miles and a half from here, was kicked on the chest about 7 o'clock this morning by a horse and was killed almost instantly.  Branson went to the barn from house to feed the stock.  His wife went to the barn a few minutes later, where she found him lying, dead.  He was kicked just above the heart, a bruised place being the only evidence of a cause for death from violence.  the county coroner gave a verdict of accidental death. Branson is survived by a wife and three brothers---- former Treasurer George Branson, of Rockville; Ellis Branson, of Mecca; Thomas Branson, of Dana; and one sister,  Mrs. Crooks, of Bellmore.  The funeral will be held at 9 o'clock tomorrow morning at the Mount Moriah church, the Rev. Mr. Collins officiating. - Friday, July 14, 1911  Terre Haute Tribune, Page 10   (   Funny how the wife has no name!!!!!!!!!  My relative Sarah M. McClain married Marion Branson in 1875.  I don't know if this is the same "wife" or not but at least the obit tells me there were no surviving children from this union.  Hope you enjoyed this.  Laura McClain Webb )


S. H. BRANSTETTER of Judson was found dead in the garden of his home here Tuesday morning at a few minutes to 8 o'clock.  The body was found by William Hall, son-in-law of the deceased. Mr. Branstetter had been ill for some time and had but recently returned from the Veterans General Hospital where he was a patient for several weeks. He was born Oct 28, 1890, in Summer Shade, KY the son of Matthew P. and Mary Jane Hopkins Branstetter.  Mr. Branstetter was a member of the Judson Baptist Church and salesman for E M Peet Co., a member of the American Legion & VFW.  Surviving are the widow, Lela Branstetter, a daughter, Mrs. William Hall, of Judson; 5 brother; George of Jamestown; Zoy and Webb of Darlington; Ike of Crawfordsville and Hobert of Summershade, Kentucky and a grandchild. Funeral service were held on Thursday afternoon at 2:00 o'clock at the Judson Baptist church in charge of the Rev. Wayne Scott.  Burial in Memory Garden Cemetery, Rockville.  VFW will conduct gravesite rites. - Waveland Independent, October 16, 1952.

Lela BRANSTETTER, 63, of Judson died Thursday Jan 16 at Terre Haute.  She was born Aug 17, 1894 at Summer Shade, Kentucky the daughter of William and Laura Palmore Bushong. She married to Samuel Branstetter who preceded her in death.  Survivors are a daughter Zadora Hall of Judson and three grandchildren a sister Mrs. Zada Bradley of Frankfort, four brothers Lewis Bushong of Marshall, Carson Bushong of Waveland, Dalton Bushong of Hoopston, Illinois and Stanley Bushong of Russellville. Burial was in Memory Gardens at Rockville. Taken from: Mary Jo Johnson's obituary book with permission. - Russellville News January 24, 1958


Ada Dell BRATTAIN, 73, died Thursday. She was born in Parke County, Indiana. Survivors are 4 sons: Robert of Santa Anna, California; Charles of New York City; Roscoe of Brazil and Denver of Greencastle, a sister Mrs. Mattie Brattain of Greencastle and 5 grandchildren. Taken from: Mary Jo Johnson's obituary book with permission. - Russellville News - June 5, 1959

John BRATTAIN, 81, Madison Twp resident, died Thursday at the Putnam County Hospital.  He was the son of Eli and Amanda Lewis Brattain. Survivors are three sons: Lewis B of Greencastle, Earl of Chicago, Ray of Putnam County. Three grandchildren, two greats two brothers Arthur of Clinton Falls and Oscar Brattain of Lena, Indiana. He was preceded in death by one son Merle. Taken from: Mary Jo Johnson's obituary book with permission. - Russellville News June 5, 1959

Pamelia BRATTAIN, aged 2, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wendal Brattain was killed in an auto accident on Tuesday. Taken from: Mary Jo Johnson's obituary book with permission. - Russellville News February 10, 1961


Betty Jewell BRAY, 4 month old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Bray of near Parkersburg died October 9.  Burial in Russellville Cemetery.  Taken from: Mary Jo Johnson's obituary book with permission. - Russellville News October 18, 1935

Infant son 3 week old of Mr. and Mrs. Dennis BRAY who died Friday was buried in Russellville Cemetery.  Taken from: Mary Jo Johnson's obituary book with permission. - Russellville News August 28, 1936


Bessie BRESSLER 65, died at the Putnam County Hospital.  She was a resident of the Brick Chapel area. She was born in Owen County in 1894 the daughter of William and Cora Reiter.  Survivors are: a daughter Mrs. Joseph Poff of Brick Chapel, two grandchildren, Sherry and Garry Poff, a half brother Ira Beaman of St. Louis a step brother Burl Reiter of Barnard. Her husband Harvey Bressler die din 1954. Burial in Brick Chapel. Taken from: Mary Jo Johnson's obituary book with permission. - Russellville News May 1, 1954 57? 59?

Harvey A. BRESSLER, 67, of Bainbridge died June 29.  He was born near Cataract on Nov 26, 1886.  On Sept 7, 1911 he married Bessie Reiter who survives.  Before he moved to the Bainbridge community in 1964 he lived in Greene Twp, Parke County , Indiana near Russellville.  Survivors are the wife, one daughter, Mrs. Joe Poff, a son-in-law, Joe POff and two grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, two infant sons and 3 sisters. Burial in Brick Chapel Cemetery. Taken from: Mary Jo Johnson's obituary book with permission. - Russellville News July 9, 1954


Jessie Pearl Bricker, wife of Sanford T. Asbery and daughter of M. Bricker and wife, was born March 24, 1881 at Sandoval, Illinois and died at her parents' home in Marshall Sept 1.  June 28, 1898, she married Sanford T. Asbery with whom she lived a happy and contented life. At the age of 14 she joined the Baptist Church at Dana, afterwards transferring her membership to Marshall.  She was also a member of the Rathbone Sisters and Daughters of Rebekah. - Waveland Independent Friday, September 6, 1901


Mrs. Nancy Catherine Bridges, widow of William Bridges, died at the home of Mrs. Jennie Hanna on Sun. evening about 11.  Mrs. Bridges has been rather feeble as she was a chronic sufferer from heart disease, but her death was unexpected.  She was preparing to retire and was seated on the side of the bed when the indisposition seized her.  Mrs. Hanna assisted her to a chair and summoned a physician.  There was none in town and before one could be obtained she passed away, sitting in her chair.   Her end was peaceful.  Funeral services at the Christian church on Tues. afternoon were conducted by her pastor, Rev. F.F. Graves of New Ross.  Eddie Bamish, the well known singer, came to sing for the last service, as he was a great friend to "Aunt Kate."  The burial was at Maple Ridge.  Mrs. Bridges was the daughter of Hugh and Elizabeth Groves, and was born at the old homestead west of Milligan, Nov 21, 1840; being at the time of her death, 85 years, 3 months and 16 days old.   She married William Bridges Nov 1864.  Three children were born to them: Lillie, Charles and Eddie, all of whom, with the father, are now dead.  Mrs. Bridges lived by herself in her cottage on W. Main St. with the exception of a short time spent in the Soldier's Home at Lafayette about two years ago.  The present winter, she has been making her home with her cousin, Mrs. Jennie Hanna.  She united with the Christian Church at the Old Bank Spring meeting house in her early girlhood.  She was one of the charter members of the Waveland Christian Church, as well as the Ladies' Aid and Missionary Societies.  The church was one of her largest interests and she always attended when able, the last time on the 21st of Feb.  She is survived by one brother, Oliver Badger Groves who lives near Crawfordsville; by two nieces: Mrs. Mary Bilbo of Indianapolis and Mrs. Charles Owen of Russellville; and by one grandniece, Mrs. Hubert Loudermill.  She also left many friends who will regret her passing. Those here from a distance were: Will Patton, Hugh Patton and Mrs. Bert Vancleave of Crawfordsville; Mrs. Charles Owen of Russellville; Mr. and Mrs. Bahn Hansen, Mrs. Carrie Foster and Mrs. Mary E. Bilbo of Indianapolis; Eddie Bamish of New Ross; Mr. and Mrs. Badger Groves and Mr. and Mrs. Nola Bayless from near Crawfordsville. - Waveland Independent -- Mar 12, 1926


Mrs. Rosa A. Bridgewater, age 78, widow of Elisha died at the home of her half-sister Mrs. Pearl Pittman, 416 West Robinson Street, at 8 p.m. Sunday following a long illness.  Born Jan. 16, 1880 in Putnam County, Mrs. Bridgewater was the daughter of Levi and Emma Purcell Wright, early settlers of the community.  Following her marriage to Mr. Bridgewater, she resided in southern Parke County and in later life she had lived in Carbon and Brazil. She was a member of the Brazil United Brethren in Union Church.  Surviving are three sons, Charles of Clinton, Jasper of Brazil Route 2 and Elmer of Brazil; two sisters Mrs. Ann Bridgewater and Mrs. Jane Archer, both of Carbon; one brother James Wright of Carbon; two half-sisters, Mrs. Pearl Pittman, with whom she lived and Mrs. Magdalene Head of Brazil and three half-brothers, Earl Wright of Indianapolis, Arizona Wright of Whiting and Robert Wright of Princeton; 15 grandchildren and 25 great–grandchildren.  The body was taken to Miller & Sons Funeral Home where friends may call after 3 p. m. Tuesday and where funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday with the Rev. Jack Thomas of Riley officiating. Burial will be in North Union Cemetery north of Carbon. – Brazil Daily Times, 17 Mar 1958


Oscar Bridgewaters  a veteran of the World war, died Sunday morning at his home at Carbon, of cancer of the face, at the age of 39 years. Mr. Bridgewaters was a clay worker but had been confined to his bed for some time with his affliction. He served with the American forces during the World war and saw hard service in France.  The deceased is survived by the widow, Mrs. Lulu May Bridgewaters and three small daughters, Lucile, Dorothy and Marlan. He is also survived by the father Elisha Bridgewaters and three half brothers, Charles, Jasper and Elmer Bridgewaters all of Carbon.  Funeral services will be held at the North Union church north of Carbon at 1 o’clock Tuesday afternoon. Rev. Hayes officiating. Interment North Union Cemetery. - Brazil Daily Times, 23 December 1929


CHARLES H. BRIGHT - Word came late last Thursday night that death had come to a first cousin of Wilbur B. Cartwright, Charles H. Bright, 78, of Wayne, Nebraska. Mr. Cartwright and Miss Harriet Shirk left for Nebraska on Friday to attend funeral and burial services which were to be held in Wayne at two o'clock on Sunday, August 15th.  Charles H. Bright was the son of James and Malinda Cartwright Bright and was born in 1870 in Liberty township in Parke County, Indiana. He left this territory in 1884 to become a teacher in the colleges of the State of Nebraska.  While teaching in Nebraska he met and married Anna Byrns, the college librarian. The two later toured the world and taught in several places, teaching in a college in Manila for a period of five years.  There were no children born to the above union and he leaves as his close of kin two brothers, Fred of Windside, Nebraska and Chauncey of California; two sisters, Minnie Morrow of Windside and Flossie Wilson, a resident of Montana. – unknown source, shared by Beth Rasmussen

CHAUNCEY DAVID BRIGHT - Funeral services will be held tomorrow afternoon at 2 o'clock at the F.D Sweet and Sons funeral home for C.D. Bright, 75, of Orland, who died Friday morning at Glenn General Hospital here.  Mr. Bright was well known in the local community, coming to the Bayliss, California area in 1912 where he engaged in farming until 1944 when he and his wife moved to Orland to make their home.  He was born at Lodi, Indiana on October 15, 1882, moving with his parents to Nebraska at the age of two. He lived in Nebraska until going to the Bayliss community at the age of 30.  One of the early settlers in the Bayliss district, Mr. Bright was a former director of the Jacinto Irrigation District and took an active part in community affairs.  Survivors include his widow, Aurel M. Bright; a son, Donald Bright of Maxwell; a daughter, Mrs. Blanche Dettinger of Fresno, four grandchildren, Mrs. Patricia Hall of Big Springs, Texas, David Dettinger and Judy Dettinger of Fresno and Robert J. Bright of Abilene, Texas. One sister, Mrs. Minnie M. Murrow of Winside, Nebraska also survives, in addition to two great grandchildren.  Rex Wilbur Curties of Willows will officiate at the final rites,  with burial in the Willows cemetery. – 04 Nov 1957, unknown source, shared by Beth Rasmusse

Death of John Bright, Sen. - For lack of data connected with the life of this Very Honorable gentlemen, who died in Liberty Township in this county, on the 7th (unreadable), we have postponed this notice till the present.  -  Mr. Bright was born on the 29th day of March, 1766, in St Mary’s County, Maryland, and was consequently, in his 94th year of his death He emigrated to Oldham County, Ky, in the year 1818, and from thence to this county in 1837. The early part of his life was spent in the coasting trade on the Chesapeake and Atlantic from Baltimore to Boston.  He was one of the men who cleared off the timber from the present site of the city of Washington. He voted at every Presidential election since the formation of Government, except the year 1832 and 1860, when he was prevented by sickness. – Rockville Republican, 09 January 1861, Page 02 – shared by Barbara Bright Meyer

Died, on Saturday morning last, at the residence of J.W. Beadle, Esq. Near this place, Mr John Bright, in the 37th year of his age. Mr. Bright was wounded some time wince by the accidental discharge of a musket in the hands of a friend near Fort Donaldson; the load taking effect in his upper left breast.  He was soon after brought to this place and was then conveyed to the residence of Mr. Beadle, where he lingered until the time above mentioned. Mr. Bright resided near Lodi in this county – Rockville Republican, 23 April 1862, Page 03 – shared by Barbara Bright Meyer who says this must be John Bright, Jr.


Richard L. "Bill" Brimbury, 69, Hammond, died Monday afternoon, April 2, at St. Margaret's Hospital in Hammond. He was the brother of Alberta Collum of Mecca.  Born January 5, 1915, in Linden, he was the son of Charles and Della C. Mortimore Brimbury. He was retired and lived in Linden until 1977 when he moved to Hammond. Other survivors include two sons, Keith Brimbury of Belmont, North Carolina, and John Brimbury of Burlington, North Carolina; a daughter, Linda Corzine of Charlotte, North Carolina; a brother, Mike Brimbury of Fruitland, Idaho; two other sisters, Ursa Redmond of Hammond, and Lela Smith of Waveland; two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by three sisters and seven brothers. Services were conducted Saturday at Dickerson Funeral Home in Veedersburg with Rev. Richard Throckmorton officiating. Burial was in Newtown Baptist Cemetery.   - Parke County Sentinel of April 9, 1984  - Contributed by  Mary Lou Hermiller


 Funeral services for Joseph A. Britton, age 90 years, 8 months and 7 days, whose death occurred at 1 O'clock Thursday afternoon at his home, was held at the Rockville M. E. Church with the pastor, Rev. C. M.  McClure, officiating. A quartet composed of Park Warden, John Linebarger, Mrs. Clayton Harrison and Miss Mary Eleanor Swaim sang. Members of the Odd Fellows Lodge with which Mr. Britton had been affiliated for 40 years held impressive rites. Burial was in the Rockville cemetery, where a salute was fired by members of the local post of the American Legion. Mr. Britton served in the Civil War. Surviving Mr. Britton are his wife, Mrs. Bertha Hirsbrunner Britton; 8 sons, Charlton, of Rockville, Eugene of New Market, Scott of Chicago,  Frank of Houston, Texas, Lawrence of Harvey, Illinois, Ralph of Palo Alto, California, Edgar and Walter Britton of Midland, Michigan; 2 daughters, Mrs. Ed Barnes of Jessup and Miss Elizabeth Britton of East Chicago; 22 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren; one half-brother, Henry L. Britton of Judson and one half-sister Mrs. Lella Moore of Rockville. Six sons, Eugene, Charlton, Scott, Lawrence, Edgar and Walter who were  present at the services, served as pallbearers. The following obituary of Mr. Britton who was widely known as a bridge builder and highly  esteemed in this community where he had spent almost all of his long and useful life, was read by the minister:  Joseph A. Britton was born 3 miles east of Rockville, Indiana, June 9, 1838; died at his home in Rockville January 17, 1929 in his 91st year. He was a son of Charlton and Julia (Pitipool) Britton, and learned the carpenter's trade under the direction of his father, whose skillful workmanship was widely known and long remembered after his death.  Although naturally studious, the scholastic education of the son was slight indeed. He often said his entire attendance at the school irregularly available to children of his generation, did not comprise a course of 6 months within an intermittent period of 3 years. Yet few  men in Rockville were so well informed in the classical literature of  the ages as Joseph A. Britton. His mind was a storehouse of useful knowledge upon which he always could draw for the historical and philosophical facts he at times employed in public addresses, printed essays and polemic discussion. And always against the wrong that lacked  resistance.  In 1861 Mr. Britton was married to Miss Mary Jones. To them were born 4 sons, Eugene, Charlton, Scott and Frank and 2 daughters, Maude and Elizabeth - all living. The year following his marriage he enlisted in Company C, 78th Infantry, hastily organized to repel the invasion of  Kentucky, hurried to the front without regimental formation and within a few days after leaving Rockville he was in battle at Uniontown, Kentucky, where his gallant captain, Tilghman A. Howard, was killed. The small command, completely surrounded by the overwhelming force of the enemy, became prisoners of war under parole. After the war, Mr. Britton, read law and was admitted to the Rockville bar in 1870. Soon afterwards he moved to Kansas, but returned within a few months and has ever since lived in Rockville. In addition to carpentry, Mr. Britton, about 1879, began his career as a bridge builder, erecting his first bridge at the Narrows of Sugar Creek, which like all his others in this and surrounding counties, is still standing, strong enough, so far as material and workmanship are concerned, to stand for centuries as a monument to the builder. For 40 years he was thus employed, building his last bridge in 1919. Four years after the death of his wife of his youth in 1884, Mr. Britton was married in September 1888, to Miss Bertha Hirsbrunner. The four sons born to them-Lawrence, Edgar, Ralph and Walter-are living, together with the 22 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren who survive to honor the memory of this Nestor, this philosopher of mastermind. Those who were present from a distance for the funeral of Mr. Britton  were: Mr. and Mrs. Yount of Crawfordsville, Mr. and Mrs. Roderick Fisher of Lafayette, Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Britton and family of New Market, Yancy Britton of Shelbyville, Mr. and Mrs. Fred McNutt and daughters of Waveland,  D. V. Crowe of Logansport, Mrs. Myrtle Rolfe of Terre Haute, Mr. and Mrs. Len Ocletree and daughter of Veedersburg, Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Britton  and son of Harvey, Illinois, E. C. and J. W. Britton of Midland,  Michigan, Miss Elizabeth Britton of Chicago and Scott Britton of Chicago. - Unknown newspaper - Sent by Tom Campbell, thanks Tom!

Mrs. Eugene BRITTON a former resident of Waveland died at her home in New Market, May 11, following a paralytic stroke two weeks previously.  Funeral services at the home were on Sunday afternoon. Burial at Sand Creek Cemetery near Rockville. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John GLAZE and was born near Rockville, July 26, 1870. She married Mr. Britton June 2, 1888 who survives with six daughters: Mrs. Harry Yount of Waveland; Mrs. Axel Baagren of Rockford, Ill; Mrs. John Fisher of Lafayette; Mrs. Clarence Martin of Dayton; Mrs. James Bennett of Rockville and Miss Margaret Britton at home; and by four sons, Lindsey Britton of Rockville; Yancy Britton of Waveland; Harry Britton of Ladoga and Arthur Britton, New Market. - Waveland Independent, May 25, 1934

Mrs. Mayme BRITTON 70 died at her home at 11 o'clock in Rockville.  Surviving are 3 sons, Dennis of Rockville, Lester of Niles, MI and Clay of Indianapolis, a daughter, Mrs. Fred McNutt of this place, 12 grandchildren and 3 greats. The body will be returned to the residence from the McMullen Funeral Home Wednesday afternoon. - Waveland Independent, July 17, 1947

Scott BRITTON of Rockville, 78, passed away at 11:00 o'clock Monday morning Feb 6 at the Vermillion Co. Hospital.  He had been in failing health for some time.  The son of the late Joseph Britton, he was born in Rockville and after graduating from Rockville HS with the class of 1895, he attended Indiana University.  Scott Britton was a photographer of superior artistry.  He opened the first studio in Muscatine, Ia and later had a studio in Bedford, Indiana.  He then became associated with Eugene R. Hutchinson, also a native of Rockville in a studio in Chicago.  The arduous work in Chicago became too strenuous for Scott and he came back to his native town and opened a studio which he continued until his death.  Surviving are one sister, Miss Elizabeth Britton; four brothers Edgar and Walter both of Midland, Mi; Lawrence of Harvey, Ill and Ralph of Palo Alto, California and several nieces and nephews.  The body was taken to Branson Funeral Home where services were held at 1:30 o'clock Thursday Rev. Chester Mahan officiated and burial in Rockville Cemetery. - Tri-County News February 9, 1956


James L. Brockway of Parke county, died last Wednesday, March 2nd 1904. He was born in that county September 30, 1835 making him past 68 years of age. He was a prosperous farmer and prominent citizen of his neighborhood. April the first, 1858 he was married to Miss Sarah Tucker. To them was born four children, two of whom are dead. He is survived by his wife and two sons. He was a member of the M.E. church. His funeral occurred last Friday, the services being conducted by Re. Harvey Grimes. – The Newport Hoosier State, 9 Mar 1904

John Brockway, one of the Parke Co. commissioners died at his home in Wabash Twp on Thursday of last week.  He had not yet taken office and his successor will be selected... (sorry, the rest is gone)  - Waveland Independent, ? date


Funeral Card (thanks to Alberta Butler for this and the one below --)-- In Memory of George W. Broderick Born: Feb 22, 1886. Date of Death: May 25, 1959.  Services from: Branson and Mau Funeral Home, Wed. May 27, 1959 - 2:00 p.m.  Clergyman Officiating: Rev. Paul Shepard.  Final Resting Place: Rockville Cemetery.  Pall Bearers: Aaron Jacks, Jr. and Sr; Olaff Jacks; Sid Jacks; Austin, Connie and Wayne Lewis.

Funeral Card -- In Memory of Murriel Broderick.  Born: Nov 6, 1889.  Date of Death: July 11, 1969.  Services from: Butler Funeral Home. Rockville, IN Monday, July 14, 1969.  3:00 p.m.  Officiating Minister: Rev. Milton Nolin.  Organist; Mrs. Sylvia Porter.  Final Resting Place: Rockville Cemetery., Rockville, IN.  Pallbearers: David Cassidy; Norval Dixon; Robert Kendall; Randy Lietzke; Howard McFaddin; Charles Marshall; Ed Wilson.  Honorary Pallbearers: Clyde Smith; Daulton Martin; Manford Tarter.


Funeral services for Carl Raymond Brown, 70, Route 1, Carbon, who died early Tuesday morning at his residence, will be held Friday at 1:30 p.m. in the Miller and Sons Funeral Home. Burial will follow in the North Union Cemetery. Friends may call at the Mille and Sons Chapel from 4-9 p.m. Thursday and until time of services on Friday. – Brazil Times, 21 December 1978

Funeral services for Clennie M. Brown, a former resident of this city who died Monday night at Madison, Ind., will be held at 2:30 o’clock Thursday afternoon at Miller & Sons’ Funeral Home. Rev. Dillman officiating. Interment North Union cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home any time after 6 o’clock this evening. – Brazil Daily Times, 14 Jul 1943

Mrs. Brown, widow of O.P. Brown who resided 2 miles northeast of Montezuma, Parke county, died on last Monday.  She was quite an old lady, being between 75 and 80 years of age. Her husband, who was probably the largest land owner in Parke county, died about two years ago.  Funeral at 2 o’clock this afternoon at residence. Rev. W. C. Appleby will conduct the services. – The Newport Hoosier, 2 Mar 1904

FRANCIS H. BROWN - Resolutions of Condolence. - Whereas, it has pleased the Grand Master of the Universe to remove from our midst Brother Francis H. Brown, who departed this life at his home in Bloomingdale, Ind., Dec. 8, 1895, in the 39th year of his age.  Brother Brown was made a Mason in Catlin lodge No. 402, March 4, 1882, was elected junior deacon in 1884;  senior deacon in 1885;  senior warden in 1886;  worshipful master in 1889, being a Mason and member of Catlin lodge 13 years, therefore.  Resolved by Catlin lodge No. 402, that in the loss of our late brother we have lost a member of whom we should be proud, and whose manliness should be cherished by all true Masons.  Resolved, that while we bow with meekness to the flat of our omniscient Grand Master, who doeth all things well, we feel that one has gone from among us whose goodness of heart, and upright demeanor have deservedly won an enviable niche in the memory of the Masonic fraternity.  Resolved, that the heavy bereavement of his widow and children demand our sympathy and our earnest prayers that the God of the widow and fatherless may have them in tender and affectionate keeping;  assuage their sorrows and give them consolation in expectation of a glorious reunion beyond the grave.  Resolved, that to our dear Brother Hiram Brown, his sisters, and the sorrowing friends, we extend our heartfelt sympathy, and pray that their great loss may not be inconsolable, but that they may find abundance of strength to support in this their hour of deep trail and sorrow.  Therefore.  Resolved, as a weak testimonial of our regard for the memory of the dead, of our sympathy with the sorrowing friends, that this lodge be draped in mourning for 30 days, that this preamble and resolutions be recorded in the minutes of the lodge, and copies made by the secretary and a copy be presented to the family of the deceased brother and to each of the county papers for publication.   W. L. Odell, Sec'y         L.O. Gray, S.R. Beal       Committee - Shared by Jimmy Gillis – December 2009

Geneva S. Brown, 88, of Metamora, Ill., and formerly of Parke County, Ind., passed away at 8:55 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, 2008, in Snyder Village in Metamora. She was born August 23, 1920, in Parke County, to Clyde II and Iva (Collings) Seybold. She married Robert E. Brown, on Dec. 9, 1941, in Terre Haute, and he survives.  Survivors include his wife; one daughter, Kay Conrad of Georgetown, Texas, formerly of Peoria; and one grandson Jared (Erin Feeney) Savre of Chicago. She was preceded in death by her brother, George Seybold; and her sister Lelia Thompson.  Geneva last worked for RC Cola in Springfield, Ill., as an accounts receivable clerk.  Services are 7 p.m. CST Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2008, in Mason Funeral Home Metamora Chapel, with the Rev. Roger Ruhman officiating. Visitation is from 5 p.m. until service time in the funeral home. Graveside services are 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2008, in Memory Garden Cemetery in Rockville, Ind. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Activities Department at Snyder Village, 1200 E. Partridge St., Metamora IL 61548.

John T. Brown, son of Friend C. and Minerva C. Brown was born in Florida Twp, Parke Co, Indiana on what is known as the Friend M. Brown farm, May 9, 1841; and died at his home in the neighborhood in which he was born on July 28, 1917 age 76 years 2 months and 19 days.  He was reared in his native county and received his training in the public schools.  He then attended a military school in Clinton, the old Rockville seminary and the Bloomingdale academy.  At the age of 18 he entered Asbury (now Depauw) University where for two years he pursued his studies.  During his college days the clouds of war were forming.  Ft. Sumpter was fired upon.  President Lincoln called for volunteers and with the enthusiasm of youth, true to his ideals, filled with the love of his country and his flag, he left his college work and volunteered in the 18th Indiana in which regiment he served one year, after which he was transferred to the 43rd Indiana regiment, with which he faithfully served in camp, in field and in battle, until take prisoner at Mark's Mill in Arkansas, following which for 10 months he was in the Confederate prison at Tyler, TX, and endured all the hardships incident  to such prison life.  On March 16, 1865 he was honorably discharged by reason of the expiration of his term of service, and returned to Parke Co. to take up the life of a civilian.  He had answered his country's call; he had given it honorable service; he came back to the farm to give to his life work his energy, his talent, his ability, his integrity and the strength of his young trained manhood.  May 1, 1865 he married Mary E. Harlan in New Discovery neighborhood, who survives him.  To this union 9 children were born, two of whom -- Mary Luetta Brown and Orren Brown died years before their father and seven of whom survive him viz: Laura Minerva Marshall of Peotone, ill; DeElla B Joslin of Terre haute; Anna E. Brown of San Bernadine, Cal; Silas F. Brown of Cincinnati; Charles J. Brown of Rockville R.R.; Jessie E. Pierce and Howard A. Brown who reside on the home farm. He joined the Methodist Episcopal church at Mt. Pleasant at the age of 14 and during his entire life remained a faithful and consistent member. On Oct 22, 1914 he suffered a stroke of paralysis, which on November 5, of the same year, was followed by a second stroke, since which time he has been confined to his room and bed.  During his long illness he was always patient and considerate of others and had the care of a loving wife and children.  For many months, Alvah Heslar, of whom Mr. Brown had grown fond remained with him constantly and aided in caring for him.  John T. Brown was gracious of manner, of a pleasing personality, modest, kindly and courteous, a representative gentleman of the old school.  Politically, Mr. Brown was a Republican.  he believed in the principles of his party and supported it from his conviction that it was right.  As a business man he was successful.  He acquired, built up and maintained by honest endeavor one of the best farm homes in the county.  He was a prosperous farmer and stock man and his opinions on business matters were sought after and valued highly not only by his family and intimate friends, but by people generally with whom he came in contact.  He was a man of strong character; earnest and enthusiastic in whatever he undertook.  A kind and loving husband and father and a generous and loyal friend.  The character of such men as John T. Brown constitutes the real strength the backbone of America.  The history of America is the history of its heroes, and its heroes have been, will be and are, the quiet, unassuming brave, loyal men who respond to their country's need and bravely and valiantly do their duty; and who, when their duty is discharged, return to their homes to renew the life of peaceful, honorable, true American citizens.  John T. Brown was such a man.  He was such a hero.   True and loyal soldier of the Republic, true and honorable citizen he continued until the last.  To him there was but one nation, one Republic and one Flag.  As such a man and citizen he will be missed from the circle which knew him so well, so long and so favorably.   - Rockville Republican, Wednesday, Aug 1, 1917

Mrs. Jere H. Brown died at her home in Rockville, Friday, June 24, after a lingering illness of many months.  The funeral, which was conducted at the residence Sunday afternoon, by Rev. AC McMullin, was largely attended by relatives and friends of Mrs. Brown, many of whom have known her from childhood.   The following sketch was ready by J. McFaddin:  Victoria Rice, oldest child of Dr. Harrison J. and Nancy Moxley Rice, was born in Rockville, Indiana, Oct 30, 1850 and died in Rockville June 24, 1921, aged 70 years 7 months and 24 days.  Her parents were descended from the pioneers of Kentucky and were early settlers in Indiana, her father being a distinguished surgeon and physician, with well-merited reputation through out the Wabash Valley country.  She was educated in the Rockville and Shelbyville, Ky., schools and was a student at Bellewood Seminary, near Louisville.  On June 11, 1874, she was married to Jere H. Brown of Rockville.  To this union were born two sons -- Harry J. who died Dec. 3, 1909 and Merrill J. Brown.  She is survived by her husband, her son Merrill, her grandchildren, Victoria Louise and John Harrison Brown, her sister, Mrs. Katherine Stevenson and her nephews, Wallace and Harry Rice.  In early life she joined the Presbyterian church of which she was an earnest and devoted member until her death.   On Dec. 22, 1920, she was stricken with a mortal malady, and for more than 6 months she lingered patiently and uncomplainingly, ministered to by loving devotion of the husband and son.  Victor R. Brown's whole life was passed in Rockville, and in her death this community loses one always closely identified with its people, its welfare and its advancement. She was modest and unassuming in speech and demeanor, loyal to her friends, true to her convictions, a devoted wife and mother, taking delight in her grandchildren, generous, kindly and hospitable, domestic in her tastes, her chief joy being in her home, and in administering to the comfort, welfare and happiness of its members. Especially appropriate of her character are these words: "She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness.  Her children arise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praiseth her."  Those from Waveland attending the funeral were: M/M Winter Fullenwider and daughter, Miss Mary Emma, Mrs. Irvin Fullenwider and daughter, Eleanor Jane and M/M Harry Crutchfield. - Waveland Independent, July 22, 1921

 Glenn Brown of Bloomingdale was shot about midnight on Sat. night and fatally wounded by Lloyd Newlin at the home of Arthur Pickett.  Newlin and Cal Pickett were sleeping in hammocks suspended in a tree when Brown and Donald Swaim passed in a buggy.   They stopped and threw clods at the boys in the tree to awaken them.  Thinking the attack from chicken thieves, Newlin fired at the boys with 22-rifle. Brown was carried to the home of his uncle, Elbert Morris, where he died in an hour. The coroner returned a verdict of accidental death.  - Waveland Independent, Aug 12, 1921

Mrs. Laura O. Brown, 86, died  at 9:45 a.m. last Thursday at the resident of her daughter, Mrs. Beulah Kelsheimer, R.R.4, Rockville.  She was a member of the Rockville Christian Church.  Also surviving are two other daughters, Mrs. Irene Swafford, R.R.1, Rosedale and Mrs. Bernice Loden, Hammond; five sons, Ralph of R.R.2, Coatesville, Robert of Bryant, Ramond of R.R.1 Rosedale, Herbert of North Salem and Hubert of R.R.1, Montezuma; a brother, Otis Rowings of Brazil; 19 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.  Services were held at 2 Saturday at the Butler Funeral Home.  The Rev. Roger T. Rankin officiated and interment was in Roselawn Memorial Park.  - Unknown Newspaper

Mrs. Cerilda Brown, widow of the late Columbus Brown of Browns Valley died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Wilbur Branson of Crawfordsville on Sunday morning. Besides Mrs. Branson there is another daughter, Mrs. Eula Cramer of New Maysville, and two sons, Livy and Milton. Funeral services were held at the Branson Home on Wednesday afternoon.  Burial at Mt. Moriah.  Waveland Independent, September 30, 1932 - submitted by Karen Zach

“Ora Davis BROWN well known local business man succumbed at Culver Hospital Friday night at 11:39 o'clock following an illness of only a few days. Mr. Brown had been in failing health for several months but was stricken with his fatal illness the first of last week.  His condition grew critical in a short time and on Wednesday evening, he was removed to Culver Hospital where he failed to respond to the various methods used in an effort to restore his health.   Mr. Brown who was the son of Ora Leon and Elizabeth Brown was born Sept 22, 1903 in Rockville; however, while quite young he was employed in a drug store in Lafayette and later was for 8 years motorman for the Lafayette street railway. He served one year in the US Army and on his return established a shoe repair business in Rockville. He was married on February 1, 1921 in Rockville to Margaret HAWKINS and to this union five children were born. The family moved to Waveland more than two years ago and he has been in the shoe repair and ice business here since that time.   A few months ago, Mr. Brown purchased the Shell Service Station here and in connection with his Service Station and shoe repairing, operated a lunch counter. Mr. Brown possessed a keen mind and a friendly disposition and endeared himself to people wherever he went. Although his afflictions were many, he confided his physical condition only to his nearer friends.  Early in life, he united with the Rockville Presbyterian church but during his residence here, he had attended the Methodist Church.  Surviving the deceased are the widow; 5 children: Betty Margaret of Indianapolis; and Ora Lee, Rex D., Joe and Alice Louise at home; and two brothers, Rev. James H. Brown of Fairfield, Illinois and Leon Brown of Lafayette. Funeral services were held at the Methodist Church Sunday afternoon at two o'clock with Rev. C. N. McBrayer in charge.  Mrs. Lowell Spencer presided at the piano and during the service played "My Buddy," a number requested by the family. The minister read the words of the song, "In the Sweet By and By."  Flower bearers were Mildred Campbell; Joyce Rogers; Isobel Shanks; Doris Shaul; Dorothy Keys; Dorothy Lou Foster and Marybeth Milligan. Pallbearers were Floyd Moore; Harry Moore; Russell Smith; Wayne Sims; Joe Metcalf and Myron Banta.  Interment was in the Presbyterian Cemetery here.” - Waveland Independent, Thursday, January 28, 1943 (Submitted by Karen Zach)

John Holton BROWN was born near Columbus, Ohio May 20, 1847 and departed this life January 2, 1927 aged 79 years 8 months and 12 days.  he was the oldest of a family of 3 sons and four daughters, only one of which Samuel N. survives.  His parents William C. Brown and Rachel Holton Brown lived on a farm near Columbus until 1869 when they moved to a farm near Delphi, Carroll County, Indiana. The family resided there until 1876 when they moved to near Fincastle, Putnam County, Indiana. In 1875 John H. Brown was united in marriage with Susan Bates of Carroll County.  To this union were born four sons: Harry B; John M; Earl C and William O and two daughters, Mary Mable and Anna Florence all of whom survive except William O. who died at age 12.  Besides the children, he leaves 9 grandchildren to whom he was greatly devoted.  In 1878 the family moved from Carroll County to a farm in Putnam County, Indiana.  In 1892 they moved to a farm in Vigo County two miles south of Rosedale and in 1897 they moved to Jessup, Indiana to enter the mercantile business.  As a youth, John attended the common schools of his county and later took college work at Central College near Columbus Ohio.  He began teaching school in young manhood and taught 14 terms.  In 1876 he was elected surveyor of Carroll County, Indiana. During most of the years, he taught school, he farmed during the summer and also was engaged in farming other years until 1897 when he entered the business.  In 1880, he joined the Universality Church, Fincastle, Indiana and has since been a firm believer in its tenets and principles.  He was fond of athletic sports and as a youth excelled in foot-racing and baseball, being Capt. of a college team at Central College.  he was a great reader and broad-minded man and it was given him to see truths where others failed.  He was a kind and loving husband, a dear father, and an affectionate brother.  he was liberal hearted to the deserving almost to a fault.  His chief joy during the later years of life was in the welfare of his children and grandchildren who will sadly miss his love and wise council. - Rockville Tribune January 26, 1927

Rockville within the last week has been twice visited by the angel of death.  On Saturday afternoon James M. BROWN attended the funeral of Mr. Foote, having the night before kept watch at the residence of the deceased, and although somewhat complaining, he bade as fair for long life as any among us. His noble and manly person was familiar to us all, and will be missed for many long days ere the remembrance of him shall fade from our minds. On returning from the Cemetery he complained of the exhaustion occasioned, as he supposed, by excessive heat. He partook of a light supper, and not feeling well went to Dr. Rice and got some simple medicine to allay sickness at the stomach. He vomited once or twice in the course of the evening, and observed an irregularity of the pulse, but seemed to apprehend no danger. A young friend casually calling in the evening at his room he requested that he should remain with him for company. He did so. Almost half past nine they both retired. Shortly afterwards he arose from his bed and vomited again, and complained of a strange sensation of the heart. His friend insisted on going for the doctor as he had done in the earlier part of the night, but he refused, saying he felt easier, and that he thought by remaining still he should be better. He and his friend again laid down, and both, perhaps, went to sleep. At about half past twelve o’clock his friend was aroused by a strange noise and a struggle, and on rising found Mr. Brown gasping for his last breath.   In two minutes after despite of all the assistance his friend could render, the spirit took its flight to God who gave it. The alarm was at once given and we were there among the first – only a few minutes after he had breathed his last. He reposed in the calm serenity of sleep! There was not a contortion of a muscle. All was peaceful.  Mr. Brown was a young man of good accomplishments; he was a gentleman and a Christian. “None knew him but to love him, none spoke of him but to praise.”  He had commenced to prepare himself for the Bar, when a vacancy occurring in the office of Teller in the Parke Co. Bank, he was tendered the position which for the past year he has filled to the satisfaction of all concerned.  He was an exemplary member of the M. E. Church, and an accepted member of the Masonic Lodge. He was also Superintendent elect of the Sabbath School at the M. E. Church for the ensuing year from the day of his death.       His remains were on Monday deposited in the burial ground on his father’s farm, ten miles southwest of Rockville, with the funeral rites of his church.  -Parke County Republican, Thurs., August 18, 1859, Page 2 - Shared by Tim Phipps


Benton B. Browne who has been seriously ill with tuberculosis for nearly five years, died at his home near Guion on Saturday.  He was formerly in the employ of the Vandalia at Logansport, but when unable to work he moved to the little farm where he died.  For a time the rest and outdoor life brought some improvement, but this was not permanent.   He was a member of the Masonic and Odd Fellow lodges and was well liked by all who knew him. He leaves a wife and daughter, Mrs. Brown is a d/o M/M Joseph Dooley.  He was b. in KY about 36 years ago, his parents still living at Tompkinsville in that state.   Funeral services were held at the Presbyterian church at Guion Tues at 10:30 in charge of Rev. George D. Prentice of Rockville, interment at the Bethany Cemetery., in charge of the Marshall Masonic Order.  Among those who attended the funeral from a distance were: JO and Lessie T. Browne of Tompkinsville; Earl Browne of Chicago Heights; M/M AL Weigler of Indianapolis; M/m Carl Hinkle; Mr. Sam Moore of Logansport; M/M Otto Mayes; M/M Charles Mayes and Joe Mayes of Lebanon; Mrs. Claude Fisher, Mrs. David Reeser and Mrs. Charles Chaser of Mecca; Monroe Mayes and family of Hillsdale; Mrs. Chas. Bruin of Dana; M/M Que Lee and Mrs. Rus Lee of Bellmore; Mr. Edw. Harlen of New Market. - Waveland Independent, October 17, 1919


Rockville Indiana April 24 – David BRUBECK, 78, died at 7:30 o’clock this morning at his home five miles southeast of here, after a long illness from a complication of diseases.  Mr. Brubeck has lived in Parke Co more than 60 years. He is survived by one daughter Mrs. Joseph Neet who made her home with him; two brothers, John Brubeck of Rockville Edward Brubeck of Edinburg , Ill and two sisters, Mrs. Jennie Lorton of Decatur , Illinois and Mrs. Margaret Moreland.  Funeral services will be held Wed morning at Pleasant Valley Church in charge of Rev. S. K. Fuson. Burial in the church cemetery. - Crawfordsville Review Wednesday April 26, 1916


Frederick Bruin, only son of James and Martha Bruin was born at Guion, Indiana, Jan 15, 1877 and passed away April 5, 1929 at the age of 52 years, 2 months and 20 days at the home o his daughter, Mrs. Pearl Murray at Russellville.  He was united in marriage with Myrtle R. Dooley Aug 26, 1902.  To this union were born three children: Pearl, James and Dorothy Marie, all of whom survive but little Dorothy who passed on Feb. 17, 1929.  He united with the Presbyterian Church at Guion at the age of 24 and always lived a faithful life.  With the exception of the past two years his entire life was spent on the farm where he was born.  He made a host of friends wherever he went with his cheerful disposition and was always ready and willing to help any one at any time.  He had been in failing health for the past two years and the recent death of his little daughter bore heavily upon him and he often expressed a desire to join her in Heaven.  His last illness was very brief and it came as a great shock to the whole community.  Besides the immediate family he leaves many other relatives and a host of friends to mourn his departure. - Waveland Independent - April 12, 1929

Dorothy Marie Bruin, daughter of Fred and Myrtle Dooley Bruin, was born Sept 20, 1920 about three quarters of a mile W. of Guion and died Feb 17 at her home in Judson.  She was 8 years, 5 months and 29 days.  Surviving are the mother and father, a brother, James, at home, one sister, Mrs. Carl Murray of Russellville; the brother-in-law and one niece, and her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Joe Dooley of Guion other relatives and a host of friends mourn her loss.  Dorothy will be missed by everyone who knew her.  In her home, in school and in the community there is a vacant place that is filled only with sweet and tender memories.  She was a home loving child, always caring more to be at home than to be with her playmates.  Dorothy entered school in the fall of 1927 at the age of 7.  At the beginning of her second year she was promoted to third grade, continuing in this grade until ill health forced her to remain out of school.  At school her ability to learn, her sweet disposition and her winning smile made her a favorite with teachers and pupils.  During her last illness the pupils were always waiting and hoping that Dorothy was better.  Even in this last illness and with all her suffering Dorothy bore it with patience and hope.  Dorothy is gone and we know the angels in heaven are happy.  It seems life here is unbearable without her, but Christ said, "Suffer little children and forbid them not, to come unto me; for, such is the Kingdom of Heaven. "  Funeral services were held at the Judson Baptist Church at half past 10 on Tues. morning in charge of the pastor, Rev. John Caldwell of Crawfordsville, burial at Bethany cemetery.   Waveland Independent -- February 22, 1929

Martha Caroline, oldest daughter of Jesse and Elizabeth Kidwell was born June 22, 1859 in Monroe Co, KY, she came to Indiana with her parents at the age of 5 years, and has made her home in Parke Co. until three years ago, she has made her home in Indianapolis with a sister, where she was called to the great beyond.  She was united in marriage to James Bruin April 13, 187, who preceded her in death seven years ago. To this union was born one son, Frederick who survives. She united with the Guion Presbyterian Church 8 years ago. She was always ready to do her duty for anyone in trouble and in need.  About 10 weeks ago, she was taken suddenly ill and confined to her bed. Death came Feb 10, 1922 at Indianapolis, at the home of her sister Mrs. Hattie Hayworth at the age of 62 years 7 months and 19 days, she is survived by the son, three grandchildren and great granddaughter, one brother William and sister Ellen both of Rockville. Two sisters of Indianapolis, Mrs. Hattie Hayworth and Mrs. Joseph Minett, several nieces and nephews and a host of relatives and friends, to mourn her departure although her gain is their loss, we do not understand no doubt some day we shall.   She was brought to her home near Guion Monday morning.  Funeral services were held at the home at 10 o'clock by Rev. Luther Markin. Those present from a distance were Mrs. Hattie Hayworth and Mrs. Mark Hill of Indianapolis and Mrs. Ray Sheeves of Brazil.   Interment in the cemetery.  - Waveland Independent, February 17, 1922

The 15-month-son of Robert Bruin of Guion, was badly scalded by pulling a bucket of hot water over on itself, Monday.  - Waveland Independent, Nov 17, 1899

Mrs. Sarah Bruin, the widow of Daniel Bruin of Guion, died on Tuesday or paralysis. She was 70 years old.  - Waveland Independent January 5, 1900


Mrs. Almeda Bryant died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Jesse Henry, on Tuesday morning after an illness of a few weeks.  The body was taken to a former home for burial on Wednesday.  The following obituary has been handed us.   "Almeda Bryant was born November 8, 1860, and departed this life, February 2, 1931, age 71 years.  Early in years she united with the Methodist church near Norman Station, Indiana.  Later she united with the Christian Church at Mt. Eden.  She was united in marriage to Charles Lincolnback.  To this union two children were born, who with the husband have preceded her in death.  Oct 23, 1886 she was united in marriage to Daniel Bryant.  To this union was born 4 girls and 3 boys namely: Mrs. Jesse Henry of Waveland, Milton Bryant of Byron, Mrs. Marion Floyd of Newtown, Mrs. Willie Hawn of Little York, Indiana; Frank Bryant of Hoopeston, Il; Mrs. Dawson Bane of Mellott and Oscar Bryant who passed away in infancy.  She leaves two brothers and two sisters, William and George of Bedford, Barbara holt and Mary Carter of Brownstown.  Also four stepchildren, 22 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren and a large number of friends.   She leaves a Christian life never to be forgotten by her children for she was a devoted Christian.  Funeral and burial at Mt. Eden Church near Scottsburg. " - Waveland Independent -- February 16, 1931

The recent death of Miss Beulah, 18-year-old daughter of Joseph BRYANT, adds another name to that long list claimed by tuberculosis. Miss Bryant’s health began to fail a year ago, following an attack of influenza. Besides the father, two sisters, Mrs. Ernest Jones of Alabama, and Mrs. D. A. Mitchell and Hubert Bryant of this vicinity. - Rockville Tribune, March 9, 1920

Mrs. Goldie Bryant, 80, of Waynetown, died at 12:09 a.m. today (February 14, 1970) at Culver Hospital in Crawfordsville. She had been a patient there three weeks. Born July 30, 1889, in Parke County, she was the daughter of William H. and Sarah Thomas Clore. She was married August 25, 1906 at Rockville to Nathaniel Bryant, who died. Mrs. Bryant resided near Kingman on Rt. 1 East of Centennial Church for many years and moved to Waynetown in July 1965. She was educated in the Parke County rural schools. Survivors include three sons: Russell of Newtown; Maurice of Waynetown and Boyd of Terre Haute; two daughters, Mrs. Zelma Clegg of Lafayette; Mrs. Lois Coats of Waynetown; two half sisters, Mrs. Sylvia Spragg of Wallace and Mrs. Daisy Ratcliff of Hillsboro Rt 1; a half brother, Ared Hutson of Veedersburg; 10 grandchildren and 9 greats. She was preceded in death by a sister, a brother and five half brothers. Services will be at 2 p.m. EST Monday at the Servies-Thomas Funeral Home. The Rev. Alfred Dobbs will officiate. Burial will be in the Waynetown Masonic Cemetery. The body is at the funeral home. Friends will be received after 11 a.m. Sunday.- Crawfordsville Journal Review, 14 February  1970 -  – shared by Cheryl Bearden Fenters


Sallye Jefferson Buchanan, 308 West High Street, Rockville, died Saturday, December 28, 1996, at Withan Hospital in Lebanon. Born March 21, 1912 in Mount Vernon, Kentucky, she was the daughter of Dr. Grover C. and Lura Baker Price. Her father died in 1918 while serving with the Army in France during World War I. Her stepfather was Raleigh R. Cagle. On March 30, 1935 in Bloomington, she married Warren Buchanan, who died January 22, 1994. She was a graduate of Bloomington High School and received her bachelor's and master's degrees from Indiana University. In the 1930s she worked for the Federal Works Progress Administration. Later, she taught French and English in Rockville schools and other Parke County schools for several years.  She was a member of Phi Mu Sorority, Rockville Memorial Presbyterian Church of Rockville, Tri Kappa Associates, Women's Club, Current Literature Club, Presbyterian Women's Organization and the Thursday Night Bridge Club.  Survivors include a son, James P. Buchanan of Lebanon; a daughter, Elizabeth A. Buchanan of Tucson, Arizona; a sister, Pamela Walters of Bloomington; four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a grandson, Christopher Buchanan. Due to the illness of her grandson, John B. Buchanan, private graveside services were conducted Tuesday at Memory Garden Cemetery at Rockville. A memorial service will be conducted at a later date. Gooch Funeral Home of Rockville was in charge of arrangements. The family asked that any memorials be in the form of contributions to her church.  - Parke County Sentential, January 1, 1997 - Thanks to Mary Lou Hermiller for this one!

The funeral of Joseph BUCHANAN was conducted from the Presbyterian Church Judson today. Mr. Buchanon (sic) was 75 and was a life resident of this vicinity have been born in the farm south of here where he died. Death followed an operation which he underwent Friday afternoon at 3. The deceased was one of the most prominent farmers of Parke Co. He is survived by a son, James of Rockville. - Crawfordsville Review, January 17, 1916

Joseph C. Buchanan, who was a familiar figure upon our streets died at his home near Judson on Friday of last week, following an operation to relieve intestinal trouble. He was taken ill on Wednesday. He was born on the farm entered by his father, James Buchanan, the first white settler in Washington Township March 2, 1840.  He graduated from the Waveland Academy inn 1860. In 1862 he enlisted in the 78th IVI and afterwards in the 137th, serving to the close of the war.  Funeral services were held on Sunday afternoon. - Waveland Independent January 21, 1916


James C. Buchanon committed suicide on Thursday afternoon by shooting himself through the head with a revolver in the barn on his farm just below Judson.  He was found by the wife of a tenant who had gone to the barn to milk.  Financial difficulties are supposed to have caused the act.  He had served as deputy clerk and clerk of Parke County.  He is survived by his wife, one daughter and one son.  - Waveland Independent, February 19, 1926

Warren J, the eldest son of Joseph Buchanon and wife died at his home at Judson last Friday night of typhoid fever.  He was 22 years old and was a member of the senior class of Wabash College.   He was a very popular young man and had a high standing in college - Waveland Independent, October 6, 1899


Funeral Card (thanks to Alberta Butler for this) -- In Memory of Cash Buckler.  Born: March 11, 1878 Parke Co IN.  Date of Death: June 14, 1968, Terre Haute, IN.  Services from: Butler Funeral Home, Rockville, IN Sunday, June 16, 1968 (2:00 p.m.).  Clergyman: Rev. Melvin Hobert.  Organist: Mrs. Marie Wimmer.  Final Resting Place: Mt. Moriah Cemetery, Hollandsburg, IN.  Pallbearers:  Willard Sutherlin; Claude Collings; Fred Newton; Max Berry;  Layton Scott; William Wahl. 


Mrs. Harry BUDD, 53 died at her home near Guion on Friday after several month illness.  Funeral services at the home were held on Sunday afternoon.  Burial in Bruin cemetery.  She is survived by the husband; two sons, Clayton of Kansas City, Mo. and Harold Vernice at home, and a daughter, Mrs. Stanley Bushong. - Waveland Independent, March 21, 1940


Robert Burford whose death had been expected for several days passed away at three on Friday morning.  Funeral services at the Presbyterian Church on Sat. afternoon were in charge of Rev. HR Sigler.  Burial at Maple Ridge cemetery.  The pallbearers were Grant Vail, Will Y. Durham, Harry Durham Dan Goodwin, J.D. and A. C. Deere and C.A. Kleiser.  The flowers were carried by Mrs. Machledt and Misses Cordelia Rule, Frances Milligan and Clara Mae Oldshue.  The following obituary was read:  On the morning of Nov 15, Robert Burford was born in Parke County, July 17, 1859.  He was the son of James and Sarah Reddish Burford and one of a family of six children.  On May 30, 1893 he was united in marriage to Miss Jennie Teague of Marshall.  To this union was born one child, Mrs. Robert May Denk.  Besides the wife and daughter, Mr. Burford is survived by three grandchildren, Robert A, Majory and Mary Virginia Denk, one brother, Jesse M. Burford, besides a number of nieces and nephews.   The deceased was an active member of the Presbyterian Church of Waveland. A number of years ago he was elected deacon of this organization, which office he was holding at the time of his death.  Robert Burford was a man of splendid character and high ideals.  He was quiet and unassuming in manner, a devoted husband and father, and a kind neighbor.  no higher tribute can be paid him than to say he was a good man. Those present from a distance were:  Mr. and Mrs. James Burford and son and Mrs. Rose Burford of Frankfort; Mrs. Joe Burford and son, Clarence and Mr. and Mrs. Will Burgess of New Market; Mr. and Mrs. Jesses Burford of Terre Haute; Miss Cox, Miss Reeve, Mr. Wisely and Mr. Bogardus of  the Indiana Teachers College; Mrs. Ted Cunningham, Mrs. Leverett Harshbarger, Mr. and Mrs. Earl Fullenwider and Mrs. Irving Fullenwider of Indianapolis; R.A. Denk and Ed Shafor of New Palestine; Mr. and Mrs. Charles Asbury, Mr. and Mrs. Leland Asbury, John Asbury, Mrs. J. H. . rush, Oscar Burford, Mrs. Thomas Banta, Mr. and Mrs. Will Kincaid; Mr. and Mrs. Albert Cannon, Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Teague, Mrs. Clarence McMurtry, Mrs. Ora Newlin, Thomas Truman and Rudy Peyton of Marshall. - Waveland Independent, November 22, 1929

Joseph Burford was born in Parke Co, Indiana Oct 14, 1850 and departed this life, Aug 22, 1925 near New Market, Indiana at the age of 74 years, 10 months and 8 days.   He was married November 6, 1883 to Emma L. Durham.  To this union was born one son, Clarence V, who still abides at home.  Besides the wife and son, two brothers survive him, Robert and Jesse of Waveland.  Mr. Burford was a member of the Free and Accepted Order of Masons.  he belonged to the Waveland lodge for many years.  The outstanding characteristics in the life of the deceased were clean thinking and high ideals of human conduct.  he disliked hypocrisy and deception.  As a man he was highly respected, as a neighbor he was greatly loved, being called Uncle Joe by those who were closely associated with him. He lived close to the scriptural admonition of keeping clean hands and a pure heart.  He was a firm believer in the sovereignty of a God who is fully able and willing to take care of his children. - Waveland Independent, September 4, 1925

Mrs. Elizabeth Burford, whose funeral occurred at the Marshall Baptist church on Thursday of last week was born in Pa. in 1833.   She was the widow of Henry Burford who was killed about 25 years ago by the explosion of a threshing engine.   She leaves four sons and one daughter, Mrs. William J. Miles of New Market.  - Waveland Independent, January 25, 1918

Funeral Card (thanks to Alberta Butler for this) -- In Memory of: Cerena Florence Burford, born: Aug 22, 1866.  Date of Death: Dec 25, 1963.  Services from: Butler Funeral Home, Rockville, In Friday, Dec 26.  Clergyman Officiating: Rev. Dale Hamilton.  Final Resting Place: Rockville Cemetery, Rockville, IN. Pall Bearers: Carl Asbury; Curtis Branson; Dean Butler; Marshall Brown; Luther Overpeck and James Whitesell.

William Oliver Burford, son of James and Sarah Burford, was born December 8, 1853, and died December 21, 1912, being 59 years and 13 days old.  He was married to Rose Shirk February 2, 1876.   To them were born three children, who live to mourn his departure, namely, Mrs. Clarence Rice and James Burford, of Roachdale and Mrs. Fred Swain, of Tangier.   He was afflicted with an incurable malady four or five years ago, and although everything was done that could be done to affect a cure, he gradually grew worse until death came as a release.  Three weeks ago he was taken to Indianapolis for treatment and died while there.  Besides a wife and children, he leaves three grand children, four brothers, a large number of nieces and nephews and many friends to mourn. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Mr. Dodamead of the Primitive Baptist Church of which the deceased had been a faithful member for several years.  The services were held in the Waveland Baptist Church on Monday, December 23.  Interment at Maple Ridge Cemetery. - Waveland Independent - December 27, 1912

Jesse BURFORD died at his home in Terre Haute on Monday. Funeral services were held at the home on Wednesday afternoon and a short service here in Maple Ridge cemetery. He was born in Jan 1863 on a farm SW of Byron now owned by Cecil Rusk.  He was the son of James and Sarah REDDISH Burford, and was the last of six children: Joseph; John; Oliver; Mrs. John C. Canine; Robert and Jesse. He grew up on what is known as the CC DEMAREE farm where Raymond GREVE now lives, and attended No. 5 School.  He engaged in farming and later in the livery business in Waveland. He married Elizabeth MILLIGAN now dead.  Their only child, Harold was killed when six years old being dragged to death by an Indian pony.  Later he married C. Bertha SCHWEITZER, dean of women in the Terre Haute Normal, and had made his home here.  Mrs. Albert DENK of Delphi is a niece. - Waveland Independent, May 18, 1939 

 “William, 10- year old son of Mr. and Mrs. O. W. BURFORD of Marshall, died last Thursday morning after suffering for several weeks with paralysis. Funeral services, in charge of Rev. Merrell, of Franklin, were held at the Baptist church in Marshall on Saturday and burial made at Bethany Cemetery.”    -  Rockville Tribune, May 4, 1920

“Died, at his residence in Rockville, Indiana, Monday morning, Feb 1st, 1886, James BURFORD, aged 74 years and 5 months.  James Burford was born in Mercer County, Kentucky, September 10, 1811. He was married May 28, 1835, to Miss Sallie Noel, who survives him.  To them were born 10 children, only two of whom are now living. Mr. Burford lived on the farm on which he died forty-seven years.” - Rockville Republican, February 10, 1886

Jesse Morton BURFORD of Terre Haute, brother of William Oliver Burford of Roachdale, died age 76 on Sunday. He was born in Parke County and lived near Waveland until 1920 when he moved to Terre Haute. He was the son of Rev. James and Sarah Ann Reddish Burford, youngest of six children, all of whom preceded him in death. The four brothers were Joseph Burford of New Market; Judge John Henry Burford of Oklahoma territory and Robert Burford of Waveland. There was also a sister Mary Burford of Waveland.   .  Source: Obituary Excerpts of Mary Jo Johnson housed in Crawfordsville District Public Library.  We appreciate Mary Jo's willingness to share these. - Russellville News May 19, 1939


Thomas Edward, son of John and Mary Burgan was born in Adams township, Parke county, Indiana, October 5, 1849; died at his home at Catlin May 1, 1911, aged 61 years 6 months and 6 days.  On December 10, 1864, he was united in marriage to Myra Straughn and to this union three children were born-- Homer and Clem who died in infancy and Lawrence of Christopher, Ill.  He leaves a wife, one son, two grandsons and one brother, David who resides in Scammon, Kan.  Also two nieces Misses Hallie and Ruth Cornthwaite, whom he loved and raised as daughters from their childhood.  Although he had been in failing health for almost a year, through all his sickness he was ever patient and uncomplaining.  His passing away will leave an aching void in many hearts besides those of his nearest loved ones. but "Not my will but Thine be done."  Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Z. D. Maris, then he was laid to rest in the Mount Olivet cemetery at Catlin, May 2, 1911.  - Unknown newspaper (thanks to Sherry Grunhaus for this)


Rockville – Mrs. Lena Mae Burins, 59, of Rt. 3, Rockville, died Monday morning in Terre Haute Regional Hospital. Mrs. Burns had attended Rockville schools. She was born Dec. 15, 1921, in Ohio, a daughter of Homer and Grace McCool Aiken. She is survived by a son, Norman Burns of Clinton; six grandchildren and a great-grandchild. Services are at 10 a.m. Wednesday in Butler Funeral Home in Rockville with the Rev. William Flannigan officiating. Burial will be in Memorial Garden Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home after 6 p.m. today. smc - Source: Crawfordsville Journal Review 3 February 1981, Page 002


Clay BURKETT, 82, died at the home of a daughter Mrs. Ida Mount at Judson on February 9.  He was born December 1, 1868 in Putnam County, Indiana.  He was the son of David and Charlotte Oliver Burkett.  He was married to Jemma Stone of Putnam County.  Survivors are four daughters, Mrs. Ida Mount of near Judson, Mrs. Barbara Bales and Mrs. Jennie McClain of Indianapolis, Mrs. Charlotte Storms of Crawfordsville a sister Mrs. Della Sutherlin of Russellville, a brother Charles Burkett of Jamestown, two half-brothers, Lee and Norman Burkett of Ladoga and a half sister, Mrs. Bertha McNulty of Ladoga.  Burial was in Harshbarger Cemetery Ladoga.   - Russellville News, February 23, 1951


John D. Burks died at his home on the Marshall Road on Monday. He was buried at Bruin's cemetery near Guion, Tuesday afternoon.  An address at the house was delivered by Rev. Dr. Fyfe of Crawfordsville.  The ceremonies at the grave were conducted by the masonic fraternity of which he was a member. He also belonged to the Presbyterian church and the Knights of Pythias. A quartette from the Presbyterian choir assisted.  Mr. Moore (sic - Burks) was 56 years old and leaves a wife and one daughter, Mrs. Nelly Moore.  Death resulted from valvular disease of the heart.  - Waveland Independent, Friday, July 26, 1901

Mrs. Kitty Burks, who was a lifelong resident of Parke County died Sunday evening February 4 at the home of her granddaughter, Mrs. Harold Barnes in Logansport.  Until 8 years ago, when she went to live with her granddaughter at Logansport.  Mrs. Burks was active in the conduct of her farm in north Parke County.  She was an authority on farming, especially dairying and on several occasions  was called to make addresses on the subject at Purdue University. Mrs. Burks was born July 17, 1854 the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Bruin.  She was married to John Burks and to this union were born three children, Fountain V, Laura M, and Nellie Burks Moore, none of whom survive her. She is survived by the granddaughter, Mrs. Marion Moore Barnes. Funeral services were held this afternoon at Guion.   - Rockville Tribune, February 10, 1937

Mrs. Mary Katherine BURKS, who formerly lived west of town on a farm, died at the home of her granddaughter, Mrs. Miriam BARNES in Logansport on Sunday morning. The body was brought here on Tuesday to the home of her niece, Mrs. E. G. Bowen. Funeral services at Guion Presbyterian Church on Wed. afternoon were in charge of Rev. H. Ray Sigler. Burial in the Bruin Cemetery. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Bruin and was born near Guion 85 years ago. She was the widow of John Bruin. Their only child, Mrs. Nell Burks Moore died several years ago.  - Waveland Independent, February 11, 1937


Mrs. Viola BURNETT, 83 of 510 W. Ohio St, died at 4:35 p.m. Saturday at Union Hospital, Terre Haute. She was a native of Parke Co.  Mrs. Burnett was a member of the United Methodist Church at Rockville, Rockville Chapter 177, OES, Estabrook Chapter, DAR, VFW Auxiliary of Post 1752, Nyesville Club and Rockville Sr. Citizens. She was married to Richard W. Burnett Feb 12, 1913. He preceded her in death June 25, 1954. Mrs. Burnett was born Jan 22, 1889 a daughter of Charles and Ruth Seybold Keller.  She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Mary Ruth ARNN of Takoma Park, MD; Mrs. Dorothy  BORDERS of Universal City, TX; one son, Frank Richard of Downy, California; 8 grandchildren and 3 greats. Funeral services will be conducted at Butler Funeral Home at 2 p... Tuesday Rev Clifford Miller will officiate.  Burial in Memory Gardens, Rockville. Friends may call at the funeral home from 3-5 and 7-9 today.  September 11, 1972 Crawfordsville Journal-Review

Charles W. BURNETT, 75, Rockville, stepfather of Mrs. Dorothy MITCHELL of Waveland, suffered a fatal heart attack 4:30 p.m. Monday while in a wheat field on the farm.  A farmer all his life, until a year ago, he retired from the farm and moved to Rockville, although he still remained in close touch with the farm.  He is survived by the widow, Ora; one stepson, Max Martin of Rockville; two stepdaughters, Mrs. Dorothy Mitchell, Waveland; and Mrs. Madge Boyd of Thorntown; one sister, Mrs. Grace Ransom of Decatur, Ill; nine grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.  The body was taken to the Branson Funeral Home where services were held at 3:00 Wednesday afternoon, Rev. Hugh Craven officiated and burial in Mt. Moriah Cemetery. - Tri-County News & Waveland Independent, September 29, 1955


Died at his residence near Numa, Parke county, Indiana on Tuesday morning, Nov. 14, Col. John Burson, after a short illness of inflammation of the brain, aged about 53 years.  Col. Burson was an old resident of Indiana and always enjoyed the respect of his fellow citizens.  – Wabash Courier, 18 November 1848


Maynard Burton “M.B.” Welch, 94, St. Petersburg, Florida, died Thursday, April 27, 1989, at Humana Hospital Sun Bay .  He had been hospitalized since April 1 and died of pneumonia.  Born in Rockville , he moved to St. Petersburg in 1921 and entered the construction industry.  Among his projects was the city Recreation Department’s first outdoor basketball court in Mirror Lake Park .  When the economic crash hit the nation in 1929, he went to Alabama with $200 and helped build a plant for B.F. Goodrich.  He later returned to Rockville but went back to Florida in the early 1930’s and during World War II supervised construction in Alabama and Tennessee .  He also built houses for war workers, including those working on the atomic bomb project at Oak Ridge , Tennessee .  After the war, Welch returned to St. Petersburg .  From 1965 to 1978, he was superintendent of construction at Derby Lane .  He attended Second Church of Christ Scientist.  He fielded semi-pro sports during the 1920’s which were ranked among the best basketball and baseball teams in Florida .  Survivors include a daughter, Donna Helen Schopke of Lake Alfred, Florida; two sons, Maynard B. Welch Jr. of St. Petersburg and Jerry R. Welch of Tarpon Springs, Florida; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.  Services were conducted Sunday at Anderson-McQueen Funeral Home in St. Petersburg with Patrice Stambaugh officiating.  Burial was in Memorial Park Cemetery in St. Paul . - Sentinel,3 May 1989, Page 12  Thursday   [Contributed by Sandra J. Lee Westbrooks]


James Burnside who is known to many people in this vicinity, d. at the home of his son, William, in Greenfield on Sat.  He was b. in Putnam Co 1837. The remains were taken to Sugar Grove Cemetery in Illinois, near Dana for burial beside his wife, who d. 14 years ago.  - Waveland Independent, May 22, 1914


Mrs. Ruth Busenbark Dies Unexpectedly - Mrs. Mabel Ruth Busenbark of Rockville, age 65, died unexpectedly at 2:00  Wednesday afternoon of last week at St. Anthony Hospital in Terre Haute.  She was born June 27, 1900 at New Market to John and Alice Swisher Hunt. She  was a member of the Parke County Saddle Club.  Survivors include the husband: Herman; two daughters: Mrs. Harold Connerley  of Marshall and Mrs. Rodney Alexander of Rockville; five sons: Herman of Judson, Harold of Montezuma, Herschel and Arthur, both  of Bloomingdale, and Darvin of Rockville; her mother of Crawfordsville, two  brothers: Keith Hunt of Crawfordsville and Darrell of Browns Valley; seven  sisters: Mrs. Hazel Kelso, Mrs. Gerald Keller, Mrs. Esther Richardson, Mrs.  Bertha Stewart and Mrs. Lucille Fairfield, all of Crawfordsville, and Mrs. Marjorie Wade of Indianapolis; 25 grandchildren and a great-grandchild. Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon at the Butler Funeral Home.  The Rev. Roger T. Rankin officiated and interment was in Memory Garden  Cemetery.  - Rockville Times, Thursday, December 16, 1965


W. D. Bushong, a respected farmer living near Guion on the William Jarvis farm, died Saturday of neuritis and heart complications.  Funeral services at the Christian Church on Monday morning were in charge of Rev. Ray D. Thomas of Crawfordsville.   Burial at Waynetown.  The following obituary was read:  Death, that grave messenger has entered the home and taken to eternity a father, brother and husband to meet a father and mother.  He being the first of the brothers and sisters.  W. D. Bushong was born December 31, 1865 near Summer Shade, Ky.  He was the son of William Davis and Nancy Elizabeth Bushong.  He departed this life March 22, 1924 at his home near Guion at the age of 58 years, 2 months and 21 days. He was united in married to Laura Palmore, May 30, 1893.  To this union were born six children, Lela, Dalton, Louis, Stanley, Zada and Carson.   Besides the wife and children he leaves to mourn his loss Dr. P. W. Bushong of Edmonton, KY; Mrs. Crayton Moore and S.J. Bushong of Mud Lick, KY; George T. Bushong of near Waynetown; Mrs. Sallie Whitley of Summer Shade, KY and Rev. J.T. Bushong of Brandon, Florida and 3 grandchildren with other relatives and a host of friends. He will be greatly missed by Paul Miller a homeless boy, that he was being a father to.  He united with the Christian Church at Mary Etta, KY at an early age.   Since coming to Indiana March 29, 1919 he placed his membership with this church remaining a faithful Christian until the end.  His many friends will always miss him because he always had an open hand to the needy and a sympathetic heart for the suffering.   He never game himself a thought.  His children most always depended upon his advice.  Sunset and evening star And one clear call for me.  May there be no sadness and farewell When I put out to sea."  Those from a distance were Dr. P. W. Bushong of Edmonton, KY: Buford Palmore of Persimmon, KY; Mrs. Crayong Moore, Frank Moore and S. J. Bushong of Mud Lick, KY and Tom Palmore of Frankfort.  - Waveland Independent, March 28, 1924


Mrs. Clarissa Butcher died Sunday afternoon, after an illness of several weeks with heart trouble.  The funeral services were held at the Baptist Church on Tuesday afternoon by Rev. Chas. Greenfield.  Interment at Freedom.  Mrs. Butcher was born in Warren County in 1843.  She joined the Baptist Church at Freedom when a girl.  She married William M. Butcher in January 1864.  To them were born six children:  Charles Butcher of Gueydan, Louisiana, G. W. Butcher of Long Mott, Texas, Margery Leona Butcher and Mrs. Walter Dowden of Waveland, Mrs. Ellen Wilkinson and Melvin Butcher deceased.  Mr. Butcher, a veteran of the Civil War, died in August, 1890. Mrs. Butcher came to Waveland at the age of 20, and later deposited her letter with the Baptist Church.  Besides those mentioned there remain to mourn, three step-children; Mrs. John Lanson, Mrs. Edith Martin and Augusta Bucher; one sister, Mrs. Thomas Lamson; and two brothers, George and Charles Burk.  Mrs. Butcher was very kind hearted, a good neighbor and an affectionate mother.  Those from a distance at the funeral  were Julius Lamson, of New Richmond, Mrs. Mattie Miller of Crawfordsville, and Roy Lamson of Ladoga. - Waveland Independent, May 6, 1910


William E. BYERLY, 92, who had been ill four days, died at the Elmer Wade home in Parkersburg at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, death due to a complication of diseases.  Born in Crawford County on November 13, 1861, the son of John J. and Margaret Baily Byerly.  In 1885, he married Rose A. MONTGOMERY at Rockville. She preceded him in death March 24, 1945.  He was a member of the Interdenominational Church. There survive one son, Dewey M. of Indianapolis; one granddaughter, Mrs. Orris REITER of Waveland, 3 sisters, two grandsons, William and Warren Byerly of Indianapolis and two great grandchildren.  Three sons and two daughters preceded him in death.  Funeral rites were conducted at New Market Thursday afternoon.  Burial in Bloomingdale cemetery.  Those attending the funeral from this vicinity were Mr. and Mrs. Orris Reiter and Mrs. Ida Reiter and Mr. and Mrs. Ora Porter.   - Waveland Independent, January 28, 1954


Mrs. Eva I. Byers, formerly of Bridgeton, age 87, died in Clay County Hospital at Brazil, Tuesday night, Nov. 30. She was a member of the Bridgeton Baptist Church. Survivors include six daughters, Mrs. Bertha Siler of Beloit, Wis., Miss Muriel Byers, Mrs. Lena Trees, Mrs. Mabel Allee and Mrs. Doris Hoffman, all of Indianapolis, and Mrs. Margaret Lancaster of Brazil; five sons, Clifford and Harold, both of Brazil, Clarence of Indianapolis, Raymond of Clarinda, IA, and Paul of Rockville, R.R. 1; 25 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren. Funeral arrangements are pending at the Miller & Sons Funeral Home in Brazil. Unknown newspaper. (Submitted by Anita Ellis )