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Elijah Lacey Cahill was born on Carroll County, Ohio, on March 5, 1817; died at his home in Bridgeton, Parke County, Indiana, December  15, 1911, at the ripe old age of 94 years, 9 months and 10 days.  He was a son of Phillip and Ruth West Cahill. On March 28, 1839, he was united in marriage with Miss Mary Kinzer of Highland County, Ohio, and in 1864 they came to Parke County, Indiana, locating in Raccoon Township, on the farm now owned and occupied by Isaac Kalley. Later, they removed to Bridgeton where Mr. Cahill engaged a short while in the grocery business and remained connected with the business interests of Bridgeton until 20 years ago when he retired to private life. No children blessed this union but they opened their home to four orphans of relatives, raising three of them, and sheltering one for several years. Two of the foster children survive him, John Cahill, a nephew of Dayton, Ohio, and Miss Ellen Cahill, one sister, Mrs. Rachel Garrett of Bluffton, Ohio. His wife preceded  him to the Border Land 22 years ago.  Funeral services were held at the Baptist Church Sunday morning at 10:30. The pall bearers were P. B. Crabb, John R. Miller, William and C. B. Rutter, F. M. Miller and George Kerr. The body was laid to rest in the Bridgeton Cemetery by the side of his wife. - Rockville Tribune, December 26, 1911



Caldwell, Melva Jean, 77, of Bainbridge, Ind, formerly of Rockville. Funeral services: 1 p.m. Saturday, April 19 at Gooch Funeral Home in Rockville; Visitation from 10 a.m. to. 1 p.m. EDT Saturday. Danville (Illinois) Commercial News, April 17, 2008, Page  3B   –shared by Jack Roudebush


The body of Fred CALL, 57, was found by a city employee early Tuesday morning on a street near the Wabash River in Clinton. Condition of the body plus the fact that Call's billfold and spectacles were missing led authorities to believe he had been murdered. Officials sought to trace Call's movements during the earlier part of the night. They had determined that he had won a tavern pool early in the evening and was thought to have been carrying only about $55. Clinton officials, Vermillion County officers and State Troopers were working together to piece together the complete picture of the apparent crime. The accompanying photo, supplied for our use through the courtesy of The Daily Clintonian was taken shortly after Call's body was discovered. A former coal miner, Call was a native of Parke County and was born near Mecca. Richard Lee Goodwin, 24, New Goshen and a student at Indiana State Teachers College was reported at noon Wednesday to be held in jail at Newport in connection with the beating of Call. – Tri-County News, 07 November 1957 – shared by Karen Zach

Mrs. Jane Elizabeth (Calloway) CALL was born May 29, 1830, and died at the home of her son-in-law, Edgar Jerome in Rockville January 27, 1914, being 83 years, 7 months and 28 days old at time of death.   She was the daughter of James and Elizabeth Calloway and was married to Gravener M. Call on June 5, 1853, to whom 8 children were born, six of whom were boys and two girls.  Two girls and two boys are yet living---Sam Call, the oldest son, lived on a farm about 12 miles east of Rockville, Sherman, the youngest child, living in Rockville, Mrs. Mary Richardson residing near the old center school house in Union township, and Sarah, wife of Edgar Jerome living in Rockville, with whom she has made her home for 20 years or more. Two of the children died in infancy. John lived to maturity but was not married. James, who lived at Clinton, Indiana, died about two years ago, leaving a large family.   Gravener M. Call, husband of the deceased, was a soldier of the rebellion, enlisting as a private in Co. C. 6th Reg., Ind. Volunteers cavalry.   Grandma, as she was called by her friends, of whom she had many remained a widow to her death. She was a loving mother, a kind neighbor, a patient sufferer and will be sadly missed by the dear children and friends.  - Rockville Republican February 14, 1914 -Submitted by Anita Ellis

Roscoe Maurice was born to Roscoe and Mary Call on December 1, 1919 and was called home October 23, 1923 at the age of 3 years, 10 months and 23 days.  Maurice was a good and loving child, and was well beloved by his parents and all who knew him.  He and all the family were taken sick several weeks ago with scarlet fever, from which all recovered but little Maurice.  His little body was not strong enough to throw off the poison of the dread disease, so God took him away from his suffering.  He leaves to mourn their loss, father, mother, two sisters, Doris and Edna and one brother, Clyde, besides many other relatives and friends. - Rockville Tribune, November 14, 1923


Charles Calvert, aged 42, who lived with his father-in-law, Isaac Miller, two miles west of Carbon, died Thursday, April 18, after a long illness, of consumption. He was a half brother of Fred and Lee Calvert of Rockville. He was married but his wife died several years ago. He leaves one son aged about 12 years. The burial took place Friday at the Miller grave yard, north of Carbon. Both Fred and Lee Calvert were present. - Rockville Republican, 24 April 1901, Page 005


Funeral Card --  "In loving memory of Roy Campbell.  Born: February 20, 1899. Date of Death: April 4, 1969.  Services from Tudor Funeral Home, Tuesday, April 8, 1969 10;30 a.m.  Officiating minister: Rev. Phillip Frew; Organist: Mrs. Marie Wimmer. Final Resting Place: Memory Garden.  Pallbearers: Lawrence I. Bradburn; Bernard Lee; Richard Smith; Scott Vandivier; Max Webb; Jack Wilson.  Masonic Memorial Services Conducted by: Parke No. 8 Masonic Lodge Monday, April 7, 1969.

Funeral services for Roy Campbell of Rockville, age 60, who died at 11:20 last Friday morning at Union Hospital Terre Haute were held Tues. morning at the Tudor Funeral Home.  Mr. Campbell, a native of Hope, was a retired automobile mechanic and a former member of the Rockville Fire Department.  He resided at 414 Lincoln Rd, where he owned & operated the Campbell Trailer Court. He was a member of Parke Lodge No. 8 F& AM and Low 12 Club.  He is survived by the widow, Sylvia Myers Campbell, whom he married September 27, 1941.  Other survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Kenneth (Marguerite) Martin of Rockville, 5 grandchildren and a great grandchild.  The Rev. Philip Frew officiated at the services & interment was in Memory Garden.   - April 10, 1969 Rockville paper


Died – On the 10th inst., near Armiesburg, Nellie CAMPER, aged seventy-nine years.   Nellie CAMPER was born in Ohio, in 1806. While in Ohio she became a member of the Friends Church. In 1831 she came to Parke County, after which she joined the Methodist Church and has since lived a devoted Christian life.  She is the last old settler of the Wabash Valley, that we know of. The funeral services were conducted by Revs. Cummings and Maris.” - Rockville Republican, March 18, 1885


Mrs. Elizabeth Stith Canada died at the home of her son, L. W.  Canada on the S. J.  Milligan place on Monday Afternoon.  She was born near Dayton, Ohio over 86 years ago.   She came to Parke Co with her parents in infancy and grew up near Rockville.   She has been a member of the Methodist Church since girlhood.  One son is living and two dead.  Funeral services were held on Wed. afternoon at the Mt. Zion Church near New Ross, in charge of Rev. Ora McDaniel of Advance.  Burial at Mt. Zion cemetery. - Waveland Independent, May 16, 1924


Mrs. Janie Canine, the widow of John C. Canine, died at the home of her brother, Ras Clore, near Byron, Wed. evening.  She suffered an apoplectic stroke two weeks ago, and one the day before her death.  Funeral services will be held at the Byron Christian Church at 11 this morning.  Interment in Maple Ridge Cemetery. - Waveland Independent, November 12, 1926

Mr. and Mrs. John L. Oldshue and Miss Clara Mae, Mr. and Mrs. Robert L. Canine, Mr. and Mrs. Allen Spencer, Mr. and Mrs. M. O. . Sullivan, Mrs. Lonnie Golden, Charles A. Canine, Irvine Deere, Ray Deere, Mr. and Mrs. W. Y. . Durham and George Canine attended the funeral of Mrs. Montgomery M. Canine at the Presbyterian Church in Marshall on Monday afternoon.  Mrs. Canine died at the home of her brother, James A. Russell in Marshall on Friday evening. Mr. and Mrs. Canine lived for many years on the farm now owned by George Loman.  They built the house on that farm.  Later they moved to Crawfordsville where they lived until three months ago.  Mrs. Canine has been an invalid for some time. She is survived by the husband and three sons: William Canine of Cedardale, Kansas; Charles R. Canine and Cecil C. Canine of Marshall and four grandchildren. - Waveland Independent, September  17, 1925


Rockville – George W. Cannon, 69, of Rt. 2, Rosedale, died Tuesday afternoon at his home. Mr. Cannon was a retired kennel operator. He was born March 23, 1911, at Holdredge, Neb., a son of Charles and Sarah Pierce Cannon. He is survived by his wife, Fern; two daughters, Mrs. Charlotte Romanic of Greencastle and Mrs. Shirley Fisher of Rosedale; two brothers, Lloyd and Edward; three sisters, Mrs. Mildred Dunsmoor, Miss Irene Cannon and Mrs. Elizabeth Dunbar; and three grandchildren.Graveside services will be conducted at a later date at the Mount Olivet Cemetery near Catlin. Barnes Mortuary at Rockville has charge of the arrangements. smc - Source: Crawfordsville Journal Review 25 February 1981, Page 002


Billy Joe Capps, 73, of Mecca, died at 12:20 a.m. Sunday, March 13, 2005, in his residence. He retired from the Parke County Highway Department and worked as a farmer, mechanic, welder and repaired small engines. He was born March 17, 1931, in Clinton to Joe Capps and Mary Murphy Capps. Survivors include his wife, Virginia Priest Capps, whom he married Sept. 23, 1950, in Mecca; three daughters and sons-in-law, Betty and Phil Hutson of St. Bernice, Judy and Bob Fellows of Mecca, and Rose and Duane Watson of Montezuma; two sons, Billy Capps Jr. of Blanford, and Larry Capps and his wife Donna of Mecca; his mother of Clinton; 19 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; four sisters, Peggy Fisher of Mecca, Helena "Bea" Shoemaker of Clinton, Sharon James and "Puzzy" Curry, both of Anderson; and three brothers, David Capps and John Earl Capps, both of Mecca, and Pat Capps of Anderson. He was preceded in death by his father and one great-grandchild. He was a member of Montezuma Fish and Game Club and the Nazarene Church. Services are 1 p.m. Wednesday in Barnes Mortuary in Rockville, with the Rev. Gordon Guoli officiating. Burial is in Hixon Cemetery. Visitation is 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday. Memorial contributions may be made to Hope Center, 3702 S. Fourth St., Hospital Lane, Terre Haute, IN 47802. - Terre Haute Tribune


Fay Carlin of Rockville Route 2, died at 2:05 a.m. Friday (Oct. 15, 1971) at the Vermillion County Hospital in Clinton.  A native of Parke County, he was born Nov. 3, 1894. He married Ellen Earl on April 16, 1917.  A retired coal miner and carpenter, he was a member of the Sand Creek United Methodist Church.  Survivors include his wife; three daughters, Mrs. Carl (Rose Lee) Smiley of Bloomingdale, Mrs. Daniel (Naomi) Waymire of Woodridge, Ill. and Mrs. David (Phyllis) Rodgers of Rockville; four half-brothers, alter Brown and Levi Brown, both of Bridgeton, Arthur Brown of Waynetown and Everet Brown of Roachdale; and three grandchildren.  Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at the Butler Funeral Home, with the Rev. Albert Williams officiating. Burial will be in Rowe Cemetery near Nyesville. Friends will be received at the funeral home after 2 p.m. Sunday.—Crawfordsville Journal Review, 16 Oct 1971, Page 007

Henry Carlin, an inmate of the poor asylum, dropped dead at 8 o'clock Monday morning.  He was 40 years old and had been ailing for some time.  Friends will bury him at the asylum cemetery at 1 o'clock this afternoon. – Rockville Tribune, 01 January 1908, Page 008

James Carlin died Friday evening after a long illness at his home here, age 66 years.  He leaves wife, one son and three daughters.  The funeral was held at the Christian Church, Sunday afternoon, burial at Hixon Cemetery. – Rockville, Republican, 05 July 1916

John Lamar Carlin, son of Mr. and Mrs. Fay Carlin, died at the home of Adam Earl Friday afternoon.  The child was 10 months and 2 days old, but never had been in very good health. It had pneumonia only a few days.  Their friends here extend much sympathy.  Burial at Rowe Cemetery Saturday afternoon. – Rockville Republican, 09 April 1919, Page 003


Mrs. Catherine (Martin) Carmichael of Bellmore, died suddenly, Sunday at one o'clock, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Louis Harney, in Mansfield, with whom she was visiting.  Paralysis is presumed to be the cause, and she was unconscious from the time she was taken ill until her death. The funeral took place yesterday afternoon, at Farmers' Chapel, Rev. Smith, of Otterbein church, officiating. - Rockville Tribune - November 8, 1905, Page 1


Jane E. Carmichael, 78, died Sunday morning at 10:30 o'clock at the home of her son, Walter Carmichael in Rockville. She had been ill for about 10 days.  Mrs. Carmichael was b. June 15, 1863 in Putnam County, the daughter of Israel & Elizabeth Knauer.  Her husband, William Carmichael, preceded her in death. Surviving are 3 daughters, Mrs. Lenora Thompson of Waveland; Mrs. Sarah Wiley of Greencastle and Mrs. Pearl Kerr of Rockville; four sons, Walter of Rockville; Charlie of Bainbridge; Fred of Greencastle and Raymond of Indianapolis; 3 sisters, Mrs. Tom Brothers, Mrs. Allie Perkins and Mrs. Grace Hasty all of Greencastle; 3 brothers, Israel Knauer of Greencastle; Jess Knauer of Indianapolis and Noah Knauer of Clinton. Funeral services will be held Tues. afternoon at one o'clock at the Beech Grove church with the Rev. M. Singhurst in charge. Bur. will be in Little Walnut Cemetery  - Crawfordsville Journal Review, November  3, 1941

Mary Jane Carmichael, daughter of Robert and Nancy Martin, was born October 11, 1842, and reared at the old Robert Martin homestead in Union Township.  She departed this life June 6, 1919, age 70 years, 7 months, and 26 days. Mary Jane was the oldest child of twelve children.  She was one of eight sisters, of whom five survive.  They are: Lucy Ann, wife of William Harvey Pruett; Sarah L., wife of James Hood, deceased; Belle, who has resided with and cared for her during the past several years; Delila F., wife of James Crooks, deceased; and Nancy Miriam, wife of Sidney A. Noble.  Catherine and Martha being the deceased sisters.   She had four brothers, three of whom survive.  They are George W., Robert S., and John P., James S. being the deceased.  In 1865, she was united in marriage to Thomas Carmichael.  They first made their home in Putnam County, but in a short time moved on the farm in Parke County, where they lived until her husband's death, March 12, 1914, and where she spent the remainder of her days.  She united with the United Brethren Church forty years ago.  Since that time she has been a devout believer and her life has been a shining example of true Christian faith.  She was a kind hearted, sympathetic and obliging neighbor, who was always to be found within the walls of her own home.  Although the spirit has departed upon that journey from which no traveler returns, we shall long cherish a memory of Aunt Mary.  Funeral services were conducted Sunday morning by Rev. O. P. Cooper at Beech Grove, with interment in the Beech Grove Cemetery. - Rockville Tribune - June 6, 1919


Perry Carmichael, 74, of Carbon, died at 10:40 p.m. Tuesday at the Clay County Hospital in Brazil.  Mr. Carmichael was a retired truck driver. He was a member of the Poplar Ridge EUB Church.  A Parke County native, he was born June 14, 1893, to John and Alice (Grubb) Carmichael.  Surviving are the widow, Madonna; a daughter, Mrs. Hazel Williams of Hollandsburg; a son, Thomas of Woodland Hills, Calif.; a grandson and three step-granddaughters.  Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday at Butler Funeral Home in Rockville with Rev. Melvin Hobert officiating. Interment will be in Calcutta Cemetery near Carbon. Friends may pay respects at the funeral home. – Crawfordsville, Journal Review, 07 Sep 1967, Page 004

Wm. Carmichael - The death of Wm. Carmichael, who lived just west of Bellmore, occurred last Friday. The body was brought to his home Saturday and Sunday forenoon funeral services were held there by Elder S. K.. Fuson, assisted by Elder A. H. Dooley. A large number of people were present. The burial took place at Rockville about 1 o’clock. The following obituary was read at the funeral: William Carmichael, eldest son of Jonathan and Elizabeth Carmichael, was born March 15, 1833, within a mile of the home in which he spent a greater part of his life. May 6, 1860, he was married to Margaret Thomas. To them was born one child, Carrie, who with her mother long ago preceded him to the great beyond. March 2, 1874, he experienced a change of heart and united with the Hollandsburg Baptist church, being baptized March 29, remaining a consistent member till his death. During his long illness not a murmur or complaint escaped his lips, but all his suffering was borne with a fortitude that testified to his connection with the Savior. October 17 1883, he was married to Mrs. Sarah E. Paxton and to this devoted wife, during his last illness, he often expressed the desire to depart and be with the Lord saying, “It is better to die than to live.” He died peacefully at Indianapolis where he had gone in search of health, September  13, 1901, being 68 years and 6 months old. In conclusion, as our hearts seem to linger, we unite in saying in memory of our deceased companion, brother, and friend, goodbye for a little while, and by the grace of God we will meet thee in thy home in Heaven. Mr. Carmichael was widely known in Parke county and was a man of unusually fine qualities. In 1876 he was elected county commissioner and served faithfully as a public official. He will be greatly missed in his community. - Rockville Republican, September 18, 1901 (Submitted by Anita Ellis )



Mrs. Grace M. CARRINGTON, wife of Wint Carrington died at her home west of Waveland at 1:30 o'clock Friday afternoon.  Mrs. Carrington was the daughter of William and Cerena Riddle and was born September 10, 1876 in Parke County.  She held membership in the Guion Presbyterian Church at the time of her death.  Besides the husband, there remains 3 sisters and one brother, all of whom live in Indianapolis and two great grandchildren.  Funeral services were conducted Monday morning in Rockville and burial was in Floral Park Cemetery in Indianapolis. - Waveland Independent, January 23, 1947

Ivan Carrington, of Clermont, son of Mr. and Mrs. Wint Carrington was killed by an interurban car near his home in Clermont, Sunday morning.  he and his wife and daughter had started to Indianapolis in their machine to spend the day with Mrs. Carrington's parents. They were caught by a limited car.   Mrs. Carrington and little daughter jumped from the car and were not injured.   The funeral and burial will be in Indianapolis on Wednesday. Mr. Carrington was working at the Indiana Girls School and they lived in a house on the grounds. (under Greene Township news) - Waveland Independent, May 15, 1925

Front page -- Ivan Carrington, the only son of Mr. and Mrs. Wint Carrington of Guion, was killed at Clermont by a Ben Hur car on Sunday morning.  Mr. Carrington was employed at the Girls' School.  He and Mrs. Carrington were going to her mother's home for dinner. The car stalled on the track just as a car was approaching.  Mrs. Carrington and the child got out and escaped injury.  Mr. Carrington tried to get the car off the track and was near the front fender when struck.  His neck was broken and one leg cut off.  Mr. Wint Carrington was at Dana, at the bedside of his father who is seriously ill, when the news came.  Ivan attended the Waveland schools graduating with the class of 1914. - Waveland Independent, May 15, 1925


Indianapolis, May 30 - Dr. Amos Carter, 85 for 11 years superintendent of the Rockville State Tuberculosis sanatorium died today at the home here of his daughter, Mrs. Birney D. Spradling. Dr. Carter had practiced medicine nearly 50 years. He was the oldest state institution head when he retired from the Rockville position in 1930. He and Mrs. Carter celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary a few months ago. He was born at Plainfield of pioneer Quaker parents, educated at Earlham College at Richmond and the old Medical College here and began his practice in his hometown. He was into Republican politics and was state boys school physician several years. Governor James P. Goodrich named him to the sanatorium post in 1919.  He belonged to the Friends Church, Odd Fellows and Masons. - Crawfordsville Journal & Review, 31 May 1938, Page 006


Mrs. Lorena Barnes Case of Poland, age 87, died Wednesday morning, December 24, in the Clay County Hospital in Brazil, having been a patient since December 9.  Mrs. Case had lived in Poland since 1962.  She was born in Jessup, December 8, 1893, the daughter of Wayne and Eva Case Barnes and lived most of her early life in the Jessup area.  She was the first woman in Indiana to have a chauffeur's license.  She was employed by the operators of Turkey Run Inn and at Clifty Falls as a pianist and chauffeured the managers and guests around the parks.  She had been housekeepr for her husband-to-be and his father for 32 years before marrying Arnold Marvin Case, December 17, 1956, at Franklin.  They lived in Clayton before moving to Poland.  Mr. Case died January 29, 1972.  She attended Zion United Church of Christ at Poland.  She is survived by nieces and nephews and a close friend, Mrs. Mary Louden of Indianapolis.  She was preceded in death by a sister and three brothers.  Services will be held at the Rentschler-Slack Funeral Home in Center Point at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday with Rev. John Hancock officiating.  Burial will be in Clear Run Cemetery in Bridgeton.  Friends may call from 10 a.m. Tuesday until time for the services. - The Parke County Sentinel, Monday, December 29, 1980 – shared by Jimmy Gillis

 Marvin H. Case -- "Marve" Case, as he was usually called, died at his home in Florida township early yesterday morning of heart failure, due to an attack of pneumonia. he was just past 82 years of age and is survived by two sons -- Seba Case living near Bridgeton and Bert at home - and one daughter, Mrs. Fred W. Beal, Terre Haute. All his life he lived on the same farm.  Mr. Case was VP of the Rockville National bank. He was the wealthiest man in Parke Co, his property aggregating in the neighborhood of $600,000.  The funeral will be held at the residence Thurs. afternoon at 2 o'clock.  - Rockville Republican, Wednesday, August 1, 1917


Margaret E. Cates, relict of Prior Cates, Sr, who served several years as trustee of Funton township, died in the home of her son Trueman Orahood, in Liberty township, Feb 11, (1900) aged 72. Interment at Miller's cemetery Tuesday Feb. 13. – unknown source – shared by Beth Rasmussen


Tom Catlin Jr. who will be remembered as a boy here when his parents lived in the house now occupied by Harry Machledt died very unexpectedly at their home in Indianapolis on Sunday. He was in his usual health and had just eaten dinner.  On leaving the house he collapsed on the sidewalk.  Burial was at Bruin Cemetery near Guion on Wednesday.  - Waveland Independent, May 10, 1935

Mrs. Gusta Pearl CATLIN, Guion, 78 died at St. Vincent's Hospital, Indianapolis early February 6, 1964.  She had been in failing health several weeks.  A native of Parke County, she was born March 1, 1885, the daughter of William and Lina BRUIN BANISTER.  She was married in Parke County to Thomas S. Catlin.  Mrs. Catlin lived in and around Waveland most of her life. She was a member of the Presbyterian Church. Survivors include a son, Herschel a daughter, Louise and two grandchildren. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Machledt & Servies Funeral Home in Waveland.  Rev. Paul Bingham officiated. Burial in Bruin Cemetery. - Tri-County News, February 13, 1964

Mr. Catlin, whose permanent residence was at Rockville, died of consumption at the Central House on Sunday morning.  He came here several months ago as a painter, at which trade he worked until compelled on account of his sufferings to abandon it. The remains were taken to Rockville for burial - typed by kbz - Source: Crawfordsville Weekly Star newspaper, Dec 22, 1887, Page 05

Robert H. Catlin, age 75, prominent Terre Haute attorney died at 8:30 o'clock Tuesday morning, March 15 following an illness of five weeks. Born near Bridgeton where he spent his boyhood on his father's farm, Mr. Catlin received higher education at Bloomingdale academy and DePauw University. He first studied law under the late Judge Ared F. White of Rockville. In 1880 he located in Terre Haute and opened a law office at 503 ? Wabash Avenue. During his 52 years of residence there he occupied the same office and for the past several years was engaged in the general practice of law with his brother, Albert Catlin, under the firm name of Catlin & Catlin.  Mr. Catlin always took an active leadership in the Republican party .  However, he never cared to file for any candidacy but did serve several terms as county attorney an appointive position.  He was a member of the Vigo County Bar Association and State Bar association and had been admitted! to practice in the federal and Supreme courts.  He was also a member of a number of organizations including the Masonic Fraternity and the Half Century Club.  Mr. Catlin is survived by the widow, Rachel L, one daughter, Mrs. Ione Gilbert and two brothers, Albert and Alvah.  Funeral services were held at the residence at 2 o'clock Thursday afternoon.  Burial in Highland Lawn cemetery. - Rockville Republican March 24, 1932


A man by the name of William Catt, as papers found on his person give it, was found dead under the Clinton Railroad bridge in Parke County last week.  From the examination it is supposed that the fellow jumped off the bridge to avoid a coming train.  - Crawfordsville Weekly Review, September 3, 1881


Mrs. Mary E CAULDWELL, age 70, postmaster 5 years at Bellmore, East of Rockville and a teacher in Parke County schools 25 years, died of heart disease on Saturday in the Vermillion County Hospital, Clinton. She suffered a heart attack on Tuesday. Mrs. Cauldwell was a graduate of Indiana State Teachers college and member of the Methodist Church. She is survived by a son, Paul Caulwell (sic)  of Elwood; a brother, Ed Wilkinson, Judson and two grandchildren - Waveland Independent, Thursday, March 5, 1942


“Mrs. Ida B. CAUSEY, age 78, well know widow living near West Union, died at her home at 9:30 am, Thursday, March 27, following a stroke of apoplexy. She had lived in that vicinity practically all of her life. Mrs. Causey was born March 30, 1862, at West Union, a daughter of Andrew and Polly Warner Linebarger. She was united in marriage to Charles H. Causey, who preceded her in death a number of years ago. She was a member of Linebarger Chapel. Surviving besides a son, Ernest Causey of Terre Haute, are six grandchildren, Max, Lee, and William Causey, Miss Jane Causey and Mrs. Wayne Morgan of West Union and Warren Causey of Terre Haute; one brother, Jacob Linebarger of Crowley, La.  Funeral services were conducted at 2 pm. Sunday, from the Linebarger Chapel, with Rev. A. L Vermillion officiating. Internment was in the West Union Cemetery.”  - Rockville Republican, April 3, 1941

“… On August 2, 1920, just as the sun was going down on the western slope, our friend and brother, Thomas CAUSEY, answered the all of the Master, and entered the valley of the shadow. … (He) was a native son of Reserve Township, Parke County, Indiana; was born April 18, 1832. Departed this life August 2, 1920; aged 88 years, 3 months, 15 days. March 17, 1859 he was married to Polly Huxford, daughter of Charles W. and Margaret (Reddin) Huxford. To this union six children were born, three being deceased. The living are Charles Causey, Mrs. Hannah Garrard and Mrs. Kate Manwaring. The wife and mother died November 20, 1879. In the year 1884, he was married to Melinda (Millikan) Hess, widow of Michael Hess. To this union four children were born, the son Thomas being the only one now living.   The parents of Thomas Causey were Thomas and Hannah (Loacy) Causey, who were both of English origin. The family came to Parke County from Ohio in the year 1830. The father died five years later. After his death, the mother married Joseph Coonce. To this union fourteen children were born, half-bothers and half-sisters of Thomas Causey. Of this large family only one now remains, Mrs. Emily Pickard of Danville, Illinois, who was permitted to be with her brother when the summons came. …” - Rockville Tribune, August 10, 1920


Mrs. Martha Chambers, widow of the late Jesse Chambers, died today at the home of her daughter Mrs. Lucinda Williams, at Carbon after an illness of six months of paralysis, aged 76 years.  The deceased is survived by two daughters and a son, Mrs. Lucinda Williams, Carbon, Mrs. Jessie Crowder of Covington and Preston Chambers of Terre Haute, also seven grandchildren.  Funeral services will be held at the North Union church at 11 o’clock Sunday morning. Rev. McHargue officiating. Interment North Union cemetery. – Brazil Daily Times, 14 October 1927

Funeral Services will be held at 1 o’clock Friday afternoon from the Gillis Memory Chapel for 75-year-old Preston Chambers who died Wednesday at his home 2218 N 23rd St., in Terre Haute. Surviving are the widow, Mrs. Della Chambers and two sisters, Mrs. Lucinda Williams of Brazil, and Mrs. Jessie Crowder of Springtown. The Rev. James Kelly will officiate, and burial will be in the North Union Cemetery in Carbon. – Brazil Daily Times, 19 March 1953


Many friends and relatives from Marshall Monday afternoon attended the funeral of Mrs. Lizzie Chamness which was held at Bloomingdale Friends Church.  Deceased lived many years near Marshall but a few months ago sold her farm near here and moved to one near Rockville.  She had many friends in our locality (Marshall) who deeply sympathize with the bereaved children. – Rockville Republican, 19 May 1920, Page 003

Our community was saddened last Thursday when word came of the death the night before of Walter CHAMNESS.  Mr. C. was getting along as well as could be expected but took suddenly worse and was seriously ill all last week till death came Wed. night.  He leaves his wife, Clara Wood Chamness and one son, Robert.  His father, George Chamness, a stepmother, one sister, Mrs. Roy Bradley; one brother, Ernest Chamness, both of Marshall; other near relatives and a host of friends.  Funeral services were held at the home Sat. at 4 o'clock with bur. in the Bloomingdale Cemetery  It was his request to be buried at sunset and that was the reason of the late hour.  The services were attended by one of if not the largest crowd that was ever in our little village as he was so well known as a truck driver so long and also served as trustee.  He was b. and reared in Penn Township and spent most of his life here and at Bloomingdale.  Rev. Griggs  conducted the services and also sang the "Last Mile of the way," and "Sunrise."  The obit. was prepared and read by Paul Myers.  Pall bearers were near friends.  There were 18 flower bearers, each carrying two or more sprays with one large one on the casket.  His wife and son and other relatives have the deepest sympathy of all in their sad bereavement. - Rockville Tribune, August 30, 1939


Maude Louise Chaplain, 97, of Rockville, died at 10:19 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 3, 2009, at Vermillion Convalescent Center in Clinton. She was a homemaker. She was born on Feb. 4, 1911, in Rockville, to the late Clarence Owen and Biddy Parvis Owen. Her husband of 60 years, Leo Chaplain, whom she married on Oct. 9, 1929, in South Bend, preceded her in death, in February of 1990.  Survivors include two sons, Ronald C. (Norma) Chaplain of Russellville and Jerry R. Chaplain of Sarasota, Fla.; one daughter, Mary L. (Earl) Deplanty of Rockville; seven grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by a son, Robert G. Chaplain; a sister, Lena Haughee Schwin; and a brother, Harold Owen.   She was a graduate of Rockville High School. She was an active member of the Penn Township Homemakers Club and served on the Parke County Fair Board.  Graveside services are 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2009, in Memory Garden Cemetery in Rockville, with the Rev. Mark Houvenagle officiating. Burial will follow. Visitation is from 9:30 until 10 a.m. Wednesday in Gooch Funeral Home, 112 W. Howard St., in Rockville


Unknown  newspaper -- Mrs. Mellie Chapman of Rockville, age 84, passed away at the Clinton hospital at 2:45 Tuesday morning, May 27, following a stroke in her home, Friday. She was b. in Hamilton co, September 26, 1873 the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Stephen K. Beeson. Her husband, Ewing Chapman preceded her in death in 1942. She was a member of the Rockville Methodist church and Current Literature club.   Surviving are a son, Max, a prominent Rockville businessman; a brother, Dr. John Beeson of Crawfordsville; a sister, Mrs. Jesse McCune of Terre Haute. The body was taken to the Barnes mortuary where funeral services are to be held today (Thursday) at 10:00 o'clock. Rev. William Blessing will officiate and burial will be in the Rockville Cemetery   Pall bearers are: Hubert, Cyril, Theron, Carrol Beeson, Allen Hadley and James McCune. 

Unknown  newspaper -- probably 1942 -- Ewing Chapman, age 68, a well known Rockville citizen and a former County and town official  died at the Union Hospital, Terre Haute, about 10:30 o'clock Saturday night following a long illness due to heart disease.  He was long active in Republic politics in Parke County  Mr. Chapman was the son of Nathan & Minerva Miller Chapman and was born near Mansfield September 1, 1874.  He attended Indiana State Normal school, Terre Haute and taught in the Parke County schools.  During his entire life, Mr. Chapman resided in Parke County  He owned and farmed a portion of the land upon which he spent his early childhood.  He was married to Melvina Beeson of Marshall November 28, 1900.  From 1900 until 1904 Mr. Chapman served as deputy clerk and from 1904-08 as clerk of the Parke Circuit court. He had lived in Rockville since that time. He served as Parke County Republic chairman for a # of years. For several years, Mr. Chapman was engaged in the furniture and undertaking business in partnership with Ora Teague on the No. side of the square. he was a member of the Rockville town board from 1934-1940.  Mr. Chapman was a member of the First Methodist church of Rockville.  He was a member of the Men's Bible class of the Sun. school and took a deep interest in its organization - he was also affiliated with the Masonic Lodge. Besides the widow, Mr. C. is survived by one son, Maxwell Miller Chapman of Rockville; two nephews, Omer Chapman of San Diego, California; and Glenn Chapman of Bridgeton and one niece, Ione Chapman of Adrian, Michigan.  Funeral services were held at 10 o'clock Mon morning at the home on Howard Ave, Rev. R Richmond Blake officiating.  Burial was made in the Rockville Cemetery  Pall bearers were C. C. Coleman; Howard C. McFaddin, E. P. Millikin; Frank Haworth; Elmer Rightsell and Charles J. Brown

Mrs. Jessie Cornelia CHAPMAN 90, Rt. 4 Rockville died Monday in Vermillion County Hospital at Clinton.  Born in Edgar County, Illinois, Mrs. Chapman resided in Parke County for the last 10 years.  She was a member of the Paris, Illinois Baptist Church.  Her husband, Nathan died 30 years ago.  Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Bertha Moore; Mrs. Edith Porter; 11 grandchildren; 38 greats.  She was buried Vermilion Cemetery, Vermilion, Illinois. - Crawfordsville Journal Review 7 October 1975

Maxwell Miller CHAPMAN, 55, owner and operator of the Parke Hotel in Rockville died in Robert Long Hospital Sat Feb 6, 1960 after 3-month illness. Survived  by wife, Louisa. Mr. Chapman's mother was Mollie Beeson Chapman, who grew up in the Marshall community; Ruth Hall; Leo Hadley & Hubert Beeson are cousins. Member of Rockville Presbyterian Church; Rockville Masonic Lodge; owned 400-acre livestock and grain farm in Jackson Twp; funeral services held Monday afternoon at Barnes burial in Rockville Cemetery – Tri-County News, 11 February 1960 – shared by Karen Zach


 The funeral of John W. CHESSER was held at the M. E. Church, Tuesday afternoon. Mr. Chesser died, Sunday, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. J. W. Dyson, in Terre Haute, in his 85th year. For many years he was one of the best known men in Parke County, a justice of the peace in this township, and actively identified with public affairs.” - Rockville Tribune, June 12, 1907


William R. Choat and his son, Byron aged 12 burned to death in their home near Hollandsburg on Monday night.  Mr. Choat spent the day in Rockville, getting home after his son and John Mershon who lived with them, had gone to bed. After getting his supper, he went to bed, leaving a coal oil stove which he had bought a day or so before burning.  It is supposed the fire caught from this. Mershon was awakened by the flames and escaped by the window. The last he saw of Choat he was trying to get the boy out. Choat was a widower, his wife having been killed several years ago in a runaway.   He was a candidate for the Democratic nomination for sheriff in the spring. He formerly kept a store at Judson.    - Waveland Independent, November 10, 1916


Ernest Leslie Clanton, 73, father of Mrs. Robert (Zee) Swaim of Rt. 1, Marshall, died Sunday morning at Doctors Hospital in Kansas City, Mo. He lived in Independence, Mo. Born March 15, 1894 in Clantonville, Ark., he was a son of Marion and Delilah Clanton. He was married to Audrey Whitney on May 27, 1917. She died on May 1, 1950.  Mr. Clanton was married to Frances Thompson, who survives along with another daughter, Penny at home; four sisters; three brothers and four grandsons. A World War I veteran, he was a member of Eagles Lodge and attended the Baptist Church at Independence. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Eastern Standard Time Wednesday at Carson Funeral Home in Independence. Burial will be in Mt. Washington Cemetery in Kansas City. - Crawfordsville Journal Review 14 January 1969, Page 008


Mrs. Amelia O. Clark, of Jessups' Station, Parke County, committed suicide rather than to be sent to the insane asylum. - Source: Crawfordsville Star, July 11, 1878, Page 003

Donald, the 9-month old son of Mr. and Mrs. Will Clark, died at their home near Milligan, Sun eve. of pneumonia.  Funeral services at the home on Tues. afternoon were conducted by the Christian minister from Portland Mills.  Interment at Russellville.  - Waveland Independent, March 26, 1914

The B & O Trestle over the state road at Raccoon was the scene of a fatal accident on Friday night in which Herbert Clark, of Mount Tree, Ark lost his life. With his mother, he was visiting his uncle, Charles Hardy at Sullivan. Hardy was moving to South Bend and Mrs. Clark was riding in the cab while the boy was riding on top of the load. He was crushed against the trestle and suffered a fractured skull.  He died at the Raccoon greenhouse. The crossing is very dangerous, not only because it is low, only 8' but is also very narrow.  - Waveland Independent, May 10, 1929

Funeral services for James Elisha Clark, 77 years old, who died Saturday following an illness of two weeks were held this morning at the North Union church in Jackson township. The service was conducted by the Rev. Abner Mellargus and burial was in North Union cemetery. Mr. Clark served throughout the Civil war in the Thirteenth Kentucky cavalry and was a member of the Grand Army of the Republic. He is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Samuel McIntire of Brazil; two sons, Isaac and Harry of Bridgeton; two brothers, W. R. Clark of Lebanon, Ky., and Henry T. Clark of Lebanon, Ky.;, and Henry T. Clark of Texas and one sister, Mrs. Susan Inman of Greencastle. –Brazil Daily Times, 09 May 1922

Mrs. Myrtle A. Clark of Rockville, age 88, died Friday morning, August 19, at her home.  Mrs. Clark was a native of Parke County, born July 17, 1888, the daughter of William and Matilda Fisher.  She was a member of the Rockville Christian Church and the New Bethel Home Demonstration Club.  Surviving are the husband, Dave F., three daughters, Mrs. Alice Jollief of Attica, Mrs. Violet Booher and Mrs. Frances Swain, both of Rockville, a daughter-in-law, Mrs. Farris Cox of Rockville, a brother, Dr. Earl Fisher of Sullivan; six grandchildren and 18 great -grandchildren.  Funeral services were held, Sunday afternoon, at the Butler Funeral Home with Rev. Roger T. Rankin officiating.  Burial was in Mt. Olivet Cemetery at Catlin.   - Waveland Independent News, August 19, 1976 - submitted by Peggy Robinson

On Wednesday last Gideon CROOKS and William CLARK were drowned near Bridgeton, while attempting to cross Raccoon Creek in a skiff. The bodies of the drowned men have not yet been recovered.  This lamentable accident awakened feelings of deep sorrow and sadness among a large circle of friends and acquaintances.  Mr. Crooks was a man well advanced in years, had long resided in Bridgeton, and was universally beloved and esteemed by all who knew him.  Mr. Clark was held in like esteem by those who knew him best. He was comparatively young in years and to him life was full of hope. He served his country faithfully in the gallant old 14th Indiana, and endured the privations, hardships and dangers of four long years of war, without serious harm, but in an hour when least looked for, death marked him as a victim, and he is taken away. Truly it is said ‘In the midst of life we are in death’. - Parke County Republican, May 13, 1868


Mrs. Thomas CLAY 61 died at the home of a niece, Mrs. R. V. Kendall, near Mecca Wednesday morning shortly after midnight. Death came suddenly and was attributed to heart trouble.  Mrs. Clay had been visiting at the home of her niece for several days. The older woman had not been in the best of health for some time but her condition did not seem any worse when she retired Tuesday evening.  About midnight Mrs. Kendall was awakened by her aunt who said she was choking.  A physician was called but death had come before he arrived.  The survivors are the husband, Thomas Clay; one son, John who lives in Newman Illinois; a brother, Will Alexander, of Marshall; two grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.  Funeral arrangements have not been made. - Crawfordsville Journal 17 December 1930


Lafayette---Zelma M. Clegg, 76, of 812 S. 19th St., died at 9:15 p.m. Tuesday in Americana Health Care Center at Lafayette. She had been ill 2 1/2 years.  A resident of Lafayette since 1929, she was raised in Fountain County and was a graduate of Mecca High School in Parke County. She attended Indiana State University and worked as a dietary cook at Purdue University for 15 years, retiring in 1982. She was a member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church at West Lafayette.  Mrs. Clegg was born October 24, 1908, at Marshall, a daughter of Nathan and Goldie Clore Bryant. She was married to Leo R. Clegg on January 31, 1931, and he preceded her in death on September 24, 1968.  Survivors include a son, Duane Leland of Lafayette; a sister, Mrs. Francis (Lois) Coats of Waynetown; two brothers, Russell Bryant of Newtown and Maurice Bryant of Lafayette.  A brother, Boyd Bryant, preceded her in death.   Services are set for 10 a.m. Friday in Hippensteel Chapel at Lafayette with Pastor Short officiating, Interment will be in Waynetown Masonic Cemetery. Friends may call 5-8 p.m. Thursday at Hippensteel Funeral Home.   Memorials may be made in the form of contributions to the American Cancer Society.  Published in Crawfordsville Journal-Review, 25 September 1985, Page 002 – shared by Cheryl Bearden Fenters


Funeral Card -- "In loving memory of Laura May Clodfelter. Date of birth: April 8, 1889 -- date of death: March 4, 1970.  Services from Tudor Funeral Home Saturday, March 7, 1970 1:00 p.m.  Officiating minister: Rev. William Tucker. Organist: Mr. David Gibbs. Final Resting Place: Hebron Cemetery Russellville, Indiana.  Pallbearers: Grandsons Flower bearers: Granddaughters and grandsons."

Funeral Card -- "Memorial Service for Carl Clodfelter Thursday, 2:00 p.m. May 21, 1964 Hopkins-Walton Chapel.  Officiating: The Reverend Charles Davis; Interment Hebron Cemetery. Arrangements by Hopkins-Walton."


Winfield Scott Clore, who was a well-known figure on our streets, died near Byron on Friday.  He was born in the same neighborhood, December 14, 1847 and was the son of Uriel and Dorothy Clore.  He married Mildred Itskin who survives him with three daughters: Mrs. Lelia Heath and Mrs. Dorothy Catterlin of Crawfordsville, and Pearl Clore of Byron; three step-children, Luanna Pitser of California, Robert Itskin of Indianapolis and Mrs. Winnie Crockett of Crawfordsville.  Funeral services at Union Church on Sunday afternoon were in charge of Rev. Cornelius Airhart.  - Waveland Independent, December 25, 1931

Howard Clore, Sr., died quite suddenly Wed night at his home in Howard township. he was a sufferer of dropsy, but was feeling better than for some time past, and his death was entirely unexpected.  He was 77 years of age. Mr. Clore was b. in Boone Co, Ky.  His father was an outspoken "abolitionist," and becoming disgusted with living in a slave sate, he brought his family to Indiana in the early 30's,settling about five miles northwest of Waveland and his descendants are among the best known and most prosperous people of the neighborhood.   Howard, at the time of his death, owned a rich and well stocked farm of 500 acres, besides a large amount of western land. he had been married 5 times; three of his wives are dead; two were divorced. He was the father of 12 children, five of whom are living - two daughters at home, Henry who lives in Fountain Co and Whitfield and Howard in Iowa.   Funeral services were held at the residence Saturday; interment in the family burying plot.  - Rockville Republic, December 9, 1895 ?

Mrs. Dollie Clore died last Saturday at her home near Byron, aged 78 years.  She was the mother of Johnson and Winfield Clore.   - Waveland Independent, March 31, 1899

Mrs. Winfield Clore died at her home in Crawfordsville on Tuesday morning. She was born in Kentucky October 2, 1860 and was the daughter of Thomas and Maria Cline. She married Winfield Clore who died last year. Rev. Cornelius Airhart had charge of the funeral services at the Byron Christian Church yesterday afternoon. Burial at Union Cemetery.  Waveland Independent, August 12, 1932  - submitted by Karen Zach

Funeral services for Mrs. Ella CLORE who died on Monday were held at the home on Wednesday afternoon in charge of Rev. Cornelius Airhart.  Mrs. Lowell Spencer played piano selections. The casket was carried by Dr Harbeson; AC Deere; Romulus Boyd; Andrew Durham; TN Garland and Claude Smith.  The flowers were carried by Mrs. Harriet Jack Cooper; Betty and Eloise Jack; Margaret Cooper; Salmon Servies; Carol Graham and Hal Clore.  Burial at Maple Ridge.  Mrs. Mary Shirk and Miss Besse McClain and Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Servies and Salmon of Indianapolis and Mr. and Mrs. Withrow Clore of Muscatine, Iowa were here for the funeral of Mrs. Ella Clore.  Mrs. Ella Clore, one of the oldest citizens of Waveland, died at her home Monday morning May 29, at 5:30.  Death followed an extended illness. For a number of years she had been in failing health, making a brave fight to regain it.  All that medical skill and loving hands could do was done unavailingly.  She was born November 19, 1859 at Troy, MO the daughter of Ann Wright and T. W.  WITHROW.  She was married to Marvin Clore, son of Simeon Clore October24, 1880.  To them were born five children: Clarence E; Georgiana; Withrow; Harry S and Emma Gaines.  The husband preceded her in death September 19, 1929.  She was the youngest of 8 brothers and sisters, all of whom preceded her in death; also two sons, Clarence and Harry.  She was held in esteem for her devotion to her friends. No sacrifice too great fro one whom she considered her loyal friend.  Her young life was one of usefulness; had excellent educational advantages; was a student at Wood Lawn College, St. Joseph, Mo; possessed a keen sense of humor; was modest and unassuming. No word of reproach fell from her lips.  Intensive kindness of heart.  In religion she was Calvinistic. Her grandfather was a minister of that denomination. She had the most abiding faith in the goodness of God.  Written by a life-long friend (not named).  - Waveland Independent, June 1, 1939

Mrs. Elvie CLORE, 91, of Waveland died at 7:15 p.m. Sunday at the home of a son, Bernard Clore, northwest of Waveland.  She was born June 24, 1870, in Fountain County, the daughter of Dexter and Mary Lowe Keeling.  She married Erastus Clore November 2, 1892.  Mrs. Clore spent most of her married life in and near Parke County. She was the last living charter member of the Byron Christian Church.  She also was a member of the Ladies Aid.  Other survivors include another son, Vern Clore of Waveland; a daughter, Mrs. Jewel Mitchell; 3 half sisters, Mrs. Alta Fritz; Mrs. Dessa Campbell and Mrs. Gertie Sowers; two half-brothers Ora  and Clifford Keeling; 12 grandchildren and 29 greats. Funeral services were conducted at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Machledt & Servies Funeral Home with Rev. John R. Servies and Rev. Hugh Dooley officiating.  Burial was in Maple Ridge Cemetery, north of Waveland. - Tri-County News, May 3, 1962

Miss Marie CLORE, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Everett Clore of Marshall and Fred Smiley, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Smiley were married at Rockville by Rev. SK Fuson Saturday afternoon. They were accompanied by Miss Mary Smiley and Rudolph Fordice. A supper was given in their honor by Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Smiley that evening. They will go to housekeeping on their farm known as the Aunt Mag Dunn farm. - Waveland Independent July 4, 1924


Waveland Independent, May 18, 1928 --Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Hannah were called to Chicago on Friday by the death of her mother, Mrs. Eliza Clouser.  Mrs. Clouser made her home with her daughters, May, Alva and Maude Clouser,  The funeral was held at the Methodist Church at Mansfield Sunday afternoon.  burial there.  Mrs. Clouser was 89 years and one month.  Mr. Jesse Clouser, the husband preceded her in death almost five years ago.


Mrs. Sarah Cloyd of Atherton, widow of David Cloyd, a well-known farmer of Parke county, died at her home about midnight Friday night. Heart trouble was the cause of her death. Mrs. Cloyd was almost 84 years old and was well known in Parke county and in this city. She is survived by two sons, John and Marshall Cloyd and two daughters, Mrs. Amanda Johnson and Susanna Gregg, all of near Atherton Luther, Roy, Guy and Paul Cloyd are surviving grandsons. – The Clinton Weekly Clintonian, 29 Jun 1916


Crawfordsville Daily Journal, February 2, 1923 -- Miss Mary Coe was called to Christman, Illinois about a week ago by the illness and death of her father, Mr. Coe.  Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock.  Miss Coe has made her home at this place (Marshall) with Mr. and Mrs. John Dinsmore for some time.


John Nelson Cofer, 79 years old, father of Sherman Cofer of near Fillmore, died at his home four miles northeast of Carbon late Sunday. The widow and three other sons and two daughters also survive. Funeral services were held at North union church Tuesday morning at 10 o’clock with interment in the North Union Cemetery. – Greencastle Daily Banner, 17 Apr 1934


Elizabeth Ann Seymour daughter of George and Elizabeth Ann Dunham Seymour was born in Stockbridge, Massachusetts on April 1, 1828.  She was christened by Parson Field, the father of Cyrus W. and Henry M. Field, and was a playmate of their sister Mary Field.  She came to Annapolis with her father and four young brothers in 1849 and has lived here over fifty-nine years. She was the only person who has lived in the town continuously for so great a number of years.  She was married to Wm Wilshire Coffin in 1853.  Five children were born to them, the two oldest daughters died while young, the husband in 1879, leaving the two sons Frank Seymour and John Morton and one daughter Mrs. Emma Martin not mourning but waiting til the shadows are a little longer grown, and five grandchildren who loved their grandma so devotedly and do not yet realize their loss. One brother Sydney A. Seymour lives in San Jose, California.  Mrs. Coffin was especially fond of all the children who loved to bring her flowers and receive in return her kind words.  She will be greatly missed not only by her own family, but by all the community for veritable “She lived in a house by the side of the road and was a friend to man”.  Mrs. Coffin was appointed librarian of the famous McClure Institute at Annapolis in 1857, and held the position for ten years which gave her the opportunity to become familiar with the best authors and until failing eyesight prevented was a great reader.  She enjoyed her favorite pastime painting and sketching and gathering relics of other days and other times of which she leaves a large and interesting collection over which she has spent many happy hours showing them to her friends.  On June 10th at 12:15 she passed from this life to a blessed reunion with loved ones gone before.  – Source – This obituary was transcribed by David E. Coffin (great-grandson) from a tattered and torn draft in pencil on lined notebook paper, faded and browned by time, found in the files of his father Eugene A. Coffin who probably received it from his oldest sister Ruth Elizabeth Anderson. - Shared by Mary Sue Cravens Knoop

Funeral services for Mrs. Ethel COFFIN, a former Montezuma resident were held Friday afternoon at the Brown Funeral Home. Burial was in Oakland Cemetery. The Rev. AL Vermillion was officiating minister. Mrs. Coffin, 65, died in the General Hospital, Indianapolis Wed Sept 25, 1957. She was born Jan 26, 1892, in Ironton, Ohio and was married to Robert Coffin, who survives. Other survivors include two brothers, John Duncan of Indianapolis and James Duncan of Ironton, Ohio. – kbz - Source: Tri-County News, (Waveland - Montezuma, Indiana) 03 Oct 1957


“Joseph Willet Cole was born May 16, 1834, in Ross County, Ohio; died at this home in Bridgeton, at 1 o’clock on the afternoon of March 6, 1916, at the age of 81 years 9 months and 20 days.  He was the son of John and Sarah Willet Cole. His father served as teamster in the War of 1812. When 9 years of age he came with his parents to Parke County where he lived the remainder of his life.  When he reached his majority he began farming for himself and continued in that business until 1862 when he enlisted in Co. G, 71st Indiana Volunteers for three years, He was in the battle of Richmond, Kentucky., was badly wounded and discharged on account of his wound. He was unable to work for two years after he came home from the war.  Mr. Cole was married February14, 1855, to Miss Jurretta Briggs who died January 21, 1913, after walking by his side for 55 years, a true and loving helpmate. The union was blessed by 11 children, seven of who preceded the mother in death. Those left in bereavement are two daughters, Mrs. Bertha Brown of Bridgeton and Mrs. Eva Huxford of Florida Township; two sons, John F. Cole of Terre Haute and Frederic H. of Mt. Vernon, Or.; 11 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren and a brother, Jacob Cole of Jackson Township.  In 1864, the deceased engaged in the milling business and followed that trade for many years in Bridgeton and for three years conducted a mill at Bellmore. At different times, he was engaged in the mercantile business at Bridgeton, disposing of his last stock a few years ago when his health became impaired and retired to private life.  ...all that was mortal of Joseph W. Cole was laid away in Clear Run Cemetery to await the Resurrection Day. The pallbearers were brother Masons, F. W. Day, F. A. Mitchell, George B. Crooks, Claude E. Crooks, Claude Miller and George Brake.”  - Rockville Republican, March 14, 1916


C.C. (Hap) COLEMAN age 67, died at 3:30 o'clock Sunday morning at the Putnam County hospital in Greencastle following an extended illness.  Born in Mansfield, November 13, 1891, he was the son of Steven R. and Laura L. Handcock (sic) Coleman and grew up on the Coleman farm.  On June 8, 1919, he was married to Marie Jeffries.  He was a member of the Greencastle Baptist church and Eagles Lodge of Brazil.  Hap was a farm boy who preferred a merchandising career.   For awhile he worked in Gleeson's Market in Mecca, returned to the farm and in 1923, he and the late Guy Harmless purchased the Peoples Market from Charles J. Brown, who then went into the retail hardware business.  The two young partners divided the work.  Hap being in charge of the meat department.  The partnership continued successfully for 14 years, when Hap sold out to Guy and took the position of superintendent t of the abattoir at the Indiana State Farm at Putnamville, which position he held for the past 20 years.  Few people have been blessed with such a jovial and pleasant personality as was Hap's.  With Hap around, spirits were lifted.  Waiting on a customer was not just a business transaction with Hap -- it was a meeting of friends with an exchange of pleasantries, a smile and most of the time a laugh.  Surviving are the widow, Marie, a daughter, Mrs. John (Carolyn) Searight of Indianapolis; a sister, Mrs. Dick Short of Salt Lake City, Utah; a brother, Cortus Coleman of Phoenix AZ; and a grandson, Michael John.  The body was taken to the Branson & Mau funeral home where funeral services were held at 2:00 o'clock Wednesday afternoon. Rev. Kyle M. Miller of the Greencastle Baptist church officiated and burial was in Mt. Moriah Cemetery.   Honorary and active pall bearers were Sid Jacks; George Broderick; Estel Sutton; John Rock; Grover Gibbens; John Danahaey; Merle Pierce; John Glaze and Art Taylor. - submitted by Alberta Butler - Rockville Tribune, ?  , 1959

On Sunday, August 19, Aunt Dinnah (Cole) Coleman passed away from earth at the residence of her son John, near Rosedale.  I visited her two days preceding and found her suffering intensely and saw that her end was near.  When we entered the room with up lifted hand she said, “it is all right”.  In the few words spoken not her and in the short prayer offered she responded and said, “The Lord sustains me and I am just waiting to go home”.  She was born in Monroe county, Ohio, May 12, 1815 and came in 1830 to Parke county, where she resided until her death.  Her first husband’s name was Anson? Coleman who died in 1856; he was a member of the Dunkard church at the time of his death.  In 1860 she married Abner Landes, who died in 1874.  Although her legal name was Landes, she was generally known by the name of “Aunt Dianna Coleman”.  She united with the M.E. church in her native county in 1830 and at the time of her death held a letter from the Otterben U.B. church near Bellmore.  She was a witness of strong faith and had a firm trust in God.  She was entered into that rest prepared for the people of God. – Rockville Tribune – from Pamela Herndon - no date provided – appears to be buried in Pleasant Valley Cemetery

Funeral Card -- "In Memory of William Cortis COLEMAN, born February 3, 1887 date of death: January 31, 1964.  Services from Mau Funeral Chapel, Monday February 3, 1964 1:00 p.m. Clergyman Officiating: Rev. Dale Hamilton. Final Resting Place, Mt. Moriah Cemetery.  Funeral conducted by Duane Briggeman."

Funeral Card --" In Memory of: Kenneth P. COLEMAN (husband of Mildred (Powell) Coleman.  Born November 26, 1917 Parke County, Indiana Passed away: June 19, 1971 Clay County, Indiana.  Services at Miller & sons Funeral Home, 421 E. National Ave, Brazil, Indiana 1:00 p.m. Tuesday, June 22, 1971 officiating; GC Strege, interment: Calcutta Cemetery."

Funeral Card -- "In loving memory of Marie COLEMAN Date of Birth: July 21, 1893; date of death: July 1, 1971.  Services from: Tudor Funeral Home Tuesday, July 6, 1971, 10:30 a.m.  Officiating Minister: Rev. Albert Williams; Organist: Miss Mary Brown; Final Resting Place, Mt. Moriah Cemetery: Pallbearers Norval Dixon; Tom Jones; Ora Jeffries; John Swaim; Bert Wimmer; Max Welch.

Died, August 27, 1897, at his old home, after an illness of two weeks, Zopher COLEMAN in his 72nd year.  A pioneer of early days; his father came to this country when it was a wilderness and entered land along the banks of Big Raccoon, near Mansfield, where his son was b. September 6, 1825.  He has always lived a good neighbor, an honest citizen, a true Christian, doing unto others as you would have them do unto you.  April 28, 1845, he was married to Tilitha Pruett and to them were born 12 children, 9 of whom survive him - six sons and three daughters -- and his aged companion, who are left to mourn the loss of a kind husband and loving father.  In 1867 he united with the Primitive Baptist church and since then the Bible has been his constant study and guide.  During his illness he called his wife, whom he had lived with for 53 years, to his bedside and throwing his arms around her, told her he felt his life had been a success and that she had been a good companion, but they would soon have to separate. He said he was willing and not afraid to die; he trusted in the Lord as he lived.  So he died, falling asleep in Jesus.  Funeral services were conducted at North Union, Rev. Skelton who delivered a beautiful discourse from Acts 1:24 on the goodness of man and the resurrection of the body, in which he was a strong believer.  His body was then laid to rest in the beautiful cemetery that surrounds the church to await the coming of the Lord.  (Alice Coleman Harmless). - Unknown Newspaper --

Susan Jane Harmless COLEMAN was born in Jackson Township, Parke Co on January 9, 1874 and passed into Eternal Rest at her home on September 14, 1950 after several years of failing health at the age of 76 years, 9 months and 5 days.  She was the youngest daughter and the last surviving member of a family of 5 sons and 5 daughters, 9 of whom grew to man and womanhood, born to Adam and Susan Jane HENRY Harmless.  Her mother passed away when she was but a child, leaving her in care of the older sisters.  She received her education in the district school of Mansfield; also attended church and Sunday school there and enjoyed to the fullest the usual social activities of that age, always the merriest of the group.  On December 1, 1891, she was united in marriage with a young neighbor, James Harvey Coleman. They lived near their old homes for a few years, then bought and established their present home over 52 years ago.  They led a happy, congenial wedded life despite the usual hardships and heartaches until his passing on March 31, 1948.  In the home they reared their family of 4 children: two sons and two daughters.  Three of these have been spared to assist the parents in their declining years, but the eldest son, Ray, passed away October4, 1940. Aunt Jane was an honorable upright woman and a great lover of home and family.  The welfare of her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren was always uppermost in her heart and mind.  She was also a good neighbor and friend and during her active years, each and every family of this community has been benefited by her aid at times of sickness and death. Although never affiliated with any church, she was a firm believer in the teaching of Jesus Christ and in years gone by attended services in this vicinity.  She had been in failing health for several years and nearly two years ago suffered a fracture bone.  Since then she has been bedridden, but manifested unusual patience.  Loving hearts and hands did all that could be done, but after a few days of serious illness, she passed on to meet the husband and loved ones who had gone before.  Left to mourn her passing are the three children: Ralph Coleman of this vicinity; Mrs. Gladys Thomas and Mrs. Mary Swaim, both of Rockville; 8 grandchildren, Forrest, Kenneth Wayne, Maurice and Eloise Coleman, Pauline Baird, Alberta Butler, Marilyn Jarvis and Marlene Swaim.  One grandson, S/Sgt. James H. Coleman gave his life over France, February11, 1944.  8 great grandchildren surviving are: Ann, Linda Patricia, James, Pamela and Sylvia Coleman; Carolyn and Sammy Ray Baird; also one son-in-law, Marvin Swaim and two daughters-in-law, Mrs. Myrtle Coleman and Mrs. Grace Coleman and a host of other relatives, neighbors and friends.  Sunset and evening star, And one clear call for me, And may there be no moaning of the bar, When I put out to sea.  Twilight and evening bell, And after that the dark.  And may there be no sadness of farewell When I embark.  For tho from out our bourne of Time and Place, The flood may bear me far, I hope to see my Pilot face to face when I have crossed the bar.  Funeral services were held in Mt. Moriah Church Sun September 17 at 10:00 a.m. by the Rev. C. L. Airhart of New Market.  Pallbearers were grandsons, Forrest, Kenneth, Maurice Coleman; Sam Baird; Barton Jarvis, Dean Butler and flower bearers were granddaughters, great grandchildren and nieces.  - Unknown  newspaper --

Mrs. Susan Jane COLEMAN died at her home near Judson, Thursday at age 76, the daughter of Adam and Susan Henry Harmless, she was a native of Parke County and was married to Harve Coleman who preceded her in death several years ago.  There survive one son and two daughters and 8 grandchildren and 8 greats. She was laid to rest at Mt. Moriah on Sunday. - Waveland Independent, September 21, 1950

Stephen Randolph COLEMAN, son of Zopher and Telitha Coleman was born in Jackson Township, Parke County, Indiana on October 24, 1864; entered into eternal rest on the afternoon of Sunday, August 20, 1916 at the age of 51 years 9 months and 26 days.  He was united in married on November 6, 1883, with Miss Laura HANCOCK at Guthrie Co Iowa and together they lived happily until his passing.  Four children blessed this union, Earl, Cortis and Clarence and one daughter, Carrie, all of whom with the wife and mother, are left in bereavement.  Besides these he is survived by four grandchildren, 5 brothers: John Perry Coleman and AT Coleman of Jackson Township; Albert Z of Iowa; J. H. of Hollandsburg and Percy O of Medaryville and three sisters, Mrs. Emily J. GARRIGUS of Terre Haute; Mrs. Laura SMITH and Mrs. Anna HARMLESS of Mansfield.  Mr. C. had lived his entire life on the farm where he first saw the light and which his grandfather Coleman entered from the US government.  He was a past grand officer of Carbon Lodge No 693 I. O. O. F. where he was esteemed by all his brethren and one of their best and most active members.  He had a genial nature and radiated kindness not only in the home where he was all that an affectionate, devoted husband and father could be, but wherever he went.  He was a man who expressed his opinions openly and frankly, yet without anger and never held malice.  He made his mistakes (who does not?) but the faults were so over-balanced by the virtues that when the sad news of his death went out over the community, there was widespread sorrow and it was generally spoken that so good a man as "Dolph" Coleman could ill be spared.  While making no open confession of religious belief the deceased proved his high character and Christian spirit by the clean, honest upright life he lived daily and when he came to the "Valley of the Shadow," he was unafraid and gave his loved ones the comforting assurance that he was prepared and ready for the call of his Master.  Impressive Funeral services were conducted at his late home at Mansfield Tues. aft. at one o'clock Rev. Moore of the Mansfield ME church officiating.  A quartet composed of Mesdames Wilton and McIntyre and Messrs William Pell and HR Sands sang two selections and the ladies sang a diet, "Face to Face." A t conclusion of these service the Carbon Odd Fellows, assisted by Dr. CC Morris, DDGM gave the beautiful rites of that order over the casket in the yard at the home, concluding at the open grave.  The flower-laden casket was borne by Robert Wells, Willard Branson, Fred Smith, Squire Crooks, Robert Girton and Charles Seybold.  The mortal remains, followed by a large cortege, were taken to Mt. Moriah Cemetery and laid to rest.  There was an unusually large crowd in attendance at the funeral. - Unknown newspaper --

Mrs. Marie COLEMAN, 77, 510 Vorhees St, died Thursday July 1st in Castle-Shannon Nursing Home where she had been a patient four months.  Mrs. C. was a retired Parke County School teacher.  she was a grad. of Bellmore HS and Indiana State Normal. Mrs. c. was a member of the 1st Un. Methodist Church and its WSCS.  Prior to moving to Rockville she resided in the Bellmore and Mansfield communities. She was a Parke Co, native b. July 2,1 1893 a daughter of Hamilton and Rose Bulion Jeffries.  She married Clarence C. Coleman 1919.  Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. John (Carolyn) Seawright of Indianapolis; two brothers, U. B. Jeffries of Carmi, Illinois; and Tomp..... and four grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her husband on April 15, 1959 and a brother.  Services were held at 10:30 a.m. Tues in Tudor Funeral Home with Rev. Albert William Officiating  Burial was in Mt. Moriah Cemetery. - Unknown  (Rockville Tribune ?) Newspaper, 1965

Mrs. Marie COLEMAN, 77 510 Voorhees St., died Thursday, July in Castle-Shannon Nursing Home where she had been a patient four months. Mrs. Coleman was a retired Parke County school teacher. She was a graduate of Bellmore High School and Indiana State Normal College. Mrs. Coleman was a member of the First United Methodist Church and its WSCS. Prior to moving to Rockville she resided in the Bellmore and Mansfield communities. She was a Parke County native, born July 21, 1893, a daughter of Hamilton and Rose Bulion Jeffries. She married Clarence C. Coleman in 1919. Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. John (Carolyn) Seawright of Indianapolis; two brothers, U. B. . Jeffries of Carmi, Ill., and Tomp J. of Walnut Creek, Calif., and four grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband on April 15, 1959, and a brother. Services were held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday in Tudor Funeral Home with Rev. Albert Williams officiating. Burial was in Mt. Moriah Cemetery. Unknown newspaper.  (Submitted by Anita Ellis )

Telitha COLEMAN was born in Kentucky on April 9, 1826, passed peacefully away into the long sweet sleep at 3 o'clock on the morning of July 21, 1915, aged 89 years, 3 months and 12 days.  She was a daughter of Stephen and Naomi Moore Pruett.  When she was two years old she came with her parents to Jackson township, Parke County, Indiana. in the vicinity of Rocky Fork and here her girlhood was passed.  She received the education afforded by the schools of those early days, attending school in one of the oft, described old log school houses, bare of comfort, where she sat with dangling feet through the long, long monotonous round of three R's. On April 28, 1844 she became the wife of Zopher Coleman, who had the proud distinction of being the first white child born in Jackson township, his parents being pioneer residents of the township.  They were married at the farm home of Solomon B. Garrigus, a justice of peace who lived near Mansfield and after Mr. Garrigus had pronounced the ceremony, went afoot to the residence of Mr. Coleman's parents, east of Mansfield.  When they arrived at the Coleman ford it was impassible on account of high-waters, and the bridegroom's father came with a canoe and towed them across.  As was the family custom, they met the newly wedded couple and served them wine. Mr. and Mrs. Coleman began housekeeping on Rocky Fork in a cabin with clapboard sides and a puncheon floor, where they lived one year, moving then to his father's farm, where Mr. Coleman resided until his death eighteen years ago, and where the deceased had lived for seventy consecutive years. Twelve children came to bless this union, three of whom died in youth.  Those surviving the parents are six sons, John Perry Coleman, who lived with his mother, Abraham T. of Carbon vicinity, Albert Zopher of Montezuma, Stephen Randolph of Mansfield, James Harvey of Hollandsburg and Percy Oliver of Medaryville; three daughters, Mrs. Emily Jane Garrigus of Terre Haute, Laura Ellen Smith and Telitha Ann Harmless of Mansfield, thirty grandchildren, fifteen great grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. Mrs. Coleman united with the Predestination Baptist Church when services were held at "Rocky Fork" church and old log church on the Kemper land, then for awhile worshipped at the Denman church near Rosedale, later placing her membership at North Union, where it remained until her death.  She was a strong believer in the doctrines of that denomination, and a faithful advocate of them always,  in the days in which she lived nothing was thought of going a long distance to worship God as they saw fit,  often going on foot and again on horseback no matter what the weather.  Like all women of those early days with sturdy heart and mind, she survived great hardships unknown to present generations.  She spun and wove and fashioned the clothes her family wore and with the industry they characterized her throughout life, she  was always busy at some task. She gave her family and home her deepest devotion earning more for them than for all things else in this world.  She taught her children the principles of right living, and proved herself in every way a noble, womanly woman.  She had strength of mind to form her own opinions and was fearless in speaking them when she believe it right. She was hospitable in her nature an enjoyed entertaining company, well sustaining her reputation  as a splendid cook.  She was the last member of her father's family and survived most of the men and women who grew up with her. Her life is fittingly portrayed in the book of Proverbs "She skeined the  wool and flax and worketh willingly with her hands.  She openeth  her mouth with wisdom and in her tongue is the law of kindness.  She looketh well to the ways of her household and eateth not the bread of idleness.  Her children rise up and call her blessed.  Her husband also, and he praiseth her." "Aunt Telitha" as she was best faithful wife, good mother, and friend lived a long, well rounded life, and with deep abiding faith in her Savior and the immortal life beyond the grave.  She fearlessly answered the summons, and has gone to receive the reward of the faithful.  On Thursday afternoon the mortal remains, followed by a large cortège of sorrowing relatives and sympathizing friends, were conveyed to North Union church, where a large audience------ (end of obit. gone)

“Mrs. Jeanette COLEMAN of Columbus, Ga., age 68, died in a Houston, Tex. Hospital, Monday morning, June 11. She was born in Parke County, the daughter of James and Frances E. Uselman Gray. She was a member of the Methodist Church O. E. S. and Rebekah Lodge.        Surviving are her husband, Howard; her mother and a number of cousins.        The body was taken to the Spriffer-Hamby Chapel in Columbus and burial will be at Ft. Benning, Ga.” - Rockville Tribune, June 13, 1973


Boyd Monroe COLLINS (sic title has COLLINGS), 67, of Montezuma RR 1 retired farmer died Oct 11, 1960 at Vermillion Co. Hospital, Clinton. Surviving are widow, Nina; two sons, Rupert; Duane; two daughters, Mrs. Marilyn Fowler; Mrs. Elois Thomas; two sisters, Miss Lana Collins; Mrs. Laura Steffy; and 8 grandchildren. Services will be at 2 o'clock Thursday afternoon Barnes Mortuary, Rockville; burial will be in West Union Cemetery, Montezuma. Tri County News, 13 October 1960 – shared by Karen Zach

Mrs. Jacob Collings died at her home (Parkville)  Sunday morning about one o'clock.  Death was due to pneumonia.   Funeral services were held at Mt. Moriah, Tues. morning, burial in the cemetery nearby. - Waveland Independent, March 31, 1922

Eva May COLLINGS, daughter of James McMAINS and Sarah WARE was born March 3, 1862 in Parke County, Indiana and died January 17, 1938 at the age of 75 years, 10 months 17 days. She was united in marriage on the 20th day of March 1880 to Marion Q. Collings.  She was a life resident of this locality attending the Primitive Baptist Church at Mt. Moriah. She loved her master and the church which He purchased with His Blood; impressed with the Savior's words, "Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not," as he was seeking and caring for the little one (the grandchildren) and later for the Lambs Book of Life that they might be with her when the roll is called up yonder.  She leaves to mourn her departure, the husband, two granddaughters, Mrs. Mildred Blaydes of Marshall, Indiana and Mrs. Pauline Matthewman of Terre Haute; a great grandson, Richard Blaydes, one sister, Mrs. Frank McClain and brother, Jesse McMains, both of Waveland, and other relatives and friends.  A daughter, Jessie May Ginn and a son, George preceded her in death.  She was a faithful grandmother to the two granddaughters from their childhood following the death of their own mother.  Flower girls were Miss Elizabeth Ginn; Mrs. Mary Jane Taylor; Mrs. Tressa Simms and Mrs. Eva Hicks.  Pall bearers were Homer Matthewman; Roy Blaydes; Frank Ginn; Bert Perkins; Tira Sutton and Jesse Thomas - Waveland Independent, January20, 1938

Frank Collings of Rosedale RR 2, age 68, died in Union Hospital Terre Haute, Tuesday morning October 19.  He was a member of the Bridgeton United Methodist Church and the Parke County Farm Bureau.  He was a retired farmer.  Surviving are the widow, Marietta; two sons, Dallas W. of Rosedale RR 2 and Gerald W. of Columbus, Oh; 3 sisters, Mrs. Laura Payton and Mrs. Maude Martin, both of Rockville and Mrs. Kathryn Williams of Middleburg; a brother, Fred of Rockville; and 5 grandchildren.  Funeral services will be held at the Butler Funeral Home, Thurs. afternoon at 2:00 with Rev. Ralph Austin Officiating  Burial will be in Roselawn Memorial Park near Terre Haute.  Friends may call at the funeral home after 5:00 Wed. Thanks, Alberta Butler for this one - Unknown  Newspaper

Funeral Card -- "In memory of Laura May Collings, born December 25, 1876: date of death, July 18, 1965.  Services from Butler Funeral Home, Rockville, Indiana Tuesday, July 20, 1965 2:00 p.m.  Clergyman Officiating; Rev. Ray Britton, Organist Marie Wimmer, Final Resting Place, Mt. Moriah Cemetery, Hollandsburg, Indiana. Pall bearers: Charles Branson, Marshall Branson, Paul Collings, Robert Jerry, John Berry, Wayne Spencer."

Manford Collings, who resided in Greene Township and conducted a small store just across the road from the Greene Township school, died about Midnight on Monday night.   While his health had not been good his death was unexpected.  He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. William Collings, and was born on a farm south of Milligan in 1881.  he married miss Lizzie Burke in 1906.  She survives him with two daughters, Lucille and Ina. There are also two brothers, Elbert of Anderson and Jesse of Terre Haute.   Funeral services at Mt. Moriah at two on Wed. afternoon were in charge of Rev. CG Airhart of Crawfordsville - burial at Mt. Moriah Cemetery. -Waveland Independent -- May 17, 1929

Rockville  - Mrs. Marie Collings, 65, died at 12:45 a.m. Tuesday (March 11, 1969) at St. Anthony's Hospital, Terre Haute. Born in Parke County May 10, 1903, she was the daughter of Andrew J. and Myrtle Skelton Asbury. She was married in 1920 to Merle Collings, who survives. Mrs. Collings was a former teacher and librarian. She graduated from Bellmore High and held bachelor and master degrees from Indiana State College, starting her teaching career in 1930 and had taught in the Indianapolis, Avon and Rockville school systems. She was a member of the Shiloh Methodist Church in Hendricks County, past matron of Bridgeport Chapter No. 513 Order of the Eastern Star, was a member of the White Shrine of Indianapolis, the Business & Professional Women's Club of Rockville and the American Association of University Women. Other survivors include a brother, Carl Asbury of Rockville, and several nieces and nephews. Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the Butler Funeral Home in Rockville. Burial will be in Memory Garden Cemetery. Friends may call after 2 p.m. Thursday. -* Crawfordsville Journal Review, 12 March 12  1969

Funeral Card -- "In memory of Marie Asbury Collings born May 10, 1903, date of death: March 11, 1969 - services from: Butler Funeral Home, Rockville, Indiana Friday, March 14, 1969 2:00 p.m.  Clergyman Officiating: Rev. Dale Payne; Organist Mrs. Myrtle Titus; Final resting place: Memory Garden Cemetery, Rockville, Indiana Pallbearers: Donald Asbury; Alan Asbury; Walter Farrell; Adrian Metheny; Charles Surber, Madison Shadley."

Marion Quincy COLLINGS who was well known in this community died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Roy Blaydes, in Speedway after an illness extending over a period of two years. He was the son of William and Mary Collings and was married to Eva May McMAINS, deceased.  He was a member of the Baptist Church and IOOF Lodge. The funeral was conducted by the Rev. Airheart at the Machledt funeral Home Sat. afternoon and burial at Mt. Moriah Cemetery.   - Waveland Independent, July 26, 1945

Mrs. Mary R. Collings, 84, of Rockville, died at 10:20 p.m. Wednesday in St. Anthony’s Hospital at Terre Haute. She was a daughter of Lewis and Nancy Skeeters McClain. Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Jewel Overpeck of Rockville; a brother, Joe McClain of Hollandsburg; a sister, Miss Emma McClain of Rockville; a grandson, William Overpeck of Attica and a great-granddaughter, Miss Carol Overpeck of Attica. The body was brought to the Mau Funeral Home here where funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday. Interment will be in Memory Gardens Cemetery here. Friends may call at the funeral home after 3 p.m. Friday. - Crawfordsville Journal Review - 17 May 1963, Page 008 – shared by Karen Zach

Funeral Card -- "In memory of Mary R. Collings, born February23, 1879 date of death: May 15, 1963 Services from Mau Funeral Home, Sat, May 18, 1963 2:00 p.m. Clergyman Officiating: Rev. Arthur Harmon, Final Resting Place: memory Garden Cemetery; Pall Bearers: John Hopkins, Gene Swaim, Harris Borden, Warren Buchanan, Raymond Payton, Allen Boyd."

Mrs. Melissa Collings died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Joseph Phipps, formerly Cordie Ball, near Mecca, on Friday of last week.  She was the widow of Shelby Collings, and formerly lived on E. Main St.   Besides the daughter, there is one son, Glenn. - Waveland Independent, February 27, 1920

ROCKVILLE - Mrs. Nina B. Collings, 75, 316 W. High St., Rockville, died at 12:25 a.m. Friday at the Vermillion County Hospital at Clinton. She was a retired telephone operator. Mrs. Collins was born in Parke County March 31, 1897, a daughter of Albert and Elizabeth Swaim Hadley. She is survived by two stepdaughters, Mrs. Eloise Thomas of Terre Haute and Mrs. Marilyn Fowler of Waveland; two stepsons, Rupert Collings of Tangier and Dwayne Collings of Roachdale; one sister, Mrs. Nellie Williams of New Ross and five nieces and three nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Boyd Collins. Services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday in Butler Funeral Home with Rev. Shirley Brown officiating. Burial will be in Rush Creek Cemetery near Tangier. Friends may call at the funeral home today. – jlr - Crawfordsville Journal Review, 09 December 9 1972

“Ruric COLLINGS, at the age of 59 years, 4 months and 19 days, unexpectedly passed away Wednesday afternoon, September. 8, 1826, at his farm home in the New Discovery neighborhood southeast of Rockville. He was born April 19, 1867, in the same vicinity, being the second of three children born to Archibald B. and Lydia Collings, both of whom have gone on, but the two sisters, Alice E. Wilkison of Rockville and Cora Overpeck of Brookhaven, Miss., remain to view the final ceremonies of the passing of their devoted brother. In his boyhood days he attended the common school and early learned from his father and mother the attributes of a moral life and the essentials for success in business as a farmer. Few men of his county have achieved the pleasing distinction of being a model farmer but this honorable often accorded him.  In the year 1892, on March 3, he and Miss Lela Martin were united in marriage and to them were born eight children, the seventh born living only a few hours. On February 23, 17 years ago, the good wife and mother died, but Mavis, Iva, Fred, Maude, Frank, Laura, and Kathryn are here to share together the sorrows brought upon them by the loss of their loving father.           In the home, Ruric proved his character most. He loved his family, always striving to make their home life as pleasant and comfortable as possible. He kept his children about him, with the exception of Kathryn, until they reached adult age and all but Fred married and made for themselves homes in which 10 grandchildren have been born.    The domestic cares were made easier for him after January 28, 1922, when he and Mrs. Clara Jeffers of Terre Haute were married. Mrs. Collings proving herself of sterling worth and quickly gained the affection of the family.           The past 18 years he has been a member of the New Discovery Baptist Church, faithful in his attendance and support. He delighted in good fellowship and practiced it, seldom speaking a harmful word of anyone. And now?         O, he's not dead, he's only sleeping In God's care and Holy keeping.   The funeral was held Saturday morning at 10:30 o'clock at he New Discovery Church, Rev. C. R. Collings officiating. Burial in New Discovery Cemetery. A very large number gathered to pay their respects." - Rockville Republican, September 16, 1926

Greene Township News -- Miss Ruby Collings, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Elbert Collings died in a hospital in Birmingham, Alabama on January 25 following an operation for appendicitis.  She was a bookkeeper for the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company and made her home with her sister, Naomi, now Mrs. James Isherwood. Funeral services conducted by Rev. Mr. Airhart at Mt. Moriah Friday afternoon and the burial was there. - Waveland Independent  February 12, 1926

The body of William Collings age 67 who died Monday night at the Union hospital, Terre Haute, the result of an operation was brought here yesterday morning.  Mr. Collings has been a resident of Rockville for about two years, living in E. Ohio St. but was for many years a farmer in Green Township.  His wife died shortly after his removal to Rockville.  He is survived by 5 children: Mrs. John Burke, Mrs. John Akers, Elbert, Manford and Jesse.  The funeral was held today at Mt. Moriah church and interment in Mt. Moriah Cemetery   - Waveland Independent, February 13, 1914


Rockville- Miss Lana Collins, 80, of 317 W. High, died at 2 a.m. Sunday (April 16, 1972) at her home. She had been ill a few weeks. Born April 30, 1891, in West Union, Parke County, she was the daughter of Tom and Ellen Collins. A beautician and telephone operator, she was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Rockville. Survivors include a sister, Mrs. Lura Steffy of Newport Ritchey, Fla.; five nieces and three nephews. Services will be at 10 a.m. EST Thursday at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Montezuma, with the Rev. Lawrence Moran officiating. Burial will be in West Union Cemetery north of Montezuma Visitation will be at the Tudor Funeral Home after 4 p.m. Wednesday. Rosary will be recited at the funeral home at 8 p.m. Wednesday. – Crawfordsville Journal Review, 18 April 1972


Services for Calvin M. Combs, 80, 409 N. Columbia, were held at 2 p.m. today in Miller & Sons Funeral Home. Rev. A. L. Emmert officiated and burial was made in Moore Cemetery in Parke County. A retired railroader and clay plant employee, Mr. Combs died Saturday morning in Clay County Hospital. He was a native of Parke County but had made his home here most of his life. – Brazil Daily Times, Monday 15 May 1967.


THOMAS CONLEY, Rosedale, Dies - Rosedale - THOMAS CONLEY, 77, prominent Rosedale citizen, died early yesterday afternoon at his home following an illness of several weeks duration.  The funeral will be held at 2 o'clock tomorrow afternoon at the Methodist Church, with the Rev. Van Hinkley in charge.  Prior to the services the body will lie in state at the church for an hour.  Burial will be at the Rosedale Cemetery in charge of the Masonic Lodge.  In 1887 Mr. Conley came to Rosedale from Kentucky.  Later he opened a grocery and dry goods store known as Conley & Son, of which he was senior member until his death.  He was the first president of the Florida Perpetual Building & Loan Association here, which office he held for 19 years.  He also was president of the Rosedale National Bank for 20 years, retiring from that office five years ago.  He was a member of the Rosedale F. & A.M., Eastern Star and the Methodist Church here.  Surviving are the widow, Mrs. Magdalene Conley: one son, William, and 3 grandchildren, Mrs. Elizabeth Newlin and Miss Magdalene and Robert Conley.  - The Daily Clintonian, Wednesday, March 14, 1934, Page  1, shared by Carolyn Schwab


Jesse B . Connelly received a telegram Wed. afternoon last stating that his brother, Charles T., Marshall of Coffeyville, KS had been killed in an encounter with the Dalton gang of robbers.  The gang of 5 men rode into the town about 9:30 o'clock in the morning and attempted to rob the two banks -- National and Condon's.  They tied their horses in an alley and two went to the National and the balance to Condon's and demanded the money.  Citizens saw them and realized what was up.  They hastily got Winchesters and pistols from the hardware stores and a fight began which lasted only a few minutes but which was terrible in its slaughter.  Four robbers were killed, one mortally wounded and captured.  Four citizens were also killed, including Marshall Connelly, and 3 or 4 badly wounded.  A Coffeyville paper with a full account of the battle, gives Marshall Connelly credit as the bravest man that took part in the encounter.  The paper disputes statements printed in the daily papers that the citizens were expecting the robbery and says that the posse was organized after the alarm was given.  The marshal even did not have his revolver with him.  Spears, the man who according to the dispatches did such effective work with his Winchester, is not mentioned in this account.  Mrs. Connelly was tendered a special train in which to convey her husband's remains to Independence for burial.  High tribute is paid the memory of Marshal Connelly as an officer of the law, citizen and educator.  His son, Bert, a printer of Independence, KS and oldest daughter, Grace were attending the Ks. City exposition on the day of the disaster, and received the terrible news by telegraph while viewing the sights in the exposition building.  Miss Grace was completely prostrated by the shock.  Charles T. Connelly was born in Parke County November 25, 1845, where he resided until he moved to Ks in 1885.  He enlisted in the 9th Ind. battery at the age of 17 and served his country gallantly until the close of the war.  In the year 1867, he was married to Mary McCORD.  Two children, Bert and Grace, blessed this union.  His wife died in 1874.  Two years after her death he was married to Sarah ALEXANDER.  This union was also blessed with two children, but one of whom is living.  Many of his relatives now live near Bloomingdale and Annapolis, who heard with sorrow of his untimely death.  - Rockville Republican, October12, 1892

Mrs. Jesse B. Connelly, age almost 95, who fell in her home about two weeks ago and broker her hip died at 1 o'clock Tuesday morning due to her extreme age, recovery was not expected.  Mrs. Connelley was the oldest native born resident of Rockville.  She was the eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James S. Rogers, the former in the old days a wagon maker. She was married to Wm. Magill at the time cashier of the National bank. Some years after his death she became the wife of Jesse B. Connelly whom she outlived as well as all the members of her father's family.  In her active days she was prominent in social circles and in the work of the Presbyterian church.  Mrs. Connelley was of an unusually happy disposition.  Surviving are her stepchildren, Mrs. Oscar McCord, John Connelly of san Antonio, Texas and Cyril C. Connelley state examiner of Terre Haute; a niece, Mrs. Nell Manchester, sister-in-law, Mrs. Henry M. Rogers of Hanover, Indiana and other distant relatives nephews and nieces. Funeral services will be held in Memorial Presbyterian Church at 10 o'clock this  forenoon Rev W. F. Smith officiating. Interment in Rockville cemetery. - Rockville Republican, April 16, 1936


Cyrus Connor, age 49 a former resident of Montezuma died at his home in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania December 31.  He was an auditor for the Pittsburgh & West Virginia railroad.  He is survived by the widow, Bessie, his mother Mrs. Mary Connor of Montezuma and a brother, Wilmot of Clinton.  Funeral services were held at the Ryan Funeral Home in Terre Haute January 4. Burial was made in Highland lawn Cemetery. - Rockville Republican, January 14, 1937

William A. CONNER died at his home on East Main Street about midnight on Friday night. In August he suffered a stroke of paralysis and has been failing since that time. Funeral services were held at the M.E. Church on Monday afternoon by Rev. Wm. W. Speer. Interment in Maple Ridge Cemetery.  Those present from a distance were: Mrs. R. N. Richards of Indianapolis; Mrs. Walker Miller, Miss Catherine White Mrs. Delaney, Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Browning, Mr. and Mrs. Moss Taylor of New Market; and Mrs. H. D. Servies of Crawfordsville.  William Andrew Conner, son of Paris M. and Mary Conner was born in Parke County, Indiana August 10,1854; removed to Montgomery County when a small boy and there resided the remainder of his life.  His father departed this life April 25, 1905. He was a man of sterling worth and deep piety. William A. Conner was a carpenter by trade, a skilled workman and one among the most useful men in Waveland. No citizen was held in higher esteem in the community. He was the soul of honor.  His dealings with his fellowman were fair and honest.  To the poor and unfortunate he ever extended a helping hand; to the cry of distress he hastened with relief. He followed no leader whose life, character and teachings he could not conscientiously endorse.  He was a very quiet unassuming gentleman, who attended strictly to his own affairs; fond of his friends; in his home most hospitable.  A marked trait of his character was his tenderness and devotion to his mother and sister. In 1886 he united with the Methodist Episcopal Church, under the pastorate of Rev. L. S. Buckles, and ever since has been an earnest worker for the church.  He was a Trustee of the church at the time of his death.  He was called to rest, Jan 23, 1914.  Besides relatives and devoted friends there are of his immediate family to mourn his loss, the mother and sister, Mrs. John Sharp. Soon we also shall cross to that "Great Beyond" and rest beside the still waters and God shall wipe away all tears from our eyes and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow nor crying.  - Waveland Independent January 30, 1914


 MARSHALL--Mrs. Marie Connerley, 77, died early Wednesday in Vermillion County Hospital at Clinton where she had been a patient for three days.  She had been in failing health for the past five years.    She was born March 12, 1893, in Parke County, to William Henry and Mary McFarland McIntyre Stockdale.  She married Laton Connerley on Sept. 24, 1913.  Surviving are her husband; a son, Harold, of Rt. 1, Marshall; a granddaughter, Mrs. Peter (Charlotte) Zulkowski of Peabody, Mass.; and two grandsons, Joe Connerley of Cedar Rapids, Iowa and Bill Connerley of Rt. 1, Marshall.  She was preceded in death by a sister.   Services will be conducted by Rev. Lester Niles at 2 p.m. Friday in the Davies-Tudor Funeral Home.  Burial will be in Poplar Grove Cemetery.  Friends may call at the funeral home after 2 p.m. Tuesday. – Crawfordsville Journal Review, 02 September 1970, Page 04, shared by Karen Zach


Louis Conrad, a conductor of a coal-train on the Van was fatally injured at Rosedale Friday. He was only 24. - Waveland Independent, Friday, March 4, 1904


James Conway died on Saturday.  The body was taken to Lafayette for burial.  - Waveland Independent, May 31, 1901


On January, 1833, in the home of Thomas and Jane Ensworth Cook, occurred the birth of a son Andrew.  This Indiana home was located in Wabash township, Parke County.  Here in this home, with brothers and sisters, he grew to a noble young manhood.  And elder brother, Mark, with the father, served in the war 1812.  At the age of 25 years, on December 23, 1858, he was united in marriage with Martha A. Hayth.  Eleven children came to this home—Thomas Edgar Cook deceased; Charles Thomas Cook of Clinton; Mrs. John Funkhouser of Hymera; Mrs. Sam Miles of Mecca; Mrs. James Dailey of Riley; Mrs. Willis Pruett of Terre Haute; Clarence Cook and Bert Cook of Mecca; Freddy Walter, James Andrew, and Cecil Evert deceased.  Seven children survive and are called to suffer this great loss.  Their grief has been made less bitter by a life nobly spent with that spirit that makes our heroes.  Looking back over this life what a rich heritage for the sons and daughters.  With the highest eulogy said of anyone may be said of him, “He was noble.”  There is no word respecting character and esteem which is so all embracing, and it truly applies to the life of Andrew Cook.  His consciousness of the needs of others was so acute that an appeal for assistance was almost answered before presented.  His nobility of feeling involved sympathy with all that is true and good.  He neglected not little kindnesses nor the doing of good in what seemed small and insignificant.  For his noble soul nothing was too great.  That nobility of character, exemplified by the worlds’ Redeemer, was a pattern after which Mr. Cook molded his own characters.  He united with the Bethel M.E. church in the year 1888, during the pastorate of Rev. Harvey Grimes, his wife having been a church member since early childhood.  In 1852 Mr. Cook went to California where he was engaged one year in lumbering and five years in mining gold.  Accumulating a small fortune, he then came by way of the Isthmus of Panama, to Illinois, living there three years.  Returning to his native state in 1861, he settled in 1866 on the farm where he lived at the time of his decease, a resident of 46 years.  Mr. Cook’s opportunities for education were limited, his early school-days being spent in the rudely build log school house.  However, this was not to mar the usefulness of the manly youth who faced the future with true courage, for overriding all these disadvantages, he kept himself well informed and proved himself capable of social and public services. He served one term of five years as trustee of Wabash Township.  Mr. Cook won the respect of all who knew him.  He was not only a father to his own children, but many a friendless child felt the touch of his fatherly affection and care.  Besides the seven children who survive, there are 18 grandchildren and two great-grand-children.  Thus on March 4, 1912, after 70 years, the evening hour came, the day’s work finished, and the great ledger account of a noble life was closed.  His rest will be sweet, the evening hour undisturbed.  Funeral services were conducted at Bethel M.E. church by Hubert Webster of Greencastle, after whish the remains will be laid to rest in the Montezuma cemetery. – shared by Mike Lewman, unknown newspaper

Stricken While Attending Mr. Cook's Funeral - While attending the funeral of ANDREW COOK, father of Charles T. Cook, of Clinton, Mrs. Bradley of Montezuma was stricken with apoplexy and was taken to the Cook home near Mecca to her own home in a very serious condition, Wednesday.  By telephone, Thursday, it was learned she was barely alive and was not expected to recover.  Mrs. Bradley is the mother of Mrs. Clarence Cook, with whom the elder Mr. Cook lived.  He was a farmer, 79 years old, and had lived on the one farm for 46 years.  He was born in Wabash Township, Parke County, where he died, and had twice served as trustee of the township.  Mr. Cook, when 19 years old, he went with 5 others to the California gold field.  In 1858, he returned home, by way of the isthmus of Panama and New York.  Afterwards he was married and lived in Edgar County, IL, for a time and at one or two other points before returning to his native township.  He got up last Monday morning and dressed himself, but was soon stricken with heart trouble and died a few minutes afterward.  Mr. Cook's wife is dead.  He is survived by the following children; Charles T. of Clinton; Clarence, Bert, and Mrs. Rose Miles, of near Mecca; Mrs. Eva Funkhouser, of Hymera; Mrs. Florence Bailey, of Riley, IN; and Mrs. Virginia Truitt, of Terre Haute.  The funeral was conducted from the home, and it was after part of the family had filed out that Mrs. Bradley was stricken. - The Daily Clintonian, Friday, March 8, 1912, Page  1, shared by Carolyn Schwab

Bert O. Cook, well known throughout this part of Indiana, died of a heart attack in Clinton at 3 o’clock Saturday afternoon [August 12, 1944].  He had not been well and had gone to Clinton to consult a doctor.  He stepped into a business house and asked the location of the doctor’s office, and had just spoken when he collapsed.  Mr. Cook lived on the Lafayette Road between Mecca and Montezuma and besides his farming interests, operated the Cook Grain company at Mecca.  He was  65 years old, a member of the Masonic lodge of Montezuma and the Scottish Rite chapter of Indianapolis.  He was born [July 16, 1879] on the farm southwest of Mecca owned by his parents, Andrew and Martha Eliza Hayth Cook, spent most of his live in Parke County and was one of its outstanding citizens.  Surviving are the widow, Minnie Cook, three daughters, Mrs. George Richardson and Mrs. W.B. Murphy of Mecca and Mrs. Parke Lewman of Montezuma; three sisters Mrs. Jennie Carrico of Terre Haute, Mrs. Rose Miles of Rockville and Mrs. Eva Funkhouser of Hymera; four grandchildren.  Funeral services in charge of Rev. Robert Shanklin, pastor of the Montezuma Methodist church, were held in the late residence at 2 o’clock Tuesday afternoon.  Burial in Roselawn cemetery near Terre Haute. - The Montezuma Enterprise, August 17, 1944, p. 1. – shared by Mike Lewman

Charles T. Cook was born in Wabash township, Nov. 16, 1861 and died July 15, 1944.  Until 35 years ago he lived in Parke county, where he followed the business of farming and also preached the Gospel.  During the later years of life, he lived in Clinton.  On Dec. 24, 1884 he was married to Eliza A. Dailey, who survives him.  Three sons, Oral C., Elbert E. and Ray E. preceded their father in death.  Other survivors besides the widow are two daughters, Mrs. Linna Davis, Hebron; Mrs. Mamie; three sisters, Mrs. Eva Funkhouser, Mrs. Rose Miles, Rockville, Mrs. Jennie Carrico Terre Haute, and one brother, Bert O. Cook, Montezuma.  He is also survived by 12 grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.  -  The Montezuma Enterprise, July 27, 1944, p. 4. – shared by Mike Lewman

Clarence M. Cook was born October 8, 1877 and died June 17, 1929 aged 51 years 8 months and 9 days.  Mr. Cook was the 9th child of a family of eleven children born to Andrew and Martha A. Cook. The Cook family is one of the oldest and best families of Parke County, which has done its part in developing the good and discouraging the bad in this section of Indiana.  Mr. Cook was born and died on the old homestead which he purchased of the heirs upon the death of his parents. He attended grade school at the Old Laverty school, was graduated from the Montezuma High School, was trained for a teacher in Danville Normal and spent the rest of his life here on a farm.  On September 18, 1901, Clarence M. Cook and Nancy Bradley of Montezuma were united in marriage by H. C. Riley of the M. E. church of Montezuma. To this union were born Viva Raraldine, a teacher in Parke county schools, Vernon Maxwell, who died in infancy and the twins, Evalyn Naomi and Kathryn Winona who will enter high school next year.  There remains two brothers, Charles Cook of near Clinton and Bert Cook of Mecca, three sisters, Mrs. Eva Funkhouser of Hymera,  Mrs. Rose Miles of Rockville and Mrs. Jennie Carrico of Terre Haute, who mourn the loss of their brother.  Mr. Cook has been ailing for some I time but was not regarded as serious until short time ago. He has been under the doctor’s care throughout his illness and was recently taken to a specialist at Indianapolis. He died of cancer.  Funeral services were held at the home Wednesday afternoon. Rev A. L. Vermillion of the local Methodist church and Rev M. C. McClure of the Rockville M. E., church officiating. Burial was made in the Oakland Cemetery at Montezuma. -  The Montezuma Enterprise, Thursday, June 27, 1929, p. 1. – shared by Mike Lewman

Death claimed a life-long resident of the Montezuma area Tuesday afternoon [June 30, 1953] when Mrs. Minnie Cook, 73, passed away at her home near hill following an illness of several weeks.  Mrs. Cook was born September 28, 1880, near Montezuma, daughter of John and Margaret Hixon Puntenney.  She was married to Bert Cook, who preceded her in death in 1944.  She was a member of old Bethel Methodist Church.  Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Berenice Richardson and Mrs. Maxine Murphy, both of Mecca and Mrs. Madonna Lewman of Hillsboro; a sister Mrs. Ethel Marshall of Toledo, O.; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.  The body was returned to the family residence Wednesday afternoon where it will remain for services at 2 pm DST Thursday with James Conlin officiating.  Burial was in Roselawn Memorial Park north of Terre Haute. -  Montezuma Pictorial Press, Thursday, July 2, 1953.  – shared by Mike Lewman


Funeral Card -- "In memory of Rosella Cooper, date of birth: May 27, 1884; Services May 7, 1958 Barnes Chapel. Minister: Vernon Goss, Music: Sylvia Newlin; Pall Bearers; John Baker, Jonah Baker, George Keltner, Harold Batty, Sam Keltner, Otis Chapman, Burial Bethany Cemetery." 

Funeral Card -- "In memory of William Henry Cooper, Born August 13, 1880 date of Death: September  29, 1962 Services from Butler Funeral Home, Rockville, Indiana Monday, October1, 1962 2:00 p.m. Clergyman Officiating, Rev. Paul Gentry, Final Resting Place, Bethany Cemetery, Marshall IN; Pall Bearers: John Baker, Jonah baker, James Fox, Alonzo Gregg, Homer Welch, Charles W. Woods."

Mrs. Phoebe COOPER, 73, passed away at 11 o'clock Saturday morning at the residence in Rockville. The deceased was born in Parke County Jan 24, 1880, daughter of Cynthia Goosey and Hardy Horn.  She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Earl Newton of Rosedale and Mrs. Gladys Shores of Louisville, Kentucky; one sister, Mrs. Harry Amos of Indianapolis and one grandson. The deceased was a member of the Friends Church of Bloomingdale. The body was taken to the Branson Funeral Home where funeral services were held at 2 o'clock Monday afternoon. The Rev. Hugh Craven officiated burial in Memory Garden. - Rockville Tribune, November 6, 1952

A sad death was that of Miss Ella COOPER aged 21 who died in a wagon Monday morning at the water trough between Bellmore and Hollandsburg.  She was traveling with her sister's family on the road from MO to a point east of Indianapolis.  She had consumption and took suddenly worse while the party was in camp. They passed through Rockville Saturday morning. The body was interred in Thomas Cemetery. - Rockville Republican  31 March 1897


The following item from Hillsboro will interest a number of people here:  "Nelson Lough received a telegram Monday stating that his half sister, Mrs. Margaret Cord, of Long Beach, California, died Monday afternoon.  Mrs. Cord was about 76 years of age and had been in declining health for the past several months.  She is the widow of Bruce Cord, who was formerly recorder of Parke County and they were former residents of Rockville.  The deceased is a half sister of Nelson and Ira Lough and Mrs. Laura Purnell, all of this vicinity.  - Waveland Independent, September 24, 1926


Charles V. Cory Jr., 68, of Montezuma died at 4:14 p.m. Tuesday, June 22, 1999, in Terre Haute Regional Hospital. He was born September 12, 1930, in Danville, Ill., to Charles V. Cory Sr. and Louise Pauline Bord Cory. Survivors include his wife, Retha June Wilburn Cory; two daughters, Maureen Snodgrass and Erin Morris; six grandchildren; and one great-grandchild. Services are 11 a.m. Friday in Gooch Funeral Home of Rockville, with the Rev. Jack Wilburn officiating. Burial is in Oakwood Cemetery in Montezuma. Visitation is 4 to 8 p.m. today and before services Friday.


Henry Cotteral, a store-keeper at Roseville, died at that place on Sunday of consumption and was buried there on Monday by the Masons, of which order he was a member.  Note:  The newspaper misspelled his last name. - The Rockville Saturday Eagle, August 4, 1888, page 1 – shared by Jimmy Gillis

Rosalie COTTRELL, 73, Route 3, died at 1 p.m. Tuesday in Union Hospital, Terre Haute.  She was a homemaker.  She was born October 30, 1911, to Fred Sappenfield and Eva Nichols Sappenfield.  Survivors include her husband Paul L. Cottrell; 4 sons, Paul Jr. of Terre Haute; James of Rockville, Dale of Crawfordsville, and Charles of Terre Haute; one brother, George Sappenfield of Rockville; 3 sisters, Annabelle Winn and Audrey Pemberton, both of Rockville; and Norma Jean Howard, of Lemon Grove, CA; 12 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren.  She attended Bridgeton Baptist Church and was a member of the Covered Bridge Home Demonstration Club.  Services are scheduled for 10 a.m. Friday in Butler Funeral Home.  Burial is in Memory Garden, with the Rev. Wendell Adams officiating.  Visitation is 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday. - Terre Haute Tribune, Wednesday, January 2, 1985, Page 2 - shared by Carolyn Schwab


Loris Jarvis Courtney was born in Parke County, Indiana, August5, 1885 and departed this life with three fellow workers in a tragic wreck on the Vandalia about 5 o'clock on Thursday, July 19, 1923.  He was just arriving at full manhood, being 37Y 11M and 15D of age.   He was the eldest son of Abraham L. and Virginia Jarvis Courtney.  At the age of 5 the family removed to Waveland where he grew from boyhood to manhood, receiving his education in the public schools.  He was a regular attendant at Sunday School and at the early age of 12, hearing the Master's call was baptized into the Christian Church under the ministry of Rev. J. C.  Burkhart.  He was united in marriage Dc. 29 1910 to Edith Gertrude Gilkeson by Rev. Mr. Plunkett. To this union were born six children, Lucille, Marcia, Lyle Vernon, Virginia Catherine, Ronald and Margaret; Lyle Vernon and Virginia Catherine preceded their father to the master's arms in infancy.  About 15 years ago the dangerous calling of his chosen life work was entered upon and his duties were always discharged faithfully and loyally, meriting the confidence reposed in him by his employers and winning the esteem and friendship of his fellow employees.  About 11 years ago, he entered the employ of the Pennsylvania Railroad and has held his promotion a s extra conductor for the last 3 years.  He was always a loving and obedient son, so thoughtful and kind to his mother, a loving and devoted husband, an indulgent father, a fond brother, a true friend and one ever ready to help those in distress.  The greater part of his married life was spent in Crawfordsville, the last 7 years being in continuous residence. We like to feel that the community's loss is all for the Master's gain.  Time can never heal, though it may soften the wound caused by the break in the family circle.  He will be missed and held in fondest remembrance by a loving wife and 4 children of this city, fond parents of Waveland, a brother, Lyle Vernon of Evansville and a host of other relatives and a wide circle of friends.  He was a member of the Order of Railway Conductors and a Knight of the Ku Klux Klan.   "For tho' from our bourne of time and place, the flood may bear me far, I hope to see my Pilot face to face When I have crossed the bar."  Card of thanks was below the obituary. - Waveland Independent, August 3, 1923

"Home Boy Killed"  -- For the second time within a month, Waveland has been stirred by tragedy.  One of our boys, Loris J. Courtney, had his life snuffed out under horrifying circumstances about five on Thursday afternoon of last week.  Three other men met instant death at the same moment, and one other escaped by a miracle. Courtney has been running on the local crew for a number of years as brakeman, and latterly as extra conductor.  But in February last he transferred to the switching crew that handles cars between Midway and Crawfordsville, so that he might be at home of nights with his family in that city.   On the fatal evening the crew was taking a train of 10 car up to Midway, which would have ended the days work.  The train was backing on a fill about two mi. No. of Crawfordsville, where the Van crosses the Darlington road, when it is supposed the tender, which was light from being nearly empty, jumped the track, throwing the engine and three coal cars down the embankment. Harry Tracy, conductor, J C Derby, engineer and Victor Lemon, fireman were in the cab and are supposed to have been instantly killed.   Courtney was on one of the coal cars and was seen to jump just as they were going off, but was caught and buried under a hundred and fifty tons of coal.  The body was not recovered until 8 o'clock on Friday morning.  The brother, Lyle Courtney, of Evansville, was notified of the accident, and arrived just at the hour the body was recovered.  Loris Courtney, son of Abraham and Jennie Jarvis Courtney, was b. on the Sturgeon farm, So. of Milligan August4, 1885. He grew up in this community and attended our schools. He began work on the Midland but changed over to the Van.  he was a boy that everybody liked and a faithful employee. He married Edith Gilkeson who with four children survive him: Lucille, Marcia, Ronald and Margaret. Funeral services were held at the Baptist Church on Sun. afternoon. Burial at Oak Hill.  The Ku Klux Klan had charge of the services at the grave.  Those attending from here were: Mr. and Mrs. Hubert Loudermilk; Mrs. Charles Moore; Mr. and Mrs. Milt Heslar; Mr. and Mrs. Guy Durham; Wilder Rinehart; Mrs. Olive Lough; John Gilliland; Willard Jarvis; Ben Canine; Dr. Branson; JS Pickard; Joe Huston and Miss Madge Spruhan.  - Waveland Independent, July 27, 1923


Armstead Cox was born June 20, 1838, in Boyle county, Kentucky; died Aug 20, 1907, at his home in West Union, Parke county, Ind., age 69 years and 2 months.  At the age of 17 he came with his parents to near Waveland.  In 1861 he was married to Miss Mary Trump of Parke county and to them were born 10 children--5 girls and 5 boys:  Mrs. Lizzie Sutherlin of West Union; Mary Alice, who died at the age of 9 months; Charles Morton; Mrs. Harriet Ellen Barker of Cates Station; Thomas William; Mrs. Martha Frances Pruett of Rockville; Armstead Clay; John Sherman; James Arthur and Mahala Belle.  All the living children were at the bedside of their dying father.  Other relatives were also present, Armstead's only surviving brother and sister, George and Mrs. Thomas Trump, witnessing the departure of their brother to the great beyond.  Funeral services were conducted by G. H. Linebarger at the grave, West Union cemetery.  Our friend, Armstead Cox's death was attributed to stepping on a nail resulting in blood poisoning.  His physicians could alleviate pain, but could not prevent death. – Rockville Republican, 04 Sep 1907, Page 002 – shared by M. L. Hazelrigg

Funeral services were held at 10 a.m. today for Ansel H. COX, 61, of Montezuma at the Nazarene Church in Montezuma with Rev. Earl Ramey officiating. Burial was made in the Montezuma Cemetery.  Mr. Cox died at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Vermillion County Hospital where he had been a patient for several days.  He was born April 20, 1898 in Parke County, the son of Hiram and Laure Rudd Cox and was a member of the Montezuma Nazarene Church.  Survivors are the widow, Mary, one sister, Mrs. Desda Kaufman, of Indianapolis; and one brother, C.R. Cox of Knoxville, TN. – The Daily Clintonian (Vermillion County, IN), 07 December 1959, Page 001

We regret exceedingly to note the unexpected death of the wife of Editor Cox of the Marshall News.  Mr. Cox seemed to be in her usual good health Wed. a.m. but about 11, a neighbor woman found her unconscious on the back porch and she died soon after.   Funeral services will be held this afternoon at the Marshall Presbyterian Church.   There is one son who is in high school.  - Waveland Independent -- February 10, 1928

Mrs. Isaac Cox, who has been critically ill for several weeks died on Thursday.  Funeral services at the home on Sunday morning at half past 10 were conducted by Rev. Dwight Ives.  Burial at Rowe Cemetery at Sand Creek.  Eternal rest grand her O Lord and her perpetual light shine on her.  Mary E, daughter of Elias and Olive Newkirk, was born in Orange County Indiana March 11, 1862 departed this life, February 2, 1922 at her home in Waveland, aged 59 years 10 months 22 days.  She was married to William Akins in 1881, who died in 1903. To this union were born 8 children: Alice, Edward, Wilbur who died in 1911, Minnie, Nancy, Clara, Harry and May.  In 1907 she was married to Isaac Cox and moved to Waveland and has lived here since. In 1890 she and Mr. Akins united with the first Baptist church at Rockville under the pastorate of Rev. S. K. Fuson she was faithful to her Christian Covenant to the last, always being in her place at the hour of service when health would permit. Her life was given in sacrifice when she was able and during her years of vigor no night was too dark too story or too cold for her to brave if she was needed. It was her ambition to do something for the sick and afflicted if it was in her power.  She was a good wife and loving mother, her whole life being a consistent struggle and her sincerest prayer that she might live to see her children mature into manhood and womanhood.  She is survived by her mother, husband, 7 children, two stepsons, 15 grandchildren, 3 brothers, one sister, a number of other relatives and friends.  The only consolation that can be offered is the sweet realization of the fact that your beloved is at rest. The poor worn frame will never more be racked with the agonies of pain.  Suffering is at an end but twill only be a little while until you will cross the dark river and join your loved one among the host of Saved on the other shore. - Waveland Independent, February 10, 1922

 Mrs. Isaac N. Cox died at her home on East Howard Street early Tuesday morning after suffering many weeks from cancer. Funeral services will be held at the home this morning by Reverends Alley and Pearce. The body will be taken to Terre Haute for burial in Highland Lawn Cemetery, after a short service by Reverend Mr. Brandenburg. The funeral will be in charge of the Daughters of America, of which Mrs. Cox was a member. Mrs. Cox's maiden name was Agnes Johnson. She was born near Portland Mills, Oct 2, 1856. She was married. May 9, 1875. Two sons, both married, survive, one in Terre Haute and one at Arthur, Illinois. Mrs. Cox joined the United Brethren Church 28 years ago. After coming to Waveland she transferred her membership to the ME Church. She was well liked by all who knew her. She bore her terrible suffering with the greatest of patience. Sympathy is expressed for the bereaved husband who gave her the tenderest care. In this connection Mr. Cox wishes to thank the neighbors and friends for their assistance and sympathy. - Waveland Independent, 09 August 1906

Lydia Margaret BURKS was b. June 13, 1839 and died September 18, 1901, aged 62 years 3 months and 5 days.  She was married to James COX October  22, 1863 and they lived since upon the farm on which she died, 3 mi SW of Rockville.  Six children have blessed their union, two of whom died when quite small.  Their son, Ralph is in the West and Mrs. Nellie FISHER, Mrs. Mary SHALEY and Mrs. Hattie ALDEN all live in Parke County   Her funeral was held September 20 at 10:30 at the New Bethel Church near their home.  Rev. Elmer Mater of Crawfordsville officiated, after which the remains were laid to rest in the Union Cemetery.  Thus passes from us a true Christian woman, having embraced Christ 44 years ago.  She was a loving companion and a faithful mother.  Her life was one felt by all who knew her and in their great bereavement the family has the sympathy of many friends.  We wait in the confident hope of the resurrection of the just.  - Unknown source

Private funeral rites for Claude Earl Cox, 66-year-old World War I veteran, found dead early Saturday, Dec. 22, in his burning trailer house on North Sherman St., in Veedersburg, were held at 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 24, at the Fishero Funeral Home in Veedersburg.  The Rev. J. Samuel Pritchard officiated and burial was in Cold Spring Cemetery .  The fire was discovered about 3 a.m. by Don Riley, employed at the foundry in Veedersburg, while driving along US-136 near the trailer.  He ran to the scene, but the flames were so far along he drove into town to give the alarm.  Before firemen reached the trailer it was burned to the ground.  The body was recovered from the debris.  Fountain County Coroner Ralph Nelson, Veedersburg, said an investigation was continuing into the fire.  Mr. Cox was a native of Parke County and he was born July 27, 1896 , the son of Thomas and Sarah Butts Cox.  He was married Dec. 21, 1914 to Sylvia Martin, who survives.  He was a mechanic by trade, a veteran of World War I, and a member of the EUB Church in Parke County .  Surviving, in addition to the widow, are:  15 children, six daughters, Mrs. Reba Pickett, Mrs. Reatha McClure, Mrs. Donna Sandlin and Mrs. Beverly King of Veedersburg; Mrs. Rae Ann Morgan of Cooksville, Tenn., and Mrs. Rogenna Grimes of Windsor, Cal.; nine sons, Emerson, Jack, Bill and Darwin of Veedersburg, Gerald of Encino, Cal., Verne of LaGrange, Ill., Donald and Wesley of Chicago and Verlin of Omaha, Neb.; four sisters, Mrs. George Rowe and Mrs. Pearl Martin of Rockville, Mrs. Opal Barkley of Indianapolis and Mrs. Lucille Burdine of Phoenix, Ariz.; 53 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. - Crawfordsville Journal Review, 24 December 1962, Page 006

Funeral Card -- "In Memory of Dorothy Cox, born August 11, 1905, date of death: July 15, 1963. Services from Mau Funeral Home, Thursday July 18, 1963 2:00 p.m.  Clergyman officiating; Rev. Louis Alderton; final resting place: memory Garden. Pall Bearers, Lawrence Bradburn, Jean Evans, Vernon Hinshaw, Willard Hinshaw, George Laws, Harold Wilson."

Funeral Card -- "In memory of Grace M. Cox, born July 18, 1872 date of death: August 18, 1959 services from: Branson & Mau Funeral Home, Thursday August20,1 959 2:00 p.m.  Clergyman Officiating: Rev. Louis Alderton, Rev. Paul Shepard, Final resting place, Oakland Cemetery, Montezuma in; Pall bearers: Lawrence Bradburn, Jean N. Evans, Joe Helt, George Laws, Ray Miles, Clyde Seybold."

“Frank COX, son of Adam and Ann Cox, was born April 2, 1871, and departed this life April 20, 1919, age 48 years and 18 days. His mother died when he was only two months old and he was taken to raise by Mrs. Sarah Beatty, who died one and a half years ago.            On December 22, 1897, he was united in marriage to Myrtle A. Fisher. To this union were born four children, one son, Bennie, with the American Expeditionary Forces in France, and three daughters, Alice, Violet and Mary Frances, who with the wife survive him.  Frank also leaves two sisters, Etta Smith of Nettlenton, Arkansas, and Emma Misenhelter of Kansas City, Missouri. Also foster brothers and sisters who are Edward, Joe, George Beatty, Mrs. Emma Lang, Mrs. Laura Bryant and Mrs. Cora Barnes, who mourn him as a brother.             He was a farmer and stock raiser by occupation and was always found honest and upright, always doing something for the uplift of the community in which he lived.             Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon April 23, in the yard at the home, conducted by Rev. T. J. Freed, after which Howard Lodge I. O. O. F. No. 71 took charge. Burial in Mt. Olivet cemetery.”  - Rockville Tribune, April 29,1919

Pearley W. COX 70 years old, died at 1:20 o’clock last Wednesday afternoon at his home in Montezuma.  He is survived by the widow, Maude; one daughter, Mary E. Taylor of Montezuma; a sister, Patty Pittman of Montezuma and a brother, Charles Cox of San Miquel, California. - Rockville Tribune, May 24, 1945

Lawrence D. COX, 35 years old, Rosedale resident was instantly killed at 2:00 Friday afternoon when he fell 25 feet head first from the Grasolli mine tipple at Spelterville, to a railroad rail below.  His skull was crushed and his right leg broken.  Death was due according to the coroner's verdict to the shock and a skull fracture.   Cox who has lived nearly all his life at Rosedale had only worked a short time at the mine was siding on the platform in construction work riveting the platform being suspended by chains.  It is believed that one of the chains either parted or became detached from the platform, precipitating him to the rail below.  His brother, Herbert who also resides in Rosedale had passed where Lawrence was working only 15 minutes before and spoken to him.   His crew fellow workmen had not suspected that the platform was anything but safe and the others were just about to step onto the platform when they??  with Cox.  They turned their heads to shut out the sight and when they looked again Cox was being picked up by fellow workmen.  He never uttered a word.  The verdict of Assistant Coroner Henry W. Bopp did not fix the blame for the accident. Those who saw the accident immediately summoned Dr.  Joseph Frisz of 12 Points and the Thomas ambulance. When the Dr. arrived, Cox was already dead.  The body was taken to the Thomas Funeral Home but was soon removed to the Wells Home at Rosedale.  Cox is survived by a wife; his  mother, Mrs. Ellen Baldridge, with whom he made his home at Rosedale;  two  children, Esther, 12 and Ralph D aged 10; four brothers, Leo of Terre  Haute,  Leslie, Ovid and Herbert of Rosedale.  Funeral services were held at 1:00 p.m. at Rosedale ME Church with Rev. J. M. Williams officiating. Burial in Rosedale Cemetery. This funeral was one of the largest ever attended at Rosedale.  - Rockville Tribune, January 19, 1927

John M. N. COX was born June 10, 1838, in Parke County, Indiana near what is known as the Cox Ford on Sugar Creek; departed this life January 18, 1923.  He was the 7th of a family of 9 children.  His father and mother came to Parke County from North Carolina in an early day, entering land, clearing the forest and building a home.  Soon death claimed the father, William Cox, thus leaving the burden of caring for the younger children on John; a task he faithfully performed.  He received a common school education and one term in what was then Bloomingdale Academy.  In 1862 when the call came for the boys to enlist in the Civil War John was among the first, enlisting in the 9th Battery Light Artillery.  He was in many battles and escaped without a wound.  While returning to camp to be discharged he was on that ill-fated boat, the Eclipse, on the Tennessee River when so many brave soldiers lost their lives.  John was wounded and so badly mangled that for a time he was given up as one of the fatally wounded, but with a brave fight after lingering four months in the hospital, he was able to return home to his loved ones. October 2, 1867, he was united in marriage to Sarah B. BACUS, widow of George S. Bacus, who lost his life in the battle of Chickamauga.  To this union 3 daughters were born: Luetta; Stella and Esta.  Luetta and Esta together with the mother have been called to their heavenly home.  Uncle Johnnie, as he was familiarly known, was a good man.  He was reared to sturdy manhood in those pioneer days when man's religion was in doing as you wish to be done by, thus living the golden rule.  He took the Bible as his standard and guide.  He believed God to be the father of all mankind and worshiped God by going where duty called, on errands that might benefit some needy soul.  We recall a time when word reached John of the critical illness of his brother Dan.  It was a cold winter and the roads were bad.  Johns started afoot and alone, walking all the distance that he might administer to his brother's wants.  He had a knowledge that was useful.  He was a bright example of how man should adjust his inner self with external relations.  He was strictly honest, no man can say aught against him, but many a poor, worthy one has said, "God bless John Cox."  Two years and a half ago, after disposing of his farm, he went to Bloomingdale to live with his daughter, Stella, who has been ever careful and mindful of his wants.  He had retired from the active duties of life several years ago and was a helpless invalid. Those who are left and will miss most are his daughter, Stella Thompson, the only child living, 7 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren, one sister, Mrs. Miranda Maris, a number of nephews, nieces, cousins and friends. The funeral was conducted at the home of his daughter, by Rev. Hopper January 21.  Interment in Poplar Grove cemetery.

Marie Cox, 77, of Plainfield and formerly of Montezuma died at 8:45 a.m. Tuesday, May 5, 1998, in Vencor Hospital in Indianapolis. She was born May 30, 1920, in Indianapolis to Sam Gaines and Ella Cable Gaines. Her husband, Harold Cox, died September 15, 1983. Survivors include one son, Harold Buck Cox; one daughter, Rowena Cobb; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Services are 11 a.m. Friday in Brown Funeral Home. Burial is in Memory Garden in Rockville. Visitation is 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday.


Mrs. Susan Crafton, widow of Jesse N. Crafton, died at 4:00 o’clock Saturday evening at the home northeast of Carbon in Parke county, of paralysis following a stroke sustained last Tuesday, aged 77 years, one month and several days.  The deceased was a member of the Baptist church at Carbon and had been active in church work.  The deceases is survived by a sister, Mary Knight of Missouri, and two half-sisters, Mrs. Lilliam Tarley and Mrs. Belle Tarley, of Kansas City.  Funeral services will be held at the North Union church north of Carbon at 10:30 o’clock Tuesday morning. Rev. Harrell officiating, interment North Union cemetery. – Brazil Daily Times, 26 August 1929


Harvey E. Crague, 72 years old, veteran clay worker of Carbon, died at 8 o’clock Sunday morning at the Garvin Nursing Home in Brazil following an illness of three months. For many years an employee of the Kalamazoo Clay Company at Carbon, Mr. Crague retired two years ago.  A native of Parke county, he was the son of john & Susan Davis Crague. Surviving are a brother Charles Edgar Crague of Carbon.  The body was taken to the Miller & Sons Funeral Home where services will be held at 10:30 o’clock Wednesday morning, the Rev. Robert Shanklin, pastor of the Brazil Larger Parish, officiating. Burial will be in North Union Cemetery, north of Carbon.  Friends may call at the funeral home after 3;30 o’clock Tuesday afternoon. – Brazil Daily Times, 03 May 1954


CRAIG, Mrs. Juliet, Deadwood, Dakota, November 22, of pneumonia. - Reported by Hargrave & Elson, Funeral Directors, Rockville Republican, December 5, 1888

Mrs. FRANCES CRAIG Dies After Stroke - Montezuma - Mrs. FRANCES CRAIG, age 66, widow of Thomas Craig, died at her home about three miles east of Montezuma, last evening at 9 o'clock.  About a week ago, Mrs. Craig was stricken with paralysis and from that time until she died, she was unable to move or speak.  The daughter of Cynthia and William Morgan, Mrs. Craig was born near Montezuma on September 27, 1867.  Her entire life was spent in this vicinity, and she had lived in her present home for 40 years.  Her husband preceded her in death four years ago today.  Since that time Mrs. Craig had lived alone.  Surviving are a half-sister, Mrs. Melissa Elliott of Montezuma; a half-brother, James Clinard of Blythe, CA, several step-children and several nieces and nephews.  The funeral arrangements are incomplete, but burial probably will be at the Arabia Cemetery, two miles southeast of Montezuma.  -  The Daily Clintonian, Thursday, March 15, 1934, Page  1, shared by Carolyn Schwab

Wilma Jean, the infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Craig, died at the home at Carbon, early this morning of inanition, aged seven days. The parents, two sisters and a brother survive. A private funeral will be held at the home Wednesday morning, interment North Union Cemetery. – Brazil Daily Times, 11 May 1926


Mary Coble Cramer, daughter of George and Mary McKahan Coble was born December 9, 1844 in Carrol County, Ohio.  Departed this life February 10, 1928 at her home in Wabash township, Parke county, Indiana at the age of 83 years, 2 months and 1 day.  She was the fourth child of eight children, all pioneers of Parke county coming here from Ohio in 1849 and lived in Raccoon, Florida and Wabash townships until the time of her death.  She was united in marriage to Washington Cramer September 17, 1868, a Veteran of the Mexican and Civil Wars who passed away July 17, 1885.  To this union was born two sons; Ambrose L. and Frank A., the latter died in early life.  Mrs. Cramer always displayed a pleasant disposition, was fond of her home and friends.  To know her was to love and admire her, in early life she became a member o f the Christian Church.  She leaves to mourn her departure one son A. L. Cramer of Orient, Illinois, five grandsons, Earl, Vern and Roland all of Orient, Roy of Newport, Indiana and Charles of Montezuma.  Five great grand children and one brother George Coble of Kansas and one sister Margaret Hayen of Marshall, Indiana and a host of nieces and nephews and many neighbors and friends.  Services were held at her home by Rev. Myress, singers were Rev. and Mrs. Everett Gerard. Pall bearers were her grandsons and a nephew with burial in Rockville Cemetery - From The Rockville Republican        Shared by Ronald Cramer

Died at his residence near Montezuma July 17th, Washington Cramer aged 64 years.  Deceased has been confined to his bed for many months and his suffering has been intense.  A widow and several children in moderate circumstances mourn his loss.  On Saturday July 18th deceased was buried in the Rockville Cemetery with Military and Religious ceremonies, by a detachment of the G. A. R. led by the Parke band.  The comrades marched to the grave where after prayer by Rev. W. P. Cummings, the beautiful and impressive ritual of the Grand Army was followed in the final ceremonies; the  floral wreath, the memento of affection and the flag as an emblem of loyalty were laid upon the coffin and brief addresses were pronounced.  Pursuant to the new ritual of the Grand Army, Post Commander John F. Meacham detailed three comrades to this sad duty.  1st Comrade; J. . Beadle alluded to the patriotic services of our departed comrade and assured his sorrowing family that the time would never come then his career would not be to them a pleasant memory.  They argued the immortality of the soul from the lessons of nature and the logical necessity of a life to compensate for the sorrowing and sufferings of this, and closed with an appeal to the young to remember services and sacrifices of the dead and resolve that if the nation should b threatened in their time, they would strive to emulate Comrade Cramer's virtues.  2nd Comrade: Caption J. H. Lindley then spoke (as near as we can remember) as follow; Comrades and friends; I shall say but few words to you.  Nothing but a keen sense of the obligation resting upon a living soldier to pay a tribute of respect to a dead comrade could induce me to say one word.  Death is at all times a solemn visitor; gut when we hear that one who has followed his country's flag on the battlefield and escaped the danger of shot and shell has finally yielded to the ravages of disease. The intelligence brings uncommon sadness. Whenever I learn that an old soldier is dead, I esteem it a duty and a privilege to attend his funeral in the character of surviving comrade, just as I hope those soldiers will do when my time comes.  And so I count it a privilege, though a sad one, to come today, to do what I may towards a fitting funeral for this old hero of two wars, who after fighting gallantly for his country and struggling long and gravely against the attacks of disease has been vanquished and is dead.  On our next memorial day there will be one more flag planted in our cemetery, and we will come and scatter fresh flowers on this grave, in memory of his heroism and of the great principles for which he fought.  May we, the living remnants of the Grand Army, always be ready with tears for the dead comrades and with kind words and charitable deeds for the living.  a true soldier need not blush if on occasions like this his lips should quiver and his eyes become moist, remember that "The bravest are the tenderst, The loving are the Daring"  3rd Comrade; Captain Frank M. Howard spoke substantially as follow;  Comrades and friends; Once more we are called to lay a hero away to his eternal rest.  A hero he was indeed, and a firm, unwavering patriot.  In the day of battle he was at the post of duty; in camp and on the march he stood nobly to his task and in his later years though some injustice was done him no man ever heard him utter a word of regret that he served his country or of complaint against his country's laws.  He served in the War with Mexico and again in the War for the Union; he received for these services a pension, but a few years ago, in some way, for some cause not understood, he was deprived of this help just when he need it most.  I had charge of this business for him; but his fatal sickness came before it could be righted, but in his talk with friends he always spoke of it simply as a mistake; and never a murmur was heard form him against the country he served so faithfully and loved so well.  Wash Cramer, our neighbor and comrade, Wash Cramer, the patriot hero, is gone to his final rewards; but in behalf of the Grand Army, I assure the sorrowing family that all will be done that we can to correct the error, and that the memory of the departed husband and father will be cherished  and to their last days his offspring may say with proper pride that his man did his full duty like a true man in the great struggle for liberty, national unity and human rights.  Captain Meacham then announced to the family and friends that the proper committee would be ready to assist to righting Comrade Cramer's pension business; after  the detachment marched to the Grand Army Hall and were dismissed. - From the Rockville Tribune, July 23, 1885 -  Shared by Ronald Cramer


 Mrs. Mary Craven, well known here, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Herbert Payne, Petoskey, Mich. Mrs. Craven with her son, Joe, lived in Waveland for the past two years and had a large circle of friends. On account of ill health she went north in hops of recovery, but her work was finished on earth, the Master's still, soft voice bade her come Home.  Her body was brought to her old home at Rockville and taken to the residence of Mr. & Mrs. W. H. Fisher last Tuesday.  A large number assembled in the afternoon at the A. M. E. Church to pay a last tribute to one who has been a faithful and cheerful member.  Services were conducted by Rev. F. G. Morrison.   One favorite hymn by her request was sung - "Safe in the Arms of Jesus."   Mrs. Hattie Butler and son, of Chicago, Mrs. Irene Payne of Petroskey and Rev. J. L. Craven, presiding elder of Indianapolis district, attended the funeral.  Burial in Rockville, Tuesday, September 28. - Waveland Independent, October 15, 1915


Funeral services for the late John Crawford of Carbon will be held at the residence at Carbon at 2 p.m. Friday with the Rev. John Norris of New Market officiating. Burial will be made in the North Union Cemetery. The body will be removed from the Miller & Sons Funeral Home to the residence at 3 p.m. tomorrow, Thursday, where friends may call to pay their respects. – Brazil Daily Times, 10 November 1960

Rebecca Crawford was born March 7, 1807 in Tazwell county, Virginia. She was married to Joseph Smith in 1828 and arrived in Johnson county, Indiana, Christmas of the same year. They made a home in the wilderness. What changes since that time! They raised two children, a son and daughter the daughter died in 1855. Then she came to Rockville and has since made her home with her son, Robert J. Smith.  She leaves three grandsons, one great-grandson and two great-granddaughters. Her time and means were spent to a considerable extent, in the interest of the m. E. church, which she loved and of which she has been a devoted member for nearly 70 years. Her health has been failing for several years, and the last ten months she has suffered so terribly and so often wished to be released from her suffering, that her dearest and nearest should be glad to see her at rest, as we are satisfied she now is.  The funeral, Sunday afternoon, conducted by Rev. J. S. Maxwell, at her son’s residence was attended by a large concourse of our people, who thus attested their friendship during her life and reverence for her memory. - Rockville Tribune, 18 April  1895


George W. CRIST, 87, died at his home north east of Bloomingdale, at 12:00 noon Wednesday, April 30.  He was born in Augusta Co, VA October 10, 1870, coming to Rockville in 1894 where he worked as a farm hand in Rockville and Marshall vicinity. In January 17, 1904 he was married to Ursula Tucker who died in 1925.  Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Lawrence Smith of Bloomingdale RR 1, a grandson, Thomas C. Smith and a great grandson of Chicago.  Funeral services were held at the Davies Funeral Home, Marshall with Rev. Chant in charge.  Burial was in Poplar Grove Cemetery.  - Tri-County News May 8, 1958


Henry E. CRITES, 64 of 1718 Green Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania died January 11th at 11 a.m. from lobar pneumonia.  He was a member of the Modern Woodmen of American 3418 at Brazil, Indiana. He leaves a wife, one daughter, Mrs. James Stith of Philadelphia, two sons Charles of Newark, New Jersey and Elmer at home. - Rockville Tribune, January 19, 1927


Rockville – Chester W. CROOKS, 65, who was a former trustee of Union Township, Parke County and who served two terms as a county commissioner, died suddenly Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. at a neighbor’s farm.  Born November 1, 1889, near Waveland, the son of Elmer and Eva Dooley Crooks, he was a member of the Otterbein U. B. Church.  Survivors include the mother; the widow; Fern, Two sons, John of Rockville and Joe of Cincinnati; one sister, Mrs. Earl Brown of Jessup and two grandchildren.  Funeral was conducted on Thursday at 2:30 p.m. at Rockville and burial was made in memory Garden Cemetery.  - Waveland Independent, March 17, 1955

Donald V. CROOKS, age 63, of 416 N. Erie St, Rockville, passed away at 7:15 p.m. Tues. in the Vermillion Co Hospital at Clinton.  An employee of the Rockville Street Department for many years, he was a member of the Rockville Baptist Church, Masonic Lodge NO. 8, Scottish Rite, Valley of Terre Haute and American Legion Post No. 48.  He was born in Parke County on April 25, 1905 the son of Oscar J. and Rose Minderman Crooks.  Surviving are the widow, Marie Lucille; a sister, Mrs. Archie Miller of Rockville and a nephew, Jack Miller of Indianapolis.  Funeral services will be held at 2 o'clock Fri. afternoon at the Butler Funeral Home.  The Rev. Eric Ryser will officiate and interment will be in Memory Garden Cemetery.  Friends may call after 2 p.m. today (Thurs) at the funeral home, where Masonic memorial services will be conducted at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. - Rockville Republican, Thursday, January 16, 1969

Delila Frances MARTIN Crooks -  Mrs. Lila F. CROOKS, age 79, died at the home of her brother-in-law, Allen Noble, in Bellmore, Saturday, after an extended illness.  She was the widow of Dr. James Crooks of Bridgeton, who died in 1908.  Mrs. Crooks was a charter member of the Bridgeton chapter of the Eastern Star lodge and a member of the Past Matrons club of Parke County.  Some time after her husband's death, she moved from Bridgeton to Rosedale, where she lived until going to the Noble home a few years ago. Mrs. Crooks is survived by two stepsons, George B. Crooks of Bridgeton, and Robert M. Crooks of Terra Haute, and a number of nephews and nieces.  Funeral services were held at the Noble home at 2 o'clock, Monday afternoon, in charge of Rev. W. P. Noble.  Burial was made in the Martin cemetery.  Rockville Republican - June 1, 1939 (from Mary Jane Parvey)

The funeral of Elmer E. CROOKS was held at the Methodist church on Monday afternoon at 2:30 the body lying in state from one o'clock..  The church service was in charge of Rev. C. B. Stanforth assisted by Rev LP Green. The pallbearers were: Wilder Rinehart; George Cowan; Clarence Taylor; Parke White; Clarence Milligan and Will Smiley. The flowers were carried by Charles Campbell; Hubert Loudermill; Sherman Gilliland and Lee Foster.  A quartet, Corta Dooley; Claude Lydick; Mrs. Elby Emmert and Mrs. Orris Reiter, sang One by One and Golden Bells. Burial in Maple Ridge.   - Waveland Independent, September 7, 1934

FRANKLIN 'DOC' CROOKS - Doc Crooks died last Wednesday morning, S. K. Fuson preached the funeral discource at the residence, Thursday morning.  The interment was made at Rockville, by the G. A. R.  He was born in Parke County, Indiana in December 1842 to James M. and Anna Nevins Crooks.  On January 9, 1868, he married the former Martha Darroch.  To this union, 10 children were born, Lawrence W, Minnie, Maude, Jennie E, Josephine "Josie", Bessie, Margaret, Charles and Parke. - Rockville Republican, Wednesday, January 17, 1906 – shared by Jimmy Gillis

On Wednesday last Gideon CROOKS and William CLARK were drowned near Bridgeton, while attempting to cross Raccoon Creek in a skiff. The bodies of the drowned men have not yet been recovered.  This lamentable accident awakened feelings of deep sorrow and sadness among a large circle of friends and acquaintances.  Mr. Crooks was a man well advanced in years, had long resided in Bridgeton, and was universally beloved and esteemed by all who knew him.  Mr. Clark was held in like esteem by those who knew him best. He was comparatively young in years and to him life was full of hope. He served his country faithfully in the gallant old 14th Indiana, and endured the privations, hardships and dangers of four long years of war, without serious harm, but in an hour when least looked for, death marked him as a victim, and he is taken away. Truly it is said ‘In the midst of life we are in death’.”  - Parke County Republican, May 13, 1868

Howard Crooks, a former resident of this community (Parkville) died at the Union Hospital in Terre Haute, Sunday morning.  We extend our sympathy to the bereaved ones. - Waveland Independent, December 22, 1922

Mrs. George Smock, of Terre Haute: Mrs. B. Harshbarger, of Milton, W. Va.; and Mrs. Lawrence Tennant of St. Louis, were called here by the sickness and death of their father, Dr. James CROOKS.  It is with profound regret that we chronicle the death of our venerable fellow citizen, Dr. James Crooks, which occurred at his residence in Bridgeton, Sunday morning.  He was taken with a chill on last Sunday morning and kept growing steadily worse until pneumonia developed, which his feeble constitution was too weak to combat.  His funeral which will be in charge of the Masonic fraternity, will take place at the Crooks home tomorrow, Tuesday morning. - Rockville Tribune - February 5, 1908, the first on page 5, the other on page 1

James Crooks, a well know citizen of Mansfield, died suddenly at his home Thursday night.  He had not enjoyed good health for a number of years but was able to work and on the evening of his death ate a hearty supper and retired, seemingly as well as usual.  About 9 o’clock, Mrs. Crooks heard him making a choaking noise and called her son Arthur who was there.  He died in a very few minutes after his son reached his bedside.   Mr. Crooks was born in the Otterbein neighborhood over 74 years ago and was a son of James and Annie Nevins Crooks.  For a number of years he had lived at Mansfield where he was highly esteemed by all who knew him.  He is survived by his widow, who was formerly Miss Angeline Wimmer, and six children, two daughters, Mrs. Effie Stepp and Mrs. Mary Hill of Illinois;  and four sons, Arthur of Brazil;  Morton of Logansport;  David of Lebanon and Marion of Union township.  One brother, Samuel Crooks of Union township and two sisters, Mrs. Hosea Wimmer of Union township and Mrs. James Jerome of Oklahoma also are left surviving.  Funeral services were held at the family residence on Saturday morning, conducted by the pastor of the deceased, Rev. Richey, of Otterbein U. B. church.  The large number who attended evidenced the high regard in which Mr. Crooks was held.  The pall bearers were the four sons and two sons-in-law of the deceased.  There were a number of beautiful floral tributes.  The remains were taken to New Discovery cemetery for interment. - Tribune, Tuesday, December 3, 1912, page 001 – shared by Jimmy Gillis

BELLMORE - News came last week, that John Crooks of Missouri was dead.  John Crooks was raised near here.  When your correspondent was a small boy, he went to school at the "Old Red".  We remember he once gave us a small piece of candy.  At that time candy was a great vgariety.  We always liked John.  Peace be to his memory. -- The Rockville Tribune, September 14, 1904 – shared by Jimmy Gillis

Funeral Card:  "In Memory of: Opal Fern Crooks, born: September 2, 1892, date of death: December 4, 1963 Services from: Butler Funeral Home, Rockville, Indiana Sat., December 7, 1963 2:00 p.m. , Clergyman Officiating: Rev. Paul Gentry; Final Resting Place: Memory Garden Cemetery, Rockville, Indiana; Pall Bearers: Paul Myers, Edgar Jeffries, Joe Brown, Willis Hammock, Glenn Chaney, Homer Lear."

Samuel Crooks died last Tuesday morning.  Funeral services were held at Otterbein Thursday conducted by Mr. Markin.  Mr. Crooks was a well known and public spirited citizen and in his younger days was a good singer and a good leader in the old fashioned church music.  He served in the sixty-day service, a bullet, passing through his coat at the battle of Uniontown.  Samuel Crooks was born February 23, 1835 in Parke County, Indiana to James M. and Anna Nevins Crooks.  On May 28, 1867, he was united in marriage to Mary Jane Davis.  To this union, five children were born, William Howard, John M, Laura E., George Nelson and Squire E.  Burial took place at Blake Cemetery following the funeral services. – Rockville Tribune, 29 April 1913, Page 5 – shared by Jimmy Gillis

William Crooks, aged 71 years, died at his home north of Bridgeton, last Tuesday morning and was buried at Pleasant Valley cemetery, Wednesday afternoon.  The Masons had charge of the services at the grave.  William Crooks was born in Adams Township, Parke County, Indiana on 17 Aug 1833, the second of ten children born to James M. and Anna Nevins Crooks.  On May 9, 1858, he was united in holy matrimony to Mary Ann Martin.   Mr. Crooks was long a resident of Raccoon township and was highly respected by a large circle of friends.  He is survived by eight children and eight grandchildren, his wife having died in 1890.  - The Rockville Tribune, Wednesday, November 9, 1904 – shared by Jimmy Gillis



Chas. Cornthwaite Drown in Wabash - In Company with two other men from Rockville and a Montezuma Man was on Fishing Part; Boat Sank.  - Charles Cornthwaite, 37 years old, an auto mechanic of Rockville was drowned at 9:30 Saturday night in the Wabash River at a point two and a half miles north of Montezuma, near the Green Cabin camp, a club house owned by J.M. Johns, Rockville attorney.  Cornthwaite was on a fishing expedition with Leiton Hunnicutt, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ben Hunnicutt, and John Case of Rockville when the tragedy occurred.  Cornwaite and Emmett Humphrey of Montezuma, were out in the middle of the river in a newly constructed boat when something went wrong with the motor.  They had lost one oar and were on their way back to camp when the boat began to leak so badly that they realized they would have to abandon it.  Humphrey could swim, but Cornwaite could not, so he told Cornwaite to hang on the boat as long as possible.  Owing to his heavy clothing, Humphrey had a terrific struggle to get to shore where he was found in a dazed condition at one o’clock by Sheriff Jacob Smith and a searching part.   The body of Cornwaite was not recovered until one o’clock Sunday afternoon.  Edward Hixson and Porter Jackson, Montezuma fishermen, got the body with mussel hooks.  They will receive a reward of $50 which was offered by the Fire Department of Rockville , and $25 offered by Jacob Smith if the body was found that day.  The body was found ten feet from the bank in water about eight feet deep.   Hunnicutt and Case were on the bank when the boat went under, and left immediately to summon help from Rockville, thinking that both men had drowned.  After finding themselves in the water Humphrey and Cornwaite called to the men on shore and told them they thought they could not make it.   Charles Cornthwaite was 37 years old and a member of a prominent family of Rockville .  He was a truck driver of the Rockville Fire department, which position he has held since 1918.  He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Genevieve Cornthwaite, a young son and two daughters, his mother, Mrs. Florence Cornwaite, a sister, Mrs. H.L. Frushour and one brother, Guy, all of Rockville.  Funeral services were held at the residence Tuesday afternoon, in charge of Rev. C.M. McClure, pastor of the Methodist church, with interment in the Rockville cemetery.  Emmett Humphrey is a son in law of W. A. Lawrence, of the Montezuma bakery.   - The Montezuma Enterprise  29 March 1928,  Thursday [Contributed by Sandra J. Lee Westbrooks]


Mrs. Jennie Eakin Cully died at the home of her mother in Bloomington last Sun. morning. Mrs. Cully has been a patient sufferer from consumption for several months, and a few weeks ago returned to Bloomington that she might have the care of her mother. She grew steadily worse and passed peacefully away last Sunday. She was 27 years of age and a member of the Christian Church.  She was married to Samuel A. Cully 6 years ago and besides her husband leaves a bright little boy five years old.   Funeral services were held at Bloomington on Tuesday.  - Waveland Independent, December 16, 1898


Waveland Independent, Unknown date -- Mr. Charles Canine attended the funeral of his cousin, Mrs. Wilson Cummings, of near Marshall, Monday afternoon.  She was laid to rest at Bethany.  Rev. Mr. Merriel, of Frankfort had charge of the funeral. 


Ada Cutshall, 94, died at 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 3, at the home of Colleen Adamson of Rockville.  Born March 9, 1890 in Peru, she was the daughter of Coborn and Caroline Dodds Brough. She married Cart Cutty Cutshall on August 12, 1922, who died March 6, 1968. A graduate of Peru High School, she attended Winona College, Columbia University in New York City, and the School of Civics in Chicago, Illinois. Associated with the Red Cross in Chicago during World War I, she moved to Brazil in the early 1920s and where she was a teacher and supervisor at Meridian School. A member of First Presbyterian Church of Brazil, she was a teacher of the Young Couples Class. She served on the Brazil Library Board for more than 40 years and was a member of the Shakespeare Circle.   Survivors include her daughter-in-law, Harriet Cutshall Curry of Bloomington and three grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a son, Carl Cutshall Jr. Services were conducted Sunday at Moore Funeral Home in Brazil with Rev. Dan Biggs officiating. Burial was in Cottage Hill Cemetery.   Thanks to: Mary Lou Hermiller - Parke County Sentinel of April 9, 1984