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Mrs. Mildred Earl, age 57, of Rockville, mother of Mrs. Roberta Wolfe of Covington, died at 7:15 a.m. Sunday, April 23 at the Indiana State Hospital at Rockville. A native of Parke County, she was born Aug. 8, 1909, the daughter of Homer and Grace McCool Atkins. She was a member of the Rockville Baptist Church and the Catlin Chapter 350, Order of Eastern Star. She was married April 24, 1928, at Rockville to George Earl, who died Dec. 28, 1959.Surviving are: four daughters, Mrs. Bonnie Riddle, Mrs. Grace Lightle, Mrs. Marily Millsbaught, all of Rockville, and Mrs. Wolfe of Covington; two sons, William A. of Greencastle and Robert of Jension, Mich.; one sister, Mrs. Lena Mae Burns of Rockville; one brother, John Atkins of South Roxana, Ill.; and 13 grandchildren. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Butler Funeral Home, Rockville. The Rev. D. F. Nickless officiated and burial was in Memory Garden Cemetery.-- Crawfordsville Journal Review, 24 April 1967

ROCKVILLE— Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Tudor-Herrick Funeral Home for Rickey Wayne Earl, 16, of Brownsburg, a former resident of Rockville. He died instantly about 6 p.m. Friday in a one-car accident on State Road 39 approximately four miles north of Danville, Ind. He was alone in the auto. Born Oct. 21, 1959, in Crawfordsville, he was a student at Brownsburg High. Survivors include his parents, Mr. and Mrs. James Blacketer; three sisters, Cathy Earl, Kelley Earl and Suzette Blacketer, all at home; his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Roy Clevenger of Waveland, Mr. and Mrs. David Ireland of Ellmore and Mrs. Reba Blacketer of Mecca; and a great-grandmother, Mrs. Mary Reneer of Champaign. The Rev. Paul Woodruff will officiate. Burial will be in Memory Garden Cemetery. Friends will be received after 2 p.m. today at the funeral home.-- Crawfordsville Journal Review 21-Apr-1975 Page 002


Mary E. Dooley Eckhart, 92, Indianapolis, died February 29.  She was vice pres. of Eckhart & Co., a bookbindery, for 20 years, retiring in 1972.  She was a member of First Meridian Heights Presbyterian Church and a life master of the American Contract Bridge League.  Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Assoc. Services: 10 a.m. in Leppert & Hurt Mortuary, with calling from 2 to 5 p.m. Burial: Calvary Cemetery. She was the widow of Wm. F. Eckhart, Sr.  Survivors: children William F. Eckhart; Patricia Walton; sister Martha Muluey (sic - should be Martha Mulvey) ; five grandchildren; 10 great grandchildren.  ( Indianapolis Star, Saturday 2 (should be 3) March 1996 )  Submitted by  Shelley Dooley


Mrs. William Edminston of Rosedale was beaten over the head with a gun and her 5-year-old daughter shot so that she died in a few hours, some time on Friday night of last week. The husband who has disappeared is suspected of the deed. - Waveland Independent, August 24, 1917


Whitesville, October 18 -- George Dallas Eggers, 92 years old, died here at the home of his granddaughter, Mrs. Albert Jenkins on Monday afternoon at 3:10 o’clock.  He had been ill one week and his death was attributed to the infirmities of old age.  Mr. Eggers was born in Parke County November 15, 1844, a son of Joseph and Mary Eggers.  He married Sarah Sanders who died in May 1935.  Surviving are three sons, Charles Eggers, Burlington; Dr. Ernest Eggers, Hammond and Cecil Eggers Indianapolis; 11 grandchildren 4 greats.  Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Barnard Baptist Church.  Friends may call at the Chastain Funeral Home in Roachdale  Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning. Interment will be made in the Barnard Cemetery. - Crawfordsville Journal Review, 19 October 1937


Everett M. Eldridge, age 59, passed away at his residence in Rockville Tuesday, May 23.  He was a retired farmer and a member of the Rockville Methodist Church .  Born on Aug 22, 1907 near Judson, he was the son of Richard and Anna Estes Eldridge.  Surviving are one son, Fred Eldridge of R.R. 5, Sullivan; one step-daughter, Mrs. Lloyd Michael of Rosedale; two brothers, Grover Eldridge of Lafayette , and John Eldridge of Chicago ; five grandchildren and one great grandchild.  Funeral services were held at Butler Funeral Home at 2 o’clock Friday, with the Rev. B.F. Nichkless officiating and Mrs. Floy Norris as organist.  Burial was in Rockville Cemetery .  [difference in death date from obit and cemetery] - The Rockville Tribune   1 June 1967, Thursday  [Contributed by Sandra J. Lee Westbrooks]


Milton David Elson - What Splendid human power is love?  God so loved man that He gave His only begotten son for him.  We are here today because we love one another.  We sympathize to our soul’s depth with this bereft woman and these bereft relatives and friends.  Our sorrow is deep, sincere, heart rending, when our loved ones are taken from us, yet death, rightly viewed, is splendid to contemplate.  Are we not at death, stepping out into another better world with magnified opportunities for going on to higher, better, heavenly accomplishments?  Let us not think overmuch of the dark world but of the bright heaven just over there – the heaven of rest and attainment where today we know this deceased friend, brother, companion, is.   Milton David Elson, son of Stewart and Louisa J. Price Elson, was born near Minshall, Feb. 4, 1859, and died peacefully in an easy chair at home in Rosedale, May 23, 1929, age 70 years, 3 months, 19 days.   In early manhood he was thrown by a horse and was greatly handicapped in life because of being a cripple.   December 21, 1884, he was united in marriage to Laura Jessup, who survives him.  During the meetings of Rev. Barr in 1879, he was converted and joined the Friendly Grove Baptist church.  He was a firm believer in Christ and a church worker all the time.  For many years he was a Sunday school superintendent holding such place when death came.  He was an active member of Rosedale lodge No. 698, I.O.O.F., joining the order Jan. 13, 1904, and died one of its trustees.  He worthily worked his way thru the chairs, never losing faith in the tenets of the great order of his choice.  He also was a member of the Encampment at Rockville.  At one time he was assessor of Florida Township.  He was among our first rural mail carriers of Parke County, commencing on a route out of Rosedale in 1901 and ended his services in 1915.  For many years he conducted a small mercantile business in Jessup and for some two years engaged in business in Terre Haute.  He spent the whole of his life in Indiana and all but two years in Parke County, save for a brief period with relatives in Missouri.   God has made a complete, a perfect record, of this man’s life.  Your record and my record may fall far short of perfection.  Some things we are sure of in our record.  Milton Elson was a faithful Christian gentleman, a faithful neighbor, a faithful friend, a faithful son and brother, a faithful companion.  He was faithful to his convictions, faithful to his political party, faithful to the I.O.O.F. order in whose teachings he was an ardent believer, faithful in all the many walks of life.  What better thing would we say of him than he was faithful to man and Master?   He leaves to live and mourn neighbors, friends, church workers, lodge associates, many kin, a brother, Hense of Terre Haute, a sister, Laura G. Nevins of near Catlin (another sister, Alice having died when she was scarce 5) and a wife whose every comfort was his greatest solicitude.  Uncle Milt was much attached to his folks, loving them dearly.  At last as one of these folks we drop in grateful memory the silent tear and the rest of the folks join with us in our sorrow, yet knowing “across the bar” all is well.   Ritualistic work by the I.O.O.F. Funeral at Friendly Grove conducted by Rev. McKeehan, pastor.  Burial in Forks of Creek cemetery. – Thos. L. Nevins – shared by Jimmy Gillis


 After a brief illness a long-time citizen of Parke County has passed to the life beyond. Elmer Elsworth, son of Joseph H. and Mary Robertson Crooks, was born March 4, 1862 on a farm near Waveland, Indiana. The end came September 1, 1935 having lived in that home 72 years 5 months and 28 days. He was the youngest boy of a family of four children. At the age of five, his father died, leaving him, brothers, sister and a widowed mother to face the hardships of life. In this home he grew to maturity, acquiring his education from the grammar schools of that time.  On September 9, 1886, he was united in marriage to Eva May Dooley, and for 48 years they have shared together, the vicissitudes of life. To this union were born two children, both of whom survive. Elmer has been a life long member of the Methodist Church in Waveland.  Having been converted he joined that church early in life, and before going to meet his Maker he gave to his loved ones evidence of peace and joy in his heart.  In his weakened condition, he was often heard singing part of his favorite song, When they Ring Those Golden Bells for you and Me. The last note of music he will ever sing for us has died away but we hope to meet him in that heavenly choir in that land that knows no discord. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge No. 300 of Waveland. Those of the immediate family who survive are the wife, a daughter, Mrs. Earl Brown of Jessup, a son, Chester of near Rockville; two granddaughters, Virginia and Ruth Brown; two grandsons, Joseph and John Crooks and many relatives and friends. - Waveland Independent, September 7, 1934


 Josiah Emory, the only son of Van and Sarah Cous, was born in east Tennessee December 18, 1861  and departed this life at age 52 years 3 months 7 days at his late home near Waveland.  At the age of one he moved with his parents to Kentucky.  While yet a young man of 20 he united with the First M.E. Church at Goodson Chapel.  In 1883 he was united in marriage to Sarah Grimsley, and to this union three daughters were born, two of whom surviving, Mrs. Alexander Moore of Waveland and Mrs. Mentor Williams of Agricola, Kansas; the other daughter and wife having preceded him in death, the daughter dying in infancy the wife in 1891.  In the year 1892 he was united in marriage to Mallia Waller and to this union were born who with the mother survive him, Mrs. Claude Stevenson of Agricola, Kansas; Mary Ovets, Mildred and Ruth. One step brother, John Hodges of New Market. He leaves to mourn his loss a mother, wife and 7 daughters, 3 grandsons and granddaughter, besides numerous friends and relatives.  Funeral services at the home on Friday morning were conducted by Rev. W. Speer.  Interment in the Moore cemetery. - Waveland Independent, April 3, 1914


 Mrs. Marie Engle of RR 51, Terre Haute, age 82, died Thursday morning, September 9, in Union Hospital, Terre Haute. She was a member of the Burnett Christian Church.  Surviving are her husband, Ernest; two daughters, Mrs. Mary Helen Jablonski of Los Angeles, California, and Mrs. Margaret Ann Jelke of San Bernadino, California; two sons, Ernest Jr. of RR 51, Terre Haute, and William E. of RR 1, Rosedale; a sister, Mrs. Opal Baker of Burnett; ten grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.  Funeral services were held Saturday morning at Mattox and Wood Memorial Chapel in North Terre Haute with Rev. David Dragon officiating. Burial was in Rosedale Cemetery.  ( Rockville Republican, Monday, September 13, 1976 )  Submitted by  Mary Lou Hermiller  


ROCKVILLE – Claude English, 75, died at 2:40 a.m. Sunday in Veteran’s Administration Hospital in Indianapolis where he had been a patient six weeks. Mr. English had managed the commissary at Turkey Run State Park 14 years. He had also managed the Jungle Park Restaurant and Motel five years and had owned and operated the English Cafe in Rockville seven years. He was a veteran of World War I. He was a member of the Fellenzer Post 48 American Legion at Rockville, the Masonic Lodge 648 at Marshall and the Marshall Federated Church. He had attended school at Annapolis and Bloomingdale. A native of Parke. County, he was born Feb. 9, 1892, a son of Rolland and Elizabeth Kennedy English. He was married to Etta Fox Jan. 2, 1918. Surviving are a sister, Mrs. Anna Swaim of Rockville; two nieces and three nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife in 1955 and two brothers. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Tudor Funeral Home in Rockville with Rev. Freddie Griffit of Danville, Ill., and Rev. Roger Rankin officiating. Burial will be in Poplar Groves Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home after 3 p.m. today. - Shared by Karen Zach Source: Crawfordsville Journal Review, 20 March 1967


Mrs. Floy Jean Fisher, 58, of this community, died at 6:30 a.m. Monday in the Vermillion County Hospital at Clinton. Born Aug. 20, 1904 at Dana, she was the daughter of John and Lydia Nolan Richards. Surviving are four sons, John of Roachdale, Wayne of Marshall, Jerry, who is serving in the U.S. Army in Germany, and Mike of Marshall; four daughters, Mrs. Jean Thompson of Rockville, Mrs. Louise Shoaf of Kingman, Mrs. Audrey Willhite of Marshall and Mrs. Phyllis Cooper of Rockville; a stepdaughter, Mrs. Lucile McIntosh of Burbank, Calif., a stepson, George Fisher of Florida and 14 grandchildren. The body was taken to Barnes’ Mortuary at Rockville where funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday with Rev. C. C. Griggs officiating. Interment will be in the Oakland Cemetery at Montezuma. Friends may call at the funeral home after 2 p.m. Tuesday. - Crawfordsville Journal Review - 07 May 1963, Page 008 – shared by Karen Zach


The funeral of Catharine Evans, aged 83, was held at the home Friday morning in charge of Rev. A.J. Marshall. Her three sons, William, Lew, and Peter, and step-son, John, her step-daughter, Mrs. Bettie Bonebrake, with their families, were in attendance. She leaves two aged sisters, Mrs. (Nancy) Lunger, and Mrs. (Elizabeth) Phillips. "Aunt Catharine," as she was familiarly called, had been an invalid for years, tenderly cared for by Mr. and Mrs. Peter Evans.  (note: Katherine Marshall married Thomas J. Evans 09 Nov 1863, Parke Co. Her twin sister, Mary C. Baker died of Typhoid in 1860) -  Rockville Tribune; 02 Mar 1920 – shared by Amy Berga

Mrs. Dora Evans, aged 26 years, wife of Joseph Evans of 404 North Lambert street, died at 2;30 o’clock this morning following an extended illness of complication of diseases. She was recently operated on in the hopes of saving her life.  Mrs. Evans is survived by the widower and one son, John Bennett, father and Mother Mr. and Mrs. Adam Buck of Carbon, one brother Fred Buck and one sister, Mrs. Elizabeth Thomas of Carbon.  Funeral services will be held at 10 o’clock at the residence in this city after which burial will be made in the North Union cemetery, north of Carbon. – Brazil Daily Times, 21 January 1916

Mrs. Margaret EVANS, widow of John K. Evans died at her home in Covington about 8:30 on Thursday evening following a heart attack.  She is survived by one brother, William KRESUSCH, and four sisters: Mrs. Frank D. Smith; Mrs. William Ryan; Mrs. Elizabeth Martin and Miss Marth Kreusch with whom she made her home.  She was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Kreusch and had lived in Covington the greater part of her life. Her husband preceded her in death last year.  Funeral services will be held at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church of which she was a member Saturday morning at 9 in charge of Rev. Florian Delfosse, of the church with interment in Miller Cemetery, Parke county in charge of Crumley and Son, Covington.  - Crawfordsville Journal & Review, August 29, 1931 

Mrs. Nannie EVANS, widow of Charles Evans a former resident of Russellville died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Ruth Smith in Pasco, Washington on Thursday of last week.  She was the mother of Dwight Evans. Funeral services were held at the Russellville Christian Church on Monday afternoon in charge of Rev. J. C. Ashley - Waveland Independent, July 27, 1934

Raymond O. Evans, 62, a lawyer here for 37 years, former Crawfordsville city attorney and county prosecutor, died Wednesday morning at Robert Long Hospital in Indianapolis. He had been critically ill since being stricken 11 days ago. The Evans residence is at 620 Sugar Tree Road. Mr. Evans opened his office here for the practice of law on Jan. 10, 1933, the day of Crawfordsville's disastrous downtown fire. His office was completely destroyed before he had an opportunity to use it. However, he promptly opened another office and had been continuously engaged in the practice of his profession here since that time. Born Jan. 4, 1908, at Rosedale, Ind., Mr. Evans was the son of Dr. E. A. and Clora Connerly Evans. He was married Dec. 16, 1933, at Crawfordsville, to Caroline Gauld. Mr. Evans completed his high school studies in Clinton in 1925 and was graduated from DePauw University with the class of 1929. He then entered Indiana University's school of law and was awarded his law degree in 1932. Mr. Evans was admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court in 1953. The deceased was a past president of the West Central Indiana Bar Association and a member of the Montgomery County Bar Association and the Indiana Bar Association. He also belonged to Montgomery Lodge No. 50, F & AM; the Crawfordsville Elks Lodge; Sigma Nu social fraternity, and Phi Delta Phi legal fraternity. Mr. Evans was active in the Red Cross for many years and had served as chairman of the Montgomery County chapter He also was a past president of the Montgomery County Tuberculosis Association and Durham Home, Inc. Mr. Evans was a member of the Wabash Avenue Presbyterian Church and had served on the church's Board of Elders. Surviving are the widow; one daughter, Mrs. Blair (Melinda) Radford of Northbrook, Ill.; a son, Thomas W. Evans of Huntington Beach, Calif., and seven grandchildren. Services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday at the Hunt and Son Funeral Home with Rev Larimore K. Wickett officiating. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home after 2 p.m. Thursday. –  Crawfordsville Journal Review, 11 February 1970


ROCKVILLE, Ind. (CNS) – Amos L. Ewbank, 81, of Rockville, died at 8:30 p.m. Saturday (March 29, 1975) at St. Anthony Hospital in Terre Haute. He was a retired realtor and a member of the United Methodist Church at Bradenton, Fla., and a 50-year member of the Oxford Lodge 190 F &AM at Oxford. He was born May 16, 1893, in Benton County, the son of Russell and Cora Liddle Ewbank. Survivors include three sisters, Mrs. Sam (Ruth) Davis of Rockville, Mrs. Andrew Young of Rochester, N.Y., and Mrs. Leota Bush of Columbus, Ohio; and several nieces and nephews. The body is to be cremated with burial in Skyway Memorial Gardens in Bradenton, Fla. Memorial services will be later in Bradenton. Butler Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. –  Crawfordsville Journal Review, 31 March 1975

Russell Stephen Ewbank, son of Martin C and Hannah Ewbank, was born April 12, 1860 near Lawrenceburg, Dearborn County Indiana on the farm his grandfather, John Ewbank purchased from the Government a few years after his arrival from England in 1807.  At the death of his father he, with his younger brother, cultivated this farm until his marriage to Miss Cora Liddle of the same neighborhood on December 29, 1887.  To this union were born 6 children: Webb of Waveland, Amos of South Bend, Lucile Buser of Danville, Indiana; Helen, teacher at Lebanon, Ruth Davis of Rockville and Leona.  All the children were born in Benton Co, where he purchased a farm near Wadena and moved on it immediately after their marriage.  They might be called pioneers as their farm was unimproved, part of it being unbroken prairie. They resided on this farm until 1900 when they sold it and bought near Oxford.  He was active in the service of the community, serving as assessor for two terms.  After the marriage of his son, Webb, he moved to Oxford, leaving the farm to the care of his son and his wife.  After residing in Oxford for a time they sold their farm and purchased the Hanna farm in Parke County on which they resided until last March when they moved to Waveland.  He was always a devoted husband and father, a faithful brother and a helpful neighbor as attested by his many friends.  He gave his heart to God and joined the church in his early manhood and has been active in the work of the church and Sunday school, occupying various offices of the church. He was a member of the Masonic order. He is survived by an older brother, F. J. Ewbank of Rushville; R. B. Ewbank of Ashland, Ohio and Florence H. Ewbank of Rushville.  The other members of the family have preceded him to the better lsnf. Among those present at the funeral were: Mr. and Mrs. Amos Ewbank of South Bend; R. B. Ewbank of Ashland, Ohio; Miss Florence Ewbank of Rushville; Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert Ewbank of Indianapolis; Judge Lewis Ewbank of Indianapolis; Mr. and Mrs. Wilbur Ewbank of Ladoga, Mr. and Mrs. Carl S. Crocker of North Vernon; Miss Viola Liddle, Guilford, Rev. Emory Smith, Ridgeville; Mrs. Sebra Cox, Lafayette, Mr. and Mrs. J. W.  Kenyon, Oxford, Dr. and Mrs. H. G. Bloom, Oxford, Mr. and Mrs. Claude Johnson, Oxford, Mr. and Mrs. Chester Sheetz, Oxford, Mr. and Mrs. W. G . Mattles, Oxford, Mr. and Mrs. HP New, Lebanon, Mrs. Mae Matthews, Lebanon; Mrs. Harry Gillespie, Lebanon, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Taur and daughter, Mary Ann, Lebanon; Miss Dorothy Stevenson, Lebanon; Mr. and Mrs. Charles Miller New Ross, Miss Hazel Buser, New Market, Frank Zimmerman, Danville, Indiana.  ( Waveland Independent, July 22, 1927 )

Thomas Ewbank, who lived on a small farm W. of Milligan, died on Wednesday of last week.  He has been suffering from cancer on the face, but his death was unexpected to many friends.  Funeral services were held at the Marshall ME Church on Friday morning, in charge of Rev. Homer Wright.  Burial at  poplar Grove. He is survived by his wife, who is also in poor health.  ( Waveland Independent, March 3, 1922  )

David Ewbank, oldest child of Lancelotte and Mary Blasdale Ewbank, was born in Dearborn County, Indiana September 26, 1822.  While a boy he came to Parke County, Indiana with his parents.  Here he grew to manhood and was married to Margariette Myers. To this union were born 4 children: two of whom died in infancy.  The other two (deceased now) were Rachel, wife of James Hybarger and Elizabeth, wife of Edward Bales.  His first wife died while living near the old Ewbank homestead.  He was again married to Evelyn Pike Bryant and then moved to a place near Sylvania.  To his second union were born 9 children, 5 girls and 4 boys, two of the girls having preceded him to the other world. His second wife was called to her eternal home about the time the family was all grown. Two of the children are living in Indiana, Edgar of Attica and Bertha of Indianapolis. The other 5 are as follows: Minnie of Arkansas; Amanda of Illinois; Fred of Missouri, Elmer of Montana and Ernest of Washington.  Thus being left Uncle David made his home among the children and it was while he was at the home of his daughter, Bertha in Indianapolis that he was suddenly stricken with tonsillitis, death coming as a gentle relief January 17, 1911 at the age of 88  years 3 months and 21 days.  Besides his children and several grandchildren he leaves one sister, Mrs. W. R. Ratcliff of Kingman one brother, Jonathan of Emporia Kansas and 3 half-bros, Thomas of Russellville; Martin of Wheatland Indiana and George of Oklahoma.  It was during the life of his second wife that he become converted and united with the UB Church at Fairview. He lived a consistent Christian life being an earnest worker at all time, for the betterment of the community with no ill words for anyone. And if at times his lot seemed hard he was never heard to grumble and there is no doubt when the angel came Uncle David was glad to hear it call. - Taken from Obituaries of Fountain County, Indiana found Jan 4, 2003 -- Karen Zach, Crawfordsville District Public Library