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Mrs. Margaret Galey, formerly a resident of Bellmore, died at the home of her son-in-law, Mat Irwin, near Carbon, last Monday, and was buried at Mt. Moriah cemetery, Tuesday.  Funeral services at Hollansburg. - The Rockville Tribune, Wednesday, July 15, 1903, page 5 – shared by Jimmy Gillis


Robert Lee Gallatin, 59, Indianapolis and formerly of Clinton, died Friday morning, March 27, 1998, in Indianapolis. Born October 23, 1938 in Mecca, he was the son of Harry Robert and Edna Rose Farner Gallatin. He married Martha Downs, who survives. He was a member of Clinton Masonic Lodge. Other survivors include a daughter, Bobbi L. Darwin of Newburgh; a brother, Harry Ed Gallatin of Brazil; and a grandson. Services were conducted Sunday at Brown Funeral Home in Montezuma with Rev. Perry Price officiating.   - Parke County Sentinel, Wednesday, April 1, 1998 Submitted by Mary Lou Hermiller

Capt. Milton Garrigus, of Kokomo was the guest of Marcus O. Sullivan, Saturday.  They were comrades in the Civil War.  Capt. Garrigus was called to Rockville, Friday, to attend the funeral of his cousin, Rev. Samuel Garrigus, who died a few days ago in the United Brethren Home at Otterbein, near Dayton, Ohio.  The funeral was at Otterbein Church, near Rockville.  Capt. Garrigus is engaged in the compilation of a family history and in this work has been in every state in the Union except three.  The family originated in France, where they belonged to the French Protestants or Huguenots. Owing to persecution they scattered all over the world.   One of the cousins is the President of the new Jugo-Slavian Republic.  An uncle of Capt. Garrigus, Jeptha Garrigus, left Cincinnati in a flat boat in the early days for the Far West.  He floated down the Ohio to the mouth of the Wabash and then worked up that stream to Big Raccoon, and up Big Raccoon to Bridgeton, where he settled down and raised a family of 21 children.  Consequently, the name of Garrigus is about as common in that section as Smith.  Capt. Garrigus' father settled in this state near Richmond, afterwards moving to Marshall County.  As an instance of the changes he has seen, he recalls that the postage on a letter from Richmond to Marshall County as 18 3/4 cents.  His father got 37 1/2 cents a day for working in the harvest field, or he could have a bushel of wheat.  And yet we kicked on the three cent stamp!   - Waveland Independent, August 1, 1919


Claude GARDNER of Russellville, 87, died at his home early Tuesday morning.  Several years ago he lived in Rockville and was a retired livestock dealer, well known in Parke and adjoining counties. Born in Putnam County, he was the son of Fred and Mary Allen Gardner and married Rose Kendall, Dec 22, 1892. He was a member of the Federated Church of Russellville.  Survivors besides the widow are two sisters, Mrs. Tulley Crabbs of Crawfordsville and Mrs. Florence Leonard of Milwaukee; and four nieces. Services will be held this Thursday afternoon in the McGaughey Funeral Home, Russellville with Rev. Richard Huddleston officiating. Burial in Russellville Cemetery. - Tri-County News February 16, 1956


GARRETT, Fannie Mrs.  (Montezuma, Ind)  July 24 - 68 yrs old - died at her home at 2 o'clock Thursday afternoon. She is survived by her husband SAM; 2 sons Otto & Paul GILL  - both of Montezuma;  one brother, John Wineland & one half brother, Wallace DIETZ, both of Montezuma.  The body was taken to the Brown Funeral Home and returned to the residence of Paul GILL Fri. afternoon.  Funeral services will be held from the South Side Mission at 2 o'clock Sunday afternoon with burial in the Oakland Cemetery. Montezuma, Parke County, IN - Terre Haute Tribune, Page. 2 July 24, 1942


EUGENE E. GARRIGUS * The infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Herman Garrigus was buried at Forks of the Creek cemetery, Tuesday afternoon.  Short funeral services were held at the house.  – Rockville Republican, 2 February 1926, Page 02 – shared by Jimmy Gillis 

The funeral of Eugene Edgar Garrigus, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Herman Garrigus, was held Feb. 16, at the home of the parents, north of Rosedale, followed by burial in the Forks of the Creek cemetery. - 24 Feb 1926, page 7, Rockville Tribune – shared by Jimmy Gillis

Died, on Tuesday morning the 18th Solomon B. GARRIGUS at his residence near Mansfield aged 75 1/2.  He was born in New Jersey in 1803 and came to this state in an early day and was married to Abigail Snow in 1837.  He has been a valuable citizen in our county 52 years and will be sadly missed by his family and many friends. They have our sympathy but still they mourn his loss and desolate will be their home.  Old ties are broken and friends and kindred separate never to meet again in this world.  Happy it will be if they all are permitted to be together on the right hand of the Judge when they all congregate in the great assembly above.  A glorious day it will be to all who have made this world a stepping stone as it were to a better and enduring home above. - Rockville Tribune.  27 March 1879


Mrs. Geraldine Gastineau of 202 Beadle St., Rockville, age 92, died in Vermillion County Hospital, Clinton, Wednesday morning, February 7. She was born in Parke County October 23, 1880, the daughter of William and Elizabeth Alexander McCammon. She was married on January 29, 1908, to Charles C. Gastineau who died May 16, 1956. She was a member of the Parkeville Christian Church.  Surviving are a daughter, Miss Margaret Gastineau of Rockville; three sons, Rex of Keokuk, Iowa., and Charles and Homer, both of Rockville; 10 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held at the Butler Funeral Home, Friday afternoon, with Rev. James O. Trousdale officiating. Burial was in Memory Garden Cemetery.  - Rockville Republican, February 12, 1973Submitted by Mary Lou Hermiller

Mrs Fannie GASTINEAU aged 86 died at the home of her son Charles in Grene Twp, Tuesday forenoon at 8 o'clock.  Although in failing health for some time her last illness was during the past month.  Since the death of her husband she has made her home with her children. Survivors are two daughters, Mrs. Lora VAUGHT of near Judson and Mrs. Nannie WARREN of Science Hill, Kentucky, 3 sons, Charlie at whose home she died; Ed of Pomona, California; and Luther of Vonsall, California, 16 grandchildren and 27 greats. - Waveland Independent, August 16, 1935  

Charles C. GASTINEAU of Judson, 74, passed away in Vermillion Co. Hospital at 2:30 Thursday afternoon.  Mr. Gastineau was born in Somerset, Ky and after coming here lived for many years on the McFaddin farm before moving to Greene Twp several years ago.  Surviving are the widow, Dean; 3 sons, Rex of Keokuk, Iowa; Charles of Rockville and Maj. Homer Gastineau of Hamburg, Germany; a daughter, miss Margaret Gastineau of Rockville; a brother, Luther of San Diego, California and 10 grandchildren. The body was taken to the Branson Funeral home where funeral services were held at 2 Saturday afternoon.  Rev. Ray Britton officiated and burial in Memory Garden Cemetery.   - Tri-County News, May 24, 1956


Mrs. GAY, living in this neighborhood, dropped dead on last Friday morning and was buried in the Bilbo graveyard Saturday. She was born in N. C., in 1802, and had been a resident of this county for many years. - Rockville Republican, October 23, 1889


Frances Ann Sullinger, the youngest child of Reuben and Mary Sullinger was born in  Carlisle, Sullivan County, Indiana, August 29, 1832.  Most of her girlhood days were spent there.  She was twice married., the first time to Dr. William Logan, of Missouri in the early 60’s.  He died a short time after their marriage, and she was married a second time, this time in 1869, to James Geiger, of Rockville.  To them was born one child, Mary.  She united with the Presbyterian Church at an early age and lived a most consistent Christian life.  Ten years ago they moved to Waveland from Rockville, and two years ago they moved from here to Colville, Washington. Where Miss Mary has been engaged as a teacher  in the public schools.  Mrs. Geiger was a  victim of pulmonary tuberculosis and died last Sunday, January 23, after an illness of five months at that place.   (Nothing known in regard to funeral arrangements, definitely.) - Waveland Independent, January 28, 1910


Parke County has a case similar to the Pearl Bryan tragedy, on hands.  The victim was Eva Geller, a handsome 19--year-old girl of Lyford.  The Rockville Tribune says, "Dr. EL Vancleave was the physician called in before the death of the girl." - Waveland Independent, July 29, 1898

William Geller of Parke county died Sunday afternoon about 2 o’clock after a short illness. Mr. Geller was a little over 77 years old and one among the best known farmers in Parke county. He belongs to one of the oldest families. Mr. Geller was been living the greater part of the winter with his daughter, Mrs. William Huxford, but happened to be at the home of his other daughter, Mrs. Perry Huxford, when he was taken ill and then died at her home. The wife of Mr. Geller died in 1911 and since that time he had lived much with his two daughters who live in that vicinity. Besides the two daughters, Mr. Geller is survived by two sons, Ed and Darb Geller, of this city. Funeral services will be held Tuesday morning at 10 o’clock at the home with Rev. John Wells in charge. Burial will be in the Hixon cemetery. Mr. Geller was well known in this county as well as Parke and Vigo. – The Clinton Daily Clintonian, 23 Apr 1917


Native of City--Died Saturday--9/29/1944--- Mrs. Maudie Cox Gerald, 29 years old, 3108 Roosevelt Ave., Indianapolis, IN died Saturday in the Methodist hospital after a brief illness.  Mrs Gerald was a native of Greencastle. Funeral services will be held at 11 o'clock Tuesday, morning in the Moore & Kirk, Northeast St. and burial will be in Thomas Cemetery.  Survivors are two sons, Wayne Gerald, 10; and Vernon Gerald, 9; three sisters, Mrs. Louise Shonkwiler and Mrs. Marie Wells, both of near Greencastle, and Miss Martha Cox of Chicago, IL,. And five brothers, Clayton Cox of near Morton, Seaman Second Class James Cox, serving in Seattle, WA; Fred Cox of Greencastle, Stuart Cox and Elmer Cox, whose addresses are unknown. - Greencastle Newspaper Clipping – shared by Mary Lou Hazelrigg


Dale E. Gerrish, 78, of Rockville, died at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2008, at his farm. He served the past 32 years as Parke County Councilman serving 31 years as council president. He was officially sworn in Tuesday to serve another four-year-term. He was an active farmer and retired from Otter Creek Junior High School as Industrial Arts teacher with 15 years service. He was born on May 5, 1930, in Clinton, to the late J. Clarence Gerrish and Esther Madonna Freed Gerrish. His wife of 45 years, Norma Jean LaPrees Gerrish, whom he married June 16, 1951, in Rockville, preceded him in death, on May 28, 1997.  Survivors include two sons, Mike (Melinda) Gerrish of Shirley, Ind., and Steve (Anita) Gerrish of Crawfordsville; two daughters, Donna Berry of Rockville and Peggy S. Lovelady of Carlisle; two sisters, Martha Jean (Dane) Cox of Montezuma and Mildred Robertson of Franklin; special friend, Betty Ruark and family of Rockville; 11 grandchildren, John Wagner, Michael D. Gerrish, Jennifer (Brad) Bussberg, Roxanne (Gene) Ensor, Chris (Ronnie) Black, Dale Berry, Jeremy (Melissa) Gerrish, Gretchen (Ben) Zagorski, Rachel (Aaron) Badgett, Roger (Toni) Lovelady, Dusty (Megan) Lovelady; and 10 great-grandchildren, Alisa Bussberg, Andrew, Jacob and Cody Ensor, Keely and Til Black, Wyatt and Carson Lovelady, Parker Badgett and Luke Zagorski. He was preceded in death by his half sister, Judy Faraco.  He was a graduate of Mecca High School and Indiana State Teachers College. He was a 50-year member and Past Master of Parke Masonic Lodge 8, Scottish Rite Valley of Terre Haute, Zorah Shrine of Terre Haute and Parke County Low 12 Club. He also served on the West Central Economic Development Board. He was active in community affairs his entire lifetime.  Masonic services are 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan 3, 2009, in Gooch Funeral Home, 112 W. Howard St., in Rockville with Parke Lodge 8 officiating. Funeral services will follow with the Rev. Brad C. Bumgardner officiating. Burial is in Memory Garden Cemetery in Rockville. Visitation is from 4 to 8 p.m. today in the funeral home. Memorials should friends so desire, may be made to Parke Lodge 8, 907 Eastwood Drive, Rockville, IN 47872 or Mecca ARABS, P.O. Box 4, Mecca, IN 47860 to support the Mecca School


Illness Fatal to Mrs. JANE GIBBONS  - Mrs. JANE GIBBONS, age 78, died at her home in Lyford at 6:10 yesterday evening following an illness of five months.  Mrs. Gibbons is an old-time resident of that vicinity, having lived there for the past 40 years.  She is survived by 4 sons, Richard, at home; Lon, West Terre Haute; Ishmael of Lyford; and Fred of Sullivan; one daughter, Mrs. Bertha Hamilton, at home; 3 brothers, James, Nathan, and Doc Killion, all living in Clay County near Brazil; and one sister, Mrs. Rebecca Whittington of Brazil.  The body will be taken to the home from Frist's Funeral Home at 5 o'clock this afternoon.  Funeral services will be held at 3 o'clock tomorrow afternoon at the home in Lyford, with burial in Riverside Cemetery.  The Rev. H. H. Wagner will officiate.  - The Daily Clintonian, Thursday, March 15, 1934, Page  1, shared by Carolyn Schwab


John GILDERLAND, of Washington Township age about 60 years died Monday about noon from injuries received nearly an hour before, when he was struck by a freight upon the Pennsylvania railroad north of Nyesville.  Mr. Gilderland, who lives about a mile north of Nyesville on the road to Judson had started on a business trip to a neighbor's house and on the way went for a distance along the railroad. He did not hear, apparently, the warning of the engineer, Wm. Kromm of Freight No. 260 and the engineer himself did not realize this fact until Mr. Gilderland started to walk across a trestle ahead of the engine. He then put on the brakes, but too late to avoid an accident and Mr. Gilderland was struck just as he crossed the bridge.  A hole was out in his head, an arm was broken and he was bruised considerable besides.  He was taken home and given medical attention as soon as possible, but he died soon after. Coroner JR Bloomer pronounced death due to accident. Mr. Gilderland was a well known citizen of the community north of Nyesville and was highly respected by everyone. He is survived by Mrs. Gilderland, and 5 children, Remsey of Mecca, Miss Marie of Rockville and Luther and Misses Essie and May, living at home. Rockville Tribune.  - Waveland Independent June 20, 1917 – shared by Karen Zach


The last pioneer settler of Raccoon Township, John Calvin GILKERSON, has gone to his reward after a long life of usefulness.  For some time his death has been expected but after all it came somewhat suddenly last Saturday morning.  No man in southern Parke was better known than he.  Born in Mercer County, Kentucky on May 27, 1809, he came to this county with his parents in the fall of 1821.  They settle in Raccoon Township where he remained throughout his long life.  He was always a man of sterling integrity.  He operated the pioneer sawmill, which he himself built on his farm in 1837, for many years hauling the lumber to Rockville where it was disposed of at good prices.  All the work of building the mill was done by himself.  Form 1839 to 1846 he built several flatboats which he floated to the Wabash River and sold.  August 24, 1842, Mr. Gilkerson married Mary Rea, sister of the 1st clerk of Parke Co.  They had no children.  August 5, 1874 after over 30 years of happy married life, she died, since which time his sister has kept house for him.  In 1844, he was elected justice of the peace for his township, an office he filled with one short interval until his death, altogether about 50 years.  In his judgments he was eminently fair and just and it is said that but one of his decisions was ever reversed on an appeal.  Elected an elder in the Rockville Presbyterian Church in 1853 he continued in that honorable position until his death although of late years, on account of the infirmities of age, he was not a regular attendant at church.  A remarkable thing about Mr. Gilkerson was that although hampered by a terrible impediment in speech, so that he ordinarily spoke with the greatest difficulty, yet when he made a public prayer his impediment was removed and he spoke as other men.  The funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at his residence, Rev. William Torr officiating. Burial in Rockville Cemetery.  Politically, he was originally a Whig and afterwards an uncompromising Republican.  He was a man of sound judgment, ripe experience, well read and very intelligent.  He will be greatly missed in his community.  Full of honored years, respected by all, he has been gathered to his fathers.  – Rockville Republican, 17 April 1896

 “The Decatur, Illinois, Review announces the death of William J. GILKERSON, at St. Mary’s Hospital, in that city, March 26, 1904. At the time of his death, he was engaged in the jewelry business there. The Review says: ‘Will J. Gilkeson was born in Rockville, Ind., in July, 1828. He was the son of a physician and studied medicine himself for a time He did not like it, however, and learned the watch making business instead. He went to Terre Haute, where he found employment and was two yeas later made a partner by the man he was working for. He was engaged in business for himself when the war broke out. He sold out his business and went into the army, where he served during the war, and attained the rank of first lieutenant. After the close of the war, he went to Clark County, Ills., where he was engaged in farming for some time.  - Rockville Tribune, April 6, 1904


Isaac GILKESON, a former resident died in Crawfordsville on Saturday night. He was born in Parke County in 1852.  He married Susan Pickard in 1879.  She survives with their one daughter, Mrs. Loris Courtney.  A short funeral service was conducted at the home on Tuesday at 10 by Rev. R.E. Moss. The body was then taken to Rockville, where a service was conducted at the Baptist Church by Rev. S.K. Fuson.  Mr. and Mrs. Charles Heslar, Mr. and Mrs. Levi Pickard, Mrs. John Pickard, Mrs. J.M. Heslar, Will Heslar, Albert Heslar, Chester Heslar and Miss Mary Heslar attended the funeral from here.  - Waveland Independent, April 6, 1917

Rockville - John Gilkeson, 69, of Rt 5, Rockville died at 2 a.m. Thursday. He was a native of Parke County born Aug 15, 1891, to William J. and Alice Marshall Gilkeson.  Mr. Gilkeson was a member of the Methodist Church. Surviving are a sister, Mrs. Harry Sapp of Rockville and nieces and nephews.  Friends may call at the Barnes Mortuary where services are set for 11 a.m. Saturday with Rev. Dale Hamilton officiating. Interment will be in Roselawn Memorial Park at Terre Haute. - - Crawfordsville Journal Review 18 November 1980


Albert "Boon" G. GILL  - aged 74 - died at 3:30 Friday morning at his home on 225 Water Street.  He is survived by the widow, Effie; a sister, Mrs. Lela Peveler of Montezuma, and 2 brothers - Harrison GILL of Indpls (Marion Co.)& Robert GILL of Bloomington (Monroe Co.).  Brown Funeral home - arrangements pending.  – Terre Haute Tribune, Page 2, 21 October 1961

George E. GILL - aged 60 - died 8:30 p.m. Monday at his residence here (Montezuma)..Surviving are his widow, Myrtle; a dau. Mrs. Sara Lou MURPHY of Montezuma, 2 step-daughters, Mrs. Reatha Whitsell of Hillsdale, Betty Nissen of Plymouth, 2 step-sons, Wayne Fortner of Clinton & Jack Fortner of Montezuma.  A sister, Mrs. Lela Peveler of Montezuma and 3 brothers; Harrison (GILL) of Indianapolis, Albert (GILL) of Montezuma, and Robert (GILL) of Bloomington - Indiana.  - Terre Haute Tribune, Page 2, 25 October 1960 

James Merle Gill - Montezuma, IN - James Merle Gill, 43, of 244 Washington St. Montezuma, IN, died Friday (May 29, 1970) at Vermillion County Hospital in Clinton after becoming ill while working with J.S. Alberici Construction Co. at the Newport Army Ammunition Plant. Death was unexpected. Born January 13, 1927, he was the son of Otto and Winnie Huffman Gill. He married Crystal Mae Blair. Also surviving are his parents of Montezuma; one daughter Jolleen Sue at home; five sons, Arnell, James, Andy, Aaron and Cordell, all at home; two sisters; Mrs. Patricia Randolph of Michigan City and Mrs. Anita Busenbark of Bloomingdale; and four brothers, Vernon and Charles of Indianapolis, Raymond of Montezuma, and a twin brother John of Rockville. Mr. Gill was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post # 7802 and the Laborers International Local # 204. Services will be at 2 p.m. (EDT) Monday at the Brown Funeral Home with the Rev. Claude Wilson officiating. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery. Friends will be received at the funeral home from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. on Sunday. Pallbearers will be Joe Cox, Max Jarvis, Gene Smith, Joe Woods, Gene Market, all of Montezuma and James Keller of Bloomingdale. - Danville Commercial-News, Danville, IL, May 31, 1970

Pauline Gill - Montezuma Girl's Injury Is Fatal - Pauline Gill, 19 years old, brought to Union Hospital Wednesday from her home at Montezuma suffering from an attack of tetanus, resulting from a fireworks injury, on July 4th died a few hours after entering the institution. The body was returned to Montezuma last night, following an inquest conducted by Coroner E. E. Hoffa. - Miss Gill and several other youths were setting off fireworks in the yard of the Gill home. Various experiments were tried and finally that of filling five-foot section of gas pipe with gun powder, attaching a fuse and exploding it. The force of the explosion threw the pipe against the girl's foot inflicting an apparently slight wound which would have healed quickly but for the tetanus infection. - Terre Haute Tribune July 15, 1926


CAYUGA, Ind. -- Jack Andrew Gillis, 56, of Cayuga, died at 7:30 p.m. Monday (April 16, 1979) at his home. Death was attributed to an apparent heart attack.  He was a self-employed building contractor and had been a life resident of Cayuga. His hobbies included fishing, hunting and mushrooming. He was a former member of the Cayuga Lions Club.  Born Feb. 13, 1923, he was the son of Carl and Goldie Leach Gillis. On Jan. 12, 1952, he married Helen Staggs, who survives.  Other survivors include four sons, Jim with the Air Force in Cheyenne, Wyoming, Terry of Cayuga, Mark and Brian, both at home; four brothers, Carl Jr. of Lawrenceburg, Ind., Don of Attica, Barney of Chrisman, Ill., and Ottis of Decatur, Ill.; a sister, Mrs. Merlin Gilliand of West Lebanon, Ind.; and a granddaughter.  Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Malcolm DeVerter Funeral Home in Cayuga. Burial will be in Rockville Memory Gardens. Friends will be received after 4 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

CAYUGA, Ind. -- Mark Douglas Gillis, 30, of Cayuga, passed away at 4 a.m. Saturday (Aug. 12, 1989), the result of an auto accident at Indiana Route 63 and Newport.  He was employed as a construction worker for the Yard Store of Ridge Farm for the past two years. He was a 978 graduate of North Vermillion High School. He enjoyed deer hunting and mushrooming.  He was born July 16, 1959 at Clinton, Ind., the son of Jack Andrew and Helen Staggs Gillis. He is survived by his mother of Cayuga; three brothers, Jim of Cayuga, Terry and Brian, both of Eugene; and a niece Charity, of Eugene.  He was preceded in death by his father, who passed away April 16, 1979, and a sister Linda Lee and two nephews, Brandon and Caleb.  Services: 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at DeVerter Brothers Funeral Home in Cayuga. Officiating: Rev. John Irwin. Burial: Memory Gardens in Rockville. Visitation: 4-8 p.m. Monday.

NEWPORT, Ind. -- A Cayuga man died Saturday after his car struck a drainage ditch and two trees on Indiana Route 63 near Newport.  Mark D. Gillis, 30, of Cayuga Route 1, was pronounced dead at the crash scene, said Bob Jackson, Vermillion County Sheriff's Department jail officer.  Gillis was westbound at 4:08 a.m. Saturday traveling at a very high and unsafe rate of speed, Jackson said.  "He was westbound on Market Street," Jackson, said, "when he disregarded a stop sign and flashing red light (at Ind. 63) at the top of the hill.  "He continued west on 63 about 135 feet and hit a concrete drainage ditch and earth embankment, went up over the hill into a valley and struck two trees."  An autopsy on Gillis body was completed Saturday. No information from that examination was available, Jackson said.


Mrs. Jennie Richardson GILLUM, daughter of Benjamin and Elizabeth Richardson was born May 4 1858 died June 7, 1902 aged 44 years, 1 month 3 days. She was united in marriage to Wm. B. Gillum April 28, 1874, coming immediately to their home at Sylvania, which has ever since been their place of residence. Two children were born to them: Chloe Alice and Harry Gaston.  Three years ago last march she fell prey to that dread disease, consumption from which she has suffered until death released her. While she often expressed a desire to be spared to her family, it was always accompanied with an expression of cheerful resignation to the Divine will.  She was heard to say that the things of time lose their charm and spoke of the beautiful lesson set forth by Christ's parable of the rich man who set up greater barns, recorded in the 12th chapter of St. Luke, which was a favorite one with her.  She said there were many deep lessons which which could be learned only through suffering like Jesus who was made perfect, through suffering.  Her quiet Christian life has shed forth a fragrance which has been a benediction upon those who came within the radius of her influence.  Her home was always open for the entertainment of the messengers of Christ.  Solomon’s description of a good woman in chapter 31 of Proverbs finds its embodiment in the life of our dear sister, "Her price is far above rubies.  The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her.  She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life and worketh willingly with her hands.  She stretcheth out her hand to the poor; yea she reacheth forth her hands to the needy.  She openeth her mouth with wisdom and in her tongue is the law of kiness. She looketh well to the ways of her household and eateth not the bread of idlesness.  Her children arise up and call her blessed: her husband also and he praiseth her."  The words spoken from heaven and penned by John the Revelator have their full significance in the death of our dear sister: "Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth, yeah saith the Spirit: that they may rest from their labors and their works do follow them."  The funeral services were conducted by Rev. JM McHargue of Kingman at Sylvania church after which her remains were taken to Thomas Cemetery near Newport, Vermillion Co Indiana for interment. She leaves a husband, two children and many friends to mourn.  - Taken from Obituaries of Fountain County, Indiana. Found at Crawfordsville District Public Library July 2007 by Karen Zach Taken from Obituaries of Fountain County, Indiana. Found at Crawfordsville District Public Library July 2007 by Karen Zach


Mr. and Mrs. Frank Whelchel, of Byron recently returned from Greenfield, where they attended the funeral of Mrs. Whelchel's father, Daniel C. GIMASON, who died unexpectedly of apoplexy, July 14.  He was born in Hamilton, Clinton County in 1840, and was left an orphan at the age of 5.  He was married to Mary Jane Cue in 1862.  In 1864 he enlisted in Co F 51st IVI commanded by Col. A. D. Streight, serving a year and being seriously wounded.  Mr. Gimason has visited here a number of times and has made many friends who will regret to hear of his death.  - Waveland Independent August 11, 1916


Rufus M. Ginn died at the home of his son, Frank, on Tuesday morning.  While he has been in failing health for two years, his last illness lasted but a few days.  Funeral services were held at the home Wednesday morning, after which the body was taken to Delphi for burial.  The following obituary was read by Rev. J. T. Boyer, who had charge of the funeral service.  Rufus M. Ginn, son of David and Anna Ginn was b. in Carroll Co, Indiana January 15, 1854 and departed this life August 15 1922 age 68 years and 7 months. He was married February 3, 1881 to Janie SMILEY of Parke County, and to this union were born four children, 3 sons and one daughter.  About 25 years ago Mr. Ginn came to Parke County, and since that time he has lived most of his remaining days not far from Waveland.  He is survived by 3 sons: Earl of Parke County; Frank of Waveland and Allen of Niles, Ohio; by two brothers, Elmer and Malvin and by two sisters, Mrs. Amanda Hufty and Mrs. Jane Kite - his wife having departed this life November 27, 1894 and his daughter, Mae November 11, 1909.  Mr. Ginn was a good man; a kind, unselfish, generous neighbor; a devoted husband; a loving father, bringing up his children with fatherly and motherly ministration, they having been bereft of this mother at a tender age; and his children rise up to call him blessed; for they say he was a good father -- and they have a right to testify--that he was kind, generous, unselfish, more concerned about the welfare and comfort of others than he was for these things for himself.   Then he chose the good part which cannot be taken from him -- "Whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant."  The bet of life's work is doing good services unto others. - Waveland Independent, August 18, 1922

Jessie May Ginn, daughter of Marion and Eva Collings was born September 12, 1890 and died February 8, 1914 aged 23 years 6 months and 27 days.  She was married to Frank Ginn, October 25, 1907.  To this union were b. two children, Mildred Edna and Pauline Catherine.  The following obituary was read: She was not a member of church, but was full of love and Christian kindness and bore life's burdens with patience and fortitude characteristic of the believer in God. In her quiet and unassuming manner of life, she impressed all, who came within the radius of her life with her unselfish devotion to right principles which she made the rule of her actions in relation to all with whom she came in touch, so well that all who knew her were made to love her.  As wife, she knew and maintained her place so admirably that the bereaved husband has naught but praise and fondest memories of her to in some measure smooth his aching heart.  In all her life's journey, she has strewn the flowers of love and goodness.  She was a lovely mother, and to prove her right to that highest title, she gave her life upon the altar of motherhood in adding another to the world's populace.  A tender babe is here to tell in other days, perhaps, in these words, "I never knew my mother."  She became a member of Siloam Rebekah Lodge No 58 of Waveland April 9, 1912 in which she proved herself worthy and obedient. She leaves to mourn her loss, a husband, two little girls, a father, mother and many friends.  Mrs. Frank Ginn died at her home E. of Milligan on Sun.  Funeral services were held at the home on Tues. morning. Member of the Rebekah Lodge acted as pall bearers.  The funeral was preached by Rev CL Airhart. Interment at Mt. Moriah - Waveland Independent, February 13, 1916


A rural Rockville woman was killed instantly Friday morning in a car-truck accident on U.S. 36. Dead is Marian E. Glant, 55, of Rt. 1, Rockville. She was pronounced dead at the scene of massive head and internal injuries. She was killed when the car she was driving was struck broadside by a pickup truck being driven by Michael D. Deplanty, 24, of Valparaiso. He suffered only minor injuries. The accident occurred about 10:55 a.m. Friday two miles east of Rockville on U.S. 36. The Glant vehicle was headed east when she attempted to pass a third auto not involved in the accident. According to the report filed by investigating Parke County Sheriff Mike Eslinger, she lost control of her car and went off the road, then got back onto the road, sliding broadside across the center line into the path of the Deplanty truck, which was headed west. Mrs. Glant was born Dec. 3, 1923 at Cross Plains, Ind. She attended the Rockville United Methodist Church and was a member of the Current Literature Club. Surviving are her husband William O.; two sons, Dr. Michael Glant of Indianapolis and William F. at home; a daughter, Mrs. Karen Long of Indianapolis; a sister, Mrs. Mary White of San Francisco; a brother, Richard Smith of Indianapolis; and three grandsons. Arrangements are incomplete at Barnes Mortuary at Rockville. Six traffic fatalities in the last two days, including two women reported sitting or lying in roadways when they were struck, boosted Indiana’s highway death toll to more than 80 above the pace a year ago. A woman killed Thursday night on a northeastside Indianapolis street was tentatively identified Friday as Jill Stucker, 32, Costa Mesa, Calif. Police said she was observed about three hours before her body was found behaving irrationally in a playground two blocks from the accident scene. Witnesses also told detectives that a young woman resembling the victim was sitting in the street and in the median before the accident. Detectives were searching for a motorist who they said might have been unaware of the accident. In northeastern Indiana, Mary Louise Maynard, 46, Rt. 3, LaGrange, was killed early Friday when she was run over by a car on a LaGrange County road two miles north of Stroh. Police said the driver reported seeing the woman lying on the road but told investigators he was unable to stop in time. In another car-pedestrian accident, Steven Bazia, 19, Michigan City, was killed while walking along U.S. 12 in Michigan City about 2 a.m. Friday. A man riding a moped was killed Thursday night when struck from behind by a van and then by a car on U.S. 35, three miles east of Galveston. The victim was Robert J. Swing, 48, Galveston. A teen-age girl was killed earlier Thursday when her motorcycle collided with a van on a Miami County road in front of the victim’s home, three miles north of Peru. The victim was identified as Dianna E. Miller, 16. Fidel Martinez, 20, East Chicago, was killed Thursday night when his motorcycle crashed into a car turning into a Hammond service station.  Crawfordsville Journal Review, 02 June 1979


Mrs. Mabel Gleason of Crawfordsville, age 93, died Sunday afternoon, November 9, in Carmen Nursing Home at Crawfordsville. She was born at Rockville, May 18, 1887, the daughter of Rufus and Nellie Cox Fisher. October 30, 1907, she married Michael L. Gleason, who died in 1945. Mrs. Gleason was a member of St. Bernard Catholic Church.  Surviving are five daughters, Catherine Gleason and Mrs. Wemple Dodds, both of Crawfordsville, Mrs. Don F. Reinert of Hinsdale, Illinois, Mrs. Joe Badicki of Topeka, Kansas, and Mrs. H. E. Schaller of Highland; a son, Francis E. Gleason of Louisville;, a brother, Hubert F. Fisher of Lakewood, California; 21 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren.  Funeral services were held this morning (Wednesday) at St. Bernard Catholic Church in Crawfordsville with Monsignor Henry F. Ward officiating. Burial was in Calvary Cemetery at Crawfordsville. The rosary was recited Tuesday night at Hunt & Son Funeral Home  -  The Parke County Sentinel, Wednesday, November 12, 1980  (Selflessly shared by Colleen Morgan who is unrelated to Mrs. Gleason)


Gilbert Godden, who was familiarly known as "Pete" was instantly killed while at work in the Batty Coal Mine Wednesday of last week. He entered one of the rooms in the mine preparatory to firing a shot, having failed to hear the warning of his younger brother that it had already been lighted. The blast came just as he approached the place, the flying coal striking him full in the face.  He was immediately taken to his home and several doctors called but it was too late. Gilbert was 26 and a young man of high characteristics and traits, the possessor of sterling qualities and his short life was an example that anyone would well follow. It can be truthfully said that he was the general favorite in his home neighborhood and among his companions - Parke County Times.  - Waveland Independent, June 29, 1917


Mrs. Margaret Fox GOEKE age 39 died Saturday night at Robert Long Hospital Indianapolis.  Funeral services were held Tuesday forenoon at Jordan Funeral Home with Burial in Poplar Grove north of Marshall.  Rev. Milo Hinckle officiated.  Mrs. Goeke was the daughter of the late Clarence Fox.  She is survived by a sister, Lucille of Denver, Col; two half brothers, Raymond and Kenneth Fox of Rockville. - Tri-County News, May 10, 1956 - "Marshall News"


Stillman GOFF Died Monday Evening – Was Prominent Farmer and Livestock Breeder -- Stillman Goff of Rockville R.R.4, age 82, died Monday evening November 7, at his home.  He was a member of the Bethel Community Church.  A prominent Parke County farmer and purebred livestock breeder, he specialized in Polled Hereford cattle and Chester White hogs.  He was a member of the Parke County REMC board of directors, the Terre Haute Producers Marketing Association board of directors, formerly a director of the Parke County Farm Bureau, past president of the Parke County Fair Board and a former member of the Rockville Library Board.  Born in Vermillion County, October 16, 1884, he was the son of Philander and Anna Fox Goff. On December 18, 1907, he was married to Edith Jones, who survives.  Other survivors are three daughters, Mrs. Horace Abbott of Indianapolis, Mrs. Paul Machledt of Montezuma and Mrs. Raymond Smith of Barberton, Ohio., two sons Stillman Reece of Parke Ridge, Illinois., and Glenn of Kensington, Maryland.; a sister Mrs. Evea Hicks of Perrysville; 17 grandchildren and a great-grandchild.  Funeral services will be held at the Butler Funeral Home this (Thursday) afternoon at 2:00 .  Friends may call at the funeral home.   Unknown newspaper.


Mrs. Samantha Goins, widow of the late Preston Goins, died at the home at Carbon at 6 o’clock Sunday night after a protracted illness of general debility at the age of 86 years, 9 months, and 19 days.  Mrs. Goins was born in Kentucky and had resided at Carbon for the past 50 years. Her late husband was a veteran of the civil War having served in Co. B. of the 7th Kentucky Infantry.  The deceased leaves a son, Crede Goins of Carbon also a brother and two sisters, Preston Harris, of Terre Haute: Mrs. Margaret Thompson of Clinton and Mrs. Elizabeth Thomas of Carbon.  Funeral services will be held at 1 o’clock Tuesday afternoon at the residence. Rev. McHargue officiating. Interment North Union cemetery.  Brazil Daily Times, 22 July 1929


John Matthew GOOD, 59, died at his home near Marshall Tuesday.  He had been seriously ill for two weeks.  There survive the widow, Mary Glass Good, three sons, one daughter, one brother. Funeral was conducted by the Rev. Herbert Hugo, former pastor of the Waveland Presbyterian Church at the Friends Union Church near Grange Corner, on Thursday afternoon.  Burial in Rockville. - Waveland Independent, May 13, 1954


The body of Mrs. Emma Goodbar, who died in Ladoga on Saturday, was brought here on Monday afternoon for interment in Maple Ridge.  Mrs. Goodbar was born in Parke County in 1857.  She first married Thomas Clore and they lived on the farm on the road to the Shades lately sold by C. M. Weaver.  To them was born one son, Clifford who now lives near Ladoga. After the death of Mr. Clore, his widow lived in Waveland in the old James Murray property, until her marriage to Albert Goodbar. She has since resided in Ladoga.  She leaves 3 sisters: Mrs. Samuel Rice of Ellensburg, WA; Mrs. Charles Rice of Crawfordsville and Mrs. Ettie Ireland of Tampa, FL; and two brothers, A. A. McCampbell of Ingalls and Richard McCampbell of Crawfordsville.  - Waveland Independent, November 30, 1917


"Wallace" -- Isaac Gooding died at 9:30 o'clock last evening after an illness of four weeks from pneumonia, at his home 4 miles south of here. Mr. Gooding was the son of Thomas & Phebe Sowers Gooding and was b. near here on August 18, 1862. He married Sarah I. Clouse in 1885 and to this union 4 children were born, two of which are living.  Mr. Gooding was a prominent and well known citizen of this community and was a member of the Odd fellows. He is survived by his wife, a son George Gooding and a daughter, Mrs. Lulu Henthorn. Funeral Services will be held at 2 o'clock Saturday afternoon in the Lutheran cemetery. - Crawfordsville Daily Journal, February 16, 1923

Phoebe Gooding, 90, one of the oldest residents of the community, died at her home one mile south of here Thursday at seven o'clock. Death was due to pneumonia from which Mrs. Gooding had suffered for the past week. The deceased was practically a lifetime resident of the community, having moved here when 9 months old. Mrs. Gooding was the daughter of Michael and Sarah Bowers Sowers. She was born in Davidson County, N.C. on February 7, 1838. Her marriage took place to Thomas Gooding on November 22, 1857. Mr. G. died 30 years ago. Mrs. G. was a member of the Lutheran church. The survivors are two daughters, Mrs. Joseph Newkirk of Wallace and Mrs. George T. Alward of Grange Corner; 3 son, Noah and Monroe of Wallace and Samuel of Decatur, Ill., seventeen grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren. The funeral services will be held Sat. morning all o'clock at the Lutheran church. Rev. Isaiah Whitman of Mulberry will have charge of the services. Burial will be made in the Lutheran cemetery. - Dated – December 14th -from Hazel Morgan Smith's scrapbook


Mrs. Maude Goodwin, 85 years old, died at 1:15 o'clock Monday morning at her residence here. She is survived by several nieces and nephews. The body was taken to the Davies Funeral Home at Marshall, where friends may call. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 o'clock Wednesday afternoon at the funeral home. The Rev. C. C. Griggs will officiate and burial will be in Bloomingdale Cemetery. - June 16, 1958 Parke County Newspaper --Bloomingdale, Indiana

Mrs. Bertha Newlin has received word of the death of her sister, Mrs. Alma Boyd Goodwin of Long Beach, Calif.  Mrs. Goodwin, age 83, was the daughter of Dr. and Margaret McCampbell Boyd of Annapolis and will be remembered by many relatives and friends among the older people of northern Parke County .  Her husband, Marion Goodwin, died several years ago. - The Rockville Republican, Thursday,  October 4, 1962  - [contributed by Sandra J. Lee] 


Orval E. GORDON, son of EC and Effie Gordon was born in Benton County, Indiana June 6, 1887. When he was 16 his parents moved to Parke county where he continued to live until his death which occurred May 23, 1935 at his home age 47 years 11 months 17 days. On Oct 7, 1915 he was married to Anna SPENCER and to this union were born two children, Warren Dale, age 14 and Helen Louise , age 11.  He was active in community affairs, always willing to give of his time and energy for the good of others.  He gave four years of efficient service as assessor for Greene Twp and a similar term as trustee of the same township. In 1924 he confessed his belief to the saving power of Jesus and became a member of the Parkeville Christian Church and was serving as a deacon and Sunday School teacher in the church at the time of his death. On Feb 27 he underwent an operation for appendicitis and though he patiently and gallantly fought could not resist the ravaging complications which set in. … In passing to his eternal rest he leaves a loving wife, two children, Warren and Helen, a father and mother and many friends and relatives.  - Waveland Independent, June 7, 1935

Orval GORDON who has been seriously ill died at his home in Green Township early Thursday morning. He was born June 6, 1881 and was married to Annie SPENCER on October 7, 1915. Besides the wife he leaves two children, Warren and Helen, aged 10 and 14. Funeral services at the Parkville Christian Church at 2 on Saturday afternoon. He was a member of this church and a Modern Woodman.  He had served the township as trustee for a term of 4 years and assessor four years.  Burial will be in the cemetery near the church.  - Waveland Independent, May 24, 1935 

Mrs. Nancy Anna GORDON, lifelong resident of this community died at her home south of Waveland at 9:30 o’clock Wed. morning after an extended illness.  Death was caused by complications.  Mrs. Gordon was born Nov 16, 1886 near Parkville, the daughter of Wesley and Frances Spencer and was married at Danville, Ill on Oct 7, 1915 to Orville E. Gordon. She was a member of the Christian Church and Order of Eastern Star. Her husband preceded her in death.  She is survived by a daughter, Helen Gordon and a son, Warren both at home; two brothers, Charles and Frank Spencer, both of Judson and one sister, Mary Spencer also of Judson; two nieces, Miss Lela Spencer of Rockville and Mrs. Roy Lamb of Chicago and a sister-in-law, Mrs. Emma Spencer of Judson. The body will be removed from Machledt Funeral Home to the family residence Thursday where friends may call after 1 p.m.  The funeral will be held from the Parkville Christian Church at 2 o’clock Friday afternoon in charge of Rev. Griggs of Bloomingdale. Burial in Bethany Cemetery near Marshall. - Waveland Independent, Thursday, July 9, 1942


Jesse Gossett, age 32, was instantly killed at 8 o'clock Wednesday morning when the automobile, a school hack, he was driving crashed over an embankment while rounding a turn near the home of Frank Crawford, two miles east of Sylvania. Mr. Gossett's neck was broken and was dead when found by Mr. Crawford, a few minutes after he had heard the crash.  Mr. Gossett lived near the Cashatt cemetery in Sugar Creek Township, and had just returned from Sylvania where he had taken his family to spend the day with relatives.... he is survived by his wife and three children.  The death of Mr. Gossett Wednesday makes the third death in the family within the last six months. - Crawfordsville Journal Friday, April 20, 1923

 Morse F. Gossett of Montezuma, age 80, died Friday morning, September 10, in Parke County Nursing Home. He was a member of Fellenzer Post American Legion.  Surviving are a sister, Mrs. Marie Ogle of Downey, California; and two brothers, Lewis of Rockville and Homer of Marion.  Funeral services were held at Brown Funeral Home in Montezuma this (Monday) afternoon with Rev. James O. Trousdale officiating. Burial was in Oakland Cemetery at Montezuma.  - Rockville Republican, Monday, September 13, 1976 Submitted by Mary Lou Hermiller

A 2-month old child of Mr. GOSSETT who lives in southeast Rockville died Saturday. The body was taken to Howard for burial on Sunday. - Rockville Republican  31 March 1897


Joseph Graham of Parke County, 27 years of age, was drowned in the Wabash River Sunday afternoon. He was in company with a number of other young men and had spent the night on the river fishing. He went in bathing Sunday morning without removing his underclothes, and he got tangled up in a trot line, and before assistance could reach him he was drowned. – (Newport, Vermillion County)  Hoosier State, 12 July 1907, Page 008


The dead body of Marion Green was found in a field near Rockville on Monday.  He was known to have been drunk and is supposed to have fallen and frozen to death.  He was 50 years old and unmarried. - Waveland Independent, December 29, 1899


 ROCKVILLE – Melvin Ray Greene, 32-year-old former resident of Parke County, died at 11:15 p.m. Saturday at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Danville, Ill. Death was attributed to complications following surgery. He was born May 14, 1933 in Parke County, a son of William E. and Mary Crooks Greene. An employe of Supersweet Feed Co. of Danville, he resided at 1018 Glenwood Drive in Danville. Greene, a veteran of the Korean war, was a member of the Second Church of Christ of Danville. He is survived by his wife, Carolyn; two sons, Blane Alan and Dean Elliott; his parents of Rt. 1 Rockville; two brothers, Kenneth of Rt. 1 Marshall and Max of Rt. 1 Russellville, and a grandmother, Mrs. Sarah Greene of Rosedale. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Butler Funeral Home here with Revs. Roger T. Rankin and James Landrum officiating. Burial will be in Memory Garden Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home after 4 p.m. Wednesday. - Crawfordsville Journal Review, 21 February 1966

The body of William Greene of Terre Haute, a former resident of Parke County was brought back to Pisgah, Thursday afternoon for funeral and burial.  - Waveland Independent, August 26, 1926


Died on the 20th inst. in Rosedale, Mrs. James GRIEVES; about the same place on the 22nd inst. Mrs. Susan SACKETT and on the 23d inst, Mr. Samuel ALEXANDER.  - Unknown 1893 Newspaper


Mrs. Emma Griffin was born in May 1862 and died February 2, 1903.  She leaves a husband and 12 children to mourn her loss. She was a member of the Presbyterian Church at Howard and a charter member of Erwin Corps.  Mrs. Griffin was only sick a few days with pneumonia. She longed to stay with her family which needed a mother's care so much but when told she must die said, "all is well", and calling the oldest daughter to her asked her to be a mother to the nine children at home.  Bidding the family all good-bye, she fell asleep in Jesus.  Burial services at the Ephlin Cemetery. Appropriate resolutions were passed Saturday by the Corps and the Charter was draped. - Rockville Republican, Wednesday, 18 March 1903 – shared by Lena Harper

Another murder in Parke County -- Albert Burton and Frank Griffin of Lyford, quarreled on Tuesday and Burton filled Griffin's body with shot.  He is now in jail at Rockville, his victim's death is expected at any time.   - Waveland Independent, June 30, 1899

Alfred Burton, who shot Frank Griffin at Lyford last week, has been released from the Rockville jail, as no one appeared to prefer (sic) charges against him.   - Waveland Independent, July 7, 1899

“Mrs. Lucy GRIFFIN, aged 57 years, died at her home, three miles north of here Sunday, Feb., of heart disease. The remains were buried at the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Monday, Rev. Spohn conducting the service.”  -  Rosedale Herald, February 29, 1896

William Griffin, an old soldier and a resident of this township, died at his home four miles southwest of here on February 17.  Mr. Griffin was about 70 years of age and during the Civil War, carried a musket in defense of the Flag. - Rockville Republican, Wednesday, 04 March 1914 – shared by Lena Harper


Walter Grimes died at his home about 10:30 Sunday night.  He has been in failing health for about a year but has been seriously ill for about 3 or 4 weeks.   His son, Glyndon came Monday morning from Cincinnati to attend the funeral. - Waveland Independent, January 13, 1928

James Walter, son of James Monroy and Margaret Pratt Grimes, was born near Russellville, Indiana on October 25, 1869 and passed to his rest January 8, 1928 at the age of 58 years, 2 months and 13 days.  He was united in marriage to Farrice N. Jarvis of Waveland January 22, 1891.  To this union came 5 children: Fairabie J; Julius H; Glyndon M; Oma Doyne and Maro A who with the wife and a little foster son, Ralph Dale Spencer, who was taken into the home when a baby, survive.  He is also survived by 5 grandchildren, Warren Randall and Gene Ellet Grimes; Carrol Kenton, Everett Lyle and Zona Doyne Graham and Martha Joan and James Monroy Grimes; also one sister, Mrs. Ella Spencer of Russellville and two brothers, John R. of Russellville and Will H. of Lewiston, Idaho.   His parents, one brother and twin sisters have preceded him to the Eternal Home.   Walter Grimes was not of the churchgoing religious type, but he was religious in that he loved his neighbors and fellow man.  He was always ready to lend a helping hand and considered their work and tasks the same as his own.  He has always helped anyone he could, in trouble, sickness and death.  His good work was done in and around his home.  He furnished a home for many years for two elderly uncles and gave a home and cared for an orphan boy the same as his own children.  This home was one where neighbors, friends and relatives were always welcome and one of the highest hospitality. He was energetic and wanted to be up and doing.  He was dressed and on his feet to the last. Mr. Grimes was a member of the Modern Woodman Lodge of Waveland. He had had poor health for many years, but his will power was of the strongest and he toiled on until his strength was completely exhausted.  This was the life and passing of our father and husband. - Waveland Independent, January 13, 1928

Miss Wanetah Grimes died last Thursday at Chicago where she had been working in a photograph gallery.  Two weeks before she was taken sick with typhoid fever resulting in her death as stated. The body was brought to Guion where funeral services were held Sunday. - Waveland Independent, August 18, 1899

Mrs. Melvina Catherine GRIMES died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. EC Bowen on Tuesday morning. She had been seriously ill several days. Funeral services at the Guion Presbyterian Church Thursday afternoon in charge of Rev. H. Sigler. Burial in ? cemetery.  Mrs. Grimes was born near Guion May 6, 1857.  She was the widow of James GRIMES in his day a noted horseman.  She is survived by the daughter, one granddaughter, Mrs. Mary Jane White of Tulsa, Oklahoma and a grandson James Bowen of Saginaw Michigan. - Waveland Independent ? March 12, 1949

Lillie May HARBISON GRIMES eldest child of Alex and Nancy Hamilton Harbison was born January 26, 1879 in Greene Township Parke County and passed away in her home in Russellville December 2, 1956. She was united in marriage to Cleve Grimes April 14, 1910. Early in life she united with Mt. Pisgah Methodist Church, later became a member of the Russellville Federated Church. During the years when health permitted she was active in her Master's service.  She leaves her husband, 3 brothers, turner, Wilbur & Clay Harbison, one sister, Mrs. Belva McGaughey, 16 nephews and 7 nieces and many other relatives and friends.  One brother, one sister and father and mother preceded her in death.  Funeral services were conducted at the Russellville Federated Church Tuesday afternoon at 2 by Rev. Glen Berg. Favorite songs were played on the organ by Mrs. Olive White.  - Banner-Graphic Newspaper?? - Hand dated 07 December 1956 – Shared by Karen Zach - Source: Obituaries of Mary Jo Johnson found in Crawfordsville District Public Library.


Byron O. Grismore, lifetime resident of Kingman, died at his home here Sunday at the age of 87. He had been in ill health for several months. He was born in Parke County March 29, 1879, the son of George and Sarah Atkinson Grismore. He was married to Nellie Drake January 21, 1909. They celebrated their golden wedding anniversary in January 1959. "Barney" as he was familiarly known to everyone was a barber in Kingman for 55 years, retiring in 1956. He was a member of the Kingman Methodist Church and the Kingman Masonic Lodge NO. 314.  surviving besides the widow are four daughters: Mrs. Geraldine Branham of New Whiteland; Mrs. Dorothy Stucy of Indianapolis; Mrs. Mary Woodrow of Near Covington; and Mrs. Evelyn Alexander of Indianapolis; a son, Robert Grismore of Shipshewana; a brother, Parke Grismore of Madera Beach, Florida, 8 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. Two brothers and five sisters preceded him in death. Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Woodrow Funeral Home with the Rev. Forest Stickler officiating. The grandsons, Duane Woodrow, Ronald Woodrow, Robert Alexander, Michael Suiters, Forest Boling and Robert Ellis served as pallbearers. Interment was in the Kingman Fraternal Cemetery.  – Unknown source – Submitted by Marsha Paterson


Dr. Marion Gross of Rockville died Sunday morning at age 62. - Waveland Independent December 18, 1908




Mrs. Mary Grover of 304 North Virginia Street, Rockville, died at her home Tuesday, September 7. She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and its Altar Guild and the Ladies of the Snow. For 35 years she was employed at the Indiana State Sanitarium.  Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Elizabeth King of Downers Grove, Illinois, and Mrs. Martha Mayes of Terre Haute; a son, George of Rockville; three sisters, Mrs. Ann Denbo and Mrs. Esther Pittman, both of Indianapolis, and Mrs. Laura Denbo of Hume, Illinois; seven grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. Funeral services were held at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Friday morning, with Father Lawrence Moran officiating. The Rosary was recited at Tudor-Herrick Memorial Chapel, Friday night. Burial was in Memory Garden Cemetery.   - Rockville Republican, Monday, September 13, 1976 Submitted by Mary Lou Hermiller


Mrs. Kate Bridges received a telegram from Oskaloosa, Iowa, Wednesday, stating that her younger brother, David Ashland Groves had died that morning.  Mr. Groves was born on the old Hugh Groves homestead near Milligan. - Waveland Independent, April 21, 1922

John F. Groves died on Friday night at the home of Mrs. Kate Bridges on West Main Street from the results of the burns received by him some weeks ago.  He never rallied completely from the shock and his death had been momentarily expected for several days. The funeral on Monday afternoon was conducted by McPherson Post, GAR of Crawfordsville. The sermon by Rev. JG Burkhart was listened to by an audience that crowded the Christian Church. Owing to the illness of his wife, Mr. Burkhart was compelled to leave before the conclusion of the services. The impressive ceremony of the GAR was read by comrades who were deeply affected.  Interment at Maple Ridge.  John F. Groves one of seven children first saw the light of this world in Fleming County, Kentucky Feb 14, 1837. His parents moved to Milligan, Indiana when John was but 10 months old. He grew to manhood on the farm where he spent his life with the exception of the last four years. Four!  years ago he came to Waveland to live with his sister Kate, in whose  home he always had the best of care and the closest of attention and here he  gave his farewell to the earthly home to enter upon that journey which  brings good men to eternal, victory, honor and immortality. After saying goodbye to friends and leaving his last goodbye with his faithful watcher, for his comrades of the GAR he fell asleep to be awakened as the sunlight of eternity came to kiss his brow.  When clouds and darkness gloomed the heavens and the whole Republic every moment feared the might convulsive shock which would shatter the stays and shafts and beams of the Edifice of our freedom, John F. Groves enlisted and offered the strength of his young manhood to assist the sublime Lincoln in throwing the burning chain of Union over the dark war cloud and draw light in safety from the patriotic heavens. While in his brave fight for freedom and a united country, he was severely wounded on Jan 2, 1862, having his arm shattered and receiving a wound in his head which resulted in weakening some of his mental faculties but even in his hampered condition, he made such good use of his powers of mind and body as to be a successful farmer and business man. The year after victory came to his country John F. Groves entered in another army in whose war there is no discharge until life's march reaches the gate-way of the "Home of the Souls."  He was  a most faithful soldier of the Cross putting himself under the "Banner of the Immortal King" at the first special call for volunteers after the  church recruiting station was dedicated, the recruiting officer at that time  was C.G. Bartholomew.  There survives him two brothers, David of New Sharon, Iowa and O.B. Groves of Crawfordsville; and the sister, Mrs. Kate Bridges. HIs niece, Mrs. Owens of Russellville was in constant attendance during his last illness.  Those present at the funeral from a distance were;  Robert Barton, Wingate; George Patton, New Richmond; Hugh Patton, Mrs. Katie Vancleave, Mrs. Mary Alfred; Anderson McMains, Crawfordsville; A.W. Groves, Waynetown; Mrs.  Miranda Ellis, Rossville, Illinois; Sam McMains, Portland Mills; Mrs. Carrie  Foster, Montezuma; Chas Owens and family, Russellville; Ulysses Litsey,  Wallace; Ed and Harry Groves, Logansport, and many old neighbors and friends from  Parke County.   - Waveland Independent, March 20, 1908


Rosie Gubser, 72, died at her home in Bloomingdale at 8:45 a.m. Tuesday. She had been in failing health for several years.  Mrs. Gubser was a native and lifelong resident of Parke County. She was a member of the Fairview Evangelical United Brethren Church near Tangier.  She was born the daughter of Jasper and Jennie Millikin on May 5, 1895. She was the wife of Emanuel Gubser who survives.  Surviving besides the husband are two sons, Thomas of Lodi, Calif., and John of Bloomingdale; two daughters, Mrs. Dorothy Hammand of Georgetown, Ill., and Mary Gubser of Bloomingdale. – Crawfordsville Journal Review, 14 Jun 1967, Page 028


Mrs. Etta M. GUILLIAMS, 79 a pioneer in 4-H club work in Montgomery County and a former member of the Purdue University Extension staff, died Sunday noon at her home on the Yountsville Rd. A resident of Crawfordsville since 1910, Mrs. Guilliams was born May 20, 1871in Parke County, the daughter of John Payton and Lucinda Johnson Payton.  She married Charles G. Guilliams Oct 12, 1892. Mrs. Guilliams was a member of the First Christian Church, Flower Lovers Club and Busy Bunch Needle Club.  She also was a former president of the Montgomery County Home Economics Club.  She also pioneered in state farmers institute work.  In addition Mrs. Guilliams was organizer of the Bride's Circle class of the First Christian Church.  The last, alter renamed, is now known as the Faithful Circle class.  Surviving are the husband, Charles G. Guilliams, two daughters, Miss Mary Guilliams, English teacher in the high school and Miss Ruby Guilliams, music teacher in the South Bend James Whitcomb Riley High School, a sister, Mrs. J. R. Burks of Gary; a half-brother, Ray Payton, a half sister, Mrs. Harold Berry, and a grand nephews, Dr. Jess E. Burks. She was preceded in death by three brothers, and a sister.  Private funeral services were held at 1:30 o'clock Tuesday afternoon at the Bright Funeral Home with burial at Oak Hill Cemetery, Rev. Paul E. Million, pastor was the officiating minister. - December 31, 1950 Crawfordsville Journal Review