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Parke County, Indiana Obituaries

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“Jewell Delight, daughter of Clifford and Osa HADLEY, was born April 11, 1913; died January 30, 1914,  age 9 months and 19 days.   From the time of her birth she seemed to be delicate; she did not grow and thrive, as an infant should. She seemed to be lacking in power to digest and assimulate (sic) food, either natural or artificial. It seemed hard to prepare or purchase anything in the way of food for infants that would nourish her. Although she was fed at regular intervals and received every care that a fond mother could give, she wasted away and became a mere skeleton, as much as that at the age of 4 months she weighed less than at birth.   During the hot, dry summer months it seemed some days like her spirit could not longer be kept in her wean, frail, delicate little body. But life lingered and hope revived and s the cool, bracing air of autumn came she began to recuperate. She had been steadily gaining in weight and strength for the last five months and to her watchful, anxious parents the future for her looked promising.   But in the evil hour the whooping cough in some mysterious way reached her home and she became its victim; that together with an attack of pneumonia severed the brittle thread of life here but at the same time transplanted her spirit as a but from earth to bloom forever in the paradise of God.   Thru all of her afflictions she was so good and patient and lovable that she endeared herself to all who knew her.”  - Rockville Republican February 4, 1914  (Submitted by Anita Ellis)

“Died – In Rockville, on the evening of the 19th inst., Henry, infant son of Washington and Naomi HADLEY, aged nearly eleven months.” -  Parke County Republican, April 22, 1863


Walter A. HALL, 62, of Little York, Indiana brother of Orville L. hall was killed from the effect of being thrown from a horse Feb 28.  He lived alone on a farm near Little York and was going home form work when his hat was blown off and the horse he was riding became frightened and threw him. He was injured internally and died after a few hours of the accident. He leaves his father, 3 brothers, Orville of Waveland, John and George of Little York a son, Ernest, Austin, Indiana and one daughter, Hazel of Indianapolis.  Waveland Independent, March 14, 1946

“Funeral services for Charley Ellis HALL of Waveland, 77 years old, who died Saturday, were held Tuesday morning at the Barnes Mortuary. The Rev. Terry Morgan officiated and burial was in Guion Cemetery.  Surviving are the widow, Lottie; two daughters, Mrs. Bonnie Leonard of Greencastle and Miss Mildred Hall at home; two sons, Don Hall of Terre Haute and William Hall of Jamesville, Wis., and two sisters, Mrs. Gladys Harney of Terre Haute and Mrs. Claudine Dooley of Waveland. The deceased was a member of the Guion Presbyterian Church.” - Rockville Tribune, June 15,-1961 ( Per: Parke County Death Records - CHARLEY ELLIS HALL  Born: May 2, 1884 in Parke County, IN. Father: George Hall. Mother: Estella Ellis. Occupation: Farmer and carpenter. Died: June 10, 1961 at R. R. 1, Waveland, IN (Parke County, IN). Buried: Guion Cemetery. Informant: Lottie Hall. )

“Mrs. Estella HALL died at her home in Howard Township Monday morning at 3 o’clock. Mrs. Hall had been confined to her bed for the past two months, suffering from a broken hip. She was 83 years old and had lived in the community all of her life.        Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Gladys Harney of near Rockville, Mrs. Harry Budd of Howard Township and Claudine, at home; one son, Charles Hall and one sister, Mrs. Lillie Sheuerly, of Guion.  Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon, the Rev. W. F. Smith of the Rockville Presbyterian Church officiating.” - Rockville Tribune, March 10, 1937 ( Per: Parke County Death Records – Estella Ellis (HALL) Born: June 7, 1854 in Parke County, IN. Father: Jacob Ellis (born in Indiana). Mother: Elmira Ellis (born in Indiana). Husband: Wash. Hall (deceased). Occupation: Housewife. Died: March 8, 1937 in Greene Township., Waveland R. R. (Parke County, IN). Buried: Guion. )

"Mrs. Anna Jane Hall Dies At Son's Home"  - Mrs. Anna Jane Hall, 83 years old, died at 7:15 o’clock Monday evening at the home of her son Fred Hall of Rockville. She is survived by another son Frank Hall of Rockville; a daughter, Mrs. H. E. Youmans of Clinton, and several grandchildren and great grandchildren.  Funeral services were held at 10:30 o’clock this morning at the Coloma Friends church with the Rev. Edw. Woodard and the Rev. Merrill Ford officiating. Burial was in Coloma cemetery. - Rockville Tribune, Thursday 9 February 1950

"E. J. Hall Expires At Home Near Here" - Exum Joseph Hall, 85 years old, passed away last Saturday afternoon at his home near Coloma. The deceased was born in Parke county on September 3, 1859, the son of William S. and Miriam Hall.  He is survived by the widow, Anna J. Hall; two daughters, Mrs. Ethel Youmans of Clinton and Mrs. Katie Smith of Montezuma; two sons, Fred Hall of Rockville and Frank Hall of Marshall; and fourteen grand-children.  Funeral services were held at 2 o’clock Monday afternoon at the Coloma church with Rev. Edward Woodard officiating. Burial was in Coloma cemetery.  - Rockville Tribune, Thursday 26 April 1945


“Frances Mae HALLETT, 83, of Rt. 7, Crawfordsville, died at 5 p.m. Monday at her home. Mrs. Hallett was a member of Freedom Baptist Church and the 50-Plus Club of New Market. She was born August 24, 1908 at Trinity, Ky. to Walter and Nannie Pollard Pollitt. She married Bert Hallett December 22, 1925 at Crawfordsville.  Surviving are a  daughter, Joan Evans of Darlington, a son, Don Hallett of Rt. 7, Crawfordsville; two sisters, Barbara "Bobbie" Gardner of Maysville, Ky.; and Wanda Campbell of Princeton, W Va.; three grandchildren and two great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by four brothers. Services are scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Friday in Machledt & Servies Fun Home at Waveland with burial in Old Union Cemetery.  Friends may call 4-8 p.m.. Thursday at the funeral home. - Crawfordsville Journal Review Oct ober1, 1991. Submitted by Karen Zach.

George E. HALLETT, son of Jackson and Mary Hallett, was born December 19, 1870.  He was married to Ettie Skimmerhorn, September 25 1895.  To them were born two children, Josie and Everett, besides whom he leaves a wife, father and mother, two sisters and one brother to mourn his loss.  He was an affectionate husband, a kind father, a dear brother and a loving son.  He died, Thursday September 25 and was buried in the Alamo cemetery at 11 o'clock on Sunday after funeral services conducted by Rev L. F. Galey at the Alamo Christian Church.  Mr. Hallett died on the anniversary of his wedding and on the anniversary of the funeral of his brother William H. a year ago. - Waveland Independent, October 3, 1902

Bluff Mills Man Victim of Cancer   Waveland, May 9 -- Harvey HALLETT died at his home, five miles north of here, Thurs at 12:10.  His death, which was not unexpected, was due to a cancer on his face, from which he had been suffering for several years, but which had grown rapidly worse for the past year.  He was the son of Jackson and Mary Hallett and was born on a farm near Bluff Mills May 21, 1866 and lacked just a few days of being 48 years old.  He was married Jan 1, 1889 to Drusilla Schammerhorn of near Clinton, Indiana. Surviving besides his widow are six children and two sisters.  The children are: Mrs. Ethel Kellar of near Marshall, Mrs. Fay Keller, or near Bluff Mills, Maude, Bert, Wandeline and Mary at home.  The sisters are: Mrs. Susie Helch (Welsch) of near Wallace and Mrs. Edna Smith of near Bluff Mills.  The funeral was conducted at Union church, north of town, Sat. afternoon at 2 by Rev. John Caldwell of Crawfordsville, pastor of the Freedom Baptist church. Interment was made in Union cemetery. - (Crawfordsville Journal Saturday, May 9, 1914, Page 1, Column 4)

“Jackson HALLETT, son of Bennet (sic) and Cyntha (sic) Rinker Hallett, was born in Brown Township, Montgomery County, Indiana April 18, 1845, where he grew to manhood and was married to Miss Mary Smith, 1863, and to this union six children were born, three sons and three daughters. His first wife passed away five years ago and later he was married to Mrs. Lena Davis of Terre Haute. Mr. Hallett was of a sturdy family who have lived in the vicinity of Deere's Mill for almost a century. Mr. Hallett had many trials through which to pass as it was his sad experience to loose by death his wife and five of his children, leaving only one child, Mrs. Susie Welch of Wallace to mourn his loss.  Mr. Hallett had lived all his life within three miles of where he was born and was known by scores of people, who will miss him much. He had been ill for more than a year, but he bore his sufferings with fortitude until Saturday evening, Sept. 14, when he passed peacefully away at the age of 73 years, 4 months and 27 days, leaving to mourn a wife, one daughter, one sister, Mary J. Smith of Kokomo, Ind., 11 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren, a number of other relatives and friends. The funeral was held at Christian Church, Alamo, three p.m. Monday, September 16, 1948. (sic)”  - Article provided by Karen Zach

“Bert Wayne HALLETT, 80, of Rt. 7, Crawfordsville, died at 4:30 a.m. today in his home. He had been in failing health for the past four years. He was a member of Freedom Baptist Church and farmed all his life in Montgomery County. He attended Waveland schools.  He was born in Montgomery County on May 16, 1904 to Harvey P. and Druzilla Skimmerhorn Hallett.  He was married at Crawfordsville on December 22, 1925, to Frances Pollitt, who survives. Other survivors include a son, don Hallett of Rt. 7, Crawfordsville; a daughter, Joan Evans of Rt. 1, Darlington; three grandchildren; one great grandchild; and three sisters, Mrs. Faye Keller of Bloomingdale, Mrs. Wanda Martin of Rockville and Mrs. Mary Miller of Rockville. The funeral is scheduled for 2 p.m. Wed. in the Machledt & Servies Funeral Home at Waveland with the Rev. Kent Powell officiating.  Burial will be in the Old Union Cemetery at Waveland. Friends may call 4-8 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.” - Crawfordsville Journal-Review Monday February 4, 1985. Submitted by Karen Zach.

“Mrs. Mary (Smith) HALLETT was born at Rockville October 11, 1845 and departed this life February 28, 1913, aged 65 years, 5 months and 20 days. She spent her childhood with her father and five small brothers and one sister. Her mother died when she was a child, thus leaving Mary to care for this large family, who except one brother Joseph, have preceded her     to the home, where there is no parting. At the age of 16 she united with the Christian church at Rockville and lived in the faith that the Lord's will be done. On her death bed she sang, "Jesus Lover of My Soul." When she was 20- years old, she was united in marriage with Jackson Hallett. To this union were born six children, Harvey, George, Ellie, Willie, Edna and Susie. Ellie died in infancy, and Willie departed this life in early manhood at the age of 24 in 1901 and the year following, George was called to the great beyond, aged 34.  Those left to mourn the loss of a dear wife and mother are the husband, Harvey P. Hallett, Mrs. Charles Smith and Mrs. George Welch of Wallace; twelve grandchildren and three great grandchildren.  Besides these she leaves many other relatives and friends to mourn the loss, as she was a very helping and dear wife and a loving mother and always ready to do any act of kindness that she could do for her  friends and her neighbors. Funeral services were conducted by the Rev. J. M. Caldwell of Crawfordsville at 2:30 on Sunday afternoon in the Alamo Christian church. Interment at Alamo Cemetery.” - Article provided by Karen Zach


Mary Ellen HAMILTON of Bellmore 63 died Sunday following a lingering illness.  She was a member of Portland Mills Christian Church. Surviving are husband, Clayton; 3 sisters, Mrs. Edith Sturgeon; Mrs. Ruby Porter; Mrs. Helen Wilson; two brothers, Charles M. Moore; Frank L. Moore and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at Butler Funeral home, Rockville with Rev. J. O. Trousdale officiating. Burial in Mt. Moriah Cemetery. - Tri-County News, July 11, 1963

Funeral services for Mrs. Genevieve Hamilton, 73, of R.R. 1, Rockville , who died at 3 o’clock last Wednesday at her residence, were held Sunday at the Rockville Christian Church.  The Barnes Mortuary was in charge of arrangements and the Rev. Roger Rankin officiated.  Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Iva Mae Penry, Rockville; a son, Cecil Cornthwaite of Greenfield; two sisters, Mrs. Faye Anderson of St. Petersburg, Fla, and Mrs. Hazel Modesitt of Largo, Fla; three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. - The Tribune  24 August 1967  Thursday [Contributed by Sandra J. Lee]


ROCKVILLE—Willis A. Hamock, 75, of 603 E. Main St., died at 9:20 Saturday evening in Castle-Shannon Nursing Home. He was a former resident of Hollandsburg and was a retired farmer and trucker.  Mr. Hamock was a member of the Otterbein United Methodist Church at Bellmore and the Farm Bureau Co-op of Parke County.  He was born on May 14, 1895 in Heiskell, Tenn. He was married to Vera Poole on Aug. 10, 1927.  Surviving are the wife; two daughters, Mrs. Edgar Jeffries and Mrs. Wayne McMurty of Rt. 1, Rockville; three sons, Ray A. of Mackinaw, Ill., Rex A. of Kokomo, and Max E. of Indianapolis; a half-brother, Charles Hamock, of Knoxville, Tenn., 13 grandchildren, and two great-grandçhildren.   Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Butler Funeral Home with the Revs. Albert Williams and Phillip Robinson officiating. Burial will be in Memory Garden Cemetery.  Friends may call at the funeral home after 2 p.m. Monday. – Crawfordsville Journal Review, 01 February 1971, Page 005


Judge Howard L. Hancock Dies --Howard L. HANCOCK, age 89, died early Tuesday morning in the hospital at  Clinton where he had been a patient for observation and treatment only a few  days. He had been in gradually failing health the past several weeks. Rockville's most prominent citizen was born in Newman, Illinois, January 18,  1879, the son of Jas. W. and Amy Shute Hancock. After attending DePauw University one year, he graduated from Indiana Law School and began the  practice of law in the office of Elwood Hunt in 1901.  Following the death of Judge Howard Maxwell, Governor Harry Leslie appointee Mr. Hancock judge of the Parke Circuit Court on April 5, 1930. He served on  the bench with distinction for 18 years. His reputation was such that he was  called to serve as special judge in many of the most important cases in West  Central Indiana.  In addition to his brilliant career as a lawyer, he took keen interest in his  community and was the promoter of many projects, both economic and cultural.  After leaving the bench, Judge Hancock engaged in the practice of law on a  limited scale, doing mostly probate work. At the beginning of 1966, he  retired. His memberships included the Rockville Methodist Church, Phi Delta  Theta fraternity, Parke Lodge F. and A.M., Indianapolis Scottish Rite and  Zorah Shrine Temple.  Survivors are the widow, Marie, a son, Robert M. Hancock, Sr., of St.  Augustine, Florida, a grandson, Col. Robert M. Hancock, Jr., now serving with  the Air Force in Vietnam, a granddaughter, Mrs. Jacquelyn Stemple of Gary, two great-grandsons and a great-granddaughter. A memorial service was held by the Parke Circuit Court Bar Association in the  court room Wednesday afternoon at 2:oo, which many lawyers in surrounding  counties attended. Funeral services will be held in the Barnes Chapel, Thursday afternoon at  2:00, in charge of Rev. Philip Frew, pastor of the Methodist Church.   Pall-bearers will be Warren Buchanan, Howard McFaddin, John Hancock, Lewis Ayres, George Bundy and W. B.  - Rockville Times 1968

Montezuma news -- The funeral of S. P. Hancock was held Sunday afternoon at the family home. The unusually large company in attendance was an indication of the high esteem in which he was held. The loss to this community occasioned by his death will be keenly felt as he was among the very few who was both able and willing to help where help was needed.   - Rockville Tribune, April 23, 1930


George HANN, age 35, was killed in the shale pit of the Montezuma Clay plant across the river, Thursday morning about 10 o'clock.   He had just finished his work and was sitting down cleaning up about him when a "cave-in" occurred and killed him instantly. His body was not recovered until in the evening. He is survived by his wife, who is a granddaughter of Rev. Geo. H. Linebarger, two children, his father, mother and nine brothers and sisters.  The funeral was held Sun. morning at 10 o'clock in the Christian church, Rev. T. J. Freed officiating.  Interment in Montezuma cemetery, Rev. and Mrs. George H. Linebarger, Miss Mary and John A. Linebarger and Mrs. Mary Blue attended the funeral.  - Rockville Republican -- July 25, 1917

Eva Irene Hann, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Hann was born in Brazil November 16, 1917 and died August 12, 1918, aged nearly nine months. She was the baby of the family, the first to be taken from the family circle.  She has been ill for 3 weeks. Everything that science and loving hands could do was done but without avail and she softly fell asleep until the bright and shining morning when all shall awake in the heavenly land. The body was taken to Mt. Moriah on Tuesday to be laid to rest in the cemetery where the kinfolks of the father and mother lie at rest.  - Waveland Independent August 16, 1918


Friends here were very much surprised on Fri. to hear of the unexpected death of George E. HANNA, who left here last week after a stay of several weeks for his home in Pasadena.  The telegram announcing his death came from Los Angeles, but so far no particulars have been received as to the exact circumstances.  He was in fair health when leaving here, although he has been something of an invalid for several years.  Mr. Hanna was the son of Thomas Hanna and his second wife, Sally Buchannan Hanna and was b. on what is still known as the Hanna farm, a mi. So. of Waveland, now owned by Russell Ewbank.  He was educated in the common schools and afterwards graduated from the Old Academy.  He was a teacher in the Parke Co. schools for several years and later farmed the old homestead.  Mr. Hanna always took a deep interest in public affairs.  He was a staunch republican and served one term as Joint Senator from Parke & Montgomery.  He voted for the County Option law and was always on the right side on all moral questions. He was a member of the Presbyterian Church and active in all its affairs. He belonged to the Masonic fraternity.  Four years ago he sold his farm and moved to California, hoping thereby to benefit his health. The Land of Summer did not appeal to him and during his visit here he repeatedly said that there was no place like Indiana.  He was of a kindly disposition and had many friends in this vicinity.   He is survived by his wife, Mary Glover Hanna.  Relatives here have not been informed as to whether she will continue to make her home in the West or return to Indiana.   - Waveland Independent, Oct 31, 1919


Emma S. HANNON was born July 19, 1860 in Green Twp, Parke Co, Indiana.  She was the daughter of James and Sarah McMains.  She was united in marriage Aug 17, 1881 to William McKEOWN.  Several years of their married life was spent in Russellville where Mr. McKeown passed away July 19, 1900 and where his body lies buried.  In December 1906 she was united in marriage to Patrick H. HANNON.  Mr. Hannon's work was contractor and builder.   The most of their married life was spent in Indianapolis from there coming as the shadows lengthened to Waveland where Mr. Hannah passed away November 14, 1924.  Mrs. Hannon, whose body was not strong at best was a constant attendant at his bedside during his sickness and her faithfulness to her task only hastened the day of her own death.   Her last days were days of suffering and after all that medical skill could provide, all that the unselfish devotion of this home, the love of her brother and sisters and kind friends could do was done, she slipped away at 1:50 Fr. morning February 6, 1925. While living at Russellville she united with the Presbyterian Church.  She was also a member of the Royal Neighbors. Mrs. Hannon in her days of health and strength was of a jovial disposition and made many friends.  Her faithfulness in the illness and death of Mr. Hannon was beautiful to see and so it was toward all whom she knew.  She is survived by a brother, Jesse McMains, and two sisters, Mrs. Frank McClain and Mrs. Marion Collings all of Waveland. funeral services on Sunday afternoon at 2:30 at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Frank McClain.  Burial at Russellville cemetery.  poem included in obituary. - Waveland Independent, February 13, 1925


Lawrence HANSEL, an 18 year old boy drowned at Bridgeton, Sunday afternoon.  Waveland people witness the unavailing efforts to resuscitate him.  - Waveland Independent, June 30, 1922


“Dr. Benjamin M. HARBISON, age 91, a dentist serving the Waveland area for more than 65 years, died Aug. 7, at his home in Waveland. A native of Waveland, he was a member of the Waveland Presbyterian Church in which he was active until illness forced him to retire. He was also a member of the Waveland  Masonic Lodge for more than 70 years. A graduate of Valparaiso University, he taught school in Parke and Montgomery counties for a few years before attending Indiana Dental College, now a part of I. U. Survivors include his wife and a sister, Mrs. Maude Underwood of Indianapolis. Funeral services were held at 2:00 Thursday in the Machledt and Services funeral home with Rev. Paul Bingham and Rev. Lester Niles officiating. Burial was in Maple Ridge Cemetery with Masonic rites.” - Rockville Republican, August 16,1962


Rosedale, Ind. – Clayton A. Hardesty, 66, a former resident of Rosedale, died at 6:45 a.m. Tuesday (Aug. 8, 1978) in the Clay County Health Center at Brazil. Survivors include six brothers, Roy of Carbon, Paul of Rockville, Cleo of Rosedale, Oather of Clay City, Aaron in Florida and Ray of Terre Haute; and the sister, Thelma Hardesty of Brazil. Services were at 2 p.m. today at the Cottrell Funeral Home in Rosedale. The Rev. Jack Hopkins officiated. Burial was in the Rosedale Cemetery.


Clyde Harlan, 77, died at 6 p.m. Sunday (Dec. 1, 1968) at the Union Hospital in Terre Haute. Born in Parke County June 23, 1891, he was the son of Ithamer and Dulcina Ader Harlan. Mr. Harlan was a farmer, a current member of the Parke County Council, active in the Parke County Farm Bureau, and active in community and civic affairs. Survivors include his widow, Rhoda, and two cousins. Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Butler Funeral Home in Rockville, with the Rev. Melvin Hobert officiating. Burial will be in Mt. Moriah Cemetery near Hollandsburg. Friends may call at the funeral home after 2 p.m. Tuesday. Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the Helms Funeral Home in Linden. Rev. Dale Sesslar will officiate. Burial will be in the Waynetown Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home after 3 p.m. Thursday. – Unknown source.


Mrs. Mavis HARMLESS of RR 3, Rockville, age 73, well known Parke Co. lady d. at 3:15 a.m. Wednesday in St. Anthony Hospital in Terre Haute.  Survivors include the husband, Hugh, a son, Harris of RR 3, Rockville, a daughter Bernice Lough of Kokomo; three sisters, Mrs. Hubert Payton and Mrs. Dave Martin of Rockville and Mrs. Bill Williams of Indianapolis; two brothers, Frank Collings of Bridgeton and Fred Collings of Rockville; four grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.  Butler Funeral Home - Unknown newspaper

"In memory of Mavis Collings HARMLESS, born Parke Co, Indiana August 20, 1893.  Date of Death: February 1, 1967 St. Anthony Hospital, Terre Haute, Indiana.  Services from Butler Funeral Home Rockville, Indiana Friday, February 3, 1967 2:00 p.m.  Clergyman Officiating: Rev. Esten Boyll; Organist: Myrtle Titus; Final Resting Place: Memory Garden Cemetery, Rockville, Indiana.  Pall Bearers:  Hiram Lindley; John Moore; Orval Pratt; Max Welch; Bert Wimmer; Max Webb; Honorary Pall Bearers: Noah Hadley; Arthur Ames; Walter Wimmer; Earl Swaim. - Funeral Home Brochure

Hugh U. HARMLESS, age 70 a prominent Parke Co. farmer of the New Discovery neighborhood, passed away suddenly at 2:45 p.m. Sunday at his residence, RR 3, Rockville.  A native of Parke Co, he was born March 28, 1896, a son of Perry & Talitha Ann Coleman Harmless.  He was a veteran of WWI, having served in the Army and was a member of Fellenzer Post No. 48 American Legion Rockville.  On November 11, 1920 he was married to Mavis Collings who preceded him in death just six weeks ago on February  1.  Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. Robert Lough of Kokomo; one son, Harris Harmless of RR 3, Rockville; four grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. - Unknown newspaper

"In memory of Hugh U. HARMLESS"  born March 28, 1896 Parke County, Indiana.  Date of Death: March 19, 1967 Residence R 3, Rockville, Ind.  Services from: Butler Funeral Home, Rockville, Indiana; Wed. March 22, 1967 2:00 p.m.  Clergymen Officiating: Rev. Esten Boyll.  Organist: Marie Wimmer; Final Resting place: Memory Garden Cemetery., Rockville, Indiana.  Pall Bearers:  Hiram Lindley; Richard & Robert Overpeck; Orval Pratt; Max Welch; Max Webb: Honorary Pall Bearers: Noah Hadley; Earl Swaim; Howard McFaddin and Walter Wimmer.  - Funeral Home brochure -Thanks to Alberta Butler for Mavis and Hugh's information!!

Perry Alexander HARMLESS eldest son of Adam & Susan Jane Henry Harmless was born near Mansfield, Parke Co IN on the old Harmless homestead December 16, 1855 and on September  19, 1927 passed out of this earthly life into a brighter and better day, aged 71 years 9 months and 13 days.  Perry's life of more than 3 score and 10 years was spent in and near the vicinity of his birthplace except a few brief months which he lived at Coloma.  When a boy he attended the public schools at Districts No. 2 and 3, Jackson Twp.  The long periods of vacation time between school terms as was the custom of that day were spent  on and about the farm.  He was always alert, energetic and industrious, thereby laying a sure foundation for the life work that he chose when he arrived at mature manhood -- that of farming. And it is needless to say that he became one of the foremost and prosperous farmers of this community.  On February 18, 1877, he was united in marriage to Telitha Ann Coleman, and to this union were b. 7 children - 4 daughters and 3 sons; 3 of this number Ora Loclena, Lena Madge and Fay Emett having preceded him to the great beyond.  Perry and his good wife, Ann were permitted to live happily together for  a period of more than 40 years, until she was summoned by the death angel and answered the call of the Master on September 20, 1920.  He never affiliated himself with any church organization, but held to the faith of the Predestination Baptist, being a  firm believer in a life beyond the grave and the immortality of the soul.  He leaves to mourn their loss 2 daughters and two sons, Ella Jane Ames who has for the past 4 years kept house for him, Vallie Irene Strange of New Discovery neighborhood; Guy Eric Harmless of Rockville & Hugh U. Harmless of Ferndale vicinity; two brothers and two sisters all of Parke Co. except Will Harmless who lives near Bainbridge.  Also 7 grandchildren and a number of other relatives & friends. Death always brings with it a rude shock, yet when a person, though having lived more than the allotted time given to man, is taken from our midst with so brief a warning the shock is felt more keenly.  His life though well lived has many qualities that stand out most prominently.  He was a good neighbor, plain and unassuming; thoughtful and obliging; energetic and industrious.  A man whose heart's desire was for the best possible for his home, family & community.  And might not Perry have said as the poet Tennyson did when his summons came and he penned these words: Sunset & evening star; And one clear call for me; And may there be no moaning of the bar When I put out to sea; Twilight & evening bell; And after that the dark, And may there be no sadness of farewell when I embark for though from out our bourn 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.  - Unknown newspaper

Telitha Ann HARMLESS, daughter of Zopher and Telitha COLEMAN, was born in Jackson Township, Parke County, on September 16, 1858 entered into the joys of her Lord on September  20, 1920, at the age of 62 years and 10 days.  During her entire life she lived on or near the farm on which she first saw the light of day, except one year spent near Coloma.  On February 18, 1877, she was united in marriage with Perry A. Harmless, to whom she was a true helpmate and loving companion.  To this union 7 children were born, three of whom crossed over the Border in childhood. Those who with the husband and father are bereft of her beloved presence are two daughters, Mrs. Ella Ames of Union Twp, and Hugh Harmless at home and 3 grandchildren, Arthur, Marie and Cleo Ames.  Of her father's family she leaves to mourn two sisters, Mrs. Emily J. Garrigus of Terre Haute, and Mrs. Laura Smith of Madison and 5 brothers, John Perry Coleman of Terre Haute, Abraham T. Coleman of Jackson Twp, Harvey Coleman of Hollandsburg vicinity, Albert Coleman of Guthrie Center, Iowa and Percey Coleman of Mishawaka.  The father of the deceased, who parents were early pioneers of Parke Co, was the first white child born in Jackson township, a distinction worthy of just pride.  Her parents began housekeeping in a cabin with clapboard sides and puncheon floor. The mother spun, wove and fashioned the clothes for the family, both parents enduring contentedly the hardships and privations incident to their day and from these sturdy parents, who feared God and kept the commandments, who thought nothing of going long distances, no matter what the weather or whether on horse or afoot, to worship God, no doubt the deceased inherited many of the fine qualities of head and heart which she possessed.  She was a never tiring worker, excelling in housewifely arts and as a cook and every task she undertook was done with exquisite care and perfection.  Skilled with her needle she delighted in fashioning dainty bits of fancy work.  She was tasty in dress and took pride in an attractive personal appearance of herself and family and in the arrangement of her house.  Loving the good, the true and beautiful she drew inspiration from music, flowers the caroling birds and the wonderful beauties of nature.  She was hospitable in her home, kindly spirited and of a social nature, doing her part as a friendly neighbor and mingling in all public gatherings when health permitted.  She was an esteemed member of the Needle Club of Mansfield, ME Church, and ably did her share of its good work.  Like many other good women of our country, she was a brave and noble war mother, giving one of her sons to the service of his native land, and while he was in home camp, on foreign battle fields, and until his fortunate return from the fields of war, she hid an anguished heart and with heroic self sacrifice labored with the red Cross workers of the township in deeds of mercy helping the courageous soldier lads, who had offered their all for humanity.  In other war work, she did her bit with true loyalty and patriotism.  But it was in the home where her splendid virtues shone brightest.  Loving, unselfish, no sacrifice was too great for her to make for her loved ones.  She earnestly taught her children the precepts of the Golden Rule and to use it as a guide through life.  Her last illness was of long duration fraught with great suffering, which she endured with courage and patience, hoping always to get well, but content to go if it was God's will.  She was not affiliated with any religious denomination but believed in the doctrines of the Predestination Baptist church and tried to inculcate those teachings in her daily life.  Her faith in her Savior was supreme.  She rested on his promises serene in the blessed hope of immortality beyond the grave, of a happy reunion with loved ones on the other shore and of a glorious resurrection.  She set her earthly house in order and was ready when, at eventide the angel of death came to waft her gentle spirit Heavenward.  Impressive funeral services were held at the family residence on Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock., the Rev. CR Collings of Rockville, officiating. A choir sang several old time hymns and Mrs. Van Huss and Mrs. Walter Martin sang a beautiful duet.  The unusually large concourse of kindred and friends in attendance, evidenced the high esteem in which the deceased was held.  After the services the mortal remains were taken to Mt. Moriah cemetery and laid to rest.  The bearers of the pall were Cortez, Ray, Ralph and Clarence Coleman and Solomon and Walter Garrigus of Terre Haute, all nephews of the deceased.  There were a profusion of beautiful flowers.  - Unknown newspaper

Alonzo Adam HARMLESS, son of William and Cevilla PRUETT Harmless, was born near Mansfield, Parke County, Indiana, May 26, 1899, and passed away suddenly at his farm home near Bainbridge on Wednesday morning, April 15, 1942, at the age of 42 years.  When he was just a boy, his parents moved to Putnam County, coming to this community in November of 1906, and he spent his boyhood and young manhood on their farm near Bainbridge.  On Oct 8, 1919, he was united in marriage to Flora Lane.  Two sons were b. to them, Wilfred Wayne of near Greencastle and Howard Martin, who is employed in Indianapolis.  He has been a member of the Christian Church of Bainbridge for a number of years.  He is survived by his wife, two sons, one grandson, his mother and father, two sisters, Chloe Harmless and Mrs. Myrtle Michaels, and one brother, Floyd.  He was  a man of sterling qualities; industrious, honest in his dealings with his fellowman, respected by all who knew him.  He gave his time and his strength to his chosen profession, and was at work in the fields at the hour of his untimely death.  His many friends are deeply grieved at his passing, realizing that the community has lost a good citizen, a kind neighbor and a loyal friend.  To have lived in this world, with a steady unwavering devotion to family ties, with love and affection for those round about, meeting the duties of life and doing the work of life cheerfully, is to have lived nobly and well.  "Here ends our pilgrimage. No favored souls obtain reprieve. Here stops the mortal breath, the sun goes down.  No starts appear -- no moon.  The wall is strong and rough.  Men call it death.  But skilled hands constructed this  great wall and built in it a gate that opens in, And one now stands inside it, to receive the faithful ones of earth, who toil and win."  CARD OF THANKS -- In this hour of sorrow we wish to Thank Rev. Skelton, the singers, flower girls, pall bearers, Mr. and Mrs. HR Sands and all friends and relatives for the beautiful flowers, and for kindness and sympathy shown at this hour of sorrow.  Mrs. Alonzo Harmless and family/Mr. and Mrs. William F. Harmless and family. - Unknown newspaper

King Keith HARMLESS of Leswood, KS a native of Rockville, died in Louisville, KY, Saturday night, July 9.  He and his wife, the former Marjorie MORRIS and children, were visiting Mrs. Harmless' brother, Dr. Charles Morris and family, while on vacation.  Like his father, Mr. Harmless suffered a heart seizure. The son of Guy & Emma harmless, Keith was 45 years old.  He graduated from Rockville HS and from the time he was a boy helped his father in the People's Market.  He was in the Army during WWII and was the subject of a cartoon by Herman Davis, published in the Republican.  In addition to groceries and meats, the Peoples Market had the agency in this territory for the line of Purina Feeds.  King Keith devoted his time on this line and following the death of his father, he and his mother operated the business.  When it was sold, he was employed by the Purina Co. in their territory at San Bernardino, Calif. His success as a  salesman, his drive and ambition moved him up in the company's sales organization and a few years ago, he was transferred to the territory around Kansas City as sales manager.  Mr. harmless was a member of the Methodist church at Leawood, KS and a veteran of WWII.  Surviving are the widow, Marjorie; and two daughters, Lou Ann and Mary Jane, both at home.  Following funeral services, Tues. afternoon at the Highland funeral home in Louisville, the body was brought to the Butler Funeral Home and graveside rites were held in the Memory Garden Cemetery, Wednesday morning.  - Rockville Newspaper, 1966

Services for Cuba HARMLESS, 76, who died Monday morning at the Wilson Nursing Home, Knightsville, will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Lawson Funeral Home, with the Rev. Leonard E. Griffiths officiating.  Burial will be in Moore's Cemetery near Mansfield.  Friends may call after 4 p.m. Tuesday.  He was a retired Parke County farmer.  Surviving are two sons, Max, Hillsboro, Ind., and Robert Brazil; a daughter Mrs. Peggy Bledsoe, Terre Haute, and three grandchildren. - Unknown date, Waveland Independent.


Arminda Jane Harney, daughter of Jefferson and Catherine Carmichael was born in Union township, Parke County, Indiana on March 11, 1872; passed to her reward early on the morning of October 24, 1925 at her home in Bellmore, aged 53 years, 7 months and 13 days.  The deceased had lived virtually her whole life in the township of her birth. Here her education was received and she mingled with her young associates in all social and religious affairs of the neighborhood.  On May 28, 1899 she became the wife of Lewis Harney, to whom she was a faithful, devoted helpmate until he was called to the better land last January.  Their union was blessed with three children, a daughter, Hazel, died in infancy, and two, a daughter, Jewel and a son, Glen survive their parents.  A brother, Oscar Carmichael of Rockville vicinity, is also left on bereavement, the last survivor of her father’s family.   “Minnie” Harney, as she was best known, was a woman of simple tastes, modest and unassuming in manner, with a quiet dignity.  She was a real home woman best content to live for and love and serve husband and children, trying to make for them a comfortable happy home. She was a good housekeeper, thrifty and prudent in directing household affairs. She was a friendly neighbor, a steadfast friend. Her children have the blessed memory of a sincerely good mother whose teachings were all to help them live to be useful, true and worth Christians.  Reserved as to her deepest feelings, she was slow to express them, but lived daily in the fear of the Lord and with unquestioning trust in His goodness and promises, and it was in this faith that she answered the call when almost in the twinkling of an eye, the death angel came.

Mrs. Minnie Harney, widow of the late Lewis Harney, died at her home in Bellmore Saturday morning after only a few hours illness of angina pectoris.  She was 53 years of age and is survived by a son, Glenn; a daughter, Miss Jewell Harney and a brother, Oscar Carmichael, who lives near Rockville.  The deceased was a woman well known and loved by a wide circle of friends.  Funeral services were held at Farmer’s Chapel U.B. church at 11 o’clock Monday morning, the Rev. C. R. Collings officiating. Burial in the Martin cemetery.

Louis N. Harney was born in Parke county, Indiana, on October 20, 1874, passed into the great beyond on January 17, 1925, at the age of 50 years, 3 months and 17 days.  He was a son of Ithiel and Caroline Pruett Harney. His mother crossed over the border when he was but a babe and he was taken by his Grandmother Pruett, who tenderly cared for him throughout his childhood and youth.  On May 28, 1899, Miss Arminda J. Carmichael became his bride and three children have blessed their home.  A little daughter died in childhood and a daughter Jewell and son, Glenn, are with the wife and mother, left in bereavement.  Other survivors are a half sister, Mrs. Richard Smith of Attica and three half-brothers, Clarence Harney of Ferndale vicinity and Cecil and Ray Harney of near New Goshen.  The deceased was a man full of energy, industrious and enterprising, always pushing some line of work.  He never shirked responsibility, but took full part in any undertaking; was strictly frank, honest and straightforward in all business dealings and enjoyed the confidence of his fellow citizens.  He disliked show and made no pretensions.   For several months he had been invisibly failing health and day after day, although suffering greatly, tried to be cheerful and put forth every effort to regain his health.  Specialists of the highest were consulted, and everything possible was done for his comfort by his near ones, and finally he went to a hospital in the hope that a surgical operation might remove his trouble – a growth on the neck, or at least relieve his extreme agony, but it was not to be, and for him earthly life was done.  The deceased was a firm believer in Him who, while on earth said: “Because I live ye shall live also,” and although he wanted to live, yet sustained by this faith he was resigned to the will of his Heavenly Father and was content to abide by it.  He was a man of warm and earnest affection in all the home and social relations, a great lover of little children.  He was a staunch and unfailing friend and many will miss his hearty handclasp and cheery greetings.  He performed his duties well in life and to those left in tears the memory of his usefulness and love will remain throughout life a bless comfort.  Funeral services were held at Farmers Chapel at 11 o’clock Sunday morning, the Rev. C. R. Collings of Rockville, delivery an impressive sermon.  A choir with Mrs. Walter martin, pianist, sang several hymns.  An obituary of the deceased was read. Burial was made in the Martin cemetery, the pall bearers being Allen and Claude Noble, Ray Thomas, John Martin, Bert VanHuss and Jesse Thompson.

Louis N. Harney, a well known resident of Bellmore and vicinity, died at the Union hospital at 12:30 o’clock Saturday morning, following an operation for the removal of a growth on his neck. He had entered the hospital on the previous Wednesday, the operation occurring on Friday morning at 10 o’clock.  Mr. Harney was 50 years of age and is survived by the widow and two children, Miss Jewell and Glenn.  After disposing of his business interests in Bellmore a few months ago he and his family moved to Mishawaka, but later returned to Parke County, living temporarily on the old Wolverton farm, south of Bellmore.  His health still failing Mr. Harney went to Terre Haute last Wednesday to have the growth removed from his neck, but the sock was too severe for his already weakened body.  His untimely death is deeply deplored by a wide circle of friends for he was an enterprising, high minded citizen.

Stella Harney, 84, of Rockville, died Sunday, Nov. 30, 2008, in her residence surrounded by family and friends. She was born on Jan. 16, 1924, in Parke County, to Susannah Guinn and William Stultz. She married Fay Harney, and they were married 36 years, when he passed away in 1980. She worked as a homemaker.  Survivors include three sons, Danny (Sue) Harney of Rockville, Vance Harney of Panama City, Fla., and Rodney (Mona) Harney of Rockville; one daughter, Beverly Moore of Terre Haute; two grandchildren, Beth and Kevin Simpson of Rockville and Matthew and Kristen Harney of Dana; eight great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews: and her loving caregivers, Curtis and Lisa Mack and Family.   She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; three brothers; and four sisters.  Funeral services are 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 5, 2008, in Barnes-Spangler Funeral Home, 111 E. High St., in Rockville, with the Rev. Albert Riggle officiating. Burial is in Memory Garden Cemetery in Rockville. Visitation is 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4, 2008

Wallace L. Harney, 403 W. Ohio St, died at 4:30 p.m. Sunday in Vermillion County Hospital at Clinton.  He was 68.  A native of Parke County, he was a son of Randolph and Mary Alice Martin Harney and was born August 5, 1894.  For many years he was a corn supervisor for the Chester Hybrid Seed Co of Valparaiso.  He was a member of the Rockville Methodist Church.  Surviving are the wife, Margaret; a sister, Mrs. Wealtha Biddle of Rockville; and two brothers, Herbert of Rockville and John of Lafayette. Friends may call after 3 p.m. Tuesday at Barnes Mortuary where services are set for 2 p.m. Wednesday with Rev. Dale Hamilton officiating.  Burial will be in Memory Garden Cemetery. – Crawfordsville Journal Review, 10 December 1962, Page 011 - shared by Karen Zach


Died at 91 Years- Cyntha Ann Harper, daughter of James and Susan Harper, was born in Montgomery county, Kentucky, March 25, 1816, and moved with her parents to Decatur county, Ind., when 11 years of age.  She was married to John Cole, September 11, 1834. To this union were born five children - Martha Jane, Susan Rebecca, James, William Riley, and John Thomas. Two - William Riley and Susan Rebecca - preceded her to the better land.  John Cole Sr. died January 6, 1846.  She was married the second time to Francis Craft, Dec. 15, 1850. To this union were born two children - Eli and Hanna Maria. She united with the M.E. Church at Linebarger's Chapel in 1849. Departed this life Aug. 21, 1907, age 91 years, 4 months and 27 days..  She leaves 5 children, one half brother and many relatives to mourn, but she has been gathered as a ripe sheaf into the Master's garner at a good old age. She enjoyed and manifested the Christ life. A large number of relatives and friends attended the funeral which was held at the residence. Services were conducted by G. H. Linebarger. Burial in the Montezuma cemetery.- Rockville Republican, September 4, 1907, Rockville Tribune, September 4, 1907


Coroner McHATTON was called to Sand Creek yesterday morning to investigate the death of Charles Ray HARRIS. It appears that Mr. Harris has been living in one of Edgar Adams' tenant houses with his three children.   One of the sons who slept with his father woke up and endeavored to arouse him when he discovered that life was extinct.  There was no way of knowing when he expired. Mr. Harris was 53 years old, and besides the children is survived by a brother, Joe Harris, living near Nyesville, and a sister, Mrs. Mendenhall who lives near Marshall.   The coroner returned a verdict of death due to organic heart disease.  - Waveland Independent -- December 7, 1923

Stanton HARRIS died at his home in Rockville at four yesterday morning.   Funeral services will be at two this Friday afternoon.  Mr. Harris' first wife was a sister of C. H. . Johnson.  They had two children, Barnett Harris and Mrs. Herman Schweitzer.  He is survived by his second wife, who was a sister of the late Mrs. L. E. . Acker.  Their only daughter, Mrs. John Rhoades, is dead.  - Waveland Independent -- November 20,  1931


George W. HARRISON, son of Lewis and Nancy Harrison was born in Howard Township, Parke County, May 26, 1860. Very early in life, he was bereft of a mother's care, his mother having died when he was six years old. Overcoming many obstacles he acquired an ordinary education of his time. All through his life, he was a great reader and was very conversant about all topics of general interest. In the year 1882 he was married to Margaret Rankin who passed away March 13, 1913. They lived upon a farm in Sugar Creek Twp. Here by frugality and hard work, they acquired considerable property. To this union were born, Grace A. Harvey of Kansas; Nellie M. Thompson of Kingman; William H. of Marion, Indiana; Lulu J. Bowers of California, Duncan of Kansas, Archie of California, Charles E. of Indianapolis, Ruby, deceased and Hazel of California. In 1919, he became afflicted with TB and the next 7years he spent in Colorado and saw his accumulation of property disappear in his unsuccessful attempt to regain health. He passed to the Great Beyond February  7, 1931 at the age of 70- years, 8 months and 11 days. Funeral services held at Wolfe Creek Church, Wed. at 1 p.m. conducted by their old family friend Rev. C. L. Airhart of Crawfordsville and was laid to rest in the family plot there. - obituary taken from Mrs. Grover Dowden's scrapbook

James Henry Harrison was born in Montgomery County, Indiana in the year of 1830, and died at his home in Terre Haute, March 1, 1911, age 81 years. He was the son of Richard and Elizabeth Harrison. His father died while he was a young lad and he often spoke of his early life and hardships in trying to help his mother to support and care for the younger children. He learned the tinner's trade in his early youth at Crawfordsville and worked at the trade for several years at different places. Later he was engaged in the hardware business, first at Annapolis, then at Tuscola, Ill., and later at Farmer City, however, he returned to Indiana and purchased the farm just north of Bloomingdale (now owned by the Bennets) where he lived three years, after which he engaged in the banking business in Clinton, Ill. From which place he came to Marshall where he lived several years. Mr. Harrison married to Annie Kelly of Annapolis, in 1851, who died some years ago. They are survived by two sons, Oscar (?) C. of Waukesha, Wis., and Orris S. of Seattle, Wash. Mr. Harrison was buried at Bethany Cemetery, Marshall, March 5, 1911. Mr. Harrison organized the Bank of Marshall, May 1, 1894, and in 1903 closed his business there and went to Rosedale where he began (?) the Rosedale bank, which was later organized under the name of the Rosedale National Bank. After closing his business interests in Rosedale he moved to Terre Haute where he remained until his death. – kbz - - Source: Rockville Republican, 11 March 1914


Mrs. Jennie HARSHBARGER, widow of former Waveland businessman, died Sunday evening at the Lakeview Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio.  She had been in failing health 5 years and seriously ill for six months.  Mrs. Harshbarger, who had her home with a son, Harold, in Cincinnati since leaving here about 14 years ago was the daughter of Mark and Lydia DOOLEY.  She was b. in the Dooley Station neighborhood in Parke Co. where she spent her childhood.  She was a member of the Nazarene church.  Surviving, besides the son are two brothers: George Dooley of Rockville and Frank Dooley of Indianapolis; two sisters, Mrs. Belle Reeser of Mecca and Mrs. Eva Crooks of Bellmore and one grandchild.  In addition to the husband, she was preceded in death by a brother, Will Dooley of Terre Haute and a sister, Mrs. Celia Moore.  Funeral services will be held in Cincinnati Tuesday morning.  Burial will be at Maple Ridge Cemetery near Waveland at 1:30 o'clock Tues. afternoon.  Short services also will be held at the graveside. - Crawfordsville Journal-Review, Monday, 26 September 1949

Dafford HARSHBERGER, 32, is supposed to have committed suicide about 4 on Sunday morning by shooting himself through the heart while lying in bed.  He lived with his father, Ivan Harshberger, in a small house on the Tom Garland place north of Byron.   He was an electrician and worked on the REMC projects.  the revolver, 45 from which the fatal bullet was fired was some distance from the bed.  This and the fact that he had left Waveland with some money at a late hour on Saturday night has led some to think he might have been murdered.  The case is being investigated.  Funeral services on Tuesday were at the Centennial M. E. Church on No. 47, north of 234.  Burial in Bonebrake Cemetery, also on North 47.  - Waveland Independent, Thursday, March 14, 1940


William N. HART died at his home south of New Market on Wednesday afternoon of heart trouble. Funeral services will be held at Waveland Christian Church Saturday afternoon at one o’clock. Burial in Maple Ridge. He was the son of Miles and Frances Callendar Hart and was born in Parke County November 7, 1861. He married Miss Julia CROWE who survives him with a son, Hugh J. Hart and a half sister, Mrs. Lucinda Pickard. He spent much of his life in Waveland where he worked as a carpenter. - Waveland Independent, December 22, 1938


“Ben F. HARTMAN, 91 years of age, died at 7 o’clock last Thursday morning at his R. R. 2, Rosedale residence.  Surviving are one son, Sherl Hartman of R. R. 2, Rosedale; three grandchildren, Glenn Hartman and Mrs. Blanche Case of R. R. 2, and Mrs. Charlotte Feister of Indianapolis; six great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.  The deceased was a member of Liberty Baptist Church.  Services were conducted by the Rev. W. E. Essex Saturday afternoon at the Cottrell-Williams Funeral Home in Rosedale. Burial was in Forks of the Creek Cemetery.” - Rockville Tribune, January 24, 1963


"In Memory of Hazel H. HARVEY" -- Date of birth: November 25, 1904  Services: November  21, 1960 Barnes Chapel; Minister Rev. J. O. Trousdale; Organist: Miss Mary Brown; Pall Bearers: Arlo Cox; Frank Ervin; Jay Duckworth; Carl Smith; Larkin Grinestaff; Jay Johnson;' Flower Bearers: Jeanette Keller; Barbara, Beverly, Audrey Harvey and Carol Johnson.  Burial: Memory Garden - Butler Funeral Home Card

Rockville - Mrs. Hazel H. Harvey, 55, Rt 1, Rockville, died at 6:30 a.m. Friday at her home.  She was born Nov 25, 1904 to George and Adda Jackson Bostwick in Danville, Ill.  Mrs. Harvey was a member of the Portland Mills Christian Church.  Surviving are the husband, Sanford; a daughter, Mrs. Anita Keller of Rockville; two sons, Paul of Greencastle and Earl of Roachdale; five sisters, Mrs. Gladys Grindstafs of Danville, Ill; Mrs. Byrtle Smith, Mrs. Helen Cox, Mrs. Eileen Irvin and Mrs. Doris Johnson of Hoopeston, Ill; two brothers, Harley Bostwick of Georgetown Ill and Floyd Bostwick of Danville Ill and nine grandchildren.  Friends may call after 7 p.m. Saturday at Barnes Mortuary where services are set for 2 p.m. Monday with Rev. James Trousdale officiating. Burial in Memorial Garden Cemetery.  Crawfordsville Journal Review 19 Nov 1960, Page 002

The home of Benjm. H and Sarah E. HARVEY was gladdened on September 29, 1877 by the coming of their first baby boy, whom they christened Clarence E. Harvey. The home and life of Clarence was blessed with the fellowship of 3 sisters and two brothers. The happy home of father and mother Harvey was soon saddened by visits of the unwelcome messenger death. This inevitable monster who calls at all our homes, reached forth in this home on March 17, 1888 and carried away the baby boy Samuel Wade Harvey, to the bosom of Him who always welcomed little children and assured each parent that "Their angles (sic) did always behold the face of his Father in Heaven." Again, in just 30 days after the death of little Samuel, the gaunt hand of death reached forth and called the father Benjamin h. Harvey who answered the summons and left a broken hearted widow with the care and responsibility of 5 fatherless children. The responsibilities of home was willingly shared by Clarence, though only a lad of 10 summers. The struggles were hard, but mother Harvey found "his grace sufficient" and that "All things work together for good to them love who God, and\are called according to His purpose." The life of Clarence was enriched by loving and being a recipient of the love of Luella M. Zackmire, who on April 4, 1899 became his wife. to this happy home 5 children came to receive and return their love. The mother was seized by pneumonia fever and February 17, 1907 bade her husband and five little children goodbye. Clarence was unable to remember the day when the cares of life did weigh heavily upon him, yet, surely Providence kindly remembered him and on Dec 29, 1908 he was again united in marriage to Grace Harrison who was willing to mother his motherless children. This she did nobly. To this union was born one son, who with the other children will miss the council and affection of a loving father. In early manhood, a short time before he made his home, Clarence accepted Jesus as his personal Savior. in the same service his friend, Luella Zackmire, yielded her life to Christ. They were received into the Centennial church by Rev. J. M.  McHargue who later received their marriage vows. Clarence was a dutiful husband a good father. being anxious for the best good of his children, he left his old home in 1916 and with his wife and family located at Brown Spur, Ks. While there he transferred his church membership to the Medione Lodge Christian Church. he also was a member of the Modern Woodman, being a charter member of the Yeddo camp. He was also in the farm organization work of his state. Clarence was much concerned about the impaired health of his wife who was unable to accompany his body to its last resting place. She awaits the facts of these last sad rites at the home of her brother, Duncan Harrison of Protection, Ks. His sickness was of short duration, Friday November 13, 1925 brought a hurry call for any member of the family back home who could come it was not thought advisable for the aged mother to attempt such a long and tiresome journey. the next train carried Kelso Harvey his brother Westward to his bedside. Clarence greeting him inquiring, "Did mother come too?" On Tues eve November 17, Clarence stole away for a restful sleep to await the call of the Resurrection Morning. he leaves to mourn his untimely going a heart broken wife, a daughter, Mary, five sons: Miles, Ivel, Truman, Virgil and Harold all at home. Also three sisters, Mrs. Ella Myers of Veedersburg In; Mrs. Martha Vaughn of Cates; one brother, Kelso Harvey of Veedersburg; also one half sister, Mrs. Lulu Frazier of Independence, Kansas, with an aged mother Sarah E Harvey left to mourn with a multitude of other relatives and friends who will sadly miss him. Short services was held at the home. The last rites were conducted at the Centennial U. B. Church by Rev. Le Smith friends and neighbors of boy-hood days and assisted by the Rev. J. M.  McHargue and MF Sherril with burial in the cemetery nearby.  - Unknown source

Mary M. KERSEY HARVEY, wife of Nathan C. Harvey died at the home of her son, Horace Harvey at Valton, Sauk Co, WI Sept 19, 1897. Her home was at Greenville, Iowa. About the first of June she had an attack of two abscesses on the liver and as soon as able to travel she desired to visit her son in order to rest and regain her health but alas rest was only found in the quiet sleep of death.  She leaves 8 children, all married and a husband broken hearted and bereft of a true mother and devoted wife.  She was ever ready to assist her husband in his ministerial and pastoral work, he being a minister in Friends Church.  She was a native of Penn Twp and lived until her marriage on the farm now owned by Charley Nelson. She died as she had lived and is now, enjoying the triumphs of a living faith in Christ. She was 59 years 2 months and 22 days old.  - Rockville Republican, 06 October 1897.

Mrs. Maria HARVEY died 2 January 1936 aged 88 years 8 months 27 days, wife of the late Dr. J. W. Harvey formerly of Russellville who died many years ago.  She was born in Pleasant Valley, Parke County, Indiana March 29, 1847, daughter of Robert and Mrs. Hansel Lankford.  She married August 13, 1879 to Dr. Harvey.  As a stepmother, she became a foster parent of four small children. She leaves as her immediate relatives, two nephews and three nieces.  - Russellville News, 17 January 1936

Bloomingdale - Mrs. John HARVEY, aunt of Maurice DeBaun of Bloomingdale, died Friday afternoon at the Sullivan Hospital.  Mr. and Mrs. Maurice DeBaun called at the funeral home at Prairie Creek Sunday. The funeral was held there Monday.  - Crawfordsville Journal - Review 16 January 1963 – shared by Karen Zach

 Mary A, oldest daughter of John G and Nancy THOMPSON was born November 16, 1812 near Tangier, Parke County, Indiana and departed this life January 31, 1912 being 79 years 2 months 15 days of age.  She was united in marriage to Isaac S. HARVEY April 10, 1853. To this union were born 11 children: John T of Muskogee, OK: Samuel C of Cayuga, Indiana; Charles F (deceased); Wm. H of Cayuga, Indiana; Nancy H (deceased); George of Terre Haute; Isaac S of Oklahoma City; Maggie of Cayuga; James O of East St. Louis, Ill; Aaron M, Montreal, Canada and Miles.  Her husband (Note from KZ: died 25 May 1882) and two children, Charles and Nancy have preceded her to the better world. She leave to mourn their loss a brother, Miles C. Thompson, 8 sons, one daughter, 33 grandchildren, 20 great and a host of other relatives and friends. She united with the Friends Church at Rush creek in early life and remained a faithful servant until the end. She was a model of patience and true devotion.  Her ambition in life was for the welfare of her family and friends.  For the past 17 years she has made her home with her daughter. Funeral services were conducted from Rush Creek Church Feb 2, Rev. Levi Woody after which she was laid to rest in the cemetery nearby.  - Taken from Obituaries of Fountain County, Indiana found July 19, 2007 -- Karen Zach, Crawfordsville District Public Library (hard to read -- Xeroxed poorly)

Charles L. HARVEY, son of John & Martha E. Harvey, was born near Tangier, Indiana February 6, 1865 and died March 24, 1903, 38 years 1 month 18 days.  He was united in marriage with Chloe, daughter of John W. and Hannah Jackson February 26, 1 887. To them were born 5 children: Edgar; Guy; Edith; Lena and Elsie. Charlie was a kind husband and a tender-hearted father, an obliging neighbor a generous to a fault ever ready to aide the suffering and needy. His business qualifications were shown by a six years term of office given him by the franchise of those who best knew him. Charles' death angel came to the wings of speed, did his work in 24 hours and Charlie awaits the resurrection morn.  We leave him in the hands of a just as well as merciful God who doeth all things well and commendeth the bereaved family of Him who has promised to be a friend to the fatherless and the widow. Funeral services at Rush Creek church on the 26th conducted by Cyrus Jones, pastor of Coloma.  -  - Shared by Karen Zach -Found in: Obituaries of Fountain County, Indiana 1896-1922 - Crawfordsville Library


Mrs. Nancy Hatfield - Norman, widow of Wm. Norman, deceased, and one of the oldest settlers of Union Township, departed this life September 11, 1893, aged 79 years, 11 months and 21 days.  She was a native of Butler County Ohio. Her father, George Hatfield, was a native of Virginia. The mother, Rachel Bell, was born in the state of New Jersey. The father and mother were blessed with nine children, all reaching years of maturity, but now deceased with the exception of two.  The deceased, in the year 1832, was united in wedlock to Wm. Norman of Kentucky, who died in 1866, aged 59 years, 5 months and 4 days. To them were born eight children, of whom five are living and three are dead.  Grandma Norman, as she was commonly called, was converted in early life, united with the church and lived a life of Christian graces, well worthy of our greatest respect and imitation, until death peacefully removed her from labor to reward.  The funeral services were conducted by Rev. Daniel S. Kalley at Otterbein Church September 12, 1893. Truly it can be said of this aged mother in Israel, as the funeral text read, she 'came to her grave in a full age like a shock of corn come in his season. 'In conclusion, as our heartfelt thoughts seem to linger, may we unite in the prayer of Moses, the man of God, in saying 'So teach us, dear Savior, to number our days that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom, and like the loved one just gone before us, ever be watching and waiting and ready to exclaim 'Thy will be done.' - Rockville Republican, 20 September  1893


"In Memory of Vernon Jefferson HATTON: Date of Birth:  March 25, 1900 -- Services: November 16, 1967 Barnes Chapel; Minister; Rev. Vaughn Sewell; Music: Mary Barnes; Pallbearers: Byron, Paul, Bud Greene; Donald Akers; Darold Moore; Robert Kendall; Burial Memory Garden, Rockville. - Butler Funeral Home Card


Following a stroke suffered early Monday morning of last week, Parrett HAUN, 81, well known farmer of Parke & Vermillion Counties, died at 4:15 p.m. Tuesday May 7.  Haun, the son of David and Lucy Bartlett Haun, was born July 11, 1858.  He was a member of the Mount Pleasant Methodist Church of Parke County, Odd Fellows Lodge and Half-Century Club of Clinton.  He is survived by the wife, Elizabeth; one son, Heber Haun of Jonestown; 3 daughters, Mrs. Jacob Botner of Clinton; Mrs. Fred Mitchell at home and Mrs. Robert Helm of Carmago, Illinois, 8 grandchildren and two greats. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Thursday in charge of Rev. Wilbur J. Yocum.  Interment was in Helt's Prairie cemetery. - Rockville Tribune 15 May 1940


Louis Edwards Havey was found dead in bed in his home on the Bridgeton road about two miles northeast of town about 3 o'clock Monday morning by his wife.  Mr. and Mrs. Havey and several of their children had returned the preceding afternoon from a vacation trip to California.  Later in the afternoon Mr. Havey complained of fatigue and slight nausea and went to bed, feeling that his condition was due merely to the reaction of the long trip.  Mrs. Havey, going to his room to see if he needed anything, found him dead.  Coroner B. H. Branson stated that death had occurred several hours earlier and gave a verdict of coronary thrombosis.  Mr. Havey was 63 and was born in Rockville, the son of John and Emily Fisher Harvey.  For a number of years he has been in the employ of the Clay City Pipe Company at Mecca.  Surviving are the widow, Elizabeth Havey; five daughters, Mrs. Wendell Jones of Rockville; Mrs. Charles Neuendorf of California; Misses Edith and Clara Havey of Terre Haute and Bertha Havey at home; three sons, Louis Havey of Indianapolis and Charles and Gene Havey at home; two brothers, Ferrell Havey of Indianapolis and John Havey of Rockville; 5 grandchildren.  The body was brought to the Barnes Mortuary where funeral services were conducted at 2 o'clock yesterday afternoon.  Rev. Jesse Squires officiated and Mrs. Frank Anderson sang.  Burial in Memory Garden cemetery. - Rockville Republican August 18, 1949, Page 001


Emery HAWKINS, 74, died at 4 last Tuesday morning at Britton Nursing home, Rockville. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Dollie Hawkins, Jessup; 3 daughters,  Mrs. Rosalie Hookey of Rosedale; Mrs. Margaret McCloud of Waveland and Mrs. Evelyn White of Indianapolis and a son, Roland R. Hawkins with the US AF.  Burial in Forks of the Creek Cemetery with the Catlin Lodge 402 F & AM giving the grave side service. - Waveland Independent, March 5, 1953


"In Memory of Lessie G. HAWORTH.  Date of Birth: April 27, 1881 -- Date of Death: July 28, 1970.  Date & Hour of Service: Thursday, July 30, 1970.  2:00 p.m.  Held at: DeSutter Chapel: Clergyman Officiating: Rev. Harold Bachert; Place of Interment: Riverside Cemetery. - Butler Funeral Home Card

"In Memory of Frank HAWORTH: Born: March 15, 1877 Parke Co, IN.  Date of Death: April 28, 1968 Terre Haute, Ind.  Services from Butler Fun. Home; Wed May 1, 1968 2:00 p.m.  clergyman Officiating: Rev. Roger T. Rankin; Organist: Rachel McArty; Final Resting Place: Memory Garden Cemetery, Rockville, Ind. Pallbearers:  Donald Akers; Carroll Cooke; Paul Greene; Loyd Harvey; Darold Moore and Belford Siegelin - Butler Funeral Home Card


Mrs. Margaret HAYDEN, 80 year old resident of Howard Township died at 11:45 o'clock Wednesday night at the home of her son, Charles Hayden 1 Mi. N. of Byron. Infirmities of age were the cause of death. Mrs. Hayde having been in hill health for several months. The deceased was born near Rosedale April 13, 1856, the daughter of George and Mary Cable and was married to James Hayden March 28, 1879. Mrs. Hayden was a member of the Linebarger Christian Church near West Union. Besides her husband, 2 sons and one daughter preceded her in death. The funeral was held at the Wolfe Creek Church so. of Wallace Saturday morning at 10 o'clock burial made in Wolfe Creek Cemetery. Surviving are 3 sons, Charles of Byron and Sam and Jesse of Attica, three daughters, Mrs. Lillie Stalker, Mrs. Mary Barker of Marshall and Mrs. Nettie Keller of Wallace, one brother, George Coble of Fall River, KS 15 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren. - Rockville Tribune, January7, 1936


"Alford HAYES died in Greene County, Indiana, May 30, 1874, of Bilious Colic.  His sickness was short but severe.  He was known to many in Parke County, where he resided for a number of years.  His early life was hard.  Prior to the war of 1861 he became religious and bid far to do well, but during the war and  in the excitement, being a strong Union man, he got into some trouble and afterwards moved to Vermillion county, Ind. where trouble got in his family and a dissolution ensued, he then went to Greene county and married again.  I met with him a short time before his death, stayed with him one night.  He seemed to regret his former career, talked much about his former family that was still in Vermillion county.  I was told at the funeral that a short time before his death he was quite serious and died praying.  He left a young wife and one small child with a number of other relatives and friends to mourn his loss."   Rev. D. Mater   ESTELLA - Rockville Republican Newspaper - Unknown date - Clipping in journal of Hester Hayes Ackerman. 

Mrs. Joe Hayes, age 68, died at her home in Judson, Friday evening of last week at 9:30 after an illness of five days due to pneumonia.  Mrs. Hayes is survived by the husband, 3 daughters Mrs. Will Rein of Newport; Mrs. Charles Spencer of Judson; Miss Pearl Hayes of East Chicago and two sons, Willard of Mishawaka, and Charles of Waveland.  Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at the Baptist Church, Rev. HH Elmore of Crawfordsville officiating.  Burial at Mt. Moriah Cemetery. – kbz - Source: Waveland Independent newspaper, 12 February 1932

Captain Joshua L. HAYES -  Joshua L. Hayes, son of Alred and Nancy Thornell Hayes, was born in Tippecanoe county, near Lafayette, May 6, 1840; died at his home near Bridgeton, March 20, 1911, aged 70 years, 10 months and 14 days.  In his early childhood his parents removed to the vicinity of Rockville, and there he grew to manhood.  When the call of his country came in 1861, he enlisted in Company "A" 14th Regiment Indiana Volunteers, and fought with that gallant body throughout the three years' term of service.  No other regiment on the field of battle during the Civil War surpassed the 14th Indiana in Glory-- the brave daring and deeds of valor of its soldiers won for them honors and distinction that will never fade-- they knew no fear, and because of this were always found where the work was most desperate; they sustained appalling losses, but undaunted they never faltered.  As corporal of this company, Joshua L. Hayes commanded his men at the close of the memorable battle of Antietam, when it was left without an officer, and by his bravery fought his way up until at Gettysburg he was the captain of Company "A".  He was many times wounded in the hard fought battles in which he was always present with his regiment.  At Antietam, where every commissioned officer of Company "A" was killed or too badly wounded for duty, he was struck nine times by minnie balls, but was able to take temporary command of the company as above mentioned.  At Fredericksburg he was first sergeant, but here Captain Kalley was killed and Lieutenant Baker lost his leg, leaving Sergeant Hayes in direct promotion to the rank of captain, which he held at Gettysburg.  In the assault on Cemetery Ridge, famous in history as Pickett's Charge, he was badly wounded, and lay all night, helpless on that memorial field.  From the first skirmish in 1861, to the last moment of his regiment's service in 1864, at Cold Harbor, where Captain Hayes saw his colonel killed in hand-to-hand fighting inside the Confederate entrenchments, he served gallantly, gloriously, as Bayard, -- without fear and without reproach.  On August 20, 1865, he was united in marriage with Miss Mary Crooks, of Raccoon Township, where their married life has been passed.  No children blessed this union, but they have been foster parents to two children whose lives they  have brightened.  About twenty - one years ago, during a well remembered revival meeting conducted by Revs. Welch and Blake, at Tough and Ready school house, the deceased joined a Methodist class and was baptized by Elder Middleton.  The class has long since been disbanded, but that he ever cherished it in fond memory, is evidenced by the fact that just a few days ago he spoke of those old days of Christian striving as being his happiest, and expressed a wish that he could attend the present prayer meetings being held there.  On May 26, 1910, he was suddenly stricken with paralysis, from which he never recovered.  His body slowly became a physical wreck, and finally his mind was also clouded except at intervals.  His last illness was brief, a stroke coming about a week before the end.  Besides the widow, he is survived by one sister, Mrs. Hetty Ackerman, of Odon, and four brothers, Marion M. of Lena; Luke of Clinton; George W. of Brazil, and Perry M. of New Goshen, and Arthur G. Wood, whom he loved and treated as a son.  Captain Hayes was a member of Marion Kalley Post, Bridgeton Masonic lodge, in both of which organizations he was much interested before disease fastened its hold upon him.  A faithful husband, and brother, esteemed neighbor and friend, brave and beloved comrade, has answered the last roll call.   (this was found tucked in his sister's journal, Hester Hayes Ackerman)  -- thanks to ESTELLA COX for these Hayes ' obituaries.  - Unknown newspaper


Bonner Hazlett, the well known stock dealer of Judson committed suicide on Tuesday afternoon about 3:30 by shooting himself in the temple with a shotgun, in his coal house. His wife came home a few minutes after and found him.  He is survived by his wife and one son, Wayne aged 9. Funeral services will be held today. - Waveland Independent, December 18, 1925

Mrs. Cora HAZLETT of Judson RR age 86, passed away Thursday March 8 at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Joe VanHuss, with whom she had made her home since last fall when failing health no longer permitted her to live alone.  Mrs. Hazlett was the widow of Samuel Collin Hazlett and they had spent their married life in Parke Co.  Well known in the community, she was a great lover of flowers and loved the outdoor life.  Survivors besides the daughter was another daughter, Mrs. Ralph Ramsay of Bainbridge; 8 grandchildren; 19 greats and one great great.  A few months ago a picture of Mrs. Hazlett with five generations represented was in the Republican.  The body was taken to the McGaughey Funeral Home, Russellville where funeral services were held at 2 Sunday afternoon Rev Ralph Spencer of Martinsville officiated and burial was in Seceder Cemetery near Portland Mills. - Tri-County News, March 15, 1956

Horace E. HAZLETT, for several years in charge of the Milligan Telephone exchange died at his home about midnight Thursday night last. He had been an invalid for a long time. He was the son of Samuel and Isabel Hazlett and was born in Putnam County March 24, 1861. He married Louella RATCLIFF Dec 24, 1889, who survives him. There are two children: Mrs. William Clark, Clinton and Mrs. Huston DePUE of Palestine, ill and 3 sons, Hallie of Indianapolis; Ewing of Star City and Lloyd of Evansville. Funeral services on Sunday afternoon at the Seceder Church near Portland Mills in charge of Rev. Robert Lewis. The casket was borne by Oris Reiter; Harry Ramsay; Neil McCLain; Paul Porter; Frank Ball and Lowell Cunningham. The flowers were carried by Mary Lou Clark; Mary Lou Kitzmiller; Betty Lou Hazlett; Carmen Ramsay; Marjorie Houser and Ellen Dillsworth. Burial in Seceder Cemetery. – kbz - Source: Waveland Independent newspaper,  13 December 1935

Mrs. Mahala Alice HAZLETT, 87, died Saturday at her home in Greene Twp, Parke Co. She was the daughter of Adam and Sarah Ellen Jack and was born in Parke Co March 20, 1870. She was a member of the Portland Mills Christian Church. Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Rachel McGaughey of Newman, Ill; Mrs. Josephine Jeffries of Rockville; 3 sons, Leo of Greencastle and Orville and Frank of Judson; 22 grandchildren and 30 greats. Funeral services were held Tuesday at Parkeville Christian Church with burial in Mt. Moriah Cemetery. McGaughey Funeral home in charge. Tri-County News Aug 29, 1957

William HAZLETT died on Monday morning.  The funeral was on Wednesday morning at the Parkville Church and the burial at Seceder cemetery. - Waveland Independent - May 28, 1926


Ida D. Henley, daughter of John P. and Mary E. Lundgren, was born Aug. 4, 1868, died Aug. 31, 1893, aged 25 years, 1 month and 28 days.  She was married to Andrew J. Henley March 25, 1888.  Deceased leaves two children, her husband, father, mother, five sisters, three brothers and a host of friends to mourn her loss.  Sister Henley united with the Methodist church at Marshall, in 1880, to which she remained faithful until life's latest moments, earnestly beseeching her dear relatives and friends to join her on that sunny shore from which no tidings come save the sweet songs of the ransomed.  Funeral services were held at Lusk's Chapel, after which she was laid to rest in the Cashat's cemetery. - Tribune - September 7, 1893 - – shared by Robin Farley Dixson


Susan Green HENNINGS, Daughter of John and Lucretia WHITEHEAD Green, was born January14, 1843 in Parke Co., Indiana and died March 19, 1928, aged 85 years, 3 months and 5 days.  She was the 3rd of a family of 7 children, consisting of 6 daughters and one son, only one of whom is still living.  Her childhood was spent in the pioneer home of her father who was one of the early settlers of Parke Co, and her life was spent within a short distance of the place where she was born.  In April, 1869, she was married to John C. HENNINGS and moved to the home where she died.  To this union were born four children; Lissa, Lewis, Robert and Roll, the latter having die din 1926.  After the death of her husband in 1886 Mrs. Hennings cared for her children as best she could until they grew to manhood and womanhood.  Her home was always very dear to her and seldom would she leave it for any length of time.  In these later years when infirmities came upon her, her family faithfully cared for her.  Although life oftentimes may have seemed somewhat dark to her Mrs. Hennings always saw the cheerful side and never complained, but had a smile for everyone. S he had her dreams and to her the fulfillment of those dreams always seemed to lie only a short time in the future.  Those who survive are: on daughter, Mrs. Lissa Straughn, of Vivilia, California; two sons, Lewis at home and Robert of near Rockville; five grandchildren, Estelle Glaze of Frankfort; Mrs. Isole Harmon of Michigan; Victor Hennings of Terre Haute and Julia and Howard Straughn of Vivilia, California; three great grandchildren and one sister, Mrs. S Burks.  Unknown newspaper (thanks to Sherry Grunhaus for this obit)


Milo J. HERRING of 601 Gould Street, Rockville, age 77, died at his home Thursday night, September 9.  Surviving are the widow, Jessie; and a son, Milo Gerald Herring of Arleta, California.  Graveside services and burial were in Memory Garden Cemetery this (Monday) morning with Rev. James O. Trousdale officiating. Butler Funeral Home was in charge of the service.   - Rockville Republican, Monday, September 13, 1976  Thanks for this contribution goes to:  Mary Lou Hermiller     


Mrs. Helen Fisher HESLAR died in Union Hospital at Terre Haute, on Friday and funeral services were held at the home near Nyesville on Sunday afternoon.  Interment at Rockville cemetery.  Those attending from here were: Will, Charles, Milt and Ed Heslar, with their families. She leaves a husband and four months old baby.  - Waveland Independent, August 5, 1921

AGED MAN'S INJURY RESULTS IN DEATH - James Hesler hurt in a run a way two weeks ago, died this morning.  In good health before the accident, Aged Contractor and Civil War Veteran's Death Was Wholly Result of Broken Limbs Sustained      Injured two weeks ago when the horse which he was driving ran away, throwing him to the ground and dislocating bones in one of his limbs, Jas. F. Hesler, aged 74, died at his home on Grace avenue at ten-thirty this morning.  The aged man had been in very good health previous to the accident.  For the past ten days he has been in Culver Union hospital, but on last Sunday he was taken to his home.  His condition has gradually become weaker since his injury.      Mr. Hesler was a veteran of the Civil war, having seen active services during the conflict.  He has at all times taken active interest in affairs of the G.A.R. and for this reason the funeral services will be held Thursday afternoon at three in order that the members of the McPherson Post G.A.R. may act as pallbearers in accordance with a request made by Mr. Hesler.      The aged man is survived by his wife by  a third marriage, two sons, William M. of Indianapolis, and Joel of Rockville, and two daughters, Mrs. Bessie Stevens and Mrs. Grace Paris, both of this city.      The accident in which Mr. Hesler received the injuries which caused his death occurred on Monday, May 19.  He was driving a horse to another part of town where he was engaged in building a house.  The shaft of the buggy fell, frightening the horse.  The animal plunged forward, Mr. Hesler was thrown to the ground, and bones of one of his legs were broken.  The limb had been injured while Mr. Hesler was a child and the old injuries were renewed.      Mr. Hesler was born in Parke county, Ind., August 8, 1839. - Crawfordsville Daily Journal, Wednesday May 28, 1913

John Hesler died near Guion on Friday morning. He has suffered from some form of brain trouble for some time. On Tuesday he had a severe seizure and fell to the floor. He never rallied. The funeral services at the home by Rev. Mr. Smits the Presbyterian minister at Guion. Internment at Bethany cemetery on Saturday evening.  Mr. Heslar had 3 children of whom Edward is the only one living. He was a member of the Presbyterian church and a man whom everybody liked and respected. - Waveland Independent, Friday February 17, 1905

Mrs. Mary HESLAR widow of William Heslar died January 14 at her home in Montezuma after a week’s illness from flu and pneumonia.  Funeral services were held in Montezuma Methodist Church and burial in Rockville Cemetery Sunday Jan 16.  She leaves 3 daughters and 5 sons. - Rockville Tribune, January 19, 1927

“Mrs. Nellie A. HESLAR of Rockville, age 68, died Monday afternoon April 6, in Union Hospital, Terre Haute. She was a member of the Rockville Methodist Church and Telephone Pioneers of America, having been an operator with the Rockville telephone exchange for 30 years before retiring.   Survivors include the husband, Albert; a daughter, Mrs. Mildred McGill of St. Bernice; a sister, Mrs. Iona Merritt of Rockville; a grandson; several nieces and nephews.    Funeral services were held at the Butler funeral home, Wednesday afternoon with Rev. Dale Hamilton officiating. Burial was in the Memory Garden cemetery.”  - Rockville Republican, April 9, 1964

Oscar Everett HESLAR, son of James Milton and Annie Heslar was born February 6, 1895 and departed this life February 6, 1911, lacking four days of being 16 years old.   He was still in school at Guion; should have graduated last year but failed in one or two studies  and was cheerfully pursuing his last year over again.  He was a favorite among all the scholars and young people of the neighborhood.    He was a very dutiful and obedient son and never went any place without the permission of his parents.  He was very obliging to his sisters and neighbors and was held in the highest esteem by all who knew him.   He was a member of the Guion Sunday School and when he lived in Waveland four years ago he was a member of the M. E. Sunday School.  His teacher had a good influence upon him, so much that when his sister joined church, his only excuse for not joining her was that he wanted to join the Waveland  Church.   His last illness with typhoid pneumonia was of 17 days duration.  His suffering was intense but he was exceedingly patient and obedient and never missed a dose of medicine prescribed   He will be sadly missed in school where he never mixed in any of the difficulties but was always jolly – in Sunday School where he loved his teacher – in the neighborhood where he was ever helpful and ever welcome – but most of all in the home, where he was the only son, by his father, mother and four sisters.  But let us not grieve too much for our loss is his gain and Heaven’s gain, also.   Funeral  services were conducted at the Waveland M. E. Church on Tuesday afternoon, by the Rev. J. D. Ulay, of Ladoga, assisted by The Rev. W. H. Fertich.  Interment at the Maple Ridge Cemetery.   Those who attended the funeral from a distance were:  John Heslar; Mr. and Mrs. Walter Young and son Clarence, of Rockville; Mr. I. A. Gilkeson, and Henry Picard, of Crawfordsville; Chester Heslar, of Russellville. - Waveland Independent, February 10, 1911

William M. HESLAR, 81, a life long resident of Waveland community died in the early morning of Saturday at Culver Hospital where he was taken Thursday night of a gall bladder infection of which apparently he had been suffering for some time.  He was born in Parke County, the son of Asa and Martha Heslar, April 6, 1871.  He was married to Maggie WILSHIRE of Byron in 1884 (sic – note they were married 14 July 1894 Montgomery County, Indiana Book 2, Page 20).  Mr. Heslar was a member of the Freedom Baptist Church where funeral services were conducted Monday afternoon by Rev. John Servies and burial was by the side of his wife in the Freedom Cemetery.  There survive two sons, Guy and Chester of Waveland; three daughters, Mrs. Josephine Davis and Bernice Harvey of Bluffton and Mrs. Dorothy Holmes of Peru; a brother, John Heslar of Waveland; six grandchildren and two greats.   - Waveland Independent, August 14, 1952


Mr. and Mrs. Joe Dooley and Mrs. Milt Heslar and daughters attended the funeral of Miss Grace HESTER on Friday at Parkersburg.  She formerly lived here and at Waveland.   Everybody was sorry to hear of her early death as she was only 22, just in the prime of her girlhood days.  But the neighbors and friends do not think of her as dead, just resting. - Waveland Independent, May 11, 1928 -- (Under Greene Township news)


William A. HIERS, Rockville RR 4, died Saturday at Ball Nursing Home, 2:30 p.m.  He was 87.  A retired farmer, born in Casey, Illinois February 29, 1876, son of Daniel and Almeda Hiers.  Survivors include wife, Lefy and son, Frank; two daughters, Mildred Murphy and Mrs. Almeda Cababas; a sister, Mrs. Lee Dawson. Funeral services were conducted by Miss Irma Augsburger at 2:30 p.m. Monday at Barnes Mortuary. Burial in Memory Garden. - Tri-County News July 4, 1963

William A. Hiers, Rt. 4 Rockville, died at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at the Ball Nursing Home here. He was 87. Hiers, a retired farmer, was born in Casey, Ill., on Feb. 29, 1876. He was the son of Daniel and Almeda Hiers. Survivors include his wife, Lefy, and a son, Frank, both of Rockville; two daughters, Mrs. Mildred Murphy of San Francisco and Mrs. Almeda Cababas of Westville, Ill. and a sister, Mrs. Lee Dawson of Shelburn. Funeral services will be conducted by Miss Irma Augsburger at 2:30 p.m. Monday at the Barnes Mortuary. Burial will be in Memory Gardens Cemetery. – Crawfordsville Journal Review, 01 July 1963, Page 012 – shared by Karen Zach


Mrs. John HIRSBRUNNER, whose critical illness was noted last week died on Monday morning. Funeral services were conducted at the home in Wingate on Wed. afternoon by Rev. JT Boyer, assisted by Rev. J. B. Johnson. Burial at Bethany.  Mrs. Doren Clore, Mrs. J. B.  Johnson, Mrs. C. H. Johnson, Mrs. H. C. Machledt and Miss Florence Cowan and Laura Spencer and Vivian Oldshue attended the funeral, which was in charge of H. C. Machledt.  - Waveland Independent, April 27, 1923


Mary Anna Hill Dies At Residence. Mrs. Mary Anna Hill, 81 years old, died at her home, R.R. 4, Rockville. at 2:30 o’clock last Friday afternoon. She is survived by one step-daughter, Mrs. Lois Smith of Indianapolis; one step-son, Selby Hill of Clinton; eight step-grandchildren and five step-great-grandchildren. The body was taken to the Brown funeral home in Montezuma and later to the Coloma church for last rites at 2 O’clock Sunday afternoon. Burial was in the adjoining cemetery. Rockville Republican, 4 April 1957, Parke Co, IN.

Orville Hill Dies in His Coloma Home. Funeral services were conducted in Coloma Friends church at 2:30 Thursday afternoon, for Orville Hill; Mr. Hill age 79 died at his home in Coloma shortly after midnight, Saturday. Surviving are the widow, Mary Hill, two sons, Clarence of Rockville and Selby of Walensburg, Col.’ a daughter, Mrs. Ada Smith and a brother Claude Hill both of Indianapolis. The funeral service was conducted by Rev. Clarence Ozier of Hemlock, former pastor of Coloma church. Burial in the Coloma cemetery. Rockville Republican, 16 May 1946, Parke Co, IN.


This community was shocked Thursday morning to learn of the death of Mrs. Ellen HITTLE, one of the oldest citizens of the town.  Mrs. Hittle had been in poor health for some time but had seemed no worse and was up preparing her breakfast.  Mrs. Lena Maris had stayed all night with her but had returned to her home across the street and seeing the door opened returned and found her dead.  Coroner M. Hatton pronounced death due to heart trouble.  Funeral services were held Sat. morning at the Methodist church in charge of Rev. Airhart of Crawfordsville.  Pallbearers were the grandsons and nephews.  Music was furnished by a quartet composed of Mrs. James Russell, Mrs. Owen Swaim, A. R. Teague and D. E. . Holand.  Burial was made at Bethany cemetery.  Mrs. Hittle is survived by one son who lives south of town.  - Crawfordsville Daily Journal, February 6, 1923


Helen F. HIXON, 67, Greencastle, died Thursday afternoon, March 26, 1998, in Putnam County. Born August 26, 1930 in Parke County, she was the daughter of Clarence and Pearl Jones Cox. On May 27, 1960, she married Garland Leon Hixon, who died July 19, 1995. She was a member of Lena Methodist Church. Survivors include two sons, Charles H. Reeves and Terry L. Reeves of Cloverdale; three daughters, Penny Sullivan of Seelyville, Sandy Owens of Florida and Lori Mitchell of Greencastle; two sisters, Virginia Bowling and Dorothy Jane Marshall of Indianapolis; a brother, Howard Cox of Georgia; and eight grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a grandson, Randy Reeves, a brother and a sister. Services were conducted Saturday at Hopkins-Rector Funeral Home in Greencastle with Rev. Larry Tedrow officiating. Burial was in Forest Hill Cemetery. - Parke County Sentinel, Wednesday, April 1, 1998 - Contributed by Mary Lou Hermiller

George HIXON, 20, lost his life last Thursday morning about 10 o'clock while operating an electric car in the Mecca Mines by which the coal is conveyed to the shaft.  Hixon started into the mine with a train of 7 cars, one of which was lost (unknown to him) in route.  Returning with six loaded cars he collided with the missing car and was thrown between the train and the wall and crushed about the hips.  Wm. Rigdon was seated on the rear car and when the collision occurred he called Hixon that the lights were extinguished and he had no matches.  Hixon replied that he had some in his pocket, little realizing his fatal injuries. Rigdon summoned help and the injured boy was conveyed to the home of Commissioners JS Hardin where he lived about one and one half hours. There were internal injuries, besides both legs being crushed into a pulp. The victim was the second son of Wm. Hixon, deceased and was born in Mecca.  The body was taken to the home of his mother, Mrs. Andrew Cook where the funeral was held Friday afternoon at 2:30. Rev. Whitfield Hall officiated. Burial in Hixon cemetery. Deceased was a model, industrious boy and had the confidence of his employees as well as a large number of friends.  - Rockville Republican, 06 October 1897


“Ervin A. HOBSON, 60 years old, died Monday morning at his home in Marshall, after a year’s illness.  Mr. Hobson operated the Hobson Limber Company at Clinton from 1922 until 1929, but after the death of his wife in 1929, he returned to Marshall where had lived prior to moving to Clinton.  Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Russell Canine of Marshall and Mrs. Thomas Wood of Clinton; three sons, Ervin, Jr., Earl and Ray, all of Chicago; one sister, Mrs. George Barkley of Marshall of Marshall and two brothers, Jesse Hobson, of Marshall, and Fred Hobson of Wenatchee, Wisconsin. Funeral services will be held at 2 o’clock this afternoon at the Marshall Federated Church, with the Rev. E. M. Woodard, pastor of that church in charge. Burial will be in Poplar Grove Cemetery at Marshall.”  - Rockville Tribune, June 29, 1938 - Contributed by Karen Zach

Joseph D. HOBSON, 75, of Bloomingdale died Saturday night. He was the son of Milton and Charity Davis Hobson.  He married Laura Hill in 1891 who died 1897.  Later he married Grace Leonard who survives with 3 daughters: Mrs. Earl Burk of Racine, Wisconsin; Mrs. Howard Ward of Oxford and Mrs. Howard Williams of Whitestown; and one son, Joe of Gary; Mrs. Rhoda Fullenwider and Mrs. Blake of Anderson are sisters. The funeral services held at Bloomingdale on Monday was conducted by Rev. SM Woodard. Burial in Bloomingdale cemetery. - Waveland Independent, March 5, 1942

“Alice Newlin HOBSON, wife of Clayton Hobson, died at her home in Marshall, Tuesday morning. The daughter of Jesse and Laura Nickell Newlin, she was 67 years old and had spent her entire life in the Marshall community. She was a member of the Marshall Friends Church.  Besides the husband, she is survived by a son, Jesse E. Hobson of Palo Alto, Calif.; a sister, Mrs. Bessie Lundgren of Judson and a granddaughter.  Funeral services will be conducted this (Thursday) afternoon in the Davies funeral home, with burial in Poplar Grove Cemetery.” - Rockville Republican, January 4, 1951

Mrs. Jesse HOBSON died at her home last Wednesday. The funeral was held at Friends Church, Friday in charge of her pastor, Rev. Shrigley. Interment in Poplar Grove Cemetery. Much sympathy is felt for the bereaved husband and two little sons. Among those present at the funeral from other places were Mr. and Mrs. John Chamness and Joseph Hobson of Rockville, Mr. and Mrs. Albert Pearson, Mr. and Mrs. Will Chapman, Mr. and Mrs. Herman Newlin of Bloomingdale, Mr. and Mrs. Mark Russell of Cates Station, Misses Milea Carter and Beulah Lightle of Sugar Creek Township.” - Rockville Republican, February 2, 1916


Allen Nathan Hockett, 79, of Clinton, died unexpectedly Tuesday (Jan. 28, 1969). He had been ill about two years.  > Born at Marshall, Ind. on April 8, 1889, he was the son of Luchun and Belle Bannon Hockett. In 1914 he was married at Monticello to Mary Ellen Gilbert who survives.  > Other survivors include a daughter, Lucille Miller at Homer; one son, Arthur of Sidell; four grandchildren; three great grandchildren; three brothers, Austin of Marshall, Rosco of Rockville, Ind. and Oral of Gilbertsville, Ky.; and one sister, Alma Hobson of Marshall.  > Mr. Hockett was a retired farmer, coming to this community 40 years ago.  > Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the Honnold and Son Funeral Home with the Rev. William Malloy officiating. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery. Friends may call from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. Thursday at the  funeral home.

NEW RICHMOND — Oral Lee "O.L." Hockett, 89, of Gilbertsville, Ky., died Tuesday afternoon at Baptist Hospital in Paducah, Kentucky., where he had been a patient 10 days. Mr. Hockett was a trucker and lived most of his adult life in Montgomery County. He had moved to Gilbertsville from New Richmond 12 years ago. Born May 16, 1882, at Marshall, Ind., he was the son of Lucian and Martha Belle Bannon Hockett. He was educated in Parke County schools. He was married in October of 1934 to Louella Simm. She preceded him in death Jan. 28, 1969. Survivors include two sons, William Hockett of New Richmond and Roy Hockett of Cedar Lake, Ind.; a grandson; four great-grandchildren; two brothers, Roscoe Hockett of Rockville and Austin Hockett of Marshall; a sister, Mrs. Alma Hobson of Marshall, and several nieces and nephews. Mr. Hockett was also preceded in death by a daughter, a sister and a brother. - Crawfordsville Journal Review 8 Dec 1971 Page 4


Mildred Styles Hoffman, 69, of Terre Haute died Sunday, Dec. 7, 2008, at Terre Haute Regional Hospital. She was the owner of Hairstyles by Styles. She was born Nov. 17, 1939, in Parke County, to Rusty and Ruby Smith.  Survivors include her husband, David Hoffman; sons, Steven Styles and wife Kimberly of Terre Haute, John Douglas Styles of Clinton, and Barry Styles and wife Angie of Terre Haute; daughter, Susan Kellams of Terre Haute; brother, Nick Smith of Mecca; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents.  Mildred was a member of St. Benedict Catholic Church, and the Indiana Hairdressers Association.   Mass of Christian burial will be at 12:05 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 11, 2008, at St. Benedict Catholic Church, with Father Joel Burget officiating. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery. Visitation is scheduled prior to services from 10 a.m.. until noon on Thursday at the church. Arrangements are under the direction of Callahan & Hughes Funeral Home, 605 S. 25th St.


BLOOMINGDALE—Mrs. Opal Holaday, 84, of Bloomingdale, died Sunday evening in Vermillion County Hospital , Clinton .  She was born Aug. 10, 1886, in Penn Township , Parke County , to John and Alfretta Botsford Davies.  She married Harrison Holaday on Dec. 11, 1907.  She attended Bloomingdale Methodist Church and the Women’s Society of Christian Service of that church.  She was a member of Paul Taylor Veterans Foreign Wars Auxiliary.   Surviving are her husband; a daughter-in-law, Mrs. Darwin Holaday of Rockville; three grandsons, Duane of West Terre Haute, Douglas of West Lafayette and Mark of Rockville; a granddaughter, Pamela of Rockville and a great-granddaughter, Christin.   She was preceded in death by a son, Darwin, in May, 1963.  Services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday by Rev. Richard Evans in Tudor Funeral Home at Rockville .  Burial will be in Memory Garden Cemetery at Rockville .  Friends may call at the funeral home after 2 p.m. Tuesday. - Crawfordsville Journal Review—28 September 1970, Page 4 – shared by Karen Zach


Mrs. Samuel Holbert (Ella Hunsucker), of Rosedale, was buried at the Jessup cemetery, Sunday afternoon at 3 o'clock. – Rockville Tribune, 11 October 1899, Page 005 – shared by Maggie Jones who states that she supplied the inserted information on her name

Mrs. Laura Etta Miller Holbert passed away Thursday morning, July 13, at the residence of Mrs. Ella Huff in Bridgeton, where she had made her home since July 1966.  Her age was 96 years, four months and five days.  Born on March 8, 1871 in Clay County near Brazil, she was the third of 12 children born to James K. and Sara Beatty Miller.  On August 8, 1892 she was married to W. O. Carpenter of Brazil and they had one son, Ernest R., who survives.  In 1897 she and her son went to Rosedale to live and in 1906 she was married to Sam Holbert.  They lived on his farm in the Catlin-Jessup neighborhood until Mr. Holbert’s death in 1951.  A nephew came to make his home with her and they lived on the farm until failing health and eye-sight in 1958 caused her to break up the home and move into the home of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Bowman in Rockville.  “Aunt Laura”, as most people knew her, was a member of the Friendly Grove Baptist Church of Jessup the Catlin Chapter No. 350 Order of Eastern Star, and several neighborhood clubs.  Surviving besides the son, Ernest of Mishawaka, are one sister, Mrs. Nancy Hawkins of Brazil;  a brother, James A. Miller, also of Brazil, and several nieces and nephews.  Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Butler Funeral Home, with the Rev. B. F. Nickless officiating and Marie Wimmer as organist.  Burial was in Mt. Olivet Cemetery at Catlin.  Pall bearers were Lester Brubeck, Earl Stalker, Earl Perry, Russell Perry, Sam Chowning and Foster Jessup. - The Rockville Tribune, July 20, 1967, page 1 & 8 – shared by Jimmy Gillis

Rachel HOLBERT was born near Judson, Indiana October 30, 1857 and departed this life on Christmas Day, 1926 at Lexington Kentucky aged 69 years 1 month 25 days. Her early life was spent on the farm near Judson where she attended the public schools of the times and also attended Waveland Academy.  At the age of 21 she married John William Connerly April 11, 1878 and these two souls trod the pathway of life and love together for nearly 44 years, until the union was dissolved by the death of the husband January 12, 1922.  No children were born to this union but Mrs. Connerly took into her home and heart the infant daughter of her deceased twin sister and cared for her and loved her as her own child.  After the death of her  companion she made her home with her adopted daughter, now Mrs. H. B.  Holmes  first at Bloomington IN and later at Lexington where she passed away  after  all that loving hands and medical skill could do was done to keep her  here  but the call of the grim reaper was not to be dented.  In the early years of her married life she and her husband united with the Methodist Episcopal Church at Cloverdale, Indiana and both remained loyal members of that faith until called to the mansions above.  At the time of her death Mrs. Connerly was a member of Centenary ME Church, Lexington having only recently decided to move her church home from the Bloomingdale, Indiana ME Church where she and her companion had worshiped for many years while living on their farm east of Bloomingdale.  Her hands were ever ready to help and her constant trust was in her savior.  Hers was a life of unselfish devotion. She had  planned  for a happy Christmas for her foster granddaughter, Miss Rebecca Holmes  was  coming home for the holidays from her school work at Washburn, Wisconsin the  great  boon being granted of the latters being able to arrive home before the  acute  stage of illness which was of one week's duration.  She is survived by  one  sister, Mrs. Elizabeth Haskett of Rockville; six brothers, John, Samuel  and  Isaac of Rockville; Charles of Dana; Jesse of Palisades, Co and Albert  of  Lexington Kentucky, the foster daughter and granddaughter and many other  relatives  and friends who mourn the passing of a good and true woman one of the  chosen  of the lord.  - Rockville Tribune, January 12, 1927


Mrs. Emma M. HOLLER, 63 years of age, wife of Absolom Holler, died yesterday afternoon near Fontanet, Ind., at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Ed Allen. Besides the husband, she is survived by five sons, William, of Terre Haute; Clarence, Jess, and Charles, who live near Fontanet, and Sam, who is in the Navy; two daughters, Mrs. Ed Allen, Fontanet, and Mrs. Fannie Compton, of West Terre Haute.  - Terre Haute Tribune, Tuesday, January 13, 1920 - Contributed by Nancy Houser

James Richard Holler, 82, of Rockville, died Wednesday, October 28, 1998 in Union Hospital at Terre Haute.  Born November 5, 1915 in Vigo County , he was the son of Samuel and Sarah Susan Denman Holler.  He married Virginia Boyd January 1, 1938 in Bell Union , and she preceded him in death in 1994.  He was a retired welder for the Pennsylvania Railroad and worked at Barnes Mortuary for 20 years after his retirement.  He was a Past Master of Parke Lodge 8 F&AM, a member of the Parke County Shrine Club, Zorah Shrine Temple, Scottish Rite Valley of Terre Haute and Parke County Low 12 Club.  Survivors include two daughters, LaRita Gillian of Tulsa , Oklahoma , and Louise McMillen of Bixby , Oklahoma ; three grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and two nieces.  He was preceded in death by a brother, Albert Eugene Holler.  Services were conducted Saturday, October 31 at Barnes Mortuary in Rockville with Rev. Don Perry officiating.  Burial was in Memory Garden Cemetery .- The Parke County Sentinel ,  Wednesday, November 4, 1998 [Contributed by Sandra J. Lee]

Russell Holler, 13, son of Mr. and Mrs. William Holler of Terre Haute died at 4:25 o'clock Monday afternoon at Union Hospital as the result of a hunting accident which occurred at 1 o'clock yesterday afternoon about 1 mile north of Rosedale.  Russell and his brother Clifford, 15, had gone on a hunting trip for the day near Rosedale. They sat down to rest with the 16-guage shotgun resting across Clifford's legs. The younger youth reached for the gun and in pulling it toward him caught the trigger in his brother's trousers, discharging the shot which tore off his left leg just above the knee.  The brother ran to a nearby farm house for aid and the injured youth was rushed to the Union hospital in the Wells ambulance.  The shock from the accident and loss of blood however were too great, causing his death. – Rockville Tribune, 17 August 1927, Page 001


Sarah Thompson HOOD, daughter of Robert L. and Nancy Harney Martin, was born in Union Township, Parke County, November 20, 1853, and passed to the Great Beyond November 27, 1929, age 76 years and 7 days. She was the sixth child of 12 children.  Of this family, she is survived by three sisters, Mrs. Robert Lykins, Mrs. Delila F. Crooks, and Mrs. S. A. . Noble; and by two brothers, R. S. . Martin and John P. Martin. She was reared on the Martin homestead and received her education in the district school.  During her girlhood she united with the United Brethren. church at Farmers Chapel and remained faithful to its teachings until the end. September 5, 1877, she was united in marriage to James L. THOMPSON with whom she lived happily until his death, April 11, 1888.  To them were born three children, all surviving.  They are Mrs. Lelie [should be Lela] Taylor of Ellettsville, Luther Thompson of Greencastle, and James W. Thompson of May, Idaho.  In the fall of 1891, she became the wife of James Hood.  This union was blessed with one child, Merle [should be Merrill], who has resided with his mother for the last few years, and has been a source of much comfort and happiness to her.  She was again bereft of a congenial companion when on March 12, 1918, the death of James Hood occurred. Since this bereavement, she has resided with her son Luther, her sister, Isabelle, and later to herself in Bellmore and Greencastle.  Aunt Sarah, as she was commonly called by both her relatives and friends, was of an unusually genial and happy disposition.  She had a kind word and a friendly smile for all those with whom she came in contact, and seemed happiest when contributing to the comfort and happiness of others.  During her last illness, she was patient and cheerful and complained little.  Her children were by her bedside constantly and did everything that could be done to keep her with them, but the spirit took flight to its great reward where sorrow and worldly cares do not follow and where there is a happy reunion with loved ones gone before.  In addition to her four children, she leaves 12 grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, other relatives and many friends to mourn her loss. The mortal remains were brought to Farmers Chapel where Rev. John McHargue conducted funeral services.  Interment was in the Martin Cemetery. - Rockville Republican - December 5,  1929


Mrs. Louise Modesitt Hooker, age 18,  wife of Harry Hooker of Indianapolis died Sunday in a North Vernon hospital.  She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Emmett Modesitt of North Vernon, formerly of Rockville .  Mrs. Modesitt was Miss Hazel Lang before her marriage.  Besides her husband and parents, Mrs. Hooker is survived by two brothers, Walter and Ivan Modesitt and a sister Nadine Modesitt of North Vernon; her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Modesitt of West Lafayette and Mrs. Allie Lang of Rockville.  Funeral services were held at 2 o’clock, Tuesday afternoon, in the Baptist church at North Vernon .  Burial was made there.   Mr. and Mrs. Harry Lang, Mr. and Mrs. William Bradfield, Allan and Dale Bradfield and Mrs. Ben Cox attended the services.  Mrs. Allie Lang has been with her daughter, Mrs. Emmett Modesitt, for some time. – The Rockville Republican, 02 May 1946 - Submitted by Sandra Lee Westbrooks 


“Coroner Peare was called to Rosedale, Friday, to hold an inquest on the body of Joseph HOOKEY, who was killed by a fall of slate in mine No. 11 of the Parke County Coal Co. He and John Phillips were repairing the roof of the mine when the accident occurred. Phillips was also caught but not seriously injured. Hookey was badly crushed. Verdict, death by accident with no blame on the company.”  - Rockville Republican, June 24, 1908

Coroner Peare was called to Rosedale Friday to hold an inquest on the body of Joseph HOOKEY who was killed by a fall of slate in Mine Number 11 of the Parke County Coal Company.  He and John Phillips were repairing the roof of the mine when the accident occurred. Phillips was also caught but not seriously injured. Hookey was badly crushed.  Verdict, death by accident with no blame on the company. - Rockville Republican, 02 June 1948


James Herbert HOOVER, 54, passed away at his home in Marshall at 9:50 Sunday March 11.  He is survived by the widow, Catherine; a son, Larry of Marshall; 3 brothers, Claude of Gary; John of Danville, Ill; and Theodore of Harvey, ill; two sisters, Mrs. Edith Finney on State Line and Mrs. Mabel Forker of Danville, Ill. Mr. Hoover was a member of the Marshall Federated Church OES the Rockville IOOF and Marshall Masonic Lodge and Kerman Grotto of Terre Haute. T he body was taken to the Davies Funeral home in Marshall where it remained until one hour prior to the funeral services which were held in the Marshall Federated Church at 2 Wed Rev. Milo Hickle officiated and burial in Poplar Grove.  The Masonic Lodge conducted graveside rites. Pallbearers were Morris Reid; LS Jackson; Harold Deener; Charlie Paddick; Bob McCampbell and Dick Wrightsman. - Tri-County News March 15, 1956


 Miss Sarah Jane HOPE was killed by a Van freight at Judson, Friday.  Miss Hope who was a deaf mute was on her way from the home of Mrs. Howard Clark, where she had been staying to that of her uncle and in doing so, walked some distance on the track, although warned not to do so.  Both legs were broken and other injuries inflicted which she survived but a few minutes.  The funeral services on Sun. were conducted by Rev WW Speer.  Miss Hope was b. at Metcalf, KY May 26, 1869 and had been a lifelong member of the Bethlehem ME Church near that place.   - Waveland Independent, May 8, 1914


The Machledt ambulance was called on Sunday evening to take Mrs. James E. HOPPER from her home near Judson to Culver Hospital on account of acute pneumonia.  She died 3 hours after arriving there. Her maiden name was Beaulah Pearl BRANT.  She leaves the husband and two children. Funeral services on Tuesday afternoon in charge of Rev. Russell Rice.  Burial at Mt. Moriah.  - Waveland Independent, May 5, 1933

Anna Pearl, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James F. USSELMAN (sic) was born June 22, 1899, died August 8, 1927, age 28 years, 1 month and 16 days. She took God as her savior at the age of 12 and was a very ardent worker in the Epworth League and a faithful member of the M. E. church at Bloomingdale. She was a graduate of Bloomingdale High School class of 1919. On December 11, 1920, she was united in marriage to Roland C. HOPPER and to this union were born Roland, Jr. age 6 and Nusetta Jane, age 4. She was a member of the American Legion Aux. Whiting Post No. 80, Golden Star Rebekah Lodge of Whiting and Mother's Club of the ME Church of Whiting. To mourn their loss she leaves a husband, son and daughter, mother, father, two sisters, Mrs. A. R. Bell and Mrs. Montie F. Markert, and brother, Howard Usselman, besides a host of relatives & friends. The golden gates were opened wide, a gentle voice said come, and Angels from the other side, welcomed our loved one home. A precious one from us is gone, a voice we loved is stilled. a place is vacant in our home which never can be filled. God in His wisdom has recalled the bloom his love had given and though the body slumbers here, the soul is safe in heaven. - Unknown source

James HOPPER was born in Raccoon Township, Parke Co, In on December 3, 1837, after a stay of 87 years 2 months and 29 days on earth, like a sheaf of ripened grain he was gathered to the great garner on March 3, 1925.  He was one of 7 children born to Ezekiah and Nancy Dudney Hopper, and was the last surviving member of the family.  His parents, natives of TN, moved at an date to the then growing Indiana, and located on Little Raccoon Creek.  Here in a log house the deceased first saw the light of day and here on the same farm, except for several years in the west and the last four years at Catlin, he passed the most of his life, tilling the soil.  From the sturdy stock of his pioneer descendants he inherited many fine traits  of character that marked his life and perhaps from them came the great love of travel he possessed.  He attended the schools of these early days and grew to manhood, strong, sturdy, brawny, and clean minded.  On June 4, 1865 he was united in marriage with Miss Susan PICKERELL of Crawfordsville and for 59 years they had lived a close, happy life of mutual devotions the last 12 years the wife had given untiring, unselfish, devoted care to the husband, who during that time was afflicted with __ and absolute blindness.  His passing now has left her in the loneliness of widowhood.  Of the 7 children sent to bless their union one was taken home in childhood and six were spared to comfort the parents in their old age.  Those left surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Lela CULLENS (?) of Terre haute; Mrs. Garnet RUTLEDGE of Catlin; four sons, Frank Hopper, Los Angeles, Cal; Charles, Detroit; Fred of St.. Louis and William A. of Bridgeton.  nineteen grandchildren and 8 gr. grandchildren are also left to mourn the loss of a fond and doting grandfather.  In the late 70's Mr. Hopper had the opportunity of gratifying his love of traveling and taking his family toured the West in a covered wagon for 10 years.  They enjoyed camping out and part of the time Mr. Hopper would improve his time farming or doing public work until at the end of 10 years his father died and he was called home where he continued to reside.  Energetic and hardworking always, he took up farming again and continued that occupation until 12 years ago when misfortune came upon him.  He accept his lot with characteristic cheerfulness, never murmuring nor repining and made the best of it at all times.  He was optimistic and got all the sunshine out of life he possibly could and radiate it his limit notwithstanding his affliction.  When the Civil War hovered, next he offered his service to his country but was rejected on account of physical disability but with undaunted spirit did his best along other lines of helpful service, and long years afterward he saw the same patriotic spirit manifest in his young grandson, Henry Hopper, who enlisted in the house of humanity and made the supreme sacrifice upon the fields of France during the World War.  In politics the deceased was a lifelong Democrat and one who was loyal to his party principles.  He was a man universally honored and respected; he was thoroughly honest and straightforward; open minded, genial, cordial, sincere, with a joyous soul.  He saw good in all and spoke ill of none, covering all faults with the bread mantle of charity.  The soul of hospitality, he welcome all to his board and the shelter of his home.  The ministers of the gospel found in his home  a haven of rest; many a lonely wayfarer has cause to bless both Mr. Hopper and his good wife for kindness and cheer, for in home or on the road in camp, no stranger was ever turned away.  Out of the abundance of love in his heart he was ever ready to befriend the helpless, feed the hungry, lift up the lowly and say a king word in their behalf.  He gave full support and encouragement to anything proposed for the good of mankind.   He had the courage of his convictions and supported them with sincere ___, but always with fairness and tolerant of others opinions.  During his youth he confessed his Savior and united with the ME Church at Old Salem, services being held at that time in a log house.  Throughout his life he held firm in the faith, was active in all church work and for years was a class leader; he brought his children up in the church, teaching them the right way of living both by precept and example.  He was faithful in attendance until his affliction kept him bound to his home.  He was a companionable man, with a mind well started with interesting memories of his dearly loved travels and well entertained the friends he was pleased to have call.  No kinder husband, no tender father ever lived, and he was rewarded for his devotion in his last years by the gentle, loving ministrations and pure affections of his near and dear ones.  He had long before made his peace with his Maker and when the great reaper came he was fully prepared and ready, and his immortal soul peacefully went to rest in the realm of eternal bliss.  Truly he could say like St. Paul, "I have fought a good fight; I have finished my course, I have kept the faith; henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day."  Funeral Services were held at Mt. Olivet church at 10 o'clock Thursday morning, Rev. B. Ball officiating.  A choir composed of Mrs. John Jollief, M/M Defern Haase, I. Pence and David Perrin with Mrs. William Isham, pianist, sang several appropriate hymns and Mrs. Jolief, Mrs. Haase and Mr. Haase each sang a solo, and an obituary of the deceased was read.  The mortal remains were then laid to rest in Mt. Olivet cemetery the bearers of the pall being A. J.  Nevins, John Jolief, Robert McIntyre, William Pence, William Cox and Perry Neet. - Rockville Tribune, March 11, 1925

Mrs. Susan HOPPER, 82, widow of James H. Hopper, died Monday afternoon at the home of her daughter, Mrs. John Rutledge, at Catlin, following a lingering illness. She had lived many years in Raccoon Twp. where she was loved and respected by all. She is survived by: 2 daughters, Mrs. John Rutledge, Catlin and Mrs. Lula Cullen of Terre Haute; 4 sons, Fred of St. Louis; Frank of Detroit; WA of Raccoon; Charles of Brazil; 17 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. Mollie Amber of Lavilla, Iowa; Mrs. Kate Grindle of Beatrice, Neb; Mrs. Rebecca Hutchens, Lovewell, KS. Funeral services will be held Wed. at 2 p.m. in Mt. Olivet Church of which she was long a member. Rev. Stanley Hall of Wolcott, a former pastor of the church, will officiate. Interment will be at Mt. Olivet. (thanks again, and again, and again to Randy Wright for this obit) - Rockville Tribune, August 7, 1929

The funeral of Jarvis HOPPER was held at the home, last Thursday, Rev. Airhart conducting the exercises, after which the body was taken to Linebarger’s cemetery for burial. Jarvis Hopper was born in Kentucky and was 77 years old. His wife and two daughters survive him.”  - Rockville Tribune, May 30, 1906

“Azarah HOPPER was born in Greene County, Kentucky, April 18, 1806, and died September 22, 1880.        Father Hopper moved with his parents to this county in 1820, and has since that time made Parke County his permanent home. He was united in marriage to Nancy Dudney, February 7, 1833; joined Methodist Episcopal Church in 1844, and lived a worthy and consistent member of the same until the Savior called home, and his spirit peacefully winged its flight to that borne from which no traveler returns. …” - Rockville Republican, September 29, 1880


Mrs. Cynthia HORN, died suddenly at Bloomingdale on Wednesday. She made her home for some time with Mrs. Martha Milligan and her son, Charles. Mrs. Irving Fullenwider is attending the funeral which is held at Rockville today.  - Waveland Independent, January 20, 1922

When telegrams were received in Rockville and Marshall last Thursday morning telling of the death of Paul HORN in Log Beach, California, it cast a gloom over these communities deeply felt by his many friends, both young and old.  His parents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Horn and the family of J. W.  Cooper, who went to Long Beach about a year ago, had planned to make the return trip overland to Rockville.  Everything was in readiness for the start home when the young man was taken sick with double pneumonia.  he was hurried to Seaside hospital and placed under the care of specialists who exerted every possible effort to save his life, but he died about 6 o'clock on the morning of July Fourth.   Accompanied by the parents and aunt, Mrs. J. W. Cooper, the remains were brought to Rockville arriving Sunday evening and taken to the home of EP Beadle. Funeral services, largely attended were held at 2 o'clock Tuesday afternoon at the Methodist church, conducted by Rev. SA Bender. The church choir rendered appropriate music and John A. Linebarger read the following obituary.  Paul William Horn, son of Charles E. Horn and Jewell McCampbell Horn was born in Marshall, Indiana, October 9, 1905 and departed this life in Long Beach, California July 4, 1923 age 17 years, 8 months and 25 days. In 1915 the family moved to Rockville and Paul engaged the fourth grade of the Rockville schools.   With the exception of the sixth grade which was done in Indianapolis, his school record shows continuous successful work and regular promotions until the completion of his sophomore year in the high school in May, 1922.  He was prominent in school activities, serving on the staff of the Hoosier, the high school paper and playing on the baseball team.  He was always one of those who was heart and soul for the school.   In August 1922 the family moved to California and located in Fillmore, June 1 of this year, having decided to return to Rockville, they came to Long Beach for a brief stay before beginning the journey overland by auto.  It was while here that Paul was stricken with pneumonia to which attach he succumbed Wednesday, July 4, passing peacefully away at the Seaside hospital in Long Beach.  Brief --all too brief it would seem was the life of Paul, not even a full score of years was rounded out before he left.  But he lived with his family and friends long enough to know to the full the tender ministries of love. The mother, whose image he bore to a marked degree, was "called home" when he was scarcely a year old, but so tender and thoughtful have been the ministrations of Mrs. Alice Horn and so great the sympathy and love between them that many friends of the family did not know that the one who had been his mother from the time he was two years old was not his real mother. The spirit of love so manifested by the father and mother was fully and completely reciprocated by Paul and love and harmony held sway with them.  Paul was a regular attendant of the ME Sunday school and for a number of years was a valued member of WE Ferguson's class of boys who feel so keenly his departing.   In 1921 he united with the Methodist Episcopal church in Rockville at which time he confessed his faith in God, the Father of us all..  probably more to this obituary but it's cut off. - Rockville Tribune Obituaries Compiled by Estabrook Chapter, DAR


“The community was shocked Wednesday afternoon when Jimmy Yaryan shot Thomas HORRALL in the face at close range with a shot gun at the YARYAN farm home near Byron.  The boys were trying to see which one could best the other to a draw.  Harrell used a rifle while Yaryan used a shot gun. The shot gun was loaded and young Harrell died almost instantly. Each of the boys was 12. The boys were alone in the house and the guns were over the doors of the living room but Jimmy's uncle who was staying with the boys was outside heard the shot called the Parke County authorities. Basal Merrill, coroner ruled the death accidental.  The Horrall lad was visiting Yaryan's farm from Indianapolis and was supposed to return home today. There survive his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Stacy L. Horrall and two sisters, Mrs. Geraldine Creech and Miss Patricia Ann Horrall and the maternal grandmothers, Mrs. Hallie Layne and Mary V. Horrall of Indianapolis. Funeral will be held Friday in Indianapolis and burial in Crown Hill Cemetery.” Waveland Independent August 2, 1951 (supplied by Karen Zach)


“Mrs. Mary HOWELL, age 47, died at the Clinton Hospital, at 8:30 o’clock, Wednesday morning, Nov. 11, following a three weeks illness.    Born in Parke County, Dec. 16, 1911, she was the daughter of Bert and Claudia Lanning Call. She had resided in Clinton the past 16 years and was an employee of the J. C. Penny Co. She was a member of the First Baptist Church, Jerusalem O.E.S. and director of finance for Job’s Daughters. Survivors are the husband, Arthur C. Howell; a daughter, Patricia at home; a son, James William at home; and the step-mother, Mrs. Minnie Call of Rockville. Funeral services were held at Frist Funeral Home, Friday at 1:30. Rev. Joseph Baker officiated and burial was in Walnut Grove Cemetery.” - Rockville Republican, November 19, 1959


Nancy Blacketer Hubbard, 64, of Rosedale died at 11:30 a.m. Friday, April 7, 2000, in Union Hospital in Terre Haute. She was a homemaker. She was born January16, 1936, in Mecca to Hubert Blacketer and Reba Moore Blacketer. Survivors include one son and daughter-in-law, Allen and Tracy Hubbard of Rosedale; three brothers, Joe Blacketer of Veedersburg and Milburn Blacketer and James Blacketer, both of Montezuma; one sister, Linda Glaspie of Clinton; two grandsons, Shawn Allen Hubbard and Brandon Earl Hubbard, both of Rosedale; two granddaughters, Erica Counterman and Sara Counterman, both of Rosedale; one great-grandson, Robert James Hubbard; two great-granddaughters, Brittany Williams and Victoria Williams; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; one son, Robert Hubbard September 2, 1983; two daughters, Terrie Hubbard November 15, 1965 and Sue Ann Hubbard September 24, 1962; and one sister, Bonnie Sikes May 9, 1992. Services are 2 p.m. Monday in Cottrell Funeral Home, with the Rev. Gordon Guoli officiating. Burial is in Walnut Grove Cemetery in Clinton. Visitation is 11 a.m. until services Monday. - Terre Haute Tribune


September 29, at Judson, John HUDSON, of stabbing, aged about 45 years. Reported by Hargrave & Elson, funeral directors, Rockville Republican, October 10, 1888

William HUDSON died at his home 5 miles SE of here (Wallace Feb 24) at 6:30. Mr. Hudson had been ill for about two weeks with pneumonia and it was this disease that caused his death. The deceased was 70 and had been a resident of this community for about 23 years, having been born in Park(sic) County. The funeral will be held from the ME Church Saturday morning at 11. Services will be conducted by the Rev.  Thomlinson. Mr. Hudson is survived by a wife, 8 children, 3 step children and 3 brothers. - Crawfordsville Review February 25, 1916


Death of Robert Huey - Robert Huey, age 84, died at his home west of town Monday evening at 6 o’clock.  Most of his long life was spent on the old Huey farm, about three miles north of Rockville where he was born.  His parents were John and Sally Elder Huey and he was the last of this family.  For more than half a century he was a familiar figure in Rockville .  He was a successful farmer and dependable citizen.  The past two years he had been confined to his home by a serious illness.  Surviving is his daughter, Mrs. Mae Rohm, who tenderly cared for him during his illness and several nephews and nieces.  The funeral was held at the home Wednesday afternoon at 2 o’clock.  Rev. W. F. Smith officiating.  Burial in the Rockville cemetery. - The Republican  December 20, 1934, Page 1,  Thursday  [Contributed by Sandra J. Lee Westbrooks]

Sarah Ellen, second daughter of Joseph L. and Clarissa C. BOYD was b. April 10, 1851 near Nyesville, Parke County  died October 5, 1908.  She was married to Robert HUEY, July 9, 1879.  One child, Clara May, was b. of this union.  This was a happy family.  Mrs. Huey was a homemaker in every respect.  Her first thought was for home and family.  She was mirthful, intellectual and very kind hearted.  She could not bear to see any living thing suffer.  She loved life and the beauties of nature.  Her mother died years ago; she and her older sister filled a mother's place to her younger brothers and sisters.  For them a sympathetic heart has ceased to beat.  She talked often of her sister, Mrs. Maxwell, who d. in June last, saying she wanted to lie beside her and rest.  We feel  like they are together now, rejoicing in freedom from suffering and the joys of an everlasting life.  Her disease was enlargement of the spleen, which baffled the best medical skills.  After months of suffering she passed suddenly, but peacefully, to the great beyond.  She leaves husband, daughter, aged father, brothers, Edgar, Wallace and Alfred Boyd; sisters Mary and Clara Boyd, to mourn their loss.  Impressive funeral services were held at the family residence, west of Rockville, at 2:30 o'clock last Tues afternoon, Rev. Allen P. DeLong of the Methodist Church officiating.  William J. White sang "Face to Face,' and Mr. White, Mrs. A. F. . White and Charles Overman sang, "Rock of Ages" and "Sweet Bye and Bye."  The pall bearers were: Edgar, Wallace, Alfred Boyd, Dr. Boyd, William Maxwell and William Lambert.  Interment in Rockville Cemetery.  - Rockville Tribune, October 14, 1908


Crassy K. HUFF was born March 25, 1836 and died November 23, 1908 aged 72 years 7 months 28 days. Mr. Huff died in San Antonio, Texas where he went a month ago for his health. He was born, reared and lived all his life except 16 years on the farm which was his home at the time of his death. He has been thrice married. His first marriage was to Mary C. Sherrill, who died June 4,1 874. To this union six children were born Florence Engle of Marshall, A. D. Huff of Brookhaven, Miss; Eldora Snyder of Terre Haute; H. L. Huff of Marshall and Drew Huff of California are still living. Leona Redford preceded him in the better life. His second marriage was to Lizzie Clear who died in 1906. His third was to Florence Heath who survives. Deceased has been a devoted member of the united Brethren church for more than 40 years belonging at the time of his death to the Marshall Church. He was conscientious in all his dealings with men and was very successful in his business life. Thus passes away another of our good men whose life has been felt in many ways and who will be missed. His funeral occurred on Thanksgiving day at his home 2 ½ miles NW of Marshall, at 1 p.m. and according to his request Rev Elmer Mater of Crawfordsville officiate, assisted by his pastor, Rev Taylor Kelsey after which his remains were followed to the Bloomingdale cemetery where we laid them to rest until Christ comes to gather his own from earth.  -  Shared by Karen Zach - ??? Newspaper – found in old scrapbook in Rockville Library


Ira A. HUFFMAN aged 83 years, 7 months and two days died early Tuesday morning at the home of his daughter, Mrs. E. V. Roth. He had been in failing health for the past few years and seriously ill for many weeks. Mr. Huffman was one of the original settlers of this community. Having moved to Oklahoma in 1892. He made the run and homesteaded a farm southwest of town. He was born in Parke County, Indiana, October 19, 1843. When 18 yrs old he enlisted in Company A, 85th Regiment Indiana Infantry. He served Honorably for 3 yrs, 8months, and ten days. He was one of the few surviving veterans of this community. When 26 yrs old he was married to Minerva Isbell. To this union was born two children. Millard who died in infancy and Mrs. Mollie Lawrence of Oklahoma City.  His wife having died in 1876, He moved to Harper County, Kansas where he was married to Lavina Kinnel in 1882. To this union was born seven children: John who died when two years old, Alva F. of Weed, Calif.; James E. of Morrison; Joseph E. of Seattle, Washington; Mrs.. Effie Roth, Mrs. Etta Hollingsworth, and Ellis Huffman all of Lahoma. In addition to these he is survived by his widow and nineteen grandchildren. Funeral services were held at the E. V.. Roth home at 3 P.M. Wednesday. N.E. Proffitt, pastor of the Methodist church delivered the funeral sermon.  Burial was made in Sunnyside cemetery southeast of town. - Don Huffman  sends this obituary from the Lahoma Oklahoma Sun (probably May 26, 1927)


 George W. HUGHES, a banker of Hume, Ill, died in a chair in a doctor's office in Paris, ill, where he had gone for treatment on Friday. He was well known by a number of people here. George Lucas was at  one time in business with him in Hume. He was V Pres. of the Montezuma bank.  Ed Oldshue and J. E.  Hancock attended the funeral on Monday.  - Waveland Independent, May 19, 1922


Judge John E. HUMPHRIES, of Seattle, Washington, as former citizen of this county, died there on Monday.  He was at one time a partner of M.D. White, and was a candidate for circuit judge, being defeated by Judge Snyder, of Rockville.  - Waveland Independent, June 5, 1915

“Joseph H.(sic) HUMPHREYS(sic), of Minshall, died last Friday night, after  a short illness of typhoid fever. Mr. Humphreys was held in high esteem by the people of his community. He was 79 years of age, and served during the Civil war with the 85th Regiment. Funeral services were conducted at Pleasant Valley, Sunday afternoon by the G. A. R.”    “Joseph S. Humphrey, farmer, Bridgeton, was born October 27, 1828, in Nelson County, Kentucky. His parents, Simon S. and Lydia (Sapp) Humphrey, were born in Kentucky. His father died in 1867, and his mother followed her husband in 1869. Both are buried in Nelson County, Kentucky.   Joseph S. was married November 7, 1850 to Margaret Beam. She died January 1, 1875, leaving a family of three children; John S., born June 30, 1853; William H., April 1, 1856, died October 2, 1858; Sarah E., March 31, 1863; and Ida May, December 15, 1871. Mr. Humphrey took as his second wife Mrs. Catherine Cahill, daughter of Robert and Catherine (Mark) Catlin. She was born September 29, 1848, in Parke County, Indiana.   At the time of her marriage with Mr. Humphrey her family numbered two children: Henry O. Cahill, born December 25, 1871; and Stella M. Cahill, April 25, 1873. By the present union there is one child: Guy Byron, born October 9, 1879. Mr. and Mrs. Humphrey are members of the Methodist Church.  Prior to the war Mr. Humphrey voted with the Whig party, but since the organization of the Republican party he has stood firmly in its ranks. He enlisted August 14, 1862, in Co. G, 85th Ind. Vols., under Capt. Ellery C. Davis and Col. John P. Baird. He accompanied Sherman through Kentucky and Tennessee, and encountered the first real battle at Thompson’s Station, where the brigade to which he belonged were taken prisoners. A shell striking a tree near which he stood splintered the tree, and one of the largest splinters struck him, producing a wound necessitating his removal to a hospital just before surrender.  After the lapse of three months he rejoined the Regiment in Tennessee. He was chiefly engaged in skirmishing during the march to the sea. At the Chattahoochie river, six miles northwest of Atlanta, while skirmishing, he was severely wounded, a ball passing through his right hand and right thigh, producing a wound in the thigh nine inches long. He was taken to the hospital. When able he performed hospital duty till his time was up, when he was discharged and returned home. He made his own start in life, and is prospering. He came from Kentucky to Parke County in 1854, and settled in Raccoon Township in 1858, where he now lives and has property.”    -  For more about the 85th, see “Coburn’s Brigade” by Frank J. Welcher and Larry G. Ligget. Guild Press of Indiana. 1999.  - Rockville Tribune, September 30, 1908


“Guy Byron HUMPHREY, son of Joseph and Kathryn Catlin Humphrey, was born Oct. 9, 1879. He was of a family of three children of whom twin sisters, Mrs. Alma Hopper and Mrs. Alta Smith survive.             On Sept. 14, 1902, he was united in marriage to Ethie Wallis, who is left to mourn is loss. Although no children blessed their marriage, they took into their home four nieces and loved them as their own.  He was a member of the Old Salem Methodist Church and a faithful believer in God. He was a loving husband and helpmate and loved his neighbors and friends. Through his illness everything possible was done for his comfort and to relieve his suffering and pain.  He put his trust in the Lord and was called to his Heavenly Home Sept. 19, 1950, at the age of 70 years, 11 months and 20 days.”  - Rockville Republican, October 5, 1950


John D. HURT of Rockville, formerly Clerk of the county for 8 years, afterward deputy under Strouse for several years, committed suicide last Sunday morning by shooting himself.   - Crawfordsville Weekly Review, April 16, 1918


ROCKVILLE, Ind. (CNS) – Lester Hutchens, 65, of Rockville Route 1, died at 2:50 a.m. Thursday (May 21, 1970) at Culver Hospital, Crawfordsville, where he had been admitted a few days earlier. A retired trucker, he was a member of the Otterbein United Methodist Church of Belmore and a member of the Senior Citizens’ Organization. He was born in Boone County, Nov. 3, 1904, the son of Ira and Eva Biship Hutchens. He was married Sept. 13, 1924, to June Hankins, who survives. Also surviving are two sons, Jack of Thorntown and Tom of Marshall; a sister, Mrs. James (Nina) Cookson of Columbus; a brother, the Rev. Paul Hutchens of Colorado Springs, Colo.; five grandchildren and two great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by five brothers and a sister. Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Butler Funeral Home in Rockville, with the Rev. Albert Williams officiating. Burial will be in Memory Garden, Rockville. Friends may call at the funeral home after 2 p.m. Friday. – Unknown source


Milton Green HUTSON died at his home on West Main Street at one on Wednesday morning after a day's illness. Funeral services in charge of Rev. Victor Keiser were held at the Methodist Church on Thursday afternoon at half past 2.  Mrs. Banta and Mrs. Elby Emmert sang with Mrs. Goodwin at the piano.  Burial at Maple Ridge.   Mr. Hutson was born in Kentucky, December 28, 1854.  His home has been in the Byron neighborhood latterly moving to Waveland.  He married Mrs. Ida Allen October 12, 1900.  She survives him with one son, Ernest and one daughter, Mrs. Thelma VanHOOK.  There are also 7 stepchildren.  Waveland Independent, July 15, 1932 - provided by Karen Zach

Mrs. Ida HUTSON, 84, a resident of Parke & Montgomery Counties for 75 years died early Wednesday morning at Culver Hospital of a heart ailment.  She was born Sept 6, 1868 in Sciota County, Ohio the daughter of William and Esther KING.  In 1884 she married John Henry ALLEN who died in 1905.  In October 1906 she married Milton Green HUTSON who preceded her in death July 13, 1932.  Mrs. Hutson was a member of the Wesleyan Methodist Church and was active during the time her health permitted. Surviving are six children by her first marriage, Frank & Forest Allen, of Waveland, Sidney Allen of Chicago; Mrs. Clara YOUNMANS and Mrs. Pearl DAVIDSON of Waveland and Mrs. Mary STEVENS of Indianapolis; two children by her second marriage, Ernest Hutson of Westfield and Mrs. Thelma VanHOOK of Waveland; 21 grandchildren, 18 greats and two great greats. Funeral services were conducted Friday afternoon at 2 at the Machledt Funeral Home by Rev. Grover DeNeal and burial was made in Maple Ridge Cemetery. - Waveland Independent, January 8, 1953

Fay Earnest, son of Curtis and Virena HUTSON was born April 7, 1899 died January 20, 1903 aged 3 years 9 months 13 days.  Little Fay was sick but a few days.  He was taken ill Tuesday evening about 3 o'clock with a severe attack of croup and died at 8 o'clock.  His sudden death was a shock to his bereaved parents and many friends.  He was playing with his little wagon and other toys that day up until the time he was taken ill.  He leaves a father, mother, sister and two half brothers and a number of other relatives to mourn their loss. The funeral was held at Sylvania Friday January 23, Rev. A. J. Marshall conducting the services.  Interment at Rush Creek Cemetery. - Taken from Fountain County Obituaries 1896 -1922 found at Crawfordsville Public Library, Local History Room July 2007


Mrs. Almeda Lawson HUTTS passed way at her home about 2 1/4 mi. south of here Monday at 6:15 a.m. after a long lingering illness of cancer. About a year ago she underwent two severe operations, but all to no avail. Her husband, Alonzo riley Hutts died December 31, 1939 leaving her and her daughters in the old home. She is survived by 9 children: Mrs. Vera Lamb, Hansel Hutts, Mrs. Carrie David, Tangier; Earl, Mrs. Ura Kiger, Mrs. Ruby Dotson, Kingman; Fred, Danville, Indiana; Mrs. Omega Atkinson, Marshall and Mrs. Ruth Catterson, Bloomingdale; 25 grandchildren and also several grandchildren. - Unknown source

Alonzo Riley HUTTS, 69, years of old, died Sunday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock at his home, two miles northwest of here (Tangier, January1)/ Death was caused by pneumonia and followed a six-day illness. Born January 12, 1870 near Wallace, the deceased was the son of Henry & Larinda (Malinda) Sowers Hutts, pioneer residents of this community. He was united in marriage to Almeda Lawson and to this union 9 children were born, all of whom survive. They are: 3 sons, Earl of Kingman and Fred and Hansel of Tangier, and 6 daughters, Mrs. Omega Atkinson of Marshall, Mrs. Vera Lamb, Mrs. Ruby Dotson and Mrs. Ura Kiger all of Tangier, Mrs. Ruth Patterson of Bloomingdale and Miss Carrie Hutts at home. The body was taken to the Spencer & Myers mortuary at Kingman and announcement was made that funeral services will be held Tues. at Centennial church, the hour of the service to be determined later. Mr. Hutts had been a resident of Tangier the past 42 years. - Unknown source


“Death of a Prominent Florida Township Man –Ex-Commissioner: - John HUXFORD, Sr., age 77 years, one of the oldest farmers of Florida township, died at his home, early Monday morning, after an illness of about a month.   Mr. Huxford was born and reared in Parke county, and always lived in this vicinity where he died.  He began life a poor boy and by hard work and frugality accumulated much land and a goodly share of worldly goods.  He was a man held in high esteem by his neighbors.  In 1857 he was united in marriage to Miss Mable C. Driver, with whom he lived until his death.   The result of the union was nine children, six of whom are living.  Voorhees and John Huxford who live within sight of the home place; Mrs. Matilda Smith of Dalhart, Tex., Perry Huxford, William Huxford, and A.J. Huxford, who is at present the treasurer of Vermillion county.  Voorhees Huxford is the superintendent of gravel roads in this county.   Mr. Huxford was elected county commissioner in 1896 and server one term.   The Clintonian speaking of his death says; “Mr. Huxford was always an industrious worker and always prided himself on the fact that no hand on the farm could do more work in a day than he.  He was at work from sun to sun and it was not until a couple of ?? when the weight of years began to bear down upon his failure ?? that it began to dawn on the old farmer that he was passing the age of work.  His health had been failing the past tow or three years and recently grew much worse.  The funeral was held at 2 o’clock yesterday afternoon at Mt. Pleasant church, Rev. Fisher of Terre Haute officiating.  - Rockville Republican February 4, 1914 (Submitted by Anita Ellis)

“John HUXFORD, for many years a leading farmer of Florida Township, died at his home in Clinton, Monday afternoon. He was the son of  John and Matilda Driver Huxford, was born in Florida Township and was 86 years old. He moved to Clinton, following his retirement from active agricultural work.  He is survived by the widow, Eva Huxford; two sons, Orville John Huxford of Tulia, Texas, and Clarence H. Huxford of Rosedale r. r.; a daughter, Mrs. Rolland Hayes of Rosedale, r.r; two brothers, Andrew J. Huxford of Newport and William Huxford of Rosedale r. r..; four grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.  Funeral services will be conduced this Thursday afternoon at 2 o’clock in Daily Chapel of which the deceased was a member. Burial will be in Roselawn cemetery.”  Rockville Republican – May 24, 1951

Voorhees Huxford, prominent farmer of western Florida Township died at his home last Thursday afternoon about 5 o'clock.  Mr. Huxford was a life resident of Parke County and was member of one of the county's earliest families. He was reared on the farm where he died in the Huxford neighborhood and was the son of John Huxford, Sr. former Democratic county commissioner who had  lived on the same farm before him. Surviving are the widow, Elizabeth Ann one daughter, Miss Rose Huxford at home, four sons, Charles, Herman, Wilmer and Ellis Huxford all of Parke Co; 8 grandchild, one great grandson; one sister, Mrs. Matilda Smith of Roy, New Mexico; three brothers, John and William Huxford of Parke County and Andrew Huxford of Newport. Funeral services were held from the residence at 1:30 p.m. Sunday Rev H. H. Wagner officiating.  Burial in Mt. Pleasant cemetery not far from his home - Rockville Republican Thursday January 14, 1937


Rites Held for Mrs. HUXHOLD -- Funeral services were held Monday afternoon for Mrs. Mabel Huxhold at the Machledt funeral home here with the Rev. Grover DeNeal in charge.  Soft organ music was played by Mrs. William Machledt.  Mrs. Huxhold, who was 63 years old, was born in Parke County, August 24, 1892.  She was married in 1911 to Charles Huxhold who preceded here in death in 1942.  Tho she had been in failing health for a year, Mrs. Huxhold had been seriously ill only two days before her death after suffering a stroke.  She was a member of the Baptist church.   Survivors include two sons, Elmer of Waveland and Henry of Crawfordsville; three daughters, Mrs. Olive Brown of Vincennes; Mrs. Virginia Mahaska of Crawfordsville and Mrs. Maxine Fisher of Germany; a brother, Edward Motherhead of near Hollandsburg and seven grandchildren.  Burial was in Old Union cemetery.  Pallbearers were Lowell Spencer, Wayne Simms, Forrest Coleman, Gene Hunt, Earl Thomas and Will Shular.  - Tri-County News -- November 17, 1955, Page 1