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James Jack, a brother of Mrs. Jesse Spencer, died at Rockville on Sunday.   Funeral services were held at Mt. Moriah on Mon. afternoon in charge of Rev. Hale Overstreet of Bridgeton.  Up until 11 years ago, he lived on a farm in Greene Township.  He is survived by his aged mother, one brother, Oliver B. Jack; and two sisters, Mrs. Jesse Spencer and Mrs. Mahala Hazlett. - Waveland Independent, November 21, 1919


William Edward "Bill" Jackman, 48, of Wedgewood Mobil Home Park, died unexpectedly at 2:30 a.m. today apparently of a heart attack.  Born at Bridgeton, he was reared at Montezuma and was from Montezuma High School. He moved to Lafayette in 1949 and was employed as a utility macoperator at Ross Gear TRW Division for 21 years.  In 1972 he was married to Lois G. Pace, who survives. He was a member of Moose Lodge 1529, Auto Workers Union Local 531, and a member of the Night Owl Bowling League at Market Square.  In November, 1965, Mrs. Jackman lost four daughters in a fire and explosion that ripped the Jackman home at 2212 Meadow Dr. The children ranged in age from 3 months to 16 years. It was the second most tragic house fire in Lafayette's history. Killed in the fire were Donna, 16; Connie, 15; Deborah 6, and Lisa, three months.  Surviving with the widow are a daughter, Sherri Gail at home; two daughters by a former marriage, Karen Ann and Bonnie Lou Jackman, both of Lafayette; his mother, Mrs. Josephine Jackman of Rt 2, Covington; one brother, Michael Jackman of Rt 2, Covington; and two sisters, Mr. Melvin (Martha) Blake of Rt 1, Brookston, and Mrs. Roselle Norris of Danville, Ill. – shared by Karen Zach


Joseph F. JACKS, 71 years old, RR 2, Rockville d. Thursday at the Vermillion County Hospital in Clinton.  He was a member of the Catlin Methodist Church and the Catlin Lodge, F & AM.  Surviving are the widow, Bessie, a daughter, Mrs. Florence Wright of Coal Bluff; a son, William A. Jacks of Beaumont, TX; a sister, Mrs. Nellie Lambert of Lafayette, Colorado; nine grandchildren and five great grandchildren.  The body was taken to the Barnes Mortuary where services will be held at 2 o'clock Saturday afternoon.  Burial in Mt. Moriah cemetery.  - Terre Haute Tribune, Friday, April 4, 1952 (submitted by Mary Lou Hermiller)

Robert Bruce JACKS, 84, died at Culver Hospital last Tuesday morning of an illness of two years.  He was born in Rockville February 17, 1863, the son of Silas and Sarah Jacks.  He was married to Edith Brewer of New Market April 1891.  He came to Waveland 48 years ago and had made his home in and near here since. He is survived by his widow and six children: Mrs. Hazel Brigman; Mrs. Lora June Schall and Mrs. Mary Redman of South Bend; Mrs. Lucy Sharp of Frankfort; Mrs. Delia James of Russiaville and Claude of South Huston, TX.  The funeral was conducted Thursday afternoon from the Machledt Funeral Home by the Rev. Carl Harbour and burial in Presbyterian Cemetery. - Waveland Independent, October 16, 1947

Silas Jacks, the father of Mrs. James Dollin and Mrs. J. W. Jenkins was struck by the south bound Vandalia passenger and instantly killed.  The accident occurred last Thursday but the relatives here did not learn of it until their attention was called to an account in the Terre Haute Star on Friday. Mr. Jacks lived two miles south of Rockville and it had been his daily habit for years to walk to town and back on the track.  But of late he had given up walking on the track, deeming it unsafe.  The day of his death he rode with a neighbor to within half a mile of his home.  Coming to the railroad he turned down it a few yards to avoid a bad place in the lane leading to his home. Those few yards cost his life.  His head was wrapped up so that he did not hear the approaching train.  When found the body was about 6' from the track.  Nearly every bone was broken and the right side of the face torn away.  He was well-known to the train crew.  The funeral was at Mt. Olivet, on Sunday morning, Rev. Ridley Beall preaching the sermon.  Mr. Jacks was 83 years old but very active for his age.  He leaves a wife and 11 living children, only 5 of whom were able to attend the funeral. - Waveland Independent, Friday, January 29, 1904


Marshall- Mrs. Gladys (Mom) Jackson, age 66, of Marshall, died at 7:40 p.m. Monday, May 20, in Community Hospital at Indianapolis. She had been in failing health since February.  Mrs. Jackson was affectionately known as "Mom" by the girls of the Marshall Assembly 41, Rainbow for Girls, having served as mother adviser of the organization the past 14 years. A graduate of Veedersburg High School and Indiana University, Mrs. Jackson taught art and music in western Indiana schools for five years.  She was born Jan 20, 1897, in Parke County, the daughter of Charles and Rose Ellen Forbes Phillips. She married Louis F Jackson Feb 5, 1921.  Survivors include the husband; a son, Charles L. Jackson of Huntington Woods, Mich.; a daughter Mrs. Rosemary Van Lieu of Indianapolis; a brother W.O. Phillips of Danville, Ill.; four grandsons, a granddaughter and a niece.  Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Federated Church here with the Rev. Charles Hume officiating .Interment will be in Poplar Grove Cemetery with the Davies-Tudor Funeral Home in charge.  – Crawfordsville Journal Review, 20 May 1963 -shared by Karen Zach

James E. JACKSON was born in North Carolina in August 1830 and died in Cayuga; Vermillion County, Indiana March 22, 1903 aged 73 years.  He came to Indiana in early life and was married to Miss Adkins (Note: Caroline Adkins) in 1850 (Note; 31 July 1851 Book 1, Page 297 Parke County Marriages).  To them were born 10 children, four of whom survive with the mother. The funeral services were conducted at the Friends Church in Tangier after which the remains were laid in Tangier Cemetery. - Taken from Fountain County Obituaries 1896 -1922 found at Crawfordsville Public Library, Local History Room July 2007


MECCA —Mrs. Blanch James, 70, Mecca , died at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday in Vermillion County Hospital at Clinton .   Born April 8, 1900, at Rockville , she was a daughter of Clyde and Melissa Bragg McCool.  Mrs. James was a member of the Mecca Christian Church.  Surviving are a son, Jack of Elyria, Ohio; two daughters, Mrs. Edna Almack of East Lake , Ohio and Mrs. Katherine Hord of Mecca ; a brother, Clyde McCool of Cleveland; eight grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren.   Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday at Barnes’ Mortuary at Rockville .  Interment will be in Grandview – Crawfordsville Journal Review, 16 September 1970, Page 005 – shared by Karen Zach

ST. BERNICE, Ind. (CNS) -- Mrs. Lucy Ann James, 83, of Terre Haute, a former resident of St. Bernice, died at 11:20 p.m. Sunday (Oct. 10, 1976) at Union Hospital. Born July 8, 1893, in Parke County, she was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Alva Humbart. Survivors include a son, Mure Murrel of Stilesville; a daughter, Mrs. Doris Kearns of Hollywood, Fla.; and five grandchildren. Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Frist Funeral Home, The Rev. Floyd Huey will officiate. Burial will be in Helts Prairie Cemetery. Friends will be received from 4-9 p.m. today at the funeral home.--Unknown source


Mrs. Essa JARED, 60, wife of JA Jared lately of Waveland died at Carle Hospital Urbana, IL Jan 8 at 10:30 a.m. of a spinal trouble which she had been afflicted for some time.  She was the daughter of John Wesley and Arminta Farmer Sursa and was born July 30, 1853 at Belle Rive, Ill.  She married John A. Jared Sept 14, 1904 at Urbana Ill where they made their home, most of their married life except for about five years when they purchased a farm west of Waveland and moved here.  Later they moved to town and then later returned to Illinois.  There remain the husband and six children, Dennis R of Tolono IL; Mrs. Bernice Arnedge of Urbana; Mrs. Sue Jackson of Indianapolis; Mrs. Catherine Prough of Champaign and Mrs. Mildred Witt of Urbana and Dorothy Jared at home. She was a life long member of the Methodist Church. Funeral services were conducted in Renner Funeral Home, Urbana at 2 Saturday. Burial in Yearsley Cemetery, north of Urbana. - Waveland Independent January 15, 1953


Florence JARVIS, 66, Montezuma, died at 7:30 a.m. Thursday, November 12, 1987, at Union Hospital in Terre Haute.  Born June 30, 1921, in Russellville, she was the daughter of Carl Russell and Pearl Bruin Murray.  She married Max Jarvis, who died June 15, 1980.  She was a member of Paul Taylor VFW
Auxiliary and Fellenzer American Legion Post 48 at Rockville and Montezuma Presbyterian Church. Survivors include a son, Rex Jarvis of Montezuma; a step-granddaughter, five grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Services were conducted Saturday at Brown Funeral Home in Montezuma with Rev.
DuWayne Hintz officiating.  Burial was in Oakland Cemetery.    - Parke County Sentinel, Monday, 16 November 1987

Fred L. JARVIS, 62 died of a heart attack at the home of his sister, Mrs. Laura KENNEDY in Crawfordsville on Wed night of last week.  Funeral services in charge of Rev John Servies were held at the home of his mother, Mrs. Martha Jarvis, north of Guion on Sat. morning.  Burial in Bethany cem.  He was the son of Scott & Martha Sutton Jarvis and was born in Parke Co. where he spent practically all his life.  He was a member of the Byron Christian Church.  He is survived by his mother and two daughters, Mrs. Dorothy Brent of Chicago and Mrs. Doris Lawrence of So. Bend. There are two brothers, Ben of Rockville and Howard of Indianapolis and four sisters; Mrs. Kennedy ; Mrs. Vallie DeLay and Miss May Jarvis of Indianapolis and Mrs. Anna Watts of Danville, Ill.  Waveland Independent, Thursday, January 8, 1942

Lillie Josephine Dooley, daughter of Atellus and Sarah E. Dooley, was born on the home farm where her mother now resides, October 27, 1860.  She was called to her home at about midnight September 5, 1912, aged 51 years, 10 months and 8 days. She was married to Clark Jarvis April 6, 1881.  To this union two daughters were born.  One daughter dying in infancy, the other survives to mourn the loss of a most devoted mother. When a young girl while attending Union Christian College at Merom (Marion?), Indiana, in 1877, she united with that branch of the Christian Church.   In her early married life she removed her membership to Waveland where she and her husband united with the Christian Church of that place.  She was always a devout though unassuming Christian.  Doing her duty as she saw it at all times.  She was not always able to attend church services regularly because of distance, but was a reverent student of her Bible as the many marked passages show.  But best of all her nearness to her Savior was shown in her every day life, where she walked the careful ways of duty with serene step- "Never tenderer hand than hers  Unknit the brow of ailing.
Her garments to the sick ones ear Had music in their trailing. Not beautiful in curve and line, But something more and better, The secret charm eluding art
Its spirit not its letter. An inborn grace that nothing lacked Of culture or appliance, The warmth of genial courtesy The calm of self reliance." All her life she was a most loving daughter to her early widowed mother, a true and faithful sister to her two fatherless brothers, a most tender and affectionate wife to the husband of her youth, a wise and devoted mother to her daughter and to the son of their adoption, whom she and her husband took into their home and hearts at the death of his mother when he was only nine days old, and who never missed that mother's care because her loving tenderness, a helpful and genial neighbor and friend.  It may be truly said that- "Her presence lent its warmth and health To all who came before it; If woman lost us Eden, such As she restoreth it."  Days of hope, night of weariness and watching past, friends and kindred now have left only a blessed memory.  But when we think of her noble womanhood and of the many deeds of thoughtful kindness, and acts of sacrifice made by her for the happiness of others we can but be glad while we grieve.   We grieve because she has gone from us, and we shall miss her O, so sadly, but we rejoice that such a life gives witness of immortality, and we also rejoice that she is now at rest. Funeral services were held at the home, south of Milligan, on Sunday afternoon, were conducted by Rev. H. C. . Burkhart.  Interment in the Jarvis Cemetery. - Waveland Independent, 13 Sept 1912

ROCKVILLE — Luther M. Jarvis, 81, of Rockville, died at 6:40 a.m. Tuesday in Union Hospital at Terre Haute. Mr. Jarvis was a retired blacksmith and truck driver. He was a member of Rockville Christian Church, the Rosedale Oddfellows Lodge and Rosedale American Legion. A member of Parke County Barracks Veterans of World War I. Mr. Jarvis was a retired Rosedale volunteer fireman. Born in Illinois on Sept. 29, 1895, he was the son of John and Elizabeth Skelton Jarvis. He was married to Nancy Nathalie Wright on Aug. 30, 1919. She preceded him in death on April 2, 1976. Surviving are a daughter, Anna Hartman of Rockville: a son, Marion Lee of Terre Haute; a sister, Mrs. Hubert Williams of Clawson, Mich.; seven grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren. Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday in Butler Funeral Home at Rockville with Bennie Morland officiating. Burial will be in Rosedale Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home. Rosedale American Legion will conduct military graveside rites.- Source: Crawfordsville Journal Review 9-Feb-1977, Page 002

Max Jarvis of Montezuma, age 60, died Sunday morning, June 15, in Vermillion County Hospital at Clinton.  He was a member of the VFW, American Legion and Montezuma Civic Club and Fish and Game Club. Surviving are the widow, Florence; a son, Rex, of Montezuma; three sisters, Sarah Baumann, Mildred Peveler and Faye Alfier, all of Montezuma; five grandchildren and a step-grandchild.  Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Brown Funeral Home in Montezuma.  Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery at Montezuma.  Friends may call at the funeral home after 4 p.m. today. - Parke County Sentinel, Monday, 16 June 1980

Montague Jarvis died at the home of his brother, Clark Jarvis near Judson yesterday morning. He has been in poor health for two years form heart trouble. Funeral services will be held at the home this morning. Interment at Jarvis cemetery. - Waveland Independent, December 15, 1911

Norman Leonard Jarvis, age 44 of Waveland died Tuesday November 5, 1957 at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis Mo.  Mr. Jarvis was born in Parke Co Dec 24, 1913.  He is survived by the wife, Verna a daughter Leona at home, a son Virgil of Waveland; a brother, Clovis of Waveland and one grandson.  He was a member of the Byron Christian Church.  Due to destruction of the Machledt and Sons Funeral Home by fire Wednesday, the body was removed to the Davies Funeral Home in Marshall where services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday.  The Rev. John Servies will conduct services and interment will be in Poplar Grove cemetery at Marshall. - Tri-County News, November 7, 1957

Raymond A. JARVIS, 48, was found dead of a gun shot wound at his farm home in Parke County at 5:30 p.m. Thursday. He had been in failing health for several months. Mr. Jarvis was born July 6, 1904 in Parke County, son of Jesse and Myrtle Jarvis.  He was married February 27, 1926, to Grace PAYNE at New Ross.  He followed the occupation of farmer and was a member of the Byron Church.  There survive the wife, the mother, Mrs. Myrtle Jarvis and two brothers, Norman and Clovis, both Parke County farmers.  Funeral services were conducted Sunday afternoon at 2 at the Byron Christian Church with pastor, Rev. Dooley in charge.  The Rev. John Servies preached the sermon.  Burial was made in the Poplar Grove Cemetery at Marshall. - Waveland Independent, December 11, 1952

Mrs. Rebecca Jarvis died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Elbert Collings at Anderson on Thursday of last week.  HC Machledt went up on Friday evening and returned with the body on Sat. morning after a funeral service at the home at nine. Burial at the Jarvis cemetery south of town. Rebecca E. Heath, daughter of Thomas J & Elizabeth Lee Heath was b. in Nicholas Co, Kentucky April 27, 1842 and departed this life Oct 3, 1929 at the age of 87years 5 months and 6 days. She was the last surviving member of a family of 8 children.   At the age of 12 she moved to In with her parents and has resided here ever since.   Chiefly in Parke and Montgomery Counties, until recently when she moved to Anderson, Madison Co with her daughter with whom she has been living for the past 8 years. At the age of 18 she united with the ME Church.  In 1872 she was united in marriage to Fleming Jarvis who preceded her in death 40- years ago.  Unto this union two children were born: Myrtle J, wife of Elbert Collings of Anderson and Oakly of Danville, Ill.   Also surviving are two stepsons, Jasper A of Anadarko, Oklahoma and Thomas R of Perrysville In; 15 grandchildren 21 great and several other relatives and a host of friends. 10 years ago she was afflicted with paralysis from which she was a patient until death. She was a true mother and neighbor. - Waveland Independent, Oct 11, 1929

Thomas Row, one of the best known stock buyers in Montgomery County attended the funeral of Wm. Jarvis, in Sugar Creek Township, Parke County. He says the killing of Jarvis excited much feeling, the murdered man being a sober and peaceable man with no enemies. Mr. Rose says the funeral was largely attended and there was a sad scene when the little children gathered around the grave of their murdered father. it now appears that the murder of Jarvis was cold-blooded and uncalled for. Jarvis was in his wagon returning from Jacksonville when Delp demanded a ride. Jarvis remarked, "Why don't you ride your horse?"  Delp tied his horse on behind the wagon and got in beside Jarvis. Delp was under the influence of liquor and Jarvis had not been drinking at all.  Jarvis' house in about 3 miles from Jacksonville and when in sight of home his family and others were standing in the door and saw the wagon approach.  They saw Delp discharge a revolver at Jarvis and missing him, jump out of the wagon.  Jarvis got out on the opposite side, when Delp followed him around and shot at him the second time with effect.  Some men here rode up and one remarked: "You have put your neck in the halter, Delp."  He replied, "I don't care. I said I'd kill him, and I did it."  Jarvis lived only a few minutes and was conscious to the last though suffering great pain. he said the shooting was altogether unprovoked and with his dying breath accused Delp of his murder. Delp was taken to Rockville and locked up or he would have been lynched before 12 hours.  He is a man 56 years of age and in prosperous circumstances.  Jarvis was about 45 years of age, and was a cripple in one leg.  It is said Delp expects to hang and is profoundly indifferent as to his fate. - Crawfordsville Star, June 25, 1885

William Jarvis, the oldest citizen of our community died at his home on West Main Street at about 8 on Sunday morning.  Funeral services at the home on Tuesday afternoon were conducted by Rev. E. E. Moorman of the Englewood Christian Church, Indianapolis. Interment in Maple Ridge Cemetery.  Mr. Jarvis was the son of Reason and Elizabeth Jarvis, and was born near Maysville, Fleming County, Kentucky October 21, 1823.  His parents moved to Parke County when he was six years old, so that he has lived here over 86 years.  The home place was the farm occupied by John Jarvis at the time of his death. When the gold rush to California came he joined the fortune seekers and in 1850 made the overland trip by way of Great Salt Lake - there being no city there at that time.  On the way he fractured one of his limbs below the knee, but the expedition could not stop, so the fracture was patched up as well as possible and a bed arranged for him in one of the wagons! . In California he had the usual experiences of the emigrant, but after 3 years returned home, going by steamer to Panama, overland by mule train to the Chagres River, down which they traveled by flatboat to Colon.  After a wait of several weeks they got passage on a steamer to New Orleans and traveled by boat to Madison. The new railroad had just been completed to Columbus, from which place he rode on horseback to his home in Parke County. He brought no great fortune home with home only about $1200.  It was his intention to return to the gold fields, but soon after coming home his father died and he had to take charge of his affairs.  He was married to Miss Mary Virginia  Switzer June 8, 1858.  Their one daughter, Mrs. J.E. Oldshue with the wife, and three granddaughters survive him.  Granddaughters are: Mrs. J. E. Hancock of Montezuma and Misses Vivian and Virginia Oldshue. Mr. Jarvis was very successful as a farmer and lived on the farm southwest of town until failing health!   obliged him to give up active work.  He then moved to Waveland and built the present residence. He joined the Christian Church in 1890, and has been a faithful member serving for many years on the Official Board.  Five years ago last October he was taken seriously ill and for many weeks his life was despaired of. He rallied but did not recover any measure of health, and nearly all the time since has been  under care of a nurse. He retained the use of his faculties, however and took great interest in reading. When Stewart Edward Whites' book, Gold was published, Messrs. Doubleday & Page sent him a copy because he had made the overland trip.  It gave him great pleasure to read of the events in which he had taken part in his early manhood. Only a few days before his death he expressed a wish to be back in his California cabin.  Mr. Jarvis was the fourth of a family of 7 children: six brothers, Joseph, Henry, Fleming, Nathan, William and John and one sister, Mrs. Martha McAlister. all of these passed before him.  Amongst those present from a distance!   were: Mrs. Jerome Dooley and Mrs. Dollie Ensminger of Terre Haute; Mrs. I.M. Donnell of St. Louis and Mrs. Joseph Hoekin of Hillsboro, Mo; Mrs. Eliza Sturgeon of Arcola, ill; Rufus Dooley, Rockville; Barton Dooley, Marshall; Mr. and Mrs. Edward Hancock, Montezuma; George Myers, Miss Minnie Myers and Mrs. Foster Fudge of Crawfordsville; Mr. and Mrs. Carl Fletcher, Darlington; Miss Virginia Jarvis, Oxford, O.    - Waveland Independent March 24, 1916


Winfield Scott Jarvis, son of Nathan and Rachel (Moore) Jarvis, was born on January 18, 1847, near Waveland.  Departed this life on March 7, 1931 at the age of 84 years, 1 month and 17 days.  Mr. Jarvis spent most of his life in Greene Twp, Parke Co.  He was married to Martha E. Sutton on March 6, 1873.  One important fact that must be stated is, "He was an Old Soldier," having enlisted for service as a Civil War Veteran under Capt. Wm. D. Mull, Co. B 115 Regiment of Indiana Vol. on July 20, 1863.  He was honorable discharged Feb 25, 1864.  During his service he was under charge of Uncle Jack Newgent, a famous Old Civil War Chaplain.  In his early life, he became a member of the Waveland Christian Church.  He was a good husband a Grand Old Father.  He is survived by the wife and ten children: Howard A, Jesse M, Fred l, May G, Minnie E. Jacks, Anna L. Watts, Henry W, Ben H, Laura D., Valley b. Delay; three brothers, James Jarvis of Waveland, Thornton Jarvis of Cayuga, Clark Jarvis of Indianapolis, 12 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and a hose of relatives and friends.  "Card of Thanks" -- We wish to extend our thanks to all who so kindly assisted us upon the death of our husband and father and for their sympathy.   Also to the minister, Rev. John Servies, to the Legion and for the beautiful floral offerings.  Mrs. Martha Jarvis and Family. - Waveland Independent -- Mar. 20,  1931

Winfield Scott Jarvis, the last surviving veteran of the Civil War in Greene Township, died at his home W. of Town at three on Saturday morning.  He had been in his usual health but was not feeling so well in the evening.  He waked his wife with a request for water and is said to have remarked: "I'm going home, I'm going soon" and peacefully expired.  Funeral services at the home were to have been on Monday afternoon, but were deferred until Tuesday morning on account of the roads being blocked.  Rev. John Servies of the Alamo Christian Church had charge of the services.  The pall bearers were Clovis, Raymond, Howard, Jesse, Fred and Henry Jarvis.  Dr. Harting, Lowell Spencer, Fred Priebe and Charles Barr, members of the American Legion carried the flowers.  Burial at Bethany cemetery, Marshall. - Waveland Independent -- Mar. 13,  1931


 ROCKVILLE- Chauncey (Deck) Jeffries, 69, a farmer in Parke County most of his life, died Wednesday in the Vermillion County Hospital at Clinton. Born Jan. 19, 1895 in Parke County, Mr. Jeffries was the son of Hamilton and Rose Bullion Jeffries. He was a member of the Parkeville Christian Church and a veteran of World War I. Mr. Jeffries also was a former trustee of Union Township in Parke County and a former state highway employee. Survivors include the widow, Mrs. Josephine Jeffries; two sons, Jay and Kim Jeffries, both at home; four daughters, Mrs. Marjorie Phelps of Mooresville, Mrs. Betty Hall of Los Angeles, Mrs. Audrey Felkner of Lafayette, and Miss Gayle Jeffries, at home; a sisters, Mrs. C. C. Coleman of Rockville, two brothers, Urban Jeffries of Carmi, Ill., and Tomp Jeffries of Lafayette, Calif., and 10 grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday in the Parkeville Christian Church, with the body to lie in state one hour preceding the services. Rev. Ray Britton will be the officiating minister. Burial will be at Mount Moriah Cemetery. Friends may call at the Barnes Mortuary in Rockville after 2 p.m. Friday. - Crawfordsville Journal Review 30-Apr-1964, Page 12 – shared by Karen Zach


Mrs. Catherine JENKINS, widow of the late Wilson Jenkins died at the home of her son Charles, near Bloomingdale yesterday afternoon. She was 86 years old.  - Waveland Independent, June 30(?), 1899

William T. Jenkins, one of the oldest residents of this section, died at his home west of town on Friday morning. Funeral services on Sunday afternoon at the home were in charge of Rev. John Servies.  The casket was carried by Jesse Jarvis; Clovis Jarvis; Raymond Jarvis; Norman Jarvis; Lon Jenkins and Arthur Jenkins.  The flowers were carried by Mrs. Clovis Jarvis; Mrs. Raymond Jarvis; Mrs. Norman Jarvis; and Misses Lorene Jenkins; Martha Miriam Rusk and Bonnie Hall.  Mrs. Fred Mitchell and Miss Virginia Greve sang In the Garden and Beautiful Isle. Burial at Poplar Grove cemetery north of Marshall.  The following obituary was read:

William Thomas JENKINS, was born in Parke County, Indiana August 4, 1849 and passed away May 18, 1934, aged 84 years, 7 months 14 days. He was reared in a typical pioneer home where integrity, industry and frugality were taught and practiced in every day life and as the children grew into manhood and into womanhood there was instilled into them those traits of character that were valuable to them in after life, when they met with conditions that try the souls of men. William spent his boyhood in the home of his parents 3 miles west of Waveland and attended school at the country school house nearby.  He chose farming as his occupation and on his farm he was energetic and ambitious to succeed.  He took great pleasure in cultivating his crops and caring for his stock, and was rewarded with a good degree of success.  On Jan 16, 1896, he was married to Ruth Ann WHIPPS which occurred 2-14-1930.  He keenly felt the loss of her companionship but very courageously took up the duties of life with the help of a faithful housekeeper was able to maintain his home.  In the fall of 1933 as the infirmities of age seemed to be depleting his strength, he felt the need of someone to relieve him of the care and responsibility of the farm and his niece, Myrtle Jenkins Jarvis and her husband, Jesse Jarvis, moved in with him and it was a source of great satisfaction to him that he had someone on whom he could rely. During the long winter months as disease seemed to fasten itself more tenaciously upon him and it became very evident to him and to his friends that he would be called to his eternal home, he trusted his case in their hand and very much appreciated the kindness shown him.  Myrtle and Jesse with Lonnie Jenkins and his wife, Verna, assisted by other members of the family and kind neighbors have administered to his needs as faithfully and kindly as own children could have done.  William was of a jovial nature and always had a kind and cheerful word for his friends and greatly appreciated any kindness shown him.  Reared under the influence of a good Christian mother he never forgot her teaching and when sorrow came to him in the loss of his wife, he turned to the Heavenly Father for comfort and it became his daily habit to read his Bible and ask Him for His Blessings and in his last conscious moments he was heard to tell his Savior what joy he found in trusting in Him, and repeatedly said that he was happy with his Lord. He leaves to mourn his passing, Mrs. Martha Rusk, a brother, Wesley Jenkins died last October. The nephews and nieces surviving are Lon Jenkins and Mrs. Jesse Jarvis of Waveland; Roy Jenkins of Mishawaka; Albert and Arthur Jenkins and Mrs. Fred James of Crawfordsville , Mrs. Lena Nelson of Indianapolis, Cecil and Perry Rusk.  Among those present from a distance were Mrs. Wesley Jenkins and son, Arthur and Mr. and Mrs.. Fred James of Crawfordsville, Mrs.. Charles Jenkins of Bloomingdale; Mr. and Mrs. Warren Hocker of Terre Haute, Mrs. Cornell and Mrs.. Herman Myers of Steam Corner, Melvin Banta of Indianapolis, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Maris of Browns Valley.  - Waveland Independent, May 25, 1934

An infant of Mr. and Mrs. Will Jenkins of Diamond, was interred in Clear Run cemetery, Monday afternoon.  (Note:  This is a misprint as he is buried in North Union Cemetery, Jackson Township.  He is the son of  William and Victoria Jenkins and was born May 13, 1918 and died October 10, 1920) - Parke County Times, October 12, page 2 and  Parke County Times, October 14, 1920, page 4 and 8 – shared by Jimmy Gillis



Edgar Jerome has received word of the death of his uncle, James N. Jerome, age 93, at the home of his daughter near Glencoe, Oklahoma, on September 23.  He was a former parke county man, living at Bellmore where he made wagons, buggies, pumps, coffins, etc.  During the Civil war he served with Co. H., 1st heavy artillery, the late Rufus Dooley being a member of the same company.  He was considered one of the best gunners of the company.  Mr. Jerome is survived by five sons, all being members of the Masonic lodge.  A few years ago he visited Mr. Jerome and another nephew, Albert Jerome at Montezuma. - The Rockville Republican, October 15, 1931, page 1 – shared by Jimmy Gillis

MARTHA ‘MATTIE’ JEROME  To one and all who sat around the festal board at the country home on February 14, as the celebration of the 64th anniversary of the marriage of Mr. and Mrs. J. N. Jerome, it is hard to realize that the sprightly figure of “Mother” Jerome has been consigned to the tomb and that the pleasing voice has been hushed forever.  Yet it is even so.  The end came early Monday morning, May 11.  It was not unexpected for she has been a sufferer for more than a year, sometimes hoverning near the border, then for a brief space of time her own bright self again.  The end came peacefully in the early morning hours and tho regretted by all, none who knew her mourn  “as one who cannot be comforted,” for she died as she had lived, beloved by all.  The funeral services were held at the M. E. church in Glencoe Tuesday May 12, at 1 o’clock, and were conducted by Rev. J. L. Demaree, pastor of the M.E. church at Perkins.  Rev. Demaree had, in his boyhood days, been an inmate of the Jerome home many times during the pioneer days, and, while his discourse was an able argument for the life after death, it was also a largely a personal tribute to the life and character of the deceased.  He used the well-known words of the Apostle Paul, “I have finished the fight,” etc., as the basis for his discourse.  The church was filled to over flowing with relatives, neighbors and friends who assembled, not out of curiosity, but to pay respect to one whom all loved and respected.  Rev. C. C. Crunewald gave the lprayer, while Mesdames Kelso and Grunewald sang a pleasing duet and a mixed choir with Miss Mary Bridwell at the piano, sang a number of appropriate selections.  After the services at the church, the remains were escorted to the Stillwater cemetery, where they were laid away with appropriate ceremonies.  “Mother” Jerome was a typical pioneer.  Martha “Mattie” Crooks was born in Parke county, Indiana, to James M. and Anna Nevins Crooks, when that county was the frontier.  She had always lived the hospitable life of the pioneer mother.  The traveler and pilgrim always found not only a welcome but comfort and cheer when he entered her home.  She was the mother of a large family of boys and girls upon whom her life and character has made a wonderful impress.  It is, however, to that aged companion, who now for more than four score years has walked by her side, that the sympathy of all will be extended and he can only find consolation in the fact that he will, in time, find her “Waiting near the eastern gate.” - Rockville Republican, June 4, 1925, page 6 – shared by Jimmy Gillis



Mrs. Sarah Helen JESSUP, age 52, widow of William Bruce Jessup died at 9 o'clock last Thursday night at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Elbridge Hartman near Catlin.  The deceased was born near Jessup, daughter of Joseph and Jane Feuquay.  Besides the daughter, she is survived by two sons, Ernest and Foster; five grandchildren, four brothers, Oscar, Mason, Dennis and Charles, and four sisters, Mrs. Glennie Cox, Mrs. Lottie Cox, Mrs. Florence Barnes and Miss Ethel Feuquay.  The body was brought tot he Branson Funeral Home and returned to the residence of the daughter Friday afternoon.  Final rites were held at 1 o'clock Sunday afternoon at the Liberty Baptist Church. The Rev. Ernest Essex officiated and burial was in Rosedale Cemetery.  - Rockville Tribune, Thursday, January 6, 1949


Harry JOHNSON oldest son of Mrs. Emma Johnson died very suddenly of heart trouble last Wednesday evening at the Hotel Murray in Omaha, Neb.  His remains accompanied by his wife and brother Dick arrived here Friday evening. Funeral services were held at the family residence Saturday afternoon at 3 o'clock, Rev. Mr. Colvin assisted by Rev. JP Roth and ZD Maris officiating. Burial in Rockville cemetery. Deceased was 36 and spent most of his life in Rockville where he was born being the oldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Rufus Johnson, the former long since deceased.  10 or 12 years ago he left Rockville for the west becoming connected with the noted Lorrillard Tobacco Firm.  He continued in their employ and at the time of his death was general western manager at a handsome salary. About six years ago he was married to Miss Mayme Wheeler of this place and they had since made their home in the Hotel Murray at Omaha. The death came as a terrible shock to the family here as there had been no preceding illness of an alarming character.  Mr. Johnson had suffered for a number of years from an affection of the heart which was not considered dangerous.  The day before his death he had chatted pleasantly with his brother Dick and seemed to be in very good health. Wednesday afternoon about 4 o'clock however he was taken suddenly ill, undressed himself and went to bed expiring in about 15 minutes. He had many friends where who share with the heart broken family their burden of grief.  - Rockville Republican, 06 October 1897

Howard JOHNSON of Riverside, Calif., died in a California hospital, Sunday morning, September 21. He was born in Greene Township, Parke County, the son of David and June Sutton Johnson. He and his wife, the former Nellie Owens, had celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary.  Survivors include the widow; three daughters and a son and several grandchildren.  Funeral services and burial were in California, Tuesday, September 30.”  -Rockville Republican, October 2, 1969 

On Saturday, Mr. and Mrs. C. T. McMurtry were called to Indianapolis on account of the sudden death of their brother-in-law, D. H. JOHNSON, who was in Gosport when the sad event occurred. The McMurtrys left on the next train. Their son George joined them at Mrs. Johnson’s home on Monday, where short funeral services were conducted by Rev. S. K. Fuson, personal friend of the deceased.” - Rockville Republican, February 10, 1915

Rhom JOHNSON, 62, a veteran of WWI, was found dead in his bed at home last Thursday morning by his sister.  He had been in poor health for some time.  He was born in Parke County, February 1, 1892, the son of David and Nancy Sutton Johnson.  He was a graduate of the Waveland HS and was well known here.  There survive two sisters, Norma Irelan of Waveland Mary J. Johnson of Judson and a brother, Howard of Riverside, California.  Funeral services were conducted Saturday at 1:00 p.m. at the Mt. Moriah Cemetery with military graveside honors.  - Waveland Independent, December 2, 1954

Miss Mary Alice JOHNSON 77 of Judson died 3 p.m. June 29, 1963 at her home. She was born in Parke County Sept 19, 1885, daughter of David and Jane Sutton Johnson.  Member of Parkville Christian Church. Survivors are a brother, Howard and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held 11 a.m. Monday at Barnes Mortuary and burial in Mt. Moriah Cemetery. - Tri-County News July 4, 1963


Crittenden Jolly, a well-known citizen of Guion, died on Monday of typhoid pneumonia.  Mr. Jolly ran a separator for many years, and at the time of his death was janitor of the Judson school.  He was born in Ky. and the body was taken there for burial on Wednesday. - Waveland Independent, March 4, 1921


Rockville merchants have been pestered of late by petty thieving.  Suspicion was directed to Grover JONES.  He resisted arrest and fired on Sheriff Nicholas and Marshall Boardman with a shotgun, wounding Nicholas in the arm.  The fire was returned by the officers but Jones got away.  Later he was found dead near the Van tracks.  He had lately been released from jail and his wife was suing him for divorce. - Waveland Independent, Sept 18, 1914

Mrs. Elizabeth Shalley JONES of Terre Haute, age 50, died in Union hospital, Sunday morning November. 17.  She was born at Hollandsburg, Sept. 23, 1918, the daughter of Clay and Ethel Ball Shalley.   She was an employee of Indiana State University.   Surviving are the husband, Edward, two daughters, Patricia and Gayla, both at home; two sons, Edward, at home and Michael of Terre Haute; a sister Mrs. LaMoyne Pearson of Caldwell, Tex.; her step-father, Earl Kelsey of Crawfordsville; and two step-brothers, Dwight Kelsey of New Market and Earl Kelsey Jr., of Crawfordsville. Funeral services were held at the Thomas Funeral Home in Terre Haute, Wednesday morning, with burial in Roselawn Memorial Cemetery. - unknown source

Jon E. Jones, 28, of Rosedale died Thursday, August 21, 1997, in his residence. He was born September. 28, 1968, in Clinton to Ernest Kenneth Jones and Barbara Sollars Jones. Survivors include his wife, Bridget Cox Jones of Montezuma; one daughter, Stormi of Terre Haute; two sons, Jonathon Jones and David Jones, both of Rosedale; his mother of Rosedale; his father of Blanford; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Danny Beasley and Susan Beasley of Clinton and Jim Beasley and Christine Beasley of Dana; four brothers, Terry Jones, Joe Jones and C.J. Jones, all of Clinton, and William Bill Jones of Rosedale; three sisters, Deborah Bex of Clinton and Lori Beasley and Jodie Beasley of Franklin; one sister and brother-in-law, Reesa Fought and Ed Fought of Hilliard, Ohio; paternal grandmother, Mary Jones of Blanford; special cousins, George and Debbie Sollars and Lori and Ben Prouse; one uncle and his wife, Raymond and Bonnie Sollars; and 22 nieces and nephews. He was a 1989 graduate of Riverton Parke High School, where he went to state finals for the track team. He was a member of Florida Township Rabbit Club for nine years and was active in 4-H and archery. Services are 7 p.m. today in Frist Funeral Home in Clinton, with the Rev. Larry Snyder officiating. Cremation will follow. Visitation is 4 p.m. until services today. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Shriners Hospital or to the charity of choice. - Terre Haute Tribune


Coroner Bloomer held an inquest on the body of Herbert JUKES, age 42, who lived a short distance W. of Rosedale Tues of last week, returning a verdict of death due to heart prostration. Jukes was employed as a fireman at Mine No. 12. Just at noon Lewis Weber found him lying unconscious and called for help. George Wilhite, blacksmith at the mine, responded and helped care for the stricken man who was gasping for breath. A physician was hastily summoned but nothing could be done and Jukes expires in ten minutes. he was married and leaves his wife and two children. he was well-known in Florida township and well respected.  Funeral services were held Thursday afternoon at the home.   Interment in the Doty cemetery, Rosedale.  - Rockville Republican, Wed. August 1, 1917