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Parke County Indiana Obituaries 

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Mrs. Elizabeth Lahue, Leatherwood, died November 13, of Pneumonia, age 69 years. - Reported by Hargrave & Elson, Funeral Directors, Rockville Republican, December 5, 1888


Waveland Independent, Nov 5, 1920 -- George Collings was here from Urban, Ill Monday.  He came here with his mother, Mrs. Mary Doggett to attend the funeral of Mrs. Doggett's sister, Mrs. Anna Lane, who was buried at Judson, Sunday.  Mrs. Lane was fatally injured in an auto accident at Ladoga last week.


Thomas Lang, age 56, who was born and spent most of his life in Rockville, died in a sanitarium at Indianapolis last Thursday.  He has been ill several months from spinal trouble which affected his brain.  His home was in Dana the last 20 years, where the funeral was held Sunday.  Among other relatives from here who were present were James and W.J. Boyd.  – Rockville Republican, 03 August 1910, Page 005


Coxville - Mrs. Della Laney died at her home in Coxville on the twenty ninth day of December, after a long illness.  She leaves a husband and eight children to mourn her loss besides a host of friends.  – Rockville Tribune, 13 January 1904, submitted by Carolyn Laney


Dana Indiana Dec 24, 1934 -- Benjamin F. Lang, 83, former merchant here, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Samuel Randall, Terre Haute, Sun. about 10 p.m. Mr. Lang was in the grocery business here for more than 30 years. He retired about 10 years ago and went to California.   He returned  to Terre Haute about two years ago. Benj. F. Lang was b. July 11, 1851 in Parke Co son of Joshua and Susan McKnight Lang. Four children survive: Mrs. Samuel Randall, Terre Haute; Walter Lang, Terre Haute; Mrs. Grace Jump, LA California; and Gertrude De Blanc, Los Angeles, a bro. William Lang, Denver Colorado; and a sister, Mrs. M. J. Ayres, also survive. The body was taken to Kimball & Kendall Fun. Home and later will be removed to the home of Mr. Kimball. Funeral services  will be at 10:30 a.m. Wed at the Meth Church here. The Rev. GS Reedy officiating. Burial in Eugene Cemetery. 

Darrell Lang, age 37, formerly of Rockville, died Friday morning in a hospital at St. Petersburg, Fla.  Death followed a few days illness of pneumonia.  Mr. Lang spent most of his life in this community but had lived in St. Petersburg for the last few years.  Surviving are the widow, Edith; one son, William; three daughters, Mary Ann, Genevieve and Mildred of St. Petersburg; his mother, Mrs. Allie Lang of Rockville; one brother, Harry Lang of near Rockville; and three sisters, Mrs. James Anderson of St. Petersburg, Mrs. Emmett Modesitt of North Vernon and Mrs. Genevieve Hamilton of Indianapolis.  Mrs. Lang and children accompanied the body here for funeral rites, arriving Monday morning.  The body was taken to the home of the mother and at 3 o’clock removed to the First Christian Church, where funeral services were held in charge of Rev. C.C. Griggs and Rev. W.F. Smith.  Burial was made in the Rowe cemetery at Sand Creek. – The Rockville Republican, 10 September 1936 - Submitted by Sandra Lee Westbrooks 

Harry B. Lang of Rockville, 70 years old, died suddenly early Monday morning at his residence.  A retired cabinet maker, he was a member of the Rockville Christian church and the Knights of Pythias.  He is survived by the widow, Kathryn; a daughter, Miss Martha Lang of Rockville; three sons, Joe, Homer and Don Lang, all of Rockville; three sisters, Mrs. Faye Anderson of St. Petersburg, Fla, Mrs. Hazel Modesitt of Largo, Fla, and Mrs. Genevieve Hamilton of Greenfield, and 12 grandchildren.  The body was taken to the Butler funeral home where funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon.  The Rev. Donald Gee officiated and interment was in Rockville cemetery. - The Tribune, 13 April 1961  Thursday 

 Mrs. Kathryn Lang of 512 Gould St., Rockville, age 80, died in St. Anthony Hospital, Terre Haute, Monday evening, November 5.  She was born in Parke County , September 14, 1893, the daughter of Ernest and Virginia Humphreys Ohaver.  She was a member of Memorial Presbyterian Church and the New Bethel Home Economics Club.  Surviving are a daughter, Miss Martha Lang of Rockville ; two sons, Joe and Homer, both of Rockville ; a brother, Keith Ohaver of Bloomingdale; 12 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her husband in 1961 and by a daughter, Mrs. Ruth Harney, and a son, Donald.  Funeral services were held at the Butler Funeral Home, Thursday afternoon.  Burial was in the Rockville Cemetery . - Submitted by Sandra Lee Westbrooks 

Mrs. Martha Alice Lang, 96 years old, passed away at 10 o’clock Wednesday morning of last week at the Wabash Nursing Home in Montezuma.  She is survived by a son, Harry Lang of Rockville; three daughters, Mrs. Faye Anderson of St. Petersburg, Fla, Mrs. Emmitt Modesitt of North Vernon and Mrs. Genevieve Hamilton of Greenfield; 10 grandchildren and 43 great-grandchildren.  She was a member of the Rockville Christian church.  Funeral rites were conducted by the Rev. Donald Gee at the Branson and Mau Funeral Home at 2 o’clock Friday afternoon.  Interment was in Rockville cemetery. - The Rockville Tribune  September 3, 1959, Thursday  [Contributed by Sandra J. Lee Westbrooks]

Death of William Lang, a well-known citizen of Rockville, d. at the home of his son Monroe on the Marshall road last Thurs morning at 1 o'clock of Bright's dis. at the age of 78 years, 8 months and 16 days. A short service was held at the house to Rev. Barbre at 10 o'clock Sat morning. Bur at the Rowe cem. A long time ago Mr. Lang prepared the following, requesting that a copy of it be given to the papers after his death, asking also that no fun. services be held. (following sic) Rockville In, Jan 5, 1902 - I, William Lang, was born in Stark County Ohio March 1, 1832 and came with father to Parke County, Ind in June 1856 (this cannot be since his father d. in 1855). I was married to Virginia Ann Strickler Dec 30, 1860. Two children were born to us: First, a son, Monroe; second, a daughter, Josephine, who died when five weeks old. I also was married to Ellen Meyers Sept 8, 1867. Three children were born to us: First, a daughter, Lottie, second, a son, Culien; third a son, William Rice.     "if thare is room neare my first wife bery me thare and if not bery me at the old morland grave yard by father and mother plain coffen wining sheat a round me now furnal. That all Wm. Lang"  .

Rockville Tribune Wed May 22, 1940 -- Monroe Lang, age 78 years passed away at 6 o'clock Sunday Morning at his home on the Marshall Rd after an illness of 5 months. The deceased, s/o William & Va. Lang was b. in Parke Co and has lived here during his entire life. He was a member of the Odd Fellows Lodge. Beside the widow, Mrs. Emma Lang, he is survived by one daughter, Kathleen Lang of Wash DC Fun services will be held at the residence at 2 o'clock this afternoon in charge of the Rev. T J Freed with bur. in Rockville cemetery. 

Rockville In Republic Tues Oct 10, 1916 - James Lang was b. in Columbiana Co, Oh Dec 22, 1835. Was married to Celiste Smith, Feb 16, 1858 who proved a true wife and helping companion. They moved from Ohio to In in 1853 (this makes no sense if married 1858) and settled on a small farm 2 1/2 mi. northeast of Rockville, which they bought and on which they toiled and accumulated some of this world's goods, Celesie Lang made up her mind there was something more to live for than earthly possessions. In May she gave herself to the Lord, joining the Church of Christ and was bur with her Lord in Christian baptism, since which she lived an exemplary Christian life. Two years and four months after Mrs. Lang gave her soul to Jesus, from her god-like walk and chaste conversation, she won her husband over to her blessed Lord, in Sept 1865 he made the good confession, believing with all his heart that Jesus was the Christ, the son of the living God and was bur in Christian baptism and arose to walk in righteousness. In the year 1885, they rented out their farm and returned to Ohio, where they lived until 1896, when they disposed of much of their possession in Ohio. They again returned to their farm in In, where they enjoyed life's pleasures, laboring together in the service of the Master until Aug 4, 1913 when Mrs. Lang having reached the end of her race was called home to wear that crown of endless glory. Since Mr. Lang has been deprived of all that was near and dear to him in this life, he turned with unabated confidence to his God. He sold his farm and moved to Rockville, where he has since made his home, being a regular attendant at the services of the Church of Christ, until feebleness of his health prevented. His lamp was at all times trimmed and burning - it being his greatest delight to read his Bible, and let his light shine before men. Mr. Lang died at the home of his nephew, Monroe Lang, Fri, Oct 6, and would have been 82 years old next December. Fun. serv. were held at the Lang home Sun aft. at 2 o'clock, conducted by Rev. Charles Cook of Clinton. Bur in Rowe cemetery.  

Emmet B Lang, son of Joshua Land and Susan McKnight Lang died May 1897, at age 34.  He leaves his loving wife with their three little children, Pauline F, age four years; Gordon B, age 2 years; Pearl Emmet, an infant of 6 months...the middle name being given to the little one after the fathers death in accordance with his request. Five brothers and two sisters remain of his family, his being the first death among them since the loss of father and mother .Samuel L Lang, Benjamin F, Thomas J, Homer and William B;  Mrs. Troy Leonard, and Mrs. Matilda J Ayres. To these and to the many relatives and intimate friends, the sincere sympathy of the entire community is extended. There were present at funeral services a very large number of neighbors and friends of this community; and from a distance there were Samuel Lang of Shelbyville, Indiana, Elijah Finney of Tuscola, Illinois, J. H. Finney and William Goldman of Newman, Illinois. The floral offerings were most beautiful and appropriate, the following being a list of them:   Floral Offerings A beautiful selection of Tea Roses, carnations and Lillies accompanied by the following scriptual quotation, 'Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord deliverith them out of them all".  Mrs. Harland and Ladson The initial E made of  Roses, Pansies and Pinks with a background of Ferns.   Mrs J.M. White --A lovely pillow of Carnations, Smilax and Lillies, Geraniums and sweet Elysyms with the work brother in center........Homer Lang -- An Anchor of white and pink Roses, and water Lillies tied with ribbons representing the colors of their order and one bunch of Calla Lillies tied with a white ribbon.. Parthenia Temple --Beautiful cross of White Roses          Mr. O. L. Mason --Magnificant triangle made of Roses with large bows of ribbons and corners --?) of Red, Blue and Yellow, the colors of the order...Dana Lodge 247 K of P Nice selection of fine flowers......Miss Mattie Smith-- Lovely bouquet of Roses        Mrs. Sallie Mason - Pretty selection of Roses      Mrs. Sam Malone - An immense bank of lovely Roses      Mrs Emma Taylor - A nice selection of flowers       Miss Maud Ayres - Bank of beautiful Roses       Mrs Tom Lang - An exquesite collection of flowers       Madames Joe Finney, Kate Goldman, Lige Finney Several bouquets and boxes with no name attached. - -

(My grandmother (the widow) told me there was a line of carriages reaching all the way from Dana to the gravesite in (now) Bono Cemetery.. - This was a front page obit.  The cost of the Dana News at that time, 1896, was $1.25 a yr..  )


Waveland Independent, Oct 28, 1948 - Mrs. Forrest Coleman and Mrs. Ernest Irelan attended the funeral of Charles W. LANNING at the Mt. Moriah Cemetery, Wednesday.  Mr. Lanning was born and reared in Greene Township and graduated from Waveland High School.  He was a faithful member of the Lutheran Church in Greene Township.  After it was abandoned he and Mrs. Lanning were faithful attendants of the Waveland Methodist.  He served in both WWI and II. At the time of his death he was manager of Farm Bureau at Bloomington. He left his wife, a brother and several nephews.


Waveland Independent, Nov 24, 1924 -- Conductor Bob Lawson, of the C I & W died at his home in Indianapolis Wed. of last week, following a short illness.  He was the oldest conductor, in point or service on this part of the line, and had been a conductor since about 1880, though he was only 67 years of age at the time of his death. it is said he knew every man, woman and child along his line and was their friend. he had a smile and a kind word for everyone. (Montezuma Enterprise)

Mrs. Edith LAWSON an employee of the Indiana State Hospital for Chest Diseases died at 4:15 p.m. Wednesday in Vermillion Co Hospital, Clinton. She was a member of the Retired Employees Club of the hospital and member of Rockville Christian Church. She was born in Parke County on April 28, 1888, a daughter of Daniel and Susan Lawson.  She married Raymond Maris on September 3, 1906.  He died December 23, 1953.  Surviving are 3 daughters: Mrs. Lucille Thompson and Mrs. Alta Jackson Rockville and Mrs. Clara Reed Covington; 7 grandchildren 20 greats; 4 great greats.  Services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday in Butler Funeral Home; burial in Tangier Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home after 2 p.m. Friday.  - Crawfordsville Journal Review 2 October 1975

MONTEZUMA—Herman Lee Lawson, 68, of Rt. 1, Montezuma, died at 3:10 p.m. Wednesday in Vermillion County Hospital at Clinton .   A native of Kentucky , he was born May 30, 1902 to Woodson and Lutitia Sims Lawson.  Surviving are his wife, Mary; four daughters, Miss Lois Lawson of Clinton, Mrs. Eleanor Girt and Mrs. Karen Morton of Anderson and Mrs. Sharon Scott of Montezuma; two sons, Roy of Denver, Colo., and Paul of Lafayette; nine grandchildren, and three brothers, Tom of Bloomingdale, Marvin of Rockville and Bill of Berwyn, Ill.   Funeral arrangements are incomplete at Barnes Mortuary in Rockville . – Crawfordsville Journal Review, 17 September 1970, Page 04 – shared by Karen Zach


?? Newspaper -- Mrs. Edna Lear of Rockville, age 68, died in the hospital at Clinton, Friday afternoon, May 10.  She was born in Parke Co, d/o Wesley and Mary Keltner FISHER.  She was a member of the Rockville Christian Church & the Tripe 5 Club. She was married to Herman Lear July 11, 1917 in Rockville.  Surviving are the husband; two daughters, Mrs. Elsie Surber of Ft. Wayne and Mrs. Mildred Cross of near Bainbridge; a son, Wayne of Rockville; two sisters, Mrs. Della Cronk and Mrs. Bertha Birch of Rockville; two brothers, Walter and Lawrence Fisher of Rockville; and 7 grandchildren.  Fun. services were held Monday afternoon at the Butler Funeral home with Rev. Roger T. Rankin officiating Burial was in Memory Garden.  Thanks to Albert Butler for this and many obituaries on these pages

John Lear, age 76, died Sunday morning at a few minutes before 5 o’clock in his Rockville home. He had been in failing health since August, but for several weeks had seemed better. The end came unexpectedly.  Mr. Lear was born on a farm east of Rockville and lived in the county until moving to Rockville 21 years ago. He engaged in the poultry and produce business on coming to town and has been associated with this work ever since.  He was married 52 years ago to Jettie Alexander, who survives him. Besides the wife he leaves three sons, William of Brazil, Oscar of Jeffersonville and Herbert living near Rockville and two daughters, Mrs. Oscar Clark of Brazil and Mrs. Isal Cushing of New York.  Funeral services were conducted in the Barnes mortuary at 2:30 Wednesday afternoon, Rev. Howard Hayes of the Christian church officiating.  Pallbearers were Homer Lear, Ward Lear, Frank Lear, Ralph Alexander, Donald Stutler and Russell Smith. Burial in the Rockville cemetery. – Rockville Republican, 13 January 1944

ROCKVILLE -- Mrs. Martha J. "Matti" Lear, 83, Rockville, died at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday in Castle-Shannon Nursing Home here. She was a member of Dailey Chapel Christian Church. Born March 10, 1895, in Parke County, she was a daughter of Charles and Alwilta Ross Shoemaker. She was married Dec. 11, 1915, to Homer E. Lear who died Nov. 29, 1975. She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Evelyn Stutler of Rockville and Mrs. Ruth Harney of South Bend; two brothers, James R. Shoemaker of Windsor, Ill., and Eugene Shoemaker of Brookridge, Fla.; two sisters, Mrs. Marie Mealka of Crawfordsville and Mrs. Beatrice Doney of St. Petersburg, Fla.; five grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in Butler Funeral Home with the Rev. J.O. Trousdale officiating. Burial will be in Memory Garden Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home after 2 p.m. Friday. - Crawfordsville Journal Review 25-May-1978, Page 002


Following a lingering illness, Mrs. Opal Martin Lee a 61, of Rockville passed away at 1:10 p.m. last Thursday in the Vermillion County Hospital at Clinton.  The daughter of Albert and Effie Roop Martin, she was born May 3, 1907 in Parke County.  She was a member of the Memorial Presbyterian Church, Estabrook Chapter of the D.A.R., the Women's Club and Tri Kappa Sorority. On October 18, 1927 she was married to Burton H. Lee, who survives. Also surviving are a daughter, Mrs. (Nancy) William Boswell of Lawrence, Kan; a brother Forrest C. Martin of Rockville; two sisters, Mrs. Hilbert Sheese of South Bend and Mrs. Kaywood Van Note of Indianapolis, and three grandchildren. Funeral services were held at 2 o'clock Saturday at the Butler Funeral Home.  The Rev. Milton L. Nolin officiated and Mrs. Myrtle Titus was the organist.  Interment followed in Memory Garden Cemetery.    - Waveland Independent News,  1969  (Thanks to Peggy Robinson for this one)


“Leroy W. Leiter, accompanied by A. R. Kidd of St. Louis, brought the body of his mother, Mrs. Melissa LEITER to her old home vicinity, last Wednesday, for internment in the Cashatt Cemetery. Her death occurred in the home of her son Leroy in St. Louis, Monday night, January 14, of infirmities due to old age.  She was born near Russell’s Mills June 29, 1840, and was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Moore, well-known citizens of that part of the county. She was a sister of George Moore, Squire Moore and Mrs. Julia Hockett. Besides her son Leroy, she is survived by another son, George H. Leiter of Ocala, Fla., and daughter, Mrs. Sadie Lacky, of Bonlea, Alberta, Can.        Due to the cold weather and poor train service, the funeral party had a long and trying trip. The gentlemen left for St. Louis Wednesday night.” - Rockville Republican, January 23, 1924 


Perry S. Leonard, 85, a retired farmer and life resident of Parke County, died at 5:45 a.m. yesterday (February 15, 1970) at his home on Tangier Route 1.  Born April 14, 1884, in Liberty Township, he was the son of William and Hanna Retta Davies Leonard.  He was married January 30, 1907, to Blanche DeBaum, who died September 1, 1946.  He was a member of the Fairview United Brethern Church.  Survivors include a son, Garnett of Tangier Route 1; a sister, Mrs. Grace Swain of Bloomingdale; a foster sister, Mrs. Ruth Witsman of Newton, Ill.; five grandchldren and 10 great-grandchildren.  He also was preceded in death by a daughter and a sister.  Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Davies-Tudor Funeral Home in Marshall.  Shirley Brown will officiate.  Burial will be in Bloomingdale Cemetery.  The body is at the funeral home. – Crawfordsville Journal Review, 16 February 1970, Page 004 - shared by Karen Zach


From Terri Lewis O'Neill -- Ever loss came to the house of Mr. James B. Lewis. The death of their daughter, Celia Laverne Lewis who was born Dec 3, 1896, departed this life Sept 27, 1909. United the UB Church 11 years, Celia was an unusually bright and considerate child. Scope of Reading and Knowledge of God and her devotion to God...the average to one her age leaves a father, mother and one brother and a host of relatives and friends to mourn their loss. Two brothers preceded crossing deaths dark stream. The funeral sermon was preached by J O Bratton, Pastor of the church in Mecca. Interment in Sand Creek East of Rockville, now the behalf of brother Lewis, we wish to express our many thanks of the people of Mecca for their kind hands in time of need.

Same as above -- The subject of this sketch, Hester Ann Lewis, nee Williams, was born in Ross Co, Ohio, Dec. 31, 1833.   At about the age of 6 years, she with her parents, moved to Parke County, Indiana, settling in the vicinity of Sand Creek, where she grew to womanhood, and where, on Sept 19, 1851, she was united in marriage to Aaron Lewis.  She and her husband continued to live in this vicinity until his death, and for many years afterward, she made her home in this part of the county.  She became the mother of 8 children.  Six of whom still survive her -- five sons and one daughter -- all married and have homes of their own.  About 18 years ago, she and her sons, removed to Mecca, Indiana, where she has since lived and for a number of years made her home with her youngest son, Frank.   Mrs. Lewis was a woman who cultivated many acquaintances and neighbors, and was always ready to help all whom she found in a time of need.  At the age of 16 years, she had united with the ME Church and later after her marriage to Mr. Lewis, she with him, became a member of the Christian Church and was a member of the Mecca Church when she died.  For the past 5 years she had been an invalid for much of the time suffering with rheumatism.  She was taken ill while visiting at the home of her son, Aaron, and grew worse rapidly and where after three days of intense suffering she passed quietly to the unseen on the evening of May 28, 1908, at the age of 74 years, 4 months and 28 days.   Besides her own children's he leaves a brother and four sisters, 19 grandchildren and four great grandchildren.  Besides a large circle of friends and acquaintances to mourn her loss.  It may be well said of Mrs. Lewis, "Blessed are the death who die in the Lord henceforth; yea saith the spirit, that they may rest from their labors; for their works will follow with them."  Her funeral took place in the home of her son, and is buried in Sand Creek cemetery.  Thanks, Terri for these pieces.

Perry Oliver Lewis, 75, of Rockville Route 4, died at 6 a.m. Friday (Jan. 4, 1974) at the Vermillion County Hospital in Clinton.   He was born October 28, 1898, in Indiana, the son of James and Martha Bond Lewis.   He was a member of the Mount Olivet Chapel. He was a retired Ohio oil company employee.   Survivors include his wife, Nida; two sons, Parke of Rockville and Dick of Rockville; a daughter, Mrs. Nadine Stefani of San Francisco, California.; his mother, Mrs. Martha Lewis of Tullahoma, Tennessee; three sisters, Mrs. Elizabeth Mars of Tullahoma, and Mrs. Carrie Shoemaker and Mrs. Helen Davidson both of Buchanan, Michigan; five brothers, Charles of Buchanan, Harold, Elmer, and Wallace, all of Niles, Michigan, and Albert of Kingman, Indiana; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.   Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the Barnes Mortuary. The Rev. James Trousdale will officiate, and burial will be in the Mount Olivet Cemetery. Visitation will be after 3 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home. – unknown source - shared by Karen Zach


Killed by Lightning - The whole community at Howard was greatly shocked Sunday morning to learn that Miss Rovigne Lewman had been instantly killed by a bolt of lightning, while sleeping on the porch at her home. The only marks on her body were a spot on her breast and the left side of her face, which was burned. Miss Lewman was twenty-two years of age, and is survived by three brothers, Fern, Linton [Brinton] and Frank [Parke], one sister, Mrs. Earl Ray, and her father, for whom she kept house. Funeral services were held at the home Tuesday, and at Howard Church, with interment in the Ephlin cemetery.  The bolt which caused the death of Miss Lewman apparently came from a clear sky. A large pole in the yard was torn up by the force of the explosion. -Source: Note on her death in Parke County Times, Sept. 22, 1916, page 2. – shared by Mike Lewman

Josephine Rovigne [Roviene], daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Elijah Lewman, was born November 2, 1893.  Being of a bright, cheery disposition, she naturally won friends by the score, and her kindness of hear,  kept her friends who loved her dearly.  On Sunday morning, September 17, 1916, a bolt of lightning entered the house over the telephone wires near where this beautiful young life of 22 years, 10 months and 14 days was sleeping and took her from home and loved ones, from friends and neighbors. The news rapidly spread from home to home. It seemed impossible that Rovigne [Roviene], in the beauty of youth, one so useful, one so much needed in the home, should be taken. Again we are reminded “In the midst of life we are in death”.  It was during Rev. Chancellor’s revival meeting se accepted Christ as her Savior, and united with the Presbyterian church. She was a very efficient teacher in the Sunday school and enjoyed her class of girls and always ready to do her best as a member of the Ladies’ Aid society.  In 1909 she graduated with honors from the common schools, entering the high school at Tangier. She was counted among the best graduated in the class of ’13. Her ambition was to enter college. The older sister, who had so kindly kept a home for her father, went away in 1905, now married and Rovigne [Roviene], cheerfully assumed the duties as housekeeper for her father and three brothers, glad she  could  in some way be a help to them and make them happy. All the while hoping sometime to complete her education. She loved good books and good music.  She was a member of Erwin Woman’s Relief corps, being one of the officers, a member of Liberty Temple Pythian Sisters, a member of the Red, White and Blue club, president of the Sunday school class organization known as “The Daisy Chain Club”. Faithful and true to her obligations she was glad to assist in making a success of everything to which she belonged. God had given her a musical talent and her beautiful voice in song will long be remembered. While she will be missed in social circles, she will most sadly missed in the home, and while we cannot understand why one so useful should be taken from us, God know all about it, how noble, how gentle, how brave, how brilliant her possible future, and we must no murmur, for He knows about all those who loved her, how their trials must e and right.  -Source: Rockville Tribune, Rockville, Indiana, Tuesday, September 26, 1916, page 2 – shared by Mike Lewman

MONTEZUMA -- Madonna O. [Cook] Lewman, 84, of Route 1 died at 2:20 p.m. Tuesday, December 21, 1993 in Columbus Regional Hospital [in Columbus, IN].   She was born may 18, 1909, in Parke County to Bert Cook and Minnie Puntenney Cook.  Her husband, Parke Lewman, died in 1959. Survivors include two sons, Lary Lewman and Mike Lewman.  Services are 11 a.m. Monday in Butler Funeral Home at Rockville with the Rev. Gordon Guoli officiating.  Burial is in Roselawn Memorial Parke.  Visitation is 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday. -  The Terre Haute Tribune Star, Thursday, December 23, 1993.

CLINTON, Ind. Oct. 13 (Special).  Services for Parke Lewman, 58, principal of the St. Bernice High School, who took his own life early Monday, will be held at 3 p.m. at the Frist Funeral Home.  Rev. Thomas Flight will officiate and burial will be in Roselawn Memorial Park.  Authorities said Lewman shot himself with a shotgun in a workshop at his residence on R.R. 1, Montezuma.  His body was found by his wife, Madonna.  A verdict of suicide was returned by Parke County Corner Basil M. Merrill.  Dr. Merrill said Lewman left no notes but added that he had been in ill health.  Lewman, Dr. Merrill said, took an overdose of sleeping pills several months ago.  Mrs. Lewman said her husband rose about 4:45 o'clock this morning, earlier than his usual time, paced the floor and then went to his workshop.  She became uneasy and investigated, discovering his body.  Neither she nor neighbors nearby heard the shot.  The teacher shot himself in the head with a 12 gauge shotgun officials said.  Lewman was in his third year as principal at the St. Bernice High School and had been a teacher in Parke and Vemillion counties for a number of years.  He was a member of the Masonic Lodge of Hillsboro.  Surviving are the widow, two sons, Larry Lewman at Baltimore and Mikel Lewman at home; a sister, Mrs. Earl Ray of Howard; and a brother, Brinton of Albuquerque, N. M.  -  The Terre Haute Tribune, Tuesday, October 13, 1959.


Miss Della R. Lindley, age 83, died at 5:15 o’clock Sunday Morning at the Allen nursing home in Rockville. She was a member of the Rebekah Lodge.  A nephew, Robert Williams of Hammond, survives. Other survivors are a brother-in-law, Lee Williams, who made his hoe with the deceased, and three cousins, Pauline Dowd, Iona Merritt and Nellie Heslar, all of Rockville.  The body was taken to the Butler funeral home where services were held Tuesday afternoon. The Rev. Buel Horn officiated and burial was in the Rockville cemetery.” – Rockville Tribune,08 June 1921

Crawfordsville Journal Review Fri, July 3, 1936 --Kingman, July 2-- Mrs. Jane Lindley, 76, who spent her entire life in and around Kingman died at 11:30 o'clock Wed night at the home of her son, Byron Lindley of Kingman after a brief illness with heart trouble. Mrs. L. had been in failing health for the last four years. She was born in Parke Co near Kingman on April 8, 1860 the daughter of Geo. and Lucinda Cotton Barker and on Dec 10, 1880 became the wife of Irvin Lindley. Her husband preceded her in death ten years ago. Mrs. l. was affiliated for many years with the Pleasant Grove church and later with the United Brethren Church of Kingman. She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Dora Bonebrake of Joplin, Mo. and Mrs. Mae Harrison of Bloomington, in and one son, Byron at whose home she died, ten grandchildren one great grandchildren and two sisters, Mrs. Maggie Clark of Chandler, Oklahoma and Mrs. Eddie Bannon of Tangier. The fun. will be held from the United Brethren church o Kingman Sat morning at ten o'clock. Rev. Lucy Sharp will officiating and burial will be made in the Fraternal Cemetery. - From Karen Zach

Miss Juanita LINDLEY of Kingman, age 60, a teacher in the Parke Co. schools for the past 41 years, passed away at 9:50 o’clock, Wed. morning Nov 23 in Culver Hospital, Crawfordsville, where she had been a patient since Nov 10. Her illness had been extended although she had been active in organization work and had taught until taken to the hospital. Miss Lindley was a member of the Rush Creek Church. She had attended both Central Normal, Danville and ISTC, Terre Haute. She was a member of Fountain Co. OES past matrons of Kingman, Daughters of the Union Veterans Mary C. Smith, No. 35, Veedersburg Chapter, DAR; Charlot Rebekah Lodge, Kingman; Kingman American Legion; Neighbors, NGO Birthday Club and Wallace Cabalistic club. She is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Glee Garrard of Montezuma RR and Mrs. Ruth Pickard of Bloomingdale; 3 brothers, Flaud Lindley of Tangier RR; George of Crawfordsville and Hiram of Kingman. Funeral services were held at 1 at the Rush Creek Church near Tangier. The body lay in state at the church one hour preceding the services which were conducted by Rev. Milo Hinckle of Marshall with burial in Rush Creek Cemetery. – Tri County News, 01 December 1955

“Mrs. Miram LINDLEY, born Aug 11, 1848 on a farm near Sylvania in Parke Co, daughter of George and Mary Lindley Towell, married September19, 1872 to Charles W. Lindley by old Quaker ceremony. Illness of four days with flue, died 9 a.m. on Wednesday. Funeral services at 2 on Friday afternoon at the Friends Church in Bloomingdale, Rev. Lee Partington in charge. Burial in Friends Cemetery.  - Waveland Independent December 23, 1943

Funeral services for Mrs. Miram Powell (sic - should be Towell) Lindley were held Friday at two o'clock at the Bloomingdale Friends; Church and burial in the Friends Cemetery there. Mrs. Lindley was born in Parke Co and lived to the ripe age of 95 most of which was spent in the county of her birth. At the time of her death she was making her home with her daughter, Mrs. Lucile Rusk of this place. She was married in 1872 to Charles W. Lindley who preceded her in death in 1941. There survives her going, two daughters, Mrs. Marianna Griest of Chicago and Mrs. Lucille Rusk of Waveland; and three sons, Dr. George Lindley of Alexandria; Dr. John Lindley of Elwood and Richard of San Bernardino Calif and two brothers, Charles Powel (sic) of Emprial Neb and Wilson Powel (sic) of Roachdale. - Waveland Independent Waveland, Montgomery County, Indiana, 30 December 1943(both shared by Karen Zach)


John E. Lindsey shot a Clinton girl, not seriously on Saturday night. Then he went over in Terre Haute and "wild wested" a bit.  After shooting a policeman in the leg, he was shot and killed. This saved a trial, possible acquittal or an apology for interfering with constitutional rights.  Waveland Independent, July 15, 1932 - provided by Karen Zach


“Andrew J. LINEBARGER, 91 years old, of Edgar County, Illinois, died Wednesday night at the home in Paris, Ill. Mr. Linebarger suffered a paralytic stroke four years ago which resulted in his failing health. He was born in Parke County in 1846 and moved to Edgar County 50 years ago. Mr. and Mrs. Linebarger celebrated their fiftieth wedding anniversary at their old homestead in Parke County 6 years ago.         Surviving are the wife; one son, Dr. H. A. Linebarger, of Chrisman, Ill.; one daughter, Mrs. Ethel Holsapple, of Montezuma; one brother, Jack Linebarger, of Crawley, La.; and two sisters, Mrs. Alice Linebarger of Clarton, Iowa and Mrs. Ida Causey of West Union.  Funeral services were held at the residence Friday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock. Burial was in the Edgar Cemetery.”  - Rockville Tribune, May 5, 1937

“Mrs. Iva Blue LINEBARGER, wife of John A Linebarger, died at her home in the Spinx Arms apartments, Indianapolis, at 7 o’clock, Tuesday morning. She was born near Montezuma, the daughter of James and Mary Brown Blue, and for many years, while her husband was superintendent of the Rockville schools, was prominent in church, club and social life here.  Services will be conducted in the Fisher and Buchanan mortuary in Indianapolis at 3 o’clock, Friday afternoon, followed by cremation. Mrs. Linebarger is survived only by her husband; an aunt, Miss Martha Brown of Rockville and a number of cousins.” - Rockville Republican, March 7, 1946

The funeral of Joel LINEBARGER was preached at the Linebarger Chapel by Rev A. J. Marshall and George Linebarger Wednesday at 3 o'clock.  The deceased was one of a family of 16 children, 13 of which are living.  Joel died at his brother Jackson Linebarger's at Paris, Illinois.  He leaves 7 children all of whom are grown up men and women only two of them being permitted to be with their father during his last sickness and death.  They all being residents of Ft. Worth, Texas.  Joel had been a sufferer of rheumatism for the last two years.  Having contracted the disease while on a hunting expedition in Texas.  He came north last winter to his old home at West Union among his brothers and sisters hoping to find some relief from the nerve racking disease of which he was the victim.  Although he received the best of medical and Ostophatic treatments other complications came and!   An operation was performed from which he never recovered.  - Taken from Fountain County Obituaries 1896 -1922 found at Crawfordsville Public Library, Local History Room July 2007

At 2 Sunday afternoon Nov 24 a memorial service will be held at Linebarger Chapel for Miss Mary Linebarger, a former resident of this area who died in Long Beach, California. At the same time, similar services will be held at the Grace Methodist Church in Long Beach. The Rev. Wendell Adams will be in charge off the services at Linebarger Chapel. Miss Linebarger was born in the west Union community in 1874, d/o George and Mariah Linebarger. She is survived by a sister, Mrs. Iva Scott of Long beach and a half-sister, Julia Farner of Akron, Ind. She was a cousin of Mrs. Guy Holsapple  of West Union. Many years ago Miss Linebarger served as librarian at Rockville leaving this locality about 40 years ago and moving to Long Beach where she became librarian and served until her retirement at the age of 70. - Source: Tri-County News, 21 November 1957

“Nathan LINEBARGER, a young man well known in Parke County, shot himself through the heart, last Monday, at the home of his father, William Linebarger, near Metcalf, Ills. The young man was very popular and had no troubles so far as anyone knew. It is thought his mind became unbalanced through excessive study over inventions in which he was unsuccessful. His suicide was evidentially contemplated for some time as he had been giving his property away, and quite recently distributed a valuable lot of jewelry to members of his family. Before he shot himself, he kissed his sister, but said nothing to the other members of the family. His remains were brought to Linebarger chapel, near West Union, on Wednesday, where Rev. Kimberiln conducted funeral services, and internment was made ion the cemetery there.” - Rockville Tribune, February 10, 1904 

“Funeral services for William S. LINEBARGER at the Methodist Church in Chrisman, Ill., last Thursday were largely attended and not in years has there been a death that caused more universal sorrow in the community in which he resided than that of the aged man. Not only was there a large attendance of neighbors and friends of Chrisman and Metcalf communities, but many went from Parke County.  Mr. Linebarger, who was 81 years of age, was a son of the late Andrew Linebarger of West Union, and until about 30 years ago resided on Little Leatherwood Creek. In his community he was universally liked, being a friend to all; his home was all that the word implies in every sense - the wayfarer was given food and rest at any and all times. Never was there a man more devoted to the family and to supply their needs and wants was always a pleasure to him. Mr. Linebarger was a hard working man and thrifty, an excellent farmer that accumulated quite an amount of worldly goods, holding large real estate interests in both Edgar County, Illinois and Parke County.  Mr. Linebarger was twice married, his first wife being Nellie Morris. His second wife, formerly Nancy J. Cummings, of Rockville, died Jan. 19, 1922. He is survived by the following children: Mrs. Effie Nichols, of Montezuma; Otho Linebarger and Mrs. LaVerne Brock-Jones, of Metcalf; four sisters, Alice Linebarger, of Clarion, Ind.; Iva Causey of West Union; Mrs. Lizzie Lamb, of Florida, and Mrs. Luda Mason, of Indianapolis, and six (sic? - 5) brothers, Jacob of Louisiana, Samuel and Louis, of Dover Del., Levi, of West Union, and A. J. Linebarger, of Paris, Ill. Burial was in the Hoult  - Cemetery near Chrisman.”  Rockville Tribune, April 12, 1922



Death of Mrs. W. G. Lineberry.  - Mrs. W. G. Lineberry, age 65 died at her home in Coloma, last Friday afternoon at 5 o’clock. She is survived by the husband, one daughter, Mrs. Hill and a son James. The funeral was held Sunday afternoon at 2 o’clock in the Coloma church. Rev. E. M. Woodard officiating. Burial in Coloma cemetery. Rockville Republican, 12 February 1931,Rockville, Parke Co, Indiana,

William E. Lineberry, 93, of Marshall, a retired farmer and male nurse, died Tuesday in Parke County Nursing Home near Rockville.   He was a member of the Marshall Federated Church.   Born May 12, 1880, he was the son of Charles and Kathryn Curl Lineberry.   Survivors include a half-brother, Marcille of Indianapolis; a half-sister, Mrs. Wilma L. Siders of Tacoma, Wash., and a niece, Lois Downing of Hammond.   Services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday in Butler Funeral Home at Rockville with the Rev. Ben Newlin officiating. Burial will be in Bethany Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home after 5 p.m. – Crawfordsville Journal Review, 10 April 1974, Page 003 - shared by Karen Zach

Death of W. G. Lineberry. - William G. Lineberry, who would have been 82 the 27th of this month, died at his home near Coloma, Monday morning, from injuries received in a fall 10 days before. Mr. Lineberry is survived by a son James; a daughter Mrs. Orville Hill of Coloma and two sister, Mrs. Lou Allen of Indianapolis and Mrs. Emma Mills of Marshall. The Funeral was held at the Coloma church, Tuesday afternoon at 2 o’clock, Rev. E. M.Woodard officiating. Burial in the Coloma cemetery. Rockville Republican, 9 June 1932, Rockville, Parke Co, Indiana,


Earl LITSEY son of Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Litsey died in France of pneumonia November 7.  this is the first of the boys from Howard Township to die in the service. - Waveland Independent December 13, 1918

Elmer Litsey of Garden Grove, California formerly of Marshall, age 99, d. in Palm Harbor hospital, Garden Grove, Thurs. morning, Jan 23. He was b. near Marshall, Jan 22, 1870 the s/o Henry and Caroline Day Litsey. He was married in 1891 to Myrtle Thompson who died in November 1946. A retired farmer he had lived the past 14 years with a grandson, Jack Clark of Garden Grove. Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Vera Chamness of Marshall RR and Mrs. Faytella Sprague of Garden Grove; four grandchildren, 12 gr. grandchildren and two gr. gr. grandchildren. Funeral services were held Mon. afternoon at the Davies-Tudor Fun. Home in Marshall with Rev. Merle Sparger officiating. Burial in Poplar Grove cemetery, Marshall. - Rockville Republican, January 23, 1969

Mrs. Myrtle LITSEY, age 76, died Tuesday morning in Crawfordsville, where she had been since suffering a fractured hip on September 28.  She was boron November 3, 1880 in Sugar Creek Township, the daughter of William and Elizabeth Thompson. On February 18, 1891, she was married to Elmer Litsey, who survives. Besides the husband, she is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Ernest Chamness of Marshall and Mrs. Dale Sprague of Syracuse; four grandchildren and one great-grandchild.” - Rockville Tribune, November 14, 1946

Juliet Orpha LITSEY was born December 4, 1843 and departed this life April 22, 1908, having attained the age of 64 years 4 months and 18 days when the Lord called her to her eternal home. She was the daughter of Husten and Hannah Dooley who at the time of her birth, resided in Parke County, Indiana. It was there she spent her early life and grew to womanhood. On the 20th day of March 1862, she was united in marriage to Ulysses S. Litsey. To this union 4 children were born, one dying in infancy. The others - W. G. Litsey of Spokane, Washington; Mrs. Emma Myers at whose home she died, Mrs. Ida Deere, Waveland, Indiana together with her husband survive her. At the age of 17 years she united with the New Light Christian Church at what was known as Spunky Point Church under the pastorate of the Rev. Joe Thomas. In this faith she continued steadfast through life, adorning it with a Godly walk and conversation and while ever ready to do the good deed or speak the kindly word that true religion demands of all, yet it was to the sick and afflicted that she seemed especially drawn and some, no doubt here present remember with grateful hearts her ministrations of love and mercy in their homes. She was a loving wife, an affectionate mother, a true friend, a good neighbor and a Christian woman in the true sense of that term. She leaves 3 brothers, one sister, a husband, one son, two daughters, 8 grandchildren and many other relatives and friends to mourn her loss. We close this obituary with a clipping found in her bible, which she, no doubt, treasured because it breathed the spirit in which she patiently bore the long years of suffering from which death has now brought welcome release. (no verse) - Shared by Karen Zach - ?? Newspaper (found in an old scrapbook) –

Funeral services for Luther A. LITSEY, 83 years old, who died at this residence here at 2:30 o’clock Sunday afternoon, will be held at the Branson Funeral Home at 2 o’clock Wednesday afternoon. Burial will be in Poplar Grove cemetery at Marshall. He is survived by the wife, Joella; one daughter, Mrs. Hazel Smith of Freeport, Ill.; two sons, Harold of Portland, Ore., and Orville of Oklahoma City, Okla.; one brother, Elmer of Marshall, Ind., and six grandchildren. – Terre Haute Tribune, 09 March 1954, Page 002


Waveland Independent, April 1, 1937 -- John LIVENGOOD, died at his home in Indianapolis on Sunday after half an hour's illness.  Funeral services in charge of the Masonic Lodge were held at Mt. Moriah on Wednesday afternoon. He was the son of Charles Livengood of Parkeville where he was born 46 years ago. With his brother, David, he was graduated from Waveland HS with the class of 1912, and from Wabash College in 1917.  He is survived by the wife and father and by two sisters: Mrs. Owen Moore of Milligan and Mrs. Frank Porter of Portland, and by the brother, David, of Jacksonville, Ill.  At the time of his death he was an accountant for the Federal Wax Company.

Mrs. Mary Melissa LIVENGOOD, a former resident of Waveland died at her home near Parkeville on Thursday night of last week.  She had been an invalid for years.  She was the daughter of John  and Elizabeth STARK, and was born Oct 24, 1859 at Hollandsburg.  She was married to Charles A. Livengood Dec 22, 1887.  She is survived by the husband and four children: john W. of Indianapolis; David C of Jacksonville, Ill; Mrs. Frank Porter of Portland and Mrs. Owen Moore of Parkeville, and six grandchildren, funeral services and burial at Mt Moriah on Saturday afternoon.   - Waveland Independent, August 16, 1935


Waveland Independent -- April 24, 1931 --Isaac Lloyd, the oldest citizen of Greene Township was found dead in his chair at 5 on Monday evening by his son, John.  The two were living together on the Lloyd homestead East of Milligan.  He was born Sept 24, 1835 and enjoyed good health up to the hour of his death.  Funeral services at the Rockville Federated Church on Wednesday were in charge of Rev. Herrick L. Todd of Indianapolis. 

Waveland Independent -- June 21, 1929 -- Mrs. Oliver Lloyd was fatally burned at her home on the old Lloyd place, E. of Milligan, about 8 on Wed. evening.  She was starting a fire and poured coal oil from a two gallon can which exploded.  Nearly all the clothing was burned from her body.   She was taken to Culver hospital where she lingered until one o'clock.  The Lloyds formerly lived in Waveland, but for several years have made their home in Frankfort.  They moved back to the farm about two years ago.


BLOOMINGDALE - A child of Brother Logan and wife was buried at Friends cemetery Monday.  Note:  This is a child of E. L. & Sadie Logan and his name may have been Pearly – Rockville Republican, 11 May 1904, Page 03 – shared by Jimmy Gillis


Rockville Tribune, Tues, July 18, 1911 -- John Lollis was born Dec 3, 1831 in Rockbridge County, Virginia and died at his home in Parke County Indiana July 11, 1911, at the age of 70 years 7 months and 10 days. He was the eldest child of George W. and Susana Lollis and was one of a family of 11 children, of whom three George W. Lollis, Mrs. Susan Strain and Mrs. Virginia Dooley are living and two brothers and five sisters who have preceded him to the other world.  He came to this state with his father and mother from Va. in the Fall of 1844 and spent the first winter on what is known as the Harrison Anderson place. The next spring the family located Southeast of Rockville on what is now known as the Frank W. Anderson place.  After the fashion of the old-time Va., his father built the house back from the road and the fine hospitable home on the hill commanding a splendid view of the beautiful valley below was named "Monticello," the name being suggested perhaps by the name of Thomas Jefferson's home, which was also situated on a lofty eminence overlooking miles of surrounding Va. hills and valleys. His father's family occupied this old home until the death of his parents except a period of two years in which they lived in Rockville in order to afford the children better facilities for an education.  He was married to Elizabeth Overpeck, April 9, 1857. She died April 9, 19, 1875.  He married a second time, his second wife being Mrs. Rachel Graham, who survives him. IN 1871, he united with the Methodist Episcopal church at Mt. Olivet and lived a faithful member of that society until his death. He was a charter member of the Masonic Lodge at Catlin and was Master of that lodge for 5 years. He was a devoted member of the ledge as long as he lived.  He was one of the substantial reliable and useful citizens of Parke Co. He enjoyed the confidence and respect of a large circle of acquaintances and all his friends recognized the fine qualities of his character which entitled him to be known as he was a gentleman of the old school.  While he was   a man of more than ordinary strength of character, he was courteous agreeable and charitable in his views of men and their opinions. He was a man of good judgment and was often called upon to assist in matters involving the range and disposition of real and personal property in the settlement of estates. He was a public spirited man. He stood for the pleasures and enterprised..... He was a man of sound morals. He was temperate, scrupously honest and his conversation was free from profanity and characterized by intelligence, sincerity and cordiality.  He had strong, sturdy traits of character and also an ample fund of good humor which made him a pleasant and enjoyable companion.   He was a good friend and a good neighbor. He was kind, sociable, tolerant, wished all men well and won and kept as long as he lived a large number of warm, steadfast friends.  He was a successful farmer and loved the life of an independent, industrious owner and tiller of the soil.  It was a notable fact to his life that he and his father-in-law were joint owners of the Overpeck & Lollis farms for 52 years and during that long period of years they managed and formed this property jointly and successfully and without a word of strife.  



 -- George H. LOMAN, one of the most highly esteemed citizens of the Freedom neighborhood, died on Tuesday afternoon.  Funeral services were held at Freedom Church yesterday afternoon in charge of Rev. HH Elmore. Mr. Loman was born near Lafayette Jan 10, 1853. He married Mantie H. Brown, March 19, 1882, who survives him as do one

daughter, Mrs. Blanche Dixon of Kendallville and one son, George Loman, Jr. He moved here from Otterbein about 30 years ago. He was a member of the Freedom Baptist Church and the Waveland Masonic Lodge. - Waveland Independent, September 14, 1934


Mrs. Sarah Elizabeth Huff Long was born in Cumberland county, Ky., January 3, 1851, and died at her house in Rockville, Monday morning, May 31, 1915, in her sixty-fifth year, after an illness of seven weeks, from a complication of diseases.  She was married to John Long, May 27, 1867, and to this union eleven children were born.  She leaves to mourn her loss a loving husband, five children and fourteen grandchildren, together with a host of friends, for to know her was to be her friend.  Not only was she a good mother to her children but also a loving mother to her grandchildren.  James and Mable Geller, whose own mother died when they were quite young.  At her bedside during her last hours were her husband, her youngest son, Elmer, James and Mable Geller of Rockville, W.H. Long, wife and children of Marshall, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur N. Fuson and daughter of Crawfordsville, Mr. and Mrs. Tom Wallace and children of Terra Haute.  A companion and a mother true, and so loyal unto Christ, that she taught both her children and her grandchildren that the supreme thing in life was to be a Christian, and in her passing hours she assured them all that she was going “Home”.  Short services were conducted at the home Wednesday afternoon at one o’clock by Elder S.K. Fuson, and the remains were taken to Mount Olivet church at Catlin, where the funeral was conducted by Rev. W. T. Barbre, with burial in the Mount Olivet cemetery.  - Parke County Times – June 4, 1915 – shared by Robin Farley Dixson


 Mary Elizabeth Loser, 67, San Pierre and formerly of Terre Haute, died at 1:20 a.m. Friday at Stark Memorial Hospital in Knox. Born July 10, 1926, in Mecca, she was the daughter of Harold and Laura Miles Elkins. Her husband Carl Loser, died in 1989. Survivors include three sons, Robert Kent, Delbert "Skeeter" Marlar and Kenneth Kent; five sisters, Mildred Brown, Maxine Cox, Barbara Purcell, Linda Miller and Beverly Gillian; one brother, Robert Elkins; eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at DeBaun Idaho Street Chapel with Rev. Mary Slaven officiating. Burial will be in Roselawn Memorial Park Mausoleum. Friends may call from 2 until 6 p.m. Sunday."  Daily Clintonian, 27 Nov 1993 - shared by Sandy Elkins Juhl


 WAVELAND INDEPENDENT – AUGUST 2, 1912--   Mrs. Roy Lough died at Culver Hospital early on Monday morning.  Funeral services were conducted at the home of Mr. Lough’s father, Joseph Lough, near Marshall, by Rev. H. C. Riley on Tuesday afternoon.  Interment in the Bethany Cemetery.  Mrs. Anna Irene Lough was the daughter of  Howard I. Demaree.  Her mother, Elizabeth Campbell Demaree died several years ago.  Besides the father she is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Harry Canine, of New Ross, and Miss Betty Demaree, two brothers, Samuel and John, and a half sister Dorothy,  She was born December 21, 1880, and was reared on the farm near Byron.  She graduated from the Waveland High School with the class of 1909.  She married Roy E. Lough, December 25, 1911,a nd they have since lived on a part of the Joseph Lough farm.  It was necessary to perform the Caesarian operation on her on Sunday afternoon , and from this she failed to rally.  The following is from the obituary.   “She was dedicated to the Lord by the rite of baptism when she was a baby, in the Presbyterian Church in Waveland, and this has always been the faith and church of her choice.  Her girlhood life was of the abundant full kind, full of life, fun and energy, happy, sunny and cheerful, even tempered.  She was greatly loved and respected by all who knew her.   Those attending the funeral from a distance were:  Miss Helen Campbell and Douglas Carpenter, of Cincinnati; Mr. and Mrs. Shaw, Mr. and Mrs. T. L. Canine, Crawfordsville; Hal Dronberger, Mrs. Walter Himmelbauer, Terre Haute; Mr. Kerr and family, Hillsboro; Nelson Lough and family, Hillsboro; Mr. and Mrs. Harry Canine, New Ross.


Waveland Independent, March 26, 1915 -- We the many friends and relatives of Fay Lough were deeply grieved to learn of his death.  Fay will be greatly missed in many ways from our circle of young folks.  We extend our sympathy to his bereaved parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Lough.


Waveland Independent -- July 24, 1931 --   Henry Harrison Lough, one of the only two surviving veterans of the Civil War in this township, died at his home on Howard St. Sunday morning.  Funeral services at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Garrie Dillman, on Tuesday morning were in charge of Rev. Hubert Hugo of Rockfield.  The pallbearers, members of the American Legion, were Dr. Harting, Charles Barr, Lowell Spencer, Owen Moore, Howard Worl and Carl Smith.  The flowers were carried by Mrs. Banta, Mrs. Goodwin, Mrs. Loudermill, Mrs. Machledt and Misses Vivian Oldshue and Helen Kelso.  "Taps" was sounded at the wake by Imogene Canine.  Mr. Lough was the son of George Washington and Katherine (Carter) Lough and was born in Parke County Oct 8, 1843, being at the time of his death, 87 years 9 months and 11 days old.  He was one of a family of 11 children, all of whom have preceded him in death.  At the age of 17 he enlisted in the Union Army in I Company, 31st Indiana volunteers, and served 3 years and a half.  He fought in the battles of Shiloh, Chattanooga, Lookout Mountain and was with Sherman in his march to the sea.   In 1866 he married Sarah Jane Budd, who died July 30, 1925.  To them were born 8 children, three sons, Jesse, Howard and Herbert are dead.  Those living are Arthur Lough, Mrs. Mabel Dillman and Mrs. Lucy Gardner of Waveland, Mrs. Cora Enoch of Crawfordsville and Mrs. Kate Gott of Kentland, 14 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.   Mr. Lough spent his entire life in and near Waveland where he made a large circle of friends by his modest, kindly and unassuming manner. He was a faithful member of the Presbyterian Church serving as deacon for many years.  He was a member of Waveland Lodge No. 300 F & AM.  Among those present from a distance were: Mrs. Wm. Lough, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Woods, Mr. and Mrs. Lee Overman, Mr. and Mrs. Joe Lough, Mr. and Mrs. Warren McClure, Mr. and Mrs. Roy Lough, and Marvin Lough of Marshall; Mrs. Frank Davis, Miss Lydia Dillman, and Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Wilson and daughter of Crawfordsville, Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Lough of Danville, Miss Mary Lough of Indianapolis, Mr. and Mrs. Harrison Enoch and Mr. and Mrs. Charles Enoch of New Market.

Joseph Lough, 84, who resided west of town on the Marshall road, died on Saturday while sitting in a chair in his home. - Source: Waveland Independent newspaper, 08 February 1940

Mrs. Margaret LOUGH daughter of John and Amanda Suaine (sic - should be Swaim) was born near Marshall, Indiana December 25, 1844 and departed this life May 23, 1932 at the age of 87 years 4 months and 28 days. She was united in marriage to William J. Lough March 1, 1866.  The home established by them was blessed with six children, 4 daughters and two sons.  Her husband and four children having preceded her in death.  The two surviving being Mrs. Frank Wood and Mrs. Lee Overman of Marshall.  She was long a faithful member of the Missionary Baptist Church, having united with it in her girlhood days.  She led a consistent Christian life, deriving joy in service and consolation in sorrow and bereavement.  Mrs. Lough in a very true sense belonged to Marshall, for here she was born, grew to womanhood, reared her children and lived here active, full and complete life, honoring God, while serving whom she could. - Marshall News & Record Thursday, June 9, 1932

Marvin LOUGH 76 of near Marshall died suddenly in his nephew, Roy Lough's car while on his way to a family reunion at Veedersburg. There were in the car his nephew and wife, and a niece, Mrs. Eddie McClure, Roy Lough was driving the car, noticed that his uncle was struggling for breath and stopped the car and called a doctor but his uncle was dead when the Dr. arrived. Death was attributed to heart disease. The funeral was conducted Tuesday at Marshall and burial in Bethany Cemetery. - Source: Waveland Independent newspaper, 23 August 1951

Omer Comorode LOUGH, a native of Parke County but a lifelong resident of Marshall and Waveland communities, died Monday March 19 at the Union Hospital, Terre Haute, after an illness of more than a year. He was born near Waveland on Feb 13, 1880, son of George W. and Rachael A. Lough; and was married in 1930 to Miss Emma CRAIG of Rockville, who died in 1943. Mr. Lough was a member of the Christian Church.  He was employed for many years as an automobile salesman and a piano tuner. One brother, Darwin Lough of Waveland and 3 sisters, Mrs. Viola REED of Indianapolis; Mrs. Lela RUSK of Veedersburg and Mrs. Ava GINN of California remain of the family. Funeral services were conducted Wednesday afternoon from the Machledt Funeral Home in charge of the Rev. Claude McCallister, burial in Bethany Cemetery, Marshall. – Waveland independent, 22 March 1945

Waveland Independent, April 28, 1922 -- William Lough, an older brother of Henry H. Lough, died at Marshall on Tuesday evening, after a prolonged illness.  His wife is also critically ill.  Funeral services were held at the Marshall Baptist Church on Thursday afternoon in charge of their pastor. He leaves three daughters and one son, the latter living in California. 


Judson - Mrs. Bessie M. Lundgren, 83, died Saturday morning at the Masonic Home in Franklin.   She was born July 4, 1881, in Fountain County to Jesse and Laura Nickell Newlin. She married L. Cecil Lundgren October 25, 1902, in Marshall. She was a member of the Federated Church and the O. E. S. No. 438 at Marshall. She was a graduate of the Marshall School. Mrs. Lundgren is survived by a daughter. Mrs. Vernon Weatherman of Judson; two grandsons, Phillip and John Weatherman, both at home and a newphew, Dr. Jesse Hobson of Dallas, Tex. She was preceded in death by a son, Lloyd Lundgren, her husband and four sisters.   Services will be at 10 am Tuesday at the Machledt & Servies Funeral Home at Waveland. Rev. Ruth Isaacs will officiate. Burial will be in Poplar Grove Cemetery at Marshall. Friends may call at the funeral home. - Crawfordsville Journal Review - December 28, 1964  - submitted by Robin Dixson

John P. Lundgren was born in Karlsham, Sweden, Nov. 6, 1833, died Oct. 9, 1925, age 91 years, 11 months, and 3 days.  At the age of 18 years, having graduated from the schools of Karlsham, he sailed to America, arriving at New York after a voyage of seven weeks.  Leaving New York he came to Indiana which has since been his home.  In 1859 he was united in marriage with Lucetta McKee whose death occured in October, 1866.  To this union were born five children, two of whom died in infancy, Steward, who died in early childhood and Lorena and Antonius who survive.  In 1867 he was united in marriage with Mary Elizabeth Farley.  To this union were born eight children; Ida, Minnie, Paul, Georgie, Cecil, Maud, Bessie and Opal.  Of this number, Georgie, Ida and Minnie have preceded their father in death.  John P. Lundgren became an American by choice and altho he cherished fond memories of his native land, he became a whole-hearted American Citizen, having full faith in America and its institutions.  While he was rearing his children he took an active part in community activities.  He was trustee of Sugar Creek township for four terms and during that time provided the children of the township with the best educational advantages  that it was possible for the township to furnish.  He was steadfast in religion, having been reared in Sweden according to the Lutheran faith.  After coming to America he united with the Methodist church and was an active member of that church until his declining years.  Thruout his long life he was an energetic, industrious man, finding great pleasure in his work and in providing many comforts for his family.  He went about his daily work until December of last year.  Since that time he had a gradual decline in health until his death.  At 3:30 o'clock in the morning of Oct. 9, he went to sleep and quietly ended the earthly career of a beautiful life. - Rockville Republican - October 22, 1925 - – shared by Robin Farley Dixson



Claude C. Lusk, a school bus driver for more than 29 years for MIllcreek Township and Fountain Central schools, died Monday morning at Lakeview Hospital, Danville, Ill where he had been a patient 7 days. He was 63. A native of Sugar Creek Twp in Parke County, Mr. Lusk was born February 4, 1903, a son of Chauncey and Flora Alexander Lusk. Surviving are a sister, Mrs. Ercie W. Nutter of Akron, Ohio; a niece, Mrs. Esther Filpek of North, Ill and 3 nephews, Kermit Starnes of Sterly, Ill, Rev. Kenneth starnes of Galva, Ill and Cyril Lewsader of Chicago. Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m. Friday at Davies-Tudor Funeral Home in Marshall with Rev. Kenneth Starnes officiating. Burial in Alamo Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home after 5 p.m. today. – Crawfordsville Journal Review, 03 January 1967, Page 004 – shared by Karen Zach

Waveland Independent, ? date -- John Lusk died at his home near the Narrows of Sugar Creek on Friday.  Some time ago he suffered a stroke of paralysis, but was able to take a load of hogs to Indianapolis 10 days before his death, which resulted from pneumonia.  Funeral services were held at Lusk Chapel, near the home on Sun. morning, Rev. Charles Law of Bloomingdale in charge.  Mrs. Mary Skirk and Miss Bessie McClain, Doren, Marvin and Harry Clore, M/M Ernest Services attended the funeral from here.  Mrs. T J Martin and Son, Donald, came from Terre Haute.  He was b. 78 years ago and with the exception of a trip to Calif. in the gold days spent all his life in the vicinity of the Narrows.  He attended the Old Academy here and in former years was a frequent visitor. He was very eccentric and wanted no one to come about his home.  He leaves a considerable estate, mostly land of which there is over 1200 acres, much of it covered with virgin timber.  He was never married and his estate will go to his nieces and nephews, among which are the Clores of this place.

Howard Maxwell was on Thurs. granted letters of admin. on the estate of the late John Lusk, by RJ Cummings, clerk of Parke Circuit court. The bond is $10,000.  The estate is estimated to not exceed $3000 personal property and $100,000 real estate. There are above 20 heirs.  In the following list all save those otherwise indicated are nephews and nieces: Joel Clore, 67, Thayer, Mo; Salmon Clore, 68, Waveland; Julia A> McClain, 65, Waveland; Doren Clore, 62 Waveland; Susan York, 60, Dana; Marvin Clore, 58, Waveland; Mary E. Shirk, 55 Waveland; Almeda Martin 47, Terre Haute, Govneur Brewer, 45, Beach, ND; John Brewer, 43, Sturgis, SD; Otto Brewer, 25, grand nephew, Chicago; Izetta Brewer, 23 grand niece, Indianapolis; Salmon Brown, 65 Ridgefarm, Ill; Commodore Brown, 60 Danville, Ill; John Brown 53, Ridge Farm, Ill; Ben Brown over 21 address unknown; Dewitt C. Lusk, 53 Minneapolis, Minnesota; Chnacy W. Lusk, 52, Kingman; Orvil Wood, 22 grand nephew, Bloomingdale; Flossie Wood, 15, grand niece, Bloomingdale (may be more - article cut)  


 Rockville Tribune - June 7, 1933. -- Mrs. Robert Lykins (Julia Isabelle MARTIN Lykins) -died at her home at Rosedale early Wednesday morning, May 31, after a lingering illness of complications.  She was a daughter of Robert L. and Nancy L. Harney Martin, her father being a son of John Martin, the first settler of Union Township. She was born and reared in Union Township where she was identified

with all social activities and the work of Farmers Chapel United Brethren church.  She was married to Robert Lykins in 1926 and went to Rosedale to live where she was highly esteemed.  She was a woman of many estimable virtues with a wide circle of sincere friends.  Surviving besides the husband are two step-daughters, Mrs. Oather Stutler and Mrs. James Baxter, both of Jessup; three step grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. Lila F. Crooks of Rosedale and Mrs. S.A. Noble of Bellmore; a brother, John P. Martin of Bellmore, and a number of nieces and nephews.  The mortal remains were taken to Farmers Chapel U.B. church Friday morning where at 11 o'clock funeral services in charge of the Rev. George Anderson were held.  Mrs. and Mrs. James Roberts, son and daughter of Rosedale, with Mrs. Claude Noble of Rockville, pianist, sang "Beautiful Isle", "Asleep in Jesus", and "Saved by Grace" and an obituary was read. The mortal remains were laid to rest in the Martin cemetery near the church, the bearers of the pall being Messrs. Noble, Knauer, Martin, Johnson, Thompson, and Carmichael, all nephews of the deceased, and little girls of the family carried beautiful floral tributes.

Rockville Republican - Thursday, May 30, 1935. --Robert Lykins, aged 70, died at his home here Saturday evening following a few weeks illness since he suffered a paralytic stroke. Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon in the Bridgeton Baptist Church,  Burial in Clear Run Cemetery.  He is survived by the widow Margaret;  two daughters, Mrs. Oather Stutler and Mrs. James Baxter of Jessup; two stepdaughters, Mrs. Leo Martin of Carbon and Mrs. Thomas Buck of Brazil; also a stepson Ray Kemper of Terre Haute. 

Rockville Tribune - Wednesday, May 29, 1935. --The body of Robert Lykins, a former resident of Raccoon township, who died at his home at Rosedale Saturday evening, was brought here Tuesday afternoon, where funeral services were held at 2 o'clock. Burial was made in Clear Run Cemetery.  The deceased was engaged in the timber business during his stay in our community and was widely known as an honest, upright citizen who enjoyed the respect of all.