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Huber RABB about 18, son of Mr. and Mrs. William Rabb died Monday night at 8:45 with other boys he was running around in a circle and the gymnasiums when he suddenly dropped to the floor.  He never regained consciounscness.  The cause of death was acute cardiac dialation according to Dr. A. L. Ratcliff of Kingman.  Coroner Samuel Montgomery was called Monday night and conducted the inquest at Tangier. - Rockville Tribune, February-2,-1927

Mrs. Clara E. RABB, wife of Grant Rabb, died at her home near Tangier, Thursday night, age 79 years.  Death occurred at 9:15 p.m.  Mrs. Rabb was born in Parke County Feb 12, 1858 and was the daughter of William C. and Fannie Swaim Robbins.  She was united in marriage with Grant Rabb, Nov 29, 1891.  Mrs. Rabb was an active member of the Women's Relief Corps and the Order of the Eastern Star and was well known in her home community.  Surviving are the husband, a sister, Mrs. Rozilla Chezum of Tangier and several nieces and nephews.  Funeral services were held at the home near Tangier at 2 o'clock Sunday afternoon.  Burial in Tangier cemetery - Rockville Republican Thursday, July 29, 1937


Virginia Ramsay, 74, Waveland, died at 2:45 p.m. Thursday, March 26, 1998 at Culver Union Hospital in Crawfordsville  Born November 8, 1923 in St. Louis, Missouri, she was the daughter of F. Kirtly and Ruby Hazel Sutton Venable. On September 18, 1943, she married Kenneth L. Ramsay at Renick, Missouri, who survives. She was a graduate of Hoover High School in Glendale, California, and Occidental College in Los Angeles, California. She was a member of Russellville Community Church, Russellville Order of Eastern Star, Daughters of the American Revolution and Greene Township Country Wives. Other survivors include two sons, Mark Ramsay of RR 2, Rockville, and Kenneth "Chip" Ramsay of Pawhuska, Oklahoma; four daughters, Carol Sue Darling of Danville, Indiana, Cynthia Burkett of Indianapolis, Christina Hunter of Martinsville and Charlotte Wills of Westfield; and 11 grandchildren. Services were conducted Saturday at her church with Rev. Bill Neiman officiating. Burial was in Portland Mills Cemetery, Machledt and Services (make that Services) Funeral Home of Waveland was in charge of arrangements. Memorials may be made to the Virginia Ramsay Memorial Fund of Russellville Community Church.   - Parke County Sentinel, Wednesday, April 1, 1998 -     Thanks to Mary Lou Hermiller

Charles Henry RAMSEY 90 who died at the home of his son, Harry south of town on Saturday night was the son of Walker and Anna Ramsey, and was born in Quincy, Iowa.  He married Stella Belle HARBISON, now deceased.  Besides the son at whose home he died there are two other sons, Walker and Ralph, and a daughter, Mrs. Pearl NICHOLSON.  Funeral services at the Russellville Federated Church on Monday, were followed by burial in Seceder cemetery near Portland Mills. - Waveland Independent Thursday, November 20, 1941



Fountain County paper, Friday, April 12, 1912 - Nannie Caroline Sowers, only d/o Solomon & Emeline Sowers was b. Nov 24, 1858 and d. March 29, 1912 aged 53Y4M5D. She was married to William M. Ratcliff April 20 1882. Their life together proved to be one of happiness and devotion - a life divined by God. But alas@ in the sweetest of sunshine there are shadows, and God has cast gloom over the life of this devoted husband, when he sees fit to call his companion to that great beyond. We have been left sad & heartbroken, but we know H needed her in His vineyard - it was His will, not ours, be done. Sister Ratcliff sought & found her savior in early life and lived a true Christian until He called her home. More than a year ago her health began to decline and it seemed that all helping hands could do was of no avail. At last, thinking a change might revive her, she was removed to the home of her daughter, in Delhart, TX where for a time it was thought she would fully recover; but again God called and was answered in a very short time. She leaves to mourn her loss a heartbroken husband, four children - Clem E, Lulu M, Ethel D and Claude Ratcliff - besides a host of relatives & friends.

Miles RATCLIFF, long a well known citizen of Sugar Creek Township, died at his home in Kingman, last Sunday. For many years he was a justice of the peace for his township and prominent in public affairs. A few years ago he moved to Kingman. The deceased was the father of Jacob Ratcliff, ex-trustee of Sugar Creek Township.” - Rockville Tribune, March 6, 1907

The funeral of Mrs. Jane RACLIFF, widow of the late Miles Ratcliff, who was so well known, occurred at Pleasant Grove Church on last Thursday, in charge of Mrs. Sarah McKey. Interment in the Cashatt Cemetery. - Rockville Tribune, December 8, -1909

Ellen Marie Ratcliff of Marshall, Indiana went home on March 8, 2006 from Health South in Terre Haute. She was born May 9, 1930 near Perrysville to Edwin L. and Martha Ellen Bartley Brown. On August 3, 1947 she married Leon E. Ratcliff. He preceded her in August 1977.  She was a farmer's wife, mother, homemaker and mentor. She enjoyed her church, Marshall Federated, crafts, sewing, playing cards and 10,000.  She is survived by her children: Madeline Chadwell of West Point, Sally Boudi of Colon, Michigan, Hubert Ratcliff of Marshall, Delores Jurca (husband Ben) of Seelyville, and Barbara Birdwell (husband Bob) of Nashville, Tennessee. Also by her sisters Carolyn Simpson of Florida and Venimore Cade of Texas, several cousins, nieces, nephews, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and special friends Kirby and Caesar.  Preceded by her parents, a son Edward, brothers Cyril, Bartley, and Leon Brown, and sisters Lucille Parke and Maxine Clark. Rice Funeral Home in Marshall in charge of arrangements. Tentative visitation on Friday evening and service Saturday morning at Marshall Federated Church with Brother Don Perry officiating. Burial at Poplar Grove Cemetery. - provided by Madeline Chadwell



Terre Haute Tribune, Friday, April 4, 1952 -- Marshall Indiana; Mrs. Lenore Rawlings, 76 years old, died Thursday at her home here.  The body was taken to the Davies Funeral Home.  Services will be held at 3 o'clock Sunday afternoon at the Baptist Church, the Rev. Milo Hinkle officiating.  Burial will be in Bethany Cemetery.  The body will be taken to the church from the funeral home an hour before time of the services.  Surviving are a son, Roland Rawlings of Banning, Cal; a daughter, Miss Pauline Rawlings at home; a sister, Mrs. Susie Thomas of Waveland; a brother, George O. Jack of Danville, Ill; and several nieces and nephews. 


Earl S. Ray, 81, of near Tangier, a prominent farmer and auctioneer, died unexpectedly at 10: 30 a.m. Wednesday while working on his farm.  Mr. Ray was a member of Kingman Lodge 314, F&AM, Scottish Rite of Indianapolis, Zorah Temple of the Shrine at Terre Haute, and Indiana and national auctioneers associations. He and his late brother, Paul, were well-known auctioneers in this area.  He was born June 25, 1892, in Vermillion County, a son of David and Jennie Ensley Ray. He was married to Fay Lewman on August 9, 1913.  Surviving with the widow are a daughter, Mrs. Chester (Betty) Vanada of Newburg, five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.  Services will be conducted at 10 a.m. Saturday in Cumberland Presbyterian Church at Howard with the Rev. David Green officiating. Burial will be in Miller Cemetery at Lodi. Friends may call at the Butler Funeral Home at Rockville after 7 p.m. today. Kingman Masonic Lodge will conduct Masonic services at 7:30 p.m. Friday in the funeral home. The body will be taken to the church one hour prior to services. - Crawfordsville Journal Review 23 August 1965, Page 008

Waveland Independent, Aug 1, 1924 -- The community around Guion was shocked on Sun. evening to hear of the tragic death of Mrs. M. E. . RAY.  Sunday afternoon about one-thirty she took a bucket and went to the big pasture on the Bushong farm looking about blackberries.  Soon a thunderstorm came up and she did not return home the family became uneasy about her and some of them went to hunt for her.  They searched for some time and returned to the house to see if she had come back.  It was not until after sundown that she was found by two of her daughters. She was lying under a large sugar tree near the Bushong sugarhouse and was dead.  They were unable to arrive at a definite conclusion as to what had caused death.  On Monday morning some of the family and neighbors went back to the tree where the body was found and the  tree showed plainly that it had been struck by lightning. Mrs. Ray was wearing rubber boots and one of these was badly bursted and torn almost in shreds on one side as if the lightning had gone out through it.  There was also a large hold in her hat.  The coroner was called back that morning and gave a verdict of killed by lightning.

Waveland Independent, Aug 1, 1924 -- Mrs. Ed Ray came to her death on Sunday afternoon by a lightning stroke.  The family live on the Kidwell place, west of town, on the Terre Haute  road. She left the house about two o'clock intending to look at some berry patches on the Bushong place, and after that to call at Bushong home.  When she did not return by six o'clock the family became uneasy and made a search for her. The youngest daughter, Dorothy, finally found her on the Bushong farm, dead. A physician and the coroner were summoned, who decided that death was accidental and the way the straw hat she was wearing was torn led some to believe that she had been kicked by some domestic animal.  It was after dark before the coroner was secured. In the morning some of the folks revisited the scene of the death when it was plain to be seen that lightning had struck the tree under which she had taken refuge and had caused her death.  The torn hat, a slight mark on the back of the neck and one limb were all the traces left by the death-dealing stroke.  Funeral services at the Union Church on Tuesday afternoon were conducted by Rev. Mr. House of the Mellott Christian Church.  Burial at the Baptist Cemetery at Newtown.  The following obituary was prepared by the daughter, Laura Ray.  "Hattie Ellen, second daughter of John and Laura Pogue Moffit, was born near Attica, Oct 5, 1878.  Here she spent her childhood days and grew to womanhood.  She confessed her belief in the Savior in early life when she was baptized with her mother by Rev. Mr. Jenkins of the UB Church and she is the first to meet that mother who preceded her in death 16 years ago.   Feb 16, 1896 she was married to Marcus Edmund Ray who with six children, Laura, Robert, Cuba, Dorothy, Roscoe and Charles Edmund are left to mourn her sudden departure; also an aged father and three sisters: Luella Earl of Kokomo, Florence Moffit at home and Mrs. Orrie McMurtire of near Newtown; besides a host of relatives and friends.   Mother has gone from amongst us but the influence she yielded over these young lives will go on and on throughout the ages. She will be remembered by those who knew her for her cheerfulness, industry, honesty and her love for her home the joyous welcome for all.  Her instant death Sunday, July 27 at two o'clock brought to a close a short life of 45 Years, nine months and 22 days. In her going we see the realization of her wish that she might be spared long hour of suffering in her last illness.  True it is a death so far as life here upon earth concerns us, but it is after all only the beginning of life known to us in eternity."

James G. Ray, 44, of Tangier, was fatally injured in a one-car accident at 8 p.m. Saturday on the West Union Road, four miles north of Montezuma. Born July 19, 1923 in Tangier, he was the son of Dolph and Mary Mildred Jackson Ray. He married Pauline Redenbaugh September 12, 1941. Surviving are his widow and parents; a daughter, Mrs. Kenneth (Patricia) Pittman of Crawfordsville; two sons, Jeffrey Gordon and Gregory William, both at home; a brother, Richard of Evansville, and two grandchildren. Mr. Ray served with the U. S. Army during World War II. He was a member of the International Operating Engineers Local 841 in Terre Haute. Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Tudor Funeral Home in Rockville with the Rev. Glen Ray officiating. Burial will be in Rush Creek Cemetery near Tangier with military graveside rites by Sellenzer Post 48 of the American Legion in Rockville. Friends will be received at the funeral home after 7 tonight and anytime Tuesday. - Crawfordsville Journal Review 30 May 1974, Page 003


Waveland Independent, Dec 19, 1919 -- John L. Rector, who died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. William Allen in Wapello, the latter part of the week, was buried at the Wolf Creek Cemetery on Sunday morning, after services at the Wolf Creek church conducted by Rev. C. B.. Tomlinson.  Mr. Rector was born in Ky. nearly 83 years ago.  H. C.. Machledt directed the funeral. 

ROCKVILLE – Thomas Rector, 64, of Nyesville, Ind., died at 3:20 a.m. Wednesday at St. Anthony Hospital in Terre Haute where he had been a patient for a week. Mr. Rector had been in failing health for several years. The deceased had been employed at Harrison Steel Castings for 14 years. Ill health forced his retirement from the firm. He had been a resident of the Nyesville community for 37 years. Born on July 6, 1905, in Lodi, he was the son of Ira and Coral Smith Rector. He was married on July 19, 1930, to Dolly Kiger. The mother, now Mrs. Cora Vest of Danville, Ill., and the widow survive. Other survivors include three sons, Donald of Butler, Ind., Thomas of Roachdale and Ernest at home; three daughters, Mrs. Richard (Phyllis) Kelley, and Glenda Rector of Rt. 4, Rockville, and Ronda Rector at home; a sister, Mrs. Cecil Butcher of Danville, Ill.; three half-brothers, Fred and Donald Miles, both of Peoria, Ill., and John Vest of State Line, Ind.; two half-sisters, Mrs. Laura Gillan of Terre Haute and Mrs. Ralph Forman of Georgetown, Ill.; six grandchildren, and nieces and nephews. Services are set for 2 p.m. Friday in the Tudor Funeral Home at Rockville with Rev. Wendell Adams in charge. Friends may call after 4 p.m. Thursday. Burial will be in Wolf Creek Cemetery. – jlr - Source: Crawfordsville Journal Review, July 23, 1969


Russell G. REDDEN, 81, of Rt 4 Rockville died at 4:45 a.m. Sunday in Lee Allen Bryant Nursing Home, Rockville.  A member of the Rossville, Ill Christian Church he was a retired farmer. Mr. Redden was born August 19, 1901 at Rossville, Ill a son of George and Anne Rice Redden. Survivors are a daughter, Mrs. Ruth Kilbun; a son, Harold Redden, 4 grand 10 greats and nieces and nephews. Graveside services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday in Memory Garden Cemetery, Rockville Rev. Russell Beal officiating. Friends may call after 6 pm. today at Barnes Mortuary.  - Crawfordsville Journal Review, 04 January 1983


Waveland Independent, Feb 6, 1920 -- Clayborn W. Reddish, s/o John C and Mary J. Reddish was born in Parke Co Aug 1, 1860 and departed this life, Feb 3, 1920.  He was united in married to Eva C. Sutton, march 31, 1880.  To this union were b. 7 children: the eldest, Omer Roy, d. at the age of 16 months. Those living are Otto L. of Waveland; John F. of Brownsvalley, Mrs. William Oglesbee of Waveland; Warren I. of Cincinnati, Oh; Cyril C. of Frankfort and Mary Ruby of Waveland and 8 grandchildren.  He also leaves an aged mother and one sister, Mrs. J. W.  Chapman of Rockville.  He accepted the Christian faith during early manhood, affiliating with the Baptist Church at Marshall, where he was engaged in business for a number of years.  Afterward he engaged in farming and lately he has made Waveland his home. Although seemingly strong he was stricken with acute appendicitis.  He was removed to Culver hospital, undergoing an operation and after a respite of a few days he answered the Master's call.  He was  a member of Rathbone Lodge K of P.  Funeral Services at the home on Thurs. morning were conducted by Rev. SK Fuson, assisted by Rev. J. T. Boyer.  Interment at Bethany Cemetery.

State Representative Otto L. REDDISH of Montgomery County formerly of Howard Twp, Parke Co, and a former member of the Indiana State Fair Board for 25 years died Monday morning in Culver Hospital, Crawfordsville following a coronary occlusion.  He was taken to the hospital the evening before from his farm home near New Market.  Active in Republican politics in both Montgomery & Parke Counties, he was elected to the state legislature from Montgomery County for four terms and his name was on the ballot in Tuesday's primary election for renomination.  He was in the Ways & Means Committee and was ranking Republican Member of several other important committees.  Born Feb 17, 1883, at Marshall in Parke Co Mr. Reddish was the son of Clay W. and Eva Sutton Reddish. He was married twice, first June 29, 1904 to Blanche OGLESBEE who died Dec 17, 1932.  Eight years later he married Edna Allison Neal who survives.  Mr. Reddish was a member of the Presbyterian Church and Masonic Lodges of Waveland and the Scottish Rite of Indianapolis.  He attended Bloomingdale academy.  Active in farming most of his life, in 1952 he was presented a plaque by the Indian Swine Breeders Association in recognition of service rendered the swine industry. He was twice president of the State Fair board.  Surviving in addition to the widow are four sons: Ronald L. of Lebanon; Herman C. of Indianapolis; William R of Russellville and Clay F. of Greensburg; two daughters, Mrs. Charles Goff of Wallace and Mrs. Frank Fritts of Bellmore; 21 grandchildren; two brothers, John of New market and Cyril of Frankfort; and a sister, Mrs. Will Oglesbee of Crawfordsville. Funeral services were held at 2 Thursday at the Noble -Reeves Funeral Home, New Market, Rev. John R. Servies was in charge. Burial in Maple Ridge Cemetery, Waveland. - Tri-County News May 10, 1956


Obituary -- ? paper -- George Redenbaugh died at 12:30 o'clock Sunday morning, May 25, 1884 age 99 years, 7 months, 7 days.   Uncle George, as we always called him, was born Sept 18, 1783 in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania.  He emigrated to the state of Indiana in 1813, settled with his father in Jefferson County.  In 1830, he, with his wife, removed to this county.  He was married to Margaret Stucker May 25, 1820.  She died in 1872 at the age of 72 years.  Uncle George was the father of nine children, three sons and two daughters still living.  The grandfather of 62 children and the great grandfather of 41.   He was a veteran of the War of 1812, the eldest of a family of 13, two brothers and one sister still living.  One brother near Yeddo, one in Kansas and the sister in Iowa.  He had been a member of the united Baptist Church at least 50 years, assisted in the organization of the United Baptist Church at this place, the first class leader of the church.  Elder Hutts conducted the funeral service.  Although the Elder's sermon was short owing to his recent illness, yet it covered a great many points of interest.  Uncle George bore his illness with patience and during his last suffering of five weeks not a murmur escaped his lips.  At last he has received his reward, the reward of eternal life and happiness. We do hope that his relatives that are left to mourn over his departure live as upright and pure Christians, so that when Gabriel shall blow his Trumpet they shall all be gathered together in one unbroken family in that Home beyond the skies.

REEDY (near death experience)

Waveland Independent, May 4, 1923 -- Alvin Reedy, who lives on the old Roy Grimes place, So. of Milligan, was about as near death on Monday morning as he is like to be and get out alive. He had his team on the wagon scales on the No. side of the track when the morning passenger came along and frightened them. They got on the track and one of them was killed. Mr. Reedy suffered a broken clavicle, a scalp wound and minor bruises. He was taken to St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis by the railroad people, and was able to come home after a day or two.


Waveland Independent, Jan 27 ?, 1916 -- "Swamp College News" -- We the people of the community were greatly shocked to learn of the death of Mrs. Bettie Reeves.  Mrs. Reeves was well known here, her former home being Byron.


Waveland Independent, Feb 3, 1899 -- Joe Reid was crushed to death today by a falling tree while working in the timber in the Green (sic) School house neighborhood W. of Town. 


Montezuma, Ind. – Mrs. Lela M. Renick, 70, of Montezuma Route 1, was killed at 10:10 a.m. yesterday in an auto accident at the intersection of Indiana Routes 231 and 234, eight miles south of Crawfordsville. Mrs. Rennick was a passenger in the auto driven by her husband, Leonard, 75. He is listed in serious condition at Culver Hospital in Crawfordsville with head and chest injuries. Driver of the other auto was William C. Norris, 28, of Greencastle. He sustained minor injuries. Officers reported he was wearing a seat belt and credited this with saving him from serious injury or death. Both autos were reported to be a total loss. Dr. Samuel C. Mills, Montgomery County coroner, said that Mrs. Rennick died of a broken neck and a crushed chest. She was the daughter of William and Ophelia Daniels Cox. She and Rennick were married Dec. 28, 1966. Other survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Dorothy Marshall Sturm of Montezuma; a sister, Mrs. Mabel Cox Strafford of Montezuma, and a granddaughter. Services will be a 1:30 p.m. Friday at the Brown Funeral Home. The Rev. Glenn Clark will officiate. Burial will be in Oakland Cemetery. The body is at the funeral home. Friends will be received after 2 p.m. Thursday. – jlr - Source: Crawfordsville Journal Review, January 4, 1967

Rockville Republican, Jan 21, 1965 -- Winfield Thomas Renick, formerly of Judson RR, age 83, d. Wed. afternoon Jan 13, at the Rudicel Nursing Home in Covington where he had lived for 17 months.  Survivors include a daughter, Miss Bonnie Renick, also a patient at the nursing home; a sister, Mrs. Ada Smith, a patient at Westbrook Nursing home in Crawfordsville; a brother, Saul in the Alward nursing home at Attica and several nieces and nephews.  Funeral services were held, Fri. afternoon at the Sever mortuary in Veedersburg with burial in Rockfield Cemetery. 


Waveland Independent, Sept 2, 1921 -- Mrs. Lyndal Harris Rhoades, age 28, died in St. Anthony's hospital at 4 o'clock, Tues. morning of acute diabetes. Mrs. Rhoades had been ill at the home of her parents, M/M Stanton Harris for about six weeks much of the time confined to the house. Her condition became so serious that it was deemed best to take her to a hospital which was done Sun. evening. A year ago lat May she was married to John M. Rhoades of Kansas, Ill.  She was born and spent all her life until her marriage in Rockville.  She was a bright disposition and had many friends who were shocked upon learning of her demise.   Funeral services will be held at the home Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock, Elder SK Fuson officiating. Rockville Republican.  Those attending the funeral from here were Mrs. DA Lough and Mrs. TE Huston.


Waveland Independent, Sept 9, 1921 -- Mr. and Mrs. J. O. Rosebaum and Misses Ruth, Edith and Lorine, who were called to Rockville by the death of Mrs. John RHODES came to Waveland on their way back to Indianapolis and stopped over a short time.


John H. Rice died at his home at west end of Main Street about six on Monday evening.   While he has been suffering with heart trouble and had a critical seizure some months ago he was able to do up his chores, and told Mrs. Rice he was feeling better than he had for a long time.  Death came while he was at the supper table.  Mrs. Rice called a neighbor, Ott Kolling, who called other neighbors and the sons at Browns Valley and Marshall.  Funeral services at the home on Wed. afternoon were in charge of Rev. Victor Keiser.  Mrs. Charles F. Moore and Miss Jessie Wilson sang.  The pall-bearers were Jasper Rice, Guy Rice, Fred Rice, Harry Galey, John English and Walter Metzler.  The flowers were carried by Gloria Metzler, Mary Jane Rice, Mary Rice, Mrs. Lena Maddox, Mrs. Olivia Wenning and Helen English.  John Humphrey Rice was born in Ladoga, Indiana, July 19, 1850, died at his home in Waveland, November 16, 1931, aged 81 years, 3 months and 27 days.  he was the son of Humphrey and Nancy Rice, the third youngest of a family of 10 children, whose names were James, Aljournon, Martha, Sarah, William, Mary, Joseph, Charles and George Taylor.  George is now the only surviving member of this family. While very young, Mr. Rice moved to Russellville where he operated a blacksmith shop for 10 years.  While living in Russellville he was united in marriage to Lettie Jones, Dec. 23, 1873.  To this union were born five children: Jasper, Ida, Bert, Nettie and Guy.  The circle of this home was broken by the death of his wife, Ida and son, Bert.  He came to Waveland 50 years ago and established a shop here.  He remarried in the year 1896 to Emma Galey.  To this union two children were born, Fred of Browns Valley and Juanita Metzler of Indianapolis, and 12 grandchildren.  After retiring from the blacksmith shop, Mr. Rice engaged in the stock business, which he conducted for 30 years.  he became widely known as an authority in this field and his advice was valued even in the last years of his life.   Many years ago he united with the Methodist Episcopal Church.  He was known as a loyal friend and was always especially fond of children and kind to every unfortunate person who came his way.  He was a devoted husband, a kind brother and a loving father.  Through his declining years his great joy was found in the visits of his 12 grandchildren.  Through years of poor health his desire was to be as little burden as possible to his loving wife, who spent her time seeing that his every wish was fulfilled.   "We shall meet but we shall miss him, there will be one vacant chair, we shall linger to caress him, when we breath our evening prayer."  Among those from a distance were: Mr. and Mrs. M. J. . Maddock, Mrs. Walter Rice of Linnsburg; Mr. and Mrs. Warner Edwards, C. J. . Webber of Indianapolis; Dr. T. Z. Ball and Mrs. Robert Kelso of Crawfordsville; Mr. and Mrs. Harry Beeson, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Banta, Mr. and Mrs. Charles McMurtry, Mr. and Mrs. John Asbury and Mr. and Mrs. Homer McCampbell of Marshall and Mrs. Bert Rice and children of Logansport. - Waveland Independent -- November 20, 1931

Mrs. W.W. Canine was called to Rockville on Monday by the illness of her sister, Mrs. Charles Rice, who died the following evening.   Funeral services  were held at Freedom church yesterday afternoon.  Mrs. Rice was the daughter of Peter James and was born on the old James place just E. of Freedom church, about 45 years ago.  She is survived by the husband, Dr. Charles Rice, and 7 brothers and sisters: William James of Crawfordsville; Mrs. WW Canine, Mrs. Cora Deere of Fresno, Cal; Robert James of Clinton, Mrs. Grace Thompson of Balhinch, Mrs. Pearl Vancleave of Freedom, and Edgar James of Chicago. - Waveland Independent, March 15, 1918 -

Ezephus Rice d. at his home E of Milligan early on Tues morning.  He has been suffering from tuberculosis for several years.  The funeral and interment were at Clinton Falls on Wed afternoon.  He leaves a wife and several children.  He was b. in this state 54 years ago. - Waveland Independent, March 27, 1914

Mrs. Effie RICE, 80, died at her home here, Wednesday night. She is survived by the daughter, Mary; the son Theron and his wife and one grandson, Jon Rice; two sisters, Mrs. Mary Seybold of Crawfordsville and Mrs. Frances Sights of Indianapolis.  She was a member of the Baptist Church and active in all its affairs.  She was also a member of the Woman's Club.  Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon at the Baptist Church with Rev. Elmer Evans pastor, officiating. Mrs. Veron Delp accompanied by Mrs. Bion Myers sang In the Garden and Good night and Good Morning. Pall bearers were Lewis stark; Josiah Jones; Alfred Crum; Harold Deener; Bion Myers and William Martin.  - Tri-County News, May 10, 1956 - "Marshall News"

Miss Mary Emma Fullenwider attended the funeral of Mrs. John Rice at Attica on Thursday of last week. Mrs. Rice, who was the widow of Dr. John Rice has been living in California for some years. Before her marriage she was Miss Louisa Brown of Rosedale and was an aunt by marriage of Mrs. Winter Fullenwider. Dr. Rice died about 4 years ago. Mrs. Rice died in March of this year but it was not possible at that time to bring the body back to Indiana. It was accompanied by a daughter, Mrs. Clara Howard who is now visiting her sister, Mrs. Victoria Baker at Ft. Wayne. - Waveland Independent, May 6, 1921

Miss Rena Rice passed away at her home in market Street, Rockville Monday night about 9 o'clock after an illness of some weekscaused by a heavy stroke of appoplexy from which she was unable to rally.  Miss Rice was about 64 years of age, and was the youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Isaac A. Rice. In infancy she was adopted by Dr. Harrison J. Rice, her parents having died and was reared as one of his own children.  Miss Rena Rice possessed a lovely personality that attracted all with whom she came in contact, and her friends were legion.  Possessed of a keen mind and an exquisite gift of humor, she was as savor to the feast, in any gathering which she graced with her presence, and in club work she was regarded as one of the brightest women in town. She was keenly interested in Missionary work and active in church activities when health permitted. she delighted in the home and home durties and there her presence will be sorely missed, as it will in the clubs which she always made more enjoyable by her presence.  Her passing from earthly activities has cast a wave of sadness over the community, where she has spent practically her whole life, but none have sought the other shore more fully prepared than she. Funeral services were largely attended at the home Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock, Rev. A. S. Bender officiating. Interment was made in Rockville Cemetery - Waveland Independent December 20, 1920

Wallace T. Rice, age 65 years, died suddenly about 6:30 o'clock at his home northwest of town last Friday morning.  Death was due to a cerebral hemorrhage. The deceased was born August 31, 1876 in Rockville, the son of Henry H. and Betty Trevey Rice.  He is survived by an aunt, Mrs. Frank Stephenson; two nieces, Misses Louise and Catherine Rice and a cousin in New York.  Last rites were held at 2:00 o'clock Sunday afternoon at the home of his sister-in-law, Mrs. H.M. Rice with Rev. Frank E. Birkett in charge.  Burial was in Rockville cemetery. – Rockville Tribune, 29 October 1941, Page 001



Rockville Tribune Nov. 14, 1923 -- Anthony Richard who was taken to a Charity Home at Indianapolis two weeks ago, died at that institution last, Friday.  Mr. Richard came to this place from France, when a young man and worked in the mines for a number of years.  During this time, over 40 years, he lived alone never having married.  Just recently he became unable to perform his duties and consented to the trip to Indianapolis for future residence.  The only relatives he had in America are Frank Beget and Mrs. RJ Cummings of Rockville, who are only distant cousins.  Funeral services were held at the Catholic church in Rockville, Monday morning, burial in the Rowe Cemetery. here.  A large number of our people attended the services, "Richey" as he was familiarly known was well liked and respected   by the Nyesville people who in his declining years, have looked after him, in time when he was in need.  He will be greatly missed.


Homer Richardson, 87, of rural Rockville, died at 9:50 a.m. Sunday (Sept. 29, 1968) in the Vermillion County Hospital, Clinton. He had been ill for three weeks. Born January 7, 1881 in Parke County, he was the son of Yancy and Mary Myers Richardson. He was a member of the Woodmen Lodge and was a retired farmer. He is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Marselene Walters of Montezuma, Mrs. Mary Johns and Mrs. Marie Titsworth, both of Paris, Ill.; two sons, Fred and Ancil of Indianapolis; 14 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren, and a sister, Mrs. Bonnie Lewis of Anderson. Services will be at 2 p.m. on Tuesday at Barnes Mortuary in Rockville. The Rev. Louis Drengacs will officiate. Burial will be in Roselawn Cemetery. Friends may call after 4 p.m. Monday. - Crawfordsville Journal Review 30 September 1968, Page 004, shared by Walt W

Milligan – Russell F. RICHARDSON, 49, who had been ill for the past month died suddenly from a hemorrhage suffered early Saturday morning at his home in Milligan.  Mr. Richardson was born Sept 4, 1905, at New Ross, the son of Elmer and Minnie Gray Richardson.  He married Esther Hunt of New Market.  Mr. Richardson was a member of the Portland Mills Christian Church.  Survivors include the wife, six children, Mrs. Carolyn Deere of Waveland; Mrs. Shirley McClain of New Ross; Max and Robert and Janet and Patricia at home; four brothers, Dorman and Elston of Indianapolis; Ralph of Crawfordsville and Marion of New Ross.  Funeral services were conducted at the Portland Mills Church at 2:00 p.m. Monday with Rev. JO Trousdale officiating minister.  Burial at Indian Hill Cemetery. - Waveland Independent, May 26, 1955


Return J. Richmond was born February 28, 1820, and departed this life December 16, 1904, aged 84 years, 9 months, and 18 days.       He was united in marriage three times, by which unions were born unto him nine children, six of whom survive him: Ellen Richmond, of Danville, Ill., Henry L. Richmond, Sarah E. Scott, Return J. Richmond, William A. Richmond, and Garner Richmond.   He came to Indiana from Bulter County, Ohio, about seventy-five years ago, when a small boy. He was among the early settlers in this neighborhood. For several years past he has been quite feeble, and made his home with his daughter in Danville. Besides his six children, and six great-grandchildren to mourn the loss of a kind father and grandfather. For the past year and nearly five months, he has been confined to his bed, during which time he gradually grew weaker, until last Friday morning he passed away quietly as if going to sleep. He was a man of exemplary habits; he was good to the poor, and contributed largely to the cause of Christ. He believed God was merciful and just, and did not believe God would punish any of his children with everlasting punishment; he looked on that as being inhuman, worse than we would treat our children if they disobey us. HE was very patient, and was nver heard to murmur or complain through all of his affliction.   His remains were laid to rest in the Miller Cemetery, at Waterman, near his old home. The funeral services were conducted at 11 a.m. Sunday, in the Baptist church, by Rev. Jackson Marshal. – Rockville Tribune, Wednesday, December 28, 1904


Wilson RICKMAN, 69, died at 11 p.m. Friday at the Union Hospital in Terre Haute after several months illness. He was a member of the Rockville Second Baptist Church. Funeral services will be held at the Branson Funeral Home in Rockville, at 2 p.m. Monday with Rev. Hugh Craven officiating Burial in Rockville Cemetery. - Crawfordsville Journal-Review, April 1, 1957


Port Arthur, Texas Newspaper -- 27 April 1933 -- E. C. Ridpath dies at home -- Funeral Services Set for Friday Morning -- Funeral services for E. C. . Ridpath, 49, 901 Neches Ave, Jefferson addition, who died at the family home at 6:45 a.m. today after an illness of 10 weeks caused by high blood pressure, will be held from the 1st Christian Church at 10 a.m. Friday, Rev. C.D. Poston, pastor officiating.  Rev. Poston will be assisted by rev. Theodore McElroy of Crowley, LA. Immediately following the services the body will be taken overland to Beaumont for burial in Magnolia cemetery under direction of Hampton's.  Ridpath, nephew of John C. Ridpath, famous English historian, came to Port Arthur from Fillmore, IN 8 years ago.  He has been manager of the music department of Sutherlin Jewelry store since coming here.  He was a member of the IOOF Lodge No. 798 of Fillmore, Indiana and First Church of Port Arthur.  Besides his wife he is survived by his mother, Mrs. HC Ridpath of Walkerstown IN; one son, Wayne Wilson Ridpath of Port Arthur; a brother, WW Ridpath of Indianapolis, IN.  (thanks to for this) -- note Everett Ridpath married Elma Wilson, daughter of John Hughes Wilson and Sophia Flint.  John Hughes was the son of the pioneer preacher, Blind Billy Wilson who lived in the Russellville and surrounding area. 


 Kernie RITCHIE suffered a stroke Friday morning at his home here and passed away Sunday night 9:30.  Mr. Ritchie was born in Parke County Aug 14, 1889 and was married to Ruth M. JACKS in 1910, to which union two children were given, both of whom with their mother, preceded him in death.  He made his home with his brother, Robert and sister, Narcissa Davis north of town at the time of his death.  The funeral was conducted at the Barnes Funeral Home Rockville Tuesday May 11 and burial was made in Memorial Cemetery that place. - Waveland Independent, May 13, 1948


Services were held at the Barnes Mortuary for Parke Ritchison of Rockville, age 81, who died at 5:15 p.m. Tuesday in St. Anthony Hospital at Terre Haute.  A retired farmer, he was a member of the Mansfield Baptist Church, the Bridgeton Masonic Lodge, Order of Eastern Star and Low Twelve Club.  Surviving are the widow, Margaret; three sisters, Mrs. Gladys Drumb of Calumet City, Ill., Mrs. Mary Hill of Seelyville and Mrs. Ruth Miles of Mesa, Arizona, ;two half-sisters, Miss Goldie Ritchison and Mrs. Ruth Dowdy, both of Clinton; one grandchild and one great-grandchild. - Unknown paper


Waveland Independent, Dec. 23, 1898 -- The infant child of JD Rivers, of Byron, came very near being burned to death one day last week.  It was wrapped in blankets and placed in a rocking chair in front of the fire. A spark set the blankets on fire, and the baby was pretty badly burned before it could be rescued. 


Waveland Independent, Feb 19, 1926 -- John Roach of Templeton, Cal, died Feb. 6.  His body was brought to the home of Mr. and Mrs. Ellsworth Phillips, Sunday.  The funeral was Tuesday at 10 o'clock at the Guion Church and the burial at the Barnes cemetery.  He was a resident of Howard township many years.   ------  same paper -- note the difference of when the funeral occurred -- The funeral of John Roach was held at the Guion Church on Monday morning, Rev. C. L. . Airhart being in charge.  Burial at Barnes cemetery.  Mr. Roach was widely known in this section having run a threshing rig for many years.

Crawfordsville Review, June 12, 1886. Hon. Henry Lewis Roach, a prominent citizen living 7 mi. West of Alamo in Parke County, died at his home on Monday, May 17, 1886 at 7 o'clock p.m. of cancer of the stomach. Mr. Roach was born in Bath County, Kentucky November 21, 1817. His parents were John W. and Elizabeth (Morgan) Roach. In the spring of 1828, in company with his parents, he moved to Cincinnati, Ohio coming down the Licking River in a rude flat boat. They remained in Cincinnati for a short time and then moved to Rush County, Indiana in July 1828, stopping about 10 miles Southeast of Rushville. In the Spring of 1831 Henry set out on foot from Lauren, Indiana with 75 cents in his pocket to defray expenses to Parke County. He walked the entire distance, coming by way of Greenfield, Jamestown and Crawfordsville. After building a home for his father's family, he secured two teams of horses and returned to Rush County. He moved his father's family to Parke County in the summer of 1834. In 1840 he bought his first tract of land in the unbroken forest and cleared out his farm, paying for it with money earned by building flat boats and running them down Sugar Creek to the Wabash River, receiving 62 1/2 cents a day. Mr. Roach was married in Fountain County, Indiana on January 14, 1836 to Frances Allen, daughter of Thomas & Elizabeth (Summers) Allen. Mrs. Roach died November 25, 1856. Mr. Roach then removed to Fountain County in March 1857. He was married a second time, May 19, 1857 to Mary A. Allen, widow of Elijah Allen and daughter of Judge M. Black of Fountain County.  He was an active, energetic and useful citizen, an honest, true and respected neighbor, a kind and affectionate husband and father and a true Christian Gentleman. Politically he was a Democrat until 1876 when he became identified with the Nationals. He, as a Democrat candidate, was elected from Fountain County to the state legislature in 1864 and served in that position with distinction and honor. He was a carpenter, farmer and stock dealer, a member of no church, but a firm believer in the religious doctrine of the Regular Predestination church and he died with a firm belief that he would receive a future reward of happiness, or as he expressed it, "I feel a rest of conscience that I have tried to do right and believe I will be justly dealt with after death." He was buried in Wolfe Creek Cemetery in Parke County, across the road from his home.   NOTE------ Children by first wife Frances Allen: Elizabeth, b 1837; Martha, b 1838; Thomas Dudley, b 1840; John W., b 1841; David Allen, b 1843; Mary Jane, b 1845; William Henry, b 1847; Anna, b 1850; Lewis Newton, b 1852 and Isaac Allen, b 1855.  - Children by second wife Mary Ann (Black) Allen: Frances S., George W., Sarinda, Bertha S., Nellie and Charles. Contributed by Bill Bentley

“Several from here attend the funeral of Mary Ann ROACH last Wednesday at the residence of Theron Morgan at 10 o’clock. She was buried at Friends Cemetery. - Rockville Republican, May 13, 1903


? Paper (Rockville, for sure) -- Laura Robbins, daughter of William and Sarah McIntire, was born March 9, 1871 and died Dec 7, 1895, aged 24 Y8M28D.  She was married to Solomon Robbins Feb 18, 1892 and  to this union were born two children. She was converted during the labors of Rev. Mr. Rippetoe in 1888 at the ME Church of Annapolis and became a member of the same church immediately after conversion.  Laura was a true Christian an obedient child, a devote wife a loving mother and a kind neighbor.  And while we cannot understand this dispensation of God's providence; while we cannot fathom the depths and mysteries of God's divine purposes and dealings with us, yet, leaning on the arms of One, who burst the bands of death and the grave, we would say in the language of Job, "The Lord gave and the Lord hath taken away and blessed he the name of the Lord."   poem included with obituary

Waveland Independent, Feb 2, 1915 -- Solomon Robbins hanged himself in a barn on a farm 3 mi.  So. of Grange Corner, Sun night.  He has been in poor health.

Waveland Independent, Oct 6, 1922 -- James Robbins of Grange Corner was fatally injured at the Narrows of Sugar Creek on Tues. of last week, dying in a hospital at Danville, Ill on Friday. he was coming down the hill with a load of coal, walking beside the wagon, when Mrs. Henry Delp tried to pass him in an automobile. He was knocked down and dragged several feet, injuring his spine.


In addition the facts given last week, we note the following: Allen Robertson was born in Fleming County, Kentucky January 13, 1832.  His parents, Allen and Elizabeth Robertson removed to Parke County Indiana when he was 3 years old.  He went to Kansas in 1870.  He leaves one brother, Zachary and 3 sisters: Mrs. Mary Crooks of Marshall, Mrs. Martha E. Holiday of Chisman, Illinois and Mrs. Maria Bilbo of Creston, Iowa. He never made a profession of religion but was of a childlike and hopeful disposition and always had plenty of friends. - Waveland Independent, Friday December 5, 1902

John Robertson, one of the best known citizens of this community, died at his home, "Sunny Brook" southwest of town on Friday just before noon.  Funeral services at the home on Sunday afternoon were in charge of Rev. F. J. . Beisel.  The Masonic lodge had charge of the services at Maple Ridge cemetery.  Edgar Rice, of Crawfordsville conducted the service. Mr. Robertson was a pioneer settler of the community, being born in Parke County near here on August 16, 1845 and spending his entire life in this community.  He was the son of James and Hannah Robertson and was married three times; to Mollie Jarvis on Dec 5, 1872; to Melissa C. Crooks June 28, 1882 and Emma S. Peterman Sept 14, 1882.  Each passed away preceding the following marriage.   The deceased was a member of the Waveland Methodist Church and the Masonic lodge.   He was a faithful and loyal citizen and was always striving to be an efficient neighbor and friend.  he is survived by one son, Frank at whose home he died, two grandsons, James and Lawrence Smiley of Evansville; one granddaughter, Mary Louise Robertson at home and a number of other relatives.  His only daughters, Mrs. William Smiley died August 27, 1909. - Waveland Independent, June 22, 1928

William Stephen ROBERTSON of Marshall RR, 70, died at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday at Union Hospital, Terre Haute. He is survived by the wife, Blanche; four sons: Gerald and Dale of Laporte; Neil of Terre Haute and Billy Joe of Rockville; 3 daughters, Mrs. Bertha Ryan of Danville, Ill; Mrs. Ruth Bush of St. Bernice and Mrs. Melissa Holingsworth of LaPorte; two stepsons, Robert Haworth of Danville, Ill and Albert Haworth of Atlanta, Ga; four stepdaughters, Mrs. Edith Jackson of Decatur,Ill; Mrs. Ruth Knox of Bloomington; Mrs. Dean Colglazier of Fithian, Ill and Mrs. Esther Rodenbush of Sesser, Ill; 3 sisters, Mrs. Alta Fortner of Rose Meade, Calif; Mrs. Ethel Fuhrer of Alhambra, California; Mrs. Florence Spray of Wichita, Kn; a brother, Harry Robertson of Dana; 23 grandchildren and 8 greats. Friends may call at Branson Funeral Home 7:00 p.m. Thursday. Services will be held Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at Coloma Friends Church with Rev. EM Woodard and Rev. Max Vell officiating. Burial in Thomas Cemetery, Newport. - Tri-County News, Waveland, Montgomery County Indiana Dec 29, 1955


Pearley E. Rodgers of Rockville, age 83, died in Castle Shannon Nursing Home, Tuesday afternoon, Sept. 14. He had operated a restaurant and tavern in Rockville from 1943 to 1952 and the Rodgers’ Home Grocery from then until his retirement in 1961. Surviving are two sons, David of Rockville and Gene of Terre Haute; a sister, Mrs. Opal Harness of Indianapolis,; seven grandchildren and a great grandchild. Funeral services will be held at the Butler Funeral Home, Friday afternoon at 2:00, with Rev. Clifford Miller officiating. Burial will be in Memory Garden Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home after 2:00 Thursday. Unknown newspaper.  (Submitted by Anita Ellis )


ROCKVILLE – Sylvia McCanliss Rohm, 87, of Rockville, died at 6 p.m. Saturday in Castle Shannon Nursing Center here. She was a member of the Rockville United Methodist Church and the Estebrook Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Born Aug. 26, 1888, she was a daughter of Samuel and Sarah Neet McCanliss of Parke County. Survivors are two daughter, Mrs. Sarah L. Pickett of Ambia and Mrs. Robert C. “Dorothy” McDermond of Indianapolis; a sister, Mrs. Ethel Hornaday of Danville; three grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Services will at 2 p.m. Wednesday in Butler Funeral Home at Rockville with the Rev. Alvin L. Wilson officiating. Burial will be in Rockville Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home this afternoon. – Source: Crawfordsville Journal Review, March 2, 1976


RALPH DAVID RUKES (son of Clovis Rukes) -- Terre Haute Tribune, May 13, 1927--Funeral services for Ralph David Rukes, 3 months old, who died at 9:30 o'clock yesterday evening at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Clovis Rukes, 1535 Beech street, will be held at 3 o'clock this afternoon at the residence. He is survived by his parents. The burial will be in Woodlawn cemetery. Sent 3-13-1999 by Nancy Houser.  Thanks, Nancy!

Waveland Independent, July 27, 1950 – Mrs. Blanche RUKES Of Rosedale, mother of Herman Rukes, who now resides in Casey, Illinois, died June 29, at the Union Hospital in Terre Haute.  The funeral was held July 1 at the Cox-Williams Funeral Home in Rosedale with burial in Rosedale cemetery.  Mrs. Rukes had undergone a serious operation in March and had not fully recovered.  She is survived by four sons and one daughter. Her husband preceded her in death two years ago. 

Waveland Independent, Oct 21, 1948 - Alva B. RUKES, 58 died at 11 Wednesday morning at his home in Rosedale.  He is survived by the widow, Mrs. Blance Rukes, a daughter, Mrs. Norman Jones of Terre Haute, RR6, four sons: Ova and Donald Rukes of Terre Haute, Ezra Rukes of Rosedale and Herman of Waveland; a sister, Mrs. Edna Shadley of Rosedale, and four brothers, Raymond, Fred and Clarence of Rosedale and William Rukes of Terre Haute. The body was taken to the Cox & Williams Funeral Home where services were held at 2 Friday afternoon. The Rev. Robert Shanklin officiated and burial was made in the Roachdale cemetery.


Mecca - Mrs. Anna Runke, 79, of Terre Haute, died at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Sanders Nursing Home here.  She was born March 5, 1886, in Argyle, Wis, the daughter of John and Jane Curry Peacock. She was a member of the Episcopal Church and OES.  Surviving are a daughter, Miss Ruth Runke of Terre Haute; three sons, Robert of Montana; Glen of Maryland and Richard of Illinois and three grandchildren. The body was taken to Barnes Mortuary at Rockville. Funeral arrangements are pending. - Crawfordsville Journal and Review, 20 April 1960


Terre Haute Tribune, Sunday 11 April 1915:

Michael Rusk, 83 years old, died Saturday evening at 8 o'clock at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Minnie Mallett, 418 Mulberry street, of general debility. He is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Minnie Mallett, Miss Myrtle Rusk, of Cayuga, and Miss Celia Rusk, of Newport, and three sons, Pearl, of Cayuga; Wilbert, of Urbana, Ill., and Clyde, of Newport. The deceased formerly resided at Larimer Hill, about four miles west of Terre Haute. The funeral arrangements have not been completed but the burial will be made at Woodlawn Cemetery.

(NOTE: A telephone call to Woodlawn on 2 Oct 1998 revealed that he is actually buried at Highland Lawn Cemetery, in their "Soldiers Circle," and there is no other family buried there with him. Apparently the two cemeteries merged at some time after Rusk's burial.)    contributed by Shelly Dooley

Waveland Independent, Sept. 18, 1914 -- Charles Rusk, the son of W. T. . Rusk has been suffering for some time from an abscess in the side. The trouble became so severe that he was taken to Indianapolis, Monday for treatment. An X ray examination showed that no operation was necessary, so he returned home.


Waveland Independent May 14, 1915 -- Charles, s/o M/M William Rusk, died at their home four miles w, on the Marshall road, on Wednesday morning. He has been in failing health for the past year from tubercular trouble. He was in town on Tuesday afternoon. Funeral services will be conducted at the home at two this afternoon by Rev. G. F. . Kenaston, pastor of the Guion Presbyterian church. Interment in the Presbyterian cemetery at that place.


Waveland Independent, May 21, 1915 -- The funeral of Charles Rusk on Friday last was largely attended. The deceased had many friends who held him in high esteem. The following obituary was read: "Robert Charles Rusk was born at the old home in Parke County, this state, July 11, 1880 and always lived with his father and mother in the same county and state until his Savior called him home May 12, 1915 being 34 years, 10 months and 1 day old. Educated in Waveland in the class of '99. Charley has always been known as a model boy and a young man living his entire life almost without a fault. He leaves a father, mother, and two brothers, Cecil and Perry.

OBITUARY -- Mary E. Morgan, d/o James Dudley and Elizabeth Cunningham Morgan was b. near Wallace In Dec 22, 1876 and died at her home 3 mi. northeast of Marshall Nov 3, 1924 at the age of 57Y10M2D. When but 15 years of age, she confessed her faith in the teachings of Christ and united with the Newlight Christian church, which was located about 4 mi. from her home. She grad. from the common schools of her township and later attended Bloomingdale Academy until the illness of her mother demanded her services at home. On Feb 28, 1899 she was united in married to Cecil C. Rusk and moved to his father's farm in Howard Twp. where they lived until 1891 when they purchased the farm in the Bethany neighborhood where she spent the remainder of her life. Shortly after moving to this home, and due to the great distance to the church of her youth, she transferred her membership to Bethany Presbyterian Church which was more conveniently located.  To Mr. and Mrs. Rusk 3 sons were born Maurice Lee, who d. Feb 22, 1904 when but four years of age; Hubert M. and Russell Ared. upon her husband and these two remaining sons she lavished her affections and being a home lover herself she made this beautiful house a home indeed and was never so happy as when her boys came home to share it with her for some time. Mrs. Rusk had been in poor health for several years past but was so ... and jolly through it all that only those close to her realized how serious her condition was, and that it was a real shock to everyone when she suffered a stroke of paralysis on Oct 25. If medical skill and kindly, loving care could have conquered she would have been restored to health and loved ones for certainly everything was done that could contribute toward that hoped for end, but it was to be and after nine days of struggle she passed peacefully away in her sleep. Al loving wife and mother and a kindly friend has moved on, but we do not say goodbye for we shall meet again. For we who remain whether is coming with we know not what in store for us, but for her, springtime is here, the flowers that are blooming will never fade, there is no more sickness nor suffering nor sorrow nor death. No .. grief is not for her but for the surviving whose hearts are torn and bleeding but who must carry on for a time. Those surviving with whom we bow in sorrow today are the husband, Cecil C. Rusk, two sons, Dr. Hubert of Wallace and Ared of State College Pa; a daughter-in-law, wife of Dr. Rusk who was very dear to her; one grandchild, Malcolm, a sister, Mrs. Lucretia Weaver and one brother, Fisher Morgan, both of Howard Township; several nephews, nieces and numberless friends. Another sister, Mrs. Anna Coffin of Covington passed away about 3 years ago. And to this brief history ends for the moment, but it has really only begun for there are many blank pages in the back of the book of this life other hands must write. For so long as good deeds are done, kind words spoken, harsh words left unsaid, because this departed wife, mother and friend would have wished it so, just so long will we be writing the life of Mary E. Rusk. May we write well for so she would have wished it.

Waveland Independent ? Date -- (Freedom news) -- Mrs. George Rusk died on Sunday morning at 2:30 at her home northeast of Freedom.  The funeral was held at Freedom church on Monday afternoon.  Rev. SK Fuson, of Rockville had charge. 

Waveland Independent, ? newspaper -- Mrs. George Rusk died at her home near Freedom church on Sunday morning. Mrs. Rusk was afflicted with cancer and underwent two operations without any permanent relief.  Funeral services at Freedom on Monday afternoon were conducted by Rev. SK Fuson of Rockville, assisted by Rev J. M.  Cauldwell. 

Waveland Independent ? date -- Mrs. Mary Rusk was b. in Cass Co Michigan in 1861 and died at her home in Guion, Sunday Nov 24.  She came to Waveland in early girlhood and early became a member of the Presbyterian church.  She was married to Baltus Rusk in 1878. Them were b. six children, 5 of whom are living: Richard L of Terre Haute; James R. of Tiffin, OH and Earl, Bessie and Lois of Guion.  She was also a mother to an orphan, Clint Ashmer of Marshall.  Funeral services at the Guion church were conducted by Rev. G. F. Kenaston, assisted by Rev. Mr. Gerlach. Six of the women friends of Mrs. Rusk acted as pallbearers at the church and six men of the Rusk family acted in that capacity at the cemetery.  Rev. Mr. Kenaston paid a deserved tribute to the deceased in his sermon from the text: "She hath done what she could."  A noble wife, mother and citizen has gone from the Guion church and community.

MARSHALL – Russell Ared “Rusty” Rusk, 63, of State College, Pa., formerly of Marshall, died at 10:30 am. Sunday in Center Community Hospital at Belfont, Pa. Mr. Rusk was an associate professor of chemical engineering at Penn State University for the past 40 years. He was also a Penn State graduate.  He was a member of MarshaIl Federated Church and the Marshall Masonic Lodge 648. He also was a member of State College Elks Lodge 1600. Born May 19, 1907, in Marshall, he was the son of Cecil C. and Mary Morgan Rusk, He was married Dec. 26, 1934, to Madge E. Warren. She preceded him in death June 23, 1966.  Survivors include a son, Dr. Barton J. Rusk of Carmel, Ind., a brother, Dr. Hubert M. Rusk of Wallace, Ind. and a nephew Dr. Malcolm L. Rusk of Minlow Park, Calif. In addition to his wife, Mr. Rusk was preceded in death by his parents and a brother.  Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday at the Marshall Federated Church. Rev. Laster Niles, pastor, will officiate. Burial will be in the Bethany Cemetery at Marshall. Friends may call at the Davies-Tudor Funeral Home in Marshall after 2 p.m. Thursday. The body will be taken to the church one hour prior to the services. - Crawfordsville Journal Review, 04 January 1971, Page 004


Miss Mary A. RUSSELL died at her home in this place last Sunday evening after suffering for more than a year from tuberculosis. She was one of Kingman's most highly esteemed ladies and quite prominent in social affairs, being head chorister for a number of years in the UB Church.  She will be greatly missed by her numerous friends.  Mary A, daughter of John and Caroline Russell was born near Sylvania, Parke County, Indiana where she lived with her parents until the death of her father which occurred January 10, 1893 after which she with her mother, sister and nephew moved to Kingman Indiana where she lived until her death which occurred July 19, 1908.  She was of a quiet retired disposition. During her illness which was long and serious she expressed herself to her friends as being ready to go but said she had a desire to live to help care for her aged mother.  Her prayer through her sickness was, "Oh Jesus, when it comes my time to cross the dark river of Death wilt thou come for me and lead me home to God."  She was a member of the United Brethren Church and was faithful in her attendance at Sunday School and Church as long as her health would permit.  At the time her health failed she was serving as secretary and chorister of the SS.  She was a member of the Order of Eastern Star also of the Pythias Sister of Kingman.  Headed by the Kingman band the funeral procession left the residence Tuesday morning, marched north to the UB Church then west to Odd Street and then  south to Russell Street where the band opened ranks and allowed the long funeral train to pass through. Funeral services were conducted from the Rush Creek Church by Rev. Airhart of Roachdale at 11 o'clock. Burial was made in Rush Creek Cemetery. - Found in Obituaries of Fountain County, Indiana at Crawfordsville District Public Library, July 2007 by Karen Zach. 

Mrs. Edith Russell, 56, died suddenly Sunday at 4 a.m. at her home. She had been in failing health five years. A native of Hummerick, Ill., Mrs. Russell was born July 19, 1910, a daughter of Guy and Mytrle Carson Coonce. She married Horace D. Russell March 25, 1927. Mrs. Russell was a member of the Fountain Chapter OES 204, Kingman; DUV Tent 35, Kingman and the Rush Creek Friends Church. Surviving are the husband; the father; two sons, Dr. Dale Russell and Dr. Dean Russell, both of Rockville; four brothers, Gerald Coonce of Detroit, Harold of Plymouth, Mich., Guy Jr. of Quincy, Mich., and Dean of Farmington, Mich.; three sisters, Mrs. B. D. (Margaret) Ward of Brinly, Mich., Mrs. Burt (Elizabeth) Tucker of South Gate, Mich., and Mrs. Ralph (Marzelle) Wellman of Taylor, Mich., and seven grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Rush Creek Friends Church with Rev. Glen Ray and Rev. Ruth Issacs officiating. Burial will be in Rush Creek Cemetery. Friends may call at Tudor Funeral Home in Rockville afternoon Tuesday. The body will be taken to the church at 1 p.m. Wednesday. - Crawfordsville Journal Review, 31 December 1966, Page 006

Mr. and Mrs. Mahlon Stockdale, Mrs. Hattie Peffley and Miss Elsie McDaniel attended the funeral of their aunt, Mrs. Elberta Russell, 70, which was  held Sunday in ME Church in Kingman. Rev. Roahrig, a former pastor was in  charge of the services, and burial was in Rush Creek Cemetery. Mrs. Russell  was born near Marshall in 1863, a daughter of John and Lizena Teague.  She  spent her early life here. In 1886 she was married to Fremont Russell who  preceded her in death. Other Marshall relatives who attended the funeral were HC Beeson, Miss Lulu Beeson, Ray Peffley, Mrs. Addie Swaim and Mr. and  Mrs. Owen Swaim.  - Crawfordsville Journal-Review 25 July 1934 Page 8 -- Marshall, July 24


Waveland Independent, March 30, 1950 – William Thomas RUTLEDGE, 60, publisher of the Russellville News for the past 27 years died at the Veteran’s Hospital, Downey, Illinois last Friday, March 24.  He was a native of Parke County, the son of Peter and Eudroa Rutledge.  He was married to Grace Hockett in 1923 to which union 3 daughters, Wilma Clodfelter, Lois Klein of Indianapolis and Phyllis at home, all of who m survive with a granddaughter, two brothers, John of Catlin, Peter of Rockville and a sister, rms. Neva Weldy of Muncie.  Mr. Rutledge published the News for 27 years until his health failed him in June 1949.  His family has carried on since.  Funeral services were conducted at Federated Church of which he was a member on Monday afternoon by Rev. Lester Bickett of Clermont. Burial in Russellville Cemetery. 


Rev. R. H. Baker was called to Hollandsburg Monday to preach the funeral of the 3-year-old daughter (Mary Frances) of Mr. and Mrs. John Ryan - Waveland Independent, July 4, 1913 – shared by Karen Zach

Mrs. Pearl R. Ryan, 78 years old, passed away at 11:40 o'clock Sat. night at her residence in Montezuma. Survivors include one daughter, Mrs. Geraldine Stephenson of Attica, and five sisters, Mrs. LD Braner & Mrs. Fred Uselman, both of Montezuma, Mrs. Merle Gustin of Anderson, Mrs. WW Hayworth of Attica and Mrs. Walter Pittenger of Hollywood, Calif. Mrs. Ryan was a member of the Methodist Church. Funeral rites were conducted at the Brown funeral home at 2 o'clock Wed. afternoon with the Rev. Littell officiating. Burial  in Oakland Cemetery at Montezuma. - Unknown Newspaper

James H Ryan of Montezuma, age 79, died Monday evening at 5:00 at the Wallace nursing home in Rockville.  Born October 3, 1873 at Cloverdale, he was the son of Howard and Martha Ogle Ryan.  Mr. Ryan had been ill since January, 1952, when he suffered a stroke. He had been a patient in a Lafayette hospital until he was removed to the nursing home in August 1952.  Survivors include the widow, Pearl, a daughter, Mrs. Geraldine Rutledge of Albany, NY; two sisters, Mrs. Howard Shake and Mrs. Hamlet Todd, both of Cloverdale. Services were to be held today (Thursday) at 2:00 at the Brown funeral home in Montezuma with E. M. Gallagher officiating. Burial will be in Oakland cemetery. - Unknown Newspaper