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Died on the 20th inst. in Rosedale, Mrs. James GRIEVES; about the same place on the 22nd int. Mrs. Susan SACKETT and on the 23d inst, Mr. Samuel ALEXANDER.   - Rockville Paper, 1893 -- no date


Carl Sacks was called to Indianapolis Saturday by the death of his father, Daniel Sacks, which occurred at his home Saturday.  He was 86 and had been in poor health for some time. Funeral services were held Monday at 10 o'clock.  - Crawfordsville Journal, Saturday, March 24, 1923 -- (Marshall heading)


“We regret to learn that Mr. A. SANDERS, of Washington Township, in this county, met with an accident on Saturday last, which resulted to his death in a few hours after its occurrence.  Our informant states that when the accident occurred Mr. S. was engaged in chopping down a tree in the forest, and that as the tree upon which he was chopping was failing it struck the unfortunate man causing his death as we have stated.  Mr. S., we understand, was a man of limited means, and leaves a wife and a large family of comparatively helpless children to mourn his death.”  - The Parke County Republican, February 6, 1867, Page 2

Mrs. Sarah Sanders aged 80, was fatally burned Sunday. Gasoline was being used to clean a bedstead. She lived near Rockville - Waveland Independent, July 19, 1918


Funeral Card -- thanks to Alberta Butler -- In Memory of Lora SCHNEIDER born: March 15, 1874 Parke County, Indiana.  Date of Death: June 1, 1967 Parke County, Indiana Nursing Home, Rockville, IN.  Services from: Butler Funeral Home, Rockville IN Sunday, June 4, 1967 1:00 p.m.  Clergyman: Rev. Phillip D. Frew.  Organist;: Marie Wimmer; Final Resting Place: Poplar Grove Cemetery, Marshall IN. 


The death of Mrs. William H. SCHLOSSER at her home just north of Bluff Mills on Sunday morning brought a climax to a story of incurable illness and destitution. Schlosser is a WWI veteran and one of the victims of the “economy” campaign.  Although he was a total disability case from mental trouble, his pension was cut off and reasons of support, with Mrs. Schlosser dying of cancer and Mr. Schlosser confined in the county jail to keep him from harming himself or others. The American Legion has been giving what assistance was possible.  Mrs. Schlosser was the daughter of William and Laura GOSKILL and was born in Ft. Wayne October 31, 1898.  She married Mr. Schlosser May 26, 1917. They lived in Indianapolis but for the past year have lived at Bluff Mills. She is survived by the husband, a daughter of 19 and son of six.  A short service was held here on Tuesday morning in charge of Rev. H. Roy Sigler, after which the body was taken to South Bend for burial. - Waveland Independent, December 29, 1933

 “Rebecca SCHLOSSER, 59, RR 2, Crawfordsville, died at 10 am Thursday, January 2, 1992, at her residence after an extended illness.  Born October 9,1932 near Russellville, she was the daughter of Curtis and Helen McMurtry Mason. On July 31, 1954, she married Dr. James C. Schlosser, who survives.   Other survivors include her mother, of Greencastle; a son, Stephen Schlosser of Indianapolis; two daughters, Dawn Hooley of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Denise Aldrich of Sherrard, Illinois; two brothers, John Mason of South Bend, and Ralph Mason of Arizona; two sisters, Joyce Williams of Greenville, Ohio, and Sandra Hand of Chicago, Illinois; and five grandchildren.    .… Burial was in Joppa Cemetery.” - Parke County Sentinel, January 8, 1992


Bessie Sconce died at the homer of her brother, Earl Rusk, of Veedersburg on Sunday morning.  She was born near Guion August 22, 1895 and was the daughter of Baltus and Elizabeth Russ.  Her first husband was a Mr. Tuck, now dead.   They had one son, who is living.  Later she married George Sconce who died May 25, 1930.  They had two sons, Donald and James.  She is also survived by three brothers, Earl of Veedersburg, Rice of Toledo, Ohio and Richard of Terre Haute, one sister, Mrs. Louise Smith of Massena, Iowa.  Funeral services at the Guion Presbyterian Church on Tuesday afternoon.  Burial at the Strong cemetery.  Waveland Independent --  1931


Silverwood Woman Dead - - Mrs. Sarah Scott - - Silverwood, Indiana

In failing health the past few years, Mrs. Sarah Scott, 85, died at the home of her niece and nephew, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Abbott, Silverwood. Death due to complications.  Mrs. Scott was born Sept. 10, 1853 in Parke County, Ind. daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Return Richmond. She married Clayton Scott about 60 years ago, he died about 12 years ago. Surviving are a son, Ben Scott of Greeley, Colorado; a daughter, Nellie Cline; two brothers, William Richmond in Minnesota, Return Richmond, Silverwood, Indiana, a half-brother Garner Richmond of California.   Funeral services were held at 2 p.m., Sunday at the Zion Baptist Church of which she was a member. The Rev. Minnie Hollingsworth, Georgetown, officiating. Burial in Miller Cemetery, J Spencer Kingman undertaker in charge.  -  From Amie Boone who states “A handwritten obituary that I received from Estella Seymour, great granddaughter of Return J. Richmond through his son William Alexander Richmond. All of Estella's pictures and things were received from her mother Sarah Eliza Richmond Kiser who pursued genealogy in the 1940s. “


The body of William Seay of Guion was interred here Tuesday, after funeral services at the home of his daughter, Mrs. [Birdie] Kirkpatrick, near Marshall. He had been seriously ill for about a week. He was born in Virginia, 68 years ago. He is survived by his wife and seven children, 4 sons and 3 daughters. Arthur and John formerly lived near here.  - Waveland Independent, 15 March 1918

William L. Seay was born at Lynchburg, VA January 4, 1850. He was united in marriage to Lois Isaacs September 15, 1878. To this union were born two children: John R. and Thomas W. of Arapahoe, Co. The mother having departed this life in February 1882, he was again united in marriage to Rebecca Jane Hall, November 14, 1883. To this union were born five children: Sadie Agnes of Elwin, Illinois; Birdie M. of Marshall; Arthur of Guion; Margaret of Oklahoma City and Verna Irene of Marshall (IN) and 15 grandchildren, all of whom survive and also one sister Mrs. Ida C. Damewood of Evanston, Illinois  He united with the Church of Christ at Long Point, Ill 23 years ago and remained in fellowship at that place until his death.  He had been in failing health for several years past, but bore his suffering patiently and with true Christian fortitude. He was confined to his bed only a week prior to his death. The end came peaceful at 5 o'clock Sun even, March 10, he being 68 years, 2 months and 6 days old.  His life was spent in the sunshine, cheering and helping others. He overlooked the faults of others, and was always generous in his praise.  Many indeed, there are who rise to call him blessed because of his beneficent influence. Of such a one, we may say with the Poet: "There is no death. What seem so is transition. This life of mortal breath, Is but a suburb of the life elision, Whose portal we call Death."   All the children were present at his bedside at the time of his death except Thomas. The funeral was conducted at the home Tues. morning at 10 o'clock by Rev. OS Stewart of Waveland, with interment at Maple Ridge.   - Waveland Independent, March 29, 1918


Rebecca Jane Hall, daughter of William and Eliza Hall, was born in Augusta Co., Stanton, Virginia,  March 29, 1852, died September 16, aged 75 years, 5 months, and 17 days. November 4, 1883 she was united in marriage to William Seay. To this union were born five children: Mrs. Sadia [sic] A. Cook, of Stonington, IL; Mrs. Birdie Kirkpatrick, of Rockville, IN; Arthur, of Hillsdale, Mrs. Margaret Himstedt, of Wichita, Kansas, Mrs. Verna Dooley, of Bellmore, and two step- sons, John, of Arapahoe, Colorado, and Thomas, of Ferndale. She also leaves 28grandchildren, one brother, William A. Hall, of Hallsville, MO, and one sister, Mrs. Margaret Wenzel, of Yakima, Washington. Early in the year 1914 their children all having left the parental roof, she and her husband, due to the infirmities of old age, expressed a desire to make their home with their daughter and her husband, Mr. and Mrs. David Kirkpatrick [in Rockville]. Here they loved to have their children come and mingle as in their own home. Her husband preceding her in death, passed to the great beyond on March 10, 1918. She was a member of the German Lutheran Church. In 1896 she united with the Christian Church located in Niantic, IL. Her religion was more than a profession of faith in Christ, for she expressed the spirit of her Lord in her daily life. Her friends and all acquaintances and neighbors feel keenly the shock of her demise. "Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord; yea sayeth the Spirit, for they shall rest from their labors and their worked do follow them."  Thanks to Shelly Dooley for this obituary.   Waveland Independent, 30 Sept 1927


JAMESTOWN — Mrs. Grace E. Sellers, resident of the Jamestown community for many years, died Saturday morning at her home on Rt. 2. Mrs. Sellers, 83, had been in poor health for the last five years. Her husband, William C. Sellers, died in 1953. The couple, who were married on Oct. 16, 1906, in Greencastle, operated a farm on the Jamestown rural route. They lived in the Russellville community for over 25 years before coming to Jamestown.  Mrs. Sellers was affiliated with a Baptist congregation.  Born on July 18, 1886 in Topeka, Kan., she was the daughter of Riley and Eliza Mitchell Haymaker. Surviving are four sons, Ernest R. and Charles H. of Jamestown and William C. and John R. of Anderson; three daughters, Mary Sellers of Jamestown, Mrs. Edith LaMarr of Indianapolis and Mrs. Ethel Mae Simpson of Russellville. A sister preceded her in death. Services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Monday in the Walker Funeral Home at Jamestown, and burial will be in Greencastle. Friends may call at the funeral home.--waw - Obituary from a collection of Fauniel Hershbarger, a life-long Fountain County Indiana resident dated 19 July 1969


MARSHALL -- John Elmer Selover, 96, died at 2 a.m. Thursday at Culver Hospital in Crawfordsville. He was born Feb. 7, 1870 in Waterloo, Iowa, a son of Martin and Julia Spalding Selover. Mr. Selover was married to Florence Stubbs in York, Neb. Oct. 12, 1898. They lived together 68 years. A member of the Marshall Federated Church, Mr. Selover had moved here in November of 1952 from Cambridge, Neb. He had resided 80 years in Nebraska. He had farmed wheat near Kimball, Neb. from 1918 until 1942. He had also owned and operated an electric power plant at Bradshaw, Neb.  Surviving are the widow; a daughter, Mrs. John (Virginia) Adams of Rt. 1, Marshall; two brothers, Edward of Kimball, Neb. and Benjamin of Yorba, Calif., and several nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by a son, Russell, in 1918, a daughter, Luella, in 1944, three brothers and five sisters.  Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Marshall Federated Church with Rev. Norman Young officiating. The body will lie in state at the church for one hour before services. Friends may call at Davies-Tudor Funeral Home after 6 p.m. Friday.  The body will be taken to Kimball, Neb., for additional services and burial Monday.—waw - Crawfordsville Journal Review, 02-September 1966, Page 10


Mrs. Hazel Carter Serva of Rockville, age 75, died in Union Hospital, Terre Haute, Thursday afternoon November 18.  She was a member of Memorial United Presbyterian Church, Estabrook Chapter DAR, Rockville Woman's Department Club, Hammond OES, Greencastle Society of Colonial Dames and Royal Neighbors Lodge. Surviving are her husband, Albert; a daughter, Mrs. Phyllis Verity of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida; a son, Zane A. Armstrong of Indianapolis; two stepsons, David Serva of Terre Haute and Albert Serva of Fayetteville, NC; two sisters, Mrs. Nellie M. Rogers and Miss Ruby carter, both of Terre Haute; a brother, James M. Carter of Terre Haute; 10 grandchildren and six great grandchildren.  OES memorial services were conducted by the Rockville Chapter at the Butler Funeral Home, Sun. night and private graveside services were held at Roselawn Memorial Park near Terre Haute.  - Unknown source -(This one thanks to Alberta Butler)


The older W.H.S. people will regret very much to hear of the death of Guy F. Settles in Hastings, Michigan November 17 after an illness of three days.  He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. William Settles of Guion.  He was one of the best students in the high school, active as an athlete and very popular. He served through the World War.  - Waveland Independent, December 6, 1929


Mrs. Mary Jane SEWELL of Judson passed away, Thursday May 10, at 12:30 a.m. in Union Hospital, Terre Haute after an illness of about a year.  Born in Laurel Co, Kentucky she was the daughter of William and Nancy Russell POYNTER.  On August 23, 1904 she was married to George L. Sewell who survives. She was a member of the Parkeville Christian Church and lived in its immediate neighborhood most of her married life.  Survivors are the husband, George; two sons, Lester of Waveland and Paul of Judson; a brother, Paris Poynter of Bainbridge, a sister, Mrs. Bessie Hann of Hinsdale, Ill 7 grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held Saturday at 2 at the Parkeville Christian Church. Ray Britton officiated and burial was in Russellville Cemetery. Pallbearers were the grandchildren. - Tri-County News, Thursday May 17, 1956


 Marshall -- Percy D. SEYBOLD - 60, a native of Parke County died Friday morning at his home in Pittsburgh, PA according to word received here by a sister, Mrs. Owen Swaim.  Mr. Seybold, who has been in business in Pittsburgh many years, spent his boyhood in Parke Co.  He was a veteran of WWI.. His parents were J L & Ellen Seybold. Surviving besides the sister in Marshall are the widow, the former Kathleen Nurnberger of Rosedale, a daughter, Mary Seybold, Purdue University Student, another sister, Mrs. Gladys Harrison of Mecca and a brother, Roscoe Seybold of Pittsburgh. The body will be brought to the Frist Funeral Home in Clinton where services will be held Monday. - Crawfordsville Journal-Review July 17, 1948

The death of Fred Seybold of Dana, Indiana, formerly of Waveland came as a surprise to his many friends here today.  Mr. Seybold's death was due to heart trouble and dropsy from which he had suffered for the past year.  Mr. Seybold was married 14 years ago to Hattie Todd, of near here and to them was born one son, James.  Mr. Seybold was a member of the church here and also an active member of the Elks' lodge. He was a barber and pursued his trade in the vicinity of Waveland.  The deceased leaves his widow, one son, one stepdaughter and three brothers, Frank of Waveland, Joseph of Dana and Morris of Russellville.  Crawfordsville Daily Journal -- Saturday, February 3, 1917

Funeral Card:  (thanks to Alberta Butler) -- In memory of Charles O. SEYBOLD, date of birth: October3, 1873.  Services: June 29, 1961 Barnes Chapel.  Minister: Rev. Dale Hamilton.  Music: Billie Barnes; Pall Bearers: Bridgeton F & AM.  Burial: Rockville Cemetery. Grave side Services; Bridgeton F & Am.

 "Son Drowns in Father's Sight".  Elmer Ray, the youngest son of Jasper W. Seybold, of St. Peter, Minn., was drowned in Lake Emily, near his home, August 5. Father and son were bathing in the lake when Ray suddenly sank in deep water, and Mr. Seybold, who was a poor swimmer was unable to give assistance. The boy was 22 years old and a senior in Hamlaine University. Another son was accidentally shot and killed in Wisconsin in May.   Jasper Seybold was the youngest of the Seybold brothers, and before going to Minnesota, lived a number of years in Iowa.   - Waveland Independent, August 25, 1916

James Fred, the third son of Jackson and Sarah Seybold was born October10, 1876, at the old homestead near Guion and answered the death summons, Friday, February 2, 1917 at his home in Dana, In.  He had been in failing health about two years, the sufferings of which he endured with patience, but his death came unexpected as a result of a sudden attack of heart failure.  Although every available means was resorted to by his family and friends to restore his health, the death angel came to his relief, which he met with courage.  Fred grew to manhood in the vicinity of Browns Valley where he has retained a host of friends, who will ever cherish his memory.  He united with the Browns Valley Baptist Church when quite young, but removed his membership to Petroskey, Mi where he later resided. He was possessed of a sunny disposition and had a smile and pleasant greeting for everyone.  He seemed to realize when his friends needed a cheerful word and helping hand, so he gave one and extended the other. He had the Christian spirit of charity in his soul and the remembrance of him who has so recently departed is so full of painful regrets that we do not wish to dwell upon the dark side. But let hope and faith mingle with our natural sorrow and look at that feature where the severed ties of earth are reunited. Had we no hidden treasure in heaven life would not be worth living.  He was united in marriage to Hattie Todd Nov. 3, 1900, and to this union one child came to bless their home, James Todd, aged 12 years. It can truly be said of the deceased that his devotion to his family and his fatherly interest and kindness which he bestowed upon his stepdaughter, Blee Lydick, is evidence of his sincerity and virtue. Besides his wife and two children, 3 brothers, Frank of Waveland; Joe of Clinton and Morris of near Brown Valley and a foster sister, Mrs. Alice Horn of Rockville survive.  His parents preceded him to their heavenly home. The funeral was conducted at the Browns Valley Baptist Church Monday morning at 10 o'clock by Rev. S. K.. Fuson of Rockville. Interment was made at Indian Creek Hill Cemetery.  The vast amount of beautiful flowers was evidence of his true worth.  The pallbearers were Harry Coons, Morris and Joe Seybold, Zura Monroe, Mr. Nichols and Dr. White.  The bereaved family has the deepest sympathy of all their friends in this neighborhood.  - Crawfordsville Daily Journal -- February 9, 1917

Some of our older citizens will remember J. W. Seybold, who lived on a farm near Guion, but who now lives in St. Peter, MN, and will regret to hear that his son, Lloyd, was killed recently by falling on a high tension wire.  This is the third son that Mr. Seybold has lost by accident one being drowned while swimming and the other accidentally shot. - Waveland Independent, October29, 1926

Joseph S. SEYBOLD of Mowequa, Illinois who had been visiting here several days, died unexpectedly at the home of Charles HORN in Rockville on Thursday of last week.  He was in his usual health and had eaten a hearty supper. The body was taken to the home of his son, Harley in Edinburg, Ill on Friday. Funeral services were held  t the Mowequa Presbyterian Church on Sunday afternoon. Burial in I. O. O. F. cemetery.  Mr. Seybold was the son of Jackson and Anna WHITE Seybold and was born near Guion, April 18, 1874.  He spent his boyhood on the old Seybold place near Guion.  he married Maggie DINKENS December 27, 1897. She died in 1929.  He is survived by 3 children: Harley and Ellen of Edinburg, and Gladys of Springfield. He is also survived by two brothers, Frank & Maurice and one sister, Mrs. Charles Horn.  Mr. and Mrs. Maurice Seybold and Harold and Frank Seybold went over for the funeral.   Waveland Independent, September 6, 1935

Mrs. Mary Seybold, who had failed in health very rapidly the past few months, died in the home of her son, Max Seybold, in Marshall, Sunday afternoon at 5 o'clock. She was a native of Parke County, the daughter of John and Myra Hungerford Beard and was 72 years old. FOr many years following the death of her husband, William P. Seybold, Mrs. Seybold was active in the business life of Rockville, while a part of the personnel of the Sutherland Dry Goods store. She was a member of the Rockville Methodist Church and a charter member of the American legion Auxilary of Fellenzer Post.?? Surviving are her son in whose home she died; a brother William Beard of Mishawaka; a sister, Mrs. Cora Reid of Rockville andtwo grandchildren. Rev. R. Richmond Blake had charge of the rites, in the Branson Funeral Home at 3:30 Tuesday afternoon. Mrs. Dwight Crays sang and pall bearers were Howard C. McFaddin; GF Sutherland; Park Warden; Owen Swaim; Clyde Seybold; Parke Reid. Burial in the Rockville Cemetery. - Provided by Karla Kilburn and her uncle William Seybold

Funeral services were held Thursday afternoon at the Davies Funeral Home here for Max Seybold. Rev. Hugh Dooley of Crawfordsville was in charge and piano numbers were given by Mrs. Bion Myers. The following members of the VFW served as pall bearers and graveside rites: Paul Roberts; Verril Robertson; Lawrence Bradburn; ;Vernard Thomas; Jesse Stout; Bill Ball; Russell Powers and Albert Carmichael. Burial was mad ein Poplar Grove Cemetery. Among those from a distance who attended were Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Seybold of Waupaca, Wis; Mr. and Mrs. Robert Gallion and children of Lansing, ill; Cleo Hadley; Mrs. Dewey Johnson and children of Hobart; Mr. and Mrs. Guy Dooley of Bloomington; Mr. and Mrs. Harris McCord and daughter; Mrs. James A. Wells; Mrs. Charles Vinyard; Mr. and Mrs. Carl Ruemloer; Mrs. Billy Cunningham and Miss Bertha Wells all of Logansport; Mrs.  Flavia Denman and Miss Elsie Reid of Indianapolis; Mrs. Herman Kohler of Brazil; Roscoe Seybold of Lafayette and Robert Seybold of Lake Pasterneck, New Jersey. Source: Handwritten Seybold History by Carla Wilburn and her uncle, William Hadley Seybold - Source: Handwritten Seybold History by Carla Wilburn and her uncle, William Hadley Seybold

Naomi Ruth Hadley Seybold, 89, Route 1, Jefferson died Friday at Fort Atkinson Memorial Hospital. The former Naomi Hadley was born in Marshall, Ind Feb 20, 1895, the daughter of Mahlon and Lizzie Payne Hadley. She married J. Max Seybold June 20, 1921. He died in 1954. A resident of Fort Atkinson the past three years, Mrs. Seybold was a member of the Marshall Baptist Church. Surviving are a son, William, Fort Atkinson; a daughter, Anita Gallion, Lansing, Ill, 8 grandchildren and two great grandchildren.  Services and burial will be held in Marshall. The Nitardy-Doeranhing Funeral Home handled local arrangements - Source: Handwritten Seybold History by Carla Wilburn and her uncle, William Hadley Seybold

Percy D. Seybold, 61, former resident of Parke County died at his home in Pittsburgh, PA at 5:00 a.m. today after a brief illness. Mr. Seybold was a veteran of WWI.  Survivors include his widow, Kathleen Nurnberger Seybold; one daughter, Miss Marry Ella Seybold at home; one brother, Ross Seybold of Pittsburgh; two sisters, Mrs. Roscoe Harrison of Rosedale and Mrs. Owen Swane (sic) of Marshall, Ind. The body will arrive in Clinton Sunday morning and be taken to the Frist Funeral Home where services will be held at 1:30 p.m Monday. Burial will be made in Roselawn Memorial Park. The Veterans of Forest Wars post of Rockville will conduct graveside services. - Daily Clintonian 16 July 1948, Page 001

Rachel Seybold died last Wednesday, September 7, 1904, after years of suffering.  Interment was in Barnes cemetery. – The Rockville Tribune, Wednesday, September 14, 1904 – shared by Jimmy Gillis

Roscoe Seybold, age 81 husband of Nancy Frank Seybold, passed away Friday, Sept 3. He resided at 606 12th Ave, NE, coming here 11 years ago from Pittsburg, PA.  Also survived by two sons, Robert J, St. Petersburg; William V, Eustis, Florida; three grandchildren; a sister, Mrs. Nettie Swaim, Marshall, Ind. Friends may call at Rhodes East Chapel, 635 Fourth St. N, where services will be conducted by Rev. Paul R. Hortin, DD, Tuesday afternoon Sept 7 at 3 clock. Interment will be in Memorial Park Cemetery. Honorary Pall Bearers will be Messrs: JJ Bastian; WH Wrye; HW Duncan; TH Owen; B Cornell; EJ Osborne; JR Barber; C. Lynn; OV Stewart. - St. Petersburg, Florida Mon 6 Sept 1965, Page 014

William Perry Seybold was one of the prosperous farmers of Parke County, Adams Township, Ind was born and raised in that part of the county and had all of its interests near at heart. When a man has lived in a beautiful farming district and give of his energy and attention to make the land more productive, every inch of soil becomes dear to him and though he may not realize it, is so much part of him and has such a hold on him that it is doubtful if he would be happy elsewhere. Mr. Seybold's interests are so closely identified with those of his community that the history of his county would be incomplete without something of his life. William Perry Seybold was born in Adams Township, Parke County, Indiana Sept 22, 1869. His father was Samuel Seybold, a native of Indiana and also a farmer in Parke Co. His mother was Amanda Overpeck, who also was born and raised in this state. They had three children: Minerva married Charles Brubeck: George is dead and William Perry is in Parke Co. William Seybold was educated in the common schools in Parke Co, and worked on the farm during his vacations. He learned a great deal about farming and as soon as he finished school he took up farming on h is own account in Adams township. On Oct 30, 1895, Mr. Seybold married Mary Beard the daughter of John and Myra (Hungerford) Beard.?? They were early settlers in this county, coming to Indiana when it was only sparsely settled and facing the dangers of an unknown and undeveloped land.?? They came here from Virginia and their names are prominent among those who did much to build up that part of the state. William and Mary Seybold have one child, John Max. They have been very successful on their farm and own some of the most highly cultivated acres in Parke County.?? Mr. Seybold is one of the most prominent citizens in his community and has always taken an active interest in all public affairs. He is a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows at Rockville, Ind and of the encampment. Mr. Seybold is a Democrat by political  conviction.?? He and his family are members of the Baptist Church and are prominent in the social life, as well as the various other interests of their community. – provided by Karla Kilburn & William Seybold – no date given

Obituary for William Perry Seybold: William Perry Seybold, native of Parke County was born near Catlin Sept 20, 1869. He was the son of Samuel and Amanda Overpeck Seybold.?? When he was 12 years of age the father and mother both died and the boy went to live with his uncle, J.L. (Abe) Seybold where he remained until manhood and where he acquired those habits, which was coupled with those fine inborn traits of character were so manifest in his later life. Those who are best acquainted with his early life testify that the uncle and aunt were father and mother to the boy.?? Reaching young manhood, he began farming for himself in which work he became known as a faithful worker of unlimited energy and always possessing a determination to carry things through to a successful conclusion. He was a good farm manager combining in his work the older practical ideas with the newer and more progressive theories of agriculture.  In 1895 he was married to Mary Z. Beard, of Rockville and to them were born three sons, two of whom died in infancy.?? Max, the only remaining son is living at the Washington Township home to which the father and mother came about 18 years ago.?? Mr. Seybold became a member of the New Discovery Baptist church in his young manhood, later transferring his membership to Marshall Baptist Church where he was always a faithful attendant and active worker for the remainder of his life. He was also for more than 20 years a member of the IOOF Lodge of Rockville. The death of Mr. Seybold so well known by all his friends as "Doc," occurred Tuesday morning, Dec 27, 1921 at 7:30?? o'clock at the Methodist Hospital, Indianapolis where he had gone about two weeks previously to submit to a surgical operation. Death coming to one like him in the very prime of life. always comes as an especial blow. Such a death always brings home to us with peculiar force the uncertainty of life and the mystery of death.?? Many men and women live to four score years and beyond - being often for years in physical helplessness, but here one is taken away who to all outward appearances was until recently strong and well, fully capable of many year's service to his family and fellow men. Contemplating such a death as this we can only say we do not understand.?? Death is truly a mysterious thing. Life itself is a mystery, a mystery which men of great mind have spent fruitless years trying to solve. but there are some things in this everyday life of ours which we do feel that we know, things which we treasure with much satisfaction and especially upon an occasion like this. We know that the life of W.P. Seybold made a good impression upon the community in which he lived. We cannot fully measure such influence but we know and appreciate the many good qualities of such a man and get an inspiration for better things from?? his life.  He was a brave and courageous man, yet he was modest. He made no displays of his virtues. He was too much the real man to do that. He was kind and genial in all his associations. If anyone did a thing to displease him, he simply passed it by.?? He had no time to quarrel with anyone, but he always had time to help in any worth cause.?? One of the outstanding characteristics of the man was that he never said  mean or hurtful things about anybody.?? He was a religious man being a member of the Baptist Church for over 25 years. His religion was of the practical kind - the kind that manifested itself 7 days in the week.?? The kind that is coupled with genuine common honesty and sincerity of purpose - the kind that really meant something to all with whom he came in contact - the kind that made men say you could always depend on Doc Seybold in any emergency when right and wrong were at stake - when the real welfare of the community was under consideration. He was a good citizen, a good neighbor, a good husband and father. He was exactly the kind of man our country needs so much to insure its welfare and stability in the years to come. - . - Provided by Karla Kilburn and her uncle William Seybold


MANSFIELD -- Mrs. Esther K. Shake, 65, of Rt. 1, Carbon, died at 11 p.m. Monday in Clay County Hospital at Brazil. She was a Parke County native and was born on March 7, 1910, a daughter of William and Mary Hansel Kemper. Surviving are the husband, Joseph; a son, Joseph Jr. of California; two daughters, Mrs. Ilene Ralston of Oxford, Wis., and Mrs. Mary Jo Lemont of Mansfield; six sisters, Mrs. Ruth Phipps and Mrs. Jane Berry, both of Mansfield, Mrs. Virginia Eaton of Rosedale, Mrs. Muriel Sering of Eaton, Ohio, Mrs. Grace Goodman of Rockport and Mrs. Mildred Hansel of Chicago; 13 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday in Barnes Mortuary at Rockville with burial in Memory Gardens Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home after 3 p.m. Thursday.—waw - Crawfordsville Journal Review, 30-December 1975, Page 2


Funeral Card -- thanks to Alberta Butler -- Lula Irene SHALLEY b. October14, 1892 Catlin IN.  Date of Death: March 29, 1967 Vermillion Co. Hospital, Clinton In.  Services from: Butler Funeral Home, Rockville, IN Saturday April 1, 1967 2:00 p.m.  Clergyman: Rev. Raymond Skelton.  Organist: Sylvia Newlin.  Final Resting Place: Mt. Moriah, Hollandsburg IN.  Pall Bearers: Maurice Coleman; Harold Collings; Cyrus Harbison; Frank Fritts; Don Harbison; Donald Pratt. 

Silas SHALLEY died at his home near Hollandsburg last Sunday of Consumption.  He was a brother of Mrs. Kate YOUNT of this place. - Waveland Independent, April 14, 1899

Mrs. G. W. Shalley - Mrs. G. W, Shalley died at her home near Parkville, March 12, and was buried at Mt. Moriah Baptist church, March 14. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. E. E. Moorman of this place.  Mrs. Shalley, whose maiden name was Sarah F. Tusley? was born in Shelby county, Kentucky, March 2, 1842. She moved to Parke county with her parents in 1865 and was married to G. W. Shalley, September 10 1868. Four children were born of whom Thomas, Zella and Thena are living. Her husband survives her as do also her aged mother in Shelby county, Ky. and four brothers and two sisters. John S., Crawfordsville; Stephen M., New Market; William T., Tobinsport, Indiana,; James F. Shelby county, Kentucky; Mrs. S. A. Huss, Louisville, KY; and Mrs. Mary E. Moreland, Shelby county. At the age of sixteen she joined the Christian church, at Jeptina, Shelby county, under the ministry of Rev. William Tharp, father of Rev. Wallace Tharp. She was one of the founders of the Parkeville church, which was built in 1870. She was a true and loving mother and a devoted wife.  - Waveland Independent, March 22, 1901  (Submitted by Anita Ellis )


“Henry SHANK, age 80, died about 2 o’clock, Wednesday morning of this week, at the Parke County home. He was a native of Edgar County, Ill., and had lived on Parke County about six years.     Mr. Shank is survived by four nephews, Henry and Easton Robertson of Rockville; Verril Robertson of Montezuma and Ed Robertson of Bloomingdale; two nieces, Mrs. Louella Welch of Terre Haute and Mrs. Lillie Griffith of Missouri. Funeral services were held at 10:30 o’clock, Wednesday morning of this week at the Machledt funeral home in Waveland, Rev C. C. Griggs of Bellmore officiating. Burial in the Waveland Cemetery.” - Rockville Republican, January 30, 1941


Fred Shanks, father of Clara Shanks, whose murder created such excitement a few years ago,  died at his home near Grange Corner last week at the age of 80.  - Waveland Independent, Thursday, September 10, 1907


Samuel B. Sharp, son of Isaac and Mary Ann Eastlack Sharp, was born August 7, 1853.  He died at his home in Bellmore early on Sunday morning, February 10 at the age of 75 years, 6 months and 3 days. He was of a family of 13.  Those surviving are Mrs. James Barr, Theodore M. Sharp, Charles L. Sharp and John R. Sharp of Waveland, Alva Sharp of Montezuma, Otho Sharp of Chicago Illinois and Frank Sharp of Indianapolis. He united with the ME Church in Waveland in early life.  He united with the ME Church at Bellmore, July 31, 1881 under the pastorate of Rev. D. T. McClain and was a faithful steward of the gifts of God committed to him.  Time, health, strength, mental ability, all were trusts to be faithfully administered.  he was united in marriage to Emma Gailey. To this union one daughter was born.  The mother and daughter preceded him in death.  he was again united in marriage to Mary Reid, with whom he lived happily for many years until she was called home.  On June 5, 1907 he was united in marriage to Mrs. Belle Rein, who was a devoted wife and who today mourns his loss.  Mr. Sharp was a painter by trade.   He was twice appointed postmaster at Bellmore and was serving in that capacity at the time of his death.  His was the life of a consistent member of the Knights of Pythias and Red Men's orders.  He firmly believed in their tenents and teachings. He had faith in his friends, his country and his God and as such a man he will be missed.   A friend suggests this quotation as exemplifying his life: "He was gentle, the elements of greatness and sweetness were so wrapped up in him that all the world might stand and say, "This was a man.""  Mr. Sharp was born in Russellville but later moved with his parents to Waveland.  While living here he fell from the runway in the rear of his father's shop, the present Poney Moody house on to a rock and suffered a compound fracture of the left arm.  It became necessary to amputate the limb above the elbow.  Notwithstanding this handicap he became an expert painter and decorator.  Those from Waveland attending the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. James Barr, Mr. and Mrs. Ira Sharp, Mr. and Mrs. Ray Sharp and Floyd, Theodore Sharp, Otho Sharp, Charles Sharp and Frank Sharp.     - Waveland Independent, February 15, 1929

Mr. and Mrs. Ira Sharp, Mr. and Mrs. Hubert Loudermill, Mrs. India Sharp and Lee Foster attended the funeral services conducted for Otho W. Sharp to Crawfordsville Tuesday afternoon.  Ira Sharp and Hubert Loudermill are nephews of the deceased Mr. Sharp.  Burial was made in Maple Ridge Cemetery at Waveland. - Waveland Independent, February 21, 1946


Jeffery Lee Shaw, 42, of Rockville died Monday, August 16, 2004, in Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis. He was a construction worker. He was born October 5, 1961, in Clinton. Survivors include his parents, Robert and Janice Davies of Rockville; four brothers, Richard Shaw of Paris, Ill., Harry Tallman of Indianapolis, Tony Tallman of Coatesville and Dan Tallman of Rockville; two stepbrothers, Rodger Davies of Rockville and Ross Davies of Greencastle; one stepsister, Melinda Mace of Rockville; three sisters, Peggy Crowder of Greencastle, Ellie Tallman of Bloomingdale and Becky Johnson of Terre Haute; and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Charles William Shaw; and one stepsister, Meredith Peacock. Graveside services are 2 p.m. Thursday in the chapel at Bono Cemetery, with the Rev. John Shoffner officiating. Burial will follow. At his request, there will be no visitation. Butler Funeral Home assisted with arrangements.

Rockville, Ind. (CNS) – Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at Barnes Mortuary in Rockville for Mrs. Mattie Shaw, 90, of Rockville. She died at 3 p.m. Tuesday (May 9, 1967) in the Parke County Nursing Home. Born Feb. 6, 1877 in Parke County, she was the daughter of Hosea and Louis Croks Wimmer. She was the oldest member of the Otterbein EUB Church. Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Myrtle Jeffries of Rockville and Mrs. Doris Robinson of Finley, Ohio; six grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. The Rev. Luther Page will officiate. Burial will be in Mt. Moriah Cemetery. Friends may call after 2 p.m. Thursday. --- Danville (Illinois) Commercial News May 10, 1967   – jlr

Mrs. Rosie Shaw, 74, RR 1 Georgetown, IL died at 4:32 p.m. Sunday in the Vermillion County Hospital. She is survived by four daughters, Mrs. Mary Blair, Robinson, IL; Mrs. Bessie Jones, Westville, IL; Mrs. Dorothy Lowe, Los Angeles, CA and Mrs. Susie Murrell, Montezuma, IN; three sons,  Charles, Terre Haute, IN; Wayne, Morgantown, IN; William, Georgetown, IL; one half sister, Mrs. Clara Heath, Fair Oaks, AR; three brothers, George Bennett, Hillsdale, IN; Wiley Bennett, Memphis, TN; Roy Bennett, Tulsa, OK. Services are pending at the Brown Funeral Home. – Terre Haute Tribune Star July 12, 1965

William Dale Shaw, 65, of Rockville died at his residence. He was born November 27, 1928 at Dana to Charles Shaw and Rose Bennett Shaw. Survivors include his wife, Betty Jo King Shaw; two sons, Rodger and Hank; two daughters, Annette Foster and Lynn Bloebaum; nine grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Services are 1p.m. Wednesday in Brown Funeral Home at Montezuma, with the Rev. Jerry Bates officiating. Visitation is 9a.m. until services – Terre Haute Tribune, 11 April 1994


Jeanette Joy Sheahan, 45, Cincinnati, Ohio, died at 6:22 p.m. Wednesday, March 25, 1998, at her residence. She was a former Rosedale resident. Born December 14, 1952 in Terre Haute, she was the daughter of William Robert and Bette Cole Long. She was a cashier at a Kroger store. Survivors include her mother, of Rosedale; a daughter, Stefanie Marie Sheahan of Cincinnati; a son, Christopher Long of Cincinnati; a sister, Nancy Oard of Rosedale; and two brothers, Bill Long of Greencastle and Richard Long of Terre Haute.  Services were conducted Monday at Paul R. Young Funeral Home in Cincinnati. Graveside services were conducted at Rosedale Cemetery Tuesday with Brother Abe Miller officiating. Cottress Funeral Home of Rosedale was in charge of local arrangements. - Parke County Sentinel, Wednesday, April 1, 1998  Thanks to Mary Lou Hermiller    


Services were at 10:30 a.m. CST Friday at the St. Mary Catholic Church in Lamont, Iowa for Mrs. Marie Houska Shearer, 52, of Mascoutah, Ill., a former Rockville resident, who died at 11:30 p.m. Monday (Dec. 31, 1973) at the Scott Air Force Base Medical Center in Belleville, Illinois after an extended illness.   Survivors include her husband, Keith; three sons, Donald of Clinton, Larry of New Baden, Ill. and Michael in Germany; a daughter, Darlene at home; three brothers, Peter Houska of Clemons, Iowa, Joseph Houska of White Heath, Ill. and Francis Houska of Dundee, Iowa; three sisters, Mrs. Verna Remling and Mrs. Erna Goedken, both of Lamont, and Mrs. Ethel Sissel of Waterloo, Iowa; three grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.   The Fawcett Funeral Home of Lamont was in charge. – unknown source - shared by Karen Zach


Rockville, Ind. (CNS) – Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at Barnes Mortuary in Rockville for Mrs. Mattie Shaw, 90, of Rockville. She died at 3 p.m. Tuesday (May 9, 1967) in the Parke County Nursing Home. Born Feb. 6, 1877 in Parke County, she was the daughter of Hosea and Louis Croks Wimmer. She was the oldest member of the Otterbein EUB Church. Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Myrtle Jeffries of Rockville and Mrs. Doris Robinson of Finley, Ohio; six grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. The Rev. Luther Page will officiate. Burial will be in Mt. Moriah Cemetery. Friends may call after 2 p.m. Thursday. --- Danville (Illinois) Commercial News May 10, 1967   – jlr


James M. Shepherd, who was at one time well known around here, died a few days ago in Lexington, Ky.  He will be especially remembered as a singer, and was a great chum of Sant Moody.  One brother, George, lives in Lafayette, and another Alonzo, lives in Crawfordsville.  The following obituary is from a Lexington paper: "James M. Shepherd, 55, died at 1:10 o'clock this morning at his residence, 343 High Street.  He had been in failing health for several months.  Mr. Shepherd was born and reared in Parke County, Indiana and for a number of years was employed by the L&N Railroad. For the last 5 years he had been employed as a merchant policeman in Lexington and doorman at the KY theatre.  He was a member of Jr. Order United American Mechanics, No 53 and was well known and well liked by his associated.   Mr. Shepherd is survived by his wife, Mrs. Anna M. Shepherd; three sons, Monroe F., Jonas B. and Charles M. Shepherd, all of Lexington; four daughters, Misses Bessie M. and Goldie A. Shepherd, Mrs. John Swartz and Mrs. Harman Doty all of Lexington; two brothers, George and Alonzo Shepherd of Crawfordsville, Indiana.  Funeral services will be held Sun. afternoon at 2:30 o'clock at the grave in Lexington Cemetery. Junior Order No. 53 and Daughters of America will have charge at the grave, Rev. A. L. Goodrich of Porter Memorial Baptist church officiating.  " - Waveland Independent, December 17, 1926


Warren H. Sheppard, 92, of Montezuma died at 10:15 a.m. Tuesday, May 13, 1997, in Parke County Nursing Home in Rockville. He was born January 13, 1905, in Spencer to Albert Roy Sheppard and Eura Ethel Kinney Sheppard. Survivors include his wife, Leora Summers Sheppard; three daughters, Louise Norris, Barbara McMillan and Judy White; one sister, Maxine Bartlow; several grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren. Services are 11 a.m. Friday in Brown Funeral Home, with the Rev. Steve Gommel officiating. Burial is in Oakland Cemetery. Visitation is 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, with Order of Eastern Star services at 7 p.m. and Masonic services at 7:30 p.m.


Funeral Card -- thanks to Alberta Butler -- Lillian PAYNE SHELTON.  Born: Sept. 18, 1895; Date of Death: October2, 1968.  Private Services: Tudor Funeral Home. Friday, October4, 1968 10:30 a.m.  Office Minister: Rev. Philip Frew; Organist: Mrs. Marie Wimmer.  Final Resting Place: Memory Garden Cemetery.  Pallbearers: Dan Jines; Allen Bradfield; Steven Bradfield; Lawrence Shelton; Virgil Drake; Howard Wills.


Mrs. Mary E. SHIRK formerly of this community was buried from the Machledt Funeral home here Tuesday afternoon. Mrs. Shirk was born in this community, her father having been born and reared here before her. She was a sister of former Doran CLORE and an aunt of Mrs. Emma JACKS and Mrs. Bessie MILLIGAN; Mrs. Shirk has been away from Waveland 25 years, the last 10 in Florida. - Waveland Independent, June 6, 1946

Word has been received of the death of Mrs. Mary Shirk in Miami, Florida Feb 20.  She was the last surviving member of the Simeon Clore family. She had made her home with her niece Miss Bessie McClain for a number of years. The body will be brought to Waveland at a later date and interment will be made in the family lot at Maple Ridge.  - Waveland Independent, February 28 1946


Mrs. Manuel Shoaf, who has been ill at her home east of town for the past two weeks, died on Wednesday afternoon.  The funeral services at the  Christian Church this morning at ten will be conducted by Rev. E. E. Moorman, of Indianapolis.  Interment at the Jarvis Cemetery.  Rev. E. B. Headen, who preached at the Presbyterian Church on Tuesday night, is a pleasant gentleman and made a good impression.  Artie, daughter of David and Artie Blacketer, was born in Parke County, June 10, 1867.  She married Emmanuel Shoaf in 1883.  The husband and two children survive; Mrs. Myrtle Hauser and Claude Shoaf.  She was a faithful member of the Christian Church. - Waveland Independent - December 23, 1910

Private Onia Leo Shoaf, eldest son of James L. and Margaret Clore Shoaf was born Dec. 21, 1892 in Sugar Creek Township, Parke County, Indiana  In early childhood his parents moved to Fountain Co, where he grew up to manhood.  At the age of 16, he became a member of the Baptist Church. Shortly after this time his parents purchased a home in Sugar Creek Twp. Parke County, Indiana and with them made it his home here, except such times as his work called him away thus he was away in Fountain County, Indiana when he answered his country's call to arms to fight for Liberty, humanity and Justice.  April 2, 1918 at 4 p.m. he with others left Covington to Ft. Hamilton NY where he remained in training until July 1 from whence he was sent to Ft. Amador, Panama to serve in the Coast Artillery.  Here he met his tragic death by drowning November 9 at 9 a.m. at the age of 25 years, 11 months and 18 days. Thus this young man with the prospects of a happy useful life before him is taken from our midst so suddenly.  To those who have known Onia it is not necessary to enlarge at length upon the virtues of this noble life. It is suffice to say, that he was industrious, and of amiable lovable disposition loved and respected by all ready to lend a helping hand to those in need of assistance and his ever happy and cheerful disposition gave him a hearty welcome to any company or gathering.  Possessing the qualities that are the fundamental principles of good citizenship, honesty, frugality and loyalty, this community and country suffer a heavy loss by the demise of Onia. Anxious to serve his country in her time of need he answered her call and so under the Stars & Stripes he made the one great sacrifice - his  life - that others might live. The love and devotion of the deceased for his family was sacred to behold and the bondage of love that existed between this son and his parents, his brothers and sisters could not possibly have been stronger than it was. The endearing terms of papa and mama came from the depth of his heart as was his kindness and affection for his brothers and sister.  But death respects not these things and so has entered this most happy household and broken the first link in this family tie.  And the hearts of the bereaved are heavy with sorrow and grief. The deceased. leaves to lament his departure his father and mother, three brothers, Ora, Willie and James R. and one sister, Ethel and a grandmother, one sister-in-law, many uncles and aunts and other relatives and a host of friends. May God by Almighty Grace console these mourners and lighten their sorrow. The mortal remains reaches home Dec. 7th and funeral services were held at home by Rev. Albert Tomlinson, December 9 at 10 a.m.  Interment at the Lutheran Church near Wallace, Fountain Co, O. M. Davies of Marshal officiating. On account of the prevalence of the influenza only the relatives and nearest neighbors were permitted to attend. - Taken from an old scrapbook --

Wayne V. Shoaf, 81, Marshall, died at 4:45 a.m. Friday, December 27, 1996, at Castle Shannon Health Care Center in Rockville. Born August 22, 1915 in Waveland, he was the son of Claude and Madge Jarvis Shoaf. He married Cleda Yeary Johns, who preceded him in death.  Retired, he had been a farmer and a variety store owner and had also been employed by Sommers Metal Craft of Crawfordsville. He was a member of Freedom Baptist Church. Survivors include a sister, Eileen Shuee of Greencastle; a step- daughter, Susie Woody of Colorado Springs, Colorado; three step-granddaughters and a step great-grandchild. He was preceded in death by a brother and two sisters.  Services were conducted Monday at Rice Funeral Home in Marshall with Rev. Don Perry officiating. Burial was in Bethany Cemetery at Marshall.   - Parke Co. Sentential, January 1, 1997   Contributed by: Mary Lou Hermiller


Mrs. Mary Shockey. Frank Seybold Misses Mabel and Edith, and Theodore Sharp went to Browns Valley, Monday to be present at the funeral of Mrs. Mary Shockey, an aunt of Mr. Seybold.  Services were held at the Baptist church, by Rev. S. K. Fuson. Interment at Indian Creek. Mrs. Shockey was the daughter of James and Anna Harland Seybold, and was born near Guion, 82 years ago. She was one of a family of nine children, of whom three survive -- John, of Topeka, Kansas; Lawson, of Sidell, Illinois; and Jasper, of St. Peter, Minn.. Until a short time ago she lived in Browns Valley, but at the time of her death was at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Noah Coons, in Crawfordsville. Others present at the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Seybold, of Clinton; Mr. and Mrs. Fred Seybold, of Dana; and Mrs. Cora Thomas and Mrs. Lenore Barnes of Judson. - Waveland Independent, January 12, 1917


Ill 18 months, Mrs. Anna Geraldine SHULER, 43, wife of Eston Shuler, d. at 5:35 p.m. Wed. (1942) at her home here.  She was a graduate of State Teachers College.  - Unknown source


Mattie E. Siegelin, 92, formerly of Rockville, died at 12:20 p.m. Tuesday, September 8, 1998, in National Health Care in Hudson, Fla. She was born March 18, 1906, in Parke County to William Bryan and Mary Ann Lewis Bryan. Her husband, William Siegelin, died Oct. 27, 1967. Survivors include two daughters, Betty Lou Gill and Martha J. Bradburn; one son, William B. Siegelin; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. Services are 1 p.m. Saturday in Butler Funeral Home, with the Rev. Wendell Adams officiating. Burial is in Memory Garden Cemetery. Visitation is 5 to 8 p.m. Friday.


Retired coal miner Quincy Harold Simmons, 77, of RR 4, Rockville, died at 10 a.m. Saturday in Vermillion County Hospital in Clinton.  He was a member of the Joppa Baptist Church and the vice-president of the All-States Club of Safety Harbor, Fla.  Surviving are three daughters,  Mrs. Ray Jenkins of Muncie, Ind., Mrs. Melford Thienpoint, of Rockville, and Mrs. Merle Pearman of Gary, Indiana.; two sisters, Mrs. Effie Surber and Miss Cora Simmons, both of Rockville; eight grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.  Services are set for 2 p.m. Monday at the Butler Funeral Home in Rockville and Rev. Eston Brooks will officiate.  Burial will be in Memory Gardens cemetery.  Friends may call after 2 p.m. Sunday.  - Terre Haute Tribune, Sunday 8 September 1963 - p.13   Thanks to Michael Mahoney for this obituary.

(Included in the Simmons Family Bible) James Francis Simmons, 67, died in a Terre Haute hospital Thursday (21 October 1926) at 7 p.m.  He was born in Parke County and spent his entire life here as an honest and upright citizen who will be greatly missed.  He was deeply interested in truck farming and poultry, and was an expert in these branches.  He served for a time as a poultry superintendent of the Fair.  Funeral services were conducted Sunday at 10 a.m. at the Bethel Church, by Rev. W. J. Freed.  Interment in the Rockville Cemetery.  He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Ellen Simmons (Ellen Minera Kalley) and a son Quincy of Rosedale; two daughters, Miss Cora Simmons at home, Mrs. George (Effie) Surber near Rockville; two brothers - Frank Simmons of Clinton and Wallace of Rockville; two sisters, Mrs. John Fulenwider of Rockville and Miss Alice Newkirk of Clinton.  An obituary will be printed later.

Funeral services for Stella May Simmons, 50 years old, who died at the residence seven miles southwest of Rockville Friday afternoon, will be held at 2 o'clock this afternoon at the Barnes Funeral Home with Rev. Theodore Freed officiating.  Burial will be in the Memory Gardens cemetery at Rockville.  - Terre Haute Tribune,  Sunday, 7 November 1943, Page 7

Wallace Simmons, 82 years old, died at 5 o'clock Wednesday evening.  Surviving are a son, James Simmons of R.R. 1, Rosedale; two grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.  The body was taken to the Branson Funeral Home where services will be held at 2 o'clock Friday afternoon.  Burial will be in the Rockville cemetery.   - Terre Haute Tribune, Thursday 6 March 1952, Page 2

Sarah, daughter of Philip and Margaret Sowers was born in North Carolina, August 6, 1838 departed this life Dec. 8, 1812 at the age of 74 years, 4 months and 1 day. She had been in usual health and was in good spirits up to the time she suffered a stroke of paralysis and only lived a few hours, never regaining consciousness. Her parents made the trip from North Carolina on horseback while she was but 12 months of age and settled in Parke County, near Sugar Creel. She was of a family of 9 children, all of them, with father and mother, but one younger sister having preceded her in death. While in her youth, she gave her heart to God and has ever lived a consistent Christian and a firm believer in the works and teachings of "Him who doeth all things well." She was united in marriage to David Simmons November 1, 1860 and to this union were born five children, two sons and three daughters. 7 grandchildren survive. She with her husband went in the Christian church as charter members when the church was built east of Yeddo, near their home. For 47 years they endured the toils and hardships which came to all pioneer settlers, sharing their joys and sorrows together rearing their family by placing good examples before them always putting their trust in Him who said "My yoke is easy and my burden a light." On August 15, 1907, the husband and father was taken leaving his companion of many years to mourn her loss, yet she never murmured nor complained for she had a Comforter who said, "I will be a God to the widow and father to the fatherless. but how deeply she felt her loss, none knew only those who have gone through the same dark hour of sorrow can tell. Only a short time ago, she said, "I always wanted to go first, but it was God's will, not mine and it has been a long while since I was left, but some of these days I'll join him, where we'll part no more. Her sun is now set, and she is basking in the sweet sunshine of her heavenly home, where sickness and death never comes. There is no night there, and we sorrow not as though they who have no hope, for our loss is for eternal gain. The fun. service. were held at the Centennial church, Tues at one o'clock by Rev. A. l. Carney, of Lebanon, Indiana The family wishes to thank their friends.  - Obituary -- Crawfordsville Journal - no date



Mrs. Jackson Simpson died in Windsor, Missouri., Monday.  Her husband was one of the carriage makers in Waveland fifty years ago.  - Waveland Independent -- March 17, 1911

“James SIMPSON, 73 years old, died at 1:15 o'clock Thursday afternoon at the residence near Mecca. Mr. Simpson had been ill for several years. He is survived by the widow, Anna; one son, Angues, of Danville, Ill.: a brother, John, of Clinton (IN), and three sisters, Mrs. Minnie Earhart of Cleveland, Ohio; Mrs. Wesley Hayes, of Cloverland, and Mrs. James Kerr, of Atlanta, Fla.  The body was taken to the Yocum funeral home and returned to the residence Friday afternoon. Funeral services were held at 11 o'clock Sunday morning at the Mecca Christian Church with burial in Mt. Olivet Cemetery near Catlin.” - Rockville Tribune, November 10, 1937

Kenneth SIMPSON, 55, of this city, who was hit by an automobile at the NE corner of the public square here late Thursday succumbed at his home at 3 o'clock Saturday morning. Although Mr. Simpson was not thought to be critically injured at the time he was struck he was found later to be suffering from concussion of the brain which caused his death. Mr. Simpson was hit by an automobile drive by Cash Courtney of Memphis, Missouri who was accompanied by his brother, Elza of the same city. Both men were placed in jail here following the accident where they are being held on charges of intoxication. T he arrests were made by Sheriff Delbert Lewis and Marshall Jess Manley who were called to the scene by witnesses of the accident after they had noticed the driver of the car was acting in a peculiar manner. The accident in all probability will be investigated by the Parke County Grand Jury and it is thought that an indictment of involuntary manslaughter will be returned against the two brothers. Funeral arrangements for Mr. Simpson have not as yet been completed. - Crawfordsville Journal & Review, Saturday, March 28, 1931


Henry Simmons, the oldest native-born resident of Parke county, died at his home in the east part of Rockville, Wednesday morning of general debility. – The Covington Republican, 14 Jan 1898


Harry P. SIMMS, a brother of the late Ed Simm (sic) died in the Rennselaer hospital on Friday. - Waveland Independent, April 1, 1937


Many of the Republican readers will be interested to learn that Elder Joe Skeeter's wife of Edgar, Ill., died a few days ago. Mr. Skeeters has been well known throughout… - Rockville Republican, 17 February  1897

 Mrs. Leatha Skeeters, 74, died at the Ace Placid Nursing Home at Shelbyville at 6:30 a.m. last Thursday.  She is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Laura Clou of Greenwood, Mrs. Harriet Wetter of Needham and Mrs. Elizabeth Eaton of Indianapolis, and a brother, Frank Houchins of Newport.  She was a member of the Methodist Church and the Montezuma Pythian Sisters, No. 370.  Services were held Saturday, afternoon at the Brown Funeral Home in Montezuma.  The Rev. Robert Baum officiated and burial was in Oakland Cemetery. - Rockville Tribune, October 13, 1966

Perry Hudson Skeeters, son of Tilghman H. and Eugenie A. Skeeters, who died February 15, from burns received the morning before, was a remarkable child, having a mind seeming much beyond his years, and was loved and admired by all who knew him. After he was so badly burned and his mother doing all she could for him, he noticed her hands were badly burned, said, "Mama, leave me alone and do something for your hands." This with numerous occurrences of like character shows remarkable sagacity and parental devotion for one so young. He would listen to reading from the bible for hours at a time, seemingly drinking in every word, and if at night he grew sleepy it was more than ever his delight. Perry was 3 years, 8 months, 9 days old, being born June 6, 1894. A bright beacon light in the glory world. – Parke County Journal, 24 February 1898


Funeral Card --  Cordelia B. SKELTON. Date of birth: March 22, 1897.  Date of Death: August 29, 1971 Funeral service at: Butler Fun. Home, Rockville. Tues, August 31, 1971, 2:00 p.m. Clergymen: Rev. Mac Gallagher; Rev. James O. Trousdale. Organist: David Gibbs. Final resting place: Rockville Cemetery., Rockville IN.   Submitted by Alberta Butler

Funeral Card -- thanks to Alberta Butler -- In Memory of Frank SKELTON. Date of Birth: Feb. 25, 1873. (83?) Date of Death: May 28, 1971. Funeral service: Monday, May 31, 1971 2:00 p.m.  Butler Funeral Home, Rockville. Clergymen: Rev. Mac Gallagher; Rev. William Tucker; Rev. James O. Trousdale.  Organist: David Gibbs.  Final Resting Place, Rockville Cemetery., Rockville, In. 

Fannie, daughter of Dr. Seth and Amanda J. Thomas, was born near Wingate, Indiana, in Montgomery county, March 27, 1861; departed this life Jan. 27, 1914, age 52 years, 10 months.  - Rockville Republican - February 4, 1914.  Since her marriage to Winslow Skelton, February 13, 1877, she has been a resident of Nyesville.  To this union were born six children all of whom with the husband, survive her.  The children are:  Mrs. A. J. Asberry of Bellmore; Ralph M. of Gillespie, Illinois, Harry J. of near Mecca and Love, Leslie and Clare.  She united with the U. B. church at Sand Creek in 1888 and was faithful until her death.  She was afflicted for several years and during the last two she suffered intensely.  She bore her illness bravely and patiently and never seemed downhearted.  She was a good wife and loving mother.  She was always ready to lend a helping hand and do anything she could to aid her neighbors.    She will be greatly missed by her loved ones and her many, many, friends. Funeral services were held at the U. B. church, Friday afternoon at 2:30, conducted by Rev. O. P. Cooper the present pastor and Rev. Shrigley of Marshall.


Card of Thanks.  - We wish to express our sincere thanks for the kindness and sympathy shown to us by the neighbors and friends during the illness and death of our dear wife and mother, Mrs. Winslow Skelton.  Also for the Beautiful floral offerings sent by the Judson school, the Community club and Aid society.   Winslow Skelton and Children       (Submitted by Anita Ellis )


“Aaron SKIMMERHORN, the venerable father of George Skimmerhorn, Mrs. William Hookey and Mrs. John Coker, died at the residence of Mr. John Coker early Tuesday morning, January 24, 1905, age 77 years. Deceased suffered a stroke of paralysis a short time ago, which was the cause of his death. The funeral was held at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. Coker, Wednesday, at 1 o’clock and the remains were laid top rest between the graves of his first and second wives at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery.”  - Rockville Republican, February 1, 1905


James Edward Smedley, 76, Hutsonville, Illinois and formerly of Danville, Illinois, died at 7:55 a.m. Tuesday, December 24, 1996, at Heritage Health Care. Born December 24, 1920 in Long Lake, Wisconsin, he was the son of John L. and Leoria E. Jent Smedley. He married Marjorie Bird and later married Betty Williams. He had been a plumber and also worked at Harrison Steel in Attica and on a farm near Marshall and was an Army veteran. Survivors include his mother, of Rockville; a son, Larry Smedley of Rockville; three daughters, Patricia Christy of Shelburn, Beverly Sue Hoke of Oblong, Illinois, and Rhonda Scoween of Rockville; three brothers, Orville R. Smedley of Bloomingdale, Curtis Smedley of Kankakee, Illinois, and Robert Gene Smedley of Rockville; two sisters, Opal Wittenmyer and Jeanette Allison of Rockville; and several grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a sister, Geneva.  Services were conducted Saturday at Sunset Funeral Home and Cremation Center. Burial was in Rockville Cemetery.  - Parke Co. Sentential, January 1, 1997  Thanks to Mary Lou Hermiller for this contribution.


Mrs. Sarah Smiley died Thursday at the home of her son, Andrew Smiley. The funeral was Friday at the home and burial at Seceder Cemetery near Portland Mills.  - Waveland Independent, April 24, 1925

Quite a number of  members of the Masonic Lodge attended the funeral of Oliver Smiley at the  Parkville Christian Church, Monday. Interment at Seceder Cemetery near Portland  Mills.  Waveland Independent, Feb 28, 1908 -- E. E. Batman of Rockville, editor  of the Progressive Country Life died at Phoenix, AZ this week.  He went  there on account of consumption  - Waveland Independent, Thursday, September 10, 1907

Thomas SMILEY died at the home of his son, Charles, South of Milligan Tuesday evening.  Funeral at the Portland Seceder Church yesterday afternoon.  - Waveland Independent, March 6, 1914

Mrs. Martha B. SMILEY of Rockville, age 86, died in the hospital at Clinton, Thursday morning, January 30.  She was born in Parke County, March 26, 1882 the daughter of  Thomas and Elizabeth Collings Burks.  On March 1, 1900, she was married. to Albert Smiley, who died in June 1961.  She was a member of the Rockville Christian Church.  Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Jewel Thomas of Terre Haute, a son, Homer Smiley of Rockville; two daughters-in-law, Mrs. Alice Smiley and Mrs. Olive Smiley, both of Rockville, a sister, Mrs. Ulta B. Deveraux of Los Angeles; 7 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren.  Funeral services were held at the Butler funeral home, Sat. afternoon with Rev. Roger T. Rankin and Rev. BF Nickless officiating. Bur. was in Memory Garden Cemetery. - unknown source (Thanks to Alberta Butler for this one)

Thomas N. Smiley, fifth son of William and Jane Smiley was born April 25,  1847.  He died on the farm on which he was born and lived, attaining the age of 66 years, 10 months 18 days.  He was called from this life on March 3, 1914.  Mr. Smiley was married to Mary E. Porter November 4, 1874.  To this union were born four children---Charles Albert, Clay and Della.  Mrs. Smiley was called home October 19, 1897. The four children are all living. When a young man Uncle Tom, as he was familiarly called by friends and relatives alike, united with the Associate Presbyterian church and remained a consistent member of the church until his death.  He served the church as treasurer for a number of years. Mr. Smiley was the fifth son in a family of six boys, only one of whom, William Smiley, survives.  He leaves one brother, three sons, one daughter and seven grandchildren to mourn his loss. Uncle Tom was a constant sufferer for nearly two years, but bore his suffering with Christian fortitude and remarkable patience.  All was done for him that medical aid and the loving service of his children could do, but he grew steadily worse until God released him. The funeral services were held at the Old Seceder church near Portland Mills on Thursday afternoon, March 5, Rev. Frank B. Solin, minister of the

Presbyterian church, officiating.  Interment was in the old cemetery by the church.  - Rockville Republican - March 11, 1914 (Submitted by Anita Ellis )

William Sheerer SMILEY, son of William Steele and Isabella Bunn Smiley, was born in Green Township, Parke County, Indiana on November 28, 1869.  He was educated in the schools of Greene Township.  He was a baptized member of the Associate Presbyterian Church.  He was married to Mollie J. ROBERTSON on November 1, 1900. They had two sons, James H. and Lawrence R. who survive them. T his home was broken on August 24, 1909 when his wife died.  He engaged at farming, later worked at the State Sanitarium and since retiring five years he made his home with his sister, Mrs. Margaret Heslar in Rockville.  He was a faithful and active member of Waveland Lodge No. 300 Free & Accepted Masons.  He departed from among us May 15, 1938, aged 68 years 5 months 17 days. He is survived by two sons, James H. of Cincinnati and Lawrence of Fon du Lac, Wisconsin; one grandchild, Sara Jane; one sister, Mrs. Margaret Heslar of Rockville; two brothers, Henry A. of Rockville and Dr. Thomas M. of Liberty, Mo and a number of other relatives and friends. He was well known in the locality having passed his entire life in Parke County living successively near Judson, Waveland, Marshall and Rockville.  The Waveland Masonic Lodge had charge of the service at the grave in Maple Ridge on Monday afternoon, Leslie Frank acting as orator. - Waveland Independent, May 19, 1938

Rockville Republican, January 4, 1962 - “Leota McClain SMILEY, age 80, died Thursday night at 10:00 o’clock at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Mary Fordice of southwest of Russellville, after an illness of a year. Born near Milligan, Jan. 2, 1881, she was the daughter of Jacob and Nancy Alexander McClain. She was a member of the Parkeville Church. Survivors in addition to the daughter include two sons, Virgil and Fred, both Judson r. r.;  three sisters, Mrs. Sylvia Smiley, Mrs. Cloe Pyle and Mrs. Cozette Phillips; a brother, Raymond McClain; seven grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at the McGaughey & Son funeral home in Russellville. Rev. Ray Britton officiated and burial was in Portland Mills Cemetery. 

A still born child of Oliver SMILEY living southeast of Judson was buried Tuesday. - Rockville Republican  31 March 1897


Aileen M. SMITH, 80, Kingman, died Saturday, March 23 at her residence. Born in Kingman on May 17, 1904, she was the daughter of William A. and Bessie Miller Moore. Her husband, James Benjamin Smith, preceded her in death in 1960.              Survivors include a nephew and two great-nephews. She was a 50 year member and Past Worthy Matron of Fountain Chapter 204, Order of Eastern Star, and a member of the Kingman Christian Church. Services were held Thursday at the Kingman Christian Church with James Lane officiating. Burial was in Bethany Cemetery in Marshall." - Parke County Sentinel, April 1, 1985

The burial of Albert Smith, who died, last Sunday morning at Montezuma took place in the Rockville Cemetery, Monday afternoon. Mr. Smith, as is well know, had been almost helpless during the past two years. A wife & 9 children survive him. 3 daughters and a son are in homes of their own; of the others, only two are unable to provide for themselves. - unknown source - ??? Newspaper --

Funeral Card  -- In Loving Memory of Annette Marie Smith, born August 19, 1959.  Date of Death: July 12, 1969 -- Services from: Portland Mills Christian Church Monday, July 14, 1969 2:00 p.m.  Office. Minister: Rev. Kenneth Greeley; Organist: Mrs. Keith Spencer; Final Resting Place: Portland Mills Cemetery.  Pallbearers: Howard Zachary; Jerome Zachary; Ron Heller; Morris Ray Smith: Flower Bearers: Portland Mills Jr. Youth Group and Marshall Fifth Grade Class.  -- thanks to Alberta Butler

Carroll Lee Smith of Rockville, age 81, died in the Community Hospital, Paris, Ill; Wednesday night December 8.  He was born at Bellmore, October 21, 1890 the son of  William A. and Florence Jerome Smith.  He was a member of the Rockville United Methodist Church and Masonic Lodge.  Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Mary Leona Farrell of Paris Illinois; two sisters, Mrs. Carrie Arnold, of Rockville and Mrs. Gladys Rigdon of Tucson Arizona; a grandson,  Edward L. Ferrell with the Army in Anchorage, Alaska; and a granddaughter, Janet Sue Farrell of Paris, Illinois  Funeral services were held at the Tudor Funeral Home, Sat. afternoon with rev. Clifford Miller and Rev. Philip Robinson officiating. Burial was in Memory Garden Cemetery.  - unknown source - shared by Alberta Butler

“Mrs. Charlotte Egbert SMITH died Saturday, April 2, aged sixty three years. The deceased was born in New York and had been a resident of Rockville for over forty years. She was married here thirty-six years ago to Joseph Smith, and was the mother of three children. The funeral services were held Sunday by Revs. Cummings and Beebe.”  -  Rockville Tribune, April 7, 1887

Clara Belle Smith, age 84, died Thursday at the residence of her son, Jacob in Terre Haute.  She was born May 9, 1870 in Rockville, the daughter of Joseph and Martha Montgomery Ralston.   Mrs. Smith was a member of the Baptist church and also was a member of the War Mothers.  Survivors include three sons, Jacob of Terre Haute; Lawrence of Rockville and Charles of Dallas, TX: one daughter, Mrs. Guy Alden: a sister, Mrs. Agnes Little of Burbank, California; town grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.  Funeral services were held Saturday at 3:00 in the Branson funeral home with Rev. Hugh Craven officiating and burial was in the Rockville cemetery. - Unknown Newspaper

Mrs. Charles SMITH died at her home on W. Main St. on Saturday after but a few days illness with heart trouble.  Funeral services at the Christian Church on Monday afternoon were in charge of Rev. Cecil Franklin.  The pall bearers were John Oldshue; Lee Foster; John Reynolds; Walter Penn; Frank Wilkinson and Edgar Pitts. The flowers were carried by Mrs. Huber Loudermill; Mrs. Ray Sharp and Mrs. Chester Heslar; Mrs. Franklin; Mrs. Fred Rice; Corta Dooley and O. G. Swanay sang with Mr. Walker at the piano. Burial at Indian Creek.  Bertha PAYTON Smith daughter of William and Mary Payton, was born at Parkville, Indiana Sept 7, 1888.  She departed this life at her home in Waveland August 16, 1933 age 44 years, 11 months 19 days. Her life was spent near the place of her birth and in the vicinity of Browns Valley.  She was married to Charles Smith on November 5, 1908. To this union four children were born 3 of whom survive, Mary Ethel having passed away at the age of one year on January 24, 1914. After spending several years in the community around Browns Valley and Russellville, the family moved to Waveland where they have since resided and the death of the husband, Charles Smith occurred on August 7, 1928.  Mrs. Smith, tho’ frail in body always forgetting self and unmindful of her own health, strived diligently to rear the family and keep the little home together, never calling upon friends for assistance until she was forced to do so. She was of a quiet, unassuming nature, always having a kindly feeling to those about her. The large circle of friends and neighbors bespeaks the love and esteem in which she was held. Her Christian life will ever be a guiding light and high example for her children. After life’s fitful season filled with sad disappointment, she rests from her labors. She is at home with the Father. She held membership with the Browns Valley Baptist Church. Those left to mourn her loss are 3 sons: Walter, David and Charles; the father and step mother, one sister, Mrs. Chloe Sollers of Clinton; one half sister and 3 half brothers, a host of other relatives and friends.   Waveland Independent, September 1, 1933

“Edward E. SMITH, 71 years old, died at 9:30 o’clock Thursday morning at the Vermillion County Hospital.  Surviving are the widow; a son, Timothy of Indianapolis, and a brother, Samuel Smith of Montezuma. The body was taken to the Brown funeral home where services were conducted at 2 o’clock Sunday afternoon. The Rev. Earl Ramey officiated and internment was in Oakland Cemetery.” - Rockville Tribune, June 5, 1958

The body of Hammett N. Smith was discovered floating on the east side of Rohm Brothers Mill Pond about 6 o'clock Sunday morning by Miss Cleo Bradburn, who lives with her father, Elijah Bradburn, immediately east and who was at the time hunting for duck eggs. She at once informed John Wyant, crossing watchman, who pulled the head and shoulders out of the water. Here the dead man remained in the water until Coroner Collings was notified and came. The coroner, assisted by others, took the body from the water and carried it to the mill hay shed where an inquest was held. Later the body was taken to Teague & Chapman's undertaking establishment and prepared for burial. At first Smith was not recognized even by those who knew him well, the face was so bloated, and it was for a time supposed the body was that of a laborer connected with the Robinson show which exhibited near the pond Wednesday, the cars being loaded at the crossing. Later a neighbor of Smith, who lived alone in a little house on North Virginia Street, between the town and the "fourty" gave out the word that he had not been seen there since Wednesday. Proper identification was then made. In Smith's pockets were found his watch, pocket knife, house key and an empty beer bottle. No evidence of foul play could be discovered. Smith was the show Wednesday night and on Thursday he was in Mecca, but was seen here as late as 9 o'clock Thursday night. The watch had stopped at 11 and it is assumed he fell from the railroad grade into the pond about that time. Evidently he was drowned as his lungs were full of water. He was intoxicated both Wednesday and Thursday. Hammet Smith was born in Rockville in 1843 and resided in around the town most of his life. He was a son of Reuben Smith. His nearest surviving relatives are two brothers, William and Joseph and one sister, Mary.  - Rockville Republican, July 11, 1911

Early Sunday morning the dead body of Hammet Smith was found floating in Rohm's Mill pond by a little daughter of Elijah Bradburn who lives nearby. The little girl told her father who went to the pond and then informed others of the gruesome discovery. Coroner Collings was called by phone and the body was left in the water until his arrival as the first impression was that a murder had been committed when Robinson's circus was in Rockville and the body of the victim thrown in the pond. When Corner Collings arrived he directed that the dead man be taken to Teague & Chapman's undertaking establishment. Here he was fully identified as Hammet Smith. His watch and pocket knife were recognized by Bert Dodds, a nephew, who also identified the clothing. Decomposition had prevented those who knew Mr. Smith from recognizing his face, but it was surmised by some even before the body was taken from the pond that it was Hammet Smith. He was last seen Thursday evening James S. Baker and Charles H. Baker talked with him a short while in front of Spencer's livery stable. He left them going E. on York St. St that time he was slightly intoxicated. An empty bottle was found in his pocket. That he was drowned was established by the autopsy held by the coroner and Dr. Charles Overpeck. The lungs were full of water. Whether he wandered to the banks of the pond and fell in or committee suicide will probably never be known. He had been drinking more than usual lately and his health had failed to the extend that he was not able to work regularly. Hammet Smith was born in Rockville in 1843. He was a son of Reuben Smith, one of the first settlers of the town. He attended the old time Whitford School here 60 years ago and resided in and about Rockville most of his life. He worked as a bridge carpenter on the E&TH railroad a number of years. He was industrious but not provident and accumulated no property beyond the house and lot he owned in the north part of town. He was never married. Two brothers - William and Joseph - and one sister, Mrs. Jackson Hallett who live near Bluff Mills in Montgomery county are his only relatives. To all the old citizens of our town he was well known. He was kind of heart, loyal and reliable and probably in all his life never incurred the enmity of anyone. All who knew him well knew that he was in his walk of life a good man. An appropriate funeral service was conducted at the cemetery after the arrival of the train from the north Monday at 10:30. Rev. Z. D. Maris conducted the services after the reading of an obituary sketch by Isaac R. Strouse. The body was then taken to the grave where Rev. Maris dismissed the audience of relatives and friends with a benediction. Joseph Smith, Mr. and Mrs. Hallett and daughter came on the train to attend the funeral, but William Smith was unable to come on account of sickness. The pallbearers were O. F. Munson, John S. McFaddin, James Ford, Reese Booker, Howard Maxwell and John Farnsworth. - Rockville Tribune, July 18, 1911

Jacob P. Smith, 79, passed away at his residence in Terre Haute at 6:00 p.m. Thursday, Aug 8. A native of Parke Co, he was born August 20, 1898 a son of Thomas K and Clara Belle Ralston Smith. Mr. Smith was a former sheriff of Parke Co, having held that office in 1923 and 1924 and again in 1927 and 1928. He was a veteran of WWI holding the rank of First Lt. in the Field Artillery. His memberships included the Memorial Presbyterian Church, the American Legion Post No 48, Veterans of WWI Barracks No 1905. national Assoc. of Retired Civil Service Employees. He was a former employee of the Internal Revenue Service and was a US Treasury agent. He had also taught school in Parke Co. Mr. Smith was a gold star Dad, having lost a son Lt. Robert H. Smith in WWII. Surviving are the widow, Hester E, one sister, Mrs. Guy Alden of Rockville; two brothers, Lawrence Smith of Rockville and Charles Smith of Dallas, Texas; a number of nieces and nephews, including John Alden of Rockville and Thomas Smith of Elgin, Ill. Fun. services were held at 2 p.m. Sat at the Butler Fun. Home with the Rev. Roger T. Rankin office and Marie Wimmer, organist. Burial was in Memory Garden Cemetery. Pall bearers were: Joe Mull, Ferris Heath, Robert F. Alden, Thomas C. Smith, William Ingle and Charles R. Watson. - Rockville Tribune, August 15, 1968

James Ovie Smith, 69, died at 6:40 a.m. Wednesday in the Vermillion County Hospital at Clinton. Mr. Smith was a retired farmer. He was born May 29, 1893 in Parke County, a son of James L. and Matilda Huxford Smith. Survivors include his wife, Nellie; a son, Ovie of Chrisman, Ill., a daughter, Mrs. Doris Manning of Vancouver, Canada; a brother, Frank of Santa Paula, Calif., and five grandchildren. The body was taken to Barnes’ Mortuary at Rockville where friends may pay their respects after 2 p.m. Thursday. The body will be brought to the Methodist Church here at noon Friday and will lie in state one hour prior to funeral services. Services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday with Rev. Dale Hamilton officiating. Interment will be in the Oakland Cemetery at Montezuma. - Crawfordsville Journal Review - 16 May 1963, Page 10 – shared by Karen Zach

Uncle Joe Smith, who has been ill for some time died on Wednesday morning. - Waveland Independent, February 12, 1926

John L. Smith, son of Simon (sic) and Mary Smith, was born July 20, 1853 and died November 18, 1915 age 62 years, 3 months and 28 days. He was married. to Miss Lucy Cheesewright February 22, 1885. This union was blest (sic) with six children. One died in infancy. The others - Parke N, Frank L, Ralph D, Myron R and Mrs. Grace A Dooley, with the widow and Mrs. Albert Jerome, a daughter by a former marriage, survive him. He was next to the youngest of the nine children of his father's family of whom only Mrs. William Bowman of Montezuma and Tilghman Smith of Coloma are now living. John Smith was b. in Rockville and spent all his life in Parke Co, living the last 28 years about 3 mi. W. of Rockville. He was a man of naturally strong physique and enjoyed good health until about a year ago when a complication of diseases took hold of him. Little by little these undermined his strength and eventually bore him down. Although for some time his condition has been considered serious, it was not until last Sun. that the end appeared near, and his death came really as a shock to his family and friends. Mr. Smith was a man of sterling qualities and commanded the respect of his fellowmen. His industry and thrift coupled with good judgment made him one of the country's successful farmers. Often men of his own calling came to him for advice, but these were not all for his judgment was also sought by men of public affairs. All who knew him regarded him as a more than ordinary citizen. Not only was he endowed with sound judgment, industry and thrift, but he was also a man with a kind heart, cheerful, absolutely honest and always interested in the welfare of his community. His home relations were of the pleasantest. Here he was most devoted, anxious for the well-doing of his family and always sacrificing willingly for their comfort and happiness. By his death these who had his greatest love have lost a devoted husband and father, his friends have lost a good comrade, the community a valued member and the county one of her best citizens. - Rockville Tribune February 23, 1915, Page 5

Joseph Coleman Smith -- died near Rockville, IN, November 11, 1906, Joseph C. Smith, in his 89th year. Joseph Coleman Smith, son of Simeon and Hester Smith, was born July 13, 1818, in Sullivan County, Indiana.. In 1825 his parents, with their family of 12 children, came to Rockville. This was only two years after the town was founded and four years before the erection of the original court house. Although only a boy of 11 years, Mr. Smith worked with his father upon the building. He was married on the 2nd of November 1850, to Miss Susan M. Egbert, a sister of the late Julius Egbert. To this union were born three children, Thomas K, Josephine and Elizabeth. April 4, 1886, the wife and mother died, since which time Mr. Smith's home was with his son, where in his old age he was tenderly cared for. Three children, six grandchildren and a host of friends mourn the death of this patriarch. As has been stated in the Tribune he was the oldest Mason in Parke County, Indiana at the time of his death. He was an affectionate husband and father, a kind hearted friend and neighbor, whose rule as he often said, was "Never say anything of a man if you can't say something good." By this creed he lived; and died lamented by all who knew him.  - Rockville Tribune, Wed, November 28, 1906, Page 1

Mrs. Katherine L. Smith age 49, died Friday morning in her home near Coloma, after a long illness. born July 17, 1897 in Parke County she was the daughter of  E. J. and Anna Hall. She was a member of the Coloma Friends Church. Survivors are the husband, R. D. Smith, four daughters, Eleanor & Esther of Indianapolis, Doris and Mary Louise at home; two sons, Howard & Donald both at home; her mother, Mrs. Anna J. Hall of Rockville; two brothers, Frank Hall & Fred Hall of Rockville and Alster, Mrs. Ethel Youmans of Clinton. Funeral Services were held Sunday afternoon at 3. 'clock in the Coloma Friends Church, Rev. Ed. Woodard office.. Burial in Coloma Cemetery. Pall bearers were Glenn Rose, Russell Wright, Lawrence Woodard, Lee Shafer, Ray Bosley and Shelby Broady. - Rockville Republican April 10, 1947

Laura Ellen daughter of Zopher and Telitha Pruett Coleman was born near Mansfield October24, 1856 and passed away October 8, 1934 age 77 years 11 months and 16 days.  Never being real strong her health failed and she became a hopeless invalid 40 years ago.  As a girl, she attended the schools of Mansfield and was also a firm believer of the Baptist religion of which church she was a member.  In 1879 she was united in married to Joseph Smith of Clay Co, who passed away December 14, 1928.  Of a family of 12 children, only 3 brothers survive -- Harve of near Hollandsburg; Al of Monteith, IA and Perry of Mishawaka, also several nieces and nephews. - Source ??? newspaper

SMITH, Lawrence K -  Services Held For Former Sheriff -- A former Parke County Sheriff, Lawrence K. Smith of Marshall, died Wednesday afternoon, December 13, in Vermillion County Hospital at Clinton. The retired farmer was a member of Rockville Masonic Lodge and the Parke County Welfare Board. He was born in Rockville, September 27, 1892, the son of Thomas and Belle Ralston Smith. September 27, 1928, he was married to Clara Crist, who survives. Also surviving are a son, Tom of Hanover Park, Illinois and five grandchildren. Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon at Rice Funeral Home in Marshall with Rev. James O. Trousdale officiating. Burial was in Poplar Grove Cemetery at Marshall. - Parke County Sentinel December 18, 1978

Mrs. Lillian  SMITH, 37, of Rockville died at Barnes hospital, St. Louisa,  Monday Sept 15 following a relatively short illness. She had entered the hospital Aug 11. A member of the Rockville Presbyterian Church, Mrs. Smith also had been active in the community's civic affairs. She with her husband, Richard Smith in operation of the Smith Store on the north side of the public square. Funeral services will be held today - Thursday - at Branson Funeral Home Rockville with the Rev. Louis Alderton officiating. Interment  in Memory Garden Cemetery. Surviving besides the husband are two children, Brenda, 1st year at Butler University and son,  Dickie at home, her parents Mr. and Mrs. Ray Zeigler . – Tri County News, 18 September 1958, shared by Karen Zach

The death angel entered the home of Frank E. Smith at 4:30 Wed. evening and claimed as its own Lula, the dear wife and mother. Lula Francis, the daughter of  John W. and Mary E. Alexander, was b. Oct 1, 1867 and departed this life December 13, 1916 at the age of 49 years, 2 months and 12 days. To this union were b. 3 children: Lottie, Dorothy and Russell.  She leaves a husband, two daughters, one son, father, mother, five sisters, two brothers, besides a host of relatives and friends to mourn her loss.   Lula was a faithful wife and a loving, indulgent mother. She united with the Christian Church at Parkeville in the year of 1909 and was a true Christian in all the walks of life.  From the beginning of her last illness she often expressed her desire and readiness..... - Rockville Tribune, December 27?, 1916

Mrs. Mary Smith, 91 years old, and one of Parke County's oldest citizens, died at her home in Coloma at 3:30 a.m. on Monday, April 7 of complications resulting from the flu, more than two months ago. She had been bedfast ever since. Mrs. Smith was born in Parke County January 20, 1850, a daughter of  James & Ruth (Dixon) Skeeters. She spent her entire lifetime in this community. She was united in marriage on August 22, 1872 to Tillman Smith, who died May 22, 1918. Surviving are two sons, Samuel and Simon of Montezuma, and 7 daughters: Mrs. LD Braner of Montezuma; Mrs. Fred Uselman of Bloomingdale; Mrs. J. H. Ryan and Mrs. Wallace Hayworth of Attica; Mrs. Walter Pittenger of Hollywood, California; Mrs. Merle Gustin of Anderson and Miss Beulah Smith of Coloma.... - Rockville Tribune -- April 7, 1941

Mrs. Mary Eliza Sampson Smith of Rockville, age 78, d at her home, Sun Morning June 27.  She was a member of the Rockville First united Methodist Church, OES and Royal Neighbors of America.  Surviving are the husband, Carroll Lee; a daughter, Mrs. Mary Leona Farrell of Paris, Ill; a sister, Mrs. Jessie Remington of Rosedale RR 2, and two grandchildren.  Funeral services were held at the Tudor Funeral Home, Wed. afternoon with Rev. Philip Robinson office. Bur in Memory Garden Cemetery.   Rockville paper, unknown date, shared by Alberta Butler

Mrs. Mary Eliza Sampson Smith of Rockville, age 78, died at her home, Sunday morning, June 27.  She was a member of the Rockville First United Methodist Church, O. E. S. and Royal Neighbors of America.  Surviving are the husband, Carroll Lee, a daughter Mrs. Mary Leona Farrell of Paris, Illinois; a sister, Mrs. Jessie Remington of Rosedale R.R.2, and two grandchildren.  Funeral services were held at the Tudor Funeral Home, Wednesday afternoon, with Rev. Philip Robinson officiating,  Burial was in Memory Garden Cemetery.   - Waveland Independent  News, unknown date shared by Peggy Robertson

Mrs. Mellie SMITH of R. R. 1, Montezuma, age 70, died at 4 o’clock Monday morning at Union Hospital in Terre Haute, following an extended illness. A lifelong resident of the Montezuma community, she was a member of the Montezuma Methodist Church.  Surviving are the husband, Simeon; a son, James of Montezuma; a brother, Emory of Montezuma and one grandson.  Services were held at 2 o’clock Wednesday afternoon at the Brown funeral home. The Rev. Thomas Flight officiated and internment was in Oakland Cemetery.” - Rockville Tribune, June 2, 1960

Myron R. Smith of RR 3, Rockville age 80 died Monday afternoon April 4 in Vermillion County Hospital.  Clinton A member of Coloma Friends Church he was a retired farmer and employee of Funk Seed. He was b. in Parke Co May 4, 1902 the son of  John & Lucy Cheesewright Smith. Survivors are the widow, Mildred; four daughters, Linda Phillips and Norma Loden of Rockville; Betty Wright of Terre Haute and Emily McDonald of Holy Springs, Miss; five sons, Myron Jr. of Rosedale, John of Warner Robbins, Go. Delbert of Dallas, TX, Robert of Williamsport; and Thomas of Danville, Sarden Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home. - Parke County Sentinel Wednesday April 6, 1983

 Owen Smith, familiarly known as "Buck" died Monday afternoon under peculiar circumstances. He was driving a team along the Bellmore road, and was found dying by Samuel Howke, who came by with a drove of cattle. Although an industrious man, he was in the habit of becoming intoxicated, and had been on an unusually hard spree from Friday until Sun. That night he slept soundly, but remarked the next morning to T. A. Britton, for whom he worked that he was not feeling at all well. however, he went to work as usual, and had been driving the team until between four and five o'clock in the afternoon, when he died. Some 15 years ago his skull was crushed in an accident, since which time he had been subject to epileptic fits, especially when recovering from a period of hard drinking. He evidently felt one of these seizures coming on, and pulled his team to the side of the road, where it was standing as related by Samuel Howke before Coroner Newlin, Monday night. Mr. Howke's testimony was as follows: "On October 15, 1891, I was driving some cattle from my home to Peter Kent's place. On the way there I met Smith. He had pulled his team out to the side of the road. When I met him I was having trouble driving the cattle. I did not see him when I passed the wagon. The wagon was about 50 yards east of the wagon bridge, which crosses Little Raccoon on the Bellmore road. After I had passed the wagon about two or three rods, I looked back and saw him lying by the wagon next to the ditch, which was the opposite side of the wagon from which I had just passed. I drove the cattle through the bridge for fear they would break back and turned to go back to see what was the matter with Smith. At the east end of the bridge, I met Miss Della Long. I asked her if she knew what was the matter with that man. She said she did not. I went back, to where he was and found him lying on his face, hanging to the wagon. One foot was caught to the front wheel and the other one caught against the standard (?). I lifted him down and turned him over on his back. He gasped once. I thought he was dead and I motioned for Miss Long to come back. She came back and I went to where Port Rowe's hands were hauling gravel and told them what had happened. They came back with me. I saw no signs of life when I came back. I started to town and met Dr. Martin. I told him what had happened. I came on to town and told Tom Britton. When I first saw the team it was standing still and had not moved. When I took him from the wheel I saw no signs of violence or injury about his person." Dr. A. W. Morris, who accompanied Coroner Newlin, Monday night, made an examination of the body. Only one bruise was found and that was on the under lip, inside the mouth, probably caused by falling from the wagon. The testimony of witnesses disclosed the fact that the deceased was a subject of epilepsy and in the judgment of Dr. Morris, death was due to this malady. The verdict of the coroner was that Smith d. in an epileptic fit. Owen Smith, was well known in Rockville. He was a son of Reuben D. Smith, one of the oldest settlers in this community and was born December 24, 1848. He is remembered by his associates in boyhood as being of a remarkably frank and generous nature. He would harm nobody under any circumstances and even in his cups his good nature always predominated. There can be nothing said against him but the old expression which has summed up so many otherwise exemplary lives. "He was his own worst enemy." -  Rockville Tribune, October 18, 1894

Rites were Monday for Parke N. Smith, a retired farmer in the Coloma neighborhood passes away, Saturday at the residence of Frank Bowman of Rockville. Surviving are a son, Parke W. Smith of RR 3; two daughters Mrs. Fay Potts of San Diego California; and Mrs. Ina May Clark of Rockville; three brothers, Frank, Ralph and Myron Smith all of Rockville and five grandchildren. He was a member of the Coloma church. The body was taken to the Barnes mortuary where friends called and to the Coloma church one hour before the service. which was at 2 o'clock Mon afternoon, Rev. Clarence Ozier and Rev. Valentine Krumm office. Burial was in the Coloma Cemetery.. - Rockville Republican Thurs, November 22, 1962 Page 1

Pauline (VanHook) Smith, 97, Anderson, passed away Thursday, February 19, 2009 at her residence after an extended illness.  She was born June 9, 1911 in Parke County, Indiana, and resided in Anderson.  She was a homemaker.  She enjoyed sewing crocheting, quilting, weaving and cooking.  She is survived by her children, William Smith (friend, Anita Rhoades), Janice (husband, Max) Robbins, Walter "Bud" (wife, Barbara) Smith, Ron (wife, Bert) Smith and Barbara Willis; daughters-in-law, Darlene Smith and Lova Gay; 26 grandchildren; 50 great grandchildren; and 11 great great grandchildren. Also surviving are several nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Walter Henry Smith who passed away in 1968; parents, Ed & Sarah (Applegate) VanHook; children, James Smith and Fred Smith; brothers, Howard, Chuck and Marvin VanHook; and daughter-in-law, Wanda Faye Smith.  Visitation will be from 2-6:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 22, 2009 at Robert D. Loose Funeral Homes, South Chapel, 200 W. 53rd Street, Anderson.  Services will be Monday, February 23, 2009 at 11:30 a.m. at the funeral home, South Chapel, with Pastor Richard Cole officiating.  Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery, Anderson. - The Star Press, Muncie, IN, 22 Feb 2009

Perry W. Smith, oldest son of Simeon & Mary Smith, was bornFebruary 14, 1836 and departed this life March 24, 1913 at the age of 77 years 1 month and 10 days. He was born near Rockville where he grew to manhood. He was one of a family of 9 children, five preceding him and the other three, Tilman, John L and Mary Jane Bowman, survive him. He was married. to Lucy Greene December 8, 1872 who departed this life July 28, 1912. He was a farmer all his life. His death is a loss to the community where he dwelt and to those of his many friends. His presence will be sadly missed. The funeral service were held at the residence, Tues at 10 o'clock, conducted by Rev. Theo. Freed, after which the remains were taken to the Rockville cemetery for interment.  - Rockville Tribune ? date but he died March 24, 1913- shared by Randy Wright

Reuben D. Smith, one of the oldest residents of Rockville, died last Friday at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Jackson Hallett, over Sugar Creek.   Mr. Smith has been in failing health for some time, death resulting from old age and general debility. He was born in New York, August 1, 1815 and came to Indiana when 3 years old, stopping in Sullivan County for 10 years, coming thence to Parke, where he has since resided. his widow, aged 82 years, with 3 sons and a daughter survive him, as well as two brothers, Joseph and Simeon.  Burial was at the Rockville cemetery Monday afternoon. - Parke County Journal -- August 4, 1898

The remains of Reuben Smith, an old time resident of Rockville, were brought here Monday for burial.  Deceased would have been 83 years old on the day after his burial and had lived since boyhood in Rockville until two years ago when he went to Montgomery county to live with his daughter, Mrs. Jackson Hallett, near Wallace. Death occurred from old age, Sunday, July 31.  Mr. Smith came to Rockville when a small boy from New York being a native of the same county as the late Squire Beadle. The body was brought by S. R. Shular & Son, undertakers at Wallace. - Rockville Republican -- August 3, 1898

Rueben D. Smith, who came to Rockville in 1828, died at Wallace, July 29, age 83. He was buried in the Rockville Cemetery. – Rockville Tribune, 04 August 1898

 Sam Smith, age 49, and a life long resident of Parke County, Indiana and Reserve Township, died at his home in Leatherwood vicinity, Sat, August 29th at 12:15 o'clock, after an illness of 10 days. He has previously been in poor health. Mr. Smith was born in Parke County, May 15, 1893, a son of Tilghman and Mary E. Skeeters Smith. His first wife was Emma Wright Smith and to this union one son, Melvin was born. Up until the time of his illness, Mr. Smith was employed by DuPonts at the Wabash River Ordnance Plant. Surviving besides the widow, Mrs. Nora Jackson Smith, is one son, Melvin of Anderson; 7 sisters, Mrs. LD Braner of Armiesburg, Mrs. Fred Uselman of Montezuma, Mrs. J. H. Rhyan and Mrs. Wallace Haworth of Attica; Mrs. Merle Gustin of Anderson; Mrs. Walter Pittenger of Los Angeles, California; and Mrs. Ralph Lowry of near Rockville. One brother, Sim Smith of near Montezuma also survives. Mrs. Pittenger was unable to attend her brother's funeral. Fun. service. were conducted at 2:30 p.m. Monday from the residence, Rev. Olser office. Bur. was made in Oakland Cemetery, O. L. Brown & Son, undertakers in charge.  - Montezuma Enterprise, September 3, 1942

Sarah M. Thompson, daughter of Richard B. and Sarah A. Thompson, was b. in Parke County, Indiana January 1, 1853.  She died at her home in Waveland October30, 1914, aged 61 years 9 months and 21 days.  She was united in married to J. Samuel Smith, July 18, 1879.  To this union were born six children: Richard C; Vernie C; Laura A; Harry R; Jesse F and another who died in infancy.  All these children preceded the mother in death.  The husband, two sisters, Mrs. Mary Britton of Judson and Mrs. Annie Wimmer of Mount Valley, Ks; a brother, Jerry Thompson of Bellmore; a half brother Thomas Thompson of Rockville; and a large number of friends live to mourn their loss.  James Thompson, another half brother was killed by a fall downstairs at Rosedale a few months ago.  Mrs. Smith united with the Methodist Episcopal church in her youth and remained a faithful and earnest laborer with that body during her entire life.  She became a member of the Waveland Methodist Church in 1880 and has at all times when health permitted, been found doing whatever she could to advance the standard of her religious faith.  She was an earnest Christian, a patient sufferer and, in going, leaves behind the memory of a quiet, unassuming woman of God.  Funeral services were conducted at the Methodist Church on Sunday morning at 11 by Rev. William W. Speer.  Interment in Maple Ridge Cemetery.  - Waveland Independent, November 16, 1914

Simeon SMITH, one of Parke County’s oldest citizens, died at the home of his son, John Smith, west of town, last Thursday night at the age of 87 years. He was well known for his industry and activity which continued until a year or two since when he had a tumor over his eye, which had been growing for a long time, forced him to give up active pursuits. Mr. Smith came to Parke County in 1827 from New York.  A family of eight children survive him, and brother, Joseph Smith, is living yet.”  - Rockville Republican, March 1, 1899

Mrs. T. H. Smith Honored On 88th Birthday -  Mrs. T. H. Smith, resident of Coloma was honored guest at a family dinner on Sunday honoring her 88th birthday. She received many gifts given her by her many friends & relatives. 21 guests were present which included Mr. and Mrs. Merle Gustin, Mrs. Sam Smith, Lloyd Lewis of Anderson; Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Rhyan of Attica; Mrs. Fred Uselman of Bloomingdale; Mr. and Mrs. LD Braner; Mr. and Mrs. Sim Smith and son James, Melvin Smith, Mr. and Mrs. Luther M___,. Mrs. Kate Smith and daughter Sandra, Ralph Lowry of Rockville and Mrs. Kate Smith and son Earl of Montezuma. Two daughters were unable to attend the dinner namely; Mrs. Wallace Haworth of Attica and Mrs. Walter Pittinger of California.  - Montezuma Enterprise, Thurs, January 20, 1938

Tilghman Howard Smith was born in Rockville May 31, 1840, departed this life May 22, 1918, age 77 years, 11 months and 21 days.. Tilghman was one of a family of 9 children, and his death leaves but one sister, Mary Jane Bowman of Montezuma, of what was once a large family. He inherited from his parents a strong and rugged constitution, which enabled him to enjoy good health during nearly 4 score years. On August 22, 1872 he was united in married. to Mary Elizabeth Skeeters. To this union were born 12 children, 8 daughters and four sons. All of whom survive the deceased. except one daughter and one son who died in infancy. The children living are occupying places of honor and usefulness in society and with their mother and 19 grandchildren and many friends are left to mourn the loss.  (Thanks to Randy Wright of Rockville for most of these SMITH obituaries -- REALLY appreciate 'them Randy)  - Rockville Tribune June 4, 1918

Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at the residence for Tom K. Smith, 81, who died Sat. following a long illness due to asthma from which he suffered most of his life. The Rev. W.F. Smith of the Memorial Presbyterian church was in charge and burial was in the Rockville Cemetery. Pall bearers were neighbors of the deceased. They were John Hutton, Albert McCampbell, Perley Mull, Claude Kent, John Allen, Jr. Clement Wasson. Flower bearers were Mrs. Hobart Swaim, Mrs. Clement Wasson, Mrs. Herbert Lear, Mrs. Albert McCampbell, Mrs. Clyde Shew and Mrs. John Guilliams. Mr. Smith was born in Montezuma and spent his entire life in this county. For 48 years he lived on the farm where he died on the Marshall road a few miles north of Rockville. During his early life he worked at the carpenter trade. he is survived by his wife, two daughters, Mrs. Guy Alden and Mrs. Wallace Craig; three sons, Jacob P. Smith of Toledo, Oh; Charles M. Smith of Fort Worth Tex; and Lawrence K. Smith, three grandchildren, John Alden, a student at US Military Academy, W. Point, NY, Mrs. Hugh D. McFaddin of Warsaw, Poland and Robert Smith of Toledo, Ohio ; one great grandchild; two sisters, Mrs. Henry Gross and Mrs. Josephine Dodds. - Rockville Tribune Wed, July 5, 1933 Page 1

William Smith, a brother of Hammet Smith who was drowned in the mill pond and oldest son of the late Reuben Smith is dangerously sick at his home near Bluff Mills and his death is expected at any moment (died of typhoid fever) - Rockville Tribune Page 8 Tuesday, July 25, 1911 Under "Personals"


Mr. and Mrs. W. P. Waltz were called to Indianapolis, Tues. to attend the funeral of a nephew, William Smith, who was killed at Montezuma Sunday.  he was employed by the CH & D and in crossing the track was run over and killed.   - Waveland Independent, August 28, 1914


William P. Smith died at the home of his sister, Mrs. Jackson Hallett, near Bluff Mills, July 21, Friday, from typhoid fever. Funeral services were conducted at the M. E. Church in Alamo by Rev. Isaiah Whitman on Sunday afternoon. The following obituary is contributed -- William P. Smith, son of Reuben and Mary Ann (Helm) Smith was born in Burlington, Iowa, August 4, 1837 and when quite a small boy came with his parents to this state and settled at Rockville. There he lived until manhood. in 1860, he married Mary Jane Hallet of Bluff Mills, and to them were born 6 children; of which 5 survive. Charles died when he was 8. When Lincoln asked for volunteers he enlisted in the 31st I.U.i. from Parke County and served until peace was declared; on account of his loved ones at home, he did not wait until he was discharged, but made haste for home. Therefore he never received soldier's benefits. On returning he settled down at Deer's Mill with his family and was a most devoted, never tiring father in taking care of his children. He was sacrificing to a degree, even-tempered, always kind and interested in the welfare of his neighbors and friends, and ever ready to spread a kind word or do a kind deed. Besides his children; Wallace of Clinton, Howard of Mecca, John of this place (Alamo) Isaac of Indianapolis, and Mrs. Ernest Walton, of Kokomo, he leaves 23 grandchildren, one brother, Joe Smith, a sister, Mrs. Jackson Hallett, and many other close relatives and friends. his plain good life leaves its impression that will aid in making the world grow better.  - Waveland Independent July 28, 1911


Uncle Eddie Smock died at his home Thursday night.  The funeral was held Saturday morning, burial in the Bruin cemetery.  - Waveland Independent, January 14,  1916 -- (under Guion news)

John and Ed Oldshue went to Rockville Sunday, to attend the funeral of their cousin, Alex Smock, who died very suddenly the previous Sunday.  The funeral was delayed so that a son could come from California.  In his early life he was a farmer, but later engaged in the drug business at Rockville with S. S. Harris.  - ? date - Waveland Independent

Mrs. Dora Elizabeth Smock, 83, wife of the veteran railway agent at Guion, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Celia Kite, in Rockville on Saturday of last week. She was the daughter of Harlow and Catherine Millemon and was born near Parkeville. The aged husband survives but is an invalid. Funeral services at Guion Presbyterian Church, burial at Bethany. - Waveland Independent, Thursday, August 22, 1940


The Funeral of Mr. Samuel I. Snoddy, one of the most prominent men of Fountain County, and generally known throughout the state was held at the UB church near his home Tuesday at 3 o'clock p.m. The funeral sermon was preached from Genesis 3:19 by Rev. Jack Morehouse of Waterman. After scripture reading, a quartette most beautiful sang, "On Jordan's Storm Banks," with that old, old chorus, "There Will be No More Sorrow There," and "Savior Pilot me."  Then an impressive duet, "There is room for you to Anchor Safe in Heaven," by Mrs. Albert Burnside and Mrs. Kate Hardesty.  At the close of the sermon the quartette rendered, "Gathering home."  As the casket was lowered into the grave "Some Blessed Day" was sung with much pathos. By actual count 700 people were in attendance and more than 600 of them had passed the 40th mile post down life's highway. Mr. Snoddy was not a member of any church, but believed with all the ardor of his soul in the final redemption of all mankind. His life has been an example that all men may follow with safety.  Not a harsh word did I hear spoken of his character by anyone, but in this vast congregation everyone realized that their best earthly friend had crossed over into the beautiful beyond. His large family were all present, also his brother and wife, Mr. and Mrs. James Snoddy or Pleasanton, Ks. The reader of your most excellent paper can form a correct idea of how Mr. Snoddy was held in esteem by the people when the gather of this 700 people was made up of such representative men and women as Mr. and Mrs. Charles Bright, Dept. Treasurer; Atty. Luke Nebedeker, Auditor Ferguson; Samuel Reed, Banker; Uncle Lou Hatfield, Mr. Rinn and wife and Mrs. George Stafford of Covington; Commissioner Coleman, wife and daughter; Ex-Commissioner, Tom Ratcliff; Rev. AR Heath; Lewis Hobson; Mr. McCormick, Mr. Rabb and L. Morgan of Perrysville; David Shirk, Mr. and Mrs. Wann, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Randolph of Waterman.  The following memorial for Mr. Snoddy is kindly furnished us by his brother: "At his home on Coal Creek on the 20th day of May, 1899, Samuel I. Snoddy died.  He was born in Lycoming County Pennsylvania July 15, 1828.  In 1849 he and Susan Koons, who was born in the same county were married. She was about 3 years his junior.  In the same year of their married, these two young people, yearning for better opportunities and broader possibilities looked to what then was the undeveloped W. and with bright hopes took up their journey hitherward.  Although that year is not so distant in time, yet their modes of travel was slow and laborious. by alternate stretches of cars and stage ride, they reached Buffalo, New York; thence by steamer on Lake Erie they made their way to Toledo, Ohio, then by the Wabash & Erie canal packet they came to Lafayette and from that city to Davis Landing, Parke Co by steamer on the Wabash.  Near this landing they stopped a short time with his uncle, William Snoddy.  Having during his minority, learned the trade of miller, he soon found employment at Wright's mill at Rockport in Parke County, Indiana  Here he worked for about 3 years, after which he rented Wilkins' Mill situated on Sugar Mill Creek, and after running that for some time, abut not many year he bought the Kilin Mill property and moved to and improved that property.  Here he settled himself for his life work and here he finished it.  That life was not without its sorrow, here she who set out with him as the young and cherished partner of his pilgrimage through life died on October 6, 1876, leaving 11 children to join with him in bearing that great sorrow. On December 5, 1878 he joined in marriage with Susan Fisher of Ft. Co and who survives him.   To this union two children were born. The younger survives his father, the elder, a daughter named Dosia died. The father was fondly attached to her and to him she was the rarest piece of human earth that e'er the sun shown on.  He fell sick on the 12th day of May 1899, and at noonday of the 20th his earthly career closed. He was a man of rare and most estimable qualities and lived through a period which finds no parallel in the history of the world; he was tried by the exacting incissitudes of times which required the highest courage and strictest debility and was found equal to all emergencies.   Gifted with great industry, indomitable energy and a clean mind, he pushed steadily forward to a higher and better plane of material and spiritual life; but in the way of his progress he never wronged or trampled upon the weak or unfortunate nor cowered to the strong and fortunate, for there was no trace of pride nor praise of sycophancy in his nature. His moral sense pointed to him the right with unerring certainty and to it he made his way with the zest of a devotee and the courage of a hero.  He squared his life on that great moral maxim which, out of his inner conscience ever whispered to him, "Do not that unto others which others should do unto you," and lived as nearly to that exalted rule as is possible for moral man.  In his nature he was generous and talent, and in his conduct was just and righteous as God gave him to see right and justice.   He was an earnest and constant friend, a patient and indulgent parent and a faithful and efficient husband.  His strong nature made him strong and intensive in these virtues and in the noble impulses from which they bloomed.  he was an honest man who wrought out an honorable destiny in an honest way.  he was charitable to those in need and who were worthy, and his character is pearled with that rarest Christian virtue. His daily life constantly admonished those who were prone to evil, to walk in the way of goodness, and his character is worthy the emulation of the good.  His earthly work is done and he is folded in beneficent embrace of that Divinity which doeth all things well.  The influence of his life leads only to higher endeavor and more blessed days.  The hackneyed maxim of the ancients, "Speak nothing but good of the dead" need not be invoked to shield his memory from the column of evil, for there are  none so evil as to speak ill of him.  He strove to gain a better existence and has won."  Taken from an old scrapbook - no date/name of paper --


The funeral of Lilly Arnold Snook, wife of James Snook, was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. AJ Bramister in Terre Haute at 11 o'clock Saturday morning Sept 13, Rev. George K. Alton, pastor of the Christian Church preached the sermon which has since received much favorable comment.  Internment was made at Terre Haute.  Lilly Inez Arnold, youngest child of Robert and Alma Arnold, was born May 27, 1891 near Lafayette, Indiana.  While she was yet a small child the family moved to Billie Creek and lived here several years where Lilly received her schooling.  After a few years she had to discontinue her studies on account of failing eyesight.  For several months she was employed in the office of the Covered Bridge Courier and later at Billie Creek General store.  Jan 14, 1912, she was married to Jane Snook of Terre Haute.  After 36 hours of suffering from ureic poison, she died Thursday Sept 11 at Terre Haute.  Lilly was a loving wife, daughter and sister, whose memory will ever be fresh in the minds of her loved ones and whose place can never be filled in that circle.  Her smiles and cheerful letters to her invalid mother and the home circle will leave sweet memories for years to come.  In the new home so recently established at Terre Haute, a source of joy and pleasure to the young wife and husband, where fond hopes were constantly being built for the future, the vacancy will be most noticed and only the memory of her who brought the joy and sunshine to this home can drive away the clouds of doom left hanging over it.  The large number of friends and neighbors at the funeral, the floral offerings and many expressions of sympathy attested to the popularity of the stricken wife and of the husband left lonely in his home. - Covered Bridge Courier Billie Creek Village 17 Sept 1913 – Shared by Karen Zach


Rockville, Ind Dec 31 – The body of Henry Snow, age 34, who Saturday night shot and severely wounded John Berry, his brother-in-law, was found Sunday in an abandoned barn near the Berry home. The condition of Snow’s body indicated that he had gone immediately from the scene of his attack on Berry and killed himself by shooting. Snow lived at the Berry home, and was employed as driver of the Jackson Township school hack. Berry will recover, although one arm will be permanently crippled. Snow and Berry had quarreled Christmas day over matters pertaining to the hack business, Berry having the contract. Saturday evening while Berry was milking Snow fired at Berry shattering his arm. Berry, although faint from the loss of blood, managed to reach the house and the sheriff was notified and a posse, started in search of the would-be murderer. It is the general belief Snow went to the abandoned barn immediately after the assault and sot himself. Snow was 34 years old. He is survived by his mother, Mrs. George Snow, of Mansfield, Ind and four sisters: Mrs. Oscar Combs of Terre Haute; Mrs. Theodore McHargue and Mrs. Guering VanFossom of Parke County and Mrs. Berry, with whom he made his home. – Source: Crawfordsville Review 01 Jan 1918, Page 003


 Death claimed John SNYDER, age 74, in Judson, at 7:30 o’clock Tuesday morning, following a heart attack. He had been in his usual health and after dressing complained of not feeling well. He lay down again and dying shortly afterwards.  Mr. Snyder was born in Clinton, but spent the past 40 years in Judson, where he conducted a blacksmith shop. At the time of death he was postmaster at Judson in which position he has served 12 or 15 years having been appointed during the Harding administration.  Surviving are his wife and five daughters – Mrs. Fred Mathas of Montezuma, Mrs. Charles Baker, Mrs. Claude Doan, Mrs. Effie Barnes and Miss Cora Snyder of Judson, and a sister, Mrs. Robert Linebarger of Columbus.  The funeral will be held at the home Thursday afternoon at 2 o’clock, Rev. Raymond Skelton officiating. Burial in Bethany Cemetery.” - Rockville Republican, March 14, 1935


Mrs. Emma SOUTHARD 86, died Sunday evening March 17, 1963 at home of a son, Herschel of Rockville. Born Nov 1, 1876 in Vermillion County, she was the daughter of Thomas and Sarah Pierce Dugger. Her husband, Johnny died in 1939. She was a member of Royal Neighbor Lodge. Surviving besides the son are another son, Glenn; three daughters, Mrs. Mina Weaver; Irene Pearman; Mrs. Marjorie Russell; a sister, Mrs. Lina Curry; a brother, Martin. Funeral services were held Brown Funeral home, Montezuma Wednesday afternoon; burial in Highland Cemetery. – kbz - Source: Tri-County News , 21 March 1963


Benjamin Sowers, resident of Wallace, died early Sunday morning at the home of his son, Clarence, in Decatur, Illinois according to word received by another son, Harold Sowers of Veedersburg.  Mr. Sowers was found dead in bed, the victim of a heart attack. He had been spending the winter months at his son's home.   The survivors include 5 sons and a daughter. Funeral services. will be held Tuesday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock at the Lutheran church near Wallace.  The body will lie in state from noon until time for the services. - Crawfordsville Journal-Review, January 10, 1944

Elias Patterson Sowers was born December 25, 1841 at Harveysburg, Fountain Co, IN. He was married September 19, 1860 to Miss Anna M. Redenbaugh. To this union was b. six children, all of which are living except one daughters, who died at the age of 4. He came to Kansas in 1881, settling on Grouse Creek near Dexter. in 1908 he returned to Harveysburg where he resided until about 1 year ago, when he visited in California about 6 months, returning to Dexter in June, 1917 and has since made his home with Mr. and Mrs. E. E. Daniels where he died December 27, 1917. He was converted when a boy, uniting with the ME Church. After he came to Kansas he united with the UB Church there being no Methodist. near his home. Some years later he united with the Baptist church and was a member of this church when his master called him home. He served as an ordained minister in 3 churches and was a useful Christian man. he leaves to mourn their loss four sons and one daughters, W. A. & J. P. Sowers of Kingman; C. W. Sowers of San Bernardino CA; I. Mm Sowers and Mrs. E. E. Daniels of Dexter, KS; besides grandchildren, great grandchildren and a host of friends. The funeral services were held at the home of his daughters, Mrs. E. E. Daniels Friday at 2 p.m. Pastor N. M. Frerichs assisted by W. O. Frerichs, conducted the funeral. he was laid to rest in the Maple City cemetery. - no paper/no date -- found in old scrapbook --

Clarence Sowers, 67 died at 10:10 o'clock this morning at his home two miles so. of Kingman as the result of a stroke suffered Tuesday. He had been in ill health for several months. Born near Kingman October 12, 1879 he was the youngest son of Andrew & Elizabeth Lindley Sowers. He married. Jessie Cowgill at Pine Village. He was a member of the Kingman United Brethren Church. Surviving are the widow; two brothers, J. M, Sowers of Covington & Elmer Sowers of Kingman. A granddaughter also survives. Funeral services will be held Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock in the Fairview Church near Tangier. Bur. will be in Kingman Cemetery. Friends may call at the Spencer Funeral Home.  - Crawfordsville April 24, 1947 - Journal-Review -- Kingman April 23

Funeral Card  -- In Memory of: Clarence Lurton Sowers, b. May 23, 1874.  Date of Death: August 22, 1964 Services from Butler Funeral Home, Rockville IN Tues August 25, 1964 3:00 p.m.  Clergyman: Rev. C. C. Griggs.  Graveside Reites by: Howard Lodge IOOF.  Final Resting Place: Memory Garen Cemetery, Rockville, IN.  Pall Bearers: Fred Berry, Clarence To. Graham, Lawrence Bradburn; Earl Dowd; Paul Myers; Lee Wimmer. - compliments of Alberta Butler, Butler Funeral Home, Rockville, IN)

Claude E. Sowers, 88, a retired farmer who had lived in the Bloomingdale area most of his life, died at 2:40 a.m. Sunday in Ben Hur Nursing Home at Crawfordsville.  He had been a patient there about 5 months. He was born August 30, 1885 a son of  John A. and Mary Margaret Williamson Sowers.  He was first married to Martha Horning on June 19, 1903. She died November 24, 1908. He was married to Effie B. CARNAGEY on June 19, 1918. She died March 15, 1961.  Surviving are four daughters, Mrs. Milton (Emma) Campbell of Linden; Mrs. Ernest (Mary E) Modesitt of Lafayette; Mrs. Don (Ada Lois) Huber of San Antonio, TX and Mrs. Kenneth (Claudine) Yerkes of Rt. 2, Kingman; two sons, John of Rt. 1, Bloomingdale and Thomas E. of Crawfordsville; 11 grandchildren. and six great grandchildren.  Services. will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday in Tudor-Herrick Memorial Chapel at Rockville with the Rev. Harry R. McFadden office. Burial will be in Bethany Cemetery at Marshall.  Friends may call at the funeral home.   - Crawfordsville Journal-Review, March 11, 1974

George S. Sowers, age 78, former resident of Penn Township, was killed at a railroad crossing near Goshen Tuesday afternoon.  He was struck by a New York Central mail train but details are not known here.  - Rockville Republican, April 9, 1936, Page 001

Jessie June Sowers, 66, widow of Clarence A. Sowers died at 12:20 o'clock Wed morning at her home near Tangier.  Born June 22, 1883 at Green Hill, IN Mrs. Sowers was the daughter of  Joseph & Martha Jane Cowgill. She married. Clarence A. Sowers December 10, 1905. The husband died in 1947. Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Mary Belle McCoy of Tangier; two brothers, S. P. Cowgill of Kingman and Henry Cowgill of Lamar, MO and 3 grandchildren. She was preceded in death by 3 brothers, two sister, a half bro. and a half sister.  Funeral services will be held at 2 o'clock Friday afternoon at the Kingman Evangelical United Brethren church. Rev. Win Shwerrill will be the office. minister. Burial will be at Harveysburg. The body will be taken from the Woodrow Funeral home to the late residence at 10 o'clock Thurs morning.  - Crawfordsville Journal-Review January 11, 1950 Page 8 -- Kingman

Joseph W. Sowers, 76 years old, retired farmer, died Friday morning at the home of a daughter Mrs. Abraham Staggs west of Waveland. He had been ill 3 weeks with a complication of diseases.  Born February 20, 1866, at Wallace, Mr. Sowers was the son of Valentine and Martha Myers Sowers.  He was married to Ella Foltz, May 17, 1896 at Newton, Illinois  Surviving besides the daughter at whose home he died are a daughter, Mrs. Roy Taylor of Waveland, two grandchildren and a brother, Ben Sowers of Fowler.  The wife and a son preceded him in death.  The body was taken to the Machledt funeral home where it will be kept until Saturday morning when it will be removed to the home of Mrs. Taylor.  Fun. services will be held at the Wallace Lutheran Church at 2 o'clock Sun. afternoon, with the Rev. John Services in charge.  bur. will be at the Lutheran Cemetery near the church.  - Crawfordsville Journal-Review, October30, 1942

Mrs. Maggie Sowers, 52 wife of Benjamin M. Sowers of 3 mi. no. of Wallace, died at 8 o'clock Sun. morning following an illness of two days. Death was due to cerebral hemorrhage.  Deceased was born near New Market October 9, 1875 the daughter of  Francis & Matilda Clark McMullen. She was married to Benj. F. Sowers, February 3, 1904 and lived in Montgomery, Parke & Fountain counties all her life.  She was a member of the Wallace Christian Church.  Dec. is survived by the husband, one daughter, Selma at home; five sons, Lawrence and Clarence of Decatur, ill; Harold, Ralph and Parvin at home; two sisters, Mrs. Mary Hicks of No. Salem and Mrs. Laura Dale of Ponca City, OK; two brothers, Jesse McMullen of Marshall and Charles C. McMullen of Long Beach, CA; and 3 grandchildren.  Funeral services will be held from the Lutheran church near Wallace on Tues afternoon at 2:30 o'clock in charge of Rev. John Services.  Burial will be made in the Lutheran Cemetery at Wallace.  - Crawfordsville Journal, July 30, 1928

Samuel N. Sowers, second son of Valentine N. and Mary M. Sowers was born in fountain County, January 19, 1853. He was baptized in infancy by Rev. E. Rudisill, pastor of the Evangelistic Lutheran Church, near Wallace. He died at the home of his brother, William M. Sowers, near Marshall, at 8:30 on the evening of December 11, after an illness of more than a year. When about the age of 9 he met with an accident which caused the loss of one of his legs, rendering him a cripple for life. He met with many other accidents which caused prolonged and intense suffering, which he bore with patience and courage, the equal of which was unknown to his many friends. He was ambitious and industrious, and all thru his sufferings and misfortunes he was never known to ask for any favor in a charitable way, but was ever thankful for any assistance tendered him. Many times during his last illness he spoke of his appreciation of the kind and generous treatment he received from such a host of people. He spent many years in the West, a way from his near relatives, and was a true lover of outdoor life and jovial companionship and was always loyal to his friends. Thru his last illness he was hopeful of his recovery almost to the last, but when he realized the end was near he told his nurse that he was ready to meet his God. He was preceded in his death by his parents, one brother and three sisters, and leaves 5 brothers to mourn his loss: I. G. of Gila, Ill; William M. of Marshall, T. W. and J. W. of Byron and B. T. of Wallace. He lived a single life, and it is not known that he ever joined any church. But we do know that he was a firm believer in the Scriptures, the teachings of the Lutheran faith and that God had prepared a way for the redemption of mankind thru His own Son, our Savior, Jesus Christ.  - Waveland Independent, December 17, 1915

Samuel Sowers died at the home of his brother, mike Sowers, Saturday evening where he was visiting.  On account of ill health, Mr. Sowers ha been here with his brothers since early spring, but he has made his home in Hot Springs, Colorado for several years.  - Waveland Independent, December 12, 1915

Mrs. Ben Sowers died at her home 3 miles north of Wallace on Sunday morning of cerebral hemorrhage. Funeral service at the Wallace Lutheran. church on Tuesday afternoon were conducted by Rev. John Services of Crawfordsville. Mrs. Sowers was the daughter of  Francis & Matilda (Clark) McMullen and was born near New Market October 9, 1875. She was well known in this community and after her married. to Mr. Sowers in 1904 she lived here a number of years on E. Howard St. She is survived by 6 children and the husband: Selma, Harold, Ralph and Parvin at home and Lawrence & Clarence of Decatur Illinois. She was a sister of Jesse McMullen and the late George McMullen. She was a member of the Christian Church and greatly respected by all who knew her.  - Waveland Independent August 3, 1928

John A. Sowers, 85 years old, died this morning at one o'clock at the home of a son, Claude E. of here. He had been in failing health for some time. Born January 9, 1856, the son of  Mr. and Mrs. Levi Sowers, he was united in married. with Margaret Williamson, who preceded him in death several. years ago. Surviving, besides the son of whose home he died are: a half sister, Mrs. Rose Wann of Silverwood and 3 half brothers, Alvin of Winamac, Edgar of Brook and Lurton of Rockville. Fun. arrangements have not been announced. - Crawfordsville Journal & Review, October30, 1941

James Albert Sowers, 74 years old, a resident of Veedersburg the past three years, died today at the Lakeview Hospital in Danville, Ill, where he had been a patient for  ten days. Heart disease and stomach disorders were given as the cause of death.  Mr. Sowers was a native of Parke County, Indiana and was born August 1, 1864 the son of Levi and Lucinda Brooks Sowers.  He was twice married, the first marriage, being with Lulu Randolph.  Following her death, he was wed to Ella Russell, who survives, together with three brothers, Alvis of Winamac, Lurton of Rockville and Edgar of Earl park, and a sister, Mrs. Rose Wann of Washington, DC.  Mr. Sowers came to Veedersburg from Pence, IN where he resided for a number of years.  The body was taken to the Parham funeral home and arrangements for the services will be announced later.  - Crawfordsville Journal-Review January 25, 1939


Sylvester Sowers, 77, retired farmer of Kingman died Monday night at his home near Covington. A resident of Kingman except for the past year, Mr. Sowers was the son of  Solomon & Ellen Lindley Sowers. Survivors. are the widow, Gertie Jackson Sowers, a daughter, Mrs. Iola Brown, two sons, Gilbert & Lester Sowers all of Kingman, two grandchildren, a brother, Clayton Sowers of yeddow and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held at 2 o'clock Wed afternoon at the United Brethren church in Kingman with Rev. Earl Sowers of Crawfordsville officiating. Burial at the Harveysburg Cemetery. - Crawfordsville Journal--Review February-11-1948

Services. will be at 10 a.m. Wed at Tudor-Herrick Memorial Chapel in Rockville In for Thomas Leslie Sowers, 61, a former Danville area res. He d. Thurs at St. Anne Hosp in Truth or Consequence Nm where he resided. Sowers had lived in the Danville area prior to his retirement a few years ago. He formerly was employed. as a truck driver. Visitation will be after 4 p.m. Tues at the fun. home. burial in Lutheran. Cemetery. Sowers was b. March 1, 1917 in Decatur to Roy & Mable Weaver Sowers - ?? Newspaper --

Victor C. Sowers 77, of Deltona, Florida died unexpectedly at his home December 17.  Born September 14, 1901 in Parke Co to John & Sarah Sowers. He was a member of the Kingman Town for 25 years serving as pres. of several years. He owned and operated Sowers Dri-Gas Co of Kingman 32 years. He was a member of the Wallace Low 12 Club. He was a one-time member of the Kingman Christian Church later an assoc member of the Deltona Christian Church, January 3, 1971 he married. Hazel Williams who survives. Also surviving are one daughter, Mrs. William (Phyllis) Stevenson of Kokomo; a son, Robert of Kingman; four grandchildren, Mrs. Kay Plew, Jayne & Joe Ellen Sowers and Cindy Stevenson. Fun services were held this morning (Thursday) at Kingman, Christian Church. Rev. Larry McMillan of Boswell assisted by Rev Les Downen of Kingman were in charge of funeral services. Burial was in Roselawn mausoleum near Terre Haute. Woodrow Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. - unknown source



Services for Russell Eugene SPARKS, 64, of Route 1, Rockville, were held at 2 p.m. today at Butler Funeral Home in Rockville. Mr. Sparks died at 8 p.m. Friday at his residence. He was born on June 24, 1915, in Oakland, IL, and was the son of James D. and Eva Sissell Sparks.  He was a farmer and maintenance man. He is survived by his wife, Donna; 2 daughters, Mrs. Donna Jean Shoopman and Mrs. Rosemary Sanders, both of Rockville; 2 sons, James W. and Mark Allen, also of Rockville; his mother, Mrs. Eva Sparks of Terre Haute, and 7 grandchildren. Burial was in Memory Gardens Cemetery. - The Daily Clintonian, Monday, October 29, 1979,  Page 8 - shared by Carolyn Schwab


Mrs. Celia Anna Smith-Spaw -- funeral services for Mrs. Celia SPAW, aged 66, who d. at 9:30 o'clock Wed. morning, will be held at 2 o'clock Fri. afternoon at the home of her son, Ray Spaw.  Burial will be made in Rockville Cemetery.  Mrs. Spaw was a member of the Eastern Star, Pythian Sisters and Royal Neighbors lodges and the Parke County, Indiana past Matron's Club of the Eastern Star.   She is survived by two sons, Ray Spaw of Rockville and Clyde Spaw of Middletown, Oh; two daughters, Mrs. Paul Hobson of Rockville and Mrs. Ray Tolin of near Montezuma ... 10 grandchildren, 3 sisters and two brothers.  (D. P. Murphy notes that Celia was born December 8, 1873 and she married George E. "Dick" Spaw (1862-1927 about 1893 in Parke County, Indiana  Known children were: Pauline Spaw married. Paul M. Hobson; Ray draper Spaw married. Beulah Jane Reiter; Clyde Spaw married. ? ; Ina May Spaw married. Ray Tolin.) - Terre Haute Tribune, October12, 1939 p 2

Andrew William SPAW was born April 27, 1834 in Parke County, in which he resided most of his life; he died December 13, 1913 at the age of 79 years, 7 months, 26 days.  He was the oldest child of William and Margaret Elder Spaw.  He was married January 2, 1859, Emmarine Virginia Huey, daughter. of John D. and Sallie Huey.  Five children were born of this union, 3 of whom survive him, his wife dying July 31, 1901.  On June 5, 1902, he was again united in married. with Mrs. Mary J. Reddish, who survives him.  His 3 children who survive are: Charles Spaw of Arizona; W. H.  Spaw of San Diego, Cal. and George E. Spaw of Rockville.  Mr. Spaw had always been blessed with good health until the past summer when he began to fail rapidly.  For the past 3 weeks he had been in a hospital at Indianapolis.  For the past 10 years he resided in Bloomingdale.  Mr. Spaw was a member of the Friends church.  His life has been one of industry and good habits, and  by the life he has lived set an example which is for the  - Rockville Republican, December 17, 1913 betterment of the community in which he lived.


Charles A. SPENCER, 84, a resident of Crawfordsville for many years, died Thursday night May 10, 1962 at Bowles Nursing Home.  He was born in Parke County Feb 13, 1878, the son of Samuel and Sarah Noble Spencer.  He was a retired farmer and graduate of Bellmore HS.  Survivors include his wife, Halle and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon in Machledt & Servies Funeral Home in Waveland with burial in Maple Ridge Cemetery.  - Tri-County News, May 17, 1962

Mrs. Charles SPENCER of Judson age 50, died at the Union Hospital Terre Haute Wednesday, October 25 where she had been for a week following an operation.  Mrs. Spencer was born in Kentucky and when 6 months old her parents moved to this county. She is survived by the husband and one daughter, Miss Lelia, who is employed in the Parke State Bank, the father Joe HAYS, two sisters, Mrs. Will REIN of Newport and Miss Pearl Hays of East Chicago; two brothers, Willard Hays of Mishawaka and Charles Hays of Waveland.  The funeral was held at the Presbyterian church in Judson, Friday forenoon at 10:30 o’clock, Rev. W. F. Smith officiating. Burial at Mt. Moriah Cemetery. - Waveland Independent, November 3, 1933

Mrs. Elizabeth Jane Spencer was born June 17, 1830, in Chester county, South Carolina. She came to Portland Mills, Indiana in 1842 and was married to J. K. Spencer February 12, 1852, more than 49 years ago. To them were born four children. One died in infancy and three are living---Henry and Harvey in Kansas and Morton near his father’s. She united with the Associate Presbyterian church of Portland Mills in 1852 of which she lived (sic) a consistent member until her death.  She was an industrious and energetic woman, took a great interest in her family and always thought of them in preference to self. She had physical afflictions but endured them well and often spoke of a life eternal. She spent the greater part of her life in the neighborhood of Portland Mills and died Feb. 20, 1901, at 8:30 p.m., at the age of 70 years, 8 months, 3 days. The husband and family have the sympathy of a large number of relatives and friends in their bereavement. Funeral services were held at the house conducted by Rev. Porter. She was laid to rest in Portland Mills cemetery.   - Rockville Republican, March 6, 1901 (Submitted by Anita Ellis )

George Washington Spencer, the youngest of 11 children of John and Nancy Spencer was born in Greene Township February 12, 1840 and died at his home June 26, 1924 at age 84 years 4 months 14 days. Except two years immediately following his marriage, when he lived just west of Guion, he has resided on the farm where he was born.  His home was very dear to him, his parents coming here from Kentucky to Greene Township in its pioneer period. He was married to Mary Catharine Clark August 21, 1862 who departed this life October 3, 1912 and to them were born 10 children - 8 boys and 2 girls. William died in 1879 at age 10 and George W. Jr. died July 26, 1922 age 51.  The other children are John T. of Russellville, Allen R and Wilbur A. of Waveland, Jesse C, Frank, Mrs. Elmer McCutchan, Aria A. and Fred E. near Milligan. These and a number of grandchildren and great grandchildren with a host of relatives and friends are left to mourn a devoted father and grandfather, relative and friend.  Mr. Spencer united with the Christian Church at Waveland in November 1867 and lived a consistent Christian in his every day life, bringing into all the activities of his life a pure Christian spirit that was an inspiration to all about him.  Although he suffered intensely during his sickness he was grateful and uncomplaining. He was a true friend to all with whom he came in contact.  He was always generous almost to a fault. He was a man of very high ideals.  He recognized the things that counts for most. Although he will be missed by his family and friends there remains the inspiration that must come from his life so well spent. Funeral services were held at the home on Saturday afternoon at two o'clock conducted by the Rev. EE Moorman. Burial at Maple Ride Waveland. - Waveland Independent, July 11, 1924

Rites for Glynn R. Spencer, 64, 5425 Manker, were today in the G. H. . Herrmann Madison Avenue Funeral Home.  Spencer, a carpenter, died Friday in Methodist Hospital.  He was a member of the Southport Presbyterian Church.  Survivors include the widow, Lena, and three daughters, Mrs. Wayne Senter and Doris Ragsdale, both of Indianapolis, and Mrs. Wayne Kolb, New Palestine.  - Unknown source

James Spencer, a Parke County, Indiana farmer, died from the glanders.  The St. Paul Daily News, Friday, 16 August 1889

John W. Spencer son of Philemon and Nellie Spencer was b. in Greene Township, Parke County, June 3, 1838 on the farm which his parents had entered a few years previous.  He was one of a family of 11 children, all of whom have preceded him in death but one brother, Sanford of New Market. He loved the church and its services and was faithful in attendance so long as health permitted. He quietly passed from this life to rest, at his home in Waveland, December 16, aged 83 years, 6 months, 3 days.  With the three children there are living, five grandchildren and four great grandchildren. He was united in marriage to Francis J. Evans August 19, 1859. Of the four children born to this union, Ella the wife of Cassius C. Jarvis, died August 1, 1902.  James, Mary, wife of George Vice and Laura survive. The wife and mother died December 3, 1905.  Mr. Spencer united with the Christian Church, Montezuma in the year 1898. - Waveland Independent, Dec. 23, 1921.

ROCKVILLE — Lewis M. Spencer, 56, Rockville, electrician, died at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in Union Hospital at Terre Haute.  He served in the Army during World War II.  Born February 28, 1915, he was a son of Lawrence and Laura Martin Spencer, He was married October 19, 1946, to the former Marie Doan of Mecca. She survives.  Other survivors include his mother who resides at Rockville, a son, James M. of Rockville, two sisters, Mrs. Lucille Patton of Waveland and Mrs. Lela Brane of Wabash, and one granddaughter.  Services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Tuesday in the Butler Funeral Home at Rockville with Rev. James O. Trousdale officiating. Burial will be in Memory Garden Cemetery. – Crawfordsville Journal Review, 27 September 1971, Page 003 - shared by Karen Zach

Nathaniel Spencer died at the hospital in Terre Haute, Monday morning from an operation performed on Saturday.  He has been in poor health for some time and has been in the hospital in preparation for the operation for several weeks.  He spent the major portion of his life on a farm in Greene township and at one time served as township trustee.  He has made his home with his daughter, Mrs. Harry Beeson of Marshall for several years.  Funeral services and burial were at the old Seceder Church near Portland Mills, Tuesday.  - Waveland Independent, May 14, 1926

John SPENCER, who lives in the vicinity of Guion, picked up an envelope containing $2,000 near the wreck Sun. morning. He at once turned it over to the express messenger, who took it with the remark, "I thought that was gone up!"  (not an obit, but cute, huh?) - Waveland Independent, December 23, 1898

Miss Laura Spencer, who has been in poor health for a number of months, died at her home on East Howard St, just before nine on Friday. funeral services were held at the Methodist Church on Sunday afternoon, Rev. J. B. . Johnson being in charge.   Burial at Maple Ridge cemetery.  Miss Spencer was the daughter of John and Frances J. Spencer, and was born in Parke County April 29, 1865.  She was one of a class of two that were the first to graduate from the eight year common school course in Parke County, her diploma from union Twp bearing date of March 8, 1884.  She attended Waveland High School and the State Normal at Terre Haute and then began teaching.   She taught 42 years which were consecutive with the exception of two.  She taught 33 years in the Waveland schools.  She was a member of the Waveland Baptist church. She is survived by one brother, James Spencer of Montezuma, and by one sister, Mrs. George Vise of Roachdale; also by four nieces: Mrs. Alonzo Deere and Mrs. George Fullenwider of Carlton, Oregon; Mrs. Winford Sharp of Chicago and Mrs. Joseph Rinkard of Caselton.  - Waveland Independent, August 7, 1925

Word was received here this week of the sudden death of William Parke SPENCER, a former Waveland resident who died Monday June 11, 1956 in Kansas City, Missouri where he had lived the past 11 years.  Mr. Spencer was the son of Charles W. and Martha Frances (Inge) Spencer and was born July 11, 1894 at Marshall, Indiana.  He was a graduate of Waveland HS in 1914 and attended Ohio Northern University at Ada, Ohio where he was a member of Sigma Pi Fraternity.  After his service in WWI, he became a partner with his father and brother in the hardware and lumber business on Jan 1, 1919.  On Oct 3, 1927 he and Miss Mae Vandervoir of Terre Haute were married, making their home in Waveland until 1937 when Parke accepted a position with Barker Roofing Company locating in St. Joseph, Michigan.  For the past 11 years they have lived in Kansas City, where Parke was plant manager and salesman for the LR Fray Roofing Company.  In November 1949, Parke and Robert Gillespie, a nephew purchased the Smith & Duckworth Lumber Yard in Crawfordsville, selling his interest in the business here to his brother.  He was a member of the Masonic Lodge of Waveland; Scottish Rite at Kansas City and American Legion and attended the Congregational church at Kansas City.  Surviving are his wife, Mae Vandervoir Spencer, a son, Charles; 3 sisters, Miss Bertha Spencer of Waveland; Mrs. Fern Gillespie of Lebanon; Mrs. Vera Lingeman of Crawfordsville; one brother, Lowell of Waveland and 5 nephews.  Funeral services are to be held today Thursday at the Machledt Funeral Home at 2:30 with burial in Roselawn Cemetery, Terre Haute - Tri-County News June 14, 1956



Relatives here received word Saturday morning of the death of Ludah Stafford, which occurred at the home of her nephew, Fred Owen at Terre Haute about six o'clock.  The body was brought to the home of P. F. . Owen here from where funeral services will take place.  Aunt Lou was 83 years of age and was the daughter of Thomas and Edith Stafford and was born and raised near Turkey Run.  She made her home in Marshall for several years, but was taken to Terre Haute about a month ago to make her home there.  A greater part of her life was spent in service for others.  She went to her sister, Emil Whitted and cared for her family after her death and later to the home of another sister, Amanda Owen and cared for her children after her death.   Later she went to Oklahoma and stayed wit h her brother, George and his motherless son.  - Crawfordsville Daily Journal, February 12, 1923



Henry Franklin Staggs, son of James and Amanda Mains Staggs, was born in Jackson township, Parke County, Indiana, August 22, 1859; entered into blessed rest on the morning of January 19, 1934, at the age of 74 years, 4 months and 27 days. All of his life he had resided at or within a few miles of his birthplace except for a few years spent when a small boy with his parents in Missouri.  On November 6, 1878, he was united in marriage with Miss Mary Frances Spencer, who was called to the heavenly home in 1895. To their union, six children were born, two daughters, Ora Myrtle Reed of Bellmore and Maude Harney of Jackson township, and four sons, Herman Staggs of Catlin vicinity, Joseph of Clinton Falls, Edgar of Brazil and Wanda Earl of Indianapolis.  The deceased married a second time on November 15, 1895, his bride being Miss Effie May Carlin, and their marriage was also blessed with six children, two daughters, Lillie Wilson of Bainbridge and Ola Walls of Roachdale, and four sons, Clarence P. Staggs of Ferndale vicinity and Hazel Ray, Frank and Olem all at home. All 12 children are with the faithful wife left to mourn. Others survivors include 32 grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren, a sister Mrs. Emma Allgood of Bainbridge and a half-sister, Mrs. Belle Lime of Knoxville, Tenn.  For the most part during his adult life, the deceased made his living by farming, although we would do whatever work he found to do. He was skillful in shearing sheep and for 56 years followed this line of work in the spring time. He was an industrious man but declining health had hindered his activities for a number of years. An insidious disease slowly sapped his vitality and made him quite miserable. He endured in silence making a brave fight and was only confined to his bed a short time before his passing. All possible was done for his comfort and happiness by his devoted wife and children until the end. He never affiliated with any church nor made open profession but in his religious belief he held to that of the United Brethren denomination. He enjoyed attending services and often did so when physically able. He was a man who lived the plain, simple life of an upright citizen, good neighbor and trustworthy friend who held the respect of his fellowmen and the love of kindred and friends. In the family circle he was a kind husband, father and grandfather. He knew the end was approaching and talked to his loved ones about it; but he knew no fear of death, for with the sublime confidence of one who had tried to live right and believed firmly in his Savior's precious promise of salvation he was content to await his call. And thus he passed from labor to reward. "To live in the hearts of those we love is not to die."


Frank Staggs, aged 74, years, died at his home in Ferndale vicinity Friday morning after an illness of several years duration. (note: goes on to list survivors, listed in preceding obituary)  Funeral services, largely attended, where held at Farmers Chapel, Sunday morning at 11 o'clock, the Rev. Wm. McKeehan of Beech Grove officiating. Misses Harriett and Marcella Martin sang three appropriate hymns with Mrs. Walter Martin pianist, and an obituary was read. Mr. Staggs was born and reared in the community where he died and was well and favorably known. Rockville, Indiana, Wednesday, November 20, 1895 - shared by Jimmy Gillis

Mrs. Samuel Staggs died at her home near Byron at half-past nine on Thursday morning, following a paralytic stroke on Saturday.  Her maiden name was Shirley Ann Yount, a sister of Morton Yount, and she was born in Waveland October2, 1868.   She is survived by the husband and five children: Edgar, Thomas, Abraham, Grace and Mrs. Nellie Taylor.  Funeral services will be held at the Byron Wesleyan church at 2 o'clock, Saturday afternoon.  - Waveland Independent -- February 13, 1931

James, the six year old son of Harrison Staggs, died of diphtheria at Portland Mills a few days since.  This is the first case of diphtheria for some time.  - Waveland Independent, September 12, 1919

Abraham Staggs, 54, life long resident of the community Northwest of Waveland died at his residence at 8 o'clock Wed morning after an extended illness with a heart ailment. Born December 17, 1892 in Howard Township,, Parke County, IN, Mr. Staggs was the son of  Samuel and Sara Young Staggs. He resided his life time in the community where he died. Mr. Staggs was married January 11, 1930 to Edith Sowers of Rockville. They are the parents of two children, a son, Abr. Staggs, Jr. and a daughter, Lorene Staggs, both of whom survive together with their mother. Two bros. and two sisters also survive, Edgar Staggs of Byron; Thomas Staggs of Cates; Mrs. Grant Taylor of Marshall and miss Grace Staggs of Marion. Mr. S. served for 63 months in WWI. He went overseas with Co B of the 15th US Infantry, a regular army outfit. He suffered shrapnel wounds while in action in the famous battle on Hill 272 in France. Mr. S. was a member of the Raymond Todd post 323 of the American Legion at Waveland. he also held membership in the Wesleyan Methodist. church near his home. Rev. John R. Services of C'ville will be in charge of the funeral service which will be conducted at 2:30 o'clock (DST) Fri. aft at the Byron Christian Church. The body will lie in state at the church for one hour before the service. Friends may call at the residence to pay their respects up until Friday noon. Bur. will be made in Bethany Cemetery. near Marshall. - Crawfordsville Journal-Review June 19, 1947 Page 2

Abraham STAGGS, one of the oldest citizens of Howard Township, Parke County, died at his home near Byron Sunday.  He was born in Missouri, and moved here when a young man and entered the farm where he died.  Had he lived until August 29, he would have been 80 years old.  Funeral services were held at the home on Tues. afternoon by Rev. Tomlinson of Sylvania.  Interment in the Fisher cemetery.  - Waveland Independent, August 10, 1916

Tangier, Ind. (Special) -- Mrs. Dolly May Staggs, 82, R. R. 1, died at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday (January 19, 1971) at her residence.  She was born May 31, 1888, in Parke County, the daughter of Albert and Martha Lewis Adams. She married Herman Staggs who preceded her in death.  Surviving are two sons, Alva, at home, and William, Terre Haute; five daughters, Mrs. Frances Davis, Rockville, Mrs. Blanche Thomas, Clinton, Mrs. Norine Vargo, Detroit, Michigan, Mrs. Olive Thomas, Terre Haute, and Mrs. Helen Gillis, Cayuga; a brother, Charles Adams, Indianapolis; 24 grandchildren and 33 great-grandchildren. Services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Barnes Mortuary, Rockville, with the Rev. B. F. Nickless officiating. Burial will be in Memory Garden Cemetery, Rockville. Friends may call after 3 p.m. on Wednesday.

Edith Leona Staggs, of RR Marshall, died at 11:30 ? Friday in Culver Hospital at Crawfordsville. She had been ill 5 years. She had been a member of Byron Christian Church for 53 years. Mrs. Staggs was born April 14, 1898, in Jasper County, Illinois a daughter of  Joseph N and Ella Foltz Sowers. She married Abraham Staggs in February 1930, and he preceded her in death June 18, 1947. Survivors include a daughter, Lorene Staggs of Rt. 1, Marshall; a son, Abraham Jr., also of Rt. 1, Marshall, a sister, Pauline Hanna of Dietarich, ill; 5 grandchildren and several. nieces and nephews. S he was preceded in death by a sister, Edna Taylor. Services. will be 2 p.m. Monday in Machledt and Servies Funeral home at Waveland with the Rev. Hugh Dooley officiating. Bur. will be in Bethany Cemetery. at Marshall. Friends may call after 2 p.m. Sun. at the funeral home.  - Crawfordsville Journal-Review May 7, 1983

Tangier, Ind. (Special) -- October 16, 1962. William Herman Staggs, 83 years old, R.R. 1, died at 3 o'clock Monday afternoon (October 15, 1962) at his home.  He was born August 3, 1879, at Bellmore. He was a son of Frank and Francis Spencer Staggs.  Surviving are the widow Dolly; two sons, Alva, at home, and William, Terre Haute; five daughters, Mrs. Frances Davis, Rockville; Mrs. Blanche Thomas, Clinton; Mrs. Norine Vargo, Detroit, Michigan; Mrs. Olive Thomas, Terre Haute and Mrs. Helen Gillis, Cayuga; a sister Mrs. Maude Harney of Jessup; a brother, Wanda Staggs of Indianapolis; four half brothers, Clarence Staggs of Clinton; Hazel, Olem and Frank Staggs, all of Rockville; two half sisters, Mrs. Ola Walls of Rockville and Mrs. Lillie Wilson of Greencastle; 22 grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren. Services will be at two o'clock Wednesday afternoon at the Barnes Mortuary, Rockville, with the Rev. B. F. Nickless officiating. Burial will be in Memory Garden Cemetery, Rockville


Barbara STARK of Rockville, 83, died at 12:50 Sunday afternoon Jan 10, at Allen Nursing Home from a lengthy illness. Born Parke Co June 18, 1876, daughter of Holbert and Sarah Beauchamp Davis. Member of Otterbein EUB Church; Rain or Shine Club; Rockville Home Economics Club. Survivors: husband, Bernie; son-in-law, Frank Moore of Bellmore; two grandchildren; Mrs. Paul Byer and John Stark Moore, Bellmore and five grandchildren. Barnes Mortuary Rev. Harold Frederick; burial in Memory Garden - typed by kbz. - Source: Tri-County News, 14 January 1960

"Mrs. Elizabeth Stark, age nearly 80, wife of James P. Stark, deceased, died in her home near Judson, Monday morning after an illness of several weeks." – Rockville Republican 23 December 1914

“Word has been received here by Manford STARK that his brother, Elmer, passed away last Wednesday at 6 p. m. at his home in Portland Ore. He had been ill for some time.  He was born and reared in Greene Township and attended the No. 8 school. Surviving are the wife and four children, two brothers, one sister and other distant relatives.  Funeral services were held at the home in Portland, Ore.” - Rockville Tribune, October 26, 1932

The funeral services of James Preston Stark, who died December 8, 1910, were held at the Mt. Moriah church on December 10, at 11 o'clock; conducted by Rev. Reenes interment was made in the Mt Moriah cemetery.  James Preston Stark was born in Greene Township, Parke County, Ind., January 8, 1833. He died at his home after a short illness December 8, 1910, age 77 years and 11 months. April 15, 1852 he was married to Mary E Dykes, and as a result of this union nine children were born three sons and six daughters; of this number two have departed from the stage of action-Sarah Frances and Charles. Those living are William H., Mrs. Quincy McClain, Mrs. D. M. Swaim, Mrs. George Millemon. Mrs. Gilbert McClain, Mrs. Alfred Pulliam and Howard. July 14, 1863, he enlisted in the Union army under Captain William D Mull, in Company "A" 115th Indiana regiment, where he encountered many of the privations wrought by this mighty conflict. February 25, 1864, he was honorably discharged and returned to his home where he has successfully contributed toward its welfare.  His occupation was that of a farmer, and the well kept farm and beautiful home attests his unfaltering and industrious management. He possessed exceptionally good judgment supported by a business ability that rendered his council efficient upon all occasions. As an accommodating neighbor, he had but few superiors, and possessed many qualities worthy of emulation. While the family, comrades, neighbors and friends will sadly miss him, we bow to the inevitable which will sooner or later claim us all. The deceased leaves a wife, two sons, five daughters, two brothers and one sister, together with a number of grandchildren and other relatives to mour his loss – Rockville Tribune, 14 December 1910

"Mrs. William R. Stark died at the family residence on East High Street about four o'clock Sunday afternoon of cerebral hemorrhage. Mrs. Stark had been in her usual health until Wednesday morning and had attended to her usual household duties, when she became sick. She continued grow worse until her death.   Mrs. Stark was a motherly woman, loved and revered by her neighbors, the welfare of her husband and friends being her first thought and her passing will be deeply felt.  Miss Mary Fullwider was married to William Stark on June 19, 1873, and one child, which died in infancy, was born to the union. She would have been 65 years old next September 3. Besides her husband, the deceased is survived by three sisters, Mrs. Anna Teague of California and Mrs. Betty Taylor and Mrs. Etta Lewis of Rockville and two brothers, John Fullwider of Rockville and William of California.  Funeral services were held at the Christian Church Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock, conducted by Rev. Mr. Bratin, of Rosedale. Burial was made in Mt. Moriah cemetery." – Terre Haute Tribune 13 August 13 1918


Lloyd Stevens, of this city, died yesterday at the Indiana State Farm at Putnamville after an illness of a few days of acute bronchial pneumonia at the age of 54 years.  The deceased is survived by the widow, three sons and three daughters as follows:  Richard, Nolan, Lloyd Jr., Pansy, Flora and Helen. He is also survived by three half-brothers, Lee and Clayton Harper of Clinton and Allen Harper of near Carbon, also a sister Mrs. Emma Spurr of Bunsen and two half-sisters, Mrs. Susan Davis of Lena and Mary Harper of Carbon.  The remains here brought to Miller and Sons’ funeral parlors here and prepared for burial and later take to the home on west Ridge street.  Short funeral services will be held at the residence at 9:30 o’clock Friday morning with continued services at 10:30 o’clock at the North Union church near Goodin’s Corner with Rev. M. H. Appleby of the First M. E. church officiating Interment at the North Union cemetery. –Brazil Daily Times, 2 December 1926

Thomas Stevens, who has been very  sick at his home on the old Mayes place, just east of Milligan, committed suicide on Monday morning by hanging himself to a peach  tree in the yard.  The news caused much surprise as Mr. Stevens was of a very cheerful disposition and the last one, it would have been thought to take his own life.  However, he has been suffering intensely and it is possible that his mind was temporarily deranged.  Remarks which were remembered afterwards show that he had been meditating the act.  Mr. Stevens became ill in February with what seemed to be gastritis but rallied.  A few weeks later there was a reoccurrence of the trouble, and for the past three months he has been getting weaker as his stomach rejected all nourishment.  The pain, too, was intense, requiring the constant use of opiates.  Physicians disagreed as to the cause of the trouble.  An autopsy was much contracted, and the upper orifice nearly closed.  On the morning in question, the watchers had gone home, and Mr. Stevens was alone with his wife.  He asked her to go to the house of a neighbor, about a quarter of a mile away, and get him some warm milk, as he thought he could retain it.  She went as quickly as possible.  In that time, although very feeble, he managed to carry  a chair into the yard.  He returned to the kitchen and cut a piece about eight feet long from a coil of rope there.  In doing so, he cut his finger slightly.  This he washed at the sink and tied up.  He then went to the yard; made a slip noose which he put around his neck; climbed on the chair and attached the rope to the tree and swung himself off.  When Mrs. Stevens reached home she found the lifeless body.  She immediately called Mr. Reiter and other neighbors, but her husband was beyond recall.  The coroner was called from Mecca and held an inquest, giving a verdict in accordance with the facts given above.  Funeral services were held at the home at two on Tuesday afternoon by Rev. F. B. Solin, of the Presbyterian Church.  Waveland Lodge, I. O. O. F., of which the deceased was an earnest and valued member, had charge of the service at the grave in the Presbyterian Cemetery. The following obituary was read: “Thomas F. Stevens was born in Richmond, Ky., May 31, 1834, and died July 28 at the age of 59 years, 2 months and 3 days.  In 1880 he was married to Nannie E. Etcheson of Putnam County, Indiana.  To them was born two children; Charles W. and Ica May, both of whom have gone before.  He became a member of the Christian Church in his boyhood days and has since held to that  belief.” - Waveland Independent, August 1, 1913


Death of W. N. Stevenson.  - W. N. Stevenson, who came to Rockville from Greencastle in 1879 and began business here with his sons, died at his home in south Market street about 6 o’clock Monday evening, after a long illness. Funeral service were held at 8:30 this morning by Rev. H. N. Ogden at the residence. The body was then taken to Greencastle for interment, Dr. Town to complete the services there. Mr. Stevenson retired from business in 1891, after a business career extending over 56 years. He was a leading member of the M. E. church and a good man in the highest sense. A sketch of his life has been promised for next issue.   - Rockville Republican, Sept 4, 1901 (Submitted by Anita Ellis )


Brian William Stratton, 34, Russellville, died at 9:35 a.m. Saturday, December 28, 1996, at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis of cancer. Born July 27, 1962, in Auburn, Washington, he was the son of Frank and Jane Fugate Stratton. On October 21, 1994, he married Shari Rightsell at Greencastle, who survives. He had worked six years in the maintenance department of North Putnam Schools. He was a 1980 graduate of McClane High School in Fresno, California, and served in the Navy as a helicopter hydraulics mechanic aboard the USS Enterprise. Other survivors include a daughter, Sarah Stratton, at home; his mother, Jane McGaughey of Russellville; his father and stepmother, Frank and Christine Stratton of Puyallup, Washington; a brother, Darren Stratton of San Diego, California; a half-brother, Jim Stratton of Puyallup, Washington; a stepsister, Donna Gordon of Crawfordsville; and a half-sister, Tina Welcome of Davis, California. He was preceded in death by a stepsister. Services were conducted Tuesday at Power-Priebe Funeral Home in Crawfordsville with Rev. Bill Neiman officiating. Burial was in Old Union Cemetery at Waveland.   - Parke County Sentential, January 1, 1997 - Contributed by: Mary Lou Hermiller


Michael Staunton of Judson one of Parke county's best known citizens died last Friday of consumption.  The Rockville Tribune says: he came to this country from County Galway, Ireland during the war and soon afterward became a naturalized citizen. In 1872 he married Martha CONNERLY.  To them were born no children, but he was an affectionate father to a nice whom he brought up and who assumed his name.  He was a man of fine education and well read upon all current topics. for three years his health had failed so rapidly that he was not actively engaged in any business.  - Waveland Independent, September 12, 1899


Catherine Stites, 79, of Mecca died at 8:15 a.m. Monday, Feb. 16, 2004, in Terre Haute Regional Hospital. She was a homemaker and formerly a cook at the Motel Forrest Restaurant in Rockville. She was born Feb. 23, 1924, in Mecca to Alford N. Myers and Lovina Walton Myers. Her husband, William G. Stites, whom she married March 1, 1943, in Parke County, died Oct. 13, 1956. Survivors include four sons, Glen Stites of Montezuma, Joe Stites and Don Stites, both of Mecca and Larry Stites of Rockville; three daughters, Linda Ratcliff and Vickie Jackson, both of Mecca and Betty Gowen of Robinson, Ill.; 23 grandchildren; and 31 great-grandchildren. She also was preceded in death by one son, Ross Stites; four brothers, Edison Tommy Myers, Wilburn Myers, Roy Myers and Dick Myers; three sisters, Virginia Kent, Ester Lee and Evelyn Turbeville; one grandson and two great-grandchildren. She was a 1942 graduate of Mecca High School. Services are 1 p.m. Thursday in Barnes Mortuary in Rockville, with the Rev. Tim Guoli officiating. Burial is in Hixon Cemetery. Visitation is 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday –Tribune Star, 18 February 2004- shared by Sandy Elkins Juhl


“Mrs. Catherine STITH, the mother of Mrs. F. M. Alston, died at the home of Mrs. William Gilliland, also a daughter, Thursday afternoon. She was stricken with paralysis about midnight on Wednesday. She was 82 years old. The funeral took place at Mt. Zion Church, near New Ross, on Saturday, under charge of Rev. Mr. Carney.”  Rockville Tribune (from Waveland Independent), May 11, 1904


Mrs. Frances Odell received word on Sunday of the death of William Stout of Hollandsburg. Mrs. Odell lived for two years with Mr. and Mrs. Stout many years ago.   Mrs. Odell and Mrs. J. H. Pickard attended the funeral on Tuesday morning. - Waveland Independent, April 19, 1918

Nora M., daughter of Ezra and Susan Collings Thomas was born near Bellmore, May 14, 1868 and died at her home in Hollandsburg, April 4, 1931 at the age of 62 years, 10 months and 20 days. She was of a family of eight children.  Her father, mother, two brothers and one sister preceded her in death.  She leaves four brothers-Alfred E. and Albert L. Thomas of Indianapolis, Marion E. Thomas of Boone, IA., and Charles F. Thomas of Bellmore, who mourn the loss of a loving sister.  She lived all of her life in the state of Indiana, with the exception of three years of her childhood which were spent in Illinois.  She united with the Baptist church at Hollandsburg, March 22, 1891, and has always been consistent and steadfast in her faith in Jesus Christ as her personal Savior and Lord.   And her beautiful voice in singing the old gospel hymns she loved so well will be sadly missed in the church that mourns the loss of a faithful member. October 11, 1891, she was united in marriage to Rev. R. H. Biddle.  To this union were born two children, Harry T. and Tressie B.  Rev. Biddle passed to the great beyond in May 1906 and on Nov. 6, 1909, she was married to J. O. Stout of Hollandsburg.  To this union one daughter, Ruth Dale, was born.  Since the death of Mr. Stout in April 1922, Ruth Dale has been a constant companion to her mother. She leaves to mourn their loss of one son, Harry T. Biddle of Hammond, Two daughters, Mrs. Harry L. Overpeck of New Discover and Ruth Dale at home; four grandchildren, four brothers, five step-children and a host of other relatives and friends.  - unknown source - This one thanks to Steve Thomas


The death of John D. Strain occurred at the home of his sister, Mrs. Ann Sweeney, yesterday evening shortly before 6 o’clock. The funeral in charge of the G. A. R. will occur from Mrs. Sweeney’s residence tomorrow afternoon, at 4 o’clock, services by Rev. S. K. Fuson. Mr. Strain’s decline has been marked for a number of years and his infirmities forced him to enter the Soldiers home at Lafayette from which institution he came here with his wife on a visit in May. He was up town for the last time Tuesday of last week. He was afflicted with consumption but death was hastened by an intestinal trouble. It is a solace to his friends and comrades to know that in his last hours he was sustained and soothed by the ministrations of his sister, whose wonderful tenderness and loving care have robbed the dark crossing of its terrors for so many. He was about 64 years old and is survived by his second wife. As a member of the 14th Indiana he had a splendid soldier’s record and the echo from his inspiring drumbeats will linger in the memory of his comrades until taps shall have been sounded for them.   - Rockville Republican August 7, 1901 (Submitted by Anita Ellis )


Shirley Ann Straley, 68, Clinton, died at 2:16 a.m. Sunday, July 23, 2000, at her residence. Born January 6, 1932 in Parke County, she was the daughter of Wilburn Henry and Bessie Mae Cox Myers. On April 21, 1950 in Mecca, she married Silas B. Straley, who survives. She was a homemaker. Other survivors include one daughter, Karen Phillips of Clinton; two sons, Mike L. Straley and Mark L. Straley of Clinton; three sisters, Vivian Barushak and Nelda Hastings of Clinton and Nola Babyak of Mecca; four brothers, Myron Myers of Marshall, Lyle Myers of Rockville, Richard Myers of Mesa, Arizona, and Loren Myers of Bloomingdale; and 11 grandchildren. She was preceded in death by three brothers, Carl Wayne Myers, Donald Myers and Randy Myers. Services are today (Wednesday) at Barnes Mortuary in Rockville with Rev. Gordon Guoli officiating. Burial will be in Roselawn Memorial Park in North Terre Haute; Memorials may be made to the New Life Wesleyan Church in Mecca- Sentinel Newspaper, Rockville , 26 Jul 2000- shared by Sandy Elkins Juhl


Anna Doss Straughn - Mrs. Joseph Straughn, daughter of Mrs. Mary Doss, died at her home in Rockville, on Wednesday of last week, and was buried on Friday. Mrs. E.C. Dietrich attended the funeral. She leaves a mother and several children. She underwent an operation for cancer some time ago and never rallied. – Waveland Independent Newspaper, 23 Dec 1910

Mrs. Lydia STRAUGHN, aged 67 died at her home about 3 miles southwest of town, Monday after a long illness of consumption.  She was an excellent Christian woman and a widow for many years.  Funeral services by Ridley Beal were held at the residence yesterday.  Burial in Rockville Cemetery.  - Rockville Republican, February 10, 1897  (thanks to Sherry Grunhaus for this one)

Mrs. Carrie Bishop Straughn age 56, died at the Union hospital, Terre Haute, Monday evening at 7 o'clock, of kidney poisoning.  She was born near Mecca and all her life was spent in this county.  She is survived by the husband, William Straughn, five daughters and four sons-- Mrs. Hazel Runyan, Cecil, Max, Hugh Straughn of Blanford; Mrs. Bessie Briggs of Terre Haute; Mrs. Marie Thomas, Lincoln Straughn of Mishawaka, Mrs. Ruth Mitchell of West Union and Mrs. Alta Cronk of Mecca.    The funeral was held at the home North Erie street, yesterday afternoon.  Rev. C.C. Griggs officiating.  Burial in Mt. Olivet cemetery. - unknown source - October 18, 1928


Mrs. Juliet STRAUSS died at her home in Rockville, to which she had been taken after an operation at the Culver Hospital several days ago, on Wed. evening. She was widely known as the author of the Country Contributor articles in the Indianapolis News, of the Ideas of a Plain Country Woman in the Ladies' Home Journal and locally a the writer of Squibs & Sayings in the Rockville Tribune.  - Waveland Independent, May 24, 1918


Will Strickler, age 72, died at an Indianapolis hospital Friday from a heart attack. He was the son of Nathan and Martha Strickler and was married to Lillie Newlin. They were both former residents of this place but have lived for many years in Indianapolis where he was engaged in the insurance business. Besides the wife he is survived by one daughter, Mary Margaret Kilgore; three grandchildren; two sisters, Margaret of California., Jesse of Indianapolis; and one brother, Howard of California. Funeral services were held Monday morning and the body was brought to Poplar Grove cemetery for burial. - ”Rockville Tribune March 24, 1949

“George Allen STRICKLER of Rockville, age 73, died at his home, Thursday night, Oct. 31. He was a retired farmer and mill worker. Surviving are the widow, Leta A.; a son, George, Jr. of Rockville; two sisters, Mrs. Vera Mitchell of Waynetown and Mrs. Mary Branson of Temple, Calif.; and two grandchildren. Funeral services were held at the Butler funeral home, Saturday afternoon with Rev. Roger T. Rankin officiating. Burial was in Memory Garden Cemetery.” Rockville Republican, November 7, 1963

“Nathan L. STRICKLER was born in Rockbridge County, Va., October 8, 1846. He came to Parke County, Ind., in February, 1869, where he was married to Martha A. Rush, December 10, 1874. To this union were born five children, all of whom with their mother are left to mourn the loss of a kind father and loving husband.  He was an active member in the Missionary Baptist Church for 27 years. Nine months of sever suffering ended on the night of October 7, 1898, when with his bedside surrounded by his family, kind friends and neighbors, his soul took its flight to a home where trials and troubles are unknown.  Funeral services were conducted by the Rev. S. K. Fuson, in the Baptist Church in Judson, after which the remains were laid to rest in the Mt. Moriah Cemetery.” - Rockville Tribune, October 20, 1898

Mrs. L. C. Lundgren, Mrs. C. A. Hobson, Mrs. Lydia Peek, Mrs. George Barkley and Mrs. Rhoda Banta attended the burial services at Mt. Moriah Cemetery Wednesday afternoon for Mrs. Martha Strickler of Indianapolis, who was 96 years of age.” (She died 6-27-1939 at her son William’s home.) - Rockville Tribune July 5, 1939


Died at his residence in Parke county, on the 6th instant in the 76th year of his age, Capt. Daniel Stringham, a soldier of the Revolutionary War, and one of the first settler of Vigo county, having arrived at Fort Harrison immediately after the close of the war.  He was born in New York, (we believe Orange county) on the 5th of June 1765, and although quite a youth, entered with ardor the army of the Revolution.  He was distinguished through life, for his kind, urbane and hospitable disposition and none have died leaving fewer enemies.  His son, Com. Stringham distinguished himself during the late war in the capacity of Midshipman and now ranks, among the foremost officers of the Navy. -  Wabash Courier, 14 August 1841


Samuel Lloyd Strong died December 26.  He was the son of Robert and Julia Strong and was born near Catlin, August 22, 1882.  He was a brother of Mrs. John Roach, Mrs. Edward Heslar and Mrs. Ellsworth Phillips.  He was a member of the Presbyterian Church.  Funeral services were held at the Guion Church at half past one on Sunday afternoon, Rev. G. D.  Prentice in charge.  Interment at the Barnes Cemetery.  - Waveland Independent, January 2, 1920.

John S. Strong, the last of a well known family, died at his home near Guion on Saturday.  He was b. November 19, 1854.  funeral services were held at the home on Monday afternoon.  Burial in the Bruin Cemetery.  Surviving are: five nieces, Mrs. Lulu Pickett of Bloomingdale, Mrs. Mayme Lee of Guion, Mrs. Virginia Minnie of Wisconsin, Mrs. Bonnie Thomas of California and Mrs. Ruby Milligan of Waveland and a nephew, Dr. DS Strong of Terre Haute.  - Waveland Independent, February 29, 1940

Robert Strong, aged 75, who resided near Marshall Parke county, committed suicide at noon, last Friday, by hanging himself from a rafter in a barn at the home of his sister, Mrs. John Roach. He was found by his sister, with whom he was intending to accompany on a visit to Judson that afternoon.  The supposed cause was worry over the death of his wife, recently. – The Newport Hoosier State, 17 Aug 1904


The news of the sudden death of James Henry Strouse was received here early Saturday morning - a brief telegram to David Strouse announcing it. Subsequently, assistant superintendent, F.R. Worthington sent to Mr. Strouse the following official communication "To H. Strouse, one of our oldest enginemen in service 38 years was stricken with heart trouble on his engine, train No 41, after the train had left Logansport and was approaching Pan Handle Crossing. The train was backed to the station by the fireman and remains turned over to relatives. Mr. Strouse did not regain consciousness and expired in a few minutes." On the morning of his death, Mr. Strouss (sic) went to the office of the train dispatcher as was his custom and while there said that he was not well - that he was suffering from a several pain in his chest but he added: "I'll work it off all right." He then went to his engine and started out on his run. His fireman, C.W. Peacher, was in the act of opening the fire box door when he heard an exclamation of pain. Turning quickly he saw Mr. Strouse's head fall forward. He sprang to his relief at the same time stopping the engine. Conductor Cochran ran forward and assisted Mr. Peacher, but their efforts to revive Mr. Strouse were futile. The train was then backed to its starting point. As soon as possible the body was taken to the home of Mr. Strouse - Rockville Tribune. Mr. Strouse was born in Rockville in 1851. He learned the tinner's trade but went to railroading in 1870 and with the exception of a few years worked at it all his life. Since 1878 he has been an engineer on the FH&L road and has been a trusted employee. His skill in getting music out of his whistle was well-known along the road. He was twice married. He leaves a widow, one son, Samuel and a daughter, Clara. He was a member of the ME Church. The funeral was held at Rockville on Wednesday.  – Waveland Independent, 18 Mar 1910

Samuel Strouse, one of the best known citizens of Rockville, died last Friday of Bright's disease, aged 79 years.  Mr. Strouse was born in Germany of Jewish parents and to escape military service came to this country when 18 years old. For many years he has been identified with the business interests of Rockville.   - Waveland Independent, December 16, 1898


Fermine E. Sturgeon Dies at Residence Friday - Fermine E. Sturgeon, 79, life-long Judson resident and a retired farmer, died at his home at 8:15 Friday night. Born Jan. 28, 1885, in Greene Township, Mr. Sturgeon was the son of John L. and Mary Ann McCammon Sturgeon. He was reared and spent his entire life in the Judson community and was a farmer in the area until his retirement. Survivors include the widow, Edith; a son, Melvin Sturgeon of Danville; a daughter, Mrs. Billy D. Truland of Dayton, Ohio, and five grandchildren. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Barnes Mortuary. Rev. Ray Britton was in charge and burial was in Mt. Moriah Cemetery, north of Hollandsburg. Unknown newspaper.  (Submitted by Anita Ellis )


Mrs. Albert Suiters, age 25 passed away at her home on the Silverwood road in Wabash Township on Wed. afternoon, March 21, following an illness with pneumonia.  She was a daughter of Manford Richardson, one of the prominent citizens of Wabash township. She leaves a husband and one son, aged 2.  The funeral service was held Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock in charge of Rev. Kern. - Crawfordsville Journal, Sat, March 24, 1923



Mrs. Effie B. Surber, 83, of Fort Wayne and formerly of Rockville, died at 2:45 a.m. in a Fort Wayne nursing home.  She was a member of the New Bethel Church, Ladies Aides of the church, New Bethel Extension Club and the Rockville Order of the Eastern Star.  Born 17 January 1892 in Parke County, she was the daughter of James F. and Minerva Kalley Simmons.  Surviving is a son, George of Fort Wayne; a grandson, Kenneth, of Fort Wayne and a great grand-son, Danny, of Fort Wayne.  Services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday in Butler Funeral Home with Rev. Eston Brook officiating.  Burial will be in Rose Lawn Memorial Park in Terre Haute.  Friends may call at the funeral home. - Terre Haute Tribune, 24 August 1975 (Rockville)


Died at Quincy, Illinois, on Friday, the 27th ult., Dr. J. C. SUNDERLAND, of New Orleans, formerly of this place. - Parke County Republican, June 15, 1864



Miles Anderson Sutton, son of Isaiah and Anna McCammon Sutton was born in Parke County, Indiana August 4, 1847 and peacefully passed to rest in Waveland, Indiana on Sept 30, 1919, age 72 years 2 month and 26 days. In 1868, under the ministry of Rev. J. C. Bartholomew he became a member of the Christian Church in Waveland. In 1869 he went to Joplin, Mo where a year later he was united in marriage to Serilda Norton. Three children came to bless this union, Nettie and Walter who died in infancy and William Amos.   In 1879, he located in Colorado where he engaged in mining, 1902, he was badly injured and was brought back to Indiana where he has since made his home with his sisters and nieces and nephews.  Mr. Sutton is survived by the son, William Amos, one grandson, Cecil M. and one great grandson, Miles George Sutton, all of Los Angeles, California and six sisters, Mrs. Mary Anna Carrington of Dana, IN; Mrs. Laura McMullin of Crawfordsville, Mrs. Josephine Hester of Wintertown, Ill; Mrs. Sarah Jarvis, Mrs. Martha Jarvis and Mrs. Eliza Ware, all of Waveland and vicinity.  In his passing, the son loses a kind indulgent father and the sisters a true and noble upright friend and brother.   - Waveland Independent, October3, 1919

"Miss Caroline Sutton, aged resident of Parkeville neighborhood,  suffered fatal burns that resulted in her death last Friday. Just how the accident happened will never be known, but it is believed that Miss Sutton's dress caught fire while she was putting fuel in the stove. The aged woman was at home with her niece, Mrs. Orval Gordon, who was in the upstairs room when she heard calls for help. Rushing to the room below she found the clothing of her aunt in flames, and being unable to extinguish them, she called to her husband and Otto Norman, who was working near the house. Not only did Miss Sutton inhale the flames, but her body and arms were badly burned. She died ten hours later. Miss Sutton was born in Ohio, and was the last of a large generation bearing the name living in Greene Township. She was a character of the old school and seemed happiest when doing good for others. She was loved by everyone in the community to which she resided for over sixty years. Mrs. Gordon has made her home with her aunt since a small child and a parent could not have extended a more loving hand. Henry and Charles Sutton of Rockville were nephews of the deceased. Funeral services, largely attended, were conducted by Rev. Bratton at the residence Sunday afternoon, burial in Raccoon cemetery." - Rockville Tribune – 31 October  1923

Mrs. Christena M. Sutton, Rockville, IN (Special) Funeral services for Mrs. Christena M. Sutton, 85 years old, who d. Friday at the home of a granddaughter, Mrs. Kenneth Ramsay, Milligan, will be held at 2 o'clock Sunday afternoon at the Barnes Mortuary.  The Rev. Ivan Reese will officiate, and burial will be in the Lutheran Cemetery, near Milligan.  Surviving, besides the granddaughter, are two great grandchildren.  - Terre Haute Tribune, Sat. March 26, 1949 (this one thanks to Mary Lou Hermiller)

Christena M. SUTTON, 86 died at the home of her granddaughter, Mrs. Kenneth Ramsey near Milligan at 11:30 a.m. Friday.  She was born May 12, 1863 in Parke Co, the daughter of Nicholas & Sarah Mottern.  She was a member of the Lutheran church. Survivors include the granddaughter and two great grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at Barnes Mortuary here at 2 p.m. Sun with Rv. Ivan Reese in charge. Burial in Lutheran Cemetery near Milligan; friends may call at the mortuary after noon Saturday.  - Crawfordsville Journal Review, 26 March 1943

Daisy D. Sutton, 92, 109 North Virginia, Rockville, died at 8:10 p.m. Wednesday, April 4, at Lee Alan Bryant Health Care Facility. Born April 22, 1891 in Judson, she was the daughter of William A. and Emma Davis Weaver. She married Lawrence Sutton, who died in November of 1961. She was a member of Rockville Christian Church.  Survivors include a daughter, Catherine Thornton of Rockville; two granddaughters, and five great-grandchildren.  Services were conducted Saturday at Barnes Mortuary in Rockville with Rev. J. O. Trousdale officiating. Burial was in Memory Garden Cemetery at Rockville.    Parke County Sentinel of April 9, 1984 -  Thanks to: Mary Lou Hermiller

Mrs. Electa T. Sutton of Judson, age 79, died in the Carmen nursing  home in Crawfordsville, Monday morning, December 16. She was a member of a Methodist church in Kentucky and of the Judson Baptist Ladies Aid Surviving are a son, Roscoe of Attica; a sister, Mrs. Ava Moore of Waveland; a grandson, Terre of Attica; and nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held this (Thursday) afternoon at 2:00 at the Machledt and Services funeral home in Waveland. Burial will be in Mt Moriah cemetery near Hollandsburg.  "Rockville Republican" of Thursday, December 19, 1968:  Rites Today for Electa T. Sutton Thanks to:    Mary Lou Hermiller

John W. Sutton, a former resident of Green Township, died Dec. 6 in Attus, Oklahoma.  The body was brought here and interred in the Lutheran cemetery after services conducted by Rev. CR Collings on Saturday morning.  He was the son of William and Sarah Sutton and was born in Greene Township, August 11, 1857.  He leaves a widow and 3 children: Harry Raymond, Roscoe and Ruby.  His brother, Thad Sutton came home from Cincinnati for the funeral.  John Mottern was here from Crawfordsville, too. - Waveland Independent, December 20, 1918

Lawrence Demont Sutton, 72 years old, of 109 N. Virginia St, died at 4:45 o'clock Sunday morning at the Vermillion County Hospital, Clinton.  Surviving are the widow, Daisy; a foster daughter, Mrs. Catherine Thornton of Rockville; two sisters, Mrs. Catherine Lamb of Montezuma and Mrs. Cora Alexander of Rockville and two grandchildren.  Services will be at 10 a.m. Central Daylight Time, Wednesday at the Barnes Mortuary.  The Rev. Donald Gee will officiate and burial will be in Memory Garden cemetery.  Friends may call after 2 o'clock, Central Daylight Time, Tuesday afternoon.  Terre Haute Tribune, Monday, November 13, 1961  (this one thanks to Mary Lou Hermiller)

Mrs. Henry Sutton was suddenly stricken by death while attending the Judson Colt Show.  She was interred at Mt. Moriah on Saturday afternoon after funeral services conducted by Rev. Jack Ashley. She was a faithful member of the Parkeville Christian Church. Her maiden name was Lily Millemon a niece of James Millemon of Guion.  She leaves a husband, son, two daughters one of whom is married. - Waveland Independent, Friday August 29, 1902

One highly respected, and loved by all who knew her has passed, after an eventful life covering almost a century.  This one experienced the complexities of the pioneers' life, having lived in this goodly common-wealth for more than 90 years. She saw the wilderness made to blossom as the rose; and the log cabin to yield its place to the more commodious home; to see the spinning wheel and the homemade loom stored away in the attic; to see the winding track blazed through the tangled forest transformed into broad paved highways upon which the swift machinery of transportation, and travel have left no place for the one time efficient ox cart, and the homemade wagon; but while she witnessed the passing out of use of these rude equipments there never passed out of her life the noble spirit, the simplicity, the honor, the integrity and the unselfish devotion of the common interests expressed in the accomplishments of the high ideals of these humble people, which are the monuments still standing, telling us that the characters of these plain folks cannot be impeached.  Aunt Louisa retained among her possessions that unspotted escutcheon, now deposited in the archives of her life.   She was an ardent believer in a just God, the ruler of the destines of men and in the salvation of sinners by grace given them in Christ.  The fruits of the old time religion were seen in her life, and were sweet to her taste as she ate the last banquet at the table of the Lord.  She was hiding in the cleft of the "Rock of Ages," while the waves of a stormy sea were running high, patiently waiting for the sun to go down; with no fear of the approaching night.  In God she was trusting when her eyes closed to earthly scenes and her spirit returned to its giver.  Louisa Ware Sutton was born Shelby County, Kentucky on January 20, 1832.  She came to Indiana with her parents, William and Suzanna Ware when she was 5 years old. She was married to Ira Sutton April 6, 1862.   To this union was born one son, John Grant, who died in infancy.  The husband died while serving in the Civil War Company B 151 IVI in a camp in Kentucky.  She was the last of a family that came to Indiana from Kentucky more than four score and ten years ago.   She had made her home with Mr. and Mrs. Frank McClain for more than a quarter of a century, where she was given the kindest care and closest attention until the last hour.   Death was welcomed by her on the 2nd day April, at the age of 95 years, 2 months and 12 days.  She leaves 3 nephews, four nieces, many more distant relatives and friends, as extensive as her acquaintances.  Funeral service was conducted by Rev. CL Airhart of Crawfordsville at the home of Mr. and Mrs. McClain on Monday, April 4th at 2 in the afternoon.  Burial at Raccoon Cemetery.  - Waveland Independent, April 15, 1927

Roscoe C. Sutton of Attica, age 73, died Wednesday night December 15, in Lakeview Medical Center, Danville, Illinois  He was born in Judson, April 22, 1909 the son of  Tiara and Electa Pyle Sutton.  August 10, 1934 he married. Elsie VanHuss who survives.  Sutton was a member of the Attica First United Methodist. Church, Wabash Masonic Lodge; National Assoc. of Retired Civil Servants and a charter member of Attica Lions Club.  He was a past commander of the Attica American Legion.  He was a graduate of Green Township High School and Indiana State University. An Army vet. of WWII, he had retired in 1968 after working as County supervisor of the Dept. of Ag's Farmer's Home Admin. and had served 2 years on the Warren County Welfare Board.  Also surviving are a son, Terry of Sterling, VA; and two grandchildren.  Funeral services were held Saturday morning at Maus Funeral Home in Attica with Rev Larry R. Smith officiating.  Military graveside rites and bur. were in Mt. Moriah Cemetery. north of Hollandsburg. (this one thanks to Mary Lou Hermiller) - Parke Co. Sentinel, Monday, December 20, 1982

Rose Lincoln Sutton, the daughter of Isaiah and Anna Sutton was born in Parke County, March 21, 1862 and died June 10, 1919 aged 57 years, 2 month and 20 day.  She was one of a family of 8 children: one brother, M.A. Sutton; the sisters, Mrs. Josephine Hester of Wintertown, Ill; Mrs. Laura McMullen of Crawfordsville; Mrs. James Jarvis and Mrs. Scott Jarvis of Guion and Mrs. Eliza Ware of this place, Mrs. Sanford Carrington of Dana, all of whom survive her.  She received her education in the common schools, and after the death of her parents, made her home with Mr. and Mrs. William Jarvis and her sister, Mrs. James Jarvis.  The past 24 years, with the exception of about two years, were spent with Mr. and Mrs. William Jarvis.  Miss Sutton was of a timid and reserved disposition, not caring to meet strangers, but those to whom she extended her friendship, found her a true and lovable friend.  Aunt Virginia and Uncle Will Jarvis, as she called them, accepted her as one of the family, and she was untiring and devoted in her service to them.  The nieces and nephews can testify to the many loving deeds bestowed on them by Aunt Rose.  For some time she has been sorely afflicted but bore her sufferings with great patience, and was always considerate of those who cared for her.  In the last few months she has expressed her belief in the Christ and on the Sunday preceding her death she confessed him as her Lord and Savior.  Such is the life of one given out in service to others.  Funeral services at the home on Thursday morning were conducted by Rev. E. E.. Moormans of Englewood Christian Church, Indianapolis.  Interment at Maple Ridge Cemetery.  - Waveland Independent, June 30, 1919

Tiara C. Sutton, 78, a retired farmer of Parke County passed away at his home in Judson Saturday May 19.  He and Mrs. Sutton had just recently quietly celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary and he had been seriously ill since April 1.  Born March 27, 1878 on a farm in Greene Twp., he was the son of Thomas and Sarah Collings Sutton.  He was married April 18, 1906 to Electa T. Pile and had spent his entire life in Greene Twp with the exception of a year spent in California and Oklahoma and the last four years when they moved to Judson.  He is survived by the wife Electa and a son and daughter-in-law, Roscoe and Elsie of Attica; a grandson, Terry J. Sutton of Attica; and a number of nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held at the Machledt Funeral Home, Waveland Monday at 2.  Services were in charge of Grover DeNeal and burial in Mt. Moriah Cemetery.  Pall bearers were Dewey Hazlett; Howard VanHook; Wendall McCutchan; Dale McClain; Everett McClain; James Dillworth and John Rush. - Tri-County News June 14, 1956

Mrs. Tom Sutton died Monday morning at 5:15.  She had a stroke three of four weeks ago and last week had another one and never regained consciousness.  - Waveland Independent, July 22, 192


Mrs. Catherine Swaim, 86, for many years a respected resident of the county, died Monday at 1:30 a.m., at the home of her son, Joseph D. Swaim of Mecca.  She suffered a stroke about 10 days ago. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday at 2 p.m., at the home. Interment was in Coloma cemetery. Mrs. Swaim is survived by: A son, Joseph Swaim and a granddaughter, Mrs. Elmo Vestal. - Rockville Tribune, April 25, 1928

Tangier -- This community was saddened by the death of Mrs. Charles Swaim, Wednesday of last week. The funeral was held Sunday at the UB Church in Kingman. Rev. Lashbrook in charge.  She is survived by the husband and an infant daughter, Peggy Ann.   - Rockville Republican, March 24, 1932

Daniel M. Swaim, living W. of Bellmore, met death Monday afternoon while blowing stumps with dynamite on his farm.  Mr. Swaim was alone at the time and it will never be known just how the accident happened. He left the house shortly after noon and was found by his son, Edgar about 3 o'clock. The injured man was carried to the house and lived until about 9 o'clock Monday night. The force of the explosion seemed to strike him in the face and chest and his features were badly disfigured. Daniel Swaim, 63 years old, was a man well liked by his large circle of friends and acquaintances; he was industrious and often referred to as the hardest working man in Parke County   Besides the widow he is survived by one son, Edgar and four daughters, Mrs. Frank Crooks and Mrs. David Jacks of Union Twp; Mrs. Fred Crooks of Greene Twp and Miss Ina, living with her parents (Rockville Tribune) Mr. Swaim was a former citizen of this township, living for a number of years on the farm E. of town owned by Dr. Arthur Kleiser. The funeral at Mt. Moriah Church on Wed. was in charge of Elders Dodimead and Airhart.   Waveland Independent, April 26, 1918

Dora VanHook was born September 15, 1857 died September 2, 1902 aged 45 years lacking 13 days.  She was married April 20, 1876 to John B. Swaim.  To this union was born one child, Anna August 11, 1897.  in her early girlhood days she became a member of the Christian Church but in a meeting held at No. 9 schoolhouse Liberty Township, Parke County about 12 years ago she was happily converted to God and from that time on she lived a Christian life.  About 7 years ago she joined the Missionary Baptist at the Mill Creek Church. During the past year or more she had been sorely afflicted so that she was taken to the hospital undergoing a critical surgical operation, from which she seemed to rally so that her family and many friends hoped for her years of life and usefulness in the home and church where she shed a happy, sunshiny influence on all about her.  Her last sickness of 3 weeks was  borne with wonderful Christian patience.  She always had a cheery word for those who called to see her, gave council and advice to her many relatives, requesting them to live so that they would meet her in Heaven, also making all the arrangements for her funeral.  During all her affliction she was most kindly and tenderly cared for by her husband, who is left to care for the little girl who is so early left without a kind and tender mother's love and care.  Found in Obituaries of Fountain County, Indiana at Crawfordsville District Public Library, July 2007 by Karen Zach.   (rest too blurred to read - sorry)

ROCKVILLE — Grace Swaim, 92, a Bloomingdale resident, died Sunday in Vermillion County Hospital at Clinton.   She was born August 12, 1882, and had lived in the Bloomingdale community for several years.   Survivors include a nephew, Garnett Leonard. She was preceded in death by her husband Dan. C. Swaim and two sons, Frank and Fay.   Funeral services will be held in Tudor-Herrick Memorial Chapel here at 3 p.m. Wednesday with the Rev. Ruth Issacs officiating. Burial will be in Tangier Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home after 2 p.m. Tuesday. – Crawfordsville Journal Review, 19 August 1974, Page 003 - shared by Karen Zach

Harry R. SWAIM of Marshall age 89, died at 10:30 o'clock Wednesday evening, August 8 at the state sanatorium, where he had been a patient since March 1 of this year.  He was a retired carpenter and member of Bloomingdale Christian Church. Born January 7, 1873 he was the son of John M. and Sarah Jenne Swaim He was married to Celia Newlin who preceded him in death May 1, 1957. He is survived by a sister in law, Mrs. Gilla Swaim of Somerset, Kentucky, a niece, Miss Helen Trimble of Danville, Illinois; two nephews, Harry C. Trimble of Lafayette and Joseph of Bloomington, Illinois. Funeral services were held at 2 Saturday at Davies-Tudor Funeral home in Marshall, CC Griggs officiating minister assisted by Rev. Ben Newlin. Burial in Bloomingdale Cemetery - Rockville Republican August 10, 1962

Henry Swaim, the father of Carl Swaim died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Ernest Weatherford, near Marshall, Tues. morning.  He has been seriously ill for some time.  The funeral was held yesterday morning at his own home about three miles north of Rockville.  Burial at Bloomingdale.  He leaves a widow, one daughter and two sons, Carl of this place and Claude of Indianapolis.  - Waveland Independent, June 3, 1927

Henry Swaim, age 84, a well known farmer of near Marshall, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Ernest Weatherford, Tuesday morning at 8:30, following an illness of several weeks. He is survived by the widow, one daughter, Mrs. Weatherford, and two sons, Claude of Indianapolis and Carl of Waveland. The funeral will be held this morning (Thursday) at 10:30 at his late home, three miles north of town on the pavement highway, Revs I. Jones and W.F. Smith officiating. Burial in Bloomingdale cemetery. It is not by chance that we meet today to pay the final tribute to one who has been our neighbor and friend for these many years and one whom we have learned to respect as a man and honor as a neighbor and friend.  Henry E. Swaim, the son of Joseph and Margaret Dix Swaim, was born in Randolph county, NC, on the 24th day of July, 1843. He was the youngest of a large family of children who inherited a birthright membership in the Friends church. At the time of his death he was nearing his 84th birthday anniversary, having lived 83 years, 10 months and 7 days. At the close of the Civil war he came to Parke county, and at the age of 25 he was married to Susanah Jane Osborn, a daughter of the late David L. Osborn. To this union was born one daughter, Mary E. Vail. Nine years after the death of  this companion he was united in marriage to Mary E. Osborn, also a daughter of David L. Osborn. To this union were born three children: Claude of Indianapolis, Callie May Weatherford of Rockville and J. Carl Swaim of Waveland, who with their mother were present at the funeral. Mr. Swaim had been in poor health for the last few years and not strong enough to do much manual labor. In writing this sketch we wish to mention the fact that his daughter Callie has tenderly ministered to his care and comfort, taking him and his companion to her home where they could be more comfortable during the winter. Uncle Henry, like the writer of this sketch, was a conscript in the Civil war, and knew something of the hardships of a Confederate conscript. We feel that our neighbor, Henry E. Swaim, could have adopted the prophecy of Micha of old, when he said. “Come, let us go up to the house of the Lord and we will learn his ways, and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.” No more shall the war cry sever or winding rivers be red; they banish our anger forever when they laurel the graves of the dead. Under the sod and the dew awaiting the judgment day; love and tears for the Blue; tears and love for the Gray. Today we gather about the casket of this quiet sleeper, not to disturb his sleep, but to bring back the memory of the love and respect we cherish in life. He was a man of a retiring disposition, living quietly and peacefully in his home life. He was a member of the Free and Accepted Masonic lodge and lived up to the teaching and precepts of the same. His early life was spent on a farm in the community where he was born and where he secured what educational advantages the county at that time afforded. Since coming to Indiana he has watched the growth of our great public schools from the “log cabin” period of the Civil war to the present consolidated township system. He has learned thru   the years that the true philosophy of life is love, the love of God and of his fellow men. He was honest in his dealings and his honesty was beyond question. Frankness, simplicity and sincerity were stamped in his countenance. With charity for all, and faith in his fellow men, he passed quietly along among his neighbors and friends who always bade him welcome. He leaves behind his wife, Mary E. of Bloomingdale; two sons, Claude of Indianapolis and J. Carl Swaim of Waveland; one daughter, Callie May Weatherford of Rockville; seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. His neighbors in Bloomingdale and vicinity will always be gladdened when they recall his life. In his home he was all that might be expected of such a man-a devoted husband, a kind and indulgent father, and in the language of one who knew him well, “that doing good was his life work.” In the language of another we say. “And the stately ships go on to their haven under the hill but , oh, for the touch of a vanished hand, and the sound of a voice that is still,” and again we quote from Oliver Wendell Holmes, “Build thee more stately mansions. O, my soul, as the swift seasons roll, till thou at last art free; leaving thine outgrown shell by life’s unresting sea.” Rockville Republican, June 2, 1927 - Death of Henry Swaim.

James C. Swaim, son of John and Amanda Swaim was born in Howard Township, Parke County, May 14, 1845 and died March 11, 1932 age 75 years 10 months 27 days.  He was one of 11 children in the home.  His parents were pioneers of sturdy sterling character and under their training he learned lessons of industry of economy of righteous conduct and self-reliance that were his guidance all the days of his life.  During his early years he attended the common schools of the community, later spending some time at Valparaiso.  During his early manhood he lived on the farm formerly owned by his father and which is now the home of his son.  He was married on January 6, 1881 to Addie Russell and into this home came three children: Owen, Opal now Mrs. Ferris Pyle living near Rockville and an infant daughter who died at birth.  About 26 years ago he decided to cease active farming and became president of the Citizen's Bank of Marshall which position he held at the time of his death.  He purchased a home there for himself and wife, where they have since resided.  He was a devoted husband and loving father and they have been spared to enjoy a long life together intent on the comfort and happiness of each other and their family.  On January 6, 1931, their golden wedding was celebrated at Turkey Run in the company of the Marshall-Turkey Run Community club and brought them a great deal of enjoyment.  In January 1926, he united with the Bethany Presbyterian Church and since that time has been loyal and active in all the interests of the church, enjoying its services and ready at all times to do that which would advance the cause.  During his lifetime he was unusually blessed with good health and only in recent years had he known the discomforts of serious sickness. Some months ago, however, he developed an illness that never left him and three weeks ago he was taken to the hospital in Terre Haute in the hope that something might be done  to better his condition.  It proved to be of no avail and he constantly grew worse until Friday morning March 11 when the family was summoned to his bedside, and realized that the end was at hand. He passed away without regaining consciousness. Surviving him are the wife, son and daughter and five grandchildren, Evelyn, John and Robert Swaim and Wilma and Ross Pyle; four sisters, Mrs. Margaret Lough, Mrs. Emma Hobson and Mrs. Lena Maria all of Marshall and Mrs. Etta Maris of Portland, Oregon and a host of friends and relatives.  He will be greatly missed in the community but his mission on earth is done and he has gone on to his eternal home, there to await the coming of his loved ones until they too shall hear the summons to enter into the rest that awaits them over there.  - Rockville Republican, March 17, 1932

Isaac Newton Swaim, the third child of Joseph and Margaret Swaim, was born in Randolph county, NC, August 9, 1820 departed this life June 5, 1908, Aged 87 years, 10 months and 26 days. He was one of a family of fourteen children, of whom three survive him, Mrs. Nancy Vickroy, of Oregon; Joseph Sylvester Swaim, living near the old homestead and Henry E. Swaim, of Bloomingdale. He came to Parke county in 1845, and was married to Ann Eliza Rayle in 1851. To this union were born three children, all of whom are living. After the death of his wife he visited his old home in North Carolina. Returning to Indiana before the Civil war, he enlisted in company “C” (Captain T.A. Howard’s company) Seventh-Eighth regiment, Indiana volunteers, and served until the regiment was mustered out of the service. In 1870 he was married to Rachel Vestal, and to this union two sons were born, who with their mother, survive him. He was a member of the Grand Army of the Republic, and of the Masonic fraternity, his membership in the Masonic order dating May, 1860. He was of a kindly disposition that made him an agreeable companion, a kind husband, an indulgent father and good citizen.  Rockville Tribune, June 10,1908

Mrs. Jno. SWAIM, who has been suffering with cancer of the bowels for the past 5 months died at her home near Tangier Tuesday, September 2 aged about 44 years. Her maiden name was Dora Vanhook, and she leaves a sorrowing husband and one daughter to mourn her loss. The funeral was held Thursday with interment at Harveysburg. - Taken from Obituaries of Fountain County, Indiana found Jan 4, 2003 -- Karen Zach, Crawfordsville District Public Library

Sudden Death at Annapolis. Joshua Swaim, an old soldier, member of Company A. 85th regiment, after being  around town and apparently in usual health, suddenly dropped dead about 8 or 9 o’clock last evening at his home. Heart disease is the supposed cause of death. He leaves a wife and was from 45 to 50 years old. January 28, 1890, Joshua Swaim in his 63rd year. Comrade Swaim retired to bed in  his usual health and in less than fifteen minutes he was dead. He had been   subject to pain in his head for a number of years, caused by the loss of an eye while in the army which produced inflammation of the optic nerve, resulting in his death. Comrade Swaim has been a member of Capt. Floyd post ten years and was always there when not prevented by sickness. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Jerkins, of the U. B. church, assisted by Elder Cassel of the Christian church, and Rev. Rippetoe, of the M. E. church. After services at the church, Capt. Floyd post G. A. R. took charge of the remains and followed the body to its last resting place at Bloomingdale cemetery, where the beautiful ceremony of the G. A. R. . was given, conducted by Post Commander John F. Michael, of Stele post, Rockville. The funeral procession was one of the largest ever seen in this place. The deceased leaves a wife and adopted daughter, and a host of relatives and friends. - The Republican Rockville, January 29, 1890

MARSHALL -- Mabel W. Swaim, lifelong resident of Parke County and author of her family's genealogy chart, died Sunday at her home on Rt. 1, Marshall where she was born 78 years before. She had been in failing health for the last few years.  Mrs. Swaim devoted over 10 years of her life in the preparation of a detailed account of the Swaim ancestors and their history in the United States and Parke County.  She was a member of the Parke County Senior Citizens Club and the Bloomingdale Friends Church.   A daughter of Seth and Nannie Swaim Wood, she was born on May 16, 1889. She was married on November 28, 1907, to Archie L. Swaim who survives.  Also surviving are three sons, Donald of Evanston, Illinois, Gene of Rockville and Hugh of Capistrano, California; a daughter, Mrs. George Eutzler, of Osceola, Indiana; a niece whom the couple reared from childhood, Mrs. Owen Harvey of Bellmore; nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.  Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday in the Bloomingdale Friends Church with Rev. Fred Stewart officiating. Burial will be in Memory Gardens Cemetery in Rockville.  Friends may call at the Davies-Tudor Funeral Home in Marshall after noon Tuesday. The body will be taken to the church at 1 p.m. Wednesday. – Crawfordsville Journal Review, 23 October 1967, Page 002 - shared by Karen Zach

Mrs. Mary Swaim, age 80 years, died Thursday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Ernest Weatherford of Rockville, with whom she had made her home for some time. She was born in Annapolis. Her death followed a long illness, having been confined to her bed for about eight months. She was a member of the United Brethren church at Cross Roads.  Surviving are three children, Claude S. Swaim of Indianapolis, Carl Swaim of Crawfordsville and Mrs. Ernest Weatherford of Rockville; a step-daughter, Mollie Vail of Chrisman, Illinois, one brother, John Osborn of Rockville; three half brothers, Elmer and Monroe of Detroit, Mich., and Morton of Evansville and two grandchildren, Donald Weatherford and Mary Virginia Swaim. Funeral services were held at the Weatherford residence Saturday with the Revs, E. M. Woodard and W.F. Smith in charge. Burial was in the Bloomingdale cemetery. - Rockville Tribune, May 16, 1934

Marshall, Ind - Mrs. Nettie Seybold Swaim, 84, who had been in failing health for about a year, died at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at her residence in Marshall.  Mrs. Swaim was vice president and a director of the Citizens State Bank, a charter member of the Parke County Choral Club and a member of the Marshall Home Economics Club and the Marshall Federated Church.  She is surviving by two sons, John, Carmel and Robert Owen, Marshall; a daughter, Mrs. Lewis (Evelyn) Roth, Corvallis, Ore and seven grandchildren. The body was taken to the Davies-Tudor Funeral Home in Marshall where friends may call after noon Saturday. Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the Marshall Federated Church.  The Rev. Norman Young will officiate and burial will be in Betheney Cemetery. The body will be taken to the church one hour prior to the services. - Terre Haute Tribune Thursday, 05 Jan 1967, Page 002



Alice M. Swick, 60, of Rosedale died at 8:29 p.m. Tuesday, May 14, 1996, in Vermillion County Hospital in Clinton. She was a retired rural mail carrier for the U.S. Postal Service in Rosedale. She was born December 16, 1935, in Terre Haute to Adam S. GILL and Alice S. Carmichael GILL. Survivors include her husband, Robert Swick; two sons and daughters-in- law, Robert G. and Michelle Swick of Clinton and Jeffery and Lori Swick of Rosedale; one daughter and son-in-law, Alicia and Andy GILL of Rosedale; one brother, Frank GILL of Speedway; one sister, Margaret GILL Penman of Terre Haute; five grandchildren; and six step grand children. She was preceded in death by one brother, Joseph E. GILL; and one sister, Mary GILL  Southerland. She was a member of Bridgeton Order of Eastern Star 324, past president of Rosedale American Legion Auxiliary, and Vigo Salon 260 8/40. She was a homemaker and was a school bus driver for Florida Township Schools. Services are 1 p.m. Friday, in Cottrell Funeral Home, with Pastor Perry Mager officiating. Burial is in Rosedale Cemetery. Visitation is 4 to 8 p.m. today, with OES memorial service by Bridgeton Lodge 324 at 7 p.m.


Mrs. Samuel SYLVESTER died at her home in Mecca January 14.  She was born in Northern Ireland 66 years ago.  She leaves a husband, and two daughters, Mrs. Claude Baldwin and Mrs. George Goshorn.  Services were conducted by Rev. Vermillion at the Methodist Church and burial was in Mt. Olivet.  - Rockville Tribune, January 19, 1927