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Died – October 29, 1898, Ina WAGNER, aged 3 years, of membranous croup. Funeral services were held at the house on Sunday, By Rev. Krewel, after which internment took place at Coxville Cemetery. - Rockville Tribune, November 10, 1898


Taken from Hazel Morgan Smith's scrapbook - no date on clipping - Mrs. Alice A. WAGONER died at 1 o'clock this afternoon at her home north of this place. Her death resulted from a stroke paralysis suffered July 4. Born near Grange Corner, in Parke County, Indiana, she was the daughter of Anna E. Sowers and Bryant Barker. She was married to Eli Wagoner on October 24, 1884. The deceased spent her life in Parke, Fountain and Montgomery Counties. She is survived by her husband, one son Ransom of Veedersburg; one daughter Mrs. Anna Washburn of Lake Crystal, MN; eleven grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren, three sisters, Mrs. Amanda Morgan, Waveland, Mrs. Phoebe Lawson, Fowler, IN and Mrs. Emaline Starkey of Cartes; and two brothers, Joseph Barker of Yeddo and John Barker of Covington. The funeral will be held from the Waynetown Baptist church on Wednesday morning at 10:30 o'clock in charge of the Rev. Cornelius Airhart. Internment will be in Waynetown Masonic Cemetery. 


We regret to note the death of F. W. WALKER, editor of the Montezuma Enterprise on Wednesday evening.  Mr. Walker came from Iowa two years ago, and has given Montezuma a splendid paper.  - Waveland Independent, November 12, 1926

Mrs. Charles P. WALKER died at her Chicago home Sunday.  Mrs. Walker has lived for a number of years in Mecca but on account of ill health had gone to Chicago to live.  John Kerr, Andrew Matson and Billie Dee of Mecca and Crawford McMullen of Newport attended the funeral in Chicago.  - Rockville Tribune, January 19, 1927


Rockville Tribune, May 26, 1892 - “John WALDEN was found dead near the end of the switch on the south side of Yeddo. His head was torn off and had been completely worn out over the ties, his brains scattered for forty yards along the rail. His body so badly crushed that it could only be identified by the clothing and some papers found in the pockets.  Walden was said to have been drinking on Saturday, and it was supposed at first that he had started home on Saturday night and a south bound train killed him, but an examination of the body and the grounds where it was found revealed the fact that a hole was cut through to the inside just above the heart, and holes in his clothing to correspond with that in the body had the appearance of being made with a knife. The body contained but little blood and none found anywhere from where the body was struck to where it was found, and his vest was found over one mile south all covered with blood.  This together with the fact that Walden had bitter enemies, one of which had made use of strong language against him is now missing, is pretty good evidence of murder.”


KINGMAN – Lonie Waldridge, age 63, of Marshall, brother of Marion Waldridge of Kingman Rt. 1, died at 6:25 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, in the Vermillion County Hospital in Clinton where he had been a patient six days. He had been in failing health the past two years. Mr. Waldridge was a retired farmer having managed the Dr. Bradford Warren farm near Marshall for 23 years. He was a member of the Indiana Dairy Association. He was born July 19, 1906, in Montezuma, the son of Lewis and Julia Doan Waldridge. He married Ruby Carr, Aug. 26, 1929 and she survives. Surviving, in addition to the wife, are: two daughters, Mrs. Bill (Peggy) Yowell of Rosedale Rt. 1, and Kathryn Waldridge at home; two sons, Ronald Jack Waldridge of Clarks Hill and Sam Waldridge of Marshall; one brother, Marion Waldridge of Kingman Rt. 1; four sisters, Mrs. Gladys Lee of Marshall, Mrs. Harold (Mildred) Smith of Clinton Rt. 1 and Mrs. Ann Anderson and Mrs. Nadine Mullen, both of Lansing, Mich.; an aunt, Mrs. Ida Sheridan of Enid, Okla.; eight grandchildren and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m. Monday at the Davies-Tudor Funeral Home in Marshall. The Rev. Chester Martin officiated and burial was in Poplar Grove Cemetery - Crawfordsville Journal Review, 27 September 1969


Waveland Independent, November 14, 1924 -- Cassius T. WALL, who ran a filling station on the Marshall road just at the edge of Rockville, was shot and fatally wounded by hold-up men on Friday evening about dusk.  There is some reason to believe that it was local parties, but no arrests have been made. They also fired at his wife but missed her. They fled without robbing the cash register, Wall died on Tuesday in the Union Hospital in Terre Haute.    


Fred Warden, age 86, died at 9 o'clock Sunday June 8, 1958, at his home in Rockville following a long illness.  Funeral services were held at Branson Funeral Home, Tuesday with Rev. William Blessing officiating.  Burial in Memory Graden Cemetery.  Mr. Warden was born Dec 6, 1871, in Parke County, and was a member of Rockville Methodist Church.  Survivors include the widow, Ida Mae; a son, Vincent of Rockville; a daughter, Mrs. Dale Mitchell of Terre Haute; a sister, Mrs. Parke Smith of Rockville; four grandchildren. - Tri-County News, Waveland Indiana, 12 June 1958 – shared by Karen Zach

Vincent E. WARDEN, 88, of Evansville died Saturday August 16, 2003.  He was a former resident of Rockville, IN where he had belonged to United Methodist Church, and Parke Masonic Lodge 8 for over 50 years.  He graduated in 1933 from Rockville High School and was employed for many years in the Clay Pipe Industry until retiring as District Sales Manager for AMVIT of Cleveland, OH.  Vince married the former Mary Jane Wimmer on June 14, 1942 in Rockville.  He is also survived by his son Jon and his wife, Julia of Reston, VA, and granddaughter Alexa of Springfield, VA; another son, Jay Warden and his wife, Mary and grandchildren, Erin, Amanda, and Brandon Adams of Newburgh, IN, a sister, Martha Mitchell and nieces and nephews of Galesburg, IL also survive.  A private family gathering is planned for a later date to celebrate Vince’s life and all the blessings he brought to his family. Memorial contributions may be made to Aldersgate United Methodist Church or your favorite charity. Ziemer Funeral Homes is handling local arrangements.


Jas. P. Ware an old and respected citizen of Marshall, Parke county, died on the first of the month, aged past 81 years. He was born in Shelby county, Ky., Feb 9, 1817 – The Newport Hoosier State, 13 Apr 1898

Napoleon B. WARE died at his residence, south of town, Sunday morning at five.  He has been in poor health for over two years, having contracted blood-poison while nursing his son who died of that disease in Gila, Illinois in March 1908.  He was seized with vertigo while in Waveland, a week before his death, and was henceforward confined to his bed.  On Saturday evening he was feeling much better.  At half-past four Mrs. Ware was awakened by his gasping for breath.  He remained unconscious until his death.  The funeral services were held at the home at two on Tuesday afternoon, Rev. W. H. Fertich officiating.  The services at the grave, in the Jarvis Cemetery, were in charge of Waveland Lodge No. 217, I. O. O. F.   Mr. Ware was born in Parke Co., November 25, 1852, and has lived in that county most of his life.  He married Sallie E. Crutchfield, December 9, 1873.  They moved to Gila, Illinois, about twelve years ago, where the wife and mother died.  Mr. Ware returned to Indiana, about two years ago.  January 14, 1908 he married Mrs. Eliza Jarvis, who survives him.  He is also survived by his aged father, John D. Ware, his son Leslie and seven grandchildren. He was converted in a revival in Waveland, and joined the Methodist Episcopal Church about twenty years ago.  He was also a member in good standing in Waveland Lodge of Odd Fellows and Siloam Rebekah Lodge.  His brothers in the lodge esteemed him highly, while his kindly disposition made friends for him of all who knew him. - Waveland Independent, 17 June 1910

Mrs. Eliza Ware who has been seriously ill for a number of months died on Thursday evening.  Funeral services at the home on Saturday afternoon were conducted by Rev. J.C. Burkhart.  Burial in the old Jarvis cemetery southwest of town. Eliza Sutton, daughter of Isaiah and Anna McCammon Sutton was born in Parke Co, January 12, 1852 and died November 10, aged 69 years 9 months and 28 days.  She married Henry Jarvis August 29, 1871. To them were born six daughters: Mrs. Walter Grimes; Mrs. Robert Kelso; Mrs. Elmer Williams; Mrs. Edith Todd; Mrs. Claude Shoaf and Anna Frances who died at the age of five. Mr. Jarvis died July 5, 1897. She was united in marriage, January 14, 1908 to Napoleon Ware who died June 12, 1910.  Mrs. Ware was a member of the Waveland Christian Church and also of the Rebekah lodge. She was highly respected by all her neighbors, and was a faithful wife and loving mother and always took great pleasure in doing for others in sickness and trouble.  Those from a distance attending the funeral were: Cecil and Bonnie McMullen; Mrs. Susan Whittington, Mrs. William Williams of Crawfordsville; Mrs. John Devall and Miss Ruth Sturgeon of Tuscola, Ill; Mrs. Carl Fletcher of Darlington; Mrs. LeRoy Deere of Terre Haute; Mr. & Mrs. Fred Sturgeon and Mrs. Mary Sturgeon, Mrs. Ellen Hutton and Mrs. Jesse McMullen of Marshal as well as Mr. & Mrs. Ott Norman and Mrs. Orville Gordon of Parkeville. - Waveland Independent, November 18, 1921

Dr. William H. WARE one of the most highly esteemed citizens of Clarks Hill passed away at his home at 1:30 o’clock this morning. Death was caused by attack of grippe. Dr. Ware was born in Parke County and later attended Bloomingdale college, where he remained two years and received a good literary education. In casting about for a life work the decided to devote his future to the study and practice of medicine. With this end in view he began reading with Dr. McElroy, in Danville , Ill. Dr. Ware entered the Cincinnati Medical College in 1867 pursued a full course and after making a commendable record for scholarship, was graduated from that famous institution in March 1869.  He located in Boone County Indiana where he remained for a period of 20 years where he built a lucrative practice having established an office at Dover in 1869.  Then much to the regret of his many patients and friends in Boone County , he moved to Bowers Station, Montgomery County where he practiced with his usual success for a period of 16 years.  Dr. Ware came to Clarks Hill in 1905 and had succeeded in building up a very extensive practice, being busy at all times attending to his numerous patients who may be found in a wide range of territory. Although he had lived in Lauramie Twp but a few years, his name had become a household word there and he had success in winning his way into the hearts of the people by reason of his eminent ability as a physician and because of his exemplary life. Dr. Ware was twice married both of his wives now being deceased and he had no children.  He is survived by a brother who resides in Stockwell.  He was a member of the Darlington Lodge NO 186 Free & Accepted Masons; Darlington Lodge NO 159, Knight of Pythias; also the Improved Order of Red Men, Lodge no 194 in all of which he was deeply interested. Dr. Ware was a member of the United Brethren Church and a liberal supporter of the same.  In politics he was a republican, having long been an active worker in the party. He was a member of the Boone CO medical society; also the state and national medical associations. Dr. Ware was a man deserving of the highest esteem owning to his genuine worth.  He was public spirited and a good citizen.  - Crawfordsville Review Monday March 27, 1916 – Clarks Hill – March 25


ROCKVILLE, Ind. (CNS) – Bruce Warmouth, 78, of Rockville Route 1, died at 12:15 a.m. Wednesday (Dec. 4, 1968) at Union Hospital in Terre Haute. Born Aug. 11, 1890 in Paris, Ill., he was the son of James and Laurabel Calvin Warmouth. Survivors include two sons, Wayne and Gene both of Rockville; seven grandchildren; 12 great-granchildren and a sister, Mrs. Elphia Scott of Paris. Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the Barnes Mortuary. The Rev. Paul Wright will officiate. Burial will be in Memory Gardens Cemetery. Friends may call after 2 p.m. Thursday at Barnes Mortuary. – jlr - Source: Crawfordsville Journal Review, 05 December 1968


Funeral services for Joseph M. Wasson, 72 years old, who died Saturday will be held at 1 o’clock this afternoon at the Rogerson & Sedel Funeral Home. Burial will be in North Union Cemetery north of Carbon. – Terre Haute Star, Tuesday, 5 April 1949


John H. WATKINS, of Montezuma, one of Parke County's oldest citizens, died last Wednesday evening, says the local news.  He had suffered for over two weeks with heart failure, and other complications.  Mr. Watkins was born in Virginia 1818, and came to Indiana ten years later.  He settled at Montezuma in 1830, and spent the remainder of his life there, with the exception of a brief residence in Terre Haute.  Mr. Watkins was a prominent and respected citizen of Montezuma, and his life was industrious and active.  A great deal of the town's real estate has passed through his hands during his long life.  He leaves a wife and large family of children.  Funeral services were conducted at the residence by Elder Thomas Griffith and were attended by a large number of friends and relatives.  - Rockville Tribune, April 13, 1893This is the great, great grandfather of Linda Lopeman  


Mrs. Carl WATSON was taken ill with flu at her home in Rapids City, SD, several weeks ago.   Her condition became so serious that she was taken to the Methodist hospital where encephalitis developed, causing her death on Wednesday of last week.  Her sister, Mrs. Fred Spencer had been with her for some time and she and Mr. Watson brought the body home, reaching here on Saturday.  Funeral services at the Guion Presbyterian Church on Sunday afternoon were in charge of Rev. W.F. Smith, pastor of the Presbyterian. church at Rockville.   Burial at Bethany cemetery.  Mrs. Watson was the daughter of Edward and Elizabeth Strong Heslar and was born at the old homestead W. of Milligan on January 10, 1893.   She graduated from the Waveland High School with the class of 1911 and afterwards attended Indiana University.  She married Mr. Watson August 6, 1914.  They went to the Pennsylvania State College where Mr. Watson taught two years.  He was with Purdue four years and for the past 8 years has taught in the School of Mines at Rapids City.   Mrs. Watson joined the Presbyterian. Church in girlhood but transferred her membership to the Methodist in Rapids City.  She is survived by the husband and one daughter, Laura, aged 10; by two sisters, Mrs. Fred Spencer of Judson and Mrs. Herman Spencer of Wellsburg WV; the parents and a niece, Nancy Juliet Spencer.  -  Waveland Independent, March 9, 1929

Duane Robert WATSON, infant son of Robert Watson and Sammi Hawn Watson of Montezuma, was stillborn at 11:32 a.m. Wednesday, December 1, 1999, in Terre Haute Regional Hospital. Survivors include his parents; one sister, Breanna Watson; one brother, David Watson; maternal grandparents, Sam and Cindy Hawn; maternal great-grandparents, Mary Jane Hawn and Francis and Sam Fleck; paternal grandparents, Duane and Rose Watson; paternal great-grandparents, Dorothy and Jim Gill and Bill and Virginia Capps; and great-great-grandmother, Mary Capps. Graveside services are 2 p.m. today in Oakland Cemetery, with the Rev. Lindy Russell officiating. Brown Funeral Home assisted with arrangements. - Terre Haute Tribune



“Mrs. Verna Pearl WAY, age 54, wife of John WAY, died at her home south of Crawfordsville about 11 o’clock, Tuesday forenoon, after an illness of several months. She lived in Parke County until a few years ago. Surviving besides the husband are her parents, Mr. And Mrs. John White of near Nyesville, three brothers, Charles White of near Nyesville, Roscoe White of Morton and Clayton White of Greencastle and one sister, Mrs. Peter Rutledge of near Judson.            Funeral services will be held in the Christian Church at Browns Valley at 2 o’clock this (Thursday) afternoon in charge of Rev. B. E. Antrobus of Crawfordsville. Internment will be made in the Bethany Cemetery near Marshall.” - Rockville Republican, April 7, 1938


Homer Wallace WEAVER, 84 of Waveland died at Culver Hospital at 1:50 a.m. Tuesday afternoon being seriously ill 2 weeks. He lived in Parke, Montgomery and Vermillion Co. most of his life he was born 24 August 1877 in Fountain County, the son of William and Loretta Morgan Weaver.  In 1912, he married Bonnie Durham who preceded him in death. Survivors include 3 daughters: Mrs. Roy Hartle; Mrs. Charles Priebe and Mrs. Dale Gray; 5 sons, Robert; Charles; John; Milford and Max; 3 sisters, Mrs. Roy Sowers; Mrs. Lester Powell  and Mrs. Harold Ingersoll,; 23 grandchildren and 4 greats.  - Tri-County News, May 3, 1962

Mabel, the three and a half year old daughter of Elijah WEAVER died in the Rockville sanitarium, where she was taking treatment for tuberculosis, on Monday afternoon.  Funeral services were held at the Byron Christian Church on Wednesday afternoon.   - Waveland Independent, January 20, 1938

Indianapolis, May 12 - After a prolonged illness Mrs. Mary Weaver, 47 wife of Lt. Cletus L. Weaver of the police department, committed suicide at her home, 1121 Parker Ave, early today; Mrs. Weaver suffered a nervous breakdown some month sago and this is believed to have been the cause of her act.  She shot herself with Lt. Weaver's revolver.  She lived only a few minutes, the bullet having entered her heart.  It was about 3 o'clock this morning when Lt. Weaver was awaked by his wife, who said she was cold and asked him to pull the covers over her. Lt. Weaver believes it was more than an hour later he again was awaked, this time by the sound of a shot.  He discovered his wife was missing from bed and hurrying to the front of the house, found her sitting in a chair, his revolver gripped in her hand.  The officer called the city hospital and asked for an ambulance. He called Capt. Pope and LT. Merrill and bicycle men Nagelesein and Sheridan were sent to the address.  Mrs. Weaver died before medical aid arrived.  Coroner Poole was notified.  Lt. Weaver told the coroner his wife had been ill for some time and that she once before attempted suicide.  Since that time, he said, he always hid his revolver and all his cartridges.  She had found the revolver and two extra cartridges in his coat pocket.  There were two cartridges in the revolver.  Ms. Weaver was before her marriage Miss Mary Grimes and resided for many years with her uncle and aunt, Mr. and Mrs. James Atkinson of this city.  She was born in Parke County and was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Isaac L. Grimes.  Her parents died when she was quite young. The deceased was a seamstress of much ability and before her marriage was employed in many homes in this city. - Crawfordsville Review, Saturday, May 13, 1916

Thomas Weaver, 85, lifelong resident of Parke County near Tangier and one-time Parke County Commissioner, died at 4 p.m. Tuesday at the Sanders Nursing Home at Mecca, Ind.   Mr. Weaver was born March 3, 1879, near Tangier in Liberty Township, the son of Isaac and Ruth Harvey Weaver.   He married Lena Commons on April 19, 1900.   Mr. Weaver served as a Parke County commissioner for six years.   He was a member of the Fairview Evangelical United Brethren Church near Tangier.   He was preceded in death by two sisters.   Survivors include the widow; a daughter, Mrs. Homer (Olive) Smiley of Rockville; two sons, Paul of Terre Haute and Willard of Tangier; six grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren.   Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at the Brown Funeral Home in Montezuma. Burial will be in Rush Creek Cemetery near Tangier. – Crawfordsville Journal Review, 10 February 1965, Page 004 - shared by Karen Zach


Rhoda C, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Malette MINOR, was born April 3, 1853 in Fountain County, near Hillsboro, Indiana and departed this life, December 20, 1933 at the age of 80 years 8 months and 17 days at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Asher Stribling in Montezuma, Ind.  She was united in marriage to George W. Dearing at the age of 20.  To this union, 7 children were born: Mattie, Forest, Charles, Zelma, William, Hattie, and Florence.  Two daughters, Mattie and Florence preceded her in death.  Her husband died in the year 1889.  She remained a widow, 3 years having to labor hard to maintain herself and children.  She was again united in married to Hiram WEBSTER who died in October 1930.  At the age of 34 years, she joined the Christian Church at Hillsboro.  In 1910, she joined the Holiness Mission where she was a faithful member, always willing to do whatever they asked of her to do.  She was always ready to her blessed Master and was a loving wife and fond mother never shrinking from her task, whatever it might be, standing by her two husbands and daughters during their sickness doing all she could to ease their suffering.  Surviving her are five children; Mrs. Forest McPheeters of Terre Haute, Charles Dearing of Veedersburg, Mrs. Zelma Duncan of Oklahoma, William Dearing of Lafayette, and Mrs. Hattie Stribling of Montezuma, a sister, Mrs. Melinda Talbert of Crestview, TN, 18 grandchildren and a host of other relatives and friends. - Handwritten obituary, contributed by Marjorie A. McPheeters

Funeral services for Mrs. Rhoda WEBSTER, age 80, who died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Asher Stribling on December 21st, were conducted on sat. Dec 24th from the Christian Church, the Rev. Frank Peterson officiating.   Mrs. Webster, who was born in the state of Indiana, was the daughter of Melet and Phoebe Campbell Minor.  She made her home with Mrs. Stribling following the death of her husband several years ago.  She is survived by 5 children: WB Dearing of Lafayette; CP Dearing of Veedersburg; Mrs. Forest McPheeters of Terre Haute; Mrs. Asher Stribling of this place and Zelma Duncan of the state of Oklahoma.  She was laid to rest in the Oakland Cemetery.  (If interested, Marjorie has more on this family) - unknown source

Mrs. Bessie WEBSTER, age 85, of Lowell, died Monday morning after a short illness.  She was born, February 8, 1882, in the Portland Mills area to Mr. and Mrs. J. K. Harbison.  Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Mary Sissons of Lowell; a daughter-in-law, Mrs. Katherine Webster of Russellville; two brothers, Charles Harbison of Stockwell and Perry Harbison of Crawfordsville; three grandchildren and two great grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Sade Webster, and a son James.  Funeral services were held Thursday in the McGaughey & Son Funeral Home with Rev. Charles Davis officiating.  Burial was in the Portland Mills cemetery.  - Rockville Republican, Russellville Items - Unknown date

Funeral services for Mrs. C. Blanche WEBSTER of Bloomingdale, age 62, who died Tuesday of last week, were held  at 10:30 o’clock Friday morning at the Mau funeral home, C. C. Griggs was the officiating minister and burial was in Memory Garden Cemetery.” - Rockville, Republican, August 16, 1962

Mrs. Bernie Stark and Mrs. Laura Blake received a message stating their aunt, Mrs. Nannie M. WEBSTER, of Kanorado, Kansas, had passed away on May 22 at a hospital in Goodland Kansas. She was 83 years and ? months old.  Mrs. Webster was born in Raccoon Township, being the youngest daughter of Eli and Fannie Crooks Beauchamp. Of a family of six children only one survives, W. D. Beauchamp of Raccoon Township. Her husband, James Webster, died several years ago. She is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Mabel Cass of Missouri, two sons, Pearl and Wesley of Kansas, and a foster daughter, Mrs. Gladys Holms of Kansas, 10 grandchildren, one great-grandchild, the brother and several nieces and nephews. She was a member of the Methodist Church. She spent the winter of 1930-31 visiting friends and relative in this vicinity and Indianapolis. - June 5, 1935 – Unknown source paper

Carl WEBSTER of Coal Bluff, died of pneumonia in that town last Tuesday afternoon. Mr. Webster was 23 years of age and served in the World war. He is survived by the widow, his parents, Mr. and Mrs. George Webster, two brothers, Edward and Neal, and one sister, Miss Neva. Funeral services were held at the residence at 2 o’clock Thursday afternoon, in charge of the Odd Fellows’ Lodge. Burial was made in the Webster Cemetery. - Rockville Tribune, June 1, 1920


Burton David Welch passed away at his home, east High Street, Sunday, after an illness of several weeks.  He was 72 years old, and was born near Sand Creek, the son of Zachariah and Rushie Rowe Welch.  Following his marriage to Maude Boyd, nearly 52 years ago, he came to Rockville , working as a carpenter and contractor and established a reputation for honest and dependable craftsmanship.  For many years he has been employed at the state sanatorium.  He is survived by his widow; one son, Maynard Welch of Rockville; one sister, Mrs. Nellie Lee of Rockville, a half sister, Mrs. Maggie Adamson of Kansas City and three grandchildren.  Funeral services were conducted at the late residence at 2 o’clock yesterday afternoon.  Rev. John Cauldwell of Crawfordsville had charge of the rites and Mrs. Ruth Anderson of the music.  Pall bearers were fellow employees from the sanatorium; Leonard Rusk, Dan Bruin, Wallace Richardson, Frederick Crestwell, Henry Jolly, and Harvey Maurey.  Burial was in Rockville Cemetery .- The Rockville Republican  14 Dec 1944 ,Thursday  [Note difference in death date  Dec 10 [obit] vs Dec 11 [cemetery]  [librarian said that the Tribune lists DOB as 6 July 1872]  [Contributed by Sandra J. Lee Westbrooks]

“Rev. Franklin WELCH was born in Rockbridge County, Virginia on November 17, 1840; moved to Parke County, Indiana in 1857, and worked on a farm until the beginning of the Civil War, when he was one of the first to respond to his country’s call, and enlisted in the first company which went from this county. He volunteered in April, 19861. , and was a member of the 14th Indiana Infantry, being a private in the company under the command of Captain Foote. For over three years he was in the service and was wounded at the Battle of Antietam. He took part in many important engagements, such as Fredericksburg, The Wilderness, Gettysburg, Spotsylvania and Harrison’s Landing, besides many minor engagements.   Mr. Welch returned to Rockville as Orderly Sergeant of his company, and soon entered the employ of John Ott, where he remained until his marriage to Miss Mary Allen, which occurred August 11, 1864. To this union were born five children, three of whom survive: Louis, the wife of Oscar Boos, Alice, the wife of Laud Cauldwell, and William, of Kansas City.  On March 24, 1880, his wife peacefully passed away, and on November 15, 1881, he was married to Miss Mattie Swaim, who still survives. To this union two children were born. A son, Homer, and a daughter, Mrs. Laura Remington. Brother Welch was converted and joined the United Brethren Church in 1875. He remained a member of the same until 1886, when he became a member of the M. E. Church, and was licensed to preach January 9, 1890, and has sustained a local relation ever since. He loved the Master and his service, and was about the King’s business in season and out of season. His genial, kindly nature, warm hand clasp and words of comfort made him a power for good far beyond the limits of his own community, and he was well known all over Parke County as an active church and Sunday school worker. As a preacher, he was plain, practical, direct, preaching the Gospel in love. As a citizen, he was progressive, up-to-date, taking keen interest in everything relating to the welfare of the county.   As a neighbor he was kind and obliging in a most helpful and substantial way. He will be sorely missed by those who have been the recipients of his kind charity. His home was comfortable, and his home life was pure and simple, marked by a peculiar sweetness which everywhere and in every way bore the impress of his kind heart.   For a number of years Mr. Welch had been afflicted, which was trying to be one of his great energy and active nature, but no word of complaint escaped his lips, and with Christian patience and fortitude he yielded to the inevitable. On Sunday morning at 8 o’clock, March 3, 1912, the silver cord was loosened, and the spirit of Brother Welch quietly and peacefully went away, there was no sound, no struggle, no moaning at the bar when he put out to sea, at the age of 72 years, 3 months and 17 days.   He leaves to mourn his loss a faithful wife, 5 children, 18 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren, besides other relatives and a host of friends who lament his going. The funeral services were held at the family residence, Wednesday, March 6, 1912, attended by a large concourse of friends and neighbors, after which the remains were interred in Rowe Cemetery.”  - Rockville Tribune, March 19, 1912

The funeral of James D. Welch took place at Friends church, Wednesday.  He was 65 years of age.  A wife and three children left to mourn his loss.  Funeral services was conducted by Revs. Wood and Brown of Marshall.  From these friends and relatives followed his remains to Fisher's cemetery. - Bloomingdale World - March 24, 1894 – shared by Robin Farley Dixson

James Welch, an inmate of the county asylum, died Monday night, aged about 65.  He was a brother of John Welch, who lived west of Annapolis, and was for a long time a resident of Howard township. - Tribune - March 22, 1894 – shared by Robin Farley Dixson

The death of John M. Welch occurred on the 5th day of October, 1895.  He was born in Kentucky in 1818, was 18 years old when he came to Parke county.  Was married to Elizabeth Moore in 1847.  In 1867 he was converted and joined the M.E. church at Linebarger's chapel.  He was a Christian and a good citizen.  Aged 77 years, 3 months and 10 days.  Funeral services were held at Friends church Sabbath.  Rev. H. C. Riley conducted the funeral and preached to a large audience.  The remains were taken to Friends cemetery for interment there to await the resurrection morning.  Rockville Republican - October 9, 1895 - – shared by Robin Farley Dixson

Mary Ann Welch, daughter of John and Elizabeth Welch, died April 17, 1893, of consumption, after a lingering illness, aged 42 years.  Mary was a kind and loving daughter and sister, of a mild disposition.  None knew her but to love and respect her.  Her remains were followed to the Friends church at Bloomingdale by a large concourse of sympathizing relatives and friends, where Prof. Mitchell and Rev. Harvey Grimes spoke a few encouraging words to the friends and to the bereaved family on Wednesday April 19, 1893.  After which the deceased was laid to rest in Friends cemetery to wait the resurrection morn.  She leaves father, mother, brothers and sisters and a host of friends to mourn her loss.  - Republican - April 26, 1893 – shared by Robin Farley Dixson

“Mattie J. WELCH, oldest daughter of Frank and Mattie Welch, was born November 1, 1865, and died at her home in Enid, Oklahoma, Saturday, June 15, 1901, aged 36 years, 7 months, 15 days. She was married to George Strickler, son of Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Strickler, September, 1881.   To them were born six children, who, with their father, are left to mourn the loss of a good mother and a faithful wife. The deceased, with her husband, united with the M. E. church, in Iowa, in 1893, in a meeting conducted by the father, and as far as we know lived a consistent member of that church until her death,  It was her request that her body be brought home and laid beside her mother. The funeral service was conducted by the Revs. Kalley and Maris, in the presence of many sorrowing relatives and friends, after which the body was laid to rest in the Rowe Cemetery, to await he resurrection morn.” - Rockville Tribune, June 26, 1901

Mrs. Polly Welch was buried at the Fisher graveyard last week.  She resided near here for a number of years but was making her home at Cayuga at the time of her death. - Rockville Republican - November 10, 1897 - – shared by Robin Farley Dixson


Mrs. Catherine (Kit) WELLS 70, died November 30, 1962 at her home on Marshall RR 1.  Born March 30, 1892 in Clay Co, she was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Clinger.  She was married to Carter Wells September 17, 1934. He survives.  Also surviving are a son, Charles Woodard of Missouri; a stepson, Malcolm Wells; a brother, Roy Clinger; two sisters, Ora Jordan and Dorothy Mount.  A resident of the Marshall area for more than 25 years, she was a member of the United Brethren Church of Terre Haute. Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at Davies-Tudor Funeral Home with Rev H. H. Howell in charge; burial in Rose Lawn Cemeter (Terre Haute). Pall bearers were Albert Lucas; James Lucas; Robert Delp; Ralph Robbins; Jake Blacketer and A. Paul Myers. - Tri-County News December 6, 1962


Charles West, 71, prominent farmer residing two miles southwest of Tangier, died at 4 o'clock Tuesday afternoon. Funeral service will be held at the Friends Church with burial in Tangier cemetery. Mr. West was born in Fountain County, Sept 22, 1874 and had lived in Parke County most of his life. He was married to Miss Cora Hale February 7, 1901. Surviving are two children, Ralph West, Newport and Mrs. Edith Clemez, Clinton; one sister, Mrs. Lydia Foster, Boswell; two brothers, Albert, Cates and Jeff at the VA Hospital, Danville. There are six grandchildren - - transcribed by kbz - Source: Hillsboro Times 7 August 1946


Arch WHEAT was seriously, if not fatally injured at Marshall on Monday evening.  He was standing on the double trees when his team became frightened and ran away.  He was kicked about the head, fracturing his skull, tearing off one of his ears and destroying one of his eyes. His feet were injured by dragging. He was taken to a Terre Haute hospital. but little hopes are entertained of his recovery. - Waveland Independent, January 20, 1922

Archibald WHEAT died of the injuries noted last week.   Funeral services were held at the home of his son, Jesse Wheat, on S. Cross St, on Wednesday morning at 10:30.  Burial at Bethany cemetery - Waveland Independent, January 27, 1922

After one week of suffering from injuries sustained in a runaway at Marshall, Indiana Arch WHEAT a well known farmer of Parke County died at the Union hospital at Terre Haute Monday morning January 23, 1922. Funeral services were held at the home of his son Jesse in Waveland at 10:30 Wednesday morning. The services were in charge of Rev. Harold Markin of Judson. The pallbearers were: Nelson Clark, Jesse McMullen; De Bushong; Wint Carrington; Frank McClain and Rudy Payton. The following obituary was read: Arch Wheat, son of John A & Mary Ann Wheat was born in Monroe Co, KY, December 18, 1866 and departed from this life January 23, 1922 at the age of 55 years, 1 month and 5 days.  His boyhood days were spent in Monroe Co. he was united in marriage to Bertha M. Brown on October 6, 1889.   To this union were born 3 children, one boy and two girls, Jesse of Waveland; Ada Bennett of Montezuma and Lena Bruin of Dana. In 1904 the family moved to Parke County where they resided until the time of his death. He united with the Christian Church in KY in his early life, later moving his membership to the Christian Church of Waveland, remaining a devout Christian all his life. Arch was a kind loving husband and father and was always working for the welfare of others. He is survived by his widow, 3 children, father, six brothers and two sisters. Besides those he leaves to mourn his loss a mother-in-law, four grandchildren, many relatives and a host of friends.  - Waveland Independent, February 3, 1922

At Roseville, Parke County, Indiana, on Tuesday, the 1st of June last, of a lingering disease, which she bore with Christian fortitude, Mrs. Mary M. Wheat, wife of John. M. Wheat, in the 30th year of her age, a native of Montgomery county, Maryland, but for many years a resident of Washington. – Daily National Intelligencer, Washington, D. C., 05 July 1841


Basil WHITE was born in Ohio, November 15, 1815 and died June 17, 1902 being 80 years 5 months and 2 days.  He came to Indiana at the age of 13 years.  His  parents came one year previous in 1836.  He was married to Miss Matilda Hunter. There were 13 children born to them of whom only 6 are living -- Mrs. Jane Underwood; Mrs. Mary Fisher; Miss Barbara White; John White, Rufus White and Charles White, who are left to mourn his departure with a host of friends.  Mr. White lived a honest, upright life, made friends wherever he went, was industrious and truthful and will be missed by his children at least.  Being in failing health for some time he stayed close to home.  He spent his last days with his daughter, Mrs. Albert Fisher, who cared for him to the last.  Funeral services were preached at the house by Rev. Z. D. Maris, after which the remains were laid to rest in the Hixon Cemetery, west. of Mecca. - Unknown source

Berniece B. WHITE of Crawfordsville, age 78, died Sat. December 15 in Huston Health Care Center at Crawfordsville. She was born at Marshall, January 26, 1901, the daughter of Samuel & Nancy Beeson barker. The widow of Fred M. White, she taught school in Mont. Co. for several years. Mrs. White attended HS in Marshall and Central Normal at Danville. She was a member of Wabash Avenue Presbyterian Church in Crawfordsville; Whitesville Christian Circle; South Union Home EC Club and WWI Auxiliary. Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Marianne Moone of Bright; a brother, Steven Barker of Crawfordsville; and 3 grandchildren. Fun. services were held this morning (Wednesday) at Powers Funeral Home in Crawfordsville with Rev. Larrimore Wickett officiating. Burial in OakHill Cemetery Crawfordsville.   - Unknown source

Services for Dorothy E. Cathcart WHITE, 64, Indianapolis, will be at 10 a.m. Sat. in Flanner & Buchanan Farley W. Morris St. Chapel, where calling will be from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. today and from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday. She died Tuesday in Methodist Hospital.  Born in Parke Co, she lived here most of her life.  She was retired as an accountant for the State Dept. of Public Welfare. She was the author of two books and was active in genealogy research.  She was a member of Friendly Church of the Nazarene, Philatelic Club and Indiana Historical Society.  She was the widow of  George White.   Survivor is one brother, Harold D. Hester.  (Buried Bethany Cemetery, Marshall, IN, daughter of Ruby & Claude Hester).  - Indianapolis Star, April 18, 1985, Page 57

Elmer E. White of R R 1, Bloomingdale, age 84, died Monday morning, July 19, in Parke County Nursing Home.  He was a retired fireman at Dee Clay Products.  Survivors include four daughters, Mary Cloverdale of Cicero, Nora Thompson of Centerville, Martha Flint of Flora, Mississippi, and Elsie Cowan of Atlanta; four sons, Ralph, Hubert, Elmer and Charles, all of Bloomingdale; a brother, Everett of Cayuga; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  Funeral services were held this afternoon (Wednesday) at Tudor-Miller Memorial Chapel with Rev. James O. Trousdale officiating.  Burial was in Memory Garden Cemetery.  – Parke County Sentinel, 21 Jul 1982, Page 010 - – shared by M. L. Hazelrigg

Elmer Lee White, 74, Bloomingdale, died Thursday, February 7, 2002, in Richard L. Roudebush Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Indianapolis.  Born April 24, 1927 in Annapolis (Parke Co.), he was the son of Elmer Earl and Nora Ellen Cox White.  He was retired from Dee Clay Products in Bloomingdale and was a Navy veteran of WWII.  Survivors include one son, Steven White of Rockville; four daughters Ellen Harmon and Tamalee Griffin of Crawfordsville, Janet Hill of Bloomingdale and Debra Allbright of Rockville; one brother, Charles White of Bloomingdale; four sisters, Mary Coverdale of Cicero, Indiana, Nora Mae Thompson of Centerville, Martha Flint of Flora, Mississippi and Elsie Cowan of Atlanta, Indiana; 14 grandchildren and several great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by one son, Roger White on October 3, 1983; two daughters, Diana Bratcher on Jan. 2, 1994 and Donna Mills on July 5, 2000; a granddaughter, Stephanie Ann Bratcher on Feb. 9, 1970; and three brothers, Herman White, Herbert White and Ralph White.  Services were Saturday in Gooch Funeral Home in Rockville with Pastor Gene Walls officiating.  Burial was in Memory Garden Cemetery in Rockville with military graveside honors., Parke County Sentinel, 13 Feb 200, Page 010 – shared by M. L. Hazelrigg -

Fred Manson WHITE, 78, Rt. 2, Crawfordsville, a farmer and Montgomery County native died. at 2:45 p.m. Monday at the Ben Hur Nursing Home in Crawfordsville.   He was a 50-year member of the Crawfordsville Masonic Lodge & the American Legion. he was a member of the Wabash Avenue Presbyterian. Church and the WWI Barracks at Ladoga.  Born on November 23, 1893, he was a s/o William G and Lavanda Mason White. He was married to Bernice Barker January 26, 1926. She survives. other survivors. include a daughter, Mrs. Marianne Moon of Atlanta, Georgia; a sister, Mrs. Ruth Binford of Crawfordsville; a sister-in-law, Mrs. Harry White of Greenfield, and 3 grandchildren. Fun. services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thus. at Hunt & Son Fun. home with Rev. Larimore Wickett officiating. Burial will be in Oak Hill. Masonic services will be conducted at 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Funeral Home. Friends may call at the Funeral Home after 2 p.m. Wednesday  - Unknown source

Herbert L. White, 64, R. R. 1, Bloomingdale, died at 2:45 a.m., Sunday, March 20, 1988, at the home of his daughter in Rockville.  Born December 14, 1923 in Parke County, he was the son of Elmer and Nora Cox White.  On June 12, 1950, he married Patricia McCall, who survives.  Retired, he had been an employee of Dee Clay Products and was a Navy veteran of WWII.  Other survivors include a daughter, Julie White of Rockville; a son, Herbert White, Jr. of Rockville; two brothers Charles White and Elmer White of Bloomingdale; four sisters, Mary Coverdale of Cicero, Elsie Cowan of Atlanta, Indiana, Norma Mae Thompson of Centerville and Martha Flint of Jackson, Mississippi; and four grandchildren.  Services will be conducted at 10 A.M. wednesday at Butler Funeral Home in Rockville with Rev. J. O. Trousdale officiating.  Burial will be in Poplar Grove Cemetery at Marshall with military graveside rites.  Visitation is from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday., Parke County Sentinel, 21 Mar 1988, Page 008 – shared by M. L. Hazelrigg -

BRIDGETON - A small child of Mr. and Mrs. John White, who live in Clay county, was interred in Clear Run cemetery, Thursday. A number of sympathizing friends from this place met them at the grave. Six little girls dressed in white and wearing wreaths and white veils, acted as pall bearers. The family formerly resided in Bridgeton.   The Rockville Tribune, Wednesday, September 14, 1904 – shared by Jimmy

John W. WHITE, 88, of this place died at his home, four miles northeast of town, Friday afternoon at 2:10 o'clock.  Mr. White was born May 10, 1853, the son of Harvey and Mary White.  He was a member of the United Brethren church at Sand Creek and a member of the Odd Fellows lodge.   Surviving are 3 sons, Charles and Clayton of Rockville and Roscoe of Greencastle, a daughter, Ethel Rutledge of Judson and five grandchildren and two great grandchildren.   The body will be returned to the home Saturday afternoon at four o'clock where friends may call to pay their respects.  Funeral services will be held Sunday afternoon at two o'clock at the Sand Creek United Brethren Church with the Rev. Paul Shirgley in charge.  Burial will be in Bethany cemetery in Marshall.  - Crawfordsville Journal and Review, November 1, 1941

Nora E. White  (ML note: dau of Alonzo & Grace (Thompson) Cox)  Mrs. Nora E. White of R R 1, Bloomingdale, age 73, died Saturday, March 10 (1979), in Riverview Hospital at Noblesville.  Surviving are four sons, Ralph, Herbert, Elmer and Charles, all of Bloomingdale; four daughters, Mrs. Elsie Cowan of Atlanta, Mrs. Mary Covrdale of Cicero, Mrs. Nora Mae Thompson of Centerville and Mrs. Martha Flint of Jackson, Mississippi; a sister Mrs. Martha Lawson of Terre Haute; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Barnes mortuary with Rev. James O. Trousdale officiating. Burial will be in Memory Garden Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home. – Parke County Sentinel, 12 Mar 1979, Page 003 – shared by M. L. Hazelrigg

Ralph E. White, 65, Bloomingdale, died at 8:15 p.m. Thursday, February 26 (1987), at Vermillion County Hospital in Clinton.  Born November 3, 1921 in Parke County, he was the son of Elme, Earl and Nora Ellen Cox White.  An Army veteran of WWII, he was a retired employee of Dee Clay Products.  Survivors include three brothers, Herbert, Charles and Elmer White, all of Bloomingdale, and four sisters, Mary Coverdale of Cicero, Elsie Cowan of Atlanta, Indiana, Nora Mae Thompson of Centerville, and Martha Flint of Jackson, Mississippi.  Services were conducted today (Monday) at Butler Funeral Home in Rockville with Rev Charles Wogmon.  (ML note I think we missed the last couple of lines showing burial location.) , Pareke County Sentinel, 02 Mar 1987, Page 010– shared by M. L. Hazelrigg - Ralph E. White (son of Nora E. Cox & Elmer Earl White)

Frank Seybold attended the funeral of his aunt, Mrs. S.S. WHITE of Rosedale, Saturday.   - Waveland Independent, March 4, 1921

Sarah Victoria Lang WHITE, sixth daughter of Wesley and Lydia Ashford Lang was born at Nyesville, Indiana February 6, 1845 and died at Marshall, Indiana at the age of 78 years, 4 months and 12 days, the last of a family of nine.  For the last 5 years she has made her home with her daughter, Mrs. Hester Dodimead, where in her long and tedious sickness she was cared for as only a loved mother can be.  June 8, 1869 she was united in marriage to Charles N. White, who four years ago preceded her to the Great Beyond. To this union of almost 50 years, four children were born: Earl G, Mrs. Hester Dodimead, Miss Clara and William J. of Montpelier, Indiana, who with one daughter-in-law and four granddaughters, nieces and nephews and friends remain to realize the undying love of mother. At the age of 12 she became a member of the Christian Church at Rockville, Indiana but in 1888 affiliated with the ME Church at Rosedale, Indiana and has continued steadfastly in that faith since.   Though of a simple, home loving disposition "Grandma White" was loved by old and young who always found a welcome smile when entering the home.  She learned of her many friends the truth: A rose to the living is more than sumptuous wreaths to the dead If gracefully given before the hungering spirit is fled, a rose to the living is more."  She has woven according to the plan of life within her and only the coming year with the touch of Master's hand, can reveal the glorious pattern.   Funeral services were held at the home of Mrs. Dodimead Wednesday afternoon, June 20 at 2:30 o'clock, conducted by Rev. Noland. Interment in Bethany Cemetery.  - Rockville Tribune

Mrs. Victoria WHITE, an aged resident of this place, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Hester Dodimead, on South Main St. Tuesday morning. She had been in failing health for a number of years.  Mrs. White was the daughter of Wesley & Lydia Lang and the last of a family of 9 children. She was married in 1869 to Charles White who died in 1919.  The deceased was a member of the Methodist Church. She is survived by four children: Will of (rest of obit gone) - Unknown source


Mrs. Christine WHITESELL, 51, of Rockville died at 10 p.m. Saturday, July 5, 1958 at her home. A native of Parke Co, she was born Feb 4, 1907, daughter of Wesley and Lucy Rhubottom Lineberry. Survivors include the husband, Perley Whitesell; a brother, Marcille Lineberry; a sister, Mrs. Wilma Siders of Pontiac, Michigan and two stepsons, Charles Whitesell of S. American and John Whitesell of Rosedale. Services were held at Barnes Mortuary, Rockville with Rev. FS fisher officiating. Burial in Mt. Moriah Cemetery. - Source: Tri-County News, 10 July 1958


Ted L. WICKENS, 46, who was critically injured in the explosion which occurred last Tuesday afternoon at the Panhandle Eastern Pipeline Co. at Montezuma died March 17, 1963 at Union Hospital, Terre Haute where he was taken immediately following the blast. Mr. Wickens, who came from Houston, Texas was resident agent for Panhandle Eastern Pipeline. His condition had been termed as critical ever since the explosion. He suffered burns over most of his body. 16 other men were injured in the explosion which occurred in an almost completed building where a 3,000-HP pumping engine was being installed. Wickens is surviving by his wife, Mary Louise of Houston; his mother, Mrs. Bertha Wickens of Texas and a sister. The body was taken to Houston for funeral. - Source: Tri-County News, 21 March 1963


John C. WILBER, 69 of Rt. 4, Rockville, a retired insurance inspector who operated Cover Bridge Kennel died at 4 p.m. Wednesday in his home.  He was a veteran of WWII.  Mr. Wilber was born August 22, 1906 at Harrison< Arkansas a son of Victor and Ann Cowdry Wilbert.  Surviving are the widow, Joan; two sons, Victor and John and a sister, Mrs. Mildred Swanberg.  Services will be 2 p m Friday in Barnes Mortuary - burial in Memory Garden. - Crawfordsville Journal Review 2 October 1975


Betty Ann Wilburn, 74, of Montezuma died at 7:44 p.m. Wednesday, February 21, 2001, in Union Hospital in Terre Haute. She was born September 19, 1926, in Newport to Truman Lewis and Patty Jones Lewis. Her husband, Milton L. Wilburn, died June 11, 1990. Survivors include two sons, Richard Wilburn and Jackie G. Wilburn; two daughters, Cathy Griffin and Susan Wilburn; one sister, Doris Arrasmith; three brothers, Ronald Lewis, Bill Lewis and Herman Lewis; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. Services are 1 p.m. Saturday in Brown Funeral Home, with the Rev. Keith McIntyre officiating. Burial is in Oakland Cemetery. Visitation is 10 a.m. until services Saturday.


Roland Harold WILDER, 55 of Mecca a laborer died 5:50 pm. Wednesday in Union Hospital, Terre Haute.  Member of Lutheran Church/ Vet of WWII.  Wilder born January 24, 1920 Illinois son of Willis and Amanda Puckett Wilder.  Surviving Widow Mildred; son William; two daughters Mrs. Margie Bovair and Mrs. Carol Campaign a sister Mrs. Marjorie Cayce; 5 grandchildren. Funeral arrangements incomplete, Barnes Mortuary, Rockville. - Crawfordsville Journal-Review 2 October 1975


Enoch L. WILKEY, son of Willis and Mary Wilkey, was born at the old Wilkey homestead in Liberty township, Parke county, Ind.,. May 24, 1846 and died at the home of his nephew, Milton Lindley, near Cates, March 28, 1923, age 76 years, 10 months and 5 days Being too young to enter the army as his older brothers had done he remained at home and worked on the farm.  In October 1870, he was married to Agnes Ann Woody, daughter of Mahlon and Agnes Chapman Woody. To this union were born two children, the first being Estella May, wife of Voorhees Millikan of Long Beach, Cal and a second child which died in infancy, the wife and mother also dying in August 1873. In September, 1871, he was again united in marriage with Margaret Amanda Vickery. To this union were born five children--Reuben who died November 18, 1902, Mrs. Flossie Raber of Chicago and Frank of Sylvania, the other two dying in infancy. This wife and mother died August 9, 1893. After the death of his wife he and his children lived at their home in Sylvania and later he made his home for four years with his son Frank and family. He also for several years worked for and lived at the home of his brother-in-law, George Marks and family. About two years ago he went to live with his nephew, Milton Lindley, where he died. He lift behind a brother, Milton of Kansas, three children, three grandchildren, a large circle of relatives and friends to mourn his departure.  Enoch was a good friend and a helpful neighbor, always ready to meet his share of any kind of work which fell to his lot. An honest man and a deserving citizen has fallen. It remains for us, the living to emulate his good qualities and profit by his example. - Rockville Republican, April 11, 1923

Rockville Republican, August 9, 1893 - Sylvania.  Amanda WILKEY, wife of Enoch Wilkey, is now at the point of death and is not expected to live twelve hours. The husband and three children have the sympathy of a large circle of friends.  (  Note: Margaret Amanda WILKEY was born December 22, 1852, Randolph county, N.C., daughter of Anderson W. Vickrey and Nancy Dicks Swaim. Came to Parke County with her parents in 1866. Died August 9, 1893, burial in Rush Creek Cemetery Parke county, Ind. )

Rites Held Sunday For Frank WILKEY.  Frank Wilkey, age 70, died Friday at his residence in Sylvania after an illness of 10 weeks. .Mr. Wilkey was born in Parke County, March 17, 1884, the son of Enoch and Amanda Vickery Wilkey. He was married to Geraldine Newnum, May 3, 1934, who survives. Mr. Wilkey is also survived by four grandchildren. He was preceded in death by a daughter, son, brother and half-sister. The body was removed from the Woodrow funeral home, Kingman to the residence where it remained until time of services, Sunday at 2:30 in the Rush Creek church near Sylvania, with Rev. Will Daniels of Terre Haute officiating. Burial was in Rush Creek cemetery. -  Rockville Republican, August 19, 1954

Reuben D. WILKEY - Reuben D. Wilkey, son of Enoch Wilkey died of pneumonia last Friday morning near Georgetown, Ill, where he had gone to work some four weeks before. He worked for the Markes while gravel hauling was being done on the Marks and Lindley road. He left here feeling somewhat indisposed and only gave up his work ten days before his death. His remains were brought to his uncle’s George Marks, last Friday afternoon and the funeral took place at Rush creek at 11 o’clock Sunday morning in the presence of a very large company of relatives and friends, several not gaining admittance to the church, The funeral was conducted by Levi woody of Kingman who preached a very impressive discourse, after which the remains were laid to rest in the Rush creek cemetery. - Rockville Republican, November 26, 1902

Jaycee Nicole and Taylor Marie Wilkey, twin daughters of Michael Wilkey and Joni Allen of Montezuma were stillborn at 10:07 and 10:08 a.m. Monday, October 19, 1998, in Union Hospital in Terre Haute. Survivors include their parents; maternal grandmother, Teresa Allen; maternal grandparents; Dink and Kelly Allen; maternal great-grandparents, Art and Betty Penn and Alice Miller; paternal grandparents, Martha Wilkey and Roy Duncan; one niece; and several aunts, uncles and cousins. Graveside services are 2 p.m. today in Oakland Cemetery, with the Rev. Dave Purchia officiating. Brown Funeral Home assisted with arrangements. - Unknown source


 At his home in Sugar Creek township, on Sunday, December, after a  lingering illness, died George WILKINS, in his sixty-ninth year.  George Wilkins was born in August, 1810, in Franklin county, Indiana, where he lived until 1827, when he settled in Sugar Creek township where he resided most of the time since then. Several years ago he moved to Penn Township, but returned to the old homestead to die. When he first settled in Parke he inaugurated a temperance reform which will be remembered by the oldest settlers:-that of excluding the whiskey jug from the harvest field; and he has himself led a temperate life ever since. He was one of the first advocates of Universalism in the county, and was the founder of the Mill Creek church. Icy Thomas was the wife of his youth. She died in 1851, leaving five children living, though somewhat scattered over the West and growing old. IN 1858 he married Eliza Jones, who survives him with four children, two of whom are small.  Mr. Wilkins lingered for several weeks suffering with Bronchitis, but patiently waited the summons to come up higher. He expressed a willingness and readiness to die. His constant prayer was to be permitted to die easy. This request was granted him. He talked of death as he would of a mere business transaction. It had no terrors for him. More than half a century he has resided among our people. Now he sleeps with the fathers. Peace to his memory. - The True Republican December 1878

Eliza Jones WILKINS was born in Flemingsburg, KY., on July 11, 1836 and died October 7, 1902, aged 66 years, 2 months and 26 days. She was married to George Wilkins July 15, 1858, and to this union were born four children, two boys and two girls, who, with her four grandchildren and one brother survive her. During her girlhood days she joined the Baptist church.  For the last four years she has been a constant sufferer, hardly a (2 lines ripped on page) she was racked with pain, but she bore it all with great fortitude, and during time when her suffering was not intense she was cheerful and was always ready to meet her friends with a pleasant smile. She was a devoted wife, a loving mother and a kind neighbor. While we cannot fathom the depths and mysteries of God's divine purposes and dealings with us, and while our hearts are bleeding and desolate, we rest confiding in the fact that our loss is her eternal gain. -  Rockville Tribune October 10, 1902

Wm. WILKINS, son of George and Eliza Jones Wilkins, was born November 23, 1870, in Annapolis, Indiana.  He was united in marriage to Martha Carter, March 17, 1892. To this union were born three children, Lawrence of Elyria, O., Fay who preceded her father to join her mother in home beyond, August 26, 1912, and Owen of Elyria, O.  He was united in marriage to Ross Williams in 1908, and to this union were born three children, Violet, Jean and Max.  Following an operation at a hospital in Decatur, Ill., he departed this life August 29, 1926, to join the members of his family and his friends who have gone before. Billy was a man of sterling qualities, radically honest and industrious as evidenced by being in the employment of the I.D. & W. railroad for over forty years.  He leaves besides his wife and children to mourn their loss, one brother, George of Knoblick, Mo., two sisters, Mrs. Grace Connelly of Cayuga, and Mrs. Maud Goodwin of Annapolis, four grandsons and a host of relatives and friends.  Much more could be said of the many good qualities of Billy Wilkins, but how could a life long friend say Less?   The funeral was held Wednesday at 12 o'clock at the Bloomingdale cemetery. - Unknown Newspaper, September 1926


TANGIER, Ind. – Services and burial were in Florida for Clarence Israel Wilkinson of Brooksville, Fla. He died Sept. 18, 1978 at his home. A former resident of Tangier, he was employed at the Indiana School for the Deaf in Indianapolis until his retirement. He was born near Browns Valley, the son of Ollie and Mary Deere Wilkinson. Survivors include his wife, Gladys; a foster son, Steve Proper in Florida; and a sister, Mrs. Robert Pearson of Indianapolis. – jlr - Crawfordsville Journal Review, 20 September 1978


Mary Ada WILLIAMS, 93, Rosedale, died at 2:01 a.m. Saturday, December 28, 1996, at Vermillion Convalescent Center in Clinton. Born August 21, 1904 in Vigo County, she was the daughter of Sam and Zella Montgomery Koon. She married James Williams, who died October 10, 1983. She was a member of Rosedale United Methodist Church.  Survivors include two cousins, Robert Cox of Rosedale and Mary Martha Cox Cherry of Rockville, and a stepsister, Opal Heber of Terre Haute. Services were conducted Tuesday at Cottrell Funeral Home in Rosedale with Pastor John Hopkins officiating. Burial was in Rosedale Cemetery. Thanks to Mary Lou Hermiller for this obit. - Parke County Septennial, January 1, 1997

Mrs. Walter Chapman reported the death of her brother, Albert Williams, 74 of Elk Grove, California.  He died at a Sacramento Hospital.  His wife is a sister of Frank McKey and all were former residents of the Bloomingdale community. - Crawfordsville Journal Review 30 October 1968, Page 24

Charles Richard WILLIAMS, son of Daniel and Margaret Williams, was born on the site now occupied by the residence of Sam Milligan, Jr. at Milligan, November 21, 1859.  His parents soon removed to Waveland where he grew up and attended the schools of that day. He learned the trade of plumbing and steam fitting and was the standby of  the community in that line.   He was very conscientious in his work and was never satisfied until he thought it was done right.  He was a member of the Odd Fellows Lodge for many years and was an Odd Fellow in spirit and truth. Few meetings were held where it was possible for him to attend that he was not present. He was one of the trustees of the lodge at the time of his death.  He was already ready to help care for the sick, whether members of the lodge or not, and any families gratefully remember his kind attentions.  With his sister, Ella, he joined the Christian Church April 26 and was baptized by Rev. Forrest E. Graves.   When the town library was opened he was selected as janitor and has held that position ever since.  The patrons will miss his familiar face and kindly interest.   He had a remarkable and accurate memory and was a storehouse of local history.   He took great interest in the old soldiers, and was the only person who could unhesitatingly go to every soldier's grave in the community.  To do this was a labor of love on every Decoration day, and it was a grief to him that he was not able to render this service this year.  He will be missed when the day comes around again.  He is survived by two brothers: William of Crawfordsville and Elmer of Waveland; and by three sisters, Mrs. Maggie E. Porter of Portland Mills and Misses Mary and Ella Williams of this place.  There are a number of nieces and nephews who hold him in loving remembrance.   Death came on Mon. aft. after 5 months illness, at the age of 66 years 7 months & y days.  Funeral services. at the Christian Church on Wednesday afternoon were in charge of Rev. Mr. Graves, assisted by Rev. J. B. Johnson.  Burial at Maple Ridge. -  Waveland Independent, July 2, 192

Isaac H. WILLIAMS, pit boss at the Parke County Coal Company’s shaft No. 10 near Sand Cut in Vigo County fell down the shaft a distance of 65 feet some time before daylight Friday night and was instantly killed.  During the evening, Williams with a man named Humphreys was engaged in pumping out the mine. About midnight Williams told Humphreys that he was sleepy and intended to go home and go to bed. This was the last seen of him alive. A cloud of steam covered the opening of the shaft and it is supposed that in leaving he accidentally walked into the opening. About 4 o'clock Friday morning, Humphreys had occasion to go below and found Williams' mangled remains at the bottom of the pit. Besides being badly scalded, both legs were broken, the back broken in two places and the skull fractured. Williams was accounted a model man in every way and was highly prized by the coal company. He leaves a wife and little son.  - Rockville Republican, 06 October 1897

James WILLIAMS, better known as "Jimmie", gravel road contractor, of Parke County, met death in an unusual manner at Rosedale, Tuesday.  Mr. Williams was boarding at the Patterson Hotel, in Rosedale, and in coming downstairs from his room, he made a mis-step and fell headlong to the bottom.  The contractor had eaten his breakfast, and had gone back to his room after some papers.  The next heard of him was when he tumbled down the stairway.  He was unconscious and bleeding from the nose and mouth when the people at the hotel went to his rescue.  He expired without regaining consciousness.  Mr. Williams was a resident of Rockville, having moved to the Parke County town a couple of months ago.  He was 47 years of age.  - The Daily Clintonian, Thursday, April 23, 1914, Page 1  - shared by Carolyn Schwab

ROCKVILLE – Lenore A. Williams, 81, of Miami, Fla., and formerly of Parke County, died at 12:10 p.m. Wednesday in Doctors Hospital, Coral Gables, Fla. Mrs. Williams, a retired school teacher, was a member of Dade County retired teachers and a member of First United Methodist Church of Miami. She attended Bloomingdale Academy and received her master’s degree from Flordia State University. Born in Parke County July 7, 1897, she was a daughter of John and Ruth Osborn Williams. She was married to Carl Williams. He survives. Also surviving are a son, Merrill D. of Miami; a brother Edgar L. Williams of Morton, Kan.; and a sister, Mrs. Minnie Laidig of Oberlin, Kan. Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. Monday in Memory Gardens Cemetery with the Rev. Alvin L. Wilson officiating. Friends may call at Butler Funeral Home after 6 p.m. Sunday.  –  Crawfordsville Journal Review, 08 June 1979

Nursing Home at Terre Haute, where she had been a patient since February. A native of Montezuma, she was a daughter of Andrew S. and Jershua Ethel Maris Brown and was born March 15, 1905. Her husband, Earl, preceded her in death. An infant child also died. Survivors include three sisters, Mrs. Mamie Jordan of Danville, Ill., Mrs. Viola Newnum of Bloomingdale and Mrs. Celia Sanders of Anderson, and two brothers, Virgil Brown of Mecca and William (Bus) Brown of Indianapolis. Funeral rites are at 2 p.m. Sunday at Tudor Funeral Home here, with Rev. Florence White officiating and burial in Bloomingdale Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home. – jlr - Crawfordsville Journal Review, 21 September 1968

Polly A. ARD was born July 4, 1863 died December 29, 1907; age 44 years, 5 months and 25 days.  She was married to Marion WILLIAMS, September 29, 1879. To this union was born 5 children, f our sons and one daughter, all of whom survive. Her husband died 19 years ago and with her 5 little ones she came to Rockville, which has since been her home and where her children have grown to manhood and womanhood.  Sister Williams has been a great but uncomplaining sufferer. Everything was done for her that loving hands and tender care could give, but on Sunday morning the death angel touched her brow and she bowed in humble submission to Him who knoweth best. She leaves besides her children, two brothers and a host of friends to mourn her loss. She joined the Baptist Church at the age of 15 years; and sang and talked with her pastor shortly before her death. She was also a member of Shining Light Rebekah lodge and of the order of Pathfinders. This home will be sad and lonely without her, yet, we must not grieve, for she has gone to meet her loved ones in that glorified city of infinite love and beauty. Weep not that the toils are over, Weep not that her race is run, God grant we may rest as calmly, when our life's work is done.  Mrs. Polly A. Williams died at her home in Rockville Sun. morning. Mrs. Williams was stricken with paralysis last Wednesday morning and gradually sank until her death. She leaves one daughter. and four sons, besides two brothers and a host of friends.  Thanks to Randy Wright for this one.  Also, Randy sent the following information about this woman.  Polly Ann ARD's father was John W. ARD and mother Rebecca Williams.   Polly born July 4, 1863 died December 29, 1907 Rockville.  Married Marion Williams on September 29, 1879.  Children: Manford Williams; Orval Williams; Myrtle Williams (married William "Tony" Smith); Marion F. Williams. - Unknown source


George Wilshire, a young man who has been working for Will Heslar on the Oglesbee farm near Russellville, died on Friday evening. Death was caused by uraemic poison resulting from acute jaundice. He suffered greatly for a few days. Funeral services were held at Union on Sunday and the body was interred in the Union Cemetery. Mr. Wilshire was born in Howard Township, Parke County on May 25, 1858. He was the son of Joseph and Jane Wilshire. He leaves a mother, four sisters and three brothers. Mrs. Charles Paris of Terre Haute; Mrs. Will Heslar of Russellville and Misses Mary and Arthie of Terre Haute; Thomas and Mert of Waveland and Albert of Ft. Mackenzie, Wyoming. - Waveland Independent, 02 May 1907



Dave WILSON was cleaning off his garden on Friday afternoon when his clothes caught on fire.  Mrs. Wilson came with a bucket of water but he was very badly burned before she got the fire out.  Mrs. Wilson died on Saturday.   He lived just across the Greene Township line between Milligan and Russellville. -  Waveland Independent, April 18, 1924

Funeral services for Joab M. Wilson, age 78, a retired army veteran, who died last Thursday at his home in San Francisco, Calif., will be held at 2:30 p.m., Wednesday at the Miller & Sons Funeral Home here with the Rev. Irvin King, pastor of the First Baptist Church officiating. Burial will be in the Moore Cemetery near Mansfield.  Mr. Wilson who was known as “joe” was born Aug. 3, 1879 in Jackson Township Parke County, and was the son of Sampson D. and Sarah Moore Wilson. He wanted to enlist in the Army during the Spanish American War, but his parents thought that he was too young. He enlisted soon afterwards and was assigned to duty at Fort Sill, Okla. Having considerable musical ability, he was assigned to the U.S. Army Band and served in the band during his entire army career. He played at the inauguration of Woodrow Wilson. He was stationed at many Army posts, including posts in the Philippine Islands, Panama Canal Zone, Alaska, and the Hawaiian Islands. After his retirement he made his home in San Francisco.  Surviving are two brothers, W. Maurice and James E. Wilson of Mansfield and several nieces and nephews including Mrs. Evangeline Frank and Mrs. Gladys Morgan of Terre Haute, Mrs. Grace Pollom of Manhattan, Mrs. Imogene Jones, Mrs. Hallie Rooutt and J. W. Hendrix of Brazil. A. H. Hendrix of Rosedale, Mrs. Helen mercer of Indianapolis, Mrs. Margery Utterback of St. Louis, Mo.; three nieces in Hollywood, Calif. And three in Miami, Fla.  The body will arrive at the funeral home late tonight and friends may call Wednesday    - Brazil Daily Times, Tuesday, 25 March 1958

A head-on collision of two automobiles resulted in the deaths of 3 young persons and serious injuries to five others, Friday night about 11:30 one-half miles west of Rockville on US 36. Those instantly killed in the crash were Larry WILSON 16 driver of one of the cars; Gary ANGELMEYER 16 a passenger with Wilson and Nancy DAVIS, 14 a passenger in the other car. Wilson and Anglemyer were trapped in their over turned car and burned beyond recognition. Seriously injured were Hans Hensler, 17 and Don McNeil, 20 both in the Wilson car; Sam Burks, 26, driver; his wife, Velma 20 and son Eric, 3. The Burks family lives on Rockville RR 4 and were going home from the drive-in theater. Mrs. Burks' sister, Nancy, had accompanied them. All the boys in the Wilson car were from Rockville. It is reported freely in Rockville that the Wilson car and another vehicle were racing eastward on the highway, the Wilson car being in the westbound traffic lane when it struck the Burks' car. This report has not, however, been confirmed by investigating authorities. There were two witnesses not involved in the accident, William Mash of Greencastle, formerly of Rockville and William Michaels of Rockville RR 3 were driving east of the scene of the accident, coming toward Rockville. They saw the crash in the rear view mirror and stopped and returned to the scene. By the time they reached the wreck the Wilson car was blazing furiously. - Tri-County News, Thursday, 16 August 1956

Raymond WILSON was accidentally killed at his home near Rockville on Friday morning.  He went out with a shotgun after some dogs that had been bothering his sheep and in some way shot himself in the head, death being instantaneous.  he was a nephew of Ollie Switzer and at one time stayed here with Mr. and Mrs. William Jarvis and attended school.  he was married in January to a sister of Charles Moore, of Milligan.  Funeral services at Mt. Moriah on Sunday afternoon were attended by Mr. and Mrs. George Slavens and David McClain. - Waveland Independent, April 23, 1926



William Percy WIMMER, son of Ezra and Mary Wimmer, was born in Bellmore, Indiana on January 9, 1852; departed this life on Dec 25, 1916, age 60 years, 4 months and 17 days.  He was united in marriage to Delilia M. Davis March 7, 1875.   To this union were born four children, one child dying in infancy; Bertie A; Alvie S; and Lola M who with the wife survive him and mourn his loss.  He also leaves behind him six grandchildren who will always remember him for his kindness and his interest in them.  In his father's family there were 7 children, two of whom are living, Hosea Wimmer of near Bellmore and Charley Wimmer of near Tangier.  His life was spent in Parke and Fountain counties. The greater part of his life was spent near Bellmore and the latter on the farm in that vicinity.  As an occupation he followed farming and carpentering and many of the good and substantial buildings of Parke Co. are the results of his skill and handiwork.  As a neighbor and friend, he was of the truest type and was ever a friend to those who were in need of his friendship and help.   He was honest, frugal and industrious and possessed those sterling qualities of manhood which go to make up those highest types of American citizenship.  He was not a member of any church but was a firm believer in the truths and teachings of the Bible and spent considerable of his time reading this book.  he not only leaves the wife, who has journeyed with him through life for 41 years, the three children, two brothers and six grandchildren, but a host of relatives and friends, who mourn his departure into another life.  Funeral services were held last Thursday morning at 10:30 at the house, conducted by Rev. S. K. Fuson.  Interment was made in Mt. Moriah cemetery.    -  Rockville Tribune, December 1916

Mrs. Delilah WIMMER died at 6 o'clock Tuesday night at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Lola McArty of Adams Twp. She had been in ill health for two years and would have been 89 years old today. She was born in Union township June 21, 1850 and was a member of the United Brethren church at Otterbein.  She is survived by two sons, Bert A. Wimmer and Alvie Wimmer; one daughter, Mrs. Lola McArty; a brother, Ike Davis of Winfield, Kan; 7 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.  Funeral rites will be held Thursday morning at 10:30 at the home of Mrs. McArty, the Rev. Berry officiating.  Burial will be in Mt. Moriah Cemetery.  - Rockville Tribune, June 21, 1939


“Daniel WINELAND was born in Montgomery County, April 17, 1838, and died at his home in Montezuma, March 17, 1905. He was a veteran of the Civil War, serving four years in active service. He left three children, one a daughter living in Kansas, and a son, John Wineland and a daughter, Mrs. Jas. Gill, both living in Montezuma. His body was taken to his old home at Alamo for burial, Saturday.” - Rockville Republican, March 29, 1905


Moore & Ferguson report the death of Isaac Winkler of Carbon. Mr. Winkler died Monday at his residence of consumption, aged 48 years. Funeral services will be held tomorrow at 9 a.m. Burial at the North Union cemetery in Parke county. – Brazil Democrat, 4 Aug 1892


(Rockville) Dr. and Mrs. W. N. WIRT were in Delphi this week to attend the funeral of the doctor's nephew, Ralph E. Wirt, sec. of the Diamond Match Company who died in NY Wednesday from being struck behind the right ear by a sharp stick from a skyrocket during a celebration on the 4th at Irvington-on-the-Hudson.  - Crawfordsville (?) Star, July 9, 1904


Mrs. Grace E. Wolverton, age 78, widow of Loveall Wolverton, died at the Clay County Hospital Monday afternoon. She had recently resided with her son, Travis Wolverton, 3004 Fenwood Avenue, Terre Haute.  Born at Catlin in Parke County, Feb. 14, 1882, Mrs. Wolverton was the daughter of Armstead and Emma Brown Day. She was the last survivor of a large family. She grew up in the Catlin community. Following her marriage, she reside in the Goodin’s Corner community until the death of her husband in 1942. In recent years she had lived with her children.  Mrs. Wolverton had attended the First Christian Church of Brazil and was a member of the Loyal Woman’s Class of the Sunday School. She was highly esteemed by many friends and was known as a good neighbor in the Goodin’s Corner community where her husband worked as a plasterer and later as a farmer.  Surviving are two sons, Max Wolverton of Brazil and Travis of Terre Haute: one daughter Mrs. Irma LeForge of Indianapolis and four grandchildren.  The body was taken to Miller and Sons Funeral Home where friends may call after 4 p.m. Wednesday and where funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday. The Rev. Earl Cummings Jr., pastor of the First Christian Church, will officiate. Burial will be in the North Union Cemetery near Goodin’s Corner. – Brazil Daily Times, 13 September 1960

Isaac Wolverton, well known farmer of Parke county, died at the home at Goodin’s corner, northeast of Carbon last night after an illness of almost two years of dropsy and complications aged 69 years, 5 months and 12 days.  The deceased is survived by the widow, there sons and three daughters as follows: Loveall of Clinton, Jack and Ross of Parke county, Mrs. Mack Moss of Parke county; Mrs. Benj. Hall, city and Mrs. Robert Corrie, Terre Haute.  He is also survived by 11 grandchildren and two brothers, Ben. Of Carton and Charles Wolverton of this city. The funeral services will be held at the North Union church at 11 o’clock Sunday morning. Rev. Williams, of this city officiating. Interment at North Union Cemetery. – Brazil Daily Times, 15 Jun 1923


Alton B Wood, 77 years old, died Tuesday at the Vermillion County Hospital, Clinton. He is survived by two brothers, Raymond M Wood of Catlin and Roy Wood of Rockville and a sister Mrs. Ethel Adams of New Market. Funeral services will be held at 11 o’clock Thursday morning at the Branson Funeral Home the Rev. Hugh Craven officiating. Burial will be in the North Union Cemetery at Carbon. – Terre Haute Tribune, Wednesday 19 December 1951

Myrts S. (Mack) Wood died at his home in Pleasant Valley at 9:30 o’clock last night after a week’s illness. He was born and reared in Parke county and was 70 years old. He is survived by the widow, Mrs. Mary Ritchie Wood; a daughter, Mrs. Clary Adams, of near Rockville; five sons, Alton Wood, at home; Ray Wood of Mansfield; Bert Wood of Youngstown, Ind.; Roy Wood of Rockville and Roscoe Wood of New Market, Ind.; six grandchildren and one sister. Mrs. Charles Campbell, of Bridgeton. He was a member of Rock Run Baptist church and of Bridgeton Lodge No. 435, Knights of Pythias. Funeral services will be held at North union church at Goodin’s Corner at 10:30 o’clock Wednesday morning. Jr. R. Mitchell of Bridgeton officiating. Burial will be in North Union cemetery. The Knights of Pythias will conduct the rites at the grave. – Brazil Daily Times, 11 December 1923

Seth WOOD, 93, of LaPorte died at 10:30 p.m. Sun. in Miller's Merry Manor Nursing Home at New Carlisle, Ind. He retired in 1959 as a Shell Oil distributor at LaPorte. He was a member of the LaPorte First United Methodist Church, order of Eastern Star, 282 & Excelsior F&AM Lodge 41. Mr. Wood was born in Parke Co. December 9, 1893, to John & Martha Weaver Wood. He was married December 30, 1916 to Retha DeBaum, who survives. Other survivors are a son, Ron of LaPorte, a daughter, Mrs. Wesley (Lona) Reese of Mesa, AZ; a brother, Eugene Thompson of Rockville; a sister, Thelma Sloan of Crawfordsville; 3 grandchildren and four great grandchildren. One brother & 3 sisters are deceased. Funeral services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Fri in the Woodrow Funeral Home, Kingman with the Rev. Ruth Isaacs officiated. Burial will be in Tangier Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home 4-8 p.m. Thursday - Unknown source

Seth WOOD, 71, died at his home in Bloomingdale December 16th after a prolonged illness.  He was a life-long resident of the county, a substantial farmer and widely known and respected.  Funeral services were conducted at the home Saturday at 2 p.m. by Reverend Jones.  Burial was in Bethany Cemetery.  Two daughters survive.  - Rockville Tribune, December 22, 1926


Carl E. WOODARD, 88, of Rockville, died at 4:20 a.m. Thursday, December 29, 2005, in Royal Oaks Healthcare & Rehabilitation Center in Terre Haute.  He was a retired farmer and also was retired from the Ohio Oil Co., in Catlin, after many years of service. He was born September 22, 1917, in Coloma to Lawrence C. Woodard and Bertha Featherston Woodard. Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Grace Snodgrass Woodard, whom he married May 3, 1941, in Coloma; two sons, Charles E. Woodard and his wife, Donna, and Larry J. Woodard and his wife, Gail, all of Rockville; two daughters, Martha Jean Alexander of Brazil and Mary Lou Thomas of Rockville; one brother, Billy Joe Woodard of Detroit; nine grandchildren; 15 great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a sister, Margaret Smith. He was a member of the Coloma Friends Church. He attended school in Coloma and graduated from Montezuma High School. He was a decorated Army veteran of World War II, serving as a master sergeant, and received an EAME Theatre Ribbon with six Bronze Stars and a Good Conduct Ribbon. He served the 835th Bomb Squadron in Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, Central Europe, Ardennes and Air Offensive Europe. Because of his great ability to tell a story, he was a published author who wrote two books and a weekly column of short stories titled “The Way it was on Tick Ridge,” for the Parke County Sentinel. He was a 50-year member of Montezuma Lodge 89 Free & Accepted Masons, a member of Parke County Low 12 Club, American Legion Fellenzer Post 48 in Rockville, Terre Haute Veterans of Foreign Wars, Amvets Post 61 in Rockville, Rockville Elks Lodge 2471 and 486 Bomb Group Association. He served on the Parke County Fair Board and served as swine superintendent. He also was on the Parke County Council.  Services are 1 p.m. Saturday in Gooch Funeral Home, with the Rev. William Flanigan officiating. Burial with graveside military rites is in Memory Garden Cemetery. Visitation is 4 to 8 p.m. today, in the funeral home, with Masonic services at 7 p.m., and with visitation continuing before services Saturday. Memorial contributions may be made to the Coloma Friends Church, 1511 N. Midway Road, Rockville, IN 47872. - - Terre Haute Tribune, 29 December 2005

William L. WOODARD of Palm Beach Gardens, FL age 82, died Saturday afternoon, August 5, in West Palm Beach, FL.  He was a native of Rockville and a former Terre Haute resident.  He was employed with Paige's Music and the Lincoln Life Insurance Co. in Terre Haute from 1919 to 1961.  He was a member of the Coloma Friends Church Terre haute Masonic Lodge and American Legion, the West Palm Beach Voiture and Riviera Beach American Legion.  Survivors include the widow, Mary Anne; a daughter, Mrs. Dean Scott of Indianapolis; a son, Allen of North Palm Beach, FL; four grandchildren and one great grandchild.  Funeral services will be held at the Mizell - Faville-Zern Mortuary in West Palm Beach, FL Tuesday afternoon at 2:00.  -  Rockville Republican, August 7, 1972  

Lawrence WOODARD Dies Monday In Hospital --Lawrence C. Woodard, age 77, a well known Parke County citizen, passed away  at 11:20 p.m. Monday, December 23, 1968, in St. Anthony Hospital at Terre  Haute.  A native of Parke County, her was born on January 16, 1891, a son of Charles and Eunice Stanley Woodard. He was a birthright member of the Coloma Friends  Church, the Montezuma Lodge No. 89 F. and A.M. and the Parke County Low  Twelve Club. From 1935 to 1943, he was Parke County Road Superintendent and  was a former member of the Parke County Welfare Board. He was a retired  engineer and had been employed at the Rockville Air Base Radar Station while  it was in operation. Surviving are his wife, Bertha, one daughter, Mrs. Paul (Margaret) Smith of  Richmond, Indiana, two sons, Carl Woodard, R.R. 1, Rockville, William J.  Woodard, Detroit, Michigan, one sister, Miss LaVerne Woodard, Rockville, one  brother, Herman Woodard, Cudahy, Wisconsin, eight grandchildren and five  great-grandchildren. Masonic memorial services will be conducted at 7:30 p.m., Thursday at the  Butler Funeral Home by Montezuma Lodge No. 89  F. & A.M. Funeral services  will be at 2:00 p.m., Friday, December 27, 1968 at the Coloma Friends Church  with Rev. Fred Stewart officiating, Mrs. Elizabeth Hobson, pianist and Mrs. Enid Wright, vocalist. Burial will be in Coloma Cemetery. Active  pallbearers are: John Dooley, Ralph Pritchard, Ray Bosley, David Hobson, Russell Wright and Shelby Broady. Honorary pallbearers are: Clarence Graham, Clarence Harrison, Otis Wilson, Charles Nickle, James Garrigus and Clyde Smith. - Rockville Times, Thursday December 26, 1968


A serious accident occurred about 11 o'clock last Friday morning at the Mitchell Coal Mine located on the Moore farm near Nyesville, which resulted in the death of Ernest B. WRAY 50, of Terre Haute. He received a broken neck and his body was crushed when he was caught beneath falling slate.  It was estimated that from 3 to 5 tons of slate fell in the mine. Wray and his nephew, Odrey Blair also of Terre Haute were the only men working inside the mine at the time of the accident but Blair was not injured.  A son, Cecil Wray was working outside the mine when his father was killed. Dr. B. H. Branson was called to the scene and conducted an investigation. The body was taken to the Skelton Funeral Home and later removed to the Gillis Funeral Home, Terre Haute. Mr. Wray is survived by the widow, Flossie and 3 sons: Calvin; Ernest Jr and Cecil. - Rockville Tribune, Wednesday, December 14, 1938


Funeral services were to be held today at the Davies Funeral Home, Marshall for a former Bloomingdale resident, George Albert WRIGHT, 46, who died of a wound, about 2 o'clock Tuesday morning, May 13.  Mr. Wright, an electrical engineer had been in ill health for a long period of time.   He is survived by the widow, Lorene of Indianapolis, two daughters, Sharon Kay Wright of Rockville and Carol Ann Claypool of Indianapolis; his mother, Lila Wright of Bloomingdale; two brothers, Bee of Bloomingdale and Claude of Michigan; a sister, Mrs. Mabel Clark, Indianapolis. He was a veteran of World War II. The Rev. E. M. Woodard of Montezuma conducted the funeral rites and burial was made in Bloomingdale Cemetery. - Tri-County News, May 15, 1958


John WRIGHTSMAN, a resident of Greene Township for 13 years, died Thursday morning at his home near Guion from complications and infirmities of age.   He was 78 years old.  The funeral services were held at the home Saturday afternoon at one o'clock with the burial at Waveland.  -   same paper -- John Wrightsman, who died on Thursday evening of last week, was buried at Maple Ridge on Saturday afternoon.   He was born in 1848.  He is survived by 4 sons: Melvin, Ashley, William and Everett; and two daughters, Mrs. Josephine Esra and Mrs. Harry Shuler of Frankfort. - Waveland Independent, Feb 19, 1926

 Melvin Willard WRIGHTSMAN, 69, was found dead seated on a tractor in a field of his farm home near Guion at 11:00 a.m. Monday.  He apparently died of a heart attack.  Wrightsman was born October 19, 1882, near Darlington, the son of John and Martha Ellen Breakstraw Wrightsman.  He had been  a resident of the Guion community for the past 50 years where he followed the occupation of farmer. Surviving are two sisters, Mrs. Josephine GUNTON of Judson and Mrs. Ola SHULAR of Anderson and two brothers, William of Judson and Everett of Guion.  Funeral was conducted at 2:00 o’clock Wednesday at the Machledt Funeral Home in charge of Rev. Wayne Scott pastor of the Judson Baptist Church.  Burial in Maple Ridge Cemetery.  - Waveland Independent, July 10, 1952