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OBITUARY sent by Marjorie A. Nemitz, his great-granddaughter
Obit from "Jefferson Bee" newspaper, Jefferson, Greene Co., IA, Apr. 17, 1918, p.8.
"Daniel Belangee was born near Cincinnati, Ohio, March 20, 1822, and died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Annie Whitman, at Timberlake, S. D., April 12, 1918, aged 96 years and 22 days.

In June of 1852 he was united in marriage to Angeline Bridges at Napoleon, Indiana, where he lived for many years. Ten children were born to this union, six of whom survive: William of Grand Junction, Mary of Carlisle, Iowa; Annie of Timberlake, S. D.; Grant of Alberta, Canada; Perry of Waterloo, IA; and Chas. of Omaha, Nebraska.

Mr. Belangee was a hale, hearty man, and for the past twenty-eight years he had devoted his entire time and energy to the care of his invalid wife who died December 14, 1916. After Mrs. Belangee's death Mr. Belangee felt his life work was over and spoke often of the time when God would call him home, and he could be re-united with his life-companion. He always spoke with the fullest confidence of his Home prepared by his Saviour Christ. In January of 1917 he accompanied his daughter to her home in South Dakota and there made his home until his death.

The end came suddenly, he being confined to his bed twenty-four hours. He realized the end was near and said he was glad and ready to go.

The funeral services were held from the Grand Junction M. E. church, of which deceased was a member, on Sunday afternoon, April 14, the pastor officiating. The body was laid to rest in the family lot in the city cemetery."


New Marion's Oldest Citizen Is Dead at 88
Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at the New Marion Baptist church for John Brown, 88, New Marions oldest citizen, who died Saturday.

He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Sarah Jane Brown, and eight children, Roy of Clarksburg, Mrs. Charity Crown of Monon, Brian of Anderson, Mrs. Rosella Laffoon of Fowler,

Mrs. Grace Purvis of Madisonville, Ohio and Ray of Louisville, Ky., and Mrs. Lilly Meyer Of New Marion. He was the son of the late Elijah and Sarah Jane Brown.
The Rev. J. Elvan Hughes conducted the funeral service, followed by burial in the New Marion cemetery. Bovards funeral directors were in charge.
June 14. 1944
Contributed by Ilona Manion


Samual Brown passed away at home on North Broadway at 9:40 last night.
Funeral Monday ___________.

Samuel Brown, one of our well known citizens and veterans of the Civil War, answered the last roll call last night at 9:40 o'clock at his home at 1035 North Broadway. He had been ill for several weeks but was taken worse a week ago.

The deceased was born in Fayette County, Pa., Dec 25, 1838. His parents moved to Westboro, Ohio when he was eight years old and from there to Ripley County, Indiana, seven years later. It was at the latter place that Mr. Brown enlisted in his country's cause in 1862 and became a member of the Seventh U.S. cavalry, serving until the close of the war.It will be recalled that his brother, John H. Brown who also served in war, died three months ago.

Samuel Brown is the last of the family. Mr. Brown was married October 7, 1866 to Miss Clara Stenger, who with seven children survive. They are Mrs. Nathaniel (Rose) Gentry; Mrs.James (Jessie) Underwood; Mrs. James (Minnie) Gartin of Rushville; Mrs. Sadie Billin. of Anderson: Mrs. Clarence (Mamie) Stott of Westport; Benjamin Brown of Indianapolis and Edward Brown of Anderson.

This is the first death in the family. The family have been residents of Decatur county for forty years, living near Turners Corner for several years, then on a farm two miles south of Wesport from where they moved to Greensburg five years ago. Mr. Brown was a member of the Methodist church and the G.A.R. A good man a loyal soldier, a splendid citizen.

The Funeral will be conducted by Rev. A. Murphy at the home at ten o'clock Monday morning and will be private. "Pap" Thomas Post will have charge of the burial.

Attention G.A.R.
The comrades of Pap Thomas Post are requested to meet at the Post hall Monday morning at 9:30 o'clock to attend in a body the funeral of Comrade Samuel Brown. All Members of the post are requested to attend.
Taylor F. Meek, Commander.
Contributed By Angela Kay Dodge

Versailles, Ind. April 11-- Doctor Charles M. Brown, age 82 years and 11 months died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Charles Daubenheyer at Titusville, Wednesday April 6, at 8 p.m., after a months illness. Funeral services were held Sunday morning at the home ,conducted by the Masonic Lodge of Versailles, of which he was a member , and interment took place in the New Marion Cemetery. Besides the daughter he leaves one son. Everett Brown, of this place , one granddaughter , Mrs. Mildred Hardin, and one greatgrandson to mourn his loss. His wife preceded him in death , having passed away on Jan. 23, 1921. Dr. Brown was a resident of Versailles for 11 years and has many friends here who will sadly miss him. He also was elected treasurer of Ripley county for one term. He served as trustee of Shelby township several terms. He was one of the pioneer doctors of the county.

This information was hand written on the back of the card the obit was pasted on.
Dr. Charles M. Brown
5-14-1838/ 4-6-1921
Eleen Brown
4-25-1854/ 1-20-1921
Buried on their land adjoining New Marion Cemetery.
Dr. Charles M. Brown Promenient Physician and Business Man
Contributed by Ilona Manion


Posted by Freda Eaton-Lea
Surname: ENT
Funeral of Mrs. Burns
The funeral services of the late Mrs. Lettie Burns will be held from the First Avenue Baptist church at 3 o'clock Sunday afternoon. Rev. Beaver preaching the sermon. The interment will be in Eastside. Mrs. Burns was born in Ripley County, Indiana fifty-eight years ago. She moved to this county in 1873, living at Pretty Prairie until 1887 when she moved to Hutchinson, making this city her home since that time. She had been a member of the Baptist church for a great many years and was also a member of the W. R. C. and the Rebekahs. She leaves twelve living children, nearly all of whom will be here for the funeral. The children are as follows: E.O. Burns of Weatherford, Okla., J. M. Burns of Hawley, Calif., J. H. Burns of Galena, Kans., Charles, Robert and Schuyler Burns of Hutchinson, Mrs. James Coleman of Hutchinson, Mrs. W. L. Lancaster of Chicago, Mrs. Herman Demuth of Alva, Okla., Mrs. M. Gregory, Mrs. Joe Demuth and Mrs. H. Hale of Hutchinson. Mrs. Burns was accidentally injured by falling from a wagon on August 3 in a runaway. She fell, striking on the back of her head near the corner of the Midland Hotel. She was taken to a local hospital but never regained consciousness. She died at 3 o'clock Friday afternoon.
Source: Hutchinson News - Saturday, August 4, 1906

Mable Clare, the youngest daughter of Henry and Mollie Delay, was born near New Marion June 1, 1890 and was accidentally killed by the discharge of a gun on May 15, 1909, at the age of 18 years. 11 months and 15 days. One borhter preceeded her to the spirit land several years ago. Three brothers, four sisters, a father and mother, besides many relatives and friends mourn her departure.
The summons came suddenly and with a smile on her lips and a song in her heart she answered the inevitalble. She gave her heart to Jesus at the age of 13 and united with the Baptist Church at New Marion. We have lost but heaven's richer,
She has crossed the foaming tide:
Mable waits with welcome greetings,
Won't you struggle to be there.
"Be ye also ready for in such as hour
as ye think not the son of man cometh."
Contributed by Ilona Manion

Passes Thursday
Mrs. Clarence Combs of near Sunman died Thursday at the Whitlatch Clinic. Age 50 she leaves a husband , Mr. Clarence Combs and two daughters, Mrs. Lowell Jackson of Indianapolis and Mrs. Virginia Scalf of Cincinnati. Her parents Mr. and Mrs. Davis of Milan and two grandchildren also survive. Funeral services were held at the New Marion Baptist Church at 2:00 Satruday afternoon. Burial at Cliff Hill cemetery. Rev. Griffith officiating and the Bovards in charge of the funeral.

Passing Away
Escaped the gloom of mortal life, a soul
Has left its mouldering tenement of clay,
Safe where no cares their whelming billows roll,
No doubts bewilder and no hopes betray.
Died, at his home three miles east of Versailles, on the morning of July 17, 1883, Stephen Hamilton, aged 85 years and 12 days. He settled on the farm where he died, in the year 1818, where his life was passed in tranquility and peace, showing by his walk and conversation that an honest man is the noblest work of God. His funeral was largely attended. He had been a consistent member of the Baptist church for over fifty years. After an instructive discourse by the Rev. P.J. Collop his body was laid to rest in the Wilson family grave yard, set apart and dedicated for that purpose in the year 1813, there to await resurrection of the just. For the Revelations has said: "Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth, yea saieth the spirit that they may rest from their labors and their works do follow them."
Provided by Charlotte Babicki

Posted by Joanne Johnson Carman
Surname: Johnson, White, Vandolah
Obituary of Reizin Johnson
Death steals silently but surely in the ranks of men. No living material being can evade it. All must meet and embrace this unwelcome guest, the hour of whose arrival is never known known. So death's summons came silently to the home of Reizin Johnson and severed the family tie by calling the husband and father to appear before the throne of God.
Reizin Johnson was born January 28th, 1823, Unknown. He had nine brothers and sisters, one of whom still survives him. His youth was spent in Dearborn County near Moore's Hill Indiana. On January 1, 1846, he was married to Esther Vandolah. They located at Elrod, Ripley County, Indiana, where he has always resided. To them were born eight children of whom two sons and one daughter are living. God who doeth all things well,called the wife and mother home September 6, 1860, leaving many loved ones to mourn her loss He was married to Maria Ann White, January 24, 1861. Ten children were given them; of whom six are living. Many and happy were the years of family relationship that he enjoyed though saddened at times by sorrow, to which all mankind are subject.
He died on Wednesday, at 2 o'clock May 19, 1897 after a brief illness, at the age of 74 years, 3 months and 17 days.
The deceased possessed the virtues of a noble man, never swerving from honest principals, always industrious, tempera temperate in all things and ever charitable. No worthy cause received a deaf ear but willingly and gladly he extended his assistance.
In his death the wife has lost a kind and devoted husband, the sons and daughters a firm and loving father, one who thought no sacrifice too great to advance their best interests and the community an esteemed and honored citizen and a successful business man.
The spirit has returned to its creator, the form crumbled to dust but his virtues will remain fresh in our memories and live and add their influence throughout the eternity to come.

Funeral rites were held Saturday afternoon from the Brownstown Methodist Church for Mrs. John E. Kieffer, prominent Brownstown resident and one of the community's best loved citizens, who died early Thursday morning at her home. The Rev. Wayland E. Siders, Methodist pastor, and the Rev. William D. Miller, of Kent , a close friend of the Kieffer family, were in charge of the service. Interment was on the Kieffer lot in Fairview Cemetery. Mrs. Kieffer had been in failing health for more than three years and seriously ill for the past six months, bedfast a greater part of that time. A daughter of the late Caleb and Olive Talbot Sheets. Mrs. Kieffer was born on November 30, 1880, in Versailles, Indiana, but had lived in Brownstown since a girl. On Christmas Day, 1902, she married here to John E. Kieffer, founder of the Kieffer Paper Mill and a prominent civic leader for many years.msr. Kieffer was killed in an automobile-train acccident in Ewing in the fall of 1950. Mrs. Kieffer was a woman of quite charm, with a deep and sincere interest in her fellowman. Her life was motivated by her kindness and generosity found expression in many ways to bring happiness into the lives of the less fortunate. She was a member of the Brownstown Methodist Church and she and her late husband played an important part in its growth and developement down through the years. She also was a member of the Fortnightly Club. Two daughters survive . They are Mrs. David A .McGarvey, of Rochester, New York and Mrs. Frank. C. Martin, of Columbus Georgia. Also surving are three grandchildren, David Kieffer McGarvey, of Bethesda ,Maryland. Mrs. Ralph Puckett, of Fort Benning. Georgia, and Frank Kieffer Martin, of Columbus , Georgia, and one little great-granddaughter. Jean Martin Puckett of Fort Benning. A brother, Michael Sheets,is deceased.
Contributed by John Sheets.

The remains of Dan Marsh were brought here Tuesday from near Vernon. Funeral services at 11 o'clock by Rev. J.E. Hughes. Mr. Marsh was a brother of Mrs. Jame Marsh and Mrs. Wm. Welch, and formerly of New Marion. The family has the sympathy of their many friends here.
Daniel Webster Marsh was born Jan. 13, 1863 in Ohio.
Contributed by Ilona Manion

But a few weeks since and there lay on our desk a letter from our brother full of ife and vim. Today his coffined form lies hidden away under the clods of the valley, and the home which knew him and the friends who loved him will meet him no more.
Isaac Marsh was born near Norwood, Ohioin 1831: married Charity D. Wood in 1852. With his wife(who died in 1888) he became a memeber of the Baptist Church in 1868, and has tried to live aright. His death will be a sad loss to the church and community, while his family feel that their loss is irreparable. His home for the past 28 years has been near New Marion, Ind. where his friends were many and warm. Funeral services were conducted by Elders N. Johnson and Q.M. Swarthout on the afternoon of the 15 th of May.
"Yet weep, and it is well,
For tears befit earth's parting!
*****For him the past is ended.
He may not fall: he may not cast
His brightest hope away.
All is not here of our bleoved and blessed,
Leave ye the sleeper with his God to rest.
Lisa Shively
Albert Marsh was born July 18, 1831 and died May 14, 1894
Contributed by Ilona Manion

This was taken from a paper found in the Brown Family Bible (John and Sarah Brown)
Mother, Charity D. Marsh
Died May 16th, 1888. Wednesday.About 11 o'clock A.M.
Age 55 years 4 months and 13 days. Buried Friday May 18.
Dearest Mother thou hast left us and the loss we deeply feel.
But we know Tis God berefted us and our sorrow his concealed.
Brother Johnson preached the funeral sermon. Text First Corinthians 13 Chapter and 12 verse.
Read 1 Cor. from 35 tht to 58 verses.
Interment at New Marion Rip Co. Ind.
This was transcribed exactly as written and contributed by Ilona Manion

Alfred Hanes Marsh was born at Camden, Ohio, April 28, 1865, and came to Ripley Co. when but 18 months old. He died Feb. 11, 1897, being confined to his bed only days when the summons came to call him to that home above. He has had poor health for some time, but we hoped that his life would be spared for several years. His life has been short, but we feel in death he lost nothing but gained much. Having made preparation in life, he had no fear, but passed peacefully and resignedly away. He united with the New Marion Baptist Church when seventeen years of age and has been a faithful member ever since. He will be missed in Sunday school, where he was a teacher, in B.Y.P.U. and in the church. He was a kind , loving brother and will be greatly missed by his brothers and sisters and many friends. He leaves four brothers, his father and mother having gone on before to that home above. The brothers and sisters desire to extend sincere thanks to friends and neighbors for aid during the dark hours of his sickness and death.
Contributed by Ilona Manion

A Tribute of Esteem
New Maiorn , Ind. Sept. 11, 1899
At the regular session of our Sabbath School, Spet. 10, the following resolutions were adopted:
Whereas,it has pleased God in his infinite wisdom and tender compassion to call his eternal mannsion above our much loved sister Rosa Marsh, who shed these mortal coils Aug. 16, 1899.
Therefore be it Resolved, that in her death our Sabbath School and Baptist Young Peoples Union have lost a beloved leader and a living example of holiness.
Be it Resolved, that we as a society of young Christian workers tender our heartfelt sympathy to the bereaved family in this, their great affliction, and be it further Resolved, that these resolutions be spread upon the minutes of our Sabbath School and the Young Peoples Union, that a copy be sent to the Versailles Republican for publication.
Rev. F.T. Klotche
Pearl Morris, J. Elvan Hughes
Contributed by Ilona Manion

Posted by Sharon Hutcheson
Surname: Murdock, Melton, Williamson
Samuel Murdock, son of Harvey and Nancy (Melton)Murdock, moved with his parents from Jefferson Co., Indiana, to Holton, Ripley Co., Indiana, as an infant. In the mid-late 1870s he left Ripley Co. for a warmer climate.
Benton County Democrat
Benton County, Arkansas
July 4, 1890
Samuel Murdock was born in Jefferson Co., Ind., May 24th 1828. In 1845 he espoused the Christian religion and at his death, which occurred opn the 25th day of June, 1890, he was a member of the Baptist church at Temperance Hill, and a deacon.Brother Murdock was a man of a sympathetic heart, always ready to extend a helping hand to the needy; always ready to sympathize with the distressed. A man of liberal views. Truly a good man has fallen. His funeral services were conducted by the undersigned and he was buried with Masonic honors, at the Baron Cemetery. The church has lost one of its best members and the county one of its best citizens. Peace to his ashes and may He who doeth all things well, comfort the bereaved ones. I. R. Hall


Edwin W. Schath, 85 of Newark, Ohio formerly of Cincinnati, died May 10, 2012 at Flint Ridge Nursing & Rehab Center, Newark, OH.

He was born August 20, 1926, in Batesville, INDIANA to the late Edwin and Camilla (Stizman) Schath.

Ed was a Navy veteran of WWII and retired from Sheet Metal Local Union #24. Ed was an avid golfer, bowler and enjoyed his granddaughters. He was a caregiver by nature and a loving person.

He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Camilla and Mike Egan of Newark, Ohio; granddaughters, Kelly (Brent) Diley, Kristin Egan and Mackenzie Egan; great-granddaughter, Kennedy; brothers and sisters-in-law, Robert (Imolee) Schath, George (Dottie) Schath, Tony (Judy) Schath, Charlie Schath; sisters and brother-in-law, Mitzie (Tom) Bauer and Bea Nobbe.

He is preceded in death by his wives, Phyllis (Ionna) Schath and Beatrice (Collins) Schath; son, Edwin Michael Schath; brothers, Paul and John Schath; sisters, Anne Wettering, Mary Clare Shutter and Irene Gauck.

Friends may call 6:00-8:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at Brucker-Kishler Funeral Home, 985 N. 21st St., Newark, Ohio.

A funeral liturgy will be held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, May 16, 2012 at St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church, 66 Granville St., Newark A commital service will follow at 4:00 p.m. at Joseph Cemetery, 3819 W. 8th St., Cincinnati with military honors.

Law-Baker Funeral Home, 34 N. Main St., Utica, Ohio is assisting the family with arrangements.

Visit to extend condolences to the family.

George Davis Scothorn
Obituary of George Davis Scothorn
George Davis Scothorn was born in Washington, Washington County, Pa. February. 6,1829. When a boy of ten years, he came with his parents to Versailles, Indiana near where he spent his entire life with the exception of the last twelve years.
He was united in marriage on January 25, 1852 with Elizabeth Wehr. Nine children were the fruits of this union. Two of them survive him, Mrs. Rose Hinckley of Flora, Ill. and J.E. Scothorn of Great Falls, Montana. He was bereaved of his wife December 1, 1877.
He was married to Isabella Vansickle September 20, 1880. One child was born to this union, Mrs. Lillian Warren of Great Falls, Montana. Mrs. Warren and her husband visited last summer. Mrs. Scothorn died may 9, 1891.
Mr. Scothorn or "Grandpa" as he was best known to all our citizens, had been in poor health for some time. He was courageous and would not give up to weakness and infirmity, but continued to resist disease and make use of all the strength he had to the last, even sat up in his chair all day saturday. When asked about his health, he answered encouragingly, never complaining. It is said that he never found fault, but had a smile and cheerful word for everyone-rich and poor alike met the same welcome greeting. He had lived a Christion life since childhood. He united with the Baptist Church at the age of fifteen. The Baptists, having lost their church building by fire, and he being deprived of a church home, he, with his family united with the M.E. Church at Pleasant View, Indiana. Where he continued to hold his membership until called to the Church Triumphant. He was a member of the Odd Fellows and had been an officer in the Grand Lodge. He had also been a member of the Rebekahs. He was a kind husband and devoted father. All that could be done by loving hands and tender care was done to resist the encroachment of disease and preserve as long as possible his valued life. He died of Brights Disease at 8 A.M. Sunday, December 12, 1909, at the home of his dauhter, Mrs. S. F. Hinckley, in Flora, Illinois, where he had resided since October 1,1897, and where he received the most loving care and filial devotion to the end. "Grandpa" was 80 years, 10 months, 6 days of age. He leaves one brother, Esrum Scothorn, of Burlington, Kentucky; One sister, Mrs.John Paugh, of Cannaan, Indiana, a Mother-in-law, Mrs Elizabeth Vansickle, Three children and three great grandchildren and a number of relatives and a host of friends among the old and young. He was ready and willing to go and often expressed a desire to meet his loved ones gone before. His chair is vacant, a cheery voice is stilled, bur 'Grandpa's kindness will live on and on.
Provided by Linda Repp

There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God
Died: On Friday afternoon the 9th inst. Mrs. Belle Scothorn, age 36 years, 4 months, 24 days, the loving wife of our highly esteemed friend and fellow citizen, George Scothorn. Mrs. Scothorn leaves one child, a daughter who is a bright little girl about 9 years old. Mrs. Scothorn was the daughter of Mrs. Vansickle who lives near town. She has been a long sufferer from consumption and bore her sufferings with fortitude and marked patience. She fully realized her condition and informed her mother, who was at her bedside, that she was ready and asked her to take Lilly, her little girl, and care for her.
Sister Scothorn has been an acceptable member of the M. E. Church for 12 years and professed great faith in Christ. She was loved by all who knew her because of her many Christian virtues.
She has gone to join 2 infants who have passed into that Heaven of rest. Sister, we bid you adieu and hope to meet you in that land where there is no parting, but all will be constant enjoyment through eternity. The funeral service conducted by Reverand Long took place on Sunday morning at 11:00 inst. At Pleasant Hill Cemetery in the presence of many friends.

Mrs. Blanche Sheets Succmbs---Funeral
Rites Held Tuesday
Funeral services were held Tuesday afternnoon at the Zabel funeral Home for Mrs. Blanche Sheets, well known Brownstown resident, who died early Sunday morning at St. Vincent Hospital , Indianapolis, where she had been admitted a week before for medical treatment. She had been ill for several years.
A Native of Wray's Church community, Mrs. Sheets was born April 1, 1882, the daughter of Christianne and Mitchell Dodds. Mrs Sheets had spent her entire life in the county and after her marriage to the late Michael Sheets , had lived in Brownstown. Following her parents death she became the owner and manager of the Dodds Hotel, in Ewing and in this capacity became widely known. She was a member of Brownstown Methodist Church and Brownstown Chapter , Order of Eastern Star.
One son , James Sheets, survives, as do two young grandsons. John Michael and James Stephen Sheets; three brothers , Norman Dodds, of North Vernon; Ralph Dodds, of Indianapolis, and Harry Dodds , of Medora and one sister Mrs. J. B. Applewhite, of Pontiac , Michigan.
The Rev. Charles W. Taylor, pastor of the Bellaire Methodist Church , Indianapolis, former pastor of First Methodist Church in Brownstown , conducted the funeral rite. Interment was in Fairview Cemetery.
Contributed by John Sheets>/p>

Frederick Sheets, who thus in one brief moment was hurled from time to eternity, had for many years been a citizen of this place.
He was born in Pennsylvania, thence went to Ohio and subquently came to Indiana and located in Brownstown. By occupation he was a carpenter. He was temperate, honest and industrious, and held in kind esteem by all who knew him.
He was united in marriage with Miss Racena Stryker, daughter of Aaron Stryker Esq. The wife and four children-- one a crippled little girl-- survive the father, and are over whelmed with grief over the heart rending calamity which has robbed the former of a devoted and faithful husband and the latter of a kind and affectionate father. May "He who tempers the wind to the shorn lamb" be with them and minister to their comfort in their great affliction.
The funeral took place this morning at 9 o' clock, and was largley attended. His remains were deposited in the old burying ground by the side of several of his children who proceeded him to the other world. The deceased was about 48 years of age.
Contributed by John Sheets

Michael Sheets , Aged 50,Dies
Schneck Hospital Following Accident
Accident Occurred On High Railroad Embankment Friday afternoon-Funeral Today.
Funeral services were held this afternoon at 2:30 o?clock at the Brownstown Methodist Church, for Michael Sheets, whose death resulted in an automobile accident. Services were conducted by the Rev. Thomas Hart, followed by burial in the Fairview Cemetery. The funeral was largely attended and all the Sinclair service stations in the county were closed during the funeral hour. As a tribute of respect to the deceased and also that employees might attend the services. Mr. Sheets, whose injuries, while considered serious, were not regarded of a critical nature, died At 12:20 p.m., Sunday at the Schneck Memorial Hospital in Seymour, where he was taken immediately following the accident. The best of medical attention was given him and a specialist was called from Indianapolis. He apparently seemed to be improving but Saturday took sudden change for the worse and lapsed into an unconscious state which continued until he expired. The Immediate cause of his death was concussion of the brain.
The accident occurred just at the city limits of Seymour on the elevated B.& O. railroad crossing at the end of West Tipton street. Mr. Sheets had driven his sister Mrs. John Kieffer, and some other parties to Seymour, and while waiting to return he started to the Sinclair bulk gas and oil station on business, being a dealer in the Sinclair products. He drove west on U.S. Road No. 50 and at the end of Tipton street started over the steep embankment to cross the tracks as the gas station was on the opposite side. The accident was witnessed by several persons, who said that as Mr. Sheets car reached the top of the grade it seemed that his motor stalled just as the front end of the car was on the track and was struck by the east-bound accommodation train, Number 62 due at Brownstown at 2:50 p.m. and at Seymour about 3 p.m. The car was hurled over the embankment and badly damaged. Several persons rushed to the scene of the accident and the injured man was taken to the hospital. The elevated street crosses the railroad tracks at an angle, and it is believed that Mr. Sheets was looking slightly to the rear on his right and did not see the train approaching from the opposite direction until it was too late to stop his car before it reached the railroad track.
Deceased was a son of Caleb and Olive Talbott Sheets, deceased. He was born near Dabney , Ripley county, Indiana, October 4, 1884, He moved with his parents to Brownstown in October 1894, where he has lived since. He attended the Brownstown public schools, but owing to the death of his father at an early age was compelled to quit before completing the regular course and go to work.
He was united in marriage in August 14, 1914, at Versailles , Indiana to Miss Blanche Dodds, who together with one son, James Edgar,aged 14, survives. He is also survived by one sister, Mrs. John Kieffer, of Brownstown. 'Mike' as he was so familiarly known , possessed a most pleasing disposition and was of an accommodating nature, which made him a host of friends and acquaintances, not only in his home town and county, but with many others. For many years he conducted a gas service station and garage in Ewing, and also operated a taxi service in connection with the Dodds Hotel, which gave him a wide acquaintance with many traveling salesmen in this section. He was industrious from youth which habits he retained through life, which combined with good business methods enabled him to make a success of business ventures. He had a tender and sympathetic nature and was always ready to make sacrifices for the comfort and convenience of others. He was kind and obliging in his dealings with all and his many friends and his untimely death came as a shock to us all.
Contributed by John Sheets

Maudie Florence Sheets dies at 69
Maudie Forence Sheets, 69, Brownstown, died at 3:15 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 11, at the Jackson County Hospital. She ahd been ill for several years. She was a member of the All Saints Episcopal Church, Seymour, and worked in advertising with the Indianapolis News.
She was born Nov. 5, 1919 at Indianapolis to the late Harry and Irene Ringenberger and moved to Jackson County in 1946. She was married at Indianapolis to James Sheets, and he survives in Brownstown. Other survivors include two sons, John Sheets, Medora, and Steve Sheets, at home: a brother Harry Ringenberger, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.: and a half brother David Stillabower, Indianapolis. She was preceeded in death by three brothers.
Memorial services will be conducted by Chaplain David Eversole at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday , Jan. 31, at Hoosier Christian Village. Zabel Funeral Home, Brownstown, is in charge of arrangements.
Contributed by John Sheets

Posted by John S. Stinchcomb
Surname: Wade, Trisler, Frye, Stinchcomb
Obituary of Amanda E.Wade Trisler. From an unknown Indiana newspaper. 1904.
Amanda E.Wade, The youngest daughter of Jefferson and Mary J.Wade was born in Ripley county,Indiana,Sept. 5,1853; Departed this life Oct. 4, 1904, aged 51 years and 29 days. She was married to Stephen A.Trisler Jan.13,1878, with whom she lived happily until the day of her death. To this union were born four children. Two of these Mary Eva, and Cletus Jefferson, died in infancy. The death of their third child, Ethel, which occured August 26,1899 brought sorrow so deep that it could be healed only by the comforter which is the Holy Christ. Ellen (as she was commonly called) was a woman of deep piety. She united with the Tanglewood Baptist Church at the age of 21, and was ever a faithful follower of Christ. She was a dutiful daughter, a faithful wife and a devoted mother. She leaves to mourn her loss a husband, one son, one sister and many relatives and friends.
'Tis hard to break the tender cord
When love has bound the heart,
'Tis hard,so hard,to speak the words
Must we forever part ?
Dearest mother we have laid thee
in the peaceful grave's embrace;
But thy memory will be cherished
Til we see thy heavenly face.

Posted by John S. Stinchcomb
Surname: Trisler, Wade, Frye, Stinchcomb
Obituary from unnamed Indiana newspaper, Newspaper clipping in possession of John S.Stinchcomb.
Ethel Etta,daughter of Stephen A.and Ellen Trisler was born July 23,1882 and died Aug.26,1899, aged 17 years,1 month and 3 days. During the two weeks she lay ill of Typhoid fever, all that kind and loving hands could do for her was done. But the untiring care of her parents and friends could not keep her with them. But--"They do not wish their darling back, To share this worlds annoy, Her death was but a second birth ,Into a world of joy. "She passed away in the bloom of youth. [Ethel] was always dutiful and obedient to her parents, and kind and gentle to all. She had a large circle of young friends and those who knew her best, loved her most. Little did we think when we met at her home on her Seventeenth birthday,that two of the merry circle would so soon be taken; that in five short weeks Ethel and Bessie would be called home. The once happy home is now lonely and sad Since Ethel is not there, but we know that she is happy, and her pure life and early death should teach us a lesson and help us prepare to meet her where parting is no more. Her parents will miss a loving daughter, Stedman will miss his gentle sister, but "their loss is her eternal gain." She united with the Tanglewood Baptist church when twelve years of age and has been a faithful member of church and sabbath school. Funeral services were conducted by Wm. Connelley and the remains interred in the Tanglewood cemetery. she leaves a Father, Mother, brother, an aged grandmother and a host of friends to cherish her memory and imitate her virtues. She was robed in pure white, an emblem of the pure life she had lived, and laid to rest in a white casket covered with beautiful flowers. Twelve of her associates six boys and six girls, slowly and sadly bore her still form to its last (the rest is unreadable).

Posted by John S. Stinchcomb
Surname: Trisler, Wade, Stinchcomb, Frye
Obituary of Stephen A. Trisler;
Stephen A.Trisler was born Feb.17,1853 near Hopewell Church,in Ripley county, Indiana,and departed this life February 16,1924, in Versailles,Indiana,just one day before his 71st birthday. Brother Trisler was a son of David Trisler and wife, who resided on the farm where he was born, from 1846 until a few years since. One brother Lorenzo D.Trisler of Johnson twp.,and two sisters, Mrs.Mary Corbin, and Miss.Clarissa Trisler of Holton survive. On January 15th,1878, Stephen A. Trisler and Amanda Ellen Wade were united in marriage and to them were born two sons and two daughters,but one of whom survives. Also twin granddaughters Eva and Wilma Trisler of Cincinnati.
His first wife died in October 1904, and in the month of June 1909, He was united in marriage with Maggie Collett of Vernon,Indiana. His many remarks to intimate friends proved his high esteem,and devotion to both his second and former companions.
Brother Trislers early life was spent in the Hopewell neighborhood in which he was born and where he was held in highest regards. Most of his manhood years were spent in Johnson township,and since 1904 and until the time of his death, he lived in Versailles or the immediate vicinity.
In early life,Brother Trisler united with the Hopewell Baptist church and later transferred his membership to the Tanglewood Baptist church of which he died a member.
He was a member of Versailles Lodge no. 269, Knights of Pythias, and was a faithful, beloved, and appreciated member both of his church and his Lodge. His life is an inspiration to all who knew him and of him. It may influence the world in which he moved. It may well be said that through his influence, the world is better by his having lived in it.
Card of Thanks:
We are taking this opportunity of thanking our many friends and neighbors who gave their assistance in anyway,during the sickness and burial of our beloved husband and father.
Maggie and Stedman Trisler.

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