from the Jamestown Press (Jamestown, Indiana) – issue of Friday, November 4, 1898 – page 1, column 6:
William C. Elder was born in Millville, Ohio, April 20, 1830. Died Oct. 2, 1898, aged 68 years, 5 months and 12 days. His father died when he was two years old. His mother came to West Union, Ind., with the family, William making his home with his uncle, William Shafer. He was married to Elizabeth Savill in the year 1851. To this union were born eleven children, five of them having proceeded him. He leaves a wife, four daughters, two sons, four half brothers, two half sisters and many relatives and friends to mourn their loss. He united with the Friends church in 1884, living true to that faith until Oct. 2, 1897, when he united with the Christian church, increasing his faith in Christ, and in this faith he died praising our Lord, which were his last words spoken. His dying request was that each of the children live a life that when death came they might have a life beyond, where all is peace and joy.
The deceased was the father of Louis Elder, who lives near Lizton.