Saturday, April 30, 2011

OBITUARY: Will Wade (1931)

from The Republican (Danville, Indiana) - issue of Thursday, February 26, 1931 – page 1, column 2

Older citizens of Clayton will recall Will L. Wade, a teacher there about 1872. He died at South Pasadena, Cal., Feb. 19, in his ninetieth year. He was a veteran physician and at one time a practicing physician in California. He was born at Stilesville Sept. 17, 1841, and his grandfather who had emigrated from Virginia was the first clerk of Hendricks county. Mr. Wade received his education at Mount Pleasant, Iowa, and with the opening of the civil war, he enlisted in the Eleventh Iowa regiment, serving to the end of the war. In 1866 he and Mary Leith were married at Mason, Ill. He graduated from medical college in Indianapolis in 1873. After living for a time in Oregon, they moved to California thence to Los Angeles where he became identified with the College of Medicine in the University of Southern California. After ten years he resigned and gave his attention to private practice. Mrs. Wade died in 1909 and in 1926 he and Mrs. Ida Blethen were married. He was a member of the G.A.R. and the Oneota Congregational church. California papers refer to him in the highest terms, professionally and as a citizen.

Friday, April 29, 2011

OBITUARY: David M. Vannice (1931)

from The Republican (Danville, Indiana) - issue of Thursday, February 26, 1931 – page 1, column 4:

David M. Vannice, well known in this county, died Feb. 11, at the Soldiers’ Home, Danville, Ill. The burial was in the family lot in Mt. Hope cemetery, Logansport. He was born October 5, 1842. He served in the civil war with Co. G, 99th regiment, Indiana volunteers, and was seriously wounded at the battle of Atlanta, July 22, 1864. He and Mary E. Kurtz were married Feb. 15, 1866 and to them were born two children, Eva Sanderson and Elbert Vannice who with the mother preceded him in death. Mr. and Mrs. Vannice moved from their farm to Danville in 1874 ten years later moved to Logansport. About 1910 they returned to a farm in Hendricks county. Thence he moved to Indianapolis and then to the Soldiers’ Home. Two grandchildren, Mrs. Erce Daffin, of Indianapolis, and Herschell L. Sanderson, of Logansport, survive. He was a member of the I.O.O.F. and the G.A.R.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

OBITUARY: James F. Lynch (1932)

from The Republican (Danville, Indiana) – issue of Thursday, August 11, 1932 – page 8, column 3:

Former Danville Man Buried Here Monday
James F. Lynch died at his home in Laramie, Wyo., Thursday morning at 1:30 o’clock. He had been in ill health ten years and confined to his bed ten months. Mr. Lynch was born near North Salem 56 years ago, and was the son of Harvey and Mary Patience Lynch.

In 1917, Mr. Lynch, wife and son, Jack, moved to Greeley, Colo., and three years later went to Laramie, Wyo., where he was proprietor of the Empress Theater.

Surviving are his mother, Mrs. Harvey Lynch, and the son, Jack Lynch. Services were held at the home, Friday afternoon, at 2 o’clock, and the body arrived in Danville, Monday morning, where a short service at 10:30 was held at the home of James White, a cousin. Rev. Clarence Mitchell conducted the service. Flower bearers were Mesdames W.W. Wilson, Ora Hawley, Morton Pike of Indianapolis, and Ralph Shaw of Hammond, La. Messrs. Morton Pike and son, Marion, W.W. Wilson and Bratcher Demarcus of Indianapolis, Agee Wilson of Crawfordsville, and James Wilson were pall bearers. Burial was in the South cemetery.

Jack Lynch and friend, Joe Remington, and Mrs. Lenora Hensley, nurse of Mr. Lynch, accompanied the body from Laramie. Out of town relatives and friends were Mr. and Mrs. Omer Stoner and daughter, Josephine, Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Stoner, Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Stoner and Mr. and Mrs. E.R. Bartley of Greencastle, Mrs. Emma Eut and son, Bratcher Demarcus, Mr. and Mrs. W.W. Wilson, Mr. and Mrs. Morton Pike and son, Marion, Mrs. Ora Hawley and James H. Lynch of Indianapolis, Mrs. Kate Hackleman and daughter, Nellie, of Jamestown, and Mrs. Lydia Williams of North Salem.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Amo High School Students (1916) Database Added

A list of Amo High School's students in 1916 has been added to the Hendricks County GenWeb site. The list was compiled from the school's 1916 yearbook, Blue and White.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

NEWSPAPER TIDBIT: Former New Winchester Teacher Murdered (1932)

from The Republican (Danville, Indiana) – issue of Thursday, September 1, 1932 – page 1, column 6:

Lila Jones Taught Primary Department at New Winchester

Miss Lila Jones, who was ruthlessly murdered near Ladoga, Monday morning, was well known in this neighborhood, having taught the primary department of the New Winchester schools in the years 1923 to 1925 and for four years roomed at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Dickerson.

Miss Jones, 33 years of age, recently a teacher in the Richmond schools, was at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. William Jones, between Ladoga and Roachdale, when she was attacked by a farm hand, Morris Green, 22 years of age, Monday morning, with a hatchet. Miss Jones died soon after being taken to the Culver hospital at Crawfordsville. Mr. and Mrs. Jones were visiting at Birdseye at the time of the attack.

Green at first denied the attack but later made a confession to Montgomery [county] officials declaring that in a scuffle Miss Jones fell from the back porch to the concrete walk some four feet below and he became angered and struck her on the head with a hatchet he had in his pocket. Four wounds were on Miss Jones’ head.

Green’s home was near the Jones home and he stayed at home, going to the Jones home to do work. Green’s father died some years ago by ax wounds accidently inflicted by the son. Green is being held in the Montgomery county jail without bond.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

OBITUARY: Louis Hess (1932)

from The Republican (Danville, Indiana) – issue of Thursday, August 11, 1932 – page 1, column 3:

Louis Hess, son of the late William Marshall and Laura Hess, died in Chicago, yesterday. Mr. Hess was born here April 15, 1869, and lived here till the spring of 1878, when he accompanied his parents and brother Albert to Salina, Kans., for residence. For many years he held a clerical position with the Rock Island railroad and later was head of an employment agency in Chicago. Mr. Hess was twice married and both wives are deceased. He was the last of his family, which was at one time, one of the most prominent families in this county. The body will arrive on the morning train, Friday, at 7:26, and will be taken at once to the East cemetery and laid beside his parents.

Friday, April 22, 2011

NEWSPAPER TIDBIT: Guilford Township Teacher Sues For Salary (1900)

from the Jamestown Press (Jamestown, Indiana) – issue of Friday, June 8, 1900 – page 4, column 4:

The Teacher Won
The case of Alice E. Roberts vs. Oscar Hadley, trustee of Guilford township, Hendricks county, tried in the Hendricks circuit court last week, resulted in the finding for the plaintiff of $150.75, the amount of the salary for the term of teaching contracted for, although she was discharged by the trustee before her term was finished. The law does not allow the employment of married women as teachers, but this lady, then Miss Thomas, entered into a secret marriage with Mr. Roberts, a student then attending the Danville college, shortly after she engaged to Trustee Hadley as teacher, but the contract for her engagement as teacher had not been signed until after she was married. Hadley has asked for a new trial.

OBITUARY: Mit Phillips (1932)

from The Republican (Danville, Indiana) – issue of Thursday, March 10, 1932 – page 3, column 2:

Former Resident of County Dies at Santa Ana, Calif.
Mit Phillips, a native of Hendricks county, but for 43 years a prominent resident of Santa Ana, California, died at his home there February 13, at the age of eighty-three years.

The Santa Ana Daily Register of February 14 carried the following story relative to his passing:

Never a seeker after public office but always active in any move for the improvement and advancement for the city, Phillips probably was one of the best known and most popular men in the county.

He was born in Hendricks county, Indiana, and graduated from Oberlin College in Ohio. Upon graduation he entered business at Plainfield where he operated a drug store for many years until he came to Santa Ana.

In 1878 he was married to Miss Tennessee G. Tomlinson and in 1889 moved to Santa Ana where he purchased the old Fiddler drug store. He operated the store until his retirement approximately 20 years ago. After his retirement he devoted himself to lodge work and the affairs of the Sunset Club.

He was a charter member of the Santa Ana Lodge 794, B.P.O.E., the I.O.O.F. and the Sunset Club.

In addition to his widow, Mrs. Tennessee Phillips, he is survived by two cousins, Keller and Clyde Watson, both of Orange county, California.

Funeral services were held February 15 with burial at Santa Ana.

A columnist in the Santa Ana paper comments thus upon Mr. Phillips:

“In the evening twilight of life our friend wrapped the draperies of his couch about him to lie down to pleasant dreams. After a long voyage with his fellowmen, Mit Phillips entered the mystic hour of eleven, thankful for life and its golden memories. These were his companions on his way to his chamber in the silent halls of death. The sunny disposition of our friend, exceptional in its duration as it was in its encouragement – may it be the light that leads him until eternal rest. Upon the tablets of love and memory we record his virtues and mantle any human frailties with the garment of forgiveness. To this genial, kindly soul, from whose storehouse of sunlight and happiness we were so generously favored, we offer our hand in his long journey across the wide open spaces to the Elysian of Rest.”

Mr. Phillips is well known to the older residents of the community, and although he has been away from here many years, he kept in touch with a number of local people.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

OBITUARY: Mary Belle (McKamey) Parker (1932)

from The Republican (Danville, Indiana) – issue of Thursday, March 17, 1932 – page 7, column 3:

Mary Belle Parker
Mary Belle Parker, 21 years of age, died at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Albert McKamey, at 10 p.m., Wednesday, March 9. On Monday, March 7, she gave birth to a son and at the time was suffering from flu and after the birth of her son, pneumonia developed. The baby died after twelve hours of life. She was a graduate of the Clayton high school having graduated with the class of 1929. A member of the Baptist church and also of Esther Rebekah lodge. She had served for several years as pianist for the Baptist Sunday school. She was united in marriage July 2, 1930 to Harold Parker, who with her parents and two sisters, Mrs. Bernie Kirkham of Mooresville, and Mrs. Clifton Burns of Clayton, survive. The funeral was conducted by her pastor, Rev. Charles Anderson, at the Baptist church, Friday afternoon, with many friends present who brought beautiful flowers to show their love and respect. Interment was in the Irons cemetery.

OBITUARY: John "Hull" Helton (1932)

from The Republican (Danville, Indiana) – issue of Thursday, April 7, 1932 – page 1, column 3:

“Hull” Helton Killed When Reaches For Dollar
John Helton, familiarly known in Danville as “Hull,” was buried in the South cemetery, Sunday.

Helton was killed near the Kingan packing plant in Indianapolis when he was struck by an engine on the Pennsylvania right-of-way, Thursday. He was gathering coal along the right-of-way when an employee of Kingan & Co. observed his poverty stricken condition and threw a dollar to him. The dollar rolled near the rails and unaware of an approaching train, Helton tried to retrieve it and was struck.

Friends in Indianapolis arranged for his burial here in the family lot. Before the time of paved streets around the square in Danville “Hull” was a familiar character here when he drove the sprinkling wagon.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

OBITUARY: James A. Bovard (1932)

from The Republican (Danville, Indiana) – issue of Thursday, March 17, 1932 – page 6, column 1:

Former Resident Killed
James A. Bovard, age 53 and a former resident of North Salem, but now of Brookville, was killed in an automobile accident, Monday. The car in which he was riding with Ross Briggs of Flora, Ind., collided with an Erie railroad train near the National highway at Springfield, Ohio. Bovard’s chest was crushed and he died in the city hospital in Springfield. James Bovard and family moved from North Salem about twelve years ago. He is remembered here for his genial disposition and ready wit and no man in this community had more friends. He leaves the widow and two daughters, Edith and Elinor.

OBITUARY: S.B. Van Arsdale (1932)

from The Republican (Danville, Indiana) – issue of Thursday, March 10, 1932 – page 7, column 3:

Death of S.B. VanArsdale
S.B. VanArsdale, formerly of the Clayton Milling Co., died at his home, 3267 North New Jersey street, Indianapolis, Tuesday. The funeral will be from the Titus, Hisey and Titus funeral parlors at 951 N. Delaware street, this afternoon at 2:30, with burial at Crown Hill. The deceased is survived by the widow, Florence A., one son and two daughters, S.B. and Miss Ollie, of Indianapolis, and Mrs. J.W. Allen of Clayton. Mr. VanArsdale was 70 years of age and for a number of years had resided in Clayton where he had an interest in the milling business. He was born in Harrisburg, Ky., and was a member of the Clayton Presbyterian church.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

OBITUARY: Charles Moore (1932)

from The Republican (Danville, Indiana) – issue of Thursday, May 5, 1932 – page 7, column 3:

Death of Charles Moore
Charles Moore died at his home at 3510 W. Michigan street, Indianapolis, Monday. He was born at Belleville and taught school in this county for several years. After his marriage to Miss Luella Craven he moved to Kansas, but returned to Indiana and has been living in Indianapolis for the past 25 years. He leaves his widow, one daughter, Clara Tlma Moore [sic], one son, Paul Moore, and five brothers. The funeral was held Wednesday with burial at Crown Hill.

OBITUARY: William Boldock (1932)

from The Republican (Danville, Indiana) – issue of Thursday, March 3, 1932 – page 8, column 4:

Stilesville Farmer Commits Suicide With Shot Gun
(Greencastle Banner)

William Boldock, age 48 years, residing on the Eddie Pruitt farm just east of Broad Park, near the Putnam and Hendricks county line, committed suicide about 8 o’clock Tuesday morning by shooting himself.

Boldock asked his wife to see about the chickens and while she was gone he went to his bedroom and got his shotgun. He placed the barrel of the gun against his chest and pulled the trigger by using a forked stick about 18 inches long. The discharged passed through his heart, killing him instantly. Mrs. Boldock heard the report of the gun and rushed into the house only to find her husband’s lifeless body.

Dr. F.N. Wright of Stilesville was summoned by he pronounced death as instantaneous. According to the physician, Mrs. Boldock admitted that she and her husband had had trouble but that she returned to live with him in January. She told Dr. Wright that her husband had asked about his rifle on Monday and that she informed him that a neighbor had borrowed it to kill hogs.

Monday, April 18, 2011

OBITUARY: Mary (Fleece) Proctor (1898)

from the Jamestown Press (Jamestown, Indiana) – issue of Friday, August 12, 1898 – page 1, columns 5-6:

Mary Fleece-Proctor was born in the state of Kentucky, November 5th, 1821, and died in Jamestown, Indiana, July 31st, 1898. Aged 76 years, 8 months and 26 days.

She came to Indiana with her father some time in the thirties and settled near North Salem, the country was then new. She was made acquainted with the hardships, toils and privations of pioneer life. She united with the Deciple [sic] church May the 30th, 1839, and lived a faithful devoted Christian life until the day of her death.

She was married to Anthony H. Proctor, June 28th, 1840. As the fruit of this union there were born to them twelve children of which five – three boys and two girls – survive her.

Her long life was one of toil, hardship and anxiety in common with the rest of mankind. She had her share of the responsibilities of this life, but she bore them with much patience. Her last sickness was long and painful for more than a year she was confined to her room suffering greatly at times, but she was entirely resigned to the will of her master and looked to the end as one of blessed triumph through Jesus Christ.

A goodly number of friends and relatives attended her funeral Tuesday afternoon August 2nd, from the Christian church conducted by the writer.

OBITUARY: Thomas H. Armstrong (1899)

from the Jamestown Press (Jamestown, Indiana) – issue of Friday, January 6, 1899 – page 1, columns 4-5:

[Lizton items]
Thomas H. Armstrong died at his home, one mile east of Lizton, Dec. 22. He had been complaining for several months, but was confined to his house only about two weeks. He leaves a wife and a six months’ old baby, besides mother, brothers and sisters. Thomas was born Nov. 16, 1876; married Sept. 19, 1897. Funeral services were held at the Methodist church, conducted by Rev. C.E. Beebee; burial in the cemetery, at the church.

Surname Index to Probate Order Books Updated

Entries from the surname index included at the front of Hendricks County Probate Order Book Volume 13 (27 September 1886 - 22 June 1888) have been added to the database Surname Index to Hendricks County Probate Order Books, which is on the Hendricks County GenWeb site. The surname index was compiled by the clerk at the time they were writing the entries. It includes the subject of the probate case, the type of case (estate, guardianship, etc.), and the corresponding book and page number.

It is an ongoing project - currently the surname index covers the years 1871-1888.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

OBITUARY: Mrs. L.A (Lowry) Yelton (1899)

from the Jamestown Press (Jamestown, Indiana) – issue of Friday, January 6, 1899 – page 1, column 4:

On Thursday, Dec. 29, death removed from our midst our dearly beloved sister, Mrs. L.A. Lowry-Yelton. She had been afflicted with dropsy for several months and her heart had become affected. She did not rise Thursday morning, saying she felt worse. Between 1 and 2 p.m. she yielded up the spirit.

She was born in Rush county, Ind., January 22, 1851, removing to Hendricks county, Ind., with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. John H. Lowry, in January, 1856. She united in marriage with John B. Yelton on Nov. 27, 1867. Nine children survive her, of whom the two oldest daughters are married.

A more patient, loving or truer mother never existed than she, and tho’ she had many trials in life, she bore them with remarkable patience, trusting in the Lord, that all would be well in the end. In time of sickness she was unexcelled and has been known to make self-sacrifices for those whom she thought to be more needy than herself. She united with the Christian church when very young and lived a true Christian life. She leaves countless numbers of friends and many relatives to mourn her departure.

The funeral took place at the Christian church at 2 p.m. Saturday, after which the remains were interred at the old family graveyard, southeast of town.

“May peace and rest and happiness
Be her’s forever more,
And may God bless the day we meet
Her on the other shore.”

Card of Thanks
We desire to express our most sincere thanks to the good, generous hearted people of Jamestown and vicinity who so kindly and willingly lent their loving assistance to us during the sickness and death of our beloved mother.

from the Jamestown Press (Jamestown, Indiana) – issue of Friday, January 13, 1899 – page 4 column 3:

Wm. A. Yelton of Kansas City, Mo., arrived too late last week to see his mother before she was buried. He didn’t get the telegram until five days after its arrival. He is employed as fireman on the Missouri Pacific railroad and his run has been here of late from Kansas City up in Nebraska on extra work. It has been about 14 years since he was back here. He expects to start back Sunday or Monday.

NEWSPAPER TIDBIT: J.B. Patmor - Mayme Burnett Marriage (1898)

from the Jamestown Press (Jamestown, Indiana) – issue of Friday, December 9, 1898 – page 1, column 6:

[North Salem items]
Mr. J.B. Patmor and Miss Mayme Burnett were united in marriage last Saturday evening by Rev. Treat, at the home of Mr. G.B. Davis. Mr. Patmor was the former editor of the North Salem Herald, but is now proprietor of the paper at Sheldon, Illinois.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

NEWSPAPER TIDBIT: Charley Temple - Corda Thompson Marriage (1898)

from the Jamestown Press (Jamestown, Indiana) – issue of Friday, November 11, 1898 – page 1, column 5:

[North Salem items]
Mr. Charley Temple and Miss Corda Thompson were married by Rev. Benson at his residence last Sunday afternoon.

OBITUARY: Harriet Cundiff (1898)

from the Jamestown Press (Jamestown, Indiana) – issue of Friday, December 23, 1898 – page 1, column 6:

Mrs. Harriett Cundiff, mother-inlaw of Dr. O.B. Johnson, died at her home in Lizton Wednesday morning of cancer of the face, of which she has been afflicted for thirteen years. She was an estimable lady and loved by all who knew her. P.B. Smith, our embalmer, went over and prepared the body for burial.

from the Jamestown Press (Jamestown, Indiana) – issue of Friday, January 6, 1899 – page 1, column 5:

[Lizton items]
Mrs. Harriet A. Cundiff was born January 11, 1835. At the age of 14 she joined the Christian church at Lizton and remained a faithful member until her death. She was married in 1850. Two children are living, one died in childhood. Mrs. Cundiff has been a great suffer [sic] for several years past, being afflicted with cancer in her eye. Friends say no one ever heard a word of complaint or murmuring during all the long days and nights of intense agony. She was buried at the cemetery one-half mile east of town, Dec. 22.

OBITUARY: William C. Elder (1898)

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.

NEWSPAPER TIDBIT: Clyde Grey Marriage (1898)

An item from the Jamestown Press (Jamestown, Indiana) – issue of Friday, November 4, 1898 – page 4, columns 4-5:

[North Salem items]
Mr. Clyde Grey of this place and Miss Anna Nichols of Roachdale were united in the holy bonds of wedlock last Sunday evening at the bride’s home. Mr. Grey is a young man worthy of example, and is in the barber business here. His bride is an accomplished and beautiful young lady. The entire community wishes them success in their new relations in life.

Friday, April 15, 2011

OBITUARY: Mrs. George Bolt (1899)

from the Jamestown Press (Jamestown, Indiana) – issue of Friday, March 17, 1899 – page 3, column 3:

Burned to Death
Mrs. George Bolt was burned so badly at Brownsburg on Wednesday of last week by a coal oil explosion while lighting the fire in the cook stove that she died from the effects of it during the day. The fire had been started and went out and she undertook to rekindle it with coal oil. The house was also destroyed, entailing the loss of about $1000 and the life of one person and almost that of another – Clyde Bell, brother of Mrs. Bolt, who carried her out of the house.

[Transcriber’s Note: Mrs. George Bolt may be Grace J. Bell who married George W. Bolt in Hendricks County in 1897].

NEWSPAPER TIDBIT: Louis Cates - Pearl Cates Marriage (1899)

from the Jamestown Press (Jamestown, Indiana) – issue of Friday, January 6, 1899 – page 2, column 5:

A young couple – Louis Cates and Pearl Cates – of Hadley, says the Danville Dispatch, the groom being 22 and the bride being 12 years, went to Greencastle and were married, the license stub being signed by Zimri Frakes, a supposed fictitious person, who vouched for the bride’s age.

OBITUARY: Columbus C. Cornett (1932)

from The Republican (Danville, Indiana) – issue of Thursday, April 21, 1932 – page 7, column 4:

Columbus C. Cornett
Columbus C. Cornett, aged 78 years, died at his home at Jacksonville, Saturday afternoon. He had been in failing health for some time but had been confined only about two weeks. He was born near Clayton and has lived in this community his entire life. March 4, 1875, he was united in marriage to Miss Amanda Maddox. They had two daughters and one son, the only now living is Mrs. Clarence Woskum. Others who survive are the widow, four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He was a member of the Clayton Baptist church, but after moving near Cherry Grove church he attended services there, and the funeral, which was held at the home was conducted by the pastor of that church. Burial was in the Clayotn cemetery. Mrs. Cornett, who has also been seriously ill, is better.

NEWSPAPER TIDBIT: Alf Walters Marriage (1898)

An item found in the Jamestown Press (Jamestown, Indiana) – issue of Friday, October 7, 1898 – page 2, column 3

Alf Walters of Pittsboro, who is well known by many in this locality and is one of the leading lawyers of Hendricks county, was married at Indianapolis last Friday to Miss Carrie Sickles of that city, Rev. A.B. Cunningham officiating. The bride was a native of Saxony, Germany, and was making her home with a sister in Indianapolis.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Marriage Index Updated

Entries from Hendricks County Marriage Book Volume 37 (25 July 1975 - 28 August 1976) have been added to the database Index to Hendricks County Marriage Books, which is on the Hendricks County GenWeb site. It includes the names of the bride and groom, their date of marriage and the corresponding book and page number.

This index is in progress - so far it covers the period of 1904-1976, as well as 1824-1848.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

NEWSPAPER TIDBIT: North Salem Man Lost, Then Found (1933)

An item found in The Republican (Danville, Indiana) – issue of Thursday, February 23, 1933 – page 1, column 6:

Despondency Over Grades At DePauw Thought Cause
(North Salem Correspondent)

No news has been received of Claude Jeffries, eighteen-year-old DePauw student, who disappeared from his parents and friends at 11 o’clock, Sunday evening, February 12.

The youth had spent the evening with a Butler co-ed and they had attended two shows in Indianapolis. Leaving her at her rooming house he boarded a street car and rode downtown. The conductor remembered him distinctly. He was not seen again by anyone that knew him.

The following Tuesday school officials telephoned his parents that Claude had not returned to school. A search was made immediately and the Indianapolis police assisted in the investigation. All inquiries at hospitals were in vain. The search continued until Friday when a Mr. Breedlove of Belleville recognized his photograph as the hitchhiker he had picked up at 4 o’clock Monday afternoon on the National road. The boy went into a lunch room there and bought some cheese and crackers, eating them at the lunch counter. He left the lunch room and no trace of him has been found since.

His parents are convinced that he has left because of despondency over his school work. Claude had made almost straight A’s throughout his high school work and won a Rector scholarship at DePauw university. Entering that school last fall he found the work extremely difficult and the curriculum of the North Salem high school had not prepared him for the course he chose at DePauw. His grades were a constant source of worry to him. This is the only known cause of his disappearance. He was a graduate of the class of 1932 North Salem high school and no member of the younger set enjoyed as much popularity or had the respect of the community as he did. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Jeffries.

An item found in The Republican (Danville, Indiana) – issue of Thursday, March 9, 1933 – page 1, column 5:

Found Near Speedway After Three Weeks’ Search

Claude Jeffries, nineteen year old DePauw student, who has been missing for the past three weeks was returned to the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Jeffries, at North Salem, Saturday afternoon. He has been a victim of amnesia but since he was brought home is gaining in health rapidly.

The youth was found wandering on the streets near Speedway by Mr. and Mrs. Maurice Trotter. He was in a wretched condition, both mentally and physically. His hair was untrimmed and he had not been shaved for some time, his shoes were badly worn and his clothes were in a bad state of repair. His general appearance gave every indication that he had undergone great suffering.

Mr. Trotter brought the boy to his home and Dr. E. Ray Royer was called immediately. He did not recognize his parents, Mr. Trotter or any of his friends. The doctor advised his parents to put him in bed under the most quiet conditions. Dr. Larue Carter, brain specialist of Indianapolis, was called in consultation, Sunday. By that time a decided change for the better was noticed. The events of the past three weeks are absolutely blank in the boy’s mind. He evidently has travelled over a large territory as he had a pawn ticket in his pocket from a southern state and eastern laundry marks on his shirt.

His friends are hoping a few days of rest with no worry concerning his school work will soon bring him back to normalcy.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

OBITUARY: Lavinia (Hendricks) Thompson (1898)

An item found in the Jamestown Press (Jamestown, Indiana) – issue of Friday, June 10, 1898 – page 1, column 4:

Lavinia Hendricks-Thompson, wife of David Thompson, died at her home, 3 ½ miles south of here, on the North Salem road, Monday evening at 4 o’clock, from congestion of the stomach. She took sick on Saturday and suffered intensely until death relieved her. She leaves a husband and six children to mourn her. Funeral took place at the North Salem cemetery Wednesday noon, attended by a large concourse of friends. She was a member of the Dunkard church.

An item found in the Jamestown Press (Jamestown, Indiana) – issue of Friday, June 17, 1898 – page 5, column 4:


Louvenia S. Hendricks was born in Hendricks county, Ind., Feb. 21, 1849; died June 6, 1898; aged 49 years, 3 months and 15 days. Nine brothers and sisters survive her.

She was married to David D. Thomson [sic] Sept. 26, 1867. To this union were born seven children; all survive her except the oldest, which died in infancy. Sister Thomson united with the German Baptist Brethren church in June 1876, at Mulberry Grove, Ill., and lived a consistent member until the day of her death, always giving the best advice to her children. To know her was to love her. The husband loses a faithful companion, the children a kind mother, and her only grandchild a loving grandmother. It seemed her greatest desire when its parents could visit her and bring this little one, as they live in the southern part of the state, and she had never seen the babe, but her brief illness deprived her of that pleasure.

She was sick only two days, but her suffering was intense, yet she bore it with great patience and passed away as in a gentle slumber. Her death will be felt as a personal bereavement by her many friends and neighbors. She leaves a husband, four daughters and two sons to mourn her loss. We feel our loss is her eternal gain.

“A precious one from us has flown,
A voice we loved is stilled;
A place is vacant in our home
Which never can be filled.”

Friday, April 8, 2011

OBITUARY: Dr. Samuel Jefferson Banta (1898)

An item found in the Jamestown Press (Jamestown, Indiana) –issue of Friday, June 24, 1898 – page 4, column 4:

A Useful Life Ended
Samuel Jefferson Banta was born at Belleville, Hendricks county, Ind., March 8, 1837; died at Indianapolis, June 17, 1898.

The deceased’s life, in the most part, has been useful to mankind, his profession in the greater part of his business career being that of a physician. Much is the relief he has given to the sick, being always ready to comfort and cheer the suffering and afflicted. He was one of the business marks of this community for many years, and not a more generous souled man lived than Dr. Banta, being liberal to a fault with friends with what he possessed, ready to do a kindness to mankind and extend help to a friend.

In his youth and before he started out for himself he clerked in his father’s general store at Belleville. At the age of 14 he began keeping books for an Indianapolis firm, and at about the age of 16 he began teaching school and continued that occupation until about the time he reached manhood.

Aug. 12, 1860, he married Cynthia M. Richards at Sigourney, Iowa. To this union were born four sons and two daughters, two daughters and one son of whom are living, all in California. Directly after this marriage he enlisted in the army and served as captain of the company with honors, and during this noble service to his country he was wounded in the leg, which ultimately ended in his death. After about 15 years of this union, the partner of his joys and sorrows died.

Dec. 23, 1876, he was married to Rhoda A. Mason, and to them were born two sons and one daughter, the sons of whom are living. April 13, 1889, this wife died.

Nov. 20, 1893, he was married to Mrs. Kate L. Galvin, whose maiden name was McQuoid. To this union was born a son, now three years old.

His practice of medicine commenced at Eminence, after which he moved to Danville, then to Jamestown, where he remained in business for some 24 years. While here he owned a general store of merchandise and later a drug store, and finally going out of the drug business confined himself to the practice of medicine. The first of March of this year he moved out of town to his wife’s farm, four miles northeast of here. And on April 4 he was taken to the insane hospital at Indianapolis, his mind having so weakened he could not be safely cared for at home.

His war record shows that his first ser vice was with the Marion guards and was commissioned June 27, 1861. Entered the U.S. service with Co. H of the 7th Indiana volunteer infantry and was commissioned Sept. 1, 1861, and mustered as captain of Co. H Sept. 13, 1861; resigned June 11, 1862. Enlisted again in 103rd Minute Men and commissioned and mustered in July 10, 1863, as major. Enlisted again in 148th infantry and commissioned Feb. 25, 1865, and afterward mustered out with the regiment.

Funeral service took place Saturday at I.O.O.F. cemetery at this place at 1 o’clock, directed by Undertaker Smith. The remains were met at the 12:38 train and conducted to the cemetery by the G.A.R. Post of this place, of which the deceased was a member, where the last sad rites were held, conducted by the G.A.R. Post and closed by Rev. H.H. Dunlavey.

Those of the relatives from a distance who were present were Thadeus Banta, a nephew, and wife; Mrs. Wm. Banta, a sister-in-law; Mrs. Girley, a niece, and Miss Grace Banta, a niece, all of Martinsville; wife and children of Wm. Banta, a brother of deceased.

Thursday, April 7, 2011

NEWSPAPER TIDBIT: Town Election Results for Jamestown (1898)

The results of the town election for Jamestown, as found in the Jamestown Press (Jamestown, Indiana) – issue of Friday, May 6, 1898 – page 1, column 4:

Trustee, 1st District
William Miller, Democrat – 83 votes
Richard Miller, Republican – 66 votes

Trustee, 2nd District
Thomas A. Bounell, Republican – 82 votes
A.T. Gardner, Democrat – 67 votes

Trustee, 4th District
Thomas F. Stockton, Republican – 76 votes
Robert A. McClain, Democrat – 74 votes

E.P. Finch, Democrat – 86 votes
G.G. Hochstedler, Republican – 63 votes

John F. Hall, Republican – 82 votes
William Porter, Democrat – 66 votes

Albert G. Camplin, Republican – 58 votes
David Wyatt, Democrat – 54 votes
G.L. McCormack, Independent – 36 votes

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

OBITUARY: Katie Ready (1898)

An item found in the Jamestown Press (Jamestown, Indiana) –issue of Friday, April 15, 1898 – page 3, column 1:

A Remarkable Case
Miss Katie Ready, the sixteen-year-old daughter of Michael Ready, died at Brownsburg Sunday morning of tuberculosis of the stomach and lungs, after a lingering illness of three months. A remarkable feature of her sickness, and one that has aroused no little interest among local physicians, was the unusual rapidity of her growth during confinement. At the time of her death she measures six feet four inches in height, having grown four inches in three months. She weighed less than sixty-five pounds.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Stilesville High School Students (1921) Database Added

A list of Stilesville High School's students in 1921 has been added to the Hendricks County GenWeb site. The list was compiled from the school's 1921 yearbook, Memories.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

NEWSPAPER TIDBIT: Isaac Palmer - Etta Jordan Wedding (1898)

An item found in the Jamestown Press (Jamestown, Indiana) – issue of Friday, April 1, 1898 – page 8, column 3:

Happily Wedded

Isaac H. Palmer, who went from here to Pittsboro some eight or nine months ago and started a bank there in partnership with J.C. Smith, had been living in single blessedness for quite a while, but after going to Pittsboro he there met the ideal of his heart, in the charming daughter of John A. Jordan, Miss Etta. Miss Etta was employed in the bank as bookkeeper, and it was during this close association that love ripened to its fullness.

So finally a day was set and Wednesday afternoon the happy union was solemnized at the home of the bride’s parents, in the presence of a number of invited guests, Elder Brewer tying the nuptual [sic] knot. In the evening the happy couple took the train for Indianapolis, destined for a wedding tour to Chattanooga, Tenn.

Mr. Palmer is a native of this community, where he stands high in the estimation of all who know him. Mrs. Palmer is among the best and highest respected ladies of Pittsboro, her father being one of the old timers in the merchantile [sic] business there.

Quite a number from here had invitations to the wedding, among those who attended were C.D. Orear, W.H. Orear and wife, T.B. Williamson and wife, Miss Mabel Allen, J.L. Winter and wife, I.N. McCormack and wife, J.C. Smith and wife and J.F. Hall and wife.