Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Philip KREIGH dies near Stilesville (1905)

 source: Indianapolis Star, issue of Thursday, August 25, 1905 - page 5:


"Hoosier Fat Boy" Is Buried At His Home at Stilesville, Ind.

Danville, Ind., August 23 - Philip Kreigh, Indiana's largest man, who died of dropsy yesterday at his home near Stilesville, this county, was buried this afternoon. Kreigh was for many years a farmer of ordinary size and weight, but within the past ten years accumulated flesh so rapidly that his actual weight when in health was 526 pounds. His "show weight," when on exhibition, was 700 pounds.

For several years he traveled with Barnum & Bailey and Sells Bros. as the "Hoosier Fat Boy".

The casket in which Kreigh was buried was six feet long and four feet wide. The casing in the largest door in the house had to be removed to get the casket out, and it took double the usual number of pallbearers to handle it.

Thursday, October 22, 2020

Pittsboro resident Ellis PIERSON dies in Lebanon (1939)

 source: Indianapolis Star - issue of Sunday, April 23, 1939:

Lebanon, Ind., April 22 - Injuries suffered in a collision of two automobiles caused the death yesterday of Ellis Pierson, 65 years old, of near Pittsboro. His car collided with one driven by Donald Warren of Frankfort.

Sunday, October 18, 2020

Kate (VINCENT) PADDACK dies in Plainfield (1939)

source: Indianapolis Star, issue of Sunday, January 22, 1939 - page 10:


Plainfield, Ind. - January 21 - Mrs. Kate Paddack, 81 years old, died here today at the home of a daughter, Mrs. E.M. Dill, wife of the superintendent of the Indiana Boys' School. Mrs. Paddack had come here on a visit from her farm home, 12 miles south of Indianapolis.

Widely known in the Waverly and Greenwood vicinities, she was the daughter of Jeremiah and Mary Vincent. Her father was one of the first physicians in that section of Indiana, going by oxcart from Cincinnati, Ohio, to the Waverly community where he practiced for many years.

Mrs. Paddack, a widow, had lived in the farm home since her marriage 61 years ago. Besides Mrs. Dill, survivors include two other daughters, Mrs. Grace Zaring and Mrs. Willetta Dressler and a son, Vincent E. Paddack, all of near Greenwood.

Funeral services will be held at the farm residence Monday morning.

Monday, February 24, 2020

CANCELLED: Danville library to host book talk about Indiana Civil War unit

UPDATE: This program has been cancelled and will be rescheduled at a later date.

The Danville Public Library will hold a book talk and signing by local author Jennifer Thompson on Saturday, March 28 at 10 am in the library's program room on the ground floor. Thompson is the author of Above Us or Around Us: The Story & Men of the Bloody Eighth. At the beginning of the Civil War, the Eighth Indiana Volunteer Infantry (with 784 men) organized for three months of service (April 25 - August 2). When the war did not end as quickly as expected, the regiment (with 1046 men) reorganized for three years of service. This presentation will provide a brief history of the three-month and three-year Eighth Indiana Volunteer Infantry, some problems faced in the regiment, and claims to fame and tragic endings of some of the soldiers.

Jenny Thompson graduated with a Bachelor;s in General Studies from IU in 2002 and a Masters in Military Studies - Civil War from AMU in 2006. She has served as the editor of the Hardtack since 2006. She is an adjunct History professor at American Public University System (American Military University and American Public University). On March 3, 2017, the Caroline Scott Harrison DAR Chapter presented her the "Woman in American History Award" for her outstanding work and accomplishments.

Thompson will have signed sets of her four volume book available for $70 (they are $95 on Amazon). If you want a set, please contact her at jkt60jet@gmail.com so she will know how many sets to bring to the program.

Pre-registration is required - register online via the events link on the library's website, or call (317) 745-2604.

Saturday, February 22, 2020

Danville library to discuss Fold3 genealogy database

The Danville Public Library's Genealogy Nuts group will meet on Monday, March 9 at 1 pm in the library's program room on the ground floor. Cindy Rutledge from the library's Indiana Room will discuss the genealogy database Fold3, which focuses on military records.

No registration is necessary, and guests are always welcome - for more information, call (317) 745-2604.

Sunday, January 5, 2020

Frank SNODGRASS dies at Fillmore (1920)

This obituary is courtesy of Karen Zach.

Source: Crawfordsville Review – issue of Tuesday, February 10, 1920 - page 1:

Coatesville, Ind. February 9 – Frank Snodgrass, age 56, a widely known farmer living at Fillmore four miles west of here in Hendricks County is dead as the result of being attacked by hogs after he was stricken with apoplexy in the barnyard of his home yesterday evening. Mr. Snodgrass was feeding stock at the time. When he did not return to the house after the usual period, his wife made a search for him, finding him unconscious and the victim of several hogs that had chewed off one hand a part of an arm, one ear and the back of his neck. Mrs. Snodgrass was carrying a broken arm in a sling and was unable to assist the injured man. She went to the telephone and called several neighbors, who finally succeeded in beating off the animals. Mr. Snodgrass regained consciousness several hours later but died soon after midnight. In addition to the widow, one son, Charles Snodgrass survives.