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.