Harry E. Beaman

Contributed by Darlene Anderson
Source: The Indianapolis Star, dated August 29, 2004

Harry E. Beaman, 70, Cloverdale, Indiana, died Thursday, August 26, 2004 at Putnam County Hospital, Greencastle, Indiana. He was born July 22, 1934 in Owen County, Indiana. He had been a farmer and had retired as Quality Control Supervisor from Olin Brass. He was a member of Sons of the American Legion, Post #281. Burial is Wednesday, September 1, 2004 in Cloverdale Cemetery Cloverdale, IN. Survivors include two daughters, Diana Nickerson and Debra Jones; three sons, Rodney Beaman, Tech. Sgt. Ronald Beaman and Allen Beaman; three sisters, Edith E. Goss, Ruby Wilson and Lilly Mae Sams; eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, September 1, 2004 in Whitaker Funeral Home, Cloverdale. Calling is from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, August 31 in the funeral home. Arrangements are entrusted to Whitaker Funeral Home, Cloverdale, Indiana.

Harry Clifford Chambers

Source: Gosport Reporter, March 28, 1912, page 1.

Harry Clifford Chambers, 18 year old son of Mr. Masten Chambers, living south of town in Washington Township, died Monday of pneumonia. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday by the Rev R. W. Moss, of Martinsville. Burial at Chambersville cemetery. Funeral in charge of Truax & Son.

This was the fourth case of pneumonia in the Chambers family, one has recovered and two are still confined to their beds. Numerous cases have been reported from the Concord neighborhood, but so far only two have been fatal, Mrs. M.L. Wampler and Harry Chambers.

George Cradick

Source: Unspecified newspaper on microfilm, December 1, 1904, p. 2.

Friday morning about five o'clock, George Cradick, aged about 75 years, died at his home just east of Carp. His funeral occurred Sunday at 11 AM at Gosport where the interment took place.

He was a widower, his deceased wife having been Miss Sarah Snodgrass and deceased left two children-a son and daughter,r both grown up, married and with families. Deceased was a brother-in-law of Mead Spear of Morgan Township and was a consistent member of the M. E. Church. He was a good citizen, respected in the community and a loving husband and kind father.

He has been poorly in health for a long time, but a couple of weeks ago he was in Spencer.

Frederick Denkewalter

Source: Bloomington (IN) Telephone, June 30, 1914, 1.

At Spencer Sunday morning, Dr. Frederick Denkewalter, one of the town's oldest physicians, was found dead in bed in his sanitarium. His death is believed to have been due to valvular heart trouble from which he had been a sufferer for some time. Dr. Denkewalter was born in Germany 72 years ago. He had come to the United States in 1870 and opened a drug store in Indianapolis. He went to Spencer in 1885 and conducted a sanitarium.

John Dunn

Contributed by Randi Richardson
Source: Evening World, dated January 3, 1929, p. 1. (of Bloomington, IN)

Funeral services for John Dunn, president of the Board of Commissioners of Owen County, were held this afternoon at two o'clock at Spencer. Burial was at Riverside Cemetery. Mr. Dunn, the father of Felix A. Dunn, died Tuesday of pneumonia following influenza.

His wife was stricken Wednesday with pneumonia and is reported in a serious condition.

Charles Edwards

Contributed by Darlene Anderson
Source: The Indianapolis Star, dated March 26, 1999

SPENCER, Ind. - Charles W. Edwards, 76, Spencer, a retired attorney and former state legislator, died March 25. Mr. Edwards owned Edwards Abstract and Title Service for 44 years, retiring earlier this year. He also had been an Owen County attorney for 30 years and was a certified mediator. A Republican, Mr. Edwards served in the Indiana House of Representatives from 1961 to 1965 and was House majority leader in 1963. He also was chairman of the Owen County Republican Party and was a delegate to state Republican conventions. He was past president of the Indiana State Bar Association, the Owen County Bar Association and the Tri-County Bar Association. Mr. Edwards had been president of Owen County Chamber of Commerce, Jaycees and Lions Club. He was a 50-year member of Spencer Masonic Lodge and a member of Owen County Preservation Society, Indiana Historical Society, Christian Legal Society, Phi Alpha Delta fraternity and Culver (Military Academy) Legion. He was named a Sagamore of the Wabash three times and a Kentucky Colonel. Mr. Edwards was an Army veteran of World War II and the Korean War and a member of the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars. Memorial contributions may be made to the Owen County Community Foundation for the community swimming pool, in care of West & Parrish & Pedigo Funeral Home, which is handling arrangements. Services will be at 2 p.m. March 28 in Spencer United Methodist Church, of which he was a member, with calling there from 4 to 8 p.m. March 27 and from 1 p.m. March 28. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery. Survivors: wife Carolyn Keiser Edwards children Chriss Ross, Kathy Bruce Ric Edwards eight grandchildren.

Ona Fell

Source: Spencer Democrat, October 18, 1894
Died Oct. 8th, 1894, Ona, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. B. F. Fell. Her remains were laid to rest in the cemetry (sic) at New Union on the following day.

George Hulett

Source: The New Era, Small Town Papers, Inc., Parker, South Dakota, September 6, 1928, page 8.
Contributed by Darlene Anderson

George Hulett aged 75 years died at the home of his son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Fiscus north of parker early on Tuesday morning. Mr. Hulett was a native of Owen county Indiana. He was united in mariage (sic) at Liscomb, Iowa in 1877 to Harriet Hauser. Liscomb was the family home until about 12 years ago and since that time most of Mr. Hulett's time has been spent at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Fiscus. During the years that Mr. Hulett and his wife have lived in the vicinity of Parker, Mr. Hulett has won esteem. He was a member of the Christian church at Liscomb. Deth (sic) came following a protracted illness from internal disorders. Mr. Hulett is survived by his wife and by three daughters. The daughters are, Mrs. Fiscus of Parker, Mrs. George Powers of Ocheyden, Iowa and Mrs. Ben Hilsabeck of Alberta, Canada.

Funeral services were held at the Fiscus home on Wednesday afternoon and were conducted by Rev. Yingst of Monroe. His text was Heb. 6:10 and the topic of his sermon was, The work of a Christian. The Parker Baptist choir sang at the services. Interment was made in Rosehill cemetery.

Among those from away who were here for the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. Powers and sons, Elgin and Donald of Ocheyden, Iowa and Mr. and Mrs. Bueghly, Mr. and Mrs. May, Mrs. Miller and Mr. Nelson Fiscus, all of Liscomb, Iowa

The sympathy of a host of friends is extended to the widow and to the daughters in the passings of Mr. Hulett.


We wish to thank the kind neighbors and friends for their deeds of kindness and sympathy in our recent berievement. We are grateful for the many flowers which were sent.
Mrs. George Hulett
Mrs. and Mrs. George Powers and family
Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Fiscus and family

Thomas Murphy

Source: Spencer Democrat, February 4, 1892

Thomas Murphy, some years since a resident of Gosport, died January (illegible), at four o'clock AM. He was buried in the Duncan Graveyard Sunday afternoon, the funeral sermon being preached at the residence at 2 o'clock by Rev. Downey.

Mary Pierson

Source: Owen County Leader, February 26, 1880
From the INOWEN mailing list, contributed by Randi Richardson

Sister Mary Pierson was born March 16, 1807. Died Saturday morning at five o'clock, February 14, 1880. Sister Pierson's maiden name was Mary Listen. She married Moses Pierson in the year 1826 and became the mother of 12 children, eight of whom are now living and four having died in early life. In 1840 the entire family charge fell upon her hands. On the 24th of July 1845, her husband fell a victim to yellow fever in the City of New Orleans where he had gone on a trading expedition in which he not only lost his life, but also his wife and children lost the money collected from his goods on consignment in the city where he so suddenly died. His circumstances were comparatively easy at home where he had made a good farm and a comfortable home. But leaving a wife and eight children to be provided for by a widowed mother it became necessary for her to change her comfortable home for one mainly unimproved and with her young children made a determined and successful contest for an honorable and competent living.

Sister Pierson professed faith in Christ at the age of 18 and joined the Baptist church with her husband at Union Church. Her membership was transferred from there to Friendly Grove in Clay County, Indiana, and from there to Zions Mt., the name of the church where we have now met.

When her children were grown and began to settle off in life, she chose to make her home with her youngest son, Taylor. She has been chronically diseased and a great sufferer for 25 years, at no time free from pain until about five o'clock last Saturday morning when she found a perfect release; her groans to be heard no more. Her health was worse last winter than common, and still worse this. About one week ago, lung fever set in that resulted in her death.

Patsy Shaw

Source: Bloomington Herald-Times, October 16, 2007 (extracted from copyrighted article)

Patsy Shaw (Feb. 16, 1937 — Oct. 14, 2007) of Gosport was born Feb. 16, 1937, in Morgan County, the daughter of Chester and Sarah (Arnold) Stierwalt. She was a homemaker, and had been a cook most of her life working at Gray’s Cafeteria, the Gosport Tavern and Gosport Nursing Home. She had seven children: Ron Cash, Doug Shaw, Eric Shaw, Everett Lynn Shaw, Dennis Cash, Michelle Hogston, and Crystal Baker. She was survived by five siblings: Floyd, Ted, and Billy Stierwalt, and Gloria Warthen and Lilly Jenkins. Burial was at Mannan Cemetery.

Elmer Stanger

Source: Gosport Reporter, March 28, 1912, page 1.

Elmer Stanger a farmer east of town, died Saturday night of tuberculosis. He was about 35 years old and he leaves a wife and child and a widowed mother besides several brothers and a host of friends to mourn his death. He was a member of the Christain (sic) church, a dutiful and loving father and husband, and was well respected by all who knew him. The funeral services were held at the Maple Grove cemetery by Revered Hines.

Mary Collins Wampler

Source: Gosport Reporter, April 4, 1912, page 4.
Contributed by Ben Fulton

Mary Collins Wampler was born March 6, 1860, in Greencastle, Indiana. Died March 18, 1912, at the age of 52 years and 12 days.

She was the second daughter of Patrick Collins and Margart Curran Collins and one of six children, of whom Margaret, Perry, and John F. preceeded this sister in death, two sisters now remaining on this side, Honora Armstrong, of Anderson, Ind. and Elena McGinnis, of Greencastle, Ind., both of whom were with her as death came and are here today the only survivors of her father's family, the parents having passed the border line of this life. The mother, Margaret Collins, the brother John F. and now Mary, having died within the last twelve months.

The father, Patrick Collins, and the mother were both born in Ireland and came to America just 60 years ago the 17th of March. The early life of Mary was passed on the farm with her parents until she attained the age of 17 years, when she engaged in teaching school and taught for three years. She then took up her studies again and in 1885 she graduated with the scientific class in Central Indiana Normal College. She was then selected as a teacher in the primary grades in the Gosport, Indiana schools, and held that place four consecutive years. Her work was so satisfactory to both school patrons and officials had their insistence, coupled with her love for the work, prevailed upon her to teach one more year after her marriage. The love of her pupils for her was so strong that they were not only always ready and willing to obey her, but would have fought for her if need be at any time.

On May 14, 1889 she was married to Millard F. Wampler and to them were born three children, Lucile, Harry Collins, and Donald Collins. At the time of her marriage she took to her heart a stepson, Millard Reagan, whose mother death had called years before, and Mary loved and cared for this boy as her own, and he always as fully recognized and loved her as he could have done her own mother. He is now living in Fallon, Nev, and sickness alone kept him from her bier.