The Indianapolis Star
August 29, 2004

Harry E. Beaman

Contributor: Darlene Anderson

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.

Gosport Reporter, page 1
March 28, 1912

Harry Clifford Chambers

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.

Unspecified newspaper on microfilm
December 01, 1904

George Cradick

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, 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.

Bloomington (IN) Telephone
June 30, 1914

Frederick Denkewalter

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.

Bloomington (IN) Evening World
January 03, 1929

John Dunn

Contributor: Randi Richardson

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.

Indianapolis Star
March 26, 1999

Charles Edwards

Contributor: Darlene Anderson

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.

Spencer Democrat
October 18, 1894

Ona Fell

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.

The New Era, Small Town Papers, Inc., Parker, South Dakota
September 06, 1928

George Hulett

Contributor: 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.

CARD OF THANKS

We wish to thank the kind neighbors and friends for their deeds of kindness and sympathy in our recent bereavement. 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

Spencer Democrat
February 04, 1892

Thomas Murphy

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.

Owen County Leader
February 26, 1880

Mary Pierson

Contributor: 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.

Bloomington Herald-Times
October 16, 2007

Patsy Shaw

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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.

Gosport Reporter
March 28, 1912

Elmer Stanger

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.

Gosport Reporter
April 04, 1912

Mary Collins Wampler

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.

Spencer Owen Leader
February 22, 1978

Willis Hickam, Jr.

Willis Hickam, a practicing attorney here for more than half a century and former President of the Board of Trustees of Indiana University, died in Bloomington Hospital at 4:00 a.m. Tuesday, February 21.

Mr. Hickam was born in Owen county on May 3, 1894, a son of Willis and Sally Meek Hickam. He was married on February 4, 1919 to Ruth Elliott, who survives.

Prominent in many phases of public and professional life over a period of many years, Mr. Hickam joined the legal firm founded here by his father, Willis Hickam, in 1878, 100 years ago, in the building still housing the Hickam and Hickam law offices on the west side of the courthouse square.

He received the LL B Degree from I.U. in 1918, was admitted to the bar that same year, and had been in the practice of law ever since. Indiana State Bar Association, the Owen County Bar Association, the American Judicature Society, was a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, and he and his son Elliott, were among the very few father-son combinations holding the distinction of being Fellows of the American College of Trial Lawyers. He served on the L U. Board of Trustees from 1953 until he retired from that body in 1965 after having served as its President since 1959. He was a member of the Board of Directors of the Indiana University Foundation, and a member of the Board of Governors of the Riley Memorial Association. Mr. Hickam served for a time as a part time professor of law at I.U. He retired at the end of 1976 as a member of the Board of Directors of the Owen County State Bank, a position which he had held for 30 years. He was also at the time of. his death a member of the Board of Directors of the Owen County Federal Savings and Loan Association. He served for four years as- a member of the Spencer School Board, was a member and former Trustee

Bloomington Courier
October 08, 1881

Death of Dr. Boggs

Dr. Robert T Boggs died at Quincy, Owen county on Sunday morning last, of typhoid fever. Dr. Boggs removed from Noble county, Ohio, to this part of Indiana about six years ago. He taught school in Monroe and Brown counties for awhile, and, after attending medical lectures at Cincinnati, practiced medicine in Vanburen township, this county. In 1879 he moved to Bloomington and went into partnership with Dr. Weir. The removal of Dr. Mullinix to this place left open a good practice at Quincy, and Dr. Boggs seized upon the opportunity to obtain a good start in his profession. In March of last year he was married to a daughter of Wm. L. Payne, a young lady but about sixteen years of age. Today she is a widow; and not reached the age of maturity. Dr. Boggs was 31 years of age. No man ever left behind him a purer record than he. Honest and upright in all his dealings, he made many fast friends who were much pained to hear of his sudden taking off. By request of the young widow, Rev. J. W, Webb, the deceased's former pastor, came down from Greencastle to preach the funeral discourse. He was assisted in the ceremonies by Presiding Elder Welker, and the Rev. Mr. Pitner, pastor of the M . E. Church, where the services were held. The aged father and mother, and a brother of the deceased, were present and the ceremonies were very solemn and impressive. The Odd Fellows followed their dead brother to the grave, where the final services were held as the ritual of the order proscribes.

Gosport Reporter
October 04, 1888

Frank Baker dead

Frank Baker, who had been working at Brooklyn, received word Wednesday of last week that his wife was ill at their home at Martinsville. That night he boarded an interurban car which arrived at Martinsville at 10 o'clock. When the car was entering the city Mr. Baker rose and walked to the platform and stepped off while it was in motion and was thrown to the grown (sic), his head striking something that cut a large gash in his forehead and rendered him unconscious. He was taken to Indianapolis to a hospital where he died about 3 hours after the accident.

It was supposed Mr. Baker was asleep when he stepped off the car. He was a former resident of this place and is a cousin to Geo. and Alexander Baker, and was born in 1849. He was a member of the Presbyterian church and Masonic lodge.

His remains were brought here Saturday morning and taken to Hudson Hill church where his funeral was preached by Rev. Davis, and the body was laid to rest by the masonic lodge of this place.

We extend sympathy to the bereaved widow and children and other relatives.

Spencer Democrat, page 5
October 04, 1888

Died of Scarlet Fever

Died, of scarlet fever, Friday, Sept. 28, '88, Blanche, the little 2 year-old daughter of Jeff Harris and wife. The remains were interred in Riverside cemetery Sunday afternoon.

Spencer Democrat, page 5
October 04, 1888

Died of consumption

Died, of consumption, Sunday, Sept. 30, '88, Sarah, daughter of John Sims and wife. This is the second death in the family in the last two weeks. The body was laid to rest in Riverside cemetery Sunday afternoon.

Weekly Argus News (Crawfordsville)
May 27, 1893

Margaret Smith Eller

Contributor: Karen Zach

A very sad case of accidental poisoning, attended with fatal results, occurred Saturday night. The life belonged to Mrs. Maggie Eller and the sacrifice was occasioned by her own ignorance of morphine and its terrible effects, couple, perchance, with a piece of carelessness on the part of some druggist in selling her the powerful drug without cautioning her in regard to the quantity constituting a dose. Mrs. Eller has been a sufferer for sometime with acute neuralgia and has been taking treatment for the same under Dr. O. H. Jones. Saturday afternoon she returned from the Coffin factory, where she was employed in the lining department, and complained that she was not feeling well. From the symptoms she believed that it was an attack of neuralgia coming on and dispatched her young son, Harry for Dr. Jones. The physician responded in due time and found the lady in a condition bordering on the critical. She complained of feeling numb over her entire body and had all the symptoms of one suffering from an overdose of morphine. Notwithstanding her denial that she had taken any of the drug, Dr. Jones began treating her for morphine poisoning but she finally passed into convulsion and until death relieved the pain about 2 o'clock Sunday morning the lady never regained consciousness. Beneath her pillow was found a quantity of bulk morphine and several capsules. The box bore no druggists trade mark and where it came from is not known. However it is presumed that Mrs. Eller had taken it to relieve her pain and when questioned had denied the fact for the reason that she did not want the doctor to know she had been so careless as to prescribe for herself. A dose of morphine ranges from 1/8 to 1/2 grain and the supposition is that Mrs. Eller took a three grain capsule. The coroner was called and made a post mortem examination yesterday afternoon. The verdict returned was "death due to accidental poisoning."

Mrs. Eller was born in Whitehall in Owen County in 1833 and has been a resident of Crawfordsville for about 10 years, Her husband died soon after they moved here leaving his family in rather straightened circumstances but Mrs. Eller, by her own exertions, had succeeded in supporting and educating her two children, Harry and Carrie. She was a woman of many good qualities, a good neighbor and had the respect of the entire community.

Funeral services at 12 o'clock today by Rev. Howe and the remains were taken on the afternoon train to Bloomington, where the interment will occur.

Spencer Owen Leader, page 4.
November 11, 1914

Joseph Sims Dead

Mrs. Noah Brown, living west of Spencer, received word recently of the death of her brother, Joseph Sims, at his home in Cushing, Okla.

Mr. Sims formerly lived in Owen County and is well known among the older people of this vicinity. He died October 17th.

Spencer Owen Leader, page 4.
November 11, 1914

Eliza Medaris Dead

Mrs. Eliza Medaris, a sister of Mrs. James Babbs, died at her home in Bedford, Saturday at 2 o'clock and the funeral services were held Monday at 2 p.m. She was a daughter of Absolom Kiplinger and wife and formerly lived here.

Owen County Democrat, page 1.
December 09, 1915

McClean Johnson Dies

McClean Johnson, forty-seven years old, treasurer of Clay county, died suddenly Friday evening of heart disease. He went home from his office after dinner complaining of illness, but returned to work in the afternoon. He went home again in evening and lay down, dying soon afterward, A widow and daughter survive.

Spencer Owen Leader
March 06, 1918

Henry Lutz dead

Henry Lutz, about 83 years old, for 59 years a resident of Jennings township, died Wednesday morning at his home in Cataract after an illness of two months of heart trouble and complications. He is survived by the wife, four sons, and two daughters. Funeral services were held Thursday afternoon and interment was made at the Buckskin cemetery.

Owen County Democrat, page 1
December 12, 1918

Death of Robert Morrow

After being ill for some time Uncle Bob Morrow passed away at his home in Spencer last Thursday. The funeral was held Sunday being conducted by Rev. M. V. Foster after which interment was in Riverside cemetery. The following obituary was read at the services:

Robert Morrow was born in Madison, Ind., January 22, 1839, and died in Spencer, Ind., December 5, 1918 aged seventy-nine years, ten months and thirteen days.

He was married to Sarah Duffy October 11, 1866, and on April 9, 1871, was married to Margaret Naanes who died April 14. 1909. A son, Carl, died April 14, 1909.

Two daughters survive, Mrs. Vada Cline, of Bloomington, and Mrs. Carrie McCaslin, of Spencer, with whom he made his home during late years.

Brother Morrow was a member of the Baptist church in Spencer having united with that church thirty-five years ago during the pastorate of Rev. Clevenger.

Brother Morrow had an enviable record as a soldier in the Civil War. He enlisted as a member of Co. 4, 23rd Regt., Indiana Volunteer Inft., in 1861 and was honorably mustered out in 1863. He was a member of the G. A. R. and the I. 0. 0. F.

He died ripe in years and experience having lived a useful and honorable life. He is remembered with respect by all who knew him and by affection by those who were in his list of friends. He was especially fond of children.

Owen County Democrat, page 1
December 12, 1918

Death of Guy J. Putoff

Guy J. Putoff, son of Wilford and Rosa Putoff, was born Oct. 4, 1896, age 22 years, one month and 26 days. Guy left home the fourth of September for Camp Taylor, Kentucky, to become a part of the U.S. army and was in training there until his death, Nov. 30. He was kind hearted, beloved friend by those who knew him. He leaves a father, mother and three brothers, Frank Putoff of Coal City, William of Clay City and Herschel who is yet at home, one sister who preceded him in death. Our loss is his gain.

A short funeral service was held at the house by Rev. B. S. McNeely, pastor of the Beech U.B. church and burial at that place.

Owen County Democrat, page 1
December 12, 1918

LESLIE NICHOLS DEAD

Word was received in Spencer that Leslie Nichols died in Denver, Colo., Friday and that the remains are now on their way here where the funeral will be held at Hudson Hill. Nichols is survived by his wife and one child. The remains an expected here Wednesday or Thursday.

Owen County Democrat, page 1
December 12, 1918

WALLACE SUMNER DEAD

Wallace Sumner, about 23 years old, son of George Sumner, died at Akron, Col., of influenza-pneumonia Sunday afternoon. The remains were brought here for burial. He is a nephew of Mrs. Joseph C. Clark of this city.

Owen County Democrat, page 5
November 01, 1917

Obituary (Meek)

Jane Maze Meek, daughter of Thos. and Mary Maze, was born Jan. 29, 1836 and departed this life Oct. 24, 1917, aged 81 years, 8 months, and 25 days.

She was married to Warren E. Meek April 2, 1857. To this union were born 8 children, six boys, John W., Thomas J., Jeptha H., Lorenzo D., James S., and two daughters, Lavina and Mary. During the 60 years of married life spent in toiling together to raise the family, the death angel came but once, and that to take little Jeptha, aged 4 years.

April 30, 1893 she united with the Cataract Baptist Church under the pastorate of Rev. Clark, and remained a faithful and devoted member until the last.

Her sickness was of short duration but great suffering. She prayed the Good Lord to take her for she was ready to go.

The real charm of her life was the devotion to her family as wife and mother. She filled (illegible) her loss an aged companion, sons, two daughters, 20 grandchildren, three great grandchildren and many near relatives and friends.

Each of us have not or held in loving remembrance a glorious mother. Success and happiness do not come as a reward of ingratitude, disrespect and lack of affection for mother. THe same old-fashioned, sweet motherlove must ever be the foundation for permanent, ideal home life.

Funeral services were conducted at the home, Rev. O. F. Kaylor officiating. Interment in the Cataract cemetery.

Owen County Democrat, page 8
November 14, 1918

Obituary (Lautenschlager)

William Jeremiah Lautenschlager was born at Steubenville, Marion township, Indiana, July 31, 1895, and died at Cap McClellan, Ala., Oct. 21, 1918, aged 23 years, two months and 20 days. He was the only son of Jacob S. and Mary Ellen nee Baumgartner, Lautenschlager. He was given in holy baptism to his Lord on Sept. 15, 1895, Rev. H. L. Ridenour officiating. On June 13, 1909, he renewed this vow in the rite of confirmation under the pastorate of Rev. H. Specht. To this confession he lived a consistent life unto the end, as all will testify who knew him.

His mother gave her life for his dying at his birth. In turn he gave his life in the service of his country he loved, having been in the training camp only three months to the day. He leaves a father and a step-mother, whom he dearly loved as his letters from the camp to them will testify. Besides these, he leaves a host of relatives and friends to mourn.

He was earnest and conscientious in all things, especially in attendance at worship in the house of the Lord. The words of the Psalmist truely apply to him: "One thing have I desired of the Lord, That will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to inquire in his temple." Ps. 27, 4.

A Mr. Carpenter of Clay township, Owen county, was the escort that brought the body home. The funeral was conducted by his pastor, O. V. Poorman.

Over just beyond the hill-tops.
Where the sun sinks in the west.
Is a land of untold brightness.
Where the weary soul can rest.
Just above the dark clouds o'er us,
Where the stars shine all the night.
Is a home where love's bright angel
Never wearies with the light.
Just beyond life's flowing river,
Over on the other shore,
Many loved ones wait to greet us.
When our journey here is o'er.
Just beyond the morning's sunbeams,
Over there across the way,
Is a world of wondrous beauty,
Where is one eternal day.

Owen County Democrat, page 8
November 14, 1918

Obituary (Patrick)

Margaret Elizabeth, oldest daughter of Albert J. and Sara Ann Treadway, was born at Cuba, Ind., Dec. 4, 1861.

While a young woman, she with her parents, two brothers and one sister, moved to Spencer.

She was married to Howe Patrick September 15, 1885. To this union were born three children, Hazel, now Mrs. Otis Kinney, of Spencer, Dudley, whom Jesus took into Heaven while a dear innocent babe of eighteen months, and Faye Patrick, of Indianapolis.

While a young girl, "Lizzie" was converted, uniting with the Baptist church and as long as circumstances permitted she was a regular attendant at Sunday school and church.

For many years Mrs. Patrick has been a constant sufferer, but she was the uncomplaining kind, not wanting her afflictions to effect the lives of her friends and family.

Her devotion to her family and home was one of her strong characteristics, no sacrifice was too great, no burden too heavy to be borne for her loved ones.

To us who knew "Lizzie" well, her character was beautiful, being entirely void of any desire to attract attention, she, in her quiet unpretentious manner impressed us all with her genuine worth. She fell asleep Nov. 5, 1918, leaving a husband, three grandchildren, an aged mother, one brother, one sister and many relatives and friends to mourn her departure.

"We sit at the lower feast today
She at the higher
Our voices falter as we bend to pray
In the great choir
Of happy saints she sings,
And does not tire."

  • A FRIEND

Spencer Owen Leader, page 1
March 05, 1919

Gosport Woman Dies

Mrs. Victoria McCarty, 64 years old, widow of William McCarty, died Tuesday afternoon of last week of influenza-pneumonia at her home north of Gosport after an illness of about four weeks. She is survived by six sones, Leslie of North Dakota, Curtis and Tinsley of Jasonville, W. C. of Spencer, Woody and Elijah of Gosport, and three daughters, Mrs. Ethel Kilburn and Edna Summers of Indianapolis and Malissa at home. The husband and two children preceded her in death.

Funeral services were held at the home Thursday morning and at the Baptist church in Quincy and interment was made in the Combs cemetery.

Spencer Owen Leader, page 1
March 05, 1919

Obituary (Knipe)

Bertha J., second child of John and Mary Knipe, was born near Paoli, Orange county, July 16, 1897, and came with her parents to Owen county when she was about 7 years of age, where she has since lived.

She was married to Vernon Steele Oct. 12, 1913; to this happy union one son was born, Roe Borden, May 18, 1915. She accepted her savior during Brother Gray's meetings and became of member of the Presbyterian church at Bethany in 1915. She was a member of the Ladies Aid Society and was always ready and willing to do her part.

Bertha had an exceptionally sweet, sympathetic disposition, a blessing and comfort to her husband's parents, an inspiration to her young husband, and a kind loving neighbor.

Two weeks ago this happy family was stricken with the dreaded influenza. With Bertha, it was almost hopeless from the first, and every thing that human hands could do was of no avail. On the night of the 22nd her spirit went home. 'Twas then that a messenger from God came silently below, and bore her spirit away. Oft from our heart comes the bitter cry, "Why, Oh why, did our darling die." Then comes the thot (sic) so solemn and deep, She is not dead, Only asleep. God was her ransom, her guardian, her guide. Death has no sting since the Saviour hath died.

She leaves to mourn their loss the husband, little son Roe-Borden, and a host of relatives and friends. She will be missed by the ones who loved her so dearly; but our loss is Heaven's gain. N.L.

Spencer Owen Leader, page 1
March 12, 1919

Pioneer Woman Dies

Mrs. Sarah Peden, A Native Of This County, Succumbs To Heart Disease Foned (sic) In Yard

Mrs. Sarah (Beem) Peden, almost 77 years old, widow of Thomas A. Peden, died Monday morning of heart trouble after only a few minutes' illness. She had gone into the yard to hang some wash cloths on a clothers line when she fell. Just how log she lay helpless is not known. She was found by Fred Drescher who, in passing, heard her moaning. She was carried into the house and dies in about ten minutes, conscious to the last. She talked with her physician and others about her and stated that her heart had stopped, causing her to fall.

Mrs. Peden was a daughter of Levi and Sarah (Johnson) Beem and was born in this county in 1843. She was married Sept. 29, 1863, to Thomas A. Peden. He died Aug. 14, 1912. Mrs. Peden is survived by three sonds, Jesse P., Walter B., and Howard Peden; two brothers, David E. and Daniel Beem, and four sisters, Mrs. Samuel Steele, of Romona, Mrs. S. D. Richards of Patricksburg, Mrs. Julia Morgan and Mr. W. S. Mead, both of Spencer. None of her sons were in town at the time of her death; Jesse was at Martinsville and Walter and Howard at the farm.

Funeral services are to be help at 10 a.m. today (Wednesday) at the house, Rev. Larmore of the M. E. church officiating. Interment will be ade in Riverside cemetery.

Spencer Owen Leader, page 1
March 19, 1919

Mrs. Samuel Pickens Dead

Mrs. Virginia F. Pickens, 67 years old, wife of Samuel O. Pickens, died Wednesday evening about 6 o'clock at her home, 1901 North Pennsylvania street, Indianapolis after a brief illness of influenza of a severe character. Mrs. Pickens was born in Spencer in 1851 and was a daughter of Judge William M. Franklin, and a sister of Mrs. N. D. Cox. In 1872 she was married to Samuel O. Pickens, an attorney, and for many years past they have made their home in Indianapolis.

Mrs. Pickens has long been a member of the First Baptist church and was active in all church work. She is survived by the husband and four chldren, Rush F. Pickens, Mrs. H. C. Adams, Owen Pickens, and Mrs. Margeurite Gregory, all of Indianapolis. The two sons are members of the law firm with which their father is associated.

Owen County Democrat, page 1
June 15, 1922

DANIEL ARNET RAWLINGS

Our pretty Riverside cemetery is fast gathering to its bosom our older and well-known citizens. Friday, June 9th, the body of Mr. Arnet Rawlings was brought home from Indianapolis to be laid to rest there.

Daniel Arnet Rawlings was born near Bloomington, Indiana, August 8, 1859, the son of Thomas and Emily Rawlings. He passed his childhood in the quiet home neighborhood, later going to Iowa. where as a clerk he assisted his uncle, Daniel Browning, in merchantile business. He came back to Spencer for his bride and on April 3, 1888, married Amy, eldest daughter of Dr. M. G. and Rebecca Allen Mullinix, prominent people of the town. Later returning to Spencer for a permanent home, Mr. Rawlings was long an employee in the old firm of Green & Egner, until his health demanded an out-door life. His three children were most tenderly loved by this devoted father. Mary, who died in infancy, and Maston with his twin sister, Marjory, now Mrs. C W. Swift, of Indianapolis. When Mrs. Rawlings in the first deadly influenza year, was called to care for her sister's motherless family, Mr. Rawlings preferred to remain in Spencer with his business and his old friends, to whom he was very loyal; but last March, failing decidedly in health. he yielded to the oft-repeated requests of his family to join them in Indianapolis. His last weeks, when he was slowly sinking under pernicious aenemia, were gladdened by the constant care and presence of his three best-loved ones, and his new delight, the little grandson, Bobby.

Mr. Rawlings united with the M. E. Church in Iowa, in his early youth, and held its faith in his heart thru-out his life. In his last suffering days he was eager to depart and would say to his wife, "I will not he here long. I hope Jesus will take me soon." And so he has slipped away, this quiet, patient, unassuming man, of whom no one who knew him, would say anything but kind words. We shall miss and not soon forget him.

The funeral services were held in the Christian Church; conducted by Rev. C. H. De Voe of Zionsville, a former pastor of the church in this city.

Owen County Democrat, page 1
July 13, 1922

JOHN THOMAS LUCK

John Thomas Luck was born in Madison, Indiana, in 1842, the son of English parents, Jacob and Louise Luck, who first settled in Baltimore. He was the devoted brother of Mrs. Elizabeth Morgan, and often came to Spencer, where he was a welcome visitor in the home of his favorite niece, Mrs. Stella Drescher.

He entered the struggle of the civil war at seventeen in company with his father. For many years afterward he was a photographer, traveling on the Ohio river. He ministered to his mother in her declining days with all the tenderness of a woman. His last years were spent at the soldiers home in Marion, Indiana, and in that at Hampden, Virginia. He had fine physical health and strength; a young, exuberant spirit, habits of industry and helpfulness, a kind and loving heart. We lay this sincere, sympathetic good man to rest beside his sister, Elizabeth, to sleep the years away, until the ressurrection (sic) morning breaks over this beautiful God's acre.

Tbe remains were brought here Sunday evening and brief services were conducted at Riverside cemetery by Rev. Lewis A. Kelly, pastor of the Presbyterian church.

Spencer Owen Leader, page 1
December 06, 1922

Buried at Ellettsville

Thursday, at Ellettsville, the body of Mrs. George N. Puett, about 80 years old, was laid to rest. She was the wife of Rev. George Puett, now 95 years old, for many years a Methodist minister in the Indiana conference. He has frequently preached here and he is brother of Mrs. Robt. McNaught. Mrs. Puett died at Warren, Ind., where the aged couple went two weeks before to spend their remaining days in the Methodist home for old people. Mr. and Mrs. F. M. Field attended the funeral Thursday.

Spencer Owen Leader, page 1
February 28, 1923

MRS. ROBT. M'NAUGHT DIES

Widow of Capt. McNaught Dies Here At Age Of 91 Years - Husband Died Only A Few Months Ago

Mrs. Sarah (Puett) McNaught, 91 years old, widow of Capt. Robert McNaught, died Monday morning at the home of her daughter, Mrs. F. M. Field. Her husband died only a few months ago and since his death her decline has been rapid. For years she had been an invalid. She was a native of Monroe county and was married to Robert McNaught October 9, 1851. Two children were born to this union, only one of whom, Mrs. F. M. Field, survives. A grandson, Wade Fitch, lives in California and one granddaughter, Mrs. Mary (Field) Bacon, lives here. A brother, the Rev. George Puett of Ellettsville, is now almost 96 years old.

Mrs. McNaught's father, William Puett, was a Baptist minister in Monroe county. Mrs. McNaught was born January 6, 1832, near Ellettsville. Funeral services will be held at 2 o'clock this afternoon at the home of F. M. Field and interment will be made in Riverside cemetery.

Spencer Owen Leader, page 1
February 28, 1923

Former Resident Dead

Ralph E. Johnson, of Lincoln, Nebr., sends us word of the death of Mrs. Lillie Beach at Alhambra, Calif., Feb. 4. She was a daughter of Mrs. Amma Johnson Fulk and a granddaughter of Finley B. Johnson and will be remembered by the older citizens here. Amma Johnson married a Johnson and later married a Fulk. She and her first husband conducted what is now the Laymon Hotel and there Lillie was born, also Laura, Emma, Charlie, and Grove Johnson. The only one of the children surviving is Mrs. Laura Wilkinson, now living in Omaha.

Spencer Owen Leader, page 1
July 04, 1923

George Z. Smith Dead

George Z. Smith, 83 years old, for many years a farmer of this county, died suddenly Thursday morning at his home west of Spencer. He had been ailing for several months and for three weeks past had been confined to his bed. Thursday morning he was awakened as usual about 5 o'clock by his daughter, Mrs. McGuire, and a little later he was found dead. Heart disease is thought to have been the cause.

Mr. Smith was born in Ohio April 6, 1840, and was a son of James Smith. His mother's maiden name was Sheppard. For practically all his life he had lived in Owen county. His wife died about three years ago. He is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Lawerence (sic) Hahn, Mrs. Sam McClure and Mrs. Arthur McGuire, with whom he lived, all living in or near Spencer.

Funeral services were held Friday at the home and interment was made in Riverside cemetery. He was a Red Man and the lodge officiated at his funeral.

Indianapolis News, page 1
August 27, 1932

Nancy Keller died

Mrs. Nancy Keller, age 96, an Indiana pioneer born in a log cabin in Putnam County died Friday night at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Louis R. Adams, 401 Berkley Road. Mrs. Keller until recently was alert and interested in modern invention and science, keeping abreast of the times through newspapers and radio in spite of her advanced age. Mrs. Keller was born March 29, 1835. When she was seven years old her family moved to Owen County near Spencer, traveling in a covered wagon with the stock following and had a wealth of reminiscences of early days and often said she saw "Spencer grow-up" and told of how she played on the ties when the Indianapolis & Vincennes Railroad was built through town. She was one of a family of 11 children. She was the widow of Andrew J. Keller, a Civil War veteran who died in 1887. Mrs. Keller is survived by the daughter, Mrs. Adams; a son Willard Keller of Oklahoma; a brother and sister, Mrs. Maggie Welty, Huntington and William Coffman, Spencer, 11 grandchildren 35 great grandchildren and 12 great great grandchildren. She was a member of the West Washington Street church but in recent years had been attending the University Park Christian Church. Funeral services will be held at the undertaking establishment of Edward Tyner, 328 West Thirtieth Street, Sunday afternoon with burial at the Pleasant Grove Cemetery north of Spencer Monday.

Terre Haute Tribune-Star
April 27, 1990

Archie O. Hamm

Archie O. Hamm, 93, resident of 300 North Franklin Street, Brazil, died at 12:30 p.m. Friday, April 27 at the Clay County Hospital after two weeks of failing health.

Born January 17, 1897, in Owen County, he was the son of William F. and Anna (Gose) Hamm.

He attended school in Owen and Clay County and led an active life in business and political activities in Clay County.

His first wife, Lucille (Cutshall) Hamm preceded him in death in 1971. He later married Mary (Shaw) Hamm and she preceded him in death in 1983.

In 1932 he was co-owner along with Wayne Crofton of the West National Avenue of the Marathon Service station until his retirement in 1971.

Mr. Hamm was mayor of Brazil from 1948 to 1955 and also served on the city council from 1943 to 1948.

He was a long-time active member of the Brazil First Christian Church and served in official capacities as elder, deacon, trustee, and chairman of the board of trustees. He was a member of the Brazil Kiwanis Club for more than 54 years and had a perfect attendance record. He was honored as a Kiwanis Club for Fellow at the International Foundation in 1985, served as club president in 1942 and as lieutenant governor in 1945.

He was a member of the Masonic Lodges, No. 541 of Brazil; Brazil Commandery No. 47; Knights Templar; Brazil Council. R.& S.M; Brazil Chapter No 59, R.A.M.; Terre Haute Valley Scottish Rite: Brazil Eagles Lodge No. 274. and a life member of the Elks Lodge No 762, and former director of the YMCA and the Clay County Chamber of Commerce.

He was preceded in death by his only daughter. Juanita Hamm Shearer in 1973; three sisters, Clara Hamm Swearingen, Nona Hamm Swearingen and Elsie Hamm Hargraves.

Survivors are one granddaughter, the Rev Linda Shearer Strohmier of New York: one sister, Ruby Targett of Brazil; one brother and sister-in-law, Hubert and Rosa Hamm of Brazil; two step-daughters, Bonnie Jean Shaw Williams of Indianapolis and Dorothy Shaw Johnson of Muncie; one great-granddaughter, and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were Monday, April 30 at the First Christian Church. Bro. Doug Fraley officiated.

Interment was at the Roselawn Memorial Park in Terre Haute.

Crawfordsville Journal Review
June 24, 1977

MARGARET RUTHANNA FRANKLIN YOUNG

Contributor: Karen Zach

SCOTTSBURG – Mrs. Margaret Ruthanna Young, 53, of Rt. 3, Scottsburg, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Russell Franklin and sister of Mrs. Ruby Bowman, all of Crawfordsville, died at 8 p.m. Thursday in Methodist Hospital at Louisville, KY. Mrs. Young was a member of Zoah Christian Church at Scottsburg. She was born Jan. 19, 1924 in Owen County where she lived most of her life. She had resided the past six years in Scott County. Others survivors besides the parents and sister are her husband, Frank M. Sr. of Scottsburg; a son, Frank M. Jr. of Minneapolis, Minn.; a daughter, Mrs. Becky Bacon of Williamsport; and four grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a brother, Russell Lee Franklin. Services will be at 2 p.m. Monday in Hamilton-Orr Funeral Home at Hoopeston, with the Rev. Stanley J. Thomas, pastor of Zoah Church, officiating. Burial will be in Floral Hill Cemetery at Hoopeston. Friends may call at the Collins Funeral at Scottsburg 4-9 p.m. Saturday and at the Hamilton-Orr Funeral Home at Hoopeston 2-4 and 7-9 Sunday. The family requests memorials in the form of donations to the American Cancer Society. – jlr