Bugbee Forgery

Fort Wayne Sentinel, December 15, 1880, page 2.

Kirk Babbs, of Spencer, was arrested Monday on a grand jury warrant for the stabbing of a state house quarry hand, just before the fall election.

Gosport Reporter, October 4, 1888, page 1.

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, October 4, 1888, page 5.

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, October 4, 1888, page 5.

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.

Spencer Democrat, August 28, 1890, page 4.

Real Estate Transfers

The following are the real estate transfers for the week ending August 23, 1890:

George C. Massy to Andrew T. Massy, lots 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34 and strip adjoining Spencer $1200.00

Sheriff to Wm R. Kennedy, lot 3 Gosport $162.00

John Spears to C.R. and C.N. Ellis, lots 21 and 22 Spencer $325.00

Jacob A. Wright to George Chambers, 120 acres in Lafayette $2000.00

Nancy Biggerton et al to Ambrose Watson, 40 acres in Jefferson $300.00

James S. Goss to John W. Black et al Int. in 24 acres in Wayne $100.00

John W. Beem to Nancy M. Beem, 148 66-100 acres in Washington $2000.00

Hannah B. Greenfield to Daniel O. Sullivan, 235 acres in Jackson $5000.00

D.O. Sullivan to M.M. Walton, 235 acres in Jackson $8000.00

M.M.Walton to Allen Spyker, 235 acres in Jackson $8000.00

Owen County Democrat, March 10, 1892

Married, Thursday morning at 9:30 o'clock at the residence of James Babbs, Charles A. St. Clair and Hattie Babbs, daughter of Kirk Babbs. Rev. C. E. Wells performed the marriage ceremony. Mr. St. Clair is a brakeman on the Big Four and lives at Mt. Carmel, Ill., to which place the bride and groom took their leave Thursday morning on the ten o'clock train.

Indianapolis Journal, January 27, 1893.

MRS. SHUMAN GETS $2,000 DAMAGES

Spencer, Ind., Jan. 26-The jury in the case of Mrs. Nancy Shuman against the Island City Coal Company at Spencer returned a verdict awarding $2,000 damages to the plaintiff. Her husband was killed in the company's mines.

Weekly Argus News (Crawfordsville), May 27, 1893, p. 6

Contributed by Karen Zach

Margaret Smith Eller

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 County Democrat, January 10, 1907, page 4.

Contributed by Ben Fulton

Dyar-Weber

Ralph Dyar of Indianapolis and Miss Rose Weber, of Piqua, Ohio, were united in marriage at the latter place New Year's eve. Mr. Dyar is a son of Lafayette Dyar and wife, of Spencer, and the young couple came to Spencer immediately after their marriage to visit relatives. They will make their home in Indianapolis.

Mr. Dyar is a splendid young man and his bride is a charming young lady who has already made a host of friends among Owen county people.

Spencer Owen County Democrat, January 10, 1907, page 4.

Contributed by Ben Fulton

William Galimore and daughter, Celeste, went to Quincy Wednesday to attend the funeral of his uncle, Wm. Davis, an old soldier and highly respected resident of that place, who died Monday. Mr. Davis was 88 years old.

Gosport Reporter , April 25, 1912, page 1.

GOSPORT HIGH SCHOOL COMMENCEMENT TUESDAY EVENING, APRIL 30TH

Class of Sixteen, Eleven Girls and Five Boys, Will Receive Diplomas

Ernest Brown

Ernest Brown attended the Hale school until the seventh grade. He took the eight year's work under Mr. James Raper at this place. He is preparing to teach. Ernest played on the Gosport High School football team for three years, his position being tackle and half. He lives with his parents, Noah and Arlita Brown, two and one half miles west of Gosport. He was born in 1893.

Bertha Campbell

Bertha Campbell, who lives with her mother Mrs. Alice Campbell has completed the twelve years' work of the Gosport school, She was born in Gosport, August 30, 1892.

Herman Carlton

Herman Carlton spent most of his school life in Quincy, Indiana. In 1907 he attended school in Harrison Township, coming from there to High school in 1908. He was a member of the football team for three years playing tackle and end. During his residence here he has been active in church work and for several years has been president of the Epworth League. His parents, Mr. and Mrs. Alva B. Carlton, live in Nebraska. Herman will enter Bethany College at Bethany, West Virginia this fall. He wa born at Cartersburg, Indiana, July 8, 1892.

May Cherry

May Cherry is the daughter of Frank and Elizabeth Cherry. She was born in Morgan County, Indiana in May 1891. Her education in the common school was received at the Pocket school house.

Mary Evans

Mary Evans attended school at the Surber school house completing the eighth grade in the year of 1908. She expectes to teach and will make further preparation for her work by entering Indiana University on the 10th, Her parents are James S. and Emma Brown Evans. She was born June 1, 1894.

Hazel Gray

Hazel Gray, daughter of James and Alice Gray, was born in Morgan County, Indiana, May 24, 1891. She attended school her first two years at Eminence and the remaining years of common school at Little Mount. She will teach.

Herman Hensley

Herman Hensley attended the common school at District No. 3, in Taylor township. He is the son of Charles W. Hensley. He was on the football team during the four years in which he attended the High school. The first year he played as substitute and afterwards played in the back field. Herman plays a violin in the Gosport Orchestra. He will teach next year. He was born June 8, 1894.

Haleen Kidd

Haleen Kidd spent the first seven years of her school life at the country school known as Sand College. During the eighth year she attended the Gosport school and entered High School with the present class. She was born December 15, 1894, and lives with her father, Mr. B. S. Kidd. She will teach.

Malissa McCarty

Malissa McCarty is the daughter of William and Victoria McCarty. She attended school at Little Mount until she finished the eighth grade. She entered the Gosport High School in 1908. Malissa holds the record for attendance, not having missed a day during the first three years. On account of a death in the home it was necessary for her to miss a few days the last year. She expects to take a course in Indiana University, after which she will teach. She was born February 19, 1892.

Herbert Morgan

Herbert Morgan is the only one of the class who did not enter Gosport High School in the fall of 1908. He attended the Spencer High School for two years, after which he spent one year at Shortridge in Indianapolis. He has been with this class one and one half years. He expects to be a clothing salesman in Chicago. Herbert was born in Chatanooga (sic), Tenn. in 1901. He is the son of Mrs. C. W. Hensley, of this place.

Mary Sinclair

Mary Sinclair, oldest daughter of J.G. and Malissa Sinclair, was born in Harrison township in 1894. She completed the work of the common school in six years, attending school No. 4 near her home. She will enter Indiana University June 10th.

Ruby Spangler

Ruby Spangler finished the eighth grade at Surber school, after which she spent eight weeks in the eighth grade at Gosport. She was born in ---- and is the daughter of Mrs. Ida Spangler, living northwest of this place.

Edith Stierwalt

Edith Stierwalt attended the Brush school in Wayne township the first seven years of her school life. Having completed the course in that time she entered High School. She was born July 24, 1894, at Gosport Junction, the daughter of John and Ora Stierwalt.

Loyd Stoner

Loyd Stoner was born in Marion county, Indiana, June 28, ???? His parents moved to Hancock County and there Loyd attended school for seven years. The eighth year was ? after coming to this county. He attended High School since the year of 1908 with the exception of about four weeks during his Junior year when it was necessary for him to go on a trip. However, the work he missed has been made up and he will graduate with his class. Loyd played foot ball for four years, the first at guard and the last three at half. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Stoner.

Emma Stucky

Emma Stucky attended school at No. 4 in Harrison township until she had completed the fifth grade. The remainder of the work has been taken in the Gosport school. Emma was born at Spring Cave, Ind., November 10, 1889. She is the daughter of Homer W. and Kate Stucky, of Indianapolis.

Nellie Wampler

Nellie Wampler was born in Monroe County, September 15, 1891. She lives with her parents, Jefferson and Amanda Wampler. Nellie has passed through the twelve grades of the Gosport school. She entered the High School in 1908 and in addition to her school work has been on the staff of the local paper.

Ellettsville Farm, October 9, 1913, p. 1.

ROBERT MCNAUGHT SHOT

Robert McNaught, 35 years old, son of General Thomas A. McNaught of Spencer, was shot and instantly killed Sunday noon at Mooresville by Henry Beeler, marshal of that place. It seems that McNaught and a friend named Elkins were making trouble on the downtown streets and that Marshal Beeler was called to put a stop to it. Elkins and McNaught turned on the marshal, Elkins striking him and knocking him to his knees. Both men, says the Star, jumped onto him and began beating him but were pulled off by citizens.

Five shots were said to have been fired, four of which, according to the Star found lodgment in McNaught's body, and his death was practically instantaneous. The shooting occurred at noon and was witnessed by fully 200 people who were going home from two churches, both in sight of the scene of the shooting. Coroner Maxwell held Beeler guilty of murder and Sheriff Haas of Morgan County took the marshal into custody and he was placed in jail.

Gosport Reporter, August 13, 1914, page 1.

To the public

Having bought the W. P. Neible stock of groceries and provisions, I will continue the business at the old stand wehre (sic) I will take pleasure in catering to the wants of the public.

I expect to keep a complete stock of staple and fancy grociress (sic), cured meets (sic), fruits and vegetebles (sic) and solicit a liberal share of your patronage. By reasonable prices and courteous treatment I expect to make you one of my satisfied customer (sic).

Courteous Treatment. Pleased Customers.

C. O. Anderson

Spencer Democrat, August 13, 1914, page 5.

Died, of blood poisoning, Wednesday, Sept. 26, '88, the infant of Ben Babbs and wife. The funeral took place from the Christian church on Thursday afternoon.

Gosport Reporter, August 13, 1914, page 1.

Mr. and Mrs. Herman Chambers and Mrs. William Heaps of Spencer, were the guests of Harry Ennis and family, yesterday.

Gosport Reporter, August 13, 1914, page 1.

Mrs. L. F. Collier who has been visiting with her father Leora Martin, east of town, returned to her home in Paragon Wednesday.

Gosport Reporter, August 13, 1914, page 1.

Miss Nellie Tabbs of Terre Haute came last week for a visit with Mr. and Mrs. Ed DeVore northwest of town.

Spencer Owen Leader, November 11, 1914, page 4.

Contributed by Ben Fulton

Charles P. Surber has bought the Walter Jones property on North Harrison Street and will move in as soon as he has his sale. He takes the Recorder's office Jan. 1st

Spencer Owen Leader, November 11, 1914, page 4.

Contributed by Ben Fulton

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, November 11, 1914, page 4.

Contributed by Ben Fulton

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, November 26, 1914, page 1.

ON TRIAL FOR MURDER

Thomas Hardin Being Tried in the Owen Circuit Court This Week.

SHOT WIFE AND HER MOTHER

Was Alleged to Have Been Intoxicated When Crime Was Committed

The November term of the Owen Circuit Court was convened Monday with the new Judge, Robert W. Miers, on the bench. Immediately after the convening of court Judge Miers gave way to Special Judge Herbert Rundell, of Spencer, who began the trial of Thomas Hardin for the murder of his wife, whom he is alleged to have killed, with her mother, at Bloomington last March.

The court room was fairly well filled when the trial begain, and many of the special veniremen had to be The court room was fairly well filled when the trial begain, and many of the special veniremen had to be examined before a jury was found that was acceptable to both sides.

A jury was empaneled Monday afternoon, consisting of Carl Buzzard, of Clay township; Roscoe Anderson, of Morgan; Samuel Miller of Clay; Daniel Stahl of Jefferson; William M. Job of Jackson; Erzie Strouse, of Lafayette; Homer Dean, of Morgan; Claude Hoadley, of Waymne, William C. Teagardin, of Washington; Calvin Barker, of Clay; Thomas W. Lukenbil, of Wayne, and James L. Dunigan of Wayne.

Hickam & Hickam of Spencer, and Joseph Henley of Bloomington, are assisting Joseph Barclay in the prosecution, and Robert G. Miller, Frank Regester, of Bloomington, and Homer Elliott, of Spencer, are defending.

Sheriff Robertson has been ordered by the Court to keep the jury together throughout the process of the trial. They will, therefore, not be permitted to separate until the case is terminated, which will probably last throughout the present week.

Following the opening statement by Prosecutor Joseph K. Barclay, four witnesses were examined for the state before court adjourned Monday.

Joseph K. Barclay, prosecuting attorney, made the opening statement for the state. The defense deferred its statement until after the examination in chief was concluded. It is understood, however, the defense will not contradict the main facts in the case, but will plead insanity. Frank Regester examined the jurors for the defense and questioned them especially as to their attitude on the plea of insanity.

In questioning the jurors for the state, Joseph B. Henley asked each man if he believed in captial punishment. When it became evident that the selection of a jury of men who bleieved in capital punishment would be difficult, the state no longer pressed this pont.

The bloodstains on the garments worn by Mrs. Hardin on the day of the tragedy were exhibited to the jurors and Chief of Police Hensley, of Bloomington, and the physicicans who were called to attend Mrs. Hardin gave their testimony. So far no witnesses have been examined to prove the sanity or insanity of the defendant, although it is understood that the defense will introdce a number of expert alienists.

Owen County Democrat, November 26, 1914, page 1.

Frank White of Carp Has Right Arm Badly Mangled.

The first corn shredder accident to occur in Owen county this season happened last Wednesday, when Frank White, son of Eli White, a young farmer living a short distance north of Carp, lost a portion of his right arm while running the machine.

Frank White and his brother, Don, own a corn shredder and have contracts with several farmers in the north part of the coutry to shred their fodder, and while running the machine on the farm of Riley Goss, near Carp, it became clogged. In attempting to clean out the knives while the machine was running his right hand became caught in the knives and his hand and arm were cut and crushed so badly that Dr. A. Pierson, of Spencer, who was immediately summoned, was compelled to amputate the arm below the elbow. At this writing the wound is healing nicely. The unfortunate young man has the sympathy of his hundreds of friends throughout the county.

Owen County Democrat, November 26, 1914, page 1.

Real Estate Transfers

(Reported by Spandler & Rundell, Lawyers and Abstractors)

Charles Gifford to Will O. Banion, 97 a. in Morgan tp. $1.00 and other consideration.

Wm. T. Berwick to Elva B. Smith, 68 a. in Jefferson tp., $1.00 and other consideration.

Uriah Need to Lucy A. Williams, 53 a. in Lafayette tp., $800.00

Mary E. Surber to Lyman D. Heavenridge, pt. of lot 76, Spencer, $200.00

Ann Bolin to Laura Ferice in Jackson tp., $1.00 and other consideration.

Joseph H. Hicks to Sherman Hicks, undivided 2-7 of 40 a., Franklin tp., $3,000.00

J.T. York to J.W. Huber, one-half a. in Talor tp. $1.00

Geo J. Dickenson to Fred Dailey, 238 a. in Lafayette tp., $4,000.00

Loving Winklepleck to Jessie Joice, 60 a. in Marion tp., $1,000.00

Clarence J. Haltom to Ezra McAninch, 1 a. in Taylor tp., $125.00

Owen County Democrat, November 26, 1914, page 1.

Will Celebrate 100th Birthday

Mrs. Nancy Tincher, one of the pioneers of this section, will celebrate her one-hundredth birthday anniversary on Monday, Nov. 30, at the home of her granddaughter, Mrs. George Stafford. Mrs. Tincher was born in Tennessee and came to this part of the country with her parents. The family made the journey in a two wheel cart drawn by oxen. Mrs. Tincher has been a member of the Methodist church for eighty-five years. She is a woman loved by all who know her - Linton Citizen.

Owen County Democrat, December 9, 1915, page 1.

CHRISTMAS IS COMING

What Would Make a Better Gift Than a Ticket for the Band Wagon?

Christmas is coming. Do you realize that two weeks from Saturday will be the date for the greatest holiday of the year. What have you done to prepare for it? Have you knit that pair of socks for father? Have you bought that box of cigars for mother? We will venture a guess, that is, is that you haven't bought a thing yet and won't until the last day. The struggle to get Christmas gifts to please everyone and yet to be in range of our purse is always a trying matter. You mayhap are laying awake of nights trying to think of things for sister Susie or uncle Bill and you worry your head off trying to think of something to get that will please them. There is one gift that is always pleasing especially to the folks away from home and that is the ticket for a years trip on the Democrat band wagon. Buy one and make the recipent of your Christmas gift this year happy. The following were in and secured tickets last week.

  • Emmett Chambers, Spencer
  • John Spangler, Coal City.
  • Nannie Steel, Quincy.
  • Mrs. F. M. Brown, Cataract.
  • Henry Spangler, Coal City.
  • Charles Black, Gosport.
  • Daniel Stahl, Terre Haute.
  • R. W. Macy, Spencer.
  • Herbert Cooksey, Cloverdale
  • H. B. Foley, Spencer.
  • Rolla Stogsdill, Spencer.
  • Mrs. Pauline Hicks, Raymond, Neb.
  • Mrs. F. G. Smith, Indianapolis.
  • Mrs. Cinda Crane, Running Water, South Dakota.
  • C. C. Bryant, Freedom.
Owen County Democrat, December 9, 1915, page 1.

SHOT WHILE HUNTING.

George Miller, age twenty two, son of Samuel Miller of Clay City, was shot and fatally injured by the accidental discharge of a gun while out hunting near Clay City one day last week, says the Brazil Democrat. The young man, accompanied by Edgar Harris, was hunting not far from Clay City when the accident occurred. Miller stepped up on a log to get a better view of the field they were in when he slipped and fell and the trigger of the gun struck against the log, accidentally discharging it. The load of shot took effect in his stomach, and he fell to the ground in an unconscious condition.

After making an examination of the wound three physicians announced that the young man was fatally injured, and that there was practically no hope for his recovery.

Owen County Democrat, December 9, 1915, page 1.

The last regular meeting of the year for the present town council was held on Monday night. The books for the year's business were practically closed. Not much business was before the body with the exception of allowmg the yearly salaries of fire chief Walter Proctor and his eighteen assistants and other incidental expenses. The salary of each of the firemen is $15 per year. Marshal elect Hugh Parrish and Councilman-elect Thomas Antibus were interesting spectators. A special meeting will be held during the month to dispose of all unfinished business before the January meeting, when the council will be reorganized.

Owen County Democrat, December 9, 1915, page 1.

Two small fires, neither doing much damage, made work for the fire department the past week. The first one was Saturday morning when a flue burned out at the home of George Dean, corner Franklin and Harrison streets, and the second one on Sunday at the home of Marquis Moffett on West Morgan street. The roof was slightly burned on account of a defective flue.

Owen County Democrat, December 9, 1915, page 1.

J. B. Bryan, cashier of the First National Bank of Spencer has called a meeting of the stockholders for Monday, Jan. 10, for the purpose of electing nine directors of this growing institution. The directors will serve one year.

Owen County Democrat, December 9, 1915, page 1.

? Poulton of Worthington, who recently purchased the Poohin farm of 452 acres, southwest of Spencer, has removed his family to the farm, which adds another desirable family to the citizenship of Owen county.

Owen County Democrat, December 9, 1915, page 1.

That flourishing fraternal order, the Mooose, gave a "big feed" at the hall Saturday night, at which nearly all the members, with their wives, children and sweethearts, were present. After the lunch the evening was spent in social enjoyment and speeches, in all of which events it is said that County Clerk J. C. Clark took the lead and helped to make the occasion a pleasant one for members and visitors.

Owen County Democrat, December 9, 1915, page 1.

AN AUTOMOBILE ACCIDENT

In Which Three Persons Were Injured, One of Them Seriously.

An automobile owned by Al Hickam and driven by his son, Oliver Hickam, turned turtle last Sunday morning opposite the Steve Summers farm, near Ratttlesnake, three miles west of Spencer, and injured three persons. Besides Mr Hickam who escaped uninjured, the other occupants of the machine and their injuries were:

MISS OLIVE EGNOR, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Egnor, right leg broken below the hip and otherwise injured about the body.

MISS LURA SLAUGHTER, librarian of the Spencer Library, head and neck terribly bruised; thought at first injuries caused concussion of brain, but she has nearly recovered. MRS. JOHN PAGE, daughter of Dr. J. N. Sloan, body bruised and lower limbs lasoerated (sic); not serious.

The party was out for a morning drive and when they came to the fatal spot, Charles Truax, tenant on the farm of Mr. Summers, hove in sight leading a couple of farm horses, intending to put them in a nearby pasture, and Mr. Hickam turned to the side of the road, which recently had been covered with a fresh ooat of gravel.

The gravel gave way and the machine skidded partially down the eight foot embankment and turned over into the ditch, pinioning the occupants underneath.

The edge of the rear seat fell across the throat of Miss Egnor and the rear of the machine struck her with such force as to break her leg. The heavy door of the machine lay on Miss Slaughter's head, and but for the softness of the earth the young ladies would have been mashed to a pulp. Mrs. Page fell under the machine in such a manner as to receive only slight injuries. Mr. Hickam also fell under the machine, and it is probably owing to the height of the wind shield and steering wheel that he and Mrs. Page escaped so fortunately.

As soon as Mr. Hickam could extricate himself be managed to get on his hands and knees and by super-human strength he raised the side of the machine off of the unfortunate women until Mr. Truax, who had hurried to the scene, could drag them from under the car and also release Mr. Hickam.

A telephone call for assistance was sent to Spencer and Drs. Allen and Bartley and others hurried to the scene. The injured ones were given immediate medical attention and then hastened to their homes. Owing to the serious condition of Miss Egnor an automobile could not be used and a school wagon was secured in which to bring her home.

Mr. Hickam is employed in the offices of the Pennsylvania Railroad Company at Indianapolis and Mrs. Page lives in Grand Junction, Colo. They came here to pay a visit to their relatives.

The automobile was only slightly damaged. The windshield and front of the car were broken and the body of the machine scratched while sliding down the embankment. The place where the accident happened is considered to be a dangerous stretch of road for automobiles. It is a high, narrow road for a distance of a quarter of a mile, with a steep embankment of from six to ten feet, leading to an open ditch below. Several minor accidents have happened there, but this proved to be the only dangerous one.

Owen County Democrat, December 9, 1915, page 1.

Ralph B. Henry, of the Evansville Hay and Grain Company, returned to Spencer Monday evening from Bloomfield where he had been superintending the loading of several car loads of hay for his firm. It will be to the advantage of Owen county farmers who have hay to dispose of to read his ad in today's Democrat.

Owen County Democrat, December 9, 1915, page 1.

John L. Willen, son of Christian Willen,and Miss Esther A. Props, daughter of Madison M. Props, were, married at the ocanty clerk's office last Saturday afternoon, Rev. F. E. Davison officiating. The contracting parties live near Coal City and are popular young people of that vicinity.

Owen County Democrat, December 9, 1915, page 1.

Mrs. Nan Beaman and son Dan of Franklin township were visiting the family of John McHaley of this place Friday.

Owen County Democrat, December 9, 1915, page 1.

REAL ESTATE TRANSFERS

Reported by Homer Elliott, Atty,Abst.

  • Grace Ooley et al to John 0. Carpenter etux. lot No 11 in Pleasant Valley. $50.00.
  • Jane Beaman to Margaret Reiter, land in Jennings township $1.00.
  • William Huntsicker to James W. Cook, 110 acres in Jackson township, $1,000.00.
  • Housen Cooksey to Harvey Cooksey, 80 acres in Morgan township $32.
  • Pavil Wilson to Benjamin Babbs, lot No. 45 in Franklins addition to Spencer, Indiana. $1.00.
  • Lemuel Parrish et al to William H. Rice, undivided one third interest in lot 32 in Beem's addition and lot 7 in Spencer, Ind. Exchange of property.
  • Morta Parrish, Guardian to William H. Rice, undivided one third interest in lot 32 in Beem's addition to Spencer, Ind., Exchange.
  • Robert W. Rice et al to Dora Freeman, land in Washington tp. $800.00.
  • J.I. Buskirk to Burl Greene, lot 8 Block 7 in Gosport, Ind., $176.00.
  • Mary Langdon to Harvey Cooksey etux, 37 1/2 acres in Jackson tp. $400.00
  • Jesse L. Gray to George W. Taylor 40 acres in Clay township, $1.00
  • Harvey Evans to Sabina L. Sweet 30 acres in Montgomery tp. $2500.00.
  • Thomas O. Phillips to James B. Phillips, etux undivided one third of two thirds of land in Washington tp. $500.00.
Owen County Democrat, December 9, 1915, page 1.

To Organize Charity Committee

Members of the Tri Kappa sorority issued a call for a meeting of the charity workers of the city at the city ball last Tuesday night, but only a meager crowd responded. Misses Louise Cooper, Ione Cassady, Faye Cochrane, Joel Cochrane and Lorraine Greene were present, representing the Tri Kappas and a half a dozen men took enough interest in the meeting to attend.

The object of the meeting was to formulate plans to more evenly distribute the charity work among the different charitable organizations of the city. A committee, consisting of Court Chambers; F. E Davison and Joel Cochrane, were appointed to call on the lodges, business men and churches to enlist their support. A meeting will be held at the city hall next Tuesday night, and it in hoped that the men and women interested in charitable work will attend. A big Christmas tree may be put up in the court house yard on Christmas eve, and a suitable prevent will be given to every child in Spencer. Councilmen Summers, Williams and Coffey have offered to secure the tree and L. Lowenburg, president of the electric light company, kindly consented to have the tree lighted with different colored lights free. This question will also be discussed at the meeting.

Owen County Democrat, December 9, 1915, page 1.

An all Day Meeting.

There will be an all day meeting at the Baptist church next Sunday, beginning with a Sunrise Service at six o'clock in charge of the B. Y. P. U. to which all the young people of the other societies are invited and any others who will come.

Bible school at 9:15, Preaching at 10:30, at noon dinner in the basement. Every member is requested to brng their baskets well filled and old fashioned basket dinner in the basement. Friends are invited to come at 2:30 in the afternoon. In the evening at 7:00 Bro. R. W. Turner of Martinsville will preach and all are invited to hear him.

B. Y. P. U. 6:00

Evening Worship 7:00

Special Business meeting Wednesday night. Every member is urged to be present. A Cordial Welcome to all.

L. C. Overman, Pastor

Owen County Democrat, December 9, 1915, page 1.

Gravel Road and Bridge Contracts Let—Bid for Court House Janitor.

Sickness of members of the commissioners court came nearly being the cause of postposing the December session of the body this week. Samuel Oberboltzer telephoned to Auditor George W. Stwalley that it would= be impossible for him to attend on account of sickness. Later Commissioner John Black notified the auditor that he, too, was sick and could not be here Monday. Commissioner Jesse Johnson came in early, but under the law he could not transact the business and nothing was done during the day. Mr. Black came in Tuesday morning, and, although sick, he and Mr. Johnson disposed of considerable business.

Bids were opened and the contract let for the construction of the gravel road known as the Van Horn road, in Jefferson township. The contract was let to John E. Doke, he being the lowest bidder. The bids were:

  • John E. Doke...........$1,348.00
  • Andrew Collenbaugh 1,458.20
  • Willard Harstine 1,446.90
  • Sam F. Hays 1,473.00

McCormick's creek bridge was let to George R. Babbs for $398.00, he being the only bidder.

The contract for doing the concrete work on the east side of the court house was let to the lowest bidder, as follows:

  • George R. Babbs ..... $149.38
  • N. W. Pickens 174.00

The construction of the Fish creek bridge was awarded to the Vincennes Bridge Co., the bids being:

  • Vincennes Bridge Co. $925.00
  • Sam F. Hays 974.00

The following bids were submitted for the position of janitor of the court house. The commissioners w announce the name of the successful bidder later:

  • Nelson Bigger.... $364.00
  • George W. Vandevender...$523.50
  • Cos R. Proctor 638.75
  • Samuel Tow 429.00
  • George R. Coffey 497.00
  • Homer Gantz 540.00
Owen County Democrat, December 9, 1915, page 1.

HE'S CAPT. MCINTOSH NOW

At a meeting of twenty-four football men of Indiana University at Bloomington last Saturday, Freel McIntosh, son of Mr. and Mrs. R.L. McIntosh of Freedom, was elected captain for 1916. He is full back on this year's eleven.

Mr. McIntosh came into prominence as a member of this year's squad of Indiana University players when he made Indiana's touchdown in the Chicago game, and later distinguished himself at Indianapolis by running eighty yards from the initial kick-off in the Washington and Lee contest for the only Indiana touchdown. He also played a scrappy game against Purdue and was one of the beat ground gainers on the squad. Besides football, the other branch of athletics he takes part in is the track, his events being the 100 and 220 yard dashes.

Owen County Democrat, December 9, 1915, page 1.

Rev. Foster Closes Revival.

A correspondent of the Worthington Times says: "Bro. M. V. Foster of Spencer closed a ten days' meeting at Lincoln church, in Smith township, with five additions, one by letter and four by baptism. The meeting closed much to our regret, as the sermons were all very instructive and helpful. Bro. Foster has labored with us for nine months and made many warm friends among the people of this community, and all having a kind feeling for him.

Owen County Democrat, December 9, 1915, page 1.

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.

Owen County Democrat, December 9, 1915, page 1.

New Candy Kitchen.

George Poolitsan of Bloomington and George Poolitsan of New York are here busily engaged in superintending the work of remodeling and decorating the J. N. Thomas business room on the south side of the square, where they will soon open up one of the most up to-date "candy kitchens" in this part of the state.

Every known kind of good candy, freshly made, will be in stock for lovers of sweets, and there will be cozy nooks and comfortable seats for those who wish to be served in the store. A costly soda fountain will of (sic) installed and delicious hot and cold drinks will be served. A big musical instrument is on the way and the Poolitsan establishment will be a place to drive away care and forget your troubles.

These gentlemen are expert candy makers, and everything will be fresh and pure.

Owen County Democrat, December 9, 1915, page 1.

The Phillips Jewelry Store was one of the prettiest places in town Thursday when the Christmas opening was held during the afternoon and evening. Hundreds of visitors took advantage of the occasion to pay their respects to the genial proprietor and his assistants.

Owen County Democrat, December 9, 1915, page 1.

Forty Years Old.

Last week the Democrat started on its forty-first year with a bonafide circulation larger by far than it ever had during its entire existence. We have added many new names to the list during the past year and we easily lead in point of circulation any other paper in the county; in fact, nearly double that of at least two papers. No increase in the advertising rates has been made, and that fact should be taken into account by shrewd advertisers when placing their advertising for 1916. When the editor took charge of the paper nearly eighteen years ago the circulation did not exceed 1,000, but we have, by hard work and perseverence, built it up to its present high standard.

Owen County Democrat, December 9, 1915, page 1.

William H. Cassady was one of a class of 371 neophytes that kept the camel busy at the Murat Temple, Indianapolis, last Friday night when they learned the mysteries of the Shrine, known to the unitiated (sic) as the thirty-second degree of Masonry. Charley Allison, John H. Smith, Horace Bacon and George Moore accompanied Mr. Cassady and witnessed the work.

Owen County Democrat, December 9, 1915, page 1.

The following assistant pike road superintendents were here Tuesday: Asa Close, Morgan township; Joe Meek, Jennings; Frank Manning, Harrison; Wm. Alverson, Montgomery; Frank Hester, Washington; John Anderson, Wayne; Charley Klingler, Marion; Fred Everhart, Jefferson; S. W. Williams, Franklin; Hugh Parrish, Washington.

Owen County Democrat, December 9, 1915, page 1.

The big Bixler clothing store has probably outdone all previous efforts in the way of window display. This time it is an entrancing winter scene with good old Santa Claus peeping out at the splendid Christmse presents he is going to carry to your homes the night before Christmas.

Gosport Reporter, January 8, 1916, page 4.

Personal News

Mrs. J. F. Strain was the guest of (illegible) Indianapolis Friday.

Mrs. Underwood and children were the guests of relatives in Bainbridge Friday.

Herman Campbell was here from Muncie Sunday to visit his mother, Mrs. Alice Campbell

Mrs. Geo. Cline of Bloomington was the guest Friday of Mrs. H. Murphy.

Mr. and Mrs. E. V. Gregory and daughter, Onnar, were visitors in Indianapolis Monday.

The primary department of the Methodist church will furnish the music for Sunday school Sunday.

Mrs. C.O. Butcher, of Stinesville was a visitor with friends here Sunday.

Arthur Spicer, the Vandalia brakeman, visited here over Sunday with his family.

Burton Wampler, of Indianapolis was the guest of relatives here Sunday.

Mrs. Rooks Goodall, of Ellettsville, came Saturday to be the guest of her daughter, Mrs. Ira Martin, south of town.

After being the guest of relatives here a few days, John Gilbert returned Friday to his work near Cloverdale.

Mr. and Mrs. John Thompson amd daughters Alice and Majorie, were guests or Mr. and Mrs. Ol Lash, near Paragon Saturday and Sunday.

A few extra good Indian Runner drakes for sale. B. S. Kidd, R. I. Gosport.

Mrs. Jas. Cherry and little son, east of town, were guests Saturday of her mother, Mrs. Farr, in Martinsville.

Mort Duncan, for a number of years one of the leading merchants of Quincy, was a business visitor here Friday.

Mr. and Mrs. I. A. Lyon, of Crawfordsville were here Saturday night and Sunday, the guests of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.H. Lyon.

Mrs. G.E. John returned to her home in Muncie Friday after being the guests of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Lafayette Neal, during Christmas holidays.

After a pleasant visit here with brothers James and Theo. Dittemore and families, Mrs. Elizabeth Teagardin returned to her home in Greencastle Friday.

Instead of the regular 500 mile auto race at the Indianapolis speedway next May the contest has been cut down to 300 miles with a first prize of $30,000 instead of $50,000.

After spending the holidays here with Mr. and Mrs. Ed Haltom. Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Teague and little daughter, Margaret, returned to their home in Indianapolis Friday.

Herman Fox returned to LaFayette yesterday to resume his studies at Purdue University after spending the holidays with his parents, Dr. and Mrs. H.A. Fox.

The heavy rains of last (illegible) forced the river out over (illegible) lands.

Classes was (sic) resumed in the schools Monday after a vacation of a little more than a week.

Mrs. Martha Stines came from Indianapolis Friday to visit with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Stines.

A farmer living near Auburn. Ind. sold 300 tons of cabbage off a fifteen acre field, receiving an average of $5 a ton, $1500 in all for the crops. A few crops like this and Indiana will be full of cabbage magnates. A crop that brings in $100 an acre is worth looking into.

Bert Ray, the hustling and successful auctioneer living out on route No. 1 was here Friday and Saturday to assist in the Cassel sale of merchandise. Saturday he called and contracted for a quantity of that great business booster, printers' ink. Note his card elsewhere in this issue.

F. A. McCarty, traveling cashier for the Western Oil Refining Co. was at home from Winamac over Sunday. His company selected two men last week for a month's work in eastern Canada and Mr. McCarty was one of the men chosen. They will work this week through New York state and next week take up the work in Canada.

Gosport Reporter, January 8, 1916, page 4.

PUBLIC SALE

FRIDAY JANUARY 7. 1916

On account of the bad weather I have postponed the public sale of my stock, implements, corn, hay, etc. in the above date. - George Pfalzgraf

Gosport Reporter, January 8, 1916, page 4.

(Illegible) his business Saturday and Monday morning sent in his resignation. Mr. Maple gave as his reasons. First — That although he had twice asked for them, the township advisory board had refused to furnish him statute books or Indiana acts. For what reason he knew not unless they were financially unable to do so. Second — That after the voters of Gosport had elected a marshal whom they were reasonably sure would do his straight duty under all circumstances the town board, figuratively speaking, cut his throat and under the arrangements now in force he did not believe that a justice's court would be necessary.

Gosport Reporter, January 8, 1916, page 4.

NEW MAIL CARRIER

There is a new mail carrier on Route No 2 out of the local post-office. The new man is Earl Smith, who graduated from Gosport high school three years ago and lives with his parents near Quincy. Smith's duties as carrier began Saturday at which time Dr. Arganbright's resignation took affect. Arganbright had been in the service since June I5, 1904. Smith gave up a country school in order to assume his new duties. Miss Lucile Allee, a local High school graduate with last year's class, taking his place.

Gosport Reporter, January 8, 1916, page 4.

WATCH PARTY

The young men of the Epworth League entertained the young lady members with a watch party at the League rooms in the Methodist church Saturday night. Games and appropriate contests were enjoyed. Jerry Stines and Miss Hattie Wampler were prize winners in the contests. A three course luncheon was served and at midnight the merrymakers polled the bell cord and tolled out the news of the birth of the New Year.

Gosport Reporter, January 8, 1916, page 4.

BOUGHT HIGH

It is said that farmers and stock men who bought feeding cattle early in the fall are now sorry, as they could now buy at about 50 cents less on the hundred. Late planting last spring and early frosts greatly damaged the corn crops in Iowa, northern Illinois and Wisconsin and that territory, instead of being a buyer, has been obliged to become a seller of cattle, thereby increasing the supply and reducing the demand. However these same conditions ought to produce high priced cattle when grass comes next spring. Farmers who do not have winter feed will be on the market buying cattle for grass. Dairy cows are the exception in price, being at the top.

Gosport Reporter, January 8, 1916, page 4.

CUT IN SALARIES

A plan of the postoffice department to cut the salaries of rural carriers who do not consume eight hours every day in their rounds, is causing much adverse discussion by members of congress, who say that the department's activities in reorganizing the rural service are a prolific cause of trouble for the lawmakers. The proposed reduction would effect 543 carriers in Indiana. The new plan which is heralded as a money saving proposition, was sprung by James I. Blackslee, the fourth assistant postmaster-general, when he appeared before the house postoffice committee just before the holiday adjournment.

Gosport Reporter, January 8, 1916, page 4.

25 AND 65

At twenty, sixty-five seems eons away, but it may be interesting to younger readers to know just where they will be, financially, at that age. The following statistics compiled by a big life insurance company after a vast investigation for their own information, are correct: Out of 100 average healthy men at twenty five, at sixty-five, 36 will be dead, 1 will be rich, 4 will be wealthy, 5 will still be supporting themselves by work. 4 will he dependent upon friends, relatives or charity.

Gosport Reporter, January 8, 1916, page 4.

NOTICE

Lately certain men and boys have been entering and loafing in the Christian church. This is a warning that hereafter any person found in the basement of the church without first gaining permission will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.

Board of Deacons, Christian Church

Gosport Reporter, January 8, 1916, page 4.

GETS PROMOTED

Was Made Roadmaster of Monon Division

Chas. E. Wampler, the Monon section foreman, who has been in charge of the "floating" gang the past several weeks, was called to Lafayette Tuesday and made roadmaster of the middle division of the Monon. This division is from Bloomington to Lafayette, including the Lafayette yards. Mr. Wampler has been an employee of the Monon for 28 years and known as cne of the best road men in its employ. His promotion comes not as a favor or through "pull," but as the reward of ability and his long and satisfactory service.

A regrettable feature of Mr. Wampler's promotion is the fact that he will he obliged to move his family to Lafayette.

Dore Dittemore was appointed to fill the vacancy made here by Mr. Wampler's promotion.

Gosport Reporter, January 8, 1916, page 4.

J.I.VAN BUSKIRK

General Insurnace (sic) and Notary Public

Bonds furnished for administrators, guardians, etc.

GOSPORT, INDANA

Gosport Reporter, January 8, 1916, page 4.

COLUMBIA

DRY BATTERIES

sold by Sylvester Hoadley. Gosport Ind., are the best for telephones, autos etc. Fresh supply always on hand at central.

Gosport Reporter, January 8, 1916, page 4.

MAYOR JAMES M. HOUSE, of Vincennes is presented by the Republicans of Knox County to the Republicans of the Second Congressional District for the Congressional nomination. Mayor House is a life long Republican, always tre (sic) to the principles of the party and faithful in service. He is a good business man and a successful lawyer. He is a hard working official and faithful to the obligations of his trust. He is a doer of things and as Mayor of the City of Vincennes he has accomplished much. Within two year he has made of Vincennes a new city. His ability, energy and thoroughness is assurance that your interests in Congress will be cared for. His nomination will insure Republicans success in our District.

Owen County Democrat, September 19, 1918, page 18.

List of Teachers

Instructors in Spencer Schools All Chosen

The list of teachers for the Spencer schools is now complete. Several new ones have been added to the list as published last week and we give below the complete list of employees of the local school board:

  • Willis Holiman, Spencer, Superintendent--History and Civics.
  • Alice Milligan, Spencer—Acting Principal, Latin and Algebra.
  • Florence Edwards, Oakland City, Ind.—English.
  • Ruth Kestler, Elwood, Ind.—History and Geometry.
  • Ione Cassady, Spencer—Physics end Latin.
  • Carrol St. John, Albany, Ind.—Domestic Science and Physiology.
  • Gladys B. Detherage, Edinburg, Ind—Music and Drawing.
  • Wilhelmina Shively, Spencer—Principal Junior High School.
  • Metta Mason, Lyons, Ind—Penmanship and Agriculture.
  • Mildred Mason, Lyons, Ind.—Botany and Grade Work.
  • Mrs. C. P. Hickam, Spencer—Principal Grade Building.
  • Ruth Miller, Spencer—Fifth Grade
  • Enola Rentschler, Spencer—Fourth Grade
  • Bernice Martin, Jordan—Third Grade.
  • Dova Mitchell, Spencer—Second Grade.
  • Mary Louise Milligan, Spencer—Second and Third Grade.
  • Jessie Mead, Spencer—First Grade.
  • Gretchen Lawson, Spencer—Office and Commercial Work.
  • Ruby Wilson, Spencer—Colored School.
  • Minter Chambers, Spencer—Janitor High School Building.
  • James Baugh, Spencer—Janitor Grade Building.
  • Pleasant Evans, Spencer—Janitor Colored School Building.
Owen County Democrat Dec. 12, 1918, page 1.

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 Dec. 12, 1918, page 1.

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 Dec. 12, 1918, page 1.

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 Dec. 12, 1918, page 1.

R. A. Rodenbeck, who lives nonh of Spencer, was here Monday, and before starting home left his horse standing in front of the Moffett hitch-in barn when the horse became frightened at a machine and ran up Main street. The buggy was overturned, one wheel broken and otherwise damaged before the horse was stopped.

Owen County Democrat Dec. 12, 1918, page 1.

Samuel Tow, janitor at the court house, while in Indianapolis was thrown from a street car Friday night at Boulevard Place and Twenty-first street. Mr. Tow had attempted to alight from the car when the accident occurred. He was thrown to the ground and his face badly bruised, but was able to return to Spencer.

Owen County Democrat Dec. 12, 1918, page 1.

Decorated for Bravery.

Corporal Andrew Taylor Castlen, son of Charles Castlen, a former resident of Spencer but now of St. Louis, has received the highest honor that has come to an American soldier during the world war, having been awarded the French Decoration of the Legion of Honor for bravery.

Corporal Castlen has two brothers who hold commissions, Major Charles R. Castlen of the Surgeon Generals office, Washington, D. C.. and Lieut. Harry W. Castlen of a regiment in France.

Owen County Democrat Dec. 12, 1918, page 1.

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 Dec. 12, 1918, page 1.

The following have reserved seats on the Democrat Band Wagon:

  • Daniel Stahl, Terre Haute.
  • H. A. Fulk. Patricksburg
  • S. D. Roudebush, Freedom.
  • W. R. Dyer, Redmon, Ill.
  • Frank Jamison. Chicago, Ill.
  • George Need, Bruceville.
  • Dr. W. C. Archer, Gary.
  • Dr. B. T. Fisher, Martinsville.
  • F. M. Holland. Jewett, Ohio.
  • John Rawley, Chatham. Ill.
  • Mrs. Frances A. Defore, Lovington, Ill.
  • Mrs. D. E. Wright. Edmond. Kans.
  • Henson Rumple, Cloverdale.
  • Homer E. Hyden, Spencer.
  • C. A. Coffey, Petersburg.
  • M. E. Gaston, Pittsboro.
  • H. A. Sherrill, Cloverdale.
  • J. I. Hoffman, Indianapolis
  • H. L. McGinnis, Martinsville
Owen County Democrat Dec. 12, 1918, page 1.

SOLDIERS LETTERS

Boys in France Write From Overthere to Folk Overhere

Somewhere In France, Oct 23, 1918.

Dear Mother: - will now write you to let you know I am in pretty good shape although I am in the hospital at the present time, am not very sick. I will goon be going back to my company. I am sick on drinking water in advanced territory not far from Verdun where we had a hard fight along the 1st of this month. I have written three letters since I have been here as I have lots of time to write. This is the first time that I have been far enough from the front that I could not hear the guns for almost a year. I have been through several hard battles but I must be lucky for I never got hit yet. We are having nice weather here and not much rain. This time last year we had snow. Tell the boys and sister, Goldie, to write. Well I guess this is all for this time. Goodbye

From your loving son,

HARRY 0. BOLES

Owen County Democrat June 15, 1922, page 1.

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 July 13, 1922, page 1.

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.

Owen County Democrat July 13, 1922, page 1.

OCTOGENARIAN CELEBRATION

Mr Miles Query and Mrs. Eliza Query, natives of Owen county, together with their relatives unto the third generation, celebrated their birthday at their home near Buckskin, Indiana, on July 1, 1922, Mr. Query being eighty years old, and Mrs. Query being sixty-nine years old. Mrs. Wm. Huber of Quincy, and Mrs. Isaac Lucas of Jordan, sisters of Mrs. Query, the only two living out of a family of 13.

Those present were, Harry Sackett and family of five, Julia A. Huber of Quincy, Mr. and Mrs. John A. Miller and Rube F. Miller of Jordan, Mrs. Emma Trefz of Indianapolis, Emory Kaiser and family of Patricksburg, Thomas, John and Kenneth Query, Roy Query and wife and three children, Ernest Query, wife and child, Robert D. Query and wife, Edward Query, Erza Query and family. Dennis Leohr and family, Fred Query and family. Caster Query and family, Henry Query and family, Pauline Sharp of Boston, Dorothy Ray and child, Bernard Limberton of Indianapolis, Mr. and Mrs. Aurelius Smith and daughter of Indianapolis, and Charles McCammack, wife and three children.

A bountiful dinner was served from eleven 'til two, consisting of fried chicken, roast beef, salads of all kinds, beets, beans, pies, cakes and many other things. Mr. and Mrs. Query received many substantial presents, and after a pleasant evening the guests departed wishing them many more such happy birthdays.

Owen County Democrat, August 31, 1922, page 1.

Found Old Revolver

Saturday afternoon Sheriff McCarty received a hurry-up call to come to Quincy, and he expected some one had been held up or had fund a "mule stall", but when he arrived there he found that an old rusty revolver had been found near the place were (sic) Mills was killed about fifteen years ago.

The revolver was a .38, and probably the revolver that was used in killing Mills. It was very rusty and had no loads in it.

If this revolver had been found before the Mills trial it likely would have been a big factor in the trial.

Spencer Owen Leader, December 6, 1922, page 1.

Family Reunion

Thanksgiving Day at the home of John Baugh and wife, three miles east of Spencer, was made memorable by a family reunion and the guests did ample justice to the turkey dinner. The guests were James Baugh and wife of Spencer, Guy McCown, wife and two daughters, Jane and Julia, George Matson and Jack Baugh of Ellettsville, Roscoe Allen and Theresa Hawkins of Stinesville, Wayne Phillips and wife of Terre Haute.

Spencer Owen Leader, December 6, 1922, page 1.

Garage Burned

Fire of unknown origin destroyed the garage on the Mike Need farm 6 miles west of Spencer Wednesday evening and burned up a Chevrolet one ton truck. The fire was discovered about 6:30 p.m. and had gained such headway that it was impossible to save either the truck or the building. A nearby small barn was saved only by heroic work. The truck was comparatively new, having been bought last September. The loss was partly covered by insurance.

Spencer Owen Leader, December 6, 1922, page 1.

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, Feb 14, 1923, page 1.

FARM LIFE TO BUILD SOON

The Farm Life Publishing Co. To Erect Big New Building Alongside Present Plant - Preferred Stock Offered

The Farm Life Printing Co. of this city is preparing to erect a new building to occupy the space from its present main building to the alley north. They recently acquired the office of Dr. Allen Pierson and the new building will take in the entire space to the alley. It will harmonize in general appearance with the original Farm Life bulding. The new purchase of real estate now gives them a a solid quarter block in the corner formed by Main and Jefferson streets.

The growth of Farm Life has been phenomenal. About eleven or tweleve years ago they moved into the new building they had erected on the present site and since then they have gradually increased their business and acquired more and more real estate forming the solid unit, as it now stands, of a quarter block.

The subscription list, during the past few years, has had a remarkable growth and for the past year has been increasing at the rate of about 7,000 daily. This is, of course, partially offset by expirations, so that the net gain daily varies somewhat.

The Farm Life company has a payroll of $140,000 annually. This is the payroll of actual employees within the building and does not include ther advertising agencies or other items. Their postage bill alone runs between $90,000 and $100,000 and they pay 10% of all the second class postage in Indiana. Second class postage applies to publications - newspapers, magazines, etc. - and of all the postage in the state of this class Farm Life pays one tenth.

To finance the new building project he company is arranging to sell some $20,000 of preferred stock. This is to cover the cost of the improvement. This is to be sold from a $50,000 preferred stock issue of 1914. The stick pays 7% semi-annually and is not taxable so far as the holder is concerned, the company assuming the taxes. This stock is now on the market and it is more than likely it will all be taken by local people. The stock is $10 a share.

The Farm Life Co. has put Spencer on the map. It has made the Spencer postoffice an office of the first class and furnishes employment to a big number of people, both women and men, and the payroll alone means much to the town. The payment of $140,000 means $11,666.66 monthly or nearly $6,000 every two weeks. The rapid growth of the concern and the fact that its increased earnings have been repeatedly put back into improvements of the plant makes it a safe investment of the gilt-edge brand.

Brazil Daily Times, February 17, 1923, page 16.

Practical Joker At Spencer Almost Takes the Life of a Friend

(Owen County Journal)

Through what is believed to be the prank of a so-called joker, Raymond Babbs, of Spencer, had a close call from death last Saturday when he ate a poisoned orange that had been given him.

Babbs stepped into the Brown vulcanizing station Friday and noticed an orange that had apparently been left by some one, and upon directing a question to others collected in the station as to the ownership, was told that it belonged to him if he cared for it.

Naturally, and without suspicion, he ate the fruit and a few minutes later started to his home. When he arrived at his home he told Mrs. Babbs that he felt like he was burning up inside and not feeling well. He went to the taxi barn across the street from his home and there fell in a faint. Dr. Rice was near and with the aid of another physician who was called, realizing from the symptoms exhibited that the stricken man was probably suffering from poison, administered warm milk as first aid. He was taken to his home and the first aid treatment followed by the administering of drugs to incite vomiting. The vomiting relieved him. Closer examination showed that his mouth and throat were badly burned. He was very sick during the night but was out of danger by Sunday night.

According to Babb's grandfather, George Babbs, who said he made an investigation, the orange had been charged with croton oil, probably injected with a syringe, as young Babbs did not notice any break in the peel of the fruit when he ate it. It is said that another orange had been loaded with gasoline, but fortunately, no one ate it.

Spencer Owen Leader, February 28, 1923, page 1.

CAMPBELL THEATRE BURNS

Saturday Afternoon Blaze Guts Room Occupied As Movie House - No One In Building

Fire, supposedly starting from an overheated stove, destroyed the Campbell Theatre here Saturday afternoon. The fires had been built preparatory for the afternoon show and the proprietor, H.E. Campbell, had crossed the street to a garage. The stove, it is believed, became overheated and set fire to the back row of seats and a flimsy partition. The first intimation anyone had of the fire the heat from the interior heaved the glass of the front into the street, glass flying across Market street. No fire reached the operating room till some 15 minutes later. The fire department played two big streams on the fire for over 30 minutes before they had it under control. The fire started about half an hour before the matinee time, when the theatre would have been filled with children and country folks. The building is owned by E.B. Phillips and is insured. Campbell carried no insurance on his fixtures. The fire was confined to the one building, though at one time it threatened to break into the furniture store of Ed West & Son.

The room is on the south side of the square, between the West furniture store and the Egnor & Crane feed store. The interior was made of flimsy material, beaver board forming a big part of partitions and side walls of the rear half of the room. The operating room was overhead and was situated midway of the room, entrance being from the outside of the building. It, however, was lined with fireproof material and was about the last thing to burn. It was supposed by many at the time of the fire that it had been caused by a film explosion but this was a mistake. Examination of the front of the building showed that the fire had started near the front stove, just beside the ticket office. The back row of seats near the stove showed the full force of the fire and were badly burned, while the seats beyond were only slightly damaged.

The fire was discovered at 1:15 o'clock and by 2 o'clock the department had it under control. The interior burned like powder and spread so rapidly that the firemen experienced considerable difficulty in fighting it. It spread from front to back almost in a flash. George Campbell, the operator, attempted twice to get into the operating room but the smoke was so dense he could not get inside. Neither time was there any sign of fire in the operating room as it was the last to burn.

The films of "Penrod", the show for Saturday, together with the projecting machine and all the paraphernalia used in connection with the operation, were destroyed.

A car, belonging to Walter Hudson of Clay Township, was parked in front of the theatre and it caught fire when the front of the building blew out. The top was burned off and the upholstering damaged.

Spencer Owen Leader, February 28, 1923, page 1.

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, February 28, 1923, page 1.

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, July 4, 1923, page 1.

Contributed by Ben Fulton

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.

Bloomington Telephone June 6, 1929, p. 1.

EXPECT GRAND JURY TO INVESTIGATE CASE

A petition filed in Owen circuit court by Loren Thomas asking that his son not be required to visit the divorced mother, Mrs. Blanche Thomas, may bring to light some interesting and rather entangling details if the grand jury investigates as it is expected to do.

It was brought out in the hearing of the petition that two persons in the Thomas family had died under mysterious circumstances and that the son, age seven, returned sick from visits with his mother. Mrs. Thomas resides at Gosport.

Charles Thomas, father of the divorced husband, and Mrs. A. A. Zein, mother of Mrs. Thomas's first husband, are the persons whose mysterious deaths were rehearsed. Miller & Treadway, attorneys for Mrs. Thomas, withdrew from the case on instructions from Judge H. A. Rundell. An early investigation by the grand jury is expected.

Terre Haute Tribune-Star

Archie 0. Hamm

Archie 0. 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 Memonal Park in Terre Haute.

Crawfordsville Journal Review, June 24, 1977

Contributed by Karen Zach

MARGARET RUTHANNA FRANKLIN YOUNG

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

Bloomington Herald-Times, December 22, 1991

(Summarized from a longer, copyrighted article)

84-year-old Frances Phillips lives in Carp, in a house her family built in 1938. She cuts her own wood and fishes. She retired from RCA in 1969. Her nephew is Paul Mabin, and they enjoy eating out in Bloomington and Greencastle. She is a member of the Farm Girls Sunshine Club, a group of women that meet monthly for a potluck.

Bloomington Herald-Times, July 11, 2004

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Funeral for 96-year-old a tribute to a queen

96-year-old Frances Phillips was the longest-serving member of Area 10's Council on Aging. After retiring from RCA in 1969, she worked with her brother Altus on the family farm. Both Frances and Altus were born and died on the farm. She never married or had children. She was named Older Hoosier of the Year in 1987, and was twice selected as Owen County Senior Queen. She was descended from the first black family to settle in Owen County. Her grandfather, Peter Phillips, was a freed slave who bought 50 acres near Carp in the 1880s.

Bloomington Herald-Times, January 1, 2017

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Owen County's Betty Blaker is one determined woman

After winning fight to bury her husband on their land, a green cemetery is new goal

Betty Blaker, who owns 300 acres in Owen County north of Spencer, wants to create a green cemetery on her property, but she's been running into legal issues. She received permission to bury her husband Milo on the site and will be buried there herself. She found a 500-pound piece of sandstone for her grave marker, probably a foundation stone for her grandfather's house.

Her mother, Rose Fern Livingston, was born in the house. Betty's brothers, Steve and Lewis Fender, live just down the road. She also owns a rental house across from Riverside Cemetery, where her mother used to live. She has exhibited canned foods and produce at the Owen County Fair for 78 years.

She has no heirs.