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Spencer Owen Leader
March 06, 1918

Woman Dies Suddenly

Mrs. Burah Wells, 23 years old, wife of W. C. Wells, died at 1:30 a. m. Thursday after an illness of only about 12 hours. The cause of death is given as paralysis of the heart. Her maiden name was Bowen and her mother is now Mrs. Dan Burkett. Burah was married two years ago to Mr. Wells, and leaves the husband and an 8-month old daughter and her mother. Mr. Wells is a Western Union lineman and was in Marion, O. when his wife became ill Wednesday. Her mother, Mrs. Burkett, had only returned last week from Florida, where she spent the winter.

Mrs. Wells was a member of the Christian church and funeral services, held at the home Friday afternoon, were conducted by her pastor, Rev. Davison. Interment was made in Riverside cemetery.

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 18.
September 19, 1918

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
October 10, 1918


Steps Taken by Authorities to End Epedimic (sic) of Influenza

Spencer and Owen county schools, churches and places of amusement have been ordered closed and a ban has been placed on all public gatherings by the government.

The order was received in telegrams by Dr. C. F. Pectol, County Health Officer, and Dr. J. V. Stevens, City Health Officer, from Dr. J. N. Hurty, secretary of the State Board of Health, Monday morning. The order will be in effect for an indefinite period.

Dr. Pectol said that the step had been taken as a preventative measure against an epidemic of influenza in the county such as had marked many cities in the east, and in view of the fact that Surgeon General Blue recommended such action wherever an epidemic loomed. The order received by Dr. Pectol follows:

"You are hereby ordered to close all schools, churches, and places of amusement and forbid all public meetings in your county until further notice on account of epidemic of influenza. Request your physicians to report all cases of epidemic influenza to health officers and health officers in your county to state board of health. Convey this order promptly, to all health officers in your county by order of state board of health."

The order, it is understood, has been sent to practically every state in the union and the quarantine measure will continue until the influenza epidemic has been effectually checked throughout the country. While factories, business houses and all concerns where a number of persons are employed are not included in the present order, it is urged that employers take every precaution to guard against the epidemic.

The schools of Spencer and the county closed as soon as the order was transmitted to the school authorities.

The following precautionary rules for the avoidance and lessening of the intensity of the epidemic of influenza, have been prepared by Dr. Wm. F. Lincoln advisor of the Lake Division American Red Cross, for distribution throughout the entire Lake Division territory, consisting of the states of Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky.

Here are the rules:

  1. All colds, however slight, should be treated as possible attacks of influenza. Patients, affected by colds should stay at home and sterilize discharge from the nose and throat.
  2. Avoid feeling or spreading of the disease.
  3. Avoid crowds.
  4. Regulate bodily functions and keep them so.
  5. Avoid the breath or expelled secretions from people suffering from, colds.
  6. Wash out the nose and throat two or three times daily by a nasal spray or douche and by gargle with a "normal salt solution" (1/2 teaspoonful salt to one glass (8 ounces) clean water.)
  7. All those in attendance on patients with influenza should wear masks.
  8. Clothing should be warm and dry. Food simple and easily digested. Dring (sic) water freely.

Owen County Democrat
October 10, 1918


Mrs. Charles M. Swarthout passed away at her home in Indianapolis Tuesday morning about three o'clock after an illness of pneumonia. Mrs. Swarthout was formerly Miss Kate Mullinix, and a sister of Mrs. Arnet Rawlings of this city. She is survived by her husband and two children.

Mrs. Swarthout had many friends in Spencer who were grieved to learn of her death and extend sympathy to the relatives.

The remains will be brought to Spencer Thursday for the funeral and interment.

Owen County Democrat
October 10, 1918

Nine More Boys Leave Tuesday.

Nine more Owen county men will leave for U. S. Army Training schools next Tuesday. Four will go to Interlaken school at Rolling Prairie, Ind., for training in motor transport service and five will go to the Chamber of Commerce at Warsaw, Ind., to receive training as truck drivers. The local board has not yet selected the men for the service.

Owen County Democrat
October 10, 1918

Mrs. Walter Ellis

Mrs. Walter Ellis passed away at Tuscon, Arizona, and her husband will arrive here Friday with the remains. Brief services will be held at Riverside cemetery where interment will take place. Mr. Ellis is a son of Mr. and Mrs. Dennis Ellis, former residents of Spencer.

Mrs. F. E. Drescher will have charge of the funeral.

Owen County Democrat
October 10, 1918

Foster Oliphant

Foster Oliphant, son of Mr. and Mrs. M. O. Oliphant of Freedom, died at Camp Taylor, Ky., Sunday of measles.

Owen County Democrat
October 10, 1918

Frel Close

Frel, twenty-one-month-old son of Mr. and Mrs. A. B. Close in Morgan township, died Saturday after several weeks' intense suffering from poison. The little fellow drank water from a can that had contained concentrated lye and after great suffering succumed (sic) to the poison. Funeral services were held at Vandalia Sunday.

Owen County Democrat
October 10, 1918

Adrin Ogle

Adrian Ogle died at his home at Quincy Friday of pneumonia that developed from Spanish influenza. Funeral services were held at Quincy Sunday and interment was in Riverside cemetery at Spencer. Deceased is survived by his wife and two daughters.

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."


Owen County Democrat, page 8
November 14, 1918

Spencer Items

  • Gray Vandeventer went to Indianapolis Monday.
  • Miss Anna Weymouth spent Monday in Indianapolis.
  • Noah Pickens was at Indianapolis on business Monday.
  • A. Shelbourn, of Freedom, was here on business Monday.
  • John Forrest returned last Thursday from Norfolk, Va.
  • Miss Jessie Lawson, of Romona, visited Mrs. R. L. Beem Friday.
  • Charley Henson, of Morgan township was a Democrat caller Monday.
  • Mrs. Charles Arthur, of Toledo, Ohio, is visiting Ralph Gray and family.
  • J. E. Cassida, of Morgan township, was a Democrat caller last Thursday.
  • Mrs. M. M. Trester of Montgomery township was a caller at this office Friday.
  • J. W. McHenry and family, of Washington township were Democrat callers Saturday.
  • It is reported that there are about fifty new cases of influenza in Spencer this week.
  • Alfred Huffman, Democratic trustee elect of Jennings Tp., was a business caller Saturday.
  • H. A. Fulk, trustee of Marion township, was a business caller at the Democrat office Saturday.
  • Mrs. Elizabeth T. White left Saturday to spend the winter with relatives at Morristown, Ohio.
  • O. S. Hawkins and family left last week for Lexington, Ky., where they will make their home.
  • Burt Gross and sons, Arthur and Herschel, of Cataract, were Spencer visitors last Thursday.
  • Wes Vandeventer and wife of near Freedom spent Monday with W. W. Vandeventer and wife.
  • Everything is comparative. Three pounds of sugar per person per month seems like luxury now.
  • Robert T Davis, recorder-elect, and wife of Quincy were here Monday looking for a residence.
  • I wish to thank my many friends for their loyal support given me in the election. - W. K. Proctor.
  • Noah Pickens left Tuesday for Indianapolis where he will be employed by the Bedford Stone Company.
  • Miss Elma Trester, of Montgomery township, went to Indianapolis Sunday where she will be employed.
  • The war has trained the Germans to be splendid athletes. They will always be particularly good in running.
  • W. F. Cassady, wife and daughter, Ioan and Ed Cassady and wife Sundayed with W. H. Beem and wife at their country home.
  • R. S. Matthews and family motored to Jasonville and visited relatives Sunday. Miss Pearl Collins accompanied them home for a visit.
  • "Made in Germany" - war, ruin, desolation, cruelty, bestiality. We thank you, after this we want nothing more with the "made in Germany" label.
  • I wish to thank my friends of both parties for the very gratifying vote given me at the last election. I assure you I appreciate it. - Very respectfully, J. R. Greene.
  • Miss Glenna Jackson, a teacher in Jasonville school, and Miss Thelma Shelburn, a teacher in Worthington school, visited Mr. and Mrs. Gray Vandeventer Sunday.
  • George G. Knoy, trustee of Taylor township, wife and sons. Harold, Morris and Eugene, were here Saturday and Mr. Knoy transacted business at the Democrat office.
  • Mr. and Mrs. H. A. Sherrill, Mrs. Samuel Gorham and Mrs. Hartsaw, of Cloverdale, were here Tuesday to attend the celebration and Mr. Sherrill made a splendid address.
  • Look at the date on your paper opposite your name. We are sending out statements, and if you do not want to get one either call or send your money. The government says you must pay in advance.
  • Mrs. O. F. Gray, Mrs. R. A. Plunkett and Miss Myrtle Griffin motored to Bloomington Saturday to meet Enoch Gray, of the U. S. Department of Justice, who has had headquarters at Louisville and has been transferred to Chicago. He spent Sunday here before leaving for Chicago.
  • Theo C. Keene has been very ill several weeks.
  • Harry and Fletcher Williams of Farmers were here Saturday.
  • Robert Morrow is very ill at his home on W. Jefferson street.
  • George Anton of Freedom was here Tuesday and called at this office.
  • John White, Democratic trustee-elect of Lafayette townthip, was here on business Monday.
  • O. A. Cassady has received word from his son, Ralph, of the U. S. M. C., who has been stationed at Paris Island, S. C., that he had left for overseas.
  • Mr. and Mrs. B. Jacobs and Mrs. Mary E. White left Wednesday to spend the winter at St. Petersburg, Fla.

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


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

Rodenbeck accident

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, page 1
December 12, 1918

Tow accident

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, page 1
December 12, 1918

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, page 1
December 12, 1918


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 1
December 12, 1918

Democrat Band Wagon

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, page 1
December 12, 1918


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,