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Ira Brown's Journal & Coffin Records
Funeral Dirctor Warren, Indiana
- Feb 1884 Furnished coffin for William Hamil infant. Dr. Hupp
15 Feb 1884 Furnished coffin case & robe for the Widow Hanes, died in Wells Co., IN. Heart disease. Dr. C. H. Good Warren, IN
26 Feb 1884 Furnished coffin case for Daniel Hart. He died in
Huntington Co., IN of brain fever. Buried in Lancaster Cemetery.
Dr. Isaac Smith, Majenica, IN.
28 Feb 1884 Furnished coffin case & robe for Abraham Chappel. Died in Monroe twp., Grant Co., IN of dropsy. Dr. Morris
- Mar 1884 Furnished coffin for Edward Alexander Wells Co., IN. Died of cancer. Attended with hearse. Pound trip 16 miles.
8 Mar 1884 Furnished coffin & case. for J. S. Sprowl's infant. Dr.
J. S. Sprowl
22 Mar 1884 Furnished coffin case for Hamilton Murray's infant. Wells Co., IN. Dr. Morris.
23 Mar 1884 Furnished coffin & case for Joseph Wilson's child. Died of brain fever. Dr. Mossis Wells Co., IN.
24 Mar 1884 Furnished coffin, case & robe for David Coolman’s infant. Dr. John Crum, Huntington Co., IN.
24 Mar 1884 Furnished coffin case for John Billiter's child. Brain fever. Dr. Chineweth Huntington, Co., IN.
25 Mar 1884 Furnished coffin case for George Clampit's infant. Huntington Co., IN. Dr. B.F. Brandon, Plum Tree, IN.
31 Mar 1884 Furnished coffin, case & robe for Ezra Tomlinson. Died of old age. Lived in Wells Co., IN.
1 Apr 1884 Furnished coffin for Susan Jones, wife of John 1. Jones.
Died of congestion of the brain. Funeral with hearse. Drs. Sprowl
19 Apr 1884 Furnished coffin & case for Mother of Barney Werren, Jr. Died of old age (78 yrs.), born in Ohio. Died Wells Co., IN. Drs. Sprowl & Good.
19 Apr 1884 Furnished coffin, case & robe for John Enochs. Died in Jefferson twp., Huntington Co., IN. Scalded accidental. Attended with hearse. Round trip 6 miles. Dr. Sprowl
25 Apr 1884 Furnished coffin, case & robe for Soloman Biliter' S wife. Hunting Co., IN. Went with hearse. Round trip 15 miles. Buried Lancaster Cemetery.
1 May 1884 Furnished coffin, case & robe for Dutch Carlagar, Markle, IN. Died of old age. Went with hearse. Round trip 24 miles. Buried Mitchel Cemetery, Huntington, Co., IN. I.F.B.
14 May 1884 Furnished coffin & case for S.M.Mires infant, stillborn. Buried Cory graveyard Grant Co., IN. Dr. E.M.Palmer, Warren, IN. I.F.B.
20 May 1884 Furnished casket, case, robe & hearse for James Conwell. Died Grant Co., buried Cory cemetery.
5 Jun 1884 Furnished coffin & case for Mother of Jacob Fry. Died of old age. Furnished hearse. Pound trip 32 miles.
15 Jun 1884 Furnished coffin & case for Isah Ream. Furnished buggy. Buried Mitchel cemetery.
21 Jun 1884 Furnished coffin & case for David Shults.
21 Jun 1884 Furnished coffin & case for John Leonard.
28 Jun 1884 Furnished coffin & case for Mother of Riley Santon. Attended funeral with hearse. Round trip 26 miles. Buried
2 Jul 1884 Furnished coffin & case for John Cook
5 Jul 1884 Furnished coffin & case for M.S. Mires. Attended funeral with hearse. Round trip 10 miles. Buried Cory cemetery.
15 Jul 1884 Furnished coffin & case for Levi Williamson
19 Jul 1884 Furnished coffin & case for William Sissle
18 Jul 1884 Furnished coffin & case for James Cammel, Grant Co., IN. Died of consumption. Buried Cory Cemetery. Furnished hearse. Round trip 14 miles.24 Jul 1884 Furnished coffin & case for William Roberts
29 Jul 1884 Furnished coffin, case & robe for Alpheor Butler, Grant Co., IN. She died of cancer.
10 Aug 1884 Furnished coffin & case for George Holdren, Wells Co., IN. Died of poison. Buried Batson, Cemetery.
11 Aug 1884 Furnished coffin & case for David Shultz.
17 Aug 1884 Furnished coffin & case for James Doyle.
18 Aug 1884 Furnished coffin & case for Isaac Huff.
22 Aug 1884 Furnished coffin & case for Peter France.
(1885 records are missing)
2 Jan 1886 Coffin, case & black robe for Wife of William Walters, she lived in Wells Co., IN. Died of consumption. Funeral was preached at Wiley School House by S.H.Swaim and Reb. Kimball. Buried Mitchel Cemetery.
4 Jan 1886 Coffin, case, robe, slippers, stockings and a bunch of artificial flowers. Got by John Anderson.
8 Jan 1886 Coffin for G. W. Bradford, child of Robert Bradford.
10 Jan 1886 Coffin, case & black robe for E. M. Boyer. Got by James A. Mossburg.
13 Jan 1886 Coffin, Ornament 'Our Darling". Got by W.W.Lewis.
16 Jan 1886 Coffin & case for Moses Sutton. Got by Randal Wilburn.
17 Jan 1886 Coffin & case for Levi Williamson. Lived in Buckeye, IN. Buried Batson Cemetery. Got by R. Irwin.
18 Jan 1886 Coffin & case for _______ Baty. Used hearse. Buried Good Cemetery Singing & prayer by J. M. Tharp of Mt. Zion, IN. Coffin got by Lewis Morrison & David Elliott.
26 Jan 1886 coffin for Hixen Merriman‘s child. Got by George A. Clampit. Lived Rcckcreek twp., Huntington, IN.
26 Jan 1886 Coffin for ________. Ordered by A. N. Dernell, trustee of Van Buren twp., Grant County, IN.
29 Jan 1886 Wood Casket , robe & box for Benjamin Funderburg. Attended with hearse. Funeral held in Plum Tree Christian Church by Elder Strickland, prayer by Elder Samuals of Bluffton, IN. Buried Plum Tree Cemetery.
1 Feb 1886 Coffin & box for McCleland Mullen. Ordered by Mr. Meoler, got by Samuel Jackson. Funeral conducted by Rev. George Henderson. Buried Mitchel Cemetery.
2 Feb 1886 Coffin for Jacob Breammer. Lived near Lancaster Got by John Caneday.
4 Feb 1886 Coffin for child of Jacob Chery. Taken from the shop by Taylor Staler. The box was taken by Mike Buzzard & Malon Chery.
6 Feb 1885 Metalic case & box for Andrew Dilman. Furnished hearse for funeral, held at Asbury Chapel by Rev. George Henderson. He was a resident of Jackson twp., Wells Co., IN. 74 years old. Buried Asbury Cemetery.
15 Feb 1886 Coffin & Case for B. A. Plummer's daughter. He wanted hearse but roads were so rough we could not go.
17 Feb 1885 Cloth casket for Lucinda Merriman, age 30 years, wife of Tracy Merriman. Lived Liberty Center, IN where funeral was hel and conducted by Elder Lakey. Buried Mossburg Cemetery. Got by John Merriman.
17 Feb 1886 Furnished cloth Casket & case for Joseph Hamilton. It had G.A.R. plate engraved "J.F.Hamilton age 45 years", also Odd Fellows emblem on side. Buried at Como, IN by the Odd Fellows & G.A.R. of that city. The funeral was at Como, the pallbearers from
Warren: J.W.Andrew, John Goss & John Hamilton. The other three were from Como.
19 Feb 1886 Casket for the Wife of John Grover. She lived in Chester twp., Wells Co., IN. Furnished hearse. Buried Odd Fellows Cemetery, Montpelier, IN. Ordered by Ludwell Shadle.
24 Feb 1886 Casket for Colam Purviance. He was taken in the hearse to Mt. Etna, IN. The funeral was preached by Rev. Strickland. He was buried by G.A.R. Post. Pallbearers were: W.F.Swaim, Amos Sutton, George Goss, Jacob Young & Edward Brown from Warren. His age was 44 years and he lived in Warren. At the time of his death. Buried at Mt. Etna. Casket ordered by John James and Jas. Purviance.
26 Feb 1886 Coffin & case for Linsey Robert's infant. Lived Jefferson twp., Huntington Co., IN. Buried Mitchel Cemetery.
1 Mar 1885 Coffin & case for wife of L. D. Boles. Lived Jackson twp., Wells Co., IN. Buried Grant Co., IN The coffin got by A. Custer.
1 Mar 1885 Coffin & Case for Nathan Thompson. He lived in Van Buren twp. near the village of Van Burrren.
4 Mar 1886 Coffin & case for Mary A. Cale, age 66 years. Furnished hearse. Funeral service at Christian Church by George Hubart. Buried Batson Cemetery.
6 Mar 1886 Coffin & case for Martha E. Brady, age 83 years. Ordered by John Thompson, trustee. Buried Good Cemetery.
8 Mar 1886 Coffin & case for wife of James Redrup, age 64 years. Taken to Huntington, IN and then taken to Van Wert, OH for funeral service and burial.
12 Mar 1886 Coffin & case for wife of Lewis Ware, age 18 years. Furnished hearse. funeral held at M.E.Church by Rev. A.J. Lewellen & S.H. Swaim. Buried Good Cemetery.
13 Mar 1886 Coffin & case for Samuel Young. He lived in Grant Co., IN near Van Buren. The coffin was telephoned for.
17 Mar 1886 Coffin & case for Fredrick Huffman's son, age 17 years. He lived in Jackson twp., Wells Co., IN. The funeral was held in
the Dunkard Church by a Dunkard preacher.
20 Mar 1886 Coffin & case for Thomas Pilkerton infant. Lived Grant Co., IN near Van Buren. Got by John Paton.
24 Mar 1886 Coffin & case for 9 month old child of Milton Williamson. Got by D. B. Elkins & Charles Clampit. Buried Batson Cemetery.
5 Apr 1886 Coffin & case for child of Harvey Schooley. Lived near Van Buren, IN.
17 Apr 1886 Coffin for John S. Batson. Furnished hearse. Funeral conducted by Elder Hester & Hubard at the Dunkard Lancaster Church. The box was made out of 3 in. oak lumber by Marion Richardson. Coffin ordered by William Lines of Jefferson twp.
29 Apr 1886 Coffin for child of Michael Howard. Furnished hearse. Buried Masonic Cemetery. Coffin got by William Hudson.
30 Apr 1886 Coffin & case for John Monsey. Furnished hearse. Funeral conducted by George Hubart.
(rest of 1886 missing)
(records of 1887 missing)
(records of 1888 missing)
6 Jan 1889 Furnished coffin & case for ____ Ware infant. Got by John Prible of Liberty Center IN.
(rest of 1889 missing)
3 Jan 1890 Coffin & case for Gracie Olive Neff, little daughter of Adam Neff. Funeral at house conducted by Rev George Hubartt. Taken in hearse to Taylor Cemetery. Roads very muddy.
10 Jan 1890 Coffin & case for Ethel Folliss, little girl of Isaac Folliss. She was carried from the house to the brick church by James McKiney, Will Pridy, Ory Mirer. Funeral preched by Rev. George Hubartt. Taken to Mitchel Cemetery by hearse. Age of the little girl was 9 years, 2 month, 25 days. Died of Typhoyd pheumonia.
10 Jan 1890 Coffin & case for Emma Roush, wife of Carrie Roush, age 19 yrs. Died in Jackson twp., Wells Co., IN. Furnished white robe. Coffin taken from shop by J. K. Clark & T. Chopson. Buried Batson Cemetery.
10 Jan 1890 Coffin for William F. Herring infant, born Jackson twp., Wells Co., IN. Buried Grant Co., IN.
14 Jan 1890 Coffin & case for Walter A. Bock's stillborn child. Born Jackson twp., Wells Co., IN. Buried Batson Cemetery. Weather cool and roads rough. Coffin got by Martin Baker.
(rest of 1890 records missing)
(records of 1891, 1892, 1893, 1894, 1895, 1896 missing)
3 Jan 1897 died 1 Jan buried 3rd Jan. Warm & rain. (too much of page missing to copy).
5 Jan 1897 (part of page gone, couldn't copy it all). Hearse & casket furnished for Philip S. ______, 20 yrs. old. Died 3rd of consumption. Lived 6 miles east if Warren in County of Wells. Funeral at Mt Zion. Buried Grove Cemetery. Took the pke to John Ponds to cemetery. Very muddy, frozen & snowing, very ugly. Stopped for dinner at Philip _______
6 Jan 1897 (part of page gone) Coffin & box for 3. A. Holwick infant. Taken from store by Samuel Morrison. Buried in Mitchel Cemetery. Grave dug & filled by T. Slater. Clear and cold.
(most of page missing) Varnished casket for Eliza Weakey, age 40 yrs., wife of ____ Weakey. 7th Jan embalmed body. Buried Jones Cemetery.
11 Jan 1897 Coffin for Henry Spece infant, born dead. Coffin taken from store by Daniel Jones & John Smith. Weather cold & windy. Buried Batson Cemetery.
18 Jan 1897 Cloth Casket for Ernest Grist, age 27 yrs. He was pumping oil on the old Cory farm. With the mans head in the boiler it gave away Thursday night 14th about midnight. He died 16th. He was brought to his home west of Williams corner. I went out soon after they got him home. His head and face was burned badly. The funeral was held at Union Chapel church. Buried Jones Cemetery. The relatives did not get out of their rigs, it was so muddy & raining. The grave was dug by Cage Morgan & others. Pallbearers were Isiah Barner & others. I.F.B.
21 Jan 1897 Coffin & box for David Beck's stillborn infant. Coffin taken from store by Jacob A. Slifer and Noah Cloud. Buried Cory Cemetery.
1 Feb 1897 Coffin & box for Edward Votow. Coffin ordered & taken by John Richardson. Buried Lancaster Cemetery.
2 Feb 1897 Cloth Casket & 2 in. oak box for Stella McClure. Buried Woodlawn Cemetery. Realatives were taken to church & Cemetery in sleds. Church very crowded, had stools to sit on. I.F.B.
8 Feb 1897 Coffin & box for Frank Barber's wife, age 25 yrs. Died at Dillman, IN. Coffin ordered by John Barber. She left 4 small children. Buried Batson Cemetery. Weather cold & icy. I.F.B.
10 Feb 1897 Coffin & 2 in oak box for Monroe Wiley's infant. Died on 8th. Took coffin to house & Masonic Cemetery in sley.
12 Feb 1897 Cloth Casket for Benjamin Hudson, orded by John Baker. He died at Montpelier, IN at home of daughter Mrs. Liddle. Jode Shultz & Ira Brown went to Montpelier with casket & hearse after the remains. We had runners on hearse and rode veru smooth. Arrived at 9:00 in the morning, found the old gentleman not dressed and ready to lay in casket. Mrs Liddle & John Baker had just returned with clothing. We dressed him assisted by some gentleman and put him in the casket. Just then our old friend John Cloud a retired undertaker, came. Family & friends came in and viewed the body then we went to the Batson Cemetery for burial. When we arrived at the cemetery several friends and relatives were there to view the remains. It was the request of the deceased for Ira Brown to bury him.
19 Feb 1897 varnished casket for Cintha Sparks. Henry Groves came after Ira Brown. Mrs. Henry Groves, Mrs. Chass Buffington, Miss Worley & some other lady washed & dressed the old lady Sparks. The body was kept until 19th. The remains were viewed by the neighbors & family at the house brother Moon offered prayer. We put the remains in the hearse and went to Plum Tree. Funeral at Christian Church by brother Moon. Went to Sparks Cemetery. The preacher could not go, the old gentleman could go no further than the church. The roads were very muddy. After the burial we came back as far as Fred Sparks, fed our horses and got a good dinner. It was 5:00 in the evening when Jode Shultz and myself started for home. It was dark when we arrived. I.F.B.
22 Feb 1897 Coffin & Box for Jennie E. Lines who died 20th. Joseph Taylor came after us. We took the casket to house. Ladies had dressed the body then we put her in the casket. The next morning we went to the Woodlawn Cemetery to show L.L.Simons & Y. Slater where to dig the grave. The 22nd the remains were taken to the Christian Church in hearse. Pallbearers were John Goss, Will Powell, Adam Sutton, Henry Groves & Joseph Taylor. Services conducted by George Hinderson. We then started to Woodlawn Cemetery. Will Lines broke the tug of his harness and we were detained at grave. Roads very muddy. I.F.B.
27 Feb 1897 varnished casket for Volney Purviance, age 17 yrs, son of James Purviance. He died following an operation on his leg by two doctors from Huntington. Dr. Bonifield of Warren was also present. funeral was at Dunkard Church at Lancaster, burial in Lancaster Cemetery. Jode & Ira.
1 Mar 1897 Cloth Casket & box for Charley Terhune, 15 year old son of Edward Terhune. He died of consumption. Albert Terhune came 26th to order casket, it was cold and stormy. The next morning Jode Shultz & Ira Brown went to the home about 7 1/2 miles from Warren, arrived about 9:00, hitched our horses but did not take casket in house till near time to go to the Red school house for the funeral which was conducted by Rev Bruce Monsey. Then After the funeral we put casket in hearse and went to Miller Cemetery. It snowed most all day. Pallbearers were John Shadle, Oscar shadle, Hoy Vent, Arthur Broom, Oscar Dunham & George Danger, they
were all young men and were invited to dinner. It was snowing so we drove home. Ira F. Brown
1 Mar 1897 Coffin & box for Perly Wysong, infant daughter of B. Wysong. S. E. Colbert came after coffin. Jode & Ira were attending funeral in Country. T.F.B.
2 Mar 1897 Coffin & box for John Carns infant, 5 weeks old. He lives near Mt. Zion. John Kingen came after Coffin. We did not detain him only about 1 hour until he started back home. I.F.B.
3 Mar 1897 Coffin & box for Charles Clampet's infant, about 1 month old. Lived near Dillman, IN. Samuel Elkins came after coffin and took it with him. Funeral at residence. Burial in Batson Cemetery.
8 Mar 1897 Coffin & box for Joseph Jackson’s child, 8 years old. Started about 7:30 Sunday morning got to Jackson's about 9:30. Funeral was at the house conducted by Rev. Bruce Monsey. After the funeral was over my good friend edward Terhune got the hearse ready. The roads were rough to the Cemetery. We went by way of Liberty Center. Mr. Jackson lives about 7 1/2 miles from Warren. We were all chilled. samuel Jackson attended but did not stay for dinner. I was invited to go home with Howard Thompson near the yard for dinner but it was to late to stay. I wanted to get home in time to go to the dedication of the new M.E. Church. The preacher did not go to cemetery. I attended the funeral by myself.
15 Mar 1897 Coffin & box for ________ Huffman infant. Charles Alen came with the father and they took the coffin home with them in the buggy.
19 Mar 1897 Cloth Casket & box for Silas Fleming, born Ohio, age 76 yrs. He died 17th, buried 19th. funeral was at the new M.E. Church, the first held there. Sermon conducted by Elder Suman. Burial was in Mitchel Cemetery. It was raining & muddy, we had a tent over the grave. Pallbearers were: William Purdue, Jonas Griffith, Samuel Roush, Oscar McElwain, Barnard Alexander & Dr. James Good. Jode Shultz drove the hearse.
22 Mar 1897 Cloth Casket for daughter of William Rines. The box was taken from store by Mr. Lee. went to the house Sunday 21st could hardly pull hearse on mud roads. There was no one at the house but Mr. Lee & Ora Brown, took casket from hearse by myself, also took from house to hearse alone. Mr. Lee read a chapter and we sang a song after which we went to Farville Cemetery for burial. I had Mr. Adam's grey team for our team was at another funeral.
22 Mar 1897 Varnished Casket for George Wilburn's daughter. I had to get Ves Shull to go along with Jode Shultz to attend funeral Sunday morning. They took our team to the residence south of the Buckeye Church. Fredrick Sheath ordered the casket. Funeral was at Rickford M.E. Church. Buried there.
25 Mar 1897 Coffin & box for Robert Alexander, age 74 yrs, born Ohio. Wilson Hudson ordered casket. When he came to the store we were up at Mrs. Bevington's. He had just died. Morning of 25th Ira Brown with John Morris went to the residence 5 1/2 miles from Warren, 1/2 mile west of Sugar Grove. Funeral was preached by Reb. T. M. Tharp. Buried in Batson Cemetery. The pike was all cut up and in bad condition. After we came home we went up to Bevington’s
26 Mar 1897 Cloth Casket & 2in oak box for Reason Bevington, age
77 yrs., born PA. Oscar & Oran Bevington selected the casket. The funeral was at the church Friday forenoon. It was conducted by Elder Worth. Buried in Batson Cemetery. The sample wagon was used for pallbearers: L.L.Simons, John Brookrop, Levi McClure, Marcus McCord, Ellis First & Henry Groves. When we arrived at the cemetery the funeral of Christopher Parker was at the cemetery. The grave was dug by T. Slater. The new hearse was brought to church by Jode Shultz, but he did not go to Cemetery. He was sick.
26 Mar 1897 Coffin & box for Christopher C. Parker, died 24th. The box was taken from store by Henry Crum. He lived 5 miles south of Warren. Ira Brown could not go to funeral on account of Reason Bevington’s funeral being the same day, so we got Silvester Shull to go in our place. Funeral was at Union Church conducted by Elder Tharp. Burial was in Batson Cemetery. I had a talk with Mrs. Parker at the Cemetery. I.F.B.
31 Mar 1897 Coffin & box for small son of William Pines. Mr. Lee came after the box so I got the team ready to go out to the house the same day. The child had dipheria. The house was about 7 miles south of Warren. No one was there but Mr. Lee & wife, so we had short scripture reading and song. Burial was in Farrville Cemetery, Grant Co., IN.
2 Apr 1897 Varnished casket for Samuel Bone's wife, age 19 yrs. They lived 8 miles south of Warren just accross the line into Blackford Co., IN. I got T. Slater to take the box to Cemetery. It rained most of the day. Funeral was at the house conducted by William Perdue. I met my friend Mrs. Davis at the house, a very tall woman, I had not saw her since she buried her only boy. The deceased left a small baby. Buried in Balsey Cemetery. The Cemetery was near by the house some distance from the road. I returned home by way of Dillman.
2 Apr 1897 Coffin & box for William Gephart's infant. Zeke Boxel came after coffin & box in carriage. Ira Brown had just returned from country where he had been attending funeral, so when I got down to the store they were ready to go to the Jones Cemetery for burial. They attended to the remains themselves. I.F.B.
11 Apr 1897 Metalic varnished Casket for Margaret Thompson, age 78 yrs., born Ohio. Marcus McCord came after us at our home about 4:00 Saturday morning and wanted casket for his mother. She died at her daugher's, Mrs. John McKey's home in the Country 9th. We telegraphed for the casket but it did not get to Warren until the
11th. We wnt to the depot and got it then we got ready and went out to Mrs. McKeys, Jode Shultz went along with Ira Brown. Rev. George Henderson preached a short sermon. After the funeral we put casket in hearse, the casket was very heavy. There were not many who went along on account of the roads which were extremely bad. We went to the Good Cemetery. The grave was dug by T. Slater. I.F.B.
23 Apr 1897 Coffin & box for Charles Hickman's infant. He & Jerome Arnold came after coffin and took it with them.
28 Apr 1897 Coffin & box for Alice Snider, age 17 yrs., daughter of Constentine Snider. Died 27th buried Mitchel Cemetery. Funeral conducted by Elder Suman. I.F.B.
29 Apr 1897 Case & box for Will Huber. Died 27th buried 29th Batson Cemetery. He lived with his mother at Milo, IN. The roads was so bad we had a man to meet us at the pike and we took the coffin in a one horse wagon to the house, also brought it back to the pike the same way. I.F.B.
14 Apr 1897 Coffin & box for Thomas J. Pitser, age 47 yrs., who made his home with Mrs. Ruble. He died of consumption. He was not well fixed finacial. Thomas Black said for us to bury him and charge it to Huntington, Co. We went with hearse and Dr. Maple went along, he preached the funeral at the Christian church at Plum Tree. He was buried 1 mile north of Plum Tree.
19 Apr 1897 Cloth Casket & box for Elisha Marsh, age 59 yrs, died
17th, buried Sunday 18th. They came after Ira Brown to go to the residence We left town about 1:00 in the afternoon. The funeral was held at Pleasant Plain, conducted by Albert Smith. Buried at Mt. Etna. It was almost dark when Jode Shultz & Ira Brown returned to Warren. Ira Brown.
30 Apr 1897 Cloth Casket for Joseph Elder, died at his sister’s 5 i mile south of Handfield, IN 29th, buried 30th. Dora Elder his son came after us and ordered caket he said it was about 14 miles from Warren to where his father was and they wanted to be at Warren and have the funeral held in the Christian Church at 11:00, so I went over the evening before about 9:00, put hearse in the shed, left casket in the new hearse till morning. We left for Warren about 7:00 in the morning. There were about 4 carriages. We arrived at Warren at 11:00 and was met at the bridge by the Odd Fellows. They marched in front of hearse to the church. Dr. Mapel preached the funeral. Buried in Woodlawn Cemetery. I made the round trip myself. I.F.B.
30 Apr 1897 Varnished casket & box for Margaret Elizabeth Christman who died, died at her brother's Alva Christman at Mt. Zion Wells Co., IN. We got Ves Shull to attend and go with hearse. Funeral held at Warren Christian Church, burial in Taylor Cemetery. It was raining. Ira Drown.
2 May 1897 Coffin & box for Benjamin Sheats infant. Coffin taken from store by W.A.Price. Buried Rockford Cemetery Wells Co., IN.
5 May 1897 Coffin & box for Zeland Thurston, age 1 yr. 8mo. 27da. Died 4th, buried Woodlawn Cemetery. They had no funeral, only prayer at house. I took family & coffin in Carriage to Cemetery and took them home. Ira Brown.
10 May 1897 Casket for John Banter. William Lee, Jr. came after casket, he picked it out then we took it in the hearse to the residence about 7 miles south of Warren in Jackson twp., Wells Co., IN. They had no funeral. They intended to but the preacher did not come. Buried in Balsey Cemetery. We had to wait a little while for the grave to be dug. It rained all the way home on me. Ira Brown.
11 May 1897 Coffin & box for George Beelmer's infant. Taken from store by Ralph Hummer and Ezra Shultz. Buried Lancaster Cemetery.
14 May 1897 Varnished casket & robe for Elias Johnston, died at the home of John Rittenhouse 13th. Took remains to Washington Center Cemetery 2 miles south of Dundell for burial. Taylor Slater took the box. It was a long trip. They had a funeral then I returned home without feeding. I.F.B.
17 May 1897 Solid Walnut Casket for Samuel Roberts, age 72, born Ohio. Died 15th, buried 16th. Jode Shultz went with me on hearse. We got at the house early in the morning. M.S.Meyers, John McClaron, Mealon Taylor & George Morgan were there when we got their. We waited till late when Rev. Moon came to preach the funeral. After the funeral we put casket in hearse and went to Taylor Cemetery. The casket was opened for those who were not at the funeral. A vault was put over the casket after it was put in the grave, then we returned home. It was a nice day. The roads was pretty good. Ira Brown.
15 May 1897 Coffin & box for Lonzo Lougne's infant. He came after it and took it from store, being Saturday night they buried it the nex day in the Mitchel Cemetery.
19 May 1897 Cloth Casket for C. N. Irwin's wife, age 72 yrs, born Stokes Co., NC. Died 17th, buried 19th. I drove the hearse myself to the house, 4 miles east of Warren. I was assisted at the house by Ruth Chopson, Cyntha Parker, Mrs. Jacob Hoover & Mrs. David Elliott. After the family viewed the remains at the home, her two son's, 2 brother’s-in-law & 2 cousin's were pallbearers. We went to the N. E. Church for the funeral conducted by Rev. Suman, then to the Woodlawn Cemetery for burial. The grave was lined with muslin & dug by T. Slater. I.F.B.
24 May 1897 Varnished casket for Samuel Lloyd's wife, lived Plum Tree, IN. I went alone to the house, there were no men there, pretty soon they came, we took the casket from the hearse to the house. We wnt to the Christian Church for the funeral conducted by
Mrs. Trickland of Huntington. Burial at Plum Tree Cemetery.
7 Jun 1897 varnished casket for William Phillips, died 5th, buried
6th, age 76, born PA. He lived 9 3/4 miles from Warren. they telephoned to us from Dundell to come out. William Shultz went, orval went along. He was taken to Jadden in Grant Co., IN and buried in Oak Chapel Cemetery near the church
10 Jun 1897 varnished casket for Enoch Alexander's wife, age 39. Wilson Hudson came in and ordered casket & burian robe. She died 9th, burial 10th, so on morning of 10th being Thursday Jode Shultz went along. We had two funerals that day being about 2 miles apart. We put the casket for the wife of A.C.Williams in the hearse and put the other in Spring wagon and Frank Smith took it as far S the Eversole School house, just above the school house at the cross roads we took the other casket on to A.C. Williams, put it in the house, then went to Enoch Alexanders. We got there about 9:00 in the morning. Her funeral was held at a church nearby conducted by Rev. G. W. Bundy of Liberty Center. Burial in Jones Cemetery. Then we returned to A.C.Williams house for the other body. I.F.B.
10 Jun 1897 Furnished Ashes of Roses casket for A.C. William's wife, died 9th, buried 10th. One of her brother's and A.C. Williams came and selected the casket and wrapper. William Shultz & Ira Brown went to the house, prepared the body, then returned back to Warren. Jode Shultz went along with New hearse when we returned from other funeral. Jode ate his dinner but I helped put body in casket, was then to late for me to dine. Her baby also died and it was placed in the casket with her. She was taken to Sugar Grove church, a Dunkard funeral was held and conducted by Rev. Lewis Huffman. Taken to Batson Cemetery for burial. We returned home about 6:00 in the evening. I.F.B.
16 Jun 1897 Coffin & box for Henry Hodnes' child. He came up to town and ordered it himself. He took it with him.
30 Jun 1897 White Plush Casket and box for Mrs. Monroe Underwood's daughter, 8 yrs. old, who lives 9 1/2 miles south east of Warren. Jode Slultz went along. The weather was very warm. We got dinner before we started. Got there about 2:00 in the afternoon. Went to Asbury Chapel for funeral conducted by Rev. Thorp. Burial was in Jones Cemetery. The box was lined with carpet and muslin. We all stayed until grave was filled. Ira Brown.
1 Jul 1897 varnished casket & box for Wash Zimmerman, age 32 yrs. He was hurt in the mill yard of John Meosanr by a log fallin from the wagon on his head. He was hurt about 7:00 or 8:00 in the evening and died 10:00 that night. Ira Brown was fixing to go to Chicago that evening he was hurt, so when he died they came after us. William Shultz went out. He died 30th June, buried 1st Jul. Delmer Alexander preached the funeral at house. Buried Mitchel Cemetery. The grave was dug by the hands at the mill where he worked and they made no charge. Frank Smith went along with William Shultz and took care of the team. The family remained
until the grave was filled. Ira Brown.
5 Jul 1897 Cloth casket for John A. Lewis, died Saturday 3rd about
4:00 in the afternoon. Ira Brown was in Chicago so Willim Shultz went to the residence. He was buried the next day in Mitchel Cemetery, services conducted at house by Elder Suman. Mr. Lewis was a very old man and had lived in Warren a great many years. The grave was dug & filled by Taylor Slater.
26 Jul 1897 Casket & box for Alen E. Williams Child, near 4 yrs. old, died 24th, buried 25th in Sparks Cemetery. He lived in Plum Tree. Mr. Colbert came after the coffin. We went Sunday morning and took the body to Buckeye Church for funeral. Little girls carried the child. The weather was very warm. I.F.B.
3 Aug 1897 coffin & box for Whitehurst child, near 4 yrs. old, died 2nd, buried 3rd. We took the casket and went to Mt. Zion with hearse. Mr. G. Giser held our team and I. Neff helped us take the coffin in the house. This was in the afternoon. We went to Loon Creek Cemetery for burial. the weather was warm and dusty. I went alone. I.F.B.
5 Aug 1897 Mahogny Casket for Lonzo Jones, age 31 yrs. they had a little girl about 4 yrs. old. F. McElhany & J.K.Davis came after the casket 5th, said they wanted to leave the house the next day at 2:00 in afternoon. Fulton McElhany came after the box. The next morning we went to the house. He died at his wife's mother's Mrs. Luckey. We put body in casket and casket in hearse and went to Boehmer church for funeral, conducted by Rev. Bundy. There was a large crowd. the family took it very hard. Burial was in Mossburg Cemetery. Pallbearers were: Mart Huffman, D.P.Lieurance, O.L.Lieurance, I.K.Davis, G.H.Thompson & Howe McElhany. the weather was warm & dusty. Orval Shultz went along. I.F.B.
9 Aug 1897 Coffin for Mrs. James Craig, died 6th, buried 8th in Wells Co., IN. William shultz went to home 1/2 mile west of Kelso Sunday morning. Ira Brown & Link Smith went with hearse and casket to the home. We did not find any relatives at house, we took casket in and when Mrs. Jobe Stout came we put body in casket. The funeral was at the church, Rev. Page conducted it. Weather was very warm and dusty. We took dinner near by after the burial and fed our teams. when we got home it was nearly dark. Pallbearers were:
Willard Gill, Frank Downey, Abe Shidler, Thad Tuttle, Bill Gift & Lem Bonewits. I.F.B.
9 Aug 1897 Cloth casket & box for Nancy Ann Welker, wife of Adam Welker, age 50 yrs., born Ohio, died 8th, buried Sunday 9th. William Shultz had gone out to James Craigs and they called him in. Rev. Page ad started before he saw Mr. Shultz and came to get us at Warren, so Ira Brown sent balm & cooling board out with Rev. Page. She was rather fleshy and weather was warm. Ira Brown attended Mrs. Craigs funeral in the forenoon. Mrs. Welkers was in the afternoon and Mr. Shultz attended to it. Mrs. Welker was buried in Purviance Cemetery. She lived at Kelso.
23 Aug 1897 Casket ordered from Indianapolis, IN for Esther Elkins of Dillman, IN. We were a little behind time after we had prepared the casket, it had come in without scres for the handles, so we had to use cansmen screws We put casket in hearse and went to the home. The funeral was at the house, we had singing and Rev. W. Ray preached the funeral. After the funeral we went to the Batson Cemetery for burial. The weather was warm and the roads dusty. Orval Shultz went with Ira Brown to attend the funeral. We arrived home about dusk. Ira Brown.
30 Aug 1897 Casket for Neri Hunnicut, age 53, born Ohio, died Friday 27th, buried Sunday 29th. They came after us Friday evening so Will Shultz & Ira Brown went to home about 6 1/2 miles from Warren to prepare body. It was almost morning when we got home. On Sunday morning Ira Brown & Orval Shultz went to the house and put remains in hearse and went to Africa Church were funeral was conducted by Elder George Hubard. The pallbearers were all old soldiers It is said it was the largest funeral ever held at that church. Buried Batson Cemetery. We go home about 3:00. I.F.B.
31 Aug 1897 Eliza Harper, age 74, born Ohio, died 28th at Bourbon, IN by a team running against his buggy while he was driving along the public highway. They shipped him from Bourbon the 30th the undertaker from Boubon came with the body. It arrived at 1:00 in afternoon. Ira Brown took body from depo to his residence 3 1/2 miles from Warren. I came back the next morning, 31st, with the hearse. The funeral was held in West Union Church conducted by Rev Suman. He was buried in West Union Cemetery.
6 Sep 1897 Ella Jaques, age 20, born New York City, NY, died 3rd at Boston. She was shipped by express the same day and arrived at Warren Sunday morning 5th. Ira Brown & George Landis took remains from depo in New Hearse and went to her home 1 mile above Warren. Funeral was at the house by Rev. Purdue. Buried in Batson Cemetery.
4 Sep 1897 Coffin for Comrad Hummel's infant. Jacob Shull came after the coffin and took it home. They buried the little on in Taylor Cemetery. Ira F. Brown.
14 Sep 1897 Casket & box for Albert Terhune's child, near 2 yrs. old. Albert Terhune came and ordered casket about 9:00 in the morning the 14th, said they wanted to bury that day, so Ira Brown & wife took carriage and went to the home. At 1:00 in the afternoon they had the funeral by Bruce Moncy. We put the casket on our knees in the carriage with 2 large girls in the back seat. They were sister's to the child. The parent's rode behind in own carriage. We went to the Batson Cemetery. The weather was very warm and dusty. Ira Brown.
15 Sep 1897 Casket, robe, & white slippers for Sarah A. Miller, wife of W. H. Miller, age 41 yrs., born in Ohio, died in Mt. Zion, Wells Co., IN 14th of consumption and was buried 15th. Mr. Miller came to the store and selected the casket and told us to be at his
house at 1:00 the next day with the hearse About the time we were ready to leave it rained and blew very hard so we waited till the storm was over and that made us some late. We were assisted at the house by Mrs. Gaiser, Mrs. Doctor Morris and some other ladies. We carried casket to the church nearby where Rev. Lewis Huffman conducted the funeral. She was buried in Jones Cemetery. Ira Brown attended funeral alone. I got home about dusk. Ira Brown.
20 Sep 1897 Coffin & box for Scott Balsey's wife, age 20 yrs.~ born Grant Co., IN, daughter of John Oxley where she died. Mrs. Davis, sister, another gentleman and lady came to our store to select coffin, robe and slippers. They came Sunday and Ira Brown was at store. They thought I had better go out to Mrs. Oxley's and attend to the body. I went to the residence and found my old friend Mrs. Davis who lives near by. The next morning I took the hearse to the house. Orval Shultz went along. The funeral was at Farville church conducted by Rev. Joseph Deboyd. Girls were the pallbearers. She was buried at Farville near the church. After the burial we watered the horses at Charles Thompsons and got home along in the evening. I.F.B.
22 Sep 1897 Cloth casket & box for George Beard, Sr., age 77 yrs., born Ohio. Died 21st at Ensley Andrews 2 1/2 miles south of Warren where he made his home. Ira Brown went to the residence about 10:00 in the morning. They said they were going to bury the nex day, so the next day 22nd Ira Brown & Orval Shultz took hearse and went to the house. The funeral was at the church at Milo, IN, while the funeral was going on I went to my uncle Edward Brown 5 house who lived 3ust accross the road. He was buried in the Mitchel Cemetery. The roads was very dusty and it was very warm.
25 Sep 1897 Casket, box, robe & slippers for Eva Lemon, age 71 years, born Ohio, wife of Lewis Lemon. Died Thursday 23rd. They said they wanted to bury Sunday, but upon my advice they said they would bury Saturday 25th. Saturday morning Ira Brown and Orval Shultz went to the house by way of Dillman. We got our dinner. About 1:00 we put body in hearse and went to Farrville church for funeral which was conducted by Rev. I.M.Throp, burial was at Farrville, Grant Co. We arrived home after dark. I.F.B.
27 Sep 1897 Casket for Hannah Sutton, died Saturday 25th. Ira Brown was attending another funeral in the country. William Shultz went to the house. In the evening when I returned home Will and I went to the house. The funeral was to be held at 2:00 Sunday 26th, so on Sunday morning we took casket and chairs to the house. Then we returned home for dinner. Funeral was conducted by Rev. Suman, I.J.Anderson prayed. She was buried in the Mitchel Cemetery, grave was dug by T. Slater, weather warm and roads dusty. I.F.B.
27 Sep 1897 Casket & box for Adaline F. Huff, age 71 yrs., born PA, mother of J.A.Huff of Warren. J.A.Huff came in the store and selected casket and siad his mother was dead. We sent box out to Landisville by express. She died at her home one mile west of Van Buren, IN. 25th. Sunday 26th in the afternoon William Shultz went
out to the house to attend to the body. Sunday morning Ira Brown went to her home with hearse. About 10:00 in the morning the funeral was conducted by Rev. Kinneman. After funeral we took her to the Burson Cemetery. The distance was about 9 miles from the house. We arrived about 2:00. After the burial I returned home by way of Van Buren alone. Drove the round trip without feed or dinner. Ira Brown.
4 Oct 1897 coffin & box for Alva Bond’s infant. Charles Swaim and wife came after coffin and box. They took them with them in their buggy. They said they were going to take it to Marion for burial. Alva Bond lives near Milo, IN. I.F.B.
8 Oct 1897 Coffin & box for John Davis child. Child died 7th, about 10:00 we met at the house and went to the Weselen Church where the funeral was conducted by Rev. Moon. We then went to the West Union Cemetery in the buggy. Rev. Moon went with Ira Brown and held coffin in his lap. There were several rigs went from town.
8 Oct 1897 Coffin & box for the Enoch Alexander child. John Alexander came to the store after coffin and took it with him. They were going to bury body in the Jones Cemetery.
9 Oct 1897 Coffin for the William Welsh infant. He lives 3 miles north of Warren on Isaac Smith's farm. Isaac Smith and Mr. Welsh came to store Saturday 9th. They took coffin with them and were going to make the box themselves. Burial was in Mossburg Cemetery.
9 Oct 1897 Coffin & box for an Unknown man who was found dead in Warrent Saturday morining 9th in the tank shop down near the railroad by Winch Bros. Factory. He layed in the shop until near noon time. They did not move him till they got word from the coroner. Thomas Black, trustee gave his orders to move the man to our store. Frank Smith and Ira Brown went with a box in the big wagon and brought the remains to the store. The coroner came about 6:00 or 7:00 in the evening the same day, then Ira Brown searched him and only found spool thread, spoon, daily paper and a purse with no money. the coroner sid we could bury him at once if we liked. Taylor Slater dug the grave in the Mitchel Cemetery. It was nearly 8:00 when we took remains from store in small furniture wagon to the Cemetery.
11 Oct 1897 Coffin, robe & box for Simeon Huffman, died Saturday 9th. John Van camp came to our store and said Mrs. Huffman wanted coffin like the one used for her girl. _____ Hunnicut came after box. Sunday 10th Ira Brown went with hearse up to Huffman’s alone, beng 6 1/2 miles east of Warren. About 10:00 we went to Muncie Church were funeral was conducted by Rev. Lewis Huffman (Dunkard). Then we went to Jones Cemetery for burial, going to the McElhaney corner then east to the Cemetery. When I came home I stopped at Chopson's and watered the horses Fred and Prince. Warm and dusty.
11 Oct 1897 Black cloth casket for Mary L. Back, age 35 yrs., wife
of Arthur Back. Died Saturday morning 9th. Monday morning her father, mother and brother came from Illinois. Arthur Back brought them in the store and picked the casket and said they would hve the funeral at the new M.E. Church at l:OO that same day. Ira Brown took casket to Mr. Back's residence. Mrs. William Chopson, Mrs. Hayward and others assisted. Rev. Suman offered prayer. Lewis Morrison, Ves Gephart and others assisted in getting casket in hearse. It rained most of the afternoon. The funeral was conduceted by Rev. Suman. We went to Masonic Cemetery, drove the hearse near the grave. They had a brick vault built by Taylor Slater.
15 Oct 1897 Coffin & box for Harry Thompson, age 7 yrs., son of George Thompson who lives 4 1/2 miles east of Warren. He died Friday 15th. He came to his death by fallin out of a hickory tree while at the Salem School house on teh 14th. The father selected the casket. David Matlock took box from store. The next day Ira Brown could not go to the funeral for his brother-in-laws child was to be buried the same day. Ves Shull attended the Thompson funeral with hearse, conducted by Rev. Bundy. He was buried in the Thompson Cemetery.
16 Oct 1897 Coffin & box for Nova White, child of Frank White. Frank's father came after coffin and he took the box with him. Nova died Friday 15th. The next day we took the carriage, Ira & Mary Brown and Eve Leffler went by the way of George thompsons. We took the child in the carriage to the Batson Cemetery for burial. When we returned home it was almost dark. Ira Brown.
18 Oct 1897 Cloth casket & box for _____ Cumpton, age 25 yrs., died Friday 15th at the County House in Wells Co., IN about 18 miles east of Warren. His two brother's came to Ira Browns the same night he died and said they would like to have him rought to his mother's home. I told them I could not go. I had 2 other funerals the next day. Then we went to the store, they selected casket and robe. I went and got Will shultz to come trim the casket. Jode Shultz took his horse and our little furniture wagon, loaded the box and casket and left for Wells Co. about 1:00 in the morning. He arrived at the house about 4:00 in the morning. He was buried in the Batson Cemetery. Ira Brown.
26 Oct 1897 Coffin & box for George Rittenhouse, died 25th at his home in Plum Tree. Thomas Black, trustee, came to our store and said to let tem have casket and robe. The folks wanted a little better outfit than the County furnishes, so we trimed up the casket. Aaron Ruble took box with him to West Union Cemetery. the funeral was conducted at the Christian Church in Plum tree by Mrs. Strickland of Huntington. Mrs. Strickland did not go to Cemery.
27 Oct 1897. Coffin. No other information.
1 Nov 1897 casket for the William Stetch child, 1 yr. old, died 29th. Dr. F.M.Wass was at the house when the child died. He came to Ira Brown and told me they wanted me to come out. I did not go
until I got my breakfast. Will Ellis came after the box. Sunday morning 31st Ira Brown went alone to the home with the hearse. Mrs. Judson Sowers assisted then I ate my dinner. About 1.00 Rev. Page from Bluffton conducted the funeral. The Kelso Christian choir did the singing. The parent's could not go to the cemetery because they were sick.. It rained all afternoon. Burial was in Lancaster Cemetery.
6 Nov 1897 Black cloth casket for Moses Tam, died at his home 8 1/2 miles north of Warren near Rockcreek Center Thursday 4th. Marcus Tam selected the casket. The picked up the box Friday 5th. It rained all day. He was buried 6th. Ira Brown and Jode shultz went withe the hearse to the Tam house. We fed our horses, Fred and Prince and got our dinner. The funeral was to be at the Rockcreed church near by. Marcus Tam took out his sample wagon for the pall bearers. We drove in a trot most of the way to Odd Fellows Cemetery by the White Church near Browns Corners. A brick vault for him was the 3rd one in the Cemetery. He leaves a widow and 4 children. Ira Brown.
10 Nov 1897 Coffin & box for Cecil Wade Rigs, age 4 yrs., son of Charles Rigs. He was born in Jackson twp., Wells Co., IN, died 9th of Diptheria. The family had two others that were sick. They only had song and prayer then we went to the Jones Cemetery. Rev. Bundy conducted the service. Ira F. Brown.
11 Nov 1897 Cloth casket & box for ______ Karnes, age 58 yrs., born PA., died in Warren Tuesday 9th. They talked about taking him back to PA, when their son's came they concluded to bury him in the Mitchel Cemetery for the time being. 11th they had short services at the house conducted by Rev. Suman. It was a very bad day, snowing. Taylor Slater dug & filled grave. I.F.B.
12 Nov 1897 Varnished casket for Samuel Jones, he lived 6 1/2 miles from Warren in Jackson twp., Wells Co., IN. He died Wednesday 10th, buried Thursday 12th. Malon Gephart ordered casket and ira Brown went with hearse to the house. We went to the M.P. Church 1 1/2 miles from the home. Rev. Bundy conducted the funeral service. W.F. Crum & wife, his mother & his sister, Mrs. John Tinkle was at the Church. W.D.Gill & sister was in attendance from Huntington, also John Crater & wife. He was buried in the Batson Cemetery. The weather was cool and roads were rough. I returned home about 3:00. I.F.B.
15 Nov 1897 Furnished Hearse for ______ Hinkle, died Saturday 13th
7 miles from Warren in Wells Co., IN. That County furnished coffin. Ira Brown went with hearse alone, it rained all day very hard. McBride frunished coffin and they brought it to the house and put im in the coffin. Rev. Cyrus Williams of the Friends Church preached the funeral. Daniel Shull ordered hearse, we furnished box. He was buried in Taylor Cemetery Sunday 14th. About 30 people attended the funeral. Ira Brown.
16 Nov 1897 Casket & Box for Mrs. John Leonard in Lancaster on
River. Her son came and ordered the casket. Daniel Shidler came to store after box. Tuesday 16th Ira Brown and Joseph Shultz started to Lancaster where she died. We had not gone 2 miles when some man stopped us and said that _____ Craig's son had died and wanted us to come out, so Jode came back to town with the man and Ira Brown went on to the Leonards. The funeral was held at the Dunkard Church near by conducted by Rev. Spitzer. The funeral was over about noon. She was buried in the Lancaster Cemetery. they laid bricks around box and had a large marble slab to cover the box. I returned home by way of Bellville, it was chilly, roads were muddy. Ira Brown.
18 Nov 1897 White plush casket & box, cream wrapper and slippers for Herman Craig, age 3 yrs., son of Mack Craig. He lives 8 miles from Warren on the Huntington & Warren gravel road. William Shultz went to the house. Ott Wooster ordered casket. We sent for casket by express. We took box to Woodlawn Cemetery. Thursday morning Ira Brown went alone to house with hearse. The funeral was held about 10:00 conducted by Rev. Delmer Alexander. The mother was sick. There were lots of flowers. The mother could not go to the cemetery. We troted most of the way and arrived at the cemetery at 1:00. The weather was very cold. We had two grey teams from Wilson's Livery. I.F.B.
18 Nov 1897 Cloth casket, box and robe for Martin Pence, age 63 born in Ohio, died Tuesday 16th. They sent for us to come out at once, so we started from Warren about 9:00 in the evening. William & Joseph Shultz went out. They did not get back until nearly morning. 18th Jode Shultz took hearse with Fred & Prince and went to the house. The roads off of the pike was very muddy. We went to the Farville Church for funeral conducted by Rev. Henry Floid. We started for the Woodlawn Cemetery at Warren about noon. The preacher died not go. Ira Brown was coming from Cemetery with hearse from Craig funeral and passed the Pence funeral. There was a man by the name of Banter who rode with Jode. Ira Brown.
19 Nov 1897 Cloth Casket, box, robe & slippers for ______ Gard, she died Thursday 18th. William Shultz went to the home, Ella Mounsy assisted in laying out the body. Next morning Ira Brown went out to the house 3 miles from Warren. George Frazier went along, funeral held at house at 1:00. Singers were from Warren. Their 3 girls and 7 boys all attended the funeral. 6 son's acted as pallbearers. The hearse was in front of house in the road. Their rigs were arranged behind the hearse. Burial was in Mitchel Cemetery, grave was lined with muslin and carpet. It was a nice day. Ira Brown.
25 Nov 1897 Casket & box for John McKeys son, age 3 yrs. John McKey took box home with him, he lives close to Mr. Endsley. Jode and Will Shultz fixed rough box. The child died 24th. Thanksgiving 25th, Jode Shultz took hearse about 7:00 in the morning to the house. The funeral was held at Landisville Church in Grant Co., burial there in Cemetery. It was raining, not many went to the cemetery, it rained almost all day. Jode got home
about 4:00 in the evening. Ira F. Brown
26 Nov 1897 F. M. Huff, born West Virginia 27 Dec 1843, died at Elwood, IN 23 Nov 1897. He fell out of a 3 story window on the sidewalk and was killed instantly. It was about 6:00 in the evening when he got killed. They telegraphed Warren at once. L.L.Simmons, F.M.Wall and B.F.Corb went to Elwood at once and brought Huff back in cloth casket. They got back with boy Wednesday morning. There was a large crowd at the depo. They carried the body to the home which was over the post office. The funeral was on Friday afternoon. The casket was not opened, funeral was conducted by Rev. Samuels, buried in Masonic Cemetery. We used a new grave lining. It was a rainy day. I.F.B.
29 Nov 1897 Casket for Eliza Buckland, died Friday 25th at her daughter’s, Mrs. A.L.Christman’s home which is 3 miles sout east of Warren. Joseph Cole came in our store Saturday 27th and told us the kind of casket that was wanted. Sunday morning we went to house with hearse. Ira Brown got grey team from Wilson's Livery. William Throp went with me, being an old frien of the deceased. When we arrived at the house our friend John Cloud being a son-in-law and used to be an undertaker but sold out. The funeral was conducted at the Church by Rev. Bunday. Burial was in the Batson Cemetery. It was a cool day.
29 Nov 1897 Cloth casket & box for Rilla Swaim, wife of Charles Swaim, born 14 Mar 1859 Huntington Co., age 28 yrs. Ira Brown & Will Shultz went to home 5 1/2 miles from Warren, arrived about 7:30 Saturday morning. Sunday morning 28th Jode Shultz & John Morris took hearse & casket to home, started to the Milo Church about noon. The preacher was to come from Marion to begin service at 1:00 but he did not come, so Rev. I.J. Anderson of Warren spoke a few words, had song & prayer. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery.
15 Dec 1897 Cloth casket & box for Elvira Thompson, wife of John H. Thompson, died 13th and was buried 15th. T. Stephenson & David cole came after Ira Brown at his home. Ira Brown & Will Shultz took casket to the home Tuesday evening. The funeral took place the next day. We met at the house at 1:00 and went to the chrisian Church, funeral conducted by Rev. Eter. Pallbearers were: L.L.Simmons, Thomas Black, John Wall, Henry Groves & Add Kaylor. After the funeral Jode Shultz drove the hearse to the Masonic Cemetery for burial. I.F.B.
18 Dec 1897 Coffin & box for Will Chopson, Jr's. baby, They live 2 1/2 miles east of Warren on Askry Road. Cicero Welch & Daniel Mossburg came after coffin & box Saturday 18th. They were going to bury the little one Sunday 19th in the Batson Cemetery. Jade & Will Shultz made the rough box and trimed the coffin. I.F.B.
22 Dec 1897 Coffin & box for A. H. Williams child, 6 days old. Lived 6 miles south east of Warren. Oliver Williams & Lewis Carmine came after coffin and box and took it with them. The little one was buried in the Batson Cemetery.
6 Jan 1898 Cloth Casket & box for Kara D. Trout, age 48 yrs., born Ohio, died 4th. John Morris was at the home hen he died due to softning of the brain. he lives 3 1/2 miles from Warren. The funeral was held at the Auterbine Church at 10.00 conducted by Rev. J.M. Thorp. It rained all forenoon. We went to the Lancaster Cemetery for burial. The pallbearers all related to Mr. Trout were: William Trout, Westmer Trout, Seymore Trout, LeRoy Trout, Marion Trout & Elmer Laymon. Ira F. Brown
8 Jan 1898 Coffin, box and Robe for Gilmore McCoy, age 49, died Friday 7th. Alexander McCoy, Thomas Foust and a Mr. Jaques came after Ira Brown to go lay him out, they said he did not have any thing to bury him and they did not know what to do, so Ira Brown went down to see Mrs. Ben Carl about it and she said she could not help to bury him but would help pay to lay him out, so at 8:00 went to the McCoy home which is a mile above Warren. Them came back home. I saw T. Black, trustee, he said he didn't think he had any right to bury him, said he would pay to telephone Hartford, Blackford Co., IN where he had lived for sometime. They refused to bury him, so Black said go ahead. Funeral was at house and burial in Masonic Cemetery. Ira Brown.
13 Jan 1898 Casket & box for Anna Willmore, wife of Frank Willmore and daughter of Bob Thompson. She died at her mother's home 6 miles east of Warren in Wells Co., IN 11th. 13th Ira Brown took hearse with casket to house. The funeral was at the Boehmer Church conducted by Rev. Bundy. Burial was in Thompson Cemetery. The pallbearers were all women. It was very cold.
17 Jan 1898 Coffin & box for Alva Bond's child, died 17th. Charles Swaim came after coffin & box after dark. Jode Shultz trimed the coffin & Swaim took it out to Mr. Bond. The next day we took the little one to Marion for burial. Ira F. Brown.
17 Jan 1898 Coffin & box for J. W. Lieurance's infant, died 17th, buried in Good Cemetery.
17 Jan 1898 Coffin & box for Sinna Lane, age 68 yrs., mother of E.E.Lane, died 15th, buried 15th. Jode Shultz went with hearse out to Lanes and the prayer was conducted by Mr. Millen. Buried Farrville Cemetery. Roads very bad. Ira Brown.
25 Jan 1898 Cloth casket. & box lined with carpet for Samuel Marshall, age 85 yrs., born Franklin Co., OH, died Sunday night 23rd. He lived 6 miles west of Warren. Ira Brown & Jode Shultz went to house by way of Lancaster. The roads were bad, it was after day light when we got home. They wanted a brick vault, so I got J. T. Morris to put in vault, got brick of J.E. Christy and got S.J.Chenoweth to haul the brick to Purviance Cemetery. Got sand and cement at Studebaker warehouse. The funeral was conducted by Rev. Eters of Warren. Got Livery rig at Tams. Funeral was 25th at 11:00, it rained almost all day. I.F.B.
26 Jan 1898 Casket & box for Mary Edith Brown, age 19 yrs., wife of
William Brown, daughter of Jacob & Lockey A. Laymon, died Wednesday night 26th. They lived 6 miles west of Warren. Mr. Stanley took me to the house in his rig, stayed all night, ate breakfast and they brought me home. Bill Brown came up the next day and we sent for the casket. Friday morning 28th Ira Brown took casket in hearse and went to the Browns. Mary Edith Brown was a very beautiful gir and leaves a baby. The funeral was held at the Christian Church conducted by Rev. Page of Bluffton. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery. Cold and roads were rough. I.F.B.
3 Feb 1898 Cloth Casket & box for Daniel Burman, age 84, born in Ohio, died Tuesday 1st at his son's house, Wash Burman who lives 5 miles east of Warren. Wash ordered casket. We shipped rough box to Buckeye. Thursday morning 3rd Ira Brown took new hearse and casket went to the home, had funeral at the house conducted by Rev. Kinneman. Those who went to the cemetery ate a lunch before starting. We drove to Buckeye for the 1:00 train, put casket in box and put it on the train and went to Landisville, Grant Co., IN where Jode Shultz had gone with Hearse to take the body to the cemetery when the train reached Landisville. The family returned to Landisville and waited for the 6:00 train for their return home. Jode got back to Warren about dark. It was very cold & windy day.
4 Feb 1898 Coffin, box & white robe for Mrs. Thomas Denning, age 24 yrs., born Jefferson Co., IN. Jones came after coffin & box, said he had better see trustee Black. We saw him and he told us to go ahead. Jones took the box with him. She died 2nd, Friday 4th Ves Shull went with hearse to the home in Baehmer, 6 1/2 miles from Warren. They carried her to the Church near by for the funeral conducted by Bruce Monsey. Burial was in Mossburg Cemetery.
- - - - 1898 Coffin & box for Ham McFarlen's infant. Ham & William Higens came after and took coffin & box from store. They buried the little one in the Mitchel Cemetery.
14 Feb 1898 Casket for Shafer child. He came after it in the evening, said he lived at Van Buren, IN. He took it with him and returned to Van Buren on the 9:24 train at night. He said they were going to bury the next day. He payed for the casket before he left the store. Ira Brown
11 Feb 1898 Carey Bonham, born in Ohio, died in Marion, Grant Co., IN Wednesday 9th, age 98 yrs. They got casket in Marion and he was shipped to Warren Thursday 10th on the 11:00 A.M. train. Ira Brown was at the train with hearse and we took body to his old home 7 miles from Warren. The roads was very Muddy. Friday 11th Ira Brown went with hearse to the home, Funeral held at Buckeye Church conducted by Rev. H.M.Lambert. Burial in Sparks Cemetery. It rained. I.F.B.
21 Feb 1898 Varnished casket for Sarah Lowery, age 67 yrs., born Clinton Co., OH, wife of John C. Lowery, died Saturday 19th. Sunday 20th Mr. Popejoy who lives close to Mr. Lowery, & James Cloud of Mt. Zion came to our house and said they wanted casket and
robe. Ira Brown went down to the store with them. They wanted to have the funeral at Pleasant School Church Monday 21st. Ira Brown went with hearse Monday. It snowed Sunday night and made the roads very muddy, but we got there nearly on time. The women and myself put her in the casket. We went to the Church, funeral was coducted by Rev. Bundy. The singing was directed by Rev. Shadle, pallbearers were women. I started for the Cemetery was near the Tumbleson School House. It was very cold. I got home about 5:00 in the evening.
21 Feb 1898 Coffin & box for John Oxley's daughter, her brother and someone else came after box and to select casket & robe. The came Sunday, said the were going to hold funeral at Farrville. Mr. Oxley lives 8 miles sout of Warren. We had 2 calls for Monday 21st. Jode Shultz went with Livery team to Oxleyts and Ira Brown went to Mr. Lowerys. Jode went by way of the McCoy Bridge and got as far as George McFarlands on account of the roads he engaged McFarland to put his team in front of ours, so we used 4 horses the balance of the way, they then went very well. They arrived at Oxleys about 11:00 in the forenoon. They fed the horses, but got no dinner. the funeral was held at Farrville Church about 1 mile from Oxleys, conducted by Rev. Joseph Deboyd. The preacher came late. Buried Farrville Cemetery. Jode got back after dark.
25 Feb 1898 Coffin & box for Samuel Cruse’s infant. Trimily Riggs & Charles Clampet came after the box. They dug the grave. Samuel Elkins & Mr. Cruse took the coffin from store. Clampet & Riggs ate their dinner at the store, then dug the grave at Jones Cemetery and waited until Mr. Elkins & Mr. Cruse came with the body. It was a cold rough day. Ira Brown.
28 Feb 1898 Coffin for Charles Hinchman’s infant. Gerome Arnold & Harvey Johnston came after coffin Sunday evening 27th. They came to our residence. Ira Brown went to the store with them and trimed the little case alone. they took coffin with them, said they would make the rough box. They buried the little one the nex morning in Cory Cemetery. Mr. Hickman lives in Milo, IN. They said the roads were bad.
14 Mar 1898 Cloth casket & box lined with carpet for Lucinda Wyatt, age 60 yrs, she made her home with Fred Wyatt, her son. She died Saturday 12th about 9:00 at night. Vern Harden came after us and we went out. They lived 6 miles north of Warren. It rained all the way going. Jode Shultz & Ira Brown went, it rained all night, so we stayed until morning. Fillmore Metcalf & wife were there. We ate breakfast and came home. The pike was bad. Monday 14th Ira Brown went with hearse, ate dinner at the Wyatt home, the funeral was at 2:00 at Christian Church conducted by Rev. Strickland of Huntington. We buried her in the Plumtree Cemetery. Mrs. Wyatt died of dropsy. They telegraphed for her son in Michigan but he did not come. It was almost dark when I arrived home.
2 Apr 1898 Coffin for Edward Doug1as’s child. They were going to bury child next day which was Sunday. I.F.B.
7 Apr 1898 Coffin & box for William Allen, lived in Plum Tree. George Smith came after coffin & box. They were going to bury in Sparks Cemetery 4 mile from Warren the same day. I.F.B.
11 Apr 1898 Varnished casket in walnut & 2 boxes for Eliza Bock, died Friday 8th. Walter Bock, her son came after us to take care of her, Ira Brown went. Saturday evening Jode and Ira took casket & robe. Sunday morning Ira Brown took hearse. Funeral was held at Sugar Grove Church. Burial in Jones Cemetery. I.F.B.
15 Apr 1898 Casket & box for John Wilson's child, lived 5 miles south of Warren. He came to store Thursday evening with James Boxell and selected casket. Next morning James Penland took our horse and buggy and box to the Jones Cemetery. Ira Brown went to Wilsons with hearse. Got there in time to eat dinner. They had no funeral. Left house at 2:00 for cemetery. We had two miles of dust roads and it was bad. I.F.B.
15 Apr 1898 Coffin & case for Adam Neff's child, died Friday afternoon 15th. In Afternoon Jode Shultz took horse and buggy to Neffs. Child died of dyptheria. They buried it at once. William Lines and Jode buried it in Taylor Cemetery. No one else went.
18 Apr 1898 Cloth casket & box for Mary J. Vincent Bollers, born 19 Dec 1841 Delaware Co., IN, died Sunday 17th age 55 yrs., wife of Adam Bollers. She died near Milo 4 miles from Warren. John McKee who lived near by came Sunday and made arrangements for burial Monday 17th. Monday morning Ira Brown went with hearse. Went to Van Buren for funeral at M.E. Church. The pallbearers did not go to cemetery. Will Corporal rode with me from house to church. From the church we went to Burson Cemetery which is about 18 miles from Warren. After the burial I went with Mr. Boller's brother for dinner and fed team, Fred & Prince. About 4:00 I started home. I came back through Van Buren, almost dark when I got home. Roads were good. Ira Brown
25 Apr 1898 Cloth casket for Eli Burket's wife, died Saturday 23rd. Jode Shultz and Ira Brown went that night. Sunday we took team and small furniture wagon and took casket to home. Mr. Burkett and wife lived with Henry Mallow. Monday morning George _____ and Ira Brown went with hearse, we left home about 10:00, arrived at Lancaster about 1:00. The funeral was conducted by Rev. Hubbard, pallbearers were: James Brown, Vestal Woods, Lonzo Woods, Charles Eastes and Charles Wiley. Arrived home about 4:00 in evening.
29 Apr 1898 Varnished casket & case for Eldridge R. Mossburg, son of Daniel Mossburg, age 23 yrs., died Thursday 28th. Philip Shafer came after casket & box same evening. He said he wanted us to go over to Mr. Landis' house 2 miles this side of Huntington. Friday morning 29th Ira Brown started to house to get body, arrived at the Lantis home about 9:00. Ira went alone. A few people were at the house. We put him in the casket then started for Daniel Mossburgs, arrived a little afternoon. We took casket from hearse and put it in the yard under some nice trees. There were several people at
the house. All viewed the remains, then we rested for awhile, then went to the Shafer church where funeral was conducted by Rev. W.R.Suman. The Salem choir did the singing. The pallbearers were all young men. Philip Shafer fed the team then we went to the Mossburg Cemetery for burial. Weather nice. Ira Brawn.
2 May 1898 Black cloth casket for Mary Griffith, 80 yrs. old, died Friday 29th, born KY, died in Jackson twp., Wells Co., IN about 7 1/2 miles south of Warren. James Griffith, wife and his sister came to store Saturday 30th, selected the casket. The next morning Ira Brown went alone with hearse to the house. Mrs. Still McGrew assisted, we put her in the casket. The funeral was conducted at the house. The pallbearers were six grandchildren. We took her to the Balsey Cemetery about 1/2 miles from the home just over in Blackfard Co., IN. I.F.B.
7 May 1898 Cloth casket & box for Margaret Beard, wife of John Beard. They lived near Dillman in Wells Co., IN 5 1/2 miles south of Warren. she died Friday morning about 2:00 of dropsy. Timley Rigs came after us to come out. Ira Brown went out 6th, then returned to store. Her son’s were waiting for me, they selected casket. Saturday morning 7th Ira Brown & George Unrue went to the home with casket and Hearse. Then we went to Dillman church where funeral was conducted by Rev. throp. Then we went to the Jones Cemetery. Roads were bad. Ira Brown.
9 May 1898 Cloth casket for Phoebe Orsborn, age 92, born KY. Eli Smith and another man came after casket and they had orders to bring it with them. They came in a wagon. It was raining so we put a cover over the casket. They did not want a box. Colson Orsborn ordered casket. She lived 1 mile east of Liberty Center being 10 miles from Warren. She died Friday 6th, buried Sunday 8th. Sunday morning George Unrue and Ira Brown took hearse and went to the home. We arrived about 9:00. The funeral was at the home by Rev. Bruce Monsey. We went to McFarren Cemetery about 2 miles from her home. They had women for pallbearers. The grave diggers had trouble with the grave caveing in. We did not stay for dinner. Colson Orsborn paid us before we left cemetery. I.F.B.
13 May 1898 Coffin, box and robe for Maggie Endsley, died 11th of consumption in Jackson twp., Wells Co., IN, age 25 yrs. They lived about 8 miles south of Warren. ____ Lee came after the outfit, he had an order from the trustee. He took the box with him. Friday morning Jode Shultz went with hearse. He got to the house about 9:00, from the home they went to Farville church where the funeral was conducted. From the funeral we went to the Landisville Cemetery in Grant Co., about 8 miles from Farrville. Jade then started home. He came accross to the end of Beck Gravel road. He got home about 4:00 in the afternoon. He did not get to feed his horses, Fred & Prince, and he did not get no dinner. The roads was not very good. Ira Brown.
14 May 1898 Casket & box for George Penfold's child, died Thursday night 12th. Saturday morning we took buggy and Mrs. Lydia Weaver
and Ira Brown took casket on our laps to the church where guneral was conducted by Rev. Moon. Burial was in Mitchel Cemetery. T. Slater dug the grave. I.F.B.
18 May 1898 Furnished Metallic casket & box for Ann E. Wilson, born Fairfield Co., OH 31 Aug 1824, died in Van Buren, Grant Co. 16th, about 5 miles south of Warren. they came in Tuesday 17th and selected casket. Mr. Martin from Richmond, IN casket Co happened to be in the store, he wired for the casket. Ira Brown was in Indianapolis that day. Jode Shultz telephoned Ira but he could not come very well that day. the casket come 18th in the morning. Ves Shull took hearse and went to the Wilson home in the morning 18th. Funeral was at the home burial at Cory Cemetery in Grant Co. I.F.B.
10 Jun 1898 Cloth casket & box lined with carpet & muslin for James Dary, died Thursday morning 9th as a result of a broken leg when his horse run away with buggy.
20 Jun 1898 Cloth casket a box for Joseph Jones, born 21 Jul 1850 in Jackson twp., Wells Co., IN, died Saturday about noon 18th age 47 yrs. Ira Brown went out right away. Ira Brown took casket out next day. On Monday moring took hearse, Bruce Wright went with me. Funeral at Union Chapel church at 11:00 conducted by Rev. Bundy. Burial was in Jones Cemetery. pallbearers were: John Cloud, Jan Wilson, Lewis Roush, Lee Mills, Jacob Jackson, Isaac James & Isaac Jackson. Ira F. Brown.
21 Jun 1898 Coffin & box for Albert Wheaton's infant, lives 6 miles east of Warren on James P. Wise farm. James Purviance and Joseph Wiley came after coffin and took it with them and said they were going to bury the little one the same day near Van Buren in Grant Co. They day was warm. I.F.B.
27 Jun 1898 Coffin & box for Eliza J. Stotler, died Saturday evening 25th. Elza Thompson and another man came after box about 9:00 Saturday night. Sunday morning Ira Brown went with hearse to the home home 7 1/4 miles east of Warren. I stopped at William Buckners and he went with me . We put casket in the house then went to Buckners, fed horses and got my dinner, we then returned to the house. She died of dropsy, age 56. Funeral was at the house conducted by Rev. Winans. Burial was in Mossburg Cemetery. Very warm day. Ira Brown.
1 Jul 1898 coffin & box for _____ _____ Henry Mallown came to the store and took it with him.
4 Jul 1898 Coffin & box for John Leonard, died Friday 1st. I went to Lancaster, 7 miles west of Warren. Then Saturday evening Ira Brown took the pine box down to Lancaster in furniture wagon. Sunday morning 3rd Ira Brown took hearse and went to Leonards home. Funeral was at Lancaster Church. Buried accross the road from the church. they used a marble slab for grave. Weather was warm, roads dusty. Ira Brown.
4 Jul l898 Coffin for Killian Walters, age 22 yrs., son of Orlando Walters, died 4th. John Marshal came after the coffin & box said they wanted to bury him the same day. They wanted to leave the house at 3:00 in the afternoon, so after dinner we put rough box in under hearse. Jode Shultz went. They buried him at the White Church which is 11 miles from Warren direct north. Warm & dusty.
8 Jul 1898 Casket & box for Lewis Lamon's son, 1 yr. old. The little one was scalded, it died Thursday 7th. The funeral was the 8th at the Christian Church conducted by Rev. R.M.Throp. Burial in Woodlawn Cemetery. Ira Brown.
4 Aug 1898 Coffin & box for Albert Man, died at his brother1s Ed Man 3rd 7 1/2 miles from Warren and i mile north of Kelso. John Williams & Eliza Man came to the store and selected the casket and suit. Thursday morning Jode Shultz took hearse and went to house. Funeral was held at the residence conducted by Rev. Henderson. They came back through Warren to the Cory Cemetery, about 6 miles of Warren.
4 Aug 1898 coffin & box for McCoy's child, died at Dillman, Wells Co., IN 3rd. Hi Jackson and his mother came to our store to see about slippers for the child. Timbly Rigs came after coffin and box on the 3rd. They left the store at 9:00 in evening. They buried the child on 4th. Funeral at Dillman. We did not attend.
8 Aug 1898 Coffin & box for John W. Banter's child ordered by Jack Herring. The child died Sunday 7th, they buried it 8th.
8 Aug 1898 Coffin & box for Gorden Edwin Simmer's child, age 18 months. It died Sunday 7th. Its mother had come from Oregon to Warren to see her parents (Fowlers). The funeral was held at the residence Monday by Rev. Suman. Burial in Woodlawn Cemetery attended with buggy. T. Slater dug grave. Ira Brown.
18 Aug 1898 White plush casket for William Williamson's child, age 3 months, died Wednesday 17th. The next day in the evening services was conducted by Rev. Suman after which the child was carried to the depo by 4 little girls. The little one was put in a box and the parents took it to Bradford, PA for burial in Oak Hill Cemetery. I.F.B.
19 Aug 1898 Plush casket for Mrs. E.A.Free, age 19 yrs, died in Warren 18th of consumption. Ira Brown went to the home. Mrs. James Foreman & Evaling Hubard assisted. The next day they had the funeral at the home conducted by Rev. Etter. Mrs. Free's mother was present and that was all of her folks that could come. We left the house in the afternoon, used hearse. Six young ladies acted as pallbearers. We went to the Woodlawn Cemetery for burial. Very warm. Ira F. Brown.
26 Aug 1898 Cloth casket & box for Samuel Jackson charged to Daniel Resinger. He died Wednesday at Mr. Risinger's 24th. He was 75 yrs. old. Ira Brown went to the house. they did not know when
they would bury him. They had telephoned from Montpelier to Cincinnati, OH for some of the family but had got no returns, so they decided to bury Friday 26th. I saw several that night that I knew, George Plessinger, Clem Rigs and others. I got home about 1:00 Thursday morning. Friday 26th I took casket in hearse and went to Risingers. I got to the home at 8:30 I met my old friend William Frazier. We then went to Asbury Church for Funeral conducted by a Dunkard preacher from Montpelier. Buried Asbury Cemetery. Got home about 2:00 in Afternoon. Weather very warm and dusty. I.F.B.
29 Aug 1895 Casket & box for Calvin Andrew, born NC 5 Dec 1821, died on his farm 2 miles from Warren Saturday night 27th. Riley Andrew was at his father’s house when he died, so he ask Sam Ranger to come after Ira Brown & Jode Shultz wernt out and attended the body. The next morning James Riley & Charles Andrew all son's of Calvin andrew selected the casket. Sunday evening Ira & Jode took casket out and returned home. Next day Ira Brown took new hearse, Coll Perdue went along to take care of the team. We started fro Warren at 1:00. The Masonic order was waiting to take charge of the funeral conducted in the M.E.Church by Rev. Suman. The Masonic order marched in front of the hearse to Masonic Cemetery. Grandchildren were pallbearers. T.Slater dug the grave.
30 Aug 1898 Coffin & box for William Irwin's child, being a twin, died monday 29th. J. Thurston come with Mr. Irwin. I went out and Will told me about the burial, said the funeral was to be held at his home 30th in the afternoon. Ira Brown went to his home in the buggy and took coffin. Funeral was conducted by Rev. Rush. Mrs. Add Thurston rode from the home in the buggy. We put coffin in our laps. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery. T. Slater dug grave. I.F.B.
3 Sep 1898 Coffin & box for William Irwin's child, being a twin, died 2nd. Will Irwin ordered coffin, said he wanted it like the other one. Funeral was to be the same In the afternoon Ira Brown & Dessie Brown went in buggy. Services were conducted as before. Weather was very warm and dusty. Ira Brown.
5 Sep 1898 Cloth casket, box, robe & slipers for Riley Stanton's wife, age 69 born Fayette Co., IN, died Friday night 2nd. Lewis Mills came after Ira Brown to take care of the body. Ira Brown & Jode Shultz went out, starting from Warren about midnight. It is nearly 10 miles from Warren. When we got back it was almost daylight. Someone came after the box the 3rd. Sunday morning 4th Ira Brown & George Unrue took Hearse, drove to Stanton's took casket in house. We were assisted by Mrs. Lewis Mills and two other ladies. We went to Rockford in Wells Co., IN for funeral. William Chopson & wife, D.L.Elliott & wife, and others attended the funeral. Burial was above Rockford. I.F.B.
7 Sep 1898 Coffin & box for George Pierson's infant, child only lived a few hours. Ira Brown went with the father over to see John Leonard. He said we could put the little one in the Mitchel Cemetery, so we went over and selected a place. We came back to
the store, George Unrue went with the father and they took the box and dug the grave and buried the little one the same day.
19 Sep 1898 Furnished a small box, covered it with muslin and lined it inside for Charles Foust's small child. Lived Warren, IN. It was a very small child so we used a small box. It only lived 5 or 6 days, died 18th. About 7:00 Sunday morning 19th Jode Shultz & Ira Brown took buggy to home. Mrs. James Foreman was there and put the little one in the box, then we took it to the Masonic Cemetery. We went alone and dug the grave on Adam Foust's lot and buried the little one and returned home.
27 Sep 1898 Casket, box & burial wrapper for William Oxley's child. It was ordered and taken from the store by D.B.Camblin & W.S.Camblin. Mr. Oxley lives near Farrville in Grant Co., IN. Burial was to be in Farrville Cemetery. They levt the store about 10:00 at night 27th. I.F.B.
28 Sep 1898 Cloth casket & box for H. K. Baily, died Monday 26th. Isaac Smith came after Ira Brown to go take care of the body. I went to the home about 3 miles north of Warren. I then returned home. Mr. Baily's two son’s selected the casket. Tuesday evening Ira Brown took casket to home in small furniture wagon. Ross Gill & Emanual Hart assisted in putting the body in casket. I then returned home. Next morning 28th Ira Brown went alone with hearse to the home. The pallbearers were: J. Roudybush, R. Gill, J. Blair, M. McElwain & W. Stroup. We then went to West Union Church for funeral. The weather was very warm. I.F.B.
30 Sep 1898 Plush casket & box for Daniel Risingerts child, died Thursday 29th. Mr. Risinger’s brother came after and ordered casket and robe. Ira Brown went over to Bluffton, IN in the evening and was not at home when he came, so Jode Shultz waited on him. The next day Friday 30th Ira Brown took Hearse and went to the home. We let his home about 1:00 in afternoon and. went to Sugar Grove Church where funeral was held by Rev. Lewis Huffman. It was layed to rest in Jones Cemetery near the church. Weather was very warm. Ira Brown.
3 Oct 1898 Coffin & box for Frank Wolfe,s child He lives at Van Buren, IN 8 miles from Warren. Eldon Roush ordered coffin & robe and took it with him in his buggy to Van Buren. Another man took the box to West Union Cemetery and dug the grave. The attended to the remains themselves and buried he little one the day day Monday 3rd in West Union Cemetery. They passed the Kreig funeral. I.F.B.
3 Oct 1898 Casket, box & burial wrapper for Hattie L. Craig, wife of Mack Craig, age 31 yrs., died 1 Oct, born 28 Dec 1866. Oscar McElwain came after Ira Brown about 3:00 Sunday morning 3rd. Ira Brown went out to Craig’s about 8 miles from Warren and took care of body, returned home about 8:00 in the morning. Sunday evening Oscar McElwain & wife and James Craig came to our store and selected casket and wrapper. Monday morning Ira Brown took hearse and casket to home. They had a great many beautiful flowers.
After we got everything all arranged all viewed the remains at the home then we went to the M.E.Church at Majenica where the funeral was conducted by Rev. Alexander assised by Rev. Hacker, Suman and Roush all M.F.Ministers. The casket was not opened at the church. We put casket in hearse and started for Warren near 1:00. I.F.B.
25 Oct 1898 Casket & pine box for _____ ______- Ordered by Alexander Ruse. Ira Brown took hearse about 4 1/2 miles from Warren. funeral at house, burial in Mitchel Cemetery.
31 Oct 1898 Coffin & box for Daniel Risinger's little daughter, died 30th of diptheria. Monday morning Ira Brown went with hearse. there were only 2 or 3 persons there. We put coffin in house through the window and an old lady that was there helped me put body in casket. There was a small child that was very sick and we acted accordingly. We let the family look at the little girl through the window. Then we went to Jones Cemetery for burial. None of the family went along. Ira. Brown.
30 Nov 1898 Black cloth casket for Joshua Beard, died 30th, born Prible Co., OH 21 Jun 1924, died at his son's William Beard. Philip Shafer came and ordered casket and said they wanted to bury him Saturday. We got the grave dug and ordered flowers. Saturday Ira Brown took herse and went to house, put body in csket after we put suit of clothes on him. Isaac Beard was away from home at the time of his father's death but got home in time to attend the funeral. We went to Warren for the funeral at the Christian Church conducted by Rev. Etter and Went to Masonic Cemetery for burial. Pallbearers were: John Hultz, Howard Thompson, Andrew Gephart, John Thompson, Phil Shafer and Jery Woods. The roads was muddy on the pike. Ira Brown.
23 Nov 1898 Cloth casket & box for Elizabeth Hudson, died. at her daughter's house Mrs. Emma Green, 1 mile above Warren on Mrs. Sallie Gephart's farm 23rd, age 57 yrs, born in Nox Co., OH. They came after me about 12:00 at night. Jode Shultz and Ira Brown went to the home and attended to body. They had short service at the home held by Brother Etters. Services were held bout 4:00 in in the evening fter which the remains were put in the hearse and taken to the depo in time for the 6:00 train going east. They took the remains to Richwood, Oh for bural 24th. I.F.B.
28 Nov 1898 Cloth casket & box for John Rittenhouse. His son’s came to our store and selected casket for their father. They said they were going to bury him Thursday Dec 1st. A man took the box as soon as we got it ready. Thursday morning Ira Brown took hearse and went to the home. We met John Marshall at the four mile Church and he went with me and assisted in putting body in casket. We left about ll:00 for the White Church where the funeral was conducted by W.H.Belfry. His age was 57 yrs., born in Shelby Co., IN. He was buried in the Baptist Cemetery 4 miles from Warren.
5 Dec 1898 Cloth casket. & box for Joseph Rittenhonse, age 63 yrs. One of his daughters Frs. Fred Stetch and Fred Dumbold came and
selected the casket and robe. It was on Sunday and it was cold and very snowy. Monday morning Ira Brown went with hearse on runners and went to the home. We left the home at 1:00 in the afternoon and went to West Union where funeral was conducted by W.H.Belfry, burial was in the same yard. I.F.Brown.
19 Dec 1898 Black Cloth casket for Mrs. Evaline Sowers, age 69 yrs., born Clinton Co., OH, wife of Lewis Sowers, died Firday morning 15th about 4:00. Harvey Gephart came after Ira Brown to come out and care for the body. Ira went alone, it is 6 miles north of Warren. I ate dinner before I returned to Warren. Mrs. Sowers told me the kind of casket she wanted. I also ordered flowers. Saturday evening 17th I took casket to the home. It was cold and windy. The funeral was held on Sunday. Then Sunday morning Ira Brown went with hearse alone, left home about 10:00 in the morning, arrived at West Union Church about 11:30 where Funeral was conducted by Rev. W.H.Belfre of Warren, burial was in Church Cemetery.
27 Dec 1898 White plush casket & box for Alphus James' child, died Sunday evening 25th. Monday morning the father of the child and Grand father W.H.Crum came to our store and ordered casket and sliffers and said they wanted us to come with Hearse Tuesday morning. We got Ves Shull to go and attend Funeral. The child was layed to rest in Jones Cemetery. They lived about 3 1/2 mile from Warren. We got team of Wise. Weather very cold and windy.
27 Dec 1898 Cloth casket, box, robe and slippers for Joseph McNatt, died at the home of B.J.King in Liberty twp., Wells Co., IN 7 1/2 miles east of Warren, born 21 Jan 1812, died Sunday night 25th. Perry Monsey came to our store Monday 26th, selected casket said they wanted to be at Africa Church at 10:00. Ira Brown went with hearse, put the box in the hearse and took it as far as the old Monsey farm. We took it frm hearse and a boy took it in a sled to the Snow Cemetery in Wells Co., IN. Funeral was conducted by Rev. Winams of Baptist faith. His age was 85 yrs. The preacher did no to Cemetery. Roads very bad, cold and windy. I.F.B.
10 Jan 1899 White plush casket for the M.E.Minister's child of Van Buren, IN. T. J. Draper came to our store in the evening on the 6:00 train from Van Buren and took casket back with him on the 9:24 train. The same evening or the nex day W.R.Suman went to Van Buren and preached the funeral. Ira F. Brown.
17 Jan 1899 Black cloth casket for _____ Jones, she lived 8 miles east of Warren, died 15th. Albert Terhune came after Casket and robe he took the rough box with him. Tuesday morning Ira Brown went with hearse to the home where the funeral was conducted at house by Elder Winnans of Liberty Center, of Baptist faith. After the funeral was over we put casket in hearse and then we started to go to Grove Cemetery. The roads was very muddy. Frank White rode with me on the hearse. We had Andrew Wire's black team and we had to stop several times on the way. I.F.Brown.
(the rest of 1899 records missing)
Jan. 1 - Was raining all day, was no trade except Loyd S. Jones brought a single lounge to get repaired. No other occurence of importance.
Jan. 2 - Weather not cold but cloudy. The River bank full and raised until noon. Adum Neff's baby died and I went over accross the river to his house with the cooling board to lay it on. Mrs. Bell finkle and Mrs. Ellie Jones assisted. The band is flaw playing for the theater.
Jan. 3 - I attended the funeral of Adum Neff’s baby. The funeral was preached by Rev. George Hubbart at the house. The child was intered in the Taylor Cemetery. The hearse was used and roads was very muddy. Sam Slater went along to hold the horses. The grave was dug by John Finkle, Isiah Barnes, William Andrew and James Vendrix. The attendance was very good owing to the very bad roads. I came home from the cemetery and drove around in front of Finkle's Mill and washed the wheels of the hearse. In the evening I bought a small bill of undertaking goods of E.D.Gaston, agent for Ezra Smith and Co., Richmond, IN. In the evening went to Pulse's Hall to a opera play.
Jan. 4 - I come down to the shop and from the shop went to the stable and got the team ready to go haul some cane chairs from the R.R., came back and hitched the team in front of shope. In the afternoon the band came along and our team broke loose, they were caught in front of Riley Andrew's Blacksmith shop by James Vendrix. I attended the Warren Tri County fair meeting in which I had a share of stock, $25.00. The stock holders had some ____ in the secretaries Isaac Beard and Adum Foust in which Isaac Beard was elected by 1 and a half votes. Jones Good was elected President and William Swaim corresponding secretary. Samuel Roush, Henry Creveston, Adum Hannah, Samuel Williams, S.A.Pulse, Enurst Thompson, George Sprowl, Isiah Barnes, Howard Thompson. Levi Simons, Byron Whitmer, Perry Poulison, John Surran, John Morris, Lloyd Jones, William Beard, John Hultz, Charles Morgan, Ed Hows, James Andrew, Ludwell Shadle, Ed Young, Samuel Morrison, Markus McCord, Joseph Elder, James Purvince and others attended the meeting. I got a half cord of wood of D.B.Adget. I attended the concert with my little girl Dessie.
Sunday, Jan. 5 - Was a very rainy day and was very quiet. I was in Albert Coles Drugstore talking with a few gentlemen who had gathered in there. Mr. Seaton, Ezra Thompson, Sim Turner, Isiah Barnes, John Morris, Sink smith and others were in. I also was in the Sprowl Drugstore, Loyd Jones and James E. Christie were present also. In the evening I had a conversation with Volney Ewart under the shed of Elliot's and Christiets shoe store. We~walked up to the corner of Joseph Elder's building and tere we met Marcus Mccord, talked a few moments and all went home. As I passed the bank Will Little and Ernest Thompson were in the bank playing the guitars and singing.
Jan. 6 - I hauled some funiture from the R.R. Sold a cupboard to Isaac Sparks and delivered it to his house. Bought a bushel of corn of D.B.Adzet at 40 cents. Enstalled officers at K.O.F.M. Lodge Hall. Elected John Gass to go to Elkhart to attend Grand Lodge. Sold 40 chairs to Jonithan whitelock for Plum Tree Christain Church, but has not taken them at this date. Still Warm and muddy.
Jan. 7 - I went and helped James Andrew send some money away for the K.O.F.M. Monroe Jones brought a bureau to get varnished over. Sold a cupboard, set of chairs, rocking chair and center table to Leopold Reuf. Is spitting snow and turning colder
Jan. 8 - The weather is a little cooler. I sent some money away to whole sale houses. In the evening I was called from home to go up to Isaac Follis’ to lay out a small girl 10 years old. she died upsatairs and we carried her downstairs into another room. She was laid out on the cooling board. I embalmed body, was assisted by Mrs Calub Wiley and Mrs. Elisha Christman. The family did not want her buried until the 10th. they wished a burial wrapper lenght 54 in., white. We had not the size, I telegraphed to J.M.Hutton & Co., Richmond, In for one and recieved it the next day. That was all for that day.
Jan. 9 - I brought some goods from the R.R., Jonathan Whiteclock came after the chairs for the Plum Tree Church. Jacob Fry came along with him. Noey Wilmore was along. they took the chairs from the depot. Took a wardrobe to William Chopson. In the evening I hunted the town over for John Morris to go over to the Mitchell Cemetery to pick out a lot for Isaac Follis. Could not find him. Went to his house and found out he had gone out to James Wigner’s to butcher. I put off seeing about the lot until next day. Nothing more. I went home
Jan. 10 - I went over to John Leonards, met him near the barn to feed his cattle. He gave them some hay and then we went over to the Mitchell cemetery and picked out a lot for Isaac Follis’ child.
A. Waltzer commenced digging the grave. I came over to the barn fed the horses and come up to the shop and there was a man wanting a small coffin for William f. Herring’s child. After we sent it out there came in another measure for Carrie Roush's wife. I.K. Clark & T. Chopson came after it then I went to Isac Foilis’ to attend the burial of his child. the coprs was carried from the house to the church. George hubart preached the funeral. the body was taken in the hearse to the cemetery. Hubart went along to pronounce the benedition. I came home got my dinner and then washed hearse wheels off under the outlet of the fish pond.
Jan. 11 - Was very warm and nuddy. Did not do any business except I took a marble top center table up to aunt Sallie Gepharts for her daughter Katie. In the eneving I went to a Flag Festival and entertainment in Pulses Hall with marching and singing. they also gave supper, had ice cream. The girs had badges on to represent the States. estella ream was grand officer and gave command.
Mother and my little girl Dessie were there and I bought the cake my mother had baked. Mrs. Mag Good, Mrs. Lizie Anderson, Mrs. Seaton and others were there. Effa Paulse was Gypsie Queen and Fred Sprowl’s little girl was Indian.
Sunday, Jan. 12 I came down in town in the morning went to the barn fed the horses, came back to Coles' Drug store and found Sink Smith. Isiah Barnes and others in the room. Went home got my dinner, come back went to the news office had a talk with John Surran and then over to E.R.Smethurst's hardware store porch. There was Jef Jones, Lon Taylor, James christie and Ven Finkle. we all had a talk. The weather was warm and pleasant.
Jan. 13 - In the morning it was very windy and cold, there was some snow falling. It stayed windy and cold all day but did not freeze enough to hold horses up from breaking through. there was not nothing doing in town all day. Ves shull; Mahion Chery, samuel Shultz, David McMahon and others ware in the shop in the forenoon. Frank Huff played on an old mandolian that we were repairing for him and then Will shultz and Frank Huff took it over to his house. In the evening I fed the horses Nag and Grany. went up to Albert Coles Drug Store talked with Ezra thompson, Albert Coles, George Good, Volney Ewart, and others. the Grand Army had a supper in the evening.
Jan. 14 - I went down to the stable tied the horses outside the barn to the fence, was called to the shop to furnish a small coffin for Walter A Balk's child. In the afternoon I hauled a load of wood from John Finkles, 1 cird if 17 ub wiid was all I could draw. Larimer wanted me to haul him load but I refused. That was all of importance.
Jan. 15 - Was very dull in town. I went up to the R.R. shipped a book case to Van Buren to George Camblin. Nothing more of importance. Shook hands with Bob McFadden in front of Ewart and Thorp hard ware store.
Jan. 16 - Was the coldest day up to date. Froze the hardest. Was nothing doing the whole day. Sold a looking glass to S.A.Pulse. In the evening George Kregbaum and I sat up with Dr. Bonifield. He was sick at the Foreman house.
Jan. 17 - Was rather cool in the morning. I did nothing in the forenoon. After dinner Taylor slayter whent with me to get a load of wood. He took shot gun along. On the road we met Mires Bros’s teams with logs. went to Beorge Gephars after the wood. After we came back we went up to R.R. after some chairs, returning to the shop Samuel Colbert and Henry Dalrimple had come after a coffin for Daniel Coolman and it had to be very large, 6 ft. 6in. + 27. It took William shultz and myself after dark to get the coffin and box ready for them to take along with them. They wanted the hearse but coffin was to large it would not go inside the hearse. That is all of importance.
Jan. 18 - I came down to the shop in the morning and found nobody there. Will Shultz came up to the shop after awhile and said he was sick, probably had the Lagripee or Influenze, has not been back since. We have not had any trade today to amount to much. I sold James Conwell a set of carpet chairs walnut. the roads is still rough.
Jan. 19 - Was not very cold. I was in Albert Coles Drug store had a talk with Hiram Gill concerning the nomination in wells County (Democratic) most of the canidates lived in Bluffton. Went home came back in the evening to S.V.Kintz restarant had talk with him a short shile and them went home.
Jan. 20 - I am staying at the shop by myself today it is very disagreeable weather. Jef Jones and Joseph Shultz are talking about drillin wells. taylor Slater is going over to Huntington to sell sasfrass root. I made a trade with David Clampit for some wood for shop, traded him a dark bed stead for 3 cord round pole wood.
Jan. 21 - I am still by myself today is extremely cold and windy. I sold Samuel Robers a small bill of furniture. He did not take the looking glass to the bureau because he was afraid he would get it broke. That was all the trade we had that day. William Shultz is not with me yet.
Jan. 22 - The weather is still cold. I came from home to the shop built a fire and went down to the stable fed old Mag and Grany (our horses) came back to the shop and found Charley smethurst in shop said he had come to work to take the place of William Shultz. did no work except to frame a picture for allen christinan. In the evening I was going along Pulses’s & Frash’s dry goods store and Ves Kintze stopped me and said some of the clerks had left the door unlocked. I stayed at the door while Kintz went up in the Hall to tell Charles Fresh about it but he was not there, were no one in the ball except a troupe that was rehearsing, Kintz then went up the street to find S.A.Pulse. He found him, came back with the key to the store. By that time George Sprowl came along and all three of us went in the store looked all through the store to see if anybody were inside of the store. We found no one inside, so Mr. Kintz locked the store up. George Sprowl and I went to his drug store and in a few moments I went home.
Jan. 23 There were nothing doing in town all day and as there were nothing of importance I will close.
JAN. 24 - came down town in morning fed old Mag & Grany come back to the shop then I remained all day till evening. I did nothing of importance that day.
Jan. 25 - I came down town in the morning went to the shop found John Mossburg at shop he was after a coffin for Stephen Allan’s son. He lived in Liberty Center Wells Co., IN. Sent coffin by express. Sold a bureau to Mr. Ruble, also sold a bed to Samuel
Jackson, also a $2.00 bed spring. He took them home in his spring wagon. That is all the business we did that day. In the evening I went around to the stores until about 9:00 I then went to barber shop and got shaved and then went home.
Sunday, Jan. 26 - I were home in the morning eating breakfast when there was a rap at the door. I answered there were a boy after me to go out to Mickia I. Sours his wife is dead and wanted me to come out to his house and embalm her so they could bury her Tuesday, so I did the embalming after I got throug I ate dinner and then came home by way of Plum Tree, when I reached home John Neff and Henry Keller were after a coffin for Spangler’s daughter (at Bellville) John Budd wanted to pay expenses but he was worth nothing we could not stand it they returned home and brought Michael Zent which he stood good for the funeral expenses of the girl. So charley smethurst and I trimmed the coffing the same evening then I ordered some coffin hardware by express then went home.
Jan. 27 I got up in the morning went to the barn fed the hores came back ate my reakfast and them go tready to attend the funeral of Mr. spengler's daughter which were preached at the church at Bellville, the church being accross the road from the house of which this were the first funeral ever preached in the church. Had ladies for pall bearres she was intered in the Mitchell cemetery. Rev. George Hubart went over and dismissed. I returned home and put the team away and then went home after my dinner. Nothing more of importance.
Jan. 28 - I attended the funeral of Mrs. Michen Sours. Brother Boswell preached the funeral. He was behing time owning that the vault would not be done. the roads was very rough so we could not have very speedy time. there were a gentleman came up to me shook hands with me said he wanted to encourage me sid I was extremely good in handling an audiance at funerals. I came home had the cooling board with me. That was all at value.
Jan. 29 - I came cown to the shop went to the barn fed the horses and then I went over to the express office sent away some money for the K.O.F.M. Charles Clampit and another man party had William good making some deeds. they did the writing in my shop. I hauled some furniture from the R.R. also some oak lumber from Mires Bro’s saw mill Sam Slater helped me. That is all
Jan. 30 - I came down to the shop we did not do very much business so you see I can not give you much. Samuel Huffman was in the shop. I went around town in the evening and then went home.
Jan. 31 - I came down to shop went to stable fed the horses old Mag & Grany. charley smethurst is sick will not be here today. Samuel Jackson & Zeb Stanton came after a coffin for Joseph Sambs. Samuel Jackson helped me get the box ready so he could get back home quick. His children was sick with Lagrippee. they told me to bring the coffin out in the hearse in the morning. I went out got shaved in the evening and went home.
Feb. 1 - I came down to the shop helped run the hearse out then started with hearse & coffin out to Sambs the roads was very muddy. Barnes went along with me to the burial. Rev. George Henderson preached the funeral. He rode with me in the hearse to cemetery. I got so cold that I chilled all over, came home and got my supper and went to bed sick. Head aked all night.
Feb. 2 - I layed in bed all day. I ate no breakfast but got up at dinner and ate some. I then bather all over put on clean clothes and stayed in house all day.