GOETZ, James Carl

Date of birth: November 1894

Date of death: 15 December 1937 Marion County, Indiana

SOURCE: Franklin Evening Star, 17 December 1937

Prominent Religious Worker Dies 
in Vets' Hospital
  J. Carl Goetz, 43, former well
known young people's religious
worker in Johnson and
Bartholomew counties, died
Wednesday night at the
Veterans' hospital in Marion
where he was taken suffering
with a mental condition a week
  Funeral services will be held
at 10 o'clock Saturday morning
at New Hope Christian Church,
south of Edinburg, in charge
of the Rev. J. E. de
Gafferelly.  Burial will be
made in Rest Haven Cemetery at
  The body was taken to Columbus
to the Hege & Flanagan Funeral
Home and later to the home of
a brother, Floyd Goetz. Mr.
Goetz formerly lived at
Nineveh, where he operated the
Woodruff farm for a number of
years.  While residing in
Johnson County he took an
active interest in church and
Sunday school work and was a
leader in the interdenomina-
tional young people's organi-
  For a short time he was a
salesman for the Ford auto
agency at Edinburg, and later
took up similar work at
Columbus.  He had been
employed recently by
Noblitt-Sparks Industries in
    World War Veteran
  A World War veteran and a
member of the American Legion,
Mr. Goetz made many friends in
these associations.  Plans
were being made today to have
military rites conducted at
the grave.
  He was a member of the Masonic
Lodge at Edinburg and was
affiliated with the Order of
Eastern Star at Nineveh.
  Mr. Goetz had been in ill
health for a number of years,
ever since he was acquitted of
manslaughter charges in
connection with an auto
fatality several years ago.  A
body had been found alongside
the roadside and evidence
pointed to Mr. Goetz as driver
of the car which failed to
stop afterward.  He had
pleaded his innocence in court
and had won freedom from the
jury, but ever since the
accident he had brooded over
  Surviving relatives include
the mother, Mrs. Anna Goetz,
with whom he made his home in
Union Township, Bartholomew
County; the brother, Floyd,
and two sisters, Mrs. Blanche
Henry, of Petersville, and
Mrs. Etta Henry, north of
  Johnson County relatives
include an uncle, James Goetz,
of Nineveh; an aunt, Mrs.
Sarah Coffman, of Nineveh; and
a number of cousins residing
in Franklin.
Submitted by Mark Wirey