Mrs. Nellie Dawson, 79, whose deep-seated Christian tenets had
been reflected in a life of gentle service to her family and her friends, died
at Wednesday (28
Oct 1953) at
her home in Solitude in Lynntownship where she had resided for
the last 45 years.
She was the widow of Eugene E. Dawson, Solitude store-keeper for
35 years whose death occuredNovember
In failing health for many years, Mrs. Dawson had been ill of a
coronary condition for more than three years.
The body will be taken from the Short Funeral Home in Mt.Vernon to the late residence at Solitude this
afternoon. It will remain there until Saturday when it will be moved to First
Christian Church where Rev. E. P. Nay, First Christian Church minister,
will conduct the funeral service at Saturday. Burial will be in
Surviving are four sons, Mark M., an associate of his late father
in the mercantile business that was a Solitude landmark and since his father's
death operator of the Dawson store, Gene, former Indianapolis newspaperman and
Washington correspondent and at present executive secretary of U. S. Senator
Homer E. Capehart in Washington, Roy R; New Castle,
Pa; and Bryant W. Evansville; a daughter, Mrs. Kenneth B. Alldredge,
Grayville, Ill., and nine grandchildren.
The son, Gene, flew from Washington Thursday and reached his mother's
bedside shortly before she died.
Mrs. Dawson was a native of the vicinity of Princeton, Ky., and came to Mt.Vernon as a young woman with her brother,
Charles Dawson , for many years the owner-operator of Dawson's Drug Store here.
Following her marriage to Eugene E. Dawson, a pharmacist employed
by Charles Dawson, she and her husband resided on a farm near Dawson Springs, Ky., for a short time. They returned
to Posey county in 1908 when the late Eugene E. Dawson purchased from Home Mill
and Grain Co., the Solitude’s property that was the location of the
present Dawson store and blacksmith shop and at the time of purchase also included
an elevator and carriage shop.
From 1908 until his death 10 years ago Eugene E. Dawson operated
the store at Solitude developing it into one of Posey county's leading rural
mercantile institutions of which it is one of the few survivors. The son,
Mark, was associated with his father in the business and succeeded to the
management upon the father's death.
Mrs. Dawson was a devout member of First Christian Church in Mt.Vernon, an active member and past president of
the Posey county Women's Christian Temperance Union and a charter member of the
East Lynn Homemakers Club.
had caused her to be less active in recent years but she continued to maintain
interest in the religious and moral institutions in which she had given so much
of her time and effort through her busy life.