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Sullivan (IN) Democrat, April 5, 1876, p. 1.


Jeffersonville, Indiana, March 30-

A special from Scottsburg, Indiana, says Mrs. Parmelia Smith, aged 63, while engaged in cleaning a kerosene lamp this morning, broke it. Its contents were thrown over her clothing and ignited, burning her so terribly that she died at one o'clock. A girl named Stout, standing nearby, was also burned badly but will probably recover.

Jeffersonville (IN) Evening News, May 20, 1878, p. 4.


Scottsburg, Indiana, May 18-The boiler of a small, portable engine used as a power to grind corn, and owned by David Maggard, about five miles from this place, exploded at two o'clock today killing John Maggard and John Jenkins instantly. Other parties left the mill a few minutes previous to the explosion and thus escaped injury. The cause is yet unknown.

Maysville (KY) Evening Bulletin, September 19, 1882, p. 2.

Morrison Vest committed suicide at his home near Scottsburg, Indiana, on Saturday.

Dodge City (KS) Times, September 18, 1884.

Dr. George F. Lewelling of Scottsburg, Indiana, fell from a ferry boat and was drowned.

National Tribune, Washington, D. C. August 13, 1885, p. 8.

John C. Brody/Brady, a farmer living near Scottsburg, Indiana, was murdered in his house Wednesday last by an unknown burglar.

Baltimore (MD) Sun, September 21, 1888, p. 4. NOTE: Surname was very difficult to read.

At Scottsburg, Indiana, yesterday, Conrad Storts, agent at Jeffersonville for a Louisville brewery, was found murdered in his room at the hotel. Storts had gone there Wednesday night with the intention of buying a large piece of property and had considerable money. His throat was cut from ear to ear. The bed clothing and furniture showed evidence of a struggle.

Norfold (NB) Weekly News, June 15, 1899, p. 4.

John Taylor Mount appears to be one and the same and John L. Mount.

Four miles west of Scottsburg, Indiana, Sunday, John Taylor Mount, former trustee of Finley Township fatally shot his wife and then turned the weapon on himself, dying almost instantly from the wound.

Kansas City (MO) Journal, February 2, 1899, p. 7.

John A. Kinney, 44 years of age, died at Sixteenth and Genesee streets yesterday of cancer. The deceased was a farmer living near Scottsburg, Indiana, and was here for treatment. The remains will be sent to his home for burial.

Perrysburg (O) Journal, June 17, 1899, p. 2.

John L. Mount is one and the same as John Taylor Mount.

John L. Mount, a well-to-do farmer near Scottsburg, Indiana, fatally shot his wife while insane and then killed himself.

Scottsburg, Indiana; Kentucky School of Medicine, Louisville, 1894;

Levi Mulford McClain, aged 49, secretary of the Scott County Board of Health; died October 2 from cerebral hemorrhage. (Journal of the American Medical Association, October 16, 1923, Vol. 75, No. 16, p. 1083.)

Stanford (KY) Semi-Weekly Interior Journal, February 20, 1900, p. 1.

Floyd Merrill, a groom of two weeks, committed suicide at Scottsburg, Indiana, by taking morphine.

Lexington (KY) Morning Herald, October 25, 1900, p. 8.

Scottsburg, Indiana, October 224-(Associated Press)

Mrs. Jennie Bridgewater suicide today. She took poison after inviting her neighbors to a party. She was nineteen years old and a bride of only a few weeks.

Wichita (KS) Daily Eagle, August 7, 1903, p. 6.


Miss Sallie Pearl Casey Laid to Rest in Maple Grove

The funeral of Miss Sallie (consider Sally a spelling variant) Pearl Casey was held from Dodge Avenue M. E. Church Tuesday afternoon at 2:30 PM. Miss Casey was a niece of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Cravens of the west side and died very suddenly Monday morning at their home. She had been staying out near Oatville for a few weeks and came home Sunday evening, apparently well as ever, but about five o'clock she was taken with a severe convulsive attack that seemed to affect the heart. She steadily grew worse and about 8:30 Monday passed away.

Miss Casey was born in Scottsburg, Indiana, June 4, 1886, and came to this city in March 1903. She had a host of friends and was a favorite with all who knew her. She was a member of the M. E. Church and had just received her church letter from the Scottsburg M. E. Church, but as she had not presented it to the church before, it was read at her funeral. The funeral was conducted by Rev. D. H. Switzer and the interment was in Maple Grove Cemetery.

Lexington (KY) Herald, August 9, 1904, p. 1.


Scottsburg, Indiana, August 8-Albert James, aged about 18 years, son of Baxter James of Finley Township, shot and instantly killed his 15-year-old sister last night. The parents were away from home, and several children were at home alone. It is supposed that the girl arose some time during the night and the brother, mistaking her for a burglar, grabbed his revolver and fired. The ball struck the girl near the heart killing her instantly.

The James family seems to be an ill-fated one. Seven years ago another child choked to death on a bean, and Albert, the one who last night killed his sister, some time ago lost an eye while pouring lead in a ladle.

Scottsburg (IN) Chronicle, January 19, 1905, p. 4.

Thomas Cavanaugh died Monday at his home in Chicago, Ill. He had been in declining heath for some time yet his death was sudden. He was about 60 years of age.

Scottsburg (IN) Chronicle, January 19, 1905, p. 4.

Albert Meadows died Friday at his home in Finley Township of consumption. Aged about 35 years. He remains were interred Saturday at the Bethel Cemetery.

Scottsburg (IN) Chronicle, February 9, 1905, p. 4.

Mrs. John Cummings died Tuesday at the family residence in Freetown, Jackson County. Aged about 65 years. She was a sister of Asbury Thompson of this place.

Scottsburg (IN) Chronicle, February 16, 1905, p. 4.

Thomas Casey was born in Baltimore, Md., October 27, 1814, and died at his home near Austin, Indiana, February 9, 1905, at the ripe old age of 90 years, 3 months and 12 days. He was married to Eliza Hancock December 24, 1837, at Cincinnati, O. To this union were born nine children, seven of whom remain to mourn their loss.

In 1831, the deceased emigrated to Cincinnati, Ohio, 22 days being required to make the journey over land from Baltimore. In 1858 he removed with his family to what was regarded then as the far west, Indiana, and established the home where he continued to reside until the time of his death.

The deceased was a zealous member of the Methodist Church all of his life, having united with that church in Baltimore at the age of 12 years. While living in Cincinnati, he was a member of the Old Wesley Chapel Church and on his removal to his county he became an earnest worker in building up the church here and giving it the name of Wesley Chapel.

In 1865 he was given license as a local preacher which he continued to hold, although his advanced age had compelled him to give up active church work.

During his last illness, he never murmured or complained under the chastening rod, but in the hour of pain and suffering he leaned upon God and patiently awaited the summons to join the wife who four years ago preceded him to the Portal of Glory.

This ends the life of a true and faithful follower of Christ and resting in his everlasting arms his remains were interred at the Austin Cemetery Sunday.

Scottsburg (IN) Chronicle, February 16, 1905, p. 4.

A six-month-old daughter of Sherman Meranda died Friday at the family residence in Finley Township. Interment at the Zoah Cemetery.

Scottsburg (IN) Chronicle, February 16, 1905, p. 4.

A two-year-old child of Jack Mitchell died one day last week at the family residence in Finley Township. Its remains were interred at the Zoah Cemetery.

Scottsburg (IN) Chronicle, February 16, 1905, p. 4.

A Six weeks old child of Harle G. Thomas and wife died Tuesday morning at the family residence in Thomastown, Finley Township, of croup.

Scottsburg (IN) Chronicle, February 23, 1905, p. 4.

Peter Ringo died on Wednesday evening of last week at his home in this place after an illness of several weeks. Aged about 65 years. His remains were interred at the Kimberlin Cemetery Thursday.

Scottsburg (IN) Chronicle, February 23, 1905, p. 4.

Miss Sallie (consider Sally and Sarah as spelling variants) Alsup, aged 78 years, died at her home in Finley Township Sunday night of rheumatism and lagrippe. Her remains were interred at the family cemetery Tuesday.

Scottsburg (IN) Chronicle, March 2, 1905, p. 4.

Milton Noakes, aged 90 years, died in Lexington Township Sunday. The remains were interred in the Lexington Cemetery.

Scottsburg (IN) Chronicle, March 2, 1905, p. 4.

Mrs. Florence Richey died on Wednesday of last week of consumption. Aged 23 years. Her remains wee interred at Old Ox Cemetery.

Scottsburg (IN) Chronicle, March 2, 1905, p. 4.


Mrs. W. M. Foster died at the Presbyterian Hospital at Chicago Tuesday afternoon, aged 37 years. She had recently gone there to take treatment and submitted to an operation for cancer. She was a member of the Scottsburg M. E. Church. She leaves a husband and son and many friends to mourn her departure. The remains will be taken to Crothersville Thursday and funeral services will be held there Friday afternoon.

Scottsburg (IN) Chronicle, March 2, 1905, p. 4.

Miss Effie Gardner died at the home of her father, T. A. Gardner, in Finley Township, Friday of consumption. Aged 32 years. The remains were interred at Beech Grove.

Scottsburg (IN) Chronicle, March 2, 1905, p. 4.


Cicero Hamilton's remains were taken to Indianapolis Sunday to be placed in a vault for some weeks before burial.

Scottsburg (IN) Chronicle, March 2, 1905, p. 4.


Pleasant McFadden died last Saturday at the residence of James McFadden and was buried at Bethany Sunday.

Scottsburg (IN) Chronicle, March 2, 1905, p. 4.


Julia Ann Mitchell was buried at the graveyard here Sunday. She was a former resident of this place having moved to Indianapolis a few years ago where she died. She was 89 years of age. Although the roads were very bad, a large number of people were present to pay their last tribute of respect to one who was loved by all who knew her.

Scottsburg (IN) Chronicle, March 2, 1905, p. 4.

John R. Wilson died at his home east of this place on Friday of last week of consumption. Aged 58 years. His remains were taken to Greenfield for interment.

Lexington (KY) Herald, March 11, 1910, p. 4.


Frankfort, Ky., March 10-John L. Jones, for years an engineer on steamers plying the Kentucky River, died at his home here early this morning, aged 73 years.

While running on the J. C. Burdett for the Frankford Elevator Coal Company, he was stricken with paralysis. His wife and three children survive.

Mr. Jones was a member of the Methodist Church for many years and a highly respected citizen. Two brothers, James and Joe Jones, reside respectively at Scottsburg, Indiana, and Clinton, Ill.

Richmond (KY) Climax, January 14, 1913, p. 3.


Dr. William Owsley Goodloe, a prominent Presbyterian minister and a former pastor of the congregation of this city, died at 3:15 o'clock this morning at the home of his daughter, Mrs. C. D. Billings, on North Walnut Street. He was widely known throughout Kentucky and Indiana as a minister of unusual ability and learning and during his early life took an active part in educational affairs.

Dr. Goodloe was the son of Judge and Mrs. William C. Goodloe and was born April 1, 1837, at Richmond, Ky. He received his early education in the country school of that state and later attended college at Hampton Sidney, Va., and was a graduate of the college at Danville, Ky. After receiving his degree he engaged in business for some time and was also editor of the Kentucky Statesman at Lexington, Ky., for several years. He was active in politics and during the campaign of President Grant served as chairman of the state executive committee of Kentucky. After the election of President Grant, he was appointed post office inspector for Kentucky.

He entered the ministry in 1872 and served a number of large churches in Kentucky and Indiana. During his ministry, he served churches at Mt. Sterling and Harrodsburg, Ky., New Albany, North Vernon, Seymour and Scottsburg. He was pastor of the local congregation from 1888 to 1891. His last charge was at Scottsburg where he served until last April, being compelled to give up his chosen work because of failing health. In recognition of his excellent work in the ministry, the honorary degree of Doctor of Divinity was conferred upon him by the Danville College.

In 1861 he was married to Miss Victoria Payne, and to this union was born four children, two of whom are living, Elizabeth of Gainesville, Ga., and Mrs. Almira Haskins of Bowling Green, Ky. In 1875, several years after the death of his wife, he was married to Miss Ida C. Rainey at Mt. Sterling, Ky., and to them were born two children, one of whom, Mrs. C. Billings, with the widow survives. He also leaves two sisters, Mrs. William Neale of Lexington, Ky., and Mrs. James Edgar of Detroit, Michigan, and eight grandchildren.

The funeral services will be conducted Sunday afternoon at two o'clock from the Presbyterian Church, the pastor, Rev. M. E. Prather, officiating. Burial at Riverview. -Scottsburg, Ind. Journal

Denver (CO) Post, September 11, 1914, p. 6.


Scottsburg, Indiana, September 11-Four persons were killed instantly and two others suffered fatal injuries when a Pennsylvania passenger train struck an automobile at Austin, near here. The dead: Ellsworth Belch, Dayton, Ky., Mrs. Ellsworth Belch, Amelia Belch, 20, daughter of Ellsworth Belch. Mrs. Mary Belch, 60, Austin, Indiana, Beulah Robbins, 14, Austin, Indiana, Leona Trulock, 12, Austin, Indiana.

Rockford (IL) Morning Star, July 7, 1918, p. 5.

Corporal Francis M. Leslie of Scottsburg, Indiana, was killed in action on an unspecified date in an unspecified place.

Trenton (NJ) Evening Times, September 30, 1918, p. 4.

Private J. G. Arbuckle died from an accident or other causes during the course of WWI.

New York (NY) Tribune, December 6, 1918, p. 12.

Barney Arbuckle of Scottsburg, Indiana, died of disease on an unspecified date in an unspecified place as noted among a casualty list made available by the War Department on December 5, 1918.