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Obituaries - SCindy Taylor-Matuse
Terre Haute Tribune-Star
CLINTON -- Reverda M. Saxton, 84, of Plainfield and formerly of Clinton died Sunday afternoon, April 2, 2000, in her residence. She was born May 7, 1915, in Clinton to William Johnson and Clara McCauley Johnson. Her husband, Lincoln Saxton, died May 10, 1981. Survivors include one daughter, Delores Adamovich; one granddaughter; two great-granddaughters; two nieces; several great-nieces and great-nephews; and several great-great-nieces and great-great-nephews. Services are 1 p.m. Wednesday in Frist Funeral Home, with the Rev. Bob Baum officiating. Burial is in Walnut Grove Cemetery. Visitation is 4 to 8 p.m. today.Carolyn Schwab
Newport Hoosier State, Thursday, January 22, 1874
Died -- At his residence in Indianola, Vermilion County, Illinois, Saturday, January 10th, 1874, Mr. SAMUEL SCONCE, in the 71st year of his age. Mr. SCONCE was buried on Sunday, 11th instant, with Masonic honors. So popular was he with the brethren that his funeral was attended by the members of the order from Ridge Farm, Catlin, and Fairmount. And the friends turned out almost en masse for miles around. Mr. SCONCE was born in Bourbon County, Kentucky, and removed to this county some 40 years ago. He located in the vicinity where he died, grew up and prospered with the country. His family is one of the most interesting and prominent in the country. Open, free, and hospitable, Mr. SCONCE endeared himself to all who knew him, and after a life of active business he leaves a large circle to mourn his loss. His social qualities were far above an average, and he will be sadly missed by those with whom he associated for so many years.Carolyn Schwab
Newport Hoosier State, Wednesday, March 10, 1880
Mrs. MARY SEARS, wife of JACOB SEARS, died between 1 and 2 o'clock on last Friday morning, after an illness of two or three weeks. She was an industrious woman, and was respected by all her neighbors. She had only recently inherited several hundred dollars, which she had invested in a house and lot and lumber to repair the building. She was about 35 years of age, and leaves a husband and 2 children, a daughter and a son, and many friends to mourn her loss. Her remains were interred in the Thomas Cemetery on Friday afternoon.Carolyn Schwab
Newport Hoosier State, Wednesday July 21, 1880
Home News -- GRACE SEELY, daughter of CHARLES and ELLA
SEELY, of Brazil, died this morning. The family were former residents
of this place.
Submitted by: Cindy
Submitted by: Cindy Taylor-Matuse
Newport Hoosier State, Wednesday, July 21, 1880
Child of R. SHANNON
Terre Haute Tribune-Star
CLINTON Virginia Shapiro, 88, of Plainfield died
Wednesday, Aug. 5, 1998, in Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis. She was
born May 21, 1910, in Clinton to William Johnson and Clara McCauley
Johnson. Her husband, Charles Shapiro, died earlier. Survivors include
one sister, Reverda Saxton; and several nieces and nephews,
great-nieces and great-nephews, and great-great-nieces and
great-great-nephews. Services are 1:30 p.m. Monday in Frist Funeral
Home. Burial is in Walnut Grove Cemetery. Visitation is 4 to 8 p.m.
Submitted by: Cindy
He was last seen by a Hillsdale party walking on the C.I. & W. railroad tracks between the tower and trestle at Hillsdale. Joe Potter of Hillsdale discovered the body. It was hanging across the limb of a tree with the lower part in the water. It apparently had been washed up against the tree and caught there during the recent high waters. He is survived by his widow, two sons, one daughter, and one sister.
Short funeral services were held at the grave by Rev. Ashbur of Dana, and burial at Helts Prairie Cemetery.Carolyn Schwab
Newport Hoosier State, Wednesday, November 24, 1880
In Memoriam -- Mrs. SUSIE SHEPARD, wife of Dr. LEWIS SHEPARD, departed this life Monday, November 22, instant. She was born April 21, 1850, in the State of Ohio. She came to Newport at the age of 7 years to live with her aunt, Mrs. PORTER. Being of a bright and cheerful disposition and pleasant in her address, she soon won a high place in the regards of her young companions, which place, by native goodness of heart, she has ever since retained. She was married June 17, 1874, to her now bereaved companion. Being fortunate in her selection of a companion, and of one accord within the sacred relations of husband and wife, theirs was truly a pleasant home. A cheerful and happy home is made desolate. She leaves a bereaved husband and a little daughter.Carolyn Schwab
Newport Hoosier State, Wednesday, September 1, 1880
SUSIE M. SHEPARD, daughter of BEN and ELIZA SHEPARD, was born the 6th day of August, 1860, and died on the 25th day of August, 1880. SUSIE was an obedient daughter, an affectionate sister, an amiable associate, well educated, with what we deem a bright future before her. During her last illness, she expressed much regret that she had not made a public profession of her faith in Christ. May we all learn the lessons which her sickness, early death, and last conversations are calculated to teach.John Hollingsworth
Daily Clintonian, July 30, 1932
B. Frank Shew, Well Known in Clinton, Dead
Benjamin Frank Shew, age 81 well known Clinton resident and the last member of the pioneer Shew family died suddenly Friday at his bachelor home in the Wright and Bogart building at 111 South Main Street.
The aged man, who for the past 10 or 15 years had been a janitor of the building in which he lived, was found dead on the floor at his home about 5 oclock yesterday evening. He had apparently been dead since sometime before noon.
Mr. Shew ate at the Gem Restaurant and when he failed to appear for dinner and supper Friday Fred Marshall, proprieter, went up to the formen's room to investigate and found him lying on the floor dead.
All his life Mr. Shew had been a resident of Clinton and was born on a farm west of Clinton, in the vicinity of Centenary. When he was 15 years old, Mr. Shew went to the farm of U. G. Wright's father and worked there for about 10 years. At that time he worked as a carpenter.
For the past 15 or 20 years, he lived alone in the Wright and Bogart building having never married. Mr Wright of the First National Bank kept Mr. Shew supplied with work and practically cared for the aged man.
Surviving Mr. Shew are a number of nephews and nieces among whom are: Anna Cambell, Charles F., Fred and Sterley Runyan, children of his deceased sister, Mrs. Malissa Runyan; John William, Leland, Sam, Jim and Glenna Hollingsworth, children of the deceased sister, Mrs. Louisa Hollingsworth; Verda, Earl, Lola and Scott Shew, children of the deceased brother, Isreal, Shew; and Guy and Cecil Harrison, children of the deceased sister, Mrs. Belle Harrison.
The body was removed to Frists Funeral Home where services will be held at 2 oclock Sunday afternoon. The Rev. H. H. Wagner of the Christian Church will officiciate. Burial will be at the Riverside Cemetery.John Hollingsworth
Daily Clintonian May 12, 1913
JACK SHEW SHOT IN BUNSEN SALOON
Monday evening Shew and Collins, who are second cousins, met in Lepage's saloon and were drinking. The place was crowded and were, more or less, under the influence under the cup that cheers (?) and brings about just such tragedies. It was 9 o'clock when a crack of a pistol mingled with the voices of the reveilers. The second shot followed a second later and Shew staggering and fell to the floor.
The tragedy appeared to rouse the crowd from what appeared a drunk-inspired somnambulism, and all began caring for the wounded man. When a physician was called, it was found that one of the bullets had passed through his neck and buried itself in a wall of the saloon. Another had lodged in the left breast striking the breast bone which turned it to an upward course. It was removed from a point near the shoulder blade. The wounded man who it was thought who would live but a few moments was placed on a bed in the rear room of the saloon. He was left there till Tuesday.
Collins, after the shooting, made no effort to escape, but waited calmly for the arrival of the Clinton police who were called as soon as the tragedy occurred. The officers brought the prisoner to the city but made no investigation as to whether the victim was dead or not. Whe they arrived in the city with Collins, the confirmed the advance report of instant death and on their statement. Coroner I.D White was notified. The correction came a few moments later and the coroner who was making preparations did not make the trip to the scene of the tragedy.
Ray Collins is 20 years of age and the son of Isaac Collins who lives just south of New Goshen in Vigo county. He is a miner and works at Oak Hill No. 6. For some cause he was idle Monday and went up to boisterous Bunsen for a visit with the boys. There he met Shew and this was the beginning of a tragic end. He appeared much down-cast when seen in his cell at the jail the next morning but he changed expression as though a load had been lifted from his shoulders when informed by a Clintonian reporter that his victim was still alive and that there was a possibility of a recovery. Oh, but I am glad of that, remarked the young man as he lighted a fresh cigarette.
When asked to give a statement about the trouble, he said, Me and Jack never had no trouble in the world before. I met him yesterday and we were around the saloons drinking a good part of the afternoon and evening. We were both pretty full. When Jack asked me to set em up, I told him that we both had enough and that I was going to cut it out. This appeared to make him mad and he began to curse me and cuff me about. I did not remember that I had a pistol in my pocket, but told him to let me alone, that I didn't come to Bunsen for trouble. This made him madder and he began slapping me in the face. He hit me. I presume more than a dozen times and was knocking me around over the room. I stood it as long as I could and then I told he that he must stop as I wouldn't stand for it any longer. Then he made for me saying that he would knock my damn brains out. Then I shot. That's all there was to it.
The other reports coming from the scene of the tragedy tend to confirm the story of the young man is impatiently waiting the results of his bullet's work. Most everybody who knows Jack Shew avoid him when he is drinking because he is quarrelsome and his ambition to be in a row does not pass his best friends -- even relatives. He is simply a maniac, when under the influence of drink, blind to every sense of justice or reason. His best friends have expected such a climax to come to his career, last night.
Collins will be held in jail without bond pending the outcome of the shooting. He says he has never be in trouble before of any sort and is thankful there is hope that he will not have to answer to a charge of murder. In the event of murder or the charge of attempt of murder, he will plead self-defense. It is certain however if Collins had not been a law-violator by carrying the pistol there would have been no shooting and no matter how justifiable the use of the gun might have been he will not escape a fine for carrying a weapon. The boy makes his home with his father and says that they sure will aid him in his defense should he be forced to face serious charges.John Hollingsworth
The Clinton Plaindealer, March 30, 1906
Joel Shew Dead
The deceased is survived by four children, William of this city, and three daughters, Mrs. Thomas Cambell of Clinton, Mrs. G. D. Clark of Knoxville, Iowa, and Mrs. Emma Van Gundy of Pittsburg, Kas.
The services were held at the Bethlehen church Tuesday morning at 10, after which the remains were laid to rest in the Hall cemetery, Undertaker Sells in charge.
In the Vale of Years, a little booklet published by Wm. L. Morey, is the following in regard to Mr. Shew:
Terre Haute Tribune, Monday, March 31, 1928, p2
Special to the Tribune -- Clinton, IN, March 31 - Funeral services for LEVI SHEW, who died at his home, near Universal Thursday afternoon, will be held Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock. Mr. Shew was 83 years old and was a veteran of the Civil War.. Surviving are 3 daughters; Mrs. Margaret Myres of Colorado Springs; Mrs. Direxa McLeary of New Goshen; and Lula Shew at home; 2 sons; Frank Shew of Universal, and Ivan Shew of near Lewis, IN; one sister, Mrs. Direxa Pison; 19 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren.Carolyn Schwab
The Daily Clintonian, Monday, March 19, 1934, p1
Mrs. DAISY SHIELDS Dies at Terre Haute Home --
Mrs. DAISY MACK SHIELDS, wife of Harry Shields of 1126 South 17th Street, Terre Haute, died this morning about 8 o'clock. Mrs. Shields had been ill a year. She lived at Helt's Prairie before her marriage to Mr. Shields.
Surviving besides her husband are three brothers; Eschol
and Forest Mack of Helts Prairie and Roy Mack of Waldboro, Maine;
three sisters; Mrs. Serene Miller and Miss Glenn Mack of Helt's Prairie
and Mrs. Grace French of Wyoming, and a number of nieces and nephews.
The body is at Frist's Funeral Home pending arrangements for the
Haute Saturday Spectator, Saturday, March 24, 1934, Terre Haute,
Mrs. Shields was born in Vermillion county. She lived up until the time of her marriage to Harry Shields, Oct. 21, 1903, in Helts Prairie. At that time she came to Terre Haute where she has since lived. Mrs. Shields was never interested in social life, devoting all her time to her family and her church. She was a member of the Montrose Missionary society, the Friendship Circle, and various other church organizations.
At the funeral services the members of the Standard Bearers and the Friendship Circle attended in a body.
Pallbearers were Herman Seidel, George H. Tipton, M. Ross Evans, Earl C. Hey, W. O. Elliott, and Dr. D. B. Miller.
Mrs. Shields is survived by the husband, Harry B.
Shields; three brothers, Eschol and Forest Mack of Helts Prairie and
Roy Mack of Waldobora, Me.; three sisters, Mrs. Grace Franch of
Sheridan, Wyo, Mrs. Serene Miller, and Miss Glenn Mack of Helts
Prairie; and several nieces and nephews.
The Daily Clintonian, Monday, February 25, 1952, p1
HARRY B. SHIELDS Dies at Marshall, Illinois -- HARRY B. SHIELDS, 77, of 1122 South 18th Street, Terre Haute, died at the Dunkel Nursing Home in Marshall, IL, at 1:00 a.m. today after a three months illness.
He is survived by the widow, Mabel; two nieces, Mrs. Lillian Johnson and Miss Bertha Shields, both of Terre Haute; and two nephews, John Shields of Akron, OH, and Harold Mack of Clinton.
The body was taken to the Frist Funeral Home and will be taken to the Montrose Methodist Church in Terre Haute at noon Tuesday and will remain at the church for services at 3:00 p.m. Wednesday.
Rev. C.H. Loveland will officiate and burial will be made in Helt's Prairie Cemetery.Cindy Taylor-Matuse
Terre Haute Tribune-Star
CLINTON - Dorothy M. Short, 86, of Clinton died Wednesday, May 10, 2006, at home in the loving presence of her family, following a brief illness. She was a homemaker, devoted wife and mother. She was born Feb. 28, 1920, in Vigo County to Walter Scott Montgomery and Alta Maude Graham Montgomery.
Survivors include her husband of 67 years, Harold D. Short, whom she married June 3, 1938, in Rockville; one son, Jon D. Short and his wife Judy of Crystal Lake, Ill.; one daughter, Sue A. Reed and her husband Richard A. Reed of Clinton; three grandchildren, Kristen E. Short of Chicago, Jennifer A. Short of Brooklyn, N.Y., and Kevin Short of Crystal Lake; one niece; and two nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, James and Lee; and five sisters, Mary, Ruth, Bertha, Sidona and Blanche.
Cremation was chosen. A private memorial service is planned with interment at Walnut Grove Cemetery. Frist Funeral Home assisted with arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, if friends so desire, memorial contributions may be made to VistaCare Hospice Foundation, 3401 S. Fourth St., Terre Haute, IN 47802.Carolyn Schwab
The Daily Clintonian, Friday, January 18, 1907, p8
Death of JAMES SHORTER
Contributed by: Karen Zach
Source: obituary in a scrapbook from a collection of Fauniel Hershberger's typed by Walt W dated 1963
Danville, Ill. — Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Monday, June 3, at the Bodine & Shelby Funeral Home in Covington for Claude M. Shute, age 69, a resident of 108 1/2 Iowa St., Danville, who died Friday, May 31, at 10 p.m. at St. Elizabeth Hospital, Danville, Ill. He had been a patient there for two days. He was born Sept. 30, 1894 in Vermillion County, the son of Elias and Gertrude Mosbarger Shute. He married Dollie Hines on Dec. 21, 1920. A resident of Danville since 1942, he lived in Gessie before going to Danville. He was a car-man's helper at the C&EI Shops. Mr. Shute was a member of McKinley Methodist Church, Unity Lodge 344, F&AM, Perrysville Chapter OES, and a member of the Brotherhood of Railroad Car-men. Surviving are his wife; one son, Estel M. Shute of Danville; two grandchildren, Terry and Deborah Shute; one brother, Elias of Evanston, Wyo.; one sister, Lula Royal of Powell, Wyo.; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by one brother, one sister and his parents. The Rev. Cyril M. Jackson officiated. Burial was in the Sunset Memorial Park Cemetery, north of Danville. Pallbearers were: Clarence Glover, Herman Holder, Dewey Prather, Arnold Prather, Charles Shaw and Cortz Jones.Carolyn Schwab
The Weekly Clintonian, Friday, June 26, 1908, p1
Aged Highland Township Farmer Passes Away -- EPHRAIM
SHUTE, aged 80 years and a very prominent farmer of Highland Township,
died last Friday. He had lived in the county 78 years, and his death is
mourned by a very wide circle of friends, besides his relatives.
Submitted by: Karen Zach
Newport Hoosier State, Wednesday, November 10, 1880
On last Sunday, November 7th, the death messenger visited the home of GEORGE and AMANDA SKIDMORE, and at about half past 2 o'clock p.m., bore away, in triumph, the pure spirit of their beloved son, JOSIAH G. SKIDMORE. JOE had been an invalid for nearly two years, being afflicted with the disease of bronchitis, which became so severe about one year ago as to confine him to his room, since which time he has been growing worse, although he appeared to get better. Recently, the disease has seemed to be bronchial consumption, and has slowly consumed life's flame, yet he bore his afflictions with remarkable patience and fortitude. That day he told his mother not to mourn, for everything was right, and he would be better by half past 2 o-clock. He watched the clock that he might know the time. Sure enough, at about half past 2 o-clock, his body was relieved from pain and his soul released from bondage. He died very quietly and peacefully, and was conscious until the last breath left him. JOE was 20 years, 9 months, and 6 days of age. --Summit Grove, November 8, 1880Carolyn Schwab
Newport Hoosier State, Wednesday, May 12, 1880
Death of NORMAN SKINNER
Terre Haute Tribune-Star, September 16, 1998
CLINTON Emily Sue Foltz Skjordahl, 54, of Gurnee, Ill., and formerly of Clinton died Friday morning, Sept. 11, 1998, in her residence. She was a retired registered nurse. She was born March 20, 1944, in Clinton to Kenneth Foltz and Esther Frist Foltz. Survivors include her husband, Jeff Skjordahl; one daughter and son-in-law, Heidi and Kenneth Sorenson of Indianapolis; one son, Martin Skjordahl of Lendenhurst, Ill.; her parents of Clinton; four grandchildren, Erik Sorenson, Hailey Sorenson, Lars Sorenson and Arne Sorenson, all of Indianapolis; and two sisters, Peggy Hughes of Rosedale and Carolyn Lowry of Mississippi. Cremation is scheduled. Memorial services are 2:30 p.m. Saturday in Frist Funeral Home. Contributions may be made to the American Lung Association, in her memory. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.Carolyn Schwab
Newport Hoosier State, Wednesday, July 14, 1880
Death of JOHN SLATER
JOHN SLATER, of Clinton, died at 12:05 p.m. on Friday last, aged in the neighborhood of 36 years. Mr. SLATER was at one time a resident of this place, and was considered a very clever and upright man. He was genial and warm-hearted, and had many friends in this county. His funeral took place on last Saturday afternoon, and was very respectably attended.Carolyn Schwab
Newport Hoosier State, Wednesday, April 7, 1880
Sudden Death at Clinton
Source: obituary in a scrapbook from a collection of Fauniel Hershberger's typed by Walt W
PERRYSVILLE, Ind. (CNS) — Mrs. Cellestine "Sally" Smith, 52, of Perrysville, died at 4:30 a.m. today (April 29, 1976) at her home. She had been ill 16 months. Mrs. Smith was born July 10, 1923, in Fountain County, the daughter of Paul R. and Adah Dotson Keller. She was married to Glenn L. Smith June 28, 1942, who survives. Other survivors include a son, Dennis of Perrysville Route 1; three daughters, Mrs. David (Sherri) White of Oxford, Ohio, Mrs. Jerry (Shelia) Walters of Perrysville and Mrs. Michael (Sheryl) Spring of Covington; two sisters, Mrs. Twyliah Roper of Belleville, Ill. and Mrs. Jane Cadman of Urbana; a brother Darrell Keller of Cayuga, her mother, Mrs. Adah Smith of Danville and 10 grandchildren. She was a former resident of the Kingman area and a graduate of Kingman High. She had been a resident of Perrysville 34 years and was a member of the Perrysville United Methodist Church, the Auxiliary of Walter Hoyt Post 350 American Legion, the Evergreen Camp 9601 Royal Neighbors of America and the Vermillion County Home Economics Club. She had been employed at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Danville for five years. Services will be at 4 p.m. Saturday at the Bodine and Shelby Funeral Home in Covington. The Rev. Henry Karg will officiate. Burial will be in Lower Mound Cemetery southwest of Covington. The family will receive friends from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.Carolyn Schwab
The Daily Clintonian, Friday, January 18, 1907, p5
CHARLES SMITH, infant son of Marion Smith, died January 14, 1907, after a brief illness. The funeral services were conducted at the home by Rev. E.C. Fowler, Wednesday afternoon. Died - the small child of MARION SMITH and wife; burial in the Riverside Cemetery, Wednesday.Carolyn Schwab
Newport Hoosier State, Thursday, January 11, 1872
Another Old Pioneer Gone to Rest
by: Karen Zach
COVINGTON — Garcie Earl Smith, 78, of Covington, died at 4:15 a.m. today in his home. He had been a resident of Highland Township in Vermillion County until retiring from farming in 1960 when he moved to Covington. He was a salesman 21 years for DeKalb Seed Co. and a school bus driver at Perrysville 21 years. Born June 20, 1897, in Vermillion County, he was a son of Charles and Mary Ellen Swank Smith. He was married to Pearl Hall on Nov. 22, 1916. She died June 9, 1963. He was married to Mildred Miller on Feb. 4, 1965. She survives. Also surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Joe (Arla Faye) Sollars of Marshall, Mrs. Gene (Barbara) Carter of Salem, Ore., and Mrs. Fred (Patricia) Goodwald of Arvin, Calif.; five stepchildren, Mrs. Carolyn Lynch of Lowell, Mrs. Phyllis Osborn of LaGrange, Ill., Mrs. Sharon Reffett and Leon Miller of Danville, Ill., and Deon Miller of Lowell: 11 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren. Services will be in Bodine & Shelby Funeral Home at 2 p.m. Saturday with the Rev. Joe Sowers Jr. officiating. Burial will be in Hopewell Cemetery. Friends may call after 3 p.m. Friday.
Source: obituary in a scrapbook from a collection of Fauniel Hershberger's typed by Walt W
COVINGTON Ind. (CNS) — Services were at 2 p.m. today at the Bodine & Shelby Funeral Home for Garcie Earl Smith, 78, of Covington, who died at his home Thursday (July 3, 1975). The Rev. Joe Sollars Jr. officiated, and burial was in Hopewell Cemetery. Additional survivors include two sisters, Mrs. Bertha Cole of Covington Route 3 and Mrs. Catherine Peyton of Covington Route 2.Carolyn Schwab
Newport Hoosier State, Wednesday, June 30, 1880
It was during the aurora, when the golden sunlight gleamed in fullness and brightness, that death made dark another home. June 23rd, JOHN F. SMITH, assessor of Helt township, departed this life. He was born in the State of Ohio in 1820, married in 1842. He was married a second time, his former wife having died. He moved to this State in 1848 where he resided until last Wednesday morning, when the great wheels of life stood still, in his 60th year. The funeral services were conducted by Brother J.A. Mast. A large concourse of sympathizing friends followed his remains to the final resting place. It was by industry and perseverance that he attained property, yet he had not forgotten that he had an immortal soul. His sufferings were protracted and very severe, yet the radiance of the unseen world aided much in alleviating his distress. As an ardent Sabbath school worker, as an enthusiastic temperance promoter, as a devout and humble Christian, as a true and truthful man, as a kind and venerable pioneer, he passed over calmly. The community sympathizes with the bereaved.Carolyn Schwab
Newport Hoosier State, Wednesday, March 10, 1880
The wife of NEWTON SMITH, of Highland township, died of consumption on Monday of last week, aged about 20 years. She was an estimable lady, and had only been married about a year. She leaves a husband and a host of friends who deeply mourn her death.Cindy Taylor-Matuse
Terre Haute Tribune, October 14, 1919
Lemon Snider, 50 years old, died at 6:30 o'clock this
morning at St. Anthony's hospital. The body was taken to the Rhyan and
Goodman chapel and was sent to Dana this afternoon for burial.
Source: Crawfordsville Journal-Review, Crawfordsville, Montgomery County Indiana, 31-Aug-1976 p 2
Perrysville - Raymond L. Snoddy, 84, Rt 1, Perrysville died 8:30 p.m. Monday in his home. Mr. Snoddy was a life resident of the Perrysville area farming most of his life. He was a 1911 graduate of Perrysville HS and 1915 graduate of University of Ill. He was a veteran of WWI in the Army Air Force. Early in life, Mr. Snoddy was a teacher and proprietor of the General Store at Danville, Ill. He was a trustee of Highland Twp in Vermillion County 1951-58. Mr. Snoddy was a member of Perrysville United Methodist Church. Walter Hoyt American Legion Post 350, Vermillion County Indiana Historical Society and Lions Club of Perrysville. Born November 21, 1891 in Fountain County, he was the son of William Irwin and Eliza Johnson Snoddy. He was married to Lucille Allen Oct 30, 1942. She died Sept 3, 1975. Surviving are a sister, Mrs. Ruby Richardson of Rt. 2, Kingman and several nieces and nephews. Mr. Snoddy was preceded in death by 4 brothers and 2 sisters. Services are scheduled 2 p.m. Thursday in Perrysville United Methodist Church with Rev. Henry Karg officiating. Burial in Hicks Cemetery, Perrysville. A military service will be conducted at the cemetery. Friends may call after 2 p.m. Wednesday in Bodine & Shelby Funeral Home Covington.Cindy Taylor-Matuse
November 21, 1916
Mrs. Lem Snyder, age 49, died suddenly Sunday night at her home near Highland. She was subject to attacks of heart trouble. She had eaten a hearty supper and gone to bed feeling as well as usual. She woke up in the night not feeling well. She arose about 1 o'clock and went to the front door for a few months and when returning to her bed dropped dead. She was a daughter of the late Benjamin Pearman and is survived by her husband and two children, also four brothers and two sisters. Funeral services were held Tuesday morning and burial at Highland Cemetery.Cindy Taylor-Matuse
Terre Haute Tribune, March 3, 1999
CAYUGA -- Roscoe Sowers, 79, of Newport died Tuesday,
March 2, 1999, in Terre Haute Regional Hospital. He was born June 10,
1919, in Anetta, Ky., to Grover Sowers and Rebecca Decker Sowers.
Survivors include his wife, Martha Jane Pearman Sowers; two sons,
Clifford D. Sowers and Dennis L. Sowers; one daughter, Elsie Allen;
four sisters, Bessie Jubl, Dorothy Smedley, Gladys Miller and Sue Lang;
nine grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. Graveside services are
10 a.m. Thursday in Thomas Cemetery in Newport. Visitation is 4 to 8
p.m. today in DeVerter Brothers Funeral Home.
Source: Unknown newspaper - obituary found in a collection belonging to Fauniel Hershberger, long-time Fountain County resident (mostly 1950-70s obits)
Perrysville - Clifford V. Spandau, 70, died at 7:02 a.m. Sunday in St. Elizabeth Hospital, Danville, Ill where he had been a patient 20 days. He was a life resident of Perrysville area and farmed until he retired 3 years ago due to ill health. He was a member of K of P Lodge 113 of Perrysville, and had served on the Vermillion County Fair Board 12 years. Born April 29, 1903, he was a son of Walter Lewis and Leatha Cordrey Spandau. He married Lucille Cox Dec 31, 1934. She survives. Other survivors include 4 daughters, Mrs. Richard (Beverly) Wilcoxen; Mrs. Wilson (Louise) Thomason; Mrs. Bob (Sherry) Kenya and Mrs. Arthur (Carol) Sheridan Jr; two brothers, Pearl and Wayne Spandau of California; two sisters, Mrs. Ruby Cummings of Pontiac, Mich and Mrs. Mary Mathes of Terre Haute and 9 grandchildren. Services will be 2 p.m. in Bodine & Shelby Funeral Home, Covington where Rev. Henry Karg will officiate. Burial in Lower Mound Cemetery.Cindy Taylor-Matuse
Terre Haute Tribune, October 24, 1957
Clinton, Ind., Oct 24 - (Special) - Joe Spurgeon, 77 years old, R.R. 1 Hillsdale, died at 5:45 o'clock Wednesday afternoon at the Vermillion County Hospital here. Surviving are the wife, Ona; a son, Martin of Clinton; two daughters (Mrs.) Ruby Scott and Mrs. Olive Bennett, both of Hillsdale; three sisters (Mrs.) Gertrude Sykes of Dana (Mrs.) Hazel Igo of Kankakee, Ill, and Mrs. Nettle Igo of Chicago; six grandchildren and one great-grandchild. The body was taken to the Frist Funeral Home where friends may call and where services will be conducted at 1:30 o'clock Friday afternoon. Burial will be in Helt's Prairie cemetery.
Submitted by: Cindy
Clinton, Ind. March 25 - Special - Mrs. Ona A. Spurgeon, 72 years old, of RR 1, Hillsdale, died at 1 o'clock Friday afternoon at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Olive Bennett of RR 1, Hillsdale, following an extended illness. A lifetime resident of Helt Township, she is also survived by another daughter, Mrs. Ruby Scott of Hillsdale, one son Martin Spurgeon of Clinton; one sister Mrs. Margaret Thompson of Dana, one brother, Wayne Beard of RR 1, Hillsdale; five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. The body was taken to the Frist Funeral Home where services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday. Burial will be in Helts Prairie cemetery. Friends may call after noon Sunday.Carolyn Schwab
Newport Hoosier State, Wednesday, April 28, 1880
Mrs. MALINDA STAATS was born in Breckenridge County, KY, June 5, 1817, and emigrated to Vermillion County, IN, while young. She was married to JOHN STAATS, September 21, 1834, with whom she joined the M.E. Church about 45 years ago, in which communion she rejoiced and worked earnestly. Her house was a pleasant home for the weary itinerants, whose visits were always welcomed and met the cordial expression, I am glad you came. She was beloved by all who knew her. For the last year or more, she was the subject of great affliction, but enduring the same with much patience. As she neared the end, her daughter, Mrs. FONCANNON, said to her, Mother, you suffer greatly. She called her family, which consisted of her husband, daughter, son-in-law, and grandchildren, to her and bid them an affectionate farewell, exhorting them to be good and meet her in Heaven; also her neighbors and the members of the church. She was said to be faithful. Sister STAATS learned to read after she was married, and converted, and the bible was her book. She died on April 21st, 1880, aged 62 years and 10 months. Her funeral was conducted by Bro. McMasters of the Baptist Church.Carolyn Schwab
The Daily Clintonian Monday, May 15, 1961, pg.1
CLAUDE H. STEFFY, 74, of 204 North Tenth Street, died Saturday at 3 p.m.. following a heart attack while working in his garden. He was dead on arrival at the Vermillion County Hospital.
Mr. Steffy, a pipe fitter, was a member of the First Christian Church and the Steam Fitters Local No. 157 of Terre Haute.
Surviving are the widow, Clara E. Steffy; 4 daughters, Mrs. Loris Ondo, Mrs. Rowena Bertotti. Mrs. Cleora Wisneski, and Mrs. Mila Runyan, all of Clinton; 8 grandchildren, and 5 great-grandchildren; several cousins, nieces and nephews.
The body was taken to the Frist Funeral Home where services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday. Rev. John Campbell will officiate and burial will be made in Walnut Grove Cemetery.Carolyn Schwab
The Daily Clintonian Wednesday, July 20, 1976, pg.1
Funeral services for JOHN M. STEIR, 59, of 1016 North Seventh Street, have been postponed until Friday, July 23, at 10 a.m. at the Frist Funeral Home. The one day delay was made necessary since the body did not arrive in Clinton as scheduled.
Mr. Steir died early Sunday morning at Sheridan, WY, where he and his wife flew to visit their son and family.
Visitation will be 4-9 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.Carolyn Schwab
October 28, 1980
Mrs. Mayme Stewart, 94, died of an apparent heart attack at 2 p.m. Tuesday, in a hospital near the home of her daughter, Mrs. Madge Swiderski, of Melrose Park, IL. A former resident of Dana, Mrs. Stewart made her home with the daughter.
She was a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Bert Crane. Her husband, Mert Stewart, died several years ago.
Survivors include 2 daughters, Mrs. Swiderski and Mrs. Glenn Brownfield of Chicago; 2 sons, Leland of Michigan; and Max of Knoxville, TN; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.Carolyn Schwab
Newport Hoosier State, Wednesday, January 14, 1880
JOHN STOGDILL, aged about 35, died at his home last Wednesday of consumption.Carolyn Schwab
The Daily Clintonian Monday, July 29, 1935, p1
DOMENIC STRAZZABOSCO, 63, died at the Vermillion County Hospital last night following a lengthly illness.
Funeral services will be held at the residence, corner of Eighth and Vine Streets, tomorrow afternoon at 2 o'clock. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery.
Mr. Strazzabosco is survived by the widow, Mrs. Elizabeth Strazzabosco; his sons, John, Mario and Leno, Clinton; and Victor, Chicago; and his step-children, Domenic Ave, Chicago; Nellie and Angeline Ave, Chicago; and a sister, Mrs. Mary Antonini, Clinton. There also are 3 sisters and a brother who reside in Italy.
The deceased, a coal miner, had lived here for the past 31 years. His body will be removed from the Ryan-Masselink Funeral Home to the residence this evening.Submitted by: Karen Zach
Source: History of Fountain County, Indiana, by H. W. Beckwith, 1881, Chicago, IL., pp: 398
Alexander Surbaugh, physician and surgeon, Harveysburg, was born in Greenbrier County, Va., Sept 30, 1816. His father, a native of Va, died when Alexander was 3. His mother, also born in Va, after the death of her husband married Joseph Daneron whose death occurred in Va. She next married Mr. Mark Bruffee, a Methodist Minister and with him moved to Indiana in 1836 and in 1838 located 3 Miles South of Rockville, where she died in 1846. She was a Methodist. Alexander was an only son by the first union. His parents were poor, so that the boy could not satisfy his desire for an education. He, however, acquired sufficient to enable him to teach, which he followed for several years. When 19 he entered the ministry in the Methodist Church and became at once successful, yet never gave all his time to the church. In 1840 he began the study of medicine under Dr. John B. and S.T. Clark, at Russellville with whom he read 5 years also teaching. He then finished his preparatory reading under Dr. Slavens at Portland Mills. When writing an application for a school the doctor stepped in and taking the written article destroyed it and urged and induced Mr. Surbaugh to begin the active practice of medicine. Dr. Surbaugh located at Howard, Parke County, Indiana where he remained 17 years. In the 3rd year he was offered a partnership with his former preceptor but his practice continued him at Howard. Dr. Surbaugh bought a farm verses on account of security, he sold and moved near Harveysburg, where he bought a small farm. He again sold and moved into Harveysburg and bought the Spencer Hotel of which he is now landlord, and also practices his profession. He is a physician of experience and success. He has quite successfully treated the disease known as milksick, having had as many as 150 cases at one time. Politically, Dr. Surbaugh has been a Mason since 1852. He was married Sept 5, 1839 to Martha Ann Scott Cummings. She was born in Virginia Oct 15, 1815 and came to Parke County with her parents about 1838. She died May 8, 1851 leaving 4 children, 3 of whom are living. Dr. Surbaugh was next married March 17, 1852 to Catharine Duzan of Vermillion County, Indiana. She was born in Kentucky March 25, 1824. They have 9 children living; Mary V; Rachel D; and Everard M. of first family and William O; Sarah J; Lizzie M; Frances E; Effie M. and Nollie C. of the second family. Ida died April 27, 1880 of typhoid fever. This was a severe blow to the family, as she was a young lady of an intellectual and christian character and at the interesting age of 16.Carolyn Schwab
The Daily Clintonian, June 12, 1982, p8
Word has been received of the death Sunday afternoon of EZRA SUTTON, 82, of Seymour. He was a former resident of St. Bernice. He was a retired engineer on the Milwaukee Railroad. He is survived by his wife. Funeral services will be at the Spurgeon Funeral Home in Brownsburg at 2 p.m. Wednesday.Carolyn Schwab
The Daily Clintonian, Thursday, March 15, 1934, p1
Mrs. ALMEDA MACK SWINGLEY, age 77, died at 1:40 o'clock yesterday afternoon at the Clara Fairbanks Home in Terre Haute after an illness which lasted over a year. Mrs. Swingley spent her early life in the Helt's Prairie community and prior to entering the home in 1931, she lived in California.
Mrs. Annie Walker of New York City, a sister of Mrs. Swingley, is the only survivor in her immediate family, but she is survived by a number of nieces and nephews who live at Helt's Prairie.
Funeral services will be held at the Frist
at 2 o'clock Friday afternoon, with burial at Helt's Prairie Cemetery.
The Rev. Ralph Gwin will officiate.
Source: obituary in a scrapbook from a collection of Fauniel Hershberger's typed by Walt W
Cayuga, Ind. (CNS)— Mrs. Odilla Switzer, 69, of Cayuga Rural Route, died yesterday (June 14, 1967) at the Vermillion County Nursing Home. Born Nov. 29, 1897, in Stringtown, Ind., she was the daughter of William and Ardie Bell Newnum McLain. She was married to Frank Switzer, who died. She was a member of the Snoddy Church in Stringtown. Survivors include two sons, Frank and Donnie, both of Cayuga; two brothers, Henry D. McLain and Oscar McLain, both of Indianapolis; two sisters, Mrs. Bessie Brakes of Cates and Mrs. Fauniel Howard of Cayuga; and eight grandchildren. She also was preceded in death by three brothers, three sisters and a grandchild. Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the Watson Funeral Home. Burial will be in the Eugene Cemetery. The body is at the funeral home.
Submitted by: R. Dixson
An Old Citizen Devoured by Hogs- A Ghastly
The deceased was born in North Carolina on the 17th of February 1818 and had he lived till the 17th of next February, he would have been 75 years of age. He leaves a wife and a number of children to mourn his sad death. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. John S Brown, a minister of the U.B. Church, at the Thomas cemetery, on Sunday last, Nov 13, 1892, after which his remains were placed in the silent grave to await the morning of the resurrection, when the earth and sea shall give up their dead.
To their many friends who assisted them so
their sad bereavement. Mrs. Sykes and the children tender their most
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