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March 25 1915 John E. Birck
        John E. Birch was born at Jefferson Ind., Oct. 4, 1893.  Some three years ago he came here seeking employment as a farm hand.  He is a son of Mr. and Mrs. Nicholas Birck and has two brothers and two sisters.  This season he had begun work for Edward Balensiefen west of Henry.  About the 13th he was taken sick, grew worse and worse, and when at last he consented to call physicians and an operation for appendicitis was made it was found to be too late and death came to him Tuesday, the 23d.  On Wednesday the body was shipped back to the home in Indiana for burial.  Mr. Birck was a good and industrious young man and his death will be a sad blow to parents, brothers and sisters at the old home.
His brother Philip, his uncle, Henry Birck, and Edward Balenseifen, accompanied the remains to Madison, Ind., leaving here on the 5 p.m. train Wednesday, where the burial will take place.
(From the Henry Republican, Henry IL)
 
April 1, 1915 John E. Birck
    John E. Birck, whose death was mentioned last week, was buried Monday, March 29, at China, Ind. Funeral at the St. Anthony church, Rev. Fr. Gurdon officiating.  Owing to the extended visit of his father, Nick Birck, in Los Angeles, Cal., the burial was delayed until his return home.
John Birck was born Oct. 4, 1893, in Jefferson, Ind.  He was taken suddenly sick, Friday, March 26, with an attack of appendicitis and on the following Sunday submitted to an operation which proved successful, was doing nicely until Tuesday morning when he grew worse and passed away at 11:15 the same evening, at the home of Edward Balensiefen of Saratoga township, where he had been employed for the coming summer.  All that loving hands could do was done for him, but to no avail.
He was a young man of kind and noble disposition; was well respected by all who became acquainted with him.  He was also an excellent farm hand ever ready with a willing hand.  He will be sadly missed among relatives and friends.  He leaves to mourn his loss father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. Nick Birck, two brothers, tow sisters, Clarence, Philip, Syvilla and Frances besides a large circle of relatives and friends.
(From the Henry Republican, Henry IL)
Contributed by Nancy Piper
Toluca, IL

The Indiana State Journal
1897-03-17
Rossville, Ind. March 15
William S. Miller, a well known and highly respected citizen residing one mile south of this place dropped dead of heart failure this evening.

MATTIE ESTELLE THARP
.....Services for Mattie Estelle Tharp will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at First Wesleyan Church in Frankfort.
.....Mrs. Tharp, 91, 105 N. Perry St., Kirklin, died at 5 p.m. Feb. 17, 1999, at Clinton House Convalescent Center.
.....She was a homemaker, and a member of Kirklin Wesleyan Church, where she taught Sunday school for 63 years. She moved to Indiana from Arkansas in 1953.
.....She was born Jan. 18, 1908, in Tichnor, Ark., to Harry and Carrie Alma Best Hughes. She married James W. Tharp on Aug. 31, 1926, and he died April 9, 1998.
.....She is survived by five sons, the Rev. James W. Jr. of Dothan, Ala., Burl and Russell of Kirklin, Carroll of Winter Haven, Fla., and Joseph of Manson: four daughters, Jeanette Menard of Doniphan, Mo., Anniece Shelburne of Zionsville, Shirley Abraham of Kirklin, and Martha Beecher of Frankfort; three sisters, Lorene Campbell of Grayson, La., Bernice Baker of Indianapolis, and Twilla Wells of Conway, Ark; 38 grandchildren, 52 great-grandchildren, and nine great-great-grandchildren.
.....A son, three sisters and two brothers preceded her in death.
.....The Rev. Robert Stubbs will officiate serves. Burial will be at Oak Hill Cemetery in Kirklin. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Monday at Frye & Genda Funeral Home.
..... Memorials may be made to Gideons and Christian Renewal Ministries.
(Source: Frankfort Times, February 23, 1999) (Contributed by Linda Rodriguez)

Sharon K. Tharp
Sharon K. Tharp, 63, of 1314 N. Salisbury St. WL, died at 7”45 a.m. Saturday, May 22, 2004, at her home. 
Born July 2, 1940, in Frankfort, she graduated from Delphi High School in 1958.
Mrs. Tharp was a homemaker.
Surviving are two sons, Carroll W. Tharp, Jr. of Maryland and Joshua Tharp of Missouri; three daughters, Linda Rodriguez of Las Vegas, Cynthia M. Coker and Renee Tharp, both of Missouri; four brothers, Warren A. Messick III of Rossville, Ernest E. Messick of West Lebanon, Michael J. Messick and Richard K. Messick, both of Delphi; and two sisters, Karen S. Cook also of Delphi and Patricia L. Poulin of West Lafayette.
Funeral Notice: Visitation 4-8 p.m. Tuesday, May 25, 2004, at Goodwin Funeral Home Frankfort.  Services there at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, May 26, 2004.  Interment Oak Hill Cemetery, Kirklin,
(Source: Journal & Courier, May 23, 2004, Page B2)
Contributed by Linda Rodriguez

Howard A. Heavilon, 88
Mulberry – Howard Allen Heavilon, 88, of Mulberry, died at 11:55 a.m. Friday, May 21, 2004, in Ball Memorial Hospital, Muncie, of injuries sustained in an auto accident in Clinton County on May 4.
Born Aug. 19, 1915, in Clinton County, he was a lifelong resident of the county and had lived in Mulberry since 1939.  He graduated from Jefferson High School in Clinton County in 1932 and attended Purdue University.
He married Helen L. Brubaker on June 7, 1935, in Danville, Ill.  She died Feb. 6, 1999.
Mr. Heavilon owned and operated Heavilon Construction.  He was a general contractor and built bridges and did field ditching in Central Indiana.
He was a member of Vesta Masonic Lodge 136 at Jefferson, Scottish Rite Valley of Indianapolis and Murat Shrine in Indianapolis and had been a 33rd degree Mason for one year.  He also was a member of the John Purdue Club.
Surviving are two sons, Jerry L. Heavilon (wife: Janie) of Marietta, Ga., and Ned E. Heavilon (wife: Sue) of Crossville, Tenn., and a daughter, Melanie A Heavilon of Tucson, Ariz.; and a sister, Irene Kreisher of Indianapolis.
Calling from noon until the time of the memorial service at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Bodine Funeral Home, Mulberry, the Rev. Merton Bobo officiating.  Interment: Bunnell Cemetery, Frankfort.  Eight grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren survive.  He was preceded in death by 3 children, Jay, Jan Lee, and Penelopie Margaret Heavilon; his parents, Howard P. and Pearl Allen Heavilon; a brother, Eugene; and a sister, Marion.  Memorials: Shriner’s Hospital Burn Unit, 3229 Burnet Ave., Cincinnati, Ohio.
(Source: Journal and Courier, May 23, 2004, page B2)
Submitted by Linda Rodriguez

Vanetta Dyer, 75
Rossville – Vanetta “Ann” Dyer, 75, formerly of Rossville, died Sunday, May 23, 2004, in Hope Hospice, Fort Myers, Fla., following four years of illness.
Born July 9, 1928, in Burlington, she attended Indiana University.
Mrs. Dyer was a homemaker and a beautician in Rossville for many years.  After retirement, she moved with her husband to Florida.
Surviving are her husband of 57 years, Max M. Dyer; two sons, David Dyer of Huntington and Robert Dyer of Dallas, Texas; a daughter, Rebecca Piper of West Palm Beach, Fla; and three sisters, Beverly Ashby of Logansport, Joretta Cosby and Carmen Moore, both of Burlington.
Private services to be held in Burlington.
 (Source: Journal and Courier, May 25, 2004, page B2)
Submitted by Linda Rodriguez

Three Victims of Peritonitis
COLFAX, Ind., March 30 - Edward Camp, a young farmer living near this place, died Sunday afternoon of peritonitis, after an illness of only forty-eight hours. His wife died of the same disease only a week previous. On the same day Mrs. Albert Blacker, living near here, died of the same malady.  The Indiana State Journal, (Indianapolis, IN) Wed., April 1, 1896; pg. 5 [Candi]

MRS. CATHERINE MITTEN DIES ON MONDAY NIGHT
Rossville, Ind., April 20.  Mrs. Catherine Mitten, widow of the late Amos T. Mitten, died at the family home here tonight at 10:30 o'clock.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday afternoon in the Methodist Church, with Rev. Dwane Thistlewait of Rossville and Rev. H. E. Moore of Lafayette Officiating.  Burial will be in the Rossville Cemetery."
Newspaper: Frankfort Morning Times, Tue., April 21, 1931, pg. 1
Submitters By: Jan Dishon

Clinton, ind., Oct. 8.—Anna Eans, ten years old. killed herself with Carbolic Acid because she had been barred from home by her stepfather, and did not. want to go to an orphans' home.
Source The Logansport Reporter 1903-10-08 Page 7

CLINTON. Ind., Sept. S.—Aaron Nelson shot and instantly killed Bill Scott at the Tory mining camp this evening. Both Nelson and his victim are colored. Several days ago Nelson had a suit of clothes stolen from him and accused Scott or the theft. This brought on a quarrel, which resulted in the tragedy. Officers are after the murderer.
Date: 1898-09-07; Paper: Indiana State Journal

FRANKFORT, Ind.  Sept. 1.—Mrs. Sarah Shankenberger was arrested here to-day charged with the murder of her daughter-in-law, Mrs. Ed Shankenberger, who died last Saturday, after having made an ante-mortem statement expressing the belief that she had been systematicaly poisoned by her mother-in-law. The contents of her stomach were taken to Dr. Hurtyt of Indianapolis, for analysis, and his report was that be had found arsenic in deadly quantity. Mrs. Shankenberger accepted her arrest coolly and denies her guile The prosecutor believes he has a strong case. The dead woman's husband is in. the United States navy, on board the cruiser Minneapolis, he arrived home to-day. The arrest has created quite a sensation here. The accused was committed to Jail without bail.
Date: 1898-09-07; Paper: Indiana State Journal

Death of a Pioneer.
Frankfort, Ind., April 9.—Andrew Catron died yesterday.   He moved to this county from Tennessee in 1845, and has lived here continuously ever since.
He had been married to the wife who survives him .57 years, and he leaves six children. He was one of the most influential and respected farmers in the county. In politics he was an ardent Democrat, but not an offensive partisan.
Date: 1895-04-11; Paper: American Nonconformist

FRANKFORT, Ind., Jan. 16. 1896 – In 1890 Geo. H Merritt, for years a prominent merchant of Michigantown, died, and at the time it was supposed without leaving a will. The widow, with the assistance of a son, continued the business until a short time since, when she died and the court appointed an administrator to settle the estate. This week, while going through some old papers of Mr. Merritt, a will was found, which had been executed Jan. 14, 1888, two years before his death. The instrument contained the following strange paragraph: “Sooner or later I will be called upon to leave this state of existence. When that time comes be sure that life is extinct; then get a plain box, without paint or varnish, in that a bed and pillow of clean shavings. Wrap me in a sheet, a clean piece of muslin, lay me in the box on the shavings, nail down the lid and consign me to the grave without any form of ceremony. Leave nothing but the mound of earth, with a plain head and footboard to mark the spot.” The will was admitted to probate to-day.
Contributed by Laudi (Albers) Culbertson

Date: Monday, April 6, 1903 Paper: Elkhart Daily Review (Elkhart, IN) Page: 1
Indiana Pioneer Dead.
Evansville, Ind., April 6.--Mrs. Elizabeth Rippey, one of the pioneers of Indiana, died at the home of Professor W. H. Mushlitz. She was 79 years old, and went to Clinton county in 1830. Her uncle, Captain Samuel Gasgill, was a member of George Washington’s staff.
Submitted by Tam Inman

Date: Thursday, May 11, 1882  Paper: Elkhart Weekly Review (Elkhart, IN)  Page: 6
Manson, a three-year-old child of A. Hunt, of Clinton county, was playing in the yard near a hole which it’s father had dug for the purpose of holding rain water, he fell into the hole and was drowned. The hole was two feet deep, and contained but eight inches of water.
Submitted by Tam Inman

Elisha Berkey, formerly of Clinton township, died at his home in West Union, Iowa, Thursday.
Date: Wednesday, January 1, 1908   Paper: Elkhart Weekly Review (Elkhart, IN)   Page: 7

Moses Davis died at Frankfort, aged 73 years. Twenty years ago Davis, while drunk, committed a brutal murder, killing his stepson,who interfered when Davis was whipping his wife, he received a life sentence. Through the influence of his friends Gov. Gray paroled him.
Brownstone Banner May 23 1895

Willie Thomas, a lad of twelve years, residing five miles north of Rossville, Clinton county, committed suicide the other ovening by hanging from arafter in his fathers barn. The boy is said to have fallen out with his step-mother, and in a fit of passion committed the fatal act. Young Thomas, byinheritance from his own mother, had $16,000 in his own right There are several theories advanced as to the causes that led to the boy's death, and a thorough investigation of the affair will be made.Date: Thursday, June 18, 1891  Paper: Elkhart Weekly Review (Elkhart, IN)  Page: 2





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