OBITS AND DEATH NOTICES
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.
a son of Mr. and Mrs. Nicholas Birck and has two brothers and two
sisters. This season he had begun work for Edward Balensiefen
Henry. About the 13th he was taken sick, grew worse and worse,
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
in Indiana for burial. Mr. Birck was a good and industrious young
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,
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
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
ever ready with a willing hand. He will be sadly missed among
relatives and friends. He leaves to mourn his loss father and
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,
Contributed by Nancy Piper
Rossville, Ind. March 15
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
Mattie Estelle Tharp will
be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at First
Wesleyan Church in Frankfort.
Kirklin, died at 5 p.m. Feb. 17, 1999, at
Clinton House Convalescent Center.
was a homemaker, and a member of Kirklin Wesleyan Church, where she
taught Sunday school for 63 years. She moved to Indiana from Arkansas
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
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
son, three sisters and two brothers preceded her in death.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Rossville – Vanetta “Ann” Dyer, 75, formerly of Rossville, died Sunday,
May 23, 2004, in Hope Hospice, Fort Myers, Fla., following four years
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
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]
Rossville, Ind., April 20. Mrs. Catherine Mitten, widow of the
late Amos T. Mitten, died at the family home here tonight at 10:30
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
Newspaper: Frankfort Morning Times, Tue., April 21, 1931, pg. 1
Submitters By: Jan Dishon
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
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
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
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
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)
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.
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