OBITS AND DEATH NOTICES
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
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
(From the Henry Republican, Henry IL)
Contributed by Nancy Piper
The Indiana State
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.
.....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
.....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
.....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
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
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,
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
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
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
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]
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
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
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
Date: 1895-04-11; Paper: American Nonconformist
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
formerly of Clinton township, died at his home in West Union, Iowa,
Date: Wednesday, January 1, 1908 Paper: Elkhart Weekly Review
(Elkhart, IN) Page: 7
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
a lad of twelve years, residing five miles north of Rossville, Clinton
county, committed suicide the other evening by hanging from a rafter 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, by
inheritance 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:
County Name: Clinton Co.
State: IN Date: 1918
Submitters Name: Teresa Haines Rigney
Obit: Clinton County, Ind 1918-John Elsea one of Clinton countys most
prominent farmers, died at his home one mile east of Cambria this morning
after a long illness. Mr. Elsea came to this county about 18 years ago and
mode his home on the farm he resided at the time of his death. He has not
only been a very prosperous farmer, but in his community he has proved a
force as a farmer who prospered through industry. His upright character
and splendid citizenship have won him many friends , who fell keenly the
loss of a man of such ability. His death occurred at 12:30.
At the residence of his son, Joseph Neher, in Ross township, Clinton
county, Indiana, on the 19th ult., Mr. Henry Neher, formerly of Augusta
county, Va., aged 81 years, 10 months and 26 days.
Richmond Whig (Richmond, VA) September 18, 1855. Transcribed by AFOFG.
San Francisco Call, Vol 87, No
21, 21 Jun 1902, transcribed by J.S.
Death Closes the Eyes of Andrew J. Timmons
Santa Ana, June 20. - Andrew Jackson Timmons, a prominent
resident of this city, died here this morning. He had been in failing
health for some time, but though the end was not expected, his death was a
shock to his family and a host of friends.
Mr. Timmons was born on April 25, 1834, in Clinton County, Indiana,
in which region his father was one of the first settlers. When he was yet
a boy his father died, and at the age of 15 he moved to Douglass County,
Illinois, with his mother and sisters, where they made a home for
themselves in that wild and unsettled country. He lived there until he
moved with his family to California in 1891, settling in the Perris
Valley, in Riverside County, when that district was first opened up to
settlement. In 1896 he came to Santa Ana, where he resided up to the time
Mr. Timmons was married at the age of 28, and a widow and six
children survive him. Of these, Joseph Timmons is assistant night editor
of the San Francisco Call; two sons and two daughters reside in Santa Ana,
and another daughter Miss Clara Timmons, is in the public schools of Los
Mr. Timmons was a member of the Masonic lodge in Oakdale, Ill., and
of the Methodist Episcopal church. During all of his life Mr. Timmons has
been a farmer and stock raiser, most of his attention while in Illinois
having been given to raising horses for the Chicago market. His life was
an active one, and, though he started for himself with no capital but his
two hands, he had by thrift and prudence accumulated considerable
property. Up to a few weeks ago he personally managed his ranches in this
county, and , though laboring under the weight of his 68 years, he gave no
outward sign of his approaching rapid decline in health.
Urbana Daily Courier, 27 Feb 1920,
transcribed by J.S.
Five Die in Five Months
A.N. Loveless of Fisher is Fifth Member of Family to be Summoned
Fisher, Ill., Feb 27 - A.N. Loveless, a resident of this
community 42 years and one of Fisher's best known and highly respected
citizens, died at 6 o'clock Thursday evening after having suffered five
weeks from kidney trouble. He was the fifth member of his family to die
within five months, his father, a brother, a sister and a
brother-in-law, having preceded him within that time.
Mr. Loveless was born in Clinton County, Indiana, June 15, 1848,
and came to Fisher in 1878. He was married on November 24, 1878, to Miss
Sarah Naylor, who with four children survives. The children are: Olin
and Jesse of Cisco and Mesdames Grace and Lorena Kesterson, the former
of Alberta, Can., and the later of Brogan, Ore. A sister, four brothers
and three grandchildren also survive. The decedent was a member of the
Knights of Pythias.
Funeral services will be held from the home Saturday afternoon,
with Rev. S.N. Madden in charge. Burial will be made in Willow Brook