OBITS AND DEATH NOTICES
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
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, Toluca,
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]
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
Suit Made by Andrew Johnson
Richmond, Ind. - A suit of wedding clothes, made by Andrew
Johnson before he became president of the United States, is in possession
of the Catron heirs, who live near Frankfort, Ind. The suit is made of the
finest doeskin, and was worn by Andrew Catron, who died recently
on his farm in Clinton county, Indiana. The suit is in a good state of
preservation. It was made several years before the civil war at
Greensville, Tenn., where Andrew Johnson kept a tailor shop.
The Hope Pioneer, 16 Jan 1908 (Hope, N.D.) - transcribed by
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
Sarah Jones Cones was born in Clinton county, Indiana,
January 4, 1840; was united in marriage to Geo. W. Cones at Salem
Church, near Kirklin, Clinton County, Indiana, November 28, 1858.
She was converted and united with the Methodist Church at the age of 14
years, of which church she has been a member since that time. She was
the mother of six children, Homer C. Cones of Denver, Colo, Herbert H.
Cones, deceased, Mrs. F.E. Ross, deceased, Geo. B. Cones, Meade Kansas,
Mrs. M.E. Hickey of Albuquerque, N.M, and Joseph M. Cones of Denver,
Colo. In 1861 she removed from Kirklin, Indiana to Thorntown, Indiana.
The family moved from Thorntown, Indiana to Winfield, Kansas, Aug 6,
1886 and the following spring moved to Meade, Kansas. In 1891 she moved
to Lawrence, Kansas, at which place she lived until the time of her
death. She died at Albuqerque, N.M. March 31, 1912, of pneumonia, while
visiting her daughter, Mrs. M.E. Hickey of that place.
CARD OF THANKS
We wish to thank the P.E.O. Sisterhood and all others who showed us such
kindness and rendered assistance in the burial of our mother. Mrs. M.E.
Hickey, H.C. Cones, Joe M. Cones, Goe. B. Cones
Meade County News, 11 Apr 1912 - transcribed by J.S.
State Obituary is From Indiana
Name of County Obituary is From Clinton
Name of Newspaper, if known. Frankfort Times
Date of Newspaper April 2001
Name of Deceased John S. Downs
Type OBITUARY here: John S. Downs, 62, Michigantown,
died April 15, 2001, in Methodist Hospital, Indianapolis.
Mr. Downs was employed by Reader & Cline manufacturing and General
Battery as a tool & dye specialist. He served in the U.S. Navy for
three years aboard the USS Otterstetter, DER-244, served as the Town
Marshal of Jolietville, IN and lived in Sheridan until he moved to
Frankfort in 1983. He was a member of the Beard Masonic Lodge and a
former member of the Michigantown Lions Club.
Mr. Downs was born Oct. 11, 1938, in Sheridan to Clarence and Eunice
Kittinger Downs. He married Ruth Ellen Ottinger of Jolietville IN and
she survives. Survivors include sons Pete Downs of Altus OK, Rick Downs
and David Downs of Lebanon IN. Daughters Debra Ellen, Sheri Lynn, and
Melinda Sue all three of local residence.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Genda Funeral Home with
Pastor John Whitlow officiating. Burial will be in Green Lawn Cemetery.
Friends may call 4-8 p.m. Tuesday.
Your Name Pete Downs
Your Email Address (in case we need to contact you about this)
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
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
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.
Death of Silas M. Glass
Silas M. Glass was born Sept 28, 1839, in Mechanicsburg, Va. He
was married Oct 13, 1857 to Miss Amanda L. Brooks, of Lee County, Va, and
on July 17, 1860, they moved to Michigantown, Indiana. In July 1869,they
left Clinton county, Indiana, for the west, lacating[sic] in Forest City,
Mo, where they resided 'till his death. April 27th, 1907, being 67 years,
6 months and 29 days old. During the civil war he enlisted in Company D,
150th Indiana Infantry.
He leaves a faithful wife and four children, Mrs. Mary E. Hid, of Bigelow,
Mrs. Martha A. Wood, of Forest City, Mrs. P.J. Nibbe, of Crab Orehard,
Neb, and J.D. Glass, of Forest City, and several grand children to mourn
his loss. Funeral services were held from the family home Monday
afternoon, conducted by Rev. J.P. Godbey; interment in the Forest City
The Holt County Sentinel, 3 May 1907 (Oregan, Mo) -
transcribed by J.S.
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
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
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
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
Funeral services will be held from the home Saturday afternoon,
with Rev. S.N. Madden in charge. Burial will be made in Willow Brook
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
The Indiana State Journal
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
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
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.
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
Date: Monday, April 6, 1903 Paper: Elkhart Daily Review (Elkhart, IN)
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
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
.....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
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
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
Willie Thomas, 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: 2
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.
Weekly Journal-Miner (Prescott, AZ) 20 Nov 1912, transcribed by J.S.
DEATH RESULTS FROM KICK OF MULE
From Thursday's Daily.
Paul Yundt, who was kicked by a mule on
the Copper Basin highway last Saturday, died at Mercy Hospital last
night at 9.30 o'clock. The blow reached his abdomen and was of such
force that he was thrown out of the stable. He was brought to the city
and an operation performed which revealed internal injuries from which
no hope could be given for his recovery.
He bore a splendid name, and was industrious and upright, making
many friends during his two years residence. A brother is en route form
Mulberry, Indiana, to take the remains home for burial, which are at
Maus & Co's funeral parlors. The deceased was aged 39 years, and
leaves a father, mother, two brothers and a small daughter.