Name of Deceased: Christian Reeser
Newspaper: Gospel Herald Obit: Gospel Herald Obituary 2-8-1923
Reeser. - Christian
Reeser was a native of
Alsace, Lorraine, (Sangamese) which at the time of his birth was
a part of France. He was born Sept. 15, 1819, a son of French
and German parents. His father, whose name was John, was a
Frenchman and native of Lorraine. While a soldier in France he
met and afterwards married a German lady, who was born and
reared in Germany. The father died while comparatively young, at
the age of thirty-five years. His widow came to America and
settled in Indiana, at which place she was laid to rest, at the
age of sixty years. To this union were born four children, John,
Joseph and Mary deceased; Christian, the subject of this sketch,
being the only one living. He was reared in France and educated
in the French language, but, as usual in those border provinces,
he also learned to speak German. While a boy his occupation was
herding sheep. In 1839, at the age of twenty years, he came to
America with his brother John and a friend, Nicklos Murrier. The
voyage was made in a sailing vessel, 45 days being spent on the
Atlantic. He located on a farm in Butler County, Ohio. Thirteen
years later, at the age of thirty-three years, in Delaware
County, Ind., he was married to Miss Barbara Zimmerman, a native
of Baden, Germany. To this union were born thirteen children;
Joseph and Andrew deceased. The living are: John P. Reeser and
Mrs. Fannie S. Ulrich of Nampa, Ida.; C. B. Reeser and Mrs. Anna
D. Ulrich of Eureka, Ill.; Jacob of Albany, Oreg.; Mrs. Barbara
B. Ummel of Reeds, Mo.; Samuel of Goodfield, Ill.; Mrs. Wm.
Plaag of Peoria, Ill.; and Peter E. of Seattle, Wash. There are
also 82 grandchildren and 101 great-grandchildren. Christian
Reeser came to Montgomery Township, Woodford Co., Ill., in 1858
from Delaware Co., Ind. By wagon immigration. In 1895 he decided
to quit farming and in doing so moved to Eureka, Ill., at which
place he lived ten years. In 1903, at the age of seventy-two,
his wife died. He then made his home in Missouri, with his
daughter, Mrs. Ulrich, and came back to Illinois with her about
four years later. In 1867 he was called to the ministry in the
Mennonite Church, with which he united when a young man. He
experienced pioneer experiences in the work of the ministry.
Years ago his services were used largely in the community at
large for funerals. His period in the ministry was 56 years.
When he was 100 years old he spoke the last time. He enjoyed his
work greatly, and his death was appropriately on the Lord's Day,
for that is the day he appreciated most. He passed away on
Sunday, Jan. 14, 1923. His age was 103 y. 3 m. 29 d. The funeral
was held on Jan. 17. The church was crowded beyond capacity.
Bro. Andrew Schrock preached in German on II Tim. 4:7, 8. Bro.
Clayton F. Derstine preached in English on Acts 13:36. Bros. Sam
Gerber and Valentine Strubhar assisted in the service. Peace to
Ind., Dec 3
The news of the suicide of Charles Bayliss In the Avery Hotel, at Mount
Clemens, Mich. Wednesday, by shooting himself through the
heart, was no surprise to Muncie people, and is not the
mystery here it seems to be there. He was a intelligent young
man, and his wife was very beautiful and a society belle of
Massillon, O. He brought her to Muncie when he became
superintendent of the Muncie street-railway. Her beauty
attracted the attention of Muncie young men, and it was here
that her affections for her husband were alienated, and three
different times tragedies were narrowly averted when he found
her late at night in the company of her admirers. He lost his
position on this account, and went to Mount Clemens. When
persuaded to leave the woman hero the man said he could not
live without her.
Source: Indiana State Journal December 9, 1896
Ind., April 13—Wlliam
C. Pyle, employed at
the C. H. Over pot factory, was lifting a heavy load two months
ago and caused injuries that resulted in cancer and death
Saturday evening. He was to have been married to Miss Ella
Hutchings several weeks ago. Pyle came to Muncie from Bellaire,
Indiana Journal April 15, 1896
Weekly Jan 3 1890
In a note from Mrs. Johnson, of
Wheeling, Delaware county, the News is surprised to learn that
her husband, Elbridge
Johnston, died on the
20th of August last. Mr. Johnson formerly lived in Jackson
township and was an excellent citizen.
1896-08-12; Paper: Indiana State Journal
Muncie, Ind. Aug. 10.—Amanda Hartley, aged thirty-six. wife of John J. Hartley, well-known
capitalist and real estate man, died tonight of cancer;
contracted under the arm while in Europe two years ago from a
bruise sustained In a bath tub.
Ind. March 30 - Frederika Kirby, the six-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. T. P. Kirby,
died, last night, of pneumonia.
The Indiana State Journal,
(Indianapolis, IN) Wed., April 1, 1896; pg. 5 [Candi]
of Deceased: Robert Charles
County Name: Delaware State: IN Newspaper: Muncie Star Press,
Obit: Robert Charles Garner died, of cancer, at his residence in
Yorktown, IN on March 13, 2002. He is survived by his
wife, Lillian May Irwin Garner, and his children, Gail Lynn
Vashti Garner Tuckerman, Mark Stephen Joel Garner, and Deborah
Kay Leon Garner, and grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces
and nephews. He was preceded in death by his siblings,
Fern Leon Garner Cash Kingery and Milton Eugene Garner, and
their parents, Herman Charles Garner and Vashti Elvira
Fadely Garner. Services were held at the Ballard and Sons
Funeral Home and interment took place at Miller Cemetery in
Submitters Name: Gail Garner
Date: Mar 14 2002
KARN, aged nineteen, of
Delaware county, while driving a team of horses, was thrown
against a log. He walked home, but died soon after reaching
Indiana General News Items from
the Indianapolis News 15 December. 1890 Page 6 Column 5 and 6
Ind., Jan. 9.—Mrs.
Lewis Kress, aged
twenty, died yesterday after two days sickness. Her husband is a
Date: 1898-12-28; Paper:
Indiana State Journal
MUNCIE, Ind, Nov, 4— Despond
over family troubles, John
W Huff, 33, a machinist
committed suicide here yesterday by sending a bullet through his
head Huff was divorced from his wife two weeks ago.
Date: 1918-11-04; Paper: Fort
Wayne News Sentinel
Accident Causes Death,
MUNCIE Ind., Feb. 13.—Dr. O. Dill, of Desota, aged thirty-six, died
today of blood poison, contracted by injuring his shin bone
while climbing in his buggy
Date: 1897-02-17; Paper: Indiana
Death of Mrs. Robert Bly
MUNCIE Ind., Jan, 12—Mrs. Robert Bly, aged twenty-one, who with an
eighteen-months-old baby was abandoned by her husband, died
to-night, penniless, at the New Southern Hotel. Her mother in
Chicago was telegraphed for by Iandlord
Rapp Tuesday. She came, but
after a few minutes interview with her daughter, returned home.
Date: January 13, 1897 Paper:
Indiana State Journal
MUNCIE, Ind. Sept. 27 Just as he
was entering the office of his family physician to get some
Lee, 54, a retired
farmer dropped dead. Death was due to heart trouble.
Date: 1918-09-27;Paper: Fort
Wayne News Sentinel
Meeks Choker to Death.
Muncie Ind., Nov. 23.—James
Meeks, the eighteen-year-old son of John
Wesley Meeks. choked to
death tonight as the result of a gathering in his throat he
resided near Selma,
Date: 1896-11-25; Paper: Indiana
Muncie Ind., Feb. . 17.—James S. Duckett, 70 years old, dropped dead
Saturday evening of heart disease at his home in this
city, where he has resided nearly all of his life.
Date: 1896-02-20; Paper:
Van Nuys Died At Home In Muncie
Muncie Ind, Nov. 22 A.M. Van Nuys, 60, a veteran attorney and former
judge of juvenille court here is dead following a stroke of
paralysis. He was widely known in Indiana legal circles.
Date: 1922-11-22; Paper: Fort
Wayne News Sentinel
of Nose Bleed
lnd., March 22—
Arthur Mock, the twelve-year-old son of James M
Mock a prominent manufacturer of this city, died yesterday
morning from the effects of nose bleeding. About six weeks ago
his nose began to bleed and almost daily since that time it bled
until the loss of blood resulted in death. A year ago while the
boy was attending school at Muncie a playmate struck him the
nose and it is believed that the blow caused the hemorrhage. His
father is owner of the Hartford City foundry and machine works
and is quite prominently known at Muncie where he resided before
Date: 1897-03-24; Paper: Indiana
Ind. July 18.—John
A, Singleton, for
several years superintendent of the city electric-light station,
died this evening.
Date: 1898-07-20; Paper: Indiana
Ind., Feb. 1—Mary
eighty-four, died In the hospital here to-day from the effects
of a fall. At one time her husband owned, a mansion in
Philadelphia that covered & block of ground and cost over
$100,000. She died In poverty.
Date: 1896-02-05; Paper: Indiana
Ind., Feb, 7-—Frederick
sixty-three, for many years proprietor of the flouring mill at
Gaston, died yesterday of lung fever. He has resided in Delaware
county since 1858. The remains of Miss Olive Ardery. who died at
Indianapolis Saturday, will be brought to Muncie and interred
to-morrow. She lived here for many years, but of late resided in
Date: 1898-02-09; Paper: Indiana
Ind. May 9.—The wife
of Justice Besack, a
well-known business man, died yesterday, after a long illness
Date: 1898-05-11; Paper: Indiana
Mary Marsh, of Muncie
MUNCIE Ind., Dec. 18.—The death
of Mary Marsh,
aged seventy-seven years, occurred this morning. She was the
widow of John Marsh, who established the Indiana State Bank,
Muncie's first banking institution, forty years ago. Until his
death he was at the head of this and the Citizen's
National, now the Union National Bank. Ten years ago Sir. Marsh
died suddenly. A son is Lieutenant Charles C. Marsh, private
secretary to Admiral Sampson during the late war with Spain.
Other children are Mrs. P. E. Mutchner, Indianapolis, Mrs. James
L. Streeter, J. K Marsh. William M. Marsh and Mrs, Harriet
Date: 1899-12-20; Paper: Indiana
Ind.. Sept. 20.—William
Stephens; of Findlay.
died to-day at the home of his son. at Albany. The cause
was paralysis, superinduced from the excitement caused by
his being robbed two weeks ago at Lima, while coming to Muncie.
The old gentleman was quite wealthy, but the excitement incident
to the hold-up unnerved him, and he was soon afterwards
Date: 1897-09-22; Paper: Indiana
Cambridge City Tribune (Indiana)
June 19, 1873 Vol 9 No 7
Samuel P. Wilson, an old
and respected citizen of Muncie, and long and familiarly known
in connection with the Muncie National Bank, died on Friday
evening at 10:50, of inflammation of the bladder, and after an
illness of two weeks, at the advanced age of 77 years. He served
with distinction as a soldier in one of the Virginia regiments
in the War of 1812. He was the father-in-law of the lamented J.
W. Burson, and formerly resided in Eaton, Preble County, Ohio.
Cambridge City Tribune June 19
1873 page 2 Transcribed and contributed by Barb Z.
of Deceased: Pettinger, Rebecca
Obit: NAL 12 Feb 1872 p4 c4:
Died, Pettinger — At Muncie, Ind., January 17, 1872, Rebecca
Pettinger, aged 18 years.
Newspaper: New Albany Ledger
Submitters Name: Sue P. Carpenter
Ind., Nov. 30 George H. Andrews, aged fifty, died
this morning after suffering four strokes of paralysis. For more
than twenty years he had been a leading druggist in Muncie,
having recently disposed of his store In the Anthony block to J.
E. Dunlavy, of Greencastle.
The deceased was born in Lebanon. Ind., but spent his boyhood
days in Covington, Ky., and Cincinnati. He was prominently
connected with Masonic lodges. The funeral will take place
Thursday afternoon at the First Presbyterian Church. A wife and
the following children survive: Mrs. P. K. Morrison. Miss Carrie
Andrews and Clifford, "Waller and Arthur Andrews. Mr. Andrews
came to Muncie twenty-eight years ago, and since that time has
owned several drug stores In different parts of the city and has
been agent for the Indianapoiis Journal more than twenty years.
Date: 1897-12-08; Paper: Indiana State Journal
Case at Muncie
Muncie Spercial: Miss Jessie Crow, 21 years old, of
Pennville. died Wednesday morning under circumstances which arc
causing investigation by the police and coroner. The young woman
visited Harry Galloway at his barber shop in the suburb of
Avondale Tuesday noon and was taken sick at the shop. The young
man did not call a physician until too late and she died on a
bed in the rear room. The body was; taken to the morgue, where
anexamination was made. Galloway, being detained at the police
station In the meantime. The examination showed cause for
holding the man until a further investigation is made. The
young woman had been employed as a hotel waitress in Muncle for
some time, and once before was taken ill at the barber shop and
was removed to the hospital.
Date: 1900-12-01; Paper: Recorder
Lyons, pioneer, died near Muncie, Ind. He possessed a
marked peculiarity, in the fact that he never had any hair on
his head. Children the same way.
Date: February 27, 1891
Paper: Bloomfield Democrat, Indiana Page 2
Submitted by Tam (Our Randolph
County Indiana Host)
Muncie, Ind., May 22.—(A. P.)— Albert
Martin, 28, sergeant of Muncie police until Jan. 6,
fatally shot himself in the head at his home here last night. He
was said to have been despondent over ill health.
Kokomo Tribune Kokomo Indiana
May 22 1930 page 2
On May 26th, Joel W.
Long, living near Granville, Delaware county, drowned
himself, He has shown signs of insanity, and on the night named be
arose suddenly from his bed, and broke forcibly away from, bis
wife, who tried to restrain him, ran directly to the creek near
by, and threw himself in. He was 52 years old, was one of the
oldest settlers of the county, and bore an excellent character.Date: Monday, June
7, 1869 Paper: Cincinnati Daily Gazette
(Cincinnati, OH) Page: 1
YORKTOWN - Jack D. Robbins, 50, Yorktown, passed away
September 25, 2006 at his residence following an extended
illness. He was born March 28, 1956 in Muncie to the late Jack
and Geneva (Dalton) Robbins and has been a resident of this area
most of his life.
Mr. Robbins graduated from Southside High School in 1974. He
joined the United States Army in 1980 to 1983 as a Military
Police Officer and then re-enlisted with the Army again from
1987 thru 1993 where he was a Gulf War Veteran. He was a
recipient of the Medal of Congressional Honor, the Bronze Star
and the Good Conduct Medal. He was a local truck driver for
Jack was a member of the American Legion Post 327 of Cammack. He
enjoyed being around family and friends, playing golf, NASCAR
racing and also enjoyed being a natural comedian.
Mr. Robbins is survived by his wife of 20 years, Debby (Mantock)
Robbins whom he married January 24, 1986; son, Josh Robbins;
daughters, Megan Robbins and Emily Robbins all of Yorktown;
step-daughter, Jody (husband - Jason) Brown of Yorktown; two
brothers, Larry Stilts (Companion - Leslie) and Johnnie (wife -
Beth) Robbins of Gaston; one sister, Rose Robbins (companion -
Chad) of Muncie. Several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and
cousins. Jack will be sadly missed by his family, friends and
especially his two pets Oscar and Buck.
Mr. Robbins was preceded in death by his parents, Jack and
Geneva (Dalton) Robbins, and one sister, Ruth Byrd.
Services will Saturday September 30, 2006 at 11:00 A.M. at Elm
Ridge Funeral Home with Rev. Michael Osborn officiating. Burial
will follow at Elm Ridge Memorial Park with Military Rites
conducted by the Veterans of Delaware County Honor Guard.
Family will receive friends at Elm Ridge Funeral Home on Friday
September 29, 2006 from 4:00 to 8:00 P.M.
In lieu of flowers a Trust Fund has been set up for Jacks
children at Old National Bank of Yorktown, 8919 W. Adaline,
Yorktown, IN 47396.
The Star Press Muncie - Sept 28, 2006
Newspaper: The Star Press Muncie
Submitters Name: Martha M Giggard
The explosion of a
boiler in an old field near Mollie, north of Muncie, Ind.,
fatally injured Timothy McMahan and destroyed the engine
house. [The Pioneer express.(Pembina, Dakota [N.D.]), September
John Case a cigarmaker of Huntington, Ind., was fatally injured
at Largo, Ind., while stealing a ride on a freight train.
[The Pioneer express.(Pembina, Dakota [N.D.]), September 07,
At Daleville the
9-year-old son of Michael Stephenson fell under its father's
wagon and was Instantly killed.
Date: Tuesday, December 15, 1891 Paper: Elkhart
Daily Review (Elkhart, Indiana) Page: 1
MUNCIE, Ind., April
13.—William C. Pyle. employed at the C. H. Over pot factory, was
lifting a heavy load two months ago and caused injuries that
resulted in cancer and death Saturday evening. He was to have
been married to Miss Ella Hutchings several weeks ago. Pyle came
to Muncie from Bellaire, O.
Date: Wednesday, April 15, 1896 Paper: Indiana State
Journal (Indianapolis, Indiana) Volume:
LXXIX Issue: 16 Page: Copy of 5
Miss Flora Gates
County Name: Delaware State: IN Newspaper: Crawfordsville Star
Date: 04 March 1880 Submitters Name: Teresa Haines Rigney Obit:
Miss Flora Gates, daughter of Albert Gates, a farmer living
about four miles southeast of Muncie, was fatally burned, her
clothing catching fire while she was engaged in smoking meat in
a smoke house, near her fathers residence. A sister was also
badly burned in attempting to extinguish the flames.
Mrs. Clara Ann
County Name: Delaware Co.
Newspaper: Muncie Post-Democrat
Date: Oct 5, 1934
Submitters Name: Teresa Haines Rigney
Obit: Daleville---Funeral services for Mrs. Clara Ann Shimer,
67, wife of Marion Shimer, who died Monday night at her home
south of town, after a brief illness, were conducted at 10:30
o'clock Thursday morning at the Pleasant Run church north of
Daleville. Burial was made in the Jones Cemetery. She is
survived by the husband, four daughter, Mrs. Mae Haydon, Mrs.
Freda Cortwirght, Mrs. Grace Hoppes, of Anderson, Mrs. Hazel
Rector: one son Forrest, of Anderson; a brother, B.O.
Clevenger, of Alexandria; ten grandchildren and five great
County Name: (Muncie)
Newspaper: The Muncie Star
Date: Nov 27, 1963
Submitters Name: MMH
Nov. 26, 1963
***FORMER TEACHER, MRS. JANE WEEKS, DIED AT HOSPITAL
Mrs. Jane (Blease) Weeks, 45, Hartford City, wife of Claude
Weeks, former Hartford City basketball coach, died in Ball
Hospital Tuesday morning, following a brief illness. She was
a Muncie native and was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles
F. Blease, 121 Meeks Avenue. She was a 1936 graduate of
Central High School, attended Franklin College and received
both her bachelor and master degrees from Ball State
She taught at Emerson School until about a year ago and
before that had taught at Hartford City, North Vernon, and
Ninevah. She was a member of the High Street Methodist
Church in Muncie, and the Hartford City Psi Iota Xi
Sorority. Mrs. Weeks was an employee of The Muncie Star
society department while a student at Central High School.
Surviving beside her husband and her parents are a son,
Michael, a junior at Wabash College, and a brother, Cole
Friends may call at the Meeks Mortuary after 5 p.m.
Wednesday and before services there at 10 a.m. Thursday.
Rev. Sheldon Duecker, pastor of Grace Methodist Church,
Hartford City, will officiate. Burial will be in Mount Tabor
Her husband has been a patient in the Veteran's Hospital at
Marion since Friday night. He was reported to be in serious
condition Tuesday. He will not be able to attend funeral
The Muncie Star, Wednesday, Noverber 27, 1963, page 2.
Muncie, Feb. 1. Special. At an early hour this morning Mrs.
Oliver Williams of Dunkirk, Jay county, died at the
home of her daughter, Mrs. J. H. Haus, in this city.
Several days since Mrs. Williams came to this city to
visit her daughter, who was sick. Her worthless husband
was in the soldiers' home at Marion. Learning his wife was
here, Williams came to this city and at once went on a
protracted spree. When his money, had expired he implored
Mrs. Williams to replenish him with money that she had
made keeping a boarding house. This the woman refused to
do, and a quarrel ensued, which terminated in the drunken
husband pulling an ugly pocketknife which he plunged into
the left side of her neck, severing the outer jugular vein
and inflicting a terrible wound. The man was jailed, where
he has since been awaiting the result of his crime. The
woman has for a long time been afflicted with asthma, to
which the daughter attributes the direct cause of her
mother's death, but that is thought to be only a scheme to
protect the father from the awful charge of wife murder.
Coroner Driscoll is closely investigating the case and
will make a post-mortem examination.
Although the parties are nearly total strangers to our
citizens indignation is very high, and a charge of murder
in the worst form against Williams is what they want to
sue him answer to. The man was much allected when he
learned of his wife's death. He makes the same old plea,
"Whisky did it."