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Date of Obit: May 17, 1968

    Carl C. Tolbert, 64, 3206 S. Pershing Dr., died Thursday in Ball Hospital.  He had been in poor health for several years, but was admitted to the hospital only Wednesday.
A native of Fairfield, Ill., Tolbert lived in Muncie most of is life.  He was a former employee of Ontario Manufacturing Co., Bell Machine and Engineering Co., and Ken-Bar Tool and Engineering.
    Surviving are his wife, Ama; three sons, Robert L. Tolbert, Sr., Carl E. Tolbert, and Forrest Tolbert, all of Muncie; a daughter, Mrs. Wanda Snider, also of Muncie; a sister, Mrs. Nora Helms, Daleville; two brothers, Kellie B. Tolbert, Muncie, and Clifford Tolbert, Farmland; two half-sisters, Mrs. Farris Searfoss, and Mrs. Esther Favors, both of Muncie; three half-brothers, Raymond and Roy Shell, and Fred Wells, all of Muncie, and 12 grandchildren.
    Friends may call at Meeks Mortuary from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Friday.  Services will be there at 1:30 p.m. Saturday with Dr. Homer Achor officiating.  Burial will be in Tomlinson Cemetery.
Delaware Newspaper Name: Muncie Star Press
(Submitted by Vickie Tolbert cabin_girl@msn.com)


Mrs. Mary Marsh, Of Muncie.
Muncie, IN. Dec. 18,1899.
The death of Mary Marsh, aged 77 years, occurred this morning. She was the widow of John Marsh, who established the Indiana State Bank, Muncie’s first banking institution, 40 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 Mr. 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.R. Marsh, William N. Marsh, and Mrs. Harriet Johntson.

Muncie, IN Sunday Star dated Nov 18, 1934
After preparing several letters to relatives and friends and one directing disposal of his body to a funeral director, Benjamin Evilsizer, aged 67, committed suicide by shooting himself in the head with a 12-gauge shotgun early yesterday in a local hotel. Evilsizer formerly lived at 723 North Madison Street but had recently been in Marion seeking employment. He came to Muncie Friday night and registered at the hotel and was seen in the lobby at 2:00 yesterday morning mailing a letter. Another letter found in his room was timed at 3:30 A.M. Guests adjacent to his room did not hear the shot and the body was not discovered until about 9:00. His failure to secure employment and also the death about a year ago of his wife were given as motive. The body was removed to the Meeks Mortuary according to his written directions after police had been called and an investigation made in co-operation with Coroner C G Plepho. Grave side services will be at two o'clock tomorrow afternoon at the Beech Grove Cemetery. Surviving are four sons, Max D Evilsizer, Charles H and Daniel, all of Muncie, and Paul A, a member of the Navy Station in Norfolk, VA. The mother, Mrs Rachel Hobbs, of Marion, and two half - brothers, Henry and Ernest Hobbs also of Marion. He was a member of the Sons and Daughters of Liberty and the Red Mens Lodge.

Indianapolis Sentinel 1878-10-25
A small child of William Beauchers, of Delaware fell into a wash boiler of hot water Tuesday, and died from its effects Wednesday evening

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 his ashes.
Submitters Name: Rollin Ulrich

Muncie, 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

Muncie, 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, O.
Indiana Journal April 15, 1896

Warren 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.

Date: 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.

Muncie, 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]

Name of Deceased: Robert Charles Garner
County Name: Delaware State: IN Newspaper: Muncie Star Press, Anderson Herald-Bulletin
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 Middletown, IN.
Submitters Name: Gail Garner Tuckerman Date: Mar 14 2002

Charles 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 there.
Indiana General News Items from the Indianapolis News 15 December. 1890 Page 6 Column 5 and 6

MUNCIE, Ind., Jan. 9.—Mrs. Lewis Kress, aged twenty, died yesterday after two days sickness. Her husband is a well-known grocer.
Date: 1898-12-28;  Paper: Indiana State Journal

COMMITS SUICIDE
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

Slight 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 State Journal

Sad 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

Farmer Drops Dead
MUNCIE, Ind. Sept. 27 Just as he was entering the office of his family physician to get some medicine, Sherman Lee, 54, a retired farmer dropped dead. Death was due to heart trouble.
Date: 1918-09-27;Paper: Fort Wayne News Sentinel

James 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 State Journal

Old Resident Drops-Dead.
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: American Nonconformist

A.M 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

Died of Nose Bleed
HARTFORD  CITY,  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 coming here.
Date: 1897-03-24; Paper: Indiana State Journal

MUNCIE 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 State Journal

MUNCIE. Ind., Feb. 1—Mary Diffenderffer, aged 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 State Journal

MUNCIE Ind., Feb, 7-—Frederick Huber. aged 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 Anderson.
Date: 1898-02-09; Paper: Indiana State Journal

MUNCIE 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 State Journal

Mrs.  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 Johnston.
Date: 1899-12-20; Paper: Indiana State Journal

MUNCIE 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 stricken.
Date: 1897-09-22; Paper: Indiana State Journal

Delaware County
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.

Name of Deceased: Pettinger, Rebecca
Obit: NAL 12 Feb 1872 p4 c4: Died, Pettinger — At Muncie, Ind., January 17, 1872, Rebecca Pettinger, aged 18 years.
County: Delaware State: IN
Newspaper: New Albany Ledger
Submitters Name: Sue P. Carpenter


 Muncie, 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

Queer 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

Elias 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 Policeman Suicide,
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

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