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Kokomo Daily Dispatch Thursday, June 10, 1926 page 1
  John W. Dean, seventy-nine, a resident of Howard county for thirty-five years but more recently of Wabash, died at 3:30 o'clock Wednesday afternoon of heart trouble at the home of his daughter, Mrs. J. M. Hancock at the county infirmary.   Mr. Dean had come to visit his daughter and was taken ill Tuesday evening.
  Funeral services will be held at the Main Street Christian church Friday afternoon at two o'clock, the Rev. A. W. Havens and the Rev. M. H. Garrard in charge.   Ritualistic services will be conducted at the church by the G. A. R. and the Masonic order will be in charge at Crown Point cemetery where burial will take place.
  The other children surviving are:   William A. Dean and M. E. Yager of Wabash, J. W. Dean, Jr., of Kokomo, Mrs. Pearl Shockley of Greentown and Mrs. Frank DeVore of Kokomo.   A son, Boynton Dean is deceased.   The wife died several years ago.
(Contributed by Marguerette Powell)

The Kokomo Daily Tribune Wednesday March 5, 1919 page 2
Husband and Several Children Survive - Was a Woman Esteemed By All Who Knew Her.
  Mrs. Sarah Elizabeth Dean, aged 70 years, wife of James W. Dean of Howard township, died this morning at 5 o'clock, of a complication of diseases.   She is survived by the husband and several children.   The funeral will be held Friday morning at 11 o'clock from the Main street Christian church.   The services will be conducted by the Rev. J. H. Mavity, pastor of the South Side Christian church, assisted by the Rev. D. H. Shields.   Burial will be in Crown Point cemetery.   Mrs. Dean was born September 21, 1848.   She was a member of the Christian church.
    Mrs. Dean was widely known and recognized by all acquaintances as a woman of exalted traits of character and real goodness.   As a wife and mother and as a neighbor and friend she measured up to the finest standards.   She was an inspiration to all the circle that surrounded her and she leaves behind her a name that will long be held in loving remembrance in the neighborhood in which she lived so worthily and served so well.
(Contributed by Marguerette Powell)

The Kokomo Daily Tribune Thursday, March 6, 1919
Funeral of Mrs. Sarah Dean
  The funeral of Mrs. Sarah Elizabeth Dean will be held at 11 o'clock Friday morning at the Main Street Christian church, conducted by the Rev. A. W Havens, assisted by David H. Shields.   Burial will follow at Crown Point cemetery.
(Contributed by Marguerette Powell)

Eagle Publications, Macomb, IL, November 14, 2002
Lawrence Pierce, 97, Kokomo, Ind. formerly of Clinton, passes away Nov. 2, 2002 at 11:50 a.m. at the Sycamore Village Health care, Kokomo, Ind.
He was born May 1, 1905 in Huntsville {Schuyler County, IL} the son of Millard F. and Candace (Moore) Pierce. He married Maurine Miller on Aug. 16, 1932 in Canton, Mo. She passed away Dec. 31, 1995.
Survivors include: one daughter, Judith Lumbert, Kokomo, Ind.; one son-in-law, Ganesha Visweswaran, Fresno, Calif.; four grandchildren, Rebecka Gillum, Carmel, Ind., Rani Visweswaran, El Sobrante, Calif., Kamala Visweswaran, Austin, Texas and Raja Visweswaran, Fresno, Calif.; one great great granddaughter, Jackie Gillum, Carmel. He was preceded in death by his wife, one daughter, one brother and three sisters.
He was a member of the United Methodist Church. He was a retired teacher after 44 years of service. He was a member of the retired teachers Association, a member of the Clinton Kiwanis, member of East Ill Department of Aging, Friendship Center Board McLean and DeWitt Regional School Trustee.
Funeral services were held on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2002 at 10 a.m. at the Calvert Funeral Home in Clinton, with Ed Bacon officiating. Burial was in the Woodlawn Cemetery in Clinton. Memorials may be made to Wapella Christian Church or Alzheimer Research Foundation
(Contributed by Sara Hemp).

DIES AT AGE OF 108-Kokomo, Ind., December 2-At the age of 108 years, Martha Gammons, a mulatto woman, has been declared to be sane in the Howard county circuit court, after having been declared a person of unsound mind a year ago. She has been put in possession of property valued at $3,000. Proof of the woman's age was introduced in the court. [The Atlanta Constitution, Atlanta Georgia Dec 3 1910]
(Contributed by Shauna Williams)

Name of Deceased: Jenetta F. Wright
County Name: Howard State: IN  Newspaper: Pharos-Tribune
Submitters Name: Angi Turnpaugh
Obit: Kokomo  Services for Jenetta F. Wright, 83, Kokomo, will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday in Ellers Mortuary, 3400 S. Webster St., Kokomo. She died at 6:43 a.m. Saturday, March 15, 2008, in Windsor Estates Health Care Center, Kokomo. Born on July 23, 1924, in Mattoon, Ill., she was the daughter of Alphus and Nellie Sparling Carlisle. She was married on Feb. 27, 1941, in Mattoon, Ill., to Glenn R. Wright. Jenetta was a nurses aid at Windsor Estates. She was a member of the Salvation Army, loved to read, do needle work and spend time with her grandchildren. Survivors include her sons, James Wright and Paula Myers, Kokomo, Russell Wright and wife, Melinda, Fort Wayne; daughters, Barbara Murphy, Kokomo, and Kitty Hood, Kokomo; 17 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews; and Elsie Carpenter, her sister at heart. Her parents; husband; three daughters, Glenda Kay Wright, Pam Wright, Nellie Cook; four brothers; and four sisters all preceded in death. Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday in the funeral home. Rev. Logan Sparling will officiate. Burial will be in North Union Cemetery, Kokomo.

Kokomo, IN. Dec. 7, 1896.
William R. Phillips, the hotel clerk who died suddenly at Huntington last Fri., will be brought here for internment tomorrow. He was the youngest son of the late T.C. Phillips, familiar and for 20 years editor of the Kokomo Tribune. Phillips was a printer, 33 yrs old, At Huntington, where he was engaged as a hotel clerk, it is not known, that he was related to the Kokomo family. For a number of years he was employed in the government printing office in Washington.

Kokomo Ind. July 26 1920
Jesse Werley Osborn, a life prisoner from Howard County, died at the Michigan City Penitentiary Sunday night. Osborn was sentenced April 24, 1908 for the murder of his sweetheart, fairy McClain Miller, which had occured in Kokomo on april 7. Repeated attempts to secure parole have been thwarted by the parents of his victim. Osborn was 46 years of age.

New Albany Daily Ledger 24 Feb 1866 p2 c2:
Mr. William Peters, a citizen of Howard county, was killed a few days since by a falling tree.

New Albany Daily Ledger 24 Feb 1866 p2 c2: Mr. William Peters, a citizen of Howard county, was killed a few days since by a falling tree.

Kokomo, Ind. Oct. 19.
Williard Sellers, of this city, a law student at Ann Arbor died suddenly of heart disease at Ann Arbor Sunday He  was found on the floor of his bath room. He was eighteen years old and an exceptionally bright and studious boy.
Indiana Journal Oct. 21 1896

Kokomo, Ind., Dec 2
Earl Kelly, for many years a brakeman on the Clover Deaf Railway, died from a peculiar malady yesterday. Several months ago he got his foot crushed and since then acted as flagman. A week ago Kelly was found In his room alone in a dying condition and died yesterday at the county hospital, for several days he sweat blood at every pore, the life current also issuing constantly from ears, mouth, nose, eyes and intestines. The loss of blood caused death. The case Is a, perplexing one to the physicians.
Source: Indiana State Journal December 9, 1896

EXECUTIVE DIES MUNCIE, Ind. (AP)-Chester M. Cullison, 71, president of Cen ral Indiana Gas Co. from 1953 81, died Thursday, native of Vincennes, Cullison also was past president of Gas Association. the Indiana. Kokomo Tribune | Kokomo, Indiana | Friday,
November 20 1964

Bernard B. Partridge
Kokomo, Ind., Jan. 27.—Bernard B. Partridge, a pioneer business man and contractor, died at his home in this city today, aged sixty-eight.   He was born in New Hampshire. Before the war he assisted in building the Monon railway from
Michigan City lo New Albany, also the Louisville & Nashville and other roads. He was in the railroad department in the military service under General Thomas, assisting In the construction of the "Cracker Line." by which Grant carried supplies to Chattanooga. Later Mr. Partridge built part of the C & A. road, from Chicago to Joliet. He amassed a fortune In railway construction. A wife, two daughters and one son survive. The daughter, Mrs. Hattie Stillwell and Mrs. D. A. Carrol, reside at Chicago, while the son, George Partridge lives in Bloomington, Ill.
Weekly Indiana State Journal January 29, 1896

Benjamin RAINS, of Greentown, while attempting to unload saw-logs from a wagon, was caught and crushed to death.
Indiana General News Items from the Indianapolis News 10 December, 1890

KOKOMO, Ind. Jan. 9.—Matthew Harden, one of the oldest pioneer residents of Indiana, died at his home in this city last night, aged eighty-four. He was born In England June 27, 1815. and came to America with his parents In 1818 settling
first at Baltimore. He came to Indiana, in 1834 locating first in Miami county, he being among the earliest to settle among the Miami tribe of Indians. He moved to Kokomo in 1852. He was city civil engineer for nearly a quarter of a century,
retaining that office until seventy eight years of age. For more than twenty years he was superintendent of the Kokomo Union Sunday school. A widow and four children survive, the latter being Lafayette Murden of Peru, E. F. Murden and
Mrs. A. W. Smith and Mrs. Clinton Smith, of this city.
Date: 1898-12-28;  Paper: Indiana State Journal

Husband and Wife Expire
Kokomo, Ind., Nov. 28 --  Mrs. Vesta Frantt, wife of Fred Frantt, a baseball player, died of influenza soon after he succumbed to the same malady.  A double funeral will be held.
  Indianapolis Star, Friday November 29, 1918
Transcribed by K. Torp


T.L. Wykes of Kokomo, prominent in the G.A.R. circles, died at St. Paul, Minn. He was stricken while attending the encampment, and died in a hospital, comrades attending him. He was in the Twenty-first Ohio Regiment, enlisting
as a drummer boy in '61. 24 September 1896.

William Myers, a house mover of Greentown, was fatally hurt. A derrick fell across his body. 8 October 1896.

Word has come to Kokomo that the wife and children of William Zeek, who used to live here, were killed in a flood at Benzon, Ariz., some days ago. 29 October 1896.

Jacob Imbler, aged 35, was killed while hunting by the accidental discharge of a gun in the hands of Albert Ritchie, son of ex-County Recorder Ritchie.
They live at Cassville, north of Kokomo. 10 December 1896.

William Winn, an old settler of Kokomo is dead. 31 December 1896.

Kokomo, Ind., March 27—John Bateman, an old resident of this city died this morning, aged eighty-eight. He came here in 1836 and was formerly a steamboat captain on the Mississippi.
Date: 1899-03-29;Paper: Indiana State Journal

Levi Brubaker, aged 87 years, resident of Howard County since 1859, and one  among the earliest settlers to establish a home in the Ervin township community, coming there from Preble County, Ohio, former bailiff of the circuit court, serving  under Judge W. C. Purdum, died at his late home, 219 East Harrison Street,  Wednesday night at 7:15 o'clock. The deceased was an uncle of Howard Brubaker  of the Russiaville National Bank.

The deceased was born in the Ohio county names August 15, 1843. When a boy, he was brought to this county by his parents.
Mr. Brubaker was a soldier in the Civil War. He served from 1863 to the end of the  war, being a member of the Company E., 11th Indiana cavalry, 151 regiment.
The deceased was a member of the Church of the Brethren from 1869, and was a  charter member of the congregation in this city, organized in 1913, and located at  917 South Market Street. The funeral will be held at this church Friday afternoon  at 2 o'clock. Burial will follow in Crown Point cemetery.
Mr. Brubaker's first marriage was with Lydia E. Swisher, taking place January 25, 1866, the ceremony being  performed by the Rev. Heil Hamilton, a pioneer German Baptist minister.  Four children were born to this union, two of whom survive, Mrs. Charles Myers  of Fairfield and Jessie Everett Brubaker of Hemlock. The first wife died February 19, 1918, Mr. Brubaker's second wife was Mrs. Emma Duncan Martin of West Middleton, who survives.
A half brother, Silas Brubaker, also survives. The marriage with Mrs. Martin was July 11, 1919.
The children of the first marriage who died were Millie Isephene and Wancy Pearl Brubaker.
Besides the relatives already named, Mr. Brubaker is survived by six grandchildren, one of whom is with the U. S. Marines in China, and seven great-grandchildren . He leaves a half brother, Amos Brubaker of Flora, a step-daughter, Mrs. John Radcliffe, of 1206 West Monroe Street, and four step grandchildren.
Mr. Brubaker was a man of more than ordinary intelligence and keen observation, with a fine sense of humor. He was always popular wherever his tasks of life found him employed. His record for efficiency and conscience in service was not excelled. He lived a life full of years, and throughout the long journey did his bit to impart good cheer and encouragement.
Kokomo (Ind) Tribune May 22, 1930 Vol. XLVII No 205 Page12
Transcribed and Contributed by Barb Z.

THE EDGERTON EARTH Thursday, July 19, 1956
 John Denney Taken By Death
    John A. Denney, 91, a retired farmer and native of Elwood, Ind., died Friday, July 13, at the home of a son, Robert Denney, north of Edgerton.
    Mr. Denney had lived with his son about two months.  He had lived at Greentown, Ind. 50 years and later in Auburn and Ft. Wayne.
    After lying in state here until noon Sunday, the body was taken to Greentown by the Krill Funeral Home.  Last rites were conducted Monday afternoon.  Burial was in Greentown.
    Surviving besides his son here are five daughters, Mrs. E.G. Grau, Thorntown, Ind., Mrs. Ford Carper, Auburn, Mrs. Howard George and Mrs. Ralph Ehrman, both of Ft. Wayne, and Mrs. T.R. Tucker, West Palm Beach, Fla.; two other sons, Gerald Denney, Ft. Wayne, and Loren V. Denney, Oakland, Calif.; 25 grandchildren and 27 great grandchildren.
Contributed by Kate Watson

Kokomo, Ind-,:March 27.—John Bateman. an old resident of this city died  this morning, aged eighty-eight. He came here in 1836 and was formerly a steamboat captain on the Mississippi.
Date: 1899-03-29; Paper: Indiana State Journal

Gone to His Last RoII Call.
KOKOMO. Ind., March 21.—Policeman Ed L. Everett was found in a dying condition in his room this morning and expired in a few minutes.   He retired from night dirty but a short time before, apparently in the best of health. The physician pronounced it rheumatism of the heart. He came here from Brookville ten years ago. Before going on the police force he was a street-car conductor. He was thirty-five years old and unmarried.
Date: 1898-03-23;  Paper: Indiana State Journal

Kokomo IN- September 11--Ex-Judge James O'Brien, one of the best known men in northern Indiana, died at his home in this city early this morning of heart trouble, aged seventy years.  Deceased was a proment Mason and that order will conduct the oberquies.  He was also an active member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, having been a delegate in the General Conference.  The funeral will be held on Wednesday morning.
Submitted by Desiree Burrell Rodcay
From the "Indiana State Journal" dated September 14, 1898

Apparently Minor Injury Results Fatally To Popular Young Man
A death that came as a shock to a wide circle of friends and acquaintances was that of Roy M. Turner, 1517 West Walnut street, which occurred at 1:15 o'clock Monday morning at the Good Samaritan hospital, where he had been taken Sunday evening for treatment.
Mr. Turner was an employe of the Standard Oil company in charge of the service station at Main and Jackson streets and was popular with its patrons by reason of his courtesy and pleasant manner.
Last Tuesday morning in stepping back out of the way of a car at the station., Mr. Turner collided with a building column and a bruise on the spine resulted. An abscess and infection followed which caused death. He had been bedfast only since Friday,
The funeral will be held at the home Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock with the Rev. Everett Nixon in charge and the service of the Masonic order of which Mr. Turner was a member. Burial will be made in the Galveston cemetery.
He leaves the widow, Mrs. Olive Turner, a daughter, Wilma, age twelve; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Pryor Turner living near Greentown and two brothers and a sister, Earl at home, and Frank and Mrs. Kenton Maddock both living in Greentown.
Mr. Turner was born in Ohio county and would have been thirty eight years old on September 5. He had been a resident of this city for sixteen years and in the employ of the Sandard Oil company throughout that period. He was a member of the Main Street M. E. church.
The Kokomo Tribune Monday August 18, 1930

Meredith Helm Thomas.
KOKOMO, Ind,. July 25,—Meredith Helm Thomas, for thirty-three years a banker and general merchant at Galveston, this county, died Sunday at his home, aged seventy-one. A widow, three sons and two  daughters survive. He was a brother of the late Gen. Miner Thomas, Funeral Tuesday afternoon at Galveston
Date: 1898-07-27; Paper: Indiana State Journal

Kokomo, Ind., Sept. 15.—Yesterday two boys, 12 years old, son of John Kwote and Irvin Brown, owners of the Jerome Mills, were racing in the mill race.  Young Brown's boat capsized and he was drowned,  The Knote boy and several others, in attempting to rescue the lad, had narrow escapes.
September 15, 1894

The funeral of Mrs. Joseph Griffin was hold Sunday afternoon at the Bethel church in Howard County, Burial was made in the Union Cemetery near the church.
Kokomo Tribune Kokomo Indiana May 22 1930 page 2

End comes to former Kokomo man at hospital in Chicago
Charles J. Stewart, of Decatur, III,, former Kokomo resident, died Wednesday morning in a hospital at Chicago, according to word received by Mrs. Rufus Laymon and her daughter, Mrs. Gladys Brown. No details were given but it is understood the end came suddenly following an operation.
Mr. Stewart who was about sixty years old came to Kokomo from Logansport some thirty years ago and established the first ice cream factory In this city and a fish
market, his business being in the location now occupied by the Furnas Co.'s local store. About twenty years ago he sold his place here and went to Decatur, Ill,, where he built up a large Ice cream business and has lived since.
His family consists of the widow and one daughter, Helen, who have visited in this city with Mrs. Laymon and Mrs. Brown many times since tbey moved away and have numerous friends here.
Mrs. Brown has gone to Decatur to attend the funeral which will be held at the home Friday afternoon at 3 o'clock.
Kokomo Tribune Kokomo Indiana May 22 1930 page 9

Mrs. Mary A. Larowe Expires At Greentown
Mrs. Mary Ann Larowe, aged 74, died at the home of her daughter. Mrs. W. O. Smith, in Greentown, at 3:30 o'clock this morning of injuries received a week ago last Friday when she was run down in the street by an automobile. She had been feeble for some time and in crossing  the street was unable to get out of the way of an automobile which was backing toward her, the driver not being aware of her presence.
The funeral will take place Monday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock at the Main Street Christian church, Greentown.
The Interment will be made in the Greentown cemetery. The surviving children are Mrs. W. O. Smith, Mrs. Stella Bogue, William F. George E. Frederick C. and Algle Larowe.
The deceased was widely known in Greentown and vicinity and was held in high esteem by all her acquaintances. All have been grieved over the accident that befell her and all will receive a sense of loss from the news of her death.
The Kokomo Daily Tribune Sat. June 1, 1918 page 2

Mrs. Eliza Brubaker Dies.
Mrs.. Eliza Brubaker, 65, died at her home in Ervin township, north of Ridgeway, at 7:30 o'clock this morning.
The funeral arrangements have not been made.
Mrs. Brubaker. then Miss Elza Ronk, came to Howard county In 1910, where she married Jeremiah Brubaker that year. She was a native of Virginia, being born at Roanoke, March 21, I860.
No children survive, but two brothers are living, one in Virginia, and one in California.
Mrs. Brubaker had been a member of the German Baptist church since 15 years of age.
Born, December 31, to Mr. and Mrs. Rudolph Floreck. 1511 South Indiana avenue, a daughter, Norma Lois.
The Kokomo Daily Tribune Sat. June 2, 1926 page 2

Wanda Colescott, 17, Passes Away At Mother's Home.
Wanda Colescott,. 17 years old died at the home, of her mother Mrs. Olive Colescott, 220 1/2 West Harrison street this morning at11:45 o'clock following a long Illness. She had been ill since September, and her condition became serious about two weeks ago. No funeral arrangements have yet been completed.
Miss Colescott who was a Kokomo High school student of the class of '27, is survived by her mother; a sister, Ruth, and brother. "Robert Colescott, local restaurant proprietor. Her father Dr. Stephen Colescott of Greentown, died four years ago
Born, December 31, to Mr. and Mrs. Rudolph Floreck. 1511 South Indiana Avenue, a daughter, Norma Lois.
The Kokomo Daily Tribune Sat. June 2, 1926 page 2

David P. Smith, veteran printer of Kokomo, died after a long illness
Paul, the little son of Mr. and Mrs. John F. Barnett, East High street died as a result of burn received at his home.
Mrs. Jeanette Myers, mother of Isaac, Jacob and Abraham Myers, died at her home in this city following a stroke of paralysis.
The Kokomo Daily Tribune Sat. June 2, 1926 page 4

Some days ago, in Howard county, Mrs. Elizabeth Gwin committed suicide by taking arsenic. No reason is known for the act. She leaves a husband and three daughters.
Date: Monday, June 7, 1869  Paper: Cincinnati Daily Gazette (Cincinnati, OH)  Page: 1

KOKOMO. Ind.. May 29.-Margaret, the eight-year-old daughter of George Bowersox, superintendent of the Kokomo fence machine work, died to-night from injuries peculiarly inflicted. This morning the child upset a kitchen cabinet on which were matches and a bottle of wood alcohol. The matches ignited the alcohol and the girl was fatally burned.
The Indianapolis Journal Friday May 30, 1902

Obit: Indianapolis, Ind., July 1907
Mrs. Sarah A. Eador was born in Tremble Co. Ky., May 23rd 1829 and died in Howard Co., Ind., June 14th 1907 at the good age of 78 years. In the year 1847 she was married to Stephen R. Eador. They lived happily together for 47 years, in the year 1894 her husband died. For the past 13 years she has done her part. For eight years she kept house for her sons, after that time she made her home with her youngest daughter on Neil Ave., this city. She spent several of her last months with her youngest son in Noblesville, Ind. She died at the home of her oldest daughter on a farm about six miles southeast of Greentown, Ind. For the past twenty six years she has been a devoted and faithful member of the Blackford St. M.E. Church of this city. Through her long illness she was a very patient sufferer ready and willing at any time to meet her reward. The day before her death she spoke very freely of being prepared to meet her God and said that the way was so bright. She was conscious until the last and sang part of two favorite hymns in her weak and faint voice. She passed to her home beyond with out a struggle the 14th day of June, leaving one sister, five children, eleven grandchildren, ten great grandchildren and a host of friends to mourn her loss. Funeral services were held at Center Grove church of which Rev. Omar McCoy is Pastor and officiated. She was quietly laid to rest by the side of her husband in the country grave yard in Howard Co.

Name of Deceased: Mrs. Matilda Miller
County Name: Howard State: In
Newspaper: Cambridge City Tribune, Cambridge City, Indiana
Submitters Name: Myra Lindgren
Obit: Mrs. Matilda Miller, daughter of Wm. and Mary Willits, whose home was were the Blaer family live south of Capital hill, died Tuesday noon at her home in this citiy, after an illness of several years. She was born February 8 1838, and in early womanhood married Paul Miller, with whom she later moved to Howard County. He died some years ago and she returned here to spend her declining years near the place of her birth. She was sick several years in the care of relatives and later a trained nurse. The Rebekahs held services Tuesday evening. Wednesday the body was taken to Greentown with burial beside her husband Saturday morning and where services will be held.

KOKOMO, Ind.. Jan. 30.—Mrs. Catherine Peirce Willson. wife of W. H. Willson, a prominent resident of this county, died Saturday. She was born in Marion county in 1841
Date: Wednesday, January 12, 1898   Paper: Indiana State Journal (Indianapolis, Indiana)   Volume: LXXVI   Issue: 2   Page: 5 

Henry E. Johnson.
KOKOMO, Ind., Dec 14.—Henry E. Johnson, postmaster at Kappa, this county. Is dead, aged thirty-three. A week ago he came to this city to visit his mother, Mrs. S. E. Johnson, and while here was taken suddenly ill, a complication of diseases terminating in death Saturday evening

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