JOHNSON COUNTY, INDIANA
1881-07-07; Paper: The
Indianapolis Sentinel Franklin Ind. July 6
Payne Spears, a young man from
Tipton, who has been suffering with the
measles, came down on the morning train to be treated by Dr. Payne, and
went at once to Mr. Tom Pritchard's, but died very suddenly before
noon. after being here less than four hours.
W. E. Drybread, died at the
Aurora Hotel in Richfield on Monday. Formerly of Edinburg, Ind. He took
a claim 10 miles west of the city last December. Burial was in the
Grand View Cemetery Monday at Richfield. (The Garden City Sentinel,
August 31, 1887) Submitted by Peggy Thompson
Ethel Whitson, the little
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Whitson died on Monday, December 10, in
Indiana where she had been visting relatives with her mother. The
funeral was from the home of Mrs. Whitson's father, Mr. Paul who lives
near Seymour, Ind. Burial was in the cemetery there. (The Hatfield
News, December 22-29, 1888) Submitted by Peggy Thompson
August 13, 1853 The
Morgan County Gazette
Died in Johnson County,
near Morgantown, on the 3rd, Emeline,
about 11, daughter of John and Rebecca Hester.
The Morgan County Gazette
August 20, 1853
Drowning - Mr. William Gillaspe,
about 30 and the son of James
Gillaspe of Johnson County, drowned in the White River, near Gregory's
Ferry, on Tuesday last.
A TRIBUTE TO CAROLINE DUNN 1903—1994
and persons with Indiana ancestry have lost a friend
and fellow researcher. Caroline Dunn died 22 August 1994 in Greenwood,
Indiana, where she had made her home since retiring as librarian of the
Indiana Historical Society’s William Henry Smith Library in 1973. She
is survived by a sister, Eleanor Moore. Miss Dunn and her father Jacob
Piatt Dunn between them devoted seventy-two years to service to the
Indiana Historical Society. After graduation from Butler University in
1923, Miss Dunn worked at the Indianapolis Public Library before
attending the Columbia University School of Library Service. From 1928
through 1936 she served the Connersville Public Library, coming back to
Indianapolis to work in the new Indiana State Library Building as a
reference librarian for the Indiana State Library. In 1939 she assumed
the position as the librarian of the Smith Library, a position she held
until her retirement in 1973.
Miss Dunn was elected as secretary of the Society of Indiana
Pioneers. She meticulously examined the applications for fifty years,
retiring in 1990.
were acquainted with Miss Dunn will miss her for her
interest and knowledge of Indiana history and genealogy, and for her
wit. Her memory was phenomenal; her knowledge of the collection of the
Smith Library amazed patrons and fellow staff members. She is missed.
the Indiana Historical Quarterly "The Hoosier Genealogist
James Lane an old soldier and
an old resident, died at his home in this city, Sunday morning after a
long illness caused by disease contracted during his army service. He
was fifty years old and leaves a wife and eight children.
November 25, 1896
Mathes, who for 68 years has
been a resident of this county, died last night after an illness of
many months. Saturday she fell and broke her hip which, in her feeble
condition, was a shock to great for her constitution. Mrs. Mathes was
74 yrs old and one of Franklin’s best known citizens.
Rev. William H. Burton, aged
60, a superannuated ministers of the M.E.
Church, died at his home at this place today. He had a stroke of
apoplexy July 27. He was an officer in the United States navy in the
late War. After the war he entered the ministry and served many charges
within the bounds of the Indiana Conference, including pastorates at
Versailles, Mount Sterling, Canaan. Westport, north Madison,
Sellersburg, Henryville, Butlerville, Paris, New Washington, Sugar
branch, Acton, Manchester, West Madison and Lawrence. Funeral tomorrow
at 10 o’clock, from the M.E. Church. Rev. F.M. Westhafer will preach
Mrs. Lydia Demaree, wife
of W. W. Demaree. a
prominent farmer living west of Whiteland, died Saturday night and was
buried to-day at Hopewell. She was born at Hopewell in 1834. She leaves
a husband and nine children, the latter being William, Victor and
George Demaree. Mrs. Allie Ditmon, Mrs. Mattie Smith and Mrs. Agnes
Thielkeld, of this county, Ira Demaree and Mrs. Esther Thompson, of
Kokomo. and Mrs. Clara Ransdall, of Fremont, Neb.
(Indianapolis, IN) Wednesday, April 19, 1899
eight-year-old daughter of Isaac
Sutton, living west of here, was killed yesterday in a peculiar
She was swinging on a large farm gate, when it fell, crushing her to
the earth and killing her instantly. The Weekly Indiana State
(Indianapolis, IN) Wednesday, April 19, 1899
Mrs. Lee Burdick, living
northeast of Greenwood, was struck by lightning Sunday afternoon and
killed. She was sixty years old and a pioneer.
26, 1899 Location: Indiana Paper: Indiana State Journal
Olive V. Taylor, 90, died June
She was a homemaker who had lived in Edinburgh since 1963. She was a
member of the Methodist faith.
She was born March 28, 1900, in Brown County and was the daughter of
Charles and Eliza Bay Pruitt.
She married Albert Taylor in 1917. He died in 1966.
Surviving are daughters, Margaret Clark, Helen Cohee. And Flossie
Lohrman; a son, Paul Taylor; 16 grandchildren; and several
She was preceded in death by two sons, three daughters, one brother,
and two sisters.
Mary M. Winn died February 19,
She was a member of Edinburgh First Chirstian Church, Chriatian Women's
Fellowship, Flat Rock Firemen's Association and Blossom Boosters Garden
She was born September 12, 1900, in Shelby County, the daughter of
Alfred and Emma Cutsinger Muck.
She married Louis Winn on Feb. 11, 1920. He died in 1977.
Surviving are a son, Kenneth Winn; a sister, Florence Yelton;
grandchildren, Cindy Stuckey and Doug Winn; a great-grandson; and seven
She was preceded in death by an infant son, Charles Winn.
Ralph Y. Long, 91, died Sunday,
Dec. 29, 1991.
He was born Nov. 5, 1900, in Bartholomew County. His parents were
Howard A. Long and Phoebe McKee Long. He married Alice Stillahower
Oct.10, 1923. She survives. Other suvivors include a son, Robert Long
of Shelby County; two brothers, Wilbur "Bud" Long of Edinburgh and
Clarence Long of Flat Rock; three sisters, Reba Calvert and Ethel
Daugherty, both of Edinburgh, and Delphia Smith of Franklin; three
grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; two stepgreat-grandchildren;
and two stepgreat-great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his
stepmother, Mable Smith Long, and two brothers, Oscar and Ray Long.
He lived in the Edinburgh area until 1985, when he moved to Shelby
County. He was a retired farmer.
Karen Jean (Whitehurst) Fink passed
away peacefully at Community Hospital South in Greenwood, Indiana on
March 5, 2009 from complications related to lung cancer at the age of
66. She was born near Newton, Illinois to Glenn and Arlene
Whitehurst on March 6, 1942. She graduated from Newton High
School in 1959. Karen was a 1976 graduate of the University of
Illinois Champaign-Urbana and a held a masters degree in education from
Georgia Southwestern University. In 1960, she married Loren Lee
Fink of Alma, Kansas. In 1997, she retired after 22 years of
teaching elementary and middle school in Cisco, Illinois, Pulaski,
Wisconsin and Montezuma, Georgia. Her father, Glenn
Whitehurst preceded her in death. She is survived by her husband
of 48 years, Loren Fink of Trafalgar IN, her mother, Arlene Whitehurst
of Terre Haute IN, her siblings, Dennis Whitehurst of Vallejo CA, Linda
Hartke of Wheeler IL, and Thomas Whitehurst of Terre Haute Indiana, her
children, Dr. Brett Fink of Carmel Indiana, and Todd Fink of St. Paul
and four grandchildren Alexis and Laurel Fink of Carmel, IN and Madison
and Simon Fink of St. Paul, MN. A memorial service will be held
at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the
American Cancer Society.
(Submitted by Kim Torp)
Eileen M. (Parsley) Eubanks,
Obit: Eileen M. Eubanks,
88, of Franklin, passed away Saturday, June 5,
2010, after a brief illness.
She was born April 9,
1922, in Brown County, to the late Elmer and Ruth
She is survived by her
beloved husband, Raymond "Max" Eubanks; a
daughter, Wanda Phillips of Davenport, Fla.; a son, Robert Eubanks of
Brownsburg; three granddaughters; three great-grandchildren; her
brother, Elmer "Junior" Parsley; and her niece, Robin-Elizabeth Parsley.
She was preceded in
passing by her parents.
As soon as Eileen
graduated from Trafalgar High School, she moved to
Indianapolis and started working at RCA Corp., where she worked for 46
years until retiring in 1988. She worked her way up from making LP
records to becoming the first woman manager in RCA, when she was named
manager of the Kitley Avenue warehouse in 1969. She was an admired and
well-liked manager. While working, Eileen maintained an active
involvement in Junior Achievement.
Eileen and Max were
married in 1964. From 1968 to 1994, they owned and
operated a large farm near her birthplace. Their retirement was spent
golfing, traveling, especially to Mexico and Arizona, and enjoying the
company of their many wonderful friends. They were members of First
Presbyterian Church in Franklin.
Eileen was a passionate
card player. She would play euchre anytime she
could persuade three others to play and had her mother's skill at being
able to make a lone out of a marginal hand. She played bridge
frequently in weekly bridge clubs and with family and friends.
Eileen loved to entertain
and was a fabulous hostess and cook. The
Eubanks family Christmas party and Parsley family birthdays were
celebrated at her house. She also enjoyed auto racing and followed the
A service will be
conducted at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at First
Presbyterian Church, 100 E. Madison St., Franklin. Friends may call
from 4 to 8 p.m. today at Flinn & Maguire Funeral Home, 2898 N.
Morton St. (U.S. 31 North) in Franklin. Burial will be at Forest Lawn
Memory Gardens in Greenwood.
Newspaper: Johnson County
Submitters Name: Kyle M
Name of Deceased: Mildred J. (Elkins)
“Grandma Boone is Dead”,
was the word that was passed from one to
another in our little city Monday morning. She died at 11:30
April 15th, 1828, in
Clark Co., Kentucky, Mildred J. Elkins was
On October 7th, 1846 she
was married to Thomas M. Boone. In 1866
they moved to Franklin in Johnson county, Indiana, where they resided
until in Oct. 1881, when they moved to Kansas and settled Northwest of
this city. About three years ago they moved to this city.
Mrs. Boone was the mother
of thirteen children, six of whom (three boys
and three girls) survive her.
She and her devoted
husband spent forty-seven years together never
having been separated more than two weeks at one time during their long
married life and none will feel the loss and bereavement so deeply as
Uncle Boone, she had become a part of his life so to speak. And
although five of his surviving children are left in this vicinity to
comfort and cheer him in his decline, yet none can fill the place of
his faithful and loving companion for so many long years. She,
more than all others could comfort and cheer him along the decline of
Grandma Boone was a woman
that through a long life of 65 years was at
all times without a blemish on her character.
Her good nature never
allowed her to grow angry or exhibit envy.
Her disposition was sunny and brightened all with whom she came in
She was a consistent
member of the Baptist church from the age of 14
years up until death.
Among her neighbors and
the community in which she lived, she was the
favorite of all, and delighted in dropping a kind word to
To her devoted husband
and children we can only say, you have the deep
sympathy of all acquaintances in your sad affliction, but non can lift
the great burden of grief you suffer. Time may somewhat sooth the
?pangs and heal the wounds in the family circle. Strive to
imitate her most noble and aimable life, try to be as food, as patient,
as cheerful, as kind, as sweet temperell and as useful in life as dear
old Grandma and when the end comes each and everyone of you will
have hosts of mourners at your grave. By Jeff Sewer.
Sylvia, Reno County, Kansas Friday, September 22,
1893 page – 4 *** column – 2
The funeral of the late L. P. Cresey, of Greenwood, Johnson
county, was largely attended last Friday. The Metropolitan encampment
of this city were present, and representatives of the Southport and
Greenwood lodges. The members of the Masonic fraternity to which Mr.
Cresey belonged were also in attendance from this city; the commandery
from Franklin being there in body. The funeral was held in the
Christian church, Grand Secretary Foster, assisted by the pastor, the
Rev. Mr. Couch, conducting the services.
The funeral of Noble N.
Morris took place from the residence of his uncle, John Morris, on Park
avenue, yesterday afternoon it was largely attended by the friends of
the family. Deceased was buried at Crown Hill, in the family vault. The
services were conducted by the Rev. Mr. Kumler, pastor of the first
Date: 1874-03-01; Paper:
Ex-Editor M. R. Sinter,
of FrankIin, Dies in Arizona.
FRANKLIN, Ind. Aug.
16.—Word has been received here announcing the death, near Canon de
Oro, A.T. of M. R. Slater, who for many years edited a Democratic paper
in this city, and who at one time represented Johnson county in the
Legislature, Under Cleveland's first administration he was appointed to
a position in Arizona. Since his term of office expired he has been
engaged in mining ventures. He had charge at the time of his death of
several mines in which Franklin people were heavily interested.
Date: 1897-08-18; Paper:
Indiana State Journal
The funeral ceremonies of
the late George Leggett, who
was murdered by John Achey on last Tuesday, took place at Franklin
yesterday, from the residence of John Thompson. The funeral was largely
attended, and some of the most prominent citizens of that town followed
his remains to the grave.
Although Leggett was a
gambler, he had many fine qualities. and was liked by all who knew him.
In all his business transactions be was upright and honorable, as those
who knew him will hear witness. he came from one of the best families
In Johnson county, and none regret his death more than the
citizens of that county.
His mother, who Is
seventy-three years of age, came from Washington in company with Mr. K.
T. Keightley. the brother-ln-law of the deceased, to attend the
funeral. The old lady is almost heartbroken, and it is probable she
will be unable to survive the great shock she has received in the loss
of her only son.
Date: 1878-07-19; Paper:
William H. Jennings
The Hon. William H. Jennings,
Mayor of the neighboring town of Franklin, died suddenly yesterday, at
his residence in that place. His affection was quinsy. Mr. Jennings was
well and favorably known in this city, where he had many warm friends.
He had a large circle of acquaintances throughout the entire state. In
addition to the office he so creditably filled at the time of his
death, he has served in the State Senate, and has held the office of
treasurer and sheriff of Johnson county. He was a loyal and unswerving
Democrat, yet so popular was he among his fellow citizens that he has
more than once been elected to office when the rest of the ticket was
defeated. At the time of his death, he was serving his
second term as Mayor.
Date: 1873-01-31; Paper:
of Homer Frost.
Ind., Jan. 10.—The funeral of the late Homer Frost took place here, the
Masonic body having charge. He was assistant general freight agent of
the Big Four Railroad company, and resided at Louisville.
1906-01-10; Paper: Elkhart Truth