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Pike County Indiana Obits

Prof. Arthur Berry
From the Petersburg Press
DIED - At the residence of Mr. Harrison Ashby, near Augusta, Pike county on Saturday, Nov 27, 1875, Prof. Arthur Berry, aged 56 years. Prof. Berry, the subject of this notice, was born and educated in the State of Kentucky. He moved with his father to Daviess county in the early settlement of the country, where he taught his first school, soon becoming eminent as a first-class scholar and an excellent teacher; about twenty years ago he moved with his family to Dubois county; there he taught select schools for the benefit of advanced students, until he was elected surveyor for that county, which office he filled with credit to himself and to the entire satisfaction of all concerned, until at the earnest solicitation of his friends he moved to Pike county.

On the 17th day of June, 1875, he was appointed superintendent of schools and acted in that capacity until his decease. Prof. Berry, in the latter capacity gave promise of accomplishing much good for the schools of Pike Co. His death creates a vacancy that will be hard to fill. Our deepest sympathies are with his bereaved wife and helpless children. "God's will be done." C.W. DeBruler
Jasper Weekly Courier, Vol 17, No 46, Dubois County, 10 Dec 1875 - transcribed by J.S.

Mrs. Miranda Cross, Aged 75, Victim of Heart Trouble
Mrs. Miranda Cross died early this  morning of heart trouble at he home of Mr. and Mrs. e.C. Dettinger, 419 Swayne street, where she has been making her home for the last year. She has been troubled with the disease for some time and had failed rapidly the last three weeks, but was bedfast only one day.

Mrs. Cross was born Blackford, Dec 21, 1844 in Pike county, Indiana, and was married to B.S. Cross of Niantic, Ill. A son and two daughters survive her. They are Ida, Brookfield, Mo.; Edith, Decatur, Ill., and Samuel, Chicago, Mrs. Joyce Conneley, 514 Woodberry street, is a granddaughter, and a grandson, Virgil Hill, resides at Beresford, S.D. The body will be taken probably to Illinois for burial.
Evening Times-Republican (Marshalltown, Iowa) 12 Jul 1920 - transcribed by J.S.

Sacramento Daily Union, Vol 5, No. 627, 28 March 1853
On board steamship California, March 14th. suddenly of disease of heart, George Gray, age 44 of Malden Miss. March 18th, John B. Fenn, age 24, of Petersburg, Pike county, Indiana, of tpyhoid[sic] fever.

John W. Foster
Former Secretary of State for Pres. Harrison is Dead
Los Angeles Herald, No 12, 15 Nov 1917
Washington, Nov 15 - John W. Foster, Secretary of State Lansing's father-in-law, and himself a former secretary of state, died here today. He had been ill for some time. He was secretary of state under President Harrison, serving from June 1888 to February 1893.
  At his bedside when he died were his daughter, Mrs. Lansing and Mrs. Foster. The funeral is to be held Friday at noon and burial is to be at Evansville, Ind.
  Foster was born in Pike county, Indiana. He was 81 years of age.

John W. Foster Dies at Home in Capital
Formerly Secretary of State, Minister to Mexico, Spain and Russia; Advisor to Chinese Government
Washington, Nov 15 - John W. Foster, former minister to Russia, special advisor of the Chinese government, dean of the American diplomatic corps and father-in-law of Secretary Lansing, died here this morning after a long illness, aged 81 years. He at one time was secretary of state.

The immediate cause of of venerable diplomat's death was an asthmatic trouble, although his advanced years and failing health had given his family great concern for more than a year.

With a record of practically a half century of continuous service in diplomacy and the practice of international law, John Watson Foster had a fair claim to the title of dean of the diplomatic service of the United States. He had been secretary of state under President Harrison, succeeding Blaine when the latter resigned after his sensational quarrel with the chief executive, and had held three separate commissions as a minister plenipotentary.

Secretary of State
As secretary of state his most notable act was a treaty with the American in Hawaii who had been concerned in the overthrow of the native queen, providing for annexation of the islands to the United States. President Cleveland took office and withdrew it as his first official act.

Mr. Foster was successively minister to Mexico, minister to Russia, minister to Spain and special plenipotentiary to negotiate reciprocity treaties with Brazil, Spain, Germany and the British West Indies. Following that he became secretary of state. Later he became the agent of the United States at Pairs in the Bering sea arbitration, and at the close of the war between China and Japan was invited by the emperor of China to participate in the peace negotiations.

Father of Mrs. Lansing
Of late he has lived in comparative retirement in Washington, writing his memoirs. His daughter became the wife of Robert Lansing, secretary of state in Presidents Wilson's cabinet and continued to make her home with him. It is not disparagement of Mr. Lansing's conduct of the many delicate diplomatic negotiations which confronted him as an outcome of the European war, to say that he doubtless enjoyed the counsel and ripe experience of his distinguished father-in-law.

Mr. Foster was born in Pike county, Indiana, March 2, 1836, the son of a lawyer. He entered the law at an early age and served later in the union army as an officer.

On his 80th birthday anniversary, March 2, 1916. President Yuan Shinkai conferred upon him the Order of the Golden Grain, the highest order of merit within the gift of the Chinese government. Yuan had been the commanding general of the Chinese troops in the clash with Japan which brought on the conflict Mr. Foster took a part in adjusting.
Omaha Daily Bee, Nov 16, 1917 - transcribed by J.S.

Girl Burned to Death
Urbana Daily Courier, 2 April 1906
Evansville, Ind. April 2 The 6 year old daughter of Christian Harker of Pike county, Indiana, was burned to death while standing in front of an open grate.

Winslow Man Taken
Petersburg, March 22 (Special)
John Lane aged 64 years, a resident of Winslow, this county, (Pike),while visiting with relatives in Bicknell, died yesterday. 
He suffered from asthma, Internment will be in the Oak Hill cemetery at Winslow.
Date: Sunday, March 23, 1919Paper: Evansville Courier and Press (Evansville, IN)
(Transcribed by J Mike Kell)

Mrs. Ella Gertrude (Brown) Leach, 66, a former Evansville resident, died at 11:45 p.m. Wednesday at Stork Memorial Hospital at Huntingburg, after a long illness.
She entered the hospital Wednesday night from her home near Dale, Ind. A resident of Evansville for about 20 years, she moved to Dale nine years ago. She was reared in Warrick County.
Her husband, Charles E., retired from Servel, Inc., in 1958 after 35 years with the firm. They had been married 49 years in November.
She was a member of Log Creek General Baptist Church in Pike County, Ind.
Surviving with her husband are six sons, Clarence of Madeira. 0.; Woodrow, Glenn D., and James E., all of Evansville; Prentice E. Sr. of Lynnville, and Charles E. of Chandler, a daughter, Mrs. Frieda Harrelson of Evansville; a brother, William H. Brown of Evansville; two sisters, Mrs. Cora Pollard of Lynnville, and Mrs. Mattie Johnson of Dale; 20 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Friends may call at Pemberton Funeral Home at Lynnville. Services will be at 1;30 pm Saturday at the funeral home. The Rev. Ollie Forston will officiate. Burial will be in Sunset Gardens. here.
Friday, March 9, 1962 Paper: Evansville Courier and Press (Evansville, Indiana)   Page: 27 Transcribed by J.M. Kell

Benjamin  Lemasters, of Pike county, Indiana ,accidentally severed an artery near his ankle with a pocket knife, some five weeks ago.The wound was properly; dressed, but.a few days ago; the blood stared afresh and he died before assistance could reach him.Date: 1876-11-09;  Paper: Elkhart Weekly Review

Wm. McCrea received a telegram yesterday stating that his mother had died in Patoka, Indiana. The deceased was well known in this city having lived here several years in the early nineties. She was over eighty years of age and had suffered from a stroke of paralysis for about three years.
Warren Sheaf, 26 Sep 1901

Ed. Phillips, a noted desperado, attacked Fred. Winderlich, on Wednesday, near Patoka, Indiana, with a knife. Winderlich struck him with a walnut slat and killed him. Winderlich is now in custody.
Indianapolis News, Indianapolis, Marion County, 5 Aug 1870

Rev. Jas. Rust,
Aged 87, who died at Petersburg, Ind., Jan. 10th, survived his wife by a week. He was a Baptist Preacher.
Hopkinsville Kentuckian., January 17, 1918
J Mike

William Satkamp
Stendal April 14 William Satkamp, 91, died this morning at his home here.
He is survived by his wife carrie Satkamp; a daughter Mrs Julius Egerbt, Holland; two sons, August and John Satkamp of Stendall; 11 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 1 o'clock tuesday afternoon at the  residence, followed by services at St. Peters Lutheran church here. Rev. H.J. Minneman officating. Burial will be in the Lutheran cemetery.
Monday, April 15, 1946   Paper: Evansville Courier and Press  (Evansville, Indiana)
Transcribed by J.M. Kell

Margaret Soderling
Obit: WINSLOW, Ind. -- Margaret Soderling, 82, died Tuesday, Oct. 26, 1999, at St. Mary's Medical Center in Evansville.     She had been Pike County clerk for two terms, had worked in the Pike County Circuit Court for 30 years and after retiring she worked for the Pike County Circuit Judge.    She was a member of the Winslow General Baptist Church, Missionary Society, Doughters of the American Revolution, Winslow Eastern Star., South Pike County Election board and was on the Southwestern Mental Health Advisory Council.    Surviving are a son, Kent of Boonville; three grandchildren, Beth, Tracy  and Scott Soderling; and two great-grandchildren.   Her husband, Wilson, died in 1976.   Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Winslow General Baptist Church, with burial in Pleasant Ridge Cemetery.   Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. today, with an Eastern Star service at 7 p.m., and from 9 a.m. to noon Friday at Curtis Funeral Home, and from 1 p.m. to service time at the church. 
Newspaper: Evansville Courier & Press (In.) Date: Oct., 28, 1999
Submitters Name: Kathyrn Todd

Edward Strain
Petersburg, Ind. -
Edward Strain, 78, of Petersburg, died Sunday afternoon at Good Samaritan hospital.
Surviving is a sister, Mrs. Ben Cooper of Princeton.
The body is at the Harris Funeral Home. Grave-site rites will be at 10 am Tuesday at Montgomery Cemetery in Oakland City.
Date: Monday, October 20, 1958   Paper: Evansville Courier and Press
(Evansville, Indiana)   Page: 17
Transcribed by J.M. Kell

William Stillman was instantly killed near Patoka, Indiana, on Monday, by the falling of a tree.
Indianapolis News, Indianapolis, Marion County, 9 Feb 1871

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