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Ridgeville, IN. 
Joseph M. Addington, age 68 years one of the pioneers of eater Indiana, died at his home, 2 miles south of Ridgeville, this morning. Mr. Addington was born near Richmond, IN, and when 4 yrs old came to Randolph County with his parents; who settled on their farm on Bear creek, near where he died today. In 1849 Mr. Addington crossed the plains, to California in a company of 100, suffering great privation, and engaged in gold mining, with limited success. He then went to Oregon, and returned to the “States” in 1857 to enlist against the Indians. He came back to Randolph County in 1869 and settled on a part of the old homestead, where he died. Mr. Addington was the second of a family of 11, of whom a sister and 2 brothers survive him. He never married. Internment Feb. 5,1898.

[Date: February 3,1898]

ARNOLD, Orville

Orville Arnold dead.

Greenville, O. --- Funeral services for Orville Arnold, local race driver who died at the Greenville Hospital Friday evening from injuries received in a test run at the local speedway earlier in the evening, will be conducted from the Central Avenue Church of the Brethren at 2 p. m. Monday. Interment will be in the Manuel Cemetery near Coletown.

Surviving relatives include his mother, Mrs. Emma Arnold, with whom he resided at 207 Anderson Ave., seven sisters and two brothers. The brothers and sisters are: Arthur and Granville, Greenville, Mrs. David Vanatta and Mrs. Millard Spitler, Phillipsburg, Ohio; Mrs. Richard Stocksdale, Hillgrove; Mrs. Esther Midlam, Union City; Mrs. Hazel Geragosian, Cleveland, Ruth and Helen, at home.

[Date: Tuesday, September 18, 1934, Paper: Union City Evening Times]

BAKER, Vernon

Former resident dies in Arizona.

A message has been received here announcing the death in Arizona of Vernon Baker. Mr. Baker was well known here and a former resident of this community but has been living for several years at Parker,Ind. Owing to failing health he went to Arizona two years ago and his death occurred there Saturday morning.

Mr. Baker was a nephew of Albert Baker, a prominent stock raiser five miles northeast of Union City and a cousin of Mrs. LeRoy Mote. The remains will be brought to Parker for burial and funeral services will be held there Tuesday. Mr. Baker and son and Mr. and Mrs. Mote will attend the funeral services on Tuesday.

[Date: Monday, September 24, 1934, Paper: Union City Evening Times]


Parachute victim's body to be returned to Winchester today.

Winchester, Ind. --- Representatives of a local funeral firm left here today for Streator, 111., to return the body of Pat Blansett, local parachute jumper, who fell to his death there while attempting to make a triple parachute leap as part of a Fourth of July celebration.

The funeral directors are expected to return here about noon when funeral arrangements will probably be announced. In all of Blansett's local jumps he had requested a local mortician to be present with an ambulance and the requests had been complied with. However, in spite of many rough landings, the parachute jumper had
never been more than badly shaken up.

The victim was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Maldo Blansett, living four miles south of Winchester. His wife was with him at the time of the accident in Streator. She is the daughter of Roll Catron of Winchester.

[Date: Friday, July 6, 1934, Paper: Union City Evening Times]

Found Dead. - J. I. Boomershine found dead in shed by workers. - Was night watchman at Gasson farm; Tentative rites set for tomorrow.
Greenville, O., Oct. 2. --- John I, Boomershine, 52 years old, a night watchman at the Gasson poultry farm near Versailles, was found dead in a small shed there at 7 o'clock Monday morning by fellow employees.
Coroner R. J. Marker, who investigated said death was due to a heart attack, which evidently occurred four or five hours before the body was discovered.
Boomershine was a native of the Versailles vicinity and had passed his entire life there. He had been employed at the Gasson farm for several years.
He leaves a widow, two children, Ralph, at home, and Mrs. Bridget Lantz, of Dayton, O.; two brothers and one sister.
Mrs. Boomershine who only recently recovered from the effects of a surgical operation, has been visiting with her daughter in Dayton for the last week.
Pending her return to Versailles no definite burial arrangements will be completed, although tentative plans call for services at the St. Denis Catholic Church Wednesday morning. Interment will be made in St. Valbert's cemetery near Versailles.
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[Date: Tuesday, October 2, 1934, Paper: Union City Evening Times]

In the death of Editor I. M. Bridgeman of the Winchester Journal-Herald, which took place at Indianapolis, Ind. Monday, this county loses one of the most prominent and beloved citizens. A man of sterling integrity, and the type of man who was universally loved and respected by all who knew him.
He was a man of strong temperance and during his long newspaper career, refused to take any advertising matter that was frowned upon by the religious organizations.
When a man dies at his post of duty, as did Editor Bridgeman, it is fitting that due homage should be paid to his life's career, for he was plain spoken, unassuming and kindly in disposition and above all a true friend.
Personally the Times is saddened by his demise, for he was ever a close fraternal friend of this newspaper, during our years of close affiliation it was a pleasure to be with him, both socially and in a business way and he was one of those many in the newspaper business who could be trusted for his utmost co-operation under any and all circumstances. He never double-crossed a lifelong friend, but on the other hand, did everything possible within his power to advance the work of journalism.
He was absolutely unselfish, always thoughtful of others and ever doing something to promote their happiness. His characteristics were what Wadsworth calls:
The best portion of a good man's life--
His little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and of love.
[Funeral services were conducted on Wednesday afternoon at the Winchester Presbyterian Church conducted by Rev. G. M. Payne, pastor, assisted by Rev. Jackson of the Christian Church. No burial place was named. He was survived by a widow but she was not named.]
[Date: Tuesday, October 2, 1934, Paper: Union City Evening Times]

BROWNE, General Thomas M.


The Well Known Ex-Congressman Dies Suddenly of Hemorrhage of the Lungs.

Gen. Thomas M. Browne died at his home in Winchester, yesterday morning, at 8:30 o'clock, from hemorrhage of the left lung, Ever since he gave up his active duties as a member of Congress from this district, and even long before that time, his health has been on the decline; so much so, indeed, that for the past three months much of the time he was not able to be about town, except when assisted to and from by carriage. A few weeks ago he visited the Martinsville health resort and experienced some relief. He went a second, and, only last week, a third time, taking with him on his last trip his old body guard and servant, O. Kent Browne.

Soon after reaching Martinsville he became so ill that members of his family were sent for. Thursday evening they returned with him to his "old home" and yesterday morning, in the presence of his immediate household and of his family physician, who was just making preparations to examine him, his spirit left the mortal body and sped to the great beyond. The funeral will occur Monday, at 2 p.m. from his residence and will be conducted by the Masonic fraternity. Thomas McClellan Browne was born at New Paris, Ohio, April 19, 1829. His father, John A. Browne, was a native of Bucks county, Pennsylvania, and his mother was born in Cane Ridge, Bourbon county, Kentucky. He remained with his parents until the death of his mother, which occurred In 1813, This misfortune broke up his father’s family, and Thomas Browne, then thirteen years of age, was apprenticed to a merchant In Spartanburg, Randolph county, Indiana. Leaving him there, his father removed to Grant county, Kentucky, where he died in the year 1805. The rare ability energy and probity which formed the basis of the character of his master impressed themselves upon the mind and ultimately upon the life of the young man. In this situation he learned the rudiments of success in business—attention, method, energy, dispatch and a strict adherence to truth. He learned more—being brought up in daily contact with the people—he acquired a knowledge of their modes of thought and action, which has been of great advantage to him throughout his career as a professional and public man. In the spring of 1818 Mr. Browne removed to Winchester and began
the study of law. While thus engaged he attended, during one short session, the Randolph County Seminary. This was his only opportunity of going to school, except his casual and brief attendance at the schools in the village before going to Winchester. Such, however, was his faithfulness in study that few persons unacquainted with his early life and advan-
tages would have been led to think, from their intercourse with him, either in public or private life, that he had not enjoyed the advantage of a liberal education and thorough culture. Few public men in the State possessed a wider or more thorough legal, political and general knowledge than he, and none were better able to convey it to others. Once fairly engaged in the profession of that law, being a gifted and eloquent pleader, he then acquired a large and profitable business. In 1863 Mr. Browne entered with meal and energy upon the graver and more trying duties of a soldier. He assisted in recruiting the Seventh Indiana Cavalry, was elected captain of Company B, and before leaving the State for the field was promoted to the rank of lieutenant-colonel. With his regiment he served in Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas, Louisiana and Texas. He took part in the raids of Gens. Qrlerson and Smith through Tennessee and Mississippi. In the battle of Guntown, Mississippi, June 10,1861, he was wounded, and his horse shot from under him. His commanding officer, by special order, commended both him and his command for gallant
conduct in that engagement, and he was soon afterward promoted to the colonelcy of his regiment, receiving the rank of brevet bilgadier-general, for gallant and meritorious conduct, conspicuously displayed, from the hands of President Lincoln. During the winter of 1865 and 1866 he was in command of the United States forces at Sherman, Texas. In this position, while holding the reins of authority with firmness, he manifested so much moderation, gentleness and kindness as to win golden opinions. When he returned to his home in Indiana he left many devoted friends in the South. Mr. Browne's career in his profession and in politics illustrates what a man with meager opportunities can do if he has the will and brains. He was admitted to the bar of the Circuit Courts at Indiana in August 1849, and to that of the Supreme Court in May, 1851. Before he was twenty-one years of age he was elected prosecuting attorney of Randolph county, in which position he served two years, from 1855 he was elected prosecuting attorney of the Thirteenth judicial circuit, and was re-elected in 1857, and again in 1859, and discharged all the duties with marked ability. In 1891 he was elected to the State Senate, and took a leading part in its proceedings during the session. In 1801 he was elected to the State Senate to fill a vacancy caused by the resignation of General Stone, and while in the Senate distinguished himself as one of the leaders in the celebrated revolt against the treasonable designs of the Democratic party in trying to deprive Governor Morton of his rightful powers as Governor of the State. While he was yet a Senator he served for a short time on the staff of Gen. Thomas J. Woods, and while serving in that capacity he participated in the battle of Shiloh. In April, 1869, General Browne was appointed United States attorney for the district of Indiana, by President Grant. This position he resigned in August, 1872, after having filled the office with distinguished ability. General Browne was nominated for Governor in 1872 by the Republican State convention on the second ballot, over two of the ablest and most deservedly popular men in the State—Godlove S. Orth and Gen. Benjamin Harrison—but was defeated by Thomas Hendricks by the small number of 1,000 votes. He was elected to Congress from the Fifth district in 1870, and again in 1878, defeating the popular Democratic nominee, W. S. Holinan, by a handsome majority. In 1879 the Legislature reorganized his congressional district, and he was again nominated for the new district in 1880, and carried it over Col. M. H. Miller, his Democratic opponent, by a majority of 9,460, He was elected again and again, but voluntarily retired at the close of the Fifty-Second Congress. General Browne was the chair-man of several important committees during his long career in Congress and several important laws are now on the statute books is the result of his untiring real and hard work. In March, 1849, he married Miss Mary J. Austin, of New Paris, 0., and one child resulted from the union, a boy, who died in his twelfth year. The deceased was prominent in Masonry and Odd fellowship, and, while not a member of any denomination, his preferences lay with the Christian church.

 [Date: July 18, 1891,  Paper: Connersville Daily News, Page 2]


Sad Death. - Mrs. Fay Burkett passes away following an operation. She was taken suddenly ill at her home yesterday.

The news of the death of Mrs. Fay Burkett, which occurred this morning about eleven o'clock, was a great shock to the community for she was a young woman of fine character, and was popular in a large circle of friends. She was in apparently good health up until yesterday morning. She grew rapidly worse and she was on the verge of convulsions when it was found that the only hope left was an operation which was performed this morning.

However, owing to her condition, her vitality had sunk to such a low level that she could not recover, and at a few minutes to eleven o'clock her spirit took its flight.

Mrs. Fay Burkett was formerly Miss Frances Fernsler, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Coy Fernsler, of South State Line road. She was a bride of only a few months and was married to Fay Burkett last April and she was only twenty-two years of age.

Many friends will mourn her death and the Times joins them in extending heartfelt sympathy to the heart broken young husband and sorrow stricken relatives.

[Date: Friday, September 28, 1934, Paper: Union City Evening Times]

BURNSWORTH, William Ellsworth

William Ellsworth Burnsworth aged 29 years, whose home is at Winchester, Ind., died from tuberculosis at the Irene Byron Hospital at 11 o'clock Thursday night. The young man was a blacksmith by trade and a widower. he contracted tuberculosis while in the army during the World War and was sent to the local tubercular hospital, where it was hoped he would regain his health.
The body was received by Kiaehn & Sons, who today shipped it to Winchester.
[Date: July 16, 1920, Paper: Fort Wayne News Sentinel]


Winchester, Ind. July 31Mrs. Butler, wife of Prof. E.H. Butler, for many years superintendent of the schools of this city and later of Rushville, died of consumption. She was forty-one years of age, and was the daughter of John Richardson, of this city, and a sister of Mrs. Lillian Holmes, of Muncie.
[Date: August 2, 1899, Paper: Indiana State Journal]

CARDELLO, Theresa W 
CARDELLO, Theresa W. 84, passed away Thursday morning, May 25, 2006. Visitation and services will be private. Services are entrusted to Thornburg Memorial Chapel, Parker City, IN.
[Date: Thursday, May 25, 2006, Submitted by Ida Recu]

COBLE, Ella Smith

Winchester, Ind., March 30. -Two years ago to-morrow Miles Coble, at that time surveyor of Randolph county, married Ella M. Smith, daughter of Alexander Smith, a wealthy farmer living east of this city. Miss Smith was a beautiful and accomplished maiden of nineteen years. They lived happily together for several months, but one day, shortly after his term of office as surveyor expired, Coble departed and his friends know nothing of his whereabouts. Soon after the flight it was discovered that he was short a few hundred dollars, but his father, who is a well-to-do and highly respected citizen of this city, made good the shortage. From the time of his departure his wife has seemed utterly heart-broken, and steadily declined in health until yesterday, when death came. Her sad life and death has cast a gloom over the neighborhood, where she was universally loved and respected. She leaves one child, a bright little girl.

[Date: Wednesday, April 1, 1896, Paper: The Indiana State Journal, (Indianapolis, IN) ; pg. 5 Submitted by Candi]

COREY, Mrs. Mary

Mrs. Mary Corey, one of the best known women of this section, passed away Sunday, at near 12 o'clock, at Hot Springs, Ark. The remains accompanied by her daughters, Mrs. E.D. Hughes and Mrs. Manando McCabe and the latter's husband, F.M. McCabe, arrived here Monday evening and taken to the country home, now occupied by Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Benbow, where funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon, Rev. Robert Thompson, of Greenfield, officiating.

Mrs. Etta Porter, Mrs. Ralph Worl and Miss Grace Chamness, with Mrs. Warbinton at the organ, singing "Asleep in Jesus," "My Faith Looks Up to Thee" and " Jesus Savior Pilot Me."

The pallbearers were B.F. Mason, Wm H. Porter, Joe Benbow, T.B. Allen, David Niccum and J.M. Worl. Interment was made in West Lawn.

Beautiful floral tributes were sent by friends from Chicago, Hot Springs, Greencastle, Logansport, Hagerstown and other places.

Mrs. Corey was a devoted member of the Baptist church, and lived an exemplary life. She taught the beanties of a perfect life by example rather than by precept and her conduct was at all times a pattern for correct living.

The following obituary was read at the funeral obsequies.

" Mary A Corey was born July 8, 1841, in Randolph County, Ind., and died at Hot Springs, Arkansas, March 12, 1910, aged 68 years, eight months and four days.

She was married to Cornelius Corey, of Henry County, Ind., in 1861, where they resided for a number of years, and later removed to their farm home near Hagerstown, where they lived until three years since, at which time she with her daughter Manando, removed to Greencastle.

A few months since she began declining in health and sought relief in the bathes at Hot Springs. She obtained no relief, but grew gradually weaker, realizing that life was rapidly ebbing. Having always lived the life of a Christian, she feared not death, the only sting being the parting with children and friends. She sank quietly to sleep, being tenderly cared for by her children to the end.

Mrs. Corey possessed many excellent attributes of character. The prevailing sentiment controlling her life was love, and her time and talents were given to the advancement of the welfare of her family and others who were associated with her. Love for her husband, her children and her home made life a sweet reality and she now peacefully rests.

The husband and father, Cornelius Corey, passed away several years since, and we place a dear mother by his side to await the Great Day."

Besides the children and grandchildren, there are many friends to mourn their loss.

[Source: Date: March 17, 1910, Paper: Hagerstown Exponet: Transcribed by Tam Inman]

ENGLE, Edmund
Soldier and Pioneer
WINCHESTER, Sept 4.-- The death of Edmund Engle, a pioneer of Randolph county, is announced. He was 65 years old, and during the war he served with the Sixty-ninth. Indiana. He was a well know and highly esteemed citizen.
[Date: Thursday, September 5, 1895, Paper: American Noncomformist, Indaiana, Page: 8]

ENNIS, John  

On Tuesday, John Ennis, an aged and respected citizen of Winchester, fell dead in his door-yard. The deceased was in the enjoyment of his usual health. The cause of death was heart decease.

[Date: November 9, 1879, Paper: Fort Wayne Weekly Sentinel, Indiana,  Page 5]

George Gephart, a Pan-Handle brakeman, was cut to pieces by cars at Ridgeville, Ind.
[Date: Tuesday, 24 Sep 1889  Paper: Newark Daily Advocate (Newark, Ohio) - Submitted by Cathy Shultz]


Accidentally shot Himself
Winchester Ind. Jan 2., this morning while out hunting Frank Harmon, of this city, accidentally shot himself and died two hours later, after being brought home. The shot entered the abdomen just above the hip and passed through the body.
[Date: January 4, 1899, Paper: Indiana State Journal]

HARPER, Nancy A.  
Born September 18, 1834 near Oxford, Ohio, died January 8, 1901, aged 66 years 4 months 20 days. Married Richard G. VANDEGRIFT December 2, 1851 in Randolph county, Indiana. Five children, one infant preceding in death. Moved to Fulton county in 1854, remaining until her death. Presbyterian at Mt. Zion. Funeral by Rev. Geo. Lockhart.

HAYS, Goodlow

Goodlow Hays, who lived three miles northwest of town, died very suddenly at his home last Friday evening. His death was a shock to the entire neighborhood as he had just returned home from town and remarked to his wife that he never felt better in his life and went out and did the evening work, came in the house, sat down and expired in a few minutes. Funeral took place from the home Monday AM. Interment in the Maxview cemetery near Farmland in Randolph County.

[Source: Date: April 25, 1912, Paper: Hagerstown Exponent, Page: 2, Transcribed by Tam Inman]

HOOK, William J.
Wm. J. Hook. - Answers the call of the Grim Reaper Sunday afternoon. - For many years a citizen of Union City which he helped to build up.

Rich in years and rich in achievement, William J. Hook answered his maker's call Sunday afternoon at 3 o'clock. During his long life, lacking only 10 years to round out the century mark, he kept his vitality and the use of his faculties to within a comparatively short time before the sands of time ran out.

William J. Hook was born in Montreal, Canada, August 15, 1844, being the son of Mr. and Mrs. James Hook, who were born in Glouchester, England.

He with his parents first located at Troy, New York but soon emigrated to Wisconsin and then came to Indiana in 1889. His father was a cooper, who died in 1885, his widow survived until 1895.

Mr. Hook was educated in the common schools of Wisconsin, and with his brother, Charles S. Hook, entered business when only 16 yearsold.

He went to Cardington, O. where he was married to Mary J. St. John, and to them eight children were born. In 1868 he began the manufacture of wooden ware with his brother Chas. S. Hook. In 1877 he came to Union City and located in the same kind of business on the East Side of our city, the factory becoming known far and wide
as the Hook Brothers Buttertub factory and it built up a nation- wide business. This business was continued until 1898 when the plant was destroyed by fire.

About twenty years ago he moved to Oak Park, 111. and with the exception of summers in Union City spent most of the last ten years of his life in St. Petersburg, Fla., with his son Warren S. Hook.

After the death of Warren, Mr. Hook came to reside with his son Charles in the old family home, 609 North Howard street. He was a staunch Republican in politics and a member of the Baptist church.

William J. Hook was held in respect and highest esteem by his fellowmen and his parting marks the going of a man who did much for its upbuilding of the city of his adoption and this added to his many deeds of kindness, tho but little known, will cause him to be long remembered as a benefactor and a good citizen.

He is survived by one son Charles S. Hook and two daughters, Mrs. Charles Pier, wife of a former pastor of the local Presbyterian church, and Mrs. Mary Simms. Also five grandchildren.

The funeral will be held Tuesday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock from the home on North Howard street.

[Interment was made in the Union City Cemetery. Arrangements by the Fraze Funeral Home.]

[Date: Monday, September 24, 1934, Paper: Union City Evening Times]

Paris Green And AcidWinchester Ind., July 24, 1899 Job Jeffrey, a Farmer near Winchester, Tried to Take Both.
Job Jeffrey, fifty years old, a prosperous farmer living five miles northwest of this city one of the trustees and leading members of the North White River Christian Church, attempted to commit suicide at his home yesterday by taking a dose of paris green and carbolic acid combined, His son Thomas, nineteen years old, was present at the time the attempt was made and caught the bottle as his father was in the act of swallowing its contents. In the scuffle that followed the bottle was broken and the contents dashed upon the face and neck of the father and over the hand of the son, badly burning both of them. It is believed the attempt was the result of temporary mental aberration.

[Date: July 26, 1899, Paper: Indiana State Journal]

  J.W. Jurger, aged 60, died this morning at his residence. He was a prominent Odd Fellow and a member of the G.A.R. he served in the 10th Indiana and in the 19th Unites States Battery. He leaves a widow and 1 daughter, the wife of H.A. Browne, of this city. Mr. Jurger died of stomach trouble contracted while in the war. He was also wounded during the war and drew a pension.
[Date: December 6,1898, Winchester, IN.]  
MARSH, Judge Albert O. 
IN RESPECT TO LATE JUDGE A.O. MARSH DECATUR, Ind., Oct 31--Judge D.D. Heller, president of the Adams county bar, has called a meeting for nine o’clock to-morrow when action will be taken in respect to Judge Albert O. Marsh, 72, of Winchester, whose Death occurred last night at Indianapolis, and also served two terms as judge of the Randolph circuit court. He leaves a widow to whom he was married about two years ago. She was formerly Mrs. M.B. Miller, of this city and is the mother of Mrs. L.G. Ellingham, of Indianapolis. The funeral will be held Thursday afternoon.

[Date: November 1912 Paper: Fort Wayne Journal Gazette]


Harry E. Marshall dead.

Winchester, Ind. --- Harry E. Marshall, 49 years old, died at his home four miles southeast of Lynn, Tuesday at 6 a. m.

Surviving are the widow, Lucille, one brother, Ollie D. Marshall Richmond; one sister, Florence Wessell of Lynn; two half-sisters, Elizabeth Kohlinbrink and Pauline Cutter, both of Richmond.

Funeral services will be held Friday at 2 p. m. at the home in charge of Rev. Ira Johnson. Burial will be in the Arba Cemetery.

[Date: 09-19-1934, Paper: Union Evening Times]

MOYER, Elizabeth Christian

Mrs. Elizabeth Christian Moyer, an old resident of Randolph County, is dead at Union City.

[Source: Date: December 12, 1899, Paper: The Indianapolis News, Indianapolis, Indiana, Transcribed by Tam Inman]


WINCHESTER, Ind., Jan. 15.—W. H. Murray, an old soldier living here, died last night, aged fifty-six. Three years ago he had a paralytic stroke from which he never fully recovered. The more immediate cause of his death was an injury received election night on account of a stampede in a crowded hall, where a fire was started from the. overturning of a lamp. The funeral will be In charge of the G. A. R. post of this city.

[Date: January 20, 1897, Paper Indiana State Journal, Indiana, Page 1]

NEFF, Col. H.H.


Col. H.H. Neff, a Veteran Newspaper Man of Winchester, is Dead

WINCHESTER, Ind., Oct. 5-Col. H.H. Neff, who had lived in this city for almost sixty-five years, died at his home Friday night at the age of 85 years. He was born near Eaton on June 5, 1815. At the age of 17 he went to Eaton and learned the printers trade. A little later he worked on the Sentinel, published at Liberty, Ind. From Liberty he went to Fort Wayne, where he worked on the first paper published there. At the time there were only two houses between this city and Fort Wayne, one near where Portland now stands, on the Salamonie River, and the other on the banks of the Wabash river, near Decatur. He settled here in 1838 and in 1843 started the first paper published in the county, the Winchester Patriot. He was in the legislature of 1847, and it was largely through his efforts that that body granted a charter to the old Indianapolis & Bellefontaine railroad. Later he served as clerk of the county.

He was active in the formation of the 124th Indiana regiment, and when it was mustered in to service became captain of Company G. later major and finally colonel of the regiment. He was always public spirited and took a lively interest in the welfare of his city. Both of his daughters, Mrs. Fisher, wife of Capt. J.S. Fisher, and Mrs. Teal, widow of Capt. Asa Teal of Pittsburg were with him at the time of his death. They, with his widow and two grandchildren are his immediate relatives. His funeral will take place Monday afternoon and will be in charge of the Knights Templars of Muncie. The burial will be in the Fountain Park cemetery, this city.

[Date: Monday, October 6, 1902, Paper: Fort Wayne Morning Journal Gazette]

[Died], on the 1st of 4th month, 1865, Elisha Peacock, aged 34 years, 3 months and 3 days, som of Amos and Hannah Peacock; a member of White River Monthly Meeting, Ind.
[Friends’ Review, A Religious Literary and Miscellaneous Journal Vol. XVIII Fourth Month 29, 1865 No. 35 Pg. 554]   


[Died], at her home near Plainfield, Indiana, Third month, 9th, 1900, Mary Peacock, wife of William Peacock, in the eighty-third year of her age; a member of Plainfield Monthly Meeting of Friends. She was a firm believer in the doctrines and testimonies of early Friends; she faced death with Christian fortitude, saying that her work in the family and church had been done, and that there seemed nothing more for her to do but to die. Her family and friends have a comfortable hope that her end was peace and that she was gathered into the heavenly garner as a shock of corn fully ripe.

[The Friend, A Religious Literary and Literary Journal Vol. LXXIII /Seventh-Day, Sixth Month, 2, 1900 / No. 46 Pg. 368
Submitted by Carrie V. Tuck ]

RABEY, Mathew Harlan
Ex-county treasurer Matthew Harlan Rabey, age 40,of this city, died at his home here this morning of aenemia. The deceased was one of the most popular men of this city and county, where he had a host of friends. He served as treasurer of the county from 1893-1895, since which time he has been engaged in the insurance business. He was K. of P. and one of the supreme officers of the Protected Homes of America, an insurance order recently organized at Richmond. He had just completed a new home here. Through his mother he was related to Chief Justice Harlan and was one of the enthusiastic attendants of the great reunions of that family.
[Date: August 30,1897,  Winchester, IN]


The funeral of Jerry Rawlings, a highly respected citizen of Nettle Creek township, Randolph county, occurred Tuesday at the Nettle creek cemetery, east of Losantville. The deceased was fatally injured by a wagon load of lumber Saturday evening, Aug. 13. Here lingered in great agony in little over a week. The funeral was largely attended. Services at the house and cemetery were conducted by Rev. P.A. Canada. A funeral sermon by a Baptist brother will be preached in about two weeks.

[Source: Date: August 24, 1887, Paper: Hagerstown Exponet: Transcribed by Tam Inman]

UNION CITY, Ind., Nov. 13—George Reichart, who lived nine miles north of Union City, died last night. He had been suffering from a carbuncle on the back of his neck. During the night it ate into a blood vessel and caused a hemorrhage, from which he died. When his wife awoke this morning he was lying beside her, dead.

[Date: November 15, 1899, Paper: Indiana State Journal ]

REMMEL, Samuel T.

Samuel T. Remmel died at Home of Son in Thus City
Samuel T. Remmel, 72 years old, pioneer resident of Winchester Ind. died at 8 o'clock this morning at the home of his son, Arthur K. Remmel, 722 Jackson Street. He had been in declining health for several weeks but did not take to his bed until three weeks ago. Death was due to heart trouble.
The deceased came to Fort Wayne the fore part of last October for an extended visit with his son. His decline came gradually until three weeks ago, when serious complications developed.
Mr. Remmel was born in Winchester, Aug. 18, 1845, the son of Jacob and Sylvania Remmel. when the civil war broke out he was among the first to offer his services and with his father and brother served during almost the entire four years of that conflict. He was a member of company K 79th Illinois infantry, and later re-enlisted in company B, 154th Illinois. The family was living on a farm in Illinois at the time, the father engaging in farming and the mother as a practicing physician, by which means she was able to provide for herself and little daughter during the time her husband and sons were at the front.
Mr. Remmel left Winchester in 1860, the family driving through to Douglas County, Illinois. Both the father and brother received wounds in the war that later caused their deaths, and in 1873, with his mother and sister Mr. Remmel returned to Winchester and had resided there since.
The deceased was for twenty years engaged in the grocery business in Winchester. In the early life he had taken a prominent part in politics of his county and had held several offices of trust. for the past eighteen years he had been in the mail service, resigning on October 1 because of his failing health.
His activities in many lines and his long residence in Randolph County, gained him a wide acquaintance and he was held in the highest esteem by all whose privilege it was to know him. He was a member of the Odd Fellows, Encampment and Grand Army of the Republic.
He was married in 1875 to Mary Frances Kizer, of winchester, who together with three sons survive. the sons are William D. of Winchester, Arthur K, or news and Carl J. of Oakland California. There are also four grandchildren.
The body will be taken to Winchester Thursday for funeral services and interment.
[Date: January 9, 1918, Paper: Fort Wayne News Sentinel]


LYNN, Ind, March 9.- After lingering with consumption Pearl Roland, daughter of Mr; and Mrs. John Roland, died last night. She was a girl of kind disposition and will be greatly missed by her associates.
About one half hour later occurred the death of. Byron Scant!and. son of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Scantland. He had been sick for some .time and his death was not unexpected. He was a very bright child and the loss will be keenly felt.

[Date: March 11, 1896, Paper: Indiana Journal , Randolph County, Indiana]

RIDGEVILLE. Ind. Jan- 24 —John W. Seaney, of Fort Wayne, late proprietor of the Seaney Hotel here, died suddenly of apoplexy, at his home. Sunday evening, aged fifty-four. Mr. Seaney was born near Boston. Wayne county, where he spent some years teaching in the common schools. In 1866 he came to Ridgeville, where he married a daughter of Robert Starbuck. He afterward engaged in various mercantile and manufacturing pursuits. He leaves a widow, one son and three daughters. Interment at Fort Wayne Wednesday.

[Date: January 26, 1898,  Paper: Indiana State Journal ]


Died, in Winchester, Ind., Thursday, January 14, 1886, Stephen Segraves, aged 75 years, 2 months and 2 days.

The deceased was the son of Stephen and Prudence Segraves, and was born November 16, 1812, in Guilford county, North Carolina. About 1830 his father moved to Ross county, Ohio. About 1840 Stephen moved to Miami county, Indiana, from which place he enlisted in the U.S. service and served in the Mexican war under Capt. Wilson until its close. He was married to Sarah J. Essick at Peru, Indiana, November 16, 1848. They had by said union two sons and two daughters, three of whom are living. He united with the M.E. church near Williamsburg, Indiana in 1850, and had been a faithful believer ever since. For a part of his live he had his membership with the United Brethren church, by whom he was licensed to preach. He labored in this work until failing health compelled him to cease. He was aman who loved the word of God, and during his life he had carefully read the Bible through seven times. He read it daily and talked on scripture much of his time and died in the triumph of his faith. He leaves an aged companion, two daughters and one son to mourn his loss.

Funeral services were conducted by Elder I.P. Watts at White River meeting house after which he was laid away to await the resurection day. I.P.W.

NOTE: Jane was the daughter of Stephen & Prudence (Seville) Segraves
Original article available by e-mail
[Date: January 20, 1886, Winchester, Randolph County, Indiana unknown paper, Submitted by Sandra Stormes Benitez]

In this city, on Thursday last, October 31st., Miss Jane Segraves, aged about 69 years.
The deceased has resided in this city for many years. She was an industrious and quiet lady, and but few knew of her illness until her death was announced. Funeral Services were held at the M.E. Church, Rev. R.D. Spellman, officiating, after which the remains were intered in the cemetery.
NOTE: Jane was the daughter of Stephen & Prudence (Seville) Segraves
Original article available by e-mail
[Date: November 6, 1872; Paper: Unknown Winchester, Ind. Submitted by Sandra Stormes Benitez]

SEGRAVES, Sarah Jane
Sarah J. Segraves, ninety-three, died Sunday at her home on North West street from the infirmities of old age. She was born in Pennsylvania and came to this county in 1844 and has lived in Winchester since 1850. From 1858 until last Septemeber, she had not been in the business district of Winchester. One day in Septemeber her Grandson, took her an automobile ride around the city, but she did not recognize many of the old places. She is the mother of four children, one of whom is living. Until two years ago she cultivated her own garden and until recently did her housework. She has four great grandsons in the army, being the sons of Mr. and Mrs. C. L. Storms of this city. Her mother died at the age of one hunderd and six years. Funeral services were conducted at the home Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock, followed by interment in the White River cemetery.
[Date: November 29, 1917, Paper; Unknown, Winchester, Randolph County, Indiana, Submitted by Sandra Stormes Benitez]

STORMS - John M., son of John Milton and Elizabeth May Storms, was born near Lexington, Ky., Sept. 25th, 1842, and was killed Aug. 19th, 1901 at Springfield, Ill., aged 58 years, 10 months and 24 days.
He enlisted in Co. E, 9th Ind. Cal. (21st. Regt.) October 12th, 1862, and was discharged at Indianapolis, Ind., August 28th, 1865. His regiment under command of Col. George W. Jackson was stationed at Pulaski, Tenn., November 1864, and were in all engagements with Forrest and Wheeler. In the engagement with Forrest at Sulpher Branch Tressel, Ala., in 1864, his regiment lost 120 men in killed and wounded. It was in the retreat back to Franklin and Nashville in Nov., 1864, and was engaged with Forrest’s cavalry near Franklin on Dec. 17th, 1864, losing 26 men and officers. After the Hood Campaign the regiment was sent to New Orleans, March 10, 1865, there they turned over their horses and were sent to Vicksburg to do garrison duty. In the interior of Mississippi until May 22nd, when they returned to Vicksburg to be mustered out. On leaving this state the regiment was 1150 strong, they returned with 386 men and officers.

In 1867 he was married to Lizzie Segraves, daughter of Stephen Segraves. There was born to them as the fruit of said marriage, four son; Charles, born 1868: George, born in 1869: Guy, born in 1872, and Earl, born in 1874. All the sons are still living.

John M., or Harry Storms as he was called, was a quiet, peaceable citizen, sober and industrious. He made no profession of religion and belonged to no fraternal order except the G.A.R.

He had been a good soldier during the war and shared with his comrades the honor and respect shown the veterans of the civil war. A great misfortune broke up his domestic ties and since then the struggles of life have been heavy. He drew a pension of $12 for disabilities incurred in his country’s service.

He was killed in a railroad accident, the particulars of which have not been learned. His remains were laid away in the beautiful Soldiers Lot in Fountain Park cemetery, after appropriate funeral services at the home of his son Charles on West Street.

NOTE: Last name is spelled Stormes.

There are three articles on the tragic death of John M. “Harry” Stormes in the newspapers section of this website.

[Submitted by Sandra Stormes Benitez]

STORY, Grace
Mrs. Grade M. Story, aged 36 years, wife of Rev. Francis M. Story of 1308 South Sixth street, the pastor of the Canaan Baptist- church, died in the Elkhart General hospital at 11: 35 o'clock last night. Mrs. Story was taken to the hospital last Thursday, and yesterday was operated upon for appendicitis and to correct injuries caused by a recent fall. The funeral services will be held Thursday In the First Baptist church on Lexington avenue, conducted by Rev. James R. Smart of the colored Baptist church of South Bend, Rev. T. W. H. Gibson of the colored Baptist church of Muncie and Rev. W. Z. Thomas, of Indianapolis, state missionary. The burial will take place at Rice cemetery.

Mrs. Story, who was a daughter of Solomon and Sarah Benson, was born in Winchester. Ind.. on September 13. 1886. Her marriage to Mr. Story took place on June 7, 1907. The family came to Elkhart last August. Mr. Story taking charge of Canaan church.

Surviving Mrs. Story are her husband; five daughters. Blenda, aged 12 years, Genione. nine. Matte, seven, Frances, four, and Oretia, two years; her father, who still lives at Winchester; two sisters, Mrs. Monroe Mitchell of this city and Mrs. Maudie Neighbors of Chicago, and her paternal grandmother Mrs. Martha White of Portland. Ind.

[Date: 1922-03-04, Paper: Elkhart Truth, Indiana, Page 2]



[United Press Leased Wire]
Winchester, ind.. An sr. 14.—Clem R. Strachan, 85, one of the few men rescued from the steamboat Sultana when it was sunk near Island No. 14 in the Mississippi river, during the Civil war, is dead a this home in Huntsville today. Strachan dropped over dead while riding in a buggy.

[Date: Wednesday, August 14, 1912,  Paper: Elkhart Truth (Elkhart, IN),  Page: 2]


Uncle Job Thornburg aged ninety-four; died yesterday at the home of his son. Filnias Thornburgh seven miles southwest of here. He came to this State from North Carolina in 1812, and for several years captured the prize at the old settlers meetings for being the oldest, pioneer present. The Thornburg family is a prominent one in Delaware and Randolph counties. The funeral was held at the family cemetery, near the old homestead, near Neff, this county.
[Date: January 15, 1896, Paper: Indiana Journal Farmland Ind.]


Winchester, Ind., Dec 18, Mrs. Emma Watson, wife of Charles Watson, died here suddenly this afternoon from a congestive chill. Deceased was the youngest daughter of A.R. Hiatt, for many years in the hardware business, and a most estimable woman. She was a charter member of the T. H. E. a ladies' society of local celebrity. She was a graduate of the Winchester High School of the class of 1889 ans possessed marked musical ability. The bereaved husband is the youngest brother of Congressman James B. Watson, of Rushville, and a son of Hon. Enos L. Watson, of this city, with whom he is associated in the practice of law.
[Date: December 30, 1896, Paper: Indiana State Journal, Indiana]


James H. Williamson, a prominent attorney, member of the Randolph County bar and for 35 years a resident of Ridgeville died at an early hour this morning of abscess of the stomach. He was 58 years old. Mr. Williamson was born in Warren County, Ohio Feb. 16,1839, of Irish parents, who came from County Donnegal, Ireland, in 1838, settling on a farm near Franklin, Ohio. In 1856, the family moved to jay County, IN, where he attended Lean College. Mr. Williamson taught school and engaged in mercantile pursuits until about 1865, when he began the practice of law at Ridgeville, where he resided ever since. He leaves a wife, daughter, and son. The funeral will take place Tuesday @ 2 p.m. Ridgeville, In.
[Date: October 10,1897]


Paper: Unknown Winchester, Indiana
Abram J. Winters, of this city, died here this evening of typhoid fever, aged almost 77 years. He was born on PA., but came to Cincinnati and thence to this state in his early manhood. Had he lived till December he would have completed a half a century as a member of the Masonic order. In his early life he was a cabinet maker, but for many years had been engaged in the grocery business here. He was 3 times married, but leaves no family except his last wife. The funeral will take place here on Wed. in charge of the Masons.
[Date: September 11, 1898]

WORLEY, Charles


FUNERAL SERVICES WERE HELD AT WINCHESTER--FORMERLY LIVED HERE Henry Schramm, left on the morning train Monday for Winchester to attend the funeral of his brother-in-law the late Charles Worley, formerly of Portland. Mr. Worley died Sunday morning from injuries received several days ago when a stick of timber struck him in the abdomen , while he was at work at the Boltz lumber yards. He underwent an operation Saturday but did not rally fro mth cooperation. The Worley family, left Portland about two years and a half ago. He was 36 years of age and is survived by his wife and three children, two sisters and a brother. Short funeral services were held at the residence Monday afternoon, the funeral party leaving later in the day for Matton, Ill., where burial will be made.

[Date: July 5, 1905 Paper: Portland Commercial Review, Indiana, Page 1]


Mrs. R.S. Taylor’s sister.

Information has been received of the death of Mrs. Mary Wright, sister of Mrs. R.S. Taylor, at her home in Randolph county. Her death makes a break in a remarkable family circle. She was one of seven--two brothers and five sisters, of whom the youngest was almost seventy one years of age. There were two brothers-in-law in the circle, one about seventy seven and the other seventy one. The aggregate ages of the nine reached nearly 700 years. With the exception of Mr. and Mrs. Taylor, who have lived in Fort Wayne for fifty years, they all lived all their lives in one neighborhood in Randolph county and with in a few miles of one another. Mrs. Clayton leaves behind her a memory of a long life of great sweetness of character and high devotion to every Christian duty.

[Date: July 15, 1909, Fort Wayne News]


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