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BURKHALTER, HENRY
Henry Burkhalter, an old resident of this county, died, this morning, aged 71. He came to this county in 1832. [Inter Ocean Lafayette, Ind. May 4 1876]


ERNST, CHARLES
A Boy Cut in Two, Lafayette, Ind April 27.—This morning at about 11 o'clock Frank Ernst, a lad not over 14 years of age, son of Charles Ernst, a painter residing in the north western part of the city, was run over by the cars in the yard of the Wabash Railroad. He was severed in two just above the knees, and lived but a short time afterwards It is the same old story, and one which the waring of newspapers and the efforts of railroads to prevent have no avail. He slipped and fell on the rails In attempting to jump on the curs while in motion. [Date: 1880-04-28;  Paper: Cincinnati Daily Gazette ]


GETTY, JOHN K.
John K. Getty, the well known principal at the public schools at Chauncy, Tippecanoe county, died on Saturday. [Bluffton Weekly Chronicle Date: 19 Febuary 1880 Submitters Name: Teresa Haines Rigney]


HAWKINS, WILLIAM
William HAWKINS, of West Lafayette, died yesterday. He was a native of Ohio by birth in 1812, and at the age of thirteen he accompanied his parents to Tippecanoe county, where his father built the first flouring mill located in that quarter of the State. In 1850 he married; and in 1852 he removed to Benton county, where he remained until 1865. In the interim he represented Benton and White counties in the Legislature. During the year last named he returned to Tippecanoe county, where he continued to reside until his death. He was a grand old man in every respect. [Indiana General News Items from the Indianapolis News 10 December, 1890]


HENRICKS, BERT
Former Monroe Resident Dies Monroe Ind. Jan 1- Word has been received here of the death of Bert Henricks, a former resident here, at his home in Pleasant Mills, Sunday evening at 11 o'clock, from pneumonia. he is survived by the widow, formerly Miss Effie Haggard of this place. [Date: Tuesday, January 3, 1922   Paper: Fort Wayne News Sentinel (Fort Wayne, Indiana)  Section: Part One Page: 2 ]


HOLMES, WILLIAM H.
WM. H. HOLMES DEAD - VOTED AT SAME POLLING PLACE SIXTY-FIVE YEARS LAFAYETTE Ind, Feb 24 - William W. Holmes, who voted at the same polling place in Deer Creek, Carroll county, for sixty-five consecutive years, casting his first presidential ballot for William Henry Harrison, is dead at his home in West Lafayette [Fort Wayne Journal Gazette Saturday Morning February 25, 1905; pg7 ]


HOOSER, CAROLINE
Mrs. Caroline Hooser, aged 87, of Lafayette, dropped dead while ironing. [The Warren Republican February 28 1895]


JENNINGS, CHARLES
Charles R. Jennings, 72 Charles R. Jennings, 72, died at 3:42 p.m. Saturday, May 22, 2004, in the Indiana Veterans’ Home, West Lafayette, where he had been a resident since January 2003. Born Feb. 26, 1932, in Henning, Tenn. He served as a private first class in the Army from May 1951 through April 1953. Mr. Jennings was a chef at various restaurants. He was a member of the American Legion. Surviving are a daughter, Diane Marie Donnell (husband: Kelley) of Sioux Falls, S.D., a brother, Hugh Jennings (wife: Donna) of West Baden Springs; three sisters, Jean Frisbie (husband: Rea) of Mesa, Ariz., Betty Spradling (husband: Bill) of Granite City, Ill., and M. Sue Cooper of Lebanon. Services are Friday in West Lafayette. [Source: Journal and Courier, May 25, 2004, Page B2. Submitted by Linda Rodriguez ]


NICCUM, CHARLES E.
Charles E. Niccum, 44, of 1207 Parkway Court died at 6:05 p.m. Thursday in St. Elizabeth Hospital where he had been a patient for one day. He had been in failing health two months. Born in West Point, he had resided in Lafayette most of his life. He marriage in 1950 was to Joan Sanders, who survives. Mr. Niccum was a sheet metal worker and had been employed for various contractors in the area for the past 19 years. He was a member of Eagles Lodge 347 and Sheetmetal Workers Union Local 80. Surviving with the wife are a son, Ronald E. of Lafayette; five brothers, Clifford l. Earl E. and Harold W., all of Lafayette, and Ernest M. and Kennekth J, both of Fort Meyers,FL, and four sisters; Mrs. Charles J. (Helen) Felix of Buck Creek, Mrs. Grover (Margaret) Mooers, and Mrs. Herschel (Kathryn) Jameson, both of Lafayette and Mrs. David (Betty) Whitteberry of Geneva. [Published in the Journal & Courier in 1974.]


NICCUM, CLIFFORD L.
Clifford L. Niccum, 66, a former owner of a Lafayette cab company, died at 12:40 a.m. Tuesday in Home Hospital. He had been hospitalized two weeks and in failing health for one year. Mr. Niccum was born at Perrysville, March 26, 1922. He had lived in Lafayette most of his life and was residing at 1204 Central St. His first marriage was to Nora Harper Grammer on Aug 3, 1955 in Arkansas, and she died on July 13, 1984. He married Deloris Green Hanthorn on June 6, 1987. She survives. A graduate of West Point High School, Mr. Niccum was a former bodyman for DeFouw Chevrolet and Basney Ford. He also was former owner and operator of Cliff's Veterans Cab Co. for 20 years. At one time, he also was a crane operator at Alcoa. Mr. Niccum was a member of First Christian Church and the Fraternal Order of Police. Surviving with his wife are a stepson, Mike Hanthorn of Attica; two stepdaughters, Mrs. Richard (Judy) Brown of West Point and Mrs. Herbert (Roberta) Johnson of Delphi; four stephchildren by a previous marriage, Mrs. Willard (Margaret "Peg") Hughs of Lafayette, William Grammer and Robert Grammer, both of Lafayette, and Richard Grammer of Lafayette. Also, two sisters, Mrs. Grover (Margaret) Mooers of West Lafayette, and Mrs. David (Betty) Whitteberry of Van Buren, IN; and four brothers, Earl Niccum and Ernest Niccum, both of Lafayette, Howard Niccum of West Lafayette, and Kenneth Niccum of Fort Lauderdale, FL. Friends may call 5-8:20 p.m. today, Hippensteel Funeral Home. Service 10 a.m. Thursday in Hippensteel Chapel, the Rev. Dr. Jack L. Snellgrove officiating. Interment Tippecanoe Memory Gardens. Surviving are 23 step-grandchildren and 13 step-great-grandchildren. Those desiring may contribute in memoriam to the American Diabetes Assocation. [Published in the Journal & Courier on June 14, 1988. ]


NICCUM, EARL E.
Earl E. Niccum, 79, of 1235 N 15th St, died at 12:15 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 14, 2002 in St. Elizabeth Medical Center. Born in West Point on Aug. 10, 1923, he was a lifelong resident of this area. He spent the summers in Wisconsin for 50 years. He married Helen Harrington in Lafayette in 1945. She preceded him in death. He married Elizabeth "Betty" Vanderkolk on Oct 12, 1975, and she survives. Mr. Niccum was a self-employed interior/exterior decorator for 50 years. He formerly worked at Alcoa. He was a member of the St. Lawrence Catholic Church and a former member of Eagles Lodge 347 and the painter's union. His hobby was fishing. Surviving with his wife are a son, Donald Niccum (wife, Vella) of Lafayette; a sister, Betty Whittenberry (husband, David) of Middleton; and two brothers, Kenny Niccum of FL and Harold D. Niccum (wife: Carol) of Lafayette. Friends may call 5-8 p.m. Monday at Hippensteel Funeral Home, with rosary at 5 p.m. Service 1 p.m. Tuesday, Sept 17, 2002 in Hippensteel Chapel. Fathers Dan Gartland and Peter Vanderkolk officiated. Interment St. Boniface Cemetery. Two grandchildren survive. Preceded in death by a son, his parents, 3 brothers and 3 sisters. Memorials may be made to St. Lawrence Building Fund. [Published in the Journal & Courier on Sept. 15, 2002. ]


NICCUM, ELIZABETH J.
Elizabeth J. "Betty" Vanderkolk Niccum, 88, of Lafayette, died at St. Elizabeth Central at 4:50 AM Thursday July 11, 2013. Betty was born on the Marshall farm near Montmorenci July 27, 1924 the daughter of the late Cornelius and Mary Robrock Vanderkolk. She attended St. Lawrence Grade School and was a 1942 graduate of St. Francis High School in Lafayette. Betty married Earl E. Niccum at St. Lawrence Church in Lafayette October 12, 1975 and he preceded her in death September 14, 2002. She was a member of St. Lawrence Catholic Church; the Indiana Employees Retirement Association; the AARP; and was a volunteer at St. Anthony's Healthcare and also served as a pink lady at St. Elizabeth Hospital. Betty had been employed at the American Shropshire Association, and later with Rapp & Klein Co. She then worked for the Indiana Veterans Home as an account clerk for 25 years before her retirement in 1985. Surviving is a niece, Jane Cox of Lafayette, who was her primary care giver. She is also survived by 22 other nieces and nephews. Betty was preceded in death by two brothers, Cornelius and Bernard Vanderkolk; two sisters, Mary Gick and Rose Anthrop; a stepson, Donald Niccum; and a niece, Janet Taylor. The Rosary service will be held at 3:45 PM Monday, with visitation from 4 to 7 PM Monday at the Hahn-Groeber Funeral Home, 1104 Columbia St., Lafayette. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Lawrence Catholic Church 10:30 AM Tuesday. Father Peter Vanderkolk and Father Dan Gartland officiating, with interment in St. Boniface Cemetery. If friends desire, memorials may be made to the St. Lawrence Church Building Fund or the Lafayette Catholic Schools Foundation. [Published in the Journal & Courier, July 13, 2013. ]


NICCUM, EMMA LOUISE
Her obituary as it appeared in the Lafayette Journal and Courier on Sept 13, 1967. Mrs. Emma Louise (Fogelman) Niccum, 65, formerly of 519 N 13th St, died at 1 p.m. Wednesday at William Ross Annex. She had been a patient there since February and in failing health for a number of years. She was born in Perrysville and moved to West Point in 1928. She moved to Lafayette in 1933. in 1920 in Vermillion county she married James H. Niccum, who is a retried employee of Schroyer Construction Co. She was a member of First Church of The Nazarene. Surviving with the husband are six sons; Clifford L, Earl, Charles, and Harold all of Lafayette; Ernest of Colfax and Kenneth of Dayton, and four daughters, Mrs. Charles Felix of Buck Creek, Mrs. David Whittenberry of Meddletown, Mrs. Margaret Norrow and Mrs. Hershel Jamison, both of Lafayette. [Published in the Journal & Courier on Sept. 13, 1967.]


NICCUM, HAROLD W.
Harold W. Niccum, 77, of Lafayette, IN, died at 8:00 AM Wednesday, March 28, 2012, at Rosewalk Village. He was born July 1, 1934, in Romney, IN, to the late James and Emma Fogleman Niccum. On August 5, 1962, he married Carolyn Hempenius in Lafayette IN and she survives. Harold worked for Purdue University in Memorial Union as an maintenance mechanic for 36 years retiring in 1997. Harold enjoyed fishing, gardening, working in his yard and time spent with his family and friends. Surviving are wife- Carolyn M. Niccum, Lafayette, IN; daughter- Janet Marshall husband Roger- Lafayette; Son- Harold J. Niccum wife Sheila- Lafayette; son- Michael S. Niccum- Lafayette; sister- Betty Whitteberry husband David- Middletown, IN; 6 grandchildren and 3 stepgrandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; and 15 stepgreat-grandchildren. Visitation will be 2-3pm Monday, April 2, 2012, at Soller-Baker Lafayette Chapel Funeral Service 3pm Monday at Soller-Baker Lafayette Chapel Rev. Dr. Ronald Wunsch officiating. Burial will be at Rest Haven Memorial Park. Preceded in death by 8 brothers and sisters. Those wishing may contribute to the Immanuel United Church of Christ, 1526 S. 18th St. Lafayette, IN 47905. [Published in the Journal & Courier on March 30, 2012 . ]


NICCUM, JAMES H.
James H. Niccum, 75, of 233 S Fourth St., died at 3:40 p.m. Tuesday at Home Hospital, wehre he had been a patient since Nov. 9. Mr. Niccum was in failing health for two years. Born in Perrysville, he lived in West Point from 1928 to 1933 when he moved to Lafayette. He was married to Emma Louisa Fogelman on Dec. 26, 1920 in Vermillion Co. She died in 1967. Mr. Niccum was employed at Schroyer Construction Co. and by the Oliver and Cheesman Cabinet Shop, retiring in 1962. He is survived by five sons; Clifford L, Earl and Harold, all of Lafayette. Ernest H. and Kenneth, both of Fort Myers, FL; four daughters, Mrs. Grover (Margaret) Moor and Mrs. Herschel (Katherine)Jameson, both of Lafayette; Mrs Charles (Helen) Felix of Buck Creek, and Mrs. Rev. David (Betty) Whitteberry of Geneva, IN. Also surviving is a sister, Mrs. Lydia Robison of Merrillville. A son, Charles, preceded him in death on Oct 31 this year. Friends may call from 5-9 p.m. Thursday at Hippensteel Funeral Home. Services at 1 p.m. Friday in Hippensteel Chapel with the Rev. Owen M. Burke officiating. Interment Tippecanoe Memory Gardens. Also surviving are 23 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren. [Published in the Journal & Courier in 1974. ]


NICCUM, LUCILLE R.
Lucille R. Niccum, 83, of Lafayette died at 5:20 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 21, 2009 at her residence. She was born Feb 4, 1926 in Green Hill to the late Elbert and Ada Atwell Lake. On Jan. 24, 1948 she married Ernest Niccum in Lafayette, and he preceded her in death on May 5, 1984. Mrs. Niccum retired in 1988 from Purdue University as a custodian after 13 years. She enjoyed bingo and sewing. Surviving are her children, David R. Niccum (wife, Helen) of Grawn, MI, Terry A Niccum (wife Tina and Mary Flynn both of Lafayette, Jerry M. Niccum (wife, Geneva) of Fowler, and Cindy Shoffner (husband, Richard) of Farimouunt; and four sisters, Lou Stine (husband, Bill)of Monticello, Helen Brummett of Lafayette; Lena Gillenbeck (husband, Bill) of Odell and Isabelle Simmons (husband, Jim of Georgia. Also surviving are 10 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. Se was preceded in death by 5 brothers and 1 sister. Visitation 4-8 p.m. Monday with service 1 p.m. Tuesday at Soller-Bker Lafayette Chapel, 400 Twyckenham Blvd. John Bower officiating. Interment at Tippecanoe Memory Gardens. [Published in the Journal & Courier in 2009. ]


NICCUM, NORA HARPER
Mrs. Nora Harper Niccum, 72, a former dispatcher for the old Veterans Cab Co., died unexpectedly at 5:50 a.m. today in her home at 1204 Central St. A native of Pulaski County, KY, she had resided in Lafayette most of her life. Her marriage was Aug 3, 1955 in Arkansas to Clifford L. Niccum, who formerly operated Veterans Cab Co. He is a retired body man for DeFouw Chevrolet GMC Inc. Mrs. Niccum has been employed at Purdue University prior to working for the cab company. She was a member of First Christian Church. Surviving with the husband are a daughter, Mrs. Willard (Margaret "Peg") Hughes of Lafayette, three sons, Robert E and William E Grammer, both of Kokomo, and Richard L. Grammer of Lafayette. Also four brothers, LeRoy, Delmar P, and Donald Harper, all of Lafayette, and William Ray Harper of West Lafayette; four sisters, Mrs. Clu (Minnie) Ferguston of Sun City, AZ, Mrs. Harry (Myrtle) Scott of Paducah, KY, Mrs. Alma Wiegand of Lafayette, and Mrs. Grace Slagle of Walnut Creek, CA. [Published in the Journal & Courier in  1984. ]


PARK, SAMUEL S.
Dies in Stockton on the 10th ult., Mr. Samuel S. Park, aged 28 years. Mr. P. was from Romney, Indiana, where he has a father, mother, brothers, and sisters living. [Placer Times, Sacramento, Saturday, 11-3-1849. Submitted by Brenda Wiesner ]


ROACH, PERRY C.
DIED.   ROACH---Near Battle Ground, Ind., of lung fever, Perry C., son of John S. and Ann E. Roach, aged 1 year, 2 months and 20 days. Newspaper: Gallipolis Journal, (Gallipolis, Oh.) Thursday, Date: January 14, 1875 Submitters Name: Kathy McDaniel


ROHRABAUGH, CLARA B.
Clara B. Rohrabaugh, 93, formerly of 2207 Elmwood Ave., died at 7:05 a.m. Saturday, May 22, 2004, in Heritage Health Care. Born June 7, 1910, in Lafayette, she was a lifelong resident of the city.  She married Ren Elsworth Rohrabaugh on March 16, 1927, in Lafayette.  He died Sept. 16, 1950. Mrs. Rohrabaugh was a member of Brown Street United Methodist Church and United Methodist Women.  She enjoyed playing cards at Jenks Rest. Surviving are a son, Norman Rohrabaugh (wife: Mildred) of Sarasota, Fla., and two daughters, Phyllis LaFon of Lafayette and Patricia Fultz (husband: Don) of West Lafayette. Visitation 1 hour prior to the service at 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 25, 2004 at Brown Street United Methodist Church, Pastor Bruce Mowery officiating.  Interment: Rest Haven Memorial Park.  Eight grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren survive.  Her parents, Charles and Ida Schrechenghaust and a sister preceded her in death.  Hippensteel Funeral Home. [Source: Journal and Courier, May 23, 2004, page B2. Submitted by Linda Rodriguez]


SAMPLE, HENRY T.
Henry T Sample, one of the oldest residents of Lafayette, and an honored citizen of the state, died on Saturday morning, after a long illness.  Mr. Sample was born in Butler County, O., In 1805, and came to Lafayette in 1823.  He was the first president of the Tippecanoe agricultural society, and for many years was a member of the state board of agriculture. [Tuesday, February 22, 1881 Elkhart Daily Review, Elkhart Indiana Page 2 ]


SEVERSON, THEODORE F.
FOUND DEAD IN RAVINE AT THE SOLDIER'S HOME
Lafayette March19.....Theordore F. Severson, on of Tippecanoe county's best know civil war veterans, was found dead shortly before 9 o'clock this morning in a ravine near the cemetery at the Indiana State Soldiers Home. Mr. Severson had been a member of the institution for the past two years. A month ago he became afflicted with mental derangement and wandered away from the home, but he was soon found and taken to the hospital. He appeared to have recovered his power of reason. Yesterday, however, he was seized with a fainting spell and was quite ill. Shortly after 1 o'clock this morning he arose from bed in his quarters in the old men's home and told his comrades he was going for a walk. He bundled up some clothing saying he would drop the package at the home laundry. When daybreak arrived and he did not return a searching party was organized. His body was found in a small pool of water. Evidently he had rolled down the thirty foot embankment of the ravine and drowned. It is supposed he went to the laundry and then wandered out over the bridge leading to the cemetery. Evidently he became confused in the darkness and fell over the edge of the embankment. Mr. Severson was 72 years old and was born in this county, his entire life being passed here. He was a son of James Severson, a pioneer farmer and before the war he worked as a fireman on the Wabash railroad. He enlisted in Company A 125th Indiana volunteers and served three years with great credit. After the war he went to his father's farm, a quarter of a mile this side of the county farm and worked there for many years. Thirty years ago with his mother and sisters he moved to West Lafayette. For five years he was employed at Purdue university and for a quarter of a century he worked for John Kensler, the West Side meat dealer. Mr. Severson was held in high esteem by all. He was a man of strict integrity, cheerful and of kindly disposition. He never married but is survived by a sister, Mrs. Lemuel Ross, of West Lafayette, who is now a patient of St. Elizabeth hospital and an brother, John Severson, of Indianapolis, Ed Severson, of West Lafayette, Clarence Severson of Crawforsville, and Wilbur F. and Fred Severson of this city, are nephews. His aged mother died only a few years ago. [The Crawfordsville Review Date: March 20, 1917 Submitters Name: Teresa Haines Rigney ]


SMART, JAMES H.
Class of 1874 – JAMES HENRY SMART (A.M.) Born, June 30, 1841, Center Harbor, N.H. Son of Dr. William Hutchins and Nancy (Farrington) Smart. Fitted at Concord, N.H., High School. Received the degree of LL.D. from Indiana University, 1883. Employed as teacher and associate editor of the Journal of Education in New Hampshire, 1858-63; taught in Toledo, Ohio, 1863-65; superintendent of schools, Fort Wayne, Ind., 1865-75; superintendent of Public Instruction for Indiana, 1874-80; President of Purdue University, 1883-1900. Served as trustee of the State University, and as trustee of the State Normal School, six years; member of the State Board of Education, 1873-1900. Was Assistant Commissioner for Indiana, Vienna Exposition, 1872; Commissioner for Indiana, Paris, 1878; for the United States at the Agricultural Congress, The Hague, 1891. President of the National Educational Association, 1881; of the American Association of Agricultural Colleges and Experiment Stations, 1890. Published “An Ideal School System for a State,” “The Institute System of the United States,” “The Schools of Indiana.” Died, Feb. 21, 1900, Lafayette, Ind.- Married, July 21, 1870, Mary H. Swan of Albany, N.Y., who survives. [Source is: Dartmouth College Necrology, 1899-1900, Hanover, N.H., Dartmouth Press, 1899. Transcribed by Kim Mohler. ]


SMITH, EDWARD E.
Lafayette- The body of  Prof. Edward E. Smith formerly of Purdue University, who died in chicago will be buried here. He had been connected with a book concern of Chicago many ---?The widow and four children survive. [Indianapolis Star, Friday November 29, 1918 Transcribed by K. Torp]


SPENCE, GEORGE
Lafayette, Ind— Geo. Spence, 12, dead, and Several others in serious condition as result of eating ice cream at church social here. Ptomaine poisoning.  [The Day Book. (Chicago, Ill.), November 05, 1912 - sub. by K.T.]


TURNER, HENRY
Henry Turner, a Lafayette barber, who was in a destitute condition and sick, was taken to the county asylum a few days ago. On Friday he died and on Saturday his body was resurrected and taken to Lafayette where it is now safely housed in a doctor's office and will be dissected. By what authority they seized on the body of poor Turner, whether their action is legal or illegal is left for the public to decide. There will no doubt be quite a commotion among our colored brethen as the fate of Turner is known. [Bluffton Weekly Chronicle Date: 19 Feb 1880 Submitters Name: Teresa Haines Rigney ]

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