VERMILLION COUNTY
OBITS



Samuel AIKMAN
founder of the town of Dana, died yesterday. He was a pioneer of Vermillion county.
Indiana General News Items from the Indianapolis News 12 December, 1890 Page 6 Column 5

Henry J. Bailey

Henry J. Bailey was born in Vermillion, County, Indiana, October 1st 1831, died at the home of his son Chas. W. Bailey, April 18, 1919, being 87 years, 6 months, and 18 days old.
 He was united in marriage to Sarah Jane Myers, January 25, 1855, to this union were born ten children, three of which preceded him to the great beyond.
 He leaves to mourn his departure, five sons, and two daughters, besides a host of other relatives.
 He united with the U. B. Church in the year 1877, since which time he has been a constant worker, in his great cause for right and christian work.
 We as sons and daughters who learned to love him, feel sure that our loss is his eternal gain.
Furnished by : Debra Athon Mckim

Aaron Craft
who resided five miles north-west of Meade, was found dead in his home Monday morning, death being due to heart disease. The old gentle man was in Meade last Saturday and was apparently in good health. He returned to his home that evening and nothing more was seen of him until his body was found Monday morning.

He was born in Vermillion county, Indiana on November 7th, 1842. In August 1861 he inlisted[sic] in the 23rd Missouri Infantry in which he served for three and one-half years. In December 1864 he was married to Mrs. Sadie S. Laure, and in 1878 moved to Rush county, Kansas, later they moved to Meade county where they have since resided. His wife preceded him on June 26th 1911.

His surviving children are: Mr. W.A. Larue and Mrs. Matilda Schnellbacher, step-son and step-daughter, both of Meade and James Craft, a half-brother living in Indiana.

The funeral services were held Tuesday at 11a.m. in charge of the Old Veterans, and concluded by Rev. Spencer of the M.E. church. Interment was made in Graceland cemetery. a host of friends sympathize with the bereaved relatives.
Meade County News, 14 Aug 1913 (Meade, Kan) - transcribed by J.S.

Louise I. Ball
 Clinton, Ind., April 11 - Louise I. Ball, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Ball, of South Eighth street, died Thursday night after a brief illness.  The funeral was held from the family home Saturday afternoon. - Terre Haute Tribune, 11 April 1914, Page 002
Contributed by  James D. VanDerMark

The Silent Reaper
Mrs. Alexander Draper
died at the home of her son William Draper, in Lake City township on Wednesday April 3, 1907. She ahs been afflicated with rheumatism for some time and this in connection with other recent afflictions hastened her death.

Elder L.H. Barnum, pastor of the Christian church of this city, conducted a short service at Highland Cemetery at this place where the remains were laid to rest Thursday.

Harriet Abigail Skinner was born in Vermillion county, Indiana, Aug 15, 1830, died near Lake City, Kansas, April 3, 1907; aged 76 years, 7 months 3 days. She was married to Alexander Draper Oct 15, 1850. She is survived by a husband, son and two grandchildren. In early life she became a member of the M.E. Church in Boone county, Iowa, and lived a devoted christian life thereafter. A good woman is gone.
Barbour County Index, 10 Apr 1907 (Medicine Lodge, Kansas) - transcribed by J.S.

Raymond Haase
Raymond Haase, 67, of Fairview Park, died at 4:10 a.m. Thursday at Vermillion County Hospital following an extended illness. He was a member of the Dana Baptist Church. Survivors are the wife, Minnie Ola; four sons, Robert J., of Terre Haute; Donald R., Fairview Park; Franklin of Danville, and William, of Terre Haute; a brother, Earl, of RR 3, Clinton; three daughters, Mrs. Maxine Scott, RR 1, Troy, Ill.; Mrs. Louise Phillips, Terre Haute, and Mrs. Marian Thompson, Terre Haute; 24 grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. Services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the First Funeral Home in Clinton, and burial will be in Walnut Grove cemetery. Friends may call afternoon
Newspaper: Terre Haute Tribune Clinton, Ind., July 15, 1965
Submitted by Muriel White

Ruth Hollingsworth
County Name: Vermillion Co. State: IN
Newspaper: Bluffton Chronicle Date: Jan 15, 1891
Submitters Name: Teresa Haines Rigney
Obit: Ruth Hollingsworth, a young lady 24 years old, living near Dana, was fatally burned by her dress catching fire from an open fireplace. Her clothing was consumed and her body burned to a crisp.

KANSAS PIONEER GONE
J.S. Jordan Passes Away at Home in Oakland
Joseph S. Jordan, a Kansas pioneer and one of those who fought to make Kansas a free state, died this morning at his home at 303 Chester avenue. Death was caused by dropsy which has practically incapacitated him for about two years.

Mr. Jordan was the son of Mr. and Mrs. William Jordan. He was born in Vermillion county, Indiana, September 30, 1940.[sic]. He moved to Shawnee county with his parents in 1855 and has lived in the county ever since. They settled at the headwaters of Deer creek, southwest of the city. Mr. Jordan lived there until in 1887, when he moved to his present address.

He enlisted as a sergeant in Company H of the Eleventh Kansas cavalry in 1862, and served until in 1865, when he was discharged. He was one of the Kansas pioneers who had a remarkable war record. During his military service he participated in the battles of Prairie Grove, Westport and others. He was one of the few who took part in fulfilling the orders of General Ewing in which a bushwhacker section of Missouri was burned by the government troops by permission of General Ewing. This was done on General Ewing's order No. 11.

He was married to Martha Wood of Tecumesh, November 13, 1865. Mrs. J.L. Wood, of  San Francisco, is his sister and the only member of his family who survives him. Mr. and Mrs. Jordan were the parents of seven children and five of them survive.  Mrs. Jordan also is living. The children who are living are F.E. Jordan, of 708 Topeka avenue; Mrs. C.W. Sowie, of El Paso; Jrs. W.S. Swearingen, of Waurika, Okla; Mrs. M.C. Calkins, of Hoyt, and Mrs. C.K. Oliver, of 1148 Mulvane street.

Mr. Jordan was engaged in the oil business at least fifteen years. He practically retired about ten years ago but has employed himself at gardening when his physical condition would permit. He has been an invalid during almost all of the last two years. He was a member of the I.O.O.F. lodge No. 620 and of the National Union. Funeral arrangements will be announced later.
The Topeka State Journal, 22 Jun 1912 (Topeka, Kans) - transcribed by J.S.

James King
residing six miles west of Newport blew in the muzzle of a shotgun Wednesday morning while out hunting, and met with the usual result. He died instantly. He was a single man, and about 28 years of age.
Indianapolis Sentinel 1878-10-25

Dr. John Morgan
Obit:    Col. P. B. Hogshead has received a telegram announcing the death Monday morning at his home in Clinton, Indiana, of Dr. John Morgan, at the age of 58 years.  Dr. Morgan was an old friend and neighbor of Col. Hogshead's at Middlebrook, whence Dr. Morgan moved to the west about 27 years ago, where he built up a large practice.  He is survived by his wife and two adult children, a son and a daughter.  Mrs. John Hanger of the Spottswood neighborhood, in Augusta county, is a sister of Dr. Morgan.
Newspaper:  Staunton Spectator and Vindicator. (Staunton, Va.) Date: May 16, 1902
Submitters Name: Kathy McDaniel

Sadie Mae Hill Revesz
unknown paper
  Sadie Mae Revesz, 89, of Universal died Thursday, Oct. 6, 2005, in Indianapolis.
  She was a homemaker.
  She was born April 15, 1916, in Sheridan, Iowa, to Frank Hill and Olive Schutt-Hill. Her husband, Frank S. Revesz, died May 2, 1988. Survivors include one daughter, Sherry Meadlo of Kissimmee, Fla.; one son, Barney Revesz of Centenary; five grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. She also was preceded in death by a son, Frank S. Revesz Jr., on May 6, 1990; eight brothers; and one sister.
  Services are 11 a.m. Wednesday in Karanovich-Giovanini Funeral Home in Clinton (Vermillion County, IN), with the Rev. InSuk Hong-Peebles officiating. Burial is in Walnut Grove Cemetery in Clinton. Visitation is 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Wabash Valley.
(Contributed by Sara Hemp)

Peter Rush
ADMINISTRATOR'S SALE
The undersigned will offer for sale at the later residence of Peter Rush, deceased, of Vermillion county, Indiana, the following property viz: four horses, several yoke of work oxen, a large quantity of hogs, young cattle, sheep, cows, corn, oats, wheat, hay, farming utensils, household and kitchen furniture, and various other articles to numerous to mention. A credit will be given until the 25th of December next, on all sums over three dollars. Sale to continue from day to day until all is sold and will commence on Wednesday the 11th March. WM. P. DOLE, SAMUEL RUSH, Adm'rs. Feb 19- 25w3
The Wabash Courier, Vol 3 No 28, Terre Haute, Vigo County, 12 Mar 1835

Richard Shute Died
Richard Shute was born October 22nd, 1847 om Vermillion county, Indiana an died at Great Bend, Kansas January 24th, 1908. Mr. Shute moved with his father to Illinois at an early age and worked on his fathers farm until the civil war. He enlisted in the 155 Ill. Infantry and was honorably discharged at the close of the war, being a mere boy at the time. He was married to Hannah C. Kinney in Douglass county, Illinois, and was engaged in the mercantile business at that time, later he sold out his business and came to Kansas and settled on a claim in what is now Lincoln township, Stafford county in  1876 and has lived in that township ever since except about two years, moving to Great Bend about two years ago.

During his life in Kansas he accumulated a competence and purchased property in this city that he might avoid the hard work of the farm and that he and his wife might spend their remaining years in quiet and comfort. He had been ailing for some time and while taking medicine he was able to be on the street almost daily until Tuesday. Wile he had been informed that death might come at any time yet he might live several years and immediate death and not expected until about 12 o'clock Thursday night when he awakened his wife and told her to hurry over to a neighbors and tell them to come over. which she immediately did, returning at once. He was just able to say to her "meet me in heaven," and immediately expired. Mr. Shute has been a member of the Methodist church for probably fifty years and was a member of the church in this city. He was a man of kindly disposition and perfect manners a good husband and kind father, a leader in church work and liked by all of his acquaintances. He was a member of Pap Thomas Post G.A.R. of this city. He leaves the wife of this youth, Hannah C. Shute, and two sons, William T. and Richard H of Macksville, Kansas and a sister Mrs. James Hancock and a brother H. Shute of Newman, Illinois to mourn his loss, Funeral services were held at the M.E. church in this city Sunday at 10.30a.m. and buried at the Lincoln cemetery in north Lincoln township.
Barton County Democrat, 31 Jan 1908 (Great Bend, Kansas) - transcribed by J.S.

Reverend Andrew Wimsett
February 1901
Rev. A. Wimsett
Rev. Andrew Wimsett was born in Vermillion County, Indiana, January 7, 1823, and died at the home of his son, at Lakeview, Kansas, on January 29, 1901, aged 78 years, 22 days.  He was converted and joined the United Brethren Church in 1837.  He began preaching the gospel in 1840, and one year later received his first license from the Church.  During his Christian life he served the Church as class-leader, circuit preacher, presiding elder, and evangelist.  It is likely he reached his highest degree of usefulness in the last named relation.  This seemed to be the sphere most congenial to him, and in this sphere of work he held meetings in almost every county in the States of Indiana and Illinois.  Besides this, great meetings were held by him in many other States, especially in Kansas.  Eternity will make known the number of souls saved through his instrumentality.  It is believed by some who have known him long and well that he has been the means of bring more souls to Christ than any other man in the United Brethren Church since the days of Otterbein.  Brother Wimsett, though a cripple from the time he began his ministry, was a man of unusual physical energy and endurance.  The incessant toils and exposures to inclement weather, without apparent injurious results, through so many years, gave evidence to his great powers of endurance.  He was a man of strong, clear-cut convictions, concerning the great truths of revelation.  These convictions, accompanied by a deep heart experience in the Christian religion, gave power and keenness to  his public preaching and private conversation.  What he had seen and heard, and believed and felt, he unhesitatingly proclaimed, and this brought results.  There are large numbers of people in the ministry and ???ity of the Church who can witness that his presence was a benediction to their lives.  Uncle Andy not only maintained his vigor of body and mind through these years of toil, but ?? I have heard it remarked during the past ???ar, he ""kept sweet," no complaint that ??as not appreciated, or that the church ???st its power.  He rejoiced in the mate?? Prosperity of the Church, often speaking with pleasure of the growth of the Publishing house, and the prosperity of our colleges.  He had no words of complaint concerning the officials of the Church, and that which saved him in these things was the conscious presence of God, and his earnest work in soul-winning.  But the time for his departure had come, and he was ready to be offered.  About two weeks before his death, it became evident that incessant toil and old age were doing their work of dissolution.  The brain, the organ through which the mind works, showed signs of failure.  And when his son met him, to ??ing him home, he said, in his lucid moments, "My son, my work is done; I have preached my last sermon."  Mentioning some details as to his funeral, he spoke of a bright cloud he had seen come to the door of their house, upon which he stepped and was by it carried ?? {up} into the heavens.  On the date above mentioned, at 4:00 p. m., he slept quietly away, and his spirit departed.  Brother Wimsett was married three times.  He leaves his third companion, to whom he was united in 1866.  There are two sons living; three sons and two daughters dead.  The funeral was conducted ?? writer.  The text was the last words he ??: "I have fought a good fight."
  ? C. or G.} W. Huffman
  Note: found in a scrapbook in Roswell, New Mexico by Nancy Harvey while going though her mother's things after her death.  "The scrapbook is one which my great grandmother, Amanda Bryan Wetzel, or perhaps my grandmother, Nettie Wetzel Dean, pasted lots of obituaries of family and friends.  These families were from around McDonough, Fulton and Schuyler Counties, Illinois.  These obits are probably around a hundred years old or may be more."
(Contributed by Sara Hemp)




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