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Biographical Sketch of Joshua H. Higdon

Joshua H. Higdon was born in Franklin County, Indiana, June 25, 1845. He is the son of Peter W. Higdon, a native of Ohio, and was reared and educated in his native State. He learned the blacksmithing business in Decatur county, Illinois, and worked at that trade in connection with farming until the outbreak of the ” War between the States.” He enlisted in October, 1863, in Company H, One Hundred and Twenty-third Regiment Indiana Volunteers and served bravely in the cause of the Union throughout the war. He was engaged in the battles of Chattahoochie, Kenesaw Mountain, Columbia and Nashville, besides numerous skirmishes; was discharged from the army at Washington, D. C., June 20, 1865. Returning to Indiana disabled and unfitted for work, he came west in 1869 and located at Chillicothe, Missouri, near which place he farmed during eight years. He came to Jamesport March 5, 1880, and established the blacksmithing and agricultural implement business, which he at present conducts so successfully, in company with Mr. Seth H. Powers. Mr. Higdon was married to Miss Emma J., daughter of William R. Humphrey, a native of Virginia. Mrs. Higdon was born in Decatur, Indiana, November 1, 1847. The issue of this marriage is two children now living: William Edwin and Ora Albert. Mrs. H. is a consistent member of the Methodist Episcopal...

Biographical Sketch of Joseph S. Chenoweth

Joseph S. Chenoweth, the subject of this sketch, was born in Ross county,. Ohio, on the 18th of February, 1833. His father, Richard Chenoweth, was a native of Kentucky,. and a farmer; his mother’s maiden name was Elizabeth Smith, and she was a native of Maryland. They became the parents of eight children, of whom Joseph is the sixth, and when he attained the age of three years, they removed to Tippecanoe county, Indiana, and three years later to Missouri,. settling in Grundy county. There Joseph was reared and educated’, and there his father died in 1861, and his mother in 1879. Young Chenoweth began business for himself when twenty years of age, as a carpenter in Grundy county, where he resided until 1865, when he came to Jamesport, where he has since been engaged working at his trade. Joseph S. Chenoweth was united in marriage, on the 25th of August,. 1859, to Miss Sarah A. Forshay, daughter of Edward and Sarah Forshay, of Indiana. She was born near Lebanon, Ohio, January 28, 1839: By this union they have three children, Lilian R., Sarah E., and Joan. Mrs. Chenoweth is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Mr. Chenoweth is a Republican in politics; and is a member of the Jamesport Lodge No. 201, A. F. & A. M. He has, by strict attention to his business, won the respect of the citizens of Jamesport, and been enabled to, establish a business which steadily increases from year to...

Biography of Dr. W. S. Brown

W. S. Brown was born in Preble county, Ohio, September 16, 1824. His parents, Solomon and Lydia Brown, were both natives of New York, and when the subject of this sketch was but an infant they moved to Henry county, Indiana, where he was reared upon a farm and educated in the common schools. In the spring of 1847 he came to Missouri and settled in Harrison county on the 7th of May of the same year. He was appointed and served as the first postmaster at Bethany. While living in Bethany he engaged in mercantile business. In 1848 he came to this county and moved his stock of goods to Cravensville, but in 1851 abandoned the mercantile business and began the practice of medicine, which profession he had been studying for several years, and has made that his principal business since, together with farming. In 1858 he went to Texas, and after a stay there of eighteen months returned to this “county. He was elected justice of the peace in 1860. October 1, 1861, he enlisted in the six month service and was a lieutenant of the company commanded by Captain Bromfield. At the expiration of his time he again enlisted, this time in Company Thirty-third Regiment Enrolled State Militia, and was elected first lieutenant, and soon after was recommended and commissioned by the governor as colonel of the regiment, September 15, 1862, and was with the regiment when in service until the close of the war. In 1866 he was again elected justice of the peace, which place he filled four years, and has since held a...

Gross, Dora Minnie Bowman – Obituary

Mrs. Dora Minnie Gross, 58, wife of John H. Gross, widely known resident of the county, died Wednesday evening at 7:10 o’clock at the family home, three and a half miles south of this city on the Hoosier highway, following a three months’ illness with complication of diseases. Mrs. Gross had been in a critical condition for the past three months. It is believed by members of the family that complications of pneumonia developed during the past week and that this ailment aided by heart and kidney trouble, caused her demise. Dora Minnie Bowman-Gross was born December 6, 1867, the only child of John A. and Nancy [Morris] Bowman on the farm south of the city now known as the Gross farm and where death occurred. She had been a resident of this county her entire lifetime and had come to be known and loved by a host of friends. Mrs. Gross was a devout member of the local United Brethren Church of this city, having affiliated herself with that church when but a young lady. She had been an ardent and tireless worker in the church up until the time of her recent illness. In 1885 the deceased was united in marriage to John H. Gross and to that union eight children were born, four of whom survive as follows: Ira B. Gross, residing south of the city; Earl Gross of Bluffton; Mrs. Hazel Parker of Johnstown, Colo., and Miss Dorothy Gross, residing at home. Six grandchildren also survive. Funeral services will be conducted from the home, south of the city, Saturday afternoon, at 2 o’clock, in charge,...

Murray, Robert Owen – Obituary

Robert Owen Murray was born in Fulton County, Indiana, January 4, 1847, and died October 29, 1902. Aged 55 years 9 months 25 days. Married in 1881 to Mary Bowman. Born to them four children, one of whom preceded in death. Survivors are wife, three daughters and relatives. Member United Brethren church. Funeral at the home; Rev. S. P. Korster; Bowman Cemetery. Owen Murray, ex-trustee of Wayne township, died Wednesday night at 8 o’clock and was buried Friday at 10 o’clock; Bowman Cemetery. Contributed by: Shelli...

Moore, Minnie Stoughton – Obituary

Mrs. Minnie O. Moore, 68 years old, wife of Otis (Alvie) Moore, died at her home, 1002 South West street at 2:30 o’clock Wednesday morning after a long illness. She had suffered six paralytic strokes, the first one thirteen years ago. Mrs. Moore had been an invalid for ten years. She was born in Douglas county, Illinois July 26, 1875 and was the daughter of the Rev. Samuel and Belinda Stoughton. She had spent all her life in this county with the exception of eight years she spent in Illinois. The deceased had been a resident of Shelbyville for the past nineteen years. She married Mr. Moore February 19, 1893. He survives with two of the six children, Frank D. Moore, of the Armstrong & Moore Real Estate and Insurance dealers, of this city and Paul B. Moore, at home. She also leaves four brothers, Claybourne, of Alexandria; Robert of Bartholomew county and Thomas and George Stoughton, both of this city; two grandchildren, Jean Ann and John Edward. Mrs. Moore’s parents were pioneers of Shelby county. Her father was a Baptist minister. Mrs. Moore was a member of the Blue River Baptist church of Jackson township. Funeral rites will be held at the late home at 1:30 o’clock Friday afternoon. The Rev. Clarence Hager, pastor of the Calvary Baptist church will officiate. The body will be placed in the Temple Hill Mausoleum. C. F. Fix & Son, funeral directors, will be in charge. Friends may call at the late home after noon Thursday. Shelbyville Republican, Wednesday, July 15, 1936 Contributed by: Shelli...

Oltman, William A. – Obituary

William A. Oltman, 82, resident of Marion township, died at Major Hospital at 1:15 this morning following an illness of six months. Born near Hope March 31, 1873, Mr. Oltman, a farmer, had spent most of his life in Shelby county. His parents were Dirk and Susan (Reed) Oltman. He was a member of the Haw Patch Baptist Church near Clifford. In 1898 he was married to Emma Stoughton whose death occurred in 1933. He is survived by four children. Mrs. Bertha Hughes, and Robert S. Oltman, of this city, Mrs. Bessie Stoughton, Greenfield, and Mrs. Mary Bennett of Marion township. Also surviving are three brothers, George E. Oltman of this city, John H. Oltman, Jackson township and Harvey Oltman, Vero Beach, Florida. There are 10 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren. Funeral services, in charge of the Ewing mortuary, will be held at 2:00 p.m. Monday at the Blue River Separate Baptist Church near Marietta. Burial will be in the Conover cemetery. Friends may call at the mortuary after noon Sunday. The Shelbyville News, Saturday, August 13, 1955 Contributed by: Shelli...

Oltman, Emma May Stoughton – Obituary

Tragedy interrupted preparations for what would otherwise have been a pleasant family dinner Sunday at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Sardis McQueen, near Clifford, in Bartholomew county, when Mrs. Emma May Oltman, 52 years old, wife of William A. Oltman, of Jackson township in Shelby county, fell from a kitchen doorway to the hard floor of a fruit cellar below, fracturing her skull and breaking her neck. She died fifteen minutes later, at about 11:30 o’clock. Mrs. Oltman was a sister of Thomas and George Stoughton of Shelbyville. She and her husband and two of their children, Robert Samuel and Mary Katherine Oltman, had gone to the McQueen home earlier on Sunday morning to be dinner guests of the McQueen’s. Mr. McQueen is an uncle of Mrs. Oltman. She made no outcry when she fell. Others in the room did not realize what had happened until they heard the sound of her fall. The body was taken to the Fix & Son mortuary here in an ambulance, summoned immediately after the accident. Death had occurred before the ambulance arrived. Besides the husband and the two children and brothers already mentioned, Mrs. Oltman leaves two daughters, Mrs. John Hughes, of Jackson township, and Mrs. Jerry Lewis, of Edinburg; two brothers, Robert Stoughton, of Hendricks township, and Clabe [Claybourne] Stoughton, of Alexandria, Indiana, and a sister, Mrs. Minnie Moore, mother of Frank Moore, who is trustee of Addison township, this county. Mrs. Oltman was a daughter of Samuel and Belinda Stoughton and was born in Illinois June 30, 1880. At the time of her death, she was aged 52 years,...

Shaw, Claude H. – Obituary

In ill health for several years, Claude H. Shaw, died at his home in Noble township, Wednesday evening at 7:10 o’clock. He was 78 years. Mr. Shaw, who was a farmer and had spent the greater past of his life in Shelby county, was born in Butler County, Ohio, on April 18, 1869. He was a member of the Methodist Church. On December 23, 1894, he was married to Miss Mellie Phillippe, who survives with a daughter, Mrs. Sally Weidner; three granddaughters, Mrs. Ralph Bentley, Mrs. David Snyder and Miss Claudine Weidner, all of this city, and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held at the Pleasant Grove Baptist church today at 2:00 p.m. (DST) and burial will be made in the church cemetery in charge of Carl Norman of Hope. Friends may call at the late home at any time. Shelbyville Republican, Friday, August 8, 1947 Contributed by: Shelli...

Compton, Homer – Obituary

Homer Compton, 81, died at 9:50 p.m. Monday at the Ken-Joy Convalescent Home in Hope where he had been admitted September 25, following 10 days hospitalization. He was a former Shelby County resident who moved to Lakeland, Florida, following his retirement from the U.S. Tire and Rubber Co. about 20 years ago. Services will be Thursday at 2:00 p.m. at the Ewing Mortuary, with burial in Second Mt. Pleasant Cemetery. Friends may call at the mortuary after 4:00 p.m. Wednesday. Born in Shelby County September 27, 1892, Mr. Compton was the son of William and Clara Compton. He was married in February, 1913, to Mary Alta Rafferty and she died June 4, 1931. Survivors are three daughters, Mrs. William (Etha) Freeman, of Columbus; Mrs. R. J. (Mary) McBrearty of San Antonio, Texas, and Mrs. R.K. (Betty) Clayton of Ithaca, New York; one son Hugh A. Compton, Denver, Colorado; 10 grandchildren, three great grandchildren and one brother, Howard Compton, Boggstown. Two sons, two brothers and two sisters preceded in death. Shelbyville News, Tuesday, October 3, 1972 Contributed by: Shelli...
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