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Biography of Owen C. Wasson

Owen C. Wasson. Because of the success which had attended his efforts, his commercial soundness and acumen, his spirit of public helpfulness and his good citizenship, the career of Owen C. Wasson, of Peru, offers an encouraging example of prosperity and position gained through a proper utilization of ordinary opportunities. Since entering upon his independent life, numerous vocations have attracted the activities of Mr. Wasson, but he had made steady advancement in each, and is now the proprietor of a well-established hardware and implement business at Peru and one of the city’s substantial business citizens. Mr. Wasson was born on a farm in Shelby County, Indiana, October 23, 1877, and is a son of George W. and Martha A. (Craig) Wasson. His great-great, grandfather was John Wasson, a native of Kentucky and early settler of Bartholomew County, Indiana, where he passed his life in farming enterprises. George C. Wasson, the son of John Wasson, was born in Nicholas County, Kentucky, and was a young man when he went to Bartholomew County, Indiana. In 1837 he migrated from that county to Shelby County, and there continued to be engaged in farming during the remainder of his life and died. Among his children was John Wasson, the grandfather of Owen C. Wasson. He was born in December, 1832, in Nicholas County, Kentucky, and was five years old when taken to Shelby County, Indiana, where he was reared and educated and where his life was passed as a farmer. He was an energetic, industrious man, who made the most of his opportunities, and who occupied a place in his community as a...

Pursley, Marlene Gail Nice – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Marlene Gail Nice Pursley, 57, of Indiana and formerly of La Grande, died April 13 in La Grande of natural causes. Services will be held in Indiana. Marlene was born Sept. 20, 1950, to Paul and Leora Nice in La Grande. She graduated from La Grande High School in 1968 and married Roger Pursley in 1971. The couple lived in Boggstown, Ind. Survivors include her parents, Paul and Leora Nice; husband, Roger; daughter, Jennifer Armes; son, Jon Pursley; five grandchildren; sister and her husband, Cathy and Dick Cook of Walla Walla; brother and his wife, Larry and Claudine Nice of La Grande; and nieces and nephews. Loveland Funeral Chapel & Crematory is in charge of arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made in care of Loveland Funeral Chapel. La Grande Observer, Obituaries for the week ending April 19,...

Cropper, William E. – Obituary

William E. Cropper, 76 years old, died at 5:30 o’clock Saturday evening [May 2, 1936] while sitting in a chair at his home in Flat Rock. Dr. William R. Tindall, county coroner, stated that death was due to cerebral hemorrhage. Mr. Cropper had been in failing health for several months. The deceased was a prominent farmer of Washington township and was born in Shelby county June 23, 1860. His marriage to Miss Sarah Cherry, who passed away on August 9, 1928, took place on March 20, 1887. Survivors are two daughters, Mrs. Earl Shoaf, of near Lewis Creek, and Mrs. Leonard McQueen, of near Flat Rock; three grandchildren, one brother, Robert Cropper, of Fenns Station, and two half-sisters in California. The body was taken to the Morris H. Sleeth funeral home, where funeral services will be held at 2 o’clock Tuesday afternoon. The Rev. Ray Bozelle will officiate and burial will be in Forest Hill cemetery. Please omit flowers. Contributed by: Shelli...

Cropper, Sarah Jane Collins Henderson – Obituary

Mrs. Sarah Cropper, wife of Robert Cropper, died Wednesday night [September 1, 1915] at eight o’clock at her home eight miles south of here. She was fifty-one years old. Death was caused by dropsy. Mrs. Cropper had been in ill health for the past four years, and had been confined to her bed for the past six weeks. She was married December 24, 1893. For a number of years she has been a member of the Pleasant Grove Christian church, which is near her home. She leaves her husband, four brothers, Will and Robert Collins, of Howard county; Frank and Richard Collins of Hendricks township, this county; three sisters, Mrs. Stephen Runyon, of Hendricks township; Mrs. Ed. Smith, of Fairland, and Mrs. Charles Hey, of Noble township. Her aged mother, Mrs. Leah Collins, also survives. The funeral services will be held Sunday afternoon at two o’clock in the Pleasant Grove Christian Church, the Rev. W. E. Carroll, pastor of the Christian church of this city, officiating. Burial will be made in Forest Hill Cemetery. Contributed by: Shelli...

Cropper, Sarah E. Cherry – Obituary

The death of Mrs. Sarah E. Cropper, age 65, occurred at her home in Washington township, one mile south of Flat Rock at 4:20 o’clock this morning [August 9, 1928]. Mrs. Cropper had been ill since March suffering from heart disease and dropsy. The daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Eli Cherry, Mrs. Cropper was born in this county June 18, 1863. She was married to William Cropper March 20, 1887. To this union four children were born, two of whom, Mrs. Meryl Shoaf of near Hope and Mrs. Breanious McQueen of near Flat Rock, survive. Mrs. Cropper is also survived by three grandchildren, two brothers, Stephan Cherry of this city and Charles Cherry of Kokomo. Mrs. Cropper was a member of the Flat Rock M. E. Church and of the Pythian Sisters of Flat Rock. Funeral services will be held at the home at two o’clock Saturday afternoon with the Rev. J. T. Thomas of Indianapolis, officiating, assisted by the Rev. Merritt Machlin. Burial will be in Forest Hill Cemetery in charge of Morris...

Nading, Westley – Obituary

Body of Wesley Nading, Former County Resident, Brought Here Funeral services for Wesley Nading, former resident of the Flat Rock community, whose death occurred at Indianapolis yesterday [June 9, 1933], had not been completed today, pending word from a daughter, Mrs. William Marsh, of Detroit. The body was brought to the Charles M. Ewing Funeral Chapel yesterday from Indianapolis. Mr. Nading at the time of death was 74 years of age [June 9, 1933]. He leaves several nieces and nephews in this City. The Shelbyville Republican, June 10, 1933 Contributed by: Shelli...

Compton, Moses – Obituary

Mode [Moses] D. Compton, fifty-nine years old, well known in this county and city, was found dead in bed early Saturday morning [July 19, 1919] by his wife, who had gone to awaken him at his home one mile east of Edinburg, in Johnson County. Mr. Compton attended the races at Edinburg, Friday, and enjoyed the day. A stroke of apoplexy was said to have been the cause of his death, according to a statement of Dr. Sheek, Johnson County coroner. He was born near Lewis Creek, Selby County, and was the son of Mr. and Mrs. William Compton. Five years previous to the past March he had lived on the Harry Compton farm two and one-half miles northwest of Fairland. Recently he purchased the small farm near Edinburg where he was living when his death came. He was married twice, his first wife being Mrs. Laura Mitchell, to whom seven children were born. One son died the past March of influenza. The others who survive the father are Roscoe and James, both of near Edinburg and Mrs. George Holdcraft, Mrs. Lucy Hayes, of near Edinburg, and Misses Tressie and Helen Compton at home. A sister, Mrs. Helen Watts, also survives. He was married the second time to Miss Anna Bills, who survives. He was a man of exceptionally strong character and one to whom persons were easily attracted. Contributed by: Shelli...

Biography of Rev. Berry Edmiston

Rev. Berry Edmiston, of Riverside, located there in 1878. He first resided on the Government tract at the head of Magnolia avenue, on Palm avenue. In the spring of 1880 he purchased a ten-acre tract on the west side of Bandini Avenue, about three miles south of Riverside. Upon this tract he erected his cottage residence and devoted him-self to horticultural pursuits. He has now three acres in budded orange trees of the Washington Navel variety, two acres in apricots and about four acres in raisin grapes. In 1881 he purchased a ten-acre tract adjoining him, on the south and west of which is bottom land, being mostly devoted to raising alfalfa, but he has on that tract about two acres of deciduous fruits, such as peaches, pears, apples, etc. In 1888 he purchased ten acres located on the Government tract, about a half-mile south of his home place, which is now in alfalfa. Mr. Edmiston came to California broken in health, after long and arduous labors in the educational institutions, and the ministry of the Methodist and Swedenborgian Churches. Upon a partial recovery of his health he commenced his labors in Riverside, and in 1885 established the new church society of the Swedenborgian faith; and through his efforts, mainly, their chapel was built on Central Avenue. He was the first officiating minister of that society in Riverside and has been the pastor of the Church since its organization. He is an educated gentleman, a good citizen, and a sincere Christian, and his consistent course in life has gained him the respect and esteem of a large circle of...

Biography of Clarence W. Winbigler, M. D.

Clarence W. Winbigler, M. D. It was nearly thirty-five years ago that Doctor Winbigler began practice at Harper, Kansas. That county was then well out toward the frontier, and with one other physician of Harper he shared the honors of pioneer practice. In early years Doctor Winbigler practiced when there were no telephones, when there were few good roads, and his work necessitated riding night and day through the bare prairies in all kinds of weather. As a physician and surgeon he ranks among the leaders of his profession in this section of the state. Doctor Winbigler was born at Middletown, Indiana, September 13, 1853. His paternal ancestors came out of Holland and settled in Maryland in colonial times. His father, Elias Winbigler, was born at Frederick, Maryland, in 1816. In young manhood he left that state, moving to Middletown, Indiana, where he married and took up farming. In the spring of 1859 he went to Spring Grove, Illinois, where he continued farming until his death July 6, 1864. He was a leader among the abolitionists of Indiana and Illinois, and a stanch republican. At the time of his death he held the office of postmaster of Spring Grove. Religiously he was a member of the Lutheran Church. The maiden name of his wife was Amanda R. Gordon, who was born in Warren County, Ohio, in 1819, and died at Monmouth, Illinois, in October, 1874. Her children were: John S., who was a farmer and died at Spring Grove, Illinois, December 30, 1897; Chalmers B., a farmer living at Spring Grove; Gordon O., who when a mere youth entered...

McQueen, Leonard – Obituary

Leonard R. McQueen, 79, Flat Rock, Washington Township retired farmer, died Wednesday [September 13, 1972]. Major Hospital patient since Feb. 4. Bartholomew County native, lived in the Flat Rock community most of his life. Member of the Flat Rock United Methodist Church, a 50 year member of Camon Lodge 343, F. and A.M., at Clifford, and a member of the Flat Rock Citizens Committee. Ewing Mortuary with the Rev. Ray Bozell officiating. Burial will be in Flat Rock Cemetery. Born Sept. 15, 1892, s/o Alfred Jefferson and Laura (Reed) McQueen. Survivors: 1 daughter, Mrs. Garnet (DeVone) Hamilton, Flat Rock; 4 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. Hallard (Mary) Conner, Edinburg; and Mrs. Alvin (Edith) Coons, Flat Rock; 1 brother, Harley McQueen, Lebanon. Three brothers and two sisters preceded in death. Contributed by: Shelli...
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