Location: Decatur County IN

Biography of Alexander Funkhouser

Alexander Funkhouser. Some men go through the world, subject to its various experiences, doing their work well and accumulating property, but after all is said and done they apparently have not placed the proper emphasis upon life as living and have not accentuated the many interests which lie around them. Of those families of Champaign County that seem to have realized most adequately the breadth and fullness and depth of life and its possibilities perhaps none deserve mention more than the household of Alexander Funkhouser. Mr. Funkhouser is a prominent farmer near Rantoul, and his activities have been closely identified with Champaign County since boyhood days. He is a son of James and Rachel Funkhouser, both of whom were natives of Pennsylvania. The original ancestors of the Funkhousers were three brothers who emigrated from Holland to America in early days, and their descendants still have the sterling qualities that marked the family back in Holland. James and Rachel Funkhouser had only two children, Alexander and Sarah. Alexander Funkhouser was born two and a half miles from Greensburg in Decatur County, Indiana. He was eight years of age when he came with his parents to Champaign County. They arrived in this county October 19, 1857. Here the family experienced the various hardships and privations incident to their day. They possessed powers of endurance and were always willing to sacrifice present...

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Biography of Benjamin F. E. Marsh

Benjamin F. E. Marsh. For thirty consecutive years Mr. Marsh had served with unceasing diligence and fidelity the Santa Fe Railway Company. His many friends in the service and among Topeka people generally had a special sense of pleasure in learning of his recent promotion to the office of assistant general freight agent. He had earned every step of his promotion since taking his first clerkship, and had long been recognized as an expert on many of the technical subjects counected with the handling of the freight department of this great system. A native of Topeka where he was born June 25, 1869, Mr. Marsh is a son of William Tolar and Nancy (Poague) Marsh. His father was born in Ohio June 10, 1837, and settled in Topeka in 1868. He was a building contractor, and in the course of his business built a home at 414 East Sixth Avenue in which he lived until his death on August 21, 1912. During the Civil war he had served as captain of a company in the One Hundred and Thirty-fourth Indiana Infantry and was long a prominent member of Lincoln Post Grand Army of the Republic at Topeka. Politically he was a republican. The Marsh family came out of Essex County, England, as early as 1645, first settling at New Haven, Connecticut, and from there going to Elizabethtown, New Jersey,...

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Biography of Philander Hamilton Adams

Philander Hamilton Adams. Ever since the year 1871, members of the Adams family have contributed to the good citizenship, progress and development of Shawnee County, their activities having invaded the fields of agriculture, merchandising, consulting engineering, education, religion, and public service. The founder of the family in this state was the late Jacob Clendenin Adams, and at present it is worthily represented at Topeka by Philander Hamilton Adams, who at this time is the owner of the original homestead, in addition to being a well known business man of the capital city. Jacob Clendenin Adams was born in 1823 at Ossian, New York, and when a young man left the Empire State and turned his face toward the setting sun. His destination was near Richmond, Indiana, which he reached after a long and tedious journey; and there he was engaged in teaching in the early subscription schools for several years. In 1849, he was united in marriage with Miss Nancy McCoy Hamilton, of Decatur County, Indiana, a daughter of James Edward and Jane McCoy Hamilton, who were large land owners. Not long after that event, he turned his attention to farming, in which he continued to be successfully engaged in Indiana until 1871, which year saw his advent in Kansas. By this time, Mr. Adams was a settled farmer, and when he came to Shawnee County he had no...

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Biographical Sketch of D. F. Dillman

D. F. Dillman, livery, was born in Decatur County, Ind., February 21, 1854. Removed to Iowa in 1856 with his parents, thence to Cass County, Neb., thence to Wyoming Territory. Came to Jewell City in 1874, and took a homestead in Washington Township the same year. Held the office of Constable and City Marshal of Jewell City. Mr. Dillman left home when but fifteen years old to do for himself, and all that he has was accumulated by his own individual...

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Fix, Phillip William – Obituary

Phillip W. Fix was born in Decatur County, Indiana, in 1835, and died at his home in Orting, January 16, 1924, aged 89. Mr. Fix was a Civil War veteran, having enlisted in Co. “A” Fourth Minnesota Regular Volunteer Infantry in 1861 for three years. He re-enlisted at Huntsville, Alabama in the winter of 1864 and served until the close of the war when he was mustered out at Louisville, Kentucky, on the 26th of July, 1865. He was married to Susan Bowman in 1856 and ten children were born to this union; Susan Bowman Fix died in 1899 and Mr. Fix was married to Metta Lee [Willametta Crisler Beatty Lee] in 1901. Mr. and Mrs. Fix have resided in Orting for about thirty-five years. Surviving Mr. Fix is his wife and six children-William Wesley, Samuel Edgar, Charles Austin, George S., Thomas A., and Grace Edith, now Mrs. Baker. Funeral services will be held at the M. E. Church this (Friday) afternoon at 2 o’clock, Rev. W. O. Benandom officiating. Interment will be made in the Orting Soldiers Home Cemetery. Contributed by: Shelli...

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Champ, Thomas J – Obituary

Thomas J. Champ, age 68, died in Decatur County [February 1916]. Born in Decatur County, 14, September 1847, to Caleb and Martha Champ. Married 19 January 1871 to Mary A. Townsend [1847-1929], 5 children, 3 survive: Willard Monroe, Caleb Arnold and William W. brothers: Virgil, James, and Marion Champ. Sisters: Mrs. Childress and Mrs. Ida Mitchell. Buried St. Omer Cemetery. Shelby Democrat, 10 February 1916 Contributed by: Shelli...

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Champ, Scina – Obituary

Miss Scina Champ, daughter of Robert Champ, of Burney, Ind., died of typhoid fever on last Monday [March 30, 1887]. She had only been sick for about fifteen days. She was fifteen years of age and a member of the Mission Baptist church, of Burney, having joined last winter under the preaching of W. A. Pavey. During her sickness she exhibited great faith in God’s promise and spent much time in sacred song. The anxious parents and friends crowded around her, but were powerless to prevent the angels from claiming her as one of their future companions. She leaves behind her a memory fragrant with all that is beautiful and ennobling. Her parents have the sympathy of the entire neighborhood. [Interment in Mowrey Cemetery] Contributed by: Shelli...

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Champ, Margaret – Obituary

Child Killed In Accident Buried At St. Omer Margaret, the nine-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Willard Champ of Indianapolis, was crushed to death under the wheel of a heavily loaded wagon near her school building in that city, last Thursday evening [April 13, 1918]. The little girl had been sick all winter and had been going to school but a few days. She and a girl by the name of Knight who lived close together were starting from school when the other girl’s father came along with a wagon. Quite a number of children were in the street but Mr. Knight stopped to let his daughter ride. The Knight girl had gotten on the wagon but little Margaret was still climbing up when the horse started and she fell to the street in the path of the wheels one of which passed over her, crushing her head. Mr. and Mrs. Champ formerly lived here and the child was brought back here on the eleven-fifteen o’clock traction car Saturday morning and taken to St. Omer for burial. Contributed by: Shelli...

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Champ, Edna Ewing – Obituary

God, in his wisdom, has called from our midst another precious one, it being Mrs. Nettie Champ wife of [William] Wallace Champ, who died at her home near Burney on Tuesday morning, March 6, 1888, of consumption, after long and patient suffering. Nettie was an affectionate and devoted wife, and those who knew her best loved her most. Death seems always sad to us as did it to her. While in the spring time of life and surrounded by friends and relatives, Nettie’s young soul took its flight to Heaven, yet we must not be selfish in this for “God’s will be done.” The decease was the second daughter of Samuel H. Ewing, and was born March 24, 1866, and was married to Wallace Champ, Aug. 10, 1887. She united with the Christian Church at Hartsville in 1886, to which she has ever been a true and faithful member. [Interment in Mowrey Cemetery]. Contributed by: Shelli...

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Champ, Lizzie – Obituary

Miss Lizzie Champ, daughter of Robert Champ, near Milford, died on Sabbath [September 7, 1889], and was buried on Monday. Milton Parsons, with Siling & Woolley, who were employed as undertakers, report that while deceased was but eleven years of age, it necessitated a six foot casket, she being five feet ten inches in height. Contributed by: Shelli...

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Bowman, Malinda Owens – Obituary

The body of Mrs. Melinda BOWMAN arrived here from Greensburg this afternoon for burial here. She is the widow of the late Hugh BOWMAN, well known here. The funeral of Melinda Bowman took place this afternoon [May 21, 1913], with services at the Hoover Chapel. The funeral was conducted by the Talma IOOF. Contributed by: Shelli...

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Ferguson, Cynthia Ann McEwen – Obituary

Died, near Winfield, Cowley County, Kansas, December 31, 1883, at 12 p.m., Mrs. Cynthia A., wife of the Rev. Solomon Ferguson, aged 61 years, 11 months, and 5 days. Mrs. Ferguson was born in Bartholomew County, Indiana. She moved with her parent, the Rev. James McEwen when quite young to Decatur County where in October 1838 she was married to Solomon Ferguson, by whom she had ten children, two sons and eight daughters. Two daughters died in infancy; the others are left with the bereaved husband to mourn her loss, all member of the church. She was converted in 1843, and united with the Milford Salem Baptist Church where she remained a member until September 1847, when she moved to Fremont, Iowa, where she became a consistent member of Salem, now Fremont, Baptist Church. While in this church her husband was ordained a minister of the gospel, where in his arduous self-denying labors, he found in her an uncomplaining, self-denying helpmate. They moved to Cowley in the spring of 1871, and united with the faithful, earnest, consistent member, beloved by all who knew her. A great light has gone out in that neighborhood. With the last moment of the passing year, she breathed her last on earth, only to wake in the brightness of heaven. She died as does the ocean wave along the shore, without a ripple, quite...

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Biography of James M. De Moss

JAMES M. DE MOSS. – This well-known musician of Eastern Oregon was born at Greensburg, Indiana, May 15, 1837. As a child he removed to Iowa with his parents, and in that state was reared, receiving his higher education at Western College. At eighteen he became a teacher of music, and three years later was married to Miss Elizabeth A., daughter of Reverend Henry Bonebrake. He spent his early manhood as an exhorter in the United Brethren church. In the great patriotic meetings held during the days of the Civil war by Honorable Henry Wilson, and others, he was appointed to lead in vocal music, thus assisting in helping on the Union army. In 1862 he crossed the plains to Oregon. Arriving at Powder river about the middle of September, he was so much delighted by seeing the swarms of salmon disporting in the clear waters of the stream and was morever so well pleased with the surroundings of the place, that he stopped at this point, locating and building a cottage hotel, where now stands the town of North Powder. Here he put in a fish trap and built a toll bridge, the latter of which remains, having little need of repairs. He soon resumed clerical labors as missionary, and labored extensively in the eastern section. In the spring of 1863 occurred the rush to the Idaho mines;...

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