Location: Fulton County IN

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...

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Biography of John L. Troutman

John L. Troutman. With the exception of one year, when he was traveling in California, the entire carser of John L. Troutman, since he was thirteen years of age, had been passed in Kansas and in agricultural pursuits. He had resided and carried on operations in various parts of the Sunflower State, making a success of his enterprises in each locality, and at the present time is the owner of a valuable alfalfa farm at Twenty-first Street and California Avenue, Topeka. Mr. Troutman comes of a farming family and had ingrained in his make-up the inclination for the soil that caused his forbears for generations to wield the implements of the husbandman. He was born in the rich agricultural country of Fulton County, Indiana, where his father owned a farm, September 22, 1853, and is a son of William H. and Nancy (Smith) Troutman. His grandfather, William T. Troutman, was an early settler of Cass County, Indiana, where he located some seventy-five or eighty years ago, taking up raw land in the vicinity of Logansport, from whence the family subsequently removed north to Fulton County. William H. Troutman was born in Indiana, and on reaching man’s estate adopted the family avocation. He was successful as an agriculturist, being a man of industry, intelligence and marked business ability, and developed a good farming property. When the issues came on that...

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Rogers, Martella Ellen Bowman – Obituary

Mrs. Martella E. Rogers, 98, of R.R. 5, Rochester, died at 3:45 p.m. Monday at her home [December 28, 1953]. Mrs. Rogers, the oldest woman in Fulton county, had been a resident of this community her entire life. She had countless friends throughout the eastern section of the county. She was born Oct. 3, 1855, in Rochester to Hugh and Sarah Gordon Bowman. In 1875 she was married to Francis A. Rogers, who preceded her in death on Dec. 14, 1921. Mrs. Rogers was a member of the Talma Methodist Church. Surviving are a son, Raymond R. Rogers, Rochester; three daughters, Mrs. Lillie Myers and Mrs. Elsie Grass, both of Rochester; Mrs. Ida Norris, Mentone; thirteen grandchildren; twenty-six great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. Two stepsons preceded her in death. Final rites will be held at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Mentone Baptist church with the Rev. Chester Doden officiating. Burial will be in the I.O.O.F. Cemetery. Contributed by: Shelli...

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Nellans, William H. – Obituary

William H. Nellans, 84, well-known farmer, residing three miles southeast of Fulton, died at 4:30 p.m. Thursday after an illness of four years. He had been a resident of Fulton county his entire life. Mr. Nellans was born Sept. 10, 1869, to Absolem and Mahala Nellans. His first marriage was on Nov. 25, 1892, to Mary Patton. She died in 1909. On Nov. 18, 1936 he was married to Ada Martindale, who survives. Mr. Nellans was a member of the Pilgrim Holiness Church. Survivors include the widow; four daughters, Mrs. Berniece Waite of Greenville, PA; Mrs. Louise Bochanyin of Miami, Fla.; Mrs. Myra English of Mason, Mich. and Mrs. Ruth Weaver of Rochester; twelve grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Saturday from the Ditmire Funeral Chapel with Rev. Leonard Fletcher officiating. Burial will be in the Rochester I.O.O.F. Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home. Contributed by: Shelli...

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Nellans, Jonathan Frederick ‘Guy’ – Obituary

Fred Nellans, 40, son of Mr. and Mrs. Absalom Nellans, who reside two and half miles southeast of Fulton, died at 11 o’clock Monday night [August 14, 1916], after an eight weeks illness with gangrene, the source of which was unknown. Funeral Thursday morning at 10 o’clock in the Fulton U. B. Church. Interment there. Deceased was a member of a well known family and was born in Rochester on south Main Street in 1876, at which time his father was county treasurer. Later the family moved on a farm southwest of the city and then to the place they now occupy. Mr. Nellans never married. Besides the parents, he leaves the following sisters and brothers: Mrs. William Rouch of Rochester, Mrs. Vachel Pownall of near Fulton, Francis Nellans of near Fulton, Guy Nellans of near Marshtown, William Nellans of Fulton and Charles Nellans of Goshen. Contributed by: Shelli...

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Bowman, Mary Foster – Obituary

Grandma Mary Bowman, nee Foster, widow of John Bowman, deceased, died at the residence of Absalom Nellans, six miles southwest of Rochester, Monday, January 28 [1889]. Yesterday her remains were taken to the Lutheran Cemetery near Bloomingsburg for burial, prior to which Rev. A. E. Gift delivered an eloquent funeral sermon. Deceased was born in Perry County, Ohio, some 78 years ago, and emigrated to Fulton County, Indiana, during the early part of its history. She was brought up in the Lutheran faith from infancy, to which she devotedly clung to the end. Having lead a truly Christian life, deceased was possessed of many other womanly virtues. Her many friends and neighbors will ever remember her spirit of benevolence, hospitality and cheerfulness. For the constant practice of these commendable virtues, her Creator did not let her pass away unrewarded, and left her in the full enjoyment of her mental faculties to the last moment of her long and fruitful life. The Rochester Sentinel, 1889 Contributed by: Shelli...

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Bowman, Henry – Obituary

Henry Bowman, who resides in Talma, died Monday [August 25, 1903] afternoon at 2 o’clock. He had been suffering with dropsy, along with the effects of old age, for the past 9 months and the end was not unexpected. Mr. Bowman came to the little town of Talma from Fremont, Ohio, about forty-five years ago and engaged in the milling business for a number of years until his health failed. Deceased leaves two sisters, Mrs. Lewis Boyer, of Goshen, and Mrs. Abs[elom] Nellans, of near Fulton and a brother Aaron Bowman, who when last heard of eight years ago was in the Klondyke; also three sons, John and Aaron Bowman, of Chicago, and Albert Bowman of Talma, the deceased having lived with the latter for a number of years previous to death. [Obit spelled surname as Bauman] Funeral at Talma Wednesday morning at 10 o’clock. Contributed by: Shelli...

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Bowman, Bridget Sullivan – Obituary

Mrs. Bowman, wife of Henry Bowman, of Bloomingsburg, died of lung fever Thursday, Feb. 16th [1882]. The funeral services were held at the Lutheran Church near Bloomingsburg by Rev. Gift, of Rochester, after which the remains were deposited in the cemetery adjoining the church. [Interment Lutheran Cemetery] Rochester Sentinel, February 18, 1882 Contributed by: Shelli...

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Bowman, Aaron L. – Obituary

Dr. Aaron L. Bowman, 40, died at his home in Talma Wednesday morning [July 5, 1916], after a year’s illness, a victim of cancer of the brain. He leaves a wife, Lily, two children, Emery and Eldora May, and a brother, Albert, all of Talma. Two brothers are dead. Dr. Bowman was born in Fulton County June 19th, 1876, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Bowman, both deceased. He had long practiced at Talma and was well known in this neighborhood. Illness forced him to stop working during the past year. Funeral at Talma, at a time not fixed. [Interment Reichter Cemetery] Contributed by: Shelli...

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Biography of Orvis Milton Bloom

Orvis Milton Bloom, one of the well known oil producers living at Independence, Kansas, has been closely identified with the oil districts of the southwest for over twenty years. He was born in Clearfield County, Pennsylvania, February 9, 1873, a son of A. W. and Rebecca (MacCracken) Bloom. His mother is now living at Independence. Mr. Bloom was one of a large family of children, and his brother, C. L. Bloom, has been one of the most successful oil operators in the southwest. When O. M. Bloom was five years of age his parents moved to Fulton County, Indiana, and he attended his first schools there. Later they located in Bollinger County in Southeastern Missouri, and he continued his education in the schools there, and after 1885 was a student in the public schools of Linn County, Kansas, where his parents located. He spent the first sixteen years of his life on his father’s farms. In the fall of 1888 Mr. Bloom went west to California, and at Red Bluff became foreman on a ranch that was known as the Walsh Ranch. He remained there 2½ years, then spent one winter in running a traction engine, and continued farming on the coast until March 14, 1894. At that date he returned to Miami County, Kansas, and has since been active in the oil fields. He has been through all...

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Biography of Charles M. Ball

Charles M. Ball. While every type of business man must possess certain qualities to ensure success in his enterprises, those indispenable to the banker rest along such high lines that his position in a community is comparable to no other in importance. As a bank represents the most conservative of all institutions, the honest banker is conservative, thereby safeguarding the interests entrusted to his care. Such bankers are invaluable protectors of the public as well as of the private individual. The steadying influence of a conservative banker has often proved a bulwark to a business community in time of real or anticipated panic. The long financial career of Charles M. Ball, president of the Conlen National Bank, at Coffeyville, Kansas, has given him a wide banking experience. Charles M. Ball was born at Rochester, in Fulton County, Indiana, November 25, 1865, and is a son of Aaron and Celestina Ball, the latter of whom was born at Akron, Indiana, in 1847 and is a resident of Oswego, Kansas. Aaron Ball was born at Akron, Indiana, in 1842, and died in 1895, at Oswego, Kansas. He came to Kansas in 1879, shortly afterward became engaged in farming and stockraising in Labette County, continuing until the close of his life. On numerous occasions he served in town offices at Oswego. He was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church and a...

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