Biographies and Obituaries
In loving memory
George D. Abraham
The Odon Journal
Friday, May 7, 1926, page 1
GEO. D. ABRAHAM DIES TUESDAY.
FORMER PROMINENT ODON CITIZEN SUCCUMBS AT AGE OF 81 YEARS.
George D. ABRAHAM, formerly of this city and one of the most widely known men in this section passed away at his home in Indianapolis early last Tuesday morning his death being caused by general debility. He had been in failing health for some time and his advanced age made it impossible for him to recover. He had been active however up to within a year ago and his entire life had been a busy and active one. George D. ABRAHAM was born in Ohio October 16, 1844 and he was past eighty-one years of age at the time of his death. When a boy he came to Greene county and settled near Scotland later coming to Odon when a young man and was a wagon maker by trade. Here he entered the merchandising field and for many years was engaged in a number of business enterprises. He was a prominent factor in the growth of Odon and his activities did much to promote the town. He was united in marriage to Emmeline SMITH, daughter of J. V. SMITH of Odon (then Clarksburg) and to this union one child was born. This daughter was Cora, now Mrs. W. K. BOLT of California. The wife passed away a few years after the birth of the daughter and some years later Mr. ABRAHAM was married to Adeline BLOUGH also of this place. To this union four children were born, all of whom survive. These are Mrs. Walter CROOKE and Daniel and Wilmer of Indianapolis, and Mabel of Chicago. The mother of these children passed away and Mr. ABRAHAM was again united in marriage to Ida MATTHEWS. To this union two children were born. These are Norval of Kankakee and Mrs. Georgia BRANAMAN of Indianapolis, who with the mother survive. George D. ABRAHAM was at one time probably the best known man in this section. He was instrumental in securing the railroad which first came through this place, now the C. M. & St. P. He operated general stores here and at Elnora, built a number of the business buildings of the town, was deputy sheriff of the county, served two terms as postmaster of Odon and took an active part in politics as long as his health permitted. He was an ardent republican and was an energetic worker for the party of his political faith. He served throughout the Civil War, being a member of Company I, of the 65th regiment of Indiana Volunteers, participating in many of the heaviest battles. Several years ago he moved from Odon to Indianapolis where he engaged in business for a time and later was made a sheriff of the Supreme Court, which position he held at the time of his death. He never lost interest in the town and people of his youth and was always happy when he could return to Odon and see his Odon friends. He tried to never miss an Old Settlers Meeting for at that time he said he always had his greatest opportunity to see all his people. The body will be brought to this city this afternoon and will be taken to the home of J. A. McCOY on Center street. The funeral services will be held from the United Brethren church of which he was a member, Saturday morning at ten o'clock with Rev. William Todd of Terre Haute in charge. The Masonic Order of Washington will have charge of the obsequies at the grave. Burial will be made at Walnut Hill.
Contributed by: Debra Dougherty