Delaware County Obituaries


HAINES, David T.

The Muncie Daily Times - December 15, 1899

One of Indiana's Pioneer Business Men Passes Away
Early Railroad Promoter
Prominently identified with the state's railroad interests for many years

A sketch of his life and affairs.

After a weeks critical illness with typhoid pneumonia, David T. HAINES, expired this morning at 6:10 o'clock at the family home, 413 West Adams Street. At the time of his death he was an honorary member of the L.O.O.F. Until about one year ago the deceased was engaged in business in the city with the firm of Wysor, Haines & Co., now the Muncie Foundry and machine works. Mr. HAINES sold his interests to George F. McCULLOUCH. For the past year he has led a retired life. The funeral services will be conducted at two o'clock Sunday afternoon, at the Friends' church by the Rev. Mr. ANGELL, pastor of the church. Internment will take place in Beech Grove Cemetery.


The deceased came of an old Virginia family that settled in Ohio before the present century. He was the son of Stacy and Judith HAINES and was one of twelve children, David, Mary, Noah, Amos, Samuel, John, Sarah, Martha, Judith, Edwin, and Calvin. Stacy, Martha, Judith, Edwin, Calvin, and Allen are still living. Their parents were birthright members of the Society of Friends and for many generations both branches of the family had belonged to that denomination. The father of David HAINES died October 5, 1854, and the mother in 1861 (I can't really read this year).

The subject of this sketch was born in Xenia, O., October 1, 1818, and was, therefore, at the time of his death a little over 81 years old. He, early in his career, lived the life of a farmer lad and was given a common school education. This education later was strengthened by the stern practical education gleaned from experience with the world. For a while in his youth he was a miller in a mill owned by his father in Clinton County, O. He worked in the mill until 1848 when he came to Muncie where he engaged in the wholesale and retail grocery business until 1853.


It was in 1853 that he became secretary of the Ft. Wayne & Southern railroad Company which attempted to run a railroad through this part of the country. The project failed in 1855 and HAINES became custodian of books, archives, and documents connected with the road until 1868 when he turned them over to John C. PARKER who made the attempt to build a road from Jeffersonville to Muncie. This project likewise failed but ultimately developed into the building of the Ft. Wayne railroad to Muncie. He was secretary and treasurer of the road for a while and later was vice-president, resigning when the road went into possession of Charles H. DALTON and others. In 1868 he became an officer of the company that constructed the road from Connersville to Ft. Wayne. When this road was leased to the Cincinnati Railroad Company he became he became secretary and director of the same line. The first six engines purchased by what is now the Ft. Wayne, Cincinnati, & Louisville Railroad Company were bought by Mr. HAINES. These are said to be still in use. He remained an officer of the Ft. Wayne and Cincinnati Company until the road was purchased by a Boston syndicate. Mr. HAINES had practical control over the construction of the road. In 1872 the road was sold and he retired from the railroad business.


Previous to his severing connections with the railroad company he had been engaged in the grain business. He bought and sold extensively in Kansas, Cleveland, O., and Chicago. In 1881 he removed to Kansas where he remained until 1892 when he returned to Muncie.

In 1875 he identified himself with the Muncie Machine Works and afterwards became general manager. Mr. HAINES was the first owner of the National Hotel, which was recently converted into a business block. He conducted the hotel for three years and (this spot is blocked out) the name of Haines.


(Again part of this is blocked out) th of October, 1841, oc wedding to Miss Deborah warren county, O. Mrs. HAINES died in 1852. Three children had been born to them, Elma, now the wife of A.G.F. JAMES of Topeka Kan., Adelbert of Kansas City Mo.; Melvina widow of Samuel GREGG. December 7, 1853 the deceased was married to Elizabeth DRAGOO, daughter of William and Elizabeth DRAGOO. By this second marriage there were born three children, Elizabeth, WIFE OF J.N. SMITH of Muncie; Allen, also of Muncie; and David T., a commission merchant located in Kansas City.


The deceased is said to have introduced Odd Fellowship into this city. He was a member of the original lodge of that order, organized here in 1849. For two terms, he was a member of the city council. In politics he was a republican, invariably voting with that party. He never grew fanatical on politics, however but gave his time principally to business affairs. In religion he was a member of the Society of Friends to which most of his family also belong.

Contributed By: Brenda Kerr

HALE, Peter

Peter Hale, son of John Tuttle Hale and Mary Elizabeth Ollom Hale, was born Friday, May 4, 1855, in Delaware County, south of Muncie, Indiana, and departed this life Thursday, December 3, 1908, age 53 years, 6 months and 28 days (Delaware County, Washington Twp.) On September 30, 1875, he married Viola C. Mitchell.

This union was blessed with four children, two girls and two boys. The boys preceeded their father to the great beyond, James having died in infancy and Johnny at the age of 15 years and two months. He leaves to mourn their loss a widow, two daughters, Mrs. Bessie Hale Mahoney, who resides near Gilman, Indiana, and Mrs. Ethel Hale Parker who lives with them, two grandchildren, one sister, Mrs. Sarah C. Hale Bryan, one half sister, Mrs.Carrie E. Turner McKinley of Smithton, West Virginia, two half brothers, Henry Turner of Marion and Hiram B. Turner of Rapid City, S. Dakota, and many relatives and friends. One infant grandson, Lovell W. Parker, died last July 10, 1908 at the age of 17 days. Mr.

Hale united with the M.E. Church at Economy, Indiana and remained a member there until he removed to their present home, then he removed his membership to the M.E. Church at Wheeling, Indiana, where he remained a faithful member until he passed to his heavenly home. For the past two years he has been a constant sufferer, but he bore his suffering patiently, trusting in the Lord until he called him home. (Economy, Indiana is in Wayne County on State Rd. 35, about 30 miles SE of Muncie.)

Death of Pioneer Farmer

Peter Hale, Washington Township Resident Passes Away. Thursday, Dec. 3, 1908, age 53, one of the best-known and most highly respected residents and farmers of Wash. Twp., died at his home yesterday (Thursday) afternoon at 2:45 oclock. Mr. Hale had resided in Wash. Twp.for many years and was well known all over the county. He leaves a widow and two daughters, Mrs. Oliver Mahoney and Mrs. Charles Parker, both of Delaware County.

The funeral services will be conducted Sunday, the funeral cortege leaving the residence at 10 oclock Sunday morning and going to Wheeling M.E. Church where the services will be held. The body will be brought to Muncie, where burial will be made in Beech Grove Cemetery.

Contributed By: Elaine Maveety

HANCOCK, Hallie G.

Arizona Daily Star - June 13, 1989 page D8

HANCOCK, Hallie G., 95.died on Saturday, June 10,1989 in Manor Care Nursing Center, Tucson. She was preceded in death by her husband W.A.Hancock. She is survived by her daughters, Betty Wakefield and Charlotte (David) Windsor of Tucson; sisters Martha Tonander, Spokane,WA., Ruth Talbert, Modesto,CA and Eileen Anderson, Vista.Ca, brother-the Rev. Paul Ratcliff, Castro Valley CA, granddaughters, Cynthia Flannery and Andrea Miranda and grandson Brent Wakefield all of Tucson.,and six great grandchildren. Mrs Hancock was a resident of Tucson for the past fifteen years, previously she resided for many years in Tempe, Arizona. Funeral service 4;00 p.m. Tuesday, June 13 at Adair Funeral Homes, Dodge Chapel 1050 N.Dodge Blvd. The Rev. Paul Stout of St James United Methodist Church will officiate. Internment will be in Rest Haven Cemetery in Tempe,AZ In lieu of flowers ,the family suggests donations to the Happy Trails Kindergarten at St James Methodist Church 3255N.Campbell Ave, Tucson AZ 85719.

Contributed By: Pat Sulzer

HARMON, Albert Merle

The Muncie Star - Sunday, May 24,1987

Albert Merle Harmon, 75

Albert Merle Harmon, 75, formerly of Muncie, died Saturday in Methodist Hospital, Indianapolis. Mr. Harmon was born in Muncie, moving to Indianapolis in 1942. He also had lived in Eaton and was a 1930 graduate of Eaton High School. He was a member of Northminster Presbyterian church, Indianapolis, and a volunteer for Central Indiana Regional Blood Center, Indianapolis. He was a disabled Army veteran, being wounded in the battle of Anzio during World War II. Surviving are his wife, Carol Francq Harmon; a son, Paul Harmon, Indianapolis; two brothers, Clifford, Eaton, and Chester, Muncie, and three grandchildren.

Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday in Flanner and Buchanan Broad Ripple Mortuary, Indianapolis. Graveside services will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday in Union Cemetery, Eaton. Calling hours at the mortuary are 2-8 p.m. Monday.

Mr. Albert M. Harmon
July 16, 1914
May 23, 1987
Flanner & Buchanon
Broad Ripple Mortuary
Tuesday, May 26, 1987, 10:00 a.m.
Rev. C. Frederick Mathias
Union Cemetery, Eaton, Indiana

Contributed By: Gina Richardson

HARMON, Arthur Lester

The Muncie Sunday Star Feb. 20, 1944

Arthur Lester (Benny) Harman, 46, died at his home, 2421 South Pershing drive at 7:40 o'clock last night after an illness of about three months. He was a lifelong resident of Delaware county.

Surviving are the widow Mrs. Goldie Harmon; two daughters, Mrs. Bessie Boguske, of Muncie, and Mrs. Mildred Johnston, of Dearborn, Mich; one son, John Harmon, of Muncie; the mother, Mrs. Bessie Harmon,of Muncie; two sisters, Mrs. Hobart Riddle and Mrs. William Branson, both of Muncie, and three grandchildren.

The body was taken to the Meeks Mortuary.

Contributed By: Gina Richardson

HARMON, Benjamin Franklin

The Muncie Morning Star, Thursday June 26, 1941 Page 8 Column 2


Benjamin Franklin Harmon, 67, widely-known Delaware county resident, died at 5:30 o'clock yesterday morning at the family home, 604 West Willard street, after an extended illness. He was a plumber and drainage contractor.

Surviving are the widow, Mrs. Bessie Harmon; one son, Arthur Harmon; two daughters, Mrs. Hobart Riddle and Mrs. William Branson; one brother, William Harmon, all of Muncie; eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be conducted at the Salvation Army Citadel, Seymour and Mulberry streets, at 10 o'clock Saturday morning, Captain Rowland in charge. Burial will be in Beech Grove cemetery. The body will be removed from the Meeks mortuary to the family home, where friends may call after 7 o'clock Thursday night.

Place of funeral services for Benjamin Franklin (Frank) Harmon has been changed from the Salvation Army Citadel to the Meeks mortuary. The services will be conducted at 10 a.m., Saturday, with Capt. Rowland of the Salvation Army in charge. Burial will be in Beech Grove Cemetery. Mr. Harmon died Wednesday at his home, 604 West Willard St.

Contributed By: Gina Richardson

HARMON, Chester G.

The Muncie Star - Monday March 27,1995

Chester G. Harmon

Chester G. Harmon, 80, Muncie, died Sunday in Ball Memorial Hospital.

Mr. Harmon spent his childhood in Eaton and graduated from Eaton High School. He moved to Muncie in the 1930's and worked at Muncie Malleable for 25 years. He retired from Ball State University in 1979. He was a member of Ball State Sympathy Club and Eaton High School Breakfast Club. Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Geraldine Duddleston Harmon; a daughter and son-in-law, Mardena and Bill Adams; a son and daughter-in-law, Lowell and Rebecca Harmon; nine grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild.

A daughter Patricia Roe Herbert, a grandson, two brothers and a sister are deceased. Services will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Pauline Avenue Church of God. Burial will be in Union Cemetery, near Eaton. Calling will be 5-7 p.m. Tuesday at Parson Mortuary-Adams Chapel.

Contributed By: Gina Richardson

HARMON, Chester V.

January 26, 1989
Chester V. Harmon, 62

Chester V. (Chet) Harmon, 62, 1102 W. 18th St., died Wednesday in his residence. He was a native of Muncie and lived here all of his life. Mr. Harmon worked for many years for Muncie Paving and Asphalt Co., retiring in 1981. He was a member of West 15th Street Pentecostal Apostolic Church and Teamsters Local 135.

Mr. Harmon is survived by his wife Margaret; a son, Vernon Harmon, Muncie; three daughters, Joan Redwine, Versailes, Donna Keihn and Margie Pace, Muncie; two stepdaughters, Nancy White, Muncie, and Patsy Hazelwood, Peru; 15 grandchildren, several great-grandchildren; and a brother, John Harmon, Akron, Ohio.

Services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday in Parson Mortuary-Adams Chapel, with Rev. Edith Douglas officiating. Burial will be in Gardens of Memory. Calling is 6-9 p.m. Friday at the mortuary.

Contributed By: Gina Richardson

HARMON, Mrs. Elisa Jane

Muncie Sunday Star - June 20, 1915


Mrs. Elisa Jane Harmon Answers Final Call

Mrs. Elisa Jane Harmon, 68, a well known resident of Westside, died at 10 o'clock last night at the home of her son, Elmer Harmon, in Godman Avenue. The deceased had lived in Delaware County for thirty-eight years. She was the widow of Isaac Harmon, who died a year ago. Five sons survive, as follows: Elmer, Will. Frank and West Harmon and Albert Plummer. Three brothers also survive. Funeral arrangements will be made later.

Contributed By: Gina Richardson


January 6, 1940

Elmer Harmon, 61, former foreman of the city street department, died at 5:25 o'clock last evening at his home, 2311 Godman avenue. He had been in failing health for the past two years, but his death was unexpected, as he had been downtown yesterday morning. Mr. Harmon was foreman of the street department during the Bunch administration. He was a member of the Normal City U.B. Church.

Surviving are the widow, Mrs. Nellie Harmon; two sons, Walter and Kenneth Harmon; one daughter, Mrs. Thelma Burgess; two brothers, Frank and William Harmon, and three grandsons. Ben Plummer of Cammack is an uncle. The body was removed to the Meeks mortuary.

Contributed By: Gina Richardson


The Muncie Sunday Star March 22, 1914


Well Known Man Dies at Home in Normal City.

Isaac Harmon, 69, a well known Delaware County resident, died at his home, 1516 West Gilbert street Normal City, yesterday morning at 8:23 o'clock, after a short illness. He is survived by the widow, Mrs. Eliza Harmon, and four sons, William, Frank, Peter and Elmer Harmon, all of Delaware County.  The funeral cortege will leave the residence Monday morning at 9:30 o'clock and will preceed to Hofnerr Chapel, where the funeral services will be conducted by Rev. J. Walter Gibson. The body will be interred in the Hawk Cemetery.

Contributed By: Gina Richardson

HARMON, Isaac Arthur

The Muncie Star, Monday April 3, 1944

Isaac Arthur Harmon, 50, died at 3 o'clock yesterday afternoon at his home, 1106 West 16th street, following an extended illness. He was born in Reed Station and had lived in Muncie nearly all his life.

He is survived by the widow, Viora; one daughter Mrs. Carry Campbell of Muncie; two sons, John and Chester Harmon of Muncie; three half sisters, Mrs. Mildred Spaughour of Fort Wayne, Miss Helen Humbert of Muncie, Mrs. Violet Beal of Albany; two half brothers, William and Chester Humbert of Muncie; and the step-father, Jacob A. Humbert of Muncie.

Funeral services will be conducted at 10:30 o'clock Wednesday morning at the Foursquare Tabernacle with the Rev. Noah Losh and the Rev. Harold Wood officiating. Burial will be in Beech Grove Cemetery. The body will be removed from the Parson mortuary to the family residence where friends may call after 5 o'clock Monday evening.

Contributed By: Gina Richardson


The Muncie Daily Times - Saturday May 20,1899 Page 5 Column 2.


His Self-Inflicted Wound Proved Fatal Yesterday. John Harmon died about five o'clock last evening at his home about eight miles west of the city from the effects of a gunshot wound, presumably accidentally inflicted at an early hour Wednesday morning. From the first examination of physicians it was the opinion that Mr. Harmon could not live more than a day or two. He was one of Delaware county's most prosperous farmers. He was a descendant also of a family well and favorably known over the county for its merits and thrift. The deceased was considered well-to-do in a financial way. He was owner of two fine farms in the vicinity of Yorktown aggregating about three hundred acres. Each tract was well improved and Harmon was regarded generally as a man of means. He leaves a wife and four children. Yesterday he expressed an ardent wish to recover. General regrets is being expressed because of his untimely demise. At two o'clock Sunday afternoon funeral services will be held in the Mt. Pleasant church. Interment in Mt. Pleasant cemetery.

Notice Silver Shield

All members of silver Shield Lodge No. 408 K of P are requested to meet at Castle Hall tomorrow, Sunday morning, at 9:30 to make arrangements to attend the funeral of John Harmon at Yorktown, which will be held at two o'clock at the Mt. pleasant church. A.L. Sheelor, K of R. and S,J. E Ethell, C.C.

Notice Welcome Lodge

There will be a special meeting at Castle hall of Welcome Lodge, No. 87 at 9 o'clock Sunday morning to make arrangements to attend the funeral of Brother John Harmon of Yorktown lodge. C Hanika, C.C.

Contributed By: Gina Richardson


The Muncie Daily Herald, Monday Evening, September 30, 1895. Page 1 Column 2.
Deaths and Funerals.

Harman- John Harman died Saturday at his home in Reed Station of typhoid fever at the age of 26 years. The funeral services took place this afternoon from the late residence at one o'clock. Interment at Hawks cemetery.

Contributed By: Gina Richardson

HARMON, Peter Wesley

The Muncie Morning Star, Thursday, October 1,1925.

Peter Westley Harmon, 58 died at 9:30 o'clock last evening at the family home, Sixteenth street and Rochester avenue, after an extended illness. The body was removed to the Meeks funeral parlors and funeral arrangements will be made later.

Surviving are the widow, Sarah; five daughters, Mrs. Frank Reed, Mrs. John Crawford, Mrs. John Tweedy, Mrs. Frederick Greenwalt, Mrs. Vern Dragoo; three brothers, Frank, Elmer and William Harmon, and twelve grandchildren.

The Muncie Morning Star, Friday, October 2, 1925.

HARMON- Funeral services for Peter Wesley Harmon, 58, who died Wednesday evening at the family home at Sixteenth street and Rochester avenue, will be conducted at 10 o'clock this morning at the Eighth Street Christian Church with the Rev. Noah Losh in charge. Burial will be made in Beech Grove Cemetery.

Contributed by: Gina Richardson

HARMON, Vada LaVaughn

The Muncie Morning Star - Tuesday, Dec. 16, 1941


Mrs. Vada Harmon Despondent Since Husband's Death.

Mrs. Vada LaVaughn Harmon, 28, took her own life yesterday afternoon by hanging, while despondent over the loss of her husband, Walter E. Harmon, who died July 21. A sister, Mrs. Ila Ford, left Mrs. Harmon's apartment at 103 1/2 South High street at 1 o'clock yesterday afternoon and forty minutes later a neighbor discovered the door locked. When entry was made Mrs. Harmon was found unconscious. Efforts of artificial respiration by police and firemen failed and Mrs. Harmon was pronounced dead at 3:10 o'clock. She was employed at the Rodgers-Yohey Auto Body Corporation as a bookkeeper and was formerly employed by the old Thomas furniture manufacturing company.

She was a native of Randolph County but had lived in Muncie for the past twelve years. The body was removed to the Potter-Stephens funeral home and will be returned to the home where friends may call after 7:30 o'clock Tuesday night. Funeral arrangements will be announced later.

Surviving are the parents, Mr. and Mrs. Lon Silvers, of Muncie; eight sisters, Mrs. Jennings Meranda, of Farmland; Mrs. Harold Mull, of Grand Rapids; Mrs. George Alexander, of Dayton; Mrs. Roy Vandervander,Mrs. Cecil Ford, Mrs. Kermit Frazee, Mrs. Horald Baker and Miss Annabelle Silvers, of Muncie; and two brothers, John Silvers, of Muncie and Kenneth Silvers, of Oakland, Cal.

The Muncie Evening Press - Wednesday Dec. 16, 1941


Mrs. Walter Harmon Hangs Self in Uptown Home.

A 28-year-old widow, apparently despondant over the recent death of her husband, committed suicide by hanging Monday afternoon in her second-floor apartment in the 100 block, South High St. The woman, Mrs. Vada LaVaughn Harmon, was found unconscious a few minutes after 2 p.m. when a neighbor discovered she had locked herself in her room. Rescue squads worked over her almost an hour before she was pronounced dead shortly after 3 o'clock.She had hung herself with the cord of an electric iron. Husand Died in July. The young woman's husband, Walter (Buck) Harmon, died last July. Mrs. Harmon was employed at the Rodgers-Yohey Body Corporation, as a bookkeeper. She married Walter Harmon five years ago, her husband having been employed as a plant policeman at the Chevrolet-Muncie plant. Since the death of her husband Mrs. Harmon had been living with a sister, Mrs. Ila Ford, in the High St. apartment.

Surviving are the parents, Mr. and Mrs. Lon Silvers of  Muncie; eight sisters, Mrs. Jennings Meranda of Farmland, Mrs. Harold Mull of Grand Rapids, Mich. Mrs. George Alexander of Dayton, Ohio, and Mrs. Roy Vandervander, Mrs. Cecil Ford, Mrs. Kermit Frazee, Mrs. Harold Baker and Miss Annabelle Silvers, all of Muncie, and two brothers, John Silvers of Muncie, and Kenneth Silvers of Oakland, Calif. Mrs. Harmon had lived in Muncie 12 years, coming here from Randolph County. The body was removed to the Potter-Stephens mortuary.

Contributed By: Gina Richardson

HARMON, Walter (Buck)

The Muncie Morning Star - Monday, July 22, 1941. Page 7 Column 7.


Walter "Buck" Harmon, 33, of 2311 Godman avenue, died Sunday night in the Blodgett Memorial Hospital at Grand Rapids, Mich. where he had been a patient for two weeks. The body will arrive in Muncie this morning. Funeral arrangements have not yet been completed. Mr. Harmon was an employee of the Chevrolet-Muncie Division of General Motors. Surviving are the widow, LaVaughn Silvers Harmon; the mother, Mrs. Nellie Harmon, of Muncie; a sister, Mrs. Thelma Burgess, of Muncie, and a brother, Kenneth Harmon, of Hamilton, Ohio.

Contributed By: Gina Richardson

HARMON, William

The Muncie Star Thursday December 20,1945


William Harmon, 63, died at 1:30 a.m. Thursday at the residence, 259 New York Ave. He was a foreman at the Muncie Malleable, and a member of the Normal City U.B. Church and Moose Lodge, No. 33. Surviving are the widow, Pearl; a daughter, Mrs Mary Bratton of Muncie; Three sons, Cifford R.,of Eaton, Murrell of Indianapolis, and Chester G. of Muncie, and seven grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Normal City U.B. Church. The Reverend Russell Hiatt will officiate, and burial will be in Union Cemetery at Eaton. The body will be returned from the Parson mortuary to the home where friends may call after 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

Harmon Funeral Services Tomorrow

The funeral of William Harmon, 63, who died at 1:30 o'clock yesterday morning at his residence, 259 New York avenue, will be conducted at the Normal City U.B. Church at 2 o'clock tomorrow afternoon. The Rev. Russell Hiatt will officiate and burial will be in Union Cemetery at Eaton. The body will be returned from the Parson mortuary to the home where friends may call. Mr. Harmon was a foreman at the Muncie Malleable, and a member of the Normal City U.B. Church and the Moose Lodge, No. 33.

Surviving are the widow, Pearl; a daughter, Mrs. Mary Bratton, of Muncie; three sons, Clifford R., of Eaton; Murrell, of Indianapolis, and Chester G., of Muncie, and seven grandchildren.

Contributed By: Gina Richardson

HARTLE, Daughter

Jan 1895 "Harrodsburg Sayings" newspaper in Harrodsburg, Mercer Co., KY

Muncie, IN, Jan. 10th: 3 year old child of Mr. & Mrs. Samuel Hartle met a horrible death at the home of the parents in Eaton, a small place 10 miles north of Muncie.

The little girl was standing near a stove which was redhot, the gas being turned too high. Her clothes caught fire, and burned from her body. The mother and father attempted to extinguish the flames but were unsuccessful. She suffered terribly for 3 hours, when she died.

Contributed By: Yvonne Lay Logue


Noel News: Pineville, Missouri Democrat December 14, 1906

Henry Hazelbaker an old resident of this community was stricken with heart trouble Sunday morning about 9 o'Clock while taking a cow to the pasture. After he had been gone for some time, his wife became uneasy about him and she and her daughter-in-law went to look for him.  They found him beside the path where he had fallen. Their cries brought some men to their assistance and the carried him to the house.  Dr. J. P. Beeson was summoned at once, and all was done for him that could be done, but he never regained consciousness.  He died Monday morning at 1 o'clock.  The remains were interred in the Baptist Cemetery Monday evening. (Henry born March 27, 1837 Tuscarawas County, Ohio - Parents Henry Hazelbaker and wife Leah Johnson moved to Delaware County by 1840.)

Newspaper clipping from Indiana-


Henry Hazelbaker:

Word was received last Thursday that Henry Hazelbaker of near Noel, Mo., had died suddenly on the 10th of December of heart failure.  At the time of his death he was age 69 years, 8 months and 12 days.  Mr. Hazelbaker was raised in Indiana and left here about twenty-eight years ago.  He was well known here by the older people of the community an no one speaks ill of him. He first wife was Letha Woodring, a sister to William and Noah Woodring and Mrs. Hannah Barrett.  Two children of this union are living in this vicinity, Mrs. Rozetta Ferguson and Geo. M. Hazelbaker.  He was afterward married to Lucinda Ferguson and one boy and four girls survive this union with 'their mother, who was a sister of Silas, Josiah and Joshua Ferguson and Mrs. Mary Miller of this vicinity. Mr. Hazelbaker was a member of the Methodist Episcopal church and his acquaintances tell us he always lived an exemplary life.  A few hours before he died he spent some time in singing such olds songs as "The Holy City' "I need Thee Every Hour," "One More Days' work for Jesus" and others of the same order.  He is a brother to Peter Hazelbaker of this neighborhood, John W. Hazelbaker of Hullett, Wyoming and Stophus Hazelbaker of Idaho. He had visits here frequently and was held in high esteem by all. The Gazette Extends sympathy to the bereaved family.

Contributed By: Imogene Sawvell Davis g-granddaughter of Henry Hazelbaker

HEATH, Mrs. Amelia

Muncie Newspaper Evening - August 22, 1887


Mrs. Amelia Heath was born December 25, 1794, and departed this life 1887. Aged 92 years, 7 months and 22 days. Her maiden name was Amelia Perdieu. She was born in the State of Maryland, and she was married to Robert Heath at the age of eighteen, and there was born unto them ten children, five sons and five daughters; of these four sons and three daughters are still living There is also fifty grandchildren and about one hundred great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. At an early date she moved with her parents into North Carolina, and soon after removed to Indiana and she thereby became one of the pioneers of the great west, and through toil and self-sacrifice became one of the noble instruments in building up those social and religious institutions we now enjoy. Having united early with the M. E. Church, she enjoyed the blessing of the christain graces through the long years of her earthly pilgrimage. After life's eventful mission, in her truthfulness and worth, like a bright and gentle vision, she has passed away from earth. Funeral services were held at Mt. Zion church, conducted by Rev. A. G. Kiger. The remains were followed by a large procession of friends to its last resting place in the Tomlinson cemetery.

Contributed By: Jill Cooper Childress

HEATH, Silas Perry

Muncie Morning Star April 3 (early 1940s)


Silas Perry Heath, 86, retired Delaware County farmer, died at 5 o'clock that evening at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Fred Pierce, of R. F. D. 1, Daleville, after an extended illness. Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Anna Richman of Progress and Mrs. Pierce; four sons, Will S Heath of near Oakville, Arthur and Otto Heath, both of Muncie, and Ervin Heath of Delaware County; one sister, Mrs. Millie Rees of near Yorktown; six grandchildren and four great-granchildren

Funeral services will be conducted at the Mt. Zion Methodist Church at 2 o'clock Friday afternoon, the Rev. Loren Ross in charge. Burial will be in Sunderland Cemetery. The body was removed to the Polhemus and Shirey mortuary in Daleville, where friends may call after 2 o'clock Thursday afternoon.

Contributed by Jill Cooper Childress

Jill's note: Silas is grandson of Amelia Heath.

HINES, Margaret S.

Monday, August 10, 1998

Margaret S. Hines, 81


MUNCIE - Services for Margaret S. Hines, 81, will be at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church. Burial will be in Gardens of Memory. Calling will be two hours before services Tuesday at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church.  Mrs. Hines died Sunday at Ball Memorial Hospital. She was a lifelong Muncie resident and graduated from Central High School.  She had worked at Durham Manufacturing and retired from Muncie Newspapers Inc.  She was a member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church.  Survivors include two sons, John R. Hines (wife: Sonja) and Charles D. Hines (wife: Wanda); two sisters, Rosalind Mardis and Mary M. Colcord; seven grandchildren, and 11 great-grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Claude D. Hines, and a daughter.  Meeks Mortuary is handling arrangements.

Contributed By: Cathy Marie (Kern) Davis

HOBBS, Alta Alfreda

August 11, 1954

Notes: Hobbs, Alta Alfreda, wife of the late Roy L., sister of James N. Boother Aug. 10. Friends may call at the Carnegie Home of the Millard Son & Raper Co., Wednesday Until, 7 P. M. Funeral services in Muncie, Ind.

HOERNIG, George D.

May 2, 1967

Notes: Hoernig. George D. Hoernig, 58, of Plainfield, N. J., passed away suddenly, father of  Donald J. of Kent, O., and Patricia Hepner of Muncie, Ind. Funeral services Tuesday in Plainfield, N. J.

HOFFMAN, Mrs. Elizabeth

Muncie Star - February 16, 1919


After an illness of heart trouble and other ailments, Mrs. Elizabeth HOFFMAN, passed away early yesterday morning at the family residence in Eaton where she with her husband, John B. HOFFMAN had resided for several years. She leaves the husband, four sons, and two daughters, they being: Fred L. HOFFMAN of Muncie, Ralph HOFFMAN of Knightstown; Ola HOFFMAN of Eaton; Perry HOFFMAN, who is in the army service in France; Mrs. O.J. HATCHETT and Mrs. Hazrl WOLFORD of Eaton; a sister Belle KELLER of Bluffton. The funeral services will be held at the residence Monday morning at 10:30 o'clock with the Rev. B.F. ASHY and the Rev. Joseph PRITCHETT in charge. Interment will follow in the Eaton Cemetery.

Contributed By: Brenda Kerr


Muncie Star June, 9, 1931


Ola HOFFMAN, 58, Eaton shoemaker drank poison and died Sunday night at his home. The body was found by his nephew, Robert WOLFORD, yesterday morning. HOFFMAN had been ill for about six months. Surviving him are three brothers and a sister. The body was removed to the Brigg mortuary.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 o'clock tomorrow afternoon from the home of his sister, Mrs. Hazel WOLFORD, with the Rev, Kenneth TIMMONS, pastor otf The First Christian Church, officiating. Burial will be in Eaton Cemetery.

Contributed By: Brenda Kerr

HOGUE, James

Muncie Evening Press, Friday Oct 28 1966, pg. 23 C5.


New Castle - James (Roy) HOGUE, 80, a former New Castle resident, died Wednesday in Saginaw, Mich., following an illness of several weeks. Survivors include three sons. John, Saginaw; George, Birch Run, Mich., and James, Saginaw: and a brother, Robert, Houston. Services will be at 2 pm. Saturday in the Macer Funeral Home with burial in Southmound Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home after 7 o"clock tonight.

Contributed by: Marcie Davis

HOPKINS, Mrs. Enona

Muncie Evening Press, Friday Oct 28 1966, pg. 23 C5.

Mrs. Enona HOPKINS Dies in California

R. Morgan SMITH, 1201 E. 26th. hs received word of the death of his sister, Mrs. Enona HOPKINS, 89, who died Oct. 23 at her home in Glendale, Calif. Services and burial were in Glendale.

Contributed by: Marcie Davis


The Muncie Press Saturday March 7, 1906

Enos Hutson, an aged veteran of the thirty-sixth regiment, Indiana  volunteers, died yesterday morning at his home, two miles northeast of Gilman. Private funeral services will be held in the residence, Sunday morning at 10 o'clock. Burial will be made in the Pleasant Run cemetery.

Contributed By: Pat Sulzer

HUTSON, Malvena

Muncie Press  March 21, 1906 page 5

Enos Hutson: Within forty-eight hours of the death of the late Enos Hutson, the surviving widow, Mrs. Malvina Hutson, 54, died at her home in Harrison Township, Monday evening. Death was not unexpected as Mrs Hutson was critically ill at the time of her husband's death. The funeral was held in the Pleasant Run church this morning at 10 o'clock. Rev. Mr. Foster officiated and burial was made in the Jones cemetery.

Contributed By: Pat Sulzer

HYDE, Ray W.

February 15, 1953
Ray Hyde Dies a Day After Florida Return

Ray Hyde, 60, 1632 W. 17th St. collapsed and died shortly before noon Saturday at his home, just a day after returning from a trip to Florida.

Coroner Eugene Eissman said Hyde, a contractor, had complained of a severe cold and head pains earlier in the day. The coroner said the exact cause of death has not yet been determined. The body was taken to the Parson Mortuary.

Ray Hyde Funeral Services Wednesday

Funeral services for Ray W. Hyde, 59, of 1632 W. 17th St., who died Saturday will be conducted at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Four Square Tabernacle by the Rev. Harry Dowling, with burial in Hawk Cemetery. The body will be taken from the Parson Mortuary to the residence where friends may call after 7 p.m. Monday.

February 15, 1953
Ray W. Hyde Dies After Sudden Illness

Ray W. Hyde, 59, of 1632 W. 17th St., died at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, after being suddenly taken ill. Coroner Eugene Eissman said Saturday night that he has not completed his investigation of the death but that Hyde died of natural causes.

Mr. Hyde was a native of Delaware County, and lived here all his life. He was a member of Eagles Lodge 231 here, and had been a contractor.

He is survived by two sons, William H. and Delmer R., and two daughters, Miss Jane Hyde and Mrs. Cathrine Dunkin, all of Muncie; the mother, Mrs. Lucy Ann Hyde, and a sister, Mrs. Zella R. nelson, both of Punta Gorda, Fla.; a brother, Guy Hyde, Muncie, and eight grandchildren. Funeral services are being completed at Parson Mortuary.

Contributed By: Gina Richardson

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