Passed Away at Home in Patoka—

    Public Spirited and a Man of

          Wonderful Energy


  William R. Wright, one of the best

known photographers of southern In-

diana and a pioneer in that art here,

died this morning at 7 o’clock at his

home in Patoka after a lingering ill-

ness of a number of weeks.  It had

been realized for some time that he

could not survive his illness.

  The funeral will be held at the fam-

ily home in Patoka Monday afternoon

at 2:30 o’clock, conducted by Rev. E.

G. Hildner, of the First Presbyterian

church of this city.  Interment will be

in Oak Hill cemetery at Patoka.

  William R. Wright was born in

Ohio 70 years ago September 2, last,

but from early youth had been a resi-

dent of this vicinity.  Many years

ago he took up the photographer’s

work, and for years, conducted a

studio here, and he also lived at var-

ious times at Bowling Green, Ky.,

Owensville and other points, where in

conjunction with Mrs. Wright he car-

ried on his business.  He was an art-

ist in his line, and his photography

was unexcelled.  For a number of

years he resided on his farm east of

this city, but recently had lived at Pa-

toka.  He was an elder in the Presby-

terian church there.

  All his life, Mr. Wright had taken

an active part in church work, and

some years ago he became an ordain-

ed minister, though he never took up

work as a pastor.  He was progres-

ive in all things, advancing the interests

of Princeton and a leader in agri-

cultural promotion for the county.

Though afflicted physically, he was a

man of indomitable energy and brilliant

mind, and his capacity for successful

work in whatever he undertook

was wonderful.   He was a prime

mover  in  the  first  efforts  that were

made  to  secure  gas  for   Princeton

over  twenty  years  ago  in  the  east

edge  of  Princeton,  and  his  time,

money  and  energy  were  devoted

to trying to develop the city at that


  He was respected and esteemed in

a broad circle of acquaintances, and

his death brings sadness to many


  Surviving are the wife and daugh-

ter, Miss Eva, who is an instructor in

music in a Virginia conservatory, and

to them the parting from this kind

and devoted husband and father is a

deep and irreparable bereavement. In

their sorrow they have the heartfelt

sympathy of all friends.


(From the Princeton Clarion

    December 16, 1911)



  Born Sept. 2, 1841

  Died Dec. 16, 1911


Contributed by Gerald Spore,  3 Feb 2013