Fred M. Harbison


          Fred Mercer Harbison, 58, died at about 11:25 p. M. Thursday (February 28, 1952) at his home about one  mile northeast of Wheeling following an illness of some two weeks.

          Funeral services will be held Sunday at 10 a. M. At the Wheeling Methodist church with Rev. Milton Boswell and Rev. Rosier officiating.  Burial will be in Mt. Olive Cemetery.

          Survivors include the wife, Cora; four children, Bertis of Gary, Mrs. Janet Colvin of Francisco, Robert of Princeton and Jack at home; a sister, Mrs. Hester Myricks of Wheeling; four grandchildren, several nieces and nephews.

          Mr. Harbison was born in Center township and had resided in that community his entire lifetime.  He was an oil driller and was a member of the Wheeling Methodist church.

          Mr. Harbison has been taken from the Wright and Kendall funeral home to the residence where friends may call.


(Princeton Daily Clarion, 29 Feb 1952)




He died from a Cerebral Hemorrhage 12 day’s duration.  Per ROD, Gibson County Record Book H-46 Page 258


The following was received from his daughter, Janet HARBISON Colvin, on December 17, 1998:

          "My dad was born in the Wheeling area.  He died at home. I was there.  So was Jack and I can't say for sure about Bob, (but I think so).  He had a stroke and was paralyzed on half of his body.  (Doctor) Weitzel came out and told Mom, 'No need to go to the hospital, he can't make it and that we could do anything needed to be done.  We had a nurse from Patoka come to the house to check on Dad and tell us what to do.  This was back when Bob's leg was in braces."


December 2, 1913 - Wheeling notes - Fred Harbinson while out riding in his automobile lost control of the machine and ran into George Thompson's cornfield, punchered a tire, but was able to get out without assistance.