DONATED NEWSPAPER ARTICLES
I want to thank Patricia Crafton for donating the following clippings from her mothers
collection, she believes they came from the home of either Harmon or Weir Dixon in Hope, Indiana. Most do not have newspaper information.
Mrs. Sarah G. Vawter died at her home in Vernon, Indiana, September 7th, 1892, aged seventy-four years, eight months and nine days.
the funeral services were conducted at the family residence on Saturday afternoon, September 10th, by Elder Z.T. Sweeney, of Columbus, after which
the beloved form was tenderly consigned to its last resting place in the family lot in the Vernon Cemetery.
Mrs. Vawter was born in Stubenville, Ohio, but has been a resident of Jennings County since her early girlhood. When quite young,
she was married to Mr. Maynard. Of the children of her fist marriage only one survives, Mrs. Jas. A. Hutchings. After the death of her husband, she
was married in December, 1859, to the late Col. Smith Vawter. One daughter, now Mrs. Geo. B. Rowan, was born to them, and with her sister is left to
mourn the loss of one, who was in the truest sense, mother and friend.
Mrs. Vawter had enjoyed good health for a woman of her age, until and attack of lagrippe last winter developed a stomach trouble
of cancerous nature.
All that medical skill and tender nursing could do, was done to arrest the fatal malady, but to no purpose. She suffered greatly
during the last weeks of her life, but bore her pain with the parience and heroism characteristic of her.
The subject of this sketch has lived in Vernon for many years, and the beauties of her life and character are known and apppreciated
by a large circle of friends. To all who were fortunate enough to be admitted within the close, sypathetic pale of her friendship, the news of her
death brings a sense of personal bereavement. She was a woman of remarkable mental gifts, and combined with her sound judgement and good common sense
a refined intellectual taste. Perhaps her most remarkable characteristic was her unassuming modesty. She was fitted by nature to take her place in
the public walks of life, but her natural timidity fobade it. But from her life in her quiet home, so replete with usefullness and unselfishness, so
so abounding in the good deeds that are the fruits of christian character, these spread an influence quite as potent and far reaching as that which
has come from the tongue or pen of others. She was truly "A noble woman, nobly planned," and after a well spent life has entered into the rest promised
to the faithful.
It is a sad coincidence that the death and funeral of Mrs. Vawter and the poet Whittier occured at near the same hour, we can almost fancy the
"joy of the angels," when these two pure and lofty spirits entered the Gates of Eternal Life. And we can offer no better words of sympathy to the
bereaved family and friends than the lines of the beloved poet:
Oh friends!no proof beyond this yearning,
This out reach of our souls, we need:
God will not mock the hope he giveth:
Then let us stretch our hands in darkness
And call our loved ones o're and o're;
Some time their arms shall close about us,
And the old voices speak once more.
for Sarah G. Vawter
Mrs. Almira Amick, widow of the late Wm. Amick was born March 27, 1828, and died February 9th, 1894, she was therefore 65 years,
11 months and 12 days old.
Her maiden name was McConnell. At the time of her birth her parents lived near this place and she has spent her entire life within
a few miles of Scipio. Her mother was a Quakeress and she herself in early life joined the same, but for many years she has been a member of the Presbyterian
church where she took her vows to serve the Lord, and from which she has gone to her reward-we say, "Rest in Peace."
Mrs. Amick died of blood poisening after an illness of about one week. When she was informed by her son Dr. C.C. Amick of Hayden,
that no medicines could do her any good and that she only had a few hours to live, she took the information calmly and said "I am prepared" and am
both ready and willing to die.
She was in her right mind until a couple of hours before her death, which occured at 6:40 Friday evening, February 9. She had but
one care and that was for her children.
It was left for the pastor to say to the children and grand children, that our religion teaches us that Father and Mother Amick are
now reunited in heaven, and it is for you to say whether or not you will meet them in that blessed land and let us all try and be prepared to meet them
there in that land where there are no partings, no sorrow, and where all tears are wiped away.
She was married to Wm Amick May 28th 1846. Her husband died Nov. 30th, 1884. To this couple were born ten children six sons and four
daughters all of whom are living except Mrs. Carter, and of the living all were present at her funeral. There are 24 grand children living and two dead.
Mrs. Amick was present at the birth of twenty-two of these grand children. Rev. Dr. Oldfather, of Hanover and pastor at the Presbyterian church,
preached the funeral on Sunday, February 11th, at eleven o'clock, after which the remains were laid to rest in the cemetery east of town.
Another aged citizen has passed that bourne from where no traveler returned.
Elmoth Roseberry, hopefully, peacefully and contentedly passed into the spirit world at the residence of his son-in-law Mr. Amos
Thomas, in Vernon,Ind., on Thursday the 12th day of May 1892, at the ripe old age of 86 years, 11 months and 15 days.
He met with a serious accident last winter breaking the left femur and although the bone united satisfactorily he never recovered
the use of his limbs and was consequently confined to his room and couch most of the time since, but he took a philosophical view of the matter and
bore his afflictions without a murmer his sufferings and confinement may have slightly shortened his days but the "Sands of his existance had almost
run out." He was born on the Monongahala River in Green county, Penna., on the 27th day of May, 1805, and with his father's family moved to the state
of Ohio about the year 1814, remaining there until he was married in Nov. 1827 to Miss Malinda Malick, formerly of Green County, Tennessee. Soon after
they were married he immigrated to this state and settled on the farm he owned at the time of his death a few miles south-west of Vernon, where he
lived continously for more than fifty years.
He was a faithful husband, a true citizen, a generous neighbor, and a man whose moral and social reputation were without a blemish,
and we regret to say that such good and nobel men as Elmoth Roseberry proved himself to be after all these years, are few and far between. He will
sleep beside the remains of his aged wife in the Hopewell cemetery, who had left him behind, on the 27th day of October 1891, having passed her
eightieth mile stone in the journey of human existance. These were among the pioneers of this country and helped to make the wilderness as it were
to blossom as the rose. Peace to their ashes.
They leave behind to mourn their loss five children and a number of grandchildren. J.M.H.
On Thursday, November 25th, at the home of her son in Indianapolis, Mrs. Sarah A. McGannon, aged 74 years and 2 months.
Funeral services were held in the Baptist church by the Presbyterian minister, C.O. Shirley, after which the remains were
interred in the Vernon Cemetery.
She was born in Campbell county, Kentucky, September 27, 1818. She was married in Jefferson county, Indiana, to Anderson
McGannon in 1851. Mrs. McGannon was a member of the Baptist church, for 45 years she lived in Vernon, and was a consistant christian during
that time. What more can be said of her "She was a consistant christian during that time." The brief sentence is the highest obituary that
can be written of any one.
Mrs. Warren Walker died at her home three miles south of this place on last Tuesday morning. The funeral services were
conducted by Rev. N. Johnson.
The only child of Mr. and Mrs. Lew. Wilson died last Wednesday.
Emsley Hilton was born January 31st, 1818, about three miles east of Vernon, and was the first white child born on the
south side of the Muscatatuck creek in Jennings county. His death resulting from paralysis, occurred August 28th, '94, though 76 years 6
months and 27 days old he never resided out of the county, or out of Vernon township. For 40 years he was a resident of Vernon. His death
leaves but a few older residents of the county. He was thrice married. He retained honorable and upright relations with his neighbors and
the public. He was a kind and affectionate husband and father, and was most esteemed by those who knew him best. The funeral services were
conducted from his late residence on Thursday afternoon. The remains were interred in the Vernon cemetery. S.
Martha Fallis was born in Vevay, Switzerland county, Ind., Nov. 16, 1816. She was married to Henry H. Mix, Oct. 23, 1834.
To them were born twelve children. Eight of whom now survive.
She resided Switzerland county until 1858, when with her husband she moved to Jennings county where she lived until her
death which occurred Jan 2d, 1894. She united with the Universalist church at North Vernon, Ind., in 1870.
In her death her children have lost a kind and loving mother, the community a good citizen. We are continually reminded
that death is abroad in the world, laying its cold and relentless fingers upon those who are near and dear to us by nature, and claiming
them for its own.
Life is always uncertain, and its brittle thread may be broken at any moment, and our hearts be bowed in grief when we
are least expecting it, by having taken from us those who we love, honor and respect. Our ranks are often broken by a worn and weary recruit
dropping by the wayside, yet the vacant place is closed in the column, and we go marching on waiting only till the dread summons shall call
us to tread the unknown path. T.B.R.
DEATH OF MRS. CHARLOTTE A. VAWTER
Mrs. Charlotte A. Vawter the estimable wife of W.D. Vawter, died last Wednesday, the 27th, at the family residence in
Santa Monica, after an illness of over two weeks, at the advanced age of 74 years. She was stricken with paralysis on the 10th inst., and
remained speechless until the time of her death.
The deceased, whose maiden name was Charlotte A. Knowlton, was born in Shrewsberry, Mass., July 31st, 1816. In 1836 she
removed to Indiana, and was married to W.D. Vawter in 1852. The family removed to Santa Monica in 1875, where they
remained ever since.
Mrs. Vawter in early life united with the Presbyterian church, and has always taken an earnest interest in the well known
Christian policy and activity of that historic organization. She was one of twelve who organized the first Presbyterian church in Santa Monica,
and none have continued more zealous in not only advancing the welfare of the church, but in practicing those beautiful precepts that are
the foundation stone of all temples of worship dedicated to the master.
It has been the good fortune of the writer to have known Mrs. Vawter and her family ever since their arrival at Santa Monica.
The name will always be associated with the enterprising movements that has made our little city by the sea a thing of prosperity and beauty.
The deceased whose funeral was attended yesterday by representatives from nearly every family in this community, was held,
along with her husband, in universal esteem. She was a kind, gentle patient woman. She was not strong in the demonstrative sense, but rather
wielded that subtle power which is always so resistless in the thoroughly good.
She passed along the highway of life dispensing her good offices as naturally and sweetly as a flower exhales its perfume.
We know the hearts of this entire community will go out in sympathy for those who are now sorrowing over the loss of their
best friend, and especially to him who, more than all others, must bow submissivly to a bereavement that will only be softened by the memory of
a long and beautiful companionship.--Santa Monica (Cal.)Lookout. findagrage
Washington W. Anderson was born near Lexington, Ky., February 16, 1817 and died at his home in Butlerville, June 30th, 1894
being 77 years, 4 months and 14 days old, when in his tenth year he came down the Ohio river with his parents to Madison in a flat boat and
settled in the Jefferson county forests near Dupont, this was the beginning of our pioneers life. When 19 years of age he united with the M.E.
Church at Dupont where for many years he held his membership, being a man that adhered strictly to the principles of the Christian religion,
whenever he moved from one neighborhood to another he always presented a letter of recomendation to the nearsest M.E. Church and always lived
in a manner to prove himself a blessing to the church to which he was united, and for many years a class leader at Rush Branch at which place
he spent the most of his christian life. In the fall of 1892 he moved to Butlerville where ended his work with the church militant to unite
with the church triumphant having served faithfully here for 58 years during which time he always conducted family devotions and tried to point
his children to the straight and narrow road. He was married first to Mary M. Bones April 2nd, 1840 who died Nov. 24th, 1843. By this marriage
was born one son John W. Anderson, of Spencer, Indiana, and again on January 16th, 1846, he was united in marriage to Margaret McLaughlin who
was called from this life March 8th, 1863, leaving 7 children 4 boys and three girls all of whom survive, and on April 14th, 1867 was again
married to Sarah A. Mosley who survives him together with 4 children 3 sons and one daughter, one son having died a few years ago. He was the
oldest of 12 children 6 of which still survive him, 4 brothers and 2 sisters. Father Anderson knew last winter that according to nature that
he could not stay here long, and it was the writers priviledge to hear him relating in a social meeting the anticipated joys of Heaven when
he threw his cane to the floor exclaming that soon he would have no need of a cane and would be free from all infirmities. He was one of the
first passangers on the first train that ran from Madison to Indianapolis and afterward when the first whistle was put on the locomotive he
together with other pioneers took their guns to hunt the wild animal with the peculiar voice. Previous to the building of the J.M. & I. road
he was a teamster from Madison to Indianapolis.
Had he asked us, well we know
We would say; "spare the blow"
Yes, with streaming tears should pray
"Lord we love him, let him stay."
In love he lived in peace he died.
His life was asked, but God denied.findagrave
Manlove Butler died on Saturday evening Sept. 3d, at the home of Mr. B.C. Baker, in this place.
Mr. Butler was born August 22d, 1809, in Scott county Kentucky, and married Miss Sallie McGannon Mar. 11th, 1830. To them
ten children were born, seven of whom are living. His aged wife passed into eternity, Nov. 20th, 1891. Mr. Butler has spent the larger part
of his life in Jennings county, and is well known and highly respected by our citizens. He became a member of the Christian Church at Vernon,
before his marriage, and so may be called one of the pioneer members of that society. He was identified with the early business interests of
The funeral services were conducted from the home of his son-in-law Mr. B.C. Baker, Tuesday, Sept. 6th, by Elder Charles
Hudson, after which the remains were laid to rest in the Vernon cememtery. findagrave
On last Sunday a large number of family and friends of Mrs. Joseph James, better known as "Aunt Damsel," gathered to help
her celebrate her sixty-ninth birthday, at her old home, now the home of her son A.M.T. James. Mrs. James bears well her years, and in her
cheerful happy manner helped to entertain her many friends' who brought with them the essential well filled baskets. There were fifty-two
present, besides her children, many of whom were at home. We were remembered with a bountiful supply of cake, and join with the many friends
of Aunt Damsel in wishing her many happy, useful years among us.
Dec. 21, 1892
The Masons will give an entertainment at their Hall at Paris Crossing on Dec. 27.
The revival closed Thursday night with six accessions, and the Church revived.
Mrs. Bell Deputy who has been sick for a long time past is no better at this writing.
Henry Fisher of Indianapolis, was called here last week to attend the funeral of his mother who died very suddenly of heart disease.
Dr. J.L. Hanna was thrown out of his buggy about two years ago and very seriously hurt, but we are happy to state he is able to be out again.
Mrs. Christina Kuhle who was residing with her daughter, Mrs. D.L. Ray, died very suddenly Thursday evening. Deceased was about 68 years
of age and blind. Rev. E.P. Jewett preached the funeral after which the remains were interred in the Lancaster cemetery.
BORN-to Clem Baughman and wife, on Monday Dec. 13th.-a girl, but it lived only a few hours.
Mr. Howard James and Miss Lou Perry both of Lovett township were married on Sunday, May 13th. The Banner wishes them all the good luck possible.
Mrs. Mattie Mobley, wife of William Mobley, who is a son of Reese Mobley living five miles north east of town committed
suicide by hanging Saturday afternoon. She and William Mobley were married about a year ago in Ohio, and it is claimed that they did not
get along well. The woman placed a rope around a beam in the barn near by the house in which she lived, and then around her neck and jumped
into space. Her neck was broken. She left the following note, which partially explains the cause of the rash act: Nov 11, 1893
This is my last day with you Will. You have treated me so mean that I can't live with you any longer, so I say goodby today, my dear husband.
You will find me in the barn. Write to my mother of my death. Remember this day Will, you was cursing me not half an hour ago. I do this
because you don't treat me right. This written by your wife Mattie Mobley. Goodby, goodby. I am going. Kiss for the last.
The womans maiden name was Moseberry and she was about sixteen years old. Coroner Faulk was notified at five o'clock Saturday
evening and came up at once. He will make further inquiry regarding the death of this woman and the causes that brought it about. The funeral
was held at Haw Creek Sunday afternoon conducted by the Rev. J.D. Current. Phillip Spaugh funeral director.
The hail storm last week made sad havoc with corn fodder.
Perry Graham contemplates moving to Butlerville this week.
Rev. C.N. Kroft preached his farewell sermon at the M.E. Church here last Sunday. He will attend Moore's Hill College during
the coming year.
T. Cope who had been seriously ill for some weeks is convalescing, and hopes to be able to take charge of his school here
in another week.
Butlerville Lodge No. 211, D. of B. met in regular session last Saturday afternoon and conferred that degree on Miss Lizzie
Neal. Members of North Vernon lodge taking charge of the work. Before seperating for their respective homes all were detained for a considerable
spell partaking of a bountiful repast prepared by the sisters of Butlerville lodge.
DIED--At the residence of his son, Israel Owen on Sept. 15th at the ripe old age of 87 years, 4 months and 18 days. He was born in Leeds Maine
April 28, 1805; in the spring of '58 he removed to Salem Ohio, and remained there until the fall of 1859 when he came to Butlerville where he
has since lived, and was highly esteemed, always found at attending church and various means of grace when health and old age would permit, in
fact he seldom missed when he was able to walk out of doors. He was a member of the Church of Friends, but in full sympathy with all religious
denominations. He leaves three children to mourn his loss, C.N. Owen, who lives in Mechanicsburg, Pa., S.W. Owen, where he made his home and
Mrs. Phoebe Gibson, of North Vernon.
Card of Thanks-We desire to express through the columns of the Journal our heartfelt thanks to members of the I.O.O.F. who so kindly assisted
us in taking care of our father during his late sickness as well as the many friends and neighbors for the helping hand which they so cheerfully
gave during our affliction.
Mr. & Mrs. Allen Stott celebrated their golden wedding anniversary on last Tuesday at their home in Vernon.
Relatives to the number of 75 participated in the event, besides many friends of the family were invited to be present and
enjoy the occasion.
Mr. & Mrs. Stott were married 50 years ago by Rev. Taylor Stott, at the old McGannon homestead east of Vernon. Ten children
were born to them, eight girls and two boys, three of the girls having died some years since. The grandchildren number twenty-four.
Many valuable and useful presents were received by the good old couple of which the following is a list:
Mrs. Ella Cable, table cover; Mrs. Ella Walters, towel and throw; Mrs. G.S. Walters, photo and frame; Mrs. Susan Bondurant, table cover, cup
and saucer, paper holder and apron; Mrs. Alice Fish, china fruit dish; Mr. and Mrs. Rose, gold glasses and thimble; Mrs. Dr. Theo. Kern, apron;
Mr. and Mrs. B.W. Hughes, fruit dish; W. Buchanan and daughter, gold lined spoon; Mrs. Lucy Nicholson, dress pattern.
Mr. and Mrs. R.D. McCammon, salad dish; Mr. and Mrs. J.H. Moreland, butter knife and shell spoon; Mrs. Lou Storey, sugar
shell; Mr. John Busby, cake; Mrs. C.L. Cesler and Emma Rust, statuary; Mrs. B.C. Baker, fruit dish; Dr. W.J. Mitchell and wife, bread dish;
Dr. Hudson and wife, illustrated bible scenes and stories; Mrs. Maggie Mitchell, silk head rest; D.L.B. Hill and wife, gold tooth pick and
match cup; C.E. Wagner, set of dominoes.
Jesse Rowan, $5; T.T. McGannon, $2.50; Susan BonDurant, $1; Mr. and Mrs. McKay, $2; Mr. and Mrs. Fish, $2; Mrs. Vija Kern,
$1; Samuel Read, $2.50; Will BonDurant, $1; Mrs. DeWitt, $1; Mrs. Pietzuch, $2; Mr. and Mrs. P.W. Randall, $10.00; Mrs. Palmer, $1; Mr. and
Mrs. S.W. Storey, $2.50; McGannon Waits, $1; Mr. and Mrs. John McGannon, $2.50; Mr. and Mrs. T.A. Pearce, $2.50; Sam and James Pearce, $2.50;
Edward Green, $1; Anderson James, $1; F.F. Frecking, $2.50; Mrs. Pennington, $1; Geo Rust, $2.50; Grant Stott, $10.00; Mrs. Damsel James, $1;
Mr. and Mrs. W.J. Randall, $2.50; John James, $1; H.T. Read, $1; Mrs. Julia Read, $1; S.W. Conboy, $2.50; P.C. McGannon, $5; Mrs. Nettie
Batchlor, $2.50; Miss Helen Batchlor, $2.50; Hiram Foster and wife, $5; Miss Anna Stott, $5.
The following named persons composed the McGannon family, of which Mrs. Stott was a member, giving their ages:
John McGannon, deceased, 77 years, Mary Torbet, 62 years, Samuel McGannon 58 years, Penelope Sharp 62, Anderson McGannon 68
years, Martha Wilson 70 years, Damsel James 69 years, Jane Stott 67, Ellen McGannon 52, Thomas McGannon 60, Sarah Rust 41, Alcey Fish 53,
Susan BonDurant 50. Seven of the above are now deceased.
Several really funny incidents occurred during the day, which enlivened the occassion. A nice cake was baked by one of the
friends and ten little dolls placed in the cake to represent the number of children born to Mr. and Mrs. Stott, which created a good deal
of fun when the cake was cut, and which are now kept as mementos of the occassion by members of the family. Messrs. H.T. Read and P.C. McGannon,
were the only persons present that were at the wedding fifty years ago, other than the bride and groom.
The amount of gold presented to them was $100.00. The total number that partook the bountiful repast was 125. The remainder
of the day was spent in social conversation, and at a reasonable hour the guests departed, wishing Mr. and Mrs. Stott, many more useful and
happy days, and that they may live to celebrate their Diamond Wedding.
Written on the back of this poem is "For my Testament".
by Prescott Holme
Oh weary soul look up to God,
Thy trust in Him hold fast;
However painful is thy load,
Thou wilt find rest at last.
With patience now thy trials bear,
Thy toils in love fufill,
And ever seek the grace of God,
To do his holy will.
Dispair not, though all things look dark,
And rest seems far away;
The longest night at length will end,
And usher in God's day.
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