[No source or date noted, from an unidentified scrapbook of clippings titled COLLECTION OF LOCAL MONROE COUNTY OBITS donated to the Monroe County History Center, Bloomington, Indiana.]


William O. Spriggs, the well-known photographer who moved about four years ago to Bedford, died this morning of meningitis after a brief illness, and the remains will arrive here at 11:20 tomorrow and be taken to the home of Mr. and Mrs. Howe Martin, she being a sister. Funeral will likely be Sunday afternoon from the Church of Christ.

Mr. Spriggs was aged about 40 and was born northeast of the city and, besides the wife who was formerly Miss Edith Cosner, there are two sons: Hollis, aged 12, and Joseph, aged 6 [difficult to read]. The father is William Spriggs, seven miles east of town, and the brothers are Henry, Andrew, George and Homer, and sister is Mrs. Albert Carpenter. He was a faithful member of the Church of Christ and also a Mason. Only a week ago Mr. Spriggs attended the Masonic dedication at Bedford and seemed in perfect health.

The body of William Spriggs, former local photographer who died at Bedford this morning, will be accompanied by a committee from the Bedford lodge when it arrives here tomorrow at 11:30 according to a wire received by Stacey Harrel [sic] today from Bedford lodge. Mr. Spriggs was a prominent Mason.

Typed and donated by Randi Richardson.

Webmaster note: The 1920 census records at ancestry.com list a 40-year old "proprietor" of a "picture gallery" named William Spriggs living on 17th Street, in Bloomington, along with his wife Edith. In the 1910 census, he was also in Bloomington, and was listed as a "photographer". He isn't listed in the 1930 census, so his death apparently occurred some time in the early 1920s, and this obituary undoubtedly appeared in a Bloomington newspaper. CWC