Obituaries
Courtesy of Steve Morrison

Abel, Matilda Mrs.
The Shoals News 8 September 1916

     Matilda Snide Abel departed from this life September 1, 1916 at the age of 79 years, 7 months and 28 days, her death resulting from general debility and her advanced age.  In her early womanhood she was united in marriage to James B. Abel who preceded her in death to the great beyond.  Unto this union were born ten children only two of whom survive John T of Chicago and E. A. Abel of Louisville.  The deceased was a lifelong resident of this county and was held in the highest esteem by her friends and neighbors by whom she will be sadly missed.  Funeral services were held Monday conducted by Rev. Starrett pastor of the M.E. Church, after which the remains were laid to rest in the Pleasant Valley Cemetery.


Acre, Sarah Ella
Canton
, Oklahoma-
13 May 1948

     Sarah Ella Morrison, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Morrison of Shoals, IN was born December 19, 1869.  She was married to John Thomas Acre on March 17, 1887 near Shoals, IN.  They moved to Gove County, Ks and in 1889 came to Oklahoma filing a land claim near Lacy.  They later moved to Canton, OK remaining there until her death on May 8, 1948 at the age of 78 years, 4 months and 16 days.  Three of their ten children, Rufus, Bobby and Roy departed this life several years ago.  She leaves to mourn her passing her husband John T Acre, James Acre of Walsh, CO; Charles M and Otha, of Canton, OK; Mrs Leo Walker of Hennessey, OK; Mrs. Agnes Baker of Longdale, OK; Mrs. Nellie Bredbeck of Philadelphia, PA; Ben E Acre of Richmond, CA and 27 living grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.


Appel, Anna Gerkin
Shoals News- 4 May 1923

     Mrs. Anna Gerkin Appel was born near Shoals, Indiana, March 1, 1897.  After several months of illness, she fell asleep at her home in Watts, California, April 16, 1923, age 26 years, one month and fourteen days.  She was the daughter of William and Hattie Elliott Gerkin; both of her parents have preceded her to the home beyond.   She was united in marriage to Edward Appel, August 18, 1921.  She leaves a husband, a stepson, Henry Appel a brother, Virgil Gerkin of Fort Lupton, Colorado, two half sisters who reside in Seymour, Ind.   Besides these near relatives with whom she made her home in childhood and youth were two uncles and an aunt, Fay Elliott of Fort Lupton, Colo., and Joe Elliott, of Denver; and Mrs. Vessie Hosapple of Watts, California.


Atkison, Eva Ledgerwood
Shoals News- 8 July 1923

     Mrs. Eva Atkison died at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. John W. Ledgerwood, 403 East Main Street, Loogootee, on Monday morning, May 28 at 2 o’clock, following an illness of Tuberculosis from which she had suffered for three years.  Eva Ledgerwood was born in Rutherford Township, near Alfordesville and was 34 years, 6 months and 18 days old.  She was the daughter of John and Martha Ledgerwood and is one of their six children, two of whom died in infancy.  She was married to Otto E. Waldrip in June, 1911 and to them was born one son, Wilfred.  A short time later the husband and father died of tuberculosis.  She was married to Chas Atkison in November 1916 and to this union one son, Charles was born. They lived on a farm near Shoals until her health failed her.  Besides her parents, she leaves a husband, two sons and three sisters; Maxine of Loogootee; Hazel, of Indianapolis; and Mrs. E. L. Brown of Hartford, CT.  Funeral services were held at Fairview Church, Wednesday morning by the Rev. William Salmon and the remains laid to rest in the Way Cemetery.  Those from out of town who were here to attend the funeral were, Mrs. Willis Lentz, of Washington; Mrs. Frank Paseha and Ruby Hopper of Terre Haute.


Ballard, Elizabeth
Shoals News- 27 February 1914

     Elizabeth Wolfington Ballard, died at her home in Natchez, IN, February 14, 1914 being at the time of her death 82 years, 1 month and 11 days of age.  She was born at French Lick, Orange County.  She was married to Thomas Westfall in 1848, to this union were born 3 children, two sons, William of Beaumont, Kansas, Samuel R of Smith’s Burrough, Ill and one daughter Mrs. William Salmon of Natchez.  In 1853 then living in north western Ill., her husband died leaving her with the three children above named.  She then came back to her birth place and in 1855 married Jackson Ballard of Martin County.  To this union were born 5 children, two sons; John T of Merom, Ind. and James G. of Natchez.  When quite young she joined the M.E. Church and lived a Christian life.  She has three sisters, Mrs. Jane (John) Archer and Mrs. James (May) Kirkland of Martin County and Mrs. Luvici (William) Abel of Orange County, thirty-seven grandchildren and thirty great-grandchildren.

   Jackson Ballard her second husband who was a soldier of the war of 1861-1865, belong to the 24th Reg’t Indiana Vol’s Inft., while at home on furlough in March 1864 was killed by traitors of the government near his home in Lost River Township.  She was left a widow for the second time at the age of X years and remained so till death.  Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Martin Compton at Natchez after which the remains were laid to rest in the Union Chapel Cemetery.

See also Murder of Jackson Ballard


 Bledsoe, Henry- 
Shoals News- 8 June 1917

     Henry Bledsoe, aged 73 years, died at his home south of this city Friday evening of last week.  Mr. Bledsoe was a soldier of the civil war and was a member of Company I 120th Indiana and saw service 13 months.  He leaves to mourn their loss four sons and two daughters.  Funeral services were held at the residence Sunday evening by the Rev. Charles Hitt. Interment was made in the Loyd cemetery.


Clutts, Gideon-
The Shoals News 21 April 1917

    Gideon Clutts passed from this life at his home in West Shoals last Wednesday noon after a lingering illness.  He was 77 years, 10 months and 7 days of age at the time of his death.   He leaves to mourn their loss his wife; one son, Charles; daughter-in-law; grandson, George M. Clutts; brother, John Clutts.  Much has been taken from this bereaved family.  Sweetest ties have been broken.   But much is left, The Christians hope and fadeless memoirs are still theirs.  Thus closed the life of one whose influence among, men doubtless would have been for good.  Funeral services were held Friday morning at the residence conducted by Rev. H. D. Starrett, after which the remains were tenderly laid to rest in the Dover Hill Cemetery.


Day, Arthur- 
23 April 1920 The Shoals News

    In memory of Arthur Day, who departed this life two weeks ago today.  William Arthur Day, son of Joseph and Sadie Day, died at his home near Natchez on Friday morning, April 9, 1920 after a lingering illness of that dreaded disease, tuberculosis.  He was born October 20, 1896 being at the time of his death 23 years, 5 months and 20 days of age.  Arthur had been in poor health since more than a year ago when he suffered an attack of the flu from which he never fully recovered.  He was an intelligent young man and his being taken so suddenly is hard to understand. 

     Arthur leaves to mourn their loss, his father, Stepmother, and one brother, Claude, besides a host of other relatives and friends.  His mother and two sisters, Maude and Amanda, preceded him to that Great Beyond several years ago.  On last October 20 he was most pleasantly surprised when about forty of his friends and relatives gathered at his home to remind him of his twenty- third birthday.  Arthur was a member of the I.O. R.M. ledge and was ever faithful to the order until death called him home.  The funeral services were held at the home Sunday afternoon, April 11 at one o’clock.  Rev. William Salmon conducted the service and presented an eloquent sermon in which he made an earnest appeal to live a life that would receive a well merited reward in the beyond.  The remains were followed by a large number of sorrowing relative and friends to the Morrison cemetery where the body was tenderly laid to rest und the auspices of the Red Man Lodge.  The funeral was one of the largest that had been held in that community in many days.


Day, Joseph- 
The Shoals News 22 December 1922

     Joseph Day, son of William and Mary Day was born March 28, 1866 and on Saturday December 16, 1922 quietly passed away at his home near Natchez; being at the time of his death 56 years, 9 months and 15 days of age.

     He was married to Sadie Allen in the year 1889 and to this union four children were born; Maude, Amanda, Claude and Arthur, three of whom with his wife preceded him to that Great Beyond several years ago.  In later years he was married to Rachel Holt who with one son, Claude Day, of Shoals, are left to mourn their loss.  He also leaves one half-brother, Frank Day, half sister, Mrs. Dellah Teney both of Shoals, half brother, James Gerkin of Mitchell who with a host of friends and relatives are left to mourn his departure.  He was a suffered of that dreaded disease tuberculosis which caused his untimely death.  He never  fully recovered from the flu which had four years ago and kept growing weaker day by day and on last Saturday at one o’clock the white robed angel of death wafted his spirit back to the God who gave it..  He united with the U. B. church at Union Chapel many years ago.  He was a member of the Redman Lodge, to which he was always a faithful member.   He will be sadly missed in the community, where his entire life was spent around Natchez and Union Chapel.  The funeral was held at the home on last Monday, morning at 11 o’clock, conducted by Rev. William Salmon after which the remains were tenderly laid to rest in the Morrison cemetery under the auspices of the Redman lodge.


Denny, Mrs. Moses- 
Shoals News- 21 December 1917

   Anna Denny, wife of Moses Denny, died at her home near Willow Valley on Thursday, December 6m, 1917.  She was born in 1858 being 59 years of age.  Mrs. Denny had been in bad health for the past year.  She leaves husband, six children and four grandchildren


Denny, Nancy- 
The Shoals News- 12 March 1915

     Nancy Ann, daughter of Leonard and Sarah Acre, was born in Alabama in 1826 and was united in marriage to Moses Denny in 1851.  To this union were born 6 children, Mrs. T. C. Wilson and George Denny of this place, Mrs. Rachel Higbee of Friendship, Wisconsin, James Denny of French Lick and John Denny of Washington, and two sons Leonard and Anderson Gray by a former marriage.  She departed this life, March 6, 1915 being at the time of her death 89 years, 1 month and 27 days.  “Aunt” Nancy united with the U.B. Church when she was quite young and was true to her faith in every sense of the word.  For several years she made her home with her daughter Mrs. T. C. Wilson.  Her husband and two children preceded her to the Great Beyond.  She leaves beside her children, 40 grand-children, 31 great-grand-children and 1 great-great grandchild.  Funeral services were conducted Monday at the home f her daughter, Mrs. T. C. Wilson, by Rev. Wm Cox and she was tenderly laid to rest in the Morrison cemetery. (Note: Nancy and Moses Denny are shown as buried in Ingram Cemetery)


Denny, Walter-
The Shoals News- 31 January 1918

     Walter Denny, a well known young farmer, passed away on last Friday at the home of his father-in-law, Charles Rose, in East Halbert Township, after a lingering illness of tuberculosis.  He was thirty-two years of age and was a son of Moses Denny of this city.  He was married in the spring of 1912 to Gail Ross, who with two small children, Rufus Vernon and Etta May, survives him.  Their first born, Charles Edwin, died in infancy.  Mr. Denny was an industrious and successful farmer and was highly respected by his friends and neighbors.  The funeral was held Sunday at the Ross home and interment was made a Springhill Cemetery.


Elliott, Flora- 
Shoals News- 27 February 1914

     Flora Elliott daughter of George and Celia Wade born September 13, 1870 and died February 19, 1914, age 43 years, 4 months and 16 days.  She was united in marriage to Martin Elliot October 24, 1892.  She leaves a husband, mother, two sisters and four brothers.  The father and three sisters having preceded her to the Great Beyond.


Faggin, Eliza- 
Shoals News- 26 Mar 1915

     Eliza Faggin was born in Burbton, North Aliton, England, June 12, 1841, and departed this life at Shoals, IN on March 18, 1915 being 73 years, 9 months and 6 days of age.  She was united in marriage to Kinsey Swords on December 16, 1863.  To this union three children were born, one daughter, Anna and two sons, Charles and William all of whom survive her.  She united with the Methodist Episcopal Church while yet a young girl, being received into late membership at Steubenville, OH.  Since her husband preceded her in death she was left to finish the journey alone.  Of her immediate family she also leaves 9 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren.  Funeral services were conducted at the home of the deceased and burial was at Spring Hill Cemetery.


Fields, Mrs. George- 
Shoals News- 8 June 1917

     Word has been received in this city of the death of Mrs. George Fields of Bedford.  Mrs. Fields was well known in this city where she resided with her husband George Fields, who was county treasurer two terms.  Mrs. Fields was about sixty-five years of age.  She leaves to mourn her death her husband; four daughters, Mrs. Willis Kilburnof Indianapolis; Mrs. William Lynch, near Bedford; Miss Fern and Miss Addie who are at home; and one son, Albert Fields’ who is now Mayor of Bedford.


Fite, Malinda-
Martin County Tribune- 16 August 1907

     Mrs. Malinda Fite died at her home near Lawrenceville, Illinois, Friday of last week.  She ws born April 2, 1829 and married William Powell in 1849.  Five children were born to them of whom three are living.  Mr. Powell died in 1863.  She was married to Isaac Fite in June 1865 and he died in August 1882; two children were born to this union, one of whom survives.   Mrs. Fite had been a member of the M. E. Church of Natchez for many years.  The remains were brought here Saturday afternoon and taken to the Hawkins Cemetery Sunday for interment.  The funeral service ws conducted at the cemetery by Rev. William Salmon.


Fortner, Isaac- 
Shoals News- 8 July 1923

      Isaac Fortner, one of the oldest citizens of Martin County, son of Michael and Mary Jane Fortner was born May 20, 1948 and departed this life May 30, 1923, age 75 years and 10 days.  He spent his entire life in this county.  For the last two years he has suffered from apoplexy.  In his early manhood he joined the Baptist Church at Boggs Creek.  He was married to Mary E. Cox February 15, 1880.  To this union ws born seven children. Two daughters have preceded him to the Great Beyond.  He leaves a wife, four son, Lewis who is at home, Asa of Huron, Dennis of Lawrenceport, IN and Arthur who is attending school at Danville, and one daughter, Mrs. S. W. Qualkinbush, of Shoals, IN.   Also two brothers and two sisters of Burns City, IN and many other relatives and friends to mourn his loss.  Funeral ws held at the residence by Rev. H. B. Sanders and burial at the Clarke Cemetery by Ed. Haverley, undertaker, June 1, 1923.


Gerkin, John Hershel- 
Shoals News- 10 April 1914

     John Hershel Gerkin, son of Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Gerkin, of the Flynn ranch, was born January 17, 1893, in Orange County, IN, accompanying his parents to this valley in the year 1907.  On November 1, 1913 he was happily wedded to Miss Ethel Whitlock of this place.  He died on Thursday, March 19, 1914, while in the Minnequa hospital, Pueblo, from injuries received in the Gluch mine pneumonia setting in.  His short life ws spent industriously as he was a willing worker and assisted his father in farm work when he took a position at Gulch during the idle season on the farm.  His young bride of but four months is grief stricken.  He was laid to rest in Hill Crest Cemetery on Sunday, March 21, 1914.


Hawkins, Catherine Connell-
Martin County Tribune- 13 June 1913

     Catherine Connell was born September 10, 1828 and departed this life, Saturday, June 7, 1913, being aged 84 years, 8 months and 27 days old.  At the age of sixteen she was united in marriage to George W. Hawkins and to this union were born eleven children.  Three sons, William, George and Albert, and two daughters, Mrs. Harrison Trainor and Mrs. Sherman Waggoner all of this county survive her.  Her husband preceded her to the Great Beyond, having departed this life nine years ago.  Since the death of her husband Mrs. Hawkins had lived with her children and at the time of her death was making her home in this city with her daughter, Mrs. Trainor.  In early life she became a member of the United Brethren Church and remained a devout member of that denomination until death.


Hawkins, Phillip C.- 
Shoals News- 31 May 1918

     Phillip C. Hawkins, son of James and Margaret Hawkins was born January 27, 1825 and died May 14, 1918, aged, ninety-three years, three months and seventeen days.  He was united in marriage to Mary Elizabeth Pierce, March 26, 1857 and to this union were born ten children- seven boys and three girls: James P. of Shoals; Phillip C. Jr, near Natchez; John M. with whom the deceased made his last home at West Baden; George M., near Natchez; Mary Adeline who departed this life July 22, 1904,; David Elmer of Oaktown; William Oscar of Shoals; Cora May Purkhiser of Seymour; Arthur Otis of Oklahoma City, OK; Lois B. Pugh, at Columbus, OH; all of whom survive except the oldest daughter.  The wife of departed this life March 16, 1908.  The deceased was born and lived his whole life in Martin County.  His earliest years were spent on the farm after which he engaged in the mercantile business in Lost River Township, this county, afterwards moving his business to Natchez where he conducted his business until (1869).  He purchased a farm 1 miles south of Natchez where he lived and raised his large family.


Holt, Clara- 
Shoals News- 7 July 1916

     Died at her home north of Shoals, on June 22nd, 1916 Mrs. Clara Holt wife of Albert Holt, of throat and lung trouble.  She leaves to mourn her loss a loving husband and four small children, three boys and one girl.  Interment was made in the Huron Cemetery.


Homer, Charles Penrod-
The Shoals News- 19 January 1917

     Charles, Homer, son of Charles and Sophia Penrod, was born in Shoals, Martin County, Ind., April 26, 1894 and departed this life January 10, 1917, being at the time of his death, 22 years, 8 months and 15 days of age.  Homer had been failing in health for the past year, until in May 1916; he decided to go west thinking he would regain his health.  He spent two months in Oklahoma returning on the ninth of July.  He gradually grew weaker from that time on until Wednesday morning last at 9 o’clock the white robed angel of death called him home.  He was a victim of that dreaded disease tuberculosis and knowing that the end was near he desired Christian baptism and membership in the church of his father and mother and on December 2, 1916, the pastor, Rev. Starrett of the Shoals M.E. church administered the sacrament of baptism , book him into the Methodist Episcopal church.  Funeral services were held in the M.E. Church at Shoals Friday evening at two o’clock Rev. Starrett and which the remains were laid to rest in Spring Hill Cemetery.


Hotz, Rachel- 
Shoals News- 19 January 1900

     On Sunday morning, January 14 Mrs. Rachel Hotz joined the unnumbered dead.  The deceased was born September 6, 1820 in Ohio.  She was married to Phillip Cecil and to them were born two children. After Mr. Cecil’s death she was married to Adam Hotz and to them were born three children, William, deceased; Charles R. and Thomas C.  She has lived a consistent Christian life since quite a young girl.  Her husband died five years ago last October.  After services at West union church on Tuesday the remains were interned in the cemetery at the place.


Huff, James D.-
The Shoals News- 20 September 1889

     It is with the deepest regret that we are called to the task of chronicling the death of one of Martin County’s most public spirited and most useful citizens, that of James D Huff, which occurred at his home in McCameron Township on the 10th inst.   Mr. Huff’s e=condition had been regarded as critical and his recovery very doubtful for some time, but the announcement of his death will come in the nature of a shock to many of our readers.  Mr. Huff was the largest land owner in the county, his possessions numbering thousands of acres of real estate and a proportionally large share of personal property.  He was a man far above the average in intelligence and forced of character, and was always found in the lead ion all moves of a public nature.


Inman, Thomas-
Martin County Tribune- 19 February 1920

      Thomas Inman, one of the best known residents of Shoals, died at his home on the west side, Tuesday afternoon.  Mr. Inman had been ill for some months and while not confined to his bed, his death was not unexpected.  He came here about 25 years ago from McCameron Township and operated the Inman Hotel and feed stable just west of the court house ever since.  His widow and several children survive.  All the children have reached maturity, one, Theodore, being in the mercantile business here.  The remains will be taken to old Salem Church in McCameron Township today for burial.


Kennedy, Sarah Bogle-
The Shoals News- 12 March 1915

     Sarah Bogle Kennedy was born November 20th, 1840 near Johnstown, Pennsylvania.  When a small child she removed with her widowed mother to Louisville, Kentucky, at which point she was united in marriage to James W. Kennedy on May 1, 1857.  Her husband at the time of the marriage was a steam boat captain, his craft plying the Ohio and Mississippi rivers.  After her marriage with her husband she moved to the state of Mississippi but the dark days of the Civil War came and they moved back to the north, residing at Jeffersonville, Seymour, Bedford, Indian Springs and Shoals in the state of Indiana, respectfully.  Her husband preceded her in life’s journey and passed to the Great Beyond on April 9, 1892.  Mrs. Kennedy was ever an active, energetic, woman and after the decease of her husband she engaged in the hotel business at Shoals where she owned and operated a traveling man’s hotel until her advancing age caused her to give up the business some years ago.  She came of heroic stock and while her life was filled with troubles and catastrophes that would have overcome one of weaker mould, they but served to spur her on to greater effort and likewise, high accomplishments.

    She was the mother of fourteen children ten of whom have passed beyond and with her husband were ready to meet her when she crossed the mysterious and unknown river of death.  Four children survive her, Mrs. Fannie K. Reynolds of Seymour, Ind., Mrs. Jennie K Durland of Cincinnati, Ohio, Mrs. Daisy K. Gilkiison of Shoals and Mr. Ralph Kennedy of Mitchell, Ind., all of who were with her when the end came.  She is survived by one half-brother, Mr. Gregg B. Powell of Underwood, Indiana.  For two weeks she suffered with pneumonia, but she never despaired.  She was seventy-four years, three months and twenty-five days of age.  The remains were laid to rest in the Spring Hill Cemetery, Wednesday morning.


King, Garette-
The Shoals News- 20 September 1889

    Mrs. Garette King, an aged lady who resided with her son-in-law, John S. Ellis, three miles northeast of Loogootee, died on the 12th inst., and was interred at the family cemetery near the Wood School-house, on the following day.


Masten, Helen S. –
The Shoals News- 14 June 1901

     The older residents of Loogootee remember Mr. and Mrs. Phil C. Masten, who lived here about twenty years ago, the husband following the vocation of harness making.  Since that time they have resided at Southwest City, Missouri and it was here that Mrs. Masten died last Friday night of cancer of the bowels.  The remains were brought here Monday and interred that afternoon in Good Will Cemetery, after impressive funeral services by Professor W. R. Houghton at the residence of Baldwin Riley.  Mrs. Masten had no children but leaves a husband and host of relatives in this city to mourn the loss of a good woman.  She was 66 years of age.  Her maiden name was Helen S. Brown, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Brown.  She and Mr. Masten were married in 1859.


Morris, Robert- 
Shoals News- 26 January 1917

     Robert Morris was born in Ohio, October 27, 1934 and departed this life January 19, 1917, at the age of 82 years, 2 months and 22 days.  He came to Indiana with his parents at the age of 10 years and the family settled at the old Morris homestead.  He was united in marriage to Berthena Cannon, March 22, 1866 and to this union was born nine children, Eliza, john T., Ellen, Hiram, William B. Clara, Robert A., Emma and Frank M.  His wife and three children Hiram, Robert A. and Emma preceded him to the Great Beyond.  In public life, he taught school and served a tem as County Commissioner and was always very active in the betterment of the community’s life.  Three daughters, Mrs. Eliza Kelly of Rutherford Township; Mrs. Ellen Hembree, of Loogootee and Mrs. Clara Chandler of Indianapolis; three sons, John T Morris of Shoals, Frank Morris, of Rutherford Township and W. B. Morris of Bridgeport, IL; together with fifteen grandchildren; ten great grandchildren; three sisters and a host of friends mourn his death.  The funeral was conducted by Rev. E. L. Miller of the Truelove Church on Sunday at 11AM and interment in the church cemetery.


Morrison, Mary A.- 
The Shoals News- 29 August 1919

     Mrs. Mary A. Morrison, aged seventy-seven years, passed away at the home of her sister, Mrs. Stephen Sweeney, in the east part of town, Friday afternoon at 2 o’clock.   She had been sick for several weeks.   Mrs. Morrison was well known in Shoals and vicinity and was esteemed by her friends and acquaintances.  He husband died about twelve years ago.  She leaves no children.  Funeral services, conducted by Rev. Greenhaigh, were held Saturday and interment was made in the Allbright Cemetery in Halbert Township.


Neal, John B.- 
The Shoals News- 12 January 1917

     John B Neal an aged veteran of the civil war answered the final summons Sunday.  Death was due to partial paralysis.  Mr. Neal suffered a stroke of paralysis Christmas morning from when he never fully recovered.  He leaves his aged companion and many other relative to mourn their loss.  Funeral services were held Tuesday at the Old Union after which the remains were laid to rest in the Old Union Cemetery.


Nicholson, Isol Salmon 
April 1979 Shoals News

      Mrs. Isol S Nicholson, age 67, of Route 2, Shoals, passed away at 1:50 AM, Monday April 9, 1979 at the Jasper Memorial Hospital.  She had been ill for the past one and one-half years.

    Mrs. Nicholson was born on May 2, 1911 in Shoals to James H. and Alpha (Morrison) Salmon.  She married Irvin Nicholson in 1959 and he survives.  She was a retiree of the Loogootee Textile Company, a member of the Shoals American Legion Auxiliary, Post No 61 and the Eagles Lodge Auxiliary No 2442.

    Surviving, in addition to her husband, are a daughter, Mrs. Alpha Dean Bough of Dallas, Texas; and three grandsons.  In addition to her parents, one sister has also preceded her in death.

    Funeral services will be held at 1:30 PM Wednesday (today) at the Queens-Lee Funeral Home with Rev. Robert Hawkins officiating.   Burial will be made in Spring Hill Cemetery.  The Shoals Eagles Auxiliary held a Memorial Service at 7:30 PM Tuesday.


 

Nowling, Myrtle Salmon Buried Sunday
30 August 1957 Shoals News

      Funeral services for Mrs. Myrtle (Salmon) Nowling age 49 years were conducted at the Queen Funeral home at 2 PM Sunday with the Rev. Robert Hawkins officiating.  He was assisted by the Rev. Lloyd Butler.   Pallbearers were Roy Salmon, Ray Tredway, Paul Salmon, Joseph Bough, Hale Salmon and Gary Salmon.   Burial was in Spring Hill Cemetery.  Mrs. Nowling was born in Martin County on June 8, 1908, the daughter of James Salmon of Shoals and Alpha (Morrison) Salmon deceased.   On September 7, 1946 she married Willard Nowling, who survives.

    Mrs. Nowling passed away at her home, 2495 North Central Ave, Indianapolis, IN at 3:45 PM Thursday.  She had been in failing health for six years and seriously ill for ten weeks.  She was a member of the First Baptist Church and prior to her illness, was an employee of the Indianapolis City Water Company.   In addition to her husband and father she is survived by one sister, Mrs. Isol Goldsberry, of Shoals and a niece Mrs. Alpha Dean Bough.


 

Peek, Nellie- 
Shoals News- 11 August 1916

     Word has been received in this city of the death of Mrs. Nellie Peek, wife of R. H. Peek son of Mrs. Jarah J. Peek of the west side, who died July 19 at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield,  IL, following an abdominal operation.  She had been in poor health for two years but did not complain, being able to be up and for six months had been working gin the Springfield watch factor until about two weeks previous to her death.  She was taken to the hospital on July 13th and underwent an operation of the 14th from which she rallied and seemed to be doing nicely until eve of the 18th when she was taken worse and failed very fast.  Nellie was born, December 15, 1882 being at the time of her death 33 years, 7 months and 4 days.  She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Johnson of Divernon, IL, formerly of Shoals.  She was married to Robert H. Peek in April 1902.  To this union were born two children, Robert aged 10 years and Mary aged 8 years.  Her remains were taken to Divernon, Il for burial near the home of her parents.


Pruitt, Ruth Shipley- 
Shoals News- 5 January 1923

     Ruth Shipley Pruitt, aged 82 years, was born in Kentucky in 1840 and departed this life January 1, 1923 at the home of her niece, Mrs. Charles Seigle, with whom she had made her home for many years.  She was married to James Pruitt, and to their union two children were born which died in infancy.  She leaves to mourn her loss one nephew, Elvis Stone and two nieces, Mrs. Thomas hart and Mrs. Charles Seigle. The funeral was held at the home Wednesday and interment was made at Spring Hill Cemetery.


Renneker, Jesse-
The Shoals News- 8 September 1916

     Jesse Rennecker, a farmer living five miles south-east of this city was found dead Monday afternoon.  He went to his work on Monday morning as usual and at the time was engaged in cutting weeds with the scythe, which was found hanging in a tree with his hat placed on it and is supposed to have been a guide to the family in finding the body  His sons were working on an adjoining farm but did not return home at the noon hour and the mother being alone at noon felt uneasy because her husband did not come in but gave no alarm until the boys returned home late in the afternoon when the search began. The body being found in a short time.  When found he was lying on the ground face downward.  The corner was summoned and the verdict was that death had resulted from taking poison with a suicidal intent.  No reason is known for the rash act except that he unfortunate man had not been in the best of health and was also worried over some little domestic trouble.  The deceased was sixty-three years of age and was born and raised in his immediate neighborhood.  He was a kind neighbor and was upright in all his dealings.  He is survived by four children two son and two daughters also his wife and several brothers and sisters.  Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon being in charge of the local order of I.O.O.F. of which he was an honored member.  The remains were laid to rest in the Fairview Cemetery.


Salmon, Alfie Morrison-
Springs Valley Herald- 10 October 1913

    Mrs. Alfie Salmon, wife of James H. Salmon, died at her home near Shoals on September 16, 1913.  She was twenty-nine years of age and was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Morrison of West Baden.  She had been a constant suffer from tuberculosis since February.  All that loving hands could do ws done for her but the Savior called and she obeyed his summons.  She was converted in the Methodist church n July and was a true Christian. Besides her parents she leaves surviving her husband and two little girls.  They are Myrtle Lee and Isol Eliza.  Funeral services were conducted at the Salmon home by the Rev. George Stiles assisted by Rev. William Cox and the remains were interred in Union Chapel Cemetery.


Salmon, Minnie Pearl-
Martin County Tribune- 17 October 1890

     Rev. and Mrs. William Salmon had the death angel visit their darling Minnie Pearl about 3 o’clock AM October 6, 1890, aged 6 years and 8 months.  The funeral to be preached at Natchez on the 4th Sabbath in October in which the public is respectfully invited.


Shepardson, Everett- 
The Shoals News- 5 January 1917

    Relatives in this city received a message Tuesday announcing the death of Prof. Everett Shepardson at his home in Los Angeles, Cal., Tuesday morning.  He had a brief illness of only three days.  Prof. Shepardson was born in Lagrange county, Ind., about (age 51) 54 years ago.  In about the year 1887 and 1888 he held the position as superintendent of the Shoals Public Schools.  After closing his school work here he entered the State Normal in Los Angeles and was one of the foremost instructors in that institution until the time of his death.  While superintendent here he became acquainted with Miss Claudia Shirey, daughter of the late Michael Shirey, and in the year 1896 he and Miss Shirey were married leaving immediately fo their far western home.  He leaves to mourn their loss a wife and daughter (Kathryn).  A later obituary states that he was caught in a storm on Brown Flats for two days and was without food, and nearly froze to death and collapsed and never recovered because of exposure to the cold.


Sherfick, John M.- 
The Shoals News- 8 March 1918

    “Uncle” John M. Sherfick, prominent retired farmer and one of Martin County’s most widely known and respected citizens, died Saturday at his home north of town at the ripe old age of eight-five years.  Mr. Sherfick had been a resident of Martin County since early manhood and was one of the most successful and influential farmer in this community.  John M. Sherfick, son of Benjamin and Sarah Sherfick was born November 6, 1832 in Harrison County, Ohio, near Cadiz, the County Seat.  He passed away March 2, 1918 at the age of eighty-five years, three months and twenty-six days.  In 1843 he with his parents and their family moved to Washington, County, Ohio about sixteen miles west of Marietta, the county seat where he resided until 1868 when he removed to Martin County, Indiana, where he has since resided.  On September 28, 1869 he was united in marriage with Catherine Ruff, of Noble County, Ohio and to them six children were born, three of whom have passed away and three, viz., Mrs. Chas. Swords of near Bedford, Benjamin O. and Charles M. Sherfick of near Shoals, survive.  This wife passed away November 4, 1872.  Mr. Sherfick, was next married to Eliza Lane Tranter in January, 1874 and she passed to the Great Beyond on August 8, 1903.  To this marriage five children were born, Three of whom, Calvin C. of Collyer, Kansas, Fred F and John L. of Shoals, survive.  In addition to the above children the deceased left surviving him twenty-three grandchildren and eight great-grandchild,  Mr. Sherfick was a farmer and was always in the front ranks in his occupation. He has resided in Halbert Township for many years and has always taken an interested and active part in all matters of public import, where his counsel and activities were always given in the advancement of that which he sincerely believed to be right and for the best interest of his community.  He was a Democrat in politics and held the office of township trustee of Halbert Township at one time, to which he was elected by a large majority of voters.  He was a true and faithful member of the Masonic Fraternity and to it his genial presence and timely advice will be greatly missed.  The funeral series were held at the Christian Church on Monday morning and were attended by a large number of relatives and friends of the deceased.  Members of the Shoals lodge and Masons attended the funeral in a body.  Burial was made at the Spring Hill Cemetery.


Snider, Caroline C. (Acre) Mrs.- 
The Shoals News

     Mrs. Caroline C. Snider, who had many relatives in this county, passed away at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Sarah E. Keeth, at Paoli, Thursday, February 19, at the age of 85 years, 1 month and 27 days.  Mrs. Snider was born in Orange County, North Carolina and came with her parent to Orange County, Indiana, at an early age.  She was married to Joseph Acre, of Martin County, in 1852 and for more than 65 years they fought the battles of life together, happy in each other’s companionship.  To them were born eight children, Joshua, Frank B. and Charles of Wakeeney, Kansas; Albert B. of Oklahoma; Mrs. Sarah E. Keeth of Paoli, Ind.   Thomas, Joseph, Emberson and Hubert L. preceded her to that Glory Land.  A few years after the death of her first husband she was married to James. L. Snider of Odon, Daviess, County and they lived happily together.  After his death she gave up housekeeping and since then had made her home with her daughter, Mrs. James Keeth of Paoli.


Stephens, Mary Mrs.- 
Shoals News- 7 July 1916

     Mrs. Mary Stephens was born October 5, 1843 and died June 29, 1917 being 73 years, 7 months and 24 days of age at the time of her death.  She was born in Ohio and moved to this county when a girl of 16 years and remained here until death.  She was married to Lewis Stephens in the year 1864.  She joined ht M. E. Church when a girl and lived a Christian life.


Trainor, Jane Hawkins-
Martin County Tribune- 19 February 1920

      Mrs. Trainor who had been confined to her home for some time by tuberculosis, was unable to war off the complications ensuing when was stricken with the influenza.  She was five-five years of age and was a daughter of George Hawkins who died several years ago.  She had lived in Shoals for more than the quarter of a century and was one of those women who will be missed by the community.  She leaves no children.  T. A. Hawkins and Mrs. Sherman Waggoner, who live here, are a brother and sister to the deceased.  Funeral services were held at the residence Sunday and the remains were taken to Natchez for interment.


Tredway, Sarah A.- 
The Shoals News- 27 April 1917

    Sarah A. Tredway, whose maiden name was Sarah A. Wagoner, was born in Lost River Township, Martin County on February 19, 1842 and Sarah died April 20, 1917 age 75 years, 2 months and 1 day.

    She was married to Thomas Tredway September 3, 1865 unto this union were born six children; Dicie who preceded her to the Great Beyond; Geo. W., Billet, Ill; A. P., Lost River Township; Mrs. Ella Dawson, Center Township; Mrs. Anna Sherfick, Lost River Township and W. H. Tredway.  All her life was spent in Martin County except three years in Orange County and three years in Knox County.  She united with the M.E. Church in her girlhood.  She had been seriously ill for a year at the home of her daughter, Mrs. A. J. Dawson.  She born her sickness cheerfully for a person in her condition to the last said she was ready to go to her rest.  Funeral services were held at Wagoner’s Chapel Sunday morning conducted by Rev. William Salmon.  Interment was made in the cemetery adjoining the church.


Trine, Mary Cora- 
Shoals News- 10 April 1914

     Mary Cora Brown was born in McCameron Township, Martin County, IN on November 2, 1880 and died at Milton, IN on April 5, 1914.  She was married to Edward Trine March 20, 1913.  She leaves her husband, a four weeks old daughter; her widowed mother and two brothers at Newberry, In; and a sister at Richmond, IN, beside nephew whom she took when his mother died at his birth.  Funeral services were held at Milton Methodist church of which she was a member and burial of at Milton.


Truelove, Margaret J.-
The Shoals News- 12 March 1915

     Margaret J. Jackman was born in Rutherford Township, November 30, 1843 and departed from this life March 9, 1915 aged 71 years, 3 months and 9 days.  Death came as a relief after suffering only a short time from Pneumonia.  On November 26, 1868 she was united in marriage to George Truelove, unto this union eight children were born, three of those dying in infancy.  Those surviving her are three daughters, Carrie B., Emma V., Maud E. and two sons Samuel C. and Ensley E. her husband having preceded her to the Great Beyond just three years previous to the date of her death.  At the age of twenty years also united with the M.E. Church at White River Chapel and lived a devoted Christian life ever afterward we can only remind theses mourner that she is not dead but only asleep.  Beside her children she leaves to mourn their loss one sister, Mrs. Ella Holloway of Sacramento, Cal., and one brother Clark Jackman of Lost River Township and ten grand children and one great-grandchild.  Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon at the Truelove Church by Re. Claud Hort after which the remains tenderly laid to rest in the cemetery nearby.


Wagoner, William-
Martin County Tribune- 25 February 1915

     William Wagoner, one of the former well known and highly respected citizens of Shoals, died last Saturday at the home of his daughter Mrs. Russell Heckler.  He was past 78 years of age, having been born June 23, 1837, and had been a long resident of Martin County.  He was married in 1860 to Caroline Pierce who died just five weeks ago.  To them were born six children, two of whom are dead; Margaret Alice and Mrs. Emma Haga.  The four surviving are; Mrs. Roswell Heckler of New Albany, Sherman of Martin County, Mrs. Charles Myers of Marengo, Indiana and George of New Albany.  He also leaves two brothers; Columbus of Washington and George M. of Lost River Township.  Three sisters, Mrs. Sarah Tredway of Center Township, Mrs. George Greene of Lost River Township and Mrs. Rachel Sherfick of Shoals are also living.  Mr. Wagoner was a veteran of the Civil War having served from his enlistment until the close of the conflict.  He was a devout member of the United Brethren Church, holding his membership at Natchez and later at Shoals.  The funeral services were held at New Albany Tuesday from the home of his daughter and interment was made in the Fairview Cemetery.


White, Lena
The Shoals News- 12 March 1915

    Lena White was born April 29, 1902 and departed this life March 5, 1915, aged 12 years, 10 months and five days.  She leaves a father, mother, four sisters, two brothers and a host of friends and relatives to mourn her death.  Her sickness lasted but a few days.  She fell asleep and woke in glory to live forever; and we hope some sweet day to meet her and clasp her hands on the other shore, where pale and parting will be no more.  She was laid to rest in the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, March 7.  Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Fountain Craig.


Williams, Levi-
Martin County Tribune- 4 February 1916

     Levi M. Williams, one of the old and well known veterans of Martin County, died at his home south of Shoals and near Hindostan on last Saturday after a lingering illness of neuritis and dropsy.  He was born near Shoals, July 7, 1844, and lived in the same neighborhood practically all of his life, he was 71 years old.  He was a veteran of the Civil War being a member of company A of the 17th Indiana regiment of mounted Calvary and serving under the noted brigade of Colonel Wilder.  He was in the service from August of 1962 until the close of the War, receiving an honorable discharge in June 1865.  He was married February 10, 1867 to Katherine A. Myers of Hindostan and ten children were born to them.  Two sons, Lee and Joseph are dead.  The wife, three sons, five daughters, 21 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren survive.  The children are: Samuel, Mrs. Walter Franklin, Mrs. Aaron Stiles, of this county; Lewis of Wheatland; Pery, Mrs. Thomas Franklin; Mrs. Joseph D. Todd and Mrs. Wm C. Phillips of Vincennes.  Mr. Williams was a member of the United Brethren Church for over twenty years.  He was a highly respected and genial farmer citizen and had many friends.  The funeral services were held by Rev. William Salmon of Natchez, a long time friend of the deceased.  Interment was made in the Hindostan Cemetery.


Yenne, John W.-
The Shoals News- 22 October 1922

     John W. Yenne, former Shoals Citizen and brother of S. P. Yenne and Mrs. Mary Williams, of this city, died Friday of last week at his home in Long Beach, California, at the age of seventy-three years.  Born in Carroll County, Ohio, Mr. Yenne came to this county when a little boy and later moved to Nebraska and thence to California, where he has resided for several years.  Heart trouble was the cause of death.  Besides the brother and sister mentioned above, Mr. Yenne leaves surviving; his second wife, three daughters who reside in Iowa, a son in Nebraska; a brother, Dr. C. H. Yenne of Washington, Indiana and a sister, Mrs. Thomas Acre of California.  Mr. Yenne’s remains were brought to Grant, Nebraska, for interment.