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1896 Parke County Indiana Newspaper Items

These extracted items from various newspapers from Parke and surrounding counties.  Most of these have been contributed by volunteers.  If you have access to an old newspaper and would like to share something, please contact James D. VanDerMark

Rockville Tribune, September 17, 1896 


  • “E. KEMPER and wife, and Mrs. STRICKLER, of Richmond, and Mrs. W. F. GATES, of Indianapolis, passed Sunday in Rosedale, the guests of Harry HUNT.
  • Mrs. G. H. HANSEL and daughter spent part of last week in Terre Haute.
  • Oscar JEFFRIES returned to his home here, Wednesday, after a five months’ stay in Goodland with his uncle.
  • Mrs. May STRICKLER returned to her home in Richmond, last Tuesday.
  • Mr. BRITTON, of Harmony, is visiting his son George of this place.”

The Indiana State Journal, Wednesday 07 October 1896

Covington, Ind., Oct. 2 – The case against Barney Robards, charged with the murder of William Newkirk, town marshal of Judson, Parke county, was called in the Circuit Court here yesterday.  The court granted a continuance on an affidavit that the defendant’s wife was a necessary witness in the case, and was unable to be present owing to the fact that a daughter of the defendant had contracted diphtheria and had died of the disease last Monday, and that Mrs. Robards and family were quarantined.  Robards is considerably reduced in flesh, and looks pale and haggard.  He is much grieved over the death of his little daughter.  He is represented in the case by the Hon. James T. Johnston and F. M. Howard, of Parke county, and Nebecker and Simms, of this city.  The prosecution is represented by Maxwell and Pruitt, Stansbury and Brissey and Charles M. McCabe, of this city.  -

The Indiana State Journal, Wednesday, 25 March 1896

Rockville, Ind., March 21, - Mrs. Mary Harlan, the oldest woman in Parke County, celebrated her one hundredth anniversary yesterday.  She was born in Warren county, Maryland, March 20, 1796, twenty miles from Haggerstown, Mercersburg being the nearest town.  Her home was at the foot of Sough Mountain.  Her father was a soldier in the revolutionary wary, being a British subject until captured.  He fought for American in 1812.  Her parents moved to Warren county, Ohio, when she was eight years old, settling near Dayton.  She married Silas Harlan Feb. 12, 1818 and moved to Illinois, then finally settled at New Discovery, Parke county; Indiana, ten miles southeast of Rockville.  From this union ten children were born, four still living.