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ODELL/O'DELL

Dr. Odell will be remembered as in practice in Browns Valley for a time.  Dr. J.L. Odell, aged 79 years died in Wichita, KS July 31st.  He was buried at Pratt, Kansas where he had lived and practiced his profession for the past 10 years. He is survived by the widow and two sons, Roy and Bert Odell all of Pratt, Kansas, also two brothers, James H. Odell of Waveland, Indiana and Bruce Odell of Denver, Colorado.  He was born and reared in Parke County and practiced medicine in Rockville some 30 years ago.  - Waveland Independent, Friday, August 21, 1931

The five-month-old baby of Fred ODELL died Wednesday night and was buried in Clear Run Cemetery, Friday morning.  (Under Bridgeton news) - Rockville Tribune, Wed., February 7, 1906

 Nannie, second child of John and Harriet Cord WARRICK was born December 14, 1858, in Parke County. She lived a few years in Waveland and 7 years in Russellville. She died July 21, 1936 aged 77 years 7 months 7 days.  She was married 24 December 1891 to James H. ODELL.  They had one daughter, Minetta.  Survivors include her husband, daughter Minetta Kelly, son-in-law, Oren Kelly, 3 grandchildren, Herman Kelly and wife Iola; Max Kelly and wife Katherine, Mary Ellen Banks and husband, Ray Banks and 4 great grandchildren, Dwayne and Melvin Kelly and Gwendolyn Sue and Jimmie Banks. - Russellville News Friday July 31, 1936

William C. O'Dell, a brother of James O'Dell, died at Montezuma on Monday of consumption, aged 29 years. He leaves a wife and child. - Waveland Independent Friday, June 30, 1899

 

OGDEN

Sarah OGDEN,; Mrs. Sarah E. OGDEN, wife of Daniel OGDEN, died at her home, three miles west of Rockville, Feb. 13, 1908, of complication of diseases. She had been a great sufferer for a long time. She was very patient thru it all. She was a member of the Christian church, which is near where she lived. She was born at the same home where she died, Jan. 9, 1839. She was the youngest daughter that lived to grow to womanhood of John D. MARSHALL, known as “Judge” MARSHALL. She was married to Daniel OGDEN June 9, 1867. To this union five children were born, all of whom, with her husband, are living: Lorenzo E. OGDEN of Farmersburg, Ind.; Randolph E. OGDEN, Mrs. Charles L. HOWELL, Cordell, Pearley B. OGDEN of Terre Haute, Ind.; Mrs. Arthur Evans, Montezuma. Also two step daughters, Mrs. James E. SANDERS of West Newell, Ill., and Mrs. John GILDERLAND, living near here, who were all present at the funeral. She also leaves two brothers and one sister. God has seen fit to call for another one of His children and while we are broken hearted at having to give her up, we know our loss is her gain and we hope to meet again in the “sweet by and by.” Rev. Theodore FREED preached the funeral at the Christian church at 10 a.m., Feb. 14. She was buried at the Union Cemetery.  - A. Daughter. - The Rockville Republican, Wednesday, February 19, 1908, shared by Amy Berga

 

O'HAIR

Rockville newspaper, date unknown -- Mrs. Lavina Bain O'Hair was born June 12, 1854, in Johnson County, TN, and died March 8, 1913 in Putnam Co, Ind.  When five years old, she moved with her parents to Shelbyville, IN. After the death of her father the family moved to Hollandsburg.  In October 1872, she was united in marriage with James E. Bain, who passed away February 28, 1893.  To this union were born two sons and two daughters, Elmer M. and William R. Bain, Mrs. Winnie Thomas and Mrs. Effie Porter.  Besides these children, Mrs. O'Hair is survived by her present husband and a sister, Mrs. J. A. Blake of Ulysses, KS.  There are also two grandchildren, one having fallen asleep.   She united with the Christian Church at Bellmore, in the winter of 1869, in which church she lived a constant Christian life.  On September 2, 1904, she was married to G. W. O'Hair, since which time she has lived at their home near Brick Chapel.  Here she took an active interest in the church and always had a helping hand for any good enterprise or for the relief of those in distress.  She was a good mother, wife and neighbor, loved and honored by those who knew her.  She never shirked responsibility and was always active to her duties, but now has entered into her reward and rests from her labor.  She was a member of the Pythian Sisters and also of the Ladies Aid Society of Brick Chapel.  Servant of God, well done, Thy glorious warfare past, The battle's fought, the race is won, and thou art crowned at last. 

 

OLIVER

Notice to Heirs -- in the matter of the estate of Alice Oliver, deceased in the Montgomery Circuit Ct, April term 1915 -- notice is hereby given that John A. Oliver, as administrator of the estate of Alice Oliver, deceased has presented and filed his account and vouchers in final settlement of said estate and that the same will come up for the examination and action of said circuit court on the 17th day of April 1915 at which time all heirs, creditors or legatees of said estate are required to appear in said court and show cause and vouchers should not be approved. John A. Oliver, Admin Dated April 5, 1915 John O. Rosebaum, Attorney for Estate. - Waveland Independent, March 26, 1915

 

 OLDSHUE

The entire community was shocked on Saturday morning by the unexpected death of Mrs. James E. OLDSHUE. Funeral services were held at the home on Monday afternoon, in charge of Rev. J. T. Boyer. Music by male quartette. Interment at Maple Ridge.  The following obit was read: Emma Blanche Jarvis was born near Guion, Parke Co, IN April 17, 1860 and departed this life on the morning of March 9, 1918 aged 57 yeas 10 months and 20 days. She was the daughter of William Jarvis who was reared in Parke Co, who died March 19, 1916 and of Mrs. Virginia Switzer Jarvis, who came to Parke Co. as a school teacher form Eaton, Ohio and who still survives. Emma Blanche Jarvis spent her girlhood days with her parents on a farm near Guion.  She was educated in the Waveland Academy, Bloomingdale Academy and Valparaiso University. On December 26, 1881, she was married to James E. Oldshue, an acquaintance of her childhood days, a neighbor of an adjoining farm.   To this union were born 3 daughters who survive: Miss Vivian of Waveland; Mrs. Grace Hancock of Montezuma and Miss Mary Virginia, a student in the American College of Physical Education Chicago.  January 3, 1891, Mrs. Oldshue with her husband, made profession of her faith in Christ her Savior, and united with the Presbyterian church of Guion, where she remained a devoted and exemplary member of that church until she united with the Waveland Presbyterian church January 27, 1918 -- A membership in the latter church, in the providence of God, so brief, but in Christian fellowship ties goes back more than 3 years, and in blessed, sacred memories in the future continues as long as a present acquaintance survives; for Mrs. Oldshue expressed as much joy in the happy fellowship with this people as the members felt in her coming into the fellowship of the church.  This subject for a biography is replete with virtues that beckon for recognition, that raise hands in benediction, that inspire thoughts that cannot be expressed in brief compass, that build memorials that are more durable than granite. Seldom does one hear of another one with so many good things qualified with no faults. Language cannot be extravagant in composing this kind of biography. But our subject would magnify the virtue of modesty and disclaim any merits for the many good things said of her.  But this is why friends can speak as they do.  Her goodness was natural; it flowed in a channel unobstructed. We say now at life's close what we should say -- what in life's existence she would not have us say -- "She was full of goodness, and nothing too good can be said of her." - Waveland Independent, March 15, 1918

J. E. Oldshue Dies in Texas ==Word was received here on Tuesday afternoon of the death earlier in the day of J. E. Oldshue, who left here on Wednesday of last week in company with Miss Vivian [Oldshue] for San Antonio, Texas.  Mr. Oldshue has been in very poor health for a number of months and it was hoped that the change would be of benefit to him.  The body reached Terre Haute yesterday afternoon and funeral services will probably be held this afternoon Miss Vivian and Mrs. Margaret Farmer accompanied the body and were met at St. Louis by J. E. Hancock and Foster Glover. - Waveland Independent, Friday, 14 September 1930:

 OSBORN

 Leonard Purdy  contributed the following --  he said they came from the Rush Creek Newspaper but no heading on the clippings!   John OSBORN, son of Jesse and Nancy Brown Osborn, was born near Sylvania, Parke Co. IN, March 30, 1835. He passed peacefully and quietly away at his home in Bloomingdale July 18, 1913, age 73 years, 3 months and 18 days. When less than a year old he was bereft of his father's care. His widowed mother, left with five small children to feed and clothe by her own efforts, knew by real experience the hardships and struggles of pioneer days. They had no free schools then as we have today. Parents had to pay the tuition of their children. His mother had nothing to spare from her scanty store with which to educate her children. As a consequence his early opportunities were very limited. He went to school but two weeks, before he began to pay his own way, at the age of 14. He was large and overgrown for one of his years so it was very humiliating to him to take his place in the class with children 6 or 7 years of age. So determined was he to have an education that he pressed forward and heeded not the scoffs and jeers of those who were blessed with better opportunities than he. He applied himself diligently, made rapid progress and soon outstripped his classmates and before he was 21 years of age was teaching in the public schools of that day. He attended what is now known as Bloomingdale academy two terms of five months each. He continued in the profession of teaching till he had taught 21 terms.  He never missed a day of school on account of his own health. As a teacher he had the faculty of winning not only the respect but the love of his pupils. From him many a boy and girl received an inspiration to do their best, and make the best of life. At the age of 25 he was married to Susannah K. Lindley and settled on land given her by her father, Lot Lindley. Most of it was in the woods and in their early-married life and for many years afterwards he labored assiduously in clearing and raising crops during the spring, summer and fall and teaching school during the winter. To this union were born seven children, four daughters and three sons--three sets of twins. Two of the sons died in infancy. Death did not visit their home circle again for 39 years when he came and took Marietta away seven years ago last January. They lived on the place they made their early home until about eight years ago when they sold the farm and purchased a home in Bloomingdale where they have lived continuously to the present time. As a man he never harbored malice or prejudice; with a forgiving spirit he past by all offenses. He was kind and considerate of the feelings of others, never speaking rashly or harshly, and he has frequently been heard to say you may make a wound with a word that hurts worse and is longer in healing than a wound made with a knife. He was converted in childhood, not having reached his teens. He took great interest in the Bible school and served in the capacity of teacher many years. As such he was much appreciated. He always attended religious services with his family, but was 52 years of age before he united with the Church to which his companion always belonged--the Friends Church at Rushcreek. His voice was often heard in testimony and exhortation and those who knew him listened with confidence for they knew he lived as he talked. There way always a marked harmony between him and his companion, a similarity of tastes, and while she was busy with the many cares incident to training a family, he often read to her in order that she might keep abreast of the times. He was interested in all reforms and when a young man he frequently made speeches in school houses in different communities in behalf of the temperance cause. He had ability as a writer of poetry some of which has appeared in the papers occasionally. Mr. Osborn is survived by three daughters, Mesdames Miriam O. Andrew, Martha Williams and Ruth Williams, all of whom were present when the end of his life came; also a son, Luther Osborn, who did not reach his bedside before his life was extinct. The companion of his youth also survives him. They were permitted to walk the pathway of life together for over 53 years. She held up remarkably well during his two years of declining health, and with a spirit of devotion and love when tenderly administered to his every want. As his physical strength waned, his mind was turned from earthly things. He said, "The grace of God and the blood of Jesus Christ are sufficient for every day and trial", that he was ready and longed to go and be with his Savior. "Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord, yes, saith the Spirit, they rest from their labors and their works do follow them."

Susannah K. OSBORN   , daughter of Lot and Miriam Kersey Lindley, was born June 3, 1835, east of Sylvania, on the farm now owned by Albert D. and Miriam O. Andrew. She crossed over to the "Home Beautiful" Monday evening, June 25, having lived 82 years and 22 days.  She was a bright and happy child, possessed of more than ordinary wit and intelligence. Sweetly passed the early years of her life in happy companionship with her parents and brothers and sisters of whom there were five; all of whom have preceded her in the Home beyond the river. At the age of 12 a great sorrow came into her life, caused by the death of her beloved mother, but cheerfully her older sister, Martha, and she, comforted the bereaved father, took up the household duties, and the care of the younger children. Three years passed and while Martha was assisting in caring for the sick in a neighboring family she contracted the disease which soon sapped her life and Susannah, only 15, assumed the household cares and was a real mother to her younger sister Ruth and her brothers Hiram and Stephen. Nobly and well she filled the place of wife and mother.  An example in energy, industry, neatness and economy to many much older than she. We have often heard her remark; "it was very little playing I ever did after I was 12 years old except at school. She began her school life at the early age of five, walking one and one-half miles through the forest to the Rush Creek school, where she progressed rapidly; later on she was privileged to attend Bloomingdale academy when Barnabas C. Hobbs was at the head of that institution. She often referred to these days with much pleasure. After this she was a teacher for two terms.  She and John Osborn were united in marriage June 10, 1860. Seven children came to brighten and bless the home, two of whom died in infancy, Marietta passed away 11 years ago last January, the others, Miriam O. Andrew, Martha Williams, Ruth Williams and Luther Osborn are all privileged to be here today.  She was a birthright member of the Friends Church, and was always a devoted, loyal member, serving as clerk for years in the monthly and quarterly meetings and also in the capacity of elder. She was converted at her mother's knee at the hour of family worship, for as soon as breakfast was over, before the regular days work begun her father with his family gathered about him, always read to them from the "blessed Bible," and the children early learned of the love of the precious Savior. She lived on the farm on which she was born until about 12 years ago when they sold the farm and moved to Bloomingdale, where she and her husband found much enjoyment in life, with some of their grandchildren with them during the months the academy was in session, thus making the way easier for them to acquire an education. Happily together they walked the pathway of life for more than 52 years. Her husband was in declining health two years before his death, which took place July 18, 1913, almost four years ago. During these two years of affliction Susannah assiduously cared for him with true devotion and tenderness, and when he left her she said it did not seem there was anything left in life for her; yet with true Christian courage she bravely and uncomplainingly took up the duties of life as they came to her.  She was a kind, sympathetic and helpful neighbor. Her ear was ever open to the distressed and needy; and no one needing help went empty handed from her door. Her mother-in-law lived with her thirty-three years; in the latter part of her life she was feeble for quite awhile, Susannah as tenderly and faithfully cared for her as if she had been her own mother, and the mother loved her as a daughter. Three years ago this coming October, Thompson and Martha Williams welcomed her into their home as one of its inmates; very pleasant were these family associations; she loved the children and they loved her, and recently she remarked how good they had been to her, saying "not one of them has ever spoken an impatient or unkind word to me." She was very helpful in the home until disease wasted her strength and she was no longer able to ply the needle. Her death has not been unlooked for since this time a year ago. During these long months of great suffering, her daughter Martha lovingly cared for her both day and night till she was no longer able to do this and attend to the duties of the home, when she called a friend of the family, Retta McCoy, of Rockville, who for seven months has given her tender and faithful attention during the long days and nights of suffering, Susannah loved her and greatly appreciated her kind care as did the family. She had a wide circle of friends who will greatly miss her. There was much in her life that we would do well to emulate.  "Her children rise up and call her blessed. Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord. They rest from their labors and their works do follow them." Funeral services were held at Friends church at Bloomingdale, conducted by Rev. Moore of that place and Sarah McKay of Marshall, who is a cousin of the deceased. She was laid to rest in Rush Creek cemetery by the side of her husband. The pallbearers were six grandsons. 

OVERMAN

Oda Catherine Shanks Overman was born November 22, 1851; died December 13, 1909; aged 58 years 1 months 8 days. She was united in marriage to Cyrus A. Cooper Feb 13, 1872. Together they lived happily for four years. To this union were born two children, Charley of Byron and Ada wife of Charles Hutson.  On November 1, 1877, she united in marriage to Thomas C. Overman.  He was called February 7, 1906.  She was a member of the Friends Church at Marshall. She was a kind and loving wife and mother and all was done to prolong her life that loving hearts and willing hands could do but on the last day of the old year her spirit took flight to its heavenly home to meet husbands, mother and friends. Mrs. Overman leaves two children, seven grandchildren, four sisters and three brothers, besides a host of friends and relatives to mourn their loss.  The funeral took place at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Charles Hutson Sunday morning at 10 o'clock. Interment at Poplar Grove near Marshall. – Crawfordsville Daily Journal, 03 January 1910 - shared by Karen Zach

Rockville Tribune, October 18, 1899 - John OVERMAN, one of Parke County’s oldest an best known citizens, died at the old home in Washington Township, on the morning of October13, aged 89 years, 3 months, 11 days. Mr. Overman was born near Goldsboro, N. C. July 2, 1810, and came to Parke County with his parents in 1832, settling near Coloma. He was married Sept. 24, 1835 to Amanda Burford, daughter of Daniel and Amanda Burford. Seven children were born to them – Sarah, who died at the age of 13, William B., Charles W., John D., Zachariah T., Thomas P. and Flora E. After the death of his first wife Mr. Overman was married to Mrs. Susan Runnels, daughter of John and Sallie  Elliot. To them were born two children -  Voorhees Lee and Virginia, the former having possession of the old homestead.     … All of the family were present except Thomas, of Indianapolis, who was kept at home by the serious illness of his little daughter. The remains were laid to rest by the side of the deceased’s first wife, in the private burying ground on the south part of the farm. …  Several of Mr. Overman’s life long friends were present, among them being John D. Huey, aged 88; James H. White, 81; Hugh Hutton, 78; P. D. Johnson, 77; James M. Elder, 77; E. N. Burford, 76; Jesse Hopper, 75; Morgan McClain, 74; J. L. Boyd, 74; Jarvis Hopper, 71; Henry Connerly, 71. Nearly all of these men knew Mr. Overman since his boyhood days, and all were well aquatinted with those traits of character which made him one of the most useful and honored citizens of Parke County.”

OVERPECK

Andrew S. Overpeck of Nyesville committed suicide on Sunday afternoon by blowing the top of his head off with a shotgun. On Saturday he drove his wife and daughter away from home with a gas pipe.  - Waveland Independent December 1, 1916

Mrs. Anne Frances (Frankie) Overpeck, age 75, of RR 3, Rockville, passed away at 1:15 a.m. Tuesday in Union Hospital Terre Haute where she had been a patient for the past few days.  Born in Parke County on June 27, 1891, she was the daughter of William and Bamma Hartman Wood.  A charter member of the Pleasant Upland Club of Parke County, she was also a member of the New Discovery Baptist Church and Bridgeton Chapter No. 324, OES.  Surviving are the husband, Clee Overpeck; one daughter, Mrs. Edna Kelsheimer of RR 4, Rockville; 3 sons, Ralph Baxter of Terre Haute; William Baxter of Rockville and Donald Baxter of RR 3, Rockville; one stepdaughter, Mrs. Fauniel McHargue of RR, Carbon; one stepson, Ivan Overpeck of RR 3, Rockville; 14 grandchildren, 14 great grandchildren and several nieces.  Funeral services will be held today (Thursday) at 2:00 p.m. at Butler Funeral Home, with the Rev. Eston Boyll officiating.  Burial will be in Memory Garden Cemetery. – Rockville Tribune, 05 January 1967

Alice Ann OVERPECK, daughter of Daniel and Mary Sparks Overpeck was born May 2, 1851 and passed away December 11, 1926 aged 75 years 7 months 9 days.  All of her life was spent in Parke County except a few years residence in Vigo County and two years in Kansas.  In early life she united with the Methodist Church and has ever lived a faithful Christian life. She was never married and almost all of her entire life was spent in helping care for invalid relatives. The Grandfather Sparks and her father were invalids for many years.  Her mother lived to the old age of 4 score and 10 and was tenderly nursed and cared for by Alice until death removed her about 7 years ago.  She was ever ready to go to the assistance of relatives and friends in time of sickness and distress and to help with their sewing in which work she was very proficient.  She never grew old and critical and was always interested and in sympathy with the younger generations and looking for the good in everyone.  she was optimistic  in her  views even after she was stricken with paralysis nearly 18 months ago  from  which time she was a constant sufferer much of the time in agonizing  pain.  Her home has been mostly with her brother, J. T. Overpeck of Rosedale where she has been tenderly cared for.  She was ever ready to express her great appreciation for every kindness shown her and for relatives, friend and neighbors. In her helpless condition she read her Bible regularly and loved it most of all.  She made all arrangements for her funeral selecting the text and everything. She was very bright, intelligent, witty, artistic and lovable. A true friend in all.  She leaves in bereavement one sister, Mrs.  Belle Youmans of Mecca; 3 brother, Tyre of Rosedale; Oscar of Catlin  and  Douglas of Upland, nieces and nephews and many other relatives and  friends.  She lived a most unselfish life and was very happy to go to her reward. - Rockville Tribune, January 12, 1927

Rockville -- Dora Ethel OVERPECK, 81, of Rockville died Sunday in her home. She was a member of Rockville Christian Church. She was born October 22, 1893, in Parke County [Indiana], a daughter of Daniel V. and Lydia Coombes Pefley. Surviving are four sons: Harley, Clifford and Paul of Rockville and Fred of Madison; two daughters, Mrs. Mary Craft of Bloomingdale and Mrs. Maxine Davis of Rockville; a brother, Earl Pefley of Crawfordsville; three sisters, mrs. Thelma Bradfield of Rockville; Mrs. Opal VanDivier of Bloomingdale and Mrs. Doris Pefley of Terre Haute; 11 grandchildren and 20 greats. Funeral arrangements are pending at Barnes Mortuary here.-- typed by kbz - Crawfordsville Journal-Review , 30 December 1974

Eliza N. Overpeck, 74 years old, of Rosedale died at the residence at 2:05 o'clock Tuesday after a lingering illness. She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Mary Strahle of Rosedale and Mrs. Hazel Struller of Mishawaka, Ind., one son, Henry of Rosedale, two brothers, Joe Jack(s) of Rockville, and Charles Jack(s) of Florida, one sister, Mrs. Nellie Lambert of Colorado; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. The body was taken to the Barnes Funeral Home in Rockville. Funeral services will be held at the home of Mrs. Mary Strahle at 3 o'clock Thursday afternoon, with interment in Rosedale Cemetery.  - Terre Haute Tribune, March 27, 1946 -Thanks to Billie Edson  for this one

Fred Carlton OVERPECK, 86, of Indianapolis former resident here and superintendent in the late 1960s of Vitrifeed Products Company on Poston Drive died at 10:30 a.m. Sunday in St. Vincent Hospital at Indianapolis. Surviving are two sons, Jesse of Indianapolis and Carl of Mooresville; a stepdaughter, Mrs. Lorene Stone of Hueytown, Al; a stepson, Wayne Richwine of Porks, Washington; a sister, Mrs. Alice Blanton of Hillsdale, Indiana and 9 grandchildren and 9 greats.  Mr. Overpeck formerly had lived in Montezuma and Brazil. While in Crawfordsville he lived at the corner of Dunn & Wabash Avenues. Funeral services will be at Brown Funeral Home in Montezuma at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday with Rev. Wendell Adams officiating. Burial will be at Oakland Cemetery there. Friends may call at the funeral home after 4 p.m. Tuesday. - Crawfordsville Journal Review Monday January 13, 1969

Mr. and Mrs. Harry Gardner and children were in Rockville, Thursday afternoon of last week for the funeral of Mrs. Gardner's father, George Overpeck, which was held at the Science Church.  The body was then taken to the Mt. Olivet near Catlin for burial.  He is survived by the widow, living in Upland; two daughters, Mrs. Gardner and Mrs. Kenneth Johnson of Bedford; and one son, Harold of South Bend.  Mr. Overpeck was of a quiet, unassuming disposition, and had many friends here, having made his home here for a time. -  Waveland Independent -- August 31, 1928

OWENS

 Harry OWENS, former publisher of the Marshall News, died in Terre Haute on Thursday of last week. After leaving Marshall he moved to Terre Haute where he has been instructor of printing in one of the high schools.  He sometimes brought his boys up to the Independent office to show them a hand-set shop. - Waveland Independent, February 4, 1937