Randolph  County,  Indiana

A  Winchester  Newspaper
Death Claims E. Laisure, 75
Elderly Winchester Man dies at Hospital Wednesday a.m.
          Elwood Laisure, 75, Winchester, died at the Randolph County hospital Wednesday morning at 7 o'clock, death being due to complications incident with advanced age. He had been confined the last week and was taken to the hospital last Sunday.
          Mr. Laisure lived at Wall and Will streets and had been a resident of Winchester for 35 years.
          Surviving are two sons, J. E. of Dewitt AR and Wesley of Winchester, one daughter, Mrs. Nellie Hudson of Winchester, three brothers, Robert of Winchester, Dave of Monroe, Jess of Bement, Il and two sisters, Mrs. Joel Meyer of Eaton Rapids, Mi and Mrs. Dan Bailey of Winchester.
          Funeral services will be conducted Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Clark, Maynard and Potter funeral home in charge of Rev. Aaron Napier. Burial will be in Fountain Park cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home where the body will remain.
Contributed by Mary Jo Bailey

A  Randolph  County  Area  Newspaper
Not dated
Death Comes to Orman Laisure
Aged Man Dies After Long Illness,
Funeral Monday, Burial at Monroe
          Orman Laisure, age seventy-nine year and 7 months, died at his home on North Residence street Saturday afternoon, following an extended illness with complications arising from old age.
          He is survived by a widow and seven children, who include five sons, Robert Laisure of Winchester, David, Bird and Jesse Laisure, all of near Monroe, Indiana and two daughters, Mrs.(Ida Mae)  Dan Bailey of Winchester, and Mrs. Celia Myers, living in Michigan.
          Funeral services were held at eleven o'clock Monday morning a the Christian church on East street with Rev. D. R. Lusk, of Albany, formerly pastor of the local church, officiating. The pall bearers were J. F.Michael, Hugh Payner, David H. Gray, Oria Leonard, Mr King and ClydeBrumley. The services were largely attended by relatives and friends.
          Following the funeral, the body was shipped on the 1:42 train over the GR.& I to Monroe, in Adams county where burial was made  (In Smith Cemetery) following short services.
Contributed by Mary Jo Bailey

A  Winchester  Newspaper
          Death relieved the sufferings of Mrs. Loretta Laisure, wife of Elwood Laisure, Monday after she had been seriously  burned while starting a fire early that morning.
          About 6 o'clock Mr. Laisure smelled coal oil and saw a light. He hurried down stairs and found his wife lying on the floor with her night dress in flames. He tried to wrap her in a table cloth but it was too late to save her. Her hair was burned off and her flesh was terribly charred. Mr. Laisure was also badly burned in his attempt to rescue her.
          The deceased was fifty-six years old and is survived by the husband, two sons and one daughter, John Laisure of Arkansas, Wesley and Nelie Laisure of this city.
          Funeral services will be conducted at the late residence on North West Street Thursday morning at 10:00 o'clock.
Contributed by Mary Jo Bailey

The  Winchester  Democrat
March 1, 1920
Mary A Ratcliff Smithson Laisure
Garnered to Rest--A mother's death is never a common place event. It can
never be an ordinary bereavement. Something henceforth will be wanting in
the charm of every season. Some chord will henceforth be Wanting in the charm of all earthly music.
          MARY A SMITHSON LAISURE first opened her eyes to the light of this world in CLINTON COUNTY OHIO, March 8, 1844, and calmly fell asleep in Jesus at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Ella Ward in KNIGHTSTOWN, IN. February 24, 1920, aged seventy five years, eleven months and sixteen days.
          She was the daughter of NATHAN and PHOEBE RATCLIFF, and together with her parents moved to HOWARD COUNTY INDIANA when she was but a child. She was reared at a time when there was but few comforts, such as we have today; few opportunities for education and social delights. A great wooded land stretched out in every direction, with here and there a clearing in the forest.  The prospect was not encouraging, but yet who can tell what bright visions and fond hopes were there born in her young heart. She met with courage the cares and toils of pioneer experience, and developted into a mature and beautiful christian woman, so that her children and her grandchildren as they stand around her lifeless form today can say, they never at any time saw her angry or heard her use a word of slang or a rough expression. Surely a wonderful legacy to bequesth to her posterity.
          When she was only thirteen years of age, her mother departed this life and she being the oldest of the family of six children, the cares and responsibilities of the home naturally fell heaviest on her young shoulders. She bravely met this "Goliath" of responsibility and shielded her younger sister and brothers from every rough wind of life with rare and tender solicitude.
          She was united in marriage to  SAMUEL SMITHSON,  December 9, 1865. To this union were born five children all of whom are living. At the time of her marriage to Mr. SMITHSON, he had three small children. These she so tenderly cared for and raised, that they ofen said, "No mother could be more loyal and true"
          A great sorrow came into her life July 30, 1902, when her husband, who was a devout christian man, was called from labor to reward.
          On February 4, 1906, she was married to ORMAN LAISURE, who departed this life April 8, 1916. And since his death, she has made her home with her children, who have faithfully and tenderly cared for her in her decling years, and who have made the last miles of her journey as smooth as the could.
          Her long life has been spent in the service of the Master. She had a birthright in the Friends church and continued a faithful and consistent member.  Being at the time of her death an honored member of the Christian church at Winchester, Indiana.
          While not demonstrative or emotional in her religious life, she held to her profession as an anchor, both sure and steadfast and sufficient for every condition of life.  The world has always needed such women and it needs them today.  Women, who can serve God in an humble sphere, who in the the last great day, will receive a reward that will make the gathered universe stare with astonishment.
          This good mother leaves to mourn their loss, two sons, VON SMITHSON of near Selma, IN, and GEORGE SMITHSON, of Alton, IL.; three daughters, Mrs. ELLA WARD of Knightstown Indiana; Mrs. BERTHA LEWIS of Winchester, Indiana; Mrs. JENNIE LENT of Millgrove, Indiana; and one step-daughter, Mrs. MOLLIE DENNY of Muncie, Indiana and a host of other relatives and friends.
God grant that when the curtain rises and the light sifts down upon our dying pillow, we may all hear the glad invitation, sweet as evening bells from over the river, saying, "Well done good and faithful servant, enter into the joys of thy Lord."
Written by Nora B Addison of Knightstown, Indiana
          The funeral was conducted at Union Cemetery Chapel by Rev. D.R. LUSK, Thursday, February 26, 1920. Interment in that place.
Contributed by Mary Jo Bailey

A  Winchester  Newspaper
Lavinia Smith Laisure
          Mrs. Lovine(sic) Leasure (sic) died at her home in the north part of the city last Monday evening. Her remains were taken to Monroe, Adams Co., for interment.
Contributed by Mary Jo Bailey

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