From newspaper obituary clipping for Jas. Shaughniss from the estate auction
of Dessa Mae (Sunday) Wolf 25 Nov 2000 -

Former County Auditor, and State Tax Board Representative Was Highly Respected
 James Shaughniss, formerly auditor of Steuben county, lately representative
of the State Tax Board, a well-known citizen in business, lodge and political
circles, died at his home in Angola Friday, January 4, at noon, after a brief
illness from heart trouble complicated by the flu.  Mr. Shaughniss had been
about the town until Thursday evening, although complaining of a cold in his
chest.  He arose Friday morning and was about the home when his wife found
him in a collapsed condition, which gradually became worse.  At 10:00 o'clock
a physician administered restoratives and he revived and conversed with those
about him and seemed to be improving, when a second sinking spell came just
before noon, from which he failed to rally.
 Mr. Saughniss was a highly respected and useful citizen and his untimely
death cast a gloom upon the community.
 James A. Shaughniss, son of William and Eliza Shaughniss, was born in
Otsego township, Steuben county, Indiana, August 5, 1867; departed this life
at his home in Angola, Indiana, January 4, 1929, at the age of 61 years, four
months and 29 days.  He grew to young manhood on the farm in Otsego township,
and then came with his parents to Angola, Indiana, where he has since lived.  
He pursued his education further in Hillsdale College, Hillsdale, Mich. He
was united in marriage on December 24, 1918, with Laura Deller Deal.  The
grief-stricken widow, together with his two brothers, Wilsey, of Otsego
township, and Guy, of Angola, and one niece and a very large circle of
friends, survive him.
 Mr. Shaughniss was engaged for several years with LaFayette Fenstermaker in
the carriage and harness business in Angola, and gained a wide acquaintance
throughout the county.  He served for several years as a member of the city
council or Angola, and in 1908 he was elected auditor of Steuben county and
served four years.  About two years ago he was appointed by Governor Jackson
as field representative for the Indiana state tax board.  His administration
of all these trusts was marked by a steadfast loyalty to duty, by keen
judgment, and by a sense of fairness which won for him the high esteem of the
public.  In his last position he was entrusted with the hearing of many large
and important questions and in his ability in these matters gained for him a
state-wide reputation.
 He was a prominent member for many years of Angola lodge No. 180 I.O.O.F,
having held all offices in the lodge and for many years prior to his death he
was a recording secretary of the lodge.  He was also a member of Angola lodge
No. 236, Free and Accepted Masons, serving in all the several offices of the
lodges, including the position of Worshipful Master.  He was a regular
supporter and attendant during the last several years of the Methodist
Episcopal church and Sunday school in Angola.
 In all these various contacts with the public and his fellow men, Mr.
Shaughniss became widely known as a man with a high sense of honor, eminently
fair and generous in his judgment of other people, loyal and helpful in every
worthy community enterprise.  His sudden departure out of a life of great
usefullness and activity has cast a great sorrow upon the entire community.
 Funeral services were held at the late home in Angola Monday afternoon,
January 7, conducted by Rev. William E. Hogan of the Methodist church, and
Rev. John Humfreys, of the Congregational church.  Interment was in Circle
Hill cemetery."

Submitted By: Theresa Ferguson