Obituaries - D

Charles Dibble (1820-1904)

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The funeral of Char. Dibble one of our esteemed citizens who died at his home May 14, took place last Monday from the Patriot Baptist Church, of which he was a consistent member. Rev. W. S. Lowe of Patriot, assisted by Rev. S. M. Adams of Walton, Ky, conducted the services and preached a very beautiful and appropriate sermon,

Chas. Dibble the third child of John and Sarah Howe Dibble was born in Fairfield County Conn. Aug. 10, 1820. He was one of a family of ten children nine son’s and one daughter of whom have preceded him to the tomb except, one John Dibble who resides at Boswell Ind. In 1832 with his father’s family he came to Switzerland County Ind where he has since resided. The earlier years of life were spent on the farm and when he had arrived at proper age making occasional flatboat trips.

In 1845 he was united in marriage to Elizabeth Searcy daughter of Moses Searcy and for more than 50 years they have born lifes labors and shared lifes joys. Their union never having been blessed with children they have reared two foster children, Emeline Hays Moore and Daisy Lampkin Vought.

He purchased a farm below Patriot now known as the Charley Adams farm and it was there and in flatboating through perseverance and economy that the foundation of his comfortable fortune was laid. In 1869 he purchased the farm that he has since owned in Hunter’s bottom and the town property where he resided at the time of his death.

As a citizen, Bro. Dibble has ever been highly esteemed holding positions of honor and trust having been treasurer of the Quercus Grove and Patriot Public School, a member of the town Council and President of East View Cemetery Co. which position he held from the organization of the company until the time of his death. More than 50 yrs. He has been a member of the Independent Order of Oddfellows both the Subordinate Lodge and Emcampment. Though deprived of attending the meetings of this fraternity yet he was as true Odd Fellow and endeavored so far as possible to do unto others as he would have others do unto him. In 1887 he and his wife united with the Patriot Baptist church and the church then in its infancy stood much in need of their ever willing support. Bro. Dibble was one of the building Committee that erected the Patriot Baptist church. The last years of Bro. Dibble’s life have been years of much suffering yet ever born in christian patience knowing in whom he had believed his faith was well founded and supported by the all sufficient grace of Him who doth all things well he departed this life May 14, 1904.

There is no flock however watched and tended,
But one dead lamb is there,
There is no fireside how so ever well defended,
But has one vacant chair,
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Uncle Charley Dibble, one of our old and highly respected citizens died at his home Saturday, May 14. Funeral services were conducted by the I. O. O. F. Lodge, after which the remains were laid to rest in East View Cemetery.

John Moor and wife, Of Indianapolis, were here Sunday and Monday to attend the funeral of Mr. Dibble. Robert Harris and wife, of North, attended the funeral of Mr. Dibble Monday.


Charles Dibble (1847-1933)

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Charles, son of Henry and Harriett Searcy Dibble, was born near Quercus Grove, May 1, 1847, and departed this world on the evening of November 11, 1933, at the age of 86 years, 6 months and 10 days.

He joined the M. E. church at Antioch some forty years ago and has remained a faithful member throughout his life.

He was united in marriage to Emma Louella Cheever January 22, 1873, who passed from this life August 15, 1923. To this union was born five children, three boys and two girls, Harry, who lives on the home place, Charles Jr. of Greensburg, Wilbur of Vevay, Mrs. Mary Barker of Aurora and Mrs. Sally Taylor of Anderson. He also leaves nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren, one brother, Edgar of near Quercus Grove, and one sister, Mrs. Lizzie Driver of Carmel Ridge, and a host of friends.

He was a loving husband and devout father, always willing to sacrifice for the good of others, with an ever ready hand for a friend in need. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

He has been in declining health for some time and the last three weeks has been confined to bed. He was lovingly cared for by his children.

Folded hands that have faithfully labored,
Quietly clasp o’er the once troubled breast,
Gone are the heartaches, the wailing is ended
Peacefully, tranquilly, lying at rest.
Silent the lips that so often in blessing.
Confort in trial and in grief did impart,
Closed are the eyes that were loving and tender,
Hushed are the throbbings of that loyal.
Willing to live, and willing to suffer,
Trusting though billows will over him roll,
Happier still he has heard the sweet summons,
Enter thy Heaven, oh tempest tossed soul.

Prominent Farmer Of Posey Township Claimed By Death

Charles Dibble, a fine old gentleman of Posey township passed away at his home there about four o’clock Saturday afternoon. Mr. Dibble has been in ill health for some time and three weeks ago had become bedfast.

He was the son of Henry and Harriet Searcy Dibble, pioneer settlers of the county and was born May 1, 1847, in the home where he died. When a young man he was united in marriage to Miss Emma Luella Cheever of this county, who passed away eight years ago. All of his life, except a few years in Kentucky was spent in Switzerland county where he had hundreds of sincere friends who respected and loved him. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge at Quercus Grove, before it was disbanded, and was a member of the Antioch M. E. church.

He is survived by five children, Wilbur Dibble of Vevay, Harry at home, Charles of Greensburg, Mrs. Wm. Barker of Aurora and Mrs. Jess Taylor of Anderson. He also leaves a brother, Edgar Dibble of Quercus Grove and a sister, Mrs. Loren Driver of Carmel Ridge.

The funeral services were held at ten o’clock Monday morning in the Quercus Grove M. E. church with Rev. W. S. Lowe officiating. Interment was made in the Rising Sun cemetery with Haskell & Morrison in charge.

Edgar Dibble

Probably one of the Vevay newspapers
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Well Known Farmer at Quercus Grove Was 91 Years of Age

Edgar Dibble, 91, well known farmer of the Quercus Grove community, died in the Milan, Ind. Hospital Friday night. Mr. Dibble had been ill only about a week and was taken to the hospital the day before he died. A native of Switzerland County, he was born November 12, 1853 ? Henry and Harriet Searcy Dibble. All of his life was spent in the county where he became a prosperous and prominent farmer. He was married to Miss Rebecca Powell, who with one son, Powell, survives him. They enjoy a long happy companionship together which is broken now by death. A sister, Mrs. Lizzie Driver of near Rising Sun, also survives. Sixty years ago, Mr. Dibble joined the Belle River Lodge of Masons at Patriot and as long as his health permitted was an active member. He was also a member of the Antioch M. E. church. Mr. Dibble was a man of quiet, retiring nature but he was always a kind and helpful neighbor and his death is mourned by a wide circle of friends. Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at two o’clock from the Humphrey & Phillips Funeral Home in Rising Sun by Rev. Elwood Caldwell, assisted by Rev. W. L. Lowe and Rev. David Moe. Interment was made in the new Rising Sun Cemetery.


Emma Louella (Cheever) Dibble

Switzerland Democrat - date unknown
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Emma Louella Cheever, daughter of Edgar and Mary McNutt, was born May 25, 1854, at Quercus Grove, Ind., and died August 18, 1925, near that place, aged 71 years, 2 months and 21 days.

At the age of 16 years she joined the M. E. Church at Quercus Grove and remained a faithful member all her life.

On January 22, 1873, she was united in marriage to Charles Dibble. To this union were born five children, three sons, Harry, who lives at the home place, Charles Jr., of Greensburg and Wilbur, of Vevay, and two daughters, Mrs. Mary Barker, of Aurora, and Mrs. Sallie Taylor, of Quercus Grove. She also leaves nine grand children, one brother, Edgar Cheever, and one sister, Mrs. Sarah Davis.

She was a faithful and loving wife, a true and devoted mother, not only to her own children but to her sons-in-law and daughters-in-law as well, and they sincerely mourn her as such today.

The last few years of her life she has been in ill health, but she bore her suffering cheerfully and was tenderly cared for by those nearest and dearest to her. Not many weeks ago she said to the write, "They have all been so good to me."

Having spent her entire life, wit[h] the exception of five years when she lived in Kentucky, in the vicinity of her birthplace. She has a host of friends who will sadly miss her pleasant smile and cheery greeting, and who know that it was of such as she that the Psalmist wrote when he said:

Her price is far above rubies, the heart of her husband doth safely trust in her, so that he shall have no need of spoil.
She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life.
She seeketh wool and flax and worketh willingly with her hands.
Her candle goeth not out by night; she layeth her hand to the spindle, and her hands hold the distaff.
She stretcheth out her hand to the poor, yea, she reacheth forth her hand to the needy.
She is not afraid of the snow for her household for all her household are clothed with scarlet.
Strength and honor are her clothing; and she shall rejoice in time to come.
She openeth her mouth with wisdom and in her tongue is the law of kindness.
She looketh well to the ways of her household and eateth not the bread of idleness.
Her children arise up and call her blessed; her husband also and he praiseth her.


Harriet (Searcy) Dibble

Harriet Searcy, daughter of Moses and Mary Francis Searcy, was born near Patriot, Switzerland county, Indiana, Nov. 12th, 1822. Died at the Dibble Homestead Feb. 6th 1912; age 89 years, 2 months and 24 days; almost reaching the allotted time of four score years and ten. She was married to Henry Dibble in 1841 and for three years lived near her girlhood home. Eleven children blessed this happy union and in 1845 she with her husband and eldest son moved to what has always been known at the Dibble farm, and here she remained until death claimed her, happy in the thought that this was home, enjoying the pleasures and patiently bearing the griefs and disappointments that came into every life. Here her children were born, four having answered the roll-call. On March 28th 1901 her husband passed away. She was familiarly known by her neighbors as "Grandma Dibble," and who among them can estimate her worth. So ready to visit the sick, so willing to give to the needy and at all times and places to lend a helping hand. She has lived to see generations come and go, and through it all has remained true to her religion, "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you." Seven children, thirty-two grand-children, forty-six great-grand-children, three sisters, and a host of relatives and friends mourn the loss of this departed one. Her last illness was very brief, only a few short hours of extreme weakness, then she quietly fell asleep. Truly she has gone to meet the reward of honest labor.

We know not when the call will come,
But this we know, God lead the way
And for His Kingdom the Angel Death,
Reaps ripened grain with the flowers of May,
She has only to passed to the Great Beyond,
The door is closed, we can only wait,
Till God sends forth the Angel Death,
To summon us through the Golden Gate.

The funeral was held at the Dibble home, Feb. 9th, under the direction of Rev. Meredith. The interment was at Antioch.

Harry E. Dibble

Life Long Resident Of County Dies In Vevay On Friday
Harry E. Dibble, Well Known Retired Farmer, Native of Posey Township

Harry E. Dibble, 70, prominent retired Switzerland county farmer, died at the home of his brother, Wilbur, on North Ferry Street, Friday afternoon, February 25th after a lingering illness. He had been in poor health for several years but several months ago he was forced to retire from his farm and since that time had been at this brother’s home. He was born near Patriot on February 10, 1874, the son of Charles and Louella Cheever Dibble. He joined the Quercus Grove M. E. church many years ago and was a loyal and faithful member. On July 20, 1902 he was united in marriage to Miss Sarah Wallick, who with a son, Ensign James Dibble, U. S. Navy, survives. He also leaves one other brother Charles of Greensburg, and two sisters, Mrs. Sallie Taylor of Anderson, Ind., and Mrs. Mary Barker of Lawrenceburg, and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Arthur Jean and Rev. W. S. Lowe Tuesday morning at 10:30 at the Quercus Grove M. E. church. Burial in charge of Haskell & Morrison was made in the Rising Sun cemetery.


Henry J. Dibble

Henry J. Dibble was born in Fairfield County, Conn., Dec. 1st, 1818, and died in Switzerland County, Ind, March 28th, 1901, aged 82 years, 3 months and 27 days.

He emigrated to this county in 1832 and lived near Davis’ Corner until 1845. In 1841 he was united in marriage to Harriet Searcy, and from this union were born eleven children, seven of whom, with their mother, still survive. In 1845 he with his wife and two children removed to the present Dibble homestead where they have since resided. He has long been identified with the Masonic Fraternity, having been raised to the sublime degree of Master Mason, by Morning Star Lodge, in which he had a glorious attachment for the order, was a devoted and faithful brother, and a regular attendant at the lodge meetings as long as his health permitted, never losing sight of the masonic appleation of that useful and valuable instrument which teaches friendship, morality, and brotherly love.

In the state he has been a quiet, and peaceful subject, true to his government and just to his country. As a neighbor it has been his aim to act upon the square and be even ready to stretch forth his hand to aid and serve a needy brother. The ancient land-marks are swiftly passing away and soon there will be none left to recite the adventures and hardships of the early pioneer life. Although he has lived more than the allotted time, yet his death has caused profound sorrow, and the community with his family sincerely mourn. He leaves a widow, seven surviving children, thirty-two grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.

For nearly sixty years he has been a faithful, loving husband, to his children a kind and indulgent father, and to his grandchildren and affectionate grandfather. It can be truly said that he community is better off by him having lived in it, not only by the example of his own sturdy character, and strict integrity, but by the manner in which he with his good wife have raised a large family that have added honor to his name. His life has been a long and useful one, and he has gone to his reward.

Quercus Grove, April 4, 1901
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Mr. Henry Dibble, one of Cotton township’s oldest citizens, died March 28th, at his home, and was buried Sunday, March 31st, at the Antioch Cemetery. He was a member of Morning Star Lodge and was buried by his brother Masons. His wife and a large family of children survive to mourn the loss of a dearly loved husband and father. Many friends sympathize with the bereaved family and show their friendship in time of need.


Louella (Steuver) Dibble

Mrs. H. P. Dibble Claimed By Death In Cincinnati, O.

Mrs. Louella Dibble, 39, wife of H. Powell Dibble of Rising Sun, passed away last Tuesday in Good Samaritan hospital, Cincinnati. Mrs. Dibble has been ill for several months and had undergone a number of serious operations in an effort to restore her health.

Mrs. Dibble was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Steuver of Rising Sun and was born in that city on November 28, 1894. She was married to Mr. Dibble on November 16, 1921. Following their marriage they took up residence on Mr. Dibble’s farm near Quercus Grove and resided there until the ill health of Mrs. Dibble compelled them to move to Rising Sun.

The deceased was a member of the Presbyterian church and the Eastern Star chapter of Rising Sun.

Surviving with the husband and parents are three brothers and a sister and a wide circle of sincere friends both in Switzerland and Ohio counties.

Funeral services were held from the home Thursday afternoon and interment was made in the Rising Sun cemetery.