Obituaries - M
Amanda Mathis, 84, of Rt. 1, Collison IL. died Wednesday, July 31, 1968
at Nance Nursing Home
in Danville, Ill., after an illness of one year. She was born Oct. 28,
1883 in Switzerland County,
the daughter of Samuel and Louisa Jakaway Smith. She was married in
Williamsport in 1906,
to Charles A. Mathis, who died in 58. She lived in Pence most of her
life, moving four years ago to Collison to make her home with a
deceased was a member of
the West Lebanon Christian Church.
survived by two sons,
Samuel Mathis, Galveston, Ind.; Winfield Mathis, Bicknell; three
daughters, Mrs. henry (Eva)
Kaniewski, Boswell; Mrs. Charles (Rena) Lester, Mishawaka; Mrs. Thelma
Bussard, Collison, Ill.;
12 Grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; two Brothers, George Smith,
Edon, O.; William smith,
Bennington; Three Sisters, Mrs. Bessie Shatell, West Lebanon, Mrs. Lucy
; and Mrs. Emma McDonald, Alvin , IL.
were conducted at the
Crowner-Siddens Mortuary, West Lebanon, Saturday with burial in West
Source: July 3,
1951, Kokomo Tribune, July 3, 1951
ALEX MCCREARY, 87, whose home was at 521 South
Armstrong street, died at 6:30 o'clock Thursday morning at the
Home. He had been in ill health due to arthritis for 20 years and
The deceased was born March 24, 1864, in Switzerland
County. He was married July 25, 1885, to Sarah E. Smith who died March
Mr. McCreary was employed by the Continental Steel Corporation
before he became ill.
Surviving are three daughters and three
sons, Mrs. Grace Forkner, Mrs. Elphia Carter and Roscoe McCreary of
Mrs. Blancho Main of Swayzee, Marvin McCreary of Indianapolis
McCreary of Delphi. There are 11 grandchildren, 18 greatgrandchildren
several nephews and nieces.
The body is at the Fenn funeral
home where services will be held at 2 o'clock Friday
afternoon. Burial will
be in the Bacon cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home
(Smith) Williams McLaughlin
Williams McLaughlin 89, of Centennial Manor, Hoopeston, died at 11:40
AM, Sunday April 18th
at the Hoopeston Community Memorial Nursing Home.
born April 2, 1893 in
Switzerland County, Ind. The daughter of Samuel and Lousia Jakeway
Smith. She married
Eddie E. Williams on December 31, 1912 at Watseka, Il and he preceded
her in death on March
10, 1935. Later she married Edward Mitchell McLaughlin on July 1, 1943
and he proceded her in
death in November 1953. Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Floyd
(Lenora) Sheffield of
Hoopeston, Il. Mrs. William (Helen) Briscoe of Milford, Il. Mrs. John
(Elizabeth) Marcinko of Cayuga,
In.; and 3 sons, Lee Williams of Leroy, Il.; Robert E. Williams of
Northridge Ca. and Eddie
Williams of Cypress, Ca.; 24 Granchildren and 23 Great Grandchildren.
proceeded in death by two children, Lucille Oleen and Billy S.
her parents, three brothers, four sisters, one grandchild and 3 great
grandchildren. Funeral Services were conducted at 1:30
(April 21st at the Hamilton-Orr Funeral Home with the Rev. Wheeler T.
Harden officiating. Rev. Harden is the minister of the First Christian
Church of Hoopeston
of which she was a member.
The Vevay Reveille, Switzerland county, Indiana, Thursday, September
Susan Paul Adkins
C. Mead, an aged and respected citizen, formerly of this county, but
late of Ohio county, died
at his late residence near Rising Sun, in Ohio county, Saturday
morning. The remains were interred in the Mead burying grounds last
He leaves several children to mourn the loss of a father, all of whom
... Rev. Terrell last Sunday preached an interesting sermon at Palmetto
to a large and
The Vevay Reveille, Switzerland county, Indiana, Thursday, July 23, 1891
Susan Paul Adkins
Patriot, Friday, July 17, 1891, Hiram Mead, in his 75th year. Mr. Mead
was a good and
useful man, highly esteemed for his sterling traits of character, and
his death is regretted by his numerous friends. His wife died several
ago. He leaves four children, all grown to manhood and womanhood --
Hiram, Mrs. Hiram Douglass and Mrs. Stephens. For a number of years Mr.
Mead was a
member of Patriot Lodge of Masons. The funeral took place last Sunday
morning with Masonic
ceremonies, after which the remains interred in the Sampson, or Mead,
The Indiana Reveille, Vevay, Indiana, Wednesday, March 7, 1860, Col. 5
Susan Paul Adkins
his residence, in Posey Township, on the 26th February, of Lung Fever,
Mr. James Mead,
in his 69th year of his age.
The Indiana Reveille, Vevay, Indiana, Saturday, May 29, 1875, Col. 2
Susan Paul Adkins
-- In Posey Township, May 21st, Mrs. Phebe Mead; aged 81 years.
The Indiana Reveille, Vevay, Indiana, Saturday, December 4, 1875
is hereby given that the undersigned, Administrator of the Estate of
Phebe Mead, deceased,
will offer for sale at public outcry, at the late residence of the
deceased, in Posey Township,
Switzerland County, Indiana, on
December 18, 1875,
personal property of said Estate, consisting of
Cow, some Corn and Hay, Household and Kitchen Furniture,
various other articles.
sale will begin at 10 0'clock A.M.
OF SALE: Sums of $3 and under, cash,
$3 a credit of six months, the purchaser giving note at interest,
waiving valuation, with good security.
Switzerland, IN; Thursday, May 28, 1931
MILES IS CLAIMED BY
DEATH AT HER RURAL HOME
an aged and respected lady of near Aaron, passed away at her home there
Wednesday evening, following a short illness. She had been bedfast only
deceased was a daughter of Leonard and Mary Griswold and was born
December 7, 1850.
first married to Benjamin Lewis who passed away several years ago. Four
years after his death
she was united in marriage to Melbourne Miles who died in 1916.
Miles was a fine old lady in every respect. For many years she had
lived alone on Bennington,
Route 2, and was loved by all who knew her.
survived by four children, Mrs. Andrew Peters of near Aaron and Albert
Miles of near Aaron,
Roy Miles of Indianapolis, Mrs. Grover Farwood of Springfield, IL; a
brother, Frank Griswold
of Chicago; three half-brothers, Hully, Elwood, and Lawrence Griswold
of this county; two
half-sisters, Mrs. Uly Sigmon of Park Ridge and Mrs. Enolia Copeland of
funeral services, held on Friday at Pleasant Grove Church, was
conducted by Rev. Hughes. Burial was in the Zion cemetery."
Vevey Reveille, Thursday, July 23, 1885
Submitted by Gary
born in Bourbon County, Ky. December 29, 1795. He removed with his
Indiana in 1808. At a meeting held near the present site of Mt
Sterling, in Switzerland County, in the year 1810, he united with the
Episcoal Church, under the ministerial labors of Rev. Walter Griffith,
the lawful probation was baptized and received into full membership by
a local deacon
named Osborn. But simple church membership was not by any means his
highest conception of
religion, and he could not rest the salvation of his soul upon such a
sandy foundatiion, but to use
his own language: "I felt that I was a great sinner before God; I
confessed my sins in humble
penitence and cried 'Lord, pardon all my sins' and no sooner said than
Miller was married to Polly Gullion in 1815, by whom he became the
father of twelve children, seven of whom still live, and are respected
citizens. Five others, together with the mother, have passsed away.
had the misfortune to lose a part of my memoranda, I am not able to
give the date of Father
Miller's second marriage, but it was when he was well advanced in life
that he had the good
fortune to wed Miss Nancy Ransom. I say good fortune, for but few men
ever need so much care
and kind attentiion as he did in a number of his last years of
infirmity, and none were ever more kindly and constantly cared for.
Father Miller's business career, the writer is not informed more than
that being one of the pioneer farmers of Switzerland county, all of his
active life was taken up in the hard labor of clearing and cultivating
soil, and hs old age and infirmity was not deprived of the things
needful for life and comfort.
Miller cared to talk but little of worldly affairs, but delighted in
things spiritual and eternal. If any one could ever fully adopt the
expressed by the poet who sang: "I love thy kingdom, Lord, the house of
thine abode" &c. surely that man was David Miller, and if there
that came near causing a momentary complaint it was when he could no
longer find his place
in the house of the Lord. For more than fifty years, he was a most
zealous and faithful class leader and licensed exhorter, and his
stirring exhortations, his words of comfort and counsel to Christians,
earnest appeal to sinners, will not soon be forgotten. Like the Apostle
it was his greatest pleasure in old age to be carried to the house of
God and tell of the sufficiency
of religion in every condition and pronounce a Patriarchal blessing
upon the congregation.
morning of July 18th, 1885 at the age of 89 years, 6 months, and 19
days, and after a religious
life of even seventy five years, David Miller sweetly fell asleep in
Jesus. The funeral was attended by a great concourse of people, and the
sermon was preached by the writer at the request of the deceased, from
Tim. 4, 6, and 8.
another of the pioneers has been removed, but "he being dead yet
July 23, 1908, North Vernon Plain Dealer
Submitted by Sheila Kell
George F. Mix was born in Switzerland county, Ind.,
April 13th, 1841, and died at his home
in Jennings county, Ind., near Rush Branch July 14th, 1908, age 67
years 3 months and one day. His parents moved to Jennings county in
1858 when he was 17 years of age, and he has since that time been a
resident of this vicinity, a period of about 50 years. Mr. Mix was
twice married, the first time to Miss Catherine Starkey, Oct, 26,1862,
she departed this life soon after and also one little child that was
born to them. He was again married to Miss Lucy
Johnson on Feb. 24th, 1870, to them were given two sons and
two daughters, Mrs. Ada Grinstead the elder daughter living in a home
of her own near them, and Miss Iva Mix the second daughter still living
at home. Henry A. Mix died about five years ago and the younger son
Phillip Jacob Mix is at present in Boulder, Colorado, for his health,
by his physician not to come home for the present occasion.
over 38 years Mr. and Mrs. Mix have
lived quietly and happily together, and with the companion thus left
alone may Jesus the only true comforter and consoler, walk in
companionship the rest of her declining years. Mr. Mix has father,
mother, three sisters and one brother gone on before. Two brothers,
four sisters and one little
granddaughter survive him. He was a member of Mt. Ida Lodge No. 73 I.
O. O. F. of Vernon, Ind., for 40 years and has been a faithful member
during that time; he was honest and upright in all his dealings with
his fellowmen, a kind husband, a loving father and, a good neighbor and
of a quiet disposition, not being inclined to fret or worry although a
great sufferer for years, but only confined to his bed for the past two
Vernon Journal, Jennings County, Indiana
Martha J. Mix, was born in Switzerland County, Ind.,
1854, died March 12, 1891, aged 37 years; was married to William M.
West, Jan. 6, 1887. She was a good wife and an earnest Christian. Her
last year was one of
suffering. When the
last moment came, she sweetly sang
"God be with you till we meet again." Funeral service
conducted by the pastor Rev. J. E.
McCoy, at the Freedom church, March 14, 1891
Heady Family Newsletter,
Vol II No. 1, Jan, 1973
by Carl D. Martin of
Ponca City, Oklahoma.
was born November 4, 1852 near Vevay, Ind., and died Sunday, January
24, 1932 at the age of 79
years, two months and twenty days. He was married on October 28, 1875
to Elvira HUSTON. To them
were born five children, Carl H. Muret and Lyde BROWNING, both of whom
preceded him in
death; J.N.E. Muret and F.G. Muret of the home address and Nannie M.
Browning of Enid. His
wife died February 7, 1896. One year later in January, 1897 he with his
five children moved
from Indiana to this community to establish their home. For the past 16
years he had made his home
with his son, J.N.E. Muret and family. Besides his three children, he
is survived by 15 grand
children; two great-grandchildren, one brother, William H. Muret of
Winfield; two sisters, Mrs.
Eliza Ellen TERRENCE of Portland, Ore., and Mrs. Sally LEE of Mount
Sterling, Ind., 11
nephews and 10 nieces. Mrs. George VANNEST, Roy and Marion Browning of
Ponca City are
grandchildren. All have known him as a devoted mother as well as a
father, a good neighbor and a
man of moral courage who did the right as he saw fit to do so. He loved
and was loved by all who
knew him. Funeral services were held at 2 o'clock Tuesday afternoon at
church in Blackwell. Burial was in the Blackwell cemetery.
Julius N. E. Muret "Jule" was born in Switzerland county Indiana 18
July 1849 one of 10 children
of Julius N. E. and Eliza (Singer) Muret. He was married 25 Apr. 1872
in Vevay to Sallie H.
Lindley a daughter of Ira and Euphema (Farrar) Lindley. Jule and Sallie
Muret had two children:
Claude 1874-1932 and Atha born 1881.
following news items did not mention the son for some reason. George,
William and Julius Muret
all settled at Hackney or Pleasant Valley in Cowley county Kansas as
did apparently Euphema
Lindley and at least two of her sons. The Lindley and Jules Muret
families homesteaded farther
west in Clarke county Kansas on the Okla. Territory border where Jule
was killed. He is buried
in the Tannahill cemetery north of Arkansas City Kansas.
The Arkansas City Traveler July 4, 1885
Saturdays' Santa Fe train for the south contained the remains of Julius
Muret, on his way to
Hackney six miles below this city; the former home of the deceased.
The facts and circumstances relating to Murets' death
were told by Mrs.
Muret; who was on the train together with her daughter, mother and two
brothers. Her story is as follows:
Mr. Julius Muret, wife and child moved from Vevay
Indiana about two
years ago to a farm near this city. Nearly a year ago he took a claim
Ashland in Clark county and moved there. Afterward Mrs. Lindley, mother
of Mrs. Muret and her two sons came on to Clark county. Near Mr.
Murets' claim was a claim
which had been taken up by a man named Clouch. Clouch had not been near
the claim for three
months and with the advice of neighbors and friends, the old lady, Mrs.
Lindley, decided to take
the claim. Old Clouch, living near, had been claiming this claim was
taken with a view of holding it
till his daughter should be of age to take it. Thursday, as Muret and
his brothers-in-law, the
Lindleys were going to improve the claim for their mother, Muret
the ground before the others and was at work with a spade, when old man
Clouch and a young
Kentuckian, Bill Churchill, who had been stopping with Clouch, came up
and fired two shots
at Muret, one taking effect near the heart and the second in the
shoulder. By this time, young Mahlon Lindley, arrived, just in time to
catch Muret as he fell forward, when Churchill fired one shot at
him in the arm, and then they went off. Churchill was arrested, taken
City and lodged in jail. There was strong talk of lynching him before
the sheriff should get him away.
from THE WINFIELD COURIER, Thursday, July 9, 1885
MURDER AT ASHLAND--DR. LAFIELD KILLED IN COLD BLOOD AND ROBBED OF
$800.00--A TERRIBLE STORM
Clark County comes in for criminal notoriety
with a vim. It has
recently had two despicable and revolting murders. Like every new
county, it has
its' "Bad men", though Ashland is a remarkably temperate, civil place
border town. Last week Julius MURAT was shot through the heart. He went
with his wife and child
from Pleasant Valley, this county, and took a claim near Ashland.
Afterward, Mrs. LINDSEY, mother
of Mrs. MURAT, and two sons came to Clark county. She took a claim near
had not been occupied by the young man Clouch, who had taken it for
three months. Old man
Clouch had said his son was holding the claim till his daughter would
be of age to take it. MURAT and
the LINDSEY boys were going out to dig a foundation for a shanty for
their mother. MURAT
got there first and was spading, when old man Clouch and a young
Churchill, came up. MURAT had never seen either of them before. Without
a word Churchill shot
MURAT through the heart. One of the LINDSEYS' arrived just in time to
catch MURAT as he fell,
when Churchill fired another shot. It went through MURATS' shoulder and
arm. The murderer was arrested and placed in the bastille at Dodge
City. MURATS' body was
brought to this county for interment. Mr. D. Rodocker shows us a letter
from Miss Rose
Frederick, well known here, chronicaling another terrible murder. Dr.
Ashlands' dentist, received $800.00 from the east a few days ago. That
night, with it on his
person, he was shot dead and the money taken. The murder was for no
other cause than robbery.
Tobe Taylor, a drunken cowboy, was arrested for the crime though there
is no positive evidence
against him. The same letter tells of a terrible storm that swept over
that section the other
day. Two storms met, one from the northwest and one from the northeast.
Everything in their
track was inundated and much property swept away. Dugouts by the dozen
were filled with water
and caved in, leaving the occupants homeless. And most of the wells,
not yet being walled, caved in. It was very destructive and a hard blow
on those trying to establish homes in the "wild west."
The Heady Family Newsletter, Vol II, No. 3, Jul 1973.
of Julius N.E. Muret and Wife (1894)
they had lived many years, faithfully discharging the duties of husband
and wife, parents, neighbors
and citizens, beloved and respected by all who knew them. Now both cold
in death, and
consequently a double funeral. Julius N.E. Muret was born in this
township, January 13, 1816. His father, Dr. Charles L. and mother
Rebecca, whose maiden name was HEADY, were natives of Switzerland and
to America about 1807. Julius N.E. Muret commenced farming when a boy
and continued the
business all his life. He was a school trustee many years ago, and
county commissioner from 1880
to 1883. Mr. Muret was married to Miss Eliza SINGER, who was born in
this township, April
16, 1824. She was a good woman, highly esteemed by all who knew her.
She was a sister of Mrs.
Sallie HALL and Mrs. J.K. PLEASANTS, of Vevay. The children are: Frank
and Miss Sallie, who
reside at home; Mary, widow of John B. HASTINGS; Ellen, wife of Dr.
TERRANCE, in Indian
Territory; George and William, reside in Cowley County, Kansas. Julius,
who married Sallie
LINDLEY, died several years ago in Kansas, she and children residing
there. Nettie, who married John
EADS, died several years ago. Mr. Eads and children residing at
Washington, Indiana. Mr. Muret
and wife had been members of the M.E. Church, since 1852. He died Jan.
9th and she followed
Jan. 10th. Their Pastor, Rev. JOHNSON, conducted the funeral service
afternoon, after which the remains of husband and wife were laid to
by side, in Vevay Cemetery.