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Family History tidbits from Southern Indiana

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Nicholas Baily

Nicholas Baily Death NoticeNicholas Baily, aged 83 years, died at his home in St. Paul at 5 o’clock this morning, after an illness of some length with dropsy. Mr. Baily was an old settler of Adams township. He was the father of eleven children, nine of whom survive him. He was an honorable, upright citizen and goon neighbor. He has been a member of the Odd Fellows’ Lodge for 30 years, and will be laid to rest Saturday with their ritualistic ceremonies.

-Greensburg Daily News, pg. 7, January 8, 1904

According to a memorial created for Nicholas Bailey on Find A Grave, his final resting place is in Van Pelt Cemetery in Shelby county.

Sentenced to Penitentary.

Sentenced to Penitenary

Commodore Stith, of Newpoint, who was arrested in the freight yards early yesterday morning after he had broken into a freight car and stolen a quantity of whiskey and tobacco, was taken before Judge Hord this morning. He entered a plea of guilty to a charge of petit larceny and was sentenced to a term in the Michigan City prison of from two to fourteen years. The officials have in their possession some evidence showing that Stith is also a deserter from the U.S. Army and a notification of his arrest has been sent to the Army Department. He will not be take to Michigan City at once as Sheriff Davis is busy with court duties. His companions, who were arrested with him will also be tried for receiving stolen goods.

-Greensburg Daily News, Pg. 7, January 8, 1904


Indiana State Archive records show that Commodore Stith did indeed serve a sentence of just over 4 years for burglary at Michigan City. He was discharged from the Indiana State Reformatory on 01 FEB 1908.


Richard Ketchum

Paralytic Stroke Fatal to Richard Ketchum Newspaper clipping.Paralytic Stroke Fatal.

Richard Ketchum died at his home in Westport at eight o’clock Monday night. His death resulted from a stroke of paralysis which came home upon him at 2 o’clock Sunday morning and rendered him unconsious until he succumbed. Mr. Ketchum was a veteran of the civil war and was a highly respected citizen. His wife, four sons and two daughters survive him.

-Greensburg Daily News, pg. 7, January 8, 1904.


A wonderful memorial with photographs can be found for Richard Ketchum at He is buried at the Old Westport Cemetery.

Preliminary Charge of Bastardy

McManamanJohnSheriff Davis went to Terre Haute yesterday where he arrested John McNanaman, who is an operator for the Southern Indiana railroad at a station near that city. McManaman was brought here and placed in jail and will be given a preliminary hearing on a charge of bastardy preferred by Lora Layton, of Westport. McManaman was formerly in the employ of the Southern Indiana at Westport.

-Greensburg Daily News, pg. 3, January 8, 1904.

Would love to know more about this! Anyone have any more information?

Clemens – Clark Marriage

ClemensClarkMiss Ollie Clark, of Lock Springs, and Charles Clemens, of this city, were united in marriage at the home of the bride on Christmas evening. The wedding was a very quiet one and its occurrence was known only to a few persons. A few days after the wedding the groom returned to this city, while his bride remained at her home until preparations could be completed for taking up their residence in this city. Charley kept his own counsel in the matter and but very few persons knew of the wedding. However the news got abroad today and now the groom is busy accepting the congratulations of his friends.

Within a few weeks Mr. and Mrs. Clemens will be at home in this city.

-Greensburg Daily News, pg. 2, January 8, 1904.

Mrs. Phidelia Eward


Mrs. Phidelia Eward, aged 80 years, died at the home of her daughterPhidelia Eward Obitury, Mrs. Hier, near Geneva, at 2 o’clock Saturday morning of diseased incidental to old age. Her funeral services were held at 10 o’clock at her daughter’s home this morning. Her remains were brought here for burial in the South Park cemetery this afternoon. Mrs. Eward was born Feb. 24, 1823, in Switzerland county this State. Shortly after her birth her family removed to this county and settled near Kingston and until a few years ago she resided in this county continuously. She was a sister of T.B. and W.S. Peery, of this city, and of Mrs. Mary Glass, of Adams.

-Greensburg Daily News, pg. 7, January 4, 1904

Possibly Chloroformed

SelkeMrsHenryMrs. Henry Selke wishes to contradict the statement published in yesterday’s News which attributed the partial suffocation of her children on Saturday night to escaping gas. Mrs. Selke said that a thorough search of the premises failed to detect any gas escaping and she further says that she believes that an attempt was made to chloroform herself and her children.

-Greensburg Daily News, pg. 2, January 8, 1904

Would love to see the statement published in “yesterday’s News.”  Anyone have the clipping available?

Amanda King


Mrs. Lizzie Truesdell, of Los Angeles, California, will arrive here at 4:05 this afternoon with the remains of her mother, Mrs. Amanda King, who dies two months ago in Los Angeles. The remains will be taken to Schultz’s Undertaking House on West Main street where a short funeral service to which intimate friends of the deceased will be invited after which the body will be interred in the South Park Cemetery. In the even the train is late the interment will not take place until tomorrow morning.

-Greensburg Daily News, pg. 1, January 8, 1904

William Boicourt

BoicourtWilliamWilliam Boicourt, a pioneer resident of Sandcreek township died at his home four miles south of Westport at ten o’clock last night of a complication of diseases incident to old age, Mr. Boicourt would have been ninety years old in January and had been a resident of Sandcreek township for over 75 years.  He was the father of a number of children; some of whom live in distant parts of the country. No funeral arrangements have yet been made.

-Greensburg Daily News, pg.3, January 1, 1904

There’s a wonderful photo of William posted on his Find A Grave memorial.

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