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Obituary of Mary Helen (MESKIMEN) WISE, published in the 16 Apr 1997 issue of the Vincennes Sun-Commercial.
Spouse: not mentioned
Parents: Glenwood Earl and Minta Mae (Crews) Meskimen
Date of Birth: 22 Nov 1902
Age: 94
County of Birth: Knox County, IN
Date of Death: Wednesday, 16 Apr 1997
City and County of Death: Vincennes, Knox County, IN
Place of Interment: Fairview Cemetery, Vincennes, IN
Date of Newspaper: 16 Apr 1997
Name of Newspaper: Vincennes Sun-Commercial

Additional Information:

(Submitted by Mary Kathryn Kozy.)

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Obituary of Dorothy M. (MESKIMEN) ANDERSON, published in the 15 Sep 1972 issue of the Vincennes Sun-Commercial.
Spouse: Dr. William B. Anderson (deceased)
Parents: Glenwood Earl and Minta Mae (Crews) Meskimen
Date of Birth: 2 Jan 1910
Age: 62
County of Birth: Knox County, IN
Date of Death: Wednesday, 13 Sep 1972
City and County of Death: Vincennes, Knox County, IN
Place of Interment: Fairview Cemetery, Vincennes, IN
Date of Newspaper: 15 Sep 1972
Name of Newspaper: Vincennes Sun-Commercial

Additional Information:

(Submitted by Mary Kathryn Kozy.)

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Obituary of Elna Elizabeth (NICKELS) CREWS, published in the 15 May 1983 issue of the Vincennes Sun-Commercial.
Spouse: Albert P. Crews
Parents: Edward and Ann (Nickels) Engelbart [NOTE: It should read Edward and Ann (Engelbart) Nickels]
Date of Birth: 30 Apr 1915
Age: 68
County of Birth: McHenry
Date of Death: Saturday, 14 May 1983
City and County of Death: Pensacola, Escambia County, FL
Place of Interment: not given [NOTE: Memorial Park Cemetery, Vincennes, IN]
Date of Newspaper: 15 May 1983
Name of Newspaper: Vincennes Sun-Commercial

Additional Information:

(Submitted by Mary Kathryn Kozy. Notes in [brackets] made by the submitter.)

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Obituary of Harriet Kathryn (WEGER) CREWS, published in Jan 1995.
Spouse: James Crews (deceased) [James Clifford Crews, Jr. - died 13 Aug 1992]
Parents: Charles and Emma Weger [Charles Jasper and Emma Mae (Wineman) Weger]
Date of Birth: 24 Apr 1915
Age: 79
County of Birth: Crawford
Date of Death: Monday, 16 Jan 1995
City and County of Death: Melbourne, Brevard County, FL
Place of Interment: Fairview Cemetery, Vincennes, IN
Date of Newspaper: Unknown
Name of Newspaper: Unknown

Additional Information:

(Submitted by Mary Kathryn Kozy, granddaughter of Harriet Kathryn Crews. Notes in [brackets] made by the submitter.)

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Obituary of Stephen CREWS, published in the 3 Jun 1998 issue of the Vincennes Sun-Commercial.
Spouse: [Divorced]
Parents: James and Harriet (Weger) Crews
Date of Birth: 15 Nov 1942
Age: 55
County of Birth: Lawrence
Date of Death: Sunday, 31 May 1998
City and County of Death: Palm Bay, Brevard, FL
Place of Interment: Fairview Cemetery, Vincennes, IN
Date of Newspaper: 3 Jun 1998
Name of Newspaper: Vincennes Sun-Commercial

Additional Information:

(Submitted by Mary Kathryn Kozy. Notes in [brackets] made by submitter.)

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Obituary of Samuel C. WEGER, published in Apr 1939.
Samuel C. Weger Dies at Home West of Birds
   Samuel C. Weger, well known farmer, died at his home west of Birds early Wednesday morning. He was about 70 years old.
   He had been ill for a short time with influenza.
   Mr. Weger is survived by his widow, Lucy, whose maiden name was also Weger, one son Palmer of Flat Rock and a daughter, Mrs. Ethel Johnson of Lawrenceville.
   He is also survived by four brothers, David of Alabama, Price of Flat Rock, Newt of Mississippi, and Luther. One half sister, Mrs. R. H. Scott of Noble also survives.
   Funeral services will be held tomorrow at 2 p.m. at the Methodist church at Flat Rock. Burial will be in the Lawrenceville cemetery.

(Submitted by Mary Kathryn Kozy.)

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Obituary of James Clifford "Clif" CREWS, published in Jul 1940.
Lawrence County Man Suicide Victim
   James Clifford Crews, 54, known as "Clif", was found dead at his home near Centerville church, route 3, Lawrenceville, Ill., by his family at 6 o'clock yesterday evening [27 Jul 1940]. A coroner's inquest, held immediately at the home, returned a verdict of suicide by strychnine poisoning.
   Mr. Crews was alone at the time of his death, and was found lying on a bed by his wife. She thought he was sleeping, and did not call him until later, when it was found that he was dead. He had been despondent for some time because of his health. His finances were in good order, and he had no social worries, Mrs. Crews said. He was well known around Lawrenceville, and a prominent farmer of that vicinity.
   James Clifford Crews was born April 21, 1886, the son of Albert and Martha Highsmith Crews. He is survived by his widow, Della Crews; two sons, Clifford, Jr., route 3, Lawrenceville, and Albert, of Chicago; two daughters, Mrs. Margaret Kramer, of Vincennes, and Betty Crews, route 3, Lawrenceville; a brother, Joseph, route 6, Vincennes; and two sisters, Mrs. V. F. Wisner, route 2, Lawrenceville, and Mrs. Minta Meskiman, route 6, Vincennes.
   The body has been removed to the Gardner funeral home, in Vincennes. Funeral arrangements are incomplete.

(Submitted by Mary Kathryn Kozy. Notes in [brackets] added by submitter.)

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Obituary of Stephen W. PERKINS, published in Jan 1914.
Oldest Native Born Citizen Passes Away
   S. W. Perkins, the oldest native born citizen of Christy township, passed away at his home of this city Tuesday morning at about 8:30 o'clock. He suffered a stroke of paralysis one day last week and on account of his advanced age he gradually sank until released by death at the above hour.
   Everyone in the city and community knew "Uncle Steve" as he was familiarly known to all who spent as much as a few weeks in our city. He was born in this township in the early 30's and spent his entire life here except a couple of weeks at one time when the family moved to St. Louis a couple of years ago. The city did not suit him and they moved back to their old home here and Mr. Perkins said his home community and people were good enough for him. In some ways Mr. Perkin's life was remarkable. He never was seriously ill during his long life and but once or twice did he deem it necessary to take any kind of medicine and never consulted a physician until his last illness. Being born and reared within the township and never having lived elsewhere in nearly eighty years is a record left by but few persons. He was of a genial nature and always seemed happiest when surrounded by his family and friends and everybody enjoying life as he always did.
   For a number of years Mr. Perkins was proprietor of a saw mill here but of later years he has been conducting a boarding house which was a popular place among the people. He served the township in a number of official ways and for some time was city marshal of Sumner. In all these offices he was always found trying to do his duty to the public as best he could.
   Funeral services were held from his late home Wednesday morning at 10:30 o'clock conducted by Rev. H. E. Butler of the Christian church and interment made in the city cemetery. The following obituary was read during the services:
   Stephen William Perkins was born in Lawrence county, March 4, 1834; died January 6, 1914, aged 79 years, 10 months, and 2 days. He was married to Emily James, June 19, 1857. To this union were born two children--Margaret and Ed--the latter having preceded him to the other world, July 11, 1912. Emily, his first wife, died April 28, 1880.
   Later he married Mary Edmondson Simms. To this union were born six children--two having passed on before, May, aged 4, Frances aged 20. The surviving children--Mrs. Margaret Martin, Mrs. Carl B. Teagarden, Mrs. __?__ Walters, Jr. of St. Louis, Mrs. C. L. Wooton of Birmingham, Ala.


Several short newspaper clippings referring to the funeral of S. W. Perkins:

Mrs. Lee McCleave and wife and Mrs. May Herrin of Lawrenceville were here Wednesday to attend the funeral of S. W. Perkins.


In speaking of the passing of S. W. Perkins in last issue mention was made that he was the oldest native born citizen of the community. In this we were wrong. Mrs. Susan Scyoc is about two years older, being now in her 82nd year and was born and reared a couple miles southeast of this city on the farm now owned by W. A. Lucas.


Mrs. Will McNeal was called from Harrisburg the first of the week on account of the death of her uncle, S. W. Perkins.


Mrs. Martha Martin and son. Liston, Mr. and Mrs. Walters, Mr. and Mrs. C. B. Teagarden of St. Louis and Mrs. C. L. Wooton of Birmingham, Ala., were called here on account of the death of their father, S. W. Perkins.

(Submitted by Rose Mary Lankford.)

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Obituary of Bert SHICK, published in 1919
I am adding these newspaper clips also. My grandmother Jesseye Perkins Stroup, was engaged to Bert Shick. She told me that several men took him on a bachelor party the day before they were to marry, and he drowned. She called him "Speck" and would always speak his name with love. She said she was getting a little house ready that was located behind her mother's boarding house.


Sudden and Unannounced
Came the Death Messenger to One of Our Young Men.

 Last Saturday afternoon our community was shocked when a telephone message announced the death of Bert Shick by drowning in the Embarass river north east of this city. He had left the city that morning with a party composed of S. W. Perkins, G. W. Christy and son, Fred Shick--a half brother, and Fred Piper, to spend a short time on the river fishing. After their arrival and eating a lunch the party separated along the river bank setting out hooks, and Bert with Loyd Christy, a boy of twelve years of age, went down to the river a short distance. He handed the boy his watch and pocket book asking him to hold them while he went in the river presumably to wash some mud off his clothing he had got on them when they stalled on their way to the river. He waded around in the shallow water for a while and then out into the deeper water and then started to swim as though he was going to cross the stream. When he reached a strong current he seemed to lose control of himself and gradually sank out of sight in about twenty feet of water and never rose to the surface. When he was seen to be in danger, efforts to reach him before he sank out of sight were vain and parties who ere there at once dived in but it was probably twenty or thirty minutes before the body was found some distance down the river from where he sank. For a long time after he was taken from the water efforts were made to resuscitate him but proved unavailing and the body was brought here that night.
   Coroner Parkinson of Crawford county, where the accident happened , was notified and arrived here about midnight and empaneled a jury composed at W. B. Smith, M. Fry, Fred Herman, Wilbur Geatry, Oris Warren and Lyman Blood, who after hearing the evidence rendered the verdict of "Accidental drowning." The body was then prepared for burial and taken to the home of his brother, Fred Shick where the funeral services were held Monday afternoon.
   Bert Shick was born in Sumner, Illinois, May 5, 1880 and spent the greater part of his life in and near this place. He was of a quiet and retiring disposition, yet had many strong friends who knew of his worth. For the past several years he has been employed in the oil fields where he was faithful to all the duties required of him. He was a member of Sumner Camp No. 1757 M. W. A. in which he held a policy of $1,000, and also a member of Castle Hall Sumner Lodge No. 702 Knights of Pythias which order had charge of the funeral services. The funeral sermon was delivered by Rev. W. A. Roberts of the Church of Christ.
   He leaves a father, step mother, two sisters, Mrs. C. J. Lewis of north of Bridgeport and Mrs. Fred Kingery, of near Lawrenceville, three half sisters and three half brothers besides many other relatives and friends who mourn the loss of one who was dear to them.


Card of Thanks

We wish to express our thanks to our many friends for their kindness during the burial of our son and brother. Jesse Shick and Family.

(Submitted by Rose Mary Lankford.)

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Obituary of Mary Jane (EDMONDSON) BILES, published in Oct/Nov 1928
Passes Away -Former Resident of Sumner Dies in Lawrenceville
   Mrs. Mary J.Biles, 77 died at the home of her son-in-law, George May on South Tenth Street, Lawrenceville, Saturday afternoon. Death followed a prolonged period of suffering from cancer of the stomach. Mrs. Biles formerly lived in Sumner where she made many friends who are grieved at her going.


Obituary

 Mrs. Mary Biles, the daughter of Esquire and Mary Jane Edmondson; was born January 15, 1851 and departed this life October 27, 1928; age 77 years, 9 mo. 12 days. She was married to Hezekiah Simms in 1865 and there were born to this union 5 children. Mrs. Cora Dickerson of Lawrenceville, Nobel Simms of Sumner, Carl and Vergie, both of which died in infancy, Mrs. Jenette May of Lawrenceville. After the death of her first husband she was married again to S. W. Perkins in 1881, and to this union six children were born. Mrs. Harriet Walters of St. Louis, Mrs. Jennie Wooton, deceased, Mrs. Emma Teagarden of Dallas Texas, May and Frances, also deceased, and Mrs. Jesse Stroup of Amorilla Texas. After the death of Mr. Perkins she was again united in marriage to John Biles in 1917 who also preceded her in death. No children were born to this union. She leaves, also to mourn her departure, 19 grand children, 26 great grand children, other relatives and a host of friends.
   She professed faith in Christ at an early age, united with the Christian Church and later in life placed her membership in the First Methodist Church in Sumner, and was a faithful member of same until her death; always availing herself of every opportunity to attend and help in its services.
   The large family of children which she has mothered and loved through to manhood and womanhood is evidence that she has done her work nobly and well.
   Funeral services were held at the First M. E. church of Sumner Monday afternoon, conducted by Rev. W. M. Lane of this city. Interment in the Sumner cemetery.


Past 75

   Mary Jane Biles was born in Indiana, January 15, 1851, and with her family James Edmondson, came to Lawrence county, in 1853, and settled in the neighborhood know as Olive Branch. Her first husband was Hezikiah Simms who died soon after the close of the Civil War. Her second husband was S. W. Perkins, who spent his long life of 80 years in Lawrence county, where they reared a large family. For twenty years they operated a hotel in Sumner. This was during the time of the oil boom in Lawrence county and this place was a popular home for the oil men. Mrs. Perkins' biscuits were as famous in those days as the development of the wells themselves.
   While Aunt Mary, as she is better known in Lawrence county, is in poor health, she still follows the custom from the days when Mr. Carlton was editor of the Press until present time, of laying everything aside on Thursday morning until the paper is read. She had been a life long reader of it and country, still cling to it and consider it a red letter day when the Press arrives.
   After Mr. Perkins death in 1914 she was united in marriage to John Biles, also an old pioneer settler of Lawrence, who passed away in 1925. Mrs. Biles is now past 75 and enjoys visits from the old neighbors and friends.


A Happy Brithday Dinner

 Sunday, January the 15th being Mrs. John Biles seventy eighth birthday many friends and relatives gathered at her home and all enjoyed a happy birthday dinner. Each departed wishing her many more happy birthdays.
   Those present were Mr. and Mrs. Sam Dickinson and son; Mr. and Mrs. George May and family; Mr. and Mrs. Emerson Caudle and family; Mr. and Mrs. Fred Bungartner and daughter; Mr. and Mrs. Everett Baker; Gladys Dickinson and family; Mr. and Mrs. John Dickinson and family and Mr. Dave Basden.

(Submitted by Rose Mary Lankford.)

 

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Obituary of Noble Bertram SIMMS, published in Oct/Nov 1928
   Noble Bertram Simms, son of Hezekiah and Mary Edmondson Simms, was born in Lawrence county January 6, 1872. His father died when Noble was a child of six, and he with his widowed mother and two sisters, Cora and Nettie moved to Sumner, from their farm at Island. A few years later his mother was married to Stephen W. Perkins, who was a father to these children.
   At an early age, Noble like many others boys of his day, was eager to join the U.S. Army and the Spanish American War coming at that very time afforded him an opportunity todo so. He was a member of the Illinois Infantry and was immediately sent to Cuba where he served his country throughout the entire length of the war. At its close Noble came home on furlough but army life was in his blood and he enlisted in the standing army.
   In 1912 Noble was married to Arminta Moore at Mena, Arkansas. She preceded him in death. After the death of his stepfather, Noble returned to Lawrence county to care for his aged mother who died in 1928.
   He is survived by his widow and two sisters, Mrs. Cora Dickerson and Mrs. Nettie May of Lawrenceville, three half sisters, Mrs. Hattie Walter of St. Louis, Mrs. Emma Geagarden (should be Teagarden) of Dallas, Texas, and Mrs. Jesseye Stroup of Pampa, Texas.

(Submitted by Rose Mary Lankford.)

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