The Shelbyville Republican
Charles W. Cheney,
72 years old, one of Shelbyville's most prominent old time business men, died at
his home on West Broadway at 11:00 o'clock last night after an illness of five
years with a complication of diseases. He had been confined to his home
for the past years.
Saturday Afternoon, March 19, 1927
CHARLES CHENEY IS DEAD AT HOME
Death of Prominent Local Business Man
Follows Five Years Illness.
ALWAYS INTERESTED IN CITY
Furnished Financial Backing and
Encouragement for Civic Movements
For sixty-five years Mr.
Cheney has lived in Shelbyville and has not watched the growth of the city, but
throughout these years has taken an active part in its development. Many
years ago he owned a tract of land south of the city which is now known as the
Cheney addition. He plotted the ground, developed it and sold the lots,
making of it one of the largest and most important additions to the city.
Mr. Cheney has always
taken an active part in the encouragement of civic interest and has always been
ready to back anything for the good of the city. In 1883 he furnished the
financial backing for a baseball club known as the "Shelbyville
Clippers," a team which gained for itself and the city a great deal of
recognition. Several of the players later went to the National League, one
of whom, Ramsey, became one of the greatest pitchers in the National
League. At one time Mr. Cheney, with several other local men developed
rather extensive mining interests in Wyoming and other western states.
Mr. Cheney was born in
Greensburg October 4, 1854, the son of John and Mariah
Cheney and came with them to this city when about seven years of
age. Since that time he has lived here except for winters spent in Florida
during recent years.
He was married to Miss
Alice Doran, daughter of Redin and Jane Doran,
October 6, 1881. To this union two sons were born, both of whom have
preceded him in death. He is survived by his wife and two brothers, John
C. Cheney, well known attorney of this city and Ed C. Cheney,
of Jacksonville, Florida.
Mr. Cheney was a member of
the First Baptist church of Shelbyville and a charter member of Kiowa Tribe of
Red Men No. 199, of this city, which lodge will take part in the funeral
Funeral services will be
held at the home at two o'clock Tuesday afternoon with the Rev. Horace N. Spear
and the Rev. I. C. Overman officiating. Friends may call at the home
Sunday afternoon and evening and up to the hour of the funeral Tuesday.
Burial will be in Forest Hill cemetery in charge of C. F. Fix and Son, funeral
directors. Friends are asked to omit flowers.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming