The Shelbyville News
Louis R. Cross, Sr., 56, Indianapolis, died Friday
Saturday, October 22, 1977
Sterling Funeral Home, Indianapolis.
Burial: Boggstown Cemetery.
Born June 2, 1921, Indianapolis, s/o Louis and Pearl Cain
Former maintenance man for Lux Laundry, Indianapolis.
Survivors: sons, Louis Jr., Fairland and Richard
Cross, Shelbyville; daughters, Mrs. Rose Ensminger,
Shelbyville, Miss Tammy Cross, Taylorsville, Mrs. Shirley
Hayes, New Albany, Indiana; sister, Mrs. Opel Badger,
Summarized by Phyllis Miller Fleming
The Shelbyville Republican
Funeral services will be held Monday at 2:30 p.m.
for E. Grant Cross, 84, lifelong resident of Shelby county who died Thursday night in Rush Memorial Hospital,
Rushville, after suffering a fractured skull in an accident at his home at Gwynneville. Mr. Cross suffered the
injury Thursday morning as he was tearing down a building at his home and a portion of the building collapsed and
fell on him. A farmer and retired machinist, Mr. Cross was born on August 27, 1870, the son of Warren
and Clifty (Miller) Cross. He was married to Stella Cole in September 1897, and she survives with
five daughters, Mrs. Dorothy Crampton of this city, Mrs. Clemma Andis of near Morristown, Mrs.
Helen West and Mrs. Leatha Stone of Indianapolis, and Mrs. Lois Ruth McCord of Oslo, Norway.
Also surviving are eight grandchildren and two great- grandchildren. A son Raymond, died last July.
Mr. Cross was a member of the Mt. Lebanon Methodist Church. His last rites will be held at the Hauk Mortuary
and burial will be in Asbury cemetery. Friends may call at the mortuary.
Thursday, June 30, 1955
Submitted by Barb Huff
The Hopkins Journal
John Wesley Cross, 88 years of age, a resident
of Hopkins, Missouri for many years died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Charles (Bertha) Wallace, May
7, at 7:30 o’clock, Thursday evening. For his years he was in very good health until two weeks ago when his
health generally began to fail. He had been up and down the day of his death, and was up and about just fifteen
minutes before his death.
May 14, 1942 Edition
Short illness fatal to John W. Cross, 88 years old
John Wesley Cross, son of
Calista [Clystia] Miller
and Warren Cross, was born near Fountain Town, Indiana, in Shelby County, October 14, 1853. He
was married to Mary Olive Wilson at Mohawk, Indiana, April 11, 1885. He came to Missouri in a covered
wagon in 1893, it taking four weeks to make the journey. His wife and four children came on the train and
joined him on a farm near Blockton, Iowa. After a short time they moved to a farm west of Hopkins, Missouri.
Four years later they moved into Hopkins and he was Section foreman for the railroad for a number of years.
For about fifteen years he made his home with children in Nebraska and Iowa and the last twelve years were
spent in Hopkins in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Charles W. Wallace.
One daughter, Lillie May preceeded him in death
November 23, 1916. He leaves to mourn his departure eight children, Mrs. Marion (Mabel) Lewis, Mrs. Elver
(Minnie) Miller, Homer Cross, Roy Cross, Paul Cross, William R. Cross, Geral Cross
and Mrs. Charles (Bertha) Wallace. Two brothers, Grant Cross, Gwynneville, Indiana; Ben Cross, Long
Lane Missouri and thirty-six grandchildren. He was christened in the Methodist Church at an early age.
Funeral services were held at the Hopkins Christian
Church, Sunday afternoon, the pastor, Rev. O.S. Lincoln in charge of the service. A mixed quartet composed
of Mrs. Wren Reve, Miss Anna Marie Gill, R.W. Sirles
and Rev. Lincoln, accompanied at the piano by Mrs. Beryl Mathers,
sang the numbers "City Foresquare" and "Face to Face". Burial was in the Hopkins, Missouri
Cemetery. The casket bearers were Delmar New, Frank New Jr.,
Al Reeder, Leonard Owens; Richard Chaney and Walter
Submitted by Karen Stoll
The Shelby Democrat
All of Shelby county will
pay tribute to Paul F. Cross, the first Shelby county soldier to
give up his life for his country in the war with Germany, next Sunday afternoon
and evening, when two memorial services will be held in this city, one as a
stimulant to the patriotic fervor of the entire county and the other a solemn
service in honor of this brave Shelby county boy.
Thursday, June 13, 1918
FOR PAUL CROSS
Afternoon Meeting For Patriotic
Spirit of Shelby County
SERVICES AT WEST STREET M. E.
Edward Toner, of Anderson, to Make Patriotic
Address at City Opera House --
Hour of Prayer Sunday Night.
(From Tuesday's Daily.)
The afternoon meeting
will be held at the city opera house, starting at 2:30 o'clock, and the
arrangements for this gathering are in charge of the County Council of
Defense. The main speaker at the afternoon meeting will be Edward
C. Toner, of Anderson, who is one of the most prominent men in the state,
and has just returned from the battlefields of France and Belgium.
Following Mr. Toner's
address a brief memorial address will be delivered by Rev. W. E.
Carroll, paying a tribute to Paul Cross, for whom the entire city is in
mourning, since the news of the his death was received Sunday.
Mr. Toner was appointed a
major by Governor Goodrich and visited the firing line in France. He spent
some time ith the boys of the Rainbow Division, in which Shelbyville is well
represented. When he returned, he in a general way brought messages from
the boys over there. However, his address Sunday can be more personal and
he can tell specifically what he saw and how the boys from this city are living
over there. There is no doubt that he saw the boy for whom we are today
mourning, and his words will seem to come from the boys themselves.
A 8 o'clock Sunday
evening, the churches of the city will hold a union service at the West Street
M. E. Church in honor of Paul Cross, who was an active worker there and whose
father, the Rev. S. J. Cross, is its minister. Altho it is
probable that but a small percentage of the people will have a chance to obtain
seats, the entire city is asked to observe the hour in which this service is
being held, as a special tribute to the boy who suffered and died for his
land. The entire program for Sunday evening will be announced later.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming
Note from Peggy Cliadakis: Paul Cross was the first (I believe) boy
from Shelby County to die in World War I. His father, the Rev. Cross was a
prominent minister in Shelbyville, and Rev. Cross and his wife established the
Paul Cross award to be given to an outstanding basketball player at Shelbyville
High School each spring. You will see Paul Cross's name among the crosses
on the court house lawn each Memorial Day. Ron Hamilton wrote an article in The Shelbyville
News on November 9, 2005, entitled "Old
Paul Cross Gym Holds Warm Memories."
The Shelbyville Republican
Mrs. Katheryn Cross, and aged and highly
respected lady living in Fountaintown, died about ten o'clock Wednesday morning of senility. Mrs. Cross was
near the three score and ten mark and had lived in Fountaintown for many years. She leaves a large number
of friends and relatives to mourn her absence. Her death did not happen unexpectedly, as she had been seriously
ill for some time. The funeral services will be held in Fountaintown Thursday and interment will take place
in the Fountaintown cemetery.
Wednesday June 23, 1909
AGED LADY CALLED TO
Mrs. Katheryn Cross of Fountaintown Died At Her Home
Wednesday Morning About Ten O'Clock
Submitted by Barb Huff
Died at the residence of her daughter, Mrs.
Martin M. Ray, in Shelbyville, Ind., November 7th, 1874, Mrs. Nancy M. Cross, aged 77 years, 3
months and 18 days. Sister Cross, whose maiden name was Daniels, was born in Orange County, Virginia,
and was married to Joshua Cross, October 18, 1818. She with her husband removed first to Kentucky
and thence, 33 years ago, to Indiana. She was well known in Shelbyville, and known only to be loved and respected
by all. She has been a member of the Christian Church for 37 years, and lived a most exemplary and godly
life. She will be sadly missed in the home circle, in the community and in the congregation at whose services
she was a constant attendant. Her earnest Christian faith and exemplary life are commended as worthy of imitation
by all. Her triumphant death was the just sequence of a pious and devoted life, and those who
feel to exclaim with Prophet: "Let me die the death of the Righteous, and let my last end be like his."
The funeral services were conducted by the writer, and a large concourse of citizens signified their regard for
the deceased by attending her remains to the cemetery.
Thursday, November 12, 1874
Page 3 column 6
By Elder J. A. Roberts
[Buried City cemetery]
Submitted by Barb Huff