Shelby  County  Indiana


The  Shelbyville  News
Friday, September 12, 2003
Norman L. Morris, 81, of Morristown, died Thursday, Sept. 11, 2003, Greenfield.
Born Feb. 18, 1922, in Fayette County, s/o  Kenneth and Ruby (Oldham) Morris.  Married  Mary Rita May  on Nov. 26, 1953 and she survives.
Other survivors include one son, Richard L. Morris (wife Lisa)  Madison; four daughters,  Rita K. Abernathy (husband, Keith) of Fountaintown,  Rosemary Nigh (husband Phil),  Ruth Ann Wheeler  and  Regina D. Batton (husband Brian), all of Morristown; three brothers,  Dale Morris of Gosport,  Paul Morris and  Lloyd Morris, both of Connersville; one sister,  Edna Campbell  of Connersville; and 12 grandchildren.
Preceded in death by one brother,  Richard Lee Morris.
Graduated from Charlottesville High School in Charlottesville in 1940 and received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education from Ball State University in Muncie.
U.S. Army veteran, serving with the 35th Division, Red Bull, from 1944 to 1946.
Teacher and coach at Arlington High School in Arlington from 1952 to 1959 and a teacher, coach, and athletic director for Morristown High School in Morristown from 1959 to 1985.
Member of New Bethel Primitive Baptist Church in Connersville; former member Morristown Lions Club.
Erlewein Mortuary, 1484 W. U.S. Highway 40, in Greenfield.
Elders Glen Funk and John Krumm officiating.
Burial will be at Union Cemetery, east of Connersville.
Summarized by Phyllis Miller Fleming

The  Shelbyville  Republican
January 20, 2000
Kenneth Morris, 100, Connersville, died Wednesday at his home.
Born Oct. 6, 1899, in Fayette County, s/o  Otto  and  Alma (Jones) Morris.  Married  Ruby I. (Oldham) Morris  on Nov. 9, 1918; she preceded him in death in 1978.  Married  Lorena LaMar (Flanigan) Morris  on Dec. 9, 1979; she preceded him in death in 1998.
Farmed in Fayette County since 1949; also farmed in Hancock, Decatur, Rush and Henry counties.
Member of New Bethel Primitive Baptist Church near Lyonsville, where he had served as pastor.  Ordained as an elder in 1951.
Survivors include four sons,  Paul E. Morris  and  E. Lloyd Morris,  both of Connersville,  Norman L. Morris,  Morristown, and  A. Dale Morris,  Gosport; one daughter,  Edna H. Campbell,  Connersville; two sisters,  Neoma Parker,  Connersville, and  Velma Crawley,  Milpitas, Calif.; 16 grandchildren; 39 great-grandchildren; and nine great-great-grandchildren.
Preceded in death by one son, three brothers and six sisters.
Funeral services at Showalter Blackwell Long Funeral Home, Myers Chapel, Connersville, with Elders Glen Funk and John Krumm officiating.
Burial will be in Union Cemetery Garden of Memories, near Lyonsville.
Summarized by Phyllis Miller Fleming

The  Shelbyville  Republican
January 29, 1948
Local Woman's
Father Dies

          Word has been received here of the death of  Claude Morris, father of  Mrs. Frank C. Spinner, of 242 W. Broadway.
          Mr. Morris died at his home in Tuscola, Ill., Tuesday after a long illness.  Surviving with the daghter in this city are the widow, his father and two brothers.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

The  Shelbyville  Republican
Friday October 2, 1942
Page 1 column 3
        TO  BE  SATURDAY
          Funeral services for  Edward Morris, aged seventy-four, prominent resident of Morristown, who died Wednesday at 12:45 p.m. at his home, will be held at the Morristown Christian church Saturday afternoon at 2:00 o’clock. The Rev. Herschel Reed, of Greenfield, will officiate and will be assisted by the Rev. Haggard. Burial will be made in Asbury cemetery in charge of L.V. Hauk.
          Mr. Morris died suddenly of a heart ailment caused from complications resulting from a hip fracture suffered last spring. He was born in Rush county on October 7, 1867, the son of  Henry and Hannah Enos Morris. He had been a resident of Morristown for many years. In addition to being a member and deacon of the Morristown Christian church he was a member of Morristown lodge No. 193, F. & A.M. and the Morristown chapter of the Order of Eastern star.
          He is survived by the widow, the former  Anna Corkins; one son,  Clyde H. Morris, of California; one grandson, Sergeant Hugh Morris, stationed in California with the U.S. Coast Artillery; two brothers,  Leonard and  Oliver, and one sister,   Mrs. Alice Freeman.
Contributed by Barb Huff

The  Shelby  Democrat
Thursday February 23, 1939
No Plausible Explanation for Train-Auto Crash
in Which Two Were Killed at
Waldron Grade Crossing,
Coroner Declares After Preliminary Investigation
of First Traffic Deaths in 1939
Bodies of Indianapolis Drug Salesman and Wife,
Badly Mutilated, Are Taken to Indianapolis
          Shelby county’s 1939 traffic death toll today stood at two as the result of a train-auto crash at Waldron in which an Indianapolis man and his wife were instantly killed when their auto was smashed to bits by a Big Four train late Tuesday. They were the first highway victims of the year in the county.
The victims of the tragedy were Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Morris, of 736 north Bosart Avenue, Indianapolis.
          Coroner Charles Kohlmeyer said both died instantly. Each suffered a skull fracture and crushed chest. Both bodies were badly mutilated as they were hurled from the crushed automobile.
          The coroner said there was no plausible explanation of the accident. The couple stopped at the office of Dr. J. E. Keeling, Waldron Physician, for a business call, but left without seeing the doctor. The physician’s place is a short distance from the crossing and the crash occurred as Morris drove away.
Coroner Kohlmeyer pointed out that there is nothing to obstruct the motorists’ view at the crossing and said he was informed the crossing warning bell was ringing at the time of the crash.
          So terrific was the force of this collision that the couple’s car was broken into two distinct masses of wreckage. The engine and front wheels, in one mass, were sheared off and tossed aside by the force of the impact and the body and rear part of the car was carried approximately 300 feet down the right-of-way.
          The woman’s body was thrown out of the wreckage about 200 feet from the crossing and the man’s body was tossed out of the mangled car several feet before the remaining part of the machine was pushed off the tracks.
          Morris, who was forty-five years old, was a salesman for the Columbus Pharmacal Company, of Columbus, Ohio, and visited many doctors in this section of the state each month. His wife, Mrs. Alva Estelle Morris was forty-two, the coroner said.
          The bodies were taken to an Indianapolis funeral director’s establishment last night.
          Coroner Kohlmeyer said an inquest into the deaths would be conducted within a few days.
          The train was a west-bound passenger train, bound from Cincinnati to Indianapolis. Waldron resident said it usually passes through the town at a speed approximately fifty miles an hour.
          The train remained in Waldron about forty minutes after the crash. Member of the crew, all from Indianapolis, were Percy Rowe, conductor; A. C. Miller, engineer; Fred York, fireman and James Hodge, brakeman.
Contributed by Barb Huff

The  Shelby  Democrat
Thursday December 16, 1937
Page 2 column 3
WILLIAM  MORRIS, 74,        
Widely Known Agriculturist Dies
After Long Illness—Rites to Be Tuesday
          In failing health for the past three years, William Morris, age seventy-four, widely known Shelby county agriculturist, died Sunday at 9:00 p.m. at his home 618 south Tompkins street. Death was caused by cerebral apoplexy.
          Funeral services will e conducted at the late home Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. with Dr. Charles A. Bowler, pastor of the First Presbyterian church, officiating. Burial in charge of Ralph J. Edwards, will be made in the Flat Rock cemetery.
          Mr. Morris was born in Shelby county, October 19, 1863, the son of  Caleb and Lydia Morris. He was united in marriage to Viola Maddox on December 18, 1907, and to this union four children were born, two of whom, Mrs. Paul Welsh, of Indianapolis, and Miss Josephine Morris, at home, survive.
          Other survivors, besides the wife, at home, include a niece, Mrs. Charles Street, of this city, and several other nieces and nephews.
          The deceased was prominent in the hardware and implement business in Flat Rock for many years and resided at Edinburg for a time. He was interested in agriculture, owning a number of farms in this county. He retired from active business fifteen years ago. Mr. Morris was a member of the Edinburg Presbyterian church and the Masonic lodge.
Contributed by Barb Huff

The  Shelby  Democrat
Thursday December 2, 1937
Page 8 column 6
OSCAR  MORRIS, 57,        
Resident of Near Gwynneville Stricken
With Heart Attack--Funeral Saturday
          Oscar Morris, age fifty-seven, died suddenly Tuesday night of a heart attack suffered at his home two and one-half miles south of Gwynneville.
Funeral services will be conducted at the late home Saturday at 10:00 a.m. with burial in charge of L.V. Hauk, of Morristown, will be made in Johnston, Indiana.
          Survivors include the widow, Mrs. Ida Morris and a daughter, Miss Alberta Morris, both at home.
          The deceased was a member of the United Spanish American War Veterans camp at Indianapolis, having been a veteran of the Spanish American war; a member of the Odd Fellows lodge at Beech Grove; a member of the Junior Order of Mechanics of Beech Grove, and of the Methodist church at Charlestown.
          Mr. Morris had been in ill health for some time, but his death was sudden and came as a great shock.
Contributed by Barb Huff

The  Shelbyville  Republican
Thursday, February 14, 1918
Page 1, column 3
Noble Life Of  Mrs. Nancy D. Morris Closed
Death Occurred At Home Of Daughter, Mrs. Carmony
          Another of the old land marks of Shelby county passed away when  Mrs. Nancy D. Morris died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Amos Carmony, 566 West Taylor street.  Mrs. Morris was ill for several weeks.  She was born east of Shelbyville in 1831, her age being slightly in excess of 86 years.  She was the widow of  Hamilton Morris.  They spent the greater part of their lives together on a farm immediately 3-1\2 miles from Shelbyville.  Their married life began while the spinning wheel was still found in many homes, when women spun flax as well as yarn out of which they fashioned the cloth from which they made their clothes.  No couple was better or more favorably known than Mr. and Mrs. Hamilton Morris.  Twelve children were born to them only four of whom survive, they being Mrs. Carmony and  Mrs. James Rinehart of Franklin county;  Morton Morris, the well known mail carrier out of this city and  Mr. Charles Morris of Indianapolis.  The funeral of this good woman will be held Friday afternoon at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Carmony.  The services will be conducted by the Rev. William Morris of Indianapolis and the interment will be in Forest Hill.
Contributed by Barb Huff

The  Shelbyville  Republican
Monday March 26, 1917
Page 1 column 3
Veteran of Civil War Died
at Home in Gwynneville
          David Morris, 76 years old, died Monday morning at 5 o’clock at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Frank Holbrook, in Gwynneville. Death was caused by senility. Mr. Morris was a veteran of the civil war. He was a member of the United Brethern church in Gwynneville.
          Mr. Morris is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Holbrook and one living in Washington state; one son Jesse Morris, of near Knightstown; and one sister living in Indianapolis. Funeral services will be held Wednesday afternoon at 2:00 o’clock at the home, the Rev. Lydy officiating. Burial will be made in the Asbury cemetery.
Contributed by Barb Huff

Falmouth  Outlook
Pendleton County, Kentucky
May 7, 1915
Vol 8 No. 47
Page 1 Column. 4
          Mrs. Myra Morris, widow of he late James Morris, formerly of this county, died May 1st at her home at Shelbyville, Ind.  She is survived by three daughters and two sons –  Mrs. Myrtle Jones  of Shelbyville, Ind., Mrs. Hazel Wells, of Latonia, Miss Nellie Morris  and  Howard and  Fred Morris; also by two brothers and one sister – W. G. Fryer, of this city, and  Frank Fryer  and  Mrs. C. G. Taylor of Butler.
          Deceased was a splendid woman and mother and was quite well known in the northern part of Pendleton where she was born and raised.  She leaves a host of friends who will be pained to learn of her demise.  The funeral was held Sunday at Shelbyville, Ind.  The remains were brought back to her old home at Butler Monday and interment took place at Mt. Auburn cemetery.
Contributed by James R. Baker, Jr.

The  Shelbyville  Republican
Monday, August 1, 1910

          The funeral services of the late  Bert L. Morris,  who died in Denver, Colo., Friday, will be held at the home of his parents,  Mr. and Mrs. H. K. Morris,  in West Mechanic street, Tuesday afternoon at 3 o'clock and the Rev. L. O. Richmond, past or the Central Presbyterian church, of Terre Haute, will officiate.  The remains will arrive home some time this afternoon.  It was the general impression that Mr. Morris' death was the result of lung trouble, but such is not the case.  He died from spinal meningitis.

Tuesday, August 2, 1910
          The funeral services of the late  Bert L. Morris,  who died in Denver, Color., the latter part of last week, were held this afternoon at the home of his parents,  Mr. and Mrs. H. K. Morris,  in West Mechanic street.  Rev. L. O. Richmond, pastor of the Central Presbyterian church at Terre Haute, officiated.  The interment was in charge of Ralph J. Edwards.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

The  Shelbyville  Democrat
Thursday, January 11, 1906
Page 1 column 4
Died Yesterday Evening
After A Long Illness
          Hamilton Morris died at his residence on west Taylor street Sunday evening at eight o'clock.  His death is supposed to be due to old age.  Mr. Morris has not been enjoying good health for some time.  He was born in Marion township, May 23, 1830. On October 27, 1852, he was united in marriage to Nancy D. McCabe, who survives him.  Five children, three sons and two daughters, remain to mourn the loss of their father.  Mr. Morris was a member of Shelby Lodge No. 39. I.O.O.F., having cast his lot with that organization in 1868.  This lodge will have charge at the grave of their deceased brother.  Since 1853 Mr. Morris has been a member of the Little Blue River Baptist church.  The funeral services will be held at the residence at two o'clock Tuesday afternoon, the Rev. Maurice Wines of Franklin officiating.  Those who desire to view the remains will call at the house between the hours of nine and one on Tuesday.  R.T. Stewart will have charge of the funeral.
[Buried Forest Hill Cemetery-BH]
Contributed by Barb Huff

The  Shelby  Republican
Friday June 27, 1902
Page 6 column 3
          On last Wednesday afternoon at 2 o’clock, at the Liberal U.B. Church, in Gwynneville, occurred the funeral of  Mrs. Mary J. Morris, wife of  David Morris, one of the most highly esteemed ladies of this community.  Mrs. Morris was born near Dayton, Ohio, September 22, 1844, and departed this life June 16, 1902, aged 67 years, 8 months and 24 days.  Mrs. Morris was in her usual health upon retiring, but alas, we know not the hour when we shall be called home . And before morning she was called to her eternal home, having died before medical aid could be summoned.  She leaves a husband and six children to mourn her sudden demise.  The surviving children are,  Mabel,  Willie,  Jessie,  Mrs. R. Z. Wilcoxen,  Mrs. W. F. Holbrook  and  Mrs. Y. P. Rutherford, and last named living in Washington State.  Mrs. Morris was a true Christian woman, a devoted wife and mother, and kind to all with whom she associated, and her memory will not soon be forgotten.
Contributed by Barb Huff
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The  Shelby  Democrat
Thursday July 2, 1897
Page 2 column 4
Frank Morris, a Prominent Young Man
Killed by The Cars at Gwynneville
          Frank Morris, a prominent merchant and politician of Gwynneville, while trying to board the noon train today was thrown under the wheels and fatally injured.
          The above is a special from Gwynneville to the Tuesday morning papers, and since it was written the unfortunate man has died. Mr. Morris was well-known in Shelbyville, especially by the members of the Knights of Pythias Lodge, and also by the school teachers of this county, among whom he was one of the leading members in the county.  Two years ago while attending the teachers’ institute in this city, he was united in marriage to  Miss Stella Fleming, of Gwynneville, in the parlors of the Hotel Ray, and had since resided in Gwynneville, being recommended for the appointment as postmaster of that place by Congressman Johnson only two weeks ago.  His widow is the daughter of the late  George Fleming  and a niece of  Messrs. Wilson and  Isaac Fleming, of this city.  His injuries are said to have been almost identical with those received by  Lewis Henderson, who was killed by the Big Four train here four weeks ago—one lower limb being mashed and the skull crushed.  The funeral occurred from the resident Wednesday afternoon at two o’clock, and was under the auspices of the K. of P. Order, of Gwynnwville. 
[Buried Asbury Cemetery]
Contributed by Barb Huff

The  Shelbyville  Daily  Democrat
Saturday January 2, 1892
Page 4 column 1
          Caleb Morris died January 1st at 3 a.m. at his late residence in Washington township, age seventy-two years. Funeral at his late residence and buried at Winchester cemetery January 2 at 2 p.m. Cummins and Edwards, funeral directors.
Contributed by Barb Huff

The  Shelby  Union  Banner
July 2, 1863
Page 2, col 3
Death of John K. Morris.
          A special meeting of telegraphers of the Indianapolis and Cincinnati Rail Road, was held along the line, June 30th, 1863.
          The meeting was organized by electing W. H. Armstrong, of Cincinnati, President; J. B. Raynolds of Shelbyville, Secretary, Messrs. W. H. Smith, of Cincinnati, S. Patterson, of Indianapolis, and J. W. Morrison, of St. Paul, were appointed a committe to draft resolutions.
Previous to reading of resolutions the following sentiment was offered:
          With him the LINES of friendship were closest drawn -- never was he INSULATED from a brother in trouble, ever ready to bear anothers' cross.  His spirit, strongly ATTRACTED by the magnet of Heaven, has had its GROUND CONNECTION severed, and now with the Father of Light, beckons us upward and bids us to be ever ready to answer our CALL.
          Whereas, An All-wise Providence has by death removed from our midst our fellow Operator, John K. Morris; and,
          Whereas, By his death we have lost a kind and patient companion, ever willing to pass over our faults, a good citizen and a friend whose assistance was ever ready, Therefore,
          Resolved, That we offer to his bereaved family our sincere sympathies.
          Resolved, That as a mark of respect we drape our insturments in mourning, and wear the usual badge for thirty days.
          Resolved, That the Secretary be requested to furnish a copy of these resolutions to his family          WM. H. ARMSTRONG, Pres't.
     J. B. REYNOLDS, Sec'y.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

The  Shelby  Union  Banner
July 2, 1863
Page 3, col 3
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D I E D.
          MORRIS -- At Lawrenceburg, Ind., Monday, 29th inst., John K. Morris, telegraph operator, aged 30 years.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

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