Shelby  County  Indiana

Mary  Young  Fields  Montgomery

The  Shelbyville  Republican

Tuesday, March 12, 1912
Page 1, column 4
Probably The Oldest Woman In
Shelby County Except One
Hale and Hearty And Enjoying Life
          Today was the ninety-second birthday anniversary of  Mrs. Mary Montgomery,  of 431 West Mechanic street, this city. Mrs. Montgomery is probably the oldest woman in Shelby county except one and is hale and hearty and enjoying life.  She has a most excellent appetite, good sight and hearing, enjoys reading and other good things of life. Mrs. Montgomery makes her home with her daughters,  Misses Joanna  and  Martha Montogmery.  She was born in Butler county, Ohio, March 12, 1820, and came to Rush county, this state, with her parents, Philip and Amelia Young in 1826.  After she was grown she moved to Shelby county and has lived here for about 70 years. She was married January 10, 1843, to  Benjamin Young*,  and to this union was born two sons and one daughter.  After the death of her first husband, she was united in marriage to  William Montgomery  and to this union was born eight children, five sons and three daughters, and of these all are living except one son.  Mrs. Montgomery as a girl in Rush county well remembers the big meteoric shower of 1833, when a lot of people thought the world was coming to an end.  Mrs. Montgomery is a real genuine daughter of the American Revolution, as her father, Philip Young, was a soldier in the Revolutionary army. She has a gold spoon which was given to her by the general order in honor of her being made a member.  She has been a great worker and now has a beautiful quilt 72 years old that was pieced by herself when a young lady.  It is artistic in design and finish, known as the Washington flume.  She has another quilt made by her after she was 80 years of age, and it shows equally as skillful workmanship. It has 1760 points and every one of them in its proper place.  She offers to make a new quilt for any one who can find a point that is not correctly placed.  Mrs. Montgomery enjoyed her birthday today very much.  She had presents of flowers, fruits, candies, cakes, handsome cards from sons, daughters, grandchildren and friends.  One of the most enjoyable presents she had was a large and handsome cake from her great grandchildren,  Wallace and Lois Marietta,  at Parsons, Kansas.  The cake had the picture of these great grandchildren and their mother on it and the letters,  "To Grandma on her 92nd birthday.  "The cake was baked by Van Miles Bros., of Parsons, who certainly run an up-to-date baking establishment for all kinds of products.  We join the relatives and friends in wishing that Mrs. Montgomery may enjoy health and strength and see many more happy birthdays.
Submitted by Barb Huff
* Mary married  Benjamin Fields  in 1843 in Shelby County, Indiana.

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