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The  Shelby  Democrat
Thursday August 3, 1911
          Mrs. Margaret A. Carey,  of Fairland, has filed suit in the Shelby superior court against her husband  Thomas B. Carey,  asking that he be compelled to contribute twenty-five dollars her month toward the support of herself and their daughter,  Lucille,  aged fifteen years, and that they be given an additional $500 at the time judgment is rendered on the complaint.  Mrs. Carey alleges that her husband deserted her June 26, 1911, and that he has since refused to live with her or contribute toward her support.  They were married November 18, 1893. The complaint was filed Thursday evening by Wray & Campbell.
Contributed by Barb Huff

The  Shelby  Democrat
May 11, 1911
Page 2   column 3 - 4
Thomas Benton Carey, the
Famous Correspondent of
The Democrat at Fairland
Quietly Celebrates Another
Milestone in Life's
Journey -- Splendid Record
in the Civil War -- Is Dean
of the Democrats Correspondents.
(From Thursday's Daily.)
          The nom de plum of "Gid" is familiar to the reader of the Democrat as the paper itself.  The personality of the bearer is so well-known that thousands of residents in Shelby and adjoining counties think of T. B. Carey as "Gid," and many hundreds in speaking to him always address Mr. Carey by his pen name.
          Today, Thomas Benton Carey is quietly celebrating the seventy-second milestone in the hourney of life at his cozy home in Fairland.  There is no resident of Shelby county who is better known or more universlaly loved than Bent Carey.  Endowned with a quick appreciative mind, bearing a personality that is quick to make and long holds friendships, always willing to aid a friend, charitable to a point that works injury to himself, Bent Carey richly deserved the friendship and esteem of his legions of friends and followers.
          Thomas Benton Carey was born in Virginia, May 4, 1839.  The section in which he first saw the light of day is now Brooks county, West Virginia.  With his parents, he came to Fairland in 1851.  The town of Fairland then consisted of only four or five houses.  Having a fine intellect and being ambious, he secured a splendid education under adverse circumstances.
          His boyhood and young manhood was occupied by farm work until the firing on Fort Sumter aroused the fighting blood of the stripling, and within ten days of that event, Bent Carey had enlisted in Company H, Sixteenth Regiment Indiana Volunteer Infantry, under the command of  Capt. William Judkins.  His command was sent east and saw its first service in Maryland and Virginia.  The worth of Mr. Carey in army life was soon apparent.  Beginning as a private, he was quickly promoted to the rank of orderly sergeant, which rank he held until the company's enlistment expried in May, 1862.  But one year of army service was not sufficient for him, when he considered that his country needed soldiers, so he assisted in recruiting and enlisting in Company F, Seventeenth Regiment Indiana Volunteer Infantry, which entered the service under the command of  General Benjamin F. Harrison.  Mr. Carey was made second lieutenant and afterwards was promoted to the first lieutenancy for meritorious service.  During the winter of 1864, he assisted in recruiting the Ninth Indiana Cavalry and was elected to the captaincy, but was unable to pass the medical examination on account of erysipelas.  If his physical condition prevented him from being the leader of the company, Uncle Sam still needed privates, so, nothing daunted, he reenlisted as a private in Company G, One Hundred Forty-eighth Regiment Indiana Volunteer Infantry, with which he served until the war was over.  Mr. Carey was detailed as company clerk and was honorably discharged at Nashville, Tenn., in July, 1865.
          After his stirring war experience, Mr. Carey returned to Fairland, and for many years followed the trade of carpenter and painter, which work he, at length, was compelled to abandone because of ill-health.  He served the peopel of Brandywine township ten years as justice-of-peace, and has been a notary public for more than a quarter of a centruy.  He served a term as deputy sheriff under  Albert McCorkle.  He has also served several Indiana General Assemblies in the capacity of engrossing clerk.  He was made a Mason in Sugar Creek Lodge, No. 279, at Fairland, and has filed all of the important chairs.  Until it became extinct, he was a member of the Jerry Odell Post, Grand Army of the Republic, at Fairland, and served as its commander.  He is now a member of Dumont Post, No. 18, G.A.R., of Shelbyville, and takes an important part in its proceedings.  Mr. Carey was one of the charter members of Ozark Tribe, Impd, O.R.M., at Fairland.
          Mr. Carey is proud of his long residence in Fairland, and enjoys the title of "oldest and only original inhabitant alive of Fairland."  While seventy-two years of age today, Bent Carey would still enlist in a war, if any one says anything detrimental about Fairland.
          There is scarcely a reason for saying that Mr. Carey is a democrat in politics.  His long leadership in the party, his writings on behalf of democratic principles are so well known that hardly a school boy exists but who knows that Bent Barey is a Jacksonian democrat.  His services have always been at the command of his party's organization, and many democratic victories in Shelby county have been due to the earnest work of Mr. Carey and his friends.
          Mr. Carey began writing for the Shelby Volunteer, afterward merged into the Shelby Democrat, while in army life in 1861, and he has been on the staff of the paper ever since.  His weekly contributions to the Democrat are probably more widely read than any other article in the papers.  During the time, recently while Mr. Carey was assessing the real estate values of Brandywine township, his letters did not appear in the Democrat.  This fact made trouble for the office.  People would call at the office and ask and telephone messages came in.  "Why don't Gid's letters appear in your paper?"  This conclusively proves the popularity of "Gid's Epistles."  The Democrat cheerfully bears witness that one of the main factors in its popularity with the people of Shelby county is Gid's weekly letters.
          The Democrat congratulates Gid upon being seventy-two years young.  His jovial disposition will never permit him to be old if he lives to round out a century.  It hopes that he will be spared for many years, and that each recurring birthday will be happier than the preceding one. Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

The  Shelby  Democrat
March 28, 1895
Page 3
          A young lady arrived at the home of  Mr. and Mrs. T. B. Carey,  in Fairland, Saturday morning, in time for breakfast, and was given a hearty welcome by "Gid" and his estimable wife.  The bright vermillion color on the northern horizon this morning was suggestive of a destructive fire in the vicinity of Fairland, but it was nothing more than "Gid" going to work with his paint brush and bucket.  Of course the little lady can't vote, but if she could, her corner would be the one occupied by the rooster.  To Mr. and Mrs. Carey the Democrat extends congratulations, and hopes that their daughter may grow to lovely womanhood and bless their household with continuous sunshine.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

The  Shelbyville  Democrat
October 8, 1891
Page 3
          Our old friend and bright correspondent at Fairland, Mr.  T. B. Carey,  has accepted a position on the White Water railroad under  B. S. Sutton, Esq., and has entered upon his duties at Connersville.  Mr. Carey has fine clerical ability, and we trust he will be eminently successful in his new field.  But the readers of the Democrat will miss his graceful letters.
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