Shelby  County  Indiana
Newspaper  Articles


The  Indianapolis  Star
July 1, 1915
Page 7   Column 4
          SHELBYVILLE, Ind., June 30. -- On the charge of riot sixteen Shelbyville men will appear for trial in the court of  Mayor Henry Schoelch  at 9 o'clock Thursday morning, July 8, the charge being based on the actions of the men in connection with the gathering of a mob about the jail Saturday midnight when a demonstration was made against police after they had arrested  Reuben Brown.  All of the men entered pleas of not guilty.  Some of them gave bond.  The arrests were made this morning, the warrants being served by  Sheriff Henry Terry  and the four policemen against whom the demonstration was made -- Sergt. John McDonald  and  Patrolmen Jesse Lemmon,  Elmer Mark  and William HuestisJohn Copple, living on South Pine street, refused to open his home on demand of the police and the sheriff was called.  He broke in a door and arrested Copple.  The other fifteen arrested are:  Clifford VanPelt,  Roscoe Montgomery,  Fred Jones,  Arthur Clark,  John Ruff,  James Johnson,  Sanford McColly,  Charles Francisco,  James Becker,  Grover Etchison,  Albert Chueden,  Frank Parker,  Russell (Peanut) Dugan,  Jerome Collins,  Thomas Cooper.
Contributed by Virginia Latta Curulla

The  Shelbyville  Republican
Monday April 22, 1912
Page 1 column 2
Brings A Complaint Against The Woman This Afternoon
And Mentions Walter Wise In The Complaint
Says Their Mother Is An Unfit Person To Care For Them
Deputy Terry Serves Restraining Order
          Albert E. Copple this afternoon through his attorneys, Hord & Adams, brought suit for divorce form his wife, Lula Copple, and he also asks the court to grant him the custody of their six-year-old daughter, Nellie M. Copple, as the mother is not a fit person to have the custody of the child.
          The complaint states that Mrs. Copple’s relations with one Walter Wise are such that he does not care to longer claim her as his wife.  He alleges that his wife has been untrue to him; that she has been in the company of Wise on June 25th, of last year, and on April 20th and 21st, of this year.  A restraining order was issued and served on the woman this afternoon by deputy Sheriff Henry Terry to prevent her from removing anything from her husband’s home, the property belonging to him.  She was found at the home of her brother.  They were married August 31st, 1902 and separated April 21st, 1912.
Contributed by Barb Huff

The  Shelby  Democrat
Thursday, September 7, 1911
          Notice is hereby given that by virtue of a certified copy of a decree to me directed from the clerk of the Circuit Court of Shelby county, Indiana, in a cause, No. 9646, wherein the Homestead Building & Loan Association of Shelbyville, Indiana, is plaintiff, and  John L. Copple and  Alice S. Copple,  husband and wife, are the defendants, requiring me to make the sum of $725.00, with interest thereon and the costs of said action, I will expose at public sale, to the highest bidder, on Saturday, the 16th day of September, 1911, between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. of said day, at the door of the court house, in Shelbyville, Shelby county, Indiana, the rents and profits for a term not exceeding seven years, of the following described real estate, located in the said county of Shelby, and state of Indiana, to-wit:  The west half of lots numbered eight-five (85) and eighty-six (86), on State street, in  George and  Emma C. Ray's addition to the city of Shelbyville.  If such rents and profits will not sell for a sum sufficient to satisfy said decree, interest and costs, I will expose, at the same time and place, at public sale, the fee-simple of said real estate, or so much thereof as necessary to discharge said decree, interest and costs.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

The  Shelby  Democrat
Thursday, April 27, 1911
Page 3   column 1
Trio of Youthful Thieves,
Who Were Caught Yesterday
Morning By Police.
Taken to Plainfield This
Morning By Sheriff Moore
And Truant Officer Jasper
Carlisle -- Trial Was
Held Last Night Before
Special Judge K. M. Hord
(From Thursday's Daily.)
          With that "I don't care" spirit that is observed so often in criminals of the dyed-in-the-wool variety,  James Copple,  aged 14 years;  Albert Tressler,  aged 11 years, and  George Schwartzstrauber,  aged 14 years, boarded the Greensburg Express this morning for Indianapolis on their way to Plainfield, where they will be placed in the boys' reform school.  Sheriff James M. Moore  and Truant Officer  Jasper Carlisle  had charge of the trio.  Sentence on the youths was pronounced by Special Judge K. M. Hord  in juvenile court this morning, following a trial lasting for two hours last night.
          Evidence was introduced at the trial to show that the boys were guilty of committing many thefts.  Special Judge Hord used every means at his commend to sift the charges to the bottom.  More witnesses were introduced that are ordinarily used in cases when the evidence against the accused is so clear.  Attorney  Charles A. Hack  represented the boys while Prosecuting Attorney  Cheney,  assisted by Truant Officer Jasper Carlisle, conducted the prosecution.
          Among the witnesses for the state were Chief of Police Manlove  and Deputy Chief Will Fagel.  The officers told of the startling discovery they made yesterday morning, as stated in the Democrat Wednesday, and of the confessions the lads made afterwards in their presence.  Failure on the part of the parents of the boys to look after them properly was plainly shown by the evidence introduced.  The boys have not been attending school regularly and it was shown that the Schwartzstrauber boy slept each morning until nine or ten o'clock.  His parents claimed that his teacher,  Miss Minnie Collins,  had been guilty of treating him badly, but Superintendent of Schools S. C. Ferrell  said on the witness stand that Miss Collins ranged high as a teacher and no complaints of such character had ever been registered against her.
          After the trial the boys were taken back to jail, where they were confined in the women's department over night.  The seriousness of their offense never seemed to dayn upon them and they frequently shouted at acquaintances who passed along by the jail.  They were still in the same jovial spirit this morning and one of them waved his hand at a friend as he stepped on the car.
          Tressler is a son of  Mr. and Mrs. William Tressler,  of east Mechanic street.  Schwartzstrauber resided on east Jackson street and is a son of  Mr. and Mrs. George Schwartzstrauber,  while Copple is a son of  Mr. and Mrs. Goerge Copple,  of east Pennsylvania street.  Their relatives were at the car to see them off this morning.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

The  Shelby  Democrat
Thursday, December 26, 1905
          Mr. and Mrs. Albert Copple, of east Washington street, are caring for a brand new baby girl, which came early today.  If the baby had been a boy it would have been named  Charles Perry Evert Lantz Copple.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

The  Shelby  Democrat
Thursday, December 22, 1904
Page 4, column 5
Will and Testament of Barbara Copple
State of Indiana, Shelby County, SS:
          Be it known, That on the 17th day of November, 1904, being the 34th judicial day of the October term, 1904, of the Shelby Circuit court, of the county of Shelby, begun, held and continued at the court House in the city of Shelbyville, county of Shelby and State of Indiana, on the second Monday of October, 1904, before the Honorable Douglas Morris, Judge of said Court, the following proceedings were had in the cause of  Anna J. Ferris,  Sarah F. Ferris,  Elixia E. Wickliff,  Roda A. Ferris  and  Scintha Ferris  VS  Enos P. Copple,  and  Enos P. Copple, executor of the will of  Barbara Copple, deceased.  Decree.
          Now comes the plaintiffs in the above entitled cause by counsel and the motion heretofore filed by the defendants is submitted to the court for decision and the court being sufficiently advised in the premises over-rules said motion, to which ruling of the court the defendants excepts and are given ninety days to file a bill of exceptions herein.
          It is therefore ordered and decreed by the court that the instrument in writing bearing the date, March 9th, A.D., 1898, purporting to be the last will and testament of Barbara Copple, deceased, and admitted to probate by the clerk of the Shelby Circuit court on the blank day of August, A.D., 1903, as the last will and testament of Barbara Copple, deceased, be and the same is hereby adjudged invalid, void, and of no force and effect and that said will and probate thereof heretofore granted, is hereby set aside and held for nought.
          The clerk of this court is ordered to record this judgement of the revocation of said will in the proper records of wills and cause notice thereof to be issued and served upon the defendants amd published in a weekly newspaper as required by law, and tax the expense thereof as a part of the costs of this proceeding, all of which is ordered and adjudged by the court.

State of Indiana, County of Shelby, SS:
          I, M. O. Sillivan, clerk of the Shelby Circuit Court, in the State of Indiana, do hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and complete copy of the proceedings and judgement of said Court, as to the revocation of the will and testament of Barbara Copple, deceased, and the order to the clerk of this court as to the record, and the issuance of notice thereof, had and entered in the above entitled cause on the day and year first aforesaid, as appears of record in my office.
          In testimony whereof, I hereunto subscribe my name and affix the seal of said court, at my office in the city of Shelbyville, the 30th day of November, 1904.
M.O. Sullivan   ( SEAL )
Submitted by Barb Huff

The  Daily  Evening  Democrat
Monday, March 26, 1883
L  O  C  A  L      N  E  W  S
          Enos Copple  and  Jim Snider  had a terrific fight up in Van Buren township Friday evening, during which Snider struck Copple over the head with an iron bar, cutting him up badly.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

The  Daily  Evening  Democrat
Thursday, October 19, 1882
          We are sorry to learn that our old Democratic friend,  John Copple,  of Marion township, contemplates moving to Missouri soon.  Mr. Copple is one of our best citizens, and our best wishes go out to him in his future home.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

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