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A  Shelbyville, Indiana,  Newspaper
Monday, September 7, 1959
Mr. and Mrs. John Neeb,  RR 6, Blue Ridge, celebrating their 65th wedding anniversary today.  Mr. Neeb also observing 90th birthday.  No special celebration -- Mr. Neeb is bedfast.  Family members and close friends called to offer congratulations.  Large cake was baked and served to callers.  Parents of nine children.
Submitted by T Nugent
Summarized by Phyllis Miller Fleming

The  Shelbyville  Republican
Monday, April 27, 1936
S O C I E T Y    N E W S
Frances Phares, Society Editor
Telephone No. O-N-E.
Local  News  Items
          Merle Neeb, who has been a patient at the Major hospital for the past week following a mastoid operation, was removed to his home in Union township, near Manilla, this morning in the Loren H. Murphy ambulance.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

The  Shelby  Democrat
December 31, 1891
Page 3
          Uncle Peter Neeb,  one of the oldest citizens of this county, and who is 96 years of age, has returned from Illinois, and is living with his son-in-law,  William Hill,  near Prescott.  Mr. Neeb is as spry as many a man of thirty and gives promise of living to reach the century mark.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

The  Shelby  Democrat
December 18, 1890
Page 1   column 7
After Two Years of Separation.
Indianapolis Sentinel of 15th.
          About three years ago beautiful  Minnie Hackney,  a romantic young girl, lived with her grandfather.  Mr. L. J. Hackney,  was her adopted father, at Columbus, Ind.  Mr. Hackney owned one of the leading hostleries in Columbus and Miss Minnie's handsome face and figure attracted many guests to the hotel.  Among them was  Mr. L. O. Freeman  of Terre Haute, who fell at once a victim to Miss Hackney's winsome smiles and pretty face.  It was the old, old story -- a case of love at first sight, and a short time afterward a runaway marriage was the result.  When the clandestine alliance was discovered, however, forgiving relatives blessed the matrimony and love's young dream ran smoothly on until a beautiful baby girl was born to bless the union.  Then it was that that inexplicable something of which poets never make any account; caused love to fly off at a tangent and Mr. Freeman became less attentive to his young wife.  In a short time a separation was mutually agreed upon.  The baby was sent to an aunt near Greencastle.  Mrs. Freeman returned to her grandfather at Columbus, and her husband went back to Terre Haute.
          This condition of affairs lasted for some time.  Finally, however, a mother's keen love for her offspring began to dominate the heart of Mrs. Freeman, and she determined to have her baby, grown into a beautiful child of two years, brought to her.  Accordingly grandfather Hackney left Columbus last Friday, his mission being to go to Greencastle, get the child and place her in her mother's protecting care.
          Freeman, hearing of the proposed change from a friend in Columbus, determined to come to this city, to see Mr. Hackney on his homeward hourney, and in one way or another, get possession of his child.
          He arrived here Saturday morning and in the restlessness of his disposition, confided his intention to some persons at the Union Station.  He proposed to take the child if he had to do so by main force.
          The domestic tout ensemble was destined to assume a very complex shape before the day was over.  Mrs. Freeman, yearning to clasp her darling in her arms once more, without confiding her intentions to anyone, boarded the train at Columbus Saturday morning and came on to this city to meet her grandfather.  When the O., I. & W. train bearing Mr. Hackney and the child, rolled into the Union station, Mrs. Freeman appeared at the waiting room door and, without even casting a second glance at her husband, who stood in plain view, she swooped down upon her grandfather as he passed through the iron gates and snatching her daughter from him clutched her tightly in her arms.  Mr. Freeman stood by drinking in the scene and as h did so his courage oozed out at his finger's ends. He did not have the heart or mayhaps the hardihood to attempt to tear his child from its mother's arms.
          However, he mustered sufficient courage to approach his wife and her grandfather and for hours all walked up and down the promenade engaged in deep conversation the outgrowth of which was looked for with great interest by a few onlookers, who had an inkling of the ture state of affairs.  Sometime in the afternoon, as a happy finale to two years of domestic infelicity, the entire party repaired to the Spencer house, where husband and wife registed[sic] under their true title of "Mr. and Mrs. L. O. Freeman, of Terre Haute."  The reunion was blessed by the aged grandfather, and contented in the thought of future happiness, the party left Saturday evening for their respective homes.
          Mrs. Freeman's identity was never established until recently.  Mrs. Hackney took her to raise, from a widow at Indianapolis, when she was but three years of age.  The widow refused to tell who the child was, but she grew to womanhood and proved a kind and affectionate daughter.  After her marriage to Mr. Freeman, Minnie's father, who is  Jacob Neeb,  of this city, disclosed his relationship to her.  He had separated from his wife when Minnie was an infant, and she never knew, nor did Mr. and Mrs. Hackney ever know, the names of her parents.  The latter is still alive, but the mother's whereabouts are unknown to the writer.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

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