Shelby  County  Indiana
Newspaper  Articles


The  Shelbyville  News
Saturday, July 3, 1976
Revolutionary War drummer boy's grave near Flat Rock
(Last of a Series) By ANTHONY SEED
          Appropriate day for the announcement of  discovery.  The day prior to our country's 200 birthday -- day to tell of the grave of a Revolutionary War soldier.  Buried in Shelby County near Flat Rock; burial never been recorded officially.
          The grave sits under a tree with only half the gravestone still standing nearby.
          Moris VanWay, a 76-year-old Shelbyville resident, remembers sitting under the tree as a small boy.  He took this reporter back to the spot earlier this week.
          Grave is on the farm of  Garnet Hamilton on S.R. 252 just west of Flat Rock.
          The half gravestone remaining reads  "Job Pope, May 16th, 1766, died…" The other half of the stone, according to VanWay, explained where Job Pope had died and the fact that he had served in the Revolutionary War as a drummer boy.
          Pope would have been 10 years old, and he survived the war.  It was not uncommon for young boys to serve in the army.
          Site about half a mile off the road, overlooking open pasture, side of  hill.  There are 12 known Revolutionary War soldiers buried in Shelby County, according to the Shelby County library.  Job Pope is not listed with them.
          John Porter, a 70-year-old Flat Rock resident,  Dr. V. B. Scott, a retired Shelbyville physician, and Van Way made the trip to the grave.
          Grave is located on old Porter property, belonged to  John Porter's father.  Porter remembered his father having once written down the info about the stone.
          Across the street from the Hamilton farm lives  Albert Porter,  Job Porter's cousin.  Porter searched an old barn on Albert's property, finding the date of  Job Pope's death, 1832, age 76 years old at death.
          The plaque in the library, dated 1923, lists 12 men buried in this county to actually have fought or participated in the Revolutionary War.  Now twelve.
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Photograph of  Job Pope's burial marker

The  Shelbyville  Republican
January 22, 1948
Fire Damages
Motor Terminal

          An undetermined amount of property owned by the Lucas Motor Freight Company, of Shelbyville, and two other trucking firms was destroyed today in a two-alarm fire at the Indiana Motor Freight trminal[sic] at Indianapolis.  Spokesmen for the Lucas concern said they were unable to learn immediately just how much of the company's property was involved in the blaze.
          The fire broke out at the loading dock at the terminal this morning, and firemen said three big overland trucks and a quantity of inflammable merchandise were afire.  They saved 47 other trucks which were parked nearby.
          A fireman and a police sergeant were injured while efforts were being made to bring the flames under control.  The fireman, Roy Pope, Jr., was but by falling glass, and the policeman, Robert Smith, was injured when he slipped and fell on the ice from water poured on the burning dock.
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The  Shelbyville  Democrat
15 Nov 1945
Ora R. Pope Suffers Severe Burns;
Eight Children Are Rescued
          A Liberty township man was in critical condition at the Major Hospital today as the result of first and second degree burns suffered in an explosion and fire at his home one and one-half miles southeast of Waldron early this morning.  The injured man is  Ora. R. Pope,  45, an employee of the Chambers Corporation here.  Hospital attaches said he suffered severe burns on both arms when a can of coal oil exploded as he was preparing to build a fire in a stove.  The explosion and fire occurred at 6:15 o'clock and the county fire truck received the alarm five minutes later from a neighbor of the Pope family,  Mrs. Ed Small.  While Mrs. Small was summoning the fire apparatual [sic--?], Mr. Small rushed to the Pope home and battled the flames.
          The Pope home was occupied at the time by the injured man and his wife, their six children and two other children.  It was reported that all the children were on the second floor of the residence when the fire started and that Mr. Pope ran outside and caught each of the youngest [sic--?--youngsters?] as they dropped from a window.  Rescue of the children was conducted by Mr. Pope in spite of his injuries.  He was taken by his wife to the office of Dr. J. E. Keeling at Waldron and then brought in Loren H. Murphy Ambulance to the Hospital.
          Fire damage to the home was estimated tentatively at approximately $1,200 and was confined to the living room and dining room.  Damage to furnishings amounted to approximately $500, it was reported.  The home which is owned by the occupants, and furnishings covered by insurance.
Betty's notes:  There were several typographical errors in this typed copy of the obituary.  Most were evident and easy to fix, but I wasn't sure about these two words.
Contributed by Phyllis Fleming and  Betty Kitchen

The  Shelbyville  Republican
Friday April 24, 1925
          Clarence Pope, of Flat Rock, has filed a complaint for a divorce against  Angeline Pope, in the Shelby Circuit Court.  Cheney and Tolen are attorneys for the plaintiff.
          The couple was married June 1, 1922, and separated April 24, 1924.  Mr. Pope charges that his wife abandoned him.  He states that he has two children by a former marriage, and that his wife for eighteen months had shown intense hatred for the children.  The husband charges that his wife told him that she hated him and the children.  Mr. Pope alleges that the children went to school several mornings without their breakfast.
Contributed by Barb Huff

The  Shelbyville  Volunteer
Thursday January 26, 1871
Page 3 column 3
For Record, For The Week
Ending Tuesday Evening, January 24, 1871
          Elijah E. Pope  and wife to  Madison Kelly, part South East ½ Section 4 Township 14 Range 7.  $400.00
Contributed by Barb Huff

The  Shelby  Union  Banner
May 12, 1864
Page 2, col 4
Shelby County,                     }
In the Common Pleas Court, July Term, 1864.
Virginia Fay,               }
Hiram Fay,                 }
Caroline Pope,           }
John Pope,                  }
Horace Stewart,          } Complaint
Benjamin T. Stewart, } for
              vs.                 } Partition.
Permelia A. Roberts,   }
James Roberts,            }
Tazwell Stewart,         }
William A. Stewart.     }

Be it remembered, that on this 25th day of April, A.D. 1864, the plaintiffs, by David, Wright & Green, their attorneys, filed in the Clerk's office of the Common Pleas Court of said county, their petition in the before entitled action, and also the affidavit of competent person that said defendants, Wm. A. Stewart, Permelia A. Roberts, and James Roberts, are non-residents of the Stat of Indiana: said defendants are therfore notified of the filing and pendency of said petition, and they are hereby each required to personally be and appear before the Judge of said Court, on the first day of the next term thereof, to be held at the Court House in the city of Shelbyville, Shelby county, Indiana, on the first Monday of July A.D. 1864, and then and there answer or demur to said petition, or the matters and things therein contained will be heard in their absence and decided upon accordingly.
Attest: ALONZO BLAIR, Clerk.
D. W. & G. for pl'ffs.
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