The  Shelbyville  Daily  Democrat
May 19, 1899
Page 1
          Congressman James E. Watson  was here to-day from Rushville.  Mr. Watson is looking well.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

The  Daily  Republican
Friday, July 18, 1884
          A day or so past the family of  Robert Watson,  in Greensburg, bought some canned beef at a provision store and used it for a meal.  Shortly after partaking of it one of the family became seriously sick, vomiting and convulsed with pain.  A physician was sent for.  Before he got there two others were taken with the same symptoms.  Then the one who went for the doctor was taken sick, making four in all.  The symptoms were those of poisoning.  It is thought that they will recover, though after a close call.  Persons who buy and sell canned meats should know what they are handling.  Mr. Watson was formerly a resident of Shelbyville, being born and raised here.  Mrs. Dollman,  his mother is now a resident of this city, and resides on West South street.
Copied by Phyllis Miller Fleming

The  Shelby  Democrat
Thursday, April 17, 1879
Page 3, column 5
          Friday, April 11, was the 84th birthday of  Mr. Thomas Watson,  of Washington township, and his friends and relatives availed themselves of the occasion to give the old gentleman a surprise dinner.  Seventy-five persons in all were present, including two of his children, Mr. William Watson and  Mrs. Sarah E. Hupp, sixteen grandchildren, and ten great grandchildren.  Fifteen grandchildren and five great grandchildren were absent.  Among those present fifty years old and over, were the following persons:  Mrs. Keturah Green, aged 78;  Wm. Clark, 67, and his wife, 64; William Watson, 63 and his wife 62; Martin Stevens, 59, and his wife, 50; Jacob Taylor, 58;  Mrs. Sarah E. Hupp, 53, and  E. K. Parrish, 53.
          Mr. Thomas Watson was born in 1795 near Cynthiana, Kentucky, first moved to Ohio in 1797, and thence came to Indiana in November, 1846.  On the 18th of September, 1843, he enlisted for the war of that period, but owning to some misunderstanding among the officers, the company was disbanded within a month after enlistment.  So Mr. Watson, though he can boast of having been a soldier of '42, did not get to fight the "blarsted Britishers."  He has always proved himself a good citizen, and now approaches the decline of life, in the enjoyment of the respect of a large number of acquaintances, and the esteem of many friends.  His son William lives at Kokomo, this State, and another son, John Watson, also resides in Howard county.
Submitted by Barb Huff

The  Shelby  Union  Banner
Thursday August 6, 1863
          Rev. Turk  preached the funeral of young  Mr. Monroe, a soldier who had died in the army fighting for his country.  Young Thomas Watson came to the church during the service wearing on his bosom a copperhead.  A soldier named  Joseph Williams who was in attendance, deliberately took the young gentleman out to one side and took the emblem from his bosom and stamped the thing under his feet.  The young man greatly indignant attempted to draw a revolver and was warned against doing so by Joseph.  At this juncture the young Conners were about to give aid to Watson when another sided in with Joseph Williams.  Watson and the Conners withdrew without further trouble.  Watson's father  William Watson  was considered a strong Union patriot.

The  Shelby  Volunteer
Thursday August 13, 1863
          A witness at the trouble last Sunday at the Winchester Church had sent a letter signed "saw it done."  He stated that a young man named  Watson had displayed a trinket which he called a copperhead and a soldier present in the crowd outside of the church had taken affront at the trinket and seized young Watson and had taken it from him.  Excitement had grown among the onlookers when Mr. Watson, an uncle of the young man had requested that the crowd disperse and not fight there.  Two young Conners and Mr. Watson were mentioned on one side of the argument and  Shelby Stafford  and  John M. Tindall  on the other side.  The latter had picked up a large rock.  Joe Williams was given as the name of the soldier that had seized the badge or trinket.  Rev. Turk was the preacher at the church on that day.
Contributed by Barb Huff

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