The  Shelbyville  News
April 8, 2003
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James H. Addison, 77, of Gwynneville, died Monday, April 7, 2003.
Born May 27, 1925, in Greenfield, s/o  Lester and Helen (Bingham) Addison.  Married  Mary Joan Wilcoxon on April 23, 1948, and she survives.
Survivors include one son, James Michael Addison  of Nineveh; two grandchildren, Michael A. Addison  of Gwynneville and  Lesley A. Addison  of Nineveh; and one great-granddaughter, Summer A. Addison  of Nineveh.
Preceded in death by one brother, Robert Addison.
Engineer for General Electric for 17 years, retiring in 1972.
Graduated in 1943 from Morristown High School.
U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, serving in Australia and the Philippines.
Morristown Masonic Lodge, American Legion and Gwynneville Christian Church.
Frazier Funeral Home, 124 E. North St. in Morristown.
Gwynneville Christian Church in Gwynneville, with the Rev. Perry Booso officiating.
Hanover Cemetery, with military rites conducted by local veterans organizations.
Contributed by Jill Knitl
Summarized by Phyllis Miller Fleming


The  Shelbyville  News
Thursday, December 27, 1951
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ULYSSIS  ADDISON,  83,    
        DIES  IN  NURSING  HOME
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          Funeral services will be held Sunday at 2:00 p.m. at the Moffitt Funeral Home in Knightstown for  Ulyssis Addison, 83, who died Friday at the McGraw Nursing Home at Fountaintown.  Burial will be in the Knightstown cemetery.  Friends may call at any time.
          Mr. Addison was a farmer and had lived near Morristown for several years.  He had been making his home with a nephew  C. D. Springer  of Greenfield.  He is also survived by a sister,  Miss Gertrude Addison  of Greenfield.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming


The  Shelbyville  Republican
February 6, 1945
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FORMER  GWYNNEVILLE  RESIDENT  SUCCUMBS
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Miss Lillie Addison Dies in Hospital
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          Coronary occlusion caused the death of  Miss Lillie Addison, Sunday at 12:30 p.m., at the Methodist hospital in Indianapolis.
          Miss Addison was born in Shelby county on March 28, 1885, the daughter of  Milton and Rachel (Moore) Addison.  She had spent the greater part of her life in the Gwynneville community until moving to Indianapolis several years ago.
          Surviving are two sisters,  Mrs. Mary Collins, of Gwynneville, and  Mrs. Frona Poston, of Indianapolis.
          Funeral services will be held at 2:00 o'clock today at the L. V. Hauk funeral home.  Interment will be made in Asbury cemetery.  Friends may call at the funeral home at any time.
Copied by Phyllis Miller Fleming


The  Shelbyville  Republican
Saturday, May 11, 1940
Page 8, column 5
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RITES  SET  SUNDAY  FOR  DAVID  ADDISON
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          Funeral services for David Addison, longtime resident of Morristown, whose death occurred Thursday night at the home of his daughter,  Mrs. Mae Larrison, will be held at 3:30 p.m. Sunday at the late residence.  His death was due to complications. Born in Rush county in 1868, Mr. Addison was the son of  Mr. and Mrs. John Addison.  His wife  Bessie Addison, preceded him in death in September 1935.  Besides the daughter at whose home he died, he is survived by one son,  Howard Addison, of Morristown; two daughters,  Mrs. Freda Harrison, of Fountaintown;  Mrs. Opal Williams, of Greenfield; two sisters, Miss Lillian Addison, of Gwynneville;  Mrs. Olive Anderson, of Greenfield; one brother,  James Addison, of near Fountaintown, and three grandchildren.  [Buried Asbury Cemetery.]
Submitted by Barb Huff


The  Shelbyville  Republican
Wednesday, September 11, 1935
Page 1, column 2
LORA  ADDISON  DIES  AT  HOME
Funeral Services Will Be at Home In Morristown Thursday Afternoon
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          Mrs. Lora Bessie Addison, 48 years old, wife of  David Addison, died at her home in Morristown at 3:00 o'clock Tuesday afternoon after a five weeks illness.  Surviving are the husband; three daughters,  Mrs. Opal L. Williams, of Greenfield,  Mrs. Mae Lowe, and  Freda Addison, at home; one son,  Howard D. Addison; four brothers, Howard Robb, of Indianapolis, William, of Rockport, Illinois, Bert and John Robb, of Decatur, Illinois.  Private funeral services will be conducted at the home at 2:00 O'clock Thursday afternoon with the Rev. Loy Snow, pastor of the Morristown Church of the Nazarene, officiating.  Burial will be in Asbury cemetery in charge of L. V. Hauk.  Friends may call at the home at anytime until the hour of the funeral.
Submitted by Barb Huff


The  Shelbyville  Republican
Friday November 5, 1915
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HERMITT  OF  SHELBY  COUNTY  DROPPED  DEAD
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Joseph Addison Stricken While Eating a Meal In Saloon This Afternoon
Served In War Against Indians
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          Joseph Addison, known for years as “The Shelby County Hermit,” dropped dead this afternoon at three o'clock while standing in the saloon in East Washington street formerly owned by  Oscar Williams.  Addison was standing at the bar eating a meal which he had just ordered, when he suddenly became ill and fell backwards.  He was caught by  Garrett Phillips.  Addison died in Phillips' arms.
          A short time ago “Joe” as he was familiarly known, was granted a pension by the government.  He served in the United States army during the time the government was waging war against the Indians of the West.  He was for a time under General Custer.  At the time of the massacre, Addison had been sent by the General with a message to another detachment.
          For years he occupied a log hut in Marion township, north of Shelbyville.  The house was on the banks of Blue River, which he knew like a book.  “Joe” was known as the best fisherman in the county, being able to catch a fish where there were none.  He roamed through the fields and woods hunting, fishing, and trapping.  His skins he would bring to Shelbyville to sell.
          Some time ago, through the efforts of his friends he was granted a pension for his services in the army.  Since that time he has been living in Shelbyville.
          A short time ago Addison underwent an operation in an Indianapolis hospital.  This left him in a weakened condition.  A few minutes before he died, he told one of his companions that he intended to go to Indianapolis Saturday to prepare for a second operation.
Ibid.
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Saturday November 6, 1915
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ATTEMPT  TO  FIND  ADDISON'S  MONEY
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Was Known To Have Cashed Pension Check For Fifty-One Dollars Thursday
And Had But Four Dollars Friday
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          Friends of the late  Joseph Addison, who dropped dead Friday afternoon while eating a lunch, are attempting to discover what he did with fifty-one dollars, which he was known to have had Friday morning.  When the body was taken in charge by the undertaker Friday, immediately after the death, $4.75 was found in the man's clothes.  No other money was to be found on the person of the man.
          Addison received his pension check from the United States government Thursday.  The check called for fifty-one dollars.  He is known to have cashed the check and to have received the money at the First National Bank.  After he left there, his movements have not been closely traced.  He is known to have had the money Thursday night, that information having been given by a counter man in the Beanery, where Addison had a lunch.
          The funeral services will be held Sunday afternoon at three o'clock in the chapel at Forest Hill cemetery, the Rev. W.F. Wykoff, pastor of the First M. E. church, officiating.  Burial will be made in Forest Hill cemetery.
Ibid.
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Monday November 8, 1915
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CORONER  FILES  VERDICT
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Says Death of Joseph Addison Resulted From Heart Trouble
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          Acute dilation of the heart is assigned as the cause of the death of  Joseph Addison, The Shelby County Hermit, who died suddenly while eating a lunch in the local saloon Friday.  Bert Bright,  Garrett Phillips  and  George Henry  were examined as witnesses by the coroner.
Contributed by Barb Huff  for Lora Radiches

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