Shelby  County  Indiana


The  Shelbyville  News
Tuesday, July 20, 1976

          George W. Alley,  R.R.1, Waldron, owner and operator of the George W. Alley Lumber Co., R.R. 1, St. Paul, died today t 1:45 a.m. in Methodist Hospital, Indianapolis.  He had been in serious condition since May 13 when he reportedly drove his pickup truck over a five-foot embankment into a pond.
          Mr. Alley, who founded the Alley Lumber Company in 1924, was a member of the St. Paul Christian Church and Shelby County Shrine Club.  He was a 50-year member of the Waldron Chapter, Order of Eastern Star; Waldron Chapter F. and A.M., Waldron Masonic Lodge; Murat Shrine, Indianapolis, and Baldwin Commandery, Shelbyville.
          Services will be Thursday at 2:00 p.m. at the Glen E. George Funeral Home in St. Paul, with the  Rev. James H. Horner  officiating assisted by the  Rev. Bill Horner.  Burial will be in Van Pelt Cemetery.  Friends may call at the funeral home after 4:00 p.m. Wednesday.
          Born April 19, 1892, in Decatur County, Mr. Alley was the son of  Joshua and  Sophia (Wright) Alley.  He married  Esther Beagle  June 24, 1916, and she survives.
          Also surviving are two daughters,  Mrs. Wilbur (Alice Gail) Sadler,  R.R.1, St. Paul, and  Mrs. Robert D. (Ruth) Marshall,  Shelbyville, one son,  Samuel J. Alley,  R.R.1, St. Paul, nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
          One son died at birth and one sister preceded in death.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

The  Shelbyville  Republican
Friday December 12, 1941
          A heart attack caused the sudden death, at 2:55 a.m. Thursday of  Mrs. Sophia E. Alley, age 78, lifelong resident of Shelby county. Mrs. Alley had not been ill and her unexpected death came as a distinct shock to a wide circle of friends and acquaintances. She died at the home of her son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Hardy Thorp, with whom she resided in Noble township.
          She was born in Noble township August 3, 1863, the daughter of  George and Mary Avery Wright.  Following her mother’s death when she was nine years of age her father was married to  Ellen Short.  They preceded her in death.  In 1887 she was married to  Joshua S. Alley,  who died in 1920.
          Surviving with the daughter at whose home she died are one son, George W. Alley, of Noble township; one brother, Albert Wright, of Waldron, and five grandchildren, Ruth and  Samuel Alley,  Mrs. Alice Gail Sadler,  Mrs. Marian Wiley and  Gladys Thorp.  One brother,  Frank Wright preceded her in death.
          Mrs. Alley was a member of the St. Paul Christian church where funeral services will be held Saturday at 1:30 p.m., with the Rev. E. L. Ford, of this city, officiating.  Burial will be made in the VanPelt cemetery in charge of Charles M. Ewing.
Contributed by Barb Huff

The  Shelbyville  Republican
Saturday, April 12, 1930
(daily paper)
C. P. ALLEY, WELL        
          Commodore P. Alley, 75 years old, well known to nearly all Shelbyville residents through his activity as a gardener, died at the home of one of his daughters, Mrs. William Fookes, 454 West Washington street, at 10:25 o'clock Friday evening, after a long illness.  Mr. Alley spent practically all his life in Shelbyville.  He was born near Milford, Decatur county, June 15, 1854, and was the last of a family of eight children.  His marriage to  Miss Martha Ellen Cherry  occurred January 11, 1877.  Mrs. Alley preceded him in death 23 years ago.  Five children, three of whom survive, were born to them.  They are:  Mrs. Fookes, at whose home the death occurred;  Mrs. John Bennett, of Shelbyville, and  George Alley, of Philadelphia.  Ten grandchildren and one great-grandchild also survive.  Mr. Alley was a member of the First Christian church for many years.  He was a graduate of Hartsville College, which existed many years ago in Bartholomew county.  Funeral services will be held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Fookes on West Washington street, Monday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock, Rev. Paul Million officiating.  Burial will be in the family lot in Forest Hill cemetery, C.F. Fix and Son in charge.
Contributed by Nancy Vance Glover

The  Shelby  Democrat
Thursday April 29, 1920
JOSHUA  S. ALLEY            
            DEAD  AT  WALDRON
Prominent Citizen of County        
        Passed Away Thursday Night
(From Friday’s Daily)
          Joshua S. Alley, influential resident of Noble township, died suddenly at his home in Waldron Thursday evening at 10:30 o’clock. His death is believed to have been caused from a weakened heart which resulted from a shock he received three weeks ago when he fell while on a wagon. His death comes with such suddenness that it can hardly be realized. He had been out of the house a number of times since the accident and seemingly had suffered no ill effects from the experience.
          Mr. Alley was born in Decatur county, April 15, 1853, the son of  Samuel B. and  Nancy (Selby) Alley. At his death he was aged 67 years and 7 days. He was reared in Decatur county, working on his father’s farm and attending the district schools during his youth. He also attended Hartsville college and received a good education.
          For his life work, Mr. Alley chose farming and his career has been eminently successful and lucrative. He was an extensive landowner of the county, a hard worker and excellent manager. In all matters he was fully abreast of the times and was a man sought on all questions of importance. He was a member of the St. Paul Christian church and at the age of twenty-one became a member of the Free and Accepted Masons, No. 94, Milford, Indiana; later he changed his member ship to the Waldron lodge.
          Mr. Alley was united in marriage with Miss Sophia Wright, daughter of George W. Wright, on September 1, 1887, and two children were born to the union, they surviving with the widow. The son is  George W. Alley  and the daughter,  Mrs. Ethel Thompson,  both of Shelby county. Mr. Alley had always been a devoted husband and father and his life was one of broad-minded thoughts.  There are two sisters,  Mrs. Ida Howard  and  Mrs. C. M. Wonderly, and one brother,  Jonathan Alley,  all of Decatur county.
          The funeral will be held Sunday afternoon at 2 o’clock from the Waldron Baptist church, Rev. Burns officiating. The burial will be made in the Ogden cemetery, in charge of Ralph J. Edwards, undertaker.
Contributed by Barb Huff

The  Shelbyville  Daily  Democrat
Thursday, April 26, 1906
          Martha Ellen Alley, wife of  C. P. Alley, died at their residence on Franklin avenue at 11:15 p.m. Wednesday, April 25, at the age of forty-nine years, six months and twenty days, of paralysis.  Mrs. Alley was born and reared in this county.  She was a daughter of  Mr. and Mrs. Eli Cherry, of Shelby township.  She was married to C. P. Alley in 1877 and their wedded lives have been crowned with peace, love and happiness.  She was a woman of loving, kind and amiable disposition, highly respected by all who knew her, and her death comes as a shock to her relatives and many friends.  Four children were born to this union.  The husband and three children, Della Fooks,  Grace Bennett  and  George Alley, her father and mother, survive her.  She joined the Pleasant Grove Christian church many years ago and has lived the life of a Christian woman.  She was also a member of the Pocahontas lodge of this city and her funeral will be under the auspices of that lodge.  The funeral will be held at the house at 2:00 o'clock p.m. Sunday, April 29, the Rev. H. H. Harmon, of the Christian church, officiating.  Interment will be made in Forest Hill cemetery in charge of Marshall G. Tindall.
Contributed by Nancy Vance Glover

The  Shelbyville  Weekly  Volunteer
Thursday March 27, 1879
Page 3 column 5
          ALLEY—Near Greensburg March 16th  Enoch Alley, after an illness of a day.  Funeral March 16th, the day of death.
          NOTE—Our information states that a month ago the deceased married and removed to Decatur County from his residence near this city.  He was taken ill on the evening of the Saturday preceding his death, which occurred on Sunday morning and on Sunday evening his funeral took place.
Contributed by Barb Huff

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