Shelby  County  Indiana


The  Shelbyville  News
November 2, 2004
The Rev. Francis M. Applegate Sr., 85, of Shelbyville, died Monday, Nov. 1, 2004, Methodist Hospital, Indianapolis.
Born Feb. 1, 1919, in Shelbyville, s/o  Frank C. and Grace (Hendricks) Applegate.
Married  Martha J. Sweet  on Dec. 17, 1941, and she survives.
Other survivors:  one son,  Francis M. "Frank" (wife, Sylvia J.) Applegate Jr. of Shelbyville; two daughters,  Sharon K. (husband, Larry) Hauk  of Tucson, Ariz., and  Karis A. Applegate  of Shelbyville; one brother,  Harold Applegate  of Greensburg; two sisters,  Rose Marie Scudder  and  Mildred McCaully, both of Shelbyville; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and two stepgrandchildren.
Preceded in death by three brothers, Merrill Applegate, Benjamin Applegate and Jessie Applegate.
Lifelong Shelbyville resident.
Inspector for Wellman Thermal Systems for 25 years, retiring in 1980. 
Ministered at Vine Street United Methodist Church.
Graduated from Shelbyville High School and Northwestern University.
U.S. Army veteran of World War II, attaining the rank of 1st sergeant.
Member of Shelbyville First United Methodist Church and attended Evangelical Methodist Church.
Glenn E. George & Son Funeral Home, 437 Amos Road, with the Rev. Tim Hampton officiating.
Burial:  Pleasant Grove Cemetery, in Shelby County.
Summarized by Phyllis Miller Fleming

The  Shelbyville  News
Wednesday, August 14, 1996
          Barbara (Myers) Applegate,  64, Shelbyville, died at 2:42 a.m. today at Major Hospital.  Born May 16, 1932, in Connersville, she was the daughter of  Lewis and  Allie Pearl (Wolfe) Myers.  On December 31, 1976, she married  Merrill Applegate,  who died September 23, 1990.  Mrs. Applegate was a homemaker.
          Survivors include her mother,  Allie Myers,  Rushville; one daughter,  Mrs. Mark (Deborah) Davis,  Shelbyville; three sons,  Lewis Ronan,  Connersville,  Michael Ronan  and  Kevin Ronan,  both of Shelbyville; a sister,  Betty Jo Hauk,  Oklahoma; 10 grandchidren; and six great-grandchildren.
          She was preceded in death by a daughter and a brother.
          Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday at Murphy-Parks Funeral Service.  Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at the funeral home, with the Rev. Jonathan Hutchison officiating.  Burial will be in Forest Hill Cemetery.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Shelby County Hospice.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

The  Shelbyville  News
March 16, 1996
          Mildred J. Applegate,  72, Greenfield, died Thursday at Hancock Memorial Hospital.  She was born June 15, 1923, in Hancock County, the daughter of  John C. and  Mary (Barrett) Vetters.
          She was a retired registered nurse and had worked at Hancock Memorial Hospital and several Hancock County nursing homes.  Mrs. Applegate was a member of Mount Lebanon United Methodist Church, United Methodist Women, A.B.C. Club, Claudia Club and the Mount Lebanon Women's Circle.
          Survivors include two sons,  Myron D. Applegate  and  Duane E. Applegate,  both of Greenfield; a brother, the  Rev. Kenneth Vetters,  Greenfield; and two grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by one son.
          Friends may call between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. and from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday at Pasco Memorial Mortuary, Greenfield.  Services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Mount Lebanon United Methodist Church.  The Rev. Mark Neuse will officiate.  Burial will be in Mount Lebanon Cemetery.  Memorial contributions may be made to the church.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

The  Shelbyville  News
Saturday, September 24, 1990
          Merrill Applegate,  79, 1523 S. Harrison St., died Sunday at home at 4:15 p.m. after a long illness.  Born March 30, 1911, his parents were  Frank C. and Grace (Hendrickson) Applegate.  He was married twice.  He and his first wife,  Letha Loren (Snapp)  were married on February 30, 1930.  Letha died in 1965.  His second wife,  Barbara A. (Ronan) Applegate,  survives.
          Mr. Applegate retired in 1982 from Shelby Tool and Engineering.
          Surviving besides his wife are a daughter,  Patricia Cord,  Shelbyville; a son,  Wilbert Dale Applegate,  Florida; a step-daughter,  Debra Boyd,  Shelbyville; three stepsons:  Lewis Ronan,  Connersville,  Michael Ronan,  Shelbyville,  Kevin Ronan,  Waldron; three brothers:  Francis Applegate,  Shelbyville,  Benjamin and  Harold Applegate,  Greensburg; two sisters,  Mildred McCalley,  Shelbyville,  Rose Marie Scudder,  Shelbyville.  Preceding Mr. Applegate in death were one stepdaughter and one brother.
          Graveside services will be at Miller Cemetery in Shelby County on Tuesday at 10 a.m.  Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. today at Murphy's Funeral Service, 703 S. Harrison St.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

The  Shelbyville  News
June 5, 1965
Rites Sunday For
Mrs. Letha Applegate
          Mrs. Letha Applegate,  52, R.R. 5, Shelbyville, wife of  Merrill Applegate,  died at 6:45 p.m. Friday at Major Hospital where she had been a patient since Wednesday.
          Mrs. Applegate was born Dec. 1, 1912, at Greenwood, the daughter of  Louie and Stella (Haley) Snapp.  She was married to Mr. Applegate on Feb. 8, 1930, and he survives with two children,  Mrs. Patricia Stevens,  of Danville and  Wilbur Dale Applegate,  of this city.
          Also surviving are a sister,  Mrs. Florence Smith,  of Acton, and eight grandhildren.
          Services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the Ewing Mortuary.  Burial will be in the Miller Cemetery.  Friends may call at the mortuary after 7:00 p.m. today.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

The  Shelbyville  News
Wednesday, August 21, 1963
          Frank C. Applegate,  77, of 216 W. South St., a retired Shelby County farmer, died at 3:10 a.m. today at the Rushville hospital.  He had been in failing health for a year and a half.
          Services will be held at the Ewing Mortuary at 10:30 a.m. Friday.  Burial will be in Pleasant Grove cemetery.  Friends will be received at the mortuary after 2:00 p.m. Thursday.
          Mr. Applegate was born in Danville, Ill., August 23, 1885, the son of  Thomas and  Nancy (Hillman) Applegate.  In Decemter of 1917, he was married to  Grace Hendrickson  who survives with six children.
          They are  Merrill A. Applegate  of R.R.5,  Francis  and  Harold A. Applegate  of Greenfield,  Mrs. Rose Marie Scudder  of this city, and  Mrs. Milly McColley  of R.R.3.
          Also surviving are a brother,  Fermine Applegate  of Fortville, 13 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

The  Shelbyville  Republican
Monday, October 5, 1931
Page 4   column 4
Civil War Veteran's Death
Occurs At Home Of Son,
West Of This City.
          Funeral services for  Thomas J. Applegate,  eighty-nine years old, whose death occurred Friday evening at the home of his son,  Frank Applegate,  on the Franklin pike, were held at Fortville, Ind., this morning at 10:30 o'clock.
          Mr. Applegate's death was not unexpected, as he had been in critical condition for several weeks.  He was born in Hancock county June 12, 1842, the son of  Mr. and Mrs. James Applegate.  His marriage to  Nancy Stillman  took place on December 24, 1869.  One daughter and seven sons were born to them.  The daughter, four sons, and the wife preceded Mr. Applegate in death.
          Besides the son at whose home he died he leaves two sons,  Fermine, of Fortville, and  Charles,  of McCordsville; also two brothers:  George,  of the Pendleton pike, and  John,  of Clermont.  Mr. Applegate was a Civil war veteran, having served in Company E of the Twelfth Indiana Infantry.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

The  Shelbyville  Democrat
Saturday, November 7, 1914

Discovery That He Had Passed Away
Was Made by Her at Two O'clock ---
Leaves Two Sons and Two Daughters.
          William Applegate,  70 years old, was found dead in bed at two o'clock this morning at the home of his cousin,  Mrs. Emma Coulson,  with whom he had been living for the past few months.  The discovery was made by Mrs. Coulson.  Mr. Applegate had been suffering for some time from valvular heart trouble and had been under the care of Dr. F. E. Ray  and the latter signed the death certificate on the order of the coroner, who decided it was not necessary to hold an inquest.
          After Mr. Applegate had lain down on the bed last evening he was troubled very much with a cough.  Mrs. Coulson asked him to take some medicine, but he refused, and soon fell asleep with his clothes on.  Mrs. Coulson also retired, and slept soundly until nearly two o'clock.  As soon as she awoke she called to Mr. Applegate, but received no response, and when she reached his bedside found that he had been dead for some time.
          The deceased had been living in this city for several years, but was born and reared in Hendricks township.
          The body was taken from the Coulson home to the Stewart & Fix undertaking parlors, where it was prepared today for burial.  The arrangements for the funeral will not be made until all the relatives have been consulted.  The interment will be made in the Second Mt. Pleasant cemetery.
          Mr. Applegate leaves two daughters,  Mrs. Ella Means,  of Columbus, Ind., and  Mrs. Hattie Wortman, of this city.  He is also survived by two sons, Edward,  of Indianapolis and  Frank,  of Scipio, Ind.
Copied by Phyllis Miller Fleming

The  Shelby  Democrat
April 27, 1911
Page 4   column 5
Mrs. Wm. Applegate, of Sugar Creek
Township Passed Away Yesterday
at an Indianapolis Hospital.
(From Wednesday's Daily.)
          Following a serious surgical operation,  Mrs. William Applegate,  of Sugar Creek township, passed away late yesterday afternoon at the Deaconess hospital in Indianapolis.  She was aged sixty years.  The operation disclosed the fact that she was suffering from cancer instead of a tumor as was first thought.  Mrs. Applegate was a prominent member of the Seventh Day Adventist church and news of her death came as a great shock to her friends and a sad blow to members of her family.  She was esteemed and respected by scores of friends and acquaintances.  Her body arrived in Fairland last night and was removed to the home later.
          Besides her husband, Mrs. Applegate leaves an adopted son, little  Russell Gibson; a son,  Oren,  and three daughters,  Mrs. Ella Myers,  Mrs. Carrie Harris  and  Miss Lottie Applegate.  All of them reside at home except Mrs. Myers, who lives in Sugar Creek township, and Mrs. Harris, whose home is in Alabama.  The funeral services will be held at the residence at ten-thirty o'clock Friday morning, the Rev. Thomas Hubbard  offidiating and interment will be made in the Center cemetery in charge of Stewart & Fix.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

The  Shelbyville  Daily  Democrat
Wednesday, June 24, 1896
Page 1 column 5
          Maria H. Applegate  died at the residence of her daughter,  Mrs. John Coulson,  No. 131 East Pennsylvania st., at 11:45 a.m. to day, of paralysis, aged eighty-one years, four months and twenty-two days.  Short services will be held at the house at 3:30 p.m., Thursday, June 25, 1896.  Interment in the city cemetery, in charge of Marshall G. Tindall.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

The  Shelby  Democrat
Thursday May 7, 1896
Page 3 column 2
          Benjamin Applegate  died at the residence of his son, John, in Hendricks township at six p.m. May 1st, of paralysis, aged seventy-nine years.  The deceased was born in Fleming County, Kentucky, and came to Indiana when a young man.  He leaves three sons and two daughters with grandchildren and many other relatives to mourn his loss.
          Funeral from the Second Mount Pleasant Church at eleven a.m. Sunday, May 3rd, by Rev. P.O. Duncan.  Edwards & Hageman in charge.
Contributed by Barb Huff

The  Shelby  Democrat
Thursday May 7, 1895 
Page 3 column 4
          Mrs. Ann Applegate, wife of  Benjamin H. Applegate, died Friday morning at four o’clock at her home, eight miles east of Franklin, in this county, from paralysis of the bowels.  Mrs. Applegate was in the eighty-third year of her age.  She has long been a resident of the neighborhood in which she lived.
Contributed by Barb Huff

The  National  Volunteer
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June 15, 1854
          There had been three or four deaths of cholera lately at Edinburgh although the editor thought that it was an exaggeration........ Judge Applegate's death was the only one he knew of.
Abstracted by Maurice Holmes, in his book Shelbyville, Indiana, Newspaper Excerpts: 1853-1859.  Submitted by Sherry Badgley Ryan, with permission from the author.

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