Shelby  County  Indiana


The  Shelbyville  News
July 24, 1953
          Funeral services were held at the Carmony Funeral Home this afternoon for  Mrs. Margaret Jane Bales,  82, local woman who died at a Madison hospital Wednesday.  Burial was at the boggstown cemetery.
          A resident of Shelby county the greater part of her life, Mrs. Bales was bron in Kentucky, the daughter of  William and  Lucy Ellen (Varble) Lawrence.  She was married to  Charles Bales,  who preceded her in death in 1946.  A son,  William Bales,  of Boggstown; one brother and two sisters, including  Mrs. Maude Alexander  of this city, survive.  There are two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

The  Shelbyville  Democrat
Monday, May 20, 1946 edition
"Gunshot Wounds Fatal To Prominent
Brandywine Twp. Man; Funeral Wednesday
          Self-inflicted gunshot wounds caused the death of  Charles Bales , prominent Brandywine Township retired farmer and native of Shelby County. "Mr. Bales, who was 77 years of age and had been in failing health for some time, was found dead at the rear of his home about 5:00 o'clock this morning by his wife, who went to the home of a neighbor, Walter Ray , after finding her husband's body. Mr. Ray returned to the Bales residence with Mrs. Bales, whereupon Dr. C. J. Price, county coroner was called.
          "Members of the Bales family said the elderly man had been suffering from cancer of the jaw and had apparently become despondent over the state of his health.  It was determined that Mr. Bales had shot himself twice with a .12 gauge shotgun. Coroner Price said the first shot apparently had merely torn away a part of his clothing but that the second blast from the gun had entered the region of his abdomen.  According to the report, Mr. and Mrs.Bales had retired early last night and Mrs. Bales was awakened about 1:00 o'clock this morning by the shots. She believed, however, someone was firing a gun in the vicinity of the Brandywine bridge, near the home, as had happened on previous occasions.
          "The tragedy was the second of its kind to occur in the same vicinity within the past three days.   Samuel O. Porterfield , 74, died at the Major hospital on Friday night as the result of what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
          "Mr. Bales was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Isaac Bales , and was born in Sugar Creek township on February 20, 1869. He had spent his entire life in this county and had engaged in farming until his retirement several years ago due to failing health.  He was married to Maggie Lawrence in November, 1893, and to this union three sons were born, two of whom survive with the widow. One son, Albert, died from drowning when he was 15 years of age.  The surviving sons are Frank, of Shelbyville, and William, of Boggstown. Mr. Bales also leaves several nieces and nephews.
          "Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday afternoon at 2:00 o'clock in the C.F. Fix & Son mortuary, with the Rev. Clarence Hager, pastor of the Calvary Baptist Church, officiating. Interment will be on the family lot in the Boggstown Cemetery. Friends may call at the Fix mortuary."
Submitted by Rochelle Riordan

The  Shelbyville  Republican
Thursday, November 18, 1943 edition
         TO  BE  FRIDAY
          "Last rites will be held Friday for Albert (Pet) Bales, age 72, who died suddenly at 3:20 p.m. Tuesday, at his home, one mile north of Boggstown, in Sugar Creek township. The services will be held at the Boggstown Presbyterian Church at 10:30 a.m. Friday following short rites at the late home at 9:45. Rev. Thomas Hubbard and Dr. C.A. Bowler will officiate. Burial will be made at Boggstown cemetery in charge of C. F. Fix & Son.
          "The son of David and Sarah (Shaw) Bales, he was born Sept. 8, 1871. He was never married and had retired several years ago from active farming.
          "A veteran of the Spanish-American war, he was a member of the United Spanish War Veterans and the American Legion.
          "Surviving are a brother, Charles Bales , of Brandywine township; a sister, Mrs. Jennie Donley, of this city; three nephews, Frank Bales, Willie Bales and Edward Schapiro , and several cousins. "Friends may call at the residence at any time."
Submitted by Rochelle Riordan

The  Shelbyville  Democrat
June 24, 1915 eiditon
Pneumonia Caused Aged Womans Death
Mrs. Sarah Bales Passed Away At
The Home Of Her Daughter, Mrs. Samuel Donley.
          Mrs. Sarah Bales, 77 years old, widow of David Bales , died unexpectedly at 4:30 this morning at the home of her daughter, Jennie Donley, wife of  Samuel Donley, 831 Meridian Street.
          Death was caused by pneumonia, which developed Sunday.  Mrs. Bales had been visiting relatives in Sugar Creek Twp. She returned home ten days ago feeling ill. A few days later she began to suffer from a severe cold, but her relatives did not become alarmed over her condition until Sunday morning when her family physician announced that pneumonia had developed.
          Mrs. Bales was a daughter of Townsen [sic] and Jane Shaw , who were pioneer residents of Shelby County and she was born in Sugar Creek Township May 9, 1838. Her home had always been in Shelby County and had many friends, by all of whom she was held in highest esteem.
          Her marriage to Mr. Bales occurred sixty years ago and 11 children were born to the union. The daughter at whose home she died and five sons and 15 grandchildren survive her. The sons are Charles and Albert of Sugar Creek Township, Isaac of Elwood and Benjamin of Georgia.
          Mrs. Bales was a member of the Methodist Church at Boggstown."
          The funeral service will be held at the Presbyterian Church in Boggstown at 2:30 Wednesday afternoon and the interment will be made in the Boggstown Cemetery in charge of Stewart and Fix.
Submitted by Rochelle Riordan

The  Shelbyville  Republican
Saturday, August 14, 1920
Page 1, column 1
CAPT. B. F. Bales
Former Shelby County Soldier,
Died At His Home In Missouri
          Mr. Will Barger, who lives northwest of Shelbyville, this morning received word of the death of Captain B. F. Bales , a former resident of this county. Captain Bales died at his home in Nevada, Mo. His age was 78 years. His wife was Miss Jennie Barger , a sister of Mr. George Barger, of West Broadway.  When the Sixteenth Indiana Volunteers were being recruited Mr. Bales was active in that work.  He enlisted in 1861 and was mustered out a captain of that regiment.  He was a member of the G.A.R. at Lebanon, Missouri, where he lived for a number of years.  The cause of his death was paralysis.  His wife survives.  Captain Bales will be well remembered in Shelbyville as well as in Fairland and vicinity.  He was a good citizen in every respect.
Submitted by Barb Huff

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