The  Shelbyville  Democrat
Thursday October 19, 1950
(From Daily of Tuesday, October 10)
          A former Shelby county resident, Mrs. Mary E. “Molly” Bergen, 93, widow of James S. Bergen, died at the home of a daughter, Mrs. F. R. Anderson  in Arlington, Virginia, Saturday following an illness of six weeks.
          Mrs. Bergen was born in Shelby county January 23, 1857, the daughter of  Judge Alonzo  and  Nancy (Byland) Blair.  She was married to Mr. Bergen October 20, 1879, and he died in 1913.
          Other survivors are another daughter, Mrs. A. C. McNeil  of Wheeling, West Virginia, four grandchildren, eight great grandchildren, a sister and brother, Miss Flora Blair  and  Charles Blair, both of this city. Another brother, Judge Alonzo Blair Jr.  preceded Mrs. Bergen in bobarb death.
          Mrs. Bergen moved from Shelbyville to Lafayette in 1889 and lived there until her husband's death after which she resided with her daughter in Virginia.  She was a member of the Presbyterian church.
          Funeral services will be held at the Ewing Mortuary Wednesday at 1:00 p.m. with Dr. L.O. Richmond officiating.  Burial will be at Forest Hill cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home after 7:00 p.m. today.
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The  Shelbyville  Republican
Shelbyville, Ind., Friday, February 14, 1913

          Prof. James S. Bergen, secretary of the Indiana Music Teachers' Association, died suddenly at his home in Lafayette this morning shortly after midnight from apoplexy.  He was one of the founders of the Music Teachers' Association and was the editor and publisher of the Musical Mirror.  He was the supervisor of music in the Lafayette public schools for a number of years and at the time of his death was supervisor of music in the schools of a number of nearby cities.
          The news of the professor's death came as a shock to his relatives and his many firends in Shelbyville as it was not known that his health was failing.  He was for many years a prominent and influential resident of this city and at that time was the acknowledged leader in musical circles. here.  His widow is a sister of  Judge Alonzo Blair.
          During the time he was a resident of this city, Professor Bergen was supervisor of music in the Shelbyville schools.  At the same time he was director of one of the best bands Shelbyville has ever had and the band became widely known over the state.  Professor Bergen was one of the leading spirits in the arrangements for the meeting of the Music Teachers' Association of the state here last June a year ago at which time the music lovers of the city and the many visitors who were here found a rare treat in the program.
          Professor Bergen was fifty-nine years old and was born in Johnson county.  He leaves three sisters and is survived by three children.  They are  Mrs. Ray Anderson, of New York City;  Miss Etelka Bergen, of Chicago, and  George Bergen, of Dallas, Texas.
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The  Shelbyville  Republican
February 13, 1913
          The remains of the late Prof. James S. Bergen,  who died in Lafayette Friday monring, will be brought to this city and interred in the family lot in the City cemetery.  The funeral will be private and the members of the family request that no flowers be sent.
          Judge Alonzo Blair  received a telegram this afternoon that the body will reach here Monday afternoon on the 3:52 train.  It will be taken immediately to Forest Hill cemetery where short services will be held.  Interment in charge of Ralph J. Edwards.
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