Shelby  County  Indiana


The  Shelbyville  News
November 18, 2003
James M. Bird, 69, of Shelbyville, died Monday, Nov. 17, 2003.
Born Nov. 8, 1934, in Shelbyville, s/o  Roy and Ruth (Cotton) Bird.  Married  Patricia Wilson  on July 3, 1954, and she survives.
Survivors include two sons,  Michael Bird  of Indianapolis and  Dennis Bird  (wife, Janice) of Shelbyville; one daughter, Janice Veerkamp  (husband, Jerry)  of Shelbyville; and two grandchildren, Cody Veerkamp  and  Erin Veerkamp.
Preceded in death by three brothers, William Bird,  Frederick Bird  and  Robert Bird; and one sister, Margaret Cravens.
Employed in quality control at TRW Cinch for 34 years.
Graduated in 1952 from Shelbyville High School.
Murphy-Parks Funeral Service, 703 S. Harrison St.
Rev. Harvey Weaver officiating.
Burial in Forest Hill Cemetery.
Memorial contributions:  American Heart Association.
Summarized by Phyllis Miller Fleming

The  Shelbyville  News
Saturday January 31, 1976
Roy F. Bird, 83, formerly of 301 East Franklin street, died Friday.
Patient at Heritage House Convalescent Center since January, 1972.
Employed for 40 years with the former Walker Wholesale Grocery Co. here.
55-year member of the local Eagles Lodge and a past president of the organization.
Born in Manilla, August 18, 1892, to  Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Bird.
June 13, 1914, married Ruth Cotton, who died April 1, 1967.
Surviving are four children,  William L Bird, R.R.5, Shelbyville,  Mrs. Carlous (Margaret) Craven and  James M. Bird, both of R.R.2, Shelbyville, and  Robert M. Bird, Indianapolis; 12 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
A son, Frederick Bird, and a half-brother preceded in death.
Murphy Mortuary.
Burial: Forest Hill Cemetery, with Rev. James H. Horner officiating.
Contributed by Barb Huff.
Summarized by Phyllis Miller Fleming

A  Shelbyville, Indiana,  newspaper
April 1, 1967
Rites Set for Mrs. Bird, 74
County Native Dies After Lengthy Illness
Ruth M. Bird, 74, 301 E. Franklin St., died at the Heritage House Convalescent Center.
Burial in Forest Hill Cemetery.
Born in Rays Crossing on Oct. 10, 1892; d/o  David E.  and  Retta (Woodruff) Cotton.  Married Aug. 3, 1915, in Covington, KY to Roy F. BIRD, surviving.
Surviving, 3 sons, and a daughter:  William Bird, here;  Robert Bird, Bloomington;  James Bird, Shelbyville;  Mrs. Carlos (Margaret) Cravens, here; 12 grandchildren; sister Mary R. Smith, here; son  Fred Bird preceded in death.  Member of the American Legion Auxiliary and Rays Crossing Christian Union Church.
Submitted by Wanda
Summarized by Phyllis Miller Fleming

The  Shelbyville  Republican
Wednesday, August 11, 1937
Rites Thursday for Thomas Huls, Morristown
          Mrs. Rosa Bird, 59, died at her home in Arlington at 6 o'clock Tuesday night.
          Survivors are the husband, two daughters, Mrs. Lorena Cadwellader  and  Mrs. Carl Heath, both of Arlington; two grandchildren, and two sisters, Mrs. Charles Leisures  and  Mrs. Olen Moore, both of Rushville.  She was a member of the Arlington Christian church and of the Rebekah lodge.
          Funeral services will be held at 1:00 o'clock Thursday afternoon at the home, with the Rev. Maurice Wilson, pastor of the Christian church there, officiating.  Interment will be in the Arlington cemetery, in charge of L. V. Hauk, funeral director.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

The  Shelbyville  Republican
Monday September 14, 1914
Page 1 column 2
Martin Bird Was Ninety Years Old At Death
Funeral Services Will Be Held Tuesday Afternoon
          Martin Bird, one of the oldest of the residents of the city and county, died Sunday morning at twelve-forty o'clock at the home of his daughter, Mrs. William A. Louden, No. 304 East Washington street.  Death was caused by senility.  Mr. Bird had been ill for several weeks and had been confined to his room for the past two weeks.  He was born at Lancaster, Pennsylvania, on September 14, 1824, and at the time of his death was aged eighty-nine years, eleven months and twenty-nine days.  His father died while he was a young lad and his mother remarried.  The boy went to the home of  Mr. and Mrs. Henry Coers, neighbors, and made his home with them.  When he was fourteen years old be came with  Mr. and Mrs. Coers to near Moscow, Rush county, making the trip from Lancaster in wagons.  Here he learned the trade of carpenter.  Later he came to Shelbyville and followed his trade.  The DePrez building at the corner of East Washington street and the Public Square and the Cory home on North Harrison street are two of the buildings he constructed.  Mr. Bird was a charter member of the German Evangelical church that was organized many years ago in Union township.  He assisted in building the church.  Mr. Bird was married to  Miss Margaret Kney  on November 3, 1853.  In 1855 he and his wife went to live on a little farm that he had purchased near Manilla.  Mr. Bird was a hard worker and it was due wholly by his efforts that at his death he was the owner of a fine farm of one hundred and seventy acres on fine land in Rush county.  Mr. Bird's wife died seventeen years ago.  Mr. Bird during the latter years of his life spent a great deal of his time in the study of the Bible.  He took a great interest in the chapters of the book and found much solace in the many passages.  His bible was marked with many interesting passages he had found and studied.  He is survived by one daughter, Mrs. William Louden, of this city, ten grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.  The funeral services will be held Tuesday afternoon in the German Evangelical church in Union township, the Rev. Samuel Caldemeyer of this city officiating.  Burial will be made in the church cemetery in charge of Stewart & Fix.  The cortege will leave the Louden home at twelve-thirty o'clock.  The casket will be open to friends from 7 to 9 this evening and 9 to 11 o'clock Tuesday morning.
Contributed by Barb Huff  for Peggy Barnes

The  Shelby  Democrat
Thursday March 11, 1897
Page 3 column 2
          Mrs. Margaret Bird, wife of  Martin Bird, of Rush county, died March 9th, at 10:30 p.m. of consumption, age sixty-one years.  Funeral Friday March 12th ten o'clock at German cemetery.  Mrs. Bird is the mother of  Miss Maggie Bird, of this city, and had numerous friends here who mourn with the bereaved relatives in their severe loss.  Interment will be in charge of John & Whissman, funeral directors, Manilla.
Contributed by Barb Huff  for Peggy Barnes

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