Shelby County Indiana
Corporal Jonathan Fleming Blair, 21, died November 19, 2005 near Bayji, Iraq, during combat operations. He was a member of Co. B, 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101 Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, KY. He has been awarded the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, Army Commendation Medal, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Expert Markmanship for M-16 Rifle and the Combat Infantry Medal. He was a senior at Elmhurst High School on 9-11, when the tragedy occurred. At that point he determined he would join the armed forces after graduation and do what he could to help make this country a safer place. He joined the Army in October, 2002, after graduation. He was on his second tour of duty in Iraq.
Iraq War Casualty
Survived by his mother, Vicki J. Blair; sister, Jessica Blair; father, Kent Blair; two half-brothers, Kent Jr., and Aaron Blair; one step-sister, Tammy Jo; three nieces, Gracie, Autumn and Erin; his maternal grandparents, John and Theresa Bennett; maternal great-grandmother, Opal Syndram; fraternal great-grandmother, Zelda Garrison; 25 aunts and uncles and 29 counsins. He was preceded in death by his fraternal grandparents, Richard and Beverly Blair. Service is 1 p.m. Tuesday, November 29, 2005 at Waynedale Baptist Church, 633 Lower Huntington Road. Arrangements by Elzey-Patterson-Rodak Home for Funerals.
Birth: Jan. 4, 1984, Fort Wayne, Allen County, Indiana, USA
Death: Nov. 19, 2005, Salah ad Din, Iraq
Contributed by Arliss Hoskins/Findagrave
The Shelbyville News
Funeral rites Tuesday in the Ewing Mortuary for Charles Blair, 94, native of Shelbyville and one-time circulation manager for the old Shelbyville Democrat. Dr. H. R. Page will officiate. Burial in Forest Hill cemetery.
Monday, January 18, 1960
Ex-Local Newspaper Employe Dies at 94
Home here was at 340 Broadway, had been ill with complication of diseases for the last five years and his death occurred at a nursing home in Lafayette Saturday. Resided in Lafayette for the past four years.
Born in this city December 9, 1865, a son of Alonzo and Nancy Blair.
Survived by three children, E.W. Blair and Mrs. Maynard Kint of Lafayette and
Mrs. Arthur McClanahaq of Frankfort.
50-year member of the Knights of Pythias.
Submitted by Bob McKenzie
Summarized by Phyllis Miller Fleming
The Shelbyville Democrat
(Daily of Friday September 6)
Thursday September 11, 1952
MISS FLORA BLAIR DIES AT 93
EX-GRADE SCHOOL TEACHER STRICKEN THIS MORNING
Miss Flora Blair, 93, prominent retired grade school teacher in the Shelbyville schools, died today.
Sister of Circuit Court Judge Alonzo Blair, deceased, born in Shelby county, September 14, 1859, the daughter of Circuit Court Judge Alonzo [Sr] and Nancy Byland Blair.
Graduated from Shelbyville high school with the class of 1881 and taught in the local schools for 47 years, retiring in May, 1927. Member of the First Presbyterian Church and was organist there for 20 years.
Survived by a brother, Charles, at the family home, 340 W. Broadway, and several nieces and nephews. Parents, a brother and a sister preceded her in death.
Ewing Mortuary. Burial Forest Hill Cemetery.
Contributed by Barb Huff
Summarized by Phyllis Miller Fleming
The Shelbyville Republican
Alonzo Blair, former judge of the Shelby Circuit Court, died at 6:00 p.m. Tuesday at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Harold [Pauline] Hammond, and Mr. Hammond, at Hammond, Indiana, after an illness of two years.
Wednesday August 11, 1943
ALONZO BLAIR, FORMER SHELBY JUDGE, IS DEAD
Funeral Services Will Be Conducted Here
Thursday Afternoon At 2 O'Clock
He was married to Miss Carrie Ryan in [September 26] 1900. Her death occurred several years ago. To this union one daughter was born.
Surviving are the daughter, Mrs. Harold [Pauline] Hammond; a granddaughter, Nancy Blair Hammond; one brother, Charles Blair, of this city; two sisters, Miss Flora Blair, of Shelbyville, and Mrs. Mary Bergen, of Washington, D.C.
Judge Blair was elected prosecuting attorney of Shelby and Johnson counties, serving from 1896 to 1900 and for Shelby and Rush counties, 1900 to 1902. He became judge of the Shelby and Rush Circuit courts in 1910, serving both counties until 1913 when Rush county was given a separate judge. In 1916 he was re-elected judge of the Shelby Circuit Court, serving until 1922. He was active in Democratic politics in this county.
SERVED AS PROSECUTOR
Funeral services will be held at the Ewing mortuary in this city at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, with burial in Forest Hill cemetery. The body will arrive here this afternoon. Friends may call at the mortuary after 7:30 o'clock tonight.
Submitted by Barb Huff
Picture from Picturesque Shelbyville
, compliments of Sheila Knobeloch
The Shelbyville Republican
Mrs. Carrie Blair, 61 years old, wife of Judge Alonzo Blair, died at the Claypool Hotel in Indianapolis at 5:10 o'clock Thursday afternoon.
Saturday December 26, 1936
HEART ATTACK FATAL TO WIFE OF EX-JUDGE
Stricken In Indianapolis, Mrs. Alonzo Blair Passes Away Suddenly
Mrs. Blair, with her husband, daughter, son-in-law and granddaughter, had gone to Indianapolis for a pleasure and Christmas shopping trip and was fatally stricken with the heart attack while there.
While Mrs. Blair had been in poor health for about two years, her death was unexpected and was a great shock to the family.
She leaves the husband, former Judge of the Shelby Circuit Court, a daughter, Mrs. Harold W. [Pauline] Hammond, and a granddaughter, Nancy Blair Hammond, of Hammond, Indiana.
The deceased was a niece of the late Dr. S. P. McCrea, Albert McCrea and Edward McCrea. She was born at Marseilles, Illinois on November 19, 1875 and was married to Alonzo Blair in September 1900.
BORN IN ILLINOIS
She was a member of the First Presbyterian church and the daughters of American Revolution, having served the local chapter as regent.
Funeral services will be held at the home, 103 North West street Monday morning at 10 o'clock with Dr. C. A. Bowler, pastor of the First Presbyterian church, officiating. Burial will be in Forest Hill cemetery in charge of Charles M. Ewing, funeral director.
Friends may call at the home any time until the hour of the funeral.
Submitted by Barb Huff
The Shelbyville Republican
Mrs. Nancy Blair, widow of the late Alonzo Blair, died at her home, No. 340 West Broadway, this morning at 6:20 o'clock. Her death was caused by old age. Mrs. Blair had been in a feeble condition for the past year, and for several months had been unable to leave her bed. She suffered an injury to her hip in a fall during the winter, and suffered much from that. Mrs. Blair was one of the pioneer residents of the county, having resided here for eighty-one years and more. She was widely acquainted and enjoyed much the visits of her friends, after she was unable to leave her home.
Saturday, July 5, 1913
MRS. NANCY BLAIR HAS PASSED AWAY
Death Occurred This Morning At Six-Twenty O'Clock
At Her Home In West Broadway Street
WAS PIONEER RESIDENT
Mrs. Blair Had Resided In This County All Of Her Life
FUNERAL WILL BE PRIVATE
Mrs. Blair was the daughter of Elijah and Rosanna [Huffman] Byland. They came into the county from Boone County, Kentucky, March 31, 1831. On their arrival here they purchased a farm in Liberty township, on which they lived for the remainder of their lives. Mrs. Blair was born on the farm in Liberty township August 29, 1831, making her at the time of her death eighty-one years, ten months and four days old. She was the second of a family of eleven children.
She was married January 20, 1853, to Alonzo Blair, who resided in this city at the time. Mr. Blair died July 10, 1879, at the age of forty-seven years. On the tenth day of the present month, Mr. Blair will have been dead thirty-four years.
Five children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Blair, the eldest dying while young. Mr. Blair being a student in Asbury College at Greencastle at the time. Asbury College has since been called Depauw University. The four children who survive their mother are; Mrs. Mary E. Bergen, of Lafayette, Indiana; Miss Flora Blair, a teacher in the city schools; Charles Blair and Judge Alonzo Blair, Judge of the Shelby Circuit Court. Mrs. Blair is also survived by one brother,
Fountain Byland, of this city.
Funeral services will be held at the home Tuesday afternoon at 4 o'clock, the Rev. E. R. Worth, pastor of the First Presbyterian church, of which Mrs. Blair was a member, officiating. Interment will be made in Forest Hill cemetery in charge of Ralph J. Edwards. The funeral services will be private, but all friends of the family are invited. Friends may call at the home Sunday afternoon at three-thirty o'clock.
Submitted by Barb Huff for Don Byland
and Bob McKenzie
The Glenwood Opinion Tribune Clarissa
Blair was born in
Shelby county, Indiana March 12, 1841, died a April 19, 1901. Was married to
H. Emarine at Winterset, Iowa, December 25, 1856. To this union 11 children were
born, eight of whom were here to attend the funeral. Moved to Glenwood in 1865.
Residing here until 1882 when they removed to Pottawattamie county, finally to
Council bluffs, where they have since resided. Funeral services were held at the
residence in Council by Rev. Albert Venting.
Mills County, Iowa
April 25, 1901
Respectfully submitted for
other researchers by Craig Poole
researching the line of Emarine-Emerine family, and various
sources have her as Clarissa Black, and Blair.
ELSEWHERE in our columns will be found
a most feeling tribute to the memory of the
late Alonzo Blair, of Shelbyville. It is the
heart-offering of an old friend, who was, to
all intents and purposes, Mr. Blair's political
godfather, and will bring tears to the eyes
of nearly everybody who enjoyed any intimacy with the deceased and understood the
really true and tender parts of his nature.
August 6, 1879
The Shelby Democrat
As announced in our last issue, the funeral
of Mr. Blair was to have taken place on Saturday afternoon; but at the urgency
of many friends of the family, the services were postponed until Sunday
afternoon at 2 o'clock, in order to afford opportunity for parties from abroad
to be present. At the appointed hour the services were opened with the
beautiful hymn, beginning with the words:
Thursday July 17, 1879
Page 2 column 5
DUST TO DUST
The Last Sad Tribute to the Memory of
Eloquent Funeral Oration Delivered by
Rev. George Sluter
Sketch of His Life--Skillful Analysis of His Per-
sonal and Mental Characteristics--Touching
Story of His Kind-Heartednes--
A Lawyer, Politician and
"Go, bury thy sorrow,
Selections of Scripture were then read
commencing with the passage, "Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and He shall
The world hath it share;
Go, bury it deeply,
Go, hide it with care." etc
Mr. Sluter's sermon was based upon St James,
4: 14: "What is your life? It is even a vapor that appeareth for a little
time and then vanisheth away." His main propositions were: First--the
uncertainty of life, its brevity, and the certainty of death. Second--the
certainty of a future state. Third--that, therefore, the question of highest
consequence to us all is that of preparation for the world to come. Upon this
momentous and personal theme, the light of nature and the utterances of reason
are insufficient. It is the Gospel of Jesus Christ alone that points out the
way to a peaceful and triumphant death and a blissful immortality.
After affectionately and urgently appealing
to his hearers to lay to heart this sudden and solemn Providence, by which
time and eternity are brought into such close conjunction, and imploring all
to prepare for death, by faith in Jesus Christ and the diligent use of the
means of grace, he concluded with the following words:
"As Mr. Blair has for many years occupied a
position of prominence and influence in this community, and as indeed he has
been in the circles of political life a representative and leading ,man
throughout the whole state, it would be inappropriate were I to fail to speak
of his life and character."
"Alonzo Blair was born March the 29th, 1832,
in Jackson county, Indiana. He died in Shelbyville, Indiana, July 10th, 1879,
in the 48th (sic) year of his age. His father passed away when he was quite
young, and in consequence of this there were serious difficulties in the way
of his education. But his determination had been formed at an early period,
that, come what might, he would train his intellect and acquire useful
information. At first he worked in summer time and went to school in winter.
And so assiduously did he apply himself and so successful was he, that he was
soon able to maintain the position of a teacher. He had formed the purpose of
attaining to eminence in this county. To attain that end, he devoted a number
of years to teaching the district schools of the outer townships and going
from one district to another. He took great pains to do the duties of a
teacher thoroughly well, made himself acquainted with the people and succeeded
in winning their good will. It was through this that his name first came
before a county convention, and then from entire obscurity before, he
astonished everyone by gaining the nomination for Clerk of the Circuit Court
over a candidate who bore on his side the powerful prestige of relationship to
the Hon. Thomas A. Hendricks. He was elected to this office and then
re-elected, holding it from 1859 to 1867. Before this he had been married--on
January 20th, 1853. Upon retiring from the office of Clerk of Shelby county,
he removed with his family to the city of Indianapolis, where he became the
manager and proprietor of a well known hotel--the Palmer House. Dissatisfied
with this business, he returned after an interim of a short time to
Shelbyville, where he has ever since continued to reside."
A LAWYER AND A POLITICIAN
"He now devoted himself to the practice of law and reached a high degree
of eminence as a successful practitioner. He was also prominent in the
political movements of his party in the county and in the State. He was
Chairman of the Democratic Central Committee of Shelby county in 1876 and
1878, and during the memorable campaign of 1876 he was one of the foremost and
active members of the Central Committee of the State. Mr. Blair was a man of
very strong, intense, and marked character. He possessed many qualities that
fitted him in an extraordinary manner for the duties of a lawyer and a
politician. As an attorney, he invariably did his utmost for his client--and
even, in his last moments, the ruling passion strong in death--found his
wandering mind adjudicating by a friendly compromise, a difficult administrative case. Although he was an intense partisan, and became heated
when acting as an advocate, he still contrived always to maintain pleasant and
friendly relations with the members of the bar. And many and many a time
after the stormiest of scenes in the court room, it is said he was as
courteous and pleasant as ever with his opponents when they met after
adjournment. His mind was uncommonly fertile in expedients of defense, and
his theory resources were absolutely unlimited. In fact, he was never at a
loss for a rejoiner. He too much pride in accumulating an extensive and
valuable law library, and I have been told by Messrs. Robert Clark & Co., of
Cincinnati, that he purchased more law books than any other lawyer in the
State. One of his rules as an attorney was, never to allow parties to a suit
to separate except as good friends."
HIS WONDERFUL EXECUTIVE ABILITY
"is well known and has been admired by friend
and foe. From boyhood up he was untiring in his energy, and in the heroic
determination to accomplish what he had undertaken. In estimating the life of
Mr. Blair, this fact must not be overlooked, that a successful man in great
measure achieves his trimphs by thwarting his opponents. It is the defeated
who decry the conqueror. This is one of the disadvantages and sorrows of a
successful man--that his reputation in the community is oftentimes below his
true character. And there are many points in the character of a public man,
that can be understood and known only in the comparitively small circle of his
own family and personal friends."
"Thus I have been told by one who knew Mr.
Blair well and for several years was a next door neighbor, that he was a man
of deep and tender sympathy in time of trouble; that he had never in all his
life received a more pleasing and grateful attention while under the gloom and
shadow of an irreparable bereavement than from him. It is the testimony of
those who knew him well, that he was a true friend and even enthusiastic in
his friendships. Scores of young men have from time to time studied law under
him, and received from him aid and assistance in their profession. And it is
said that all of them with but one exception, parted from him with feelings of
kindness and gratitude. A life-long pecualirity of his was the ardent
affection for children. Meeting the school children on his way to and from
his office, he knew every one of them by name and always had something
pleasant and cheerful to say to them. He possessed an uncommon power of
remembering names and faces, and would always greet those he met in a very
CARE OF HIS CHILDREN
"He entertained peculiar ideas in regard to
the training of his children. He was anxious that they should have both good
education and accomplishments. But he was deeply under the conviction, that
if children would not receive an education and improve the advantages of good
schooling, that then they ought not to receive anything else from their
parents. He argued that they would then be likely not to be capable of saving
property and taking care of it--or if they did, that they would be people of
such sordid character as to be of little advantages to themselves or the
world. He had a deep concern for the moral welfare of his children, and on
one occasion he sent to me to inquire a suitable religious paper that would
tend to instill sound moral ideas."
KINDNESS TO THE POOR
"For years and years his carriage was seen at
the funeral of every poor man, white or black. His was not an ear impervious
to the entreaties of those in need. One instance only will suffice to
illustrate this trait. Many years ago when a New York benevolent society had
sent a car-load of destitute boys and girls that they might here find homes
and friends, all the children had been selected by various citizens except
one. But this one was so thin and bony that nobody wanted him. The children
were gone and their new found friends were gone, and the court-room where they
had been had become destitute except that there stood that lean, dark-haired
and dark-eyed little waif. It was drawing near the hour of noon, and the
officers of the county were going to their dinners. The little boy felt that
he was going to be left alone. He began to cry piteously. There were others
there--but it was Alonzo Blair who was moved with compassion, took the poor,
homeless wait to his own home, made him the playmate and companion of his own
children, gave him the best educational advantages accessible and finally had
the proud satisfaction of seeing his ward enter the Sophomore class of Harvard
college, the greatest literary institution in our country. He treated this
boy as his own child, with the fondness and affection bestowed upon an only
son. On one occasion little Tommie [Thomas
Fenton Taylor] got hurt by an accident. Mr. Blair
instantly dispatched a messenger for the family physician. The message was
carried and responded to with the utmost haste, but not enough so to meet the
deep anxiety of an affectionate foster father. The delay was too long for
him. He would not bear to see the little boy's sufferings unrelieved. The
physician met Mr. Blair, running his horses in a famous gallop, 'For God's
sake hurry, doctor!" was all he could say as he turned back."
"This child deeply appreciated his
benefactor, and when in after years, he was found and reclaimed by his own
relations--a distinguished and wealthy family in the East--the loss to Mr.
Blair was so keen and anguishful that he could not speak of the separation
except with tears."
PHILANTROPY AND PUBLIC SPIRIT
"As Mr. Blair had himself been a teacher, he
never lost that interest in educational matters. He had mastered an excellent
plan for a classical school for boys and girls, to be located in Shelbyville
and patronized by the county. He intended to found a joint-stock corporation
and erect a splendid building for this purpose. I cannot but regret that the
plan was not carried out, for a more appropriate location for a college could
hardly be found. There are manhy people in the world who talk and act to
little or no purpose. They shoot atlong range, reckless whether they hit or
miss. Mr. Blair was of the small and select number of those whose very
presence was a power. It was a presence that coult not but be felt. He had
the very rare gift of being able to grapple with men in direct face to face
contact, and winning them over to his views and measures. His success was in
a great degree due to the unmeasurable fund of pleasantry and drollery that
characterized his conversation, and a fascinating off-hand way of soothing
those who disagreed with him."
"DE MORTUIS, NIL NISI BONUM"
"These are some of the principal events of
the life and the leading features of the character of Mr. Blair. It is a well
known fact of natural history that the hyena invades the sacred enclosure of
the grave and feasts on the flesh, even of the dead. And so there are
sometimes human hyenas who would tear up the remnants of mortality and beslime
the name and fame of departed ones, and gloat in exaggerated pictures of their
imperfections. But we here today are not of that number. I am persuaded
better things of you. We all believe in the sentiments of the Great Thinker
who said, 'Noble spirits war not with the dead.' With the humane and pure
Whittier, we will say of our friends, when they lie before us in the cold and
awful embrace of death:
'Breathe over him forgetful ease
"I have said much of Mr. Blair and much in
his favor. But every sentiment, every fact and every word has been carefully
weighed and measured, and is given upon authority equal to any in the social
and religious circles of our community."
Of all save deeds of kindness."
A TEAR OF REGRET
"I have said much, and it has been a
heartfelt pleasure to me. I only wish I could say more. I heartily wish that
I could speak of Mr. Blair's spiritual development as of his intellectual and
social power. But spiritual development is a rare, rare fruit on human soil.
The censorious, bitter, fault-finding Christians are many; but the loving,
charitable, forgiving Christ-like--where are they? They are few and far, far
between. And when they are tempted to wreak their dislikes upon the
dead--because they have been imperfect and full of human frailty--it were well
to remember that the truest and best friend they ever had has himself said,
'Let him that is without sin among you, cast the first stone!' "
Submitted by Bob McKenzie
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