Shelby  County  Indiana


The  Shelbyville  Democrat
Thursday, July 1, 1920
          Henry Burkher,  retired blacksmith, who suffered a stroke of apoplexy early Thursday morning while walking along the Pennsylvania railroad tracks and was found in the ditch near the railroad about two o'clock Thursday morning by a passer-by, died a this[sic] home, 916 south Harrison street, Thursday evening at 6:40 o'clock.  His death had been expected by the relatives and close friends, but is a severe shock to the city.  Funeral services will be held Saturday afternoon at 3:30 o'clock at the late home, Rev. E. H. Boldrey officiating, and burial will be ade in Forest Hill cemetery in charge of Stewart & Fix, undertakers.  Funeral will be private except to immediate friends and relatives.
          Mr. Burkher was born in this city Sept. 1, 1854, the son of  Henry  and  Margaret Burkher, deceased, and lived his entire life in this city where he followed the trade of blacksmith for years.  He was united in marriage with  Miss Anna Weaver  Jan. 2, 1878, and to this union four children were born, three of whom survive, namely  Nell,  at home:  Mrs. Frank McClelland  and  Mrs. George McKay,  of this city.  Mr. Burkher was the first of a family of eight to die, the three brothers and four sisters surviving being  Mrs. Kate Ham,  and  Mrs. Will Lipps,  of this city;  Mrs. Minnie Gunn,  of Indianapolis;  Fred and  Ed Burkher  of this city;  John,  of Cincinnati and a half-sister,  Mrs. Joe Lambert  of this city.
          For years Mr. Burkher followed the trade of blacksmithand conducted a shop on West Jackson Street. Several years ago he retired from the business and later accepted employment at the Chambers Manufacturing co., which position he held until his health failed. Friends are of the opinion that he suffered the stroke of apoplexy as he was walking along the Pennsylvania railroad tracks and fell into the ditch.
          He was a man of admirable character. He held membership in the Presbyterian church and was an active memberof Chillon lodge, Knights of Pythias.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming and  [Brian Knepp, great grandson of Henry]

The  Shelby  Democrat
Thursday, February 6, 1913
Page 4
Mrs. Louis Burkher Victim Of Accident
At Her Home In Indianapolis
          Mrs. Mamie Burkher, thirty-nine years old, wife of  Louis Burkher, died at her home, 340 West Raymond street, in Indianapolis, at one thirty o'clock Sunday morning, the results of burns received at her home Saturday morning.  Mrs. Burkher arose before the rest of the family Saturday morning, and was using a can of coal oil to start a fire in the kitchen range when an explosion occurred in the stove.  This ignited the oil in the can she was holding and a second explosion occurred that sent the blazing liquid all over her body.  Members of the family were attracted by her screams, but she had been fatally burned before they could extinguish the flames.  Mr. Burkher was formerly a resident of this city and is a brother of  George F. Burkher and  J. H. Burkher, of this city, and his wife was also well known here.  She is survived by the husband and three children.  The funeral services will be held at nine o'clock tomorrow morning at her late home and the interment will be made in Crown Hill cemetery.
Submitted by Barb Huff

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