The  Shelbyville  Republican
Wednesday, October 5, 1932
Page 6
Sturley Caruthers Succumbs to Dropsy at 10:15 This Morning.
          Sturley Caruthers, 82, died at the Shelby county infirmary this morning at 10:15 o'clock, of dropsy.  Mr. Caruthers was widely known in Shelbyville and Shelby County, having been for many years custodian of the old City Building and superintendent of the fire alarm system in the city.
          He was a son of  George  and  Mary Caruthers,  and had spent practically all of his life in the county.  His wife died several years ago.  One daughter,  Mrs. Zona Parson,  of San Francisco, Cal., survives him.  Funeral arrangements will be announced later by C. F. Fix and Son, funeral directors in charge, following word from the daughter.  Friends may call at the Fix mortuary.
Submitted by Phyllis Miller Fleming for Daneen

The  Shelbyville  Democrat
Monday, July 31, 1911
Page 1
[also Mrs. Mary A. Kent  and  Mrs. M. Carithers]
Mrs. M. Carithers,  Widow of Shelbyville's Pioneer Carriage Manufacturer
          Mrs. Martha Carithers, one of this city's well-known aged residents, passed away at her home on east Polk street at one-fifteen o'clock Sunday afternoon.  Her death followed an illness of several weeks and was due to complications incident to her advanced age.  She was seventy-seven years old and had been almost a life-long resident of this city.  She was a member of the First Presbyterian church and was a devout, lovable Christian.  She had numerous friends in the city and county, who will be saddened by the news of her death.  She was the widow of the late  Moses Carithers, who died six years ago last September.  They came to this city when it was little more than a village and Mr. Carithers was the first carriage manufacturer in Shelbyille.
          Mrs. Carithers is survived by three children, Miss Anna,  Frank  and  Lee B. Carithers, all of this city.
          The funeral services will be held at the house at three-thirty oclock Tuesday afternoon, Rev. Earl R. North, pastor of the First Presbyterian church officiating, and the interment will be made in Forest Hill cemetery in charge of Ralph J. Edwards.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

The  Shelby  Democrat
Thursday, September 29, 1904
Page 1, column 2
Moses Carithers, Aged Carriage Maker,
Died Sunday Evening
          Moses Carithers, the aged carriage maker, died at his home in east Polk street Sunday evening at 8 o'clock, as the result of a stroke of paralysis, which came upon him on the Tuesday previous to his death.
          Mr. Carithers was born in New York City, April 9, 1823.  He was of Scotch descent, both parents having been born in Scotland.  His family, John Carithers, born March 12th, 1792, came to America in youth, and died in Jefferson County, Kansas, October 23, 1886.  His mother, Lydia (Speer) Carithers, was born in 1793, and died in Hillsdale County, Michigan, in 1870.  His father was a cotton dealer and in the early days of his life Mr. Carithers worked in the manufacture of cotton fabrics.  The family in the year of 1840 removed to Michigan and settled on a farm near Adrian, and later removed to Hillsdale county, where his mother died.  In 1839 he went to Lucas County, Ohio, but from there he removed to Covington, Kentucky, where he engaged in the lumber and saw mill business until 1856.  At the breaking out of the civil war he became identified with steamboating which he followed as clerk and captain until the war closed.  In 1871 he moved to Madison, Indiana and engaged in the manufacture of carriages and buggies.  Mr. Carithers remained in Madison until the year 1875 when he disposed of his factory and moved to this city, where he followed the same occupation for many years.
          On December 20th, 1849, he was united in marriage with Martha Patterson, a native of Pennsylvania.  To them were born six children, three of whom with the widow survive, viz:  Miss Anna,  Frank  and  Lee B.  Three sisters, one at Cleveland, Ohio and two in Kansas, also survive him.  Mr. Carithers was one of Shelbyville's best citizens.  He was known to a large circle of friends and was highly respected by all who knew him.  Mr. Carithers was an attendant on the 1st Presbyterian church in this city for many years.  He was sociable, law abiding, moral, honest, a man of even temper and never spoke evil of anyone.  His influence in the community was always toward the good and in opposition to evil.  His health has been such, for several years, that he was not engaged in the active pursuits of life.  His departure from this life creates a vacancy in the family circle.  The community has been bereft of a good citizen, the family of a loving husband and father, but his influence will live after him.
          The funeral services will be held at the family residence at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday.  The Rev. J. F. Hutchins, of Xenia, Ohio, assisted by the Rev. W. E. Price, will officiate.
[Buried Forest Hill Cemetery]
Submitted by Barb Huff

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