Shelby  County  Indiana


The  Shelbyville  News
Saturday, October 22, 1977
Louis R. Cross, Sr., 56, Indianapolis, died Friday afternoon.
Sterling Funeral Home, Indianapolis.
Burial:  Boggstown Cemetery.
Born June 2, 1921, Indianapolis, s/o  Louis  and  Pearl Cain Cross.
WWII veteran.
Former maintenance man for Lux Laundry, Indianapolis.
Survivors:  sons,  Louis Jr., Fairland  and  Richard Cross, Shelbyville;  daughters, Mrs. Rose Ensminger, Shelbyville,  Miss Tammy Cross, Taylorsville,  Mrs. Shirley Hayes, New Albany, Indiana; sister,  Mrs. Opel Badger, Indianapolis.
Summarized by Phyllis Miller Fleming

The  Shelbyville  Republican
Thursday, June 30, 1955
          Funeral services will be held Monday at 2:30 p.m. for E. Grant Cross, 84, lifelong resident of Shelby county who died Thursday night in Rush Memorial Hospital, Rushville, after suffering a fractured skull in an accident at his home at Gwynneville. Mr. Cross suffered the injury Thursday morning as he was tearing down a building at his home and a portion of the building collapsed and fell on him.  A farmer and retired machinist, Mr. Cross was born on August 27, 1870, the son of  Warren and Clifty (Miller) Cross.  He was married to Stella Cole in September 1897, and she survives with five daughters, Mrs. Dorothy Crampton of this city, Mrs. Clemma Andis of near Morristown, Mrs. Helen West and Mrs. Leatha Stone of Indianapolis, and  Mrs. Lois Ruth McCord of Oslo, Norway. Also surviving are eight grandchildren and two great- grandchildren.  A son Raymond, died last July. Mr. Cross was a member of the Mt. Lebanon Methodist Church.  His last rites will be held at the Hauk Mortuary and burial will be in Asbury cemetery.  Friends may call at the mortuary.
Submitted by Barb Huff

The  Hopkins  Journal
Hopkins Missouri
May 14, 1942 Edition
Short illness fatal to John W. Cross, 88 years old
          John Wesley Cross, 88 years of age, a resident of Hopkins, Missouri for many years died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Charles (Bertha) Wallace, May 7, at 7:30 o’clock, Thursday evening.  For his years he was in very good health until two weeks ago when his health generally began to fail.  He had been up and down the day of his death, and was up and about just fifteen minutes before his death.
          John Wesley Cross, son of  Calista [Clystia] Miller  and  Warren Cross, was born near Fountain Town, Indiana, in Shelby County, October 14, 1853.  He was married to Mary Olive Wilson at Mohawk, Indiana, April 11, 1885.  He came to Missouri in a covered wagon in 1893, it taking four weeks to make the journey.  His wife and four children came on the train and joined him on a farm near Blockton, Iowa.  After a short time they moved to a farm west of Hopkins, Missouri.  Four years later they moved into Hopkins and he was Section foreman for the railroad for a number of years.  For about fifteen years he made his home with children in Nebraska and Iowa and the last twelve years were spent in Hopkins in the home of  Mr. and Mrs. Charles W. Wallace.
          One daughter, Lillie May preceeded him in death November 23, 1916. He leaves to mourn his departure eight children, Mrs. Marion (Mabel) Lewis,  Mrs. Elver (Minnie) Miller,  Homer Cross,  Roy Cross,  Paul Cross,  William R. Cross,  Geral Cross and Mrs. Charles (Bertha) Wallace. Two brothers, Grant Cross, Gwynneville, Indiana; Ben Cross, Long Lane Missouri and thirty-six grandchildren. He was christened in the Methodist Church at an early age.
          Funeral services were held at the Hopkins Christian Church, Sunday afternoon, the pastor, Rev. O.S. Lincoln in charge of the service.  A mixed quartet composed of  Mrs. Wren Reve,  Miss Anna Marie Gill,  R.W. Sirles  and  Rev. Lincoln, accompanied at the piano by  Mrs. Beryl Mathers, sang the numbers  "City Foresquare"  and  "Face to Face".  Burial was in the Hopkins, Missouri Cemetery.  The casket bearers were  Delmar New,  Frank New Jr.,  Al Reeder,  Leonard Owens;  Richard Chaney  and  Walter Thompson.
Submitted by Karen Stoll

The  Shelby  Democrat
Thursday, June 13, 1918
Afternoon Meeting For Patriotic
Spirit of Shelby County
Edward Toner, of Anderson, to Make Patriotic
Address at City Opera House --
Hour of Prayer Sunday Night.
(From  Tuesday's  Daily.)
          All of Shelby county will pay tribute to  Paul F. Cross, the first Shelby county soldier to give up his life for his country in the war with Germany, next Sunday afternoon and evening, when two memorial services will be held in this city, one as a stimulant to the patriotic fervor of the entire county and the other a solemn service in honor of this brave Shelby county boy.
          The afternoon meeting will be held at the city opera house, starting at 2:30 o'clock, and the arrangements for this gathering are in charge of the County Council of Defense.  The main speaker at the afternoon meeting will be  Edward C. Toner, of Anderson, who is one of the most prominent men in the state, and has just returned from the battlefields of France and Belgium.
          Following Mr. Toner's address a brief memorial address will be delivered by  Rev. W. E. Carroll, paying a tribute to Paul Cross, for whom the entire city is in mourning, since the news of the his death was received Sunday.
          Mr. Toner was appointed a major by Governor Goodrich and visited the firing line in France.  He spent some time ith the boys of the Rainbow Division, in which Shelbyville is well represented.  When he returned, he in a general way brought messages from the boys over there.  However, his address Sunday can be more personal and he can tell specifically what he saw and how the boys from this city are living over there.  There is no doubt that he saw the boy for whom we are today mourning, and his words will seem to come from the boys themselves.
          A 8 o'clock Sunday evening, the churches of the city will hold a union service at the West Street M. E. Church in honor of Paul Cross, who was an active worker there and whose father, the  Rev. S. J. Cross, is its minister.  Altho it is probable that but a small percentage of the people will have a chance to obtain seats, the entire city is asked to observe the hour in which this service is being held, as a special tribute to the boy who suffered and died for his land.  The entire program for Sunday evening will be announced later.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming
Note from Peggy Cliadakis:  Paul Cross was the first (I believe) boy from Shelby County to die in World War I.  His father, the Rev. Cross was a prominent minister in Shelbyville, and Rev. Cross and his wife established the Paul Cross award to be given to an outstanding basketball player at Shelbyville High School each spring.  You will see Paul Cross's name among the crosses on the court house lawn each Memorial Day.  Ron Hamilton wrote an article in  The Shelbyville News  on November 9, 2005, entitled  "Old Paul Cross Gym Holds Warm Memories."

The  Shelbyville  Republican
Wednesday June 23, 1909
Mrs. Katheryn Cross of Fountaintown Died At Her Home
Wednesday Morning About Ten O'Clock
          Mrs. Katheryn Cross, and aged and highly respected lady living in Fountaintown, died about ten o'clock Wednesday morning of senility.  Mrs. Cross was near the three score and ten mark and had lived in Fountaintown for many years.  She leaves a large number of friends and relatives to mourn her absence.  Her death did not happen unexpectedly, as she had been seriously ill for some time.  The funeral services will be held in Fountaintown Thursday and interment will take place in the Fountaintown cemetery.
Submitted by Barb Huff

The  Holt  County  Sentinel
Orange, Missouri
July 13, 1900
Page 4   column 6
Called Home.
          Oliver David Cross  died in St. Joseph, Mo., July 4, 1900.  He was born in Fountaintown, Shelby county, Indiana, November 16, 1863, and while quite young moved with his parents to Oregon, Holt county, Missouri, where he grew up to be a most worthy and model young man with pure and upright motives, always standing for the right with willing, helpful hands.  May his good example and influence still live.  He will be sadly missed in the home he loved so well, where he was ever a faithful son, a kind, unselfish brother, a firm friend likewise to old and young.  His funeral was conducted from the Christian church by Elder Stephenson, and his remains followed by a large concourse of sympathizing friends and laid to rest in the Maple Grove cemetry[sic].  Realizing the emptiness of words, may that never failing Grace of God comfort those aching, sorrowing hearts, and draw them nearer to Him who doeth all things well.
Dear son thous hast left us,
There is now that vacant chair
But 'tis God that has bereft us,
He will all our sorrows share.

Dear borther we'll be sad without thee,
For we miss thy loving smile,
We miss thy love and kindness,
Oh!  we miss thee all the while.
Card of Thanks.
          We desire to extend our heartfelt thanks to those kind neighbors and friends who came so willingly to our assistance in the loss by death of our son and brother.
JOHN  CROSS         
Contributed by John Addison Ballard

The  Jasper  Weekly  Courier
Jasper, Indiana
May 17, 1895
Page 2
          Col. A. D. Cross,  one of the best-known men in southern Indiana, died at Shelbyville on the evening of the 8th, from a stroke of paralysis.  He located in Shelbyville in 1840, moving from Lexington, Ky., and at the time of his death was drawing a pension of $72 per month.
Contributed by John Addison Ballard
Note:  This obituary was also posted in Daily Public Ledger, Maysville KY, 9 May 1895 p3 and others.

The  Shelbyville  Weekly  Volunteer
Thursday, November 12, 1874
Page 3 column 6
By Elder J. A. Roberts
          Died at the residence of her daughter,  Mrs. Martin M. Ray, in Shelbyville, Ind., November 7th, 1874,  Mrs. Nancy M. Cross, aged 77 years, 3 months and 18 days.  Sister Cross, whose maiden name was Daniels, was born in Orange County, Virginia, and was married to Joshua Cross, October 18, 1818.  She with her husband removed first to Kentucky and thence, 33 years ago, to Indiana.  She was well known in Shelbyville, and known only to be loved and respected by all.  She has been a member of the Christian Church for 37 years, and lived a most exemplary and godly life.  She will be sadly missed in the home circle, in the community and in the congregation at whose services she was a constant attendant.  Her earnest Christian faith and exemplary life are commended as worthy of imitation by all.  Her triumphant death was the just sequence of a pious and devoted life, and those who witnessed it feel to exclaim with Prophet:  "Let me die the death of the Righteous, and let my last end be like his."  The funeral services were conducted by the writer, and a large concourse of citizens signified their regard for the deceased by attending her remains to the cemetery.
[Buried City cemetery]
Submitted by Barb Huff

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