Shelby  County  Indiana


The  Shelbyville  Republican
Wednesday, April 29, 1936
Page 1
Former  President  of  First
National  Bank  Passes
Away  at  Home;
Widow  Survives
          Charles William Culbertson, 84 years old, retired Shelbyville financier, died at his home, 114 St. Marys street at 10 o'clock Tuesday night.
          Although not in the best of health Mr. Culbertson had planned to leave Shelbyville for future residence in Florida but became suddenly ill two weeks ago.  He and Mrs. Culbertson were to leave for West Palm Beach, Fla., on April 19.
          He was a former president of the First National Bank and one of the organizers of the Union Building Association, the first organization of its kind in the community.
Funeral  Friday.
          Funeral services will be held at the C. F. Fix & Son mortuary at 10:00 a.m. Friday.  The Rev. T. J. Wilson, pastor of the Gwynneville Christian church and the Rev. Paul E. Million, pastor of the First Christian church, will officiate.  Burial will be made at Forest Hill cemetery.  Friends may call at the Fix funeral home at any time.
          Please omit flowers.
          Coming here in 1881 as agent for the Pennsylvania railroad, Mr. Culbertson entered the First National Bank as assistant cashier on October 31, 1881.  He remained with the bank until his retirement on January 17, 1925, after forty-four years of service.  After a period as assistant cashier, he became cashier of the bank and was elected to the presidency in 1920.  He served as president until 1925.
          He was the principal organizer of the Union Building Association and took in the first dollar paid into the institution.  He served as director of the association until about two years ago.
Member  of  Church.
          At the age of 12 he became a member of the Baptist church at Lancaster, Ind., but he united with the Christian church under the preaching of his uncle,  John Brazelton.  He transferred his membership to the Christian church here soon after coming to Shelbyville and until his retirement from business was always active in church work.  He was leader of the choir more than 30 years, served as Sunday school superintendent and was elected as a life elder of the church several years ago.  The present church edifice here was made possible largely through his untiring efforts as chairman of the finance committee.
          He had been a member of the Odd Fellows lodge for sixty-one years and was also a member of Shelby lodge for sixty-one years and was also a member of Shelby lodge No. 28, F. & A. M., of this city, and of the York Rite.
          Mr. Culbertson was born Oct. 31, 1861, at Madison, Ind., the oldest of eight children.  He lived in southern Indiana until 16 years of age, when he accompanied his father, Samuel Culbertson, in a covered wagon across the prairie to Peru, Neb., where later, in 1860, his mother, Eliza (Brazelton) Culbertson, joined them and they established their home where the children might have the advantage of state normal school.
Weds  Frances  Harris
          On November 9, 1871, he was united in marriage to  Frances Lydia Harris.  To this union were born two children,  Charles Draper  and  Laura Louise.
          After a few years Mr. Culbertson returned with his family to southern Indiana where he was passenger agent for the Pennsylvania railroad at DuPont and Columbus before being transferred to this city.
          His wife, Frances Lydia, died June22, 1882, shortly after the family moved here.
          On Oct. 10, 1883, he was married to  Eugenia Lorinda Bone  and to this union three children were born.  They were  Alice,  Edith  and Lora.  His second wife preceded him in death on Jan. 2, 1895.
Mrs. Culbertson  Survivor
          On Nov. 27, 1895, he married  Mrs. Elizabeth (Talbert) Chadwick  and one son,  Charles Culbertson, Jr., was born to the union.
          Survivors are the widow, living here;  five children,  Mrs. L. O. Davis, of Greenfield;  Mrs. J. C. Peterson, principal of a school at Omaha, Neb,;  Mrs. George F. Batty, of Denver, Colo.;  Mrs. Scott W. Bone, of Washington, D. C.,and  C. W. Culbertson, Jr., of West Palm Beach, Fla.; three sisters,  Mrs. Nett Wherry,  Mrs. Grace White  and  Mrs. Leafie Robers, all living in Omaha; a brother,  Will Culbertson, of Waldron, Mich.; nine grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
          One grandchild, Lieut. George Edward Batty, was killed Oct. 7, 1935, in an air transport crash near Cheyenne, Wyo.  He was co-pilot of the plane.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

Shelbyville Daily Democrat
Saturday April 15, 1905
          Mrs. Martha A. Culbertson, widow of the late  D. Culbertson, died at the home of her daughter,  Mrs. R. N. Smith  at Fairland Saturday morning at 1:45 o’clock aged seventy four years, three months and six days.  She leaves two daughters and one son to mourn her loss.  Funeral services will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Fairland M.E. church.  The Rev E. R. West, will officiate.  Interment in the Fairland cemetery in charge of D. B. Wilson & Son.
Contributed by Veronica Valdez

The  Indiana  State  Journal
8 Sep 1897
          RUSHVILLE, Ind., Sept. 6. -- Miss Jane Culbertson  died at her home west of town yesterday, aged eighty-two.  She was the last of three maiden sisters, who, with their two bachelor brothers, lived on a large farm in this township.  The title to the land, 214 acres, rested in  John H. Culbertson,  a brother, who died without issue a year ago, leaving the land to  Martha Colville,  woamn who had cared for the bachelor, an old maid in the family for many years.  Alexander Culbertson,  who is feeble in mind, is the sole survivor.
Contributed by John Addison Ballard

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