Shelby  County  Indiana


The  Shelbyville  News
June 11, 2008
Margaret E. DePrez
          Margaret Emilie DePrez, 84, of Plymouth, died Monday, March 3, 2008.
          Born Oct. 30, 1923, in Shelbyville, she was the daughter of  Karl J. DePrez  and  Mary McDannold Lamb DePrez.
          Survivors include her nieces,  Mary Elizabeth Harding Bradly  of Skaneateles, N.Y.,  Mary Lamb Theobald Palbykin  of Tucson, Ariz.,  Margaret Anne Harding St. John  of Rowayton, Conn., and  Anne Theobald Ramsey of Middleton, Wis.; and nephews,  Ralph Lyman Harding III  of Freeport, Maine, and  Peter Michael Theobald  of Cincinnati, Ohio.
          She was preceded in death by her parents and sisters,  Mary Lamb DePrez Harding  and  Anne Deprez Theobald.
          Ms. DePrez had been a social worker for the Marshall County Welfare Department, where she was recognized as an excellent case worker.  She also had been employed with Eli Lilly Co. and Wasson's, both in Indianapolis; and General Electric in Shelbyville.  She was an accomplished knitter and owned and operated Margaret's Art Needlework of Shelbyville.
          She attended Hollins College in Roanoke, Va., and graduated from DePauw University.
          Ms. DePrez was a member of St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Plymouth for more than 30 years.
          She loved dogs, flowers and sitting and chatting with friends. She also loved the opera and was recognized for the big-city refinement and culture she happily brought to a small town. She traveled extensively with trips to Europe, Brazil, Mexico and Asia.
          Family services were held in Forest Hill Cemetery, with interment in the DePrez family plot.
          Memorials may be made to St. Thomas Church or Heritage Preservation Center, 340 W. Michigan St, Indianapolis, IN 46202.
          Johnson-Danielson Funeral Home in Plymouth assisted with the arrangements.
Notes: memorial 28635817.
Contributed by Jay G. Lamb

The  Shelbyville  News
Friday, November 21, 1975
Elmer DePrez, 74, Shelbyville, doa Major Hospital Thursday noon, apparent heart attack at his home.  Ill with a heart condition for some time.
Engaged in farming most of his life.  Employed for 11 years at two canning factories in Shelbville.
Member of Trinity United Methodist Church.
Born in Shelby County June 28, 1901, s/o  George and  Milda (Rhoades) DePrez.
In 1921 married  Katie Kuhn, who died in 1926.
Married  Gwendolyn Sawyer  in 1928 and she preceded in death in 1951.
In 1953 married  Mary Kehl Theobald.
Surviving:  wife;  5 children, Mrs. Asa (Eva Jean) Theobald  and  Eugene DePrez, both of Shelbyville, Edmund DePrez, Anaheim, Calif., Lloyd DePrez, Shelbyville, and  Joe DePrez, at home; 2 step sons, Milton Theobald, Cincinnati, and  Larry Theobald, Shelbyville; 9 grandchildren; 3 step-grandchildren; 1 great-grandchild;  sister, Mrs. Anna Miller, Shelbyville.
One brother preceded in death.
Ewing Mortuary, with the Revs. Richard Clark and Glenn McGuire officiating.
Burial will be in Forest Hill Cemetery.
Contributed by Nancy Vance Glover
Summarized by Phyllis Miller Fleming

The  Shelbyville  News
Shelbyville, Indiana
Thursday, June 4, 1970
Mrs. Deprez Dies In Hospital
          Mrs. Mary L. DePrez, 79, of 42 W. Mechanic St., died Wednesday at 10:45 p.m. at Major Hospital, where she had been admitted late yesterday afternoon following a stroke at her home.
          Mrs. DePrez was a member of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, the Catherine Merrill Circle and the Associate Chapter of Kappa Kappa Kappa.
          Born in Hannibal, Mo., on Aug. 31, 1890, Mrs. DePrez was the daughter of  Charles T. and Margaret (Voorhis) Lamb.  On June 2, 1920, she was married to  Karl J. DePrez, who died June 18, 1926.
          Surviving are three daughters,  Mrs. Ralph L. (Mary) Lamb Harding Jr., New Canaan, Conn,  Miss Margaret Emelie DePrez,  at home, and  Mrs. Norman (Anne) Theobald, Plymouth; and six grandchildren. A brother preceded in death.
          Services will be Saturday at 2:30 p.m. at St. Luke’s Church, with Archdeacon Fredric P. Williams of Indianapolis officiating.  Burial will be in Forest Hill Cemetery.  Friends may call at the Ewing Mortuary after 4:00 p.m. Friday.
Note:  Mary died 3 Jun. 1970.
Contributed by Jay G. Lamb

The  Shelbyville  News
February 27, 1967
Gen. DePrez and Wife
Die in California
[Pictures and Daniel Wray and Virginia J. Deprez]
          Two of Shelby county's most prominent and widely known residents are dead today, victims of a highway crash in California in which their granddaughter was also injured.
          The crash victims are Brig. Gen. D. Wray DePrez, 82, and his wife Virginia, 72, 103 West Mechanic Street.
          The granddaughter, Miss Brooke Scott, daughter of  William O. Scott, of this city, is in the surgical section of General Hospital Riverside, California.  She received probable fractured ribs and her condition was officially listed as "not critical."
          Gen. DePrez was president and the son of the founder of the J. G. DePrez Co. here, retired commander of the 76th Infantry Brigade of the 38th Division, Indiana National Guard, and prominent in business, industry, banking, and farming activities.  Mrs. DePrez had been a member of the Shelby County Welfare Board for many years.
          Gen. and Mrs. DePrez were killed, probably instantly, when a small foreign car driven by the granddaughter was in collision with a Jeep at an intersection near Riverside, where the local couple arrived Saturday for a visit.  The accident occurred at 2:20 p.m. (PST) Sunday.
          The local couple was pronounced dead on arrival at a nearby March Air Force Base hospital, where Miss Scott also was treated and examined before removal to the General Hospital.  Gen. DePrez died of chest and internal injuries.  Mrs. DePrez suffered skull and internal injuries.
          Mr. and Mrs. William O. Scott, son-in-law and daughter of Gen. and Mrs. DePrez and parents of the injured young women, left by plane this morning for Riverside.
          Definite funeral arrangements have not been made pending word from the Scotts but tentative plans call for the customary calling hours followed by private rites at the Ewing Mortuary here later this week.  Following cremation, public interment rites also will be held at Forest Hill Cemetery early next week.  Full military honors at the graveside also are planned for the retired general.  In accordance with earlier expressed wishes of both Gen. and Mrs. DePrez it was requested flowers be omitted.
          The local couple left here Thursday by train for a visit with the granddaughter, who is a school teacher at Riverside, and were to have visited a grandson, DePrez Ewing, a lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force at Lubboc, Texas, this week.
          Gen. DePrez' interests extended into almost every facet of community life here and his long military career also gave him a wide acquaintance throughout Indiana and the rest of the country.  He was president of the State Armory Board at the time of his death, and had been a board member of that board for nearly 40 years, and also served 10 years as a trustee of the Indiana World War Memorial at Indianapolis.
          His military career began in 1915 when he joined the old Indiana State Militia as an enlisted man and in the intervening half-century he held virtually every rank to that of brigadier general to which he was appointed by Gov. Harry G. Leslie in 1932.  He became a captain in 1917 in Co. 1 of the Ind. Regiment a major in 1917 and a colonel in 1921 and was commander of the 151st infantry Regiment.  With his appointment as brigadier-general he became commander of the 76th Brigade, 38th Division, Indiana National Guard, in which he served until World War II when in 1942, he was named assistant executive officer of Camp Wolters training center in Texas.  Later in the war he served with Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Forces (SHAEF), based in London as members of the joint British-American military government section charged with the responsibility of planning and restoration of electrical power on the European continent following the invasion.  He retired from the army in 1944, having reached the statutory age of retirement.  He was a graduate of Culver Military Academy in 1904 and attended Butler and Chicago Universities.  He also served many years as a member of the Board of Officers of the Culver Legion.  In 1953, he received the Indiana Distinguished Service Medal for his long service in military affairs.
         [Picture from Boetcker's 1902 Picturesque Shelbyville, "Prominent Businessmen."
          In the business world he was president of the DePrez hardware firm here, vice-president of the DePrez-Scott hardware stores in Franklin and Rushville and a former president of the Indiana Retail Hardware Association.  He was a director of the Farmers National Bank and helped organize the Chambers Corporation here and also the Sta-Titie Snath Co., manufacturers of scythe handles, of which he was a former president.  He was also a director of the Indiana Manufacturers Association.
          He was a former member of the Board of Education of Shelbyville schools and a charter member and former president of the local Rotary Club, which he headed in 1939-40.  He held extensive farm interests and was head of Turkey Trap Farms in the county.
          He was a member of and a reader in First Church of Christ Scientist, which both he and Mrs. DePrez attended.
          In the fraternal field he was a member of the Masonic order, Knights Templar, 32nd degree of the Scottish Rite at Indianapolis, Murat Shrine Temple at Indianapolis, Elks, Eagles, American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Indianapolis Press Club, Columbia Club of Indianapolis and the Farm Bureau.
          Besides serving as a member of the Shelby County Welfare Board for many years, Mrs. DePrez was a member of the Wi-Hub Circle, Order of Eastern Star, a former Gray Lady and a former member of the Indiana State Symphony Association.  She was the daughter of  William W. and  Minnie (Parrish) Fuller  and was born here April 3, 1894.  She attended Shelbyville High School and Hollins College in Virginia.
          Her husband was the son of  Jacob G. and  Jennie L. (Wray) DePrez  and also was born in Shelbyville, on June 29, 1884.  The couple was married September 1, 1915.
          They were the parents of three daughters,  Mrs. William O. Scott,  Mrs. Richard Ewing,  and  Mrs. Arthur Thurston  and there are nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.  Mrs. DePrez is also survived by a brother  Parrish Fuller.
Summarized by Phyllis Miller Fleming

The  Shelbyville  News
Thursday, May 10, 1951
          Ill for the last two years, Mrs. Gwendolyn F. DePrez, wife of  Elmer DePrez, died at her home near Marion Wednesday evening at 6:30 o'clock.  She was 44 years of age.
          Mrs. DePrez was born in Cumberland county, Ky., on February 4, 1907, and had resided in Shelby county since 1925.  She was the daughter of  John and  Minnie (Hay) Sawyer.  Her marriage to Mr. DePrez took place on January 21, 1928, and he survives with three children, Eva Jean,  Donald Edmond  and  Lloyd Franklin DePrez, all at home.  Also surviving are the mother, two sisters and three brothers,  Mrs. Cecil Cawein  of near Rays Crossing;  Mrs. Avinell Nigh, Marion township;  Hailey Sawyer, Brandywine township;  Trumen  of Hendricks township and  Perkins Sawyer  of Marion township.
          Mrs. DePrez was a member of the Trinity Methodist Church.
          Funeral services will be held at the Ewing Mortuary Saturday at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Josephine B. Huffer officiating.  Interment will be at Forest Hill cemetery.  Friends may call at the mortuary after noon Friday.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

The  Shelbyville  Republican
Thursday, July 25, 1940
Widow of J. G. DePrez
Dies; Son, D. Wray
DePrez, Survives
          Mrs. Jennie Lind (Wray) DePrez,  widow of  J. G. DePrez  and mother of  Brig. Gen. D. Wray DePrez  of this city, died at 5:00 a.m. Monday at her home, 126 north Harrison street.  She had been in failing health for several months.  Born of pioneer parents in Addison township, near here, Mrs. DePrez lived in Shelbyville thruout her lifetime and was widely known throughout the community.  She was one of the organizers and a charter member of Naamah chapter, Order of Eastern Star, and served four terms as matron of the organization.  She was also a member of the Past Matron's Circle, a past president of the Catherine Merrill Circle and a member of the First Church of Christ, Scientist.
          The daughter of  Isom and  Miamia (Bowen) Wray,  pioneer residents of the county, she was born October 5, 1859, in a log cabin built by her great-grandfather, who came west from Carolina and settled in Addison township when this section of the country was still a wilderness.  The cabin, now covered with weatherboarding, still stands near the site of the old Wray churches.
          After graduating from Western College for Women, at Oxford, O., she was married to Jacob G. DePrez, co-founder with  Henry Doble  of the J. G. DePrez Hardware Co., and one of the community's most prominent residents.  He died in 1926.
          She is survived only by the son, three brothers having preceded her in death.  They were  Rev. Newton Wray,  Albert F. Wray  and  William Wray.
          Mrs. DePrez and her husband were married in what is now the family room of the present Charles M. Ewing funeral home, which was formerly the old Wray residence, and in this room her funeral service will be held at 4:00 p.m. Wednesday.  The Christian Science service will be read, after which the body will be taken to Indianapolis for cremation and then returned here for burial in the family lot at Forest Hill cemetery.  Omission of flowers is requested.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

The  Shelbyville  Republican
Thursday August 26, 1937
Page 1
Attack Occurred Tuesday Evening
While Leaving Hotel Shelby;
Publisher Regained Consciousness 
But Strength Was So Low That
He Was Unable to Rally;
Hundreds of Messages Are Received From Wide Circle of Friends;
Had Been Prominent in Democratic Politics for Many Years;
Funeral at 3 p.m. Saturday at Residence
(By Norman Thurston, City Editor, The Shelbyville Democrat)
          John Day DePrez, age sixty-four, publisher of The Shelbyville Democrat, and leader in political and civic affairs of the county and state for more than a quarter of a century, died at his home at 126 West Mechanic Street, at 10:20 p.m. Wednesday as the result of a heart attack suffered Tuesday evening.  The heart seizure, which occurred as he left a downtown hotel, was totally unexpected and word of his critical illness yesterday spread rapidly throughout the county and state.  He had been in comparatively good health for the past several weeks since undergoing treatment for arterial trouble during the winter and has been at his office daily.  He was at work as usual Tuesday before he was stricken.
          A heart specialist was summoned from Indianapolis and Mr. DePrez regained consciousness following the first seizure, but his strength was at such low ebb he did not rally at any time Wednesday.
          Funeral services will be held at the DePrez residence at 3:00 p.m. Saturday and burial will be made in Forest Hill cemetery, in charge of Ralph J. Edwards, funeral director.
          Dr. J. W. McFall, pastor of the First Methodist church will officiate,
          Friends are asked to kindly omit flowers.
          Pallbearers at the services will be employees of  The Democrat.  They will be  D. W. Avery  and  Wilmer McNeely,  both of whom have been associated with Mr. DePrez in the publishing business since 1905;  Marion T. Ayers,  Norman Thurston,  William J. Goebel,  Fred L. Jones,  Frank J. Read  and  Lawrence Parker.
          For more than a quarter of a century Mr. DePrez played an important part in political affairs of the state and county, and his interests spread into almost every phase of industrial and civic activities here.
          Although he held but two political offices during his lifetime he had nevertheless taken a most active part in all Democratic political affairs.  He assisted in formulating every state Democratic platform at conventions for more than twenty years.  He served one term as a member of the Shelbyville city council and another as a member of the city board of education.
          Active in both the Indiana Democratic Editorial Association and the Hoosier State Press Association, he served one term as president of the editorial group and was a member of the board of directors of the press association at the time of his death.  He had planned to leave for French Lick for the editorial association’s annual gathering the day after he was stricken.
          On numerous occasions Mr. DePrez was mentioned by political leaders as a possible candidate for governor and for congressional posts but each time he refused the honor, always preferring to work in the party’s ranks.
          The son of  John C. and  Zora L. (Miller) DePrez, he was born one mile from Shelbyville, on October 1, 1872.  He was one of four children, the others being Harry W. DePrez, of this city;  Herbert B. DePrez,  who died recently, and  Russell DePrez,  who was fatally injured when a young man.
  &bvsp; &bvsp; &bvsp;   After obtaining an early education in the Shelbyville schools, Mr. DePrez attended Hanover College, at Hanover, Indiana, graduating from the two-year course offered at that time.  While at Hanover he became a member of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity and remained active in the organization throughout the succeeding years.
          In September, 1892, he accepted a position at the Shelby Bank and for ten years he remained at the institution, holding various positions.
          After living in the west for a short time, he returned to Shelbyville and formed an organization that purchased the old Shelby Democrat, and organ set up by Ray Sutton and McCorkle, in 1878. Mr. DePrez assumed active management of the paper on June 4, 1904, when the paper’s offices were located on the second floor of the building now occupied by the Johnson & O’Conner drug store, at Franklin and Harrison streets.  Under his management the business rapidly grew in circulation and advertising soon became accepted as one of the outstanding Democratic organs in this section of the state.
MOVED  IN  1920
          The newspaper moved from its original location to its present location on East Washington street in 1920.
          On October 28, 1902, Mr. DePrez was united in marriage to  Miss Emma Senour,  daughter of  George and  Frances (Robins) Senour,  one of the county’s pioneer families.
          A charter member of the Rotary Club, Mr. DePrez served as president of the organization.  He was also a Knights Templar, a past chancellor of the K. of P. lodge, Knights of Pythias lodge, a member of the Improved Order of Red Men and a former member of the Ben Hur lodge.  His religious affiliations were with the First Presbyterian Church.
          Besides the widow and the brother, Harry DePrez, he is survived by a nephew,  John C. DePrez, and a niece  Miss Mary DePrez, both of this city, and several cousins.
Contributed by Barb Huff
Picture from Boetcker's Picturesque Shelbyville, 1902.

The  Shelbyville  Republican
Thursday, April 1, 1926
Beginning Business as Bakers
Clerk, Became Wealthy
Resident of County.
Mr. DePrez, Born in Cincinnati,
Brought to City When Three
Months Old.
          "Fifty-six years behind the county,"  every one of these years being spent in Shelbyville, almost everyone of them on the Public Square, is the record  Jacob G. DePrez  left in Shelbyville when he passed away at his home in North Harrison street Wednesday night at 8:40 o'clock.  Mr. DePrez was born in Cincinnati on March 24, 1855.  His parents,  John and  Mary DePrez  had been in Shelbyville and six months prior to the birth of this son.  Mr. DePrez had purchased the tract of land at the corner of Washington, Noble and Franklin streets on which he erected the Indiana House and a one story frame residence that faced Franklin street at Noble street.  Progressive and honorable both Mr. and Mrs. DePrez were quickly recognized as the class of people who "makes things go."  Jacob DePrez was one of ten children, he being next to the youngest,  William DePrez,  coming after Jake.  The entire family is now dead with the exception of  Mrs. Maggie Stroup  and Mr. William DePrez of the Morrison-DePrez Drug Co.
          At the age of fourteen DePrez started working for his brother,  Michael DePrez,  who had a bakery in the old frame building that occupied the ground of the present  A. Goodman  store.  From that day until his illness took him from his business he was never idle.  Through the years he was energetic, a hard worker, mathodical, painstaking, always mindful that customers in this store be properly and kindly waited on.
          His career was not so varied for a man who was fifty-six years behind the county.  Gus Swartz  and his brother  Charles  came to Shelbyville from German opening a dry goods store in the room now occupied on North Harrison street by the  Wolf Quality Store annex.  The  Schwartz borthers were rather unusual in good appearance, dress and polish.  Mr. DePrez clerked in this tore for while and then went to the  Gorgas and Strong  hardware store on the south side of the Public Square, that being in 1876.  From that year he was continously[sic] in the hardware business.  His first connection as a part owner of a store was with the late   Henry Doble  in 1880 the first being Doble and DePrez, this firm occupying the south room of the present DePrez store but occupied less space in depth.  The building was then owned by  John BlessingGeorge Goulding  had a clothing store in the north room and  Alex Pierson  and  Billy Morgan,  colored, had a restaurant in the basement.  The J. G. DePrez Company now occupies the entire building with a five story connecting building.  Associated in the business is  Albert DePrez,  a nephew, and  D. Wray DePrez,  the only son and child.  Forty-six years ago when Mr. DePrez and Mr. Doble were together the second floor of the building was known as "Blessing's Opera House; [no end quote-marks] the third story was the Masonic ball.  For almost a half century Mr. DePez was a commanding figure in Shelbyville's business.  In addition to his hardware interests Mr. DePrez was a director of the First National Bank and has served as vice-president of that institution for eleven years.  People had confidence in him, trusted him, he being true to every trust.
          Mr. DePrez was married to  Jennie I. Wray,  only daughter of the late  Mr. and Mrs. Isom Wray  on October 9, 1887.  Their only child is  Col. D. Wray DrPrez  who has been connected with his father in business since he left school.  In addition to the pleasure Mr. DePrez received in conducting his business he and Mrs. DePrez traveled much.  They visited almost every state in the Union, visited every possession of the United States, made a trip to Europe and a trip around the world.  There are very few place of interest in this country that they did not visit.
Veteran  Businessman  Dead


          Almost every person who knew Mr. DePrez called him "Jake," this for the reason that he was always easy to approach by all clesses.  His friendship extended all over Shelby county while his personal friends constituted a very large circle in Shelbyville, Indianapolis and other cities and towns.  The DePrez hardware store will hardly seem natural without the friendly greeting of Mr. DePrez, his hearty handshake and a smile that certainly never came off.
          For fifty-eight years Mr. DePrez had been in business on the Public Square and for forty-six years of that time had managed his own store and business.  He was thirteen years old when he entered a local baker's shop as a clerk.  After twelve years of clerking in a baker shop, dry goods store, and hardware store, he opened his own store, and through the years built up one of the largest business houses in the county and state.  Starting life as a boy without means, he became one of the wealthiest men in the county.
          Mr. DePrez was one of the large land owners of the county.  He was _____[?] interested in his farms, and kept them thoroughly stocked.  He managed his [farms?] in such a manner that they paid, and his tenants were all put in the way of making money.
          Mr. DePrez had served as the Democratic member of the board of trustees of the Indiana Boy's School at Plainfield, during the term of James P. Goodrich, as governor.  Mr. DePrez was greatly interested in the work of the boy's school, and made a large number of trips to the place during the time that he served as a member of the board.
          Funeral services will be held at the home Friday afternoon at two-thirty o'clock, Dr. L. O. Richmond, pastor of the First Presbyterian church officiating.  Burial will be made in Forrest Hill cemetery.  Friends may call at the home tonight and Friday until noon.
          Pall bearers, all employes[sic] of the store, are  Harry Mann,  Dalton Spurlin,  Thomas Fann,  Ralph Coleman,  Earl Haehl,  and  Wade Bowman.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

A  Shelbyville  Newspaper
Thursday, December 24, 1925
Mrs. Zora L. DePrez, Native
of County, Died at Her
Home Here Today.
          Mrs. Zora L. DePrez,  age seventy-five, widow of  John C. DePrez,  died Thursday morning at nine-forty o'clock, at her home, 368 North Harrison street.  Her death was caused by kidney and bladder trouble, with which she had suffered about two years ago.  Mrs. DePrez had suffered an attack about four weeks ago.  While she was able to see her friends she never fully regained her strength.  She had remained in a state of coma most of the time since last Sunday.  At times she rallied, and called members of the family by name.  Periods of consciousness were short.
          Mrs. DePrez was a native of Shelby county.  She was a daughter of  Alexander and  Lucy (Templeton) Miller,  pioneers of the county, and was born in Hendricks township on September 6, 1850.  Her mother died when she was ten months old.  Her father then moved to Shelbyville, and Mrs. DePrez had lived here since.
          She was married to  John C. DePrez April 11, 1871.  Mr. DePrez died ten years ago this month.  Four children were born to them, the youngest,  Russell,  dying at the age of six years.  She leaves three sons,  John Day DePrez,  Harry W. DePrez,  and  Herbert B. DePrez,  all of Shelbyville; and one sister,  Mrs. Martha Saivre,  of Rochester, N. Y.  Mrs. Saivre is critically ill.
          Family and friends always meant much to Mrs. DePrez.  She was a member of the First Presbyterian church, the Merrill Circle, Mary Mott Green Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, Kettle Drum Club and Luncheon Club.
          Funeral services will be held at the home Saturday afternoon at two o'clock, Dr. L. O. Richmond, pastor of the Presbyterian church, officiating.  Burial will be made in Forest Hill cemetery.  Friends may call at the home Friday night from seven to nine o'clock and Saturday morning from nine to [copy becomes to dark to read].
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

The  Franklin  Democrat
Johnson County, Indiana
Friday, September 21, 1900
Volume XLI, Number 12
Page 1, column 1
          Mrs. Emma L. DePrez,  wife of  Daniel DePrez,  who owns the Franklin ice plant, but whose home is in Shelbyville, died last Friday evening at Indianapolis, where she had gone for medical treatment.  She had been in poor health several months, and as a last resort a surgical operation was performed on Thursday.  This, however, failed to bring relief, death resulting on the following day.  The funeral services were held Monday at Shelbyville.
Notes:  Date of birth, 22 Nov 1858.  Date of death, 14 Sep 1900 – Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana.  Rush County, Indiana; Marriage Records 1862-1882 Bk 11, compiled by Ruth M. Slevin, records on page 60 that Daniel DePrez married Emma L. Hoehl [Haehl] on 26 Nov 1876.  Indiana, Death Certificates, 1899–2011, Indianapolis, Center Township, Marion County, Certificate and Record of Death, page 322 records that Emma L. DePrez died at about 6 o’clock p. m. on 14 Sep 1900 at the Deaconess Hospital in Indianapolis from paresis of bowels and ascites of six hours' duration, caused by cirrhoses of the liver of indefinite duration, aged forty-two years. She was female, white, and married, born in Indiana.  Her parents' names and birthplaces, and informant's name are not recorded.  Emma was buried in Shelbyville, Indiana on 15 Sep 1900, Whitsett & Culver, undertakers.
Contributed by Mark McCrady and Cathea Curry

The  Indianapolis  Sentinel
12 Mar 1880
Sudden Death
Special to the Sentinel:
          SHELBYVILLE, Ind., March 11. -- Mr. August Deprez  died suddenly at his residence in this city, at 2 o'clock this morning, of paralysis of the heart.  He was a man of wealth and a Democratic politician of large influence and popularity.  Deceased was about 87 years old and son of the late  John Deprez,  a German, who accumulated a large fortune here in the hotel business.
Contributed by John Addison Ballard

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