Shelby County Indiana
The Shelbyville News
Margaret Emilie DePrez, 84, of Plymouth, died Monday, March 3, 2008.
June 11, 2008
Margaret E. DePrez
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: findagrave.com memorial 28635817.
Contributed by Jay G. Lamb
The Shelbyville News
Elmer DePrez, 74, Shelbyville, doa Major Hospital Thursday noon, apparent heart attack at his home.
Ill with a heart condition for some time.
Friday, November 21, 1975
MR. DePREZ DIES AT 74
in farming most of his life. Employed for 11 years at two
canning factories in Shelbville.
Member of Trinity United Methodist
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
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
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.
Thursday, June 4, 1970
Mrs. Deprez Dies In Hospital
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
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.
February 27, 1967
PROMINENT CITY COUPLE
VICTIMS OF AUTO CRASH
Gen. DePrez and Wife
Die in California
[Pictures and Daniel Wray and Virginia J. Deprez]
The crash victims are
Brig. Gen. D. Wray DePrez, 82, and his wife Virginia, 72, 103 West Mechanic
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
[Picture from Boetcker's 1902 Picturesque
Shelbyville, "Prominent Businessmen."
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
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,
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
Summarized by Phyllis Miller Fleming
The Shelbyville News
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.
Thursday, May 10, 1951
MRS. DEPREZ DIES AT HOME
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
(By Norman Thurston, City Editor, The Shelbyville Democrat)
Thursday August 26, 1937
JOHN DAY D’PREZ, AGE 64,
PUBLISHER OF THE SHELBYVILLE DEMOCRAT,
DIES AT HIS HOME
FOLLOWING HEART SEIZURE IN RESTAURANT
Attack Occurred Tuesday Evening
While Leaving Hotel Shelby;
But Strength Was So Low That
He Was Unable to Rally;
Hundreds of Messages Are Received From Wide Circle of Friends;
Prominent in Democratic Politics for Many Years;
Funeral at 3 p.m. Saturday at
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
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,
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
PROMINENT IN POLITICS
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.
MENTIONED FOR GOVERNOR
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
WORKED IN BANK
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
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.
A Shelbyville Newspaper
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.
Thursday, December 24, 1925
Mrs. Zora L. DePrez, Native
of County, Died at Her
Home Here Today.
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
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.
Johnson County, Indiana
Friday, September 21, 1900
Volume XLI, Number 12
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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
Special to the Sentinel:
12 Mar 1880
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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