Shelby  County  Indiana


The  Kokomo  Tribune
May 24, 1935
Page 1
          James Edgar Fulwider,  65, former representative from Howard county in the state legislature and long a prominent figure in business, church and fraternal circles in Greentown, died at the Good Samaritan hospital Thursday evening at 10:15 o'clock . He had been ill all spring and was removed from his home in Greentown to the hospital two weeks ago.  Funeral services will be held Sunday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock at the Greentown M. E. church, the Rev. J. O. Hochstedler, pastor, officiating.  Burial will follow in the Greentown cemetery.  Conforming to a request made by Mr. Fulwider when he realized the end was approaching, the casket will not be opened at the church.  Friends wishing to pay finalrespects may call at the home any time up to the hour of the funeral.
Born near Greentown.
          Mr. Fulwider was born January 19, 1870, son of  Audrey and  Priscilla Scott Fulwider, at their homestead, now the  McQuiston  place a mile west of Greentown on road No. 22.  There his boyhood was spent.  His education was acquired in the Liberty township public schools and the Kokomo high school in the latter of which he was for a period a member of the class of 1890.  A few of his old classmates still reside here.  In 1888 at the age of eighteen, he took a position with the Southern Express company, as auditor.  A year later he entered a furniture factory at Shelbyville, Ind., and learned cabinet-making.  After that he was employed three years in a furniture store in Indianapolis.
Veteran Furniture Dealer.
          Returning to Greentown in 1894, he shortly afterward engaged in the furniture business for himself.  In 1903 he formed a partnership with  J. D. Knightlinger, under the firm name of Knightlinger and Fulwider, furniture and undertaking.  In 1906 he took over the business for himself, later taking in a partner,  Earl Mast, under the firm name of  Fulwider and Mast.  He remained in that connection until 1925, when he disposed of his interest.  In 1926 he received the Republican nomination for representative and was elected.  He served in the legislative session of 1927.  Later he reentered the undertaking business in Greentown, continuing in it the remainder of his life.  On February 23, 1893, Mr. Fulwider married  Miss Selina Fortune  of Shelbyville, who survives him.  Two sons,  Thomas Ardra  and  Cedric Victor, preceded him in death.  Two half-brothers,  Arthur Fulwider  of Lancaster, Ohio, and  Bruce Fulwider  of Bluford, Ill., and two half-sisters,  Mrs. Mary Wimmer  of Kokomo and  Mrs. Celia DeBolt  of Warsaw, Ind., survive.
Churchman and Lodgeman
          Mr. Fulwider was a member of the Greentown M. E. church and for many years had been a member of its official board . His fraternal connections were with the Masonic and Pythian orders.  He belonged to the Blue Lodge of Masons and to the Scottish Rite and Shrine in Indianapolis.  Intelligent, affable and unassuming, Mr. Fulwider made and kept many friends.  He manifested a lively interest in public affairs from his early manhood and always was ready to lend support to civic movements.  He was a charter member of the Kokomo Kiwanis club and participated in it's activities as far as possible.  His acquaintance was wide, particularly in eastern Howard, and in many homes there he will be missed and mourned.
Contributed by Janet McColley Franklin

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