Shelby  County  Indiana


The  Shelbyville  Republican
Thursday, December 9, 1943
          Alfred L. Hart, age fifty-four, employee of the National Farm Machinery Inc., and former furniture worker in this city, died at 2:30 a.m. Wednesday at his home at 726 Elm St.
          Death was due to pneumonia.  Mr. Hart had been in poor health for several months and his condition had been serious since Saturday.
          He was born in Hope on August 15, 1889, the son one  Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Hart.  On July 6, 1913, he was married to  Miss Mae Clark, of this city.  She survives with two daughters, Mrs. Marion Anderson  and  Mrs. Garnett Beatty, both of this city.  Also surviving are two grandchildren, Sanda Lynn  and  Betty Sue Anderson.
          Mr. Hart was a member of the First Baptist church, where he had served as a deacon for the past 12 years and as an usher for the past 30 years.  He also was a member of the I. O. O. F. lodge and Shelby Encampment.
          Funeral services will be held at the late home Saturday at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. Walter Hand officiating.  Burial will be in Forest Hill cemetery in charge of Morris H. Sleeth.  Friends may call at the home after noon Thursday.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

The  Shelby  Democrat
Thursday, March 24, 1938
Rev. T. J. Hart, Pastor of Flat
Rock M.E. Church, Dies After
Several Months Illness.
          The Rev. Thomas J. Hart,  pastor of the Flat Rock Methodist Episcopal church since August 1937, died this morning, at the Methodist hospital in Indianapolis, where he had been a patient since Tuesday.
          He had been ill several months and had been in the hospital three months last fall.  He was sixty-one years old.
          Mr. Hart was pastor of the Flat Rock M.E. church at the time of his death, having received the charge last August.  He held the pastorals of the Barth Place church at Indianapolis from 1925 to 1929.  Later he was pastor of the Brownsburg M.E. church from 1931 to 1936.  He retired in 1936 but because of a demand for his services took the Flat Rock position although in impaired health.
          He was born in Decatur county and was a graduate of Moores Hill college.  His first pastorate was the New Middletown M.E. church in 1903.  He also held charges in Mt. Vernon and other towns in southern Indiana.  in 1901 he was married to  Miss Lydia Gommel,  of Ripley county.  He was a member of the Masonic lodge.
          Surviving are his wife, two brothers,  Frank Hart,  Decatur county and  Allen Hart,  of Oklahoma.
          Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday afternoon in the Brownstown M.E. church.  Burial will be in the Brownstown cemetery.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

The  Shelbyville  Republican
Friday December 31, 1926
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Death Of Well Known Citizen Occurs Early Today At Home Here
          The death of Garret A. Hart, well known resident of this city, occurred at 6:45 o’clock this morning at his home, 442 West Franklin street.  Mr. Hart suffered a stroke of apoplexy six weeks ago and had been ill since that time.
          Born at Pleasant View in Moral township of this county, Mr. Hart was the son of Mr. and Mrs. [William] Theodore Hart.  At the time of his death he was sixty-four years of age.
          Miss Gertrude Dietzer of this city, who with two sons,  Maurice  and  John, both at home, survive.  The deceased was a man of estimable character and was held in high esteem by many friends.  He was a member of the First Christian Church of this city.
          Surviving besides the wife and sons are one sister,  Mrs. George [Isola] Armstrong, of London, Indiana, one half brother,  Lawrence Hart  of South Bend and two half sisters,  Mrs. Loren Vanderkar of Niles, Michigan and  Mrs. Ivy Showalter  of Acton.
          Funeral services will be held at the home at two o’clock Monday afternoon, with the Rev. T. J. Wilson, pastor of the First Christian church, officiating. Burial will be in Forest Hill cemetery in charge of Charles M. Ewing, funeral director.
Contributed by Barb Huff

The  Shelbyville  Republican
Saturday March 20, 1920
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Mother of Garret Hart Passed Away While Visiting Her Daughter
          Mr. Garret Hart, of west Franklin street, Friday afternoon, received a telegram announcing the death of his [step] mother,  Mrs. Augusta Hart, which occurred at the home of her daughter in South Bend.  Mrs. Hart was born near Brookfield in Moral township, and lived in that township practically all her life.  She was the widow of  William T. Hart who died 12 years ago.  For many years Mr. and Mrs. Hart lived on a good farm immediately south of London.  After they sold this farm they went to Fairland where they lived until Mr. Hart died.  Mrs. Hart was 73 years old.  She was closely identified with the growth of that section of the county in which she lived so long. She was a worker in the church, encouraged the schools and did her part in the advancement of the community welfare.  Recently a portion of her time was spent with her daughter,  Mrs. William Showalter, of Acton.  She went to South Bend some time ago to visit her daughter,  Mrs. Nora Vandekoor, where she died.  Another [step] daughter,  Mrs. Isola Armstrong, lives at London, in this county.  Her sons are [stepson]  Garret Hart, of this city and [son]  Lawrence Hart of South Bend.
          The body will arrive in Acton some time this evening and will be taken to the home of Mrs. Showalter.  No arrangements will be made for the funeral until this evening or tomorrow but it is known that the interment will be in the Pleasant View cemetery.
Contributed by Barb Huff

The  Shelbyville  Republican
Saturday January 25, 1908
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          William T. Hart, a pioneer resident of Shelby and Rush counties, died at his Fairland home Friday evening.  Death resulted from a complication of diseases.  Mr. Hart was seventy-eight years of age and until the fatal illness had always enjoyed perfect health.  He was born in Delaware, but when a child moved with his parents to Rush county.  His life was spent in Rush and Shelby counties.  A widow and five children, two boys and three girls, and a number of grandchildren survive.  The children are Garrett A. Hart, of this city; Lawrence of South Bend; Mrs. Isola Armstrong, of Pleasant View; Mrs. Roberta Showalter, of Fairland, and Mrs. Nora Vanderkarr, of South Bend.  The funeral services will be conducted at the Pleasant View Baptist church on Sunday morning at 11 o’clock, the cortege leaving the house at 9 a.m.  Interment in Pleasant View cemetery. Stewart & Fix have charge of the funeral.
Shelby County, Indiana Marriages
Wm. T. Hart & Lucinda Walbert
January 1, 1857
Book 7 page 67
Wm. T. Hart & Augusta J. Dearmin
September 5, 1869
Book 9 page 275
Contributed by Barb Huff

The  Shelby  Democrat
Thursday, November 7, 1895
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          The remains of John Wesley Hart, a son of Theodore Hart, of Moral township, were shipped to the home of his father, from Denver, Colorado, last week.  The deceased had committed suicide over domestic troubles.  He was a railroad conductor and his father had not seen him for fifteen years.

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          Several of the London people attended the funeral of the suicide, Wesley Hart, held at Pleasant View last Friday a.m.  He committed the deed at Denver, Colorado, and was brought here for burial.
Contributed by Barb Huff

The  Franklin  Democrat
Friday, September 19, 1890
Volume XXXI, Number 13
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          Henry Hart,  of Fairland, was found dead under the Big Four bridge which crosses Little Sugar Creek near Fairland.  It is supposed he was taken with an epileptic fit and fell from the bridge and was killed.
Contributed by Mark McCrady and Cathea Curry

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