Shelby  County  Indiana


The  Shelbyville  News
Tuesday, July 16, 2002
Bruce T. Holbrook, 57, of Greensburg, died Monday, July 15, 2002.
Born Aug. 30, 1944, in Decatur County, s/o  Paul T. “Pete” and Sally (Robbins) Holbrook.  He married Suzanne Schroeder  on June 21, 1985, she survives.
Other survivors include one son, Brian T. Holbrook  of Greensburg; two daughters, Kim Holbrook  and  Amanda Walterman, both of Greensburg; one stepson, Robert Price  of Whibey Island, Wash.; one stepdaughter, Laurie Black  of Greensburg; four brothers, James D. Bright  of Naples, Fla., Edwin E. Holbrook  of Longview, Texas, Richard M. Holbrook  of Decatur, Ill., and  Jon D. Holbrook  of Greensburg; two sisters, Phyllis Lutes  of Shelbyville and  Donna Stutz  of Columbus; and 10 grandchildren. Preceded in death by his parents and one granddaughter, Riley Price.
Farm Bureau Insurance agent in Greensburg.
1962 graduate Greensburg High School.
Waldron Masonic Lodge No. 217; Decatur County Shriners Club; Scottish Rite; American Legion Post No. 129 in Greensburg; Greensburg Country Club; Eagles Lodge; AM Vets; Tri-City Life Association in Shelbyville; N.A.L.U., Life Underwriters Training Council; Indianapolis Murat Temple; and Yellow Shirt at Indianapolis Motor Speedway for 18 years.
Gilliland-Howe Funeral Home, 110 E. North St. in Greensburg.
Burial will be in South Park Cemetery in Greensburg.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Decatur County or the Indiana University Department of Neurology, the research center for ALS.
Summarized by Phyllis Miller Fleming

The  Shelbyville  News
Monday, May 5, 1952
Funeral For Alva Holbrook
Will Be Held Wednesday
          Alva F. Holbrook,  ex - trustee of Hendricks Township and resident of Marietta for 45 years, died at his home this morning at 1:30 o'clock after an illness of 10 months.  He was 72 years old.  An interior decorator by occupation, Mr. Holbrook served as trustee of Hendricks township from 1920 to 1924.  One of a family of ten children, he was born in Union Township on September 15, 1879.  His parents were  Robert and  Amanda Stewart Holbrook.  On February 16, 1902, he was married to  Jessie Johnson,  who survives with five of six children born to the union.  The children are  Otis  at home;  Mrs. Lorita Crafton  of Flat Rock, RR 1;  George, of Indianapolis;    of La Carne, Oh, and  Mrs. Deloris Trimnell  of Knightstown.  Five grandchildren and a brother and a sister,  Joseph Holbrook  of Daleville and  Mrs. Fred Fisher  of Flat Rock, also survive.  Last rites will be held at the Carmony Funeral Home in this city Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock.  Reverend J. C. Fouts will officiate and burial will be in Miller Cemetery.  Friends may call at the funeral home after noon on Tuesday.
Contributed by Marlena Linne

Unknown Shelby County Newspaper
Rebecca Holbrook
[Death date Feb 1933]
           Rebecca Holbrook, daughter of Dave and Martha Jane Morris, was born in Berry (sic) County Missouri, January 29th, 1872,and died at her home in Gwynneville, Indiana February 5th 1933.
           To this union was born two daughters and one son, the son Heber, having preceded her in death several years ago.
           Mrs. Holbrook at the death of her sister Mabel (sic) Wilson (sic)* took her infant daughter Gertrude and cared for her as one of her own children until her marriage.
           Mrs. Holbrook was a faithful member of the Christian Church of Gwynneville, having joined the church under the pastorate of Brother Walter Scott Smith, November 18th, 1892.
           She leaves to mourn her, her husband Frank Holbrook of Gwynneville, her daughters Grace Arnold of Gwynneville, Jess Nowotne of Carthage, and Gertrude Addington  of Charlotte, N.C.  One brother, Jessie Morris of Arlington, Ind. One sister, Alma Rutherford  of Washington [NOTE: scratched out and someone has written Oregon above this], and three grandchildren, with a host of friends and relatives.
* Mabelle Willson is the correct spelling. Her husband was "Gamey" Willson; he remarried later on and had two daughters and a son.  Gertrude was only 6 mos old when Mabelle died, and she always considered Frank and Becky her parents and called them Dad and Mom; she didn't call "Gamey" Dad. She acknowledged Gamey, but he was not close with her.  Gertrude lived in Asheville NC after she married and when they came to visit they always stayed with the Holbrooks, and later on my parents.
Submitted by Jill Knitl

A  Shelbyville  Newspaper
Friday, December 28, 1928
Mrs. Amanda Holbrook, Age 70 Years,
Passes Away At Daughter's Home.
          Advanced age and a complication of diseases brought death today in  Mrs. Amanda Jane Holbrook, 79 years old.  She passed away at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Henry Spurlin, in Shelby township about nine o'clock this morning.
          Until three years ago, Mrs. Holbrook had lived in Shelbyville, having moved to this city from Jackson township in 1915 following the death of her husband.  She was born in Brown county, Ohio, Sept. 4, 1849., and moved to the vicinity of Manilla, Rush county, with  Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Boots, as a child, followng the death of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Levi Steward.  She lived there until her marriage to  Robert Holbrook, which took place Sept. 25, 1886.
          Ten children were born to them, five surviving.  They are:  Mrs. Spurlin, at whose home Mrs. Holbrook died;  Mrs. Julius Theobald of Union township;  Mrs. Fred Fisher, of Flat Rock;  Alva Holbrook, Marietta, and  Joseph Holbrook, Daleville, Ind.
          Mrs. Holbrook was a member of the Union Christian church of Ray's Crossing, at which church the funeral services will be held at 2 o'clock Sunday afternoon.  The burial will be in the Bennett cemetery.  C. F. Fix and Sons are in charge.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

The  Daily  Democrat
December 28, 1928
Page 8
Complications  Caused  Death  of
Mrs. Amanda Jane Holbrook
at  Her  Daughter's  Home.
           Mrs. Amanda Jane Holbrook, for many years a respected citizen of Shelby county, died this morning at nine o'clock at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Henry Spurlin, in Shelby township.  Mrs. Holbrook had been ill for some time with a complication of diseases incidental to her advanced age.
           Funeral services will be conducted at Rays Crossing at two o'clock Sunday afternoon, at the Christian Union Church.  Burial will be in the Bennett Cemetery in charge of C.F. Fix & Son, funeral direc tors.
           Mrs. Holbrook was born in Brown County, Ohio, on September 4, 1849, and was at the time of death seventy-nine years three months and twenty-four days old.  Her parents, Mr. and Mrs. O. P. Steward, died in her youth and she came to live in Indiana, near Manilla, with Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Boots, where she remained until her marriage with Robert Holbrook in 1866.
           To this union ten children were born, five of whom survive.  They are Mrs. Julius Theobald, of Union township;  Mrs. Fred Fisher, of Flat Rock;  Mrs. Spurlin, at whose home she died;  Alva Holbrook, of Marietta, and  Joseph Holbrook, of Dalesville, Ohio.
           Following the death of Mr. Holbook in 1915, she moved to Shelbyville, where she resided for three years, forming many fast friendships throughout the city. Her death will be sincerely mourned by a large number of people.
           Mrs. Holbrook was a devoted member of the Christian Union Church at Rays Crossing.
Submitted by Richard Weightman

The  Shelbyville  Democrat
Thursday, September 1, 1927
          Word has bene received here of the death of  Mrs. Lorena Holbrook,  thrity-seven years old, wife of  Otto Holbrook,  which occurred at Albuquerque, N. M., Wednesday of tuberculosis from which she had suffered for the past few years.  The body will be brought to the home of her mother-in-law,  Mrs. Levi Holbrook,  of Manilla, where the funeral will be held, the time to be announced pending the arrival of the body.  Carmony Bros., are the undertakers in charge of arrangements.
          Mr. and Mrs. Holbrook, who were former residents of Fountaintown, where Mr. Holbrook was cashier of the Fountaintown State Bank, went to Albuquerque more than a year ago for the benefit of Mrs. Holbrook's health and her friends here had entertained hope for her recovery.  However, her condition became critical a few weeks ago, resulting in death.
          Mrs. Holbrook was the daughter of  James Thomas,  of Arlington, and was a woman of lovely character.  She had been an instructor of piano for a number of years previous to her ill health and had hundreds of friends who will regret to learn of her death.  She was a member of the Christian church at Fountaintown.
          Besides the husband and father, Mrs. Holbrook is survived by a half-sister,  Mrs. Russell Horton,  of Milroy and five half brothers, Currant,  Loren,  James,  Virgil and  Fred Thomas,  of Arlington.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

An  Unknown  Newspaper
15 July 1922
           John H. Holbrook, a native of Shelby county, died at 2:30 o'clock this morning at his home, 230 west Taylor street, of uremic poisoning, from which he had suffered for sometime.  For the past several years Mr. Holbrook had been a travelling automobile salesman, and was widely known over entire state.  Funeral services will be held Monday morning at 10 o'clock, at the Rays Crossing Christian church, the Rev O. J. McMullen officiating.  Burial will be made in the Bennett cemetery, in charge of C.F. Fix & Son, funeral directors.
           Mr. Holbrook was born in Union township, Shelby county, Oct 20, 1869, and was the son of  Mr. and Mrs. Robert W. Holbrook.  On April 8, 1896, he was united in marriage with Miss Emma Kehrt, who preceded him in death.  He was an active and devoted member of the Christian church of Rays Crossing, and in the year 1892 had the distinction of organizing the first Sunday school in connection with that institution.  He is survived by one son, Lowell Holbrook, at home;  four sisters:  Mrs. Susie Theobald,  Mrs. Belle Fisher,  Miss Katie Holbrook, and Mrs. Emma Platt of Indianapolis;  three brothers:  Alva,  Joseph, and Clarence, of this county.
Submitted by Richard Weightman

An  Unknown  Newspaper
December 7, 1915
           Robert Wesley Holbrook, 76 years old, one of the well known farmers of the county, died at 10:30 o'clock this morning at his home in Jackson township, three miles southeast of Mt. Auburn.  His death was caused directly by dropsy, but his health had been failing for nearly two years.  He had not been able to leave his bed for two weeks.
           Mr. Holbrook had been a resident of Jackson township for seventeen years.  Before that he had lived all the time in Union township, being born near Rays Crossing July 26, 1839.  He was a member of one of the most prominent families in the eastern part of the county and was himself a substantial citizen, one who could always be counted on the side of right on all questions affecting the standing of the community.
           The deceased is survived by his wife, five sons, and four daughters.  A daughter had preceded him to the grave.  The surviving children are:  John, of Steuben county, Indiana; Charles, whose place of residence is unknown to the family at this time;  Alva, of Marietta; Clarence and Joseph, at home, Mrs. Julius Theobald, Union township;  Mrs Fred Fisher, Jackson township; and  Misses Emma and Katie, at home.  He also leaves three brothers: William, George, and Levi Holbrook, of Union township.
           Mr. Holbrook was a member of the Christian Union church at Rays Crossing.

           Funeral services for the late Robert Wesley Holbrook, who died Tuesday at his home in Jackson township, will be held at 1:30 o'clock tomorrow afternoon in the Christian Union church at Rays Crossing, of which he was a charter member.  The funeral will be preached by the Rev O. J. McMullen.  Interment will be made at the Bennett cemetery in charge of Stewart & Fix.
Submitted by Richard Weightman

The  Indianapolis  Star
November 21, 1915
Page 4  Column 3
Deaths  in  Indiana
         SHELBYVILLE -- Thomas J. Holbrook, 33, is dead near Rays Crossing, following an operation for appendicitis.  His parents, the widow, a daughter and a sister survive him.
Contributed by Virginia Latta Curulla

The  Shelbyville  Daily  Democrat
Monday, September 4, 1905
Page 1
George Holbrook, Aged thirty-Four, of Morristown, Takes Own Life.
Was a Painter by Trade and a May of good Habits, Quiet and Respected.
          George Holbrook, thirty-four years old and a painter by trade, took his own life at his home in Morristown Saturday  night a few minutes before 6 o'clock.  In the sitting room of his home and in the presence of his wife, he drank the contents of a three ounce bottle of carbolic acid, which he had obtained for this purpose.  He dashed the empty bottle against a screen door and was soon in great agony, from which  he suffered for twenty minutes until relieved by death.
          Mr. Holbrook was a man of good habits, quiet, respectable and well-liked.  He leaves behind him, in addition to his wife, three small children, the oldest being about eight years of age.
          The man gave no reason, so far as could be ascertained, for his actions, but common neighborhood gossip attributes the deed to family troubles.  A well known business man of Morristown has been the cause of much worriment to Holbrook for some time, recently the trouble becoming so acute that the latter used a shotgun in a threatening manner.
          As soon as his wife saw him do the terrible deed, she left the house, going to the house of a neighbor, and at last reports had failed to return to her own home.  Rumor says that the man who was the cause of the trouble spent the entire day with her yesterday.
          The inquest is being held this afternoon.  The funeral took place in Morristown at 2 o'clock and was largely attended.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

Apparently Published October 11, 1896
           Mary E. Holbrook, daughter of  Mr. and Mrs. Robert Holbrook, died at their residence three miles south of Mt. Auburn at 7:30 am Tuesday, October 10, of la grippe, aged twenty-six years and two months.  Deceased will be buried at the Bennett grave yard Thursday, October 12 at twelve o'clock.  Services at Rays Crossing Christian Union church at 11 am. Rev G.W. Hagans officiating.  D.B. Wilson & Son funeral directors.
Submitted by Richard Weightman

The  Shelbyville  Daily  Democrat
Wednesday, June 25, 1890
         Catharine Holbrook  died at the home of her son, R. J. Holbrook, in Union township, at 9:30 p.m., June 24th, of la grippe, aged 75 years, was buried to-day at the Bennett graveyard at 2 p.m.  Cummins & Edwards, funeral directors.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

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