Shelby  County  Indiana


The  Shelbyville  Republican
Friday, October 30, 1942
Page 1
          Funeral rites were arranged today for  Robert Hollcraft,  48, local World War veteran who was instantly killed Wednesday evening when he was struck by a train while corssing the Big Four railroad tracks at the depot on east Washington street.
          The tragedy occurred about 6:00 o'clock as Hollcraft, whose home was at 283 west Broadway, was alking east on Washington street.  Coroner Charles Kohlmeyer  said that witnesses indicated the veteran deliberately stepped into the path of the oncoming train.
          Hollcraft had been in the veterans' hospital at Marion for the past several months but had returned here about 10 days ago.  Friends said he had been in ill health for some time and that he had appeared despondent on numerous occasions.
          He is survived by a brother,  J. W. Hollcraft,  of Indianapolis; an aunt,  Mrs. Sarah Peters,  of Vevay, and two uncles,  John R. Hollcraft,  of Indianapolis, and  Chris Hollcraft,  of Cincinnati.  He[sic] parents preceded him in death and another brother,  Eugene,  died at Hammond last January.
          Full military rites will be conducted by local Legion members at 2:00 p.m. today at the Loren H. Murphy funeral home with  Dr. Charles A. Bowler officiating.  Burial will be made at Forest Hill cemetery.  Friends may call at the funeral home at anytime.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming for Russell G. Thompson

The  Shelby  Democrat
Thursday, May 28, 1925
Mrs. Melinda Holcraft Passed
Away At Home, 261 West
Locust Street
          Mrs. Melinda Holcraft,  wife of  Samuel Holcraft,  and a resident of this city for many years, died at 5 o'clock this morning at her home, 261 west Locust street, after an illness of several years caused by a complication of diseases.  Her condition had been critical during the past several days and little hope was held for her recovery.
          Funeral services will be held at 2 o'clock Friday afternoon from the late home, with the Rev. L. C. Murr, pastor of the West St. M. E. church officiating.  Burial will be in the Mt. Pisgah cemetery, in charge of M. H. Sleeth, funeral director.
          Mrs. Holcraft was a daughter of  Mr. and Mrs. John Fulp,  and was born October 8, 1866 in North Carolina, being at the time of death, fifty-eight years, seven months and nine days old.  On Oct. 5, 1902, she was united in marriage with  Samuel Holcraft, who survives.  She also leaves three step-sons,  Robert Holcraft,  at home,  James Holcraft,  of Indianapolis and  Eugene Holcraft,  of East Chicago, one brother  Peter Fulp,  of near this city, and a nephew,  Claude Fulp,  at home.
          She was a devoted member of the West St., M. E. church, and for many years was a teacher of a class in the Sunday School organization.  She was also affiliated with the local Court of Honor lodge.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming for Russell G. Thompson
Picture from Boetcker's Picturesque Shelbyville, 1902, Levey Bro's & Co., Indianapolis, Indiana.

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