Shelby  County  Indiana


The  Shelbyville  News
March 28, 2001
Neva Blanche John, 97, Union Township, died Tuesday, March 27, 2001, Greenfield.
Born Feb. 9, 1904, in Union Township, d/o  Charles and Ida (Macy) Wicker.  Married  Ralph Edward John  on Oct. 23, 1926, and he preceded her in death on May 6, 1976.
Survivors include one daughter, Beverly Stout  of Shelbyville; one son, Garth John  of Greenfield; eight grandchildren, Rick Stout  of Morristown, Jerry Stout  of Indianapolis, Phillip Stout  and  Teresa Willard, both of Shelby County,  Leisa Morris  of New Palestine, Julie John  of Greenfield, Kris John  of Philadelphia, Pa., and  Kurt John  of Fishers; 16 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.
Preceded in death by four brothers and two sisters.
Homemaker and lived in Union Township most of her life.
Member of Blue River Weslyan Methodist Church in Rush County, attended Manilla Christian Church and was a member of the ladies aide society at the Christian church.
Glenn E. George and Son Funeral Home, 437 Amos Road, with the Rev. James Horner officiating.
Burial will be in Forest Hill Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Riley Hospital for Children.
Summarized by Phyllis Miller Fleming

The  Shelbyville  Republican
Saturday, June 12, 1943
          William Edward John,  age 76, widely known farmer of Union township, died at his home at 7:45 a.m. Friday after an illness of two years.  His condition had been serious for the past three weeks.  Death was due to a complication of diseases.
          Mr. John was born on January 18, 1867, the son of  George W. and  Julia Linville John.  He had spent his entire life in Union township, where the entire family now resides.  On March 25, 1896, he was married to  Alice Briley,  who survives with six of seven children born to the union.  One daughter,  Bertha,  died in 1910.  The surviving children are  Mrs. Henry Handly,  Miss Ruth John  and  George B., Ralph E., William C.  and  Frank R. John.  Also surviving are three sisters,  Miss Nettie John,  Mrs. Herman Kuhn  and  Mrs. Laura Haehl,  and 13 grandchildren.
          Mr. John was a member of the Manilla Christian church.  Funeral services will be held at the late home at 10:30 a.m. Monday with Rev. R. E. Banks officiating.  Burial will be made at Forest Hill cemetery in charge of D. E. Carmony.  Friends may call at the home after 6:00 p.m. today.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

The  Shelbyville  Republican
Monday July 7, 1919
Page 1 column 7
Mrs. Sarah John Found Unconscious 
Saturday Morning, Died Early Today
Had Similar Trouble Twice Before – 
Cousin William Green Has Recovered
          Mrs. Sarah John, 77 years old, widow of the late  Thomas J. John, died at 7:40 o’clock this morning at her home, 324 east Jackson street, from the effects of artificial gas poisoning.  Mrs. John, with her cousin, William Green, who had been making his home with her, were both found unconscious in the house early Saturday morning.  Mrs. John was found lying in her bed and Mr. Green was still sitting in a chair.
          The two were found Saturday morning by  Harry Davison, operator of a machine shop on east Jackson street, after Mr. Green had failed to come to work.  When Mr. Davison broke in the home he was sickened by the fumes of the gas, which was escaping from the range in the kitchen.  The gas had been turned off at the stove plate instead of the connection at the floor.  It was said that an employee of the Interstate Public Service Co. had warned the two when the artificial gas was piped into the home a short time ago about turning the gas off at the range instead of the floor.  Mrs. John had had similar trouble twice before when using natural gas.  The gas tubing had bursted near the stove sending the fumes into the rooms of the home.  Had it not been for the fact that windows were opened in certain parts of the house, both would have died from the gas.
          Mrs. John was born in this county April 6, 1842, and was the daughter of  Henry and Catherine Green, both pioneer residents.  She was married on November 1, 1867 to Thomas J. John, who was at one time a prominent businessman of this city, operating a grocery store.  He died here 11 years ago.  She was a member of the First M. E. Church of this city.
          Mr. Green, who had been making his home with his cousin Mrs. John, for some time after he was discovered by Mr. Davison, was in a very serious condition from the poison gas, but now has recovered sufficiently to be able to be out of the house.  However he is still in a very weakened condition and may not fully recover.  He was reared by Mrs. John’s parents and the two were like brother and sister.
          Mrs. John is survived by one brother, Thomas Green, of Centerville, Iowa, and one sister, Mrs. Anna R. Woodard, of this city.  Mr. Green has called to this city and will arrive sometime this evening.  Funeral arrangements will not be made until the brother arrives.

Wednesday July 8, 1919
Page 2 column 3
          Funeral services for the late  Mrs. Sarah John, who died early Monday morning from gas poisoning, will be held at 10 o’clock Wednesday morning at the late home, 324 east Jackson street, the Rev. A.H. Pitkin officiating.  Burial will be made in Forest Hill cemetery in charge of Stewart & Fix.
Contributed by Barb Huff for Bob McKenzie 

The  Shelby  Democrat
Thursday August 26, 1915
Page 6 column 5
          Mrs. Julia John, of Union township, has been notified of the death of  Christopher John, a former resident of this county, at his home in Bedford, Iowa.  The death occurred on August 12.  Mr. John was a brother of the late  V. W. John, of Union township, and of the late  Thomas John, of this city.  He resided in Shelby county until 1866 and while in this county married  Miss Nancy Ensminger.  His wife and seven children survive him.  The deceased was a veteran of the Civil War.
Contributed by Barb Huff for Bob McKenzie 

The  Shelbyville  Republican
Friday August 26, 1910
Page 2 column 4
          George W. John, one of the county’s prominent and influential farmer residents, died at his home in Union township, a mile and a half east of Ray’s Crossing, at 10 o’clock on Thursday night, August 25, 1910, in his seventy-first year, following an illness that has kept him confined to his bed for the past four weeks.  He has been in failing health, however, for several months, and his death was not unexpected.  He was suffering from stomach trouble and complications arose, causing the fatal sickness.  Mr. John was born November 30, 1829, and was the fifth in a family of eleven children born to  William and Sarah (Headlee) John, who were both natives of Green County, Pennsylvania, where their marriage occurred.  They came to Shelby county in 1842, settling first in Addison township.  Later they spent a year or two in Rush county and then removed to Union township, this county, where the father died in 1859.  The mother died in 1882.  The son, George W. John, remained with his mother on the farm until he attained the age of twenty-five years, receiving a common school education.  January 12th 1865, his marriage with  Julia F. Linville  was solemnized, and she survives him.  Of the eight children born to the union seven survive the father.  They are all residents of Union township with the exception of a son, Clark, who lives in Manilla.  Misses Nettie  and  Maggie John made their home with their parents and the other children are  Edward,  Mrs. Herman [Cynthia] Kuhn,  William D.  and  Mrs. Henry [Laura] Haehl.  He also leaves three brothers and three sisters – Christopher,  Martin  and  Jackson, of Iowa;  Mrs. K. E. [Mary E.] Derrickson,  Mrs. William [Lucy] Baxter, of Kansas, and  Mrs. Ann Leonard, of Dakota.  His estate is estimated at $75,000.  Funeral services will be held at the late home Sunday morning at 10 o’clock, the Rev. Kuhn, of Colfax, officiating.  Interment in Forest Hill cemetery in charge of Stewart & Fix, funeral directors.
Contributed by Barb Huff for Bob McKenzie 

The  Shelbyville  Republican
Wednesday August 5, 1908
Page 3 column 5
          Thomas J. John, 198 east Jackson street, died Tuesday evening at five thirty o’clock at the age of seventy years and one day.  Mr. John passed the seventieth milestone on Monday.  He was ill the last three years of his life, being compelled to abandon his business interests several months ago.  Mr. John was a prominent merchant in this city for eighteen years.  He came to town twenty-one years ago and at once embarked in the grocery business.  The funeral services will be held Thursday afternoon at two 1’clcok at his late residence, the Rev. O. A. Cook, pastor of the First Baptist church officiating.  Interment will be in Forest Hill cemetery in charge of Stewart & Fix.
Contributed by Barb Huff for Bob McKenzie 

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