Shelby  County  Indiana


The  Shelbyville  News
Thursday, June 9, 1977
Mrs. Adah S. Karmire, 96, 51 W. Mechanic St., died Wednesday, W. S. Major Hospital.
Born in Terre Haute September 29, 1880, d/o  Henry F. and  Otelia Schmidt.
May 29, 1920, married  Earl F. Karmire; he died February 17, 1943.
Survivors:  Niece and nephew.
Two brothers preceded in death.
Graduate of Terre Haute Normal College in 1901.
School teacher early in life.
Member and past president of the Shelby County Garden Club.
Carmony Funeral Home, Rev. Gary W. Huffman officiating.
Burial:  Forest Hill Cemetery.
Summarized by Phyllis Miller Fleming

The  Shelbyville  Republican
Saturday, March 1, 1947
Harry E. Karmire, 71, Suc-
cumbs;  Funeral Ser-
vices Will Be Held
          Harry E. Karmire,  age seventy-one, prominent retired Shelbyville industrialist, died at his home at 50 W. Mechanic St., at 10:30 p.m. Thursday.
          His death was due to a heart ailment from which he had been suffering for the past several months.  For many years Mr. Karmisre was associated with the Shelbyville Desk Company here, first with his father and later with his brothers and  E. A. Swain.  He was president of the company when it was sold a few yeras ago and since then had been retired from active business.  Mr. Karmire was a member of the Elks lodge and of the Wi-Hub Circle.
          The son of  Charles E. and  Frances (Brown) Karmire,  he ws as born June 14, 1875, in Shelbyville, and had spent his entire life here except for a few years in Sidney, O., when he was a young man.  He was married to  Miss Gertrude Robins  on Oct. 18, 1905.
          Mr. Karmire was one of five brothers, all of whom preceded him in death.  They were  Earl F.,  William J.,  Charles A.,  and  John Leefers Karmire.  Surviving are the widow and several nieces and nephews.
          Dr. C. A. Bowler, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church, will conduct the funeral services and grave -- noon today.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

Picturesque Shelbyville,  Boetcker, 1902, page 103
Compliments of Sheila Knobeloch

The  Shelbyville  Republican
Tuesday July 9, 1929
Page 1 column 3
Founder of Shelbyville Desk Co. Succumbs At Home After Long Illness
          In the death of  Charles E. Karmire, which occurred at eleven o’clock, this morning, Shelbyville loses a man who had much to do, with the city’s growth.
          Born in Germany, he came to the United States when but fourteen years of age.  He was still under twenty years of age, when he came to Shelbyville, where for many years he was to be an active factor in the affairs of the city and county.
           Mr. Karmire engaged in the grocery and hardware business previous to the agricultural implement business, where be brought to bear many ideas, that were most progressive for those days.  Many of the older men and women in Shelby county will remember the Delivery Days, held by Mr. Karmire for customers, who had purchased farming implements form his store.
          In 1890, Mr. Karmire disposed of his implement business, and turned to manufacturing furniture.  He first manufactured lounges, and then turned to desks and the Shelbyville Desk Company, one of the city’s prominent factories is the result of Mr. Karmire’s manufacturing activities.
          About sixteen years ago, Mr. Karmire sold his interests in the Shelbyville Desk Company, and retired from active participation in business.  He never lost his interest in affairs of his city, and it was a delight for the younger men to talk their affairs with him, as he possessed a keen, analytical business mind.
          For the past year, the health of both Mr. and Mrs. Karmire have been precarious, Mrs. Karmire preceeding him June twenty-eighth.
          Mr. Karmire was a member of the First Presbyterian church, of this city.  In his early days he was most active in the Sunday school work, having taught a class for years.  He held membership in the Masonic lodge, being a Knight Templar, and the local order of Elks.
          Charles Ernest Karmire was born in Oehn, Germany, May 29, 1848, making him at the time of death eighty-one years, one month and ten days old.  On June 2, 1870, he was united in marriage to  Fannie A. Brown, and to this union were born six children, four of whom survive,  Earle F. Karmire, Paducah, Kentucky;  Harry E.,  William J.  and  Charles A. Karmire, of this city.  Mrs. Karmire passed away in March, 1892.  On May 9, 1894, Mr. Karmire was united in marriage to  Justine M. Leefers, and by this union one son was born,  John Leefers Karmire, who survives the parents.
          Services will be held at Mr. Karmire’s late home, 51 west Mechanic street, Thursday afternoon, at 3:00 o’clock. Dr. L.O. Richmond officiating. Interment in Forest Hill cemetery.  The home will be open to friends Wednesday afternoon and evening.
Contributed by Barb Huff

The  Shelby  Democrat
Thursday March 10, 1892
Page 3 column 2
           Frances A., wife of C. E. Karmire, died at her home No. 31 East Hendricks street, at 11:15 p.m. Sunday, March 6th, 1892, of heart trouble, age forty-nine years.  Funeral services were held at the house at two p.m. Wednesday, March 9th. Rev. J. B. Shaff, officiating, assisted by Rev. Pavy.  Interment in the City cemetery.  The casket will be open Wednesday from ten a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Cummins & Edwards funeral directors.
[Moved to Forest Hill Cemetery]
Shelby County Marriages
Frances A. Brown & Charles E. Karmire
June 2, 1870
Book 9 page 370
Contributed by Barb Huff for Kerry Smyth

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