Shelby  County  Indiana

Louden / Lowden

The  Shelbyville  News
Wednesday, September 25, 1957
Former Local Resident
Dies at Rochester
          Funeral rites were held in Rochester Tuesday for  Frank Lowden,  84, former local resident and brother of  Mrs. Nannie O. Sleeth  of this city and  S. M. Lowden,  Fountaintown, and  Carl Lowden  of Rays Crossing.
          Mr. Lowden, a mail carrier in Rochester and the surrounding area for many years before his retirement in 1983, died at Rochester Sunday.
          He was born in Shelby county, the son of  Dr. John Lowden and  Margaret (Showalter) Lowden.  On February 2, 1898, he was married to  Ollie Dice  who survives with a son,  Dr. D. O. Lowden,  optometrist of Schererville; three grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
          Mrs. Sleet and her brothers and  Mrs. Carl DeVore,  of t his city, a niece,  Mrs. S. M. Lowden,  Mrs. Hala Orders  of Greenfield and  Mrs. Grace Carney  of Greensburg were among those attending the last rites.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

The  Shelbyville  Republican
Thursday, December 10, 1925
Former  Resident  of  This  City  Succumbs
at  Greensburg of Paralysis.
          Relatives here received word today of the death of  John C. Louden, former resident of this city, which occurred at Greensburg Wednesday evening at six o'clock.  Mr. Louden was well known here and suffered a stroke of paralysis yesterday at noon and died very suddenly.  He was sixty-eight years of age.  He served on the Greensburg police force for a period of eight years.  At the time of his death he was custodian of the Eagles' hall.  He had been a member of that lodge for several years and was also a member of St. Mary's Catholic church at Greensburg.
          He is survived by three sisters,  Mrs. S. S. Carson  and  Mrs. Zora Boyer, of Indianapolis; a brother,  Charles Louden, of Rome, Ga., and one son,  Frank Louden, of Greensburg.  He was also a brother of the late  William Louden, of this city.
          Funeral services will be conducted at St. Mary's Catholic church, at Greensburg, Saturday morning at nine o'clock.  Burial will be made in the Catholic cemetery.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

The  Shelbyville  Republican
Monday Afternoon, June 4, 1923
Page 1, column 4
William A. Louden, Local Horseman And
Good Citizen Passed Under The Wire
          William A. Louden died at 2:15 o'clock Sunday afternoon at his residence, 304 East Washington street.  His death came as a surprise as it was not generally known that he was seriously sick.  Mr. Louden was taken ill last September, but went about his business affairs for some time after that.  Complications arising, he consulted specialists and took treatment in Indianapolis as long as he was able.  Through it all he maintained that grandiousness of spirit that always made him friends.  A few days ago when it was known that his case was hopeless he sent for Rev. O. J. McMullen, of the Christian Church, who christened him.  On another call of the minister, Mr. Louden arranged with him to conduct his funeral.  The funeral will be held Tuesday afternoon at the home at 3:00 o'clock, Rev. McMullen being in charge.  The interment will be made in Forest Hill.  Friends may call at any time up to the hour of the funeral.  Mr. Louden was the son of  David and Josephine Louden, early residents of Shelby county.  He was born on the Louden homestead on the Michigan road, three miles east of here, on January first, 1854.  He lived there with his parents until they moved to Shelbyville in 1867.  He was married to Harriett Drummond in Kokomo, on May 21, 1874.  She died on August 1, 1900.  He was married to Miss Margaret Bird on August 17, 1902.  His life was one of pleasure and contentment.  Surviving is his widow and three sisters and two brothers, the sisters being Mrs. S.S. Carson and Mrs. James Hilligoss of this city and Mrs. Zora Bowyer, of Indianapolis.  The brothers are Mr. John Louden, of Greensburg and Charles Loudenof Rome, Georgia.  Attesting the high esteem in which Mr. Louden was held by his neighbors and friends, this was shown by the fact that during recent weeks his home was literally filled with flowers by them.  He spoke of this often saying it is good to have them now.  Mr. Louden was a descendant of one of the first settlers of Shelby county.  His grandparents were William and Betsy Louden, who came to this county in 1822.  They entered land on the Michigan Road, three miles east of here.  There they built the first tavern on that road in Shelby county.  Up until the time the railroad was built from Lawrenceburg the Louden tavern was a favorite stopping place for travelers.  So popular was it that stage drivers made it a point to put up there over night.  The tavern was a large house of the double style type with an upstairs.  There was a long and wide veranda that was the rendevous for the travelers.  Large stables of logs housed the tired horses that pulled the old rock away stage as well as the saddle horses, which were numerous. "Uncle Bill" and "Aunt Betsy" were known far and wide for their hospitality and her cooking was famous.  Both were embodiment of good nature and better humor.  A hundred stories have been handed down concerning that pair of pioneers.  One of their sons was the man who drove the horse to the car on the first "railroad" that was built east of town, that being in 1834.  David Louden, father of Will was one of the noted characters of the county.  When Will was a young man he was a lover of horses and followed them with great interest.  In early life he went to Memphis, Tennessee, where for a few years he was one of the best known hackmen of that city.  Later he developed a number of race horses; always taking a great interest in that sport.  Mr. Louden possessed a wonderfully happy disposition.  He was happiest when surrounded by a number of friends and was telling the latest good story and he knew them all that were worth telling.  He was the type of man who made life worth the living and whom it was always a pleasure to meet.
Submitted by Barb Huff

The  Shelby  Democrat
Thursday, October 24, 1918
Illness of Six Days Duration
Causes Death of Well
Known Matron at Home.
(From Saturday's Daily.)
          Mary M. Louden,  wife of  Charles Louden,  died at their home, 135 east Jackson street, this morning at 10:30 o'clock, after suffering from influenza and pneumonia for the past six days.  She was forty-one years, six months and fifteen days of age and one of the city's well known women.
          The deceased was born in this city May 6, 1877, the daughter of  Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Morgan  and spent her entire life here.  She attended the schools here and later graduated from Oldenburg Academy at Oldenburg, Ind.  Her marriage to Mr. Louden occurred in 1899.  To the union four children were born, all surviving with the father.  They are  Dorothy,  a student in nursing at St. Vincent hospital at Indianapolis;  Eleanor,  Glenn  and  Charles,  at home.  She also leaves three vrothers,  Will  and  Leo Morgan,  of this city, and  Charles,  with the American expeditionary forces in France.
          Mrs. Louden's death will be a very great shock to her many friends here, as she had been ill but six days.  She was a true womanly woman and her greatest interst was her home and the welfare of her friends.  She was a member of the St. Joseph Catholic Church in this city.
          Funeral services will be held Monday morning at 9:30 o'clock, Rev. Fr. George G. Borrien offficiating.  Burial will be made in Forest Hill cemetery in charge of Ralph J. Edwards, undertaker.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

A  Shelbyville,  Indiana,  Newspaper
March 22, 1912
          The funeral services of  Mrs. Louden  will be held at her late residence 135 East Jackson street, Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock, Rev. W. G. Clinton, of the First M.E. church officiating.  Interment in City cemetery in charge of Ralph J. Edwards.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

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