Shelby County Indiana
Maize / Mays / Maze
The Shelbyville Democrat
Ill only a week with scarlet fever, Mrs. Etta Mays, 18 years old, died at the home, 312 west Pennsylvania street, at four-thirty o'clock Saturday afternoon. The young wife's death is the cause of deep and sincere mourning throughout the county, and heartfelt sympathy is extended [to] the family in the hour of sorrow.
Monday, May 4, 1931
YOUNG WOMAN DIES
AT HOME SATURDAY
Mrs. David Mays Married Only a
Month, Passed Away at Her
Home in City.
Mrs. Mays was born in Columbus, Ind., on Sept. 7, 1912, being at the time of death only eighteen years, eight months and twenty-five days old. She was the daughter of Lawrence Towne, of Indianapolis, but had always made her home with her aunt, Mrs. Joshua West, and Mr. West, of the Amos pike, southeast of this city.
She was married to David Mays on Easter Sunday of this year, having been married less than a month at the time of her death. The young husband has the deepest sympathy from the many and devoted friends of the young woman.
Besides the husband, father and aunt, she leaves a brother, Earl, and a sister, Lucille, both of Columbus.
Private funeral services were held at two o'clock this afternoon from the front porch of the home, with the Rev. Josephine Huffer, of the Trinity M. E. church, officiating. Burial was in Forest Hill cemetery in charge of M. H. Sleeth, undertaker.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming
COLUMBUS, Ind., Jan. 23. --- A true example of "the
simple life" came to the notice of the public by the sudden death of Miss Margaret Maize, a spinster
of 79 years, who was found dead in her bed at her home near Hope, Wednesday. Many years
ago her parents died and Margaret Maize then took charge of the household, leaving the farm to her
brothers, of whom only Daniel and Benjamin survive. Their utter seclusion from the world caused business losses and the home, which was once comfortable, became a mere shell. Acre after acre of the original farm was sold until their possessions was limited to a twenty-acre tract, but they continued to exist away from the world.
Bartholomew County, Indiana, newspaper*
January or February, 1909
The aged sister and brothers have frequently been seen
in the orchard, sitting on the mounds of the graves of those whom they loved. The family could not be separated
even in death, and, like the story of the poem in McGuffey's reader, they contended "We are seven."
Margaret Maize had never traveled on an electric or
steam car and never saw a steamboat. It is said that for twenty years she had not been off their twenty-acre
tract and for fifteen years had not stepped her foot on the road that is in front of the house.
Miss Maize excluded herself from the world with no
intention of living away from humanity, but for the reason that she was contented to be with her brothers and never
wanted to leave them. She was of a happy nature, kind and was richer than many, for she possessed contentment,
the goal of life. The two brothers continue to live their simple lives in the old Maize home.
* Clipping found in the MAZE family file at the Shelbyville-Shelby Co Library.
Phyllis Miller Fleming
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