Shelby  County  Indiana


The  Journal  Gazette
Mattoon [Coles Co], Illinois
July 2, 2001
Cora Levitt Meek
          MATTOON --- Cora Levitt Meek, age 111, of Mattoon, passed away 1:55 a.m. Sunday, July 1, 2001 at Hilltop Convalescent Center, Charleston.
         Graveside servies will be conducted 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, July 4, 2001 at Kickapoo Cemetery with Reverend Bill Boaz officiating.  Visitation will be from 10:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Wednesday at the Cemetery.  Arrangements are under the direction of Mitchell-Jerdan Funeral Home.
          Cora was born September 15, 1889, the same year the Eiffel Tower was built in France, in a farmhouse South of Charleston, Illinois, a daughter of  William Franklin  and  Eliza Jane McKenzie Levitt.  She married  Ward Henry Meek in 1905 at St. Joseph Michigan.  He preceded her in death June 9, 1920 of Typhoid Fever, leaving her with three small children.  Two daughters survive,  Cora Helen McGill of Englewood, Florida and  Virginia Ryan  of Temple City, California; two great-grandchildren,  Bart Meek of Riverside, California and Cheryl Meek of Massachusetts; and great-great-grandchildren,  Rachelle,  Rebecca,  Sara  and  Jessica Meek.  Also surviving are a nephew, James Levitt of Springfield, Illinois; nieces, Marcia Brown and  Joanna Cargill both of Springfield and  Edith Barnes of Woodson, Illinois; and a great-nephew, David Barnes of Charleston.
         Two sons, Ward Meed, Jr., at birth and  Carl Meek in 1977, and two brothers, Chauncey and  Alva Levitt preceded Cora in death.
          Cora was a local fold artist and enjoyed quilting.  Her quilts may be found in the Smithsonian Institute, the Tarble Arts Center at Eastern Illinois University as well as museums and institutions in al[sic] fifty states.  Memorial contributions are suggested to the Tarble Arts Center.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

Indiana  Medicine
March/April 1994
Vol. 87, No. 2
          Lyman T. Meiks, M.D., was born in Shelbyville, Indiana, (22 Oct. 1902)   Died:  (Jan 1972 Marion County) received his medical degree from Hopkins in 1927 and was an instructor at Yale from 1928 to 1930.  He came to Indiana University in 1931, where he became the first full-time chairman of pediatrics.  Dr. Meiks gave transfusions, usually about 250 cc of citrated blood, to selected children in Riley Hospital.  The donors were usually parents of the children to be transfused.  Therefore, direct transfusions from donor to patient were given here by Dr. Gatch in the late 1920's, and citrated blood was transfused by Dr. Meiks after 1931.
Submitted by Dave Richey

The  Shelbyville  News
Tuesday, January 21, 1958
Funeral Thursday For Prominent Local Man
          Scott Meiks, 79, prominent local man and one of the founders of the Producers' Commission Association at the Indianapolis Union Stockyards, died at Major Hospital at 2:00 p.m. Monday following an illness of several weeks of a complication of diseases.
          Funeral services will be held at the Carmony Funeral Home in this city, Thursday at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. R. C. McNeely and  Dr. H. r. Page officiating.  Interment will be in Forest Hill cemetery.  Friends may call at the funeral home from 3:00 to 5:00 and 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Wednesday.
          Long active in farm organizations, Mr. Meiks, whose home was at 240 W. Hendricks St., was chairman of the first Farm Bureau organization in Shelby county and was active in organization of the Indiana Farm Bureau.  He was names vice-president of the state organization in 1920.  He assisted in organizing Producers' Commissions at Cincinnati, Evansville and Cleveland, O., serving as chairman of the board of directors of each new group, and in 1926 was named manager of he Association in Indianapolis.  He retired from this post in 1946.
          A native of Marion township, Mr. Meiks served as trustee of the township at one time and also taught school in the township.  He had served as a member of the board of directors for the Standard Life Insurance Co. in Indianapolis since its organization 23 years ago, and also was a former member of the board of directors of the Shelby National Bank.  He was a life member of the Little Blue River Baptist Church and was a member of the Baptist Brotherhood.  For 30 years Mr. Meiks taught an adult Bible class at the local First Methodist Church where he was a member of the Methodist Men.  He was a member of the Masonic Lodge, Knights of Pythias and Rotary Club.
          The son of  Sampson and  Barbara (Holbrook) Meiks,  he was born January 10, 1879.  On March 7, 1912, he was married to  Lecta Hauk  whose death occurred on January , 1920.  A daughter norgn to this union,  Mrs. Marian Tomeo  of this city, survives.  On June 7, 1923, he was married too Della M. Miller  who survives.  A son,  Robert Allen,  born to this marriage, preceded in death.  Surviving with the widow and daughter are a grandson,  David Scott Tomeo,  for nephews and three nieces.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

The  Shelbyville  News
November 13, 1947
          Funeral services for  George H. Meiks, 74, prominent Shelbyville attorney, who died Tuesday after a long illness, will be conducted at 2:30 p.m. Friday at the First Baptist Church.
          The Rev. Walter R. Hand, pastor of the church, will officiate.  Burial will be made at Forest Hill Funeral Home.  Friends may call at the Meiks home at 717 South Harrison street after 7:00 p.m. today.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

A  Shelbyville  Newspaper
Tuesday, October 22, 1946
Shelby County Farmer Dies
At Hospital
        John W. Meiks, 80, widely known Brandywine township farmer, died at the W. S. major hospital Sunday at noon following a two-week illness. Mr. Meiks became ill on October 6 and death was caused by coronary thrombosis.
        Born in Marion township on September 9, 1866, the son of  Sampson and Barbara (Holbrook) Meiks, he was a lifelong resident of Shelby county. he was a member of the Shelbyville First Baptist Church.
        On March 14, 1897, he was married to  Miss Tillie Linville, who preceded him in death on July 9, 1935. Two children born to this union survive, Frank Meiks of Akron O., and  Mrs. Warren F. Cook, of Ann Arbor, Mich. In January, 1936, he was married to  Irene Blank, who survives. Other survivors are two brothers,  Scott and  George Meiks, of this city; a sister,  Mrs. Maggie Mohr, or Rushville, and two grandchildren,  Janis Mae Meiks, of Akron and  John B. Cook, of Ann Arbor.
        Funeral services, in charge of D. Carmony, will be held this afternoon at 2:00 o'clock at the Charles M. Ewing mortuary. Burial will be made in Forest Hill cemetery. Friends may call at the mortuary at any time.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

A  Shelbyville  Newspaper
Thursday, July 11, 1935
Brief  Illness  Fatal  to
Mrs. John  W.  Meiks,  64, ---
Husband,  Two  Children  Survive
          Following a serious illness of nine days duration,  Mrs. Tillie L. Meiks, aged sixty-four, wife of  John W. Meiks,  died at her home six miles northeast of Shelbyville, in Marion township, at 8:30 o'clock this morning.  The well known woman had been suffering from cerebral thrombosis, and although her condition had been critical for several days, her death is a deep shock to hundreds of friends.
          The daughter of  Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Linville,  Mrs. Meiks was born in Brandywine township May 9, 1871.  She was a member of the Little Blue River Baptist church of Marion township.
          On March 14, 1897, the deceased was united in marriage to Mr. Meiks, who survives with two children,  Mrs. Warren F. Cook,  of Ann Arbor, Mich., and  Frank Meiks,  of Akron, O.; two grandchildren; three brothers,  Roscoe Linville,  of Freeport and  Frank  and  Charles Linville,  of the north Michigan road; two sisters,  Mrs. Harland Showalter,  of Richmond, and  Mrs. Leslie Goodwin,  of Moral township.
          Funeral  services will be held at the late home at 10:00 o'clock Thursday morning.  Rev. S. G. Huntington, of Indianapolis, will officiate, and burial will be made in Forest Hill cemetery in charge of Morris H. Sleeth, funeral director.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

The  Shelbyville  Republican
Thursday, March 1, 1934
Eleven Children Survive
Laurence Meek, 59, Who
Died at 9:15 This Morning
          Funeral services for  Laurence Meek,  who died at 9:15 o'clock this morning at the home of his son,  Harry Meek,  in Addison township, following six weeks' serious illness due to complications, will be held Saturday morning at 10 o'clock at the C. F. Fix & Son mortuary with the Rev. C. E. Cowley, pastor of the First Baptist church officiating.  Burial will be conducted in the Forest Hill cemetery.
          Mr. Meek was born at Carrolton, Ky., in March, 1874, being at the time of death 59 years of age.  He had been a resident of Shelby county for the past six years, coming here from Louisville, Ky.  In 1899 [? difficult to read], he was married to  Miss Callie Donia Thomas,  and eleven children were born to this union.
          The deceased is survived by two sons,  Harry Meek,  at whose home he died, and  Raymond Meek,  of Louisville, Ky.; nine daughters,  Mrs. Dorothy Curry  and  Mrs. Caroline Schoppelle,  both of Louisville, Ky.;  Miss Gladys Meek,  of Indianapolis;  Miss Mary Elizabeth Meek,  of Frankfort, Ky., and  Nina,  Virginia,  Helen,  June, and  Letchie Meek,  all of this city; nine grandchildren, one brother,  Chas., of Carrolton, Ky.;  one half-brother,  Harry Marshall,  also of Louisville, Ky.; two sisters,  Mrs. Carrie Neaville,  of Henryville, Ky., and  Mrs. Henry Smith,  of LaGrange, Ky., and several nieces and nephews.
          Friends may call at the funeral home at anytime and they are kindly asked to omit flowers.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming for Russell G. Thompson

The  Shelbyville  Republican
Friday October 1, 1926
          Miss Mattie Meeks died at the Major hospital shortly after ten o'clock this morning following an illness of five weeks. She had been in the hospital during that entire period.  Death was due to a complication of diseases.
          Miss Meeks was 72 years old.  She was born in Shelby county December 8, 1854, the daughter of  Nancy and  Jacob Meiks.  She was the ninth child in a family of  twelve, only two of whom survive.  The surviving sister is  Mrs.  J. W.  Yarling, of this city, and the brother is  Thomas  Edward  Meiks,  of Indianapolis.
          Several nephews also survive. They are  George  Meiks  and  Scott  Meiks, of Shelbyville, and  John  Meiks,  of Marion township.
          The deceased had made her home with  Mr. And Mrs. John Yarling for about ten years.  She was a faithful member of the First M. E. church here and had always taken a very active part in church affairs.
          Funeral arrangements, which are in charge of Ralph Edwards, have not yet been completed.
Submitted by Dave Richey, from the collection of Kenny Ray of Anderson, IN

The  Shelbyville  Republican
Monday January 5, 1920
Page 1 column 2
Tuberculosis Caused Death Sunday Night
After Lingering Illness
          Mrs. Scott [Lecta E.] Meiks, age thirty-one years, died Sunday night at 10:30 o'clock at her home in Marion township, six miles northeast of Shelbyville.  Her death was caused by tuberculosis.  Mrs. Meiks had been confined to her bed since September.
          She was the daughter of  Mr. and Mrs. John Hauk, and was born in Shelby county.  Mr. Hauk died about two years ago, and Mrs. Hauk had since made her home with her daughter.  Mr. and Mrs. Mieks were married on March 7, 1912.  Mrs. Meiks was a member of the Little Blue River Baptist church.
          She is survived by her husband, her mother, one daughter, Marian, three years old, and one sister, Mrs. Anna Creek  of Fayette county.
          Funeral services will be held Wednesday morning at eleven o'clock at the home, the Rev. O. D. Martin, pastor of the Little Blue River church officiating.  Burial will be made in Forest Hill cemetery.  Morris H. Sleeth in charge.
          Friends may call at the home from Tuesday afternoon until the hour of the funeral Wednesday morning.
Contributed by Barb Huff

The  Shelbyville  Democrat
Wednesday, May 31, 1911
Page 1
Mrs. Barbara Meiks Passed
Away Early Today in Marion
Township -- Mrs. Julia Mobley,
Mother of Albert Wright, of
Noble Township, Dies at
Indianapolis Today --
Mrs. John Howery
Dead in This City
          Mrs. Barbara Meiks,  one of this county's well-known and highly esteemed residents died at her home in Marion township at three o'clock this morning following a lengthy illness, aged seventy-four years, three months and seven days.  She was born February 24, 1837, in this county, and her entire life had been spent in the vicinity of her birth.  She was the oldest daughter of  John and Mary A. Holbrook.  She was united in marriage to  Sampson Meiks March 22, 1860, who preceded her to his heavenly rest March 25, 1895.
          To this union were born six children -- Alva,  Mary,  John W.,  Maggie J.,  George H.,  and  Scott.  Alva and Mary died while their father was serving his country in the Civil War, where he made a splendid record as a volunteer soldier.  The others four children survive the parents and all of them live in the vicinity of the old home place, with the exception of George, who is a resident of this city.  Maggie J. is the widow of  Lewis W. Mohr, who died in 1905.  She lives on a farm in Union township.  The son, John, lives on a farm in Marion township, while Scott has been making his home with his mother on the home place.  Mrs. Meiks is also survived by eight grandchildren and she leaves five brothers, -- Robert W.,  William,  John H.,  George W.,  and  Levi Holbrook,  all residents of the eastern part of this county.  Mrs. Meiks had several other relatives and a host of friends who will regret that she has been a woman whom all loved.
          At the age of sixteen, Mrs. Meiks gave her heart to God, uniting with the Little Blue River Baptist church.  She remained a consistent member of this church till her death and was a devout Christian.
          The funeral services will be held at her late home at ten o'clock Friday morning, Rev. I. B. Morgan officiating, and the interment will be made in the Bennett cemetery in charge of Stewart & Fix.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

The  Shelby  Democrat
Thursday, March 28, 1895
Page 3, column 2
          Samuel* Meiks  died at his home in Marion township at 9:30 p.m. Monday March 25th, of typhoid fever, aged fifty-seven years and seven months.  Funeral services were held in the Little Blue River Baptist Church at two p.m. Wednesday, March 27th, Rev. R.N. Harvey officiating.  Interment in the Bennett graveyard under the auspices of Dumont Post, G.A.R., of this city.  Deceased served in the late war in the 16th Ind. Infantry and also in the 13th Ind. Cavalry. Cummins & Edwards had charge.
Submitted by Barb Huff
* Mr. Meiks' given name was  Sampson.  For information on this family, please contact Dave Richey

The  Daily  Evening  Democrat
Shelbyville, Indiana
Friday, December 28, 1883
          Mrs. Nancy Meiks,  the aged mother of  Squire Meiks,  died in this city on Thursday evening.  She will be buried to-morrow at Marion.  Services at the house to-morrow at eleven o'clock.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

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