Shelby  County  Indiana


The  Shelbyville  News
Saturday, August 18, 2001
Opal  M.  Montgomery
          Opal M. Montgomery,  77, a lifetime Shelby County resident, died Friday, Aug. 17, 2001, at her home.
          Born Dec. 14, 1923, in Shelbyville, she was the daughter of  Maurice and  Fern (Cherry) Tucker.  She married  Vincent R. Montgomery  on Jan. 11, 1942, at Waldron, and he survives.
          Other survivors include one son,  Larry Montgomery  of Batesville; one daughter,  Marcia  (and husband,  Thomas) Kuhn  of Shelbyville; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by one sister and one brother.
          Mrs. Montgomery was a lifetime Shelby County resident, spending her early years in Waldron.  She worked with her husband at Montgomery Floor Covering, Rushville, from 1951 to 1972.  She was employed at L.S. Ayres, at the downtown Indianapolis and Washington Square locations, from 1972 to 1987.  After retirement, she worked at the former White Rabbit in Shelbyville.
          She was a 1941 graduate of Waldron High School.  She belonged to First United Methodist Church and was a former member of Waldron United Methodist Church.
          Her funeral will be at 10 a.m. Monday in First United Methodist Church, 34 W. Washington St., with the  Rev. Robert Campbell,  the Rev. Tom True  and Brian Trotter, chaplain, officiating.  Burial will be in Forest Hill Cemetery.
          Visitation will be from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday in Carmony-Ewing Broadway Funeral Home, 232 W. Broadway St.
          The family suggests memorial contributions to Hospice of Shelby County, 114 S. Harrison St., Shelbyville IN 46176.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

The  Shelbyville  News
Tuesday, December 15, 1998
Shelbyville native  Glenn A. Montgomery, 78, Covington, died Sunday, Lafayette.
Born Feb. 16, 1920, in Shelbyville, s/o  Harry B. and Ethel (Limpus) Montgomery.
Employed by Montgomery Brothers Insurance.
Former Addison Township trustee and active in the Shelby County Democratic Party.  Member of Lewis Creek Baptist Church.
Member of the Fraternal Order of Police and Shelby Lodge No. 28, F.&A.M., Shelbyville; Scottish Rite and Murat Shrine and Murat Chanters in Indianapolis; Shelby County Farm Bureau and Wabash Senior Citizens.
Treasurer of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers in Indianapolis.
Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. John (Nancy) Shambach, Covington; two sisters, Lois C. Montgomery, Waldron, and  Ruby F. Nay, Mount Auburn; a brother, Floyd “Bus” Montgomery, Waldron; two grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
Glenn E. George & Son Funeral Home, Shelbyville, Rev. David R. Walters officiating.  Burial Lewis Creek Baptist Cemetery.
Memorial donations Lewis Creek Baptist Church, First Church of Christ of Covington or any veterans’ organization.
Summarized by Phyllis Miller Fleming

The  Shelbyville  News
about 1993
Former Shelby County resident, Katie Wilkinson Montgomery, 82, Indianapolis, died Thursday, Indianapolis.
Born Jan. 22, 1911, in Shelby County, d/o  Omer and Anna (Debaun) Weaver.  On April 17, 1929, she married  Frank K. Wilkinson.  He preceded her in death on Feb. 13, 1973.  In 1974, married Clem Montgomery; he also preceded her in death on August 26, 1989.
Employed at KCL Corp. for 29 years until her retirement in 1973.  Member of the St. Joseph Catholic Church.
Survivors:  daughter, Mrs. Marvin (Lois J.) Larrison, Fairland; stepsons,  Clem G. Montgomery, Hamilton, Ohio,  Vincent Montgomery, Shelbyville; a step-daughter,  Mary Lou Baker, Holts Summit, Mo.; brothers,  Ora Weaver, Shelbyville,  William Weaver, Kentucky; and three grandchildren.  Also preceded in death by a sister, a brother, three step-sons and a step-daughter.
Carmony-Ewing Harrison Street Funeral Home with the Revs. John Maung and Clara Mae Rippel officiating.
Burial Forest Hill Cemetery.
Submitted by Melinda Weaver
Summarized by Phyllis Miller Fleming

The  Shelbyville  News
Monday, August 28, 1989
Clem E. Montgomery, Sr.,  93, died at 12:20 p.m. Saturday, Shelbyville.
Born in Westport, Indiana, May 6, 1906, s/o  Elias  and  Barbara Albright Montgomery.
Married  Roxie Marie Russell  in 1917;  she died in 1972.
Married  Katie Weaver Wilkinson  in 1974;  she survives.
Other survivors:  children, Clem Montgomery, Hamilton, Ohio,  Gordon "Bud" Montgomery, Shelbyville,  Vincent Montgomery, Shelbyville,  Barbara Jane Klipfel, Minot, N.D., Mary Lou Baker, Holts Summit, Missouri;  13 grandchildren;  20 great-grandchildren;  one great-great-grandchild.
Preceding in death were two sons, two sisters and four brothers.
Founder of Montgomery Floor Covering, Shelbyville.  Retired 1961.
Bugler in WWI.  Member American Legion, Fraternal Order of Eagles, St. Joseph Catholic Church, Shelbyville.
Carmony-Ewing Broadway Funeral Home with Father John Maung officiating.
Burial:  Milford Cemetery.
Summarized by Phyllis Miller Fleming

The Shelbyville Democrat
Thursday March 15, 1951
Page 2 column 6
(Monday March 12)
          Mrs. Hortense L. Montgomery, writer of an "Apropos" column for local newspapers for more than 23 years and one of Shelby county’s most widely known residents, died at the W.S. Major Hospital last night at midnight.  She was 76 years of age.
          An extensive church, organization and civic worker, Mrs. Montgomery, whose home was at 233 East Franklin street, had been ill since suffering a fractured leg in a fall at her home on October 29, 1950.
          Funeral services will be held at the Sleeth Funeral Home Wednesday afternoon at 2:00 o’clock with  Rev. N. I. Schoolfield  officiating. Interment will be at Forest Hill Cemetery.  Friends may call at the funeral home after 7:00 o’clock this evening.
          In addition to newspaper writing and compiling numerous articles concerning the schools of Shelby county and other public concerns, she wrote histories of both World War I and II and a biography of  Charles Major,  and had completed a history of the First Methodist Church which as yet has not been published.
          She had served as chairman of the Indiana Federation of Clubs and held membership in the First Methodist Church, the Women’s Society of Christian Service of the church, the Coterie, Discussion Club, Women’s Christian Temperance Union and the Shelby County Garden Club.
          Early in life she had taught in Shelby county schools for 11 years and had served as a teacher in the Sunday school of the Methodist church.
          A lifelong resident of Shelby county, Mrs. Montgomery was born on October 15, 1874, and was the daughter of Hopkins E. and Helen A. (Buxton) Hoban.  In 1904 she was married to Ed K. Montgomery, whose death occurred in January 1928.  A brother, Bernard Hoban, with whom she resided at the East Franklin Street address, is the only survivor.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

The  Shelbyville  Democrat
Friday May 17, 1929
Mrs. Joanna Montgomery Passed
Away Early This Morining in
Decatur County
          Miss Joanna Montgomery,  born and reared in Shelby county, and a resident of Shelbyville until a short time ago, died at two o'clock this morning at the home of her sister,  Mrs. Charles Johnson,  seven and a half miles south of Greensburg in Decatur county.  She had been in failing health more than a year and had been confined to bed during the past year from dropsy and heart trouble.
          She was born in Shelby county July 1, 1861, and at the time of her death she was 67 years, 10 months and 17 days old.  For a number of yeras she was engaged in business here as a seamstress and her work proclaimed her an artist in that field.  She was a lovely woman and her many friends in the county will mourn her passing.  She was a devout member of the First Christian church in this city. Surviving are two sisters,  Mrs. Johnson, of Decatur county, and  Mrs. George Jordan,  of San Diego, Cal.; one brother,  Amos Montgomery,  of Ottumwa, Ia., and several nieces and nephews.
          Short funeral services will be held at two o'clock Sunday afternoon at the home of the sister in Decatur county.  The body will be brought to this city and taken to the  Mary M. Tindall  undertaking parlors, 510 south Harrison street.  Friends may call there from six to eight o'clock Sunday evening.  Private funeral services will be held at 11 o'clock Monday morning, May 20, the Rev. Paul Million officiating.  Burial will be in Forest Hill cemetery in charge of Mrs. Tindall, undertaker.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming for Marietta Davis

A  Shelbyville  Newspaper
Friday January 13, 1928
Page 1 column 1
Well Known Citizen Suffers Fatal Heart Attack
After Going To His Work
Death Occurred at Home, 233 East Franklin Street,
at Eight O’clock Today
          The death of  Ed Montgomery, age 67, a well-known citizen of Shelbyville, occurred at eight o’clock this morning at his home, 233 East Franklin street, less than an hour after he had suffered a fatal heart attack.  Mr. Montgomery became ill while at work at the J. B. Hamilton Furniture Factory.  He was brought to his home, and a physician was summoned immediately.  Death occurred a few minutes after the arrival of the physician.
           Ed K. Montgomery was the son of  Rev. William and Anna Montgomery  and was born March 14, 1860 near Rising Sun, Indiana.  He came to this city with his parents when a boy.  After coming here the Rev. Montgomery who was a native of Ireland, was a pastor of the First M. E. Church.
          Mr. Montgomery was educated in the public schools of this city.  Following the death of his father, while still in his youth Mr. Montgomery began work for the D. L. Conrey Furniture Company.  For many years he had been employed with the J.H. Hamilton Furniture Company, and was considered one of the most reliable and capable men in the employee of the factory.
          The deceased was married October 21, 1903 to  Miss Hortense Hoban  of this city.  He was a member of the First M. E. Church, and was one of the most valued members in the local Odd Fellows lodge, having held all the offices in the organization.  He was esteemed as a man of keen intellect and high qualities.
          Surviving Mr. Montgomery besides his wife are two brothers,  Dr. James Montgomery,  chaplain of the National House of Representatives and pastor of the Metropolitan M. E. church of Washington, D.C., and  William Montgomery  of Bethel, Ohio and one niece,  Charline McRae Mitchell  of Boston, Massachusetts.  He was one of a family of six children, three sisters, having preceded him in death.
          Funeral services will be held Monday afternoon at two o’clock at the home on East Franklin street, Rev. L. T. Freeland will officiate and interment will be in Forest Hill Cemetery in charge of Ralph J. Edwards.
          Friends may call at the home between seven and nine tonight, tomorrow and until one o’clock Monday afternoon.  The funeral will be private.  Please omit flowers.
Contributed by Barb Huff

The  Shelbyville  Republican
Friday, February 1, 1924
          The infant daughter of  Mr. and Mrs. Ed Montgomery, of Brandywine township, died shortly after birth Thursday afternoon.  The child was buried in the Center cemetery at 4 o'clock this afternoon.  Chas. M. Ewing, funeral director, was in charge.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

A  Shelbyville  Newspaper
Friday, January 26, 1923
Wife of Rev. J. S. Montgomery,
Washington, Passes Away
During His Absence.
          Mr. and Mrs. Ed. K. Montgomery,  of East Franklin Street, received a telegram Thursday evening announcing the death of their sister-in-law,  Mrs. Emma J. Montgomery,  wife of the  Rev. James S. Montgomery,  of Washington.
          When Rev. Montgomery was here last Fourth of July to attend the centennial celebration he told his friends of the serious condition of his wife.  While she was long an invalid, her death was sudden and unexpected, an attack of the heart being the cause.  Rev. Montgomery was in Philadelphia when his wife died.
          Mrs. Montgomery was born in Frnakfort, this state, fifty-five years ago.  She was a graduate of Northwestern University, was highly educated and woman of of wide influence.  She was the mother of two children,  James S. and  William H. Montgomery.
          The funeral will be held Saturday afternoon.  The burial will be at Rock Creek cemetery, Washington.  Rev. Montgomery being chaplain of the house of representatives, Congreessman  Richard N. Elliott  of this district, and other Indiana congressmen, will act as pallbearers.  The service will be conducted by  Bishop McDowell,  of the Methodist Episcopal church.
          Everybody in Shelbyville is the friend of Rev. Montgomery and in this dark hour of afflication, the community deeply sympathizes with him in his great loss.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

The  Shelbyville  Republican
Wednesday, December 24, 1918
Mrs. Leonora Montgomery Was Victim
of Influenza Attack.
          Mrs. Leonora Montgomery,  twenty-seven years old, died Monday night at her home in Morristown.  Her death was caused by an attack of influenza.  Her husband is now in the United States army and is overseas.  A telegram has been sent to him.  Two children, three years old, and six months old, survive the mother.  Funeral services will be conducted at the home on Thursday afternoon.  Burial will be made in the Asbury cemetery.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

The  Shelbyville  Republican
Monday, December 31, 1917
Was Stricken With Tubercu-
losis While Attending Indi-
iana University -- Possessed
of Many Friends.
          The many friends of  Miss Olive Montgomery,  daughter of  Mr. and Mrs. John E. Montgomery,  will learn with feelings of deep regret that this most estimable young woman died Saturday night at the home of her parents, 240 west Hendricks street, this city.  Miss Montgomery was born on her father's farm, immediately north of the Ray church on September 24, 1890  She lived there until the parents moved to this place.  She early evinced a great desire to secure a good education and to that end she enthusiastically attended the district school in her immediate neighborhood where she showed much talent.  Later she attended the Shelbyville high school from which she graduated.  After graduating from the local school with high honors she went to Indiana university.  It was there three years ago that her health broke, the trouble later being diagnosed as tuberculosis.  Lacking only five months of graduation from the state university Miss montgomery insisted on remaining on remaining in school which she did until the end of the term when she received her coveted diploma.  In all respects she was unusually bright and capable.  In her early life she united with the M. E. church in her neighborhood and remained a faithful adherent to the faith until taken away.  Until her health failed Miss Montgomery was busy constantly in many activities.  After coming here she was much interested in the affairs of the First M. E. church where she attended services so long as her health permited.  She was a member of the various church societies in all of which she was devoted.  Among the young people of the church she was always a favorite and was much depended upon.  At Indiana she became a member of the Pi Beta Phi in which organization she was held in the highest esteem.
          Her near relatives, in addition to the parents, are two sisters,  Miss Ethel Montgomery,  of Portland, Ore., and  Miss Mary,  who is at home.  Her brothers are  Walter Montgomery,  of Brandywine township, and  Ed Montgomery,  who is now thought to be on the way to France as a member of the army.
          Funeral services will be held at the home Tuesday afternoon at two o'clock, the Rev. A. H. Pitkin of the First M. E. church in charge.  The interment [my copy ends here].
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

The  Shelbyville  Democrat
March 3, 1916
Page 4   Column 1
          SHELBYVILLE.  James Madison Montgomery, 70, a retired farmer, is dead here.  His widow, a brother and three sisters survive.
Contributed by Virginia Latta Curulla

The  Shelbyville  Republican
Thursday, March 23, 1913
Page 1, column 5
Died At St. Vincent's Hospital At Indianapolis
Wednesday Night, March Twenty-Sixth, 1913
Died Honored and Most Highly Esteemed By His Fellow
Citizens A Very Generous And Public Spirited Man
          A good man, a well beloved man, one of Shelbyville's best and most highly respected citizens, has passed away.  Matthew R. Montgomery died at St. Vincent's Hospital in Indianapolis at 6 O'clock Wednesday evening, March 26th, 1913, aged fifty-nine years, one month and five days.  Never of robust constitution he had been an indefatigable and untiring worker and few if any men in Shelby county had put in so many hours each day looking after their business.  April 3, 1912, he underwent a surgical operation at his home in this city for gall stones.  His condition was found to be very serious indeed. He never really recovered from that operation.  The wound never healed and this fact kept Mr. Montgomery in a weakened condition.  He looked after much business, however, and felt much encouraged that he would ultimately get well. This winter, however, he gradually grew worse and in January was feeling very badly.  January 25th, his aged mother, Mrs. Mary Montgomery,  died, aged ninety-two years, ten months and thirteen days.  Late in January Mr. Montgomery was confined to his home by his illness, which had gradually grown worse.  Realizing that an operation was the only thing that would either save or prolong his life, Mr. Montgomery smilingly, cheerfully and hopefully went to St. Vincent's hospital at Indianapolis for a second operation.  This was performed by a skillful surgeon February 19th.  The operation was successful but the weakened condition of the patient was against him.  He was unable to take nourishment for quite awhile and later when he did his stomach could not care for it, hence he gradually grew weaker and weaker until death came to his relief.  The death was unavoidable on account of the disease.  Mr. Montgomery had the best care both in physicians and nurses and St. Vincent's is a magnificent new hospital.  Mrs. Montgomery and his daughter Grace have been with him at the hospital constantly since the operation, giving him their loving care and watchful attention.  Mrs. Montgomery for more than a year gave him as close care and attention as a mother does a babe, anticipating his every want and need and he certainly appreciated the service and love of wife and daughter who were so constantly with him.  He spoke to the writer only a short time before his death and told how he appreciated the care, solicitude and anxiety of his friends for his recovery and the love he bore to the people of Shelbyville.  He wanted to get back here to meet and greet his friends.  He said to me: "Walter, give all the boys my love and tell them I will be back soon and we will make things hum in Shelbyville this year."  He loved the common people and the common people loved him.  No man in Shelbyville had helped more people to homes and happiness that M. R. Montgomery.  His money, his time and his help was given every honest poor man who needed it. In his long and successful business career here he was associated with all the leading manufacturers and business men of our city.  He was a confidential friend and advisor to them in all real estate transactions and their personal friend.  Mr. Montgomery enjoyed the confidence and esteem not only of the leading and most successful men in our city, but of all classes, even to the poorest people of our city with whom he was always so generous and kind.  Mr. Montgomery was a successful business man, his generosity kept him from amassing great wealth, but he died comfortably fixed.  His estate will be worth between $30,000 and $40,000.  It consisted of residence and other properties, bank stock, building and loan stock, notes and cash.  He had an insurance policy for $2,500.  He left a will disposing of his property but its contents will not be known until after it is probated.  Matthew R. Montgomery will be sadly missed in Shelbyville.  He is one of the men who helped to build up Shelbyville and give it its present business prosperity.  He had a host of friends not only all over the county, but the state who will mourn his death, for he was well beloved because of his honest, kindly character and generous, lovable disposition; he was as kind and gentle as a woman. His relatives surviving him are a wife, a daughter,  Miss Grace Montgomery,  a son,  Charles R. Montgomery,  a grandson, a half-brother,  John A. Young , of the First National Bank, a brother,  Amos Montgomery,  of Iowa, three sisters,  Misses Martha and Joanna Montgomery  of this city and  Mrs. Charles Johnson,  of Sugar Creek township, this county.  The funeral will not occur until the remains can be brought from Indianapolis.  The announcement will be made later by Stewart & Fix, who have charge of the funeral.
Matthew R. Montgomery was born in Marion township, Shelby county February 21, 1854.  He was the son of  Mr. and Mrs. William Montgomery.  His mother, Mary Montgomery, died only a few months ago.  As he grew up he worked with a half brother on a farm and began to support himself when he was fourteen years old.  He saved his money and in 1875, entered Hartsville College, where he paid his own way.  So eager was he for an education that he almost ruined his health by overstudy, but qualified himself so as to be able to pass the necessary examinations and obtained an eighteen months license to teach, which showed a two year's grade.  The next ten years of his life were spent in teaching in the schools of the county and in this city, meantime devoting three years to study at the Danville Normal school.  He soon achieved high reputation as a teacher and his ability in that line brought him more offers of employment that he could fill.      
In fact, he was universally recognized both within and without the profession as one of the most com-petent educators the county ever had.  While working as a teacher in the schools of this city he was requested by  Taylor Winterrowd  to take charge of the business of a fire insurance company doing business in this city and in the county, which offer he finally accepted after persuasion.  The business was a success from the start. He, in a few years, added real estate and loans to his business.  For a few years Mr. Montgomery had a partner in the business but for the greater part of the time was alone. His dealings were for the most part in Shelby county farm lands and his judgment of values in this kind of property was not surpassed by any other man in the county.  Mr. Charles Benedict has been a faithful, competent, trusted and valued assistant in the office of Mr. Montgomery since April, 1887, and he was loved as a brother by the deceased for his many splendid qualities.  Lately Mr. Morton Bland was taken into a share of the business of the Montgomery Agency and he enjoyed the fullest confidence and highest esteem of the deceased.  Mr. Montgomery was married May 10, 1877, to Sarah J. Heistand, daughter of  Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Heistand.  By this marriage he had four children, one of whom,  Charles R. Montgomery, survives.  Mrs. Montgomery died June 5, 1888.  He was again married December 26, 1889, to  Lulu Carlisle, of Jennings county.  To this union one daughter,  Miss Grace Montgomery  was born.  She is now a student in Indiana University.  Mr. Montgomery was a member of the Elks, Odd Fellows, Red Men and the Knights of Pythias.  He and his family attend the Presbyterian church, of which he was a liberal supporter.
[Buried Forest Hill Cemetery]
Submitted by Barb Huff

The  Shelbyville  Republican
Thursday March 20, 1913
Page 4 column 2

Mrs. Lavina Montgomery
          Word has been received here of the death of  Mrs. Lavina Montgomery  at the home of her son,  James Montgomery, in Oakland, Illinois.  Her son  S. S. Montgomery, of Waldron, left for Oakland at once and will bring the body of his mother to his home in Waldron this evening, arriving there on the 4:46 train.  The funeral services will be held at the Valley church Friday morning at 10 o'clock and the interment will be in the Ogden cemetery in charge of Stewart & Fix.
          Mr. and Mrs. S. S. Montgomery had received the news of the illness of Mrs. Montgomery Tuesday evening and were at the depot of the New York Central Lines in Waldron Wednesday morning waiting for a train for the Illinois town when they received a second telegram announcing her death.  The cause of her death is not known.  She was about seventy-five years of age.
          She is survived by four sons:  S. S. Montgomery, of Waldron;  James Montgomery, of Douglas County, Illinois;  Charles Montgomery, of Rush county, and  John Montgomery, who resides near Geneva in this county.  She also leaves one half-brother, Jacob Shumake, of Decatur county, and two sisters, one of whom lives at Waldron, Illinois, and the other resides in Nebraska
Contributed by Barb Huff for Linda Sullivan

The  Shelbyville  Republican
Wednesday, January 29, 1913
Gathered to Her Long Home
There to Receive the Re-
Wards of a Long Life of
Faithful Service and Good
Works Well Done.
          Mrs. Mary Montgomery  died at her home, 431 West Mechanic street at 12:30 noon Saturday, January 25, 1913.  Her funeral occurred Tuesday afternoon, Jan. 28th, from the family residence.  It was preached by the Rev. Cloyd Goodnight, of the First Christian church.
          She was born in Butler county, O., March 12, 1820, making her age at the time of death ninety-two years, ten months and thirteen days, being one of the oldest residents of the county.  She has been a resident of Indiana about eighty-eight years, and a resident of this county sixty-ifve years.  She is survived by six children, three sons and three daughters;  John A. Young,  cashier of the First National Bank of Shelbyville;  M. R. Montgomery,  real estate agent of this city;  Amos Montgomery,  of Iowa;  Mrs. Emma Johnson,  of Marion township;  Joanna and  Martha,  who resided at the home of their mother.
          She was a member of the Ann Crocker St. Clair Chapter of the National Society, Daughters of the American Revolution, of Effingham, Illinois.  She was probably the only real daughter of the American Revolution in Inidana[sic].
          Her father,  Philip Young,  was born at Monmouth, N.J.., the place made famous by  Mollie Pitcher,  who fought at the battle of Monmouth, June 28, 1778, against the British and was afterwards called Captain Mollie by her admiring husband and friends.  Mrs. Montgomery's father fought in the closing years of the Revolution and was present when the British General Lord Cornwallis surrendered at Yorktown to General Washington Oct. 19, 1781, and thus ended the Revolutionary war.  It was some months before her father and his brother,  William,  who also was an American patriot, reached their far New Jersey home, footsore and weary, for they had walked all the way and endured many hardships.  Like father, like daughter.  He endured for his family and country, and she endrued for family and friends.
          Mrs. Montgomery was a good, indulgent mother and kind neighbor, always being willing and anxious to do a kindness for a neighbor in sickness or trouble.  In her younger years she has rode horse-back many miles, day and night to visit the sick or administer to their wants.  She was always depended upon by those in the locality in which she lived.  In times of stress and trouble then did her splendid qualities shine most brightly, for she was untiring in service and of remarkable ability in helping others.  In those early days, when neighbors were few and far between, she regarded all as her neighbors, no matter how distant their home, who needed her assitance and comfort.  Many in those days and in her later years rose up to call her blessed for her kind words, kind acts and splendid service.
          Mrs. Montgomery was a very intelligent woman, and retained all her mental faculties until death came.  She took great delight in reading favorite lines of verse.  One of the poems she liked best was written by the Rev. Wm. [??]ambro.  It described the heavens when the great meteoric display occurred Nov. 12, 1833.  She said that was one of the most appalling and majestic sights she ever witnessed.
          Rev. Goodnight, who had charge of the funeral services, said he remembered with great pleasure many conversations he had had with the deceased.  She was always, notwithstanding her great age, bright, cheerful, hopeful and happy.  On one occasion she said to him that notwithstanding she had the care of raising seventeen children, which included her own, several step-children and some grandchildren, she had never worried.  That no doubt was the secret of her long life and happiness.  She said, "I always worked six days and rested one and never worried because there were always so many better things to do."  A large number of the leading business and professional men of the city and their families attended the funeral Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the home, 431 West Mechanic street, and showed their veneration and respect for this good mother in Israel who had been gathered home, and the worthy and highly respected sons and daughters whom she had left surviving her.  Rev. Goodnight's discourse was a meditation and a very appropriate one.  The Father Care over all his children and the example in good deeds and faithful service which this good woman had left as her monument, was his subject.
          She was laid to rest in beautiful Forest Hill and loving hearts will hold in fond remembrance her good deeds and long life of faithful service to her family and humanity.
          Marshall G. Tindall, funeral director, had charge of the funeral.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming for Marietta Davis

The  Shelbyville  Republican
Monday, January 27, 1913
Mrs. Mary Montgomery's
Funeral Will Occur
At 2 O'clock Tuesday
          The funeral of  Mrs. Mary Montgomery,  who died Saturday, will occur at the family residence,  416 West Mechanic street, Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock.  The funeral will be preached by Rev. Cloyd Goodnight, pastor of the First Christian church.  The First National Bank will close its doors at 11 a.m. and remain closed the rest of the day on account of the funeral and in honor and respect for the dead, as Cashier  John A. Young  is a son of the deceased.  The funeral will be in charge of Marshall G. Tindall, funeral director and interment in Forest Hill.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming for Marietta Davis

The  Shelbyville  Republican
Saturday, January 25, 1913
Page 1 col 2
Mrs. Mary Montgomery, Born
March 12, 1820, Died Today--
Most Highly Respected And
Well Beloved.
          Mrs. Mary Montgomery died at her home, 431 West Mechanic street, at 12:30 noon today, January 25, 1913.  She was born in Butler County, Ohio March 12, 1820, making her age at time of death ninety-two years, ten months and thirteen days, being one of the oldest residents of the county.  She has been a resident of Indiana about eighty-eight years, and a resident of this county sixty-five years. She is survived by six children, three sons and three daughters,  John A.Young,  cashier of the First National bank of Shelbyville;  M.R. Montgomery,  real estate agent of this city;  Amos Montgomery,  of Iowa;  Mrs. Emma Johnson,  of Marion township;  Joanna and Martha,  who resided at home with their mother.  The funeral is in charge of Marsahll G. Tindall.  The time and place will be given later as the family have not decided on the time.  It will probably be Tuesday.  Friends of the family can call.
Contributed by Barb Huff

The  Shelbyville  Republican
Wednesday January 25, 1911
Page 2 column 3
          Mrs. M[ary] E[lizabeth] Montgomery, daughter of the late  Francis and Isabella Walker, died in Los Angeles, California at 6 a.m. January 25th, of pneumonia.  Mrs. Montgomery was born in Shelby county, Indiana, August 28, 1840, and was seventy years, five months and three days of age.  Mrs. Montgomery was well known in this county and was born at the old Walker Homestead one and one half miles east of Shelbyville.  She lived here until 1881, when she and family moved to Des Moines, Iowa.  She moved from there to Los Angeles, California, in 1899, where she resided up to the time if her demise.  She leaves four children;  F. T. Montgomery, who is visiting in Shelbyville;  Mrs. E. A. Veatch, of Des Moines, Iowa;  Jesse H. Montgomery  and  Mrs. E. A. Wuint, of Los Angeles, California.  Interment at Hollywood cemetery, in Los Angeles.
Contributed by Barb Huff

A  Shelbyville  Newspaper
August 13, 1908
          Mary M., the nineteen-days' old daughter of  Mrs. and Mrs. William Montgomery, died at two o'clock on Wednesday afternoon.  Owing to the critical condition of Mrs. Montgomery no funeral services will be held at the house today.  The funeral cortege will leave the house at four o'clock this evening and the interment will take place in Forest Hill cemetery.  Edwards & Hageman, funeral directors, are in charge of the remains.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

The  Shelbyville  Newspaper
Cuts Short the Promising Career of
Beloved Young Woman.  Miss
Blanche Montgomery passed Away
This Morning.
          Miss Blanche Montgomery,  daughter of  Mr. and Mrs. Cyrus Montgomery,  died at the home of her grandmother,  Mrs. Mary Montgomery,  231 West Mechanic street, at 5 o'clock this morning of consumption, aged 17 years.
          Blanche was a bright and promising young lady.  She would have graduated this year with the High School class but for the sickness which kept her from her studies and which has resulted in called her from among her schoolmates, Friends and relatives in this world.
          She was of a kind and lovable disposition and her death will be a source of deep mourning to a host of friends.  Deceased leaves one brother,  Cecil Montgomery.
          Funeral arrangements have not yet been completed, but they will be announced later by Oscar Hand & Son, who have charge of the remains.
Contributed by Marietta Davis

Blanche is buried next to her mother,  Mary F. Montgomery,  in the Blue River Chapel Cemetery in Marion Township.

The  Shelby  Republican
Tuesday, July 26, 1898
Page 1
          Sophronia,  wife of City Treasurer  Robert Montgomery, died at their residence, 126 East Pennsylvania street, at 10:15 a.m., Sunday, July 24, 1898, of paralysis, aged sixty-two years.  The remains will be buried Tuesday afternoon, July 26.  Services will be at the late residence at 2 p.m., the Rev. J. R. T. Lathrop, officiating.  Interment in Forest Hill cemetery.  Deceased was born in Muskingum county, Ohio, February 22, 1836.  From there she moved to Muscatine, Iowa, in 1856, and in November 18, 1857, was united in marriage to Robert Montgomery in the above mentioned place.  In 1860 she came with her husband to this city.  She leaves a husband, two grown sons,  William  and  John.  Those wishing to view the remains will call at the house between the hours of 8 a.m. and 2 p.m., tomorrow.  D. B. Wilson & Sons, funeral directors.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

The  Daily  Democrat
Wednesday, June 28, 1893
Page 4, column 3
          Minnie B., wife of Samuel S. Montgomery, died at their residence in Noble township, at 11 p.m. Tuesday, age 26 years.  She will be buried Thursday at the Ogden graveyard. Services at the Valley Church by Rev. Smith at 10:30 a.m.  Leave the house at 10 a.m. by D. B. Wilson & Son, funeral directors.
Contributed by Barb Huff

The  Cincinnati  Gazette
May 17, 1881
Special  Dispatch  to  the  Cincinnati  Gazette.
          SHELBYVILLE, IND., May 16. -- Mr. Samuel Montgomery,  a citizen of this county since 1825, died suddenly this evening, at his residence, two miles north of here, his death being caused by the rupture of a blood vessel in the head, the accident occurring this morning.  Mr. Montgomery in reality was a pioneer, his age bing seventy-four years, the most of which he has lived here.  He accumulated considerable wealth, and leaves a large family.
Contributed by John Addison Ballard

The  Shelby  Republican
Thursday, January 31, 1878
Page 3
          Joseph Montgomery  of Brandywine tp. died at his residence on Monday evening of pneumonia after an illness of but two or three days.  Mr. Montgomery was an old resident of the county, a quiet, honest, upright citizen who was honored and respected by all who knew him.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

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