Shelby  County  Indiana
Obituaries

Reed


The  Shelbyville  News
Wednesday, September 15, 2004
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Carolyn H. Reed, 87, of Hope, died Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2004, at her home.
Born Dec. 22, 1916, in Hope, d/o  John W. and Bernice L. (Stewart) Holder.
Married  Raleigh Reed  on Nov. 21, 1940, and he preceded her in death on Nov. 22, 1983.
Survivors:  son,  John Reed  (wife, Mary) of Shelbyville;  three grandchildren, Kristen Lewis  and  David Reed, both of Greenwood, and  Keri Reed  of Shelbyville; and four great-grandchildren.
Preceded in death by one sister, Hazel E. Stewart.
Homemaker.
Member of Hope Moravian Church, Kappa Kappa Sigma sorority and the former Esther Chapter, Order of Eastern Star.
Norman Funeral Home, 604 Main St., in Hope.
Hope Moravian Church, on Main Street in Hope, with the Rev. Brian Trotter officiating.
Burial:  Hope Moravian Cemetery, in Hope.
Memorial contributions may be made to:  Bartholomew County Humane Society.
Summarized by Phyllis Miller Fleming


The  Shelbyville  News
Thursday, September 27, 1984
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Orville M. Reed, 91, Mount Auburn, died Thursday, September 27, 1984, Johnson County Memorial Hospital.
Born September 16, 1893 in Shelby County, s/o  Charles E. and  Harriett Scott Reed.
Married  Cathern Elizabeth Crosby  December 15, 1915; she preceded him in death.
Survivors:  daughters, Jean Harsch  and  Tattie Fay Warder, both of Edinburgh,  Dottie May Hughes, Los Vegas, Nevada and  Norma Roberts, Taylorsville; 11 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren..
Preceded in death by two sons.
Eskew-Eaton Funeral Home, Edinburgh, Rev. Barry Stenulson officiating.
Burial:  Second Mount Pleasant Baptist Cemetery.
Summarized by Phyllis Miller Fleming


The  Shelbyville  Republican
Monday, April 7, 1947
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DEATH  FOLLOWS
LONG  ILLNESS
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Richard Reed, 37, Suc-
cumbs at Home Here
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          Richard R. Reed,  37, son of  Eden Reed,  died at his father's home, 814 East Jackson street, Wednesday afternoon following a long illness.
          He had been engaged with his father in the transfer business.
          BORN  NOV.  16, 1909,  in Shelbyville, Mr. Reed was the son of  Eden and  Eva Lane Reed.  He was member of the First Baptist church and the Moose lodge.
          Surviving are his father; one sister,  Mrs. Eric Caldwell,  of this city; and two brothers,  Frank Reed,  of Shelbyville, and  Ralph,  of Denver, Colo.  His mother died several years ago.
          Funeral arrangements had not been completed last night, but will be announced today by Morris H. Sleeth.

Ibid.
Friday, April 4, 1947
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Reed Funeral Services
Are Saturday Afternoon
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          Funeral services for Richard R. Reed, who died Wednesday at his home, 814 East Jackson street, will be conducted at the Sleeth funeral home at 2:00 p.m. Saturday.
          The Rev. Walter R. Hand, pastor of the First Baptist church, will officiate.  Burial will be made in Forest Hill cemetery.  Friends may call at the funeral home.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming


The  Shelby  Democrat
Thursday, May 30, 1940
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RITES  ARE  SET        
        FOR  MRS. REED
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Services for Hendricks
Township Woman Will
Be Conducted Sunday
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          Mrs. Harriett Reed,  wife of  Charles Reed,  prominent Hendricks township farmer, died at her home, nine miles west of Shelbyville on State Road 44, early Friday morning.  Death was caused from complications and followed an illness of three years.
          Born September 4, 1862, in Jackson township, the daughter of  Joel and  Nancy Scott, she was 77 years of age at the time of death.
          She was married to Mr. Reed 54 years ago.  She was a devoted member of the Second Mt. Pleasant church and of the church aid society.
          Survivors with the husband are five children,  Mrs. Martin Carpenter, of Anderson;  George Reed, of Columbus;  Roy Reed, of this city;  Orville Reed, of Shelby township, and  William Reed, of Hendricks township.  Also surviving are one sister,  Mrs. Josephine Stoughton, of Jackson township; fifteen grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
          Funeral services will be held at the Second Mt. Pleasant church Sunday at 2:00 p.m., with the Rev. Frank Lansing officiating.  Burial will be made in the church cemetery in charge of Loren H. Murphy.
          Friends may call at the late residence at any time.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming


The  Shelby  Democrat
Thursday, July 18, 1940
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RITES  FRIDAY  FOR
MRS.  EDEN  REED
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Shelbyville Woman, Native of
Waldron, Succumbs After
Long Illness.
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          Funeral arrangements were made this after noon for  Mrs. Eva L. Reed,  age 68, wife of  Eden Reed,  who died Tuesday evening at her home at 111 east Hendricks street.
          The last rites will be held at the Morris H. Sleeth funeral home at 2:30 p.m. Friday with the Rev. Walter P. Halbert officiating.  Burial will be made at Forest Hill cemetery.
          Mrs. Reed died at 5:45 p.m. after several months of illness.
          She was born in Waldron, Feb. 14, 1872, a daughter of the late  Mr. and Mrs. Francis A. Lane.  Her marriage to Mr. Reed took place March 9, 1891.
          Survivors include the husband, one daughter,  Mrs. Eric Caldwell,  Shelbyville; three sons,  Ralph,  of Denver, Col.;  Frank  and  Richard,  at home; two grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, two sisters,  Mrs. Charles Comstock,  of Shelbyville, and  Mrs. Pearl Graham,  of Indianapolis; two brothers,  Walter Lane,  residing at the Reed home, and  J. A. Lane,  of Shelbyville.  Mrs. Reed had been a member of the First Baptist church since childhood.  She was also a member of the Pocahontas lodge, the Past Chiefs club and the Protected Home Circle of Shelbyville.
          Friends may call at the Sleeth Funeral home after 7:00 o'clock tonight.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming


The  Shelby  Democrat
Thursday, April 11, 1940
Page 2
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GROUP  TO  JOIN  FOR  REED  RITES
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Burial Of City Veteran Sunday
To Be Marked By Legion, Eagles
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          Ill for the past seven months and in a critical condition for several weeks, William (Abe) Reed, 49 year old World War Veteran and resident of Shelbyville, died Thursday at 9:00 p.m. at the U.S. Veterans Hospital at Indianapolis. Funeral services will be conducted Sunday at 2:00 p.m. at the Union Chapel Church, south of St. Paul, with the Rev. C. H. Grace officiating. Burial in charge of  Loren H. Murphy will be made in the church cemetery. Graveside services will be conducted by the Shelbyville Eagles lodge and full military rites will be held by Victory Post No. 70, American Legion. Mr. Reed was a member of both organizations. Friends may call at the Murphy mortuary any time after 7:00 o'clock this evening. The deceased was born in Noble township March 15, 1891, the son of George and Eva (Shipp) Reed. He was never married. Mr. Reed had resided with his father at 228 east Pennsylvania street, since the death of his mother February 21, 1939. He enlisted in Co. I 51st Infantry, on May 3, 1918 and served nine months, being honorably discharged at Fort Benning, Ga., on April 12, 1919. He was employed in Shelbyville as a tinner for many years. Survivors, besides the father, are a sister, Mrs. Mae Ford of Shelbyville; two brothers, Walter, of  Indianapolis and Earl, of this city and several uncles and aunts.
Submitted by Barb Huff


A  Shelbyville  Newspaper
Monday, September 28, 1925
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DIED  SUDDENLY
SATURDAY  EVE
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          Lincoln Darrel Reed,  age six years, son of  Mr. and Mrs. Orville Reed,  living four miles south of Shelbyville, died Saturday night at seven o'clock at the home of  Mr. and Mrs. Robert Smith,  718 Harrison street, Indianapolis.
          Mr. and Mrs. Reed had gone to Indianapolis to aid Mr. and Mrs. Smith in moving.  The child was taken suddenly ill and died within twenty-four hours.  It was stated that death had been casued by ptomaine poisoning.  The body was brought to the home of the parents Sunday.  The child leaves besides the parents, one brother, one sister and the grandparents,  Mr. and Mrs. Charles Reed,  and  John Crosby.
          Funeral services were held at the Second Mount Pleasant Baptist church this afternoon.  Burial was made in the church cemetery in charge of C. F. Fix & Son.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming


The  Shelbyville  Republican
Friday, May 12, 1922
Page 1
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FUNERAL  TODAY  FOR  ALLEN  REED
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Former Resident Of County
Passed Away Wednesday Evening
At Home In Gary, Nephritis Caused Death
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         Funeral services were held this afternoon at three o'clock at the Valley Church in Noble township, for  Allen Major Reed, age sixty-eight years, a former resident of Shelby county, who died Wednesday evening at 5:15 o'clock, at his home in Gary.  The Rev. S. D. Hawkins officiated in the funeral services.  Burial was made in the Ogden cemetery, C. F. Fix & Son in charge.  The body was brought here Thursday evening, and was taken to the home of his sister,  Mrs. William Davisson,  at Waldron.  Mr. Reed's death was caused by nephritis.  He was born in Noble township, Shelby county, and had lived in the county for many years.  He was a son of William and  Christena Reed. On March 28, 1875 he was married to  Harriet Hinkle.  Mr. Reed leaves his widow; one son  Warren Reed, two brothers,  Frank Reed  of Noble township and   Jacob Reed of Seattle, Washington and four sisters, Mrs. William Davisson, of Waldron,  Mrs. John Hoyer of Noble township and  Mrs. Ed Cuskaden of Cape Jardou, Missouri and Mrs. Fred Gunter of Packersville, Illinois.
Submitted by Barb Huff
[Per Mrs. Gunter's great-granddaughter, Jane Fullington, the paper incorrectly reported her residence; it should read Parkersburg, IL. Three of Allen Reed's sisters were: Annetta Reed Gunter,  Georgiana Reed Davison and Harriett Reed Hoyer. Annetta Reed Gunter is supposedly buried in Van Pelt Cemetery (per her death cert.) in either Noble or Liberty Twp.  I have yet to confirm this. I also believe that Fred Gunter may also be buried in Van Pelt Cem. Annetta Reed Gunter died in Olney Sanitarium, Olney, IL just north of Parkersburg of a sarcoma to her right thigh and chronic myocarditis Feb. 3, 1941.]


The  Shelbyville  Republican
January 30, 1918
Page 2
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          Charles Reed, formerly a resident of the St. Paul community, died Tuesday morning at his home in Lafayette, of pneumonia.  He was 45 years old.  Mr. Reed left St. Paul ten years ago.  The body will be brought to St. Paul Thursday morning at nine o'clock. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 o'clock at the Chapel Church and burial will be made in the church cemetery.
Submitted by Barb Huff


The  Daily  Democrat
Friday September 15, 1916
Page 2 column 2
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OBITUARY
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          Francis Fleming Reed, oldest son of  George and  Lorinda Reed, was born in Fairland, Shelby county, April 2, 1848. He was united in marriage to  Miss Angeline Alexander, September 21, 1871. This union was blessed with six children, one having died in infancy, the following surviving:  George H., of Fairland;  Frank C., of Lawrenceburg;  Andrew,  Bert and  Mrs. Nellie Piper, all of Rush County.
          He and his wife united with the Christian Church at Fairland in December, 1891. Altho being several miles away from the church he would often speak of his love for it, and only a few days ago he spoke to a friend of the enjoyment and good time he had there.
          He was a farmer and very energetic and worked hard, and was always interested in the success and welfare of his children to whom he was very much devoted.
          Five years ago his health began to fail. Everything that could be done in the way of medical assistance was obtained, but seemed to be of no avail. During all these years of suffering he was tenderly cared for with untiring energy by the loving hands of his dear companion, assisted by their loving children, but they lost in the conflict, and the eighth day of September, 1916, he died at his home in Orange township, Rush county, aged sixty-eight years, five months and six days.
          Thus a useful life has gone out from us. He leaves a wife to mourn the loss of a loving husband and five children to mourn the loss of a kind and affectionate father, and eight grandchildren, also one brother,  Hiram H. Reed, of Kokomo, and one sister,  Mrs. Jennie Dungan, of Shelbyville.
          A short service was held in the home, after which the remains were taken to the Fairland Christian Church, where the funeral service was conducted by the Rev. J. T. Scull, of Gowdy, and the Rev. Samuel Tomlinson, of Fairland. Burial in the Fairland cemetery.
Contributed by Barb Huff


The  Shelbyville  Republican
Wednesday, November 24, 1915
Page 2, column 3
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MRS.  LOREN  REED
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Died Tuesday Night At The Home
Of A Daughter In This City
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          Mrs. Lorenda Reed, eighty-four years old, died Tuesday night at six fifty o'clock at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Calvin Dungan, 305 Shelby street.  Her death was caused from a complication of diseases with which Mrs. Reed had been suffering for several weeks.
          All of her long life has been spent in Shelby county.  She was a daughter of the late William and Nancy Pollard and was born November 30, 1831.  Her parents lived near the Ray churches in Brandywine Township at the time of her birth.  She was married to George Reed on January 21, 1847.  Mr. and Mrs. Reed made their home near Fairland until his death eleven years ago.  Mrs. Reed was a member of the M.E. Church at Fairland.
          She is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Calvin Dungan, of this city, and two sons, Fleming Reed, of Rush County, and  Hiram H. Reed, of Kokomo, Indiana.
          Funeral services will be held Friday morning at eleven o'clock at the Fairland M.E. church, the Rev. M. E. Abel officiating.  Burial will be made in the Fairland Cemetery.
Submitted by Barb Huff


The  Shelbyville  Republican
Saturday Afternoon, March 28, 1914
Page 1   column 4
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JOHN  REED
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          Word has been received here of the death of  John H. Reed,  at the home of his brother,  Jefferson Reed,  of Tipton.  According to the message that was sent to realtives here, death occurred Thursday night.  Cancer, with which he had been a sufferer, was the cause of the death.  He was about seventy-five years old.
          Mr. Reed was town marshal here for two terms immediately following the close of the civil war.  He is remembered by many of the old veterans of the Civil War.
          Mr. Reed was a native of one of the Southern states.  With his parents he came to this count in 1858.  At the outbreak of the Civil War, he enlisted with the Union army and served throughout the war of the rebellion.  At the close of the war he returned here and was elected town marshal.  He lived here until about twenty-five years ago, when he went to Tipton.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming


The  Tipton  Daily  Tribune
March 27, 1914
Page 8, column 2
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Death of John Reed
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Died rather suddenly Thursday
night at 11:15 o'clock
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          John Reed,  age 77 years, 8 months, and 25 days, died at the home of his brother,  J. H. Reed, on North Mill Street, Thursday night, at 11:15 o'clock.
          John Reed was born in Galatin, Ky., July 1, 1836, and came to Shelby County at an early day with his parents.  When the civil war broke out, he volunteered in union service, being a member of the Third Indiana cavalry, serving in the same company and regiment with  W. G. Nash.  He was in a number of battles, and was near Gettysburg, during that great battle.  After the war, he returned home and after his brother  Jeff  moved to Tipton county, he came with him, and has ever since lived in Tipton.  He was never married.  There were four brothers, two of whom long since died and Jeff is the only surviving brother.  He is survived by two sisters,  Mrs. Lizzie LaMasters,  of this city and  Mrs, Anna Ransdell,  of Shelbyville.
          For the last year, he had suffered with a cancer on the hip, which may have been the indirect cause of his death.  He had been up all day and only an hour before he died, he walked out of doors and stayed some time.  Jeff went out to look after him, when he found him suffering with a heavy chill.  He led him to the house and put him to bed but he grew worse and he got up and a doctor was called, but before the arrival of a doctor, he died.  The death was rather sudden, for the chill did not come over him until about an hour before his death.
          The funeral will take place at the residence of  J. H. Reed, on N. Mill St., Sunday at 2 p.m. Rev. O. A. Trabue, officiating.  Interment at Fairview.
Contributed by Donnie


The  Shelbyville  Republican
Monday, March 16, 1914
Page 4, column 2
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DEATHS  AND  FUNERALS
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MRS.  MARY  REED
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          The body of  Mrs. Mary Reed,  who died Friday evening at the home of her daughter,  Mrs. Robert Lee,  in Tipton, Ind., was brought to this city Sunday and taken to the home of her daughter-in-law,  Mrs. Eric Caldwell,  No. 519 Second street.  Funeral services were held this afternoon at two o'clock at the Forest Hill chapel, Rev. John S. Ward, pastor of the First M. E. church, officiating.  Burial was made in Forest Hill in charge of Marshall G. Tindall. Mrs. Reed is survived by four children:  Mrs. Lydia Jones  and  Eden Reed, of this city;  Mrs. Robert Lee, of Tipton, and  Mrs. Edward Favors, of Mansfield, Ohio.  She was a member of the First M. E. church here for many years.  Mrs. Reed was a resident of this city until about two years ago, when she went to Tipton to live with her daughter.
Submitted by Barb Huff


The  Shelbyville  Republican
Friday, February 3, 1911
Page 1, column 1
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SUDDEN  DEATH  OF  AN  OLD  SOLDIER
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John E. Reed Is Called To Final Resting Place
After An Illness Of Only A Few Hours
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WAS  AGED  ABOUT  72  YEARS
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In Politics He Was A Republican
And At One Time Served As Market Master Of This City
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          John E. Reed, one of the best known ex-soldiers in Shelby County, died suddenly at his home at Pennsylvania and Noble streets this morning about eight o'clock, after only a few hours illness.
          Although the health of Mr. Reed had not been the best in the past two or three years he was able to be about and was up town yesterday.  Between eleven and twelve o'clock last night he was taken very ill, suffering with heart trouble and asthma.  Dr. Samuel Kennedy was called and he remained with Mr. Reed for about an hour.  When he left, the patient seemed to be improving.  His children remained by his bedside during the night and his condition seemed to be for the better. This morning at eight o'clock, he grew worse, the end coming within a few minutes.
          Mr. Reed was born in Indiana, February 22, 1839, and at the time of his death he was seventy years, eleven months and eleven days old.  He was a soldier for a few years of the war, and served his country faithfully. His acquaintance in the city was large and he always made friends in his daily walks through life.  In his death, his children lose a kind and loving father and the city one of her best citizens.
          In politics he was a Republican and for three years some time ago he served as market master of the city.  He was also a special policeman on occasions of epidemics in the city and his familiar figure was always seen at the entrance of Little Blue River bridge during fair week when he was engaged in keeping order at that place.
          The deceased was a member of the First Presbyterian church, Dumont Post, No. 18, G.A.R., and he belonged to Pleasure Valley Lodge of Odd Fellows, at San Jacinto, Indiana.
          He is survived by six children - Mrs. Marion Freise, of Dayton, Ohio;  Rohm Reed, of Indianapolis;  Will Reed,  Wesley Reed,  Miss Esther Reed  and  Miss Laura Reed, of this city.
          The funeral services will be conducted by the Rev. Earl North pastor of the Presbyterian Church but just what day or hour is not yet known.  The interment will be in Forest Hill Cemetery and will be in charge of Ralph J. Edwards.
Submitted by Barb Huff


The  Shelbyville  Democrat
FRIDAY, JULY 23, 1909
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AGED  RESIDENT  OF  NOBLE 
TOWNSHIP  DIED  THURSDAY
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          Peter Reed, a well-known resident of Noble township, died last night at nine-thirty o'clock.  His death was due to heart trouble.  He was sixty-nine years and seven months old.  The funeral will be held at Union Chapel church at 10:30 o'clock Sunday morning, the Rev. E. Day, of Indianapolis officiating.  Burial will take place in the Union Chapel cemetery in charge of D.B. Wilson & Son.  The deceased is survived by a wife and seven children, the latter being Charles,  Thomas,  Frank,  Samuel  and  Grover Reed,  Mrs. Eva VanCurt  and  Miss Minnie Reed.
Submitted by Barb Huff


The  Shelbyville  Daily  Democrat
Monday March 4, 1907
Page 4 column 2
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          James Reed  died at the residence of  Mr. and Mrs. Tip Cherry, on Walker street, at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, of pneumonia, at the age of forty-two years.  Deceased leaves one sister, Mrs. Susan Thurston, of this city, John  and  William Reed, of Johnson county.  Funeral services will be held at the residence at 2 p.m. Tuesday by the Rev. Mr. Stainbrook.  Interment in Forest Hill.  D. B. Wilson & Son, funeral directors.
Contributed by Barb Huff


The  Shelby  Democrat
Thursday, April 2, 1903
Page 1, column 3
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DIED
Mrs. Elizabeth A., Wife of John E. Reed,
Had Passed Away
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          Elizabeth A. Reed, wife of  John E. Reed, died at her home corner of Pennsylvania and Noble streets, at 6 o'clock p.m., Tuesday, March 31, from nervous troubles, age 59 years and 11 days.  Deceased leaves a husband and six children, 3 sons and 3 daughters.  She was a member of the Presbyterian church.  Her funeral services will be held in the Presbyterain church at 3 o'clock p.m. Thursday, April 2, Rev. W. E. Price officiating.  The interment will be made in Forest Hill Cemetery.  Edwards & Hageman have charge.
Submitted by Barb Huff


The  Shelbyville  Republican
Tuesday, April 1, 1902
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          The death of  Addison Reed,  an old soldier, occurred at his home in London, Moral township, Sunday.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming


The  Shelby  Republican
Tuesday, August 2, 1898
Page 2, column 2
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          The remains of James T. Reed, who died at the Lafayette Soldiers' Home, were brought here on the 3:25 train Thursday afternoon and were taken to the home of his brother-in-law, William Robertson, on South street, where funeral services were held at 3 o'clock on Friday, Elder Groom officiating assisted by Rev. R. H. Moore.  He served in the war of the Rebellion in Company C, 156 Indiana Volunteers.  He leaves a wife and one daughter.  Interment in the City Cemetery.  Funeral in charge of Edwards & Hageman.
Submitted by Barb Huff


The  Franklin  Democrat
Friday, July 16, 1897
Volume XXXVIII Number 1
Page 1 column 3
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          Mrs. Irene Reed,  of Fairland, died Friday evening and was buried Sunday afternoon at the Center graveyard.  Mrs. Reed was the widow of the late  Lieutenant Reed.
Contributed by Mark McCrady and Cathea Curry
Notes:  Full name, Irena Margaret Ray Reed.  Date of birth, 22 Jun 1823.  Date of death, 9 Jul 1897.


The  Shelby  Democrat
Thursday, April 25, 1889
Page 3, column 1
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          James T. Reed died at the residence of  Mrs. McGaughey, in Morristown, Thursday, aged eighty-two years.  The remains were buried Saturday.
Contributed by Barb Huff


The  Daily  Republican
Monday December 24, 1888
Page 1 column 4
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          Eliza, wife of the late  Jacob Reed, died at her home in East Noble township, at 1:20 a.m. December 23, aged sixty-seven years, and will be buried at Pleasant Hill graveyard.  Services at the church at 1 o’clock today.  D. B. Wilson funeral director.
Contributed by Barb Huff


The  Shelby  Volunteer
Thursday November 9, 1882
Page 6 column 1
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          The funeral of Mrs. Rhoda Reed who committed suicide took place on Thursday afternoon.  It was largely attended by an immense concourse of mourning friends and relatives.
Ibid.
Thursday November 2, 1882
Page 8 column 2
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SAD  SUICIDE
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          Mrs. Rhoda Reed, wife of  George Reed, of this city, committed suicide last Monday by shooting herself through the head with a revolver.  The particulars are substantially as follows:  About five o’clock on Monday afternoon, Mrs. Reed was sitting with her sister and the hired girl in one of the front rooms of her home.  Suddenly Mrs. Reed rose and left the house saying that she would shortly return.  In a few moments, two pistol shots were heard, and upon investigation Mrs. Reed was found in her bedroom on the floor struggling in the agonies of death.  Several of the neighbors were alarmed and soon came in, when the pistol was taken from the dying woman’s hand and she was placed on the bed.  Medical aid being promptly summoned, it appeared that only one shot had taken effect, and that lodged a ball in the brain, having entered the right side of the head near the ear.  Mrs. Reed lingered in an unconscious condition until half past twelve o’clock on Tuesday last, when she expired.  A year or more ago, while suffering from mental depression Mrs. Reed was taken to the Insane Asylum, but was in a short time discharged as recovered.  Last summer after her return, she attempted to take her life by the use of morphine, but this effort at suicide was foiled by timely discovery.  Since then, Mrs. Reed had seemed to be in sound mind until the fatal act of last Monday horrified her relatives.  The revolver used was of the “bulldog” pattern, 42 calibre, and her husband and friends are unable to tell where she procured the deadly weapon.  Deceased was a daughter of our county Treasurer, Mr. E. B. Amsden.  At the time of her death she was thirty years old, leaves four children, the youngest being only two months old.  We extend to the sorrowing friends our sympathies in their bereavement, and especially on account of the peculiarly and shocking and heartrending manner by which it was brought about.
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City Cemetery
Rhoda A. Reed
April 25, 1853 – October 30, 1882
d/o  E.B. & M.A. Amsden  wife of  George Reed
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Contributed by Barb Huff


The  Shelby  Democrat
Thursday, December 19, 1878
Page 2, column 6
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MORAL  MURMERS
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(London, Dec. 18, 1878)  John Reed's wife died of consumption, December 5, 1878, and his mother (Sarah Reed) died December 15, 1878.
Submitted by Barb Huff


The  Shelbyville  Republican
Thursday August 19, 1875
Page 2 column 2
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FROM  ST. PAUL
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          Our old and esteemed friend  Jacob Reed, who has been confined to his room most of the time for the last eight months, died on last Saturday evening.  Was buried on Monday by the Masonic fraternity, of which he was an acceptable member.  Rev. R. Roberts, of your city [Shelbyville] preached the funeral to a large audience.  There was a large number of Knight Templars from Shelbyville also the lodges of Milford and Waldron were represented.  Brother Reed will be missed in this community.  The friends have the sympathies of all.
[Buried Reed Cemetery]
Contributed by Barb Huff


The  Shelbyville  Weekly  Volunteer
Thursday, April 9, 1874
Page 3, column 3
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AN  OLD  SETTLER  GONE
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In Memoriam George C. Reed
By Rev. Geo. Sluter
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          One by one the worthy citizens who endured the heat and burden of the day of pioneer life in our part of the country are now fast passing away. When we reflect how few of them remain among us, it should cause us to take immediate steps to reduce to writing and in permanent form the early history of our country.  Immediately west and south of the village of St. Paul, there lived between thirty and forty years ago a vast interesting and remarkable group of pioneers. There was  Arthur Major, and  there was  Alexander VanPelt, and there were  Jonathan Paul,  Jacob Anspaugh,  Peter Zeigler  and  Isaac Avery, -- all of them were of more than ordinary natural talents, and some of them were of culture and high education, men indeed that would have graced any circle of society. But they had chosen life in the Far West, because they loved it, and that they enjoyed it as one acquainted with those times can doubt. Their favorite place of resort was at Morven--a beautiful farm now owned by  Alfred Major, Esq. of our city.  There was the first store of Shelby County, and there was the post office.  The same house still stands, which was erected fifty years ago, and where these gentlemen of the olden times were in the habit of meeting to interchange their views and the countries of social life.  One of the last of that group has just passed away.  On Wednesday evening, March 25th, 1874, George C. Reed breathed his last.  He had attained to the good old age of sixty-seven years, born in Cumberland County, Pa., to be removed at an early age to Decatur County, Ind. and thence shortly afterwards to the neighborhood referred to in Shelby County, where he spent his entire life -- and brought up a large family of twelve children, nearly all of whom survive.  Many years ago he had a severe illness which deeply improved upon him his responsibility to God, and recalled in his becoming ever after an earnest consistent Christian.  He was universally liked as a man, and as a neighbor he was in the language of one who knew him long and well "just as good as you could find any where."  Especially welcome were his visits and sits in times of sickness, trouble, or mourning.  He was singularly cheerful in disposition, and his natural kindness of heart was overflowing. His death was like that of a soldier who falls at the post of duty.  No long and tedious illness threw any shadow of querulousness upon him, but with the harness of life on --- having actually worked to within an hour of his demise --- he was suddenly called from labor to reward. His funeral took place from Union Chapel, near his late residence, and was attended by a larger number of people than has ever been known there upon any similar occasion. As the deceased had been for years, and esteemed member of the Masonic and Odd Fellows Fraternities, these orders gave beautiful testimony of their regard and esteem for him, by bearing him to his last resting place.  "A good name is better than precious ointment; and the day of death than the day of our birth."
Submitted by Barb Huff

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