Shelby  County,  Indiana


The  Shelbyville  News
Wednesday, November 26, 1997
Max Rouse, 67, Morristown, died Tuesday at Vancor Hospital, Greenwood.
Born on Jan. 29, 1930, in Shelby County, s/o  Clarence and Rhoda (Worrell) Rouse.  Feb. 18, 1953, married  Margaret J. (Mardis) Rouse, who survives.
Retired in 1992 from Shelby Eastern Schools, where he had been a school bus driver for 28 years.  Owned and operated the M&M Drive-In in Morristown for 13 years.  1948 graduate of Shelbyville High School.
Veteran of the Korean War.
Member of Morristown United Methodist Church and American Legion Post No. 102, Morristown.
Member of the Morristown Lions Club, where he had held the offices of president, secretary and zone chairman.  District governor for District 25F from 1992 to 1993.
Trustee of Camp Woodsmoke, past president of the Morristown PTO, an adult 4-H leader and a member of the Shelby County Alcoholic Beverage Board.
Survivors include his wife, Morristown; a son, Jeffery Rouse, Morristown; one brother, Robert Rouse, Las Vegas, Nev.; five sisters, Lina Rich, Columbus, Eva Catt, Greenwood, Ruby Hargrove, Fairland, Leona Purcell, Milan, and  Lillian Theobald, Manilla; and five grandchildren.  Preceded in death by three brothers and three sisters.
Morristown United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Wilma Allen officiating.  Burial Asbury Cemetery, Morristown.
Memorial contributions Lions Cancer Fund of Indiana, 356 E. County Road 300N, Frankfort, IN 46041.
Summarized by Phyllis Miller Fleming

The  Shelbyville  News
Saturday, July 31, 1965
          Word has been received here of the death of  Ralph Rouse,  71, a former resident of Shelyville, who died at his home in St. Augustine, Fla., Friday night.  Mr. Rouse was born in Shelby County on Dec. 7, 1892, the son of  Oliver and Mary (Dyer) Rouse.  He was united in marriage to  Mary Fields  in 1916.  She survives.
          Other survivors include a son,  Harry Rouse,  in military service; a daughter,  Miss Carolyn Rouse  of New Orleans, La.; two granddaughters; several nieces and nephews in Shelby County; and a brother,  Alfred P. Rouse,  of Indianapolis.  A son,  Ralph N. Rouse,  and three brothers preceded in death.
          Mr. Rouse had lived in St. Augustine since 1928.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

The  Shelby  Democrat
Thursday February 24, 1938
Mary Agnes Rouse, 16, of Near Ar-
lington, Succumbs Following
Long Illness
          Mary Agnes Rouse,  16, daughter of  Ott Rouse,  of north of Arlington, died at 11:00 p.m. Wednesday.  Her death was due to tuberculosis and followed six weeks serious illness.  She was taken to the sanitarium Tuesday.
          Besides the father, Miss Rouse is survived by four sisters,  Mrs. Lloyd Clapp,  of this city;  Mrs. Clark Muir,  Morristown;  Mrs. Charles Maple,  Rushville, and  Miss Mildred Rouse,  Indianapolis, and two brothers,  Robert and  Junior Rouse,  at home.
          Funeral services will be held at the home near Arlington at 3:00 p.m. Saturday and burial will be made at the Asbury cemetery.  Friends may call at the home after Friday noon.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

The  Shelbyville  Republican
Friday June 4, 1937
Page 1 column 3
Funeral for Fairland Woman
To Be Held at Church Sunday
          Mrs. Anna Rouse, 58, died at her home in Fairland at 1:20 a.m. Friday following a four weeks illness due to uremic poisoning.
          She was born near Fairland May 15, 1879 and was the daughter of  James A. and Lucinda Wells.  She was married to  Phillip Thomas, who died twenty-four years ago, in 1896.  Three of the eleven children born to this union survive.  They are  Mrs. Dillard Thurston of Brandywine township,  Mrs. Robert Steinfelt of Niles, Michigan and  Emmett Thomas of Indianapolis.
          On December 26, 1917 she married  John Rouse, who died October 12, 1933.  Three of the four children born to Mr. and Mrs. Rouse survive. They are  Mrs. Orville Sheppard of Shelbyville and  James Howard and  Ralph Edward Rouse at home. She also leaves thirteen grandchildren; three sisters,  Mrs. Oreana Greeson,  Mrs. Eliza Smith and  Mrs. Sarah Miller, all of Indianapolis; four brothers,  Robert Wells of English Lake, Indiana;  James of Crawfordsville; and  George and Samuel Wells of Indianapolis; and several nieces and nephews.
          She was a member of the Fairland M. E. church, where funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday with the Rev. W. A. Hartsaw, pastor, officiating.  Burial will be in the church cemetery in charge of C. F. Fix & Son funeral directors.
Contributed by Barb Huff

The  Shelbyville  Republican
Friday October 13, 1933
Page 1 column 4
Military Funeral Services At Fairland M.E. Church
At 2:00 O’Clock Saturday
          Following a week’s serious illness of heart trouble and asthma,  John H. Rouse, 45 years old, died at 11:20 o’clock Thursday night at his home in Fairland.  He had been a resident of that community for many years.
          Mr. Rouse was born in Shelby county July 25, 1888, the son of  James and Martha Rouse.  He served in the World War, having received an honorable discharge at the end of the service.
          The deceased is survived by the wife by a second marriage,  Mrs. Anna Rouse; three children,  Lee, 14;  James Howard, 13, and  Ralph Edwin, 12, all at home; three brothers,  Will Rouse of Fairland;  Lewis Rouse, of Fountaintown, and  Charles Rouse of Morristown; five sisters,  Mrs. Lizzie Bennett,  Mrs. Annie Wells,  Mrs. Bessie Wells,  Mrs. Ella Thurston and  Mrs. Opal Wells all of Fairland; three step-children,  Mrs. Mollie Thurston, of Fairland;  Christian Thomas, of Chicago and  Emmett Thomas, of Fairland, and several nieces and nephews.
          Military funeral services will be conducted at the Fairland Methodist church at 2:00 o’clock Saturday afternoon, the Rev. Ryland officiating.  Interment will be in the Fairland cemetery in charge of C. F. Fix & Son funeral directors.
Contributed by Barb Huff

The  Shelbyville  Republican
Monday July 23, 1928
Page 1 column 6
Mrs. Martha Ellen Rouse, 62, Ill Many Years
Became Paralyzed Saturday
          Mrs. Martha Ellen Rouse,  widow of the late  James Rouse,  died at her home in Fairland at 9 o’clock Sunday morning after having been seriously ill for several months.  Two strokes of paralysis suffered Saturday were the immediate cause of her death. She was 62 years, 5 months, and 20 days old.
          Mrs. Rouse was the daughter of John and Mary Deal and was born in Sugar Creek township February 2, 1866.  She had lived in Shelby county all her life and was a resident of the Fairland community for many years.  Her marriage to James Rouse took place fifty years ago.
          Nine of the eleven children born to their union survive: John Rouse, Mrs. Lizzie Bennett, Mrs. Ella Thurston and Mrs. Anna Wells, all of Sugar Creek township; Will Rouse and the Misses Cecilia and Opal Rouse, of Fairland; Al Rouse of near Morristown, and Lewis Rouse of Anderson, Indiana. Mrs. Rouse also leaves 23 grandchildren and one great grandchild.
          James Rouse died on year and six days ago.  Three brothers of Mrs. Rouse and four sisters survive:  Joseph,  Tilden and  Oliver Deal of Moral township;  Mrs. Mary E. Miller of near London;  Mrs. Anna Perry, and  Mrs. Vina Yarber, of Shelbyville, and  Mrs. Tillie Yarber of Brookfield.
          Mrs. Rouse was a member of the Methodist church.  The funeral will be held in Fairland Tuesday afternoon at 2 o’clock.  The Rev. R. W. Rollins will officiate, and interment will be in the family lot in the Fairland Cemetery.  C. F. Fix and Son are in charge of the funeral arrangements.
Contributed by Barb Huff

The  Shelbyville  Republican
Friday July 15, 1927
Page 1 column 2
Death of James Rouse Surprise To Friends,
Though Was Failing
          James Rouse, age 69, died at his home one and one-half miles west of Fairland in Sugar Creek township quite suddenly yesterday afternoon at five o’clock.  While Mr. Rouse had been in failing health for sometime his death came as a shock and surprise to his many friends.
          Mr. Rouse was widely known through this community, having been born in Shelby county and having spent most of his life here.
          James Rouse, son of  Mr. and Mrs. Abraham Rouse was born in Shelby county August 15, 1857.  In1883 he was married to  Martha Deal, who survives him.  Besides the widow, five daughters and four sons survive.
          The daughters are  Mrs. Lizzie Bennett, of Brandywine township;  Mrs. Anna Wells, and  Mrs. Dessie Wells of Fairland;  Mrs. Ella Thurston,  of Sugar Creek township, and Mrs. Opal Wells at home. The sons are  John Rouse of Brandywine township;  Charles Rouse of near Morristown;  Louis Rouse of Anderson, and  James W. Rouse, at home.
          Funeral services will be held Sunday morning at ten o’clock at the Fairland M. E. church, where Mr. Rouse was a member, Rev. E. A. Boston will officiate.  Interment will be in the Fairland Cemetery with C. F. Fix and Son in charge.
Contributed by Barb Huff

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