The Shelbyville Republican
Friday, June 13, 1924
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JESSE  W.  RUCKER  DIED  YESTERDAY
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Former Resident of Shelbyville
Found Dead on Floor of His Residence.
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SUFFERED  HEART  ATTACK
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          Dr. Jesse W. Rucker, age sixty, physician and newspaper man, and a former resident of Shelbyville, died suddenly Thursday at his home in Greensburg.  He death was caused by an attack of heart trouble.
          For several years Dr. Rucker had been in ill health, and for the last week had been confined to his home.  Yesterday his mother heard a sound as some one falling, and when she investigated she found Dr. Rucker lying on the floor.  He died almost instantly.  Recently Dr. Rucker had attended commencement exercises at DePauw University, Greencastle.  The strain of the trip is believed to have hastened his death.  While in Greencastle, he attended a reunion of the class of 1894.  Out of a class of sixty-five, eighteen are living, and five were present for the reunion.  Among those who were in DePauw when Dr. Rucker attended there, are Senator James E. Watson  and  Albert J. Beveridge.
          Dr. Rucker was a native of Greensburg, having been born there February 5, 1864.  He was a son of  Tomas and  Martha Rucker.  He attended DePauw University and later was graduated from the Ohio Medical College.  He began the practice of medicine at Brightwood.  In 1888 he was married to  Miss Stella Green  a daughter of  Dr. and Mrs. William Green, of Shelbyville.  While a resident of Shelbyville Dr. Rucker gave up medicine for newspaper work.  About 1901 Dr. Rucker and his wife moved to Greensburg where they purchased the New Era.  Dr. Rucker continued the publication of that newspaper until his death.  In 1914  his health broke and he was compelled to spend fifteen months in the southwest.  Mrs. Rucker died December 24, 1922.
          Dr. Rucker was a Past Master of the Shelbyville Masonic lodge, and was Illustrious Master of Greensburg Lodge No. 47 R. & S. M.  He was also a member of the Eastern Star.
          He leaves his mother, Mrs. Martha Rucker; two sons,  William  and  Robert Rucker  of Greensburg, and one daughter, Miss Patience Rucker  of Washington, D. C.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming


The  Shelby  Democrat
Thursday February 20, 1890
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           Julian A. Rucker, who died of consumption last Wednesday, at his residence in Liberty township, was buried Friday, Rev. Pell officiating.  The funeral was a large one, as the deceased was a gentleman who had many friends and was a citizen of spotless integrity.
[Buried Vienna Cemetery]
Contributed by Barb Huff


Western  Christian  Advocate
11 Apr 1888
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          Elza Rucker was born in Kanawha Co., Virginia, May 4, 1820; died near Waldron, Shelby Co., Indiana, March 20, 1888.  He moved with his grandfather to Indiana in 1829 and was a resident of Shelby County nearly fifty years.  He married Delila Ensminger April 2, 1848.  He was a devoted and useful member of the Methodist Church for many years. In his home life and in his business relations he exemplified the purity and power of God's grace.  He was loved and respected by all.
Submitted by John Ballard


The  Shelby  Democrat
Thursday March 29, 1888
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OBITUARY
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           Elzy Rucker  was born in Kanawha county, Virginia, May 4, in the year 1820.  He moved with his grandfather to Indiana in the year 1829.  He had been a resident of Shelby county for near fifty years.  He was married to  Delia Ensminger  March 2nd 1848.  He departed this life March 20th 1888, age sixty-seven years, ten months and sixteen days.  He was a man of more than ordinary talents, who was often sought after by his many friends for advice and instruction on the side of morality, justice and mercy.  He possessed a liberal and charitable disposition.
           He was at the time of his death and had been for many years a devoted member of the M.E. church, although his afflictions were such that he had for several years denied himself the privilege of attending church.
           His family, one by one, have been called away by death with the exception of one son, together with a large number of relatives and dear friends, is left to mourn their loss.  The funeral services were conducted by Rev. Morrow at the Vienna church March 22nd at 10 o’clock a.m.
Contributed by Barb Huff  for  John Ballard


The  Daily  Republican
Wednesday, March 21, 1888
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          WALDRON --- Uncle Elzy Rucker, an old and respected citizen and a pioneer of Shelby county, died at his home east of this place on Tuesday afternoon at 3 o'clock.  The remains will be interred at the Vienna cemetery on Thursday morning at 10 o'clock. H. R. Mings funeral director.
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Page 4, column 2
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          Our Waldron correspondent reports the death of Mr. Elzy Rucker, one of the best known citizens of Liberty township. The news comes unexpectedly as we had not heard of his being sick.  Nearly everybody in the county knew "Uncle Elzy" and everybody liked him.  He was a true friend, a genial companion and an excellent citizen.  He belonged to the sturdy class of pioneers who did so much to make Shelby county the prosperous section that it is.  General regret will be felt at the news of his death.
Contributed by Barb Huff


The  Shelbyville  Daily  Democrat
Monday, January 25, 1886
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L O C A L     N E W S.
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          Jesse Wolfe  and an infant child of  Eliza Royce  died yesterday at Morristown.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming


The  Shelby  Democrat
Thursday August 16, 1883
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OBITUARY
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           Died, on the 12th day of August, 1883, in the thirtieth year of her age, Lizzie Rucker, of Liberty township.  Lizzie Rucker was born October 20th 1853.  When nearly seven years of age she was stricken with inflammatory rheumatism which paralyzed her hands, leaving her a cripple for life.  In this sad condition, at the age of fifteen, she was deprived by death of the love and care of her mother.  Eleven years ago she became a member of the M.E. church.  When, after every means was employed for her restoration without avail, the hopeless reality of her condition was met and born with the patience and fortitude which characterized her life.  Possessed of a superior intellect, a sweet disposition and pleasant address, she endeared herself to those with whom she came in contact.  She leaves many warm and true friends who sincerely mourn her loss.
Contributed by Barb Huff for Bob McKenzie


The  Shelby  Democrat
Thursday August 16, 1883
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CYNTHIA  CULLINGS
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(Cynthiana, August 15, 1883)
           Lizzie, daughter of  Elzy Rucker, died of consumption at her father’s residence, one mile north of Middletown, on Sunday, August 12th, at 12 m.  She was born October 1853, and her life has been one of much suffering and many trials, all of which were borne with that courage and patience betokening a truly Christian spirit.  She was beloved by all who knew her and her death causes sorrow to many hearts.  Her funeral services were conducted by Rev. Pell, at Vienna, at 12 o’clock p.m., Monday, August 13th, after which her remains were interred in the Vienna cemetery.
Contributed by Barb Huff for Bob McKenzie

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