Shelby  County  Indiana


The  Shelbyville  Republican
Wednesday July 9, 1930
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Mrs. Cora Strong, Age 40,
Formerly Lived Here-Her Mother Survives
          The body of  Mrs. Cora Strong, 40 years old, formerly of this county, was found in Lake Michigan today at a beach near Chicago, after having been in the water for two days.
          Identification was made possible by a package of letters found on the beach, included in which were several post-marked at Shelbyville.  Mrs. Strong was born [February 8, 1889] in Waldron, and is survived by her mother, who still lives in that community.
          The deceased, who was a seamstress in Chicago, had been a victim of amnesia on several occasions.  Last fall she wandered away from her home in Waldron, apparently without any destination, and was found in Marietta after friends began searching for her.

Thursday July 10, 1930
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Remains of Mrs. Cora Strong To Be Interred In This County
          The remains of  Mrs. Cora Strong, 40 years old, daughter of  Mrs. Margaret McColley  of Waldron, will be brought from Chicago for burial by Rufus Fix, of the C. F. Fix and Son undertaker firm.  The body of Mrs. Strong was found in Lake Michigan, near Chicago yesterday, having been in the water for two days.
          Besides her mother, she leaves a sister and three brothers;  Miss Dessie McColley, of Waldron;  Sanford McColley, of Shelbyville, and  Ora  and  Robert McColley  of Indianapolis.  Funeral arrangements will be announced later.

Friday July 11, 1930
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Last Rites For Mrs. Cora Strong To Be Held Sunday
          Funeral services for  Mrs. Cora Strong, whose body was found in Lake Michigan Wednesday morning, will be private, open only to relatives and close friends, and will be held at the Valley church, south of Waldron, Sunday morning at ten o’clock.  The Rev. Thomas Hubbard, of Boggstown, will officiate.  Interment will be in the VanPelt cemetery in charge of C. F. Fix & Son.
          The body arrived here from Chicago at 6:50 o’clock last night and was taken to the home of  Mrs. Margaret McColley, mother of the deceased, in Waldron, this morning.
Contributed by Barb Huff  for Paula

The  Elkhart  Daily  Review
July 30, 1915
          The Shelbyville Democrat of last Monday's issue contains an article telling of the death and career of  Norman H. Strong,  a native of Elkhart, who for a time was in the hardware business in this city with the late  Strafford Maxon.  The Democrat's article is as follows:
          Norman Hurd Strong,  sixty-nine years old, one of Shelbyville's widely known business men, died at his home, 28 West Broadway, at 1:40, at 1:40 o'clock Sunday afternoon.  He had been critically ill for many weeks and for several days his death had been momentarily expected.  His passing away will be deeply regretted wherever he was known and many will mourn with the bereaved family, for he was a citizen of the type found always working for the advancement of his home community and one always to be counted on to stand for the right.
          Mr. Strong was the son of  Samuel and  Harriett (Stillman) Strong  and was born in Elkhart county, Indiana, August 21, 1845.  Following early training in the common schools he attended Wabash college.  He had been a resident of this city nearly half a century, having come here in 1869, and during all of the time had been engaged in the hardware business, and since 1870 had occupied the same business with two brothers-in-law.  By the death of  Thomas K. Wilson  the firm became known as  Gorgas & Strong  the senior member being the late  Albert J. Gorgas,  who was one of Shelbyville's highly esteemed citizens.
          May 21, 1868, Mr. Strong married  Emma A. Gorgas,  a daughter of the late  Solomon A. Gorgas,  pioneer hardware merchant of Shelbyville.  Mrs. Gorgas survives.  The union was blessed with two children, the son mentioned and a daughter,  Ursule,  now the wife of the  Rev. B. N. Nyce,  pastor of the Presbyterian church at Muncie, Ind.  Mr. Strong also leaves two grandchildren,  Benjamin Markley Nyce  and  Norman Strong Nyce;  two brothers,  Charles  and  Walter Strong  of Chicago, and a half-brother and a half-sister,  James Strong  and  Mrs. Dorsey,  of Los Angeles, Cal.
          Mr. Strong was a veteran of the civil war, having enlisted at the age of sixteen years in Co. I., Forty-fourth Indiana volunteers infantry, under  Captain Albert Heath  and  Colonel Hugh B. Reed,  but his term of service was brief, as he was soon discharged because of serious illness.  He had been a member of Dumont post, G.A.R., of this city, for many years.  He was prominent as a Masonand had taken the degrees in the ladoge, chapter, council and Baldwin commandery, Knights Templar.
          Mr. Strong served Shelbyville as a member of her common council on one occasion as a representative of the second ward.  He was the first treasurer of the Union Building association and was a member of the board of directors at the time of his death.
Contributed by John Addison Ballard

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