Shelby County Indiana
The Shelbyville Republican
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.
Wednesday July 9, 1930
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BODY FOUND IN LAKE MICHIGAN
Mrs. Cora Strong, Age 40,
Formerly Lived Here-Her Mother Survives
IDENTIFIED BY LETTERS
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.
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.
Thursday July 10, 1930
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BODY TO BE BROUGHT HERE
Remains of Mrs. Cora Strong To Be Interred In This County
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.
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.
Friday July 11, 1930
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FUNERAL SERVICES PRIVATE
Last Rites For Mrs. Cora Strong To Be Held Sunday
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
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:
July 30, 1915
TRIBUTE TO FORMER
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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