Shelby  County  Indiana


The  Shelby  Republican
Tuesday, August 29, 1899
Page 3
Mrs.  Mary  Gay  Wallar,  After  a  Life  of
Usefullness,  Passes  Away.
          Mrs. Mary G. Wallar  died Sunday morning at ten o'clock at her home on West Mechanic street.  The following story of her life was prepared by a friend:
          Mary Gay Hatch  was born in Greenfield, Ind., August 15, 1847.  Her father is well remembered by many in Shelbyville as he was a teacher here in the 50's.  Her mother died when the daughter was only two years old.  She was then taken by her grandmother,  Mrs. Doughty,  with whom she lived as a daughter until her marriage.  She was most lovely and devoted, sacrificing all advantage to self that she might do all she possibly could for her foster parents as they advanced in age.
          Nurtured in a Christian home, the church soon became her second home.  From childhood she has been active in all the work of the church, loving and helpful to all with whom she came in contact.  She has been specially efficient here as a leader in Christian Endeavor work.  She was married to  Z. B. Wallar,  May 19, 1880, and their two daughters,  Bessie  and  Beulah, survive her.  in the home she was a devoted and self sacrificing mother, and leaves to her two daughters in the memory of such a life a priceless heritage.  She had been failing in health for several months but not until June 8th did she give up and take to her bed.  Her last illness has been severe and painful, doubtless far beyond the thought of those nearest her.  A niece and a brother have been with her during the latter half of her illness.  The funeral will be from the late residence, No. 33 [3? - there is a fold in the copy] West Mechanic street, at 4 p.m. [or 1 - another fold], August 29th.  The services will be conducted by Rev. M. L. Tressler, of the Presbyterian church.  Interment in Forest Hill cemetery in charge of Edwards & Hageman.
          The casket will be open from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday. 
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

The  Daily  Democrat
Tuesday, January 5, 1892
Well-Known and Highly Esteemed
Citizens Last Night and To-day
          The angel of death has touch the lintels of the doors of three happy homes in this city, within the past twenty-four hours, and forever stilled the hearts of the heads of three families.  In both instances the visit of the dread messenger was not wholly unexpected.  Worn and weary by months of intense suffering, the vital forces of each were well-nigh exhausted days ago, and the end came to all peacefully and quietly.  Mr. Z. B. Waller,  the well-known furniture manufacturer, died at twelve o'clock last night,  Thomas S. Ellis,  ex-Justice of the Peace, breathed his last at the residence of his mother-in-law, at about two o'clock this morning, and  John H. Newton  died at 10:30 this morning.
          Mr. Waller had been prostrated for nearly a years, with what his attending physician,  Dr. W. G. McFadden,  pronounced Cancer of the Bowels.  A post -mortem examination will be held this evening, to fully determine the nature of the malady.  Squire Ellis  was suffering from the effects of the prevailing disease, La Grippe, and his never strong constitution, weakened by sickness contracted in the army, could not throw off its deadly hold.  His last attack occurred only about one week ago, and he daily grew worse until an early hour this morning, when death put an end to the sufferings of a popular gentleman.
          Zachariah B. Wallar  was for years a prominent dry goods merchant of this city.  During the past twenty years, however, he has been associated with the well-known furniture manufacturing firm of Conrey, Waller & Deprez.  He held an interest in that plant up to the time of his death.  He was a member of the Christian church of this city, and in all matters pertaining to the affairs of his church he was conscientious and devout.  In his business and family relations and in the social circle he was admired, trusted and honored.  Generosity, kindness and charity were chief characteristics.  A Friend to young men was also a prominent element of his character, and many a wild young man of this city remembers with gratitude the kindly interest in them which led him to seek them and to try to save them.
          The following brief autobiography was handed us to-day:  "I,  Z. B. Waller,  was born Dec. 10, 1824, in Guernsey county, Ohio, ear Cambridge.  Moved with my parents in 1835 to Hancock county, Ind., hear Greenfield, and came to Shelbyville in December, 1846.  Was married to  Miss Mary Smith,  Feb. 17, 1850, who died July 29, 1876.  And on May 19, 1880, was married to  Miss Mary Gay Hatch,  at Knightstown."  The first wife of deceased was a sister of  Mrs. E. G. Mayhew,  also deceased, and  Mrs. James Brady, of East Broadway.  To them six children were born, two of whom are now living,  Mrs. R. N. Harrison  and  Mrs. Ollie Spellman,  wife of  Charles Spellman, deceased.  Two daughters were the fruits of the last marriage,  Bessie  and  Beulah.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming for Jed Heald

The  Shelby  News  Volunteer  Weekly
February 2, 1871
Page 3
          Bell, eldest daughter of  Z. B. and Mary Waller, departed this life January 13th, 1871; aged 20 years and 11 days.
          Sister Bell made the good confession and gave herself to Jesus the Christ in her 15th year, and was immersed by Elder George Campbell, a pioneer preacher among the Desciples [sic] of Christ in Indiana.  She united with the Church of Christ in Shelbyville, and continued an amiable and faithful member until her decease.  She thus obtained an interest in the special promise,  "They who seek the Lord early shall find him," and left an example to all her young friends to "Remember their Creator in the days of their youth."
          A loving and loved one of earth, beloved by all who knew her; always at her place in the Church and Sunday School when health permitted.  Inheriting a feeble constitution, she seldom, if ever, knew the enjoyment of health yet amidst her bodily infirmity, she exhibited a mind active and strong; mastering science and language with alacrity, and making commendable progress in the acquisition of music.
          Her final sickness final sickness commenced with whooping-cough, terminating in a complication of disease, which soon baffled the skill of the physician, and set her longing spirit free----.  Her sufferings were intense, but she bore them with Christian fortitude, and died in the full assurance of Eternal Life.  In her last hours she frequently remarked, "Another white rose has fallen."  She longed to be "Absent from the body and present with the Lord," and often with more or less clearness tried to sing the beautiful stanza:
Though dreary the empire of night,
I soon shall emerge from its gloom,
And see immortality's light
Arise on the shades of the tomb.
          Her last words, "The struggle will soon be over.  Jesus is calling; I am ready and anxious to go.  I dread not to die, I fear not the grave; for one hour in heaven is worth many on earth.  Wait dear brother and sister, I'll be with you soon----wait just a little longer."  Repeatedly she enquired how long till Friday morning, "I'll be in Heaven then."  At a quarter of 3 o'clock she fell asleep in Jesus; the angels came and carried her away to the Paradise of God.
          The funeral was attended from the Christian Church by a large concourse of citizens, embracing her schoolmates dear, to whom she was much attached.  A few fragmentary remarks were made by the writer upon the petition.
          "Let me die the death of the righteous."
          Amidst aching hearts, throbbing breasts and streaming eyes, all telling of love, affliction and sorrow, with funeral step and solemn tread we followed her remains to the grave, where her schoolmates gathering close to the opening tomb, sang so pathetically that heart stirring song, "They are going down the valley," then we bade her adieu until we meet her among the blood-washed and white-robed throng around the great "White Throne."
S. R. W.        
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

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