Shelby  County  Indiana


The  Shelbyville  News
July 22, 1958
Flat Rock Resident Succumbs at Home
Samuel A. Wasson, 76, died this morning, R.R. 1, Flat Rock.
Born in Shelby county, December 1, 1879, s/o  James and Eliza Alley Wasson.
Married  Lena Harker  March 13, 1904; she survives.
Member of the Pleasant Grove Church of Christ and the Hartsville Masonic Lodge.
Retired farmer.
Norman Funeral Home, Hope, Rev. Frank Buck of Louisville and Rev. R. C. Buck of Greenfield officiating.
Burial:  Hope Moravian cemetery.
Summarized by Phyllis Miller Fleming

A  Shelby  County  Newspaper
March 3, 1954
Death Claims C. R. Wasson
Clarence R. Wasson  died today at Major Hospital; failing health several years; stroke Sunday.
Born October 29, 1883, s/o  William  and  Rachael Shirley Wasson..
Married  Jessie L. Vieley  February 24, 1924.
Survivors:  wife;  son,  Joseph W. Wasson  of Shelbyville;  brothers,  Mark Wasson  of Shelby Township and  Glenn Wasson  of Shelbyville;  sister, Mrs. Irma Depue  of Terre Haute.
Preceded in death by one son,  Harlan Dale Wasson, 1930.
Shelby County Recorder from 1936-1944.  Assessor for Noble township for 13 years.
Member Waldron Baptist Church.
[The following is from the March 4th newspaper article.]
Carmony Funeral Home, Rev. Kenneth Neuenschwander officiating.
Interment:  Pleasant Grove cemetery.
Summarized by Phyllis Miller Fleming

The  Shelbyville  News
August 4, 1951
Illness Fatal to Mrs. Wasson, 85
Rites Set For Former Noble Township Woman
Mrs. Mary Wasson, 85, died today, 1501 Burdsal Pkwy, Indianapolis.
Resident of Noble Twp many years.
Widow of  Ben Wasson.  Married 8 Mar 1885.  He died Dec 1929.
Born 24 Jan 1866 in Decatur Co, IN, d/o  Stephen  and  Sarah Barclay Howard.
Survivors:  sister, Mrs. Gilbert Trees (at whose home she died);  son, Howard L. Wasson, Noble Twp;  3 grandchildren;  3 great-grandchildren;  brother, Harry Howard, Pomona, CA.
Member of the Pleasant Grove Baptist Church.  Funeral here.
Burial:  Pleasant Grove Baptist Church cemetery.
Arrangements:  Ewing Mortuary.
Summarized by Phyllis Miller Fleming

The  Shelbyville  News
Thursday January 5, 1950
Three-Week Illness Fatal to Mrs. Elva Wasson, 69
          Mrs. Elva Wasson, wife of Otis Wasson of Flat Rock, died at the W.S. Major hospital at 10:40 o’clock this morning.  She had been in a serious condition since becoming ill three weeks ago.
          A native of Newbern, Mrs. Wasson had resided in Shelby county since childhood.  She was born in 1880 and was the daughter of  Elisha and Nellie (Parks) McClintic.  Her marriage to Mr. Wasson took place in September 1946.
          Surviving with the husband are four children,  Mrs. Grace Emerick,  Ralph Nading  and  Lloyd Harrell  of Flat Rock and  Mrs. Iva Mae Harris of Muskegon, Michigan.  Also surviving are four grandchildren and one brother,  Wallace McClintic of Indianapolis. A sister,  Mrs. Grace Wertz, died recently.
          Mrs. Wasson was a member of the Lewis Creek Methodist Church and funeral rites will be held there Saturday at 2:00 p.m. Interment will be at the Patterson Cemetery in charge of the Murphy Mortuary. Friends may call at the mortuary after noon Friday.
Contributed by Barb Huff  for Shelli Steedman

The  Shelbyville  Republican
Friday, December 16, 1932
Mrs. Clara Wasson,
Formerly Of Morristown,
Dies In St. Louis Hospital
          Mrs. Clara Wasson, wife of  Samuel Wasson  and former resident of the Morristown community, died Thursday morning in the St. Louis, Illinois hospital, at the age of 51 years.
          Besides the aged father, Samuel Arnold, of Indianapolis, the deceased leaves one daughter, Mrs. Roy Taylor  of Belleville, Illinois, and one son  Fred Pollett  of Gwynneville.
          The body will arrive in Morristown on the 5:45 train and will be taken to the L.V. Hauk funeral home where services will be held at 2:00 o'clock Saturday afternoon.  Burial will take place in the Asbury cemetery.
Asbury Cemetery
Clara Wasem 1885 – 1932
Contributed by Barb Huff  for Richard Felts

The  Shelbyville  Republican
August 25, 1921
Noble Township Farm Resident
Passed Away After
Illness of Many Months
          William H. Wasson, age sixty-nine years, a well-known farmer of Noble township died at his home Friday morning at one-thirty o'clock.  His death was caused from complication of diseases.  Mr. Wasson had been in ill health for twelve years, and for five months his condition had been serious.
          Mr. Wasson was the son of  George and  Sarah Wasson  and was the last of a family of seven children.  He was born March 10, 1852.  He was married October 24, 1878 to  Miss Racheal Shirley.  He was a member of the Pleasant Grove Baptist church and was a charter member of the Minerva Tribe of Red Men, No. 352, at St. Paul, which order will take part in the funeral services.
          He is survived by the widow; thee sons,  Clarence R. Wasson  and  Glen H. Wasson, at home and  Mark Wasson, of Washington township; and three daughters,  Miss Dot Wasson, and  Mrs. Lowe Pettes, at home, and  Mrs. Emma Leffler, of Indianapolis.
          Funeral services will be held Sunday morning at ten-thirty o'clock at the Pleasant Grove Baptist church, the Rev. Joseph McQueen officiating.  Stewart and Fix in charge.  No flowers.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

The  Shelbyville  Republican
Monday February 6, 1911
Page 1 column 1
Mrs. J. Dawson Wasson
Hangs Herself While In
A Fit of Despondency
At An Early Hour Sunday Morning
Stretched a Carpet Over a Limb
of An Apple Tree To Prevent Her
Body From Being Seen By Passerby
          Mrs. Mary M. Wasson committed suicide Sunday morning at an early hour by hanging herself to an apple tree at her home one and one-half mile south of Geneva. Despondency is said to have been the cause of the woman’s committing the deed.
          Mrs. Wasson had been in ill health for several years.  She seemed to worry considerable.  Saturday night she retired at the usual time and Sunday morning her husband awoke about 4:30 o’clock.  Missing his wife, he notified Otis Wasson and his wife and they instituted a search for the woman; finally finding her body hanging to the limb of the tree in the yard.  She had placed a carpet over a branch of the tree and them climbing on a box, tied the rope, which had been used for a swing, around her neck.  She swung from the box and then gave it a kick so that her feet could not again find it.
          Mrs. Wasson was aged sixty-nine years and was the wife of  J. Dawson Wasson.  She had been despondent for some time, this being noticed by members of the family, but they never suspected that she would take her own life.
          The funeral arrangement have already been made.  She was a member of the Pleasant Grove Separate Baptist church, near her home.  The services will be held in this church at 10:30 o’clock Tuesday morning, the Rev. J.P. Randolph officiating.  Interment will be in the Pleasant Grove cemetery.
Bartholomew County, Indiana Marriages
Mary Ann Phillippe  &  John D. Wasson
November 3, 1859 Book C-6 Page 387
Contributed by Barb Huff  for Shelli Steedman

The  Shelbyville  Daily  Democrat
Monday March 11, 1907
Page 1 column 2
John Wasson Passed Away
At His Home In Noble Township
At 7:30 This Morning
Had Lived On Same Farm
Sixty-Eight Years
          John Wasson, one of the prominent and well known farmers of Noble township, died at his home this morning at 7:30 o'clock.  Death was the result of an attack of pneumonia and partial paralysis.  Mr. Wasson was one of the pioneers of Noble township and had lived on the farm on which he died for sixty-eight years.
          Mr. Wasson was born in Nicholas county, Kentucky, December 13, 1831.  With his parents he moved to Bartholomew county at the age of four years.  When he was seven years old he came to Noble township with his parents and settled on the farm which he died.  Mr. Wasson was a hard working and systematic farmer and had accumulated considerable wealth during his life.  He was the owner of 455 acres of fine land in Noble township.
          He leaves a wife, Mary Wasson, five sons;  George Wasson, of Kansas, who arrived this morning in response to a telegram announcing his father's serious illness;  Charles Wasson, of South Dakota, who is expected to arrive today; Henry Wasson, of Bartholomew county;  Benjamin Wasson, of Noble township, and  James Wasson, of Decatur county; two daughters;  Mrs. Patrick Smith, of Washington township; and  Mrs. Rossell Phillippi, of Noble township; two brothers, Hardin Wasson, of Bartholomew county, and  Will Wasson, of Noble township, and one sister, who lives in Kansas.
          Mr. Wasson was a member of the Pleasant Grove Baptist church for a long number of years.  The funeral services will be held at that church on Wednesday.  Interment will be in the Pleasant Grove cemetery.
Contributed by Barb Huff

The  Shelbyville  Daily  Democrat
Monday, August 7, 1905
James Wasson.
          Another prominent Shelby county farmer,  James Wasson,  died at his home in Washington township, Sunday morning at 6:54 o'clock.  Mr. Wasson's honesty and integrity stand as a monument to his surviving relatives.  He was born in Shelby county, December 31, 1838, being at the time of his death 66 years, 5 months and 5 days old.  Mr. Wasson received a common school education, and early chose farming as his livlihood.
          Mr. Wasson was married to  Mary E. Hill  on September 22, 1864, to which union eight children have been born, namely:  Walter,  Curtis,  Arthur,  Otis,  Marshall  and  Bessie WassonMrs. George Morgason  and  Mrs. Sam Walker.  The widow and all of the children survive him.
          Mr. Wasson resided for along time in Noble township, where he was elected township trustee in 1866.  He was always a staunch democrat, and in his younger days was one of the party's prominent workers.  About six years ago, Mr. Wasson moved to the  Martin Nading  farm, about half way between Lewis Creek and Flat Rock, on which he died.  He was a member of the Odd Fellows' lodge at Milford.
          The funeral services will be held at the Pleasant Grove Baptist church, of which he was a member, Tuesday morning at eleven o'clock.  Interment in the church cemetery.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

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