Shelby  County  Indiana


The  Shelbyville  Republican
Thursday July 2, 1936
Page 1 column 6
Mrs. Caroline Witz Passes Away
at Home Near Rays Crossing
          Funeral services for  Mrs. Caroline Haehl Witz, 82 years old, who died Wednesday noon at her home near Rays Crossing, will be held at 10 o’clock Saturday morning at the Rays Crossing C.U. church.
          The Rev. O. J. McMullen of Shelbyville and the Rev. Walter E. James. Pastor of the church, will officiate and burial will be in the Bennett Cemetery in charge of Ezra Carmony, funeral director.
          Mrs. Witz was the last of a family of five children.  She was born in the community where she died January 29, 1854 the daughter of  John Henry and Mary Katherine Zeifz Haehl.  On October 27, 1878 she was married to  Joseph Witz, who died August 11, 1898.  Eight children were born.
          Survivors are two sons, Joseph E., at home and  Henry L. Witz, of near Manilla; five daughters, Mrs. Albert Gardner  of Union township and the  Misses Emma,  Rose,  Pauline, and  Edna Witz, all of Shelby county; nine grandchildren.  One son  John Alfred Witz  died July 7, 1932.
          Mrs. Witz was a member of the Zion Evangelical church of Union township having been the last member of her original class.  She later joined the C.U. church at Rays Crossing.  She was active in church work until her illness.
Contributed by Barb Huff

The  Shelbyville  Republican
Friday July 8, 1932
Page 1 column 1
Alfred Witz Hangs Self as Result of Despondency;
Body Discovered by Wife
Financial Worries Also Said to Have Had Part in Act;
Funeral to be Held Sunday
          Despondency over lack of employment and other financial worries, is assumed by the family to have been responsible for the suicide yesterday afternoon at about 4:40 o’clock of  John Alfred Witz, resident of Blue Ridge.  His body was discovered by his wife at about five o’clock, suspended from a rafter in a smoke house back of the dwelling.  He had apparently been dead for some time.  A window cord was used in the suicide and Mr. Witz had evidently stepped from a chair close by.  He had conversed with his wife much in his usual manner a few minutes preceeding his act.
          Friends in Blue Ridge stated today that Mr. Witz had been in a despondency state of mind for some time, often hinting of suicide as published in the newspapers, remarking that the victims “were better off.”  He had not been employed for about a year.
          Mr. Witz had been a resident of the county practically all his life, and had lived in Blue Ridge for the past fourteen years.  He was a carpenter by trade and was employed at one time by the Yeager Brothers contracting firm of this city.
          Born May 31, 1882, in Union township, Mr. Witz was fifty years of age.  He is survived by the widow, Mrs. Maude Witz, and two children, Loris  and  Carroll.  In addition, his mother, Mrs. Caroline Witz, of Union township; three sisters, Mrs. Albert Gardner  and  Misses Emma Witz,  Rosie Witz,  and  Lena Witz  and  Edna Witz, and two brothers, Edward, of Union township, and  Harry, of  East of Manilla.
          Mr. Witz was a member of the Rays Crossing Christian Union church and of the Odd Fellows lodge at Waldron.  Funeral services will be held Sunday morning at 10:30 o’clock at the Christian Union church in Blue Ridge.  In charge of Rev. O. J. McMullen, of this city.  Burial will take place in the Blue Ridge cemetery in charge of Ezra Carmony, Manilla funeral director
Contributed by Barb Huff

The  Shelby  Republican
Friday, August 12, 1898
Page 4 column 3
          Joseph Witz  died at his late residence near Rays Crossing, at 6 a.m. Thursday. August 11, of rheumatism aged forty-six years.  Deceased has been in ill health for the past five years.  The remains will be buried Sunday, August 14th.  The services will be at the U. P. church in Rays Crossing at 10:30 a.m., Rev. G. W. Hagans officiating.  Interment in the Bennett Cemetery. Deceased leaves besides a wife, eight children, five daughters and three sons.  D. B. Wilson & Son, funeral directors.
Contributed by Barb Huff

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