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Obituaries of the Parks family in/near Bedford, Indiana
Columbus Horatio Hall Louise Parks Robert Milton Parks, Sr. Robert Milton Parks, Jr. Samuel G. Richards Jane Tate Short
Columbus Horatio Hall, Special to the Indianapolis News, 26 Oct 1926

Franklin, Ind., October 26. --- Dr. Columbus H. Hall, age eighty, for more than thirty-seven years head of the Greek department in Franklin College, fell dead in the street near his home shortly after noon, Monday. Death was due to an attack of apoplexy, the third he had suffered in two years. Dr. Hall suffered a second attack of apoplexy three weeks ago, and since had been in a weakened condition.

Dr. Hall had gone to his garden four blocks from his home, and was returning home with a wheelbarrow full of vegetables when stricken.

Dr. Hall was born at Chili, Miami county. He received his ministerial degree from the Chicago Seminary in 1872. He came to Franklin soon after this to take the chair of Greek in Franklin College, which position he held until 1912, when he was retired under the Carnegie Foundation pension plan. In 1874 he married Miss Theodosia Parks, of Bedford, who was the daughter of the Rev. Robert and Jane Short Parks. Mrs. Hall died in 1919.

Dr. Hall served as pastor of the Hurricane Baptist church in Johnson county for thirty-five years. He had also preached at the First Baptist church at Peru for some time. He was a member of the Franklin Rotary Club and a member of the Franklin library board, was a member of the Phi Delta Theta Fraternity and was president of the Ancient Order of Franklin College Professors. Dr. Hall was past master of the Masonic lodge and had served as grand prelate of the Indiana Masonic lodge for three terms and prelate of the local commandery for forty-four years.

He is survived by the following children: Mrs. S. N. Selby, of San Diego, Cal.; Dr. Arnold Hall, president of the University of Oregon, at Eugene, Ore.; Mrs. R. E. Carter, of Indianapolis; Clarence Hall, Milwaukee; Warren Hall, Lagrange, Ill.; Miss Margaret Hall, teacher of history in the Woman's State College at Montevallo Ala., and Miss Florence Hall, a teacher of French and German in Franklin College. He also is survived by a granddaughter, Miss Katherine Zoe Hall, who had made her home with Dr. Hall since the death of her mother many years ago; a brother, C. N. Hall, and a sister, Mrs. Flora Shirk, both of Peru.

Louise Parks, Special to the Indianapolis Star 3 Feb 1931

Anderson, Ind., Feb. 2. --- Mrs. Louise Parks Richards, 80 years old, widow of Samuel Richards, noted Hoosier artist, died yesterday in a hospital in Munich, Germany, of injuries suffered last October when she was struck by a motor cycle at Munich. Burial will be in the German city. She was a world authority on the Ober Ammergau Passion play and had written books on the subject. She was in Europe to prepare further works on the play when she was hurt.

She lived here fifty years. Her husband died at the age of forty.

Mrs. Richards, shortly before leaving for Europe, presented twenty paintings by her husband to the John Herron art institute at Indianapolis. Mrs. Richards had spent considerable time in Europe and was personally acquainted with the Oberammergau players.

Robert Milton Parks, The Lawrence Mail, 7 Mar 1890, page 1

After a lingering sickness of one year, died on the 17 Feb. 1890, at the age of 74 years. He was buried on the 19th in the old grave yard in Bedford. The funeral sermon was preached by Rev. C. H. Hall of Franklin, Ind., from Rev. 14:13. Revs. Wm. Culmer, J. Walls, J. W. Newland and Carothers were present and assisted in the services. A brief sketch of his life was prepared and read by J. M. Stalker of which the following is a synopsis. Rev. R. M. Parks was born near Lawrenceport, Lawrence county, Indiana, Dec 16, 1815, and died Feb. 17, 1890, aged 74 years 2 months and 1 day. He was reared on the farm and by diligence fitted himself for teaching at an early age, which he followed for 15 years.

He was converted and united with the church at the age of 18. He was married to Miss Jane T. Short, March 1 1842. He lived in Bedford the greater part of his life, and was known by most of the people of Lawrence and surrounding counties. He began preaching in 1842 and served in the ministry 47 years. During the ministry he served as pastor 31 churches. As a citizen he threw his influence on the side of education, morals and temperance. As a business man he was economical, honest, industrious and prosperous. But man is born to die. He fought a good fight, he kept the faith and henceforth there is laid up for him a crown of life.

Robert Milton Parks, The Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY), 16 Aug 1917

Dr. R. M. Parks, city gas inspector and for thirteen years professor of chemistry at the Manual Training High School, succumbed to cancer last night at 11:30 o'clock at his home, 1021 South Brook street, after an illness of three years. Dr. Parks' right leg was amputated three years ago. Specialists believed that they had cured him of the malady, but a few months ago the disease recurred and since that time he has gradually become weaker until his death last night.

Dr. Parks came into office as the first gas inspector of Louisville following the merger of four public utility companies in 1913. He secured the position in competitive examination. He succeeded John Vreeland. An ordinance later was passed increasing his salary to $3000. Dr. Parks had never been active in politics.

Shortly after taking office Dr. Parks became ill and for a time little hope was held for his recovery. As a last resort his right leg was amputated. He was able to attend to his duties until a few months ago.

Dr. Parks was born at Bedford, Ind. He received his primary education in that city. He later graduated from Johns Hopkins University and came to Louisville and began the practice of medicine. At the opening of the Manual Training High School he was appointed a member of the faculty and was in charge of the chemistry classes for thirteen years. He was also teacher of chemistry at the Louisville College of Dentistry, holding that position up to the end of the last school term.

About twenty-six years ago Dr. Parks married Miss Lillie Moorman, who was well known in Louisville society. She died three years ago. Four children survive. They are: Mrs. Robert Bell, of Louisville; Miss Mary Ewing Parks, Miss Helen Parks and Moorman Parks.

Moorman Parks was in Africa, where he was on a business mission for the Mengel Lumber Company, when he was notified of his father's approaching death. He is believed to be somewhere on the Atlantic Ocean, journeying homeward in the hope of reaching his father's side before the end.

Dr. Parks was a member of the congregation of the Warren Memorial church and was well known in Presbyterian affairs.

The burial will take place in Cave Hill cemetery, but the time of the funeral has not been set.

Samuel G. Richards, Rocky Mountain News, 30 Nov 1893,

Not only master of his art was he,
But master of his spirit—winged indeed
For lordliest height, yet poised for lowliest need
Of those, alas, upheld less bouyantly.
And won his Country's plaudits, and the meed
Of Old World praise, as one loath to succeed
While others were denied like victory.
Though passed, I count him still my master-friend.
Invincible, as though his mortal flight,
The laughing light of faith still in his eye
As, at his wintry tent, pitched at the end
Of life, he gaily called to me, "Good night,
Old friend, good night—for there is no good-by."
    — James Whitcomb Riley

Jane Tate Short, Baptist State Convention, 72nd, page 59

Parks, Mrs. Jane T., wife of Rev. R. M. Parks, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. H. H. Edwards of Bedford, Ind., September 5, 1904, aged 84 years. Mrs. Parks was a woman of striking and forceful character, and contributed no small share to her husband's usefulness in his long years of ministry in southern Indiana. She was marked by strong mental endowments, a determined will, an unwavering courage, and was capable of great self devotion and was persistent in the pursuit of any purpose to which she once committed herself. Three daughters and one son mourn the loss of a good mother. The last years of her life were passed as a member of the Christian Church.

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