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Obituaries relative to the Daily family of Clark Co., Indiana
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Updated 01 Sep 2013
Carthage, Illinois 1972
Contributed from family papers by Jacqueline Owens

Services for Mrs. Mayme T. Hughes, 90, of Carthage, who died Sunday (Nov. 26, 1972) in a Peoria nursing home, will be held Tuesday at 2 p.m. in Kilgore-Palmer Memorial Funeral Home. The Rev. Leslie Stewart will officiate. Burial will be in the Mount Ridge Cemetery.

Mrs. Hughes was born in Hancock County, Feb. 15, 1882, a daughter of William and Irene Electa Clark Berger. She was a member of the United Methodist Church. She married John Hughes, Oct. 22, 1901. He preceded her in death.

Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Irene Hill of Peoria; a sister, Mrs. Minnie Moesser of Daytona Beach, Fla., and a grandchild. She was preceded in death by five brothers, two sisters, and a son.

THE COURIER JOURNAL | Louisville, KY 26 Oct 1962
Contributed by Laura Boyer Talbot (2011)


Harry Warren Boyer, 79, of 3626 Kelly Way died at 5:20 p.m. Thursday. He was a retired painter and a member of Willis Stewart Masonic Lodge.

Surviving are his wife, Mary Elizabeth Boyer; a daughter, Mrs. Wendell C. Dreier; a son, Leslie W. Boyer, Indianapolis; a brother, Wilbur F. Boyer; three sisters, Mrs. Fred R. Davies, Charlestown, Ind; Mrs. Douglas Cain, Indianapolis, and Mrs. Boyd Wilson, Largo, Fla., and two grandchildren.

The body will be at Highlands Funeral Home, 3331 Taylorsville Road, after 6 p.m. Friday

Note: Laid to rest at Resthaven Memorial Cemetery - Louisville, KY

Charlestown, Clark Co., IN – 1940
Contributed by Laura Boyer Talbot (2011)

Long Illness Fatal to Pioneer Resident

Lucien Weir Boyer, 79, a pioneer resident of Charlestown and a retired blacksmith, died Friday afternoon, at 5 o'clock, at his residence in Charlestown, following a serious illness of two months from a heart ailment. He had been in failing health for several years, but had not been confined to his home until recently.

Mr. Boyer was born July 15, 1860, the son of the late William and Mary Miller boyer, in the house which he died.

As a young man, he worked in his father's blacksmith shop, and in the late years, succeeded to the business. He was a deacon and trustee of the Charlestown Christian Church.

Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Eva Nickles Boyer; a daughter, Mrs. Floyd James, wife of the superintendent of schools at Lexington, Indiana; a son J. Maurice Boyer of Austin, Indiana a prominent …. lawyer of Indianapolis; a sister Mrs. Maude McCulloch, of Charlestown; and three grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Monday afternoon, at 2:30 o'clock from the residence, the Rev. Fred Davies, officiating. Burial was in the Charlestown Cemetery.

April 8, 1938 | Jeffersonville, Clark Co., IN
Contributed by Laura Boyer Talbot (2011)


William Francis Boyer, 83, former Town Marshal of Charlestown, died Friday at his home after an illness of five months. One of the oldest natives of Charlestown, he belong to the Charlestown Methodist Church.

Survivors: Sons, David F.; Roy B.; Warren H.; and Wilbur H.; daughters Miss Florence, Mrs. C.J. Sharp, Mrs. D.E. Cain; thirteen grandchildren. Funeral 2 p.m. Sunday at the residence with burial in Charlestown Cemetery.

October 2, 1929

Contributed from family papers by Jacqueline Owens

Mrs. Philip Daily, of near Bentley, died Wednesday evening at 11:30 p.m. The funeral services will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at her late home, conducted by Judge C.J. Scofield. Burial at Moss Ridge.

Mrs. Daily was a sister of Miss Olive Burner and the late Mrs. A.W. O’Harra.

Rep. Aug 19, 1953

Contributed from family papers by Jacqueline Owens

Mrs. Irene Daily of near Carthage, died August 19 in St. Francis hospital at Peoria. She was struck ill while visiting her daughter, Mrs. Marjorie Fulton there.

Mrs. Daily was born in Prairie township on October 22, 1862, the daughter of A. Judson and Polly Ann Edwards Clark. She was married to William Berger, who died in 1888. She was then married to John W. Daily who died in 1922.

Surviving are three sons and four daughters: Thomas Daily of Spokane, Wash.; William G. Berger, James Daily and Mrs. Mamie Hughes, all of Carthage; Mrs. Minnie Mosier, of Carthage and Daytona Beach, Fla.; Mrs. Juanita Perry, Tucson, Ariz., and Mrs. Fulton.

Also surviving are two stepsons and three stepdaughters: John and Clyde Daily and Mrs. Gertie Snow, all of Tucson; Mrs. Daisy Seigfried, Ferris; and Mrs. Lulu Adkins, Carthage. A daughter, Gladys, died in 1895.

Last rites were held at 2 p.m., Sunday, in the Carthage Methodist church with burial in Moss Ridge cemetery there.

(Carthage, Illinois - Thurs)

Funeral services for Mrs. Irene Electa Daily, 90, were held Sunday afternoon in the First Methodist church. Rev. Richard C. Brownfield, pastor of the Hamilton Methodist church, officiated and burial was in Moss Ridge cemetery.

William Griffiths, accompanies by Mrs. Ralph Denison, sang “In the Garden,” and “No Night There.” Pallbearers were grandsons - Junior Duncan, Lester Hill, James Daily, Harold Hughes, Phinis Murphy and Raymond Whewell.

Mrs. Daily died Aug 19 in St. Francis hospital, Peoria, where she had been a patient only a few days. A daughter of A J and Pollyann Edmunds Clark, she was born on Oct 22, 1862 in a log house on a farm 1 miles south of Ferris. She was a twin, weighing two pounds. Her twin brother died a few hours after birth. With the exception of four years spent with an aunt in New York when a child, she lived her entire life in this community. She was a member of the Carthage Methodist church.

Feb. 9, 1881, she married William H. Berger and he died Oct. 19, 1888. To this union were born two daughters, Mrs. Mayme Hughes of Carthage and Mrs. Minnie Moesser of Daytona Beach, Fla., who has cared for her mother the last years and one son, William G. Berger of Carthage.

She married John W. Daily, Feb 13, 1893. Five children were born to them: Mrs. Juanita Perry of Tucson, Ariz., twin boys Jim of Carthage and Tom of Spokane, Wash., Mrs. Marjorie Fulton of Peoria, and Gladys , who died in infancy.

Also surviving are six step-children: Mrs. Gertrude Snow, Clyde and John Daily of Tucson, Ariz., Mrs. Lulu Atkins of Carthage, Mrs. Daisy Siegfried of Ferris and William H. Daily, who died June 28, 1937; 27 grandchildren, 37 great grandchildren and two nieces, Mrs. Bertha Sperling and Mrs. Bessie Deaver of Pasco, Wash.

Mr. and Mrs. H.G. Perry and John Daily of Tucson, Ariz., and Tom Daily of Spokane, Wash., came for their mother’s funeral.

CLIPPING NOT DATED; NEWSPAPER UNKNOWN | Year of death approximately 1927
Contributed from family papers of David James

Miss Barbara Daily, age 52, Granddaughter of James Morrison (first Attorney of Indiana) died Sunday after a long illness. She was born January 5, 1887 at Columbus, Indiana, the daughter of Colonel Harrison Daily and Elizabeth Morrison-Daily.

After attending the Columbus Grade School she was graduated from Knicker Bocker Hall. She was a member of The Church of the Advent. She spent her later years at Long Beach, California and Portland, Oregon. Funeral will be at Kirby Mortuary and burial in Columbus.

Surviving are a sister, Mrs Joseph T. Markey and two nieces, Mrs John O. Haymaker and Miss Margaret Morrison Way.


Contributed from family papers of Jacqueline Owens

Former Rock Creek Resident Dies in Arizona Recently

Clyde R. Daily, 73, former resident of Rock Creek township, died April 11, 1954, in Tucson General hospital, Tucson, Ariz., after an illness of two weeks.

Daily was born near Carthage, July 22, 1881, the son of John W. and Irene McKinley Daily. He married Anna Rose on April 19, 1910 at Christ Lutheran church, Nauvoo.

He spent nine years in the implement business and nine years farming in the vicinity of his birth, two years at Loveland, Colo., and the past 25 years in Tucson, where he was associated with the Ice Company, the Sash and Door Company and in real estate business.

Surviving are his widow; three children, Lowell Daily and Marguerite Warskow of Tucson, and Curtis R. Daily of Las Vegas, Nev; six grandchildren, Donna Daily, William, Ruth, Dorothy, Carolyn and Marilyn Warskow, all of Tucson; three brothers, John Daily of Tucson, Tom Daily of Spokane, Wash., Jim Daily of Carthage; one step-brother, W.G. Berger of Carthage; five sisters, Mrs.. Gertrude Snow and Mrs. Juanita Perry of Tucson, Mrs. Marjorie Fulton of Peoria, Mrs. Lula Atkins of Carthage and Mrs. Daisy Siegfried of Ferris; two step-sisters, Mrs. Minnie Moesser of Daytona Beach, Fla., and Mrs. Mayme Hughes of Carthage; one sister-in-law, Mrs. Hallie Radel of Nauvoo. He was preceded in death by a brother, will Daily, and a sister, Gladys, who died in infancy.

The funeral was held April 14, in Grace Lutheran church, with Rev. Arnold Sitz officiating. Burial in Evergreen cemetery.

Daily’s sister’s husband, Rome Snow, who lived near the Dailys, died the day before, on April 10.

Contributed by Jacqueline Owens

Nov. 2, 1886 - Sept. 26, 1988

Daisy Siegfried, 101, of Ferris died Monday, Sept. 26, 1988, at the Hancock County Nursing Home in Carthage.

She was born Nov. 2, 1886, near Ferris, Daughter of John Wesley and Selina Irene McKinley Daily. She married Lee Siegfreid on Feb. 14, 1906.

She had been a school teacher, Sunday school teacher, former telephone operator and postmaster in Ferris until her retirement.

Survivors include three daughters, Laura Fleming and Lela Murphy, both of Carthage, and Irene Whewell of Ferris; a son Carroll D. of Corpus Christi, Texas; a half-sister, Juanita Perry; a sister-in-law, Mrs. Thomas Daily; 10 grandchildren; 21 great- grandchildren; and many great-great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, her step-mother three brothers, two sisters, two half-brothers, a half-sister, two stepsisters, a stepbrother, a granddaughter and a great-grandson.

Services were held Wednesday at Neiser Funeral Home in Carthage with the Rev. Earnest Barrett officiating. Burial was at Thornber cemetery in Powellton.

Memorials may be made to the Thornber cemetery or the Christian Church of Ferris.

Contributed by David James

After a lingering illness Mr. Daily departed this life on Thursday, August 29th 1878, aged 80 years and 13 days.

The father of David W. Daily removed to Indiana from Kentucky in the year of 1796 settling at a point some two and a half miles south of Charlestown, in the then wilderness of this locality, which was chiefly inhabited by Indians. At that time all the country lying between the mouth of the Fourteen Mile Creek and the Falls of the Ohio was covered by forest and dense under growth of cane. Not only savages but wild beast made their abode there. The panther, the bear, and the wolf added to the dangers which met the hardy and brave pioneers on the threshold of their frontier life in those days.

On the 17th day of August 1798, David W. Daily was born in a log house in which his father (Philip Daily) lived, on what is called the old homestead. A few years later, about 1801, his father commenced to build a new house, the first hewed log home in this part of the country, that is in the southern portion of Indiana. In this house Mr. Daily spent his early days. The house is still standing and is in fair repair, although three quarters of a century have elapsed since it's construction. (It is standing now in 1904). The first school he attended was situated on what was called "Bald Hill" near place, and about three miles from where the "Ole Homestead" is situated. The danger what is now called "Buffalo Lick" or "Denny's Lick" about one and a half mile from this was so great from wild animals that his mother was accustomed to go part of the way to school, and to meet him on his return in the evening, carrying a younger child in her arms. He subsequently attended another school near where the Union Church stands. It was only in the winter time and but for a very limited time that he was permitted to attend school at all. School facilities in those days were very limited at the best and very inferior character. It was amid the toils and hardships and dangers that surrounded the first settlers and native born inhabitants of this country that Mr. Daily spent his boyhood and developed into a vigorous manhood. It is related of Mr. Daily that in 1809, at about 11 years if age when the sale of lots in the town of Charlestown took place, he attended that sale with a stock of nice apples procured from the orchard planted by his father on the "Old Homestead" , probably the first orchard in this part of the country, which he sold to the people attending the sale. This was his first experience in trade He was married to Mary Ann Shirley, the daughter of a pioneer who lived near to his father's place of residence, on the 31st day of August 1818, the day of his funeral being the sixtieth anniversary of the wedding. He became the father of eleven children, five boys and six girls all of whom lived to be grown. Capt. David W Daily who died a few years ago, forms the only break in the circle of children. There are thirty one of his grand children and 18 of his great grand children living. He also has two sisters living.

He made several trading excursions to New Orleans in a flat boat before engaging business in Charlestown, on one occasion piloting his own boat over the falls of the Ohio. One time he took Mrs. Daily and his eldest son Col. Harrison Daily , then a lad, with him, remaining south about 18 months.

In 1826 he removed to Charlestown and engaged in merchandising. His first stock of goods was purchased at auction at Cincinnati. Although inexperienced in business of this kind, his natural good sense served him in this as in many other emergencies all through is varied business experiences. He closely inspected the various business men competing for bargains at this sale, selecting as his guide the one his judgment pointed out as the most reliable, and when a lot of goods were up that suited him he cautiously kept a shade in advance of his shrewd competitor. By this means he obtained a stock of goods, upon which he was enabled to make a fair profit and deal justly with his customers. In his long and successful experience in merchandising, he always maintained integrity and retained the confidence of all who dealt with him by honorable and fair dealing and by pursuing a liberal policy to his customers. By his financial ability and his disposition to accumulate he became a tower of strength and usefulness to the community in which he did business.

In all his business as a merchant and trader and subsequently as a man of means to loan to his neighbors reasonable rates of interest, no man can say that D. W. Daily oppressed them, or took any legal technical advantage of them. On the other hand there are numerous instances of his having offered voluntary an timely financial aid to struggling poor men, instances of where men who needed money and could not find men who were willing to join in their notes of surety, were not coldly rebuffed by him but kindly assured that he would confide in their honor. furnishing the needed help without security. In the death of D. W. Daily this community universally and deeply realize that one of the best and most useful of men has been removed from them.

The high esteem in which his fellow citizens held him caused them to make demand upon him as a public servant. He was elected Sheriff of Clark County in 1828, and was re-elected to the same office in 1830, serving two terms. In the year of 1835 he was elected to fill the unexpired term of John M. Lemon in the State Senate, Mr. Lemon having been appointed Receiver in the Land Office, we believe. At the expiration of this term Mr. Daily was re-elected to the State Senate from the joint district composed of Clark and Floyd Counties. During this term of service the notorious and fatal Internal Improvement Bill passed the Legislature of Indiana. Mr. Daily, to his lasting honor, with but ten other members of the Senate, bitterly opposed its passage, finding themselves in a hopeless minority, they determined to bolt and thus prevent it's passage of the measure by breaking a quorum. Their horses were ordered for their departure from the State Capital, when through the influence of Tighlman A. Howard one of the eleven bolters, they finally determined to remain and make the best fight possible in the Senate against the measure These are but a few of the many important and interesting incidents in the eventful and useful life of our beloved and illustrious fellow citizen, who has been called to that rest which remaineth for God's faithful servants. He was an extremely kind and indulgent father and an affectionate husband, a good citizen in every sense of the word, a most faithful friend and accommodating neighbor. He bears with him to the tomb the confidence, respect and love of all who knew him best. A State wide circle of friends unite their sympathy with the bereaved family.

Contributed by David James

Mrs. James, Widow of Former Circuit Clerk, to Be Buried Thursday

The funeral of Mrs. Lizzy Daily James will be conducted from the home of her son, James B. James, former postmaster at Charlestown, by the Rev. Fred B. Davies, pastor of the Christian Church, at 3 o'clock Thursday afternoon.

The burial will be at the Charlestown Cemetery. Mrs. James was 88 years old and was born in Charlestown. She was the last member of a family of eleven brothers and sisters and the son is her only survivor. Her husband, William James, who was Clerk of the Clark Circuit Court died years ago. Mrs. James had been in ill health a long time but she died while alone Tuesday.

Her parents were Mr. and Mrs. David W. Daily, and her father was the first white male child born in Clark County. He was born in a log cabin near Charlestown, August 16, 1798, and married Miss Mary A. Shirley August 30, 1818. His funeral was on the sixtieth anniversary of his marriage. Mr. Daily served a Sheriff of the county for four years and at one time was a member of the State Senate. The family was a prominent one and the original members came from Kentucky in 1796.

Note: Laid to rest at Charlestown Cemetery (View Headstone); Video of "Finding the Grave of Lizzie (Daily) James by Mike Hensley

Contributed by Patricia Davidson-Peters


Col. Harry Daily, who was known to nearly every citizen of Clark county, especially the older ones, died at his home in Columbus Saturday night at the advanced age of 76 years. No particulars to the cause of his death have been received here, but it is supposed his demise was the result of a complication of diseases. Col. Daily was the eldest son of the late David W. Daily, who died in 1878, Mary Sherley Daily, who still survives at the age of 98. 

He was born in Charlestown in 1819, and was raised there. In 1846 he joined Capt. Thomas Ware Gibson's company of the Third Indiana Regiment, that took part in the Mexican War, as a Lieutenant. He made a gallant soldier, and was promoted to the office of Adjutant. In connection with his war record it is a singular coincidence that William Knowland, the only other surviving member of the company, died at Claysburg on Friday evening, and was the fifer in Capt. Gibson's company. After the close of the Mexican War Col. Daily returned to Charlestown, where he engaged in the dry goods business in connection with his father. For years they ran the most extensive establishment in the town, and made a fortune out of it.

The mother of Col. Daily has always claimed that it was due to his foresight that the firm was successful. Previous to 1860 Col. Daily moved to Bartholowmew County, where he had made large purchases of land of the finest quality in the White River bottoms. A few years after he married Miss Lizzie Morrison, a daughter of the late Judge Morrison of Indianapolis. The wife and several grown children survive the husband and father. The late rebellion had no attractions for Col. Daily, and he never enlisted, although four brothers took a conspicuous part in the war.

At one time Col. Daily was said to be the richest man in Bartholomew County, but unfortunate investments swept his wealth away and he died a poor man. To him many of the extensive improvements in Columbus were due, and he was a leader in anything that was to the town's interests.

What arrangements have been made for the funeral cannot be learned, but it is thought the remains will be brought to Charlestown for interment, as all of the deceased members of the family are buried at what is known as Seventy-Four cemetery, on the river road, about two miles from town.

Besides the venerable mother, four sisters, Mrs. Coombs, Mrs. Ramsey, Mrs. James and Miss Louisa Daily still survive.

Contributed by Patricia Davidson-Peters

Mrs. D. Ricketts, residing corner North and Pennsylvania streets, who had been ill for several weeks with a complication of the stomach and heart troubles, died last night. She was aged sixty-three. She was the widow of the late Dillard Ricketts, who died some years ago, and was quite wealthy. The Park theater building belongs to her estate.

Carthage, Hancock Co., IL | 02 Feb 1922
Contributed from family papers by Jacqueline Owens


John W. Daily died at his home in this city, Monday, after a week’s illness with pneumonia.

John Wesley Daily was the son of Jacob and Jane (Becket) Daily and was born in Adams co., Ill., April 8, 1847, coming to this county and locating near Carthage with his parents when a lad.

On December 31, 1874, Mr. Daily married Miss Selina Irene McKinley, to which union were born Mrs. Gertrude Minnie Snow of Ferris; Wm. Henry Daily of Los Angeles; Lulu Mable Adkins of Ferris; Clyde Raymond Daily of Ferris; John W. Daily, of Oracle, Ariz; Daisy Belle Seigfried of Ferris.

Mrs. Daily died about thirty years ago.

On Feb 13, 1893, Mr. Daily married Mrs. Electa Irene Clark Berger. Mrs. Berger had three children: Mrs. Mamie Berger Hughes of Ferris; Mrs. Minnie Berger Moesser of Kirksville, Mo., and Wm. George Berger of Ferris.

To Mr. Daily’s second marriage were born five children: Gladys, who died at the age of ten months; Juanita Daily Perry; twin boys, Lloyd James and Floyd Thomas Daily and Margarite Pauline Daily.

This home overflowing with youth was most remarkable, for all dwelt together in the most devoted and loving relationship and all suffer a common grief in the loss of this beloved father.

Mr. Daily was a successful farmer and only at Thanksgiving a year ago retired and moved to Carthage.

He was a devout Methodist from his youth and was a lovable character and a good citizen.

The funeral was held at the Methodist Church this afternoon at 1:30. Rev. W.W. Bollinger officiating. Interment at Moss Ridge.

Quincy, Illinois | 28 Aug 1964-
Contributed from family papers by Jacqueline Owens


Lloyd James Daily, serving his second term as supervisor from Carthage township, died Friday, Aug. 28, in Blessing hospital in Quincy. he had been in failing health for several months.

Funeral services for Mr. Daily were held Monday, Aug. 31, at 1:30 p.m. in the Kilgore Memorial Home, and at 2 p.m. in the First Methodist church in Carthage, the Rev. John N. Keller, pastor of the church, officiating. Mrs. Ralph Denison was the organist. Honorary casket bearers were Gladstone Califf, Frank McNally, Arthur Hayes, Robert Talbott, Lowell Thomas, Chellis Slusher, Alfred Wear and Frank Sheridan. casket bearers were Ray Ellison, Lewis Westfall, James Westfall, Wayne Aleshire, Edwin Kennedy, and Glenn Stello. Burial was in Moss Ridge Cemetery.

Born near Carthage, Aug. 27, 1899, he was a son of John W. and Irene Clark Daily. He attended rural schools and was graduated from Carthage high school.

On June 12, 1926 he was married to Bernice McMillin, and they have lived in Carthage community all their married life.

He was engaged in farming and also was employed for a time with the Burlington Road builders and for several years was associated with the Daily Brothers Cleaning and Pressing.

Always active in community and political affairs, he also had served several terms as alderman from the third ward.

He was a member of the Methodist church.

Surviving with the widow are a son James of Carthage; two grandsons Jamie and Jon; a twin brother Floyd of Bakersfield, Calif., two sisters, Mrs.. Herschel (Juanita) Perry and Mrs. Herbert (Marjorie) Fulton of Peoria; and four half-sisters, Mrs. Minnie Moesser of Daytona Beach Fla., Mrs. Daily Seigfried and Mrs. Mayme Hughes of Ferris, and Mrs. Lulu Atkins of the Methodist Sunset Home in Quincy.

He was preceded in death by his parents; four half-brothers, William Berger, William Daily, John Daily, and Clyde Daily; and a half-sister, Mrs. Gertrude Snow.

Contributed from the family papers by Jacqueline Owens


The many friend and neighbors of Miss Olive Daily were deeply grieved to learn of her passing from earthly ties to realms above at Quincy, Ill., Thursday night, March 1, 1917.

The funeral services were held at the home near Bentley, Sunday morning at 11 o’clock, Judge C.J. Scofield officiating, the body being placed in the vault at Moss Ridge Cemetery.

Miss Olive Belle was the only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Philip Daily and has lived with her parents at the old home since five years of age, being at the time of her death 33 years old. She has bee in declining health for a number of years, and some fifteen years ago she and her parents made a trip to the west for the purpose of benefiting her health, and after spending a short time there returned to this county, where they remained until lat fall, when they rented a flat in Quincy, and have been spending the winter there. Miss Olive contracted a cold a few days before her death which in connection with the tubercular trouble was the cause of her early death. The body was brought from Quincy to the country home on Thursday.

Miss Olive was by nature a sweet and winsome girl, and has many friends who mourn with her parents and other relatives at this sad hour.

Mr. and Mrs. Daily have the sympathy of all in their great bereavement.

Her parting farewell to loved ones was "I love everybody."

We shall shortly know that lengthened breath
Is not the sweetest gift God sends his friend,
And that sometimes the sable pall of death
Conceals the fairest bloom, His love can send
If we could push ajar the gates of life
And stand within and all God’s workings see
We could interpret all the doubt and strife
And for each mystery would find a key.
God’s plans like lilies pure and white unfold,
We must not tear the closed-shut leaves apart
Time will reveal the hidden cup of gold,
And if through patient toil we reach the land,
Where weary feet with sandals-loose may rest
Then shall we know and clearly understand
I think that we shall say, "God knows best.''

Contributed by Patricia Davidson-Peters


Phil M. Daily, whose paralysis we noticed a few days ago, died at Charlestown at four o'clock yesterday afternoon.  Mr. Daily was a son of the late D.W. Daily, and was well known throughout this county.  He was a clever gentleman, and his demise in the prime of life will be a matter of deep regret to his many friends and relatives.  The deceased leaves a wife, whom he married last February, to mourn his death.

Wednesday, June 19, 1940

Contributed from family papers by Jacqueline Owens


Philip L. Daily, son of Jacob and Jane Beckett Daily, was born in Adams county, Ill., June 30, 1851, and passed away, June 13, 1940, in the home of Mr. and Mrs.. Ed Hackett, where he had made his home for several months.

Mr. Daily was married March 16, 1876 to Alice Belle Burner, at her parental home, Rev. Mr.. Jones officiating.

They located first on a farm near Jacksonville, Ill., then one near golden, later locating south of Carthage. In 1892 they purchased the Burner homestead where hey have resided for some 48 years.

To this union one daughter, Olive Belle, was born, march 14, 1883 while they were living in Jacksonville, and passed away Feb. 28, 1917. Grief for this dear one was never alleviated.

Mrs. Daily passed away Oct. 2, 1929 at her home the evening of her 76th birthday. She too was remembered daily.

Mr. Daily was next to the youngest of a large family, the youngest who was too ill to attend, Geo. H. Daily of Los Angeles, California, is the one only left to mourn the death of this loved brother.

The nieces and nephews and a devoted friend Emma, and many friends ho loved him, for his sterling qualities, will miss hiss friendly greeting as they too complete life's journey and are mourning his passing today.

Funeral services were held at the Ostrich funeral home June 14, 1940. Judge C.J. Scofield, life long friend of the family, having officiated at Olive’s and Mrs. Daily’s funerals, also brought words of comfort and cheer to the bereaved ones of this occasion.

Mrs. Helen Johnson, sang very sweetly, "We are going down the Valley one by one" and "Face to Face."

Pall bearers were Messrs Lawrence Jones, Elmer Powell, Harry Shoup, Fred Shoup, Harry James and Harry Faulkner. Burial in Moss Ridge cemetery.

(Mrs. J.E. Atkins)

Contributed by Patricia Davidson-Peters


Charlestown - September 1 - A telegram was received yesterday announcing the death at Chico, California, of Capt. Seth Daily.  Captain Daily was well known in this county and commanded a company in the 53rd Indiana Regiment in the late war.


Charlestown - September 10 - Captain Seth Daily was buried Saturday afternoon in the Charlestown Cemetery.  The funeral services were conducted by Elder A.L. Crim assisted by Elder Galt Miller of Louisville.  The Samuel Simonson Post G.A.R. accompanied the cortege as a guard of honor.  Captain Daily was a liberal, warm hearted and sociable gentleman, and had many warm friends who mourn his departure.

Contributed by Patricia Davidson-Peters


Captain Thomas H. Dailey died this morning at 7:20 o'clock, after a lingering illness of tow or three years duration.  His age was 39 years. In 1861, at the age of 19 he joined the army as a private in Company D, Twenty-second Ind. Vols, and was gradually promoted to the captaincy of his company.  In 1862 he was detailed as inspecting officer on Gen. Jeff. C. Davis' Staff, which position he occupied until the close of the war.  He took part in nearly all the hard fought battles in the South and West during the rebellion, and was known as a brave, daring, fearless, and efficient officer.  At the close of the war he accepted a position as conductor on the J.M. & I., which he occupied for several years, and subsequently he occupied the same position on the E & P road. 

He has a host of friends along the line of each road as his genial manners and gentlemanly deportment made him friends where ever he went.  His health has generally failed for the last four or five years until death has finally come to his relief.  He leaves a wife and two children to mourn his loss, his wife and family have been most untiring in their ministrations to him during his long illness.  They have the entire sympathy of this community in their bereavement.  The funeral services will be conducted by Father Snell, of the Catholic church at Columbus tomorrow.  The hour has not yet been designated.  His remains will be laid by the side of his child in the Charlestown Cemetery.  The friends of the family are all invited to attended without further notice.

Contributed by Patricia Davidson-Peters

New Market

Thomas Daily an aged and respected citizen passed away April the 7th at four o'clock a.m. The deceased has been a resident of this township over fifty years and was known and respected by all. He was an honest and upright man, possessed a kind heart and cheerful disposition. He had been a sufferer for years being afflicted with rheumatism and gravel, but in his last sickness his disease was erysipelas of the mouth and throat. For eighteen days previous to his demise he had not taken any food. He would bear all his affliction with fortitude and patience and seemed to wait the will of God.

The deceased would have been 77 years of age the 18 day of this month. A large concourse of relations and friends assembled at the Christian church today to pay the last tribute of respect to him whom they had known so long. Where the remains were laid to rest.

Contributed from family papers by Jacqueline Owens

Last rites were held here for W.H. Daily of Tucson, Ariz., who died suddenly of heart trouble at Jamestown, N.Y., June 27, aged 46. He was the son of J.W. Daily and was born near Carthage. He went in 1899 to Tucson to become secretary to his uncle, Judge W.H. Barnes, and to attend the University there. He became interested in copper mining and with his brother John located a good deposit of copper ore and they formed a company known as the Daily Mines, which was now the second largest producer in Tima* county. Will Daily was president of the company. He was also an inventor; having at one time 17 patents, one of which, an automatic phonograph was used in hotels and restaurants, and brought him royalties.

He was in Jamestown to interest a promoting company in a voting machine he had invented, when he died. Surviving wren his widow and son William, his sisters and brothers, Lulu Atkins, Daisy Siegfried, Gertrude Snow, Juanita Perry, Marjory Duncan, Mamie Hughes, Minnie Moesser, John Clyde, Lloyd and Floyd Daily, and William Berger.

Note: Correct spelling of Tima* should read Pima county (Arizona).

Contributed by David James


Mrs. Matilda James, wife of Dr. B. W. James and mother of County Clerk James, died at her residence in this city at 1:00 o'clock AM today of dropsy, after an illness of six months. Mrs. James was born in Mason County, Ky; and at the time of her death was 82 years of age. Mr. James and his deceased wife had been married sixty-two years, and lived in this county near fifty years. The deceased was a faithful member of the Christian Church for many years. She was the mother of Dr.W. W. Goodwin, Mrs. Dan M. Austin, Plez James of this city, and Morris James of Liberty, Mo.

Mrs. James enjoyed the esteem of the general public, and warm affection of a large circle of friends. Her deportment throughout her long life was blameless, and such as her children will delight to think of.

Funeral Notice: The funeral of the late Mrs. Matilda James will take place tomorrow (October 12) at 2 PM from the residence of her husband, Dr. James, at the corner of Fulton and Maple streets. The remains will be interred at the Chestnut Grove Cemetery. The friends of the deceased and family are cordially invited.

Original, unknown & undated news clipping
Contributed by Sandy (Fox) Whitney (2013)

WOOD - The friends and relatives of Mrs. Josephine Isabel Wood, Mrs. Charles L. Wood, Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Bishop of Terre Haute, Ind; Mrs. Hazel McNauchton, Dr. and Mrs. William Fox, Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Fox, Mr. and Mrs. Loren Fox are invited to attend the funeral of Mrs. Charles L. (Josephine Isabel) Wood Monday afternoon at 2:30 from Dillon's Chapel. Interment, Westview Cemetery. J. Austin Dillon Co.

Western Christian Advocate, Volume 81, Methodist Episcopal Church, 1915

Judge Melville C. Hester, died in Pasadena, California, August 24, 1915. He was born in Scott County, Indiana, and leaves a widow and five children, Geo. K. Hester, Pasadena; Mary B. Lockwood, wife of the Rev. E.N. Lockwood, of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; Dr. James H. Hester, Santa Barbara; the Rev. O.M. Hester, California Conference; and M. A. Hester, Pasadena. His father, George Knight Hester, was a pioneer Methodist local preacher in Southern Indiana. Melville was the youngest of the family of five boys, four of whom became prominent Methodist preachers, while he entered the legal profession. He served on the bench a goodly number of years and ranked among the foremost men in his profession in the locality where he lived. The Hester brothers were among the early graduates of Indiana Asbury (De Pauw) University. He went to California in 1886, making his home in Pasadena, and united with the First Methodist Church of that city.

Note: Judge Hester was first married to Maria S. Hilliard who died in 1882; and married 2nd, in 1884, Melissa C. (Morton) Daily, widow of Philip M. who died in 1879. He was laid to rest at Mountain View Cemetery in Altadena, California.

March 02, 1919
Contributed by David James

Death of Aged Woman

Mrs. Anne E. Lewman, aged 82, widow of Samuel P. Lewman, a lifelong resident of Clark county, died at 10 o'clock Sunday night at her home in Utica township. She was born in this county not far from the place of her death, March 26, 1837, the daughter of Andrew Holman and Mrs. Lavina Bowman Holman. She was married April 3, 1860, to her late husband, who was a leader for many years in all matters of an agricultural character. He died June 26, 1907, and his widow continued to make her home with her children on the home farm. Miles Lewman, one of her sons, who lived with her, died at Louisville hospital December 19, 1918. Jack Lewman and Miss Jessie Lewman continued to make their home with their mother. Another son, H.F. Lewman, resides in Jeffersonville, and there are three daughters, Mrs. Charles Schalk, of New Albany; Mrs. Otto Graves, Charlestown pike; Mrs. James B. James, Charlestown.

February 21, 1963 Journal
Contributed from family papers by Jacqueline Owens

Funeral services for Harold K. Hughes were held yesterday (Wednesday) at 2 p.m. in the Kilgore Memorial Home, the Rev. R. Walker Butler and the Rev. Larry Osborne officiating. Mrs. Ralph Denison was the organist, and Mr. and Mrs. William Griffiths sang “The Old Rugged Cross” and “In the Garden.” Casket bearers were Leon Edwards, Dale Christy, Glenn McClintock, Merle Fleming, Russell Jones and Robert E. Baird. Committal rites were conducted by the Veterans of Foreign Wars post No. 5117, and the Phillip Hartzell American Legion post No. 74 of Carthage, and the Snyder-Turner American Legion post No. 1163 of Burnside. Burial was in the Moss Ridge cemetery.

Mr. Hughes died Sunday, Feb. 17, in Memorial hospital following a long illness.

Born Sept. 1, 1905 in Rock Creek township he was a son of John L. and Mayme Berger Hughes. On Oct. 22, 1929 in Macomb, he was married to Marie Welch. They engaged in farming during their entire married life, always living within a one-half mile radius of their present home.

He served his country during World War II, entering in April, 1941, and serving four and one-half years. He was in Hawaii, New Guinea, and the Philippines, with a total of 33 months overseas.

He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars post No. 5117 in Carthage and the Snyder-Turner American Legion post No. 1163 in Burnside, and a member of the Ferris Methodist church.

Surviving are the widow; his mother of Ferris; a sister, Mrs. Irene Hill of Peoria; and a nephew John Harold Hill, also of Peoria.

He was preceded in death by his father and grandparents.

Contributed by David James


The Damociean sword, which for days hung upon a brittle hair over the feeble, fleeting life of Dr. Beverly W. James, fell at 5 o'clock last evening, and the warm pulsation of life which had beat unceasingly for 89 years stopped, never to resume its marvelous working again.

Dr. James was one of those valuable landmarks of the primitive days of white settlements in Clark County, and his decease reminds us of Shakespeare's couplet:

All Who Live Must Die,
PassingThrough Time
To Eternity.

Dr. James reached a ripe old age, and maintained an unusual strength for one so old. As late as last April he appeared as a witness at the Court House. Since that time he has not been out. The doctor was for about eighteen months in declining health. The points in Dr. James' long life are briefly these: Born in Fauquier Co., Virginia on April 14*, 1791; moved to Mason County, Ky. in 1805; married there to Matilda Day, November 28, 1817. His consort continued with him until last November, when she was called to eternal rest by the feebleness of old age. Moved to Bloomington, Indiana in 1823, and thence to Charlestown in 1828, where he commenced the practice of medicine. In three years he started the publication of the "Statesman and Clark County Advertiser." He fortook the tripod for the school room, and had among his pupils Judges Dewey and Howk.

Dr. James was at one time the Associate Judge of the Court of Quarterly Sessions. For near twenty nine years past he practiced medicine, and even in the feebleness of his old age he would go out and attend to cases of poor people free, who could get no other physician to minister to them. Dr. James was for many years in his life a member of the theological body known as the Christian Church, but has not for some years past been intimately associated with it, being rather inclined to the peculiar views of the Church called the Christian Tabernacle, but better known as Dr. Field's Church. He sympathized much with Dr. Field's views, if he did not endorse all of them, which have more particular reference to the second advent of Jesus, called Christ, and whom his sect believe will return and establish a temporal Kingdom here.

They believe the soul sleeps until the coming of their Lord, and that all non believers die as die the beast, certainly a more humane and reasonable doctrine that the eternal hell fit for infidels, or even those who do not make a profession of their faith.

Dr. James preserved every faculty of life until within twenty-four hours of his death, having sight, hearing, and clear mental facilities. The last twenty-four hours he was too weak to talk. He was a positive nature, forming opinions and expressing them fearless. He was a noncompromising Republican. Dr. James had born unto him twelve children, six of whom survive, to wit: Mrs. W. W. Goodwin, Mrs. Dan Austin, Mrs. Isaac Goodwin, and Plez James all of whom reside in this city except Mrs. Isaac Goodwin, who resides above Utica. In the distance are Morris James, a farmer in Liberty, Mo.; and Mrs. Dr. Chamberlin, at Oskaloosa, Iowa.

The funeral services of the deceased were reached at the residence of his son Plez James, by an old friend and physician Dr. N. Field at four o'clock this afternoon.

*Note: Family notes indicate incorrect date of birth on obituary and tombstone. Correct date of birth of date is 04 April 1791.

February 8, 1967
Contributed by David James


One of Charlestown's most dedicated history buffs, David Lewman James, 66, passed away at 4:15 PM at Clark Memorial Hospital.

Mr. James was better informed on local history than almost anyone else. He was sought after by residents from other states in tracing down old family connections and learning more about family ties to the area. He kept extensive pieces of material from old newspapers and family documents. He was a descendent of pioneer Clark County stock.

He was a life long Democrat and was serving his second term as Judge of City Court, Charlestown. He was planning to run for his third term in the May Primary. He also served on the Town Board in 1937 when the water system was first build in Charlestown and was active on its inception. He was a delegate to many State Democratic conventions.

James was the son of James B. James and Theodocia Lewman James, both of pioneer Clark County families. He is survived by two sons, David Farmer James, a sales representative of Klarer of Kentucky, and James "Jimmy" B. James, a printer at the Louisville Courier-Journal and Times; one daughter, Mrs. Judith Kohler, Ft. Knox.; and eight grandchildren.

James was a past master of Blazing Star Lodge, a former member of the Charlestown Lion's Club, and an active deacon of First Christian Church, Charlestown.

It has been reported that he was a great grandson of David W. Daily, the first white child born in Clark County, however this was never verified. (D W Daily, being the first).

His contemporaries in Charlestown considered him an institution. He graduated from Charlestown High School in 1921 and was a businessman. He assisted his father in an undertaking business for many years and owned and operated a garage.

Cause of death was a lingering illness with flu-pneumonia and developed into a staph infection of the blood stream. The funeral was Saturday afternoon, February 11, at the Grayson Funeral Home, Charlestown. Burial, with Masonic rites at the grave side, was in Charlestown cemetery.

Contributed by David James

Charlestown Man 79, Was Descendant Of First White Child Born in Clark County

James B. James, Charlestown funeral director and descendant of the firstwhite child born in what is now Clark County, died at 6 A.M. yesterday in Clark County Memorial Hospital. He was 79.

In failing health for several months, he entered the hospital 10 days ago.

He established the funeral home in 1910, but did not devote full time to it for a number of years. He was employed by the Louisville & Nashville Railroad for several years, and served as postmaster at Charlestown under President Woodrow Wilson.

Missed But One Convention

A lifelong Democrat (and "proud of it," he told everyone), he missed only one state Democratic convention in 46 years. On that one occasion, the death of a friend kept him from attending. Frequently he was a convention delegate, but when he wasn't he was there as an observer or with a proxy. He remained active in business and politics until two years ago.

His grandfather, David W. Daily was born in 1798 at the Charlestown Landing, the first white child born in the area that became Clark County. The family settled in the Charlestown section about 1796 after moving from Kentucky.

A son, David L. James, associated with his father in the funeral home and three grand children survive. The funeral will be at 3 P.M. tomorrow in Charlestown Christian Church. Burial will be in Charlestown Cemetery. Blazing Star Lodge of Masons, of which he was a member, will have charge of the service.

Contributed by David James


William James, ex Clark County Clerk, died this morning at 6 o'clock. Mr James has been in failing health for some time past. He was taken down on Tuesday with a general prostration of the whole system and died as above. The deceased was born in Mason County, Kentucky October 4, 1822, but resided in this county most of his life.

He was generous to a fault and of a social genial disposition- too much so for his success in life. Mr James was at one time the most popular man in the city and was at the time of his death beloved by many on account of his genuine and pleasant dress. His death will be remembered by a class in this county who knew and loved him in his palmy ways.

The funeral of the deceased will take place from his late residence, corner of Maple and Fulton streets, Jeffersonville, Indiana, tomorrow at 2 PM after which his remains will be deposited beside his wife in Walnut Hill Cemetery.

Charlestown, Clark Co., IN – 1940
Contributed by Laura Boyer Talbot (2011)

Heart Attack Cause of Unexpected End

Mrs. Lucy V. Long, 68, wife of Edward B. Long, Vice-President of the First Bank of Charlestown, passed away unexpectedly during the early morning hours at her home in Charlestown on Tuesday.

She had been in apparently good health until she complained Monday afternoon of pains around the heart and in the arm. Her husband, who remained beside her until Monday midnight, when the sufferer appeared to be improving, then retired. Her lifeless body was found at 7 o'clock this morning, and , according to Coroner Edwin M. Coots, death occurred about three hours earlier.

Mrs. Long was a native of Utica Township, the daughter of the late Isaac and Hester Hazard Koons, born September 18, 1871, and had lived in Charlestown practically all her life.

She was active in all social and civic affairs of her home town, belonged to the Charlestown Presbyterian Church and the Daughters of American Revoltuion.

Other survivors include a son, Thomas Marshall Long, of Fort Thomas, Ky.; two sisters, Mrs. F.W. Cortner and Mrs. Frank R. Erringer, both of Charlestown; two brothers, Frederick C. Koons, of Wharton, Texas, and Stanley Koons, of Orland, California; and one grandchild.

Clark Co., Indiana | 1907
Contributed by David James

Prominent Clark County Man
July 26, 1907 - PIONEER PASSES

Samuel P. Lewman, a pioneer farmer of Clark County, Indiana and a member of one of the best-known and largest families in that part of the State, died at his home near Union Church, Utica Township, eight miles east of Jeffersonville, yesterday afternoon after an illness that kept him bed-ridden for months. He was afflicted with Bright's disease, and for some time it had been necessary to have a nurse with him night and day. Among the older citizens of Clark County, Mr. Lewman was widely known. He had been connected with politics and was prominent as a farmer.

Mr. Lewman was born and reared practically is sight of where he died, and was a son of Milas Lewman, an early day farmer. The date of Mr. Lewman's birth was July 30, 1834. He was a member of a vigorous family, and until had reached the age of nearly 50 years there had not been a death in his own or his father's family. Mr. Lewman was educated at the schools in his neighborhood until he had mastered the studies taught in them, and then went to the Z. B. Sturgus Academy at Charlestown. From there he went to Oberlin College, Ohio, where he graduated and was known as a debater of much force.

In early life he was a Democrat, but he became a Republican and remained with that party until his death. After returning from college he decided to become a lawyer and studied under Capt. Thomas Ware Gibson, of Louisville, who was the father of Charles H. Gibson and Judge George H.D. Gibson. He attended law school in Louisville until he went through the junior class. On April 3, 1860, he was married to Miss Ann Eliza Holman, who survives him. He abandoned the law for farming. In 1862 he was elected a Justice of the Peace and served for seven years. In 1868 he was the Republican nominee for Representative to the State Legislature, but was defeated by Henry S. Barnaby, of Jeffersonville, the Democratic nominee, reducing the Democratic majority from 1290 to less than 700.

As a young man Mr. Lewman was known as a money maker, and became the owner of one of the finest farms in Southern Indiana. Tilling the soil was believed by him to be a hard way to make a living and he turned his attention to dairy farming in1864, converting his cornfields into pastures. Year by year he increased his capacity until 1882 he was furnishing Louisville with a large part of its supply of milk, his sales for that year being more than 25,000 gallons. Several years ago he turned the business over to his sons and led a retired life.

Besides his wife, he is survived by three sons and four daughters, who are Edward Lewman, a well-known Louisville businessman; Milas Lewman, Harry Lewman, and Miss Jessie Lewman, who live at home; Mrs. Otto Graves of Utica township; Mrs. James B. James, of Charlestown, and Mrs. Charles Schalk, of New Albany. The arrangements for the funeral had not been announced last night.

03 December 1977 - Carthage, Illinois

Contributed from family papers by Jacqueline Owens

Funeral services for Mrs. Bernice M. Daily, 73, Carthage, were held Tuesday afternoon in the Kilgore-Leathem Funeral Home in Carthage with the Rev. glen Manis officiating. Burial was in Moss Ridge Cemetery. A memorial has been established to the United Methodist Church.

Mrs. Daily died Saturday afternoon, Dec. 3, 1977, in her home.

She was born March 9, 1904, in Ferris, a daughter of Edward and Katie Pitt McMillen. She married Lloyd James Daily June 12, 1926, in Peoria. He preceded her in death. A son, James, and one brother also died previously. She was a retired school teacher, teaching 45 years in Hamilton, Elvaston and Carthage. She was a member of the United Methodist Church and the Retired Teachers Association.

Surviving is a daughter-in-law, Mrs. Don (Elizabeth) Whichart of Bonapart, Ia.; three grandchildren; a sister, Esther Hummel of Princeton; one niece and four nephews.

Contributed by Patricia Davidson-Peters

In California
Death Of Mrs. Mary A. Daily Who Formerly Resided Here

Information reached here this morning of the death of Mrs. Mary A. Daily at San Jose, Cal. where she was living with her son, Harry P. Daily and at the time of her demise was undergoing a surgical operation.  Mrs. Dailey was formerly a resident of this city and was the mother of Mrs. R.C. McGill with whom she made her home while living in Jeffersonville.  She was 65 years old and before her marriage was Miss Mary A. Parker and was the daughter of Captain John Parker who was a prominent citizen of Charlestown in his day.

In her younger days Mrs. Daily was the undisputed belle of Clark county and was known as the prettiest woman in Southern Indiana.  Her hair was raven black, short and curly, while her face and form were models.  She retained her beauty until her death.

The marriage of Miss Parker to the late David W. Daily, Jr., which occurred at Charlestown June 26, 1851, was one of the events in Clark county society that has gone down into history.

Rev. H.H. Cambern, a prominent Presbyterian divine, officiated at the wedding.

Mrs. Daily was the mother of four children, Mrs. Fannie Goodall, Harry P. Daily, Mrs. Mollie R. McGill and Dr. John C. Daily.  She was also a relative of Mrs. Thomas Sparks, Drs. C.B. and S.C. McClure of this city.

Contributed by Patricia Davidson-Peters


From the nature of the dispatches received in this city late yesterday evening the public mind was not unprepared for the announcement contained in the following telegram:

INDIANAPOLIS, Sept. 8, 9:45 a.m.
Dillard Ricketts died at his residence this morning of softening of the brain.

Hon. Dillard Ricketts was an old and well-known former citizen of this place. He was largely connected with some of its most extensive material and financial interests. He was a member of the firm that at one time carried on so extensively the slaughtering and pork packing business in this city. He was a large stock holder in the J., M. & I railroad and was its President for many years. It was during his administration of its affairs that its stocks took a leap from a mere nominal value to par and above it that made fortunes for himself and many of its stock holders in a single day. He continued in his capacity of President until it was leased to the Pennsylvania company. He was for many years President of the Citizens National bank and was largely instrumental in its organization. He represented John county in the lower branch of our State Legislature at the season of 1857. He married, Indiana, daughter of the late Hon. David W. Daily, of Charlestown, this county, who survives him and is left to mourn her sad bereavement.

Mr. Ricketts was a man of strong indomitable will yet was kind and courteous in his disposition, in his intercourse in society. Not withstanding his sometimes brusque manner toward his subordinates in business he was always just to them and treated them with the kindest consideration. He had some fault but many virtues. Peace to his ashes.

THE COURIER JOURNAL | Louisville, Kentucky | 25 Jul 1962
Contributed by Laura Boyer Talbot (2011)


Mrs. Harry W. Boyer, 78, died at 2 p.m., Wednesday at General Hospital. She lived at the Eastern Star Home, 923 Cherokee Road, and formerly lived at 3653 Kelly Way.

She was the former Mary Elizabeth Shehan and was a native of Louisville. She was a member of Christ Church Cathedral and Daylight Chapter, Order of Eastern Star. her husband died nine months ago.

Surviving are a son, Leslie W. Boyer, Indianapolis; a daughter, Mrs. Anita E. Dreier; a sister, Mrs. Frank Carnes; and two grandchildren.

The body will be at Highlands Funeral Home, 3331 Taylorsville Road, after 6 p.m., Thursday. The funeral will be there at 11 a.m. Saturday. Burial will be in Resthaven Memorial Park.

Contributed by Patricia Davidson-Peters

Death Of One of Charlestown's Almost Centenarian

An honored, and loved citizen was grandma Daily as she was commonly called. She was in her 99th year, since the 8th of November and had she lived until November 8 1897, she would have entered her 100 year.

Mrs. Mary A. Daily, died March 23, 1897. She was married to David W. Daily at her father's, Thomas* Shirley's near Charlestown 1819. Unto them eleven children were born. Col. Harry H. Daily, Mrs. Rebecca Daily, Mrs. Indiana Ricketts, Mrs. Mary A. Ramsey, Col. David Daily, Miss Jane Daily, Mrs. Minerva Work of Hot Springs, Ark., Phillip Daily, Mrs. Lizzie James, Capt. Seth Daily, and Capt. Thomas Daily. Her husband and seven children proceeded her to the grave. She left four children and a number of grand-children and great grand-children to mourn her loss. She was a remarkable old lady, one of whom Charlestown was proud and could call a life long citizen. She was a member of the Christian church 68 years and until her death. She retained her faculties to the last. She was always courageous and cheerful in the darkest hours of sorrow and was a woman full of good works. She possessed a remarkable memory and it was always pleasant to hear her tell of the pioneer days.

She was born in Clark County, Ky., and could mention a great many notable characters that she had met. Governor Jennings, Lafayette, the noted Daniel Boone, Charles Beggs, and Charles Nailor who laid out Charlestown and for whom it was named. She was an inmate of Boone's fort when it was besieged by Indians in 1806. The funeral was held at her late residence on Walnut Street, Elder Harry C. Jackson officiating. He spoke feelingly of her past days. Her serene and beautiful countenance told of her peaceful death. The floral offerings were beautiful. She was laid to rest in our lovely cemetery, on the 25 instance.

... Miss India Ramsey, Miss Mattie Shelby and David Ramsey, of Indianapolis came down to attend Grandma Daily's funeral. Mrs. Mary Ramsey and Miss Julia Shelby afer spending the last two months with Mrs. Daily have returned to their homes in Indianapolis.

Mrs. D.W. Daily Departed this Life for her Eternal Home
Contributed by David James

On Tuesday last, there died at Charlestown one of the oldest residents of Indiana.

Mrs. Mary Ann Daily was born in Clark, county, Kentucky, November 8, 1798. The years of her life were passed in that place amid the wild life of the pioneer days. In 1812 her father Thomas Shirley removed to the neighborhood of Charlestown, where she lived until her death. In 1818 she married David W. Daily. Eleven children were born to them. Those now living are Mrs. Mary Ramsey, Mrs. Rebecca Coombs, Mrs. Minerva Work. Miss Louisa Daily and Mrs. Elizabeth James. Those who preceded her to the grave were Mrs. India Ann Ricketts, Col. Harry Daily, Col. David Daily, and Thomas, Seth and Philip Daily.

Mrs. Daily became a member of the Christian church in 1829 and remained a member until her death, a period of sixty eight years. Of late years she was confined to her bed, the result of a fall received several years ago, but her mental faculties remained unimpaired until her death. She possessed an active and retentive memory and recalled many interesting events of pioneer days in Kentucky and Indiana. She was an inmate of Boone's fort when it was besieged by Indians in 1806 and during her residence in Kentucky knew the great Boone himself.

Her death came peacefully and on March 23rd she died at the age of 98 years four months and 15 days. The funeral services were held from the late residence on Walnut street Thursday, March 25th. The services were conducted by Rev. R.C. Jackson. The remains were interred in Charlestown cemetery.

Hoosier Record | Friday, February 15, 1907
Contributed by David James (2012)

Faithful Servant Passes to his Reward

John Smith nearly 80 years, and for years a servant in the family of J.B. James, with whom he made his home, died early Monday morning after a long illness from the infirmities of age. The funeral was conducted at the old Daily residence in Walnut Street Tuesday afternoon by the Rev. J.E. Murr and the burial was in Charlestown cemetery.

Mr. Smith was born in Baiern, Germany, and would have been 80 years old March 10. He came to this country in 1846 with Charles Kreiger, settling here with the latter men and working for him for a year or two. Charles Reich, the butcher, then an infant, came to this country in the same party with Smith and his employer.

After a short service with Mr. Krieger, Mr. Smith entered the service of the late D.W. Daily, one of the wealthiest landowners and business men of Clark County. For years he labored on Mr. Daily’s farm going to it every morning early and laboring until late at night. John was a faithful servant of the good old-fashioned type Shakespeare drew in Adam in As You like it. He always referred to the Daily place as “my farm” and the home in Walnut Street as “my house.” He called Mr. Daily Grandpa and when guyed about the absurdity of claiming the property as his own, he would remark, “O well grandpa has got a farm on top of mine. The farm might well have been thought to belong to him judging from the careful stewardship he exercised over it. He labored constantly to keep it in fine shape.

Mr. Daily died some years ago and the farm was sold, but faithful John continued to live in the old Daily town house with Mrs. Lizzie James, daughter of Mr. Daily, and her son J.B. James. He labored constantly in the stable and garden; until he became too infirm. Last summer for the first time his strength failed him when he attempted to cultivate the garden, but he still watched over it with zealous care. An insect could hardly light in the garden without falling in his clutches and he would not allow a weed to grow there. With the approach of winter, he grew weak rapidly, finally taking to his bed where he was tenderly cared for by the daughter old employer and her son until his death.

Contributed by Sandy (Fox) Whitney (2013)

Pioneer Passes
Mrs. Sarah I. Fox, aged 87, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. J.H. Robinson, 351 Kent avenue. Her father, Stephen Stratton, was one of the Terre Haute's industrial pioneers.

Terre Haute Tribune | Friday, August 22, 1930 (News clipping)
Mrs. Sarah I. Fox, 87 years old, died at the residence of her daughter, Mrs. J.H. Robinson, 351 Kent avenue, at 3:50 o'clock Thursday afternoon after a short illness. Besides Mrs. Robinson she is survived by one other daughter, Mrs. C.L. Wood, of Atlanta, Ga; one son, Albert B. Fox, of Rugby, N.D.; five grandsons and two granddaughters, one of whom is Mrs. Edwin M. Bishop of this city. The funeral will be held from residence Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock.

Terre Haute Tribune | Saturday, August 23, 1930 (News clipping)

Funeral services for Mrs. Sarah I. Fox, who died Thursday afternoon, will be held Sunday at s p.m. at the residence of her daughter, Mrs. J.H. Robinson, 351 Kent avenue. Burial in Highland Lawn cemetery.

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The Evening News, Jeffersonville, IN | Wednesday 26 Dec 1928
Contributed by Jeff Harmon

Two Are Dead As Result Of Crossing Crash
Mother and Son Killed by B & O Train at Marysville, Tuesday Morning

A Baltimore and Ohio train bound from Detroit to Louisville, crashed in to an auto driven by Henry Dailey, 49 years old, of Fowler, Indiana, at 10:10 o'clock Tuesday morning and killed Dailey and his mother, Mrs. Grace Dailey, of near Marysville.

Dailey and his mother had driven in to Marysville Tuesday morning to finish their Christmas shopping and it was while they were on the way home that they were struck by the train at a crossing about 50 yards from the station in town.

Mother and son were taken to a nearby house by members of the train crew but died before a doctor could reach them.

Mrs. Dailey is survived by three sons, John Dailey, at home, Thos. Dailey, Fowler, Ind., and Carl Dailey, who lives in Iowa, and two daughters Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Johnson and Mrs. Pluranie Marine, both of Fowler. She is also survived by three sisters, Mrs. Will Varble, Mrs. Ida Varble and Mrs. Rose Varble, of this city.

Mr. Dailey is survived by his widow and four children, Lawrence, Carl, Leora and Helen.

Officials of the railroad stated that a clear view of the tracks could be had from both directions at the crossing and that it was reported to them that the driver evidently started across the tracks without looking to see if a train was approaching.

Funeral arrangements have not been completed, but burial will be in Bethel cemetery, near Nabb.

The Tariff Review ... Volume 23, American Tariff League, 1899 (Google eBook)

The American Economist | 10 Feb 1889

The Late W. Dewees Wood

The American Economist with sorrow records the death of W. Dewees Wood, president of the W. Dewees Wood Company, one of the oldest and most prominent iron and steel manufacturers of Pittsburgh, and long an active member of The American Protective Tariff League. Mr. Wood was nearly 73 years of age at the time of his death, and his life has been an important part of the history of the iron and steel industry. Both his grandfather, James Wood, and his father, Alan Wood, were in the business before him. James Wood made crucible steel at Valley Forge, Delaware, as long ago as 1818, while in 1829 James and Alan Wood were pioneers in the manufacture of American sheet iron at their works, five miles from Wilmington. The works for the manufacture of sheet iron, which James Wood & Son built, at Conshohocken, Penn., in 1832 are still in the family of James Wood's descendants. Alan Wood, Jr., and Howard Wood, sons of Alan Wood, Sr., are the leading members of the Alan Wood Company, which owns the Schuylkill Iron Works, also at Conshohocken built in 1858, their special product being sheet and plate iron and steel. W. Dewees Wood was their brother. He was trained by his father In all the details of the manufacture of plate and sheet Iron, and at an early age was intrusted by him with the management of the works near Wilmington.

Mr. Wood's identification with the Iron industry of Pittsburgh and Allegheny county appears to have dated from 1851, In which year, in company with his father-in-law, Richard B. Gilpin, under the firm name of Wood & Gilpin, he established the sheet iron works at McKeesport, which have since grown into large proportions and are famous everywhere for their special product, Russia sheet iron. In 1855 Mr. Gilpin sold his interest in the works to Max Moorhead and George F. McCleane, and the name of the firm was changed to Wood, Moorhead & Co. In 1862 Mr. Moorhead and Mr. McCleane retired and were succeeded by Alan W. Lukens, a cousin of Mr. Wood, and the firm then became Wood & Lukens. In 1871 Mr. Lukens retired and Mr. Wood and his sons have ever since owned and managed the works, first as W. D. Wood & Co. and afterward as the W. Dewees Wood Company. The works at McKeesport are known as the McKeesport Iron Works. Mr. Wood was also one of the owners, with his son-in-law, Persifor F. Smith, and his sons, of the works of the Wellsville Plate & Sheet Iron Company, at Wellsville, Ohio. Mr. Wood was one of the most enterprising and successful men that have ever been connected with the American iron trade. He was a liberal employer, a kind-hearted gentleman, and a good citizen.

Contributed by Patricia Davidson-Peters


Dr. Work's death, which is noticed in another column, will be heard of with regret by a large number of citizens in this county.  He was a brother of W.H. Work, dead, and an uncle of Dr. W.F. Work, of Charlestown, and Hon. H.F. Work.  He was a prominent physician and democrat at Charlestown, and left here in 1876 to practice medicine at Hot Springs, Arkansas.  He was very successful and did well financially.  For eighteen months he has been in poor health, and was partially paralyzed.  He was recently at Waco, Texas, where he went for the benefit of his health, but his advanced age so weakened his constitution that he did not get well.

The remains will be brought to Charlestown day after tomorrow when they will be buried.


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