The Owen Leader, Spencer, Indiana, Wednesday, September 29, 1915

Word was received here last week of the death of James Christenberry, 80 years old, at his home in Illinois. Funeral services were held Friday (September 24, 1915). His widow is the sister of A. E. Gaston. He left Owen County some 20 years ago, moving to a farm near Casey, Illinois. He leaves three children: Wm. Christenberry and Mrs. Henry Williams of Morgan Township and Mrs. Amy Hendricks, of near Bloomington. .

Posted by Mike Rastatter


Headline: Mrs. Wm. Christenberry Dies; Funeral Sunday. Dies Thursday at Home of Daughter, Mrs. Millie Hatt, at Kokomo - Internment at Garrard Chapel.

Owen Leader, December 27, 1945

Submitted by Mike Rastatter

Mrs. Schrilda Jane (Sanders) Christenberry, 83 years old, wife of the late William H. Christenberry, passed away Thursday, December 20, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Millie Hatt, following a four week illness of carcinoma. For the past few years she had made her home with her daughter at Kokomo. She was born June 10, 1862, in the state of Illinois, a daughter of Elijah and Jane Sanders. When she was 12 years old her parents moved to this county and settled in Morgan Township. Here she grew to womanhood and was married to William H. Christenberry, who preceded her in death January 19, 1931. Early in life she joined the U.B. Church at Garrard Chapel and here she held her membership until death. Mrs. Christenberry was the mother of several children and it was her desire in life to make a good home for her children and husband. Survivors include the following children: Mrs. Dora Williams, Romulus, Mich.: Mrs. Nellie Mills, Lebanon; Mrs. Millie Hatt, Kokomo; Mrs. Florence Moran, Spencer; Lewis C Christenberry, Pine Village; Lee Christenberry, Attica; Mrs. Ruth Chapman, Terre Haute; Alvin Christenberry of Attica, and Howard Christenberry of Vandalia. The following children preceded her in death: Mrs. Minnie Query, Elmer Christenberry, Mrs. Mollie Pifer, Oliver Christenberry; and one son, Albert, died in infancy. Mrs. Christenberry also leaves 33 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren; one sister, Mrs. Rose Lykens, of Indianapolis; and a brother, John Sanders, of Petersburg. Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at Garrard Chapel in Charge of Rev. Arthur J. Croy, and internment was made in the adjoining cemetery. West & Sons were in charge of the arrangements.


Headline: Billy Christenberry Dead. Farmer of Morgan Township A Victim of Overdose of Medicine Containing Morphine.

Owen Leader, Spencer, Indiana, Wednesday January 21, 1931, Number 8

Submitted by Mike Rastatter

William Christenberry, 65 years old, a farmer north of Vandalia, died Monday morning (January 19, 1931), his death being due to an overdose of Morphine. Two years ago he was hurt in an auto wreck, his chest being caved in, and since that time he had suffered continual pain. Medicine containing morphine was constantly at his command in order to deaden pain and induce sleep. Saturday night he could not sleep and at 2 a. m. Sunday got up and turned on his radio. After listening in for a time he took a dose of his medicine and went to bed. When breakfast was ready Mrs. Christenberry went to awaken him, but he was sleeping soundly and she did not disturb him. Later she attempted to awaken him and he appeared sluggish and almost in a state of coma. At 9 o'clock, Mrs. Christenberry became alarmed and called a physician who said it was plainly an overdose of the medicine and that he could do nothing, as it had been too long since the medicine was taken. The heart beats grew gradually weaker and Monday morning he died. Mr. Christenberry was a son of James and Dova (Freeman) Christenberry and was born in January, 1865, on the farm where he has continued to live out his life. He was married at the age of 17 to Miss Prilda Sanders. To this union 14 children were born, four of whom have died. Those surviving are Zora, Nellie, Minnie, Florence, Ruth, Lewis, Lee, Arva, and Howard. Their oldest daughter was married when she was seventeen and Mr. Christenberry became a grandfather at the age of 36 - probably the record for this state. He had always been a hard working man until the accident two years ago rendered him unfit for further labor. He has two sisters living, Mrs. Henry Williams of Jordan and Mrs. Amy Hendricks of Terre Haute. Funeral services will be held at 10 o'clock today (Wednesday) at Garrard Chapel and internment will be made in the cemetery there.

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