Owen County Democrat Thursday January 30, 1919

Submitted by Kathy Bargerhuff

George W. Norris, son of William S. and Charita Norris was born in Ohio February 5th, 1856. Died January 11, 1919, age 62 years, 11 months and six days. United in matrimony to Sophia Beatty Aug. 19, 1877. To this union were born one boy and two girls, Alverton, Mrs. Rosa B. Burk and Viola Johnson. Alverton preceded his father in death at the age of three years; besides Harry Summerlot, an orphan boy was raised till he became of age and he preceded him in death. He leaves to mourn their loss, a widow, two children and ten grandchildren. He united with the U.B. Church about 23 years ago and continued his membership therein till death. George was a devoted husband, a loving father and a good neighbor. One we hope to meet in the the great beyond.


Owen County Leader 27 April 1950

Submitted by Kathy Bargerhuff

Mrs. Emma Norris, 77 years old, died Friday morning at the home her only daughter, Mrs. Marie J. Mangus, Sheppard-Patrick Road, northwest of Spencer. She was born in Jasper Co. Illinois, July 2 1872, a daughter of the late John and Shelba (Moore) Holdren. Following death the body was brought to the West & Son Funeral Home, Spencer. Survivors include the one daughter, Mrs. Mangus. Final rites were held Sunday afternoon at one o'clock at the West & Son Funeral Home, Rev. Theron R. Castleman, pastor of the Spencer Methodist Church in charge and interment was made in Riverside Cemetery.


Owen County Leader 3 July 1952

Submitted by Kathy Bargerhuff

Word has been received here of the death of Mrs. Gertrude Norris, 65 years old, who died of a cerebral hemmorage at Loda, Illinois. Mrs. Norris was the sister of R.A. Turner and Mrs. Earl Franklin of Spencer. She was formerly a resident of Freedom. Funeral services will be held at the residence in Loda Thursday morning and the body will be brought to Freedom Thursday afternoon where internment will be made.


Owen County Democrat 13 Jan 1921

Submitted by Kathy Bargerhuff

Jesse Alexander Norris, the little son of Leo Norris and wife of Loda, Illinois died at their home January 5th age one year, ten months and seven days. The family formerly lived at Freedom and the little son was returned to Spencer Friday evening January 7 and taken to the home of Mrs. Norris' parents, J.W. Turner and wife at 319 N. East Street. Funeral services were held at the Freedom Christian church at 10:45 am Saturday, burial in the Defore Cemetery near Freedom. The deepest sympathy of their former friends and neighbors is extended to Mr. and Mrs. Norris.


Owen County Leader 11 January 1973

Submitted by Kathy Bargerhuff

Funeral services for Lori Ann Norris, three year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Norris, R.R. 2, Gosport, were at 1:30 pm Monday at the Day Mortuary Chapel in Bloomington. Interment was in the Chambersville Cemetery. The little girl died Friday in the office of a Monroe County physician.


Owen County Leader 14 April 1955

Submitted by Kathy Bargerhuff

Warren Norris, died Monday, April 4th at his home near Rock Rapids, Iowa, having suffered a severe attack of coronary thrombosis. He became ill while working in the field at their country home, and died in the afternoon the same day. He was 67 years old and had apparently been in perfect health. Mr. Norris taught in the Spencer School in 1913-1914, and also taught school at Coal City for a number of years. About six weeks ago he and his wife visited with relatives and friends in Spencer and Freedom. The deceased was a cousin of Mrs. Ona Melick of Spencer and Mrs. Carrie Hicks of Freedom. He leaves the widow, Mrs. Ruth (Grim) Norris and four children; Byron of Rock Rapids; Roberta and Howard of Ohio, and Helen of Rock Rapids. Many of our readers will remember Mr. Norris.


Owen County Democrat January 20 1916

Submitted by Kathy Bargerhuff

Wiliam Norris, son of Jacob and Mary Norris was born in Coshocton County, Ohio, August 8, 1853. Here his childhood was spent until his thirteenth year, he with his parents migrated to Owen County Indiana and settled on a farm near Arney. His life from this time until about a year ago was spent on his farm or in its vicinity. In the Autumn of 1865 after coming to Indiana in May, he was afflicted with typhoid fever which left him a cripple for life. On account of this affliction, he decided to enter the profession of teaching. He followed this profession for 12 years making many warm and lasting friends in the different sections of the country where he taught. While yet a young man he served his township as trustee for two terms. On March 30, 1884 he was united in marriage with Carrie Willard. To this short union two sons were born, Wm. Roy and Charles Warren. On March 1, 1889 his companion was taken from him and on March 5, 1895, his oldest son, both by tuberculosis. In May 1891, he was again married to Susan A. Galimore. To this union were born four children, one of whom died in infancy. In February of last year, he with his family moved to Hardwick, Minnesota. His health for years had not been rugged and during the past summer he was affected by a slight stroke of apoplexy which finally resulted in his death, January 5, 1916 being at that time 62 years, 4 months and 2 days old. In his youth he was united with the M.E. Church at Middletown or Arney and later in life with the M.E. Church at Freedom, Indiana. In the autumn of 1912, he united with the Christian Church of Antioch, he bieng a regular attendant of this church and Sunday school on account of its convenience. Although he resided in the neighborhood where he died but ten months with a nationality almost wholly different from his own, many kind words of appreciation and esteem were heard from his neighbors and they responded to his needs as soon as they knew they were needed. Besides a host of distant relatives and friends, he leaves to mourn their loss, a wife, three sons, Warren, Ezra and Thomas, all of Hardwick, Minn. and one daughter, Mrs. Fred Fiscus of Crofton, Neb., two grandchildren, three sisters, Mrs. M.B. Barton of Spencer, Mrs. M. F. Long of Rock Rapids, Iowa, Mrs. Elisha Childress of Freedom and a brother Elmer of Jasonville, but we feel that our loss is a gain to him and that our parting need not be for eternity. Brief funeral services were held at the residence Thursday, January 6 by Rev. Burr of Rock Rapids, Iowa. The body was brought to Dutch Bethel Church near Arney, Indiana where funeral services were conducted by Rev. Clarence M. Day of Worthington, a former student of Mr. Norris. Interment was made at Dutch Bethel Cemetery. All of the children were present at the funeral.

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