from The News-Leader, Springfield, Washington County, Kentucky
Thursday, May 8, 1902
Death of Stith Noe
There has probably not been an occurrence in Springfield for many years that so shocked the community as the announcement at a late hour on last Sunday of the death of Mr. Stith T. Noe, one of the most widely known and most popular young men of the community. The fact that he died suddenly and alone at his home and had been dead several hours before the discovery was made by his friends makes his death an especially sad one and the blow doubly hard for his wife and other relatives to bear. Mr. Noe had returned from Louisville, where he had been with his wife who was in delicate health and was in a physician’s care. Mrs. Noe being unable to return with her husband, the latter remained here and was on the streets as usual until Friday night when he went home. He was not seen Saturday and his friends supposed that he had returned to Louisville. It was learned Sunday however that he had not left town and Sunday evening the house was visited by several friends, who suspecting something wrong forced the door and found Mr. Noe lying on the floor cold in death, evidently having arisen from bed and fallen. He had probably been dead several hours. It is the opinion of physicians who viewed the remains that death was caused by apoplexy and at the inquest held later on the coroner’s verdict was that death was due to natural causes.
Stith T. Noe was born in this county a little over 42 years ago and was the oldest son of Mr. James H. Noe, deceased, and Mrs. Mary A. Noe. He was a young man of naturally bright mind, genial and liberal hearted and one who made friends easily and retained them. Some years ago he was connected with the Internal Revenue Service but for several years past has been in the Circuit Clerks office as deputy. He was prominent in fraternal societies and stood high with them all. He was a member of the Marion Commandery Knights-Templar, the Springfield Lodge of Masons, Royal Arch Chapter. He was also a Red Man and a member of the order of Maccabees.
During last September Mr. Noe married Mrs. Lenora Fetter of Louisville and they had gone to housekeeping on East Main Street. Mrs. Noe, although still very ill, came out on the morning train Monday in time for the funeral, but such was the shock to her nervous system that she was prostrated on her arrival here and has since remained in critical condition.
The funeral took place on Monday afternoon being in charge of the Knight Templars, the members of that order from Lebanon, Bardstown and this place turning out in a body as well as did the local lodge of Masons. After a short service in the Presbyterian Church the remains were taken to Pleasant Grove cemetery for interment.