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H. Oliver Willham Obituary

H. Oliver Willham, 1898-1943, U.S. Veteran 1918.  Spring Hill Cemetery, Harrodsburg, Mercer County, Kentucky.

The Harrodsburg Herald, Harrodsburg, Mercer County, Kentucky

Friday, June 4, 1943

H. Oliver Willham, age 44, died Saturday, May 2,1943, at 11:15 p.m. at the U. S. Veterans Hospital, Leestown Pike, Lexington, Ky. He had been in ill health four months before being taken to the hospital two months ago. He was the son of W. W. Willham and Nancy McFatridge Willham, and was born and reared in Washington County, Ky. Twenty years ago he moved to Harrodsburg and for the past eighteen years has been bookkeeper at the State Bank & Trust Co. He was also a director of the bank, a deacon in the United Presbyterian Church, member of the Pathfinders’ Bible class of that church and belonged to the Douglas Laws Post No. 52 of the American Legion. He was a fine citizen, popular with everyone.

Surviving him are his wife, Mrs. Jewell Hiatt Willham, son Billy Willham and parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. W. Willham all of Harrodsburg. Two uncles, Isaac Willham, Cornishville; George B. Willham, Randelett, Okla.; six cousins, Miss Ruby Willham, Cornishville; Mrs. S. D. McCray, Lexington; Mrs. Charles T. Hopkins, Lexington; Mrs. E. C. Hollingshead, Sharon, Pa.; Oliver S. Willham, Stillwater, Okla.; and Mrs. Clyde McLaughlin, Clearwater, Kansas.

The funeral services were Tuesday afternoon, June 1, at 3 o’clock at the United Presbyterian church, conducted by his pastor, Dr. John W. Carpenter, assisted by Dr. G. Whitcomb Ellers of the Baptist church; the Rev. T. Hassell Bowen, Christian church, and the Rev. Clarence Krebs, Methodist church. Burial in Spring Hill Cemetery.

Active bearers were Joe Sandusky, I. C. James, John Devine, Charles A. Davis, J. Donald Edwards and Richard Corman.

Honorary bearers — V. B. Carter, Judge Charles A. Hardin, George W. Edwards, C. B. Sullivan, Sr., W. B. Keightley, W. H. Keightley, J. D. Baxter, Sr., Lawrence Walker, W. Glenn Keightley, Edwin Whitenack, Dr. R. H. Selleck, James Burton Ison, P. B. Smalley, Oran Stagg, H. C. Bohon, J. I. Peter, Glave Vivion, Ralph Davenport, J. W. Finnell, William Sims, David Walter, W. B. Morris, Garnett Dean, Gilbert Isham, J. K. Powell, Leon Morgan, Willard Gabhart, E. H. Helwig, W. B. Purdom, Clarence Tewmey, A. T. Woods, Nelson Marsee, Charles Matherly and R. L. Cull, J. E. Brown.

George Alfred and Zelleta Graveson Curry Obituaries

George Alfred Curry, 1852-1924.  Spring Hill Cemetery, Harrodsburg, Mercer County, Kentucky.

The Harrodsburg Herald, Mercer County, Kentucky

Friday, May 23, 1924

Seldom has a community felt the death of a citizen more keenly than the passing of Mr. George Alfred Curry, whose life closed Satur­day morning, May 16 about 7 o’clock at Norton Memorial Infirm­ary, Louisville. Two months ago he submitted to a serious operation, and for a while there was hope of his recovery, but complications devel­oped which he could not combat and in spite of medical skill and care­ful watching he fell asleep to find peace from suffering. Mrs. Curry remained in Louis­ville with him all through his illness, and at the last she was joined by Mr. Curry’s sister, Mrs. C. M. Dedman, and Mr. Curry Dedman, of this city. They accompanied the remains to his home here, and the funeral was held Monday after­noon at 2:30 at the United Presbyterian church, conducted by his pastor, Rev. S. S Daughtry, and his former pastor during his several years’ residence in Louisville, Dr. Samuel Callen, of the Warren Memorial Presby­terian church. the interment was in Spring Hill Cemetery. The funeral was one of the most largely attended here in some time, and the floral tributes beautiful. The honorary pall bearers were Mr. Curry’s brother elders in the United Presbyte­rian church: Judge J. W. Davenport, Messrs. G. W. Edwards, J. E. Stagg, E. H. Davis, W. B. Davis, W. C, Rue, I. E. White­nack, N. L. VanArsdale, F. D. Curry, and also Messrs. L. M. Rue, Bush W. Allin and Glave Goddard.

The active pall bearers were Messrs. E. F. Scott, Louisville; Lafon Riker, Lexington; Dr. J. C. Acheson, Danville; Messrs. L. C. Riker, W. C. Rue and L. D. Brewer, Harrodsburg.

The death of Mr. Curry takes from this communi­ty one of its best and most progressive citi­zens, as well as a high minded Christian gentle­man. He was the first to make a subscription in the Pioneer Memorial movement. Interested in every step for the betterment of conditions here, and with an unu­sual appreciation for the beautiful, he was one of the prime movers in every effort to add to the attractiveness of the town. Two of his outstanding works of this kind in which he took the initial part and directed the work were the beautifying of the yard of the Presby­terian church and the Court House Square, the latter labor he only lived to see almost completed, but it will remain a living monument to his enterprise.

Mr. Curry was the son of William Thomas Curry and Elizabeth Butler Curry, members of old represen­tative families here. He was born in Harrodsburg and spent all his life as a citizen here except a few years when he resided in Louisville.. He was married to Miss Zelletta Graveson, of Cincinnati in 1884. He was a member of the firm of D. J. Curry & Co., later he entered the insurance field and for 32 years has been the representative of the Great American Insurance Company, of New York, in Kentucky and Tennessee, a record seldom ex­celled, building up for the company in these two states a band of splen­did agents and a fine clientele. Mr. Robert Glass, of New York, was the company’s represen­tative here for the funeral. For a long period of years Mr. Curry served the United Presbyterian church as an elder; during his three years’ residence in Louisville he was also an elder in the Warren Memorial church, and organized a splendid Men’s Bible Class, the members of which were tireless in their atten­tion to him while at the Infirmary, a committee calling every Sunday morning with flowers from the class. Mr. Curry is survived by his widow, two brothers, Messrs. R. P. Curry, Lexington, and W. T. Curry, Covington, and a sister, Mrs. Charles M. Dedman, Harrodsburg, besides a host of rela­tives and friends.

Out of town people here to attend the funeral were Dr. Callen, Mr. E. F. Scott, Louisville; Mrs. Charles Murnier, Louisville; Mr. Robert L. Glass, New York City; Mr. Thomas M. Woodruff, Lexington: Mr. B. B. Bean, Lexington; Mr. M. C. Miller, Lexington; Mr. Lafon Riker, Lexing­ton; Mrs. B. W. Robin­son, Akron O.; Mrs. J. T. Smith, East Liver­pool, O.; Mrs. Theodora Tunis, Lexington; Mr. and Mrs. R. P. Curry, Lexington; Mr. Claude E. Ford, Cincinnati; Mrs. Pierce Adkins, Cincinna­ti, Mr. W. T. Curry, Covington; Miss Kate Mayes, Mrs. R. Wharton, Mr. and Mrs. Sebe Mayes, Springfield.

Zeletta Graveson Curry, 1863-1943.

The Harrodsburg Herald, Mercer County, Kentucky

Friday, May 28, 1943

Mrs. Zeletta Graveson Curry, widow of Mr. George Alfred Curry, died at 1 o’clock Wednesday afternoon, May 26, 1943, at her home, Diamond Point, following a heart attack at 4 o’clock that morning. She was the daughter of William and Lettie Smith Graveson, formerly of Cincinnati, but had resided here since her marriage when 19 years old and was one of this city’s most valuable citizens, leading in club, social and church activities with the culture of the true gentlewoman. The funeral will be at 2:30 this afternoon at the United Presbyterian church, conducted by her pastor, Dr. John W. Carpenter, assisted by Rev. T. Hassell Bowen, pastor of the Harrodsburg Christian church. Burial will be in Spring Hill cemetery.

She is survived by a close friend, Miss Clara Chappelle, who resided with her; devoted relatives of her husband, T. Curry Dedman and family, Misses Bessie and Nell Dedman, Harrodsburg, Mrs. C. E. Ford, Mrs. Verna Walker and John E. Curry, Cincinnati, and Mr. Glave Curry, Beechwood, Ind., cousins, Wilson Smith, East Liverpool, O.; Misses Ella and Grace Graveson, Cincinnati, Mrs. Andrew S. Robinson, and Mrs. John Pflueger, Akron, Ohio, and a few more distant relatives.

Mrs. Curry was active and valuable in many civic organizations. She was a charter member of the Harrodsburg Library and served as chairman of its board for 14 years, and continually in its service since its founding about 40 years ago; a charter member of the Woman’s Club of Harrodsburg organized in 1911, serving two terms as its president and always active in its work; ex-president of the Past Presidents club; former treasurer of the Kentucky State Federation of Woman’s Clubs. In 1940 when the General Federation of Woman’s Clubs observed its 50th anniversary, Mrs. Curry was awarded the medal by the organization for “the woman who had the longest and most outstanding record of leadership in club work.” She began her club activities in 1895.

Mrs. Curry was a member of the Jane McAfee Chapter, D. A. R. and held many offices in the organization. She was faithful in the activities of the Presbyterian church and the woman’s auxiliary, and for a long period of years she was the teacher of the Young Women’s Bible Class of her Sunday school. She was also a member of the Danville Business and Professional Women’s Club, and member of the Woman’s Council for Girl Reserve. Her community interests covered all charitable and civic movements for good, and the day before her passing she gave a generous portion of her time, as was her custom, to making surgical dressings at the Red Cross room at the Armory.

Her pall bearers will be Charles M. Dedman, T. Curry Dedman, Jr., William H. Riker, Charles N. Riker, Arthur Bonta, Charles A. Davis, Ralph Davenport and Errol W. Draffen.


Turner J. and Tommie C. Fisher Obituaries

Turner J. Fisher, 1841-1913.  Tommie C. Fisher, 1848-1904.  Spring Hill Cemetery, Harrodsburg, Mercer County, Kentucky.

The Harrodsburg Herald, Mercer County, Kentucky

Thursday, February 11, 1904

Double Funeral of Mrs. Fisher and Mrs. MacMordie – Life Long Friends

One of the saddest sights it is ever given to a community to witness, occurred here Wednesday afternoon at two o’clock when the funeral services of Mrs. T. J. Fisher and Mrs. A. I. MacMordie were preached simultaneously at the Methodist church, Dr. W. F. Vaughn, the pastor, conducted the services over these two faithful helpers in his flock, and with touching words and tender sympathy, he offered the consolation of the religion these two noble women professed to the sorrowing families and friends who had gathered to pay their last tribute to the lives whose examples had been for naught but good. A remarkable co-incident in connection with the deaths of these two prominent women, was their life-long and devoted friendship, their untiring faithfulness and zeal in church and charitable work; the mutual interests in the local chapter of the Daughters of the Confederacy, and both were stricken almost simultaneously with the same disease and died within a few hours of each other. Last Tuesday afternoon, a week ago, they attended the Aid Society of their church together and that night they were both stricken with pneumonia, and from the first moment when the disease laid hold of them they were in a critical condition. Mrs. Fisher died first, passing away a little before four o’clock Monday afternoon, and that night shortly after midnight, death again entered the other household and carried away the wife and mother whose life had also been given up to noble and unselfish deeds. The remains of both were interred in Spring Hill cemetery. Mrs. Fisher was Miss Tommie Chenoweth, and besides a devoted husband she leaves a brother, Col. J. Q. Chenoweth, who was called from his home in Texas to her bedside, reaching here only a few hours before her death. She was a steadfast and conscientious Christian whose warm and sympathetic heart had made for her a large circle of friends. Mrs. MacMordie leaves a husband and a daughter, Mrs. Huling Henry, of Louisville, to mourn her loss, and a sister, Miss Bettie Harris, who is now ill with the same disease-pneumonia. The deaths of these two prominent women will be a loss to the whole community, both in religious and social circles, but the memory of the good deeds that have blossomed along their way, will live always in the heart of their friends as “a bright and shinning star.” The funeral was very largely attended. Mrs. McMordie was district secretary of the Woman’s Missionary Society and Mrs. Fisher was president of the Home Society. The pall-bearers were the stewards and officers of the Methodist Church. Among the many handsome floral tributes, was a handsome design from the Sunday School classes of each of these noble workers and also one from the Daughters of the Confederacy.

Chenoweth-Fisher Monument in Spring Hill Cemetery

The Harrodsburg Herald, Mercer County, Kentucky

Friday, October 3, 1913

Mr. T. J. Fisher, one of the prominent men of the community, passed away Wednesday morning after a long illness. Several months ago he was blown down on the street by a small tornado that stuck the town, and his hip was shattered. After weeks in the hospital he partially recovered, but some days ago suffered a relapse which caused his death. He was seventy-three years old, a native of Jessamine county, but had made this city his home since early manhood. He was of a happy disposition, companionable nature, a man who read much, and was exceedingly popular with a wide circle of friends. His wife, who was Miss Tommie Chenoweth, died a number of years ago, and he leaves one brother and sister, Mr. Joseph Fisher, of Wilmore, and Mrs. J. R. Wilmore of this city. The funeral service will be held this (Friday) afternoon at 3 o’clock at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. Wilmore on Beaumont Avenue, conducted by Rev. F. T. McIntire, assisted by Dr. J. G. Hunter and Rev. R. N. Simpson, and the interment will be in Spring Hill cemetery beside his wife.

Redwitz Obituaries

The Harrodsburg Herald, Mercer County, Kentucky

Thursday, April 7, 1904

Passes Away -In Business Here 46 Years

                Tuesday morning shortly after eleven o’clock Mr. Otto Redwitz, one of the oldest and best known business men of this place, and in whose veins coursed royal blood, died at his home on Main Street, after an illness of two weeks of grip. The funeral took place Wednesday afternoon at three o’clock at the Baptist church, Rev. W.M. Wood, the pastor, officiating. He was a devoted and loyal member of Montgomery Lodge, and was buried in Spring Hill with all the honors of Odd Fellowship. Mr. Redwitz was a native of Stuggart, Germany, and came to this country many years ago, crossing the ocean in the same ship that brought over the famous Carl Schurtz, who was fleeing to America after having failed in his efforts to stir up a revolution in his native country. He shortly came to Harrodsburg and embarked in the confectionery business in which he had been engaged ever since. That was forty-six years ago, and there is not a merchant here now who was in business at the time Mr. Redwitz opened his first establishment. During his long residence among us he has gained nothing but the highest respect from the whole community, being in all things a representative citizen and an exemplary man. He was upright and honest in his business dealings, and at one time was counted wealthy. He was married in New York when quite young, his wife, who is very ill now, still surviving him. Beside his wife he leaves two sons, Messrs. Alec and Paul Redwitz, and several daughters. He was 72 years of age, and for some time had been in failing health. Of the many good citizens who have passed away in the last few months, none will be missed more from the business world than Mr. Redwitz.

The Harrodsburg Herald, Mercer County, Kentucky

Friday, February 6, 1914

Former Resident Dead

                Mrs. Otto Redwitz, a former well known resident of this city, died in Cincinnati yesterday. She was the wife of Mr. Otto Redwitz, who was for many years a prominent merchant of this city. The remains were brought here and brief funeral services will be held to-day (Friday) at the grave in Spring Hill Cemetery at 11:30 o’clock. She was a native of Germany and a very fine old gentlewoman, who will be remembered by the older citizens.

There are no gravestones for Mr. and Mrs. Redwitz.

Bettie M. Redwitz, December 10, 1858 – June 25, 1945.  Spring Hill Cemetery, Mercer County, Kentucky.

The Harrodsburg Herald, Mercer County, Kentucky

Friday, June 29, 1945

          Mrs. Bettie Redwitz, 87, died about 9 a.m. Saturday, June 23, 1945, at the A. D. Price Memorial Hospital following an illness of about 10 days. Owing to her years she has been declining in health, but continued her daily pursuits, active in mind and body for one of her age. She was a native of this place, the daughter of Gabe and Nancy Shy Munday, and a devoted member of the Baptist church, taking part in its activities as long as her health permitted. Mrs. Redwitz was among the most esteemed of the older generation. Survivors include a son, E. Otto Redwitz, Harrodsburg; a daughter, Mrs. Ruby Redwitz Owen, wife of J. E. Owen, Dothan, Ala.; two grandchildren, Mrs. C. C. Jones, of Dothan, and Lt. Thomas O. Owen, Williams Field, Arizona.

The funeral was at 3:30 Monday, June 25, at the Bruner and Sims Funeral Home on Beaumont Avenue, conducted by the pastor, Dr. John M. Carter, of the Harrodsburg Baptist church. Burial in Spring Hill cemetery, the bearers being Loyd Bigger, Glave Vivion, W. B. Morris, Fred Patrick, Oran Stagg and H. R. Barrick.

Bettie was the wife of Alec O. Redwitz, son of the above Mr. and Mrs. Otto Redwitz.

Ernest Otto Redwitz, December 12, 1891 – November 20, 1963.

Son of Alec and Bettie Redwitz.

Bowman’s Celebrate Golden Wedding in 1892

Funny that I should find the golden wedding anniversary of a couple from Mercer County in the Mount Sterling newspaper!  But then, good things are sometimes found when searching for something else!  Bellevue, home of the Bowman family, is located on Hwy 152 just outside the city of Burgin. 

The Mt. Sterling Advocate, Montgomery County, Kentucky

Tuesday, October 11, 1892

Mr. Dudley Mitchem Bowman and Mrs. Virginia Smith Bowman, of Mercer County, celebrated their ‘golden wedding’, on Thursday, September 29th, at their home, Bellevue, near Burgin.  From the Danville correspondent of the Louisville Times, we extract the following:

September 29, 1842, a large and fashionable assemblage met at Avondale, in Mercer County, the home of Abram Smith, Esq., to witness the marriage of his daughter, Virginia, then in her seventeenth year, to Dudley Mitchem Bowman, the son of a neighbor, the Hon. John Bowman.  Avondale was then, as it is now, a lovely country home, where a bounteous, graceful hospitality was dispensed, and it is interesting to know that it yet remains in the family and is none the less celebrated for perpetuating its old-time reputation.

The ceremony of fifty years ago was spoken by the Rev. Thomas Smith, one of the pioneers in Campbell and Stone’s reformation, then just beginning.  The bridesmaids were Miss Peachy Smith, now Mrs. Simeon Drake, of Chicago, and Miss Johanna Smith, a sister of the bride who married Mr. McCann.  The groomsmen were Abram Hite Bowman, brother to the groom, and Ben Campbell, yet living in Mercer County.

This marriage united two of the most widely known and respected families of the Commonwealth, names associated with the early conquest of the land from the savages and identified with its erection into an independent state.

In the colonial annals of Virginia are found their names in places of civil and military distinction.  They came from the Shenandoah Valley, in Virginia, and Zachariah Smith and Abram Bowman were among the first to make a new home in the wilderness of Kentucky; the former at ‘Ingleside’, near Danville, and Bowman in Fayette County, only a few miles further away.

A few years thereafter the estate known as ‘Bellevue’, the present town, came into the possession of John Bowman, father of the present owner, by bequest from an uncle.  John Bowman was a man or more than ordinary culture for his time, a lawyer by education and a pupil of Henry Clay.  His wife was Sarah Mitchem, of Woodford County, daughter of Dudley Mitchem, from whom have come the Woolfolk’s, Hayden’s, Bannon’s and other families well-known in Louisville, Lexington and the southwest.  Their children were the late John Bryan Bowman, for many years Regent of Kentucky University; the late Abram Hite Bowman, many of whose descendants now live in Louisville and various parts of the state, and Dudley Mitchem Bowman, the present owner of ‘Bellevue’.  It is a rarely beautiful old country home, nearly a century old and substantially built.  The arched windows and picturesque fans over the doors, beautiful hand-carved wood mantels and window frames, take one back to the architecture and house decorations of old Colonial days.  The walls are covered with portraits of the former owners and occupants of the home.  Mr. Bowman tells with justifiable pride that only Indians and Bowman’s ever owned the place.  It has been for a century the seat of a princely hospitality, and it was an interesting occasion, the celebration of a golden wedding, that brought under its roof the descendants of the pioneers of a century ago.

A notable feature of this delightful reunion was the singularly appropriate remarks of the Rev. Owsley Goodloe.  Two conspicuous figures were Uncle Louis and Aunt Caroline, former slaves, whose marriage antedated that of Mr. and Mrs. Bowman by six years.  At the wedding fifty years ago Uncle Louis had the distinction of driving the carriage and Aunt Caroline was the maid in waiting to the bride.

Owing to the death of a lovely daughter, Mrs. Caroline Bowman Ringo, the guests were limited to the family and a few intimate friends.  Among those present were:  Mrs. Mary Watters Bowman, widow of the eldest son; John Bryan and son and daughter; Mrs. Jennie Bowman Cassell ad two daughters, Dudley M. Jr., and wife, nee Mary Dunlap; Mrs. Nannie Bowman Moore and five children, and Mr. Abram Smith Bowman of Fairlawn, Lexington; Miss Nannie Smith, sister of Mrs. Bowman; Mrs. Mary D. Bowman, Mrs. John Augustus Williams, Mr. Phil B. Thompson, Rev. Strother Cook, Mr. Ben C. Allin and wife, who have been married nearly sixty-five years; Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Riker, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Bowman, Mrs. Rebecca Jones, Mr. and Mrs. James Kunniano, Mr. and Mrs. William Roland and Miss Vivion.

Mr. and Mrs. Bowman, though rapidly approaching that age which marks the evening of life, are yet hale and hearty, and give promise of being able to celebrate many more anniversaries of their marriage.

At their deaths, Dudley Mitchem Bowman and Virginia Smith Bowman were buried in Spring Hill Cemetery, Harrodsburg, Mercer County, Kentucky.

Main Street Harrodsburg – Circa 1860

In Mr. A. B. Rue’s book – Historical Sketch of Mercer County, Kentucky – published in 1904 for the Louisiana Purchase Exposition (better known as the 1904 World’s Fair), I found drawings of the east and west side of Main Street, Harrodsburg, produced around 1860 by Henry Junius.  There is a corresponding key to give information about the shops and owners of this time period.

According to his obituary, Henry Junius came to Harrodsburg in 1855 when a young man, and engaged in the hardware and tin business.  He would know quite well the other merchants and goings on in the ‘city’.

Most of the people on this list are buried in Spring Hill Cemetery in Harrodsburg.  Some were descendants from the earliest pioneers of the town, others came from far away lands.

John VanAnglin died March 31, 1881 according to an early Harrodsburg newspaper.  He was considered an ‘old’ citizen in that year.  Daniel Curry, grocer, died in 1901.  Otto Redwitz died April 6, 1904.

George C. Keller – Well Known Citizen – Passes Away

George C. Keller, March 11, 1834 – August 28, 1909.  Nannie E. Keller, November 23, 1835 – August 28, 1916.  Spring Hill Cemetery, Harrodsburg, Mercer County, Kentucky.

The Harrodsburg Herald, Mercer County, Kentucky

Friday, September 3, 1909

Last Saturday evening Mr. George C. Keller passed away at his home on Chiles Street. The end came unexpectedly at about seven o’clock. He had been in failing health for some time, and had been much broken in the last few weeks, but death was unlooked for at the hour it came. Mr. Keller had been suffering with asthma and during a violent coughing spell broke a blood vessel, and expired in a few moments. His funeral took place at 3 o’clock Monday afternoon at the Methodist church, conducted by Rev. Lon Robinson, and the remains were interred in Spring Hill Cemetery. Mr. Keller was one of the best known citizens in this community, having been in business here most of his life, first in the mercantile business and for the last twenty-five years a member of the staff of the First National Bank. In recognition of his efficient work all the banks in town closed during his funeral. He was one of the oldest members of the Methodist church, being a steward in the congregation, and devoted to church work. He was also a member of Montgomery Lodge of Odd Fellows, and was held in high esteem by everyone. A number of people were here from Danville to attend the funeral which was one of the largest here in many years. Mr. Keller was in his 76th year. He is survived by a wife, who was Miss Nannie Mullins, to whom he was married 51 years ago, and by three children, Mrs. Sam McDowell, of Danville, Mr. George Keller, Jr., of Orlando, Florida, and Mr. Henry Keller of this city.