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Title: Obituaries Williamsport, IN. Warren Review - Thursday, July 25, 1895 Edition
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Edward O'Brien died at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Andrew O'Brien, two and a half miles southwest of Hedrick Friday, July 12th of consumption. He was twenty-one years old and had been failing in health since last fall. This is the third son of Mr. O'Brien's that has died of this disease within the past two years. The funeral was conducted the Sunday following from the Catholic Church, Attica, Father Lemper officiating. Interment was made in the Catholic Cemetery. Bloomingdale, Ind., July 19-All the incidents and excitement attending the Clara Shanks murder or suicide at Wolf Creek Falls, ten miles northeast of here on July 6 were renewed with added interest yesterday, when the body was exhumed and a thorough medical examination made. Seven competent physicians were chose from Parke and Fountain Countries and secretly summoned to meet at the old Zackmire Cemetery, on the banks of Mill Creek yesterday noon, where the girl's body was laid to rest on July 9th. They were Drs. Morris and Vancleave of Rockville; Dr. Young, Coroner of Covington; Dr. Fine of Veedersburg; Dr Mackey; Grange Coroner; Dr. Williamson of Kingman and Dr. Caplinger of Marshall. The coffin was taken up and removed to the woods near by, the examination being held under a large white walnut tree. It began at 1 o'clock and lasted until dark. After a brief consulation the following verdict was returned: "We find death to have been caused by violence; source unknown." During the examination, the clerk noted that there was a lacerated condition of the left eye and a wound just above it two inches long. There were wounds over the right eye with much congested blood. On the left cheek were abrasions of the cuticle, five or six in number. The skull was found in a congested condition, with attending bruises. Extending downward the search found the Larynx open and clear of any foreign substance. The lungs were also free. Other parts of the body, which were examined, were found to be in a normal condition. In order to get some clue to the alleged inimacy between Daniel Keller and the girl, a careful examination by the physicians revealed the fact that the girl had no cause for shame and never had. This was a great surprise in the face of the attempt to blacken the dead girl's character, and the neighbors claim it is one of the strongest proofs of foul play, for they say the only possible basis for a suicidual theory was that the girl might have committed suicide in order to conceal some great shame. The examination yesterday, which was conducted as secretly as could be, was the result of the growing opinion that Clara Shanks was murdered and afterward thrown into the big pool at the foot of the Wolf Creek Falls. Last Tuesday night a meeting of enraged and excited farmers of the Wolf Creek Valley, met in the old school house east of Grange Corner and resolved upon this action. Again on Wednesday a secret meeting was held at one of the old cabins, and it was declared that justice had not been done in former examinations, and that another must be held. It was then the coroner was petitioned and the other physicians summoned. Clara Shanks was the eighteen year old daughter of Fredrick Shanks, who lives one mile north of Grange Corner on the county line, and as it now appears she was murdered on July 6th. Daniel Keller, a young married man, twenty eight years old, lives just across the road from the Shanks home. The Shanks family carried water from the Keller place, and it was through this intimate relationship that a quarrel began. On Saturday morning, July 6th, Mrs. Daniel Keller made the startling allegatoin that her husband and Clara Shanks had been too intimate. That same morning at 5 o'clock, her brother Daniel found her dead body in the pool at Wolf Creek Falls, a half mile distant. The coroner returned a verdict of suicide, but the citizens have never been satisfied, claiming that the scars and wounds about the head could never come from jumping in the pool and drowning. The farmers in the district have been worked up to a fever heat, and now there is more danger than ever that they will take the law in their own hands. With last night's verdict, which found the larynx and lungs free and open, they say it was impossible for the girl to have strangled in the pool of dirty water. The sentiment is very strong against the Kellers, and they have not lived at home since the tragedy. No more romantic and mysterious place exists in all Parke or Fountian Counties than Wolf Creek Valley. It was an old Indian haunt, named by the red man with Indian relics and Indian graves scattered all along its rocky gorge. The hollow has been famous ever since 1848 when a sawmill was built at the falls, the scene of this tragedy. Other lifeless bodies have been taken from this famous pool before that of Clara Shanks. Only a few rods away Colonel Budd made his famous raid during war times, captured a man and hanged him to a sapling. Ira Henry died at his home west of this place at 11 a.m., last Monday after a long illness. His remains were taken to Danville, Ill., for burial yesterday. He leaves a wife and several children to mourn the loss of a loving husband and father. He was a Christian gentleman and beloved by all who knew him. It will be a severe loss to the Free Methodist Church as he was one of the chief pillars of the church at this place.

Date: 7/25/1895
Origin: Warren Review extracted from microfilm
Author: Sharon Roberts
Record ID: 00003509
Type: Obituary
Source Archive: Williamsport-Washington Township Public Library
Date Entered: 4/1/2014
Entered By: Chris Brown

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