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Source: New Hampshire Patriot
Dated: May 1, 1851
Judge Ashley Harris was killed by lightning near Montezuma, Ind., a few days ago.  His wife was also struck, but the stroke did not prove fatal.
Source: Dailey Alabama - Alabama
Dated May 2, 1851
KILLED BY LIGHTNING - Judge Ashley Harris was killed by lightning, near Montezuma, Indiana, a few days ago.  His wife was also struck, but the stroke did not prove fatal.  They were together in a stable engaged in milking the cows when the stroke fell, killing Mr. Harris, seriously injuring Mrs. Harris, and killing two cows and calves.
Source: Lowell Daily Citizen & News - Massachusetts
Dated: July 29, 1858
A child of Judge Donaldson,  of Montezuma, Indiana, came to his death from the bite of a spider on its arm while asleep in its cradle.
Source: Sun - Massachusetts
Dated: August 5, 1858
Last week, on the farm of Hon. John G. Davis, near Montezuma, Indiana, two large springs burst forth from the earth, and continued to throw off such volumes of water that large fields in the neighborhood have been covered with standing pools and ponds.
Source: Arizona Weekly Journal Miner - Arizona
Dated: Dec. 28, 1892
Wm. Dulin, of the Montezuma, left this morning for a visit to his old home in Indiana.  He expects to be almost about six weeks.
Source: Indiana State Journal
Dated: Mar. 25, 1896
ROCKVILLE, IND., Mar. 21 - Howard Maxwell, of Rockville, was re-nominated for prosecutor at Montgomery today.  He had no opposition.

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ROCKVILLE, IND., Mar. 21 - Mrs. Mary Harlan, the oldest woman in Parke county, celebrated her one hundredth anniversary yesterday.  She was born in Warren county, Maryland, March 20, 1796, twenty miles from Hagerestown, Mercersburg being the nearest town.  Her home was at the foot of South mountain.  Her father was a soldier in the revolutionary war, being a British subject until captured.  He fought for America in 1812.  Her parents moved to Warren county, Ohio, when she was eight years old, settling near Dayton.  She married Silas Harlan Feb. 12, 1818, and moved to Illinois, then finally settled at New Discover, Parke county, Indiana, ten miles southeast of Rockville.  From this union ten children were born, four still living.

Source: Aberdeen Daily News - South Dakota
Dated: Apr. 27, 1896
He Killed Five the Awful Work of an Insane Man near Rockville, Indiana.  Shot Mrs. Hoske and Two Children, and Then Killed Two Officers.
ROCKVILLE, Ind., April 27. - Peter Egbert shot and killed Aggie and Herman Haske, children, together with Sheriff Mull and Deputy Sheriff William SweemMrs. Haske was also shot.  She is still living but will die.  Egbert, who is insane, is still at large, but he is being hunted by a posse.  Sheriff Mull and Deputy Sweem lost their lives while trying to place Egbert under arrest.
     The posse came up with Egbert at the fair grounds.  He refused to surrender, and was fired on.  He did not return the fire, but ran into a stall and sent a load of buckshot into his breast, dying instantly.  He was found to have received one slight bullet wound in the fusillade which had been going on.  Egbert's sister, at the same hour he killed himself, died at the family home of typhoid fever.
Source: Indiana State Journal
Dated: Mar. 16, 1898
Bloomfield, Ind., March 10. - Wallace A. Erganbright, aged twenty-nine, was found guilty of embezzelment today in the Greene Circuit court and given a punishment of imprisonment at the Reformatory from one to three years and fined $400.  Erganbright was an operator of the Linton Exchange Bank, which closed its doors running an insolvent bank, doing business with little or no capital stock.  A number of depositors lost money in the bank, only 44 percent being paid Ergenbright came to Linton from Montezuma, where he was associated with one Pritchard in the banking business, and who is now serving sentence in prison for a similar transaction.  A stubborn fight was made on both sides.
Source: Indiana State Journal
Dated: November 23, 1898
Nathan Morris, Pioneer, Dead.
ANNAPOLIS, Ind. Nov. 21 - Nathan Morris, a pioneer of Park county, aged eighty-one years died at his home in Bloomingdale, Ind., Nov. 18.  Mr. Morris was a Quaker by birth, and lived for more than sixty years in Parke county, coming from North Carolina.  He was once a prominent Mason and give $300 two years ago to Lodge No. 127, to help in building a lodgeroom at Bloomingdale.  He owned a thousand acres of the most fertile land in Western Indiana and had a cash deposit of $20,000 in the national bank at Rockville, besides other valuable property.  He had been in the mercantile and grocery business in Rockville, Montezuma and Leatherwood, a small station on the Indiana, Decatur & Western Railroad.  Before and since the death of his second wife he had been in business at Bloomingdale, and since her death he had lived alone in part of his business house.  Last Tuesday he went to Rockville and made a deposit of $2,300, having sold his new crop of corn.  Returning home he was seen late Wednesday evening.  Friday the station agent found Mr. Morris lying on the floor, partly dressed, unconscious and chilled, with a gash an inch in length in the forehead just between the eyes.  Some small change, bank deposit slips, books and papers were scattered over the floor, giving rise to wild stories of a probably murder and robbery.  Dr. Goldsberry was called, and after a close examination, pronounced Mr. Morris suffering from concussion of the brain, caused by falling against the stove or some hard body.  After a few hours of careful nursing he was able to recognize his friends but could not talk well enough to tell how he had been hurt.  He died at 8 o'clock Friday night.  Five hundred dollars was found in the cupboard, and nothing being missing, the murder and robbery theory was exploded.  He leaves four grandchildren.  The Masonic order took charge of his body which was interred in the Linebarger Cemetery.
Source: St. Albans Daily Messenger - Vermont
Dated: May 10, 1906
Killed by Brother, President of Indiana Bank Shot in his Home
Montezuma Scene of the Affair
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W. H. Sylvester
the Victim - It is Believed that the Brother's Mind was Unbalanced.
     Montezuma, Ind., May 10 - W. H. Sylvester, president of the First National Bank of Montezuma, was shot and killed today in his home by his brother, whose mind is believed to be affected.
Source: Perry Republican - Oklahoma
Dated: Feb. 5, 1920
Leonard McCandless, of Sand Springs, Oklahoma and Mrs. Wm. McCandless of Montezuma, Indiana visited their aunt Mrs. Van Pelt during the week.
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