The angel of death visited the home of W R Garrison of Tennyson, Ind., Sunday, January 15,1911, and took from their midst Mrs Garrison's uncle Wiley Black.The deceased was born February 25,1834, and at his death was 76 years 10 months and 21 days old. In the year '61, when the call came for volunteers to fight inthe great Civil War, Uncle Wiley then 27 years of age, responded readily to the call and after 3 years of service he was honorably discharged. In the year 1879 he was married to Malissa Hall, and at her death, January 30,1903, he went to live with his neice, Mrs W R Garrison of Tennyson.In 1904 he united with the M E Church of Tennyson, and the funeral services were conducted at that place, Monday morning. Rev. W C Cissna of Boonville and Rev. Henry Hart and Rev. Louis Stevens of Tennyson officiated. The remains were interred in Garrison cemetery.
Information reached town on Monday of a terrible casualty, resulting in the death of two persons, by lightning, in Skelton Township, this county,yesterday afternoon about 2 o'clock. It appears that the family of J.P.Garrison had taken dinner under a shade tree in the yard, near the house, and immediatly after dinner the men of the family went to the woods near by, while Mrs Garrison went to a neighbors in sight, on an errand, leaving her son named Black and Mrs Wesley Stephens a visitor. While she was absent a storm suddenly arose and while Mrs Stephens and the boy were in the act of cleaning up the dishes the lightning struck them. Both were seen by Mrs Garrison to fall, as she was harrying home from the neighbors house, and describes the flash as about as long as the arm. On reaching the spot she found both lying very near each other but unconscious. She carried the lad into the house who lived but a few seconds ,while the woman only opened her eyes once and expired. Mrs Stephens was about twenty-five years of age, and leaves a husband and two children, one of the latter only six months old. The boy Black was the son of Mrs Garrison by a former husband, and about thirteen years of age. Neither the bodys or clothing were torn or broken in any way and no traces of the effects of the lightning could be discovered either uppon the tree, house or ground and its presumed that the dishes and cutlery upon the table attracted the electric fluid. The bodies of the unfortunate victims are said to have turned very black almost immediatley. Succeeding the fatal lightning strike, heavy rain and hail began to fall, during which Mrs Garrison was making every possible effort to get the body of the dead woman in the house, but lacked efficient strength, and there being a high wind no one could be made to hear her cries for aid and thus struggled until the storm was over. It was a sad ending to what had been a happy dinner party. The house of welcome being suddenly transformed into a seat of woe.
John P Garrison, departed this life July 21,1907, aged 76 years 6 months and 21 days. He joined the Church February 3,1881, and lived a devoted christian until his death. He was married to Sarah E Hunt, October 27,1852, to which union ten children were born, five of whom still servive. His companion having died April 26,1872. He was united in marriage to Eliza J Black November 14,1874. Two boys were born to them. Oscar and Arther, both of whomare living. In Auguest 1861 he inlisted in Co. D 42nd regiment of Indiana Volunteers and served in the civil war three years and six months, receiving an honorable discharge. Mr Garrison was one of the most honored and respected citizens of his neighborhood.Rev.James Ferguson, W C Cissna and W H Garrison, the later his twin brother, officiated.
Mrs Eliza Garrison, age 91 years, widow of John P Garrison, died Tuesday at her home at Tennison. Funeral services were held at 1 o'clock Thursday afternoon at the home. Burial was at the Garrison cemetery.
William Garrison, age 83 years, died at the home of his nephew, Wm Garrison Jr., at Tennyson. Mr Garrison is one of the pioneer citizens of Warrick County. He and his twin brother John, who is now deceased, went through the war together. They were members of Company D., 42 Indiana regiment. Mr Garrison is survived by an aged wife, who lies at death's door, and a number of other relatives. Funeral services were held Wednesday morning at 10 o'clock at the residence of Mr and Mrs William Garrison. Burial was at Garrison cemetery
Died at the home of Mr and Mrs Ira Wright on April 24th. Aunt Martha Garrison of a complication of diseases. Aunt Martha as she was generaly Known was a member of the G B church and had been an invalid for some time; her husband preceded her in death just two months ago. She leaves five brothers and a host of relatives and friends to mourn her loss.
Uncle John Garrison, age 76 years, died at home here last Sunday noon after a long illness. Uncle John was a consistent member of the Methodist Church but owing to his ill health had not been able to attend services very regularly of late years. He leaves a wife, six children and one brother, besides other relatives and many friends. Funeral services were conducted at the Methodist Church monday morning by Rev.James Ferguson and Rev.William Cissna, after which the body was taken to the Garrison cemetery for Burial
Andrew J Garrison died May 31 at the age of 48. He professed faith in Christ in February 1909, and lived a faithful member of the M E Church at Tennison. He leaves three children, four sisters and three brothers. Interment took place at Garrison Cemetery.
I, F M Farley, coroner of said county (Warrick), having examined the body of A J Garrison, and heard the testomony of the witnesses, which said testomony is hereto attached, do hereby find that the deceased came to his death from the effects of tuberculosis. The said deceased was a male; of the age of 48 years; 5 feet and 10 inches in height; dark hair; blue eyes; dark complexion; nativity American, and had on his person at the time of his death nothing of value. In witness whereof, I have set my hand and the seal of my office, this 1rst day of June,1910. F M Farley; Coroner Warrick County, Indiana.