The Washington Times-Herald


January 29, 2014

Monday Club meets

Monday Afternoon Club met Nov. 4 at the Daviess County Museum. Following a brief business meeting board member Jim Pirkle gave a historical tour of the museum’s mortuary collection.

Beginning in an 1872 recreated Main Street scene, complete with plan sidewalks, stepping stones and a trolley line from Eastside Park to Oak Grove, members passed through a screen door to enter the office of Gill’s Mortuary, the oldest continually operating business in Daviess County.

Originally Bonham Brother’s, the business became Bonham and Gill’s when Joseph Gill bought half the business in 1871. Gill, an ex-Civil War veteran, went to work for Bonham in 1864.

Bonham and Gill’s was located at 422 E. Main and was three stories high with 15-feet tall ceilings. Three generations of the Gill family maintained the business until 1974 when Pirkle assumed ownership, having worked there since 1957.

Pirkle point out a slate board that hung on Main Street to announce death and funeral service notices for residents with delayed rural mail deliveries. Black crepe bows marked the front doors at the time of home services, held the day following a death. Early caskets were built by furniture builders and placed in home parlors in front of a window.

Even though President Abraham Lincoln hired Dr. Thomas Holmes to develop an injection which preserved bodies in order to ship fallen soldiers back to their home communities, embalming was not desired by families who regarded the process as a surgical procedure on a dead body. Embalming became more common in the 1900s, but was done at home, not in a hospital or mortuary. Not until 1929 was a law passed that required embalming to be done in a licensed facility, although the first embalming school opened in Cincinnati in 1882. The custom of sending flowers started in the 1930s.

The museum houses an array of model hearses, fans, gowns and furniture that were the custom over the years.

Attending were Martha Corn, Sue Garrett, Kitty Lawson, Bonnie Miles, Katie Myers, Betty Norris, De Odell, Maggie Tuggle, Flo Cavanaugh, Laurinda Walker, Mary Lou Gotwald, Mary Jane Wirts and guest Julie Bassler.

Text Only
  • REMC Area students travel to D.C. with REMC LOOGOOTEE — Three Indiana high school students, chosen by Daviess-Martin County REMC to participate, were among 72 from Indiana and 1,600 from 43 states who participated in the electric cooperative Youth Tour to Washington D.C., from June 12-19. Area

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Prairie Village Nursing Home serves breakfast to Towers Debbie Miles with Prairie Village Nursing Home served biscuits and gravy to the residents of the Washington Towers on July 16. Those attending were Marilyn Barrett, Barry and Cathy Baumert, Marie Cain, Debbie Fields, Tom Fisher, Mike Grannan, Rita Gu

    July 24, 2014

  • Daviess County Court News Real Estate TransfersSecretary of Housing and Urban Development to Jeremy J. Tooley and Susan M. Tooley, pt. Lot 7 and pt. Lot 8 in Yarbrough Second.John P. Schofield III and Kristina Schofield to Bradley J. Saladin and Sarah E. Saladin, pt. SE ¼ S28

    July 24, 2014

  • 4Hgc23 4-H winners Look for more more 4-H winners from the recent Daviess County 4-H fair in this and upcoming editions of the Times Herald and online at

    July 24, 2014 6 Photos

  • Salt Lake City firm purchases local AT&T store SALT LAKE CITY — Spring Mobile, the Utah-based retailer of AT&T wireless phones and a wholly owned subsidiary of GameStop Corporation, announced recently the purchase of 19 high-volume retail store locations from Cellular Center and In Touch Communic

    July 23, 2014

  • 4Hgc12 4-H Winners 4-H Grand Champions from the recent Daviess County 4-H fair. More photos will be published both online and in upcoming editions.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Hillside Manor serves breakfast to the Towers Mary Ann Fields and Laurie Crew from Hillside Manor served breakfast to the residents of the Towers on July 21. Those attending were Connie Alsman, Marilyn Barrett, Cathy Baumert, Gladys Bledsoe, Ron and Rita Burton, Marie Cain, Debbie Fields, Mike G

    July 23, 2014

  • Wednesday's Area Briefs Tomey reunion on SundayThe Williard E. Tomey family reunion will be at noon Sunday at the Verna (Tomey) Klem residence, 1689N 150W, Washington. All friends, family and neighbors are welcome. A pitch-in dinner will be held, chicken and drinks will be

    July 23, 2014

  • 4Hgc08 4-H Champions 4-H Grand Champions from the recent Daviess County 4-H fair. More photos will be published both online and in upcoming editions.

    July 22, 2014 6 Photos

  • Ways to Help Others American Red CrossAssists Daviess County families recovering from disasters such as fire, flooding, and tornado damage. For more information, call 812-254-9877 or email mary.bechtel@redcross.orgStill Waters Restoration CenterShelter for single mother

    July 19, 2014