The Washington Times-Herald

Local News

March 23, 2013

Mumaw praised for 'A life well lived'

WASHINGTON — Martin Mumaw III’s life was celebrated in a stirring memorial service at First Christian Church on Saturday. Mumaw, the former Daviess County Treasurer and Republican chairman, died Wednesday after a battle with cancer.

Friends, political figures and many whose lives were touched by the great public servant were in attendance and honored what Dr. Byron Holtsclaw called, “a life well lived.”

“Our entire community has a heavy heart,” Holtsclaw said. Mumaw was a member of First Christian Church and served as a trustee and board member.

Holtsclaw and Daviess County Sheriff Jerry Harbstreit spoke during the hour-long service, sharing stories and praising Mumaw’s dedication to the community he loved.

Harbstreit began his eulogy by saying Mumaw, his friend, was “just an awesome person.”

“Martin offered all he had and all he was to this community,” Harbstreit said.

Harbstreit, in talking about his political career, said Mumaw enjoyed being behind the scenes, and knowing the right things to do for any campaign.

“Nothing gave him more pleasure of laying the groundwork of a good campaign and seeing it play out,” Harbstreit said.  “He responded faithfully whenever anyone needed him.”

Mumaw was instrumental in creating and keeping Daviess County the Republican stronghold it now is. Currently, every elected official in county government is Republican and the GOP holds the city mayor’s office and a majority on the city council. He was also instrumental in helping Republicans in state and national campaigns, like current Eighth District Rep. Larry Bucshon. Representatives from Bucshon’s staff were present at the service.

Bucshon gave a speech Tuesday on the floor of the House of Representatives praising Mumaw’s work. It was the last speech he got to hear, Harbstreit said.

“God not only gave Martin a lot of gifts and a lot of talents, but also guided him to use them in a special way,” Harbstreit said.

Text Only
Local News
  • Man killed in motorcycle crash south of Monroe City

    A  Vincennes man died in a motorcycle accident on Friday afternoon south of Monroe City.

    April 19, 2014

  • Property taxes, short term loan discussed at B-R school meeting

    MONTGOMERY -- The Barr-Reeve School Board meeting was opened for comments Thursday from school patrons and Lana Helms asked about the increase in the property tax statement that she recently received. Helms said it was about a considerable increase.

    April 19, 2014

  • Saturday's police report CITY REPORT Friday 12:57 p.m. - A male caller said he witnessed, while playing golf, a red Jeep strike a sign and a telephone pole at the intersection of Northeast 12th Street and Brett Cabel Road. A stop sign was damaged, but the Jeep was not found.

    April 19, 2014

  • Griffith50 Griffith Elementary turns 50 Helen Griffith Elementary is celebrating a milestone as the school turns 50-years old. Earlier this week, current students and staff at the school met on the playground for a photo to commemorate the anniversary. Students sat in the formation of th

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • TaylirAnn.jpg No Headline Provided Taylor Mr. and Mrs. Kenny Taylor will celebrate their 45th wedding anniversary today. Kenny Taylor and Ruth Lengacher were married April 19, 1969. The couple has one daughter, Sheila and Spencer Gingerich of Montgomery, and one son, Mark Taylor of L

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • frocks 'Forget the Frock' is a T-shirt with a real message New frilly dresses and tailored suits for Easter have been a tradition for many years, but a relatively new movement across the United States is changing that tradition for some local community members, as well as others across the country. "Forget

    April 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Washington school transportation funding takes another hit The wheels on the buses are still going round and round for the Washington Community Schools, but the funding to keep them rolling all through the town is dwindling. The loss of tax revenue has caused the school board to look into funds other than th

    April 18, 2014

  • citytowergraphic.jpg High but not dry

    The city of Washington is constructing a 600,000-gallon water tower east of the city. Here's some information supplied by the city on the new tower.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • NWS - WT041814 - CoatsMug - NBS GOP set for Lincoln-Reagan Day celebration U.S. Sen. Dan Coats will be the featured speaker at the annual Daviess County Republican Lincoln-Reagan dinner. The dinner is set for April 22 at the Padaco event center. "Senator Coats is always a big draw at Lincoln Day dinners across the state and

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Highway of dreams approaching final phase For decades community leaders in southwestern Indiana dreamed of an interstate highway that would connect Indianapolis and Evansville. Now, that project is one contract from becoming a reality. The Indiana Department of Transportation and the Indian

    April 18, 2014