In 2001, Edith Blissett transcribed issues of the Bullitt Pioneer, and pdf files of her transcriptions of the 1901-1924 issues have been made available at the Ridgway Memorial Library web site.
From her transcriptions we have taken an assortment of obituaries from the 1912 papers and presented them below. To view her transcriptions in full, you are encouraged to visit the library site. The links to the issues are given at this location.
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| Walter Johnson |
Wilson Johnson |
Harold L. Daniel |
Squire S. A. Rayman |
Thomas Childers |
| Jesse Griffin | William Moore | Mrs. Ellen Eckert | Mrs. Margaret Combs |
| Dr. J. E. Johnson | W. H. Troutman | James H. Combs | S. B. Barrall | J. W. Herin |
Death of an Aged Colored Man - Walter Johnson, an old colored man, said to be 108 years old, died at his home near Brooks Thursday evening of the infirmities of old age. He was formerly owned by Congressman Ben Johnson's father, and his first wife belonged to Mrs. Kate Riley, who deeded to them the place where "Old Walt," as he was known to all around, has lived since the war. He was buried Saturday at the family burying ground near Hebron. Bullitt Pioneer, January 26, 1912 (Pg. 1)
The death of Wilson Johnson, Wednesday, was a great shock to his family and friends. While it was known that he was fatally ill, it was not thought that he was in immediate danger. Wilson was a member of the Mt. Eden church, where his funeral was conducted Thursday by his pastor, Rev. D. R. Peak, after which the remains were interred in the church cemetery. Survived by his father, E. Johnson, two sisters, Nola and Bessie. Bullitt Pioneer, February 16, 1912 (Pg. 3)
Harold L. Daniel, age 31 years, son of County Judge Leroy Daniel, died at his father's residence on the Louisville pike, opposite the fair grounds, Sunday, after an illness of nearly three months from acute kidney disease. Remains taken to Cedar Grove Church, in Leaches precinct, Tuesday morning, where funeral services were conducted by Rev. R. H. Roe, pastor of the Methodist Church here. Burial in the family lot in the cemetery at that place. Survived by father, three sisters and three brothers. His mother preceded him two years ago and his remains were laid by her side. Bullitt Pioneer, February 23, 1912 (Pg. 1)
Squire S. A. Rayman died at his home in Bullitts Lick section Friday of last week, after a lingering illness. The funeral services conducted by Rev. Harry McCormick, pastor, were held at the Bullitt Lick Church, Saturday, with burial in the cemetery there. Squire Rayman was one of B ullitt's best and most substantial farmers, a man of sterling worth and integrity and his death will be greatly mourned. Survived by his wife and the following children: Mrs. Armstrong, of Louisville, Mrs. Thos. Mattingly and Miss Stella Rayman, of this county, and four sons, Calvin, Melvin, Jesse and Fred, of this county. Bullitt Pioneer, March 1, 1912 (Pg. 2)
Thomas Childers, a veteran soldier of the Civil War, in the Federal Army, a member of the 13th Kentucky Infantry, died at his home at Brooks of a complication of diseases and the infirmities of age last Monday. He would have been 79 years old in a few days. Mr. Childers was a quiet, unassuming gentleman, well known and highly respected in Bullitt County, where he had spent the greater part of his life, but he was born and raised in Nelson County, K Y. Funeral services by Rev. Peak, at the M ethodist Church at Brooks Station. Interred in the Sanders burying ground near that place. Survived by a wife and eight children, four of whom live in the county now: Robert Childers, the merchant at Brooks, John Childers, of Lebanon Junction, Mrs. B. L. Bowman, of Shepherdsville, and M rs. Chas. Sanders, of Brooks. Bullitt Pioneer, March 8, 1912 (Pg. 1)
Jesse Griffin died last Thursday evening, March 14, at the home of his father, Will Griffin, of tuberculosis, having been ill a long time. He leaves, besides his parents, a widow, and the little daughter, three sisters and four brothers. He was buried Saturday morning at the family burying ground near Mt. Eden. Bullitt Pioneer, March 22, 1912 (Pg. 3)
Wm. Moore, sage 67 years, was buried here Sunday. His funeral was preached at the Baptist Church here. His death was very sad being so unexpected. He was returning from the city last Thursday with a load of grass seed and other grain, when his team became unmanageable and ran off the Fern Creek bridge. Mr. Moore was found unconscious and taken to St. Anthony's Hospital, but he never regained consciousness and died Friday. He leaves a wife and several children. Bullitt Pioneer, April 12, 1912 (Pg. 1)
Mrs. Ellen Eckert, a well known old lady in this community died suddenly yesterday at her residence near the fair grounds. She was seized with an attack of acute indigestion about noon the day before and expired about 5 a.m. yesterday. The funeral will be held at the Bullitts Lick Church today, conducted by Rev. Webb Brame, of the Baptist Church here, with burial in the cemetery there immediately after. Mrs. Eckert was a gentle, kind old lady and liked by all who knew her. She is survived by one son, Wm. Eckert, and one daughter, M rs. Ed. Wright, both of this county. Bullitt Pioneer, April 12, 1912 (Pg. 2)
Mrs. Margaret Combs, 77, widow of the late Oliver Combs, former School Commissioner of this county, died at her residence in Jeffersontown, Sunday last at 9 p.m . after a lingering illness. Funeral services at the Lutheran Church in Jeffersontown Monday afternoon, conducted by Rev. W. L. Berger of that church. Remains laid to rest in the old Cedar Grove Cemetery by the side of those of her late husband. Burial services conducted by Rev. C. E. Buschman of the Lutheran Church. She is survived by her four sons, James H. Combs, of Lexington; W. M Combs and H. H. Combs of this county, and Rev. E. Combs of El Paso, TX. and daughter ?, Mrs. C. D . Evans. Bullitt Pioneer, May 10, 1912 (Pg. 1)
As the paper is going to press, we have received notice of the death of Dr. J. E. Johnson, one of the best known citizens of Lebanon Junction. Dr. Johnson was about 65 years old and was sick only a short time. He was Vice-President of the Lebanon Junction Bank. He is survived by a wife and several children. Bullitt Pioneer, June 14, 1912 (Pg. 2)
The death of W. H. Troutman of Bloomington, IN, is quite a shock to his many friends and relatives of this place. Mr. Troutman was a brother of Messrs R. L. and C. F. Troutman of Bullitt County. He was sixty-one years of age, was born in Bullitt County, where he lived until about thirty years of age when he moved to Lagrange, KY., where he engaged in business for a few years, moving from there to Greensburg, IN; where he lived for about twenty years. Mr. Troutman was a good businessman and had succeeded in accumulating a large amount of money and property. He had, however, been in an afflicted condition for about seven years, partially paralyzed, his eyesight lost and almost entirely unable to hear. In this condition, he had been unable to get any relief whatever, having tried every remedy that medical science and skill could offer, and at last, all hope of relief leaving him, he became despondent and took his own life by firing a bullet through his heart, dying almost instantly. His remains were brought to the home of his sister, Mrs. M. E. Meredith and from there to Cave Hill for burial. Bullitt Pioneer, August 9, 1912 (Pg. 1)
Death of James H. Combs, one of the best liked men Old Bullitt ever produced, died of Pellagra, at his home in Lexington, KY, August 4th, aged forty-nine years. He was the son of Olive P. and Margaret Combs, and spent his childhood, boyhood and young manhood in Bullitt County, where he worked on the home farm and clerked in several stores. Always polite and obliging, he made friends rapidly, and held them throughout his life. For many years, he has been with the Lexington and Eastern Railroad, first as a fireman, and for the past fifteen years in the capacity of a locomotive engineer. About twenty months ago, he was badly injured in a wreck, and has not done any work since that time. He is survived by three brothers, Rev. E. H., H. H., and W. M. Combs, and two sisters, Mrs. Ralph Bergin and Mrs. C. D. Evans and one daughter, Hazel. To each of the grief-stricken brothers and sisters and the fatherless little daughter, we extend our deepest sympathy, for there was no better brother, and no truer lasting friend than James Combs Bullitt Pioneer, August 9, 1912 (Pg. 2)
S. B. Barrall died at his home near Brooks, August 21st, about noon, after a long illness. He was buried in the family burying ground on the 23rd. Rev. T. J. Ramsey officiated. He is survived by his mother, Mrs. Maria Barrall, six sisters: M rs. T. W . Longacre, Mrs. J. R. Ross and Mrs. Horine, of Louisville, and Mrs. Fred Hatzell, Mrs. C. E. Alford and Mrs. Jasper Foster, of Bullitt County, and one brother, J. W. Barrall, editor of the Bullitt News. Bloomer Barrall, as he was known and called by all who knew him, was 34 years of age and was well known all over Bullitt and Jefferson Counties, where his life was spent. For years, he engaged in fruit raising and farming, and at one time was in the grocery business in Louisville. He has fond of the society of young folks, was a fine mixer and made friends wherever he went and was a favorite in social circles. He was true to his friends and devoted to his family and had been very devoted to his mother, and especially so since the death of his father, S. F. Barrall, several years ago. Etc, Etc, Signed - a Friend. Bullitt Pioneer, August 30, 1912 (Pg. 2)
Death has again been among us, and taken away a dearly beloved husband and father. J. W. Herin, who has been an invalid for a great while, died August 29. He had been a great sufferer from kidney trouble and other ailments for some time, and was taken suddenly worse a few days before his death. He was a soldier in the Civil War and has been a lifelong republican, having been postmaster here for a number of years, until he resigned on account of ill health. The funeral service was held at the house by Rev. Coward and the Masons of this lodge and Preston Lodge of Louisville, of which he was a life member conducted the services at the grave. He is survived by his wife, four sons, J. H. Herin of Memphis, TN, Jesse, Polk and Robert and two daughters, Mrs. R. J. Holloway of Louisville and Miss Lydia. Etc. Etc. Bullitt Pioneer, August 30, 1912 (Pg. 5)