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James Leonard Babcock, DDS
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Birth: Mar. 27, 1864
Death: Oct. 7, 1938

Published in The Rochester News-Sentinel
Friday, October 7, 1938

Dr. James L. BABCOCK, aged 76, mayor of Rochester died at his home 1301 South Main Street at 3:30 o'clock Friday afternoon. Death was due to heart trouble which followed injuries which he received December 30, 1937 in an auto accident in front of his home when cars driven by him and Clyde MILLER farmer of near Kewanna collided.
* * [photograph of Dr. James L. Babcock] * *
The deceased was a life long resident of this community and was born in the Ebenezer neighborhood south of this city. He was a dentist and operated an office above the Black and Bailey hardware store for many years.
The accident which resulted in his death occurred on his fifty-first wedding anniversary on the eve of a dinner which Dr. and Mrs. Babcock were to give to the members of his official city family and councilmen.
Dr. Babcock was elected mayor of Rochester four years ago on the Republican ticket. He has been active in church, civic and lodge circles here for many years.
His wife is the only immediate survivor. An obituary will be carried in the News-Sentinel Saturday.
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Published in The Rochester News-Sentinel
Saturday, October 8, 1938

Funeral services for Dr. James L. BABCOCK, aged 74, mayor of Rochester who died at his home, 1301 South Main street, Friday afternoon, will be held from the First Baptist Church at 2:00 p.m. Monday. Rev. H. T. RAFNEL, pastor of the church will officiate with Rev. George J. LONG assisting. Burial will be made in the Odd Fellows cemetery.
The body will lie in state at the Baptist Church from noon Monday until the hour of the last rites. The body will be at the Babcock home until the time it is moved to the church. The Odd Fellows lodge will give their ritualistic service at the graveside.
Dr. Babcock has been in ill health for nearly a year due to nervous trouble which was aggravated by injuries he received December 30, 1937 on his fifty-first wedding anniversary when his car and one driven by Clyde MILLER, farmer of near Kewanna, collided in front of his home.
The deceased was born near Peru, March 27, 1864 and was the youngest son of the Rev. James R. BABCOCK, circuit riding Baptist minister and Catherine (ONSTOTT) BABCOCK. He had lived in Fulton county since a child.
Dr. Babcock, who was better known by his many friends as "Lennie" BABCOCK, was educated in the schools of this city and later graduated from the Northwestern University School of Dentistry. For many years Dr. Babcock operated a dental parlor in rooms above the Black and Bailey hardware store. He also practiced dentistry in Shoshone, Idaho for two years.
Dr. Babcock was a life long Republican and served his party in many capacities. He had served as delegate to state and national conventions at various times. In November of 1934 he was elected Mayor of Rochester on the Republican ticket, a post which he occupied at the time of his death.
Dr. Babcock bore the reputation of being a progressive administrator of the city's affairs. He, last winter with other civic leaders, fought abandonment of the privately owned steam heating plant which supplies much of the business district here and only recently saw a PWA grant for an $80,000 water works improvement job and a $50,000 municipal airport project signed.
The mayor also was known for his championing of the interests of the Lake Manitou association which in the past 20 years has made Rochester one of the more desirable and progressive resort areas of the state.
Dr. Babcock was active in church and lodge affairs as well as civic and political ones. He was a member of the Baptist Church and had been a trustee of the First Baptist Church of this city. He was a member of the Odd Fellows, Mt. Horeb Encampment, Masons, Knights of Pythias and Independent Order of Redmen lodges.
Dr. Babcock was an ardent horseman and in the past owned a number of horses which appeared in races both on Indiana county fair tracks and on the Grand Circuit. He served as an official of both the old and new Fulton county fair ground associations. In later life he did not lose interest in horse racing and on numerous occasions was an official both at county fairs in Indiana and at the Indiana state fair at Indianapolis.
In a ceremony which was performed in this city, December 28, 1886, Dr. Babcock was married to Miss Nellie STEVENS. They lived on a farm south of this city for seven years after their marriage and both then enrolled in the Northwestern University school of dentistry and received their degrees April 2, 1897. Mrs. Babcock is the only immediate survivor except several nieces and nephews.
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Published in The Rochester News-Sentinel
Tuesday, October 11, 1938

The funeral services for the late Dr. James L. BABCOCK, mayor of Rochester, which were held from the First Baptist Church Monday afternoon were largely attended. Many beautiful floral tributes were sent by relatives and friends of the deceased.
The services were in charge of Rev. H. T. RAFNEL, pastor of the church who was assisted by Rev. George J. LONG, pastor of the Trinity Evangelical Church. The ministers in their sermons paid tribute to Dr. Babcock both as a man, a member of his profession and as a citizen of this community.
The Rochester Odd Fellows Lodge gave their ritualistic service at the graveside. Dr. Babcock had been a member of the Odd Fellows lodge for over fifty years. This was the first fraternal organization with which he affiliated. He had been a member of the board of trustees of the lodge for a number of years.
The cortege which was over a half mile long was routed over Main street to Third and then west to the Odd Fellows Cemetery. A special detail of Indiana State Police on motorcycles and in cars preceded and followed the funeral party which included not only members of the immediate family, but members of the city council, the dead mayor's appointees, members of the Odd Fellows lodge and many friends.
All business houses, factories and public buildings in Rochester were closed during the hours of the services and the time that the cortege wound its way to the cemetery. The flag in front of the court house was at half mast from the time of the mayor's death until after the last rites for the dead city official.
The pallbearers were all professional men. They were Dr. M. O. WILSON, Dr. Russell L. SPARKS, Dr. C. E. GILGER, Dr. M. O. KING, Dr. Harold ILER, and Dr. G. E. WHITE, Argos who had been a classmate of Dr. Babcock at the Northwestern University school of dentistry.

SOURCE:
Fulton County Indiana Obituaries - 1938
by Jean C. and Wendell C. Tombaugh 
 
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 Parents:
  James Robert Babcock (1818 - 1864)
  Catharine Onstott-Babcock Arnold (1835 - 1904)
 
 Spouse:
  Nellie Stevens Babcock (1868 - 1957)
 
 Siblings:
  Cyrus G Babcock (1845 - 1927)**
  George H Babcock (1849 - 1917)**
  Andrew Oliver Babcock (1851 - 1932)**
  Roanna Babcock Sinks (1858 - 1917)*
  Clara A Babcock Pence (1860 - 1921)*
  Joseph Robert Babcock (1861 - 1925)*
  James Leonard Babcock (1864 - 1938)
 
*Calculated relationship
**Half-sibling
 
Burial:
Rochester IOOF Cemetery
Rochester
Fulton County
Indiana, USA
Plot: Section 5, Row 10
 
Created by: April Gross
Record added: Sep 26, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 42389336
James Leonard Babcock, DDS
Added by: April Gross
 
James Leonard Babcock, DDS
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