|Death: ||Feb. 26, 1877|
HISTORY OF MADISON COUNTY INDIANA page 562
A FATAL FALL
One of the most horrible occurrences that ever took Place in Anderson was the falling off of a scaffold from Louis Lobe's building on the south side of the public square, in February 1877, by Geo. Brown and Simon P. Shetterly. They were painting the front of the building, using a swinging scaffold. They were standing close together at work when it became necessary for them to move their position. Shetterly sat down, or squatted rather on his feet for the purpose of allowing Brown to pass around him. Brown was in the act of passing Shetterly, and had thrown one leg on the opposite side and was just in the act of bringing the other around which would have made his passage safe, when the scaffold shook, or from some other cause frightened Shetterly, when he jumped and straightened up throwing Brown backward. Brown in attempting to save himself, caught Shetterly, and in less than an instant they lay upon the stone sidewalk a shapeless mass of broken bones and bruised flesh. Shetterly was almost instantly killed. Brown was so terribly mangled that every one thought it was a pity that he was not killed outright. Shetterly's body was conveyed to his home on Nichol Avenue, from whence he was in due time buried. Brown was taken to his mother's residence in the south part of town, where Dr. N. L. Wickersham was called and attended to his wounds. There was scarcely a bone in his body that was not broken. His legs, his arm, his jawbone, and in fact he was all broken up. Everyone thought it would be a blessing if death would relieve him, as he would certainly be an awful cripple if he survived. But Dr. Wickersham never let go of George. He stayed with him like a twin brother and patched him up; set his broken bones, bound up his wounds, and while he did not exactly make a new man of him, one would hardly think to see George Brown, the painter and paper hanger, on the streets of Anderson, that he had been run through a threshing machine in his life time. George gets around about as nicely as any one, and is a prosperous and happy man; does as much work as any man in town, and enjoys life as well as the best of them. He has been as near deaths door as any man ever was to get back.
Poor Simon Shetterly never knew what caused his death. He was never conscious after landing on the stone pavement. He was not so terribly mangled as Brown, but was in some way killed in the fall. He left a widow and a small family of children, who yet live on Nichol Avenue, in comfortable circumstances. Simon was one of the first members of the Knights of Honor, and held a policy of $2,000 in that organization, which his family received at his death. He was a Spiritualist in belief, and his immediate friends and relatives claim that he often comes back to his old home and associations.
Simon Shetterly was an honest, upright man, as industrious as the busy bee, never gave any one a crusty answer or angry word, and was a man universally liked by all who knew him. The fall from the scaffold was witnessed by several people who were standing near by, but every one was so horrified that they turned their backs and held their breaths until the heavy thud announced the landing on the pavement. So dumbfounded were they that it was some time before a person moved or came to the relief of the unfortunates. This is one of the occurrences that will never be erased from the memory of the Anderson old-timers, and it is hoped that it will never be repeated.
FOURTH INDEPENDENT COMPANY SHARPSHOOTERS
(SEVENTY-NINTH INFANTRY COMPANY "K") (Three Years)
Fourth Independent Company Sharpshooters. - Capts., Jacob Flegle, Robert C. Williamson; First Lieuts., Isaiah Daughman, Henry C. Corbin, William P. Juday. This independent organization was recruited in the fall of 1862, at Goshen, Clermont county, and Camp Dennison, where it was mustered into the U. S. service on Sept. 29. It was ordered by the war department that a regiment be recruited and sent to Gen. John C. Fremont, then in command of the Army of the Missouri, and to be designated as Birge's western sharpshooters. The rigid test required previous to enrollment for this service caused so much delay that the project failed. The company was, however, assigned to the 79th Ohio infantry as Co. K. It joined the command sometime after at La Vergne, Tenn., armed with Spencer rifles and was considered a great acquisition to the regiment. It was mustered out on June 9, 1865, near Washington, D. C. Upon its roll of honor are inscribed the names of 16 brave soldiers - 2 killed in battle and 14 died of disease.
George E. Shetterly (1797 - 1882)
Barbary E. Hoy Shetterly (1800 - 1860)
Abbigale B Small Shetterly (1848 - 1923)*
Alvin B Shetterly (1867 - 1942)*
Clinton L Shetterly (1871 - 1956)*
Elizabeth Shetterly Ritter (1820 - 1912)*
Catharine Shetterly Jones (1822 - 1896)*
Levi Shetterly (1824 - 1846)*
John Nelson Shetterly (1827 - 1844)*
Harmon Shetterly (1834 - 1881)*
Simon Phillip Shetterly (1836 - 1877)
Hannah Shetterly (1838 - 1923)*
CO K 79 Ohio Inf
Plot: 42 SE West Maplewood
Maintained by: Virgil Reynolds
Originally Created by: Stoneseeker
Record added: Jul 17, 2011
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