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Oscar E. Bell
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Birth: 1871
Monroe County
Indiana, USA
Death: Jun. 12, 1959


Practical industry, wisely and vigorously applied, never fails of success. It carries a man onward and upward, brings out his individual character and acts as a powerful stimulus to the efforts of others. The greatest results in life are often attained by simple means and the exercise of the ordinary qualities of common sense and perseverance. The every-day life, with its cares, necessities and duties, affords ample opportunities for acquiring experience of the best kind and its most beaten paths provide a true worker with abundant scope for effort and improvement. This fact was recognized early in life by Oscar E. Bell, one of the enterprising and progressive business men of Bloomington. Mr. Bell was born on March 26, 1872, and is the son of James K. and Mollie (Overton) Bell. The father, who was a native of Clark county, Indiana, is a farmer and is still actively following the vocation to which he has devoted his life. His wife is a native of Washington county, this state. They have become the parents of ten children, namely: Oscar E., Charles, Manford, Theodore, Jesse, Willard, William, deceased; Tina, James and Ralph.

The subject of this sketch secured his education in the common schools of Clark county, Indiana, and was variously engaged until coming to Bloomington and interesting himself in the business, which now commands his time and attention as a partner with Cornelius McKinley under the firm name of Bell & McKinley, cleaners, pressers and dryers. They have built up a large business, commanding the major portion of the local patronage in their line and are numbered among Bloomington's most successful business men. Their work is first class and they are will equipped with every thing necessary to the best quality of workmanship and because of their earnest efforts to please their patrons they have met with a very fair degree of success.

On December 22, 1905, Mr. Bell married Delia, daughter of Thomas and Rose Anne (McGill) McKinley. The father, who was a native of Ireland, came to the state of Indiana in an early day and here followed farming and fruit raising, in which he was fairly successful. He is now deceased. His wife, who was a native of Indiana, survives. To Mr. and Mrs. Bell have been born two children, Mary Rose and Alberta.

Politically, Mr. Bell gives an earnest support to the Democratic party, in the success of which he is deeply interested, though he is not in any sense a seeker after public office. Religiously, he is a member of the church of Christ, to the support of which he contributes of his means. Mr. Bell enjoys to a marked degree the esteem of his neighbors and friends and is a true type of the enterprising, representative citizen, an intelligent, high-minded, courteous gentleman whom to know is to esteem and honor.
Burial Records state: BELL, OSCAR E / Date of Death - 6/12/1959 / Last Residence - Jeffersonville / Place of Birth - Bloomington / Age - 88 / Gender - M / Cemetery - Rose Hill / Section and Lot - O, 5 
Note: Birth year calculated using death date and age
Rose Hill Cemetery
Monroe County
Indiana, USA
Plot: Sec O, Lot 5
Created by: genealogyfever
Record added: Jul 06, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 54573872


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