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John Hoadley
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Birth: Jul. 22, 1828, England
Death: May 11, 1918
Monroe County
Indiana, USA

Bloomington (Monroe County, Indiana) Evening World, May 11, 1918, p. 1.


John Hoadley, 90 years old, founder of the J. Hoadley & Sons Stone Company and pioneer stone operator of the district, died at four o'clock this morning of the infirmities of old age at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Frank Sullivan, at Stinesville. The Hoadley boys and Mrs. Minter Cline, a daughter, all of this city, were summoned to his bedside at an early hour but arrived a few minutes after he had passed away.

Mr. Hoadley was born in England and came to this country when a lad 14 years of age. During his residence in America he made six trips back to his native land. With his brother, William Hoadley of Gosport, now deceased, he established a grist mill at Mt. Tabor many years ago that did a flourishing business for a long time. Later he established stone quarries and mills at Stinesville, the big mill there being destroyed by the fire and was later rebuilt in this city with Bert G. Hoadley as manager.

The surviving children are: Mrs. Minter Cline, John W. and Bert of this city, and Mrs. Sullivan of Stinesville.

Mr. Hoadley has four grandsons in the service of the country in the army.

He was a lifelong member of the Methodist Church and one of the most highly respected citizens of the north part of the county.

He was married to Mary York of New Albany who preceded him in death 25 years ago.

Funeral at the Methodist Church in Stinesville Monday at 1:30. The body will be laid to rest in the cemetery at Gosport.
Bloomington (Monroe County, Indiana) Evening World, May 13, 1918, p. 1. [NOTE: This item was abbreviated from the original as noted by the ellipsis.]


The funeral of John Hoadley, 90 years old, father of the Hoadley boys and Mrs. Minter Cline of this city, who died Saturday, was held at 1:30 this afternoon at the Methodist Church in Stinesville...The body was taken to Gosport for interment.

Mason Hoadley, of the government war depot at Jeffersonville, and Hershel Neal of Camp Meade, Md., two of the grandsons in the service, came home to attend the funeral.
Bloomington (Monroe County, Indiana) Daily Telephone, May 11, 1918, p. 1.
[Note: The remainder of this item was cut off in copying as indicated by ellipsis. Records at indicate that Mr. Hoadley's wife was Mary Elizabeth York and that they had seven children: Isabell, Albert, Elmer, Minnie, Rosa, Burt Grange & John.]
A Leading Citizen and Pioneer In Stone Industry.

At the age of 90, John Hoadley, a leading resident of the county and a pioneer in the stone business of this district, passed peacefully to his reward. Because of his extreme age, he had been very feeble for some time; in fact he had not been about for many months, and the end was only the natural climax in the game of life in which he had played such an important and honorable part.

To him as much as any one man is due the original development of Oolitic stone. Over 40 years ago Mr. Hoadley opened the first quarry-or rather a hole in the ground from which the rough stone was really broken out by force of hammers and crowbars, and gradually the business developed until the Hoadley stone quarries and mills were known the country over. He was the first head of the J. Hoadley & Sons company which has always been very successful and is known the country over, though of course he has not been in active business life for several years. In the past 40 years Mr. Hoadley witnessed the development of the stone industry to its present magnitude of millions of dollars invested.

John Hoadley was born in England, but came to this country when 14 years old, having returned on visits six different times. He first located at Mt. Tabor, which is a few miles northeast of Stinesville, but later moved to Stinesville. Mrs. Hoadley died about 20 years ago, and the children to whom his life will always be a blessed memory are Mrs. Minter Cline, John W. and B. G. of Bloom-..
Bloomington (Monroe County, Indiana) Daily Telephone, May 13, 1918, p. 1.


The funeral of John Hoadley, the pioneer stone operator who died Saturday morning, was from the Methodist church at Stinesville this afternoon and was perhaps the largest ever held in that section. The mills and quarries were all down and business was generally suspended as a tribute to the "grand old man" known and loved by every one in the community. Dr. Taylor of this city, conducted the services and burial was at Gosport.

Bloomington (Monroe County, Indiana) Daily Telephone, May 14, 1918, p. 3.


John Hoadley Sr. was born in Barnsley, Yorkshire Co., England, July 22, 1828, and departed this life May 11, 1918, having nearly completed his 90th year. He was the youngest of five children born to William Hoadley Sr. and Elizabeth (Hapgood) Hoadley.

He came to the United States in 1842 with his parents and settled near Milwaukee, Wis. He returned to Leeds, England, in 1846, but two years later he and his brother William again returned to this country and settled in New Albany and were engaged in business there for 10 years. In 1858 the two brothers removed to Mt. Tabor, Ind., where they were in the milling business for 18 years. They then removed to Stinesville and since that time he has been in the stone business until his retirement a few years ago, but even since then his interest in his life work continued in thought even if unable to take an active part.

In 1858 he was married to Mary E. York at New Albany, Ind., with whom he spent 33 busy and useful years till her death in 1891. To this union seven children were born: Belle, Albert, Elmer, Minnie, Rose, John and Bert. Of this number four are living: John W., Bert G. Hoadley, Mrs. Minnie Cline of this city, and Mrs. Frank Sullivan of Stinesville. There are also 21 living grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Mr. Hoadley has been a member of the Methodist church since childhood and was always faithful as long as health permitted. He attended the services of the church faithfully and was an intelligent listener, a wise counsellor and ready to lend a helping hand in all the church's needs. He was a musician and a lover of good music and this with his intelligence, charitable disposition and liberality in helping the distressed among his fellow men made him popular as far as known and gave him a deep influence on the lives of others.

Industrious and scrupulously honest his life was an open book and all who knew him loved him and respected his noble principles, his neighbors and friends who knew him best held him in highest esteem.

Shortly before he fell asleep his mind went before to the great beyond and he called on his father and mother to come for him and then turning to that portion of scripture that has comforted so many, he repeated the 23rd Psalm and then walked into the Valley of the Shadow of Death.

Impressive funeral services were held at the Methodist church at Stinesville Monday at 1:30 with Dr. C. H. Taylor of this city in charge assisted by Rev. T. M. Heaton. Four selections-It Is Well With My Soul, Some Day We'll Understand, Face to Face, and Abide With Me-were sung by a quartet composed of Sylvester and Edwin Hoadley and the Teague sisters of Gosport with Mrs. Strain at the organ. Mrs. Andrew McMorran played for the assembly and dismissal.

The immediate relatives who live in this and adjoining counties were present, Herschel Neal, a grandson, coming from Camp Meade, Md.; but Wm. Hoadley at Ft. Oglethorpe, Fla., Kenneth Cline, Hoadley Greer, somewhere in France, also grandsons, were missed.

Besides the many beautiful floral offerings from the immediate family and friends were elegant designs from the Elks lodge of Bloomington, Baptist church, Bloomington, Methodist Aid society, Stinesville, employes J. Hoadley & Sons Co. and employes Hoadley Stone Co., Bloomington.

The honorary pall bearers were T. J. Gratzer, Albert Neu, David Judah, Edwin Fletcher, Fred Matthews. Active pall bearers: M. L. Easton, D. E. McHenry, John Terry, Wm. Davis, A. V. McIlveen and Fred Krebbs.

The body was laid to rest beside that of his wife in the family lot in the Gosport cemetery.


This bio is from genealogyfever.
Family links: 
  Mary E York Hoadley (1838 - 1891)
  Isabell Hoadley Greer (1857 - 1889)*
  Albert T. Hoadley (1860 - 1912)*
  Elmer E. Hoadley (1863 - 1906)*
  Rose Hoadley Sullivan (1869 - 1930)*
  Bird Grange Hoadley (1875 - 1937)*
*Calculated relationship
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