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 Edgar Newton Tharp

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Edgar Newton Tharp

  • Birth 30 Oct 1872 Bourbon, Marshall County, Indiana, USA
  • Death 3 Mar 1945 Winamac, Pulaski County, Indiana, USA
  • Burial Bourbon, Marshall County, Indiana, USA
  • Memorial ID 41536492

Edgar was the son of George W. Tharp and Mary Ester Hover.
He married 1st about 1893 to Amanda Smith. They appear in the 1900 census of Bourbon, Marshall County, Indiana. He was a farmer.
He married 2nd on November 1, 1905, Onarga, Illinois, to Caroline Ellen Greenleaf. They appear in the 1910 census of Claremont, Brown County, South Dakota. He was general laborer. In 1930 they were living in Green Township, Marshall County, Indiana. He was a farmer.

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Children of Edgar and Amanda:
Lora Nelson Tharp (1893-1934)
Wretha E. Tharp (1896-1897)

Children of Edgar and Caroline:
Leona Marie Tharp (1906-1972)
George Luther Tharp (ca.1909-unk)
Marvin Leroy Tharp (1912-1952)
Darlene Ellen Tharp (ca.1915-unk)
Mary Ester Tharp (1920-unk)
Clyde Newton Tharp (1924-1970)

E.N. Tharp Killed in Auto Accident

E.N. Tharp, brother of Marvin Tharp of Plymouth and Mrs. Jane Montague of Bourbon, was instantly killed about 1:30 o'clock this morning when the auto which he was driving crashed into the rear of a parked semi truck on the state highway south of Bass Lake.

Tharp was enroute to his home west of Winamac from work at Kingsbury. Three men riding with him were seriously injured. The truck had been stopped on the highway by the driver to change a tire. In the mist and rain the men did not see the vehicle until almost upon it. It was reported that warning flares were not visible.

The body of Mr. Tharp was taken to the Fry & Lang Funeral Home in Winamac pending funeral arrangements. He is survived by his wife and six children, all married. Marvin Tharp returned from Winamac today noon and reported funeral arrangements had not been completed.

Bourbon Mirror
July 12, 1906

E.N. Tharp and Dakota

E.N. Tharp, who left here early in March, has written the News-Mirror the following interesting letter from Rugby, North Dakota.

"I landed here March 15th and have had my eyes and ears open to see and hear what I could and I have seen learned quite a little. It was ten degrees below zero when I came, but could walk around without overcoat or overshoes and that is something I never could do back in the east. I didn't like the country when I first came here, but I like it fine now. If a man wants to hustle a little, he can make all kinds of money.

Lands sales for $15 to $40 per acre- depends on improvements and location. If a man wants to buy land up here he wants to have a friend to depend on or be posted on alkaline land and come in a very dry time, for you cannot see it always in a wet time.

We have an unusually cold wet spring, so the old settlers say, but the crops look fine. They say the drouth season is past. The only thing that will hurt it now is rust or hail. If that doesn't strike them there will an enormous crop this year. If some of our Hoosier farmers came out here to farm they would have to learn how to hitch up before they could farm. They wouldn't know how to hitch four and six horses abreast and drive them with two lines and no jockey stick. It is a fine country to farm. A man could do just four times as much here as he can back east and do it easier, but you can't roll in clover all the time in North Dakota. Money doesn't grow on the badger bush. You must earn it; but it is easier money here than in Indiana. The worst draw back here is fuel. There is plenty of it, but eastern coal sells at $8 per ton, eastern hard $11 per ton; the native coal here sells at $4 per ton, but it is almost like punk. It takes two tons of it to one of eastern coal. Fruit is out of sight, apples being 2 ½c apiece or $1 50 per bushel; cherries 35c per pound; bananas 40 cents per dozen, and all kinds of fruit in proportion. Clothing is a little higher than it is back east. North Dakota is a prohibition state, but I have seen more drunks since I have been here than I ever saw in Indiana. If you get among the Norwegians you will always see drunks. Beer cost 35c per quart. Bottle whiskey $1 per pint. Well a few words to farm hands. If they want to start up farming, I do not believe they could do better than to light in North Dakota, but if they want to work by the month my advice is to stay where they are or go to Illinois. I worked there last year and I have wished a hundred times I was there now. Wages just as good there as they are here and you have a great deal more privileges and shorter days. If you work on a farm here you can depend on putting in 13 to 16 hours a day and some of them considers a hired man next to a dog. If a man has the time and likes sport there are all kinds of game here. Prairie chickens, wild ducks geese and plovers and quite a number of coyotes. Oh yes, by the way I must tell you if you want to go to farming here. My advice to you would be to bring your horses and machinery with you, for machinery is about ten per cent higher here. And horses- they just shut their eyes and open their mouth when they price them. They are good 25 per cent higher here than there."

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  • Maintained by: Susan Tharp
  • Originally Created by: Carl Bennett
  • Added: 3 Sep 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 41536492
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Edgar Newton Tharp (30 Oct 1872–3 Mar 1945), Find A Grave Memorial no. 41536492, citing Sandridge Cemetery, Bourbon, Marshall County, Indiana, USA ; Maintained by Susan Tharp (contributor 47119537) .