RobbHaas Family Pages
East Water St. Residences
Hartford City, Indiana
1848 - 1933
East Water St. Residences 
Hotel Information 
Maps (M) 
News Stories (N) 
|The Worthen Family's connection with E. Water Street in Hartford
City, Indiana began in December 1848 When James Perry and Elizabeth
Snyder Worthen purchased lots 13 and 14 in Bailey's Addition.
These lots were later given the street numbers of 307 and 309 East
Water Street and were on the north side of the street between S.
Mulberry and S. Spring Streets. A house was built on lot
13 which became 307 E. Water St. James and Elizabeth lived in
this house for many years.
On the south side of the street almost directly across from Lots 13 and 14 were lots in "Woolards Addition" which would later be named "Illdines's Add'n" with street numbers 302 to 308 E. Water St.
In 1864 James Perry Worthen paid $5.00 taxes on a hotel in Hartford City. James Perry was the father of Mary Worthen White who eventually owned/operated the White Hotel.
At some point around 1885 there came to be boarding house/hotel with an address of 302 E. Water St. This hotel was owned/operated by Jacob and Mary Worthen White. They operated this business until 1930 when Mary leased it to a local gentleman named John Premer.
In 1920 a classified ad in ran in the Muncie Newspaper offering the White Hotel for sale. The ad stated that the hotel consisted of 3 buildings.
In 1901 the house was referred to as a "Boarding House" and was located at 302 E. Water St. It was described as a 2-1/2 story frame structure with a 1-story wrap-around front porch and two 1-story additions on the back of the house. All the roofs were shown to be shingle. There were two other structures to the east of the 302 House. The other two structures (306 & 310 E. Water St.) look to be identical in size and construction - both are 2-story with 1-story additions on back, with 1 story porches Shingle roof on the front porch and main house. All three structures faced E. Water Street. There was a 1-story Stable at the southwest corner of the lot behind the larger house.
The first use of the name "White Hotel" that I have found was in a 1903 newspaper article about a false fire alarm being turned in. There are numerous other news articles where the name was used. On the 1920 Sanborn Map the building located at 302 E. Water St. was labeled as "White Hotel"
In 1909 the house at 302 E. Water St. was still being referred to as a "Boarding House" and the Main house, and the other two structures are still as described as in 1901. There is an additional 1-story structure plus two small structures (out houses?) on the south side of the property. Across the street there are houses at 307 and 309 E. Water St. (Lots 13 and 14).
In 1920 the building at 302 E. Water Street is now being referred to as the White Hotel". It is still a 2-story frame structure with a 1-story wraparound front porch and a 1-story back addition sitting on lot 6. The heat is a stove and lights are electric. There is a 2 story structure at the southwest corner of the lot but no other outbuilding shown. The two structures to the east (306 and 308 E. Water St.) are identical structures and are sitting on lot 5 of Illendines Add'n. Across the street there is a house on lot 14 of Bailiey's Add'n with an address of 307 E. Water St. The house to the east (309 E. Water) looks to also be on Lot 14 and the house next to that is on lot 13 (315 E. Water St.)
In August 1930 a newspaper article announced that Mary White had decided to retire from the hotel business and had leased the business to John Premer. The article also stated that Mary had been in the hotel business for the past 45 years.
Other family members were also associated with the hotel at various points. In the 1920 U.S. Census, William Alfred and Della Edens Worthen were shown to be working at the "White Hotel" as a janitor and in the dining room. Following the death of her mother in March 1910, Mabel Marie Worthen, daughter of William Alfred and Mattie Jane Klinger Worthen was sent to live and work at the White Hotel owned by her Aunt Mary.
Marguerite Worthen Atha was living in the house at 302 E. Water Street at the time of her death on 15 May 1971.
Please see the items below for a more detailed look at the White Hotel and it's history. If you have any comments, suggestions or additions please contact me.
| Hotel Information -|
Jacob D. White and
Mary Worthen White
- Years of Operation: About 1881 to 1930 - S6, S7, S22,
- Consisted of 3 Structures: N001,
- Address: 302 E. Water St. - S23,
- Phone: 197 - S23,
- Cost of a Room:
- 1904: $1.00 per day S23,
- 82 E. Water St. (Later changed to 302 E. Water St.) - S18,
- 302 (302-308 or 310) E. Water St., Hartford City, Blackford County, Indiana S4, S8, S15, S17, S18, S20, S22,
- Coordinates: 40° 27' 4.00" N 85° 22' 12.00" W (Google Maps, Aug 2017)
- Boarding House: S8,
- White Boarding House: S15, S17, S18, S23,
- White Hotel:
News Articles: N001, N002, N003, N004, N005, N006, N008, N009, N010, N011, N012, N013, N014, N015,
- Sources: S4, S5, S6, S7, S21, S22, S23,
- White House: S15, S23,
- White's Hotel: N007, S20,
|Fires at Hotel:
- Apr 1903 - N007,
- June 1913 - S4,
- 1 Dec 1925 - N014,
- 6 Feb 1927 - False fire alarm - N011,
- 26 Dec 1927 - N005,
- 25 Sept 1928 - N008,
- 26 Sept 1929 - N009,
- 18 Nov 1930 - N003,
|Thefts at Hotel
(Mostly people trying to beat their hotel bills):
- 10 Aug 1923 - N004,
- 10 Oct 1930 - N006, N015,
- 28 Nov 1930 - N002,
- 28 Dec 1930 - N012,
| E. Water St. Residences:|
|[002-001] E. Water St. Residences:
- 82 E. Water St. (Later changed to 302 E. Water St.) - S18,
- 89 E. Water St. (Later Changed to 307 E. Water St.) - S13, S18,
- 302 (302-308 or 310) E. Water St., Hartford City, Blackford County, Indiana S4, S8, S15, S17, S18, S20, S21, S23, S24,
- Coordinates: 40° 27' 4.00" N 85° 22' 12.00" W (Google Maps, Aug 2017)
- 307 E. Water St. S15, S17, S23,
- 309 E. Water St. S17, S24,
- 315 E. Water St. S15, S17, S23,
- Bailey's Addition (North Side of E. Water St. between S. Mulberry and S. Spring Streets) - S2, S12,
- Illendine's Addition, Lots 5 and 6 (Formerly Woolards Addition) - South side of E. Water St. between S. Mulberry and S. Spring Streets) -
- Woolards Addition (Later to be Illendine's Addition) -
|[002-002] Persons Living on E.
- Charles Reed Jr., ID0684 - S24,
- Jacob D. and Mary Worthen White - S24,
- James Perry Worthen, ID0406 - S2, S12,
- Elizabeth Snyder Worthen, ID0407 -
- William Alfred Worthen, ID0386 and Mattie Jane Klinger Worthen -
- Mabel Marie Worthen, ID0378, William Franklin Worthen, ID0376
- Della Edens Worthen, ID1894
- Fred Worthen (Mildred) - S24,
- Marguerite Worthen Atha, ID0383 and her husband Harold Atha, ID1851
- James Oscar Worthen, ID0677
- Marv Worthen, ID0680
| Timeline -|
|Dec 1848||James Perry Worthen and Elizabeth Snyder Worthen took out a mortgage on lots 13 & 14 in Bailey's addition, (East Water Street, north side, between S. Mulberry and S. Spring St) - S2,|
|Apr 1855||James Perry & Elizabeth Snyder Worthen - Mortgage Document - lots 13 & 14 in Bailey's addition, (East Water Street, north side, between S. Mulberry and S. Spring St) - S12,|
|1864||James Perry Worthen paid $5.00 taxes on a hotel in Hartford City - S1,|
|6 March 1871||Jacob D. White and Mary Worthen are married -|
|1885||Mary Worthen White, ID0664 begins her career running a hotel - S9,|
|1895||James Perry & Elizabeth Snyder Worthen -
Residing at 89 E. Water St. - S13,
- Also living at 89 E. Water St.: Marv Worthen, ID0680 and probably James Oscar Worthen, ID0677 (His address is shown to be 98 E. Water) - S18,
- J. D. White living at 82 E. Water St. S18,
|23 June 1902||Will of Elizabeth Snyder Worthen, ID0407 - left her son William Alfred Worthen, ID0386 Lot 13 in Bailey's Addition - S14,|
|1902/1903||James and Elizabeth Snyder Worthen -
Address: 307 E. Water St - S15,
William Alfred and Mattie Jane Klinger Worthen - Address: 315 E. Water St. - S15,
James Oscar Worthen - Address: 307 E. Water St. - S15,
J. D. and Mary Worthen White - Address: 302 E. Water St. (Prop White Boarding House) - S15,
- Hotels Listing: White House, Mrs. J D White Proprietor - 302 E. Water St.
|1 Apr 1903||White Hotel: Fire alarm - "White's Hotel" - N007,|
|22 Oct 1904||James Perry Worthen, ID0406, died at 307 E. Water St. - Doc3578.pdf -|
- Elizabeth is shown as a widow living at 309 E. Water St. -
- William Alfred Worthen - Address: 315 E. Water St. - S17,
- Jacob and "Mollie" White - Address: 302 E. Water St. - S17,
|20 March 1910||Death of Mattie Jane Klinger Worthen, ID0387|
|16 Apr 1910||1910 US Census: Elizabeth Snyder Worthen and William Alfred Worthen and his 3 children are living at 307 E. Water St. - S16,|
|aft 16 Apr 1910||Mabel Marie Worthen, ID0378, her father sent Mabel to board and work at her Aunt Mary Jane White's hotel and dining room following the death of her mother - S3,|
|6 Dec 1910||Elizabeth Snyder Worthen, ID0407, dies at 307 E. Water St. - Doc3579.pdf -|
|1911||J. D. and Mary E. White are living at 302 E. Water Street - S10,|
|6 June 1913||White Hotel - News Story - Fire - (gives address as 302 E. Water St. - Damage close to $1000.00 S4,|
|7 Jan 1920||William Alfred Worthen and Della Edens Worthen are both shown to be working at the White Hotel - S5,|
|Dec 1920||White Hotel For Sale Classified ads - N001,|
|10 Aug 1923||Theft at hotel - N004,|
|1 Dec 1925||Fire at Hotel - N014,|
|3 Oct 1926||Death at Hotel - N013,|
|21 Oct 1926||Jacob D. White dies - S21,|
|6 Feb 1927||False Fire Alarm - N011,|
|26 Dec 1927||Small Fire - N005,|
|25 Sept 1928||Roof Fire - N008,|
|26 Sept 1929||Small Fire - N009,|
|2 Apr 1930||"White Boarding House" - 1930 US Census - S8,|
|6 July 1930||Guest taken to hospital - N010,|
|19 Aug 1930||Mary White Retires from the hotel Business - Leases hotel to John Premer - S9,|
|New Hotel Operator - Still Owned by Mary White|
|10 Oct 1930||J. L. Thornburg tried to beat a $57 hotel bill - N006, N015,|
|18 Nov 1930||Small Fire - N003,|
|28 Nov 1930||Red Martz tried to beat Hotel Bill - N002,|
|28 Dec 1930||Guest indicted for trying to "beat" boarding bill - N012,|
|3 Feb 1933||Death of Mary Worthen White. The White Hotel was mentioned in the Death Certificate and Obituary for Mary Worthen White - S6, S7,|
|20 Oct 1960||Death of Harold Atha, ID1851 - Residence at time of Death: 300 E. Water St. Death Certificate -|
|15 May 1971||Death of Marguerite N. Worthen Atha. Her residence at time of death was 302 E. Water St. (Marguerite is the daughter of William Alfred and Mattie Jane Klinger Worthen) - S11, - MRM Page|
| Maps (M) -|
|1886 Sanborn Maps:
- The only Water Street shown:
- Jefferson St. and west (Map #1)
- the west of Mulberry St. (Map#2)
- (Source: https://libraries.indiana.edu/union-list-sanborn-maps#HartfordCity)
|1892 Sanborn Maps:
- Map #1 shows Bailey's Addition at the northeast Corner of Mulberry and Water St. (No detail Map)
- Across Water St. to the south is Woolard's Add where in 1901 Illendine Add. is located
- (Source: https://libraries.indiana.edu/union-list-sanborn-maps#HartfordCity)
|1896 Sanborn Maps:
- #1: Main Map with Index and Key
- #3: North side of E. Water St.
- Bailey's Add. - Street numbers on the north side between S. Mulberry and the alley to the east: 213, 214, 215
- The dwelling at 213 (Later 307) E. Water St. is a 1-1/2 Story frame construction
- The dwellings at 214 and 215 are both 1 story frame construction
- According to later maps 213 and 214 should correspond to Lots 13 and 14 in Bailey's addition
- #5: South side of E. Water St.
- Woolard's Add'n (later to be Illendine's Add'n): Shows frame structures at 82, 406 and 90 on the south side of E. Water St are all on the same property it appears
- At 82 is located a "Boarding" structure
- There is a Doctors office to the west -
- The Boarding house - is 2-1/2 stories, frame construction with a shingle roof with a wrap around front porch
- The two smaller dwellings to the east of the boarding hose are both 2 story frame construction with shingle roofs with wrap around front porches
- There are no outbuildings on this lot
- These three dwellings are across the street from the Bailey's Add. property above
- (Source: https://libraries.indiana.edu/union-list-sanborn-maps#HartfordCity)
Maps-01: 1901 Sanborn Maps:
Shows Boarding House at 302 E. Water St. - (Doc4410-001, 005.pdf)
Date: Nov 1901 (Map #5)
Doc4410-0001.pdf (Merger of 5 maps below) - (5 pdf pages)
Doc4410-001.pdf: Map Index
Doc4410-001A.jpg & .pdf: Legend
Doc4410-003.pdf: Shows a large portion of Hartford City - at the bottom right of the map is "Bailey's Add" with addresses of 307, 313 and 315
- Lot 14 (307) has a large house facing Water St with a building at the northwest corner appearing to face the alley
- Lot 13 (313, 315) appears to have two smaller houses facing Water St. with 2 buildings facing the alley
Doc4410-005.pdf: E. Water Street, Spring St. and West showing a "Boarding House" at 302 E. Water St. on South Side
- Seems to Indicate that this structure is a 2 1/2 Story building
- Located in Illdines's Add'n
- There is a Doctor's office just to the west of the boarding house
- Colored yellow so it is a frame building according to the index (Map #1)
- There are 3 building on the lot facing E. Water St.,
- The building on the west side of the lot has a wrap around front porch and there is a 1-story part on back with a 1-story porch it looks like - Shingle Roof on everything
- The other two structures (306 & 310 E. Water St.) look to be identical in size and construction - both are 2-story with 1-story additions on back, with 1 story porches Shingle roof on the front porch and main house
- (Composition roofs on the 1 story parts on back)
- 1 structure at the SW corner of the lot - "1 1/2" [1 1/2 Story ??] - Composition Roof
Doc4410-005A.jpg & .pdf: Closeup of 302, 306 and 310 E. Water St.
(Source: https://libraries.indiana.edu/union-list-sanborn-maps#HartfordCity ) - (Genealogy/ Maps/ Hartford City Sanborn Maps/ 1886, 1882, 1896, 1901, 1909, 1920) -
Maps-02: 1909 Sanborn Maps of E.
Water St. between Spring and Monroe - (Doc4409-001, 009.pdf)
Doc4409-0001.pdf: Merger of the following maps (5 pages)
Doc4409-001.pdf: Map Index & Key Showing E. Water just east of Spring St.
Doc4409-009.pdf: Map #9 - Shows E. Water between S. Mulberry and just east of Spring St.
- See: Map Doc4409-009A below
Doc4409-009A.jpg & .pdf:
- 302, 306, 308 (310) E. Water St. (Lots 5 & 6 in Illendines Add'n), on the South side
- Shows a "Boarding" building at 302 E. Water St.
- There are 3 buildings on the lot facing E. Water St. with 4 structures at the back of the lot - all are of frame construction
- The building on the west side of the lot has a wrap around front porch and there is a 1-story part on back with a 1-story porch it looks like - Shingle Roof on everything but the back porch which has a composition roof
- The other two structures look to be identical in size and construction - both are 2-story with 1-story additions on back, with 1 story porches (Slate or tin roofs)
- The building in the SW corner has an address of 302 1/2 and shows to be a 2 story structure
- The other 3 structures are 1 story and smaller, looks to be sheds of some kind (The two at the east were possibly out houses)
- 307/309 (Lots 13 & 14 in Bailey's Addition), on the North Side E. Water St.
- There is a frame structure on each lot facing E. Water St.
- These lots do not appear to go back to the alley to the north
- Lot 15, to the west, appears to occupy the larger lot to the west of Lot 14 and the land behind Lots 13 & 14 on the alley
Maps-03: 1920 Sanborn Maps:
Doc4411-0001.pdf - (Merger of 6 maps) - (6 pdf pages)
Doc4411-001.pdf: Map #1 - Map Index and Key
Doc4411-013.pdf: Map # 13
- White Hotel is shown at 302 E. Water St.
- 2-Story structure, with a 1-story wrap-around front porch and a 1 story back addition - Labeled "White Hotel"
- Heat: Stove
- Lights: Elec
- Roof: Shingle
- Illendines Add'n
- There is a 2-story building on the SW corner of the lot with a shingle roof - Stable
- The 2 structures shown on the 1901 and 1909 maps being on the one lot is now not shown to be on a separate lot
- There are 6 Structures shown in the Illendines Add'n
- In 1901 & 1909 there are 9 structures in Illendines Add'n
Maps-04: Google Maps "302 E. Water St. Hartford
- Street Map, accessed 22 Aug 2017 - Link, Doc4426-001.pdf
- Wider View - Link, Doc4426-002.pdf
- Showing location of 302 E. Water St. in the City of Hartford City - Link, Doc4426-003.pdf
- Satellite Map, accessed 22 Aug 2017 -
- Area around 302 E. Water St. - Link, Doc4426-004.pdf
- Closeup of 302. E. Water St. - Link, Doc4426-005.pdf
Maps-05: Google Maps "307 E. Water St., Hartford
- Satellite Map, accessed 22 Aug 2017
- 307 is an empty lot - Link, Doc4427-001.pdf (Shows bordering streets - Also shows 302 E. Water St. across the street to the south, to the left of the empty lot)
- Closeup of relation of 307 and 302 E. Water St. - Link, Doc4427-002.pdf
- Closeup of 307 E. Water St. - Link, Doc4427-003.pdf
Maps-08: 1876 Blackford county, Montpelier,
Hartford City -
- Shows Water St. east out to the railroad tracks and west to Jefferson where it tees
| News Stories (N) -|
Classified Ad/ Business Opportunities 29 - "For Sale ..." The Muncie Sunday Star (Muncie, Indiana), 19 Dec 1920, Page 15, Col.5. www.newspapers.com, accessed 18 Aug 2017. Doc4405.pdf
FOR SALE ---- Hotel in Hartford City, three good buildings, all furnished complete; has 75 regular boarders; sells on account of owner's health. Good location. Will give possession at once. Address White Hotel, Hartford City, Ind.
Newspapers.com Link: https://www.newspapers.com/image/251443370/?terms=%22White%2BHotel%22
Hartford City/ "Red Martz ..." The Muncie Evening Press (Muncie, Indiana), 28 Nov 1930, page 17, Col. 2. www.newspapers.com, accessed 18 Aug 2017. Doc4406.pdf
Red Martz is a prisoner in the Blackford County jail, serving out a $42 board bill, which accumulated against him at the White Hotel. Martz is one of the city's most widely known "Characters." He had been run from the hotel, but would come back each evening and take up his abode on the floor of a corridor.
Newspapers.com Link: https://www.newspapers.com/image/249107564/?terms=%22White%2BHotel%22
Hartford City: "Hotel Has Small Fire" The Muncie Morning Star (Muncie, Indiana), 18 Nov 1930, Page 3, Col. 5. www.newspapers.com, accessed 18 Aug 2017. Doc4407.pdf
Hotel Has Small Fire
The White Hotel here was damaged by a roof fire today, caused by sparks from the flue alighting on the roof.
"Watch and Chain Missing" - The Muncie Morning Star (Muncie, Indiana), 10 Aug 1923, page 12, Col. 1. www.newspapers.com, accessed 18 Aug 2017. Doc4408.pdf
Watch and Chain Missing.
Police today were looking for a man, the principal description of whom was that he had red hair, who is alleged to have stolen a watch and chain at the White Hotel here [Hartford City] here last night. He had been working in a local factory for several days. His lunch was packed as usual last night, and the fellow and the time piece disappeared.
Newspapers.com Link: https://www.newspapers.com/image/251361147/?terms=%22White%2BHotel%22
Hartford City: "Cline Home Damaged". The Muncie Morning Star (Muncie, Indiana), 26 Dec 1927, page 2, Col. 1. www.newspapers.com, accessed 21 Aug 2017. Doc4414.pdf
Cline Home Damaged.
The home of Mr. and Mrs. Newton Cline, South Jefferson street, was practically destroyed by a fire about 9 o'clock this morning...A small fire occurred at the White Hotel East Water Street, about the same hour, but the damage there was slight.
Newspapers.com Link: https://www.newspapers.com/image/251358561/?terms=%22White%2BHotel%22
Hartford City: "Jailed Here" The Muncie Evening Press (Muncie, Indiana), 10 Oct 1930, page 7, Col. 5. www.newspapers.com, accessed 21 Aug 2017. Doc4415.pdf
J. L Thornburg, of near Farmland, was placed in the Blackford County jail Thursday following his arrest that occurred Wednesday at a farm near Farmland. He is wanted here for beating a board bill of $57 at the White Hotel. The hotel owner alleges that Thornburg left without paying his bill last March.
Newspapers.com Link: https://www.newspapers.com/image/249284029/?terms=%22White%2BHotel%22
News Article: "... Hartford City Fire Alarm". The Fort Wayne Sentinel (Fort Wayne, Indiana), 1 Apr 1903, Page 2, Col. 5. www.newspapers.com, accessed 18 Aug 2017. Doc4404.pdf
At Hartford City a fire alarm was turned in under peculiar circumstances Monday evening. Three women were walking near White's hotel, when they saw flames through the window, leaping up the wall. An alarm was turned in and answered immediately. When the firemen reached the room the blaze turned out to be the reflection of the blaze in an open grate in a mirror.
Newspapers.com Link: https://www.newspapers.com/image/29240368/
"Hartford City Briefs." The Muncie Morning Star (Muncie, Indiana), 25 Sept 1929, page 5, Col. 3. www.newspapers.com, accessed 21 Aug 2017. Doc4416.pdf
Hartford City Briefs.
The White Hotel here was damaged by a roof fire this morning. The blaze was caused when sparks from the chimney alighted on the roof.
Newspapers.com Link: https://www.newspapers.com/image/251214025/?terms=%22White%2BHotel%22
Hartford City: The Muncie Evening Press (Muncie, Indiana), 26 Sept 1929, page 10, Col. 3. www.newspapers.com, accessed 21 Aug 2017. Doc4417.pdf
Damage estimated at $100 was done by a fire at the White Hotel here Tuesday morning. The loss is covered by insurance.
Newspapers.com Link: https://www.newspapers.com/image/249097279/?terms=%22White%2BHotel%22
News-010: Hartford City: "James Taken to
Hospital" The Muncie Sunday Star (Muncie, Indiana), 6 July 1930,
page 3, Col. 5. www.newspapers.com, accessed 22 Aug 2017.
James Taken to Hospital.
Isaac James, a well-known resident of this city, suffered an attack of appendicitis this morning at the White Hotel, where he has been living. He was taken the county hospital.
Newspapers.com Link: https://www.newspapers.com/image/252189475/?terms=%22White%2BHotel%22
News-011: "Hartford City Notes/fire alarms"
The Muncie Sunday Star (Muncie, Indiana), 6 Feb 1927, page 10, Col.
4 & 5. www.newspapers.com, accessed 22 Aug 2017.
Hartford City Notes.
Two fire alarms were sounded last night. The department as called to extinguish a fire which threatened an automobile owned by Virgil Kegerreis. The second call was a false alarm to the White Hotel.
Newspapers.com Link: https://www.newspapers.com/image/251315903/?terms=%22White%2BHotel%22
News-012: Hartford City: The Muncie Sunday
Star (Muncie, Indiana), 28 Dec 1930, page 3, Col. 1.
www.newspapers.com, accessed 22 Aug 2017.
Russell Hart, of Montpelier, is to be tried on charges of failure to pay a board bill. He is alleged to have "beat" a bill at the White Hotel.
Newspapers.com Link: https://www.newspapers.com/image/251924472/?terms=%22White%2BHotel%22
News-013: Hartford City: "Hartford City Man
Ends Life" The Muncie Sunday Star (Muncie, Indiana), 3 Oct
1926, page 10, col. 1. www.newspapers.com, accessed 22 Aug
HARTFORD CITY MAN ENDS LIFE
Charles Jacobs Found Dead in Hotel After Drinking Carbolic Acid.
Hartford City, Ind., Oct. 2--- Charles Jacobs, 57, was found dead in his room at the White Hotel, this morning. He had ended his life by drinking carbolic acid. Coroner R. W. Burkhart, who investigated the case, stated that such would be his finding.
According to those who knew Jacobs well, he had been a heavy drinker for years, and since the advent of prohibition had drank liquors which were not intended use as beverages. It is believed that loss of health and money caused him to become despondent.
He formerly had been a glass working, gut in recent times had been employed doing odd jobs about the hotel.
Newspapers.com Link: https://www.newspapers.com/image/251292402/?terms=%22White%2BHotel%22
News-014: "Hartford City Notes" The Muncie
Morning Star (Muncie, Indiana), 1 Dec 1925, page 3, Col. 1.
www.newspapers.com, accessed 22 Aug 2017.
The White Hotel was threatened by fire today. The department extinguished the blaze with much damage.
Newspapers.com Link: https://www.newspapers.com/image/251442015/?terms=%22White%2BHotel%22
News-015: Hartford City: The Muncie Morning
Star (Muncie, Indiana), 10 Oct 1930, page 12, Col. 2.
www.newspapers.com, accessed 22 Aug 2017.
J. L. Thornburg, 52, of near Farmland, was arrested last night by Sheriff Ira Barton and is held in the county jail on a charge of beating a $57 board bill at the White Hotel last March. Officers had been watching for him since that time.
Newspapers.com Link: https://www.newspapers.com/image/251887070/?terms=%22White%2BHotel%22
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|S1||US, IRS Tax Assessment, 1864 (Annual).
Database on-line: US IRS Tax Assessment Lists, 1862-1918. Original
Data: NARA, M765, Roll 40. www.ancestry.com, accessed 15 Apr 2008.
Line 26 -
Name: Worthen, J P -
Location: Hartford -
Article or Occupation: 8" Class Hotel -
Class: B - Class B: 5.00 - Total Tax: 5.00.)
|S2||Land Record, 1848 Mortgage,
James Perry Worthen, Elizabeth Worthen. 9 Sept 1848, 9 Dec 1848.
Lots 13 & 14 in Bailey's Addition, Hartford City, Blackford County,
State of Indiana, Blackford County, SS.
Received for Records Dec 9th 1848 at 12 O'clock M
Rec fees $.50
|S3||Information obtained from Wilma Haas,
ID0379, Source Unknown, Letter from Marj ID0381, 24 Jan 1987.
Extract: "She [Mabel] was not quite 11 years old when her mother died, and when her father married his third wife shortly thereafter, he sent her to work and board at her aunt Mary Jane White's [ID0667] hotel and dining room."
|S4||News Article: "Hotel Guests
Roused: Fire Damages White Hotel at Hartford City for Third Time"
The Fort Wayne Sentinel (Fort Wayne, Indiana), 6 June 1913, page 6,
www.newspapers.com, accessed 18 Aug 2017.
HOTEL GUESTS ROUSED.
Fire Damages White Hotel at Hartford City for Third Time.
Hartford City. June 6. --- Damaged by fire for the third time in two years, the White hotel, at 302 East Water street, stands a partial wreck following a blaze Thursday morning. The damage to the building and contents will run close to a thousand dollars, fully covered by insurance.
It has never been learned just what caused the former fires, and likewise, the origin of Thursday's blaze is unknown.
|S5||1920 US Census, Hartford
City, Blackford County, Indiana. SD 11, ED 13, Ward 4, Sheet 4B,
Line 82, 302 E. Water St., Dwelling 101, Family 108, J. D. White
Household. Original NARA Data: Roll: T625_423;
www.ancestry.com, accessed 18 Aug 2017.
1] J. D. White: Head of Household - 70, white male, married - Born Illinois - Birthplace of parents: Unknown - Occupation: Proprietor of Boarding House
2] Mary E. White: Wife of head - 68, white female, married - born Indiana - Father born in Baltimore, Maryland - Mother born Pennsylvania - Occupation: None
3-16] Roomers, not related
17] Line 98: William Worthen: Roomer [Brother of Mary] - 55, white male, married - Born Indiana, Father born Maryland, Mother born Pennsylvania - Occupation: Janitor White Hotel
18] Line 99: Della Worthen: Roomer [wife of William Worthen] 46, white female, married - Born Indiana - Father born Virginia, Mother born Ohio - Occupation: Dining Room, White Hotel
19] Line 100: Roomer, not related
- 5 more roomers listed on the next page - none related
- home at 302 E. Water St. owned with a mortgage
- All 4 able to read, write and speak English
- 22 roomers, including William and Della Worthen
Certificates, 1899-2011" [database on-line]. Original Data:
Indiana State Board of Health. Death Certificates, 1900–2011.
Microfilm. Indiana Archives and Records Administration,
Indianapolis, Indiana. Indiana Archives and Records Administration.
www.ancestry.com, accessed , 16 Aug 2017. Mary Jane White, 3 Feb
1933, Hartford City, Indiana. Doc4381.pdf.
Standard Certificate of Death/ Indiana State Board of Health
Local No. 19/ Registered No. 3940
Name: Mary Jane White, female, white, widow
Husband: Jacob P. White
Residence: 302 E. Water
Death: 3 Feb 1933, 5 pm, Hartford City, Blackford County
Cause of Death: Cerebral Apoplexy/ complications of old age
Birth: 4 March 1851, Indiana - Age at Death: 81y 10m 29d
Occupation: Hotel Keeper/ White Hotel
Date last worked at occupation: 1930 - Total Time spent: 40 yrs.
Father: James Perry Worthen, birthplace Scotlands
Mother: Elizabeth Snyder, born Pennsylvania
Informant: W. A. Worthen, 1217 N. Monroe [William Alfred Worthen, Brother]
Burial: 5 Feb 1933, Hartford City
Undertaker: B???-Fenning, Hartford City, Ind.
|S7||Obituary, "White Funeral
This Afternoon" The Muncie Sunday Star, 5 Feb 1933, page 5, Col. 1.
www.newspapers.com. accessed 22 Aug 2017.
White Funeral This Afternoon
The funeral of Mrs. Mary E. White, 82, who died at her home here last night following an extended illness, will be held Sunday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock at Grace M. E. Church with the Rev. H. A. P. Homer officiating. Burial will be made in the I. O. O. F. Cemetery. Mrs. White was widely known, for she had been the proprietor of the White Hotel here for 45 years. William Worthen, of this city is a brother. Her husband, J. D. White, died here seven years ago.
|S8||1930 U.S. Census, Hartford
City, Blackford County, Indiana, Ward 4, 2 Apr 1930, SD 4, ED5-8,
Sheet 1B, Line 79, Dwelling 23, Family 23, Mary E. White household.
Original NARA Data: Roll T626/Roll: 578; Page: 1B; Enumeration
District: 0008; Image: 216.0; FHL microfilm: 2340313.
www.ancestry.com, accessed 23 Aug 2017.
1] Mary E. White: Head of household, 79, white female, Widow, 20 yrs. old at first marriage - able to read, write and speak English - Born Indiana, Father born Maryland, Mother born Pennsylvania - Occupation: White Boarding House
2] Isaac James: Boarder, 62, white male, single - Born Ohio, Father born Ireland, Mother born Ohio - able to read, write and speak English - Occupation: None
- Does not have a radio
- Home value: Blank
|S9||Newspaper Article, "Woman
Inn Keeper Retires." The Muncie Morning Star (Muncie, Indiana), 19
Aug 1930, page 9, Col. 4. www.newspapers.com, accessed 24 Aug 2017.
Woman Inn Keeper Retires.
After being in the hotel business here for the past forty-five years, Mrs. Mary White has retired and has leased her place to John Premer, of this city, who has taken charge.
|S10||City Directory, "U.S. City Directories, 1822-1995" [database on-line]. Hartford City, Blackford County, Indiana. Anderson, Indiana: Union Directory, 1911. J. D. White, Page 107. www.ancestry.com, accessed 29 Aug 2017. Doc4438.pdf.|
|S11||"Indiana, Death Certificates, 1899-2011"
[database on-line]. Original Data: Indiana State Board of Health.
Death Certificates, 1900–2011. Microfilm. Indiana Archives and
Records Administration, Indianapolis, Indiana. Indiana Archives and
Records Administration. www.ancestry.com, accessed , 26 July 2016.
Marguerite A. Atha, 15 May 1971, Hartford City, Blackford County,
Indiana State Board of Health/ Medical Certificate of Death
State No. 71-016373
Name: Marguerite A. [N] Atha, Female, White, 65,
Date of Death: 15 May 1971, 945 am
Date of Birth: 23 Feb 1906, Indiana
Place of Death: Blackford County Hospital, Hartford City, Blackford County, Indiana
Residence: 302 E. Water St., Hartford City, Blackford County, Indiana
Father: William [Alfred] Worthen
Mother: Mattie Klinger
Informant: Mrs. Walter Robbins, Niece, Yorktown, Indiana
Cause of Death: Uremia due to Generalized Arteriosclerosis
Physician: George O. Parks, MD
Burial: 19 May 1971, IOOF Cemetery, Hartford City, Indiana
Funeral Home: Keplinger Funeral Home, Hartford City, Indiana
|S12||Document, Misc, 1855 Mortgage, Images and
transcript of Mortgage Documents. Lots 13 & 14 in Bailey's Addition,
Hartford City, Blackford County, Indiana, $41.33, 5 Apr 1855.
Acc000160/Scan of original Documents:
[Pages refer to .pdf pages]
James P Worthen
Mortgage to the State
Received for Record/ April 5th 1855 at/ 4 O'clock P.M.
and duly recorded/ the same day a Mortgage/ Record A. Page 195
Wm Taughimbaugh ?? [signature]/ Recorder/ B.C. [Blackford County]
State of Indiana, Blackford County, SS:
Before me, the undersigned, personally comes J. P. Worthen the signer of the foregoing mortgage, and being duly sworn, deposes and says, that he is the legal owner of the premises mentioned in said mortgage, and that there is no incumbrance or better claim, either in law or equity, that he knows of or believes, on or to said lands.
The said James P Worthen derives his title by Deed
Signature of James Perry Worthen
Sworn to and subscribed, before the undersigned, this 5th day of April 1855
Signature [W. Stewart] Aud [Auditor]
[Section below does not apply, and was not filled out]
We the undersigned Trustees of the Township of
County of . . . . . . having personal examination of the forgoing de-
scribed premises, do, upon our oath, say that the same is of the value of . . . . .
. . . . . Dollars in specie, at the common selling sale in this County, at this time,
exclusive of perishable improvements.
Three blank lines
Sworn to and subscribed, before the undersigned . . . . . of said
County, This . . . . . day of . . . . 185
[End of Section]
State of Indiana, Blackford County, SS:
Before me, the undersigned James P Worthen & Elizabeth Worthen the mortgages within named, and acknowledged the within deed of mortgage to be their voluntary act and deed for the uses and purposes therein mentioned.
In Testimony Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and seal, this 5th day of April 1855
Signature [W. Stewart] aud Bla Ind [Auditor Blackford County]
Trust Fund Mortgage
We Perry [Erased] James P Worthen & Elizabeth Worthen of the County of Blackford in the State of Indiana A mortgage to the State of Indiana, all Lots 13 & 14 in Baileys Addition to the town of Hartford City Ind.
For the payment of Twenty [erased] Forty One dollars & thirty three cts, with interest at the rate of seven per cent per annum, payable in advance, according to the conditions of the note hereto annexed.
In Testimony whereof, we have hereunto set our hands an seals, this 5th day of April 1855
Signature of James Perry Worthen Seal.
Signature of E Worthen Seal.
I James P Worthen promise to pay to the State of Indiana, on or before the 5th day of April 1860 the sum of Forty one 33/100 Dollars, with interest thereon, at the rate of seven per cent per annum in advance, commencing on the 5th day of April 1855 and do agree that, in case of failure to pay any installment of said interest, the principal sum shall become due and payable, together with all arrears of interest, and on failure to pay such principal or interest when due, two per cent. damages shall be collected with costs, and the premises mortgaged may be forthwith sold by the County Auditor for the payment of such principal sum, interest, damages, and costs.
??? Signature of James Perry Worthen Seal.
State of Indiana, Blackford County, SS:
The undersigned Clerk and Recorder of said County, in which is situated the land described in the foregoing mortgage, hereby certify that no conveyance of, or incumbrance on, said land has been made, committed, or suffered by said mortgagor, or any person under whom he holds title, so as in any manner to impair the validity of said mortgage. All of which fully appears from an examination of our respective offices
[Two lines are available but no signatures]
Received Dec. 7 1864 of J. P. Worthen $21.33 on the Worthen mortgage - Signature: ?? Anderson ABC
By ?. D. W??ts
Received May 3? 1865 $20.00 in full of the Worthen Mortgage - Signature [Unreadable]
D ? ABC
[ABC = Auditor, Blackford County]
|S13||"Hartford City and Montpelier,
Indiana Directory, 1895". Database Online. Original Data:
Hartford City and Montpelier, IN, 1895. Hartford City, IN, 1895 ·
Gazetteer of Land-Owners of Blackford County, 1895. Anderson, IN:
Columbia Direct, 1895. www.ancestry.com, accessed 27 Nov 2006.
Name: J. P. Worthen
Home Address: 89 east Water
Image Number: 16ca783
|S14||"Indiana Wills and Probate Records,
1798-1999". Database Online. Original Data: Indiana County,
District and Probate Courts. www.ancestry.com, accessed , 11 Sept
2015. Elizabeth Worthen, ID0407. Blackford County, Wills Vol. B
(1910-1918), page 382, 383, Image 11.
Page 382 (Ancestry.com Image 11) - [Typewritten]
Last Will and Testament of Elizabeth Worthen
Know all men by these presents, that I, Elizabeth Worthen, of Hartford City, Blackford County, State of Indiana, do make and publish this my last Will and Testament:
Item 1. I give and devise to my son, William A. Worthen, and his wife Mattie Worthen, to be held by them as tenants in the entirety during the lives of them both and to be held by the survivor of them during his or her life, and then at his or her death to go in fee simple to the children of the said William A. Worthen and Mattie Worthen, the following real estate to-wit: a part of lot number Thirteen (13) in Bailey's Addition to the town (now city) of Hartford City, Blackford County, Indiana, described as follows to wit: beginning on the south line of said lot at a point four (4) feet west of the southeast corner thereof and running thence north parallel with the east line of said lot one hundred twenty (120) feet, thence west thirty (30) feet, thence south one hundred twenty (110) feet, thence east thirty (30 feet, to the place of beginning. This devise is made on the condition that said William A. Worthen shall pay out in full the mortgage on said Lot number thirteen (13) now held by a Building and Loan Association.
Item 2: My son Marvel N. Worthen, has already received the full amount to which he is entitled out of my estate and for that reason nothing is given to him by this last will.
Item 3: All the residue of my personal property and real estate, I give to my husband James Perry Worthen, to be held by him for and during his natural life, subject only to the payment of my just debts and funeral expenses.
Item 4. Upon the death of my said husband if he shall survive me an dif not then upon my death and subject to the payment of my debts and funeral expenses, as aforesaid, all my property of every kind, both real and personal shall go to and be vested in my three children, to wit: Mary J. White, John H. Worthen, and Emma A. Reed, to be shared equally between them after the following payments have been made vis. to said Mary J. White, Two Hundred Fifty (250.00) dollars, to Emma A. Reed Two Hundred (200.00) dollars, and to my three grandsons, Charles, Jacob, and Arthur Worthen, children of my son Joseph Worthen, deceased, there shall be paid ten ($10.00) Dollars, each.
The distribution is to be made in the foregoing manner for the reason that my son John H. has already received from me Two Hundred ($200.00) dollars, and the payment of two hundred fifty ($250.00) dollars, to my daughter Mary J. White is provided because she assisted myself and my husband to the amount of Fifty ($50.00) many years ago. I revoke all former wills by me at any time made.
In Testimony Whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 23rd day of June 1902.
Attest: B. G. Shinn
Elizabeth (her Mark) Worthen, (Seal)
Signed and acknowledged by said Elizabeth Worthen, as her last Will and Testament, in our presence and signed by us as witnesses thereto at her request and in the presence of each other
Signed: C. Keller. Benjamin G. Shinn.
(Page 383) - [Proof of Will]
The State of Indiana, Blackford County, SS:
Be it remembered, that on the 12th day of December 1910, Benjamin G. Shinn, one of the subscribing witnesses to the within and foregoing last Will and Testament of Elizabeth Worthen, late of said County deceased, personally appeared before Clyde Strait Clerk of the Circuit Court of Blackford county, in the State of Indiana, and being duly sworn by the Clerk of said Court upon his oath declared and testified as follows: that is to say; that on the 23rd day of June 1902, he saw the said Elizabeth Worthen sign her name to said instrument in writing as and for her last Will and Testament; and that this deponent; at the same time heard the said Elizabeth Worthen declare the said instrument in writing to be her last Will and Testament; and that the said instrument in writing was at the same time at the request of the said Elizabeth Worthen, wth with her consent attested and subscribed by the said Benjamin G. Shinn and C. Keller, in the presence of said Testor and in the presence of each other, as subscribing witnesses thereto, and that the said Elizabeth Worthen, was: at the time of the signing and subscribing of said instrument in writing as aforesaid, of full age (that is more than twenty-one years of age), and of sound and disposing mind and memory and not under and [an] coercion or restraint, as the said deponent verily believes, and further deponent says not.
Benjamin G. Shinn.
Sworn to and subscribed by the said Benjamin G. Shinn before me Clyde Strait, Clerk of said Court, at Hartford City, the 12th day of December 1910,
In attestation Whereof, I have hereunto subscribed my name and affixed the seal of Said Court (Seal)
Clyde Strait, Clerk
State of Indiana, Blackford County, SS:
I, Clyde Strait, Clerk of the Circuit Court of Blackford County, Indiana, do hereby certify that the within annexed Will and Testament of Elizabeth Worthen, has been duly admitted to probate, and duly proved by the testimony of Benjamin G. Shinn, one of the subscribing witnesses thereto, that a complete record of said Will and of the testimony of the said Benjamin G. Shinn, in proof thereof, has been duly made by me and recorded in Book "B" at pages 382 & 383 of the Record of Wills of said County.
In Attestation Whereof, I have hereunto subscribed my name and affixed the seal of said Court at Hartford City, this 12th day of December 1910.
Clerk of the Circuit Court of Blackford
|S15||Book, Dale, George R. Directory of Hartford
City, Ind., together with a complete gazetteer of Blackford County
land owners. Hartford City, Ind. : G.R. Dale, 1903. Bk3159.
Pages 103, 106, 112.
Title Page (PDF page 1:
Page 103 (PDF page 2)
White J D (Mary) prop White boarding house 302 e Water
Page 106 (PDF page 3):
Worthen J P (Elizabeth) 307 e Water
Worthen John W (Ella A) clerk 113 S Mulberry
Worthen Wm A (Mattie) painter 315 e Water
Worthen J O baker 307 e Water
Page 112 (PDF page 4):
White House Mrs J D White Prop 302 e Water
|S16||1910 US Census, Hartford
City, Ward 4, Licking Township, Blackford County, Indiana. SD 11, ED
13, Sheet 2A. 307 Water St, Dwelling 42. Family 42, , Line 45,
Elizabeth Worthen. Original Data: NARA, T624, Roll 340.
www.ancestry.com, accessed 29 Nov 2006. Acc000721/Doc1540.pdf
1] Elizabeth Worthen: Head of household, female, white, 84 yrs. old, widowed, 9 children, 5 still living, born Ohio, parents born Pennsylvania, No Occupation, owned house free.
2] William Worthen: Son of head, male, white, 43 yrs. old, widowed, born Indiana, Parents born in Ohio, Occupation: paper hanger for dwellings, working on own account, not out of work on 15 April 1900.
3] Mabel Worthen: Granddaughter of head, female white, 10 yrs. old, single, born Indiana, Father Indiana and Mother Ohio, no occupation.
4] William Worthen: Grandson of head, male, white, 8 yrs. old, single, born Indiana, Father in Indiana and Mother in Ohio.
5] Marguerite Worthen, Granddaughter of head, female, white, 4 yrs. old, single, born Indiana, Father Indiana, Mother Ohio.
6] Jennie Tripplet, Domestic, female, white, 49 yrs. old, married 1 yr., 5 children, 3 living, she and her parents born in Ohio, Occupation: Domestic for private family working on her own account,
Household: Except for William, Jr. and Marguerite the family speaks English and can read and write.
Directory of Hartford City, Ind., and Complete Gazetteer of
Blackford County Land Owners. Pages 97, 100, 109.
Hartford City, Ind.: George R. Dale, 1906. Bk3814.
Title Page (PDF page 1): http://archive.org/stream/directoryofhartf1906dale#page/n7/mode/2up
Page 97 (PDF page 2): http://archive.org/stream/directoryofhartf1906dale#page/n229/mode/2up
White J D (Mollie) White's boarding house 302 e. Water
Page 100 (PDF page 3): http://archive.org/stream/directoryofhartf1906dale#page/n235/mode/2up
Worthen, Elizabeth widow 309 e Water
Worthen, Fred 113 S Mulberry
Worthen Harry baker 113 s Mulberry
Worthen J W (Ella) painter and decorator 113 s Mulberry
Worthen Wm painter and decorator 315 e Water
Page 109 (PDF page 4): http://archive.org/stream/directoryofhartf1906dale#page/n255/mode/2up
White's Boarding House 302 e Water
|S18||Hartford City, Montpelier and
Blackford County, Indiana Directory, 1895. Anderson,
Indiana: Bulletin Printing Co., 1894. www.archive.org, accessed 5
Sept 2017. Bk3691/Doc4445.pdf
1: Title Page
- Hartford City: 5676
4. Reed, page 79
- Chas, clk W B Cooley Rest, h e Commercial
- John, lab, h s e cor Columbia and Oak
- Wm, principal s ward school, h s Jefferson bet Water and Chestnut
- S C Mnfr hub blocks near L E & W ry depot, h 97 e Washington
5. White, page 91
- J D, h 82 e Water
6. Worthen #1, page 93
- Jas O. cook, h 98 e Water
- J P, salesman, h 89 e Water
- Jno W. city police, h Mulberry bet Washington & Water
- Marve, cook, h 89 e Water
- M C, wid, h s Spring
7. Worthen #2, page 94
- Rosa, h s Spring
- Wm, lab, h 133 w Main
|S19||Hartford City, Indiana Directory,
1899. Compiled and published by George R. Dale and O. T.
Frash. Hartford City, Indiana: The Hartford City Times Print, 1899.
1. Title Page
2. Table of Contents
3. Reed, page 74
- Reed Charles, mgr Cooley restaurant, 214 e Commercial
- Reed Fred, clerk, 214 e Commercial - [RM7-
- Reed William, professor in mathematics, n H S bldg, res 208 s Jefferson
4. White, page 89
- White J D, propr White boarding house, 302 e Water
5. Worthen, page 90
- Worthen J O, lehr tender, s Mulberry
- Worthen John W. clerk, s Mulberry
- Worthen Perry, solicitor, 309 e Water
- Worthen William, painter, 313 e Water
6. Hotels Listing, page 100
- White boarding house, 302 e Water
|S20||Hartford City Directory, 1925.
, page 176.
White J D (Mary) prop Whites Hotel r 302 E Water
|S21||Obituary, Jacob D. White,
22 Oct 1926. The Hartford City News (Hartford City, Indiana), page 1
and 4. Scan from microfilm, Hartford City Public Library and
photocopy from Blackford County Historical Society, accessed 7 Sept
JACOB D. WHITE DIES THURSDAY
Widely known Race Horse Owner Dies at Home Here - Funeral Sunday.
Jacob D. White, 77, well known resident of this city for the past forty-five years, and one of the most widely known race horse men in the country, died at his home here in east Water street, Thursday evening at 10:30 o'clock, following a six weeks' illness with complications. He had been bedfast for the past three weeks and during that time his condition has been regarded as critical.
"Uncle Jake" as he was widely known, was born in Springfield, Ill., the son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert White, on April 1, 1849. His was a life of varied experiences and for approximately forty years he entered his horses in practically every race circuit in the country. Almost his entire life had been spent in travel and during his life time he had missed but one Kentucky Derby, the racing classic of America. This was the last race held at Louisville and Mr. White was unable to attend because of illness.
His travels and experiences had instilled within him a peculiar philosophy of life, the outlook of which was always jovial. "Uncle Jake" didn't care "a snap of his finger" for a harness race, but he would go "to the end of the earth almost" to witness or enter his mounts in a running classic, his friends state. "May Lets," His most highly prized horse repeatedly won laurels for him. Other
(Continued on page 4, Column 5)
[Newspaper Page 4, Col. 5]
Jacob D. White
(Continued from First Page)
well known horses owned and run by Mr. White were "Joe Cannon" and "John W." About a year ago, when forced to do so because of ill health, Mr. White disposed of his stables and returned to this city where he had since remained.
During the long years he had followed the races, Mr. White had come to know the names of all of the prominent race horse trainers, the stables to which they were attached and the owners of the stables.
On March 6, 1871, Mr. White was united in marriage at Peoria, Ill., to Mary E. Worthen, of this city. Following their marriage they continued to reside in Peoria, where Mr. White conducted a grocery. Prior to that time he had owned and operated other businesses. In 1881 they moved to this city, where they opened a rooming and boarding house. Mrs. White at the present is owner of the White Hotel, in east Water street.
Until the past year Mr. White had been absent from the city practically all of the time. Between race meets he would return for short intervals. His many years in his cherished business had taught him the characteristics of humanity as well as of horses and extremely interesting it was to sit and converse for an hour or so with "the race horse man." The barrier is down for Jake White, but his memory will endure.
Mr. White was a member of the Methodist church and of the Masonic lodge. Funeral services will be conducted Sunday afternoon from the late home in east Water street, at 2 o'clock, in charge of Rev. L. W. Kemper, pastor of the local Methodist church. Burial will be made in the I. O. O. F. cemetery.
Mr. White was one of a family of six children, all of whom preceded him in death. Besides the wife he is survived by two sisters-in-law,
[The next column (Col. 7) lists family members but is cut off and only partially readable].
[ ] are my additions
Visible names in column:
Mrs. John Worthen an[d Mrs. Charles]
Reed, of this city, and
then, of this city, a
Nieces and nephews
Walter and Ed Reed, R
Lucile Worthen, Marg
all of this city; Mrs.
man and Fred O. Ree[d, of Chicago ]
Charles O. Reed, of
Cal.; Mrs Edith Grif[fin of Bowling]
Green, O.; Fred Worth[en, Wabash]
Jacob Worthen, of Day[ton, Ohio]
Worthen, of Memphis,
Mrs. Mable Haws [Mabel Haas], of [Muncie]
|S22||Obituary, Mary Jane White,
4 Sept 2017. The Hartford City News (Hartford City, Indiana), 4 Feb
1933. From scanned images of original, from Hartford City, Indiana
Public Library, accessed 9 Sept 2017.
DEATH CLAIMS MARY J. WHITE AT HOME HERE
"AUNT MOLLIE" WHITE, 81 SUCCUMBS FOLLOWING STROKS APOPLEXY.
FUNERAL HERE SUNDAY
Services will be conducted from Grace Methodist Church -- Burial in This City
A life-long resident of this city, Mrs. Mary Jane White 81, owner of the White Hotel, east Water street, died at 5 o'clock Friday evening at her home following a stroke of apoplexy which she suffered 7:30 o'clock Friday morning. Mrs. White, whose physical condition had gradually grown weaker during the past ten days, was stricken as she started to eat her breakfast in bed. She was unconscous from the time she suffered the stroke until death.
The last rites will be held Sunday afternoon from the Methodist church. The Rev. H. A. P. Homer will be in charge and burial will be made in the I. O. O. F. cemetery.
Pallbearers will be the nephews of the deceased, Ed Reed, Philip and Harry Worthen, of this city, Fred Worthen, of Wabash, and William Worthen, of Muncie, and Carl Reed, of Chicago.
Mary Jane White, better known as "Aunt Mollie," was born in Hartford City on March 14, 1842, the daughter of Perry and Elizabeth Worthen, deceased. She was born at the Clifford Roderick home, 307 east Water street, across the street from her hotel. She was married to the late J. D. White, of Peoria, Ill., the wedding taking place in this city. Mr. White who was a well known race horse fancier, died in this city seven years ago last October. For the past forty-five years, Mrs. White has managed the hotel which bears her name. She was well known by her hotel patrons and years ago the White hotel was recognized for its good menus with Mrs. White as cook.
Surviving is a borther [brother], William Worthen, north Monroe street. One sister and four brother are deceased. The following nephews and nieces survive Ed Reed, Philip and Harry Worthen, city. William Worthen of Muncie, and Fred Worthen, of Wabash. Carl Reed of Chicago, Mrs. Crystal Reed-Hartman of Chicago, Mrs. Joe Griffith, of Bowling Green, O., Miss Lucile Worthen, city, Mrs. Margaret Atha, Muncie, Mrs. Mable Haas, of Muncie, Mrs. Dwight Bradstreet, a resident of Switzerland, and a brother-in-law, Charles Reed, of Chicago, Mrs. Ella Worthen, sister-in-law. city, and Mrs. Florence Worthen and daughters, of Dayton Ohio. The late Walter Reed who was killed in an auto accident near Elkhart a few years ago, was a nephew of Mrs. White's.
Mrs. White was a member of the Methodist church. Of the past recent months, Mrs. White had failed rapidly. However, her condition did not become critical until Friday morning.
|S23||Dale, George R. Directory of Hartford City,
Ind., and Complete Gazeteer of Blackford County Land Owners.
Hartford City, Indiana: Geo. R. Dale Publisher, 1904.
( https://archive.org/details/directoryofhartf1904dale, accessed 12 Sept 2017) Doc4464.pdf.
White Mrs J. D., opposite page 82
3: Directory page 82, Reed Listing
Reed Chas (Emma) prop Interurban news stand 218 e Comm phone 531
Reed Wm teacher 208 s Jeff phone 403
4: Display ads (opposite page 82) - (Ph11880.jpg)
Near Business Center
Rates, $1.00 a Day/ Special Rates by the Week
Not only a place to board but a place where one can enjoy all the comforts of home life.
Mrs. J. D. White
302 EAST WATER ST., HARTFORD CITY
5. Directory page 103 - White Listings
White J D (Mary) prop white's boarding house 302 e water phone 197
6. Directory page 106 - Worthen Listings
Worthen J P (Elizabeth) retired 307 e water
Worthen wm (Mattie) painter 315 e water
7. Directory page 115 - Hotels Listing
White House 302 e Water phone 197
|S24||1911 Directory of Hartford City, Ind.,
together with a complete gazetteer of Blackford County land owners.
Anderson, Indiana: The Union Directory Co,, 1911.
( https://archive.org/details/directoryofhartf19111912dale ), accessed 12 Sept 2017. Bk3279/ Doc4465.pdf
1: Title Page
2: Page 84, Reed
- Reed Chas., (Emma), clk, h 218 E. Commercial
- Reed Chas. Jrl, (Maryetta), papermkh, h 309 E. Water
- Reed Wm., (Florence), teacher, h 208 S. Jefferson
3: Page 107 - White
- White J. D., (Mary E.), h 302 E Water
4: Page 111 - Worthen
- Worthen Fred, (Mildred), papermaker, h 315 E Water
- Worthen Harry, baker, h 113 S. Mulberry
- Worthen J. W., (Ella A.), painter, h 113 S. Mulberry
- Worthen Wm., (Laura), painter, h 822 W. Franklin