Howard County Indiana USGenWeb Project Obituary:
Lora Corydon HOSS
Lora C. Hoss Dies Suddenly at Sanitorium
Prominent Citizen Expires Early Today
in Battle Creek MI
A Man of Finest Type - Recognized by All Who Knew Him as
Worthy Citizen and Christian
Lora C. HOSS, age 66 years, a resident of Howard county from early
boyhood, a former newspaper owner and editor here, a man long
splendidly active in church, cultural and civic work in Kokomo and one
admired and esteemed by all who knew him for his nobility of character,
his fine intellectuality, his modesty of bearing and his unobtrusive
goodness died suddenly at 8:30 this morning of angina pectoria at a
sanitorium in Battle Creek, Mich. at which he had been a patient the
News of Mr. HOSS's death was received here at 9:30 in a telegram
from Mrs. HOSS, who was with her husband, to her son-in-law, Donald F.
ELLIOTT. The message was brief, simply stating that Mr. HOSS had passed
away suddenly and unexpectedly and suggesting that Mr. ELLIOTT come to
Battle Creek immediately. This step, necessary because of the fact that
Mrs. HOSS herself is far from well, was promptly taken, Mr. ELLIOTT
leaving by automobile about 10 o'clock.
Definite arrangements for the final rites for Mr. HOSS will not be
made until after the arrival of the funeral party here. The body will
be prepared for burial at Battle Creek and then brought here by a motor
car which the Kenneth H. RICH undertaking concern has sent to Battle
Creek for the purpose. The expectation is that the funeral party will
get here sometime Sunday afternoon. All arrangements, said Mr. ELLIOTT
just before leaving, will be in accordance with the wishes of Mrs.
HOSS. He added, however, that the funeral will be a wholly
unostentatious service, such as would be in accordance with Mr. HOSS's
wishes and in keeping with his always quite and modest bearing in life.
Lora Corydon HOSS was born in Marion county, Ind. January 16, 1859,
the son of Peter E. and Sarah R. HOSS. His mother died when he was
under two years of age, and he was reared by his father's parents. They
removed from Marion county to Howard county in 1865, locating on a farm
near Fairfield and there the grandson spent his youth, attending
country school during the winter and assisting his grandfather on the
farm in summer. In 1875, he entered Butler College, Irvington, studying
there three years, after which he spent a year in Kansas, where in
summer, he assisted his cousin with whom he resided in breaking prairie
sod and in winter taught a country school. Returning to his home in
this county in 1876, he re-entered Butler College, from which
institution he was graduated with honors in 1881.
Upon completing his college work Mr. HOSS came to Kokomo and on
July 23, 1881, acquired a half-interest in the Kokomo Gazette, of
which, within a year or two, he became the sole owner. Under his
capable handling, the Gazette prospered, its success being sufficient
to induce him to start a daily, the paper having been a weekly up to
In 1884 the Gazette was consolidated with the Tribune, under the
name Gazette-Tribune, Mr. HOSS and and A.F. PHILLIPS becoming equal
owners in the property. In 1886 they sold the paper to B.B. JOHNSON and
Mr. HOSS retired permanently from the field of journalis, much to its
loss for he was a clear thinker, an interesting writer and a man who
had sound notions regarding editorial policy and correct ideals
regarding all that pertains to newspaper making. After leaving the
newspaper field, Mr. HOSS engaged in the shoe business for a few years.
Disposing of that interest, he engaged in farming for seven years,
having a pleasant country place a mile northwest of the city.
Twenty-three years ago he formed a connection with the Kokomo
Opalescent Glass company, which he retained the remainder of his life,
assisting in the management of the concern.
On October 2, 1883, Mr. HOSS was united in marriage with Miss
Stella BERNHARD of this city, who, with one daghter, Mrs. Pauline
ELLIOT, 1095 West Mulberry street, survives him. Mr. HOSS's home for
the last several years has been at 802 East Sycamore street. The
property was the homestead of of the late Judge H.A. BROUSE. Mr. HOSS
bought it from the heirs, and with the excellent taste characteristic
of him, retained all its old fashioned charm in the work of restoring
and modernizing it. All who knew Mr. HOSS had a feeling that the serene
old house, with its spacious grounds and its fine old trees was a
singularly fitting place for such a man as he was to live. Something of
the composure and nobility of his character found expression in his
Next to his family and his home, the interestes nearest Mr. HOSS's
heart were his college and his church. To both of these he gave
constant service and devoted support. He had for several years been a
member of the board of directors of Butler College and his official
connection with the Main Street Christian church, of which he had been
a member from youth, covered several decades. His fraternal connections
were with the Masonic order - he was a past Worshipful Master of Howard
lodge - and with the Phi Delta Theta college fraternity.
Lora Corydon HOSS led a splendidly dutiful life all his days. There
was in him something unusually fine - a gentleness of bearing, a
softness of speech, a calmness of outlook, an insight into the real
meaning of life and a spiritual attitude that are far to seek.
-- Kokomo Tribune, Sat. 17 Oct 1925, p1 & 2
Funeral services for the late Lora C. HOSS will be held at the
residence, 802 East Sycamore street, Tuesday morning at half past ten
o'clock, conducted by Rev. M.H. GARRARD, pastor of the Main Street
Christian church. Friends of the family are invited. They may take
leave of the deceased any time up to the hour of the funeral. Interment
will follow in Crown Point Cemetery.
-- Kokomo Tribune, Mon. 19 Oct 1925, p1
NOTE: Lora C. HOSS (1859-1925) and Estella Emily BERNHARD HOSS (1862-1946) are buried in Lot Z, section 25 of Crown Point Cemetery.