Again the buglar called, the last roll has been called, another one of the boys in blue of the war of the 60's has answered the last summons.
Andrew E. Schreiber, son of Christian and Elizabeth Schreiber, was born November 3, 1844 near Hegins, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, and died June 1, 1916 at the City Hospital at Rockford, Illinois, age 71 years, 7 months. He came to this state at the age of 20 and has lived almost his entire life in this community.
He was enrolled as a private in Co. K, 15th Ill, Infantry, March 8, 1865 and was honorably discharged from service September 16, 1865.
He was married to Celesta Hawk on December 25, 1865. To this union were born three children, all of whom, with the mother, preceded the father in death.
At the age of 34 he was converted to God and joined the Evangelical Church of which he remained a member until death. On February 15, 1875, he was united in marriage to Mary R. Heister. To this union were born five children, three of whom have died. He leaves to mourn his departure, his widow, two sons, William C. and Merlyn C, also four grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, three brothers, three sisters and many other friends and relatives.
The deceased moved from the farm to the village of Leaf River about 20 years ago, buying of Edward Hiller what was then known as the Leaf River Roller Mill and the Hiller residence, which he occupied for seventeen years. About twn years ago he sold the mill property to Foster and Williams and three years ago he sold the residence property to L. W. Wells. Mr. Schreiber then bought the Jeremiah Nalley property which he remodelled and where he lvied to the time of his death. For the last year, he has suffered greatly at times from gall stones. On May 18th he entered the hospital and on the 20th he was operated on for this trouble, the operation being a success and patient was getting along nicely until the 29th when other complication set in frim which he never rallied, gradually growing weaker. All that could be done was done for him but last Thursday morning he passed tom his rest.
The funeral was held on Saturday, June 3rd at the North Grove Evangelical Church. Mr. Schreiber, before gloing to the hospital had made a number of arrangements in the event he should never return alive. He asked that the Sons of Veterans be pall bearers snd the old soldier boys, if possible, should attend his funeral in a body. The text he chose was the Twenty-third Psalm.
The pall bearers were Geo. G. Myers, Dr. H. E. Bowerman, Arthur and Charles Knodle, George Hoverland and Josiah Harner. Those of the boys of the G.A. R. who attended the funeral were George W. Finkboner, Edward F. Bressler, Wesley Knodle, Jos. S. Myers, John Twigg, Frederick E. Hoverland, John Grahm, James T. Askey and Emanuel M. Harner. Thus are the boys who wore the blue reminded them that another of their comrades has fallen by the wayside, a good citizen, a kind neighbor, a loving father and husband, gone to his reward. They laid his remains in the cemetery close by the church he loved to worship in, there to rest until that great day.
Leaf River Mirror, June 9, 1916
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