DEKALB COUNTY OBITUARIES
Obituaries published after 1923 will be abstracted to avoid copyright violations.
Elmer Abel, age 12, the Auburn boy who
was frightfully injured in an attempt to
board a freight train a few days ago,
died Monday afternoon. He was the son of Mrs. and Mrs. George Abel.
The father was on a trip to New Mexico when the accident occurred.
(Fort Wayne Weekly Sentinel, 4-15-1908)
George J. Abbey, a brother of Giles T. Abbey, of Waterloo, died last week at Bronson, Kas. He formerly
resided at Steubenville, moving to Kansas 40 years ago.
(Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette, 4-13-1907)
Peter Anderson, residing south of
Waterloo, died in Chicago as the result of injuries sustained when he
was struck by a locomotive in that
city a week ago. (Fort Wayne Weekly Sentinel, 8-14-1907)
Foster Bailey, of Auburn, died
last night at 11:30 o'clock at St.
Joseph's hospital from injuries suffered early Sunday morning when
the automobile in which he was riding with a party of young men
struck a telephone pole and turned
turtle. Death was due to an infection which developed from a fractured skull.
At the time the accident happened.
Bailey in company wIth Gernys
Seberine, also of Auburn, and
Charles Mclntosh and Russell Robinson, both of Waterloo, were giving
a party in honor of Sam Beard, of
Auburn, who is about to enter the
United States army. The car struck
the pole about three and one-half
miles from the city on the Leo road.
Bailey suffered much pain and for
the greater part of the time was unconscious. His condition was critical
from the time he was brought to the
hospital and but little hope was held
out for his recovery.
(Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette, 9-3-1918)
John Barton, a
prominent farmer residing southeast
of Corunna, died at his home Sunday
morning, age fifty years. Death was
due to a cancer in the ear. He is survived by a wife and six children.
(Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette, 9-21-1909)
WATERLOO, Ind., Dec. 16.—Thomas
Baxter, one of the best-known men
in Waterloo, died very suddenly this morning of heart trouble. Surviving he
he leaves the widow and one daughter. No arrangements for the funeral have yet been made.
(Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette, 12-17-1915)
AUBURN, Ind., June 19.— Mrs. Bevier
wife of the late Dr. Bevier, of Waterloo
died at the home of her daughter, Mrs
Dunnabarger, in this city last night, her
age being past 77 years Since the death
of her husband she had found a most comfortable home with the daughter, and
while all that loving hands and medical
aid could do was administered, life could
not be prolonged. Some time ago she suffered a paralytic stroke and never recovered from the shock.
will be conducted at 1 o'clock from the
residence and interment will be in the
cemetery at Waterloo. (Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette, 6-20-1911)
James O. Blanchard, a member of the Waterloo town board, died this week.
(Fort Wayne Sentinel, 9-10-1902)
WATERLOO, Ind., Jan. 31 - Mrs. Mary Myers Brand, 88, a pioneer resident of Waterloo, died at the 6
o'clock Thursday evening, at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Smith on West Union street, as a result
of a stroke of apoplexy. Mrs. Brand was stricken while standing in the front yard and died an hour
later. She was the widow of Jacob Brand. While having no children of her own, she had reared two.
Mrs. Edith Myers Smith and the late Joseph Norton. Funeral services will be held Sunday morning
at 10 o'clock, with interment in the Waterloo cemetery. (Fort Wayne News and Sentinel, 1-31-1919)
GARRETT, Ind., July 17. — Mrs. Val
Brown, aged 26, of Waterloo, died
here in the Sacred Heart hospital, at
11 o'clock last night, following an
accident at 5 o'clock yesterday evening, when an automobile she was
driving, was run down by a New
York Central train in Waterloo. Her
17-month-old baby received a broken
leg and finger, Mexine McIntiefer, 5-year-old daughter of a neighbor,
jumped from the machine and escaped without serious injuries.
Mrs. Brown suffered a fractured
skull and no hopes were entertained
for her recovery. The body was sent
to her home this morning. The deceased who was a member of a prominent family
at Waterloo, was the
daughter of Mrs. John Kimble, of Battle Creek, Mich. Funeral
arrangements have not yet been made
(Fort Wayne News and Sentinel, 7-17-1920)
AUBURN, Ind, Dec. 7.— Mrs.
Charles Bundy, residing with her
daughter, Mrs. William Rohm, near
Corunna, died Friday after an illness
continuing throughout the summer.
Her husband died about one year ago.
The deceased leaves three sons and
two daughters. One son, George
Bundy, is superintendent of the Auburn Auto company in Fort Wayne. Funeral
services will be held Sunday afternoon.
(Fort Wayne Sentinel, 12-07-1918)
Jacob Burns received word this morning of the death of a sister in Toledo.
The body will be brought to Butler for burial.
(Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette, 11-05-1911)
Daniel Burris, an old citizen and prominent farmer near Waterloo, died
last Sunday morning. (Cambridge City Tribune, 9-15-1892)
Rev. William C. Butler, for many
years a minister at Waterloo, died
Monday afternoon from cancer. He
was 60 years old, a veteran of the
Civil war, and widely known. (Fort Wayne Sentinel, 9-10-1902)
AUBURN, Ind., Dec. 29.— William E.
Byers, DeKalb county coroner, who
lived in Waterloo, died at his home
this morning at 5 o'clock. Mr. Byers,
besides being county coroner, was engaged in the undertaking and furniture business at Waterloo. Tuberculosis was the cause of his death. He
belonged to the K. of P. and Masonic
lodges. He leaves a daughter by a
former marriage and his widow. (Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette, 12-30-1921)
James P. Campbell, age 72 years, of St. Joe, died suddenly on Tuesday. He leaves to survive him
four daughters: Mrs. Lulu Burley, of St. Joe; Mrs. Carrie Rohrbaugh, of near
Edgerton, Ohio; Mrs. Emma Crane, of near Grabill, and Mrs. Rosie Haddick, of Toledo;
two sons, Elmer Campbell of Edgerton, Ohio, and Lee Campbell, who resided with his
father; also several grandchildren and other relatives.
(Fort Wayne News, 3-25-1916)
Auburn, Ind., Oct. 14,—Samuel
Tillotson, who shot and killed Nathan Colbert in the woods north of
Corunna, yesterday, was brought to
Auburn this morning by Sheriff
Bleeks and lodged in jail to await
trial. The prosecuting attorney took
up the cane immediately and the DeKalb county grand jury, now in session, is
hearing the evidence of several witnesses this afternoon.
The tragedy occurred Tuesday afternoon about 4 o'clock on the Zonker
farm, about two miles north of Corunna. The farm is being cleared of
timber and the wood choppers occupy a group of shanties, several, including Tillotson, having
their families with them. Tillotson and Colbert occupied shanties about ten rods
apart and as far as is known have
always been on the best of terms.
Colbert had been spending several
days in Ohio and returned to the
camp Tuesday afternoon considerably
under the influence of liquor. He
went immediately to Tillotson's
shanty and knocked at the door, and
when Tillotson opened it Colbert attacked him and beat him severely
about the head with his fists. John
Stiles, a friend of Colbert's, intervened and succeeded in separating
the two men and Colbert started to
leave the room with the remark that
he was going to get his gun and kill
Tillotson. A moment after he
stepped out the door he started hack
with the intention of renewing the
attack, but as he entered the room
Tillotson picked up big shotgun an
flr£d point blank. Colbert was about
eight feet from the muzzle of the
gun, and the charge tore a great hole
In his abdomen. He staggered out
of the room and foil to the ground,
dying in a very few minutes.
Tillotson surrendered to the authorities at Corunna a
few hours after
the shooting and was placed in tho
jail to await the officers from Auburn. He was interview by The
Sentinel correspondent in the Auburn
jail this morning and gave the
above account of the affair, which is
borne out by the statements o£ witnesses.
Colbert formerly lived here and
was known to have a violent temper
and to be dangerous when under the
influence of liquor. About two years
ago he threw a lamp at his wife and
was sent to jail for sixty days for
assault and battery. After a few
months his wife again returned to
him, hut his cruelty drove her insane and she is now an inmate of
the Longclift asylum at Logansport.
They have three children. The dead
man was about fifty-five years old,
Tillotson is a quiet, sober and industrious man and has a wife and
several children. He has always
borne a good reputation and public
sympathy is altogether in his favor.
The belief prevails here he will be
acquitted on a plea of self-defense.
He is about the same age as Colbert. (Fort Wayne Weekly Sentinel, 10-21-1903)
Mrs. Thomas Costin, age 63 years, one of the well known and highly esteemed
ladies of Garrett, died Wednesday at the Sacred Heart hospital, following the
amputation of one of her feet for gangrene. She had been afflicted for several
weeks with rheumatism and other complications. Her husband, who was supervisor
of the B. & O. here for years, died five years ago. Three children survive.
The funeral will be held Friday forenoon from the Catholic church.
(Fort Wayne Sentinel, 11-20-1907)
Mrs. Sarah Cullers, of Auburn, died Friday afternoon at St. Joseph's hospital
in Fort Wayne, where she had undergone two surgical operations. Mrs. Cullers
was the widow of Joseph Cullers, and has been a patient at the institution
four weeks. Surviving relatives include a daughter, Mrs. Nettie Marvin, of
South Bend, and three sisters: Mrs. Nettie Wilsey and Mrs. Lulu Lysert, Fort Wayne,
and Miss Emma Miller, of South Bend. The remains were taken to Auburn for
funeral services and interment.(Fort Wayne Sentinel, 9-3-1910)
R. G. Daniels, 95 years of age, is
dead at his home in Waterloo. Mr
Daniels was born in New England in
1813 and came to Indiana in 1836.
(Fort Wayne Weekly Sentinel, 6-10-1908)
Mrs. Frank Darby, 50 years old, living at Waterloo, died at 1:00 this morning
at the Stametz sanitarium, where she had been a patient for some time.
She had been ill with paralysis for a year. The body will be sent to Waterloo.
(Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette, 5-23-1919)
Corunna, Ind., Dec. 15.- Solomon Deetz, a prominent farmer of DeKalb county,
residing four and one-half miles northeast of Corunna, died yesterday at the age
of 78 years. He had been ailing for some time and death was due principally to
old age. He was born in Holmes county, Ohio, in May 1831 and came to Fairfield
Center in 1853, where he has resided ever since. He has been engaged in
farming practically all his life.
(Fort Wayne Sentinel, 12-15-1909)
A. M. Dermott, 54 years of age and
a lifelong resident of Concord township, DeKalb county, died a few days
ago at Ann Arbor, Mich., following
a surgical operation. (Fort Wayne Weekly Sentinel, 1-14-1903)
George Derthick, who was employed as a bartender in the Waltman saloon at Waterloo, died suddenly Tuesday
morning from heart disease in one of the rooms over the saloon. (Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette, 6-25-1903)
WATERLOO -- This afternoon at 3 o'clock the extremely sad funeral of Mrs. John Dilgard of Elkhart was held at
this place. Mrs. Dilgard, former Miss Nettie Berdlon (?) of Waterloo, died soon after giving birth to
a child while at her home in Elkhart. The mother leaves, besides her devoted husband, two children
who are so much in need of the mother's guiding hand. (Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette, 11-23-1908)
ST. JOE, Ind., Nov. 22. — Mrs. James
Dragoo/Draggoo of Auburn, died suddenly
Tuesday afternoon at the home of her
daughter, Mrs. Ernest Johnson. Death
was due to paralysis and came shortly
after the deceased had eaten a hearty
dinner. Surviving besides the husband and eight daughters. Mrs. Mary
Bartlett, of Fort Wayne; Mrs. Dema
Hull, Mrs. Hattie Johnson, Mrs. Birdie
Brown, Mrs. Sadie Coyle, Mrs. Orpha
Carper and Mrs. Ruth Provines, and
six sons, Frank, Delbert, John, Orange
and Floyd, all of Dekalb county, and
William Dragoo, of New Jersey. Funeral arrangements have not been
made. (Fort Wayne Journal-Sentinel, 11-23-1917)
Mrs. Barbara Durst, three miles
north of Waterloo, died Tuesday
morning from carbolic acid poisoning. Opinion is divided as to whether
the case was one of suicide or an error in recognizing the drug.
(Fort Wayne Weekly Sentinel, 10-21-1903)
Auburn, Ind., Sept. 22 - Edward Eldridge, one of the oldest and highly honored residents of Auburn, died at the
home of his son of this city tonight, due to the infirmities of old age and worrying
over the death of his wife, who preceded his only a few months ago. When Auburn was almost
a forest Mr. Eldridge came here and helped clear up the wilderness and in 1860 he went into
the saloon business, which place has since been operated, though now owned, by his son
Jenk. For nearly 45 years the Eldridge saloon was run under his management and without a
complaint of any kind ever made against it. But two sons survive. They are Jenk and James,
the latter is lying quite low over the worry and hard work incident to caring for his
father. (Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette, 9-23-1907)
Mrs. B. L. Bailey, of Butler, received word on
Thursday of the death of her uncle,
John Essig, of Auburn, and went to
that city yesterday morning to be
present at the funeral. (Fort Wayne News, 10-26-1912)
GARRETT, Ind., Dec. 15. - Archie Evans, who was injured two years
ago internally by falling from a train, died at the Sacred Heart
hospital in the city. His funeral was held today.
(Fort Wayne Sentinel, 12-15-1909)
AUBURN, Ind., Oct. 19.— Mrs.
George Kayser, of this city, was
called to Brazil, Ind., today by a telegram announcing the death of her
sister, Mrs. P. L. Evarhart, at that
place. She left at once to attend the
funeral, which will be held Sunday.
(Fort Wayne News and Sentinel, 10-19-1918)
Mrs. Caroline Firestone, the widow of the late Samuel K. Firestone, passes
away Tuesday, after a two-weeks illness of pneumonia, at the home of her
daughter, Mrs. Maude Sternberg, at Decatur, Ill, where she was spending
the winter. The remains were brought to Butler Thursday evening and a
funeral service was held Saturday morning from her late residence in
Butler. The deceased was past 82 years of age, and is survived by two
sons, James E. of Butler, and Charles, of New Mexico; two daughters, Mrs.
Sternberg and Stella Swift of Butler; twelve grandchildren, six great-
grandchildren and a host of other friends and relatives. Mrs. Firestone
was a pioneer resident of DeKalb county, and was preceded in death by
her life-companion only three years ago. She was a member of the Methodist
church. The interment took place in the Hamilton cemetery.
(Fort Wayne News, 3-25-1916)
The funeral of Mrs. Elias Fisher, whose death occurred Thursday at her home in Allen county, one
mile south of the DeKalb county line, will be held Saturday at the Salem Reformed church on
Dutch ridge. She is survived by the husband, three daughters and a son. (Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette, 4-13-1907)
John Fisk, of Waterloo, died from
blood poisoning last week, the result
of trimming a corn between his toes
(Fort Wayne Sentinel, 7-16-1902)
Mrs. August F. Fleming, wife of a
florist at Auburn, died Saturday. (Fort Wayne Weekly Sentinel, 6-10-1908)
Eugene Furnish, ten-year-old son
of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Furnish of
Spencerville, died at the Lutheran
hospital at 10:50 o'clock last night
from complications from appendicitis
He was brought to the hospital on
Dec. 18, last. He is survived by the
parents, two brothers and two sisters. Funeral services will be held
from the home at Spencerville, Tuesday, it was said last night. The
body was taken to the Walters' undertaking parlors, at Spencerville,
last night. (Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette, 1-15-1922)
Mrs. John Geisler, of Corunna, died
a few days ago at the age of 86
years. (Fort Wayne Weekly Sentinel, 1-14-1903)
Abijah Gibson, age 51 (?), who lived at Waterloo, died of
pneumonia and was buried at Valley Grove, Sunday.
(Cambridge City Tribune, 4-30-1903)
Joe Girardot and family were called to
Auburn Thursday by the death of his
mother, Mrs. Justin Girardot. The funeral was held Saturday at the Catholic
church in Auburn. (Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette, 11-05-1911)
George W. Gordon, a pioneer citizen of Auburn, died Wednesday at his
home In that place at the age of 73
years. Mr. Gordon was a native of
Ohio, but came to DeKalb county in
1841. He served in the Forty-fourth
Indiana regiment during the civil war,
and later was a photographer, postmaster at Auburn and publisher of
the Auburn Dispatch. He had lived
a retired life for several years. His
wife died little more than a year ago. (Fort Wayne Weekly Sentinel, 1-14-1903)
Dale, the two and
one half-year-old son of Nathan Hard
and wife, of Auburn, died this morning from cholera infantum. The remains will be brought here to-morrow
and the funeral sermon will be
preached by Rev. Murray Thursday at
11 a. m. at East Springfield. The boy
was a grandson of
J. W. Mains and wife of LaGrange. (Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette, 7-14-1909)
Jacob Helsey, aged 81 years, a well
known character in and about Waterloo,
died at the home of his daughter. Mrs.
A. W. Snyder at Lebanon, Pa, on Dec. 2
and was buried on Dec. 5. Mr. Helsey
lived the life of a hermit in the west
part of Waterloo many years, and due
to the infirmities of age and very much
against his wishes, he was taken to the
county infirmary some three years ago,
and after about a year there went to
the home of his daughter at Lebanon.
(Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette, 12-16-1917)
Samuel H. Hire, aged 69 years, a mail
carrier residing In Waterloo, died at 2:20
o'clock yesterday morning at the Lutheran hospital, death being due to
nephritis. Mr. Hire was brought here eighteen
days ago to undergo an operation, but physicians found his condition too critical to withstand the
shock of a
surgical procedure. The decedant had
been in failing health for some time but
remained at his post until a complete
breakdown compelled him to quit work.
The wife and four children survive.
The body was removed to the Peltier
undertaking establishment to be prepared for burial, and yesterday afternoon was
sent to Waterloo, where funeral services
and burial will take place. (Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette, 3-3-1918)
John Horn, of Spencerville, died
very suddenly on Saturday from a
stroke of paralysis. (Fort Wayne Weekly Sentinel, 9-17-1902)
Hon. Freeman Kelly, well known in
this city and a prominent political
leader, who resided at Waterloo, died
yesterday. He suffered from kidney
trouble, and went to Ann Arbor to have an operation performed. He did not rally from the
effects of the operation and died in the hospital. He formerly represented his county
in the state legislature. The funeral will take place in Waterloo tomorrow afternoon.
(Fort Wayne News, 9-9-1902)
The death of John Ketel Monday
morning removed another old resident
of DeKalb county. He came from Germany, but has lived in the county for
40 years, part of that time in Waterloo,
and for the last, 20 years on the farm
southeast of Waterloo. He lacked a
few days of being 80 years old at the
time of his death. Funeral services at
Norris chapel at 10 a, m. Wednesday. (Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette, 11-28-1912)
W. H. Kibinger, a prominent citizen of Auburn, died Thursday.
(Fort Wayne Weekly Sentinel, 5-9-1894)
AUBURN, Ind., July 30.—Michael
Kiplinger, aged seventy-one years, a
long time resident of Waterloo, died
at the home of his daughter, Mrs.
Ralph Thomas, in this city shortly
after the noon hour to-day, after a
long- illness. He was born in Ashland
county, Ohio, in 1846, and came to Waterloo in the sixties, where he followed
his trade of carpenter. In 1872 he
married Flora Dennison and to this
union were born six children, all girls,
they are Mrs. J. E. Graham and Mrs.
Ralph Thomas, of Auburn; Mrs. Frank
Myers, of Waterloo; Mrs. Orpha.
Brown, of Celina, O.; Mrs. C. L. Hine,
o£ Tuscola, Ill., and Mrs. Albert Bogart,
of Albion, Mich. They are all left to
mourn their loss, the wife and mother
dying a number of years ago. The funeral arrangements have not yet
been made. (Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette, 7-31-1917)
John Kruger, for fifty years a resident of Auburn, died Monday afternoon. (Fort Wayne Weekly Sentinel, 4-15-1908)
Earl Lautzenheiser, a young man formerly a resident of Waterloo, died last week in Lansing, Michigan,
and the remains were brought to Waterloo Saturday for burial.
(Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette, 11-7-1911)
Edwin Donald, the four-weeks-old
son of Mr. and Mrs, Lynas Likes, of
Corunna, died Monday night, after a
short, illness of paralysis of the
bowels. Funeral services were held
Wednesday afternoon from the M. P.
church in this city, Rev. I. M. McVey
officiating. (Fort Wayne News, 11-19-1913)
Miss Melinda McCosh of Ashley, a former resident of Waterloo, died
at her Ashley home this week and the remains will be brought to
Waterloo for burial Saturday. (Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette, 1-10-1916)
The infant child of
Mr and Mrs. Ed McDonald, at Corunna,
died Saturday morning at 2 o'clock. Short
funeral services were held in the afternoon yesterday at the residence. Burial
was made at the Corunna cemetery.
(Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette, 3-14-1909)
Mrs. Sabinah E. Mason, wife of Abraham Mason, of Auburn, died at the
Lutheran hospital yesterday morning at
1:30 o'clock following an operation for
relief from obstruction of the bowels
Mrs. Mason was brought to this city for
treatment on Friday morning.
Surviving besides the husband
son, E. J. Mason, and a brother and a
The remains were sent to Auburn yesterday afternoon by Schone & AnkenbrucK.
(Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette, 5-12-1913)
Mrs. Abe Mason, whose home was southeast of Waterloo, died at the Lutheran hospital at Fort Wayne
Sunday morning. She had been in poor health for several months, but last week grew so alarmingly
worse that it became evident that nothing but an operation could save her, and this, was unavailing.
Funeral at the Pleasant View church this afternoon. [see obit above] (Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette, 5-14-1913)
Mrs. Elizabeth Mayer, 70 years of
age, died Friday at Garrett. (Fort Wayne Weekly Sentinel, 6-10-1908)
James Metcalf, who resided five miles west of Butler, died suddenly on Monday at his home
He was past 73 years of age. Area relatives who attended the funeral include S. A. Likens, of
Fort Wayne, and James and John Likens of Butler. (Fort Wayne News, 3-25-1916)
WATERLOO, Ind., August 30.— Arven Mills, age 22 years, of Auburn, died yesterday from the
effect of an accidental discharge of a shotgun in his right arm while on Golden Lake,
hunting. He and a young companion were in the boat, half a mile from shore, and Mills took
hold of his gun by the barrel, and in pulling in toward him the hammer caught on the
boat and discharged the gun. His companion had hard work to keep him from jumping
out of the boat. He was driven to Pleasant Lake, a distance of four miles, the nearest
Philip Morrell, a pioneer citizen of
Waterloo, died suddenly Sunday evening at the age of about 76 years.
(Fort Wayne Weekly Sentinel, 4-15-1908)
Hamilton, Ind., May 6 - The funeral of Richard Oberlin, who died at his home
near this village Monday, was held this morning at the United Brethren church
here at 10 o'clock. Service were conducted by Rev. O. D. Wells, pastor of the
United Brethren church of Butler, Ind., assisted by a choir of singer from the
Methodist Episcopal church of this place. Interment in the Hamilton cemetery.
(Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette, 5-7-1908)
Mrs. Maggie Ogle, a former resident
of Waterloo, died at the home of her
adopted daughter, Mrs. Harry Wyatt,
in East Auburn, Wednesday morning.
About three weeks ago she came to
this city to make her home with Mrs.
Wyatt. Death was due to heart trouble. (Fort Wayne News, 10-26-1912)
AUBURN, Ind., Jan. 29.— Mrs. John
Olinger, residing west of Auburn, died
early this morning, of a peculiar stomach trouble, from which she has been
a sufferer for years and from which it
seemed that she could not be relieved.
Mrs. Olinger was sixty-five years old.
She is survived by her husband and
four children. Funeral announcements
have not yet been announced. (Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette, 1-30-1908)
Perry Porter, aged 30 years, a resident of Waterloo, died at 9 o'clock
Wednesday night at the Lutheran
hospital, to which institution he was brought two weeks ago for treatment.
The remains were shipped to Waterloo this morning. The deceased is survived by
his wife and four children. (Fort Wayne News and Sentinel, 6-5-1919)
John Radabaugh who lived southeast of
Waterloo died Monday after a long period
of suffering with cancer on his face. The
remains were taken to Putnam county
Ohio, for burial. (Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette, 12-12-1915)
AUBURN, Ind., Jan. 30. — William
Rohrbaugh, aged 63, a former resident
of Auburn died very suddenly, while
reading a newspaper, at his home four
miles northwest of Butler last evening. He worked all day Thursday and
was feeling good and ate a heavy meal
at supper time and afterward sat down
and read the paper, without a moment's
notice he gasped for breath and before
anyone could reach his side he had
breathed his last. He lived in Auburn
few years ago and was a foreman
In the W. H. Mclntyre company factory here. He moved to Waterloo from
this place and lived there a few years
and afterward moved to the farm
where he died. He was the father of
Dan Rohrbaugh, who was killed in an
accident at the W. H. McIntyre's plant,
in this city, a few years ago when he
fell down an elevator shaft. Mr.
Rohrbaugh leaves besides a widow,
three sons, namely
John, of Hamilton;
Charles, of Waterloo, and Clark, who
lives on a farm next to his father's
place. The funeral will be held Sunday at the home and burial will be
made in Waterloo cemetery. (Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette, 1-31-1914)
HAMILTON—The funeral of Andrew Sewell, who died Friday at his
home in Angola, was held at the
Methodist Episcopal church in this
place Sunday at 1:30 p. m.. the pastor, the Rev. R. A. Morrison, conducting the services. Int e rment in. the
Hamilton cemetery. Mr. Sewell was
a former resident of this place, and
at one time owned the grist mill here.
He was a brother of Perry Sowell, of
this place, and father of A. T. Sewell,
Mrs. Elizabeth Weir, Mrs. Hiram
Sweet and Green Sewell. (Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette, 2-3-1914)
George N. Smurr, an early resident
of Wilmington township, DeKalb
county, died suddenly a few days ago
at the age of 81 years. Mr. Smurr
was sitting in a chair conversing
with members of his family when he
was stricken by heart disease and
died instantly. (Fort Wayne Weekly Sentinel, 1-14-1903)
Miss Jennie Steward, daughter of Mrs. Nancy Steward, passed away on Tuesday evening at about 5 o'clock,
after an illness of a month's duration, as a result of lagrippe. The deceased was about 44 years of
age and was preceded in death, on Dec. 18, by a sister, Miss H. Veva Steward. The deceased is survived
by her mother; one sister, Mrs. Addie McCroy, of near Spencerville; one brother, Louis Steward, of Fort
Wayne, and several nieces and nephews and other relatives. She was a member of the Methodist church,
and Forest chapter No. 44, O. E. S. The funeral services were held Thursday afternoon in the M. E.
church, Rev. A. H. Backus officiating, assisted by the Eastern Star chapter officers, who gave the
impressive memorial service. Interment was made in the Butler cemetery.
(Fort Wayne News, 3-25-1916)
Andrew Stout, aged father of
George Stout, of Hamilton, died
while visiting his son John at Dayton, Ohio. He was on his way to Florida
to spend a few weeks. The deceased
was a veterinarian and had a large
practice here until about two years
ago when he located in Ashley. Funeral services were held this
afternoon from the Methodist Episcopal
church, the Rev. B. P. Hornaday
officiating. The services were in
charge of the Knights of Pythias.
He leaves three sons, Samuel, of
California; John, of Dayton, Ohio,
and Postmaster Stout, of Hamilton.
Interment in the Hamilton cemetery
(Fort Wayne News and Sentinel, 3-24-1919)
Henry Strow, living on the Sedan road
west of Waterloo, died between 9 and 10
o'clock Friday morning. He had been
sick with pneumonia about ten days and
his death was not, unexpected. He was
about 46 years of age and leaves a wife
and four children, the youngest 9 years
(Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette, 11-05-1911)
WATERLOO, Ind , May 18 — William Sutlief, a former resident of
Waterloo, died Thursday at his home
in Monroe, following an extended
illness. Funeral services were held
this morning at the Pleasant Dale
church, with Interment at Monroe
Mr. and Mrs. L D. Baumgardner attended the funeral.
(Fort Wayne News and Sentinel, 5-18-1918)
Mrs. Sarah Tailor, of Waterloo, died Tuesday morning after an illness of less than one hour. She was
76 years of age.
(Fort Wayne Weekly Sentinel, 1-14-1903)
John Treesh died at his home in Auburn Tuesday, aged eighty years.
death was the result of a complication of diseases. He was the father of Mrs.
Martin Marsh of this city, surviving are three sons and three daughters,
and many grandchildren and greatgrandchildren. The funeral was held
Thursday. (Ft. Wayne News, 7-24-1914)
KENDALLVILLE, Ind., Sept. 19.—
Mrs. Treesh, whose home is three
miles south of Corunna, died Sunday
it Fort Wayne after a lingering illness. Mrs. Treesh was 55 years of age.
and is survived by her husband, two
daughters and three sons. The funeral
will be held Tuesday at the Treesh
residence at 1:30.
(Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette, 9-20-1910)
Mrs. Sarah Tustison, aged 88 years, widow of Charles Tustison, died Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock at
the residence of her daughter, Mrs. Jane Reaser, 2107 Gay Street. Death was due to the infirmities
of age. Mrs. Tustison was born in Ohio and came to this city six years ago from Houston, Texas, where
she had been living with a daughter. She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Reaser of this city, and
Mrs. Loretta Hilbert, of Parsons, Kansas; and three sons, George, of Kansas, Martin, of Georgia, and
Joseph, of Arkansas. There are four grandsons and two granddaughter and several great-grandchildren.
(Ft. Wayne News, 1-11-1907)
Hicksville, Ohio., Jan. 1 - The news was brought to town Friday morning that Washington Tustison, a respected farmer living southwest of Hicksville, had died during the night. Mr. Tustison, the past year, has been afflicted with rheumatism at times but the past few weeks has been some better until Thursday morning when he suddenly took ill and continued to grow worse until the end came during Thursday night. In his death his vicinity loses a splendid neighbor and an exemplary citizen. He leaves a wife and one daughter, Mrs. David Meek, jr. The funeral will be be Monday at the Presbyterian church here, conducted by the pastor, Rev. Gordon. Burial will be at Forest Home. (Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette, 1-2-1916)
GARRETT, Ind., April 21--Enos Vian, aged 80 years, for a long time a resident of Corunna, six miles
north of here, died at his home near that city yesterday afternoon. Death was due to infirmities of
age. The funeral will be held Friday morning at 10 a.m., conducted by the Rev. O. L. Hull, of this
city. Interment will be at Cedar Lake Cemetery. (Ft. Wayne Journal Gazette, Apr. 22, 1909)
CORUNNA, Ind., Apr. 21--Enos Vian, a prominent farmer residing a half-mile east of this place, died
Tuesday evening at five o'clock, aged 83 years. The deceased had been in poor health for the past
year and the cause of death was principally from old age. He is survived by a widow, four sons and
two daughters. (Ft. Wayne Journal Gazette, Apr. 22, 1909)
Mrs. Lydia C. Watson, of Auburn,
died at 7:50 o'clock this morning at
the Lutheran hospital In this city, at
the age of 63 years, 7 months and 13
days. She came to Fort Wayne Monday to undergo an operation for cancer.
Mrs. Watson was the widow of
Evans A. Watson, was born in New
York and had lived about thirty years
in Auburn, where she was a member
of the First Presbyterian church. Surviving children are Evans L. Watson
of this city, and Miss Elmira Watson,
The remains were taken to Auburn
Saturday afternoon for funeral services
and interment. (Fort Wayne Sentinel, 10-23-1909)
Mrs. Anna Wertman, wife of Edward Wertman of Auburn, died at 10 o'clock Wednesday morning at the
Lutheran hospital. The husband and one son, Earl, survive her. The body was shipped to Auburn
(Fort Wayne Sentinel, 5-2-1917)
Mrs. W. Wetzel, a resident of Auburn, died late this afternoon at the Lutheran hospital,
following an operation. (Fort Wayne News and Sentinel, 2-14-1918)
Mack Williams, the Butler barber who has been quite ill with the grippe and typhoid
pneumonia for the past month or more, passed away at about 1'clock Tuesday
afternoon. He was married on Thanksgiving Day, 1911, to Miss Marjorie
Couch, who, with three small daughters, his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Alonzo
Williams, and several brothers and sisters, of Metz, survive him. A short
funeral service was held for him at his late residence Wednesday forenoon,
the Rev. W. B. Benton, pastor of the Church of Christ, officiating, after which
his remains were taken to Metz, where they were laid to rest. Mr. Williams
was a young man of only about 24 years of age and very active in the Church
of Christ, of which he was a member. He was also a prominent member of the
Butler City Band, which turned out to his funeral in a body. (Fort Wayne News, 3-25-1916)
SPENCERVILLE, Ind., July 28.—
J. S. Wise, a former resident of
Spencerville, died last week at his
home on South Van Buren street. Auburn, following an extended illness
due to paralysis. Mr. Wise was
born and reared near here and lived
here the greater part of his life. He
moved from here about seven years
ago. The deceased leaves a wife,
eight children, one brother and a
sister. The children are: Mrs.
Beulah Vallieu, Spencerville; Vernie,
Waterloo; Mrs. Blon Woodring, near
Butler; Ralph, Jackson township:
Diss, somewhere in France; Clarence, Auburn, and Georgia and
Franka, at home. [also see obit below] (Fort Wayne News and Sentinel, 7-29-1918)
Auburn, Ind., July 24 - Sylvester Wise, a resident of Auburn, died suddenly Tuesday
evening following a stroke of paralysis. In the afternoon he had been downtown and
apparently was the the best of health. He ate a hearty supper but shortly after the evening
meal he was stricken and within a few hours passed into the Great Beyond. The deceased
was born and reared on a farm near Spencerville, DeKalb county. (Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette, 7-25-1918)
WATERLOO, Ind., Aug. 28.— Elkiah
Zerkle, a prominent business man and
leading grocer of Waterloo, died at
10:15 o'clock Sunday morning of acute
indigestion after an illness of only
twenty-four hours. As a man Mr.
Zerkle stood high in the community
and was ready to help in all good
works whether public or private. He
was a consistent member of the Evangelical church, an active Sunday
school worker, and had recently been
appointed a member of Waterloo's
new library board. He leaves a wife;
one daughter, Mrs. Harry Beldler; a
brother, U. S. Zerkle, and a sister
Mrs. Abbey Lynn. The two last reside in Garrett. The funeral was held
in the Evangelical church Wednesday
afternoon at 2 o'clock,- Rev. D. O
Wise, of Louisville, Ky., officiating. In
the death of Mr. Zerkle not only his
family and close friends are bereft,
but the town and the community suffer an irreparable loss. (Fort Wayne News, 8-28-1912)
AUBURN, Ind., Oct 19.—Mrs.
Mary Zircher, residing in the Catholic settlement near Waterloo, died
very suddenly Friday of Bright's disease. She was past 77 years of age
and had suffered many years. Funeral services wore held today from
the Catholic church at Summit. (Fort Wayne News and Sentinel, 10-19-1918)
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