DeKalb County Indiana Obituary
Contributed by Roselyn (Mills) Wells
The Auburn Courier September 1916
FALL DOWNSTAIRS PROVES FATAL George Waggoner, Auburn's Oldest Resident, Dies
Early This Morning at Age of 95 Years. CAME TO THIS CITY IN 1845 Deceased
for Many Years was a Blacksmith Giving Up the Anvil Only Thirteen Years Ago--Funeral
at Methodist Church.
George Waggoner quietly passed away
in the home he built northwest of Auburn forty-two years ago at 2:35 o'clock
Thursday morning, having never regained consciousness from his fall downstairs
early on Monday morning. His only son, George, and family were with him when
Mr. Waggoner has been a resident of this city for over
seventy years and has seen a great many changes in the history of the city.
For a number of years when he first came here he owned a grocery store.
He was a blacksmith by trade and forty-two years ago he built the brick home
where he died and ran his blacksmith shop just north of the house for a number
Mr. Waggoner was born of German parents, in Hopewell
township, Perry county, Ohio, near Findlay, November 25, 1821, and was the
son of Jacob and Susanna (Heck) Waggoner.
Until seven years of age he lived at the place of his
birth when he moved with his parents to the country near Tiffin, Oio, where
he worked on a farm until his eighteeenth birthday.
At eighteen he was bound out to a blacksmith at Melmore,
Ohio, where he remained for four years and learned the trade in which he
afterwards engaged in Williams county, Ohio, not far from Bryan.
On the twenty-ninth day of December 1844, he married
Hannah Ashton Lawrence and a year later the young couple came to this county
arriving in Auburn on Friday afternoon, April 4, 1845, where he continued
his trade as a blacksmith and had since lived.
It was thirteen years ago that Mrs. Waggoner passed away
and the pioneer blacksmith left the anvil never to return for any noticable
length of time. Of his five children only one remains and that is George
Waggoner, with whom he has lived for the last two years.
After the death of Mrs. Waggoner thirteen years ago his
daughter, Miss Deliah, kept the home up for him. She passed away two years
ago and since that time he lived with the son, George.
Besides his son, George, and wife there are four grandchildren
and four greatgrandchildren surviving.
Mr. Waggoner of late years attended the Methodist church,
although a great many years ago he was connected with a Universalist church
in Ohio. He was a charter member of DeKalb Lodge No. 214, F. & A. M.
and was a very faithful member, even more so than many of the younger Masons.
Funeral services will be held in the Methodist church
Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock and Rev. C. W. Mahin of the Christian church,
will deliver the funeral sermon. The Masons will have charge.