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DeKalb County Indiana Obituary

George Waggoner
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 he died.
     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 of years.
     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.

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