Jay County Obituaries
Commercial Review, Thursday, February 16, 1905, page 1
Captain John Schmuck died at 11:30 oclock Tuesday forenoon at the home of his son, William H. Schmuck, northwest of the city in Greene township. He had been suffering for some time from stomach trouble but had been confined to his home only since Christmas time. Captain John Schmuck was a veteran of two wars. He was born in Darke county, Ohio, October 4, 1827, son of Peter and Asenath Chapman Schmuck, the sixth of ten children. He learned the carpenter trade when a young man and enlisted in the Mexican war in March, 1847, as a member of Company D, Sixth Ohio infantry, from which at the close of the war he received an honorable discharge. He enlisted in the civil war in October, 1834 (sic-probably 1864), and served gallantly to the close of the war, being promoted soon after his enlistment to captain of Company F, 140th Indiana infantry. His company was engaged in many of the bitterest struggles of the last days of the war but Captain Schmuck emerged from the fighting unscratched.
He was married August 22, 1849, to Miss Alta Reed, a native of Ontario county, New York, and a sister of W.H. Reed of this city. The following children are living:
Mrs. William Force of College Corner; Mrs. Smith Spahr, Greene township; Mrs. John Reser, Jefferson township; Elmer and Morton Schmuck, Chicago; Charles Schmuck two miles north of Portland and Henry Schmuck four miles southwest of Portland.
Funeral Thursday 1 oclock at Union church half mile north of Blaine.