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Jan 11 1957

Miss Julia Dexheimer, 89, St. Louis, member of a pioneer Mt. Vernon baking family, died early Thursday (10 Jan 1957) in Manchester Nursing Home in St. Louis after long illness.


She was a member of the graduating class of 1886 of Mt. Vernon High school the first class of record in the office of present School Superintendent High W. Price.


Miss Dexheimer had resided in St. Louis for more than 50 years.  For a number of years she was an employee of Grand Leader department store there.


The body will reach Short-Niehaus Funeral Home in Mt. Vernon late Saturday night.  Friends of the deceased and her family may call at the funeral home after Sunday noon.


The funeral service will be at 2 p.m. Monday in Short-Niehaus chapel with burial following in Bellefontaine cemetery.  Rev. August E. Binder, pastor of Trinity Evangelical and Reformed Church, will be the officiating minister.


Illness has prevented Miss Dexheimer's visits to her native Mt. Vernon in recent years but for many earlier years she was a frequent guest in the homes of local relatives.  Prior to her entrance of the St. Louis nursing home she resided for a long period with a niece, Mrs. Douglas Drake, 3715 Palm street, St. Louis.


Miss Dexheimer's father was Henry Dexheimer, pioneer local baker whose bakery home and shop were in the building on Lower Main street now owned by Walden lodge of Colored Masons and who did a flourishing business in the heyday of river traffic.  Her mother was Juliana Wittmer Dexheimer.


Henry Dexheimner's son Charles, succeeded his father in the baking business in Mt. Vernon and Miss Dexheimer resided with her brother and his family for a number of years prior to her moving to St. Louis.  Charles Dexheimer operated his bakery and shop at 222 Main street.


A large number of nieces and nephews are the nearest relatives of the late deceased.


They include Mrs. Leroy Agin and Miss Iva Wentz, Mt. Vernon; Mrs. Paul E Bauer, Mrs. Douglas Drake, Mrs. Wilma Calvert, Miss Maetz Wenz and Mrs. John Vaughn, St. Louis; Mrs. James Durham, Berea, Ky; Mrs. Ruth Crunk and Mrs. Ote Ley, Phoenix Ariz; Mrs. B. J. Kolb, Newcastle, Pa; Clarence R. Wentz and Henry Dexheimer, Sapulpa, Okla; Ivan D. Wentz, Charleston, S. C; William R. Dexheimer, Indianapolis; Raymond Wentz, and Fred Wentz, St. Louis; Henry Glass, Chicago; Walter Glass, Cincinnati, and Alvin Volk, Baton Rouge, La.


Originally submitted by Betty Sellers