George & Mary J. Lapp Zahler
by Paula Zahler Allerdyce
George Zahler was born in August, 1844 in Prussia, Germany
Mary J. Lapp was born April 1, 1845, in Ohio, her father was John Lapp of
In October 30 or 31, 1863, Mary J. Lapp and George Zahler were united in
marriage in Freeport, Illinois.
George Zahler made a homestead claim (1871) in Reading township; three miles
south-east of the present town of Rising City.
1880 Census - Rising City Pricinct, Butler County, Nebraska
George Zayler - white, male, age 35, farmer, b. Prussia, parents b. Prussia
Mary -wife, white, female, age 34, b. Ohio, parents b. Prussia
Elizabeth - daughter, age 15, b. Illinois
John - son, age 13, b. Illinois
Annie - daughter, age 8, b. Nebraska
Theresa - daughter, age 6, b. Nebraska
Charles - son, age 5, b. Nebraska
Albert -son, age 3, b. Nebraska
Peter - son, 2 months, b. Nebraska
1900 Census Reading Township, Enumeration District 4, Sheet 10
George Sailer - Head, white, male, b. Aug 1844, age 55, married 37 years, b.
Germany, parents b. Germany, emigrated 1857, farmer
Mary J. - wife, white, female, b. Apr. 1845, age 55, married 37 years, 12
children, 8 living, b. Ohio, father b Germany, mother b. Pennsylvania
Elizabeth Snyder - daughter, white, female, b. June 1864, age 35, widow, 1
child, 0 living, b. Illinois, housekeeper
Alfred W., - son, white, male, b. Feb. 1878, age 22, single, b. Nebraska, farm
Francis E. - son, white, male, b. Nov 1881, singel, b. Nebraska, farm laborer
Ellry E. - son, white, male, b. July 1887, single, Nebraska, farm laborer
GOLDEN WEDDING ANNIVERSARY
Observed by Mr. and Mrs. George Zahler of David City
Mr. and Mrs. George Zahler, highly esteemed residents of Butler county 42 years
and of David City five years, observed their golden wedding anniversary today
(Thursday)[Oct 30, 1913], a company of relatives and old-time friends being entertained by
them at their home in observance of the anniversary. Mr. and Mrs. Zahler were married 50
years ago in Freeport, Ill. Mrs. Zahler's maiden name was Mary Jane Lapp.
Eight years after their marriage in Illinois, Mr. and Mrs. Zahler came to
Nebraska and Butler county, taking a homestead claim that year (1871) in Reading township;
three miles south-east of the present town of Rising City. They made a fine farm of it and
resided there 37 years and until 1908 when they moved to David City.
They still own the old homestead. Their sons, Alfred and Francis, live on it.
Mrs. Henry W. Helming, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Zahler, came from Landsford,
North Dakota, to attend the golden wedding observance. Mrs. Anna Hunt, a sister of Mrs.
Zahler, came from her home near Medina, North Dakota.
Mr. and Mrs. Zahler have eight children living. Five of them live long
distances from the parental home and could not be present at the golden wedding
observance, the three children in attendance being Alfred and Francis Zahler, of Reading
township, this county, and Mrs. Henry W. Helming, of Landsford, North Dakota.
In attendance form Rising City were Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Bauer, Mr. Edward
Brakefield, Mr. and Mrs. E. S. Jones, Mr and Mrs. Charles Kuhl, Mr. and Mrs. William
Lemley, Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Ohm, Mr. and Mrs. B. F. Noddings, Mr. Peter Reinheimer, Mr. and
Mrs. George Smith and Mr. and Mrs. Henry Want.
Mr. and Mrs. R. E. Pillar and Mr. and Mrs. Reinhault Pillar were present from
Millerton and Mr. and Mrs. Adolf Pillar from Garrison.
David City people who were guests of Mr. and Mrs. Zahler at their golden
wedding observance included Mr. and Mrs. Theodore Aerts, Mr. and Mrs. R. B. Coe, Judge and
Mrs. A. J. Evans, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Flynn, Mayor and Mrs. L. S. Hastings, Mr. and Mrs.
Chris Hoker, Mr. John Hilger, Mr. and Mrs. John Litty, Judge and Mrs. Matt Miller, Mr. and
Mrs. Joseph Myer, Mr. and Mrs. Nicholas Miller, Mrs. Daniel O'Keefe and family, Supt. and
Mrs. F. A. Stech and Mrs. H. H. Smith.
An elaborate dinner of four courses was served. The table decorations were
chrysanthemums, a large wedding cake with fifty lighted candles as centerpiece.
Among the presents received by Mr. and Mrs. Zahler as tokens of love and esteem
were $10 in gold, articles of cut glass, various articles of silverware, a gold watch
chain, a silk umbrella and two handsome rocking chairs.
Ref: from newspaper clipping (probably David City, Nebraska) found in the family Bible
DEATH OF MRS. GEORGE ZAHLER
She Had Been a Resident of Butler County Since 1871
Mrs. George Zahler, one of Butler county's pioneer women, died at her home in
David City Wednesday evening, Feb 17,  shortly after 8 o'clock, Mrs. Zahler's death
was from pneumonia. She was sick just a week, having contracted the disease a week ago
Mrs. Zahler was in her 70th year. She was born April 1, 1845, in Ohio, and was
of German descent. Her maiden name was Mary J. Lapp. When a young girl her father, John
Lapp, a shoemaker, moved his family from Illinois where he kept a shoe shop in the house
for many years.
In October 1863, Miss Lapp and Mr. George Zahler were united in marriage in
Freeport, Illinois. In 1871, eight years after their marriage, the Zahler family came from
Illinois to Nebraska and Butler county and took up their residence in a sod house on a
homestead in section 24, Reading township. Here for 39 years the Zahler family resided.
Mrs. Zahler with her energetic spirit and indomitable will was of great assistance to her
husband in meeting the same discouragements and overcoming the same obstacles that were so
familiar to the early day homesteaders. Mr. and Mrs. Zahler bought a home in David City
five years ago and moved here shortly after the purchase was made. They have resided here
Mrs. Zahler was the mother of eleven children, eight of whom are living. They
are Mrs. Elizabeth Snyder, of San Diego, Calif.; John F. Zahler, Shawnee, Okla; Mrs. Anna
Brown, of Omaha; Mrs. Grace Helming, of Lansford, N.Dak; Charles Zahler, of San Diego,
Calif; Alfred and Francis Zahler, of Rising City; and Edward Zahler, of Portland, Ore.
Mrs. Helming and Francis Zahler are in San Diego, Calif, visiting. Mr. Zahler and two
sisters also survive Mrs. Zahler. One sister, Mrs. Lizzie Lawver, lives in Rising City;
the other sister, Mrs. Anna Hunt, lives near Medina, N.Dak. Mrs. Brown came from Omaha
Monday evening on account of the illness of her mother and Alfred Zahler has been here
from Rising City the past week. John F. Zahler of Shawnee, Okla., will arrive here this
No definite arrangements for the funeral services have been made as yet, but
they probably will be held next Tuesday [Feb 23, 1915]. The body will be held until some
of Mrs. Zahler's children arrive from California. It is not known how many of them will
come. Burial will be in the Rising City cemetery.
Ref: Obituary found in the family Bible, probably from David City, Nebraska newspaper.
OBSEQUIES FOR MRS. ZAHLER
Body of Mrs. George Zahler Was Laid to Rest Wednesday
The last rites for Mrs. George Zahler, who died in her home in David City on
February 17, were held on Wednesday morning, February 24, at 10 o'clock in the Lutheran
church in Rising City by Rev. M. L. Melick, pastor of that church. The singers were Mrs.
Clinton Hillegass, Miss Mabel Miller, Edward Dechert and Fritz Hoffman, with Mrrs. O. A.
Wickert as organist. The pallbearers were Edward Brakefield, Jacob Helwig, George Moser
and Peter Reinheimer, all old-time friends of the Zahler family. Burial was in the Rising
The body of Mrs. Zahler lay in state at the Zahler home Tuesday afternoon prior
to Christian Science services which were held at 3:30 o'clock at the Zahler residence. The
services were conducted by P. H. Rosebrook and Mrs. R. A. Bennett. Mrs. Mary Maltby gave
two vocal solos, "No Night There" and "Abide With Me."
On Tuesday evening the remains were taken to Rising City and the body lay in
state there in the home of Mrs. A. J. Kaempfer.
Those going from David City to Rising City to attend the funeral services were
George Zahler, husband of Mrs. Zahler, and Alfred and Francis Zahler; Mrs. Anna Brown and
daughter, Olive, and son, Clyde, of Omaha; Mr. and Mrs. H. W. Helming of Lansford, N. Dak;
John F. Zahler of Shawnee, Okla; John Helser of Palmer; Mrs. Lizzie Lawver, whose home is
in Rising City, but who had been in the Zahler home during Mrs. Zahler's illness and since
her death; Mr. and Mrs C. G. Hoker and C. H. Allen. Alfred, Francis and John Zahler, Mrs.
Brown and Mrs. Helming are Zahler children. Mr. Helser is a cousin of Mrs. Zahler and had
lived with the Zahler family for over twenty years. Mrs. Brown had been in David City
since Monday, February 15, John Zahler came last Thursday evening, Clyde and Miss Olive
Brown and John Helser came Monday evening and Francis Zahler and Mr. and Mrs. Helming, who
were visiting in San Diego, Calif., arrived Monday evening.
Three Zahler children, Mrs. Elizabeth Snyder and Charles Zahler, of San Diego,
Calif., and Edward Zahler, of Portland, Ore., were unable to come.
The many beautiful floral offerings sent to the Zahler home after the death of
Mrs. Zahler were tokens of sympathy from friends of the Zahler family and were emblematic
of the high esteem and respect with which Mrs. Zahler was regarded.
Ref: Obituary found in the family Bible, probably from David City, Nebraska newspaper:
George Zahler white, age 75, born in Germany, residence 4814 Long Branch
Enumerated with Elizabeth Snyder
August H. Zahler, white, age 67, birthplace Illinois, same location there also.
1920 US Census
Ref: Soundex Vol 88, ED 250, Sheet 5, Line 45, San Diego Co., California Census
Elizabeth Snyder -Head, female, white, age 52, widow, no education, reads and
writes, b. Illinois, tailoring - college
George Zahler - Father, male, white, age 75, married, no education, reads and
writes, born in Germany, speaks German, not employed, does not speak English, parents b.
August H. Zahler - wife, female, white, age 67, no education, speaks and
writes, b. Illinois, parents b. New York
Ref: US Census: San Diego Township, San Diego Co. CA
Submitted by Paula Zahler Allerdyce (HAPPYQUILT@aol.com)
and Liza Zahler Gaby
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