Whitley County Obituaries

Abbot, Mrs. Francinkey
Columbia City News - Whitley County, Indiana
Thursday February 10, 1859

     On the 31st day of December 1858, it pleased Almighty God to suffer the ruthless hand of death to snatch from our midst, our beloved friend and sister Mrs. Francinkey Abbot.
     We bow in humble submission to the dispensations of the Supreme Disposer of events. He orders all things wisely and well; but we would not refrain from an expression of our grief at the loss of one so long and favorably known to this community. And who has known her but to love her?
     In the death of Mrs. Abbot it is not unfair to say that community has lost its most valuable member. Among the earliest pioneers of this valley, few there are who have not shared her hospitalities; and when sickness or death has visited our families, prostrating ourselves or smiting our loved ones; influenced her ever active kindness, when has not her cheerful presence beguiled the lone vigils of the night in ministering to the wants of the sufferer, and soothing the anguish of the wrung heart.
     Her religion was a sentiment of the mind, and was manifested in her love towards her fellows; pure in mind and tho’t she loved virtue for virtues sake, and hated vice because it was vice, with heart and “hand open as day in deeds of melting charity.” She lived out her devotion to God in acts of practical good to his creatures.
     But she is gone from our midst. “The place that has known her, will know her no more forever,” and while this feeble tribute to her many virtues is prompted by the love we bear her memory, let us not forget that in all her relations of wife, mother, sister, friend and neighbor, she was a pattern worthy of imitation.
     Resolved, That we tender to the bereaved family our heartfelt sympathy and confidence,
     Resolved, That in token of our respect for her death, that the daughters of Rebekah Lodge belonging to Meshe Knuhghqnoh Lodge be requested to wear a collar of crape for the period of 30 days,
     Resolved, That the Secretary of Meshe Knuhghqnoh Lodge of which brother David Abbot, the husband of our deceased friend and sister, is a member, be furnished a copy of this memorial and these resolutions; and likewise that they be furnished to the parents and family of the deceased; and that a copy be also furnished the “Columbia City News,” and the Wabash papers for publication.
     Mary Lent.
     Levena Knowles.
     A. A. McFamm.
     Aneolette Swayze.
     Rachael Simonton.


Adair, Christiann (Bashford)
Unidentified News Clip in "the Scrapbook"
Died May 17, 1909

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     Christiann Bashford was born in Ohio, April 12, 1831, and died at her home in Noble township, Noble county, Indiana, May 17, 1909, aged 78 years, 1 month and 5 days.
     She was united in marriage with John N. Adair, March 17, 1855, and to this union four sons, who still survive were born – William C., Thomas N., Edwin L., and John W.; also three brothers, David and Jared Bashford, of Carlow, Mo., and Elisha Bashford, of Stanley, Wis. and one sister, Mrs. Rachel Beavers, of Nebraska. Her husband preceded her to the spirit world November 16, 1890.


Adams, Andrew
GSWC First Families of Whitley County (006-FF)
Columbia City Post – Whitley County, Indiana
Wednesday, April 18, 1906

     Andrew Adams, one of the oldest and best known men in Thorncreek township, died at the home of his son, Thos. E., Sunday at 10:30 o’clock, after a brief illness due to the infirmities of old age. The deceased was born in Ireland, March 17th, 1821, and had reached the advanced age of 85 years and 28 days. When about 17 years old he came to America with his mother, three sisters and a brother. He learned the trade of a machinist and worked in the city of New York and elsewhere for many years. In 1851 he came to this country and bought quite a large tract of land in Thorncreek township which he afterwards settled upon and cleared up. On the 8th day of October, 1853 he was united in marriage to Elizabeth Elliott, in Beaver county, Pennsylvania, and they began life in a log cabin on the farm upon which he died. Three sons were born to them, all of whom survive: John, now in New York, Andy, in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and Tom with whom he lived for the past six years. His wife died October 15, 1897.
     The deceased was a well informed man and was a conversationalist of unusual ability. He was a great student of the Bible, and was deeply interested in religious subjects. About two years ago his sight became so badly impaired that he could not read, thus depriving him of one of his greatest pleasures. His health remained fairly good until quite recently when there was a general collapse followed by unconsciousness from which he did not rally.
     The funeral occurred at his late residence Tuesday afternoon at 1:30, Rev. Albertson officiating; interment in Masonic cemetery, this city.


Adams, Hattie A. (Pollack)
Unidentified News Clip in "the Scrapbook"
(Died January 24, 1912)

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     The shadow of death darkened another home in this city Wednesday night when Mrs. Thomas E. Adams passed into the eternal sleep at her home on North Walnut street… Hattie A. Pollock was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. T. Pollock, of Kimmell, Indiana. She was born in Kosciusko county, December 7, 1868, and died in Columbia City, January 24, 1912, aged 43 years, 1 month and 17 days. When a child she moved with her parents to Noble county. Upon reaching young womanhood she became a teacher in the common schools and followed the occupation for eight years. She also served as deputy postmaster at Cromwell. On October 18, 1893 she was married to Thomas E. Adams and they took up their residence on his farm in Thorncreek township… She is survived by her husband and two sons, Cedric, aged 13 and Andy, aged 11; also by her father and mother. A brother died February 28, 1888, at the age of 18 years.


Adams, John Q.
Unidentified News Clip in "the Scrapbook"
(Columbia City Commercial – April 17, 1902)

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     John Q. Adams died at his home in Thorncreek township Tuesday night, aged 75 years, 9 months and 27 days. The deceased was born in the northern part of Ireland. When a mere child he father died and his mother and children emigrated to America soon afterwards. The mother also died when he was twelve years of age. In 1851 he came to Whitley county, locating in Thorncreek township, on what is now known as the Bair place. He was married to Christiana Elliott, in Columbiana county, Ohio, September 28, 1852.
     J. Q. Adams served as justice of the peace, township trustee and in 1866 was elected treasurer of Whitley county, being re-elected in 1868.
     Of the family there remain the wife, John W., Charles, Andrew A., and Frank E. Adams; two sons, George and James, having died many years ago.


Adams, John Q.
Unidentified News Clip in "the Scrapbook"
(Columbia City Post – March 19, 1909)

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     John Q. Adams, a resident of Troy township for seventy years and one of the respected and esteemed citizens of the county throughout his life, succumbed to the death angel Thursday night, after a short illness of three weeks duration, from heart trouble.
     He was born in Putnam county, New York, November 28, 1829, and was aged 79 years, 3 months and 21 days. He came to this county when a lad of ten years and grew to manhood in the township where he resided all his life. He was married there in 1854 to Melinda Cummins, who survives him. Three children were born to them, two surviving – Walter Adams, of Troy township, and Mrs. William Russell, of Etna township. He was the last of his race, Levi Adams, another brother, dying a couple of years ago.


Adams, Kate
Unidentified News Clip in "the Scrapbook"
(Columbia City Commercial Mail – April 8, 1910)

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     Miss Kate Adams, the younger daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Adams, of north Chauncey street, who had been ill of tuberculosis for seven months, passed to the beyond Friday morning. Miss Adams was born in this city August 17, 1892 and was the youngest of two daughters of her grief-stricken parents. Her surviving sister is Mrs. Eugene Willits. She lived to reach the age of 17 years, 7 months and 4 days.


Adams, Malinda (Cummins)
Unidentified News Clip in "the Scrapbook"
Calculated - Died February 20, 1910

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     Mrs. Malinda Adams, widow of the late soldier John Q. Adams of Troy township died at her home just after midnight Saturday of catarrhal laryngitis, lacking only two days of reaching her 75th year. Mrs. Adams has not been strong since the death of her husband the 18th of last March.
     Malinda Cummins was born in Delaware county Ohio Feb. 22, 1835 and with her parents, George and Catherine Cummins came to Whitley county in 1852 settling in Troy township on the farm where she passed away Saturday. In 1854 she became the wife of John Q. Adams and bore him three children two of whom are yet living, Mrs. William Russell at the home place, and Walter L. Adams of Troy township. Two brothers, Allen L. and Frank D. Cummins of Larwill and three sisters, Mrs. Roxy Jamieson of Bellview, Colorado; Mrs. Cynthia Noble, of Fort Wayne, and Mrs. James Johnson of Thorncreek township also survive. There are also five grandchildren.


Adams, Thomas E.
GSWC First Families of Whitley County (006-FF)
The Evening Post – Columbia City, Indiana
Tuesday November 18, 1913

     Thomas E. Adams, of Thorncreek township, one of the best known farmers and cattlemen in Northern Indiana, died suddenly at his home Tuesday forenoon shortly after 11 o'clock. While he had been indisposed for a few days and had been confined to his home since last Saturday, it was not known even to his relatives that he was not in his usual health, and Dr. J. C. Scott, who was attending him did not regard his condition as serious. The latter had gone to the home of the deceased to see how he was and not until he entered the room was it discovered that life was extinct.
     The news of the death of Mr. Adams came as a great shock to his friends and relatives in this city and the word spread rapidly over the town. On last Saturday, Mr. Adams and Charles Cone held a cow sale in this city, but the deceased did not attend as he was not feeling well at the time, but his condition was not such that it would in any sense have been regarded as alarming.
     Tom Adams was a brother of 'Texas Andy' Adams, of Colorado Springs, of Col. John Adams, of Detroit, and was a cousin of Editor J. Adams, one of the pioneer residents of Whitley county and owned one of the largest farms in the county. He was an extensive breeder of hogs and cattle and was a recognized authority of all kinds of live stock.
     Until a couple of years ago, he was a man of remarkable physical strength, at which time he had a severe sickness from typhoid fever and he seemed never to fully recover from that attack. he was 55 years, 11 months and 15 days old, and is survived by two sons, Cedric, aged 13 and Andy, aged 11. His wife died of pneumonia on January 24, 1912, and Mr. Adams' greatest desire was to give his two sons every advantage.
     Thomas E. Adams was born Dec. 3, 1857. In 1893, he was united in marriage to Miss Hattie Pollock, of Noble County and the above named boys were born to them. He is survived by two brothers, Andy, who lived in the state of Texas for many years and who is the author of a number of books on cowboy life, and Col. John Adams, who is with the firm of Strauss Bros. in Detroit.
     The deceased was a member of the Masonic order and of the Presbyterian church and was a man who took an active interest in affairs of a public nature. He was a prominent worker in farmers institutes and was an extensive importer and breeder of thoroughbred Short Horn cattle but in late years has been making a specialty of raising Duroc hogs. For several years, while a young man, he was in business in Albion, Ind., but then returned to the farm. A few years ago, he moved to this city, but he found it was too hard for him to look after his big farm and live in town at the same time, so he moved back at the close of the schools here in June.
     He took an active interest in public affairs and was a democrat in politics. He served as trustee of Thorncreek township for six years and was an active energetic citizen.
     The funeral arrangements will not be completed until his brothers are heard from.


Aker, Oscar Clark
Columbia City Post, Whitley County, Indiana
Wednesday, December 21, 1921

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     Oscar Clark Aker, one of the well and especially favorably known young men of this city, died at the St. Joseph hospital in Fort Wayne, at 4:30 o’clock Saturday morning, after an illness which began a week ago Friday forenoon. He had been working with his brothers during the morning and complained of abdominal pains later in the day. His illness became more serious the next day and Sunday his condition was such that he was taken to the St. Joseph hospital about midnight for an operation.
     It was found that his trouble arose from what is known a Meckel’s Diverticulum, an unusually rare condition of the intestines, and a very serious one. The operation was performed and for a time he showed slight improvement, but later his condition took a turn for the worse and became very grave, ending in death at the hour named.
     He was a son of Charles and Jennie Clark Aker and was born in Union township on September 8, 1896. He was 25 years, 3 months and 8 days old. He attended the common schools and later graduated from the Columbia City high school, and then entered the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor and was there for two years.
     On April 19, 1917, Oscar enlisted in the United States army and later sailed for England. On the way over he underwent an operation for appendicitis and when he reached Liverpool was stricken with pneumonia.
     He was honorably discharged from the service March 5, 1918. After leaving the army he worked in the office of the Goodyear Rubber company at Akron, Ohio, and then was associated in the onion business with his brothers, Lee and Fred, of this city.
     In addition to his parents he is survived by the two brothers mentioned, and one sister, Miss Kathrine Aker, and a half-brother, Carl Aker, and a half-sister, Mrs. Homer Krider, of Churubusco. He was a member of the American Legion and was a quiet, unassuming young man with a large circle of friends who will regret to learn of the untimely ending of a life which showed so much promise for the future.
     The funeral will be held Monday morning at 10:30 at the home of his parents on East Van Buren street. The remains can be viewed Sunday. No flowers.


Albert, Arthur L.
Contributed by Chas Rockwood
Post & Mail, Columbia City, Whitley County, Indiana
July 14, 1993

     Arthur L. Albert, 84, of Richland Township died at 11:15 p.m. on Monday July 12, 1993, at Miller's Merry Manor Nursing Home, Columbia City. He had been a patient there since April 14.
     He was born June 1, 1909, in Noble County, a son of Charles and Melinda Walker Albert. Mr. Albert was married to Gladys Leona Kreider on Aug. 31, 1929, in Columbia City. He spent his early childhood near the Churubusco and Collins area, spending his adult life in and near Columbia City.
     Mr. Albert retired in 1969 after 23 ˝ years of service as a machinist with the Dana Corporation, Fort Wayne. He also worked many years ago at the Blue Bell Company, Columbia City. He is survived by his wife, Gladys Albert; two nieces, Betty Baker and Margaret Cullers, both of Columbia City. He was preceded in death by two sisters, Ocie and Jessie Cullers.
     Funeral Services will be at 1 p.m. at DeMoney-Grimes Countryside Park Funeral Home, Columbia City, with the Rev. Curtis Johnson officiating. Friends may call from 2 to 5 and 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Burial will be at Nolt Cemetery with military graveside rites by American Legion Post 98.


Albert, Charles LeRoy
Contributed by Chas Rockwood
Columbia City Post, Columbia City, Whitley County, Indiana
February 6, 1956

     Charles LeRoy Albert, 76, 511 E. Hanna street, died Sunday morning at Whitley County Hospital. In failing health for a number of years, he did not become bedfast until last Monday when he was admitted to the hospital.
     Rites will be held Tuesday at 2 p.m. at the J. A. DeMoney and Sons Funeral Home, the Rev. Marion Shroyer officiating. Burial will be in the Nolt Cemetery.
     Mr. Albert was born in Noble County July 29, 1879 to David and Amanda Young Albert. He married Malinda Eldora Walker of Noble County, November 23, 1901. He had been a resident of Whitley County for 41 years.
     For a number of years, Mr. Albert was employed by the State Highway Department and more recently had been employed by the Columbia Products as a stock Maintenance man.
     Mrs. Albert died December 31, 1944. One son, Arthur L. Albert, 511 E. Hanna street, with whom Mr. Albert resided, survives; also two daughters, Mrs. Andrew Cullers, 506 Collins street, and Mrs. Claud Cullers, of near this city; three grandchildren; a brother, John Albert, Warsaw; and a sister, Mrs. Lyman Wolfe, 303 Collins street.


Albert, David
Contributed by Chas Rockwood
Columbia City Post, Whitley County, Indiana
May 13, 1930

     David Albert, past 50 years old, died at five o'clock Monday morning at the home of his daughter, Mrs. David Grubb, of North Webster. He had been ill only four days. Mr. Albert had lived in and near North Webster for the past nine years and made his home with his daughter for several years.
     He is survived by four daughters, Mrs. Peter Grubb and Mrs. David Grubb, of North Webster, Mrs. William Foster, of Columbia City, and Mrs. David Tucker, of Albion, and two sons, Charles of Columbia City and John of North Webster.
     The deceased was a member of the Church of God at North Webster. Funeral services will be held at 2 o'clock Wednesday afternoon at the Church of God in North Webster. Burial will be made in the North Webster cemetery.


Albert, Gladys Leona
Contributed by Chas Rockwood
Post & Mail, Peabody Library, Columbia City, Whitley County, Indiana
July 24, 2002

     Gladys Leona Albert, 92, formerly of Columbia City, died at 12:05 p.m. Tuesday, July 23, 2002 at Miller's Merry Manor Nursing Home in Columbia City where she had resided since 1995.
     Born in Cleveland Township, Whitley County on June 10, 1910, a daughter of John L. and Effie A. (Jenkins) Kreider. She attended the Kreider School in Cleveland Township and South Whitley High School.
     On August 31, 1929, in Columbia City, she was married to Arthur L. Albert. Mr. Albert died July 12, 1993. A lifetime Whitley County resident, she retired from Columbia City Blue Bell, Inc. after 40 years and assisted her husband on their family farm.
     She is survived by a half-brother John V. Kreider, South Whitley and nine nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her step-mother, Chloe Ethel Kreider; four sisters, Mary Kreider, Hulda Rivett, Norma Baublit and Velma Hartle; a half-sister, Liliah Kreider and a half-brother, Charles E. Kreider.
     Visitation is from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, July 26, at DeMoney-Grimes Countryside Park Funeral Home, 600 Countryside Drive, Columbia City. The funeral service is at 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home with Pastor Curtis Johnson, officiating. Burial is at the Nolt Cemetery.


Albert, Jemima Ann
Contributed by Beverly Henley
The Commercial Mail – Columbia City, Indiana
Thursday May 17, 1945 Page 6

     Jemima Ann Albert, age 84, died at 8:40 am today at the Poulin Nursing Home, corner of Line and Market Streets. She was seriously ill for the past six weeks. She was the widow of Dr. Daniel R. Albert, veterinarian at North Manchester for a number of years. Mrs. Albert was born in Huntington March 5, 1861, to Aaron and Catherine Hosler Householder. She was married August 6, 1878, to Dr. Albert, who died March 17, 1932. Survivors are one daughter; Mrs. Mary McGriff, Fort Wayne and son Charles Albert, Warsaw; one brother, A. R. Householder of Huntington; eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at the Smith Funeral Home Saturday afternoon at 2 o’clock, Rev. Donald Bailey of Trinity Methodist church officiating. Burial in Oak Lawn cemetery at North Manchester.


Albert, Malinda Eldora
Contributed by Beverly Henley
The Commercial Mail – Columbia City, Indiana
January 2, 1945 Page 6

     The death of Mrs. Malinda Eldora Albert, past 64 years old, took place at her home on East Hanna Street extended, Columbia City, at 12:45 o’clock Sunday morning. She had been ill for the past 12 years. Her death was due to diabetes and cerebral hemorrhage. She was born on November 19, 1880, to Theodore and Anna Egolf Walker in Noble Co and spent most of her life in Noble and Whitley Counties, residing for the past 30 years in Whitley County and Columbia City.


Albert, Malinda Eldora Walker
Contributed by Chas Rockwood
Columbia City Post, Whitley County, Indiana
January 2, 1945

     The death of Mrs. Malinda Eldora Albert, past 64 years old, took place at her home on East Hanna street extended, Columbia City, at 12:45 o'clock Sunday morning. She had been ill for the past 12 years. Her death was due to diabetes and cerebral hemorrhage.
     She was born on November 19, 1880, to Theodore and Anna (Egolf) Walker in Noble county and spent most of her life in Noble and Whitley counties, residing for the past 30 years in Whitley county and Columbia City.
     On November 23, 1901, she was united in marriage to Charles LeRoy Albert of Noble county, who is an employee of the state highway department and who survives.
     Surviving children include Mrs. Andrew Cullers, 506 E. Collins street; Mrs. Claude Cullers, Cleveland township; Corporal Arthur Albert, with the U.S. Army in England. There are three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
     William Walker of near North Manchester, Adam Walker of South Main street, Marion Walker of North Oak street, Mrs. Amos Garrison of Fort Wayne, Mrs. Moyne Gill of Huntington, are surviving brothers and sisters.
     The body was taken to the J.A. DeMoney Funeral Home where services were held at 1:30 o'clock Tuesday afternoon. The Rev. Marion Shroyer, retired pastor of the First Church of God, conducted the services and burial was made in Nolt Cemetery.


Albert, Malinda Eldora Walker
Contributed by Chas Rockwood
Columbia City Post, Whitley County, Indiana
January 3, 1945

     The Rev. Marion Shroyer, retired pastor of the First Church of God, officiated at funeral services held Tuesday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock at the J.A. DeMoney Funeral Home for Mrs. Charles LeRoy Albert, who died early Sunday morning at her home.
     Mrs. Rome Repp, soloist, sang three hymns, "Good Night and Good Morning," "Beautiful Isle," and "Beyond the Sunset." Her organ accompaniment was played by Mrs. B.V. Widney, organist at the funeral home. Nieces of Mrs. Albert who served as the flower bearers were the Misses Clementine Gill, Doris Gill, Jeannette Walker, Vivian Walker, and Mrs. Edward Walker.
     The nephews who served as the casket bearers were Willard Walker, Earl Knight, Roy Garrison, James Garrison, Lyman Garrison, and Edward Walker.
     Committal serves were held in the Nolt Cemetery.


Albertson, Dr. Edmund F
Contributed by Beverly Henley
The Commercial Mail – Columbia City, Indiana
Wednesday May 23, 1945 Page 6

     Word has been received here of the death of Dr. Edmund F Albertson 328 Nuber Ave. Mount Vernon NY which occurred May 17 at his New York home at the age of 88. Dr. Albertson was born in Indiana of Quaker parentage and was a graduate of DePauw University. He held pastorates in Fort Wayne, Columbia City and Butler and in 1922 located in New York state and until 10 years ago served as supply pastor of Methodist and Presbyterian churches in the Albany and Binghamton, NY areas. He was the author of several poems and hymns published in Methodist journals. He is survived by his wife the former Mrs. Lucretia Hetzer, four children by his first marriage, Mrs. Ralph Paddock, Wolcott, NY, Mrs. Edgar R Clapp, Winston Salem NC, Mrs. Charles E Fowler, Mount Vernon, NY and Robert E Albertson, New Rochelle, NY and a brother, Dr. Charles C Albertson of New York. After serving as a local minister Dr. Albertson was located at Winona Lake for a number of years.


Alles, Joseph G.
Contributed by Beverly Henley
The Commercial Mail – Columbia City, Indiana
Saturday January 20, 1945 Page 1

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     Missing in action since Sep. 9, 1944, 2nd Lt Joseph G. Alles, 23, is reported dead, according to word received Monday night from the War Dept by his parents Mr. and Mrs. Philip Alles of Washington township. Lt Alles was on his 23rd mission at the time of his death. A graduate of Washington Center high school in 1939, Lt Alles enlisted in the Army Air Corps in July, 1942. He received his training at Nashville, TN., Montgomery AL, Jackson, MS and Greenville MS. After receiving his wings at Selma AL, Lt Alles spent 14 days at home and then returned to AL as an instructor. He was later transferred to Florida and from FL was sent to San Antonio, TX. After spending a week in Nebraska, Lt Alles was sent overseas. On his way from Nebraska to a point of embarkation on the east coast, Lt Alles signaled as he flew over the home of his parents in Washington township. Lt Alles was awarded the Air Medal, three Oak Leaf Clusters, the Bronze Star and the Presidential Citation. Surviving Lt Alles besides his parents are five brothers and two sisters, Herbert and Phyllis Alles, Fort Wayne; Pvt Ivo Alles, stationed at Camp Blanding, FL; Dale Alles, A-S stationed at Great Lakes; Paul, Evon and Patty, at home.

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