Whitley County Obituaries

Heil, Lylia M. (Mosher)
Columbia City Post - Whitley County, Indiana
Tuesday January 30, 1973

     Mrs. Lylia M. Heil, 74, of R 1, died at 6:50 a.m. today in the Alfran Nursing Home. She had been ill the past four years. Following recent hospitalization she was taken to the nursing home and from there to the home of her daughter, Mrs. Don York, where she stayed for a while before entering the nursing home the last time.
     She was born June 14, 1898, on the family farm in Columbia township, a daughter of Lyman and Leah Schaper Chauncey [sic].
     Her marriage to Lowell Glen Heil occurred June 2, 1922 at the farm home where she has always lived. Mr. Heil preceded his wife in death on March 10, 1964. Mrs. Heil was the last member of her family; three brothers and one sister being deceased.
     She did custom sewing for a number of years and in 1959 worked as a cook at the Whitley County Hospital for one year. Mrs. Heil was affiliated with the Columbia City United Methodist Church, the Golden True Blue Sunday School class and Dorcas Circle; the American Legion Auxiliary and Rolling Acres Pioneer Neighborhood Extension Organization. She was a former member of the West Columbia Ladies Aid Society.
     She is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Glen (Willadene) Holycross, R 6 and Mrs. Don (Marilee) York, R 1; three grandchildren, Mrs. Roger (Sue) Studebaker, Leah Ann Holycross, and Warren Eugene York; also one great grandson, Jonathon Edward Studebaker.
     Friends may call at the J. A. DeMoney & Son Funeral Home from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday. Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday in the funeral home chapel with the Rev. Edward S. Vaught officiating. Interment will be in South Park cemetery.


Helms, Joshua
Columbia City Commercial - Whitley County, Indiana
Wednesday December 3, 1890

     Joshua Helms, an old resident who lived about three miles southwest of Columbia City, was stricken with Paralysis on Wednesday morning about 9 o'clock. He lingered until Thursday, when he quietly passed away. His funeral will take place tomorrow forenoon. The remains will be interred in the Eberhard cemetery with military honors.


Hemmick, D. R.
Unidentified News Clip in "the Scrapbook"
(Died October 1, 1911)

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     D. R. Hemmick, one of the best known of the older residents of this county, died rather suddenly and unexpectedly at his home on North Chauncey street in this city Sunday morning…
     D. R. Hemmick was born in Greene county, Ohio, October 29, 1836, and was 74 years, 11 months and two days of age at his death. He came to Columbia City in 1857 and made his home here practically all his life… He enlisted in Company E. 17th Indiana Volunteer Infantry… He was commissioned second lieutenant in 1865 and was soon afterward advanced to first lieutenant, serving through the ware and being discharged in September 1865… He was first married to Lucy A. Watson, one of the leading school teachers of the county, April 26, 1866, who died in the spring of 1870. He was again married to Margaret Daniels, a native of Richland county, Ohio, in 1872, her death occurring within the year. He was married a third time to Mrs. Sarah Ellen Parrett, who still survives him. One daughter also survives, Mrs. Ruth Caswell, of Huntington.


Herndon, Homer H.
Contributed by Beverly Henley
The Commercial Mail – Columbia City, Indiana
Friday February 9, 1945 Page 6

     Homer H. Herndon, age 61, farmer living three miles south of Laud, died Thurs afternoon while en route to St. Joseph hospital where he was being rushed in a police ambulance following a train-auto crash at the crossing of the G. R. and I. railroad in West Swinney Park, Fort Wayne. The accident occurred at 2:35pm. His chest was crushed and he also suffered lacerations of the nose and chin. Mr. Herndon had been at his farm located on the Whitley-Huntington county line and was believed to be on his way to Fort Wayne to visit his family, who have lived at 1007 East Lewis street, Fort Wayne since last fall. After his wife and seven children moved to Fort Wayne, Mr. Herndon remained at the farm to care for the stock. He had planned to retire and had advertised a public sale for February 15.
     Fort Wayne police state that the railroad warning flashers were both in operation and the engineer of the train sounded a warning whistle. Mr. Herndon was carried some distance inside the battered car, which was hooked to the front of the locomotive. The crash at this crossing is one of several that have occurred during the past few years, according to Fort Wayne police records. Last spring two person lost their lives after a similar accident Mrs. Herndon was a native of Huntington county and had lived on a farm all his life. He is survived by his wife; two sons, Donald and Morris; five daughters, Joann, Katherine, Helen, Esther and Dorothy, all at home; two brothers LeRoy, Omaha, Nebraska and Elige of near Huntertown; three sisters, Mrs. Thelma Rosswurm of near Fort Wayne; Mrs. Beuna Crowell, Roanoke and Mrs. Mamie Fisher Huntington. The body was removed to the Ankenbruck Funeral home in Fort Wayne.


Hess, Elizabeth (Miner)
Unidentified News Clip in "the Scrapbook"
(Columbia City Post – January 26, 1910)

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     Mrs. Phillip Hess, one of the good women of Union township, died at the St. Joe hospital in Forth Wayne Friday night. Elizabeth Miner was born on the farm upon which her life was spent June 16, 1852 and was 57 eyars, 7 months and 5 days of age at her death. She was united in marriage 39 years ago to Phillip Hess, and to them two children were born, one of them dying in infancy. The only immediate relatives she leaves are the husband and son, Fred.


Hicks, Ralph
Columbia City Post, Whitley County, Indiana
Saturday, February 15, 1919

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     One of the saddest deaths to occur in Whitley county for some time was that of Ralph Hicks, son of Mr. and Mrs. James Hicks, of Cleveland township. A telegram came to the family Friday morning from Camp Taylor, Ky., announcing that Ralph had died Thursday evening at six o’clock, after an illness of two weeks from pneumonia. The father had been at the bedside of his son since a week ago Wednesday, and the mother and sister, Mrs. Eldon Lawber, left Thursday, following a hurried summons, but it is unknown whether they arrived before he passed away. The young man was for four years in the United States navy, and after receiving his discharge, returned to the arm, where he helped his father for two years. But in March, 1918, he enlisted in a hospital unit, and was located at Camp Taylor, Ky., never having been sent to France. On November 16th, of last year, he was united in marriage to Miss Helen Payton, of Louisville, Ky., whom he had met while in camp.
     Ralph Hicks was born October 19, 1889, to James and Amanda Hicks, in Huntington county, and died February 13, 1919, at Camp Taylor, Ky., at the age of 9 [sic] years, 3 months and 24 days. At the age of six years, he moved with is parents to Cleveland township, where he grew to manhood and until he was 23 years old, ably assisted his father on the farm. As previously mentioned, in 1912, he joined the navy, and during four years visited many foreign shores enjoying a wide and varied experience. After two years following his career in the navy, he again offered his services to the government, falling in the prime of life, a victim to that most treacherous of diseases, pneumonia. When at home he united with the Centenary U. B. church in Cleveland township, and was a member of the Odd Fellow lodge. Aside from his bride, father and mother, six sisters and one brother, he leaves a great many close relatives and friends, who regret sincerely his loss.
     The sisters and brother of the deceased are: Mrs. Lester West, of Huntington county, Mrs. Eldon Lawber and Mrs. Russell Smith, of Whitley county, Alta, Martha, Kathrine and Virgil, at home.
     The remains arrived Friday afternoon at 2 o’clock at North Manchester, and from there were brought to the home in Cleveland township. The funeral arrangements will not be completed until the arrival of the rest of the family from Camp Taylor.


Hickman, Alfred
Contributed by Chas Rockwood
Call & Post, Columbia City, Whitley County, Indiana
February 21, 1961

     Alfred Hickman, 75, of South Whitley, died at his home at 4:15 this morning. He had been ill since December.
     Mr. Hickman was born in Whitley County April 12, 1885 to Frank and Cynthia Bloom Hickman. He married Ethel Benhour on May 22, 1909. They celebrated their 50th. wedding anniversary on May 22, 1959.
     He was an employee of Morsches Lumber Company in South Whitley. Mr. Hickman was a member of South Whitley Baptist Church.
     Surviving are the wife, Ethel; seven daughters, Mrs. Mabel Wherry, Coesse, Mrs. Ermal Gordon, Churubusco, Mrs. Paul Gradeless, Buchanan, Michigan, Mrs. Charles Stanley, Huntertown, Mrs. Orville Laughlin, Lake Park, Florida, Mrs. Roy Nine, Eau Gallie, Florida, and Mrs. Bernell Engle, Warsaw; two sons, LeRoy, Churubusco, and Earl of Bristol; two brothers, Frank and Ralph, both of Union Township; 19 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
     Funeral services will be at 2:00 p.m. Thursday at the Miller Funeral Home in South Whitley, with the Rev. Roy Emery officiating. Burial will be in South Whitley cemetery.


Hickman, Earl W.
Contributed by Chas Rockwood
Call & Post, Columbia City, Whitley County, Indiana
October 21, 1996

     Earl W. Hickman, 81, Elkhart, died at 8:55 p.m. Saturday, October 19, 1996, at Elkhart General Hospital after a lengthy illness.
     He was born March 21, 1915, in Whitley County, a son of Alfred and Ethel (Benhour) Hickman. His marriage was to Doris E. Biddle on September 12, 1942, in South Whitley.
     Mr. Hickman was a gentleman farmer for many years, was employed by Grady's Dairy, B&N Aluminum Inc., and retired after 28 years from Wells Cargo Inc.
     The surviving relatives include his wife, Doris E. Hickman, three sons, Michael E. and Kenneth J., both of Elkhart, Daryl D., West Lebanon; six sisters, Mabel Wherry, Coesse, Marjorie Gradeless, Buchanan, Mich., Bonnie Walker, Markle, Patricia Duff, Adrian, Mich., Marilyn Hunt and Norma Engle, both of Citrus Springs, Fla.; and eight grandchildren.
     A daughter, Linda E. Hickman; one brother, LeRoy Hickman; and two sisters, Helen Hickman and Olaf Gordon preceded him in death.
     The funeral service is at 10 a.m. Thursday at Elkhart Chapel of Stemm-Lawson-Peterson Funeral Home, with the Rev. Edward Arnold of Sugar Grove Church, officiating.
     Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. Burial is at Prairie Street Cemetery, Elkhart. Memorials may be directed to Sugar Grove Church, or American Lung Association.


Hickman, Ethel M.
Contributed by Chas Rockwood
Columbia City Post, Columbia City, Whitley County, Indiana
April 16, 1979

     Mrs. Ethel M. Hickman, 88, of 405 S. Line Street, died at 4:45 a.m. Sunday at her home. She had been ill several months.
     Mrs. Hickman was born in Noble County on December 21, 1890, a daughter of John and Serena Hickman Benhour. She married W. Alfred Hickman on May 22, 1909. He preceded her in death February, 1961.
     She is survived by two sons, G. LeRoy Hickman of R. 4, Earl Hickman of Elkhart; six daughters, Mrs. Mabel Wherry of R. 9, Mrs. Paul (Marjorie) Gradeless of Buchanan, Michigan, Mrs. John (Bonnie) Stanley of Huntington, Mrs. Robert (Marilyn) Hunt of West Palm Beach, Fla., Mrs. Patricia Nine of Adrian, Mich., Mrs. Burnell (Norma) Engle of Lake Park, Fla.; 22 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, two daughters, a half brother and a half sister (*).
     Friends may call after 6 p.m. today at Miller Funeral Home, South Whitley. The funeral will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday with the Rev. Paul Zimmerman officiating. Burial will be in South Whitley cemetery. Preferred memorials are to Whitley County Heart and Cancer Fund.
     (*) Full brother and sister.


Hickman, Glenn Duane
Contributed by Chas Rockwood
The Post & Mail, Columbia City, Whitley County, Indiana
February 3, 2004

     Glenn Duane Hickman, 52, of Kendallville, died at 3 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 1, 2004 at his home. Born on March 30, 1951 in Fort Wayne, a son of Glenn L. and Dorothy L. (Sherbahn) Hickman, he graduated with the Class of 1970 from Churubusco High School. He lived in the Whitley/Noble County area and was a Kendallville resident for one year.
     He worked for East Noble for 11 years as a custodian, then worked at Fairmont Homes in Nappanee. He enjoyed his family and friends and liked putting model cars together, camping and fishing.
     Survivors include a daughter, Amy M. (Paul) Akers of Kendallville; a son, Andrew M. Hickman of South Bend; his mother, Dorothy L. Hickman of Avilla; and two sisters, Mary (James) Felger of Avilla and Janet (Gerald) Kreienbrink of Roanoke. He was preceded in death by his father in 1989.
     The funeral service is at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 4, at Calvary United Methodist Church in Avilla with the Revs. Dr. Leonard King and Barbra Cross officiating. Visitation is from 5 to 7 p.m. today at Brazzell Funeral Home, Avilla Chapel and one hour prior to the service at the church of Wednesday. Burial is at Greenlawn Cemetery, Fort Wayne.
     Preferred memorials are to the Parking Lot Fund at Calvary United Methodist or to the family.


Hickman, Glenn LeRoy
Contributed by Chas Rockwood
Post & Mail, Columbia City, Whitley County, Indiana
September 23, 1989

     Glenn LeRoy Hickman, 76, of Autumn Hills, Avilla, died at 11:38 a.m. September 23, at McCray Memorial Hospital in Kendallville. Mr. Hickman had been ill since September 1st. and suffered a second heart attack on Wednesday.
     He was born March 23, 1913, in Churubusco, to William Alfred and Ethel Marie (Benhour) Hickman. His marriage was on July 29, 1944, at a United Methodist parsonage in Elkhart, to Dorothy Lucille Sherbahn.
     The Hickman's lived in Columbia City and South Whitley, in Green Township, Noble County, for 20 years, and at Tri-Lakes for 15 years before moving to Avilla in 1988. He retired as foreman of the composition department of the Columbia City Post and Commercial-Mail.
     Mr. Hickman was a member of Calvary United Methodist Church in Avilla, Scottish Rite F&AM 587 and Order of Eastern Star 136. He was a lifetime member of the Loyal Order of Moose 1063, Columbia City, and was a past district treasurer. He was also a past North Moose and a member of the Legion of the Moose.
     Surviving are his wife Dorothy; a son, Glenn Duane of Avilla; daughters, Mrs. Jerry (Janet) Kreienbrink of Roanoke and Mrs. James (Mary) Feiger of Avilla; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; a brother, Earl Hickman of Elkhart; six sisters, Mabel Wherry of Coesse, Mrs. Paul (Marjorie) Gradeless of Buchanan, Michigan, Mrs. C.K. (Bonita) Walker of Titusville, Florida, Mrs. Robert (Marilyn) Hunt of Citrus Springs, Florida, Mrs. Paul (Patricia) Duff of Adrian, Michigan, and Mrs. Burnell (Norma) Engle of Lake Park, Florida. Two sisters, Helen Hickman and Olaf Gordon are deceased.
     Friends may call at DeMoney-Grimes Countryside Park Funeral from 2 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Sunday. Calling Monday will be from noon to 2 p.m. at Calvary United Methodist Church in Avilla, where the service will begin at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Ronald A. Storms officiating. The Loyal Order of Moose will conduct a fraternal rite at the funeral home at 7:30 p.m. Sunday.
     At 8 p.m. Sunday, at the funeral home, the Columbia City Masonic Lodge, F&AM, will conduct a service. Burial will be at South Whitley Cemetery. Memorials are to the Calvary United Methodist Church, Avilla.


Hickman, Glenn LeRoy
Contributed by Chas Rockwood
Call & Post, Columbia City, Whitley County, Indiana
September 26, 1989

     The memorial service for Glenn Leroy Hickman, 76, Avilla, was Monday at Calvary United Methodist Church, Avilla, with the Rev. Ronald A. Storms officiating.
     Carol Resler, organist, played a prelude and accompanied the congregation as it sang "In The Garden" and "Because He Lives."
     Fraternal services were conducted Sunday at DeMoney-Grimes Countryside Park Funeral by members of the Loyal Order of Moose and F&AM members.
     Moose members participating were Jack Finton, Lloyd Grimm, Chester Palmer, Lester Lake, Dennis Wyman, Jerry Ramsey, Paul Jennings, George Rhodes, and Bob McClain. F&AM members participating were Jerry Yagel, Gary Green, Frank Gerard, Russell Wells, Thomas Bates, Don Miller, and Nelson Winbrinner.
     Bearers were Gary Gordon, Shawn Gordon, Mike Hickman, David Sherbahn, William Sherbahn, and Jerry Walker. Burial was in South Whitley Cemetery. Mr. Hickman died September 22.


Hildebrand, George W.
Unidentified News Clip in "the Scrapbook"
(Calculated – Died March 4, 1911)

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     Death ended the suffering of County Recorder George W. Hildebrand Thursday afternoon at his residence on South Line street… He was born in Franklin county, Pennsylvania, July 18, 1844, and was 66 years, 7 months and 14 days of age. He came to Whitley county with his parents and eight other children in 1849, and they spent a short time on a farm in Smith township before locating in this city.
     He was twice married, his first wife being Rebecca Quick, a daughter of Allen Quick, himself county recorder 1867-1871. Their marriage occurred December 2, 1871, and four children were born to them two surviving: Deputy Recorder Harry Hildebrand and Carl Hildebrand, a telegraph operator, recently located at Fort Wayne.
     His first wife died in 1890 and two years later Miss Elizabeth Ruckman, a daughter of Simon Aker, deceased. She still survives him, with two children, Fred Ruckman of Elkhart and Mrs. Zack Garrison of this city. His nephews and nieces in this city are William H. Lewis, Zack, Thomas L., and Edgar Hildebrand, Mrs. Ed Brown and Mrs. John C. Leininger. One brother, Henry Hildebrand, residing in Linwood, Kansas, is the last of the family.


Hill, Aileen M. Goodrich
The Post & Mail, Columbia City, Indiana
Thursday, August 14, 1997

     Aileen M. Hill, 84, a Columbia City resident, died at 11:35 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 13, 1997, at her home. She was born Sept. 29, 1912, at Loon Lake, a daughter of Don and Goldie Adair Goodrich. She graduated from Larwill High School in 1931.
     An April 17, 1938, she was married to Earl L. Hill. They lived in Etna-Troy Township for 20 years before moving to Columbia City. Mr. Hill died July 6, 1962.
     Mrs. Hill was employed at Whitley County Memorial Hospital, retiring in 1977 with 13 years of service. Her memberships included First Church of God, American Legion Post 98 Auxiliary, Women of the Moose and Etna-Troy Extension Club.
     Surviving are sons Kent Hill and Lyle Hill, both of Columbia City; daughters Mrs. David (Sheila) Schilling of Columbia City and Mrs. Gary (Jennelle) Meredith of Fort Wayne; 10 grandchildren, two step-granddaughters; three great-grandsons and a step-great-granddaughter.
     Also surviving are brothers Phil Goodrich of Wolf Lake and Lynn Goodrich of Kimmell; three sisters, Mrs. Phil (Ellen) Metzger of Fort Wayne, Billie Schuman of Columbia City and Mrs. James (Shirley) Coy of Topeka. Her parents and a brother Hale are deceased.
     The funeral is at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 16, at Smith and Sons Funeral Home, Columbia City, with the Rev. Hubert E. Miller officiating. Visitation at the funeral home is 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Fourth District American Legion Auxiliary will conduct a service at 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
     Burial is at Thorn Cemetery, Ormas. For those who wish, memorials may be made to the First Church of God or American Heart Association.


Hiner, John Henry
GSWC Pioneer Families of Whitley County (013-PF)
Columbia City Post – Whitley County, Indiana
Wednesday October 1, 1913

     Washington Township Pioneer Dies. John H. Hiner, who for the last half century resided one and one-half miles north of Goblesville in Washington township, Whitley county, passed away at his home Thursday morning at 2 o’clock. Death followed an illness dating back five years due to the infirmities of age.
     The deceased was born December 23, 1823, in Pennsylvania, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Hiner. With his parents he came to Wayne county, Ohio, at the age of six and in 1848 moved to Whitley county. He was united in marriage August 21, 1855, to Miss Nancy Ann Householder at which time he moved to the farm which had since been his home. The deceased was 89 years, 9 months, and 2 days of age, and was one of the oldest men in Whitley county.
     He was the father of six children, one of whom is deceased. Those living are: Mrs. Mary Greeting, Mrs. Dan Stalsmith and Henry Hiner of Whitley county, and Mrs. Henry Ruth, of Toledo, Ohio, and Mrs. Virginia Rasor, of South Whitley. Thirteen grandchildren and the widow also survive.
     The funeral services were conducted Saturday at Goblesville. The Rev. Stanley, of Goblesville officiated. The pall bearers were H.E. Romey, Joe F. Yontz, B.F. McNear, C.E. Lillich, Clinton Wilcox and Chas. J. Eyanson.


Hiner, Nancy Householder
GSWC Pioneer Families of Whitley County (013-PF)
Columbia City Post – Whitley County, Indiana
Saturday April 24, 1920

     Mrs. Nancy Ann Hiner, who fell and fractured her hip about a week ago, passed away at her home one and one-half miles north of Goblesville, in Whitley county, Wednesday afternoon at 3:30 o’clock. Pneumonia developed after the injury and was the direct cause of the aged lady’s death. Mrs. Hiner was born to John and Rachael Householder in Perry county, Ohio, April 16, 1840, making her age when death summons came 80 years and five days. When but a small girl she moved with her parents to this county. After marriage she and her husband moved to a farm in Washington township, where she has since resided. The husband preceded her in death seven years ago. She is survived by one son, Henry Hiner; four daughters, Mrs. John Geetling, Mrs. Dan Stallsmith, Mrs. Henry Ruth, all of Washington township, Whitley county, and Mrs. Jacob Razor, of Cleveland township, Whitley county; twelve grandchildren, fifteen great grandchildren; one brother, Aaron Householder, and sister Mrs. George Shavey, both the later [sic] residing in Huntington. One daughter was born to Mrs. Hiner, but died in infancy.
     The funeral will be held Friday afternoon at 2:30 at the Beech Grove church. Rev. G. H. Trinkle will officiate. Burial will be in the cemetery near the church.


Hively, Alton Theodore
Columbia City Post, Whitley County, Indiana
June 8, 1976

     Alton Theodore Hively, 72, a former Thorncreek township resident, died today at 2:30 a.m. at Whitley County Hospital. He had entered the hospital on May 27 after suffering a heart attack and had been in the constant care unit since admittance. He had been in failing healt since January.
     Born May 3, 1904 in Thorncreek township, he was a son of William R. and Elsie Fisher Hively. On May 27, 1922, he was married in Columbia City to Ruth Zorger. Mr. Hively had spent his entire lifetime in this area. He owned and operated his own farm and in the past few years had spent several winter months in Florida.
     He was a member of the local Eagles Lodge and was a former county commissioner and former manager of the Tri Lakes Fish Hatchery. He was also a former county highway employe. He attended the St. Matthew's United Methodist Church.
     Survivors include the wife, Ruth, Adkins Trailer Court; two sons, Gerald J. and Merlin W., both of R 3; one daughter, Mrs. Kenneth (Marjorie) Schneider, R 1. There are 11 grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. Also surviving are one brother, Void O. Hively, and one sister, Mrs. Alva (Edith) Beard, both of Columbia City. Three brothers and one sister preceded him in death.
     Friends may call at the Hollingsworth Memorial Chapel after 7:30 p.m. today. Services will be Thursday at 2 p.m. at the chapel with Rev. Robert Priest officiating. Interment will be in South Park cemetery.


Hively, Belle (Engle)
Unidentified News Clip in "the Scrapbook"
(Died 1911)

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     The sudden and unexpected death of Mrs. Belle Hively, of Thorncreek township, was sad news to the surviving children and numerous friends and acquaintances of that estimable woman…. Mrs. Hively was the daughter of David Engle and was 69 years of age on the 15th of last May. She married Samuel Hively in her girlhood and to them a large family of children was born, seven boys and two girls surviving. The boys are: Wm. R., Lowell, Austin, Russell, and Ben of Thorncreek township, Edward of Alibion, and Arl of Wisconsin. The girls are Ella Appleton, of Thorncreek and Lizzie Hill who made her home with her mother. Linville Engle, of this city is the only surviving member of her family.


Hively, Bill
Contributed by Beverly Henley
The Commercial Mail – Columbia City, Indiana
Tuesday April 3, 1945 Page 1

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     Mr. and Mrs. Austin Hively of Thorncreek township received a telegram from the War Department late Monday afternoon notifying them of the death of their grandson, Pfc Bill Hively, previously reported missing. According to the telegram received Monday Pfc Hively was killed in action in Germany March 9. Pfc Hively was wounded in action February 3 according to previous word received by the Hivelys. He entered military service in May 1943 taking his basic training at Camp Shelby, Miss. He left for overseas in October 1944, landing in Germany with the 90th division. Survivors besides the grandparents are his father, Austin Hively, a guard at the state prison at Michigan City, and a brother Guy Robert Hively, who received a medical discharge October 18, 1944.


Hively, Blanche Fisher
Columbia City Post, Whitley County, Indiana
Wednesday February 18, 1920

     Mrs. Walter Hively, one of the well known young married women of Throncreek township, died at her home at 12:30 o'clock Saturday morning, death being due to pneumonia. She had only been sick since Thursday, but she became rapidly worse as the malady got a firmer hold upon her, and being an unusually strong, hearty young woman, was just the type that is most likely to die once they become afflicted with the dreaded ailment. Mr. Hively was taken sick first, but he is slightly better now and is able to be up and about the house.
     The family moved to their present home about a month ago. They had been living on the Henry Snyder farm in Thorncreek township, near the West Point church, but Mr. Hively bought what is known as the old mill farm formerly owned by the late Frederick Magley on the shores of Round lake and he and his wife and babies had moved onto the place, happy in their anticipation of living and prospering there.
     Blanche May Fisher was a daughter of George and Sophia Egolf Fisher, of Thorncreek township, and she was born May 31, 1895, being 24 years, 8 months and 12 days old at the time of her demise. There are two surviving children, Joy Evaline, aged 4 years, and George W., aged 1 year. They were married five years ago last Halloween. There are three brothers, Charles and Alton Fisher, of Thorncreek township, and Lewis Fisher, of this city and four sisters, Mrs. Bert Waugh, of Thorncreek township, Mrs. Heber Humbarger, of Decatur, and Josephine and Anna Fisher, at home, in Thorncreek township.
     The deceased was a devout member of the Church of God, and she was a young woman who had many friends who mourn with the grief-stricken members of the family in this hour of their great loss.
     The funeral services will be conducted from the Hively church in Thorncreek township, Monday morning at 11 o'clock, by Rev. Herendeen with interment in the Hively cemetery.


Hively, Catharine Egolf
GSWC First Families of Whitley County (037-FF, 046-FF)
Source: Columbia City Post – Whitley County, Indiana
Wednesday December 30, 1896

     Catharine Egolf Hively died at the home of her son (Solomon Hively) in Thorncreek township, Dec. 10th, 1896. The funeral service was held at the Hively Church, Dec. 12th, 1896, where she was laid to rest beside her husband who died in 1882.
     The funeral sermon was delivered by Rev. King, of Columbia City, Indiana, from 2nd Timothy, 1st chapter and 2nd verse, to a large audience of bereft relatives and sympathizing friends.
     Rev. King is a logical reasoner and deeply impressed his audience with the fact that life is a solmen [sic] reality that cannot be conjured out of its responsibilities – of its duties and preparation for death. Catharine Egolf Hively was born in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, Oct. 28, 1804 and at the date of her death, Dec. 10th, 1896 she had reached the ripe old age of 92 years, 1 month, 12 days.
     She moved with her parents from Pennsylvania to Ohio, and was married to Daniel Hively on the 16th day of Dec. 1824. In 1837, they together with the families of Adam and Henry Egolf, Peter Shriner, Jacob Sheerer and Jacob Hively moved from Ohio to this county and located on the farm now owned by her son Solomon Hively where she lived continuously till her death. She was a resident of Whitley County nearly sixty years, and was the only survivor of those who came with her in 1837.
     She was the mother of 13 children, 5 girls and 8 boys; 11 still survive; had 56 grand children of which 40 survive; 83 great grand children, of which 67 survive and 5 great great grand children. The oldest child aged 71 years; the oldest grand child aged 51 years; the oldest great grand child aged 16 years; the oldest great great grandchild aged 4 years.
     Mother Hively passed through all the hardships of pioneer life. She was possessed of the noble attributes of true womanhood. Generous to a fault, every ready to administer to the poor, kind and true, always had a word of encouragement to the sick and destitute, administering their wants, pointing far up the hights [sic], leaving all superstition far below.
     Mother Hively united with the German Lutheran Church when 16 years of age and remained a faithful member till her death.
     Farewell! A word that must be and hath been – a sound that makes us linger – yet, farewell.


Hively, Elsie Dora (Fisher)
The Commercial-Mail - Columbia City, Whitley County, Indiana
Monday December 13, 1948

     Mrs. Elsie Dora Hively, past 80 years old, died Saturday afternoon at 2;15 o’clock at her home, 1 1/2 miles east of the Hively church in Thorncreek township. She was born September 21, 1868 at the homestead where she died and was a daughter of Adam and Mary Stem Fisher.
     On March 29, 56 years ago, she was united in marriage to William Hively, who died March 16, 1938. Surviving children include Walter of Tri-Lakes; Clarence of Andrews; Ervin of Elkhart; Mrs. Grace Pence of Smith twp.; Void and Alton of Thorncreek twp.; and Mrs. Edith Beard of Columbia City. There are 17 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren. Two half-brothers, Charles and Asher Fisher of Columbia City, also survive. Two brothers, a sister and half sister are dead. Interment in Hively Cemetery.


Hively, Harriet Reatha
Contributed by Beverly Henley
Columbia City Post – Whitley County, Indiana
Monday April 2, 1945 Page 6

     Funeral services will be held at the Smith Funeral Home at 2 o’clock on Tuesday afternoon at the Smith Funeral Home for Mrs. Charles Hively, 66 of Richland twp, who died Saturday night after an illness of 2 1/2 years. Rev. and Mrs. Ira N Kilpatrick of South Whitley will officiate at the funeral rites. The body was taken to the Hively home this afternoon and will be returned to the funeral home Tuesday morning.
     Mrs. Hively was the former Harriet Reatha Mosher, duaghter of James and Miranda Kemery Mosher and was born December 29, 1878. Her marriage to Mr. Hively occurred October 31, 1900. She spent her life in Richland township. Survivors are the husband and a daughter Miss Hildreth Hively, at home; three brothers, Ransom Mosher, Columbia City; Millard Mosher, South Whitley and Earm Mosher, Pierceton; two sisters, Mrs. William Kissinger, Columbia City; Mrs. Gertrude Mosher, Toledo, Ohio. Her father, James Mosher, died December 13, 1941.


Hively, Jennie
Unidentified News Clip in "the Scrapbook"
(Columbia City Post - March 30, 1907)

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     Miss Jennie Hively died at her home in North Manchester last Wednesday. She was born in Columbia City fifty-six years ago next September. Within three years after her birth she became afflicted with curvature of the spine. Twenty years ago she was stricken with nearly total blindness. Her mother died about six years ago, and since that time she and her father have lived together. She leaves a brother, Scott Hively, living in the state of Washington, and a sister, Mrs. Charles Kosher at North Manchester. Miss Hively was a cousin of Mrs. Henry W. Miller of Thorncreek township and had a number of other relatives in this county.


Hively, Samuel
Contributed by Beverly Henley
Columbia City Post – Whitley County, Indiana
Friday April 6, 1945 Page 6

     The death of Samuel Hively, aged 86, occurred this morning about 7:30 o’clock at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Marshall Warnick in Thorncreek township, where Mr. Hively had been making his home since last September. Mr. Hively was a native of Thorncreek township being the son of Jonathan Hively and wife. He was born on Sept 4, 1884 he was married to Nancy Briggs. Mrs. Hively passed away on July 20, 1929. The funeral services for the deceased will be held at the Smith Funeral Home on Sunday afternoon at two o’clock. Burial will be made in the Evergreen cemetery in Jefferson Twp. Mr. Hively was a member of the Forest Chapel church near Laud. The body is at the Smith Funeral Home, where friends may call, it is announced. Surviving him are three daughters. Mrs. Riley White of Laud; Mrs. Lulu Diffendarfer of Fort Wayne and Mrs. Charles Brock of Salem, Ore.


Hively, Solomon
Unidentified News Clip in "the Scrapbook"
(Calculated - Died June 8, 1911)

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     Solomon Hively, a lifelong resident of Thorncreek township, Whitley county passed away at his home near the Hively church, Friday afternoon after an illness of only three weeks from liver trouble… Solomon Hively was born in Whitley county, July 11, 1845 to Daniel and Katherine Hively, who had moved upon a farm eight years before at the place which later became the homestead of the family. At the time of his death, Mr. Hively had reached the age of 65 years, 10 months and 28 days… He was one of a family of thirteen children of whom he was the fifth to pass from this life. On October 13, 1867, he was united in marriage to Malinda Miller, a daughter of Solomon Miller, another pioneer of his native township. Two children were born to them, both of whom are living. They are Jesse S. Hively, of Thorncreek township and Sherman E. Hively, who is now located for the summer at Stroh, but who holds Thorncreek township as his home. The living brothers and sisters of the deceased are Mrs. Mary Anspaugh, of Steuben county; Mrs. Catherine Miller, of Thorncreek township; Mrs. Elizabeth Hyre, Columbia City; Mrs. Sarah Lindley, of St. Joe, Missouri; Mrs. Mahala Bashford, of Stanley, Wisconsin; Benjamin and Isaac Hively, of Thorncreek township, and Daniel Hively, of Columbia township. In addition, Mrs. Hively is left to mourn the departure of her husband.


Hively, Void Opal
Columbia City Post, Whitley County, Indiana
March 8, 1977

     Void Opal Hively, 76, of 502 North Line street, died today at 12:01 a.m. at Columbia City Nursing Home. He had been ill for 13 years. He was born October 26, 1900 in Thorncreek township, a son of William R. and Elsie Fisher Hively. He married Velma Hertsel May 14, 1921.
     He lived his entire life where he was born in Thorncreek township until 1974 when he and his wife moved to the above address. A retired farmer, he had been a bus driver for 23 years. He was a member of St. Matthew's United Methodist Church, formerly Hively United Brethren Church.
     Survivors include his wife, Velma; one son, Junior V., 315 North Walnut street; 4 grandchildren; 2 great grandchildren; one sister; Mrs. Alva (Edith) Beard, 351 North Main street. He was preceded in death by 4 brothers; Clarence, Walter, Ervin, Alton; and one sister, Grace.
     Calling will be after 7 p.m. today at J. A. DeMoney & Son Funeral Home and until time of service Thursday at 2 p.m. Rev. Robert Priest and Rev. Fred Pflugh will officate. Burial will be in South Park cemetery.


Hively, William R.
Columbia City Post, Whitley County, Indiana
Wednesday, March 16, 1938

     William R. Hively, who served as county commissioner from December 1926 to the end of 1930, died early today at the Lutheran hospital in Fort Wayne.
     Since early fall, when he suffered a slight paralytic stroke, he had been in poor health. Through las September and October he was bedfast but later he had recovered to the extent that he could be up and around his home. On March 3 he entered the hospital at Fort Wayne and later submitted to a major operation. Failing to recover, he died at 5:45 o'clock this morning.
     Mr. Hively was one of the most active members of Thorncreek township community. In 1926 he became a county commissioner, serving out the unexpired term of his brother, Lowell Hively. He was then elected to another term as commissioner which he completed in 1930.
     Mr. Hively was a native of Thorncreek township, born July 5, 1866, to Samuel and Elizabeth Belle Engle Hivley. His entire life was spent in the township of his birth and he took an active part in community events and activities.
     Surviving is his widow, Mrs. Elsie Fisher Hively, to whom he was married March 29, 1891; seven children, Walter, of Smith township; Clarence, of Troy township; Ervin, of Elkhart; Mrs. Arthur Pence, of Smith township; Void and Alton, of Thorncreek township; Mrs. Alva Beard, of Larwill; 17 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. Aaron Appleton and Mrs. Lizzie Hill, both of Thorncreek township; four brothers, Austin Hively, of Washington township, Rev. Edward Hively, of Albion, and Arlie Hively, who lives in Wisconsin.
     He was a member of the United Brethren church and the Columbia City I.O.O.F. The body, brought to the DeMoney Funeral home, will be taken to the residence east of the Hively church on state road 102 where friends may call after 2 o'clock Thursday afternoon.
     Rev. V. L. Garner, Donaldson, former pastor of St. John's U. B. church also known as the Hively church, will be in charge of the funeral services, assisted by the pastor, Rev. Kenneth Hostettler. The funeral will be held at St. John's U. B. church at 2 p.m. Friday. Burial will be made in the church cemetery.

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