Whitley County Obituaries

Jacobs, Charles
South Whitley Tribune – Whitley County, Indiana
Wednesday December 29, 1965

     Charles Jacobs, 86, of South Whitley, passed away Tuesday afternoon at 3:00 o'clock in the Whitley County Hospital where he had been a patient since Friday. He had been in failing health since last March.
     A retired excavating contractor, Mr. Jacobs was born May 18, 1879 in Wabash County, the son of Henry and Winifred Grossnickle Jacobs. He was united in Marriage on November 3, 1934 to Jane Stoffer, who survives. He was a member of the South Whitley Methodist church.
     Surviving besides the wife, are two daughters, Mrs. Raymond (Bertha) Gall of Fort Wayne, and Mrs. Tullo (Wanda) Campo of Cheyenne, Wyoming. Also one step daughter, Mrs. Robert (Betty) Walker of Columbia City. Also surviving are six grandchildren and one great grandchild. Two sisters and one brother preceded him in death.
     Friends may call at the Miller Funeral Home where memorial services will be held Friday afternoon at 2:00 o'clock with the Rev. James Glebe, pastor of the local Methodist church officiating. Burial will be made in the South Whitley cemetery.

South Whitley Tribune, Whitley County, Indiana
December 29, 1965
     Charles Jacobs, 86, of South Whitley, passed away Tuesday afternoon at 3:00 o'clock in the Whitley County Hospital where he had been a patient since Friday. He had been in failing health since last March.
     A retired excavating contractor, Mr. Jacobs was born May 18, 1879 in Wabash County, the son of Henry and Winifred Grossnickle Jacobs. He was united in Marriage on November 3, 1934 to Jane Stoffer, who survives. He was a member of the South Whitley Methodist church.
     Surviving besides the wife, are two daughters, Mrs. Raymond (Bertha) Gall of Fort Wayne, and Mrs. Tullo (Wanda) Campo of Cheyenne, Wyoming. Also one step daughter, Mrs. Robert (Betty) Walker of Columbia City. Also surviving are six grandchildren and one great grandchild. Two sisters and one brother preceded him in death.
     Friends may call at the Miller Funeral Home where memorial services will be held Friday afternoon at 2:00 o'clock with the Rev. James Glebe, pastor of the local Methodist church officiating. Burial will be made in the South Whitley cemetery.


Jacobs, Choella Jane (Brubaker) Stoffer
The Post & Mail - Columbia City, Whitley County, Indiana
Thursday June 11, 1992

     Jane Jacobs, 89, former resident of the Blue River Apartments, died at 1:05 p.m. Wednesday, June 10 in Miller’s Merry Manor, where she had been a patient since fracturing her hip in January of 1991.
     She was born on April 14, 1903 in Etna-Troy Township, Whitley County, a daughter of Charles Romain and Maude Catherine (Wise) Brubaker. Her formative years were spent on a farm near Goose Lake and she was educated in the Scott and Columbia City schools.
     On December 26, 1920, she was united in marriage to Floyd Stoffer and they operated a restaurant in Elkhart until 1932. Mr. Stoffer preceded her in death.
     On November 3, 1934, she was married to Charles Jacobs and they spent their married life in South Whitley where Mr. Jacobs was a contractor. He died on December 28, 1965. In 1978, Mrs. Jacobs moved to Columbia City. She was a member of the South Whitley United Methodist Church.
     The surviving relatives include a daughter, Mrs. Betty Catherine Walker, Columbia City; three grandchildren, Bradley, Jeffrey and Mary Jane Walker all of Columbia City; five great-grandchildren, Ashlin, Amanda, Austin, Joshua and Danielle Walker. A son, Keith, a brother, William Brubaker and a sister, Hazelette Ferguson are deceased.
     The funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 13 in the Smith and Sons Miller Chapel, South Whitley, with the Rev. August Lundquist, pastor of the South Whitley United Methodist Church, officiating. Burial will be in the South Whitley Cemetery.


James, Alfred M.
Columbia City Commercial - Whitley County, Indiana
Thursday January 15, 1885

     A. M. James, of Larwill, whose illness has heretofore been spoken of in this paper, died at his home in Larwill on Saturday morning, January 10, 1885 at 7 o'clock, aged 40 years 10 months and 13 days. His funeral took place on Sunday at 10 o'clock, according to the rites of the Masonic Fraternity, of which society he was an honored member. The funeral sermon was preached in the M.E. Church by the Rev. John Thomas, and was largely attended. His remains were buried in the Presbyterian cemetery in Troy township. He leaves a widow and three children who have the sympathy of all in their great bereavement. The deceased was a most estimable citizen and will be greatly missed by the people of Larwill and vicinity.


James, George
Columbia City Post - Whitley County, Indiana
Wednesday May 1, 1912

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     Another sudden death was added to the long list that have taken place in this county in the last six months when George James, a well known farmer of Richland township, passed away at 5:30 Monday morning while talking to his wife about getting up. He had just turned over in bed and his wife spoke to him about getting up. He reply was that he thought it a little early. A moment later he was dead, and he apparently died without a struggle. Mrs. James realized that something was wrong and shook him in an endeavor to arouse him, but her efforts brought no response. She called the children and a physician was sent for, but there was nothing that earthly hands could do to restore him to life.
     The news of his death was a great surprise to the neighbors and a great shock to the immediate members of the family, as Mr. James had been in his usual health, and had been to Pierceton the evening before. He retired Sunday night about 9 o'clock and slept well as usual. He had not been in the most vigorous health during the past winter, but was able to be about most of the time.
     The deceased was a son of David James, one of the pioneers of Troy township, and was born in that township October 9th, 1845 and was 66 years 6 months and 20 days of age at the time of his death. He grew to manhood on the farm and followed that avocation throughout his life. He was united in marriage to Helen Latimer, October 11th, 1866 and to them four children were born, all of whom survive: Mrs. Phil Farren, of this city; Mrs. Amos Kistler, of Elkhart; Mrs. John Smith, of South Whitley, and Charles, of Richland township. Mrs. James died October 18, 1876. He contracted a second marriage with Mrs. Hanna Klinehance and to them were born three children: John, Jeannett and Anna, all at home. One sister also survives, Mrs. Mary Conn of Utica, Nebraska.
     During the closing days of the war Mr. James was a member of Company K, 139th Indiana Volunteers and was out for a year or more, but did not take part in any battles. He was a member of the G.A.R. post at Pierceton, and also belonged to the Masonic order at Larwill and the Eastern Stars at Pierceton.
     The funeral will be under the direction of the Masonic order and the burial will be in the Ryerson Cemetery at Pierceton.


James, Hannah Klinehance
The Commercial-Mail - Columbia City, Whitley County, Indiana
Tuesday October 23, 1934

     Mrs. Hannah James, 89, widow of George James, of Pierceton, suddenly died Monday morning. Mrs. James resided on a farm near Larwill for many years and was a charter member of the Larwill Order of Eastern Star.
     Following the death of Mr. James which occurred in April, 1912, Mrs. James moved with her daughter, Miss Nettie James, to Pierceton, where she has since resided.
     The deceased was first married to Christopher Klinehance who passed away many years ago. Two daughters survive the union, Mrs. Will Lancaster of Los Angeles, and Jennie, the wife of Frank Lancaster.
     Surviving relatives beside the daughter with whom she lived are one son, John James, and a step-daughter, Mrs. Dora Kistler of Elkhart. Mrs. Flossie Farren, deceased wife of Phil Farren, of this city, was a step-daughter of the deceased.
     Funeral services will be Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock at Pierceton unless word is received from the daughter in California.


James, Hazel
Columbia City Post – Whitley County, Indiana
Friday October 28, 1932

     Miss Hazel James, 47, Latin and English teacher in the Larwill High School, who became suddenly ill about midnight Thursday, passed away at noon Friday. Death was due to heart trouble and apoplexy, according to the attending physician. While Miss James became ill at her Larwill home during the night, her condition did not become serious until an hour before her death.
     She had been in poor health for some time. She was forced to ask for a leave of absence from the Larwill school during the Christmas vacation last year. IN June she submitted to an adrenal gland operation at the Cleveland Clinic, Dr. George Crile being her surgeon. Miss James resumed her position in the schools when the fall term opened last month.
     Apparently well, she met her classes Thursday. Her illness and death, coming suddenly, threw gloom over the schools today and came as a shock to her many friends and acquaintances. Miss James served as a teacher in Whitley county for 23 years. For several terms of school she taught in the Richland township schools. Upon the consolidation of the township schools, she continued upon the staff of instructors and her work in Latin and English was regarded as outstanding in northeastern Indiana.
     Devoted to her friends and pupils, practically her entire life was spent in community service. She was a graduate of the Larwill high school and received her A. B. degree from DePauw University, Greencastle. She took post graduate work at the University of California, Berkeley, Cal., at Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, and at Winona Lake.
     A life-long member of the Larwill Methodist Episcopal Church, she was always active in the congregation and until her health failed about a year ago she taught a Sunday School class. She was a member of the Order of Eastern Star at Larwill and a Past Worthy Matron of the order.
     Hazel Lena James was born on Jan. 12, 1885, to Alfred James and Mary Elliott James King. Her father died while she was still an infant and she was preceded in death by her mother six years ago. Also a brother, Samuel, who passed away in infancy.
     She is survived by a sister, Mrs. Frank Dietrich of near Columbia City, and a half-brother, Ray James, of Elkhart.
     The body has been taken to the Smith Funeral Home in Columbia City. It will be taken to her residence in Larwill, where her friends may call after ten o’clock Sunday morning.
     Funeral services will be held at two o’clock Sunday afternoon in the Larwill M. E. church. Interment will be made in the Troy Presbyterian cemetery.


Jameson, George L.
The Wheatland Times - Platte County, Wyoming
Friday August 24, 1900

     After a heroic struggle against the inevitable, during which wonderful patience and fortitude were exhibited, George L. Jameson passed peacefully away last Saturday morning, surrounded by relatives and friends.
     Although suffering for years from a complication of kidney trouble and consumption, the deceased was cheerful and buoyed up with hope until the last. During all his illness, the congenial, pleasant sprit which was his inheritance was always manifest, and as the days of hopeless battling against an inexorable end were slowly passed, he seemed to grow closer and dearer to the loving ones about him. Few who live in robust health are able to cast as much sunshine along life's pathway as did Roy Jameson, as he was familiarly known; and few there are whose memory will be more endearingly treasured.
     Funeral services were held at the M.E. church Monday afternoon, conducted by Rev. Stevenson, and were attended by nearly the entire community. The deceased came here from Fort Collins, Colorado six years ago, and leaves a wife and infant child. Mrs. Jameson is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Chauncey Goodrich, and a sister of C.W. and C. Z. Goodrich.


Jewell, Elizabeth (Moores) Dunfee
Unidentified News Clip in "the Scrapbook"
(Died June 17, 1913)

     Mrs. Elizabeth Dunfee-Jewell, aged 82 years, one of Fort Wayne's oldest residents, died last night at 8 o'clock at the family home, 1920 South Harrison street. Death was due to heart trouble and followed an illness of several months. Mrs. Jewell had been bedfast for the past five weeks. Mrs. Jewell was born in Woodsfield, Ohio, November 22, 1830. Accompanied by her family, she came to Fort Wayne in 1876 and she had resided here ever since.
     The family is well known in Fort Wayne and Mrs. Jewell's death comes as a shock to her countless friends. She was a woman of excellent character, loved by all who knew her. Surviving are two daughters and three sons - Miss Alice Dunfee, at home; Mrs. F.W. Dunham, of Stuttgart, Ark; Charles of Oakland, Cal.; Emmett W. of Jackson, Mich.; and Harry, at home. There are two brothers - Alfred Moores and John Moores, both of Fostoria, Ohio. There are also twelve grandchildren. The deceased was a member of the First M.E. church."


John, Charles C
Transcribed and contributed by Beverly Henley
The Commercial Mail – Columbia City, Indiana
Tuesday January 23, 1945 Page 6

     Charles C. John, age 77, died this morning at 12:15 o’clock at his home southeast of Laud. He was stricken Sunday with Paralysis while attending church services. Mr. John was a native of Jackson township Huntington County, and was born October 24, 1867 to Oliver and Sarah Zent John. On Dec 3, 1891 he was married to Clara D. Braden. He is survived by the widow, a son, Edwin A. John of Huntington County, two daughters. Mrs. Chester Smith, Whitley County and Mrs. Claud Crowell, Fort Wayne. A son died in infancy, and two brothers and two sisters are deceased. There are seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Two sons are in the nations armed forces. They are ARM 3C Oliver Smith John, stationed in the Philippines and Pvt Dale John of Camp Robinson, AK. The body, taken to the Robbins Funeral Home in Huntington was returned at 4 o’clock this afternoon to the residence where friends may call. Funeral arrangements have not been completed. Funeral services will be held at 1 pm Thursday at the Saturn Church of Christ, of which Mr. John was a member. Rev. J. Maurice Thompson of Indianapolis will officiate assisted by Rev. A. M. Gillespie. Burial will be made in the Jefferson Chapel cemetery.


Johnson, Emerillas Merriman
GSWC Pioneer Families of Whitley County (005-PF) Unidentified clipping in Pioneer Families Application
She died June 20, 1916

     Mrs. James F. Johnson, who was born and reared in Whitley county, spending most of her life in Washington township and this city, having moved to Kouts, Porter county, early this spring to assist her husband and son in operating a summer resort, with a store in connection, died Monday afternoon, after six weeks’ illness. Only a few personal friends here were aware of her sickness, caused by a complication of ailments, and the announcement of her demise was shock to many friends.
     The subject of this sketch was born in Washington township, Whitley county, on December 6, 1853, she being 62 years, 5 months and 14 days of age at the time of her death. She was a daughter of the late James and Susan Merriman, her maiden name being Emmarillas [sic] Merriman.
     The marriage record of Whitley county shows that on January 18, 1872, James F. Johnson and Rilla Merriman were granted a license, and were united in marriage on that day. To this union three children were born, all surviving with the grief stricken father, and they are James W. Johnson of Kouts, Mrs. Susie and Mrs. Nellie Schulthise of Marion. One sister, Mrs. John Wilson of Washington township, is the only other surviving relative.
     The deceased was a Christian woman, holding a membership with the Laud Christian church, and belonging to the Rebekah lodge at Laud.


Johnson, James Franklin
GSWC Pioneer Families of Whitley County (005-PF) The Columbia City Post – Whitley County, Indiana
Saturday January 9, 1926

     James F. Johnson, a resident of Washington township and twice candidate for Sheriff on the Democratic ticket, died at his home in Marion recently. This word was received here today.
     Funeral services will be held at 10 o’clock from the Washington Center church on Thursday with burial in the Baptist cemetery.
     Mr. Johnson is survived by his son, James Johnson, who at one time owned a local barber shop and managed on of the Columbia City base ball teams. Mr. Johnson was married three times. The family left here several years ago.
     Mr. Johnson was born in Washington township 76 years ago to John and Christina France Johnson. Besides the son James, who resides in Missouri, he is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Susan Schultheis and Mrs. Nellie Schultheis of Marion. Frank Johnson of South Whitley is a brother and Reo Johnson of Washington township is a half brother.


Johnson, John W.
Columbia City Post – Whitley County, Indiana
Wednesday, July 18, 1894

     John W. Johnson died suddenly at his home south of Peabody on Sunday evening July 8, 1894, at the advanced age of 73 years, 1 month and 18 days. Thus has father fallen in life’s battle; his work is done his influence and memory will remain to be cherished and revered by his posterity, but the individual will be with us no more. As we write these sad lines, kind friends have already prepared the gentle form of the being whose presence supplied the light of the home for the dark and cold abode in the city of the dead.
     It was but fitting that a being so blameless should quit the scenes of earth at a time when all nature is dressed in her holiday attire; when the leaves and vines are green; when the flowers are in full bloom; when the songs of birds and the murmurings of brooks are making sweet music; when the sunshine is bright and the air is laden with the perfume of flowers. He worked as he wished to up to nearly the going down of the sun in his life; he died as he desired to honest and upright, for the fatal attack came quick and sudden. His earthly career is ended and others must continue the work from which he was drawn by death.
     He regarded this world as man’s home and final resting place, yet I have reasons to believe that he did not discard the doctrine of continual life as beyond possibility in the natural order, and his many friends will all join me in grateful recognition of his sterling character. After life’s fitful fever, father now belongs to an empire whose subjects outnumber all the living; the empire over which the monarch Death reigns supreme; here we leave the body amid all the sweet influences which father loved, and whether sunshine or shade rest upon the grave, whether quiet or convulsions prevail, nothing will disturb him, for he has passed from all earthly scenes to the silent realm and we can but say:
     “Father, farewell forever!
    Because within our midst has passed away,
    But how or where I can not say,
    A soul whose very life was fraught with
    Goodness both in deed and thought,
    And though mid us he has ceased to move,
    Yet coming ages will but prove,
    How kind the heart, the mind how wide
    Of him who has but lately died.

BIOGRAPHICAL
     Mr. Johnson was born in Jefferson county, Ohio in the year 1820 but later came to Stark county, thence to Wayne county, Ohio, where he resided until he attained his manhood. By his first marriage he was the father of twelve children, six of whom survive him. In 1871 he was married to Catharine Smith, of Stark county, Ohio, who together, with one son of this union survives him. In 1853 the subject moved from Wayne county, Ohio, to this county, where he has continuously resided on his farm until his death. Thus has another old pioneer been summoned from his labors. In politics he was a democrat of the strongest type; his religion, as he remarked to us a few days before his death while in the field at work, was to do right, pay your debts and be honest towards your fellow man, to which principles he strictly adhered and practiced, as all who knew him will attest. R.S.S.


Johnson, Laura
Transcribed and contributed by Beverly Henley
The Commercial Mail – Columbia City, Indiana
January 3, 1945 Page 6

     Funeral services will be held at 2:30 o’clock Thursday afternoon at the Lukenbill Funeral Home for Mrs. Laura Johnson, former local resident who died Tuesday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Florence Harrington, at Montpelier, Ohio. Mrs. Johnson left this city a few years ago to make her home with a daughter, Mrs. Hazel Hettle, at Lebanon. Two months ago she was taken to Montpelier, Ohio. She had been in failing health for a number of years. Mrs. Johnson was the former Laure Huller and a resident of near Tunker at one time. Her husband, Frank Johnson died in this city six years ago. Surviving besides the two daughters above mentioned, is a son, Lester Johnson of this city. A son, Claud Johnson died in this city a number of years ago. Committal services for Mrs. Johnson will be held in Eberhard cemetery south of Columbia City.


Jolly, James Harris
Transcribed and contributed by Beverly Henley
The Commercial Mail – Columbia City, Indiana
Wednesday January 24, 1945 Page 6

     Death came at 9:30 o’clock this morning to James Harris Jolly, 76, of Coesse at St. Joseph hospital in Fort Wayne where he had been a patient for the past ten days. Mr. Jolly had been in failing health since last July. Mr. Jolly was born in Virginia on Dec 1, 1868 and had lived in this county for the past 24 years, coming here from Allen County. He was a retired farmer. On Aug 7, 1892 at Joplin, Missouri he was married to Mary Etta White of Ohio who died January 12, 1943. Surviving him are two sons and two daughters, Lt Orville Jolly of Fort Bragg, North Carolina; Oscar Jolly of McCool; Mrs. Harry E. Eloph of Fort Wayne and Mrs. Clarence Minnick of Coesse; 23 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren. A son, James Jolly; three brothers and two sisters are deceased. The body was taken to the DeMoney Funeral Home, where friends will be received, and where funeral services will be held Friday afternoon at 1:30 o’clock. Rev. Marion R Shroyer is in charge of the services. Burial will be made in the Lutheran cemetery at Coesse.

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