Whitley County Obituaries

Taylor, Gertrude I. (Robinette)
Columbia City Post - Whitley County, Indiana
Saturday June 23, 1984

     Gertrude I. Taylor, 83, of R 5, Columbia City, Jefferson Township, died at 6:30 p.m. Friday, June 22, at Miller’s Merry Manor. Mrs. Taylor, widow of Harry H. Taylor, had been a resident at the nursing home since Feb. 20, 1980.
     She was born May 4, 1901 in Jefferson Township, a daughter of Harvey M. and Pearl Mae Glick Robinette. She was raised on a farm in Jefferson Township and graduated from Jefferson Center High School in 1918 and Earlham College in Richmond.
     Aug. 29, 1922, she was married to Harry Henry Taylor. They lived on a farm in Allen County and then moved to Washington Township, Whitley County. In 1930 they moved to the present residence in Jefferson Township. Mr. Taylor died Dec. 10, 1975.
     Mrs. Taylor was a member of Jefferson Chapel United Methodist Church, the WSCS of the church, and for many years served the church as a Sunday School teacher and a leader of the Methodist Youth Fellowship.
     Surviving are a son, James H. (Harvey) Taylor of Hickory Hills, Ill., a daughter, Mrs. Richard (Dorothea) Wilson of R 5, Columbia City; three grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; two brothers, Ford Robinette of Tucson, Ariz., and Joseph Robinette of R 5, Columbia City; two sisters, Gusta Robinette and Pauline Robinette, both of R 5, Columbia City. A brother Roscoe and a sister Mrs. Imogene Barr are deceased.
     The funeral will be Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. at Smith and Sons Funeral Home with the Rev. Leonard King, pastor of Jefferson Chapel United Methodist Church officiating. Visitation is Sunday from 7 to 9 p.m. and Monday from 2 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Burial will be at Jefferson Chapel Cemetery.


Taylor, Harry Henry
Columbia City Post, Whitley County, Indiana
December 11, 1975

     A former member of the County Council and director in the Raber Co-Operative, Harry Henry Taylor, 76, died at 2 p.m. Wednesday in Miller Merry Manor. His health had been failing for the past year. On Oct. 20 he suffered a stroke.
     Mr. Taylor was a farm owner-operator in Jefferson township. A native of that township, he was born on Aug. 29, 1922 [sic] to James Richard Winfield and Lulu Amy Conner Taylor. His marriage was on Aug. 29, 1922 to Gertrude Iva Robinette in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Robinette, parents of the bride, the ceremony was performed by the Rev. Roy Brown.
     Following their marriage, Mr. and Mrs. Taylor lived in Aboite township, Allen county, for a year and returned to Jefferson township for six months, then resided for two years in Washington township, but since 1926 had lived in Jefferson township.
     During World War II, Mr. Taylor worked at the General Electric Company in Fort Wayne and he then worked for four years with the Whitley County Highway Department while also operating his farm. He served two terms on the County Council. He was a member of Jefferson Chapel United Methodist Church, was a member of the Whitley County Farm Bureau and as a director was active in the management of the Raber Cooperative Co.
     Surviving are his wife, Gertrude I., R 5; one son, James H., Hickory Hills, Ill.; one daughter, Mrs. Richard L. (Dorothea E.,) Wilson, R 5; three grandchildren, Mrs. James M. (Sandy) Morrow of Etewah, Tenn., Richard H. Wilson of Kokomo, and Mrs. Richard H. (Ann) Smiths, West Lafayette; also one sister, Mrs. Ocsar (Irene) Smith, R 5. Preceding him in death were a twin sister, Harrie Marie Stephens, and a brother, Richard T.
     Friends may call at the J. A. DeMoney & Son Funeral Home here Friday from 7 to 9 p.m. and after 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Jefferson Chapel Church where services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, the Rev. Paul Zimmerman, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.


Taylor, John
Columbia City Post, Whitley County, Indiana
April 26, 1899

     John Taylor, of Troy township, died Wednesday about noon from dropsy and heart disease, at the age of 50 years, leaving a wife and one child. The funeral took place at the Troy Presbyterian church.


Taylor, Lt. Leo
Contributed by Beverly Henley
The Commercial Mail – Columbia City, Indiana
Tuesday April 24, 1945 Page 1

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     The Misses Bertha and Ethel Taylor, South Main Street, received a telegram last night notifying them of the death of their nephew, Lt. Leo Taylor, 38, which occurred Monday at the base hospital in Seattle. The death of Lt. Taylor occurred while he was home on leave after being stationed in Alaska for some time. He was in the Naval Reserve. Lt. Taylor was the son of the late Harry Taylor, former local resident, who died in Seattle two years ago. He is survived by his wife and two children, his mother, two brothers, Sgt. Gene Taylor, Camp Crowder, Mo.; Sgt Darrel Taylor, who is stationed in Alaska; two sisters, Mrs. Ilene Hines, Seattle; Mrs. Maxine Bates, Bremerton. Wash. The two brothers of Lt. Taylor are expected in Seattle to attend the funeral services.


Taylor, Matthew
GSWC First Families of Whitley County (051-FF)
Columbia City Post
Wednesday May 5, 1886

     Died – At his residence May 1st, 1886, in Troy township, Whitley county, Indiana, Matthew M. Taylor, at the age of 70 years, 2 months and 8 days. Deceased was born in Erie county, Pennsylvania, February 13th, 1816. During the same year his parents moved to Wayne county, Ohio, where he resided until 1845. In December 1836 he married Sarah Harpster who bore him six children all of whom survive but one who died in infancy. The writer of this, though but a mere child at the time, well remembers the frosty morning of Oct 14th, 1845, when in company with his wife, and, then three children accompanied by his brother-in-law Henry Harpster started for the then almost unbroken forest of Whitley county. Their conveyance being a wagon and yoke of oxen, after being on the road 14 days, they arrived on the piece of land now owned by the heirs of Solomon Noble, then the property of Henry Harpster.
     Having but little of this worlds goods, but possessing the sterling qualities of the hardy pioneer viz, an honest heart, a robust body and willing hands, he was enabled at the end of four years to purchase forty acres of land adjoining that upon which he lived and erected on the same a cabin within eighty rods of where he first settled, into which he moved, and with the steady purpose that always characterized the man, that of earning his bread by the sweat of his face, he has been enabled to add to and improve one among the many good 160 acre farms of Whitley county. A good neighbor, a kind husband and father, always careful to attend to his own business and never meddle with the business of others, he went down to his gave respected by all. His funeral services were held at the Presbyterian church, Troy township, this county. Rev. McElwee officiated preaching a very able sermon to a crowded house. Let him rest in peace from the toils of earth.


Taylor, Sarah Harpster
GSWC First Families of Whitley County (051-FF)
Columbia City Post – Whitley County, Indiana
Friday August 28, 1891

     Another pioneer Mother Joins the Great Majority. Sarah Harpster was born July 21, 1813 in Huntington county, Pa., and while yet a mere child, with her parents emigrated to Wayne county, Ohio, where she was married to Matthew M. Taylor. She lived in Wayne county, Ohio, until the full of 1845, when, with her husband and their three children, moved to Whitley county, Indiana, arriving in Troy township, Oct 28, 1845, residing continually within 80 rods of the cabin that first sheltered her in the then almost unbroken forests of this county, up to the date of her death, which occurred on the farm, she and her husband, by honest toil, had hewn from the forests of Troy township, on the 28 of Aug. 1891. She was the mother of six children, five of whom survive her; four sons and one daughter. She lived the life of an exemplary wife, an affectionate mother and a kind neighbor, with malice toward none and charity for all. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. Church, of Larwill, assisted by Rev. Byrer, at the Presbyterian church, of Troy township this county. - J.S.H.


Tenney, Peora J.
Contributed by Beverly Henley
The Commercial Mail – Columbia City, Indiana
Thursday January 11, 1945 Page 6

     Peora J. Tenney, 66, of 513 E Suttenfield St, Fort Wayne, brother of William E. Tenney of the Tenney Motor Sales in this city, died at 7 o’clock last night at the Methodist hospital in Fort Wayne. Mr. Tenney was a native of Warsaw and had resided in Fort Wayne for 22 years. He was a member of the First Evangelical church and the IOOF order at Warsaw. He is survived by his wife; three sons; 10 grandchildren; two great grandchildren; three brothers, Edward H. and Charles Tenney of Warsaw and William E. of this city. The body is at the Ashley-Wilson Funeral Home in Fort Wayne.


Terman, Charles
Unidentified News Clip in "the Scrapbook"
(Calculated – Died January 29, 1912)

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     Charles Terman, a well known farmer of Troy township, died Sunday morning after being in feeble health for a year from heart trouble and a complication of diseases… The deceased was born July 23, 1857, in Richland county, Ohio, near Mansfield, and was 54 years, 6 months and 6 days of age. He came to this county when a boy and grew to manhood where he died. He was a farmer all his life. He was united in marriage to Nettie Elliott in 1882 and she still survives with the following children: Mrs. Orville Ambrose, of Thorncreek township; Mrs. Fern Cole, of Fort Wayne; Sadie, Lena, Bertha, William and Ralph Terman, at home.
     His aged mother, Mrs. Sarah Terman, of Troy township, three brothers and a sister also survive: Ellsworth Terman, of Los Angeles, Cal.; Albert Terman, of Larwill; Ola Terman, of Troy township, and Mrs. William Vandersaul of Troy township.


Terman, Will
Columbia City Post, Whitley County, Indiana
July 23, 1873

     Will Terman, of Troy, deceased Tuesday, the 15th, after a protracted illness, aged 23 years. He leaves a young wife and child to mourn his loss. Funeral at Presbyterian church; sermon by Mr. McElwee.


Thomas, Olive (Goodrich)
Whitley County Commercial - Whitley County, Indiana
Thursday April 29, 1875

     Mrs. Olive Thomas died on April 8, 1875 at the home of her father, Silas Goodrich. She was aged 18 years, 8 months and 9 days. The funeral service was conducted by J. H. Reider.


Thompson, Noah
Unidentified News Clip in "the Scrapbook"
Died September 26, 1906

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     Friday, September 27th, the sad news reached Mrs. Thomas Estlick and Mrs. Oscar Palmer, of Troy township, and Mrs. Joseph Jones, of Etna that their brother, Noah Thompson, had passed away at the home of his daughter at Mishawaka.
     Noah Thompson was born in Delaware county, Ohio, January 14, 1842. Died in Mishawaka September 26, 1906, aged 64 years, 8 months and 12 days. When a boy 12 years of age he came to Indiana, Whitely county, Troy township with his parents and when 23 years of age enlisted in the war and proved himself a brave and valiant soldier. He enlisted in the army in 1863 in Co. K, 88th Ind. Volunteers and was in active service until the close of the war.


Torbet, Oliver S.
Contributed by Beverly Henley
The Commercial Mail – Columbia City, Indiana
Tuesday April 17, 1945 Page 6

     Oliver S. Torbet, age 77 died last night at his residence 314 N Chauncey St. Stricken with a heart attack, death followed at 6:20 o’clock, an hour and a half after he was stricken. He was born December 23, 1867 to Nelson and Matilda Egolf Torbet. Mr. Torbet was born in Columbia City and began his business career in this city at an early age. He started as a clerk for the hardware firm of North and Edwards and later was assoicated in business with Charles S. Beck when the two men bought out the business of the late William A. Tulley. For 14 years he was associated in the hardware business with Henry E. Romey. At the time of his death Mr. Torbet was a director in the Farmers Loan and Trust Company, founded in this city in 1907, when he became associated with the bank. His marriage to Sarah Hollinger occurred in this city Dec. 24, 1889. Mrs. Hollinger died Dec. 3, 1930. He is survived by one son Harold H. Torbet, Lima, O., who is in the hardware business at Lima and Findlay, O. Two grandsons also survive. Mr. Torbet was a member of Trinity Methodist church. The Rev. Donald Bailey of that church will officiate at the Smith Funeral Home at 2 o’clock Wednesday afternoon. Committal services will be held in Greenhill cemetery. Friends will be received at the Smith Funeral Home.


Torbet, Theresa Briggs
Columbia City Post, Whitley County, Indiana page 1
Monday, April 2, 1934

     Mrs. Theresa B. Torbet, wife of Harold H. Torbet, 334 South Kenilworth Ave., Limo, Ohio, died Monday morning at Memorial hospital in Lima following a major operation performed several days ago.
     Mrs. Torbet was born near Columbia City January 26, 1897, and was united in marriage to Harold H. Torbet, also of Columbia City, on October 14, 1921. Mrs. Torbet is survived by one son, Thomas, aged two years, and her husband; also her mother, Mrs. Thomas Briggs, of Columbia City; one brother, Dr. Orville B. Briggs, Fort Wayne; and two sisters, Mrs. Neal Estlick and Mrs. Richard Fisher, of Columbia City.
     Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 10 o'clock at the residence in Lima and short services at 2:30 o'clock at the Fisher residence in this city. Interment will be made in the Greenhill cemetery.


Trout, Alta Stallsmith
Contributed by Chas Rockwood
Columbia City Post, Columbia City, Whitley County, Indiana
July 12, 1964

     Mrs. Kye (Alta) Stallsmith Trout, 71, died at 1:00 p.m. Saturday in the Whitley County Hospital. She was admitted to the hospital on July 4, suffering from a coronary occlusion. She was born October 22, 1892, in Washington township to Daniel Webster and Minerva Hiner Stallsmith. She was married May 11, 1914, to David A. Sherbahn who died in 1927.
     On March 29, 1929 she was united in marriage to Kye O. Trout of Warren. Following the death of Mr. Trout October 2, 1962, she moved into the home of her daughter, Mrs. LeRoy (Dorothy L.) Hickman, R.1, Churubusco.
     Most of her life, she resided in Whitley county, the majority in Smith township. She lived for a short period of time in Huntington county. Mrs. Trout was a member of the Blue River Methodist Church, Blue River and Charter Oak WSCS.
     Survivors besides the daughter, Mrs. Hickman, Green township, Noble county, include two step-sons, Kye O. Trout Jr. Bismarck, North Dakota and Gene E. Trout, Fort Wayne; 10 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; two sisters, Mrs. Virginia (Jennie) Dennison, and Mrs. Rose Hunziker, both of Washington township. One son has preceded her in death, Galen Sherbahn.
     Friends may call at the J. A. DeMoney and Son Funeral Home where funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday. The Rev. Roy M. Hollopeter, Blue River Methodist Church, will officiate. Burial will be in the South Whitley cemetery.

Columbia City Post, Columbia City, Whitley County, Indiana
July 15, 1964
     The Rev. Roy M. Hollopeter, pastor of the Blue River Methodist Church, officiated at the memorial services held Tuesday afternoon in the J. A. DeMoney and Son Funeral Home for Mrs. Alta Stallsmith Trout, 71, R.1, Churubusco, who died at a local hospital.
     Two hymns, “Beyond The Sunset” and “The Old Rugged Cross” were sung by Mrs. Furlow Burd and Mrs. Freeman Goodyear. Mrs. Goodyear also played the organ accompaniment and the prelude and postlude music.
     Relatives and friends of Mrs. Trout served as her casket bearers. They were Ermal Gordon and Resler of Churubusco; Brice Jackson of South Whitley; Paul Rhoads Sr., Burbon Downing, and Gail Trout of Columbia City. The committal services followed in the South Whitley cemetery.


Trout, Ann Mitten
Contributed by Beverly Henley
The Commercial Mail – Columbia City, Indiana
January 2, 1945 Page 6

     Mrs. Anna Mitten Trout, 2909 11th St, N.E., Washington, D. C. died at 4 o’clock Sunday morning at her residence where she had been confined to her bed for the past six months. She had been in failing health for more than a year. Death was due to complications following major surgery. She was born in Huntington, Indiana to Dorten and Louisa Mitten on May 5, 1881. She had resided in Washington for the past 27 years, leaving Huntington on Aug. 20, 1917. On Thanksgiving Day in 1911 she was united in marriage to Walter A. Trout, son of the late Mr. and Mrs. George Trout of Columbia City. Mr. Trout has been employed in the government printing office at Washington for the past 27 years. In addition to Mr. Trout two step-daughters, Mrs. Ralph Bihlman, Washington and Mrs. B. C. Sherrill of Patuxent River, Md, survive. Two grandchildren are dead. Four sisters, Mrs. Clara Mitten Robinson of Washington; Mrs. J. Frank Bailey of Huntington; Mrs. Henry Hamilton of Chicago; and Mrs. Larry Burke of Maywood, Ill. survive. Two brothers Clarence and George Mitten are dead. Mrs. trout attended the Methodist church in Washington. The body is being returned to the J. A. DeMoney Funeral Home where friends may call after 1:30 pm Wednesday. The body will arrive at Fort Wayne Wednesday morning at 6:45 o’clock. The funeral will be conducted at the DeMoney Funeral Home at 1:30 o’clock Thursday afternoon. The Rev. Donald E. Bailey of Trinity Methodist church will conduct the services and interment will be in Greenhill cemetery.


Trumbull, Anna A. Martin
Unidentified News Clip in "the Scrapbook"
Died July 10, 1897

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     Anna A. Martin was born near Hecla, Whitley County, Ind., May 21, 1866 and departed this life July 10, 1897, aged 31 years, 1 month and 19 days. She was united in marriage to Lewis Trumbull, March 25, 1885 and to this union were born four sons and a daughter. The daughter preceded her to the other world.


Tucker, Albert B.
Unidentified News Clip in "the Scrapbook"
(Died July 20, 1911)

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     Albert B. Tucker, one of the well known men of this county, died at his home in the village of Etna, Thursday night, after an illness which began last winter when he suffered an attack of pneumonia… He was the son of Alanson Tucker and was born in Washington county, New York, February 15, 1845, making him 66 years, 5 months and 5 days of age at his death. His parents moved to Ohio in 1849 and in 1854 to Whitley county, purchasing the big farm which the son owned at the time of his death. He was united in marriage December 29, 1898, to Mary L. Lawerence, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Milo Lawrence, of Thorncreek township, and to them one son was born, Lawrence L. In addition to his wife and son he leaves one sister, Mary Tucker, who made her home with him.


Tucker, Benjamin
Contributed by Beverly Henley
The Commercial Mail – Columbia City, Indiana
Thursday May 10, 1945 Page 6

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     James A. Tucker of Road 30 East has been notified of the death of his brother Benjamin Tucker 54, of New York City. Mr. Tucker died in his sleep and was found at 9 o’clock Wednesday morning at the Veterans hospital in New York City where he had been a patient for the past week. He suffered from a heart ailment for some time. Mr. Tucker was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Tucker and was born at Coesse February 28, 1891. An employe of the General Electric company, Mr. Tucker worked in Fort Wayne and later in New York City. He is survived by his wife, an eastern woman, and two daughters, Evelyn and Patricia; three brothers, James A. Tucker of near Columbia City; John Tucker, Lawrenceville, Ill. and Jessee Tucker, Fort Wayne, one sister Mrs. Fred Walker, Coesse. Mr. Tucker was a veteran of the first World War. He last visited in Whitley county three years ago. A military funeral service will be held at 10 o’clock Friday morning and committal services will be held in the national cemetery in New York City.


Tucker, Mrs. David
Contributed by Beverly Henley
The Commercial Mail – Columbia City, Indiana
Wednesday March 14, 1945 Page 6

     Funeral services will be held on Thursday afternoon at 2 o’clock at the Krider Funeral Home, Churubusco for Mrs. David Tucker, 51, who resided just north of Churubusco. Burial will be made in Christian Chapel cemtery at Merriam. Death occurred Tuesday at the Methodist hospital in Fort Wayne. Survivors are the husband; three sons, David T. Tucker, Kendallville; Woodward and George Tucker at home; four daughters, Mrs. Russell Herron, Columbia City, Mary, Alice and Deloris at home, also two brothers, two sisters and three grandchildren.

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