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Mrs. Christian Baer ot near New Paris died Wednesday, aged ninety years and six months. She is survived by three daughters and a son Funeral at Yellow Creek church at 11 a. m. Saturday. [The Elkhart Review Saturday April 14, 1906]

John Bear a well known farmer living in Harrison Twp, died this (Monday) morning at the advanced age of 94.  The life of Mr. Bear has been a mysterious one and his nearest neighbors, who have known him for years, were unable to learn anything of his business or how he stood financially, but his death revealed that he was a wealthy man.  A considerable amount of money was found on his person as well as a draft for six hundred dollars on the Goshen Bank."  [Elkhart, IN Goshen News 31 Oct 1889 Elkhart  IN : Herald of Truth Vol:XXVI #21 pg335 Submitters Name: Kathleen D Bair Johnson]

John Bair aka: John Baer
"BAER - On the 28th of October, in Harrison township, Elkhart Co., Ind., of the infirmities of old age, John Baer, aged 92 years, 11 months and 13 days.  He was the father of nine children, three of whom preceded him to the eternal world.  His wife died thirty years ago, since which time he has been a widower.  He was buried at the Yellow Creek Mennonite burying-ground on the 31st.  He reached a very great age, being probably the oldest man in the county at the time of his death.  May his death inspire every one of us to greater earnestness in the Christian life knowing that, however many our years may be, the time will come when we must take our departure and receive our reward.  Peace be his ashes."  [Elkhart  IN : Herald of Truth Vol:XXVI #21 pg335 Submitters Name: Kathleen D Bair Johnson]

Henry Bartlemay, a retired businessman at Goshen, formerly in the shoe business, died at Goshen this morning.  He was 55 years of age.  The widow and two sons survive.  He was the father of the last Charles Bartlemay of this city. [Elkhart Weekly Truth Obit: Elkhart Weekly Truth April 19, 1900, pg. 1 ]

John S. Bays, a well known lawyer and promoter of Sullivan, Ind., died yesterday morning from cancer of the liver. He had been suffering from the disease for six months, and had been out West in search of health, but to no avail. A widow and three sons, Lee, Harold and Fred survive. . Mr. Bays was born in Greene county in 1850 and was graduated from the law school of Indiana University in 1870. He came to this county in 1874 He was.a democratic member of the Southern Indiana Hospital Board, having been appointed by Governor Kanly. He was a member of the Elks and Odd Fellows. Mr. Bays promoted the Indiana Coal Combine. [1906-08-14; Paper: Elkhart Truth]

Mrs. Frank Beck, aged 26 years, died Saturday evening at her hom in Goshen.  Deceased was a well known and respected lady and leaves many friends besides her husband and two small children.  She was ill but ten days and her death was very unexpected.  Funeral occurred today at 2 o'clock from the Fifth avenue M.E. church, Goshen, Rev. McKee officiating. [ Elkhart Weekly Truth April 19, 1900, pg. 1 ]

Andrew Jackson Beers of St. Joseph died Tuesday, aged eighty-three. He was a soldier in the civil war and prominent Mason. [The Elkhart Review Saturday April 14, 1906]

Mrs. Caroline Benner, aged 86 years, 11 months and 28 days, one of the pioneer residents of the county, died at 9:45 o'clock yesterday morning at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Henry Hippensteel, in Goshen.  Deceased had lived in Elkhart county 66 years, coming here from Ohio.  The greater part of that time she lived on their homestead, 3-1/2 miles west of Wwaterford.  Her husband died May 16, 1890.  She has lived in Goshen the past five years.  Seven children survive her, five daughters and two sons, most of them residing in this county.  The funeral will occur Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock from the Christian church in Waterford, friends meeting at the home at 1:30 o'clock, where short services will be held. [Elkhart Weekly Truth September 20, 1900, pg. 1]

George M. Bennett of Washington, Ind.. said to he the oldest engineer in the United States, died Thursday, aged eighty years. He was in the service of the Lake Shore railroad for fifty-two years. A daughter, Mrs. Frank Burk, resides at Mishawaka. A wife and five children also survive him. The funeral will he held Sunday. [The Elkhart Review Saturday April 14, 1906]

Charles Berlin, aged 24 years, son-in-law of Mr. Jonathan Firestone, of Wakarusa, died at Kalamazoo, Michigan, last Saturday. The remains were brought home for burial. [Goshen Democrat May 2, 1888, pg. 3 Submitters Name: Karen K ]

Mrs. David (Annetta) Berlincourt died at her home two and one half miles west of Nappanee on Saturday evening. The funeral took place Tuesday the remains being laid to rest in the South Union cemetery. Just two weeks ago a young child belonging to her met death by falling in a kettle of water. The shock of this and subsequent exposure while attending the funeral, produced results which led to her death. She leaves a husband and two children. [Goshen Daily Democrat Feb. 10, 1898 Submitters Name: Karen K ]

Mrs. W.W. (Nancy J.) Best died at her home in Nappanee at 3:40 p.m. Tuesday as the result of a fall sustained while at work about the house the forenoon of April 5, in which she suffered the breaking of one thigh and the crushing of one hip. Her injuries, which were regarded as likely to terminate fatally from the first, because of her advanced age, were followed by several paralytic strokes, which hastened the end. Nancy J. Wagner was born in Carroll county, Ohio, June 27, 1834, and married W.W. Best May 13, 1855. In 1865 Mr. Best and his family moved to this county, locating on a farm near what is now Nappanee, the town site not having been laid out until ten years later. They resided on the farm until 1891, when they moved into Nappanee, and have made that place their home to the present time. Ten children were born to their union, nine of whom survive, J.M. Best, who was a resident of Elkhart, died here in 1903. The survivors are: David M. Best of this city, W.H. Best of Nappanee, Irvin Best of Mishawaka, Mrs. E.F. Leinhart of Wakarusa, Mrs. J.B. Good and Mrs. C.W. Johnson of Nappanee, Mrs. W.H. Woodbury of Mishawaka, Mrs. M.H. Thomas of South Bend and Mrs. Charles Neek of Bremen. Twenty-nine grandchildren and two great grandchildren are living. Private funeral services will be held at the home at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, with interment at South Union cemetery. [Elkhart Daily Review April 24, 1907 Submitters Name: Karen K ]

John Best Dead. John Best, aged 32 years, formerly of Elkhart, died at his Nappanee home last night, his demise being caused by a complication of ailments resulting from typhoid fever. Surviving him are his wife and two children. For several days his condition has been critical. [Goshen Daily Democrat Sept. 24, 1903 Submitters Name: Karen K ]

June 30, 1990, pg. A5 ELKHART - Hulda J. Bickel, 90, Meridian Nursing Center/East Lake, formerly of 22573 Ind. 120, died at 11:15 a.m. Fr4iday (June 29, 1990) at the nursing home. She was born July 12, 1899, in Elkhart.  As Hulda Nelson, she married Charles W. Bickel on July 26, 1919, in St. Joseph, Mich. He died May 13, 1951.  Surviving are a son, C. Robert, Oldsmar, Fla.; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m Sunday at Stemm-Lawson-Peterson Funeral Home, Elkhart, where services will be at 10 a.m. Monday.  Officiating will be Rev. Kenneth Peterson, pastor of Augustana Lutheran Church.  Burial will be in Rice Cemetery. Mrs. Bickel was a member of Augustana Lutheran Church.  Memorials may be made to the church. [Elkhart Truth Submitters Name: Karen K ]

Helen, twenty-nine-month-old daughter of Arthur Bickel of Goshen, died of whooping cough today, and the funeral service will be held at Wells Lutheran church at 4 p. m. Sunday. Mrs. James Scott of Ligonier, sister-in-law of J. B. McDonald of the Ligonier Banner, died Monday. Her husband preceded her fifteen years ago. [The Elkhart Review Saturday April 14, 1906]
Dead at Grand Rapids. Frank Biggs, who was formerly employed in the blacksmith shop of the Elkhart Carriage & Harness Co., died yesterday morning at 10:20 at Grand Rapids, after a long illness of Bright's disease. The body will be brought here for burial. The funeral arrangements have not yet been made. [ Elkhart Weekly Truth, 1904-11-03]

(Nappanee Advance) Mrs. Lucinda Bollman, aged 72 years, 6 months and 23 days, died at the home of her son, Levi Bollman, on E. Walnut st., Saturday, after an illness of some time due to paralysis. Mrs. Bollman was one of the old and respected residents of Nappanee. She was born in Holmes county, O., Aug. 20, 1847, and came with her parents to Indiana in 1857. On May 21, 1868, she was united in marriage to George Bollman. Six sons and one daughter were born to this union. Mr. Bollman and one son preceded her in death. Those surviving are John, Levi, Jacob and Harvey, Nappanee; Jesse of Elkhart, and Mrs. Edward Stewart of southwest of Bremen. There are also fifteen grandchildren and two great grandchildren, five of whom preceded their grandmother in death. Mrs. Bollman united with the Church of the Brethren about fifty years ago and proved a faithful member to the end. Funeral services were held from the Church of the Brethren Tuesday afternoon conducted by Revs. David Metzler and Henry Wysong. Interment was in South Union cemetery, under the direction of Undertaker N.A. Lehman. [Wakarusa Tribune March 25, 1920. Submitters Name: Karen K ]

Mrs. George Border, of South Union, died on Monday of paralysis, aged 64 years. [Goshen Weekly Times June 11, 1897 Submitters Name: Karen K ]

Died at South Bend. Mrs. Harvey Border, aged 34 years, died at the Epworth hospital in South Bend. Her husband and five children survive. The remains were taken to Nappanee where a brother, Wm. Overholser, resides. [Goshen Daily Democrat April 6, 1911. Submitters Name: Karen K ]

BORDER - George Border, an old resident of Locke township, is dead at the age of 78 years. His death followed a long illness. [Goshen Daily Democrat March 1, 1911 Submitters Name: Karen K ]

Mrs. Louisa Bresseau died at 10 a.m. this morning at the home of her son, Nelson Bresseau, 111 North Sixth street.  She was 79 years, 4 months and 18 days of age and is survived by her husband, Peter Bresseau, and son.  The funeral will be held from the house Thursday at ten o'clock, Rev. Brown officiating. [Elkhart Weekly Truth September 20, 1900, pg. 1]

William Broceus of Buchanan died Tuesday, aged sixty-three. [The Elkhart Review Saturday April 14, 1906]

Sidney S. Brode after but a week's illness died this morning shortly before 11 o'clock of pneumonia.  He first contracted a severe cold but was not bedfast until a week ago when he was attacked by a hard chill and since that time had gradually failed until death relieved him of his sufferings.  The deceased is survived by a wife who is convalescing from an attack of pneumonia, and two children.  Mr. Brode was born in Bedford county, Pa., in 1850 and had been a resident of Elkhart for about twenty years.  He assisted in building the Big Four and Elkhart and Western railways through this city and was more or less employed by railroad companies until three years ago when he assumed the janitorship of the Central school building at which place he died.  In 1883 he became a member of the Elkhart volunteer fire department and remained in service of that and the paid department until 1893. Mr. Brode was a man who counted his friends by those who knew him.  Ever ready to do a kind act, to ask was to receive from him.  He was loved by the little school children who were daily placed in his charge and always discharged his duties in a manner that at once gained the friendship and respect of the teachers and employers.  Mr. Brode was a member of the Modern Samaritans of the World and the funeral will be held Sunday afternoon under the auspices of this lodge. [Elkhart Weekly Truth March 29, 1900, pg. 2 ]

Elkhart friends have been advised of the death on January 13 of Mrs. Jennie Schmidt Brodrick, wife of Lynn R. Brodrick. who is junior editor of the Marysville. Kas., Advocate-Democrat. Mr. Brodrick formerly lived here, being the son of Mr. and Mrs. Harry M. Rrodru-k, who moved to Marysville when H. M. Brodrick assumed control of the Advocate-Democrat nearly twenty years ago. Mrs. Jennie Brodrick was born in .Marysville twenty-six years ago. Her marriage took place November 17, 1914. [The Elkhart Daily Review Monday January 22, 1917]

BROWN - John Brown, living about three and a quarter miles south of Nappanee, died Wednesday of last week, of paralysis, after an illness of one week, aged 64 years. He was born in Germany and had lived here about 34 years. He is survived by his wife, one sister, four daughters and three sons. The funeral was preached Sunday. [Goshen Daily Democrat Jan. 21, 1904 Submitters Name: Karen K ]

Reita B. Brown died at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Brown of No. 802 Bower street, at 2 a. m. today of double pneumonia after an illness of two weeks. The deceased was born on May 16, 1893. She is survived by her parents and one sister, Maude, fifteen years old. The funeral arrangements have not been made but it will not be held before Saturday. [Date: 1909-10-23;  Paper: Elkhart Weekly Review]

Mrs. E. Brownell 67, died at her home in Goshen Sunday morning of heart trouble. She had been an invalid for many years. Surviving her are three daughters, Mrs. 0. L. Hayes cf Wilmette, Ill., and Misses Alice Brownell and Louise Brownell of Goshen. Mrs. Brownell's husband died suddenly several months ago. [ Elkhart Daily Review Monday January 22, 1917]

Death of An Estimable Woman.  Mae, wife of John M. Brumbaugh, and daughter of Guy C. Johnson, died at the family residence, No. 415 South Main street last evening.  She was born October 4, 1854 and was married to Mr. Brumbaugh, March 27, 1879.  The immediate surviving relatives besides the husband and father, are the daughters, Frances and Kathleen, one brother, Home A. Johnson, of Osolo township, and one sister, Mrs. Kit McKean, of this city. Mrs. Brumbaugh had not been in good health for a few years, but of late had been slowly improving and her restoration to health had been hoped for.  She was prostrated with a severe attack of LaGrippe three weeks ago, which her enfeebled physical powers seemed unable to combat.  Her condition had been considered serious but not critical until 6  o'clock last evening when a rapid change for the worse was apparent, and at twenty minutes after 9 o'clock death released her from her sufferings which have been long and painful and borne with Christian fortitude and patience. The funeral services will be held at the residence next Sunday, further announcement of which will be made later. [Elkhart Weekly Truth March 8, 1900, pg. 2 ]

Jan. 8. Isaac Bucklen, aged eighty, one of the oldest and wealthiest residents of this city, died at the home of His daughter. Mrs. Brookins, in Chicago, yesterday. Mr. Bucklen had been sick several days, but was supposed to be improving, when his  death came suddenly and unexpectedly. The deceased came here from the East in 1852, went into business, amassed a fortune, and retired from active life several years ago. During the late war he was a warm supporter ot the cause of the Union, and no man in this section did more in raising troops and providing for soldiers families. he was the father of H.E. Bucklen, the patent medicine manufactured and railroad owner, of Chicago. The funeral will take place and the remains will be buried here. [Indiana Journal January 15, 1896]

Charles Bughman, aged thirty-four years, formerly of Goshen, who left two years ago for San Diego, Cal. died at the latter plate on Monday from heart trouble. He is survived by a widow and one child. [The Elkhart Weekly Review Sept. 22, 1909]

The Ann Arbor Times of May 29 had the following concerning a former Elkhartan; "Charles Burris, book-keeper at the State Savings Bank, died this morning of bronchitis, after an illness of five months. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Burris and was one of the most highly respected young men in the city. For the past three years he had been employed as bookkeeper in the State Savings Bank, going there from the Farmers and Mechanics Bank, where he was employed two and a half years previously. In December he was given a vacation, thinking that through rest and quiet he could regain his health and get relief from the was taken ill with the grip and gradually grew worse. Mr. Burris was twenty-live years of age. He was born in Elkhart, Ind.; and came to Ann Arbor when a boy, attending the public schools here, where he grew up and was well known. He is survived by a father and mother, one brother, Willard L. Burris, general delivery clerk at the postoffcie, and two sisters, Nettie and Myrtle Burrls." [Wednesday, June 5, 1907 Paper: Elkhart Weekly Review (Elkhart, IN) Page: 5]


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