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P. J. Weber
Rev. Father Weber, the beloved pastor of St. John's Catholic church, of Earl Park, Indiana, was born in New York City, May 13, 1868, and is a son of Joseph and Regina (Angersbach) Weber, both natives of Germany, the former born in Hesse, the latter in Baden. The father died in New York city in 1868, at the age of thirty-four years, at which time he was serving as superintendent for the Singer Sewing Machine Company; but the mother is still living, at the age of sixty years, and now makes her home in Carlsruhe, Germany. The grandparents were all of German birth and lived to a great age.
The first four years of his life Father Weber spent in his native city and then accompanied his mother on her removal to Carlsruhe, Germany, where he attended the common schools and later the gymnasium, at which he was graduated at the age of eighteen years. He then went to Belgium, where he studied rhetoric for one year and philosophy for the same length of time at St. Nicholas. The following three years and a half were spent in the study of theology at Louvain, where he was ordained as priest January 6, 1891. Three months later he came to the United States, landing at New York city, and soon after he reported to Bishop Dwenger, at Fort Wayne, Indiana, and his first appointment was at Klaasville, Lake County, Indiana, where he remained for four years. At the end of that time he was given charge of the congregation at Earl Park, which pastorate he has since filled to the entire satisfaction of the church and his parishioners.
St. John's church is the oldest Catholic church in the locality, it having been built twenty-five years ago. As a mission services were conducted for the congregation at Earl Park by Father Haas, of St. Anthony's church, generally known as Dehner church, and the mission was called St. John the Baptist. It next fell under the pastorate of Father Maujay, of the Fowler church, under whose charge it remained until 1888, when he was succeeded at the end of that time by the present pastor, Father Weber. He has added to the church property by buying three lots, on two of which he has built a fine two-story brick parsonage, at a cost of five thousand dollars, and on the corner he plans to erect a new brick church in about three years, to cost sixteen thousand dollars. He then intends to turn the present frame church into a parochial school, as the parish has no school of its own at the present time. The congregation, numbering about one hundred families, is composed of French, German and English, and this being the case, Father Weber preaches every Sunday in English, and every other Sunday in French and German. He is an indefatigable worker for his church and the good of the community, and is revered and loved by his own congregation, and honored and esteemed by all who have seen his devotion to his noble calling.
[Source: "Biographical History of Tippecanoe, White, Jasper, Newton, Benton, Warren and Pulaski counties, Indiana" transcribed by Debbie Gibson]



August Reiger, Company A. Born in Germany, came to Lake county, Indiana, in 1855; served in Company A through the war, a good soldier. Since the war he has lived in Indiana and spent some time in the south and west. He has never married but lives with a brother. Address, Ross Station, Lake county, Indiana.
[Source: "99th Indiana Infantry, Containing Official Reports, Anecdotes, Incidents, Biographies and Complete Rolls", CHAPLAIN D. R. LUCAS, ROCKFORD, ILL.: HORNER PRINTING CO., 1900. Sub. by K.T.]


George Ragan, Company A. Born in Ohio, in 1840; was brought to Indiana in 1844, where he has lived ever since. Served faithfully through the war, and has since lived in Lake county. Has a wife and four children living. Was a good soldier and is a true comrade. Address, Hobart, Indiana.
[Source: "99th Indiana Infantry, Containing Official Reports, Anecdotes, Incidents, Biographies and Complete Rolls", CHAPLAIN D. R. LUCAS, ROCKFORD, ILL.: HORNER PRINTING CO., 1900. Sub. by K.T.]


John P. Reeder
There are few men in Wahpeton, Richland county, North Dakota, in the past ten years who have done more for its commercial interests and its growth and development than the man whose name heads this review. He is a prominent figure in business, political and social circles, is at present serving as mayor of the city, and is one of its leading merchants.
Mr. Reeder was born in Lake county, Indiana, November 11, 1863, and there he continued to make his home until about eighteen years of age, being indebted to its schools for his educational privileges. In 1881 he removed to Minnesota, and after two years spent in that state he came to Wahpeton, where he was employed as clerk in a general store for about two years. He then embarked in business on his own account as a merchant, and today carries a large and well assorted stock of general merchandise, for which he finds a ready sale, having built up an excellent trade in the city and surrounding country.
In Lake county, Indiana, Mr. Reeder was married, in 1886, to Miss Josephine Schreiber, a native of that county, and they now have a family of four children: John, George, Gilbert and Herman. Socially Mr. Reeder is a prominent member of the Ancient Order of United Workmen and the Foresters. He is one of the most influential and public-spirited citizens of Wahpeton and has made a most efficient and popular officer, doing all in his power to advance the interests of the city. He has served as mayor continuously since 1896, and prior to that time was one of the county commissioners of Richland county for years. He was also a member of the school board one year, and in 1894 was a candidate for the legislature on the Democratic ticket, and came within seven votes of being elected. In 1895 he erected the Wahpeton opera house which he still owns and conducts, and has been identified with a number of enterprises which have proved of public benefit. [Source: Compendium of History and Biography of North Dakota, Publ. 1900. Transcribed by Syndi Phillips]



LIEUTENANT JOHN P. MERRILL, COMPANY A.
Born October 13, 1842, in Lake County, Indiana, where he has always resided except while in the service. He entered the service as sergeant in Company A, but was promoted to first lieutenant October 31, 1864, and as such was mustered out with the regiment. Since the war he has lived in Lake county and serving for some time as postmaster at Crown Point, where he died very suddenly in the year 1897. He leaves a wife and family behind him who, as a token of their regard for his memory, have sent the above picture. Lieutenant Merrill was one of the men who was never absent from the reunions of the regiment, and when we met at Crown Point, he and. his daughter, Miss Alta, were on the committee and aided in all ways to make the comrades have a good time, and now that he is gone all join in a tribute to his memory. His family still reside at Crown Point.
[Source: "99th Indiana Infantry, Containing Official Reports, Anecdotes, Incidents, Biographies and Complete Rolls", CHAPLAIN D. R. LUCAS, ROCKFORD, ILL.: HORNER PRINTING CO., 1900. Sub. by K.T.]



JAMES L. GERRISH, COMPANY A.
1900.
Born November 15, 1836, in Boscanen, Merrimac county, New Hampshire. Educated at Merrimac Normal Institute and at Wabash College, Indiana. Moved to West Creek, Lake county, Indiana, in the spring of 1856. Enlisted, August 12, 1862, in the 99th Indiana. Served for a time, on detached service. He was mustered out with the regiment at Indianapolis, June 5, 1865. Married, February 15, 1866, to Miss Dier of Wheaton, Illinois. In 1891 moved to Hammond, Indiana, and June 15th, was appointed tagger in the Bureau of Animal Industry, which position he now holds. Comrade Gerrish was one of the number that we called our genuine yankees, he was a yankee, but at the same time a true American soldier and patriot. His address is Hammond, Indiana. Was born in Clyde, Wayne county, New York. Parents moved to Lake county, Indiana in 1844. Served in Company A for three years, being slightly wounded on the Atlanta Campaign. After the war spent two years in Lake county, then moved to Minnesota, where he has since resided. Has been employed by the North Western Railroad Company for the last twenty-seven years as a locomotive engineer. Comrade Snyder has always taken great interest in the reunions of the survivors of the old regiment having attended nearly all of them, and is beloved by them all. Address Waseca, Minn.
[Source: "99th Indiana Infantry, Containing Official Reports, Anecdotes, Incidents, Biographies and Complete Rolls", CHAPLAIN D. R. LUCAS, ROCKFORD, ILL.: HORNER PRINTING CO., 1900. Sub. by K.T.]



AGNES LYNCH
RECOGNIZING NORTHWEST INDIANA COMMUNITY
HON. PETER J. VISCLOSKY of Indiana in the House of Representatives
Thursday, April 29, 2004
Mr. VISCLOSKY --- Mr. Speaker, it is with great pride and enthusiasm that I rise to recognize an outstanding member of the northwest Indiana community, Ms. Agnes Lynch. This incredible woman has been a life force for countless students and for her family. Her presence in our community has touched the lives of thousands and helped many become the leaders of today
Originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Ms. Agnes (Ott) Lynch earned her B.A. in English at Mount Mary College in Milwaukee. Two major events highlighted those college years. One was the once-in-a-lifetime experience of winning the national Tournament of Orators sponsored annually by the Hearst Newspaper chain. She was the only woman to ever win the national finals of that contest. The 1950 finals were held in Baltimore and Bishop Sheen was one of the judges. To that day, Agnes cherishes her kiss on the cheek from Sheen, at least as much as the cash prize that accompanied her first-place finish.
This other event, meeting her future husband, occurred while Agnes was working her way through college at the Milwaukee Public Library. John Lynch came into the library one night to check out a book. He was on his way home from the German bakery, just down the street from the library, where he was working his way through Marquette University. John and Agnes were married in Milwaukee just after graduation and moved to Gary, John's hometown.
After their third child was born, Agnes started her teaching career, first at Toleston High School and then, for 25 years, at Merrillville High School, where she was the English Department chairwoman, sponsor of the Thespian Society and director of the class plays. There are few people in northwest Indiana who didn't have Agnes for a teacher. In her spare time, she earned her M.A. from Valparaiso University. After retiring from Merrillville High School, Agnes taught for 3 years at Indiana University Northwest.
A widow since John's passing in 2000, Agnes now devotes her time to church, traveling and basking in the accomplishments of her children. Mr. Speaker, Agnes Lynch has given her time and efforts selflessly to the people of northwest Indiana throughout her long and illustrious life. She has given the gift of knowledge to thousands in our community. I respectfully ask that you and my other distinguished colleagues join me in congratulating Ms. Lynch for her outstanding contributions to Indiana's First Congressional District. I am proud to commend Agnes for her lifetime of service and dedication.
[Congressional Record Volume 150, Number 57 (Thursday, April 29, 2004), Pages E705-E706 - From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Printing Office. Submitted here by (former student!) Kim Hicks Torp]



MATTHIAS BONEY, COMPANY A.
1900.
Born March 27, 1844, at St. Johns, Lake county, Indiana. Served through the war. Came back to Lake county and married September 15, 1866 to Elizabeth Ennis. Has always lived in Lake county, mostly in Crown Point. He owns a hotel and a stock farm. Has a wife, daughter, Cora, and son, Eddie. Comrade Boney is a true comrade, always attends the reunions of the regiment and when the reunions are at Crown Point his hotel is headquarters, and he welcomes all. If you ever go to Crown Point you will find him at "Hotel Boney" if you inquire for "Mat." Like all the rest he is proud of the record of the 99th Indiana and that he was a member of the old regiment.
[Source: "99th Indiana Infantry, Containing Official Reports, Anecdotes, Incidents, Biographies and Complete Rolls", CHAPLAIN D. R. LUCAS, ROCKFORD, ILL.: HORNER PRINTING CO., 1900. Sub. by K.T.]





JOSHUA P. SPAULDING, COMPANY A
Born November 29, 1833, in Monroe county, Michigan, came toLake county, Indiana, in 1837, and that has been his home since. He enlisted in Company A, August 12, 1862, and served until muster out of regiment, a faithful soldier and good.man. Address, Orchard Grove, Indiana.
[Source: "99th Indiana Infantry, Containing Official Reports, Anecdotes, Incidents, Biographies and Complete Rolls", CHAPLAIN D. R. LUCAS, ROCKFORD, ILL.: HORNER PRINTING CO., 1900. Sub. by K.T.]




CAPTAIN RODMAN H. WELLS, COMPANY A. 1900.
Born June 6, 1838, in Crown Point, Indiana, where he has always resided. He entered the service as a private, but was appointed first sergeant on the muster in of Company A, and served as such until February 12, 1863. when he was promoted to first lieutenant and on the resignation of Captain Burnham, was appointed Captain. He was taken sick on the way up the river from Vicksburg, and was not able for duty for six months, and so, April 28, 1864, he resigned. Returned to Crown Point, which has been his home ever since. He married in 1859 Miss Nancy S. Vanhouten, and the last letter I had from him he announces the fact that he has a granddaughter, of which they are very proud. He has been engaged in farming, raising fine horses, etc., and was elected sheriff of Lake county and served as such for some years.

He has always taken an interest in the reunions, and his wife and daughter Jennie, have always been helpful in the work. A whole-hearted comrade and a friend to every 99th man, is his record.
[Source: "99th Indiana Infantry, Containing Official Reports, Anecdotes, Incidents, Biographies and Complete Rolls", CHAPLAIN D. R. LUCAS, ROCKFORD, ILL.: HORNER PRINTING CO., 1900. Sub. by K.T.]




JOSEPH ALBERT, COMPANY A.
1900.
Was born in Baiern, Germany, March 19, 1836. Came to America with his parents in 1847, going direct to Chicago where they lived six years, when they moved to Lake county, Indiana. Three years later he went to Merrillville, Indiana, and spent seven years working for Adam Kaiser and learning the trade of a shoemaker. He then went to Hobart, Indiana, where he worked until he enlisted in Company A, 99th Indiana. Served faithfully until mustered out. He then went to Chicago where he worked at his trade four years, then to Logansport for two years, when he married and settled at Burrows, Indiana, where he still resides, having a wife, two sons and a daughter living.

Though born on a foreign soil he is a thorough-going American. When the roll of the regiment was called, A being the first company and his name at the head of Company A, was the first one called. May he live long to enjoy his life in the land he helped to save. Address, Burrows, Indiana.
[Source: "99th Indiana Infantry, Containing Official Reports, Anecdotes, Incidents, Biographies and Complete Rolls", CHAPLAIN D. R. LUCAS, ROCKFORD, ILL.: HORNER PRINTING CO., 1900. Sub. by K.T.]



CAPTAIN KELLOGG M. BURNHAM, COMPANY A., 1900, aged 70.
Born February 1, 1830, in Berlin, Ohio. Came to Lake county, Indiana, in 1853, and it has ever since been his home. His grandfather, Joseph Burnham, was a captain in the war of 1812, and his grandfather on his mother's side, was Rev. John Norton, also in that war. They were all Scotch Presbyterians of the straitest sect. He says in a letter: "I was married in 1855 to Eunice Wheeler, a sister of Colonel John Wheeler, of the 20th Indiana. We were only permitted to rear one son to manhood, Harry, who was born in 1865, and died in September, 1897. My wife died in 1881, and now at 70 years, I am traveling the road alone." On page 50 will be found an account of his sickness. He continued faithfully in the service for another year, but was compelled to resign February 29, 1864. Captain Burnham is a man of fine character, genial disposition and loves his comrades. He spends his winters in Florida to get away from the cold, spending four months last winter at Jacksonville and on the East Coast. His address is Lowell, Indiana.
[Source: "99th Indiana Infantry, Containing Official Reports, Anecdotes, Incidents, Biographies and Complete Rolls", CHAPLAIN D. R. LUCAS, ROCKFORD, ILL.: HORNER PRINTING CO., 1900. Sub. by K.T.]




SERGEANT HENRY W. WISE, COMPANY C.
1862.
Born November 19, 1839, in Crawford county, Ohio; came to Lake county, Indiana, in 1849, and it has been his home ever since. Cnlisted in Company C in August, 1862, and served through the war. From 1884 to 1887 belonged to Third Regt. Indiana Legion. Married Eliza C. Alyea December 25, 1867, and they have two sons and two daughters, the youngest being 22 years of age. His ancestry were Pennsylvania Dutch; his great grandfather, born in 1751, served in the Maryland cavalry during the Revolutionary, war. His grandfather, born near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, in 1786, served in the war of 1812. Comrade Wise taught eight terms of school in his younger days, but his principal occupation has been that of brick and tile making.

His regard for his old comrades and interest in their welfare is manifest at all times, and he attends all the reunions he can. The picture above shows him as he was in the army, while the one on page 161 shows him as he is now.
[Source: "99th Indiana Infantry, Containing Official Reports, Anecdotes, Incidents, Biographies and Complete Rolls", CHAPLAIN D. R. LUCAS, ROCKFORD, ILL.: HORNER PRINTING CO., 1900. Sub. by K.T.]



Ezra Brownell, corporal of Company A. Born in Schoharie, New York, December 25, 1838. Enlisted from Lake county, Indiana, and served through the war. Lived in Lake county after the war until 1875, when he moved to Madison county, Iowa, where he has since resided. Has been twice married; first in February, 1866, and has three children, Frank, Fred, and Otto. Comrade Brownell has always kept in touch with his comrades, attending reunions when he could. He has been a farmer but is retired at present. Address, Winterset, Iowa. [Source: "99th Indiana Infantry, Containing Official Reports, Anecdotes, Incidents, Biographies and Complete Rolls", CHAPLAIN D. R. LUCAS, ROCKFORD, ILL.: HORNER PRINTING CO., 1900. Sub. by K.T.]


George C. Dutton, sergeant Company A. Born January 28, 1828, at Middleburg, New York. Enlisted in Company A, and served faithfully for more than a year when his health failed and he was discharged at Camp Sherman, Mississippi, September 5, 1863. Lived in Lake county after the war until 1878, and since that time has lived in Dawson county, Nebraska. His wife is dead but he has four living children. A good, christian man, his influence has alwas been on the right side. Address, Cozad, Nebraska.
[Source: "99th Indiana Infantry, Containing Official Reports, Anecdotes, Incidents, Biographies and Complete Rolls", CHAPLAIN D. R. LUCAS, ROCKFORD, ILL.: HORNER PRINTING CO., 1900. Sub. by K.T.]


Paul Dodge, Company A. Born September 19, 1844, in Lake county, Indiana. Moved to Kankakee, Illinois, when ten years of age; enlisted in August, 1861, in Company D, 43d Illinois Infantry; discharged in August, 1862; enlisted the same month in Company A, 99th Indiana; served during the war as musician of Company A; after the war went to Michigan, married March 18, 1866; has a wife and four children living. Comrade Dodge was one of the men baptized in Wolf river, Tennessee, in the spring of 1863. He is respected by all his comrades as a good, true man. Address, Hesperia, Michigan.
[Source: "99th Indiana Infantry, Containing Official Reports, Anecdotes, Incidents, Biographies and Complete Rolls", CHAPLAIN D. R. LUCAS, ROCKFORD, ILL.: HORNER PRINTING CO., 1900. Sub. by K.T.]



JESSE H. TRAUT, COMPANY A.
1900.
Born October, 6, 1832, at Girard, Erie county, Pennsylvania. Married November 12, 1854, at McKean, Pennsylvania, to Lavina Scott. Has a family of two sons and two daughters, all married and have families of their own. He moved to Lake county, Indiana, in 1858, where he Unlisted August 9, 1862, in Company A. Went with the regiment through all the campaigns and was severely wounded at Dallas, May 28, 1864. After the war he returned to Girard and has resided there ever since, engaged in lumber business, farming, and freighting for a wrench factory. Has been fairly successful, and says: "Have retired from business at present and am trying to take life easy." Has filled a number of local offices, being at present borough auditor, also trustee, steward and treasurer of the Methodist church. Although somewhat separated from his comrades, he has not forgotten them or the old days. Address, Girard, Erie county, Pennsylvania
[Source: "99th Indiana Infantry, Containing Official Reports, Anecdotes, Incidents, Biographies and Complete Rolls", CHAPLAIN D. R. LUCAS, ROCKFORD, ILL.: HORNER PRINTING CO., 1900. Sub. by K.T.]




Edwin Michael, Company A. Born in Lake county, Indiana, September 17, 1840; family moved to Westville, Indiana, in 1856, where he lived four years attending school and teaching part of the time. The family moved back to the farm in West Creek, Lake county, and in the summer of 1862 he enlisted in Company A; was one of the sergeants and went with the regiment through all its service. He returned to the farm and was married January 1, 1866, to Miss Thirza H. Dyer, of Wheaton, 111. They have five children - four girls and one boy. He is still on the farm, and his address is Lowell, Indiana.
[Source: "99th Indiana Infantry, Containing Official Reports, Anecdotes, Incidents, Biographies and Complete Rolls", CHAPLAIN D. R. LUCAS, ROCKFORD, ILL.: HORNER PRINTING CO., 1900. Sub. by K.T.]

William McKendree BRYANT, instructor psychology, etc., in St. Louis Normal and High School to 1912; born in Lake Co., Ind., Mar. 31, 1843; son of Eliphalet W. and Esther Eliza Bryant; graduated Ohio Wesleyan University, 1868 (A.M., Ohio Wesleyan; LL.D., University of Missouri); married, 1867, Sarah Augusta Shade, of Columbus, O.; one son: Maxmueller. Private 3d Iowa Infantry, April 1861, to September, 1862; then adjutant 34th Iowa Volunteers until November, 1864 (special honorable mention in the official history; assistant adjutant general brigade during last months of service). Superintendent schools. New Lisbon, O., 1868-69, Burlington, Ia., 1870-73; then teacher in St. Louis city schools and lecturer St. Louis Kindergarten Normal. Author: Hegel's Philosophy of Art; Philosophy of Landscape Painting; The World-Energy and Its Self-Conservation; A Syllabus of Ethics; Hegel's Educational Ideas; Life, Death and Immortality; also numerous monographs and magazine articles on psychology, ethical and pedagogical subjects. Address: Webster Groves, Mo. (Source: The Book of St. Louisiana, Publ. 1912. Transcribed by Charlotte Slater)


Ben ROOP
With the passing of BEN ROOP, seventy-nine-year-old pioneer resident of Indiana Harbor, his particular story must be told, for it is one that makes humans so interesting. If your favorite winter sport is ice-skating and if you frequent the Washington Park pond in Indiana Harbor you undoubtedly are one of those who some evening in past seasons have moved to the side-lines to marvel at an old, agile man displaying intricate ice figures, amazing speed, and lending a hand to novices. That man was BEN ROOP. Many years ago as a young man in Ohio the late Mr. ROOP was considered one of the finest and fanciest skaters of the state. But in the past few years when most old folks are sitting in comfortable rockers telling their grandchildren tales of "when I was young," Mr. Roop has been skating on. His age never proved a hindrance for he kept his muscles limber and his heart young. Twin City young folks who grew to know and love him will cross one of their best teammates off the list when the Washington pond gang gathers and red noses are being counted. [Hammond Times (Hammond, IN) Sunday Oct 10, 1937]

 


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