PORTER COUNTY INDIANA OBITS
Vergil Lee Leighty Portage, IN
Vergil Lee Leighty, age 89, of Portage, IN, passed away on Saturday, March 3, 2007. He was born on June 28, 1917, in Piggot, Arkansas, the son of Henry Lee and Floy (Webb) Leighty. Vergil was married to Betty Ruth Sweet on August 28, 1945 in Washington, IN. Vergil proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during WWII. He also served his country by serving in the Civil Conservation Corp in Utah after the depression.Vergil was employed as a water treater and stillman for Standard Oil Company. Vergil was a wonderful husband, father, and grandfather who was a member of the union, he liked to hunt and was a great handyman. Vergil is survived by his loving family, his wife Betty Leighty, Portage, son James (Niang) Leighty, daughter Kathy Leighty, Mesa, AZ, grandchildren: Jim (Jennifer) Leighty, Kenosha, WI, Christopher (Julie) Leighty, Portland, OR, Bon (Tricia) Petretta, Portage, Melinda (Ollie) South, South Haven, Amanda (Chris) McCuen, Portage, great-grandchildren: Cameron Leighty, Jacob Petretta, Christopher Petretta, Josh Petretta, Noah Petretta, Samuel Petretta, Courtney South, Ollie South and Jason Mann and other loving family and dear friends. Vergil was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Bryce, Bill and Roy and sister Opel. Visitation for Vergil Leighty will be held from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. on Monday, March 5, 2007 at Rees Funeral Home - Olson Chapel, 5341 Central Ave, Portage. Funeral service will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, March 6, 2007 at Rees Funeral Home, Olson Chapel. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery in Portage. Memorials in Vergil's memory may be made to the donor's choice.
For further information, please call Rees Funeral Home

Date of Obit: 29 May 1967
Obituary  MAHNS, MRS. GRACE -Portage- Services for Mrs. Grace E. Mahns, 74, 2166 Crisman road, who died Saturday at Little Company of Mary Health Facilities, San Pierre, will be held at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at Hope Lutheran church. 
The Rev. S.L. Klopfer will officiate with burial in McCool cemetery.  Friends may call at Olson, Reiser and Frum Portage chapel after 7 p.m. today.  Friends may also call at the church after 11:30 a.m. Wednesday until time of services.  A life-long resident of Portage township, Mrs. Mahns was a retired cook in the Portage School system.  She was a member of Hope Lutheran church and the Ladies Aid of the church. Surviving are one son, Lon Mahns of Portage; four grandchildren; one step-brother, Harvey Linburg of Portage; and one brother-in-law, Edward Mahns also of Portage.
Newspaper Name: Vidette-Messenger
(Contributed by Theresa Czapla)

Date of Obit: 03 Mar 1970
Obituary: MAHNS, EDWARD WILLIAM of Portage-- Edward William Mahns, 66, Englewood, Florida formerly of Portage, died Monday in Florida.    He was a retired inspector at mill 91, U.S. Steel, Gary, where he had been employed for 45 years.  He was a member of Loyal Order of Moose Lodge 783, Gary, and Hope Lutheran church.  Surviving are the widow, Luellla M.; a son, Wayne of Portage; a daughter, Mrs. Albet Pazera, Portage; five grandchildren and three great grandchildren.  Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Olson, Reiser and Frum Portage chapel with the Rev. S.L. Klopfer officiating.  Burial will be in McCool cemetery.  Friends may call at the funeral home after 2 p.m. Friday.
Newspaper Name: Vidette-Messenger
(Contributed by Theresa Czapla)

Date of Obit: 29 May 1967
Obituary: TUCKER SERVICES
Services for Bert F. Tucker, 78, RFD 2, who died Friday at Porter Memorial hospital, will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday at We_more Funeral home.  the Rev. John M. Washler, Assembly of God church, will officiate with burial in Graceland cemetery.  Friends may call at the funeral home from 7 to 9 p.m. today and after 2:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Newspaper Name: Vidette- Messenger
(Contributed by Theresa Czapla)

Date of Obit: 06 Nov 1954
Obituary: MAHNS, F. M. C.Crisman, Nov. 6 - Frederick Martin Christian Mahns, 84, Crisman area  resident for 50 years, died Friday morning in Doctors' hospital, Michigan City, after a seven-week illness.  Services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday in Hope Lutheran church, Crisman.
Born Feb. 23, 1870, in Macklenburg, Germany, he was the son of Johann and Friederica Mahns.  He married Augusta Griger of Furnessville on Feb. 2, 1890, in Hammond.  She deid in 1952 and a son, Rudolph, also preceded him in death.
He retired in 1937 after 50 years service as a New York Central reailroad telegrapher.  He was a member of the Order of Railroad Telegraphers.
Surviving are two sons, Clarence of Lima, Ohio and Edward of Crisman; a daughter, Mrs. Walter Kimmel of Gary; seven grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren.
The Rev. F. L. Klopfer will officiate at services Monday, and burial will be in McCool cemetery.  Friends may call at Flynn-Johnson Funeral home  from Sunday noon until Monday noon and at the Hope Lutheran church from noon until services at 2 p.m. Monday.
Newspaper Name: Vidette-Messenger
(Contributed by Theresa Czapla)

From the Vidette Messenger on 08 Aug. 1941
Death Takes Henry Mahns of Garyton
Henry Charles Mahns, age 66 years, a resident of Garyton for the last 20 years, died Thursday morning at his home following a lingering illness.  He had been employed as a switchman for the E.J. & E. railroad for 20 years.  Surviving are his widow, Theresa; four daughters, Mrs. Richard Eunis of Garyton, and Dorothy, Marilyn and Lois at home, and four sons, Walter, Robert and Edwin at home and Raymond of Calumet City, Ill.  The body will lie in state at the home in Garyton until Monday morning when it will be removed to the Anderson funeral home in Gary, where memorial services will be held Monday at 2 p m. with Rev. Carl H. Grabemann, pastor of the Hope Evangelical Lutheran church, Crisman, officiating.  Burial will be in McCool Cemetery.
(Contributed by Theresa Czapla)

From the Vidette Messenger on 24 Aug. 1942
Rita Fern Mahns, 11-day-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Mahns of Crisman, died Tuesday at Porter Memorial hospital, Valparaiso, where she was born Besides the parents, one sister and one brother survive  Private services were held Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the McCool cemetery with Rev. C. H. Grabermann officiating Flynn undertakers were in charge.
(Contributed by Theresa Czapla)  

From the Vidette Messenger page 4 on June 25, 1951
Mrs. F. Mahns Succumbs In Her Home in Crisman
CHESTERTON, June 25- Mrs. Augusta Johanna Mahns, 81, wife of Frederick Mahns, a resident of Crisman for 61 years, died at 12:30 p.m. at her home in that place.  She had been in ill health for the last 11 years.  The decedent was born in Furnessville, Porter county, in 1869, daughter of Louis and Paulina (Martin) Grieger.  She was united in marriage to Mahns in 1890 in Hammond.  Surviving are the husband; two sons, Clarence Mahns, Lafayette and Edward Mahns, Crisman; two daughters, Miss Grace Mahns, Crisman, and Mrs. Jennie Kimmel, Gary; three brothers, Edward Grieger, New Buffalo, Mich.; Henry Grieger, Furnessville and William Grieger, Michigan City, and one sister, Mrs. Delin Nicholson, Fusnessville. A son, Dr. R.A. Mahns of Gary preceded her in death.  She was a member of the Hope Lutheran Church, Crisman, where the services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, with the Rev. S.L. Klopler officiating.  Burial will be in McCool cemetery.  Friends may call Tuesday afternoon and evening and Wednesday until 11 a.m. at the Flynn-Johnson funeral home, after which the body will be taken to the church where it will lie in state from noon until 2 p.m. time of the services.
(Contributed by Theresa Czapla)  

From the Vidette Messenger 06 Nov 1954
F. M. C. Mahns
CRISMAN, Nov 6 - Frederick Martin Christian Mahns, 84, Crisman area resident for 50 years, died Friday morning in Doctors' hospital, Michigan City, after a seven - week illness.  Services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday in Hope Lutheran church, Crisman.  Born Feb. 23, 1870 in Macklenburg, Germany, he was the son of Johann and Friederica Mahns.  He married Augusta Griger of Furnessville on Feb 2, 1890 in Hammond.  She died in 1952 and a son, Rudolph, also preceded him in death.  He retired in 1937 after 50 years service as a New York Central railroad telegrapher.  He was a member of the Order of Railroad Telegraphers.  Surviving are two sons, Clarence of Lima, Ohio and Edward of Crisman; a daughter, Mrs. Walter Kimmel of Gary; seven grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren.  The Rev. F.L. Klopfer will officiate at services Monday, and burial will be in McCool Cemetery.  Friends may call at Flynn-Johnson Funeral home from Sunday noon until Monday noon and at the Hope Lutheran church from noon until services at 2 p.m. Monday.
(Contributed by Theresa Czapla)

Mrs. Stella Hanner, 55 years old, is dead at her home in Michigan City of Cancer. Surviving are the husband Henry Hanner, four children and the following brothers and sisters: Francis Sheets of Valparaiso. Mrs. George Wallace of Los Angeles, Calif. and Mrs. Marion Breyfogle of Chicago.  Funeral services will be held at Michigan City and the remains brought to Valpariso to be buried.

Mrs. Joseph Brown, 63 years old, a resident of Chesterton, died at the Christian Hospital here following an extended illness, pneumonia developing, which was the direct cause of death. Funeral services will be held in Chesterton.

Herman Domke,
 
A.W. Goodman was called to Chicago by the death of his brother in law. Herman Domke, who died in a Chicago hospital following an operation for gall stones.
February 14, 1923 Indianapolis Sunday Star

(News Article) Date: 1878-02-15; Paper: Indianapolis Sentinel Hon. S. L. Anthony His Death at Crown Point a Man Highly Esteemed by All

Feb 14 The Hon. S. L. Anthony of this city, died suddenly at Crown Point day before yesterday. Judge Anthony was prominent in legal and political circles in northern Indiana and was held in high esteem by all his acquaintances and neighbors. A democrat in politics, he had held many positions of honor and trust. In 1844 and 1845 be represented this (Porter) county in the popular branch of the legislature, was a member of the last constitutional convention, and from 1853 to 1857 represented the counties of Laporte, Porter and Lake in the state senate. In 1870 he was the democratic candidate in this district for congress. At the time of his death he was chief counsel for the Baltimore, Pittsburg and Chicago railroad in its affairs in this state.

Post-Tribune (IN) - December 9, 2005
Gerald W. "Dave" Urschel: Inventor, Urschel Lab founder, dies at age 89 
One of the founders of what has become Urschel Laboratories Inc. died on Sunday.
Gerald W. "Dave" Urschel was 89. He died in Sarasota, Fla., according to family members. The last of the surviving brothers who founded the food processing plant with his father William, Gerald Urschel was remembered as a man who could condense a technical manual into two pages of clear-cut, step-by-step instructions. "It takes a smart man to design a simple machine; any fool can design a complicated machine," his family quoted him as saying. The Valparaiso company's history goes back to 1910, when William Urschel began his business. A company official said William's sons Gerald, Joe and Kenneth helped grow the business. The company became incorporated in 1938. Gerald was also a dedicated engineer, according to Chuck Parsons, human-resources vice president of Urschel Labs. Officially, Gerald was vice president of engineering. "Gerald and Joe were responsible for many of the patents that carried this company," Parsons said. "They were the true inventors of Urschel as we know it today." Parsons said the family adapted to a changing world of food production. World War II was a particularly defining event, Parsons said, as food-cutting on a large scale was needed to feed troops. Then came refrigeration, fast food and more -- McDonald's, grocery stores, major food brands distributed coast-to-coast -- Parsons said. Urschel Labs makes mass cutting equipment for many of the companies who supply potato chip makers, restaurants like McDonald's, or pickle giant Vlasic Food International. Fast food has caused a particular demand for more Urschel products. "We're all over that industry," Parsons said. Parsons marvelled at some of the inventions Gerald and the family came up with, still used in mostly original form, or still patented. "Their inventions withstood the test of time," Parsons said. Urschel Labs is now run by CEO Robert Urschel, Joe Urschel's son. Gerald Urschel requested no funeral or service ritual. Donations can be made in his name to The Salvation Army, or to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
(submitted by Ida Maack Recu)

Post-Tribune (IN), May 17, 1996
GLADYS URSCHEL DEAD AT 82  
Gladys E. Urschel of Valparaiso - an artist, mother of six and wife of one of Porter County's most prominent industrialists - died suddenly Wednesday from a brain aneurysm. She was 82. Her death came as she was preparing for an exhibit of her work by the Valparaiso University Museum of Art, according to Richard Brauer, the museum's director. The exhibition is scheduled to begin June 9 at the museum's west gallery. In addition, the American Craft Museum in New York City has asked to show one of her pieces in June 1997. The retrospective was to be a high point for an artistic career not launched until Mrs. Urschel was in her late 50s. In the catalog for the show, she described her late blooming: What started as a diversion developed into the most important activity of my life. In order for my tapestries to have authenticity, it was necessary for me to do extensive reading, opening the door to ancient beliefs, philosophy, religion and the world of art. I believe that every human being has the ability to create. I spent most of my life on projects designed by others. Nothing has given me so much satisfaction as threading the loom to start a tapestry that I have designed. ''She wrote that, maybe a week ago,'' Brauer said. ''I spent two hours with her (Wednesday) afternoon and she proofed much of the catalogue copy. She was in good spirits and good health.'' Mrs. Urschel was born Dec. 5, 1913, in Michigan City, the daughter of Jesse Carl and Emma (Kaeding) Swain. She is survived by her husband of 53 years, Joe Urschel, who is battling a severe illness; their six children, Dan, Elena and Bob Urschel, all of Valparaiso; Bill Urschel of Denver; Cinda Urschel of Carmel; and Janet Gersh, of Bedford, Mass.; and a sister, June Sorge, of Lafayette.
Joe Urschel is one of three sons of William Urschel, who founded Valparaiso's Urschel Laboratories. He succeeded his father as the head of the business, which has grown into a giant in the food-processing equipment industry. Gladys and Joe Urschel's son, Bob, is company president. In 1971, with her children raised, Mrs. Urschel purchased a loom to do threaded bead work, said George Sigler, the comptroller at Urschel Labs.
''She wasn't happy with the loom that she bought, so Joe said, 'I can do better than that.' '' So Joe Urschel, who has earned more than 80 patents, tried loom making. All of Gladys Urschel's subsequent work was performed on the loom he designed and built. Brauer said he was introduced to Urschel and her tapestries in the late 1980s through a mutual friend. ''I'd never seen anything like it,'' he said. ''These are tiny seed beads she looms and joins into hanging tapestry. They explore North American Indian motifs or Eastern motifs that were religious or had cosmic connotations. Though bead work is nominally a craft, what Mrs. Urschel achieved in her tapestries transcended that, Brauer said. ''A work of art comes alive when it appeals to three things: our sensibilities - to be alive to our eyes - and to touch our feelings and engage our thoughts,'' he said. ''When all that is achieved, when our whole self is involved, that's art. In my mind, she had the experience of the true artist.'' Visitation is from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday at the Moeller Funeral Home, 104 Roosevelt Road, with cremation to follow and burial of ashes at Graceland Cemetery. The family requests, in lieu of flowers, memorials be made to The Caring Place shelter for battered women and children or to the Valparaiso University Museum of Art. (source: Retrieved fromHighBeam Research) (submitted by Ida Maack Recu)

Adolph Booher
Valparaiso Ind , March 19 —Special Telegram. —Adolph Booher a farmer of Jackson Township, died today, aged 65. Mr Booher was Lieutenant of Company I, Seventy-Third Indiana Volunteers, and was one of those who tried to escape from Libby Prison through the tunnel. Owing to his enormous size he could not pass through, and was compelled to remain.
20 Mar 1896; Paper: Inter Ocean - Submitted by K. Torp

VALPARAISO, Ind.. March 30. -James Arvenich,  a wealthy student of the northern Indiana Normal School, from St. Petersburg, Russia, died, to-day, of consumption, aged thirty-live. His remains were buried here. 
The Indiana State Journal, (Indianapolis, IN) Wed., April 1, 1896; pg. 5 Contributed by Candi Horton

Martin G. WALTERS, of Valparaiso, committed suicide by swallowing Paris green.
Indiana General News Items from the Indianapolis News 12 December, 1890 Page 6 Column 5

VALPARAISO, Ind., Nov. 6. John Powers, aged eighty-four years, died this morning at Kouts. Mrs. Samuel Sigler, a resident of this city over sixty years, died at Wheeler to-day, aged eighty-three.
Date: 1899-11-08; Paper: Indiana State Journal Porter County

Inmate succumbs at Indiana prison
MICHIGAN CITY, Ind. {AP) -
A funeral service was conducted in Crown Point for a convicted murderer who died of cancer, authorities said.
The service Monday was for Kenneth Fox, 53, who died in a Michigan City hospital Friday. Fox's mother, two brothers and a sister were at the hospital when he died of cancer, said Indiana State Prison Warden Jack Duckworth
The former rural Porter County resident was convicted of the Jan. 20,1984, death of his ex-wife, Sharon. She died of a stab wound through the neck after an argument at the couple's home near Hebron, authorities said.
Kokomo Tribune 1989-01-03 Page 22

Died Pleading Immunity for Slayer
VALPARAISO, Ind., April 13.—(Associated Press.)—Pleading with his last breath that his slayer be not prosecuted for his murder, Lewis Vosburg died this afternoon at his Lowell home trom a bullet inflicted by Clarence Green several weeks ago. An altercation was started upon the street and in the presence of a young woman whose escort was Green.
Date: 1902-04-14; Paper: Morning Herald

Arthur Boye, a clerk at the Houseworth Bros, central store, has gone to Valparaiso to attend the funeral of his mother, who died suddenly in South Bend, where she was visiting, at 1 a.m. today.
Date: 1906-08-23;  Paper: Elkhart Daily Review

Valparaiso, IN.,
Sept. 24,1898. Carl H. Specht, son of Claus Specht, one of the leading merchants of this city, died early this morning of typhoid fever. At the breaking out of the war he went to Chicago and enlisted in Troop K, the 1st Illinois Cavalry, and when the regiment returned to Chicago he came home on a furlough, and was taken down 3 days later. This is the 1st death from this county as a result of the war.

Mother Is Suicide. Valparaiso, Ind., May 2.—(A. P.)
Believed to have been despondent over family troubles, Mrs. George Ellis, 21, mother of three children, drank poison here yesterday. She died shortly afterward.
Kokomo Tribune Kokomo Indiana May 22 1930 page 3

Mayor Calkins is Dead,
Maj. William H. Calkins, who served in Congress from this district for eight years and who was the unsuccessful candidate on the republican ticket for governor against Isaac P. Gray, died on Monday at his home in Tacoma, Wash., of Bright's disease. He had been in failing health for a number of years and his death has been expected for the last few weeks. He leaves a wife and three children.
Major Calkins was born in Pike county, Ohio, Feb. 18, 1842. He resided there until October. 1853, when he removed with his father's family to Benton county, Indiana.
In May, 1861, he entered the Union army as a private soldier under three month's call. He re-enlisted from Iowa in September of that year, and served until the close of the war, rising to the rank of Major.Major Calkins, at the close of the war, located in Valparaiso, and began the practice of law. He was elected prosecutor and afterwards a member of the Legislature. In 1874 he was a candidate for Congress, but was defeated, but was elected two years afterward and for three terms following.
Goshen Indiana Friday February 02, 1894

Name of Deceased: Ida Amy (Childs) Powell
Obit: POWELL—At the residence of her father, Mr. L.W. Childs, No. 54 Washington street, Valparaiso, Ind., on Friday morning, Oc. 31, 1879, of pulmonary consumption, MRS. IDA AMY, wife of George Walter Powell, in the 27th year of her age.
The subject of this brief notice, Ida Amy Child’s was born in Michigan City, June 12, 1853.  On the 23d of September, 1875, she was united in marriage to George Walter Powell, of this place.  To them were born two children both of whom survive her.  After the birth of her second child, her health, infirm at the best, began to show signs of failure, and early last spring decided symptoms of consumption had been developed, and from that time till her release from suffering by death, she continued to decline.  Very early in life she found peace in believing in Jesus Christ, and before men confessed the Savior, uniting with the Presbyterian church of this place, in the communion of which she remained while she lived.  An unwavering trust in the Redeemer, and a bright hope of immortality sustained her during her long and painful illness, and enabled her, as she neared the end, to desire to depart, and be with Christ.  Intellect, she was intelligent; in manners refined; in disposition gentle, loving and trustful.  She had those qualities which enabled her to win many friends and to hold them fast.  There are many who grieve over her early departure from this life, yet in their sorrow they rejoice at her release from suffering, and because after having served the Lord Jesus Christ on Earth, she has gone to be with Him in heaven.  In the very room, where, a little more than four years ago she stood a happy bride, on Friday morning last she quietly breathed her last, and in that room, where her friends, after listening to her vows of fidelity to her now bereaved husband, gathered around her to greet her as a wife, many of the same friends, last Sabbath afternoon, sat around her coffin, draped with flowers as lovely as those which formed her wedding canopy, and listened to the words of consolation from the lips of the same minister who had solemnized her marriage.  (The Valparaiso Messenger, Thursday, November 6, 1879)

Died of Hydrophobia.
VALPARAISO, Ind., Oct 27.-The 10-year-old son of Frank Knapp, of Chesterton, died Monday of hydrophobia; making the second death in the county from the same cause within a week. The boy was bitten by a mad dog about a month ago. About a week ago he exhibited symptoms of a genuine case of rabies. After suffering the most horrible agonies he died Monday.
Submitted by Friends For Free Genealogy

Obit: HEART ATTACK FATAL TO MRS. LEWIS STEVENS
Mrs. Maggie May Stevens, age 68 years, wife of Lewis W. Stevens, trustee of Porter township, died Wednesday morning at 1:45 o’clock at her home in Porter township, following a heart attack.  She retired Tuesday night in apparently fine health.
     She was born on October 14, 1868, east of Hebron, a daughter of David and Elizabeth Keller.
     On April 2, 1891, she was united in marriage to Lewis W. Stevens, who survives together with the following children: Mrs. Allan White, Valparaiso; Craig L. Stevens, Hebron; Harold K. Stevens, Porter township; Mrs. Colt Dolhover, Porter township, and EmeryL. Stevens of Bronxville, N. Y.  She also leaves five grandchildren and three brothers, Emery Keller, of Dillon, Montana; Loring K. Keller, of Springfield, Ill., and County Clerk Lewis W. Keller, of Valparaiso.
     Memorial services will be held Friday afternoon at 2 o’clock, standard time, at the family home.  Burial will be in Graceland cemetery. (Porter County Herald August 20, 1936 P 1)

Name of Deceased: Orville Monroe Fry
Obit: Orville Fry, Age 77, Died Tuesday Morning
Orville Monroe Frye, age 77 years, retired Boone township farmer, died at 8 o’clock Tuesday morning from a heart attack at this home here.  Apparently in good health, his death came as a shock to relatives and friends. 
Born on a farm four miles east of Hebron, August 27, 1859, the son of William and Sarah Jane Fry, he spent virtually all of his life in the Hebron vicinity.  On January 1, 1881, he married Rhoda Mae Sweet of Hickory Point. He is survived by his wife, one son and five daughters, Myron, who lives at home. Mrs. Philena
Lowie of Griffith, Mrs. Anna Wood, Mrs. Sarah Black, Mrs. Anna Hines and Mrs. Lucy Wheatley, all of Gary; three brothers, Ira, John and Ancil, all of Hebron; three sisters, Mrs. Ella Dilley, Mrs. Florence Sweney and Mrs. Margaret Blanchard of Hebron; sixteen grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 10 o’clock Friday morning at the Christian church with the Rev. Grant Blackwood officiating. Burial will be in Salem cemetery.  (Porter County Herald, September 3, 1936)

VALPARAISO, Ind July 15.—Ex-Auditor Reason Bell, who has been at the point of death some time, died this evening, aged sixty-five years. He served as county auditor sixteen years. Mr. Bell was the son of Reason and Sarah Darnell Bell and was born In Washington township Jan.11,1834 being the first white child born in Porter county, then comprising what is now Porter, Lake and Newton counties. His parents came to Indiana in 1832 and was the third white family to settle in this county, locating in an unbroken forest. At the age of eighteen he entered the office of the county auditor as deputy, serving live years, and, in 1857 was elected auditor and re-elected, serving eight years. Dec. 23. 1857, he married Delia A. White, who survives him. In1870, he was again elected county auditor and was re-elected, serving again eight years.
Date: Wednesday, July 19, 1899  Paper: Indiana State Journal (Indianapolis, IN)  Volume: LXXIV  Issue: 29  Page: 2

Name of Deceased: MRS. MERNA MORROW
County Name: Porter State: IN
Newspaper: Porter County Herald
Obit:     
MRS. MERNA MORROW
Funeral services for Mrs. Merna Morrow, age 29, wife of Blake Morrow, who died of Bright’s disease at 12:50 o’clock a week ago Wednesday afternoon at the home of Hod Morrow, three miles south of Hebron, were held Friday afternoon at the Morrow home with the Rev. W. C.Evers of the Methodist church officiating. Burial was in Hebron cemetery.
     Mrs. Morrow had been ill for the past three months, and had been a patient in the Christian hospital in Valparaiso for four weeks.
     Merna Barbar Morrow, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William , was born at Roselawn, Indiana. Surviving besides the husband are two daughters  Jean, 5, and Mary, 4 and two sisters, Mrs. Bessie Welrick of south Bend and Mrs. Maude Walters of Lowell. (Porter County Herald August 27, 1936 P1)

Name of Deceased: James W. Denney
County Name: Porter State: IN
Newspaper: Porter County Herald
Obit: JAMES W DENNY
James W. Denny , age 73 years, died Monday night, August 17th, at eight o’clock at his home east of Boone Grove.  He had been in poor health for two years, but was confined to his home only a short time.
He was born in St. Joseph, Mich., on Feb.23, 1863 and came to Indiana when a small boy. Practically all his life has been spent in Porter county.
    He was united in marriage on Feb. 13, 1895 to Celia Brody, who survives together with two daughters, Mrs. Ruby Leffen of Kouts and Mrs. Mabel Phillips of Valparaiso and one son, Arthur Denny of Valparaiso, eight grand children, two brothers, Milo Denny of California, and Henry of Louisiana, and one sister Miss Lavina Denny of Arkansas. He also leaves several nieces and nephews and many friends to mourn his passing.  Funeral services were held Thursday morning at 10Mrs. Edwin Pumroy and Eva Dye sang several selections. Pallbearers were A. I. Baird, Jess Stanley, Huburt Thatcher, A. E. Upp. George Schlobohm and Everette Smith.  Burial was in Merriman cemetery.   (Porter County Herald August 27, 1936 P1)  

Name of Deceased: Ida Amy (Childs) Powell
County Name: Porter State: IN
Newspaper: The Valparaiso Messenger
Obit: POWELL—At the residence of her father, Mr. L.W. Childs, No. 54 Washington street, Valparaiso, Ind., on Friday morning, Oc. 31, 1879, of pulmonary consumption, MRS. IDA AMY, wife of George Walter Powell, in the 27th year of her age.
The subject of this brief notice, Ida Amy Child’s was born in Michigan City, June 12, 1853.  On the 23d of September, 1875, she was united in marriage to George Walter Powell, of this place.  To them were born two children both of whom survive her.  After the birth of her second child, her health, infirm at the best, began to show signs of failure, and early last spring decided symptoms of consumption had been developed, and from that time till her release from suffering by death, she continued to decline.  Very early in life she found peace in believing in Jesus Christ, and before men confessed the Savior, uniting with the Presbyterian church of this place, in the communion of which she remained while she lived.  An unwavering trust in the Redeemer, and a bright hope of immortality sustained her during her long and painful illness, and enabled her, as she neared the end, to desire to depart, and be with Christ.  Intellect, she was intelligent; in manners refined; in disposition gentle, loving and trustful.  She had those qualities which enabled her to win many friends and to hold them fast.  There are many who grieve over her early departure from this life, yet in their sorrow they rejoice at her release from suffering, and because after having served the Lord Jesus Christ on Earth, she has gone to be with Him in heaven.  In the very room, where, a little more than four years ago she stood a happy bride, on Friday morning last she quietly breathed her last, and in that room, where her friends, after listening to her vows of fidelity to her now bereaved husband, gathered around her to greet her as a wife, many of the same friends, last Sabbath afternoon, sat around her coffin, draped with flowers as lovely as those which formed her wedding canopy, and listened to the words of consolation from the lips of the same minister who had solemnized her marriage.  (The Valparaiso Messenger, Thursday, November 6, 1879)

Obit: CARVER.—
Nonie, daughter of Mr. J. Carver, of Valparaiso, Ind., died suddenly on Tuesday, October 28, 1879; aged eight years. Nonie was a lovely, interesting child, the cheer and delight of her fond parents, the favorite among her loving sisters, and the attraction of all that knew her. All the angel-like virtues which adorn the innocence of childhood, were never more perfectly portrayed than in her every action. She was the light of that house-hold, which now, alas! in spite of all efforts to the contrary, must ever remember and mourn their darling who never again, in this world, shall bring them sweet smiles of consolation, and innocent words of comfort. She passed away like a tiny bud, called from the garden of devoted hearts, to be transplanted in Heaven. Truly might it be said: “Death came on her like an untimely frost upon the sweetest flower of the field.” Strange it seems that death should have chosen her, just in the beautiful dawn of life, to suffer the blow of his destroying hand. But the wisdom of our God is impenetrable and His goodness such that no man can conceive. He has said: “Of such is the kingdom of Heaven, “ and the angelic choirs above longed, ere the world’s temptation and sin came to welcome her among their number. We deeply sympathize with the stricken family, who with
faith and hope, wait to meet their dear one in that glorious land of the blessed, where death never enters and where partings are unknown. (The
Valparaiso Messenger, Thursday, November 6, 1879)

Obit: Death of Mrs. Russell Dorr.
Emaline James was born in Middlebury, Vermont, April 15, 1813. Most of her childhood and girlhood was spent in Canada, on the banks of the St. Lawrence, in the region of Montreal. In 1834 she came with her parents to Michigan City, then a front town surrounded by a wilderness. A few years later she removed to Twenty-Mile Prairie, where she was married to Russell Dorr. They ever since have resided in Porter County, and for seventeen years in Valparaiso. Last March she buried her husband, and was laid beside him in just eight months from that time. Her death was sudden, on Thursday, Nov. 6th, caused by pneumonia. Only four days of suffering, then one day of unconsciousness, and she was gone from earth.As a wife and mother she was true and faithful always. As a christian [sic] she was made one by being created anew in Christ Jesus. Her funeral was from her former residence to the new Cemetery, on Saturday, Nov. 8th at which time the Gospel was preached by Donald Ross, “Marvel not at this, for the hour is coming in which all that are in their graves shall Hear his voice and shall come forth; they that have done good unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil unto the resurrection of damnation.”—John 5:29. “This is the work of God, that ye believed on Him whom He hath sent.”—John 6: 29. (The Valparaiso Messenger Thursday, November 13, 1879)

Enoch Baum
Obit: Died, at his residence in Morgan township, Porter county, Indiana, on Jan. 10, 1880, Mr. Enoch Baum, in his 67th year of his age. Mr. Baum was an old and much respected citizen of this county. He was born on the 30th day of May, 1812, in Meadville, Crawford county, Pa., from whence he removed to Michiagan at an early age. On July 4th, 1838, he was married in Cass county, Mich., to Mary Ann Smith, who still survives him. In 1842 he removed from his home in Michigan to Morgan township in this county, where he resided up to the time of his death. Mr. Baum left a family of seven children—four sons and three daughters—all of whom survive him, and are, we believe residents of Porter county. The funeral services were conducted at the residence of deceased in Morgan township, by the Rev. L. Shortridge, of the Christian church on the 12th inst., at 1 o’clock P.M. The remains were followed to their last resting place by a large concourse of relatives and friends, and were interred in the Adams Cemetery, near the residence of the deceased. (The Valparaiso Messenger, Thursday, January 22, 1880)

Amy (Fairchilds) Ennis Obit:
Died after a protracted and painful illness, Mrs. Amy Ennis, wife of N. Ennis, and daughter of N.S. and N. J. Fairchilds departed this life Feb. 24, 1880, aged 25 years and 11 months. Mrs. Ennis was born in Porter County, Ind., April, 1854. She passed away victorious, through the blood of the lamb; and the words of her testimony were strong upon the approach of her final test. When told she could not stay here long, her reply was, “thank God, I am ready.” She was brought to the knowledge of the truth as it is in Jesus, a few months previous to her death, and her life upon the sick bed was one of marked subjection to the will of God, and zeal for the cause of Christ. She leaves a husband and two beautiful children, and a large circle of relatives and friends to mourn, and yet rejoice in the hope of meeting again on the fair banks of deliverance. Her remains were taken from her residence at Koutts [sic], to the Christian church, four miles north. The sermon was preached by R. S. Martin. The text was Psalm 37:37,-“Mark, the perfect man, and behold the upright, for the end of that man is peace.” (The Valparaiso Messenger, Thursday, March 11, 1880)

Lillie Morgan Obit: --Died, near Chesterton, Porter co., Ind., on Feb. 29th, 1880, Lillie M., daughter of John G. and Mary A. Morgan, aged 15 years, 8 months and 17 days. We have experienced the irreparable loss from our social circle of a beautiful and intelligent young lady, passing from the stage of youth and entering joyfully into the pleasures of life. The glance of her eye was variable and sweet. Her lips moved and there was harmony. We will often look for her in the gay circle of her companions, but will find her not. She rejoices on earth no more forever. She ran swiftly in the paths of knowledge. She bowed to instruction. She was not vain or envious, but pleasant and amiable, and in the words of the poet—“None knew her but to love’; none named her but to praise.” Generations will pass away from earth but the soul of one so good, so noble, and so pure will live in eternal happiness throughout the countless ages of eternity. (The Valparaiso Messenger, Thursday, March 11, 1880)

Died In this city on Thursday, July 16, 1851, Doct. George W. Salisbury, formerly from Valparaiso, Indiana.
The deceased had been long afflicted with a disease which was considered incurable by himself and friends.  He had but just returned from the Sandwich Islands, where he had been with the hope that a change of climate might at least prolong his stay upon earth.
Doctor Salisbury was a member of the I. O. of O. F. and belonged to “Chegnonk” Lodge No. 56, at Valparaiso, Indiana.  He was buried by the members of that order agreeable to their ceremonies.  The deceased has left a wife and three children to mourn his loss.  – “Peace to his ashes.
The Oregonian (Portland, OT) – Saturday, July 19, 1851
Submitted by Jim Dezotell

John Baum.
VALPARAISO. Ind., Dec 6.—John Baum, a resident of this county over sixty years, died last night, aged eighty-nine. He was a well-known atheist and before his death asked that CoL Robert G. Ingersoll be secured to preach his funeral sermon. He went from Michigan to Fort Dearborn in 1825.
Date: Wednesday, December 8, 1897   Paper: Indiana State Journal (Indianapolis, Indiana)   Volume: LXXX   Issue: 49   Page: 7


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