LaGrange County Biography Ref. Page  

Mrs. Mary Elizabeth S. Boals, who died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Susan Galloway, 209 South Popular Street, LaGrange, Indiana, was born about four miles East of Mansfield, Ohio, September 6,1824. She was the daughter of Valentine Amsbaugh and Sarah Riley Amsbaugh, who came from Miami County, Pennsylvania, to Richland County, Ohio, and settled near Mansfield. She was one eight children, three girls and five boys, namely, George, Nathan, Henry, Riley and Valentine Amsbaugh, and Barbara, and Elizabeth Doe Wilson, the mother of George Doe, Lafayette Doe, Angie Brayton, Emily Bishop, and Sarah Appleman of LaGrange. She was united in marriage to James Boals, October 28,1846, in Richland County, Ohio. She resided at the old home until 1848, when she moved with her husband to Greenwich, Huron County, Ohio. From Huron County they moved to Allen County, October 14,1852, near Maples, in Madison township, where they resided until the death of her husband August 13, 1875. Her husband enlisted and served from March 9,1864 to June 6,1865, in Company G, 13th Cavalry, 131st Regiment of volunteers from New Haven, Indiana. In July of 1886 she was granted a pension for his services in the army. With the pension and the proceeds of the farm, she was able to clear the farm of debt and finish the raising of her children. She continued to live on the farm and at Maples, Indiana, and with her daughter, Mrs. Phillip Fey, until June 1900, when she moved to Ft. Wayne to live with her youngest daughter, then Mrs. Agnes Benedict, to whom she was greatly attached. In the year 1901 she bought a house on Walton Avenue, Ft. Wayne. Her daughter, Mrs. Benedict, moved to the home with her in December 1902. She sold the home farm at Maple and divided the proceeds of the sale, after retaining her one-third, amongst her children. Shortly after they moved to the Walton Avenue home a separation occured brtween her daughter, Mrs. Benedict, and her husband. After the separation the daughter still lived with her until the daughter again married on October 11,1906 to Warren Sweet. After the marriage, on October 4,1907 she made arrangements with her daughter, Mrs. Sweet, and her husband to care for her during the rest of her life. Some time during the year 1910 her daughter, Mrs. Sweet, and her husband acquired an interest in a large farm near Klinger Lake, Michigan and in June 1911 her daughter moved her to Mrs. Boal's son, Wesley Boals, at Maples, Indiana to live until she could again provide her a home, as the distance to Klinger Lake was too far to move her in her feeble condition. She became dissatisfied here and wanted the care of her own daughter. So she decided to make a short visit to the home of her daughter, Mrs. Susan Golloway, at LaGrange, Indiana August18, but her age and condition were more than she could stand and she continued to grow weaker and weaker until she died. In the fall of 1906 she contracted a violent cold, which left her in such condition that she was confined to her bed the greater part of the time until her death. Soon after coming to Allen County she united with the Dunkard Church under Reverend Jerry Gump and was a devoted christian until she passed to the great beyond. She was anointed on Sept. 7th the day before she died, by Rev. Noah Shutt of near Brighton. She understood the services and answered a number of questions, but during the night she became unconscious and could not be aroused and remained so until the end. She leaves to mourn her absence nine loving children, Mrs. Emily Fey(or Fry) of Monroeville, Indiana; Ansyvilla Adams, Baker City, Oregon; Mrs. Florence Fey of Maples, Indiana; Mrs. Letticia Fisher of Ft. Wayne, Indiana; Mrs. Susan Galloway, LaGrange, Indiana; Mrs. Agnes Sweet of Klinger Lake, Michigan; Westly Boals of Maples, Indiana; and Nevada Boals of North Clinton Street, Ft. Wayne, Indiana. 30 grandchildren living and no dead;42 great grandchildren living and seven dead; and one great great grandchild living. Funeral services were held at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Susan Galloway, at LaGrange, Indiana at nine o'clock on Monday morning, Sept.,11 by Rev. Noah Shutt and at the Dunkard Church by the pastor of the church and interment was made in the Odd Fellows cemetery at New Haven, Indiana. LaGrange Standard 21 Sept. 1911 (There is also a photograph of Mary Elizabeth Amsbaugh Boals).

Contributed by Nancy Downey

Died, at her home on Brushy Prairie, Friday morning, October 27, Mrs. Cassie Thompson, wife of George Thompson. Mrs. Cassie Thompson was born in the town of Fulton, Oswego County, New York, Aug, 29, 1820. She was the daughter of John Searles, who came to this state and settled in Milford township in 1835. She was first married to Alonzo Bisbee. Her second husband was George Thompson of Brushy Prairie, to whom she was married September 10, 1848. She then resided upon the Prairie until the time of her death. She leaves her husband, three sisters, one son, and three daughters surviving her. She became the subject of Christian experience in early life and united with the M. E. Church. In her last illness of 5 weeks duration, she suffered severly, with was born with patience and resignation. Her departure was peaceful. The funeral was conducted by Rev. J. P. Jones at Brushy Prairie Chapel, last Sat. The family desires to return their heart felt thanks to their friends for their aid and sympathy. LaGrange Standard, Nov.2, 1882.

Contributed by Nancy Downey

Mary E. Waters
Mary E. Waters, 74, formerly of 805 Prairie Ave., Sturgis, Mi., died Oct. 17, 1995, at Thurston Woods Village, Sturgis.
She was born on Jan. 15, 1921 in Howe, Indiana to Clarence A. and Viola (Kime) Jones.
On June 2, 1950, she married Samuel J. Waters, in Angola, Ind. She was a lifelong resident of the Sturgis and Howe areas. She had been employed several years at Wade Electric and she was a homemaker. She enjoyed traveling, camping and shopping. Surviving are her husband, Samuel Waters, Sturgis; 3 daughters: Ginny Neher, Somerset, Ky; Anna Mae Flowers, Phoenix, Ariz.; and Penny Jo Lawson, Price, Ky; 8 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Mildred Kime, Howe, Ind.; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, 2 sons, 1 daughter, 2 sisters and 1 brother.
There will be no visitation. Cremation has taken place. A memorial graveside service will be held at a later date at Oak Lawn Cemetery, Sturgis. Arrangements were handled by the Hackman-Foglesong Funeral Home, Sturgis.
Memorials may be directed to the charity of one's choice. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.

Contributed by Lori Kime

Joseph Kime, 66, Dies in Sherwood, Michigan, Home of Attack.
Colon, Oct. 26, 1953- Joseph Edward Kime, 66, of Sherwood, Rt. 1, died Saturday noon of a heart attack in his home, north of the Matteson store. He was a farmer.
Mr. Kime was born in LaGrange, Indiana on Nov. 18, 1886, a child of John and Harriett (Chupp) Kime. He had lived in the community 50 yrs. Mr. Kime was married to Millie Hammond, May 29, 1909. She preceded him in death, of a heart attack, December 1949.
Surviving are: 7 daughters: Arlene at home; Mrs. Hazel Moloski of Battle Creek, Mi.; Mrs. Helen Drake of Sherwood, Mi.; Mrs. Leona Tricker of Battle Creek, Mi.; Mrs. Irving Sprowl of Colon, Mi.; Mrs. Flora May Jones of Sherwood and Mrs. Betty Cook of Bronson, Mi.; 1 son, Edward at home; 3 brothers: Ernest of Hillsdale, Mi.; Sherman of California and Ora of Sturgis, Mi. and a sister, Mrs. Anna Phelps of Union City, Mi.
The body was taken to the Phelps Funeral Home in Colon, Mi. Services will be held Tuesday in the Colon Methodist Church at 2 pm. Rev. Morris Howell, pastor of the Methodist Church, will officiate. Burial will be in Lakeside Cemetery, Colon, Mi.

Contributed by Lori Kime

Laura Ethel Kime At early morn, March 19, 1909, the messenger came to the house of John and Mate Kime of South Clay and touched the pale cheek of their little daughter, and said, child, your Father calls, come home, and the spirit of little Ethel Kime bade adieu to earth, to long, weary days of sickness, the knife of the operator and hospital, and was watted away to Him who said, "Except ye be converted and become as this little ye cannot see the kingdon of heaven".

Laura Ethel Kime, was born in Clay on March 10, 1899 and at death was 10 years and 10 days of age. Her health was never good and for many months she had been afflicted with small tumors on her neck and shoulders which resulted in blood poison. She had been at the hospital and several times had the knife applied but to no purpose, and yet she murmured not and was patient. Funeral services were conducted by L. W. Bishop at Bethel and burial at Belote Cemetery.

Contributed by Lori Kime

From The Lagrange Standard, 14 May 1896:
James Tumbleson, a centenarian, nearly, having been born in 1797, was buried in Eden cemetery, Saturday, May 9. He had for over half a century been a resident of the Hawpatch. He came to this country when it was a wilderness, and had owned large tracts of the best farming land. He has spent the last few years of his life with his son, John Tumbleson, in Illinois, where he died. The son accompanied the remains here for interment.

Contributed by: Larry Sullivan

From the Goshen (IN) Democrat, 23 July 1902:

TUMBLESON -- John Tumbleson, aged 42 years, died at midnight Sunday at his home, five miles southeast of Milford, from an injury received last week, when a pitchfork fell from the barn loft and pierced him through the breast. He gradually became weaker until last night when death relieved him, although the extent of his injury could not be foreseen until the last. He was a well known and highly respected farmer and leaves besides his widow, his son Charles. The funeral arrangements have not been completed.

Contributed by: Larry Sullivan

LaGrange, IN. Roscoe Davis Murray, 79, 523 Union St., died March 5, 1994, at the LaGrange Hospital, following an extended illness. He was born Dec. 20, 1914, in Shipshewana, Ind., a son of Willard and Ocie (Davis) Murray. On Aug. 28, 1936, he married Hazel Marie Shuster, in Michigan City, IN. She died Apgil 18, 1954.

He graduated from Scott High School. He was a LaGrange resident one year, coming from the Scott area where he had lived most of his life.

He was employed at the Paper Board Industry, Middletown, Ohio, Beloit, Wis., and lastly at Weyerhaeuser (formerly Eddy Paper Company) White Pigeon, Mich. After more that 40 years, he retired in 1970 to enjoy nature on his farm in Scott and his frequent fishing trips. He was active in sports as a player on the Eddy Baseball Team and he was a member of the White Pigeon Bowling Hall of Fame. He had served as Union president.

Surviving are two daughters, Dianne Carol Orem, Portage, Mich., and Mrs. Stephen (Gloria Jean) Richards, Lodi, Calif.; one son, Richard Roscoe Murray, Ventura, Calif.; eight grandchildren; nine great-grand-children; two sisters, Vera Knowles, Elkhart, and Mrs. Henry (Rachel) Celmer, White Pigeon; one half-sister, Roberta Sue Markley, Shipshewana; one step-sister, Ethelmae Neeb. Indianapolis; one step-brother, Brice Weddle, Wrightwood, Calif., and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, William E. and Willard E. (Pood) Murray, Jr; and one sister, Pauline Ellen Murray.

Relatives and friends may call from 2-4 p.m. and 6-9 p.m. today at the Farrand Funeral Home, White Pigeon, where services are at 2 p.m. Tuesday. Pastor Dean Adkins, LaGrange Baptist Church, will officiate. Burial will be in White Pigeon Cemetery.

Contributed by: Jim Knowles

Viola Kime-Reading (May 29, 1893-June 8, 1961)

Viola Reading, 68, Dies at Home, Services Monday. Mrs. Viola Reading, 68, an area resident most of her life was found dead in her home in Sherman Twp., Sturgis, Michigan at 8 a.m. Thursday by her granddaughter, Mrs. Anna Mae Bauman. Death is believed to have occurred at about 5 a.m. today. Mrs. Reading lived alone in her home.

She was born in LaGrange County, Ind. on May 29, 1893, a daughter of Thomas and Susanna (Roop) Kime. She was married to Clarence Lester Myers in 1914 and then to Clarence Augustus Jones in 1920 and then to Claude Reading all of which were in LaGrange Co. Clarence Jones (in 1929) and Claude Reading (in 1946) proceded her in death.

Surviving are her daughter, Mrs. Samuel (Mary) Waters, of Sturgis, presently a patient in Sturgis Memorial Hospital; a son, Ervin Kime, of Howe, Indiana, and a sister, Blanche May Kime, also of Howe, Indiana. Surviving also are 10 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. Services for Mrs. Reading will be held at 1 p.m. Monday at the Foglesong Funeral Home with the Rev. William E. Foster, pastor of the Wesleyan Methodist Church, officiating. Interment will take place in Snow Prairie Cemetery, east of Bronson.

Friends may call at the funeral home beginning Friday at noon.

Contributed by: Lori Kime

From the LaGrange Standard, June 24, 1915


John Wuthrich, a veteran of the war for the union, died last evening about half past six o'clock, at his home on North Detroit street, after an illness of several months from the firmities of age. Mr. LeCount, pastor of the Presbyterian church will have charge of the funeral service, at two o'clock Saturday afternoon, at the residence.

Mrs. Wuthrich and nine children are the surviving members of the family.

Mr. and Mrs. Wuthrich celebrated their golden wedding, Saturday, August 20, 1914, at which time all the children-and all of the children born to Mr. and Mrs. Wuthrich are living-traveled an aggregate of twenty-two thousand miles to be with their parents on that occasion.

These nine children--forming one of the most remarkable families in LaGrange county--are Arthur S. Wuthrich of South Bend; Mrs. J. A. Gage of Texico, Illinois; Mabel E. Wuthrich of LaGrange; Maude C. Wuthrich of Calgary, Alberta, Canada; Charles C. Wuthrich of Duluth, Minnesota; Guy S. Wuthrich of Louisville, Kenturcky; Omar S. Wuthrich of Souris, Manitoba, Canada; Mrs. J. B. Churchill of Bartlesville, Oklahoma, and Clyde G. Wuthrich of Calgary, Canada.

Mr. Wuthrich was born in Switzerland seventy-nine years ago last month. He came to the United States in 1858 and located in this county, his home until his death. He enlisted in Company F of the Eighty-Eighth regiment Indiana Volunteer Infantry, August 4, 1862, and was a faithful soldier until he received an honorable discharge, April 16, 1864. Mr. and Mrs. Wuthrich were married August 29, 1864, at Lexington, now Brighton, in Greenfield township, by John Plank, a pioneer German Baptist minister.

Mrs. Wuthrich was born in Germany and was the daughter of Jacob and Mary Spangler, pioneers in LaGrange county.

Mr. Wuthrich lived a long and useful life. He accepted every duty and every responsibility, even offering his life for his county.

He has now answered the last call, and he met death as bravely and simply as he lived, without fear or trembling, holding fast to the faith that had sustained him all along the way.

Note from submitter: our records indicate marriage took place 9/20/1864.
Contributed by: C.A. Wuthrich

Obituary of Carl William Stevens

Carl W. Stevens, age 88, died Friday, June 5, 1998 in Overton, Nevada. He was born December 19, 1909 to Otis and Mae Melchi Stevens in LaGrange County, Indiana. On October 25, 1941 he married Bernice Ilene Groom in Ferndale, Michigan.

Carl grew up in Southern Michigan. He lived in Northern Nevada from 1951 to 1961. He lived throughout the Southwestern U.S. until finally settling in Overton in 1982. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge. He worked first as a truck driver, and later as a watchmaker and jeweler. He loved to fish, especially for largemouth bass. He served overseas during World War II in the United States Army.

Survivors include his wife Bernice; three sons: Hugh Dean of Sparks, NV; Terry Carl of Overton, NV; Gary Gene of Reno, NV; one sister Kathleen Berkompas of St. Petersburg, FL; nine grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.

Private family services to be held. Arrangements under the direction of Metcalf Mortuary. His cremains are located in the Masonic Memorial Gardens and Mausoleum in Reno, Washoe County, Nevada.

Newspaper Obituary: Moapa Valley Progress, Logandale, NV.

Submitted by: Janet Arlene Nelson

Obituary for Julia Spangler Wuthrich

La Grange Standard Christmas Edition/ 20 pages

December 13, 1918, page 3

Mrs. Julia Spangler Wuthrich

Julia Spangler Wuthrich was born in Wittenburg, Germany, in 1842, and passed
into another room on the 9th day of December, 1918. She came to this county
with her parents when she was about twelve years of age. They settled in
LaGrange county. In 1864, she was united in marriage to John Wuthrich and
for fifty-one years they lived a happy, industrious life together. There
were born to them nine children-five sons and four daughters, all of whom
arrived at maturity and today bless a noble mother's memory and influence.

She had from childhood been a consecrated church and christian worker, and
at the time of parting was a member of the Presbyterian church at LaGrange.
Her children can truly say, "Though dead yet she speaketh." Her Christ, her
children, and her flowers have consumed her life activities. She long had
felt the transitoriness of time. Her favorite poem was, "O Why Should the
Spirit of Mortal be Proud." "Like a swift flying meteor, a fast flying
cloud: a flash of the lightning, a break of the wave, man, passes from life
to his rest in the grave."

One who knew her intimately has said: "I respected and loved her. I am
grateful that, for a little time, I was privileged to be associated with
such a life." She some day will know, perhaps she now knows, how far
reaching her influence for good has been. Her children joyfully bade her
adieu for the fuller and greater life beyond.

That is surely home were the mothers go: In that house can come neither sin
nor woe: They have found somewhere scenes for praise and prayer: And all is
peace there, where the mothers go.

Sweetly they rest where the mothers stay: All that is best in God's heaven
have they: At set of sun, Christ's approval won: Hear they this, "Well
Done." happy, happy they!

Listen, now they sing where the mothers are! They have found the king,
follow his star: Glad are they to meet at their Savior's feet: All their joy
complete, near, who once were far.

God, when earth is past, where the mothers wait: Bring us safe at last
through the open gate: All unworthy we, yet we long to be where thy face
they see: And our mothers wait.

Mrs. Wuthrich's funeral was held on Wednesday morning of this week, at the
home on North Detroit street, with a sermon by Rev. David C. Truesdale of
Bluffton, former Presbyterian pastor at LaGrange, and the body was laid to
rest in the family lot at Greenwood cemetery beside the grave of the good
husband and father.

Note from submitter: Birthplace in obit. is spelled incorrectly, should be
Wuerttemberg, Germany. Also, Julia Spangler Wuthrich was born Feb. 24, 1842,
age at death: 76 years 9 months, 15 days.

Contributed by: C.A. Wuthrich

Arthur S. Wuthrich Obituary 1865-1937 La Grange Standard

Arthur S. Wuthrich died at the home of his sister on N. Detroit Street
Friday November 26, 1937 at age 72 following several years of retirement on
account of ill health. The funeral was held at the Wuthrich home at 2:30 PM
where the remains were brought back from the Carney Frurip Funeral Home.
Rev. D.C. Truesdale of the Presbyterian Church conducted the service. Mrs.
Carrie D. Smith furnished special music. Burial occurred at Greenwood
Cemetery. The pallbearers were L. Hensen, W. Wickerman, L. Jordan, George
Spangler, James Fook, F.E. Rozelle. Mrs. John A. Gage of Mt. Vernon,
Illinois and others were present including Raymond Kline of Wakareis, Mr.
and Mrs. Charles Juday of Sturgis Michigan, Mrs. Henry Rheyer and daughters
of Kendallville, Indiana.

Mr. Wuthrich was born near Coldwater, Michigan September 25, 1865, the son
of John and Julia Wuthrich. He obtained his early education in the public
schools of Van Buren Township in LaGrange County and immediately began
teaching in the home county, continuing for several years. He was one of the
first to attend high school and subsequently attended the teacher training
college at Valparasio, Indiana. He then gave more years of teaching in the
home county. He then found new employment in a new field in the manufacture
of fabric gloves. He was successively, laborer, manager/owner and followed
the business for 25 years, 10 at Kendallville, Indiana and 15 at South Bend,

Due to ill health he retired in 1932 making his home with his sister in
LaGrange, Indiana.

His was a life promoted by ambition and filled with labor, intensive in
everything he desired to do. He was a devoted father and a progressive

Submitted by: C.A. Wuthrich

CHARLES C. WUTHRICH OBITUARY      LaGrange Standard May 3, 1934

B. August 13, 1871 D. April 27, 1934

The funeral of Charles C. Wuthrich, native of Van Buren Township was held
Tuesday afternoon at 2:00 P.M. from the old Wuthrich homestead on N. Detroit
Street. The Presbyterian pastor Rev. B.F. Richer was in charge and
internment was made in Greenwood Cemetery. He died suddenly last Friday
afternoon at 3:00 P.M. He was stricken with paralysis two hours before his
death. He died in his home in Duluth, Minnesota.

Mr. Wuthrich was born in LaGrange County August 13, 1871 the son of Mr. and
Mrs. John Wuthrich. He lived there till he was a young man. For the past 36
years he lived in Duluth, and had been a passenger conductor on the
Duluth-Winnepeg and Pacific Railroad for the past 34 years. He was a member
of the Order of Railroad Trainmen and the Presbyterian Church of Duluth.

He was married to Sophie Vogelpohl September 25, 1914. Survivors are the
widow, three brothers, Arthur of LaGrange, Omar S. of South Bend, Indiana,
and Clyde G. of Los Angeles, California, and four sisters, Mrs. Agnes Gage
of Mt. Vernon, Illinois, Mabel and Maude Wuthrich of LaGrange, and Mrs.
Blanche Churchill of Sacramento, California.

Submitted by: C.A. Wuthrich

MAUDE GERTRUDE WUTHRICH OBITUARY        LaGrange paper May 10, 1934

B. Nov. 6, 1869 D. May 4, 1934

Maude Wuthrich, 65, died last Friday evening in the old Wuthrich home on N.
Detroit Street a week following the death of her brother Charles Wuthrich in
Duluth, Minnesota. Miss Wuthrich had been ill for about 2½ years from
paralysis and had been here with her sister Mabel for the past year. She had
been principal of the public school in Bartlesville, Oklahoma for 18 years
but was forced to give up her work because of her health. She was born
Novembor 6, 1869 in LaGrange County the daughter of John and Julia Wuthrich.
The funeral was held Monday afternoon at 3 P.M. CST from the Wuthrich home.
Rev. B.F. Richer was in charge of the services . Internment was made in the
Wuthrich lot in Greenwood Cemetery.

Surviving Miss Wuthrich are her sisters Mabel Wuthrich of LaGrange, Mrs.
John A. Gage of Mt. Vernon, Illinois and Mrs. Blanche Churchill of
Sacramento, California, and her brothers Arthur of LaGrange, Omar S. of
South Bend, Indiana, and Clyde of Los Angeles, California. Two brothers
proceeded her in death, Rev. Guy Wuthrich who died 4 years ago in Augusta,
Kentucky and Charles who died April 27 at his home in Duluth, Minnesota.

Mrs. Churchill left for LaGrange as soon as possible after being informed of
her sisters death. She left Sacramento, California at midnight Saturday and
arrived at Chicago Sunday at 3:45 P.M. after 14 hours in the air. She made
the trip in a Boeing plane of the United Airlines and will return home in
the same manner after two weeks here. Her brother Clyde was in New York when
his brother died and came to LaGrange for the funeral. He has been here
since and was here when his sister passed away.

Submitted by: C.A. Wuthrich

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