Member of GAR post 219
Wellington Enterprise, 19 November 1920, page 8
The funeral services of Mr. Timothy Metzger will be held at 2:30 this afternoon.
Wellington Enterprise, 23 November 1920, page 5
Card of Thanks
Wellington Enterprise, 26 November 1920, page 4
Mr. Timothy Metzger, one of our respected and leading citizens passed away at his home early Tuesday morning, Nov. 16.
Mr. Metzger's life stood for a splendid example of physical health and manhood, and up to the age of 80 he had known no illness. During August of his 81st year, rheumatism and neuritis developed, causing much suffering and resulting in the heart attack which terminated with his sudden death.
Timothy Metzger was born in Liverpool, Ohio, Medina county , on March 25th, 1840; confirmed at the age of 14 in the German Lutheran church, under his father, the Rev. Geo. William Metzger's ministry.
He started to learn harness making in Medina at the age of 16, and worked at this trade until the Civil War broke out in 1861, when he enlisted as a private in the 103d O.V.I. Regiment, Co. C., in Cleveland. Mr. Metzger served with this company till the close of the war, receiving his discharge papers at Raleigh, N.C., June 12, 1865. Major engagements he participated in were Blue Springs, Tennessee; Seige of Knoxville; Danridge; Resaca; Kingston; Kenesaw Mount; Seige of Atlanta; Spring Hill. On January 13, 1861 he was promoted to Corporal. At the battle of Resaca, Ga., on May 14, 1864, all his superior officers were either killed or wounded. The last color bearer was shot thru the heart; as he fell, Corporal Metzger caught "old Glory" from his hands, and although shot through both legs, carried the flag safely through the engagement.
For this gallant service Corporal Metzger was promated to Color Sergeant, which office he served till the close of the war.
In the summer of '65 Timothy Metzger went back to his trade at Medina, O. On January 8, 1868, he was united in marriage to Marie A. Rudd, of Medina. In 1881 he moved to Wellington, and started work for J.M. Otterbacher, where he worked for 39 years. 62 years of his life was spent at the Harness Making trade.
Timothy Metzger was a member of Hamlin Post, G.A.R.; a charter member of the Knights of the Macabees and a loyal member of the M.E. church. He leaves his widow, three sons, eight grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
All who knew Timothy Metzger, mourn his loss, but he leaves behind him the record of a life well lived, a record of honesty, of kindness, and of faith.