Sunday, July 24, 2011

Sunday's Obituary - John Harland Rodenberger

This is the obituary for my great-great-grandfather, John Harland Rodenberger.  My mother, in 1951, made a transcription of his obituary.  This copy was printed from microfilm by Jeanne Ommerle on a visit to Kansas in 2010. 

"The Modern Light" (Columbus, KS) Thursday, 24 Sept 1908, Pg 3

"    John Rodenberger, second son of Samuel and Susanna Rodenberger, was born in Indiana Nov. 20, 1831 and departed this life, after a protracted sickness, near Hallowell, Kan., Sept. 16, 1908, aged 76 years, 9 months and 14 days.
     Deceased was raised in Indiana near where he was born, on account of having to help his widowed mother support her seven children, two brothers of whom survive him, Levi Rodenberger of Fortuna, Calif., and Moses Rodenberger of Bridgeport, Ind., he received only a very meagre education.
     On April 27, 1854 he was united in marriage to Elizabeth Lowery Spring of Putmanville, Ind., who departed this life Sept. 8, 1895.  To them eight children were born Iona S. Dawson of Scotland, Ind., Chas. C. Rodenberger of Scammon, Kan., Cara M Speith of Hallowell, Ida May Dawson of Scotland, Ill., Mary Alice Speith of Hallowell, Thaddeus Rodenberger, deceased, and Nellie G Walker of Dewey, Okla.
     On May 1897, he was again united in marriage to Elizabeth A. Mathews of Janesville, Ohio, who with his seven surviving children, were with him during his last illness, and mourn his loss.
     The services were at his residence near Hallowell and he was laid to rest in the McKee cemetery."

There are a few errors in the typed obituary:
   John died 6 Sept 1908, not the 16th.
   Elizabeth Lowry Spring is the more common spelling, not Lowery.
    Iona S. Dawson of Scotland, Ill., not Ind.

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