March 30, 2013

William Levi Hollabaugh, Great-Grandfather

Geneva Evelyn Hollabaugh Pflaumer was my husband's grandmother.
William Levi Hollabaugh was Geneva's father, my husband's great-grandfather.

Born in Adams County, Pennsylvania in or very near Gettysburg on September 22, 1842, William Levi Hollabaugh was the fourth child and first born son to his parents, George and Elizabeth.  According to some sources, he and his family had a first hand view of the terrible battle of Gettysburg.
Although some sources have William as a soldier during the War Between the States, he reported in the 1930 census that he was not a veteran.



Sometime after the war, he moved to Concord Township, Dekalb County, Indiana where he married Mary Lucetta Case on April 21, 1870.  On July 25th of that year, the census taker found the young couple living with Mary's brother, Emillus, 32, and Mary's mother, Sophia, 62, and sisters, Lydia and Martha.  William, 25, was listed as a farmer laborer, probably helping Emillus on his land, and Mary, at 21, was helping to keep house.

By the June 18, 1880 census, the couple had their own home and four children of the eventual eight they would have together.  The children listed in 1880 were: Hattie (Harriet), 8; Bertha, 6; Ernest (Ernie), 4; and Eva (Geneva), 1.  In 1881, they would have another son, Clarence, who would die in an accident in 1887.

By 1900, Hattie had married and moved away. Still at home with William, 57, and Mary, 51, were Bertha, 26; Ernest, 24; Eva, 21; Esther, 14; Sylvia, 11; and Stanley, 9.  Bertha was working as a teacher and Ernest as a brakeman for the railroad.  William was a farmer on land south of St. Joe, Indiana.
William Levi Hollabaugh , Ernest - son, Esther and Geneva - daughters


On September 6, 1914, Mary died, leaving William to raise two teenagers, Sylvia and Stanley, and Esther, 28, who was still at home.
Ernest Hollabaugh - son, William Levi Hollabaugh, Esther Hollabaugh - daughter, Will and Hattie Fairfield - daughter
   At some point, William moved further into St. Joe, Indiana, living at the southwest corner of town.  In the 1930 census, he valued his land at $1200.  All of his children had married and moved away and Esther was placed in a hospital because of mental illness.  He lived alone until his death on March 2, 1939 at the age of 96.
 His obituary appeared in the St. Joe News on March 9, 1939:
"HALLABAUGH
William Levi, son of George W. and Elizabeth Bittinger Hallabaugh, was born on September 22, 1842, in Adams County, Pennsylvania.  He was one of a family of ten children and departed this life on March 2, 1939, after a prolonged illness of 17 weeks, at the advanced age of 96 years, 5 months and 10 days.  

His early schooling he had in Pennsylvania.  Some years later he came to Indiana and married Mary L. Case on April 21, 1870. To this union were born five daughters and three sons, all of whom except one son survive their father.  The wife preceded her husband in death on September 6, 1914.

Mr. Hallabaugh has been a resident of this community for the past sixty-nine years, living for many years on the farm now occupied by the son, Stanley, later moving to the home in St. Joe.  He has been a faithful follower of the Christian faith all his life and of later years, he has been a member of the Lutheran Church at St. Joe.  The deceased has been a worthy father, a good neighbor, and a most desirable citizen of this community.  His passing leaves regrets in many hearts.  Yet his long life of service should remind us all to fill our years with service to our fellowman.

The surviving near of kin are his children: Hattie Fairfield of Spencerville, Bertha Bridges of Mishawaka, Ernest Hallabaugh of Logansport, Eva Pflaumer of Spencerville, Esther Hallabaugh of Richmond, Sylvia Ginther and Stanley Hollabaugh both of Spencerville; a sister, Mary Hanning of Carlysle, Pennsylvania who is now 98 years of age and still enjoys the best of health; a sister, Georgiana Pencil of California; a brother, Jacob Hallabaugh, of Biglersville, Pennsylvania; twelve grandchildren, four great grandchildren and many other relatives and friends.

The funeral was held from the Kinsey Funeral Home Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock, conducted by Rev. Frank Stevenson, with interment in Riverside Cemetery."


March 17, 2013

Geneva Hollabaugh Pflaumer, Grandmother


 Geneva Evelyn Hollabaugh Pflaumer
Something is just wrong with the neck in this photo!

My husband's grandmother was a diminutive woman with a long name, but most of the time, she was known as Eva or Evie.  I have only found Geneva used in official documents:
Born on November 13, 1878 to parents, William Levi and Mary L. (Case) Hollabaugh, she was the fourth of eight children and the third daughter.  Her father farmed and so she knew the farm life when she married Edward Pflaumer on February 6, 1901 at the age of 22.


After a short while in Allen County, the couple spent the rest of their lives in Dekalb County, Indiana, raising their seven children.
 Eva was known as a fine seamstress, according to her daughter, Violette, and often made her own clothing.  After her husband's death in 1947, she continued to live on the home farm with the assistance of a son, Laverne, who did the farming and cared for her when she became advanced in age.
Grandmother's coin purse and prized photo
 Suffering from dementia in her last days, she spent the last two weeks of her life in the hospital in Hicksville, Ohio.  Eva Pflaumer was 89 when she died on September 16, 1968.
 Her obituary from the Auburn, Indiana newspaper on September 17, 1968:
" MRS. EVA PFLAUMER IS DEAD AT AGE OF 89 YEARS
Mrs. Eva Pflaumer, 89, of Rt. 1, Spencerville, passed away at 2 p.m. Monday in the Hicksville, O. Community hospital of complications of an illness of six months.  She was a patient in the hospital for two weeks.
She was born Nov. 13, 1878, in St. Joe, a daughter of the late William Hollabaugh and Mary Case Hollabaugh. She had resided in Spencer township for 65 years.
Mrs. Pflaumer was the widow of Edward Pflaumer, who passed away Feb. 21, 1947.  The couple were married Jan. 1, 1900. (*error)
The body was taken to the Baidinger and Walter funeral home in Spencerville where funeral services were conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday.  Officiating at the services will be be Rev. Ivan Miller of Reading, Mich.
Burial will follow in the Riverside cemetery in St. Joe.
Surviving are four sons, Laverne, Hicksville; Lawrence, New Carlisle, O.; Floyd, Urbana, O.; and Russell, Dekalb, Illinois; two daughters, Mrs. Ethel Leins, Rt. 3, Auburn and Mrs. Violette Kline of St. Joe; a sister, Mrs. Sylvia Ginther of Spencerville; 14 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Pflaumer was a member of the St. Mark's Lutheran church in St. Joe.
Friends may call after 2 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home."
(*Rev. Ivan Miller was a former pastor at St. Mark's Lutheran.)

At her estate sale, my husband bought this radio for $4.00. It doesn't work - it needs a tube - but it stands in our foyer.  (The grandchildren call it the weather station and love to punch the buttons.)

March 14, 2013

Catherina Hoffman Pflaumer - Great-Grandmother


Jacob Pflaumer's second wife was Catherina/Katherina Hoffman.  After immigrating, she was quickly married, and within a year had begun a family.  She raised three children, worked on the farm, and cared for an elderly spouse.

Her husband preceded her in death by almost 20 years and her daughter by 4 years.  After the loss of her daughter in 1924, Grandmother Kate lived back and forth between her sons, Will and Ed most of the time.




Catherine died on March 16, 1928 at St. Joseph's Hospital in Fort Wayne, Indiana at the age of 84 years, 4 months and 18 days of heart disease.  According to her death certificate, her father was Conrad Hoffman, but her mother was not named.  A search of German births and baptisms found a good match for the date of birth and name of father found on the death certificate: "Katharina Hoffman, born October 28, 1843, baptised Obrigheim, Baden, Germany on November 5, 1843, father - Konrad Hoffman and mother - Magdalena Beis."  A search of a map of Germany showed her village quite close to Elsenz, Jacob's village, so it is definitely a good lead for future research.

Two obituaries were found, one quite extensive, although incorrect in a few details.  
--The News Sentinel, Fort Wayne, Indiana, Friday, March 16, 1928
"Mrs. Katherine Pflaumer, aged 84, widow of Jacob Pflaumer, Springfield Township, died at 9:05 o'clock today in St. Joseph's hospital.  Funeral services will be held at 2 o'clock Sunday at the home of Edward Pflaumer, one mile north of Spencerville.  Burial at Scipio."

--St. Joe News, March 22, 1928
"A well spent life came to its close in this world with the departure of Kathrin Pflaumer from this world of vanity into the realms of eternal bliss and happiness.  Kathrin Pflaumer, nee Hoffman, was born October 28, 1843, in Baden, Germany; died March 16, 1928 at the age of 84 years, 4 months and 17 days. 
Born into and brought up in a Christian home, she was in infancy received into the Christian church by holy Baptism, later in confirmation she professed Christ and confirmed the vows made for her in baptism.

When eighteen years of age she was united in the bands of holy matrimony with Jacob Pflaumer, October 11, 1870 and came with him to America where they settled west of Harlan in Allen County, Indiana.*
Eighteen years ago her husband preceded her into eternity and she made her home with her daughter, Kathrin, for fifteen years, until four years ago when this daughter also was called into the presence of her Creator. Having reached by this time the biblical age she was ready and willing to depart to be with her Lord and Savior always.  But four years of grace were granted her in which she should and did enjoy and sun herself in the love of her sons who took care of her, but she became more and more a sufferer of the infirmities of age, until a few weeks ago she became seriously ill and had to be taken to the St. Joseph hospital in Fort Wayne where her earthly life terminated after two and one half weeks entire confinement.

Now her two sons, William, of Fort Wayne and Ed, of Spencerville, their wive, her nine grandchildren and one great grandchild, await the time to meet her again on the eternal shore.  A good, devoted, loving and beloved mother and grandmother, we say about her, 'Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints.' Psalms 116:15

A sister of the departed in Pforsheim, Germany is also surviving her.
Funeral services were held from the home of Mr. and Mrs. Ed Pflaumer, Sunday afternoon, March 18, the Rev. P. B. Roediger, Lutheran pastor, officiating.  Burial in Scipio cemetery.  E. R. Kinsey, funeral director."

So in this obituary, we have the age of marriage as 18, but 1870 - 1843 still makes 27, which was her age on the immigration list, as well.  The other error, I think, is the story of marrying in Germany unless they married both there and in the states. 

The obituary also mentions only one surviving sister in Germany.  Yet, among the photos are these two labeled as Hoffman.  Are they other siblings who preceded her in death?  Cousins? Niece and nephew? The photo of Madelin is actually a postcard inscribed on the back to Mrs. Jacob Pflaumer (no address or stamp)and signed, Madelin Hoffman, age 17.  The other photo is marked on the back, John R. Hoffmann, age 20.
Another mystery.



 

March 9, 2013

Book Review - Shattered by Dani Pettrey



Shattered
Dani Pettrey

Shattered is the second book in the Alaskan Courage series by Pettrey.  I did not read the first book, Submerged, but that really didn’t have any effect on grasping the characters and plot of this story as some background is given along the way.   

The plot revolves around the murder of the mysterious Karli Davis, a well known skiier on the circuit.  It seemed that she really didn’t allow people to know her very well and we eventually find out why.  The last person known to be with Karli was Reef McKenna and he is quickly charged with the crime.  Sheriff Slidell, eager for reelection and a fast wrap-up to the case, pushes for a speedy trial, but Deputy Landon Grainger, a friend of the McKenna family, and Reef’s sister, Piper, take it upon themselves (with the rest of the McKennas and friends) to investigate further to find the real criminal.

Beginning in Yancey, Alaska, the sleuthing takes the group into the wilds of Canada, the Pacific Northwest, and California and the reader gets some insight into the ways of the ski and boarding circuit and the elements of nature that can occur in the frigid wilderness.   One can understand the rallying of the family behind Reef to prove his innocence, sometimes to the point of facing extreme danger – Piper, especially, seemed unwary at times.  I appreciated the twists of the investigation which ended up in a place where I would never have dreamed of at the beginning of the book.

Romance takes a large role in the story as love is slowly revealed between Piper and Landon; however, I found it annoying when this had to creep into almost every movement of the plot.  I thought both characters were unbelieveably coy and not forthcoming with each other.  The author left us some threads to be followed in subsequent novels, such as Jake and his mysterious background and possible relationship with Kayden and Gage’s lack of faith and a potential relationship in the future with Darcy, the reporter.

For me, this was a quick read, but I could only rate it average.  I would have liked to see more depth of character and a little more realism in the plot. ( I really tried to imagine myself digging out of an avalanche, dragging an unconscious man out of a pile of snow that was above his head, fashioning a sling out of a jacket and hauling this unconscious, well built man through a blizzard to an avalanche shelter that happened to be in the vicinity.  Really?) 

This book was kindly given to me by Bethany House Publishers for my honest review.

March 8, 2013

Katherina Margaret Pflaumer, daughter of Jacob and Katharina Hoffman

"Aunt Kate" Pflaumer was the second child and only daughter born to Jacob Pflaumer and his second wife, Katherina Hoffman.

On the left is her baptismal certificate stating that Jacob Pflaumer and his legitimate wife, Catherine Hoffman, bore a daughter on the 21st of April, 1874 and she was baptised on the 26th of October, 1874 by P. Ruhl.   She was christened Catherine Margaret (perhaps Margarethe).  It is difficult to read, but it seems like the godparents might have been the parents.  The baptism took place at the Reformed church in Springfield Township, Allen County, Indiana.





At the age of 20, she married Orman F. Saylor on November 5, 1895.  Her brother, William, came with the couple to vouch for her age of maturity.  The couple were married by the minister, A. W. Ballinger, on the same day the license was acquired.  The Fort Wayne News reported on November 6, 1895:  "Yesterday afternoon occurred the marriage of Mr. Orman F. Saylor and Miss Katie Pflaumer."


In the 1900 census, Katie and Orman lived in Wayne Township, Fort Wayne, Indiana.  Orman, 28, worked as a conductor on the street car, while Katie, 26, was at home.  They rented a house there and at some point also lived in Indianapolis.  Sadly this marriage did not last, and somewhat unusual for the times, the couple divorced in 1905, apparently after having moved to Indianapolis.  The paper again reported:
"Mrs. Katie Saylor has been granted an absolute divorce from Orman F. Saylor in the Marion circuit court at Indianapolis. Mrs. Saylor was granted the decree on her cross complaint and her maiden name of Katie Pflaumer is restored to her.  The parties formerly resided in Fort Wayne and Mr. Saylor was for many years a conductor on the city traction lines and later held a similar position on the Fort Wayne and Southwestern interurban lines."

Katie moved back home with her mother.  Her niece, Violette, remembered that after she was back home she had her own cows and made her own butter.  She also had a sow, and every year she would sell pigs to pay the taxes.  For company, she always served chicken and noodles and dried apples.  She helped keep track of farm expenses for her mother, as well, as the account book still exists.  As for her former husband, Orman Saylor remarried a few years after the divorce.  The 1910 census found him in Indianapolis with his second wife, Anna and no children.  He was then a police officer.


Kate Pflaumer died at the age of 51 from uterine cancer that had spread to her lungs and stomach.
She died on November 24, 1924, preceding her mother in death.
The News-Sentinel, Fort Wayne, Indiana, carried her obituary on November 25, 1924:
"Miss Katherine Pflaumer, aged 51, died at 7 o'clock Monday evening at her home near Harlan, of a complication of diseases.  Funeral services will be held at 10 o'clock Thursday morning at her home at 10:30 o'clock at the Scipio M.E. church.  Burial in the church cemetery."

About a month before her death, a handwritten will was made by Kate on October 18th.  Someone else wrote it for her, it appears, as the writing differed from her signature.  The will was probated in December 1924.

In her will, she left $20 each to the children of her brothers, William and Edward.  To her mother, she left all the interest she had in the real estate at the time of her death and the rights to a certain contract between her and her brothers dated April 19, 1906, with the sum owed her to go to her mother.  She gave each of her brothers $100 and the residue of her estate, if any, to her nieces and nephews.  She appointed her brother, George Edward, as executor.
George Edward and Kate Pflaumer
 
 Her small tombstone stands in Scipio Cemetery beside the big Pflaumer stone dedicated to her parents, Jacob and Katherine.


March 6, 2013

William H. Pflaumer, son of Jacob & Katherina Hoffman Pflaumer





Jacob Pflaumer and his second wife, Katherina Hoffman had three children together.  George Edward, "Ed," was my husband's grandfather. 
William H. was the oldest brother, born on September 26, 1869, according to his funeral records.  An actual birth record has not been found.  He grew up on the home farm with his parents until leaving to marry. 







Believed to be the wedding photo of Wm. and Grace


On March 28, 1803, he married Grace Bowser when he was 23 and she was 17 or 18. By the 1900 census, the couple lived in Fort Wayne, Indiana with their two little daughters, Edith, born in September 1896, and Ardyse, born in February 1898.  William was working as a hostler, one who moved locomotives in and out of the roundhouse and possibly serviced them.
Grace kept house, and they had a boarder living with them, Ida Maxwell, 18, a domestic.

By 1910, William had begun what would be a long career as a firefighter for the city of Fort Wayne.  He worked at the #2 station on Wallace Street from 1910-1915 and then later on, too.
Sometime before 1910, Grace lost a third child in infancy.


Labeled by their niece, Violette - she always called Ardyse as Artist.

Ardyse married on Christmas Eve 1915, to Herbert Strasburg, and a few years later, Edith married Fred H. Weseloh on January 18, 1917.  So by the 1920 census, Grace, 43, and William, 48, were left alone. They purchased their own home at 427 Wallace Street in Fort Wayne, and William continued to be promoted in the fire department.

William served 30 years in the city fire department.  This article (undated) appeared in the Fort Wayne paper to announce his retirement in about 1940:
"CAPT. PFLAUMER ENDS SERVICES.
Allison Kiles Fills Vacancy at No. 2
William H. Pflaumer, 427 East Wallace street, captain of No. 2 fire station for the last four years, retired from the department yesterday at the completion of 30 years of service.  His successor, appointed recently by the board of public affairs,is Allison Kiles, 3912 Holton avenue.
Captain Pflaumer began his service in the department at the same station where he retired, February 1, 1910.  In 1927, he was named a lieutenant and was transferred to No. 3 fire station and a year later was elevated to the captaincy of No. 6 fire station.  Four years ago he was returned to the No. 2 station, and was in command there four years prior to his retirement.
As a member of the department, Pflaumer served during some of the city's greatest conflagrations, beginning with destruction of the old Princess rink at Main and Fulton streets in 1914 and the Fort Wayne Builders' Supply company fire in the eastern part of the city a year and a half ago."

 William, like his siblings, had only a fourth grade education, but he did well for himself.  He and Grace had only 4 or 5 years together after his retirement before her death on November 22, 1945.
  
"MRS. GRACE G. PFLAUMER
Funeral services for Mrs. Grace G. Pflaumer, 69, 427 East Wallace Street, who died at 3:30 a.m. Thursday at the Methodist Hospital, will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the Chalfant-Perry Funeral Home where friends may call after 10 a.m. today.  Dr. Benjamin F. Smith will officiate.  Burial will be in Lindenwood Cemetery.
The wife of William H. Pflaumer, a retired captain of the Fort Wayne Fire Department, Mrs. Pflaumer had been a patient in the hospital for a month.  She was a member of the Calvary United Brethern Church and the Fort Wayne Auxillary to the Indiana Firemen's Association.  Mr. and Mrs. Pflaumer celebrated their golden wedding anniversary in 1943.
Surviving besides Mr. Pflaumer are two daughters, Mrs. Fred H. Weseloh and Mrs. H. W. Strasburg of Fort Wayne; five brothers, Ernest, William and Maynard Bowser, all of this city, Nelson Bowser of Pomona, Calif., and Raymond Bowser of Artean, Calif.; a granddaughter and a great-granddaughter."

William lived on for twelve more years until February 24, 1957.

What happened to Edith and Ardyse?
Edith Pflaumer Weseloh
"Mrs. Edith Weseloh
Services for Mrs. Edith G. Weseloh, 73, of 2302 S. Calhoun St. will be at 10:30 a.m. in Tom Mungovan Funeral Home, the Rev. Loren J. Shiley officiating. Burial will be in Concordia Cemetery.
Mrs. Weseloh, along with her husband, Fred H. Weseloh, operated Weseloh's Pharmacy at Creighton Avenue and Calhoun Street 46 years.  A member of Zion Lutheran Church, she died at 7:30 a.m. yesterday in Lutheran Hospital after a week-long illness.
Also surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Lester Wiegman, and a grandson, David Wiegman, both of Fort Wayne.
Friends may call at the funeral home after 7 p.m. today.  Preferred memorials are gifts to the Sacrifice Fund of Zion Lutheran Church.
(December 1968)

"Mrs. Ardyse L. Strasburg
Services for Mrs. Ardyse L. Strasburg, 67, 4640 Spatz Ave., will be Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. at Chalfant-Perry-Klaehn Funeral Home, the Rev. Walter M. Schoedel officiating.
Mrs. Strasburg died Monday at 2 p.m. in Lutheran Hospital where had been a patient one week. A native of Fort Wayne, she was a member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church.
Surviving are a sister, Mrs. Edith Weseloh, Fort Wayne; and a niece, Mrs. Bessie Wiegman, Fort Wayne.  Her husband, Herbert, died in November 1964.  Burial will be in Lindenwood Cemetery.  Friends may call at the funeral home today after 4 p.m."
(March 1965)
Ardyse's husband, Herbert, was a field auditor for the Department of State Revenue.  They had no children.  Edith had one child, Bessie.

March 3, 2013

John Pflaumer, son of Jacob Pflaumer and Anna Maria Hokenberger

Just as his brother, Henry, did, John Pflaumer, second surviving son of the first marriage of Jacob Pflaumer, served briefly in the Dekalb County militia before leaving home for Elkhart County, Indiana.  Born on September 13, 1843 in Elsenz, Baden, Germany, John must have been eager to snatch up some farmland of his own and to settle down.

On June 29, 1865, he did just that, marrying Catharine Pontius, a local girl from Elkhart County.  The couple bought land eventually and settled in Baugo Township.  
 I have searched and searched, but cannot find them in the 1870 census, although I'm almost certain they were in Elkhart County, Indiana somewhere with their then three year old daughter, Lodema, born in 1867.  

Just as Henry in Missouri left a clue that he communicated with his father and half-siblings back home  by sending photos to them, John's family left but one very subtle clue.
A previous post described an old autograph book owned by my husband's grandfather, George Edward, John's half brother.  Look what was in it...
His niece, Lodema, signed the book in 1892!  The one and only clue found of their communications.

In the 1880 census, Lodema is labeled as a son, age 13 - a definite error.  A second child, Henry Arvine, 6, had joined the family.  One child, Mary E, born in 1870, died in 1878, at the age of 7.  (Just another interesting fact...George Edward named one of his sons, Lawrence Arvine in 1903.  Such an unusual name.  I don't think it was just coincidence. Henry had named his sons after his brother, John, and half brother, George. John named his only son after his brother, Henry.)  John was a farmer and owned his own farm.

By 1900, Lodema was married to LeRoy Chauncey Haney and had moved to Michigan, his home state.  At home with John, 56, and Catherine, 56, were Henry A. and his new wife, Della M. (Gangwer).  The newlyweds had not yet been married a year.  John was still farming and Henry was working as carpenter, according to that census.

In 1910, it was just John and Catherine, 66, on the farm.  Sadly, Catherine would die that same year.  An ad in the June 1918, Elkhart Truth newspaper leads me to believe John might have moved in with his daughter and son-in-law for awhile.  The ad read:
"For Sale. 55 acres half mile north of Jamestown.  Inquire 128 Apple Ave, Benton Harbor, Mich.  John Pflaumer.  According to the city directory of that city, that was the address of Lodema and Leroy.

In 1920, the census taker found John living with his brother, Henry, and wife in Holt County, Missouri.  Henry was declining and would die the next year.  According to John's obituary, he went back home and returned again in 1927 to live with Henry's widow and family. John died in Missouri the next year and was brought back to Elkhart for burial.
John Pflaumer's obituary - an Elkhart, IN newspaper, name unknown:
"JOHN PFLAUMER
The funeral of John Pflaumer, 85, a former resident of this vicinity who died Friday at Craig, Mo., will be held Sunday, with services at 1:30 p.m. at the Zelle funeral home, 221 West Lexington avenue, and burial at the Noffsinger cemetery west of Jamestown.  The Rev. E. L. Ferris of the Methodist Protestant church will officiate.
The body, accompanied by John and George Pflaumer , of Craig, nephews of the deceased, arrived here this afternoon.  Death was due to intestinal trouble, after a brief illness.
Mr. Pflaumer is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Lodema Haney of South Bend, and a son, Arbine (Arvine) Pflaumer of New York State.  His wife, Catherine Pontius Pflaumer, died in 1910.  Soon after her death, Mr. Pflaumer sold his Baugo township farm and bought property on West Indiana avenue, Elkhart.  There he spent what portions of his time that were not occupied with extended visits to his children and relatives.  In May 1927, he went to Craig to visit the widow and children of his brother, Henry, who had died some time before.  He had since made his home with them.
He was born in Baden-Baden, Germany in 1843, and when four years old was brought to America by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Pflaumer.  The family settled in Dekalb county, but the son located in Baugo township in early life and there married a daughter of a pioneer couple, Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Pontius.
During his active years, Mr. Pflaumer was prominent in the affairs of Baugo township."