May 14, 2013

George Washington Hollabaugh - Fifth Child of George and Elizabeth Hollabaugh

The Children of George and Elizabeth Bittinger Hollabaugh
(Great-Great Grandparents)
Sarah (1836-1918)
Eliza Jane (1838 - before 1918)
Mary Elizabeth (1840 - 1941)
George Washington (1844 - 1924)
David William (1847 - 1936)
Alice Catharine (1849- 1916)
Jacob B. (1852 - 1943)
Georgianna Hannah (1856 - 1944) 

It is an honor today to have a guest blogger, Mary Hollabaugh-Diehl, great-great granddaughter of George W. Hollabaugh.  Thanks to her research and photos, I have learned much more about this next younger brother of my husband's great grandfather, William Levi.  Thank you, Mary!

George Hollabaugh was the fifth child out of nine born to George and Elizabeth (Bittinger) Hollabugh.  He was born in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania on January 19, 1844.  George married Elizabeth Springer on March 17, 1870 in Adams County, Pennsylvania. In 1871, George and Elizabeth moved to Spencerville, Indiana.  George and Elizabeth became members of the Lutheran Church in Spencerville on April 26, 1874.    

Five children were born to this union. 

William Henry Hollabaugh              1870-1924

John Franklin Hollabaugh              1873-UNK

Martha May Hollabaugh                1876-1877

Minnie Dell Hollabaugh                 1877-1971

Jacob Scudder Hollabaugh           1883-1965

George and Elizabeth made Spencerville their home.  They first settled in a log home in the middle of town. They later purchased property on River Street and built a house.  They remained in this home till Elizabeth died in 1920.  In this home, they raised four of their five children to adulthood.  Martha May died in infancy and is buried alongside her parents in White City Cemetery in Spencerville.    
George worked in the local saw mill and Elizabeth ran a boarding house out of their home.  George lost part of a finger while working at the saw mill.  This is evident in one of the photos that accompany this entry.  George’s granddaughter once described George’s appearance:  “He had the bluest eyes, a clear, ruddy complexion and thick white hair.”    He has also been described as a pleasant and patient man.  Besides working at the saw mill and helping Elizabeth with the boarding house he was the Sexton for the Lutheran church.  He took care of the furnace, rang the bell and opened and closed the church for services.  During the service, he always sat in the very back seat in the left section.  
 When Elizabeth died in 1920, George sold the house to his son John Franklin and went to live with his daughter Minnie, on her farm south of town.  George died June 26, 1924 at the age of 80. 

Notice the missing finger on George's hand, a result of an accident at the sawmill where he worked.
 George W. Hollabaugh's obituary appeared in the St. Joe News, St. Joe, IN on July 3, 1924:
"Obituary -
George W. Hollabaugh was born near Gettysburg, Pa., Jan. 19, 1844, and died at the home of his daughter in Allen county, Indiana, June 26, 1924, aged 80 years, 5 months, and 7 days.
He was of English descent and was the son of George and Elizabeth Hollabaugh.  He married Elizabeth Springer and they afterward moved to this community from Pennsylvania.  His wife died Januaary 13, 1920.  To them were born three sons and two daughters, one daughter dying in infancy.  The surviving children are William, born in Pennsylvania, of Auburn, Indiana; Frank, Mrs. Lee Hollapeter, and Scudder of Spencerville.  Besides he leaves nine grandchildren, three brothers and one sister.
Brother Hollabaugh joined the Lutheran church in Pennsylvania and transferred his membership to the Lutheran church at Spencerville and truly remained a devout and consistent member till the end of his life.  He cared for the house of God for many years and it was his chief joy.  
He was a good husband and father, and a splendid citizen and had more friends than is allotted to most people. 
He had been in poor health for some time, but was at church each Sunday ecept the one before he died, thus passing suddenly to be with the Lord.
Peace to his ashes.
The funeral service was held in the Lutheran Church on Saturday at 2 P.M., conducted by Rev. W. D. Steffley after which interment was made at White City Cemetery."
 The obituary of George's wife, Elizabeth, appeared in The St. Joe News on Thursday, January 22, 1920:
"Obituary -
Elizabeth Springer was born in Hamburg, Germany, May 15, 1851 and died at Spencerville, Indiana, January 13, 1920.
She came to America when a child of about one year old.
She was married to Mr. George H. (W.) Hollabaugh March 17, 1870, in Adams County, Pennsylvania.  To this union were born five children, three sons and two daughters, one daughter died in infancy.  She united with the Lutherans near Gettysburg, Pa. when but a girl in early teens.
She moved with her husband from Pennsylvania to Spencerville in 1871 and has lived for forty years in the same place in which she died.  She united with her husband with the Lutheran Church Spencerville, April 26, 1874.  She leaves a husband, one brother - Benjamin Springer of Cedarville, four children - William H., of Auburn; Frank, Scudder and Minnie Hollopeter of this place, five grandchildren and many friends.
She was a sufferer for a number of years and for the past two years and one half an invalid, but she bore it all with remarkable patience,never complaining or giving any trouble to those taking care of her.  She was a kind, loving mother and grandmother and a devoted wife.
The funeral services were conducted by her pastor, Rev. A. K. Mumma on Thursday afternoon and buried at White City Cemetery."

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