THE BACH, SCHARLACH AND VON TOBEL FAMILIES

THE BACH FAMILY

J. N. BACH.

JOHN NICHOLAS BACH WAS BORN IN VOELLERDINGEN, ELSASS-LORRRAINE, JULY 26, 1841, AND PASSED AWAY AT HIS HOME IN THIS CITY SUNDAY MORNING, JULY 18, AGED 73 YEARS, 11 MONTHS AND 23 DAYS.

MR. BACH CAME TO AMERICA IN DECEMBER 1880, AND SETTLED ON A FARM NEAR WISNER, CUMMING COUNTY, NEB., WHERE HE RESIDED UNTIL THE SPRING OF 1892, WHEN HE MOVED TO ILLINOIS AND SETTLED NORTH OF FORREST. HE CONTINUED TO RESIDE THERE UNTIL 1902, WHEN HE MOVED TO THIS CITY, WHERE HE MADE HIS HOME UNTIL HIS DEATH.

BESIDES HIS WIFE HE IS ALSO SURVIVED BY THREE SONS, J. N., OF THIS CITY; PETER, OF FORREST, AND EMIL, OF WISNER, NEB. BESIDES THE IMMEDIATE RELATIVES HE LEAVES TO MOURN HIS LOSS A HOST OF FRIENDS. THE DECEASED WAS AN HONEST, UPRIGHT CITIZEN, A MEMBER OF THE GERMAN APOSTOLIC CHURCH OF THIS CITY, AND HELD IN HIGH ESTEEM BY ALL WHO KNOW HIM.

THE FUNERAL SERVICES WERE HELD FROM HIS HOME CHURCH IN THIS CITY TUESDAY AFTERNOON, REV. JACOB PLATTNER, OF GOODFIELD, OFFICIATING, AND WERE LARGELY ATTENDED, A LARGE NUMBER BEING HERE FROM OUT OF TOWN. INTERMENT WAS MADE IN THE FAIRBURY CEMETERY.

MRS. CAROLINE BACH

MRS. CAROLINE BACH DIED ON SUNDAY MORNING AT 9 OíCLOCK AT THE HOME OF HER NIECE. MRS. JOHN CLAUSS, IN REMINGTON, IND., FOLLOWING A STROKE OF PARALYSIS WHICH SHE SUFFERED MARCH FIRST.

CAROLINE MEISS, DAUGHTER OF MR. AND MRS. PETER MEISS, WAS BORN JANUARY 9, 1846 AT VOELLERDINGEN, ALSACE-LORRAINE, FRANCE. SHE WAS MARRIED TO NICHOLAS BACH SEPTEMBER 25, 1867, AT THE PLACE OF HER BIRTH, WHERE THEY RESIDED UNTIL NOVEMBER, 1880, WHEN THEY CAME TO THE UNITED STATES, LOCATING AT WISNER, NEB. IN JANUARY, 1893, THEY MOVED TO FAIRBURY, WHERE SHE LIVED UNTIL THE LAST FEW MONTHS, WHICH SHE HAD SPENT AT THE HOME OF HER NIECE IN REMINGTON. SHE IS SURVIVED BY THREE SONS, J. N. BACH, OF FAIRBURY; PETER, OF FORREST AND EMIL, OF ORCHARD, NEB. TWENTY-ONE GRANDCHILDREN AND TWO GREAT-GRANDCHILDREN ALSO SURVIVE.

SHORT SERVICES CONDUCTED BY REV. ANDREW LEHMAN, OF WOLCOTT WERE HELD AT THE CLAUSS HOME IN REMINGTON AND THIS REMAINS WERE BROUGHT TO THIS CITY, WHERE ON TUESDAY AFTERNOON AT THE CHRISTIAN APOSTOLIC CHURCH SERVICES WERE CONDUCTED BY REV. ROBERT BAHLER ASSISTED BY REV. SAMUEL SCHUMACHER OF EUREKA. INTERMENT WAS MADE AT GRACELAND.

JOHN NICHOLAS BACH SR. 1841 - 1915

(WIFE) CAROLINE (MEISS) BACH 1846 - 1922

(SON) JOHN NICHOLAS BACH 1871 - 1951

(SON) PETER BACH 1873 - 1946

(SON) EMIL BACH ???? - ????

1. JOHN NICHOLAS BACH 1871 - 1951

J. N. BACH, 79 DIES AT HOME IN FAIRBURY

JOHN NICHOLAS BACH, 79, DIED AT 3 A.M. TODAY AT HIS HOME HERE FOLLOWING AN ILLNESS OF SEVERAL WEEKS.

FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS WERE INCOMPLETE.

MR. BACH WAS BORN JULY 10, 1871, IN ALSACE-LORRAINE, GERMANY, A SON OF NICHOLAS AND CAROLYN (MEISS) BACH. HE CAME TO AMERICA WHEN HE WAS 18 YEARS OLD AND LIVED IN NEBRASKA. TEN YEARS LATER, HE CAME TO FAIRBURY WHERE HE WORKED AT THE WALTON DEPARTMENT STORE.

HE LATER WORKED IN THE LUMBER BUSINESS WITH THE LATE JACOB VON TOBEL. IN 1901, HE OPENED HIS OWN LUMBER YARD AND IN 1938, FORMED A PARTNERSHIP WITH HIS SONS.

HE WAS MARRIED TO LYDIA VON TOBEL AUG. 1, 1897.

MR. BACH WAS AN HONORARY MEMBER OF THE FAIRBURY HOSPITAL BOARD; FORMER MEMBER OF THE HIGH SCHOOL BOARD; A DIRECTOR OF THE FORREST BUILDING & LOAN ASSOCIATION AND A MEMBER OF THE APOSTOLIC CHRISTIAN CHURCH.

SURVIVORS INCLUDE HIS WIFE; THREE DAUGHTERS, MRS. CLARA KAUFMAN, OF SILVERTON, ORE.; MRS. KATHRYN HANNA, OF MOBILE, ALA.; MRS. CAROLINE MOHAR, OF MINONK, AND THE FOLLOWING SON: ALFRED, OF URBANA; HARRY AND EDWARD, OF FAIRBURY; EDMOND, OF STREATOR; J. N. BACH, JR., OF FORREST; 24 GRANDCHILDREN AND EIGHT GREAT GRANDCHILDREN.

ANOTHER SON, ROBERT, WAS KILLED IN WORLD WAR II.

HOLD RITES MONDAY FOR MRS. BACH

FUNERAL SERVICES FOR MRS. LYDIA B. BACH, 91, WHO DIED FRIDAY NIGHT AT THE FAIRBURY HOSPITAL WERE HELD ON MONDAY, APR. 4, 1966, AT 10 A.M. IN THE APOSTOLIC CHRISTIAN CHURCH. REV. J. J. BROQUARD OFFICIATED. VISITATION WAS AT COOK FUNERAL HOME SUNDAY AND AT THE CHURCH EARLY MONDAY MORNING. BURIAL WAS IN GRACELAND CEMETERY.

MRS. BACH WAS BORN IN FAIRBURY ON DEC. 22, 1874, A DAUGHTER OF JACOB AND KATHERINE KELLER VON TOBEL. SHE WAS MARRIED TO J. N. BACH, SR., AUG. 1, 1897, IN FAIRBURY. HE PRECEDED HER IN DEATH. SHE WAS BORN AND RAISED IN THE SAME BLOCK ON SOUTH THIRD STREET, WHERE SHE LIVED ALL HER LIFE. MR. BACH OPERATED THE LUMBER YARDS IN FAIRBURY AND FORREST.

FOR DECADES SHE WAS KNOWN AFFECTIONATELY TO HER FRIENDS AND FAMILY AS "GROSSMAMA."

SURVIVING ARE THREE DAUGHTERS, MRS. CLARA KAUFMAN, SILVERTON, ORE.; MRS. KATHERYN HANNA, MOBILE, ALA.; MRS. CAROLYN MOHAR, MINONK; FIVE SONS, ALFRED, BRADENTON BEACH, FLA.; HARRY AND C. EDWARD, FAIRBURY; AND C. EDMOND, DECATUR, AND J. N., FORREST; ONE BROTHER, ED VON TOBEL, LAS VEGAS, NEV.; A SISTER, MRS. LOUISE V. KALLISTER, ANAHEIM, CALIF.; 24 GRANDCHILDREN AND ONE GREAT GREAT GRANDCHILD. ONE SON, ROBERT, WAS KILLED IN ACTION IN BELGIUM DURING WORLD WAR II, AND ONE BROTHER PRECEDED HER IN DEATH.

JOHN NICHOLAS BACH 1871 - 1951

(WIFE) LYDIA (VON TOBEL) BACH 1874 - 1966

(SON) ALFRED BACH 1898 - ????

(DAUGHTER) CLARA (BACH) KAUFMAN 1900 - ????

(DAUGHTER) KATHERYN (BACH) HANNA 1902 - 1999

(SON) HARRY J. BACH 1904 - 1983

(DAUGHTER) CAROLYN (BACH) MOHAR 1908 - ????

(SON) C. EDMOND BACH 1910 - 1993

(SON) C. EDWARD BACH 1910 - 2001

(SON) ROBERT A. BACH 1915 - 1945

(SON) JOHN NICHOLAS BACH ???? - ????

HARRY J. BACH 1904 - 1983

FUNERAL SERVICES HELD TUESDAY FOR FAIRBURIAN HARRY BACH, 79

THE FUNERAL OF HARRY JACOB BACH, 79, FAIRBURY, WHO DIED DEC. 2, 1983 AT THE HELEN LEWIS SMITH PAVILION, WAS HELD TUESDAY AT THE FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, FAIRBURY. REV. GALEN SCHWARZ OFFICIATED. BURIAL WAS IN GRACELAND CEMETERY. DUFFY-PILS MEMORIAL HOME WAS IN CHARGE OF ARRANGEMENTS.

PALLBEARERS WERE JOHN SCRIMSHIRE, CARY MCCALLUM, CHIP MCCALLUM, HARTZELL MUNZ, BILL FUGATE AND BOB NUSSBAUM.

MR. BACH SERVED ON THE FAIRBURY HOSPITAL BOARD FOR 32 YEARS. HE WAS A DIRECTOR OF THE FORREST SAVINGS AND LOAN FOR 45 YEARS AND WAS ASSOCIATED WITH J. N. BACH AND SONS LUMBER AND HARDWARE STORES IN FORREST AND FAIRBURY FOR 52 YEARS. HE RETIRED IN 1973.

AN AVID BASKETBALL FAN, MR. BACH SELDOM, IF EVER, MISSED A FAIRBURY HOME GAME. THAT RECORD STARTED MORE THAN 50 YEARS AGO, WHEN HIS YOUNGEST BROTHER, J. N., JR. WAS IN HIGH SCHOOL AND STRETCHED FOR MORE THAN 45 YEARS UNTIL HIS HEALTH FAILED A FEW YEARS AGO.

MR. BACHíS UNCLE, ED VON TOBEL, AND JAKE BECKLEY, WERE PIONEER SETTLERS OF LAS VEGAS, NEVADA IN 1904. THEY LEFT FAIRBURY TO WORK IN A ST. LOUIS LUMBER YARD, BASED ON EXPERIENCE IN THE VON TOBEL LUMBER YARD IN FAIRBURY. WHEN IT GOT COLD, THEY PINED FOR WARMER CLIMES AND EVEN THOUGH PRESSED FOR MONEY, REASONED THEY COULD "SLEEP UNDER THE ORANGE TREES, AND EAT THE ORANGES."

THERE, THEY FOUNDED A LUMBER YARD, OPERATING OUT OF A TENT, AND WERE JOINED A YEAR LATER BY WILL BECKLEY FROM FAIRBURY. TODAY, THERE IS AN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL NAMED FOR THE BECKLEYS AND THE VON TOBEL HOME IS A LOCAL HISTORICAL LANDMARK.

MR. BACH WAS BORN JAN. 8, 1904, AT FAIRBURY, SON OF JOHN NICHOLAS BACH AND LYDIA VON TOBEL BACH. HE MARRIED ANNA GERBER OCT. 30, 1930.

SURVIVING ARE HIS WIFE, THREE DAUGHTERS, DORIS WHITE, SACRAMENTO, CALIF., MARILYN MCCALLUM, MARIETTA, GA., AND LINDA SCRIMSHIRE, OF ELGIN; ONE SON, JAMES, OF NORMAL; TWO SISTER, KATHRYN HANNA, MOBILE, ALA., AND CAROLYN MOHAR, OF MINONK; THREE BROTHERS, EDWARD, OF FAIRBURY, EDMUND, OF NEW SMYRNA BEACH, FLA., AND J. N., OF FORREST; SEVEN GRANDCHILDREN.

THREE BROTHERS, ONE SISTER, ONE DAUGHTER AND ONE SON PRECEDED HIM IN DEATH.

HE WAS A MEMBER OF THE FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, FAIRBURY.

C. EDMUND BACH 1910 - 1993

C. EDMUND BACH

C. EDMUND BACH, 83, OF NEW SMYRNA BEACH, FLA., FORMERLY OF FAIRBURY, DIED FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 3, 1993, AT HALIFAX MEDICAL CENTER, DAYTONA BEACH, FLA.

HE WAS CREMATED. INURMEMT WILL BE AT 11 A.M. SATURDAY AT GRACELAND CEMETERY, FAIRBURY. THE REVEREND KENNETH TYLER WILL OFFICIATE.

MR. BACH WAS BORN AUG. 30, 1910, IN FAIRBURY, A SON OF J. N. AND LYDIA VON TOBEL BACH. HE MARRIED PAULINE ANGLIN JUNE 13, 1936, IN MEMPHIS, TENN. SHE SURVIVES.

ALSO SURVIVING ARE ONE SON, CHARLES EDMUND, GREENDALE, WIS.; ONE DAUGHTER, LYDIA SUE BACH, LONG ISLAND, N.Y.; TWO SISTERS, KATHRYN HANNA, MOBILE, ALA.; AND CAROLYN MOHAR, MINONK; TWO BROTHERS, INCLUDING HIS TWIN C. EDWARD BACH, FAIRBURY, AND J. N. BACH, FORREST; AND THREE GRANDCHILDREN.

HE WAS PRECEDED IN DEATH BY THREE BROTHERS AND ONE SISTER.

MR. BACH GRADUATED FROM FAIRBURY TOWNSHIP HIGH SCHOOL IN 1928 AND ATTENDED ANTIOCH COLLEGE IN YELLOW SPRINGS, OHIO.

HE WAS EMPLOYED BY MONROE CALCULATING MACHINE CO. IN MEMPHIS, TENN., AND ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., AND MANPOWER FRANCHISE IN DECATUR AND SPRINGFIELD. HE RETIRED IN 1975.

C. EDWARD BACH 1910 - 2001

C. EDWARD BACH

C. EDWARD BACH, 90, OF FAIRBURY, FATHER OF A FAIRBURY MAN, DIED AT 6:59 P.M. THURSDAY, MARCH 22, 2001, AT OSF ST. JAMES HOSPITAL, PONTIAC.

HIS FUNERAL WAS AT 10:30 A.M. TUESDAY AT DUFFY-PILS MEMORIAL HOME, FAIRBURY, WITH REV. PAUL DARVEAU OFFICIATING. BURIAL WAS IN GRACELAND CEMETERY, FAIRBURY.

VISITATION WAS FROM 5 TO 8 P.M. MONDAY AT DUFFY-PILS MEMORIAL HOME, FAIRBURY.

HE WAS BORN AUG. 30, 1910, AT FAIRBURY, THE SON OF J. N. AND LYDIA VON TOBEL BACH. HE MARRIED MARGARET ELIZABETH ROGERS JUNE 30, 1938, IN PEORIA. SHE DIED MAY 9, 1985.

SURVIVORS INCLUDE ONE DAUGHTER, JEANETTE CHRISTENSEN, PHOENIX, ARIZ.; ONE SON, ROGER E. BACH, FAIRBURY; AND ONE BROTHER, J. N. BACH, FORREST.

ALSOSURVIVING ARE SIX GRANDCONS, NICKBACH, CHICAGO; EDWARD AND JIM BACH, BOTH OF EVABSTON; JONATHAN BACH, FAIRBURY; ERIC CHRISTENSEN, VANCOUVER, WASHINGTON; JED CHRISTENSEN, PHOENIX, ARIZ.; AND ONE GREAT-GRANDDAUGHTER, JACKIE BACH, EVANSTON.

HE WAS PRECEDED IN DEATH BY FOUR BROTHERS, AND THREE SISTERS.

MR. BACH WAS A 1928 GRADUATEB OF FAIRBURY TWP HIGH SCHOOL AND LATER ATTENDED BROWN BUSINESS COLLEGE, PEORIA. HE CO-OWNED AND OPERATED J. N. BACH SONS LUMBER COMPANY IN FAIRBURY AND FORREST FOR OVER 60 YEARS WITH HIS BROTHERS J. N. AND HARRY BACH.

HE WAS A MEMBER OF KNOLL LODGE AND INDIAN CREEK GOLF AND COUNTRY CLUB, BOTH OF FAIRBURY. HE SERVED ON THE FAIRBURY TWP SCHOOL BOARD DURING THE 1950íS TAKING PART IN THE PLANNING OF THE NEW GYMNASIUM FOR THE SCHOOL.

ROBERT A. BACH 1915 - 1945

DIED IN SERVICE OF COUNTRY, T/SGT. ROBERT A. BACH

T.-SGT. ROBERT A. BACH "KILLED IN ACTION"

HAD ENTERED THE SERVICE FOUR YEARS AGO MONDAY; WAS IN THE 117TH INFANTRY.

T/SGT. ROBERT A. BACH, AGED 29, ONE OF THE FIRST TO BE CALLED TO THE SERVICE FROM THIS COMMUNITY, HAS BEEN KILLED IN ACTION. ON SUNDAY HIS PARENTS, MR. AND MRS. J. N. BACH, OF THIS CITY, RECEIVED A TELEPHONE COMMUNICATION FROM THEIR DAUGHTER-IN-LAW, MRS. ROBERT A. BACH, WHO RESIDED AT FOREST CITY, N.C., STATING SHE HAD RECEIVED A TELEGRAM FROM THE WAR DEPARTMENT, THAT SGT. BACH WAS MISSING IN ACTION IN GERMANY SINCE FEBRUARY 25. ON TUESDAY MR. AND MRS. BACH RECEIVED ANOTHER TELEPHONE CALL FROM MRS. BACH AT FOREST CITY, STATING THAT SHE HAD RECEIVED A SECOND TELEGRAM FROM THE WAR DEPARTMENT BEARING THE INFORMATION THAT SGT. BACH HAD BEEN KILLED IN ACTION, THE DATE OF HIS DEATH BEING THE SAME AS WHEN HE WAS REPORTED MISSING - FEBRUARY 25.

SGT. BACH, WHO WAS BORN IN FAIRBURY NOVEMBER 29, 1915, HAD SPENT HIS ENTIRE LIFE IN FAIRBURY UNTIL THE TIME HE WAS INDUCTED INTO THE SERVICE OF HIS COUNTRY, WHICH WAS JUST FOUR YEARS AGO MONDAY. HE GRADUATED FROM THE FAIRBURY TOWNSHIP HIGH SCHOOL WITH THE CLASS OF 1932, AND WAS ASSOCIATED WITH HIS FATHER AND BROTHERS IN THE LUMBER BUSINESS.

IN 1934 IN COMPANY WITH HIS PARENTS AND TWO OF HIS BROTHERS, J. N., JR., AND EDWARD, THEY SPENT THE SUMMER TOURING EUROPE. HE ATTENDED SCHOOL AT BRADLEY, PEORIA, FROM 1937 TO 1939, WHERE HE WAS A MEMBER OF ALPHA CHI FRATERNITY. IN 1939 AND 1940 HE ATTENDED THE CHICAGO TECHNICAL COLLEGE IN CHICAGO, WHERE HE WAS AWARDED A DEGREE IN BUILDING CONSTRUCTION AND ESTIMATING.

HE WAS INDUCTED INTO THE SERVICES OF HIS COUNTRY ON MARCH 26, 1941, AND RECEIVED HIS TRAINING AT CAMP CROFT, N.C. HE WENT OVERSEAS LAST NOVEMBER AND WAS IN THE 117TH INFANTRY.

"BOBBIE," AS HE WAS KNOWN FAMILIARLY TO HIS MANY FAIRBURY FRIENDS, WAS FOND OF SPORTS OF ALL KINDS, FISHING BEING ONE OF HIS PRINCIPAL HOBBIES.

HE MARRIED MISS ELIZABETH SUE LAWING, AT FOREST CITY, N. C., SEPTEMBER 5, 1942. SHE WITH THE TWO CHILDREN, SUZANNE ELIZABETH AND TOMMY, RE SIDE AT FOREST CITY.

SESIDES MRS. BACH AND TWO CHILDREN THERE ALSO SURVIVE HIS PARENTS, MR. AND MRS. J. N. BACH, OF THIS CITY, AND THE FOLLOWING BROTHERS AND SISTERS: HARRY AND EDWARD, OF FAIRBURY; ALFRED, OF CHAMPAIGN; EDMUND, OF DECATUR; J. N., JR., OF FORREST; MRS. J. S. KAUFMAN, OF SILVERTON, ORE.; MRS. HENRI MONHAR, OF MINONK, AND MRS. C. D. HANNA, OF MEMPHIS, TENN.

2. PETER BACH 1873 - 1946

PETER BACH, FORREST, DIES SUDDENLY

PETER BACH, A WELL KNOWN RESIDENT OF FORREST, PASSED AWAY THERE LAST SATURDAY MORNING SHORTLY AFTER 11 OíCLOCK. MR. BACH HAD FOR MANY YEARS RESIDED NORTH OF FORREST, MOVING TO THAT VILLAGE A FEW WEEKS AGO. LAST SATURDAY MORNING HE WAS TO HAVE MET A PARTY AT THE BACH LUMBER OFFICE IN FORREST. WHEN HE DID NOT PUT IN AN APPEARANCE A TELEPHONE CALL WAS MADE TO HIS HOME. WHEN MRS. BACH WENT TO LOOK FOR HIM HE WAS FOUND AT THE GRADE DOOR LANDING HAVING EVIDENTLY PASSED AWAY WITH A HEART ATTACK. HE WAS AGED 72 YEARS, FOUR MONTHS AND 24 DAYS.

MR. BACH WAS A WELL KNOWN MINISTER OF THE APOSTOLIC CHRISTIAN CHURCH.

MR. BACH WAS BORN IN ALSACE LORRAINE, DECEMBER 10, 1873. WHEN SEVEN YEARS OF AGE HE CAME WITH OTHER MEMBERS OF THE FAMILY TO AMERICA, LANDING AT NEW YORK, DECEMBER 6, 1880. THEY LOCATED AT WISNER, NEB., WHERE THEY RESIDED UNTIL 1892, WHEN THE FAMILY MOVED TO THIS VICINITY. SINCE 1896 MR. BACH HAD RESIDED ON THE HOME PLACE NEAR FORREST, UNTIL HE MOVED INTO FORREST IN MARCH.

ON APRIL 20, 1902, AT THE APOSTOLIC CHRISTIAN CHURCH IN THIS CITY, HE WAS UNITED IN MARRIAGE TO MISS LENA SCHARLACH, AND THEY TOOK UP THEIR HOME ON A FARM NORTHEAST OF THIS CITY.

SHE SURVIVES, TOGETHER WITH THE FOLLOWING CHILDREN: GEORGE, EDWARD BACH, MRS. WILLIAM HONEGGER, MRS. PAUL SCHROF, ALL OF FORREST; MRS. JOHN JOOS, OF PRINCEVILLE; MRS. DAN SCHLATTER, OF CHATSWORTH; CARL BACH, PHOENIX, ARIZ., AND REUBEN BACH, OF FAIRBURY. SURVIVING ALSO ARE TWO BROTHERS, J. N. BACH, OF FAIRBURY, AND EMIL BACH, OF NORFOLK, NEB., AND FOURTEEN GRANDCHILDREN.

FUNERAL SERVICES WERE HELD AT THE NORTH APOSTOLIC CHRISTIAN CHURCH ON TUESDAY MORNING AT 10:30 OíCLOCK AND INTERMENT WAS IN THE CHURCH CEMETERY. THE SERVICES WERE LARGELY ATTENDED. HE HAD BEEN THE PRESIDING MINISTER OF THAT CHURCH FOR MANY YEARS.

AMONG THE RELATIVES ATTENDING THE SERVICES FROM A DISTANCE WERE MR. AND MRS. EMIL BACH, OF NORFOLK, NEB., AND CHRIS SCHARLACH AND DAUGHTER, GENEVA, OF ALGONA, IOWA.

MRS. LENA M. BACH (92)

MRS. LENA BACH DIED FRIDAY APRIL 12 AT 9:05 A. M. AT THE HOME OF HER DAUGHTER, MRS. RUTH SCHLATTER OF RURAL CHATSWORTH.

FUNERAL SERVICES WERE HELD ON MONDAY AT THE FORREST APOSTOLIC CHRISTIAN CHURCH AND BURIAL WAS MADE IN THE NORTH APOSTOLIC CHRISTIAN CEMETERY.

SHE WAS BORN MAY 5, 1875 IN PLEASANT RIDGE TOWNSHIP, A DAUGHTER OF GEORGE AND MAGDALENA LEHMANN SCHARLACH. SHE MARRIED PETER BACH APRIL 20, 1902 AT FAIRBURY. HE DIED IN 1946.

SURVIVING ARE FOUR SONS, GEORGE AND EDWARD, FORREST; CARL, MONTICELLO, IOWA; REUBEN, FAIRBURY; FOUR DAUGHTERS, MRS. ESTHER HONEGGER AND MRS. MARIE SCHROF, FORREST; MRS. LOUISE JOOS, PRINCEVILLE; MRS. RUTH SCHLATTER, CHATWORTH; 24 GRANDCHILDREN; 25 GREAT GRANDCHILDREN.

SEVEN BROTHERS PRECEDED HER IN DEATH.

SHE WAS A MEMBER OF THE APOSTOLIC CHRISTIAN CHURCH.

PETER BACH 1873 - 1946

(WIFE) MAGDALENA "LENA" (SCHARLACH) BACH 1875 - 1968

(SON) GEORGE BACH 1904 - 1992

(DAUGHTER) ESTHER (BACH) HONEGGER 1905 - 1981

(SON) EDWARD BACH 1907 - 1981

(DAUGHTER) LOUISE (BACH) JOOS 1908 - 1985

(SON) CARL BACH 1911 - 1985

(DAUGHTER) RUTH (BACH) SCHLATTER 1913 - 1973

(SON) REUBEN BACH 1916 - 2001

(DAUGHTER) MARIE (BACH) SCHROF 1919 - 1998

GEORGE BACH 1904 - 1992

GEORGE BACH

GEORGE H. BACH, 88, DIED AT 10:05 A.M. SUNDAY, OCTOBER 18, 1992 AT HIS HOME IN FORREST.

HIS FUNERAL WAS AT 10 A.M. TUESDAY AT THE APOSTOLIC CHRISTIAN CHURCH OF FORREST. MINISTERS OF THE CHURCH OFFICIATED.

BURIAL WAS IN NORTH APOSTOLIC CHRISTIAN CEMETERY, RURAL FORREST.

VISITATION WAS MONDAY AT CULKIN-DIGGLE FUNERAL HOME, FORREST, AND ONE HOUR BEFORE THE SERVICE AT THE CHURCH.

HE WAS BORN FEB. 13, 1904, IN PLEASANT RIDGE TOWNSHIP, RURAL FORREST, THE SON OF PETER AND LENA SCHARLACH BACH.

SURVIVING ARE ONE SISTER, MARIE SCHROF, FORREST; AND ONE BROTHER, REUBEN BACH, FAIRBURY.

TWO BROTHERS AND THREE SISTERS PRECEDED HIM IN DEATH.

HE FARMED HIS ENTIRE LIFE IN PLEASANT RIDGE TOWNSHIP, RURAL FORREST, WHERE HE WAS RAISED AND EDUCATED.

ESTHER (BACH) HONEGGER 1905 - 1981

ESTHER HONEGGER, 76, NATIVE OF PLEASANT RIDGE, DIES FRIDAY.

ESTHER M. HONEGGER, 76, OF FORREST, DIED AT 3:55 A.M. FRIDAY, SEPT. 4 AT CARLE HOSPITAL IN URBANA FOLLOWING AN ILLNESS OF SEVERAL MONTHS.

THE FUNERAL WAS AT 1 P.M. SUNDAY AT THE APOSTOLIC CHRISTIAN CHURCH OF FORREST, WITH MINISTERS OF THE CHURCH OFFICIATING. BURIAL WAS AT THE NORTH APOSTOLIC CHRISTIAN CEMETERY, FORREST.

PALLBEARERS FOR MRS. HONEGGER WERE MARK HONEGGER, JOEL HONEGGER, ELI EDINGER JR., BRIAN WAIBEL, EDWARD SCHROF AND JAMES SCLATTER.

CULKIN FUNERAL HOME, FORREST, WAS IN CHARGE OF THE ARRANGEMENTS.

SHE WAS BORN AUG. 25, 1905, IN PLEASANT RIDGE TOWNSHIP, THE DAUGHTER OF PETER AND LENA (SCHARLACH) BACH. SHE MARRIED WILLIAM HONEGGER FEB. 18, 1934 IN FORREST. HE DIED MARCH 1, 1978.

SHE WAS A MEMBER OF THE APOSTOLIC CHRISTIAN CHURCH, FORREST.

SURVIVORS INCLUDE TWO SONS, ROBERT OF LAKE ZURICH AND LLOYD OF FORREST: FOUR DAUGHTERS, MARY EDINGER, PONTIAC, MARGARET WAIBEL AND JANICE STEFFEN, BOTH OF FORREST, AND ELAINE MATTERNAS, BETHEADA, MD.; THREE BROTHERS, GERORGE BACH, FORREST, CARL BACH, MONTICELLO, IOWA, AND REUBEN, FAIRBURY; TWO SISTERS, MARIE SCHROF, FORREST, AND LOUISE JOSS, PRINCEVILLE; 23 GRANDCHILDREN AND ONE GREAT-GRANDDAUGHTER.

A BROTHER AND A SISTER PRECEDED HER IN DEATH.

EDWARD BACH 1907 - 1981

FORREST SERVICES TUESDAY FOR EDWARD S. BACH, 74

EDWARD S. BACH, 74, FAIRVIEW HAVEN NURSING HOME, FAIRBURY, FORMERLY OF FORREST, DIED AT 5:30 P.M. SATURDAY, JAN. 17 AT THE NURSING HOME.

HIS FUNERAL WAS TUESDAY AT APOSTOLIC CHRISTIAN CHURCH, WITH CHURCH MINISTERS OFFICIATING. BURIAL WAS IN NORTH APOSTOLIC CHRISTIAN CEMETERY.

HE WAS BORN JAN. 11, 1907, IN PLEASANT RIDGE TOWNSHIP, A SON OF PETER AND LENA SCHARLACH BACH. HE MARRIED MATILDA EGGLI OCT. 22, 1944, AT PRINCEVILLE. SHE DIED MARCH 25, 1967. HE LATER MARRIED CLARA FEHR EBACH OCT. 3, 1971, AT FORREST. SHE SURVIVES.

ALSO SURVIVING ARE A DAUGHTER, MARLENE WATKINS, BROOKFIELD, MO.; THREE SONS, DAVID, DOWNS; HAROLD, SPRINGFIELD; AND JON, FORREST; THREE SISTERS, ESTHER HONEGGER AND MARIE SCHROF, BOTH OF FORREST; AND LOUISE JOOS, SARASOTA, FLA.; THREE BROTHERS, GEORGE, FORREST; CARL, MONTICELLO, IOWA; AND REUBEN, FAIRBURY; AND FIVE GRANDCHILDREN.

A DAUGHTER AND A SISTER PRECEDED HIM IN DEATH.

HE WAS A FARMER IN THE FORREST AREA, AND A MEMBER OF THE APOSTOLIC CHRISTIAN CHURCH.

LOUISE (BACH) JOOS 1908 - 1985

FUNERAL SERVICES HELD WEDNESDAY FOR RESIDENTíS SISTER, LOUISE JOOS, 77

THE FUNERAL OF LOUISE C. JOOS, 77, OF PRINCEVILLE AND SARASOTA, FLA., SISTER OF REUBEN BACH OF FAIRBURY, WAS HELD WEDNESDAY, MAY 15, 1985 AT THE APOSTOLIC CHRISTIAN CHURCH, PRINCEVILLE. MINISTERS OF THE CHURCH OFFICIATED AND BURIAL WAS IN THE CHURCH CEMETERY.

MRS. JOOS DIED MAY 11, 1985, AT BENEVA NURSING HOME, SARASOTA. HAMMITT FUNERAL HOME, PRINCEVILLE, WAS IN CHARGE OF ARRANGEMENTS.

SHE WAS BORN MARCH 16, 1908, IN FORREST, A DAUGHTER OF PETER AND LENA SCHARLACH BACH. SHE MARRIED JOHN G. JOOS OCT. 26, 1941, IN FORREST. HE SURVIVES.

ALSO SURVIVING ARE A DAUGHTER, MARY LOUISE JOOS OF PRINCEVILLE AND SARASOTA, FLA.; BROTHERS, GEORGE, FORREST, AND CARL, MONTICELLO, IOWA; AND A SISTER, MARIE SCHROF, FORREST.

SHE WAS PRECEDED IN DEATH BY TOW SISTERS AND ONE BROTHER.

MRS. JOOS WAS A MEMBER OF THE APOSTOLIC CHRISTIAN CHURCHES OF PRINCEVILLE AND SARASOTA, FLA.

CARL BACH 1911 - 1985

RITES HELD SUNDAY FOR CARL E. BACH, AREA MAN

FUNERAL SERVICES FOR CARL E. BACH, 73, FORMERLY OF THE FAIRBURY AND FORREST AREA WERE HELD 1:00 P.M. SATURDAY AFTERNOON, AUG. 17 AT THE GOETTSCH FUNERAL HOME, MONTICELLO, IA. WITH INTERMENT IN THE OAKWOOD CEMETERY. REV. W. WILLIS LONGER OFFICIATED AT THE SERVICES.

MR. BACH OF MONTICELLO DIED THURSDAY, AUG. 15, AT THE AMERICANA CARE CENTER, CEDAR RAPIDS, IA., AFTER A PERIOD OF DECLINING HEALTH.

HE WAS BORN OCT. 6, 1911 IN FORREST, THE SON OF PETER AND MARY MAGDALENA SCHARLACH BACH. HE RECEIVED HIS EARLY EDUCATION IN THE RURAL SCHOOLS NEAR HIS HOME. AFTER HIS EDUCATION HE WORKED IN AREA SERVICE STATIONS.

CARL E. BACH AND MILDRED COOPER WERE MARRIED DEC. 26, 1937 IN FAIRBURY. THE COUPLE MADE THEIR HOME IN FAIRBURY WHERE CARL OPERATED A SERVICES STATION. IN 1943 HE ENLISTED IN THE U.S. ARMY WHERE HE WAS A RADAR OPERATOR UNTIL HIS DISCHARGE IN 1945. AFTER HIS RETURN FORM SERVICE CARL SOLD AND SERVICED FORD TRACTORS. IN 1953 HE STARTED WORKING AS A SALESMAN FOR HONEGGER FEED IN FAIRBURY. IN 1955 THE COUPLE MOVED TO MONTICELLO WHEN CARL TOOK A NEW TERRITORY WITH THE FEED COMPANY. IN 1966 CARL STARTED TO WORK ROAD CONSTRUCTION AN OCCUPATION HE PURSUED UNTIL 1978 WHEN HE RETIRED FROM THE MULGREW BLACKTOP CO.

CARL WAS A MEMBER OF THE V.F.W. AND THE AMERICA LEGION. HE WAS ALSO A MEMBER OF THE D.A.V.

HE IS SURVIVED BY HIS WIFE, A SON RICHARD, MONTICELLO, IA., A SISTER, MARIE SCHROF, FORREST; TWO BROTHERS, GEORGE BACH, FORREST; REUBEN BACH, FAIRBRUY. HE WAS PRECEDED IN DEATH BY HIS PARENTS, A SON, MICHAEL, ONE BROTHER, AND THREE SISTERS.

RUTH (BACH) SCHLATTER 1913 - 1973

HOLD FORREST RITES FOR MRS. SCHLATTER, 59

MRS. RUTH H. SCHLATTER, 59, OF RURAL CHATSWORTH DIED AT 2:22 A.M. MONDAY, MARCH 19, 1973, AT FAIRBURY HOSPITAL.

FUNERAL SERVICES WERE HELD AT 10 A.M. WEDNESDAY, MARCH 21, 1973, AT THE APOSTOLIC CHRISTIAN CHURCH OF FORREST. INTERMENT WAS IN THE NORTH APOSTOLIC CHRISTIAN CEMETERY AT FORREST. CULKIN FUNERAL HOME, FORREST WAS IN CHARGE OF ARRANGEMENTS.

SHE WAS BORN JULY 4, 1913, IN PLEASANT RIDGE TOWNSHIP, A DAUGHTER OF PETER AND LENA SCHARLACH BACH. SHE WAS MARRIED TO DAN SCHLATTER FEB. 7, 1942 IN PONTIAC.

SURVIVNG AR EHER HUSBAND; TWO DAUGHTERS, MRS. CHERYL MANGERS, DIXON; MISS JEANNE SCHLATTER, URBANA; TWO SONS, JAMES, CHICAGO; THOMAS , NORMAL; THREE SISTERS, MRS. ESTHER HONEGGER, MRS. MARIE SCHROF, BOTH OF FORREST; MRS. LOUISE JOOS, PRINCEVILLE; FOUR BROTHERS, GEORGE BACH, EDWARD BACH, FORREST; CARL BACH, MONTICELLO, IOWA; REUBEN BACH, FAIRBURY; A GRANDCHILD.

SHE WAS PRECEDED IN DEATH BY A DAUGHTER. SHE WAS A MEMBER OF THE APOSTOLIC CHRISTIAN CHURCH.

PALLBEARERS WERE RONALD KOERNER, JOHN CARTER, EDWARD SCHROF, LLOYD HONEGGER, DAVID BACH AND DUANE BACH.

REUBEN J. BACH 1916 - 2001

REUBEN J. BACH

REUBEN J. BACH, 85, OF FAIRBURY DIED AT 11:30 P.M. THURSDAY, AUG. 16, 2001, AT HIS RESIDENCE.

HIS FUNERAL WILL BE AT 2 P.M. SUNDAY AT APOSTOLIC CHRISTIAN CHURCH, FAIRBURY, MINISTERS OF THE CHURCH OFFICIATING.

VISITATION WILL BE FROM 4 TO 8 P.M. TODAY AT DUFFY-PILS MEMORIAL HOME, FAIRBURY, AND FROM 1 TO 1:45 P.M. SUNDAY BEFORE THE SERVICE AT THE CHURCH.

MR. BACH WAS BORN MARCH 25, 1916, IN FORREST, A SON OF PETER AND LENA SCHARLACH BACH. HE MARRIED LOUISE M. BROQUARD ON OCT. 1, 1944, IN FAIRBURY. SHE SURVIVES.

OTHER SURVIVORS INCLUDE ONE DAUGHTER, BONNIE BACH, PEORIA; AND ONE SON, DUANE BACH, ROCKFORD. TWO GRANDCHILDREN, JENNIFER BACH AND MICHAEL BACH.

HE WAS PRECEDED IN DEATH FOUR SISTERS AND THREE BROTHERS.

MR. BACH, WAS A MEMBER OF APOSTOLIC CHRISTIAN CHURCH, FAIRBURY. HE WAS A LIFETIME AREA FARMER.

MARIE (BACH) SCHROF 1919 - 1998

MARIE SCHROF

FUNERAL SERVICES FOR MARIE SCHROF, 89, OF RURAL WING, WERE HELD AT 10 A.M. MONDAY AT APOSTOLIC CHRISTIAN CHURCH, FORREST. MINISTERS OF THE CHURCH OFFICIATED. BURIAL WAS IN NORTH APOSTOLIC CHRISTIAN CEMETERY, FORREST.

SHE DIED AT 10 P.M. WEDNESDAY, DEC. 30, 1998 AT OSF SAINT JAMES HOSPITAL, PONTIAC.

SHE WAS BORN SEPT. 29, 1919, IN FORREST, THE DAUGHTER OF PETER AND LENA (SCHARLACH) BACH. SHE MARRIED PAUL SCHROF, FEB. 18, 1934. HE PRECEDED HER IN DEATH ON JAN. 28, 1991.

SURVIVING ARE TWO DAUGHTERS, HARRIET FARNEY AND CAROL KNAPP, BOTH OF FORREST; THREE SONS, EDWARD SCHROF, GENE SCHROF AND VERNON SCHROF, ALL OF FORREST; A BROTHER REUBEN BACH, FAIRBURY; MANY NIECES AND NEPHEWS; 15 GRANDCHILDREN AND 11 GREAT-GRANDCHILDREN.

SHE WAS PRECEDED IN DEATH BY THREE BROTHERS AND THREE SISTERS.

MRS. SCHROF WAS A MEMBER OF THE APOSTOLIC CHRISTIAN CHURCH, AND WAS A RETIRED COOK FROM THE WING SCHOOL.

THE SCHARLACH FAMILY

GEORGE HENRY SCHARLACH

DIED, AT HIS HOME IN THIS CITY WEDNESDAY EVENING, MAY 3, AT 7:30, GEORGE HENRY SCHARLACH, AGED 72 YEARS, 4 MONTHS AND 9 DAYS, DEATH BEING CAUSED BY AN APPOLETIC STROKE A FEW WEEKS AGO.

THE DECEASED WAS BORN IN HILSBACH BADEN, GERMANY, DECEMBER 25, 1826. HE CAME WITH HIS PARENTS TO THIS COUNTRY IN OCTOBER, 1851, LANDING AT NEW ORLEANS. ON THE THIRD SUNDAY IN MAY, 1856, HE WAS UNITED IN MARRIAGE TO MAGDALENA LEHMAN AT WASHINGTON, ILL. AFTER A SHORT RESIDENCE IN WASHINGTON, ELGIN, IOWA, AND PEORIA HE MOVED TO NEAR FORREST WHERE HE FOLLOWED THE OCCUPATION OF FARMING FOR NINE YEARS, MOVING TO THIS CITY IN OCTOBER, 1883, WHERE HE HAS SINCE RESIDED.

EIGHT CHILDREN WERE BORN TO THEM, SEVEN BOYS AND ONE GIRL, SIX OF WHOM SURVIVE HIM: S. H.., LIVING NEAR CROPSEY; D. F., J. P. AND MAGDALENA OF THIS CITY; J. E. AND C. C., OF CISSNA PARK; ALL OF WHOM WERE PRESENT AT THE LAST SERVICES.

THE DECEASED WAS WELL KNOWN IN FAIRBURY AND WITH THE AGED WIFE AND MOTHERíS LARGE CIRCLE OF FRIENDS WILL MOURN HIS DEATH. HE WAS A MEMBER OF THE GERMAN APOSTOLIC CHURCH AND THE SERVICES WERE HELD UNDER THE DIRECTION OF THAT ORGANIZATION FRIDAY AFTERNOON AT 3:30, THE REMAINS BEING LAID TO REST IN THE FAIRBURY CEMETERY.

MRS. G. H. SCHARLACH

MARY MAGDELENA LEHMAN WAS BORN AT BERNE, SWITZERLAND, JUNE 28, 1831, AND PASSED AWAY AT THE HOME OF HER SON, S. H. SCHARLACH, AT REMINGTON, IND., JUNE 12, 1920, AT THE AGE OF 88 YEARS, 11 MONTHS AND 14 DAYS.

IN 1852 SHE CAME WITH THE FAMILY TO AMERICA, THEY LOCATING IN FAYETTE COUNTY, IOWA, AND WERE AMONG THE PIONEER SETTLERS OF THAT STATE. INDIANS WERE NUMEROUS THERE AT THAT TIME AND MRS. SCHARLACH OFTEN TRADED VARIOUS ARTICLES WITH THEM. SHE CAME TO WASHINGTON, ILL., IN 1854, AND THERE IN MAY, 1856, WAS UNITED IN MARRIAGE TO GEO. HENRY SCHARLACH. A YEAR LATER MR. AND MRS. SCHARLACH MOVED BACK TO IOWA, WHERE THEY RESIDED UNTIL 1863, WHERE THEY LIVED UNTIL 1869, WHEN THEY MOVED TO FORREST. THEY CAME TO FAIRBURY IN 1883, MR. SCHARLACH PASSING AWAY HERE 21 YEARS AGO. SIXTEEN YEARS AGO SHE WENT TO FORREST TO MAKE HER HOME WITH HER DAUGHTER, MRS. BACH, SHE WAS TAKEN ILL LAST FALL WHEN ON A VISIT TO THE HOME OF HER SON IN REMINGTON, IND., AND PASSED AWAY THERE LAST SATURDAY.

EIGHT CHILDREN WERE BORN TO MR. AND MRS. SCHARLACH, OF WHOM SIX SURVIVE, AS FOLLOWS: S. H., OF REMINGTON, IND.; D. F., OF KANKAKEE; J. P., OF LOS ANGELES, CALIF.; J. E., OF RANKIN; C. C., OF CORWITH, IOWA; AND MRS. LENA BACH, OF FORREST. TWO BROTHERS AND ONE SISTER, ALSO SURVIVE, NAMELY CHRIS LEHMAN, OF ELGIN, IOWA; NICHOLAS LEHMAN, OF STRAWBERRY POINT, IOWA, AND MRS. ANNA REINHART, OF CRESCO, IOWA.

THE REMAINS WERE BROUGHT TO THIS CITY MONDAY NOON, AND FUNERAL SERVICES WERE HELD FROM THE CHRISTIAN APOSTOLIC CHURCH AT 1:30 OíCLOCK. BURIAL WAS IN GRACELAND CEMETERY.

GEORGE HENRY SCHARLACH 1826 - 1899

(WIFE) MARY MAGDELENA (LEHMAN) SCHARLACH 1831 - 1920

(SON) SAMUEL SCHARLACH 1858 - 1930

(SON) DANIEL SCHARLACH ???? - ????

(SON) JACOB SCHARLACH ???? - ????

(SON) JOHN SCHARLACH ???? - ????

(SON) CHRIST SCHARLACH ???? - ????

(SON) PETER SCHARLACH 1871 - 1882

(DAUGHTER) MAGDALENA "LENA" (SCHARLACH) BACH 1875 - 1968

1. SAMUEL SCHARLACH 1858 - 1930

SAMUEL SCHARLACH

SAMUEL SCHARLACH, FOR MANY YEARS A RESIDENT OF THIS VICINITY, PASSED AWAY AT HIS HOME ON EAST ELM STREET MONDAY NIGHT, FOLLOWING AN ILLNESS OF SEVERAL MONTHSí DURATION. HE WAS AGED 72 YEARS, 8 MONTHS AND 26 DAYS.

THE DECEASED WAS A SON OF HENRY AND MAGDALENA SCHARLACH AND WAS BORN IN ELGIN, IA., MARCH 26, 1858. WHEN A BOY HE MOVED WITH HIS PARENTS TO ILLINOIS, LOCATING IN WOODFORD COUNTY. A FEW YEARS LATER THEY CAME TO LIVINGSTON COUNTY, SETTLING NORTHEAST OF FAIRBURY, AND WITH THE EXCEPTION OF NINE YEARS SPENT AT REMINGTON, IND., HAS RESIDED IN THIS VICINITY.

MR. SCHARLACH WAS MARRIED FOUR TIMES. IN FEBRUARY, 1882, HE WAS UNITED IN MARRIAGE TO MISS LYDIA KEMPF. OF THIS UNION TWO CHILDREN SURVIVE, REUBEN AND JESSE, BOTH OF REMINGTON, IND. FOLLOWING HER DEATH MR. SCHARLACH WAS MARRIED TO MRS. EMMA METZ IN NOVEMBER, 1919, SHE PASSING AWAY JUNE 20, 1922. ON JANUARY 4, 1925, MR. SCHARLACH WAS MARRIED TO MISS FREDA MUNZ, WHO DIED NOVEMBER 2, 1927. HIS MARRIAGE TO MISS ANNA KAMMERER OCCURRED JUNE 23, 1929, AND SHE TOGETHER WITH THE FOLLOWING BROTHERS AND A SISTER SURVIVE: D. F. SCHARLACH, OF KANKAKEE; J. P. SCHARLACH, OF LOS ANGELES, CAL.; JOHN E. SCHARLACH, OF RANKIN, AND MRS. PETER BACH, OF FORREST.

THE FUNERAL SERVICES WERE HELD YESTERDAY AFTERNOON AT ONE OíCLOCK FROM THE CHRISTIAN APOSTOLIC CHURCH IN THIS CITY, AND WERE LARGELY ATTENDED. INTERMENT WAS IN GRACELAND CEMETERY.

2. MAGDALENA "LENA" (SCHARLACH) BACH 1875 - 1968

MRS. LENA M. BACH (92)

MRS. LENA BACH DIED FRIDAY APRIL 12 AT 9:05 A. M. AT THE HOME OF HER DAUGHTER, MRS. RUTH SCHLATTER OF RURAL CHATSWORTH.

FUNERAL SERVICES WERE HELD ON MONDAY AT THE FORREST APOSTOLIC CHRISTIAN CHURCH AND BURIAL WAS MADE IN THE NORTH APOSTOLIC CHRISTIAN CEMETERY.

SHE WAS BORN MAY 5, 1875 IN PLEASANT RIDGE TOWNSHIP, A DAUGHTER OF GEORGE AND MAGDALENA LEHMANN SCHARLACH. SHE MARRIED PETER BACH APRIL 20, 1902 AT FAIRBURY. HE DIED IN 1946.

SURVIVING ARE FOUR SONS, GEORGE AND EDWARD, FORREST; CARL, MONTICELLO, IOWA; REUBEN, FAIRBURY; FOUR DAUGHTERS, MRS. ESTHER HONEGGER AND MRS. MARIE SCHROF, FORREST; MRS. LOUISE JOOS, PRINCEVILLE; MRS. RUTH SCHLATTER, CHATWORTH; 24 GRANDCHILDREN; 25 GREAT GRANDCHILDREN.

SEVEN BROTHERS PRECEDED HER IN DEATH.

SHE WAS A MEMBER OF THE APOSTOLIC CHRISTIAN CHURCH.

THE VON TOBEL FAMILY

JACOB VON TOBEL

JACOB VON TOBEL HAS GONE TO REST. HE PASSED AWAY AT HIS HOME IN THIS CITY YESTERDAY MORNING, MARCH 2ND 1933, AT 5:20 O'CLOCK AT THE AGE OF 93 YEARS, 11 MONTHS AND 7 DAYS. HIS DEATH CAME AFTER AN ILLNESS OF ABOUT TWO AND A HALF MONTHS DURATION.

MR. VON TOBEL WAS BORN MARCH 26 1839, IN MEILEN CANTON, ZURICH SWITZERLAND. HE RECEIVED HIS EARLY EDUCATION IN HIS NATIVE LAND, AND IT WAS THERE THAT HE TOOK UP THE TRADE OF CABINET MAKER. IN 1868, LURED PERHAPS BY THE LETTERS HIS FRIENDS SENT HIM ABOUT THE LAND BEYOND THE STORMFUL ATLANTIC, HE DECIDED TO MIGRATE TO AMERICA. THIS WAS ABOUT THE TIME THAT AMERICA WAS UNDERGOING MANY CHANGES DURING THE PERIOD OF RECONSTRUCTION FOLLOWING THE CIVIL WAR. THIS AMBITION-FIRED YOUNG CABINET MAKER, HOWEVER, SAW IN THIS LAND ONLY OPPORTUNITY, AS IT HAD NEVER BEEN OFFERED TO HIM BEFORE.

UPON HIS ARRIVAL IN AMERICA HE CAME DIRECTLY TO FAIRBURY. HERE HE FOLLOWED THE TRADE OF CABINET MAKER FOR A TIME AND AFTER A FEW YEARS ENGAGED IN BUSINESS FOR HIMSELF. AFTER A TIME HE BROADENED HIS BUSINESS TO INCLUDE BUILDING OPERATIONS, AND ONE OF HIS FIRST UNDERTAKINGS WAS THE REMODELING OF THE OLD MITCHELL HOUSE, WHICH LATER CAME TO BE KNOWN AS THE FAIRBURY HOUSE.

EVER PROGRESSIVE IN SPIRIT MR. VON TOBEL BECAME A LEADER IN BUSINESS ACTIVITY IN THIS COMMUNITY. HIS NEXT MOVE WAS HIS ENTRANCE INTO THE LUMBER AND BUILDING MATERIAL BUSINESS IN THIS CITY. HIS FIRST YARD WAS LOCATED ON WHAT IS NOW KNOWN AS CENTRAL PARK. IT TOOK IN THIS ENTIRE SPACE BEFORE ITS EXPANSION WAS COMPLETE. IN 1900 HE WAS READY TO RETIRE. HIS SON-IN-LAW, J. N. BACH, CARRIED ON THE BUSINESS WHICH HE LEFT, AND THE BUSINESS HE FOUNDED IS STILL IN EXISTENCE TODAY.

ON MARCH 19 1871, MR. VON TOBEL WAS UNITED IN MARRIAGE TO MISS CATHERINE KELLER, A GIRL FROM HIS NATIVE LAND. MR. AND MRS. VON TOBEL WERE THE PARENTS OF TWELVE CHILDREN, FOUR OF WHOM SURVIVE. HE ALSO LEAVES A SISTER, SUSAN VON TOBEL, WHO HAS MADE HER HOME WITH HIM FOR MANY YEARS; TWENTY-ONE GRANDCHILDREN AND NINE GREAT-GRANDCHILDREN.

MR. VON TOBEL SO LIVED HIS LIFE THAT ANYONE MIGHT WELL PROFIT BY HIS EXAMPLE. FAIR IN HIS BUSINESS DEALINGS, KIND TO HIS FAMILY, LOYAL TO HIS FRIENDS AND TRUE TO HIS FAITH, HE WILL ALWAYS BE REMEMBERED AS A MAN AMONG MEN.

HE WAS A MEMBER OF THE APOSTOLIC CHRISTIAN CHURCH AND ONE OF ITS MOST FAITHFUL MEMBERS AND FOLLOWERS. FOR MANY YEARS, UNTIL HIS INCREASING YEARS WOULD NO LONGER PERMIT HIM TO OFFICIATE, HE WAS A PREACHER IN THE LOCAL CHURCH. UNDER HIS GUIDANCE THE CHURCH GREW TO BE ONE OF THE STRONGEST BODIES IN THIS COMMUNITY.

HIS FRIENDS HAVE ALWAYS ENJOYED PASSING HIS WAY AND IN THESE LATER YEARS IT WAS A REAL SATISFACTION TO HEAR HIS ASSURANCE OF THE FUTURE WHEN THEY PAUSED TO PASS THE TIME OF DAY WITH HIM. ALWAYS HIS ANSWER WAS THE SAME TO THE QUESTION OF "GOOD MORNING. MR. VON TOBEL, HOW ARE YOU?"

"WELL, THANK YOU. BUT I AM AN OLD MAN NOW, AND I HAVE LIVED A LONG LIFE AND I AM READY TO GO."

FUNERAL SERVICES WILL BE HELD FROM THE APOSTOLIC CHRISTIAN CHURCH SUNDAY, WITH BURIAL AT GRACELAND CEMETERY.

MRS. VON TOBEL DIES; LIVED HERE FIFTY YEARS

MRS. JACOB VON TOBEL, ONE OF FAIRBURYíS MOST HIGHLY RESPECTED LADIES, PASSED AWAY AT HER HOME IN THIS CITY TUESDAY FORENOON AT 11:15 OíCLOCK, HER DEATH FOLLOWING AN ILLNESS OF SEVERAL MONTHSí DURATION, DURING THE LAST FEW WEEKS OF WHICH SHE WAS CONFINED TO THE HOUSE. SHE WAS AGED 77 YEARS, 8 MONTHS AND 17 DAYS.

CATHERINE KELLER WAS BORN AT DUBENDORF, CANTON ZURICH, SWITZERLAND, NOVEMBER 2, 1843, A DAUGHTER OF FELIX KELLER, AND WAS THE OLDEST OF A FAMILY OF TEN CHILDREN. IN 1869 SHE CAME WITH HER BROTHER, JACOB KELLER, TO AMERICA, LOCATING AT FAIRBURY. HERE ON MARCH 19, 1871, SHE WAS UNITED IN MARRIAGE TO JACOB VON TOBEL, AND FOR OVER FIFTY YEARS THEY HAVE MADE THIS CITY THEIR HOME. EIGHT CHILDREN WERE BORN TO MR. AND MRS. VON TOBEL, FOUR OF WHOM, TOGETHER WITH THE BEREAVED HUSBAND, ARE LIVING AND ARE AS FOLLOWS: EDWARD, NOW LIVING AT LAS VEGAS, NEV.; MRS. J. N. BACH, OF THIS CITY; PAUL, OF FRANCESVILLE, IND., AND MRS. C. E. KALLISTER, OF PEORIA. THERE ALSO SURVIVE TWENTY GRANDCHILDREN, TWO GREAT-GRANDCHILDREN, AND THE FOLLOWING BROTHERS AND SISTERS. MRS. WILLIAM DEMLER, OF THIS CITY; LOUISA, OF PORTLAND, ORE.; EDWARD, OF ZURICH, SWITZERLAND; MRS. ELIZA ZELLER, OF CISSNA PARK; AND ALBERT, OF CINCINNATI, O.

MRS. VON TOBEL WAS ONE OF FAIRBURYíS OLDEST CITIZENS AND DURING THE FIFTY ODD YEARS SHE HAD RESIDED HERE HAD SEEN MANY CHANGES TAKE PLACE DURING THE LIFE OF OUR TOWN SHE WAS A WOMAN OF NOBLE CHARACTER AND A LOVER OF HOME, AND ONE OF HER GREAT DELIGHTS WAS GIVING TO THAT INSTITUTION A MOTHERíS CARE. SHE WAS A CHRISTIAN WOMAN IN EVERY SENCE THAT WORD IMPLIES AND HER STERLING QUALITIES AS A NEIGHBOR AND FRIEND ARE ATTESTED BY ALL WHO KNEW HER.

THE FUNERAL SERVICES WERE HELD FROM THE CHRISTIAN APOSTOLIC CHURCH YESTERDAY MORNING AT 10 OíCLOCK AND WERE LARGELY ATTENDED, MANY BEING PRESENT FROM OUT OF TOWN. INTERMENT WAS IN GRACELAND CEMETERY.

THE THREE CHILDREN OF THE DECEASED WHO RESIDE AWAY FROM HERE AND ALSO THE SISTER, MRS. ZELLER, WHO RESIDES AT CISSNA PARK, AND HER BROTHER, ALBERT KELLER, OF CINCINNATI, O., WERE AMONG THOSE PRESENT AT THE FUNERAL

JACOB VON TOBEL 1839 - 1933

(WIFE) KATHARINA (KELLER) VON TOBEL 1843 - 1921

(SON) EDWARD VON TOBEL 1873 - 1967

(DAUGHTER) LYDIA (VON TOBEL) BACH 1874 - 1966

(SON) JOHNIE VON TOBEL 1877 - 1886

(SON) PAUL VON TOBEL 1879 - 1955

(SON) JACKIE VON TOBEL 1886 - 1898

(DAUGHTER) LOUISE (VON TOBEL) KALLISTER ???? - ????

1. EDWARD VON TOBEL 1873 - 1967

LAS VEGAS PIONEER ED VON TOBEL DIES AT 94, WAS NATIVE FAIRBURIAN

FAIRBURY NATIVE, ED VON TOBEL, SR., 94, ONLY SURVIVING MEMBER OF THE COMMISSION OF LAS VEGAS, NEVADA, DIED SATURDAY EVENING, SEPT. 9, 1967, AFTER BEING IN FAILING HEALTH FOR SOME TIME.

HE WAS A CHARTER MEMBER OF THE LAS VEGAS CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, A MEMBER OF THE KIWANIS CLUB, A 32ND DEGREE MASON AND A MEMBER OF THE SHRINERS SINCE 1912. HE WAS THE OLDEST MEMBER OF THE LAS VEGAS ELKS LODGE AND A CHARTER MEMBER OF THE EAGLES LODGE.

IT WAS ON MAY 15, 1905 IN 110 DEGREES TEMPERATURE ED VON TOBEL, ALONG WITH JAKE BECKLEY ANOTHER FAIRBURY NATIVE ARRIVED IN LAS VEGAS ON ONE OF THE FIRST TRAINS. IN THAT YEAR THEY STARTED A LUMBER YARD, WHICH IN LATER YEARS WAS TO BE KNOWN AS ED VON TOBEL LUMBER CO., "THE OLD RELIABLE."

HIS PARENTS, JACOB AND KATHERINA KELLER VON TOBEL, SETTLED IN FAIRBURY ABOUT 1870. ED VON TOBEL WAS BORN ON APRIL 29, 1873 IN FAIRBURY, IN THE RESIDENCE NOW OCCUPIED BY HIS NEPHEW, C. EDWARD BACH AND HIS BACH.

HE WAS MARRIED TO MARY HAIMERL ON OCTOBER 8, 1908 IN LOS ANGELES. SHE SURVIVES ALONG WITH ONE DAUGHTER, MRS. ELIZABETH ZAHN; THREE SONS, JAKE, ED, JR., AND GEORGE, SEVERAL GRANDCHILDREN AND GREAT-GRANDCHILDREN, ALL LIVING IN THE LAS VEGAS VICINITY.

ALSO SURVIVING ARE ONE SISTER, MRS. LOUISE KALLISTER, OF ANAHEIM, CALIF. HE WAS PRECEDED IN DEATH BY TWO YOUNGER BROTHERS, ONE SISTER, LYDIA BACH, OF FAIRBURY AND ONE BROTHER, PAUL VON TOBEL OF FRANCESVILLE, IND.

BURIAL WAS IN LAS VEGAS.

LAS VEGAS REVIEW - JOURNAL

90 YEARS ON A LACK

BY A. D. HOPKINS

A COLD WINTER IN ST. LOUIS PUSHED A YOUNG MAN

COMING TO LAS VEGAS WAS A LARK FOR ED VON TOBEL SR., BUT STAYING SURE WASNíT. THE VON TOBEL FAMILY HUNG ON BY ITS FINGERNAILS WHEN TENACIOUS FOLK DRIFTED AWAY. AND IN MORE THAN 90 YEARS HERE, THEYíVE MADE HISTORY IN BOTH BUSINESS AND POLITICS.

THE SON OF A SWISS IMMIGRANT, ED WAS BORN IN 1873 IN FAIRBURY, ILL. HE DROPPED OUT OF HIGH SCHOOL BUT CONTINUED HIS EDUCATION INFORMALLY, WORKING IN HIS FATHERíS LUMBERYARD, TRAVELING IN EUROPE, AND READING NEWSPAPERS VORACIOUSLY. HE WAS 20 YEARS OLD IN NOVEMBER 1903, WHEN HE SAT IN A ST. LOUIS CAFE WITH HIS BOYHOOD BUDDY, JAKE BECKLEY, DRINKING BEER AND READING A PAPER.

"IT REPORTED THAT THE TEMPERATURE IN LOS ANGELES WAS 72 DEGREES, AND IT WAS ZERO IN ST. LOUIS," VON TOBEL RELATED, IN A 1964 INTERVIEW. "THERE ALSO WAS AN ADVERTISEMENT FOR THE SANTA FE RAILROAD, OFFERING A SETTLERíS RATE, "ONE-WAY TO CALIFORNIA FOR $30."

VON TOBEL HATED COLD WEATHER, AND THE TWO CHUMS BORROWED MONEY FOR TICKETS. ED FOUND WORK IN A LOS ANGELES LUMBERYARD, AND JAKE AS A BARBER.

BUT LESS THAN TWO YEARS LATER, ANOTHER NEWSPAPER AD CAUGHT THEIR EYES, THIS ONE SUGGESTING READERS COULD "GET IN ON THE GROUND FLOOR" WHEN LOTS WERE AUCTIONED IN A BRAND NEW TOWN, ON THE NEW RAILROAD LINKING LOS ANGELES AND SLAT LAKE CITY. ROUND-TRIP TICKETS COST ONLY $22, AND THOSE WHO BOUGHT THEM COULD BRAG THEY RODE THE FIRST PASSENGER TRAIN ON THE LINE. HOWEVER, WITH LESS THAN $100 BETWEEN THEM, AFTER BUYING THEIR TICKETS, VON TOBEL AND BECKLEY DIDNíT EXPECT TO "GET IN ON THE GROUND FLOOR" - OR EVEN A WALK-UP.

THE YOUNG MEN STEPPED DOWN FROM THE CAR AT A TOWN CONSISTING OF ONE PASSENGER RAILROAD CAR, PARKED ON A SIDING, EQUIPPED WITH A SIGN SAYING "LAS VEGAS." IN THE DISTANCE STOOD A TENT CAMP, ESTABLISHED EARLIER BY A COMPETING PROMOTER, BUT THE SITE OF THE FUTURE CITY WAS NAKED DESERT.

BENEATH A BIG MESQUITE TREE, ON WHAT IS NOW NORTH MAIN STREET, STOOD A RUDE LUMBER PLATFORM, WHERE AN AUCTIONEER AND RAILROAD OFFICIALS COULD SIT IN THE SHADE AS THE AUCTION PROGRESSED. BIDDERS STOOD IN THE FULL SUN AS THE TEMPERATURE CLIMBED TO 110 - A SCORCHER, EVEN FOR MAY IN LAS VEGAS. MEN SHUCKED COATS AND VESTS, BUT STILL SWEAT POURED AS THE AUCTIONEERíS GAVEL RAPPED OUT THE FUTURE OF LAS VEGAS.

THE ONLY REASON NOBODY LEFT, VON TOBEL WOULD RECALL LATER, WAS THE FEAR OF MISSING THE BARGAIN OF A LIFETIME. WITH MORE THAN 2,000 PEOPLE PRESENT, CHOICE BUSINESS LOTS SOLD FOR $750, BUT WHO KNEW HOW LONG IT WOULD BE TILL THE WELL-HEELED BIDDERS WERE SATISFIED, AND LOTS MIGHT GO FOR A FEW DOLLARS?

AND THATíS WHAT HAPPENED. ON THE SECOND DAY OF SEARING HEAT, THE BIDDERSí ENTHUSIASM WILTED. TO FRESHEN IT UP, THE RAILROAD ANNOUNCED THAT THE ROUND-TRIP FARE SOME HAD PAID COULD BE DEDUCTED FROM A DOWN PAYMENT, WHICH WAS A FORTH OF THE COST OF A LOT. BECKLEY AND VON TOBEL BOUGHT ADJOINING $100 LOTS FOR A CASH OUTLAY OF $3 EACH, A TICKET STUB.

THE FEELING OF GOOD FORTUNE MUST HAVE SUSTAINED VON TOBEL UNTIL HE RETURNED TO HIS LOS ANGELES JOB, TO FIND HE NO LONGER HAD ONE. HIS EMPLOYER HAD SEEN HIM AT THE LAND AUCTION, AND HAD HIRED A REPLACEMENT.

VON TOBEL HADNíT UNTIL THEN MADE UP HIS MIND TO MOVE TO LAS VEGAS, BUT WITH NO OTHER IMMEDIATE PROSPECTS, BORROWED MONEY FROM HIS FATHER TO BUY LUMBER, NAILS, HARDWARE, A DELIVERY WAGON, AND A TEAM TO PULL IT. BECKLEY BECAME HIS PARTNER. SURELY A LUMBERYARD WOULD MAKE MONEY FAST IN A TOWN BEING BUILT FROM THE GROUND UP.

BUT WHEN THE PARTNERS ALIGHTED IN THE NEW SETTLEMENT, SEVEN OTHER LUMBERYARDS WERE ALREADY IN BUSINESS. TO ADD THE FINAL INSULT, ONE WAS OPERATED BY VON TOBELíS FORMER EMPLOYER.

LIFE WAS LIKE THAT FOR THE NEXT SEVERAL YEARS, RELATES VON TOBELíS SON, ED JR., INTERVIEWED AT THE AGE OF 85 IN THE OFFICE HE STILL MAINTAINS ON SOUTH MARYLAND PARKWAY. HIS DAD GOT SOME BREAKS, BUT EACH GOOD FORTUNE WAS FOLLOWED BY SOME BLOW.

"ONCE THE TOWN WAS BUILT THERE WASNíT ENOUGH BUSINESS TO KEEP ALL OF THEM GOING," SAID ED JR. "MY DAD BOUGHT OUT TWO. IT GOT TO THE POINT THERE WASNíT ENOUGH BUSINESS TO EVEN KEEP TWO FAMILIES, SO HE BOUGHT OUT JAKE, AND JAKE WENT TO WORK FOR HIS BROTHER WILL, WHO HAD A MENíS CLOTHING STORE."

THE SIZE OF THE TOWN, PERHAPS 1,000 PEOPLE IN MOST OF ED JR.íS CHILDHOOD, WAS ONE REASON BUSINESS WAS POOR, BUT ANOTHER REASON WAS THE FACT IT WAS A COMPANY TOWN. "THERE JUST WERENíT ANY NEW JOBS BEING GENERATED, " SAID ED JR. " YOU HAD MAINLY 200 OR 300 RAILROAD WORKERS, AND THEY COULD RIDE TO LOS ANGELES FREE TO SHOP THERE, AND EVEN SHIP WHAT THEY BOUGHT HOME FOR FREE IF NECESSARY. SO THAT HURT PEOPLE WHO SOLD CLOTHING AND SO FORTH."

VON TOBEL AND BECKLEY SETTLED INTO SMALL TOWN LIFE WITH LITTLE EXPECTATION OF STRIKING IT RICH. AT A DANCE, ED MET A PRETTY GIRL FROM BAVARIA AND THEY MARRIED IN 1908. MART VON TOBELíS FIRST SON, JAKE, WAS BORN IN LATE 1909, FOLLOWED BY A DAUGHTER, ELIZABETH, IN 1911, ED JR. IN 1913, AND GEORGE IN 1918.

ED JR. REMEMBERS LIFE IN A TOWN WHERE ALMOST NOBODY HAD A LAWN, BUT :EVERYBODY PLANTED TREES RIGHT AWAY BECAUSE THEY WANTED THE SHADE. COTTONWOOD TREES WERE ALREADY GROWING AT THE LAS VEGAS FORT, SO WHEN THEY TRIMMED THE LIMBS OFF, YOUíD GRAB SOME AND STICK THAT LIMB IN THE GROUND AND IN A COUPLE OF YEARS YOUíD HAVE A NICE BIG SHADE TREE. NEARLY EVERYBODY DID THAT BECAUSE THERE WAS NOWHERE TO BUY OTHER TREES."

MOST FAMILIES MANAGED TO ESCAPE LAS VEGAS DURING THE SUMMER. MARY VON TOBEL USUALLY TOOK THE CHILDREN BACK TO ILLINOIS, TO VISIT EDíS PARENTS, FOR ABOUT A MONTH. LATER, THEY RENTED A CABIN AT MOUNT CHARLESTON. " WE HATED IT," GEORGE TOLD A BIOGRAPHER IN THE 1900íS. "THERE WAS NOTHING TO DO. WE LOOKED FORWARD TO GOING DOWN TO VISIT THE DENTIST."

LAS VEGAS DID NOT TRY TO INSULATION CHILDREN FROM REAL LIFE. ON SUNDAY AFTERNOONS, WHEN THE VON TOBELS HAD GUESTS, 9-YEAR-OLD JAKE WAS SENT TO BUY A BUCKET OF BEER. HE BOUGHT IT IN THE CLOSEST PLACE THAT HAD A BAR, WHICH HAPPENED TO BE A BROTHEL.

EACH OF THE VON TOBEL KIDS WORKED IN THE FAMILY BUSINESS FROM AN EARLY AGE.

EACH OF THE BOYS, AS THE REACHED THE AGE OF 9 OR 10, HAD THE JOB OF REPACKAGING TURPENTINE AND LINSEED OIL, WHICH CAME IN 50-GALLON DRUMS BUT WAS SOLD BY THE PINT. "WE WOULD BUY EMPTY BEER AND WHISKEY BOTTLES FROM TRANSIENTS FOR MAYBE A PENNY. WE FILLED THOSE, PUT A CORK IN IT, AND A LABEL. WE GOT MAYBE 25 CENTS OR 50 CENTS A DAY FOR THIS, WHICH WAS ENOUGH TO KEEP YOU IN CANDY." ELIZABETH WAS STILL IN HIGH SCHOOL WHEN SHE BROKE IN AS BOOKKEEPER.

GEORGE WOULD STEER A MORE INDEPENDENT COURSE, RUNNING A TEEN-AGE DANCE BAND, BECOMING AN EAGLE SCOUT, EVENTUALLY SETTING UP HIS OWN CIVIL ENGINEERING BUSINESS, AND BECOMING DEEPLY INVOLVED IN POLITICS. BUT ALL FOUR CHILDREN WOULD TAKE PART IN THE BUSINESS AS ADULTS, AND FOR JAKE AND ED JR., IT WOULD BE THE MAIN ENDEAVOR OF THEIR LIVES.

ED SR. LIVED TO BE 94 AND WENT TO WORK EVERY DAY UNTIL HE WAS ALMOST 90. HE WAS A HANDS-ON MANAGER MOST OF THAT TIME. "HE USED TO KEEP HIS DESK RIGHT BEHIND THE FRONT COUNTER BECAUSE HE WANTED TO SEE EVERY CUSTOMER WHO CAME IN. HE WANTED TO SAY HELLO."

ED SR. SERVED ON THE FIRST CITY COUNCIL AND RAN FOR THE COUNTY COMMISSION, BUT LOST TO ED CLARK, ANOTHER BUSINESSMAN.

HIS SON GEORGE WOULD BE THE FIRST REPUBLICAN ELECTED TO THE NEVADA ASSEMBLY FROM CLARK COUNTY. HE SERVED FOUR TERMS. LATER GEORGE WAS CLARK COUNTY REPUBLICAN CHAIRMAN, AND RAN FOR CONGRESS IN 1964 AND LOST. HIS BROTHER JAKE, WHO DIED IN 1993, ALSO SERVED IN THE LEGISLATURE IN THE 1960íS.

JAKE WAS REGISTERED AS A DEMOCRAT, BUT ALL THREE WERE CONSERVATIVES, PARTICULARLY INTERESTED IN MAINTAINING A HEALTHY BUSINESS CLIMATE.

ED SR.íS EFFORTS WERE PERSONAL AS WELL AS POLITICAL. PROSPECTORS KNEW THEY COULD HIT UP ED FOR $100 WORTH OF TIMBER, ON CREDIT, TO BUILD A HANDFRAME ON SOME HOPE-AND-PRAY CLAIM. HIS NAMESAKE SON REMEMBERED POINTING OUT THAT CHANCES OF BEING REPAID WERE SLIM AND NONE. ED SR. REPLIED, " A HUNDRED ISNíT GOING TO MAKE OR BREAK ME. BUT IF HE STRIKES IT RICH, THINK WHAT IT WILL DO FOR THE TOWN!"

THE STRIKE NEVER CAME, BUT HOOVER DAM WOULD CREATE A HOUSING BOOM IN THE 1930S, FOLLOWED BY A BUST. WORLD WAR II BROUGHT ANOTHER BOOM, BUT THE VON TOBEL DIDNíT REAP THE PROFITS BECAUSE LUMBER SHORTAGE VIRTUALLY SHUT THEM DOWN.

SHORT SUPPLY AND A DOWNTOWN LOCATION LESS CONVENIENT FOR BIG TRUCKS FORCED THE VON TOBELS TO CATER TO THE DO-IT-YOURSELF TRADE AND A FEW SMALL CONTRACTORS.

FEW REALIZED HOW BIG THIS TRADE WOULD BE. DROVES OF EX-GIS MARRYING AND MOVING INTO TRACT HOUSES CREATED A HUGE DEMAND FOR BOOKCASES, FENCE POSTS AND PICTURE HANGERS AND SWAMP COOLERS. YOUNG MEN WHO HAD FASHIONED BUNKERS WITH ENTRENCHING TOOLS AND POCKET KNIVES, AND WHO HAD LATELY WHIPPED THE AXIS POWERS, WERE CONFIDENT ENOUGH TO BUILD PICNIC TABLES.

THE VON TOBELS INVENTED NEW WAYS TO CATER TO THIS TRADE.

"WE EXPERIMENTED BACK IN THE 1950íS WITH LETTING PEOPLE COME INTO THE HARDWARE STORE AND USE SHOPPING BASKETS AND CHECK OUT THROUGH A CHECK STAND, AND THAT WAS THE FORERUNNER OF ALL THE HOME DEPOT-STYLE OPERATIONS YOU HAVE TODAY." SAID ED JR.

MANY ADULTS TODAY DONíT REMEMBER HOW GREAT AN IMPROVEMENT THAT WAS. "THEY ONLY HAD SO MANY CLERKS, AND YOU HAD TO WAIT YOUR TURN TO ASK SOMEBODY TO FETCH WHAT YOU WANTED."

PUTTING IN A FULL-TIME CHECKER ELIMINATED THE BOTTLENECK. ARRANGING EVERYTHING IN AISLES AND LABELING THOSE AISLES BY CONTENT MEANT MOST PEOPLE COULD SHOP WITHOUT MUCH HELP. "IT WAS A GREAT CONVENIENCE TO THE CUSTOMER, AND A GREAT CONVENIENCE TO US. THATíS WHY CUSTOMERS LOVE IT." FURTHERMORE, BECAUSE CUSTOMERS DID MUCH OF THE WORK THEMSELVES, IT BECOME POSSIBLE TO SELL HARDWARE AND LUMBER CHEAPER.

JAKE ALSO EXPERIMENTED WITH THE THEN-RADICAL CONCEPT OF LETTING CUSTOMERS WALK INTO A BUILDING AND CARRY OUT THEIR LUMBER, INSTEAD OF DRIVING INTO A YARD TO LOAD IT. "HE PROVED THEY WOULD DO IT," SAID ED. THAT MEANT THE VON TOBEL COULD KEEP LUMBER IN A CLIMATE-CONTROLLED BUILDING. BY MAKING SHOPPING MORE COMFORTABLE, THAT HELPED LEVEL OUT SUMMER SLUMPS IN THE BUSINESS, WHICH HAD BEEN SO PRONOUNCED IN EARLIER YEARS THAT ED SR. ENDURED THE OCCASIONAL DAY WITHOUT A SINGLE CUSTOMER.

SINCE NOBODY ELSE WAS DOING BUSINESS THE NEW WAY, JAKE HAD TO DESIGN THE SELF-SERVICE LUMBER CARTS. EVER WONDER WHY TODAYíS CARTS CARRY SHEETS OF PLYWOOD FLAT, INSTEAD OF VERTICALLY, WHICH WOULD APPEAR TO BE MORE MANEUVERABLE? ITíS BECAUSE LAS VEGAS IS WINDY, SO VERTICAL SHEETS CAUGHT TOO MUCH AIR IN THE PARKING LOT, TIPPING OVER CARTS OR HURRYING THEM EASTWARD LIKE LOST SLOOPS SEEKING LAKE MEAD.

IN 1965 THE VON TOBELS BUILT AS 80,000-SQUARE-FOOT INDOOR LUMBERYARD ON MARYLAND PARKWAY NEAR SAHARA AVENUE. "IT WAS THE FIRST IN THE COUNTRY, MAYBE THE FIRST IN THE WORLD," SAID ED JR.

ABOUT 1976, PAY & SAVE CORP. OUT OF THE NORTHWEST WANTED TO COME TO TOWN AND PUT IN THREE OF THEIR STORES.

PAY & SAVE OFFERED JAKE AND ED EMPLOYMENT CONTRACTS, HELP IN NEGOTIATING LOANS FOR THE NEW STORES, SERVICES TO PLAN THEM, AND MOST IMPORTANT, AGREED TO RUN THE STORES THE WAY THE VON TOBELS HAD.

"WHAT HAPPENED TO THEM IS SOMETHING I HAVE SEEN A THOUSAND TIMES," SAID ED JR. "IT WORKED AS LONG AS THE PEOPLE WHO MADE THE DEAL WERE IN CONTROL. BUT THEN THE NEXT GENERATION CAME ALONG, AND THEY HAD THEIR DEGREES IN MARKETING, BUT MARKETING WHAT? LADIES NYLONS? THEY THOUGHT THAT IT DIDNíT MAKE ANY DIFFERENCE WHAT YOU WERE MARKETING. YOU DID IT ALL THE SAME WAY."

PAY & SAVE LATER SOLD THE VON TOBEL STORES TO OLEíS. OLEíS WAS TAKEN OVER BY BUILDERíS EMPORIUM. THE STORES EVENTUALLY WERE CLOSED.

THE VON TOBEL FAMILY, MEANWHILE, HAD BEGUN TO CONCENTRATE ON REAL ESTATE INTERESTS, DEVELOPING A SHOPPING CENTER AND OTHER COMMERCIAL PROPERTIES.

GEORGE WAS IN ILL HEALTH AT LAST REPORT, BUT DE JR., LIKE HIS FATHER, WAS STILL GOING TO THE OFFICE AT THE AGE OF 85.

HIS FATHER BELIEVED DIVERSIFICATION WAS THE WAY TO MAKE LAS VEGAS PROSPER. HE WORKED HARD TO MAKE IT HAPPEN, AND REAPED THE REWARDS. BUT HE DIDNíT ENJOY ANY SPECIAL INSIGHT INTO THE FUTURE IN THOSE EARLY YEARS, WHEN FAMILY AFTER FAMILY LEFT LAS VEGAS FOR AN EASIER LIFE.

"I ASK MY DAD WHY THEY DIDNíT PULL OUT TOO, AND HE SAID, "I HAD YOUR MOTHER AND YOU KIDS HERE AND A HOUSE HERE. I JUST HAD TO TOUGH IT OUT."

2. LYDIA (VON TOBEL) BACH 1874 - 1966

HOLD RITES MONDAY FOR MRS. BACH

FUNERAL SERVICES FOR MRS. LYDIA B. BACH, 91, WHO DIED FRIDAY NIGHT AT THE FAIRBURY HOSPITAL WERE HELD ON MONDAY, APR. 4, 1966, AT 10 A.M. IN THE APOSTOLIC CHRISTIAN CHURCH. REV. J. J. BROQUARD OFFICIATED. VISITATION WAS AT COOK FUNERAL HOME SUNDAY AND AT THE CHURCH EARLY MONDAY MORNING. BURIAL WAS IN GRACELAND CEMETERY.

MRS. BACH WAS BORN IN FAIRBURY ON DEC. 22, 1874, A DAUGHTER OF JACOB AND KATHERINE KELLER VON TOBEL. SHE WAS MARRIED TO J. N. BACH, SR., AUG. 1, 1897, IN FAIRBURY. HE PRECEDED HER IN DEATH. SHE WAS BORN AND RAISED IN THE SAME BLOCK ON SOUTH THIRD STREET, WHERE SHE LIVED ALL HER LIFE. MR. BACH OPERATED THE LUMBER YARDS IN FAIRBURY AND FORREST.

FOR DECADES SHE WAS KNOWN AFFECTIONATELY TO HER FRIENDS AND FAMILY AS "GROSSMAMA."

SURVIVING ARE THREE DAUGHTERS, MRS. CLARA KAUFMAN, SILVERTON, ORE.; MRS. KATHERYN HANNA, MOBILE, ALA.; MRS. CAROLYN MOHAR, MINONK; FIVE SONS, ALFRED, BRADENTON BEACH, FLA.; HARRY AND C. EDWARD, FAIRBURY; AND C. EDMOND, DECATUR, AND J. N., FORREST; ONE BROTHER, ED VON TOBEL, LAS VEGAS, NEV.; A SISTER, MRS. LOUISE V. KALLISTER, ANAHEIM, CALIF.; 24 GRANDCHILDREN AND ONE GREAT GREAT GRANDCHILD. ONE SON, ROBERT, WAS KILLED IN ACTION IN BELGIUM DURING WORLD WAR II, AND ONE BROTHER PRECEDED HER IN DEATH.

3. PAUL VON TOBEL 1879 - 1955

PAUL VON TOBEL DIES IN FLORIDA HOSPITAL

PAUL VON TOBEL, 75, A NATIVE OF FAIRBURY, DIED FRIDAY AT A HOSPITAL IN SARASOTA, FLA., FROM COMPLICATIONS DEVELOPING FROM A FALL 10 DAYS BEFORE.

SERVICES WERE HELD AT THE APOSTOLIC CHRISTIAN CHURCH IN FRANCESVILLE, IND., TUESDAY. THE REV. HERMAN HUENI, ASSISTED BY THE REV. HENRY BEER, OF MILFORD, IND., AND REV. PHILLIP GUTWEIN, OF FRANCESVILLE, WERE IN CHARGE OF THE SERVICE. BURIAL WAS AT FRANCESVILLE.

MR. VON TOBEL HAD GONE TO FLORIDA FOR THE WINTER IN COMPANY WITH MRS. VON TOBEL AND A SISTER, MRS. J. N. BACH, OF THIS CITY. ON JAN. 11, HE FELL AND BROKE A LEG. WHILE IN THE HOSPITAL AT SARASOTA, HE DEVELOPED PNEUMONIA AND A HEART CONDITION WHICH BROUGHT ABOUT HIS DEATH ON JAN. 21.

HE WAS BORN IN FAIRBURY DEC. 16, 1879, A SON OF MR. AND MRS. JACOB VON TOBEL. HE LEFT HERE AS A YOUNG MAN TO GO TO INDIANA WHERE HE WAS ASSOCIATED IN THE LUMBER BUSINESS FOR HIS ENTIRE LIFE, A BUSINESS IN WHICH HE WAS STILL ACTIVE AT FRANCESVILLE AT THE TIME OF HIS DEATH.

HE WAS MARRIED TO ANGELA GUTWEIN ON MARCH 2, 1909. SHE SURVIVES.

OTHER SURVIVORS INCLUDE ONE DAUGHTER, MRS. MELVIN HUBER, OF ATHENS, ALA., FIVE SINS, PAUL, JR., AND VIRGIL, OF FRANCESVILLE, HAROLD AND ROBERT, OF REMINGTON, IND., AND EDWARD EUGENE, OF WINAMAC, IND.; TWO SISTERS, MRS. LOUISE KALLISTER, OF FULLERTON, CALIF., AND MRS. LYDIA BACH, OF FAIRBURY; AND ONE BROTHER, ED VON TOBEL, OF LAS VEGAS, NEV.

THOSE ATTENDING THE FUNERAL SERVICES FROM THE FAIRBURY AREA WERE MR. AND MRS. HENRI MOHAR, OF MINONK, J. N. BACH, OF FORREST, AND HARRY BACH, MR. AND MRS. EDWARD ABCH, MR. AND MRS. ED HUBER, AND JOYCE, MR. AND MRS. JOHN V. FEHR, MR. AND MRS. HOMER BLUNIER, MR. AND MRS. BEN NUSSBAUM, MRS. DAVE MUNZ AND CONRAD MUNZ, ALL OF FAIRBURY.

MRS. J. N. BACH REMAINED IN FLORIDA FOR THE TIME.

THE FAIRBURY LUMBER YARD

VON TOBEL HAD FIRST LUMBER YARD

WHAT IS BELIEVED TO HAVE BEEN THE FIRST LUMBER YARD IN FAIRBURY WAS OPERATED BY JACOB VON TOBEL.

MRS. J. N. BACH, SR., THE DAUGHTER OF MR. AND MRS. VON TOBEL, RECALLS THAT HER FATHER ARRIVED IN THIS COMMUNITY COMPLETELY UNKNOWN AND WITH THREE DOLLARS IN HIS POCKET.

SUCH WAS VON TOBELíS CHARACTER, HOWEVER, THAT HE REMAINED FRIENDLESS NOT VERY LONG. HIS STRONG WILL AND DETERMINATION SOON CAUGHT THE EYE OF OTHER FAIRBURIANS, AND MOVED ISAAC WALTON TO MAKE A GIFT OF HIS SAW MILL TO VON TOBEL AROUND 1867.

VON TOBELíS FIRST OPERATIONS CONSISTED OF FELLING TREES IN THE TIMBER AND HAULING THEM TO THE SAW MILL, WHICH WAS LOCATED AT WHAT IS NOW THE CORNER OF FOURTH AND WALNUT STREETS.

FROM THIS BEGINNING DEVELOPED THE FIRST LUMBER YARD, WHICH WAS LOCATED AT THE EAST END OF WHAT IS NOW CENTRAL PARK.

IT WAS IN 1899, MRS. BACH REMEMBERS, THAT THE CITY FIRST DECIDED TO MAKE USE OF THE GROUND FOR A PARK, AND THEIR INTEREST IN THE PROPERTY LED VON TOBEL TO SELL THE HOLDINGS, AFTER MAKING A GREAT SUCCESS OF HIS VENTURE.

IT WAS IN THE VON TOBEL YARD THAT THE LATE J. N. BACH, SR. RECEIVED HIS APPRENTICESHIP IN THE LUMBER BUSINESS, AND TWO YEARS FOLLOWING THE DEPARTURE OF MR. VON TOBEL, MR. BACH OPENED THE LUMBER YARD WHICH HIS SONS, EDWARD AND HARRY, OPERATED.

MR. VON TOBEL SELLS HIS LUMBER YARD

DECEMBER 1, 1899

IN ANOTHER COLUMN WILL BE FOUND THE ANNOUNCEMENT OF MR. VON TOBEL RELATING TO SELLING HIS LUMBER YARD TO JESSE STEVENS & CO. THE NEW FIRM HAS TAKEN POSITION AND THE LUMBER IS BEING MOVED TO THEIR YARDS IN THE WEST END. IT IS TO BE REGRETTED THAT MR. VON TOBEL FOUND IT NECESSARY TO DISPOSE OF HIS BUSINESS RATHER THAN MOVE THE YARD. HE HAS BEEN IN BUSINESS IN FAIRBURY SINCE 1869 AND IS CONSIDERED ONE OF THE MOST SUBSTANTIAL AND RELIABLE BUSINESS MEN IN THE CITY. IN HIS LONG BUSINESS CAREER HE HAS BUILT UP A LARGE PATRONAGE AND HIS MANY CUSTOMERS AND FRIENDS WILL BE SORRY TO HEAR OF HIS RETIREMENT. THERE IS SOME TALK OF ANOTHER LUMBER YARD, BUT IT IS DOUBTFUL IF IT WILL EVER STARTED. MR. STEVENS THE HEAD OF THE FIRM OF JESSE STEVENS & CO. IS A THORO BUSINESS MAN AND HAS BUILT UP A LARGE TRADE SINCE TAKING CHARGE OF THE YARD HERE AND IS CAPABLE OF HOLDING THE PATRONAGE WHICH REVERTS TO THE FIRM BY THE PURCHASE OF MR. VON TOBELíS YARDS. WE UNDERSTAND THE MOVING OF THE LUMBER WILL PROGRESS RAPIDLY AS POSSIBLE AND THE IMPROVEMENT COMMITTEE WILL SOON HAVE THE GROUNDS AT THEIR DISPOSAL. THEY WILL NO DOUBT BEGIN AT AN EARLY DATE TO BEAUTIFY THE SITE.

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