APOSTOLIC HERITAGE

HISTORY & GENEALOGY

NEWSLETTER

SERVING CISSNA PARK, FAIRBURY, FORREST, GRIDLEY AND GROWING

NUMBER 25 / JANUARY 2003

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THE BIBLE OF ELDER JACOB HONEGGER

AT THE HOUSEHOLD SALE OF LATE FORREST BROTHER ROGER HONEGGER, A BOX CONTAINING SOME OLD GERMAN HYMNALS AND A BIG OLD GERMAN BIBLE WENT UP FOR AUCTION. I BOUGHT THE BOX, BEING ONLY INTERESTED IN THE GERMAN HYMNALS, PASSING THE OLD BIBLE TO LLOYD AND NANCY BACHTOLD.

I KNEW THE OLD BIBLE AT ONE TIME BELONGED TO NORTH SIDE ELDER JACOB HONEGGER, BECAUSE THERE WAS A HONEGGER FAMILY GENEALOGY IN THE FRONT COVER WRITTEN IN GERMAN. ROGER WOULD HAVE INHERITED IT DOWN THE LINE, BEING JACOBíS GREAT GRANDSON. BUT THAT WASNíT THE MOST AMAZING PART OF THIS STORY. IN THE BIBLE WERE SOME PAGES OF OLD GERMAN WRITING. COME TO FIND OUT, THE PAGES WERE FROM OUR CHURCHíS FOUNDER SAMUEL FROEHLICH, WRITTEN IN HIS OWN HAND THE FOLLOWING:

I WANT TO TELL YOU ABOUT THE CHRISTIAN HOUSE RULE AND THE WAY THAT LEADS TO THE HEAVENLY FATHERLAND. TO DENY YOURSELF AND THE LORD WILL BE YOUR LEADER. GIVE YOURSELF OVER TO THE LORD WITHOUT RESERVATIONS. FOLLOW LIKE A CHILD WOULD HIS MOTHER.

WORK IN SILENCE FOR THE EVERLASTING LIFE AND FORGET NOT THE ONES WHO SUFFER AND ARE IN NEED.

A DOWNCAST SPIRIT TURNS YOUR GOLD INTO LEAD.

IF THEY MOCK YOU, HANG YOUR HEAD.

IF THEY BEAT YOU, RECEIVE IT JOYFULLY.

BATTLE FOR THE TRUTH, BUT WITH A HUMBLE SPIRIT AND JOURNEY TOWARD ZION.

THE WEAPONS OF YOUR KNIGHTHOOD SHOULD NOT BE FLESHLY WEAPONS. JESUS, THE MASTER OF LOVE, DOES NOT TOLERATE ANY DEFENSE. DONíT FIGHT OVER THE LORDSHIP OF THIS WORLD. WHAT STANDS, LET STAND AND WHAT FALLS, LET LAY.

BATTLE AGAINST EVERY TEMPTATION AND WHAT YOU DENY YOURSELF OF IS YOUR SPIRITíS GAIN. YOUR POWER AND YOUR GLORY IS YOUR SUBMISSIVENESS.

DONíT FIGHT OVER OPINIONS. THE LORD IS YOUR ONE AND ONLY.

SUFFER FORCEFULLY AND BRING EVERYTHING BEFORE THE LORD AND HE WILL HELP YOU OVERCOME.

IN HEAVEN IS THE THRONE. IF YOU WANT TO SHINE, SHINE BEFORE GOD AS YOUR INWARD MAN.

TO RAISE YOURSELF UP BEFORE MAN IS AN ABOMINATION BEFORE GOD.

TO GATHER RICHES HAS NO GAIN.

TO BE RICH IS A CLEAN HEART. THAT IS THE COIN IN THE HEAVENLY KINGDOM THAT WILL LAST IN ETERNITY.

SEEK WISDOM IN THE HOLY WORD.

PETITION FROM THE HOLY SPIRIT, FOR MIGHTY IS THE FAITH IN JESUS AND STRONGER IS LOVE, BECAUSE IT OVERCOMETH DEATH.

TOLERANCE, SUFFERING AND SILENCE ARE THE PILGRIMíS LANGUAGE. YOUR COMMUNICATION WITH GOD AND YOUR FELLOWMAN IS YOUR RELIGION. I ASK THE GUIDANCE OF THE LORD JESUS SO I CAN FULFILL. AMEN.

DEAR BROTHERS, RECEIVE THESE WORDS IN LOVE AND I COMMIT YOU TO THE LORD, WHO IS ALMIGHTY AND TRUE, WHO WILL SAVE HIS CHILDREN FROM THE TRIBULATION THAT WILL COME AFTER ALL BELIEVERS, WHEN ALL THE WOOD IS CONSUMED AND ONLY THE PURE GOLD EXISTS. FOR THIS YOU NEED THE LOVE OF ALL YOUR SOUL, FROM HEART, FROM YOUR BEING, WITH ALL YOUR STRENGTH.

FROM DEAR BROTHER S. H. FROEHLICH

THE LIFE OF JACOB HONEGGER

JACOB HONEGGER WAS BORN IN SWITZERLAND ON MARCH 8, 1832 TO HEINRICH AND VERENA (NAF) HONEGGER. JACOB, WITH HIS FAMILY, CAME TO AMERICA IN 1866; SETTLING TEMPORARILY IN MORTON, ILLINOIS BEFORE PROCEEDING TO THE FORREST REGION IN THE FOLLOWING YEAR. HE TILLED A FARM NOT FAR FROM THE JOSEPH VIRKLER FAMILY, PRIOR TO THE NORTH SIDE CHURCH WAS BUILT, WHEN EVERYONE WAS STILL MEETING IN MEMBERS HOMES.

HE HAD BEEN A MINISTER IN ZURICH AND WHEN THE INCREASING MEMBERSHIP BECAME TOO MUCH OF A BURDEN FOR ELDER RUDOLPH LEUTHOLD ALONE, HE RESUMED PREACHING. SOME YEARS LATER, ELDER LEUTHOLD PRIOR TO RETIRING, CONFERRED THE NORTH SHIP ELDERSHIP UPON HIM. ELDER HONEGGER ALSO SHARED WITH MARTIN STEIDINGER, THE SOUTH SIDE ELDERSHIP AFTER CHRISTIAN GERBERíS DEATH IN 1910. ELDER HONEGGER RETAINED THESE POSITIONS UNTIL DEATH OVERTOOK HIM AT THE AGE OF EIGHTY-EIGHT.

FAILING HEALTH ENFEEBLED HIM CONSIDERABLY AND HE ENCOUNTERED DIFFICULTY IN STANDING - ESPECIALLY AT THE PULPIT FOR ANY PROTRACTED TIME. TO OVERCOME THIS, MINISTER JOHN MAURER, SR., BUILT A SMALL TABLE BETWEEN PULPIT AND MINISTERíS BENCH THAT COULD ACCOMMODATE HIS BIBLE. THIS ALLOWED HONEGGER TO READ AND THEN DELIVER THE SERMON FROM HIS SEATED POSITION.

HE LIVED ON A FARM NEAR THE CHURCH UNTIL HIS DEATH ON NOVEMBER 22, 1920. HE IS BURIED IN THE NORTH SIDE CHURCH CEMETERY.

THE HONEGGER FAMILY

JACOB HONEGGER 1832 - 1920

JACOB HONNEGER

JACOB HONNEGER, BETTER KNOWN TO MANY OF THE CHRISTIAN APOSTOLIC PEOPLE OF THIS COMMUNITY AS "FATHER" HONNEGER, PASSED AWAY MONDAY EVENING AT HIS HOME NORTH OF FORREST, AT THE AGE OF 88 YEARS. HE HAD FOR MANY YEARS PREACHED AT THE CHRISTIAN APOSTOLIC CHURCH NORTH OF FORREST.

THE FUNERAL SERVICES WERE HELD YESTERDAY AND WERE LARGELY ATTENDED.

MAGDALENE (MEYER) HONEGGER 1830 - 1910

MRS. JACOB HONNEGGER

MRS. JACOB HONNEGGER, SR., PASSED AWAY AT HER HOME NORTH OF FORREST LAST FRIDAY MORNING AFTER AN ILLNESS OF ONE WEEK, AGED 79 YEARS, AND 7 MONTHS.

THE DECEASED WAS ONE OF THE BEST KNOWN RESIDENTS OF THE LOCALITY IN WHICH SHE RESIDED, HAVING LIVED THERE FOR 43 YEARS. SHE WAS A MOST EXCELLENT WOMAN AND MANY FRIENDS MOURN HER DEATH.

MAGDALENA MEYER WAS BORN IN ZURICH, CANTON, SWITZERLAND, AUGUST, 1830. SHE WAS UNITED IN MARRIAGE TO JACOB HONNEGGER IN THAT COUNTRY AND CAME WITH HIM TO AMERICA IN 1867, SETTLING IN PLEASANT RIDGE TOWNSHIP. FIVE CHILDREN, TOGETHER WITH THE BEREAVED HUSBAND, SURVIVE HER. THEY ARE JACOB, OF CISSNA PARK; EDWARD, HERMAN AND JULIUS OF FORREST, AND MRS. RUDOLF LEUTHOLD, OF FORREST. ONE SON, EMIL, DIED ABOUT A YEAR AGO.

THE FUNERAL SERVICES WERE HELD AT THE GERMAN APOSTOLIC CHURCH, NORTH OF FORREST MONDAY AFTERNOON, REV. RUDOLF WITZIG OF GRIDLEY OFFICIATING.

A LARGE CONCOURSE OF FRIENDS WERE PRESENT. THE FAMILY HAVE THE SYMPATHY OF ALL.

JACOB HONEGGER 1832 - 1920

(WIFE) MAGDALENE (MEYER) HONEGGER 1830 - 1910

(DAUGHTER) BARBARA (HONEGGER) LEUTHOLD 1857 - 1936

(SON) EDWARD HONEGGER 1861 - 1925

(SON) JACOB HONEGGER, JR. 1864 - 1912

(SON) EMIL HONEGGER 1865 - 1908

(SON) JULIUS HONEGGER 1868 - 1958

(SON) HERMAN HONEGGER 1872 - 1924

1. BARBARA (HONEGGER) LEUTHOLD 1857 - 1936

MRS. BARBARA LEUTHOLD

MRS. BARBARA HONEGGER LEUTHOLD, FORMER RESIDENT OF THIS COMMUNITY, PASSED AWAY AT THE HOME OF HER DAUGHTER, MRS. JOHN SCHICK, NEAR MORTON, ON SUNDAY, JULY 12, AT 10:40 A.M. SHE HAD BEEN BEDFAST FOR ABOUT A YEAR.

MRS. LEUTHOLD WAS BORN AUGUST 25, 1857, IN SWITZERLAND, DAUGHTER OF JACOB AND MAGDALENA MIERER HONEGGER. SHE WAS MARRIED TO JACOB LEUTHOLD IN 1899. MR. LEUTHOLD DIED IN 1923. SHE WAS A MEMBER OF THE APOSTOLIC CHRISTIAN CHURCH. SHE CAME TO AMERICA ABOUT 70 YEARS AGO, AND FOR THE PAST TWO AND A HALF YEARS HAD MADE HER HOME WITH HER DAUGHTER AT MORTON. SURVIVING ARE THE FOLLOWING CHILDREN; MRS. JOHN SCHICK, OF MORTON; MRS. LENA SONDEREGGER, PEORIA; SILAS LEUTHOLD, DUNLAP; A BROTHER, JULIUS HONEGGER, OF FRANCESVILLE, IND.; 15 GRANDCHILDREN AND FOUR GREAT-GRANDCHILDREN.

FUNERAL SERVICES WERE HELD AT THE SCHICK HOME AT MORTON ON TUESDAY MORNING AT 9 OíCLOCK, AND AT THE APOSTOLIC CHRISTIAN CHURCH NORTH OF FORREST AT 1:30 P.M. INTERMENT WAS IN THE APOSTOLIC CHRISTIAN CEMETERY.

2. JACOB HONEGGER JR. 1864 - 1912

NO OBITUARY

JACOB HONEGGER WAS BORN JANUARY 26, 1864, IN SWITZERLAND. HE MARRIED CATHERINE REEB IN 1894 AT CISSNA PARK, AND TO THIS UNION WERE BORN 5 CHILDREN. FOUR DIED IN INFANCY AND ONE SON, STANI, WHO WAS BORN IN 1895.

CATHERINE DIED IN 1901 AND THEN JACOB MARRIED ANNA REEB IN 1902 AND TO THIS UNION WERE BORN 7 CHILDREN, TWO THAT DIED IN INFANCY AND WILLIAM DIED AT THE AGE OF 17. THE OTHER CHILDREN BORN TO THEM WERE HULDA, HERMAN, ELIZA, AND ALVIN.

THEY LIVED ON A FARM EAST OF THE CISSNA PARK APOSTOLIC CHRISTIAN CHURCH, WERE THEY WERE MEMBERS.

JACOB DIED ON OCTOBER 16, 1912 AND HIS WIFE ANNA, PASSING IN NOVEMBER 18, 1944.

3. EDWARD HONEGGER 1861 - 1925

EDWARD HONEGGER

EDWARD HONEGGER, WHO FOR MANY YEARS RESIDED IN THIS VICINITY, DIED AT HIS HOME EIGHT MILES SOUTHEAST OF THIS CITY, SUNDAY MORNING AT 11 O'CLOCK HIS DEATH BEING DUE TO A COMPLICATION OF DISEASES WITH WHICH HE HAD BEEN AFFLICTED FOR SEVERAL MONTHS. HE WAS AGED 63 YEARS, 3 MONTHS AND 25 DAYS.

EDWARD HONEGGER WAS BORN IN SWITZERLAND, DECEMBER 31 1861, AND WHEN FIVE YEARS OF AGE CAME WITH HIS PARENTS TO THIS COUNTRY. HE GREW TO YOUNG MANHOOD IN PLEASANT RIDGE TOWNSHIP, AND ON FEBRUARY 11 1887, WAS UNITED IN MARRIAGE TO BERTHA HAAB, AND THEY IMMEDIATELY WENT TO HOUSEKEEPING SOUTHEAST OF THIS CITY, WHERE THEY HAVE SINCE RESIDED. SURVIVING MR. HONEGGER ARE HIS WIFE AND TWELVE CHILDREN.

THE FUNERAL SERVICES WERE HELD FROM THE SOUTH CHRISTIAN APOSTOLIC CHURCH WEDNESDAY.

MRS. BERTHA HONEGGER DIES IN PEORIA

MRS. BERTHA HAAB HONEGGER PASSED AWAY LAST FRIDAY EVENING AT 7:30 OíCLOCK AT HER HOME AT 208 N. BOURLAND STREET, PEORIA. SHE WAS AGED 80 YEARS AND 8 MONTHS.

BERTHA HAAB WAS BORN AT ZURICH, SWITZERLAND, MARCH 22, 1860, AND AT THE AGE OF EIGHT YEARS CAME TO THIS COUNTRY, THE FAMILY SETTLING IN THIS VICINITY, WHERE SHE GREW TO WOMANHOOD.

ON FEBRUARY 11, 1887, SHE WAS MARRIED TO EDWARD HONEGGER, WHO PRECEDED HER IN DEATH, APRIL 26, 1925. FOR A NUMBER OF YEARS THEIR HOME WAS ON A FARM EIGHT MILES NORTHEAST OF FAIRBURY.

SHE LEAVES TO MOURN HER DEATH 12 CHILDREN - JULIA, ADDIE, ELLA, PERSEDA, NATHALIA, OF PEORIA; MRS. LENA KYBURZ, OF IDAVILLE, IND.; ANNA, KATHRYN, WALTER, PAUL, FRANK, AND SAM, OF FORREST; ONE SISTER, MRS. ALBERT VOGEL, OF CISSNA PARK. TWO SONS AND FIVE BROTHERS PRECEDED HER IN DEATH.

SHORT SERVICES WERE HELD AT HER RESIDENCE AT PEORIA ON SUNDAY. THEN THE REMAINS WERE TOKEN TO HER FORMER HOME SOUTH OF FORREST. SERVICES WERE HELD MONDAY AT THE SOUTH APOSTOLIC CHRISTIAN CHURCH AT TEN OíCLOCK. BURIAL WAS AT THE SOUTH CEMETERY.

4. EMIL HONEGGER 1865 - 1908

LIFE CRUSHED OUT

EMIL HONEGGER, HI LIVES ON HIS FATHERíS FARM, SOUTH OF WING, MET WITH A SUDDEN AND TERRIBLE DEATH ON MONDAY AFTERNOON. THE ACCIDENT OCCURRED IN A MOST UNEXPECTED MANNER. HE WAS ENGAGED IN HAULING CORN FOR MR. TYLER AND WAS DRIVING ALONG THE MAIN STREET IN WING WHEN THE FRONT WHEELS OF THE WAGON DROPPED DOWN IN A LITTLE DITCH OR WASHED OUT PLACE ACROSS THE ROAD. THE JOLT CAUSED MR. HONEGGER, WHO IS THOUGHT TO HAVE FALLEN ASLEEP, TO FALL OFF AND THE WHEELS OF THE HEAVILY LADEN WAGON PASSED OVER HIS BREAST, INJURING HIM SO THAT HE DIED IN A FEW MINUTES.

CORONER SLYDER HELD AN INQUEST OF ACCIDENTAL DEATH. THE FOLLOWING GENTLEMEN COMPOSED THE JURY: W. W. GRAY, J. H. GIBB, A. E. NICHOLS, ROBERT VOGELSINGER, F. KULMAN, CHAS. C. HOLLOWAY.

EMIL HONEGGER WAS BORN IN RUETI, CANTON ZURICH, IN JUNE, 1865, CAME TO AMERICA WITH HIS PARENTS IN THE SPRING OF 1867. THEY LOCATED IN PLEASANT RIDGE TOWNSHIP, WHERE THEY HAVE RESIDED SINCE. HE WAS MARRIED TO BREZILLA SCHMIDT IN APRIL, 1892. FOUR CHILDREN WERE BORN TO THEM, TWO BOYS AND TWO GIRLS, WHO WITH THE BEREAVED WIDOW SURVIVE HIM. THE FUNERAL WAS HELD FROM THE GERMAN APOSTOLIC CHURCH ON WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON AT 1:00 OíCLOCK.

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FELL TO HIS DEATH

EMIL HONEGGER, A WELL KNOWN FARMER LIVING NEAR WING, MET DEATH MONDAY AFTERNOON WHILE HAULING CORN TO MARKET.

NO ONE, EXCEPT A SMALL CHILD, SAW MR. HONEGGER MEET HIS DEATH BUT THE GENERAL SUPPOSITION IS THAT HE WENT TO SLEEP AND FELL FROM THE WAGON. THE WHEELS OF THE LOADED WAGON PASSED OVER THE UNFORTUNATE MAN, CRUSHING SEVERAL RIBS AND INJURING HIS SPINE, THE ACCIDENT HAPPENED WITHIN THE VILLAGE OF WING AND NOT MORE THAN TEN MINUTES ELAPSED UNTIL ASSISTANCE REACHED MR. HONEGGER BUT HE LIVED BUT A FEW MOMENTS.

CORONER SLYDER WAS NOTIFIED AND HELD AN INQUEST THE SAME EVENING WITH THE FOLLOWING JURY: W. W. GRAY, J. E. GIBB, A. E. NICHOLS, ROBT. VOGELSINGER, F. KUHLMAN AND CHAS. HOLLOWAY. THE VERDICT GAVE HIS DEATH AS ACCIDENTAL.

DECEASED LEAVES A WIFE AND SEVERAL CHILDREN, WAS HIGHLY RESPECTED AND HIS UNTIMELY DEATH IS REGRETTED BY ALL WHO KNEW HIM.

5. JULIUS HONEGGER 1868 - 1958

JULIUS HONEGGER PASSED AWAY LAST SATURDAY

JULIUS HONEGGER, SON OF JACOB HONEGGER AND MAGDALENE MEYER HONEGGER, WAS BORN NOVEMBER 8, 1868 IN LIVINGSTON COUNTY, ILLINOIS, AND DEPARTED THIS LIFE ON HIS 90TH BIRTHDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 1958 AT MEDARYVILLE, INDIANA.

ON NOVEMBER 7, 1894 HE WAS UNITED IN MARRIAGE TO MARIE ANN BARTH, WHO IMMIGRATED FROM BERN, SWITZERLAND AND PRECEDED HIM IN DEATH SEPTEMBER 21, 1922.

TO THIS UNION WERE BORN THIRTEEN CHILDREN, FOUR OF WHO PRECEDED HIM IN DEATH, NAMELY PERCEDA, AT THE AGE OF SIX MONTHS, MRS. BERTHA ERB, AT THE AGE OF 29, ALVIN, AT THE AGE OF 18, AND HIS TWIN BROTHER, WHO DIED AT BIRTH.

JULIUS MOVED WITH HIS FAMILY FROM FORREST, ILLINOIS, TO FRANCESVILLE, INDIANA, IN 1910, WHERE HE BECAME ENGAGED IN FARMING. HE HAD MADE HIS HOME AT MEDARYVILLE WITH HIS SON-IN-LAW AND DAUGHTER, MR. AND MRS. JOHN GETZ, FOR THE PAST 21 YEARS. HE WAS UNITED WITH THE APOSTOLIC CHRISTIAN CHURCH IN 1923.

HE BECAME ILL ON OCTOBER 17, 1958 AND PASSED AWAY THREE WEEKS LATER.

THOSE SURVIVING HIM ARE TWO SONS, ERNEST OF PLYMOUTH, AND HERMAN OF FRANCESVILLE; SEVEN DAUGHTERS, MRS. LEONE FRIDAY OF IDAVILLE, MRS. CLARA SMITH, MRS. ESTER DEVAULT AND MRS. MELVA RUNK OF MONON, MRS. LENA WARD OF FRANCESVILLE, MISS IDA HONEGGER AND MRS. MATILDA GETZ OF MEDARYVILLE; 34 GRANDCHILDREN, AND 29 GREAT-GRANDCHILDREN.

JULIUS HAD 5 BROTHERS AND 3 SISTERS WHO PRECEDED HIM IN DEATH.

FUNERAL SERVICES WERE HELD MONDAY, NOVEMBER 10 AT THE APOSTOLIC CHRISTIAN CHURCH AT FRANCESVILLE WITH REV. PHILLIP GUTWEIN AND REV. GEORGE YERGLER OF LACROSSE OFFICIATING. BURIAL WAS IN ROSELAND CEMETERY EAST OF FRANCESVILLE.

6. HERMAN HONEGGER 1872 - 1924

HERMAN HONEGGER

HERMAN HONEGGER, RESIDING ON A FARM NORTHEAST OF STRAWN, PASSED AWAY AT ST. JAMES HOSPITAL, PONTIAC, MONDAY AFTERNOON FOLLOWING AN OPERATION WHICH HE UNDERWENT LAST WEEK.

MR. HONEGGER HAD RESIDED IN LIVINGSTON COUNTY ALL HIS LIFE. HE WAS BORN HERE ON AUGUST 8, 1872, AND AT THE TIME OF HIS DEATH WAS AGED 51 YEARS, 6 MONTHS AND 25 DAYS.

THE WIDOW, TWO CHILDREN, HAROLD AND ANITA, AND TWO BROTHERS AND ONE SISTER, SURVIVE, NAMELY: EDWARD, OF FORREST; JULIUS, OF FRANCESVILLE, IND., AND MRS. BARBARA LEUTHOLD, OF PEORIA.

MR. HONEGGERíS LOSS WILL NOT ONLY BE FELT IN THE HOME BUT ALSO IN THE COMMUNITY IN WHICH HE HAD RESIDED SO LONG AND WHERE HE HAD THE CONFIDENCE AND ESTEEM OF HIS FELLOW MEN.

THE FUNERAL SERVICES WERE HELD AT THE NORTH CHRISTIAN APOSTOLIC CHURCH YESTERDAY AFTERNOON.


This web page was prepared and is maintained by Adam J. Barrone of Fort Wayne, Indiana for the author,
Derrick K. Babbs


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