Tag Archives: Harrison township

Miss Lizzie Renalds

Reynolds, Lizzie - Obituary, Brazil Miner, 31 January 1885


Miss Lizzie Renalds, of Harrison township, passed from life to eternity Monday, January 26, at 7:30 p.m. She had the prevalent disease, lung fever. She leaves a new-born baby, Charlie, as she called him, and many friends to mourn her loss. Peace in eternity.

“Personal,” Brazil Miner (Brazil, Indiana), 31 January 1885, p. 1, col. 4.

New Abode

Schwartz, W. B. - 1883-03-15

–W. B. Schwartz, late a Harrison township teacher, has taken up his abode in this city.

“Personal,” Brazil Democrat (Brazil, Indiana), 15 March 1883, p. 8, col. 2; digital image, Newspaper Archive (http://newspaperarchive.com : accessed 7 January 2014).

A New Story

For the last 10 days, I have shared the story of Roberta Van Sickle’s tragic death. The process of searching for and then finding contemporary newspaper clippings is exciting. I found that I really like telling stories this way, giving little bits at a time, like an old newspaper, radio or television serial. Yesterday, I reached the end of this part of Roberta’s story. Any good historian or genealogist will tell you that the story is never over. There are always new documents and discoveries to be found. So today, I am picking up a new thread to weave. This one takes place over several decades as the pieces of one man’s life were woven into place. Like Roberta’s story, I will let the documents, clippings and book excerpts tell the tale in chronological order.

My new story tells the tale of William B. Schwartz, also known as W. B. Schwartz. He was the son of Niklaus Schwartz and his second wife, Anna Barbara Kunz, emigrants from Switzerland. William was one of the younger children in the family so he had the privilege of being born an American. William’s older sister, Elizabeth, became the wife of Christian Yegerlehner. I hesitate to call them half siblings as Niklaus’ two wives were sisters. So even though William and Elizabeth had different mothers, they had the same grandparents. Until 1880, William lived in Holmes County, Ohio where he was born. By 1883, he was living in Clay County, Indiana near his sister Elizabeth and her family. He was a school teacher, teaching his nephews at the local school in Harrison township. This is where my story begins.

Schwartz - 1880 census detail

1880 Census detail from Holmes County, Ohio – Household of Nicholas Schwartz

The first newspaper clipping to mention William was posted several weeks ago in the post School Grades.

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School Grades

Yegerlehner, school grades - 1883-03-01

School Grade

The following is the General Average per cent (in the various branches) for the scholars of District No. 1, Harrison township, Clay county, Indiana.

Quillar Royer, 92; Edwin Goshorn, 85; George Yegerlehner, 95; William Bumgardner, 92; Otis Royer, 89; Ella Bumgardner, 84; James Ream, 86; Mollie Ream, 87.

John Yegerlehner, 89; Will Yegerlehner, 89; Robert Goshorn, 75; Pheny Royer, 76; Mary Zurcher, 75; Charles Yegerlehner, 80.


“School Grade,” The Democrat (Brazil, Indiana), 1 March 1883, p. 4, col. 2.

Sunday’s Obituary – David F. Schiele

Schiele, David - Obituary, 1916 (cropped)DAVID SCHIELE

By Special Correspondent.

CLAY CITY, Ind., Nov. 29 – David Schiele, aged 58 years, died Tuesday morning after a lingering illness of tuberculosis at his home, several miles north of this city. A wife and eight children survive, all being in the beside at the time of his death. The children are Noah Schiele of Kokomo, Ind.; Isaac and Lester Schiele, of Terre Haute: Mrs. Albert Leichty, Mrs. Raymond Royer and George, Arthur and Ellen Schiele, of Clay City. Funeral services will be held Thursday.

“David Schiele,” Terre Haute Tribune (Terre Haute, Indiana), 29 November 1916, p. 2.

Schiele, David - Obituary, 1916-11-30HARRISON TWP. DIES OF TUBERCULOSIS

David Schiele, a well known farmer of Harrison Township, died at the residence, northeast of Clay City, this morning, after a long illness of tuberculosis, aged 68 years. The deceased is survived by a widow and eight children, as follows: Noah, of Kokomo; Isaac and Lester, of Terre Haute; Mrs. A. Liechty and Mrs. Raymond Royer, of Clay City, and George, Arthur and Ellen Schiele, at home. The death of Mr. Schiele was the first to occur in the immediate family. The funeral will be held at the residence Wednesday.

“Harrison Twp. Died of Tuberculosis,” Brazil Daily News (Brazil, Indiana), 30 November 1916, p. 3, col. 3.

David Franklin Schiele was the second of six children born to Michael and Mary Magdalena (Miller) Schiele. He was born 6 September 1859 in Medina County, Ohio. When David was a toddler, the family moved to Clay County, Indiana where his father bought land in 1862. As a young man, David married Eliza Ellen Storm on 19 April 1883 in Clay County. They were the parents of eight children: Noah F., Isaac S., Nellie E., George E., Lester A., Elizabeth, Arthur J. and Ida Ellen. David was a farmer.

Schiele brothers

Back row: Nathan, Silvester, Charles, Andrew
Front row: William, Reuben, David

David and Ellen are buried at the Maple Grove Cemetery in Clay City, Indiana.

Schiele, David F. - Gravestone

Photograph by Jon Rice

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Republicans In Council

Schiele, Michael - nominating candidates, 1890-03-14

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An Unusually Harmonious Convention, and a Faultless, Winning Ticket Placed Before the People

Brief Report of the Proceedings

The Republicans of Harrison Township assembled in convention at Clay City, on Saturday afternoon, March 8, 1890, for the purpose of nominating candidates to be voted for at the approaching April election. Daniel Molter, township committeeman, called the house to order, and on motion of the convention, Dr. I. A. Hale was selected to preside over the meeting. After a short address by the presiding officer, W. J. Ward was chosen to act as secretary, and the business of the convention proceeded in due form. It being decided to nominate by ballot vote, the names of Michael Schiele and Henry Correll were placed before the convention as candidates for Trustee. Virgil Brown and James Owens were appointed as tellers, and the convention submitted their vote which resulted as follows: Michael Schiele, 86; Henry Correll, 13. Mr. Schiele having received the majority of all votes cast, was declared the nominee of the party.

“Republicans in Council,” Clay City Reporter (Clay City, Indiana), 14 March 1890, p. 2, col. 1.

Diabetes Positively Cured!

Schiele, Michael - Diabetes cured, 1892-03-10


And also Children of Ned Webking [?]
Diabetes is a disease of the liver – it does not perform its functions; more water is passed than can be assimilated, causing a diarrhea of the kidneys – that is, everything taken into the stomach seems to turn to water. Actual trial and numerous tests prove that William C. Davis’ preparation cures the distressing and fatal disease. For proof of all that is claimed for the remedy you are referred to Michael Schiele, of Harrison township, aged 60 years; Mrs. Aquilla Hixon, Alberton, Vigo county; John Starks, Parke county; A.W. Turner and Jonathan Griffy, Brazil. Price $1.00 per bottle.

“Diabetes Positively Cured,” Brazil Democrat (Brazil, Indiana), 10 March 1892, p. 8, col. 6.

Republican Candidate for Trustee

Schiele, Michael - Candidate for Trustee, 1890-03-14

Michael Schiele, Republican candidate for Trustee of Harrison township, has few equals in Clay county, all things considered. He is honorable, liberal, well qualified, and always has a kind word for every one he meets. In fact, there can be nothing truthfully urged against him.

“Town and Neighborhood,” Clay City Reporter (Clay City, Indiana), 14 March 1890, p. 3, col. 1.