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A Baby Announcement

[Editor’s note: John Ed Ley was the son of John P. and Inez (Kline) Ley. Readers may be familiar with the Kline family. Forrest and Gertrude Kline were residents of Lafayette, Indiana. They are mentioned somewhat frequently in the WII letters. Gertrude was one of the first visitors to the hospital after the birth of baby David in 1942. Forrest and Inez Kline were siblings, and children of Nancy Mae (McCoy) Walker Kline. Nancy and Lovina (Schiele) Yegerlehner, Roscoe’s mother, were half sisters, making Forrest and Inez first half cousins to Roscoe.]

Vicki Diane was the first child of John P. Ley and his wife Helen Gibbens.

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Sunday’s Obituary – Nancy Mae (McCoy) Walker Kline

Kline, Nancy - Obituary, 1911

Terre Haute Tribune, May 31, 1911


By Special Correspondent.

CLAY CITY, May 31. – Mrs. Nancy Kline died at Lafayette yesterday at a private sanitarium of brain affection, aged 46 years. Her remains were brought here last night and taken to the home of her mother, Mrs. Elizabeth Schiele. The funeral services were conducted at the home Wednesday morning, and burial at Greenwell cemetery. She leaves six children, Mrs. Ed Fouts and Roy Walker, of Lafayette, and, and four children by the name of Kline.

Walker, Theodore & Nancy - gravestone

Photograph taken by Seth Musselman (2013)

Nancy has been a recent subject of another blog post (Thriller Thursday – Attempted Murder and Suicide). While she survived the murder attempt when she was 18, she did not live a long life. Nancy was married twice. She outlived her first husband, Theodore Walker. Her second marriage to Stephen Kline appears to have been a rocky one.  They separated after several years of marriage and four children. Nancy moved with her children to Lafayette in the late 1910s. Stephen appears to have fought the separation and began proceedings to convict his wife of insanity. Nancy died very soon thereafter.

Court summons dated 1 May 1911

Court summons dated 1 May 1911

Nancy married Theodore Walker on 5 June 1888 in Clay County, Indiana. They had two known children: Charles Roy Walker (1889-1936) and Mae (Walker) Fouts (1891-1972). There may have been a third child.

She married second, Stephen M. Kline on 27 August 1896 in Clay County, Indiana. They had four children: Forrest S. Kline (1897?-1976), Inez (Kline) Ley (1899-1985), Paul H. Kline (1901-1994), and Russell R. Kline (1904-1927).

Schiele, Elizabeth with Nancy, Mae & baby Jack - c1910

Nancy with her mother Elizabeth, daughter Mae and grandson Jack, c1910

Special thanks are in order to Karen Brand for providing me with copies of the court summons and Jane Riley for the pictures of Nancy and her daughter Mae and a copy of Nancy’s obituary.

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Sunday’s Obituary – Elizabeth (Krieble) Schiele

Schiele, Elizabeth (Krieble) - Obituary, 1922

Terre Haute Tribune, 14 February 1922, p. 2


By Special Correspondent
CLAY CITY, Ind., Feb. 14 – Mrs. Elizabeth Schiele, aged 78 years, died very suddenly of heart disease, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. John Yeagerlehner, near Clay City. The deceased was a widow of the late Michael Schiele, a prominent farmer of Harrison township for many years. She is survived by two sons and three daughters, Sylvester of Chicago; Reuben of Clay City; Mrs. John Schwartz of Barrington, Ill.; Mrs. Dina McQuery and Mrs. Lavina Yeagerlehner of Clay City. There also survives two brothers and a sister, Rev. Wm. Kriedler of Coal City; Joseph Kriedler of Illinois, and Mrs. Sarah Comstock of Ohio. The funeral will be held Wednesday afternoon. Interment in Greenwell Cemetery.

Schiele, Elizabeth with Nancy, Mae & baby Jack - c1910

Elizabeth with her daughter Nancy, Mae & Jack Fouts (Image courtesy of Jane Riley)

Elizabeth was the daughter of Isaac and Anna (Haldeman) Krieble. She was born on 3 April 1844 in Pennsylvania, possibly in Worcester Township, Montgomery County. She was the tenth of thirteen children. Within the next few years, the family moved to Montville in Medina County, Ohio. By 1860, the family moved again, this time settling in Owen County, Indiana. Elizabeth had a relationship with a man named James McCoy, whether as a married couple or not is unknown. Elizabeth gave birth to her daughter Nancy on 16 April 1866. Ten months later, Elizabeth became the second wife of Michael Schiele. Michael and Elizabeth were the parents of eight children: William, Sylvester, Doretta, Susan, Lovina, Nathan, Andrew and Charles. Michael died in 1897, leaving Elizabeth a widow for almost 25 years. They are buried together at Greenwell Cemetery, Harrison Township, Clay County, Indiana.

Schiele, Michael & Elizabeth (Krieble) - gravestone

Photograph courtesy of John C. Monk

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Thriller Thursday – Attempted Murder and Suicide

Everyone’s family history can be thrilling. There are skeletons in most family closets. Roscoe and Gladys, like most people, had theirs as well. Several babies were born out of wedlock, an uncle became a counterfeiter, another aunt was locked away in the state mental hospital, several people divorced, and various scandals abounded. As the family researcher, I have found many of them, but I am sure I have not found all of them yet. One very interesting story makes a good post for Thrilling Thursday.

Nancy with her first husband, Theodore Walker, circa 1888 (Image courtesy of Jane Riley)

Nancy with her first husband, Theodore Walker, circa 1888 (Image courtesy of Jane Riley)

Nancy Mae McCoy Schiele was the oldest daughter of Elizabeth (Krieble) Schiele. Nancy later adopted the surname of her stepfather Michael Schiele. Rumor has it that she was Elizabeth’s illegitimate daughter, born eleven months prior to Elizabeth’s marriage to Michael, although Michael was not likely the father. Michael’s first wife gave birth to twins girls two months after Nancy was born. Mary Schiele died in childbirth along with one of the babies. According to legend, the father is believed to be James McCoy. No record of this man has been found thus far. Neither has a marriage record been found in either Clay or Owen counties. Now, it may be possible that Elizabeth and James were married, but the record has been lost. Nancy was conceived in the summer of 1865 after the Civil War had officially ended. Much like the years preceding her birth, Nancy’s life was filled with turmoil. One of my father’s cousins, a son of Clarence Yegerlehner,  wrote to me in 1995, “My Dad says that Nancy must have been quite a person – especially for those days – she was married 2 or 3 times (for that time, I’m sure considered rather immoral.) One of the men she went with wanted to marry her – she refused – and he took a gun and shot her – I don’t think he killed her – merely wounded her.”[1] This was the first reference to the shooting that I had come across.

Later I found a write-up in the History of Clay County by William Travis.[2]

Attempted Murder and Suicide - 1884, p. 1

Attempted Murder and Suicide - 1884, p. 2

I hadn’t thought about this story much until recently when I became connected with some of Nancy’s descendants. I started to do a little more digging. This month I found a couple contemporary newspaper clippings about the incident.

Brazil Register

Brazil Register, 28 February 1884


A Young German Near Clay City, Shoots His Sweet-Heart and Himself

CLAY CITY, Ind., February 25. – Yesterday about 11 o’clock a terrible tragedy was enacted one mile of north of town. Louis Oberndorfer, a young German, shot Nancy Schiele twice, the balls going through her arms and lodging under her shoulder blades. He then fired two balls into his own breast, then followed the girl down stairs and tried to shoot her as she ran toward the stable. Failing in this he went up stairs and shot himself again in the bowels, the ball lodging in the back near the spine. It seems that Oberdorfer had wanted to marry the girl, and had been refused yesterday; in the absence of the girl’s parents he procured a revolver with the intention of ending her life if she refused him again, and the above was the result. It is thought the girl is not dangerously hurt, but the young man is thought to be fatally wounded. At last accounts they were both resting tolerably easy. (Brazil Register, 28 February 1884, p. 1, col. 5.)

Because the event was so tragic and amazing, multiple papers in the region wrote about it.

Schiele, Nancy - Attempted Murder and Suicide, 1884-02-25

Attempted Murder and Suicide

CLAY CITY, Feb. 25th, 1884

In a fit of madness yesterday, about 10 o’clock, Louis Oberdorfer attempted to murder Miss Nancy Schiele for refusing to marry him, by shooting her twice, one shot each entering under each arm and lodging under the shoulder blades. She, with the assistance of young sister, eight years old, succeeded in escaping from him, when he shot himself three times, one shot entering his right breast, another the left breast, and another passed through the stomach. His wounds are considered mortal, while Miss Shiele is seriously wounded, but not considered  fatally by her physicians, although she will probably be a cripple for life.

Oberdorfer is a young German, 23 years old, has been in this country 18 months, and for the past six months has made his home at Mr. Michael Schiele’s house, who is one of our most prosperous German farmers, living one mile north of town.

The sad affair created great excitement as all parties were highly respected and such results were never thought of. The young lady is unable to lie down, but is resting easy as possible in a sitting position. Mr. Oberdorfer is provided with a comfortable room and bed in the house of Mr. Schiele, and at the last reports this morning was still alive, receiving good attention from the family and his friends. At the time of the shooting Mr. Schiele and the rest of the family were away from home with the exception of Miss Nancy and two younger sisters and Mr. Oberdorfer. (Clay County Enterprise (Brazil, Indiana), 27 February, 1884)

Two details from this article jumped out at me. The first is that after Oberdorfer shot his daughter, Mr. Schiele allowed Louis Oberdorfer to remain in the household. The second is that this article mentions that two younger daughters were also home at the time. The eight year old was Lovina, my great grandmother and Roscoe’s mother.

And just in case, you thought the story was over….it does have a tragic ending, at least for Louis.

Oberdolfer, Louis - Died, 1884

Louis Oberdorffer, the attempted murderer and suicide, was removed from the residence of Mr. Schiele, last Thursday afternoon, to town. It was hard to convince him that the number of men who went to assist in his removal was not a mob wanting his life. He seemed to continually grow better until Sunday forenoon, when he suddenly began sinking and died about 12:30 o’clock, having lived probably two hours over a week from the time of the shooting. He was buried on Monday.

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[1] Duane Yegerlehner (Indianapolis, Indiana) to Deborah Sweeney, letter, 30 October 1995; privately held by Deborah Sweeney, Elk Grove, California, 2013.

[2] Travis, William,  A history of Clay County, Indiana : closing of the first century’s history of the county, and showing the growth of its people, institutions, industries and wealth (New York: Lewis Publishing Company, 1909), 484-485.