A request for information regarding Frederick Schaeuffele who lived in La Porte County, Indiana initiated research for this weeks blog. The following family was listed on the 1880 Michigan City, La Porte County, Indiana census: Fred Schoefele age 49, blacksmith born in Wittenberg, wife Anestina age 48 born in Baden, step son George Naegle age 24, tin smith born in Indiana, son Fred Schoefele age 16 born in Indiana, son Edward Schoefele age 14 born in Indiana, and daughter Louesa Schoefele age 11 born in Indiana. Additional information on the family is found on the 1900 Michigan City, La Porte County, Indiana census: Fred L Schaeuffele born Sept 1830, age 69, married 38 years, born in Germany, a blacksmith, immigrated to the US in 1853, wife Ernest born August 1831 in Germany, age 68 having born 5 children and 4 who are still living, son George Nagel born Nov 1856 in Indiana, age 43 profession of tin smith, son F. L. Schaueffele Jr born Oct 1853 in Indiana, age 36 profession of tin smith and son Edward Schaueffele born Nov 1865 in Indiana, age 34 profession of Engineer.
The following newspaper obituary was extracted from the Michigan City Evening Dispatch, December 2, 1912, Page 1, Column 5:
Frederick Schaeuffele, one of the oldest and best known residents of Michigan City, passed into the eternal sleep at 7 o'clock Sunday evening at his home, 519 Washington street, after three years of illness. While he had been up and about the house in an invalid chair most of the time, a pronounced change for the worse was noted about 3 o'clock in the afternoon. His breathing was labored and the family physician was sent for. An examination showed that he was suffering from congestion of the lungs and that the heart was weakening. At 7 o'clock Mr. Schaeuffele ceased to breathe, and he was dead. Three years ago Mr. Shaeuffele underwent an operation for relief from piles, and for a time was improved, but two years ago yesterday he suffered a stroke of paralysis, affecting the left side, and he had since been an invalid.
Despite his affliction, he retained his mental faculties to the last. He was down town in his chair on two or three occasions during the summer and had a pleasant smile and cordial greeting for every old acquaintance that he met.
Mr. Schaeuffele was born in Germany, Sept. 19, 1830, and was educated and learned the trade of blacksmith there. He came to America when 23 years of age and located in Michigan City inn 1853, this having since been his permanent home, covering a period of 59 years. For many years he was in the employ of the Michigan Central. In 1881 he was elected city treasurer and for 17 years served the city most faithfully in that capacity. When the Michigan City Loan and Building association was organized he became its treasurer and served in that position until his retirement in 1898.
The deceased is survived by his widow, one son, Frederick Schaeuffele, Jr., one daughter, Mrs. Robert Normoyle of Chicago, and one step-son, George Nagel. He also leaves one sister, Mrs. Jacob Weiler, Sr., of this city, and one brother in Germany.
Mr. Schaeuffele was one of the original members of St. John's church, which was organized in 1856, and he had continued a member until his death. He was also one of the founders of German Union lodge, I. O. O. F., and was a member of Acme lodge, F. and A. M.
Additional information was found in the Michigan City Evening Dispatch, December 5, 1912, Page 1, Column 1:
The funeral of the late Frederick Schaeuffle was held at 2 o'clock this afternoon at St. John's church, following a brief service at the residence at 1:30. There was a very large attendance, despite the weather, the members of Acme lodge, F. & A. M., German Union lodge, I. O. O. F., and many friends of the deceased turning out to pay their last respects to one who for a half a century and more has been one of Michigan City's foremost citizens. The body was interred in Greenwood cemetery.
The following was extracted from the Michigan City News, February 7, 1920, Page 8, Column 4:
Mrs. Ernestina Schaeuffele
Mrs. Ernestina Schaeuffele, widow of the late Frederick Schaeuffele, died at 7 o'clock this morning at the family home, 519 Washington street. Death was attributed to the infirmities of her advanced years.
The deceased was born in Baden, Germany, August 19, 1831. She came to America in 1848 and settled in Chicago where four years were spent, the family coming here in 1852. This city has since been the family home.
Mrs. Schaeuffele endured the privations of pioneer life when Michigan City was but a trading post and she saw the village of the early 50's grow to its present proportions. Her late husband was city treasurer here for a period of 18 years and the family is one of the best known in the city.
Surviving the deceased are three children, George Nagle and Fred Schaeuffele of this city and Mrs. Robert Normoyle of Chicago. A son, Edward, died in 1907 at the age of 42 years, and a daughter died in infancy.
Mrs. Schaeuffele was a charter member of St. John's church. The funeral service will be held Monday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock in the family home, Rev. Paul rion will officiate.
The newspaper obituary for Edward Schaeuffele, son of Frederick and Ernestina Schaeuffele was extracted from the Michigan City Dispatch, April 18, 1907, Page 5, Column 1:
Edward Schaeuffle, a son of Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Schaeuffele of this city, died at 3 o'clock this morning in a hospital at Joliet from the effects of the rupture of a blood vessel of the head at Joliet last Sunday night. At the time he was taken ill Mr. Schaeuffele who was a switch engineer on the Michigan Central at Joliet, was on his engine pushing a string of freight cars. He was removed to the hospital, and Fred Schaeuffele, his father, was summoned to his bedside. The elder Mr. Schaeuffele went to Joliet Monday morning and found his son conscious and able to recognize those about him.
Edward Schaeuffele was born in this city on Nov. 17, 1865, and in his youth he attended St. John's parochial school and the public schools. He went to railroading for the Michigan Central as a fireman when he was fifteen years old, and soon became an engineer. During the last seven years he had been running a switch engine in Joliet, preferring that service to running on the road for the reason that he was not physically very strong.
Besides his parents, Mr. Schaeuffele leaves a brother, Frederick Schaeuffele, Jr., of this city; a sister, Mrs. Robert Normoyle of Chicago, and a half-brother, George Nagel of this city. The deceased had been a member of Acme lodge, No. 83, F. & A. M., for several years and was also a member of the Brotherhood of Railway Engineers of this city. News of this death was received with many expressions of regret among his friends and acquaintances.
Extracted from the Michigan City News Dispatch, August 14, 1950, Page 2, Column 2:
Funeral services for Fred (Jack) Shively, 87, 128 Superior, who died Saturday, will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday in the Hummer mortuary. Rev. R. P. Brownleewe will officiate, and burial will be in Greenwood cemetery. Friends may call at the mortuary until the hour of service. The family has requested that flowers be omitted. Pallbearers, all members of Aerie No. 1228, Fraternal Order of Eagles, will be Leo Cusick, Joseph Jake, Charles Sass, John Shepperson, Earl Voss and Wallace Yorkey.
Mr. Shively was born Aug 1, 1863, in this city and lived here all of his life. He was the son of Fred and Ernestine (Schneider) Shively and was unmarried.
The deceased was at the son of one of the pioneer families of this city and his only immediate survivor is a sister, Mrs. Louis Normoyle.