Miscellaneous La Porte County, Indiana Obituaries
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News Dispatch, Michigan City, IN - Tues. 24 Jun 1947 page 2 column 2:
Mrs. Orell E. C. Haack. Mrs. Orell Eliza Curtis Haack, 73, died at the Clinic at 5 a.m. today following a two-year illness. She had been a patient there for more than a year. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Hummer mortuary. Burial will be in Greenwood cemetery. Friends may call at the Hummer mortuary tomorrow afternoon, evening and Thursday. Pallbearers will be her six sons, Leroy, Albert, Lewis, Howard, Charles and Norman Haack, all of this city. Mrs. Haack was born Oct. 13, 1879, in Iowa, the daughter of Mr. And Mrs. Willard Curtis. She had lived here since childhood. On May 1, 1890, she married Charles A. J. Haack, who preceded her in death. In addition to her sons she is survived by three daughters, Mrs. John Riley, Niles, Mich., Mrs. Jack Moore, Maxey, Ga., Mrs. Joseph Hart, Indianapolis, an adopted son, Clyde C. Haack, Indianapolis, 24 grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren and a sister, Mrs. Frank Palmateer, Gary. Four children preceded her in death.

Michigan City News, Wed., 1 Dec. 1909, page 1 column 6
OLD MAN KILLED. Aged Resident of Porter Met Untimely Fate Today. Friday, November 26. W.W. Curtis, Porter, a tottering old gentleman of 80 years, was killed this morning by a Michigan Central freight train at Porter. He walked between two cars and it was reported that he committed suicide, but that theory is discredited at Chesterton.

Michigan City, IN Evening Dispatch, Tues. 29 Dec 1936, page 9 column 3
HIRAM L. CURTIS. VALPARAISO, Dec. 29-Last rites for Hiram L. Curtis, 68, who died Sunday night in his home, 303 Greenwich, after several years' illness with heart trouble, will be held Wednesday afternoon at 2 in the LePell & Son funeral home. Rev. C.M. Smail of the Christian church, will officiate, with burial in Graceland cemetery. Friends may call this evening and Wednesday at the funeral home. Mr. Curtis was born on Feb. 23, 1868 in Union township, Porter county, one of eight children born to Edward and Catherine (Hesser) Curtis. For many years he was engaged in farming in Union township. About fourteen years ago he came to Valparaiso and purchased the property where he now resides. Mr. Curtis never married. He was quiet and unassuming and had a large circle of friends. Particularly was he fond of children. Surviving are two sisters, Mrs. Byron Rigg, of Valparaiso, and Mrs. Reuben Quinn, of Odell, Neb., eighteen nephews and nieces.

News-Dispatch, Michigan City, Ind. Wed. May 16, 1979 page 6
GUY DODGE. LA PORTE, Ind. -- Guy W. Dodge, 84, Countryside Place, died at 4:58 p.m. yesterday (May 15, 1979 ) after a lengthy illness. Funeral service will be Friday at 11 a.m. at Root Funeral Home with the Rev. Dennis Gamuaf officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home from 9 a.m. Friday until the service. Mr. Dodge was born Aug. 4, 1894, in Beaver Falls, Pa., to Gedion and Ninnie (Whutman) Dodge. He is survived by one son, George, Akron, Ohio, and one brother, William, Sarasota, Fla. 

22 May 1926 MI City News Dispatch 
Mrs. Auga Bayles, age 92 years, 1 month and 5 days, passed away Tuesday, Apr 12, at 12:45 o'clock in the morning at her home in Valparaiso. She had been ill two weeks and death was due to age and heart fatigue. Auga Ann Curtis was born in Porter township, Porter county, IN, on Mar 7, 1849, the d/o Philander and Catherine Ann Curtis. She had always made her home in Porter county. On Jan. 21, 1844, she was united in marriage to John H.G. Bayles at (__) Grove, IN. After their marriage they lived about 2 miles east of Wheeler and then moved to Portage township where they resided on a farm for 2 years. About Mar 2, 18?? Mr. & Mrs. Bayles moved to Furnessville where they lived until 1920 on their farm which is adjacent to the Bayles schoolhouse. They resided in Chesterton for one year and then moved to Valparaiso where they have resided since. Mr. & Mrs. Bayles lived happily together for 62 years. Mr. Bayles, a Civil War veteran, passed away 12 years ago. Mrs. Bayles was a member of the Christian church since childhood. People here knew her as Grandma Bayles by her friends and a true friend. She was a member of the Chesterton Eastern Stars. She died in Valparaiso, IN. Funeral was at Flynn Chapel in Chesterton. Auga died at 12:45 in the morning at her home in Valparaiso. She had been ill two weeks and death was due to age and heart failure. Auga was born in Porter township, Porter Cty, IN. After their marriage they lived about two miles east of Wheeler for one year and then moved to Portage township where they resided on a farm for two years. About Mar 1, 1869 they moved Furnessville where they lived until 1920 on their farm, adjacent to the Bayles schoolhouse. They resided in Chesterton for one year and then in 1921 moved to Valparaiso where they resided since. John and Auga lived together happily for 62 years. She is survived by 28 grandchildren, 25 great grandchildren. Also two sons preceded her in death. (Also included with the Dee's obit note to me is: "As a widow of John Auga collected benefits in 1894." 

J.H.G. Bayles
Father of Mrs. O.D. Fay of MI City, died Wednesday in Valparaiso. He was 82 years old. His widow and several children survive him. J.W. Bayles, of Detroit, formerly of this city, is a s/o the decedant. The funeral will take place at 2 o'clock on Saturday afternoon from the Methodist Church in Chesterton, the burial will be in Furnessville. (Furnessville Cem. 275 E. 1500 N., Westchester)

The La Porte, IN Daily Argus Bulletin, Fri. 24 Dec 1909 page 6 column 3
THE DEATH RECORD. Conrad F. Switzer died at 5 o'clock this morning at the Holy Family hospital, where he had been ill for four weeks, having been a sufferer for some time with kidney disease. He was born in Wuerttemberg, Germany, Mar 20, 1824. He came to America in 1866, locating in this city. His marriage to Miss Catherine Hoch was solemnized in 1862 in Germany. Four children were born in the union, two of whom survive, Gust Sweitzer, of this city, and John Sweitzer, postmaster at Union Mills. He also leaves a sister in Germany. For many years Mr. Switzer was employed as a seed salesman and gardener. The funeral, which will be strictly private, will be held Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock, at the home of Gust Sweitzer on Maple avenue. Friends may view the remains from 12 to 1 o'clock Sunday. Weir & Sievert are the funeral directors. 

La Porte Herald Argus
Onalee Curtis. Mrs. Onalee Curtis, 75, of 506 Pine Lake Ave., La Porte, died Tuesday, May 15, at 4:50 p.m. at Fountainview Terrace Nursing Home. She was born Aug 1 1903, in Hartford, Mich., to Roy and Bertha (Meachum) Andrews and had lived there most of her life, coming from Hartford. On Feb. 11, 1922, in La Porte, she married Lloyd Curtis, Sr., who died in 1965. Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Kenneth (Carmo) Johnson of La Porte and Mrs. William (Sandra) McVay of Niles, Mich.; one son, Lloyd J. Jr. of MI City; nine grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; one brother, Farrell Andrews and one sister, Mrs. Robert Weiler, both of La Porte. Funeral services will be Thursday at 2 p.m. at the Essling Funeral Chapel with the Rev. William McVay officating. Friends may call at the funeral fhome from 7-9 p.m. Wednesday and until the time of services Thursday. Burial will be in Pine Lake Cemetery.

Michigan City IN News. Wednesday, July 15, 1903. page 8 column 2:
DROWNING AT LA PORTE. Youth Eleven Years Old Finds Watery Grave. Edwin Brenn, aged 11 years, adopted son of Mr. and Mrs. Conrad Sweitzer of La Pore was drowned in Stone lake north of La Porte at 7:30 o'clock Thursday evening while in bathing. The body was not recovered until morning when it was found in 30 feet of water and at a point 60 feet from where he drowning took place. The deceased is survived by his father and three brothers who reside in Chicago. Funeral Sunday afternoon at the German M.E. church at La Porte.

MI City, IN New, Wed. 1 Mar 1893 page 5 column 3.
Mrs. Henry Brenn, of Chicago, d/o Mr. and Mrs. C. F. Schweitzer, of La Porte, died Monday in Chicago. THe funeral occured at La Porte today.

News Dispatch, Michigan City, IN, Wednesday, May 16, 1979 page 6 column 1.
HELEN JOHNSON. Helen Ann Johnson, 57, 3200 Dody St., died at 11:55 a.m. yesterday (May 15, 1979) at St. Catherine Hospital, East Chicago, Ind., after a one-month illness. Funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Carlisle Funeral Home with the Rev. Dean Matteson officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery. Friends may call tomorrow afternoon and evening and until the service at the funeral home. Mrs. Johnson was born Nov. 14, 1921, in Lansing, Ohio, to Frank and Rose Bugaj. She was married here July 31, 1943, to Robert Johnson, who survives. Also surviving are two children, Myla Lynn Spitka and David, both of this city; one grandson; two sisters and three brothers. Mrs. George (Ann) Butch, Stanley and Walter, all of Lansing; Mrs. Victoria Juba, Tiltonsville, Ohio; and Henry, Barton, Ohio. Two brothers, Joseph and Frank, are deceased. 

Russell Curtis obit (12 May 1904 Porter County, IN Vidette Messenger):
Pioneer Resident Dead. Russell Curtis, residing on Horse Prairie avenue, died last night. The deceased was 78 years old and had been a resident of Porter county nearly all his life. He leaves a wife, and two daughters, Mrs. Elias Fleming and Mrs. Fawn Fisher, and one son, James Curtis. He had been sick since last fall. The funeral will be held from his late home tomorrow afternoon at 2 o'clock conducted by Rev. J. L. Beyl. Internment at Maplewood. Russell Curtis was born in La Porte County, Mar 25th, 1826. He came early in life to Porter County where he has lived ever since, and for the last seven years in the vicinity of Valparaiso. He was married to Miss Lydia Dibble who survived him. To them were born eight children, only three of them are living. Mr. Curtis has been a faithful member of the M.E. church for years and died in the hope of the Christian faith. Rev. H.L Davis, his pastor, being absent from the city, Rev. J.L. Beyl was asked to conduct the funeral services yesterday at the home of the deceased. The internment took place at the Maplewood Cemetery. The family desires to thank the friends and neighbors for their kindness. They appreciated the beautiful singing at the funeral service and are especially grateful to Mrs. Moffit for her kind services. Mr. Curtis died Wednesday May the 4th after a protracted illness attended with tough suffering.

Obituary of Lloyd J. Curtis, Jr., American Memorials, Apx. Date of Death: 05/02/2000, La Porte, IN. 
Lloyd J. Curtis, Jr., 73, of 140 Nilewood Drive, died at 7:45 a.m. Tuesday in his home. Survivors include his wife, Loretta (Podgorski); two daughters, Lynn Jackson of La Porte and Cynthia Brown of Avienger, TX; two sons, Gregory and Anthony, both of La Porte; and two sisters, Carmo Johnson of La Porte and Sandra McVay of Florida. Services will be at 11 a.m. Friday in St. Joseph Catholic Church. Friends may call from 3 to 8 p.m. Thursday and from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Friday in Essling Funeral Home, where a wake service will be at 7 p.m. Thursday.

Chesterton Tribune, Chesterton, Porter County, IN; Nov 8, 1895; Volume 12, Number 30, Page 4, Number 2
(Son of Phillip Daly (1841-1914) and Laura O'Connor Daly (1855-1938). Obituary.
For some time the dreaded disease diphtheria has been prevailing in the Daly settlement, and everything possible seems to have been done to prevent its spreading. Two deaths occurred about a month ago from the above disease mentioned. This not satisfying the "grim destroyer" in his ruthless march and hungry raid until it entered the home of Philip Daly, and claimed the youngest and only son, a lovely little boy of the age of 5 years, who was the idol of his father's heart. Little Philie was taken sick Monday morning, the family physician being immediately summoned. Further developments proved the child had an attack of diphtheria accompanied by membranous croup, and undoubtedly it was the latter that ended the child's life the day following. The funeral took place Thursday morning. Being afraid of the contagious disease, the sympathizing friends gathered at the homes of the other two brothers and later joined the funeral cortege, which numbered to a lengthy line of hack and carriages, the greater majority being from Valparaiso and Chesterton. As the rays of the morning sun strained its light on the little white coffin literally covered with flowers, inclosed with a glittering white hearse drawn by two white horses, looked as though the angels had flocked down on earth to convey the body to its last resting place. The funeral proceeded from the house to the family lot at Valparaiso, as the contagious epidemic would not allow it to be taken in the church, except the tolling of the bell. The broken hearted parents with their two little girls returned home to try and make pleasure of what was left and forget their only brother, for they knew the angels wanted him, and God knoweth best, and as their only reward. He has gone to that heavenly home beyond, where again we'll meet our brother, where no storms of earth can gather, where he'll live his life anew. 

HUGGINS-JOHNSON, Utica Newspaper of Dec 9, 1912, Date of Death: Dec 8, 1912
OBITUARY-Mrs. Edwin Johnson. Mrs. Edwin Johnson, 81 years old, while entering her room three weeks ago fell and received a hemorrhage of the brain, which resulted in her death last evening at 10 o'clock at her home, 287 Oneida St. Mrs. Johnson was born and lived in Clayville during her youth. About 18 years ago she came to this city, and had many friends here who feel deeply grieved by her death. She was a woman of true Christian character and her beautiful disposition won her the love and respect of all who knew her. Her maiden name was Betsy Huggins, and she was married to Edwin Johnson, who died a few years ago. She leaves two daughters, Mrs. James Garland of this city and Mrs. Donald Sheldon of Rochester, and one brother, George Huggins of Leonardsville.

GAUTHIER, KATIE, 2 Mar 1906 
Montreal, Canada, beloved wife of Isreal mother of Oscar, Jennie, Ovila, Freddy, and Mrs. F.J. Bouchard; member of St. Anne Solidarity of Notre Dame and W.C.O.F. Notre Court 40 Chicago.

GAUTHIER, ISREAL, beloved husband of the late Katie Gauthier, loving father of Oscar, Jennie, Ovilla, Freddy and Mrs. Frank J. Bouchard) at Montreal, Canada May 3, 1907.

Porter County, Indiana, Vidette Messenger (Feb 1905)
Catherine Hesser Curtis was born in Marion County, Ohio, November 5, 1831, and died February 4, 1905, aged 68 years, 23 months and 29 days. 
At the age of 16 years she came with her parents to Porter county, Indiana, arriving in the fall of 1852. August 13, 1854 she was united in marriage to Edward D. Curtis, who preceded her to the Heavenly home little more than a year ago. She was the mother of eleven children, three of whom died in childhood and five sons and three daughters survive her. Reared by Christian parents she early accepted Christ as her Savior, united with the M.E. church of which she remained a faithful member all through her life. One of the lasting pictures in the memory of the elder children will be Mother Curtis with her little ones around her, bible in hand, when she prayed God to protect them at home and spare the father (on the field or in camp) during the trying times of the civil war. Her life was one of devotion to her family--quiet, consistent, faithful. She was a worthy helpmeet and a mother whose children call her blessed. During her last illness when asked if in any pain she replied, "No, only so tired." At midnight 

She heard the voice of Jesus say,
   "Come unto me and rest;
"Lay down thou weary one lay down
   "Thy head upon my breast."
The toil of thy life is past,
   The pain and weariness o'er;
Then cometh that peace God giveth
   And rest forever more.
The earthly home made vacant,
   That void, no one can fill,
The loved ones here are saying,
   Tis right; He doeth all things well.
Gone, but not forgotten,
   To dwell on your Heavenly shore,
With the loving husband,
   Gone one short year before.
Gone to that Eternal brightness
   Where mansions fair await,
The coming of our loved ones,
   We'll meet them at the pearly gate.

Harry A. Curtis
#25 Mar 27, 1984 Nov 15, 1971
La Porte Herald Argus
Harry A. Curtis, 77, of 312 Woodward street, died at 4:10 a.m. Sunday at Pine Lake division hospital after an illness of two years. He was born Mar 27, 1894, in LaPorte to Winfield Scott and Flora (McLean) Curtis and had lived here all his life. Mr. Curtis was a retired Allis-Chalmers employee. He was married in La Porte, May 13, 1922, to Florence Russell. He was a WWI veteran and a member of the American Legion. Surviving are his wife; one son, Frank Curtis, St. Joseph, MI; three grandaughters and one brother, Frank W. Curtis, Bradenton, FL. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Haverstock Funeral Home with the Rev. Eugene Hoffman officiating. Burial will be in Pine Lake Cemetery. 

Name: Curtis, Harry A., Address: 812 Woodward St, LaPorte, IN
Next of Kin: Wife, La Porte, IN
DOB: Mar 27, 1894 LaPorte, IN DOD: Nov 14 1971 Cause: Illness
Burial Date: Nov 16 1971, Grave 4 Lot 119 Section Cherry Hill, Pine Lake Cemetery
Branch of Service: USArmy Detachment B 327th Field artillery WWI
Served Rank: Private Enlisted: Jul 22 1918 Discharged: Feb 20 1919
Type of Stone: Private Grave Flagholder: American Legion


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