GLIMANHAGA Gleanings from Indiana Newspapers 1850-1924

What follows are gleanings from Indiana newspapers pertaining to the Gimanhaga family after they arrived in Elkhart, Indiana in the late 1840s. I had intended to write this information in story form, and I may still do that, but it’s interesting reading, in its own right I think, “as is.” Enjoy!

1850 (Jul 3). LIST OF LETTERS Remaining in the Post Office, at Goshen July 1st, 1850. Klinenhage, Moses.[1]

1865 (Oct 7). LIST OF LETTERS REMAINING IN THE POST OFFICE at Elkhart, Oct. 7th, 1865: Glumanhaga Adam.[2]

1870 (Jun 2). LIST OF LETTERS Remaining in the Post Office, at Elkhart, Ind., June 2d, 1870: Glimenhaga A S.[3]

1871 (Apr 20). Henry Culp to A. Glymanhaga, 10 acres in w ½ sw ¼ sec 20 tp 36, range 5–$360.[4]

1874 (Dec 30). LIST OF LETTERS Remaining in the Post Office, at Elkhart, Ind., Dec. 30, 1874: Glimanhaga Adam.[5]

1875 (Feb 16). LIST OF LETTERS Remaining in the Post Office, at Elkhart, Feb 16, 1875. Glimenhaga miss M C.[6]

1875 (Jul 15). GLIMANHAGA.—On Wednesday, July 14th, at his residence in Harrison township of dropsy, Moses Glimanhaga, aged 74 years. Mr. Glimanhaga was one of the first settlers of this county, and leaves a respectable family to mourn his loss. Funeral services will be held at the yellow creek Mennonite Church, on Friday, July 16th, at 10 o’clock A.M.[7]

1875 (Aug). KLIMENHAGE. In Elkhart Co., Ind., on the 15th of July, 1875, of Dropsy, Bro. MOSES KLIMENHAGE, aged 72 years, 11 months and 27 days. He was born in Bardi township, in the vicinity of Black Creek, Ontario, on the 17th of July 1802, removed to Ohio in 1840 and from there to Elkhart county, Ind., in 1848. He was married 47 years, had 11 children, five sons and six daughters, two sons and five daughters are still living. He was a man of great patience and meekness, he was a consistent member of the church and was universally beloved and respected. He bore his severe afflictions with the most exemplary submission to his Heavenly Father’s will. He felt prepared for the end, and longed for the time when he should be released from suffering and received to glory. Peace to his ashes. Text, 2 Cor. 4:17, 18.[8]

1883 (Jan 25). Catherine Glimanhage to Alpha B. Culp, 39 acres in Harrison tp., $2,000.[9]

1883 (Oct 4). Mrs. Catharine Glimanhaga is still very poorly.[10]

1883 (Oct 15). GLIMANHAGE. On the 6th of October, in Harrison tp., Elkhart Co., Ind., of a protracted illness, Sister Catharine, widow of the late Moses Glimanhage, who died some eight years ago. She was born in Markham tp., York county, Ontario, and reached the advanced age of 74 years, 1 month and 15 days. She was married on the 29th of April 1828 and was the mother of 11 children, 7 of whom are still living, 9 grand children of whom 4 are yet living. She removed from Canada to Putman county, to the place where she died. She was a faithful and devoted Christian, a kind and tender hearted mother and suffered with meekness and patience, enduring faithfully to the end. Her affliction falls heavily on the sorrowing family but tis God who bereft, and he can heal all their sorrows. She was buried on Sunday Oct. 7th. A large concourse of relatives and friends followed her to the grave. Services at Yellow Creek Meeting-house by J. F. Funk and Noah Metzler from 3 John 2 v. Peace to her ashes.[11]

1883 (Oct 25). Catharine Glimanhaga to John W. Pletcher, 80 a in Harrison tp., $2,000.[12]

1883 (Nov 15). Adam Glimenhaga to L. M. McCoy, 10 a in Harrison tp, $500.[13]

1884. Among those who visited Dr. F. L. Miles for medical treatment, yesterday, were Miss Catharine Glimanhaga, Goshen…[14]

1886 (Mar 18). A.S. Glimanhaga to Jacob G. Wenger, 40 acres in Harrison twp., $2,800.[15] [16]

1886 (Sep 30). Abraham Klimenhaga’s barn, in Harrison township, was struck by lightning, about 4 o’clock this morning, set of fire and entirely destroyed, together with four horses and other property. Loss about $2,500, with insurance of $600.[17]

1886 (Sep 30). The large bank barn of Abraham Glimanhaga, living one mile west of Harrison Center, was struck by lightning this morning at about four o’clock, and was burned with all its contents. Four horses, thirty bushels of clover seed with the wagon on which it was loaded, all his wheat and oats, which were threshed lately, and the hay, fell a prey to the devouring flames. The farming implements and corn were in other buildings and were saved. There was some insurance in the mutual aid association—Goshen Times.[18]

1888 (Jul 19). Abraham and Lydia Glimanhaga visited with D. A. Lehman and family over Sunday. Miss Glimanhaga will visit friends at this place for a few days.[19]

1889 (Sep 26). Curtis A. Freeland and Ella M. Shellenberger, Henry Canen and Edith Glimenhaga, William A. Kantz and Hattie E. Mitchell have been licensed to marry.[20]

1891 (Mar 13). Adam Glimanhaga to Geo & Esther Rellinger land in Harrison tp $150.[21] [22] [23] [24] [25]

1891 (Jun 4). Lydia Glimenhaga lost a black shawl last week between Wakarusa and Shriver’s school house. The finder will please leave it at Dr. Sensenich’s office.[26]

1891 (Oct 16). Adam Glimanhaga, aged 62, died last night at his home eight miles west of Goshen. Funeral tomorrow at ten o’clock at the Mennonite cemetery. His death was the result of a stroke of paralysis.[27] [28]

1891 (Nov 1). GLIMENHAGE. ­ On the 15th of October 1891, in Elkhart county, Indiana, of heart disease, Adam Glimenhage, aged 59 years, 10 months and 27 days. He leaves a sorrowing companion in feeble health and three daughters, brother and four sisters to mourn his death. He was taken suddenly on Monday morning previous. He went out of the house where he fell and became unconscious, in which condition he remained to the time of his death. He was a kind-hearted quiet man, respected and beloved by all who knew him. He was buried on the 18th. Funeral services were held at the chapel, and the burial took place at Yellow Creek. The funeral procession arrived at the church just as the funeral services of Solomon Culp were concluded and the two caskets were placed together and the immense congregation, formed by the two funerals, passed by the two caskets at the same time, presenting a very impressive scene.[29]

1892 (Feb 1). On the 22d of Dec. 1891, in Elkhart county, Indiana, suddenly of heart disease, Edith May Glimanhage, wife of Henry Canon, aged 18 years, 6 months and 18 days. She was buried on Christmas day at Yellow Creek Mennonite Meeting-house, where services were held by C.L. Richart and George Lambert. She felt unwell during the forenoon and after dinner when her sister came to see her she sat down on the bed conversing with her sister with her infant in her arms and fell over and died. Be ye also ready for in such as hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.[30]

1894 (Jan 25). Regina Glimanhaga to Esther Rellinger, land in Harrison twp., $520.[31] [32]

1894 (May 10). Mrs. Louis Shietzly, of near Syracuse, died a few days ago aged sixty five years. Her maiden name was Barbara Glimenhaga. She was born in Canada and came with her parents to Harrison township, Elkhart county, when 12 years of age. She was married to Mr. Shietzly in 1861, who died in 1884. She has an only child, Mrs. B.F. Kitson, who survives her.[33]

1894 (Jun 1). SHEETSLEY.-On the 25th of April 1894, in Turkey Creek Twp., Kosciusko Co., Ind., of a cancer, Barbara, widow of the late Lewis Sheetsley (who died some ten years ago), aged 65 y., 18 d. She was born in Markham Twp., York Co., Ont., and married in 1860. She was the mother of one child, and 4 grandchildren. Her maiden name was Climenhage. She was a member of the Evangelical denomination. Her last words were, “all is well with me.” Buried April 27 at Byers M.H. Services by Pre. Myers from Rev. 7:14.[34]

1894 (Oct 31). Regina Glimanhaga to Mary C Shine 16 acres in Harrison tp $650.[35] [36] [37] [38]

1895 (Feb). Arvilla, wife of Adam Climenhaga of Harrison township, died Wednesday morning of dropsy. The deceased was sixty-five years of age and leaves a family of children. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. Lehman at the Yellow Creek church.[39]

1895 (Feb 20). Mrs. Adam Climenhaga, of Harrison township, died last Wednesday. She was 65 years of age.[40]

1895 (Feb 21). Obituary of Mrs. Glimanhaga. Mrs. Adam Glimanhaga died at the residence of her daughter, Mrs. Geo. Rellinger, five and one half miles north-east of Wakarusa, Feb, 12th, aged 63 years and 11 months. Mrs. Glimanhaga was the eldest daughter of the late I.C. Bennett and was born in Canada, near Toronto, in 1832. In 1856 she with her parents came to this county, and a year later was married to Adam Glimanhaga, who died some years ago. She was a great sufferer for years, but she bore it all with Christian fortitude often remarking that she ought to be willing to bear some suffering since Christ suffered so much for her. She was laid to rest beside her husband in the cemetery at Yellow Creek on Feb. 15th.[41]

1895 (Mar 15). GLIMENHAGA. ­ On the 12th of February 1895, in Harrison Twp., Elkhart Co., Ind., Regina Glimenhaga, daughter of Isaac and Mary Bennett, aged 62 y., 11 m., 1 d. Buried on the 15th at Yellow Creek M. H. Funeral services by J. S. Lehman and J. F. Funk. Peace be to her ashes.[42]

1904 (May 22). Albert Glymenhagh, aged 65, died in Harrison township today.[43]

1904 (May 24). Abraham Glymenhagy, an old resident of Harrison township, died Sunday night at his home. He was about 65 years of age. The funeral will be held Wednesday at 10 o’clock from the house.[44]

1904 (Jun 2). GLIMANHAGY.-On May 22, 1904, in Harrison Twp., Elkhart Co., Ind., of paralysis, Abraham Glimanhagy, aged 73 Y., 11 M., 20 D. He was born in Markham, Canada, June 2, 1830. He moved with his parents to Putnam Co., Ohio, in 1840, and in 1848 they moved to Elkhart Co., Ind., on the farm where he died. There were eleven children in this family, five sons and six daughters, of whom only four daughters survive. Father and mother died a number of years ago, and the one brother and four sisters (all unmarried) occupied the old home. Bro. Abraham was a faithful member of the Mennonite church for a number of years, and was one of those quiet, inoffensive followers of the Lamb, that had won the love and respect of all who knew him. He was buried at the Yellow Creek M .H. on the 25th. His funeral was largely attended. Services were conducted by John F. Funk and Jonas Loucks, from 2 Cor. 5:1. May God comfort the surviving sisters, who are all in feeble health, and keep them as under the shadow of his wing, until they, too, shall be called to their eternal rest.[45]

1904 (Nov 18). Samuel C. Harrington commissioner, to Fanny Glimanhaga et al., 133 acres in Harrison tp., $660.[46] [47] [48]

1905 (Oct 11). GLIMANHAGA. On October 3, 1905, at her home near Wakarusra, Ind., of paralysis, Anna Glimanhaga, aged 66 years, 5 months and 5 days. One brother and four sisters have been making their home together for many years. A little over a year ago the brother died, and now one of the sisters. She leaves three sisters and other relatives to mourn her departure. Funeral services at the Yellow Creek M.H., Oct. 5, by J.F. Funk and Jonas Loucks.[49]

1906 (Jul 24). WILL OF ANNA GLIMANHAGA Is Probated Today and Disposes of Her Estate. The will of Anna Glimanhaga of Wakarusa, was probated today. It was executed Aug. 2, 1904, and witnessed by Samuel S. Harrington and Aaron S. Sensenich. Mr. Sensenich is named an executor. After suitable burial expenses are paid, the property is to be equally divided among the three sisters of the deceased: Lydia, Catherine, and Fanny Glimanhaga. They are to hold it for life and upon the death of one the others are to inherit her share. After they are all dead, the estate is to be equally divided between Mary A. Kitson, the daughter of Barbara Sheezley, a sister of the deceased and the three children of Adam Glimanhaga. No estimate of the value of the estate is given in the document.[50]

1908 (May 9). GLIMANHAGE. On April 24, 1908, in Elkhart Co., Ind., of lingering disease, Sister Lydia Glimanhage, passed away; aged 65 y. 10m. 22d. She was born June 2, 1842. The family emigrated to Indiana from Canada in the early settlements of Elkhart county. She was the third member of this family that was called away by death within the past four years, and one of four sisters and one brother who all lived unmarried on the old homestead where the parents lived and died. Two sisters, both in feeble health, survive. One married brother and one married sister have also passed away in the years past. Funeral services were held on Sunday, Apr. 26, at the Yellow Creek M. H., where services were conducted by John F. Funk and Jonas Loucks from Rev. 7:13-17. The funeral was largely attended.[51]

1908 (June 9). Will Probated. The last will of Lydia Glimanhaga of Harrison township was probated today. The will was drawn August 2, 1904. All property is left to her sisters, Anna, Catherine and Fanny Glimanhaga, during their life, and after their death, the residue passes half to Mary A. Kitson, daughter of Barbara Shetzley nee Glimanhaga, and half to Mary C. Shine, Esther Rellinger and Orville and Gertrude Canen, children of the late Edith Glimanhaga Canen. Aaron S. Sensennich is named executor.[52]

1908 (Nov 19). TO QUIET TITLE. In the Circuit Court of Elkhart County, State of Indiana, ss: DECEMBER 1908 TERM. FANNY GLIMANHAGA, CATHARINE GLIMENHAGA vs. MICHAEL MILLER, —– MILLER, whose christian name is unknown, wife or widow, as the case maybe, of Michael Miller, deceased. The unknown heirs, legatees, devisees of Michael Miller, deceased. [Cause No. 12266 Quiet Title]. Be it known, That on this 16th day of November in the year 1908 the above name plaintiffs by their attorneys, filed in the office of the Clerk of the Elkhart Circuit Court a complaint against said defendants in the above entitled cause, together with an affidavit of a competent person, that the plaintiffs have a meritorious cause of action against said defendants to quiet title to real estate and that the defendants, Michael Miller, —– Miller, whose Christian name is unknown, wife or widow, as the case may be of Michael Miller, deceased, the unknown heirs, legatees and devisees of said Michael Miller, deceased are not residents of the state of Indiana. Said defendants are therefore hereby notified of the filing and pendency of said complaint against them and unless they appear and answer or demur thereto at the calling of said cause on the 11th day of January 1909, the same being the 25th Judicial day of the December 1908 term of said court to be begun and held at the Court House in Goshen, on the 2nd Monday in December next: said complaint and the matters and things therein contained and alleged, will be heard and determined in their absence. GEO. W. FLEMING, Clerk Elkhart Circuit Cours. Chas. O. Betchtel, Davis & Shaefer l Attorneys for plaintiff.[53]

1909 (Apr 30). …That the assessments against said lands in Harrison, Concord and Olive Townships in Elkhart County, Indiana, are as follows, to-wit: Glymenhaga, Fannie, Anna, Lydia and Catherine….$50.00.[54]

1910 (Apr 7). Wakarusa Plays a Conspicuous Part in the Civil War When Volunteers are Called. Those Who Never Returned, Killed in Battle, Died in Hospitals and Prisons or of Wounds: Michael Glimenhaga 74th Ind. [Note: Died Mar. 19, 1863 Murfreesboro, Rutherford County Tennessee, USA][55]

1911 (Feb 13). Noah S. Hoover has been appointed guardian for Fannie and Catherine Glimenhaga, owners of 160 acres of land near Wakarusa, and alleged to be incompetent to manage it.[56]

1911 (Feb 28). Noah S. Yoder refused to qualify as guardian for Fannie and Catherine Glimanhaga and Ira S. Burns was appointed today.[57]

1911 (Mar 9). Irvin E. Burns, guardian of Fannie and Catherine Glimanhaga, who early in the term were declared of unsound mind, this morning filed an inventory of their personal property, the value of which was fixed at $150. Rentals from their real estate he found were bringing in $123.60 per year.[58]

1912 (Jul 4) Anna Hartman, Susan Hetrick and Mrs. I. S. Burns were cleaning house for the Glimanhaga sisters several days last week.[59]

1916 (Sep 13). Irvin S. Burns, rural route No. 5, Goshen, guardian of Fannie Glimanhaga and Catherine Glimanhaga, unsound, filed his resignation and final report, which were accepted and approved.[60] [61]

1916 (Sep 21). Joseph Loucks was today granted letters as guardian of Fannie and Catherine Glimanhaga, filling a bond of $1,500.[62]

1917 (Jan 4). GLIMANHAGA. Veronica (or Fannie) Glimanhaga was born in Ontario, Feb. 2, 1835; died in Elkhart Co., Ind., Dec. 13, 1916; aged 81 y. 10 m. 11 d. She leaves to mourn her departure a sister and other relatives. She with the surviving sister lived together for many years on the farm where she died. She had been in feeble health for years. She united with the Mennonite Church over fifty years ago and remained faithful to the end. Funeral services were conducted at the Yellow Creek Church on Dec. 16, by Jacob K. Bixler from the text II Cor. 5:1.[63]

1917 (Feb 16). WILL IS FILED. The will of Fannie Glimanhaga, who died at her home in Harrison township on December 13, has been filed for probate.[64]

1919 (Jun 24). COURT HEARS ARGUMENTS ON ACTION OF GUARDIAN IN REGARD TO LAND DEAL. The time of the superior court was taken this forenoon with arguments for and against motions to dismiss proceedings in which Fannie and Catherine Glimanhaga are interested. They are wards of John Loucks and were deeded a life interest in a farm for their support. Proceedings have been instituted by others who are interested in the farm to have the conveyance set aside. It was this phase of the controversy that was considered today. Judge Hile took the matter under advisement.[65]

1921 (Feb 17). TWO FARM HOUSES LEVELED BY FIRE. Property Under Litigation Because of Transfer by Guardian Suffers Big Loss. Two large two-story frame houses on what is known as the Glinanhaga farm, seven miles south of Elkhart and just west of the Prairie street road—which property is now in litigation—were completely destroyed by fire, together with their contents, about 5 o’clock yesterday afternoon. The loss is estimated at $5,000, partially covered by insurance. As explained in The Truth a few days ago, the farm, now reduced to 80 acres, was once the property of four spinster sisters—Anna, Lydia, Catherine and Fannie Glinanhaga—and each made a will leaving her interests to the others and finally to Mary Kitson, a niece, and the children of a nephew, Adam Glinenhaga; all the sisters died but Catherine, now 80 years old, and when she was declared of unsound mind Jonas Loucks was appointed guardian; then he, with the court’s approval three years ago, deeded the property to his son-in-law and wife, Ira and Emma Christophel to reimburse them for caring for Catherine during the remainder of her life. Mrs. Kitson et al. recently filed action to set aside the transfer to Christophel, and after the issues were argued two and a half days in the superior court Judge Hile took the case under advisement. The Christophel family has been living in one of the dwellings on the place, and the aged ward has been occupying the other. FIRE STARTED BY SPARKS. About an hour before the discovery of the blaze yesterday, Mr. Christophel returned from Goshen and built a fire in one of the stoves of the house occupied by his family. It is thought sparks from this chimney ignited the roof. The blaze spread so rapidly the family had no time to rescue any of the contents and a high wind quickly carried brands to the other house. It, too, was soon beyond saving. Mrs. Christophel with her five-week-old baby and four other children, and Miss Glinanhaga were taken to the Eli Zimmerman home on an adjoining farm, where they are still stopping. The farm (with its buildings that are now destroyed) was valued at $10,000.[66]

1921 (Feb 28). COURT CALLED TO UNDO TRANSFER. Guardian’s Act in Deeding Ward’s Farm to His Own Kin is Attacked by Relatives. At the conclusion of a trial that occupied the attention of the superior court two and one-half days Judge Hile took under advisement the case of Mary A. Kitson, et al. against Jonas Loucks (guardian of Catherine Glimenhaga) and Ira and Emma Christophel to set aside the conveyance of 80 acres of land in Harrison township, which is valued at $10,000, by Loucks as guardian of Catherine Glimenhaga, to Ira and Emma Christophel, his son-in-law and daughter. The conveyance was to reimburse the last named for caring for Catherine Glimenhaga during the remainder of her lifetime. She was about 75 years old when the conveyance was made. Many irregularities are alleged in the transaction. Some of the preliminaries to the court action are of interest. Anna, Lydia, Catherine and Fannie Glimenhaga, spinsters, owned and lived on the Harrison township farm, originally 120 acres. On August 2, 1904, each made a will granting to her other three sisters her interest in the farm during lifetime, with a provision that after the death of all of then the estate was to go to Mary A. Kitson, a niece, and to the children of Adam Glimenhaga, a nephew. Anna and Lydia Glimenhaga died soon after the wills were drawn. In 1916 Catherine and Fannie Glimenhaga were declared of unsound mind, and Loucks was appointed as their guardian. Fannie died the next year. Just prior to her death Loucks, who is said to be a Mennonite minister and pastor of the church where the petitioners and wards worship, filed a petition for the conveyance of the real estate, subject to an indebtedness of $2,800, but with $500 extra funds to apply on the debt, to his son-in-law and daughter. This later was approved by the court and the transfer took place. Catherine Glimenhaga is now about 80 years old. L.W. Vail of Goshen and Raymer & Olds of this city were retained by the petitioners and Deahl & Deahl and T.A. Davis of Goshen represented the defendants.[67]

1921 (Apr 8). COURT VOIDS ACT OF A GUARDIAN. Orders John Loucks to Undo Conveyance of Ward’s Property to His Own Relatives. In the case of Esther Glimanhaga, Mary Kitson, Mary Shine, Orville Canen and Gertrud Myers against Jonas Loucks, guardian of Fannie and Catherine Glimanhaga, sisters of unsound mind, to set aside a conveyance by Loucks to Ira and Emma Christophel, of 80 acres of Harrison township land owned by his wards, Judge W.B. Hile yesterday made an order setting aside the conveyance and a contract on which the conveyance was based. All orders and decrees made in favor of Loucks as guardian were also set aside. Loucks was given permission to file an amended petition to sell the real estate. The case has been in court four years. The land is valued at $200 an acre. Two houses on the farm burned last fall following the hearing before Judge Hile, entailing a loss off several thousand dollars with but $1,200 insurance. The Christophels have spent several thousand dollars in improvements on the place, and the question of their reimbursement is one that is likely to cause further legal complications, it is said. HISTORY OF THE CASE. Originally there were four unmarried Glimanhaga sisters who owned undivided interests in the farm. They each made a will leaving her interest to the surviving sisters. Two died, leaving Fanny and Catherine owners of the farm. A guardian was appointed to manage their affairs. He resigned and Loucks was appointed. His daughter, Emma, was married to Ira Christophel. Soon after Loucks became guardian he secured from the superior court permission to enter into a contract for the sale of the land. He then sold the land to his son-in-law and a daughter. It was represented to the court, it was charged, that Loucks did not show the relationship of the Christophels to him: neither was it shown that whatever of the property might be left when the sisters were all dead, was to go to residuary legatees, the petitioners. These petitioners are nephews and nieces of the Glimanhaga sisters. It was averred that the petitioners had no notice of the court proceedings and therefore were not bound, and that the contract and conveyance were fraudulent and void and that the guardian had no right to barter the property away. L.W. Vail of Goshen and Raymer & Olds of this city represented the petitioners and Tom Davis and Deahl & Deahl of Goshen represented the guardian and the Chrsitophels.[68]

1921 (May 6). COURT GIVES NEW LEAVE FOR SALE OF GLIMANHAGA FARM. The Glimanhaga guardianship case occupied the attention of Judge W.B. Hile in the superior court again today. It came up this time in the form of a report from Jonas Loucks, guardian of Fannie (now dead) and Catherine Glimanhaga, and in the filing of claims against the estate by him, and by Ira and Anne Christophel, his son-in-law and daughter. A recent decision by the court was that a sale of the 80-acre farm of the Glimanhagas in Harrison township to the Christophels was void because of irregularities and the sale was set aside with permission for the guardian to amend his petition for permission to sell and begin over again. This petition was filed today and along with it was a claim by the guardian for $2,949.12 for money he has expended in paying interest, taxes, etc. The claim of the Christophels is for $6,164.38, and is for money expended in repairs to buildings, the erection of a barn, rebuilding fences, care of Catherine Glimanhaga, etc. Fannie Glimanhaga died in 1916. The two houses on the place were burned last winter. The value of the land is placed at $7,200. The indebtedness, including the claims, is placed at $9,268.21. Permission to sell was granted; bond being fixed at $15,000.[69] [70]

1921 (Dec 15). Judge Hile has announced his decision in the case of Ira and Emma Christophel against the estate of Catherine Glimanhaga to recover the money expended in improvements made on the farm of Miss Glimanhaga and for care of her and an invalid sister. The Christophels asked for $6,167, and the court awards them $4,278.40.[71]

1921 (Dec 15). Court Renders Judgment In Notable Estate Case. Judge Hiles in the superior court yesterday announced his decision in the case of Ira Christophel against the estate of Catherine Glimanhaga to recover for money expended in improvements made on the farm of Miss Glimanhaga and for care of her and an invalid sister. The Christophels asked for $6,167, and the court awards them $4,278.40. The Glimanhaga estate is one of the oldest in the guardianship docket of the superior court and has been the cause of much litigation. It consisted originally of an 80-acre farm in Harrison township on which were two dwelling houses. It was owned by four Glimanhaga sisters, all unmarried. All but Catherine are dead. As the other three sisters one after another died, she left a will in which she bequeathed her undivided share on the estate to her surviving sisters for life with a provision that any portion of her share remaining after the death of the last surviving sister should go to nephews and nieces as residuary legatees. In 1917 conditions had become such at the home of the two sisters then living that neighbors insisted something should be done to see that they were provided for properly. Jonas Loucks of Wakarusa was at that time guardian of the sisters. Testimony at the hearing was that he consulted an attorney who advised him to petition the superior court for permission to sell the farm, pay off any incumberances, and use the remainder of the fund to care for the sisters. This was done and permission was obtained from the court to sell the farm. The petition erroneously set out that the sisters owned the farm in fee simple. Loucks sold the place to his son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Christophel, giving them a guardian’s deed for it which the court approved. The Christophel’s took possession of the place, built a barn on it, improved it in other ways and cared for the Glimanhaga sisters. This they continued to do for four years and four months, the evidence showed. In the meantime one of the sisters died, leaving a will similar to those of the two sisters who had preceded her. In the meantime W.B. Hile had become judge. Attorneys for the residuary legatees brought suit to set aside the deed conveying the farm to the Christophels on the ground that they should have been made parties when the petition was filed for permission to sell the farm but were not made parties, this having had no notice that a sale of real estate in which they had an interest was to be made, Judge Hile set the deed aside. Then came the suit to recover for money spent and for labor in the care of the sisters, with the result as announced by the court yesterday. While these events were transpiring the dwelling houses on the farm burned. Insurance of $1,200 was collected. Through a proper proceeding the farm was sold for $11,700 with which to pay liabilities and for the care of Catherine Glimanhaga as long as she lives. After her death the remainder of the fund will for the residuary legatees, the nephews and nieces, of whom there are four. [72]

1922 (Jan 28). NEW GUARDIAN NAMED. William Everest was appointed guardian for Catherine Glimanhaga, succeeding Jonas Loucks, resigned. Mr. Loucks turned over a balance of $1,394.64 to Mr. Everest, who filed a bond of $2,800.[73]

1924 (Jan 10). GLIMANHAGA. Catherine Glimanhaga, daughter of Moses and Catherine Glimanhaga (pioneers of Harrison Township), was born on the homestead March 11, 1850; died Dec. 26, 1923, in the Mennonite Home for the Aged at Eureka, Ill.; aged 73 y. 9 m. 15 d. She was the youngest of eleven children, and the last of the family to be called by death, having been a faithful member of the Mennonite Church for many years. She lived on the homestead nearly 71 years, after which she made her home with a niece, Mrs. George Rellinger, until Sept. 20, 1923, at which time she entered the Home for the Aged, where she remained until death. The nearest surviving relatives are three nieces, Mrs. George Rellinger, of Elkhart, Ind., Mrs. John Shine of Bangor, Mich., and Mrs. Benjamin Kitson of Syracuse, Ind. She is also survived by many other relatives and friends. Funeral services were held at Yellow Creek Mennonite Church near Goshen, Ind., conducted by J. F. Funk and D. A. Yoder.[74]



[1] Goshen Democrat Wednesday July 03, 1850 – Page 3

[2] The Elkhart Review, Saturday, October 07, 1865, Page-

[3] The Elkhart Review, Thursday, June 02, 1870, Page-

[4] The Elkhart Review, Thursday, April 20, 1871, Page-

[5] The Elkhart Observer, Wednesday, December 30, 1874, Page-2

[6] The Elkhart Evening Review Tuesday, February 16, 1875

[7] The Wakarusa Sun Thursday, July 15, 1875, Page-3

[8] Herald of Truth, Vol. XII (8), August 1875, p. 87

[9] Goshen Times Thursday, January 25, 1883 Page-3

[10] Goshen Times Thursday, October 04, 1883 Page-2

[11] Herald of Truth, Vol. XX (20), October 15, 1883, p. 317

[12] Goshen Times Thursday, October 25, 1883 Page-2

[13] Goshen Times Thursday, November 15, 1883 Page-2

[14] The Elkhart Review, 1884

[15] Goshen Daily News, Thursday, March 18, 1886, Page-1

[16] The Elkhart Review, March 1886

[17] The Elkhart Review, Thursday, September 30, 1886, Page-

[18] Nappanee News Thursday, September 30, 1886 – Page 2

[19] Goshen Times Thursday, July 19, 1888 Page-8

[20] Goshen Times Thursday, September 26, 1889 Page-7

[21] Goshen Weekly News Friday, March 13, 1891 Page-2

[22] Goshen Daily News Tuesday, March 10, 1891

[23] Goshen Democrat Wednesday, March 11, 1891

[24] Goshen Times Thursday, March 12, 1891

[25] Goshen Weekly Truth Thursday, March 12, 1891

[26] Goshen Times Thursday June 4, 1891 – Page 5

[27] Goshen Daily News Friday, October 16, 1891 Page-2

[28] Goshen Weekly News Friday, October 23, 1891

[29] Herald of Truth, Vol. XXVIII (21), November 1, 1891 ­ p. 334, 335.

[30] Herald of Truth , Vol. XXIX, No. 3, February 1, 1892, Page 46

[31] Goshen Times Thursday, January 25, 1894 Page-2

[32] Goshen Democrat Wednesday, January 17, 1894

[33] Goshen Times Thursday, May 10, 1894 Page-2

[34] Herald of Truth, Vol. XXXI, No. 11, June 1, 1894 – pp 174,17

[35] The Elkhart Review, October 31, 1894

[36] Goshen Democrat Wednesday, October 31, 1894

[37] Goshen Times Thursday, November 1, 1894

[38] Nappanee News Thursday, November 8, 1894

[39] The Goshen Times, February 1895

[40] Nappanee News Wednesday, February 20, 1895 Page-5

[41] Goshen Times Thursday, February 21, 1895 Page-8

[42] Herald of Truth, Vol. XXXII (6), March 15, 1895, p. 94, 95

[43] The Elkhart Weekly Review Sunday, May 22, 1904, Page-

[44] The Elkhart Daily Truth Tuesday, May 24, 1904, Page-

[45] Herald of Truth, Vol. XLI, No. 23, June 2, 1904 – pp 183,184

[46] Goshen Weekly News Times Friday, November 18, 1904 Page-1

[47] The Elkhart Daily Review, April 18, 1904

[48] The Elkhart Weekly Review, 1904

[49] The Gospel Witness, Vol. 1 (28), October 11, 1905, p. 224

[50] Goshen Democrat, Tuesday July 24, 1906

[51] Gospel Herald, Vol. I (6), May 9, 1908, p. 95

[52] Goshen Mid Week News Times Tuesday, June 09, 1908 Page-5

[53] Wakarusa Tribune Thursday, October 26, 1916 Page-8

[54] Goshen Mid Week News Times Friday April 30, 1909 – Page 4

[55] Wakarusa Tribune Thursday, April 07, 1910, Page-1

[56] Wakarusa Tribune, Thursday, February 13, 1911, Page-1

[57] The Elkhart Daily Review Friday, February 28, 1911, Page-4

[58] The Elkhart Truth Thursday March 9, 1911, Page-1

[59] Wakarusa Tribune Thursday, July 04, 1912 Page-4

[60] The Elkhart Truth Wednesday, September 13, 1916, Page-4

[61] The Elkhart Daily Review, Wednesday, September 13, 1916, Page-5

[62] The Elkhart Daily Review Thursday, September 21, 1916, Page-4

[63] Gospel Herald, Vol. IX (40), January 4, 1917, p. 734, 735.

[64] Goshen Weekly News Times Friday, February 16, 1917 Page-2

[65] The Elkhart Truth Tuesday, June 24, 1919, Page-4

[66] The Elkhart Truth Thursday, February 17, 1921, Page-1

[67] The Elkhart Truth Saturday, February 28, 1921, Page-3

[68] The Elkhart Truth Thursday, April 28, 1921, Page-6

[69] The Elkhart Truth, Friday, May 06, 1921, Page-2

[70] Wakarusa Tribune Thursday, May 12, 1921 Page-1

[71] Wakarusa Tribune Thursday, December 15, 1921 Page-5

[72] The Elkhart Truth, Friday, December 09, 1921, Page-10

[73] The Elkhart Truth Thursday, January 28, 1922, Page-2

[74] Gospel Herald, Vol. XVI (41), January 10, 1924, p. 844, 845.


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