For the Record | Franklin Eli Weible, 1917 Obit


Franklin Eli Weible

Colt's great-great grandfather, Franklin Eli Weible, 1845-1917

Franklin Eli Weible | 1845-1917

This blog series explores the lives of Weible ancestors as revealed in their obituaries. Much of this information was gathered during a March 2011 research trip to Tuscarawas and Harrison counties in Ohio. A scan of the obituary is available at the bottom of this post.

From the Dover Daily Reporter (Dover/New Philadelphia), Tuesday, Feb. 6, 1917:

Dover Merchant Dies Suddenly

F.E. WEIBLE DIES MONDAY AFTERNOON WHILE SEATED IN STORE

LONG ACTIVE IN BUSINESS

SPENT GREATER PART OF LONG LIFE IN DOVER — WAS ARDENT BASEBALL FAN — FUNERAL SERVICES THURSDAY AFTERNOON

Franklin Eli Weible, aged 71 years, one of Dover’s best-known citizens and for many years one of its most active businessmen, died suddenly at 3:10 o’clock on Monday afternoon in his hardware store in W. Third Street.

Mr Weible has been ailing at times within the last year but recently was much improved. Monday afternoon he was apparently in the best of health. Seated in a chair he had been chatting with friends. After his friends left he attempted to rise and fell dying. He was dead almost instantly. George Alleshouse, a clerk, and his son, Morris, were the only others in the store at the time.

Mr. Weible was born in Dover, December 10, 1845, a son of the late Fred Weible. His forefathers came to Philadelphia, Pa. from Germany (actually, Switzerland — Colt) in the early part of the seventeenth (actually, 18th — Colt) century.

Reared in Dover, Mr. Weible with three brothers went to Henry County about the close of the Civil War, where they engaged in the lumber business with mills in Defiance and Henry counties. Here he met and married, in February 1869, Esther Goddard, who died less than a year ago (actually, more than two years prior — she died in January 1915 — Colt).

In 1870 Mr. Weible returned to Dover and lived here continuously ever since, except from 1892 to 1895, when he resided in Alexandria, Va.

STARTED EUREKA GROCERY

In 1870 Mr. Weible built the block which still stands in Factory Street and started the Eureka Cash Store, a grocery business still being conducted by C.E. Kreiter. He also associated in the lumber business with the Wentz interests and with H.W. Enck.

From 1887 to 1895 he was engaged in the furniture manufacturing business as secretary of the Deitz-Bissman-Kurtz Co. of Dover and afterwards as secretary treasurer of the Deis Mfg. Co. at Alexandria, Va.

OPERATED SALT WELLS

Later he became manager and treasurer of the Sugarcreek Salt Co., operating wells immediately west of Dover. Following that he again was connected in various capacities in furniture business until 1912 when he and a son, the late Otheo Weible, established the Weible Hardware Co.

Mr. Weible was a past exalted ruler of the Dover Lodge of Elks and present chaplain.  Although not a member of any church he led an exemplary Christian life.

Mr. Weible was well known as an ardent baseball fan and was an enthusiastic supporter of local sports of all kinds. He never missed a high school game of any kind if it was at all possible to attend and even last fall braved all kinds of weather to see football games. Only recently the Dover Athletic Association voted him an honorary member and presented him with a life pass which he used for the first time at the basketball game last Saturday night.

Last summer Mr. Weible made a trip to Cleveland with a party of baseball fans to witness a big league game. He was the oldest in the party and stood the strenuous trip, which was made in one day, better than most of the young men.

Mr. Weible is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Ella Weible Lambert, of Alexandria, Va., and by three sons, Albert L., Frank A., and Robert O., all of Dover.

He also leaves the following brothers and sisters: Joseph B. Weible, of Lima; Lydia Weible Schear, of Westerville; Simon Weible, of Defiance; A.J. Weible, of Fayette, Miss.; and Mrs. Elizabeth Intermill of Dover. The late David Wible, father of city treasurer E.F. Wible, was a brother.

FUNERAL ON THURSDAY

Funeral services will be held on Thursday afternoon at 2 o’clock from the home. The services will be in charge of the Dover Lodge of Elks and Rev. R.H. Brennecke of the Moravian Church. Burial will be at Maple Grove.

Weible F E Obit 1917 FRONT PAGE 1

Weible F E Obit 1917 FRONT PAGE 2

What else was going on in the world on Feb. 5, 1917? The Mexican constitution was adopted on that very day. A week earlier, the first jazz record was recorded, and Germany warned the U.S. that U-boats would sink any merchant vessel they came across. On Feb. 3, Germany made good on its threat, sinking the U.S. liner Housatonic. Diplomatic relations were severed, and the U.S. moved closer to entry in World War I.

Weible home at 505 N. Wooster in Dover, Ohio

The former home of Franklin E. and Esther B. Weible, at 505 N. Wooster Ave. in Dover, as it appears in July 2011 (100 years later).

Weible Franklin Eli Maple Grove Dover 1917

The final resting place of Colt's great-great grandfather, Franklin Eli Weible, in Maple Grove Cemetery in Dover.

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One thought on “For the Record | Franklin Eli Weible, 1917 Obit

  1. Karen Poplar

    Colt,

    Thank you for sharing these obituaries, pictures, and stories with us.

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