Esther Bliss (Goddard) Weible | 1852-1915
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 Daily Reporter (Dover, Ohio), Monday, Jan 25, 1915:
Mrs. F. E. Weible is Taken by Death
DEATH COMES SATURDAY EVENING FOLLOWING STROKE OF APOPLEXY MONDAY
Funeral Tuesday Afternoon
RESIDENT OF DOVER NEARLY FIFTY YEARS — SURVIVED BY HUSBAND AND FIVE CHILDREN AND BY AGED FATHER — WAS MORAVIAN
Mrs. Esther B. Weible, wife of Frank E. Weible, died at her home 505 Wooster Avenue, Saturday evening, following a stroke of apoplexy, which she sustained last Monday evening. She was in her sixty-third year.
Mrs. Weible was born in Vermont, coming to Ohio at the age of fourteen years. On Feb. 13, 1869 she was united in marriage in Defiance County, which was then her home, to Mr. Frank E. Weible. Soon after their marriage, Mr. and Mrs. Weible came to Canal Dover, and with the exception of three years, in which they lived in Alexandria, Va., this has been their home….
AGED FATHER SURVIVES
Mrs. Weible is survived by her husband the following children: Otheo M. (who was to die later that year — Colt), Albert L., Frank A., and Robert O., all of this city, and Mrs. Urban Lambert of Alexandria, Va. She is survived also by her father, Timothy Goddard, of Defiance County, who is in his ninety-second year, and by one brother and two sisters.
A son, Charles, died in infancy and a daughter, Clara, died in 1908.
Through her kindly disposition she won a warm place in the hearts of many acquaintances in this city and her neighbors.
MEMBER EASTERN STAR
She was a member of the Moravian Church and of Tuscarawas Chapter Order Eastern Star.
Funeral services will be held from the home, 505 Wooster Avenue, Tuesday afternoon at 2 o’clock, Rev. F.W. Stengel of the Moravian Church officiating.
What else was going on in the world on Jan. 23, 1915? Just days earlier the neon tube sign was patented and Kiwanis International was founded. Earlier in January, the U.S. House of Representatives rejected a proposal that would have granted women the right to vote. (U.S women would finally achieve suffrage five years later.)