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Daniel Smeltzer

Male 1857 - 1939  (81 years)


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  • Name Daniel Smeltzer  [1
    Born 28 Nov 1857  Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 14 May 1939  Elkhart County, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I4178  Our Back Rhodes Genealogy Pages
    Last Modified 20 May 2012 

    Family Ida May Lammond,   b. 25 May 1862, Putnam Co, OH, Greensburgh Twp Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Jul 1936, Wakarusa, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years) 
    Married 26 Jan 1879  Goshen, Elkhart County, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Olive Aurora Smeltzer,   b. 5 Apr 1883, Elkhart County, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aug 1969, Elkhart County, Indiana Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years)
     2. Birch B. Smeltzer,   b. 1 Oct 1885,   d. 22 Aug 1950  (Age 64 years)
     3. Hazel C. Smeltzer,   b. 24 Jul 1888,   d. 27 Aug 1957  (Age 69 years)
     4. Forest Dale Smeltzer,   b. 21 Aug 1892,   d. 4 Jun 1960  (Age 67 years)
     5. Don Willow Smeltzer,   b. 18 Aug 1895,   d. Mar 1963  (Age 67 years)
     6. Woodford Dewey Smeltzer,   b. 18 May 1898,   d. 11 May 1968  (Age 69 years)
    Last Modified 18 Jan 2014 
    Family ID F1305  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • The following is a sketch of Daniel Smeltzer written in A Standard History of Elkhart County, Indiana, Editor: Abraham E. Weaver, published by the American Historical Society, Chicago and New York, 1916:

      "DANIEL SMELTZER is one of the honored citizens of Elkhart County, has given many years of his life to the work of the schoolroom, and is held in grateful remembrance by a host of his former pupils. For a number of years he has had his htu

      He was born in Olive Township of Elkhart County November 28, 1857. His grandparents, Michael and Susan (Rhodes)Smeltzer were both natives of Pennsylvania and of German origin. John Smeltzer, father of Daniel, was born in Pennsylvania Mar,
      w up in his native state, and had little schooling and was prepared for life's duties mainly by practical discipline. When quite young he removed to Richland County, Ohio, and from there in 1848 came to Indiana. After a brief residence on sect ion 31 of Allen township he bought the southwest quarter of section 35, land that is now included in the Town of Wakarusa. Thus he was among the pioneers of that community. His enterprise led to the establishment of a sawmill, and that mill sa wed up great quantifies of the heavy native timber which was found in that region until comparatively recent years. The mill is still owned and operated by Calvin Werner. John Smeltzer was married while living in Ohio to Leah Lechlitner, daught er of Anthony Lechlitner. To their union were born eleven children: Susan, Henry, Anthony, Michael, Catherine, Joseph, Libbie, Daniel, Simon, John and Mary.
      Daniel Smeltzer has some idea by recollection and personal experience of what the western part of Elkhart County was like before the passing of pioneer conditions. He was trained to hard work on the farm, and his advantages in the way of so winter terms. As soon as opportunity afforded he began working for his board in order to attend school in Wakarusa. With the enlargement of his horizon of knowledge, he fitted himself for places of responsibility, and eventually wa s made cashier in the Exchange Bank of Wakarusa. In the meantime and afterwards he taught school both in the country and at Wakarusa, and kept up his own education by attending the Normals in Goshen.
      For a number of years Mr. Smeltzer has served as a justice of the peace, and is an ardent republican in politics. On January 26, 1879, he married Ida M. Lammond who was born in Ohio May 25, 1862, a daughter of Courtland and Nancy (Grove) Lily came from Ohio and settled at Wakarusa, where they lived until 1887, and then moved to Michigan, settling at Lawton in Van Buren County. Mr. and Mrs. Smeltzer have six children: Olive A., Birch B., Hazel C., Forrest D., W. Don an d Dewey. The daughter Olive is the wife of Ira Eshelman. Hazel married Jacob B. Yarian and her two children are Carlisle and Evelyn. Forrest Dale married Ethel Moore and their two children are Ida Margery and Maxine L.."

  • Sources 
    1. [S245] GEDCOM file imported on 18 Oct 2003.


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