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Roif Nafziger of Ludenschied, West Germany visited the USA this past sum— mer.Fle spent the early part of his trip In Grafton, Ohio and later, in Washing-. ton,D.C., Pennsylvania and New York As we mentioned in our last issue of the News, the high cost of public transpor tation In the USA is always a problem with our visitors from Germany. There were many other places that he would liked to have visited but it was not possible to get them all worked into his schedule.
We enjoyed our visit with Rolf. He is a fine young man and I am sure that we can expect great things from him as his career unfolds,We were glad to have had him ir our home and we hope he will return sometime in the future, One of the plus features of Roif’s visit was that we got know his father, Rudolph
Nafziger so well. Rudolph telephoned our house many times prior to and
throughout the vislt.We enjoyed our con versations with him and it was an added pleasure to get to know him even though It was only by telephone.
We are in receipt of a nice donation from Rudolph both for Rolf’s visit and to the newsletter. Our firstthought was to decline the donations for Roif’s stay and return the funds. However, we have decided to use the money to fur ther our research in Germany on the Naf— ziger families. Our thanks to Rudolph for his continuing interest in our heritage.
Material for our feature story comes from DALE NOFZINGER of Adrian, Michigan. Dale is an excellent researcher and has been doing some fine research on the Christian Nafztger family line who settled in Fulton County, Ohio and the Valentine Nafziger line who first settled in Wayne County and moved later to Fulton County.
Ray Noftsger’s research In Germany in dicates that Christian and Valentine are brothers, Valentine was the first of the family to emigrate to America in 1831. Child ren of Christian came later in 1847. Dale’s first discovery relates to the publication by Thurlow Nofziger of Toledo, Ohio in 1977. On page 11 of Thurlow’s publication, Jesse Richer married Glea Brown. This Glel. Brown Richer is the same one who published “His tory of the Nafzger Families in America” in 1939. At the time of the Glea Brown Richer publlcatlon,she was unaware that her fam ily line connected to two Nafziger lines that came to settle In America. As we know from her publication, she was Interested in tracing her line which led to Rudolph N. who emigrated in 1749. Thus, we have another example of two Nafziger lines con necting in America many years and genera tions later from their comon European par ents,
The second piece of information for warded to us by Dale Nofzinger relates to the lone daughter of Valentine Nafziger from which no information was available to us. It was another example where a member of a family dropped from site arid there appeared to be no record, In this case,Dale found the answer to this puzzle in the pub lication of “Descendants of Isaac J. Plank” We are sorry that we do not have the name of the author but will publish In a future issue of the News. The following Information Is some of the material on the daughter of Valentine so that the many descendants of the line can complete the information we have on the children.
Continued on Page Two - ISAAC J. PLANK
VOL. XV, No, 1
DALE JOFZINCER WRITES:
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WINTER ISSUE 1986
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continued from page One — Dale Nofzinger
Isaac]. Plank
Isaac J. Plank, son of Christian and Elizabeth (Kurtz) Plank, great—grandson of Meichior and Margaret Plank, was born on Oct. 17, 1821 andinl843wasmarriedtoLydia Schrock (daughter of Ja cob and Franny (1-iochstetler) Schrock) who was born on Sept. 18, 1822. (l-lochstetler was later spelled 1-lostetler). To this union were born two sons and a daughter, Levi, Jacob and Elizabeth. Lydia (Schrock) Plank died on Sept. 22, 1849 nd is buried in the P 1 a n k cemetery near Wooster, Ohio. In 1850, Isaac J. Plank was married to .1izabeth Npfs1 q was born in Germany on De ceñiber 25, l82 ‘lothis union were born five Sons and one daughter, Christian Valentine, Jonathan, David, Ephriam K., Isaac Henry and infant daughter.
In the year of 1852, Isaac J. Plank moved his family West in a covered wagon (known as a Prairie Schooner) to, what was then a new country, near Middlebury, in Elkhart County Indiana. He arrived here with only twenty dollars in money and what little property he had in his wagon, to establish a home. He lived there until the year 1857 when he moved his family to Lagrange County, Indiana, on what was known as PrettyPrairie.Hehelpedtodevelopthat part of the County into a good farming community and there raised his family to ,idtiit hood.
In the year 1882, he again felt the urge to go West and sold his well improved farm and moved to Cass County, Missouri, near harrison yule where he purchased a farm and he, with the help of his younger Sons, built a fine home and developedagood farm. In or about 1902, he sold his farm in Missouri and he, with his wife, Elizabeth, went back to Indiana to spend their declining years with their daughter, Elizabeth (Plank) Troyer on a farm 1 1/2 miles East of Preuy Prairie Church in Lagrange County, Indiana. It was there that Isaac
J. Plank died on March 16, 1904 and it was only a few weeks later, on May 9, 1904 that his wife Elizabeth died. They are both burled in the Pretty Prairie Cemetery in Lagrange County, Indiana.
Jonathan Plank, son of Isaac J. and Elizabeth (Nofsinger) Plank,
was born on Nov. 16,1854 and died in infancy exact date not record ed In the Bible.
Ephriam K. Plank, son of Isaac J. and Elizabeth (Nofsinger)
Plank was born on May 1; 1859 and died on Feb. 20, 1903.
Infant daughter of Isaac J. and Elizabeth (Nofsinger) Plank, died
at birth due to an accident but exact date not recorded that I Found.
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THE NAFZGER HERITAGE NEWS
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This bit of information came from Ray Noftsgerss notes of Philadelphia, Pa. It states that Lj th frm ibuerg,had cj. Switzerland in 1646. Ray notes that this is no Naffzgerf as those I n e_ndorf, T are
4 Melchoir; who probably was and both sons of Zacharis,Some Nafzgers have been looking for a coat—of—arms and this would
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We have a nice letter from Matthies Otte of Plettenberg, West Germany who was awarded a scholarship for study in the USA sometime next year. The scholarship will enable him to study in Washington, DC or a college in Cal ifornia. It would appear that he is going to Los Angles for his advanced studies. As some our readers may recall, Matthlas is the West German youth and a cousin of ours who visited the U.S. shortly after his HS graduation and prior to his army service time Needless to say, we enjoyed his visit and we .are pleased to think that he is going to return for another visit
and study.	____________________________
Nancy Lonsinger of Lakewood, Ohio writes to give us the latest news from her Noffsinger family line Helen R, Noffsinqer, wife of Harry D. Noff singer and mother of Loretta Kely, Janet Thistlewood , Phyllis Wlmstaff, John, and grandmother of nine was buried last December 31st. We are sorry to learn of her passing. Nancy also tells us of a nice job which she recently accepted. It is one that requireslong hours each days and six days a week, leaving little time for genealogy work As usual, she discussed the reasons why we need to visit sometime in the near future. We live quite close to each other but it seems that we have been unable to set up a meeting time because we are both so busy with our work To answer a question, Nancy asks in her letter, we do not know where the Nafzigers of the Hopedale line crosses the Rudolph Noffsinger line. Undoubtly, It connects somewhere back through the years and generations but it remains unanswered question for us.
Our thanks to Julie Lynch of Spokane, Washington for her nice letter and subscription to the News.
Our_thanks_to_Ronald Nofsin er of Lombard Ill i for writing to us. He raises the ofte quest on as to the origin of Peter. J1athi and Rudolph Nof T three of them emigrated to in 1749. The latest wo to be that oi_t1i7fve. Nafzgers. who emigrated to I Ulrich, P& Mathias, Rudoiph and Jaco w td the are Ul who came to America in 11AZ_ and Mathias who emigrated in.]74 T from Switzerlaiid Ray Noftzger sperit a year in Europe looking for the origin of Peter, Rudolph and Jacob. He uncovered hundreds of European records but the origin of the early Nafzger families still escapes us. There has been thousands of hours devoted to the answer and still, we do not have an answer. . and for e ver reasons then, they did not wish to j and the masking of t eir identities was very well planned. 1s still ____ Undoubtl it T1l probaB work out that we have the in formation in our files today, but we are failing to take some factor Into consideration. It may have to do with the many spellings of the name or the fact that they moved about Europe so much or for some other reason, but their heritage remains lost at this point. Regardless, Mathias and Ulrich are probably from Switzerland and this represents progress. To get back to our letter writer, Ronald Nofsinger of Lombard, Illinois is an eighth gen eration descendant of Peter Noffsinger, one of the unidentified ones.
We are in receipt of a nice letter from Erma and Vilas Nafziger of Hopedale Illinois. They trace: to the Hopedale, Illinois Christian Nafziger line. We appreciate their comments on the Carroll Nafziger publication. We are proud of LeVeta Nafziger of Minier, Illinois for carrying through with this very difficult task.
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GLA.SSBORO — A divisional vice president at RCA Corp. will be sworn in neat Thursday to a five-year term on the Glassboro State College Board at Th
Donald C. Naffziger was appointed b state officials to (U a seat left va cant 13 months ago when Dr. Clyde 0. Davis, a 15-year board veteran, was not appointed to a new term, according to Chris Dlckerinan a GSC spokesm
Naff7iger Is divie vice president for educational services at RCA. He administers all educational and train ing programs conducted by the com pany and directs In-house and contract b for government and Industrial customers. He has worked at RCA (or 11 years.
lie earned his bachelor of scIenci degree at Carthage College In Wiscon sin and has studied education and oc1al science at Western IWnois University. He and his wife, Sheila
bave two daughters.
Naffzlger could not be reached for cOcnm on his appolnlment
He is survived by his wife, Emma Castle Naliziger, and four children, Mrs. Ross P. Thomas and Mrs. Joseph Line baugh of Springfield; the Rev. Caryl K. Naffziger of Delta, Cob.; and Luther Naffziger of Little Rock, Ark.
Mr. Naffziger was a faithful preacher of the Gospel and gave himself unstintingly to the work of the church. A son of the soil, he spent his entire ministry in rural communi ties, endearing himself to his people as a pastor, preacher, and friend. At the time of (us death he was a member of the Fourth Lutheran Church, Springfield.
The funeral service was conducted by his pastor, the Rev.
Carl W. Shanor, assisted by the Rev. Waldon Hall of the
Franlcjin-Stettlers Parish. Interment was made in Fetneliff
Cemetery, Springfield.	C. W. Shanor.
A great piece of research work is in the process of being completed by Anita Fiedler of SpringborO, Ohio. The following material are. excerpts from her letter. Once the story has been put together, we hope to feature this family line in some
future issue of the News, i:t is a family line that we have had little Information. on and it is a real pleasure to see someone putting together tile story. As you c see from the excerpts from her letter that Is promises to be an interesting one.
We have a number of subscribers who trace to this line. t am sure that they are going to be interested in the final results of Anita’s research. the task is
going to be difficult and it may be sometime before the story can be placed together. The reason is that members of the family ane so widely scattered throughout the LISA.
For certain, it must represent one of the more møbile Nafzger families that we have In the United States. It is especially Interesting to Ilote that according to Anita’s Information, John Naffziger came to America with his two uncles in what appears to have been the year 1838-1840 Also, they Thst went to Canada, This fact would tend to tie the line to the group who emigrated to Canada earlier and also to the various Canadian lines that later came to e USA and settled In central Illinois. Also, many of the Canadian Nafzigev lines came fron a. commoi settlement of them in Germany.
Any of our readers who may connect to this important Naffzlger line should write to the News or directly to Anita Fiedler, 435 Spruceway Drive, Sprirlgboro, Ohio 45066
Seasons Greetings.
CLAIR, BETTY AND KATHY NAFTZGERS GRAFTON, OHIO (Photograph — Courtesy of Roif Nafziger)
hi iTh
The Rev. William Henry Naffziger
son of John Naffziger and Lurinda Packard, was born December 6, 1858, in Dakota County, Nebraska, and de parted this life August 21L 1939, at his home in Springfield, Ohio.
Graduating from Carthage College in 1887 and Wittenberg Seminary in 1890, he entered upon his first pastorate in Tipton, Iowa. The following year he was called to a mission church in Kearney, Nebr., but drought and depression neces sitated the closing of that work and he moved to Ohio, where he served cong at Reedsburg, Smithville, New Springfield. New Baltimore, North Georgetown, Green—aq ford, and New Franklin. Upon retiring from the active iiiiii istry in 1923 he served as supply pastor at Xenia, Cincinnati, and Stettlers over a period of fourteen years.
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EXCERPTS FROM LETTER OF ANITA FIEDLER — THE JOHN NAFEZIGER LINE
Research to date, January 27, 1985, on the Naffziger line. Being prepared by Anita Fiedler, granddaughter of William I-I
Some time in the 1830’s a child was born in the Black Forest region M Germany. His name was John Naffziger. At the age of 8 he came to America with two uncles. It seems they probably came first to Canada, then to Pennsylvania, onward to Ohio, then finally to Iowa. rn 1858 he was living in Dakota City, Nebraska, as that Is the year and place of the birth of his son, William Henry. Word has it that John was a surveyor, later to become a Judge, County Con and State Representative. His home was on a cattle ranch on the prairie.
Nebraska did not become a state until 1867, s it is probable that John was Instrumental in helping the state advance from “territorial’ status to Statehood. “Fort Atkinson (1819—1827) served as a military post..,Bellevue became the nucleus of the fiPst perman ent settlement in 1823. Beginning in the early 1830’s, the Platte Valley began to play an important role in the drama of westward migration, and from that time until the com pletion of the first transcontinental railroad, thousands of Immigrant wagons passed through the valley on their way to Oregon, Utah, and Ca1ifo Interest in organizing the Nebraska grew out of the needs of transcontinental transportation, In 1834, Nebraska had been included in that territory designated by Congress as Indian County from which all white men were excluded except military, and those who had special authorization.”
It makes sense then, that William Henry Is said to have been the first white child born in Dakota County, Nebraska. John’s first wife, Lurinda Packard had-come by covered wagon from Massachusetts to be a missionary—teacher to the Winnebago Indians. As such she was the first woman school teacher west of the Mississippi. I hope to discovers •how John and Lurinda met, but at any rate they were married and Soon thereafter had William Henry and five other children, It is said that Lurinda was red haired, and that she died at an early age of T.B.
John then married a woman by the last name of Niebuhr. Records should that two of John’s daughters (Mary and Laura)., married Netbuhr brothers. Could It be possible that John married the mother of the brothers? We know that John died in 1902.
Grandfather Naffziger was born on December 6, 1858 on the prairie near Dakota City, Nebraska. How I would love to learn about his childhood In the Indian Territory. I only know of his adult years....that he was educated at Carthage College in Illinois and Hama Divinity School in Springfield, Ohio. His first parish was in Tipton, Iowa. He was called to a mission church In Kearney, Nebraska, but drought and depression necessi tated closing of tha work,. William had a son whose name is Caryl Kearn Naffziger. I wonder I Caryl was named after the town in Nebraska, and if he might eVen have been born there. William and his wife, Emma Jane Castle Naffziger had three other children.. Lurinda May, Luther, and my mother: Evangeline. At another writing I ha1I try to piece together the fasclnatin9 story of the Castle 1l
Grandfather served churches in Ohio, which I shall name, but at s time(about 1’900) the young famfly went to California where William had a ctiurch for ‘brieI time befo coming back to Ohio, Do any of you know how su a drastic trip thit i have been, Lt was only three years old at the time.
Lew told me just this morning how Grandfather was a “tough and hardy” man of tfte soil, and how he often walked the several miles to ‘the Stettler Church from the “traction Li’1 in all kinds of weather. This is when Grandfather Would have been in his late ‘0’s,, and retired from regular parish responsibilities. He told me the story of the time Grandfather reached for the wire of the electic fence, n knowing what it was. Lew feared he would receive a “jolt”, but Grandfather’s hands were so roughened and calloused that he didn’t feel a thing, Again, Lew told how Grandfather could expound on scripture at great length, applying experiences from his own life to make the passage meaningful.
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DELAVAN — Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Nafziger of Delavan an- flounce the engagement of their
daughter, Kathleen Marie Nafziger of 404 E. Vernon Ave., Apt. I Normal, to Scott Eugene Browning of 323 E. Locust St., Apt. 3, Bloom ington. He is a son of Mr. and Mrs. Basil Browning of Delavan. Aeg. 17 Is their wedding date.
West-Nlafziger
Arthur Daniel Na! ziger II of Memphis, Tenn., son of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Nafziger of 401 Delmar Lane, Bloomingto and Sandra Kay West of Princeton were mar ried at 1 p.m. Dec. 15 at .St. Louis Catholic Church, Princeton. Her parents are Jane West and Robert West, both of Princeton.
The new Mrs. Nafziger, a gradu ate of Princeton High School, at tended Siena Heights College, Adri an, Mich., and is completing her degree in interior design at Mem phis State University. Her husband, a graduate of Illinois State Univer sity, is employed by Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. as assistant man ager of the Delta branch office in agricultural investments
The newlyweds reside at Mem phis, Tenn.
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Married Aug. 3 at First Christian Church, Bloomington, were Dawn Siscoe of Danvers and Xirk Brock of 815 E. Market St., Bloomington.
There was a reception at the home of the bridegroom’s step father ai mother, Dr. and Mrs. H.R. Hadden of R.R. 4, Blooming ton.
The bride’s parents, are Mr. and Mrs. Weldo Siscoe of Danvers and the bridegroom’s father and step mother are Mr. and Mrs. Don Brock of Poteet, Texas.
Conservation Tillage Expo set
The 1985 Conservation ,Tillage Expo will be near Walnut, 11 miles northwest of Princeton, on the Bu reau County farm of !h1111 Na The family-Own an oper ated grain farm consists of 1,830 tillable acres used to grow a rota tion of corn and soybeans with an occasional small acreage of wheat.
LEXINGTON — Judith Reimer of Urbana, daughter of Jack and Jeanette fleimer of rural Lex ington, will become the bride of Ken Nafziger of Mandera, Kenya, on April 13. His parents are Melville and Esther Nafzlger of ru ral Gap, Pa.
A $1,000 Family Farm Scholar ship; presented to a student plan ning a career in agriculture, went to John Nafzjger a senior at Olym pia High School.
His school activities include basketball; Scholastic Show4own; Math-Science Club; National Honor Society; Student council and Future Farmers of America, serv ing as its president this year; and Who’s Who Among American High School Students.
He received the ‘l Dare You” award and placed first ‘in the Illi nois State University Ag Day Farm Management Contest.
He works on his father’s farm serving as assistant superintendent over detasseling crews.
,He plans to study agriculture ec onomics at Illinois Central College and the University of Illinois.
He Is a son of Maurice and Eileen Nafziger, rural Hopedale.
It is about time that we honor Wilmer Nafziger of Gridley, Illinois. Wilmer has been a time-honored faithful contributor to the News for many years. He was one of our early subscribers to the News. His interested in our News continues with the same vigor that he had in the 70’s. Wilmer can be con sered an expert on the central Illinois Naffziger-Nafziger families, There were many marriages between the two lines in Illinois and Wilmer usually keeps track on the various cross—overs of the lines, The following material has been clipped from various central Illinois newspapers by Wllrner. We re gret that some of the.material should have been published sooner but due to the lack of space, we are just getting around to do it. The fault lies with the News staff and not due to Wilmer sending it late.
NAFFZIGERS — NAFZIGERS IN
CENTRAL ILLINOIS
Nafziger-Browning
F
Reimer
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Mary Ellen Walson”
NAFFZIGERS — NAFZIGERS
IN
CENTRAL ILLINOIS
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HOPEDALE — Bertha Kauf
fmann, 91, a resident of Maple Lawn Homes, Eureka, formerly of Hopedale, died at 7:36 a.m. yester day (Feb. 22, 1985) at the home.
She was born Jan. 9, 1894, at Minler, a daughter of Christian and Barbara Nafziger Kauffmann.
She Is survived by two sisters,
Katy Kauffmann and nna
Litwiller, both of Maple Lawn
Homes, Eureka; and many nieces
and nephews.
She was preceded In death by four brothers and four sisters.
Miriam E. Nofsinger
EUREKA — Miriam E. Nofs inger, 79, of 104 Maple Lawn Drive died at 2:50 p.m. Tuesday (Apr11 9, 1985) at Maple Lawn Home.
She was born Sept. 13, 1905, at
Dakota, Ill., a daughter of Alpha
and Cora Shoemaker Buzzard. She
married Elmer Nofslnger May 22,
1927, at Metamota. He dIed. Oct. 8,
1967.
Surviving are one daughter, Barbara Diebel, Hamilton, Ohio; three brothers, .1. Milton, Cass Lake, Minn.; and Joseph and Harold, both of Goshen, md.; two sisters, Lois Yoder and Ruth Hem ingway, both of Etkhart, md.; two grandchildren; and two great- grandchildren.
Irene Alma Springer
HOPEDALE — Irene Alma Sprlx 80, for the past five years a resident of Maple Lawn Apartments, Eureka, and formerly of Hopedale, died at 7:15 p.m. Monday at Maple Lawn Health Center. fl.4 ‘/t /9t6
She had been ill for five months.
Born July 7, 1904 In Ropedale, a daughter of David afld Barbara Ileiser Springer, she bad not married.
Surviving are one half-sister, Mrs. Leon (Imogene) Lappof Hopedale; one niece, Mrs. Henry (Marilyn) Adams of Port St. Lucie, Fla., and two nephews, Keith Eagar of Cincln nail, Ohio, and Nell Lapp, Raleigh, N.
C.
She attended Illinois State Univer sity and recelvçd her bachelor’s de gree from Goshen, md College. The last 15 years of her career was spent at Wilson Grade School, Pekin. 3e- fore that she had taught in the Dela van, Morton and Hopedale school
systems.	,‘ 9 IllS’
Rae V. Guth
WASHINGTON — Rae V. Guth, 86, of 1255. MaIn.St., Washington, a retired farmer, died at 4:40 a.m. yesterday (April 15, 1985) at Maple Lawn Homes, Eureka.
Mr. Guth was born July 24, 1898, in Washington Township, a son of Chris and Ella a Guth. He married Elsie King Jan. 2, 1924, at Pontiac. She died Oct. 16, 1959. He married Anna Blwnenshine Nov. 22, 1963, at Rockford. She survives.
Other survivors Include two sons, Wayne, Eureka, and Ronald, Wash ington; two stepsons, Ronald Blumenshine, Washington, and Roger Blumenshfne, Midland, Mich.; a stepdaughter, Gloria Arens, Louisville, Ky.;. a brother, Earl Guth, Port Richey, Fla.; eight grandchildren; 10 great-grand children; and six step. grandchildren.
A brother and two sisters pro .‘ him in death.
Omar D. Sutter 5(&
HOPEDALE — Omar D. Sutter,
56, of Wakarusa, md.. a native of
Hopedale, died in his 8leep Sunday
(March 31, 1985) at Archibold, Ohio.
He had been under a doctor’s care.
Mr Sutter was born March 25, 1929, at iopeda1e, a son of Law rence and Sarah Birky Sutter. He married Donna Beck Aug. 17, 1952, ‘ Archibold, Ohio. She survives.
Other survivors include his moth er, Sarasota, Fla.; three sons, Terry, W Ind4 Douglas, Tampa, Fla.; and Steven, at home; a daugh ter, Rhonda Sutter, Elkhart, md.; three brother Ivis, Middlebury, md.; Mervin, Sarasota, Fla.; and Eldo, Sterling; two sisters, Odela Shank, Dixon; and Hilda Kurtz, Sarasota, Fla.; and two grand children.
He was preceded In death by his father.
Mabel L. Nafziger
MINIER — Mabel L. Nafziger, 86, of Minter, died at 5:07 p.m. yester day (Aug. 11, 1985) at the Bartmann Nursing Home, Atlanta, where she had been a resident since 1975.
She was born May 4, l In Mackinaw, a daughter of Lyman and Lizzie Hallstein Parmele. She married Raymond C. Nafziger Oct.
1, 1919, at Bloomington. He died April 14, 1973.
Survivors include a daughter, Frieda St. John, Cornell; and two granddaughters.
She was preceded in death by two brothers and three sisters;
She was a member of the Minter Christian Church and was active in the ladies group of the church.
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HOPEDALE — Mary Ellen
Nafziger Watson, 43, of 2643 WIld- wood Lane, Columbus, md.,. for merly of Hopedale, died at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday (April 24, 1985) in a Columbus hospital after a four- year Illness.
Mrs. Watson was born May 25,
941 in Bloomington, a daughter of
Orrin and Beatrice Slabaugh
Nafaiger. She married Robert
Watson Aug 1. 1970, at Hopedale.
He survives.
Jther survivors include her pa rents, Hopedale; tbteeWons, Gregory, Christopher- and Alex, all at home; twd brothers. Lloyd Nafztger,. Hopedale, and E. Wayne Nafziger, Manhattan, Ka.n.
Mrs. Walson graduated from Hopedale High School in 1960 and from Goshen College, Goshen, md., in 1963. She received her muter’s degree from the University of 1111- nois. Mrs. Watson was an elemen tary teacher for eight years and taught at Lombard. Fisher and Champaign Leland R. Stalter
PONTIAC — Leland IL Stalter, 48, JLR. 1, died at 1035 am. yester day (Aug. 16, 1985) at Mennonite Hospital, Bloomington, where he had been a patient five week.
He was born Nov. 8, 1936, in Pike
Township, a son of Wilbert and
Margaret Brave Stalter. He married
Mary Litwlller Jan. 15, 1961, in
Hopedale. She survives.
Also surviving are two sons, Mike, Chenoa, and Curt, at home; two daughters, Janice and Sharon, both at home; his father, Meadows Mennonite Home; a sister, Faith Ratzlaff, Shatter, Calif.; and four brothers, Darrell, Albany, Wis.; Roland, Belleville, Wis.; Kenneth,
James A. Naffziger
MORTON — James A. Nat fziger,
64, of 1208 Brentwood St. died at
5:30 p.m. yesterday (Nov. 24, 1964)
at Methodist Medical Center,
Peoria, where he had been a pa tient since Nov. 12.
He was born Sept. 5, 1920, In
Danvers, a son of Alfred and Rose
Beck Naffzlger. He married
Jeanette Heller Feb. 14, 1947, at
Peoria. She survives. Also surviving are a daughter,
Janelle Fiene, Peculiar, Mo.; a s$s ter, Hazel Patton, Morton; and two stepgrandchildren.
Mr. Naffziger was a farmer for 25 years in the Tremont area. For the past nine years he was a Re altor for Schrock Realty Co. In Morton.
Finally, we received our nic lon letter from Mrs. A.T. Goold of North- field, Minnesota. The Golds are great travelers and we were not surprised to learn that they had made trips to Tennesee and New York, and Connecticut As usual, they did a lot of genealogy work on their trips, In bet the trips Mrs. Goold incurred a broken hip that put her into the hospital for a short perlof of time, Proudly, she announces that she never missed church service during recovery from her unfortunate accident, The hospital paroled her long enough to attend the first Sunday. All told, she was only in the hospital for ten days which seems like a •short stay for a broken hip, She is getting along well with a cane and hopes to be on her own power in the near future,
Kurt Nafzger of West Germany writes to express his appreciation for the Nafzger Heritage News. He expresses his concern over the fact that we have not been sending subscription notices to our German cousins. Quite frankly, we have been so pleased to be in touch with our German cousins that we have been sending the NHN free to anyone from Germany who writes to us. Of course, some of them have been sending donations which we appreciate very much.
We enjoyed the letter from Dorothy Gerlack of Springfield, Oregon. She is a descendant of Jacob Nafziger who married Veronica Rocky. Jacob was born in 1800 in Germany. He landed in America in the fall of 1847 and after arriving in New York City, he proceeded to Peoria, Illinois. He lived on the only farm he owned in Mclean County, Illinois until his death in 1882. He was first Married to Veronica Rocky. Children of the first marriage are Jacob, Christian and Veronica. After the death of VEronica, he was married in 1828 to Elizabeth Rocky who was a sister of Veronica. Children of this second marriage are Cath erine, Henry, Frederick and Eliza, Dorothy writes that Jacob, son of Jacob and Veronica, fought in the Civil War, It was some information that we did not have in our files,. Nafzigers were strong Mennonites and thus, it is unusual to find one of them on the Clyll War Roster.
As some of our readers may know, it is very difficult to publish a book on genealogy and not lose money with the venture., Of the hundreds that I have talkedto about book publishing on families histories, it Is a venture that should be carefully studied unless you are prepared to lose some money in the process. This simple fact is why we are so proud of LeVeta Nafziger of Mm ler, Illinois. She has pulled a venture on genealogy book publishing, the Carroll Nafziger publication, with a great deal of success and expertise. While many persons have been involved with the publication and we appreciate the help of all of them, one person stood out as”doer”of the project and that would have
to be LaVeta Nafziger. Our congratulations LaVeta for a superb effort. She Is a fine business—woman, As the project is about to turn a small profit, It would appear to us that she pulled off the impossible task of making geneal n lications pay fnr themselves.
THE NAFZGER HERITAGE NEWS
120 Edgtwood Dtive
Grilton, Ohio 44044
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