J. C. Meisenheimer Services Saturday at Ross Funeral Home

Lifelong Resident of Community Summoned at his Home October 12, 1939

Funeral services for the late J. C. Meisenheimer were held at two o'clock Saturday afternoon, October 14th, from the Ross Funeral Home, with Rev. W. T. Street, pastor of the Methodist church, officiating.

Casket bearers were J. H. Knight, W. P. Frederick, John Foss, Sr., J. R. McCarthy, Donald Whitver and E. C. Wilson. Interment was in Walnut Cemetery.

The people of his community were saddened on Thursday afternoon by the death of J. C. Meisenheimer, a lifelong resident of his community, who had been seriously ill for the past two weeks.

About four years ago he was stricken with pernicious anemia which confined him to a quiet life at home for most of that period, but had not confined him to bed until the last four weeks. Death came suddenly at one o'clock Thursday afternoon, October 12, 1939, due to complications of his illness. He was aged seventy-four years and two day.

In his life he followed faithfully the cardinal virtues of truth and honesty. He was a man whose word was his bond, and one who was respected by all as honest and fair in his business dealings. He was an expert at figures and problems of mathematics, which stood him in good stead in the various businesses in which he was engaged. He loved the outdoor life, and the sports that are associated with it, particularly hunting and the game, baseball.

He had served as supervisor of Walnut Township and also had been at various time school director and member of the village board.

Jacob C. Meisenheimer, the son of John and Elizabeth (Anspach) Meisenheimer, was born October 10, 1865, on the old homestead in Bureau Township, where he spent his childhood and grew to manhood. In the early 90's as a partner in the firm of Seelig & Meisenheimer, he conducted a general store in Walnut, and later continued in the business with his brother John as partner. He was employed as manager for a time at the Walnut Farmers Elevator and in 1913 bought the Andrews Brothers elevator. Later he became engaged in the pump and windmill business which he followed until 1935 when his illness prohibited his active participation and since that time the business has been carried on by his son Cecil.

On May 17, 1893, he was married to Miss Rose Fals of Princeton. To this union two children were born, Cecil and Caryl, (Mrs. Elmer Wedding) both of Walnut. Jacob Meisenheimer was the second of a family of ten children. Five sisters and three brothers preceded him in death. These are, namely: Mary (Mrs. Henry Dremann), Lena (Mrs. George Rudiger), Elizabeth, Martha (Mrs. Frank Dremann), Lottie (Mrs. Joy Maxwell), Fred, John and a brother who died in infancy. One brother, Henry, survives him. He leaves to mourn his passing, his wife and children, and two grandchildren, Eolyn Kay and Brent Wedding; also many relatives and friends.

Friends and relatives from away who attended the services were; Mrs. Joy Maxwell, Miss Charlotte Maxwell, of Independence, Iowa; Mrs. Robert Reid, Chicago; Mr. and Mrs. W. D. Milliken, Mrs. J. E. Johnson and son Gordon, Dixon; Forrest and Raymond Neidergang, Mrs. Clara Stadler, Ladd; Mr. and Mrs. Peter Pierson, Zearing; Mr. and Mrs. Earl Seaton and two boys and Mrs. Adolph Rick, Peru; Mr. and Mrs. Lyle Dremann, Buda; Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert Dremann, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Althoff, Mrs. Harris, Mrs. John Weller, Mrs. Earl Hubbard, Mrs. Laurence Anderson, Princeton; Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Meisenheimer, Ohio.

(Walnut Ledger, Walnut, Illinois, 1939, submitted by Shirley Beams Simmons)




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