This post was contributed to the Crawford County Chapter of OGS by Kristina Stearley as part of the Florence Siefert Scrapbook in 2010.

The scrapbook is compiled from undated, unidentified newspaper clippings involving events in the lives of Crawford County citizens living in or having connections to New Washington, Tiro, Shelby, Sulphur Springs, Chatfield, Bucyrus, Ashland, Mansfield, and other areas. Only minimal spelling or punctuation corrections were made. Unreadable areas are shown by underlines, dots &/or question marks. This collection has been scanned, “optical character recognized” (OCR’d), proofed, then coded for HTML by volunteers of the Crawford County Chapter of the Ohio Genealogical Society. Since the copies are not of the best quality errors may have been made. Please contact us if you find corrections needing to be made or can verify any missing dates which could be added.

John Kahler was born at New Washington, Ohio, August 9, 1854, and was a son of Conrad Kahler, of this place. He was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith. He was married to Miss Margaret Heinmeller on March 21, 1878; this union was blessed with nine children, three of whom preceded their father to eternity. He leaves a wife, six children, four brothers, two sisters and a large circle of relatives to mourn his departure.
Deceased was a butcher by trade, having learned the same under the tutorship of L. J. Kimerline, of this place. Five years ago he moved to Attica and followed his trade until stricken with his fatal illness. Deceased served as a guard in the Ohio Penitentiary at Columbus during the two years of Gov. Campbell’s administration.
Mr. Kahler was a highly respected citizen and his death is keenly felt not only by his relatives but by his many warm friends. Deceased departed this life last Saturday, February 27, 1897, aged 42 yrs., 6 mos., 18 das. His death resulted from lung trouble. Funeral services were held at the late residence of the deceased yesterday morning after which the remains were brought to this place and interred in the Union cemetery. The funeral services were in charge of the order of Knights of Pythias of which deceased was a member.
The following lines by request are published in connection with obituary.

Death our dearest ties can sever,
Take our loved ones from our side;
Bear them from our homes forever
O’er life’s dark, cold river’s tide.

Soon the tide will bear us over
Far beyond the shore of time,
There we hope to meet each other
In the land that’s most sublime.

In that happy land we’ll meet them
With those loved and gone before;
And again with joy we greet them
There where parting is no more.

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