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John G. Redlingshafer, buried in the Chariton Cemetery, is a son of Doratha Redlingshafer, the father of Mary Belle (Redlingshafer) Myers and a brother of George W. Redlingshafer and Margaret Anna (Redlingshafer) Hupp, all buried at Salem.
AGED PIONEER PASSES AWAY
John G. Redlingshafer was born in Bavaria, Germany, May 9, 1827, and died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Daniel Myers, in Benton township, February 8, 1913, at the advanced age of 85 years, 8 months and 29 days. He came to America, with his parents when 20 years of age, locating in Pennsylvania. He was united in marriage to Miss Isabel Greer in West Moorland (Westmoreland) county, Pennsylvania, in November, 1856. They came to Iowa locating in Benton township, where he had since resided. Five children survive him and were all present to see him laid away beside their mother, who died in August, 1894. They are Mrs. Cora Jackson, of Given; Mrs. Minnie Davis, of Sewall; John Jr., of Kalispel, Mont.; Mrs. Mary Myers and Greer, of Lucas county. He had made his home with his daughter, Mrs. Myers, the past four years, where he received kind treatment and careful attention. He was well known in his county where he had been associated in business affairs for so many years and was !
a highly respected citizen. He was a consistent member of the United Brethren church at Otterbein and was always ready to lend a helping hand for the good of his church and fellow men. Funeral services were held from the church Monday at 11 a.m., conducted by Rev. Cornford and attended by a large concourse of friends and neighbors and the remains interred in the Chariton cemetery.
The Chariton Leader, 13 February 1913
John G. Redlingshafer is a son of Dorotha Redlingshafer, father of Mary Belle (Redlingshafer) Myers and brother of George W. Redlingshafer and Margaret Anna (Redlingshafer) Hupp, all buried at Salem. His tombstone and other records show that he was born during 1827, rather than 1828. Other inconsistencies are noted within the text.
JOHN G. REDLINGSHAFER
John G. Redlingshafer was born in Bavaria, Germany, May 9th, 1828 (actually 1827), and died February 8th, 1913, aged eighty-four years, eight months and twenty-nine days. At the age of twenty he came to the United States with his parents, who located in Washington county, Pennsylvania, where he remained until November 30th, 1857 (this apparently is a mistake; John G. married Isabelle Greer 30 November 1856, according to other sources, and they removed to Iowa during the spring of 1857). He was united in marriage in 1856 to Isabel S. Greer. To this union the following children were born, all of whom survive him: Mrs. Mary Myers, of Benton township; John W., of Kalispell, Mont.; Mrs. Minnie Davis, of Sewall; and Ernest Greer, of Benton township. His wife preceded him in death eighteen years ago. They were pioneers of this state, coming to Lucas county in 1857, and residing on his farm in Benton township practically all of their marrid life. He united with the Garton, now Otter!
bein, class of the U. B. church in 1866, being one of the charter members, and retaining his membership in this class until the end of his life. He lived a true and faithful Christian life, discharging every known duty. He was a kind husband, an indulgent father and was ever ready to extend a helping hand to any in need. He endured the privations of a pioneer with a courage that never wavered, and during the dark days of '61 to '65, Uncle John, as he was always known, freely gave of his means and time to aid the loved ones left at home, as well as to encourage the boys who went to the front. He was always careful to visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and no worthy sufferer was ever turned away without aid.
Besides his children there remain seventeen grandchildren and nine great grandchildren, two sisters and other brother, and other relatives and a host of friends to mourn his death. Funeral services were held at the Otterbein church on Monday afternoon at 1 o'clock, conducted by his pastor, Rev. George Cornford, after which the remains were laid to rest in the Chariton cemetery.
The Chariton Herald-Patriot, 13 February 1913
John G. Redlingshafer, who is buried in the Chariton Cemetery, is a son of Doratha Redlingshafer, who is buried at Salem. Also buried at Salem are his daughter, Mary Belle (Redlingshafer) Myers; brother, George W. Redlinshafer; and sister, Margaret Anna (Redlingshafer) Hupp. I know, I know, this report says it was his 69th birthday. But according to his tombstone and other records, he was born during 1827, so this actually was a 70th birthday surprise. Frank D. Myers is not sure who went astray here.
JOHN G. REDLINGSHAFER
Historical Reminiscence and a Pleasant Surprise
Sixty-nine years ago last Sunday a little boy was born over in Germany. Whether he was an exceptionally good boy or not is too far in the past to make any difference now. At any rate the baby grew to manhood like other little German boys do and when he was twenty years old he came to America to join relatives and friends.
Fifty years ago, instead of the vessels that now travel so rapidly, sailing vessels were used, and in one of these our hero embarked. The voyage was long and perilous; the ship was lost and they spent, I believe, eleven weeks on the sea. It was supposed they were lost. Friends watched and waited but no news came and they were ready to go home from the port thinking the ship had gone down, when a sail was sighted. Hoping against hope they still waited and to their joy found that the ship had at last come to land. Our friend went to Pennsylvania where the remainder of his father's family afterward came. A few years following he was married to Miss Isabella Greer and they came to Iowa to make a home. The years swept on; many changes have come; their children grew up and all are married. Mother has been called home, and now Father Redlingshafer is patiently, cheerfully spending his latter days in the old home. Three of his children live near. He has been a faithful christian and!
has seen the church grow up in his own neighborhood. He has the respect of all, and is known as "Uncle John" to many of Lucas county's people.
Grandpa's place is never vacant at Sunday school, and last Sunday the children arranged to surprise the dear old gentleman. When he came home he said, "It looks like somebody has taken possession." Sure enough it was true. There were the children, Mary, John and Greer, each with their families, and sister Margaret Wolfe, and brother George W. Redlingshafer and a niece from Kansas, Mrs. Lizzie VanGilder and children. A good dinner was served and the day passed very pleasantly for all.
Very few people of his age are in the enjoyment of better health than is Grandpa Redlingshafer. Trusting he may be spared to us for many happy days the company dispersed, pronouncing this surprise a grand success.
The Chariton Herald, 13 May 1897
John W. Rosa, who is buried in the Chariton Cemetery, is a son of Anna Margaret (Redlingshafer) Rosa, also buried at Chariton; and the grandson of Doratha Redlingshafer, who is buried at Salem.
JOHN W. ROSA
John W. Rosa, son of John W. and Margaret Ann Rosa, was born July 4, 1857, near Princeton, Ill., and passed away quietly and in great peace at his home in Benton township Tuesday, January 4, 1949, at the age of 91 years and six months.
He came to Iowa with his parents at the age of eight, locating at Chariton. Shortly after coming here his father passed away, the mother then moving her family to a farm south of Chariton where he grew to manhood.
He was converted at the age of 16 and became a member of the United Brethren church, from that time on he was active in many phases of church work as Sunday school superintendent, class leader and what ever the Lord called him to do. To serve the Lord and Master always occupied first place in his life.
He served his community in many other ways, being President of the Mutual Insurance Association from 1909 to 1947, when he withdrew on account of failing health. He was also one of the organizers of the Farm Bureau in the county. He took his citizenship seriously and had never missed voting at the Myers school house in 70 years. He had voted in 17 presidential campaigns.
On May 6th, 1891, he was married to Minerva Chynoweth at her mother's home near Derby, Iowa, Rev. I. P. Mitchell of the U.B. church officiating. They came that day to the farm which has since been the family home.
To this union two children were born, a son, George E. Rosa, of Chariton, and a daughter, Dorothy Rosa Elson, of Lineville, Iowa, who with his devoted wife survive. Also surviving are five grandchildren, George Rosa Jr. of Chariton; Mrs. Ruth Lorenat of Chicago; Coleen Rosa, of Chariton; Robert Elson, of Des Moines; and John W. Elson, of Kansas City, Mo. One great granddaughter, Grace Kathleen Rosa.
Their golden wedding anniversary was observed in 1941 by entertaining a number of friends and holding open house. One hundred guests called to help them enjoy the occasion. He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, Adam G. Rosa, who passed away in 1940, and one sister, Anna M. Schreck, in 1942. He will be missed by all, but our loss is Heaven's gain.
Funeral rites were held Thursday, January 6, at two o'clock at the Miley Funeral home. The Rev. Clifford Carter, pastor of the Evangelical United Brethren church, officiated. Interment took place in Chariton cemetery.
The Chariton Herald Patriot, 13 January 1949
Although the following appears under the heading "Joachim Wulf," who was the second husband of Anna Margaret (Redlingshafer) Rosa, it actually is more of a biography of the Rosa family. Anna Margaret; her two husbands, John Rosa and Joachim Wulf; Lott Rosa, an infant son of Anna Margaret and John; and Anna Margaret's son and daughter-in-law, John W. and Sarah Minerva (Chynoweth) Rosa, share a lot in the Chariton Cemetery. Anna Margaret's mother, Doratha; brother, George W. Redlingshafer; sister, Margaret Anna (Redlingshafer) Hupp; and niece, Mary Belle (Redlingshafer) Myers, are buried at Salem. Note that Frank Myers family records show that John Rosa died of typhoid.
JOACHIM WULF, deceased, was born in Rentzburg, Province of Prussia, May 3, 1822, and belonged to that army of men who, since the establishment of the first settlement in this country by white men, have crossed the Atlantic to secure homes. He was reared on his father's farm and received a good common-school education. In 1867 he resolved to try his fortune in the New World and sailed from Hamburg to Quebec on a post ocean liner. After landing he at once resumed his westward journey, coming to Iowa, where he secured work on the Burlngton Railroad, which at that time was being constructed westward from Lucas county.
On the 28th of November, 1868, Mr. Wulf was united in marriage to Mrs. Anna M. Rosa, widow of John Rosa, and a daughter of George and Dorothea (Redlingshafer) Redlingshafer, and a sister of John G. Redlingshafer. The lady was born in Bavaria, Germany, February 28, 1824. At the home of her aunt, on the 12th of June, 1850, she became the wife of John Rosa, who was born in that city (sic) April 11, 1822. He came to America in 1849, and in this country renewed the acquaintance of the lady whome he made his wife, and whom he had known in her native land. The young couple removed to St. Louis, Missouri, where he worked at the tailor's trade for about five years. Their next place of residence was in Tazewell county, Illinois, and Mr. Rosa opened a tailor shop in Pekin, which he conducted for two years. He then established a small cigar store in Peoria, Illinois, and in 1864 he removed from Illinois to Iowa, locating in Chariton, Lucas county, where he again embarked in the cigar!
business on a somewhat limited scale. His death occurred there October 23, 1867. The same year his widow purchased the farm on which she now resides.
Mr. and Mrs. Rosa had ten children, three now living, namely: John W., who resides on a farm near his motherr; George A., also a farmer, of Benton township, Lucas county; and Anna M., who was born in Illinois July 24, 1862; she was married October 25, 1887, to William Schreck, and they have four children: Rosa May, born June 15, 1888; John H., January 3, 1891; Laura, December 22, 1892; and Gussie Margaret, February 4, 1895. Mr. Schreck has resided in this State since 1869.
Upon their marriage, Mr. and Mrs. Wulf located upon the farm owned by the latter, and to its development and cultivation our subject devoted his energies throughout his remaining days. He passed away on the 2d of August, 1893, and was laid to rest in Chariton cemetery.
"A Memorial and Biographical Record of Iowa" (Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Company, 1896), page 1158.
Anna Margaret (Redlingshafer) Rosa/Wulf, who is buried in the Chariton Cemetery, is the eldest daughter of Doratha Redlingshafer, who is buried at Salem.
Anna Margaret Redlingshafer, daughter of George and Dorothy Redlingshafer, was born in the province of Bavaria, Germany, Feb. 28, 1824, and died at the home of her daughter Anna Schreck, Feb. 7, 1906, aged 81 years, 11 months and 7 days.
She came with her parents to America in 1849, locating in Washington county, Pennsylvania. She was here married to John Rosa, June 12, 1850, removing soon after to St. Louis, later going to Illinois and living in Pekin and Depew, coming in 1864 to Lucas county where she has since resided. Her husband died October 1867.
To them were born ten children, three of whom are now living: John W., Adam G. Rosa and Anna M. Schreck, all residing in Benton township.
She was married Nov. 28, 1868, to Joachim Wulf, who died Aug. 2, 1893. After his death she made her home with her daughter, Mrs. William Schreck.
She was a member of the German Lutheran church and lived a strong helpful Christian life. She loved her bible and taught the love of it to her children. Three children, eleven grandchildren, two brothers and two sisters survive.
Funeral was held on Friday, Feb. 9th. A brief service was held at the house at 10 o'clock then at 11:30 the sermon from Job. 16:19 was preached at the Otterbein church by Rev. J. H. Yaggy. Burial took place at the Chariton cemetery. Contributed.
The Chariton Patriot, Thursday, 15 February 1906