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