In the fall of 1879, our father had a very severe and protracted attack
of typhoid fever, which left him in very feeble health. It was, indeed,
as a sequence of this that his final disease resulted. The first year
after our mothers death, he continued a great sufferer, so feeble as to
require the almost constant attention of some one or other. Mary was his
right hand, and nurse. Sept. 13th 1883 he was married to Mrs. Susan R.
Rand. His health at this time was somewhat improved, and became better,
and so continued till a few months before his death.
The day before Pas second marriage Henry Stever was married to Miss
Emma Poehler at the residence of the brides father Mr. Theodore
Poehler. (Henry, Edward and Mary were all married by our father).
On Feb. 7th 1884, Mary L. was married at Pas home to Albert C.
Hamilton, (photographer), and Mar 6th 1884 Edward P. was married to Miss
Hattie Arnold. E. P. was the last of the children to marry, the eldest
living, Katie (the, writer here) having been married at Dixon, Ills, Nov
11th 1866 to Mr. Jonathan Uhl. (flour miller)
On Sunday, Oct. 19th, 1884, Pa was taken very ill while at church, but
afterward seemed to mend for a time, then grew worse, other better, till
early in Dec. we found he was gradually but steadily failing. On Sunday
Dec. 21st he baptized the infant daughter of his son Henry, I stood
sponsor and the baby was named Helen Catharine in honor of its
grandmother Catherine Tremper.