Clay County


John Christian Weiler, son of Henry and Kathryn Weiler, was born in Wurttenberg, Germany, November 11, 1862, and departed this life at Springfield, Massachusetts, June 7, 1930, age 67 years, 6 months and 26 days.

He came to this country when he was sixteen years of age, coming to the home of his uncle, John Weiler, at Clay City, Illinois, with whom he made his home for one and a half years. After leaving Clay City he spent several years in the western states, finally making his way back to New York.

At the outbreak of the Spanish-American war he gave his services for this country, serving until the end of the war.

For the last twenty-five years he has lived at Springfield, Massachusetts, where he was engaged in the bakery business until his health began failing him about six months ago.

He made one trip to his old home in Germany about nineteen years ago, the following year he spent two weeks here with his brother and family.

He became a charter member of the Odd Fellows lodge while in New York, later moving his membership to Springfield, Massachusetts, and has been a loyal member for the last thirty-five years.

He leaves to mourn their loss, two brothers, Fred Weiler, of Clay City, Illinois, and Jacob Weiler, of Germany; also a number of nieces and nephews and two cousins, Sophia W. Boyles, of Flora, Illinois, and Louisa Ohnsorg, of St. Louis, Missouri. A father, mother, one brother and two sisters preceded him into the great beyond.

His body was laid to rest in the I. O. O. F. cemetery, Clay City, Illinois.

"Tell me, my secret soul,
O, tell me, Hope and Faith,
Is there no resting-place
From sorrow, sin, and death?
Is there no happy spot
Where mortals may be blessed;
Where grief may find a balm,
And weariness a rest?
Faith, Hope, and Love,
Best boons to mortals given,
Waved their bright wings, and whispered:
'yes, — in Haven.' "

Extracted 12 Jun 2017 by Norma Hass from 1930 Pictures and Biographical Sketches of the Business Men of Clay City, Illinois.

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