these are postings found while looking through archives of Fulton Co, IN.
Death entered the household of Mr. and Mrs. J. F. FROMM on Thursday and took from the family circle, Eliza [FROMM], their youngest daughter, aged two years. The funeral occurred yesterday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the Lutheran church, Rev. C. A. GERMANN, of Peru, conducting the services.
Hon. Fred FROMM and Fred PETERSON left on Monday for a trip to the old country.
January 28, 1882
A report gained currency on the street last week that Hon. John F. FROMM, a citizen of Rochester had died in Germany, a few days before, while there on a visit to friends. A Sentinel representative applied to his nearest friends at this place to learn the facts, and by them was informed that there was no truth in the report which accounts for a contradictory statement in these columns last Saturday. What object they had in trying to keep the fact of his death concealed from the public, is something that we do not understand, for it is a fact that the subject of this sketch died at Dingen, Germany, December 28, 1881.
A history of the life and character of the deceased need hardly be given, so well was he known to the citizens of this county. At the date of his death he was about forty-five years of age. He left his native land at an early age and made his first permanent stopping place in this country at Logansport, where he was engaged as servant boy to Dr. G. N. FITCH. Ambitious to engage in business for himself, it was not long until he mastered the baking business and established himself in trade. Prosperity smiled upon him and from a small beginning he soon acquired a small capital with which he came to Rochester. All know how well he has succeeded at this place. From the proprietor of a small bakery 25 years ago he arose to be numbered among the wealthiest citizens of the town and county. The magnificent COMMERCIAL Block is a monument to his industry and enterprise, as it was largely through his efforts that it was erected. There are many other residences about town of his spirit of progression.
Mr. Fromm was always an earnest and active Democrat. In 1876 his party honored him with a nomination for Joint Representative for the counties of Fulton, Pulaski and Starke to which position he was elected by a handsome majority. He served one term in the State legislature with credit to himself and honor to the party he represented.
The deceased was of a strong and robust constitution, but two years ago he was stricken with paralysis, since which time until his death he was in feeble health. Believing that a protracted visit to his old home across the water would help to restore his lost manhood, he took his family, consiting of a wife and four children, two boys and two girls, and left Rochester on the 2d of last May. He and his family were enjoying life finely in the Fatherland until he received another stroke of paralysis which ended his days on the date above stated. He leaves a vast estate for settlement, all accumulated by his early struggles and determination for success. It is understood that he left a will in which his lifelong friend, Henry HOPPE, of Logansport, is named as executor. When such men as Mr. Fromm are broken down in health and finally have to yield to the power of the grim monster, the community in which they live suffers a great loss, and in the death of Hon. J. F. Fromm, Rochester has lost one of its most valuable citizens.
Frederick GRAEBER has been appointed administrator of the estate of John F. FROMM, deceased. He gave bond for the faithful discharge of his trust in the sum of $20,000.
Henry FROMM, oldest son of Hon. J. F. FROMM, deceased, concluded to return to America, his native country. He left Germany May 20th, on the steamer, Rhine, and arrived at New York, June 2nd, and at Rochester June 4th. His mother, now Mrs. SCHOELERMAN, and family will likely remain in Germany permanently
Mrs. FROMM, widow of the late Hon. J. F. FROMM, returned to her old home in Rochester, on Thursday morning, after an absence of several years in Germany, where her husband died. She is here to look after her husband's estate and will probably make Rochester her permanent home again. She was accompanied from New York to Rochester by a young man named Albert PFANNKUCHER, a relative of her and the CORNELIUS brothers of this place.
Mrs. Fred FROMM has concluded to settle in Rochester, and is furnishing the old home and is in waiting for her family, left in the "fatherland." Henry FROMM, brother of Fred FROMM, Sr., will accompany Mrs. Fromm's children safely to this place.