From the Chatsworth Plaindealer Chatsworth,Livingston,Illinois
GUSTAVUS KOEHLER FEBRUARY 5, 1925
Gustavus Koehler died at his home 5 miles south and 1 1/2 miles east of Chatsworth Wednesday (Jan.4) afternoon at 3:30 o'clock, following an illness of some time with cancer of the stomach. While Mr. Koeher had not been in very good health for some time the nature of his illness did not manifest itself until a few weeks ago since which time he failed rapidly. Funeral services will be held at 10 o'clock under the auspices of the Masonic lodge of which he had so long been a member. Revs. H.F. Schreiner, of Peoria, and C.J. Kinrade, pastor of the Methodist church, will conduct the services. The burial will be in the Chatsworth cemetery. Mr. Koehler was born in the kingdom of Saxony, Germany, October 20, 1841. His father died in middle age and his mother with three sons and one daughter emigrated to Mendota, Illinois. For several years the subject of this sketch remained and assisted his mother with farm work until she again married. In 1867 Mr. Koehler was married to Miss Elizabeth Wendel, of bureau county and they soon afterward came to the vicinity of Chatsworth. Three children were born to this union, namely Edward, Amanda and Kate. Mrs. Koehler died in May 1876. In 1877 Mr. Koehler was married to Miss Anna Koestner. To this union one daughter and eight sons were born, names; Rose, George, Albert, Philip, John, Herbert, Clair, Lloyd and Gerald. Mrs. Koehler passed away in July 13, 1917. Mr. Koehler came to this vicinity when it was one vast unbroken and barren prairie. He was practically penniless but he was of that hardy, frugal German stock that was not afraid of work and by perseverance and good management he acquired many acres of now very valuable land and surrounded himself with a family of fine children who will now mourn for a kind and indulgent father. Altho not actively engaged in farming for several years he never left the homestead but remained there to the end with his daughter, Miss Kate and son, John. He took an active part in the establishment of schools and other public improvemnts and for more than fifty years was an honored member of the Masonic fraternity. During the Civil war he was engaged in constructing bridges for the government along the Tennessee river but after 40 days was compelled to return home by reason of illness. Of the twelve children, eleven survive, Amanda having passed away several years ago. Edward, the eldest, is a resident of near Duncombe, Iowa; Rose, now the wife of John Lockner, lives near Piper City ; Lloyd at Iowa City, and Gerald in Chicago; George near Cullom, and the remainder in and near Chatsworth. All were here at the time of death of their father.