John Gottfried Wenger
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John Gottfried Wenger was born in Canton, Berne, Switzerland, on November 26, 1846, and died at his late home in Forrest, Ill., on Sunday morning August 27, 1905, at the age of 58 years and 9 months.
On March 2, 1872, he was joined in marriage to Miss Rosina Sweitzer in his native land. Ten years later with his young wife he emigrated, reaching the United States October 11, 1881. They settled in Wabash, Ind., where he lost his wife by death three years later.
The six surviving children of this union are Emma McKinney, Rose Bowden, Mary Perkins, Lillie Metz, Fred and Ernest Wenger. All were present at the funeral except Mrs. Bowden who was present during her father’s sickness, but her domestic duties at her home in Hamilton, Ohio, necessitated her return.
In 1885, Mr. Wenger removed from Wabash, and settled at Forrest where he engaged in the furniture business and later in undertaking. Soon after coming to Forrest he was married to Mary Webber who died May 29, 1892. To this union was born a son, Franklin E., who survives his father.
In September 1894 he was joined in marriage to Mrs. Elizabeth Austman, who with his surviving children and three sisters one of whom, Mrs. Baumgartner, is present today to mourn his loss.
For 20 years Mr. Wenger was a familiar figure in Forrest. He was a man of quiet nature and peaceable disposition. His health has been failing for several years, due to an attack of blood poisoning, and on April 28 he took to his bed where he remained through the long, hot summer days and nights, constantly growing weaker until last Sunday morning, he peacefully breathed his last.
The funeral was held at the Christian church Tuesday afternoon. The services were conducted by Rev. M.C. Eignas.