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WHITE CITY REGISTER, 14 January 1909

A Pioneer Gone

   The subject of this sketch, George Weirich was born in Germany Jan. 1st 1824, was united in marriage in France with Miss Abbie Young in the year 1842. There was born of this union 14 children, 8 boys and 6 girls; all of these children were born in America, save one. Five have died 4 boys and 1 girl.

   Father Weirich came from France to America first to Pa., then to Ill; from Illinois to Kansas about 30 years ago, settling on a farm some 6 miles from town and about 20 years ago came to White City, where he has lived till the time of his death, which occurred Friday last, Jan. 8, at 8 p.m., aged 85 years and 8 days.

   Father Weirich's general health has been good, up till about 3 or 4 years ago, when it began to gradually fail, running down, like the sands in the hour glass, till finally life ebbed out. He was ready, yes anxious to go and be at rest. He lead a quiet, peaceable simple life, loved and respected by all who knew him. And by universal consent "A genuinely good man has been taken from our midst," but though translated, yet "Being dead yet speaketh." May we forget any imperfections and exemplify that which was good.

   Father Weirich was raised a Catholic and had always been a devout and faithful member of that church, but coming to this place, where they have no church, he and his wife began to attend the Methodist church, and of late years felt very much at home among the M.E. people.

   They were both members of the Home Department of the Sunday School, studying the lesson each week in their native language. Suitable resolutions will be adopted by the Sunday School next Sunday and spread upon the minutes.

   The funeral services were held in the Methodist church Sunday afternoon and not withstanding the terrible storm, quite a good congregation gathered to do honor to the memory of this good man. The interment was in the city cemetery, conducted by the pastor, J.T. Mayer.

Transcribed and Contributed by Tracy Turner

Last Updated:  Wednesday, November 21, 2007 19:47:23

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