|Birth: ||Jul. 8, 1808|
|Death: ||Nov. 15, 1897|
DEATH OF DR. SCHEIB
Venerable Pastor Emeritus Of Zion Church Passes Away In His 90th Year.
BODY TO BE LAID IN STATE
In The Church Which He Has Faithfully Served.
Arrangements For The Funeral Tomorrow Morning--The Noted Preacher's Death Due To The Infirmities Of Age--Had Been In Baltimore Since 1833--His Pastoral Work
Rev. Henry Scheib, the venerable pastor emeritus of Zion Church, on North Gay street, died yeseterday morning at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Richard Walzl, at Cedar Heights, Relay Station. Although Mr. Scheib had been suffering much pain and annoyance for several days, his death was painless and peaceful. He suffered from no organic disease, his death being due to the wasting away of the vital forces, owing to his advanced age.
Dr. Scheib had made his home at Relay Station for several months. His daughter, Miss Mary Scheib, who had devoted her life to ministering to the wants of her father, died early last summer, and Dr. Scheib then closed his house on North Carrollton avenue and went to live with his married daughter at Relay.
The body will be brought to Baltimore this afternoon at 4 o'clock by undertaker George Schaefer and taken to Zion Church, where it will remain in state until 10 o'clock tonight. The funeral will be in charge of the vestrymen of Zion Church, who completed arrangements last night at a meeting held at the church.
Services will be held tomorrow at 10 o'clock. At 8 o'clock the edifice will be open for the public. Rev. Julius Hofmann will officiate. At Lorraine Cemetery, where burial will be made, the Leiderkranz Singing Society, of which Dr. Scheib was founder, will sing.
The pallbearers will include: Honorary, Henry Becker, A.H. Schulz, Charles Hilgenberg, A.C. Feuss, Richard Ortmann, R. M. Rother, Charles Nitze, F.W. Oehm, Daniel Steenken, H.H. Kuhlmann, Herman Born, Charles C. Homer, John Uhrig, J.H. Boring, Adolph Simon, Martin Kesnodel, Charles L. Hilgartner, C.H. Pressum, Henry Steffens, John F. Raabe, Geo. Wagner.
Active, George Bumrecke, Jacob Klein, F. Brumshagen, Charles Rothmann, W.T. Schnitze, G. Siegmund, H.G. von Heine and B.A. Schneidereith.
Dr. Scheib was born July 8, 1808, at Bacharach, a small town on the Rhine. His father was a wine grower, and Mr. Scheib was the eldest of five children. His first instruction was received at the Reform church, and when he was twelve years old he was sent to the Latin school, where he remained two years. Upon the promise of assistance from friends, the father entered the son at the then new gymnasium at Kreuznach. The promised assistance did not come, however, and young Henry Scheib was frequently pushed for the means of subsistence while following out his father's wish that he should prepare for the ministry.
He commenced reading Hebrew, and before he went to the university had completed the books of Samuel, most of Psalms and Isaiah. He remained at the institution for six years.
In 1830 he matriculated at the University of Bonn. During the three years he spent at Bonn the total amount of money he received from home was sixteen thalers and a few groschen--something more than twelve dollars. Besides theology, he became greatly interested in other sciences. Having passed the state examination, and his sojourn at the university being ended, he began to look around for a position, but could find nothing. For a year he held a scholarship at the University of Utrecht, Holland.
In December, 1834, he sailed from Rotterdam. After a long and stormy voyage he landed in New York city in April, 1833. He was penniless, but letters introducing him to Dr. F. Geissenhalner, Sr., pastor of St. Matthew's German Church, obtained for him a cordial reception in the doctor's family.
In September Mr. Scheib received an invitation to fill, temporarily, the position of minister at the Zion's Church, in this city. Although he had determined to accept a call to Newark, N.J., by advice of Dr. Geissenhalner he came here, without a thought that thenceforward it would be his home for more than sixty years. In Baltimore he found a congregation utterly neglected, divided by bitter dissension between minister, vestry and congregation. He commenced a long and tedious work, taking sides with neither party, but giving himself no rest until he had removed the evil and its roots. On October 18, 1835, he was almost unanimously elected pastor of Zion Church.
Early in his pastorate Mr. Scheib became convinced that the education of the children would be a necessary condition of success in his work. He delivered a course of lectures on education at the church, and then began a series of improvements, extending through many years, which resulted in the erection of a large school building. From the school of seventeen pupils of both sexes, as Dr. Scheib found, the attendance rapidly increased until several hundred boys and girls were in attendance and thousands of persons in Baltimore had received their entire education at the school. When he took charge he found the German language was used exclusively. In a short time he added the English branches and in that way had the honor of establishing the first German-English school of Baltimore.
At the beginning of the pastoral work Dr. Scheib organized a society for the cultivation of church music. That organization is now the Liederkranz.
On Sunday, October 18, 1896, the sixty-first anniversary of his pastorate, at the evening service at Zion's Church, Dr. Scheib announced that he would give up the pastorate and asked the congregation to accept the resignation. His request was complied with, and the vestry of the church at once informed him that he had been elected pastor emeritus of the church, with a full salary.
In 1839 Mr. Scheib was married to Miss Lisette D. Eisenbrandt, daughter of Christian Henry Eisenbrandt, widely known as a manufacturer of musical instruments. She died several years ago. His surviving children are Mrs. Richard Walzl, Mrs. G. W. Lehmann, wife of Dr. G.W. Lehmann, of the city health department, and Prof. Edward Scheib, of the college at Blacksburg, Va.
Baltimore SUN, 16 January 1897
Sophia E Scheib (1855 - 1872)*
Lorraine Park Cemetery
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