He and his wife Tresa were the only ones of my great-grandparents who were still living when I was born. Grandpa Gruber was a nice, old man. He was the father of my special grandma. She told me many stories about him.
Grandpa Gruberís parents came from Switzerland before he was born. He was seventh in a family of nine children. When he was fourteen years old, he got a brain fever which raised an abscess on his right eye. When the abscess grew larger and burst, it left him blind in this eye. If you see pictures of him, you may notice he is almost always posed with his right eye concealed from the camera.
Grandpa was a farmer and carpenter. After his three oldest children were grown, he, his wife, and their youngest daughter Virginia moved to California. Iím not sure how long they stayed, but Aunt Virginia wanted to return to Missouri, as she had a boyfriend there, so I know they didnít stay long.
When Grandpa Gruber was 81 years old, his wife of 58 years died. As an old man, he was unable to live alone and care for himself, so Aunt Virginia and her family moved into his home with him with the understanding that she was to get the farm when he died. She didnít treat him very well. Iíve heard my grandmother say that sometimes her dad would come to visit her and complain of the way he was being treated. She always asked him to come live with her, but he always returned home.
Grandpa was 86 years old when he died, and I vaguely remember him as a nice, old man. The last Christmas before he died, he gave me a doll cradle, and I kept it for a long, long time.
****** Andrew Gruber, son of Christian and Catherine Gruber, was born in Lewis County, July 6, 1867, and died Monday, February 1, at the age of 86 years, 6 months and 26 days. He was the last of 9 children. On January 29, 1891, he was united in marriage to Tresa Ellen Tuley in Canton, by the Rev. W. P. Cave. To this union four children were born: Orange and Melven Gruber, Bea McDaniel, and Virginia Fishback, all of near Canton. Besides his four children he leaves to mourn his passing 9 grandchildren, and sixteen great-grandchildren and a host of relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his wife and one grandchild, Edna May McDaniel. He was a member of the Methodist church. He had been in failing health since last August, when he suffered a stroke of paralysis. Mr. and Mrs. Gruber celebrated their golden wedding anniversary in January, 1941 and had been married 58 years at the time of her passing. Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon, February 3, at the Canton Baptist church, by the Rev. L. B. Arvin, assisted by the Rev. M. D. Mulvania. Music was furnished by the granddaughters. Pall bearers were Albert Fishback, Keith Martin, Junior Bronestine, Julian Willis, Kenneth Tompkins and Harlan Tompkins. The flower girls were the granddaughters and great-granddaughters. He was laid to rest by the side of his wife in Forest Grove cemetery.