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William Armbruster
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Birth: May 5, 1838
Baden-Württemberg, Germany
Death: Apr. 2, 1916
Kurtz
Jackson County
Indiana, USA

Seymour Daily Tribune newspaper, Seymour, IN
Tuesday 4 April 1916; Page 4, Column 3

FUNERAL OF THE FOUNDER OF KURTZ LARGELY ATTENDED

Hundreds Pay Last Respect to the Up-right and Useful Career of the Late William Armbruster

The funeral of the late William Armbruster, aged seventy-eight years, one of the most prominent residents of Owen township, was held at 10:30 o'clock at the M.E. church at Kurtz and was largely attended. His friends were numbered by the hundreds and his death which occurred on Sunday morning was a profound loss to the vicinity. His death followed an illness with arterie selerosis.(sic)

Mr. Armbruster was instrumental in the founding of Kurtz. He conducted a general store there for many years. During the last few years, however, the business has been under the management of his sons who have successfully conducted it.

Mr. Armbruster was a native of Wutember, Germany, where he was born May 5, 1838. He was the son of John G. and Catherine Armbruster, He was educated in the schools of his native country and early in his life was apprenticed to a tanner. In 1854 when he was sixteen years of age he came to this country, landing in New Orleans. He came at once to Kentucky where he found employment.

In 1862 he removed to Monroe County where he followed his trade until 1864. In that year he enlisted as a private in Company B, Fifty-eighth Indiana Volunteer Regiment, continuing in active service until the close of the war.

After his military career he returned to Monroe County where he engaged in the tanning business until 1889 when he moved to Kurtz, this county. There he erected and equipped a spoke factory which was the first industrial enterprise of the village. In February, 1889, he purchased the general store of John T. Deal and conduced it until his death. The store is one of the largest general stores in the county. In 1901 he established a brick and tile factory in Kurtz and three years later he placed in operation a stave factory.

Before the Civil War he was employed in a tannery which was operated by the father of Former Governor W. T. Durbin. He was a member of the Kurtz M. E. church and contributed liberally to that congregation. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge and in politics was an ardent Republican.

On August 17, 1865, he was united in marriage to Miss Mary Bentelspacher who died in 1906. He leaves three sons, Charles and Howard Armbruster, of Kurtz, and John of Jamestown, and four daughters, Mrs. Mary Houck, and Mrs. Katherine Clark, of Jamestown, and Misses Pauline and Lucy who live at home.

The large attendance at the funeral showed the high esteem in which the deceased was held throughout the county. He was successful in business and acquired a comfortable fortune but in all his business dealings he was honest and upright and was known throughout the community for his strict integrity.
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US Census records; from Family Search.org:
Charles and Mary are related to his wife, Anna Mary Bentelspacher

William Armbruster, "United States Census, 1870"

Name: William Armbruster
Birth Year (Estimated): 1838
Gender: Male
Age (Original): 32y
Race: White
Birthplace: Wurtenburg
Event Place: Indiana, United States
Household Gender Age Birthplace
William Armbruster M 32y Wurtenburg
Anna M Armbruster F 30y Wurtenburg
Katy Armbruster F 5y Indiana
Paulina Armbruster F 4y Indiana
Louisa Armbruster F 2y Indiana
Mary E Beutelspacher F 15y Pennsylvania
Charles Beutelspacher M 13y Kentucky
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William Armbuster, "United States Census, 1880"

Name: William Armbuster
Event Type: Census
Event Date: 1880
Event Place: Polk, Monroe, Indiana, United States
Gender: Male
Age: 42
Marital Status: Married
Occupation: Tanner
Race (Original): W
Ethnicity: American
Relationship to Head of Household: Self
Birthplace: Germany
Birth Date: 1838
Spouse's Name: Mary Armbuster
Spouse's Birthplace: Germany
Father's Name:
Father's Birthplace: Germany
Mother's Name:
Mother's Birthplace: Germany
Page: 172
Page Letter: B
Entry Number: 161
Affiliate Film Number: T9-0300
GS Film number: 1254300
Digital Folder Number: 004240633
Image Number: 00008
Household Gender Age Birthplace
Self William Armbuster M 42 Germany
Wife Mary Armbuster F 47 Germany
Daughter Mary E. Armbuster F 24 Indiana, United States
Son Charles G. Armbuster M 22 Indiana, United States
Daughter Katherine Armbuster F 15 Germany
Daughter Polley Armbuster F 13 Indiana, United States
Daughter Lueasy Armbuster F 12 Indiana, United States
Son Howard S. Armbuster M 9 Indiana, United States
Son John W. Armbuster M 3 Indiana, United States
Granddaughter Jelisa Armbuster F 4 Indiana, United States
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William Armbruster, "United States Census, 1900"
***his obituary states his wife died in 1906, BUT here in 1900, he states he is a "widower"

His daughter - Polly/Pauline is also listed as "widow"

Name: William Armbruster
Titles and Terms:
Event Type: Census
Event Date: 1900
Event Place: ED 75 Owen Township, Jackson, Indiana, United States
Birth Date: May 1838
Birthplace: Germany
Relationship to Head of Household: Head
Father's Birthplace: Germany
Mother's Birthplace: Germany
Race: White
Gender: Male
Marital Status: Widowed
Years Married:
Marriage Year (Estimated):
Mother of how many children:
Number of Living Children:
Immigration Year: 1854
Page: 2
Sheet Letter: A
Family Number: 26
Reference ID: 13
GS Film number: 1240379
Digital Folder Number: 004118628
Image Number: 00015
Household Gender Age Birthplace
Head William Armbruster M 62 Germany
Daughter Louisa Armbruster F 32 Indiana
Daughter Polly A Todd F 34 Indiana
 
 
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 Spouse:
  Anna Mary Bentelspacher Armbruster (1832 - 1896)
 
 Children:
  Pauline Armbrewster Todd (1866 - 1958)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Kurtz Cemetery
Kurtz
Jackson County
Indiana, USA
 
Maintained by: Gaye Hill
Originally Created by: Mary Crockett
Record added: Oct 27, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 22475549
William Armbruster
Added by: Anita Bartley
 
William Armbruster
Added by: Anita Bartley
 
William Armbruster
Added by: Gaye Hill
 
 
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- Gaye Hill
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