|Birth: ||Feb. 7, 1876|
|Death: ||Nov. 9, 1939|
The Strahan community was shocked last Thursday by the sudden death of J. P. Achenbach. Seemingly in his usual health, just a short time after he had eaten his noon mean, he complained of severe pain in his arms. He left his store to go home to lie down and when Mrs. Achenbach went to the house a short time late she found him where he had fallen near the outer door. A physician was immediately summoned and everything that medical science and loving hands could do was done, but without avail.
Funeral services were held at the Strahan Church at 2:30 p.m. last Sunday and was the largest in attendance ever had here. Masses of beautiful flowers filled the pulpit and covered the casket as a last tribute of a legion of faith and friends. Rev. James Walls conducted the service and a choir of mixed voices, Charles Gipe, Emmett Gipe, Mrs. Frank Steel, and Rosailand Wall sang three selections.
Acting pall bearers were Ellis Grindle, Dale Laughlin, Howard Kayton, Morris Woodfill, Frank Steele, and Ernest wederquist. The flowers were cared for by Mrs. Frank Crouse, Mrs. Dale Laughlin, Mrs. Ernest Wederquist, and Mrs. Frank Johnson.
Jacob Peter Achenbach, son of Joseph and Mary Achenbach, was born in Henry County, Iowa on February 7, 1876 and passed away at the family home in Strahan on Thursday afternoon, November 9, 1939. At the time of his birth he was Christianed by his parents in the Lutheran faith. Early in life he suffered the loss of his parents and with several of his brothers and his sisters came to Mills County where he made his home with an older sister, Mrs. Cynda Carey, near Macedonia.
On January 25, 1899 he was united in marriage to Maude Ogden and to this union were born three children, Oliver Milton, Myrtle Olive and Margaret Lucile. For the past 27 years he had conducted a mercantile business in Strahan, having had two different locations here during that time.
Few men have endeared them selves more to a community than did Mr. Achenbach. His heart, his home, and his hands were ever open to his friends and neighbors. Always thoughtful and considerate of others, no one ever came to him but was given every aid and encouragement. He was a lover of dumb animals and his faithful companion was his dog. He was a loving husband, a kind and understanding father, and his aim and efforts were to made his home a place of welcome and companionship to his loved ones. His was a place that will be revered and remembered, a place had to fill, but his loving heart and good deeds will ever live in the lives of his many friends, both young and old.
He is survived by his loving and faithful wife, his three children, Oliver, Myrtle, and Margaret; three brothers, Louis of Malvern, Fred of Macedonia, and Dave of Oakland, and one sister, Mrs. Margaret Denton, also of Macedonia.
He has passed to his reward, his life work ended, his work well done.
When each loom is silent,
And the shuttles cease to fly,
God will unroll the pattern,
And show the reason why.
For the dark threads are as needful
In the weaver's skillful hands,
As the threads of gold and silver,
For the pattern that he planned.
He was laid to rest in the beautiful Malvern Cemetery.
Malvern Leader, November 16, 1939, page 1 & 5
Maude M. Ogden Achenbach (1880 - 1966)*
Oliver M. Achenbach (1902 - 1985)*
Maintained by: Marty & Harley
Originally Created by: Dennis Bell
Record added: Feb 16, 2010
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