Aug. 17, 1855 Offwiller Departement du Bas-Rhin Alsace, France
Jul. 13, 1932 Pensacola Escambia County Florida, USA
Obit- John H. Engel was born in Offwiller, Alsace, in France, on August 17, 1855, and died in Pensacola, Florida, July 13, 1932, at his son's home. At the age of fourteen, traveling alone, he left his native country to seek his fortune in America. He first settled in Ashton, Illinois, apprenticing himself to Mr. Frees to learn the tinner's trade. After learning his trade, he came to Franklin Grove, opening a tin shop, to which he added a hardware stock. After following this endeavor for several years, he sold out and served as postmaster of Franklin Grove for two terms. At the expiration of his second term of office, he embarked in the dry goods business. In 1901, he and his wife moved to Chicago and there entered the wholesale saddlery and harness business, and afterward the retail wood and coal business. In 1921, they moved to Valparaiso, Florida, where his son was living. This was his home until his death. From 1921 until 1928, he was assistant postmaster and in 1922, when the Valparaiso State Bank was organized, he was elected as a director and served in this capacity until his resignation, tendered in 1930. On September 1, 1880, he married Mary Louise Klein of Amboy, Illinois, to which union was born one son, Harold J., now residing in Pensacola, Florida. In 1921, the deceased became a Mason, being raised to the Master's degree by Circle Lodge No. 246 at Oak Park, Illinois. After going to Florida, he took the chapter degree at Crestview, that state. He was very proud of his membership in the Masonic fraternity and his life was lived as every true Mason should live. The life of the deceased was one of faithful service- always with the interests and welfare of others at heart, with no thought of self. All trusts in him were faithfully and energetically carried out to the finish. The remains were brought to Franklin Grove for burial. Services were held in the Methodist church, with Rev. C.D. Wilson conducting the service. The body was laid to rest in the family lot in the Franklin Grove Cemetery, with the Masonic order in charge of the burial service Sunday afternoon. By his passing, the deceased leaves to mourn; his widow, Mary L. Engel, nee Klein; one son, Harold J.; and two grand-children, Marion Louise Engel, and John C. The out-of-town guests attending the funeral were: Mr. & Mrs. James McFadden, Mr. & Mrs. C.C. Buck, Mr. & Mrs. W.G. Buck, and Mr. & Mrs. George Huber, Mr. & Mrs. John Wenk, Mrs. Rose Howe of Sterling, Ill.; Mr. & Mrs. B.W. Porter, Mrs. William Knox, and Mrs. Nelson W. Blocher, of Chicago, Ill.; Mrs. G.H. Armstrong and Mr. G.K. Armstrong of Park Ridge, Ill.; Mr. Ted Gaver, of St. Paul, Minn.; Mr. & Mrs. A.C. Martin, of Minneapolis, Minn.; Mr. & Mrs. A.B. Reinboth, Mr. & Mrs. Ed Antone, Mrs. Ann Klein, Mr. & Mrs. Gilbert Finch, Mr. & Mrs. Joe Tate, Mr. Junior Klein, Stella Klein, of Amboy, Ill., Miss Ida Ware and Mr. Ira Ware, of Dixon, Ill.; Mrs. Frank Swickert, of Denver, Colo.