|Birth: ||May 11, 1911|
|Death: ||Mar. 21, 1916|
NOTE: From Obit and New Article dates, I believe date on stone is incorrect (likely done after the fact and was done incorrectly).
Bluffton, Indiana Evening Banner
Saturday, March 25, 1916 – P1C3
Remains of Alspach Girl To Be Buried At Warren
The remains of Gertrude Alspach, five year old daughter of John Alspach, who was killed in the destruction of the Alspach home during the storm Tuesday evening, will be buried at the Woodlawn cemetery at Warren Sunday. The funeral services will be at 10:30 Sunday forenoon at the Little Chicago church with Rev. Burns in charge.
Mr. Alspach arrived home Wednesday evening form Illinois, where he was working. Other members of the Alspach family, who were injured in the wreck of the house, are reported improving.
Bluffton, Indiana Evening Banner
Thursday, March 23, 1916
Excerpts from an article with the following title:
"Reports Of Damage Are Coming In Every Hour
Insurance Companies Are Swamped as Results of Losses From Tuesday Night's Storm in Southern Wells County—Members of Alspach Family Are Improving"
Reports of damage from the terrific wind storm of Tuesday night are still coming to Bluffton every hour today and it will be many days before the conditions are again normal in the stricken districts.
Insurance companies are swamped with the reports of damage and adjusters will be kept busy for days. Work of cleaning up the debris in the southwestern part of Wells county has been started. Few farms in the path of the tornado escaped some damage.
The heaviest damage in the county is north and south of Dillman, where several large barns were torn to pieces. The escape of live stock from instant death was remarkable in many of these buildings.
Marion, Van Buren, Montpelier and many smaller places suffered even greater loss from the wind than Wells county.
Alspach Family Improving
Members of the John A. Alspach family in Jackson township are reported to be improving today. The funeral of the girl, Gertrude, five, who was killed in the storm, will probably be held Sunday, although no definite time had been announced today because of the injuries received by other members of the family. The son, Max, 10, is the most serious.
Corner Herman Thoma investigated the Alspach girl's death late yesterday and found it was due to a concussion of the brain, she being struck in the back of the head by a flying timber.
The Alspach Family
Members of the Alspach family, one of who was killed in the storm, tell a thrilling story of being pitched out of their beds into the stormy night. When the seven room, two-story house was blown over the mother and five children were thrown into different part of the barn yard and all except one were unconscious for a short time. The home was a total wreck, parts of it being blown a distance of a quarter mile. Neighbors prevented the debris from taking fire and they carried the body of the girl, Gertrude 5, and took the other members of the family to the Cary Runkle home, a short distance away. All during the day yesterday, the mother anxiously tried to get word of the little girl/s death and the loss of the home to her husband, who is employed in the oil fields near Yale, Ill. Mr. Alspach went to the oil country some time ago, leaving his wife and 18-year-old son, Ray, to manage the farm during his absence. The home was not insured. The condition of the 10-year-old son, Max, was still serious yesterday, he suffering form deep gashes about the head. He received the wounds in rescuing his sister, Blanche, 7, from burning, she being thrown near a hot stove that had fired the debris. Mrs. Alspach suffered greatly yesterday from the bruises she received and from the severe shock. The boy, Ray, was the only one of the family, who was sleeping upstairs and the injuries he received are not of a serious nature. They are confined largely to lacerations of the feet due to walking on nails in the debris.
(Thanks to David Huffman for OBIT and Newspaper Article)
John A. Alspach (1869 - 1951)
Sarah Ella Jones Alspach (1871 - 1939)
Delphos E. Alspach (1890 - 1890)*
Fred Herbert Alspach (1894 - 1903)*
Raymond Earl Alspach (1897 - 1972)*
Max B. Alspach (1905 - 1963)*
Blanche Ruth Alspach Christy (1909 - 1970)*
Gertrude H. Alspach (1911 - 1916)
Created by: Kirk Beaty
Record added: Apr 22, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 19043896