|Birth: ||May 11, 1845|
|Death: ||May 25, 1930|
MEMBER OF PIONEER FAMILY IN DISTRICT TAKEN BY DEATH
Mrs. De Witt Clinton Minnich, one of the highly respected residents of Clark County, died Sunday, May 25, at her home, three miles north of Enon on the Valley pk.
She was one of the few last surviving members of a family which contributed toward the early development of Clark and Montgomery Counties.
She passed away just two weeks after she had celebrated her eighty-fifth birthday anniversary. Although her death was expected since last December, yet it came as a distinct shock to her many friends.
She was born May 11, 1845, in Trotwood, O., the daughter of Levi and Christina Van Ausdall Higgins, pioneer residents of Montgomery County, and of Dayton. An uncle, Cornelius Ausdall, donated the money to build the first Christian Church in Eaton.
Mrs. Minnich received her early education in the elementary schools of Trotwood, and of Dayton, and was received into the Lutheran Church at Dayton at the age of 10 years.
The family later moved to a farm near New Carlisle, and Mrs. Minnich then went to the Linden Hill Academy in New Carlisle, and finished her education at Crowley's private school in Springfield. While attending this school, she became affiliated with the First Lutheran Church of Springfield, and was a member of the choir.
A brother, Peter Higgins, was one of the first students to enter Wittenberg College several years after it was founded. Two uncles on Mrs. Minnich's mother's side of relationship, Prof. Samuel Weller and Amos Worley, founded a private school in Dayton early in the 1860's. Both families moved shortly afterwards to Los Angeles, where Prof. Weller continued to teach in a college there.
Mrs. Minnich was married Feb. 14, 1867, to De Witt Clinton Minnich, who also was a member of one of the earliest families to settle in Clark County, having chosen to locate on and develop the rich farming land in the Mad River Valley north of Enon. To this union were born five daughters, Grace, wife of the late Lee Miller; Anna, wife of Dr. Horace Heistand; Amy, deceased; Edith, deceased; and Ethel, wife of Henry Willett.
Mr. and Mrs. Minnich also reared two grandsons to manhood, Dr. Joseph Webb and Max Webb, who died at an army camp during the World War.
Mrs. Minnich will be sadly missed among a wide circle of friends, because of her kind and charitable disposition, always thinking of some kindness she could do for others.
(Copied from the Springfield News-Sun, Sunday, June 1,1930).
Levi Higgins (____ - 1873)
Christiana Van Ausdall Higgins (____ - 1877)
DeWitt Clinton Minnich (1843 - 1936)*
Grace A. Minnich Miller (1868 - 1959)*
Anna C. Minnich Heistand (1871 - 1952)*
Amy Minnich Young (1873 - 1918)*
Edith Minnich Aston (1876 - 1919)*
Ethyl V. Minnich Willett (1879 - 1956)*
Elizabeth Higgins Minnich (1845 - 1930)
Ida C. Higgins Minnich (1853 - 1885)*
Created by: Robert "Rob" Weller
Record added: Aug 18, 2010
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