Elmer Shankwiler

Elmer Shankwiler

Fayette, Seneca County, New York, USA
Death 16 Nov 1938 (aged 73–74)
Waterloo, Seneca County, New York, USA
Burial Waterloo, Seneca County, New York, USA
Plot Lot 1058
Memorial ID 131793508 · View Source
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Waterloo —— Elmer Shankwiler, 75, retired farmer, who resided in the town of Fayette near here, died yesterday in Waterloo Memorial Hospital.
Shankwiler suffered a stroke Saturday from which he failed to rally. He was a lifelong resident of Seneca County. He leaves no near relatives.
Funeral services will, be at 2 p. m. Saturday in the home, the Rev. W. Halbert Campbell, Presbyterian minister, officiating, with burial in Maple Grove Cemetery.

Waterloo —— The tireless effort on the part of Elmer Shankwiler, 75-year-old Fayette farmer, who died Wednesday, to solve the mysterious murder of his brother, William Shankwiler, was recalled here yesterday by Seneca County Officials.
William Shankwiler, 70, bachelor farmer was beaten to death on the night of June 25, 1931. He was found by his brother in the barn of the lonely farmhouse near here.
Officials who established the motive for the crime as robbery, worked diligently on the case and were given every assistance by Shankwiler's brother. All the details of the unsolved murder are now in the hands of the state police bureau of criminal investigation at Oneida.
After more than seven years, state and county police frequently continue their investigation of the crime, and BIC men from Oneida are here periodically to reopen the case.

Geneva Daily Times
Geneva, New York
Thur., Nov. 2, 1939
Page 2, Column 2

Leaves Money to be
Used for Cemetery Flowers

Waterloo, Nov. 2 — At rest in Maple Grove Cemetery, on the Shankwiler lot are four brothers and a sister of one of the oldest families that settled in Fayette over a century ago. That there will ever be placed on this last resting place flowers at suitable periods in the year, a very unusual clause in the last will and testament of Elmer E. Shankwiler sets aside the sum of $350 to be used by the cemetery commission for this purpose.

This, the third clause in the will of Elmer Shankwiler recently admitted to probate, "I give and bequeath to the Waterloo Cemetery Commission the sum of $350, the said sum to be placed in an interest account by said commission and the interest therefrom to be used to buy flowers to be placed on the lot, at suitable times of the year," is the exact wording. This wish will be complied with, at least as long as the present commission exists, and it is hoped that those who follow will carry on.

Approximately $30,000 was distributed by the will of the last survivor of this family. Only one brother ever married and he left no heirs. For years the unbroken family lived in the stone house built in 1825. Valuable antiques were distributed to distant relatives. Substantial sums of money, the residue of the estate, were bequeathed to those who never expected to be remembered. The distribution of family silverware, bedding, and furniture was planned out in the remarkable will made by the aged recluse whose life was saddened by the murder of his brother William Shankwiler which occurred in 1931.

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  • Find a Grave Memorial 131793508
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