Urbana - April 16, 1874
Last Wednesday, William H Christopher, a German aged 74 years, who resided just beyond the second railroad bridge east of town, died very suddenly of pneumonia, it is supposed. He had been unwell for some time but had refused to keep his bed or even remain in the house. On the evening of, and just previous to his death, he had gone into the yard and dispatched his little grand daughter to town for a physician and after her departure, being unable to return to the house, either fell or laid down, and on the little girl's return, about 5pm, was found dead.
While the husband was lying dead in the yard, his wife Mary, aged 70 years, was also sick in the house, unconscious of his demise. She had been an invalid for several years, scarely able to go about but at this time was also prostrated with pneumonia. While the preparations for the husbands burial were going on, the wife requested the friends not to be in haste for she would soon follow and that one funeral would answer for both. True to the prediction, she died on Friday at 1:30am.
On Friday at 2pm, the funeral services were held at the Presbyterian Church, conducted by Rev WH Wittenweiler and the bodies of both husband and wife were deposited in one grave in the Vernon Cemetery, Vernon, IN, April 8.
The deceased were the parents of Mr WH Christopher of this city, who was notified of the death of his father while on a business visit to Cincinnati. A dispatch was sent here to Mr C and forwarded to him at Cincinnati, which was received just as he was preparing to go to Vernon which is but a few miles from the city to see his parents. Mr Christopher reached Vernon only to witness the death of his mother.