Eliza S. “Queenie” Nestel

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Eliza S. “Queenie” Nestel

Death 25 Apr 1937 (aged 79–80)
Burial Fort Wayne, Allen County, Indiana, USA
Plot sec G lot 107
Memorial ID 39619550 · View Source
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In the afternoon, President Lincoln and his family host a "private reception" in the White House for some "celebrated little people." Lincoln's guests include Charles Nestel and his sister Eliza Nestel, of Ft. Wayne, Indiana. The siblings are members of an entertainment troupe that is performing at Washington, D. C.'s Odd Fellows' Hall. The Nestels are better known, respectively, by the stage names Commodore Foote and the Fairy Queen. A newspaper reports that a large number of the "elite...of the city" have been attending the "wonderful performances." Evening Star (Washington, D.C.), 20 February 1864



Extactly one week, almost to the hour, after Charles Nestel, famed midget was lowered to his grave in Lindenwood Cemetery, the body of Eliza Nestel, his sister and partner during his theatrical career, will be laid to rest in a tiny casket in the specially-built double vault for the two midgets.

Miss Nestel, known as Queenie to theater audiences for more than half a century, died early Sunday morning, eight days after her brother passed away. Old age and grief caused her death.

Private rites will be conducted this afternoon at 3:30 o'clock at the home of J.A. Sallott, 719 East Lewis Streeet, with Very Rev. James McNeal Wheatley, paster of Trinity Episcopal church, who conducted services for Charles, officiating.

Four nephews of the deceased served as pallbearers for Mr. Nestel. They will again serve during the rites this afternoon. They are Abraham and James Nestel, Carl Smith and Preston Martin.

Friends may view the body at Sallott residence until noon today.


A few friends and members of immediate family stood by in the rain late Tuesday afternoon in Lindenwood Cemetery as the body of Eliza Nestel, 80, was lowered to rest in a specially-built vault containing her body and that of her brother, Charles Nestel, 88, who died a week ago last Saturday. The brother and sister, tiny midgets who had for more than 50 years thrilled theater audiences the world over with their unusual talents, were inseparable through their entire lives and now remain together in death.

A four-foot casket contained the remains of Miss Nestel, who died eight days after her brother. Her death was caused by advanced age and grief over her brother's demise.

Four nephews of the Nestel midgets served as pallbearers for the two midgets. Private services were conducted at the home of J.A. Sallott, 719 East Lewis Street, where the diminutive performers had spent the latter portion of their lives, with Very Rev. James McNeal Wheatley, rector of Trinity Episcopal church, officiating.

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  • Find A Grave Memorial 39619550
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Eliza S. “Queenie” Nestel (1857–25 Apr 1937), Find A Grave Memorial no. 39619550, citing Lindenwood Cemetery, Fort Wayne, Allen County, Indiana, USA ; Maintained by Tera (contributor 47084726) .