Daniel Nestel, Sr

Daniel Nestel, Sr

Death 9 Jun 1898 (aged 80)
Fort Wayne, Allen County, Indiana, USA
Burial Fort Wayne, Allen County, Indiana, USA
Plot G lot 107
Memorial ID 39676338 · View Source
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Came to Foirt Wayne When It was a Small Village- His was a Well Spent Life.

Daniel Nestel died yesterday morning at the family home on West Creighton avenue after a long illness. He was stricken with paralysis last fall and was dangerously ill for some time. He recovered sufficiently to be able to get about and a week ago last Tuesday he was again stricken. For several days his condition was such that his recover ws not looked for.

Daniel Nestel was one of the worthiest of the old time settlers of Allen county. During the last years of his existence the mantle of a well spent life hung comfortably about him. "Undle Daniel," as he was often familiarly called, was born in Carlsbronn, Prussia, January 31, 1818, and was the son of Daniel and Elizabeth Nestel. He spent the boyhood days of his life in his native country and his school days were over at the age of 14 years, when young Daniel assumed the responsibilities and cares of life and stout heartedly faced the world to make his living.

Upon his leaving school he accured employment in a grist mill and after a number of years of close attention to business his faithfulness was rewarded with his promotion to the superintendency of the mill and he remained in that position for two years. At that time he decided that America would offer more opportunities for him than the fatherland and he concluded to come to the states.

On June 1, 1840, he boarded the sailing vessel, the Cotton Pinnter, and on August 7, 47 days after setting sail, was landed in New York. His purse was not plethoric when he started for the new world and when Mr. Nestel landed in New York he hardly stood on a cash basis as the contents of his purse amounted to 8 cents. The first meal he ate in America was first earned before it was eaten. Fort Wayne was the objective point of Mr. Nestel and he started out on the trip of 800 miles, the greater part of which was made on foot. He reached his place just 20 days after landing in New York. On his trip from the old country Mr. Nestel was accompanied by Frederick Foellinger, a boyhood friend. The latter also made the trip to Fort Wayne.

During the late years Mr. Nestel delighted in telling about an experience the two had one night while they were on the trip. It was laughable, and yet serious to the travelers. The men had tramped about 30 miles that day without food except what was furnished by the bushes and trees along their route. As the night came on they camped in the woods. Wolves were numerous and as darkness fell these pests of the forest crowded near the camp and made the night hideous with their howls. Mr. Nestel did no know what might happen during the night and thought that if they should be killed they would be entitled to some kind of obituary, where upon he took his knife and carved the following inscription on the trunk of a tree; "D. Nestel and F. Foellinger died from hunger and eaten by the wolves." Some years ago Mr. Nestel visited the neighborhood where the camped that night and read the words, on the trunk of the tree, which had been engraved by him many years before. This camp had been struck on the banks of the Maumee river near Toledo.

Upon arrival of Mr. Nestel in this city he secured employment as a day laborer and subsequently began learning the trade of blacksmith. When he completed this he established himself in a shop of his own and for 26 years his anvil rang out its peals in response to his sturdy blows. For more than 15 years of that time he worked for 16 yours each day.

Mr. Nestel was married June 4, 1844, to Miss Henrietta, daughter of Adam Goebel, who located in Preble township abuot 1812.

To this union were born six children, as follows; Henrietta, Charles W., Daniel, Charlotte, Eliza S. and Oscar W. Of these Charles W. and Eliza S. are know to the world over as Commodore Foote and Fairy Queen. Both are of perfect physical and mental development and weigh respectively 40 and 35 pounds. They have the culture and refinement of classical education and are polished by years of travel throught the civilized world. Mr. Nestel traveled with them for 18 years, visiting all the principal cities of this country and Europe.

After that he engaged for six years in the dry goods business and for many years he owned and conducted the Broadway nursery. The family residence on West Creighton avenue is one of the most beautiful located holmes in the city, the building being surrounded by a large park which contains gardens and flower beds of all descriptions.

Mr. Nestel took a great interest in the affairs of his city and in politics was an ardent Republican. He never held, being too much observed in the affairs if business and domestic life and in taking care of his duties as a private citizen.

Fort Wayne Daily Gazette September 30, 1895

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