The Shelbyville Democrat
Monday March 8, 1920
Page 1
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AGED  MAN  CALLED  TO  REWARD  TODAY
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Well Known Man of Shelbyville and Shelby County
Died at Home Here
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          Henry Gathman, prominent Shelby county resident, died at his home southeast of this city, this morning at 9:45 o’clock, from a stroke of paralysis, which he suffered Saturday night.  He had been in ailing health during the winter, although his death was very sudden to the family and friends.
          Mr. Gathman was one of those staunch men who came to this country from Germany when a small child.  He was born in Germany January 22, 1840, the son of  John and  Anne Gathman, who came to this country with their family and settled in Ripley county.  At his death he was eighty years, one month and sixteen days of age.  Mr. Gathman came to Shelby county in 1877.  He was a veteran of the civil war, fighting with the 83rd Regiment, Indiana Volunteers.  He was a man of the highest standard of citizenship, conscientious in his love for America and its freedom and willing to the last to assist a friend in need.  For many years he lived in this city on Washington avenue, but most of his life was spent in farm work.
          His first marriage was with  Miss Catherine Kuntz  two sons and two daughters survive of this marriage, namely,  Levi H. of Wallace, Nebraska,  Wesley, of this county, and  Mrs. Anna Perrill, of this county, and  Mrs. Louisa Dorfmeyer, of Terre Haute, Indiana.  His second marriage was with  Miss Jennie Mahan  in 1885.  Three children survive of this marriage; they are  Monte GathmanMrs. Claude Forte  and  Mrs. Irene Vahl, all of Indianapolis.
          The funeral will be held at the late home Wednesday afternoon at 2 o’clock.  Burial will be made in Forest Hill cemetery.  H. H. Hageman, of the Morris Sleeth undertaking establishment is in charge.
Contributed by Barb Huff


The Shelby  Republican
Thursday March 11, 1920
Page 6 column 5
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HENRY  GATHMAN  HAS  PASSED  AWAY
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Aged Resident of The County Died
Following Stroke of Paralysis
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HOLD  FUNERAL  WEDNESDAY
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          Henry Gathman, age eighty years, veteran of the civil war, and well known resident of the county, died Monday morning at 9:45 o’clock at his home, southeast of Shelbyville.  His death was caused by paralysis.  Mr. Gathman suffered an attack Saturday night and had been unconscious from that time until his death.
          He was born in Bremen, Germany, but came to this country with his parents, when two years old.  His father and mother settled in Ripley county, Indiana. Mr. Gathman came to Shelby county in 1887, and for a number of years lived in Shelbyville.  He was employed in furniture factories here.  During the civil war he served as a member of the 83rd Indiana Volunteer Infantry, and was a member of the local G.A.R. Post.  Mr. Gathman was a member of the Christian Science church.
          His first wife was  Catherine Kuntz, who died a number of years ago.  Ten children were born to them, four surviving.  They are  Levi H. Gathman, of Wallace, Nebraska,  Wesley Gathman and  Mrs. Anna Perfrill, of this county, and  Mrs. Louisa Dorfmeyer, of Terre Haute.  He was later married to  Miss Jennie Mahan, who survives him, with three children,  Montie B. Gathman,  Mrs. Irene Dahl,  and  Mrs. Mary Fort, all of Indianapolis.
         
Funeral services will be held at the home Wednesday afternoon at 2 o’clock, and burial will be made in Forest Hill cemetery, Morris H. Sleeth in charge.
Contributed by Barb Huff

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