Shelby  County  Indiana

Schoelch / Shelk

The  Shelbyville  News
Friday, July 22, 2005
John W. Schoelch, 91, of Indianapolis, died Wednesday, July 20, 2005, Indianapolis.
Born April 29, 1914, in Shelbyville, he was the son of  Frank M. and Celia (Fox) Schoelch.
Married Eloise Morris on July 6, 1941, and she survives.
Other survivors include one son, John Richard Schoelch (wife, Lin Byberg) of Bloomfield Hills, Mich.; one daughter Ann Morris Drake of Gloucester, Mass.; and two grandchildren, Joshua Adam Drake of Brooklyn, N.Y., and  Jennifer Lynn Schoelch  of Waterford, Mich.
Preceded in death by one sister, Harriet Saunders, and one grandson, Scott Richard Schoelch.
Third generation owner of Schoelch’s Hub Shoe Store, founded in 1890.
Graduated in 1932 from Shelbyville High School and attended Indiana University, where he was a member of Beta Theta Pi fraternity.
Participant in civic affairs in Shelbyville, including president of Shelbyville High School Building Corp.; officer and board member of Chamber of Commerce; board member of Shelby County United Fund; mentor and coach in the Boys Scouts and Little League organizations.
Lifelong member of First Christian Church, where he served as an elder and chairman of the board.
Ardent fan of Indiana Hoosiers.
Carmony-Ewing Broadway Street Chapel, Freeman Family Funeral Homes, 232 W. Broadway St.
First Christian Church, 118 W. Washington St., with the Rev. Arlene Whitfield officiating.
Forest Hill Cemetery.
Contributions may be made to First Christian Church or St. Vincent’s Hospice, Indianapolis, IN 46268.
Summarized by Phyllis Miller Fleming

The  Shelbyville  Democrat
Saturday, December 20, 1913
Page 1
                     DIED  THIS  MORNING
Well-Known Elderly Resident Died Very Suddenly While Getting Shaved.
Ate Hearty Breakfast and Told His Daughter He was Going for Walk --
Funeral Services Will Be Held Monday Afternoon
          Matthias Schoelch, 82 years old, one of the most highly esteemed and prominent residents of the city, died very suddenly this morning at eight o'clock in a barber chair at the Burton tonsorial parlors on north Vine street from an attack of the heart.  He appeared as well as ever when he ate breakfast this morning at seven-forty-five o'clock.  He stated to his daughter, Miss Mollie Schoelch  who kept house for him, after finishing his repast, that he was going for a little walk, which was his usual custom.
          Less than half an hour after he left home the sad news was brought to his daughter that he had died while getting shaved.  Deceased had just got into the chair and the barber was putting the lather on his face when he gave two short breaths and passed away.  His relatives were notified at once and D. B. Wilson & Son's ambulance was called.  Dr. L. C. Samons was also summoned, but life was extinct when he arrived.
          Mr. Schoelch is survived by five children, three sons and two daughters.  The sons are  Henry, mayor-elect;  Valentine  and  John C., all of this city, and the daughters are  Mrs. Albert Weingarth  and  Miss Mollie Schoelch  at home.  The family will have the heartfelt sympathy of the entire city in their great hour of sorrow.
          The funeral services will be held at the German Evangelical Protestant church Monday afternon[sic] at two-thirty o'clock, the Rev. Samuel Caldemeyer officiating, and the interment will be made in the City cemetery beside his wife, in charge of D. B. Wilson & Son.  The casket will be open to friends Sunday afternoon and evening and Monday up to time of the funeral.  The casket will not be opened at the church.
          Mr. Schoelch was born in Hessen, Darmstadt, Germany, October 20, 1831.  He was a son of  Peter  and  Barbara (Braun) Schoelch.  His father died on the Atlantic ocean, in 1854, while on a voyage to the United States.  His mother died in Germany in 1843.  Mr. Schoelch was the eldest of their five children.
          Before leaving his native land, Mr. Schoelch had enjoyed the advantage of the liberal education afforded by the schools of Germany.  He came to the United States in 1852, landing in New York City, and coming directly from there to Shelbyville, which had since been his home.  For fourteen years he worked here as a day laborer.  In 1867 he began the manufacture of brick and all of the active years of his life were devoted to this business, which was conducted with success and financial profit.  The business, after Mr. Schoelch retired, was continued for several years by some of his sons.
          In politics, Mrs. Schoelch was a staunch democrat and had ever been active in promoting the advancement of the party.  He ahd also taken great interest in church work and was the oldest member of the German Evangelical church of this city and president of the church board at the time of his death.  He was honest and upright in all dealings with this fellowmen and was respected by all who knew him.
          Mr. Schoelch married  Margaret Schroeder, May 8, 1855.  She was a daughter of  John Schroeder  and was born November 17, 1829, in Germany.  She was the mother of thirteen children.  She died September 20, 1881.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

The  Shelbyville  Republican
Friday, July 20, 1900
          George A.,  son of  Mathias Schoelch  died at the family residence, No. 204 East Franklin street, at 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 18, of cancer, age 41 years.  Remains will be buried at the City cemetery Friday, July 20.  Services at the Christian church at 3 p.m. by Rev. G. G. Winter, assisted by Rev. Duncan.  Those wishing to view the remains will call at the house from 7 p.m. Thursday until 9 p.m., and from 9 a.m. Friday until 2:30 p.m., as the casket will not be open at the church.  D. B. Wilson & Son, funeral directors.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

The  Daily  Evening  Democrat
January 25, 1882
          Miss Emma Schoelch,  age seventeen years and two weeks, daughter of  Mathias Schoelch,  of this city, died at half-past nine o'clock last night.  The funeral services will be preached by Rev. G. G. Winter at the Christian Church at two o'clock to-morrow afternoon.
Contributed by Phyllis Miller Fleming

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