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Minnie (Dillow) Wey Emenhiser


Minnie Dillow

Minnie Elizabeth (Dillow) Wey Emenhiser was born on March 8 or 22, 1874 in or near Madison County, OH, the daughter of William and Elizabeth (Houser) Dillow

As a girl, sometime prior to 1881, Minnie and her parents and siblings migrated westward to Central Illinois. They settled in the town of Weldon near Clinton, DeWitt County. 

Minnie first married Otis Willard Way (Jan. 20, 1869-1931). He was a native of Rutland or Kane County, IL, and the son of Virgil Gilman and Sarah Dorcas (Proctor) Way. He relocated with his parents to Gibson City in 1883.

They established a residence in Texas, in Beaumont, Jefferson County, the heart of oil refining country along the Gulf Coast.

Minnie and Otis produced at least four children, including Ruby Way, Lottie Way, Fern Way and a son whose name is not known.

The Ways eventually divorced.

Sometime between 1902 and 1907, in Texas, Minnie married her second husband, William Wood Emenhiser (Sept. 12, 1859-1941), the son of Joseph and Nancy Adeline (Clark) Emenhiser.

He had been married twice before, and he brought 10 children to the union with our Minnie. He and his first spouse, Isobell McKeeman (1864-1888) were married Jan. 17, 1884. The first family resided in Allen County, IN, and their children's names were Nancy Delilah Dager and William W. Emenhiser. Sixteen months after Isobell's death in February 1888, he married his second wife, Maryland native Susan "Susie" Lentz (1870-1967) on July 6, 1889. William and Susie had borne eight more children -- Harvey Emenhiser, Earl Emenhiser,  Irene Thornbury Runyon, Ruth Stella Gaddis Mitchell, Bertha Estella Richter, Alma Fisher, Joseph W. Emenhiser and Mearl Sylvester Emenhiser

Sadly, little daughter Ruby died at age 7 on Aug. 13, 1909. A local newspaper published this eulogy:


Little Ruby's obituary

With noiseless tread the death angel enters our homes and ofttimes takes from us our fairest flower, and so it was on the night of Aug. 13, 1909 when little Ruby way ... was taken from the loving care of a fond mother. [She] was sick only two days with congestion. But let the bleeding hearts be comforted, for the Savior said, "Suffer the little children to come unto me, for of such is the kingdom of God." And King David said when his darling boy was taken from him, "He can not come back to me, but I can go to him" Your little angel has escaped the sorrows and disappointments of this world, dear parents; and let his thought console you, that she is now "safe in the arms of Jesus."

There are two sides to the story of how William's marriage to Susie collapsed. One side was that when he was transferred in his work from Indiana to Texas, he begged Susie to come with the children, but she refused. Her side, as reported in a host of newspapers, including the Indianapolis News and the Leavenworth (KS) Weekly Times was that William "ran away with another woman and took with him their family bible, in which was recorded the date of the birth of their eight children." She sought a divorce, but could not give the judge the accurate ages of the offspring. At least one of the younger children was adopted out of the family after the divorce decree was handed down. Susie married two more times. Her second spouse was David L. Brown. They divorced in December 1909 and took back her name "Emenhiser." But within a few days, she "entered the sea of matrimony again when she became the wife of William Field, a laborer of this city," reported the Muncie Evening Press. A follow-up article in the Fort Wayne News noted that "Sue Emenhiser, a former Bluffton woman, has been married five times in all, it is claimed."

Minnie and William Emenhiser went on to produce five sons of their own -- Floyd Elwood Emenhiser, Orville Owen Emenhiser, William "Watson" Emenhiser, Joseph Wesley Emenhiser and Delmer Lavon Emenhiser.

Over the years in Texas, the family is thought to have lived in Beaumont, Kenedy and Yorktown.

Typical Texas oilfield of the era



Obituary, 1923

Tragically, their eldest son Floyd Elwood Emenhiser died in a housefire as a boy, perhaps with one of his Way half brothers. It is said he accidentally started the fire while trying to start a small fire while his father was away at work. The incident is suspected to have taken place in Beaumont. 

The Emenhisers relocated from Texas to a farm in Arkansas in about 1918, a year or two after their youngest son was born. When the federal census enumeration was made in 1920, they family dwelled in Jonesboro, Craighead County, AR. Their residence was along Route 6.

Minnie passed away on April 10, 1923, at the age of 47. The local newspaper reported the cause of her death as rheumatism. She was laid to rest in Pine Hill Cemetery in Jonesboro, following a funeral ceremony led by Rev. Leach. 

William outlived Minnie by 18 years, and married again in Jonesboro on Dec. 28, 1926 to Annie Pierce ( ? - ? ). Many said the marriage would not last, and in fact they were right. Annie apparently did not enjoy country living in Arkansas, and he disliked residing in town. 


Obituary, 1941

Widowed, William moved back to Indiana in about 1929 to live with his daughter, Nancy Delilah Dager, "one mile south of New Haven on the Green road," said a local newspaper.

Circa 1935, William was in St. Louis, presumably making a home with his son Orville. He was in Orville's household in Jonesboro when the United States Census was taken in 1940.

Burdened with coronary heart disease, he died back in the Dager residence in New Haven on Nov. 3, 1941, at the age of 81. The Muncie Evening Press printed an obituary, referring to him as a "former Muncie resident." At the time of William's death, he had a combined 37 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren. William is buried at the Antioch Lutheran Cemetery at Hoagland, near Fort Wayne, Allen County. 

Confusing many family historians and genealogists, William used the same names for several of his children -- William and Joseph. The older Joseph, from the second marriage, who lived in Muncie, IN, was known as "Joe of Muncie" to differentiate him from his younger half-brother, "Joe of Lansing," who resided in Michigan.

Minnie's former husband Otis Way married again to Lulu Belle Dupree (1885-1960). The pair is believed to have produced six more offspring, born between 1906 and 1926 -- Virgil O. Way, Marshall Edwin Way, Clarence C. Way, Raymond Newell Way, Helen Louise Albertson and Lillian Susan Sweet. They lived in Council Grove, OK in 1920 and moved in 1921 to Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz County, CA. There, at the age of 62, he died on April 14, 1931. Interment of the remains was in Santa Cruz Memorial Park, with an obituary appearing in the Santa Cruz Evening News, a newspaper for which his son Virgil was circulation manager. Another obituary in the Gibson City Courier said that "Upon leaving this city he went to Louisiana, where he engaged in rice farming for a number of years, later moving to Tucson, Ariz., from where he moved to Santa Cruz, California, about eleven years ago. For ten years he had been employed there by the Portland Cement Co."

William's ex-wife Susie died with the name "Brown" in 1967.


Busy day in Jonesboro, Arkansas, Main Street looking north


~ Son Orville Owen Emenhiser ~

Son Orville Owen Emenhiser (1908-1970) was born in 1908 in Kenedy, Karnes County, TX.

On Feb. 28, 1931, Orville wedded Jewel Brinkley (Nov. 7, 1912-1996), the daughter of Hubert and Monte (French) Brinkley of Jonesboro, AR.

They bore two sons, William Ralph Emenhiser and Carl Edward Emenhiser.

Circa 1935, the Emenhisers made a residence in St. Louis, but by 1940 moved back to Jewel's hometown of Jonesboro. The family are shown in Jonesboro in the 1940 federal census enumeration, with Orville working as a tractor operator for a park project, and his last name spelled "Eminhizer" by the census-taker. Orville's widowed father lived with the family during those years.

Orville and Jewel eventually divorced.

In time, Orville married again to Eulla Belle "Tootie" Callahan (July 2, 1925-2008).

The couple were the parents of three -- Don Emenhiser, Judy Emenhiser and Patty Lynn Emenhiser.

The Emenhisers resided in Eaton Township, near Charlotte, MI, with an address of 3501 Mills Highway. Orville earned a living as an electrician.

Orville passed away at home at the age of 62 on Aug. 31, 1970. An obituary was published in the Battle Creek (MI) Enquirer.

Eulla outlived her spouse by a remarkable 38 years. Her final years were spent in Kennett, Dunklin County, MO. As her health failed, she was admitted to St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau, MO. She succumbed to death there on Jan. 11, 2008.

Ex-wife Jewel resided for many years in Charlotte. She passed away at the age of 83 on May 5, 1996. Burial was in Center Eaton Cemetery, with Rev. Mark Booth preaching the funeral service. The Enquirer printed her obituary.

Son William Ralph Emenhiser (1933- ? ) was born on or about April 20, 1932 in Arkansas. He relocated to California and lived in the town of Norco. He is believed to have passed into eternity in Corona, Riverside County, CA on Sept. 30, 1997.

Son Carl Edward Emenhiser (1933-2007) was born on Oct. 3, 1933 in Jonesboro, AR. During the Korean War, he served in the U.S. Navy. After his military tour ended, he was employed as an electrician by the State of Michigan, for three decades, from about 1966 to 1996. Carl's first bride was Clara ( ? - ? ). The couple are believed to have borne these offspring -- James Emenhiser, William Emenhiser, Henry "Hank" Emenhiser and Carla Barnard. Their residence was in Charlotte, MI in 1970. Sadly, Clara died at a relatively young age..In 1984, he wedded a second time to Sandra (Gage) Michels ( ? - ? ). Having also been married previously, she brought these four sons into the second union -- David Michels, Kenneth Michels, James Michels and Mark Michels. Their marriage lasted for 23 years until death cleaved them apart. In his free time, Carl liked to fish and hunt. He spent his final years in Harrison, MI. He passed away there at age 74 on Nov. 8, 2007. Pastor Eric Pittman officiated at the funeral service.

  • Grandson James Emenhiser married Margie and lived in Bangor, MI.
  • Grandson William Emenhiser wedded Julie and established a home in Sunfield, MI.
  • Grandson Henry "Hank" Emenhiser was joined in matrimony with Cindy. They have dwelled in Charlotte, MI.
  • Granddaughter Carla Emenhiser married (?) Barnard. Circa 2007, they were in Charlotte, MI.

Son Donald Emenhiser established a residence in Kennett, MO.

Daughter Judy Emenhiser was in Kennett, MO in 1970.

Daughter Patty Emenhiser dwelled in 1970 in Kennett, MO.


~ Son William "Watson" Emenhiser ~

Son William "Watson" Emenhiser (1910-1992) was born on Dec. 3, 1910 in Texas.

As a boy, he migrated with his parents to Jonesboro, Craighead County, AR.

Watson joined the U.S. Navy in the late 1920s and was in service when the 1930 federal census was enumerated.

He was married twice. On July 12, 1941, he was joined in wedlock with Gladys M. Ender (Aug. 7, 1915-1978), daughter of William and Mary T. (Ward) Ender. Their wedding ceremony was held in St. Charles, MO.

The couple produced one child, Betty Jean Fish.

Watson worked as a truck driver. Over the years, the family dwelled in Hankamer, TX - Eureka, MO - and Monett and Theodosia, MO. They came to Theodosia in 1976 and were members of the Southern Baptist Church.

Sadly, as Gladys' health failed, she was admitted to Bull Shoals Community Hospital. There, she died at the age of 63 on Oct. 8, 1978. Interment of the remains was in Lutie Cemetery in Theodosia, Ozark County, MO, with the funeral services officiated by Rev. Ernest Brooks. An obituary was printed in the Springfield (MO) News Leader, naming her surviving siblings as Ralph Ender, Paul Ender and Bernice Dismuke.

Watson outlived her by 14 years and married again in 1988 to Ardis Lavonne (Delong) Maxwell (May 10, 1923-1990), a native of Ovid, Clinton County, MI and the daughter of Erwin Frank and Pauline Lucile (Sheldon) DeLong. She had been married once before, and was the mother of six -- Nancy Robinson, Sandra Emenhiser, Carol Bowels, Pam Hartman, Sarah Maxwell and John Maxwell Jr.. During her working career, she had been employed for 16½ years with Oldsmobile.


Lansing, Michigan


The couple is believed to have dwelled in Lansing, MI in the South Washington Park Apartments. In September 1990, Ardis was featured in news stories about her life-threatening cancer and willingness to forego treatments. Said the Lansing State Journal, she "is one of a growing number of people who want to be left to die in peace, without doctors using high technology to artficially extend their lives." The article added that "For Emenhiser, it's a matter of individual rights. She doesn't think Dr. Jack Kevorkian -- who made national headlines in June when he helped Janet Adkins of California kill herself with his suicide machine -- did anything wrong."

Ardis succumbed to her illness on Nov. 5, 1990, at home, at the age of 67. Rev. John A. Toth, of the First Presbyterian Church of Dimondale, led the funeral service. An obituary was printed in the State Journal.

The widowed Watson relocated to be with his daughter in Slidell, Tammany Parish, LA. He passed away there at the age of 81 on March 28, 1992. The body was returned to Lansing where funeral services were held in the Parker Memorial Baptist Church, with a death notice appearing in the Lansing (MI) Journal.

Daughter Betty Jean Emenhiser married (?) Fish. They dwelled in Ferguson, MO in 1978 and in Slidell, Tammany Parish, LA in 1990.


~ Son Joseph Wesley Emenhiser ~

Son Joseph Wesley Emenhiser (1913-2002) -- "Joe of Lansing" -- was born on Sept. 1, 1913 in Kenedy, Karnes County, TX.

He migrated to Arkansas with his parents when he was a boy.

Joseph was employed as a saw mill laborer in Jonesboro, Craighead County, AR in 1930.

He was married twice. His first wife was Dosha Inez "Docie" Manning (1918-1987), daughter of Thomas M. and Alie Frances (Brinkley) Manning. They tied the knot on Dec. 11, 1932.

The couple bore two daughters, Naomi Jean Foster Spence and Carolyn Bernice Emenhiser. Grief blanketed the family when daughter Carolyn died in infancy in 1937.

After a divorce, he was joined in wedlock with his second bride, Vergie Markum (1919-2000). Their union endured for 57 years.

The three offspring born to Joseph and Vergie were Barbara Emenhiser, Pamela McGuire and Debra "Debi" Lawrence.

The Emenhisers migrated to Michigan. For many years, Joseph was employed as a manufacturing laborer by General Motors Corporation in Lansing, MI. They were members of Parker Memorial Baptist Church.

Sadly, Vergie passed away on Nov. 28, 2000 in Tampa, FL. Her remains are in eternal repose in Deepdale Memorial Park in Eaton County, MI.

Now widowed, Joseph relocated to Elkhart, IN, where his youngest daughter was residing.

Joseph died on Oct. 31, 2002 in Americare of Elkhart. His funeral service was held at the family church, led by Rev. D.L. Green. Burial was in Deepdale Memorial Gardens. An obituary in the Lansing State Journal said that he was survived by 14 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and five great-great grandchildren.

Former wife Dosha married again on Nov. 24, 1946 to Theodore Marion Hitt (1916-1969). She passed into eternity in Jonesboro at the age of 69 on April 4, 1987.

Daughter Naomi Jean Emenhiser (1934-2013) was born on March 31, 1934 in Otwell, AR. She was twice married. Her first husband was (?) Foster ( ? - ? ). The couple produced six children -- Freda Ishmael, Ronda Foster, James Foster, Garry Foster, Clay Foster and Glenn Foster. Her second spouse was Herbert Embree Spence Jr. (Dec. 13, 1929-1999). Herbert had been married previously and had two sons, Michael Spence and one other. He also had a foster daughter, Peggy Rowlett. Herbert had spent 16 years in Michigan where he had been employed by the State of Michigan. Now back in Jonesboro, Craighead County, AR, she and Herbert owned and operated Century 21 Diamond Realty as real estate brokers. They were charter members of Fairview Missionary Baptist Church, with Naomi spending many years as a Sunday School teacher. Active in the Order of Eastern Star, she was a member of the Nettleton and Jonesboro Olive chapters and at one time was a Nevada State Representative to the national OES organization. Herbert belonged to the Masons lodge, Shrine and Eastern Star. Sadly, Herbert passed away in Jonesboro at the age of 69 on Oct. 5, 1999. Naomi outlived him as a widow and began to attend the Apt Full Gospel Church. From 2005 to 2012, Naomi was in regular contact with the founder of this website and generously provided important content for this biography. Her last message to him was dated July 14, 2012, stating "I've been sick, in hospital and rehab most of the time for the past 13 months, just learning to use this new phone." She passed away on Nov. 21, 2013. Funeral services were led by Rev. Dale Davis and Rev. Stan Ballard. Interment of the remains was in Mount Pisgah Cemetery in Jonesboro, Craighead County, AR.

  • Granddaughter Freda Foster married David Ishmael. They lived in Jonesboro, AR.
  • Granddaughter Ronda Foster has dwelled in Jonesboro.
  • Grandson James Foster wedded Yvonne. They have made a home in Jonesboro.
  • Grandson Garry Foster was united in matrimony with Louise. They have resided in Jonesboro.
  • Grandson Clay Foster has lived in Jonesboro.
  • Grandson Glenn Foster was in Cherokee Village, AR in 2013.

Daughter Barbara Emenhiser resided in Chicago.

Daughter Pamela Emenhiser wedded Gregory McGuire. The couple dwelled in Lansing, MI.

Daughter Debra "Debi" Emenhiser was joined in wedlock with Benjamin Lawrence. They put down roots in Elkhart, IN, where their residence was located on Northfield Drive in 2002.


~ Son Delmer Lavon Emenhiser ~

Son Delmer Lavon Emenhiser (1916-1984) was born in 1916 in Texas.

At the age of one or two, he moved to Arkansas with his parents, where they put down roots in Jonesboro, Craighead County.

On April 14, 1941, when he was about 25 years old, he married Nora Alice Helms (March 5, 1920-2002), a resident of Brookland, AR. The nuptials were held in Jonesboro.

The couple bore six children. Among the known names were James Edward Emenhiser, Donald Ray Emenhiser, Linda Dunn, Gary Emenhiser, Patricia Woodhams and Gloria DeLong.

They lived in St. Louis, MO and in 1951 moved to the rural outskirts of Charlotte, MI. Delmer and Nora celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary in April 1966 with a party held at Morrill Hall in Charlotte, and a news story in the Lansing State Journal.

Delmer died on July 29, 1984, in Charlotte.

Nora Alice survived him by 18 years and remained in Charlotte. Death swept her away on Jan. 3, 2002.

Son James Edward Emenhiser ( ? - ? ) was born in (?). As a young man, he joined the U.S. Army and was assigned to the 8th Infantry Division. Circa February 1964, he was stationed in Giessen, Germany. On July 6, 1964, in a wedding held at the Pennsylvania Avenue Baptist Church, he was joined in matrimony with Nancy Bond ( ? - ? ), daughter of Kenneth G. Bond. Reported the Lansing State Journal, "For her wedding, the bride chose a short brocade gown with three-quarter-length sleeves. A pearl and crystal crown held her veil. She carried a cascade of white carnations and red roses atop a white bible, a gift from her great-grandmother, Mrs. Harry Milbourne of Charlotte."

Son Donald Ray Emenhiser (1943-2019) was born on July 3, 1943 in Brooklyn, AR. In childhood, he relocated with his parents to Michigan. At the age of 19, after graduation from high school, he moved to Charlotte, MI. Over the years, he and his brother owned and operated a construction business, Emenhiser's Builders. Evidence suggests that he was twice married. He and his first wife bore four offspring -- Donald Emenhiser, Michele Snyder, Rebecca Dolman and Barbara Emenhiser. In 1989, when he was age 46, he wedded Anna Belle (Fraley) Baker ( ? - ? ). She had been married before and brought three children into the second union -- Kimberly Marple, James Baker and Shane Baker. When not working, Donald liked to play cards, travel, hunt and raise a vegetable garden. Sadness blanketed the family when Donald died at the age of 75 on Jan. 8, 2019. He was survived by 16 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. The family held a memorial service at the Charlotte Church of Christ.

  • Grandson Donald Emenhiser married Jaimie.
  • Granddaughter Michele Emenhiser wedded Scott Snyder.
  • Granddaughter Rebecca Emenhiser was joined in matrimony with Arnold Dolman.
  • Granddaughter Barbara Emenhiser was married to or a companion of Steven Cook.

Daughter Linda Emenhiser ( ? - ? ) was born in (?). On March 27, 1964, she was united in the bonds of wedlock with Jerry Mack Dunn (Feb. 4, 1939-2016), a native of Detroit and the son of John and Ila (Ponder) Dunn. Their wedding ceremony was held in Lansing at the First Christian Church. The couple produced three children -- Jerilyn Dunn, Christina Marie Dunn and William David Dunn. The Dunns dwelled in Charlotte, MI. For 21 years, Jerry was employed as a driver by the Capital Area Transportation Authority in Lansing, and became well known for dressing up as Santa Claus for his Christimas season routes. He then was transferred to the CATA position of dispatcher, where he spent the last seven years of his career. Sadly, at the age of 77, Jerry passed into eternity in Charlotte on July 24, 2016. His survivors included five grandchildren and one great-granddaughter. A memorial service, preached by Rev. Dr. Rick Boyd, was held at the First Christian Church in Lansing.

  • Granddaughter Jerilyn Dunn has lived in Lansing, MI.
  • Granddaughter Christina Marie Dunn was in Lansing, MI in 2016.
  • Son William David Dunn relocated to Akron, OH.

Son Gary Emenhiser ( ? - ? ) was born in (?). He was joined in matrimony with Sharon.

Daughter Patricia Emenhiser ( ? - ? ) was born in (?). She wedded Lee Woodhams.

Daughter Gloria Emenhiser ( ? - ? ) was born in (?). She married Ed DeLong.


~ Stepdaughter Nancy Delilah (Emenhiser) Dager ~

Stepdaughter Nancy Delilah Emenhiser (1884-1952) was born on Sept. 4, 1884.

She was wedded to William Ashley Dager (April 13, 1885-1976), son of Frederick and Carlista (Daniels) Dager Sr. and a native of Scott, Van Wert County, OH.

They moved in about 1936 to New Haven, Allen County, IN and remained there for the balance of their lives. William was a longtime farmer and owned an automobile garage.

The known children born to this union were Charles Parnell Dager, Onnetta Constance Carpino, Donald Dager, Gerald L. Dager and an unnamed infant daughter who died in 1915. Grief blanketed the family when son Donald died in 1918.

Nancy passed into eternity on April 12, 1952, at the age of 67. Burial was in Monroevilole Memorial Cemetery in Allen County.

William survived his wife by 24 years. He was swept away by the Angel of Death on March 15, 1976. Inscribed on their grave marker is this prayer: "Saviour of the world, have mercy upon us. May perpetual light shine upon them. Our help is in the name of the Lord. May the angels lead thee into paradise."

Son Charles Parnell Dager ( ? -2003) was born in (?). In 1946, he wedded Olive Louise Crone (1928-1991), a native of Van Wert, Van Wert County, OH. The couple moved cross-country, settling in Phoenix, Maricopa County, AZ. They may have divorced. Charles died on Jan. 22, 2003, with burial in Resthaven Park West Cemetery in Glendale, Maricopa County.

Daughter Onnetta Constance Dager (1910-1983) was born in 1910. She appears to have been married twice. She first wedded Thomas Harrison Lathrop (1902-1984). They produced two known children -- Betty Lou Lathrop and Barbara Joanne Abbott Laisure Sickles. Later, she married Frank Carpino (1918-1991). They attended St. John's Church in New Haven. Onnetta died at the age of 73, in New Haven, on Dec. 16, 1983. Frank lived for another eight years and succumbed to death in 1991.

  • Granddaughter Betty Lou Lathrop (1928-1936) was born in 1928.
  • Granddaughter Barbara Joanne Lathrop (1930-2002) was born on June 30, 1930. She was married three times. She was first united in the bonds of wedlock with (?) John Henry Abbott (1921-1995). Her second spouse was Donald Leo Laisure (1922-1997). The third husband was Wayne R. Sickles (1925-2001), a native of Jackson County, OH. Wayne was cut away by the Grim Reaper on Sept. 23, 2001. At the age of 72, Barbara died in Monroeville on July 10, 2002.

Son Gerald L. Dager (1919-1988) was born in 1919.


~ Stepson William W. Emenhiser ~

Stepson William W. Emenhiser ( ? - ? )


~ Stepdaughter Irene (Emenhiser) Crandell Runyon ~

Stepdaughter Irene Emenhiser (1890-1975) was born in Feb. 1890 in Indiana.

She was thrice-wed. Her first spouse was (?) Crandell ( ? - ? ).

One son was born to this union, Clarence Crandell.

Another husband was (?) Thornbury/Thornburg ( ? - ? ).

Later, she married O.A. "Barney" Runyon ( ? -1967).

The Runyons lived in Muncie, IN, at 519 East Willard Street and 1910 South Walnut Street and attended the Old Walnut Street Baptist church.

Sadly, Barney died in 1967.

Irene lived for another eight years and relocated in 1969 to West Palm Beach, FL. She passed away at the age of 85 on March 11, 1975. An obituary was printed in the Muncie Star Press. Funeral services were preached by Rev. Earl Vaughn, with burial of the remains in Beech Grove Cemetery.

Son Clarence Crandell ( ? - ? ) was in West Palm Beach in 1975.


~ Stepdaughter Ruth Stella (Emenhiser) Mitchell ~

Stepdaughter Ruth Stella Emenhiser (1892- ? ) was born in Sept. 1892 in Decatur, IN, where she appears to have grown up.

She appears to have been married more than once.

One spouse was (?) Gaddis ( ? - ? ).

Later, she wedded Wilfred J. Mitchell ( ? - ? ).

They were the parents of three -- James A. Mitchell, Winifred Borland and Ruth Borland.

Circa 1941, at the death of her father, the couple dwelled in Kenosha, WI. There, Ruth was an original member of the Presbyterian Church and belonged to the Ladies Auxiliary of the Employees of Wisconsin Gas and Electric Company.

Wilfred passed away young, but details are not yet known.

In 1969, Ruth moved back to Muncie to be near her son. Her address in the early 1970s was 116 East 13th Street, while his was 120 East 13th Street.

She died in Ball Memorial Hospital on Dec. 3, 1972, at the age of 81. An obituary in the Muncie Star Press noted that her survivors included 17 grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. Rev. John Simpson officiated at her funeral, with burial following in Green Ridge Cemetery in Kenosha.

Son James A. Mitchell lived in Muncie in 1972 at 120 East 13th Street.

Daughter Winifred Mitchell married Edward Borland. They were in Kenosha in 1972.

Daughter Ruth Mitchell wedded Clifford Borland. They established a home in Franksville, WI.


~ Stepson Harvey Emenhiser ~

Stepson Harvey Emenhiser (1893- ? ) was born in January 1893 in Indiana.

He does not appear to have married or reproduced.

Harvey earned a living over the years as a self-employed contractor. He first set up shop in Dayton, OH and then in the 1950s migrated to Muncie, IN.

His address in the early 1980s was 418 South Franklin Street.

At the age of 87, Harvey died at home on June 25, 1981. Rev. Ed Pease officiated at the funeral, followed by burial in Beech Grove Cemetery. An obituary in the Muncie Star Press named his surviving full-and-half sisters and brothers.


~ Stepson Earl Emenhiser ~

Stepson Earl Emenhiser (1896- ? ) was born in January 1896 in Indiana.


~ Stepdaughter Bertha Estella (Emenhiser) Richter ~

Stepdaughter Bertha Estella Emenhiser (1898-1986) was born in 1898 in Indiana.

She was joined in holy wedlock with (?) Richter.

The Richters migrated to Michigan and made a home in Grand River near Lansing.

Bertha died in 1986. Interment of the remains was in Evergreen Cemetery. The Lansing State Journal published an obituary.


~ Stepdaughter Alma (Emenhiser) Fisher ~

Stepdaughter Alma Emenhiser ( ? - ? ) was born in (?).

She was united in matrimony with (?) Fisher.

They relocated to the West Coast and in 1981 lived in Saugus, CA.


~ Stepson Joseph W. "Joe" Emenhiser ~

Stepson Joseph W. "Joe" Emenhiser ( ? - ? ) was born on (?).

On Sept. 11, 1943, he was joined in the bonds of wedlock with Vergie Maxine Markum ( ? -2000).

Joe was in Muncie in 1975


~ Stepson Mearl Sylvester Emenhiser ~

Stepson Mearl Sylvester Emenhiser (1905-1993) was born on July 31, 1905 in Bluffton, Wells County, IN.

He moved to Muncie as a boy with his parents and remained for the balance of his long life. In school, he completed the fourth grade.

In about 1923, when he would have been 18 years of age, he married Opal L. Oard (Dec. 3, 1904-1975), a native of Straughn, IN, who had grown up in Muncie. Their union endured for 51 years.

The couple bore three children -- Wilfred M. Emenhiser, Norma J. Irvin and Nila R. Kite.

The family belonged to the Center Chapel United Methodist Church. In about 1944, they relocated to the community of Royerton. Opal worked for a period of time at Ball Corporation. She also was a member of the Center Chapel United Methodist Church Homemakers,, the Esther Shrine and Warner Gear Sympathy Club.

For 38 years, Mearl was employed as a machinist by Warner Gear in Muncie, later known as the Transmission Systems unit of Borg-Warner Automotive. He also earned a living by farming. In his free time, he belonged to the Delaware lodge of the Masons, and Commandery Knights Templar Drill Team, Muncie York Rite and Warner Gear Sympathy Club.

Sadly, Opal died in 1975.

Mearl lived for another 18 years as a widower. His address was 1214 West Royerton Road.

Afflicted with coronary disease, he succumbed to death at the age of 88 on Nov. 19, 1993. His remains were placed into eternal repose in the Gardens of Memory near Muncie. An obituary in the Muncie Evening Press named his 10 grandchildren and said he was survived by 15 great-grandchildren.

Son Wilfred M. Emenhiser dwelled in Beaumont, TX in 1993.

Daughter Norma J. Emenhiser wedded (?) Irvin. Her home was in St. Clair, MI.

Daughter Nila R. Emenhiser was joined in marriage with (?) Kite, son of Claude and Velma Mae (Speer) Kite and stepson of Elsie "Gip" Eubank. She resided in in 1993-1997 in Cockeysville, MD, at the address of 10310 Greenside Drive.


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