Friday, September 17, 2010

Thomas Edson & Katherine Theresia (Hahn) Neikirk

Thomas E. & Katherine T. (Hahn) Neikirk

Katherine Theresia "Katie" Hahn, daughter of Henry and Mary (Wurm) Hahn, was born 13 Sept 1864 and died 10 March, 1939 at Republic, Seneca County, Ohio.  In 1880 Katie was working as a servant for the family of Charles and Alvira Ames in Scipio Township, Seneca County, Ohio.  She married Thomas Edson Neikirk 3 May 1881 in Seneca County, Ohio.  He was born 12 July 1857 at Republic, Ohio to David Franklin and Mary Creager (Wolfe) Neikirk and died in 1927.

"REPUBLIC HAS A ROW" - The Seneca Advertiser, 29 August, 1893
"The Village of Republic which for years has been noted for the decorum of its citizens, broke its record Thursday night by having a lively free-for-all-fight.  The fact that an Uncle Tom's Cabin Troupe held forth in the village is an excuse for the bad conduct, and in the minds of many people is sufficient cause for any acts, however reprehensible and disastrous in their consequence.

Langestaff's Uncle Tom's Cabin gave an exhibition in the village Thursday evening, and among those in attendant at the show was the well known blacksmith, Thomas Neikirk, who was accompanied by his wife.  They decided to remain for the concert which followed the regular program, and the smithy who is said to spent some time in the company of 'John Barleycorn' before going to the entertainment, made up his mind that he ought to see both shows for the price of one, and refused to pay the amount demanded of those who remained for the concert.

Neikirk became threatening in his manner and language, and one of the attaches of the show company promptly knocked him down with a tent stake, rendering him unconscious for nearly a half-hour.  Mrs. Neikirk fainted, some of the villagers came to Neikirk's rescue, and more showmen engaged in the racket, and all in all, a lively scrimage, in which several sore heads were resulted, took place, but no arrests were made, and when the sun rose next morning all was peaceful and quiet in Scipio's capital."

Obituary of Thomas E. Neikirk - Tiffin Tribune, Tiffin, Ohio
"THOMAS E. NEIKIRK, AGED 69, IS DEAD - Thomas E. Neikirk, aged 69, lifelong resident and blacksmith at Republic, died suddenly Wednesday morning after an attack of the heart.  Death came within an hour.

Mr. Neikirk was a son of David Franklin and Mary (Wolf) Neikirk.  He was born in Republic July 12, 1857.  He was married to Miss Catherine Hahn Jan. 1, 1881.  Mr. Neikirk was one of the best known residents of Republic, where he had conducted his blacksmith and repair shop for years.

He survived by his widow and two sons: Harry Neikirk of Detroit and Lawrence Neikirk of Shiloh.  There are a brother, and a sister, Henry Neikirk of Cleveland, and Mrs. Sam Armstrong of Tiffin.

Funeral services will be held Friday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock in the Evangelical church in Republic.  Burial will be in Republic Cemetery."

Obituary of Katherine T. (Hahn) Neikirk - Bloomville Gazette, Bloomville, Ohio, 16 March, 1939, page 1
"Following a period of ill health of more than a year, Mrs. Katherine Neikirk, 74, died Friday noon at her home in Republic.  Her death was caused by complications.

Mrs. Neikirk was born Sept. 13, 1864, to Henry and Mary Hahn, and she resided practically all her life in Republic.  She was married in 1881 to Thomas N. Neikirk and his death occurred in 1927.  Surviving are two sons, Harry of Detroit, and Lawrence, Tiffin; a brother, John Hahn, with whom she resided in Republic; two sisters, Mrs. Anna Yoder, Fostoria, and Mrs. Rose Swick, Tiffin; and five grandchildren.

Funeral services were held at three o'clock Sunday in the C.V. Pancoast funeral home in Republic and were conducted by the Rev. E.E. Shilez.  Interment was in Farewell Retreat Cemetery, Republic."

Gravestone of Thomas E. & Katherine T. (Hahn) Neikirk - Farewell Retreat Cemetery, Republic, Seneca County, Ohio

Thomas Edson and Katherine Theresia (Hahn) Neikirk had two children:

1 - Harris Franklin "Harry" Neikirk (1881-?)
2 - Lawrence Alton Neikirk (1895-1965)

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