Auglaize County, Ohio

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Auglaize County Death Records

Last Name: Herbst

First Name: Alois

Father's Name: Alois Herbst

Mother's Maiden Name: Barbara Emminger

Spouse's Name: Amelia Schaible

Death Date: Nov 23, 1937

Death Location: Wapakoneta, Auglaize County OH

Source: Wapakoneta Daily News, Nov 24, 1937

Additional: Alois Herbst is dead from injury AT 85
Venerable Retired Court House Engineer Passed Away Tuesday Evening
Alois Herbst, 85, one of the city's best known elderly citizens who retired in 1930 after 35 years service as heating engineer at the Auglaize county court house, died at 9:05 Tuesday evening at his residence, 112 West Harrison street. Mr. Herbst had been in his usual good health until ten days ago when he fell while walking on Harrison street near the Harrison street bridge. His pelvis bone was fractured and the resulting complications resulted in his death last night. Mr. Herbst was a native of Germany, having been born in Wuerttemburg on March 1, 1852. His parents, Alois and Barbara Herbst brought him at the age of two years to America and the family established itself in this city where he has spent the remainder of his life. After several years employment in the local industries, he became the engineer of the first stream driven fire engine, the old steamer that in the 1880's supplanted the hand pumper of the volunteer firemen's organization. After seven years as a fireman he became engineer in the powerplant for the new court house, constructed in 1895, and he continued in that capacity until 1930, having charge of the heating and care of the grounds. He was an active and ardent Democrat and had served for several terms as a member of the city council. On March 16, 1873, a few days after his twenty-first birthday he married Miss Amelia Schaible of this city. Of their nine children, a daughter and two sons preceeded the father in death. The widow, Mrs. Amelia Herbst, and three daughters, Mrs. Jacob Werner of this city, Mrs. Karl Roth of Lake Forest, Illinois, and Mrs. Sellers Cobb of Cincinnati, and three sons, John Herbst, of Newton, Iowa, Edwin Herbst of Mt. Carmel, Illinois, and William Herbst of Detroit, are left to mourn his death. His descendants include also 17 grandchildren and ten great grandchildren. His daughter, Mrs. Cobb, was visiting at the parental home at the time her father was injured, and remained in attendance until his passing. Mr. Herbst had been a member of the I.O.O.F. lodge until his infirmities prevented him from participating in its activities. He was a member of the St.Paul's Evangelical & Reformed Church and had been faithful in his attendance there. He was a man of kindly disposition, interested in community affairs, and was widely esteemed. The funeral services have been arranged for 2 p.m. Friday at the St. Paul's Evangelical & Reformed Church, the Rev. Richard J. Loew, pastor, officiating. Interment will be made at Greenlawn cemetary. Friends are asked to call at the residence to view the remains since the casket will not be opened at the church.