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ALTHOUSE, John H. 1834-1897


Posted By: S. Bell
Date: 3/1/2015 at 00:46:21

[Waterloo Courier, Wednesday, January 20, 1897, Waterloo, Iowa]

Another well known and highly respected citizen of Waterloo has answered the summons of death and gone to his reward.

John H. Althouse departed this life at five minutes after twelve o'clock this morning. For some months Mr. Althouse had felt his health waning and his usual robust health disappearing but he bore up bravely and it was not until two weeks ago that he felt compelled to take to his bed. All efforts to relieve his sufferings were in vain and death came with the early miuutes of the new born day.

Mr. Althouse was born Nov. 8, 1834, and was 62 years of age at his last birthday. He was born at Gosfelden, province of Hesse-Nassau, Germany. When he was 27 years of age he left his "fatherland" and came to America, landing at New York on the 12th day of August 1861. On the 19th day of August the same year he came to Waterloo, and since that date has resided here.

Before immigrating to this country, Mr. Althouse had served his king as a soldier and at the time of his relief from army duties be was an officer in the German artillery. He also had a fine musical education having taken a four years' course at the University of Marburg.

But in his early days he had mastered the wheelwright's .or wagon maker's trade, and here his heart, brain and hands worked together and found peace, contentment and prosperity. He conducted a wagon shop in Waterloo and worked at the business up to a short time previous to his fatal illness.

He was the father of ten children, six of whom are still living, three boys and three girls. They are Henry, Lewis, George, Anna, Lucy and Clara, and are all living in Waterloo, except George, who resides in Ackley. He leaves, also, two brothers and one sister in Germany; and one sister and two brothers in this country. The brothers are George Althouse, of this city, and Henry Althouse, of Ackley; the sister is Mrs. Adolph Vollemweider, of Waterloo.

Mr. Althouse was married August 31, 1861, to Miss Margaret Feusner, in this city. The wife died August 11, 1893.

Mr. Althouse was one of the organizers of Waterloo's pioneer fire companies, and was an officer in the first hook-and-ladder company and volunteer bucket brigade in the town.
He was also a member of Cedar Valley Lodge No. 233 I. O. O. F., of Cedar Falls and of Waterloo encampment. Was also a member of the Garman Aid society, and these organizations will probably have charge of the funeral obsequies, which will be held at 2 o'clock Wednesday, but for which arrangements are not yet completed.

Burial at Elmwood Cemetery, Waterloo.

Henry W Althouse (1862 - 1927)
Louis C Althouse (1867 - 1929)
Annie Althouse Heywood (1873 - 1941)
Edward Althouse (1879 - 1881)
Charles L. Althouse (1886 - 1886)
George W Althouse (1887 - 1912)


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