Tschudi, John Henry / John Henry Judy 1828-1917
JUDY, TSCHUDI, RUSSELL, LUXISINGER, MEYER, HODGES, CHEESMAN, CHEESEMAN
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Date: 12/18/2014 at 23:49:54
Obituary of John Henry Tschudi
To have lived practically eighty-eight years, and seen the changes and experienced the things that an active man would in that length of time is a privilege. The subject of this article was such a man and he enjoyed some experiences that others of his age did not get.
John Henry Tschudi was born in Switzerland on February 17th, 1828, and was a boy in his teens when he came to America in the 40's.
His relatives have no exact information as to where he was or what he did previous to his marriage to Ellen Russell at Rockford,, Ill. However, he was a harness maker at the outbreak of the Civil War and was a resident of McGregor.
He enlisted in Company M, Third Wisconsin Cavalry in December, 1861. On February 25th, 1864, he re-enlisted as a veteran volunteer in Company L, Seventh Iowa Cavalry. During this latter service, or on March 1st, 1865, he was promoted to saddler. He was honorably discharged from the service April 10th, 1866.
After the war Mr. Tschudi was employed for years as a harness maker in Elkader in the shop run by George Wolf.
Before the Ringling brothers were showmen and while Mr. Tschudi was in McGregor he instructed the two older brothers in his trade, which they were intending to follow as a calling.
He is survived by two sons,, three daughters, thirteen grandchildren and ten great grandchildren, and a sister, Mrs. Luxisinger, 86 years old, of Elgin. His wife died some nine years ago.
The surviving children are Mrs. Nicholas Meyer, of Elkader; Wiilliam, of Elkader; Nellie (Mrs. John T. Hodges) of Fremont, Neb.; Mrs. E.E. Cheesman, of Mason City,, and Michael,of Monona.
He was sick only a week before his death, which occurred on Saturday, the 20th. He died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Nicholas Meyer, the cause of death being old age.
The funeral was held at 2 p.m., Monday, January 22nd, at the Congregational Church in Elkader, Rev. Arno Franke preaching the sermon. Burial took place at East Side cemetery.
Card of Thanks
We take this means of expressing our appreciation for the kindness and thoughtfulness of our many friends to us and ours during the sickness and at the death of our beloved parent, John H. Tschudi.
~The Register-Argus, January 25, 1917
His wife Ellen is buried in St. Joseph's cemetery, Elkader.
He was best known as John Henry Judy, and his military gravestone is so inscribed.
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