submitted by Charlene Nichols Hixon, December 4, 2007


Truckee, Cal., Gives Sketch of His
Career – The Funeral.

The Truckee Republican of recent date contains the following extended notice of the demise of the late Henry Schaffer:

    The death of Henry Schaffer, which was but briefly chronicled in the last issue of the Republican owing to the lateness of the hour, occurred at his home on River street. He had been ill since Thanksgiving, having serious stomach trouble besides dropsical symptoms, but it was hardly thought that he was in so precarious a condition. He did not think his illness serious, and when his mother came up from Reno Monday he seemed to think she was going to trouble that was unnecessary. Tuesday night, however, his condition became very alarming and it was evident that unless a great change for the better took place at once he could not survive the day. He grew worse and at 7 o’clock Wednesday morning his pulse stopped and none was perceptible from that time until he died, eight hours afterwards, though he retained consciousness and conversed with those about him right up till he breathed his last.

    Henry Schaffer was the second son of Uncle George Schaffer, the pioneer lumberman of the Truckee basin, who is well known and greatly esteemed in this part of the state and in western Nevada. He was born in Muscatine, Iowa, on the 18th of October, 1850. When two years of age he came across the plains with his parents. Almost his entire life was spent here in Truckee, where he knew everybody and every one knew him. He was of a jovial, social disposition and had a host of friends. He had charge of his father’s lumber yard here and had charge of the affairs of the lumber business.

    He was married a little over seven years ago, and had a comfortable, happy home.

    He leaves to mourn his early death besides his wife, a father and mother and two brothers, Geo. And William Schaffer, and six sisters, Mrs. Annie Byrne, Mrs. C. H. Barton, Mrs. H. C. Barton, Mrs. H. H. Jacobs, Mrs. S. Peek and Mrs. F. A. Irish His death comes as a severe stroke to his relatives, especially to his aged parents, as great reliance was placed in Henry and coming also only a little after the death of F. A. Irish, which was also a very severe stroke to the family.

    Mr. Schaffer, Mrs. C. H. Barton and Mrs. Irish and daughter, Hattie, came up from Reno Wednesday night. The bereaved wife and relatives have the sincerest sympathy of the entire community in their sad affliction.

Funeral of Henry Shaffer.

Reno Evening Gazette: The funeral of the late Henry Schaffer, of Truckee, took place from the Riverside undertaking parlors yesterday afternoon and was largely attended.

The funeral was under the auspices of Amity Lodge No. 8, K. of P., and nearly seventy members of that order escorted the remains to the last resting place.

Rev. J. W. Phelps conducted the services and delivered a beautiful eulogy on the many meritorious traits manifested in the life of the deceased. The casket was laid beneath a canopy of white gauze silk, intertwined with smilax.

The Methodist choir sang “Abide With Me” and the remains were taken to the hillside for their everlasting rest.

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