Source: North Manchester Journal, February 22, 1894, Obituary:
Death of Daniel Strauss.
The protracted sickness of Daniel Strauss and his death last week have been briefly mentioned. He was one of the most highly esteemed residents of the city and his death has cast a cloud of sorrow over the entire community. Concerning the history of his life we gather the following facts from papers left with us:
Daniel Strauss, son of Peter and Phoebe Strauss, was born at Navarre, Starke county, Ohio, Oct. 24, 1841, and departed this life, after an illness of three months, at North Manchester, Ind., Feb. 14, 1894, aged 52 years, 3 months and 21 days. He belonged to a family of five brothers and three sisters, all but three of whom attended his funeral. When a young man in the spring of 1861 he came to Liberty Mills, and in the fall of the same year, at the age of twenty years, he enlisted in Co. D, 47th Regt. Ind. Vols., and was mustered into the service of the government at Indianapolis Oct. 21, 1861. After having served the time for which he enlisted, and met the duties and dangers incident to the soldier, he received an honorable discharge and was mustered out of the service Dec. 12, 1864. He then returned to Liberty Mills, where he continued to reside, and on Oct. 3, 1865, he was united in marriage with Miss Malissa Eby. As a result of this union ten children were born to them, seven of whom are still living, and were present at the last sad rites of their father.
In early life he learned the milling business, which has been his chief occupation through life. In 1869 he purchased an interest in the Laketon mill, which he operated for four years and then sold to his brother, when he moved to this city and purchased the mill here, entering into a partnership with the late H.H. Arnold. Since that time he has been a resident of this place and actively identified with its growth, prosperity and business interests. Wishing to be relieved of the active duties of business he sold his interest in the mill to his two elder sons in 1888. In his residence here of twenty-one years the deceased gained the confidence and respect of the people as a progressive, pubic-spirited and shrewd business man. He contributed both by means and influence much toward the material welfare of North Manchester, and today several substantial places of business stand as monuments of his progressive spirit. His life has always been an active and progressive one, and up to the time of his late affliction was relatively engaged in business enterprises. Some years ago he, with his wife, united with the Lutheran church, and has always contributed liberally of his time, means and influence to the support of the church, being a regular attendant and a faithful observer of its ordinances.
The funeral services were held at the Lutheran church, Sunday, at 2 p.m., conducted by the pastor, Rev. D.A. Kuhn, attended by the largest concourse of people ever assembled here on similar occasion. The orders to which the deceased and family belonged--I.O.O.F., D. of R., G.A.R. Post, W.R.C. and S. of V.--were largely represented, and a number of beautiful floral designs were presented by these organizations. The I.O.O.F. lodge and G.A.R. Post each used part of their burial service at the church and cemetery.
Gen. John A. Logan G.A.R. Post, of which he was an active and influential member, at its meeting Tuesday night, passed the usual appropriate resolutions of condolence, stating that "whereas, by the death of Comrade Strauss the post has lost a member who was ever faithful to duty and loyal to the post and his comrades, his family a tree husband and father, and the community an honored citizen, they resolve to ever cherish his memory." The post room was ordered draped in mourning for thirty days, and all other marks of respect paid the deceased. Mr. Strauss was ever an enthusiastic Grand Army man and his comrades deeply and sincerely mourn his death. We are requested by the bereaved family to extend their thanks to all friends and neighbors and the orders of which he was a member, for all acts of kindness and assistance extended them during the time of his recent sickness and burial.