Source: North Manchester Journal, August 17, 1905, Obituary

Mrs. Sarah Krisher Dies at the Age of 97 Years.

With the death of Mrs. Sarah Krisher, which occurred early Monday morning, probably the oldest woman then living in Wabash county passed away. Her life for more than sixty years has been identified with the history and development of Chester township and Wabash county and probably no woman was better known to the pioneer settlers of this section than Grandma Krisher. Of late years, on account of the infirmities of old age, her life has been a quiet one. She was a woman of a most vigorous constitution as the great age to which she lived will attest, and in many respects retained her mental faculties to the last. A failure of her eyesight a few years ago was a great handicap to her natural desire to engage in the activities of life, but her mind was strong and her memory clear until within a short time of her death. In a general way her health was good until a few months ago and her family confidently expected that she would live to round out a full century of life. In this they were disappointed, as a general breaking down set in a few months ago and she passed quietly away Monday morning. Her death may be said to be entirely due to old age.

Funeral services were conducted at the Christian church in this city on Wednesday afternoon, the sermon being preached by Rev. D. Hidy. A very large attendance of relatives and friends was present and a long cortege followed the remains to their last resting place in the Krisher cemetery, one mile south of town. The following biographical sketch has been handed us by the family:

Sarah A. Beyermaster was born near Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, in the month of October (the exact date not known), 1808, and died in the home of her daughter, Mrs. John H. Hetler, four miles south of this city, August 14, 1905, in her ninety-seventh year. She was married to Rudolph Krisher in the year 1829. To this union fourteen children were born, eight daughters and six sons. Of this number seven daughters and one son preceded her to the spirit land and six yet remain to mourn her demise, William, David and Daniel, who live in this city, Henry near Servia, Frank on the homestead one and a half miles south of town and Mrs. John H. Hetler near Bolivar, at whose home she died. In the Year 1839, she with her husband and four children came to Wabash county and located in the woods one mile south of this place on the old Manchester and Lagro road, which at that time was a mere path winding through the wilderness, and with a willing hand set cheerfully to work to assist in opening up a farm in the then wilderness. She was truly one of the pioneers of north Wabash county.

Shortly after coming to this county she attached herself to the Christian church and remained a faithful member of that denomination until her death. After the death of her husband, which occurred twenty-seven years ago this month, she remained on the farm many years but the infirmities of old age finally enforced her to give up her home and go to live with her children. After leaving the farm she took up her abode with her son, Daniel, and family in town and visited with her children, as fancy dictated for about two years, when realizing that her infirmities were increasing, she concluded to make her home with her only living daughter, Mrs. Hetler.

Grandma Krisher, in many respects, was a remarkable woman. Coming to this community sixty-six years ago in July when it was an almost unbroken wilderness she saw the forest disappear and the country develop into the garden spot it is today.

She was of a kindly disposition and no one ever went hungry from her door so long as she was able to minister to their wants. As stated above she left five sons, one daughter and numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren to mourn her demise. Her long and eventful life closed peacefully and without a struggle at 4:30 o'clock Monday morning, August 14th, 1905.