Local History and Genealogy

Thursday, August 11, 2011


     Jacob, son of William and Sarah (Raeber) Stetler, was born in Thompson Township, Seneca County, Ohio, April 18, 1840.  He came with his parents to Otsego Center, Steuben County, Ind. in 1852.  He was united in marriage with Orelia Ruth Pixley on May 27, 1866.  In August 1862, he enlisted in Co. H. 74th Regiment, Indiana Volunteer Infantry, for the service of his country in the Civil War.  He participated in all the twenty-four battles in which his regiment was engaged and was honorably discharged from the army on June 9, 1865.
     In an evangelistic meeting conducted near his home, he confessed his  faith in Christ as his Savior and was baptized into Christ by Evangelist R. C. Snodgrass of Michigan City, Ind. on July 25, 1889.  He died at his home in Ashley, Ind. at 7 p.m. November 26, 1921, aged 81 years, 7 months and 8 days.
     Mr. Stetler is survived by his wife and by his children as follows:  Mrs. Alverda Snowberger of Port Huron, Mich., Mr. Merton Stetler of Burlington, Mich., Mr. Edgar A. Stetler of near Angola, Mr. John Stetler of San Diego, California, W. D. and Roy Stetler of Pleasant Lake, Ind, one brother, Mr. James Stetler of Fremont, Ind., seventeen grandchildrren and four great grandchildren, with his surviving comrades of the Grand Army of the Republic, and a host of neighbors and friends to remember him as a good citizen, a true patriot and soldier, and a good man in all the relations of the home.  As the end drew near he looked forward by faith without fear to the Heavenly Home, and said, "I am ready to go when I am called."
     Funeral services were conducted in the Baptist Church at Pleasant Lake on Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. by Elder J. O. Rose, of Angola, and the burial was in the Pleasant Lake Cemetery.

Steuben Republican, Angola, Indiana, December 7, 1921.