Hannah E. (1847 - 1935)
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Surnames: Felix, Horner, Weaver, Miller, Winkler, Bigler, Augsburger, Cripe, Hyde
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Felix, Hannah E (4 Oct. 1847 - 5 April 1935)
Death Takes Famous Stanley Country Woman
Hannah E Felix, widow of the late J.B. Felix, died at the home of her son, LaRoy Felix in Oshkosh on Tuesday (April 5, 1935) of infirmities, at the age of 87 years, 6 months and 23 days. For more than a quarter of a century, from a crude home in a forest clearing, she played well her part as wife, mother, church worker, community leader and kind neighbor and friend. Her hand was ever extended in the hour of need and her name was the first thought of in the hour of distress or when help was needed in the pioneer home.
She was the daughter of John and Katherine (Horner) Weaver, born in Tippecanoe County, Indiana on October 4, 1847. She was married to Joseph B Felix at the same place on May 20, 1866. Five daughters and three sons were born to them, all of whom survive except one. They are: Mrs. Celeste Miller, Ft Wayne, Indiana, Mrs. Jacob Winkler, Stanley; Mrs. Emma Bigler, Mrs. Dan Augsburger and LaRoy Felix, Oshkosh and Curtis Felix, Sturgeon Bay, and Mrs. George Cripe , Chippewa Falls. One son, Archie was drowned in June 1903.
In 1894, the family moved from Lafayette, Indiana to Sturgeon Bay, Making the trip by Prairie Schooner in about four weeks. They lived in Door County about five years and then came to the Stanley Country, settling on a wild forty of land where they proceeded to carve a home out of the woods. Here they lived for about 25 years, then on account of failing health they moved into Stanley. Following the death of Mr. Felix two years later, Mrs. Felix went to live with her son in Oshkosh and remained there till death.
Her direct descendents consist of eight sons and daughters, 52 grandchildren and 131 great grandchildren and nine great, great grandchildren. Of 222 direct descendents, 199 are living, a record which probably has few parallels in the country. And judged by the character of the men and women who survive her it is unexcelled, for the Felix family of men and women are of high repute wherever they are known, loyal citizens, industrious and God Fearing.
The deceased was one of the founders of the Brethren Church in this community and hither come many others from Tippecanoe County, Indiana, to help redeem the Stanley Country from the wilderness. But outstanding in the history of the community will always be the memory of Joseph and Hannah Felix.
The body of Hannah Felix was brought here for burial by the side of her husband in Worden Cemetery. Services were held on Thursday afternoon from both the Stanley and Worden churches by Rev. Lewis Hyde. It was one of the most largely attended funerals of recent years.
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