PIONEER CONTRACTOR ANSWERS SUMMONS
John Eller, the pioneer brick-layer and stone-mason, of Manchester, died at his home on West Marion street Monday, December 31st, 1917, following an extended illness. Mr. Eller had been a sufferer from hay fever and asthma, and last summer went to Duluth, Minnesota, to escape the attack of hay fever. He came home late in the fall, and the frequently occurring attacks of asthma overtaxed his strength, until a gradual decline became noticeable.
Mr. Eller was born in Bavaria, Germany, May 12th, 1837, and was 80 years, 7 months and 19 days old at the time of his death. He was united in marriage with Miss Barbara Marschall in Germany in 1859, and in 1866 he and his family came to America, and located in Manchester. This city has been his home ever since.
To Mr. and Mrs. Eller were born ten children, four of whom have preceded him in death. The children who are left to mourn for him are George Eller of National City, California; Mrs. A. Lippert of Oelwein; Peter Eller and Mrs. O.U. Hockaday of Manchester; and, Fred and Charles Eller of Ames. Twenty grandchildren also survive him. Mrs. Eller passed away in this city in March, 1917.
Funeral services were held at St. Mary’s Catholic church in Manchester Wednesday forenoon, conducted by Rev. Father T. Rooney. Following the service at the church the remains were placed in the receiving vault in Oakland cemetery, and will be laid to rest in the family lot in St. Mary’s cemetery next spring.
Mr. Eller was a skilled workman. He erected many of the brick buildings in Manchester, and how well he did his work as a bricklayer is shown by the state of preservation of many of the older buildings now occupied by the Manchester merchants. Mr. Eller was a man who believed in doing well what he undertook. He was known in eastern Iowa as one of the ablest contractors and erected some of the most substantial buildings in other places outside of Manchester and vicinity.
In the home he was a kind and indulgent husband and father, and won by fair dealings with his fellow men the honor and respect of his neighbors and business associates.
The surviving members of his family have the sincere sympathy of their friends in the sorrow that has come to them.