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Alonzo Wertz Decker1,2

Male
b. 18 July 1850, d. 6 March 1925


Father Dr. Henry Decker b. 23 December 1814, d. 8 January 1892
Mother Susannah Adams b. 25 October 1817, d. 8 April 1893
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Family Hannah Lucretia "Lou" Amos b. circa 1856
Marriage* 26 May 1880  Scio, Scioto Co., OH, Principal=Hannah Lucretia "Lou" Amos6,2 
Children  1. Infant Decker b. a 26 May 1880, d. b 1900
  2. Floyd Fiske Decker b. 23 Mar 1881, d. 28 Nov 1949
  3. Warren Foss Decker b. Dec 1883
  4. Jesse F. Decker b. May 1886
  5. Alonzo Wertz Decker b. Dec 1889
  6. Mary Ruth Decker b. 16 Aug 1892, d. Sep 1968
  7. Dorothy E. Decker b. Jun 1896

Note*   Administrator of his father, Henry Deckers estate. Information indicates that he was Reverend Alonzo W. Decker. Probate completed on July 21, 1897.

Alonzo was listed in his sister Cidna's obituary as Rev. A. M. Decker of Buffalo, N.Y. 
Name Variation   Lenzo Werts3 
Birth* 18 July 1850  Adamsville, Muskingum Co., OH3 
Census* 1860  1860 Federal Census, Ohio, Muskingum County, Salem Township, Adamsville, Series: M653, Roll: 1019, Page: 564B, July 28
(enumerated with father, Henry Decker)
13, 1050, 971, Decker, Alonzo, 9, M, , , , , Ohio, , 1, ,4 
Census 1870  1870 Federal Census, Ohio, Muskingum, Salem Township, Series: M593, Roll: 1251, Page: 329B, June 20
(enumerated with father, Henry Decker)
191, 195, Dicker, Alonzo, 19, M, W, Clk in Ret Dry Goods Store, , , Ohio, , , , , 1, , , , ,5 
Census 1880  1880 Federal Census, Texas, Grayson County, Denison, ED: 8, Series: T9, Roll: 1306, Page: 168B, June 2
47, 47, 72, Decker, Alonzo, W, M, 29, , , , 1, , 1, Preacher, , , , , , , , , , , Ohio, NJ, Va
48, 47, 72, Decker, Hannah, W, F, 24, , Wife, , 1, , 1, Keeps House, , , , , , , , , , , Ohio, ,6 
Marriage* 26 May 1880  Scio, Scioto Co., OH, Principal=Hannah Lucretia "Lou" Amos6,2 
Census 1900  1900 Federal Census, New York, Livingston County, Springwater, ED: 41, Series: T623, Roll: 1071, Page: 169B, June 30
Sheet 12B
86, 306, 328, Decker, Alonzo W, Head, W, M, July 1850, 49, M, ?, , , Ohio, Ohio, Ohio, , , , Clergyman, , , Yes, Yes, Yes, R, , H,
87, 306, 328, Decker, Hannah, Wife, W, F, May 1853, 47, M, ?, 7, 6, Ohio, Maryland, Maryland, , , , , , , Yes, Yes, Yes, , , ,
88, 306, 328, Decker, Warren, Son, W, M, Dec 1883, 16, S, , , , Pennsylvania, Ohio, Ohio, , , , , At School, , Yes, Yes, Yes, , , ,
89, 306, 328, Decker, Jessie, Daughter, W, F, May 1886, 13, S, , , , Pennsylvania, Ohio, Ohio, , , , , At School, , Yes, Yes, Yes, , , ,
90, 306, 328, Decker, Alonzo, Son, W, M, Dec 1889, 10, S, , , , New York, Ohio, Ohio, , , , , At School, , Yes, Yes, Yes, , , ,
91, 306, 328, Decker, May, Daughter, W, F, Aug 1893, 6, S, , , , Pennsylvania, Ohio, Ohio, , , , , At School, , Yes, Yes, Yes, , , ,
92, 306, 328, Decker, Dorothy, Daughter, W, F, June 1896, 4, S, , , , New York, Ohio, Ohio, , , , , , , , , Yes, , , ,7 
Census 1910  1910 Federal Census, New York, Erie County, Concord, ED: 265, Series: T624, Roll: 939, Page: 148A, April 25
Sheet 3B, Main Street
92, 107, 116, Decker, Alonzo W, Head, M, W, 59, M1, 29, , , Ohio, Ohio, Ohio, , , English, Clergyman, , W, No, 0, Yes, Yes, , R, , H, , ,
93, 107, 116, Decker, Hannah L, Wife, F, W, 56, M1, 29, 7, 6, Ohio, Maryland, Maryland, , , English, None, , , , , Yes, Yes, , , , , , ,
94, 107, 116, Decker, Ross W, Son, M, W, 26, S, , , , Pennsylvania, Ohio, Ohio, , , English, Salesman, Hardware, W, No, 0, Yes, Yes, , , , , , ,
95, 107, 116, Decker, Jessie F, Daughter, F, W, 23, S, , , , Pennsylvania, Ohio, Ohio, , , English, None, , , , , Yes, Yes, , , , , , ,
96, 107, 116, Decker, Alonzo W, Son, M, W, 20, S, , , , New York, Ohio, Ohio, , , English, None, , , , , Yes, Yes, Yes, , , , , ,
97, 107, 116, Decker, M Ruth, Daughter, F, W, 17, S, , , , Pennsylvania, Ohio, Ohio, , , English, None, , , , , Yes, Yes, Yes, , , , , ,
98, 107, 116, Decker, Dorothy E, Daughter, F, W, 14, S, , , , New York, Ohio, Ohio, , , English, None, , , , , Yes, Yes, Yes, , , , , ,8 
Census 1920  1920 Federal Census, New York, Erie County, Buffalo, Ward 22, ED: 208, Series: T625, Roll: 1107, Page: 202A, January 7
Sheet 7A, 308 Auburn Avenue
(enumerated with son, Warren F Decker)
33, 119, 159, Decker, Alonzo W, Father, , , M, W, 69, M, , , , , Yes, Yes, (Adamsville)Ohio, , (Norwich)Ohio, , (Adamsville)Ohio, , Yes, Minister, Church, W,9 
Death* 6 March 1925  East Charleston, Erie Co., PA2 
Burial* after 6 March 1925  Forest Lawn Cemetery, Buffalo, Erie Co., NY2 
News/Obit* 7 October 1925  (Archived at the Library of Congress, Washington. Contributed by Gene Buck)

GENESEE
ANNUAL CONFERENCE
of the
Methodist Episcopal Church

OFFICIAL MINUTES
of the
ONE HUNDRED SIXTEENTH SESSION

VOLUME II
QUADRENNIUM 1924-1928

PUBLISHED BY THE SECRETARIES

HELD AT
ST. PAULS
METHODIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH
NIAGARA FALLS, NEW YORK
OCTOBER 7-12
1925

(Pages 360-361)
GENESEE CONFERENCE 1925

(photo)
ALONZO WERTZ DECKER
July 18, 1850 - March 6, 1925

     To have been born and reared in the wholesome atmosphere of a
Christian home of high intelligence is an advantage of greatest value.
This was the high privilege of Alonzo Wertz Decker. His parents were
Doctor Henry and Susan Decker. Both were faithful members of the
Methodist Episcopal Church. They resided at Adamsville, Muskingum
County, Ohio. Here Alonzo was born July 18th, 1850.

     After passing three score years and ten, during which he rendered
most intense and arduous toil in kingdom business, he began to fail;
and continuing to decline he passed to his heavenly reward on March
6th, 1925. During his protracted illness he wasmost tenderly cared for
by his devoted wife and other loved ones. Quietly on the March day he
stepped out of his earthly home in Buffalo, into the eternal mansion
prepared for him with the saints of God.

     The funeral services were held in his late residence. His pastor,
Rev. Frederick Mittlefehldt, had charge, assisted by Rev. T. H. orme,
Rev. J. A. Smith and Rev. F. H. Dickerson. The interment was in
beautiful Forest Lawn Cemetery, Buffalo, N.Y.

     On the 26th of May, 1880, brother Decker was married to Miss
Hannah Lou Amos, at Scio, Ohio. There were seven children born of
this union. One died in infancy. Six survive and tenderly comfort their
bereaved mother. They are Professor F. F. Decker, of Syracuse Uni-
versity; W. F. Decker, of Buffalo, N.Y.; Mrs. S. G. Engel, of Sala-
manca, N.Y.; A. W. Decker, Jr., of Corning, N.Y.; Mrs. C. J. Shultes,
of Buffalo, N.Y.; and Miss Dorothy E. Decker, of Poughkeepsie, N.Y.

     Brother Decker's higher educational training was obtained through
a course in Scio College, Scio, Ohio, and as a student in Allegany
College, Meadville, Pa.

     His first ministerial appointment was to our church at Lamar,
Missouri, in 1876. The following year he was transferred to the Little
Rock Conference, and stationed at the First Methodist Episcopal Church,
Little Rock, Arkansas. Thense in 1880 he was transferred to the Austin
Conference, and became pastor of the First Methodist Episcopal Church
in Denison City, texas. While there he was elected a delegate to the
General Conference, held in May, 1880, in Cincinnati. Ill health, due to
the southern climate, compelled him to reutrn(sp) North; and in 1881 he
transferred to the Erie Conference and became pastor of the State Street
Methodist Episcopal Church, Meadville, Pa. Other churches in Erie
Conference were Espyville, Edinboro and Panama. In 1888 he came to
Buffalo in the interest of the Seaman's Mission. Seneca Street Church,
Buffalo, was then in process of construction, and brother Decker was
given charge of the work and became its regular pastor, joining Genesee
Conference in 1889. The other churches he served in our Conference
were East Charleston, Pa; Cameron, Addison, Cohocton, Belmont,
Springwater, Waterport, Kuckville and Kenyonville, Middleport, Tona-
wanda, Gainsville, Sardinia and Chaffee, West Valley, Ellicottville,
Allegany, Holland and protection, Springbrook. In 1897 he served one
year as conference evangelist. He took the retired relation in 1918.

     To attempt a characterization of brother Decker's life and work is
at once pleasing and a task. Pleasing in that it stirs one's own ambition
and enthusiasm. A task because of the versatility of his abilities and
his services. He was faithful, thorough and happy pastor. His calls
were always welcome, for he interested, instructed, comforted and'
cheered in the homes. he was a strong preacher. His supreme theme
was salvation through faith in Jesus Christ. he preached thoughtfully,
directly, and with great earnestness. At times his utterances were
clothed with the power of a mighty prophet. In evangelism he excelled.
Unwearied in its toil, he incessantly sought for souls. the songs of
salvation were the choicest of classics for him. Even now to recall his
voice as he led in the songs of Zion stirs one's deep emotions. Our
great hymms were to him wings that lifted him and others into blessed
heights of ecstatic joy. In all reform work he was a leader. Prayer-
fully he thought for himself and then acted accordingly. His Southern
experiences were exceedingly testing but he never failed. The high
spots in his life were touched whenever he was challenged by real diffi-
cult tasks. At such moments his promptness and accuracy of judgement
never failed. In the survey of such situations he was a master. His
adventures in kingdom business demonstrated again and again that in
his veins flowed the blood of a real Christian Crusader. His courage
was indomitable. He despised cowardice. In faith he was immovable,
in enterprise tirelss, in courtesy and kindness he was beautiful. In
Alonzo Wertz Decker was the Spirit of Christ. He blessed us all.
Thank God for him.

     He fought a good fight, he finished his course, he kept the faith.
Now the crown is his forever more.

FREDERICK H. COMAN.2

Citations
  1. [S42] Dale Decker Personal Research, Dale Decker.
  2. [S595] Gene Buck Family Info., Gene Buck.
  3. [S56] Werts - Vinsel - Slater Family History, F. C. Slater.
  4. [S46] 1860 U.S. Federal Census , 1860 U.S. Federal Census.
  5. [S71] 1870 U.S. Federal Census , 1870 U.S. Federal Census.
  6. [S100] 1880 U.S. Federal Census , 1880 U.S. Federal Census.
  7. [S246] 1900 U.S. Federal Census , 1900 U.S. Federal Census.
  8. [S73] 1910 U.S. Federal Census , 1910 U.S. Federal Census.
  9. [S247] 1920 U.S. Federal Census , 1920 U.S. Federal Census.


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