John GROSSHEIM, 69, died at 10:30 p.m. Sunday March 8, 1931, in his home in
North avenue, McDonald, following an illness extending over a period of ten
Mr. GROSSHEIM had been a resident of McDonald for forty-five years and was
widely known. He was born December 4, 1861, on a farm near Cabot, Butler
county. His father Henry GROSSHEIM emigrated from Germany in early youth
and married Catherine Heck who was born near Freeport.
John GROSSHEIM left the farm when still in his teens and was apprenticed to
an uncle, a shoemaker in Freeport. He completed this apprenticeship in
three years and to broaden his experience he went to Leechburg and then to
Wylie avenue extension, Pittsburgh, remaining several years in each place.
Forty-five years ago he came to McDonald and started in business for
himself. He was industrious and thrifty and in due time became prosperous,
but he stuck to his little shop until disease and the disabilities of age
obliged him to quit the work which he enjoyed.
On April 13, 1893, he was united in marriage with Miss Dora CARL. They ere
married in Bloomfield, Pittsburgh, by the Rev. U. RAENGAERTNER, pastor of
Baum's Evangelical Lutheran church. Mrs. GROSSHEIM survives him with two
sons and one daughter: Elmer C. GROSSHEIM of Aliquippa, Otto J. GROSSHEIM
of Swissvale, and Laura the wife of Colonel YOHO of McDonald. There are two
grandchildren. Two sisters Miss Bertha and Miss Margaret, who live on the
old home farm in Butler county, and a brother Henry of Arnold, near New
Kensington, also survive.
Mr. GROSSHEIM joined the Lutheran church of McDonald about forty years ago
and was a faithful attendant upon its services. He held various offices in
the congregation and for a number of years was superintendent of the Sunday
Funeral services were held Wednesday afternoon in the Evangelical Lutheran
church, west of McDonald, conducted by the Rev. J. H. TARNEDDE of McKees
Rocks and the Rev. Paul PORATH of Brookville, former pastors. Burial was in
the Robinson's Run cemetery.
(Source: March 13, 1931, Obits. McDonald Record-Outlook)
(Contributor: Victoria Hospodar Valentine, firstname.lastname@example.org)
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