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Louisa Gale Hendry

November 7, 2019

Louisa Gale, daughter of Judge Thomas and Sarah Goldsmith Gale, builders in part of Angola, Indiana, was born in Crawford County, Ohio, October 14, 1826, and passed away at her home on East Maumee street, Angola, Indiana, March 1, 1913, at the age of 86 years, 4 months and 15 days.

 

She was of good Puritan stock.  She came with her parents to what in now Angola in the year 1836. Her father built and occupied as a home the second house built in Angola, the first house intended for a residence.  She had been a constant resident since that time.  She lived during the period when the land was being won from the wilderness; as a child and woman shares in that period, its vicissitudes and its joys.  She did her part in the formative period and in the country's social life.  She lived to see a stable community formed about her of which any city may be proud.

 

She was married June 15, 1847, to Alanson W. Hendry, a  young man who was soon to come into prominence as a lawyer and legislator.  To this union four children were born, Thomas P., Martha E., Osceola A., (who died June 4, 1873), and Victor H. Her husband died Nov. 23, 1902, since which time she has moved amid scenes mad tender by memory of his presence, and awaited the call which has united her to the partner of her long and loving life journey.

 

Her devotion to her husband was ideal; the kindness, gentleness, and considerateness was reciprocal.  to her family she gave herself entirely.  to those who knew her best, she was always gentle and forbearing, never a word of complaint fell form her; never a protest in anger.  When in the last days of her lice, the acts of those in authority seemed to rule with an iron hand, she entered no complaint, while their acts brought keen regret and injury to her and hers.  She lived for others, no on was ever turned from her door; there are among us who could yet testify to her charity and kindly remembrances.

 

The calling of Louis G. Hendry removes the last tie that bound old to the new Angola.  the last strand has been broken, the last life that compassed the years of Angola's existence has passed away; one that reached back from the modern city to the slashings, the girdlings, and the settlements of the pioneer life.  Gone is the memory that responded to the touch and call of the pioneer child.  IN the last days of her life she lived again amid the scenes and years of her beautiful youth, spent largely in building the foundation of her city life.  She lived again amid

the glories and sweet companionship, with the fields and flowers that crowned the prairies of her new home land.  She spent her time amid the restful shadows of the woodland.  She seemed to breathe again the odor of the forest under the sunset shadows that lengthened as the light faded, there surrounded by a thousand gleams, thrown from the shimmering wavelets that break on the shores of our inland lakes, all touched by the magic of pioneer days, and the joyous, happy hours of youth amid scenes that have gone,

 

As she dreamed there came out of the mystic past, names that have fallen out of speech, and faces and forms that long since have crumbled into dust to all but the lone traveler.  All are reflex of the spirit and purpose that touched the beginning and the now Angola.  Such a life has gone and such a person has vanished,  With sad hearts we bid her a long, long goodbye.

 

Steuben Republican Wed, March 12, 1913

 

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