From the Steuben Republican June 18,1930
Melvin Benjamin Gaskill
Melvin Benjamin Gaskill, son of Asa and Emily
was born in Fulton county, Ohio July 29 1852. When his parents moved
Metz, Steuben county, Indiana. He made special preparation for
in the Angola Academy, during the period in which Profs. A.W. Long
R.V. Carlin were teachers there. He then taught in the district
at Sowie's Settlement, Gilmore and Metz.
On June 6,1874, he was united in marriage with
Norris. During the succeeding years he was followed the occupation
near Metz as long as his failing strength would permit.
He united with the Christian church at Metz in
early youth. His superior talent was recognized by his brethren in
him to serve as elder and superintendent of the Sunday for several
in the active period of his life.
He was a man who loved peace and cultivated
the rare gift of self control and as a consequence his family and
can say " I never heard him speak ill of anyone." He was
kind husband and father, a good neighbor and friend.
In June of 1923 he suffered a severe injury from
a fall that made it impossible for him, for seven years, to walk
a crutch and cane. For the last six weeks he has been confined to
During this long period he never uttered a word
of complaint and on June 10, 1930 at 10:30 in the morning he passed
the better world, at the age of 77 years, 10 months and 11 days.
Of his immediate family the following have
him to the life beyond the grave; his brother Charlie, Aug. 25 1849,
three children, Mary Goldie, June 16,1888, Wayne, Oct. 20,1893 and
Nov. 5,1926, There survive him besides his devoted wife, three
Ford of Metz, Mrs. Evalo Harter, two miles north of Metz, Mrs. Mabel
of Alvarado, and ten grandchildren, who will cherish him in loving
Funeral services were conducted in the Christian
church at Metz, June 12 at 2:00 p.m. by Elder J. O. Rose of Angola,
the burial was in the Metz cemetery.
Card of Thanks
We wish to express our appreciation and thanks to the many friends
and neighbors that were so kind to us during the sickness and death
our husband and father.
Mrs. M. B. Gaskill
Ford and Aileen Gaskill
Lester Harter and family
Archie Moore and family
Submitted By: Sherri Ryan