From the Steuben Republican June 18,1930 Col. 2
Melvin Benjamin Gaskill
    Melvin Benjamin Gaskill, son of Asa and Emily Gaskill, was born in Fulton county, Ohio July 29 1852. When his parents moved to Metz, Steuben county, Indiana. He made special preparation for teaching in the Angola Academy, during the period in which Profs. A.W. Long and R.V. Carlin were teachers there. He then taught in the district schools at Sowie's Settlement, Gilmore and Metz.
    On June 6,1874, he was united in marriage with Lizzie Norris. During the succeeding years he was followed the occupation of farming near Metz as long as his failing strength would permit.
    He united with the Christian church at Metz in his early youth. His superior talent was recognized by his brethren in calling him to serve as elder and superintendent of the Sunday for several years 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 friends can say " I never heard  him speak ill of anyone."  He was a 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 without a crutch and cane. For the last six weeks he has been confined to his bed.
    During this long period he never uttered a word of complaint and on June 10, 1930 at 10:30 in the morning he passed to the better world, at the age of 77 years, 10 months and 11 days.
    Of his immediate family the following have preceded him to the life beyond the grave; his brother Charlie, Aug. 25 1849, and three children, Mary Goldie, June 16,1888, Wayne, Oct. 20,1893 and Warren, Nov. 5,1926, There survive him besides his devoted wife, three children, Ford of Metz, Mrs. Evalo Harter, two miles north of Metz, Mrs. Mabel Moore, of Alvarado, and ten grandchildren, who will cherish him in loving memory.
    Funeral services were conducted in the Christian church at Metz, June 12 at 2:00 p.m. by Elder J. O. Rose of Angola, and 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 of our husband and father.
   Mrs. M. B. Gaskill
   Ford and Aileen Gaskill
   Lester Harter and family
   Archie Moore and family
Submitted By: Sherri Ryan