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|Johnstown Daily Tribune, 19 Jan 1885, Contributed by Sue Elliott|
|Mrs. Anna Hoerle, relict of the late Caspar Hoerle, died at half-past 10 o'clock on Saturday night at her residence, No. 818 Main street, of congestion of the lungs. Her health began to fail in August last, and, although her decline was almost imperceptible, even to those who were constantly near her, yet there was no time during her illness that her friends were greatly encouraged to hope for her recovery. Her demise was precipitated by a severe hemorrhage which set in about half past 5 o'clock on Saturday evening, resulting from the congested condition of her lungs. She was conscious to the last moment and was surrounded by the members of her family all of whom she recognized.|
Mrs. Hoerle, was born in Mornhausen, Hesse-Darmstadt, Germany, March 17, 1820, and was consequently in her sixty-fifth year. When about fourteen years of age her parents came to America, landing in Baltimore, and settling in one of the suburbs of that city. Her marriage with Mr. Hoerle took place in 1840. He was also born in Germany and emigrated to the United States a short time prior to the ceremony. In 1845 Mr. and Mrs. Hoerle came to Johnstown by way of the canal and the old Portage Railroad. During the first year of his residence here Mr. Hoerle worked for Mr. Charles Zimmerman, Sr., who at the time had a cabinet-making establishment on Main street on the site of his present residence and hotel. In 1846 Mr. Hoerle purchased the lot on which the family residence now stands, and engaged in business as a cabinet-maker and undertaker, at which he continued with success until, in the winter of 1864, he was prostrated with inflammatory rheumatism. On March 31, 1865, four days after his recovery from an illness extending over a period of fourteen weeks, he was killed by a board projected with great force from a circular saw, and which struck him in the region of the heart, while he was employed in the old Mechanical Works.
Thus deprived of her husband and left to meet along the adversities and responsibilities of life, Mrs. Hoerle heroically set about the task of retaining her home and keeping her family together. The magnitude of such an undertaking can be realized by those only who have had experience in such matters. Success crowned her efforts, and, after years of trouble and ceaseless care and labor, such as fall to the lot of but a small proportion of her sex, she has passed away, leaving to those who survive her the sacred memory of her maternal love and a never-to-be forgotten example of strict fidelity to duty.
Mrs. Hoerle was the mother of nine children, born in the order named: Henry, Lewis A., George, Anna C., William R., Elizabeth [sic] S., Emma J., Frank C., and Edward. Four of the children survive, namely: Lewis A.; Anna C., who is the wife of Mr. James Benford; Frank C., and Edward. Mrs. Hoerle is also survived by two sisters, Mrs. W. Kusmoul, of Baltimore, and Mrs. Simon Hoffman, of Glencoe, Somerset County.
Deceased was a zealous and consistent member of the Lutheran Church. Religious services will be conducted by the Rev. R. A. Fink, D.D., at the family residence at 2 o'clock. to morrow afternoon.