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John Schaber

Male 1838 - 1909  (70 years)


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  • Name John Schaber 
    Gender Male 
    Born 12 July 1838  Wurttemberg, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Cause of Death angina pectoris due to calcoreona degeneration of coronary arteries (heart failure)  [1
    Immigration 1871  New York, New York, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • this is a guess
    Occupation Framer, Molder 
    Cemetery Riverside Cemetery  [1
    Events April 1871 - arrived in the United States.

    May 24, 1873 - naturalized in at the Cuyahoga/Ohio Probate Court in Cleveland, Ohio

    Sept. 27, 1876 - granted United States citizenship 
    Death Notice Death notice, April 26, 1909, Cleveland Plain Dealer
    SCHABER, John, beloved husband of Elizabeth Schaber, at his residence, 2191 E. 71st St., Saturday, April 24. Funeral from late residence, Thursday, April 27, at 2 p.m. Friends invited. Burial private.

    The Marion Weekly Star, Marion, Ohio
    May 1, 1909, p. 1
    TALE OF JOHN SCHABER AND YELLOW PASSPORT
    Death of a Man Whose Whole Life Is Tragedy
    SPENDS A FORTUNE CLEARING NAME
    Schaber Is Well Known in This City and Has Relatives Here--Serves Eleven Years in German Prison for Crime of Which He Is Innocent. Dies of a Broken Heart.
    Word has been received by relatives in this city announcing the death of John Schaber, which occured at his home in Cleveland Saturday. Mr. Schaber was a cousin of Mrs. John W. Thompson, of Blaine avenue and Mrs. John Meinhart, of the Boulevard. He was well known in this city where he has frequently visited. The Cleveland Leader gives the following account of his life and death:
    The tale of a man with a yellow passport, whose one object was to remove the disgrace of a criminal conviction, is laid bare in the life of John Schaber, manufacturer, who died at his home, No. 2191 east Seventy-First street, Saturday.
    Schaber was wealthy and respected. Appaently he had all that conduces to happiness. But in reality, his life was a tragedy--so much so that two years ago he attempted suicide. He failed in his effort. Physicians say his death, Saturday, was due to natural causes. Those who knew him intimately declare he died of a broken heart.
    The sorrow which continually preyed upon John Schaber dates its beginning half a century back in Germany. Schaber then a young man of twenty-two years was unjustly convicted of murder. He was condemned to death, but this sentence was later commuted to life imprisonment. And Schaber, convicted on evidence, a majority of which was later admitted to be perjured, went to prison, where he served eleven years. The he was pardoned and came to America.
    For a few years he followed his trade of cabinet making in Chicago, and then settled in Cleveland. he began manufacturing picture frames. His business increased rapidly and he amassed a fortune.
    Schaber then had the means to reopen his case and clear his name. He spent thousands of dollars flooding all of Germany with the printed history of his conviction. Public opinion was in his favor. The attorney who had s??red his conviction, risen to the high post of chief justice of the court of appeals, resigned following a bitter denunciation by the German press, and a few months later died in a madhouse. He was the one man who might have cleared Schaber’s name.
    Then came another misfortune. The factory caught fire and burned to the ground. The loss was more than $100,000. Schaber gazed at the ruins silently. Then he went home and locked himself in his room and shot himself twice. The first bullet he fired into his head. Then he fired a second shot into his breast. For weeks he hovered between life and death, but finally recovered.
    Broken in health and spirit he began to rebuild his business. For two years he labored, and then the end which he had attempted to hasten came of its own accord. 
    Residence(s) 1873: Center, on the NW corner of Merwin
    1874-5: 105 Oregon, Ohio
    1876-1878: Brooklyn village, Ohio
    1880: Pearl St, Cleveland, Ohio
    1900: 108 Lawrence Ct, Cleveland, Ohio? 
    Died 24 April 1909  Cleveland, Cuyahoga Co., Ohio, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Buried 27 April 1909  Cleveland, Cuyahoga Co., Ohio, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
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    Person ID I409  Lisa's Genealogy
    Last Modified 9 January 2016 

    Father Christ Schaber,   b. Germany Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother Megia,   b. Germany Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F5142  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family/Spouse Elizabeth Heckman,   b. 31 December 1843, Hessen, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 August 1928, Cleveland Heights, Cuyahoga Co., Ohio, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years) 
    Married 6 January 1874  Cuyahoga Co., Ohio, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    • need actual record
    Children 
     1. Anna Schaber,   b. 1874,   d. 11 September 1896, Cleveland, Cuyahoga Co., Ohio, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 22 years)
     2. Johnnie Schaber,   b. 9 September 1875,   d. 13 February 1883, Cleveland, Cuyahoga Co., Ohio, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 7 years)
     3. William C. Schaber,   b. 7 February 1878, Cleveland, Cuyahoga Co., Ohio, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 May 1950, Medina, Medina Co., Ohio, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years)
    +4. Alma S. Schaber,   b. 24 January 1884, Brooklyn Village, Cuyahoga Co., Ohio, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 May 1974, Shaker Heights, Cuyahoga Co., Ohio, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 90 years)
    Family ID F181  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsDied - 24 April 1909 - Cleveland, Cuyahoga Co., Ohio, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 27 April 1909 - Cleveland, Cuyahoga Co., Ohio, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S1633] .

    2. [S106] .

    3. [S366] Family Search.org.



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