Eller Chronicles Nov 93 p- 7

The Eller Chronicles


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The Daily

June. 6 1993Dalton, Ga.     Vol. 32 No. 67$1.00

Mother's Memories bound for Posterity
Son compiles journals dating back to 1918

Citizen-News Staff Writer

Clara Eller worked hard all of her life. She was a deeply religious woman who loved her husband and took care of five children.

By today's standards that life may seem simple. But her son, Edward Eller of Dalton respected her life so much he took 48 years of his mother's journal entries and had leather bound books made to immortalize her existence.

The journals tell of a woman who longed for peace and prayed for the end of war.

In her husband's last days of a battle with cancer, she crawled into the bed and laid beside him to keep him warm.

Clara Eller died at 91 in 1991, too late to see the homage paid to her by her son.

"That's my only regret," said Eller. 'That she couldn't see the books and know how much they mean to us.'

Eller provided the 14-volume set to each of his brothers and sisters. A set also remains in the lobby of Eller's business and are a popular conversation piece among his friends.

"The customers come in and read them for hours,' he said.

The journals kept by Mrs. Eller initially began in 1918 and continued up until her death. When her hands had become too frail and week to hold a pen, friends and family wrote down the information she provided.

The pages are replete with living histories and documentations of an unobtrusive life consumed by hard work and unyielding faith in God. Eller paid careful attention to writing down news events, the weather and birthdays of famous people or people close to her heart.
Eller and his siblings have read just about all the journals. Yet, he says the years of 1973-1974 are just too painful to read. His father died of cancer Aug. 29, 1974. Mrs. Eller's loss and the entries which followed outline her grief.

Mrs. Eller grew up on a farm in Fannin County. The family moved to Akron, Ohio, in 1951.

Every summer, the family traveled to Dalton where they stayed with aunts and uncles.

Those families - the Tarpleys and the Cochrans of Tunnel Hill - as well as siblings of Mrs. Eller's live in the Whitfield-Murray County area today.

Edward Eller made Dalton his home in 1958 and lives here with his wife Betty.

Asked what the children learned from having read the journals, Eller said they are comforted to know their mother had a full life. "You find how many times she read the Bible and it was a lot,” he said.

“I remember when I was a little. boy her writing in the journal and if she missed a day or two she would ask us to help her remember the events of the day," he said. “She was really devoted to getting everything down.”

It took approximately 144 hours to get the journals copied. All told, they contained 32,000 pages.

Family members and employees helped copy the pages from the original journals, some tattered and barely held together from the passage of time

Retired book binder Bill Fraker of Dalton bound the journals for Eller at a cost of $2,500.

“He did a wonderful job,” Eller said, looking at the box full of one woman's life.

"These books are very dear to me," he said.

Edward Eller paid respect to his mother by binding 45 years of her life in leather bound journals. The originals, some tattered and worn from the passage of time, are all in the family.s possession.

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Eller Chronicles Vol. VII (4) Nov, 1993

HERBERT E. ELLER, Former Crushed Stone President Dies at 91


   Herbert E. Eller, 91, of 3429 Hampton Ave., Nashville, Tenn., retired coowner of Eller and Olsen Construction and Stone Co., died Nov. 28 following an extended illness.
    Burial was in Spring Hill Cemetery, Nashville.
    Born and educated in Grandville, he was the son of the late John Harrison and Dorthelia Holliman Eller.
    Mr. Eller moved to Nashville as a young man and in 1930 began with William Olsen of Nashville, the Eller and Olsen Construction and Stone Co., a paving firm. He retired 10 years ago.
    In 1931, he married the former Miss Margaret Crow Robertson of Dixon, who is now deceased.
    He was a member of Belmont United Methodist Church. He was the first president of the Crushed Stone Association of Tennessee, and a member of Edgefield Lodge 254, a 32nd degree Mason, and a Shriner.
    He is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Edgar A. Diddle, Jr., Nashville; a son, Herbert Clayton Eller, Nashville; and a granddaughter, Miss Mary Eller Diddle, Nashville.




8/19/1933 (sic. 1993?)

Harold Eller

BLACK MOUNTAIN - Harold James Eller, 73, of 206 Kerlee Heights, died Tuesday, Aug. 17, in a local hospital after a period of declining health.
    A native of McDowell County, he was the son of the late Earl and Pearl Steppe Eller. He retired from Air Preheater and was a U-S Army veteran of World War 11. He was a member of Ebenezer United Methodist Church.
    He is survived by his wife, Clara Bradley Eller; two brothers, Howard Eller of Marion and the Rev. Joe Eller of Old Fort; and two sisters, Hellen Allison and Bobbie Walker, both of Old Fort. Services will be at 3 p.m. Friday at Kirksey Funeral Home, Old Fort. The Revs. Steve McLain and Rusty Rector will officiate. Burial will be in McDowell Memorial Park.
   The family will receive friends from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.
    Memorials may be made to Ebenezer Choir Robe Fund, C/O Rev. Steve McLain, Route 1, Box 275, Old Fort, N.C. 28762.


Henry B. Hook
Retired newspaper publisher

Davenport, Iowa – Henry B. Hook, a retired publisher, died Friday at 83. Mr Hook published the former Times-Democrat, predecessor of the Quad-City Time, for 21 years before retiring in 1973.

Does anyone know if this was a relative of James W. Hook?

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Eller Chronicles Vol. VII (4) Nov, 1993


Fürchte Didt nicht!
Ich habe Dich erlöst,
Ich habe Dich bei Deinem Namen gerufen,
Du bist mein!

Jes. 43, 1

  Prof. Dr. Klaus Napp-Zinn
* 26. 7. 1927     † 16.7. 1993

Mitten aus einem reichen Leben wurde er von uns
genommen. In Liebe und Dankbarkeit nehmen wir

  Irmgard Napp-Zinn geb. Eller
Dr. Asta Napp-Zinn geb. Tiemann
Dr. Margrit Napp-Zinn geb. Bussen
Georg und Dr. Uta Napp-Zinn geb. Klemm
mit Maike
Christoph Napp-Zinn
Winfried Napp-Zinn
Elisabeth Napp-Zinn
Hellmut Napp-Zinn

 Mainz, im Juli 1993

  Die Beerdigung findet am Donnerstag, dem 22. Juli 1993, um
13.00 Uhr in der Kapelle des Hauptfriedhofes in Mainz statt.

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