Mrs. M. Gorsline, Formerly of This County, Passed
Away at Fort Wayne
WAS 82 YEARS OF AGE
Sisters Reside Here - Funeral This Morning at Fort
Mrs. Maria Gorsline, eight-two years old, and a sister
of Mrs. Helen Blossom and Mrs. Charles Battenberg of this city, and
also of the late Judge Bobo, died at the St. Joseph hospital at Fort
Wayne yesterday. Mrs. Gorsline formerly lived on a farm near
Monmouth and was well known to the older residents of the city and
county. The Fort Wayne News and Sentinel says of her life and death:
"Mrs. Maria B. Gorsline, who for the past four years
has made her home at the St. Joseph hospital, died yesterday
afternoon at 4:50 oclock of senility. She was past 82 years of age.
Mrs. Gorsline had been in failing health for the past year, but her
condition was not considered serious until a few days ago.
"Few people were better known in Fort Wayne than Mrs.
Gorsline and very few were more actively engaged in charitable,
corrective and church affairs. She was born in October 1837, at
Athens, Ohio, but moved to Adams county, near Decatur, with her
family when a young girl. Here she married Sylvester L. Gorsline,
who preceded her in death a number of years ago. She graduated from
the M.E. college of this city and during the war, while her husband
was in the army, she taught school in Marion and Pleasant townships
and in 1869 moved to this city, where she lived continuously until
"Mrs. Gorsline founded the first house of refuge for
wayward boys and girls, known as the Door of Hope, which was
situated on Wilt street, near Jackson. It existed for about
twenty-five years and Mrs. Gorsline was its first and only matron.
She took a keen interest in the working girls and organized the
first union of working girls in Fort Wayne, if not the state, and
was appointed national organizer for the American Federation of
Labor. She contributed generously to all church and charitable
movements and gave her active support until about six years ago,
when she was forced to retire.
"Two sons, Fred T., living at Pittston, Pa. and Homer
S., living in Cleveland, survive. Home Gorsline arrived just an hour
before his mother's death. He will be remembered as superintendent
of police for nine years during the administrations of Mayors
Scherer and Berghoff.
"The body was removed to the Peltier's chapel, where
services will be held tomorrow morning at 8:30 o'clock and at the
Cathedral at 9 o'clock. Interment in the Catholic cemetery."
Mrs. Helen Blossom, Charles Battenberg and Mrs. Noah
Frye went to Fort Wayne this morning to attend the funeral.
From a piece of paper with
Roy Louisville Ky
Jacob Hartford City
Homer in the Regular Army stationed at Nebraska
James at Coalgate Okla
Mrs Ralls Okla
Mrs McBride Ockmulgee Okla
Mrs Hensley Muncie
Mrs Elizabeth Kidd Chicago
and Grace at home
Handwritten correspondence in
From: 1317 W 90th Place
Los Angeles, California
Helen M Blossom
#318 South 1st St
LA Aug 11th 26
Loose pre-printed page,
probably from a church bulletin:
One side has a "Roll of Members".
The other side has a "Report of Session", including deaths and
Died Judith Stewart, February 8, 1889, aged 75 years.
John J. Chubb, April 10, 1889, aged 53 years.
Joseph McGonagle, September 28, 1889, aged 80 years.
Margaret Phipps, October 9, 1886, aged 84 years.
Marriages Grant Gwinner to Christena Wymer, February 25, 1889.
William H. Reed to Viola Smitley, April 4, 1889.
"Respectfully submitted, Clark J. Lutz, Clerk of
Also found in the bible were 3
vintage calling cards:
Delilah E. Haffod
Mrs. H.A. Teague
J.S. Boyd, Decatur, Ind.