The Nickerson Argosy, Thursday, April 6,
1916, Pg. 1
Vol. 39, No. 18
Date/place of death and unit information also from "Journal of the Thirty-sixth Annual Encampment of the Grand Army of the Republic, Department of Kansas" held in Salina, Kansas May 16, 17, 18, 1917. Contained in the Chaplains Memorial Roll.
John Schardein, sr., was born in
Hamilton county, Ohio, near Cincinati, August 24, 1837. The family moved
to Louisville, Ky., where he lived until he was twelve years of age. From
this he grew to manhood in Clark county, Indiana.
In 1857, he was married to Nancy
McKinley, and moved to Sullivan county, Indiana. Four children were born
to this union, only one of whom, Mrs. Lula Miller, is still living.
At the breaking out of the Civil
War Brother Schardein offered himself in the service of his country and enlisted
as a private in the 11th Indiana Volunteer Infantry, and served for three years.
He was mustered out at Harpers Ferry, Va., in August 1864. During his
three years service for his country at the front, his wife, three of his
children and two of his brothers died, the two brothers serving with him in the
On October 5, 1865 he was married
to Eliza J. Gody. Three sons and three daughters were born to this home,
one of whom, Mrs. Clara Gillock died several years ago. The surviving
children are John Schardein of Hutchinson, Charley and Fred of Nickerson, Mrs.
Hattie Johnson and Mrs. Ada Green also of Nickerson.
Brother Schardein died March 31,
1916, at the age of 78 years, 7 months and 7 days, four and one half months
after the death of his wife and companion for fifty years.
For the last 35 years and more
Brother Schardein lived in and near Nickerson. He was loved by a very
great host. His fidelity to principles of truth, justice and sobriety; his
love for his own fireside, his wife and his children; his loyalty to his country
and his country’s flag; his interest in his neighborhood and community; his
most ardent love for the church of which he has been a life-long member; the
practical exemplification of Jesus Christ in his daily life; all this and more
enlarge the hearts of all his loved ones and friends toward this singular life.
The garden of his life is filled with flowers of his planting, a thing of beauty
for us all.
The funeral services were held at
the Christian church at Nickerson, in which for years he has been a most beloved
elder, entering into its life struggles and history, Sunday, April 2 at 2 p. m.
led by his pastor, Frank G. Richard. Loving friends with deep suppressed
mourning and sincere appreciation gathered in great numbers to pay the tribute
of love’s own voice to our country’s loyal son, an ideal father, a lover of
God, a friend of all.
God place his life of love and
beauty constantly before us all, an inspiration and an ideal.