Mrs. Mesker dies at age of nearly 99

Passes away at home of her daughter Mrs. Clara Kaverman—was one of the few remaining pioneers—came to Delphos in 1845—time of funeral not yet decided.

One of the few remaining pioneers of this section passed away when Mrs. Clara Mesker died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Clara M. Kavermann, Thursday morning at 11 o’clock.

Mrs. Mesker had been bedfast for over two years, but her condition was not considered serious until Wednesday of last week, when she is thought to have suffered a paralytic stroke. From that time she continued to grow weaker until her death at the above mentioned hour. Her death was the result of infirmities due to her advanced age.

Clara Lause was born at Melle, near Osnabruck, Germany, on the 21st day of September, 1820 and was at the time of her death 98 years, 9 months and 5 days of age. She came to America in 1844 and lived at Fort Jennings for a short time. On the 28th of April 1845, she became the wife of Casper Mesker. They moved to Delphos, then known as Section Ten, and resided on a farm just east of this city, on which her son Fred Mesker now makes his home.

With the exception of several years spent on the farm, Mrs. Mesker has for the past thirty years made her home with her daughter, Mrs. Clara Kavermann. She was preceded in death by her husband who passed away Sept. 10, 1879.

She is also preceded in death by four children, three of whom died in infancy, and one, a daughter, died twenty-four years ago at the age of forty-nine. Six children survive. They are Mrs. Jos. Elwer, of south of Delphos; Mrs. F. J. Helmkamp, of this city, Mrs. Anna Luersmann and Mrs. August Kavermann, of southwest of Delphos; Fred Mesker, on the home place, and Mrs. Clara Kavermann, of South Clay street, at whose home she died. She is also survived by thirty-five grandchildren and fifty-one great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Mesker was a life-long member of the Catholic church. She was a member of the Altar Society, the Sacred Heart League and of the Infant Jesus Society.

(Printed in Delphos Herald, obit found on Ancestry)


Clara Maria Lause was born 21 September 1820 in Melle, Osnabruck, Niedersachsen, Germany to Johann Henry and Mary Elizabeth (Geisker) Lause. Clara was one of the 120 passengers aboard the “Isabella” that arrived on 20 September 1844 in New York harbor with Father J. Otto Bredeick. She, her parents and four siblings traveled in Steerage along with the other families journeying with Father Bredeick to Section Ten, now Delphos.

On 14 November 1845 Clara was married by Father J. O. Bredeick to John Casper Mäsker/Mesker, who was born 13 November 1812 in Wellingholzhausen, Osnabruck, Niedersachsen, Germany to Anton and Maria Elizabeth (Gerve) Mäsker/Mesker.

Casper Mesker was one of the 116 steerage passengers that included Theodore Wrocklage, Bernard Esch, Casper Luersman and family and others, that boarded the Bremen ship “New York” in Bremerhaven on 19 September 1842. They were the first group of settlers to settle in Section Ten, now Delphos. After a 36 day voyage across the Atlantic the “New York” docked in New York harbor on 26 October 1842.

Ten children were born to Casper and Clara:

— Maria Elisabeth was born 12 May 1846 and died unmarried, never able to walk a step in her life; on 12 January 1895.

— Maria Elisabeth born 15 March 1848 died a little over a year later on 26 March 1849.

— Maria Elisabeth was born 15 December 1849 and married Joseph Elwer, born 20 April 1851 in Cincinnati to William Friderich and Christina (Stratmann-Schwienheer) Elwer, on 11 February 1873 in Saint John the Evangelist Catholic Church, Delphos. Joseph Elwer died 16 May 1931 and Maria Elisabeth (Mesker) Elwer died nine years later on 16 May 1940.

— Balthasar Henry born 25 February 1851, died at 12 days old on 9 March 1851. Balthasar Henry is named John Henry on church death record.

— David was born 9 December 1852. I believe this is the Bernadine listed in the death records who died at 10 months on 15 October 1853. Name written wrong on one of the records?

— Amalia born 25 March 1854 and was married in Saint John the Evangelist Catholic Church, Delphos on 11 May 1875 to Ferdinand J. Helmkamp, born 10 July 1850 in Fort Jennings to Franz Wilhelm and Anna Maria (Wrocklage) Helmkamp. Ferdinand J. Helmkamp died 27 January 1940 and Amalia (Mesker) Helmkamp died 17 January 1943.

— Anna, born 5 February 1856, was married on 24 August 1876 in Saint John the Evangelist Catholic Church, Delphos to John Luersman, born 8 May 1852 to John Casper and Eliabeth Anna (Raude) Luersman. John Luersman died 17 June 1918 and Anna (Mesker) Luersman died 4 January 1931.

— Catherine Maria born 7 December 1857. On 14 October 1880 in Saint John the Evangelist Catholic Church, Catherine married August Christian Kaverman, born 17 May 1860 in Delphos to Johan Mathias and Maria Elizabeth (Kalthofer) Kaverman. August Christian Kaverman died 19 April 1923 and Catherine Maria (Mesker) Kaverman died 2 October 1930.

— John Frederick was born 21 June 1859 and married Elizabeth Recker, born 20 June 1864 to Herman Bernard and Maria Gertrud (Hemker) Recker, on 3 September 1885 in Saint John the Evangelist Catholic Church. Elizabeth (Recker) Mesker died 26 September 1930 and John Frederick Mesker died 7 April 1935.

— Clara Maria was born 10 September 1862 and on 27 October 1885 she married Henry J. Kaverman, born 3 April 1864 to Henry and Catherine (Schulte) Kaverman in Saint John the Evangelist Catholic Church, Delphos. Henry J. Kaverman died 9 October 1900 and Clara Maria Mesker) Kaverman died 15 December 1947.

John Casper Mäsker/Mesker died 10 September 1878 and Clara Maria (Lause) Mäsker/Mesker died at the age of 98 years, 9 months and 5 days on 26 June 1919.

John Casper and Clara, their three children who died in infancy, and the children who survived to adulthood, along with their spouses, are all buried in St. John Cemetery, Delphos.