Thursday, June 13, 2013

John and Christina Kerber

John Kerber, the president of the Consumers' Ice Company, was killed instantly when he fell beneath the wheels of a train in Battle Creek, Michigan on June 13, 1926.  He had spent several weeks in a sanitarium at Battle Creek just prior to the tragedy. Mr. Kerber was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Vincent Kerber, born in Sandusky on February 8, 1865. He had worked for several other local ice companies before organizing the Consumers' Ice Company in 1901. Vincent Kerber had also been active in the ice industry. Funeral services for John Kerber were held at the Kerber family residence, with the Rev. T.J.C. Kerber officiating. Burial was in Oakland Cemetery.

Mr. Kerber was survived by his wife, the former Christina Knauer, two daughters, two sons, three brothers, and a sister, Mrs. Paulina Heiberger. Mrs. Christian Knauer survived until 1946. She passed away in Good Samaritan Hospital in Sandusky on November 29, 1946, after a lengthy illness. She was buried next to her husband at Oakland Cemetery.

Mrs. Kerber was survived by two daughters, two sons, two grandchildren, and a sister.

(Note: Top image appeared in the 1926 OBITUARY NOTEBOOK at the Sandusky Library.)

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