In one of my columns, I wrote about Gus Naporra and his paint store downtown. I told of how he was married to Ada “Addie” Lind.
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I received an email about the Lind family, and it was followed up with a package of pictures of the Lind family from a gentleman named Charles Reynolds from Oregon. Thanks to him I will tell the story of the Lind family of Effingham, Illinois.
Before you start reading that, let me explain to you this was an ordinary family working hard to earn a living in the early years of the town of Effingham. They had no great monetary wealth. They had joys and sorrows, as well as ups and downs. All in all, they represented a lot of the hard-working people who helped the town of Effingham grow.
The father of this family, Daniel Lind, was from Lancaster, Pennsylvania. The mother of this family, Rachel Canfield, was from Ohio. Daniel and Rachel were married Jan. 29, 1856, in Hocking County, Ohio, and eventually moved to Effingham, Illinois. I find the Lind family in Effingham in the 1865 census and they are listed as having six in the household. That would be Daniel and Rachel Lind and their four oldest children. As the years passed, Daniel and Rachel’s family grew. The children of Daniel and Rachel are: John Henry and Jonathon (twin boys born in 1858), Mary “Mamie” (born in 1861), Susan (born in 1863), Ada “Addie” (born in 1865), Capitola “Cappie” (born in 1872), Daisy (born in 1876) and Charley (born in 1889). Two of the children would not live to adulthood: Jonathon died in a tragic fire in 1876, and Charley died in 1892 before he turned 3. Both Jonathon and Charley are buried at Oak Ridge Cemetery in Effingham.
In 1870, Daniel Lind was listed in the census as a hotel keeper. From the list of other names nearby in the census, it appears the family was living near the railroad tracks on Banker Street. In the next census, he was listed as a painter. This was at a time when paint contained lead, which made working with paint quite hazardous to a painter’s health.
In the Sept. 17, 1885, edition of the Volksblatt (newspaper), I find this article: “Dan. Lind has installed a stand in the front part of Mr. Jos. Bachmann’s barbershop where he is selling cigars, cider, and peanuts. Lind, who was poisoned with lead while painting, isn’t in a condition to win his livelihood through labor, and therefore, should be supported by everyone.” In the Nov. 19, 1885 edition of the Volksblatt, I find further information about Daniel Lind. “Dan. Lind is having a shooting gallery built on Jefferson Street between the commercial buildings of B. Mussmann and W.B. Wright.”
The Lind children would have attended the early schools of the town of Effingham until East Side and West Side schools were built in 1873. The town Effingham at this time was small enough that Kentucky Avenue was the last street to the north, Willow Street was the eastern boundary, Wabash Avenue was the southern boundary, and the last street to the west was Vine Street. Therefore, the new schools, East Side and West Side, were built near the eastern and western edges of Effingham. The roads were dirt and sidewalks were few. I’m sure that the Lind children knew their way around the small town of Effingham back then.
Mary “Mamie” Lind was the first to marry. She married John Jacob “Jake” Schneider on September 24, 1879. Jake Schneider was also a painter like Mamie’s father and brother John. I found this article about Mamie and Jake Schneider in the October 2, 1884 edition of the Volksblatt: “The fifth anniversary of their marriage, the wooden anniversary, was celebrated last Thursday by Mr. and Mrs. J.J. Schneider in the hall of the German Baseball Club. A small party, consisting of the closest relatives and friends of the couple, showed up to bring their best wishes. A fine rocking chair, a fancy table with a splendid bouquet of flowers on it, and a pair of wooden shoes were given to the couple. The group had a great time until midnight.” Mamie and Jake lived in Effingham for most of their marriage until they moved to the Chicago area and lived in Forest Park, Illinois.
John Henry, the oldest child of Daniel and Rachel, was the next to get married. He married Mary Charlotte “Lottie” Weyl on November 3, 1879. John and Lottie lived next door to his parents and he was engaged in the painting business too. Daniel’s son, John Henry, took over for him and worked as a painter. I found this information in the October 8, 1885 edition of the Volksblatt: “The woodwork on the outside of the courthouse is currently being provided with a new coat of paint. Painters Naporra & Lind and LeCrone & Smith have taken over the work.” By 1910, John and Lottie were living in Chicago. They later moved to Elmhurst, where John worked as a painter and a welder.
Susan Lind was the third child to get married. She married Joseph “Joe” Merz on May 9, 1884. Susan and Joe lived on East Section Street and he manufactured cigars along with his father. Their cigar shop was located on the southeast corner of Jefferson Street and Third Street for many years. Susan and Joe raised their family in Effingham. I find this information about Joe and Susan (Lind) Merz in the April 23, 1885 edition of the Volksblatt: “Mr. Joseph Merz was gifted by his wife with a healthy daughter on Friday. Mother and daughter are well considering the circumstances, and Joe is as proud of his first-born as a Spaniard. Congratulations!” Sadly, they later had a son Joseph born in 1893 who died in 1897. Joseph Jr. is buried at St. Anthony Cemetery in Effingham.
Ada “Addie” Lind was the next Lind child to get married. She married Gustave Naporra on May 19, 1886 at her parent’s home. They moved into their new house east of the courthouse. Gus was a painter too and later owned a paint and wallpaper store on Jefferson Street just west of Broom Furniture. The following article about Gus and Addie appeared in the May 20, 1886 edition of the Volksblatt: “The wedding of Mr. G. Naporra and Miss Addie Lind took place at the home of the father of the bride, Mr. D. Lind, on Wednesday evening. Rev. Walker from the local M.E. Church performed the ceremony. After the wedding, the young couple received the well-wishes of those present – only the closest relatives and friends were invited – and then took their places at a table laden with all the delicacies of the season. After this was taken care of, the guests indulged in pleasant conversation for a couple of hours and then the young couple was escorted to their own home east of the courthouse. The beautiful new home was toured by the group, and then the guests said good-bye to the young couple amid heart-felt best wishes, the Volksblatt hereby also extends its best wishes.” Addie was active in Eastern Star, Women’s Relief Corps, and the WCTU (Women’s Christian Temperance Union). In later years, Addie moved to Indianapolis near her sister, Cappie, and Cappie’s husband Frank. She later returned to Effingham and lived on Section Street.
Capitola “Cappie” Lind was the next Lind child to get married. She married Frank C. “Roxie” Smith on March 30, 1892. In 1900, they were living with her parents, Daniel and Rachel Lind on Banker Street and Frank was working as a conductor on the “steam railroad” (Vandalia Line). By 1930, Cappie and Frank had moved to Indianapolis, where Frank was still working as a conductor on the Pennsylvania Railroad (previously known as the Vandalia Railroad). In later years, Cappie and Frank moved to Jacksonville, Florida, after Frank’s retirement from the railroad.
The last Lind child to get married was Daisy May Lind, the youngest daughter. She married Frank Edward Henry Buechler on October 18, 1894 in Effingham. Frank’s family was originally from the Shumway area. In 1900, Daisy and Frank were living in Watson Township (Effingham County, Illinois) with their daughter, Florence, and Frank’s brother George. Both Frank and George are listed as farmers. By 1910, Frank, Daisy, Florence and George had moved to Quincy, Washington. Another daughter would be welcomed into their family with the addition of Dorothy May in 1916. In 1920, they are in Spokane, Washington, and their last move took them to Vancouver, Washington, where they are listed as living in 1930.
Daniel Lind died in 1905 and Rachel died in 1912. Daniel was 79 years old when he died. Even though he was born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, the bulk of his life was spent in Effingham, Illinois. Rachel was 75 years old when she died. They are both buried at Oak Ridge Cemetery in Effingham, along with their children, Jonathon and Charley, who died before them. Both Daniel and Rachel had called Effingham home for many, many years. Their remaining children — John, Mamie, Susan, Addie, Cappie and Daisy — all remained close. They often visited each other, vacationed together, and kept in touch by letters when distances grew between them.
An early picture shows four out of the five Lind sisters circa 1880. Mamie had married in 1879 so this picture shows Susan, Addie, Daisy and Cappie. Another of the pictures I received shows Susan, Mamie, Addie and Cappie sitting on the front porch of Addie (Lind) Naporra’s home that was east of the Courthouse in Effingham. There is no date on the picture but it appears to be circa 1910. There is also a picture of John by himself as a handsome man with a distinguished mustache.
Their desire to keep together as a family is shown in many of the pictures I received. With Daisy being in the state of Washington, it was often not possible for her to get back to Effingham. In 1929, the family gathered together for the Golden Wedding Jubilee of Jake and Mamie (Lind) Schneider. Then they gathered for the 50th wedding anniversary of John and Lottie Lind. In 1934, they gathered together for the 50th anniversary of Joe and Susan (Lind) Merz.
A picture from the Merz anniversary shows Jake and Mamie (Lind) Schneider, Joe and Susan (Lind) Merz, and John and Lottie Lind in the front yard of the Merz home on East Section Street. Another picture from that anniversary shows a huge crowd of family, including John, Mamie, Susan, Addie and Cappie. Again, the long distance prevented Daisy from being there but I’m sure many letters were written back and forth.
I have a picture of Addie at the beach with members of her sister Susan (Lind) Merz’s family. Another picture shows Addie with her niece, Dorothy Buechler, daughter of Daisy (Lind) Buechler. Still another picture shows Frank and Cappie (Lind) Smith with a member of the Merz family. You can tell in all of the pictures that each one of them loved spending time with family.
John Henry Lind died on May 17, 1934 and is buried at Arlington Cemetery in Elmhurst, Illinois. Mary Charlotte “Lottie” (Weyl) Lind died March 24, 1943 and is buried by John.
Mary “Mamie” (Lind) Schneider died on January 31, 1944 and is buried at Forest Home Cemetery in Forest Park, Illinois. John Jacob “Jake” Schneider died May 27, 1944 and is buried by Mamie.
Susan (Lind) Merz died on May 12, 1936 and is buried at Oak Ridge Cemetery in Effingham, Illinois. Joseph Merz died April 16, 1938 and is buried by Susan.
Ada “Addie” (Lind) Naporra died on May 16, 1945 and is buried at Oak Ridge Cemetery in Effingham, Illinois. Gustave “Gus” Naporra died February 20, 1925, and they are buried next to each other. Their daughter, Flora, died as an infant in 1887 and is buried near Addie’s parents.
Capitola “Cappie” (Lind) Smith died in 1945 and is buried at Oaklawn Cemetery in Jacksonville, Florida. Frank Smith died in 1947 and is buried by Cappie.
Daisy (Lind) Buechler died September 4, 1962 and is buried at Park Hill Cemetery in Vancouver, Washington. Her husband, Frank Buechler, died on May 13, 1931, leaving Daisy a widow for over 31 years and he is buried at Park Hill Cemetery also.
It took a journey from Lancaster, Pennsylvania, to Hocking County, Ohio, to Effingham, Illinois to start the Lind family of Effingham. The children of Daniel and Rachel Lind would extend the journey as I watched them move to Chicago ... Indianapolis ... Vancouver, Washington, and Jacksonville, Florida. Susan (Lind) Merz was the only one to stay in Effingham although Addie came back to Effingham to live out the last few years of her life.
The Lind children were from an ordinary family. They may not have always had monetary riches but they had family in abundance and that made all of the difference to them. They were truly rich in what mattered the most ... family. They touched many lives, made many memories, and made positive contributions wherever they lived. Yes, the Lind children were an ordinary family who learned the important lesson of cherishing your family. They learned that lesson well.
As we limit our contact with each other during this pandemic, take time to bring up memories of family that put a smile on your face. Call those you love. Share a memory with them. Write them a letter. Send them a card. Share your stories with your children and grandchildren. Take this time and use it to record special family stories. Take care of yourself and stay safe. As we are limiting our movement and human contact, I’m reminded of what my grandma used to say, “Grow where you are planted.” We are all in this together. Until we meet again, stay safe, my friends, stay safe.
Even though the museum is closed at this time, we continue to tell the story of Effingham County one picture, one person and one place at a time. Check out our web page at effinghamcountymuseum.org or find us on Facebook at Effingham County Courthouse Museum Effingham IL.
If you have any pictures that you would allow us to copy, please let me know. I am still working on military write-ups for those with ties to Effingham County. Also, I’m still collecting school pictures from Effingham County. You may email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call or text me at 217-821-2427. I so appreciate all of you who have sent pictures in the past. You help us to tell the story of Effingham County. I thank you for that and I eagerly await hearing from more of you.