Monday, February 18, 2013

Obituary of W.C. Hibsch


    After shoeing fifteen horses during working hours, Tuesday, W.C. Hibsch lay down on the floor of his blacksmith shop, in McCabe, at 6 o'clock in the evening, and expired a few minutes later, presumably from the excessive use of alcoholic stimulants.

    Deceased was aged about 45 years.  He had resided in McCabe but a short time and very little is known of his antecedents.  A son, 15 years of age, and a daughter, aged 5, survive him.  The remains were taken charge by the Ruffner undertaking establishment and brought to this city.  Internment will take place this afternoon, at 3 o'clock, in the Citizen's cemetery.

W.C. Hibsch was my great-grandfather.  He was born about 1868 in Prussia and emigrated to the United States with his parents and sister in about 1871.  The family lived in Wisconsin for awhile then migrated to California.  In about 1895, he married Martha Bashor in Los Angeles County, California.  They had two children, Alba William Hibsch, my grandfather, born about 1896, and Cecil Everett Hibsch, born about 1902.  W.C. was a Blacksmith.  At the time of his death, he worked for the McCabe Mining Company in the small mining town of McCabe located near Prescott, Arizona.  Martha and the children were not living with him at the time possibly due to the couple's estrangement according to family stories.
Transcribed by Denise Hibsch Richmond
Source: Arizona Journal-Miner, June 1907
Obtained from the Sharlot Hall Museum -Library and Archives, Prescott, Arizona


  1. Saw your blog listed at Geneabloggers, congratulations. Wow, I have yet to find my ancestors in news papers.

    Take care,

    Moises Garza
    We Are Cousins - My personal blog about Northeastern Mexico and South Texas Genealogy

    Mexican Genealogy - Blog where anyone with Mexican roots can get started with their family genealogy and history.

    1. Thanks for commenting my post Moises. This obit was a lucky find. A newspaper from another ancestor's hometown has been digitized so that's a treasure trove also. I found it at the town's public library. --Denise


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