From the Chatsworth Plaindealer
CHARLES E. HAASE
JANUARY 15, 1942
Charles E. Haase, 68, died at his home, 3 1/2 miles northeast of Chatsworth, Saturday (Jan.10) forenoon about 9 o'clock.
The body was taken to Piper City and the funeral services held from the Houk funeral home Monday afternoon, January 12 at 2 o'clock, conducted by Rev. G.A. Reinhardt, pastor of the Presbyterian church. Burial was in the Chatsworth cemetery where his parents and other relatives are buried.
Charles E. Haase, son of Henry and Christina Haase, was born on October 21, 1873, at the family homestead northwest of Piper City. He was one of a family of seven children. In this community he was reared and grew to manhood and for a number of years engaged in business in Piper City and this vicinity.
He was twice married, his first wife, Olga Wienand of Chatsworth preceded him in death.
In the year 1900 he united in marriage to Mable Meisenhelder and to this union three children were born, all of whom survive him: Mrs. Inza Thompson, of Piper City; Meritte, of Paxton, and Louise Forster, of Bedford, Indiana. There also remain two brothers, William of Piper City and Fred, of Jefferson, Iowa.
For the past seven years he has lived with his brother, William, on the homestead and has been in failing health for the past year or two but confined to his bed for only the last week.
For a number of years the family lived at Bushnell and Moline, Illinois, returning to Piper City in 1921.
In boyhood he was confirmed in the Lutheran church to to which his family belonged.
He was a great lover of flowers and fruits and the country home acquired an enviable reputation for beauty. He also prided himself on his culinary ability and was awarded several prizes in competition for canned fruit and pies he had prepared.
He and his brother, who kept bachelor quarters kept their home and constantly worked to improve it and the soil which made them their living. He spent much time in reading up on soil improvement and gave away flower seeds in quantities for several years. He also kept close tab on weather conditions and preserved temperature and other readings. As his strength failed he was compelled to give up some of his cherished ambitions and for several months before the end, seldom left the farm.