NEARLY A HUNDRED YEARS OLD.
Death of Mrs. Susan Houpt at Dallas —
Other Deaths in Wllkes-Barre and Vicinity.
The announcement of the decease on Saturday, Jan. 27, 1894, at the advanced age of 96 years, one mouth and five days, of Mrs. Susan Houpt, widow of the late Philip Houpt of this city, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. John Welch in Dallas, will bring to the notice of many of the older readers of the Record a name familiar to them in the years gone by, when they were among the more active citizens of this town and valley, and all who knew the deceased, whether personally or by reputation, will mark the termination of a long, useful, respected and respectable earthly career.
Mrs. Houpt, whoso maiden name was Susan Arndt, was born Dec. 22, 1797, in Northampton County, this State. In 1815, or nearly seventy-nine years ago, she married, at the age of 18 years, Philip Houpt of the same place, and in 1820 they removed to Newport Township, this county, where they purchased a farm and resided until 1849, at which time they came to Wilkes-Barre, and here lived together on Ross street until 1880 when her husband died.
Since then she has lived, first with her son, M. B. Houpt of this city, and later with her daughter, Mrs. Welch of Dallas. The deceased and her husband were among the leading, prosperous and influential citizens of Newport for nearly thirty years, and during their residence of thirty-one years in Wilkes-Barre were well known and highly respected by all.
Eleven children were born of their marriage, of whom six survive; M B Houpt and Mrs. Anning Dilley of this city, Mrs. John Welch of Dallas, Barnet Houpt of White Pigeon, Mich; Ziba Houpt and Charles Houpt of Ohio. The names of their deceased children are: Ellen, wife of Robert Robius of Nanticoke; Theresa, wife of Daniel Owen of Wilkes-Barre; Lavina, wife of Jacob Frey of Willlamsport, and Sallie, wife of Bentley Crane of Shalersville, Ohio.
The deceased enjoyed the full possession of her mental faculties until within a few days of her death, and thus the latter as well as the former years of her long life revealed to her a deserved and goodly share of personal comfort and happiness.
She was a member of the German Reformed Church, and during the latter years of her life enjoyed, in the seclusion of her home, the comforts of her religious faith, which in her former days of physical strength and usefulness made her an active member of the church. The funeral was private, at the residence of her son, M. B. Houpt, corner of Ross and Franklin streets, this city, on Tuesday at 2 p. m. Burial at Hanover Green Cemetery.
The Early History of Wyoming Valley - EDITED BY F. C. JOHNSON.