John Denis Eichelberger (Phillip, John, George, John, George, Gardner) was born on June 25, 1879 in Missouri. He was one of three children born to parents Gardner Spangler Eichelberger and Mary Ellen Hickey.
In 1880, when John is eleven months old, the family is found living on Fillmore Street, near the intersection of Fillmore and Minnesota Streets in St Louis, Missouri. They share a dwelling with a couple in their 40’s, John and Ellen Gamache. There is no evidence that these two families are related.
In 1900, John and his brother William are living with John and Ellen Gamache. John lists both boys as being his step-sons. Their mother died in 1884 and the boys stayed on living with the Gamache’s, and that they, having no children, raised them as their own. By 1900, the boys’ father Gardner, had remarried and had a new family living only blocks away on Minnesota Avenue. John lists his occupation as that of a machinist at the time.
In 1902, John married Olivia A. Lintner (1883-1940). Over the next eighteen years, they had at least four children (all born in Missouri):
- Thelma A. Eichelberger – b. ca. 1904
- Gordon P. Eichelberger – b. ca. 1906; m. Linda Unknown
- Arrillia M. Eichelberger – b. ca. 1908; m. Earl E. Wiethop; d. December 1944
- John D. Eichelberger – b. December 16, 1919; d. December 1978 in Knoxville, Arkansas
In 1910, the family is renting a home located at 210 Bower Street, near the intersection of Bower St and Minnesota Avenue in St Louis City, Missouri. John is listed as being a police officer for the city of St Louis at the time.
In 1920, John and Olivia are renting a home at 7203 Minnesota Avenue in St Louis. All of the children are living with them, along with Olivia’s mother, Pauline Lintner. John is still listed as a St Louis City Police Officer.
In 1930, John and Olivia own their home at 121 Eiler Street in St Louis City. All of the children have left home by now but their son Gordon and his wife Linda are renting the home next door to them. John now lists his occupation as a chiropractor.
In 1940, Olivia died after 38 years of marriage. John was diagnosed with chronic nephritis, a kidney disease which required him to have a nurse to take care of him. His nurse was Mildred Davis, a home-care nurse. In 1941, John married Mildred and they had one son who was born in 1942.
Just three months later, John Denis Eichelberger died from kidney failure due to his chronic nephritis at Alexian Brothers Hospital in St Louis, Missouri. John was buried at Sunset Burial Park on S. Grand Avenue on January 26, 1943.
Federal Census – St Louis, Missouri;
1880: E.D. 408; dwell/fam # 3/13; Gard, Mary and John Eichelbeger – also John and Ellen Gamache.
1900: E.D. 166; dwell/fam # 101/111; John and Ellen Gamache – also John and William Eichelberger – listed as step-sons.
1910: E.D. 191; dwell/fam # 124/171; John D, Olivia A., Thelma A, Gordon P. and Arrillia M. Eichelberger.
1920: E.D. 239; dwell/fam # 18/19; John D, Olivia, Thelma, Gordon, Arrillia, and John D Eichelberger – also Pauline Linter listed as mother-in-law.
1930: E.D. 96-569; dwell/fam # 67/108; John and Olivia Eichelberger – also son, Gordon is living next door.
WWI Draft Registration Cards: St Louis, MO; John Denis Eichelberger.
Missouri Death Certificate Index 1910-1963; John D. Eichelberger and Olivia Eichelberger