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Zahm, Albert F.

Dr. Albert F. Zahm, 92, brother of Pius Zahm and the late Louis Zahm of Huntington, and a pioneer in aeronautical science who built a wind tunnel for experimental purposes 20 years before the Wright Brothers’ famous flight, died Friday in the student infirmary of the University of Notre Dame campus. Zahm, a retired member of the Notre Dame faculty, had been bedfast since his hip was fractured in a fall a year ago.  Dr. Zahm built the wind tunnel at Notre Dame in 1882. He conducted many flight experiments at the school where he was associated for 70 years as a student, faculty member, advisor and friend. In 1925 Dr. Zahm was awarded the Notre Dame’s Leatare Medal, an annual presentation to a Catholic distinguished in his profession. He also has received the John Hopkin”s University medal in aeronautics and the degree of doctor of science in aeronautics from that university.  He also served as director of the U. S. Navy’s aerodynamics laboratory. From 1929 to 1946 he was chief of the aeronautical division of the library of Congress in Washington. He lived in retirement in Washington until last year when he returned to the Notre Dame campus. Dr. Zahm was graduated from Notre Dame in 1883, and remained on the campus to teach and conduct experiments in flying. Veteran professors at the university recall how he suspended a cable from the dome of the administration building. On the cable he would dangle a volunteer student whose arms and legs were attached to a crude set of wings. Dr. Zahm also constructed gliders that flew off the roof of the science hall on the campus. Among the inventions are three-torque control for airplanes, the wire tensometer, the vectorgraph protractor and three component umenograph. Dr. Zahm was born in New Lexington, Ohio in 1862, and moved with his parents to Huntington County to live on the Zahm farm, now the home of Eugene F. Zahm, a nephew. Another brother, John A. Zahm, was a priest of some prominence in the field of Catholic education, and was the author of a book on “Evolution and Dogma,” as well as other writings. Three sisters became nuns and were teachers, and a fourth sister, Mrs. Ida Moore, now deceased, lived in Midland.  Nieces and nephews of Dr. Zahm include Eugene F. Zahm, William Zahm, the late George Zahm, Mrs. Dave Roberts of Evansville, and Mrs. John Lacey of Wheaton, ILL., all children of the late Louis Zahm and Miss Florence Zahm; Paul Zahm, Sr. and Harmon Zahm, Akron, children of Pius Zahm.  Funeral services will be conducted on the Notre Dame campus at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, and burial will be in the Notre Dame Cemetery.

Source:  Herald-Press, Huntington, Indiana, July 23, 1954
Submitter:  Sue Saylor

Zahm, George

George Zahm Dies at Home in Lagro.  George Zahm, pioneer resident of Wabash County, died Wednesday at his home in Lagro as a result of an illness of light stroke.  Last Spring and last Friday, suffered a more severe stroke.  He lived in Wabash County since 1865, and was the last of ten children. He was born in Perry County, Ohio Oct. 7, 1838, the son of Nicholas and Elizabeth (Garhart) Zahm. He married May M. Clark in 1864 after which he moved to Wabash County.  Surviving are the children; L. G. Zahm of Texas, E. J. Zahm of Elkhart, Mrs. T. J. McQuire of Lagro. C. W. Zahm__________ (portions cut off) Zahm at home.  The funeral will be held at St. Patrick’s Church Saturday morning at 9:30 o’clock. The Rev. Father Fisher will ___________.  Burial will be at the Catholic Cemetery at Lagro.

Source:  Huntington, Indiana Press, Sunday. Feb. 9, 1924
Submitter:  Sue Saylor

Zahm, Jacob

Well Known Man Is Dead.  Mr. Jacob Zahm Dies at His Home in Huntington After a Long Illness.  Word was received in Wabash Monday evening of the death of Jacob Zahm, of Huntington. Mr. Zahm has been ailing for some time, but last Wednesday became so low that his relatives were sent for. He lingered until Monday, at times conscious and at other times not knowing those nearest to him. Death was not unexpected as his age made it impossible for him to recover.  He was the father of a large family, and leaves to mourn their loss a wife and eight children as follows: Louis and Pius, of Huntington; Mrs. George Moore of Michigan; Albert of Washington D. C.; Rev. John A. Zahm of Notre Dame; and three daughters teaching in the convent, namely Sisters Teresina, Angeline and Angelita.  Besides these he leaves one brother, and two sisters; George Zahm of Wabash County, Mrs. Anne Beaver of Wabash County and Mrs. Mary Bletzacker of Ohio, besides a host of others relatives and friends.  Buried in Mount Calvary Cemetery, Huntington, Indiana, Section H lot 60. 

Source:  Unsourced
Submitter:  Sue Saylor

Zahm, Nicholas

Died - after a lingering illness, on Thursday morning, at half past 8 o’clock, at the residence of Mr. George Green, near St. Joseph’s Perry County, Ohio. Mr. Nicholas Zahm, aged 87 years.  The subject of this notice was born at Olsburg, in Wolminster County, Germany, on the 2nd day of April, 1787 and moved to this country at the age of 42 years. After landing at New York City, he purchased a horse and wagon and in his humble way, he moved his little family across the mountains to Wayne County, Ohio where he resided till the year 1838, when he moved to Perry County, Ohio, where he purchased a small farm near St. Joseph’s, on which he lived for many years. Becoming old and feeble, he sold his farm to his daughter, Mrs. Beber, and chose his home with his son-in-law, Mr. George Green, where he died, as will be seen, on the morning of his 87th birthday. Mr. Zahm was a quiet, inoffensive man; honest and industrious; a strict member of the Catholic Church; without an enemy on earth, he has left an example worthy of imitation. He left four sons and four daughters together with one hundred grand and great grandchildren to mourn his loss.

Source:  Somerset Press, Friday April 10, 1874
Submitter:  Sue Saylor