William Nester, a native of Floyd county, Va., but for many years a resident of Lantz’s Mill, who was educated at this School in the fifties, died Tuesday, the 9th of April, leaving a wife and two children.—Goodson Gazette.
William Nester Obituary (April 19, 1901)
This April 19, 1901, bulletin in the Shenandoah Herald announces the death of William Nester. Nester married Barbara Annie Hollar, the great-granddaughter of Petter Haller, who settled in Lantz Mill with his wife, Ann Dorothea Halrin Haller, and their two deaf children. Their arrival marks the first presence of deaf residents in Lantz Mill, a shared signing community. This bulletin was originally published in the Goodson Gazette, the newsletter published by the Virginia School for the Deaf, Dumb and Blind, as the Virginia School for Deaf and Blind was then known, in Staunton.