I was so disappointed to see that it was a death notice instead of an obituary. Death notices are short announcements that state the person's name and may include death date, location of death, and age. An obituary will usually include that information plus much more. Often an obituary will tell the name of spouse, including her maiden name; the names of parents including a mother's maiden name; names of living and dead siblings; sometimes marriage date and location; employment information; etc. May obituaries tell much more.
This is Christian Gerner's death notice:
DEATHS.That's it. From this information I cannot tell whether this is my Christian. I can tell that this Christian was born in 1819 or 1820, which fits the age range as a father to my Fred Gerner who was born about 1848. And I can tell that this Christian lived (or perhaps better said, died) in the same county where my Fred Gerner lived. But that's all the information I can glean from this death notice.
GERNER -- At his home in Butler, Feb. 16, 1899. Christian Gerner in the 80th year of his age.
My next step was to order a microfilm of the Butler County wills for 1899 from the Family History Library. More waiting.