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1911

THE GACKLE REPUBLICAN - DEATHS

24 MAR 1911
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"Death of Jacob Wittmer"
Word of the death of Jacob Wittmer spread rapidly around town Sunday morning. He fell from his chair while eating breakfast Sunday morning, the cause being heart failure.

On Saturday he was working as usual for the North Star Lumber Company and had promised to work on Monday morning but death came unexpected.

Deceased has only been in America a few years and was a carpenter, always industrious and willing to do his best for himself and family.

He leaves a wife and several small children to mourn his untimely demise.

Funeral services were conducted at the German-Congregational church Tuesday, Rev. Pfenning officiating and the remains were laid to rest in the cemetary west of town.

The Republican extends its sincere sympathy to the sorrowing ones in this their sad bereavement.

14 APR 1911
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Mrs. Jacob Zimmerman [Katherine Christman] died Monday at her home four miles north of Gackle of an attack of convulsions. Mrs. Zimmerman was 28 years, 7 months and 10 days old at the time of her death. She was the mother of seven children of which two are now living. Besides a husband and two children she leaves six sisters and a number of other relatives to mourn her untimely death. Funeral services were held at the residence Wednesday, Rev. Pfenning officiating.

28 APR 1911
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George Nash, probably one of the earliest settlers in the neighborhood of Cleveland, died last Sunday evening after several months illness. He was a man of a ripe old age and was generally known by the people of this section of the country, moving from Cleveland to Streeter long before the later town was started, where he breathed his last. The funeral was held Tuesday and the remains laid to rest in the Streeter cemetery.

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12 MAY 1911
* Gored by a Bull
Possibly one of the most terrible misfortunes that has happened in our community occurred at the home of John Rath, four miles northwest, last Monday morning.

The eight year old son, together with some of the other children, had gone out to the pasture to drive in the cows when the little fellow was attacked by a large bull which was in the bunch. The horns of the bull made many wounds on one side of the boy's boy, necessitating taking sixteen stitches to close them up. The boy was brought to town at once and place in the care of Dr. Sturgeon who labored faithfully to save him but only preserved life until Tuesday evening, when he succumbed to internal injuries.

The funeral services were conducted by Rev. Pfenning at the German-Congregational Church at 2 o'clock Wednesday afternoon and the remains laid to rest in The Gackle Cemetery.

The sorrowing family have the sympathy of the community in their sudden bereavement.

 

12 MAY 1911
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"Angel of Death"
Takes Alice Irene Meyers After a Brief Illness

Mr. and Mrs. C. W. Meyers are called upon to mourn the loss of their only daughter, Alice Irene, aged 2 years and 5 months. The little one was sick about two weeks and passed away at 5 o'clock Monday morning. Everything possible was done for her but to no avail. The funeral services were held at the residence Monday evening and the remains were interred in the cemetery west of town, Rev. Pfenning officiating. In behalf of the friends of the bereaved parents, The Republican extends deepest sympathy.

12 MAY 1911
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Joe Frey received the sad news Tuesday evening that his mother died April 19th at Northeim, Byron, Germany of blood. Deceased was 81 years old at the time of her death. Mr. Frey has the sympathy of the entire community in his loss.

19 MAY 1911
* "Double Funeral"
Anna and Flora, the two eldest daughters of Mr. and Mrs. George Elhard died Monday. Flora the younger girl died Monday morning and Anna the eldest at 1 o'clock Monday afternoon.

The little ones were out auto riding one evening about two weeks ago with their father and coming home rather late caught a ad cold from which pneumonia set in.

Anna was 4 years and 9 months old and Flora was 3 years and 15 days old.

The funeral was held on Tuesday, short services at the house and then the regular funeral services was conducted at the German-Congregational Church by Rev. Pfenning. The bodies of the two sisters were laid to rest together in the cemetery west of town.

It was a piteous sight indeed to see the procession go through the street led by Rev. Pfenning then the two caskets each carried by four young men.

The sorrowing family have the heartfelt sympathy of the entire community in their great loss.

19 MAY 1911
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Jacob Schmeirer died Sunday evening at his home northeast of town at a ripe old age. The funeral was held Monday.

26 MAY 1911
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The little two year old son of Gottfried Reich fell in a tank in which there was about two feet of water some time Wednesday morning and was drowned. The little fellow was not found until quite late in the afternoon. The bereaved parents have the sympathy of all in the sudden loss of their little one.

26 MAY 1911
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Bertha, the last of three children of Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Elhard, died Sunday afternoon of pneumonia. The little on was 1 year, 8 months and 15 days old and was sick about two weeks. The funeral was held Monday afternoon, Rev. Pfenning officiating and the little one was laid to rest in the cemetery west of town, where she had been preceded by her two sisters, Flora and Anna, the Tuesday before. The departure of this last, little, loved one leaves the Elhard home lonely indeed. Mr. and Mrs. Elhard have the sincere sympathy of the entire community in the loss of their three little daughters.

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9 JUN 1911
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Martha, the little daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Schweinforth, died Thursday of pneumonia. Funeral services were held at the Congregational church Friday, Rev T. H. Pfenning officiating. The little one was 4 years and 4 days old.

4 AUG 1911
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The two year old son of Mr. and Mrs. E. A Reule died Tuesday morning after a short illness from tonsillitis and minor diseases. The funeral was held Thursday, Rev. Pfenning officiating, the body being interred in the cemetery west of town. The bereaved parents have the sympathy of the whole community in the loss of their loved one.

6 OCT 1911 - "Two Deaths in Heffelfinger Family"
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The Harley Heffelfinger family and relatives are called upon to mourn the loss of the only son, Harley Howard, four years old, which occurred Wednesday afternoon. The little fellow was sick but a short time with scarlet fever and in spite of the medical assistance and every care he received, he was called by the Almighty from the ones who loved him. The funeral was held Thursday afternoon at 3 o'clock and interment was made in the cemetery west of town. Rev. Chas. C. Bradford officiated at the cemetery, preaching a short sermon. Sic of the young people sang a few sacred songs at the cemetery just before the remains were laid to rest.

Harley Heffelfinger the husband and father died at 5 o'clock this Friday morning after a three weeks illness from scarlet fever and Brights disease and a complication of other diseases. The funeral will be held Sunday afternoon, as some relatives are expected to arrive to attend.

Mrs. Heffelfinger is in a critical condition from the shock and is now at the hospital over the drug store receiving the best of attention.

The relatives of the Heffelfinger family have the sincere sympathy of all in this community.

13 OCT 1911 - "Obituary"
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The funeral of Harley Heffelfinger was held at 3:00 o'clock Sunday afternoon. Rev. C. C. Bradfard officiated. Many were present at the services to pay a last tribute to a friend and neighbor. The casket was profusely decorated with cut flowers as a lost show of respect and esteem by his many friends here.

Deceased was born in Vermillion County, Ill., Dec. 16, 1875, where he resided until he was 8 years old, when he moved with his parents to South Dakota. He came to North Dakota later.

In 1898 he united in marriage to Miss Phoebe Wardell and to this union was born five children of whom three are now living.

The deceased leaves a wife, three children, two sisters, two brothers and a mother to mourn his death. The grief stricken family have the sincere sympathy of all.

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20 OCT 1911 - "Obituary"
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The following information was received in time for this week's issue reading the death of Mrs. F. W. Feska.

Mrs. Feska was born March 30, 1885 in Minnesota, came to Webster, S. D. in 1890 with her parents. She was married to F. W. Feska on March 20, 1906. She came with her husband to  Gackle where they make their home on a farm and where she resided until her death.

She leaves her husband and three small children, her mother, three sisters and four brothers to mourn her death.

The interment took place in Webster, S. D. from the German-Lutheran church on Wednesday, Oct 4. Many friends and acquaintances were present at the services to pay a last tribute to their friend. The casket was decorated with many beautiful cut flowers in the form of wreaths, crosses, pillows and boquets as a show of respect and esteem by her many friends there.

3 NOV 1911 - "At Rest"
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At 5:30 o'clock Wednesday morning the Angel of Death visited the home of Mr. and Mrs. A. F. Lehr and took from them their little daughter, Viola May. The little one had been ailing about three weeks, cutting teeth, she had eight teeth coming through at once and that with weakness was the cause of her death. Medical aid was summoned but she was too weak to rally.

She was one year, five months and five days old at the time of her death. The funeral was held Thursday afternoon, Rev. Theo. Pfenning officiating and the remains laid to rest beside her little brother in the cemetery west of town. The floral offering contributed by the many friends of the family arrived to late for the funeral, but the little one's grave was beautifully decorated by loving and willing hands.

The little one's stay on this earth was short but her memory lingers with the loving ones left behind. All the little toys and clothing remain a sad, yet sweet remembrance of her pure, brief life.

The Republican joins the friends of the bereaved parents and relatives in extending sympathy in their grief.

17 NOV 1911
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Twins were born to Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Knopp last Sunday. Both children died shortly after their birth and were burried Tuesday. At last reports Mrs. Knopp was getting along nicely.

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