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Kieler · Uthe · Schumacher
Heritage

Johannes "John" Kieler (1800-1882)
Barbara (Kieler) Uthe (1836-1917)
Mathilda (Uthe) Schumacher (1865-1897)
Anna (Schumacher) Gerken (1895-1967)
Joan (Gerken) Larson (1926-1994)
Thomas Larson (1962-)

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Tom Larson

Charles Uthe (1868-1928) was a brother of my great-grandmother Mathilda (Uthe) Schumacher. Charles Uthe lived at Dubuque, Iowa. He died instantly when hit by a train south of Dubuque.    T.L.

Charles Uthe

Charles Uthe was born on June 15, 1868, at Dickeyville, Wisconsin, son of Frank and Barbara (Kieler) Uthe. The 1900 U.S. Census has Charles in the household of his brother Joseph in Paris Township, Grant County, Wisconsin. He moved to Dubuque, Iowa, circa 1907. He was a cabinet maker and was employed by Hurd-Most Sash & Door Company.

Postcards written by Charles Uthe to his nephew Jack, addressed "Mr. John G. Schumacher, U.S.S. Utah, U.S.S. Utah, New York, c/o Post Master, N.Y.":
     Postmarked 9:00 p.m., January 14, 1912, at Dubuque, Iowa
1-14-12
Dear Nephew, Received your card and the book and was glad to hear from you. Am well as usual and hope the same as you. Am working 8 hours a day now. Well, John, I caper around different places in the evening--never home before ten o'clock in the evening. Else everything is as usual. Had very cold weather here for two weeks. Your Uncle, Charles Uthe
     Postmarked 12:00 M., February 29, 1912, at Dubuque, Iowa
2-28-12
Dear Nephew John, Am well and hope the same of you. Am working same as usual. Had quite a snowfall last Sunday night--some over a foot of snow in one night. Not any news that I know of. Same as usual. Yours, Charles Uthe.

Charles Uthe died on Sunday, August 19, 1928, being killed instantly when struck by a train near South Junction, below Dubuque, Ia.:

from the Monday, August 20, 1928, Dubuque Telegraph Herald and Times-Journal (edited).
SEEK TO IDENTIFY VICTIM OF TRAIN
UNKNOWN MAN INSTANTLY KILLED NEAR SOUTH JUNCTION SUNDAY.
TRAIN CREW WITNESSES ACCIDENT
Victim, About 55 Years Old, Was Well Dressed--Weighed About 160 Pounds.

An unidentified man, about 55 years of age, was instantly killed Sunday afternoon around 4:30 o'clock when he fell beneath the wheels of an east-bound Illinois Central railroad freight train, about a quarter mile south of South Junction, below Dubuque. Members of the train crew and others saw the impending tragedy but were powerless to save the man from death.

Immediately after the tragedy the train was stopped and County Coroner Edwin F. Strueber summoned.

Whether an inquest will be held is to be decided at a later date, Coroner Strueber stated Monday. That the individual is not an itinerant was indicated by the clothing he wore as he was fairly well dressed and clean about his person. A description obtained by the coroner shows that he was about six feet in height, partially bald, gray hair and mustache; weighed between 155 and 165 pounds; gray eyes, three gold-crowned teeth in the upper set and one in the lower set. He wore a brown suit, brown tie, 14&12; size collar, initialed CHA, Rockford Sox, and black shoes. On his person there were found a key ring, a pocket knife, an Elgin silver watch, and a small amount of money.

from the Tuesday, August 21, 1928, Dubuque Telegraph Herald and Times-Journal (edited).
IDENTIFY VICTIM OF RAIL ACCIDENT
MAN KILLED BY TRAIN SUNDAY IDENTIFIED AS CHARLES UTHE, 60, OF DUBUQUE.
RELATIVE LEADS TO SOLVE CASE
Man Was Absent From Work Monday; Nephew Identifies Body; Crew Saw Accident.

The body of a man who was instantly killed about 4:30 o'clock Sunday afternoon when he fell beneath the wheels of an east-bound Illinois Central railroad freight train about a quarter of a mile south of South Junction, below Dubuque, was identified late Monday afternoon as Charles Uthe, 60, single, residing at Fourth and Bluff streets. Identification was made by a nephew, Charles J. Uthe, 2946 Elm street.

Identification was made possible through the efforts of the Hurd-Most Sash & Door Co., Harrison and Dodge streets, where the dead man was employed. Missing Monday, a search was begun for the man. Officials of the company went to the place where he was rooming, where the information was gained that he had not been home Sunday night. Relatives were then notified, and after information from police, a visit was made to County Coroner Edwin Strueber, where the body of the unidentified man had been taken. It proved to be that of Uthe.

Whether or not an inquest will be held will be decided at a later date, Coroner Strueber stated. Funeral arrangements have not been announced as yet.

Members of the train crew and others saw the impending tragedy Sunday afternoon but were powerless to save the man from death. Immediately after the tragedy, the train was stopped and Coroner Strueber summoned.

Mr. Uthe was born June 15, 1868, at Dickeyville, Wis., and resided in Dubuque the last 21 years. He was a cabinet maker and was employed by Hurd-Most company. He is survived by one brother, Frank Uthe, Gilbert, Ia., and three sisters, Mrs. Anna Koethe, Kieler, Wis., Mrs. Joseph Wiederhold, Dickeyville, and Mrs. Martin Hauser, Dubuque. Three brothers and two sisters preceded him in death.

The body has been removed from the Strueber mortuary to the home of his sister, Mrs. Hauser, 2815 Pinard street, from where the funeral will be held Thursday morning to the Holy Ghost church, where requiem mass was read at 9 o'clock. Burial will be made in Mount Calvary cemetery.

Requiem mass for Charles Uthe was read on Thursday morning, August 23, 1928, at 9 o'clock, in Holy Ghost Church at Dubuque, Ia., by the pastor, Rev. Father William Weirich. The remains were interred in Mt. Calvary cemetery, Dubuque, with prayers at the graveside being said by Father Schmitt. The casket was supported by John and Joseph Schumacher, Walter Hauser, Arthur Wiederhold, and Wilbert and John Uthe.


Sources include news articles from the Dubuque Telegraph Herald.


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