Obit: Linster, Nick (1850 - 1904)

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Surnames: Linster

----Source: NEILLSVILLE TIMES (Neillsville, Clark County, Wis.) 05/12/1904

Linster, Nick (1850 - 8 MAY 1904)

Nick Linster, the lumberman, was killed Monday at 3 o’clock by an explosion of dynamite, which hurled him against a fence post and over into another field.

Monday morning Mr. Linster had been to this city (Neillsville, Clark Co., Wis.) to bring his daughter Maggie, and returned home with a quantity of dynamite, caps and fuse. In the afternoon his son Theodore and a hired man, Noley Blau, and Mr. Linster went to a field that was to be cleared. They started a small bonfire to warm the dynamite and had five sticks prepared with caps and fuses ready to place under the stumps. The young men were in another part of the field, and Mr. Linster stood a few feet away from the fire, when the explosion took place.

He was hurled so forcibly against the post that a leg was broken, seven ribs crushed in, his heart forced out of position, and other serious injuries inflicted. He was carried to the house, recovered consciousness, and lived an hour after the explosion, speaking to those about him, asking if his leg was broken, and asking if a physician should be sent for, not realizing the extent of his injuries. He finally became unconscious, and passed away.

Nicholas Linster was born in Luxemburg, Germany 53 years ago, was married when 26 years old, coming to Little Eau Plaine, Wood Co., 18 or 19 years ago, and moving to the present home six miles northwest of this city five years ago, where he had charge of the Galligan & Linster sawmill, later buying our his partner.

He leaves the widow and nine children, Catherine, Margaret, Virginia, Susan, Caroline, Theodore, Nicholas, William and Alphonse. He was a citizen of high standing, working hard and being upright and square in business.

Rev. Joseph Hauck conducted the funeral at the Catholic Church yesterday, at St. Mary’s Church.



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