Obit: Altenburg, John Sr. (1835 - 1917)




Surnames: Altenburg, Werner, Tremelling, Nolte


----Source: Granton News (Granton, Clark County, Wis.) 03/02/1917


Altenburg, John Sr. (26 AUG 1835 - 25 FEB 1917)


John Altenburg Sr. died Sunday morning, Feb. 25th, 1917 at 9 o’clock with a stroke of apoplexy.  Mr. Altenburg ate a hearty breakfast with great relish and was apparently feeling very good.  Soon after breakfast he took two pails of feed to the pigs.  His oldest daughter Etta, following him out five minutes later, found the pails where he had set them and found him where he had fallen.  She tried to raise him up and he looked up at her while she held him in her arms.  He then passed away in a few seconds.  She summoned help at once and he was carried into the house.  Dr. Schultz was called and he pronounced it as apoplexy.  Mr. Altenburg had been on the decline for some time, but he was always able to be around and very active for his age.


Deceased was born in Saxon, Germany, Aug. 26th, 1835.  He was a son of Sir and Lady Altenburg.  His age at death was 81 years, 5 months and 24 days.  He came to this country with his parnets in 1852, at the age of 17 years and settled in buffalo, N.Y., and in 1858 came to Hazel Green, Grant County, Wis.  March 31, 1858 he was married to Dorothy Elizabeth Werner of Hazel Green, Wis.  There were born to this union seven children, one preceded him to the better land in infancy.  There are left to mourn his departure, his wife, three sons, Charles of Sanborn, S.D., Albert of Hazel Green and John, who is at home; three daughters, Mrs. James Tremelling of Marshfield, Etta and Emma at home, and sixteen grandchildren; one sister, Mrs. Bertha Nolte, and one brother Charles, both of Hazel Green.


Mr. Altenburg came to Lynn, Clark County, March 9th, 1901, residing here on his farm for 16 years and during that time he enjoyed the respect and confidence of all in this community.  He was an honest man, one who sought to honorably discharge his full duty toward his family, he townsmen and his adopted country.  He leaves many warm friends who extend their sincere sympathy to his bereaved widow and children.  Funeral services were conducted by Rev. Crow of Granton at the residence at one o’clock Thursday afternoon.  The pallbearers were chosen from among his neighbors and friends and were: E.F. Brooks, Geo. Brooks, R. Washburn, Ferdinand Helm, Fred Capelle, and August Gotter.  The flowers sent in from sympathizing friends were beautiful, the Carnation Club presenting a beautiful piece of white carnations.  The remains were laid to rest in the Lynn Cemetery.


    Rest for the toiling hands,

    Rest for the anxious brow,

    Rest for the weary way-worn feet,

    Rest from all labor now.



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