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Kluss, William 1861-1909


Posted By: Sharyl (email)
Date: 11/20/2003 at 22:00:02

William KLUSS was born in Garnavillo, Iowa, July 16, 1861, and died at his home near Prairie du Chien, Wis., at 9:45 in the evening of Thursday, April 15, 1909, aged 47 years, 8 months, and 30 days.

He came to Postville in 1887 and worked as a farmer, carpenter and harnessmaker. In 1898 he was married to Margaretha RUCKDASCHEL. To this union was born two sons and four daughters, all except one son surviving.

About nine years ago Mr. KLUSS and family moved to Prairie du Chien, where he first became manager of the sanitorium and later a member of the company. The first of April this year he sold his interest in the sanitorium and moved to a farm two and a half miles north of Prairie du Chien.

Early in the morning of Tuesday, April 6th, Mr. KLUSS went duck hunting and by the accidental discharge of his rifle received a bullet wound in the forehead just above the right eye. In this condition his wife found him and assisted him into the house. Medical aid was summoned and everything possible done for him, but despite all that skill and loving care could do for him, he grew weaker day by day until his demise. A Lutheran minister attended to his spiritual needs and prepared him to meet his God. How deep his knowledge was as to his sins, and his faith in our savior, God alone knows.

He is survived by his wife, five children, one brother and two sisters.

The remains arrived in Postville last Saturday forenoon by train, from whence they were conveyed to the home of his sister, Miss Sophia KLUSS.

The funeral was held from the Lutheran church at two o'clock Monday afternoon, April 19th, Rev. KUEHNE officiating. Interment in the Postville cemetery.

During his residence in this city, Mr. KLUSS was known and respected as a honest and upright man and citizen, and his death brings sorrow to many friends of the long ago.

He was a member in good standing in Noble Lodge No 51, A.O.U.W. and the Yeoman lodge, all of this city, the members of the first named order attending the funeral in a body. The floral offerings were beautiful and profuse.

Those from outside in attendance at the funeral were Messrs. and Mesdames Henry HEINS, George LINDROTH and Julins HEINS of Luana; Albert VOELZKE and Ed ROTH of Monona; John HEINS of Castalia; also Messrs. FREEMAN, of Prairie du Chien; Will and Louis FUELLING, of Farmersburg; Henry DITTMER of Garnavillo; Ernest SEIFERT of Clayton Center; John RUCKDASCHEL of Nebraska; and Mrs. Anna ZIEMAN and Mrs. VOLK of Clayton Center.

source: Postville Review


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