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DeSotel, Joseph M. 1834 - 1907


Posted By: Reid R. Johnson (email)
Date: 4/8/2019 at 13:00:28

Elkader Register, Thur., 17 Jan. 1907. Guttenberg column.

At his home on Second street at 7:30 Monday evening Joseph M. DeSotels, one of the best known persons in the southwestern part of Clayton county, passed away after a prolonged illness. Although having been confined to his home but a short time, Mr. DeSotels has complained of ill health for several months. The cause directly responsible for his death was heart failure. At the time of his death deceased was in his seventy-third year, being 72 years, 7 months and 2_ days old. He was born at Montreal, Canada, May 11, 1834. When twenty-two years of age he came to Iowa and to Clayton county with his parents and since then up until five years ago resided continuously on a farm in Millville township. Removing from the farm five years ago he came to Guttenberg and purchased the residence property where he spent his remaining days. Feb. 7, 1864, he was united in marriage at Richardsville, in Dubuque county, to Miss Mary Bro_illette. To them seventeen children were born, sixteen of whom, eight sons and eight daughters, survive their father; they are, Mrs. Wm. Kieffer, Chicago; Mrs. Chas. LaPage and John D. Desotels, Dubuque; Mrs. G. J. Franks, Colesburg; August, Osterdock; Mrs. Geo. Blodgett, Mrs. J. E. Kauffman and Joe, Millville; William, Turkey River; Louis, Maxim, George, May, Emma, Nellie and Eddie, of Guttenberg, the latter four of whom reside at home. Besides the surviving children are forty-two grandchildren and one great-grandchild. The funeral was held yesterday (Thursday) morning at 9:00 o'clock with services at St. Mary's Catholic church, conducted by Rev. Father J. H. Brinkman, after which the body was conveyed to the Holy Cross cemetery in Dubuque county, and interred beside his wife, who preceded him to the grave nine years ago.


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