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Klein, George H. 1851 - 1908


Posted By: Reid R. Johnson (email)
Date: 12/6/2019 at 13:09:26

Elkader Register & Argus, Thur. 31 Dec. 1908. From the N. I. Times, undated.

Mr. George Klein, best known to the people of northeastern Iowa as Conductor Klein, died at his home here Saturday morning of the dread disease, diabetes. The death came as a release from a long period of suffering. Ill health compelled Mr. Klein to give up work early last February. Though he rallied from that first attack sufficiently to enable him to go south to Mexico and Excelsior Springs in the hope of permanently regaining health, on his return to McGregor he became bed ridden again and has gradually failed since. During the last months blindness has been added to his other afflictions.

Mr. Klein was born in Fort Atkinson, Wis., on May 27, 1851. Thirty-two of the fifty-seven years of his life have been spent in the service of the Milwaukee road. The four veteran railroad men, conductors Hoxsie, Farnum, Klein and Bryan have been identified with the Iowa and Dubuque Division of the C.M. & St. P. so long that there is probably no other men in this section of Iowa who are more widely known. Of these four, Mr. Klein stands third in number of years of service. During the most of this period, his run has been from McGregor to Sanborn. At the time the other end of the division was built through to Chamberlain, he worked west with the extension.

He moved from Sanborn to McGregor ten years ago. In his years here he has endeared himself to a large circle of friends by his kindly, genial personality and the sympathy of the entire community have been constantly with him during his last illness.

Next to home and railroading, the greatest interest in life to Mr. Klein has always been his association with the Masonic lodges. He was both a Shriner, and a member of the very high order of thirty-second degree Masons. During the months just previous to death, among his greatest comforts were the many letters that he received from Masonic brethren of both high and low degrees, containing sympathy and offers of help.

The funeral was held under the auspices of the local order of Knights Templar, Rev. Mann officiating. The remains were interred in Oakland cemetery.

In the passing of Mr. Klein, a good and true influence has been taken away from our community. - N. I. Times.

(Note: WPA records indicate George H. Klein, 1851 - 1908, buried in Pleasant Grove cemetery, McGregor.) -


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