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Mueschewsky, Friedrich W. 1839 - 1897


Posted By: Reid R. Johnson (email)
Date: 9/10/2020 at 09:31:56

Elkader Register, Fri. morning, 28 May 1897.


At about midnight Friday, May 21, 1897, F. W. Mueschewsky was called from life unto death. Last fall he suffered from severe colds which resulted in hemorrhages and although on the street on Thursday, he was suddenly taken away at the last, at the age of 58 years.

Deceased was born May 25th, 1839, at Cloetzen, near Grandenz, West Prussia, Germany. After passing his boyhood days he learned the harnessmaker's trade. He served two years in the German marine, during which service he visited the West Indias and other foreign shores at the end receiving an honorable discharge. He was also called out for service with the reserves in 1866 and 1871. He took pride in his naval and military service and was fond of relating his many experiences.

In 1868 he was united in marriage with Mrs. Augusta Schapp, and in 1873 with his wife and two children (Mrs. Frank Moran, of this place, and Emil, of Madison, Wis.,) came to the United States, stopping for a few months at Cleveland, Ohio, and then moving to Elkport, where he resided until 1881, when he came to Elkader. In 1878, while living at Elkport, his wife died, leaving him with two children and three step-children. In 1879 he married Miss Eliza Ortmann, by whom he had four children, two of whom, Louis and Harry, with the widow survive him.

The funeral service was held Monday afternoon, and was largely attended by sorrowing friends. The religious services were conducted at the Congregational church by Rev. F. L. Fisk, the burial being under the auspices of Bismark Lodge 110 A.O.U.W., Chas Ruegnitz acting as the Master Workman. Some seventy Workmen were in attendance, brethren being present from Garnavillo, Elkport, Mederville and other points. The Communia Turners were also present and assisted in the ceremonies, as did the Elkader Gesang Verein, of which the deceased was a member.

Mr. Muschewsky was an industrious man, good hearted and genial, and we have the memory of many social gatherings in which he was the life of the company with his liveliness. His apparent sudden departure comes as a blow upon the family who loved and honored him. May they have the consolation of Him, who doeth all things well.

(Note: His surname was spelled both ways in the article, as shown here.)


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