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Kleinlein, John 1831 - 1904


Posted By: Reid R. Johnson (email)
Date: 5/20/2021 at 17:18:37

Elkader Register, Thur., 20 Oct. 1904. Strawberry Point column.

Last Saturday forenoon, while John Kleinlein was coming from the mill at a lively speed, and as he turned in his gate, he was thrown out. Dr. Billmeyer was called at once and upon examination found two ribs broken and one lung crushed, besides he was thought to be injured internally as he breathed his last Monday afternoon about four o'clock. Funeral services will be held at the Lutheran church Thursday forenoon, Rev. Graf officiating. He leaves a wife, one daughter and four sons to mourn his loss.

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Elkader Register, Thur., 27 Oct. 1904. From the Strawberry Point Mail - Press, undated.

Saturday afternoon John Kleinlein and Dan Ivory were driving along the Elkader road north of town, and as both were possessors of pretty good teams, they got to speeding them. All went well until Mr. Kleinlein's place on Elkader Street was reached. At this time Ivory was ahead and between Mr. Kleinlein and the gate. As the latter wished to turn in Dan also made a turn to give him the opportunity, but the other horses went right along before he could get out of the way, and the result was Mr. Kleinlein was thrown from his buggy against the curbing with great force, receiving very serious internal injuries. He lingered along over Sunday, but died shortly after five o'clock Monday afternoon.

John Kleinlein was born January 11th, 1831, at Gross Reuth, near Neuenburg, Bavaria. He attended school at that place and when fourteen years of age was confirmed in the Lutheran church and has been an active member from that time on. In 1857 he came to this country with his parents and settled at Dubuque. Here he commenced to study for the ministry.

Later his father bought the property known as Kleinlein's mill, two miles north of town, and the family moved from Dubuque there. This property has been in the possession of the family ever since.

He was married August 28th, 1860, to Miss Anna Zrvingel. Nine children were born to them: Ernest, Gotleib, Anton, Benjamin, Conrad, Johannes, Christian, Elizabeth and Anna. Four of them have passed to the great beyond.

Eight years ago he moved to Strawberry Point and has since made this place his home.

The funeral was held at the Lutheran church this Thursday morning at ten o'clock, and was very largely attended. The sermon was preached by Rev. G. Graf. Rev. M. Bredew, of Sumner, gave a talk in English. The burial took place at the cemetery at St. Sebald, and was conducted by Rev. H. Fuehr, of St. Sebald.

John Kleinlein was one of the old settlers of this vicinity and was well known by all in this locality. He was a kind husband and father and a good neighbor and he will be much missed by a large circle of friends and acquaintances. The business places in town were closed this morning during the funeral out of respect to his memory.

The bereaved family have the sympathy of all in their bereavement.- Strawberry Point Mail - Press.

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