Walter, Fredereich 1832 - 1905
Posted By: Reid R. Johnson (email)
Date: 5/21/2021 at 09:34:12
Elkader Register, Thur., 16 Feb. 1905. Garnavillo column.
Fredereich Walter was born Feb. 21st, 1832, in Dorfe Steinbeck, Ant Kronshaven bei Keil Holstein. From a diary which he kept in his younger days we gain the following: When a lad he worked at the harness maker's trade and traveled through as many as forty-seven of the towns and cities in Germany to have opportunities of learning the trade under competent men. On July 29th, 1854, he left the parental home and set sail for America, landing Sept. 27th. The next day he started out on a journey by team arriving in Chicago on Oct. 7th. Here he immediately found employment but not being satisfied to remain permanently he started out in the interest of his business to visit other cities, such as Dubuque, Galena, Freeport, Guttenberg, St. Paul, etc., and finally in June 1869 came to Garnavillo, where he has since resided. He was married to Anna Schierholz Dec. 23rd, 1864. Two children were born to them: Emil, who died in early youth, and Andreas, living with his mother. Deceased enjoyed fairly good health until late years when he became a victim of asthma. His gentle spirit yielded to death's summons Thursday at midnight. Burial took place Sunday afternoon in St. Paul's Lutheran church, interment in the new cemetery. Deceased being the janitor of the public school, the teachers and pupils decorated his coffin with a beautiful design of ferns and roses. He was an honest and upright man, respected by all who knew him and will long be remembered by his many friends.
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