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Wenkstern, Frederick William 1899 - 1917


Posted By: Reid R. Johnson (email)
Date: 10/3/2021 at 12:46:41

Elkader Register & Argus, Thur., 26 July 1917. Guttenberg column.

On Sunday morning, July 15, 1917, at 2:45 o'clock at Littleport, where he had been employed in a garage, occurred the death of Frederick William Wenkstern, oldest son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Wenkstern, of Guttenberg, after suffering several weeks with peritonitis and appendicitis. Deceased was born in Volga township, Clayton county, Iowa, on August 6, 1899, and therefore was 17 years, 11 months and 9 days of age at the time of his death. A few years ago he came with his parents to Guttenberg to reside and attended the Guttenberg public schools and also St. John's Lutheran Confirmation school. In the month of February, 1917, he went to Kansas City, Mo., where he attended an automobile school, and after completing his course in that school he returned to Guttenberg, later going to Littleport, where he was employed in the Hughes & Enderes Garage until he was taken ill. About a month ago he underwent an operation for peritonitis and appendicitis and seemed to be getting along well, giving his relatives and friends strong hopes for his recovery, but a change came for the worse, and all hopes for recovery had to be given up. All that medical knowledge could suggest and loving hands could do to ward off death, was done for him, but all failed. His untimely death is deeply mourned by his parents, three sisters, Mrs. Frank Hitty, of Blue Grass, Iowa, the Misses Josephine and Elsie Wenkstern, at home, one brother, Woodrow, also at home, and a large number of other relatives and friends, by whom he will be sadly missed. The body was brought from Littleport to the Wenkstern home in this city Sunday, and funeral services were held at St. John's Lutheran church on Tuesday afternoon, Rev. J. Janzig officiating. Interment was made in the City cemetery. The funeral was very largely attended by relatives and friends, from far and near, which shows that he was loved by all who know him. The family has the sympathy of all in this community.


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