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Walleser, Henry 1844 - 1913


Posted By: Reid R. Johnson (email)
Date: 6/8/2019 at 12:59:17

Elkader Register & Argus, Thur., 27 Mar. 1913. Garnavillo column.

Henry Walleser was born March 23rd, 1844, in the vicinity of Freiburg (Schwarzwald) Baden, Germany, the eldest son of Mathies and Rosina Walleser. In 1846 the family came to the United States, living a few years in Philadelphia and in 1855 removed to Garnavillo, Iowa, where he grew to manhood and married Anna Dickman. In 1870 he moved to Nashua and a few years later purchased and moved his family to the home in Greenwood, where he resided continually until his decease March 7, 1913, caused directly from uremic poisoning.

His widow and family of ten children: H. M. Walleser, of Charles City; Mrs. R. R. Waite, of Nashua; Mrs. John Waterbury, of Parker, S.D.; Mrs. Hugh H. West, of Elgin, Ill.; Mrs. C. W. Thompson, of Gary, S.D.; Mrs. Melvin W. ___is, of Charles City; Joseph G. Walleser, of Grinnell; Charles E. Walleser, of Duluth, Minn.; Ernest L. Walleser, of Charles City; and Florence Walleser, of Nashua, survive him.

For nearly 40 years he carried on his blacksmith business at Greenwood. From the door of his shop he could look out upon the public school, in which he always took great interest, believing a good school to be the basis of good citizenship, and made it the important part of his life work to provide for his children the opportunities of obtaining a good education.

He served as volunteer in company E. of the 27th Iowa during the war of the rebellion, under General S. J. Smith, taking part in the battles of Nashville and Mobile. He was a member of the Nashua G.A.R. Post, which participated in his funeral services. The Great Commander had called him and he was ready. He was a loving and affectionate father and an honorable citizen. Wholly unselfish he toiled and lived entirely for others. His life was a success, love was everywhere in abundance.

The funeral services were from the home Sunday afternoon at 2:30, conducted by Rev. Whitten, of Charles City. Interment was in the Greenwood cemetery.

(Note: His parents are buried in the Garnavillo Catholic cemetery.)


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