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Henry L. Fritz, 1880-1926


Posted By: Emmet County IAGenWeb Coordinator (email)
Date: 11/5/2010 at 08:12:38


Henry Fritz, formerly of this city but who for the past year has been in Florida railroading passed away there on Sunday last. He was apparently in good physical condition las winter when some of the boy from here saw him. He became afflicted later and passed away. His wife Is also in a critical condition there and it is said she had no chance of recovery. It was expected that the remains of Mr. Fritz would be brought here at once but it is possible Mr. and Mrs. S.H. Fritz will not leave there with Mrs. Henry Fritz in such a critical condition.

Henry Fritz will be remembered by most of the people who have resided here for years. He was a son of Mr. and Mrs. S.H. Fritz and has grown to manhood here. When he was a boy he attended our public schools. He entered the railway service and during the war he enlisted in the service and was on duty in France for many months. It will be remembered many of his letters appeared in the Enterprise.

Souce: Estherville Enterprise, Estherville, Emmet County, Iowa; March 24, 1926.



The remains of Henry Fritz arrived Monday morning from Miami, Florida, and funeral services were held from the Baptist church Monday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock. Interment was made in Oak Hill Cemetery. The delay in bringing his body here has been due to the illness of his wife, whose condition remains about the same. Mr. and Mrs. Sam Fritz, who have been spending several months at Miami, Florida, with their son, Henry, accompanied the remains here.

Source: Estherville Democrat, Estherville, Emmet County, Iowa; March 31, 1926.



Had Been Ill For Some Time--Underwent Operation


Remains Will Be Brought Here For Burial--Mrs. Fritz Also Ill in Hospital at Miami

The community was very much grieved when it was learned that Henry Fritz had passed away at Miami, Florida, where he has been working for the past ten months. He was taken ill last January and five weeks ago he submitted to an operation. His ailment was found to be cancer of the stomach. He recovered from this operation and seemed to be on a fair way to recovery when he was forced to undergo another operation on Tuesday of last week. He became gradually worse until death finally relieved him of his pain. Henry Fritz, son of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Fritz, pioneer residents of this city, was born November 13, 1880, at Dixon, Ill. When a child of two years he moved with his parents to Estherville and continued to make his home here until ten months ago. He was employed by the Rock Island railroad in this city beginning his duties as call boy when he was yet a young boy. Later he was employed as a car repairer. In 1917 he enlisted in the army with the 13th Engineers. He spent three years in France, seeing much active service. He remained In France until the Armistice was signed. Mr. Fritz was united in marriage with Edith Howerkon [sic] at Minneapolis in September 1920. After being honorably discharged from the army he returned to Esthervllle and took up his work with the Rock Island in the train service. Last May he and his wife went to Miami, Florida, where they were living at the time of his death. Mr. Fritz was well known to Estherville people having lived in this community during his entire life. He was held In high esteem by everyone and made friends wherever he went. He was a conscientious employee and executed his work In a manner that was always pleasing to his employer. His home life was unusually pleasant and he was always kind and thoughtful in his dealings with others. Besides his wife and parents, Mr. and Mrs. Sam Fritz, he is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Grover McCall, of this city, and Mrs, O. W. Hart, of Miami, Florida. The body will be sent back here for
burial but no arrangements have as yet been made for the funeral services. Mrs. Fritz has been very ill in a hospital in Florida and her condition is quite hopeless according to doctors there. The funeral arrangements are being delayed a few days awaiting to see the outcome of her condition. Sincere sympathy from the many friends of this family will be extended them in their hours of sorrow and grief.

Source: Estherville Democrat, Estherville, Emmet County, Iowa; March 24, 1926.


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