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FAUTH, Karl J., Dr. 1897-1934


Posted By: Tammy (email)
Date: 1/30/2015 at 14:32:05

End Comes For Dr. Karl J. Fauth From Septicemia

Suffered Intensely For 3 Weeks From Infectious Poisoning At Marshalltown Hospital

Dr. Karl J. Fauth from Wellsburg, beloved and successful physician and Grundy County American Legion Commander, died at Deaconess hospital in Marshalltown at noon last Thursday from septicemia after every effort known to modern surgery failed to save him. He became ill quite suddenly three weeks before and was taken to the hospital at once.

The news of the young doctor's death came as a shock to the people from his home town and to others in the county who knew him.

More than a thousand people attended the funeral services which were held at Wellsburg Saturday afternoon. The services at the house began at one o'clock and later at the Reformed church. The local pastor, Rev. Wm. Landsiedel, officiated. But half of the people who came to the services were able to find seating room in the large church. Seating reservations were made for members of the Legion and Auxiliary and for members of the County Medical Society.

Members of the American Legion and the Auxiliary from all of the Posts in the county were in attendance and followed the remains from the home to the church. Services at the grave in the cemetery adjoining the church were concluded by members of Dr. Fauth's Legion Post at Wellsburg.

Dr. Fauth was the son of Rev. and Mrs. Karl Fauth of Clarence, Iowa. He was born at Troy, Mo., and had he lived until the 3rd of next August, he would have been 37 years old. He graduated from the West Side high school. Shortly after war was declared he enlisted and prepared himself for service in the U.S. Navy. He was in active service on the torpedo destroyer Topeka, which operated in the Mediterranean Sea during the year 1918. After he received his honorable discharge from the navy, he entered the State University of Iowa where he graduated from the medical department in 1925. The following year he spent as an intern in a hospital in Minneapolis, where he met his future wife who was one of the hospital nurses. After completing his internship he took up a general practice of his profession at Gaylord, Minn. The death of Dr. Heddens left Wellsburg without a doctor. Dr. Fauth, learning of this vacancy and appreciating its possibilities, came to Wellsburg in 1930. He soon won the co-operation and confidence of the people in his new field and his practice and influence in the community grew gradually. He took a deep and sincere interest in the community and its people and became one of the most earnest and efficient promoters of worthy local projects. He served a year as commander of the Wellsburg post of the American Legion and it was while he filled this position that plans were completed for the erection of the new Legion Memorial hall. He was chosen county commander of the American Legion last year.

Married in 1928
Dr. Fauth was married to Alice Overholt, only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. F. M. Overholt of Minneapolis, in March, 1928. They have one child, a daughter, Patricia, four years old. Other immediate surviving relatives are his father and mother and brother, Robert, from Clarence, Iowa.

The pallbearers were H. C. Haack, L. G. Hackbarth, S. L. Dilly, Richard and Virgil Claassen, D. W. Riekena, C. D. O'Niel, Joe Scachtlie and D. W. Riekena.

--The Grundy Register (Grundy Center, Iowa), 24 May 1934, pg 1


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