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VIETOR, Ude Sr. 1841-1934


Posted By: Tammy (email)
Date: 2/24/2019 at 18:37:11

Died At Age Of 93

Ude Vietor Sr. passed away at his home Monday afternoon at 3 o'clock. He has been in failing health during recent months and his condition became serious several weeks before his death. He had reached the grand old age of 93, was always genial and counted many as his friends. He was the son of Melle and Grace Vietor, born Feb. 1, 1841, in Wennermohr, Eastfriesland, Germany. As a young man he was overseer of fifty men, employed by a truck farmer. He was united in marriage to Empke Rave of Bohn, Germany in 1861; they came to America together, making their home at Kingston, N.Y.

Within a years' time the family removed to Forreston, Ill., where he was variously employed, serving during summer months as laborer, mason, clerk, and as a butcher. Eight years elapsed, and the family came to Grundy county, locating on a farm one mile east of the German Presbyterian church, which was their home for thirteen years. His land comprised 200 acres in Pleasant Valley township, purchased for $40 an acre and sold for $100 per acre twelve years later.

During the 25 years of Mr. Vietor's residence in Grundy county he was active in the affairs of the county, serving as road supervisor throughout the years and otherwise using his influence.

Five of his ten children died and were buried at Forreston, Ill. His wife preceded him in death, the date being Nov. 4, 1908. His second wife, Miss Anna Wirtjes of Parkersburg, whom he married in 1910, died four years later. During the past few years he has made his home with his son and grandson.

He is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Herman Held of Waterloo; four sons, Nan M. and Gesenius of Ackley, Melle of Parkersburg, and Aleidus of Waltham, Minn.; twenty-two grandchildren and twenty-five great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were conducted for him Wednesday afternoon at the Eastfriesland Presbyterian church, Rev. F. W. Engelke having charge. Earthly remains were taken to Eastfriesland church cemetery, where burial took place beside the grave of his first wife.

Pall bearers were grandsons of the deceased: Ude Vietor Jr., of Iowa Falls; Ben, Harris, and Donald, of Ackley; Harold and Edward of Parkersburg.

--Ackley World-Journal (Ackley, Iowa), 9 August 1934, pg 1


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