SINDT, William O. 1861-1953
Posted By: S. Bell
Date: 6/10/2013 at 01:37:26
[Ida County Pioneer Record, Thursday, January 29, 1953, Ida Grove, Iowa]
William Otto Sindt was born September 10, 1861 in Somerhoff, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany near the little village of Krakow. He was the son of Glaus and Lena Sindt. He came to America with his parents and his two brothers and one sister in the spring of 1869. His father started farming in Scott County Iowa in the spring of 1870. When Otto was 18 his father quit farming. Otto continued to work as a farm laborer for his uncle, Claus Stoltenburg, In the spring of 1883, he came to Holstein.
In February, 1886 he was married to Laura Staben at Davenport, Iowa. They started farming on his uncle's farm south of Holstein which he later purchased. His wife died in March, 1896, leaving him with five little children ranging in age from one and one half to seven years of age. His sister, Emma, came to live with him and helped him raise his little family and continued to make a home for him until she died in 1951.
He leaves to mourn his death, a son, Carl of Holstein; three daughters: Helen Kordt and Josephine Stricker of Holstein and Hattie Huchendorf of Bass Lake, Calif. One son, Harry, died in infancy, and a daughter, Freda Goettsch, passed away in January, 1924. He also leaves a daughter-in-law, Mrs. Carl Sindt, and a son-in-law, Clyde Huchendorf; seven grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren and numerous nephews and nieces.
He was very active in community life while living on the farm and also after moving to Holstein in 1912, He was active in civic affairs and had membership in various organizations.
He died on January 22, 1953 after a short illness at the age of 91 years, 4 months and 12 days
Funeral Services were conducted at the Hansen Funeral Home at 2 o'clock on Sunday afternoon, January 25, by the Rev. F. E. Flowers of Holstein. Mrs. R. L. Bircher and Miss Evelyn Rathert sang "In the Garden" and ''The Old Ruggfed Cross" with Mrs. Herbert Knuth at the piano. Interment was in the Galva Cemetery.
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