Koenig, William T. 1856-1928
Posted By: Linda Ziemann, volunteer (email)
Date: 8/5/2007 at 22:41:41
June 14, 1928
PIONEER DIES OF PNEUMONIA
William T. Koenig, 72 years old, one of the first settlers in Plymouth
county, Iowa, died of pneumonia Monday morning in the home of his daughter,
Mrs. Charles Rosburg.
Mr. Koenig was born in Baltimore, Md., March 3, 1856. He located near
Merrill, Ia., in 1871, and began farming. In 1878 he married at Merrill to
Elizabeth Schneider. She died in 1907. Mr. Koenig retired in 1912 and
moved to Pomona, Cal., where he remained until seven weeks ago, when he
returned to Plymouth county to visit.
The pioneer Plymouth county resident was the oldest member in point of
service of the I.O.O.F. lodge at Melbourne. He joined that organization 50
years ago. He was a member of the Methodist Episcopal church and actively
interested in the work of the Salvation Army.
Surviving are two sons, Oliver of Pomona, and Arthur of LeMars, Ia.; four
daughters, Mrs. H. D. Dobbert of Chino, Cal., Mrs. G. Huebsch and Mrs. John
Todd of Pomona and Mrs. Rosburg; three brothers, Phillip of Tacoma, Wash.,
Henry of Washburn, Wis., and John of Waverley, Ia.; two sisters, Mrs.
Matilda Spies of Valley Springs, S.D., and Mrs. Anna Smith of Sioux City,
and 17 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held in the Melbourne church at 2:30 o'clock Friday
afternoon. Rev. Geo. J. Roths of Alburnette, Iowa, assisted by Rev. W. E.
Smith of LeMars, will officiate. Burial will be in the Melbourne cemetery.
Former friends and associates of Mr. Koenig will be pallbearers. They are
J. J. Schindel, Henry Schindel, George Zimmerman, C. C. Hauff, J. F. Berner
and R. J. Spies, all of Merrill, Iowa.
The deceased had many friends in this vicinity who extend their heartfelt
sympathy to the bereaved family.
W. Harry Christy's funeral parlors are in charge of arrangements.
June 21, 1928
LAST RITES FOR EARLY SETTLER
Funeral services were held Friday afternoon at the Melbourne church for
William T. Koenig, a pioneer resident of Floyd Valley. Mr. Koenig died June
11, 1928, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Chas. Rosburg, after a brief illness
caused by pneumonia. The funeral was very largely attended by old friends
and neighbors by whom he was held in high esteem. At the services Rev. G.
J. Roths, of Alburnette, was assisted by Captain S. V. Broas and A.D. Broady
of Sioux City. The floral tributes were many and beautiful. The pall
bearers were life long friends, J. J. Schindel, Phillip Emmert, Henry
Schindel, C. C. Hauff, J. F. Berner, and R. J. Spies.
Music for the occasion was furnished by a quartet composed of Ralph Brehm,
Mrs. Lloyd Schneider, Mrs. Oscar Schindel, and Allan Schindel. Wilbur Laux
sang " Face to Face" and A. D. Broady sang "When the Mists Have Rolled Away"
in a very impressive manner.
The committal services were in charge of the Odd Fellows and were impressive
A good man has passed on but his memory still lives in the hearts of his
loved ones and the influence that he shed for good is immeasurable. His
remains were buried beside those of his wife and a son who preceded him in
Plymouth Obituaries maintained by Linda Ziemann.
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