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Schwind, Dr. Peter 1838-1910

SCHWIND, PUETZ

Posted By: Linda Ziemann, Volunteer (email)
Date: 9/1/2016 at 16:28:08

LeMars Semi-Weekly Sentinel
October 4, 1910 (photo included)

WELL KNOWN DOCTOR DIES
PETER SCHWIND, PIONEER RESIDENT, DEAD
He Had Been In Failing Health
Old Physician Had Been Suffering From Diabetes for the Past Few Months and Gangrene in Feet Developed Necessitating Amputation.

Dr. Peter Schwind, one of the oldest and best known medical practitioners of LeMars, passed away in death at his home on East Sixth street at 5 o’clock Sunday morning. The news came as a shock to many friends, who although aware of his illness were unprepared for the worst and had not deemed that his condition was so serious.

Dr. Schwind, who was a remarkably active man during a long life, began to fail somewhat in health about two years ago, and suffered from chronic diabetes. He fought manfully against his ailments and kept ups his professional work almost to the last. A short time ago, owing to the condition of his system, gangrene set in one of his toes, which was amputated last week. The gangrene had spread involving the rest of the foot and after a consultation among his attending physicians, it was decided to amputate his foot as the only means of prolonging his life. This was done on Friday night but the patient’s age and physical condition were against him and he sank rapidly until the final summons came on Sunday morning.

Dr. Peter Schwind was a native of the grand duchy of Luxembourg, Europe, where he first saw the light of day, his birth place being at Simmern. He was born August 31, 1838. He grew to manhood and was educated in his native land and was united in marriage with Miss Catharine Puetz in 1863. They came to America the year following their marriage and settled in St. Donatus, Jackson county, Iowa, where Dr. Schwind took up the practice of medicine and remained there for seventeen years when they moved to Dubuque, where they resided four years. From Dubuque they came to LeMars which has since been their home. Dr. Schwind is survived by his wife, who has been his faithful and constant helpmate for nearly fifty years and his adopted daughter, Mrs. Anna Bellaire. He also leaves a sister in Luxembourg and a nephew, Dr. Jens Schwind, who is a teacher of Philosophy in the university at Lamour, Belgium.

Dr. Schwind was widely known both in this state and the adjoining states of South Dakota and Minnesota and had an established reputation in medicine and surgery and more particularly as a specialist in bone and joint diseases. He enjoyed a lucrative practice for many years and no blizzard ever deterred him from driving many miles after a hard day’s work to the bedside of a patient who desired his services. Personally he was a most pleasing and congenial man to meet, gifted with common sense and a broad view of life. He made a number of steadfast friendships and his death will be lamented by many both in LeMars and other places. He was generous, honest in his dealing with his fellow man, a most affectionate husband and father and ever ready to hearken to the cry of the suffering and needy. He was a devout and consistent member of St. Joseph’s church and the funeral will be held there this morning at 10 o’clock. Rev. Father Peter Hoffman, of Ft. Madison, a brother of Mrs. Bellaire, will assist Rev. Father Schaffer.
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LeMars Semi-Weekly Sentinel
Friday, October 7, 1910

FUNERAL LARGELY ATTENDED
Many Paid Last Respects to the Late Dr. P. Schwind.

One of the largest funerals ever held in LeMars was that of the late Dr. Peter Schwind held on Tuesday morning at St. Joseph’s church in this city. The stately edifice was filled to its capacity, many coming from a distance to attend the last rites. Over one hundred citizens of Remsen were among the number. Rev. Father Feuerstein spoke both in English and German and paid a high tribute to the life of the deceased.

Rev. Father Huffmann, of Fort Madison, assisted Rev. Father Schaffer and Rev. Father Neppel, officiated at the requiem mass. The pall bearers were old time friends of the deceased: J. F. Knorr, Martin Schaefer, Henry Kamp, John Traufler, Math Kemp and Jos. Hettwer. Many beautiful floral tributes were sent by friends of the family.
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Alton Democrat
October 8, 1910

N. Schroeder, Miss Nellie Schroeder, Mr. and Mrs. Matt Herrig, Mrs. A. Buss, and Mr. and Mrs. Frank Mousel, Mr. and Mrs. J. P. Tritz, Mr. and Mrs. John Homan, John Kern, and P. Bamberg and Theodore Arens were at LeMars Tuesday to attend the funeral of Dr. Schwind.
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