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Bogenrief, William 1865-1945


Posted By: Linda Ziemann, volunteer (email)
Date: 6/5/2009 at 16:51:21


Many relatives and friends mourn the passing of William Bogenrief, 79, a resident of Plymouth County for 62 years, who died Monday in the Sacred Heart Hospital at LeMars.

He was the son of Benjamin and Martha Bogenrief of Freeport, Ill., born September 8, 1865. Mr. Bogenrief came to Plymouth County, Iowa, when he was 17 years old with his mother and brothers. He was married February 2, 1886, to Mary Jane Grist of Wabash, Indiana. They moved onto a farm in the Melbourne community, Plymouth Township. To this union seven children were born of whom all survive except one son, Oscar, who died in infancy.

Mr. Bogenrief was active in community affairs and was a member and trustee of the Melbourne church for many years. He farmed in this community until the spring of 1924, when they moved to Merrill. He was preceded in death by his wife who passed away January 11, 1941. He leaves to mourn his death, two daughters, Mrs. Clara Julch, James, Iowa; and Mrs. Eva Conrad, Jasper, Minn.; four sons, Arthur and George of Merrill; Adlai of Hinton; and William Jr. of Sioux City; two brothers, Douglas, of Sioux City, and Otto, of Minneapolis; and a half sister, Mrs. Edith Conover of LeMars; 11 grandchildren, of which three are in the armed forces, and six great grandchildren.

Taken ill with a stroke on July 20 he was taken to the Sacred Heart Hospital where he passed away on August 18.

Funeral services were held at the Melbourne Evangelical church Wednesday afternoon at 2 o’clock, with Rev. G.O. Thompson officiating. Burial was in the Melbourne cemetery.

~Source: The Hinton Gazette, August 16, 1945
[Another Obituary]

W. 0. Bogenrief Died Monday Lived In County Sixty-Two Years

Wm. O. Bogenrief, who has lived in Plymouth county 62 years, died at an early hour Monday in Sacred Heart hospital following a stroke suffered throe weeks earlier.

W. O. Bogenrief was born in Freeport, Illinois, September 8, 1865, and came to Plymouth County with his mother and brother in 1882, his father having died previously His mother, Mrs. Martha Bogenrief, who later married John Gerling, also died many years ago.

Mr. Bogenrief was married on February 2, 1880, at Wabash, Ind., to Mary Jane Grist, who preceded him in death January 11, 1941.

A son, Otto, died in infancy and the following children survive their parents: two daughters, Mrs. Clara Julch, James, and Mrs. Eva Conrad, Jasper, Minn.; four sons, B. A, and George of Merrill, A. E. of Hinton, and Will Jr. of Sioux City. He is also survived by 11 grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, two brothers, Douglas of Sioux City and Otto of Minnesota, and one half-sister, Mrs. Edith Conover of Le Mars. Three grandsons are in military service.

Mr. Bogenrief farmed in Plymouth township from the time he moved to this county until 1927 when he retired and located in Merrill where he has since made his home. Funeral services were held at 2 o'clock Wednesday afternoon at Melbourne church of which he was a trustee many years. Rev. G. O. Thompson of Le Mars was in charge of the service and burial was in Melbourne cemetery.

Le Mars Semi-Weekly Sentinel
Friday, August 17, 1945
Le Mars, Iowa


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