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Goetz, Matilda B. "Tillie" 1874 - 1898


Posted By: Reid R. Johnson (email)
Date: 5/19/2016 at 12:28:57

Elkader Register, Thur., 21 July 1898. From the Guttenberg Press.

Last Monday morning at 4 o'clock the grim messenger of death claimed as its own, Matilda B. Goetz of this place. She had for some time been a sufferer from tuberculosis of the bowels, and her condition has long been deemed critical, yet her death was nevertheless a shock to her many friends. Tillie, as she was familiarly called, was a graduate of the class of 1890, of the Guttenberg High School.

As a pupil she was bright, ambitious and ever solicitous of the welfare of her schoolmates. In the fall of 1890 she became a teacher in the public schools of the county, and soon distinguished herself as one of our most progressive teachers. In September, 1895, she became a teacher in the Guttenberg schools and continued in that capacity until her health forbid her teaching. During the past two years she has been staying at home, vainly endeavoring to restore her health.

She was born at Guttenberg, March 14, 1874, and was therefore 24 years, four months and 4 days old at the time of her death.

The funeral will take place this afternoon at 2 o'clock, and will be conducted by undertaker Chas. E. Scholz. A part of the ceremony at the house will consist of an address by Prof. H. H. Schroeder, who graduated from the Guttenberg schools in the same class as the deceased. The Alumni, of which she was a charter member, will attend the funeral in a body. The ceremony at the grave will be conducted by the O.E.S., of this place, assisted by the chapter from Cassville, Wis. Six young men, schoolmates of the deceased and members of the above named orders, will act as pallbearers. The O.E.S., the Alumni, and the class of 1890 have each rendered appropriate and expensive floral tributes.

She leaves a father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. Ed. Goetz, and a brother, Walter, to mourn the loss of an obedient daughter and kind sister.

May she rest in peace.


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