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Jacob Henry "Henry" Thiel 1867-1937


Posted By: Merllene Andre Bendixen (email)
Date: 9/6/2013 at 00:07:55

Friends were grieved Friday to hear that Henry Thiel had passed away at his home Friday. Funeral services were held Monday at the home at 1:30 p.m. and at the Immanuel church at 2:00. (Estherville Enterprise, Estherville, IA, April 29, 1937)

Henry Theil Passes Away
Henry Theil, 71, of the Graettinger community passed away last Friday [April 23, 1937] morning. We expected obituary details before going to press, but they have not arrived up to the time this is being written. (Emmetsburg Reporter, Emmetsburg, IA, April 29, 1937)

Obituary of Henry J. Thiel
In last week’s issue we made brief mention of the death of Henry Theil, 69, prominent resident of the Graettinger locality. Obituary details are taken from the Graettinger Times as follows:

Henry Thiel, 69, one of the highly esteemed citizens of this community, passed away April 30 [23] following an illness of a few days. A year ago he suffered a stroke of paralysis. He never fully recovered from the stroke and had been in poor health for some time. He was unable to be about much during the past winter and spring.

The funeral services were held Monday. Services were conducted at the home at one o’clock and at the Immanuel Lutheran church south of Gruver at two o’clock. Mr. Thiel’s pastor, the Rev. Peder Nordsletten, of Wallingford, officiated at the last sad rites. Many old neighbors and friends were in attendance at the funeral to pay their final respects to the memory of a departed friend. Beautiful flowers banked the casket at the home, the church and the grave. Interment was made in the High Lake cemetery. The pallbearers were Ole Wicks, Fred Spies, M.J. Tindall, Jens E. Jensen and Joe Hassel. Funeral arrangements were in charge of L.T. Lewison, of Graettinger.

Relatives from a distance who were in attendance at the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. Carl Frier, of Reinbeck; Mr. and Mrs. J.W. Cameron of Waterloo; Ronald Cameron, of Duluth, Minnesota; Earnest and Ralph Frier, of Reineck; Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Bern, of Reinbeck; Mr. and Mrs. Rudolph Pouchisten, of Reinbeck; Mr. and Mrs. Delmar Richie, of Reinbeck; Mrs. Arthur Altenburg, of Garwin, Iowa; Herman Ronnawitz, of Reinbeck, and Mr. and Mrs. Herman Weiben, of Reinbeck.

Jacob Henry Thiel was born in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany, July 22, 1867. He was 69 years of age last July. On February 16, 1891, he was united in marriage to Miss Christina Westphalen. Mr. and Mrs. Thiel came to the United States in May, 1894, and located at Gladbrook, Tama county, Iowa. They resided there for a short time and then moved to Reinbeck, Iowa, where Mr. Thiel engaged in the tailoring business. Later they returned to Gladbrook and engaged in business. In the spring of 1904 they engaged in farming and six years later moved to a farm near Armstrong. They lived on this farm for two years and then moved to the Hoprig neighborhood where the family made their home for the past quarter of a century.

Mr. and Mrs. Thiel were the parents of seven children, all of whom are living. They are Fred, of Britt; Walter of Estherville; Alfred, of Armstrong; Clarence and Henry, jr., of Graettinger; Mrs. Hugh Taylor, of Ruthven; and Mrs. Frank Neilson, of Graettinger. Besides his wife and children there are thirteen grandchildren. Mr. Thiel’s death is also mourned by one sister, Mrs. John Frier, of Reinbeck. (Emmetsburg Reporter, Emmetsburg, IA, May 6, 1937)


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