Obit: Barth, Cesar (1860 - 1923)

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----Source: THORP COURIER (Thorp, Clark County, Wis.) 12/13/1923

Barth, Cesar (20 APR 1860 - 4 DEC 1923)

Again the Grim Reaper entered our midst and took from us our friend and neighbor, Cesar Barth, one of the early settlers of the town of Reseberg, Clark County, Wis.

Cesar Barth was born April 20, 1860, a son of John and Katherine Barth, who were then pioneers in the town of Schleswig, Manitowoc Co., Wis., near where is now the city of Kiel.

He spent his boyhood and youth assisting his parents in clearing away the virgin forests and making a farm and beautiful home.

In the year of 1884, then a young man full of hope and vigor, he immigrated to the town of Reseberg, Clark County, Wis., which was then all virgin forest, and began to make a home for himself. In 1886 he went back to Schleswig and there on April 4, 1886 was married to Amelia Ohlemoetz and together they made their home on the farm he had started. There they lived and took the hardships and privations of pioneer life and to them were born five children, Elizabeth, John, Conrad, Cesar and Amelia, who together with the faithful wife and mother, and two sisters now survive him.

In 1919 he sold his farm to his oldest son, John, and moved to their present home, where he expected to spend his reclining years, but still being full of ambition he, together with his two youngest sons, acquired some more forest land and immediately began to help them to start a very promising home for them.

Nearly a year ago he commenced to all, and his ailment continued and got worse, so in October of this year he went to a hospital at Marshfield for treatment, but not seeing much improvement, and craving for home and the home surroundings, he returned after a stay of a little less than four weeks, since which time he failed gradually until on Dec. 4, 1923 he passed into the great beyond.

He has led a life full of usefulness and progress to himself, his wife, his family, his neighbors, his friends and the whole community in which he lived, who all sadly mourn his departure. He has served the town in different offices and was always ready to contribute to the welfare of those in need. He took a special interest in building and maintaining highways or anything that was of use in common. May his good work survive him as a lasting monument to the ideals which he so earnestly supported.

There now survives him, two sisters, Elizabeth of Kiel, Wis., Dorothea, in the state of Oregon, his ever faithful wife, his five children and a host of friends, who all mourn his untimely departure.

The funeral took place on Dec. 7 at 2 o'clock p.m. at his home, where a multitude of his friends assemble to pay tribute to the last sad rite. It was the largest funeral as yet took place in this community. Interment was in the Reseberg (Sylvan) Cemetery, where Rev. Sherman of Owen officiated in a very able address, and the remains were remitted to the grave by Thorp Mystic Workers Lodge, of which he was a member. May he rest in peace.



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