Obit: Christman, Balthasar (1849 - 1926)

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----Source: LOYAL TRIBUNE (Loyal, Clark County, Wis.) 08/26/1926

Christman, Balthasar (10 MAR 1849 - 16 AUG 1926)

Mr. Balthasar Christman, an old and a highly respected citizen of this village (Loyal, Clark County, Wis.), was called by death on Monday August the 16th, 1926, at the age of 77 years, 5 months and 6 days.

The deceased was born on March 10th, 1849, at Hartford, Wis., where he grew to manhood. He was united in marriage to Caroline Winterhalter on Jan. 30, 1872, to which union nine children were born, all of whom survive him.

Mr. and Mrs. Christman came to this village in the year of 1891, where Mr. Christman engaged in the mercantile business. He established the first stave and heading mill in the community and later engaged in the lumber industry and was also one of the leading merchants for many years. These varied interests and high right character for enterprise and his business integrity have made him one of the representative men of Loyal in public affairs, in which he has taken an active and beneficial part, having served on the village board from the time of its organization up to 1910. He was then elected President of the village, in which capacity he served efficiently and to the satisfaction of is fellow citizens for nine years.

Mr. Christman was also one of the organizers of the Loyal State Bank, having served as Vice President for many years.

He enjoyed good health until about a year and a half ago when he suffered an attack of Neuritis, which contributed largely to the breakdown which eventually cause his death.

He was a man of high ideals and greatly beloved by his fellow men, who deeply mourn his passing.

He was a devoted member of the Roman Catholic Church, from which funeral services were held, the Rev. Jos. F. Stenz officiating at solemn Requiem High Mass; assisted by the Rev. Frei of Greenwood, and Rev. Novak of Willard. Interment took place at Saint Balthasar's Cemetery.

He leaves to mourn his loss, his wife and nine children, namely Barbara Esselman, Elizabeth Kilbourn, Kate Emerson, John Christman, Anna Allen Scott, Mato Andraska, Anton Christman, Peter Christman, Joseph Christman, and 21 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.

The active pallbearers were: Alois Braun, Leo Theisen, Albert Davel, Will Murphy, Frank McGonigal, and Ed Bertz.

The honorary pallbearers were: Joseph Bertz Sr., Peter Schuld, Sam Leabel, Thomas Murphy, A. A. Graves and Henry Etta.

The out of town relatives who attended the funeral were: John Tomah, Mrs. Peter Held and Mrs. John Schaeffer of Chicago, John and Joseph Christman, Mrs. Gordon Davey, Mr. and Mrs. James Pemmel, Mr. and Mrs. Louis Winterhalter, John and Joseph Winterhalter, Mr. and Mrs. John Dietzler and son, Mrs. Joseph Gaas, all of Hartford, Wis. Mr. and Mrs. Charles Witnerhalter of Fond du Lac, Mrs. Adam Munier, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Fey and son, Mr. John Munier of Granton. Mr. and Mrs. Fred Hartmann, M. and Mrs. Joseph Christman, Mr. and Mrs. Phil Christman Jr. and Mr. Phillip Christman Sr., all of Tony, Wis., Mr. and Mrs. W. Christman, Mrs. J. Seharrah of Cofban, Wis., Mrs. Charles Harvey, Mrs. Earl Cummings, Mr. and Mrs. George Cummings; Mr. and Mrs. L. Emerson and family of Wis. Rapids, Mrs. Harvey Voight and children of South Bend, Indiana, Mrs. Stanley R. Scott of Portland, Oregon.



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