Obit: Verhagen, Adrian (1871 - 1943)

Contact: Jane Braun

Surnames: Verhagen, Overman, Brown, Joosten, Livingston, Donner, Lindow, Nebel, Seik, Vandenberg

----Source: Millie Lee Collection

Verhagen, Adrian (September 12, 1871-October 14, 1943)

Adrian Verhagen, 73, was found dead in his bed at 2 p.m. Thursday at the farm home just west of Chili where he had lived since coming to Clark County in 1897.

The body was discovered by his son, Howard, who had come home from helping a neighbor. The son said that his father had suffered a slight stroke a short time ago, and although still able to do some work about the farm, had been in the habit of sleeping as long as he wished and often did not rise before noon. Consequently other members of the family assumed that he was sleeping.

Dr. V. M. Overman, Granton, and Coroner H. L. Brown, Neillsville, were called and decided that Mr. Verhagen had suffered a heart attack and died in his sleep during the night. Young Verhagen said he had heard his father snoring at midnight, establishing the fact that he was living at that hour. A small granddaughter of the stricken man had been in the room during the morning but thought that he was asleep.

Mr. Verhagen was born at Little Chute, Wis., on Sept. 12, 1871, and was married there on Nov. 6, 1895, to Christine Joosten, who died in 1931. They came to Clark County in 1897 and settled on the present Verhagen farm.

Surviving are 11 of their 12 children: Edward H., Chili; Mrs. Clarence (Ella) Livingston, Toledo, Ohio; Mrs. Richard (Harriet) Donner, Oshkosh; Paul, Richmond, Ill.; Mrs. Roland (Marie) Brown, Waukegan, Ill.; Mrs. Ray (Louise) Lindow, Spencer; Mrs. William (Bertha) Nebel, Waukegan, Ill; Louis, Forest Grove, Ore; Miss Frances, Wisconsin Rapids; Howard, on the home farm; and Mrs. Everett (Mabel) Seik, Chili. One son, Joseph, died in 1921.

Also surviving are 25 grandchildren, a brother, Albert Verhagen, Kaukauna; a sister, Mrs. Katherine Vandenberg, Little Chute; and a half-brother, Anton, Green Bay.

Funeral rites will be conducted at St. Stephen’s Catholic Church of Chili at 10 a.m. Tuesday. The .....(rest of copy cut-off)

(Note - Birth date changed based on information from a relative, Diane Verhagen)



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