Obit: Klopf, Henry W. (1856 - 1920)

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----Source: Clark County Republican & Press (Neillsville, Wis.) 07/29/1920

Klopf, Henry W. (25 JUL 1856 - 23 JUL 1920)

Henry W. Klopf, one of Neillsville, Clark County, Wis. best known citizens, died suddenly of heart failure Friday forenoon July 23, 1920. He was in his place of business as usual in the morning, when suddenly he was seized with a severe attack of heart trouble. Temporary medical relief was given and he was taken over to Mrs. Cummings’ home near by and laid down. In a few minutes he was dead.

Deceased was born in New York City, July 25, 1856. He came with his parents Mr. and Mrs. Fred Klopf to Sheboygan Co., Wis., when he was about a year old. When about 16 years of age he went to Sheboygan City to learn the jeweler’s trade, and completed his apprenticeship with the same man in St. Paul. His parents having moved to Neillsville in 1874, he came here when he had finished learning the trade and had been in business here ever since, most of that time being located in the Sniteman Drug Store.

He early took a great interest in military affairs and was a member of the old Co. A. In the Spanish War he ranked as lieutenant, being quarter master adjutant. After that war he became captain of the reorganized Co. A and took great interest in building up and training the company, and was also captain in the new National Guard organized here during and after the World War. His advancing age, however, made it necessary for him to turn over the work to younger men. He had a wide acquaintance with National Guardsmen in the state and always attended or visited the encampments at Camp Douglas. In fact, on the day he died he was preparing to go to Camp Douglas to visit the boys now encamped there.

He was also prominent in Masonic circles, for years having been a member of the local lodge, besides having taken higher degrees of the order. He was also a member of the Woodmen and the Odd Fellows.

Mr. Klopf was a man of many sterling qualities. He was public spirited and did what he could for the welfare of the city. He was intensely patriotic and took great interest in the soldier boys, writing to many of them when they were in the Army and greeting them with a hearty welcome home. He will be greatly missed here.

He leaves two brothers, William J. Klopf of Bole, Mont., and Alfred of Neillsville, and one sister, Mrs. S.F. Reineking of Harvey, N.D.

The funeral was held Tuesday at the Armory, fraternal societies, of which deceased was a member, combining with the National Guards, participated in the ceremonies. The Masonic order, Odd Fellows and Modern Woodmen attended in a body, the Masonic ritual being used. The military band from Wausau discoursed sweet and appropriate music and led the great procession to the cemetery.

Among those attending the funeral from away were, Mrs. S.F. Reineking, Harvey, N.D.; Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Klopf of Madison; Mr. and Mrs. G. Reineking of Harvey, N.D.; Mr. and Mrs. Albert Reineking of Wausau and Mrs. Gus Klopf of Spirit Lake, Idaho.



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