Obit: Leichtnam, Martin (1841 - 1928)

Contact: Victoria Firnstahl

MARTIN LEICHTNAM, died 2, Feb. 1928 in Mayville township, Clark county, WI at the age of 87 years, 3 months and 13 days. He was a retired farmer and his marital status was divorced-his ex-wife being Gusta Bushmann. He was born in Ontario, Canada on 20, Oct. 1840, the son of John and - Leichtnam (both parents born in Germany). The informant of this death was Ed Leichtnam of Abbotsford. No place of burial stated. 1880 Census from another article says John was from France not Germany

Thursday, February 9th, 1928 - page one - The Colby Phonograph Colby WI AGED PIONEER CALLED BY DEATH - Martin Leichtnam Died at the Home of His Son, Ed., at Abbotsford.

Martin Leichtnam, one of the first settlers of this vicinity, died Feb. 2, 1928, at the home of his son, Ed., at Abbotsford, epilepsy of the heart being the cause of his demise. Funeral services were held at the home at Abbotsford Sunday afternoon, Rev. Lachnitt officiating, and interment made in the Colby cemetery.

The deceased was born in Canada in 1841 and came to Colby with his parents when ten years old. He was married to Caroline Strasberg in 1864. This union was blessed with 11 children, seven of whom are still living. His wife died thirty- eight years ago. The children still living are Mrs. Mike Firnstahl of Colby, Mrs. Rose Simons of Milwaukee, Mrs. W. W. Fisher of Chicago, Mrs. W. Herman of Curtiss, Mr. Albert Leichtnam of Dorchester, Mr. Joe Leichtnam of Colby and Mr. Ed Leichtnam of Abbotsford.

The deceased was one of the early pioneers of Colby, and when this was still a vast wilderness, homesteaded here. It was he who roamed the woods in search of suitable burial grounds and located the present Colby cemetery. He helped bury the first person to be laid at rest here. He was a kind and loving husband and father and had the respect and esteem of all who knew him.




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