Obit: Schenk, Gottfried (1857 - 1915)

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----Source: HUMBIRD ENTERPRISE (Humbird, Clark County, Wis.) 05/15/1915

Schenk, Gottfried (24 APR 1857 - 10 MAY 1915)

G. Schenk died very suddenly last Monday Morning. He had come to town with the morning milk and had hitched his team in front of F. A. Schute's store. He then attended to some business matters and about 8:30 had returned from the depot with a bundle of fruit trees, which he had placed in the wagon. Turning around to unhitch his team he fell as in a faint. He was picked up immediately and place on the settee and Dr. Schwarz summoned. Death came in just a few minutes, heart failure being the cause. The body was removed to Jacob Kneubuehl's and a messenger sent to break the sad tidings to the family at home. Mr. Schenk had not been in the best of health for some time and had been advised by his physician to remain quiet, but he himself, had not considered his condition as serious.

Gottfried Schenk was born in Wangen Kanton, Bern, Switzerland on April 24, 1857. The first thirty years of his life were passed in his native land, and then, desiring to seek a home in a country where different opportunities were offered, immigrated to America, arriving here on the 10th of May, 1888. He settled in Dane Co., Wis., where he worked as a cheesemaker for a number of years. In the year 1904, Mr. Schenk bought a farm near Humbird, Clark County, Wis., where he lived until his sudden taking away on Monday, May 10, 1915, at the age of 58 years and 13 days. Mr. Schenk was united in marriage with Miss Elise Stampfli at Monroe, Wis., on Feb. 28, 1893, and to this union were born three children, the youngest dying in infancy. His wife, one daughter, Frieda, and one son, Marx, are mourning the death of a kind husband and loving father. In his death the community has lost an honorable, upright and progressive citizen, a good neighbor, and one who, though quiet and unassuming in his walk of life, commanded the love and respect of all. Mr. Schenk was the youngest of a family of eight children, having five sisters and two brothers. Two sisters and one brother survive him, the sisters living in Switzerland and the brother at Miles, Okla.

Funeral services were held at the home and at the Reformed Church on Thursday afternoon, conducted by Rev. J. G. Schmid, and were attended by a large number of sorrowing friends. Numerous beautiful floral tokens were place upon the casket, a tribute to the memory of the deceased. Burial was in the Mentor Cemetery.



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