Fred (1851 - 1908)
Surnames: BREDEMEYER LEMMIN THOMPSON
----Sources: Colby Phonograph (Colby, Clark County, Wis.) 03/26/1908
Bredemeyer, Fred (12 JUL 1851 - 21 MAR 1908)
Saturday evening, March 21st, 1908, the word that Fred Bredemeyer had passed away flew over our city (Colby, Clark Co., Wis.) as on the wings of wind. Wherever it touched it left sorrow, and the expressions of sympathy for the bereaved ones were many and from the heart.
Fred Bredemeyer was born in the town of Meeme, Manitowoc Co., July 12th, 1851, and was reared on a farm. On Feb. 26th, 1877, he was united in marriage to Martha Lemmin, and on the next day they came to Colby with Louis A. Pradt, and after a few days visit at the Pradt home in the town of Holeton, Marathon Co. Fred came into town and purchased the store and stock of general merchandise of W.F. Hinz, which business was continued until about three years ago. It will be seen by this that he was one of the pioneers of Colby and lived to see the wilderness blossom into cities and fields of grain. He was a wide acquaintance both in this vicinity and the state at large. He was always a kind hearted man and enjoyed seeing his neighbor prosper as well as himself. For the past 12 years he has been in failing health, in fact so much so that he was compelled to give up the personal management of his business. He has traveled much and sought every means of relief but to no purpose and as time passed on he was conscious of the fact that his days were numbered and he became reconciled to his fate and waited patiently for Him, who takes care of His children, to gather him to the home on high.
The funeral services were held from St. John’s Evangelical Church Wednesday afternoon, conducted by Rev. J. Bizer who preached a masterly sermon.
Fred had been a member of the I.O.O.F. Lodge at this place for thirty-one years. The Lodge accompanied by the Unity Lodge and Rebekah Lodges of both towns turned out in a body and escorted the remains from the house to the grave, at which place they performed the Ritual Service for their departed brother and placed the sprig of Evergreen within the tomb as a token that though he has passed from earth forever he will ever be held in fond remembrance.
The bereaved wife and daughter Anna (Mrs. G.M. Thompson) and other relatives have the sincere sympathy of the entire community.
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