Lawrence (1830 - 1915)
Surnames: WEIX ROLLER BACHUBER BUDDE WELSCH OCHSNER UMHOEFER FINSTAHL SCHRAUFNAGEL SAGSTATER
----Sources: Colby Phonograph (Colby, Clark County, Wis.) 12/09/1915
Weix, Lawrence (10 AUG 1830 - 4 DEC 1915)
The oldest living settler in the town of Leroy, Wis., Mr. Lawrence Weix, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. John V. Roller, 418 South Spring St., this city, on Saturday evening, Dec. 4, 1915, at seven o’clock, reaching the ripe old age of 85 years, 3 months and 24 days.
Lawrence Weix was born in Munich, Bavaria, Germany, the 10th day of August 1830, and was educated and grew to young manhood at Munich, where he was taught the millwright trade and later became a miller. At the age of eighteen years he came to this country, landing in New York City, where he spent three years, then going to Muskego, Mich., and then to Milwaukee, where he was united in marriage to Miss Barbara Bachuber in the year 1854.
Shortly after his marriage, Mr. and Mrs. Weix went to Leroy, Dodge Co., Wis., where they permanently settled. At Leroy Mr. Weix very successfully operated one of the first sawmills in this county, most of the products of this mill being hauled to Horicon by team where the lumber was used by the VanBrunt Davis Co. Mr. Weix continued his sawmill for thirty-five years and then turned to farming which he followed until 1901.
At this period he moved to Beaver Dam, where Mrs. Weix passed to her heavenly reward about six months later. After the death of his chosen life partner Mr. Weix went to Colby (Clark Co., Wis.), and remained there until Aug. 1915, and then turned to the scene of his early days Wisconsin life at Leroy. Spending a few weeks there he then came to Beaver Dam, where, after an illness of several months, he expired at the home of his daughter, Mrs. J.V. Roller, last Saturday evening.
Surviving is one sister, Mrs. Sagstater of Oregon, and twelve children: Mrs. J.V. Roller, Mrs. John Welsch, Mrs. John Budde and Mr. Xavier Weix, of this city; Mr. Martin Weix and Mrs. Andrew Ochsner of Leroy, Wis.; Mr. Joseph Weix, Mr. Lawrence Weix, Mr. Michael Weix, Mr. John Weix, Mrs. Paul Umhoefer and Mrs. Paul Firnstahl, of Colby, Wis. He is also survived by sixty-five grandchildren and thirty-four great-grandchildren. To Mr. and Mrs. Weix fourteen children were born, Mrs. Mary Schraufnagel of Colby, Wis., who died at the age of 54 years, and another died in infancy.
The funeral will be held tomorrow morning, Tuesday, at 9:30 o’clock, from St. Peter’s Church, and burial in St. Peter’s Cemetery beside the remains of his wife, Rev. Fr. Geo. J. Muenzer will officiate.
The life of Mr. Weix has been an industrious one, and wherever he was known was very highly respected, which was largely due to the policy he followed in assisting those that needed a lift, a cheery word and a smile for all. Mr. Weix well knew the hardships encountered by the pioneer settlers of this country and his rise in a business way was due solely to his own energy. May he find peace and happiness with his Lord and Master. (Daily Citizen, Beaver Dam, Wis.)
All of the sons and daughters living here were with their father at the time of his death.
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