George M. (1841 - 1926)
Surnames: ANDREWS SCHWAGER KUGHENBAKER GANSEL
----Sources: HUMBIRD ENTERPRISE (Humbird, Clark County, Wis.) 01/16/1926
Andrews, George M. (7 MAY 1841 - 6 JAN 1926)
George Michael Andrews was born in Bavaria May 7, 1841, and died at his home in Humbird (Clark Co., Wis.) on Jan. 6, 1926, after several weeks illness of dropsy and complications, aged 81 years, 7 months and 29 days.
Of his early life not much is known. The family came to America and settled in this vicinity in the late ‘50s, and since 1859, the subject of this sketch had resided here, with the exception of five years spent at South Shore, S.D., and a short while at Golden Lake, this state, following his first marriage. He was engaged with the Ebert family in the brewing business for a number of years. Later he engaged in the liquor business which he continued until his retirement. Mr. Andrews learned the carpenter trade and several of the older residents in the village were erected by him.
Mr. Andrews was twice married, his first wife being Miss Frederike Wilhelmina Schwager. Their wedding occurred on June 18, 1868. To this union were born two daughters, one of whom now lives in Delta, Colo., and the other at Seattle, Wash. The mother died five years after their marriage, on Sept. 22, 1873. The following year Mr. Andrews was united in marriage with Miss Friederike Kughenbaker of Humbird. One son, George Ernest, was born to this union, bu the little one was not to be spared for a blessing to his parents, he passing away on March 25, 1877.
For twenty-five years or more, Mr. Andrews has lived in retirement. He devoted his time to different hobbies, one of which was invention of a most efficient rat and mouse trap. He had quantities manufactured, but lacking the facilities of marketing, the sales were mostly local. There are still many of these traps in use in this vicinity. Mr. Andrews was of an unassuming nature, but many tell of his numerous quiet acts of kindness and assistance to others in the pioneer days of this vicinity.
He leaves to mourn his death, the wife, who has been his companion through the struggles of fifty-one years, and who is in enfeebled health is left to complete the journey of life alone. He is also survived by the daughters above mentioned, who were unable to be here when the last sad rites were spoken; there is also one sister surviving him, Mrs. C.T. Gansel, who is spending the winter with her son at Brady, Texas.
Burial services were held at the M.E. Church last Friday afternoon, Rev. L.L. Litchfield officiating, and interment was in the Houghtonburg Cemetery.
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