Obit: Brandstedter, Charles (1859 - 1926)
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----Sources: HUMBIRD ENTERPRISE (Humbird, Clark County, Wis.) 08/21/1926

Brandstedter, Charles (6 FEB 1859 - 19 AUG 1926)

The community was grieved Thursday morning when it was learned that Chas. Brandstedter had fallen downstairs about midnight and received a fractured skull, death ensuing in about half an hour. The first either his wife of daughter knew of the accident was when awakened by hearing him strike the floor in the lower hall. Assistance was summoned immediately, but he expired without regaining consciousness.

Mr. Brandstedter retired about the usual hour, between 11:30 and 12:00, had arisen without awakening his wife or daughter, and started presumably to the bathroom, which is at the head of the stairs. It is thought a misstep carried him to his death at the foot of the stairs.

Mr. Brandstedter was 67 years old last February, and was born on the old homestead west of town, and has always lived in this community. Upwards of thirty years ago he moved into the village, after having lived in Fairchild for awhile and Neillsville, and took the Geo. Crandell Store. This he built up to a leading store of the section.. He was always courteous and accommodating and his friends extended as wide as his acquaintanceship.

Mr. Brandstedter was a member of the Modern Woodmen, and has been clerk of Mound Camp for more than twenty years. He was a competent official in that organization.

Funeral services are to be held in the St. Joseph’s Catholic Church at Fairview, of which Mr. Brandstedter was a member, and burial will be in the family plot in Mentor Cemetery, besides his daughter Elsie, who passed away several years ago.

(Follow on in 8/28/1926 Humbird Enterprise)

Charles Brandstedter, one of a family of fourteen children, was born to John and Mary Brandstedter, in the town of Cleveland, Jackson Co., Wis., Feb 6, 1859, and passed away at his home in the village of Humbird (Clark Co., Wis.) on August 19, 1926, aged 67 years, 6 months and 13 days.

Mr. Brandstedter spent his childhood and early youth on the home farm. As a young man he became a member of St. Joseph’s Church, Fairview, to the doctrine of which he was truly devoted and he remained always steadfast and faithful to his religious avowals. When seventeen years old he entered a store in the capacity of clerk, an occupation which greatly attracted him, and he continued to follow the mercantile business, with but one interruption, as a life vocation.

On Oct. 4, 1887, he was married at Fairview to Miss Anna Hein of Humbird. They made their first home in Fairchild, where Mr. Brandstedter was employed in the mercantile business. In 1890 they moved to Neillsville, where he had employment in the furniture factory, but in 1897 the family returned to Fairchild and he resumed his work in the store. In 1901, he purchased the Geo. W. Crandell General Store in Humbird, where the family home has since been maintained.

Mr. Brandstedter is survived by his wife, two daughters, Mrs. Mayme Fristad, and Rozella Brandstedter, both of Humbird; four brothers, John and Frank of Fairchild, Matt of Altoona, and Joseph of Los Angeles, Calif.; six sisters, Mrs. Dena Schlicter, Mrs. Theresa Bever, Fairchild, Mrs. Lizzie Gooder, Mrs. Kate Engel, Mrs. Minnie Quirk, Minneapolis, and Mrs. Emma Lubinski of Mondovi. Two brothers, Nicholas and George, and one sister, Mrs. Melchior, preceded him in death. A great sadness came into his life when the Sable Messenger removed from his own family circle, his daughter Elsie, a young lady of 21 yeas, on Jan. 27, 1912.

One may read the life of Mr. Brandstedter almost as clearly as an open book. For the past quarter of a century he has conducted his business here so carefully and well that he won the confidence and esteem of his business associates and of the general public. Never did he permit outside affairs to interfere with the duties which he felt were due the public. Yet he found time to devote himself generously to the upbuilding of the community and took much interest, in his unassuming manner, in public affairs. For many years he served as town treasurer of the town of Mentor, and discharged the duties incident to that responsible position to the entire satisfaction of all. For many years, too, and up to the time of his death, he was clerk of Mound Camp No. 2430 M.W.A. Here he rendered efficient and painstaking service, and was ever alert in promoting the welfare of the Camp.

Mr. Brandstedter’s earthy journey is finished. In the business life of the community, in the lives of a host of warm friends, and deep in the hearts of those within his family circle, his untimely departure means a great and irreparable loss. In this dark hour there goes to the bereaved ones almost involuntarily a united message of sincerest sympathy.

Funeral services were held Saturday forenoon at St. Joseph’s Church, Rev. Fr. Raschke offering solemn high mass. Many relatives and friends came from other places to attend the last rites, and the Woodmen Camp, attending in a body, acted as escort from the home to the church and cemetery. Burial was in Mentor Cemetery.

The esteem in which the deceased was held in the community was marked by the many floral emblems and wreathes which covered his final resting place.



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