Obit: Dins, Otilia (1859 - 1931)

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----Sources: COLBY PHONOGRAPH (Colby, Clark County, Wis.) 01/01/1931

Dins, Otilia (25 July 1859 - 29 Dec. 1930)

Mrs. Fred Dins, one of the early settlers of this community, died suddenly Monday evening, at 6:30, apoplexy being the cause of her departure. Funeral services will be held at the house at 1:30 P.M. Thursday, Jan. 1st, and at the Zion Ev. Lutheran church at 2:00 P.M. Rev. Hoffmann officiating. Mrs. Dins had just finished her supper Monday evening when she was suddenly stricken with a stroke of apoplexy, fell off the chair on which she was sitting, and died instantly. She had not been ailing and had been doing her housework right along although she had a high blood pressure the past two years. Monday afternoon, she thought she had a cold coming on. Her maiden name was Otilia Radtke.

Mrs. Dins was born in West Prussia, Germany, July 25th, 1859, thus reaching the age of seventy-one years, five months and four days. She was married to Mr. Dins at Fond du Lac, Wis., January 1st, 1880, where they were both employed. In January, 1880, they moved to this section and settled on a track of land which is now the farm of their son, Otto Dins. At that time, this was still a dense forest, but by hard work and privations, built this splendid farm. After the farm was cleared, they cleared what is now the farm of their youngest son, Albert Dins. Each of the two farms consist of 100 acres. In 1917 they moved to the city and have lived here ever since. On January 1, 1930, Mr. and Mrs. Dins celebrated their golden wedding anniversary.

At that time there were no fine roads as we have now and provisions had to be carried home over a trail through the woods. Later, when the land became more settled, the mode of conveyance was by the use of oxen and jumpers. Still later, steers were used and then, a number of years after that, horses were purchased. The greatest income from the farm in the early days came from the sale of logs and wood, several large saw mills being in this section at that time.

Mrs. Dins departure to the distant shore is mourned by her husband, two sons and four daughters - Otto Dins, Albert Dins, Mrs. W. K. Staffeil, Mrs. Walter Wiersig, Mrs. Louise Schultz and Mrs. Wm. Ebert, Jr. Also twenty-one grand children and one brother, Charles Radtke.

Mrs. Dins had always been a faithful member and active worker of the Zion Ev. Lutheran church and member of the Lutheran Sewing Society. Her cheerful disposition won for her many friends, especially in these organizations, and she will be sadly missed by her many friends in addition to the immediate members of her family.



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