Obit: Dins, Fred (1854 - 1931)

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----Sources: COLBY PHONOGRAPH (Colby, Clark County, Wis.) 03/19/1931

Dins, Fred (15 Dec. 1854 - 15 Mar. 1931)

Mr. Fred Dins, one of the early settlers of this section, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Louise Schultz, Sunday morning at 5:30, diabetic coma being the cause of his departure to the distant shore. Funeral services were held at the Zion’s Lutheran church Wednesday afternoon at 2:00 o’clock, Rev. O. Hoffmann officiating, and internment was made in the Colby cemetery. The pall bearers were August Stock, W. F. Schwantes, Julius Kobs, Fred Kobs, Wm. Strathman and Fred Grambort.

The deceased was born December 15th, 1854, in Pommern, Germany, thus reaching the age of seventy-six years and three months. He came to the United States with his parents when thirteen years of age. He was married to Otilia Radtke at Fond du Lac, Wis., where both were employed, on January 1st, 1880. In January, 1880, they moved to this section and settled on a track of wild land which is now the Otto Dins farm. At that time, this was still a dense forest, but, by hard work and privations, built this splendid farm. After this farm was cleared, they cleared what is now the Albert Dins farm. Each farm consists of 100 acres. They celebrated their golden wedding anniversary on January 1st, 1930, but on December 29, 1930, Mrs. Dins preceded her husband in death.

In the early days, there were no fine roads as we have them now and provisions had to be carried home over a trail through the woods. Like most farmers of the time, they started out with but one cow, which, for the most part, served the purpose of a family cow. The greatest income from the farm came from the sale of logs and wood, several large saw mills being in this section at the time.

Mr. Dins leaves to survive him 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, one great grandchild and one sister, Mrs. Ernestina Miller of Fond du Lac.

Mr. Dins had always been a good Christian and a faithful member of the Zion’s Ev. Lutheran church. He filled the various relations in life well and never forgot the hospitable ways of the early pioneer. His cheerful disposition remained with him until his death, although he had been suffering from diabetes the past several years, and recently was at the Marshfield hospital for medical treatment for two weeks. Saturday evening, he went to bed as usual, but, during the night, he was stricken with diabetic coma, from which he did not come out of and caused his death.

The out of town relatives here for the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. Carl Dins, Mr. Henry Dins and Mrs. Otto Friburg of Fond du Lac.



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