Obit: Werle, Philip H. (1855 - 1940)

Contact: Audrey Roedl

Surnames: Werle, Schultz, Dollhoph, Lulloff, Federman, Saliger, Kenninberg, Loose, Jewell, White, Witt, Gross, Clouse, Ratzburg, Fricke, Giese, Hales

----Sources: The Loyal Tribune (Loyal, Clark County, Wis.) 01/25/1940

Werle, Philip H. (6 Oct. 1855 - 18 Jan. 1940)

Philip H. Werle died at his home in the township of Loyal, Thursday, Jan. 18, 1940 at 12:15 P.M., at the age of 84 years, 3 months, and 12 days. Although he had suffered with a kidney ailment for the past four years, his final illness began Jan. 8, and pneumonia was the cause of his death.

Philip Werle, son of William and John Werle, was born in Washington County, Oct. 6, 1855. He moved with his parents to Manitowoc County and there received his education. He was one of a family of ten children. Later the family moved to Milwaukee. April 20 1871 he was married to Augusta Schultz. For about three years after marriage they made their home in Milwaukee where Mr. Werle worked at the carpenter trade. Two sons were born to Mr. and Mrs. Werle while in Milwaukee; and one son died there.

In 1879 MR. and Mrs. Werle obtained the piece of land in Loyal township which for over 60 years has been the family home and the birthplace of 7 of their children. They have seen the place develop from a piece of wild timber land to a splendid improved farm. Here their children grew to manhood and womanhood. Life to those pioneer days was far different from the life today. For several years Mr. Werle had to obtain the family supplies in Spencer, eleven miles away, and carry them home on his back.

Mr. Werle was an industrious worker, and for 20 years worked at logging and the carpenter trade while gradually developing his land to the point of making a living for the family. Progress was slow, but in the later years of his life Mr. Werle probably remembered with satisfaction the efforts which had obtained for them improved acres, a well-stocked farm and a comfortable home. Mr. and Mrs., Philip Werle have had the unusual privilege of together watching 14 wedding anniversaries pass by since they celebrated their golden wedding anniversary in 1925.

Mr. Werle was a good neighbor and held the respect and friendship of those who knew him. He was interested in the community, and in his younger days served years as path-master of his district. He enjoyed reading the Bible. Last fall he started reading the Old Testament, and had the satisfaction of finishing it before his last illness. To Mr. and Mrs. Werle have been born 9 children, 6 of whom are living: 3 sons Adolph of Kansas, Robert of Valley, Washington, and John of Dodson, Montana, and 3 daughters, Mrs. George (Lena) Dollhoph of Milwaukee, and Clara and Ella at home. Charles died in infancy, Edward died at Camp Custer, Battle Creek, Mich, in 1918 and Emma (Mrs. Frank Lulloff) died in 1928. Besides his 6 children Mr. Werle is survived by his wife, who is in very poor health, by 9 grandchildren, and 11 great grandchildren and by 4 sisters, Mrs. Christena Federman, Mrs. Minnie Saliger, Mrs. Louise Kenninberg, and Mrs. Lena Loose, all of Milwaukee.

Funeral services were conducted Monday at the home at 1:30 and at the Methodist church ay 2 P.M. The Rev. Orlando Jewell, pastor of the church, officiated.

A few days before his death Mr. Werle chose six friends to act as his pall-bearers. They were James White, Herbert White, August Witt, Fred Gross, Ira Clouse, and Oscar Ratzburg. The ladies who carried the flowers were Mrs. Herbert White, Mrs. George Fricke, Mrs. R. Giese, and Mrs. Roy Hales.

Interment was in the Loyal cemetery. Those from away who attended the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. George Dollhoph and son Lloyd of Milwaukee.



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