Obit: Wigstadt, Ben (1890 - 1950)

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Surnames: Wigstadt, Baumer, Ruesch, Plochocki

----Sources: Colby Phonograph (Colby, Clark County, Wis.) 05/11/1950

Wigstadt, Ben (3 May 1890 - 3 May 1950)

Stetsonville, Wisconsin - Ben Wigstadt, a town of Mayville, Clark county, Wisconsin resident all of his life, was electrocuted last week Wednesday about 10 o’clock on his sixtieth birthday while engaged in repairing a well at the north limits of this village.

The auger on the well digger he was helping to operate came in contact with a high tension wire on the farm occupied by Mrs. Joseph Plochocki.

Wigstadt, a bachelor, was assisting Herman Baumer, owner of the property, in cleaning and enlarging the well when he was electrocuted. Baumer, who was near-by, was badly burned and is a patient at the Medford hospital.

Four sisters and four brothers survive Wigstadt.

David Ruesch, Taylor county coroner, declared the death was apparently accidental and that there would be no inquest. Death, he added, was instantaneous.



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