Obit: Grashorn, Carl (1851 - 1925)

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Surnames: Grashorn, Keller, Washburn, Dohrmeyer, LeBoutollier, Wittke, Sauson

----Source: Greenwood Gleaner (Greenwood, Clark Co., Wis.) (28 May 1925)

Grashorn, Carl (13 MAR 1851 - MAY 1925)

Carl Grashorn, a former resident of Greenwood (Clark Co., Wis.), died in the southern part of the state last week. Mr. Grashorn resided here for several years, owning what is now the Keller farm.

The Mayville News has the following account of his death:

"The many friends of the Carl Grashorn family were severely shocked Monday to learn of the sudden death of Mr. Grashorn Monday afternoon about three o'clock.

Mr. Grashorn has accompanied his son Carl and wife and their four-year-old son of Chicago, who were visiting with the parents, on a motor trip to the Grashorn farm, near Horicon Marsh in the town of Chester. The son and his wife left the father to gather wild flowers in the neighborhood while Mr. Grashorn and his grandson rested in the car under a blooming apple tre. About an hour later the young couple returned and were informed by their son that grandpa was sleeping. The son, upon looking into the car, found his father reclining in one corner of the rear seat of the car, apparently fast asleep. On closer examination however, he found that his father had passed away in death.

A physician was called from Horicon, who could do nothing for him but substantiate the sad fact. Heart trouble, from which he had been ailing for some time, had ended his long useful life

Carl Gerhard Grashorn was born in Grand Duchy Oldenburg 74years ago, on March 13th, 1851. On June 1st 1871 the Grashorn's landed in this country and came directly to Mayville. Later they moved onto a farm between this city and Horicon.

In the years 1884 Mr. Grashorn established what was probably the first creamery in Dodge County, and for a number of years his tank wagon gathered the cream from farmers for miles around, which was later turned into the finest butter. It is largely due to his enterprises that farmers in this vicinity took more extensively to dairying, cattle and hog raising and consequently became more prosperous here that elsewhere.

On Sept. 1st, 1886 he was united in marriage to Miss Frieda Washburn of Horicon. This union was blessed with four daughters and three sons. Besides his widow, he is survived by the following children: Leo at Kalamazoo, Mich., Robert in Indianapolis, Carl in Chicago, Laura, Mrs. Dohrmeyer, and Miss Frieda in Buflingale, Calif., and Lucile, Mrs. LeBoutollier in Nashville, Tenn. He was preceded in death by one daughter, Emilie, two years ago. Besides the above, he also leaves two sister, Mrs. Robert Wittke of this city and Mrs. Sauson in South Dakota.

In the year 1889 Mr. Grashorn leased his creamery to O.D. Naber, who conducted the same for two years. In the year 1904 Mr. Grashorn sold the creamery to Julius Falk and in 1908 the Grashorn's moved to a farm near Greenwood (Clark Co., Wis.). A few years later they sold their farm and moved to Chicago, later they moved to Paw Paw, Mich., and about six years ago the family returned to this state and have since made their home in Horicon.

Mr. Grashorn had many warm friends in this part of the county and always had a warm spot in his heart for Mayville, and his visits here were frequent as opportunity afforded. For man y years he was the treasurer of the Mayville Turnverein and also an enthusiastic member of the Mayville Maenerchor.

The funeral will be held from the late home in Horicon on Thursday afternoon at two o'clock. Interment will be in the family lot in Graceland Cemetery in this city.

 

 


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