Obit: Sindler, Charles (1884 - 1955)
Contact: Dolores Mohr Kenyon
Surnames: Sindler, Sindelar, Sharp, Schulte,
Brani, Monick, Leketas, Schoen, Bush, Eggiman, Dobes, Bergemann,
----Source: Clark County Press (Neillsville,
Clark Co., WI.) June 30, 1955
Sindler, Charles (2 November 1884 - 25 June
Grandson Sent for Help; is too late - Charles
Sindler, 70, Had buyer coming Sunday; planned chicken
Brown Swiss bull that mauled to death Charles Sindler, Sr., 70, on
his Levis Township farm Saturday evening would have been gone from
the farm 24 hours later had events taken their planned
During the day Mr. Sindler made an appointment
with a cattle buyer to inspect the herd Sunday morning, for it was
his intention to quit dairying in favor of raising
Sunday was too late.
was attacked shortly after six o’clock as he went to drive
the cows into the barn. His calls to his grandson, Harold Sharp,
16, of Chicago, brought the lad from the creek, a short distance
away. After opening the barn doors for his grandfather (and
being a stranger to the cattle), he had gone to nearby Rock Creek
to wash the barn dirt from his hip boots.
Clung to Ring:
Hearing his grandfather’s call, Harold said
he ran toward the pasture. His grandfather was on knees, but
had the bull by the ring with his right hand. At Mr.
Sindler’s instruction, Harold grabbed a short piece of rope
made from several strands of binder twine and tried to pass it
through the ring; but there was not room enough for both fingers
bull swung to the side and sent Harold sprawling against the nearby
fence. But Mr. Sindler held tight to the ring, and held the
animal’s head low.
was then, Harold related, that he started after help at his
grandfather’s instruction. Hip boots and all, he ran to
Sindler’s pickup truck and drove down the winding driveway
toward the road. The truck became stuck once. Harold
freed it. Then it became stuck again and he couldn’t get it
Fails to find help:
ran to the old Henry Schoen farm, across the town road and a little
distance from the Sindler place. The house there has been
occupied by a couple of young men pulling moss in the area.
Harold’s shouts failed to raise them. So he struck out for
the Glenn bush farm, a mile or more along the
about 300 yards from his grandfather’s farm Ray Eggiman of
Neillsville, a county highway worker, came upon him from the
rear. Harold stopped him; said a bull had his grandfather
down. Eggiman backed his car to the Sindler driveway and
sent Harold for a pitch fork, and he ran to the spot where the bull
was. Picking up a fence brace on the way, Eggiman used it as
a club to beat off the bull. But his arrival was too
late. Mr. Sindler had been crushed about the chest and
Eggiman said he could feel no
Drove boy up tree:
When Harold arrived with the fork he instructed
the lad in the use of it, and told him to take to a nearby tree if
the bull came too close. Then he drove to the Bush place to
call officers and a physician.
Shortly after Eggiman left, Harold related, the
bull started after him. He went up the tree, and the bull
kept him three until Eggiman returned, with Bush driving close
Harold was sent for a gun and returned with a .22
caliber rifle, the only gun in the house, and some cartridges. Bush
fired at the bull, but missed. The enraged animal disappeared into
few minutes later Undersheriff Frank Dobes, Coroner John Bergemann
and two physicians arrived. The had to tip a disc on its side
to remove Mr. Sindler from beneath. Mr. Sindler was brought
interesting sidelight was provided by Ernest Ulrich, chairman of
the Town of Levis, and Elmer Filitz, a member of the town
board. They drove to the Sindler farm to take care of the
milking. When they arrived the bull was in the
Within two minutes, Mr. Ulrich said, the bull had
worked himself into a lather and started to charge the Ulrich
car. Mr. Ulrich drove out of the way.
those two minutes preceding the charge on his car, Mr. Ulrich said,
the bull had generated "a bushel of foam around his nose." He
said that in all his farm experience he had never seen a bull as
Officers made an effort to corral the bull; but
he had gone into the nearby woods. The following morning they
went to the Sindler place anticipating a hunt and a battle; but
they found him in the barn with the cattle and calmed
considerably. He was loaded on a shipper’s truck and is
now becoming bologna.
attack of Mr. Sindler was the first such in Clark County in about
Young Sharp had arrived here from Chicago only
that morning. He had planned to stay for the summer and help
his grandfather make the transition from dairy farming to poultry
raising. Now that transition has been stopped and Harold is
much shaken by the experience.
Funeral services for Mr. Sindler were conducted
Wednesday from the Bergemann Funeral Home. The Rev. Fr. Peter
Leketas officiated and interment was made in St. Mary’s
general rosary was read Tuesday evening at the funeral
Sindler was born November 2, 1884, in New York City to the late Mr.
and Mrs. John Sindler (or Sindelar). When he was a small boy
his family moved to Chicago. He grew to manhood there and
worked on the railroad for 20 years. He ten moved to the farm
in Levis which had been his home for 35 years.
marriage to Minnie Schulte took place in Chicago in
Mr. Sindler is survived by his wife and the following children: Cpt. Milton Sindler with the armed forces in Japan; Mrs. Mildred Sharp, Chicago; Charles Sindler, Jr. Chicago; M/Sgt. Clarence Sindler, with the armed forces in Alaska; two sisters, Mrs. Mary Brani of Chicago and Mrs. Fannie Monick of Quincy, Ill.: and six grandchildren.
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