Obit: Zassenhaus, William (1838 - 1912)
Contact: Ann Stevens
Surnames: Zassenahus, Orth
----Source: Neillsville Times
(Neillsville, Clark County, Wis.) Mar 14, 1912
Zassenhaus, William (28 Dec 1838 - 9 Mar
Wm. Zassenhaus died last Saturday evening
at his home at Colby after an illness of 11 weeks duration.
Mr. Zassenhaus was born in Germany Dec. 28, 1838, the son of
Frederick and Louise Zassenhaus. He attended school until he
was 19 years of age, at which time he graduated in chemistry and
mining. He then served two years as a soldier, after which he
went to Australia and spent five years in the gold fields
there. In 1865 he returned to Germany and shortly after came
to the United States. For a short time he engaged in farming
in Iowa, but in 1866 he went to Superior, Wis., and engaged in
mining. For ten years following he was engaged in the copper
mines of Michigan, with the exception of a year spent in Nevada
silver mines. In 1877 Mr. Zassenhaus came to Clark county and
settled in the town of Green Grove, where he started the first
store and post office in the town, there being only four settlers
there at that time. He conducted the store and farm until in
1889 when he was elected register of deeds of Clark county, which
position he held for 8 years.
Mr. Zassenhaus was married in 1866 to
Miss Marie Orth and to this union eight children were born, namely:
Louise, Joseph, Agnes, Helena, William, Mary, Clara and
Frederirk. At the conclusion of his term of office as
register of deeds, Mr. Zassenhaus and family returned to Green
Grove, where they resided until about three years ago, when they
moved to Colby to make their home.
Mr. Zassenhaus has always been a
prominent figure in Clark county progress and politics. He
represented the town of Green Grove on the county board for many
years, and upon his taking up his residence in Colby he was
compelled to represent that city upon the board. His life as
a public servant was characterized by conscientious and
conservative action, but at all times he was progressive and was an
urgent advocate for anything that would make for the improvement
and growth of the county. He was a kindly and charitable
gentleman whose time and influence was often used for the benefit
of his fellow man. Mr. Zassenhaus was also imbued with a keen
sense of humor, which served to brighten a life which was spent in
the rigorous performance of duty and obligation. He was truly
one of God’s noblemen, and his death will be sincerely
mourned in all quarters of Clark county.
Mr. Zassenhaus was laid to rest Tuesday morning at Colby and the funeral was largely attended by his sorrowing friends.
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