Obit: Degener, Albert (? - 1958)


Contact: Dolores Mohr Kenyon


Surnames: Degener, Carlton, Walter, Thrun, Prust, Walk, Gibson, Schewe  

----Source: Clark County Press (Neillsville, Clark Co., WI.) May 22, 1958 

Degener, Albert (? - 14 or 21 May 1958) 

Albert Degener, 88, died at 12:20 Wednesday morning at Memorial Hospital after a lingering illness.  Mr. Degener, a former merchant at Chili and Neillsville, was born in Germany, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Degener, coming to America as a young man. 

He was married to Hulda Carlton, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Otto Walter, on January 30, 1901, with the Rev. Mr. Thrun, pastor of St. John’s Lutheran Church, Neillsville, officiating.  The marriage was performed in the St. John’s Lutheran parsonage located at the comer of Oak and 4th streets, which residence is now occupied by the Rev. and Mrs. Alfred Schewe.  On January 30th of this year the Degener’s celebrated their 57th wedding anniversary. 

The newly weds took the midnight train to Chili, where an apartment had been provided in the rear of a building owned by Henry Prust.  It was in this Prust building, at Chili, that Carl and Paul Walk of Neillsville had opened a store and in May, 1900, Albert Degener was assigned to manage it. 

In 1904, Mr. and Mrs. Degener purchased the Tom Gibson hardware store which they operated in Chili until 1926 when they moved to Neillsville.  Mr. Degener operated a hardware store on 7th Street, Neillsville, a few years and served for a period as janitor at St. John’s Lutheran Church.  He had been in failing health for a number of years.  Mr. and Mrs. Degener have made their home at 24 Grand Avenue, Neillsville, for many years.  Mrs. Degener survives him.  



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