Obit: Meier, Herman Julius (1886 - 1958)

 

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Surnames: Meier, Kalpin, Ketelhut, Mathews, Seidelman, Ott, Jubeck, Scheeler, Warleben, Schoenherr, Maass, Pflughoeft, Peck, Blum, Luchterhand, Lautenbach, Schutte, Keller, Kaddatz, Schreiber 
 

----Source: Clark County Press (Neillsville, Clark Co., WI.) July 31, 1958 
 

Meier, Herman Julius (26 February 1886 - 27 July 1958) 
 

Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon from St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church for Herman Julius Meier, 72, Rt. 3, Neillsville, who died July 27, after suffering a heart attack July 15.  
 

The Rev. Lawrence Schreiber of Granton officiated.  Burial was made in the Levis Cemetery. 
 

Mr. Meier, son of the late William and Lena (Kalpin) Meier, was born February 26, 1886, in Clark County, and had been a lifelong resident.  He worked on farms and in the woods and lumbering camps during the winter months.  On June 2, 1909, he was married to the former Hattie Ketelhud (Ketelhut) at Neillsville.  Since 1912 they operated a farm, retiring six years ago due to ill health.  He had been a member of the school board for 15 years and had served as town constable for several terms. 
 

He is survived by his wife and two children: Robert of Britt, Ia., and Mrs. Lee (Hermina) Matthews of Alma Center.  Other survivors include a sister, Mrs. Lena Seidelman of Neillsville; a step-sister, Mrs. Ernest (Caroline) Ott, Neillsville; three brothers, Henry of Chicago, Ill., Adolph of Neillsville, and Albert of Wisconsin Rapids.  He also leaves two grandchildren and a great-grandchild.  
 

Funeral arrangements were made by the Georgas Funeral Home.   
 

Pallbearers were: Harold Ketelhud (Ketelhut), Louis Lautenbach, Henry and Alvin Schutte, Herbert Keller and Gustave Kaddatz.  Carrying flowers were: Mrs. Alvin Schutte, Mrs. Henry Schutte and Mrs. Louie Lautenbach. 
 

People from away attending were: Harold Ketelhud (Ketelhut) Mrs. Adele Jubeck and daughter, Milwaukee; Mr. and Mrs. Robert Meier and son, Britt, Ia.; Mr. and Mrs. Lee Mathews, Alma Center; Mrs. Mary Scheeler, Abbotsford; Mrs. William Warleben, Fond du Lac; Mr. and Mrs. Kurt Schoenherr, Columbus; Mr. and Mrs. Albert Meier,  Wisconsin Rapids; Mrs. William Maass, Miss Clara Pflughoeft and Mrs. Anna Peck, Marshfield; Mr. and Mrs. John Blum, Chippewa Falls; Mr. and Mrs. Charles Meier, Owen; Mr. and Mrs. Robert Luchterhand, Spencer. 

 

(Addendum by Don Schutte, Neillsville, Wis. 3/16/2010)

 

I KNEW HERMAN AND HATTIE MEIR IN THE 1940'S. WE LIVED ON A FARM ABOUT 5 MILES SOUTH OF NEILLSVILLE ON HY. 95. ON THE EAST SIDE OF HY. 95.  [NOW N2599 HY 95]. HERMAN AND HATTIE LIVED JUST NORTH ON THE WEST SIDE OF HY. 95. THEY HAD A SMALL WOOD FRAME HOUSE WITH A LIVING-DINNING ROOM DOWN AND 2 SMALL BEDROOMS UPSTAIRS.

A SMALL BARN AND MILKED 8-10 COWS. BY HAND OFF COURSE. HATTIE HAD CHICKENS AND WOULD RIDE TO TOWN WITH THE MILK HAULER JOE MAZOLA AND CASH IN HER EGGS FOR GROCERIES. MOST OF THE FOOD WAS CANNED, HOME GROWN FRUITS AND VEGIES.

ALL THE NEIGHBORS HAD CHIPPED IN FOR PIPE WRENCHES AND WELL PULLING TOOL AND OTHER WRENCHES NEEDED FOR WELL REPAIR. HERMAN WOULD DO WELL REPAIRS IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD WHEN NEEDED.

HERMAN AND HATTIE DIDN'T OWN A CAR. HERMAN DROVE THE NEIGHBORS CAR [JOHN TRINKNER] TO TOWN WHEN TRINKER NEEDED SUPPLIES. THAT WAS A 1931 CHEV. I THINK, WITH A TRUNK ON THE BACK. HERMAN AND HATTIE DIDN'T HAVE A RADIO AND WOULD WALK UP TO HIS SISTER LEANA'S AND HENRY SIEDELMAN ON TUESDAY NITE TO LISTEN TO  FIBER MCGEE AND MOLLY. THEY LIVED JUST PAST US AND UP A LONG DRIVEWAY. AND ALSO ALWAYS LISTENED TO THE JOE LOIS FIGHTS.

HERMAN HAD A BIG GAS HIT AND MISS ENGINE THAT RUN HIS SAW RIG. WE COULD HEAR IT START UP EVERY SO OFF

TEN IN THE WINTER WHEN THEY SAWED WOOD FOR THE HEATER AND COOK STOVE.

AFTER HERMAN PASSED AWAY, HATTIE RENTED A LITTLE HOUSE FROM MY FOLKS THAT WAS JUST SOUTH OF HATTIE AND HERMAN'S FARM.

HATTIE BABY SAT SOMETIMES FOR OUR SON WHEN HE WAS BORN IN 1952. THEY WERE ALSO ONE OF THE FAMILIES WHO JOINED A HALF-DOZEN OTHER NEIGHBORS TO CELEBRATE BIRTHDAYS AND PLAY SHEEPHEAD AND CONSUME A PONY OF BEER.

A GOOD TIME WAS ALWAYS ENJOYED BY ALL..

 

 


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