Obit: Sternitzky, William August (1839 - 1922)

Contact: Crystal Wendt

Surnames: Sternitzky, Halleck, Hasz, Helm, Pusheck, Steinbach

----Source: Neillsville Press (Neillsville, Clark County, Wis.) Thursday, 12/28/1922

Sternitzky, William August (16 Dec. 1839 - 22 Dec. 1922)

William August Sternitzky who for the past 21 years had made his home with his brother Henry, in the town of Lynn, passed quietly away on Friday, December 22nd, following injuries received in an accident two weeks earlier. He reached the ripe old age of 83 years and 6 days.

Born in Germany December 16, 1839, Mr. Sternitzky came to the United States with his parents the following year. The first winter was spent at Buffalo, N. Y., and the following spring the family moved to Milwaukee, Wis., where they remained until 1856, when they came to Clark County. He may be thus considered on of the fist settlers in the town of Lynn. He was then but a boy of 17, but did his share in the early pioneer work in helping to convert the them primitive wilderness to the present well developed farms and fields. Mrs. Sternitzky was one of the few remaining veterans of Civil War. Answering the call of President Lincoln, he enlisted at Black River Falls, October 19, 1861, was mustered into service at Fond du Lac January 30, 1862, and served as Corporal in Co. I, 14th Reg. Wis. Inf. Volunteers. On April 7, 1862, he was severely wounded in the left arm in the battle of Shiloh, and after a few months in the hospital, was discharged for disability at Hamburg, Tenn., by order of General Halleck. Following his discharge, he went to St. Louis for a few years, returning to Clark County in 1864. In 1866 he went to Chicago and from there followed the call to the West, residing for various periods of time in California, Arizona, ad Washington. In 1901, he returned to Clark County, since which time he has made his home in the town of Lynn on the farm of his brother Henry.

Five brothers and two sisters have preceded him in death. Two brothers, Ernest and Henry, both of the town of Lynn, together with a large circle of nephews and nieces here, in Ashland county, Wis., and in St. Louis, Mo., survive.

Uncle William, as he was familiarly known by most everyone, will be much missed. His kindly disposition, genial smile and jovial manner won ready friends wherever he went. Up to the time of his accident he was very spry for his age and took part in many of the activities about the farm and in social life.

Funeral services were held at the Mapleworks German Luth. Church Tuesday December 26th, Rec. M. Hasz officiating, with interment with military honors in charge of Granton Post of the American Legion, in the church cemetery. Six of his nephews carried him to his last resting place Willie, Ed. And Fred Sternitzky, Fred Helm, Adolph Pusheck and Phillip Steinbach.



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