Obit: Engeldinger, Peter P. (1851 - 1926)

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----Source: Colby Phonograph (Colby, Wis.) 03/04/1926

Engeldinger, Peter P. (24 AUG 1851 - 26 FEB 1926)

Peter Paul Engeldinger, one of the oldest pioneers of Colby, Wis., died at Marshfield Hospital last Thursday, Feb. 26, 1926, at the age of 74 years, 6 months and 1 day, of cancer dropsy, after an illness of three weeks. Funeral services were held at the Monday, March 1st, Rev. Lachnit officiating, and interment made in the Colby Catholic Cemetery.

The deceased was born in Manitowoc Co., Wis., Aug. 24, 1851. His father, Mathias Engeldinger, came from Germany. On June 29, 1875, he was married to Helena Eisert, daughter of Conrad Eisert, at Copperstown, Wis., and in 1877, he and his wife moved to this locality. This country, at that time, was still a vast wilderness, but, by hard work and privation, they built a splendid farm.

Besides his wife, three children mourn his departure to the undiscovered country, namely: Catherine Frane, Colby, Wis., Helen Dern, Wausau, Wis., and Sr. M. Fina, La Crosse, Wis. Also a niece, Mrs. August Stark, Wausau, a nephew, Peter Orth, Phillips, Wis., and a sister-in-law, Mrs. Heisler, Abbotsford, Wis.

His life work was done and well done and how much this community owes him, and such as he, is impossible to estimate, though it would be a grateful task to trace his influence through some of the more direct channels, to hold him up in these degenerate days, in his various characters of husband and father and of neighbor and friend. Suffice it to say, however, he lived nobly and died peacefully at an advanced age. The stern Reaper found him "as a shock of corn, fully ripe for the harvest."



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