Obit: Theilig, Charles E. (1838 - 1928)

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----Source: Colby Phonograph (Colby, Wis.) 11/15/1928

Theilig, Charles E. (21 SEP 1838 - 5 NOV 1928)

Charles E. Theilig, one of the early settlers of this community (Colby, Wis.), died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Mary Erdmann, Nov. 5, 1928, old age being the cause of his departure to the distant shore. Funeral services were held at St. Paul's Lutheran Church at Green Grove, Clark County, Wis., Rev. Goetsch officiating, and interment made in the Green Grove Cemetery.

The deceased was born in Saxon, Germany, Sept. 21, 1838, thus reaching the age of ninety years, one month and fourteen days. He came to the U. S. when fourteen years of age and went directly to the town of Mosel in Sheboygan Co., Wis., where he remained until fifty-two years ago, when he came to this locality, and by hard work and privations, built a splendid farm. He was married to Barbara Sprengling Nov. 4, 1862, in Sheboygan, which union was blessed with eleven children.

Like all our early pioneers who came here when this was still a vast wilderness, he was a man of generous impulses and never forgot the hospitable ways of the pioneer. But now he is gone and another name is stricken from the ver lessening roll of our old settlers. How much this community owes him and such as he, it is impossible to estimate, though it would be a grateful task to trace his influence through some of the more direct channels. But it comes not within the scope of this brief article to do so. Suffice it to say that he lived nobly and died peacefully. The stern Reaper found him, "as a shock of corn, fully ripe for the harvest."



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