Obit: Happle, William (1848 - 1929)

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----Source: Colby Phonograph (Colby, Wis.) 01/24/1929

Happle, William (28 MAY 1848 - 16 JAN 1929)

William Happle, one of the old pioneers of Colby, Wis., passed away at the St. Francis Hospital at La Cross, Wednesday, Jan. 16, 1929, after an illness of two weeks, a slight stroke of paralysis and the flu being the cause of his departure to the distant shore. Impressive funeral services were held at the catholic Church Monday morning, Jan. 21st, Rev. Lachnit officiating, and interment was made in the Colby Catholic Cemetery.

The deceased was born in Germany May 28, 1848, thus reaching the age of eighty years, seven months and nineteen days. He came to this country when seven years of age and came to this locality (Colby, Wis.) fifty-two years ago and resided on his farm one mile east of Colby until about twenty years ago, when he moved to Colby. About a year ago he moved to La Crosse. He was married to Margaret Eisert about sixty years ago, to which union four children were born, one preceding him in death. The children still living are Mrs. P. L. Demmer, Centralia, Wash.; Peter Happle, Minneapolis; Mrs. Will Harry, Colby. His wife died sixteen years ago.

Those from out of town here for the funeral were Mrs. P. L. Demmer, Centralia, Wash; Adolph Demmer, Minneapolis; Mr. and Mrs. Peter Happle, Minneapolis.

Like most of our early pioneers, the deceased united sound sense with strong convictions, lived a fine Christian life and was highly respected by all who know him. His life work is done, and well done, and now, after life's duties and cares, he is at peaceful rest.



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