Obit: Thur, Fred (1845 - 1905)

Contact:  Vickie

----Source: The Fairchild Observer


Fred Thur, Sr. died last Friday after 24 hours illness, aged about 60 years. While driving home from town Thursday noon, he suffered a paralytic stroke, pitching from his wagon headlong to the ground, striking with great force and begin greatly injured. He was picked up by friends who saw him fall and taken home. He regained consciousness for a brief period but it was seen that he could not recover, and he passed away at 2 o'clock Friday afternoon. The funeral services were held Monday afternoon at the German Lutheran church, Rev. B. F. Laukandt conducting. A great concourse of people, in nearly 80 vehicles, were in line from the home to the church, and at the conclusion of the services followed their friend to his resting place, which had been made beautiful with flowers deposited by many who knew and admired the man who had gone. If Fred Thur had an enemy that one must be far away, for the many who have know him and his work for a generation testify to his manly qualities and kindness of heart. He was one of nature's noblemen-true in every walk of life, above pettiness, full of good works, ever ready to aid another in distress. It is worth a life of sacrifice and self-denial to win at the end the great esteem to which Mr. Thur has been held. The Observer has been unable to secure the facts as to Mr. Thur's life, but hopes to give an outline later.

(Vickie adding: Parents John Thur and Maria Rohrdanz. Known siblings: Wihlmina, Caroline - married names Maves, Draheim, Miller; John Thur, Sophia Frank)



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