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Sigourney Review; Keswick News

November 30, 1927

Gottleib Schlaser was born in Saphleinburg, Germany, April 20, 1840, and passed from labor to reward November 19, 1927, aged 87 years, 6 months, and 19 days.

He came to America in September 1864, and located in Sigourney, Iowa. He moved to what is now the home place two and one fourth miles south and one mile west of Keswick during the winter of 1880, and since that time has made this his home. He has spent practically his entire life since coming to America in Keokuk county.

He was united in marriage to Caroline Miller March 7, 1870. To this union were born eight children, five sons and three daughters. His good wife preceded him in death some 12 years ago. The date of her death was November 10, 1915.

Those who survive are: Herman, the eldest son of Cathay, South Dakota; John and Henry, at home and William all of Keswick, Iowa. Mrs. Tena Durbin of Owen, Wis., and Mrs. Ida Beever of What Cheer, Ia. One son Samuel and one daughter Bertha passed away some years ago. There are also surviving twenty grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Ella, one of the grandchildren who has made her home with her grandfather since a babe of four months, has been her grandfather's housekeeper since the death of the grandmother in 1915. The two sons at home, John and Henry, have managed the farm and cared for their father in his declining days.

Father Schlaser was reared in a German Lutheran home, and taught the tenets of this religious faith. He was confirmed at an early age and remained true to his faith until death came and took him home. He was a good father, a fine neighbor, and leaves many friends who will greatly miss his going.

The funeral services were conducted by Rev. R. Underwood, pastor of the Keswick Methodist Protestant church, from the home, November 23. A quartette composed of W.C. Axmear, Rev. R. Underwood, Mrs. Mammie Hartzell, and Mrs. Lola Jones sang "Abide with Me" and "In the Sweet By and By." The minister used

Heb. 11:13 as a text, his subject being "A Stranger and a Pilgrim." The beautiful floral offerings were proof of the high regard with which this friend and neighbor was held in the hearts of the people who knew him. The pall bearers were Ben Junkins, Leo Duwe, John Raplinger, Henry Milburn, and Albert Brandenburg. The body now rests in the Johnson cemetery, awaiting the resurrection morn.

Card of Thanks

We wish to sincerely thank all our friends and neighbors for their kindness during the illness and death of our dear father, and also for the beautiful floral offerings.

Henry Schlaser
John Schlaser
Ella Schlaser (Granddaughter)
William Schlaser
Mrs. Tena Durbin
Mrs. Ida Beever



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