Obit: Schuelke, Carl (1854 - 1921)

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----Source: Clark County Republican & Press (Neillsville, Wis.) 10/20/1921

Schuelke, Carl (3 MAR 1854 - 12 OCT 1921)

Carl Schuelke, on of Neillsville, Clark County Wis. best known and respected citizens, died at his home in this city on Wednesday, Oct. 12, 1921. About two years ago Mr. Schuelke was quite sick and underwent an operation at Rochester, which restored him to health again. About two months ago the old difficulty returned in such a form that no surgical relief was found possible, and he gradually grew weaker until he died. Mr. Schuelke was born in Germany March 3, 1854. In 1873, when a young man 19 years of age, he came to America and found employment in a lumber yard in Chicago. After working one year in Chicago, he came to Clark County. Those were hard times financially in this country and Mr. Schuelke was practically penniless when he arrived here. He went to work handling lumber for Mr. Boardman, later working in the harvest fields. He also did carpenter work or anything else he could find to do. In 1877 he bought 40 acres of land in Section 23, town of Grant. On March 29, 1878 he was married to Matilda Lautenbach of the town of Grant, and they began the hard struggle of developing a farm. By hard and honest labor they succeeded from this small beginning to convert the woods into fertile fields, and add to their possessions until they became owners of 44o acres and one of the finest farm residences was erected. Mr. Schuelke soon came to be counted among the reliable and substantial men of his town, was elected to school district and township office, taking an active part in public affairs generally. In the mercantile business in Granton, but for the most part his success had come through farming.

In Oct. 1917 he moved to Neillsville and purchased a home where he has since resided.

Mr. Schuelke was a man of whom it is not possible to speak too highly his absolute honesty, his industry, his helpfulness as a neighbor, his kindness as a husband and father, all mark him as a type of the highest class of citizen.

Deceased leaves his wife and ten children: Anna, Mrs. Henry Zahnzinger of Waukesha; August, Herman and Alfred at Wisconsin Rapids; Laura, Mrs. Henry Paape, of Milwaukee; Carl at Cobb, Wis.; William at Barneveld, Wis.; and Amanda and Alma at home. All his children were at his bedside before he died. He leaves also a sister, Mrs. George Martin of the town of Hewett and 14 grandchildren. The funeral was held Saturday afternoon at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Rev. H. Brandt officiating, and was attended by a very large number of friends and neighbors from the city and country around.



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