Obit: Pradt, Charles R. (1820 - 1898)

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----Sources: Colby Phonograph (Colby, Clark County, Wis.) 06/02/1898

Pradt, Charles R. (23 JUL 1820 - 23 MAY 1898)

Charles R. Pradt, an old and highly esteemed resident of this city and county, died at his home, corner of Seventh and Warren Streets, at 5:15 o’clock last evening, Monday, May 23, 1898, after a lingering illness. His death was not unexpected, for he had been gradually growing weaker and weaker until at last he dropped off like one falling quietly asleep. He was a man of wonderful constitution and up within an hour previous to his death he was fully conscious and talked with those about him.

Charles Rollin Pradt was born July 23, 1820, at Winchester, New Hampshire. His father was Dr. Noah Pradt, a noted physician in his day, who moved his family to Rockingham, Vt., shortly after the birth of his son, Charles, and there the latter grew up to manhood. In 1844 he moved to Coudersport, Penn., and was there married to Esther Emmons on the 6th of January 1845. His business was that of Carpenter and builder. In 1858, they moved with their children to Wisconsin, and settled at Plymouth, Sheboygan Co., where his brother, Rev. John B. Pradt (afterwards assistant State Superintendent of public construction) was living. Shortly after the commencement of the Civil War, in Sept 1861, Mr. Pradt enlisted as a private in Co. H. 14th Wis. Infantry. He was with his regiment in the famous battle of Shiloh, in April 1862, and was taken sick a few days afterward. He was sent to the hospital and there remained until March 1863, when it was found he would die of disease if he remained longer, and was accordingly discharged. On account of his impaired health he removed from Plymouth to a farm near Glenbeulah, Sheboygan Co., in 1865. In 1872 he sold his farm and took a homestead in the town of Holton, Marathon Co., Wis., where he lived until 1885, when he gave up farming and bought a house and lot in the town of Wausau, just east of the city of Wausau. In 1896, he built a house in the city at the corner of Seventh and Warren Streets, where he lived until his death. For a number of years before his death he was deaf and three years prior, his eyesight failed entirely, and he became totally blind. He never recovered his health, shattered by his army life, and for many years suffered from disease of the digestive organs, which finally cause his death. He was a quiet, reserved man and made few acquaintances, especially in his latter years, being hampered by his infirmities, but without exception those who knew him valued him for his upright, honorable, reliable and manly character. He was indeed an honest man.

But one sister survives him out of a family of eight children, Mis Charlotte Pradt, who has had her home with him for several years past.

He leaves three children, Henry, whose home has always been with his parents, Louis, who is now living at Washington, D.C., having been appointed Assistant Attorney General of the United States, last June, and Walter, whose home is in Colby in this county, where he is engaged in the mercantile business.

The funeral will be held on Wednesday afternoon at 2 o’clock at the house, Rev. John A. Carr officiating.

God hat given the old man peace. (Wausau Pilot)

During the thirteen years Mr. Pradt and his family lived in the town of Holeton, Colby, Clark Co. was their business place, and consequently had an extensive acquaintanceship here, and all had the utmost respect and love for him. He will long live in the memories of the old settlers here and in Holeton.

Mrs. Pradt, his faithful consort for more that fifty-three years, survives him, and during his long illness was constantly at his bedside and ministered to his every want.



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