Natalia (1847 - 1935)
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Surnames: Drescher, Keke, Klinkert, Pohlcamp, White
----Sources: Neillsville Press (Neillsville, Clark County, Wis.) 4 April 1935
Drescher, Natalia (26 Aug. 1847 - 29 March 1935)
Natalia Keke was born in Orlamunda, Saxon Altenburg, Germany, on Aug. 26, 1847, and died at her home in Neillsville, Wis., on Friday evening, March 29, 1935, aged 87 years, seven months and three days.
The first years of her life were spent in Germany. In the summer of 1871, she came to this country, and in August of the same year she was married to Frank Drescher at Farmington, Wis. Together they came to Clark County and settled in the Town of Grant.
At first they made their home with his parents, but soon they rented land and made their own way. A little later they bought land in the Town of Grant and cleared it, knowing the experiences of real pioneer life, as they built a home for themselves and raised a family.
Seven children were born to them, four boys, Oscar, Alfred, Arthur and Arnold, all of the Town of Grant, and three daughters, Clara, who lived with her mother in Neillsville, Sarah, Mrs. Louis Klinkert of Racine, Wis., and Ida, Mrs. Henry Pohlcamp of Watertown, Wis.
The Dreschers were a very industrious people, strong, not only in body, but also in spirit. They knew how to preserver in the face of hardships, and to find joy in worthy achievements.
Not content with clearing one farm, they sold this and bought land further west in the Town of Grant, and one mile south of the Ridge Church. Here again they cleared the land and built the home where their son, Arthur, lives.
With all the sacrifice and self denial which they experienced, they were folk who found time for the worship of God both in public and private. They were members of the Evangelical Church for some years and then with its passing, they became faithful members of the Methodist Church on the Ridge. With all of their responsibilities, they were able to fine time every morning for family worship, when the father read a portion of scripture from the family Bible and led in prayer. This fortified them morally and spiritually and gave to their sons and daughters a wealth that can never be entirely lost. Mrs. Drescher never forsook this practice, and found God’s word her meat and drink, a lamp unto her feet and a light unto her path.
As her children recount the moral and spiritual life of their parents, it is to realize that they practiced the presence of God and lived the Christian life they professed.
Mr. and Mrs. Drescher retired in the year 1917 and moved to Neillsville, Wis. In 1921, Mr. Drescher passed on to his reward, and since then Mrs. Drescher has lived with her daughter, Clara.
Mrs. Drescher’s life was long and useful, and not until the very last few days before her death was she compelled to take to her bed. Finally, powers of body were suddenly broken, and she was called to her heavenly home.
Mrs. Drescher is survived by her seven children, named above, nine grandchildren, and also by many close friends.
Funeral services were conducted at the Neillsville Methodist Church on Monday afternoon, April 1, at ? o’clock, Rev. P. B. White officiating, and burial took place in the Grant Cemetery.
So fades a summer cloud away, so sinks the gale when storms are near so gently shuts the eye of day; so dies a wave along the shore, a holy quiet reigns around, a calm which life nor death destroys; and naught disturbs that peace profound which the unfettered soul enjoys.
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