Alfred (1868 - 1937)
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Surnames: CASTNER DAVIS WILLIS DUTCHER
----Sources: The Loyal Tribune 11 November 1937
Castner, Alfred (26 JUN 1868 - 1 NOV 1937)
Monday afternoon, November 1, 1937, Alfred Castner, age 69 years, was killed instantly when struck by a swiftly passing car on the highway west of Loyal.
Mr. Castner was born June 26, 1868 near Tomah, in the town of Greenfield, Monroe County. When two years of age, he was brought by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Castner, to Loyal, spending their first night in this vicinity under the protection of an old pine tree. With the exception of four years spent in Hazelhurst, Mr. Castner has lived practically his entire life in Loyal and vicinity. He spent brief periods working for his brother George as bookkeeper on the Railroad, and in a land office in the state of Washington.
He was a student in the Teacher’s Training School at Stevens Point, and taught several schools around Loyal, two of which were the Cole and the Mack schools. He was also a graduate of the Wisconsin Business University at La Crosse, Wisconsin. Other activities of his versatile life were painting and interior decorating and clerking in retail stores. For several years he was assessor of the Village of Loyal.
November 15, 1888 he was united with the Methodist Church here. After having withdrawn for a period he reunited with the church in 1928, where he has since served as a faithful and devoted member, having been Superintendent of the Sunday School, a teacher of the Men’s Bible Class, and a member of the Official Board of the Church. He was also a member of the Odd Fellows Lodge at Neillsville, Wis.
He was united in marriage to Martha Davis of Granton, July 5, 1905. Mr. Castner is survived by his wife; two sisters, Mrs. Mary Willis of Everett, Washington and Alvina (Mrs. William Dutcher) of Rapid River, Michigan and two brothers: Albert, a twin brother, and Daniel, both of Loyal. He was preceded in death by his brother George, and a sister, Frona, the wife of Dr. J. A. L. Bradfield.
Mr. Castner was one that enjoyed life. He was fond of out-door life, friendships, meant much to him, his work also bro’t him pleasure but his home and his service for his church and his God were the sources of his greatest delight and though he will be missed in many ways by young and old it will be the vacant place in the home and church that will most often bring him back in memory.
Funeral services were held in the Methodist Church Thursday P. M. with Rev. R. J. Fleming officiating. Interment was in the Loyal Cemetery.
Pall bearers were Mr. Ray Prior, Mr. O. W. Trindal, Mr. Herbert White, Me\r. Andrew Lewis, Mr. Fred Draper, and Mr. O. D. Poulton.
The beautiful floral offerings were in charge of his nieces and great-nieces, Mrs. Chet Berg, Mrs. Elva McNamara, Mrs. Dan Wolters, Miss Grace Castner, Miss Grace Kauffman and Miss Lillian Boe.
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