Traugot (1851 - 1937)
Surnames: BLEICHROTH HOFFMANN KOBS WASCHOW GRANBORT HUDSON PURKIS
----Sources: Colby Phonograph (Colby, Clark County, Wis.) 01/14/1937
Bleichroth, Traugot (14 Dec. 1851 - 11 Jan. 1937)
Traugot Bleichroth, a prominent citizen of Colby for over fifty years, died Monday morning at ten o’clock, heart trouble being the cause of his departure to the heavenly goal. He was taken ill with the flu ten days previous to his death and then heart trouble set in, due, no doubt, to his advanced age. Funeral services will be held this Thursday afternoon at 1:30 at the residence and at 2:00 o’clock at the Zion Lutheran church, Rev. O. Hoffmann officiating, and internment will be made in the Colby cemetery.
The deceased was born in Bittenburg, near Erfurt, Saxony, Germany, on December 14th, 1851, thus reaching the age of eighty-five years and twenty-eight days. After learning the jewelry and watch repair business, he came to the United States in 1882 and lived in Taylor county until 1884 when he came to Colby and opened a jewelry store here which he conducted until the time of his illness. He was married to Minnie Kobs in Colby January 1, 1885. He is survived by his wife and three children - Anna Bleichroth of Colby, Frieda Bleichroth of Chicago and Helene Waschow of Chicago. Also four grand children. Two sons died in infancy.
The deceased was a good Christian and loyal citizen, always taking interest in the affairs of the community. He was a member of the Colby fire department for over forty years. He had passed his golden wedding day, which was celebrated Jan. 1, 1935, and had filled the various relations in life as son, husband, father, brother, friend, and filled them well.
----Sources: Colby Phonograph (Colby, Clark County, Wis.) 01/21/1937
Funeral services for Traugot Bleichroth, whose death was reported last week were held at the Zion Lutheran church last Thursday afternoon, Rev. O. Hoffmann officiating, and internment was made in the Colby cemetery. Nephews acted as pall bearers and were Gilbert Grambort and George, Fred, Norman, Harold and Herman Kobs. The Colby fire department of which the deceased was a member, acted as an escort from the residence to the church.
Out of town people here for the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Waschow and Miss Frieda Bleichroth of Chicago, Mr. and Mrs. Hugo Kobs of Granton, Herman Kobs, Jr., of Hilbert, Mr. and Mrs. Roy Hudson, Mrs. Elsie Purkis and Mrs. Herman Kobs, Sr., of Unity.
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