Obit: Frantz, George (1865 - 1953)
Contact: Dolores Mohr Kenyon
Surnames: Frantz, Sontag, Nelson, Neff, Elwell,
Becker, Roethe, Hetland, Goddard, Volkman, Roehrborn, Schwarze,
----Source: Clark County Press (Neillsville,
Clark Co., WI.) May 21, 1953
Frantz, George (28 April 1965 - 15 May
passing of George Frantz has cut another strand in the tie that
binds modern Neillsville to the ancient days. George died last
Friday at the age of 88. He came into the world just 12 years
after Clark County was legally organized. As a boy he played
across the country road from an old Indian Camp.
George loved to fish and hunt, and it was highly
fitting that his end should come on a fishing expedition. He
and his brother Rudolph had gone with Elmer Georgas over into the
Hixton country to fish. They had seen conservation men dump
legal trout into the stream, and were moving toward a spot where
George wanted to fish. George was telling Elmer about his advocacy
of a short season, and was telling how the game warden agreed with
him. He was sitting on the front seat at the right of Mr.
Georgas. As he was telling the story, his head fell over on
Mr. Georgas’ shoulder. He made no response to a
question. The car was stopped and Mr. Georgas examined
him. There was no sign of life.
Georgas drove to Merrillan and found Dr. Schwarze. "Dead," was the
word. And so George Frantz returned from his last fishing
end came instantly and without pain. He had not even breathed
hard. One second he was alive and talking and the next instant his
voice was stilled and he was gone.
George was born in the old log cabin which had
been built by his father, George Frantz, as a home for his bride,
Barbara Sontag. Born April 28, 1865, George was a lifelong
resident of Clark County with the exception of two years spent in
the state of Washington. There he worked in logging camps and
saw mills. His last logging winter was
received his education in the rural schools of the county and
worked in logging camps and drove logs down the river in the early
After his marriage to Lottie Nelson of
Neillsville they moved to Washington. One daughter, Elsie,
was born to them. His second marriage to Mary Neff of
Neillsville took place April 11, 1907. One son, who died in
infancy, was born to them. They farmed in Pine Valley for
seven and one-half years until 1914, when they sold their farm and
moved to Neillsville. Mr. Frantz was employed for several
years in the canning factory and at the city park. He retired
about 20 years ago and had enjoyed excellent health, not knowing
sickness. He was a great outdoor enthusiast and enjoyed
hunting and fishing.
was a member of Company ‘A’ for many years prior to
Surviving relatives include his wife Mary, and
one daughter, Elsie, Mrs. Earl Elwell, Evans, Wash., and two
brothers, Conrad and Rudolph, both of
Three brothers, Dave, Henry, and Fritz, and three
sisters, Julia, Sophia and Minnie, preceded him in death.
Final rites were held Tuesday at the Georgas
Pallbearers were George Frantz, Elmer Frantz,
Harry Frantz, Robert Frantz, Ben Frantz and Lawrence Becker.
Flower girls were Sandra and Janice Frantz.
Persons attending the services from out of town were: Mr. and Mrs. George Frantz and Mrs. E. J. Roethe, Fennimore; Mrs. Victor A. Hetland, Jefferson; Mr. and Mrs. Sam Goddard, Mr. and Mrs. L. T. Becker, Fort Atkinson; Mrs. Paul Volkman, Western springs, Ill.; and Mr. and Mrs. Harry Roehrborn, West Bend.
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