18 March 2010

Obituary--Sabastian Mohr

Another obituary recording the death of a younger citizen. At first I thought the cause of death was of hemorrhage of the toenails. I mis-read it.

From the 29 May 1913 Fremont Times Indicator we get just a hint of the obituary printed the following week.

Sebastian Mohr, a young man 20 years old, died at his home in Dayton Center yesterday morning. Mr. Mohr had his tonsils removed Monday and the operation resulted in hemorrhages which caused his death. He was a member of the Dayton Center Gleaner lodge.

And from the 5 June 1913 Fremont Times Indicator, the following:

Sebastian Mohr

Sebastian N. Mohr, son of Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Mohr, of Dayton Center, died Wednesday morning, May 28, 1913 of hemorrhage of the tonsils. (Oh, tonsils, not toenails.)
He was born in Sturgis, May 12 1893 being 20 years and 16 days at the time of his death.
His early years were spent in Sturgis but he moved to Dayton with his parents one year and a half ago. He leaves to mourn his untimely death a father, mother, four brothers and two sisters besides a host of relatives and friends. He was a great favorite among the young people and was ever ready and willing to do his part.
Th friends, neighbors and members of the Dayton Center Arbor, A. O. O. G., of which he was a member extend their deepest sympathy to the bereaved family.
The funeral services were held Friday Morning at the All Saints' church, Rev. Fr. Drew officiating. Interment in Maple Grove cemetery.
Those from out of town who attended the funeral were Mr. Peter Mohr, uncle of the deceased, and Mrs. Kate Wentzel and Mrs Emma Probst of Sturgis, aunts of the deceased.

No one hears the doors that open
When they pass beyond our call;
Lost as loosened roses that fade
One by one our loved ones fall.

I am left to guess that the Dayton Center Arbor, A. O. O. G. mentioned in the obituary is the Gleaners lodge mentioned in the community column. Back in the days before television and radio, it is amazing how many people belonged to clubs and lodges.

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