John Esterle obit

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John Esterle obit - From Tuesday's Daily. A GOOD LIFE COMPLETED....
From Tuesday's Daily. A GOOD LIFE COMPLETED. The Death of John Esterle Removes a Respected Lawrence Citizen. When John Esterle 'died last Fri-' Fri-' Fri-' day, Lawrence lost a good citizen who had taken an active part in the early history of the city and one whose influence influence has always been for good. Not standing as prominently before the public as some, he labored quietly in God's vineyard and it may be said of him "He did what he could." In his class at Sunday school in the days gone by when Wm. Wiedemann, Wm. Bromelsick and others who are now respected business men and doubtless his influence upon their youth made an impress that lasted through life. John Esterle was bornn Wurtem-burg, Wurtem-burg, Wurtem-burg, Germany, December 29th, 1831 and died June 3, 1904, aged 72 years, 5 months and 4 days. He came to the United States in 1852, locating in New York. Shortly afterward he moved to Milwauke and again in a short time on a claim on Clarks Creek. He moved to Lawrence in the spring before Quantrell's raid. At the time of the raid he was boarding Avith Mrs. Biebush in a house upon the lot now occupied by Mrs. Kuehne's home. He and another young man were in their room when the noise of the attaek attracted their attention. The young man ran and escaped through a hailstorm of bul lets to safety, but Esterle, in speak ing of it afterwards said that "the voice of Providence told him to re main where he was." Soon the riders riders surrounded the house and after being supplied with food gave orders to burn the house. -A -A fire was being kindled when another raider ordered the fire extinguished and the house be saved, the reason for this counter mand being that his sister lived in the house next door and to burn one house meant the destruction of both. As soon as the raiders left town Mr. Esterle began making coffins for the dead. Just before the raid a campmeet- campmeet- ing was held at Captains Creek and there Mr. Esterle experienced relig ion and became a member of the Ger man Methodist church, of which he was ever afterward an active member. member. In December, 18G6 Mr. Esterle was married to Miss Elizabeth Glaser, who survives him. He also left four children: Mrs. Perry Ewing, Ed Esterle, Esterle, Mrs. Harvey Hertzler and Miss Anna Esterle. A good many years ago Mr. Esterle became a member of the Knights of Honor and of the German Mutual Benefit association and retained his membership to the last. More than twenty years ago he suffered a sun stroke and since that time has been in poor health, having serious attacks at least once each year. The final sickness was of eight weeks' duration. The funeral was held Sunday at the German Methodist church and more than a hundred friends were un able to enter on account of the large attendance. Rev. Sternberg conduct ed the servces, assisted by Dr. Lenig and Rev. Eberhardt. o

Clipped from Lawrence Weekly World09 Jun 1904, ThuPage 5

Lawrence Weekly World (Lawrence, Kansas)09 Jun 1904, ThuPage 5
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