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Peter Kistler
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Birth: Feb. 12, 1825, Germany
Death: Apr. 11, 1909
Schuyler County
Illinois, USA

OBIT: Peter Kistler, an aged and well known citizen of Rushville, died Sunday evening at 5:10 o'clock at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Wm. Stremmel. Deceased had been in ill health the past year suffering from a cancer and his death was not unexpected. Short funeral services were held Tuesday morning at the home of Wm. Stremmel, conducted by Rev. A. P. Stover and Rev. C. S. Smith. The body was taken too Galesburg Tuesday noon for interment, accompanied by the following relatives: Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Stremmel and son Orlen, William Kistler, George Miller and George Peacock. Peter Kistler was born the 12th day of February 1825, in Lauingen, Bavaria, Germany, where he spent his early days. He was a soldier in the army, taking part in the Hungarian war. He loved too relate his experiences telling how he and two comrades were caught as spies, imprisoned and sentenced too be shot. As they were being taken too the scene of the execution they were confronted by a general. The convicted men fell on their knees, supplementing God too deliver them from their awful death. this act touched the heart of the general who granted their pardon, thus showing the wonderful power of God when put too the test. The deceased came too America in 1852 and settled in Dubuque, Iowa. On Nov. 1, 1854, he was united in marriage to Wilhelmina Braenline, of Bavaria, Germany, and soon after became a resident of Galesburg, being one of the early settlers. For about forty years Mr. Kistler has been a consistent member of the M. E. church. He was a mechanic in the Brown plow shops for many years, always faithful and energetic, living up too what he considered the highest principle, - honesty. Two daughters and three sons were added too the home, Mrs. Anna Luikart, of Norfolk, Neb., who preceded her father too the world beyond exactly one year too the day; B. F. and John Kistler, of Galesburg, and Mrs. Sophia Stremmel and W. G. Kistler, of Rushville. In 1904 Mr. and Mrs. Kistler celebrated their golden wedding anniversary with a host of relatives and friends, both apparently in good health and enjoying themselves. On Sept. 29, 1906, Mrs. Kistler died suddenly breaking up the home and leaving her husband too spend his last days in loneliness. Since that time he has made his home with his daughter, Mrs. Stremmel in Rushville, who has spared neither time nor effort in making his declining days pleasant and homelike. About a year ago he was operated on for cancer which soon reappeared causing his death. For the past four months he has been confined too his bed, demanding constant attention day and night. During this time he has endured intense suffering always bearing it with fortitude and courage, ever ready and waiting, often wishing that he might be taken too meet his beloved wife and his Maker. The end came very peacefully on Easter Sunday at 5:10 p. m. with a call from the risen Lord, "Well done good and faithful servant." -- Rushville Times, April 1909.

1) Luikart should have been spelled, Luckhart.
2) Lauingen is a town in the district of Dillingen in Bavaria, Germany. It is located on the left bank of the Danube, 5 km west of Dillingen, and 37 km northeast of Ulm.
"US CENSUS 1880"
Name: Peter Kistler
Event Type: Census
Event Date: 1880
Event Place: Galesburg, Knox, Illinois, United States
Gender: Male
Age: 57
Marital Status: Married
Occupation: Carpenter
Race (Original): W
Ethnicity: American
Relationship to Head of Household: Self
Birthplace: Germany
Birth Date: 1823
Spouse's Name: Wilhelmina Kistler
Spouse's Birthplace: Germany
Father's Name:
Father's Birthplace: Germany
Mother's Name:
Mother's Birthplace: Germany
Page: 169
Page Letter: D
Entry Number: 1812
Affiliate Film Number: T9-0220
GS Film number: 1254220
Digital Folder Number: 004240497
Image Number: 00343
Household Gender Age Birthplace
Self Peter Kistler M 57 Germany
Wife Wilhelmina Kistler F 53 Germany
Son John Kistler M 21 Illinois, United States
Daughter Sophia Kistler F 18 Illinois, United States
Son William Kistler M 15 Illinois, United States

SOURCE: US Federal Census, 1880.
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  Wilhemina Helena Brandlein Kistler (1829 - 1906)
  Anna Marie Kistler Luikart (1856 - 1908)*
  Bernard F Kistler (1858 - 1918)*
  John Haver Kistler (1859 - 1940)*
  Sophia Kistler Stremmel (1859 - 1934)*
  William Gustavus Kistler (1864 - 1933)*
*Calculated relationship
Linwood Cemetery
Knox County
Illinois, USA
Plot: Block 40, lot 5
Created by: Robert Kuhmann
Record added: Jun 05, 2009
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