|Birth: ||Nov. 24, 1868|
|Death: ||Mar. 12, 1936|
CITY LOST GOOD CITIZEN IN DEATH OF ALBERT CORDES
A Long-Time Resident Has Held Many Public Offices of Trust
In the death of Albert Cordes Osage and Mitchell County lost a man who has held an important place in the business life of the city and county for many years, and in the following obituary, is written the useful and successful life of a young boy, who came to Mitchell County, Iowa, when but 16 years old, and in the years that followed, acquired not only worldly goods, but a place of importance and trust.
Albert Cordes was born November 24, 1868, in Jefferson County, Wisconsin. He passed away at his home in Osage, Iowa, March 12, 1936, at 1:15 p.m. He had attained the age of 67 years.
When the deceased was four years of age the Cordes family moved to Watertown, Wisconsin. In the public schools of that place Mr. Cordes received his boyhood education and in the Lutheran church of the same place he was baptized and confirmed.
At the age of fourteen Mr. Cordes went to work as a farm hand, and from that time made his own way in life. When he was sixteen he came to Mitchell, Iowa, where some of his brothers and sisters had located. He worked for a time on nearby farms, then entered into partnership with Ed Miller, his brother-in-law. The two opened a meat market in Mitchell; forty years ago they came to Osage, where they purchased and operated a market. The partnership continued for twenty-one years.
Here in Osage Mr. Cordes has always been interested in everything that pertains to civic and community improvement. He became a well-known business man and land owner. At the time of his death he was president of the Farmers Mutual Insurance Co. He had been secretary of the Mitchell County Fair Association for years; a county supervisor for fifteen years; was a director of the Osage Farmers National Bank, and had served on the city council. These are the important business affairs he was connected with, but of course there were many smaller matters that constantly demanded attention.
Mr. Cordes was married in 1904 to Stella Bowman. To this union one daughter, Katherine, (now Mrs. Bert Pasco), was born. His first wife died in 1910. His second marriage was to Ellen Thompson in 1911. To this union three children were born, Dorothy and Ruth, both at home, and a son, who died in infancy.
Mr. Cordes had enjoyed excellent health; in fact had never been seriously ill until he suffered a heart attack three years ago. February 18, this year, he was stricken again, and his condition was critical from the beginning. The first of the week he improved, but Tuesday night he became much worse. Death was due to a blood clot lodged in the brain.
Besides his wife and daughters, Mr. Cordes is survived by three sisters - Miss Amanda Cordes, and Mrs. Ed Miller (Julia), of Mitchell, Mrs. Elsie Beaulieu, of Chicago, and a brother, Arthur, of Milwaukee.
Funeral services were held at the home Sunday at 2 p.m. and at the Champion Funeral Home at 2:30 p.m. in charge of the Reverend T. P. Solem pastor of the Osage Lutheran Church. Burial was in the Osage Cemetery.
[Mitchell County Press, Thursday, March 19, 1936]
Herman Cordes (1833 - 1906)
Catharina Michels Cordes (1836 - 1908)
Stella Baumann Cordes (1878 - 1910)*
Ellen Sophia Thompson Cordes (1892 - 1971)*
Fred Cordes (1905 - 1905)*
Katherine Louise Cordes Pasco (1906 - 1960)*
Dorothy Cordes Gilles (1913 - 1995)*
Ruth Ellen Cordes Conklin (1917 - 2001)*
Baby Cordes (1923 - 1923)*
Created by: DM Scott
Record added: Jul 08, 2010
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