|Birth: ||Aug. 5, 1838, Austria|
|Death: ||Jan. 3, 1916|
PIONEER RESIDENT DEAD AT HOME HERE
FRANK W KASPER PASSED AWAY LAST NIGHT
Funeral will be held at 9:30 o'clock Thursday morning at St. Mary's Catholic Church.
Frank W Kasper, a civil war veteran, and pioneer resident of Muscatine, died about 9:45 o'clock last night at his home, 511 East Third street. Mr. Kasper had been ill for two years and since May 31st of last year had been an invalid. His death was caused by senility.
Frank W Kasper was born in Bohemia, Austria, August 5, 1838, he being the eldest son of Womsel and Anna (Schneider) Kasper. Mr. Kasper came to America at the age of 14 years, coming by way of Quebec, then to New York, then westward to Iowa City, Ia., which at that time was the state capital. Mr. Kasper worked in Iowa City until April 1855 when he came to Muscatine which was then known as Bloomington, and where he has made his home ever since, with the exception of years spent in the army. He learned the machinists trade at the Hess-Kleinfelder foundry and machine shop shortly after coming here.
On April 24, 1861, he was among the first to respond to Lincoln's call for volunteers and enlisted in Company C, of the 2nd Iowa Volunteer Infantry, at Davenport, Iowa. He was made corporal under Captain William Holmes. He received an honorable discharge at Pulaska, Tennessee, on April 28, 1864. He then returned to Muscatine but in October 1864, he again enlisted in his old company, as a substitute, for which he received $1000. He received a second honorable discharge in July, 1865. He was one of Sherman's men, in the historic "March to the Sea." He took active parts in the battles of Fort Donelson, Pittsburg, Corinth Iuka, and many other smaller affrays. It was during the battle of Fort Donelson that he was wounded the first time and he was again wounded during the battle of Corinth, Miss.
He returned to Muscatine at the close of the war and resumed his work at the Hess-Kleinfelder foundry. Later he entered the employ of the Hersey Lumber company as a machinist where he worked for 22 years. He also worked at the Rock Island Arsenal, until the death of his wife in 1903. Since that time he worked as a watchman for the Waterworks company.
He was united in marriage with Miss Sophia Reinhart at Galena, Ill., October 23, 1866. To this union were born nine children one of whom died in infancy. The surviving children are Mrs. M. P. Hess, Mrs. G. H. Meier and Mrs. Ben Schoo of Davenport, Mrs. C. S. Harper of Bayfield, Frank H., Joseph, Mary and Nettie, who reside at home. He is also survived by two brothers, Prokop Kasper of Expansion, N.Dak., and Johim of Germany, and nine grandchildren. Fraternally he was associated with the G.A.R., the A.O.U.W., the Mechanics' Aid society, of which he was the oldest member, and St. Joseph's Society. He was a member of the Hershey Volunteer Fire company for 22 years. He was a devout member of the Roman Catholic church, and always attended services at St. Mary's church, from which place his funeral will be held at 9:30 o'clock Thursday morning. The Rev. Father Grieser will officiate and the remains will be interred in St. Mary's cemetery. The G.A.R. will have charge of the services at the grave.
MUSCATINE JOURNAL & NEWS TRIBUNE - 4 January 1916.
Sophia Reinhart Kasper (1842 - 1903)*
Minnie F Kasper Harper (1874 - 1953)*
Joseph Henry Kasper (1876 - 1960)*
Joseph Henry Kasper (1876 - 1960)*
Antoinette Gertrude Kasper (1883 - 1967)*
Nettie G Kasper (1883 - 1967)*
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