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Ferdinand Last
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Birth: Feb. 27, 1835
Bremen, Germany
Death: Nov. 10, 1902
Milwaukee County
Wisconsin, USA


The Racine Weekly Journal, Tuesday November 18, 1902

"Last Brothers' Funeral Held in Town of Caledonia Yesterday.

Fifteen Hundred People Present- Cortege". Over a Mile long Railroad Will Pay Damages

Christian Evb, of Caledonia was in the city today and reports that the double funeral of Ferdinand and Bernhardt Last, the two farmers killed by a Chicago & Northwestern railway switch engine at a grade crossing in Milwaukee, took place from the late home of Ferdinand Last, at 1 o'clock yesterday afternoon. Mr Erb was one of the pall bearers.

The funeral was without a single exception the largest ever held in the town. There were over fifteen hundred people present; over ninety carriages in the funeral cortege and it was fully a mile long. There were two hearses, double sets of pall bearers and the two bodies were interred in the same grave.

Rev. Mr.Koch, of the Trinity Lutheran church of which both men were prominent members conducted the services and preached an eloquent sermon upon the lives of the men and their untimely death, The interment took place in the little church yard cemetery.

Mr. Erb stated to a reporter that Ferdinand was 67 years old, had been married twice and that there survived the second wife and fourteen children. Bernhard was 63 years old, a widower and four children survive. An inquest has not yet been held to inquire into the manner in which the accident occured.It is understood that the settlement will be made with the railway company without a law suit and that $4000 will be paid the relatives of the dead men.

FROM The Racine Weekly Journal, Friday April 8,1903

" Chicago & Northwestern Railway Company Pay Damages for Death of Last Brothers." In the county court this morning County Judge Heck, authorized Leo. Zendars, administrator of the Bernhard Last estate, to accept,a proposition of the Chicago & Nortlrwestern Railway company of $1500, in full settlement. It will be remembered that during the month of last November Bernhard and Ferdinand Last, -brothers, and prominent farmers of the town of Caledonia, visited the city of Milwaukee, taking up a wagon load of farm produce. When on their way home in the evening their wagon was struck by a Chicago & Northwestern railway switch engine" at a street crossing. Both were killed or sustained injuries from which they soon after died. After the funeral Attorney Charles Krenzke was engaged and negotiations commenced to settle with the railroad. In the case of Ferdinand the road paid $3,000 and now they will pay $1,500 in the case of the other brother.

Family links: 
  Ernestina Last (1851 - 1927)
  Johanna Christina Albertine Eichstadt Last (1840 - 1880)*
  Emma Johanna Last Bauer (1867 - 1920)*
*Calculated relationship
Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Cemetery
Racine County
Wisconsin, USA
Created by: EAnne
Record added: May 13, 2012
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