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Bertram E. Elfgen, Sr
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Birth: Mar. 2, 1843, Germany
Death: Sep. 5, 1913
Madison County
Illinois, USA

Born in Sieglar, Rheinland, Prussia, 2 March 1843.

Married to Catherine Kirsch in 1866.

ELFGEN, BERTRAM SR./Source: Alton Evening Telegraph, September 6, 1913

Bertram Elfgen Sr., aged 69, died suddenly at his home, 200 Mather street, Friday evening, at 9:15 o'clock, after an illness from rheumatism of the heart. He had been in good health, except some rheumatic troubles, and had just been playing with the children in the yard. He did not suffer, as death was instant. Mr. Elfgen was a man whose fondness for his friends made him most companionable and well liked by all. "He dwelt in the house by the side of the road" where the races of men go by, for he loved to be by them and of them, joying in their joys and sorrowing in their sorrows, and his hand, his home and his heart was ever and always open unto them. He was much respected in the North Side, and was the friend of old and young. He had served several terms as village president before North Alton was annexed to Alton, and he also served as village clerk. Under Cleveland's administration he was postmaster at North Alton. He was known as a man of a kindly, genial disposition, and he had many friends throughout the city of Alton and the country surrounding.

Yesterday he was walking about the streets as usual, greeting his friends, and after supper he engaged in a romp with his grandchildren on the lawn in front of his home. It was after this that he was suddenly stricken and death occurred at once. A surgeon was summoned to give some aid, as it was not believed the attack was fatal, but nothing could be done for Mr. Elfgen.

Mr. Elfgen leaves a wife, three daughters, and four sons, Mrs. E. Michelbuch; Misses Maude and Kittie Elfgen of the North Side; Ben Elfgen of Los Angeles, Cal.; Bertram and Louis of the North Side; and Fred Elfgen of Grant Park, Ill. The news of his death was a shock in the community, as he had been around during the day, jolly and good natured as was wont and had not complained in any way of feeling ill. He was born in Germany, but came to North Alton when 11 years old and had resided here ever since. He was engaged in business in North Alton for many years. He was prominent in the affairs of the village from the time he attained his majority, and he filled every office in the village from mayor down. He took a very active part for 25 years or longer in politics and served the Democratic party most of the time as a central or precinct committeeman. His sudden demise caused intense grief to his grandchildren, who idolized him, and the little ones are inconsolable. Funeral arrangements have not been completed because the family desires to first hear from the two sons, Fred and Ben. Members of the family request, however, that flowers be omitted.
Family links: 
  Heinrich Elfgen (1799 - 1878)
  Christina Margaretha Krechel Elfgen (1802 - 1860)
  Catherine Kirsch Elfgen (1845 - 1930)
  Anna Christina Elfgen Michelbuch (1867 - 1954)*
  Kittie B. Rookwood (1872 - 1964)*
  Benjamin Earl Elfgen (1878 - 1939)*
  Louis Joseph Elfgen (1881 - 1920)*
  Frederick Kirsch Elfgen (1883 - 1967)*
  Margaretha Elfgen (1836 - ____)*
  Joseph Henry Elfgen (1842 - 1887)*
  Bertram E. Elfgen (1843 - 1913)
  Bertha Elizabeth Elfgen (1843 - 1898)*
  Sophie Elfgen Kropp (1845 - 1919)*
  Henry A. Elfgen (1850 - 1926)*
*Calculated relationship
Oakwood Cemetery
Upper Alton
Madison County
Illinois, USA
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Record added: Mar 14, 2011
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Bertram E. Elfgen, Sr
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