|Birth: ||Nov. 8, 1828|
|Death: ||Feb. 9, 1910|
The following death notice is from a newspaper clipping collection compiled by Gertrude Alice Brinton.
AGED MAN PASSES AWAY
Christian Fritz, Father of Mrs. F. W. Beebe, Died at Home of Postmaster Beebe and Wife in Wiota at Early Hour This Morning.
From Wednesday's Daily
Christian Fritz, an aged man, father of Mrs. F. W. Beebe of Wiota, died at five o'clock this morning at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Beebe, death being the result of a stroke of paralysis suffered some days ago, and the general breaking up and illness incident to old age. Deceased was a native of Austria, having been born near Vienna in that country on the 14th of November, 1827. His wife is living. For a number of years they have made their home with the Beebes during the winters, and were there Mr. Fritz was taken ill.
The funeral services will be held tomorrow morning, the interment being made at Earlham.
The following obituary is from a newspaper clipping collection compiled by Gertrude Alice Brinton.
Christian Fritz was born Nov. 14, 1827, in Lentz, Austra[sic]. In 1854 he came to America and after five years he settled in Blakesburg, Wapello County, Iowa.
He was united in marriage Dec. 23, 1860 with Mary Ellen Hunt. To this union was born seven children, two daughters and five sons. Two sons, Levi and Josia and one daughter, Isabella have gone on before. Wm. lives in Dexter, Frank and Fred live in Earlham. Alice Beebe, where he was staying at the time of his death, is living in Wiota. Besides the children named he leaves an aged companion to mourn his departure.
He was 82 years, 2 months and 25 days old. For six years he has been a constant sufferer. A stroke of paralysis in May, 1908 left him helpless, having never fully recovered. The end came Feb. 6, 1910. Those who knew him best, tell us he was a good man and of a quiet desposition[sic]. He was brought here last Thursday for burial in the Earlham cemetery. Funeral services were held in the M. E. church, conducted by Rev. Sprague.
The following were the out of town attendents[sic] at the funeral: Mr. and Mrs. Shea, Ottumwa, W. B. Fritz, Blakesburg, Iowa, Mr. and Mrs. Barkley, Orilla, Iowa, John McLain and Mrs. and Mrs. H. G. Schlarb, Van Meter and Mrs. and Mrs. E. E. Kail, Stuart.
CARD OF THANKS
We wish to thank our many friends, both of Wiota and Earlham for their kind help and sympathy during the illness and death of our husband and father.
Mrs. C. Fritz and children.
(Note that his birth place is incorect. It should be Lech, Austria.)
Mary Ellen Hunt Fritz (1840 - 1925)
William Benedict Fritz (1864 - 1951)*
John Frederick Fritz (1872 - 1963)*
Albert Levi Fritz (1877 - 1903)*
Maintained by: Christopher Fritz
Originally Created by: shirleyw55
Record added: Mar 27, 2012
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