Resident of Town of Sharon 72 Years Succombs Today at Age of 88
John Platta, age 88 years, Civil war veteran and a resident of the town of Sharon for 72 years, died this morning at 8:15 o'clock at his home at Ellis, town of Sharon. He had been ill and confined to bed for the past three weeks.
Mr. Platta was born on December 27, 1845, in Poland. He came to this country at the age of 16 years with his parents. The family located in the town of Sharon. Mr. Platta enlisted in the Civil war in October, 1864, as a private in Company B, 12th regiment of Wisconsin infantry. He received his honorable discharge on July 16, 1865.
His marriage to Miss Josephine Marchel of Sharon took place in October, 1870. Mrs. Platta died seven years ago. Mr. Platta had lived in the town of Sharon since coming to this country 72 years ago and was a well known farmer there. He held the office of town supervisor for 12 years and was a member of the Catholic Knights.
Surviving are five daughters, Mrs. Frances Petarski of Kempster, Wis., Mrs. Frank Pliska of Custer, Mrs. Mary Wanta and Mrs. Emma Kluck of Callon, Marathon county, and Mrs. Max Kopchinski of Ellis; four sons, Joseph Platta of Ellis, Victor and John Platta of Hatley, and Nick Platta of Milwaukee; one sister, Mrs. Veronica Yach of Hatley; 55 grandchildren and 44 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held Monday morning at 9 o'clock at St. Martins church at Ellis. Burial will take place in Sacred Heart cemetery at Polonia. The body is at the family home at Ellis where it will be until the time of the funeral.
"Stevens Point Daily Journal" 10 Jul 1934
Funeral of Mr. Platta
St. Martin's church at Ellis was filled to capacity Monday morning at 9 o'clock with friends and relatives who attended funeral services for the late John Platta, Civil war veteran and a resident of the town of Sharon for 72 years. Rev. Leo Jankowski officiated.
Military rites were conducted by the American Legion at the grave in Sacred Heart cemetery at Polonia. Joseph M. Formella blew taps and the firing squad consisted of Paul M. Vincent, Joseph F. Kraus, Dan Omernick, Victor Pliska, Nick Pliska, Elmer Zeaman and Nick Skalkos. Frank A. Grabin and Peter P. Hoppa folded the flag after the ceremony and presented it to the family.
Mr. Grabin, Mr. Hoppa and A. P. Smith, the latter a Spanish American war veteran, were honary pallbearers.
The pallbeareres, grandsons of the deceased, were Reginald and Edward Kluck, William Wanta, Myron Platta, Roman Pliska and Henry Platta.
Relatives and friends from away who attended the funeral included Mr. and Mrs. Leon Koppa, Mrs. Jacob Koppa, Mr. and Mrs. William Wanta and son, William, Jr., and Mrs. Joseph Wanta of Wausau; Mrs. Frank Gosh and Mrs. Adolph Formella of Elderon; Mr. and Mrs. Frank Polacheck and son, Bobby, Mrs. Frank Grunros and N.E. Platta of Milwaukee; Mrs John Petarski and daughter, Helen, and son John, of Kempster; Mr and Mrs John Tesckowski and family of Pulaski; Mr and Mrs John Platta and family and Victor Platta and family of Hatley; Mrs. Edward Kluck and son, Edward Jr.,Mr and Mrs Reginald Kluck and Mrs Frank Wanta of Callon. Many other friends and relatives from Stevens Point, Hatley, Callon, Rosholt, Arnott, Custer and Pike Lake were also present.