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Benjamin Henry Weber
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Birth: Dec. 28, 1868
Rock Island County
Illinois, USA
Death: May 2, 1948
Rock Island County
Illinois, USA

Benjamin Henry Weber, 79, of 417 Forty-first street, Moline, one of the last surviving members of the volunteer fire companies and the oldest retired member of the Moline city fire department, died at 2:05 yesterday afternoon in Moline Public hospital. Mr. Weber had been ill three weeks and was taken to the hospital yesterday morning.

Mr. Weber, a native of Moline, and a son of Martin and Gertrude Weber, was the last surviving member of the Martin Weber family.

Funeral services will be held at 3 tomorrow afternoon in Esterdahl chapel, the Rev. Alexander Petrie of the Union Congregational church officiating. Burial will be in Moline Memorial Park cemetery. Friends may call at the chapel.

Mr. Weber first became associated with the fire fighting forces in 1887 and retired Sept. 30, 1938. Not all the 51 years were spent as a fireman, for during that time he worked as a rowing instructor, factory worker and proprietor of a bowling alley and billiard parlor. He was connected with the volunteer department for nine years, from 1887 until 1896, and with the professional department from May 15, 1899, to Sept. 5, 1899, and again from June 1, 1915, until his retirement. He saw fire-fighting equipment change from the old hose and wagon carts pulled by 20 men to modern, speedy pumper-trucks.

His early experience was gained as a member, later foreman, of the Minnehaha company of volunteers. When he rejoined the department in 1915, he served as tillerman, which is second man on the truck, and at different times was stationed at each station house. In all his years with the department, he was never injured.

In the 1880's Mr. Weber served a short time as rowing instructor at a club in Salt Lake City, having earlier been a member of the Sylvan boat club which earned fame in competitions the last 20 years of the nineteenth century.

After his return to Moline, he worked for the Moline Plow Co., and this was followed by a partnership with Abe Stouffer in a bowling alley and billiard parlor business.
Mr. Weber was born Dec. 28, 1868, in Moline. His first wife, Mathilda Cedarquist, preceded him in death, and he married Frances Bergert June 24, 1904, in Moline. He was a member of the Moline Eagles.

Surviving are the widow; a son, Martin of Rockford; two daughters, Mrs. Roy Johnson of Elgin, and Miss Gertrude L. Weber of Chicago, and six grandchildren.
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  Martin Weber (1830 - 1873)
  Gertrude Katherine Turck Weber (1840 - 1909)
  Frances Florence Bergert Weber (1880 - 1960)
  Elizabeth Frances Weber Johnson (1907 - 2002)*
*Calculated relationship
Moline Memorial Park
Rock Island County
Illinois, USA
GPS (lat/lon): 41.4821, -90.4661
Created by: M. Johnson
Record added: Apr 27, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 89222479
Benjamin Henry Weber
Added by: M. Johnson
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