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 Frederick William Wurzburg

Frederick William Wurzburg

Death 7 Jun 1924 (aged 90)
Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan, USA
Burial Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan, USA
Plot Sec. 1, Lot 101-W, Grave #2
Memorial ID 114561278 · View Source
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Frederick William Wurzburg, Grand Rapids' merchant patriarch, died suddenly last evening at his home on Paddock st. He was the venerable head of one of the city's most prominent families, and the founder of one of the city's oldest and largest retail mercantile institutions.

In his ninetieth year, Mr. Wurzburg still preserved all of his interest in affairs. Only the day before his death he visited the Wurzburg department store,as has been his uninterrupted custom for decades, and signed papers with a fine, steady signature which, despite his years, was a veritable copper-plate in its accuracy and typical of his preserved faculties. Indeed, he was preparing for another daily visit to the institution which was his pride when stricken Saturday morning. Heart failure was the cause of death.

Mr. Wurzburg is survived by 11 children, 23 grand children and 12 great grandchildren. He was devoted to this splendid family. Mrs. Wurzburg died about a year ago. The surviving children are Fred A. Wurzburg, William M. Wurzburg, Mrs. Ben West, Edmund W. Wurzburg of New York, Olga and Elsie Wurzburg of this city, Francis L. Wurzburg of New York, Mrs. William G. Logie of Huntington, Ind., Dorothy Wurzburg, who is at school in Madison, Wis, Carl Wurzburg, who is in California, and Alfred Wurzburg, Chicago.
Started Store in 1872.

This late dean of Grand Rapids' business world was born in Helden, Germany, Jan. 1, 1834. He came to America in 1845 and lived in New York until 1871, when he came west. He opened his first dry goods store in October, 1872, in the building at what was then the corner of Bronson and Canal sts.--now Crescent st. and Monroe ave. Ultimately associating two of his sons with him in business, the institution expanded 11 years ago into what is now the Wurzburg department store farther south on lower Monroe. While long since relinquishing all active responsibilities, he has been as regular in his daily visits to this store as any of its managers. He lived for his family and his business.

In The Herald's files is this printed estimate of him from an issue as long ago as 1892:
"Mr. Wurzburg is a distinctively self-made man--one of that type of American manhood, the most admirable, who from humble conditions in early life, has, by his own efforts, risen to a high place in the business world, at the same time earning the respect and confidence of the entire community."

Mr. Wurzburg was always a great traveler. He has crossed the ocean some 40 times. Upon these journeys he has always taken some of his family with him. Their companionship was his greatest joy. On his ninetieth birthday last New Years he was the center of a rare family reunion in which four generations participated. The accompanying picture was taken at tha time. He founded an unusual family, which made a broad and potential contribution to community life, and in his children he found his benediction.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday morning at 10 o'clock from St. Mary's. Burial in Mt. Calvary.


Name: Frederick W Murzburg
Event Type: Death
Event Date: 07 Jun 1924
Event Place: Grand Rapids, Kent, Michigan, United States
Gender: Male
Age: 90
Marital Status: Widowed
Birth Date: 01 Jan 1834
Birthplace: Germany
Birth Year (Estimated): 1834
Father's Name: Murzburg
Mother's Name: Heller

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  • Find A Grave Memorial 114561278
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Frederick William Wurzburg (1 Jan 1834–7 Jun 1924), Find A Grave Memorial no. 114561278, citing Mount Calvary Cemetery, Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan, USA ; Maintained by Angela Owens Jando (contributor 46796783) .