New Ulm Review April 12, 1905
PIONEER ANSWERS DEATH'S CALL
F. J. Melges Passes Away After a Lingering Illness
After a serious illness of 6 weeks which seemed to the suffering man like so many years, F. J. Melges succumbed to paralysis of the bladder, Monday morning, at his home of South Minnesota Street.
Funeral services will be held from the house this afternoon at 1:30, Rev. Dahlmann of the Evangelical church, officiating. The remains will be laid to rest in the City cemetery.
Mr. Melges was born in Hoerte, Germany, March 1, 1830, and had thus passed three-fourths of a century since his natal day. After 15 years residence in this country, he returned to Germany wher he married Miss Lena Milse, making the return voyage with his wife the same year.
Coming to this city Mr. Melges erected the first brick building which to this day stands apparently as good as when first built. In this building he labored as the city's first baker for a period of 12 years after which he took charge of the saw mill owned by Jacob Pfenninger. which was built on the lots where the present Eagle mill now stands. For many years he was a tireless and persistent worker and even up to within a few months of his death was always busy at some task about the house.
His wife and 6 children mourn his death. The children are Fred W., Gustaf and Mrs. Minnie Schmidt of Chicago, Emma of this city and Albert and Julius of Redwood Fall. The family has the sincere sympathy of the public in their bereavement.
Mr Melges's wife's obit later in the same year lists a 7th child "Otto of Springfield".
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