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 John Herman Kempker

John Herman Kempker

Birth
Cole County, Missouri, USA
Death 9 Jan 1923 (aged 53)
St. Louis County, Missouri, USA
Burial Marys Home, Miller County, Missouri, USA
Memorial ID 17307995 · View Source
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Obituary of Herman Kempker
Full particulars were not available in the last issue of the Autogram concerning the accidental death of Herman Kempker of Marys Home.

Mr. Kempker was shipping several loads of stock from Henley for the Farmers Live Stock Shipping association, and accompanied the stock, some time to St. Louis for treatment. Ben [Herman?] Kempker, who has been ill for some time to St. Louis to treatment in a hospital[?]. While the 1st section of train No. 96 stopped at Union for water,section No. 2 came plunging along and Herman Kempker undoubtedly heard the train coming, according to the story related by Clarence Bontranger of Spring Garden. He opened the rear door of the caboose and saw the train was going to hit them and yelled at the rest of the boys, the train is going to hit us and he slammed the door shut at the moment the train ran into them, splitting the caboose in two. After the wreck Mr. Kempker was found amid the wreckage on top of the locomotive near the smokestack.
After some difficulty he was extricated and rushed to the office of a physician in Union where he was given first aid treatment and one leg amputated, and then placed on [a]train which was waiting and rushed to St. Louis when he died about the time the train entered Carrie Avenue. He lived about four hours after the accident happened, the lower part of his body was pretty badly crushed, although he did not receive a scratch in his face.

J. Herman Kempker was born [the] 1st day of January, 1870, near Taos, and was 53 years and 8 days old at the time of his death Jan. 9th. At the age of twelve his parents moved up to Miller county on the farm now owned by George Kempker where he spent his younger years, afterwards working in St. Louis for quite a while. He was married to Miss Gertrude Kirkweg at St. Elizabeth on the 24th of April, 1900. To this union eight children were born, one which preceded its father while in infancy. The children are Frank, Steve, Katie, Mamie, Emma, Regina and Elizabeth,the eldest son being about 21 years and the youngest daughter about two years.

Mr. Kempker was a very industrious man and when first married bought his home farm of Joseph Busche, and later acquired another farm of A.T. Henley which he added to his place making him one of the best bottom farms along the Osage. He dealt quite extensively in hogs and cattle, forming a partnership with J.K. Smith of Henley and later shipping for the farmers direct.
Through his earnest efforts he made a success of farming and was a very active man in business affairs holding at the time of his death a directorship in the People's Bank of Henley, commissioner of the Marys Home Special Road District and several other minor offices. He made a friend out of everyone whom he met, and the community lost one of the leading and influential men. He was a very devout member of the Catholic Church and the Almighty was very merciful in letting him live long enough to receive the last rites of the Church. He was also a member of Council 1054 of the Knights of Columbus of Jefferson City, and was tenderly laid to rest in the cemetery at Marys Home, Jan. 11th, Rev. P.J. Weber officiating, who said very kind word of the departed man and offered consolation to the bereaved family. Joe, Ben and Peter Sanning, Otto Schwaller, Andy Schell and John Mertens acted as pall-bearers.
Besides members of the bereaved family the deceased left the following brothers and sisters; Ben, Henry and George Kempker, of Marys Home, Mrs. Maggie Busch, Mrs. Addie Hake of Marys Home, and Mrs. Mary Groose of Eugene. A whole host of relatives and friends mourn his loss.
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Card of Thanks
We wish to extend our sincere thanks to the many
friends who so kindly assisted us during the sudden death of our loving husband, father and brother.
- The Kempker Family.



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  • Originally Created by: Juanita Sloan Lowrance
  • Added: 5 Jan 2007
  • Find A Grave Memorial 17307995
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for John Herman Kempker (1 Jan 1870–9 Jan 1923), Find A Grave Memorial no. 17307995, citing Our Lady of the Snows Cemetery, Marys Home, Miller County, Missouri, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave (contributor 8) .