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 John Louis Schornack

John Louis Schornack

Death 1927
South Dakota, USA
Burial Groton, Brown County, South Dakota, USA
Memorial ID 184667704 · View Source
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Death came suddenly to John L. Schornack, aged pioneer and esteemed resident of Groton, when he fell the length of a stairway at his home early Friday morning. Medical assistance was summoned immediately, but he died at 8 o'clock, five and one-half hours after his fall.

Exact circumstances of his death are unknown. According to H. J. Van Bramer, among the firsst summoned by the terror-stricken widow, Mr. Schornack was awakened by the yelling of his wife shortly after two o'clock in the morning. He crossed the hassway to her room, gave her medicine and water she requested, remained with her for a few minutes, and then walked toward his own room.

A moment later Mrs. Schornack heard him fall to the foot of the stairway. She called his name, but received no answer. Rising from bed, she found the aged man huddled on the floor below, bleeding profusely. Whether he groped for the stair, thus losing his balance, or whether in the dim light that shone from Mrs. Schornack's room, he misjudged the distance of his own chamber and turned too soon, will never be known.

C. O. Olson, H. J. Van Bramer, _____ Schornack and Max Hoppe were first to give aid and assistance to the old couple. Doctor _____ assisted by Miss Ethel Hol___, a trained nurse, labored over Mr. Schornack until 6 o'clock, in a desperate attempt to keep life in the aged body, but the uphill fight was too much for the old pioneer and at 8 o'clock he died. Fracture to the skull and many minor bruises were sustained in the fall.

John Louis schornack was born in Preuben, Germany, August 24, _____. He emmigrated to America in ______ settleing at Winona, Minn. There he was married to Elizabeth Loerch, and five years later they joined the march of pioneers to the Dakotas, making their permanent home in this vicinity.

Immediate relatives of Mr. Schornack are: one son, Louis, near Groton; four daughters, Mrs. H. Urban of Jamestown, N. D., Mrs. A. W. Synoground of Norton, N. D., Mrs. H. J. Van Bramer of Groton, and Mrs. H. C. Buchanan of Portland, Oregon; one brother of Groton. All children were hear for the funeral excepting Mrs. Buchanan, who was away from home at the time of Mr. Schormack's death and did not receive word until Tuesday. She is expected to arrive later.

Funeral services were held at St. John's Lutheran church in this city ___day afternoon, conducted by Rev. F. E. Wilke, assisted by two nephews of the deceased, Rev. W. __mack, of Chester, S. D.

A quartet, composed of Misses Schlichting, Alma Adler, ____ Lehman and Alvina Zoellner sang "Nearer My God to Thee" and "_____ Weary Pilgrim". At the ________ Rev. Wielke sang a solo, "_____ Me Rest", which harmonized with the sermon.

Burial was made in Groton cemetery with arrangements in charge of H. Paetznick.

The ink on the obituary was smudged. I did my best to transcribe it but some words were unreadable.

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