Joseph Kiebler, Jr

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Joseph Kiebler, Jr

Hastings, Dakota County, Minnesota, USA
Death 4 Jan 1945 (aged 84)
Brainerd, Crow Wing County, Minnesota, USA
Burial Brainerd, Crow Wing County, Minnesota, USA
Plot Block 4, Lot 15, NEC
Memorial ID 73855932 · View Source
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Arrived in Brainerd in 1872.

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Joseph Kiebler married Agnes O'Connor on October 10, 1894 in Brainerd, Crow Wing County, Minnesota.

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      The Brainerd City Band is one of the best known interior musical organizations in the state, and is composed of the following members. Prof. Dresskell, (leader), Frank Thorpe, M. Graham, P. Mertz, Joseph Kiebler, S. S. Huntley, Julius Kiebler, Art Wilson, O. Tilquist, C. Thompson, J. Osborn, J. W. Porter, W. A. Nichols, Wm. Bartsch, George Hastings, Geo. Ames, A. L. Nutting, F. L. Mattison, L. D. Mattason and James Dewar, the jolly and proficient drum major.—Duluth News. (Brainerd Dispatch, 26 August 1887, p. 4, c. 5)

      The first school Joe attended was in a log building close to the flour mill on Front Street near the river. Next he went to school in the Catholic Church (the first one located on 5th Street between Laurel and Maple Streets). The next school he attended was held in the Baptist Church; then he went to the Episcopal Parish School. Soon after he started, the town did not have enough money to maintain it, so it became a "pay-school" and Joe built fires to pay his tuition:
      "Christie Dean sat in the seat in front of me. I used to pull her hair. Once she threw a book and hit me in the face. Professor White was there that first year. When snow came, we started snow-balling. I threw one and broke a window. I didn't have money enough to pay for it so I quit school. I remember Miss Ladd was the first teacher in the Episcopal Parish School. She taught in the Sixth Street school later."
      "We lived right near the Jones' (313 North Tenth Street). Ernest's mother used to call me that "awful boy" because she heard me swearing at my ox-team. But did you ever drive an ox-team? You know, they'd make anybody swear. I broke twelve acres of land for C. B. Sleeper with that team--for five dollars per acre. I plowed the block between Eighth and Ninth, Front and Laurel Streets for Mr. Sleeper with that same team. He built his opera house in that block. Maud and Blanche Sleeper often used to ride on the ox yoke while I plowed."
      "The first drugstore in Brainerd was Sherwood's. In 1876 I worked there mixing cough syrup, etc.--I was just a kid then."
      "The most fun I ever had was when we first began band practice. We were living on a farm three miles south of town then and cold weather or hot, I used to tramp into town carrying my old alto horn. I played in the city band for forty-eight years. I am the oldest living member of the old original city band, under W. Dresskell. I played every brass instrument in the band at various times. Professor William Bartsch, a musician from Germany, played in that band."
      "There was the time Jack O'Neill shot 'Faker' George" says Mr. Kiebler. "I was standing on the sidewalk, right beside Jake Payne [sic] [Paine], and saw that myself. O'Neill grabbed a big .45 and shot 'Faker' George right through the back. Then he yelled, 'There now, heal yourself, you faker.'"
      When he was twenty years old in 1880, Mr. Kiebler began his service for the N. P. shops and continued for thirty-eight years. He retired in 1930 as supervisor in the locomotive cab shops. (Biography: March 1936; Joseph Kiebler, born 06 April 1860; CWCHS)


      Joseph Kiebler, 84, veteran employe of the Northern Pacific railroad shops here, died this morning at St. Joseph's hospital. He had been ill about two weeks. Mr. Kiebler's home was at 305 North Ninth street.
      Mr. Kiebler was born in Hastings, Minn., April 6, 1860. He came to Brainerd in 1872 to accept employment with the Northern Pacific railroad and was employed at the shops here for 50 years. He was foreman in the railroad car shops and retired 14 years ago.
      More than 46 years Mr. Kiebler was a member of the Brainerd city band.
      Surviving are two nephews, A. J. Witham, Jamestown, N. D., and Julius Witham, Santa Monica, Cal., and one niece, Miss Celia Witham who made her home with her uncle here.
      Funeral services will be held Saturday morning at 9 o'clock in St. Francis Catholic church. The Rev. Father Thomas Scott will officiate and interment will be in Evergreen cemetery.
      The remains will be taken to the family home from the Hoenig Funeral Home tomorrow morning. (Brainerd Dispatch, 04 January 1945, p. 1, c. 3)

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  • Added: 24 Jul 2011
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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Joseph Kiebler, Jr (6 Apr 1860–4 Jan 1945), Find A Grave Memorial no. 73855932, citing Evergreen Cemetery, Brainerd, Crow Wing County, Minnesota, USA ; Maintained by A. Nelson (contributor 47143984) .