Old Settler Passes Away
January 24th at 2:30 p.m., Martin Stahleker was born in South Russia on the 19th
day of September 1849, where he grew up to manhood. In 1869 he was married to
Miss Katharine Meidlich to which union a son, Christopher, was born. Shortly
after the birth of this child Mrs. Stahleker passed away.
On November 19th 1872, Mr. Stahleker was married to Katharina Jingling, to which
union five boys and four girls were born. In December 1873 they emigrated to the
United States. After residing six years near Columbus, Nebraska. He moved to
Tripp, South Dakota where he lived on his homestead 14 years. Coming to Colorado
in October 1893, he took up his residence northwest of Burlington, where he
resided until his death.
All of Mr. Stahleker's children are living to
mourn his loss, all of which reside here except the oldest son, who resided at
Sterling, Colorado, and one daughter who lives in Waverly, Iowa.
Mr. Stahleker enjoyed good health until 1906 at which time his health began to
fail. In 1911 he began to weaken and was confined to his bed last December.
He was 65 years, 4 months and 5 days old. The
cause of his death was heart trouble which developed into dropsy.
The funeral services were held in the
German Lutheran church by Rev. N. Brun, the text being Philippi, 1st chapter,
21st verse, "For to me to live is Christ and to die is gain." The
remains were laid to rest in the German Lutheran cemetery.
Mr. Stahleker was a loving husband and dear
father to his wife and children. He was a good Christian and a kind neighbor. He
will be missed by all of his acquaintances.
By Sam Schaal, a neighbor.