Martin Stahleker -1914
Old Settler Passes Away

      On 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.