Obituary: Frank J Uhlrich

Frank J Uhlrich. Photo courtesy: H. Scott Wolfe

Below is the obituary for my g-g-g-grandfather, Francis J. Uhlrich.  It was published in the Dubuque Times Journal on January 8, 1915.  I received both the image and obituary from H. Scott Wolfe.  (Actually, I cropped this image to show only Frank, but you get the idea.)


Death claimed Frank J. Uhlrich, a highly respected resident of Dubuque, on Thursday at 11 o’clock at the home of his daughter, Mrs. George Hatzenbuehler, 60 Edison Street. For the past five weeks Mr. Uhlrich failed rapidly, his illness being the natural result of old age infirmities.

The deceased was born on October 1, 1834, in Alsace-Lorraine, and came to America at the age of nineteen years, settling in Pittsburgh, Pa., and later coming west to Galena, Ill., which city was his home for many years. Twenty five years ago the family moved to Dubuque. Mr. Uhlrich was for many years an employee of the Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. at Dubuque, and was well known to persons having business with the company here.

He is survived by four daughters and one son: Mrs. Josephine Sanders, Mrs. Emily Hornung, Mrs. Celeste Hatzenbuehler, and Mrs. Flora Woodward, all of Dubuque; Mrs. Theresa Hoelting, Galena; Mrs. Bertha Wiedner, St. Paul; and Frank A. Uhlrich of Dubuque. The deceased was a member of the I.O.O.F., and the funeral, which takes place Sunday afternoon at 2 o’clock from the residence to Linwood, will be under the auspices of that society.

Mr. Uhlrich was a member of Wildey Lodge, No. 5, I.O.O.F. of Galena, for over fifty years, and frequently attended meetings of that lodge since his removal to Dubuque. In both Galena and Dubuque Mr. Uhlrich had a host of warm friends who regret that the relentless hand of time has closed the book of life upon him and removed from their midst a strong and sturdy character.

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