Leon Reporter, Leon, Iowa Thursday, February l2, l925
GEORGE J. SPAETH was born January l, l83l, at Lorraine, France.
"My mother died when I was 8 years old. I lived under the care of a stepmother for 7 years. When I was 2l I reported for duty in the Army but was excused. When 22 years old I emigrated to America, April 3, l853, and landed in New York, May 29, l853. I was seven weeks and three days making the trip, six of these on the ocean in a sailboat. I landed in a strange land without money, friends or relatives. I could not speak nor understand a word of the English language. I went from New York to New Jersey. In the spring of l855 I emigrated to Burlington and the spring of l856 to Garden Grove. I was married to MARGARET KELLIAN, September 2l, l86l. Two children were born to us, LUCY, wife of N.L. CHASE and ALFRED, of Silesia, Mont.
My wife died January 30, l898. We lived together 36 years, 4 months and 9 days. I am now past 67 years of age and alone except our Savior. I trust in Him. My parents were Catholics. I joined the Catholic Church when l6 years old and took my first communion in that church."
The above was written by MR. SPAETH 27 years ago. Soon after the death of his wife, he joined the Presbyterian Church and was a faithful member. He was united in marriage to JENNIE BEAVERS January 29, l90l. MR. SPAETH died January 27, l925, at the age of 94 years and 26 days after a long and useful life.
Bro. SPAETH leaves to mourn his loss, his wife, his daughter, MRS. LUCY CHASE, of Garden Grove, and his son, ALFRED, of Silesia, Montana; 9 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren and a host of friends. Garden Grove is impoverished in the passing of characters such as our Bro. SPAETH. In these days of unusual tendencies to forget the important things of life. A prince indeed has fallen. He held several offices in his church and because of his sterling worth he was made an Elder Emeritus. His life being spread over a period of 94 years gives to this community an object lesson, a story to be told. We extend heartfelt sympathy to the relatives and friends in these hours of sorrow.
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