Obituary Of Julius Ernst Zank

Julius Ernst Zank was born in Province Posen, Germany in the year 1853 and passed away at his home in Hay Creek on Tuesday, December 18, 1923 at the age of 70 years 8 months, 15 days.

The deceased came to America with his parents and brothers when only 11 years of age. They settled first at Ripon and two years later moved to Augusta where they settled on the homestead in Diamond Valley.

He was united in marriage to Miss Friedricka Wiegand in 1878 and lived on the old homestead until 1891, when they moved to their present home in Hay Creek.

Mr. Zank always took an active part in all matters pertaining to the advancement of his community. He was a member of the Board of Directors of the Fall Creek Mutual Fire Insurance Co. for 24 years and acted as agent for this company for 18 years.

He was one of the founders of the St. Johnís Lutheran Church of Hay Creek, where he also acted as Secretary and Trustee for almost 40 years.

His health began to fail about 5 years ago and for the past year he was practically an invalid.

There are left to mourn; his wife and 10 children as follows: Albert of Hay Creek; Mrs. William Sieg of Reynolds, North Dakota; Mrs. Henry Luedtke of Augusta; Mrs. G. Gerth of Greenleaf, Wisconsin; Herman of Osseo; Otto of Chicago; Ferdinand of Grand Forks, North Dakota, Walter, Iowa; John and Erwin at home. One daughter, Matilda, preceded in death in 1891 at the age of 6 years. Two brothers, Fred of Fairchild and Gustave of Hay Creek.

Mr. Zank was a man of sterling qualities, upright in all his dealings, enjoying the confidence and highest respect of all who knew him; a kind and oving husband and father and as a friend, neighbor and citizen he will be sadly missed and mourned by al who enjoyed his acquaintance.

Funeral services were held Friday afternoon, December 21, from St. Johnís Lutheran Church in Hay Creek. German Services being conducted by the Rev. Reul of Hay Creek and in the American Language by the Rev. B. F. Matter (?) of Fall Creek with interment in the Hay Creek Cemetary.

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