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The Western Star, August 27, 1943.


Moritz G. Baessler, for many years one of Comanche County's substantial farmers and highly respected citizens, died in Denver, Colorado, last Friday, August 20, following an operation for appendicitis. Moritz had been in a very run down condition of health for some time, and a few weeks before had undergone a major operation in the Halstead hospital. His death came as a shock to his many friends here.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday of this week in the Antioch church and were in charge of Rev. Major W. Parker, pastor of the Coldwater Methodist church. Mr. and Mrs. G. T. Hadley sang three numbers, "The Old Rugged Cross," "When They Ring Those Golden Bells," and "Some Day We'll Understand."

Burial was in Crown Hill Cemetery, the following persons acting as casket bearers: Hurley Gard, Chas. Meyer, Walter Harness, Roy and Ernest Oller and Clyde Blount.


Moritz G. Baessler, second son of J. G. and Sophie Baessler, was born in Tubingen, Germany, on August 4, 1876, and died in a Denver, Colo., hospital on August 20, 1943, at the age of 67 years and 16 days.

In 1891 as a boy of 15 years he came to the United States and made his home in Delavan, Illinois, where he finished high school and later attended a business college in Peoria, Ill. He was employed as bookkeeper and cashier in a bank until 1907, when he came with his mother and brother, Carl to Stafford County, Kansas, where they engaged in farming.

In 1910 they moved to their farm in the Avilla neighborhood in Comanche County, which has been the home ever since. Mr. Baessler was a successful farmer and stock raiser, a quiet unassuming man, who did many kindly deeds. He was loved by all who knew him.

He leaves to mourn his death two brothers, Theodore C. of Coldwater and Carl A. of Denver, Colo., one sister, Mrs. Walter Neumann of Kiowa County, several nieces and nephews, and many friends.

Thanks to Shirley Brier for transcribing and contributing the above obituary!

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