Louis and Henriette Wenkel Seyffardt
Submitted by Judy Lindquist
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HENRIETTE WENKEL SEYFFARDT
Ludwig Ernst (Louis)
Seyffardt was born on October 15, 1858, in Titibawassee, Michigan. When
he was a small child, his family moved to Saginaw where his father owned
a hardware store. By 1874, Louis had lost three of his nine siblings and
both of his parents. His oldest sister Mathilde married a widower from
St. Louis named Philip Gruner. When Mathilde moved to St. Louis, Louis
and another sister, Sophie, also moved to the area. This was in about
Louis Seyffardt and Henriette Wenkel were engaged
on June 30, 1882, and married in Columbia, Illinois on November 2 of the
same year. Henriette first noticed Louis from the home of her Fiege
cousins. She watched him as he walked to work at the Masonic building on
Main Street where he served as a druggist. The Fiege home is a white
brick house with a wrought iron fence, and is still standing. Four
children were born to Louis and Henriette: Louis (29 Aug 1883), Mina
Sophie (5 Oct 1884), Heinrich Philip (24 Jul 1886), and Alyda Katharina
(30 Oct 1887). The three oldest died within a week of each other from
diptheria in 1888. Louis was extremely distraught. He thought that as a
druggist he should have been able to prevent the deaths. He moved with
his wife and remaining daughter to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the home of two
of his sisters and many cousins. On January 23, 1894, he died. His
daughter Alyda said he died of a broken heart. The death certificate
lists typhoid fever as the cause. Louis was returned to Columbia for
burial beside his children.
Henriette Wenkel was the
granddaughter of Conrad and Henriette Wenkel, early settlers of Columbia
(about 1848). Her parents were Friedrich Wenkel and Mina Kalowsky. When
Friedrich died in 1865, Mina remarried Konrad Bolm, but she died shortly
thereafter in 1867, and was buried beside Friedrich. After Louis's
death, Henriette moved to Jerseyville, Illinois, to be with her sister
Lena and Lena's husband Henry Brockman. There Alyda met and later
married Carlton Randolph.
All of the Wenkel's,
Seyffardt's, Randolph's, and Fiege's named above are buried at St.
Paul Evanglical Cemetery in Columbia, Illinois.
From Saginaw Globe (24 JAN 1894)
Wm. Seyffardt received a telegram this morning
announcing the death of his brother, Louis Seyffardt, of Milwaukee. A
severe attack of lagrippe was the cause of death. Mr. Seyffardt was born
and brought up in this city, having resided here until about 8 years
ago. He was for many years in the employ of Wm. Moll in the drug
business. Many friends in this city will be grieved at the news of his
death. The remains will be taken to Columbia, Ill, for interment.
From Waterloo Republican (FEB 1894)
Louis Seyffardt was buried here Friday. He died in Milwaukee, Wis., and was brought to his old home where several of his family are buried. Some years ago Mr. Seyffardt occupied the drug store in the Masonic building now owned by Dr. Nixon. During Garfield's administration he was appointed postmaster. He was a man of eccentric disposition, but of considerable ability and an uncompromising republican.
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