One Of New Ulms Prominent Citizens, Aged 72,

Answers Summons.





Organized Pioneer

Nursery Took Keen Interest Also In Music.


William Pfaender, Jr., passed away at the Union Hospital Wednesday morning following a three week’s siege of illness. The immediate cause of his death was uremic poisoning, which followed a severe attack of hertes zoster, commonly known as shingles. His condition became really serious about ten days ago when he was re-moved to the hospital. He had at-tacks of these ailments for the past four or five years and with each reoccurring year, they became more violent and his constitution less able to resist them.

Son Of Pioneers.

The deceased was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, September 26, 1852, as a son of the late Col. and Mrs. William Pfaender and would have been 72years old if he had lived to September of this year, At the age of six years, he came to New Ulm with his parents, his father being one of the leaders who sponsored the founding of a German colony at this place. He spent his youth here and as a young man went to St. Paul where he found employment with one of the large wholesale concerns of that city. Later he established a book store in St. Paul and about 25 years ago he returned to New Ulm and associated himself with his father in the insurance and real estate business, later taking over the business himself.

A Lover Of Nature.

The deceased was always a lover of Nature and was especially interested in plant life. He commenced experiments with growing fruit and other trees and became so interested in this line of work, that he started a nursery under the name of Pioneer Nursery and eventually sold out his insurance business and devoted his whole time to this new enterprise. Shortly after his return to New Ulm he became Secretary of the New Ulm Savings & Loan Association and still held this position at the time of his death.

The deceased was married twice. On the 17th of October, 1880, he was united in marriage to Emilie Kiesling who preceded him in death March 30,1891. To Sophia Berndt, who survives him, he was married October 10,1893. Four children were born of the first union, three of whom survive.They are Rudolph M. Pfaender of this city, Max Pfaender of Sioux Falls, South Dakota and Emil Pfaender, Yankton, South Dakota. Six children were born of the second union, all of whom survive. They are: Mrs. Roland (Wally) Neumann, St. Louis,Mo.; Thomas P. Pfaender, student at Normal College, Indianapolis; Katherine, Carl, Lottie and Rosie who are still at home. He is also survived by 10 grandchildren and the following sisters and brothers: Mrs. Louise Stamm, Mrs. Charles Hauser and Mrs. Minnie Loenholdt of St. Paul; Fred Pfaender, Miss Josie Pfaender, Mrs. L. A. Fritsche and Albert Pfaender of New Ulm and Herman Pfaender of the Town of Milford.

Mr. Pfaender was a lover of music and the arts in general. He learned to play the violin early in life and while he resided in St. Paul, he was a member of Seibert’s orchestra. Returning to New Ulm he kept up his musical education and developed into one of New Ulm’s best violin players.For a number of years he conducted an orchestra in the city and was the leader of the New Ulm Maennerchor for many years. In all matters of civic interest he took a prominent part and at all times displayed a progressive spirit. He was studious in his habits and was well informed in all matters of general interest.

At the time of his death Mr. Pfaender was a member of the New Ulm Turnverein, having belonged to this organization for over fifty years. He was also a member of the Sons of Hermann and of the Junior Pioneers. In the latter organization he was quite active and he was the one who suggested that the organization which had been organized to arrange for the golden jubilee of the Indian Massacre, be made a permanent institution.

The funeral will be held Friday afternoon at two o’clock from Turner Hall and interment will be made in the city cemetery. It will be under the auspices of the New Ulm Turnverein and Albert Steinhauser will officiate at the obsequies.

New Ulm Reveiw,

May 28, 1924



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