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Johann Konrad Daehler, 86, died at the home of his son, Supervisor Henry J. Daehler, in Fair Haven Township, on June 16, 1897, and was buried June 18. Interment took place in their private burial ground at the old homestead, after which Reverend Muegge delivered the funeral sermon in the old Lutheran church, two miles west of Chadwick. A large congregation was in attendance.

The deceased was born in the village of Freinenseen, Hesse-Darmstadt, Germany, February 6, 1811. In 1855 he with his family, consisting of his wife, two sons, and a daughter, crossed the Atlantic for the U.S. and settled in Fair Haven Township, Carroll County, on the place where he has since lived and died in his old age.

While in Germany he followed the carpentry and millwright trades, but when he arrived in this country he devoted his time to farming. He was one of the German pioneers of Black Oak and with a few others was one of the founders of the German St. Paul's Lutheran Church. Mr. Daehler was a good neighbor and was liked by everyone who knew him.

In 1888 his wife passed away just a short while after they had celebrated their golden wedding. He left two sons, Henry J. and Louis C., both of Fair Haven; a daughter, Mrs. Otto Immelt, who resides in Waterloo, Iowa; 19 grandchildren; and 16 great-grand- children to mourn his loss beside a host of friends.

Johann Konrad Daehler was married in Freienseen, August 8, 1838, to Katharina Jung. She preceded him in death October 7, 1888, age 75 years. Of their children:

1. Henry Jacob Daehler was long active in the affairs of Fair Haven. At the time of his death in 1910 it was said that he had "served the township longer and in more various capacities than any other citizen since the township was organized." His death notice proceeds to list his services: highway commissioner, 1871-89; school trustee, 1878; school director for many years; township clerk, 1892-5; supervisor, 1895-9; assessor, 1905; census enumerator, 1900; member of the Chadwick village board, 1906-10; secretary for the Chadwick Lutheran Church since it was organized; and organist for the Chadwick church. He was twice married. His first wife, born Elizabeth Zugschwerdt, died in childbirth at the age of 23. His second wife, born Wilhelmina Heyer, survived him.

2. Christina died in infancy in Germany.

3. Louis Christian Daehler was a prominent farmer in Fair Haven. He married Anna Hartmafl, member of another pioneer Black Oak family.

4. Willielmina was the wife of `Otto Immelt. The young couple left Fair Haven in 1867 and settled in Black Hawk County, Iowa, near Waterloo.

5. Frederick died in infancy in Germany.

6. The youngest child, a daughter, was stillborn.

Source: A Goodly Heritage Supplement #1 Spring 1975

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