to The Sentinel
Point. Wis. — Senvices
will be Wednesday for the
last living survivor of the Peshtigo fare, Mrs. Augusta Bruce. 104, who
Sunday at the Portage County Home here.
was born Aug. 4, 1569, or
Island off Door County.
Her family settled in the Peshtigo area
just before the fire that began
Oct. 8. 1871. Her parents. Mr. and Mrs. John C. Wegner were German
used to recall her father telling
about the fire that claimed
more than 1,000 lives. The family took refuge
in the Peshtigo
as the blaze
roared through the lumber camp. Killing 800
persons in that town alone.
An additional 300 persons
died in the area west and south of Peshtigo and about 50 more in Door
across Green Bay. The more widely remembered Chicago fire,
which started the same day.
After the fire, the Wegner family moved to Green Bay and,
in 1877, moved to a farm
near Dorchester in Taylor County.
In 1888, Augusta
Henry Bruce, a timber
camp foreman. In 1909
moved to Park
died in 1940 and Mrs. Bruce
went to California
where two of her children
lived, but returned to Wisconsin a short time
later. She lived at the county home since 1968.