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12 Sep 1907


Death of George Wilt

Well Known Resident of the Town of Herman

George Wilt, and old settler and well known farmer of the town of Herman, died at his home in that town on Friday, the 6th of September, at the age of ninety years, six months and 10 days.  The interment took place at Gresham last Monday, Rev. Father Becker officiating.

George Wilt was widely known and respected as a soldier of France.  He was born near Ottersvieler, province of Alsace, France, February 24, 1817.  Early in life he was attached to military service, and followed the tricolor of his county for fourteen years, nearly all of which were passed in Algiers, Africa.  That he was a good and faithful soldier was attested by the honorable discharge from the service that he received prior to his emigration to America in 1856.  In that year he settled at Waterloo, Jefferson county, Wisconsin, following the occupation of farmer.  There he was married, in 1858, to Miss Nick.  In 1875 he came with his wife to the town of Herman, Shawano County.  With that pluck that was characteristic of the man through his life, he threw himself into the task of making from the wilderness a comfortable home for his family.  Such was the measure of his success that the old homestead is now one of the finest pieces of farm property in that town.  During his long residence in this county the former soldier of France proved that service under the tri-color is no handicap to good American citizenship.

Deceased is survived by an aged wife and five children, three sons and two daughters.  They are John, George, Fred, Mary and Emma, Mary is married and is living in the northern part of the state.  Emma is the wife of Fred Raasch of the town of Herman.  The sons are all farmers of their old home town.