V.W.10 Aug 1906, page 66
WENDORFF, Wilhelm, one of the oldest settlers on Town Richmond, was relieved from his suffering when he died a terrible death on Friday, 3 August at noon. He became ill a few months ago but his end was unexpected, leaving his many friends and relatives shaking in deep sorrow. He, as a well known German settler in this part of the County, has dedicated his life in performing his best to honor his adopted fatherland.
Wilhelm Wendorff was born on 29 October 1844 in Gross Sabow in Pommern and reached the age of sixty five years and nine months. In the year of 1870 he followed tradition and joined the Regiment, Pasewalker Kuerassieren of Regiment “Koenigin”. On this campaign he was wounded. An honorary medal of his participation in this campaign decorates his chest. He returned home and in Wangeretz, Pommern on 10 July 1873, he married his surviving wife, Emilie. They enjoyed a happy marriage. Their only child, a son Albert was born on 7 April 1874. The couple came to America in 1876 and settled on a farm in town Richmond, where they continued to live. He was the Town Treasurer for many years, also the Town Chairman for a while and Secretary for the Farmers Mutual Insurance Business until his end.
The funeral was held on Sunday at St Jakobi Ev. Lutheran Church in Town Richmond with Pastor F. F. Selle officiating. A beautiful example of the general respect of his life was shown by the large number of people from near and far, who attended the funeral. The floral arrangement on the casket was from the German Veterans from Shawano, where the deceased was a member, was a token of their respect for their deceased comrade. His widow and only son mourned beside his grave. “We have buried a good man but to us he was more.”