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Dr. Benjamin Franklin Erb
Final Service Is Tentatively Set Saturday
Dr. Benjamin Franklin Erb, 83, died at his home early Tuesday [Wed.]* morning following a lingering [short] illness.
He was born in Muscatine on October 14, 1867, the son of Jacob and Susan Erb. He graduated from the Muscatine High School and the Ohio College of Dental Surgery.
On July 8, 1896 he was married to Alma Kurtz at Lisbon. Three children were born to this union, Laurence William; Mrs. R. G. Thomas, Lafayette, Indiana; and the late Mrs. Wright S. Frazier.
From 18891892 he practiced dentistry in Lisbon. In 1893 he moved his practice to Anamosa where he opened an office in the Niles Theatre Building. He remained at the same location until his retirement in 1949.
Dr. Erb had been a member of the board of education, a past member of the city council, president of the Anamosa library board for 23 years, member of the commercial club, Anamosa Country Club, Treasurer of the Methodist church for 12 years, and a member of the Masonic lodge.
Funeral services are tentatively set for Saturday at the Gottsch Funeral Home."

Submitted by: Emily Terrell.
Source: Anamosa Eureka, Thursday, June 21, 1951
Note: Corrections by Dr. Erb's wife are in brackets.

Dr. B. F. Erb Dies Wednesday
Practiced Dentistry in Anamosa For 58 Years
Dr. B. F. Erb, 83, retired Anamosa dentist, died at his Anamosa home early Wednesday morning. Dr. Erb had practiced his profession in Anamosa for 58 years, until his retirement three years ago.
Funeral will be at Goettsch Funeral home. Date had not been set as the paper went to press.
Survivors Named
Survivors include his wife, Alma, a daughter, Mrs. R. G. Thomas, Lafayette, Ind., a son, Lawrence Erb, South Laguna, Calif., and four grandchildren, George and Ross Frazier and Emily and John Thomas, all of Lafayette. A daughter, Mrs. Wright S. Frazier, preceded him in death.
Dr. Erb received his DDS degree at Ohio college of dental surgery in 1889 and attended Haskel post graduate college, Chicago. He lived in Lisbon before coming to Anamosa in 1893. He was married to Alma Kurtz of Lisbon July 8, 1896.

Submitted by: Emily Terrell.
Source: Anamosa Eureka

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