||Death of Andrew Kasper
Andrew Kasper, a respected and well known, resident of Jones county, died at his home in Monticello, last Tuesday morning, March 16, at 7 o'clock, after an illness extending over a period of a year or more. He became ill a year ago last winter, following a hemorrhage of the lungs. He never recovered from that attack, but continued in a decline. He proposed a trip to a milder clime, but physicians advised that the disease was so far progressed that no hope for improvement could be expected from such a sojourn. He, therefore, decided that he would prefer to pass the remainder of his life in his own home, rather than among strangers. He was tenderly cared for by the members of his family, and walked down into the dark, valley with a stout heart.
Mr. Kasper was the son of Rudolph and Margaret Kasper. He was the last survivor of the members of his parents' family. He was born at Zirnoia, Switzerland, April 25, 1860. He was brought to the United States by his parents when he was four years of age, and the family settled in Richland township in this county. He was married to Katherine Tobiason, a daughter of the late Henry Tobiason of Wayne township, March 6, 1889, by Rev. C. Mardorf. The couple resided in Richland township three years, when they were called to Wayne township by the accidental death of Mrs. Tobiason's father, and they cared for the younger brothers and sisters of Mrs. Kasper until they were of an age to care for themselves. These included Reinhardt and Rudolph Tobiason and the two sisters who are now Mrs. John H. Hanken and Mrs. John Poppe. Mr. and Mrs. Kasper removed to Monticello in 1911, later buying what had been the Saries residence which thereafter remained the Kasper home. Mr. and Mrs. Kasper became the parents of two children, viz: Rudolph Kasper, who died in December, 1915, and Lena, who is married to Henry Carlsen. Mr. Kasper is survived by his wife and his daughter, Mrs. Carlsen; also by two grandchildren, Kathleen Gertrude Carlsen and Ruth Kasper.
The funeral services were held at the family residence this afternoon. They were conducted by Rev. William P. Ames of the Congregational church. The members of the local lodge of the Knights of Pythias order attended the funeral in a body, and had charge of the services at the grave. Interment was made in Oakwood cemetery.
Mr. Kasper was of a sociable nature and had many friends, a condition that was simply demonstrated by the large concourse of people who attended his funeral. It was one of the pleasures of his sick room that so many of his friends called to see him and visit with him during the long days when he could not get out to meet them with a cheerful smile and friendly handshake on the street.
He was a successful farmer, and profited not only in the rise in real estate values, but, by the good judgement he displayed in his farming operations. He was a good citizen and will long be missed.
Submitted by: Ron Ketelsen
Transcribed by: Janet Brandt
Source: Monticello Express, Monticello, Iowa, March 17, 1921