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Carsten Ketelsen
June 12, 1857–October 24, 1928
Successful Man Called By Death At Anamosa
Carsten Ketelsen Died At Home of Daughter in Anamosa

Citizens of Jones county will be pained to learn of the death of Carsten Ketelsen, which occurred yesterday morning at 2:30, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Peter Johannsen, at Anamosa. Mr. Ketelsen became ill last May and went to the clinic at Rochester for an examination with the hope that his health might be improved. The physicians informed him that he was suffering from a malady which was incurable, viz: the hardening of the liver. He returned to his home in Monticello and later went to Anamosa to make his home with his daughter.
Mr. Ketelsen was born in Germany, June 12, 1857. He attended the public schools of that country and at the proper age, served for four years as a soldier in the German army. At the conclusion of his service, he immigrated to the United States in 1884, and settled in Clinton county.
He was married in Clinton in 1888 to Anna Yetter. After living for a short time in Clinton, they removed to Center Junction where the family home was made for many years. Mr. and Mrs. Ketelsen found that the active farm work was too strenuous and removed to a small farm, formerly owned by Andrew Davidson and located a short distance west of the McDonald hospital. Mrs. Ketelsen died December 10, 1921. Following her death, Mr. Ketelsen sold the farm and removed to Monticello.
There were eight children born to this estimable couple, two of whom, Henry, aged 3 and Laura, aged 2 1/2 , are now dead. The surviving children are: Mrs. Peter Johannsen, of Anamosa; John Ketelsen, of Center Junction; Mrs. John Christianson, of Monticello; Mrs. Floyd Shew, of Martelle; Mrs. William Prull, of Center Junction, and William Ketelsen, of Monticello.
After coming to the United States, Mr. Ketelsen pursued the vocation of a farmer. At the time of his death he was the owner of three farms, one occupied by his son John, at Center Junction, one by Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Shew near Martelle, and one near Wyoming. During his active years on the farm, he was greatly interested in dairying, and also did con-----------(can't read)--------- always his plan to raise and feed his own stock. At one time he milked as high as forty head of cows. There are few farmers now living in Jones county who became as successful as Mr. Ketelsen.
The funeral services will be held from the family home in Monticello Saturday afternoon, October 27 at 2 o'clock. Rev. Leonard Duckett of the Presbyterian church will be in charge. Following the funeral Mr. Ketelsen's body will be taken to North Madison cemetery near Center Junction for burial.

Submitted by: Ron Ketelsen
Transcribed by: Janet Brandt
Source: Monticello Express(?), Monticello, Iowa, October 25, 1928

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