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Joseph Lang
September 20, 1850–January 4, 1939

Death Called Joseph Lang
Funeral Services Were Held
Tuesday Afternoon At Reform Church

The death of Joseph Lang occurred at his home five miles north of Monticello last Saturday evening at nine o-clock. He suffered a fracture of the hip two years ago and had been bedfast since that time.
Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at one-thirty at the Iverson Funeral Home and at two o'clock at the Reform Church. Rev. Armin H. Tendick had charge of both services. Burial was made at Oakwood cemetery.
Mr. Lang was born September 20, 1850, in Canton Bern, Switzerland. He came to the United States in 1869 when he was nineteen years of age. He settled in Monticello and later bought a homestead from the government of eighty acres east of the McNeill farm. He later sold this farm and bought the home farm in 1880 and moved onto it in 1881. He lived continuously on this farm during his entire lifetime since coming to this country with the exception of three years when he lived in Monticello.
He was married to Mary Ritschard January 2, 1890, they therefore had just celebrated their forty-ninth wedding anniversary. Mr. Lang is survived by his widow and the following children, Mrs. John Glanz, Hopkinton; Mrs. Gilbert Skelding and Richard Lang, Cuba City, Wisconsin; Fred, Marion; John, Minnesota; Edward, Hazel Green, Wisconsin; Mrs. Fredda Ketelsen, Center Junction; Mrs. Carrie Welding, Chicago, and William C. Lang of Delaware county and ten grandchildren.
Mr. Lang had a host of friends in both Jones and Linn counties as well as elsewhere who will be prompt to extend sympathy to the Lang family in their bereavement.

Submitted by: Ron Ketelsen
Transcribed by: Janet Brandt
Source: unknown publication, January 7, 1939
Note: The obit says he died "last Saturday," but his gravestone says 1/4/1939, a Wednesday. (RH)


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