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Pauline Lorentzen Grassmeyer
April 12, 1825–December 16, 1891

GRASSMEYER-At her home in Monticello, December 16th, 1891, Pauline, wife of Fred Grassmeyer, aged 66 years of cancer or ulcer of the liver.

The funeral of Mrs. Fred Grassmeyer was held at the family residence last Friday afternoon, at which time a large concourse of sorrowing friends assembled to give silent testimony of their regard for the good woman. The funeral address was delivered by Rev. T. B. Balcar of Richland township. The remains were interred in Oakwood cemetery. The people of Monticello are indebted to Mrs. Grassmeyer very largely for the beginning of that beautiful cemetery. She and Mrs. Kimball solicited all of the funds which were first used in buying the land and laying out the cemetery. As it grew in beauty Mrs. Grassmeyer frequently adverted upon it and congratulated herself upon the good work she had done. Mrs. Grassmeyer, whose maiden name was Pauline Lorentzen, was born in Bredstedt, Schleswig, Germany, April 12, 1825. She came to New York in 1850 and the following year was married at Elizabethtown, N.J., to Mr. Fred Grassmeyer. The same year they moved to Utica, N.Y., where they lived until 1854, when they became residents of Davenport, Iowa. In 1859 they became citizens of Monticello. Here they have lived and labored for more than 30 years. Mrs. Grassmeyer was a woman of great energy and business judgment whose assistance to her husband during his successful business career was very marked. She was the mother of six children, two boys and four girls, all but two of whom died in infancy. Those surviving are Mrs. A. Kenipf of this place and Mrs. Paul Buol of Nebraska.

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Source: Monticello Express, December 24, 1891

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