Notes for Frederick Schleich: Obituary dated April 1901. Frederick Schleich a resident of this county passed away at the home of his nephew Matthew Schleich of Crooked Creek at the age of 63. The cause of his demise was appendicitis for which an operation had been performed, from which he never rallied, his age and feeble health being insufficient to withstand. The deceased was a member of Billy Mathison post of this city, having served with honor and distinction during the Civil War. Mr. Schleich was unmarried and had made his home with his nephew for the last few years. A large number of friends and a delegation of the G.A.R. attended the funeral from here which took place at Freeburg Monday.
This letter was written by Mrs. Math. Schleich Jr. to John Schleich in ILL. Freeburg Minn April 10, 1901 Dear Cousin John, I bring you the sad news that uncle Fred died last Saturday, April the 6th in the forenoon at half past eleven o'clock. He suffered a lot toward the end, but died as a Christian and was buried at Freeburg Monday at half past ten with a large attendance. there were 10 grand army men down from Caledonia, they were the pallbearers, they would have all come down but they had a special meeting on that day which kept them from doing so. we received those $10.00 you sent on Thursday. and Uncle Fred had his right sense yet. He was glad and said Old John is all right. He was all ways thinking you would come up and when in a delirium he would always talk about your father, he would always see him and say hello Henry,is that you, did you come? But he never said we should send for him, as he always had hopes he would get well again. But there were little hopes right after the operation the Doctor showed me the piece he cut out from the stomach and said it had gone to long already, the place he sewed together was all rotten the stitches wouldn't hold, he done his best and if Fred would recover it would be a miracle. The Doctor came down every day for 8 days for Fred. I wanted him to do so. Math was up to see the Doctor about the bill, he charges $130.00, that is the Doctors bill. There were $60.00 on hand yet that paid for the funeral expense. On Wednesday morning he told us what to do with his things and with the money. He thought it took all the money to pay the expense and if there was any left it was for our trouble and an Iron cross on his grave and his watch we should give to your father if he would come up. But as he could not come we will send it to him as soon as we get straightened a little, I will write to your father when I get time. You can send this letter to him for I expect he will be very sorry to hear of this death. He always said he would like to see you again before he died, and as he died on Saturday, fore noon it was no use to send word to anyone for they could not come, because the trains don't run on Sunday, so we did not send word to Dave, nor to Mary in St. Paul. I am in a hurry, Math. wants to take this to the PO now. I remain with best regards your cousin Mary Schleich Answer soon.
Ferdind Schleich 18 Male Laborer Luxembourg to Buffalo NY, between decks, Ship Pyramid, Antwerp Belgium to New York NY. 16 July 1856
More About Frederick Schleich: Burial: April 08, 1901, Freeburg Mn. Military service: Was a member of the 75th ill. US Infantry, wounded at the battle of Atlanta.