Beaver Creek Pioneer Completes Long Life
Herman Salzwedel Dies -- was for fifty-two years a resident
Herman Ludwig Salzwedel, a pioneer of South Beaver Creek, died at his home Jan. 8 (1915), after an illness that dates back three years. More than two years ago he suffered a paralytic stroke. For two years prior to his death he was a helpless invalid and was confined to his bed.
Funeral services were held Tuesday from the church in that locality and were attended by a large gathering of neighbors and friends. Rev. Eggert, pastor of the German congregation at Galesville, conducted the service in German, and Rev. L. M. Gimmestad, pastor of the Galesville Synod Lutheran church, spoke in English.
Mr. Salzwedel had resided in his community fifty-two years. He was born near Greifenberg, germany, Nov. 8, 1834. In 1857 he was married to Wilhelmina Gust. A year later the young couple came to America, first settling in Wisconsin at Milwaukee. Here they resided two years and then moved to La Crosse. A year later they came to Trempealeau county, settling on lands in Beaver Creek, which was therafter their home. Here they cleared a farm and prospered. Six children were born to them, five of whom with the widow survive. The children are a son, Louis, living on the old farm; three daughters, Mrs. Adolph Affel(d)t, Mrs. John Erhart (Ehret) and Mrs. Arthur Hardie, and a son, August. Fourteen grandchildren are included in the descendants. Other immediate relatives are a brother, William, living at St. Charles, Minn., and two sisters, Mrs. Laura Affeldt, of North Bend, and Mrs. August Dorevaldt, of Omaha, Neb.
Mr. Salzwedel was of that hardy Germany stock that braved the wilds of Wisconsin and shaped its way, enduring the hardships of pioneer life, yet ever prospering. Although retired by illness from mingling with his friends, he was not forgotten by them in his last years, and he will be long remembered in the community, which is the better for his having lived in it.
--From the Galesville Republican.