John Wunderlich
April 28, 1904
Manning Monitor

Word was received last Friday morning that John Wunderlich, a former resident of this place had been killed by lightning at his home near Holly Springs, Iowa, and that his remains would arrive here in the evening for interment on the following day. The message was a shock to this entire community as he was a man well known here and every person was his friend. Over two hundred people were at the depot when the train arrived and the M.W.A. Order took charge of the remains and conveyed them to their hall where they rested until the following day. It seems Mr. Wunderlich was hauling manure to the field and had unloaded his load and started to the house at a good pace as a rain was coming up, when a heavy bolt of lightning struck him and the team killing them all instantly. He pitched forward where he was found lying between the front legs of one of the horses. Mrs. Wunderlich was preparing dinner when the heavy thunderbolt came which gave her a bad shock for a few minutes. After she had sufficiently recovered, she thought of her husband and knowing that be was driving a colt, and fearing that the loud crash had caused the animal to take fright, she immediately started to the field in search for him, and over the brow of the hill she found the team and Mr. Wunderlich all piled up together. His mustache, hair and clothing were nearly burned off, his shoes torn from his feet, and the body in a pitiable condition. It seems as though the lightning had struck him fair on the head and had burned down the left side, taking the flesh away in pieces from his arm and side; nearly frantic she went for help to her nearest neighbor, Samuel Swearingen, and he summoned other assistance and the body was removed to the home and relatives notified. It was one of the saddest accidents that has occurred in that community and more than grief was felt over the loss of this man. He had proved a staunch friend to all his neighbors and although he has only lived there two years he has now a place in their hearts that will always remain. Prior to the move to Holly Springs he had resided near Manning nearly all his life, and to know him was to know a true gentleman. He was a hard worker and always ready to give aid to those in need and forgetting self when others were near.

John Friederich Wunderlich was born in Holstein, Germany in 1865 and at the age of seventeen years he came to this country. He was married to Flora E. Gardner in 1889 and to this union two children were born, Jennie and Julia, Jennie surviving. He was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran Church when but a child and has always been a man staunch in his faith. He leaves besides his wife and daughter, a mother, four sisters and two brothers to mourn his loss. The sisters are Mrs. Claus Struve, Mrs. Herman Kusel and Mrs. Ahrendsen, of this place, and Mrs. Henry Friedrichsen of South Dakota. The brothers are Thede Wunderlich of Armstrong and Nicolas Wunderlich of Logan. All were present at funeral which was held at the Methodist church Saturday afternoon, conducted by Rev. Bennett after which the remains were interred in the Manning Cemetery followed by a large concourse of sorrowing relatives and friends. The services at the grave were in charge of the M.W.A., of which order he, was a worthy member. The relatives and friends from abroad were, his uncle D.A. Ross of Cedar Rapids, a cousin Joe Ross of Audubon, Mr. and Mrs. J.W. Gardner of Gowrie, Mrs. Wunderlich's father and Mother and J.F. Wingert, C.H. Bild and Samuel Swearingen, friends of the deceased and members of the M.W.A. of Holly Springs. The sympathy of this community is given the sorrowing relatives in this dark hour.