Here he lived until his infirmities of age rendered an active life impossible. He then came to Manning and spent the rest of his days with his daughter, Mrs. Mergele. That was about eleven years ago when he arrived in Manning. He was confirmed in the Lutheran Church, when a young man, and to that faith he adhered during his life. His life was much longer than the usual allotment. But few attain to such years. He is or was perhaps the oldest citizen in the community, the oldest in the county, and very few older in the state. He was an upright citizen, very genial, and social in his manner, and was highly respected and esteemed by those who knew him. Arriving in Manning when he was over four score years old, his age naturally compelled him to lead a quiet life, so that opportunities of a large acquaintance were not possible, yet he always proved a companionable neighbor and acquaintance. He was a man of reasonable good health to the last. Within forty-eight hours of his death he sat up in his chair reading the current news of the day. Thus he cometh to his grave in a full age, like as a stock of corn cometh in his season. His age at death December 21, 1918, was 94 years, 9 months, and 3 days. The immediate relatives who survive to mourn his death are his two daughters mentioned above, 15 grandchildren and a number of great-grandchildren, together with a nephew in Minnesota.
A private funeral was held at the home of Mrs. Mergele, his daughter, December 24, 1918, at 1 p.m. after which the remains were laid away in the Manning Cemetery. Rev. A.T. Aller, officiating.