George Klein, my husband’s great-grandfather, was born in Darmstadt, Germany, December 27, 1850. George was the son of Jacob and Christina Klein. When George was 18 the family sailed across the Atlantic to America, to make their fortune in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where Jacob’s brother had settled.
George met and married Caroline Jungbluth, daughter of Adam Jungbluth and Christina Becker, German immigrants. Caroline was born in Boscobel, Wisconsin, October 11, 1859. While working in a sawmill George cut off all four fingers of his left hand. After this accident he worked on a farm, and about 1886 the family moved to Custer County, Nebraska, where they lived in a sod house. George and Caroline had 9 children: Louis H., Anna C., Elnora L., Edith Margaret, Fred, George Arthur, Carl Henry, Clara M. and Lawrence Klein.
George died September 23, 1924, at the age of 73 at Tabor, Iowa. The following is his obituary:
George Klein, son of Jacob and Christine Klein was born in Darmstadt, Germany December 27, 1850, and passed away at his home in Tabor, Iowa September 23, 1924, age 73 years 9 months.
He came to America with his parents in 1869 and lived in Milwaukee, Wis. for fifteen years.
He was united in marriage with Caroline Jungbluth October 25, 1881. To this union nine children were born, five boys and four girls. One son Henry preceded in infancy.
Mr and Mrs Klein moved to Custer Co., Neb. in the early days of 1886, where he took a homestead. Here he lived for 28 years.
Tho’ handicapped by the loss of the fingers of the left hand and meeting with drouth and all the hardships of the early pioneer life he brought up his children to honorable manhood and womanhood and gave them a practical education.
Taught in the scriptures from youth he accepted Christ as his personal Savior in 1895, being converted in the United Evangelical Church. From that time he lived a faithful and devoted Christian life, and has always manifested a deep interest in the forwarding of the work of the Lord, giving of his means and earnestly praying for the salvation of loved ones and friends.
In 1914 Brother and Sister Klein moved to Tabor with their two younger children for the purpose of giving them a Christian education.
He leaves to mourn his departure his companion and eight children all present; Louis of Calloway, Nebr.; Mrs. Anna Kasper of Lancaster, Wis; Mrs Ella Black of Cozab, Nebr.; Mrs Edith Ritchey of Geneva, Nebr.; Fred of Hamburg, Ia.; George of Calloway, Nebr.; and Clara and Lawrence at home.
Besides these there are twenty one grandchildren and one great grandchild, and one brother Andrew of Olympia, Wash.
A precious one from us has gone
A voice we loved is stilled;
A place is vacant in our home
Which never can be filled.