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Ernest O. Theim


Posted By: Rebecca Foster (email)
Date: 8/22/2015 at 19:37:43


It is with deep regret that we chronicle the death of Ernest O. Theim which occurred Friday, March 31st The news of his death did not come as a surprise to people of Denison, but brought genuine sorrow to many hearts, for while he was a quiet, un ostentatious man, he possessed a character that rang true gold and those who knew him best had learned to love him dearly and to respect him for ills many virtues. Mr. Thiem had been in failing health for the past two years and he spent some time at different sanitariums for relief from what was supposed to be rheumatism, he returned last summer, from a sanitarium near Lincoln, Neb., where he took treatment for several weeks and was much benefited, but only a short time later Ills condition became worse and lie gradually weakened. For the past few months Mr. Theim knew that he would not be able to ward off the grim reaper much longer and during that time lie prepared for the end and even made the arrangements for the funeral services, which were carried out according to his wishes.

Ernest O. Theim was born Feb. 15, 1843, in Germany and received his early education in Stargard, Pomnern. After completing the required course of. training he attended a mercantile business college in Syettin, in which place he was employed as clerk and manager in many responsible positions in his chosen profession. In the year 1871, after the war between France and Germany was over, he came to America, locating in Pennsylvania, and after mastering the English language he came to Denison. He was in Denison but a short time when he accepted a position with the firm of Barrett & Ryan at Vail and later with A.L. Strong, of the same place, in whose employ he remained for seven years after which he returned to Denison and accepted a position with the Halle Brodersen company, ill whose employ he remained until 1006. when he retired from active business and devoted his time to assisting his invalid wife. Mr. Theim was married on the 14th day of November, 1881, to Charlotte H. Kinyon, who still survives him.

Mr. Theim was not ambitious for preferment, but was content with peace and comfort of the home circle. Mr. Theim, during his long illness, was a patient sufferer, never complaining of his lot and had only words of cheer for the many friends who visited him during his illness. For a number of years Mr. Theim took great pleasure in raising pure bred chickens and it was here in Denison that be originated strains that have proven so popular, not only in the United States, but in a number of foreign countries. He was an authority on pure bred chickens and on several occasions acted as judge at some of the national poultry shows. In the death of Mr. Theim Denison loses a good citizen, kind neighbor and friend.

Funeral services were held from the family home Sunday afternoon. Rev. J.C. Tourtellot, pastor of the Presbyterian church, officiating, after which interment was made in Oakland cemetery.

Source: The Denison Review, Denison, Crawford, Ia., 05 Apr 1916.


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