Wallace Adam Krause
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WALLACE A. KRAUSE,”THE BOOMER,” DEAD—Expected death, but was Hopeful.— It is indeed with deep regret that we are called upon to chronicle the death of our friend and fellow employee, Wallace A. Krause, who was familiarly known as the Patriots Boomer. Five weeks previous to his death he was taken to the Polyclinic Hospital in Philadelphia, to under go a tedious surgical operation on diseased nerves in his head, which was preformed on Monday October 29. He stood the operation well and seamed to be improving for several days there after , when he suffered a relapse and passed away peacefully on Sunday morning, aged 56 years and two months. It seems Mr. Krause had a premonition of death and than on the other hand he had strong hopes of getting well again. This can be determined from several sentences of a letter written to the Patriot several days before the operation was preformed. It read as fallows, “ The operation I am to undergo is a very serious one they tell me , and it may turn out that the ‘Boomer’ will not survive the operation. but really I haven’ the least idea of giving in just yet. I have no other thought than to pull through safely. Good buy all.” the death of Mr. Krause is regretted by all that knew him. Despite the affliction of deafness he was able to fallow his occupation as collector and solicitor of new subscribers of this news paper much better than most persons possessed with good hearing faculties. He was also a skilled writer and his articles on “The Boomer and His Pard” were widely read. He was a man of more than ordinary abilities. The funeral will be held today from the residence of his aged parents at Klinesville at 12 o’clock noon. Services at 2 p. m. in Trinity Lutheran church, kutztown. Rev. R. B. Lynch the regular pastor will officiate. One of his last requests was that the proprietor of the Patriot, Mr. Esser, and employees act as pall bearers. Undertaker Elias Raver of Klinesville has charge. LEFT FAREWELL NOTE. Deceased wrote a note before he left for the hospital in which he says: To leave this world for the next is a step that comes to each and every person at some period of their existence. My time on Earth, I wish very much could have been lengthened ,as I would dearly love to stay for many years with my dearest wife, my dear parents, brothers and sisters, who have all ever done for me that for which I could never repay. The changeable climate and raw winds from Lake Michigan gave me catarrh so badly, that when I felt a loss in my hearing I was soon thereafter totally deaf. The loss of my hearing caused me intense anguish. to be deprived of hearing the heavenly music made me almost frantic. “ I was an organist in the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Chicago for a number of years, and when I had to relinquish that position I felt that I had lost about all that I had to lose. I kept on however, as long as I could hear the faintest sound. The few last times I played the organ someone marked time along side of me, and in that way I kept in time, but tears flowed so profusely I could hardly see the organ or anything else. Since my deafness a period of 17 years in November, I was for awhile a pianist in a Chicago place of amusement. At home I gave instructions to a good number of young people, and during the past 10 years I was collector for a news paper.” The note closes with the fallowing; “ I must bid everybody a ever lasting farewell, with expectations of meeting again on the other shore.” SKETCH OF HIS LIFE. Wallace Adam Krause, oldest of the children of Peter Krause and his wife Caroline, (nee Dietrich), was born on the old Dietrich Homestead at the foot of Round Top Mountain in Albany, September 12, 1850. He was baptized by Rev. G. F. J. Iager. The sponsors were the parents of his mother, Jacob Dietrich and his wife Christina. In the spring of 1853 his parents moved to Kutztown, taking possession of the Farmers and Drovers Hotel, now known as the American House. He attended the public sch
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