Died-At Barrett Sunday afternoon at five o'clock, Robert Thiel after a lingering illness of over one…

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Died-At Barrett Sunday afternoon at five o'clock, Robert Thiel after a lingering illness of over one year.

Robert Thiel, proprietor of the Barrett Roller Mills and one of the early settlers in this county, died Sunday at his home at Barrett after suffering over one year from cancer of the stomach. About a year ago he began to feel painful symptoms in the stomach and consulted local physicians with no relief. He was taken to St. Mary's Hospital in Minneapolis where he was treated for catarrah of the stomach and returned home for two months improved when again symptoms set in and was treated by a specialist in Minneapolis and eight weeks ago was removed to St. Joseph's Hospital in St. Paul where an operation was performed, revealing cancer in the stomach and his case an incurable one, though it was advised not to apprise him of the fact. He often expressed improvement and would soon be well. About a week before his demise the patient sufferer felt hopeful for all pain left him until a few hours before death claimed him did he realize that the end was near. He then summoned the near and dear ones about him and recognized them one by one, bidding each one farewell, then beckoned his wife to help him he sank back with "Oh, God save me" upon his last breath.

Deceased was born at Crossen, Germany, on March 25, 1862 being 39 years of age at the time of his death. He began his profession as miller at the age of 13 and worked continually at this until the fall of 1885 when he left for America and came direct to Roseville, this county, where he resided on a farm he still owns until the fall of 1895 when he removed to Barrett and purchased the flour mills.

Deceased will always be remembered as a devoted husband and father, and a kind neighbor. He never overlooked an opportunity to render aid and comfort. The death of Mr. Thiel removes from the community an excellent citizen, a shrewd and upright business man, always punctual and painstaking and few occupied a loftier position in the estimation of his fellow citizens. He was often tendered positions of trust and honor but declined although he served two terms as councilman.

On November 24, 1885, the day he left for America, he was united in marriage to Miss Ottilia Scheaffler and their union has been blessed with eight children, viz: Edelia aged 14; Aurelia aged 13; Emma aged 12; Oscar aged 9; twins- a boy and a girl - Anton and Antonia aged 6; Anna aged 4; Cecilia aged 2 years. Besides his wife who is deeply affected by his loss he is mourned by his father John Thiel of Roseville; a sister and three brothers viz: Mrs. Chas. Disselkamp of Roseville; O.Linck of Roseville; Bruno Thiel of Pierre, South Dakota and Hugo Thiel of Barrett.

Deceased was a consistent member of the Catholic Church. Services were held at Barrett Tuesday afternoon and on Wednesday the remains were taken to Morris where services were held in the Catholic Church where the remains were interred. A large concourse of friends and relatives followed the remains to its last resting place.

The Tribune will be joined by all in expressing heartfelt sympathy to the bereaved family and relatives.

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