|Louise Behrndt and William Lemke|
Marriage to William for Louise meant moving over the hills and around the bend to his farm where they worked hard farming the land.
They had two children William Ezra (1902-1983) and Aleta, a daughter who died in infancy in 1905. In 1906, when he was only 35, William was eating supper after working all day in the fields and choked on a prune pit. The brief newspaper account has some gruesome detail, along with the misspellings we have come to expect. Not only a sad death but freakish. The widow Louisa somehow kept the farm going for a time, likely with help from family, friends and hired hands but then moved back home with her parents.
|Copied from Winona Daily Republican June 1906|
In 1908 Louise married her second husband, a widower, Albert Kletzke. In my study of these families and this farm area, I note that it was common for the same family names to reappear. William Lemke's ( Louise's first husband) mother was Bertha Kletzke. So far as we have been able to determine Albert was a distant cousin to William Lemke. The life of the farmers centered around their community churches for social activities along with threshing and work parties. So often when a spouse died there would be a distant relative of someone and I imagine the locals thrived on matching together widows and widowers.
|1917, About 1 year old,|
|Charlotte Kletzke Confirmation|
|Charlie and Sorry|