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Local Harness Maker and Pioneer Citizen Dies After Brief Illness.

John Burkhardt, veteran harness maker and resident of this city [Upper Sandusky, OH] for over seventy years, died at his home, on North Seventh street, Monday [30 JAN 1922] morning at 5:45 o'clock, following a brief illness with pneumonia. Mr. Burkhardt had also suffered with heart trouble and had been ill less than a week, taking to his bed last Tuesday [24 JAN 1922].

John Burkhardt was the son of Jacob and Katherine Burkhardt, both deceased, and was born in Baden, Germany, December 3, 1846, being 75 years, 1 month and 27 days of age at time of death. When five and one-half years of age he came with his parents to this country, landing, after a voyage lacking two days of six months, at New York and coming to this city direct where he had since resided. On November 19, 1868, he was united in marriage to Miss Katherine (sic) Grundtisch, who survives. There were no children born to this union, but Mr. and Mrs. Burkhardt reared a nephew, George Grundtisch, who was taken by death in his seventeenth year. For over fortyseven years he was employed as harness maker at the harness shop of the late Adam Katzenmeyer, in this city. After quitting there he started in the harness-making business for himself carrying on his work in a shop at the rear of his residence. Besides his wife he is survived by one brother, Michael Burkhardt, and a sister, Mrs. John Ritter, both of this city. Mr. Burkhardt was a member of the Trinity Evangelical church and was widely known in the community. Death has saddened a home, which had been made happy by the kindness of a husband, who had loved his home and won the respect of his many friends.

The funeral will probably be held Thursday [02 FEB 1922].

Friends will please omit flowers.

--The Daily Chief, Upper Sandusky, OH, Monday, 30 JAN 1922

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