Louis E. Dornfeld
L. E. Dornfeld Rites Here Saturday
Services for Louis E. Dornfeld, a lifelong resident of this area, will be held at 2 o’clock on Saturday at the Noffz Funeral Home. Pastor Henry Paustian of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church will officiate.
Mr. Dornfeld died in his sleep Tuesday night at the home of his son in Oak Park, Ill. He would have been 100 years old on the 12th of May.
He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Friedrick Dornfeld, who were early settlers in the town of Lebanon.
In 1894 he married Ida Behl of Lebanon. She died in 1896. In 1898 he married Emma Menke of Beaver Dam. She preceded him in death in 1957.
As a young man he farmed the homestead in Lebanon and in 1897 he came to Watertown and built a livery business in South First Street. He loved horses and one of his fond memories was a race horse he owned at that time. When the T.M.E.R. & L. street car line was built from Milwaukee to Watertown, he took his team of horses and worked on the construction.
Drove Fire Vehicle
From 1912 to 1917 he drove the Hook and Ladder for the North First Street fire station. The care of his horses was always a great concern and on the icy, wintry night of the Carl Schurz home fire one of his horses took cold and the team needed to be replaced.
When the mechanical fire equipment was bought, he drove the bus for the Schulze Bus Line and later he worked for the city of Watertown with the street maintenance department.
His home was at 217 Washington Street. He went to Oak Park, Ill., in 1964 to live with his son’s family.
His sight was completely gone for many years but he had a keen interest in his radio and his thinking was sharp and clear. He enjoyed visiting with friends and always had quick wit.
He was a member of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church and an honorary member of the Watertown Plattdeutscher Verein.
He is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Walter (Verena) Neumann, Orlando, Fla., Mrs. Max (Olive) Busjaeger, Evanston, Ill., and two sons, Frederick of Brownsville, Tex., and Raymond of Oak Park, Ill. Eight grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren survive, also a sister, Mrs. Anna Kronitz of Wittenberg, Wis., and nieces and nephews.
During the past year he mourned the death of his daughter, Mrs. Lucille McNamee and his grandson, Mark Neumann, of Madison, who was killed in Vietnam.
Friends may call at the Noffz Funeral Home this evening and on Saturday until the time of the service.
Interment will be in Oakwood Cemetery, Beaver Dam.
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