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Frederich Missegades

Watertown Gazette, 09 14 1916

Death of Frederich Missegades

One of Watertown's Oldest and Most Beloved Residents


On Tuesday morning, September 12, 1916, Frederich Missegades, one of Watertown's oldest and most beloved citizens, died of general debility at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Fred Zipfel, 807 Montgomery Street, at the advanced age of 89 years.  


Missegades, Frederich     Chapter on


Montgomery, 807            1916, Fred Zipfel home


Misegades, Christiana, b. 1842, d. 1900

Misegades, Frederick, b. 1826, d. 1916

Misegades, Martha, no dates

Misegades, Willie, b. 1864, d. 1892




Since the death of his wife in 1900, Mr. Missegades made his home with his daughter, Mrs. Eli Fischer, and a few weeks ago went to visit for a time with his daughter, Mrs. Zipfel, and it was while there that he was taken ill and died.


Deceased was born in Duldorf, Hanover, Germany, on December 6, 1826, and in 1847 he came to America, landing in New York City, from there he came west to Milwaukee via the Great Lakes, and in 1848 he came to Watertown and found employment in the wagon shop of the late Richard Jones, where he learned his trade and was afterwards taken in as a partner.  


In 1859 he was married to Miss Christiana Schonfisch.  In 1862 he built the brick shop at 200-206 North Water Street, now occupied by the Otto Biefeld Co., and carried on a large wagon industry for years, his place being known far and wide as  "Freddie's Shop."  In company with other members of his family he conducted a flour mill a number of years at Boomer's dam.  


Mr. Missegades was one of Watertown's most enterprising and public-spirited citizens in his younger days and took an active interest in politics.  He was a prominent member of the Union League that was organized to fight the payment of the railway bonds, and he served his ward as alderman and supervisor a number of times.  He was a charter member of the Concordia Society and for many years was a member of St. Mark's Lutheran Church.


He is survived by three daughters and one son, Mrs. Eli Fischer and Mrs. Fred Zipfel of this city; Mrs. F. Paeske of Milwaukee and E. R. Missegades of Chicago.  Six grandchildren and two great grandchildren also survive him and one brother, Dietrich Missegrades of Talmadge, Nebraska.  This afternoon the funeral services of the deceased was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Eli Fischer, North Water Street, the home which Mr. Missegades erected thirty-six years ago and resided in many years, and of late has been the home of Mr. and Mrs. Fischer.


The funeral services were private and were conducted by Rev. Julius Klingmann of St. Mark's Lutheran church.  The interment was in Oak Hill Cemetery.


In the death of Mr. Missegades this city has lost one of its very best citizens, and but few men enjoyed the confidence, esteem and respect of his fellow citizens as did honest Fred. Missegades.  He was honest in his business dealings with others, kind and good-natured to everyone and always a friend to those in trouble.  Devoted to his family and friends, he led a pure and simple life, and always strove to make all around him happy and contented.  For such as he, there is certainly a place in the Heavenly Kingdom.



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