Lieutenant Charles (Karl) Karsten


        Died, at his residence in the village of West Bend, on Tuesday morning, Sept. 23, 1884, Mr. Charles W. Karsten.
The deceased was born in Bruel, Mecklenburg Schwerin, Germany, Dec. 21, 1843, and consequently was less than 41 years of age. In 1856 he emigrated to the United States with his parents and came directly to West Bend. After spending three years in school and on the farm he learned the mason's trade, at which he worked until August 1862, when he enlisted in the 26th regiment of Wisconsin volunteers. He entered as a private and rose to the rank of first lieutenant. In 1865 he returned, attended a commercial school one term, and then again worked at his trade until in 1873 with Mr. Wm. Franckenberg he formed the mercantile firm of Franckenberg & Karsten, which existed until a few weeks ago, when it was dissolved on account of Mr. Karsten's sickness.
        The hardships he had to endure while fighting for his country laid the germ to his disease, which culminated in consumption and after interfering seriously with his business duties compelled him last winter to wholly withdraw from them. One of the happiest family ties has been severed by the sad event. Besides his widow Mr. Karsten leaves three children, Anna, Adolph, and Martha. He was highly esteemed by our citizens.
The funeral will take place tomorrow afternoon at two o*clock from the home of the family. Services will be held at the Lutheran church.

                                                                                            Wed Oct 1, 1884 page 3 col 2


        We the members of the Washington County Veterans Association desire to present through our committee this tribute of respect to our worthy comrade Charles W. Karsten, who departed this life Sept. 23 1884, aged 40 years.
        Resolved, That we as comrades bow in sadness with the family of the deceased and with them mourn the loss of this true soldier and kind husband and father, whose place in the home circle is so sadly vacant, and who will never more answer to roll call in our ranks.
        Resolved, That we as an organization tender our heartfelt sympathies to the bereaved wife and children of the deceased, and that we commend them to that Power which was in the beginning and will be to the end, for succor in this their hour of affliction.

                                                                                            Geo. W. Jones
                                                                                            J. R. Kohlsdorf Committee
                                                                                            J. Thielges

Karl Karsten's Diary: [1862] [1863] [1864]
Karl Karsten's Letters: [1] [2]