Vol. 4 Issue 1
Oshkosh, WIS., Tuesday, July 26, 1898
BORN WITH THE CENTURY
Mrs. Mary Bauer is Ninety-eight today.
Is in perfect health
The aged lady walks a half mile to church and rarely misses the trip -- Sews and reads to while away the hours -- Mother of eleven children
The relentless hand of time has dealt kindly with Mrs. Mary Bauer of this city. Mrs. Bauer is celebrating her 98th birthday anniversary today at her home on the South side. This aged lady lives at the Brooklyn house on Sixth street, where she has made her home for some time. Her apartments and the interior of the house generally are beautifully decorated for this occasion by the loving friends, who have taken it upon themselves to care for the old lady in her declining years.
Mrs. Bauer was born in Bamisk, Rohren Behemia sic ( Böhmisch Rohren, Bohemia) July 26, at the beginning of the present century, 1800. Mrs. Bauer came to this city about twenty-eight years ago, where she has since resided. The aged lady is the mother of eleven children and at the present time her posterity numbers forty-six, including her children and grandchildren.
Mrs. Bauer enjoys excellent health and, aside from being able to be about the house every day, walks a half-mile to church every Sunday morning. It is a seldom occurrence for her to miss her journey to church. Mrs. Bauer has no relatives living in this city and for the past ten years has made her home with friends on Tenth street. Mrs. Dengler, of the Brooklyn House, is caring for the old lady, now that she is in the evening of her life. Mrs. Bauer spends a great deal of her time in reading and as a still greater test of her proficiency with her eyesight, she is able to use her needle and thread as nimbly as when in years gone she toiled for her children.
The Weekly Times
Nov. 16 1889
WAS BURIED ALIVE
Such a fate declared to have awaited Mrs. Stadler had she been interred
A sensational scene takes place at Riverside Cemetery -- Relatives forbid a burial.
A scene of considerable excitement and weird interest occurred at the cemetery Wednesday morning. The funeral of Mrs. Theresa Stadler, wife of John Stadler, residing at 23 Dakota street, was announced to take place at 10 o'clock from St. Vincent de Paul's church. While the remains lay in the house the lifelike appearance of the corpse was remarked by many and was the subject of much comment. Gradually a feeling of great uneasiness pervaded the breasts of the relatives and friends of the woman lying still and cold in her coffin. They dared not suggest what they thought and yet several persons, particularly two young ladies, nieces of Mrs. Stadler, were unable to combat the conviction that actual death had not occurred and that their aunt was only in a trance or coma. The funeral cortege wound its slow and sad way to the church. Here at request, the lid was lifted and again that startling life-like appearance. The motionless clay seemed flesh and looked as though only a word were needed to cause the reaction.
The service over, the mourners entered their carriages and the cemetery was reached. Their feelings now had become painful and their emotions conflicting. Harassed by doubt and fear, dreading a scene, yet unable to shake off the impression that they were burying their relative alive, their state of mind bordered upon anguish. At the graveside, the two nieces demanded that the lid again be raised and, upon seeing the familiar features, declared vehemently that their aunt was alive and that they never would permit her burial, until the matter was fully determined. They even maintained that they could see traces of perspiration upon the face and called attention to moisture thereon. Their frantic entreaty and steadfast demeanor were not to be overcome. A physician was sent for, the mourners awaiting his arrival beside the open grave and casket. The doctor declared that Mrs. Stadler was dead and had been dead for days. Still obdurate and unreconciled. the nieces forbade the internment and were fortified in this by the other relatives whose anxiety was equally great. Father Reindl, who conducted the burial, though convinced that Mrs. Stadler's soul had fled its earthy tenement, could not but yield; so a compromise was affected and the remains were placed in the vault. The hearse had left and the casket was transferred by the pallbearers. There the lid was placed loosely and in such a manner that free ventilation was obtained. Relatives and friends, with many a lingering look, then departed, and alive or dead Mrs. Stadler was left in solitude. Mr. William Spikes, who was the undertaker, declares that there is not the least doubt that the woman is dead and that the natural appearance is due to the materials used on and the treatment received by the body after death. In a few days the relatives will no doubt be convinced of this and the body will be deposited in Mother Earth.
from Wisconsin Magazine
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