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Church Record of Birth
Anna Minnie Amanda Anderson (Volden)
1920 Census Soundex Card
Mary & Minnie Volden
Certificate of Death
Mary Anderson Volden
Church Record of Death
Mary Anderson Volden
County Index consolidated Iowa, Thursday, March 31, 1932.
"INFLUENZA FATAL TO FRED LAU, RESIDENT OF VICINITY 60 YEARS"
"In Failing Health Two Year, Pioneer Settler Passes Away at 82." " Fred Lau, 82, a
resident of this vicinity for about 60 years, died early Monday morning at the home of his
son, Emil, north Eighth street, Northwood, where he had been moved a few days before
from his own home on north Twelfth street. Mr. Lau had been failing steadily for the past
two or three years and an illness of influenza complicated with pneumonia settled on him
last Friday, resulting in his death on Monday. Funeral services were held Wednesday
afternoon at 1:30 o'clock at the home and at 2 o'clock at the Zion German Lutheran
church with the rev. E. W. Kraemer in charge. Burial was made in the lau family
cemetery near the state line. Born in Germany. Friedrich Wilhelm Theodor Lau was born
April 20, 1849, at Grosburg Hagen in Pomerania, Germany, the son of John Gustav Lau.
He was baptized in infancy in the Lutheran church at his birthplace. When five years of
age he came to the United States with his parents, the family locating near Lowell,
Wisconsin. He was confirmed in the Lutheran faith at the age of 16 by the Rev. C.
Strasen,at Lowell, Wis. On February 12, 1871 he was united in marriage with Wilhelmina
Broitzman, of Reeseville, Wis., who was his faithful helpmate for almost 60 years. Their
golden wedding anniversary was celebrated in 1921. Mrs. Lau died in 1929. Six children
were born to them, Mrs. Lena Wolff, Herman, Edward, Emil and Werner Lau, all of
whom live in Northwood and vicinity and Mrs. William Lau, who died about 27 years
ago. Moved Here in 1871. In 1871 Mr. Lau, with his young bride, came from Wisconsin
to St. Ansgar, and after living there for about one year they moved to what is now the Lau
homestead on the state line northeast of Northwood. As the years went by they
accumulated more land to add to the original homestead and erected new buildings. The
present situation of the farm is unique in that the house and part of the buildings are on
the Minnesota side of the state line while the barn and other buildings are on the Iowa
side of the line across the road. Farmed for 45 years. On this farm the deceased lived and
labored for 45 years until he retired in 1917 and moved to Northwood where he has since
made his home. He enjoyed good health during most of his long life, but during the past
two or three years he began to feel the effects of advancing age. He was taken ill last
Friday with influenza and pneumonia, death resulting Monday at the age of 82 years, 11
months and 8 days. In addition to the children above names Mr. Lau is survived by two
brothers, Otto, of Northwood, and Julius, of Windom, Minn., one sister, Mrs. Bertha
Weber, of Milwaukee, 16 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren."
Friedrich Wilhelm Theodor Lau
Obituary courtesy of: Patti (Low) Weimer
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