Christian Hildebrand obituary

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Friday, March 25, 1932
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The remains of the late C. A. Hildebrand were brought to Lyle from Minneapolis last week Friday, and laid to rest in the family lot in Woodbury Cemetery. The funeral was held in the Congregational church, being in charge of Rev. Jackson of Mason City, a former pastor and friend of the family. The services were attended by friends and former as socialites, and as a token of respect the business places were closed during the hour of service.

All the sons and daughters were present for the last sad rites. Altho widely separated, they showed love and devotion for their father by accompanying his remains to their last resting place. Others in attendance were O. E. Anderson and son Russel of Duluth, Lee Hildebrand of Minneapolis; A. H. Ahlers of Eau Claire, Wis.

For fifteen weeks prior to his death Mr. Hildebrand was in a hospital in Minneapolis, following an accident. At times he appeared to rally but on account of complications death was inevitable.

The following obituary was read at the funeral service:

Christian August Hildebrand was born at Buffalo, New York January 10, 1853. He came to Minnesota at the age of four with his father, who was a German Lutheran minister,; and settled in Mower county. He farmed until 32 years of age.

He was married to Louise Antoinette Hartfield in 1880. She preceeded him, November 1924.

He was in the hotel business at Lyle, and retired in 1917. His faith in southern Minnesota and farm lands was evidenced by acquisition of farm lands and city property. He built a hotel and two houses at Lyle, and was always interested in civic improvements and affairs.

Mr. Hidebrand is survived by six children and five grand children: Harvey Hildebrand Newburgh, N. Y., George Hildebrand, Highland, N. Y., Raymond Hildebrand, Glendive, Mont., Mrs. O. E., Anderson; Duluth, Minn., Mrs. A. H. Ahlers, Eau Claire, Wis., Lyle Hildebrand, Minneapolis, Minn.