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Klasner  Family




Joseph and Margaret Klasner and family. Joseph was the sexton of the City Cemetery [Alton] and is mentioned in Alton Telegraph articles and obituaries. In 1899, his son Fred died while ice skating on the river. His daughter, Helena Klasner Merkle, died after giving birth to her 5th child.  Joseph was beaten in the City Cemetery during a funeral while trying to prevent a man from driving his buggy into the cemetery.  Months later, his son-in-law John Merkle was robbed at gunpoint in his shoe store.



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