(1849 - January 8, 1928)
Lusk Free Lance
E. G. Tengblade Dead Four Days, Found In Home
Coroner's Jury Finds That Aged Resident Died From Natural Causes; Was Veteran of Civil War and Had Fought in Indian Wars
Edwin G. Tengblade, 79 years old, a resident of Lusk for many years, was found dead in bed at his modest little home across the Northwestern tracks, near the old laundry building, last Saturday about noon, and from the condition of the body he had apparently been dead for several days before discovered.
Mr. Tengblade, who lived by himself, was last seen alive last Wednesday about noon, when he bought a few articles in the city meat Market, and it is believed he must have died some time Wednesday afternoon or evening. He had taken a bath, put on all clean clothes, and went to bed, his life apparently passing out quickly as he slept. It is supposed he merely had lain down to rest and had not retired for the night. He was always very careful to lock all the doors of his little house before going to bed, and as none of the doors were locked, it is supposed he had meant to retire for only a short time. From the condition of the bed clothing he had not even moved his head or disturbed his covering after he lay down.
After the discovery of the body by J. P. Risberg, who had some business with Mr. Tengblade and had gone to the house to see him, Coroner Armstrong was notified. A coroner's jury composed of J. T. Anstice, Mayor Godfrey and Don Taylor, viewed the body and rendered a verdict that the deceased had come to death from natural causes. It was the opinion of Dr. G. D. Murphy, county physician, that death had resulted from old age.
Every effort was made by the coroner to get in touch with relatives, but none could be found. It is believed that he has a daughter living in San Diego, California, but she could not be located.
Funeral services were held Monday afternoon, with Rev. Farrar of the Baptist church officiating, burial being made in the Lusk cemetery.
Mr. Tengblade was a native of Sweden, having been born at Smoland, Sweden, in 1849. He was a soldier of the Civil War, and had also served in the western Indian wars which raged shortly after the close of the Civil War. He was the possessor of a medal of honor, bestowed upon him for bravery in action during his active service in the Indian wars. His wife died in Omaha about twenty-five years ago.
Mr. Tengblade also worked with a party of surveyors when the survey was being made across the continent for the Northern Pacific railroad.
Mr. Tengblade was formerly in the clothing business many years ago in Omaha, but had followed his trade of a painter and paper hanger during his residence in Lusk. He had recently completed a contract on the Lusk Armory and had been working at the carbon black plant.
While Mr. Tengblade was well known here, he had no close confidants, and little in known of his past life.
Note: In the Lusk Cemetery records, the name was originally Edward Tangblade.
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