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(January 17, 1885 - March 11, 1929)
The Lusk Herald
March 14, 1929
Mrs. John Lohr Dies Suddenly in Lusk Monday
Mrs. John Lohr of Kirtley, wife of a pioneer resident of the county, died very suddenly at the Lusk Hospital Monday morning, the announcement coming as a distinct shock to scores of friends of the Lohr family in every part of the county, where they are well known and universally respected.
Mrs. Lohr was taken sick Sunday, and Dr. Dovey of Lusk was hastily summoned. Upon the doctor's arrival it was found that her condition was so serious that she was immediately brought to the hospital in Lusk. She was suffering from an advanced case of uraemic poisoning. The baby was born Monday evening, and the mother expired shortly thereafter.
The baby is a pretty little girl, and at last reports was doing well, and would survive.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday afternoon about 2:30 at the Lohr family home in Kirtley.
Rev. Cowman, the Congregational minister at Van Tassell, was to have officiated, but is confined to his bed and will not be able to officiate. It is probably that Rev. S. C. Cadle of the Congregational Church of Lusk will have charge of the services.
The Peet undertaking service will have charge of the arrangements. On account of the storm, Mr. Peet and Mr. Lohr, accompanied by two other cars, started for the Lohr home at Kirtley at about 4:30 Tuesday afternoon, and finally made the trip in the raging blizzard. Some of the cars went into the ditch, but the trip was made without serious accident.
Mrs. Lohr has been a resident of the county for many years and has a host of friends who will be grieved to learn of her untimely death.
Further details are not available at this time, but a complete obituary will be published next week.
The Lusk Herald
March 21, 1929
Mrs. John Lohr Laid to Rest at Kirtley Sunday
After being delayed for several days by the storm, the funeral of Mrs. John Lohr, who died in the Lusk hospital last Monday morning, March 11th, was held at Kirtley last Sunday, March 17, with burial in the Kirtley cemetery. Services took place in the Kirtley hall, and in spite of the heavy snow and bad weather, the hall was crowded to capacity with friends and neighbors who came to pay their last respects to a woman who was much loved and respected by a wide circle of friends.
It was with much difficulty that the Peet funeral service hearse made its way to Kirtley through the heavy drifts. The hearse, driven by Mr. Peet, and accompanied by Rev. B. F. Farrar, was convoyed by a truck and six men with shovels, who assisted in breaking the road. By Friday night at dark the party had reached the Coffey ranch, where they were taken in for the night. Early next morning they started out again to battle the drifts, reaching the Lohr ranch about noon.
The neighbors had opened up the road to the Kirtley hall and to the cemetery. Rev. B. F. Farrar, Baptist minister of Lusk, officiated at the services, which were very simple and impressive, in keeping with the life of the deceased. A complete obituary will be found in another column of The Herald.
Mrs. John Lohr
Dora Christina Siemsen was born at Boelus, Nebraska, January 17, 1885. When three weeks old she moved with her parents to South Dakota, where they resided for two years, afterward moving to Iowa.
When 13 years of age she came to Nebraska with her parents. She united with the Lutheran Church at the age of 14, and remained true to that faith until death.
In 1903 she was united in marriage to Fred Sporleder at Pierce, Neb. They lived on a farm 7 miles east of Pierce, where they farmed until her husband's death, August 20, 1908. To this union there were born four children, Mary, Clarence, Fred and Dorothy.
In 1910 she came to Wyoming and homesteaded 16 miles east of Lusk, where she lived until 1915, when she was united in marriage to John Lohr, at Node, Wyo. To this union were born four children--Sam, Ray, a baby boy which died in infancy, and an infant daughter who survives the mother. She passed away Monday evening at 5:45, in the Lusk Hospital.
She leaves to mourn her death, her husband and seven children - Mrs. Wilson Peterman of Elsie, Neb.; Clarence, Fred and Dorothy Sporleder of Kirtley, Wyo.; Sammie and Ray Lohr and the new baby daughter, of Kirtley. Nine step-children - Mrs. Guy Hanson of Harrison, Neb.; Mrs. Delbert Jones, Big Springs, Neb.; Robert Lohr of Monroe, La.; Harlan, Buster, Ted, Iris, Frank and Verda Lohr of Kirtley. Six sisters and five brothers - a sister and brother in Wyoming, five sisters in Nebraska, one brother in Minnesota, two brothers in Missouri, one brother in Montana; one grand-child and nine step-grand children.
At the close of her earthy pilgrimage she was 44 years, 1 month and 22 days old.
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