FLIEG – At his residence in Zell, Joseph Flieg died on Wednesday
morning February 3, 1892 at the age of 61 years. The deceased was
apparantly in his usual health until the evening before the demise. He
had driven out to Kehl on Monday morning to see his brother-in-law,
Peter Hoog who had been suffering from a virulent fever. Soon after his
return he was seized with spells of vomitting aggravated by spasms
which soon reduced his strength to such a degree that by Tuesday
morning he could scarcely speak. Priest and physician were called for
but medical assistance had come too late to do him any good. The
funeral took place at the Catholic Church at Zell drawing a large
concourse of friends from far and near.
Joseph Flieg was born in Hohenzollern, Germany about the year 1830.
About 39 years ago he came to the United States with his sister, the
late wife of Mr. Michael Knamn. He worked for several years in St.
Louis as a carpenter and then moved to Ste. Genevieve County where he
settled on one of the little creeks tributary to the River aux Vases in
the German settlement. In 1859, he married Miss Rosa Hoog, the daughter
of Thomas Hoog. This union was blessed with twelve children, of whom
eleven survive their father. The two oldest, Henry in Kehl and Katie in
St. Louis being married and each having two children. Toward the end of
the Civil War, Mr. Flieg was drafted into the Union Army and, like so
many others, he was obliged to take up arms in the defense of his
adopted country. For about a year he devoted his time and energy to the
service of the land in field and camp, and by the exposure to the
inclemencies of the season and hardship of the service were implanted
in his system the seed of infirmities which were a source of much
trouble to him in later years. Like many of his comrades in arms he
neglected for many year to apply to the Government for a pension, but
did so later and had his claim recognized as just only a short time
ago. He was an active member in good standing of the J. Felix St. James
Post No. 326 GAR of this place, and several members of the Ste.
Genevieve Post acted as a guard of honor when the remains of their
departed comrade were carried to their last resting place. Joseph Flieg
was a good man, of true Christian principles and was well respected by
all who knew him. May he rest in peace.
A Resolution of Respect by the GAR Post No. 326 can be found in the
February 6, 1892 issue of the Ste. Genevieve Fair Play as well as a
short obituary. It mentions that the deceased belonged to Co. K 21st
Drafted [Private]; was mustered out on October 3, 1865