|My Present Past
|A genealogical experience
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Photo taken in Petaluma, California 1879
|Michael Engel died at the home of his niece, Mrs. Albert G Hugo at 5 o'clock, Thursday morning, August 26,
1909 of apoplexy, at the age of 84 years, 7 months and 12 days.
Funeral services will be conducted at the home Saturday morning at 10:30, after which the remains will be
taken on the noon train to Wyanet where the interment will occur at 2 o'clock Sunday afternoon under the
service of the Masonic Order.
Michael Engel was born at Sarreguemines, Lorraine, France, January 14, 1825. He came to America in 1853,
locating at Belford, New York. In 1857 he removed to Bureau County, Illinois and then went to Peoria. In 1868
he removed to Petaluma, California, where he remained until September, 1907, when he came to Okawville,
Illinois to make his home with his niece, Mrs. Katherine (Engel) Hugo.
In 1853 he was one of a party of three who made a trip from Peoria to Pike's Peak and return with ox teams.
In Petaluma he was associated with his brother, Joseph in the manufacture of saddle trees. He was a member
of Petaluma Lodge No. 180, A. F. and A. M.
During his two years residence in Okawville, he was esteemed by those who knew him as an upright and
Upon the arrival of the remains of Michael Engel Sunday afternoon at Wyanet, a brief service was held at the
Burlington station by Rev B. A. Dickens of the M. E. Church, then the Masonic Order, of which Mr. Engel was a
member, took charge of the service at the cemetery, rendering it a beautiful manner. The remains were
accompanied here by his grand nephew, Dr. Charles J. Hugo, the three Hauter brothers of Chicago along with
Arthur Gerring, son of Magdalena (Engel) Gerring of Peoria. Other grandnephews were also here to attend
including several friends from Princeton.
Mr. Engel was the brother of the late John Engel, for many years a resident of Wyanet.