Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Otto Borchardt

The Borchardt family lot is found in the Castalia Cemetery. Otto Borchardt, who appeared in the 1900 Erie County Census for Margaretta Township, as the sixteen year old son of August and Wilhelmina Borchardt, who were both born in Germany. Otto Borchardt was born on February 12, 1884 in Ohio, and he died on July 22, 1905.

Below is a transcription of the obituary which appeared in the July 25, 1905 issue of the Sandusky Register.

The funeral of Otto Borchardt, who was killed at the Castalia Cement Works Saturday morning, was held Monday afternoon and was one of the largest attended funerals ever held at Castalia. Besides a great attendance from the surrounding country, the employees at the cement works turned out in a body, six of the young man's fellow workmen acting as pallbearers. The services took place at the house at 2 o'clock. Rev. Stellhorn's address being in German, while at 2:30 o'clock at the Congregational church, Rev. Reed gave an address in English. Interment was made at the Castalia Cemetery.

The inscription at the base of the tombstone for Otto Borchardt reads:

Unassuming and gentle
Obedient, kind to all He
lived ever ready
to obey his Master's call

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