Obituary – Fred Laufenberger
East Liverpool Tribune
ESTEEMED MAN IS SUMMONED
Fred Laufenberger Dies at Hospital After An Extended Illness
Will Be Held Monday Afternoon at the Late Home
Frederick Laufenberger, aged about 57 years, one of the city’s most prominent and highly esteemed business men, died at 4 o’clock yesterday afternoon (March 17, 1911) at the City hospital, where he has been confined for several months. Mr. Laufenberger had been in failing health for the past year, and his condition became such that on the seventh of December, last, it was found necessary to remove him to the hospital, where he underwent an operation. Although this was successful his condition had become so weakened that from the first there was scarcely any chance for his recovery. The end came peacefully at 4 o’clock yesterday afternoon.
Deceased was born in Germany in 1834 and came to this country alone when but nineteen years of age. The following few years were spent in Oil City and Warren, Pa., and in 1877 he came to East Liverpool, and was soon associated in the merchant tailoring business with C. Cappell, their establishment being located in the old Thompson property, corner of Second and Broadway, then the business center of the city. Mr. Cappell severed his connection with the business several years later and Mr. Laufenberger was left its sole proprietor. As the business section of the city shifted to the uptown district her removed his tailoring establishment into the store room now occupied by the Robinson pawn shop on the west side of Market street, later purchasing property on the opposite side of the street, into which he removed and where his fostered trade still flourishes. He was united in marriage with Miss Clara Kail, daughter of Mrs. Jennie Kail of West Fourth street in this city, January 4, 1899.
Mr. Laufenberger, practically a life long resident of this city, was one of its most worthy citizens. In the death of Mr. Laufenberger, the city loses one of its most successful business men. As a prosperous merchant tailor he was probably the most prominent in the city. For many years and at the time of his death, he was a member of the First Presbyterian church. He was also affiliated with Peabody Lodge No. 19, Uniform Rank, Knights of Pythias.
Besides his wife, deceased is survived by one brother, Frank, of this city, and two daughters, Miss G. Laufenberger of Warren, Pa., and Miss Louise Laufenberger, of Paris, France.
Funeral services over the remains will be held form the late home on West Fourth street at 2 o’clock Monday afternoon, Rev. E. M. McMillin, pastor of the First Presbyterian church, officiating. Interment will be made in the Riverview cemetery. The local Knights of Pythias will be in charge of the service.