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    Johnstown Daily Tribune, 9 Jul 1906, Contributed by Sue Elliott


Gustav Bostert

In the death of Gustav Bostert, who passed away at his residence, corner of Vine and Walnut streets, at 9:45 o'clock Saturday night, after an illness of two weeks, of uremic poisoning, Johnstown loses one of its respected German citizens, the Johnstown Savings Bank another of its Trustees, Zion's German Lutheran Church one of its oldest communicants, and Grand-View Cemetery another of its incorporators. Mr. Bostert's health had been failing for some time, but he was able to be about until a fortnight ago. His condition became serious last Thursday and from that on he rapidly declined until Saturday evening, when he became unconscious and passed away at the hour referred to above.

His parents, Mr. and Mrs. David Bostert, came to America about 1849 from Hessen-Darmstadt, where Gustav Bostert was born on February 5, 1841. He was one of a family of three children and is the last of the number to pass away. A sister, Mrs. Mary Shaffer, died here many years ago. David Bostert died on Main street, Fourth Ward, in 1853 , and his wife died on Center street in 1886. Gustav Bostert attended the public schools here some fifty years ago in the little schoolhouse at the head of Main street, among his teachers being Mrs. Charlotte Canan Pershing, widow of Dr. I.C. Pershing, now of Wilkinsburg.

For twenty-two years Gustav Bostert was employed in Jacob C. Levergood's tannery on Bedford street, after which he bought out the interest of Charles L. Tittle in the feed firm of Tittle & Dopp. Charles Dopp, now of Salina, Kan. was a brother-in-law of the deceased. The firm of Dopp & Bostert existed for three or four years, when Mr. Dopp sold out his interest to his partner and went West. For a long time Mr. Bostert was engaged in business in the Fronheiser property at the corner of Railroad and Clinton streets, which was destroyed in the Great Flood of 1889. A few years later Mr. Bostert built a new establishment on Center street, where he and his son, Gustav, jr. have since been carrying on the business in the name of G. Bostert & Son.

On Christmas, 1864, Gustav Bostert and Miss Henrietta Dopp were united in marriage by the Rev. Dr. Karl Taubner, the pastor of Zion's German Lutheran Church. Mrs. Bostert survives her husband, together with these children: Mrs. Elizabeth Ott, Miss Lena Bostert and Miss Amelia Bostert, at home, Gustav, jr., married and living at No. 320 Carr street; Annie, wife of L. H. Lauridsen, of No. 340 Walnut street, and Frank, married and living at No. 351 Walnut street. One son, George Bostert, is dead. He is also survived by four grandchildren; a niece, Mrs. William Roth, of No. 342 Walnut street,, and a cousin, Capt. William B. Bonaker, of Lakeland, Fla. Mr. Bostert was a second cousin of Mayor Charles Young and George F. Young.

Gustav Bostert was confirmed by on of the pioneer pastors of Zion's German Lutheran Church and was a communicant of the congregation for fifty-two or fifty-three years. He was elected a corporator of the Citizens' Cemetery Association to fill a vacancy caused by the death of one of the original corporators in the Great Flood of 1889, and in April, 1902, he was elected a Trustee of the Johnstown Savings Bank. He was one of the oldest members of Conemaugh Lodge, No. 191, Johnstown's first lodge of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and served through the chairs.

The funeral will take place from the Bostert residence at 2 o'clock tomorrow afternoon when his pastor, the Rev. Hugo R. Erdmann, of Zion's German Lutheran congregation will conduct the obsequies. The remains will be laid to rest in Grand-View Cemetery.

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