Eitel Fritz Horstman

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Name Eitel Fritz Horstman
Born 1898-06-08 Battle Creek, Ida County, Iowa
Gender M
Died 1992-09 Arthur, Ida County, Iowa
Buried Ida Grove Cemetery, Ida Grove, Ida County, IA, USA
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Father August Gustav Heinrich Horstman b. (1855-11-30, Brackrade, Oldenberg, Germany) d. (1942-01-03, Ida Grove, Ida County, Iowa)
Mother Fredericka Ernestina Eggert b. (1860-06-20, Beuchow Insel Rugen, Germany) d. (1953-07-03, 611 South Main Street, Ida Grove, Ida County, Iowa)
Married 1880-12-10, Lowden, Cedar County, Iowa


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Eitel Fritz Horstman
Ida Grove Cemetery, Ida Grove, Ida County, IA, USA
August Heinrich and Fredericka Horstman Family - circa 1915
Back row from left: Charles, Edward, Paul, August Heinrich, Alfred, August Dietric, Otto.
Front row from left: Eitel, Fredericka, Fannie, August Frederick. c. 1915
Eitel Horstman
Funeral Service for Eitel Horstman in 1992 - 94 years old 1992-09-26
Horstman Family
Horstman family group photo - Possibly taken at the passing of August Frederick Horstman in 1920? This photo seems to be taken circa 1928 based on the appearance of Carl Edgar Horstman (b 1915) in similar photos. I do not show any immediate family members passing in the 1928 time frame.
611 South Main Street, Ida Grove, Ida County, Iowa
Eitel Fritz Horstman
Portrait photo
Ida Grove, Ida County, Iowa c. 1915


1 NOTE Per Judith (née Horstman) Wells, Otto’s daughter. Eitel went into an asylam instead of being drafted for WW 1. When it was determine that he was not mentally imparied and the threat of draft was gone they let him out. His father was to embarrised to take him back home. He ended up staying at the asylam and working and living there.

Per Mary Ann Horstman in 2013, Eitel had Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) due to service in WW1.

The following was written on 01-19-2008 by Lue Baker who lived next door to Fanny Horstman from 1957- 1971 at 607 Main St. Ida Grove, Ia.(@mmctsu.com)

Eitel came to live with Fanny after being released from the mental hospital in Cherokee, IA where he had been a patient most of his adult life. I was in high early school at that time. My older brother was still in high school so it must have been 1966-1968 (he graduated in 68). She contacted all the neighbors to assure everyone he was harmless but that he was not communicative. When he arrived she showed him the property lines and he never crossed them. He walked her sidewalk daily and would turn around and back up until his heels touched the designated line on the sidewalk. He also took care of the lawn with an old reel push mower. He seemed to be a gentle soul. If I remember correctly he fell from a hay mow in his late teens and never fully recovered. He apparently went to Cherokee, Ia. shortly after the accident.

From Connie Horstman 01-19-2008

thanks, Roger….this was very interesting… I was surprised she, Lu Baker, had thought Eitel had fallen from a hay mow. What I always thought/heard was that he became depressed when WW1 started, afraid to go to war, like his older brother did. (I have a postcard booklet from Ed when he was in Germany, all German, and I can’t read a word of it) Also pictures from then. My dad even told me Eitel ‘just sat on the couch in the house and didn’t go outside to work) and that was before he was sent to Cherokee. I was Eitel’s payee for his SSI payments, and he was a gentle soul. When he died there were 12 of us at his funeral. I put a thankyou in the paper to the Morningside care center for their care. I wish I still had it, and maybe I do, if I look hard enough.