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Gladwin County Obituary/Death Notice
Peter Tresler


  Peter Tresler, pioneer resident of Sherman township, passed away at his home Sunday morning, May 10, after an illness of several months, aged 88 years, 3 months and 6 days. Mr. Tresler was born January 16, 1837, in Hasslach, Germany, immigrated to the United States in 1851, and settled in New York state with his father and brother John, who have preceded him in death.

  He worked on farms in New York state until 1861, when he came to Michigan and worked in the lumber woods near Midland and Edenville until 1863, when he was called back to New York state on account of his father's illness and death, after which he went to Washington, D.C., where he enlisted in the Second regiment District of Columbia, Co. K. his company being President Lincoln's bodyguard for six months, when they petitioned the president to go to the front, which was granted. He was at Fort Stevens when Lee was within three miles of Washington, and survived the war without a wound, although in many hot skirmishes, and was discharged Sept. 12, 1865, when he went to Fort Leavenworth for about three months and then returned to Michigan and settled in Clare county, residing there until 1881, when he came to Gladwin county where he has since lived.

  He was married in 1871 to Rachel Smith, to whom were born three children who have all preceded him in death. Rachel dying in 1880. He was married the second time to Liddie Bronson Duncan in 1891. To them was born one boy, Wellington, who with his mother survives.

  Mr. Tresler was well known among the different orders to which he belonged, being a member of the Gladwin lodge F. & A.M. No. 397, Gladwin lodge No. 177, I.O.O.F., Gladwin Rebekah lodge No. 151, and Sherman Grange No. 1229.

  He was a resident of Sherman township before it was separate from Butman township and held the office of justice of the peace. After Sherman township was organized he was elected as the first director of school district No. 1, which office he held for many years, and also filled township offices.

  Funeral services were held Wednesday at the Skeels church, Rev. J. W. Tolly officiating, assisted by Rev. Fields, and interment took place in the Sherman cemetery near by with Masonic rites, Clarence M. Pike, past master of Gladwin lodge F. & A.M., delivering the ritualistic service. A large number of Gladwin Masons were present. The pallbearers were David Hawken, F. E. Myers, Eugene and Isaac Foster, Frank L. Prindle and Robert Croskery. .

{Note: Actual Recorded Date of Death is: 5/10/1925. Name: Peter Tresler}
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sherman Cemetery, Gladwin, MI
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Gladwin County Record, Gladwin, MI
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January 2005
Tom Ladner
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