Bruch, Michael (Unknown - April 21, 1935)


PNEUMONIA Was a Pioneer Resident of the West

Douglas Budget - April 25, 1935

Michael Bruch, aged 79 years, died at the Douglas Hospital early Sunday morning. Pneumonia was the cause of his death. He had been in ill health for several years, only his indominitable spirit keeping him going.

Mike was a native of Germany, where he was born January 12, 1856. He came to this country when a young man and drifted to the west, enlisting in the United States army at Fort Lincoln, Bismarck, N.D. He was seven years in the service, concluding it at old Fort Laramie when that post was abandoned in the eighties. An expert leather worker, he was for several years post saddler at Laramie. After leaving the army he located at Harrison, Neb., where for a time he was engaged in business. In the early nineties he came to Douglas, which was his home until his death.

He opened a shoe shop here, which he conducted all these years. Occasionally, his restless spirit demanding a change, he would go out herding sheep, returning again to the shop. A first class workman, he never lacked plenty to do at his trade.

That shop was a favorite gathering place and he was rarely without a visitor. Old timers gathering there to discuss politics and economics or indulge in reminiscense of the days that were gone. Mike had opinions of his own and could forciby express them and there were many heard (sic) arguments in the little shoe shop.

Loyal to his friends, charitable to those in need, all interesting companion, Mike Bruch endeared himself to many and especially to those who really knew him. The large attendance at his funeral, despite the inclement weather, attested the feeling of the community toward him.

Funeral services were held at St. James Catholic church Wednesday morning at 10 o'clock. Father Miller was the celebrant of the mass, Father Ignatius preaching the funeral sermon. Burial was in the American Legion plot in Douglas cemetery. In recognition of his army service a firing squad from Troop K was present to fire a salute.

Pallbearers were Thomas Fleming, J.O. Chambers, R.J.Price, William Delahoyd, Ted Ryan and Henry Appen.


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