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Joseph Moeglein
Courtesy of Dorothy Swanson

This article is probably from an old Madison Newspaper. I don’t have the name of the paper from which it came nor do I have the date. Joseph Moegelin died on October 22, 1867 in Madison, Dane County, Wisconsin. The article probably appeared within a week after his death.

Newspaper Story of Joseph Moegelin’s Death

FATAL ACCIDENT - We are called upon to record an accident in our city which resulted in the death of a very worthy citizen. On Monday evening last, some Germans near Spracher’s brewery had gathered in to listen to some good music and enjoy themselves for the evening in the social, friendly way so common to Germans, and some of the friends of the workmen at the brewery made it the occasion of presenting two silver goblets, one to F. C. Voltz, the foreman, and one to another man employed at the brewery. Mr. Winckler was making a pleasant little speech in presenting the goblets, when the alarm was given that some one had fallen into the cellar. A light was procured, and on proceeding to the cellar, Mr. Joseph Moegelin, one of the party, was found lying on the floor, terribly bruised and bleeding. He was immediately carried to his home, and medical aid summoned, but he was past the aid of human hands, and lingered on until yesterday morning, about 8 o’clock, when death put an end to his sufferings. It appears Mr. Moegelin had been in bed, when some of his neighbors went after him and induced him to get up, and go over to the brewery, to join in the festivities. He had only been at the brewery a few minutes, when the accident happened. He went out the front door and walked around the house, and in attempting to come in at the back door, probably opened the wrong door and stepped into this deep cellar, thinking he was going into the house. Immediately along side of the back door of the brewery is a pit about 20 feet deep, through which barrels are lowered and raised to and from the cellar. It was the door opening into this pit that Mr. Moegelin open through mistake, and it being dark, stepped in with the fatal result above stated. He appears to have fallen on his head, and badly fractured his skull. He was unable to speak after he fell. Mr. Moegelin was an industrious, and peaceable citizen respected by all who knew him, and leaves a wife and five children to morn his loss. His oldest child is about 15 years of age, the youngest three years. He served as a soldier in the 45th regiment, and has been employed about the capitol for sometime. He leaves some property, and had his life insured for $1,000. Mr. M. was a sober man, and had not been drinking anything on the night of the accident.

This is a second article on Joseph’s death in a Madison, WI paper:

FATAL ACCIDENT—A sad accident occurred last evening at Sprecher’s Brewery. Joseph Moeglein, one of the workmen employed about the Capitol for some years, with is wife went to the brewery where there were a number of Germans having some music and singing. After being there for some time, but without drinking anything, he stepped out of the back door and in the darkness stepped into the beer cellar, the door of which had been left open to ventilate the vaults. The cellar is a very deep one and he fell with such force as to fracture his skull. Surgical aid was immediately obtained. Dr. Fischer, who was called, pronounced the injuries fatal. Mr. M. lingered till 7:30 (listed as 7 1/2)o’clock this morning when he died. The deceased was a sober, industrious, and good citizen, respected by all who knew him. He was a member of 45th regiment. He was about forty years of age, and leaves a wife and five children. Only a few weeks ago he had his life insured in the Northwestern Mutual for $1000.

On same page of news paper: G.A.R. —Our comrade, Joseph Mechelin, having been “mustered out” by a sad and untimely death, there will be a special meeting of Post No. 1 at 7:30 (7 1/2) o’clock this evening, to make arrangements for attending his funeral, and for the transaction of such other business as may properly come before it. Jas.M. Bull, P.C.

Another small article on Joseph Moeglein

Last Rights.—The funeral of Mr. Jacob Moegelin was attended yesterday by a large number of friends. A detachment of the Grand Army of the Republic, under command of Col. Jas. M. Bull, acted as an escort, to the funeral cortege. These old veterans showed by their marching that they had not forgotten their military training.