29 October 2012

Theodore Johann Fiegebaum

1861 — 1945

Obituaries

Early Nebraska druggist is dead

T. C. Fiegenbaum, 1  one of the early druggists of Nebraska - he was No. 25 on the state registry - died Sunday afternoon after an illness of two days.  He would have been 84 in November.

Born in St. Paul, Minn., he was educated in Iowa, and after graduating from Wilton high school he taught for a few years and then took up pharmacy in Montana.  Coming to Nebraska in 1887, Mr. Fiegenbaum built and operated his own store at Hampton.  He was in business in Lincoln from 1890 to 1906, when he bought a store in Western.  Retiring from the drug business in 1917, he was on the staff of State Auditor George W. Marsh from then until 1925.  Two brothers were in the same business, Lou S. at Geneva and Ben at Western and at Lincoln.  Both preceded him in death.

In 1902 Mr. Fiegenbaum went to Alaska with Harry Look, his business partner, for the benefit of his health, and spent a year panning gold and also working as a pharmacist.  He was married in 1889 to Miss Nellie Erlenborn at Mendota, Ill.  She survives him, with their daughters [sic], Martha, both of the Nebraskan hotel.  He also leaves a sister, Mrs. Emma Miller of Wathena, Kas., and two brothers, Edward W. of Geneva and Henry of Omaha.  Mr. Fiegenbaum was a member of the Methodist church at Western and of Trinity Methodist in Lincoln, and was affiliated with the Royal Highlanders.

Source: Lincoln Nebraska State Journal (Lincoln, Nebraska); Monday, 20 August 1945; page 1, column 3.

Deaths

FIEGENBAUM – Theodore J. Fiegenbaum died Sunday.  He leaves his wife, Nellie, one daughter, Miss Martha, Lincoln, two brothers, W. E., Geneva Neb. and Henry, of Omaha, and one sister, Mrs. Emma Miller, Wathena, Kas.   Wadlows. 2 

Source: Lincoln Nebraska State Journal (Lincoln, Nebraska); Monday, 20 August 1945; page 6, column 3.

Notes

  1. Other sources, most importantly his marriage license, indicate that the middle initial was J., not C. See also the brief death notice which was published on a later page in the same issue of the same newspaper.

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  2. The word "Wadlows" appears to refer to Cecil E. Wadlow, a local mortician and funeral director. He ran a advertisement lower down in the same column of this page of the newspaper.

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Death of T. C. Fiegenbaum

T. C. Fiegenbaum of Lincoln, one of the early druggists of Nebraska--he was No. 25 on the state registry--died Sunday afternoon after an illness of two days.  He would have been eighty-four in November.

Born in St. Paul, Minn., he was educated in Iowa, and after graduating from Wilton high school he taught for a few years and then took up pharmacy in Montana.  Coming to Nebraska in 1887, Mr. Fiegenbaum built and operated his own store at Hampton.  He was in business in Lincoln from 1890 to 1906, when he bought a store in Western.  Retiring from the drug business in 1917, he was on the staff of State Auditor George W. Marsh from then until 1925.  Two brothers were in the same business, Lou S. at Geneva and Ben at Western and at Lincoln.  Both preceded him in death.

In 1902 Mr. Fiegenbaum went to Alaska with Harry Look, his business partner, for the benefit of his health, and spent a year panning gold and also working as a pharmacist.  He was married in 1889 to Miss Nellie Erlenborn at Mendota, Ill.  She survives him with their daughter, Martha, both of the Nebraskan hotel.  He also leaves a sister, Mrs. Emma Miller of Wathena, Kas., and two brothers, Edward of Geneva and Henry of Omaha.  Mr. Fiegenbaum was a member of the Methodist church at Western and of Trinity Methodist in Lincoln, and was affiliated with the Royal Highlanders.

Mr. Fiegenbaum was known to a number of Geneva people through visits here.

Source: The Nebraska Signal, of Geneva, Fillmore County, Nebraska; 23 August 1945. This transcription and citation generously provided by Jane Michel.

Brief Genealogy

Theodore Johann Fiegenbaum's family

Nellie M. Erlenborn's family

Fiegenbaum - Erlenborn family

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