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Albert Levi Fritz
Born 6 February 1877
Churchville, Iowa
Died 3 February 1903
Chicago, Illinois
Buried Earlham Cemetery
Father Christian Fritz
Mother Mary Ellen Hunt
Albert Levi Fritz was born in Churchville, Iowa on 6 February 1877, to Christian and Mary Ellen Hunt Fritz. He died in Chicago, Illinois on 3 February 1903. He was buried in the Earlham Cemetery in Earlham, Iowa.

Death Notice

The following death notice appeared in the Penn Township paper, the Winterset Reporter, in its 12 February 1903 edition, on page 13.

This transcript is taken from an online posting at

On Friday at one o'clock was the funeral of Levi Fritz, who died from abscess on the brain, in Chicago. The services were held at the Friends church at Earlham and he was laid to rest in the Earlham cemetery. The bereaved have the sympathy of the entire community.


The following obituary is from a newspaper clipping collection compiled by Gertrude Alice Brinton.

Death of Levi Fritz.

Brief mention was made in the last weeks issue of the death of Levi Fritz, which occurred in Chicago on Tuesday evening. On the Friday previous while near the college building he was seized with a fainting spell and fell unconscious on the ground. He was taken to ... class .... where after a time ... regained consciousness and seemed quite cheerful and thought he would be able to attend school next day. Later that night he again lapsed into unconsciousness and the physicians thought that an immediate operation might save him. They diagnosed the case as an abcess[sic] on the brain. They performed the operation and drew off considerable pus. He never regained consciousness and passed away as stated above. His brothers Will and Fred were with him when the end came.

His remains were brought home Thursday morning and the funeral services were held on Friday ... the Friends church, conducted by Rev. J. W. Stribling. The Odd Fellow lodge, of which he was an honored member, attended in a body. Interment was in Earlham cemetery.

Albert Levi Fritz was born Feb. 6, 1877, at Churchville, Warren County, Iowa, and was 25 years, 1 month and 21 days old at the time of his demise.

His boyhood days were spent in Warren County.

At the age of 11 he moved with his parents to Earlham, where he has made his home ever since. He was variously employed during his youth and was held in high esteem by his employers.

In the winter of '93 he became converted at Penn Center M. E. church and joined the same church and continued a devoted and useful member of the same until death.

He attended the Friends Academy during the winter of '98, after which he began the study of medicine under his preceptor, Dr. E. S. Day. In the fall of '99, he matriculated at the college of Physicians and Surgeons of the University of Illinois.

During his course he gained the admiration and esteem of both students and instructors, because of his thoroughness as a student and strength of character.

During the years of 1901 and '02 he was abroad, where he visited many places of historical importance.

Returning to renew his college work in the fall of 1902, he soon gained the highest respects of the class of which he became a member.

During his last illness which lasted by a few days he was carefully nursed by his fellow students.

No one in this community stood better in the estimation of the people than Levi Fritz. He was an exemplary young man; always gentlemanly, he was universally liked and respected. His aged parents, Mr. and Mrs. C. Fritz, have the sincere sympathy of the community.


... by Earlham Lodge No. 546, I. O. O. F.:

WHEREAS, The Allwise Creator of his Devine[sic] wisdom has removed from our mystic circle one of our most trusted and esteemed brothers in the person of A. L. Fritz; and,

WHEREAS, respect for ourselves and the sterling virtues of the deceased call upon us for some expression of our loss, therefore, be it resolved by Earlham Lodge, I. O. O. F. No. 546, first, that in the removal of our beloved brother A. L. Fritz from the Lodge below to the grand above, we recognize the dealings of the grand Master of all and while we mourn his loss yet we would submit to the Master's order with becoming resignation.

Resolved second, that we take pleasure in saying that in our intercourse with the deceased whether within or without the lodge we ever found him a tried and trusty companion upon whose word and aid all could confide and rely, and whose memory will ever be dear to us.

Resolved third, that we tender our profound sympathy to the immediate relatives and friends of the deceased.

Resolved fourth, that a copy of these resolutions be spread on the minutes of the lodge, and that a copy be presented to the bereaved parents, and be published in the Earlham Echo.

B.S. Todhunter
W.J. Price
J.F. Dunlavy



1880 United States Federal Census, Warren County, Iowa, population schedule, Jefferson Township, folio 397-B, page no. 6, dwelling 51, family 51, Levi Fritz in the household of Christian Fritz; digital image, FamilySearch ( : 30 December 2012); citing FHL microfilm number 1254368; citing NARA microfilm publication T9, roll 368.

1895 Iowa State Census, Madison County, Iowa, Penn Township, page 6 (penned, front), page 491 (stamped, back), dwelling (blank on census), family 24, Levi Fritz in the household of Christian Fritz; digital image, FamilySearch ( : 30 December 2012); citing FHL microfilm number 1020202, roll number not provided.