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Bernard Krell story of his death
Posted by: barbara krell (ID *****4536) Date: October 28, 2004 at 22:09:28
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KANSAS CITY TIMES Friday February 28 1896
Bernard Krell
Bernard Krell formerly in the employ of the Rochester brewery, went to Cripple Creek Col. recently. He died there Thursday of pneumonia after a short illness the change of the climate hastening the disease in its execution. Mr Krell was 45 years of age, and left a widow and four children who live at 2533 Summit Street. The funeral arrangements have not been completed, but will be looked after by Western Star Lodge, Knights of Pythias , of which the deceased was a member the body will arrive this morning.

Cripple Creek Funeral Directors Not Out done by the Mining Stock Sharks
Undertakers in Cripple Creek Col. are just now perhaps the most independent class of business men to be found anywhere. Deaths are reported occurring at a swift rate and there being few funeral directors in the great mining camp at present the Mecca of all adventiturers in the West , those who have engaged in the business of burying of the dead are able to (illegeable) their own (illegebel ) for such work the arrogance and the ruthlessness of a Cripple Creek undertaker was illustrated yesterday in the case of a Kansas City man who died there Tuesday of this week.
Bernard Krell formerly collector for the Rochester Brewery who had lived in this city for twelve years went to Cripple Creek recently with the hope of bettering his fortunes, but was taken ill with pneumonia which caused his death. He had a wife and four children who reside at 2533 Summit and his relatives here are in poor circumstances. The body was turned over to Undertaker O(illegeble) Lampman who telegraphed the dead man's family as had been requested by Krell before he died.
The family made arragements with C. J. Carroll, a local undertaker, to have the remains shipped to Kansas City. Mr Carroll accordingly deposited $40.00 with an express company here and wired Undertaker Lampman to send the body in a plain coffin at once. A reply was received that $200 must be forthcoming first. Undertaker Carroll again went to the express office and told the agent to wire the company's Cripple Creek agent to pay the undertaker there $40 on receipt of the remains and that amount would be guaranteed Lampman for his trouble on receipt of the body. To this message Undertaker Carroll received this reply:
"Would not bury here for $40. You must be a cheap undertaker. My price $200 O Lampman"
Lampman had been told of the family's financial condition but that made no difference. The Western Star Lodge , Knights of Pythias of which Krell was a member may raise the $200 to send to the Cripple Creek undertaker if he can not be induced to reduce his price.

KANSAS CITY TIMES Thurs March 5 1896
Claimed Ransom For The Dead
Grewsome Thrift of a Cripple Creek Undertaker Who Held Bernard Krell's Body
The body of Bernard Krell who died at Cripple Creek, Col, February 25, will probably arrive this morning, after having been detained over a week by Undertaker Lampman, who demanded an exorbitant price to ship the remains to Kansas City in a plain coffin. He first demanded $200 for his trouble, but afterward, upon being told that the dead man's familly was in poor circumstances and could not possibly raise the money, kindly consented to accept $100. For the past four days relatives have been collecting the money and Tuesday evening had (blurred) C. J. Carroll, a local undertaker agreed to make up the balance and the remains will arrive this morning, as the demands of the greedy Cripple Creek undertaker have been met, Beside the $100 , $40 exppress charges had to be paid, Funeral arrangements have not been completed.

Bernard Krell
Attention 100 K. of P. the funeral of Brother Bernard Krell will be held at 2:30 (blurred) today from the late residence, 2533 Summilt street. All member of the order invited. By order of .. A. FOLEY, R. HULDERBRAND C. C. K of R& S

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