|Johanna Caroline KRANZ nee GUNTHER, died
at Murtoa on the 7th of January 1899. The following notice was published in the Dunmunkle
Standard on Friday the 13th of January 1899.
"On Tuesday last
the remains of Mrs. John G. Kranz were laid to rest in the Murtoa cemetery, she having at
the time of death almost reached the ripe age of 82. Mr. and Mrs. Kranz were amongst the
oldest settlers of the Hamilton district, where three of their daughters became Mrs.
Heinrich Schulz, Mrs. Frederick Schulz, and Mrs. Holtkamp, all of whom are highly
respected and well-to-do farmers of the Murtoa district. Their other children are Mrs.
Germain of Dunkeld, Mrs. Geo Eckel of Minyup, and Mr. John Kranz of South Hamilton.
The old couple came to the Wimmera about 12 years ago, and the first break in the
family was the death of the father, which took place about eight years since. For some
time after her husband's death Mrs. Kranz lived in a cottage in this township, and it was
not until about 18 months ago that the old lady experienced her first illness, which took
the form of a paralytic stroke.
She was then removed to Mr. H Schulz's residence, where amid the affectionate attention of
children and grandchildren, she spent the closing months of a lengthy, vigorous and useful
Like many others of the fast dwindling band of old Australian colonists, Mr. and
Mrs. Kranz had had to face the hardships and difficulties of pioneer life, but courage,
energy, and thrift enabled them to get ahead of all such obstacles and in both their lives
there was light at eventide.
The funeral procession which started from Mr. H Schulz's residence, was followed by
about 40 vehicles and some horsemen, and the service at the grave was conducted by the
Rev. Pastor Hiller.
It may be added that the venerable couple left 43 grandchildren and 23 great
grandchildren. Mr. Wm. Crouch, local undertaker, satisfactorily conducted the
Johanna C. KRANZ nee GUNTHER