Haxtun Harvest, Haxtun, Colorado, January 2, 1952




Death claims another old-time resident of Haxtun Monday when Daniel Frank Kassing passed away in his sleep, following a short illness of several days. Mr. Kassing was past 75 years of age and had lived in the Haxtun community for 42 years.  He was born March 23, 1876 at Clatonia, Nebraska and lived there until 1909 when he moved to the Haxtun community where he was engaged in farming until his retirement.


He was married March 16, 1905 to Miss Flora Fix at Kramer, Nebraska. There were no children born of this union and surviving relatives include a sister, Mrs. Otto Fix, and a brother, David, with whom he made his home. His wife preceded him in death 11 years ago.


Funeral services will be held Friday from the Methodist church of which he was a member. Music will be furnished by Mrs. Wilbur Atkins, organist, and a quartet composed of Harold Gall, Leroy Miller, J.D. Birrell and Lorin Starkebaum. Pallbearers will be Dr. J.W. Kinzie, L.L. Berkey, Harry Downs, J.A. Sand, Frank Carnes and Ray McConnell.


Concluding services will be at the Haxtun cemetery.


Haxtun Harvest, Haxtun, Colorado, January 9, 1952



Funeral services were held Friday from the Methodist church for Frank Kassing, who had lived in the Haxtun community since 1909. Mr. Kassing, who had been ill only a few days, passed away in his sleep the night of December 31.


Daniel Frank Kassing, son of Frederick William and Mary Freye Kassing, was born March 23, 1876, in Clatonia, Nebraska.


He attended the public schools of his local community and then spent some time in a religious school in Mt. Pleasant, Iowa.


He was united in marriage to Flora Fix on March 16, 1905 at Kramer, Nebraska. They made their home on a farm near Clatonia until the year 1909 when they moved to Haxtun. In 1911 they took over the rights to a homestead north-east of Haxtun and continued to farm until his retirement about 1941, when he moved into town.


Mr. Kassing took his departure from this life soon after retiring on the last day of the old year, December 31, 1951, at the age of 75 years, nine months and eight days. He was preceded in death by his wife on September 18, 1940; three brothers and three sisters. He is survived by one brother, David Kassing, and one sister, Mrs. Sarah Fix, both of Haxtun.


He was a faithful member of the Methodist church of Haxtun. He was ever a true and loyal friend of its ministers. He was as regular as his health would permit in his attendance at its services of worship and its Sunday school sessions. He took great delight in its advancement and sacrificed in a real and material way to aid in its progress. His influence was largely responsible for the recent reorganization of a Sunday school class for older men. This class ought to stand through the coming years as a memorial to his sincere devotion to his Master and the Master’s way of life.


His ship of life had encountered and out ridden many earthly storms, and, as nearly as many of us were able to determine, was worthy of sailing on into another year of hope and promise. He responded, however, to the warm summons of inviting breezes, flung his sails to the winds, sailed into the harbor of eternal bliss and dropped anchor in his desired haven of peace and rest. He has gone to sleep, much as he desired, never to waken here, but to rise to new freedoms and joys of the great land beyond the river.


He shall be absent from us in the flesh, but his noble spirit of honesty to all and his loyalty to what he thought to be the right will long live in the memory of his loving relatives and admiring friends.






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