WHITTEMORE CHAMPION. February 14, 1918. "MATT GAPPA DIES IN DUBUQUE. Receives Injuries From Which He Died Last Saturday Afternoon at 2:30. Funeral Held in Whittemore This Morning".-- Word was received here Sunday of the sudden death of Matt Gappa at his home in Dubuque the day previous. He fell down the cellar stairs at his home and received injuries which casued his death. He had started down the stairs leading to the basement and slipped and fell to the bottom. Some ten years ago he suffered a stroke of apoplexy and it is thought that he might have had another stroke at this time which caused him to fall. Members of his family, who were in the house at the time, heard him gasp and then fall down the stairs. They rushed to his assistance and found him bleeding profusely from a deep scalp wound. An ambulance was called and Mr. Gappa was rushed to Mercy hospital where an examination revealed a bad fracture of the skull, and he died without regaining consciousness. The accident happened shortly before noon and at 2:30 he passed away.
Mr. Gappa was born in Germany on February 24, 1842, coming to the United States when twenty one years old. He lived for a short time in Philadelphia and then came west to Kossuth county. It was in this county, forty-four years ago, that he was united in marriage to Katherine Brass of the Irvington neighborhood. They later moved to the Fairville neighborhood where Mr. Gappa bought a farm. They lived there until eight years ago when they gave up active farm life and moved to Emmetsburg. They moved to Dubuque last May and have since made that place their home.
Beside his wife, Mr. Gappa is survived by nine children. They are Sadie Gappa who lives at home, Mrs. Fred Gremmels of Dubuque, Mrs. G.H. Darrow of Farmersburg, Iowa, Mrs. Oliver Blightan of Cylinder, Mrs. Oscar Root of Ruthven, Isadore and George of Ray, Minnesota, Matt Gappa of Emmetsburg, and John Gappa of Brushville, Minnesota.
Frank Gappa, who lives northwest of Whittemore is a brother of the deceased and John Gappa is a cousin. Another brother, Gregory, lives at El Reno, Oklahoma.
Mr. Gappa was one of the highly respected early settlers in this part of Iowa and was well and favorably known. The remains were brought to Whittemore yesterday morning and funeral services are to be held this morning at St. Michael's Catholic church, burial to be made in the cemetery north of town.
The family has the sympathy of their many friends in their hour of trouble.
N.B.: The "Frank Gappa" who lived northwest of Whittemore in 1918, died on May 5, 1932, and was the husband of Faustina (Kajewski) Gappa. Faustina (Kajewski) Gappa's obituary said that Faustina's sister had married Gregory Gappa of El Reno, Oklahoma....SO....We know that Frank, Matt and Gregory were brothers and we know that Frank's wife and Gregory's wife were sisters!
The John Gappa who was his cousin died in September 1931. When Jacob Gappa died in January 1938, his obituary said this John Gappa was a brother of Jacob.
Peter Gappa who had died on April 27, 1909 was a son of Matt Gappa.--Walter Farwell