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Friedrich Reinhold Müller of Goole

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From the Goole Times, Friday, 23rd April 1920:




We regret to record the death, which took place suddenly during Saturday night, at his home, 59 Dunhill Road, Goole, of Mr F. R. Müller, Mus. Bac. Oxon., who was at one time a prominent figure in local musical circles. The late Mr Müller, who was 73 years of age, retired to rest on Saturday night apparently in his usual health, but on the following morning it was found that he had passed away during the night.

Mr Müller came to England some fifty years ago from Germany, settling first at Hull, where he remained for twenty years, following his profession as music teacher. It was during this period that he married a Lincolnshire lady, who survives him. (Mr Müller married Mary Ann Pocklington in Sheffield in 1887.) It was in Hull also that he took his degree.

Mr and Mrs Müller subsequently took up their residence at Knedlington Cottage, Howden, and it was from this time that their association with the Port of Goole commenced. Mr Müller soon had local pupils under his care, and he walked regularly to Goole, crossing by the ferry, to teach them. It is interesting to note that while in Howden - he was only there three years - he was instrumental in forming the Howdenshire Choral Society.

Twenty-seven years ago, he and his wife came to Goole, where they have lived ever since, taking an interest in the life of the port generally, and in musical matters in particular. There are many who will remember the concerts which Mr Müller arranged in aid of the old Cottage Hospital, by which he raised something like £200.

For many years Mr Müller had an extensive clientele in Goole, and during the earlier period of his residence in the port he was associated with the old Choral Society. His health had failed lately, and at Christmas he was advised temporarily to give up his pupils. His death was, nevertheless, very sudden, and he enjoyed a hearty supper before he retired to rest.

Although Mr Müller, like many of his countrymen in this country, was placed in an invidious position during the war, his sympathies were entirely with the country of his adoption.
He was until comparatively recently a worshipper at Goole Parish Church.

The interment took place in Goole Cemetery on Tuesday, at which the mourners were Mrs Müller (widow), Mr and Mrs Stow, Ulcelby, (brother-in-law and sister), Mr and Mrs C. F. Stow, Kirton Lindsey (nephew and niece), Mrs Knight and Miss Knight.

Mr Fielder, a local preacher, officiated in the absence of a minister. The funeral arrangements were carried out by Messrs Glew.




The memorial inscription in Goole cemetery reads as follows:

In ever loving memory of Friedrich Reinhold Müller Mus. Bac. Oxon. of Goole, died April 18th 1920, aged 73 years. Also Mary A. beloved wife of the above, born May 3rd 1861, died Feb. 28th 1945.



From the Goole Times, Friday, 9th March 1945:

Müller : On February 28th, 1945, at her home, 59 Dunhill Road, Mary A. Müller, widow of F. R. Müller, Mus. Bac. Oxen., in her 84th year. Interred at Goole, March 3rd, 1945.

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