From the Lincoln (Neb.) Journal Star, posted Jan. 19, 2006:
Descendant of 'Silent Night' composer dies
By the Lincoln Journal Star
Emil Monhardt, the great-great-great grandson of “Silent Night” composer Franz Gruber died in his sleep Tuesday. The retired electrician charmed visitors at Gramercy Hill at Christmastime with German renditions of his ancestor’s tune. This December he was featured in a column in the Lincoln Journal Star.
His voice wasn’t too strong anymore, he told the paper.
“I sing it so much, it’s just about too old,” he said. “People get tired of it.”
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