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Waumandee, Wisconsin 1860-1960:
An Affectionate Portrait

LaVernJ. Rippley

ST. OLAF COLLEGE PRESS


NORTHFIELD , MINNESOTA
This book is available from:
the St. Olaf College Press
LaVernj. Rippley
Northfield, Minnesota 55057-1098
(507) 646-3233 L::ax 646-3732
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Copyright© La Vern ]. Ri ppley, St. Olaf College Press 55057- l 098


All rights reserved
Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication DaLa
Rippley, la Vern j.
Library of Congress Control Number: 2003094720
Waumandee, Wisconsin 1860-1960: An Affectionate Portrait

ISBN 1-929321-00-7
Dedication
This book is dedicated to Elsie Rippley
Brommer and her family-true and lasting
....
Waumandeeans-and to the living and past
members of St. Boniface Congregation, those of
the Freie Gemeinde, the Harmonie Gesellschaft
in lower Waumandee, and all who were and are
associated with the Salem Evangelical, now
Methodist, Church of Montana. For it is
through these forces of the spirit that
community in the Waumandee Valley
was bom, nourished and given
the chance to thrive.
Honorary Contributors
Following are the names of those who con tributed
$25. 00 toward the publication of this book.

Arms, Armin
Benusa, Albert
Brommer, Daniel and Elsie
Buffalo County Historical Society
Christ, Millard
Christ, Rudy
Coughlin, James
Ellis, Chris and Karen
Kloss, Carol
Lambert, Betty
Lettner, Robert
Lorenz , Paul R.
Rippley, Charles
Rippley, Joann
Schmicltknecht, Don
Sendelbach , Jane
Sendelbach , Maxine
Stirn, Mary
Theisen, Bernice I Sandra Slaby
Venus, Kenneth
Waumandee State Bank
Weaver, Roger ($30.00)
Table of Contents
Introduction and Acknowledgements ................................................................................ .i

Chapter One: Waumandee's Business Past ........................................ ................ ............... 1

Chapter Two: Businesses Left [west] Side ..................... ................................................. 11

Chapter Three: Businesses Righ t [east] Side .... ......... ................................... .................. 25

Chapter Four: Waumandee Churches ....................................................................... ......39

Chapter Five: Upper Waumandee ........ ............. ........................................... ............ ...... 61

Chapter Six: Lower Waumandee .......... .. .... ....... ............................ ................................. 69

Chapter Seven: Incidental Businesses ............................................................................. 77

Chapter Eight: Noted Waumandee Families ................................................................. 81

Chapter Nine: Sports and Recreation ............................................................................. 99

Chapter Ten: Montana's Danuser Valley Swiss House .................................... ..............107

Chapter Eleven: Baptisms, Marriages and Deaths at St. Boniface 1867-1900 .............. 113

Color Site Photographs ........................................................................................... ....... 179


Introduction and Acknowledgements

No book about the history of any place is ever com- the small-town life of "Gopher Prairie" [actually Sauk
plete. Always there is a covenant between the reader and Centre, Minnesota], Lewis in 1930 became the first
the writer. It's an alliance that hovers betwixt memory and American to win a Nobel Prize for literature. ln that novel,
reality, rewarding the search of some, betraying the rural the young flee rural tedium, deprivation and hard work for
myths of others, rankli ng the romanticized expectations of the neon lights of a city they hoped would fill the ir void.
myriad hopefuls, destroying the nostalgic notions of a Io her contemplative depiction of rural America, Kathleen
multifarious few. Until recently, the majority of Americans Norris, Dakota: A Spirirual Geography (New York:
grew up in the countryside, although only a minority of Houghton Miffl in, 1993), argues that small towns need
them Live most of their lives there now. Today a shrinking insularity in order to preserve themselves. In his volume,
splinter can claim the supportive experience l accrued Giants in the Earth, Ole Rolvaag let's the prairie conquer
maturing near the Waumandee village. The preponder- the heroine, spiri tually and physically. For me, by stark
ance of Waumandee descendants missed this opportunity. contrast, Waumandee was none of the above! My experi-
A random glance at my Chapter 11 with its list of early ence and my affection stem rather from a Turnerian view
baptisms, marriages and deaths signals strongly how many of our Waumandee pasl.
people once were in Waumandee but by now, for valid rea-
sons, mine included, have forsaken this anchorage [the Frederick Jackson Turner, a professor of history at the
word means "a secure, safe harbor" -not the junction of University of Wisconsin, in 1920 achieved world acclaim
County E with State Highway 88). For thousands upon for his famous " frontier thesis ." 1 Here he theorized that
thousands, Waumandee really did function as life-giving the rnral frontier was the all-critical element in the forma-
haven-an Anchorage. The cognomens in my Chapter I I tion of an American character. It was the cornerstone for
identify, at least by surname, originals whose posterity still an understanding of the melting pot metaphor and its capa-
share, if vaguely, an experiential link back to that rural bility for assimilating the newcomer to America. "1n the
scene which generated the special culture that shaped their crucible of the frontier, immigrants were Americanized,
values and their behavior- the well spring that is liberated and fused into a mixed race, English in neither
Waumandee. nationality nor characteristics." Turner argues that in the
"steady movement away from the influence of Europe,"
It was not my intention nor within my ability to write the immigrants melded together characteristics and cul-
an authentic "History of Waumandee." Rather, I wanted to tures that, though different in origin, were consolidated
write an affectionate portrait to honor this community 's together into a new and distinct national stock. The out-
capacity to give individuals a distinguishing singleness. come was both a biological and a cultural amalgamation-
As one of those innumerable persons who have abandoned a distinctly American, democratic, individualistic and self-
Waumandee, I am well aware of how deeply at odds a rural sufficient spirit.- that "held the promise of world brother-
American communjty sLands against the urban parvenu of hood."1
metropolis. Ideals of a Jeffersonian or Jacksonian agrari-
an ideal stand strongly in polarity against the unhallowed In his fine book about Trempealeau County, Turner's
streets of a throbbing city. Once an idealized figure, the protege at Madison, Merle Curti, The Making of an
yeoman farmer of my youth became an object of contempt American Cornmunity: A Case Study of Democracy in a
and denigrating swagger to the status seeking cosmopoli- Frontier County (Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press,
tan. Many an author in my time has employed satire to I 959), finds replication of the frontier crucible to our
belittle our rural sites. Others have hungered after anxiety- immediate east. Different in approach but exemplary in
driven sociologists to discover on back roads and in isolat- Tumerian refinement is Jane Marie Pederson, Between
ed hamlets some rural pathology, as Michael Lesy in Memory and Realiry: Family and Community i11 Rural
Wisconsin Death Trip (New York, Pantheon Books, 1973). Wisconsin, 1870- 1970 (Madison: University of Wisconsin
Despair, pain, tragedy and madness hauntingly rampage Press, 1992). Basing herself in Pigeon, Lincoln and
through the rustic Black River haunts of Jackson County. Preston Townships, Pederson concentrates on the market
In the early half of the 19th century, numberless authors centers of Pigeon Falls and Whi tehall-Norwegian and
caricatured rural villages as in Sinclair Lewis' prize win- Yankee strongholds on the eastern side of T rempealeau
ning novel, Main Street ( 1920). For his savage attack on County. Like few other communities in America,
Waumandee to the west in Buffalo County, is an equall y Acknowledgements: Creating this small book
fine microcosm of the Turner thesis. required a large effort on the part of many. Foremost
among them is Elsie Rippley Brommer for her continued
In the words of Walt Whitman, Waumandee has sired purs uit of deta ils. Without mentioning what each con-
" numberless unknown heroes equal to the greatest heroes tri buted, I would si ngle out John Sendelbach for flyi ng the
known!" Waumandee's early settlers imagined paradise, airplane and Charles Ri ppley for the colored aerial photo-
God's c ity made visible on earth. Let there be no doubt! graphs o f Waumandee. Contributors on other generous
Waumandee was an immigrant town, settled by European scales include Jane Scndelbach, Kenneth Venus, Carol
refuse, some starved out o f Ireland, most driven from Berklund. Phyllis Kestner, Belly Rosenow, Rose Hillig. Le
Germany and Switzerland-often for worshiping other Anne Loesel, Sandra Ebert and the staff at the Buffalo
than as the state wanted, sometimes to escape the medieval County Historical Society. Special direction came from
opposite of primogeniture, when inherited land had to be Albert and Orphie Benusa, Bernice Theisen. Particulars
divided equally among all heirs. Without exception they flowed from Shirley O lson, Warren Korte, Brenda
were peasants-landed people I Bauer, in German means Pronschinske, Roger and Karen Pronschinske, Sheila
both peasant and farmer] who came to farm. If they were Rotering, Father Joh n Steiner of St. Boniface Parish, Clara
to be uprooted from home, then not from their way of li fe. Herold, Aloysius and Darlene Slaby, Curt Rotering,
industry, the factory, the office was not in their chromo- Ottmar (Butch) Kochcnclerf'er and undoubtedly others
somes. ff they had not been so determined to continue on whose names escape me at the moment and whose omis-
the farm , they would not have ripped up families , thrown sion l will regret later.
away culture, compromised language, braved mosquitoes
and blizzards, for the mere pleasure of it. My Chapter 8 La Vern J. Rippley, July 4 , 2003
singles out a few noted Waumandee families, chosen only
because they were geographically contiguous to the vil - Credits :
lage whose name we honor. To others and to each of my Atlas and Farmers' Direc101y of Buffalo County Wisconsin
readers, I leave the task of c hronicling the remaining great (St. Paul: The Farmer, 19 14).
forefathers who bore us. Atlas and Farmers ' Direcrory of Buffalo and Pepin
Counties, Wisconsin (St. Paul: Webb Publishing Co mpany,
For all of us there is the task of re-thinking home. 1930).
Lewis Mumford points out that, in my paraphrase, every Picrorial Atlas Buffalo Coumy Wisconsin (Batlle Lake,
old part of the country is filled with memorials of our past: MN: Title Atlas Co.. 1993).
tombstones and markers, cottages and churches, names
and legends, old roads and trails, aba ndoned dugways and
quarries, broken houses and sagging dairy barns, as well as
the things we built and used yesterday. Memorials bri ng
us closer to the past, and, in so doing, bring us nearer the
present. For we a.re living history as well as recording it;
and our memories are as necessary as our anticipaLions. 1

' Frederick Jackson Turner, The Frontier in American


History (New York, 1920), pp. 22-23.
2
La Vern J. Rippley "The Ethnic Frontier: Rural Germans
and the Settlement of America," in Immigrant America:
European Ethnicity in the United States, ed. by Timothy
Walch (New York: Garland, 1994), pp. 197-215.
1
Lewis Mumford , " The Value of Local History," quoted
in Carol Kammen, Pursuit of Local History (Walnut
Creek, CA: AASLH, 1996), 88.

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Waumandee, Wisconsin 1860-1960:
An Affectionate Portrait

Barbara Jean (Brick ner) and La Vern J. Rippley

About the author-La Vern J. Rippley

Born March 2, 1935 on the farm in Upper Waumandee to Louis G. and Joann H.
Rippley, the author attended Lincoln School briefly, then eight years at St. Boniface in the
village. Rippley's paternal ancestors immigrated with the name Rieple from Unadingen
near Donaueschingen in Baden Gennany around 1855 and settled on a farm in Montana
Township. The Rieple famil y attended St. Peter and Paul Mission as well as Waumandee's
St. Boniface Pruish. His matern al grandparents arrived in 1886 with the name Rucinski
[sometimes written Rudschinske] from the Silesian towns of Poppe lau and Schalkowitz
(now Popielow, Siolkowice) near Oppelo (Opole) in southeastern Ge rmany and settled in
the Trempealeau county Polish-speaking community between Arcadia and Independence.
Rippley spent his high school and college years at Holy Cross Seminary in La Crosse, then
studied at St. John's in Boston, fo ll owed by taking a BA at Wisconsin in River Falls. In
1960 he Married Bru·bara Jean B1ickner of River Falls and in 1961 earned an MA at Kent
State University. In 1965 his son John F. was born and he received the Ph. D. at the Ohio
State University. Following service in the U.S . Anny [1957-1963 including reserve time]
he also studied as a Fulbright Fellow at the University of Munich. Rippley taught high
school for two years at River Fal ls, Wisconsin, three years at Ohio Wesleyan University in
Delawru·e before beginning a professorship at St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN in 1967,
the same year his daughter Larissa Jean was born. Details can be fo und in his family his-
tory, Noble Women, Restless Men. Rippley is also the author of over 150 articles in aca-
demic and popular journals, 175 academic papers and lectures at various sites & confer-
ences as well as some 200 book reviews. He is the editor/publisher of the Newsletter of
the Socie~)' for Gennany American Studies and serves on its ed itorial board for the
Yearbook. Though one can take the boy out of the country one can never take the country
out of the boy and thus Rippley remains at heart a "permanent" citizen of Waumandee.
An Affeclionate Portrait

1
Waumandee's Business Past
By: La Vern J. Rippley
St. O laf College

In this amble tlu·ough Waumandee's business past, I stood. EntJepreneurship can mean the effort to create
have inevitably touched on this small community's very wealth, to work for a living, to run a parish of believers, to
own biography. Always a village, the name also denotes establish a hotel, open a store, invite a circus to lure cus-
the township, d1e way a "friendship" is the abstract of what tomers, to retain a named post office for community iden-
exists between two people. Thus the landscape surround- tity, as well as the many other efforts an individual in a
ing Waumandee thieves its way into my narrative, though community undertakes. In a final chapter I look at the
the farming community in the township is intentionally farmers who immediately surrounded the village and from
ignored. However, what since 1904 made, and still shapes whose "territory" the village lands were excised.
the business community more than any other enterprise is Occupying the center of Buffalo County, Waumandee
not even in the Waumandee village proper but an estab- township offers undulating agricultural land lying in
lishment 1.5 miles in the nameless settlement to the north, valleys enclosed on their sides by forest-crowned bluffs,
the Wisconsin Dairies cheese plant. The chapter on "Upper creating some of the best agricultural outcomes in the
Waumandee" narrates this facet of the community. And state. Fed from up-stream springs which erupt at the
such a farmer-driven enterprise ought to put the township's foothills, Waumandee Creek once provided livestock
husbandry at the heart of this investigation. However that water, once powered a large mill, and once lent cooling for
may be, our focus here is on enterprise, broadly under- cream and milk storage on farmsteads. In all respects the

~West 19.13 chs 6.29 chs East__..

March in the year


of our lord, One thousand One of the
Eight hundred and Seventy-three early plats of
Waumandee,
Mr. Breebe, secretary_ ofState
executed pos-
Henry_ Bach, State Treasurer sibly in 1871
S. 0 ., Attorney General but recorded

Village of Waumandee in March,


1873.

1
·waumandee, Wisco11si11 1860-1960:

community of Waumandee itself is isolated-geographi- denomination- all Catholic. Bue far from it. Always. a
cally by ics rough terrain, visually by ics position at the good split berween Lutherans, Catholics, Reformed and
bottom of a valley, and in correspondence too. Postal notably Freethinkers was sustained- a pattern which has
service is catered in from seven differing towns whose fa r- endured for a century and a half. On the other hand, this
reaching circumferences access patrons of the Waumandee was never a cause for anxiety. Rather, the tensions that
Creamery I Cheese Plant, the Waumandee Catholic arose seem to have supervened between Catholics, all
Church and the Waumandee State Bank. More than any attending the local church. not across religious lines.
other cohesive dynamic, each of these three ente11>rises in Intra-religion has been frequently the basis of divergence.
its own way defines the Waumandee community: people Northern Ireland th is was not, not ~ ews among
come to Waumandee for church, banking, and either to Palestinians, nor Kosovars Ln Serbia. In some instances,
deposit or to acquire products at the dairy outlet. even, non-Catholic children for convenience' sake attend-
Telephone service in Waumandee. too, implies isolation. ed the parochial school.
Only small pockets of the few hundred pacrons of these Geographically the Waumandee pla! likewise exhibits
three establishments can phone each OLher toll-free. a cleavage. Casual observers do not notice. but a careful
Although there is a smaJI automated switching unit on site, eye spots immediately that Waumandee consists of basi-
conversation is available to the patronage of Waumandee cally two plats. Those lots lying to the right of the County
only because ::;ervice extends to the clients of the above road that runs from the south to the northeast through the
three enterprises- not from Waumandee- but from village, are laid more or less perpendicular to the creek
Cochrane, Arcadia, Alma, Fountain Ci ty, Mondovi. and on a slant with the road. However, crue to the best
Independence. and Gilmanton. standards of the U.S. Survey. these lot lines run parallel to
Waumandee is singular in other ways. In the hamlec section lines. Those abutting back from the left side of the
where nothing unobserved can pass. !he Catholic St. road. however. are perpendicular to the County road [or to
Boniface Church dominates the skyline which would "Main Street"] and thus orient in triangu lar shapes toward
suggest that the inhabitants patroni:&e this single religious the section lines lying farther behind. Like many a larger
city, this village orients foremost to the stream, as do the
cities of Winona, Detroit, St. Paul , Minneapolis, but also
acknowledges the roadway as a central focal point.
Early settlers in Waumandee township were John
Waumandee Po. 1896 Atlas
Baechler and Christian Masermann who made land entries
Waumandee Twp., Buffalo Co.
Scale 300fl. to I inch in 1854 on Section 30, but did not settle until the follow-
ing year. Robert Henry who took adjacent acreage
brought his family the following May, I 855 by oxen from
Chas Ruppert
Racine. Also arriving in 1855 were Charles Kirchner,
235.60 Hermann Altmann and Charles Hohmann, followed
closely by John Bringolf, Joseph Knechc, Theodore Meu li,
and Philip Runkel all of whom had made claims in the fa ll
c. Ochsner or 1854. In the spring of 1855 came .John Richtmann,
1 00. 45
Andrew Beck, Jacob Angst, and that fa ll , John Maurer,
Conrad Ulrich and John Schmidt. In Lhe spring of I856
among the arrivals were Swiss Freethinkers. Henry Waelty
who purchased the Meuli claim. and John Ochsner who
purchased the mill originally on land owned by Joseph
Knecht.
F. Zeller Origins of some of the very first settlers, according to
2 a list by Kessinger and Curtiss-Wedge. follow: Joseph,
N. Bach
John, Emmanuel and Math Danuser, from Canton Grisons,
1 1855, first located in town of Cross. J. H. Manz
Waumandee, Canton Zu1ich. Michael Meuli, Nufenen.
Canton Grisons, Waumandee hotel keeper. Conrad Ulrich,
Zurich, vintner. Vesper Morgan; a teacher and book agent
CEMETERY
in Waumandee and candidate for County superintendent of
schools in 1879. now studying law. wrote a history of his
Plat of Wa11111a11deefro111 tlie 1896 Arias.

2
An Affectionate Portrnil

own family. Kessinger. p. 603. organized townships in the County were Buffalo (1854)
In the spring of 1856 a camp of 300 Indians stayed and Bel viderc ( 1855), although Alma also was constituted
several days on land now occupied by C. Ochsner, sell ing in 1856.
blackberries and hunting; behaved well. Kessinger. p. 575. Therefore, 1he 1855 census shows only Buffalo town-
According to a typed manuscript of A. Hess, the first ship [but includes other parts of the County). Among the
arrival in Waumandee proper was Henry Mueller in 1853 l 855 residents we find family names in add ition to those
fo llowed in September, 1854 by John Baechler and mentioned above, like Ratz, Keller, Wald, Joseph and
Christian Mosimann.' The same month Robert Henry Anna Danuser [after whom the valley was named),
from Racine entered land on Section 30. "Schoch Prairie''. Christian and Elizabeth Bohri [the valley name],
now known as Anchorage. His grandson, Robert Roy Hohmann, Benning, Krause, Schank, Conrad Reglin, tbe
Henry was subsequeorly prominent in Waumandee circles. organizationally active Robert and Isabella Henry, Knecht,
Arriving in 1855 were Charles Kirchner, Herman Philip and Margaret Runkel [first owners of the Charles &
Altmann, Charles Hohmann, John Bringolf, Joseph Edward Rippley farm], Michael Senty, Scheidegger and
Knecht, Theoodore Mculi , John Richtmann, Andrew many others. For the years up through the 1880s there was
Beek, Jacob Angst, John Maurer, Conrad and George controversy and petitioning with regard to what constitut-
Ulrich, John Schmidt, J. G. Ganz, Ulrich Knecht, J. 1-1. ed Waumandee townshi p, so that the County board pe1i -
Manz, Carl Suhr, and Fred Schoepp, The fo llowing spring odically adjusted i1s jagged boundaries until the edges of
in 1856 arrivals included John Ochsner, Henry Waelthy, the adjacent townships of Lincoln on the west and
Julius Altmann, Peter Tierney. Math.ias Waters, Marlin Montana to the northeast became final. During this
Milan, Robert Krause. John Benston, Jacob Wirth and period. the County board likewise argued periodically, as
John Oerrli. In the next few years arrived farmers in the for instance in 1867, whether the "proceedings of the
core sections of Waumandee, Conrad fand John) Ochsner. County board [should bel conducted in the German lan-
Charles Ruppert, G. H. Krumdick, J. Sendelbach, C. guage as had been customary, which resulted in a resolu-
Heineck, and M. Runkel. Stretching back into Irish Valley tion of continuing Lhis custom." Indeed, this was from the
were John Farner, Thomas Flynn, the Knecht brothers, beginning a German [and German-speaking Swiss]
Michael Reuter, M. Mi lan, B. Tierney. P. Crawford, M. stronghold.
Waters, Thomas Hynes and 01 hers. Readers interested in the pioneering days of
Formal religious activity began in L857 when a Waumandee should explore the diaries of Conrad Ulrich
Lutheran preacher visited believers in Waumandee but included in the booklet. Stories of Fou11wi11 City (Fountain
German Methodist, Reformed and Roman Catholic City: Cochrane-F. C. Recorder, 1998), II: 7- 16. Before
denominations soon followed. In 1877 the Catholics laid farming on his quarter section of Section 20 in Wojchik
their corner stone "erecting a line brick structure capable Valley, owned subsequently by Ray Bagniewski, Ulrich
of seating 1000 people." 2 Other evidence of public life in immigrated from Switzerland leaving a 9-year old daugb-
the township were the elec1ions of I856 held at the home rer there, whom they fetched ten years later, and with h.is
of Charles Kirchner on April I. when Robert Henry was neighbor Frederick Schoepp (then on the Wojchjk farm]
named fi rst town chairman and town superintendent of carted brick from the Heinrich and Fritz Roettiger b1ick-
schoo ls, while Levi Card won election as clerk. yard in Fountain City to erect their homes. 5
"Waumandee" to designate the township was suggested by Few fro m Waumandee served in the Ci vi I War [ 1861-
Judge Pierce of Fountain City, an Indian name saicl by l 865] except for Phill ip Weisenberger, Charles and Joseph
some to mean "War Eagle" or "War Valley" whi le others Utz, Leonard Florin, Michael Meuli, William Averbeck,
submit that it comes from u Chippewa word meaning and Jacob Richtmann but historians doubt lhey came first
"clear and sparkling waters:· impl ied presumably from the and foremost from Waumandee. 6 Possibly some moved
creek dissecting the township from north to south and here later or never returned after rhe war. During the post-
flowing eventually into the Mississippi near Fountain City. war period from 1870-1880. the village of Waumandee
According to Kessinger, the name Waumandee was first came to boast two stores, two taverns, several blacksmith
used by John Adam Weber as the [ndian title [Wah-ma- shops and a post office established already in I857 with J.
deej for Holmes Landing, now Fountain City, and then H. Manz as postmaster. Waumanclee's fi rst plat was
again also by Henry Goehrke when in I 854 he bui lt a recorded on June 27, 187 1 and included only the left side
sawmi ll two miles above Fountain City at the so-called of the road. 7 By 1919, Curtiss Wedge describes
Millclam and called the su·eam Waumandee Creek. Finally Waumandee as a village of 100 with a general store con-
on March 3, 1856 the name was used officially to com- ducted by Fred W. Wirtenberger [still the store on the left],
mission the townsh.ip. Prior to Waumandee, the only now Rotering, a brick garage [then Everist, later

3
Waumandee, Wisconsin 1860-1960:

Pronschinske. Benusa and then the fire station], rwo black- But a few years later in 1874 the next crisis occurred,
smith shops [Venus for one] the Farmers' State Bank printed here from the Alma Weekly Express 11 in its entire-
[always known officially as the Waumandee State Bank], ty to show the flavorful, descriptive language.
a modern public school [below Waumandee proper, now
the town hall] and a German Catholic church with a Waumandee Saloons Closed on Sunday. At the
two-room parochial school builclingg [torn clown in late afternoon service last Sunday (May 31st at 4
1920s after the present Catholic grade school had been PM), after the unfortunate occurrence which cook
completed]. place about noon of that day when, as our readers
are already aware, one you ng man in a scuffle
Incidentals of Waumandce's early history. fatally stabbed another in the yard belonging to
Though a harmonious community with a non-denom- one of the saloons. Reverend Lay, Roman
r
inational so-called hall now Harmonia Park], Waumandee Catholic priest of Waumandee, promptly
had its share of violence. Early after the St. Boniface informed the congregation that if the saloons of
parish opened, a clash occurred as noted by Richard which there are three in the town, were not closed
Current, History of Wisconsin , in his Chapter IS "A on Sundays, he would be obliged to leave them,
Society Still in Formation," which reads as follows: and seek another field of usefulness. Reverend
"Typical was the report of a melee between a few of the Lay's flock are strongly a11ached to him and knew
young Irish and Germans in Waumandee, Buffalo County, he would be as good as his word. The board of
where an American bystander was accidentally shot and supervisors have now interposed their authority
killed." 9 Most likely this occurred in August, 1869 while and officially notified the saloon keepers that
publishing newspapers was erratic in the County. under penalty of total withd rawal of their licens-
However, the court docket of Buffalo County offers the es that they hereafter must sell no more liquor of
following information. The date of the incident was any kind on tbe Lord's Day. lt is undoubtedly
August 29, 1869 in the Town of Waumandee. Charges true that those coming from a distance to attend
were filed for the murder of John Marming by John Zeller divine worship, especially the old and the infirm,
and attempted murder of John Zeller by Michael Tierney. are the better for a little refreshment but this is a
There were also charges fi led against Philipp Zeller and privilege which is apt Lo be abused and here as in
Jacob Bollinger. T hough very difficult to fo llow, the cou11 many other respects, the well-disposed are made
records show that there were appearances in the May, 1870 to suffer from the sins of the lawless and disobe-
docket but the John Zeller trial was apparently in the dient. 12
October. 1870 session resulting in a "not-guilty" verdict. 10
The local newspaper for the period. Lhe Alma Weekly In a letter from Waumandee with an "edsp express"
Express reports the following on September 23. 1869 notation, and dated June I, 1874 which was intended obvi-
under the heading of ·'Waumandee Items:" ously for an earlier edition of the paper but printed in the
same issue as the column above, we read the details.
The name of the young man who was shot a few Parenthetically, I would note that the individuals were not
weeks ago while a spectator of the melee between drinking and therefore that alcohol was not the likely
a few of the young Irish and Germans in this cause of this incident. Yet the authorities closed the
quarter was John Manning. He was a sober and saloons on Sundays! Likewise, s peaking editorially, it is
industrious young man, the main support of the obvious to all that the incident occurred at the Nicholas
family he belonged to, and had nothing to do with Bach establishment, later Benning Hall , then the
the quarrel which arose out of a mere nothing. Wirtcnberger hall and tavern, finally Arnold Zeller and
Both the Germans and the Irish here are good then Bremer, which is opposi te the church. Clearly the
farmers and il is a pity there should be a bad second tavern was in the oldest part of the main store on
feeling between them for no other reason than the left side of the road, operated by Wirtenberger, Huettel,
because they come from different countries. Zeller, Rotering and others. Where the third saloon might
They should remember that here they are fellow have stood is open to speculation. However, we do know
citizens. It is natural for young men to test their that al a later date, there was a saloon in the Kochenderfer
strength and powers and this could be done in a I Ed Herold butcher shop, which seems inconsistent with
legitimate way if we had County and slate games this particular 1874 time frame. At any rate, from the
for leaping, wrestling, throwing stones, etc. 11 Alma Weekly Express of July 11 , 1874 we learn:

4
An Affectionate Portrait

Letters from Waumandee. Fatal Stabbing Affair. on the unfortunate victims and bring pangs of
On the afternoon of Sunday May 31 , William lifelong misery and remorse upon the wretched
Schmidtknecht and Anton Miller, two young men survivor. And it may be added that an inquest
belonging to the town of Montana, met in the was held upon the body the following day, and
store of Nie Bach. They had previously been the whole affair will of course become the subject
good friends but for a short time past as it would of judicial investigation.
appear, they had some unpleasant words about a
certain girl and William had on several occasions No record of such efforts at justice have yet been dis-
threatened and sought an opportunity of giving covered! Court clerks at the Buffalo County seat report
Anton a beating in order to make him hold hjs that criminal records are destroyed after 40 years. Further
tongue about him and the young woman. details about the outcome may result from further investi-
Meeting by chance in the store on the day in gation of other sources.
question, when there appeared to be a service in
the Roman Catholic chapel [they mean the 1920s Waumandee Description
Fonner Jog church which had been moved next Writing in 191 9, the Franklyn Curtiss-Wedge authors
door prior to construction of the current brick describe Waumandee as a small village with a population
structure of 1877] adjoining and consequently of about 100 located in Waumandee township 15 miles
quite a number of people around, Anton, knowing east of Alma. It conrains a general store conducted by
the intentions of William toward him, endeavored Fred W. Wirtenberger [later to become the Huettel, Zeller,
to avoid a collision. Neither of them had been Johnson, Rotering store], a brick garage, rwo blacksmith
drinking anything. About l P. M. when there was shops, the Farmers State Bank and two saloons. It also has
a considerable crowd around, they met face to a post office, a good modern public school and a German
face in the yard behind the store and, throwing off Catholic church with a two-room parochial school build-
his coat, William, who was a stout, muscular ing.1.1 We know that in the early 1930s the Catholic school
fellow, went for Anton like a prize fighter and was replaced with a then-modem, still-used brick struc-
dealt him several blows about the head and shoul- ture. Reaching back to the days of 01igin, the Curliss-
ders. While Anton, knowing tlJat i.n such a Wedge hist0rians report that in 1862 Caspar Schmitz and
pugilistic contest he was no match for his power- his wife began a store and saloon near the Catholic Church
ful assaiJant, quick as lightning whipped out a [later the hotel of Nicholas Bach, Wirtenberger, etc.]
pocket knife, and before anyone could prevent Between 1870-1880, there were two stores, two taverns
the rash act, stabbed his assailant several times in and various blacksmith shops and a post office established
the limbs and body. It is said by some that others in 1857, with J. H. Manz as postmaster. However, the
helped Anton. Unfortunately, one of these village was not platted until June 27, 1871.
random cuts dealt by Anton was in the region of
the heart and on receiving it, William reeled and Harmonia Hall
fell, wildly tearing off his vest in the throes and From a typed manuscript by Albert Hess at the
agony of approaching dissolution. In a few Wisconsin Area Research Center in Eau Claire, we learn
minutes he had bled to death. further incidemals about Waumandee. Under the heading
"Social Organizations," Hess reports: There were many
The other young man, struck with horror of people belonging to no church, mostly of Swiss and
his unexpected crime and apprehensive of being German origin, who arrived from Sauk County in south
taken into custody, broke away from the crowd central Wisconsin. Enjoying neighborly companionship,
and, rushing upstairs, jumped from a window into these Swiss and German settlers in 1861 organized a
the garden. He then made !tis way as fast as he German-language Reading Society, later designated by the
could for the bush, but was captured a few hours German name Harmonie Gesellschaft. Tltis group accu-
after in Arcadia. This melancholy occurrence mulated a large library of German books, especially those
shows the danger of young men in the heat of of an anti-religious natu re. Soou they also organized the
passion, resorting to the use of lethal weapons. A Harmonie Gesanggesellschaft [singing society] which
few blows from a man's fi sts soon cease to hurt remained part of the main society. Meeting weekly, the
and people that are estranged may become choir practiced until they reached a high profi ciency.
friends again after such a contest but an inch of Dming the 1880s they planted a grove of pine trees on land
steel or an ounce of lead too often afflict injuries donated for their purposes by Fred Hohmann, adding a

5
Waumandee, Wisco11si11 1860-1960:

Members of the various Sii11ge1fest panicipating orga11i::.atio11.1· assembled i11 front of the Harmonie Gesellsclwft, taken by Ed
Hoh111a1111. /11 the 811.ffa/o Coumy Journal of July 9, 1891 is the 11otatim1: "Ed Hoh111a1111 ll'elll to Alma last Monday to learn the art
of photography. He wkes lesso11s of J\lli: Gesell and we hope will some day be able to do as efficie111 11·ork as his tlllor." The excel-
le111 work of Gesell is housed at the State his10rical Society i11 Madison. Pictures supplied by Melvin £. Glei1er.

spacious hall on the ir grounds fo r the choir, dances, 32 1 volumes, "containing works of most of the prominent
picnics and other amusements. Whe n o ld timers of the German authors, especially of the past. a very commend-
organjzation died or moved away, the society became able feature of any similar society." With 20 members in
dormant and the property was leased to the Garden Valley 1888, the society's president was C harles Hohmann, treas-
Camp. Modem Woodmen of America. with a membership urer John Farner. secrecary and librarian, Charles Kirchner
around the tum of the century over I00. A bit north of I from the post office].
their hall. the society maintained a line cemetery. During the 1890s the Harmonie was often the sight of
Prominent members of the society were the families Siingerbund meetings. For instance. on May 5, 1890 the
Brandt, Waelty. Ochsner and others. Columbia Society of the townsh ip of Montana visited the
About the Harmonie of Waumandee, Kessinger (508) Harmonie Society of Waumandee for practice prior to the
also reports that it was chartered in 1861 by C. Moser Jr.. County meetings of the Sangerbund.1•1 In 1891 we read:
who, thereafter, in 1868-69 served in the Wisconsin legis- .. Last Sunday the Columbia Mannerchor accepted an invi-
lalllre. The Harmonie, according to Kessinger, holds tat ion of the Fountain City Mannerchor to meet them in
meetings every fi rst Sunday of the mo nth with the goal of the hall of the Waumandee Mannerchor where they spent
entertainment and mental improvement of the members, many pleasant hours. The Lincoln Mtinnerchor was also
discussion of local. political and generally important present and some line singing indulged in. Mr.
topics. He also notes the singing club. and the library of Untermoehl. leader of the Buffalo County Sangerbund

6
An Affectionate Portrait

made some appropriate remarks. We hope that the torical preservation list. As the word suggests, these "free
Fountain City boys will soon repeat their visits to our communities" were always anti-clerical in the view that
valley.''' 5 "Describing the 1893 meet al Harmonie in an open mind would lead to ethical behavior. Free
Waumandee in J 893 Gleiter notes that a unique feature is Thinkers, and Freie Gerneinden, opposed the religious
that this is the only hall the societies enjoyed which still autho1itarianisrn of both Protestant and Catholic churches,
stands. "Meals for the singers were served in an outdoor upholding doctrines of rationalism, science. and human-
tent and a mass photography of tbe participants was taken ism while contributing significantly to the growth of reli-
by E. F. Hohmann of Mondovi, the only record of such a gious and social liberalism. Congregations of Free
photograph ever being taken at a Fest. Al the Fest on June Thinkers were widespread in pioneer Wisconsin. In 1852,
11, 1893 the open air concert was directed by A. G. for instance, there were thirty-one free-thinking congrega-
Ochsner with the Arcadia brass band assisting. On June tions, mostly in small towns near German settlements in
15, 1893 the Buffalo County Journal reported in prut: the eastern part of the state. Other more radical or social-
ist German groups associated with the Free Thinkers and
The members of the Harmonie society of at tin1es participated with the Turners [members of gym-
Waumandee seem to stand in with the U. S. nastic societies] in conununity events. ln 1876 the
weather service for a finer day for the Siingerfest Milwaukee German Union of Radicals, for example,
than last Sunday could not have been made to called upon "lovers of Free Thinking" to join them in "the
order. . . . The first to arrive were the Ation and name of freedom , justice, and the general welfare." On
Frohsinn societies who marched into the park another occasion, radicals joined Free Thinkers and
headed by the Arion's new flag and singing a Turners in celebrating Thomas Paine's birthday. Socialist
march. Other societies artived soon and all meetings often took place in Turner halls while German
partook of a lunch served by the Hannonie. workers formed Reading and Cu.lture Clubs "to improve
Besides the societies belonging to the Union, the their education and knowledge through ... the exchange
Columbia of Montana and the Harmonie of Plum of opinions in the field of social reforms."l<•
City took part making in all eight societies. When Recently Randy Erickson of the LaCmssse Tribune
all had arrived the Harmonie sang a welcome reported about the township debate over the continued
song and President Florin on behalf of the society ex.istence of its Free-Thinker Hall in Barre Township. To
bade them welcome.... By this time dinner was some town officials and residents, the Ban-e Town Hall is
ready and hundreds partook of the good things just an old building that has outlived its usefulness and
served by the ladies of Harmonie society. The should be torn down to make way for a new town hall.
meals, dinner and supper were served in a large Others see the 130-year-old red brick building as a piece
tent that had been created for this purpose. of history, well worth preserving. The Barre Town Hall
Besides those who took their meals here and was erected between 1870 and 1872 as a meeting hall for
stopped al the two hotels to visit with neighbors, the Bostwick Valley chapter of tbe Free Thinkers Society
all were provided for and those who thought that which organized about 1868. In 1876, the Bostwick
the people out in the country could not take care Valley chapter had 33 members, but by 1914 their numbers
of a big crowd were agreeably surprised to see had dwindled to 14, and the group disbanded in J916. The
how easily they managed it. ... Towards evening Free Thinkers building had been used as a town ball in the
when the singers and older people turned home- early 1900s, but it was officially designated as the town
wm·d, the young folks arrived ~md took possession hall in 1913. By December 1999, when the La Crosse
of the hall. . .. That the hall was jammed full of County Historic Sites Preservation Commission designat-
dancers seemed not to hinder them in the least for ed the building as a County historic sire, the building was
they seemed to think the more the mertier. . .. only one of two Free Thinkers balls in Wisconsin still
There were hundreds and hundreds from far and standing. At one time, the state was home to as many as 30
near. such halls. 17
In fact, the Harmony Hall in Waumandee means that
To be sure, the Harmonie of Waumandee was part of there are more of Lhe original 30 standing than is general-
the Freie Gemeinde Movement that swept Germany in the ly known. Often the hall was used more for entertainment
face of government action to organize the churches into than for worship. However, on Aptil 23, 1891 we read that
politically correct alignment. Today, the best preserved rel igion is still the primaty function of the strucn1re. "Rev.
structure of the Freie Gemeinde organizations in N. C. Earl will lecture in the Harmonie hall next Sunday
Wisconsin is at Sauk City where the structure is on the his- April 26 at 11 AM. Subject is religion." The following

7
Wauma11dee, Wisconsin 1860-1960:

June. 1891 a picnic is reported in full detail: the picnic was quite a success, considering the
unfavorable weather. '8
The picnic of the Harmonie society last Sunday
was quite well attended in spite of the rain at That fall on November 12, 1891 the paper reports:
noon which prevented many from coming. The "The turkey shoot and dance given by H. A. Frey at
Arcadia cornet band arrived early in the forenoon Harmonie Hall last Sunday were well attended and all
and by rendering music during the afternoon did present enjoyed themselves."'9 The following August 26,
much for the success of the picnic. The Liberty 1892 the paper further comments:
comet balld of Waumandee played several pieces
quite well, considering the lenglh of time they '·The following officers were elected at the annual
practiced. The Harn1onie and Arion singing soci- meeting of the Liberty Cornet Band: Pres. R. H.
eties helped materially to pass the time pleasant- Manz; VP E. R. Krause; treasurer Ed Hohmann,
ly by rendering some choice vocal music. secretary Louis Hohmann ; Leader H. 0. Manz.
Several other societies were prevented from The band boys will give a picnic at Harmonie
attending by the rain. As everything about the Park and a dance at the hall in the evening on
grounds had been drenched by the rain, most of Sunday September 4th. AITangements will be
the time was spent inside the hall which of course made for a game of baseball between the local
was not as pleasant as if the time could have been and the Arcadia band. The boys have always been
spent in the park. In the evening the halls was successful in entertaining their guests and wi ll do
crowded with dancers who enjoyed themselves their best to make this gathering a success."
until daylight the next morning. Taken all in all

Harmonia Band Top Row: Joseph Lejk. Albert Rothering, Elmer Hohmann, Hugo Krause, John 11ofmann
Secm 1d Row: Fred Hauert. Peter Woyczik. Earl Benning, John Ven.us. John Knecht
First 1viv: Joseph Venus, Donald Fame1; William Hauer/, Oscar Blank, Raymond Farne1; Adam Wirtenberger

8
An Affectio11at.c Portrait

Harmonia Band Top Row: Joseph Lejk. Albert Ro1heri11g. Elmer llol1111ann. Hugo Krause. John Hofmann
Second Row: Fred Hauen. Peter \Voyc:.ik. Earl Benning. John Vi.> nU.\'. John K11eclt1
First row: Joseph Venus, Donald Fame1; William Hauer!. Osrnr lJlank, Raymo11d Fame1; Adam Wirte11berger

On April 28, 1893 we read that "The fou ndation for the A pleasant paragraph about Waumandee appears
addition to the Harmonie Hall is fini shed and the carpen- in T he Alma Weekly Express I' wh ich ends with the issue of
ters commenced work the laner part of last week." It July 8. I 869 but continues again wi th the issue of Dec. 22,
comprised the addition of 18 feet to the west side of the I 870.l Janua ry 12, 1871 Form our Waumandee
structure, since again tom off the main structure. In 1930 Correspondent:
there was a dance: " Dance at Harmonia Hall. Waumandee,
Wednesday evening October 1st. g iven by the Waumandee In the improvement of their farm s we saw more
Local Fm-mcrs U ni on. Music by the Putz 5-pieces large, fine, two story stone and brick houses than
Orchestra, admission 50 cents per couple." '° Not that there we have ever seen in Wisconsin or Minnesota
was a dearth of space for dances and other entertainm.;nt within the same area in any rural fam1 ing district.
needs, for on September 4, 1930 T he Cochrane Recorder T hei r barns and out bu ildings fairly rival our
announced: "Old time dance at Wirtenberger's Hall . eastern agricultural districts. We observed within
Waumandee, Monday, Septe mber 8th. Admission 50 the distance of six miles four large and beautiful
cents. Ladies free. Music by Rippley's O rchestra." school houses besides one 01her bu ilding.

9
Waumandee, Wisconsin 1860-1960:

The Waumandee river from its source runs entire- 10


Letter from Gary Scholssstein, February 2, 2002.
ly thorough this rural dist1ict and is susceptible of 11
Alma Weekly Express, September 23, 1869.
12
being turned to great account propelling machin- Alma Weekly Express, Thursday June 11, 1874.
1
ery of any amount and is only occupied at present ~ Franklyn Curtiss-Wedge, History of B1dfalo and Pepin
for mil Ung purposes by Mr. John Ochsner, who is Counties Wisconsin (Winona: H. C. Cooper & Co., 1919),
now building a new flouring mill . We made the pp. 99, 936.
acquaintance or Mr. Ochsner and was forcibly 1
• Melvin E. Gleiter, "Arion Beef River Wisconsin
struck with his intelligence and gentlemanly Gesangverein (Singing Society)" reti red professor of
bearing. It requires but little imagination to see in Chemistry at the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire in
a few years this grand stream studded with cotton 1993 wrote a typescript history of the Arion society in
and woolen factories and all other kinds of Alma, mentioning competitors from the region. Here p. 6.
15
machinery that this country may need. Traveler The Buffalo County Journal, March 19, 1891.
promises shorter letter upon the same subject 16
Richard H. Zeitlin, Germans in Wisconsin, rev. ed
which we trust we may have the pleasure of (Madison: State Historical Society, 2000), 20-21.
11
seeing. Randy Erickson, La Crosse Tribune
iR Buffalo County Journal, June 18, 189 1.
19
Thus, at both ends of the Waumandee core, stand two Buffalo County Journal, November 12, l 89 1
20
monuments to Swiss traditions and their immigration to Cochrane Recorder, Seprember 25 , 1930.
the region. The one in the south, the Harmonie Society,
whose structure still stands as a memento to this great past
movement of liberty in religious Europe, and the one in
Danuser Valley, the Swiss stone house built by Danuser in
Montana, which exemplifies as physic:i lly as does the
Harmonie, the proud Swiss heritage. Consequently, 1have
chosen to introduce this book with some detail about each,
the Harmonie in the beginning, and the Danuser house as
the closing chapter.

Footnotes
1
Manuscript Archi ves, State Histori cal Society of
Wisconsin.
) Above and below, Hisrorical Arias of rite Counties of
811jfalo and Pepin. Wiscomin (Pardeeville, Wisconsin:
Briggs and Falconer, 1877, 1878), p. 13.
" Lawrenc Kessinger, History of Buffa lo Co1111ty, Wisconsin
(A lma: Buffalo County, Wis, 1888), pp. 225, 230, 239.
1
' Kessinger, p. 309, 31 7.

s A photo of the brickyard and its drying sheds appears in


Mary Ann Pattison. 811./Jalo Co1111ty. A Picrorial Histol)'
(Alma: Buffalo Coumy Historical Society, 1993), p. 67.
11
Kessinger, p. 532.
1
Franklyn Curtiss-Wedge, Histo1y o.f 81~ffalo and Pepin.
Counties Wisco11si11 (Winona: H. C. Cooper & Co., 1919),
p. 99.
• Curtiss-Wedge. His101y, p. 936.
• Richard N. Current. The Hisrory of Wisconsin, Vol TI: The
Civil War Era, 1848- 1873 (Madison: Stace Historical
Society of Wisconsin, 1976), p. 552. For his source.
Current cites the Mi/l vaukee Sentin el. July 14, September
27, 1869.

10
An Affectionate Portrait

2
Businesses Left [west] Side

West side of
Waumandee
new retirees '
houses sowh of
Scheidegger
garage.
Houses L-R,
Oumar
Kocl1e11de1j'e1;
Rita Bork, Richard
Pronschinske estale.

Waumande.e Businesses in Numerical sequence Wirtenberger's hotel, while busy erecting the new St.
Viewing lhe vi llage of Waumandee from the south, we Boniface school building. From the local paper we read as
proceed first with the businesses on the left and then return fo llows: "June 16: Wedding of Verna Wirtenberger and
from the north back to the point of origin on the right Arthur Scheidegger of Fountain City by Rev. Kelnhofer.
(facing north]. Piano and violin duet by Mrs. Willie Schmidtknecht and
Businesses on the left, ascending: Scheidegger " O Salurnris" by Adolph Rippley and a vocal by Elsie
garage operated by Ronald Olson; Waumandee State Rippley. Delicious wedding dinner for 75 guests at Fred
.Bank; Venus Blacksmith garage; Wirtenberger-Hucttel- Wirtenberger home. Wedding trip to Chicago. Horne in
Zeller-Johnson-Rotering store; Weisenberger-Milek lot; Waumandee." 1
Benning-Koc he nde rfe r-Schmidtkncc ht-Pro n schi nske Then, in 1936, the Scheideggers were able to pur-
(post office); Huete l-Boltz-Lyle Adank-Filling station: chase land for their own facility which they occupied by
Everist-Benusa garage and blacksmith ; Zeller-Huettcl- Christmas that year. Soon they were busy fabricating a
Pronschinske house; Reuter-R ippley house. house as testified by the Cochrane Recorder entry: "May
Businesses on the right, descending: Killian trucking; 14, 1936: Eldon and Arnold Schmidtknecht began digging
Evarist-Benusa garage-Fire stalion; Kochenderfer meat
market and Roe11iger lumber yard ; RegHn-Hesch earth
moving; Duwain Herold Welding; Will iam Korte harness
shop; Earl Benning Trucking; Benusa Trucking; Bach-
Benni ng-Wi rten berger-Zeller-8 rcmer-Schmidtknccht
hotel, tavern, dance hall; St. Boniface Parish.

Arthur Scheidegger Garage


In 1925, Arthur Scheidegger arrived from Bohri 's
Valley near Fountain City to begin a trucking business
which depended largely on delivering and receiving prod-
ucts from and to the Garden Valley Creamery. When he
first came into Waumandee he lived at the Wirtenberger
Hotel adjacent to St. Boniface church, and there he met
daughter Verna who became his wife-their only child
being Shirley. During their early days, Verna, whom he Aerial view of rhe sowl11vest edge of Wau11u111dee in 1953
married on Junc 7, 1927, was busy helping prepare meals showing Scl1eidegger 's garage, the Venus house, 1/te S1a1e bank,
1/ie Venus blacksmith shop and the Bach- Wirtenberger-Zeller
for the construction crew who stayed at her father, Fred
hall in rhe foreground.

11
Wa 111na11dee, Wisco11sil1 1860-1960:

Art Scheidegger garage,


rhe11 Maynard Olson,
11011' Ronald Olson.

the basement on Tuesday of a new residence which A n housed the equipment at his Waumandee garage. Early in
Scheidegger i s erecti ng on his l ot in the village." Two World War ll, l oca l community leaders, among them
months later in July we read: " Jul y 23, 1936: George Edward Senclelbach Sr., heard that insurance rates could
Rohrer has finished the electric w iring of the new resi- be cut substantially i f Waumandee had its own fae truck.
dence being bui lt by Art Scheidegger.'' By Cb1istmas they Wi nx Zeller and L udwig '"Laud" Tamke with Fountain
were finished. December 31. 1936: "Mr. and Mrs. Art City Mutual Insurance were persuasive advi sers of Lhe
Scheidegger moved into their new all modem home acquisi tion. Of course, there were no trucks to be bought
recently completed the day before Christmas. They had for fighting fires with local priority as opposed to those
for their guests on Christmas Day the following: Mr. and raging in Europe and the Far East. For the new 1946
Mrs. August Scheidegger, M r and Mrs. Elmer Kreibich, model fire engine, Scheidegger erected a small add-on to
and Mr. and Mrs. Fred Wirrenberger.'' the south side of his garage, now the offi ce and parts
Here, also, Scheidegger stored trucks in the first department.
" rear" garage unit. On the ear ly dirt roads and wi th some- During his long experi ence as the only farm machj n-
times primitive gear, hauling equipment required consid- ery dealer wi thin a 15 mi le radius [ 15 mi les distant in any
erable maintenance which persuaded Scheidegger to direction from any competitor] Scheidegger had a mjni-
expand into trucking cattle and servicing general motor monopoly but served his customers as if there were a com-
vehicles in a fron tal addition to the shop. A lso, Art tells of peti tor at every bend in the Waumandee road. Working for
using 4-horse teams instead of trucks to get supplies from him through the years were excellent mechanics like
the train depot at Cochrane to the Creamery. Roads like Christ Allemann. Ole Weltzien. Wilbert Heinz, Lonnie
Highway 88 through the lowlands near the CCC [ Civilian Deck. Cl aire Stanton. Alan Be ·eler. A lbert Benusa,
Conservation Corps] camps a few miles south of the inter- A nthony Foegen, A rnold Schmidtknecht, Raymond
section of Hi ghway 88 w i th T run k U l eading to Pronschinske, and others who hel ped with parts, deliveri es
Waumandee, and elsewhere, became impassable in spring- and machinery set-up like Wilmer Rosenow and A nton
time. With plenty of mechani cal work in 1945, Sendelbach. Some boarded there as did Juanita Wendland
Scheidegger sold his trucking business to one of his while teachi ng at the Waumandee school, now the town
dri vers, Albert M . Benusa, whkh allowed hi m to expand hall. Others moved on to higher calli ngs such as
into a dealership for Oliver machinery. which subsequent- Wilbert Heinz who operated the Mississippi dam si te at
ly became White. Through his dealership heyday. Trempealeau and Tony Foegen who spent the bulk of his
Scheidegger also handled Badger. Jamesway and Papec career as a troubleshooter for Trane in La Crosse.
barn cleaners and si lo unloaders. with craftsmen LO install An indication of his community prominence and his
them. H e also sol d Homelite chain saws. vari ous chopper professional connections is the following newspaper entry
box wagons, manure spreaders, and related shortline farm or 1952.
equipment like the Cunningham hay conditioner.
During 195 1, one of his employees, M aynard Olson, Fred H. Roettiger passed away lasl Sunday,
married hjs daughter, Shirley, and thus in 1976 acquired born May 24. 1866, the son of Mr. and Mrs.
the business for Lhe succeeding years until his own deat h Fred Roettiger, early pioneers. Maynard
in 1999 led to his estate rransferring it to his son, Ronald Olson attended a tractor school in
Olson. Beginn ing in the 1945 also, Scheidegger acquired M inneapolis, Monday. A. C. Scheidegger
for Waumandee its own lire truck and for many years attended an implement dealers meeting in

L2
A11 Affectionate Portrait

Minneapolis, Friday. A. C. Scheidegger, PeriodicRlly through the bank's long history, annual
Louis Rippley, Eldon Schmidcknechl, reports about its successes were made in the newspapers.
Leonard Hesch, Arnold Zeller, Melvin Thus, one year after it opened in March 19 l 5, it had out-
Hoksch, Rudy Hesch, Matt Pronschinske, standing loans amounting to $22,625, capital stock of
Norbert Pieper, Edward Senty, Martin $15,000 [a constant we assume], and Cashier Erwi n
Alleman J r., La Verne Baecker, Herman Huebsch in the driver's seat. Tidbits gleaned from The
Krackow, Edwin Servais and Adolph Cochran e Recorder include information from 1918: "Feb.
Schlesser attended a dealers' convention at 14, 19 I 8: Mary Sch.midtknecht is busy making prepara-
Charles City, lowa.2 tion for a new house she intends to build this summer on
the vacant lot next to the Gueltzow property. . . . Frank
The Waumandee State Bank Reuter was working at the bank on account of Mr.
According co the reprint of a story in Th e Bi!ffalo Huebsch being gone. Ray G. Everist is spotting a new
County Journal of September 17, 1914, the Waumandee motor sleigh he bas just completed" [Everist was the oper-
State Bank opened for business that dace. Its organization ator of the Benusa garage, later fire station]. A year and a
traces back to a stock holders' meeting at Benning's Hall half later, Huebsch moves to Winona: "Dec. 11, 1919.
[probably across the street] on November 20, 19 13 when Clara Reuter has accepted the position as cashier at the
Frank Reuter, Louis Zeller. M. L. Fugina, F. J. Bohri, C. Waumandee State Banlc. Louis Zeller is preparing materi-
W. Senty, Thomas He nry and George K.indschy voted for als for building a new house in the village of Waumandee
officers: Frank Reuter as president, Louis Zeller vice- next spring. Irwin Huebsch went to work at the Winona
president and M. L. Fugina as cashier. To expedite the National Bank." In the next ye<u-, we read: " Nov. 18, 1920
construction of an appropriate facil ity, Henry Roettiger, C. Mr. Haines of Arcadia is busy painting at the creamery.
W. Senty and Frank Reuter were appointed to a bui lding Matt George and crew are fin ishing the carpenter work at
committee to secure land on the H. Tillmann lot opposite the new creamery residence. Mrs. Ben Billig of La Crosse
Benning's Hal\. Measuring 25 X 40 feet, the one story is taking charge at the bank while Miss Clara Reuter is
structure was made of hollow tile Menomonie brick and taking a vacation from her duties as cashier." What we see
equipped with a solid concrete vault with a Victor screw here is that throughout his peak years, Frank Reuter [with
door manganese steel safe holding safety deposit boxes for daughters Clara and Olive] is, as president and founder,
clients. Originally it was capitalized with just $15,000 and very much in charge of the Waumandee bank.
a reserve of $2,250 with most stock held by local farmers Of great interest in the bank's watershed of time was
and citizens of Waumandee and Montana. the burglary on April 16, 1938. Escaping with between

Waumandee Stme
Bank with Ven us
garage and
Rothering store on
left side of down -
town village
of Waumandee.

13
Waumandee, Wisconsin 1860-1960:

$400 and $500 in silver from the bank, the robbers were Sendelbach and especially John Erickson who continued
never found. However they did succeed in cutting through for more than 40 years. FolJowing him came Warren Korte
the vault door. Then sheriff Merle 0. Roffler and others who filled the cashier slot for more than 30 years when
theorized that they were the same perpetrators who robbed Paul Lorenz took over while Daniel Brommer remained as
the post office at Millville, Minnesota and the bank in New assistant cashier for an equally lengthy sessio n. Other rep-
Hampton Iowa. Although the robbers did manage to use resentative directors and associates over the years were
an acetylene torch to gain access into the vault, they did Edward Se nty as vice president, Nat Reuter, L J.
not manage to access the safe in which were several tho u- Rosenow, Rob Roy Henry, Ray Wojchik and others. As of
sands of dollars in currency though they did damage the 2,000, Ko1te remained president, assisted by directors
lock so that the safe could not be opened for several Lloyd Sendelbach, Gerald Wojchik, Gary Pronschinske,
weeks. Following the break-in, armed guards were posted and Coclu·ane Attorney, Michael Chambers. 3
in the bank until the safe lock and vault door could be Following the 10-clay bank holiday in 1934 the
repaired. During that fearful week, Edward Sendelbach Waumandee State Bank returned to business without any
Sr. was stationed with loaded rifle in the wee hours of one patron losing a single penny. Thanks to that and continu-
morning when he heard a Model-T come roaring up the ing success in 1951 the space was almost doubled by an
road from the Harmonia Hall corner when it idled down addition to the north and extensive remodeling in 1964. A
the motor and shut off the lights. S urely, he thought, here fi nal annex was erected in 1980.
come the robbers back sneaking up in the quiet of the Long time cashier and general manager of the bank,
night. Gun stuck to his shou lder Ed peered into the dark- John Erickson died in 1964. Born October 2, 1897 in
ness with fi nger on the trigger only to learn that it was Fred Alma Center, he attended Minneapolis Business School
The isen trying to sneak Bernice Bach back to the William and on November 20, 1948 married Eleanor Southcott.
Bach residence without waking her parents. Funeral services were held at the Montana church prior to
When the Waumandee State Bank celebrated its 75th interment in Oconomowoc's Summi t cemetery.
anniversary some 300 people stopped to register for prizes Pallbearers were Jacob J. Rosenow, Warren Roettiger,
and cheer the bank's successful 3/4 century of operation. Edward Senty and Ray Wojchik. A director of the bank at
First cashier of the bank was Erwin E. Huebsch who gar- the time of his death in the Winona hospital, Erickson had
nered $72,000 during his first year of operation which had worked there 40 years.
grown to over the $17 million mark in 1989. Succeeding Sixty-three years after its firs robbery, the
cashiers included Olive Reuter Hillig, Claire Reuter Waumandee State Bank fell victim to a similar fate in

bC.At·.)~~ ~
Ve uv-. 'S,

Shoeing
horses in the
eetrly 1900s
at the
Venus
Blacksmith
shop.

14
An Affectionale Portrait

Joh11 "H<ms" Venus {1891 -1 961] ar


the anvil in his Wa11111a11dee shop
abow 1930.

early 200 1. Neither chaJlenge did much lo the bank and its Buffalo County Sheriff H. Butch Schreiner said it
operational integrity, but the local description is supplied was possible someone might have helped the
here for the historical record: robbers get their car out of the snow and back on
the roadway. Waumandee Bank President Paul
Winona Daily News, Sunday, January I l , 2001: Lorenz said the two men made off with a small
WAUMANDEE, Wis. - Two g unmen who robbed amount of money. A security camera is in the
a rural state bank in Waumandee, Wisconsin bank, and precautions have been taken to limit the
might have slid off the road in their getaway car, amount of money in the cash drawers, he said.
authorities said Saturday. The FBl and Buffalo Schreiner described the robbers as two white
County sheriff's investigators were searching for males in their 20s, one of them 6-foot-5-inches
leads, ask_ing for information from anyone who Lall with a slender build and the other 6-feet tall
might have seen a car off the road by the with a medium build. Bank employees said the
Waumandee town hall and highway shop build- gunmen were wearing dark sweaters or shirts,
ings between 7 :30 and 7:45 p.m. Friday [January blue j eans and g loves. Both were wearing dark-
9, 2001]. The town hall and highway shops are colored ski masks.
located near the junction of county highways E Assistant bank cashier Daniel Brommer said the
and U, a short distance southwest of Waumandee gunmen came in through the front entrance,
State Bank, where gunmen wearing ski masks approached the first teller window and demanded
made off with an undisclosed amount of money in money. Brommer, a 40-year employee at the
this unincorporated vi llage. bank, and three other employees working at the
About 500 people live in Waumandee Township. time, tried to stay calm and handed over money

Ve1111s Blacksmi1h Shop wi1/r The Ven us house adjacent to the shop
Philips 66 garage cibow 1969. and sow/r of the general store.

15
Wawnandee, Wisconsin 1860-1960:

Hueuel-Zeller store possibly


during 1/te Herma1111 Frey
period or during the ownership
o.f the Fountain City Bre1vi11.g Co.
when it 1night have operated
under rlie name of the
Arlingwn Hotel.

from the teller drawers. "There weren' t any cus- 1888 LO work for the Winona Carriage Company: In 1893
tomers in the bank when it happened," he said. "I they moved to Fountain City where for the next s ix years
guess (the robbers) must have been sitting outside Joseph worked as a blacksmith. In 1899 they moved to
and watching." No one at the bank was injured, Waumandee, to set up the blacksmith shop while Mary
and Brommer said the gumnen didn't "verbally continued her trade as a seamstress. We note from the
threaten anyone." lt was not the fi rst time the census records that daughler Ella, who with Joseph Jr. and
bank has been robbed, Lorenz said. A night John had been born in Winona also plied this trade. While
burglar got into the bank vault and ransacked Bernard and Sylvia entered the world in Fountain City,
some safe deposit boxes in 1938 and a man was youngest child Paula was born in Waumandee.5
caught years ago for stealing from an outdoor
deposit box. Having learned the blacksmith trade in Germany,
Lorenz, who was at home in Fountain C ity when Joseph Sr. passed it on to both Joseph Jr. and John in the
he got a call saying the bank had been robbed, Waumandee shop. Being "city" boys, both served in
said he was more concerned about the welfare of World War 1 but returned to the task thereafter until Joseph
his employees than about the money. "A couple Jr. fell victim lo a motorcycle accident and in poor health,
of them were pretty shaken up about it," he said. died in 1927. But John took up the baton in style sharp-
Witnesses sajd a car matching the description of ening plow lays, shaping and sharpening horse-drawn
one used io the robbery was found F riday night grader blades, repairing horse-drawn buggies, shoeing
by the Waumandee shop building near the spot horses as well as constructing wagons, bob sleds, chil-
where lawmen bel ieve the robbers might have dren 's toy sleighs and farm wagon wheels. In addition,
gone off the road. Anyone with information that lhey made many of their own tools from raw pieces of
rrught help solve the crime is asked to call Buffalo iron, and when automobiles became common they intro-
County she1iff's investigator Vern Vandeberg at duced repai.r services for these, for which they constructed
(608) 685-6243 or the FBI in La Crosse, Wis., at a garage to the right of the original shop.
(608) 782-6030. During this period, Joseph Venus Sr. lived in the house
south of the bank while son John "Hans" Venus was in the
Joseph, John, Kenneth Venus Blacksmith shop homestead to the north. The former had been previously
On land platted for Waumandee as Lot 8 and includ- inhabiled by Mrs. Lena [Zinsli] Tillmann, a grandmother
ing the south half of Lot 7 owned in the 1890s by Jacob to Viola rBalk] Benrung, a poor woman who seems to have
Fink, Joseph Venus and wife Mary, direct immigrants from made her way by begging. Here at a later date was the res-
Bogenberg [on today's maps simply Bogen on the Danube idence of Leo Paradowski, an uncle to Warren Korte, fol-
northeast of Straubing j, Germany arrived in Winona about lowed by Norma Bremer who tore clown the original house

16
An Affectionate Portrait

and erected a new domicile-now owned by her son, Neil the army during world War I. Son Kenneth then became
Bremer. the owner but worked rather as a road grader and heavy
[Parenthetically, we should add here that during the equi pment operator for Buffalo County, since black-
earlier stages of motor vehicles, Waumandee was always s mithing had gone the way of progress. Today he remains
well served with gas stations: Venus, Scheidegger, lhe owner of the 100-year fami ly business establishment,
Evcri st-Benusa, Huellel-Calvin Hohmann-Peter Boltz, in which are stored much of the original equipment except
Kochenderfer-Herold, Cranberry-Pronschinske store and the Lrip hanu11er, drill press, wagon wheels and hubs which
perhaps others.] were sold in the 1970s. S ince 1997 he lives wilh his wife
[Likewise, parenthetically, we note that on December in Winona but spends ti me on the premises, having
24, 1914, "John Venus took the basketball team to however sold tbe family home to niece, Renee Pientok, in
Fountain City Saturday night where they played with the August, 1998.
Fountain City rerun. They drove over in an auto." On
T he Waumandee Stor e
February 4, 191 5 we read that the Waumandee basketball
6 Early records indicate that the Caspar Schmitz. fam ily
team beat Cochrane 2 1-1 8.) On August 16, 19 17 we read
opened and operated the fi rst store and tavern at
in the Cochrane Recorder that John Venus is the
Waumandee in 1862 near the Catholic Church, but this has
Waumandee agency for OldsmobiJe.]

In 1926 Joseph Sr. sold his real estate and blacksmith


business to son, John, who then built the garage on the
right. As an aside. it is worthy to note that on March 17,
1927. the Cochrane Recorder states that " within the past
few weeks rwo dwelling places in our village were sold to
new owners. Anton Sendelbach purchased the later Otto
Ochsner property and Joseph Venus Sr. purchased the Mrs.
Tillmann property." Al the main garnge site, the Venus
team also sold Phillips 66 gasoline and oil through the
1930s and 40s. Although Joseph continued to help in the
shop. his health gradually waned until his death in 1945,
wife Mary having passed on already in 1940. By 1949
John, married October 20, 1925 to Clara Sylla, also suf- Wa11111a11dee s10re 011 ll1e right. belonging at 1·ario11s times 10
fered strokes and thus worked o nly part time until his Hermann Frey. the Fo11111ai11 Brewing Company. A111011 H11e11el,
death in 1961. Born October 5, 1891 in Winona, John died the Zellers, Johnson, and Rotering.
at the Veteran's Hospital in Minneapolis, having been in

----

The Frey store and hotel. 1/ie11 owned by H11e11el. Zellers. Johnson and Ro1/1eri11g store, 2000.

17
Waumandee, Wisconsin 1860-1960:

been difficult to verify. Without much doubt, the Schmitz before buying it will be to your advantage. Butter, eggs,
store was actually the site of the subsequent Bach hotel poultry, etc. taken in trade." 10 On February 17, 1893 the
and community center of today.~ paper st:Hes: "H. A. Frey has gone into the slaughter busi-
Located exactly on the line between Lots 6 and 7 of ness. He buys. kills and ships calves by-well, not by
the original plat of the village of Waumandee. the main carload because he can·t get that many." Early in 1893
store and sometimes hotel of Waumandee is currently Frey again advertises: ··H. A. Frey: Attention Public! AU
owned and operated by Curtis J. and Mary (Pronschinske) the old merchants have sold their goods al and below cost
Rotering in what would appear to be the original structure for the last thirry years and got rich. I am going to try it
with a south lean-to addition from about 1940. Like most too, so here goes. All my winter goods to be sold at and
property within the Waumandee plat, this land was origi- below cost. Come and secure bargains. lt is money in
nally patented by Joseph Avery in 1858 who sold it in your pocket and in mine. Waumandee Wisconsin." 11 The
1861 to Townsend Horton, and certain pieces to Gottfried next month [April 28. 1893] he paper declares, "H. A. Frey
Waelty in 1865. Nicholas Bach and Elisabeth Bach also is agent for all kinds or buggies, wagons and sleighs."
acquired the land east of the road, and sold a piece of it in With his wife Minnie, Frey then sold the store land to the
1874 to Caspar Wlirstlein. In 1875 Reinhard Zeller Fountain City Brewing Company. It is not clear when this
acquired Lot 2 while in 1877 Jacob Fi11k got Lot 3, Jacob business establishment also operated Lhe store as the
Weisenberger got Lot 5 and parts of 4 and 6. In the 1890s, "Arlington Hotel" but in any event a photograph of
Herman Frey is operating the store: "Miss Annie Bi.ihler approx imutely 1900 depicts this nomenclature.
is visiting with her sister, Mrs. H. A. Frey, and will spend Meanwhile, Jacob Fink with Constantia in 1899 sold Lot
Christmas in Waumandee. H. A. Frey has received n great 8 to Joseph Venus who wi th his wife Mary in 19 13 sold the
variety of Christmas goods which he sells at astonishing northern half to the above mentioned Fountajn City
low prices. Apples by the ban-el al H. A. Frey."9 Brewing Company.
Tn late 1891 when Hennan Frey is in control he Bringing the store into memory's reach was the sale
announces his wares frequently in the newspapers: '·Dec. of the store and its land by the Fountain City Brewing
9, 1892: Waumandee Store: H. A. Frey, Proprietor. I have Company fL. U. Dressendorfer, Pres. Joseph Shuster Sec.)
a large assortment of all kinds of goods suitable for to Anton Huertel on August 19, 1920 for the price of
holiday presents, among them toys, games, dolls, silk $5,000. Just where 1-luellel began is unclear. According to
handkerchiefs. albums, mufflers, ties, gloves, dress goods. the 1910 Federal Census. we find him working on the
And everything kept in a country store. Getting my prices Ochsner farm: ..Huettel. Anton. 20, Wisconsin. Germany.
servant by Adolf Ochsner 48, wife, Anna 43, Mabel

Various Zeller a11d 011e Be1111sa s1011e in S1. Boniface cemetery in Wa1111u111dee.

18
An Ajfectio11ate Portrait

daughter 7, John, Father, 78, Switzerland.'' Thereafter, but at the Anton Huettel home Thursday." And a couple weeks
previous to taking over the store, it is saicl he farmed as a later the same year, '·June 11, 193 1: A. H. Huettel had a
tenant on the Sy lvan Pronschinskc lthen the Mary new elect1ic Frigidaire purchased of H. and F. Roettiger
Schmidtknecht farm] . In the 1920 Federal Census Anton's installed in his home Monday."
brother is in Montana township. "Hucttcl, Joseph, head Then on March 20, 1946 Huettel decided, due to ill
3 1: Mary sister 27: Frank. brother 21:· health, that be had enough of the store, selling it to his
Amon Huettel built and successfully operated the brother-in-law, Fred and Wtlma Zeller, who gave Huenel a
general store enterprise through the roaring 20s, the dirty mortgage of $8,000 in the transaction, which was satisfied
30s, and throughout the days of meat and sugar rationing by May 5, 1953. Born in 1891, Anton Huettel died in
of World War 11. Early conunents in the Recorder include: 1949. Tony Hu el.lei and wife, Augusta Zeller [died in
"Oct. 7, 1920: Anton Huettel is having his store remod- 1976] in retirement lived in the "Zeller house" which is the
eled this week and H. & F. Roettiger are installing the light second last home on the left side of Waumandee going
plant. Mr. Huettel expects to start up in the near future. north. Here Augusta·s father, Louis Zeller (mother,
Huettel was a Cochrane business caller this week. He is Catherine Giesen), who had lost his hand in a corn shred-
referred to as the new storekeeper. Nov. 11, 1920 If in der accident had built various stone ornamental structures,
need of any groceries, shoes, overshoes, socks, overalls, still standing in the yard now owned by Scott and Tammy
dress goods and blankets, call and see our new line. A. H. !Raymond and BonnieJ Pronschinske.
Huettel." In his store. Huettel established not only an Three 1-Iuellel daughters left the community, Florence
amply stocked grocery store but also a barber shop in the (Schultz) for Alma, Evelyn for Rochester and Marie
northeast comer of the old section. Herc its manager sold !married first ro Waller Reglin Jr.. then Dols, from Red
jewelry on the side. During 1931 , the Coc'1ra11e Recorder Wing]. Marie 1ells of life in the Huettel store business.
carried the announcemem: "Oct 29, 193 1. l have opened Dry goods were at the rear as was the post office for a
a barber shop in Waumandee and am ready to do good time, where Anton added a walk-in cooler and storage
work at reasonable charges . 8 years experience. I solicit area. Outbuildings Anton added included one for hard-
and will appreciate your patronage. Palmer Brettinger. ware storage. Another was the feed shed which in some
Located in the Huettel Store. Open Every Evening." respects, competed with the feed store at the creamery in
By 1930 when Edna Bach took Lhe Federal Census. upper Waumandee. In other respects the firm s cooperated
we find: "Huettel, Anton. head 38 postmaster, Augusta as when together they bought a carload of oyster shells for
wife 38, Florence 16, Evelyn 11 , Linda Zeller 34, post- chicken feed and divided the product for retai l sales in the
master. Joseph 1-luettel, father 7 I, Ann Zeller 7 niece, Joan whole community. Huettel also constructed a smoke house
niece 6, LeRoy nephew 11, Phyllis niece 4." Huettel now and an adjacent structure to house fencing, form gates and
cordoned-off space for the post office wh ich he housed in the like. Here, in like manner, were two stalls for the cows
various corners of the general store building. In the main the Huettels milked for their own usage, and stables for
part of that building was his highly-frequented Lavern. horses when farmers came to town or church on Sundays
serving beer only. Progressive in many ways, we glean and needed ro shelter the animals during services. Striving
from the Cochrane Recorder such matters as: "May 28, for multi-oriented services, Huettel kept chicken cages for
1931: A number or ladies attended 1he Electric Cooking those brought in by farmers in exchange for groceries, and
Demonstration pul on by the Northern States Power Co., equally likely for eggs brought by farmers for credit in the

House built by George


Be1111i11g, tften owned by
0110 Kocltende1fer,
M iclwef Schmidtknecht,
Urbtm Pronschinske
and jina{{y rile postoffice
opermed by Esrhe1;
Urban 's 1Vife.

19
Waumandee, Wisconsin 1860-1960:

The Amon Huettel


Filling swtion construct-
ed abow 1950 to ho11se
the postoffice and sell
gas. repair cars etc.

Plat of Waumandee to accommodate the


PLAT PUT Of' TOWJI OF 'IAlJllAl/DEE Huelle/ Filling station and postoffice, now
of Dat ed i\prll 26 , 1946 owned by Lyle Adank b11111ot in use.
Fn ed "ill'ch !!, 1949
TO\'lli Cir' WAUlMUDEE Volume 1 Pl.a ta, pn1;e J13

s..., 1
\ ..r .1~,,
rw1> -1. 1rJ '1 uw S.c...t.. 10
Twr .,_,,.., ft H W

I? ,, tJ

Apr i l 26 , h946
Hohert R . e11r1
R~g lot~r~d Su~veyor
\iinouu , t.11_m\t1t1o ta

l lnoh - 100 ft .

20
An Affectionate Portrait

store. Marie recalls having plenty of work "candling·•


eggs for pickup by the traveling "egg men," among them
Getts, who arrived every Thursday. She remembers, fur-
thennore, the ice house which came in handy during hot
weather. In the stone basement or the ice house they con-
signed beer and pop as well as the excess milk for pick up
and delivery to the creamery. In the smoke house they
cured much of the meat and sausage processed on site
from, and for, regional fa1111ers.
Busy times for the Hueucl store occurred Saturday
nights, after church on Sundays, and following funerals.
Then the men crowded inco che tavern for beer and con-
versation, the kids got their ice-cream cones and the
women shopped for groceries. During summer months,
1.1.1,,1,1.11,,,,1,1.1 ••• 1,,1t.,.1,1.,,11,1.1.11... 1.1••1•• 1.1
people crowded out front to enjoy conversation on the
benches and around the parked cars.
Supplies came from either Winona or La Crosse. The last postmark, November I. 2001.
Gateway semi-trailers arriving with general produce and
refrigerated vehicles with five gallon tubs of ice cream.
Extra trips were necessary to Alma and other bureaucratic
centers to garner the necessary sugar rationing stamps Philip Weisenberger - Lol 5 in Waumandee Plat.
during the canning season. During the Zeller era, little While the history of businesses on this si te is sketchy,
changed, for the farmers brought in cases of eggs which it is clear that Phillip Weisenberger was the owner during
Zeller received and traded for groceries. Meat was the last decades of the previous century and that here the
processed, hardware and feed sold-mostly in fam ily owners once operated a hatchery. The Federal Census for
style. 1900 states: Weisenberger, Phi li p, head, 7 1, Nov. 1828,
Tn 1949 Freel and Wilma Zellcr brought their son ?ermany, 1850. Constanza wife, Feb. 1845, 55 Germany,
Roscoe into the business on a 1/3 basis, and in 1954 added tmmigrated in 1846. On December 18, 1890 the Buffalo
Jerome G. Persick as a third parlller. Because Wi lma had Co11111y Jo11r11al asserts: "Philip Weisenberger is now a
developed severe rheumatism, they moved in l 957 to citizen of Waumandee, having moved his family into his
Mesa. Arizona. During the Roscoe Zeller and Jerome house near Zeller's." ln 1915, newspapers mention teams
Persick tenure, the store business blossomed into a com- hauling brick to construe! this once inlricace house now
posite offering of locker plane with extensive meat cuttinob demol ished. Then on October 27, 1921, the Cochrane
.
services, the Lavern, the grocery store and a full range of Recorder reports: "Oct. 27 Collision at Waumandee
general hardware, hunting licenses and a line of auxiliary San1rcluy. On account of a head-on colJision between an
services. Following a fine tour of ach ievements similar to automobile driven by Arnold Zeller and a ream driven by
the Huettel and Fred Zeller years, but given many changes P. K. Weisenberger at Waumandee last Saturday eveninob' a
to stay "witb the Limes," Roscoe Zeller and Jerome Persick horse had to be shot on account of a broken leg received in
on July 19, 1974 sold their store to Roger Johnson for a the accident."
price of $25,000. In essence, this mu ltiple service contin- In 193 l misfortune struck again as indicated by the
ued through the Johnson years as well. Finally on January Cochrane Recorder: "Sept. 3, 1931: Late Tuesday after-
15. 1982 Roger and Dawn Johnson sold the business to the noon whi le operating an ensilage c utrer, P. K.
Cunis Roterings who currently operate their general store. Weisenberger had the misfortune to have bis left hand cut
off. Her was immediately taken to the Winona Hospital

The Hue/le/
postoffice, Filling
station. repair shop
1101\1 OW/led by
Lyle Adank.

21
Waumandee, Wisconsin 1860-1960:

for treatment." A few years later in 1935 we read further: Kochenderfer, tJ1en Michael Schmidtknecht and subse-
"May 9, 1935: August Adank moved Friday from the Mrs. quentl y Urban Pronschinske where until recently, the post
P. K. Weisenberger house in the Waumandee village to office operated.
rooms in the Joe Hoevel house in Trish Valley," indicating
that perhaps Philip Weisenberger has passed away. Now Post offices
on the rental scene, the structure is housing various indi- Like any enterprise, Waumandee post offices were
viduals and famil ies: "May 20, 1937: Rev. A. W. Fischer constantly in flux. The first in 1857, according to
went to Lima Monday to assist at the dedication of the new Lawrence Kessinger, was mastered by J. H. Manz which
Catholic Church .... the Hermann Browskowski family operated from his own l10use south of Waumandee in the
moved form rooms in the Weisenberger home to rooms in Schlesser/ Adank property'2 but was later moved into the
the John Hohman home the fore pait of the week." village. He was followed in 1871 by Charles Kirchner.' 3
Soon we read: "May 26, 1927: Miss Iva In 1892, Henry A. Frey, the grocery store owner, was
Weisenberger married Albert Siewert of Cochrane. Alice appointed postmaster to succeed Charles Kirchner who
Weisenberger was bridesmaid, dinner being served at the resigned on account of his removal to Fountain City. 1•
home of the bride. The bride is the daughter of P. K. Later. as we know, Nicholas Bach was for many years the
Weisenberger of Waumandee and the groom the son of C. postmaster, succeeded by his wife Agnes [sometimes
A. Siewert of Cochrane. They will make their home in the Agatha] and followed by his nephew, William. After the
village of Waumandee. Nonna Paradowski married Henry Bach generations, it appears, Anton Huettel, himself and
Bremer, M . .I. Kelnhofer officiating. Reception was the in the person of his sister-in law, Linda Zeller, took over.
home of the bride's parents, they went to Wisconsin Dells At the gas station-post office, during the period when Peter
for their honeymoon. On October l , 1957 the Philip Boltz was the mechanic, his wife Violet handled postal
Weisenberger property was passed from Iva Weisenberger matters. The last one to serve was Esther Pronschinske
Siewert to Alice Milek [a Weisenberger] who, with her who managed Waumandee's postal business in the house
husband George, had been living there already throughout south of the station until its closure . . . . . [These struc-
the 1940s. Eventually this house was torched and the lot tures appear at various other business descriptions in para-
divided-half going to the Roteri ng store and the other graphs below.J
half to owners on its north. Tn a way. this was correct
because in 1896 Phillip Weisenberger owned lot 5 as well The Filling Station-post Office
as parts of lot 6 to the south and half of lot 4 to the north, When Anton Huettel retired from operating the store,
then the property of George Benning-later Otto he availed himself of land owned by his sister-in-law

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A11 Affectio11ate Ponrait

Linda Zeller [in the house laier owned by George C. Tractors. complece wirh automatic control, pulley and
Pronschjnske and Edna [a Zeller sibling as well) to erect fenders. The most modern tractor for farm work. H. E.
the cement block filling station ror Philips 66 gasoline. Kochenderfer sells wood slave silos, also tile si los."
Among souvenirs are a maichbook with a nice decp-
orangc color Phillips 66 sign. fo llowed by Huenels North (left) outskirts of Waumandee-Reuter-Boltz-
Service Station. Waumandee, Wis., Phone 106-K. In its Rippley-house.
early years from about 1946 u111il his death in 1949, Anton To the Atlas and plat student, it is obvious that very
liked to mull around the station. operated by Calvin Ii rt le has been added to the northern side of the village, the
Hohmann until about 1953, wh ile both Linda Zeller exceptions being the two Reuter houses, the brick one on
[1 894-195 1] and Augusta Zeller Huettel, 1889-19761 the left and the frame house on the right. The latter was
joinLly operaied the Waumandee post office in the admin- carved from the Adam Reuter fam1 15 for the recirement of
istrative left side of the station. Down at the store, Linda Adam·!> wife. Alvina. while the northernmost brick scruc-
had always been active in the postal operation for Huettel. nire on the left was the product of Frank Reuter Sr. Much
In later years the station was owned and operated by Peter of the fo llowing trail of ti tle applies to both the Zeller-
Boltz, whose wife ran the post of'li ce. lt then was sold to Huettel house and the Frunk Reuter house, so we shall
Lyle Adank who at periods of' ti me leased it to Bruce Korte only trace that of the brick Reuter home.
us a body shop, which at present is nonoperative. This property is more or less a triangle described as
lying along the section line on the south. then on the
[The current structure for the forme r blacksmith shop highway 36 1 feet north and slant back to the point of
north of the station will be treated on the return south busi- origin. Allocated in 1855 originally to Ignatz Steinmecz,
ness li neup.] he wi th his wife Catherine sold it the same year to
Theodore B. and Helen A. Edwards. ln 1864 the Edwards
Zeller-Huettel-Pronschinske house sold to Maria Bringolf and John Harbach who, in 1866,
Please see the section under "Waumandee store·· for re- old it to Isaac Camerford. One year later in I 867. they
background on this home of retired Louis Zeller [ 1865- in turn sold portions both to Charles Ruppert and to
1943) and his wife Katherine 11865- 1943]. As an aside, Gerhard Krumdick. With his wife Mary Krumdiek in
the following is of interest fo r its date and for other activ- 1873. Gerhard Krumclick i-:old a piece to Phillip Phillipi,
ities in the vicinity of this house. On January 15, 1920, gave a mortgage to Casper Bubst and wife Louisa, and
The Cochrane Recorder reporls: "Louis Zeller is busy fi nally in 1882 sold the southcust quarter of the southwest
hauling brick for his new house which he intends to erect quarter to Charles Ruppert. already the owner of land to
in the village. Raymond Everis1 is busy taking the census the no11h and west. When Charles Ruppert. now living in
of the Town of Waumandee. Louis Zeller is having his car Winona. died on May 8, 19 19, the land on March 20, 1920
overhauled and painted. . .. A. H. Rohrer sells Samson was sold by his heirs to Frank Reuter who in 1927 built the

Houses mrned by Lloyd Sa/ll'e.1: the Cochm11e Telepho11e co111pa11y. formerlv the Louis Zelle1; A11to11 Huettel.
Ray111011d Pro11.1·c/ii11ske lwuse. folloll'ed by the Frank Re11te1: Nat Rewe1: Louis Ripple_v home.

23
Waumandee, Wisco11si11 1860-1960:

last house on the left side of the Waumandee street for his Waumandee Slate Bank after 43 years of employment. He
reliremcnl. continued to serve as president of the Board of Directors
On July 21, 1927 the Cochrane Recorder states: "R. until the time of his death. Warren recently received a
G. Eve1is1 purchased a Buick Sedan from Alfred Roher plaque from the Wisconsin Bankers Association in recog-
Thursday. Charles Bohlinger purchased a Dodge car from nition of his 60 years of service. He owned Korte
Winona MolOr Co last week. John Erickson accompanied Insurance Agency and was treasurer of the town of
R. G. Everist to his home al Milwaukee Friday. And Waumandee for many years.
1
Contractor Arnold and his crew began work on the new • 1/1e Cochrane Recorder, "golden wedding celebration,"

residence with is being erected by Frank Reuter Sr. in the July I , l 937.
village of Waumandee:· The Zeller-Huettel-Pronschinske ~ Sec also the Waumandee manuscript census taken by C.
tract to the south had already been sold. When on January W. Senry: Joseph Venus Head. Mar. 1860. 40 Germany.
2. 1937 Frank Reuter and wife Louisa sold the farm to his immigrated in 1888 Blacksmith
son, Adam Reuter, the retirement home stood on ils own Mary wife, Jan. 1864, 36, Germany, 1888
subdivided parcel. Upon the dealh of Frank Reuter, Sr. on Joseph, son, Nov. 1888, Minnesota, at school
January 31, 1939 the property passed Lo his eldest son, Nat John. son, Nov. 1.888, Minnesota, at school
and Flora Reuter by warranty deed of the heirs on October Alanora, daughter, Jan. 1892. Minnesota at school
24, 1942. fDuring the 1940s the Nat Reuters rented the Sil vin Franzisca, daughter, April , 1897, Wisconsin
property to John Boltz, until the Nm Reuters occupied it Pau la Mary, daughter, May 1900 1/ 12 Wisconsin
for their retirement.] In turn, when Nat Reuter died on ~Th e Cochrane Recorde1; Feb. 4, 1914
October 6. 1959 [Flora died on Nov. 2 1960J, the property 1
See FrankJyn Curtiss-Wedge, compiler, Histo1y of
passed to their heirs upon which Aaron Reuter. the execu- 811.IJalo and Pepin Counties Wisconsin (Winona, MN H. C.
tor. on March 23, 1961 sold it at auction to Louis G. and Cooper & Co.. 1919), p. 99. \Vi11011a Sunday News.
Joann H. Rippley. the present owner. November 4, 1962, p. 19 & 20, 3rd column. However, we
do find the followi ng enlTy for 1867 in the baptismal
.John Boltz 'frucking records of St. Boniface. On the 15th of September I bap-
Whi le renting the house at the upper end of tized Aemilia, daughter of Caspar Schmitz and Elisabeth
Waumandee from the Reuter fami ly, John Boltz during the Koch, who was born on September 6, 1867. The sponsors
1940s operated a successfu l trucking company, using Ford were Catharine Zeller and Joseph Klotzbach. L.
brand vehicles. Hauling mi lk was his mainstay but the Spitzlberger. This information indicates that the Schmitz
business tlourished especially because he owned the rights fam ily was connected to the Zeller fami ly, who were long
to haul to and from the Twin Cities markets, an advantage associated with the store business of Waumandee.
which allowed him to sell out profitably to Albert Benusa ' Sec the section on prominent families, specificall y Nie
shonly after Benusa went into business for himself. Often Bach.
Boltz hauled cases of beer to Duluth, the Twin Cities and • The Buffalo County Journal, December 18, 1890.
10
other desti nations on behalf of the Fou ntai n Brewing The Buffalo Count)• Joumal, December 9, 1892.
11
Company in Fountain City. The Buffalo County Journal, February 24, 1893.
12
See also the 1878 Atlas of Waumandee township, which
Footnotes shows the P. 0. on the Kirchner, Waelty, Manz [all rela-
1
The Cochrane Recorder, June 16, 1927. tives] property in Section 2 1.
2
The Cochrane Recorder, March 27, 1952. " Kessinger, p. 35 1.
1
' Cochrane, Wis. - Warren E. Korte, 80, passed away • 711e 811ffalo County Journal March 10, 1892.

Sunday, Feb. 25, 2001, at his home surrounded by his 11


Actually this house is the result of an enterprising Adam
family, af ter a long and courageous battle with cancer. Reuter Sr. who wanted to purchase the Bohlinger farm in
January 11, 1921 - Feb. 25. 200 1. Warren was born on Jan. 1948 for his son Adam, Jr. Bohlingers were willing Lo sell
11, 1921. near Waumandee, Wis., to William and Ella but only if Mrs. Bohlinger could acquire a house in
(Heinz) Kone. After living in Almn until the age of 5, he Waumandee. Thus it appears that lhe house was erecled
returned to live in Waumandee unt il 1985, when he moved on Reuter's land by the Roettigcr company for Bohlinger
to Cochrane. After retirement, he resided in Florida during wilh a lifetime estate until it could revert to the farm's
the winter, returning to Cochrane for the spri ng and retirement status. In later years Alvina Reuter, Adam's
summer monLhs. On May 17. 1947, Warren married Doris widow, occupied the house.
Fening. They were divorced. He later married Dorene
McCutchen on June 25, 1988. Warren retired from the

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A11 Affectionate Portrait

3
Businesses Right [east] Side

Albert " Bert" Kmian Trucking. Thomas P., Head, 5 1, born in England, blacksmith ; Anna,
From a house built by Bert Killian on the lot owned wife, 50, born in Switzerland. Raymond, 15, born in Iowa,
formerly by J. H. Manz, Killian Trucking operated his blacksmith, home shop. Irene, 9 born in Iowa." In 1920,
one-truck trade duri ng the heyday of can milk hauling to Ray Everist is the census taker for Wau mandee. On
the Waumandee Garden Valley Creamery.1 Later this site February 14, 191 8 the paper states: "R. G. Everist is sport-
was owned by Jesse Benning who operated in cooperation ing a new motor sleigh he has just compleied." An early
with his father, Earl, and then on his own. The Killians version of the snowmobi le, one may assume. One year
had previously lived and operated their business from the later, we learn, according to the Recorde1; that Everist is
School house, now Waumandee Town Hall. Earlier the sell ing the wind charger. He may also have sold well
Recorder notes: "May 2 1, 1936: Berl Killiru1 and family assemblages. "Nov. 20, l 919 Otto Ochsner is busy
have moved into the Mike Schmidtknecht [final post installing a new water system on his farm. Nie Clu-ist pur-
office] house in Waumandee ." The next year, they move chased a new electric light plant from the Everist Auto
again: "October 8, I 936: Mr. and Mrs. Bert Killian and Company."
daughter moved to the Wi lliam Hohman residence [now Like his father, son Ray Eve1ist and his wi fe, Irene,
Slaby ConstructionJ Wednesday." The obvious reason for operated the garage for a whi le, perhaps with his father.
the latter move is the following: "October I 5, 1936: Mr. The parents are buried al the Methodist church cemetery at
and Mrs. Mike Schmidtknecht have moved to the village." the mouth of Danuser Valley. Ray thereupon moved to
1819 Ludington Avenue in Wauwatosa where he became
Equipment supervisor fo r the City of Wauwatosa. On
Everist Garage, Frank Pronschinske Car Dealer I March 5, 1931, The Recorder notes briefly: "March 5,
Trucker I Michael Benusa Shop 1931: Mr. and Mrs. Ray A. Everisr of Milwaukee called
Thoma~ P. Everist during the second decade of the on friends here Tuesday." On September 7, 1933 the
20th century is noted often in the newspapers for selling fami ly came back: "M r. and Mrs. Ray G. Everisl
cars from his garage in the village of Waumandee, prede- and daughter, Mary Jane, ru1d .Mrs. Emma Everist of
cessor of the Frank Pronschinske and Mike Benusa estab- Milwaukee crune here Saturday and will visit with friends
lishments. The 1910 federal census notes: "Everist, and relatives for severa l clays."

House built by Bert Killian abo111 1950 011 the lot ow11edfor111erly by J. H. Manz. then owned by Jesse Be1111i11g.

25
Wau mandee, Wisconsin 1860-1960:

The west side black.1'111ith shop of.!. £veris1, Thomas Everisr. Ray Everi.1·1,
Frank Pronschi11ske, Michael Benusa and ji11ally Wal'l'e11 Korte.

Eau Claire
Countys
M1: and Mrs. Ray Everisr. £1•eri.1·1 home in rhe /Jackgro1111d.
famous SP r1 n~

7Jw111as Everist, Ray Everist, ce11ter leaning .forward.


Two worne11 1111k11ow11.

The Be1111sa Garage 0 11 the east side of the mad.

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An Affectionate Portrait

Following Everist at short intervals in the garage Pronsch inske Blacksmith shop." This could mean the
were proprietors with the names of Wheeler and Eel elderly shop on the west side of the road. Eventually the
Holmgren. about whom litlle is known. Actually the prop- Frank Pronschinske fami ly fell on bard times, for they still
erty was sort of a dual enterprise because the blacksmith have a tin box of 6" x 18" filled with unpaid bills which
shop on the left side of the road had its own small house Rosella has used lo remind their children how diffic ult
while the main garage on the east side built of clay tile by business could be. Frank died on February 3, l 941 in the
Thomas Everist bad, not only its own primary house Winona hospital, fo llowing a car accident near Cochrane.
across from the shop [today's fire station], but also the From 1934 to the 1950s the structure functioned as
smaller house immediately to the north. ln this dwelling, the Mike Benusa garage. On March 29, 1934 the
hired hands or offspring lived, including the son of Cochrane Recorder Stales: Mike Benusa moved to his
Michael and Minnie [Schmidtknechtl Benusa, as well as residence in the village Wednesday and will operate the
Albert and his wife, Orphie. In the main house, Orphie garage which he also purchased." Previously he had
Benusa recalls, there was a dumb waiter f'o r lifting "cellar- farmed on Lhe Runkel form, subsequently owned by Mary
refrigerated" food stuffs for cooking and dining. Schmidtknecht. lhe wife of John rd. 1905] who were the
Frank and Rosella (George) Pronschinske [Frank, b. parents of Mi nnie, the wife of Michael Benusa. For a brief
March I 0, 1899] was a cream hauler and road patrolman period in 1933, this business site was owned by Charles
before acquiring his own business in Waumandee which, Rippley, Sr. but when he died in J933, it was traded to
in addition Lo his trucking operation , was called the .tvlike and Minnie Benusa for the Runckel fa1111 at the
"Pronschinske Auto Company." Customers bought REO bridge, owned today by Edward Rippley.
automobiles, got repairs, accessories, welding services,
machine work as well as the cell repairs for their wincl- The Waumandee-Montana Township Fire Department
charged battery needs. Jn addition, Pronschinske sold At the suggestion of Valentine Thoeney with Ludwig
Case International tractors and offered Ford Service "Laud" Tamke of Fountain City Mutual Jnsurance early in
during the period when he owned the garage from 1925- 1941 , the Lown boards of Montana-Waumandee agreed on
1933. Obviously successful in the 1920s, Frank a 40/60 cost share to purchase fu'e fi ghting equipment.
Pronschinske received $2.25 per ton to haul 111,555 tons Following voter approval, each township appointed three
of materials in 1927 to construct the SL Boniface Catholic members to the acquisition committee: Peter Blank,
School in Waumandee. Items included were roofing and Albert Rothe1ing and Elmer Hohmann for Waumandee
"Winona Brick" from the train stations of Cochrane and and J. J. Rosenow, William Allemann and Albert Guenther
Winona, pl us other building supplies for which in 1928 he for Montana. Selected was a W. S. Darley Pump mounted
was paid $2,663. In 1930 we find the dfollowing brief on a Chevrolet chassis to be ordered from the A. H. Rohrer
entry in the Cochrane Recorder: "March 6, 1930: Frank dealership in Cochrane. But there was one problem-
Broskowski of Independence has taken charge of the World War n, with the result that the Chevrolet costing

The 11ew Waumandee Montana Fire station, .formerly the site<~{ the 1ile-sto11e Everist garage.
subsequently owned by Frank Pro11sc/1i11ske, Charles Rippley and Michael Benusa.

27
Wau mandee, Wisconsin 1860-1960:

$1,476 came in at Rohrer in the spring, was taken to the


Darley plant in Chippewa Falls for pump and tank mount-
ing with actual delive ry in July, 1946, at a total cost of
$12,625. On Labor Day, 1946 its first opportunity dawned
with Fred Zeller at the wheel headed for the Gottfried
Waelty farm where a shed was burning. Not until
November l, 1946 did representatives meet at Arnold
Zeller's hall to establish a fire dep~u'tment. Officers
elected inc lude Chie f Arthur Scheidegger, Assistant Chief
Arnold Zeller, and Secretary-Treasurer Hilmer Waelty.
Other charter members include Albert Benusa, Myron
Schaefer, George Milek, Leslie Brommer, Albert Benn ing,
Anton Wolfe, Lloyd Sendelbach, Earl Bennfog, Sylvester
111e J\l/an .. \l•Les Ten/ company.
"Slim" Mueller, Lo nnie Deck, Fred Zeller, Leonard
Hesch , Wilbert Heinz. Conrad Florin, Peter B lank,
Leonard Mosimann, Elmer Hohmann, Wi lmer Rosenow,
John A. Hohmann, Jacob J. Rosenow, George
Pronschinske, Sylvan Pronschinske, Rudo lph
Pronschinske and Oscar Rosenow.
With a governing ordinance approved October 15 ,
1948 fo rmal dril ling began October 17 at George
Pronschinske's store. In December 1951 an auxiliary
water supply was established at the local creamery, a tank
transported LO the fire o n a pick-up truck, to which over
time were added items like rain coats for the firemen and
the like. For the first three years the truck was housed at
Scheidegger's garage, then moved to Sylvester Mueller's.
On April 3, 1956 a supple mentary Hmk truck was equipped
by Herold's Welding Shop with a Home lite Carriable
pump to haul I 140 gallo ns of water and shortly thereafter
dry-powder extinguishers, and in l 968 a second water
Full-/1/mv11 fen! and dinner truck costing $1,350 was purchased. New major devel-
set-up of Leslie and Mark Bro111me1: opments happened in the next decade inc lude the purchase
of a new truck in I974 and the new building erected in
1978-9 by Gaier Construction for just under $40,000.
Subsequently more modern equipment has come the way
of the depmtment. Serving for numerous years as Fire
Chief were Art Scheidegger, Sylveste r Mueller, Dwain
Herold, Adam Reuter, Raymond Pronschinske, Raymond
Mueller, Charles Rippley, John Sendelbach and Gary
Baker.

MaroV•Les Tents
This tent rental business began operations in 1994 at
the h<mds of Mark and Leslie Brommer, which explains
the logo, Mar-V-Les Tents. Consisting of 20 tents of
various sizes from 20 X 20 to 40 X 300, the business is
located in the fonner Herald Welding shop on the east side
of the central county road. In addition to the tents, the
business offers rental banquet tables and 500 white chairs.
\lehicle used 10 1ranspor11e111s Samples of rent usage include events like graduations, city
owned by Leslie and Mark Bro111me1: festivals, weddings and auctions which extend in a radius

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A11 Affectiouate Portrnit

from Waumandee to over 100 miles in any direction. Both Willers who then conveyed it to John and Frederick Zeller
young men have ful l time jobs - Mark a chemistry in 1873. But in the following year John and Anna Marie
teacher in Alma Center, and Leslie with Paul Slaby Zeller sold their share to Frederick Zeller. In 1888
Construclion. The very first tent setting occurred on May Nicholas and Elizabeth Bach conveyed lhe property to
4, I 994 to honor Governor Tommy Thompson's fishing John and Elisabeth Richtmann. his widow eventually con-
opener in Trempealeau Wisconsin. veying the property on July 27, 1905 to Fred W.
Wirlenberger. Adjacent property in 191 1 was conveyed to
Kocbendcrfcr Meat Market Ulrich Knecht who, with his wife Margaret, sold it lhe
Where once lhe Kochenderfer Meat Market, "hotel," same year mostly to William Dittrich with a small parcel
gas station and slaughter house stood, the land was re- going in 1915 to M. L. Tierney. Then in 1920 William and
patted by Warren Korte and John Erickson in 1960 co Minnie Gueltzow sold the property to Henry E.
include lots owned by Daniel Brommer, Eugene Kochendcrfer. Another parcel had in 1916 been conveyed
Schmidtknecht, Raymond and Lois Mueller, plus others. by Tierney to Raymond G. Everist who is discussed above
As with all or Waumandee it began April 19, 1855 when in the section on the Frank Pronschinske I Mike Benusa
Joseph Avery entered his claim to the northeast quarter of garage.
the northwest quarter of section 15 Township 21 Here, for a time. a prosperous meat market and related
[Waumandee I, represeming a 40 acre tract that today with enterprises thrived. The Cochrane Recorder inforn1s us on
the northwest quarter reprcsems the 80 acre surface area of October 31, 19 18, "Notice by Otto Kochenderfer LO bring
the village. Today this area extends somewhat north into your poultry Tuesday Nov. 19th for the highest cash
section lO and a bit southward into the southerly 80 acres market prices paid." Again in 1919 "July 3 1 Otto
of the northwest quarter of section 15. On February 1, Kochenderfer again requests poultry." One year later
1858 lhe Unites Stares issued Avery a patem to the land things are going so wel l that Kochenderfer is rebuilding:
which was then sold to Townsend N. Horton, then to ·'Feb. 19, 1920 Ouo Kochenderfer is busy hauling logs and
Matheus Elm who in rum sold it in 1864 to August gravel for a new butcher shop that he intends to build this
Kirchner, other parcels going to Gottfried Waelty. spring." An informati ve article appears on April 22, 1920:
Subsequelll owners in the chain of Lille include Nicholas
and Elizabeth Bach who in 1871 sold this newly surveyed H. E. Kochenderfer of Cochrane is erecting a
parcel to John Zeller and jointly to Anton and Anna modem filling station here in Waumandee for the

Mayme, 01tmat; flilben, Theresa, wife of 01to Kochende1fer at Waumandee re.vidence a11d the Meat Market.

29
Waumande e, Wisco11si11 1860-1 960:

The Koc/1e11de1.f'er Sinclair


Oil filling station at the
Meat Market. L-R:
Pumping gas is Hi/hen,
H enry is d1fring and /iu/e
Oumar in passenger seat.

Ono Koclmule1.fer "Spike·· and 0 11111ar


at the MNtl Markel.

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Pio! <fa secrio11 of ~
55 55 75
Wc/l(mandee that once incor- 7~

pora1ed Ifie Knchende1fe r


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Mem Market and Clwwa11q11a ....
....
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growuls. completed hy
Ericksn11 and Korte in 1970.
169. , 63~·
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7.) 03' 15.o~· / "'

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An Affectionate Porlrai[

Fred Har111, Kokott, Reglin house with Herold Weldi11g sltop in Herold's Welding shop in later times, with /tis house 1/tat
the distan t right ha11d background. became occluded by pine trees.

purpose of filfa1g barrel goods orders. The build- large home connected to the meat market. During the best
ing wi II be 18 X 28 in size and contain two tanks, of days processing meat, cooling was needed for summer
one of 1250 barrel capacity and a cemented slaughter, thus during the winters Kochenderfers worked
driveway is being erected to same, giving it a hard culling ice blocks 22" square and about as thick at the
favorab le approach. Herman Bescler and Jacob Waumandee mjjjpond, then trucking ii to the slaughtering
Beck arc doing the work from Cochrane. Louis site for storage in thick walls of sawdust 10 keep it for
Zeller was in Cochrane, with his Mitchell auto summer chill down. In each threshing season, the
which he has repaimed and overhauled. Ono Kochenclerfers bought and kept some dozen steers,
Kochenderfer is erecting a 22 X 34 building because with poor storage on the local farms, daily slaugh-
which when completed he expects to be opened ter was the answer, sometimes two steers a clay to make
up as a butcher shop, a much needed asset to our avai lable the meat to serve !he bundle pil.chers.
town. Otto Ochsner and John Kochenderfer are Enterprising and competitive, Otto Kochenderfe r
hauling the gravel and doing other team work for spent part of ms time selling lumber from the yard, and
the Kochenderfer buildings. Mike Benusa is also introduced items like ice cream and the like in hjs
busy preparing timbers and hauling rock for a butcher shop. According 10 the saying, when Huenel
substantial addition he intends to make on his staned selling meat, Kochcnderfer countered by vending
barn this season.3 ice-cream .
Likewise on this site, Ed Herold ran his business of
The same year, we read: "Aug. 12. Otto Kochenderfer has slaughter house, meat packing service and in the summer
installed a new meat chopper at the butcher shop and is especially, a cementing and block laying enterprise. Here,
now maki ng his own brand of sausage." A decade later in 100, the Kochenderfer establishment sold gasoline in the
the Cochrane Recorder, it is stated on October 11 , I 934: early days. But perhaps most intriguing about the site was
"The meat m•u·ket is now operated by Louis Kochenclerfer its use for the Waumandee Chautaqua gatherings that took
of Alma who with his famj ly moved here lase week." It place almost annually. Begun at a city of tJus name in
was during this period that the structure was also a upper New York State, tJ1ese assemblies were for educa-
rooming house/hotel: "May 16. I 935: Mr. and Mrs. tional improvement of rural America, usually combining
Norbert Schank moved from rooms in the H. E. more esoteric lectures with live entertainment. They were
Kochenderfer residence in the village Wednesday to rooms usually held outdoors or at most in tents, and were gener-
in Mrs. lda Semling's residence neur Fountain City." And ally mocleled on the summer school concept of Chautaqua,
again "April 4, 1940: Eel BuuenhoffofWinona, who will New York.
be employed on the Adam Reuter farm, moved his family Upon the death of Henry Koehenderfer • on February
into rooms in the Henry Kochcnderfer home here fo repa11 19, I953 the estate passed 10 Alvi na Kochenclerfer who the
of the week." same year conveyed a small 20' by 30' parcel to the
This is an interesting site, for it was here that 1-1. & F. Farmers Telephone Company of Cochrane. l n 1960 the
Roettiger had their Waumandee lumber yard. Here also, Fanners Telephone returned its pa.reel to Alvina and on
was a kind of hotel/boarding house in what was a rather August 25. 1960 conveyed the land to John and Eleanor

31
Wn 11ma11dee, Wisconsin 1860-1960:

Duwa i11 Herold with his early acetylene lorch operating oul rl the H. and F. Roe11iger Lumber yard shop located on 1he
grounds of the Koche11de1fer meat market.

Drnvain Herold cu his welding shop wi1h so11, abour 1942.

32
An Affeclio11ate Portrait

Erickson and Warren and Doris Korte who the same year
platted the property inco its current status. [Quiet title
action was required against Will iam Dittrich, Wilbert H.
Heinz and most of the above-mentioned owners.] With the
new plat in hand, the Korte-Erickson group sold lots to
Eugene and Armella Schmidtknecht. Wben Erickson
deceased in 1965 the property passed to Warren Korte who
sold lots, e. g., to Daniel and Elsie Brommer, who in tLirn
sold a lot to Raymond and Lois Mueller.

Ouwain E. Herold Welding Shop


At the age of 18 in 1933, Duwain Herold [son of Reglin & Hesch Earth Moring estab/ishme111 in Waumandee.
Edward at the Butcher Shop, who also sold gas and did
masonry work] began work as a welder. In 1936 he Reglin - Hesch Earth Moving
married Clara Corey from Callaway on the White Earth Undoubtedly the largest enterp1ise in Waumandee
Indian Reservation near Detroit Lakes MN and had chil- today is the earth moving compuny started by Jeffrey
dren named Duwain, Carol, Marlene and Phyllis. ln the Reglin of Cream and joined by David R. Hesch of Arcadia.
chain of title to the property where his shop was located EstabJjshed on the basis of a milk trucking route owned by
was the Fountain City Brewing Company which on June 9, Jeffrey's father. Walter. the company began with one truck
1921 conveyed its parcel to Anton and Mary A. Benning. and a back hoe when Walter died in 1968. In 197 1 Hesch
A few days later, a smaller parcel was sold to William had returned from military service, purchased land from
Korte, and subdivided to Fred and Alvina Harm who on the rear acreage of the Duwain Herold Welding shop and
March 22, 1938 sold it to Duwain Herold. The remaining joined with Reglin to form a partnership. By 1976 they
portion of the Anton Benning property was sold co Earl A. had constructed their own modern cement.block service
and Clara [Korte] Benning on July 17, 1940. Of the orig- plant out of which today some 25 10 30 employees fan
inal Harm port ion, Fred H. and Alvina on October 14, across a 50 mile radius operating clozers, wheeled scrap-
I 943 sold the property to Melvin Harm, Orville Harm, ers, trucks, caterpillars and John Deere equipment to
Florence Mae Rick and Wilma Alvina Riggles, who in turn prepare sites for construction, install sanitary and storm
sold their house and property on September 28, 1960 to sewers, maintain septic systems, devise soil conversation
Paul and Mary Kokott. When Duwain E. Herold died in projects and create large farm manure handling systems.
1969, portions of the property passed in 1971 co David With about a dozen Kenworth dump trucks, five loaders,
R. Hesch for the Reglin and Hesch earth moving eight bu!Jdozers, five scraper-haulers and six back hoes
company, who acquired additional property from Eugene they can bid for and conclude projects from Rushford
Schmidtknecht in 1977 and the Jesse Benning estate in Minnesota to Ellsworth Wisconsin grossing some five
1984. Recently the Duwain Herold property was sold to mill ion dollars annually into the Waumandee economy.
Leslie D. Brommer. Employees have included Carol Iberg, Robert Deck , Paul
During his career as a skilled welder and blacksmjth, Kania and dozens more, all from off-main-street greater
Duwain was on call with his three motorized welding Waumandee.
service vehicles, ranging 50 miles to the south, 20 miles
cast, wesc and north to satisfy the needs of a vibrant William F. Korte Harness Shop
farming community. Regularly he helped with highly Shoemaker, harness repairman, window screens,
technical problems at La Crosse Milling, the A. G. general blacksmithing- all were the tasks Bill Korte per-
Creamery in Arcadia, the Gilmanton Creamery and indus- formed in his shop behind the Duwain Herold welding
trial planes in Cochrane, Fountain City and Independence. site. Entry was through a naffow alley to the shop behind
My personal recollection of Duwain's expertise was the his house on land once owned by Fred Zeller and J. Fink.
seed com detassl ing vehicle he created for Edward Born in Jahn's Valley Korte's original profession was as a
Sendelbach on wl1ich he solved the problem of speed by barn builder along with other carpentry work in the county.
using two transmissions in sequence Lo slow down the For a time he lived at Sharp Corner al the junction of
pace and allow the youthful detasslers time to extract Highways U and X, then again al Alma and during these
every source of pollination. early years, Korte constructed barns and houses, examples
being on the Henry Schultz farm in Cream and on the
LaYerne "Gabby'' Baecker farm in Buell's Valley. It was

33
Wa11111a11dee, W isco11si11 1860-1960:

House co11s1mcted l>y A111011 8e1111i11gfor his son, Earl Be1111i11g,


home of Be1111i11g Tmck company, 11mr owned by Pro11schi11ske.

when rheumatism bunkered him clown in Waumandee that


he set up :>hop doing cabineLry. sharpening skates and
saws, fixing harnesses, shaping plow lathes and at times
making short forays to local form s where his crafts were
needed.

E arl Benning - J esse Benning Trucking


On property located on Lot 2. owned i n 1896 by F.
Zeller, Anton Benning built a house for his retiremen t but
when his wife died suddenJy. he declined to retire from the
farm just south of Waumandee on Section 2 and extendina :;:,

southward inlo Section 22. and instead continued 10 farm Earl Benning and son Jesse.
with his son Albert ·"Tux" Benning. Having fabricated a
house in town during the mid 1920s. however, and since
Earl had married Clara Korte October L8. 1924. the daugh- Eau Claire. Born at Independence February 24, 190 I of
ter of William Kone who lived on a portion of the proper- Anton and Mary (Marking) Benning. Earl died of a heart
ty, ic was logical for Earl to begin his trucking business auack in December, 1961 at the age of 60.
there. Two years before his death, son Jesse took over the
A few interesting Cochra11e Reco1der cli ppings tell business from Earl and moved north to the house on L ot 3
us: "Dec. 16, 192 1. Earl Benning accompanied Clara where A lben Ki ll ian, another trucker. earlier had con-
Korte and A ntonia Benning as visitors at Leo Paradowski structed his own house on land owned in 1896 by J. H.
Sunday aftern oon. H. & F. Roel ti ger instaJled a light plant Manz. A t Lhe lower site, Earl fol lowed the typical
i n St. Boni face Church. L ouis Bartles and Hilbert example or Waumandee dwellers, keeping a few cows and
Roettiger installed a Delco l ight plant at the Louis Zeller chickens i n his barn and using the land extending back Lo
home." Then on " M ay 22. 1930: Earl Benni ng and Mrs. the Waumandee creek for pasture and forage. He began at
Adam Reuter were m Winona for appendicitis operations." first hau ling rn ilk wi th a horse team, sleigh in winter. but
And again: "September 1, 1932: Earl Benning is sporting soon switched to motorized trucks.
a new Chevrolet Truck." Yel once more, "September 20,
1934: Earl Benning is the owner of a new Chevrolet Truck Benusa Trucking Company
purchased of A. H. Roher al Cochrane Monday." On M arried in 1939. Albert and Orphie (Erwin Rosenow
August 6, 1936 there was more: "Earl Benning purchased I Di1trich) lived first in the house immediately north of the
a new Chevrolet truck from A. H. Rohrer last week." Mike Benusa house !Albert's father] and operated trucks
Seemingly the truckers thrived during the Great for local hauler. until in 1945. He then purchased the
Depression. trucks from A. C. Scheidegger. offering general hauling as
H auling livestock and several 1nilk routes of whole well as can milk rou tes for the Garden Valley Creamery.
milk and cream lo Garden Valley Coop. the Bennings used Prior 10 personal ownership. Benusa had acquired contacts
mostly Chevrolet vehicles. and hired help including at and experience by working for the Garden Valley Coop
times Charles Rippley, Anthony Pronschinske and brother- feed store and a a milk hauler for Earl Benning and
in-l aw Warren Kone to make distant runs to St. Paul and other~. which faci litated his transfer to personal owner-

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An Affectio11aLe Portrait

The Alben M. Benusa


General Trucking
company wicli GMC
and Chev1vlet vehicles.

Alber/ Benusa REO lrucks. Drivers: Alber/ Benuea, Orville Blank, Orvan Sendelbach

·r ~

Nicholas and
Clizabeth Bach,
then William
and Agnes Bach,
1/sen Albert and
Orphie Benus a
residence, sire of
Be1111sa Trucking
line.

35
Waumandee, Wisco11si11 1860-1960:

L-R: George Milek, P01ricia Benusa. Albert "Buff' Benusa and wife Orphie, i11from. Beatrice [Haines/ as a small child:
standing: Mary Lou Benusa {Halli11g/: in from is Jo A1111 Be11usa [Blaschko / on-Jann feed grinding business.

ship. During lhe post-1945 boom years, Benusa executed tavern and dance hall business for 15 years, courting espe-
a th1iving business with all man ner of trucks starting with cially shower and wedding dances. But the establishment
his original " hard-to-get" REO models bought in Winona, reaches back to his father-in-law Fred Wirtenberger,
to large GMC sem.i-trailers, transporting livestock espe- whose daughter, Laura, he married. On January 28, 19 15
cially to South St. Paul and returning several times a week the Cochrane Recorder advertises entertainment to be
with sacks of feed for the Garden Valley Creamery. GMCs offered by children of the Catholic School at Waumandee
fit into his sche me of things because his brothers Gilbert in Benning's Hall, Wed. Feb. 10, 1915 at 8 PM. Born
and Emil Benusa operated a John Deere I GMC dealership February 25, 1837 George Benning Sr. died from cancer of
in Arcadia. During this time frame they operated from 1he bowel [Cochrane Recorder, May 13. 1915].
their headquarters in the former Nicholas (and Agatha) Land for the hotel adjacent to the St. Boniface parish
Bach home on Lot 4 of the Waumandee plat where they grounds began with the acquisition of ten acres by
resided until recently. In their heyday, the Benusas hired Townsend Horton who on November 12, 1862 sold 10.53
countless men to operate the vehicles and lift the 10-gallon acres for $2 10 to Bishop Martin 1-lenni of Milwaukee for
milk cans daily. Among them were both Orvan and Lloyd use to establish St. Boniface parish. Subsequently on April
Sendelbach, Aloysius Slaby, Edward Lisowsk.i, LaVeme 16, 1864 Gottfried and E lizabelh Waelty sold an addition-
Deck, Ali Konter, Orville B lank, Andy Baecker, Cameron al 2.86 acres to St. Boniface for $40. In 1859, Townsend
Breiling and others. Horton sold another piece to Michael Fitzgerald and in
Then in 1953 Albert Benusa sold the semi trailer 186 1 Matthew El m acquired Lots 4 and 5 and, with his
tandem truck to Pehler Trucking of Arcadia and the two wife, C hristina, sold then on October I 0, 1870 to Nicolas
axle trucks to Aloysius Slaby (Darlene Larson) who and Elizabeth Bach. They in turn sold a piece to John
moved the business to his home just south of the Harmonia Zeller and Anton Willers and another to Caspar Babst.
Park below Waumandee. Meantime Albert and Orphie Willers sold his share to John and Frederich Zeller in
went into business with a mobi le feed grinding service 1873.
called "Benusa F<u-m Service" which in 1966 was divested We learn a good deal more about the Bach tenure in
to Gordon Gifford. the section about special Waumandee residents. Likewise,
in 1he chapter on the churches, lhc St. Boniface description
Nie Bach Hotel, Benning Hall, Wirtenberger, occurs. Thus this concludes the cast side of the business
Arnold Zeller, Bremer, Schmidtknecht sec1ion of Waumandee.
In 1962 we learn from the "Waumandee" article in the
Winona Daily News that Arnold Zeller had been in the

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An Affectionate Portrait

Celebration i11 from of Nie Bc1ch.


Wirre11berger Hotel abow 1920.

Bach, Benning, Wirte11berge1; Zelle1; Bre111e1; Schmidtkneclzt Hotel, s/1ow11 0 11 the right side of the main street in the lo1ver right hand
comer of the 1896 plat map. 111i.v b11ilding, a succes.rnr to one that b11m ed. was cons1ruc1ed i11 1879.

37
Wau mandee, Wisconsin 1860-1960:

13 A C H'S H 0 'T ' E J_.,


WAUMANDEE, WIS.,
NIC_ E.AC:S::. l?J:oprietor.
Gut'"'"' \\ i.tl10111 U:1ca•.rrl:,:(· 1111t..1 p11x in nd n ml' :.
11orn'.\• .h•w1·lry. :tlhl nther \·:du:1ltl(•" 1110 ..t I,..• lcl't :II lhli Olli('(\ ullwrwi..,., 11111 l'mpri1•1or \\ ill mil '"-' n•..puu ..ihlc for"".' 1f1.....

NAME. RESIDENCE. awi. aom. REMARKS. BILL.

Footnotes Tierney his wife Mary Ann Tierney and daughter Agnes
1
Here a brief footnote is in order. as quoted in Lhe Bach, with funds he had deposited in the Total Abstinence
Cochrane Recorder: '·October 29. 1936: George Knecht Society at the Bank of Arcadia to transfer to the St.
of St. Paul and his brother Robert of North Dakota cal led Boniface Catholic Church at Waumandee. Notable is the
on fri ends here last week. George Senclelbach has moved incidence of abstinence as preached nat ionally by the lrish
his family into the house which Val Scndelbach recent ly immigrants, often in stark opposition to beliefs held by the
changed from a garage lo a dwelling pince." Tills property mostly German and Swiss senlers of Waumandee town-
was subsequentl y owned by Leslie Brommer at me norther ship.
edge of Waunandee. The garage-house was behind the 3
The Cochrane Recorder, April 22, I920.
main residence of today. • His wiFe received all the property to keep the estate
2
In his will recorded May 5, I925 Tierney bequeaths his whole. although his daughters are listed as Malinda Wi les,
Irish Valley farm assets to William Tierney and Emmel Dora Haeuser, and Pearl Staak.

View of tlte Bach, Ben11i1111. Wirtenberge1; Zelle1; Bremer hotel and hall, seen from the north.

38
A11 Affectionate Portrait

4
Waumandee Churches

St. Boniface Congregation church, Father Ludwig Lay seems lo have been the most
Since the 1942 booklet about the history of St. influential , being pastor from 1869 to 1878 when the
Boniface is available. 1 this entry first makes additions or church was planned and completed. Crawford points out
corrections. At the end of this chapter, is offered the orig- that limestone was quarried on Ochsner's hill and that
inal text with minimal editing. In his tract, Thomas Adam Kle in burned the lime, wiLh parishioners donating
Crawford refers to mass being celebrated at a Fitzgerald their time. Adam Klein also do nated a stained g lass
home some two blocks north of the present church, which window in the church.
was constructed in 1877. From deed records it is accurate No Ochsner was ever Catholic. However, we might
that Michael Fitzgerald in 1859 acquired a 20 acre piece at note that in 1868 there is a parish record about Adam Klein
this site. as follows: "On the 17th of May I baptized Magdalena
We know also that in this parish there was tension Rosina, daughter of Caspar Re iter and Magdalena
between the Irish and the German clientele, and that, for Baumann, who was born on April 23. The sponsors were
the most part, the earlier priests were all German-speaking Magdalena Reiter and Adam K lein . L. Spitzelberger." For
if not German-born: Spitzelberger, Schaller, Lay, the year 1870 we read: "On the 3rd of April, I baptized
Havestadt, Mencl!, Heinzmann, O rlhen, Weber, Kelnhofer, Maria El isabeth, daughter of Nicholas Meyer and Clara
Fischer, Geissler, followed by Timmermann, Theisen, Friclbert 1-larteisen, who was born on March 13. The spon-
Brockman, Beckfelt, Steiner and others. Never was there sors were Maria Elisabeth Zeller and Adam Klein. L.
an Irish prelate. On March 5, 1872 under the leadership of Lay." Many additional entries bespeak the devout charac-
M. L. Tierney as presidem ancl·M. J. Cashel of Glencoe as ter of Adam Klein." In none of the census records does
secretary and treasurer, was organized the "St. Patrick's Adam Klein show up with a profession in stone, li me or
Total Abstinence Society of Waumandee" wh ich seems to cement work. Rather he farmed in the northwest quarter
have lasted for many years.2 Of interest, therefore, is the of Section 24 on what later became the William T ierney
entry in Richard Current's History of Wisconsin, in his and Anton Lejk farms [today Pronschinske and Waters].
Chapter 15 "A Society Still in Formation," in which we A current website history states that mate1ials for the
read: "Typical was the report of a melee between a few of new church were brought from Fountain City and Alma,
the young Irish and Germans in Waumandee, Buffalo likely so, since there were good rai lroad delivery poinLs in
County. where an American bystander was accidentally those communities. However. other oral information is
shot and killed.3 As Thomas E. Crawford notes in his that there was a major brick factory neru· the estuary to
parish history of St. Boni face, the St. Boniface main altar's Yaeger Valley where once stood a non-Catholic, brick
artistic layout includes two statues, St. Patrick the patron church and currently still, its cemetery. Brick making is
saint of Ireland and St. Boniface, the patron saint of clearl y a lost art that once flourished in the proximity of
Germany. In the process of designing ru1d erecting the Waumandee, if not closer to the construction site, then

St. Bo11(face Catholic Parish. wi1h parish house and Hillig house on. riglll, 1999.

39
Waumandee, Wisconsin 1860-1960:

surely at the one near Anchorage, precl uding the need for another religious schools erected during the I 880s and
hauling from Fountain City and Alma. 90s, its shape was that of a cross to symbolize the form of
When Sebastian Rohr became pastor in 1883, follow- C hrist's death, having twe lve doors to signal the number of
ing the dictates of Rome, he laid plans to erect a Catholic apostles, 33 rooms for the years Jesus lived, and 72
School. At the Third Plenary Council of Baltimore con- windows for the number of books in the Catholic bible.
ducted November 9 - December 7, 1884, the bishops From its photo we note another feature of I 890s relig ious
decreed as follows : architecmre-the use of th ree-some clusters for windows
or combinations thereof, to indicate the Trinity.5
Title vi, Of the Education of Catholic Youth, treats About this Fornier school building, we have an entry
of (i) Catholic schools, especially parochial, viz., from the diary of Sister Raphaela Neumeyer. In October,
of their absolute necessity and the obligation of 1877 with Sister Seraphina Stuhl, Raphaela left Franklin,
pastors to establish them. Parents must send their Wisconsin [25 miles southwest of MilwaukeeJ for La
children to such schools unless the bishop should Crosse by train, then by boat to Fountain City and horse
judge the reason for sending them elsewhere to be carriage the 14 miles to Waumandee. Here, at one of the
sufficient. Ways and means are also considered e ight grade schools then open in the La Crosse diocese,
for making the parochial schools more e·fficient. It Sister Raphaela wrote in her diary.
is desirable that these schools be free. (ii) E very
effort must be made to have suitable schools of We found a two-storied house with a spacious
l1igher education for Catholic youth. ( Cc11holic cellar. On the first fl oor was the kitchen and a
Encyclopedia) small reception room. Upstairs were two cells
and a large dormitory for the girls. The boys had
When constructed in a vittual square using a north- theirs in the parsonage. The people, taken in
south axis, the first St. Boniface school entry faced west general, were devout and kind and worked zeal-
from its position where today tennis courts and play- ously for their church and school. ... Oh but was
ground equipment stand. Designed as a boarding school there much work to be clone; we were overladen
for those who lived far away, the building incorporated and sister Seraphina contracted consumption and
also residences for the nuns who instructed. Like many died within three years. I scarcely cou ld stay

Sr. Boniface School. constructed in 1884-85 by Father Sebaslian Rolu:

40
An Affectionate Portrait

lhere four years and my successor, Sister Anna woodland. Last year, William Luethi gave us a
Meehan, also died there [at the age of 19) with strip of woodland and in 1934 Peter Woyczik
quick consumption; but the sacrifices fo r those donated the woodland. The wood making bee
poor dear children were readily offered to our has since grown into an annual affair to which the
dear Lord. We felt very much al home in men look forward with anticipation. In evidence
Waumandee with its good people. The house of this, we find that on Tuesday March 2, 55 men
was away from the street and we really could live with 4 teams and on Wednesday March 3rd, 46
a convent life. The enrollment of children was 85 men with 5 teams nirned our to cut down and saw
to which were added 25-30 boarders. Few of up and snake together wood. On Tuesday March
these chi ldren could read well and had to study 9, 20 men with 3 teams and two saw 1igs on
their catechism and also bible history, by Wednesday March l 0, I 3 men with 1 team and I
hearing.6 rig sawed the wood in cord lengths. On Friday
March 12, 25 men turned out to split and piJe the
To capture a bit of flavor and Lenci personality to this wood. 1n fall the congregation will truck the
school we turn to the newspapers of the day. Because wood to the parish premises. 1n these parts, d1e
there was no school hall in lhe old strucnire, performanc- legends of Paul Bunyon are being supplanted by
es were given in Wirtenberger's spacious fac ility almost facts achieved in the woods by the men of St.
adjacent to the Catholic school. On May 12, 1921 the Boniface Congregation. The members of St.
Cochrane Recorder reports: "St. Boni face Catholic Peter and Paul mission Montana got together on
School to give Program. On Wednesday May 18th at Monday March 22 to make their wood for the
Wirtenberger's Hall in Waumandee. Program participants coming year.7
in part are: Loretta Maier. Elizabeth Theisen, Edna Hesch,
Juanita Waters, Frances Grulkowski, Mary Sendelbach, In the 1942 Jubilee booklet of St. Boniface Parish are
Wilma Schmidtknecht, Ermine Schmicltknecht, Mathilda pictures of many individuals fo r whom there is no identi-
Sendelbach, Amali a Hohmann, Eleonore Karasch, Adel ine fication. Operating on the principle that a picture is only
Dittrich, 'Germa!) Vocal Duet' by Laura Wirtenberger and as good as its annotation, I offer the following for cross-
Elizabeth Theisen, Emil Benusa, and chorus group: referencing.
Norbert Schank, Oscar Schank, Eugene Pronschi nske, Leo At the end of his entry in the Diamond Jubilee book,
Grulkowski, Levi Schmidtknecht, Ray Dworschak, Thomas Crawford enters a couple dozen family names
Rudolph Hesch, Rudolph Pronschinske, Ambrose who were pioneers of the St. Boniface congregation.
Crawford, Rudolph Wolfe, Albert Benning, Elmer Some of his spellings are inaccurate e. g. Ziensei is surely
Schaefer, Louis Schmidtknecht and Valentine Konsella." Z insli .
When the demand for more space outstripped this From the baptismal lists running from 1867-1975, my
facility, the parish in 1927 tore down the olcl school and own s late is as follows with first and last names, if they
constructed the new one. During the construction time, appear more than once. Otherwise, they are not scientifi-
workers resided with full board in the Wirtenberger Hotel cally or alphabetically organized, and appear below
using Frank Pronschinske trucks to haul d1e building mate- accordi ng to the church record spelling: Nicholas
rials. Equipped with a large wood-burning furnace, the Phili ppi, Caspar Schmitz, Joseph Utz, Jacob
new brick structure during cold weather needed an "in- Weisenberger, Joseph Sendelbach, John B. Boltz, Matthew
house" fireman to keep the building warm. Thus the Waters, Martin Milan, Patrick and Andrew Flynn, Jacob
janitor usually slept on a cot next to the furn ace until such Wismolek, William Rotering, Chari.es Ruppert, Matthew
lime as a coal stoker cou ld be installed. In the meantime, Elm, Michael Reuter, Edmund Boyle, Theodor Marking,
the parish was often busy cutting wood or crediting Joseph Krummholz, Peter Tescher, Henry Tillmann,
fa rmers for "pew rent" if they would but del iver a few Michael Neth, :t\1ichael Gebus, Bernard Salwey, Andrew
cords of fire wood. Sometimes a crew assembled to accu- and John Schmidtknecht, Caspar Wtirstlein, Philip Reiley,
mulate the necessary supply. George Feuling, Joseph Arpagaus, Thomas Hynes,
Anthony Semmling, Henry Hovel, Peter Dworschak,
Waumandee Wood Making Bee. The men of St. Ferdinand Theisen, Caspar Reuter, Mathaus Ripple, John
Boniface got together during the past two weeks Zeller, Mathaus Hansen, Caspar Babst, Peter Skroch,
and made about 130 cords of wood - parish fuel Gerhard Benning, Caspar Foegen, Michael Bach,
for the next winter. Mr. Anton Benning gener- Valentine Rebhahn, .John Molitor, Martin Lee. What is
ously donated the congregation a nice patch of interesting is the rather large number of Trish fami lies,

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Waumandee, Wisconsin 1860-1960:

P. 41 Catholic Youth Organization


I st row: Dorothy Reuter. Alice Pronschinske. Hedwig Ditrrich, Eunice Sende lbach, Marion Rotering.
2nd row: James Waters. Bernard Hillig, Father An thony Fischer, Edward Schlesser, Roland Hogan

P. 41 4-H C lub Officers


Ist row: Eunice Sendelbach, Olive Hillig. Dorothy Reute r 2nd row: Anton (Tony) Sendelbach, Jesse Benning

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An Affectionate Portrait

P. 32 Choir and Altar boys: First row: Urban Pronschinske, Kenneth Boltz, Rudolph Zeller, Raymond Pronschinske, lvlichael
Benusa, Cletus Reuter, Roman Pronschinske, Delbert Foegen. 2nd row: Aloysius Pronschinske, John Waters, Claude Deck, Norbert
Foegen, Edward Sendelbach, Vernon Boltz, Francis Reuter, Gregory Hillig. 3rd row: Mary Helen Benusa, Janice Reuter, Phyllis
Reuter, Father Anthony Fischer, Helen Symilczek, Lucille Hesch, Lucille Larson (Bagniewski) 4th row: Catherine Hogan, Cecilia
Zeller, Adeline Grulkowski, Evelyn Huettel, Florence Ramelow, Dorothy Reuter, Phyllis Zeller, Viola Boltz, Eunice Sendelbach 5th
row: Mercille Deck, Hedwig Dittrich, Marjorie Sendelbach 6th row: Alice Waters, Ciel Reuter, Verna Scheidegger, Sarah Rippley
Pronschinske, Laura Zeller, Olive Hillig, Alice Pronschinske

P. 42 Officers of Mens' and Boys' Societies


1st row: Gaylord Christ, Delbert Foegen, Mathias Rotering, Cletus Reuter, Roman Pronschinske, Calvin Hohmann (Father Anthony
Fischer) 2nd row: Albert ''Tux" Benning, Rudolph Pronschinske, Edward Wendland, Earl Benning, Edward Sendelbach, Henry
"Hank" Bremer 3rd row: Louis Schmidtknecht, George Sendclbach, Fred Zeller, Frank Schaefer, Peter Woychik. Myron Schaefer,
Orvan Sendelbach

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Wawnwulee, Wisconsin 1860-1960:

r=-

P. 34 Officers of the Young Ladies' and Women's Societies


lst row: Mercille Deck, Maijorie Dittrich, Janice Reuter. Mary Helen Benusa, Luci lle Hesch 2nd row: Ermine Christ, Kate
Schmjdtknecht, Lorena Waters, Clara Scndelbac h 3rd row: Loretta Hogan, Orphie Benusa, Lavina Schmidtknechl. Ciel Reuter,
Bertha Schank, Hedwig Dittrich

P. 46 Eighth Grade Graduation Clnss of 1942


lst row: Matjorie Dittrich, Cletus Reuter, Aloysius Pronschinske, Father Anthony Fischer, Calvin Hohmann. Anton Grulkowski,
Harold Hansen. 2nd row: Mary Helen Benusa, Gaylord Christ, Roman Palkowskj, Loren Salwey, Janice Reuter

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An Affectionate Portrait

most of whom have by now left the community. To be aborigines prior to the coming of the first settlers made
sure, so did half or more of the early German names. Not Fountain City the trading center of the newly settled area
surpris ingly, these are Sou Lh German names where to its north and east. Therefore, it was natural that
Catholics were predominant in Germany with a few from ·w aumandee's first organized Catholic Church should be
southeastern Germany. Names from the roster above also as a mission of the Fountain City Church.
appear in the list of those young women who left for the On September I, 1867. the Congregation at
convent. OnJy one young man from the parish was Waumandee was organized and consecrated to St.
ordained a priest, James Schaefer, but from the parish Boniface, the Patron Saint of Genmmy, wbich was natural
mission there were several, notably Leo Dworschak in that the majority of its me mbers were of thaL nationali-
( 1926), the bishop of Fargo and his cousin, Roman ty. Reverend L. Spitz I berger was appointed Lhe first resi-
Dworschak ( 1923) plus, earlier, John Guzinski ( 1914).s dent pastor and was pastor from 1867 to 1869. lt must
have been with trepidation that this good Father came to
this, at that time. wilderness settlement, but blessed with
History of Saint Boniface Congregation Waumandee, that same religious zeal as inspired Father Marquette, he
Wisconsin (Text only) came to his new parish. He was confronted by much work
By Thomas E. Crawford - Winner of First Prize Award in to be clone and little with which to do it. In addition to
Church History Contest acting as the shepherd and gathering together his new little
The beautiful and fertile valley bordered by hills or flock, he improved the church and built the first parsonage.
"bluffs" and with adjacent fields teeming with vegetation The parishioners, happy to display their appreciation for
and agricultural crops is known as the "Waumandee having for the fi rst time a pastor and leader of their very
Valley." In the language of the Chippewa Indians own to turn to, in their primitive way gave much of the
Waumandee meant "Clear Water" or "Sparkling Waters." very little with which they were possessed.
The creeks newing through this fertile valley were in their During the year 1868 Father Leif relieved Rev.
time filled with speckled trout and to the early pioneers Spitzlberger temporarily. Father Spitzlberger was suc-
were a veritable fi sherman's paradise. ceeded in 1869 by Rev. Ludivicus Lay who, it is believed,
Waumandee, a pio neer vi llage, miles from the nearest was a conve11 to the Catholic faith , and remained as pastor
settlement was settled by God-fearing and pious people. until 1878. Noted for his deep piety, his learning and
The long trek to Fountain City over Tndian trails buried bumfog desire to make his parish outstanding among the
under deep snow with the the1mometer at 40° or 50° below pioneer parishes of Wisconsin, he was admired, honored
zero, taken by these devout people to their places of and beloved by the entire congregation. Father Lay imme-
worship was indicative of the zeal that soon was LO estab- diately started the erection of a school in order that the
lish a Mission in Waumandee, a church that was to be the children of the Congregation might have Lhe benefit of a
outward symbol of the faith that burned so brightly in the Catholic education. The Sisters of Saint Rose Convent at
hearts of these pioneer Germans and Irish. Prior to the La Crosse, even in those arduous Limes, were willing to
e rection of a Church in Waumandee, as early as 1858, make sacrifices that the word of God might be brought to
Mass was celebrated in private homes and among the first these pioneer children. The first Sisters of th.is communi-
so honored was the home of a family by the name of ty who were missioned al Waumandee were Sister M.
Fitzgerald who lived in the village about two blocks from Serephine Stuhl and Sister Boniface Patzlaff. The latter,
the present church. Mass was celebrated at irregular inter- however, had Lo exchange places very soon with Sister
vals. Raphaela Neumeyer, because an organist was needed. The
In 186 l the Congregation at Fountain City was organ- emollment of children the first year was 85. Between 25
ized. This was fo llowed shortly by the designation of and 30 of these were boarders. The girls had their dormi-
Waumandee as a Mission of that congregation. Soon a tory in the Sisters' house and the boys in the parsonage.
church of modest proportions was erected to serve the new His ability as a leader is further shown by the building
community. This church stood about two blocks north of of the present magnificent church in 1877, which still
where the present c hurch now sLands. Because of its loca- stands as a monument to his efforts and those of his rugged
tion on the Mississippi, Fountain City was settled long pioneer parishioners. It is difficult for us of this modern
before Waumandee. The creek which follows through the age who now travel by automobile over fi ne roads or fly
fertile Waumandee Valley empties into the Mississippi in through the heavens in airplanes to have any but a faint
the vicinity of Fountain City. The comparatively level trail conception of the difficu lties which our fathers overcame
leading from Fountain City along Lhe valley followed by to erect this edifice in which to offer adoration to their God
this creek which had been often followed by the American whom they were taught to love so well at their mother's

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by Reverend I gnatius Schaller who served from I 880 to


I 881 . Then Reverend Lay returned to again lead the
parish which had learned to know him . o well. He
remained until 1883. After Reverend Lay left 1hc second
time. his successor was Reverend Sebastian Rohr, who
came to Waumandee in 1883 and was pastor until 1887.
He was a terri fic worker, both spirirually and physically.
He prided hi mself that he could do a man 's work that
would compare favorabl y with. or surpass. that of the most
rugged of his faithful flock. He was confronted w ith the
worry of a l arge debt on the church property. By careful
planning and hard work this was greatly reduced. He was
a strong believer in a Catholic educacion for the youth and
immediately set as his objective the erection of a school
suitable to meet the needs of his rapidly growi ng
Congregation . Plans were laid and work started on a new
school. This school embodied a Chapel, sui table class
rooms. a home for the Sisters and quarters for those who
came from such a distance that it was necessary for them
to room and board at the school under the watchful eyes of
Sr. 8011(/'ace aerial view about 1940.
the good Sisters.
knees in their homelands, be they Germans or Jrish. This Feeling that all things should display in their physical
church whose spire can be seen from a great distance and embodiments greater adoration of God, tJ1is building was
whose bells ch ime the Angelus thrice daily is in the bu il t in the shape of a Cross and the ori ginal plans called
Roman sty le of architecture which style is carried out in its for a building with twelve doors, each dedicated to one of
furnishings. This particu larly perLains to the three altars Christ's Apostles, thirty-three rooms, one for each year of
which are massive and handsome specimens of artistic "The Savior 's Life on ear th, and seventy-two w indows.
work. one for each book of the Bible.
The main altar has built into it as part of its artistic T he grounds below the new school were cleared and
design. statues of St. Patrick and St. Boni face. patron landscaped and laid out so that the future oencrations
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woul d have a place of beauty fi tted for recreational activi-
saints of Ireland and German y from whence came a pre-
dominant number of the ori ginal congregation. Endowed ty. About twenty years after leaving Waumandee, Father
with but little worldly goods but with a determin ation that Rohr died while pastor at M onroe. W isconsin. and in com-
the desire of their beloved pastor should be brought to a pliance with his often-repeated request. hi s remains were
realization, each did his share. M any and many long trips interred in St. Boniface Cemetery.
over roads that were little belier than trails, were made to Through che early years the question or having a
Fountain Ciry and A lma by team-some horses. others Church · Choir was not overlooked. M r. Philip
oxen. to haul the materials. Others donated their ser vices Weisenberger, a Civil War Veteran acced as leader. He was
in the quarry on Ochsner's Hill to procure the rock-others always regularly on hand co lead and direct the singing.
helped Adam Klein burn the lime. This determination. proving definitely talented in this work. His knowledge of
with no thought of pay but rather wi th a desire LO serve and music and a splendid voice caused his services to be
contribute. crurnot be denied. So. piece by piece. stone deeply appreciated even though they might not have
upon stone. brick upon brick. raised 10wards the heavens always appealed 10 some of the young children w ho at
this tabernac le of God. It sands for future generations 10 times were anxious for shorter services.
enjoy and admire and in which to offer their prayers to A beautiful spot overlooking the church grounds was
God that those who went before should receive from His early selected for the cemetery. T he road leading to it also
hands their reward. It is filling for tho e who had worked led to the entrance of the Reuter farm and throuah e the ucn-
e
so hard to bri ng about a tit place in which to offer their erous good narure of that family, a path leading across
prayers to Him who makes all things possible Lo those their place has al ways been used by pari shioners and
blessed with the true faith. school children as a short cuL Lo church and school by
After Father Lay. came Reverend Theophilus Beau people living in the dir ection of tJ1e Trish Valley. Because
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Congregation was able to weather the years of the depres- rebuilt. The grounds were landscaped and the cement side-
sion that followed. The intervening pastors were Rev. J. walks were laid. Father Weber was the first priest at
M. Wickes from 1887 to 1891; Rev. Peter Alfes from 1891 Waumandee to own an automobile and his "Rambler" was
to 1893; Rev. Zavarin.ius Willmes from 1893 to 1894; Rev. a great improvement over his predecessors' horses.
A. Haverstadt from 1894 to 1899 and Rev. H. Mend! from The priest immediately following Father Weber was
l 899 to 1903. Reverend Henry I. Voussen, who was pastor from 1914 to
Father Mencl! was followed by Reverend Heinzmann 1926. During these years, the country was drawn into the
who was pastor from 1903 to 1906. Rev. Heinzmann rec- maelstTom of war. It was also during this time that it was
ognized the inadequacy of the parsonage which had served necessary for safety to condemn the school building which
as the home for the pastors for so many years and so had been the place of learning for so many of the Catholics
erected the beautiful parsonage which now acids so much of this and other places. ln 1926 Reverend M. J. Kelnhofer
to the appearance of the Church grounds. The next pastor came to Waumandee as pastor and remained until 1927.
was Rev. F. X. Orthen, who had the pastorate from 1906 to He and his Congregation recognized tlrnt tJ1e youth of the
1908. During the time that he was pastor at Waumandee, parish was missing too much in bei ng without the added
much work was done to improve the Church. The moral strength so necessary to meet the worldly battle by
windows were lowered and replaced with the present being denied a Catholic education, so plans were laid to
beautifu l stained glass windows which were placed in the erect a new school. These plans were carried to comple-
memory of Adam Klein; Patrick and Margaret Crawford; tion dming the pastorate of Reverend John Anibas who
Joseph Arpagaus ; Mary Schmidtknecht; Francis and was pastor from 1927 to 1933. Carrying forward the
Magdalena Reuter; Philip and Constantine Weisenberger project he worked with his Congregation to tbe end that
and donated by Michael Sendlebach and sons, Francis and the present modem school was built in 1928. This school
Eva Bohlinger and Bernard and Mary Salwey. embodies the latest in educational developments including
Father Orthen was succeeded by Father Peter Weber modern classrooms, a home for the Sisters, an auditorium
who was an active, energetic young man and a good mixer. and a kitchen fitted with every convenience necessary for
During his administration the Church was remodeled, the the preparation of the hundreds of meals served at the
ceiling lowered and the inside redecorated. During the yearly dinners. Father Anibas saw the need for a new roof
remodeling the steeple was struck by lightning. This was on the Chmch and th.is was provided under his watchfl.11

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eye, protecting the interests of his Congregation at every Reverend F ischer taught religion two hours a week at
turn. Aquinas High School and also had as a mission Coon
On September 16, 1933, Reverend Anthony William Valley and Viroqua, attending each evet)' other week. In
Fischer came to Waumandee. His varied experience fitted July 1930 he was sent to the hospital at Sparta to fill in for
him well for the leadersh ip of his new pru·ish. He was born two weeks and then went to Black River Falls to take the
August 26, 1904 at Whitelaw, Manitowoc County, place temporarily of the pastor who was sick, also taking
Wisconsin, and is the second youngest of a family of five care of Woodlawn, Shamrock and Rosary Creek. On
boys. When be was six years of age bis family moved to September 16, 1930 be went to Athens, Wisconsin and
Marshfield where he was reared on a farm. He attended while there in 1933 temporarily took, care of Abbotsford,
St. John's Parochial School and graduated in June 191 8. Owen and Withee for three months. It is easy to see why
He received bis degree of Bachelor of Arts January 29, he has such a keen understanding of the varied problem of
1926 and his degree of Master of Arts January 29, I 929 the rural parishioner and rural youth.
having attended St. Francis Seminat)' at St. Francis, When_ he came to Waumandee he found the parish
Wisconsin. He was ordained February 2, 1929 and said deeply in debt. He set up as his first objective the reduc-
his First Mass at Marshfield, Wisconsin o n February 10, tio n of th.is debt. In this he has been successful beyond the
1929 and was appointed Assistant to Reverend Ambrose fondest hopes of his parishioners. Improvements are regu-
Murphy al St. James Church in La Crosse. He was moved larly made in the school to keep it apace with the modem
to St. Michael's Orphanage in July 1929 where he was ways of Catholic education. The grounds have been
assistant for six months after wh ich he was made superin- improved and the parsonage has been modernized. The
tendent pro-tern while Msgr. Alphonse Schuh was doing road to the cemetery was improved making it an all
post graduate work in Social Work at the Catholic weather road and a new furnace has been installed in the
University in Washington, D. C. During this year Church. The church property now stands as a monument

St. Bonifa ce Parish Church and Re10ry taken April 2, 2003.

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Standing, Jo/111 W. S1ei11er. Paswr r~f St. Bon(face at the 125 Celebra1i11g 125 years of Sr. Bo11(fc1cc School. April 2, 2003.
year celebra1io11 of co11ti1111011s Catliolic Sdwols. Seated to liis
left is Bishop Ray111011d Burke of /.,(!Crosse.
to three generations, that of its pioneer ancestry which sac- various kinds have always had their part in the work of St.
rificed so much. their children. and the presem generation Boniface Congregation. The St. Ann 's Altar Society has
who intend to see that nothing is left undone to carry on. always been active and started shortly after the
The yearly church picnic which Father Fisher started Congregation was organized. The Holy Name Society has
has become a statewide event. people coming for hundreds become the outstanding lay organization of the parish.
of miles to attend and associate with their old friends. The The leading Catholic Fraternal Insurance Organ-
Catholic Youth Organization, under his leadership has ization, which is still operating in Lhe parish, is Lay Court
made real advances furnishing not on ly the youth of the No. 966 of the Catholic Order of Foresters, organized
parish good, clean recreation bul their elders' entertain- April 22, 1899 and which has a present membership of
ment as well. His parishioners fo llow h.is leadership about fifty members. Much linancial good has come to the
happily, wondering how one person can do so many things members of the parish through insurance carried by
so well. members who have died in the past forty years. In the
Through the years social life among the parishioners early years the ·'St. Patrick's Total Abstinence Society"'
has not been neglected. Even in the days when they were was established among members from Glencoe and
pioneer fanncrs using either buggies or wagons which Waumandee. The society grew rapidly and. within a few
were invariably equipped with a pole seal, and one of two years, drinki ng among members of the parish became so
boards across the box or in winter a sled filled with hay rare that the young man seen drinking in a public place
and robes, they came together to enjoy their sociables. was pointed to as an undesirable character. Many of the
The basket socials and pillow socials at which the bidding girls who attended St. Boniface School later entered the
was always spirited (sometimes costing the determined religious life. As for the boys, as much cannot be said
one $25.00 to procure the pillow or lunch box of bis selec- because as far as parish data is concerned, only one St.
tion) will never be forgotten by those who attended. For a Boniface boy entered the seminnry aspiring to the priest-
period of years, school plays were held every year. which hood. He was Lawrence, the youngest son of Martin
necessitated hours of patient instrucrions on the part of the Milan, one of the earliest settlers of Irish Valley. He was
Sisters and hours of practice by the students and some- about to be ordained in 1877, but was taken ill and obliged
Limes resulted in a very acute attack of stage fright. Bur to leave the seminary. He died and is buried in St.
Lhey were fun and good entertainment. The beautiful Boniface Cemetery. Perhaps in the fumre one or, more
Church grounds are used on Corpus Christi by the young men will be inspired to follow in his footsteps-some
Congregation for a public procession to display Lheir ven- boy who even now is under the guiding hand of Father
eration to their Maker. Fischer.
The gatherings held each "First Conununion Day." For years the pastor of St. Boniface Congregation has
together with the meal served (to all) Lhat day, left a recol- had the added responsibility of caring for the St. Peter's
lection that is secondary only to the fact that it was one of Mission at Montana. During the years when horses were
the Hol iest Days for the young communicant . How can the means of transportation this meant that on the third
anyone forget his First Communion Day? Societies of Sunday of each month there would be no Mass at

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Waumandee. Now Mass is celebrated at both churches on Pennsylvania in 1863 and took charge of St. Mary's in
the Sunday known as "Mission Sunday." The pastor is Brady's Bend, remaining there until 1866 in November of
assisted by another priest on this Sunday. The present which year he removed to Fountain City and then to
pastor also cares for the CCC Camp located five miles Waumandee. The first Trustees were Valentine P. Rebhahn
south from Waumandee. and Louis Zeller.
Among the pioneer families responsible for the organ- From May 30, 1868 to July 6, 1868 the Rev. Sebastian
ization of St. Boniface Congregation and who made the Leif was stationed in Waumandee while Rev. Spitzelberger
real sacrifice in order that the future generation might traveled to New Orleans, Louisiana, Galveston, Texas and
enjoy the blessings of Catholic education for their children Chicago, Illinois. After extensive travel he again took up
and a fit place in which to offer adoration to their God his duties al Waumandee. Du1ing his incumbency the first
were: Arpagaus, Bach, Paradowski, Bauman, Beisel, parsonage was built. In 1874, Margaret Rebhahn entered
Benning, Bohlinger, Boltz, Crawford, Conchella, Dick, SL Rose Convent at La Crosse and was fi rst girl of our
Fink, Flynn, Gass, Gebus, Gross, Hansen, Hoesch, parish to enter religious life. She is now Sister M.
Hoevel, Hogan, Howley, Hynes, Salwey, Senclelbach, Ferdinanda 0. S. F. In 1869 came Rev. Ludivicus Lay
Schneider, Schaefer, Schloff, Schmidt, Tillman, Tierney, who erected a handsome church in 1877. This building is
Tickfer, Waters, Weisenberger, Wismolek, Wolf, Ze11er, in Roman style of architecture, which is carried out to a
Kennebec, Klein, Krueger, Lee, Markin, Milan, Mueller, considerable extent in the entire furnishings. This partic-
Rebhahn, Reilly, Reuter, Rippley, Rothering, Ruppert, ularly pe11ains to the three altars, which are massive and
Boyle, Maloney, Ziensei and Matcherbachen. handsome specimens of artistic work. In 1877, after the
new church was built the old church was used as a school.
History ot' Saint Boniface Congregation, Waumandee, A small addition was built on the church in which the two
Wisconsin. Sisters lived. There were almost more children than the
By Mrs. Sylvan Pronschinske - Winner of Second Prize small building could accommodate and the First and
Award in Church History Contest Second Grades were sent to the cook to recite. Some of
the older members of the parish attended school there.
ln the year 1862, November 12, Bishop John Martin Sisters from St. Rose Convent at La Crosse were teachers.
Henni D. D. of Milwaukee purchased the property for the Jn April, 1878 Rev. Theophilus Beau came. He was
sum of $210, on which a fine set of buildings is now born in Basel, Switzerland in 1840. When thirteen years
located and, at that time, was named St. Boniface. A def- of age Father Beau came to the United States where,
inite date cannot be found of the erection of the first having acquired the necessary education for that purpose,
church which was a small frame building, which we are he was ordained to the priesthood on February 2, 1865 and
told was located about two blocks north of the present was stationed in Waumandee from J 878 to 1880. Then
building and later was moved on our church property. came Rev. Ignatius Schaller who was born March 8, I 844
Prior to 1867, St. Boniface was attended as a Mission from in Ammerzwister, Diocese of Strassburg, Germany. He
Fountain City and has records of Baptisms of the year came to America April 20, 1871 and was ordained to the
1863. Several children were baptized the same day and priesthood on July 16, 1871. He served as rector for
likely on Mission Sunday. The oldest dated grave on the several parishes in Wisconsin before coming to
cemetery is the year 1861. Waumandee. ln 1881, the congregation was for the second
On September 1, 1867 the Parish was organized and time in charge of Father Lay.
the first resident Pastor was Rev. Lorenz Spit.zelberger. He His successor was the Rev. Sebastian Rohr, who came
was born in Frontenhausen, Diocese of Regensburg, in May, 1883. He was born July 9, 1847 and ordained to
Bavaria, on May 27, 1830. After acquiring a Catholic the priesthood at Rothenburg, Kingdom of Wuerttemberg,
common school education in his native country, he took a Germany, on August 2 , 1872. In 1886 to 1887 Father Rohr
classical course in Germany, after the completion of which built the school and boarding school. Too much cannot be
he came to tbe United States, an-iving here on December said of the zealous work of Father Rohr. He worked very
25, J854. He then studied philosophy and theology in St. hard at the building and did much of the work himself. In
Vincent's College, Pennsylvania and was ordained to the I 887 when the building was completed, it was put in
priesthood at St. Mary's Church, Cincinnati, Ohio, on charge of three Sisters of St. Francis, La Crosse and had an
April 23, 1858, by the Rt. Rev. Bishop Fr. Baraga of average attendance of fifty pupils. Anna Rebhahn, Sister
Marquette, Michigan. 9 His first appointment was as pastor M. Alberta, entered St. Rose Convent April 4, 1887. She
of the Catholic congregation at Camp Spring, Kentucky, died May 2, 1930. In 1887 came the Rev . .I. M. Wicker
where he remained for five years. He returned to who was born in 1854 and after completing his studies was

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ordained to the priesthood in La Crosse by Bishop Heiss Domestic Prelate, with the title Right Reverend
in 1877. After his ordination he was in charge of St. Monsignor. The people of St. Boniface are happy over the
Peter's, Tilden and later at Fountain City and St. Boniface. tribute paid by Pope Pius XU, to our former pastor. New
We find the first records of St. Ann's Altar Society in 1887. stained glass windows were also put in the church, which
Treasurer of the parish at that time was Valentine P. were donated by various members of the parish, each with
Rebhahn and Mike Sendelbach was the secretary. In 189 1 the insc1iption of the donor. The installation and fixtures,
came the Rev. Peter Alfes who made several improve- amounting to $610.00, were paid by the parish. The
ments including a new High Altar at the price of $654.00. trustees were Anton Marking and Anton Sendelbach.
The church was painted and whitewashed that same year. The Rev. Peter Weber came in l 908. He improved the
Katherine Rebhahn, Sister M. Cordel ia, entered St. Rose property much during his time at St. Boniface. In 1909 the
Convent in 1892. church was remodeled, a new arched ceiling was built,
The F. X. Wilmes was ordained to the priesthood windows were made lower, and the tower was repaired as
December 21, 1885 . After coming to the United States he the lightening struck it while the church was being redec-
was associated with the Diocese of La Crosse, being fo r orated by Bernard Hillig Sr. and Son. In 19 10, a success-
some time resident pastor at the Cathedral. Afterwards he ful Mission was held by two Jesuit Fathers named Rev.
organized the congregation of St. John 's at La Crosse, of Joseph Jordan and Rev. John Spirig. In 1911 , the old
which he became first resident pastor. In 1893 he was boardwalks were replaced by concrete walks. The Rev.
placed in charge of St. Boniface congregation here. Henry I. Voussen came in October, 1914. Very little is
The Rev. A. Havestadt was born at Muenster, known of his earl y life and education or even his ordina-
Germany, on February 20, 1838, and after acquiring hi s tion. He was born in Germany. He ministered to the needs
earlier education, and completing a full course in the nec- of this parish for twelve years. Trustees of l 916 were
essary studies, he was ordained to the priesthood on Anton Sendelbach and Mike Hogan. A successful Mission
August 27, 1865. He came to America in 1872. his first was held in the fall of 1920 by a Redempto1ist Missionary
appointment in this country being to the pastorate at named Rev. Father Bregenzer. Trustees in 1924 were
Tecumseh and Beatrice, Nebraska. He then became Anton Sendelbach, Secretary, and Matt Schank, Treasurer.
attached to the Diocese of La Crosse, and was successive- In 1926 he was transferred 10 St. John 's Parish in Summit.
ly pastor of the congregation at Cashton and Fai rview, He died suddenly on January 29, 1927. The funeral was
being appointed from the latter place to SL Boniface in held at St. John's at Summit and the burial took place at
1894. The Trustees of 1894 were Geo. Benning and B. H. that cemetery.
Rothering. Tn 1896 the Trustees were Geo. Benning and The Rev. M. J. Kelnhofer came in July, 1926. Shortly
Mike Hogan and in 1898 Frank Reuter and Mike Waters. after his arrival a free will offering was solicited from the
ln 1899 the Rev. Albert Mendel was put in charge of St. parishioners to make necessary improvements in the
Boniface. The trustees were Joe Sendelbach and Nick church and house. The amount contributed was close to
Bach. Tillie Klein, Sister M. Fides, entered St. Rose two thousand dollars. Considerable improvements were
Convent in 1903. made such as Light Plant and Fixtures, and new
The Rev. R. H. Heinzmann came in 1903. The present Communion Railing. He himself donated a Light Bearing
rectory was built in 1904. The contract was given Lo H. and Angel and his housekeeper, Miss Helen Norlinske, gave
F. Roettiger for $2,750.00. The men on the building com- the other. Several other beautiful donations were made at
mittee were Father Heinzmann, Frank Reuter, Louis that time by members of the paiish. During the very short
Zeller, Nick Bach, Mike Sendelbach, and Mike Hogan. time Father Kelnhofer was here he also painted the altars
Rev. F. X. Orthen was born December 10, 188 1 and after and statues himself, donating his work. The church prop-
completing his studies in St. Francis Seminary, erty in general was put in fine condition. An auction was
Milwaukee, was ordained to the priesthood on June I0, also held which amounted to $2,034.00.
1906. His first appointment was as an assistant of St. The cemetery was greatly improved and a new road
John's Parish at Marshfield. Two months later he was was made. Father Kelnhofer also organized the Holy
placed in charge of St. Boniface parish here. He worked Name Society and Holy Rosary Altar Society, and a mixed
very hard to reduce the debt of the parish by going out to choir. The congregation was the recipient of a bequest
take a special collection which was very successful, taking in 1927 to the amount of $500.00 by Mrs. Mary
care of the entire indebtedness of the parish. His next Schmidtknecht. Jn 1927 he left for St. John's at La Crosse
appointment was at Mount Hope and in 1920 he was where he took up his duties as pastor there.
named pastor of Sacred Heart in Eau Clai re. During the The Rev. J. D. Anibas came in September, 1927. He
last week in March, 1942, he was raised to the dignity of was ordained to the priesthood Ap1il 12, 1927 by Rt. Rev.

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A lexander J. McGavick. D. D. at L a Crosse. The same Andrzejewski or Arcadia and Rev. Anthony Fischer were
year he was placed as assisranr ar Sacred Heart Parish. present at the Mass. T he serm on was delivered by the Rt.
Marshfield and laLer placed in charge of Sr. B oni face here. Rev. Msgr. Peter Pape rector of St. Joseph 's Cathedral, L a
Shortly after he came. the interior of rhe church was redec- Crosse and Diocesan Spiritual Director of the Holy Name
orated by Bernard Hillig and Son. A new roof was put on Society. In the afternoon a rural life conference was held.
the church by Roeuiger and Sons. He then carried out the Th'.ll same year the Pinc Creek Deanery Council of
plans, which Father Kelnhofer had already begun. for the Catholic Women Mccring was held here with the Rt. Rev.
new school. The new school was begun in 1928 with Mr. Bishop McGavick. allcnding.
Billmeyer of Wisconsin Rapids as architect. Mr. Cramer The same year, August 2, Father Fischer was host to
of St. Charles, Minnesota, had the contract at the cost of the children of S1. Michael 's Orphanage with an all-day
$45,074. 17. including the pump house and garage. The picnic. Ladies of the parish served a dinner and supper.
men on the building commi ttee were Father Anibas, the From October, 3 1 to November 7, 1937, a very successful
rwo trustees. Nat Reuter and Mike Benusa, and Frank Mission was given by the Passioni st Rev. Father Hilary C.
Reuter, Louis Zeller, Anton Sendelbach and Anton P. T he Capuchin Fathers conducted a M ission in I 934. In
Benning. Land was leased from John Grul kowsk.i [then 1937. Addie Pronschinskc, now Sister M. Fredulpha,
renting the Ochsner farm -- later to become the Hillig entered SI. Joseph's Convent in Milwaukee. A lso Marie
farm] to make it possible to have a regulation baseball Woyczik. now Sister M. Joscphat, entered St. Joseph's
diamond. Grading and filling was done by the men and Convent in Milwaukee in 1937. The trustees were Val
boys of the parish. Hesch, Secretary, and Syl van Pronschinske. Treasurer. A
111 September, 1929 Si. Boniface School was opened new furn ace has been insta lled in the church and several
with Sisters from St. Joseph's Convent, ~1liJwaukee in radiators were installed in the dormi tories of the school as
charge. and an attendance of about seventy-five pupil s. these are now used as school rooms. At present we have
Father Anibas also improved the church ground.. donating four school room!> with an attendance of over one hundred
much of the material himself. He built the tennis court children. We also have a fifth teacher for piano. voice.
with the help and material being donated by Waum:rndee etc.. and for choir. Six Sisters are now stationed at
businessmen. In 1928 Frances Grulkowski entered St. Waumandee. Through Father Fischer's efforts the chil-
Joseph's Convent. Milwaukee. She is now Sister M. dren get hot lunches at noon. Father Fischer also operates
Michaeline. In 1932. Elsie Rippley. Sister M. Zoerita. a bus system taking our children to and from school.
entered St. Jo eph's Convent. Milwaukee. ln August. He also organiL:ed a Ladies· Auxiliary. named St. Rose
I 931. Frances Focgen, Sister M. Cleora. entered St. Rose of Lima. Mrs. Ed. Scndelbach and Mrs. James Waters are
Convent. La Crosse. the ofliccrs. The Auxiliary has much splendid work to
In the fall of 1933 our present pasror. Rev. Anthony W. their credit. Officers of the Holy Rosary Altar Society are
Fischer. came. Naturally we had a large debt after bui ld- M rs. F. Schmidtknccht and M rs. John Christ. Father
ing a school of this size, but after much hard work and Fischer instruc1cd many converts. the largest number in the
cooperation of the parishioners, our report shows that in hi story or the parish. In 1939, Cecelia Dittrich, now Sister
1935 our indebledncss had been reduced co the sum of M. Al ida. en1crecl S1. Joseph's Convent in Mil waukee.
$5,000.00. The outside of the bui ldings were painted by From October 27. to November 3, 1940 a Mission was
Mike Benusa. who donated the work with several others held by a Domi nican. Father Robert Carroll. He also con-
donating help. The Lrustees were Adam Reuter and Joe ducted the Triduum for the Holy Father in M ay 1942. We
Deck. In 1934 Lorraine Bohlinger, Sister NI l meldine. also have a C. Y. 0. and Sociality connected with this
entered Sc. Joseph's Convent of Mi lwaukee. parish. Marcella Ro1hering entered St. Joseph's Convent
ln October. 14 to Ocrober 2 1. 1934 a Mission was as a postulant in August. 1940. In the spring of 1941 and
conducted by Rev. Father Regis Nesser 0. M . Cap. On 1942 a fin e variety of shrubbery was planted on the church
September l 9. 1937. the annual Holy Name Rally for the grounds and the cemetery. The cemetery road was
parishes of the Pine Creek Deanery in the Diocese of La improved with crushed rock and is now in good shape. He
Crosse was held with a field Mass on Lhe lawn in the front also improved 1he ball diamond with the help of young
of the main entrance of the school on which a 1emporary men and this winter, I 9-l2. we had a grand skating rink.
altar had been erected. Rev. Paul Dockendorf offered 1he The present trustees arc Val Hesch, Secretary. and Tom
Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. He was assisted by Rev. F. Hogan. Treasurer.
Piekarski. deacon, Rev. S. Andrzejewski, sub-deacon, and
the Rev. L. Scheuring of Alma, Master of Ceremonies. Sts. Peter and Pa ul Mission
The Rev. L. J. Kufel of Independence, Rev. Joseph The pari sh of St. Peter and Paul in M ontana

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Wa1111·wndee, Wi.sconsill l860-l960:

Township, Buffalo County was organized in the late


1870s. The pa::;tor of Waumandee said mass there once a 1887 - 1891 Fr. J. M. Wicker
month. The church was dedicated by the Rev. Theophilus 1891 - 1893 Fr. Peter Alfes
Beau on Ap1il 24, 1878. There was a school in connection 1893 - 1894 Fr. H. Wilmes
with Sts. Peter and Paul's in which instructions were given 1894 - 1899 Fr. A. Havestadt
by a lay teacher to the ch ildren of the parish during certain 1899 - 1903 Fr. Albert Mend!
periods of the year. Th is school was discontinued after a 1903 - 1906 Fr. Rudolph H. Heinzmann
boarding school was built in Waumandee. Al the Lime the 1906 - 1908 Fr. Francis Xavier Orthen
parish was organized there were about 25 families. The 1908 - 1914 Fr. Peter F. Weber
church was painted inside and outside and several other 1914 - 1926 Fr. Henry Voussen
improvements were made. Mary Dworschak, Sr. M. 1926- 1927 Fr. Michael Kelnhofer
Symphatosa. entered Notre Dame Convent in Milwaukee 1927 - 1933 Fr. John Anibas
in September 1903. She died in 1908. Barbara Theisen, 1933 - 1945 Fr. Anthony Fischer
Sr. M. Methodia, entered St. Rose Convem La Crosse, in 1945 - 1949 Fr. Ralph Geissler
April 25, 1904. Anna Uetz, Sr. M. Annette, entered St. 1949 - 1952 Fr. LaVerne Timmerman
Rose Convent June 28, 1904. Arvilla Dworschak, Sr. M. 1952 - 1957 Fr. Donald Theisen
Cleon, entered St. Rose Convent August I 5, 1933. 1957 - 1962 Fr. Francis Brockman
1962 - 1964 Fr. Emil Hodnik
List of Pastors of St. Boniface Church in Waumandee 1964 - 1965 Fr. James Coke
1867 - 1869 Fr. Lorenz Spitzlberger Msgr. Anthony Wagner
1868 Fr. Sebastian Leif 1965 - 1968 Fr. Alfred Hemmersbach
1869 - 1878, 1881 Fr. Ludovicus Lay 1968 - 1988 Fr. Joseph Brake
1878 - 1880 Fr. Theophilus Beau 1988 - 1995 Fr. John Beckfelt
l 880 - 1881 Fr. lgnaz Schaller 1995 - 1996 Fr. Bernard Schaefer, OSB
1883 - 1887 Fr. Sebastian Rohr 1996 - 1999 Fr. Richard Dickman
1999 - present Fr. John W. Steiner

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An Affectionate Portrait

Helm. Organist was Alta Senty, caretaker Oliver Senty,


The Salem Evangelical Church and class leader C. W. Senty.
of Montana The site since 1860 enjoyed a parsonage made of logs
Seventy-seventh Anniversary Booklet, September 10-15, unti I 1873 when it was replaced by a solid brick veneer
1940 (Mildly condensed) building 20 X 30 feet, two st0ries with fou r rooms clown
Services were first conduced in various homes and in and the same number up. In 1919 this was replaced by a
the school until 1861 when, under the direction of frame sLructure 28 X 30 fee t, having eight rooms, bath and
Reverend von Wald, contributions were solicited for a full basement, erected at a cost of $4,704. l t was built to
regular church. Ulrich von Wald gave SI 00, Cluistian include a pipe furnace, running water and electrici ty.
Kindschy $60 and Florian Danuser $60. With a total of Early settlers who attended the church included
$651.83 secure, and one acre of land donated b y Christian George Kindschy and Ulrich von Wald. Then came
Kindschy Sr., Lhe first church bui lding was erected. Tts August Helwig and soon thereafter Philip Runkel, many
frame was 26 X 36 and 16 · high. Bui It by George Hess, coming from Sauk County to this township. Secondary
lhere were three windows on each side and it had a searincr0 a1Tivals were Conrad Christ, Andrew Florin, J. G. Senty, F.
capacity of 150. The cost of $626 was paid in full on April Schneller, Thomas Gasser and Florian Danuser. A few of
1, 1863 with a surplus of 525. In 1862 it was dedicated as the first children in the school or this congregation were
the Salem Evangelical Church of the Evangelical John Meuli, Fred Oenli , John Kindschy, Claudine
Association Wisconsin Conference of North America. A Luetscher. Elisabeth Danuser, Lena Jaeger, Rober!
congregation was organized formal ly on April J I, 1863 Bringolf, Peter Richtmann, Thomas Senty, Elisabeth
and incorporated . First tmstees were Henry Oertli , treas- Piper. Sophia Runkel. and William Steiner. By 1940 the
urer; George Hess, secretary: J. G. Senty, Sr. Presidenl. Sunday school had an enrollment of 145.
The last trustees for this structure were George Hess, Occasionally there were significant cultural events
Thomas Gasser and Christian Meuli. offered at tJ1e Salem Evangelical church in Montana as
The second church was constructed in l 884 and the seen from the fol lowing newspaper entry:
old building sold to Christian and Jacob Senty for $65. At
a cost of $4,007.48 and subscriptions amounting to Men's Chorus of Evangelical Church Gave
$4, 151.29, it left a surplus. Fund raisers for the red brick Recital. The Montana Evangelical Church chorus
veneer construction 36 X 58 and a basemem with seating composed or 11 voices and the pianist gave a
for 325 included Florian Danuser. Among other improve- sacred song recital at the church on Sunday
ments over the years was a lighting system in 1912 and a evening. The church was filled with people from
furnace for $250 in 191 2. But on September 13, 1915 rJ1e over the entire county and the chorus rendered a
church burned when lightning struck the steeple. Jake fine program. Chorus is led by William C.
Danuser rang lhe bell to call for help but it soon fell victim Kindschy who witJ1 untiring efforts has assem-
wilh all the rest to the flames. In rhe meantime rJ1ey con- bled together a line chorus of men which was
structed a temporary church for 5300 on lhe Marrin proven by the excellent program of gospel
AJ!emann home site. message in song that they rendered. Solo by
Soon a building committee consisting of C. W. Senty, LaVeme Runkel. accompanied by Miss Etta
William Kindscby. George Senty and George Kindschy Senty on the piano. Chorus is composed of
secured $12,025 to erect the new brick structure which Melvin Luethi , Emil Allemann, Chris Allemann,
stands today. and at dedication enjoyed a surplus of William Allemann. Conrad Florin. Oscar
$1,300. A brick structure, the presem church has an audi- Rosenow, Stanley Senty, Elmer Kindschy,
torium 4 I feet square with a seating capacity in pews of Edward Senry. Charles Lueihi and W. C.
200. It also has a Sunday school addition to the rear, 16' Kindschy, piano accompan ist is Miss Ella
deep the width of the church. This facility has seven class Senty. 10
rooms. Trustees in 1940 were William Luethi, C. W.
Senty, L. J. Rosenow, Robert Helm and Jake Scnty. Sometimes, too, the commun ity rallies for a passing
Stewards at the time were Melvin Luetru. Elmer Kindschy, member whose life has impacted the parish. For example.
Rueben Kaste. Conrad Christ, Lester Krueger and Edward the obituary of Leonard Florin.

55
Waumandee, Wisco11si11 1860-1960:

Male Cf1oru.1· <~/'the Salem E11a11gclic11/ Church of Montana in September, 1940


First ro1 v: £ /111er Kindschy. Christ l\lli:111r111. /\/ta Senty (acco111panis1), L. .!. Thiel, Edward Flori11
Top Nm v: Cr111md Florin. Willia111 l\llc1111111, Melvin Luethi. Emil Atleman

Sunday School Officers and Teach ers <d th e Salem Evangelical Church of Montana, Septe111be1; 1940
First m111: ./11ditli Rose1101V ( Pi1111ist). Mr.1'. Christ /\lie/I/WI, Mrs. William Allema11, Alta Senty, Mrs. Co11rad Christ, Phyllis
Kindscl1y, Grace Kinrlsc/1y 7i111 1?011•: Christ A/lemcm (Treasurer), Jake Rosenow. Mrs. L. G. Thiel, Reverend L. G. Thiel.
Mrs. 1?11ebe11 Kasi<'. Louis Ro.1·e11011• (Secretary). £/mer Kimlsc/1y (Superi111ende11t).

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An Affeclionate Portrnit

Young People S unday School Class of the Salem E va11ge/ical Church, Septem ber, 1940
First Roll': Marion Riesch. Phyllis Kinclsch_1~ Doro1hy Christ. Ida Comero. R111h Riesch. Florence Buchli, Grace Seno·.
Judiih Roseno11: Second Roll': Allen Alle111a11, Rudolph Christ. Roy Riesc/1. William Kindschy. Clifford Hanson, Gale
L11e1hi, Robert Helm Third 1-011·: Clayton Comero, La Verne Senty. Oliver Senty. George Stiehl, Raymond l11e1hi, 1\1/anin
Alleman. Top Row: Jacob Rosenow, Gle1111 SchuiTz. Cha rles R11tsclww, Norman R11tscho1"

Ger111t111 am/ English Adu// S1111day School Classes of the Evangelical Salem Cl111rch, Sep/ember, 1940
First 1v111: Mrs. Louis Rosenow, Mrs. Robert Helm, Mrs. John F/111 )'. Mr.1'. Fl111:v Flury. Mrs. Jo/111 Senty, Mrs. Peter Kurth, Mrs. Jake Se11ry.
Seco11d Now: Mrs. George Riesch, M1:f. Joha1111a R111schow. lvfl:~. R11e/Je11 K11m•. Mrs. William L11ethi. Mrs. Elmer Ki11dschy, Mrs. Wilbur Beck,
Mrs. H~ Ki11dschy. Third mw: Mrs. Marti11 Allema11. Mrs. £nher Co11rad F/ori11. Mrs. Joh11 Riesch. Mrs. 0110 Gaebele. Mrs. Ralph Ki11dschy. Mrs.
Ro/Jen Schult: Fourth Row: Mr.f. L. G. Thiel. Mrs. Chris Alleman. M1:r. Meh•i11 lttt'tlii, Mr.r. Emil Alleman, Mrs. Pearl Killdschy. George Riesch.
Fifth Row: Et/wan/ Florin. Conrad Florin. Chris/ Alle111a11, Perer Kurth Ralph Ki11tlschy. William Luer/ti. Six1h Row: Mani11 Alle111a11 Sr., Roben
Helm. William Alle111a11. Conrad Chris1. \Vi/bur Beck. Top Ron·: 0110 Gm•blt•, N1wlw11 Kasi<'. i\frll'i11 L11e1hi. Emil Allema11

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Wa11111amlee, Wisconsin 1860-1960:

1'vlonwna Salem United Metlwdi.1·1


Chruch. taken April 2. 2003.

Second srrucrure of rhe Salem £w111gelirnl Church. l 88-1-19l 5 Second Parsonage of the Salem Evangelical church. 1873- 1919
1rhc11 it btrml'tl

Parsonage erected in 1919 wul stil/ 5e1Ting the clmrch /\lerhoclist (Salem Ei•angelica/J C/111rc/1 Parsonage of Montana
at e111rance to Danuser \/alley. April 2. 2003.

58
An Affectionate Portrait

Leonard Florin, a native of Waumandee preceded him in death. There are five surviving
Township passed away at his farm home in sisters, Mrs. Tom Sisk of Wimbledon, ND, Mrs.
Waumandee on April 9th at 9 PM of dropsy, after Sula Christ of Arcadia; Mrs. Betty Heller of
an illness of 6 months. He was born on March 5. Waumandee; Mrs. John Riesch of Waumandee;
1879 in the town of Waumandee where he had Mrs. Dorothy Grass, a half sister, of Winona. As
resided from the day of his birlh . He was the son a tribute to hi s memory as a loving husband and
of Mr. Leonard and Ursula (Thoeny) Flo1in, both neighbor. a large concourse or friends and rela-
of whom preceded him in death. On January 31, tives attended the services in loving memory of
1901, he married Sarah Oertli at Waumandee and his long and useful life in the community. 11
he had followed the occupation of farming all his
life. Funeral services were held Sunday Ap1il Of course these two churches have evolved since this
12th From the home and the M. E. Evangelical fundamental mid-century profi le as presented here. For
Church, Rev. Abe, pastor of the church officiat- instance, the Salem Evangelical Church of Montana is
ing, and internment was in the local church ceme- now a Methodist denomination. The Catholic church in
tery. The pallbearers were Jae. Senty, John Senty, the village of Waumandee has grown inwardly but its
Louis Zeller Sr. , William Rosenow, Wilmer physical appearance is essentially the same. Even the Free
Rosenow and Mike Schmicltknecht. He is sur- Thinker establishment with its Harmonie Gesell::;chaft in
vived by his wife, three daughters, Mrs. Irvin lower Waumandee, now a county park, though it no longer
Helwig of Eau C laire (A lice), Mrs. Hans functions as a cu ltural organization has changed little
Herzberg of Winona (Edna), Mr::;. Morris Enge of externally since the turn of the century. Thus it is perhaps
Winona (Emma), two sons, Conrad and Edward acceptable to conclude this chapter about the more or less
at home and three grand chi ldren. A son Leonard external history of !he churches without further updating.

Salem Evangelical Church Officers i11 September, 1940


Firsr Ro1v: Jacob Sew y, William L11e1hi, Roberr Kelm, Louis Rosenow. Re1·ereml L. C. Thiel.
Top Row: Rueben Kasre. Melvin Luerhi. Conrad Chrisr. Elmer Ki11dschy

59
Wawnanclee, Wisconsin 1860- .I 960:

Footnotes Michigan was detached from the Diocese of Detroit and


1
St. Boniface Co11grega1io11 Diamond Jubilee 1867- 1942, erected into a vicru·iate Apostolic, and Baraga was appoint-
Sept. I, 1942 available from Jane Sendelbach. ed its fi rst bishop. He was consecrated in the cathedral of
2
Kessinger. p. 51 4. Cincinnati by Archbishop Purcell, Bishop LeFevre of
' Richard N. Cu rrent. Th e His101y of Wisconsin, Vol. II: Detroit and Bishop Henni of Milwaukee officiating as
The Ci vil War Era. 1848-1873 (Madison: Sime Hisiorical assistant consecrators. Shortly after his elevation to the
Society of Wisconsin, 1976), p. 552. For his source. episcopal di gnity Bishop Baraga issued two circulars to
Current cites the Milwaukee Seminel, July 14, September his people, one in Chippewa and the other in English. His
27, 1869. jurisdiction extended not only to the wbole Northern
" Other bapti smal entries are listed here: The same year Peninsula of Michigan, but also to a tru·ge part of the
this: On the 6th of June I baptized Ema, daughter of Lower Pen insula, to Northern Wisconsin, and to the North
Andrew Schmidtknecht and Elisabeth Scharf, who was Shore or Lake Supc1ior. He laboured in this vast extent of
born September 20, 1866. The sponsors were Anna Dlick territory for fifteen years, travelling almost incessantly,
and Adam Klein. L. Lay. And in 1871 as follows: On the from the opening to the close of navigation year after year.
I0th of September l baptized Elisabeth Theresa, daughter On the 23rd of October, 1865, by Apostolic authority he
of Caspar Reuter and Magdalena Baumann. The sponsors transferred his See from Sault Ste. Marie to Marquette,
were Elisabeth Zeller and Adam Klein. L. Lay. In 1872 where he died at the age of seventy years. Bishop Baraga
again: On the 12th of October I baptized Ludwig Michael, will always rank with the foremost authors in American
son of Adam Klein and Magdalene Reuter, who was born Indian literature. He composed the first known Chippewa
on October 9. The sponsors were Michael Reuter and grammar. Michigan has named after him one of her coun-
Rosina Klein. L. Lay. Again in 1876: On the lOth of ties. several cowns, and post offices, and his name has been
February I bapLized Anna, daughter of Adam Klein and given to one of the principal streets of Marquette. 1n his
Katharine Volker, who was born on January 19. The spon- nati ve country he is, if possible, even more popular than in
sors were Katharine and John Philippi. L. Lay. And in America. His life, published in Slovenian, in 1906, sold
1877: On the 22nd of April l baptized Rosina, daughter of over 85.000 copies.
Adam Klein and Katharine Voelker, who was born on 1
° Cochrane Recorder, August 3, 1933
April 2. The sponsors were Frederica and Nicholas Maier. 11
Cochrane Recorder, April 16, 1936
L. Lay. Then in I 879: On the 2nd of May I baptized
Joseph, son of Adam Klein and Catherine Voelker, who
was born on April 22. The sponsor was Apollonia
Fritzeler. Th. Beau . And in l88l: On the 8th of December
J baptized Mathil da, daughter of Adam Klein and
Katharine Voelker, who was born on August 24. The spon-
sors were Mathi Ida and Caspar Reuter. L. Lay. In 1885:
On the 3 1st of May I baptized Philip, son of Adam Klein
and Catharine Volker, who was born on May 24. The
sponsors were Philip Weisenberger and Genofeva Wolfert.
S. Rohr, which is as far as I have se<u·ched. In other words,
the Klein religious faith must have been strong and we
note from 1hese entries that he was involved with various
prominent and persistenc Waumandee famil y names.
among them Reuter, Zeller, Schmidtknecht, Weisenberger
and others.
s A brief history of the parish school appears in B1dfal o
Coun1y Biographical His10ry (Alma: Buffalo County
Historical Society. 2002). p. 63 .
<·Taken from the St. Boniface School newsletter, October
4, 2002.
1
Cochrane Recorder. Apri ll , 1937, fron t page.
s See the brief history of St Boni face in Bi!ftalo Coun1y
Biographical /-listo1y (Alma: BCHS, 2002), p. 47.
9
On the 29th of July, 1853, the Northern Peninsula of

60
An AffectionaLe Portrait

s
Upper Waumandee

George Pronschinskc and Oertli Store at Upper census indicaie a!> follow~: ..Oertli, John. head 64.
Waumandee or Cranberry Corner. Switzerland. 1855. merchant, own store. Luetscher.
Lillian. niece. 12. Switzerland. Dascher. Mary. servant 24.
Already in the 1878 Atlas. two stores are shown at the Switzerland clerk. general store."' A photograph of this
point where County road U tees off to Nething Lnow establishment indicutes it was a lively enterprise. See also
Hesch] Valley and to the Loren Wolf and Hohmann fanns. the sequential ownership of 1.his property under the
Clearly the store in 1his seulement on the west side of the heading of Goltz Trucking. at 1he conclusion to this
highway was opermed by John Oertli. Concerning him, chapter.
the 1900 census s1.a1es: ".John Oertli , Head, July 1845 As best can be ascertained, !his store operated out of
Switzerland, immigrated 1855 (Merchant) can read and a structure wh ich later became the Erickson-Kurth home.
write English. Wife is Anna Apri l, 1852, born in Subsequent entrepreneurs al this site include a family
Wisconsin, of parents from Switzerland, can both read and named Kirschner. T he olhcr store known in lhe 1940s as
write English. Daughter is Sarah, May, 1877. A dress- Cranberry's Store, tru ly thrived with rival status lo the
maker. On April 28, 1893 the Bujf'alo County Journal Waumandee genera l store, 1hen owned by Anton HuetteL
slates: "Last week Mrs . .John Oercli made a flying trip to This property derives f"rom 1he northwest quarter of the
St. Paul leaving here Tuesday morning and returning southwest quarter of Section 2 in Township 21, lying east
Wednesday evening with a large and well selected stock of of the highway trunk U. According 10 at least one history,
spring and summer goods." Likewise, the 1910 federal this was originally the Walker store: "Walker Department

61
Waumandee, Wi sco11si11 1860-1960:

Store at Waumandee. They also sold form supplies if you was constructed. these various mortgages are a clue sug-
note the sign for La Crosse Plow Co. Later this store was gesting that it was taking place in the 1890- 1900 time
called Cranberry ·s Store." ' In the 1910 Federal Census frame. As noted. however. there was a store on this prop-
we read: ·'Walker. Frank B. head, 38. Wisconsin mer- erty already by the earl y 1870s. presumably owned by
chant, general store. Ida, w i fe, 35. born in Germany, Walker, who leased the land since he does not appear in
Evelyn, daughier, 4. the chain of title.
In the 1890s George Heineck from whom George Concerning the Heineck tenure, a few detru ls include
Pronschinske acquired the propcny, owned the entire 80 the following. On M arch I 0, 1892 the Buffalo County
acres stretching across the northern half of the southwest ./011mal info1ms us that "G. F. Hei neck. who, for a number
quarter of Section 2 [ 1896 AtlasJ. Measurements of the of years, llied fanning in lhe far west, returned to this
properly when separated were 5.75 rods running northeasl place again and wil l live on the old homestead. His many
along the highway, then cast along the John Flury line for friends here bid rum welcome." Then on April 28, 1893
13.5 rods. thence south west 5.75 rods,: and westward 12.5 we read:
rods to the point of beginning. Thus the property was Hemy and Isaac Heineck of North Bend in
about I 00 feet w ide and about 2 15 feet deep. Jackson county were al this place last week to
The lirst owner to recei ve thjs property from ihe gov- attend the funeral of their father. George Heineck
ernment was Theodor Rudol f who on Jul y I. 1859 sold the died at the home of his son George, Monday,
160 acre tract to Michael Meuli. On May 4. 1864 he and Apri l 17th. The funeral took place at the
his wife Ursula sold it to Richard and Reinhard Zeller. In Montana cemetery Wednesday. Reverend
turn. Reinhard and Elizabeth Zeller in 1870 sold it to Barowski officiating and a l arge number of
Joseph Zeller and Jacob Zollinger. giving a mongagc to friends auending. Mr. Heineck was born in 1816
Nicholas Bach who in 1876 assigned the mongage 10 in the K ingdom of Saxony and emigrated to
Charles Ruppert. Joseph and Rosa Zeller then passed it to America when quite young. He lived for many
Joel and Anna Donier, and to Charles Hellwig. who on years in La Crosse county and came to this town
October 12, 1876 sold it for $2,000 to A nna M. Heineck. about twenty years ago. He leaves a large family
By 1884, Georg Fri echich Heineck Sr. sold it to George F. of grown up children- his sons, Carl and
Heineck Jr. who mortgaged it ro William Pieper in 1893, George, being the on ly ones living in this county.
though Pieper assigned the mortgage n year Inter to He was an active old gentleman and was held in
Conrad Christ. On March 2 1, I 900 George and Minnie high esteem by his neighbors who honored him
Heineck sold i t to Carl F. Heineck who gave a mortgage to for his many good quali ties. May his rest be
Eva Reuter and later another to George and Lizzie Senty peaceful and the bereaved fami ly be comforted by
in 1902 which were assigned to John Schmidtknecht. the sympatby of their many friends. '
Although we do nOl know when rhe large. modern store

Th e "Cran/Jerry Srore" of
George 011d £d11a Pro11schi11ske.
A/1/io11gli rlie pic111re shows a
"Walker·· ownership rhere is 110
record (~f any \\~1/ker i11 rhe chain
of rirle. /Jiii a Frank B. Walker
ll'OS opera1i11g the srore in 1910.

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A11 Affectionate Portrciit

In the meantime, the Codirm1e Recorder on Rippley who at the time taught school at Lincoln elemen-
September 21, 1922 remarks that "George Pronschinske tary and boarded at the Sendelbach farm. the first up
bought the store building that Mr. Herbert has rented. Nething Valley road.] In the winter months or January and
George wiII have his auction September 28th and then wiII February, George and his crew made many a run with the
get ready to go into business. The auction wa.s well attend- old Model T and later the Samson Truck to haul ice from
ed." Then, on November 3, 1922. C;u·I F. and Emma the mill pond in lower Waumandee. They used skids to
Heineck gave a warranty deed to George Pronschinske. load it at the pond and elevator slides to store the 24" thick
During this period there were deeds for portions of the blocks in a sawdust shell behind the store. Hornestors
original Heineck property by George Senty and Lizzie tO downtown were still hauling with horse-drawn sleighs and
the Coop Creamery in 192 1, 1926 and 1927. indicating lhe plank wagons.
growth that occurred in that enterprise during this time- The store was heated by a large floor grate emanating
frame. On May 16, 1935 the balance of the Heineck land from a master wood I coal furnace in the basement.
was deeded to Michael and Katherine Schmidlknecht, who During its successful years the store remained open from
on July 15 1937 deeded a few add itional rods 10 George 6:30 AM till late evening, sold gas off the front porch,
Pronschinske for his store. Meanwhi le Michael and Kate often kept the tavern humming unti I midnight and by that
sold their farm to Eldon and Leona [Wojchikj on March token, created a heart-warming gathering focus for the
27, 1946 for $20,000 on a land contract, which resulted in upper Waumandee communily. When the weather was hot
a warranty deed on Apri l 20, 1956. As to the store. they opened the east encl doors, sometimes allowing the
George died in 1959 and ten years later on May 6, 1968 his bars to fly in but George with cuslomers usually were able
wife Edna [ZellerJ Pronschinske sold the remains of the to swat them out or clown. with brooms.
store property to Norman C. Ratz.' Without self-service grocery carts. this writer remem-
Coincidentally, the 1930 fcclcral census reports on the bers fondly eyeing the barrels or candy. the glass cages
immediate inhabitants of the Cranberry store domain: measuring about 15" X 20" from which the customer
"Pronschinske, George 39 Merchant, retail grocery; Edna could select "bulk-served" cookies. I also recall the spring-
wife 39, Alice 12, Verna 9, Louis 5, Twins Raymond, loacled pole contraption Lhe clerk used to snatch boxe:;;,
Roman I & 3/12. Pronschinski, Albert 69, Prussia maybe of cornflakes, and cans of' peas from the high
Germany speaks German, came 1875; wife Mary 63, shelves behind the tin-covered counter. serving one cus-
Wisconsin Bavaria, Germany, Prussia. Kurth, Peter head tomer at a time. Then George wou ld acid up the bill in his
40, Germany, creamery, Catherine 52." shoulder-mounted computer, and often charge the total or
For a period of some 30 years, George [b. August 19. balance it off against the egg money he owed the same
1890, died February 5, 1959 al St. Francis Hospital in La family. It was a comforting. gleeful experience for us kids
Crosse] and Edna [Zeller! Pronschinske. thrived while to let George genially interpret what mother had written on
operating this store. However, they came to the establish- the grocery list. and to listen to his reassurance and some-
ment by a circuitous route. In October. 19 19, George times anecdotal remarks or gentle chiding from real-life
Pronschinskc began farming on what was then the Charles experience.
Ruppert farm , later to become the Adam Reuter farm , but Likewise intriguing were the eveni ngs we stood to
on September 28, 1922, the couple held an auction and watch how George turned business inlo horniness as the
moved to the butcher shop apart ment house in Waumandee neighbors gathered across the drygoocls counter (also tin-
where George worked for some months cutt ing meat. platcd) to play cards. sining on the customers' swivel
Then in the winter of 1922, he bought the store situated at chairs that were spring-loaded against the counter.
the junction of upper Waumandee with Nething Valley, Between lhe games and while the dealer was shufning.
from Carl and Emma Heineck.' At their general store. the there were plenty of wolf stories told by the likes of
Pronschinskes handled a line of groceries and c1ry goods Lumbrick [his real name was John Flury living next door
which came from Winona, as well as hardware and beer to the northJ Irwin Hohmann from across the road, and
from Fountai n City, for which they took in eggs in other salty characters from the upper valleys.
exchange, especially for groceries. They also bought old In the Christmas season there were no glaring lights
chickens which in turn I.hey sold to poultry handlers. hanging from street lamps because such were not avai lable
During the mid 1920s, George hired his brother, Matt, to but along the roof and porch eclges strings of colorful
help, and also to cut men's hair using the big red barber's lights winked to passersby-which we kids thought were
chair in the back of the store to collect 25 cents per head, blinking because George was silling there. plugging in and
in payment fo r which he boarded with the fami ly. out the elecu·ical cord.
[Parenthetically we note that Mall's future wife was Sarah

63
Wa11nw11dee, Wisconsin 1860-1960:

The Garden Valley Coop Creamery. to do a big business for the coming year having enlarged
Conu·ary to current assumptions. the Waumandee Lheir business capacities. The hostilitjes manifested by
creamery was not the one everyone knows today. Up near ce11ain parties toward the company, because they cannot
the Evangelical church there were at one time two black- have things Lheir own way, certainly reflect no credit on
smith shops. One was operated by Charles Marks while them." 9
the other was at the house just north of the church where Just a month later in March 1891, there is discussion
George Kindschy plied the trade. During the J 880s, Fred of a new cheese factory at the Montana settlement.
Nickel erected and operated a cheese factory on Section "March 19, I 89 1: There is a cheese fact0ry going to be
35, at the site of the Oertli farm. 6 After some five years, run in this valley by Mrs. Nickel & Rupp [Montanaj if they
the factory was purchased by the W. P. Massuere Co. of can get enough milk. IL requires 400 cows to run it in good
Arcadia which converted it to a creamery just south of the shape."'0 One year later in I 892, the demise of the
Marks blacksmith shop. Montana creamery is taken into account: "It is reported
Although documented information about the cheese that parties from Mondovi contemplate purchasing the
enterprise is scarce, there are newspaper references 10 the machinery of the creamery at this place (Montana). If they
creamery, e.g. in 1890: "The Montana Creamery wi ll be do, they will get a fi rst class outfit. The affairs of the
managed on the cooperative plan hereafter." ' Again the Favorite Creamery Co. were sectled up last Saturday and
following April , the paper states: 'The business of the the result was that, after paying aJJ debts, $125 was left in
Montana creamery company is steadi ly increasing. the treasury, Lo be paid to the patrons in the near future.
Several new routes have been established lately. The offi- This shows good management by the officers." 11 Finally
cers are active, wide-awake men and if the community on June 24, I 892 we learn that "Ch1is Rupp has changed
supports them, they are bound to make the enterprise a the old creamery in to a comfortable dwelling house and
success." x A short time later the paper lets drop the clue will soon occupy it."' 2 T hus, the Montana-based creamery,
that there was tension concerning the Montana creamery though the first, ceased well before the founding of the
and maybe the community was not supportive: 'The Waumandee cooperative creamery in upper Waumandee in
Favorite Creamery Co. did well last year and the farmers 1904.
are well pleased with the results. They paid out during the Meanwhile. the conveyance system was improving a
year 1890 for cream $9,816 and manufactured 8 1,849 mile to the south where the real "Upper Waumandee" was
pounds of butter which netted the neat lillle sum of gaining presence. Crossing Lhe creek improved when, on
$12,256. They have filled their ice house and are prepared December 2. 1892, the 811.ffalo Counry Journal declared:

j _

Waumandee's
..__..- Garden Valley Coop

_ . . -,,=.---. ... .,
,..... - \
~-
Creame1y during is
early years about
1910.

64
An Affectionate Portrnit

"The contract for building two iron bridges, one near Hohmann now resides, the first creamery started as a coop
Runkel 's and the other near Harper's place, was let to A. Y. receiving cream picked up by horse-drawn wagons that
Payne & Co. o f Minneapolis for the sum of $ 1,774." On rolled from farm to yard gathering butterfat in large barrels
this Runkel farm near the iron bridge after its sale to John which were then transferred to d1e churning equipment
Schmidtknecht and thereafter to Michael Benusa [and now installed in the stone building that served as receiving
Minnie Schmiddknecht], we read in the Cochrane station for over two decades. In its transitional years. the
Recorder on April 22, 1920: " Mike Benusa is busy prepar- Garden Valley Creamery for 1914 received $ 129,930 for
ing timbers and hauling rock for a substantial addition he the year's chum of butter selling then al around .28,dollars
intends to make on his barn this season. Henry Rosenow per pound. Reportedly the Creame ry took in 1,763 ,474
has already begun work on making substantial improve- pounds of cream during the year of 1914 to produce the
ments to his barn and with time hopes to make the same 455,114 pounds of butter that earned the above results.'·'
modem." During this sample year, likewise, the following farmers
Since its foundi ng in 1904, the Garden Valley received over $100 for cream during January 1915:
Creamery succeeded both in stretching the Waumandee L. J. Rosenow $161, Charles Kaste $155, A. Haigh $ 120,
community far into its surroundings and, simultaneously, I. Haigh $110, G. Korb $103, E. Loesel $l02, A. Dittrich
drew the va1ious strains of community diversity, Catholics, $102 which demonstrates the derivation of high producers,
Protestants, villagers and farmers, into a common effort. the majority a goodly distance from the creamery. 's
According to a 1943 interim news item, "C. W. Senty, one A few years later on March 22, 1917 the fo llowing
of the original organizers of the Waumandee Valley data resulted at the creamery, according to the Cochrane
Creamery Association, 1904, retired this month after 40 Recorder: "Garden Valley Creamery reports that for
years service for the creamery and various town offices. Febrnary the receivi ng station took in 76,360 pounds of
He was born in the town of Montana and grew up in the cream, made 19,695 pounds of butter, and paid 47 cents
community. G . Kindschy, A. G. Ochsner, Otto Ochsner per pound of butter fat. Average test was 21 %. Patrons
and Cluistian Christ also helped create the organization. with over $ 100 for the month were A. Kaste 192, J-1. Florin
Louis Zeller was the first treasurer. Directors included 175, E. Hesch 158, E. Weltzien 157, L. J. Rosenow 141, G.
Andrew Senty, J. J. Schramm, F. Reuter, Emil Farner, C. Senty 132, A. Haigh 132, G. Korb 127, W. Hohmann 112,
W. Krueger and George Stiehl." '' Born July 4, 1870 and C. Jahn llO, D. Angst 106, F. Reuter 105, H. Passow I04,
married to Louisa Rosenow September 14, 1893, Christian G. Salwey 103." Of course summer production increased
W. Senty at 83 died at the Mondovi Lutheran home and exponentially as shown by the July 26, 1917 fi gures in the
was buried from the Montana Evangelical Church where Recorder: "Garden Valley Creamery lOOk in 219.000
he had been a staunch member. pounds of cream in June, average test 21 %, 41 cents pa.id
Always, the creamery operated with licensed butter per pound of butterfat. Total receipts for June were
makers who doubled as managers of the business unit. $20,250. Patrons who got over $100 were L. J . Rosenow
Longest seated among these was C. W. Senty ( 1904-1944), $238, A. Kaste 229, H. F lorin 225, W. Passow 223, Mrs.
owner of the farm later acquired by Oscar Rosenow and Gmlkowski 221, E. Hohmann 207, G . Salwey 206, E.
then the Rosenholm-Wolfe milking corporation of today. Loesel Jr. 206, E. Hoksch 185."
Senty was succeeded by Fred Zeller for one year in 1948,
then by Christ Allemann for a few days in 1949. For the
next nine years beginning in 1949, Peter Kurth kept the
chums turning, followed by Raymond Woychik whose 25
years at the helm made him the second longest to pilot the
operation. Woychik began in 1958 and continued till his
death in 1983. For the next seven years Richard
Hammelman managed the feed store until he too died at
age 48 in 1990 clue to a broken wire in a mechanical heart
valve. This bifurcation occurred because, in l978, owner-
ship of the creamery passed to Wisconsin Dairies with
Michael Sather in charge. For a brief stint in 1990, James
Christensen took over, succeeded by Karl L. Beth for two
years, with Terry Radsek holding sway from 1992 until
1999 when he was replaced by Russell Crawford.
Organized in a blacksmith shop about where Ronald
The First Garden Valley Coop Crea11ie1)' built abou/ 1904-5.

65
Waumandee, Wisconsi.11 1860-1960:

From time to time 1he creamery is in the news, e.g. in employed as butter maker in the Garden Val ley Creamery.
the Cochra11e Recorder fo r November 18, 1920 we read Charles Luethi, who has resigned, is moving to Sparta."
that Mr. Haines of Arcadia is busy painting at the cream- Overwhelmed by its growing arc of patrons, in 1926
ery and that Matt George and crew are fin ishing the car- the creamery constrncted a new residence immediately
penter work at the new creamery residence, a butter south of the old one, converting that structure to a feed
makers home thaL was bui lt to stand jusr nonh of the first station that lasted into the I 960s. After compleLion of the
creamery site. On February 16, 1922 the Cochrane new building, on February 10, 1927, the Cochrane
Recorder reports on Lhe Garden Valley Creamery Meeting. Recorder st.ates:
"Held al Wirtenberger·s Hall in Waumandee, the "The creamery held its annual meeting on
members elected L. J. Rosenow President, VP Monday in the new building. H. T. Sepdergaard,
George Stiehl, Secreiary and manager C. W. dairy extension specialist with the college of
Senty. Treasurer Louis Zeller. Directors elected Agriculture at Madison, was present and deliv-
were Anton Sendelbach, David Angst. Emil ered a fine address. Al the business session it was
Farner, Emil Haigh and John Christ. Business voted to issue bonds not to exceed $30,000 to take
was as fo llows. Pounds of' crea m received care of the expenses for the building of the new
1,836,9 .1 8 which made 510, I 00 pounds of butter. plant. Also, they decided to use the individual
Receipts for butler were $208,85 I at an average of can system and grading of cream. C. W. Senty
40.5 cents a lb. Subsequently, the Garden Valley was re-elected manager and secretary and Louis
Equity Meeting elected Freel Bohlinger president, Zeller treasurer. Secretary Senty's annual report
the VP was L. J. Rosenow, Secretary Treas. C. W. showed the total number of pounds of cream
Senty and directors Frank Reuter and Anton received 2,263,460; butter fat 559,504; pounds
Senclelbach. They had shipped in various car- of butter manufactured 687,529. Butter shipped
loads of fl our, feed and salt which was distributed, $284,412."
and they shipped 46 carloads or stock."
During the 1940s, as World War 11 raged, young men
Sometimes interesting tidbits appear in the papers. Ed could receive deferments from service provided they
Sendelbach. in the December 25. 1919 paper, has just were actively involved with agriculture, for food was then
brought home his new truck to hau l butter. By February genuinely considered a weapon. In 1960 technological
26 we learn that "Ed Sendelbach, the Buller Hauler, is development called for bulk feed delivery, directly from
hauling butter tubs fo r the summer supply." On March 4 the railroad so that both feed and bulk fertilizer were sold
of the .same year it is reported that: "A large number of directly at the Coclu·ane substation of the creamery. On
teams from Waumandee were hauling ice for J. A. Feb. 22, 1940:
Hohmann which he has rece ived the co1iu-act for, to pul up Garden Valley Creamery Held Annual Meeting.
ice for the Waumandee-Cochrane Creamery at Cream." Feb. l~fficers President Alfred Kaste, Vice
On March 3. 1932. ·'Alfred Eggens arrived here and is President, C. A. Clu·ist. Sec-manager C. W. Senty
and Treasurer Louis Zeller Sr. The creamery
shipped $148,317 worth of butter and $5,441
worth of buttennilk powder. Butter sold at the
creamery amounted to $7 ,292 and other items
brought the total business up to $ 162,363. The
creamery received 1,883,739 pounds of cream
and had 505.717 pounds of butterfat and I 06,444
pounds of buttermilk powder. The average price
paid for butterfat was 28 cents, cost of gathering
100 pounds of cream was 33 cents and the
average over churn was 24 percent. Average Lest
for the year was .268 and 627,444 pounds of
butter were made during the year. A certified
public accountant was hired to go over the affairs
of the creamery and his report showed the cream-
Garden Valley Coop Creamerv with original stone structure ery to be in excellent. condition. 16
borely visible 0 11 the fe.fi 011d the 111ai11 brick 1.111it ereued in
1926-27 ;,, tit£' ce11te1:

66
An Affect.ionate Portrait

JI
I~

,, ll , ,
The \Visco11si11 Dairies
Cheese Pl<mr roday.
Successor of rhe Carden
Valley Coop Creamer):

Aerial viell' of rhe \Visco11si11 Dairies Cheese p/anr. Aerial vie11· of rlze \Visco11si11 dairies 1rnrer 1rea1111e111 faciliry 011

rlie Cliar/es-Ed1rard Rippley fa rm.


By March I 8, 1943, as the World War 11 is raging. we Creamery in 1971 tore out the butter facilities and con-
read: "Leslie Brommer who has been employed at the verted 10 cheddar cheese production. During this period
creamery is now employed by the highway department. they removed the old stone creamery and erected a large
Ray Woychik is taking his place." modern plant, shi fting the feed and accessories fac ility to
ln 1962, John Anderson, a college student working on the west side of the road where. with scale service, it stil l
a journalism history project for the Winona Daily News, 11 stands. A few years later in 1978, the local cooperative
states that the Garden Valley Creamery annually was expe- was acquired by the much larger Wisconsin Dairies which
riencing net sales in excess of one million dollars. In the immed iately modernized the plant to enable it to fraction-
report of then chief' executive officer and licensed Butter ate whey (remove protein) and condense whole whey-
maker, Raymond Woychik, the 1961 million breaks down having previou~ly dispensed much of it as field spray.
into $745,000 for whole milk and butter plus byproducts Today the dairy products receiving station stands
and $266,000 for warehouse feed, seed and fertili zer. alone in Buffalo county with the exception of a small ri val
Grade A and B patrons tallied over 130 individual farmers cheese plant at Nelson. On <lnY given day the plant intakes
whose produce was hauled in cans on open trucks, some- over one million pounds of milk which yields some J ...lQ
times encased with plywood vans, especially for Grade A blocks of cheese la block being 680 lbs.] or some 4.200
haulers. At no time did the creamery own its own motor blocks per mon th . Also daily three or four tankers ex port
vehicles for freighting purposes, be it to collect milk from whey products for processing at other sites.
the farms or to import feed and fertilizer for dispensing to
the fanns, but rather contracted with local truckers for Blacksmith s hop, general store, and Curtis Goltz
services. By 1960 three bulk tank rigs were making routes Trucking
largely to pick up grade A milk fo r bottling and direct con- This establishmenc on the northwest side of the cros.
sumption. Meanwhile from the onset of trucks until the road to Nething Valley and Loren Wolfe roads began with
1960s a half dozen and more local businesses flourished a land patent on Apri l 7. 1856 to John Richtmann, later a
by transporting cans to and from the creamery. Can resident of the lower village of Waumandee. His son as
hauling lasted approximately from 1926 to 1960 when Jacob Richtman who later operated the "Richtman and
bulk transport strongly reduced this form of heavy lifting. Kirchner" steam shi p line from Fountain Ci ty.
After nearly three quarters of a century offering the Subsequently, on May I I , 1867, John, Eleanora and
primary product of butter, the Garden Valley Cooperative Wilhelmine Richtmann sold the site to Christina Koch.

67
Waumandee, Wisconsin 1860-1960:

Just prior to this sale, Nie Bach, as an administrator to taken to the Winona General Hospital Monday where he
Caspar Schmitz. in 1870 sold a portion of the land to will receive medical aid." Then two weeks later on
Sebastian Salwey, another to Jacob and Johanna Zollinger, October 13, 1927 "News of the death of Paul Goltz was
and still another piece to Ursula Ruedy. In turn, on July l 0 received here Samrday, who died at the Winona General
1873, Zollinger sold to Ursula and Charles A. Raetz who, Hospital Friday evening. He was 57 years of age and
the same year, sold it to Heinrich Oertli. In 1888, John leaves two sons, Curtiss of Waumandee and Gordon of
Richtmann with Heinrich and Magdalena Oertli sold ten Rice Lake. The funeral services were held at Winona
acres to Martin Zinsli who in 1894 with his wife Anna sold Monday. Paul Froeblke of St. Mamhew's Lutheran Church
to Joseph Sendelbach, their son-in-law, who had married officated. Remains were laid in the Woodlawn cemetery."
their daughter. Magdalena. Her sister, Phi lomena Zinsli, In 1935 we read that Curtiss Goltz. now of Minot.
married Anton Sendelbach. Joseph's brother and the sons North Dakota, is visiting his family in Waumandee, after
of Michael Sendelbach and Rosina Neth. The same year, which he seems to have returned permanently. Doing
John Richtman sold another I I acres to Leonhard Florin business mostly as a milk-hauling carrier, Curtis Goltz in
whose widow in 1896 sold 10 Christian W. and wife. the late 1930s and 1940s operated from his home in upper
Louisa Scnty. Next John Oenl i and wife Anna sell to Waumandee in the house later owned by John Erickson,
Georg Archie McRae in 1903 and lo Jacob Thoeney who chief cashier at the Waumandee bank. After some years,
with his wife Lerrn sells on February 18, l 904 to Paul V. Goltz sold his route to Rudolph Pronschinske in Hesch
Goltz. About Thoeney the Buffalo Co11111y Journal said on Valley, caking his wife and three daughters to Wabasha
Apii l I 0, 1890: "Mules were quite numerous around where he owned a restaurant and served a stint as chief of
Thoeney's blacksmith shop last Monday. Jake intends to police.
start a mule market if this keeps on."
When Paul Goltz died on October 7, 1927 the proper- Footnotes
1
ty passed to Gordon and Curtiss Goltz, his sons. Mary Ann Pattison, Buffalo County Pictorial His101y
Additional ti tle entries include a John Kirchner estate (Donning, 1993), p.
1
which on February 29, 1944 passed a share or quiet title One rod is 16.5 ft. while a chain is 66' or 4 rods. A mile
issue also to Curtiss Goltz. With this clearance, Curtiss W. is 320 rods, or 80 chains, or 5280 ft. Having 160 square
Goltz and wife Agnes sold the property in August 1944 to rods, an acre amounts to 43,560 square ft. Thus in rods,
Peter Kurth, who in turn sold it to John Erickson on an acre is 8 rods by 20 or any two numbers whose product
December 13, 1948. In 1970 Eleanor Erickson, his wife, is 160.
sold it to Arthur and Marion Dworschak who passed it to ~ Buffalo County Journal, April 28, 1893.
Marvin and Margaret Dworschak on December 12, 1970. • This information comes from the abstract of the
Today it is owned by Roger and Karen Pronschinske. Pronschinske, Ratz property.
5
At this site. we know there was a store owned by ln the 1896 plat of Waumandee township, George
Caspar Schmitz in earlier times, then by John Oertei and a Heineck owns the northern half of the farn1 later acquired
a blacksmith shop owned by Jacob Thoeney, at which site by Mary Schmidtknecht together with the Louisa Ganz
the lirst meeting took place 10 organize the Waumandee half, then Michael sells to son, Eldon, and finall y to
creamery in 1904. Later, the Ocrtli fami ly and Mrs. Mena current owner son Robert who in 2003 sold it to Woefe.
6
IGrchner, the widow of John, operated the store at this site. A. Hess manuscript Wisconsin State Historical Society,
Not much is known about the Goltz fa mily except that "Montana" p. 4.
1
it carried across at least two generations al this site, from The Buffalo County Journal, January 2, 1890.
5
Paul lo Curtis. On November I I. 1920. we read in the The B11ffalo County Jo11111al, April 3. 1890.
9
Cochrane Recorder tha1 "Cur1iss Goltz. who is ac a La The Buffalo County Joumal, February 12. 189 1.
10
Crosse hospital where he undcrwenl an operation for The Buffalo County Journal, March 19. 1891.
11
appendicitis, is reported as doing nicely." Bui on The Buffalo County Journal February 4. 1892.
12
November 18. l 920 things took another turn when "Paul The Buffalo Coumy Journal June 24, 1892.
1
Goltz and son Gordon were called to La Crosse on accou111 ' Cochrane Recorder, September, 1943.

of the sudden change in their son Curtiss, who underwent "' Cochrane Recorder, Feb. 11 , 1915.
15
an operation at a hospital in above place several weeks Cochrane Recorder, Feb. 25, 1915.
ago. They left Cochrane on the Tuesday noon train." By "' Cochrane Recorder, Feb . 22, 1940.
11
the November 25 date, however, he was again doing fi ne. \Vi11011a Sunday News, November 4, 1962, p. 19 & 20.
The Paul Goltz generation ends when on September 29,
1927 it is reported that "Paul Goltz, who is very ill, was

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An Affectionate Portrait

6
Lower Waumandee

Willie Hoh111w111 of Wa11111c111dee lw11/i11g cream abo111 1903. He is ahead of the Knecht. Schafl11e1; 11ow Eh rat House.

Willi Hohmann and Frank Schmidlknecht, cream Waumandee and rwo daughters, Mrs. Emil Berger
haulers I Truckers and Mrs. Roy Christensen of West Bend. His
L iving just be low the Harmonia Hall on the small mother, Mrs. Charles Hohman, and two sisters,
farm, which is now captained by Lhe Slaby family. Willi Mrs. Emil Farner of Waumandee. and Mrs. Wm.
Hohmann operated a horse-drawn cream hauling business. Joos of Jamestown ND and fi ve brothers, Ouo.
seemingly gathering cream from the south. William per- Alvin. Roben of Spokane, Edward of California
formed as a hauler of cream for the Alma and to the and fi ve grandchildren .'
Garden Valley Creameries uninterrupted fo r five decades.
He was the faLher o f Elmer Hohmann. whose grandson Apparently Frank SchrnidLknecht had a parallel oper-
[Rothering] curren tl y owns and manages the general store ation making the rounds north of the Garden Valley
in Waumandee. The Will i Hohmann cream hauling busi- Creamery. In rhis siruation the drive r hitched two horses
ness came co an end a few years before his death in 1937: to a kind of double box wagon with I0-gallon, 8-cornered.
wood-insulated canisters, perhaps 16 or 18 in two rows.
William Hohman, A Pioneer Passes Away. He At the rear was a hook and scale Lo we igh the individual
died on June 30, 1937 after an illness of two years pickup, from which the driver lad led a sample after a thor-
fro m hardening of the arteries and a stroke, al his ough stir, and then dumped the conte nts in one of the tubs.
daughter's home, Mr. and Mrs. Emil Berger in The sample he fit into a slot in the " toolbox" hung at the
Montana. He was born May 8, 1859. He was a right front of the wagon. W hile the horses sufficed during
cream hauler for 50 years before he rerired the early decade of the 20rh century, Hohmann [and pre-
several years ago. On Feb. 8, 1887 he married sumably SchmidlkncchtJ later jerry-iiggcd the box into the
Clara Angst of Waumandee. Funera l services rear of a Buick Touring car for faster collection. A process
were at his daughter's home July 3rd, 1937 and al that varies little except in size from today's bulk milk
the Evangelical Church in Mo ntana. Rev. Abe hauler.
officiated. He hud one son, Elmer, town of

69
Waumandee, Wiscons in 1860-1960:

Aloysius Slaby
rrucks parked <If
his home cen1er of
operations on the
sile where originally
Willi Hoh111a1111
also housed his
milk-hauling
equipmelll.

Al Slaby se111i-1railer.for ha11li11g .feed from lhl' 7ii·i11 Citil's


10 Wo11111c111dee. Cocl1rwu' and 01herff.'ed m11/e1s.

t\l S/(lby ca11le truck.

Joseph Slaby seplic Sl'l'l'ice


trucks. in business since lhl'
year 2000.

70
A11 Affectionate Portrait.

Aloysius Slaby Trucking Business 1957-1984 Adam, Rick and Kim Reuter, Roger Yougbauer, Cameron
On May l, l957, Aloysius Slaby Jr. bought the Albert Breitung, and Alvin Rotering. Part-time drivers also
Benusa Trucking Business and started Slaby Trucking of included Maynard Olson, Melvin Gahnz, Robert Wolfe,
Waumandee. Then of limited capacity, his first purchase and Bud Hogan, many of whom made night runs to the
was two trucks: 1950 and 1955 GMC straight trucks. In Twin Cities. Slaby noc only enjoyed but genuinely "lived"
1965, Slaby added a semi -Lrailcr in order to make the the trucking business and was proud to serve the many
transfer of large shipments more efficient. Following his Waumandee, Cochrane, Alma, Arcadia, Independence and
maniage lo Darlene Larson in 1956, the Slabys lived their Fountain City farmers.
fi rst year in Minneapolis. However, already previous to After Slaby retired as u-ucking owner after 27 years in
the acquisition. Al Slaby had been working for Benusa 1984, he spent seven years working for the Garden Valley
Trucking for seven years. At first the couple lived in an Coop. From this appointment he retired in 1991. Today,
upstairs apartment on the Olive Hillig fann. but in 1960 Aloysius and Darlene live in the Hohman house where
they purchased the Elmer Hohman house in lower they raised their four children.
Waumandee and moved the trucking business there.
Slaby hauled cattle to the South St. Paul Stockyards Slaby Construction and Slaby Septic Business 1984-
and area markets. For many of the 27 years in the busi- Slaby ConSLruction Business was started by Joseph
ness, he combined payloads retu rning with bagged feeds and Pau l Slaby in 1984. Tt consisted of carpentry for
from Land O'Lakes in Minneapolis fo r Lhe Garden Valley building new homes, additions, and remodeling. The
Coop in Upper Waumandee. He also took pleasure from bothers worked together in areas incl uding Waumandee,
back hauls of feed to Fountain City Feed. the Cochrane Buffalo City. Cochrane, Alma, Arcadia, and Fountain City.
Coop. the Alma AMPT. the Wisconsin Dairies. the Alma Depending on their specific needs. they hired additional
Coop and other area retail centers. laborers. One carpenter, Leslie Brommer, has been
During his career, Slaby derived the benefit of many working continuously since 1991. Other carpenters over
loyal drivers. Among them were Orville Blank. Aaron the years have included LaYern Franzwa, Brian
Pelowski . Charles Krueger. Bernard Schm idtknech t, Pronschinske, Brian Woychik, Zachary Schmidtknecht,
Marvin Bielefeldt, Gary Doelle, Rodney Thompson, Phi lip Ehrat, Mark Olson, Derek Anderson, James

Waumandee
mill when
owned by the
Ochsner.family
following one
of the many
wasltouTs That
occured to the
dam from time
to time.

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A sketch of the Ochsner mill from the 1878 Atlas and a photograph from the same angle taken in 1976 by Lei Vern Rippley.

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An Affectionate Portrait

Ciemenski, and Henry Koenig. which we tmst we may have the pleasure of
In 1994 the Slaby brohters added the Slaby Septic seeing. 3
Business. Today they serve the same area as does the con-
struction group, and have one hired trucker, David Other newspaper commentaries about waxing and
Pronschinske. In 2000 they decided to divide the two busi- waning of the Waumandee mill give Wi a sense of the
11. esses, each taking a single enti ty. Paul, therefore owns pleasure taken in the Ochsner success. Interesting entries
and operates Slaby Construction, from his home in appear about the Waumandee mill from time to time,
Arcadia where he lives with his wife, Barbara, and their among them noting that the millclam has washed out. Also
three children. Leslie Brommer continues in the construc- of interest there were the fourth of July festivities. For
tion business with Paul. instance in 1875 the paper noted:
Joseph operates the Slaby Septic Business using two
trucks to provide services to his customers. He is married ln this spirit, the popular miller of Waumandee
to Jenny (Hilt) Leahy and lives with his wife and their two opened his spacious mill for a dance on the after-
daughters in Waumandee. noon of the 4th of July inviting his friends from
far and near to shake their joints and swing their
The Waumandee Mill partners on the broad and level floor. Not a few
According to Kessinger, "the Waumandee mill is responded to the invitation, of course mostly
located in the most fertile valley or this county and has the Teutons, who well know how to make themselves
advantage of plenty of water at all Limes." 2 Established by happy on such festive occasions. The young
John Ochsner in 1866 and operated by himself, it was danced and sang LO their hearts' content as the old
originally powered by a mill dam in the Waumandee looked on and smiled as they remembered the
Creek. A long sluice carried water to the powerful wheel time when they also "tripped it deftly on the light
at the water's end of the mill. In the Alma Weekly for fantastic toe." ln sho11, it was a jolly ente11ain-
January 12, 187 1, a report arrived from its Waumandee menl and all went merry as a marriage bell,
correspondent with exuberant commentary that focuses on until the close of the ever memorable day
the houses near the mill, probably those on the Benning, which the royal and the patriotic celebrate every-
Schlesser and Hillig farms. Effervescent about the where alike:'
Waumandee farms, the writer glories in the mill as quoted
here verbatim: Again in 1879 the Buffalo County Journal reports with
intriguing detail:
In the improvement of their farms, we saw more
large, fine, two story stone and brick houses than Our champion miller, Mr. John Ochsner, is doing
we have ever seen in Wisconsin or Minnesota a little in the building line this season, notwith-
within the same area in any rural fam1ing district. standing the hard times. He is putting up a neat
Their barns and outbuildings fairly rival our and commodious granary on his premises. His
eastern agricultural districts. We observed within place, as seen from the public road, has now a
the distance of six miles fo ur large and beautiful very fine appearance. Many of your readers will
school houses besides one other building. remember William Lillywhi te, Mr. Ochsner's
favorite miller for many years past. He has gone
The Waumandee river from its source runs entire- to his farm in Iowa this spring where he intends
ly thorough this rural district and is susceptible of engaging his otium cum dig for a while. Besides
being turned to great account propelling machin- being a first class miller, Billy is a regular Johnny
ery of any amount and is only occupied at present Bull with all the shons and bran sifted out of his
for milling purposes by Mr. John Ochsner, who is composition. His fam1 stands on the banks of a
now building a new flouring mill. We made the beautiful lake abounding in delicious fish, and
acquaintance of Mr. Ochsner and were forcibly Mr. Lillywhite has his pleasure boat and enjoys
struck with his intelligence and gentlemanly himself like a fine old English gentleman, beg
bearing. It requires but little imagination to see in pardon, we mean yo ung.~
a few years this grand stream studded with cotton
and woolen factories and all other kinds of A few years later the paper again acknowledges the
machinery that this country may need. Traveler success of the Ochsners: .. Mr. Ochsner. the Waumandee
promises shorter letter upon the same subject miller. was in town last Wednesday with another load of

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his celebrated White Rose brand of fl our. He informed us singers were quartered among their friends and
that his trade is good in this place and the old brand sti ll are full of praise at their hospitality. Sunday was
leads. He has his fl our on sale at Ne umeister's, Steatite's, spent by each one in visiting his relatives and
Reinhardt's and Laue's."'' There were of course also afflic - friends and it is rumored that some of the younger
tions the fam.ily needed to face, fo r example in 1890: members have made good use of Lheir time
"Friday August 15th Alma, Lhe infam daughter of A. G. winning the friendship of some of the fair young
Ochsner died of chole ra. The remains were laid to rest in ladies of Sauk county. Well, the future will reveal
the public cemetery, Su nday afternoon. Mr. Theodore how much truth there is in this. Monday n.ight we
Buhler of Alma delivered the funeral oration and the gave a second concert which was also well
Mannerchor sang a song. The fam ily have the sympathy attended. After the concert we took leave from
of their neighbors in their bereavement."' The same year our many old friends and new ones whose
the paper reported : "December 18. 1890: Conrad Ochsner acquaintance we had just made, all of whom will
has erected a windmill on his farm to pump wmer fo r the be kindly remembered by each and every one of
stock. A great improvement to every farm .'' us. We reached Arcadia in due time and thence
One year later on March 5, 189 1, the paper commenrs wended our way homeward through rain and
that "John Ochsner was agreeably surpri sed by the slush and snow and, though the trip was one con-
Mannerchor and the cornet band last Thursday evening, it tinual round of pleasure, we were glad at last to
being the anni versary of his birthday. The guests were be at home again and to find our fami lies and
invited in and e ntert<iined by Mr. Ochsner. The Liberty f1i ends in good health. Again in behalf of the
band has just now received a number of new pieces of society I wish to express my heartfelt thanks to
music and are busy practicing them. The boys are doing our friends in Prairie du Sac and all who did so
well." Tn the same issue with a Town or Montana dateline, much toward making our trip a social success.
the p<iper tells more about the activity of the local singing C.A. s
society, the Mannerchor, showing readily the many con-
nections that once existed between Sauk and Buffalo While the foray of the Sauk County Ochsner famj ly
counties. into the field of medicine is well known, not generally
acknowledged is the medical practi tioner status of the
Montana: As the Columbia MHnnerchor has Waumandee family of Ochsners.9 In March, 2001 , the
returned from its lrip to Sauk counly, all met to Winona Daily News carried an article about the once well-
give the public a sketch of the same. We left known Ochsner solution that seems to have been issued in
Arcadia in the afternoon or Feb. 30th accompa- Waumandee. Opinion page editor, Jim Galewski wrote
nied by John Sprecher of Indepe nde nce and under the title: "Ochsner's Solution was all you needed."
George Mathys and John Durisch of Arcadia who
did much to entertain and amuse us on our
journey. The ni ght was spent in Winona and next When I was growing up, Tmade the usual trips to
morning we left by rail for Baraboo, where our the medicine cabinet. Elbows and knees were
friends in Prairie du Sac were in waiting fo r us meant to hold scabs from bicycle accidents and
with tlu·ee fiery teams ready to convey us to our any other scrape a youngster m.ight get growing
destination where we arrived after a drive of up. At home, the medicine cabinet had one treat-
about two hours and a half. Mr. J. W. Meissere ment for cuts and scrapes-Ochsner's Solution. I
and other fri ends entertai ned the singers royall y suspect most medicine cabinets in the area had
and will ever be remembered by them with grati- Lhe same treatment for wounds. Don' t expect
tude. .The ladies who furnished each of the many young people to know what Ochsner's
singers with a beautiful bouquet deserve our Sol mi on is, and don 't ask anyone who isn' t from
special thanks. The concert was to be given in a around here to know-it's an old local formula.
new hall built by Mr. Jae. Hmz and !he singers The local fo rmula may have come from
were assisted by the Prairie du Sac brass band. Waumandee, Wis., in the late 1800s. Details are
The hall was fil led to overflowing. over 500 sketchy beyond that. The Ochsner house is about
persons being in artendance. The music rendered a mile south of Waumandee and is owned by
by the Mi:innerchor consisted of patriotic songs Rose Hillig.
main ly, and Swiss warbles, the latter being well
received by the audience. After the concert the According to Hillig, Conrad Ochsner was a

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farmer who moved to Waumandee from Z urich, family, it was always an assumed fact that Charles Rippley
Switzerland about l870. He was not a docto r. Sr. had been injured by an axe chop to his back and was
He was a farmer. Ochsner did have a son, Otto, treated by "Doctor" Ochsner. 12 In another instance.
who had a gift for treating wounds, but he was Valentine Sendelbach cut one of his hands so badly in a
not a doctor either. That didn't stop farmers and circu lar saw that one finger had to be amputated. Mr.
neighbors from stopping by to get he lp wi th a Conrad Ochsner pedormed the operation and the patient is
wound or injury-or a sick cow. Ochsner was doing nicely.u
known to treat people and animals. Hillig thinks Obviously the Ochsner family valued education for
her home has a room that the "farmer's son" used the papers frequently report on their vacations from atten-
to see and treat patients. She has had visitors dance at the U niversity of Wisconsin and other institu-
who stop by looking for antique medical instru- tions. E. g., on December 31 1891 we read: Rudolf and
ments or any other memorabilia from the by gone Ernst Ochsner, who spenc vacation at home, will return to
era. Madison the Lauer part of this week to resume their studies
in the university." 14
In the 1800s, there were no antibiotics and Perhaps the newspaper reponers were disappointed in
Ochsner would mix this formu la for farmers who subsequent years, for the only known river-powered unit in
always were hurting themselves. The formu la the valley was the Ochsner flour mill. This property began
grew popular and was on most drugstore she lves much earlier with an 1855 patent from the government to
in the area for most of the last century, but it may Joseph Knech t who sold ir in 1856 to UIIich Knecht for
have been a fam ily recipe. ll is be lieved Ochsner $250. The same year Ulrich sold it to John Ochsner for
is related to the Ochsner family from New $800. At the c lose of the century, John and Louisa
Orleans that founded a large clin ic. There are Ochsner in 1899 sold it to Adolph G. and Emma Ochsner.
also Ochsner family members in Wabasha. They operated the mill until December 30, 1911 when they
While Ochsner Solution is an effective medicine. sold their farm to Anton Benning for $18,000, retaining
it's more difficult to get now. rights to maintain the mill dam, the right to raise the water
level in the pond, and to enjoy a road easement, since the
f':'leil Goltz of Goltz Pharmacy is famil iar with main Waumandee road had since been removed from the
Ochsner's Solution. The pharmacy still mixes Ochsner/Benning farmstead to the present-clay right of
the formula for its customers. According to way.
Goltz, the solution could be fo und in a Mercks On December 11, 1911 the Ochsners, John a widower
Fonnulary manual years ago. T he solution is a and Adolph G. and Emma Ochsner, sold the J 3 acre tract
mixture of ethyl alcohol, boric acid, phenol (car- mill to F red E. Hauert and his wife Hedwig for $12,000.
bolic acid) and water. Goltz tells that his grand- A few years later on December 23, 1915 Hauert sold the
father and father-Max and Franklin- almost mill for $14,000 to George Benning who operated it until
burned the pharmacy down in 1934 when the selling it on a land contract for $15,000 to Orvin and
solution boiled over. The water had to be steril- Arlene Albertson on October 18, 1929 who operated it as
ized and the cans of alcohol surrounding the "Waumandee Mills."' 5 Failing to make payments,
flame ignited. '0 Albertson lost the property which was foreclosed on
August 16, 1933 and sold again by George and Bertha
Conrad Ochsner would be pleased the legend or " his" Benning to .John Grulkowski. fn turn, John and Agnes
solution-borrowed or not-has given him the title of Grulkowski on December 30, 1959 sold the property to
doctor. Whetl1er Conrad Ochsner was a doctor or not, a lot Paul Grulkowski, their son.
of people in th.is region got relief from this mixture, and In the 1940s this dam fell victim to a flood after which
100 years later, at least one ph<u-macy still has customers. it was not restored, with power now coming from a diesel
Confirming the doctor status Ochsner enjoyed are various e ngine . In the 1930s, John Grulkowski rented Lhe Ochsner
newspaper entries, one of March 12, 1891: "A son of Mrs. farm immediately south of Waumandee and from there
Mueller met with a serious accident last Saturday. He was gravitated to the mill, one of the oldest still standing in
getting a hay knife from a neighbor on a hand sled, occu- Western Wisconsin.
pying the sled himself. The sled was tipped over in some Previously and subsequently the Ochsners are noted
way, the boy being thrown onto the knife, cutting his foot in the press for studying beyond the confines of
badly. Mr. Ochsner dressed the wound and the little fel low Waumandee. Ernst and Rudolf go and come from
is doing well under the circumstances."" In my own Madison where they attend the University. In November,

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1892, Emma Ochsner makes a presentation at the Footnotes


Waumandee school about the topic of phys iology. A. G. 1
Cochrane Recorder, July 8, 1937.
2
Ochsner appears in the papers more for his leadership of Kessinger, p. 404.
the Harmonie Singing Society than for farming and >The Alma Weekly, January 12, 1871.
4
mi lling. 16 The officers of the county organization recently Alma Weekly Express, July 15, 1875.
5
elected by them are: Christian Florin, president; R. H. The Buffalo County Journal June 5, 1879.
Manz, secretary. A. G. Ochsner leader and John Florin 6
The Buffalo County Journal May 3 1, 1983
treasurer. 7
The Buffalo Co11nty Jo11mal, August 2 1, 1890.
John Grulkowski had been tenant farmi ng on the Otto 8 The B11ffalo County Journal, March 5, 189 1.
9
Ochsner farm[ later sold to Olive Re uter Hillig]. because A. Hess typed manusc1ipt, State Historical Society of
Otto never married and, partly retired, lived in town where Wisconsin Archives. Hess states that Conrad Ochsner
currently, Edna Weaver and the Pl alleters resided. began from operations in the late 1880s and "had a good
[Legends about Ouo's retirement reveal his liking for knowledge of anatomy and medici ne." He was not only a
catching live raltlesnakes on his rock bluffs and displaying veterinarian but also "responded to tJ1e sufferings of
them to passersby in town.] Formerly this house had been human people who needed surgical and medical help."
10
owned by Valentine Hesch who was preceded by Anton Winona Daily News, Thursday, March I , 200 I .
and Philomena (Zinsli) Sendelbach. " The Buffalo County .loumal, March 12, 189 1.
Equipped with roller mills, shellers, crushers and 12
LaVern J. Rippley, Noble Wo111e11, Restless Men
mixers, the mill passed to son, Paul Grulkowski, who at (Northfield: St. Olaf College Press, 1996), p. 87.
first started in partnership with his father, John. Today the 13
The Buffalo County Journal, Feb. 17, 1893 .
mill stands abandoned, the victim of on-farm grinding and '" The Buffalo County Journal, December 3 1, 189 1.
efficient, modern flour mills in the Twin Cities. lt is an ' 5 Atlas and Farmers Directory, 19 14, and Alias and

unfortunate derelict whose past haunts the expectant skies. Farmers Directory, 1930 (St. Paul: the Farmer).
Positioned below pine trees planted by the Benning family 16
The Buffalo County Journal, January 27, 1893.
behind it, this ghost of past glory rivals its sibling
derelict-the Harmonie Gesellschaft Hall, aJso decked out
in pine trees. The mill was subsequently owned by Paul's
sister, Betty Jane Lambert. [n 2002, the mill property was
again sold, this time to Daniel Rickert.

Meanwhile, first cousin, Ruth Gru lkowski, born on


the Grulkowski farm in Nething I Hesch Valley, brought
fame to Waumandee in July, 1952 when she starred on the
women 's gymnastics team at the Olympic Games in
Helsinki, Finland. On a visit 10 the stadium there in 2003,
I proudly read the plaque dedicated to this victorious
woman gymnast from Waumandee.

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7
Incidental Businesses

Matl1ias Phillipi in 1. 875 runs advertisements as Directors of the Waumandee Railway Company met in a
"Carpenter and Builder," ready at all times to contract with special session at 3 o'clock on October 15, 1914 in
parties for building and painting barns and houses etc. Arcadia to accept the resignation of B. F. Van Gordon.
Will build a building complete except mason work. Give Here they elected Frank C. Richmond in his place and as
me a call near Bach's Store, Big Waumandee." secretary and treasurer. Louis Zeller was appointed asso-
In 1877 the papers mention the new Catholic church ciate treasurer. General manager of the operation was F.
being erected in Waumandee and finished in a year. 0 . Brandenburg, with an annual salary of $5,200 plus
Accordingly, Father Lay and the members do the work and expenses. The auditing committee comptised Pel.er F.
pay the money assessed on them cheerfully. With the Webber, George Kindschy and the Board of Directors.
fou ndation complete, the brick layers commence their Bond subscriptions were to be held in the State Bank of
work in July, 1877 and project completion to be "an archi- Waurnandee. 3
tectural ornament to the place." The next February 18, 191 5at IOo'clocktheRailway
Tn the same 1877 timeframe, Jacob Luetscher is Company met at the Benning Hall in Waumandee with the
digging out six wolves in Danuser Valley, Jacob Ulrich primary s1.ockholders present , R. S. Cowie, Frank
kills three young ones and the reporter tells of a walk Richmond. J. M. Smilh each with 150 shares, and Jacob
through the street of Waumandee as follows: Senty Jr. and George F. Risch each with one share. They
approved the 1ninutes of the last annual meeting on
During my short stroll I met a peddler, a soldier, February 19, 19 14, indicati ng that the company began
a sewing machine agent, two cheap jewelry men, somewhat earlier than the assumed dace of 1915. All of
six stonemasons, one Polander, two tramps, a the above held some office in the corporation. Al this
man selling trees, an insurance agent, a vendor of meeting, B. L. Van Gorden was again appointed a director.
patent medicines, a book and map agent, and last The same day the "regular" meeting took place, presum-
but not least, two lightning rod men with a fast ably in the dance hall. At it they revoked the appointment
team. So you can see, they are all beginning to of F. D. Brandenburg as general manager and accepted Lhe
discover that Waumandee is a good place to do resignation of Louis Zeller as associate treasurer. At the
business: annual meeting on February 17, 1916 in Waumandee, the
same three 150-sum shareholders are still in place. The
Equally incidental but certainly more critical as to slate for direc1.ors is now R. S. Cowie. J. M. Smithe, F. C.
Waumandee's future were the prospects of getting railroad Richmond, G. 0. Linderman and B. L. Yan Gorden. On
service. Numerous reports in the newspapers during 1915 February 15. 1917, the same individuals ctre re-elected.
generated unwarranted enthusiasm. For example, in What is obvious, then , is thnt the Waumandee Rai lway
January "Surveyors are hard at work surveying a line for Company existed from at least 19 14 to 1917 and it may
the new railroad. Everybody should boost the good thing have become a victim of the World War I or of the newly-
along. Mr. Brandenburg, the rai lroad promoter, went to bom trucking industry thaL rendered it impractical.
Minneapolis on business." Again in March, 1915 the Medical altention in Waumandee was scarce.
"Momana Waumandee Railway Company is coming. Informal reports indicate a Dr. Ochsner here and we do
President Kindscby and General Manager Brandenburg know that the Ochsner clinic in New Orleans is rated
make that assertion. Everything is complete as of among the top 30 in the United States. It is clear that the
February 20, 1915. The surveys, levels. topography arc local Ochsner family originated from Sauk Counly,
all ready for us to apply for the certificate." 2 Of course the Wisconsin. Founded in 1941 by five surgeons, the
railroad never showed up, and perhaps for the better, since Ochsner Clinic of New Orleans was named after one of
it would have destroyed very valuable fam1land and truck- them - Dr. Alton Ochsner, a world renowned surgeon and
ing was just around the corner, as witnessed by the many teacher as well as the first physician to draw a connection
trucking companies that burst on the scene in Waumandee between cigarelte smoking and cancer of the lung. The
during the next few decades. Ochsner Clinic, organized as a private partnership, opened
However, the minutes of 1.he prospected railroad do its doors in 1942 in uptown New Orleans as a diagnostic
show how serious was the actual intent. The Board of and treatment center. Nineteen physicians were listed as

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staff members or consultants o n the original staff ros te r. at 11 AM. Subject is re ligio n. H. A. Frey will
Today over 375 physicians and su rgeons practice in 64 ta ke possession of his new business in a few days.
medical specialties and sub-specialties and are included o n
the medical staff listing. Approximately 1,300 e mployees Census Gleanings. Business people in Waumandee
serve as support for this private company which ranks Village or Township.
fourth among New Orleans area private sector bus inesses
based on revenue, accord ing lo New Orleans C ity Inc luded he re is a U . S. Census tally of indi viduals who
Bus iness. by the ir occupations might qualify as businessmen o r pro-
Occasio nally in the newspape rs we read about visiting fess io nals from the first census in 1860 to 1920 after
medical services, e. g. D r. G. W. Kempter adve rtises that which censuses are not public.
he will be at Waumandee March 4-10, 19 15 residing at
Benning's Hall for dental work." Likewise, in the 1910 1860
Federal Census take n by Wi ll iam Tierney, we discover Mathew Elm [also known as Mathias) Blacksmith
near o r at the Wirtenbergers as follows: Stimpson, Leonhard Wald Evangelical minister
George, head, 27 from Illino is. England, phys ician. his
own office. Florence S tim pson . 22 wife fro m Wiscons in. 1870
Marvel, daughter, 3/12, Illinois, Wiscons in. In 1875 word Jacob Zollinger Blacks mith
was passed that Dr. Lampe intended to s tart a drugs tore in A ndreas Will is Shoe maker
Waumandee.5 The n again the newspapers recount some- MaLhias Elm Blacks mith
thing re portable, at leas t in part, as involving a business. Casper Wlirstlein Blacksmith
On April 23, J 891 , the 81~ffalo Co1111ry Jo11rnaf relates: Nicholas & Elisabeth Bach Grocer, drygoods, merchants
!She from Prussia, he from Bavaria with $5,500
Considerable building will be done he re nex l valuation, nearl y highes1 in the town l
summer. Leonard Florin has already bui lt an Louis Lay ministe r [Catholic Priest)
addition to his bam. Martin Zins li has his new Conrad & Elisabeth Ochsner
barn almost completed; John Rosenow also put [c hildre n: Bertha, Edward, Otto]
up an addition to his barn . C harles Ruppen is from Switzerland [$7,000 valuation]
building a milk house a nd also conte mpla tes Willia m Li lliwhite Grist Miller
putting in a tubular well and wind mill to pump George Harpe r School teacher
the water for his livestock. Several young people Sebastian Salwey Stone mason
of this place am used the mselves by blocking up John Weber Boot and shoemaker
the chimney on the house or Joseph Zinsli, pro- Will iam Ehrich Tavern keeper
prietor of the Waumandee baske t facto ry. T he August Marks Blacksmith
boys wedged the pieces of wood in such a Theodore Fischer Wagon Make r
manner that the conte nts had to be burned o ul. Frede ric k Schmidt [also wo rth $5,000, from Pruss ia]
This of course was only inte nded for a practical Conrad Oe rtl i Teacher
j oke by the boys, but the matte r has ca used con- .Jo hn Ottinger Brick Ma nufacturer
s iderable excitement and it looks somewhat as if Christ Sc hilling Stone mason
it would lead to litigation . The w inter wheal is
in excellent conditio n a nd unless !:>Omethi ng 1880
unforeseen happens, there w ill be a good c ro p. A .Jo hn Meuli Postmaster
social party \Vas e ntertained in the hall last John Ochsner Miller
Sunday co nsisting of the singing socie ty, the [with wife Louisa and son Adolph
brass band, a nd others invited by Wi ll iam Ulrich who worked in the mill]
who intends to leave us in a few days and conse- Edward Marty Teache r
q uentl y invited his friends to help celebrate the Ma1h ias Phillippi Stone mason
occasion which was done in a grand s1ylc. We are He nry Zeller Blacksmith
sorry to lose friend Wi lliam as he is a social and Joseph Kue nhackl Saloon keeper
entertaining young man and a good citizen, Nic holas Bach Hotel [See plat in 1896 Atlas -
however we wis h him the best of s uccess in his at Waumandee c hurc h a nd in Montana, Sectio n 17)
news business departure. Rev. N. C. Earl will William Fritsch le r Wheelw1ight
lecture in the Harmonie hall next Sunday April 26 He nry Sanders Stone mason

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1900 Joseph Venus Blacksmith


Sarah Oertli Dress maker Ella Venus Seamstress
William Andres Saloon keeper Thomas Everist Blacksmith
Albert Andres Saloon keeper John Conrad Carpenter
Boarders at this saloon were Katie Wagner, Fred Wirtenberger Merchant, dry goods store
Sidney Green, Allona Green, E. W. Meyers, Tillie Wismolek Hotel keeper
plus others with illegible names. George Benning Clerk in country store
Albert Mendel Priest Peter Wagner Stump grubber
[mentioned in the St. Boniface history as [lives at Wirtenberger Hotel]
A. Mendl (1899- 1903) with no photograph. George Stimpson Physician
Jacob Thoeney Blacksmith Philip Foegen Clerk in country store
C. Heineck Merchant Mollie Foegen Post mistress
Fred & Caroline Wirtenberger Merchant William & Aggie Bach Mail carrier, rural route
Adam Richard Salesman Frank B. Walker Merchant in general store
Charley Anders Teacher Charley Luethi Buttennaker in Cooperative Creamery
Fred Mutter Town pauper John Oertli Merchant in h.is own store
James Crawford Teacher Mary Dascher Clerk in general store
Fred Santhi Manager Norma Kins Teacher
Emil & Emma Ochsner Teaching
[At this date, Conrad, Adolph and
John Ochsner are farming] 1920
Joseph LLouisa] Venus Blacksmith George Benning Miller
Thomas Everist Blacksmith Levi Meyers Miller, hired man
[Raymond listed as 5-year old adopted son, John Grulkowski Farming [later became the miller]
owner of the Pronschinske, Benusa garage] William Bach Mail carrier
Charley Weber Shoemaker Hemy Vousmann [Voussen] Clergyman [Cathol ic Priest]
Mary Weber Postmaster Joseph Venus Blacksm.ith
Ida Weber Teacher Paula Venus Telephone operator
Rosie Marking Dress maker Fred Wirtenberger Merchant, general store
Regina & Bertha Rothering Teachers William Smith Auto mechanic
George Benning Capitalist William Regl in Hotel keeper
[obviously retired farmer. Lives in home, Adam Wirtenberger Drayman at Creamery Co.
later the Waumandee post office run by Esther Anton Sletten Janitor at church
Pronschinske] Otto Kochenderfer Butcher, meat market
Herman & Barbara Waelty Capitalists Henry Herbert Merchant, general store
[retired farmers. Live in home north of post Richard Ehlert Buttermaker, creamery
office, owned by George Pronschinske, torn clown] John Kochenderfer Drayman, creamery
Mary Mosimann Landlord Orvan Angst Teacher
Edward Sendelbach Trnck driver, creamery
Andrew Neilson Buttermaker, creamery
1910 Frances Loesel [boarding with Thomas Everist) Teacher
Albert Anders Stone mason
Minnie Risch Teacher
George Risch Cream hauler
Anna Ochsner Teacher
Peter Weber Catholic Clergyman
Three parochial school teachers, obviously all nuns,
names illegible.

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Persons from Waumandee other than farmers who were patrons of the 1877 Atlas:

Name Date of arrival Section Country Profession


J. Ochsner 1856 16 Switzerland Gristmill proprietor
J. Oertli 1856 2 Switzerland Merchant
John Boltz 1863 15 Luxembourg Hotel & Saloon
J. W. Runkle 1854 3 Prussia Iron Agent

Oertli is listed as handling dry goods, groceries, boots,


. shoes, hardware and no tions. Operated opposite the
"Cranberry" store.
Runkle is an agent for the Dubuque Tron Works. Lived on
the Edward Rippley farm.
Boltz is the prop1ietor of a hotel and saloon.
Ochsner owns and operates a grist mill, also doing custom
work.

Footnotes
1
Alma Weekly Express, July 5, 1877
2
Cochrane Recorde1; Jan. 21, 1915, Mar. 11 , 1915.
3
The Arcadia Museum holds the original copies of the
minutes that have survived.
4
Cochrane Reco rd.e1; March 4 , 1915.
5
Alma Weekly Express, December 2, J875.

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Noted Waumandee Families

where he bought a store. Soon he held contracts for


taming the Mississippi and then, with fellow Waumandee
ex-patriot, Albert Kirchner, developed the river steamer
line of Richt:man & Kircl111er.' The other individual is
Edwin Ferdinand Ganz, born of Swiss parents June 13.
1859 on the fann in the southwest quarter of section 2 on
land owned by Robert Schmidtknecht, now Justin Wolfe.
Ganz studied at Platteville State College, taught school
from 1876 to 1890 and then bought and published the
Buffalo County Jou.ma/ from 1890-1 913 . He was post-
master at Alma, owned a beautiful farm on Buena Vista
Park, and was a member of the legislature from l 9 l 9-
1920. He also served on the draft board and in many other
county offices, the County Council of Defense during
World War 1, as well as heading the Wiscons in
Agriculturist organization. 2 His entry for his wedding
anniversary is enlightening:

Sept. 9, 1937: Golden Wedding of Mr. and Mr. E.


F. Ganz. Buena Vista, the beautiful! farm home
of E. F. Ganz family located on the fertile lands
that top the bluffs which overlook Alma from the
east was the scene yesterday on the first of
September of one of those rare and happy occa-
sions, a golden wedding.... Edward Ferdinand
Ganz was born in the town of Waumandee June
13, 1859 the son of Mr. and Mrs. Johann Kaspar
Ganz, Swiss pioneers of that town. He attended
Jacob Ricl11ma11 school in Dist No. 2 of Waumandee and then
went to Platteville Normal school for a winter
term. After that he taught school in tills county
Because Waumandee was carved essentially from the fourteen years first in Mill Creek Valley from
adjacent farms, it is approp1iate that we pay brief attention 1876 to 1886 and then in the home district of
to the families who owned them. This means Section 15 Waumandee from 1886 to 1890. His man-iage to
of Waumru1dee township with minor inclusions from Kurugunde Wald of Mill Creek Valley town of
Sections I 0 and 16. In other words, the property holders Alma took place Sept. 1, 1887.
Charles Ruppert. the various Reuters. G. H. Krumdick,
and the Ochsner brothers. Additional reference to Three years later in 1890 he bought the Buffalo
Nicholas Bach is appropriate because besides his farm County Journal and it was through llis able pub-
occupying most of Section 17 in Montana, he owned the lishing of this county seat weekly that his name
land. including the cemetery, behind the Cathol ic Church. became among the best known in the homes of
A few other individuals deserve mention-Jacob Buffalo county. He continued to publish the
Richtman from the fa rm later owned by Melvin/ Ronald paper for 23 years until he sold out in 19 l 3 to
Hohman behind the Oertli store in upper Waumandee. retire to the farm wllich he gave the name "Buena
Born in Rheinish Prussia, he served in Lhe Wisconsin Vista." However, during those years he assumed
Cavalry during the Civi l War. Back on the farm he became many other important duties besides the editing
an expert thresher man, then moved to Fountain City of the newspaper. In 1897 he was appointed post-

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Waumandee, Wisconsin 1860-1960:

master and held that office sixteen years. He ship, Herculean, from Le Havre in northeastern France to
resigned in J 913 so he might retire lo Lhe farm. America. After a long voyage, the fam ily landed in New
Orleans, Louisiana on July 21, 1847. Travelling immedi-
For a great many years he served as member of ately up river they reached New Albany [opposite
the school board, first as treasurer and then as Louisville, KYl on their way lo join countrymen al
clerk. He was one of the most ardent advocates Lanesville, Harrison County, Indiana where they acquired
for Lhe establishment of Buffalo County normal 40 acres of land on which lhey dwelled for the next 15
school here, and for 30 yem·s served as member years:'
of the normal school board. For 40 years he held Daughter Margaret. married Adam Glotzbach in I 849
the office of court conunissioner. Five years he in Lanesville, and came to Buffalo County to fa rm
was a member of the county board, during the between 1857-1 869. However, in 1870 they moved again
last as chairman. He was elected member of the with their fami ly to Paxico, Kansas. Through letters from
assembly and served Buffalo and Pepin county in this brother-in-law, Charles Ruppert came north on the
the state legislature 1919- I920.' Mississi ppi accompanied by his half-brother, Joseph
Sendelbach, landing at Fountai n City. Charles remained
Thus, Richtman and Ganz together represent a typical with his brolher-in-Jaw for some time, then in I 862
feature of Lhe Waumandee populace: they constantly fed decided to return for his father and mother.
leaders and statesmen into the larger pool of servants who In 1865, Charles Ruppert married Mathilda Reuter,
have dignified our country. another Lanesville, Indiana immigrant, with whom he had
eleven children. Five children were living when Charles
died, May 8, 1919. Both Mathilda and baby son, William,
* * * * * * * had already died in February, I 888. Charles purchased 40
George and Charles Ruppert
George Ruppert (b. 1797 - cl. 1864) was born in a acres of land in Section 9, Waumandee Township, Buffalo
fam1ing village near Karbach, a Lown on Lhe Mai n River in County, on May 10, I 875. Joseph Sendelbach acquired 40
northern Bavaria, Germany. Here he married the widow of acres of land in Sectjon I I, Waumandee township on June
George Sendelbach, Catherine Hartmann Sendelbach, and l 0, 1868 and additional acres on May 2, 1870 for a total of
with her tlu·ee children (Margaret, Michael, and Joseph) 200. Some years after Joseph hacl married Maria Rippley,
and their son, Charles (b. 1842 - cl. 1919). set sail on the the family moved about 188 1 to Kansas ancl then to
Oklahoma when, in I 889 lndian lands became available to
homesteaders. His land in Waumandee was purchased by
Charles Ruppert Michael Sendelbach also obtained 40
acres in Section 1I , on May 10, 1870 and another 40 on
June 5, 1874, acreage that adjoined Joseph 's Janel.
Ruppert was expansive in his ambition to acquire
additional lmid. For example on January I , 189 I the
Buffalo County Journal reports: "Charles Ruppert is
reported to have bought John Flynn's farm. Mr. Flynn
leaves for Chicago today where he will go into business.
Johnny is a good fellow ancl we wish him success. Rudolf
J. Ochsner, who is auending Lhe stace universi ty, is spend-
ing vacacion at home." This seems to be the farm owned
later by Nat Reuter and his heirs.
\Vhile clecails concerning the Ruppert fami ly m·e dis-
pm·ate, there were a few Waumandee incidents connected
to hjs farmstead. From his obituary we learn that Ruppert
retired to Winona where he died in the Lakeview
Sanitarium at 676 Grand Street. Attending his fun eral in
May 19 l 9, were son John of Bowman, North Dakota,
Frank of Winona, Mrs. A. W. Tickfer of Belletield, North
Dakota, Mrs. Henry Fink of Bloomer, and Anna Ruppert.
In the obituary is the comment, "Ruppert was widely
Heodsrone of Charles R11ppen in
known. He was possessed of many eccentricities which
St. Boniface Cemetery. Waumandee.

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made him a picturesque resident of this section for many hearted little fe llow. The funeral was held
years." On the lighter side, there were remarks about his Tuesday. Rev. Christ delivering the se1mon and
hospitaJjry. the Mannerchor singing a song at the grave."

A large number of merry wedding guests were Always respected, Ruppert on March I 0. 1893 in the
assembled at Bach's Hall last Monday to cele- Buffalo Counry Journal is praised for his animal hus-
brate the wedding of Miss Mary M. Ruppert to bandry: ''Charles Ruppert is doing a good business in
Mr. Henry Fink. The ceremony was performed at horses. having old three splendid animals during rhe last
St. Boniface church in the forenoon and in the three weeks ranging from SI00 10 $ 150 in price." The fol-
afternoon guests began to arrive at Lhe home of lowing April 28, we read ··John Ruppert has purchased a
the bride's fa ther, Mr. Charles Ruppert. As Mr. fine top buggy from Mr. Frey and he promised the girls a
Ruppert's hospitality is well known to all, it is ride as soon as the road would be a lillle better." Mr. Frey
needless to say that everybody was liberally pro- is then owner of 1he Waumandee grocery store and may
vided for with the best from kjtchen and cellar. have dealt in buggies as well as in general store products.
After partaking of a bounteous supper, the guests On October 6, 1905 the Arcadia Leader recounts: "Charles
betook themselves to Bach's hall where dancing Ruppert advertised an auction on his Wuamandee farm,
and merrymaking was kept up until an early intending to retire from farming. I-le leased his farm to
hour, when the guests departed wishing the George Benning and Wi lli ma Bueltzow." Again on
young couple a li fe as full of joy and happiness Wednesday October 18, 1905, Ruppert held an auction on
as was their wedding day. Both are among the bis farm in Waumandee, offering his 22 milk cows, 45
best of Buffalo county's young people and fully hogs, six horses, 26 young stock and all his machinery for
deserve the high esteem they are held in by their sale. Shortly thereafter he moved to Winona where, in
friends and neighbors. The Journal wishes them retirement, he on one occasion lost $2,640 to a confidence
a smooth journey across the sea of life. 5 man in Burns Yalley. 7
A genuinely progressive farmer. the Arcadia leader
Less than a year later in 1893 several cruldren faced repons on February 21. 1895 his construction of a new
tragedy on Ruppert's property. house. "Charles Ruppert has begun hauling lumber from
Fountain City for the erection of a new residence the
A sad accident befell one of N. Cramolini's chil- coming spring. We understand that Roettiger and Co. have
dren last Sunday and might have caused the death taken the contract for building the same."
of several others. Five li1tle boys from 6 to 10 Wl1ile the Ruppert farm in the following quote may be
years of age were playing in a sandy ditch about irrelevant, the adjoining details are of worthy of note:
8 feet deep when the bank caved in covering the
children up. Chris Zingg, the oldest and strongest William and Ray Zinsli of Marshfield attended
one, managed to extricate himself and made a the Pronschinski-Senclelbach wedding here last
heroic effort Lo excavate his play mates digging Tuesday. They made the trip by car. George
desperately for them with his little hands. He Pronschinski of Eagle Valley moved onto the
soon managed LO li berate his younger brother, Ruppert farm vacated by .John Schlesser. Alvin
whom he sent to Charles Ruppert's house to Kirschner moved on the Thoeny f~u-m last week.
summon aid . ln the meantime, little Christie Ed Helm took possession of the Kirschner farm.
worked on, and before help came, had dug up two Miss Anna Sendelbach and Mr. Sylvan
more of his playmates and was at work trying to Pronschinski were united in marriage Tuesday
save little Emil Cramolin i who was buried deeper Nov. 4th. Attendants were Caroline Semling and
than the rest. But alas his efforts were in vain for Frank Pronschinsk i. Armil la Bill and Ed
when the little form was unearthed, the angel of Sendelbach. Bride is the oldest daughter of
death had already lighted over the scene and tbe Anton Sendelbach. A bount iful wedding dinner
child who played happily but a few short minutes was served the same day. Newlyweds left for
before was no longer among the living. The grief honeymoon trip to the west. after their return they
of the parents being thus suddenly bereft of one will take possession of the John Flury farm. 8
of the dear children is indescribable and they
have the sympathy of their neighbors. Emil was During various times, Charles Ruppert served on the
6 and a half years of age and a bright kjnd- Waumandee town board. For example, already on April

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Waumandee, Wisco11si11 1860-1960:

I 2. I877. the Alma \Veekly £rpress offers the election On ly five were living when Charles Sr. died on May
re ulls: "Town elec1ions for Waumandee: C. Kirchner. 8. 1919.
chair. C. Ruppen and Wm Liebenberg supervisors. N.
Maier clerk. G. Harper Treasurer; Wm Linse. W. J. Several of the Ru ppert fami ly are buried in the
Johnson and G. Harper justices. Thos. Hynes. M. Philippi Waumandee Catholic cemetery. Grandfather Charles P.
and A. Henry, Jr. constables." Allhough Mathilda Reuter Ruppert 1797-1864, Grandmother Catherine 1805- 1882,
Ruppert died already on February 12, 1888 at the age or Charles 1874- 1875, Adelhaide 1879- 1882, William 1887-
39, she and Charles were the parents of twelve children 1888, Joseph 1869-1869, Father Charles 1842- 1919,
born a~ fo llows: Mother Mathilda I 849- I 888. Clara 1877- 1905, Anna
I ) Mary. October 15, 1867 - man-ied Henry Fink Katherine 1876-195 I_ There were many more bi rths in
September 12, I 892, died March 30. 1948. Waumandee, notably to John Ru ppert (married to Rosa
2) Rosina, October I 0, 1868, married Peter J. Barth Roesch, d. 1943) who later moved to Bowman, in 1he
September 23, 1895, died March 5, 19 19. southwest corner of North Dakota. On the deteriorating
3) Joser)h, b. 1869, cl. 1869, grave marker in St. Boniface gravestone of the elder Charles P. Rupert are the words:
cemetery. " Nach liberstandenen schwercn Leiden, bin ich veredelt in
4) John . March 20, 1871 , married Rosa Roesch licbcn Freuden" - After surviving much suffering, I am
September 4. 1894 died 1943 in Bowman, ND. transformed into beloved joy.
5) Katherine, June 6, I 873 married August Tickfer June
I 1. 1902. died December 26, 1970.
6) J oseph Carl (Charles), October 25. I 874. d. 1875.
* * *
Frank Reuter
7) Anna Katherine, January 5. 1876. died l 951. After the death of Charles Ruppert. Frank Reuter. Sr.
8) Clara Elizabeth, November 13. 1877. died June 18. purchased the Ruppert-Krumdick-Scndelbach fam1 north
1905. of Waumandee, hjs 7 14-acre acquisition labeled the best
9) Cecelia Aclclhaide, November 22, 1879, died 1882. land in the county. At the price of $85,000 on August 30,
I 0) Francis J., January 29, 1883, married Caroli ne 19 19, his purchase was called the biggest land deal in the
Schueler May 5, 1909. state. "The purchase of this tract makes Reuter one or the
l I) E mma Josephina, June 6. 1885 died August 3, 1886, biggest owners of improved land in the state and is the
and holder of the heart of the Waumandee Valley." '1
12) William Adolph, June 6, 1887, died February 1888. Connected by marriage and place of origin to the
Ruppert household is the Reuter family. Paterfamilias

Threshing 11·i1h pil•ot pm1·erfro111 horse teams using a worm gear drfre. 011 the Deck farm, neighbors of the Rewer family.

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A11 Ajfectio11ate Portrait

Michael Reuter was born al Mainaschaff near John Schmidtkneeht and Elisabeth Bremer. J.M. Wicker,
Aschaffenburg in northwestern Bavaria in 18 17. coming lo 9) Elizabeth - John Beisang & EI y Erbelding, lO) Frank
New Orleans in 1846 and thence lo Lanesville, Indiana. - Magdelena Ziegenweide, and l I) Louise who died an
On the same vessel was his future wife, Eva Seibel, whom infant !On the 22nd of February, 1872 l baptized Ludovica
he married shortly a fler entry, he 29. she 17. '° For a ti me, Nicole, daughter of Michael Reuter and Eva Seibel, who
Michael had a job as a foreman al the Armour Packing Co. was born on February 19. The sponsors were Nicholas
in Louisville, Kentucky, just ncross the bridge from a11cl ElisabcLh Bach. L. Lay].
Lanesville. Here on October 8, 1854 in Harrison County, Michael and Eva Seibel Reuter stayed in Lanesville,
lndiana, Michael became a citizen of the United States. Indiana for 19 years but in 1865 came to Waumandee, in
Upon arrival in Waumandee in 1865, Michael. with his the wake of other Harrison county immigrants who had
wife. purchased 160 acres in section 15 from Louis sculed first in Indiana. Among them were the Zeller.
Weivers immediately west of the vi llage of Waumandee." Wei cnbergcr. Ruppen, Gass. Foegan and other families.
Together. Michael Reuter and Eva Seibel had eleven After Michael had bought his first 160 acres of fannland.
chi ldren. Their names are listed with spouses, interlarded he built a barn in 1867 and in 1874 a dwelling constructed
wil11 available St. Boniface church records: I) Mathilda wi th brick fabricated in Waumandee. In 1871 he bought
- Charles Ruppert, 2) Magdalena - Adam Klein [On another SO-acre tracL in section 15 making his land 240
the 28th of October. 1869 I united in matrimony Adam acres in a body. Noted fo r his herd of shonhom cattle and
Klein, son of Adam Klein. and Magdalena Reiter, daugh- Clydesdale horses, Michael Reuter was also strong in
ter of Michael Reucer. The witnesses were Bernard Klein dairy production. He continued farming until his death in
and Ludovica Fiirst. L. Layl. 3) Katherina - Robert 1878. after which time his wife and children operated the
Gruenenwald [On the 19th of June. 1883 I united in mat- farm. In 1890. Frank Reuter Sr. purchased the original
rimony Robert Griinenwald, son of Jacob Griinenwald and 240 acre farm from his mother [died 1909],'3 expanding
Susanna Spori. and Catharina Reuter, daughter of Michael hi acreage until in 1914 the Reuter fann had waxed to a
Reuter and Eva Seibel. The wi tnesses were John conspicuous 890 acres. Besides owning his home farm,
Grilnenwald and Rose Gebus. S. Rohr), 4) .John -Anna Frank Sr. purchased farms for his six children.
Giesen [On the 13th of February 1882, I united in matri-
mony John Reuter, son of Michael and Eva Reuter, and
Anna Giesen, daughter of Arnold and Angela Giesen. The
witnesses were Francis Reuter and Angela Botzet. L.
Lay] , 5) Mary - John Sehmidtknecht,1i 6) J oseph (twin)
- Theresa Gass [On the I 6th of February, 1886 I united in
matrimony Joseph Michael Reuter. son of Michael Reuter
and Eva Seibel, and Theresa Gass, daughter of Mauhew
Gass and Catharine Boyerlc. The witnesses were
Sebastian Martin Gass and Josephina Reuter. S. Rohrl.
7) Rosa (twin) - Adam Schneider !On the 17th of'
November, 1884, I united in matTimony Adam Schneider,
son of Adam Schneider and Elisabeth Lehmann, and Rosa
Reuter, daughter of Michael Reuter and Eva Seibel. The
witnesses were Joseph Reuter and Henricus Fink, and
Josephina Reuter and Lou isa Arpagaus. S. Rohrl and
again [On the 18th of April. 1881, I baptized Elisabeth,
daughter of George Schneider and Caroline Bach, who
was bom on April 4. The sponsors were Elisabeth and
Adam Schneider. L. Layl and fina lly !On the 26th of
November, 188 l, 1 baptized Maria Elisabeth, daughter of
Matthaeus Riple and Agatha Matschi, who was born on
October 16, 1881. The sponsors were Anna Elisabeth and
Adam Schneider. L. Lay], 8) J osephina - George When the I874 brick home burned lo the ground in
Bremer [On the 6th of January. 1890. I baptized Elisabeth, 1935 a new home much Iike the old was reconstructed.
daughter of George Bremer and Josephina (nee Reuter), Concerning this house fire. the newspapers reported as
who was born on December 22. 1889. The sponsors were follows:

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the Conmd Ocli.rner la11d lies west and south of the village proper, now Rose Hillig.

86
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Within a year the new residence at the approximate


Oct. 10, 1935: The all modern farm home of site of the old, was nearing completion. Among other items
Frank Reuter Jr. in lrish Valley burned complete- reported in October, 1936 was the following: October l,
ly with practically all household furniture, cloth- 1936: "Civilian Conservation Corps Enrollment for Buffalo
ing etc. at about midnight Sunday. The s ix chil- County: The 8th enrollment will be in October, and for eli-
dren ranging from 3 - 12 years were home alone. g ibility applicants must be: single, citizens by bi.Ith or nat-
The parents were attending a card party at St. uralization, between 17 & 28 years old, and only those are
Boniface auditorium when the news of the fire e ligible who make an allotment to actual dependents. either
spread. All men present went to assist, but only a of blood or obligation, which dependents must be receiving
few pieces of furniture could be saved. The re lief' or be eligible for relief at the time of certification . ..
oldest daughter, Ruth, heard noise of the fire . The new residence on the Frank Reuter farm, which is
when it sta1ted in the basement, supposedly from being built by the Arnold carpenter crew of Arcadia, is
the furnace and some shingles which had been almost completed."' 5
piled there recently. She aroused her four sisters
and one brother and got them out of the house, Born on March 25 , 1860 in Indiana, Frank Reuter Sr.
then ventured back to the telephone to call for was schooled in Waumandee, marrying Magdalena
help. Ziegenweide [the name was later abb rev iated to
"Ziegweid"] in Glencoe on June 12, J883. The latter died
Oct. 17, 1935: A large number of fri ends and rel- in t938, Frank Sr. in 1939. Concerning his farming
atives gathered al the school auditorium Sunday methods, details are sketchy but success was everywhere
and presented Mr. and Mrs. Frank Reuter Jr. with man ifest. Newspaper tidbits tell us a few minutia: [The
some useful household a1ticles as a showing of Cochrane Recorder , July 21 , 1927: R. G. Everist pur-
their thoughtfulness and sympathy. The Reuter chased a Buick Sedan from Alfred Roher Thursday.
home and practically all within was destroyed by Charles Bohlinger purchased a Dodge car from Winona
fire a week ago. Card of Thanks. We wish to Motor Co last week. John Erickson accompanied R. G.
thank all who in ~ll1Y way assisted us through the Everist to his home at Milwaukee Friday. Contractor
disastrous fire that destroyed our home Sunday Arnold and his crew began work on the new residence
night, and aU who in any way assisted us in erect- wh ich is being erected by Frank Reuter Sr. in the village of
ing a temporary house, or for any assistance ren- Waumandee.] Th.is is the house at the far northern edge of
dered. The Frank Reuter, Jr. and Sr. families. " Waumandee village, later owned by Louis Rippley, which
lot had been sliced from the Ruppert I Adam Reuter fann.

Transporting hogs to marker Novem.ber 20, 1917 on. the Frank Reurer.fann.

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Perhaps the best summary about the life and achievements


of Frank Reut.er Sr. is the newspaper entry on the occasion During the evening luncheon, Thomas Crawford
or his golden wedding anniversary. gave a talk to the 180 guests, O rlando Haines
June 15, 1933. Mr. and M rs. F. Reuter Celebrate sang a solo- a dance was given at
Golden Wedding [front page, center col umn]. At Wirtenberger's Hall where Mr. and Mrs. Reuter
8 AM by Rev. J. D. Anibas, auended by Joe were recipients of many gifts. . .. The Reuters
Reuter, brother of the groom, and Josephine were married at St. Joseph 's Cathol ic Church ill
Gerlach as bridesmaid, both being the witnesses G lencoe, Wisconsin.
at the wedding 50 years ago. Mr. Orlando
Haines and Be lva Reuter were maids of honor. . The daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Adam Ziegenweide
. . After the ceremony, a 3-course meal was was born near Madison and came lo Glencoe at
served at the St. Boniface School Auditorium the age of nine. She was educated at Cowie
with 75 relatives attending. Music throughout the school and Arcadia High and afterwards taught
day by Evelyn Fernholz. pianist, and Lucile for seven years in Buffalo county schools, one of
Kastner, violi nist. Mrs. Bernhard Hil lig sang which was the Cowie school. Judge Cowie of La
solos "when the hair has turned to silver and an Crosse recal ls Mrs. Reuter as his fi rst teacher.
old fashioned garden." After the dinner, Anton Frank Reuter, the son of Michael and Eva Reuter,
Ziegweid, an attorney of Chicago and brother was born near Lanesville, Indiana, March 25,
of the bride, acted as toastmaster. J. D. Anibas, J. 1861.
L. Hauck, Mollie Ziegweid, Tom Hogan, James
Flyn11, Dr. Frank Krumholz, Bernard Hill ig Sr., During the Civil War the family came to the state
Mrs. Addie Fernholz and Frank Reuter Sr. made of Wisconsin and settled on the home farm as it is
speeches. now called in the community. T he trip north was

Seated: Frank Reuter S1:, Frank ./1:, Magdalena, Clara. Standing: Adam, Nat, Adelaide, Elsie, Olive, Lo11ise.

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made by train as far as La Crosse which was the ilies. ln 1924 Mr. Reuter retired from active
end of the railroad to the north in those days. At farming and in 1927 built a house in Waumandee.
La Crosse, wagons and one additional horse were
purchased and the trip overland started. This was Mr. Reuter is not only a successful farmer, but
in March 1865 and Mr. Reuter remembers the trip also a banker. In 1914 he, with a group of other
through the Black River as the water was so high farmers, organized the Waumandee State Bank.
it came into the wagon box, frightening the He was elected president and holds that office at
family. present Reuter has been responsible for the
growth and success of the bank and after the
Built Brick House. Only a log hut awaited them recent bank holiday, the bank emerged with a I00
when they reached their new home but Mr. percent record having a surplus of undivided
Reuter's father built a brick house the next year profits on hand to take care of an emergency
and this house stands today. The fami ly faced the without the necessity of calling on the stockhold-
trials of the pioneers for the first few years and ers for assistance. Reuter's hobby is politics. He
one year the mother and children became sick has an active interest in the community and held
with typhoid fever, so prevalent in those clays. the office of school clerk for many years, town
Winona had the closest doctor and that was a treasurer for seven years and town chairman for
day's journey away so the father nursed the ten years. He is a member of the SL Boniface
family back to health. church in Waumandee. The couple has nine chil-
dren, three sons, and six daughters, all living
In 1878, his father, Michael Reuter, d ied so the within a few miles of the old home farm. One
mother and children managed the farm. Frank daughter drowned at the age of I 3 in the
Reuter's schooling consisted of just a few years Mississippi while swimming near Trevino.'6
in the grades, but he has become a leader in the
community. A few years after his maniage, he As noted in the newspaper summary, Frank Sr. and
purchased the home fann from the other children Magdalena Ziegenweide Reuter had nine children:
for the sum of $9,000 for 240 acres. Mr. Reuter I) Adelaide - Archie Fuller I Louis Fernholz, 2) Nat -
has since purchased several tracts of land and put Flora Rotering, 3) Elsie - Nie Theisen, 4) Ol ive -
in modern improvements. Six of his children Bernard Hillig, 5) Adam - Alvina Justin. 6) Louise -
occupy farms he originally purchased and tlu·ee Frank Krumholz, 7) Claire - Edward Sendelbach, and 8)
children and their families operate 2,200 acres Frank Reuter Jr. - Cecilia Kreye. 9) Mathilda, drowned
that formerl y furnished fann homes for nine fam- when she was 13 years old."
Beginning in 1930, Frank Reuter Jr. rented the 400
core acres from his father which he bought from his
parents on January 2 , 1937. Concerning several of the
above, there are newspaper and ecclesiastical documents
as follows:

Sept. 2, 1959: Adam Reuter Sr. 67, Waumandee


died Thursday evening [August 19, 1959] while
being taken to the hospital at Arcadia. He had
been ill several montl1s. He was born August 25,
1891 at Waumandee and lived there all his life.
He was tl1e son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank R euter Sr.
A member of St. Boniface Catholic Church, he
was a retired farmer. He married the former
Alvina Justin of Fountain City, October 26, 1926,
at St. M.u·y's Church, Fountain City, the Rev.
Fries officiating. Survivors are: His Wife, three
Ruth Reuter Benusa. Eunice Sendelbacl1 Haines. Edward sons, Adam Jr. Waumandee, Cletus and Robert at
Sendelbach, Doro1hy Rewer Webe1; Magdalene Sendelbach home. Three daughters, Mrs. Joseph Delores
Fried. Taken at the celebra1ion of the Frank Rewer S1: golden Benusa, Waumandee; Mrs. Francis Ma1ian
wedding anniversarv on June 15, 1933.

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Waumandee, Wisco11si11 1860-1960:

Yoakam, Pasadena CA and Mrs. Donald Patricia Waumandee and have lived there si nce. he held
K illian, of Milwaukee; two brothers, Nathan and various offices and was a trustee of St. Boniface
Frank of Waumandee; four sisters. Mrs. Adelaide Church for 12 years and presiden t of the
Fernholz and Mrs. K rumh olz of A rcadia and Mrs. Waumandee State Band the past eight years. He
Olive Hillig and M rs. Edward Clara Sendclbach is survived by his w ire, one daughter Mrs. George
of Waumandee and seven grandchildren, two Belvn Feuling, Fountain City, und one son, Aaron
sisters have died. Funeral serv ices were held Reuter, living on the home farm and 10 grand
Saturday at 10 AM at St. Bon i face church, Rev. children. Four sisters. Mrs. Adelaide Fernholz,
A nton L. Lecheier. Arcadia, officiating. Burial M rs. Frnnk Louisa Krumholz of A rcadia; Mrs.
was in the church cemetery. Olive Hill ig and Mrs. Edward Cl ai re Sendelbach
and one brother, Frank Reuter. Funeral services
October 15, 1959: Nat Reuter. 7-!., who had been were held Friday morning at 10 o'clock with
ailing for some time was taken 10 a L aCrosse Father Brockmann officiating and burial took
Hospital about rwo weeks ago for a checkup place in the church cemetery. Six nephews were
where he became seri ously ill and died Tuesday pnllbcarers: Frank Krumholz Jr., Adam R~uter,
October 6 at I I :55 A M Hi s wi fe and children David T heisen. Bernard Hi llig, Francis Reuter
were at his bedside. He was born on che farm of anti Wi lliam Sendelbach.
his parents August 30, 1885 at Waumandee. The
son of Frank and Magdalen Z iegwcid Reuter, he Concernin g the Edward I W illi am I John
grew up helping his parents on the farm. with the Senclelbach farm. once a composite of the Frank
exception of anending St. Thomas College in St. Rewer Sr. land estate. there are a few interesting
Paul for some time. On September 26. 1916 he newspaper comme111s pertaining to the tenure
was united in marriage to Flora Helen Rothering when Edward was married to Clara Reuter and
at St. Boniface Catholic Church. They went to living on the former Ruppert I Reuter complex:
live on a farm near rl1e village where they li ved
until 1947. Their son Aaron and family remained Dec. 25, I 919 Ed Sendclbach brought his truck
on the farm w hile they bought a home in home from Cochrane Saturday. Good roads, Ed?

Magdalena Re111er John Zwiegweide

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A11 Affectionate Portrait

J. A. Hohmann began grinding feed for the


farmers at his home. Those that want feed ground
right, bring it to him. Anton Huettel purchased an
International tractor form Ferdinand Hansen of
Cochrane. George Riesch is lhc owner of a new
Grant Six. Robert Konsella, .Joseph Fritsch ler and
Ernest Weltzien arc the new cream haulers
employed by the Garden Valley creamery.

March 2. 1960: Ed Sendelbach Barn Destroyed


by Fire. A barn fire of unknown origin destroyed
the large barn and tool shed on the Ed Sendelbach
farm, one mile north of Waumandee, Tuesday
afternoon at about 3: I 5. Mr. Sendelbach. who
had been laid up with the flu , was home alone al
the time of the fire, which was fi rst noticed by
Mrs. A dam Reuter, a neighbor, who called Lhe
Sendelbach home and reported the fire.
Sendelbach immediately called the Waumandee-
Montana Volunteer Fire Department who rushed
to the scene and battled the fire until about mid-
night to keep it from spreading to orher farm
buildings. The barn and tool shed combination
was completely destroyed by the afternoon blaze
al ong with all the hay, feed and feed grinding
equipment housed in the upstairs of the barn. A ll
the cattle, however. were saved. The amount of John Ochsner
damage caused by the fire was not known at press
time. * * * * *
John Ochsner
A great deal or the Ochsner family hislOry is linked to
.,. the Waumandee mill. Thus. only a summary is added here.

* * * * * Reporting in his brier 190 I autobiography manuscript.


Frank Reuter Jr. John Ochsner claims birth to Heinrich and Barbara Morf
Born in 1898 [On the 13th of March. 1898 l baptized Ochsner in the Swiss Canton of Zurich, on February 26,
Joseph Francis Reuter, son of Francis Reuter and 1832. T his docu ment was translated in 1945 by his son
M agdalena Ziegenweide, who was born on February 14, Rudolph .I . Ochsner. '" Se11 ling first "wi th the whole family
1898. The sponsors were Joseph Reuter-standing in for in Sauk County in 185 1," John Ochsner reports u·avel to
John Smidtknecht and Maria Sm idtknecht. A. Havestadt], thal point via Le Havre to New York. by steamboat across
Frank Reuter maffied Cecelia Kreye in 1922, Frank Reuter the Great Lakes to Detroit. by rai l 10 Lake Michigan. and
Jr. and Cecelia had seven chj ldren: I ) Ruth - Gilbert then by steamer to Milwaukee. Apparently his brother.
Benusa, 2) Dorothy - William Weber, 3) Phyllis - John Henry and others were already in the Sauk City vicinity
Kostner, 4) Janice - Don M orrison, 5) Franci s - Joyce where he stayed a1 first. On Henry's farm at Honey Creek
Angst, 6) Mary Lou - Cleon Fernholz, 7) Thomas - they rai sed wi111er wheat. potatoes and corn. In 1854 they
Kat11y Dittrich. Francis bought Lhe home farm on March were j oined by the arriving Waelty and Manz families.
31, 1962 while his son, B radley, became the 5th generation Scouting for land in Iowa. Blue Earth and Mankato.
owner in 1991. One of Bradley's sons, Phillip or Paul. Minnesota. they headed ror La Crosse and eventually
may some day become the 6th generation to own this farm. <.:ame to Waumandee in 1856. /\s w ith brother Henry, John
Frank Jr. died in 1987 and Cecelia. known as Ciel, there- also returned 10 Switzerland where he married Louise
after. Wacl1y or Canton St. Ga llen on February 25, 1861. Back
on his Waumandee farm he buil! the !lour mill in 1863. He
died January 24. 1920 and is buried in the cemetery below
Waumandee.

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Waumandee, Wisconsin 1860-1960:

According to the John Ochsner biographer, no name the family took their marriage vows. Charles
is more intimately and favorably associated wilh the Weber Jr. married Miss Bertha Ochsner while
history of Buffalo County than that of John Ochsner.'9 In Valentine Thony took Anna Ochsner as his wife.
1856 he purchased the 280 acres in sections 16, 21 and 22 The ceremony was performed by Justice of the
were he built the brick home in 1886. Soon he bought Peace E. F. Ganz of Alma bringing the couples
another 80 acres in section 15 to gain a better water supply. together for life. For the Bertha Ochsner-Weber
A portion of his first farm was then sold lo brother Conrad couple the· witnesses were Edwcu·d, Ernst and
Ochsner, currently the Hillig farm. Subsequently he also Rudolf Ochsner with lcla Weber and Mary
owned 280 acres in Lincoln township and 160 acres in Tomsson, whereas for the Anna Ochsner-Thony
Montana. On his land adjacent to the creek he built his pair the witnesses were Emma Ochsner and Anna
gristmill in 1863, using at first a pair of millstones and a Thony.
rnrbine water wheel. In 1886 he rebuilt lhe mill to accom- Many guests came from far and near to share
modate a roller system employing eight rollers. Also this double ring event and all were elegantly
available were burr stones for grinding feed. In the fall of served with food and drink. In the evening the
1887 there was a fire, supposedly by an arsonist, and the guests proceeded to Angst's Hal I where the
following year he repaired the edifice where he kept pro- wedding dance tocik place for which the orches-
ducing the brand of "White Rose." Most famous of his tra, consisting of Wcinandy. Schieche and
brands, however, was "Lillywhite" named after one of his
most distinguished millers.
Although this text is cited earlier in the Lower
Waumandee business section, it deserves to be repeated
here:

Our champion miller, Mr. John Ochsner, is also


doing a little in the building line this season,
notwithstanding the hard times. He is putting up
a neat and corrunodious granary on his premises.
His place, as seen from the public road, has now
a very fine appearance. Many of your readers
wil l remember William Lillywhite, Mr.
Ochsner's favorite miller for many years past.
He has gone to his farm in Iowa this spring where
he intends engaging his "otium cum dig" for a
while. Besides being a first class miller, Billy is
a regular Johnny Bull with al l the shorts and bran
sifted out of his composition. His farm stands on
the banks of a beautiful lake abounding in deli-
cious fish, and Mr. Lillywhi te has his pleasure
boat and enjoys himself like a fine old English
gentleman, beg pardon, we mean young.20

With his wife, Louisa (daughter of John and Dorothea


Staub Waelty) the Ochsners had children- Adolph, Lena,
Rudolph, Henry, Hedwig.

Late in the nineteenth century the Buffalo County


Republikaller (June 10, J897) repo11ed on the double
wedding of the Ochsner daughters.

On Tuesday June 8 a beautiful double


wedding was celebrated al the home of Mr. and
Mrs. Conrad Ochsner, where two daughters of Nicholau.r Bach Senior born in Germany April I. 1807
and died December /.J. 1888.

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An Affectionate Portrait

Hlibsch, furnished fine music. Coming from a Arkansas. Coming to Waumandee were Dorothy, Conrad,
distance were Dr. Ernst Ochsner from Chicago, Barbara, Elizabeth, Anna and Grandmother Anna Barbara,
Edward Ochsner and Mary Tomsson from St. who died in 1877. Dorothy married Henry Manz [Nie
Paul, Henry Jager and famjly from Colo, Iowa Schlesser I Adank farm] and farmed adjacent to John.
and Mr. and Mrs. Conrad von Wald from Groton, ·Conrad married Elsie Hugendobler and farmed the current
South Dakota. Hillig homestead while Barbara Married Henry Waelty
Mr. Weber is lhe eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. and farmed on the Bohlinger I Reuter farm adjacent to
Charles Weber of this area who is now a progres- John and Conrad Ochsner as well as the Manz [holding
sive young businessman of Thompson Falls, some quarters jointly] -in Sections 15, 16 and 21.
Montana where the young couple plan to estab-
lish residence within a few weeks. His wife is the
eldest daughter of the Conrad Ochsners who
enjoy a large circle of friends around here. Mr.
* * * * * * *
Nicholas .Bach
Thony is well known and highly respected in this Although the Bach name is closely associated with
area of the county. He operates a farm in Trout the hotel in the business chapter, his name is important as
Creek Valley. His bride is likewise the daughter a prominent fami ly member or the Waumandee communj-
of Mr. and Mrs. Conrad Ochsner, and she was for ty as well. ln the words or his 1892 biographer, "no name
several years a successful teacher in the local is more fam iliar to the people of Buffalo County than that
schools. Both young couples have our hearty of Nie Bach, one of the largest land owners in the county
congratulations. May their paths in life always and the proprietor of that famous hostelry of the
be free of thorns. Waumandee Valley, the Waumandee Hotel."11 Born in
Niederkirchen in the state of Bavaria, Gemiany on
According to the Ochsner manuscript, Heimich November I, 1842. the son of Nicholaus and Josephine
Ochsner of Honey Creek with others was responsible for (Biehn) Bach. young Nicolas was one of ten children, all
orgaillzing the Freie Gemeinde in Sauk City and thus the ten of whom arrived in the U nited States. They immigrat-
Ochsner son, John, and brother-in-law, Henry Waelty, ed to the United States in 1857, landing in New York and
organized a branch at Waumandee, the Harmonie then proceeding to East Dubuque. lllinois. Nicholaus, the
Gesellschaft. Soon the remaining family of Ochsners also elder, fanned there, aggrandizing land also in Grant
came to Waumandee except brother Edward who enlisted County, Wisconsin where he operated "one of the largest
in the Civil War and was shot to death at Fort Maruson,

Nicholaus Bach Senior and Junior - buried in S1. 8011!face Cemetery V.'nu111a11dee.
The Senior Nic/wlcms Bach original stone is in the middle of the 11 110 newer place111ents.

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An Affectionate Portrait

Bernice. Edna, William and Agnes Bach i11 their front yanl with \.\la11111andee store in the left background.

farms in that section of the country, all under good culti- smith shop and saloon which was destroyed by
vation." Meanwhile, young Nie came to Waumandee to fire last fall. Moeckel and family have gone ro
which the elderly Nicholaus later retired. Soon after his Minnesota to seek a new home amid the prairies
arrival, the senior Nie was gored by a bull and died on of the west. Such is life on our frontier land-
December I4, 1888 al the age of 81. here today and away tomorrow. Mr. Bach is one
Before settling in Waumandee,'2 young Nie worked in of our best business men and enterprising citizens
St. Paul, on steamboats, and as a teamster between St. Paul and owns one of the finest farms in the upper part
and Dubuque. Following a brief stint as a farm hand in of Waumandee Valley.23
Glencoe, he came to Waumandee to work for Casper
Schmitz who owned a store and farm behind the Bach was praised for his grand balls given, e. g., on
Waumandee Hotel. When Schmitz died of a horse kick, July 4, 1890. In the Buffalo County Journal we read on
Bach took over. On August I, I 879 he married the widow September 4, 1890: "Charles Kach came to Waumandee
of Casper Schmitz and with her sired three children, John, to fini sh the stone foundation for a barn for J.
Rosa (wife of Joseph Kuehnhackl of La Crosse) and Schmidtknecht. Mr. Buchholz has purchased the
Emily. In due time Bach acquired 700 acres of land, Krummholz farm in Buel 's Valley, of Mr. Nie. Bach for
nearly all in Section 17 of Montana township, yielding $2,500." On December 4, 1890 is announced: "A farmer's
some 7,000 bushels of grain per year. His elegant brick alliance meeting was held in Nie Bach's hall last Sunday
house and outbuildings were his creation. [This land is but there were not very many present.2'' Charles Kach has
today split into various farms including Guenther and finished his contract of breaking stones for Charles
others]. When his hotel bui lding was destroyed by fire Ruppert, and has gone home to Fountain City."
(arson) in 1879, he erected the large, substantial structure Of course there were frequent dances, especially on
which stands today. "Mr. Bach's courteous manner and holidays like New Year's Eve and similar occasions. On
genial nature contribute to his populruity as a landlord. June 25, 1891 the editor comments: "Nie Bach will
Guests at the Waumandee hotel are always sure of a good arrange for one of his popular balls on the 4th. He will
table and prompt and kind attention." Democratic in polit- engage good music for the occasion and all may rest
ical affiliation, he held office as supervisor in Montana and assured that nothing will be left undone by Mr. and Mrs.
was roadmaster of Waumandee while active as a member Bach to make the celebration of the nation's holiday a
of the Catholic church. For numerous families in the grand success. The people of Waumandee and vicini ty
Waumandee area, Nicholas and Elisabeth Bach served as will make no mistake by attending this dance."
baptismal sponsors. Frequently, too, Nicholas Bach was On July 9, 1891 the paper reports on a burglary that
in the news: occurred at the Bach establishment:
Nicholas Bach or Montana is erecting a large and
handsome saloon in Waumandee on the site of the Burglars at work here last Sunday night, but the
former building belonging to him near the plunder they carried off was not very valuable.
Catholic Church. The fo1111er buildiDg which was They procured the tools from Jacob Fink's black-
lately occupied by Frederick Moeckel as a tin- smith shop from there going to Frey's store

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Wa11111a11dee, Wisconsi11 1860-1960:

paper tells us. "N ie Bach has leased his hall and saloon to
John Z ingg of Fountain City. We understand Mr. Zingg
will take possession about December lst at which time Mr.
Bach wi ll retire to private life." This is amplified on
November 26. 189 1 with the words: "Nie Bach sold his
personal properry at public auclion Tuesday and will.
before he retires from business. gi ve one of his popular
balls t0night (Thanksgiving Eve)."
However. the following May 6, 1891 Bach i s back in
the news: "May 6: Nie Bach. the hustler, is busy making
improvements on his farm in Montana, also improving his
premises in the vill age of Waumandee. If the hustler keeps
on bui lding he will soon have a little town of his own. M r.
Frey's new addition is rapidly being completed and will
acid greatly to the appearance of his premises. Young
ladies! Do not forget the dance al Frey's next Saturday. it
is leap yea r, you know." A nd when the si tuation with
Z ingg did not work out, we read: " July 15. Nie Bach is
Ca 1heri11e [Giesen/ (//I{/ Louis Zelle1: Af1er losing his rig/11 arm again since Ju ly 9th proprietor of his old stand. Mr. Joe
In a com shredde1; Lo11i.v /111i/1 !he slone omw11e11wl homes al Kuehnhakl. his son-in-law and an old expert in the busi-
his home 011 the norlhem le.fl side of Wo11111l111dee.
ness. will tend to the many customers. Mrs. Zingg and her
where they cut a hole in the door large enough to seven children will for the present occupy one of Mr.
reach inside and turn the key. which had been left Bach's houses." One month later on August 19, 1891 the
sticking in the lock. They then ransacked the announcement wa made: "Joe Kuehnhakl formally
drawers but did not get much as Mr. Frey had his opened his hotel and saloon in Nie Bach's former place
money in the bedroom. T hey took some store l ast Saturday. Joe has been in business here before and is
goods with them. how much cannot be said. welcomed back by his many friendl>." Events then ushered
going from here to Bach's place where they lost in misfortune when Nie Bach was injured: " Sept. I , 1892:
a few of the stolen articles. Here they took with John and Fred Senty have rented Mrs. Runkel's farm. Nie
them a small box containing some receipted bills. Bach met with a rather severe accident. He was engaged
There was no cash forthcoming here as ic does to take clown the roof of a long porch which dropped on
not believe in leuing it lie around loose for the him with full force and injured him badly on the spine."
convenience or such visitors. I t is reported that
they also visited the cellars of the houses they Fina lly, on February 9, 1922, the Cochrane
invaded, probably lo ascertain the quality of the Recorder reports the death of this distinguished
liquors stored away there. There is no trace of citi zen or Waumandee:
the burglars and no clue can be fou nd to point to February 9, Nicholas Bach funeral Tuesday.
any one. Died February 4, 1922 in East Dubuque Ill.
where he had made his home since 1914. Born in
T he Fourth of July ball at Bach's hall was well Bavaria. Germany, he came to East Dubuque wilh
attended and all were highly pleased. The cornet his parents at the age or 16 and died at 74 years.
band played in the evening while the fireworks Married Elizabet h Schmidt and lived in
were being displayed and they received much Waumandee 40 years in farm ing and hotel busi-
praise for the progress they are making.!.' ness. Funeral services were at St. Boniface with
Voussen officiating. ~
Other events were also scheduled at the Bach estab-
lishment. "Tuesday September lst. Dr. Kempter of Alma ConLrary to common assumption. the successor to the
wi ll be at Bach's Hotel next Sunday. September 13. one Bach property was not the son of Nicholas buc his nephew
day only. The picnic of the Catholic society which took William, who came up from Iowa. The former's children
place al Bach's hall last Sunday was well attended and a were named John, Rosa and Emily, who left Waumandee
success in every respect." as noted in the Journal, tO pursue careers elsewhere. Mostly, William Bach is
September I 0, 189 1. The same year on November 19, the known for having been the rural mail carrier from the Bach

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An Affectionate Portrait

home [later owned for many years by Albert and Orphic mourn the passing of a kind husband and loving
Benusa]. Occasionally the William Bach name appears in father. Funeral services were held at St. Boniface
the Cochrane Recorder: ·'August 2, 1927: Postmaster A. church of which he has been a member his full
H. Huettel and Rural carrier W. H. Bach motored to La li fe. Internment was in the St. Boniface cemetery.
Crosse 1\1esday to attend the stale postal convention ." On Bach had seemed to be in fa ir health and at his
June 6, l 935: "Postmaster A. H. Huettel accompanied supper and was at the time of his death at his
rural carrier W. H. Bach on his annual inspection trip home. He was stricken suddenly with an attack
Friday." Unexpectedly, in 1937. William died. of heart trouble and life passed out wilhin an hour
after the attack. He leaves to mourn two sisters,
Wm. Bach Passes Away Suddenly. The grim Mrs. Ann O'Tool of Auburn, Towa and Kate. Mrs.
reaper called at the home of William H. Bach last Schuyler Herrold, of Raven, Alberta. Canada.
Tuesday evening, May 25th just as the shades of Three sisters and his parents preceded him in
night were falling and took Mr. Bach to his death. Pallbearers were Russell E. White, George
eternal home. Bach was a rural carrier on the mail Bollinger, Alfred Haney, Malcolm Mailes, Alvin
route out of Waumandee for 28 years and 7 Hoch and Art Scheidegger, the laller a substitute
months and this sudden shock was felt by the carrier for Bach.!7
community in which Bach has spent the greatest
share of his life. Bach was born on October 23rd
1874 at Breda, Iowa the son of William and .,...
Catherine Bach. He spent the earlier part of his
* * * * *
life in the state of his birth. On June 26, 1906 he While there were many commun ity leaders in
was un ited in marriage to Agnes Ann Tierney. To Waumandee who deserve mention fo r lheir prominence it
this union were born two daughters Edna Mae of is impossible lo report on all of them. Certain families had
La Crosse and Bernice at home, who are left to enormous "staying power" due often to the numbers of
males born. e. g., the Pronschinske progenitor, Alben,
whose descendants oumumber all others. Somewhere
behind them are families with surnames like Sendelbach,
Schmidtknecht, Salwey, Senty. 0Lhers such as Rosenow,
Rothering, Reuter and Rippley with Hohman are surviving
if waning. Once highly prominent patronymics have dis-
appeared enti rely - Kindschy, Knecht, Kirschner, Klein,
not to mention the mosc conspicuous of ant iquity, Ochsner,
Ruppert. Bach. Richtmann. Ganz. Runkel, Henry.
Scheidegger and Others. or special demise are the Irish of
Irish Valley - gone with the winds of change are the fam-
ilies of Hynes, Flynn, Tierney, Milan, Crawford, Boyle
and others while Waters and Hogan barely survive.
The Swiss, once assertive, too, have waned along with
thei r Free Thinker society, the Harmonie Gesellschaft, in
lower Waumandee. Surnames con tinuing, however
weakly. are Buchli. Waelthy, Senty. Farner. Flury [origi-
nally Fluri]. Dascher, Salwey. Florin. Allemann. Luethi
and Christ while once ascendant Dttnuser. Oertli, Thoeny.
Meuli. Manz and others have departed. Silesian German
names have intruded through an outrlow of the
Independence horizon, especially into Montana, but also
into Waumandee: Wojchik, Benusa. Lejk, Srn ieja,
Symitczek. Milek. Killian, Lyga, Suchla, Puchalla,
Karrasch. Gierok. Pientok and Obieglo. What is fascinat-
ing is the issue that arises of ·'Federal" competencies.
When Wi II iam Tierney took the 1910 Census for
Bemice and William Bach taken in 1925. Waumandee. he recorded each of these Silesians not as

97
Wamnandee, Wisconsin 1860-1960:

arri ving from the Upper Silesian village of Poppelau but I! Schmidtknecht, John. Death and Burial: December 21 ,
as coming from "Portugal," an honest mistake for this Irish 23, 1905 Place of Birth: Waumandee, Wis. Age: 56.
man, because the pronunciation by a German speaker Disease: cancer, Priest: R. A. Heinzmann, Cemetery: St.
would make the two words sound almost identical. Boniface Remarks: died in Fountain City. Mary Reuter
Tierney probably did nol realize they speak the Spanish Schmjdtknecht, his wife, once the owner of the southern
dialect called Portuguese in Portugal, NOT German or half of Section 3 and the western quarter of Section 2 in
Polish wh.ich would glide from the tonugues of these early Waumandee township, was born in lndiana on September
immjgranl famili es. 20, 1853 and died December 25 , 1925. About John the
ln the end, Waumandee is hardly at variance fro m the 1900 census taken by C. W. Senty states: John
thousands upon thousands of simi lar communi ties whose Schmidtknecht head, born June 1850, 49, born at Sea,
rural texture in America once reflected with mirror accu- parents born in Germany, year immigrated 1850. He can
racy some Europem1 village or town. But as the languages neither read nor write, but he can speak English. Wife:
have lapsed, so have the European identities they have Mary Schmidtknecht born September .1833, 46, born in
bequeathed. Gone too are the causes, religious or politi- Indiana, parents born in Germany - can read and write,
cal, they once upheld. Jn the wake of industiialization that and speak English.
13
once was itself the cause fo r emigration, urbanization has Reuter, Eva Death and Burial: January 31, February 3,
continued centuries after its bi1t h with the result that today 1909. Place of Birth: Bavaria, Germany Age: 80 Disease:
those who came to farm, have gone to work in the indus- old age. Priest: P. F. Weber Cemetery: St. Boniface
tries they sought to escape by coming here. Rural schools Remarks: died at Superior, Wis.
14
have gone too; so have the local or mission churches of The Cochrane Recorder, October 10, 17, 1935.
whatever denomination. What remains is constant evolu- •j The Cochrane Recorder, October 1, l 936.

tion fueled by change, the only constant in any communi- 16


The Cochrane Recorder, June 15, 1933.
ty's presence. 17
Reuter, Frank . Death and Burial: January 3 1, February 3,
1939. Place of Birth: Evansville, IN Age: 77 Disease:
Footnotes cancer, Priest Rev. A.W. Fischr. Cemetery: St. Boniface
1
Buffalo County Journal, December 26, 1935, reprinted in 18
This English-language version is kept in the manuscript
a Hess booklet of his memories. division of the Stale Historical society in Madison.
2
See his publication, Pioneer Life in Buffalo County (no '
9
Biographical His101)' of La Crosse, Trempealeau and
date, but about 1935). Mostly reprints of articles from his Buffalo Counties, Wisconsin 1892 (Chicago: Lewis
newspaper. Publishing, 1892), pp. 630-631.
; Cochrane Recorder, September 9, 1937. 20
The Buffalo Coun1y Journal, June 5, 1879.
' Obituary of Ch;u·les Ruppert, Arcadia, May I 0, 19 J 9. ! • Biographical 1-JislOJJ' (Chicago, 1892), pp. 754-55.

See also the original ship list of the Herculean. The St. 22
The exact date of h.is arrival in Waumandee is unclear.
Boniface Death records report as follows: However, he appears as a baptismal sponsor for the daugh-
Ruppert, Cbarles. Death and Blllial: May 8, 12, 1919. ter ofMmtin Milan and Anna Hogan as well as for various
Place of Birth: Germany. Age: 79 chjldren as early as 1868, and thereafter.
Disease: arsenic poisoning, P1iest: Henry T. Voussen, ~ The Buffalo Co unly Journal, June 5, 1879
3

24
Cemetery: St. Boniface. The National Farmers' Alliance, usually called the
$ Buffalo County Journal, September ] 5, 1892. Northern Alliance in Wisconsin and Minnesota, was
<·Buffalo County Journal, April 7, 1893. founded March 24, 1877 by New Yorkers associated with
7
Arcadia Leader, May 10, 1907. the Granger Movement. It sought to redress the high costs
8
Cochrane Recorder, November 13, 1919. of rail transportation where it took one bushel of grain to
9
Arcadia Leader, September, 19 19 ship another to market and waxed during the period oflow
10
The name appears in church documents as Seibel, in prices, waned when they recovered. In 188 1 it claimed a
biographies as Seipel. The original seems to be "b" but membership of about 25,000.
both letters being labials, it does not matter for pronuncia- 25
The Bi~ffalo County Journal, July 9, 189 1.
tion. See Biographical History of La Crosse, frernpealeau 26
Bach, Nicholas. Death and Burial: February 4, 7, 1922
and B1<(ffalo Counties, Wisconsin 1892 (Chicago: Lewis Place of Birth: Germany Age: 74, Disease: diabetes melli-
Publishing, 1892), pp. 693-694. In thjs volume a great tus. Priest: Henry T. Voussen. C~metery: St. Boniface
many original German names have been excessively angli- Remarks: Requiem.
cized, e. g. Schneider to Snyder. 27
The Cochrane Recorder, June 3, 1937.
11
See the 1878 Arias of Buffalo County, Wisconsin.

98
An Affectionate Portrait

9
Sports and Recreation

While li1tle is remembered of the great sports teams guests and will do their best to make this gathering a
Waumandee fielded rhrough the years, we do have a few success." This sLands in stark contrast lo the attitude
newspaper reports and a couple of photographs that bring exemplified in most German newspapers of the 1890s, in
capsules of ii back to life. Part icularly noteworthy was the which they poked fun at baseba ll. The St. Paul
Waumandee baseball ream of the post World War 11 era, Volks~ei11111g. e. g., explai ned to solemn Germans tJ1e
manned sometimes by at least fi ve Baecker brothers. wi th ridiculous aspects of American society, such as in 1890
left hander Jim Baecker pitching to Albert Benusa. But grnvely assuring its readers about that game in which two
their prominence has not been starkly reported and thus teams of nine men each threw a small ball at each other.
can only briefly be recounted here. Always they played Players swung al it pcrioclically with wooden clubs, a pre-
home games on the diamond below the old St. Boniface posterous endeavor unworthy of a grown male in the
School. The basketball teams, by necessity, operated out German community.
of the Bach or Wirtenbergcr Hall, the scene of so many Early in the 1920s, the Bach/Wirtenberger hall also
other community activities, then as now. Whal fo llow, doubled as a cinema: Cochrane Recorder, "September 7,
therefore, arc direct quotes form the Cochrane Recorder to J922: Tarzan and the Apes at Wirtenberger's Hall next
at least supply some of the names of players whose identi- Saturday eve. Don ' t miss this wonderfu l 8 reel picture.
ries otherwise arc opaque. Remember the picnic at Waumandee on September I0th at
Ac the Harmonie Gesellschafr grounds there were fre- St. Boniface Church. Everybody welcome. Big Ball
quent baseball games already in the 1890s, but with little Game at 2:30 in the afternoon."
indication thar they were competitive as opposed to recre- On January 9, 1930: Basket ball game acWaumandee
ational. For instance, on August 26, 1892 the Buj]'aio this Friday evening. January 3rd Waumandee vs. Tell at 8
County Joumal states: ''The band boys will give a picnic o' clock. The game between the Waumandee caggers and
at Harmonie park and a dance at the hall in the evening on the Fountain City Second team Monday evening resulted
Sunday September 4th. Arrangements will be made for a in victory for Waumandee by a score of 24 to 11. Emil
game of baseball between the local and the Arcadia band. Benusa and Albert Rippley of Mt. Calvary are spending
The boys have always been successful in entertaining their their Christmas vacat ion with home folks . Waumandee

Baseball ream f rom Arcadia coached


by Jacob Rose11ou: third from left in
last row.

99
Wa11111a11dee, Wisconsin 1860-1960:

beaten by the TelI team 16 w 14. Star fo rward for


Waumandee was Ray Luethi, who was unable 10 play
* * * * * *
Abbreviated announcements follow, interspersed with
because of illness. Buchli and Siewert were the offensive unrelated briefs:
stars for Waumandee while Alvin Grob was Lhe outstand- November 26. 193 1: Basketbal I. Waumandee wins opener
ing player for Tell. The Waumandee team has Pamidge form Blair. 36 to 21. Players were J. Rosenow, D. Sabotta.
rf; Siewert If M. Luethi c, Benusa rg: Scheidegger g; G. Borgwardl, M. Luethi M. Buchli.
Buchli lg; R. Lucth i f. November 24, 1932: Front page- "Waumandee wins two
On December 4, 1930: [front page] "Cochrane Wins games of basketball."
Thriller from Waumandee. Basketbal I. Waumandee
scoring was well divided between Milton Buchli , Ray December l. 1932: Adam Reuter and Louis Zeller had
Luethi, J. Rosenow. Borgwardt, Sabotta, M. Luethi, and F. new radios installed in their home last week.
Partridge." Parenthetically. "'Wabasha bridge to be December 22, 1932: Front page. "Waumandee wins close
opened before .Jan. l , 193 1. With navigation season soon game from Cochrane." The ice harvesting is in progress in
to be closed on the upper Mississippi river, construction of this community.
the last section of the bridge al Wabasha is being pushed January 19, 1933: Front page "Waumandee wins from
ahead rapidly and it is expected to open the bridge for Cochrane Cardinals."
travel by Jan I. 193 1." As a fo llow-up, on December 25, March 16, 1933: Norbert Schank is tl1e owner of a new
l 930: "Wabasha Bridge to open- Toll rates announced. Chevrolet Truck. Waumandee closed its most successful
Automobiles up to and including driver and three passen- basketball season in years, winning 16 games, losing 2,
gers 50 cents; each additional passenger over I0 years S and one game ended in a tie.
cents. Busses, regular runs including driver, $1.
Passengers each five cents. Tractors (no lugs) live tons $ 1. August I0. 1933: Montana baseball team is composed of
Five to l 0 tons $1 .50; over l 0 tons $2. Team and driver 25 M. Luethi, R. Luethi , Konter, F. Flury, Killian,
cents. Dance at Cochrane Pavilion on Saturday December Schmidtknecht, J. Flury, Benusa. Salwey.
27, 1930. Music by "Whoopee" John and his 9 Fat
Dutchmen. Come and enj oy a real dance ti me. November 23, 1933: Waumandee Cagers have Bright
Waumandee defeated the Winona Business College bas- Prospects. Att Scheidegger, who managed the team in a
ketball team 40 to 16." very successful manner last season, will again be at the
head or the team and has booked a number of games with

'Waumandee Basketball
team 1930s.
Back row: Joh11 Erickson.
Melvin Luer/ti, George
Borgwardt, Dominic Sabotta,
Florian Fluty, F. Partridge.
Front row: Jacob Rosenow,
Milton Buchli. Ray Leuthi.

100
An Affectio11ate Portrait

fast teams. The team will be decked out with new suits played at Independence on Thursday evening, 36 to 32.
this year, purple with white trimmings, and will go under
the name of the "Waumandee Eagles." The team will March 5, J936 Waumandee CYO beats Pine Creek .18 to
again be headed by Tubby Rosenow, a very clever ball 16. Wilmer Schmidtknecht and Albert Benning and
handler and floor player who will be aL center while the Dominic Sabotta played especially well.
accurate shooting "Chuck" Rosenow will be at one
forward and Jake Rosenow at the other, the defensive work July 30, 1936: Frank Jaskola is erecting a new combined
being handled by the reliable Milton Buchli and Dominic garage and granary. The Dodge CCC boys played our
Sabotta. Other players trying for the team are Albert team here Sunday. The baseball game was a 5-0 shut out
Benning, Wilmer Schmidlknecht, Ray Luethi, Herb and victory for Waumandee.
George Stiehl and Albert Benusa.
January 2 I, 1937: John Hohmann has completed his job
February 6, 1936: Waumandee CYO Wins from Arcadia. making ice. Leo Grulkowski purchased a new Plymouth
Waumandee team has Sabotta and Schmidtknecht for- standard coach Tuesday from Orvin Angst. Our local bas-
wards, Benning center, Benusa and Schultz guards. ketball team was defeated by the German team from
Arcadia on Sunday by a score o f 13 Lo 10. Mr. and Mrs .
January 24, 1935: Mr. and Mrs. Louis Rippley were to Anton L~jk and daughter Margaret attended the funeral of
Arcadia Wednesday. Kellog was defeated by Waumandee Mr. Lejk's brother, Leo, at Winona Friday.
17-27 in a game at Kellogg on Friday evenjng. T here will
be a basketball game al Wirtenberger's Hall this Sunday Dec. 30, I 937: The Waumandee Team defeats Cochrane
afternoon January 27th between the Wabasha Lions and in Basketball, 19 to 16. Waumandee players were A.
the Waumandee Eagles. T he foll owing prizes were Benning, J. Rosenow, Flury, 0. Rosenow, Luethj, A.
awarded at the card paity given al St. Boniface auditorium Benusa.
Sunday evening. In Sheephead, Ist Eel. Holmgren; 2nd
Mrs. Arnold Zeller. 500: J st Thomas Hogan; 2nd Celestine Feb. I, 1940: Waumandee basketball team has Eugene
Hohmann. Wabasha was beaten by Waumandee by a Kokotl, W. Helm, 0. Rosenow, J. Rosenow, J. Flury,
score of 17 to 14. Our local leu m also won the game Buchli, A. Helm, A. Benning.

Arcadia Football
Team: Jacob Rosenow
third.from left, back
row.

101
Wa11ma11dee, Wisconsin. 1860-1960:

..
, .<•.. Admission Genis: 40 cents, Ladies: 25 cents.

* *
Card games were popular at St. Boniface school hall.
Sample entries include: October 3. 1940: E. M. Nugent and Pauline of
Minneapolis recently visited Mr. and Mrs. Louis Rippley.
February 11, 1932: Prizes were awarded the fo llowing at Charles Helwig was taken Lo the Skroch Hospital at
a card party given by the Young Ladies Society at the Arcadia Sawrday. Miss Viola Boltz was at the same hos-
school auditorium Sunday evening. In 500: High prize. pital a few days last week.... Angeline Grulkowski weds
Edna Bach: consolation. Levi Schmidtknecht. In Glencoe man at St. Boniface Church. Bride of Nathan
Schaf\·kopf High prize. Andrew Pellowski, consolation. Wolfe, son of Mrs. Mary Wolfe of Glencoe. Bettie Jane
Tom Hynes. Grnlkowski , sister of the bride, was flower girl. Reception
at home of th ~ bride. Couple graduated from Arcadia
November 9, 1933: Al Lhe card party given by the ladies at High School. They will live on bridegroom's mother's
St. Boniface congregation here Sunday evening, prizes farm in Glencoe. A dance was held at the Prairie Moon
were awarded to Pete Bisgiel, Mrs. W. H. Bach in five pavilion .... St. Boniface School notes: Pupils are Cecelia
hundred , and to Anton Huettel and Nick Heinz in Earney, Henry Rotering, Delores Reuter, Mary Lou
Schaf~kopf Reuter, Cleo Pronschinske, Olive Margaret Hillig, Mary
Margaret Dworschtlk. Janice Reuter and Jane Frances
Woychik. High school pupils enrolled are Phyllis Reuter,
* * * * * * Marjorie Scndclbach and Viola Boltz. Edward Schlesser
Sometimes it was a dmu:c rather than a card party.
is the driver or the St. Boniface school bus. The pupils
February 3, 1927: Mr. and Mrs. Walter Fabiszak, the oper- have received a bicycle rack for their bicycles.
ators of the Waumandee meat market the past several
months. moved to Winona Wednesday last week. Old * * * *
time dance at Wirtenberger Hall in Waumandee Friday World War II called for different forms of entertain-
evening February 4. music by Miller and Mattausch. ment.
Among those who attended the funeral of Rev. H. I.
Voussen at Summit on Monday were Mr. and Mrs. Sylvan On December 23. 1943: The Montana Victory club will
Pronschinske, Miss Sarah Rippley and Frank and Matt meet Thursday with Mrs. Conrad Alleman. Gifts will be
Pronschinske. exchanged and donated articles auctioned. Lunch will be
served by Mrs. Jos. Flury, Mrs. Conrad Christ, Mrs. Wm.
September 25, 1930: Mr. and Mrs. Robert Helm were L. Grotjahn. Funeral services for Nicholas Heinz, 62 who
greeted by about 45 neighbors wbo tendered them a suffered a stroke and died Friday at 9 AM at Eau Claire.
farewell surprise party before their leaving for their new Pallbearers Frank Schaefer, Edward Schaefer, Anton
home at Cochrane. The "Clearwater Collegians" will Benning, Anton Huettel, Michael Benusa and Philip
furni sh music for the dance at Baecker's Wayside Pavilion Foegen.
this Saturday evening September 27th. The Lower Irish
Valley School and the Gurden Valley School have pur- December 30, 1943: Wreathed in smi les, that's the way
chased pianos Saturday for use of the respective schools. mothers' faces wi ll look, says F. Stohr, chairman of our
Dance at Harmonia Hall , Waumandee, Wednesday War Price and Rationing board, when they realize that all
evening October I st, given by the Waumandee Local the family's shoe coupons won ' t have to be spent to keep
Farmers Union. Music by Pulz 5-pieces Orchestra, admis- the kiddies shod. He says a new supply of children's non-
sion 50 cents per couple. leathcr shoes will be available. ration free soon.

February 28, 1935: The ladies of St. Boniface congrega- * * * * *


tion are sponsoring u necktie social at Wirtenberger's Hall Sometimes the pa pers whined about Waumandee's
Friday evening March I st. Music by the Moonlight poor participation in the war bond drives:
Ramblers.
Nov. 16. 1944: Only 53% of the war fund has been met in
January 25, 1940: Ice making in this vicinicy was finished the counry. Sixth war loan drive starts Monday Nov., 20,
the last of the week. Benefit Dance sponsored by St. 1944. $5435.000 quota for the county. Waumandee's
Boniface Congregation at Wirtenberger's Hall, Friday quota $27 ,200.
January 26, Music by Magda's Swiss Melodians.

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An Affectio11ate Portrait

Of course there were weddings celebrated, in spite Buffalo City caused a shock to his relalives and friends in
of- and frequently because of - - the war. e.g., November the county. Lonnie was a hard worker at his business as
2. 1944: Miss Ruth Remer daughter of Mr. and Mrs. garage operator and an ardent sportsman. He had expect-
Frank Reuter of Waumandee became the bride of Sergeant ed to go up north on a fi shi ng trip but the entire party
Gilben Benusa, son of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Benusa. changed plans LO avoid hazardous traffic so he went out to
Tuesday morning October 24. at St. Boniface church. the the quiet waters of one of the many sloughs of the river.
Rev. A. W. Fischer performing the ceremony. Mrs. When his wife. the former Zenita Dittrich, had not heard
Dorothy Reuter was maid of honor and Phyll is Reuter and from him at the time set for his return, she left home on a
Mary Helen Benusa, bridesmaids. A wedding dinner was search for him, finally reaching the Tylko boal livery
served at the home or the bride's parents. to about 60 where a search began. He had been seen by fishermen at
guests. The couple left for Kileen Texas where Sergeant about 3 PM. His boat was discovered overturned, and
Benusa is stationed at Camp Hood. He has served over- dragging was begun at once by volunteers. The body was
seas for two years. He is a graduate of Arcadia High discovered at about 9 PM by Basil Hampton and Ray Tein,
school. The bride also is a graduate of Arcad ia High and it is reported. County Corner H. F. Stolu· pronounced the
has been employed in Chicago. death was caused by accidental drowning. He was born
Dec. 9, 19 14 in Arcadia , the son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph
Deck of Waumandee, who, with his wife and two children
* * * * *
Sometimes the local news was not totally local. Robert 5 and Sandra 4. survive. Mr. Deck entered the
army March 3, 194 1 scrving in the Pacific theater and dis-
Tuesday Jan . 31. 1952: front page. Waumandee farmer charged November 18, 1945. Several years later he
loses barn by fire. A lire of unknown cause destroyed the bought the Benusa garage. He was a member of the
barn on the Frank Grulkowski farm Wednesday evening at Cathol ic Order or Foresters and Fountain City American
milking time. The li re started in the upper parl of the build- Legion post. Funeral services were held Wednesday at SL
ing. All an imals were removed fom1 the building but Boniface church. about 13 members of the post from
much feed stocks were consumed. Mr. Grulkowski has a Fountain City artending and conducting military rites.
policy of $5000 by the Fountain City Mutual Farmers Fire
Insurance Co. This was an event of Monday evening. fol- February 29. 1953: Claude Deck Reported Wounded in
lowing the season's coldest spell. when thermometers Korea. Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Deck received word from
went to 32 below. Su nday night to Monday night Water their son. Sgt. Claude C. Deck. 23. that he was wounded
froze in the fire fig hting equipment from Cochrane, Alma, in Korea. January I I, receiving leg and arm wounds . A
and Waumandee but favorable winds protected the farm department of defense telegram stated that he had tlesh
house. The barn was 40 X 90 feet. wounds in the face and chest. He was removed from a
Korean hospital to one in Japan. Deck has been in Korea
since April and was ex pecting Lo return to the States in a
* * * * * * *
At other times it was tragedy t hat hit the community.
few weeks. He entered the army in September 195 1. He
was fom1erly a member of the National Guard and a
student at La Crosse State College.
March 4, 1937: William Reglin Sr. Laid lo Rest 111e
death of Reglin, was the second call in the week of another
pioneer or Buffalo County who had lived in our midst * * * * * *
Then again it was progressive fa n ning that held atten-
since 1869 and was one of those who did much to bui ld up
this county from a wilderness to one of the finest in the tion:
state. He was bom February 6, 1850 in Sternthal Gennany
the son of Mr. and Mrs. Karl Reglin. nee Dorothea Appel. August 27. 1953: The 1953 County Plowing Contest on
both of whom preceded him in death. He came to America Eldon Schrnidtknecht Farm. The Eldon Schmidlknecht
with his brother Fritz. in 1869 and stayed with his brother farm again will be the si te of the Buffalo county plowing
Carl who came here several years before and they settled contest on September 2. starting at I :30 PM. This
in the town of Milton. Waumandee farm was the site of the 1951 stale plowing
contest and results of the conservation practices started at
July 16. 1952: Front page. A Drowning Sunday Marred that time can now be seen and appreciated. Contestants
Three-Day Holiday Week-end . The sad death of Lonnie will receive their instructions at I :00 with the plowing to
deck, 37, Waumandee. by drowning while fohing in the begin at I :30. Other events wi ll be terracing and tree
backwaters of the River between Fountain City and planting under the direction of Lloyd Wilbur, SCS planner.

103
Waumandee, Wisconsin 1860-1960:

a11d Elmer Gotz, Wisconsin Conservation Warden. all day by the J. I. Case Company thorough its local agent
Meeting of the Soi l ConservaLion District Coop will also Frank E. Pronschinske.
be held at the plowing site immediately after the plowing
contest. All cooperatives in Buffalo county are invited and September 13, 1934: Frank Reuter has purchased the
urged to be present. News of years ago: 1903 Freel Otto Ochsner farm in Waumandee. Frank Cizak, Albert
Roettiger returned here from Plain, Wisconsin where he Sylla and mother, and Mrs. Alois Sylla of Independence
supervised the erection of a church by H. and F. Roettiger. visited at the John Venus home Thursday. The Lincoln
School opened with Lester Rosenow as teacher and the
Hansen School with Millon Buchli as teacher, Monday
* * * * * * * Sept. JO, 1934 .. . Albert Rippley departed Friday for
Church affairs occasionally commanded attention.
Winsted. MN where he will visit with his Sister M. Zoerita
September 8. 1927: Emil Benusa and Albert Rippley left before going to Collegeville to attend St. John's
for La Crosse Saturday to spend a few days with Rev. M. University, of which he is a student.
J. Kelnhofer; from there they will go to study for the
priesthood at Mt. Calvary. Sept. 27, 1934: County Roads suffered from heavy Rains
Monday. Many small washouts were reported on high-
September 22, 1927: Messieurs Adolph and Clarence ways in Buffalo County on Monday evening on account of
Rippley and sister, Elsie, left Wednesday per auto for the heavy rains. The biggest single damage was the
Jamestown, North Dakota where they will spend two washing out of the Rob Roy Henry bridge in Town of
weeks. Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Bach and daughters, Edna and Waumandee and the washing out of a big culvert on No.
Bernice, spent Saturday and Sunday at Winona visiting 88 in upper Town of Lincoln. This culvert had just been
friends. Little Miss Orphie Rosenow is spending two put in due to a washout early in the summer. . . . John
weeks with her Aunt, Kate Rosenow, at the C. W. Senty Grulka has purchased the Waumandee mill from George
home. Benning and will take possession as soon as he can
arrange fo r an auction on the Ochsner place.
...

* * * * * * Oct. 11, 1934: Mr. and Mrs. Emmett Nugent of St. Paul
Sometimes the papers brought little more than chit
chat. were guests at the Louis Rippley home Sunday.... The
meat market is now operated by Louis Kochenderfer of
Mar 20, 1930: Edward Senty, Jacob Rosenow, Walter Alma who with his fam ily moved here last week. Sister
Flury and Philip Baecker Jr. who have been spending the M. Ermenhilda came here Tuesday as an assistant teacher
past few months attending the University at Madison at St. Boniface School. Sister M. Consepta accompanied
returned home Friday. her, visiting nuns here for a few days.
....~·
April 7, 1930: Julia Kokott of Arcadia is employed at the * * * * * *
Frank Reuter Jr. Home. Edna Bach, census enumerator Sometimes Travel was the object of attention.
for the town of Waumandee, completed her work Monday.
Florence Schank and Mary Schank of Arcad ia spent the January I0, 1935: Zephyr does big passenger business.
week end with their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Matt Schank. The 72 seats on the Zephyr were inadequate on six south-
bound and four northbound trips on the following dates:
May 22. 1930: Earl Benning and Mrs. Adam Reuter were Nov. 17, 28, 29, 30, Dec. l, 2. Max imum on a train at one
at Winona for appendicitis operations. time Nov. 18: 90; Nov. 28: 98 ; Dec. I: 85; Dec. 2: 74. On
Dec. 2, a steam train supplemented the Zephyr service,
May 29, 1930: Mr. & Mrs. William Bach and daughters, due to holiday traffic, carrying northbound 183 passengers
Edna and Bernice, spent Sunday at Alma, the former in addition to the total of 144 can'ied on the Zephyr. Since
attending the Rural Mail Carriers Convention. Dec. 7, th is supplementary steam service has been operat-
ing dai ly in both directions, primarily to handle the
August 7, 1930: Tractor demonstration. T here will be a increased volume of U. S. mail and express. To meet the
demonstration of seven different kinds of tractors at the situation, order has been placed with the manufacturer for
Wm. J. Tierney farm in the Town of Waumandee on an additional 40-passenger coach for this train.
Saturday August 16. Everybody is cordially invited to As passengers on the Zephyr present their tickets, the
come and witness this demonstration which is being put on conductor makes the following inquiry: "The manage-

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ment is interested to know whether you are riding this u·ain The Waumandee Eagles were defeated at Winona by
because it is the Zephyr or whether you would be making Winona Thursday evening by a score of 39 to 19. Mrs.
your trip at this p[uticular time if this were an ordin~u-y Mary Rippley and sons Clarence, Adolph and Louis were
train instead of the Zephyr." During the five-day period to Rochester Friday to attend the funeral of a cousin, Mrs.
November 16-20 this inquiry was answered as follows: 67 Peter Ripley.
percent would have used an ordinary steam train at that
time. 10 percent would have used some other steam train September 9, 1937: This vicinity is now being favored
except for the Zephyr. 5 percent would have used auto- with bus service for Higb School students from Coclmme
mobile, bus or airplane. I 8 percent would not have been and Arcadia. T hose from here who are auending Arcadia
making the trip at all and were merely riding the Zephyr are Rudolph Christ, La Vern Senty, Gale Lueth.i, Gilbert
out of curiosity. Benusa, Paul Grulka, Angeline Grulka, Carmen Schank,
During the following 25-day period Nov. 16-Dec. l 0, Haniet Hogan, Delbert Laehn, Phyllis Woych.ik, Bernice
this inquiry was answered as follows: 58% would have Bach and Eunice Hohmann.
used an ordinary steam train at that time. 17% would have
used some other steam train except for the Zephyr. 13% September 16, l 937: Julia Knober of Chicago is staying
would have used automobile, bus or airplane. J 2% would at the Rippley brothers' home during the absence of Mrs.
not have been making the trip at all and were merely riding Rippley who is receiving treatments in La Crosse.
the Zephyr out of curiosity.
Significantly those who forsook other types of trans-
portation, chiefly by highway, increased in percentage
* * * * * * *
Civilian Conservation Corps, Mississippi Dams, bring
from 5 - 13. And the curiosity riders dropped from 18% to hopeful economic signs.
12% during the pe1iod November 16 to December20. The
reaction of the passengers continues extremely favorable, July 18, 1935 : CCC Camp to Locate in Waumandee. The
numerous letters of commendation being received, evi- U. S. officials in charge of selecting sites for CCC camps
dencing the popularity of this new type of service. . . . were here the past week and looked over a number of
AJbert Rippley returned to Collegeville Monday to resume places in the Waumandee Valley and from present i.ndica-
his studies of college there. tions it seems certain that a camp will be located along or
near State Trunk 88 at, or near, the Arthur Suhr farm.
March 7, 1935: A son was born to Mr. and Mrs. Louis Officers who will be in charge are already here and
Rippley on Sunday, March 2. John Venus and Frank working o n organization. There are four of them, Homer
Jaskola attended the Legion meeting at Arcadia T. Sowls, senior engineer, who has taken rooms in the Fred
Wednesday evening. Mrs. Mike Schmidtknecht and son Knospe home; W. E. Tmesdell camp superintendent; Roy
Arnold went to Cuyahoga. ND Saturday to be with the Dingle technical forester and E. J. Lyons, senior agricul-
former's sister, Mrs. Frank G. Belinski, who is seriously turist. Offices for the can1p are expected to be located in
i II. Cochrane and boys for the camp are expected to arrive
here in September when the camp will be set in full oper-
March 21 , 1935: Word was received Thursday of the death ation. The officials are looking for work that may keep
of Ed . Ochsner of St. Paul. Mr. Ochsner was a former res- them here for about two years . Temporary office head-
ident of this community and will be remembered by many quarters has been established in the village hall of
of hjs friends. Cochrane.

March 28, 1935: Adam Reuter started sawing lumber


Monday. Ed. Lawrence and cousin of Jamestown, ND is
* * * * * * *
Alma Dam Dedicated
visiting his sister, Mrs. Matt Schlesser. William Tierney September 5, 1935: Alma Dam Dedicated Big Crowd
and Tom Crawford motored to Fulda, MN Monday to Attends. Begun three years ago, the dam was first put into
attend the funeral of Mr. W. W. Tierney. Mrs. W. H. Bach operation last March 20. Three of the clams have been
also left Sunday to attend the funeral of her uncle A. W. completed; at Fountain City, Minneapolis, and Hastings,
Tierney at Fulda, MN. She was accompan ied by her and construction has been started at Trempealeau and
daughter Edna Mae of Winona. Winona. The entire program, to cost $124 million, will
constitute one of the largest inland waterways systems in
April 4, L935: Mike Benusa has purchased the Charles the world. There m·e 26 of the dams to be completed in
Bohlinger property adjoining his residence in the village. this river program extending to the Gulf of Mexico. The

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Fon S ne ll ing Military band furnished music before and pebbles and blocks that are needed to erect the communi-
after the dedication services. The German Band of Alma ty edifice. For these individuals and their talents we are
and the Fountain City Band also furni shed music du1ing today most grateful.
1he day. . . . Mr. and Mrs. Mike Benusa entertained a
nu mber or friends Sunday evening at a f~u-cwe ll party for
Miss Orphic Rosenow who went to Winona on Monday
where she will attend high school.

* * * * * *
St. Boniface Graduates
Ju ne 4, 1936 : The graduating exerc ises of the Sr. Boru face
Cathol ic School of Waumandee will be he ld this Friday.
The follow ing are graduates of the I 936 class: Carmen E.
Schank. Mary A. Gru lkowski, Magdalene H. Frie, Verna
M. Pronschinske, Lucille M. Schm idtknecht, Leonard V.
Hesch, Aaron M. Reuter, Warren W. Frie, Gilbert A.
Beriusa, Simon A. Pronschinske and Lloyd L. Sendelbach.
Awards presented to the most talented boy and girl medal
o f ho nor were Lucille Schmidtknecht and Gilbert Benusa.

* * * *
T idbits of 1937
Sept. 30, 1937: Ban lifted o n CCC enrollment. Those
with two years in CCC, fo rmerl y ban ned, now can e nlist
again al Central Enrollment Bureau in the courthouse of
Alma. T he number of enrol lments allowed is not known
and Miss Kelly asked those w ishing to enroll to do so as
soon as possible. Single boys be1ween J7 and 23 in need
or wo rk w ill be accepted. Lt is not now necessary for the
boys to come from families on relief. Veterans now will
earn $8.00 per month while the others get $7.50. M rs.
Mary Rippley who has been at a La Crosse hospital receiv-
ing treatments returned home las t week... . A prenuptial
shower was given in honor of Leona Woych ik and Eldon
Schmidtknecht at the W irte nberger ha ll Wednesday
evening . T he young folks were the recipients of many
beautifu l g ifts ... . Mr. and Mrs. Emil Adelbach and son
Junior of Winona and Mrs. Julia Knober of Chicago,
Hedwig Dittrich, Mrs. Mary Rippley and sons Clarence
and Albert were Sunday guests at the Valentine Hesch
home.

....,.
* * * * *
Great. Reporters
Waumandee was blessed over the years w ith highly skilled
and dogged ly energetic local reporters. Among them in
my recollection during the 1940s and 1950s was C lara
[Ko rte] Benning who called a wide circle of local people
weekl y to gather what, in the end, was perhaps just gossip
bu1 in concrete tenns was history in the making. For, the
big pic1ure of a sociery cannot be known without the small

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10
Montana's Danuser Valley Swiss House

In this last chapter of a book on Waumandee, it i::; the article, "The Honey Creek Swiss Settlement in Sauk
approprinre to return to upper Waumandee, actually to County: An Expression of Cultural Norms in Rural
Montana Township. For indeed the core valley of Wisconsin ," Wisconsin Magazine of Hisrory (Autumn,
Waumandee always included its upper estuaries, particu- 1989), 73: 3-20.
larly Buell's and Danuser Valley. To the cast was lrish and In this article, authors Jane Eisclcy and William H.
the west Korb, Florin or Woychik Valley and then Tishler argue that the Swiss sertler to America exhibits a
Cream-which, however, tended to comprise its own com- distinctive Swiss trait called ··1ocalism:· an attachment to
munity. Since this book started with the Harmonie Society the small home-region of his origins. ..Heimath'. to him
of the Swiss in Lhe south, it is befi tting that we conclude means not the Swiss Confederation. not even the Canton
with a return to the Swiss tradition here in the north, or the local commune. but rather the faraway moon
Danuser Val ley. amongst the mountains in which he and his f'athe r bcf'orc
Starting at the Montana Church al the junction of U him first saw the light of day. Eiseley and Tishler exem-
and C at the mouth of Danuser Val ley, we reach bifurca- plify how some Swiss colonists in Sauk County around
tion or the county roads. On the lcf'l at the junction of C Honey Creek worshipped at the Ragatz church while
and CC is the original Danuser house, now the Killian others gathered at Lhe Free Thinkers Hall nearby, almost
farm. Herc stands a beautifu l replica of the dozens of replicating what happened at Waumandee- St. Boniface
limestone houses erected by these Swiss senlers in Sauk Church. Salem Evangelical, and Harmonia Hall. Many
County Wisconsin, some by immigrants before coming to Swiss from Sauk County found their way to Waumandee
the Waumandee-Montana region. For generations, there and Arcadia. including in their midst the Free Thinkers
was a close affinity between the Swiss of Buffalo and who were members of the Freie Gemeinde or holding to
those of Sauk County, Wisconsin. Built by Danuser, and the Freethinker orientation. Among the latter were the
owned later by the Christ fam ily, then William AJlemann, families of Hohmann, Waelty, Brandt, Ochsner and many
and later Donald and Patricia (Reuter) Killian. is a "living" others.
link to the south central Wisconsin domici les described in

Reproduc1ion of a house from the Honey Creek area of Sauk The sow It facade of the Kindsclti house near Honey Creek. Sauk
Cou111y where the original caption reads: The block-and-stack
pottem is differe111 in the two pans of the house and wi!l1 wider Co1111ty. Peter Ki11dschi is said to have b11il1 the upright sec1iu11.
"stacks" i11 rite 1884 section to tlte right. T/1e original front The date stone above the seco11d-jloor window.I' reads 1870. The
doo1; 11ow a passageway ro the "ell" was i11 rite east wall. After clapboard basement e111r<111ce1va)\ the enclosed front porch. and
1884. there were 11\io doors leading from rite porch imo the rite second floor 011 rite ell were added in 193-1. Photo from the
house: 011e into the ell, tlte other imo the parlo1: 711e latter door Eisley - Tishler article in the IVisconsin Magazine of History.
has been filled in 1ri1h a modem fireplace and chimney. Tlte
enclosed fro111 porch is also a later addition. Photo from the 1989.
Eisley - Tishler article in tlte \Visco11si11 Maga::.ine of History;
1989.

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Ochs11e1; L11etsc/1er and Kind.~chi house outlines ji-0111 the Sauk County region.
Photo from 1/te Eisley - 7ishler article in the Wisconsin. Magazine of History, 1989.

The Da1111se1; Christ, Killian House replicated from


Honey Creek in Sauk County. Nole 1he fin e hand-
work on 1/te stone to 1he from a11d side.

Barbara Rippley poses behind the Da11.11ser House


where the stone is less well ha11d-crajied.

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Quoting with permission from the Eiseley-Tishler dwelling. Here a brother-in-law, whose exact name has
article: "Within twenty miles of the Swiss setLlement at been forgollen, came directly from Switzerland to oversee
Honey Creek, twenty-four extant buildings utilizing the Danuser house construction. Al the house he worked the
block-and-stack method have been located. Outside this stone to duplicate the Swiss European style but, before
area, only one- a house in Buffalo County built by a entirely completing it, rentrned to Switzerland for a visit,
migrant from the Honey Creek settlement- has been and allegedly never returned. In lhe Sauk County vicini-
located. Jn addition to the Ragacz Church, six stone ty. this family name appears also as Tamutzer.
dwellings in the Swiss settlement area display block-and- Accompanying lhe above text are copies of illustrations
sLack masonry on one or more walls. The earlies1was built from the .. Honey Creek·· arlicle, reproduced with pennis-
in 1861. Another, cons1ruc1ed in 1863, was recently sion. and the photographs by LaVern Rippley which
demolished. Others were built in 1869, 1870, 1871, 1875, accentuate the similarity of the Danuser house to the Sauk
and 1877. . .. The signiIi ca nee of the unusual pattern lies County Swiss structures.
in its beauty as a craft ancl the ingenuity of local masons in In conclusion about the Killian farm with stone house,
shaping a distinctive statement of their building tradition. let us note that it passed with a patent from the U. S. Land
The few surviving examples provide an exceptional land- Office on June I , 1860 to Peter Engi, who had already on
scape feature found nowhere else- one that expresses May 24, 1859 sold it to Florian Danuser for $800. After
both a unique cultural tradition and the natural beauty of various struggles to build the house and finance it, Florian
the golden-colored stone." and Cecil ia Danuser on November 29, l 876 sold the farm
As for the Danuser house, we do not know the exact for $6,000 10 Conrad Christ. When Conrad deceased in
year or construction but assume it to be in the later 1860s J 9 l J, the heirs including Joseph, Christian, John, Peter,
or 1870. According to Christ family oral tradition, the Nick, Willie, Conrad Ch1ist and daughters Margaret
stone was quarried on site by men who hauled it to the Arduser, Mary Ruedy, Sula Allemann and Anna Allemann,

Fo1111da1io11 ojf~er i11 rhe Da1111ser home, indicating


lit(ll rite footings once res1ed higher; with 011/y
cra1v/ space i11 1he base111em, which at a later date
was excavated with a ce111en1 pour to re-assess
a11d .1·whi/ize the footings.

Base111e11t of the Da1111ser home showi11g


co11s1mc1io11 wirh li111es1011e 0 11 rop of hew11 sa11d-
.\'/011e.

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sold the farm on May 29, 1913 for $11 .326 to Christ and Montana in che near future:· The next year the Journal
Anna Allernann. In turn. when Christ passed away on laments: '"August 20. 1891: Jacob Danuser had a very
August 14, 1934. the farm was inherited l/3 to his wi fc narrow escape from being fatally injured one clay last
Anna and 2/3 to his son William Allcmann. When Anna week. He was thrown from the seat of his self-binder in
died, the farm on May 3, 1953 was inherited completely front of the sickle, his team having become frightened. He
by William "Billy" Allemunn who, ten years later, sold the was dragged several rods ancl badly cut. The wounds were
farm to Donald P. J(jllian and his wife. PaL1iciaA. Kil liun. dressed and it is hoped Jake may speedily recover rrom his
on a land contract for $26.500 with payments at 4%. injuries." And in 1892 the Journal tells us: ·'August 5,
Sometimes the names of former owners appear in the I 892: Alfred Danuser. the gentlemanly clerk at H. A.
press. e. g. in the Buffalo Co11111y Journal: As for one of Frey·s. was home the last week visiting relatives and
the senior members of the Danuser family. we read in the friends. He enjoyed his vi. it very much and is again
Joumal: "January 16. 1890: Mrs. Danuser died at her waiting on the many customers with the greatest of pleas-
home in the town of Montana . .I anuary 9th 1890. She had ure:·
been aili ng for a number or years but only a short time That year, however. Flori an passed away, according to
back it became apparent that death had marked her for his the Journal: "September 15, 1892: Another of the old set-
own. She was laid to rest in the cemetery of the M. E. tlers of this town has suclclcnly passed away. Our people
Church al Montana last Sunday, followed by a large con- were 5truck dumb with surprise when they heard that
course of friends and neighbors. She was over seventy Florian Danuser had died of apoplexy Monday morning.
years of age and leaves a husband and a family of grown Though Mr. Danuser was clo e on seventy years of age he
children to mourn her depa11t1rc ... was very healthy and robust. He had come here in the
The same year it is reported: "April 3, 1890. Manin fifties and has always been one of the prominent farmers
Zeller of Montana sold his farm to Florian Danuser of this of this town. Danuser Valley where he has always lived
same place. lvlartin contemplates moving to Helena, was named after him. I-le leaves four grown-up children 10

f..aVem poses before the North ""t111ji11ished" and the west ··carved" portion of the Da1111ser House i11 Mo111a11a township.
September 1999

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mourn his death. They are Leonhard of Independence, Conrad and Rosy Allemann, Mildred Kindschy, Fern
Mesdammes Florian Flury and George Kindschy of this McCrae and Sarah Rippley." Sometimes just the Valley's
palace, and the youngest son, Jacob, who lives on the old name is of importance: "July 20, I 922: Charles Rippley's
homestead. The funeral took place Wednesday, Rev. J. cousin of Eau Claire who was visiting there for sometime,
Barowski of the Evangelical church preaching the sermon. left for home. Friday evening Lhe young people of
The deceased leaves many friends to mourn his demise. Danuser Valley had a party at the Rippley home." And
We extend our sympathy to the bereaved family." again during Lhe War years: "May 25, 1944: Twin daugh-
WitJ1 a keen eye on the economic conditions during ters were born to Mr. and Mrs. Adolph Rippley, May 16 at
the depression of 1893, we read in the Journal: "April 14, Arcadia. The Rippleys formerly lived on the Mrs. Mary
1893: "Our farmers have given up the idea of shipping Rippley farm in Danuser Valley. They have two other chi l-
their fat cattle, for last week, a sudden demand made itself dren. Mrs. Rippley was formerly Irene Kujak.
felt and buyers were numerous, offering good prices. A What is significant is that the small settlement at the
large number were sold as foll ows: Conrad Ctu·ist I 8 juncture of the Waumandee Valley with its branch up
head; Christ Allemann 14; George Kindschy 14: Jae. Danuser was a subset of the basic Waumandee communi-
Danuser 1O; Louis Zeller 7; Christ Risch 6: Matt Rieple ty. Here lived the namesake, Florian and Jacob Dnnuser
4; Christ Kindschy 5: Thomas Gasser 3. This is the after whom the valley was named, and the family who
largest number of fat cattle ever sold in one clay in this both physically and in nomenclature impacted the conflu-
town. Hemrich & Huber of your city, bought most of them, ence of these two valleys. And yet, as with so many oLher
the rest being purchased by Winona parties." names, the Danuser's too have faded from the area. With
Years later in the Cochrane Recorder: "Sept. I, I 92 l: this small allusion to their house and their newspaper
Quite a number of students left for tJ1e Buffalo County showings. we hope to at least recollect for posterity their
Training School on Monday morning, among them, former presence and prominence.

The Mo111a11a Swiss Band


Back Row: Carrie Ki11dschy, Berna rd Ki11d.1·cf1); Authur Buchli ( drummer), Cha rles Luethi, Alta L11e1hi. Mid dle Row: Conrad Chrisr,
Louis Budlii. William A J/e111a1111. Roy Ki11dschy. Fronr Row: Chris1 Dasche1; George Sent_)\ Jo hn Chrisr, Elmer Buchli.
( Phoro f rom Rudy Christ m l{/ Sylvia Alle111a11.) Abo/If 1915

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JoAnn Rippley
1 44 I.
2.
3.
Bonnie, Tammy. Scoct Pronschinske
Virgil & Glennis Adank
4. Lloyd & Donna Salwey
5. Claire & Lorena Stanton
6. Jay & Theresa Shuring
7. Robert Deck
8. Korte Garage
9. Jerome & Grace Persiek
10. Terry & Beth Adank
I I. LYie & Tcckla Adank
12. Esther Pronschinske
13. Bruce Korte
14. Waumandee Country Store/Curt & Mary Jane Rotering
15. Dennis Maier
16. Kcnne1h Venus Garage
17. Kimberly Post!
18. Josenh Slaby
19. Waumandee Stale Bank
20. Neil Bremer, owner
2 1. Scheidegger Garage
22. Shirley Olson Estale
23. Richard Pronschinske Estate
24. Rita Bork
25. Oumar Kochenderfer
26. Rose Hilli2
27. Mariel Bacckcr
13 28. SL Boniface Parish
29. Waumandee 0.K. Bar & Grill
30. John Campbell
3 1. Olson Shed
32. Brian & Jean Pronschinske
33. Leslie Brommer
34. Charles & Pam Staub
35. Reglin & Hesch
36. Scolt Bagoniewski
37. Pat Brogan
38. Lois Mueller
.. 39. Daniel & Elsie Brommer
40. Gerald Mueller
41. Pat Brogan (Lynn Muench)
42. Fire Station
43. Theresa Mueller
44. Donald & Kav Schmidtk:nech1
45. Zenita Pla11e1er
46. Victor & Rose Pronsch.inske
47. Roger & Nancy Comero
48. Ronald Rolbiecki
49. Daniel & Cathi Schmidtknech1

Complete listing of all homeowners as r~f June 1, 2003. Drawings "not to scale," wi1/z number code to the current owne1:
An Affectionate Portrait

11
Baptisms

Baptisms 1867-1886 at St. Boniface Church Waumandee, Jackson and Anna Tool who was born on April 28. The sponsors
Wisconsin were Julia and Wilhelm Farrell. L. Spitzlberger

From the Book of Baptisms, Marriages, Deaths and First 3. On the 1st of September J baptized Elisabeth, daughter of
Communions of St. Boniface Chu rch in Waumandee, Buffalo Michael Boyle and Brigi tte Turney, who was born on Jul y 29.
Co. Wisconsin The sponsors were Mary T. Turney and James Consuline. L.
Spitz lberger

Translated from the hand-written Latin originals by La Vern 4. On the 1st of September 1 baptized Caspar, son of John
J. Rippley Lehneri and Margaret Fiviness, who was born on June 14. The
sponsors were Caspar Schmitz and Louise Ganz. L. Spitzlberger
Spellings vary and suggest thal the pastor .was uncomfort-
ab le with English (non-German) names. However, in the name 5. On lhe 1st of September I baptized Michael, son of Patricia
of historical accuracy, I have let these spellings stand. T hus, they Crawford and Margaret Boyle, who was born on June 11. The
appear as best could be deciphered from the original hand- s ponsors were James Dunagan and Mary Crawford. L .
written entries. The purpose of these entries is, rather than Spitz lberger
genealogy, though they do assist in such efforts, to recall the
many names of Waumandeeans who have vanished from the 6. On the 15th of September I baptized Aemilia, daughter of
community. Hu ndreds of individuals moved west as did thou- Caspar Schmitz and Elisabeth Koch, who was born on September
sands of early settlers. Strongly represented in the Waumandee 6. The sponsors were Catharine Ze ller and Joseph Klotzbach. L.
outflow is the State of North Dakota. Once prominent Montana Spitzlberger
families like Tescher [along with Rippley], ended up ranching in
the Badlands around Medora, Beach, Sentinel Butte, initially 7. On the 15th of September J baptized Elisabeth Seraphina,
stopping for a few years in the Jamestow n-Spiritwood region. daughter of Nicholas Phil.ippi and Catharine Pauli, who was born
When the Teschers were performing with intrepidity on the rodeo on April 4. The sponsors were Elisabeth Hansen and Philipp
circuit several decades ago, no one thought of them as bei ng from Philippi. L. Spitzlberger
Waumandee.
8. On the 15th of September I baptized Albert, son of Nicholas
What is hoped from this section is that readers will casual- Buchmiller and Leocadia Kimig, who was born on August 19.
ly peruse the listS and discover the interconnected names of fam- T he sponsors were John Weinandy and Mari a Flei. L.
ilies, identifiable by who married whom. who were witnesses for Spilzlberger
baptisms, who was born to whom wilh maiden names often sup-
plied. From this encounter, it is hoped, readers will connect the 9. On the 15th of September I baptized Matthew, son of Joseph
dots in to a seamless filament making Lhis little community one Remig and Mar ia Magdalene Sylsler, who was born on January
worth honoring for its affinity, kinsh ip and social intimacy. 22. The sponsors were Matthias Ripple and Maria Hiller. L.
Spitzlberger

10. On the 15th of September l baptized Catharine, daughter of


Die vor elem ersten September 1867 getauften Kinder stehen in Philip Smith and Julia Clark. who was born on May 29. The
elem Taufbuch von Fountain City, Wisconsin, cl. h. ich habe sie sponso rs were Maria A. Clark and Michael Mullack. L.
aufgeschrieben im Buch. Alie kann ich hier nicht bringen. Der Spitzlberger
PfaJTer
[The children baptized before the first of September 1867 are 11. On the 15th of September I baptized Maria, daughter of
contained in the baptismal books of Fountain City, where I Joseph Fidelis Utz and Maria Schneider, who was born on
recorded them. I cannot repeat them here. The Pastor.] August 9. The sponsors were Maria Ripp lie and Ferdinand
Teissen. L. Spitzlberger
I. On the Ist of September [baptized Anna Clara, daughter of
Daniel Mclaughli n and Anna Kerney, who was born on May 19. 12. On the 15th of September l baptized John, son of Henry
The sponsors were Anna Enwright and John Johnsey. Aberbcck and Catharine Peters. The sponsor was Anthony Fink.
L. Spitzlberger L. Spitzlberger

2. On the !st of September I baptized Ri chard, son of Alexander 13. On the 29th of September I baptized Michael, son of

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Edmund Boyle and Elisabeth Russi::ll, who was born on sponsors were Joseph Zeller and Margaret Rebhahn. L.
Sept.ember 17. The sponsors were Michael Boyle and Anna Flin. Spitzlberger
L. Spitzlberger
4. On the 23rd of February I baptized the grown woman, Maria
14. On the 29th of September I baptized Catharine, daughter of Amon O'Hara. who was born October 18?. 1841. The sponsors
Herman Hovel and Elisabeth Mondbeck, who was born on were Martin and Richard Milan. L. Spitzlberger
March 16. The sponsors were Catharine Aberbeck and John
Joseph Hiller. L. Spitzlberger 5. On the 25th of March I baptized Joseph, son of Bernard
Kennebeck and Maria Remer. who was born on March 18. The
15. On the 29th of September l baptized John. son of Nicholas sponsors were Joseph Remer and Christian Kennebeck. L.
Meier and Frieda. Harteisen. who was born on July 20. The Spitzlberger
sponsors were John Molitor and Anna Mergener. L. Spitzl berger
6. On the 25th of March I bapLizecl Maria Rosina. daughter of
16. On the 30th of November I baptized Maria Magdalene, Michael Neth and Maria Mallinger, who was born on March 18.
daughter of Carl Ruppert and Otti lia Reiter, who was born on The sponsor was Ros ina Sendelbach. L. Spitzlberger
October 25. The sponsors were Magdalene Reiter and Joseph
Klotzbach. 7. On the 25th of March I baptized Jacob, son of Thomas Haynes
and Anna Swift, who was born on March 15. The sponsors were
17. On the 30th of November I baptized Martin, son of Cornel Edward Boyle and Elisabeth Haynes. L. Spitzlberger
Lee and Susanna Boyle, who was born on October 28. The spon-
sors were Patrick Waters and Margaret Flin. L. Spitzlberger 8. On the 25th of March I baptized John, son of John B. Boltz
and Anna Mallinger, who was born on February 27. The spon-
18. On the 27th of November I baptized Catharine, daughter of sors were John B. Phi li ppi and Catharine Rebhahn. L.
Jacob McCabe and Maria Mullen. who was born on December Spitzlberger
23. The sponsors were Catharine McCabe and Patrick Clark. L.
Spi tzl berger 9. On the 19th of April I baptized Honora, daughter of Peter
Turney and Honora Laughlin, who was born on Febrnary 25.
19. On the 17th of November I baptized Anthony, son of The sponsors were Anna Jane and Bernard Dunigan. L.
Anthony Haynes and Ann;1 Comerford. who was born on Spitzlberger
November 3. The sponsors were Michael Dirney and A1uia
Dwyer. L. Spitzlberger 10. On the 3rd of May I bapti zed Jacob, son of Matthew Waters
and Julia Howard. who was born on Apri l 25. The sponsors were
20. On the 17th of November I baptized Edward. son of Bernard Conrad and Susanna Lee. L. Spitzlberger
Mullycok and Clara Johnson. who was born on March 7. The
sponsors were Peter Dimey and JoAnna Touney. L. Spitzlberger 11. On the 17th of May I baptized Magdalena Rosina, daughter
of Caspar Reiter and Magdalena Baumann. who was burn on
21. On the Ist of December J baptized Maria Julianna, daughter April 23. The sponsors were Magdalena Reiter and Adam Klein.
of Jacob Weissenberger and Constantine Seitenstall, who was L. Spitzlberger
born November 17. The sponsors were Julainna Seitenstall and
Kilian Heim. L. Spitzlbergcr 12. On the 2 1st of June I baptized .John. son ofT. and Maria
Feltes, who was born on May 30. The sponsors were !. Stoller
22. On the 29th of December I baptized John, son of Michael and M. Mollinger. L. Spitzlberger
Gebus and Theresa Trautma11n, who was born on November 22.
The sponsors were John and Margaret Zeller. L. Spitzlberger 13. On the 12th of August I ba1Jtized Catharine, daughter of
Martin Milan and Maria Hogan, who was born on July 13. The
sponsors were Anna Hogan and Nicolas Bach. L. Spitzlberger

I. On the 12th of January I baptized Joseph, son of Joseph 14. On the 6th of September I baptized .Jacob Edmund, son of
Sendelbach and M;iria Riple. who w<1s born on January 9. The Michael Mallinger and Anna Sophia Richtman, who was born on
sponsor was Joseph Klotzbach. L. Spitzlberger August 25. The sponsors were Jacob Richtrnan and Louise Furst.

2. On the 26th of Ja nuary I baptized Maria, daughter of George 15. On the 6th of September I baptized Patrick, son of Patrick
Descher (non catholic) and Johann;i Ripple, who was born on McCabe and Johanna Convey, who was born on June 14. The
December 14, 1867. The sponsors were Maria Ripple and sponsors were Thomas Dunigan and Brigiue McNally.
Joseph Sendelbach. L. Spitzlberger
16. On the I I th of October I baptized Catharine Veronica,
3. On Lhe 26th of January I baptized Joseph, son of ivlichael daughter of Jacob Dick and Margaret Zeller, who wa~ born
Furst and Anna Mallinger, who was born on January JO. The September ;ll_(sic). The sponsor was Catharine Zeller.

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17. On the 11Lh of October I baptized Friedrich. son of Joseph January 2 1. The sponsors were Gerhard Rotering and Susanna
Remig and Maria Magdalene Septer, who was born on July 12. Grunewald. L. Spitzlberger
The sponsor was Friedrich Zeller. L. Spitzlbergcr
7. On the 14th of February I baptized Adarn Francis, son of
18. On the I I th of October I baptized Martin, son of Patrick Flyn William Farrell and Julia O'Tool, who was born on January 2 1.
and Rich Boyle. who wa~ born on October I. The sponsors wen.: The sponsors were Manhew and Julia Waters. L. Spitzlberger
Thomas Flyn and Maria Boyle.
8. On the 14th of March I baptized Henry Robcn . son of
19. On the 11th of October I baptized Alma Rosina, daughter of Alexander Jackson and Anna OTool, who was born on January
Carl Ruppert and Ouilia Reiter, who was born on October 10. 2. The sponsors were Michael Tim ey and Elisabeth Haynes.
The sponsor was Rosina Scndelbach.
9. On the 17th of March I baptized John B.. son of John Mallon
20. On the 11 th of October I baptized Margaret, daughter of and Catharine Tracy, who was born on January 17 . The sponsors
Andrew Flyn and Susan Conole, who was born on September26. were L1wrence Bums and Joanna Connclls.
The sponsors were Michael Crnwford and Anna Flyn. L.
Spitzlberger. I0. On the 17th of March I baptized Maria A., daughter of
Lawrence Burns and Honora Toujey, who was born on January
2 1. On the 29th of November I baptized Michael, son of Felix 17. The sponsors were Thomas and Elisabeth Dunigan. L.
Miller and Sophir1 Bendele, who was born on September 2. The Spitzlberger
sponsors were Michael Mallinger and Theresa Gebus. L.
Spitzlberger 11. On the 17th of March I baptized Constantine. son of Jacob
Weis. enberger and Constantine Seidenstahl. who was born on
22. On the 15th of December I baptized Matthew William. son March 14. The sponsors were Julianna Seidcnstahl and Joseph
of August Conrad and Anna Lochner. who was born on Renig. L. Spitzlberger
l'\ovcmber 16. The sponsors were Matthew Philippi and
Elisabeth Bach. L. Spitzlberger 12. On the 9th of May I baptized Anthony Killian, son of
Michael Senclelbach and Rosina Neth. who was born on March
23. On the 27th of December I baptized Allen, son of Isaac 29. The sponsors were Killian Heim and Catharine Ruppert. L.
Comerford and Joan na Linen, who was born on December 24. Spitzlberger
TI1e sponsors were Margaret and Jacob Hay nes. L. Spitzlbergcr
13. On the 4th of June I baptized Theresa, daughter or Joseph
Fidclis Utz and Margaret Schneider, who was born on April JO.
The sponsors were Ferdinand Theissen and Theresa Utz. L.
I. On Lhe I I th or January f baptized Brigit, daughter of William Spilzlberger
Milan and Maria Crawford, who was born on January 9. The
sponsor was Maria Milan. L. Spitzlberger 14. On the 5th of Ju ne I baptized Carl Boni facius. son of Owen
McCabe and Mary Hogan, who was born on April 14. The spon-
2. On the 11th of January I baptized Anna Magdalena, daughter sors were Denis ally and Honora Nally. L. Spitzlbcrgcr
of George Deschcr and Joanna Ripplie. who was born November
23, 1868. The sponsor was Maria Sendclbach. 15. On the 6th of June I baptized Anna. daughter of Matthew
Elm and Christina Wasmann, who was born 0 11 May 3 1. The
3. On the I I th day of Jan uary I baptized John Baptist. son of sponsors were Anna Furst and Michael Neth. L. Spitzlberger
Andrew Howley and Winneford Boyle. who was born on January
7. The sponsors were John Boyle and Margaret Flin. L. 16. On the 6th of Ju ne I baptized Michael. son of Michael Jordan
Spitzlberger and Margaret Flannigan. who was born on May 23. The spon-
sors were Michael Boyle and Alma Dwyer. L. Spitzlberger
4. On the 12th of January I baptized Rosa Johanna, daughter of
Gerhard Rotering ancl Maria Kennebeck, who was born on 17. On the 6th of June I baptized Catharine. daughter or John
December I, 1868. The sponsors were Johanm1 Rotering and Kennebeck and Christina Stegman, who was born on May 8. The
Bernard Kennebeck. L. Spitzlberger s ponsor was Catharine McCabe. L. Spitzlbergcr

5. On the 25th of January I baptized Albert Ma!!hew, son of 18. On the 6th or June I baptized An na. daughter of Patrick
Jacob Wismolek and Johanna Lohr (a non Catholic). who was Crawford and Margaret Boyle. who was born on May 27. The
born on June 25. 1868. The sponsors were Matthaeus Riplie and sponsors were Catharine Boyle and Wi lliam Milan. L.
Joha nna Bautsch. L. Spitzlberger Spitzlberger

6. On the 14th of r cbruary I baptized Gerhard William, son or 19. On the 9th of August I baptized Eva Elisabeth, daughter of
William Rotering and Josephine Grunewald, who was born on Michael Reiter and Eva Seibel. who was born on August 7. The

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sponsor was Elisabeth Bach. L. Spitzlberger Conrad Lee and Susanna Boyle, who was born on February 5.
The sponsors were Brigitta Flynn and Patrick Crawford. L. Lay
20. On the 20th or August l baptized Michael, son of Joseph
Sendelbach and Maria Ripplie, who was born on July 5. The 5. On the 7th of February l baptized Agnes. daughter of George
sponsor was Michael Sendelbach. L. Spitzlberger Descher and Johanna Ri pply, who was born on December 13,
1869. The sponsors were Agatha Matschi and Joseph
21. On the 29th of August I baptized Catharine Philomena. Sendelbach. L. Lay
daughter of Frederick Zeller and Catharine Reiter, who was born
on June 26. The s ponsor was Catharine Rebhahn. L. 6. On the 20th of February l baptized Ferdinand, son of Matthew
Spitzlberger Hansen and Elisabeth Weier, who was born on January I 3. The
sponsors were Ferdinand Theisen and Katharine Philippi. L. Lay
22. On the 29th of August l baptized John B.. son of Joan
Geragh1y and Allen O'Dce, who was born August 12. The spon- 7. On the 6th of March I baptized Katharine Veronica, daughter
sors were John B. Genesey and Brigiua O'Dee. L. Spi12lbergcr of Pancratius Valentine Rebbahn and KaU1arine Mallinger, who
was born on February 14. The sponsors were Katharine Zeller
23. On the 3rd of October I baptized John, son of Edmund Boyle and Michael Ne1h. L. Lay
and Elisabeth Russell, who was born on September 20. The
sponsors were Daniel Tonsivine and Kathari ne Dunleva. L. Lay 8. On the 3rd of April I baptized Maria Elisabeth, daughter of
Nicholas Meyer and Clara Fridben Harteisen, who was born on
24. On U1e 31st of Oktober I baptized Peter. son of Andrew March 13. The sponsors were Maria Elisabeth Zeller and Adam
Schmittlmecht and Elisabem Scharf. who was born on October Klein. L. Lay
22. The sponsors were Peter Theisen and ~largaret Dick. L. Lay
9. On the 22nd of May I baptized Helen Katharine, daughter of
25. On the 13th of November I baptized Thomas, son of Thomas focob Wismolek and Anna Lohr. The sponsors were Anna M.
Bizan and Maria Brugge, who was born on December 20, 1869. Wissmann and Joseph Zeller. L. Lay
The sponsors were John Hoevel and Gertrude Ru loffs. L. Lay
I0. On the 22nd of May I baptized John, son of Bernard Salvey
26. On the 13th of November I baptized Henry. son of Henry and KaLharine Manin, who was born on April 12. The sponsors
Tillmann and Genrude Hoevel. who was born on October 11. were Henry Tillrnann and Magdalena MUnch. L. Lay
Tbe sponsors were Anthony Fink and Johanna Arpagaus. L. Lay
11. On the 6th of June I baptized Amalia Theresa, daughter of
27. On 1he 131h of December l baptized Maria Magdalene. Bernard Frisch and Maria Fleig, who was born on April 5. The
daughter of Joseph Klotzbach and Margaret Sendelbach, who s ponsors were Agnes Fleig and William Fink. L. Lay
was born December 6. The sponsor was Magdalene Klein. L.
Lay 12. On the 6th of June l baptized Andre, son of Andrew
Schmidtknecht and Elisabeth Scharf, who was born on July 7,
28. On the 25th of December I bap1izcd Helen. daughter of 1863. The sponsors were George Westlein and Elisabeth Bach.
Daniel O'Hara and Maria Smith, who was born on Septembcr20. L. Lay
The sponsors were Helen Hogan and Matthias Waters. L. Lay
13. On the 6th of June I baptized George, son of Andrew
Schmidtknccht and Elisabeth Scharf, who was born on August
13. 1864. The sponsors were Friederick Zeller and Anna M.
Westlein. L. Lay
I. On the 6th of January I baptized Caspar, son of Michael Neth
and Maria Mallinger, who was born on December 18. 1869. The 14. On the 6th of June l baptized Sara Elisabeth, daughter of
sponsors were Caspar Babst and An na Ka tharine Rebhahn. L. And rew Schmicllknecht and Elisabeth Scharf, who was born
Lay April 6, 1861. The sponsors were Elisabeth Hansen and Caspar
Westlein. L. Lay
2. On the 23rd of January l baptized Katharine Elisabeth, daugh-
ter of Michael Gebus and Theresa Trau tmann, who was born on I5. On the 61h of June I baptized Emma, daughter of Andrew
December 24, 1869. The sponsors were Katharine and Ant hony Schmidtknecht and Elisabeth Scharf, who was born September
Zeller. 20. 1866. The sponsors were Anna DUck and Adam Klein. L.
Lay
3. On the 23rd of January l baptized Maria Margaret, daugh ter
of Michael Gebus imd John Zeller. Sponsors were Margaret and 16. On the 12th of June I baptized Joseph. son of Matthew Riple
John Zeller. L. Lay and Agatha Matschi. who was born on May 15. The sponsors
were Joseph Sendelbach and Johanna Daescher. L. Lay
4. On the 6th of February I baptized Katharine, daughter of

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17. On 1he I 2lh of June l baptized Joh n. son of Andrew 30. On the 27th of November I baplized Henry, son of Herman
Schmid1knecht and Elisabclh Scharf. who was born on January Marking and Henrika Benning, who was born on October 26.
16. 1854. The sponsors were John Zeller and Anna M. The sponsors were Theodore Marking and Gertrude Benning. L.
Wes1mann (Wcstlein?). L. Lay Lay

18. On 1he 12th of June I baptized Caroline, daughter of Andrew 3 1. On lhe 9th of November J baptized Manin, son of William
Schmid1knech1 and Elisabeth Scharf, who was born on May 2, Milan and Maria Crawford, who was born on November 3. The
1859. The sponsors were Jacob Weissenberger and KaLharinc sponsors were Martin Milan and Maria Hynes. L. Lay
Phi lippi. L. Lay
32. On Lhe 13th of November I baptized Katharine, daughter of
19. On the I 21h of June I baptized Maria, daughler of Andrew Palrick Flynn and Brigitte Boyle. who was born on November
Schmiuknech1 and Elisabeth Scharf, who was born on Seplember 13. The sponsors were Katharine Boyle and John Flynn. L. Lay
I 0. 1856. The sponsor was Maria Reuter. L. Lay
33. On the 13th of November I bap1ized Carl, son of Joseph
20. On the 26th of June I baptized Martin, son of Matthew Arpagaus and John Hoevel, who was born on October 16. The
Waters and Julia Howard, who was born on June 8. The sponsor sponsors were Carl Bellnick and Elisabc1h Bach. L. Lay
was John Clark. L. Lay (died Dec. 18. 1949)

2 1. On lhe 71h of August I baptized Philipp, son of Jacob


Weissi.:nberger and Constance Seidens1ahl, who was born on Jul y
17. The sponsors were l(jllian Heim and Julia Seidenstahl. L. I. On the 9th of January L baplized Maria Rosa, daughLer of
Lay Ludovica Leimand and John Lohr, who was born on July 30.
1852. The sponsors were Katharine and Friderick Zeller. L. Lay
22. On the 7Lh of August I baptized Caspar. son of Caspar
Wurstlein and Anna M. Meyer. who was born on July 27. The 2. On Lhe 25th of January I baptized Margaret, daughter of
sponsors were Caspar Babst and Elisabeth Bach. L. Lay Edward Boyle and Elisabeth Russel. who was born on January
12. The sponsors were Brigitta Boyle and Conrad Leer. L. Lay
23. On the 21st of Augusl I baptized Sophia, daughter of George
Hager and Caroline Salvey, who was born on May l. The spon- 3. On the 25th of March I baptized Peter, son of Michael
sors were Margaret and Sebastian Salvey. L. Lay Sendelbac h and Rosina Neth, who was born on March 4. The
sponsor was Pancratius Valentine Rcbhahn. L. Lay
24. On the 20th of September I baptized Maria Helen, daughler
of Philip Reiley and Margaret Hogan. who was born on 4. On the 251h of March I baptized Maria, daughter of John Bolz
Seplembcr 8. The sponsors were Katharine and Lawrence and Anna Mallinger, who was born on March 8. The sponsors
Hogan. L. Lay were Maria Neth and Philip Philippi. L. Lay

25. On Lhe 20Lh of September I baptized Susanna, daughter of 5. On the 25th of March I baptized Carl. son of Thomas Hynes
Andrew Flynn and Susanna Cano!. who was born on September and Anna Swift. who was born on March I0. The sponsors were
8. The sponsors were Anna and Thomas Flynn. L. Lay William Milan and Anna Boyle. L. Lay

26. On 1he 2nd of October I baptized Rosa Gertrude. daughter of 6. On lhe 25th of March I baplized John Joseph, son of Carol
George Fcul ing and Anna Bibelhauser, who was born on August Ruppert and Matthew ReuLer. who was born on March 21. The
30. The sponsors were Gertrude and Michael Feuling. L. Lay sponsors were Jolrn and Eva Reuter. L. Lay

27. On the 2nd of October I baptized John George, son of 7. On the Ist of April I baptized Patrick, son of Pairick Crawford
George Michael Feuling and Gertrude Minth, who was born on and Margaret Boyle, who was born on March 14. The sponsors
Seplember 4. The sponsors were George and Anna M. Feuling. were Patrick and Margaret Flynn. L. Lay
L. Lay
8. On the 14th of April I baplized John, son of Andrew
28. On the 16th of Ocrober I baptized Gesina Joseph, son of Schmillknecht and Elisabeth Scharf, who was born on June 17,
William Rotering and Josephine Griinenwald. who was born on 1849. The sponsors were Michael and Eva Reuter. L Lay
August 28. The sponsors were Gesina Benning and Bernard
Rolering. L. Lay 9. On the 21st day of May I baplizcd Theresa, daughter of
Anlhony Semling and Theresa Fleig. who was born on August
29. On the ISl of November I baptized Anna Maria. daugh1er of 26. 1867. The sponsor was Josephina Bamberger. L. Lay
Caspar Babsl and Ludovica FiirsL. who was born on October 20.
The sponsors were Anna Fiirst and Nicholas Bach. L. Lay I0. On the 2 1sr of May 1 bapLized Joseph. son of Anthony
Semling and Theresa Fleig, who was born on February 8, 1864.

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The sponsor was Ferdinand Fleig. L. Lay


25. On the 24ch of September I bapti zed Michael, son of Jucob
I I. On the 2 1st of Ma y I baptized Agnes, da ughter of An thony Hoffman and Ka tharine Thomas, who was born on September 3.
Semling and Thercstt Fleig, who was born on January 4. 1869. The sponsors were Michael Hoffmann ~rnd Clara F. Maier. L.
The sponsor was John Bamberger. L. Lay Lay

12. On the -Ith of June I baptized Anna Maria. daughter of 26. On the 16th of October I baptized Elisabeth. daughter of
Thomas Brizan and Maria Brucka. who was born on March 22. William Fritschlcr and Apollonia Bach. who was born on
The sponsors were Gertrude and Henry Hoevel. L. Lay October 10. The sponsors were Elisabeth Bach and Michael
Furst. L. Lay
13. On the 18th or June I baptized Katharine. daughte r of Joseph
Sendelbach and Maria Ripple, who was born on June I 0. The 27. On the 22nd of October I bapti7.ed Francis. son of Peter
sponsors were Katliarine and Carl Ruppert. L. Lay Skroch and Susanne Worschni. who was born on September 29.
The sponsors were John Schmidtknecht and Sophia Muller. L.
14. On the 2nd of July I baplized Maria. daughter of Francesca Lay
Kutcher and Anna Maria Sencz. who wa~ born on April 16. The
sponsors were Maria Brucka and Thomas Bimm. L. Lay 28. On the 28th of October I baptized Manin, son of Andrew
Howly and A. Winaford Boyle, who was born on October 13.
15. On the 2nd o r July I baptized John Henry. son of Gerhard The sponsors were John and Anna Flynn. L. Lay
Hoevel and Anna Hiller. who was born on May 16. The sponsors
were Heuriens Thilmann and Katharine I liller. L. Lay 29. On the 3rd of December I baptized Jacob William, son of
John Muloney and Kathari ne Dresy (Tracy?). who was born on
16. On the 2nd of July l baptized William. son of Gerhard September 8. The sponsors were Jacob Donigan and Elisabeth
Rotering and Maria Kennebeck. who was born on May 29. The Bums. L. Lay
sponsors were Josephine and Hermann Rotering. L. Lay
30. On the 12th of December I baptized Elisabeth Veronica,
17. On the 2nd of Jul y I bapti zed Maria. daughter of Sebastian daughter of Michael Gebus and Theresa Trautmann, who was
Salvey and Caroline Bauman, who was born on Ju ne 7. The born on November 6. The sponsors were Elisabeth and William
sponsors were Am hony Muller and Rosa Reuter. L. Lay Zeller. L. Lay

18. On the 16th or July I baptized George, son of George 3 1. On the 17th of December I baptized Carl, son of Mallhaeus
Daescher and Johanna Ripple, who was horn on June 13. The Ripple and Agatha Matscbi, who was born o n November 3. The
sponsors were Mauhaeus Ripp le and Maria Scndelbach. L. Lay sponsors were Joseph Sendelbach and Maria Ripple. L. Lay

19. On the I 6th of Jul y I baptized Maria Johanna. daughter of 32. I baptized Edmund, son of Henry Fellenz and Maria Theresa
Peter Dworschak and Elisabeth Feutcn. who was born on May Tlirk. who was born on November 23, 187 1. The sponsors were
3 1. The sponsors were Maria Johanna Theisen and Joseph Utz. Philip Fellenz and Helen Ti.irk. L. Lay
L. Lay

20. On che 6th o r August I bapti zed Amho ny. son of Herman
Rotering and Gertrnde Benning, who was born 0 11 Jul y 14. The
sponsors were Anthony Rotering and Henrika Benning. L. Lay I . On the I st of January I baptized Maria. daugh ter of Michael
Neth and Maria Mallinger. who was born o n December I I. 187 1.
21. On the 6th of August I baptized Hern1an. son of John The sponsors were Matthew Philippi and Margaret Rebhan. L.
Kennebeck and Christine Stegemann, who was born on July 8. Lay
The sponsors were Gerhard and Maria Rotering. L. Lay
2. On the 7th of January I bap1ized Henry. son of Herman
22. On the 27th of August I baptized Francis George. son of Marking and Henrika Berming, who was born on December 9.
Ferdinand Theissen and Anna Meirer. who was born on Jul y 26. The sponsors were George Benning and Maria Marking. L. Lay
The sponsors were Francis and Clara Theisen. L. Lay
3. On the 2nd of February I baptized Maria, daugh1er of Jacob
23. On the 27th of Augu~t I baptized Ludwig. son of Augustus Hynes and Margaret Comerford. who was born on January 27.
Kannat and Anna Lochner. who was born on July 13. The spon- The sponsors were Katharine and John Boyle. L. Lay
sors were Ludovica Babst and Anthony f.bcher. L. Lay
4. On the 18th of February I baptized Anna, daughter of Thomas
24. On the I0th of Septe mber I baptized ElisabetJ1 Theresa. Milan and Elisabeth Hynes, who was born on February 4. The
daughter of Caspar Reuter and Magdale na Baumann. The spon- sponsors were Maria Hynes and Lawrence Milan. L. Lay
sors were Elisabeth Zeller and Adam Klein. L. Lay

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5. On the 22nd of February I baptized Ludovica Nicole, daugh- Jul y 2. The sponsors were Elisabeth Zeller and Jacob
ter of Michael Reuter and Eva Seibel, who was born on February Weissenberger. L. Lay
19. T he sponsors were Nicholas and Elisabeth Bach. L. Lay
20. On the 21st of July I baptized Pancratius Valen tine. son of
6. On the 28th of February I baptized Maria Magdalene, daugh· Nicholas Maier and Friderika Harteisen, who was born on Jul y
ter of Conrad Lee and Susanna Boyle, who was born on February 1 I . The sponsors were Pancratius Valentine Rebhan and A.
13. The sponsors were Brigitta and Michael Boyle. L. Lay Mergener. L. Lay

7. On the 3rd of Mru·ch I baptized Frederick, son of John Zeller 21. On the 4th of August I baptized Katharine, daughter of
and Anna Maria Weissmann. who was born on February 26. The Andrew Flynn and Susanna Conol, who was born on July 10.
sponsors were Frederick ZeUer and Rosina Sendelbach. L. Lay The sponsors were Maria Flynn and Edmund Boyle. L. Lay

8. On the 25th of March 1 baptized William Joseph, son of 22. On the 25th of August I baptized Maria, daughter of Jacob
Marijn Milan and Maria Hoga n, who was born on Mru·ch 3. T he Weisenberger and Constance Seidenstahl, who was born on
sponsors were John Flynn and Elisabeth Hogan. L. Lay August 10. The sponsors were Julianna Seidenstahl and Kilian
Heim. L. Lay
9. On the 3rd of April I baptized Elisabeth, daughter of Michael
and Elisabeth Scharf. The sponsor was Margaret Diek. L. Lay 23. On the 2 lst of August I baptized John Hem')', son of Caspar
Babst and Ludovica Fu rst, who was born on August 21. The
I 0. On the 2 1St of April I baptized Maria, daughter of Bernard sponsors were John Bernard Oerning and Anna M. Schmid. L.
Salvey and Katharine Marti.n. who was born on December 20. Lay
The sponsors were Maria Salvey and George Baumann. L. Lay
23'. On the 6th of October I baptized Augustine, son of Edmund
I I. On the 21st of Aprill baptized Katharine, daughter of Patrick Boyle and Elisabeth Russell, who was born on September 16.
McNearney and Maria Boyle, who was born on April 8. The The sponsors were Andrew and Brigitta Flynn. L. Lay
sponsors were Susanna Boyle and Thomas Flynn. L. Lay
24. On the 6th of October I baptized Katharine, daughter of Peter
12. On the 19th of May I baptized Eva. daughter of Joseph Utz Dworschak and Elis Fenten, who was born on September 8. The
and Margaret Schneider, who was born on March 16. The spon- sponsors were Katharine Fenten and Bartholomew Dworschak.
sors were Eva and George Foegen. L. Lay L.Lay

13. On the 30th of May I baptized Maria, daughter of Theodore 25. On the 12th of October I baptized Ludwig Michael, so n of
Marking and Maria Winties, who was born on April 24. The Adam Klein and Magdalene Reuter, who was born on October 9.
sponsors were Gertrude Rotering and Hermann Marbng. L. Lay The sponsors were Ivlichael Reuter and Rosina Klei n. L. Lay

l4. On the 30th of May I baptized Gerhard, son of William 26. On the 20th of Oclober I baptized Anna Katharine, the
Rotering and Josephina Grunewald, who was born on March 20. daughter of George Daescher and Johanna Ripli. The sposors
The sponsors were Anthony and Gertrude Rotering. L. Lay were Maria Sendelbach and Mathaeus Ripli. L. Lay

15. On the 30th of May I baptized Edward, son of Matthew 27. On the 9th of November I baptized Margaret, daughter of
Waters and Julia Howard, who was born on May 16. The spon- William Milan and Maria Crawford, who was born on October
sors were Peter and Hanna Thierney. L. Lay 28. The sponsors were Eleonora and August Tierney. L. Lay

16. On the 31st of May I baptized Pancratius Valentine, daugh- 29. On the 10th of Nove mber I baptized Elisabeth, daughter of
ter of William Niederkorn and Katharine Schreiner, who was Frederick W. Marsalek and Anna Foecula, who was born on
born on May l 9. The sponsors were Pancratius Valentine November 7. The sponsors were Malia Zockula and Albert
Rebhan and Anna Fi.irst. L. Lay Gamrocl. L. Lay

1.7. On the 7th of July I baptized Nicholas, son of Mathacus 30. On the 14th of November I baptized Arma M., daughter of
Hansen and Elisabeth Weier. who was born on June 16. The Joseph Zeller and Rosn Maria Venmand, who was born on
sponsors were Nicholas Bach and Maria Furst. L. Lay November 2. The sponsor was Antbony Zeller.

18. On the 7th of July I baptized Carl, son of George Hager and 31 . On the 24th of November I baptized Maria Katharine,
Caroline Salvey, who was born on June 2. The sponsors were daughter of John Bolz and Anna Mallinger, who was born on
Maria and John Salvey. L. Lay November 3. The sponsors were Margaret Rebhan and Michael
Neth. L. Lay
19. On the 2 1st of July I baptized Maria Elisabeth, daughter of
Philip Weissenberger and Margaret Bohlinger, who was born on

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Kutscher and Anna Lanez, who was born on April 17. The spon-
sors were Maria and Thomas Bitzan. L. Lay
1. On the 12th of February 1 baptized Brigitte. daughter of
Patrick Crawford and Margaret Boyle, who was born on January 15. On the 12th of Ju ne l baptized Nicholas, son of Anthony
28. The sponsors were Anna and John Flynn. L. Lay Zi11cl and Maria Dick, who was born on April 25. The sponsors
were Nicholas Bach and Josephine Gaugler. L. Lay
2. On the 21st of February I baptized Michael, son of Philipp
Reily and Margaret Hogan, who was born on January 31. The 16. On the 21st of June l baptized Joseph, son of Joseph
sponsors were Michael and Katharine Hogan. L. Lay Krumhol z and Margaret Zeller, who was born on June 8. The
sponsor was Joseph Scherrn. L. Lay
3. On the 9th of March I baptized Nicholas, son of Sebastiru1
Salvey and Caroline Bauman, who was born on February 1. The 17. On the 22nd of June I baptized Nicholas, son of Thomas
sponsors were Nicolas Bach and Rosina Reuter. L. Lay Hynes and Anna Swift, who was born on June 11. The sponsors
were George Hynes and Maria Tierney. L. Lay
4. On the 23rd of March I baptized Elisabeth, daughter of
Bartholomew Dworschak and Maria Magdalena Fenton, who 18. On the 20th of July I baptized Joseph, son of Hermru1 Hoevel
was born on February 6. The s pon~o rs were Elisabeth and Gertrude Aberbeck, who was born on January 15. The spon-
Dworschak and Joseph Uetz. L. Lay sors were Joseph Hoevel and l'vlaria N. Munch. L. Lay

5. On the 23rd of March I baptized Rosina, daughter of Herman 19. On the 20th of July I baptized Maria Eva, daughter of Pater
Rotering and Gertrude Benning, who was born on February 16. Tescher and Maiia Schladweiler. who was born on June 13. The
The sponsors were Genrud Rotering and Gerhard Benning. L. sponsors were Maria Eva Foegen and Johannes Schlater
Lay
20. On July 20 l baptized Anna Maria the daughter of Joseph
6. On the 8th of April I bapttzed William. son of Friederica and Freta and Katharine Hatzenbuhler, who was born on May 22.
John Soldweg (Salwey?), who was born in 186 l. The sponsors The sponsor was Elisabeth Zeller. L. Lay
were Elisabeth and Reinhard Zeller. L. Lay
2 1. On the 3rd of August I baptized Joh n Henry, son of Gerhard
7. On the 13th of April [ baptiz,cd George, son of George Benning and Wilhelmina Medeke, who was born on July 13. The
Bauman and Margaret Salweg, who was born on February 14. sponsors were John Benning and Maria Marking. L. Lay
The sponsors were Andrew and Maria Schmittknecht. L. Lay
22. On the 15th of August I baptized Jacob, son of Andrew
8. On the 4th of May I baptized Edward Johannes, son of Henry Willers and An na Neumann, who was born on August 3. The
and Maria Fellcns, who was born on April 5. The sponsors were sponsors were Jacob Wismolek and Rosa Zeller. L. Lay
John Duerk and Gertrude Fellens. F.X. Obermuller
23. On the 18th of August I baptized conditionally George, son
9. On the 4th of May I baptized Maria, daughter of John of George Sutter and Maria Prader, who was born on October 30,
Kennebeck. and Christine Hegman. who was born on March 28. 182 1. The sponsor was Henry Ti llmann. L. Lay
The sponsors were Maria A. Hueber and Anthony Fischer. F.X.
Obermliller 24. On the 24th of August I baptized Gregor, son of Caspar
Foegen and Eva Schlattweiler, who was born on July 7. The
10. On the 15th of May l baptized Rosa, daughter of Joseph sponsors were Gregor Foegen and Maria Tcscher. L. Lay
Sendelbach and Maria Riple, who was born on May 10. The
sponsor was Katharine Ruppert. L. Lay 25. On the 24th of August 1 baptized Katharine, daughter of
Michael Sendelbach and Rosa Neth, who was born on August 12.
11. On the 18th of May I baptized Anna. daughter of Peter The sponsors were Katharine Ruppert and Killian Heim. L. Lay
Skroch and Susanna Waschni, who was born on April 22. The
sponsors were Sophia Muller and Matthew Hansen. L. Lay 26. On the 7th of September l baptized Andrew, son of Gerhard
Hoevel and Anna Maria Hiller, who was born on June 8. The
12. On the 25th of May 1 baptized Friederick, son of Joseph sponsors were Andrew Hiller and Johanna Sutler. L. Lay
Arpagaus and Johanna Hoevel, who was born on April 15. The
s1)onsors were Friederck Zeller and Katharine Philippi. L. Lay 27. On the 19th of September I baptized Elisabeth, daughter of
John Zeller and Anna Margaret Wissman, who was born on
13. On the 10th of June I baptized Katharine. daughter of Carl September 9. The sponsors were Elisabeth and Reinhard Zeller.
Ruppert and Mathilda Reuter, who was born on June 7. The L. Lay
sponsor was Katharine Ruppert. L. Lay
28. On the 12th of October I baptized Matthew, son of
14. On the 12th of June I baptized Anna, daughter of Frru1cis Mauhaeus Riple and Agatha Matchi , who was born on

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September 15. The sponsors were Joseph Sendelbach and The spons<irs were Matthaeus Riple and Maria A. Sendelbach.
Katharine Uetz. L. Lay L. Lay

29. On the 12th of October I baptized Anna Margaret, daughter 6. On the 18th of February l baptized Helen, daughter of Thomas
of John Maier and Anna Maria Mergener. who was born on Milan and Elisabeth Hynes, who was born on February 4. The
August 26. The sponsors were Anna Mergener and Lambert sponsors were Martin and Brigit Milan. L. Lay
Kutschcid. L. Lay
7. On the 21st of February I baptized Patrick, son of Patrick
30. On the 31st (sic) of November I baptized John, son of Flynn and Brigit Boyle, who was born on February 13. The
William Fritschler and Apollortia Bach, who was born on sponsors were Martin Lee and Katharine Flynn. L. Lay
November 22. The sponsors were Johanna Salentine and
Nicholas Bach. L. Lay 8. On the 28th of February I baptized Anthony, son of Peter
Dworschak and Elisabeth Fenten, who was born on January 23.
3 1. On the 2nd of November I baptized Rosa, daughter of John The sponsors were Anthony Dworschak and Magdalene
Schmittknccht and Maria Reuter, who was born on October 20. Dworschak. L. Lay
The sponsors were Rosa and Francis Reuter. L. Lay
9. On the 1st of March I baptized Henry, son of August Ganaath
32. On the 7th of November I baptized Martin, son of Mauhew and Anna Loehner, who was born on January 2. The sponsors
Rooscharb and Theresa Hafel, who was born on November 4. were Henry Rotering and Elisabeth Fischer. L. Lay
The sponsors were John Hesch and Johanna Jahn. L. Lay
10. On the 15th of March I baptized Katharine, daughter of
33. On the 16th of November l baptized Andrew Joseph, son of Patrick Waters and Helen Hogan, who was born on March 3. The
Joseph Zeller and Rosa Maria Leumand, who was born on sponsors were Katharine Hogan and Matthew Waters. L. Lay
November 2. The sponsors were Andrew Willers and Margaret
Krumholz. L. Lay 11. On the 25th of March I baptized Apollonia, daughter of
Taevbi Weissenberger and Constance Seidenstahl, who was born
34. On the 16th of November I baptized Nicho.las, son of on March 2. The sponsors were Apollonia and Philip
Michael Bach and Anna Heins, who was born on November 3. Weissenbergber. L. Lay
The sponsors were Nicholas Bach and Magdalene Reuter. L.
Lay 12. On the 8th of April I baptized Thomas, son of Patrick
Crawford and Margaret Boyle, who was born on March 25. The
35. On the 24th of November I baptized Elisabeth, daugh ter of sponsors were John and Maria Flynn. L. Lay
Frederick and Maria Kirschner, who was born on February I I,
1854. The sponsors were Lucovica and Caspar Babst. L. Lay 13. On the 8th of April l baptized Robert, son of Jacob and
Susanne Grunenwald, who was born on July 5. The sponsors
were Nicholas Rotering and Ursula Doll. L. Lay

14. On the 8th of April I conditionally baptized John son of John


I. On the 1st of January I baptized Friedrich, son of Valentine P. Ludwig and Johanna Neumann, who was born on _ _ _ __
Rebhan and Katharine Mallinger, who was born on November The sponsors were Andrew Willers and Rosa Zeller. L. Lay
30. The sponsors were Friedrich Zeller and Rosina Sendelbach.
L. Lay 15. On the 12tb of April I baptized Rosette Hennina, daughter of
William Rotering and Josephina Grtinenwald, who was born on
2. On the 16th of January I baptized Anthony, son of Michael March 10. The sponsors were Rosa M. Grtinenwald and Henry
Neth and Maria Mallinger, who was born on December 18. The Rotering. L. Lay
sponsors were John Hengel and Anna Hirst. L. Lay
16. On the 13th of Apri I I baptized Maria, daughter of Andrew
3. On the 18th of January I baptized Gertrude, daughter of John Howley and Winnefrecl Boyle, who was born on April 1. The
Molitor and Susanna Kutsebeid, who was born on November 28. sponsors were Susanna and Michael Boyle. L. Lay
The sponsors were Gertrude Kutscheid and Nicholas Maier. L.
Lay 17. On the 26th of Apri l I baptized Gertrude, daughter of John
Schllifer and Anna M. Herges, who was born on March 19. The
4. On the 7th of February I baptized Brigit, daughter of Martin sponsors were Katharine Theisen and Joseph Schltifer. L. Lay
Milan and Maria Hogan, who was born on January 27. The
sponsors were Margaret and Philip Reily. L. Lay 18. On the 26th of April I baptized Regina, daughter of Theodore
Marking and Maria Wintges, who was born on March 13. The
S. On the 15th of February I baptized John, son of George sponsors were Henrika Marking and Gerhard Benning. L. Lay
Daescher and Johanna Riple, who was born on December 27.

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19. On the 26th of April I baptized Maria, daugh ter of Andrew September 12. The sponsors were Apollonia Fritschlcr and
Schmittknecht and Maria Salvey, who was born on March 30. Caspar Reuter. L. Lay
The sponsors were Margaret and George Baumann. L. Luy
33. On the 20th of September l baptized Bernard, son of Bernard
20. On the 26th of April I baptized Julianna, daughter of Corne Ii Salvey and Katharine Martin, who was born on August 27. The
Lee and Susanna Boyle, who was born on April 17. The spon- sponsors were Blasius Hager and Caroline Schmittknecht. L.
sors were Helen and John Waters. L. Lay Lay

2 1. On the 26th of April 1 baptized John. son of Patrick 34. On the 4th of October I baptized Ludovica. daughter of
McNeamey and Maria A. Boyle, who was born on April 19. The Joseph Senclelbach and Maria Agnes Ri ple, who was born on
sponsors were John and Brigit Boyle. L. Lay September 27. The sponsors were Rosina Sendelbach and Carl
Ruppert. L. Lay
22. On the 20th of May I baptized Jacob, son of Martin Lee and
Margaret Flynn, who was born on May 20. The sponsors were 35. On the l st of November I baptized Joseph Carl, son of Carl
Thomas Flynn and Maria Hynes. L. Lay Ruppert and Mathilda Reuter. who was born on October 25. The
sponsors were Joseph and Rosina Senclelbach. L. Lay
23. On Lhe 7th of June I baptized Anna, daughter of Mauhew
Philippi and Elisabeth Kirschner, who was born on .lune 2. The 36. On th 15th of November I baptized Joseph, son of Gerhard
sponsors were John and Johanna Philippi. L. Lay Hoevel and Maria Hiller. who was born on September 6. The
sponsor was Joseph Hiller.
24. On the 21st of June I baptized Maria, daughter of
Bartholomew Dworschak and Maria M. Feiten, who was born on 37. On the I 5Lh of November l baptized Katharine. daughter of
May 22. The sponsors were Maria A. Tescher and Matthias Thomas Bizant and Maria Brucken, who was born on October 6.
Dworscbak. L. Lay The sponsors were Henry and Gertrude Tillman. L. Lay

25. On Lhe 5th of July I baptized Joseph, son of Nicholas Gross 38. On the 29Lh of November l baptized Mallhew, son of Joseph
and Kunigunda Mutter, who was born on June 23. The sponsors Krumholz and Margaret Zeller. who was born on November I I.
were Joseph Schlaefer and Katharine Theisen. L. Lay The sponsor was Rosina Zeller. L. Lay

26. On the 13th of July 1 baptized Susanna Margaret Magdalene, 39. On the 16th of December l baptized Nicholas. son of
<laughter of Michael Gebus and Theresa Trautman, who was born Nicholas Maier and Friderica Harteisen, who was born on
on June 14. The sponsors were Susanna and Nicholas Maier. December 8. The sponsors were Nicholas Feltes and Elisabeth
Hansen. L. Lay
27. On the l 8Lh of July I conditionally baptized Jacob, son of
Heinz Grlinenwald and Katharine Scheid. who was born on 40. On the 26Lh of December l baptized Maria. daughter of
March 22, 182 l. The sponsors were Edward Gerlach and Josep h Zeller and Maria R. Neumann, who w<L'i born on
Francesca Doti. L. Lay December 17. The sponsors were Maria Wismolek and
Frederick Zeller. L. Lay
28. On the 18th of July I conditionally baptized Susanna, daugh-
ter of Michael Spori and Susanna Franz, who was born on 4 1. On the 27th of December I baptized Francis, son of Peter
October 8, 1823. The sponsors were Francesca Doti and Edward Teschcr and Maria A. Schlau, who was born on November 9.
Gerlach. L. Lay The sponsors were Frances Uetz and Bartholomew Dworshak.

29. On the 19th of July l baptized KaLharine, daughter of Philip


Reiley and Margaret Hogan, wo was born on July 5. The spon-
sors were Elisabeth Hogan and Lawrence Milan. L. Lay
l. On the 3rd of January I baptized Bernard, son of Herman
30. On the 15th of August I baptized Johanna Katharine, daugh- Rotering and Gertrude Benning. who was born on November 25.
ter of Joseph Arpagaus and Johanna Hoevel, who was born on The sponsors were Bernard Rotering and Wilhelmina Benning.
July 23. The sponsors were Katharine Rebhan and Maithias L. Lay
Georg. L. Lay
2. On the 18th of January I baptized Caspar Joseph, son of
31 . On the 23rd of Augt1sL I baptized Joseph, son of George Caspar Babst and Ludivica Flirst, who was born on January 13.
Bauman and Margaret Salvey, who was born on August I. The The sponsors were Joseph Schlaefer and Ida N. Benning. L. Lay
sponsors were Joseph Knaub and Anna M. Schlafer. L. Lay
3. On the 24th of January I baptized John, son of Andrew Willers
32. On the 20th of September l baptized Apollonia, daughter of and Anna Neumann. who was born on January l I. The sponsor
Edward Heins and Magdalene Bach, who was born on was Joseph Zeller. L. Lay

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4. On 1he 281h of January I baptized Maria, daugh1er of William 18. On the 18th of Jul y I bap1ized Nicholas, son of Philip
Milan and Maria Crawford, who was born on January 12. The Weissenberger and Margaret Bohlinger. who was born on June
sponsors were Honora Flyn n and P. Crawford. L. Lay 29. The sponsors were Nicholas and Elisabeth Bach. L. Lay

5. On lhc 14lh of March I baptized John Joseph. son of Daniel 19. On lhe 8th of August I bap1izcd John. son of Manhaeus Riple
McLaughlin and Johanna Camey. who was born on February 17. and Agalha Ma1schi. who was born on July 17. The sponsors
The sponsors were Jacob and Maria Dunnigan. L. Lay were Joseph Sendelbach and Rosa Zeller. L. Lay

6. On 1he 41h of April I baptized William, son of John Zeller and 20. On the I 51h of August I bap1ized Joseph, son of Matthew
Anna Wissman. who was born on March 30. The sponsors were Hansen and Elisabeth Weier, who was born on July 9. The spon-
Will iam Zeller and Anna Mergener. L. Lay sors were Joseph Zeller and Fridcrica Maier. L. Lay

7. On the I llh of April 1 baptized Angela, daugh1er of Herman 2 1. On the 2 1SI of November I baptized Maria, daughter of
Marking and Henrika Benning, who was born on March I 0. The Frederick Raesner and Magdalene Ruhl, who was born on
sponsors were Herman Ro1ering and Wil helmina Benning. L. November 2. The sponsors were Susanna Skroch and Caspar
Lay Reuter. L. Lay

8. On the 14th of April I condi tionally baptized John Sam. son 22. On the I 0th of October 1 bap1ized Anna, daughter of Pe1er
of Jacob and Susanna Grlinenwald, who was born on March 31. Dworschak and Elisabeth Fci1cn, who was born on Oc1ober 5.
The sponsors were John Zeller and Katharine Klein. L. Lay The sponsors were J\nna Fei1cn and Joseph Dworschak. J.B.
Edelman
9. On the 18th of April I baptized Anna, daughter of Thomas
Hynes and Anna Swift, who was born on March 24. The spon- 23. On the 2 1st o r Nove mber I baptized Maria Magdalene.
sors we re Brigitt and Thomas Hynes. L. Lay daughter of Barlholomcw Dworschak and Maria Magdalene
Femen, who wns born on October 17. The sponsors were Maria
10. On 1he 25th of April I baptized Anna Katharine. da ugh1er of Theisen and Francis Dworschak. L. Lay
Bernard Klein and Anna Schmitt, who was born on April 22. The
sponsors were Katharine Klein and Nicholas Schmiu. L. Lay 24. On the 3rd of December 1 bap1ized George, son of George
Hager and Caroline Salvey. who was born on September 29. The
11. On the 251h of April I baptized Anthony. son of Gerhard sponsors were Ma11hew Philippi and Anna Steichen. L. Lay
Benning and Wilhelmina Niddecke. who was born on March 3.
The sponson. were Henry Rotering and Henrica Marking. L. Lay 25. On lhe 12th of December I baptited Michael, son of Michael
Sendelbach and Rosina Nc1 h. who was born on November 18.
12. On 1he I 01h of May 1 bapti zed Francis. son of George The sponsors were Michael Ne1h and A.N. Zeller. L. Lay
Daescher and Johanna Riple. who was born on February 12. The
sponsors were Reinhard Zeller and Susanna Maier. L. Lay 26. On the I 9lh of December I bap1ized Jacob, son of Nicholas
Grow and Kunigunda Muller, who was born on November 24.
13. On the 6th of .lune I baptized Francis. son of Anthony Ziuel The sponsors were Jacob and Margaret Dick. L. Lay
and Maria Dick, who was born on May 13. The sponsors were
Nicholas Salvey and Rosa Schmitz. L. Lay

14. On lhc 19th of June I baptized Susanna, da ughte r of John


Janosefski and Susanna Koenig, who was born on May 29. The L. On the 6th of January I bap1ized An na Katharine, daughter of
sponsors were John and Anna Maria Zeller. L. Lay Carl Ruppert and Mathilda Rcu1er. who was born on January 5.
The sponsors were Katharine Rewer and Frederick Roth. L. Lay
15. On !ht: 11 1h of Jul y I baptized Katharine, daughter of
Nicholas Schneider and Maria A. Uelmer. who was born on Ju ne 2. On !be 281h of Ja nuary I baptized Wilhelmina Elisabeth.
12. The sponsors were Katharine Uelmer and Katharine daughter of Jacob Fink and Helen Reuter, who was born on
Dworschak. L. Lay January 19. The sponsors were Elisabelh and Nicholas Bach. L.
Lay
16. On !he I 81h of July I baptized Maria Mathilda, daugh1er of
Florian Weber and Clara Hogel, who was born on Scp1ember 18, 3. On lhe I6lh of January I baptized Anthony Philip, son of
1873. The sponsors were An na and William Mattausch. L. Lay Joseph Zeller and Rosa Neuman, who was born on January 2.
The sponsor was Philip Zeller. L. Lay
17. On the I 81h of July l baptized Ferdi nand Richard. son of
Henry Fellens and Theresa Tl.irk, who was born on July 6. The 4. On the 271h of January 1 bap1ized Henry, son of John Bollz
sponsors were Ferdinand and Anna Theisen. L. Lay and Anna Mall ingcr. who was born on January 11. The sponsors
were John Boltz and Anna Fiirs1. L. Lay

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S. On the 3rd of February I baptized Maria, daughter of Patrick 19. On the 14th of May I baptized Francis. son of Carl Uecz and
Coughlin and Maria Tierney, who was born on January 28. The Katharine \:Vagner, who was born on March 21. Tue sponsors
sponsors were Maria Coughlin and Michael Tierney. L. Lay were Francesca and Joseph Ueiz. L. Lay

6. On the 10th of Febrnary I baptized Anna, daughter of Adam 20. On the 21st of May l baptized Maria, daughter of John
Klein and Katharine Volker, who was born on January 19. The Malony and Katharine Treacy, who was born on April 12. The
sponsors were Katharine and John Philippi. L. Lay sponsors were Katharine Manning and John Milabe?

7. On the 13th of February I baptized Rosina Elisabeth. daugh- 2 I. On the 25th of May I baptized Maria, daughter of John
ter of Jacob Weissenberger and Constance Seiclenstahl, who was SchJafer and Anna Margaret Herries, who was born on April 3.
born on January 21. The sponsors were Elisabeth and Nicholas The sponsors were Anna Margaret Schlaefer and Matthew
Bach. L. Lay Theisen. L. Lay

8. On the 25th of February I baptized Joseph Nicholas, son of 22. On the 28th of May I baptized John, son or Matthew Philippi
John Schmittknecht and Maria Reuter, who was born on and Elisabeth Kirschner, who was born on May 22. Tue spon-
February I5. The sponsors were Joseph Reuter and Caroline sors were Peter and Maria Philippi. L. Lay
Schmittknecht. L. Lay
23. On tbe 28th of May I baptized John, son of George Bauman
9. On the 5th of March I baptized John, son of Theodore and Margaret Salvey, who was born on April 28. The sponsors
Marking and Maria Wintges, who was born on January 24. The were Caspar and Ludovica Babst. L. Lay
sponsors were John Benning and Katharine Hiller. L. Lay
24. On the 25th of June I baptized Julian, son of Patrick Waters
lO. On the 8th of March I baptized Cluistian, son ol' Gertrude and Helen Hogan, who was born on June 11 . The sponsors were
Schneider, who was born oo January 20. The sponsors were Elisabeth Hogan and John Waters. L. Lay
Christian Schneider and Margaret Uetz. L. Lay
25. On the 25th of June 1 baptized John Henry, son of Hern1an
I I. On the 25th of March I baptized Frederick. son of Joseph Rotering and Ge1trude Benning, who was born on April 14. The
Krumhol z and Margaret Zeller, who was born on February 12. sponsors were John Benning and Maria Rotering. L. Lay
The sponsors were Friclerick Zeller and Anna Mergener. L. Lay
26. On the 4th of July I baptized Winefried Theresa, daughter of
12. On the 26th of March I baptized Philip, son of Philip Reiley Cornelius Lee and Susanna Boyle, who wa~ born on June 18.
and Margaret Hogan, who was born on Febrnary I7. The spon- The sponsors were Maria Hynes and John Flynn. L. Lay
sors were William and Margaret Milan. L. Lay
27. On the 23rd of Ju ly I baptized Frederick, son of Francis
I 3. On the 26th of March I baptized Frederick, son of Mathacus Bohlinger and Eva Roth, who was born on July 3. The sponsors
Mlinch and Christine Zimmennannn, who was born on January were Frederick and Katharine Zeller. L. Lay
27. The sponsors were Frederick Mlinch and Maria Peters. L. Lay
28. On the 23rd of Jul y I baptized Valentin, son of Michael Neth
14. On the 26th of March I baptized Maria Alexandra, daughter and Maria Mallinger, who was born on July 5. The sponsors
of Martin Lee and Margaret Flynn, who was born on March 8. were Valentin P. Rebhan and Ludovica Babst. L. Lay
The sponsors were Maria and John Flynn. L. Lay
29. On the 5th of August l baptized John, son of Thomas .tv1ilan
I5. On the 26th of March I baptized Jacob, son or Martin Milan and Elisabeth Hynes, who was born on August 2. The sponsors
and Maria Hogan, who was born on February 12. The sponsors were Brigitt and Martin Milan. L. Lay
were Jacob and Anna Milan. L. Lay
30. On the 6th of August l baptized Francis, son of John
16. On the 23rd of April I baptized Matthew, son of Gerhard KJavedetscher and Anna Wuers1lcin. who was born on December
Hoevel and Anna Hiller, who was born on March 3 I. The spon- 14, 1875. The sponsors were Francis Wuerstlein and Elisabeth
sors were Matthew Hiller and Johanna Arpagaus. L. Lay Zeller. L. Lay

17. On the 30th of April I baptized Regina. daughter of William 31. On the 6th of August l baptized John Jacob, son of John
Rotering and .Josephina Grtinenwald, who was born on February KJavedetscher and Anna Wuersilein, who was born on September
24. The sponsors were Susanna and Jacob Griinenwald. L. Lay 7, 1874. The sponsors were Jacob and Helen Fink. L. Lay

I8. On the 30th of April I baptized Maria Magdalene, daughter 32. On the 27th of August I baptized Patrick, son of Patrick
of William Fritschler andApollonia Bach, who was born on Apri l Dunn and Maria Sheehy, who was born on July 9. The sponsors
25. The sponsors were Magdalena and Edward Heins. L. Lay were John and Helen Shaughnessy. L. Lay

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33. On the 6th of September I baptized Michael, son of Patrick


McNcarney and Maria Boyle, who was born on August 17. The
sponsors were Michael and Brigitta Boyle. L. Lay I . On the 6th of January I baptized Aloysius, son of Nicholas
Salvey and Anna Arnold, who was born on October 16. The
34. On the 17th of September I baptized Maria Magdalene, sponsors were Bernard Rotering and Magdalene Zacha. L. Lay
daughter of Joseph Sendelbach and Maria Agnes Ri ple, who was
born on September 16. The sponsors were Mathilda Ruppert and 2. On the 14th of January I baptized Maria, daughter of Bernard
Mathaeus Riple. L.Lay Klein and Anna Schmitt, who was born on January 7. The spon-
sors were Maria Schmitt and John Klein. L. Lay
35. On the 24th of September I baptized Gertrude, daughter of
Peter Tescher and Maria Schlattweiler, who was born 011 August 3. On the 14th of January ] baptized Magdalene, daughter of
12. The sponsors were Gertrud Herries and Caspar Foegen. L. Bernard Salvey and Katharine Martin, who was born on
Lay December 6. The sponsors were Margaret Hager and John
Salvey. L. Lay
36. On the 3rd of October [baptized Maria Elisabeth, daughter of
Hem1an Hoevel and Gertrude Overbeck, who was born on March 4. On the 11th of March I baptized Agnes, daughter of Jacob
18. The sponsors were Maria and Joseph Arpagaus. L. Lay Milan and Anna McGuillen, who was born on March 4. The
sponsors were Margaret McGui llen and Lawrence Milan. L. Lay
37. On the 22nd of October I baptized Jacob, son of Patrick
Crawford and Margaret Boyle, who was born on September 29. 5. On the 18th of March I baptized Maria, daughter of Joseph
The sponsors were Patrick and Brigitta Flynn. L. Lay Arpagaus and Johanna Hoevel, who was born on February 19.
The sponsors were Lina Hoevel and Valentin P. Rebhahn. L. Lay
38. On the l st of November I baptized Ida, daughter of Herman
Marking and Henrica Benning, who was born on October 2. The 6. On the 25th of March J baptized Joseph Henry, son of
sponsors were Gertrude and Henry Rotering. L. Lay Nicholas Maier and Frederica Harteisen, who was born on March
17. The sponsors were Henry and Maria Roteri ng. L. Lay
39. On the 5th of November I baptized Joseph, son of Michael
Gebus and Theresa Trautman, who was born on October 7. The 7. On the 22nd of April I baptized Rosina, daughter of Adam
sponsors were Michael and Maria Gass. L. Lay Klein and Katharine Voelker, who was born on April 2. The
sponsors were Frederica and Nicholas Maier. L. Lay
40. On the 17th of November I baptized Katharine, daughter of
William Milan and Maria Crawford, who was born on November 8. On the 6th of May I baptized John Peter, son of John Boltz
6. The sponsors were Brigitta Hynes and John Crawford. L. Lay and Susanna Schulz, who was born on March 25. The sponsors
were Jolrn Boltz and Elisabeth Hansen. L. Lay
41.. On the 27th of November I conditionally baptized George,
son of John and Maria Daescher, who was born on March 14. 9. On the 6th of May I baptized Matthew, son of Nicholas Gross
1843. The sponsors were Matthaeus and Agatha Riple. L. Lay and Kunigunda Mutter, who was born on April 8. The sponsors
were Matthew Hansen and Gertrude Maier. L. Lay
42. On the 3rd of December I baptized Maria Rosa, daughter of
John Zeller and Anna Maria Wissmann, who was born on I 0. On the 6th of May I conditionally baptized Frederick Joseph,
November 25. The sponsors were Rosina SendeJbach and Martin son of Frederick Janke and Dorothy Buse. The sponsors were
Zeller. L. Lay Jacob and Helen Fink. L. Lay

43. On the 3rd of December I baptized Katharine Helen, daugh- 11. On the 20th of May I baptized Kathari ne, daughter of
ter of John Zeller and Anna Wissman, who was born on Bartholomew Dworschak and Maria M. Peuten, who was born
November 25. The sponsors were Katharine and Frederick on April 5. The sponsors were Katharine Dworschak and Peter
Zeller. L. Lay Tescher. L. Lay

44. On the 3rd of December I baptized Bertha, the daughter of 12. On the 17th of June I bapLized George, son of Anton Miller
Caspar Babst and Ludovica Fiirst, who was born on November and Anna Steichen, who was born on May 19. The sponsors
25. The sponsors were Maria Neth and Valentin P. Rebhahn. L. were John Miller and Maria Steichen. L. Lay
Lay
J 3. On the I st of July I baptized Peter, son of Peter Dworschak
45. On the l 0th of December I baptized George, son of Gerhard and Elisabeth Feiten (Feuten), who was born on May 18. The
Benning and Wilhelmina Midecka, who was born on November sponsors were Peter Feuten and Maria Theisen. L. Lay
11. The sponsors were Herman Marking and Gertrude Rotering.
L. Lay I 4. On the 15th of July I baptized Katharine, daughter of George

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Zimmennannn and Katharine Schwert, who was born on May John Porter and Lanrenlia Black, who was born on September
30. The sponsors were Katharine and William Fink. L. Lay 26. The sponsors were Rosa Reuter and John Zeller. L. Lay

15. On the 15th of July I baptized John. son of Constantine 29. On the 25th of November I baptized Clara Elisabeth, daugh-
Klanecky and Salome Haezich, who was born on June 24. The ter of Carl Ruppert and Mathilda Reuter, who was born on
sponsors were Anna Margaret Fink a11d John Hoppe. L. Lay November 14. The sponsors were Elisabe1h Zeller and Joseph
Sendelbach. L. Lay
16. On the 15th of July I baptized George, son of Matthew Riplc
and Agatha Matschi, who was born on June 2. The sponsors 30. Oo the 8th of December I baptized Anna Margaret, the ille-
were George Daescher and Maria Agatha Sendelbach. L. Lay gitimate daughter of Anna Koller, who was born on November
25. The sponsors were Anna N. and Joseph Schlafer. L. Lay
17. On the 15th of July I baptized Anthon y, son of Henry
Rotering and Barbara Kutscheid, who was born on June 2. The 31. On the 16th of December I baptized Anna Elisabeth, daugh-
sponsors were Anthony Rotering and Frederica Maier. L. Lay ter of Gerhard Hoevel ru1d Anna Margaret Hiller, who was born
on November 17. The sponsors were Anna Hiller and Theodore
18. On the 15th of July I baptized Peter, son of Joseph Schtafer Marking. L. Lay
and Barbara Kohler, who was born on June '.30. The sponsors
were Peter Kohler and Margaret Schlaefer. 32. On the 16th of December I baptized William, son of
Theodore Marking and Maria Wintges, who was born on October
19. On the 22nd of Jul y I baptized Adolph, son of John Boltz and 27. The sponsors were Herman Rotering and Anna Hiller. L.
Anna Mallinger, who was born on July 7. The sponsors were Lay
Adolph Rebhahn and Josephina Flirsl. L. Lay
33. On the 16th of December I baptized Ben, son of William
20. On the 29th of July l baptized Maria Theresa, daughter of Rotering and Josephina Grunenwald, who was born on
John Schneider and Theresa Stemper, who was born on July 12. November 22. The sponsors were Maria Theresa Rotering and
The sponsors were Maria Schneider and George Daescher. L. Robert Grunenwald. L. Lay
. Lay
34. On the 16th of December f baptized Aloysius Andrew, son
21. On the 19th of August I baptized Joseph, son of George of Michael Sendelbach and Rosina Neth, who was born on
Daescher and Katharine Schneider, who was born on August 4. November 26. The sponsors were Elisabeth and Anthony
The sponsors were John Joseph and Theresa Schneider. L. Lay Fischer. L. Lay

22. On the 2nd of September I baptized Francis, son of Frederick 35. On the 16th of December I baptized John, son of Francis
Roth and Anna M. Mergener. who was born on August 23. The Kutscher and Anna Maria Lemetz, who was born on November
sponsors were Francis Bohlinger and Johanna Nehr. L. Lay 18. The sponsors were John and Maria Hesch. L. Lay

23. On the 16th of September I baptized Emma Margaret,


daughter of Anthony Dworschak and Katharine Konen, who was
born on September I. The sponsors were Maria Theisen and
Peter Tescher. L. Lay I. On the 20th of January I baptized Joseph, son of Matthew
Miinch and Christine Zimmennannn. who was born on
24. On the 30th of September I baplized Herman, son of Herman November 23. The sponsors were Elisabecb George and Joseph
Rotering and Gertrude Benning. who was born on August 26. Arpagaus. L. Lay
The sponsors were Gerhard and Barbara Rotering. L. Lay
2. On the 20th of January I baptized Regina, daughter of Jacob
25. On the 21st of October I baptized John, son of Joseph Weissenberger and Constance Seidenstahl, who was born on
Krumholz and Margaret Zeller. The sponsors were John Zeller December 21. The sponsors were Apollonia and Joseph
and Rosa Gebus. L. Lay Weissenberger. L. Lay

26. On the 28th of Ocwber I baptized Rosa. daughter of Andrew 3. On the 20th of Jan uary I baptized William, son of Joseph
SchJapp and Maria B. Landolph, who was born on October 2. Sendelbach and Maria Agatha Riple, who was born on January
The sponsors were Annastas ia Salvey and Julius Schlapp. L. Lay l.5. The sponsors were Matthew Gass and Eva Reuter. L. Lay

27. On the I Ith of November l baptized John, son of Edward 4. On the 24th of January I baptized Amanda Elisabeth, daugh-
Heinz and Magdalena Bach, who was born on September 29. ter of Henri Fellenz and Maria Theresa Turk, who was born on
The sponsors were John and Rosa Schmitz. L. Lay January 11. The sponsors were Elisabeth Turk and Joseph
Fellenz. L. Lay
28. On the 25th of November I baptized 1-lenrietta, daughter of

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5. On the 10th of February I baptized Elisabeth Brigitte, daugh-


ter of Philip Reiley and lVlargarct Hogan, who was born on 19. On the 4th(?) of August I baptized Matthew, son of Frederick
January 11. The sponsors were Elisabeth and John T. Smith. L. Roth and Anna Mergener, who was born on July 24(?). The spon-
Lay sors were Matthew Mergener and Maria Mergener. Th. Beau

6. On the 4t h of March I baptized Joseph Wi lliam, son of Jacob 20. On the 18th of August l baptized Francis Alfred, son of Amat
Fink and Helen Reuter, who was born on Febniary 27. The spon- Giesen and Ange la Simon, who was born on July 14(?). The
sors were Wi lliam Fink and Rosa Reuter. L. Lay sponsor was Francis Reuter. Th. Beau

7. On the 13th of March I baptized Maria, daughter of Caspar 2 1. On the 25th of August l baptized Maria Josephina, daughter
Babst and Ludwig Fi.irst, who was born on March 6. The spon- of William Fritschler and Apollonia Bach, who was born on
sors were Amanda Bandly and Anna Margaret Zeller. L. Lay August 22. The sponsor was Maria Josepha Bach. Th. Beau

8. On the 17th of March l baptized Rosina, daughter of Frederick 22. On the 25th of August I baptized Carl, son of George
Raesener and Magdalena Ri.ih1, who was born on Febrnary 14. Baumann and lvfargaret Salvey, who was born on August 7. The
The sponsors were Rosa Schmitz and Caspar Reuter. L. Lay sponsors were Carl Dech and Maria Hayer. Th. Beau

9. On the 17th of March I baptized Anthony Nicholas, son of 23. O n the I st of September I baptized Bernard, son of Bernard
Nicholas Rotering and Rosa GrUnenwalcl, who was born o n Rote ring and Maria Saber, who was born on August 11. The
February 18. The sponsors were Anthony Roteri ng and Susanna sponsors were Henry Rotering and Johanna Gertrude Rotering.
GrUnenwald. L. Lay Th. Beau

10. On the 25th of March 1 baptized John Ludwig. son of John 24. On the 3rd of September I baptized Edward Michael. son of
Schmiuknecht and Maria Reuter, who was born on March 18. Cornelius Lee and Susanna Boyle. who was born on August 15.
The sponsors were Michael and Eva Reuter. L. Lay The sponsors were Michael Waters and Jane Heyns. Th. Beau

11 . On the 7th of April I baptized Maria Helen, daughter of 25. On the 8th of September I baptized John Francis. son of
Patrick McNearney and Maria Boyle, who was born on March Patrick Waters and Ellen Hogan. who was born on August 2 1.
J 7. T he sponsors were Helen and Thomas O' Reilly. L. Lay The sponsors were Leo Philipp Reily and E llen Waters. Th. Beau

12. On the I I th of Apri l .1 baptized Lawrence, son of Thomas 26. On the 12th of September I baptized Catherine Joseph ine.
Milan and Elisabeth Heyns, who was born on March 23 . The daughter of Francis Theodore Schaaf and Maria Gruen, who was
sponsors were Michael Hogan and Maria Heyns. Th. Beau born on May 28. The sponsors were Heinrich Joseph Schaaf and
Catherine Fink. Th. Beau
13. On the 5th of May I baptized Anna Catherine, daughter of
Peter Esher and Maria Anna Schlattwei ler, who was bom on 27. On the 12th of September I baptized Carl Robert, son of
April 15. The sponsors were George Foegan and Anna Catherine Joseph Schneider and Catherine Sechner, who was born on July
Tcisen. Th. Beau 27. The sponsors were Carl Heck and Caroline Gaab. Th. Beau

14. On the 30th of May l baptized John, son of Martin Lee and 28. On the 6th of October I baptized Carl, son of John Francis
Mm·garet McSweeny, who was born on May 26. The sponsors Huser ;111cl Helen Waschenak, who was born on September 20.
were Susanna Boyle and John Flinn. Th. Beau T he spo nsors were Caspar Fegas and Margaret Daescher. Th.
Beau
15. On the 3rd of June I baptized Susanna, daughter of George
Schneider and Caroline Holmbach, who was born on May 23. 29. On the 13th of October I baptized Joseph. sou of Bernard
The sponsors were Mauhew Teisen and Susanna Utz_ Th. Beau Klein and Anna Schmidt, who was born on September 26. The
sponsors were Joseph Kushnackel and Margaret Schmidt. Th.
16. On the 29th of June I baptized John, son of Haner Utz and Beau
Catharine Knaub, who was born on June 21. The sponsors were
John Knaub and Anna Maria Utz. Th. Beau 30. On the 13th of October I baptized Maria, daughter of
Michael Reuter and Henri en a Sent, who was born on June I 0.
17. On the 29th o f June I baptized Jacob, son of John Schlaefer The sponsors were William Zeller and Maria Zeller. Th. Beau
and Anna Mari a Heiges, who was born on May 31. The sponsors
were Jacob Schaefer and Maria Barbara Beiges. Th. Beau 3 1. On the 14th of October I baptized Elisabeth, daughter of
Joseph Creese and Magdalene Vogel, who was born on April 17.
18. On the 28th of July I baptized Anna, daughter of Michael The sponsors we re Anthony Zeller and Catherine Geisbuehlcr.
Neth and Maria Mallinger, who was born on July 11. The spon- Th. Beau
sors were Michael Sendelbach and Anna Bolz. Th. Beau

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32. On the 14Lh of October I baptized An na Louisa, daughter of ___ Dworschack and Anna Maria Vattner, who was born on
Francis FriLSch and Caroline Ginzky, who was born on Jul y l3. November I 2. The sponsors were Anton Dworschack and Anna
The sponsors were Jolrn and Louisa Fritsch. Th. Beau Marie Vanner. Th. Beau

33. On Lhe 14Lh of October I baptized John Ferdinand, son of 46. On the 1st of December I baptized Clara Teresa, daughter of
John Heer and Anna Beaver, who was born on September 2. The Nicholas Meier and Frederica Thorteisen, who was born on
sponsors were Matthew Buchmueller and Maria Beck. Th. Beau September 16. The sp(>nsors were Joseph Utz and Maria Lane.
Th. Beau
34. On the 14th of October I baptized Edward, son of Herman
Traeger and Maria Sclunidt, who was born on September 19.
The sponsors were Joseph Falkenstein and Elisabeth Sehmann.
Th. Beau
1. On the 5th of March l baptized William, son of Carl Utz and
35. On the 22nd of October I baptized Cecilia, daughter of Jolrn Catharine Wagner. who was born on December 12. The sponsors
Stein and Anna Gaab, who was born on September 11. The were William Wagner and Teresa Utz. Th. Beau
sponsors were Nicholas Wimand and Ceci lia Gaab. Th. Beau
2. On the 6th of March I baptized Albert, son of Gerhard
36. On the 27Lh of October I baptized Magdalena, daughter of Benning and Wilhelmina Wunschani , who was born on
Jacob Schmitt and Christine Hoevel, who was born on May 26. December 10. The sponsor was Herman Rotering. Th. Beau
The sponsors were Phillip Philippi and Magdalena Philippi. Th.
Beau 3. On the 9th of March I baptized Bernard Hein, son of Heinrich
Rotering and Barbara Gutscbeit, who was born on March 9. The
37. On the 27th of October I baptized Ross Augusta, daughter of sponsors were Herman Rottering and Anna Maria GutscheiL Th.
Jacob Vogl and Anna Rosab, who was born on August 13. The Beau
sponsors were Anton Mann and Maria Becker. Th. Beau
4. On the 13th of Apri l I baptized Magdalena, daughter of
38. On the Ist of November I baptized An na Maria, daughter of Herman Ro11ering and Genrude Benning, who was born on
Francis Bohlinger and Eva Roth, who was born on October 6. March 15. The sponsors were Herman Marking and Maria
The sponsors were Frederick Roth and Anna Roth. Th. Beau Ro11ering. Th. Beau

39. On the 1st of November I baptized Jeanna, daughter of 5. On the 14th of April I baptized Louis, son ofG. Zimmermann
Joseph Schlaefer and Barbara Roller, who was born on October and Catherine Ewing, who was born on March 15. The sponsor
28. The sponsors were John Schlaefer and M;u·ia Kirchner. Th. was Louisa Arpagaus. Th. Beau
Beau
6. On the I 6th of April l baptized Herman, son of I-Jerman
40. On the 17th of November I baptized Thomas. son of William Marki ng and Henrica Benning, who was born on March 7. The
Mi lan and Maria Crawford, who was born on November 6. The sponsors were Gerhard Rothering and Christina Kenetick. Th.
sponsors were Thomas Milan and Brigitt Milan. Th. Beau Beau

41. On the 19th of November I baptized Agatha, daughter of 7. On the 27th of April I baptized George, son of Bernard Salvey
John Bolz and Susanna Schlulteis, who was born on November and Catherine Martin, who was born on March I. The sponsors
5. The sponsors were Peter Schulteis and Agatha Ripl y. Th. were George Hager and Frances Salvey. Th. Beau
Beau
8. On the 2nd of May I baptized Joseph, son of Adam Klein and
42. On the 2 1st of November I baptized Gustav. son of Florian Catherine Voelker, who was born oa April 22. The sponsor was
Weber and Clara Hidden, who was born on November 17. The Apollonia Fritzeler. Th. Beau
sponsors were Joseph Falkenstein and Anna Peterseck. Th. Beau
9. On the l 1th of May I baptized Elisabeth, daughter of Nicholas
43. On the 24th of November I baptized Caroline Josephina, Salvey and Annastasia Arnold, who was born on March 18. The
daughter of John Zeller and Anna Maria Weissmann. The spon- sponsors were Gerhard Hoevel and Anaa Hogan. Th. Beau
sors were Henry Zeller and Catharine Zeller. Th. Beau
10. On the 22nd of May I baptized Ellen, daughter of Patrick
44. On the 27th of November 1 baptized Catherine Teresa, Dunn and Mary Schay. who was born on April l 1. The sponsors
daughter of Michael Gebus and Teresa Trautmann, who was born were Bridget Dunn and John and Maria Salivan. Th. Beau
on November 6. The sponsors were Mauhew and Anna
Catherine Gass. Th. Beau 11. On the 12th of June I baptized Emma Maria, daughter of
Stefan Matausch and Elisabeth Kuehn, who was born on
45. On the Isl of December I baptized Rosa Maria, daughter of November 3. The sponsors were Martin Kuehn and Maria

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Tobias. T h. Beau 25. On the I I th of Septe mber I baptized Bernard Jacob, so n of


Amy Dick and Albertina Paradowsky, who was born on
12. On the 15th of June l baptized Lawrence, son of Matthew September 2 . The sponsors were Jacob and Margaret Dick. Th.
Soller and Ku sina Ruth. The sponsor was Caspar Reu ter. Th. Beau
Beau
25. On the 16th of September I baptized Elisa, the daughter of
13. On the 22nd of June I baptized Em.ii. (I l years old), son of Joseph Krumhol z and Mari a Zeller, who was born on August 2 1.
Edward Petershek and Anna Hiibsh, who was born on April 28. 1879. The sponsors were Anton and Elsa Zeller.
Also Julian, who was born on April 28, 1871. Th. Beau
26. On the 28th of September I bapti zed Samuel, son of William
14. On the 22nd of June I baptized Maria Anna, daughter of Rotering and Joseph Griinenwald, who was born on August 30.
Anthony Mueller and Anna Steigen, who was born on May 23. The sponsors were John Samuel Grunenwald and Barbara
The sponsor was Maria Anna Mueller. Th. Beau Rotering. Th. Beau

15. On the 28th of June I baptized Caspar, son of George fligen 27. On the 5th of October I baptized John Michael, son of John
and Apollonia Weisenberger, who was born on June 10. The Schneider and Theresa Stemper, who was born on September 20.
sponsors were Caspar Fagen and Margaret Weisenberger. Th. The sponsors were Michael Schneider and Catherine Stemper.
Beau Th. Beau

16. On th 28th of June I baptized Joseph, son of Peter Knaub and 28. On the 5th of October I baptized Theresa, daughter of
Frances Utz, who was born on June 11. The sponsors were Matthaeus Riple and Aga th a Mathshi, who was born on
Joseph Utz and Catharine Knaub. Th. Beau September 15. The sponsors were John Guthmann and Anna
Schneider. Th. Beau
17. On the 29th of June I baptized Anna Maria, daughter of
George Daescher and Catharine Sclun.itt, who was born on June 29. On the 1st of November J baptized Francis, son of Francis
17. The sponsors were John Schneider and Anna Maria Schmitt. Gutsheid and Anna Hansen, who was born on October 24 , 1874.
Th. Beau The sponsors were John and Mary Hesch. Th. Beau

18. On the 30th of June I baptized James, son of Thomas Milan 30. On the 2nd of November I baptized Susanna, daughter of
and Elisabeth Hynes, who was born on June 15. The sponsors Carl Krueger and Mary Milan, who was born on October 26. The
were Heinrich and Bridget Heyns. Th. Beau sponsor was Catherine Hogan. Th. Beau

19. On the 3rd of July I baptized Susanna, daughter of Nicholas 31. On the 2nd of November I baptized Joseph, son of Peter and
Schneider and Maria Anna Elmen, who was born on J une 9. The Catherine Wiesen, who was born on October 22, I 872. The
sponsors were John Schneider and M. Elmer. Th. Beau sponsors were Joseph Utz and Maria M. Schlaefer. Th. Beau

20. On the 3rd of July I baptized Henry, son of Peter 32. On the 2nd of Novem ber I baptized Carl, son of Hauer Utz
Dworschack and Elisabeth Vester, who was born on Ju ly 2. The and Catherine Knaub, who was born on October 8. The sponsors
sponsors were Henry Felling and Anna Maria Yerth. T h. Beau were Carl Utz and Ellen Susan Utz. Th. Beau

2 l . On the 3rd of July I baptized Johanna Magdalena. daugh ter 33. On the 16th of November I baptized Rosa, daughter of
of George Schneider and Caroline Oberbach, who was born on Joseph Arpagaus and Johanna Hoevel, who was born on October
June 27. T he sponsors were Adam Schneider and Maria Teisen. 24. The sponsors were Heinrich Muench and Rosa Schmitz. Th.
Th. Beau Beau

22. On the 24th of August I baptized Jacob George, son of 34. On the 16th of November I baptized Heinrich William, son
Nicholas Rouering and Rosina Emanual, who was born on Jul y of William Matausch and Gertrude Tillmann, who was born on
24. T he sponsor was Jacob Emanual. Th. Beau September 6, 1874. The sponsors were Heinrich Tillmana and
Elisabeth Matausch. Th. Beau
23. On the 30th of August I baptized Michael, son of John
Waters and Mary Hyns, who was born on August 28. The spon- 35. On the 16th of Novem ber I baptized Martin, son of Patrick
sors were Theodore Waters and Marie Hyns. T h. Beau Crawford and Margaret Boyle, who was born on October 3 l.
The sponsors were Thomas Flynn and Bridget Boyle. Th. Beau
24. On the 5th of September I baptized Matthew, son of Matthew
Dworschak and Catherine Teisen, who was born on August 22. 36. On the 23rd of November I baptized Cecilia, daughter of
The sponsors were Mathias Teisen and Catherine Dworschak. Charles Ruppert and Mathilda Reuter. The sponsor was Eva
Th. Beau Reuter. Th. Beau

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37. On the 2nd of December I baptized Clara, daughter of Victor 11 . On the 7th of April I baptized Jolu1, son of Amon Dworshak
Gross and Eva Kun igunda Mutter, who was born on November and Eva Eacon?. who was born on March I. The sponsors were
20. The sponsors were Nicholas Bach and Clara Beau. Th. Beau Nicholas Bach and Johanna Carston?. Th. Beau

38. On the 29th of December I baptized Ceci lia Catherine. 12. On the 7th of April I baptized Maria Agatha. daughter of
daughter of Jacob Weissenberger and Constance Seidenstahl, Martin J\l!cDainal (Schait) and Catherine Egan, who was born on
who was born on November 23. The sponsor was Rosa Gclius. October 28. The sponsor was Rosa Schmitz. Th. Beau
Th. Beau
13. On the 11th of April 1. baptized Alex, son of And rew SchJapp
and Barbara Landwull'. who was born on February 2. The spon-
sors were H. Fink and E. Fink. Th. Beau

I. On the 11th of Januruy I baptized Margaret Agnes. daughter 14. On the 11th of April I baptized Albeit. son of Jacob 1-lallnist
of Philip Reily and Margaret Hogan. who was born on November and Caroline Nelson, who was born on March 3. The sponsors
13. The sponsors were Michael and Maria Hogan. Th. Beau were Heinrich Rothering and Anna Kleinbeck. Th. Beau

2. On chc 18th of Jan uary I baptized Manhew Joseph. son of 15. On the 25th of April I baptized Clara Susanna. daughter of
Andrew Willers and Anna Niemand, who was born on December Henry Thelen and Maria Teresa Tuerk, who was born on March
30, 1879. The sponsors were Matthew and Elisabeth Hansen. 7. The sponsors were Catherine Dworshak and Louisa Tuerk.
Th. Beau Th. Beau

3. On the 8th of February I baptized S. Maria, daughter of Peter 16. On the 6th of May I baptized Alfred, son of Anton Zitterl and
Ducschcr and Anna Maria Schladweiler, who was born on Anna Maria Dick, who was born on January 9. The sponsors
Jan uary 29. The sponsors were Nicholas Schlaefle and Anna were John and Rosa Schmitz. Th. Beau
Maria Utz. Th. Beau
'~ 17. On the 6th of May I baptized Alvin, as per !he above entry.
4. On the 22th of February I baptized Hubert, son of Theodore Th. Beau
Marking and Maria Vinish, who was born on November 11 . TI1e
sponsors were Heiru'ich Rochering and An na Petersheit. Th. 18. On the 9th of May I baptized Carl, son of John Salvey and
Beau Frances Steiger, who was born on March 12. The sponsors were
Edward Hinz and Maria Hayer. Tb. Beau
5. On the 26th of February I baptized An na, daughter of John
Bancuk and Wi lhelmina Namalz, who was born on February 15. 19. On the I61h of May l baptized Bernard Heinrich, son of
The sponsors were Martin Lee and Maria Kalzman. Th. Beuu Bernard Heinrich Rotering and Ma1ia Suppe?, who was born on
March 12. The sponsors were Heimich Rotering and Josephina
6. On the 14th of March I baptized Maria Mugdalena, daughter Rotering. Th. Beau
of F. Roth and Anna Meigener, who was born on March 13. The
sponsors were Fritz Zeller and Maria Eva Banger. Th. Beau 20. On the 17th of May I baptized Clara Maria, daughter of
Nicholas Teiscn and Helen Tiirk, who was born on April 11. The
7. On the 17th of March I baptized Anna Maria. daughter of John sponsor was Maria Teisen. Th. Beau
Engler and Frances Egel. who was born on March I 0. The spon-
sors were Jacob and Anna Maria George. Th. Beau 2 1. On the 23rd of May I baptized John, son of Francis Lorenz?
ru1d Louisa Fleury?. who was born on December 27, 1879. The
8. On the 18th of March I baptized Anna Maria, daughter of sponsors were lgnatz Weiner ru1d Maria Lorenz. Th. Beau
Frederick Weinzel and Paulina Remlinger, who was born on
Februiu·y 2. The sponsors were Gustav Amal and An na Maria 22. On the 23rd of May I baptized Francis, son of Francis
Wenzel. Th. Beau Schieche and Sophia Fleury?, who was born on March 8. The
sponsors were Francis Lorenz and Agnes Weiner. Th. Beau
9. On the 19th of .March I baptized Joh n Heinrich, son of John
Moliter and Susanna Gutscheit, who was born on February 16. 23. On the 23rd or May I baptized Ludwig William, son or
The sponsors were Heinrich Rothering and Maria Nicolai. Th. Wenzel Relik and Teresa Traebus, who was born on January 24.
Beau The sponsors were lgnatz Wans and Agnes Wans. Th. Beau

I0. On the 19th of March I baptized Joseph Anton, son of Joseph 24. On the 13th of June I baptized Julia!Ul, daughter of Frederick
Ucberseczig and Maria Welsch, who was born on December 7, Resner and Magda.lcna Kiel. who was born on May 22. The
1879. The sponsors were Anton Gerlach and Maria Schmitt. Th. sponsors were Caspar Reuter and Rosa Schmitz. Th. Beau
Beau
25. On the 20th of June I baptized Elisabeth, daughter of

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Hennan Roucring and Gertrude Benning. who was born on April 38. On the 10th of Oc1ober I bap1i1.cd Ludwig Nicholas. son of
27. The sponsors were Heinrich Ronering and Elisabeth John Schmitz and Maria Biron. who was born on Seprember 26.
Benning. Th. Beau The sponsors were Nicholas Bach and Maria Biron. J. Scba!Jer

26. On the 24th of June I baptized Magdalena. daughter of 39. On the 25th of October I bap1ized George, son of Thomas
Michael Reuter and Henrietta Seibel?, who was born on May 13. Milan and Elisabeth Hynes. who was born on October 15. The
The sponsors were Joseph Kuenhackel and Magdalena Fink. Th. sponsors were John Hynes and An na Hynes. J. Schaller
Beau
40. On the 29Lh of October I baptized Martin, son of Magdalena
27. On the 25th of July I baptized Josephina Magdalena, da ugh- Ludwig, who was born on October 10. The sponsors were
ter or Francis Bohlinger and Eva Roth, who was born on July 11. Manin Zinsli and Anna Zinsli. J. Schaller
The sponsors were Joseph Weissenberger and Josephine Roth. J.
Schaller 41. On the 31st of October I baptized Rosa. daughter of Anthony
Katzbaum and M. Arma Mithcshack. who was born on October
28. On the 26th of Jul y l baptized Arnold, son of Gerhard Sesell 27. The sponsors were John Woosheshack and Ella Flynn. J.
and Christina Giesen, who was born on June 2 1. The sponsors Schaller
were Arnold Giesen and Angetta Giesen. J. Schaller
42. On the 28th of Nove mber 1 bapti zed Helen, daughrer of
29. On the 27th of July I baptized Geo rge Aloisius, son of John Satricio Waters and Helen Hogmi, who was born on November
Schmi uknecht and Maria Reuter. who was born on ? 26. The 19. The sponsors were Lawrence Hog:in and Mary Reilly. J.
sponsors were Jacob Fink and Helen Fink. J. Schaller Schaller

30. On the 8th of August I baptized Anna, daughter of John Boltz 43. On Lhe 29th of November I baptized John, son of Martin Lee
and Suzanna Schultes, who was born on July 15. The sponsors and Margaret Flynn, who was born on November 27. The spon-
were John and Anna Maria Schultes. J. Schaller sors were Steven Lee and Suzanna Lee. J. Schaller

31. On the 19th of August I baptized William. son of .John 44. On the l3t11 of December I baptized Carl, son of Henry
Waters and Maria Hynes, who was born on '? 17. The sponsors Kruger and Dorothea Swedcr. who was born on August 25, 1833.
were Andrew Hy nes and Helen Waters. J. Schaller The sponsors were Nicholas Bach and Phi lipp Weisenberger. J.
Schaller
32. On the 5th of September I baptized Christian. son of John
Kcmselseg and Christina Stegmann, who was born on Jul y 19. 45. On the 17th of December I baptized Carl, son of Carl Utz
The sponsors were Herman Marking and Henrica Benning. J. and Katharine Wagner. who wa~ born on November 28. The
Schaller sponsors were Joseph Schneider and Maria Theisen. J. Schaller

33. On 1hc 8th of Sep1ember I baptized Elisabeth. daugl11er of ~6. On the 26th of December I baptized Carl. son of Nicholas
Pa1rick MeNeamey and Mary A. Boyle. who was born on August Schneider and Johanna Godhard. who was born on November
27. The sponsors were John Tierney and Margarel Tierney. J. 29. The sponsors were George and Caroline Schneider. J.
Schaller Schaller

34. On lhc 12th of September J baptized . _ _ of


John Zeller and Anna Maria Wisman. The sponsors were Louis
Zeller and Mathilda Sendelbach. J. Schaller

35. On 1he I 9Lh of September l baptized Catharine, daughter of I. On the 29th of January I baptiz.ed John. son of William Milan
Michael Hogan and Maria Flynn. who was born on Sep1cmber and Mary Crawford. who was born on January 25. The sponsors
15. The sponsors were Thomas Flynn and Elisabeth Schmitz. J. were John Flynn and Katie Crawford. J. Schaller
Schaller
2. On the 30th of January 1 baptized Setro. son of Setro Knopp
36. On 1he I9Lh of September I baptized Jacob Anthony. son of and Frances ULZ, who was born on January 12. The sponsors
Jncob Fink and Helen Reuter. who was born on Septe mber 15. were Pe1er Tesher and Suzanna Utz. J. Schaller
The sponsors were Anton Fink and Margarel Fink. J. Schaller
3. On the 20th of February I baptized M<irtin Henry, son of
37. On the 3rd of October I baptized Valentin, son of Mathew Henry Zeller and Katharine Forster, who was born on February
Hesch and Agnes Drahowsky, who was born on September 18. 12. The sponsors were Martin and Amalia Zeller. L. Lay
The sponsors were Valentin Rebhan and Anna Katharine Rebhan.
J. Schaller 4. On the 20th of February I baptized Maria, daughter of Henry
Rotering and Gertrude Kutscheid. who was born on December

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22. The sponsors were Maria Feltes and Lamp. Kutscheid. L. Lay
Lay
18. On the 28th of June I baptized Margaret Katharine, daugh ter
5. On the 27th of Febru:iry I baptized Barbara. daughter of of Michael and Christina Keil, who was born on January 25,
Bartholomew Dworschak and Maria Magdalena Feiten. who was 1862. The sponsor was Francis Dactl. L. Lay
born on January 26. The sponsors were Barbara and Ferdinand
T he isen. L. Lay 19. On tbc 3rd of July T baptized Hubert, son of George Desc her
and Katharine Schneider, who was born on June 20. The spon-
6. On the 6th of March 1 baptized William. son of Julius Ono and sors were Hubert and Anna Schneider. L. Lay
Maria Gans. who was born o n December 22. The sponsors were
William and Helen Fink. L. Lay 20. On the 31st of July I baptized Joseph, son of Nicholas
Schneider and Maria A. Uelmen, who was born on July 2. The
7. On the 13th of March I baptized Nicholas. son of Edward sponsors were Joseph Uelmen and Katharine Daescher.
Heinz and Magdalena Bach. who was bom on March I. The
sponso rs were Nicholas Bach and Maria Schmilz. L. Lay 2 I. On the 7th of August J baptized Elisabeth, daughter of
Herman Marking and Henrica Benning, who was born on July 4.
8. On the 13th of March I baptized Robert. son of Nic holas The sponsors were Elisabeth Benning and Nicholas Rotering. L.
Rotering and Rosa Gruenenwald, who was born on February 8. Lay
The sponsors were Robert Gruenenwald and Josephina Ro1eri ng.
L. Lay 22. On the 2 I st of August I baptized Anna Katharine, daughter
of Marlin Zeller and Anna Rebhahn, who was born on August 11 .
9. On the 20th of March I bap1ized Emi lio Peter. son of Joseph The sponsors were Anna Rebhahn and Fr. Zeller. L. Lay
Arpagaus and Johanna Hoevel. who was born on February 9.
The sponsors were Peter Schank and Regina Munch. L. Lay 23. On the 28th of August I baptized Philip. son of George
Foegea and Apollonia Weisenberger, who was born on August 7.
I 0. On the 18th of April I baptized Elisabeth, daughter of George The sponsors were Ti!. Weisenberger and Elisabeth Theisen. L.
Schneider and Caroline Bach, who was born on April 4. The Lay
sponsors were Elisabelh and Adam Schneider. L. Lay
24. O n the 28th of August I baptized John, son of John Kunder
11. O n the 15th of May I baptized Katharine, daughter of and Helen Senowski, who was born on August 12. The sponsors
Bernard Salvey and Katharine Mart in, who was born on March were John Knopp and Ann a Margaret Schneider. L. Lay
14. The sponsors were An na Hager and John Salvey. L. Lay
25. On the 13th of September I baptized Anna Katharine, daugh-
12. On the I Sth of May I baptized Felice, daugh ter of Anthony ter o f Herman Rotering and Gertrude Benning, who was born on
M iller and Anna He igen. who w:is born on March 22. The spon- August 20. The sponsors were Anna Soben and Joh n Henry
sors were Felix and Sophia Miller. L. Lay Rotering. L. Lay

I 3. On the 22 nd of May I baptized Julia Gertrude. daughter of 26. On the 25th of September l baptized Margaret Theresa.
William Mallausch and Gertrude Till mann. who was born on daughter of Peter Dworschak and Elisabeth Fciten, who was born
March 3 I. The sponsors were Elisabeth Tillman and Joseph on September 21. The sponsors were Margaret Feiten and
Arpagaus. L. Lay Wilhelmina Theisen. L. Lay

14. On the 22nd of May I baptized John Joseph, son of Peter 27. On the 25 th of September I baptized Margaret, daughter of
Knesch and Katharine Berand, who was born on April ? The Joseph Scaltoa and Katharine Lang, who was born on August 27.
sponsors were John Wismolck and Maria Rebhahn. L. Lay The sponsors were Maria and William Theisen. L. Lay

15. On the 26lh of May I baptized Agnes. daughter of Michael 28. On the 13th of November I baptized Henrietta Rosa, daugh-
Tierney and Margaret Gleason, who wa~ born on May 12. The ter of Michael Reuter and Henrietta Sarder. who was born on
sponsors were Anna Trogan (Drugan ?) and Peter Tierney. L. Lay August ? The sponsors were Rosa Schmitz and Augustu s
Reuter. L. Lay
I 6. On the 6th of June I baptized Anthony Aloys, son of Matthew
Dworschak and Katharine Theisen, who was born on May 28. 29. On the 26th of November I baptized Malia Elisabeth, daugh-
The sponsors were Anthony Dworsc hak and Maria Theisen. L. ter of Matthaeus Riple and Agatha Matschi. who was born on
Lay October 16. The sponsors were Anna Elisabeth and Adam
Schneider. L. Lay
17. On the I Ith of June I baptized Clara. daughter of Michael
Gebus and Theresa Trautman. who was born on May 28. The 30. On the 3rd of December I baptized William, son of Corneli us
sponsors were Constance Weisenberger and Nicholas Bach. L. Lee and Susanna Boyle, who was born on November 27. The

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sponsors were John Crawford and Elisabeth Boyle. L. Lay Tescher and Anna Margarec Schlassweiler, who was born on
Apri l S. The sponsors were Barbara and Ferdinand Theisen. L.
31. On the 4th of December 1 baptized Francis Joseph. son of La)'
Augustus Dickfer and Albertina Baradowski, who was born on
November 19. Tbe sponsors were Jacob Baradowski and I 0. On the 18th of May 1 baptized John Clement, son of Bernard
Margaret Weisenberger. L. Lay Henry Rot:ering and Maria Theresa Lobe, who was born on April
6. The sponsors were Anna Lobe and Gerhard Rotering. L. Lay
32. On the 8th of December I baptized Mathilda, daughter of
Adam Klein and Katharine Voelker, who was born on August 24. I I . On the 18th of May I baptized Susanna, daughter of John
The sponsors were Mathilda and Caspar Reuter. L. Lay Kennebeck and Christina Stegeman, who was born on April 3.
The sponsors were Susanna Petz and Antonio Kennebek. L. Lay
33. On the I Ith of December I baptized William, son of John
Salvey and Frances Heigen. who was born on Occober 9. The 12. On the 18th of May I baptized Nicholas, son of John Bolz
sponsors were Bernard Salvey and Margaret Hager. L. Lay and Susanna Schultes, who was born on May 2. The sponsors
were Nicholas Schlaefer and Anna Rebhahn. L. Lay
34. On the 24th of December I baptized Thomas, son of John
Waters and Maria Hynes, who was born on December 12. The I '.l. On the 29th of May l baptized John, son of George
SJ)Onsors were John Hynes and Elisabeth Milan. L. Lay Schneider and Caroline Hollenbach, who was born on May 23.
The spon~ors were Johanna and Nicholas Schneider. L. Lay

14. On the 18th of June l' baptized Ignatius, son of Joseph


Arpagaus and Johanna Hoevel. who was born on May 20. The
I. On the 6th of January I baptized Amalia. daughcer of William sponsors were Robert Griinenwald and E. SchmiLZ. L. Lay
Rotering and Josephina Griinenwald. who was born on
December 4. The sponsors were Amalia Benning and Joseph 15. On the 18th of June I baptized Rosa, daughter of Philip
Stoller. L. Lay Reiley and Margaret Hogan, who was born on May 27. The
sponsors were Maria Klinger and Patrick Waters. L. Lay
2. On the 18th of January I baptized William Hauert, son of
Jacob and Elisabeth Hauert, who was born on February 20, !856. 16. On the 24th of June I baptized Susanna, daughter of 1-J.enry
The sponsor was Jacob Fink. L. Lay Zeller and Katharine Forster, who was born on June 17. The
sponsors were Susanna Wis111olek and Ludwig Zeller. L. Lay
J. On the 22nd of January I baptized Mathilda Margaret, daugh-
ter of John Schlaefer and Anna Maria Herriges, who was born on 17. On the 16th of July l baptized Maria Carol, daughter of
December 31. The sponsors were Margarec Schlaefer and Joseph Hiller and Rosa Strittmacher. who was born on Febru<LfY
Gercrnde Herriges. L. Lay 2. The sponsors were Caroline and P. Strinmacher. L. Lay

4. On che 4ch of February I baptized Elisabeth Emil, daughter of 18. On che 16th of June I baptized TI1omas, son of Gregor
Henry Faber and Katharine Wilgen. who was born on January 31. Kampa and Maria Klimeck, who was born on June 3rd. The
The sponsors were Emilia Schmitz and Ludwig Zeller. L. Lay sponsors were Edward Felling and ? Felling. L. Lay

5. On the 1 lth of February I baptized Elisabeth, daughter of 19. On the 23rd of July I baptized Maria Susanna, daughter of
Jacob Weisenberger and Conswnce Seidenstahl, who was born .John Maier and Anna Mru·garet Mergener. who was born June 27.
on January 2 1. The sponsors were Elisabeth and Reinhard Zeller. The sponsors were Maria Maier and 1-l. Nicolai. L. Lay
L. Lay
20. On the 23rd of July I baptized Maria Katharine, daughter of
6. On the 19th of February l baptized Magdalena, daughter of John Maier and Anna Maria Mergener. who was born on June 27.
Francis Kucscher and Anna Sumey. who wa.~ born on January 28. The sponsors were Maria and Chr. Nicolai. L. Lay
TI1e sponsors were Rosa and Joseph Kuehnhackel. L. Lay
2 1. On the 30th of JuJy I baptized Maria, daughter of Nicholas
7. On the 23rd of April I baptized Rosina, daughter of Nicholas Schneider and Johanna Gotthard, who was born on July 2. The
Salvey and Annastasia Anna Arnold, who was born on February sponsors were Apollonia and George focgen. L. Lay (man-ied
12. The sponsors were Maria Hager and Carl Deck. L. Lay Paul Koelsch Dec. 10, 1949 at Holy Trinity, Millwaukee, Wis.)

8. On the 23rd of April I baptized Veronica Rosanna, daughter of 22. On the 30th of July I baptized Adelina Ada, the daughter of
Jacob Fink and Magdalena Reuter. who was born on April 15. Henry Tellenz and Maria Theres;1Turk, who was born on July 2.
The sponsors were Rosa Reuter and Henry Fink. L. Lay The sponsors were Catharine and Anton Dworschak. L. Lay]

9. On che 30th of April I baptized Barbara, daughter of Peter 23. On the 6th of August I baptized William, son of John Miller

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and Margaret Keil , who was born on July 3. The sponsors were Rotering. L. Lay
Fr. Weisenberger and L. Miller. L. Lay.
37. On the 26th of November l baptized Thomas, son of Patrick
24. On the 15th of August I baptized Carl Ludwig, son of F. McNearney and Maria Boyle, who was born on November 15.
Bohlinger and Eva Roth, who was born on July 23. The sponsors The sponsors were Michael and Katharine Crawford. L. Lay
were Carl and Mathilda Ruppert. L. Lay
38. On the 3rd of December I baptized Peter, son of Carl Utz and
25. O n the 10th of October I baptized Maria, daugh ter of Peter Catherine Wagner, who was born on November 17. The sponsors
Knopp and Frances Utz, who was born on September 12. The were Peter Knopp and Elisabeth Schneider. L. Lay
sponsors were Maria Anna Schneider and Carl Utz. L. Lay
39. On the 24th of December I baptized John . H., son of William
26. On the I 0th of October I baptized Caroline, daughter of Paul Fink and Katharine Buchmiller, who was born on November 5.
M imitz and Augusta Sebekpater, who was born on September 3. The sponsors were H. Fink and M . Buchmiller. L. Lay
The sponsors were Caroline and George Schneider. L. Lay

27. On the 15th of October I baptized Nicolaus Friedri ch


Wilhelm, the son of Friedrich Roesner and Magadalena Kuehl,
who was born on S tptember 2 1. The sponsors were Nicolaus
Bach and Margareth Kruger. L On the I st of January I baptized Anna, daughter of Peter
Knesch and Katharine Berandt, who was born on December 16.
28. On the 29th of October I baptized William, son of Joseph The sponsors were Anna Rebhahn and J. Berant. L. Lay
Stoller and Magdalena Wagner, who was born on September 11 .
The sponsors were W. and Josephina Rotering. L. Lay 2. On the 31st of January I baptized Nicholas, son of George
Dascher and Catharine Schneider, who was born on January 23.
29. On the 29th of October I baptized T heresa, daughter of The sponsors were Agatha Riple and Nikolaus Schneider. L. Lay
William Milan and Maria Crawford, who was born on October
20. The sponsors were Katharine Milan and D. Waters. L. Lay 3. On the 5th of February I baptized Maria Magdalena, daughter
of A. Klein and Katharine Voelker, who was born on January 14.
30. On the 1st of November I baptized Francis Carl, son of John The sponsors were M. Utz and A. Voelker. L. Lay
Schmittknecht and Mary Reuter, who was born on October 15.
The sponsors were Carl and Mathi ld a Ruppert. L. Lay 4. On the 10th of February J baptized Angela Math ilda, daugh-
ter of J. Reuter and Anna G iesen, who was born on December21.
31. On the 1st of November I baptized Roman Ludwig, son of The sponsors were Ange la Giesen and J. Fink. L. Lay
Martin Zeller and Amalia Rebhahn, who was born on September
29. The sponsors were Ludwig Zeller and Margaret Rebhahn. L. 5. On the 12th of February I baptized John Joseph. son of
Lay Francis Puchala and Anna Karasch, who was born on January 25.
The sponsors were l Kudennan and Agatha Riple. L. Lay
32. On the 2nd of November I baptizeid William, son of Patrick
Dunn and Mari a Schieche, who was born on October 4. The 6. On the 13th of February l baptized Joseph, son of Joseph
sponsors were Michael and Margaret S haughnessy. L Lay Kotzenbacher and Doroth y Friedman, who was born on January
13. The sponsors were Joseph and Maria Wolf. L. Lay
33. On the 5th of November I baptized Ferdinand Martin, son of
Matthew Dworschak and Katharine Theissen, who was born on 7. On the 25th of February l baptized Elisabeth Maria, daughter
October 3. The spo nsors were Ferdinand and Josephina of Peter D worschak and El isabeth Feuten, who was born on
Theissen. L. Lay February 18. The sponso rs are Elisabeth Theisen and P. Knopp.
L. Lay
34. On the 5th of November I baptized Margaret, daughter of
Michael Hogan and Maria Flynn. who was born on October 10. 8. On the 11th of March I baptized John, son of Heinz and
The sponsors were Honora Flynn and Philipp Reilley. L. Lay Magdalena Bach, who was born on February 8. The sponsors
were John G. and Carol Schneider. L. Lay
35. On the 9th of November I baptized John Herman, son of
Joseph Kuebnhacke l and Rosa Schmjtz, who was born on 9. On the 11th of March I baptized Francis, son of Carl Ruppert
October 12. T be sponsors were John Kuehnhackel and B. Lenz. and Maria Reuter, who was born on January 29. The sponsors
L. Lay were Frank Reuter and Rosa Reuter. L. Lay

36. On the 12th of November l baptized Samuel Roman, son of I 0. On the 26th of March I baptized George, son of Hubert
Nicholas Rotering and Ros() G ruenenwald, who was born on Schneider and Maria Daescher, who was born on March 14. The
October 11. The sponsors were S. Gruenenwald and N. sponsors were George Daescher and A. U . Schneider. L. Lay

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11. On 1he 8th of April I baptized Julia Agnes, daughter of John 24. On the 29th of Jul y I baptized Edward Dionysius, son of
Waters and Maria Hynes, who was born on March 25. The spon- Patrick Crawford and Margaret Boyle, who was born on July 16.
sors were Helen Flynn and Matthew Waters. L. Lay The sponsors were Patrick Stephen Lee and Ellen Flynn. S. Rohr

12. On 1he 22nd of April I baptized Lawrence Patrick, son of 25. On tJ1e 19th of August I baptized Laura Theresa, da ughter of
Patrick Waters and Helen Hogan, who was born on March 16. Anthony and .John Dworsbak (in Montana township), who was
The sponsors were John and Julia Smith. L. Lay born on July 16. The sponsors were Heinrich and Theresa
Fellenz. S. Rohr
13. On Lhe 29th of Aprill baptized Matthew, son of John Kunder
and Hedwig Lisowski, who was born on April 2. The sponsors 26. On the 19th of August l 883 I baptized Emma Susanna,
were Manhcw Hansen and Susanna Bolz. L. Lay daughLer of Martin and Margaret Lee, who was born on August
5. The sponsors are Martin Lee and Catharine Lee. S. Rohr
14. On the 291h of April I baptized Eleonora Barbara, daughter
of Nicholas Theisen and Helen Turk, who was born on March 5. 27. On the 29th of September I baptized Maria An na, daugh1er
The sponsors were Barbara and Ferdinand Theisen. L. Lay of Anna Maria Schneider, who was born on September 12. The
sponsor was John Joseph Schneider. S. Rohr
15. On lhe 6th of May f baptized Joseph Andrew, son of Will.iam
Mattausch and Gertrude Tillmann, who was born on March 29. 28. On Lhe 30th of September I baptized Margaret Elisabeth,
The sponsors were Andrew Gruntzel and Johanna Arpagaus. L. daughter of Adam Dick and Wilhelmine Zallwik ISalwey? J, who
Lay was born on September 14. The sponsors were Nicholas Bach
and Wilhelmine Schmitz. S. Rohr
16. On the 6th of May T baptized Hildegard Elisabeth, daughter
of Mauhew Hosch and Agnes Drahowski, who was born on April 29. On the 14th of October I baptized Clara Theresa, daughter of
22. The sponsors were Elisabeth and Fred Zeller. L Lay (born Bartholomew Dworshak and Magdalena Feiden, who was born
April 22. 1883, married Valentine Sendelbach) on September 8. The sponsors were Carl Ulz and Theresa
Fellenz. S. Rohr
17. On 1he 13th of May I baptized Anna, daugh1er of Henry
Ro1ering and Barbara Kutscheid, who was born on April 6. The 30. On the 29th of October I baptized John Meinrad, son of
sponsors were An na and Gerhard Rolering. L. Lay Clernenl Hofer and Margaret Winkler, who was born on May 21 ,
1857. The sponsors were Rudolph? Hofer and Clara Freisheim
18. On the 27Lh of May l baptized John Michael, son of Nicholas
Schneider and Maria Anna Ulmann, who was born on May 15. 3 1. On the 4th of November I baptized John Francis, son of Carl
The sponsors were John Michael Schneider and Anna Maria Schmidt: and Joan (.Jeanelle) Hynes, who was born on October
Schneider (in Montana). S. Rohr 29. The sponsors were Philippi Schmidt and Anna Hynes. S.
Rohr
19. On Lhe 3rd of June I baptized Gustav Ferdinand, son of
Wenzeslaus Rellich and Theresa Kreibich, who was born on 32. On the 18th of November I baptized Raymond John, son of
October l 8. The sponsors were Ferdinand Flaig and Anna Martin Zeller and Anna Rebhahn, who was born on October 20.
Mainhard. S. Rohr The sponsors we re AdolfRebhahn and Catharine Zeller. S. Robr

20. On 1he 16th of June I baptized Jacob Aloysius, son of 33. On Lhe l 2Lh of November I baptized Maria Anna. daughter
Michael Gebus and Theresa Trautmann, who was born on May of Herman Marking and Henrica Benning, who was born on
1.9. The sponsors were Jacob Fink and Wilhelmina Schmitz. S. October 9. The sponsors were Nicholas Rotering and Anna
Rohr Benning. S. Rohr

2 l. On the 8th of July I baptized Roberl, son of Jacob Fink and 34. On the 29th of November I baptized Francis, son of George
Helen Reuter, who was born on July I. The sponsors wer Robert Foegen and Apollonia Weissenberger, who was born on
Gruenenwald and Helen Fink. S. Rohr November 19. The sponsors were Philip Weisenberger and
Susanna Weissenberger (on the same day !hat Lhe mother was
22. On the 8th of July I baptized Frederick, son of Hcmrnn buried). S. Rohr [married Emilia Rudy Sept. 2, 1909)
Rotering and Gertrude Benning, who was born on May 2 1. The
sponsors were Bernard Rotering and Frederica Marking. S. Rohr 35. On the 28Lh of December I baptized Jolrn William Thierney,
son of Michael Thierney and Maria Anna Gleason, who was born
23. On the 22nd of July I baptized Anna Magdalena. daugh ter of on December 12. The sponsors were William Gleason and
Daniel Heilig and Rosina Sandman n, who was born on August Margaret Thierney. S. Rohr
16, 186 1. The sponsors were Maria Theissen and Maria
Theissen (from Town of Montana). S. Rohr 36. On the 30th of December I bapLized Jacob Knesch, son of

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Peter Knesc h and Katharina Brandl, who was born on December Marc h 12. The sponsors were George Schneider and Maria
11. The sponsors were Jacob Braandt and Mathilda Sendelbach. Schlaefer (in Montana). S. Rohr
S. Rohr
12. On the 24th of March l bapti zed Bernard Adolph, son of
William Rotering and Josephina Gruenenwald, who was born on
February 11. The sponsors were Bernard Henry Rotering and
Susanna Gruenenwald. S. Rohr
I. On the 1st of January 1 bapti zed George Weissenberger, son
of Philip Weissenberger and Maria Mallinger, who was born on 13. On the 25th of March l baptized Nicholas, son of Henry
December 14 . The sponsors were Philip Weissenberger and Zeller and Catharine Forster, who was born on March 9. The
Sophi a Mallinger. S. Rolu· sponsors were Nicholas Bach and Catharine Zeller. S. Rohr

2. On the 18th of January I baptized William Mein rad, son of 14. On the 3rd of April I baptized Joh n Joseph, son of Cornelius
Matthew Dworschak and Anna Cathari ne Theisen, who was born Lee and Susanna Boyle, who was born on April 3. The sponsors
on December 28. The sponsors were William Theisen and were T homas Lee and Brigiua Flyn n. S. Rohr
Barbara Theisen. S . Rohr
15. On the 9th of April l baptized Anthony Edward, son of
3. On the 20th of January 1 baptized SO()hia Theresa, daughter of Bernard Rotering and Helen Gerlach, who was born on Apri l 7.
Bernard Henry Rotering and Maria Theresa Sobe, who was born The sponsors were Edward Gerl ach and Gertrude Roteri ng. S.
on December 17. The sponsors were William Rotering and Rohr
Maria Rotering Kennebek. S. Rohr
16. On the 7th of Apri l 1 baptized George, son of John Mliller
4. On the I I th of February I bapti zed Joseph Wenceslaus, son of and Margaret Keil, who was born on March 27 and who d ied the
Francis Fritscher and Apollonia Bach. who was born on February same day. The sponsors were Michae l MUiier and Sophia Ke il.
6. The sponsors were Joseph KUhnh akl and Rosa Schmitz . S. [confirmed at St. Lawrence in Alma May 13, 1957]
Rohr
17. On the 20th of April I baptized Theresa, daughter of Peter
5. On the 12th of February l baptized Anna Regina, daughter of Knopp and Frances Utz., who was born on April 7 . The sponsors
Joseph Arpagaus and Johanna Hovel, who was born on January were John Knopp and Theresa Utz. S. Rohr
19. The sponsors were Anion !\Hinch and Regina Munch. S.
Rohr 18. On the 18th of April I baptized Eva, daughter of Francis
Reu ter and Helen Ziegenweide, who was born on Apri l 3. The
6. On the 24th of February J baptized An na Margaret, daughter sponsors were Jacob Fink and Eva Reuter. S. Rohr [marri ed A.N.
o f William Keil and Sophia MUiler, who was born on December Fuller at St Patrick Church Mi ll waukee Feb. 9, 01 ? C. J. Bier.
14. The sponsors were John MUiier and Margaret Keil MUiler. Second marriage co Francis Fernho lz at Waumandee 2/16/ 19 15 1
S. Rohr
19. On the 8th of May I baptized Emma Maria, daughter of Peter
7. On the 15th of February I baptized Joseph Edmund, so n of Daescher and Anna Maria Schlaitweiler, who was born on May
William Fink and Catharine Buchmiller, who was born on 2. The sponsors were Joseph Schneider and Maria Theisen. S.
January 20. The sponsors were Joseph and Johanna Arpagaus. Rohr
S. Roh r
20. On the 25th of May I baptized Nicholas Joseph, son of John
8. On the 15th of Febrnary I baptized Henry. son of Augus t Bolz and Susanna Sch ultes. who was born on April 13. The
Gerlach and Barbarn Anna Appel. who was born on September sponsors were Nicholas Petti and Maria Margaret Schlaefer. (in
30. The sponsors were Henry Fin k and Catharine Fink. S. Rohr Montana) S. Rohr [Joseph Nicolaus Boltz married Zona Irene
Johnson (not baptized) on September 9, 1949 at Our lady of
9. On the 16th of March l baptized William , son of Andrew Perpetual Help, Calgary, Alberta, Canada]
Gruentzel and Bertha Tillman, who was born on December 27,
J883. The sponsors were Wi Iliam Mattausch and Margaret 21 . On the 30th of May I baptized Apollonia Mabel, daughter of
Galena Tillman. S. Rohr Anthony Katzenbaum and Maria Worceshek, who was born on
May 27. The sponsors were Caspar Reuter and Catharine
I0. On the 18th of March I baptized Nicholas George, son of Krueger. S. Rohr (in Montan a)
George Schneider and Caroline Hollenbach, who as born on
March 18. The sponsors were Nic holas Schneider and Catharine 22. On the 8th of June I baptized Joseph Francis, son of Francis
Utz (i n Town of Montana). S. Rohr Schieche and Sophia Flaig, who was born on December 13. The
sponsors were Ferdinand Flaig and Louisa Lorenz. S. Rohr
I I. On the 18th of March I baptized Nicholas George, son of
Nicholas Schneider and Johanna Gotthard, who was born on 23. On the 8th of June I baptized Francis Joseph, son of Francis

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Lorenz and Louisa Flaig, who was born on April 7. The spon- sors were Joseph Sendelbach and Cathari ne Zeller. S. Rohr
sors were Joseph Semling and Theresa Semling. S. Rohr
37. On the 21st of October I baptized Hubert, son of Hubert
24. On the 8th of June 1 baptized Joseph Ferdinand, son of Schneider and Maria Daescher, who was born on October 2 1.
Ferdinand Flaig and Anna Mueller, who was born on March 16. The sponsors were John Joseph Schneider and Theresa
The sponsors were Anthony Semling and Theresa Rellich. S. Schneider. S. Rohr
Rohr
38. On the 2nd of November I baptized Elisabeth, daughter of
25. On che 8th of June I baptized Emilia Josephine, daughter of Herman Rotering and Gertrude Benning, who was born on
Wenceslaus Rellich and Theresa Kreibich. who was born on September 16. The sponsors were Anton Rotheling and Helen
March 28. The sponsors were Francis Lorenz and Sophia Rothering. S. Rohr
Schieche Lorenz. S. Rohr
39. On the 16th of November I baptized Anna Magdalena
26. On the &ch of June I baptized Eleonora, daughter of John Ti llmann , daughter of Henry Tillmann and Magdalena ZiJJS!i.
Hager and Martha Bandle, who was born on May J. The spon- T he sponsors were Joseph Zinsli and Magdalena Zinsli. S. Rolu·
sors were Benedict Hager and Sophia Hager. S. Rohr
40. On the 24th of November l baptized Aemitia Wallpurga,
27. On che 15th of June I baptized Catharine, daughter of daughter of Joseph Klihnhakl and Rosa Schmitz, who was born
Matthew Hoesch and Agnes Drahowski, who was born on May o n November 10. The sponsors were Wilhelmi na Schmitz and
23. The sponsors were Ludwig and Catharine Zeller. S. Rohr Nicholas Bach. S. Rohr

28. On lhe 22nd of June I baptized Susanna Schultes, daughter 4 1. On the 28th of December I baptized Nicholas, son of Joseph
of Peter Schultes and Frances Lauch, who was born on May 9. Wersllei n [WUrstlein?] and Maria Theisen, who was born on
The sponsors were John Kunder and Susanna Bolz. S. Rohr November 18. The sponsors were Nicholas Bach and Johanna
Magdalena T heisen. S. Rohr
29. On the 13th of July I baptized John, son of Augustus Tikfer
and Albertina Baradowski, who was born on June 23. The 42. On the 8th of December I baptized Rosa Theresa, daughter
sponsor was Sophia Keil. S. Rohr of Francis Bohlinger and Eva Roth, who was born on October29.
The sponsors were Carl Ruppert and Rosa Ruppert. S. Rohr
30. On the 17th of August I baptized Peter Conrad, son of
Ferdinand Theisen and Anna Heilig, who was born on August 5. 43. On the 25th of December I baptized Peter, son of Martin
The sponsors were Peter Theisen and Margaret Moser. S. Rohr Zeller and Amalia Rebhahn, who was born on December 1. The
(i n Montana) sponsors were John Zeller and Anna Maria Zeller. S. Rohr

3 1. On the 7th of September I baptized Bertha Maria, daughter 44. On the 16th of December I baptized Julia Agnes, daughter of
of John Hofer and Maria Hofer, who was born on August 10. Michael Waters and Allan Flynn, who was born on December 16.
The sponsors were Joseph KUhnhakl and Bertha Hofer. S. Rohr The sponsors were Timothy Waters and Catharine Scbanesey
ISchaughnessy?]. S. Rohr
32. On the 8th of September I baptized Anna Malia, daughter of
John Waters and Margaret Hynes, who was born on August 15. 45. On the 30th of December l baptized Laura, daughter of
The sponsors were John Hynes and Anna 1:-lynes. S. Rohr Phi lip Weissenberger and Maria Mallinger, who was born on
January 10. The sponsors were Jacob Mallinger and Eva
33. On the 14th of September I baptized William Michael, son Bohlinger. S. Rohr
of Michael Hogan and Maria Flynn, who was born on August 14.
The sponsors were William Re il y and Elisabeth Milan. S. Rohr

34. On lhe 21st of September I baptized Margaret, daughter of


George Baumann and Margaret Salvey, who was born on August I. On the 13th of January I baptized Joseph, son of Henry
5. The sponsors were Andrew Gru entzel and Ludovica Rotering and Barbara Kutscbel, who was born on January 6. The
Gruentzel. S. Rohr spo nsors were John Molitor and Maria Rotering. S. Rohr

35. On the 12th of October I baptized Johanna Maria, daughter 2. On the 16th of January l baptized Henry Matthew, son of
of George Daescher and Maria Catharine Schneider, who was He nry Tellenz and Theresa Turk, who was born on January 5.
born on October 4. The sponsors were John Joseph Schneider The sponsors were John Schlaefer and Anna Malia Schlaefer. S.
and Theresa Schneider. S. Rohr Rohr

36. On the I 9th of October 1 baptized Aaron, son of John Zeller 3. On the 5th of February I baptized Heinrich Bernard, son of
and Maria Wiesmann, who was born on August 3 1. The spon- Herman Hoevel and Catharine Gotthard, wbo was born on

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December 13. The sponsors were Bernard Hoevel and 16. On the ? of June I baplized Maria Catharine, daughter of
Magdalena Heins. S. Rohr [married at Eau Claire St. Peter Michael Gass and Maria Rebhahn, who was born on June 6. The
4115140 Winifred Lawrence] sponsors were Adolf Rebhahn and Catharine Gass. S. Rohr

4. On the 8th of February I baptized Gerhard Ludwig. son of 17. On the 7th of June I baptized Emma Josephina, daughter of
Nicholas Rotering and Rosa Gruencnwald, who was born on Carl Ruppert and Maria Reuter, who was born on June 6. The
January 3. The sponsors were Gerhard Rotering and Catharine sponsors were Joseph and Josephina Reuter. S. Rohr
Gruenenwald. S. Rohr
18. On the 16th of June I baptized Anna, daughter of Carl Utz
5. On the 2nd of February I baptized Joseph Maria, son of Jacob and Catharine Wagner, who was born on June 2. The sponsors
Weissenbcrger and Constance Seidenstahl, who was born 011 were Ferdinand Theisen and Anna Schneider. S. Rohr
January 3 1. The sponsors were Rev. Sebastian Rohr and Maria
Weisscnberger. S. Rohr 19. On the 17th of June I baptized Maria Theresa Elisabeth,
daughter of Michael Gebus and Theresa Trautmann, who was
6. On the Ist of Febrnary I baptized Agatha, daughter of Joseph born on June 2. The sponsors were Andrew Hansen and
Puchala and Anna Karasch, who was born on January 2 1. The Elisabeth Gebus. S. Rohr
sponsors were John Matschi and Agatha Riple. S. Rohr
20. On the 28th of June I baptized Maria Ludovica Lorenz.
7. On the 2 1st of February I baptized John Thomas, son of John daughter of Francis Lorenz and Theresa Flaig, who was born on
Flynn and Catharine Clark, who was born on February 20. The December 4, 1884. The sponsors were Franz Lohiethen? and
sponsors were Patrick Flynn and Anna Clark. S. Rohr Ludovica Jahn. S. Rohr

8. On the 8th of Mru·ch I baptizd William, son of William Keil 21. On the 29th of June l baptized Elisabeth Schlaefer, daughter
and Sophia Mueller, who was born on February 23. The spon- of John Schlaefer and Anna Maria Herges, who was born on June
sors were John Mueller and Anna Mueller. S. Rohr 25. The sponsors were Matthew Hcrges and Elisabeth Schlaefer.
S. Rohr
9. On the 23rd of March I baptized Joseph, son of Carl Smith
and John Hynes, who was born on March I. The sponsors were 22. On the I st of July I baptized Lawrence Milan, son of William
Anthony Hynes and Anna Hynes. S. Rohr Milan and Maria Crawford, who was born on June 26. The spon-
sors were Catharine Flynn and Martin Flynn. S. Rohr
10. On the 31st of March I baptized John Joseph, son of Peter
Dworschak and Elisabeth Feiten, who was born on March 2 1. 23. On the l 2th of Jul y l baptized William Mathias, son of
The sponsors were Knopp and ?. S. Rolu· Patricia Waters and Allen Hogan, who was born on June 19. The
sponsors were Joseph Smith and Margaret Hogan. S. Rolu·
11. On the 12th of April I baptized Christopher Edward, son of
Gustav Kiirschner and Maria Wismolek, who was born on April 24. On the 12th of Jul y I baptized Laura Margaret, daughter of
6. The sponsors were Peter Rebhahn and Susanna Wismolek. S. Joseph Arpagaus and Johanna Hovel, who was born on June I 0.
Rohr The sponsors were Philip Weisenberger and Helen Fink. S. Rohr

12. On the 19th of April I baptized Elisabeth Maria, daughter of 25. On the 12th of Jul y I baptized Francis, son of William Fink
George Foegen and Margaret Weisenberger, who was born on and Catharine Buchmiller, who was born on June 27. The spon-
April I I . The sponsors were Nicholas Schneider and Johanna sors were Jacob Fink and Frances Buchmiller. S. Rohr
Schneider. S. Rohr
26. On the 30th of August I baptized Francisca Isabella, daugh-
13. On the 26th of May I baptized Bernard Martin. son of cer of Francis Hill and Isabella Forsight. who was born on Jul y
Hermann Rotering and Catharine Zeller, who was born on May 16. The sponsors were Francisca Brandt and Joanne Brandt. S.
25. The sponsors were Martin Zeller and Elisabeth Kennebek. Rohr
S. Rohr
27. On the 31st of August I baptized Francis Ignatius, son of
14. On the 3 1st of May f baptized Philip, son of Adam Klein and Francis Reuter and Helen Ziegenweide, who was born on August
Catharine Volger. who was born on May 24. The sponsors were 30. The sponsors were Adam Klein and Jacob Fink and Anna
Philip Weisenberger and Genofeva Wolfert. S. Rohr Maria Ziegenweide. S. Rohr

l 5. On the 31 st of May I baptized Julianna Gertrude, daughter 28. On the 6th of September I baptized Agnes, daughter of John
of Andrew Gruentzel and Bertha Elisabeth Tillmann, who was Konder and ? Zanowski , who was born on August 22. The spon-
born on April 10. The sponsors were Heinrich Tillmann and sors were John Bolz and Agatha Riple. S. Rolu·
Gen rude Tillmann. S. Rohr
29. On the 9th of September I baptized John Joseph, son of

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Henry Zeller and Catharine Forster, who was born on August 26. January 17. The sponsors were John Knopp and Catharine
The sponsors were John Kiihnhakl and Mina Schmitz. S. Rohr Schneider. S. Rohr

30. On the 31st of October l bapLized Augusta Anna, daughter of 3. On the 13th of February I baptized Franz John. son of
William Ma11ausch and Gertrude Tillmann, who was born on Matthew Dworshak and Catharine Theisen, who was born on
August I. The sponsors we re John Macinski and Anna King. S. January 27. The sponsors were Francis Theisen and Anna
Rohr Theisen. S. Rohr

31. On the I 5Lh of November 1 baptized Albert, son of George 4. On the 13th of February l baptized Nicholas Adam, son of
Baumann and Margaret Salvey, who was born on August 4. The Nicholas Schneider and Johanna Gotthard, who was born on
sponsors were Bernard Salvey and Maria Anna Salvey. S. Rohr February 4. The sponsors were Adam Schneider and Catharine
Dworshak. S. Rohr
32. On the I SLh of November I baptized Mathilda, daughter of
Nicholas Salvey and Annastasia Arnold, who was born on 5. On the 23rd of February 1 baptized Maria Catharine. daughter
October 26. The sponsors were Anton and Mathilda Sendelbach. or John Bolz and Susanna Schultes, who was born on January 31.
S. Rohr The sponsors were John Kundter [KonterJ and Catharine Bolz.
S. Rohr
33. On the 16th of November I baptized George, son of Luori '?
Adank and Martha Bacrtsch, who was born on January 24, 1854. 6. On the 26th of February I baptized Hubert Benedict, son of
The sponsors were Bernard Kcnnebek and Christine Kcnnebek. John Schneider and Theresa Stimper, who was born on February
S. Rohr 2 1. The sponsors were Hubert Schneider and Angelina Stimper.
S. Rohr [married Clara Oberlatz June 23, 1915 at Stevens Pointl
34. On the 22nd of November I baptized Emma Elisabeth.
daughter of Anthony Katzban and Maria Worccshak 7. On the 28th of February I baptized Maria Magdalena. daugh-
[Warczecha'?]. who was born on November 14. The sponsors ter of Henry Tillmann and Magdalena Zinsli. who was born on
were Romano Worceshak and ? Krueger. S. Rohr February 8. The sponsors were August Baradowski and Maria
Weisenberger. S. Rohr
35. On the 7th of December I baptized John Andrew. son of
Nicholas Schlaefer and Elisabeth Theisen. who was born on 8. On the 7th of March I baptized George Hager, son or John
November 30. The sponsors were John Schlaefer and Barbara Hager and Martha Bandle, who was born on January 20. The
Theisi.:n. S. Rohr sponsors were George Hager and Sophia Hager. S. Rohr

36. On the 13th of December J baptized Jacob, son of John 9. On the 6th of March I baplized Franciska Waletzki, daughter
Hynes and? Schaughnescy, who was born on November 15. The of Al bert Waletzki and Joanna Smiel. who was born on February
sponsors were Charles Smith and Caiharine Shaughnesey. S. 27. The sponsors were John TUrk and Anna Climek. S. Rohr
Rohr
I 0. On the 25th of March I baptized Maria Rosina. daughter of
37. On the 17th of December I baptized Elisabeth Margaret, Adam Dick and Minna Diek Soldweg [Salwey?], who was born
daughter of Bernard Rotering and Helen Gerlach, who was born on March 9. The sponsors were Mathia Hansen and Rosina
on November 9. The sponsors were Anton Rotering and Hansen. S. Rohr
Elisabeth Gerlach. S. Rohr (married John Schlesser Oct 25.
19 101 I I . On the 24th of March I baptized Bernard Albin. son of
Bernard Henry Rotering and M. Theresa Lobe?. who was born
38. On the 17th of December I baptized Maria, daughter of on March 4. The sponsors were Herman Rotering and Gertrude
Constantine Clanecki LKloneck.il and Salome Hecik. who was Rotering. S. Rohr
born on December I. The sponsors were Francis Gusa and
Veronica Macejewska. S. Rohr 12. On the 27th of March I baptized William Gottlieb. son of
Ferdinand Theisen and Anna Heilig, who was born on March 15.
The sponsors were Willian1 Theisen and Maria Theisen. S. Rohr

13. On the 31st of March I baptized Maria Isabella Elisabeth


I. On the 24th of Jan uary I baptized Anna. daughter of Joseph Hlltl.I, who was born on October 12. 186 1. The sponsor was
Motschenbacher and Dorothy Friedmann, who was born on Ursula Seidenstahl. S. Rohr
January I. The sponsors were George Adank and Anna Adank.
S. Rohr 14. On the 18th of April l baptized Anna Helen. daug hter of"
Gustav Kurschner and Maria Wismolek, who wa~ born on April
2. On the 24th of January I baptized John Joachim, son of 5. The sponsors were Joseph Zeller and Helen Wismolek. S.
George Schneider and Caroline Hollenbach, who was born on Rohr

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Knop and Francisca Utz, who was born on June 23. The spon-
15. On the 19th or April 1 bapti zed Carl, son of John Waters and sors were Peter Dworshak and Anna Maria Utz.
Maria Hynes. who was born on April 7. The sponsors were
Daniel Waters and Johanna Smith. S. Rohr 29. On the 3rd of Jul y f baptized Genevieve Gertrude, daughter
of Peter Tescher and Maria Schlattweiler, who was born on June
16. On the 2 1st or April I baptized Anna Maria, daughter of Peter 29. The sponsors were John Knop and Gertrude Schlaefer. S.
Scholtes and Francisca Lauch. who was born on April 4. The Rohr
sponsors were John Bolz and Anna Maria Scholtes. S. Rohr
30. On the 25th of July I baptized Nicholas, son of Hubert
17. On the 26th of April J baptized Martha, daughter of August Schneider and Maria Daescher, who was born on July 22. The
Warzaka and Francisca Sobba [Sobotta?], who was born on April sponsors were Nicholas Schneider and Angelina Daescher. S.
13. The sponsors were Albert Waletzki and Johanna Smiel. S. Rohr
Rohr [married 5110/42 at St. Aloysius in Spokane Washington]
3 I. On the 7th of August. I baptized Ida Margaret, daughter of
18. On the 5th of June I baptized f\!Iaria Julianna, daughter of Bartholomew Dworshak and M. Magdalena Feiten, who was
Edwa rd Heins and Magdalena Bach, who was born on May 26. born on July 8. The sponsors were Edward Fellenz and
The sponsors were Philip Weisenberger and Maria Weisenberger. Catharine Schneider. S. Rohr
S. Rohr
32. On the 15th of August I baptized Manin Stephan, so n of
19. On th 19th of June I baptized Anton Christian Bregenzer, Matthaeus Riple and Agatha MatSchi, who was born on July 24.
who was born on July 4. 1830. The sponsor was Anton Fink. S. The sponsors were Martin Zeller and Susanna Bolz. S. Roh r
Rohr
33. On the 22nd of August I baptized Anna Maria, daughter of
20. On the 19th of June l baptized Catharine Caroline Bregenzer. Joseph Wagener and Maria Ste inhardt. who was born on August
who was born on June 20, 1840. The sponsor was Catharine 5. The sponsors were Matthaeus Riple and Anna Puchala. S.
Gass. S . Rohr Rohr

2 1. On the 19th of June I baptized Martin Christian, son of 34 . On the 29th or August I baptized Josephina Anna, daughter
Anton Christian Bregenzer and Catharine Bregenzer, who was or John Schmittknecht and Maria Reiter, who was born on
born on Apri l 13, 1873. The sponsors were Martin Gass and August 21. The sponsors were Jacob Fink and Josephina Reuter.
Constantina Weisenberger. S. Rohr S. Rohr

22. On the 19th of June I baptized Anna Constantine, daughter 35. On the 29th of August I baptized Emilia, daughter of Andrew
of Anthon Christian Bregenzer and Catharine Jacob Bregenzer, Grucntzc l and Bertha Till111ann. The sponsors were Henry
who was born on June I 0. The sponsors were Martin Gass and Tillmann and Magdalena Tillmann. S. Rohr
Constantine Weisenberger. S. Rohr
36. On the 17th of September I baptized Robert, son of
23. On the 24th day fo June I baptized Edwin Wenceslaus, son Cornelius Lee and Susanna Boyle, who was born on September
of Wenceslaus Rellich and Theresa Kreibich, who was born on 11 . The sponsors were John Hawley and Margaret Hynes. S.
December 6. 1885. S. Rohr Rohr

24. On the 24th of June I baptized Caspar, son of Ferdinand 37. On the 26th of September 1 baptized Maria Susanna. daugh-
Flaig and Anna MUiier, who was born on Marcb 16. The spon- ter of John Wismolek and Maria Susarurn Petz, who was born on
sors were Andreas Hoch and Theresa Rellich. S. Rohr September 2 . The sponsors were George Benn ing and Susanna
Rebhahn. S. Rotu·
25. On the 24th of June I baptized John, son of Michael
Stellmach and Rosa Yaitasseknat ?, who was born on May 16. 38. On the 23rd of September I baptized Maria Anna, daughter
The sponsors were Adam Klein and Gertrude Rotering. S. Rohr of Nicholas Schneider and Maria Ulmann, who was born on
September 23. The sponsors were Hubert Schneider and Maria
26. On the 24th of June I baptized Arthur Ludwig, son of Schneider. S. Rohr
Herman Rotering and Catharine Zeller, who was born on June I.
The sponsors were Ludwig Zeller and Mina Rotering. S. Rohr 39. On the 24th of October I baptized Maria Magdalena, daugh -
ter of' Matlhew Hoesch and A.gnes Drahowski, who was born on
27. On the 26th of Jun e I baptized John Michael, son of George September 25. The sponsors were Carl Ruppert and Mathi lda
Daescher and Catharine Schneider, who was born on June 18. Ruppert. S. Rohr
The sponsors were John Briscius and Maria Schneider. S. Rohr
40. On the 24th of October I baptized Johanna Wi lhelmina,
28. On the 29th of June I baptized Anna Maria, daughter of Peter daugh ter of Hemian Hovel and Catharine Gotthard. who was

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born on September 27. The sponsors were Nicholas Schneider


and Johanna Suter. S. Rohr
I . On the 19th of January I baptized Margaret An na, daughter of
41. On the 9th of Oct0ber I baptized Francis, son of Francis William Fink and Catharine Buchmiller, who was born on
Puchala and Anna Karasch, who was born on September 24. The December 29, 1886. T he sponsors were Anthony Fink and
sponsors were Matthaeus Riple and Maria Salvey. S. Rohr Margaret Fink. S. Rohr

42. On I.he 10th of October I baptized Laura Anna, daughter of 2. On the 5th or January I baptized WiUiam Carl, son of
John Thierney and Maria McCabe, who was born on September Friederick Krueger and Catharine Dik, who was born on January
19. The sponsors were John McCabe and Catharine Thierney. S. 5. The sponsors were Carl Krueger and Mina Dik. S. Roh r
Rohr
3. On the 20th of February L baptized Carl William Schlaefer,
43. On the 23rd of October I baptized Maria, daughter of son of Nicholas Schlaefer and Elisabeth Theisen, who was born
Michael Hogan and Maria Flyn n, who was born on September on January 28. The sponsors were William Theisen and Maria
22. The sponsors were William Milan and Maria Reiley. S. Rohr Amia Scholtes. S. Rohr

44. On the 3rd of October I baptized Nicholas Adam, son of 4. On the 21st of February I baptized Joseph Matthew Rew er,
Francis Bohlinger and Maria Eva Roth, who was born on son of Joseph Nicholas Reuter and Theresa Gass, who was born
October 5. The sponsors were Nicholas and Elisabeth Bach. S. on February 20. The sponsors were Matthew Gass and Eva
Rohr I.married Paulina Buchmiller Jan. 9, 191 2] Reuter. S. Rohr

45. On the 3 1SL of October I baptized Maria Anna, daughter of 5. On the 6th of March I baptized Maria Martha Adank, daugh-
John Flynn and Catharine Clark, who was born on October 27. ter of George Adank and Anna Kennebek, who was born on
The sponsors were Thomas Flynn and Catharine Flynn. S. Rohr February 24. The spo nso rs were Christian Nicolai and Alina
Retter. S. Rohr
46. On the 30th of October I baptized Aloys, son of Philip
Weissenberger and Maria Mallinger, who was born on October 6. On the 20th of March I baptized Agnes Conchella, daughter
20. T he sponsors were Francis and Elisabeth Weissenberger. S. of John Conchella and Florentina Cosub, who was born on
Rohr February 14. The sponsors were August Conchella and Anna
Conchella. S. Rohr
47. On the 7th of November I baptized Martin, son of Michael
Waters and Helen Flynn, who was born on November 5. The 7. On the 20th of March I baptized John Michael Schneider, son
sponsors were Martin Flynn and Helen Waters. S. Rohr of John Nicholas Schneider and Helen Brixius, who was born on
February 17. The sponsors were John Brixius and Maria Anna
48. On the 28th of November I baptized Valentin, son of Adolf B1ixius. S. Rohr
Rebhahn and Magdalena Salvey, who was born on November 24.
The sponsors were Valentin Rebhahn and Catharine Rcbh ahn. S. 8. On the 9th of A1Jril I baptized Bertha Maria Krueger, who was
Rohr born on December 13. 1872. The sponsors were Rev. Rohr and
Maria Weisenberger. S. Rohr
49. On the 5th of December I baptized Mathilda Rosa, daughter
of Francis Reuter and Helen Ziegenwcid, who was born on 9. On the 15th of May I baptized George Patrick, son of Philip
November l 7. The sponsors were Joseph Ziegenweid and Reiley and Margaret Hogan, who was born on April 24. The
Mathilde Ruppen. S. Rohr sponsors were Michael Hogan and Ellen Waters. S. Rohr

50. On the 20th of December I baptized Franz Emil, son of IO. On the 14th of May I baptized John Edwin, son of Nicholas
Henry Rotering and Maria Rotering, who was born on October 4. Rotering and Rosa Gri.incnwald, who was born on April 27. The
The sponsors were Remian Rotering and Maria Rotering. S. sponsors were John and Christina Kennebeck. W. Wecker
Rohr
11 . On the 15th of' May Tbaptized Josephina Bernardina, daugh-
5 l. On the 27th of December I baptized Oscar Mathaeus, son of ter of Bernard Rotering and Helen Gerlach, who was born on
Martin Zeller and Amalia Rebhahn, who was born on November April 20. The sponsors were William Rotering and Josephi na
30. The sponsors were Mathaeus Riple and Maria Mallinger Gerlach. W. Wecker
Weisenberger. S. Rohr
12. On the 20th of June I baptized William Adolph, son of Carl
Ruppert and Mathilda Reuter, who was born on June 6. The
sponsors were Jacob Fink and Wilhelmina Bach. W. Hackner

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Marriaecs Communicanl~ 1875

1. On the 2nd of September, 1908 I united in marriage Thomas Bovs: Joseph WUrstJcin, Anton Fischer, Richard Bantsch, Franz
McNeil of the church of St. Mary's Stanley Wisconsin. Thomas Weissenberger, Mathias Hansen, John Samuel GrUnenwald,
McNeil is a convert, baptized August 16, 1908. Rev. F.A. Byrne. Amalia Motschenbacher. James Flynn, John Hynes, John
Crawford

On April 24, 1870 the following children received their first Girls: Mary Hayes, Agnes McMahon, Margaret Tierney,
Communion: Johanna Hynes, Anna Hiller. Margaret Mallinger, Gertrnd Maier,
Anna Uetz, Rosa Schmitz, Katharina Philippi
Peter Philippi, Christian Utz, Wilhelm Zeller, Matthias Theisen,
Franz Theisen, Michael Reuter, Johann Schmitz, Franz Di.ick, Received First Communion Montana Township - August :18,
Anton MUiler, Johann W. Zeller, Michael Waters. 1895
Augustinus Gasatus, Mic hael Schneider. Anna Daescher,
Girls: Katharina Klein. Elisabeth Fischer. Katharina Reuter, Elisabeth Dworschack. Margareta Dworschack, Ida Telleny,
Rosa Reuter. Anna Wi.irstein, Maria Hirst, Maria Kannath, Caecilia Konschella, Pau lina Obicglo. Anna Schneider
Katharina Fink, Katharina Boyle, Anna Flynn, Margaretha
Flynn, Elisabeth Hoagan. Communicants Waumandee - September 1, 1895
Nicolaus Heinnz, Samuel Rotering, Magdalena Klein, Anna
Communicants 1871 Rotering, Rosina Salvey, Sophia Stellmacher
Boys: John Schmittknecht, Martin Zeller, Joseph Hiller. Georg
Wi.irstlein. John MUiler, Peter Hansen Communicants Waumandee - August 1, 1897
Charles Bohlinger, Edward Crawford, John Fink, George Heinz,
Girls: Katharina Philippi, Margaret.ha Mi.inch, Maria Arpagaus, Adolph Rothering, Edward Rotering, Frederick Rotering,
Elisabeth M. Zeller, Rosina Gebus, Maria Schmiuknecht, Edward Schaefer, Francis Schmittknecht, Apolonaria Conchella,
Katharina Theisen, Christina Utz, Maria Hynes, Maria Flynn. Catharine Hesch. Elisabbeth Hesch, Amalia Marking, Theresia
Milan, Adelhaid Reu ter, Anna Rotering. Sophia Rotering, Julia
Communicants 1872 Waters

Boys: Johan Reuter, Joseph Sendelbach, Heinrich Fink, Johann Communicants Montana - December 1, 1898
Salantine, Joseph Arpagaus, Mathias Hiller, Herman Hoevel. George Schneider, Hubert Schneider, John J. Schneider. John
Johann Boyle, Johann Flynn, Timothy Waters, Heinrich Hynes. Michael Schneider. George Nicholas Schneider, Matthew
Konter, John Puchala. Jacob Wag ner. Henry Fellenz, Agatha
Girls: Maria MUiler, Johanna Salanti ne, Christina Reuter, Puchala, Emma M. Tescher. Olga Obieglo, Agnes Komer
Carolina Fiirst, Susanna Boyle.
Communicants Waumandee - April 9, 1899
Communicants 1873 Boys: Joseph Boltz, Francis Foegen, William Hogan, Joannes
Jungbauer, Philippus Klein, Laurentius Milan, Nicolaus Molitor,
Boys: Thomas Flynn, Aug ustinus Tierney, Wilhelmus Joseph Fink, Joseph Fril.schler, Joannes Rothering, Ludwig
Schmittknecht, Franciscus WUrstlein, Adamns Dick, Franciscus Ro tering, Oscar Rothering, Ignatius Reuter, William
Reuter, Henricus Hiller, Wilhelmus Hoevel, Wi lhelmus Theisen Schmidknecht, Wi lliam Tierney, Joannes Schaefer, Joseph
Weisenberger, Joannes Wismoleck
Girls: Katharina Flynn, Helena Waters, Brigitta Hynes,
Gertrudis Tillman. Wilhelmina Elisabeth Soldweg, Carolina Girls: Anna Arpagaus. Rosa Bohlinger, Anna Kondscella.
Schmittknecht. Maria Wismolek, Anna Leineweber Margareta Embs, Elisabeth Foegen. Francisca Fink, Catharina
Boltz, Elisabeth Rotering, Margareta Rotering, Mathilda Salvey,
Conununicants 1874 Elisabeth Scltmicz, Anna Tillmann, Agnes Waters

Boys: Joannes Reuter, Joan Adolph Rebhan, Fridericus Zeller, Confirmation - Jul y 2, 1871
Johannes Maetri, Nicolaus Steigen, Andreas Uetz, Joannes Boys: Joanes Zeller, Conradus Lee, Joannes Thierney.
Hagen, Robenus Gri.inenwald, Joanes Wismolek, .Joannes Klein Christianus Uetz, Michael Waters, Petra Philippi, Joan nes
Schmi tz, Michael Reuter, Mathias Theisen, Antonius Miiller,
Girls: Katharina Probst, Margaretha Hager, Sara Elisabeth Petrus Hansen, Joannes Mu ller, Georgi us Wiirstlein, Jacobus
Schmittknecht, Magdalena Hoevel, Maria Huntzicker, Maria Wismoleck, Michael Boyle, Joannes Joseph Flynn, Petrus Uetz,
Theisen, Anna Fink, Anna Maria Elisabeth Theisen, Maria Henrich Zeller, Wilhelm Milan, Franciscus Diek, Wilhelmus
Rebhan, Amalia Rebhan, Katharina Buchmliller, Josephi na Fink, Patrick Grawford, Joannes Schmi ttknecht, Josephus Hiller,
Hirst, Susanna Maier Patricus McNearney, Wilhelm Zeller, Francis Theisen, Martinus
Zeller

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Girls: Anna M. Wiirstlein, Katharina Theisen, Josephina Confirmation - Year?


Rotering, Hanora Thierny, Katharina Boyle, Maria Arpaga us, Boys: George Daescher, sponsor: Joannes T. Schneider;
Anna Maria Flynn, Maria Sendelbach, Maria Elisabeth Zeller, Augustine Tierney. sponsor: Mathias Waters; Katharine Kuether,
Margaretha Th. Mulhany, Ludovica Fleik, Ludovica Babst, sponsor: Margaretha Zimsli; Brigitta Th. Boyle, sponsor:
Maria Anna McNearney, Maria Fiirst. Maria Lcineweber. Honora Branil ; Helena L. Flynn, sponsor: Maria Flynn;
KaLharine Fink, Elisabelh Fischer, Constantina Weisenberger, Ludovica Arpagaus, sponsor: Katharina Zeller; Anna Tillmann,
Maria Schmitt:knecht, Maria Reuter, Maria Joanna Thierney, sponsor: Margarelha Hager; Theresia Barbara Gass, sponsor:
Maria Hynes, Francisca Uetz, Katharina Philippi, Katharina Josephina Hirst; Elisabetha Theisen, sponsor: Anna N. Koller;
Reuter, Rosina Gebus, Maria Rosa Zeller, Maria Anna Reuter, Susanna Uetz, sponsor: Maria Theisen; Susanna Weisenberger,
Maria Margaret Zeller, Margaretha Miinch, Katharina Klein, sponsor: Katharina Reuter; Elisabetha Tillmann, sponsor:
.\Ilaria An na Flynn, Margaretha Maria Rebhan. Amalia Rebhan ; Magdalena Hoevel, sponsor: Maria Arpagaus;
Joanna Ag. Hynes, sponsor: Susanna Boyle; Rosa Reuter,
Confirmation 1873 sponsor: Katharina Fink; Amalia Hirst, sponsor: Maria Gass;
Boys: Thimotheus Waters, Henry Hynes, Joannes Reuter, Maria MUiier. sponsor: Girls: Maria Rebhan; Margaretha Hil.ler,
Wilhelmus Hoefel, Josephus Danun, Heinrich Fink, Josephus sponsor: Maria Rebhan; Wilhelmina Hoevel, sponsor: Maria
Sendelbach, Josephus Arpagaus, Thomas Nicholaus Flynn, Rebhan; Maria Huntsieker, sponsor: Elisabetha Zeller; Maria
Matthaus Riple, Heinrich Hiller, Adamns Diick, Joannes Jos. Hoevel, sponsor: Elisabeth Philippi; Anna Kennebeck, sponsor:
Flynn, Wilhelm Schmittknecht, Philippus Weisenberger, Jacobus Maria Steinhart; Susanna Nelmen, sponsor: Theresia Uetz
Immerman, Francis Reuter, Joannes N. Boyle, Georgius Sutter,
Wilhelm Theisen, Joannes Boltz, Francis WUrstlein, Mathias
Hiller, Bernard Klein Marriages - 1868

Girls: Carolina Schmittknecht, Helena N. Waters, Carolina I. On the 23rd of February I united in matrimony Wllhelmus
Hirst, Anna Leineweber, Maria Wismolek, Gertrudis Tillmann, Milan and Maria Crawford. The witness was Maria l.
Apollonia Weisenberger, Agatha Riple, Christina Reuter, Brigitta Turney. L. Spitzlberger
He!. Hynes, Rosa Maria Grunewald, Wilhelmina Elis. Soldweg,
Elisabeth Hogan, Catharina Ludovica Flynn, Susanna H. Boyle 2. On the 23rd of February I united in matrimony Dennis O' Hara
and Maria Antonette O ' Hara. The witnesses were Martin
Confirmation 1875 and Rich. Milan. L. Spitzlberger
Boys: Joannes Reuter, Joannes Adolphus Rebhan, Friderick
Zeller, Nicolaus Steichen, Andreas Uetz, Joannes Hager, 3. On the 20th of April I united in matrimony William Rotering
Robertus Griinenwald, Joanes Wismolek, Joannes Klein, Joseph and Josephina Griinenwald. The witnesses were Susanna
Wiirstlein, Anton Fischer, Francis We isenberger, Mathias Griinenwald and Hermann Rotering. L. Spitzlberger
Hansen, Joannes Samuel Griinenwald, Jacobus Flynn, Joannes
Hynes, Joannes Crawford

Girls: Katharina Probst, Margaretha Hager, Sara E. I. On the 4th of April I united in matrimony Mathaeus Ripplie
Schmittknecht, Magdalena Hoevel, Maria Theisen, Anna Fink, and Agatha Matschi. The witnesses were Gregor Ripplie
Anna M. E. Theisen, Maria Rebhan, Ama lis Rebhan, Josephina and Joseph Sendelbach. L. Spitzlberger
Hirst, Susanna Maier, Margaret Tierney, Johanna Hynes, Anna
Hiller, Gertrudis Naier, Anna Uetz, Rosa Schmitz, Katharina 2. On the 28th of October ( united in matrimony Adam Klein,
Philippi son of Adam Klein, and Magdalena Reiter, daughter of
Michael Reuter. The witnesses were Bernard Klein and
Confirmation 1877 Ludovica Fiirst. L. Lay
Boys: Josephus We isenberger, sponsor: Joanes Zeller; Petrus
Rebhan, sponsor: Marlinus Zeller; Ferdinand T heisen, sponsor: 3. On the 15th of November I united in matrimony Caspar Babst,
Wilhelm Theisen; Josephus Zeller, sponsor: Friderick Roth; son of Caspar and Magdalena Babst, and Ludovica Fiirst,
August Reuter, sponsor: Friderick Zeller; Peter Wiirstlein, daughter of Michael and Anna Hirst. The witnesses were
sponsor: Peter Hansen; Joseph Uelman, sponsor: Mathias Joseph Zeller and Margaret Zeller. L. Lay
Theisen; Heinrich Zimmermannn, sponsor: Henrich Fink;
Joannes Reuter, sponsor: Friderick Tanke; Joannes Reuter.
sponsor: WiU1e lm Zeller; Nicolaus Grosss, sponsor: Petrus 1870
Philippi; Josephus Michael Reuter, sponsor: Wilhelmus Fink ;
Herman Hoevel, sponsor: Gerhard Hoevel; Michael Skripietz, I. On the 1st of February I united in matrimony Herman
sponsor: Michael Gass; Joannes Fr. Crawford, sponsor: Joannes Marking, son of Anthony and Gertrude Marking, and Henry
Joseph Flynn; Anton Hiller, sponsor: Josephus Arpagaus; Benning, son of Henry and Gertrude Benning. The wit-
Ferdinand Theisen, sponsor: Nicolaus Schliifer nesses were Gerhard Bennjng and Ludovica Babst. L. Lay

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2. On the 1 lth of June I united in matrimony Michael Gebus, son


of John and Elisabeth Gebus, and Theresa Trautman, daugh- I. On I.he 13th of February f united in matrimony Martin Lee,
ter of Anthony and Anna Maria Trautman. The witnesses son of Jacob and Maria Lee, and Margaret Mulkaney,
were Manritius Fromenweiler and Francisca Wlin;tlein. L. daughter of Jacob and Brigiu Mulkaney. The witnesses
Lay were John Waters and Katharine Boyle. L. Lay

3. On the 16th of August I uni ted in matrimony Anthony Zirrel, 2. On the 14th of May I un.ited in matrimony Patrick Waters, son
son of Jacob and Kunigunda Ziuel, and Maria An na Diick of Matthew ru1d Julia Waters, and Helen Hogan, daughter of
[Dick?), daughter of Jacob and Margaret Diick. The wit- Lawrence and Katharine Hogan. The witnesses were John
nesses were Caspar and Ludovica Babst. L. Lay Waters and Elisabeth Hogan. L. Lay

4. On the 8th of November I united in matrimony Caspar 3. On the 3rd of June I uni ted in matri mony Jolrn Schmitlk.necht,
Foegen, son of Nicholas and Susanna Foegen. and Eva son of Andrew and Elisabeth Schm.ittknecht, and Maria
Schlattweiler, daughter of Matthew and Genevieve Reuter, daughter of Michael and Eva Reuter. The sponsors
ScbJattweiler. The witnesses were Ferdinand and Anna were John Sa.Jantine and Katharine Reuter. L. Lay
Theisen. L. Lay
4. On the 16th of July I united in matrimony Gerhard Benning,
son of John Henry and Angela Benning, and Wilhelmina
Mediker, daughter of Henry and Maria Mediker. The wit-
nesses were John Benning and l:olenrica Marking. L. Lay
I. On the 9th of January .I united in matrimony · Patrick
McNeamey, son of John and Maria McNearney, and Maria 5. On the 15th of October I united in matrimony Andreas
A. Boyle, daughter of Michael and Brigin Boyle. The wit- Willers, son of Michael and Johanna Willers, and Anna
nesses were John Boyle and Margaret McQueeny. L. Lay Neumand. daughter of Gottlieb and Johanna Neumand. The
witnesses were Joseph and M. Elisabeth Zeller. L. Lay
2. On the 9th of Jan uary I united in matrimony Thomas Milan,
son of Martin and Brigitt Milan, and Elisabeth Hynes, 6. On the 29th of July I united in matrimony Joseph Krummholz,
daughter of Anthony and ? Hynes. The witnesses were son of Matthew and Rosina Krummholz, and Margaret
Jacob Milan and Maria Hynes. L. Lay Zeller, daughter of Anthony and Elisabeth Zeller. The wit-
nesses were Henry and Maria Elisabeth Zeller. L. Lay
3. On the 10th of January I united in mauimony Joseph Zeller,
son of Anthony and Elisabeth Zeller, and Maria Rosa
Leimand, daugh ter of John Ludwig and Johanna Leimand.
The wimesses were John and Margaret Zeller. L. Lay
I . On the 12th of February I united in matrimony John Molitor,
4. On the 29th of April l united in matrimony George Baumann, son of Paul and Anna M. Molitor, and Susanna Kutscheid,
son of Wendel and Margaret Baumann, and Margaret daughter of Lambert and Gertrude Kutscheid. The witness-
Salvey, daughter of John and Maria Salvey. The witnesses es were Lestibus Nicholas Kutscheid and Katharine Stoller.
were Katharine and Maria A. Salvey. L. Lay L. Lay

5. On the 16tl1 of May I united in matrimony Henry Rotering, 2. On the 12th of February I united in matrimony Henry
son of Anton and Gertrude Rotering, and Rosina Benning, Rotering, son of Anthony and Gertrude Rotering, and
daughter of Henry and Angela Benning. The witnesses Barbara Kutscheicl, daughter of Lamben and Gertrude
were Bernard Rotering and Maria Wintiers. L. Lay Kutscheid. The sponsors were John Philippi and
Magdalena Gerlach. L. Lay
6. On tJ1e 23rd of May I united in matrimony Theodore Marking,
son of Anton and Gertrude Marking, and Maria Wintiers, 3. On the 19th of February I united in matrimony Andrew
daughter of Bernard and Adelheid Wintiers. The wiu1esses Schmink:necht, son of John and Katharine Schmittk.necht,
were George Benning and Henry Marking. L. Lay and Maria Sa.Ivey, daughter of John and Maria Salvey. The
witnesses were Nicholas Bach and Clara Theisen. L. Lay
7. On the 6th of June I united in matrimony John Zeller, son of
Friderick and Katharine Zeller, and Anna M. Wissmann, 4. On the 19th of August l united in matrimony George Sutter,
daughter of Michael and Rosina Wissmann. The sponsors son of George and Maria Sutter, and Johairna Hovel. daugh-
were Henry and Margaret Zeller. L. Lay ter of Wenceslaus and Christina Schmitlhans. The witness-
es were Henry and Gertrude Tillmann. L. Lay

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George, son of John and Katharine George, and Elisabeth daughter of Peter and Magdalena Koller. The witnesses
Zimmermann, daughter of George and Christina were Jacob and Anna Margaretha SchHifer. L. Lay
Zimmermann. The witnesses were John Schmitz and
Christina Zimmermann. L. Lay 3. On the 25th of April l united in matrimony John Lang, son of
Jacob imd Anna Lang, and Maria Schilling, daughter of
6. On the 27th of October I united in matrimony Patrick John and Friderica Schil.Ling. The witnesses were John
Coughlin, son of Dionysius and Maria Coughlin, and Maria Zeller and Elisabeth Fischer. L. Lay
John Tierney, daughter of Peter and Honora Tierney. The
witnesses were John Tierney and Maria Coughlin. L. Lay 4. On the 25th of July I united in matrimony George
Zimmermann, son of Hemy and Magdalena Zimmennann,
7. On the 25th of November I united in mall·irnony Matthew and Maria Roth Llihwert (born Erding). daughter of Joseph
Philip, son of John and Elisabeth Philippi, and Elisabeth and Henrietta Erding. The witnesses were Henry Erding
Kirschner, daughter of Frederick and Maria Kirschner. The and Margaret Ott. L. Lay
witnesses were Peter Philippi and Anna Mergener. L. Lay
5. On the 17th of October I united in matrimony Anthony, son of
Felix and Sophia Miller, and Anna. daughter of Carl and
Maria Steichen. Tbe witnesses were John Miller and
Francesca Steichen. L. Lay
I. On the 14th of July I united in matrimony Bernard Klein, son
of Adam and Rosina Klein, and Anna Schmitt, daughter of 6. On the 3rd of May I united in matrimony Nicholas, son of
Matthew and Maria Schmitt. The witnesses were Nicholas Anthony and Gertrude Rotering, and Rosa, daughter of
Schmitt and Katharine Klein. L. Lay Jacob and Susanna Grunenwald. The witnesses were
Roben Grtinenwald and Joseph Gerlach. L. Lay
2. On the 3rd of November I united in matrimony Henry Zeller,
son of Frederick and Katharine Zeller, and Katharine 7. On the 14th of November I united in matrimony Frederick,
Herdeg, daughter ofWiendelin and Maria Herdeg. The wit- son of Adam and Magdalena Roth, and Anna, daughter of
nesses were Martin Fertig and Wilhelmina Herdeg. L. Lay Matthew and Elisabeth Mergener. The witnesses were
Martin Ze]]er and Katharine Klein. L. Lay
3. On the 10th of November I united in matrimony Aloys
Schaefer, son of Gregory and Katharine Schaefer, and 8. On the 28th of November I united in matrimony George, son
Wilhelmina Fiedler, daughter of Joseph and An. Maria of John and Maria Daescher, and Katharine, daughter of
Fiedler. The witnesses were William Fiedler and Paulina John Joseph and Anna N. Schneider. The witnesses were
Schaefer. L. Lay John Sclu1eider and An. N. Schlaefer. L. Lay

4. On the Isl of December I united in matrimony Matthew


Mlinch, son of Frederick and Katharine Mlinch. and
Christina Zimmermann, daughter of George and Christina
Fr. Zimmermann. The witnesses were Antonio Mlinch and I. On the 24th day of May I united in matrimony Xavier Uetz,
Katharine Fink. L. Lay son of Joseph Tidel and Anna Uetz, and Katharine Knopp,
daughter of Nicholas and Katharine Knopp. The wirnesses
were Peter Knopp and Katharine Uelmen. L. Lay

2. On the 15th day of October I united in matrimony Joseph, son


l. On the 15th of April I united in matrimony Jacob Fink, son of of Michael and Agnes Weik:ner, and Maria, daughter of Carl
Frederick and Margaret Fink, and Helen Klein (born and Elisabeth Steinert. The witnesses were Martin Steinert
Reuter), daughter of Michael and Eva Reuter. The witness- and Elisabeth Zeller. L. Lay
es were Willfom Fink and Katharine Reuter. L. Lay
3. On the 3rd of November I united in matrimony Bernard
Henry, son of Bernard and Maria Rotering, and Maria
Theresa, daughter of John Henry and Margaret Christina
Sope [Soppa?]. The witnesses were John H. and Margaret
1. On the 10th of January I united in matrimony Jacob Milan. Rotering. L. Lay
son of Martin and Brigitt Milan, and Anna McQuillan.
daughter of Hugo and Margaret McQuillan. The witnesses 4. On the 29th of November I united in matrimony Michael, son
were Michael Hogan and Maria Duggan. L. Lay of Caspar and Magdalena Reuter, and Henrietta, daughter of
John and Lawrentia Sostor. The witnesses were Joseph
2. On the I I th of January I united in matrimony Joseph Schlilfer, Klihnhackel and Rosa Reuter.
son of Phillip and Margaret Schlafer, and Barbara Koller.

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Schmitz, daughter of Caspar and Elisabeth Schmitz. The


witnesses were John KUhnhackel and Bertha Lenz. L. Lay
1. On the 24th of January I united in matrimony John Jacob, son
of Philip and Julia Smith, and EJjsabeth, daughter of 2. On the 19th of January I united in matrimony Willjam Hauen,
Lawrence and Katharine Hogan. The witnesses were John son of Jacob and Elisabeth 1-lauert, and An na Fink, daughter
Clark and Helen Waters. L. Lay of Anthony and Margaret Fink. The witnesses were Henry
and Helen Fink. L. Lay
2. On the 29th of January I united in matrimony William, son of
Frederick and Katharine Zeller, and Maria, daughter of 3. On the 20th of Jan uary I united in matrimony John Zeller, soil
Joseph and John Arpagaus. The witnesses were Martin of Anthony and Elisabeth Zeller, and Maria Maier, daughter
Zeller and Katharine Degenhart. L. Lay of Caspar and Maria Anna Maier. The witnesses were
Ludwig and Katharine Zeller. L. Lay

4. On the 13th of February I united in matrimony John Reuter,


son of Michael and Eva Reuter, and Anna Giesen, daughter
1. On the 7th of January I united in matrimony George Bening of Arnold and Angela Giesen. The wiu1esses were Francis
and Amalia Kiel. The witnesses were John Benning and Reuter and Angela Botze1. L. Lay
Josepha rvfeice. Beau
5. On the 14th of February I united in matrimony George
2. On the 20th of January I united in matrimony Joseph Knaub Zimmermann, son of George and Christina Zimmermann,
and Margaret Hager. The witnesses were John and Maria and Magdalena Hoevel, daughter of Herman and Elisabeth
Hager. Beau Hoevel. The witnesses were Joseph Arpagaus and Regina
Munch. L. Lay
3. On the 2nd of February I united in matrimony Caspar Reuter
and Mathilda Waslrnsha !Warczecha?]. The witnesses were 6. On the 14th of February I united in matrimony Jacob Dietrich,
John Fink and Olga Lega. Beau son of John and Susanna Dietrich, and Barbara Schmjtt,
daughter of William and Anna Katharine Schmitt. The wit-
4. On the 13th of April I united in matrimony John Schultes and nesses were William Gruber and Josephina Sclunitt. L. Lay
Anna Maria Schliifer. The wi tnesses were Jacob and Maria
Margaret Schlaefer. Beau 7. On the 24th of April I united in matrimony Francis Puchala,
son of John and Elisabeth Puchala, and Arma Karasch,
5. On the 2 1st of September I united in matrimony John Konder daughrer of Joseph and Anna Karasch. The witnesses were
and Hermia Coenowski. The sponsors were John Knop and Francis Lisovsl.')' and Elisabeth Theisen. L. Lay
Hedwiga Ki llian. J. Schaller
8. On the 29th of May I united in matrimony Matthew Theisen,
6. On the 3rd of November I united in matrimony E. Martin son of Ferdinand and An na Theisen. and Josephina Schmitt,
Zeller and Amalia Rebhahn. The witnesses were Joseph daughter of William and An na Katharine Sclunitt. Tue wi t-
Zeller and An na Rebhan. J. Schaller nesse were Christian Schmitt and Maria Theisen. L. Lay

9. On the I Ith of Jul y I united in matrimony Bernard Rotering,


son of Anthony and Gertrude Rotering, and Helen Gerlach,
daughter of Edward and Elisabeth Gerlach. The witnesses
I. On the 24th of May I united in matrimony Michael, son of were Anthony Gerlach and Maria Rotering. L. Lay
John and Anna Burgmeier, and Katharine, daughter of
Joseph and Anna Probst. The witnesses were Thomas IO. On the 27th of November I united in matrimony Hubert
Volmer and Maria Mallinger. L. Lay Schneider, son of John Joseph and Anna M. Schneider, and
Maria Daescher, daughter of George and Johanna Daescher.
2. On the 3rd of November I united in matrimony William, son The witnesses were Nicholas Schlaefer and Anna
of Frederick and Anna Margaret Fink, and Katharine, Schneider. L. Lay
daughter of Jacob and Francesca Buchmiller. The witness-
es were Henry Fink and Maria Buchmiller. L. Lay I l. On the 28th of November I united in matrimony Peter
Scholtes, son of Nicolai and Angel ina Scholtes, and
Francesca Lauch. daughter of Christian and Francesca
Lauch. The witnesses were Nicholas Schlaefer and Ozia
Soppa. L. Lay
1. On the 17th of January I united in matrimony Joseph
Kiihnhackel. son of John and Anna Kiihnhackel, and Rosa

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The witnesses were William and Wilhelmina Hovel. S.


Rohr
I. On Lhe 23rd of January I united in maLrimony Philip
Weisenberger, son of Philip and Margaret Weisenberger, 2. On the 9th of January l united in matrimony Frederick
and Maria Mallinger, daugh ter of Michael and Sophia Krueger. son of Carl Krueger and Frederica Steinberg, and
Mallinger. The witnesses were Francis Weissenberger and Catharine Diek, daughter of Jacob Diek and Margaret
ElisabeLh WUrstlein. L. Lay Feller. The witnesses were Adam Diek and Catharine
Milan. S. Rohr
2. On the 5Lh of February I united in matrimony Carl Smith. son
of Philip Smilh and Julia Clark. and Johanna Agnes Hynes. 3. On the 22nd of January I united in matrimony Henry
daughter of Thomas and Anna Hynes. The witnesses were Tillmann. son of Gerhard Tillmann and Gertrude Horst. and
Thomas Hynes and Brigitta Boyle. L. Lay Magdalena Zinsli. daughter of Joseph Zinsli and Maria
Galinarcl. The witnesses were Marl in Zinsli and?. S. Rohr
3. On the 20th of February I united in matrimony Andrew
Grlintzel, son of Christopher and Julia Grlintzel, and Bertha 4. On the 5th of February l united in matrimony Michael Waters,
Tillman, daughter of Henry and Gertrude Tillman. The wit- son or Manhew Waters and Julia Howard, and EUen Flynn,
nesses were Victor Bach and Louisa Arpagaus. L. Lay daughter of Patrick Flynn and Bridget Boyle. S. Rohr

4. On the 3rd of Apri l I u11i1ed in matrimony Felix Miller, son of 5. On Lhe 2 1st of April I united in ma1rimony George Focgen and
Joseph and Francesca Miller, and Magdalena Ludwig, Margaret Weissenberger. A dispensation was granted for
daughter of Christian and Magdalena Ludwig. The wil- being related. S. Rohr
nesscs were M;lllhew and Elisabeth Hansen. L. Lay
6. On the 13th of May I uni ted in matrimony f\.tichael Gass, son
5. On Lhe 19th of June I united in matrimony Robert of M:lllhew Gass and Catharine Boyle, and Maria Rebhahn,
GrOnenwald. son of Jacob Griinenwald and Susanna Spori, daughter of Valentine Rebhahn and Anna Catharine
and Catharina Reuter. daugh1er of Michael Reuter and Eva Mallinger. The witnesses were Sestibus Martin Gass and
Seibel. The witnesses were John Griinenwald and Rose Anna Rebhahn. S. Rohr
Gebus. S. Rohr
7. On the 20th of May l uni ted in matrimony Gustav Kurschner,
6. On the 17th of September I united in matrimony Ferdinand son of Jacob Kursch ner and Maria Wike, and Maria
Theisen, son of Peter Theisen and Johanna Magdalena Wismolek, daughter of Jacob Wismolek and Anna
Brischwein, and An na Magdalena Heilig, daughter of Neumann. The witnesses were Peter Rebhahn and Susanna
Daniel Heilig and Rosina Sandmann. The witnesses were Wismolek.
William Theisen and Barbara Theisen. S. Rohr
8. On Lhe 17th of November I united in matrimony Adam
7. On the 30th of October I uni1ed in matrimony John Hofer. son Schneider. son of Adam Schneider and Elisabeth Lehmann,
of Clement Hofer and Margaret Winkler, and Maria Hofer, and Rosa Reuter, daughter of Michael Reuter and Eva
daughter of Rudolf Hofer and Anna Maria Broder. Seibel. The witnesses were Joseph Reuter and Henricus
Witnesses were Mcinraclo Hofer and Theresa Gass. S. Rohr Fink, and Josephina Reuter and Louisa Arpagaus. S. Rohr

8. On the 13th of November I tmited in matrimony John


Wismolek, son of J:\cob Wismolek and Anna Lohr, and
Maria Petz, daughter of Sebastian Petz and Maria
Fordenauer. Wi111esses were Peter Rebhahn and Susrurna I. On the 3rd of February I united in matrimony Nicholas
Wismolek. S. Rohr Schlaefer, son of Philip Schlaefer and Margaret Weber, and
Elisabeth Theisen. daughter of Peter Theisen and Johanna
9. On the 27Lh of November I united in matrimony Joseph Brischwcin.
Werstlein, son of Caspar Werstlein and Maria Heiser, and
Maria Theisen, daughter of Peter Theisen and Johanna 2. On Lhe 14th of April I united in matrimony Hermann Rotering,
Magdalena Brischwein. The witnesses were William son of Gerhard Rotering and Maria Kennebek, and
Theisen and Elisabeth Werstlcin. S. Rohr Catharine Zeller, daughter of Frederick Zeller and Catharine
Reuter. The wirnesses were Joseph Zeller and Maria
Rotering. S. Rohr

3. On the I51h of April I united in matrimony Matthew Hansen, son


I. On the 8Lh of January I united in matrimony Hermann Hiivel, of Matthew Hansen and Elisabeth Weyer, and Rosina Gebus.
son of Henry Hoevel and Johanna Schmidt, and Catharine daugh1er of Michael Gebus and Theresa Trautmann. The wit-
Gotthard, daughter of John Gotthard and Christina Winrich. nesses were Nicholas Hansen and Maria Gebus. S. Rohr

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Theisen, daughter of Ferdinand Theisen and Anna Meirer.


4. On the 18th of May I united in matrimony Johlrn Briscius. son The witnesses were Ferdinand Theisen and Maria
of Peter Briscius and Maria Weisherding. and Anna Maria Weisenberger. S. Rohr
Schneider, daughter of John Joseph Schneider and Anna
Maria Koltz [Boltz?]. The wimesses were Michael and 9. On the 14th of September I united in matrimony Francis
Margaret Schneider. S. Rohr Weisenberger, son of Philip Weisenberger and Margarita
Bohlinger, and Elisabeth Westlein, daughter of Caspar
5. On the 17th of November I united in matrimony George Westlcin and Maria Hicser. The witnesses were Ludwig
Adank. son of Luo Adank and Martha Baertsch, and An na Zeller and Mina Schmitz. S. Rohr
Kcnnebek, daughter of John Kennebek and Christina
Hegmann. The witncsse.~ were Christian Nicolai and 10. On the 9th of November I united in matri mony Michael
Catharine Kenuebck. S. Roh r Cizak. son of Anthony Cizak and Barbara Stawinska, and
Albina Cosub, daughter of Goannis Cosub and Philippina
Cuz.vara. The witnesses were August Conchella and
Elisabeth Reuter. S. Rohr

I. On the I I th of February I united in matrimony Adolph 11. On the 16th of November I united in matrimony Lawrence
Rebhahn, son of P. Val. Rebhahn and Catharine Mallinger, Kncsoh, son of Thomas Knesoh and Maria Rooholonka,
and Magdalena Salvey, daughter of Sebastian Salvey and and Francisca Brandt, daughter of Joseph Brandt and Maria
Caroline Baumann. The witnesses were Ludwig Salvey and Remus. The witnesses were Anton Rotering aJ1d Johanna
An na Rebhahn. S. Rohr Brandt. S. Rohr

2. On the 16th of February I united in matrimony Joseph Michael


Reuter. son of Michael Reuter and Eva Seibel, and Theresa
Gass. daughter of Matthew Gass and Catharine Boycrle.
The witnesses were Sebastian Martin Gass and Josephina I . On the 4th of January I united in matrimony William William,
Reuter. S. Rohr son of John William and Margaret Waldeker, and Helen
Fink, daughter of Anthony Fi nk and Margaret Bramberg.
3. On the 8th of February I united in matrimony Peter Rebhahn, The witnesses were Henry Fink and Mina Schmitz. S. Rohr
son of Panorati Valentin Rebhahn and Anna Cathari ne
Mallinger, and Susanna Anna Wismolek, daughter of Jacob 2. On the I st of February I united in matrimony John Fleming,
Wismolek and Anna Lohrz. The witnesses were Alberto son of Michael Fleming and Elisabeth Burns, and Helen
Wismolek and Catharine Rebhahn. S. Rohr Waters, daughter of Matthew Waters and Julia Howard. S.
Rohr
4. On the 7th of April I united in matrimony Francis Huett! and
Maria Isabella Elisabeth ForsighL The witnesses were John 3. On the 16th of May I united in matrimony Ferdinand Theisen,
Ludwig and Joseph Stener. S. Rohr son of Ferdinand Theisen and Anna Meyrer, and Anna
Conchella, daughter of Francis Conchclla and Rosa Sebek.
5. On the 3rd of May I united in matrimony John Michael The witnesses were August Conchella and Agnes
Schneider, son of John Joseph Schneider and Maria Koltz, Conchella. S. Rohr
and Helen Briscius, daughter of Peter Briscius and Maria
Weiherding. The witnesses were Christian Kothenbach and
Maria Schneider. S. Rohr Book of Burials with Pa.~tor

6. On the I I th of May I united in matrimony Joseph Susa, son Ilurial Without a Priest Being Prc.~cnt:
of Albert Susa and Hedwig Galuska, and Susanna
Weisenberger. daughter of Jacob Weisenberger and I. Herman, son of Henry Dillman or little Waumandee, and
Constantine Seidenstahl. The witnesses were Franz Gertrude, born June 10, 1857, died June October 10, 1865
Li~owski and Maria Weisenberger. S. Rohr and was buried October 12, 1865 . L. Lay

7. On the 8th of June I united in matrimony Heinrich Rotering. 1867


son of Anthony Rotering and Gertrude Hinker, and Maria I. On September 29, 1867 Lina, daughter of" Henry and Gertrude
Rotering, daughter of Gerhard Rotering and Maria Dillmann of Little Waumandee, died. She was born on June
Kennebek. The witnesses were Anton Rotering and Rosina I0, I866 and was buried on October I. 1867. L.
Rotering. S. Rohr Spitz.I berger

8. On the 24th of August I united in matrimony John Knop. son 2. On November 27, 1867, Gcnrude. daughter of Joseph and
of Nicholas Knop and Catharine Stieber, and Maria Catharine Hiller, died. She was born on July 25, 1864 and

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was buried on November 29. 1867. 3. On May 29 Maria Elisabeth Hoevel died and was buried on
May 31. She was born 36 years ago. L. Lay
3. On November 27, 1867, Theodore, son of Andrew and
Caiharine Hiller. died. He was born on Ociober 5. 1865 and 4. On June 13 Magdalena Daeschcr died and wa_~ buried on June
was buried on November 29, 1867. L. SpiLzlberger 15. She was born 2 years and 6 months ago. L. Lay

4. On December 3, 1867, Anna Lochner died. She was born in 5. On October 7 Johanna Fi1zgcralcl died, and was buried on
18 15 and was buried on December 5, 1867. L. Spilzlberger October 9. She was born I year and 3 months ago. L. Lay

L868 6. On September 30 Christina MUnch died and was buried on


I. On February 3, 1868, Caspar Schmitz died. He was born in Oc1ober 2. She was 18 mon1hs old. L. Lay
1834 and was buried on February 7, 1868. L. Spitzlbcrger
7. On December 19 Franciscus Skroch died and was buried on
2. On May 19. 1868, Gertrude Maier, daughter of John Pe1er December 21. He was 3 momhs old. L. Lay
Maier, died. She was born in 1783 and was buried on May
2 1. 1868. L. Spitzlberger .1.8n
I. On March 30 Gesina Rotering, wife of Henry Rotering, died
!l!.62 and wa_~ buried on April 2. She was 23 years and 3 months
I. On October 18, 1869, Amhony Oening died. He was born in old. L. Lay
1809 and was buried on October 20. 1869. L. Lay
2. On April 8 Elisabeth Schmi11knecl11, wife of Andrew
2. On December 20, 1869, Rosina Ne1h died. She was born in Schmittknecht. died and was buried on April JO. She was
1868 and was buried on December 22. L. SpiLzlberger 45 years old. L. Lay

3. On February 2, 1869, Joseph Arpagaus died. He was born 3. On April 8 Maria, daughter of Andrew and Elisabeth
four years ago and was buried on February 4 al S. Schmittlmecht, died and was buried on April 10. She was
Bonifacius. L. SpiLZlberger 15 years old. L. Lay

4. On February 8, 1869, a child of John Kennebeck died. He was 4. On April 28 Henry Hoevel. died and was buried on April 30.
born fou r years ago at S. Bonifacius. L. Spitzlberger He was 47 years old. L. Lay

1870 ill:!
I. On January 20 Manhew MiiUer died. He was born three years I. On Jan uary 17 Ludovicus Fleishbein died and was buried on
ago at S. Bonifacius. L. Lay January 19. He was 32 years old. L. Lay

2. On March 25 Johanna Rotering died and was buried March 2. On February 13 Manhew Mergener died and was buried on
27. She was born one year and 4 months ago. L. Lay February 16. He was 58 years old. L. Lay

3. On Augusl 11 Angela Rotering was buried. She was born len 3. On March 2 Joseph Andrew Zel ler died and was buried on
days ago. L. Lay March 3. He was 4 months old. L. Lay

4. On August 21 Caspar Werstlein was buried. He was born one 4. On March 30 Matthew Prolitlien died and was buried on April
month ago. L. Lay I. He was 48 years old. L. Lay

5. On September 15 Caspar Neth died and was buried on 5. On April 29 Magdalena Reuter died. and on April 30 was
September 16. He was born nine years ago. L. Lay buried. She was 42 years and I0 monlhs old. L. Lay

6. On Augus1 14 Anna Maria Wiirs1lein died and was buried on 6. On May 31 Joh n WilHam Schmi11knech1 died, and on June I
Augus1 15. She was born 33 years ago. L. Lay was buried. He was 20 years, 5 momhs and 15 days old. L.
Lay

1871 7. On July 19 Peter Theisen died, and on July 2 1 was buried. He


I. On April 19 Caspar Nelh died and on Apri l 2 I he was buried. was 56 years old. L. Lay
He was 8 1 years, 6 months old. L. Lay
8. On August 29 Maria Riple died, and on August 31 was buried.
2. On May 2 1 Maria Gertrude Zeller died and was buried on She was 53 years old. L. Lay
May 22. She was 9 years and 11 months old. L. Lay
9. On October 4 Joseph Gross died. and on October 6 was

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buried. He was 3 months and I I days old. L. Lay Im


I. On March 16 Anna Elisabeth Hoevel died. and was buried on
10. On November 27 Magdalena Arpagaus died, and on March 18. She was 4 months old. L. Lay
November 30 she was buried. She was 6 months old. L.
Lay ml
I . On March 9 Gertrude Tillman died, and was buried on March
~ 12. She was 57 years, 6 months old. L. Lay
I. On February 5 John Hiller died. and on February 8 was
buried. He was 45 years old. L. Lay 2. On March 9 John Philippi died. and was buried on March 11.
He was 88 years. 4 months old. L. Lay
2. On February 9 Agatha MUiier died. and on February 11 was
buried. She was 16 years old. L. Lay 3. On April 9 Mard1ew Waters died. and was buried on April 11.
L. Lay
3. On March 12 Daniel Considine died, and was buried on
March 14. He was 77 yea rs old. L. Lay 4. On April 22 Sophia MUiier died, and was buried on April 24.
She was 56 years old. L. L;1y
4. On May 18 Anna Willers died, and on May 20 was buried.
She was 4 months old. L. Lay 5. On May 23 Gertrude Hoevel died, and was buried on May 26.
She was 17 years old. L. Lay
5. On June 3 Peter John Maier died, and on June 5 was buried.
He was 9 1 years old. L. Lay 6. On July 26 Lawrence Hogan died, and was buried on July 28.
He was 74 years old. L. Lay
6. On September 5 Sister Anna L.P. F. died. and was buried on
September 7. She was 19 years old. L. Lay 7. On July 30 Rosa Arpagaus died, and was buried on August 2.
She was I year, 7 months old. L. Lay
7. On November I 0 Johanna (Riplc) Dacscher died, and was
buried on November 12. She was 30 years old. L. Lay 8. On August I Aemilius P. Arpagaus died, an<l was buried on
August 3. He was 6 months old. L. Lay
llZ.(i
I. On March 6 Jacob Gross died, and was buried on March 7. 9. On Sep1gember 17 John Joseph Ku esch died, and was buried
He was 3 months old. L. Lay on August 19. He was 5 months old. L. Lay

2. On August 27 Martin Milan died, and was buried on August 10. On December 27 Nicholas Gross died. and wac; buried on
29. He was 35 years old. L. Lay December 30. He was 19 years. 9 months old. L. Lay

3. On September 16 Johanna Katharine Arpagaus died, and was 18.Sl


buried on September 19. She was 2 years. 2 months old. L. I. On February 16 Katharine Ruppert died. and on February 18
Lay was buried. She was 77 years old. L. Lay

4. On September 23 Maria Magdalena Sendelbach died, and was 2. On August 25 Joseph Gass died, and o n August 27 was buried.
buried on Scpicmbcr 23. She was 7 days old. L. Lay He was 15 years, 6 months old. L. Lay

5. On October 5 Johanna Philippi died, and was buried on 3. On August 28 Ignatius Arpagaus died, and o n August 30 was
October 8. She was 82 years old. L. Lay buried. He was 4 months old. L. Lay

6. On December 8 Jacob Milan died, and was buried on 4. On December 10 An na Krunzcl died, and on December 12
December I 0. He was I 0 months old. L. Lay was buried. She was 19 years. 8 months old. L. Lay

1877 5. On December 21 Adelheid Ruppert died, and on December 23


I. On May 28 John Ri plc died, and was buried on May 30. He was buried. She was 3 yea rs. I month old. L. Lay
was I year, I 0 months old. L. Lay
.lW
2. On August 15 Lawrence Milan died, and was buried on I. On February 6 Anna Kncsch died, and on February 8 was
August 17. He was 25 years old. L. Lay buried. She was I month. 2 1 days old. L. Lay

3. On September 12 Franciscus Philip Roth died. and was buried 2. On July 22 Michael Nowak died. and on July 25 was buried.
on September 14. He was 19 days old. L. Lay S. Rohr

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3. On October 27, only through necessity. Jacob Sebastian


Weissenberger was baptized by his father on the day he 3. On January 15 Barbara Rotering Kutschel died. She was
died. He was born on October 19. 1883 and was buried on buried on January 17 at the age of 30 years. S. Rohr
October 29. S. Rohr
4. On September 17 Bernard ]\fartin Rotering, son of Herman
4. On November 29 Apollonia Fegen Wcissenberger was buried. Rotering and Catharine Zeller, died. He was buried on
She was born on October 9, I 856 and died on November 27, September 19 at the age of 4 months. S . Rohr
1883. S. Rohr
5. On November 14 Aloys Arpagaus, son of Joseph Arpagaus
1884 and Maria Arpagaus, died. He was buried on November 16.
I. On February 9 Jacob Knesch, son of Peter Knesch and S. Rohr
Catharine Brandt, died. He was buried on February 10. S.
Rohr 1886
I. On January 26 Anna Motschenbacher, daughter of Joseph
2. On May 13 Anna Margaret Keil. daughter of William Keil Motschcnbacher and Dorothy Friedmann, died. She was
and Sophia IvHiller, died. She was buried on May 15 and buried on January 28. S. Rohr
was 3 months old. S. Rohr
2. On Apri l 23 Anna Maria Scholtes, daughter of Peter Scholtes
3. On April 8 Rosina Fink, daughter or Jacob Fink and Helen and Francisca Lauch, died. She was buried on April 25 and
Reuter, died. She was buried on April 10. S. Rohr was 19 days old. S. Rohr

4. On April 7 Carolina Salvey, daughter of Bernard Salvey and 3. Caspar Foegen (50 years old) died on May 15 and was buried
Catharine Salvey, died. She was buried on April 10. S. on May 18 in Montana.
Rohr
4. Eva Foegen SchJattweiler died on Jul y 26 and was buried on
5. On April 8 Margarita Mi.iller Keil. wife of John Muller (22 July 28. S. Rohr
years old), died. She was buried on April 10. S. Rohr
5. Emma Josephina Ruppe11, born June 6, 1885, died on August
6. On April I 0 Catharine Salvey, wife of Bernard Salvey, died. 2 and was buried on August 3. S. Rohr
She was buried on April I 3. S. Rohr
6. John Joseph Dworshak, son of Peter Dworshak, died on
7. On May 2 Maria Anna Salvey, mother of Bernard Salvey, August 8 in Montana and was buried on August 10. S. Rohr
died. She was buried on May 4. S. Rohr
7. Robert Lee. son of Carl Lee and Susanna Boyle, died on
8. On May 14 Gallus Toma (56 years old), died. He was buried September 29 ( 18 days?) and was buried on October 1. S .
on May 16. S . Rohr Rohr

9. On August 14 Martin Milan, 78 years old. died. He was 8. Thomas Waters died on March 10 and was buried on March
buried on August 16. S. Rohr 12. He was 23 years old. S. Rohr

I 0. On September 8 Maria Anna Schneider, illegitimate daughter 1887


of Anna Maria Schneider, died. She was buried on 1. Arthur Ludwig Rotering, son of Herman Rotering and
September 10. S . Rohr Catharine Soller, died on January 30 and was buried on
February I. He was born on June I, 1886. Cause of death:
I I. On November 30 Maria Gass. 23 years and 8 days old, pneumonia. S. Rohr
daughter of Matthew Gass and CaLharinc Beyerle, died. She
was buried on December 3. S. Roh r 2. John Nepomuk Hermann, son of Joseph Kiihnhakl and Rosa
Schmitz, died on February 13 and was buried on February
12. On December 17 Susanna Gruenenwald, 63 years old, died 16. He was born on February I 8, 1887. (?) S. Rohr
and was buried on December 20. S. Rohr
3. John Maloney, died on February 17 and was buried on
1885 February 2 1. S. Rohr
I. On January I I baptized only out of necessity, Clara, daugh-
ter of Adam Diek and Mina Soldwcg, who died. She was 4. Katharine Hiller died on March 7 and was buried on March 9.
buried on January 5. S. Rohr C.1use of death: hydropsis. S. Rohr

2. On January 6 Joseph Ulmann, 21 years and lO months, died. 5. Helen Fink Remer died on March 19 and was bu1ied on March
He was buried on January 8. S. Rohr 2 1. Cause of death: apoplexia. S. Rohr

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Armin Rotering and Gertrude (nee Benning), who was born


6. Clara Exel. born 32 years ago, was buried on June 2 in on Jul y 5. The sponsors were John Kennebeck and Eva
Montana. W. Weckos Reuter. J.M. Wicker

7. Anna Hynos, born 46 years ago, was buried on May 3 1 in I 0. On the 2 I st of Augu st I baptized August, son of August
Waumandee. W. Wec kos Warzec ha and Frances (nee Starch), who was born on July
26. The sponsors were Albert Walezko and Paulina
8. J\llargaret Re ill y. born 24 years ago, died on June 28 in Michalec k. J.M. Wicker
Waumandee. W. Weckos
I I. On the 2 1st of August I baptized Maria An na, daughter of
9. Carolina Hager, born 50 years ago, George Hager, died on Matthew Dworschack and Anna Catharine (nee Theisen),
June 14 und was buried on June 19. W. Hackner who was born on July 31. The sponsors were John and
Maria Knop. J.M. Wicker
Book U
12. On the 2 Ist of August I baptized Clara, daughter of Albert
Baptisms - 1887 Wa lezko and Joanna (nee Schmea) [Smeija?], who was born
on Ju ly 23. The sponsors were Paul Lisowski and Eva
I. On the 17th of J uly I baptized Jacob Joseph, son of Joseph Duering. J. M. Wicker
Susa and Anna Susa (nee Weissenberger), who was born
Jul y 6. T he sponsors were Jacob and Constantina I 3. On t.he 21st of August I baptized Maria Catharine, daughter
Weissenberger. J.M . Wicker or John Joseph Schneider and Theresa (nee Stemper), who
was born on May 12. The sponsors were John Brixius and
2. On the 24th o r Jul y I baptized Matthew Bernard, son of Catharine Schneider. J.M. Wicker
Franc is Conchella and Rosa (nee Lebock), who was born on
May 20. The sponsors were Manhew Dworschak and Maria 14. On the 21st of August I baptized Maria, daugh1er of Michael
Knob. J.M. Wicker Cishak and Albina (nee Kosup), who was born on Jul y 20.
T he sponsors were Joseph Susa and Mathilda Reuter. J.M.
3 . On the 24th of Ju ly I baptized Emma Elizabeth, daughter of Wicker
George Hoga n and Margaret (nee Weissenberger), who was
born on June 17. The spo nso rs were Philip and Margaret 15. On Lhe 28th of August I baptized Anna Catbari.ne, daughter
We issenberger. J. M. Wicker of Francis Weissenberger and Theresa (nee Westlein), who
was born on August 6. The sponsors were Philip
4. On the 24th o r .July I baptized Bertha Carolina, daughter of Weissenberger and Elizabeth Bach. J.M. Wicker
Ca rl Uetz and Catharine (nee Wagner), who was born on
Jul y I. The sponsors were Bartholomew Dworschak and 16. On I.he 3 1st of October I baptized Thomas, son of Michael
Carolina Schne ider. .J.M. Wicker Waters and Helen (nee Flynn), who was born on October
26. The sponsors were Birgitta Flynn and John Thomas
5. On the 5th of August I baptized Matthew Christian, son of Flyn n. J.M. Wicker ·
Diederich Adank and Elizabeth (nee Kennebeck), who was
born on December 3. I 886. The sponsors were Jvlatthew 17. On the 6th of November I baptized John George, son of
Himdt and Maria Kennebeck. J.M. Wicker Andrew Gmcutzel and Bertha (nee Tillmann?), who was
born on July 3 I . The sponsors were George and Margaret
6. On the 7th o f August I baptized Maria, daughter of John Baum ann. J.M. Wicker
Hager and Manha (nee Bandle). who was born on June 7.
The sponsors were George Baumann and Carolina Hager. I 8. On the 20th of November I baptized Alfiieda Barbara,
J.M. Wicker daugh te r of Anton Dworshak and Ida Catharine (nee
Corton), who was born on October 25. The sponsors were
7. On Lhe 10th or August I bapLized Catharine Anna, daughter of Michael Schneider and Barbara Theisen. J.M. Wicker
John Hynes and He len (nee Shaughnessy), who was born on
Jul y 30. The sponso rs were Carl Hynes and Maria I9. On the 20th of November I baptized John, son of John
Shaughnessy. J .M. Wicker Brixius and Anna Maria (nee Schneider), who was born on
Nove mber 4. The sponsors were John Schneider and
8. On the 14th of August I baptized Dorothea, daughter of Ca tharine Tescher. J .M. Wicker [Married to Magg ie
William Ke il (a non-Catholic) and Sophia (nee Muller), Gallagher at Antigo, Wisconsin on Oct. I 5, 1908 in St.
who was born on Apri l 30. The sponsors were Philip .John 's Church)
Weissenbcrger and Gertrude Sclu-oedcr. J.M. Wicker
20. On the 20th of November I baptized tvlichael, son of John
9. On the I 5th of August I baptized Clara Anna, daughter of Kemler and Hedwig (nee Sinowski), who was born on

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October 24. The sponsors were John Michael Schneider January 4. The sponsors were John Schneider and Helen
and Theresa Schneider. J. M. Wicker [married April 20, Schneider. J.M. Wicker
1909 to Lizzie Marking. F. W. Weber]
7. On the 10th of February I baptized Herman Veronica, son of
21. On the 25th of November I baptized Ludwig John, son of Henry Rothering and Maria (nee Rothering), who was born
Adam Dick and Wilhelmina (nee Zollwick) [Salweg?J, who on December 26. The sponsor was Bernard Rothering.
was born on November 10. The sponsors were Fred J.M. Wicker
Krueger and Mruia Julianna Weissenberger. J.M. Wicker
8. On the I 3th of February I baptized John, son of John Waters
22. On the 11th of November I baptized Clara Josephina, daugh- and Maria (nee Hynes), who was born on January 14. The
ter of Joseph Arpagaus and Joanna (nee Hovel), who was sponsors were Patrick Waters and Catharine Waters. And
born on November I . The sponsors were William Fink and Helena Waters. J.M. Waters.
Maria Ruppert. J.M. Wicker
9. On the 15th of March J baptized Emil, son of Francis Heller
23. On the 25th of December l baptized Theodore Ollo, son of and Rosa (nee Strittmatter), who was born on September 8.
Bernard Henry Rothering and Maria Theresa Soden, who The sponsors were John Maschioski and Gertrude
was born on November 7. The sponsors were Nicholas and Mathausch. J. M. Wicker
Rosa Rotbering. J.M. Wicker
JO. On the 13th of April I baptized Astr. Anna, daughter of
24. On the 26th of December I baptized Maria Caecilia, daugh- Cornelius Lee and Susanna (nee Boyle), who was born on
ter of John Boltz and Susanna (nee Scholtes), who was born April 1. The sponsors were John Boyle and Maria
on December 14. The sponsors were Matthias Riple and Schmidtknecht. J.M. Wicker
Amalia Caecilia Zeller. J.M. Wicker [married Clifford C.
Cox a non-Catholic at Belfield, North Dakota Nov. 27, 11. On the 15th of April I baptized John, son of Peter Scholtes
1915) and Frances (nee Lauch), who was born on March 16. The
sponsors were John Scholtes whose representatives were
John Bolz and Agatha Riple. J.M. Wicker

I. On the 14th of January I baptized Philomon Genovcfa, daugh- 12. On the 22nd of April I baptized privately and without cere-
ter of Henry T illmann and Magdalena Zinsle, who was born mony Hennina Veronica, who was born on February W.
on January 3. The sponsors were Gallus and Philomena The sponsor was Hermina Rothering. J.M. Wicker
Zimsle. J.M. Wicker
13. On the 30th of April J baptized Birgitta Helen, daughter of
2. On the I 7th of Jru1uary I baptized Emil August, son of William Joh n Flynn and Catharine Clark, who was born on April 23.
Fritschler and Apollomja (nee Bach), who was born on The sponsors were Thomas and Maria Anna Nann. J.M.
January 9. The sponsors were August Paradowski and Wicker
Emilia Schmitz. .J.M. Wicker [married Dedcember 21,
1956 to Henry Severson, mixed religon, at SL Francis 14. On the 22nd of May I baptized Anna Maria, daughter of
Cabrini Church, 1440 North Imperial Highway, Los Adam Klein and Catharine (nee YOlger), who was born on
Agneles CA] March 15. The sponsors were George and Amalia Benning.
J .M. Wicker
3. On the 29th of January 1 baptized Valentin Jacob, son of Peter
Rebhahn and Susanna (nee Wismoleck), who was born on 15. On the 2nd of June I baptized Anna Margaret, daughter of
Jan uary 22. The sponsors were Jacob Wismoleck and Jacob Weissenberger and Constance (nee Seidenstahl), who
Catharine Rebhahn. J.M. Wicker was born on May 3 l. The sponsors were Jacob Fink and
Anna Margaret Fink. J.M. Wicker
4. On the 1st of February I baptized Peter, son of George
Schneider and Carolina (nee Hollenbach), who was born 16. On the 29th of June I baptized Helen, daughter of Peter Knop
this day February IsL The sponsors were Peter Fischer and and Frances (nee Uetz), who was born on June 3. The spon-
Francesca Knop. J.M. Wicker sors were George Schneider and Helen Zimmermannn, sub-
stituting for Carolina Schneider J.M. Wicker
5. On the 1st of February I baptized Barbara Eva, daughter of
Ferdinand Theisen and Anna (nee Heilig), who was born on 17. On the 15th of July I baptized Francis, son of August
December 24, 1887. The sponsors were Edmund Philip Warschccha and Francesca (nee Stasch), who was born on
Hellenz and Barbara Theisen. J.M. Wicker June 15. The sponsors were Albert and Joairna Waletcki.
J.M. Wicker
6. On the 1st of February I baptized Helen, daughter of Hubert
Schneider and Maria (nee Tescber), who was born on 18. On the 22nd of July I baptized Christina, daughter of George

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Adank and Anna (nee Kennebeck), who was born on June


17. The sponsors were John and Christina Kennebeck. J.M. 30. On the 21st of October I baptized John Joseph, son or
Wicker Francis Gusinski and Ludovica (nee Tamske), who was born
on September 20. The sponsors were Francis Buchala and
19. On the 29th of July l baptized Amal ia Constance, daughter Francesca Gamiske. J.M. Wicker
of Joseph Zeller and Maria (nee Weissenberger), who was
born on July 26. The sponsors were Jacob Fink and 30. On the 22nd of October I baptized Thee Pauline, daughter of
Constance Weissenberger. J.M. Wicker Wenceslaus K.reibich and Christina (nee Meinerz), who was
born on August 8. The sponsors were George Meincrz and
20. On the 19th of August I baptized Jacob Laurence, son of Paulina Rellich. J.M. Wicker
John Kondsiela and Florence (nee Kosup), who was born on
Jul y 24. The sponsors were Laurence and Hedwig 3 1. On the 28th of October I baptized Bernard. son of Armin
Kondschiela. J.M. Wicker Hoevel and Catharine (nee Gottban), who was born on
August IO. The sponsors were Bernard Hoevel and Maria
21. On the 19th of August I baptized Anna Cathari.ne, daughter Salvey. J.M. Wicker
or Ferdinand Theisen and Anna (nee Kondsiela), who was
born on July 25. The sponsors were August Kondsiela and 32. On the Ist of November I baptized Clara Amalia, daughter
Anna Catharine Dworschak. J.M. Wicker of Philip Weisenberger and Maria (nee Mallinger), who was
born on October 12. The sponsors were Martin and Amal.ia
22. On the 19th of August I baptized Helen, daughter of George Zeller. J.M. Wicker
Daescher and Catharine (nee Schneider), who was bom on
August 19. The sponsors were Peter Tescher and Helen 33. On the I lth of November l baplized Thomas Martin, son of
Schneider. J.M. Wicker Michael Hogan and Maria (nee Flynn), who was born on
October 19. The sponsors were Jacob Flynn and Maria
23. On the 2nd of September I baptized Ludivica Catharine, Flynn. J.M. Wicker
daughter of Adolph Rebhan and Helen (nee Salvey), who
was born on August 17. The sponsors were Ludwig Zeller 34. On the 2nd of December I baplized Maria Ludovica, daugh-
and Catharine Rebhan. J.M. Wicker ter of Jolrn Wismoleck and Susanna (nee Petz), who was
born on November 14. The sponsors were Jacob
24. On the 23rd of September I baptized Joseph Martin, son of Wismoleck and Ludovica Mayer. J.M. Wicker
Francis Hiuel and Isabella (nee Foresithe), who was born on
August 14. The sponsors were Martin and Amalia Zeller. 35. On the 9th of December I baptized Joanna Maria, born Lohr.
J.M. Wicker wife of Jacob Wismoleek who was born 60 years ago and
has received the Catholic faith . The sponsors were
25. On the 23rd of September I baptized Maria Christian, daugh- Pankratius Valenlin and Anna Catharine Rebhan. J.M .
ter or Diderick Adank (a non-Catholic) and Elizabeth (nee Wicker
Kennebeck), who was born on August 29. The sponsor was
Catharine Kennebeck . .J .M. Wicker 36. On the I.6th of December I baptized Maria, daughter of
Andrew Gruentzel and Elizabeth (nee Tillmann), who was
26. On the 23rd of September I baptized Theresa Antonia, born on September 13. The sponsors were Matthew and
daughter of Joseph Reuter and Theresa (nee Gass), who was Catharine Dworshak. J.M. Wicker
born on September · 15. The sponsors were Amon and
Ludovica Gass. J.M. Wicker 37. On the 16th of December I baptized Ida Magdalena, daugh-
ter of Nicholas Schliifer and Elizabelh (nee Theisen), who
27. On the 30th of September [baptized Thomas Emmet, SO il or was born on November 2. The sponsors were Joseph
Michael Tierney and Maria Anna (nee Gleason), who was Schlafer and Joanna Magdalena Theisen. J.M. Wicker
born on September 12. The sponsor was Catharine Lee.
J.M. Wicker 38. On the 26th of December I baptized Rosina, claugh1.er of
Ernest Guenther (a non-Catholic) and Rosina Mimietz. who
28. On the 2 1st of October I baptized Clara, daughter of Mathias was born on December 2. The sponsors were John
Riple and Agatha (nee Matschi), who was born on Kondsiella and Rosa Kondsiella. J.M. Wicker
September 27. The sponsors were John Joseph and Anna
Maria Schneider. J.M. Wicker

29. On the 21 st of October I baptized George Ferdinand, son of


Joseph Wuerstlein and Maria Theresa Theisen, who was I. On the 5th of January I baptized Nicholas Robert, son of
born on September 9. The sponsor was Elizabeth William Mattausch and Gertrude (nee Tillmann), who was
Weissenberger. J.M. Wicker born on November 29, 1888. The sponsors were Nicholas

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Bach and Magdalella Tillmann. J.M. Wicker I3. On the 25th of May I baptized Elisabeth Schaitel, born
Grehenbiihl?, wife of Joseph Scbaitel, who was born on
2. On the 6th of January I baptized Joseph Anton, son of Francis May 23, 184 I, and who was a Methodist and accepts the
Bohlinger and Eva (nee Roth). who was born on December Catholic faith . The sponsor was Anna Trattner. J.M.
5, 1888. T he sponsors were Joseph Weissenberger and Wicker
Elizabeth Bach. J.M. Wicker
14. On the 30th of May I baptized Jolm Elpha, son of William
3. On the 20th of Janu ary I baptized Caspar, son of Michae l Fink and Catharine (nee BuchmUller), who was born on
Chishak and Balbina (nee Kosup), who was born on May l. The sponsors were Anton Munch and Joanna
December 27, 1888. The sponsors were Caspar Reu ter and Averbeck. J.M. Wicker
Mathilda Reuter. J.M. Wicker
15. On the 30th of May I baptized Jacob, son of John Waters and
4. On the 20th of January I baptized Peter Stephen, son of Peter Maria (nee Hynes), who was born on May 7. The sponsors
Tescher and Maria (nee Schlattweiler), who was born on were Anna Hynes and Jacob Waters, whose vicar was
December 26, 1888. The sponsors were Peter Knop and Mathias Hesch . J.M. Wicker
Catharina Dwoshak. J.M. Wicker
16. On the 30th of May I baptized Anna Agnes. daughter of
5. On the 3rd of March I baptized Rosina Anna, daughter of Matthia5 Hesch and Agnes Drachowski, who was born on
Joseph Sendelbach and Magdalena (nee Zinsle), who was Apri l 8. The sponsors were Pancratius Va lentinus and
born on February I 3. The sponsors were Martin Zinsle and Catharine Rebhan. J.M. Wicker
Rosina Sendelbach. J.M. Wicker
17. On the 2nd of June I baptized William Francis, son of
6. On the 12th of March I baptized conditionally Anna Maria Nicholas Rothering and Rosa (nee Gruenewald), who was
Emilia, born Buchholz, wife of August Paradowski, who born on May I I. The sponsors were William Rothering and
was born 26 years ago a Lutheran, and has accepted the Anna Benning. J.M. Wicker
Catholic faith. The sponsor was Emilia Schmitz. J.M.
Wicker l8. On the 10th of June I baptized George, son of John Brixius
<.ind Anna Maria (nee Schneider), who was born on May 23.
7. On the 17th of March I baptized An na Maria Eleanor, daugh· The sponsors were George Daescher and Maria Schneider.
tcr of Matthew Dworschak and An na Catharine (nee J.M. Wicker
Theisscn), who was born on February 21 . The sponsors
were Ferdinand and Anna Theissen. J.M. Wicker 19. On the 16th of June I baptized Anna Julianna, daughter of
Timothy Waters and Alexa (nee Clark), who was born on
8. On the 17th of March 1 baptized Maria, daughter of Francis June 14. The sponsors were Thomas and Anna Clark. J.M.
Buchalla and Anna Maria (nee Karasch), who was born on Wicker
February 20. The sponsor~ were John Knop and Maria
Schneider. J.M. Wicker 20. On the 25th of June I baptized Albert Francis, son of Joseph
Susa and Susanna (nee Weisenberger), who was born on
9. On the 17th of March l baptized Nicholas, soll of George June 23. T he sponsors were Jacob Fink and He len Heinz.
Foegen and Margaret (nee Weissenberger) who was born on J.M. Wicker
March 5. The sponsors were Nicholas Weissenberger and
Maria Tescher. J.M. Wicker 21. On the 7th of July I baptized Conrad, son of Augustine Tikfer
and Albertina (nee Paradowski), who was born on June 24.
10. On the 19th of March I baptized .Jacob Phi]jp, son of Jacob T he sponsors were Francis Weissenberger and Catharine
Fink and Constantin (nee Wcisscnbcrgcr), who was born on Rebhan. J.M. Wicker
March 16. The sponsors were Philip Weissenberger <.incl
Constantina Weissenberger. J.M. Wi.cker 22. On the I l th of August I baptized Francis Leon, son of
George Baumann and Margaret (nee Salvey), who was born
I I. On the 5th of May I baptized Albert, son of Anton Rothering on Apri l 18, 1888. The sponsors were John Hager and
and Joanna (nee Brandt). who was born on March 30. The Sophia Hager. J.M. Wicker
sponsors were Nicholas Rothcring and Francisca Knesch.
J.M. Wicker 23. On the 11th of August I baptized Carl, son of John Hager and
Martha BandJe (a non-Catholic), who was born on June 5.
12. On the 19th of May I baptized John Francis, son of John The sponsors were George Baumann, Jr. and Carolina
Knop and Maria (nee Theisen). who was born on May I2. Hager. J.M. Wicker
The spo nsors were Fran c is Theisen and Catharine
Dworschak. J.M. Wicker 24. On the 11th or August I baptized Maria Helen, daughter of
Mi.c bael Waters and Ella (nee Flynn), who was born on

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August 8. The sponsors were PaLrick Flynn and Catharine and Catharine (nee Giesen). who was born on December 16,
Flynn. J.M. Wicker 1889. The sponsors were Joseph and Maria Zeller. J.M.
Wicker
25. On the 1st of September I baptized Gerhard Adam, son of
Henry Rothering and Maria (nee Rothering), who was born 2. On the 6th of January I baptized Elisabeth, daughter of
on August 15. The sponsors were Josephina Rotheri ng and George Bremer and Josephina (nee Reuter), who was born
Gerhard Rothering, whose substitute was Anton Rothering. on December 22, 1889. The sponsors were John
J.M. Wicker Schmidtknecht and Elisabeth Bremer. J.M. Wicker

26. On the 28th of September I bapLizcd Jacob, son of John 3. On the 19th of January I baptized Nicholas, son of Carl Uetz
Konter and Hedwig (nee Sinowski ), who was born on and Catharine (nee Wagner), who was born on Jan uary 17.
September 7. The sponsors were Jacob Fink and Apollonia The sponsors were Nicholas Wagner substituting for Peter
Fritschler. J.M. Wicker [married Hilda Matiak Nov. 12. Dworschak and Elisabeth Dworschak. J.M. Wicker
1949 at St. Wenceslaus Rectory. La Crosse, Wis.)
4. On the 19th of January I baptized Agnes, daughter of Alben
27. On the 29th of September I baptized Helen Margaret Waletcki and Johanna (nee Schmea), who was born on
Christina, daughter of Paul Duda and Carolina Zappe, who January 5. The sponsors were John T hyrine and Anna
was born on June 2. The sponsors were Margaret Wolf and Lysowski. J.M. Wicker
Christian Wolf. J.M. Wicker
5. On the 17th of February I baptized Nicholas Carl, son of
28. On the 17th of October I baptized Anna Catharine, daughter Ferdinand George Theisen and Anna (nee Heilig), who was
of Anton Munch and Joanna (nee Averbeck), who was born born on January 28. The sponsors were Nicholas Schlaefer
on October 16. The sponsors were Joh n Peters and and Maria Wlirstlein. J.M. Wicker
Catharine Averbeck. J.M. Wicker
6. On the 23rd of February I baptized Maria Alma, daughter of
29. On the 2nd of November I baptized (privately) John, son of Joseph Reuter and Theresa (nee Gass). who was born on
Jose ph Zeller and Maria (nee We isenberger). \vho was born February 17. The sponsors were Martin Gass and Maria
on the same clay. The sponsor was Joanna Maria Wismolek. Schmidtknecht. J. M. Wicker
J.M. Wicker
7. On the 9th of March J baptized Anton, son of tvlichael
30. On the 24th of November I baptized Elizabeth Gertrude, Stell maeh and Rosa Woitasek, who was born on January 3.
daughter of Bernard Rotheri ng and Helen (nee Gerlach), The sponsors were Bernard H. Rothering and Rosina
who was born on October I 0. The sponsors were Henry Marking. J.M. Wicker
Gerlach and Gertrude Rothering. J.M. Wicker
8. On the 16th of March 1 baptized Joseph Julian, son of John
31. On the I st of December I baptized Antonia Clara, daughter Kondsie la and Florentine (nee Kosup), who was born on
of Martin Zeller and Amalia (nee Rebhan), who was born on January 23. The sponsors were Ignatius Kondsiela and
November 7. The sponsors we re Philip Bohlinger and Hedwig Kondsiela. J.M. Wicker
Amalia ZeUer. J.M. Wicker
9. On the 7th of April I baptized Clara Margarita, daughter of
32. On the I Ith of December I baptized William Raymond, son Peter Tescher and Maria Schlatl\veiler, who was born on
of John Flenuning and Helen (nee Waters), of Mondovi, St. March 17. The sponsors were George Foegen, Jr. and
Patrick's Congregation. He was born on November 30. The Margarita Foegen. J.M. Wicker
sponsors were John and Maria Waters. J .M. Wicker
10. On the 7th of April I baptized Armam Maria Barbara, daugh-
33. On the 22nd of December I baptized Joseph. son of Henry ter of Ferdinand Theisen, Jr., and Anna (nee Kondsiela),
Tillmann and M.agdalena (nee Zinsle), who was born on who was born on March 26. The sponsors were Matthew
December 14. The sponsors were Martin Zinsle and Dworschak and Barbara Mathilda Theisen. J.M. Wicker
Elisabeth Scbaitel. J.M. Wicker
11. On Lhe 8th o f April I baptized Elisabeth Josephina, daughter
34. On the 25th of December I bapti zed Maria, daughter of of Franc is Reuter and Magdalena (nee Ziegenwe id), who
Joseph Hitt! and Julianna Hirschberg, who was born on was born on March 17. The sponsors were Joseph Reuter
November I . The sponsors were Joseph Wolf and Maria and Josephina Rothering. J.M. Wicker
Kennebeck. J.M. Wicker
1.2. On the 18th of April I baptized Rosa Cathari ne , daughter of
Martin Gass and Ludovica Weigel, who was born on April
12. T he sponsors were Matthew Gass and Rosa Weigel.
I. On the 6th of January I baptized August. son of Ludwig Zeller J.M. Wicker

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25 a. On the l5th of October l baptized Julius the son of Anton


13. On lhe 20th of April I baptized Edward, son or George Zinel and Maria Dick who was born on born on the 29th of
Schneider and Caroline (nee Hollenbach), who was born on August. Tbe sponsors were Charles Ruppert and Elizabeth
April 9. The sponsors were Edward and Magdalena Hei nz. Bach.
J.M. Wicker
25 b. On the same day I baptized Julia, daughter of the above,
14 . On the 20th of April I baptized Ferdinand, son of John Bolz whose sponsors were Heinrich Tillmann and Apollonia
and Susanna (nee Scholtes), who was born on March 26. Fritschler. [She married John I-lollen on Nov. 3, 1927 by
The spo nsors were Ferdinand Hansen and Elisabeth Rev. W. T. Hackner, witnesses were Julius and Lillian Zittel,
Schliifer. J.M. Wicker at Mondovi, Wisconsin . .I. D. Anibas]

15. On the 20th of Apiil I baptized Angela Frances, daughter of 26. On the 5th of November I baptized Helen, daughter of
George Dascher and Catharine (nee Schneider), who was William Mauausch and Gertrude (nee Tillmann), who was
born on April 17. The sponsors were John Joseph Schneider born on July 2 l. The sponso rs were John Philip and
and Frances Knop. J. M. Wicker Johanna Arpagaus. J.M. Wicker

16. On the I st of June I baptized Ludovica Sophia, daughter of 27. On the 30th day of November I baptized John Valentin, son
Nicholas Salvey and Aunastasia Arnold, who was born on of Matlhew Hesch and Agatha (nee Dracbovski), who was
May 3. The sponsor was Susanna Gehbus. J.M. Wicker born on November 4. The sponsors were Pancratius
Valentin and Catharine Rebhan. J .M. Wicker
J7. On the 131h of June J baptized ( priva1ely) Jacob, son of
William Fritschler and Apollonia (nee Bach), who was born 28. On the 21st day of December I baptized John Gregory, son of
on this day. T he sponsor was Elisabeth Bach. J.M. Wi cker Matthew Dworschak and Catharine (nee Theisen), who was
born on November 17. The sponsors were John Knop and
18. On the 15th of June I baptized Anton Joseph Marian, son of Maria Tescher. J.M. Wicker
John Knop and Malia (nee Theisen), who was born on June
3. The sponsors were Ferdinand, Jr. and Anna Theisen. 29. On the 26th of December I baplized Anna Maria Mathilda,
J.M. Wicker daughter of N.icholas Schliifer and Elisabeth (nee Theisen),
who was born on December 10. The sponsors were
19. On the 28th day of June l baptized George Joseph, son of Ferdinand George Theisen and Mathilda Theisen. J.M.
George Foegen and Margaret (nee Weisenberger), who was Wicker
born June 22. The sponsors were George Schneider irnd
Barbara Theissen. J.M. Wicker

20. On the 6th of July I baptized privately Jacob. son of William 1. On the 2nd of January I baptized (privaiely) Carl William, son
Fritschler and Apollonia (nee Bach), who was born on June of Jacob Fink and Constance (nee Weisenberger), who was
13. The sponsors were Jacob and Constance Fink. J.M. born on January I. The spo nsor was Apollonia Fritschler.
Wicker J.M. Wicker

21. On July 13 l baptized William Philip, son of Francis 2. On the 25th day of .January I baptized Agnes Rosina, daugh-
Weisenberger and Elisabeth (nee Wuerstlein), who was born ter of Heru·y Rothering and Maria (nee Rothering), who was
on June 23. J.M. Wicker born on December 19, 1890. The sponsors were Anton
Rothering and Rosina Rothering. J. M. Wicker
22. On the 17th of August I baptized John, son of Hubert
Schneider and Maria (nee Dascher), who was born on 3. On the 27th day of .lanu•u·y I baptized Carl William in a
August 4. The sponsors were John Knop and Maria private baptism. so n of Jacob Fink and Constance
Schneider. J.M. Wicker Weisenberger, who was born on the first of this month. The
sponsors were \:Villiam and Anna Hauert who were repre-
23. On the 17th of August I baptized Peter, son of John Brixius sentatives for Apollonia Fritschler. J.M. Wicker
and Anna Maria (nee Schneider), who was born on Jul y 3 1.
The sponsors were Francis Daescher and Anna Guzinski. 4. On the 8th of February I bap1jzecl Henr y Ono, son of Francis
J.M . Wicker Bohlinger and Eva Roth, who was born on November 23,
1890. The sponsors were John and Rosina Schmidtknecht.
24. On the 281.h of September I baptized Anna Susanna, daughter J.M. Wicker
of Michael Chishak and Alvina (nee Kosup), who was born
on September 15. The sponsors were Joseph and Susanna 5. On 8th of February I baptized Anna Josephina, daughter of
Sussa. J. M. Wicker Joseph Reuter and Theresa (nee Gass), who was born on
January 3 1. The sponsors were Francis Reuter and

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Catharine Gass. J.M. Wicker March 12. The sponsors were Peter Tesc her and Maria
Anna Tescher. P. Aires
6. On the 8th of February I baptized Anna Josephina, daughter
of Joseph Reuter and Theresa (nee Gass), who was born on 18. On the 21st of June I bap1ized John George, who was born on
January 31 . The sponsors were Francis Reuter and June 9. son of Joh n Petz and Maria (nee Hoveswill). The
Catharine Gass. J.M. Wicker sponsors were Joh n Wismolek and Susanna Wismolek (born
Petz). P. Alfes IHe got married on Jul y 2. 1949 LO Marie
7. On the 22nd of February I baptized Rubey Agnes, daugh ter of Hoffmann a l St. John's Marschfield, Wis. M. Kelnhofer]
John Tierney and Maria (nee McCabe). who was born on
February 12 in Winona. MN. The sponsors were Michael 19. On the 2 1st of June I baptized An ton. born on June 1st. son
Tierney and Margaret McCabe. J .M. Wicker of Joseph Hliuel and Julia Weitersek. The sponsors were
Nicholas Rothering and Auffontie? ?. P. Alfes [married LO
8. On the I st of March I baptized Maria Magdalena, daughter of Augusta Zeller Oct. 22. 19 12? 1
Ado lf Rebhan and He len (nee Salvey), who was born on
February 2. The sponsors were Frederick Rebhan and 20. On the 2nd of August I baptized Maria E. Ottilia, born on
Catharine Sendclbach. J.M. Wicker July 13, daugh te r of William Fink and Catharine
Buchmiller. The sponsors were Jacob Fi nk and Maria
9. On the 15th of March I baptized John Casimir, son of Ruppert. lMarried Ono Olson on October l2, 1909] P. Alfes
Laurence Pe llowski and Augusta, born Tamske, who was
born on March 4. T he sponsors were Francis Guzinski and 2l. On the 2nd of August I baptized Oni lia, born J uly 3 1, daugh-
Anna Guzinsk i. J.M. Wicker ter of Michae l Waters ;rncl Eleo nora Flynn. The sponsors
were Jacob Waters and Ca tharine Waters. P. Alfes
10. On the 15th or March I baptized Roman Francis, son of
Joseph Wuerst.lcin and Anna Maria Elisabeth (nee Theisen), 22. On the 15th of August I baptized Joseph Laurence, son of
who was born on February 28. The sponsors were Francis Bernard Henry Rothering and Maria Lope ISope?, Soppa?),
Weisenberger and Anna Magdalena T he isen. J.M. Wicker who was born on July 2 1. The sponsors were Bernard
Rothering and Maria Rothering. P. Alfes
11. On the 17th of March I baptized Elhel Agnes. daughter of
Michael Hogan and Maria (nee Flynn), who was born on 23. On the I 5th of August I baptized Catharine Maria, daughter
February 23. The spon~ors were Michael and Helen Waters. of Martin Gass and Louisa Weigel, who was born on August
J.M. Wicker 8. The sponso rs were Wenzel We igel and An na Catharine
Ga'>s. P. Alfes
12 . On the 22nd of March I baptized Maria Helen, daughter of
Francis Hue11J and Isabella (nee Hovesythe). who was born 24. On the 30th of August I baptized John. son of John Hagen
on January 25. The sponsors were Joseph Huett] and Maria and Mart ha Bandle, who was born on June 30. The spon-
Helen Ludwig. J.M. Wicker sors were Amon Zinel and Margaret Wolf. P. Alfes

13. On the 26th of March I baptized John, so n of John Waters and 25. On the 30th of August I bapti zed Alfred, son of Francis Heller
Maria (nee Hynes). who was born on March 6. The spon- and Rosa (nee Strillmau er). who was born July 26, 1889.
sors were Edwa rd and Winnefri ecl Lee. J.M. Wicker The sponsors were George Baumann and Caroline Hager. P.
Alt'es [Noce change of' sponsors in #'26 below.]
14. On the 29th of March I baptized Marlin Michael, son of
Joseph Sende lbach and Magdalena (nee Zinsli), who was 26. On the 30th of August I baptized Alfred. the son of Francis
born on March 3. The sponsors were M.ichael Sendelbach Heller and Rosa (nee Strittmatter). T he sponsors were
and Anna Z insli. J.M . Wi cker Henry Tillmann and Magdalena Tillmann. P. Alfes

15. On the 5th of April I baptized William John, son oJ'William 27. On the 19th of .July I baptized Henry, son of George Foegen
Duffy and Anna. born l\iliil ler, in Dakota, who was born on and Margaret Weissenberger. who was born on June 30.
February 21. The sponsors were John Mliller and Rosa The sponsors were Henry Fellenz and Maria Theresa
Ktihnhackl. J.M. Wicker Fellenz. P. Alfes

16. On the 19th or April I ln11Jtized Anna Margaret, daughter of 28. On the 6th of September I baptized Hilda Gertrude, daughter
George Schneider and Carolina (nee Hollenbach), who was of Nicholas Rothering and Rosa (nee Gruenenwald), who
born on April 17. The sponsors were George and Margaret was born on Aug ust 22. T he sponsors were Henry
Foegen. J. M. Wicker Rmhering and Maria Theresa Rothering. P. Alfes

17. On the 18th o f May I baptized Matthew. son of Andrew 29. On the 6th of September I baptized John Adam, son of
Grenze l and Elisabeth (nee Tillman n). who was born on Francis Re iter and Magdalena (nee Ziegenweid), who was

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born on Augusl 25. The sponsors were John Adam Theresa Giesen. P. Alfes
Ziegenweidl and Rosa Reiter. P. Alfes
7. On the I 8lh of March J baptized Margaret Mathea, daughter
30. On ihe 13th of September I baptized Anna Ottilia, daughler of William Fritschler and Apollonia Bach, who was born on
of Michael Gass and Maria (Rebhan). The sponsors were February 19. The sponsors were Matthew Menninger and
Matthew Gass and Catharine Rebhan. P. Alfes [Married to Margaret Menninger. P. Alfes
Carl Nistler April 3, 1913 at Beach. North Dakota I
8. On the 20th of March [ baprized Catharine, daughter of Carl
3 1. On ihe 17th of October I. baptized Maria Ottilia, daughte r of Utz and Catharine Wagner, who was born on March 9. The
John Wismolek and Maria Susanna Petz, who was born on sponsors were Peter Dworschak and Catharine Schneider.
September 27. The sponsors were Ludwig Petz and Maria P. Alfes
Carolina Kiel. P. Alfes
9. On the 3rd of April [ baptized Helen, daughter of Philip
32. On 1he 26th of October I b<iptized Theodore, son of Anton Weissenberger and Maria Mallinger, who was born on
Rothering and .lohmm<i Brand, who was born on October I. February 25. The sponsors were Adolf Rebhan and Helen
The sponsors were Gerhard Rothering and Maria Rothering. Rebban. P. Alfes
P. Alfes
10. On the 18th of April I baptized Emma Paulina, daughter of
33. On the 29th of November I b<iptized Thomas Clarke. so n o f John Condozie lla and Florentina Condziella, who was born
William Clarke and Serafina Waters, who was born on on January 27. The sponsors were lgnaz Conclziella and
November 4. The sponsors were Timohy Waters and Anna Barbara Mathilda Theisen. P. Alfes
Alice Clarke. P. Alfes
11. On the 18th of April I baptized Francis Peter, son of
34. On the 21st of December I baptized Anna Carolina, daughter Ferdinand Michael Theisen and Anna Augusta Condziellla,
of Hubert Schneider and Maria Tescher, who was born on who was born on March 26. The sponsors were Francis
December 4. The sponsors were Jacob Schneider and Theisen and Hedwig Condziella. P. Alfes
Carolina Schneider. P. Alfes
12. On the 24th of April I baptized Joseph Carl, so n of Francis
Guzinski and Ludovica Temske, who was born on April 10.
The sponsors were Charles Riple and Agatha Riple. P. Alfes
I. On the 3rd of January I baptized Agnes Elisabeth, daughter of
Michael Ciszak and Alvina Kossule, who was born on 13. On the 24th of Apri l I baptized Anna Magdalena, daughter of
December 21, 1891. The sponsors were Philip Francis Puchalla and Anna Karasch, who was born on April
Weissenberger and Anna Susanna Susa. P. Alfes 12. The sponsors were John Knop and Magdalena Theisen.
P. Alfes
2. On the 17th of January I baptized Maria Catharine, daugh ter
of Ferdinand G . Theisen and Anna Heilig, who was born on 14. On the 25th of Apri l I baptized Adelheid Maria. daughter of
January 2. The sponsors were Joseph Wersllein and Nicholas Schlaefer and Elisabeth Theisen, who was born on
Catharine Dworschak. P. Alfes April 22. The sponsors were Peter Theisen and Maria
Werstlein. P. Alfes
3. On 1he 17th of January I baptized Victoria, daughter of Albert
Waletzki and Johanna Szmeija, who was born on December 15. On the 22nd of May [baptized Eva Wilhelmina, daughter of
28, 1891. The sponsors were John Thtiring and Anna John Schmidl.knecht and Maria Reuter, who was born on
Lisowski. P. Alfes April 18. The sponsors were Michael Senclelbach and Eva
Reuter. P. Alfes [She married Michael Bienusa on Nov. 22,
4. On the 14th of February I baptized Elva Maria, daughter of 1909, P. W.]
Francis Weissenberger and Elisabeth (nee Werstlein ), who
was born on January 30. The sponsors were Joseph H. 16. On the 29tl1 of May I baptized An ton Edward, son of Francis
Wcrstlein and Maria Werstlein. P. Alfes Bohlinger and Eva Roth, who was born on April 24. The
sponsors were Anton Gerlach and Anna Gerlach. P. Alfes
5. On the 21st of Febru<iry I baptized David Manin, son of
Martin Ludwig and Helen Maria O'Leary, who was born on 17. On the 4th of June I baptized Maria Magdalena, daughter of
January 8. The sponsors were Martin Zinsli and Philomena Anton Muench and Joanna Averbeck, who was born on
Zinsli. P. Alfes April 23. The sponsors were Friederick Muench and Maria
Magdalena Muench. P. Alfes [She married Henry Rotering
6. On the 17th of March I baptized Edna Theresa, daughter of August 8, 1914, and married Hubert Ristow, St. Lawrence
Ludwig Zeller and Catharine Giesen, who was born on Alma, 7/31no1
Febrnary 2. The sponsors were Herman Benning and

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18. On the 19th of June I baptized Anna Hedwig, daughter of 30. On the 4th of December I baptized John George, son of
John Konter and Hedwig Lisowsky, who was born on June Armin Hoevel and Katharine (born Gotthard), who was
8. The sponsors were John Bolz and Agatha Riple. P. Alfes born on August 24. The sponsors were Henry Tillmann and
Magdalena lillmann. P. Alfes
19. On the 28th of June I baptized Martin Matthew, son of Gallus
Zinsli and Anna (born Gass). who was born on .June 28 and 3 1. On the 8th of December [ baptized Elisabeth, daughter of
in a state of emergency. The sponsor was Matthew Gass. P. Edward Heintz and Magdalena Bach, who was born on
Alfcs December 4. The sponsors were Nicholas Bach and
Elisabeth Bach. P. Alfes
20. On the 10th of July I baptized John Joseph, son of Annin
Benning and Helen (born Wismolek). who was born on June 32. On the 19th of December I baptized Carl Clemem, son of
25. The sponsors were John Henry Benning and Louisa Anna Maria Dworshak, who was born on November 21.
Wismolek. P. Alfes The sponsors were Carl Uhtz and Catharina Ulm. P. Alfes

21. On the 10th of July I. baptized Fra nc i~ Allen, son of Timothy


Waien; and Alice Clark, who was born on July 6. The spon-
sors were Matthew Clark and Sara Clark. P. All'es I. On the 15th of February I baptized John Martin, son of Martin
Gass and Louise (born Weigl), who was born on February 9.
22. On the 4th of September I baptiz.cd George, son of George The sponsors were Gallus Zinsli and Maria Gass. P. Alfes
Adank and Anna (nee Kennebeck), who was born on August
17. The sponsors were Gerhard Rothering and Joanna 2. On the 19th of February I baptized Anna Maria Josefina,
Rothering. P. A.lfes daughter of John Knop and Maria (nee Theisen), who was
born on January 28. The sponsors were Matthew Dworshak
23. On the 10th of September I baptized (adult) Rosa Buehler, and Catharina Dworshak. P. Alfes
who was born on November 17, 1869, and daughter of
Christian Buehler and Margaret Druog. The sponsors were 3. On the 26th of February I baptized Helen Loretta, daughter of
Mathias Hansen and Elisabeth Hansen. P. Alfes John Waters and Maria (nee Hynes), who was born on
January 29. The sponsors were Michael Hynes and
24. On the 18th of September I baptized Joseph Ferdinand, son Katharine Waters. P. Alfcs
of Matthew Dworschak nnd Anna Catharine Theisen, who
was born on September 3. The sponsors were Ferdinand 4. On the 5th of March I baptized Olivia Magdalena, daughter of
George Theisen and Francisca Teschcr. P. Alfes Francis Michael Reuther and Maria Magdalena (nee
Ziegeweidt), who was born on February IO. The sponsors
25. On the 21 st of September I baptized Nicholas Matthew, son were Robert Gruenewald and Catharine Gruenewald. P.
of Nicholas Hansen and Rosa (born Buehler), who was born Alfes
on Sep1ember 21. The sponsors were Nicholas Weier and
Elisabelh Hansen. P. Alfes 5. On the 9th of April I baptized Rosa. daughter of Marchew
Hesch and Agnes Dracbowsky, who was born on February
26. On the 27th of September l baptized Maria Barbara, daugh· 22. The sponsors were PancraLius Valentin Rebhan and
ter of Henry Fellenz and Maria Theresa (born Ti.irk), who Anna Catharine. P. Alfes
was born on September 22. The sponsors were Ferdinand
George Theisen and Barbara Mathilde Consella. P. Alfcs 6. On the 2ht of May I baptized John Jacob, son of Michael
Czizak and Alvina (born Kossub), who was born on May 8.
27. On the 2nd of October I baptized John Michael, son of Joseph The sponsors were Jacob Fink and Constantina fink. P.
Susa and Susarnrn Weissenbcrger, who was born on Alfes
September 24. The sponsors were Michael Cz.izak and
Constantine Fink. P. Alfes 7. On the 2 1st of May I baptized Joru111a Eleonora, daughter of
John Henry Rothering and Maria (born Rotheri.ng). The
28. On the 23rd of October I baptized William, son of John Hager sponsors were Nicholas Rothering and Joanna Rothering. P.
and Martha Bandle, who was born on July 15. The sponsors Alfes
were Margaret Baumann and John Baumann. P. Alfes
8. On the 15th of June I baptized Maria Loretta, daughter of
29. On lhe 4th of December I baptized Peter Paul, son of Adolf Michael Hogan and Maria (born Flynn), who was born on
John Rebhan and Helen (born Salvey), who was born on May 19. The sponsor was Theresa Stell.er. P. Alfes
November 8. The sponsors were Peter Rebhan and Susanna
Rebhan. P. Alfes [married Anna Kelley in Seattle 9. On the 19th of J unc I baptized Maria Magdalena, daughter of
Washington on February 11 . 191 41 Martin Ludwig and Maria O' Leary, who was born on June
14. The sponsors were Gallus Zinsli and Magdalenae

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Berne!. P. Alfes Tescher, son of Peter Tescher and Maria Schladweiler, who
was born on September 17. The sponsors were M. Carl
10. On the 23rd of June I baptized Francis, son of Joseph Huet!I Dworschak and Amanda Elisabeth Fellenz. T. Willms
and Julianna (born Weiiasek), who was born on June 21. [married Susan Smazlik at St. Michaels in Sentinel Butte
The sponsors were Michael Stellmacher and Julianna North Dakota September 20, 1969]
Aufentie. P. Alfes
22. On the 17th of December I baptized in Montana, Thomas
11. On the 23rd of J une l baptized Julianna, daughter of Joseph Valetzki, son of Alben Valetzki and Johanna Schmia
Hucul and Julirurna (born Weitasek), who was born on June [Smeija?], who was born on December 14 . The sponsors
21. The sponsors were Joseph Weitasek and Henry were Michael KanL5Ch and Johanna Lisofski. T. Willms
Marki ng. P. Alfes
23. On December 22 l baptized Elizabeth the daughter of
12 . On the 16th of July l baptized Cecil, son of Andrew Gwentzel Michael Waters and Helen Flynn. T he sponsors were
and Elisabeth (born Tillmann), who was born on May 22. Agness Lee and Michael Klemper? T. Willms
The sponsors were Hubert Schneider and Maria Schneider.
P. Alfes

13. On the 4th of August I baptized Mathilda Francisca, daugh- 1. On the 14th of January I baptized William Robert Huittel, son
1er of Michael Gass and Maria Sibylla (nee Rebhan), who of Francis Huittel and Isabella Forseit, who was born on
was born on August 2 . T he sponsors were Pancratius Occober 13. The sponsors were Joseph Huiuel and Anna
Valentin Rebhan and Louisa Gass. P. Alfes Zinsly. T. Wi ll ms

14. On the 20th of August I baptized Amia Maria, daughter of 2. On the 14th of January I baptized Joseph Martin, son of
George Schneider and Carolina Hollenbach, who was born Gallus Zinsly ;rncl Anna Gaas, who was born on January 5.
on August 16. The sponsors were Gottlieb Karasch and The sponsors were .Joseph Sendelbach and Louisa Gaas. T.
Anna Magdalena Theisen. P. Alfes Willms

15. On the 27th of August l baptized Clara Maria, daughter of 3. On the 2 1st of January I baptized Maria, daughter of John
John Schmidt and Theresa Lorenz, who was born on ConzeUa and Flora Cossup, who was born on January 8.
February 9. The sponsors were Maria Buchmi.iller and The sponsors were Ferdinand M. Teisscn and Anna Teissen.
Jacob BuchmiiJler. T. Willms T. Willms

16. On the 29th of August I baptized William, son of John 4. On the 26th of Janu ary J baptized Otilia Helena , daughter of
Schmidtknecht and Maria Reuter, who was born on August John Weiss and Sophia Tahldorf, who was born on May 20,
26. The sponsors were Henry Tillmann and Susanna Lee. I 892. The sponsors were Joseph Wismoleck and Katharine
T. Willms Rebhahn. T. Willms

17. On the 3rd of September I bapti zed William Leon, son of 5 . On the I I th of February I baptized Ester Magdalena, daugh-
William Clark and Sara Waiers, who was born on Augus1 ter of Wi lliam Fi nk and Catharine Buchmiller, who was
10. The sponsors were William Clark and Sam Waters. T. born on December 21 , I 893. The sponsors were Peter Barth
Willms and Arum Ruppert. T. Willms

18. On the 3rd of September 1 baptized Susanna Boltz, daughter 6. On the 16th of April I baptized Anna Maria Margaret, daugh-
of John Boltz and Susanna Schultes, who was born on ter of Jacob Fink and Constantine Marga ret Weisenberger,
August 13. The sponsors were Peter Schultes and Susanna who was born on April 15. The sponsors were Philip
Zeimetz. T. Willms Weisenberger and Margaret Fink. T. Willms

19. On the 24th of September l baptized Agnes Rosalia 7. On che 22 nd of April l baptized Margaret Susanna, daughter
Stellmacher, daugbter of Michael Stellmacher and Rosalia of Ferdinand George Theissen ru1d Anna Magdalena Heilig,
Weinaneck, who was born on September 10. The sponsors who was born on April 2. The sponsors were Michael
were Josephina Rothering and Heinrich Marking. T. Willms Karasch and Susanna Sclu1eider. T. Willms

20. On the 8th of October J baptized William Frederick, son or 8. On the 30th of April I baptized Lillie Catharine, daughter of
Anton Mlinch and Johanna Averbeck, who was born on Herman Benning and Helen Wismolek, who was born on
September 10. The sponsors were Johanna Arpagaus and April 17. The sponsors were John Wismolek and Catherine
William Fink. T. Willms