Edited by

Edith (Persons) Korpi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Materials submitted by 'relatives'

and from obituaries, court and land records.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Copies of this book may be obtained from:

 

 

 

Mrs. Milton Korpi

310 Fenway Terrace

Manitowoc, Wisconsin 54220

 


 

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

 

 

Foreword                                            1

How to Use This Book                                2

Familie Hans                                        3

History                                             5

Moravian Church (Unitas Fratrum)                    9

Ebenezer Moravian Church                            11

Bethany Moravian Church                             l3

 

 

Generation 1 Joachim and Dorothea (Juhre) Hans        15

 

 

Generation 2

 

2- 1. Carl Martin Hans                         18

2- 2. Wilhelm (William) Hans                   19

2- 6. Ernstina (Hans) Witte Trachte            22

2- 7. Martin Julius Hans                       73

2- 8. Dorothea (Hans) Flath                    153

2- 9. Ernst Julius Hans                        251

2-10. Amalia (Hans) Wegener                    272

2-11. August Ferdinand Hans                    297

 

 

Head of the Family Index                       343

 

 

 

 


 

FOREWORD

 

 

Information in this history was primarily gathered from individuals on family history sheets. Some dates were verified by birth, marriage and death records, as well as county land records and census records. Moravian church records were also used since many of the descendants were members of this church.

 

Meta Nienow, granddaughter of Martin Julius Hans, began this history of the Hans family and had hoped to compile the history after many conversations with Emma (Hans) Trachte, granddaughter of Joachim Hans. I, Edith (Persons) Korpi, inherited Meta's notes upon her death. On the basis of those, this history became a reality. I, therefore, dedicate this book to her memory.

 

I am indebted to the pastors of the following churches:

Rev. Lorenz W. Adam of the Ebenezer Moravian Church, Watertown, Wisconsin; Rev. Franklin C. Jones of the Berea Moravian Church and Our Saviour's Moravian Church of Altura, Minnesota (the merged Bethany and Hebron churches); and the Rev. James H. Hughey of the Canaan Moravian Church.

 

We have used pictures as submitted. Ella Trachte loaned many pictures, which had been in the possession of Emma (Hans) Trachte. Mrs. Victor (Elsie) Nienow loaned pictures, which had been in the possession of Mary (Hans) Nienow. These have added much interest to this history. It is impossible to acknowledge all the relatives who have contributed, but I am deeply grateful for everyone's help.

 

I have attempted to acknowledge individuals who have helped with entire branches of the families by indicating those who compiled the history of those branches. One of the sad facts of life is that many who have helped have not been able to see the final product. One of those individuals is my cousin Ruth Nienow who helped in contacting the relatives from North Dakota.

 

A sincere attempt has been made to eliminate mistakes, and I apologize if there have been errors. This has been a hobby, which has spanned over twenty years of searching. One of the rewards has been getting to know 'relatives' whom I never would have had the opportunity of meeting, both in letters and face-to-face meetings. I hope all of you will enjoy the “fruits of our labors.”

 


 

HOW TO USE THIS BOOK

 

In order to avoid confusion, dates are written with the day of the month, the months written out, and the year following. All pictures are identified from left to right. The index only includes those who are married. Single people can be located through their parents.

 

The first number before the name is the generation number and the second number is the position of the child in the family. For the purposes of this book, generation 1 is Joachim and Dorothea Elizabeth (Juhre) Hans, who were married in 1814 in Fürstenfelde, Germany. The spelling of the name Hans is quite consistent -- the pronunciation indicates that it might have been spelled Hanss at some time.

 

The order in which the families appear is in chronological order: the oldest first, then other members in order of birth. For example: Carl, William, Ernstina, Martin Julius, Dorothea, Ernst, Amalia, and August Ferdinand.

 

 

 

Hans Background

 

We have been unable to find records which would indicate the name of Joachim's father and thus trace the ancestry back to Herrnhut in Germany. Meta Nienow corresponded with a Gerhard Hans in Herrnhut and from those letters we found the following:

 

 "Christian David Hans (born 1739) possibly father of Joachim Hans, and then he would be great-great grandfather of us and Elsie Hans (cousin of Gerhard??). Perhaps Joachim Hans was a brother of Friedrich Christian Hans who was the father of Elsie Hans's grandfather Carl Wilhelm Hans and the Ferdinand Hans she mentioned. Since your grandfather Johan was born in 1787, Friedrich and Christian 1773, they were only 14 years apart in age and may have been of the same family. Elsie's grandfather would be a nephew of Joachim Hans your grandfather."

 

We are including a biography of David Hans received from the Moravian Archives in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, together with a translation made by a descendant of Dorothea (Hans) Flath. Perhaps in the future someone will find records that will prove the descent.

 

 


Copy from “Alte Herrnhutter Familier” by Felix Moeschler


pp. 47-48 Herrnhutt 1922/24 received by Evelyn Kolek from the Moravian Archives in Bethelem, Pennsylvania.

 

 

 

 

 

FAMILIE HANS. (mahrisch)

(translation)

 

The Hans’s belong to the few; still today (Marichen Exulanten) these few, thru one of their forbears, keep a close relationship with the Marichen brehern as David Hans wrote in his Diary that he was told (when still a boy) by his great uncle that the wood in the granary (barn) was from the "last Brethrns Church in Stachenwald by Fulnek". The family stems from Zauchtenthal in Mahren, has an excellent record of bookbinding, printing and paper making and broadened itself outside the Brethrens Church at Brudergemeine to Wittenberg and Holland. To the members of this family belong the aforementioned David Hans, a carpenter and bookbinder, 19, 11, 1707 in Zauchtenthal and emigrated 24, 5, 1731 (two days after his parents) after he had earlier been subjected to four weeks of detention because of visiting the meeting of the Christian David Society at Hirshgrunt and Nesserdorf (where Bro. Schmidt lodged him) to Herrnhut. In 1732 he built a house (now Schumasher Schurter). In 1733 he was named the first keeper of the Hall; 1736 on the Ronneburg, 1737 in Berlin, 1738 in the service of the congregation was ordained (blessed), helper in the marriage choir and assistant to the ill and poor. 1775-82 the marriage choir. The bookbinding business belonged to his father George Hans (mother Barbara born Nitchman), learned masonry, carpentry and tailoring and it was to serve the Brethren then in hiding. While through the constant hiding of the books in the ground so much damage occurred that eventually they were lost.

 

He was honored and loved by all and called a true Patriarch and died in Herrnhut 29, 7, 1799 at the age of 91 years and 8 months.

 

23, 10, 1737 Rosina, born Teucher. daughter of Mathew Teucher and died 1758 and Maria Shulius (1738) in Hht 14, 4, 1716 in Kunewa1de in Mahren in 23, 2, 1783 in Hht she was a Deaconess in the Brethren Church. She had worked for the Graffin Heinrich news Ebersdorf and was lady-in-waiting to Contessa Maria of Zinzendorf, emigrated 1, 7, 1725 to Hht with her mother out of the prison as they had come as (Exulanten), 7 children born, 3 died before the father and there were 8 grandchildren; 8 died before the father. (Hht-Herrnhut)

 

Translated by Mrs. Herbert (Esther) Flath--1ast 8 lines not translated.

Mathes Hans born about 1570 from which the family Hans came to Herrnhut from Zauchenthal (or Zauchte1) in Moravia, the name today is Suchdol nad Odrou, CSSR.

 


 

 

HISTORY

 

At the time of the migration of the Joachim Hans family to the United States, economic conditions in Germany were poor. Prices soared in 1845-46 and there was extensive migration to other countries, especially the United States. The French February Revolution of 1848 had electrifying effects. Throughout the Germanies, demands were made for the abolition of the remaining feudal restrictions, for more religious toleration, for ministerial responsibility, and for freedom of the press. It was in this atmosphere that the group of which the Hans family were a part left Germany. The Lutheran Church was the state church for the area from which they migrated. Required military service was mandatory for all young men, and Julius was reported to have had to get permission to leave the military, and Ernst had also served in the Prussian Army according to family reports. After their migration, the families were Pacifists, and few served in the armed forces until WWII.

 

In Meta Nienow's notes she listed Furstenwalde as the birthplace of Joachim Hans. However, Giulio Vogliano wrote, "Our compiled information I got from a so called 'Ahnenpass', which was made and confirmed about 1940. There I found as birth place for Joachim not Furstenwalde but Fürstenfelde and I believe that this is correct because all these places: Zackerick, Alt-Lietze-goricke, Zellin, Fürstenfelde and Kalenzig are near together and they are behind the river Oder. ... I believe also, that the correct maiden name of Elizabeth (Joachim's wife) was Juhre and not Jurie (as recorded by Meta Nienow).

 

Fürstenfelde is now in Poland and the name has been changed to Boleszkowice. Thus far we were unable to trace Joachim's birth record as there seem to be no church records surviving. A search was made of the Evangelisches Zentralarchiv in Berlin; the Evangelische Kirche Der Union in Berlin; the Bund Der Evangelischen Kirchen in Der Deutschen Demokratischen Republik, and no church record was found. Since the Lutheran Church was the State Church at the time the Hans family emigrated from Germany, baptisms and marriages would have had to take place there. Perhaps other members of the family may have more success searching than we have had. Fürstenfelde is so close to Berlin it is thought that the church and records were destroyed in WWII.


 

 

In the "Ahnenpass" of the Hans family which Giulio sent, the name of Christian David appears, but not Joachim.  Had we been able to verify the lineage, descent could be traced to Mattes Hans who lived in Zauchtenthal. Christian David Hans was listed as a 'bookbinder'. Many on the Hans lineage were of this occupation as well as 'Papierhandler'. The name also was 1isted as Hanss.

 

Giulio Vogliano, in a letter dated 6 April 1982, wrote the following: "Hans Gutersohn, a grandson of Paul Hans's brother Emil Hans, visited this territory together with his grandfather, who died 27 March 1924 in Frankfurt a. Oder, in 1922. There they found no more families with the name Hans but there were existing married girls with the maiden name Hans.”

 

Additional Hans history which we have been unable to fit into the history at present:

 

In the 1860 index (census) of Watertown, Wisconsin, there is the following family listed:

 

Charles Hans age 46, born in Prussia;

Olerica Hans age 40, born in Prussia;

Louisa age 11, born in Prussia;

Amelia age 9, born in Wisconsin;

Frederick age 1, born in Wisconsin;

F. Kader age 65 (possibly parent to Olerica)

 

Living very near:

F. Hans age 23, born in Prussia;

Manistrello, age 21, born in Prussia;

Elizabeth, age 64, born in Prussia.

 

There is also:

Henry Hans with wife Fredrika.

 

Just as the migration from Germany to the United States took place because of religious, economic, political and social reasons, the migration of the Hans families within the United States followed similar patterns. It could be that the migration from Wisconsin to Minnesota took place because of the Civil War. Many from Wisconsin were engaged in that conflict and there must have been pressure for the Moravians to also participate. The Homestead Act of 1862 may have precipitated the migration to North Dakota and Nebraska. The migration to Canada again followed a search for free or cheap land.

 

Included in the following is a map of the Germanies as they existed at the time of the Hans migration. Also a portion of Germany -- East and West and Poland is included to show present day Furstenfelde.

 

 

 



The Germanies as they appeared when the Hans family migrated,

“Historical Atlas”, Wm. R. Shepherd 1956


 

MORAVIAN CHURCH (UNITAS FRATRUM)

 

Since the Moravian Church is a small denomination and some of the Hans 'relatives' may not be acquainted with it, I have included a summary of both the denomination and the congregations with whom the family have been associated.

"From the time of the first propagation of the gospel among them by Cyril and Methodius, the Bohemians and Moravians have stood for freedom in religion and in national life, and under the leadership of John Huss and Jerome of Prague they offered a firm resistance to the rule of both the Austrian Empire and the Roman Catholic Church. For several years after the martyrdom of Huss in 1415, and of Jerome in 1416, near Kunwald in Bohemia, an association was formed to foster pure scriptural teaching and apostolic discipline.

"In spite of continued persecution the union grew steadily, so that at the opening of the sixteenth century, before the German and Swiss reformations, it had about 11,000 adult male members in Bohemia and 100,000 in Moravia. Most cordial relations were maintained with Martin Luther and Jean Calvin, though no formal union with the German and Swiss churches was ever reached, and the Moravian confession of faith, published in 1535, had Luther's approval. In its organization the church was episcopal, having a supreme judge to reside in the assembly and a synod to decide matters of faith and discipline. Priests, living at first in celibacy, were ordained after the apostolic example, and pursued trades for their support. The administration of the congregations was in the hands of elected elders who had supervision over the church members, the women being under the control of matrons.

 

"The union proved to be strongest in the fields of education and literature. In nearly every large town the Moravian Brethren had schools and a printing house. Their greatest achievement, however, was the translation of the Bible into both the Bohemian and Moravian languages (completed in 1593).

 

"Meanwhile, the opposition of the Roman Catholic Church had increased, and the Thirty Years' War devastated the country. At its close in 1648, the evangelical churches of Bohemia and Moravia had been practically destroyed. Of the 200,000 members in those countries, large numbers had been put to the sword and others had fled into Hungary, Saxony, Holland, and Poland, in which countries, as well as in Bohemia and Moravia, they continued in scattered communities. The last bishop of the United Church, the famous John Amos Comenius, died at Amsterdam in 1670.

 

 

"In 1722 a small company from Moravia, followed later by others who cherished the traditions of their ancestral church, were permitted to settle on an estate of Nicholas Louis Count von Zinzendorf, in Saxony, where the village of Herrnhut was established. Colonists from Germany also joined, and an association was formed in which the religious plans of Zinzendorf and those of the Moravians were combined. The Protestant confession of the realm was accepted, and a distinct order and discipline, perpetuating elements of the old Moravian Church, was established under royal concessions. In 1735 the historical Moravian episcopate was transferred to the association by two surviving bishops of the old line who were filling state church positions, and the Unitas Fratrum, or Church of the Brethren, known at the present time in America as the Moravian Church, was established.

 

"The chief purpose of the church was to carry on evangelistic work in Christian and heathen lands. In accordance with this purpose, the first Moravian missionary came to Pennsylvania in 1734, and in the same year an attempt was made at colonization and missionary work in Georgia. David Nitschmann, the first Moravian bishop in America, who in 1732 had helped to found the first Moravian mission among the heathen in the West Indies, came to Georgia in 1735. Political disturbances ruined the work in Georgia, and in 1740 the colony moved to Pennsylvania. In 1741 Bishop Nitschmann and his associates founded the town of Bethlehem, and a little later the neighboring land belonging to the evangelist, George Whitefield, was purchased. This second settlement was named Nazareth. A cooperative union to develop the settlements and support missionary work was formed by the colonists and was maintained until 1762. All members labored for a common cause and received sustenance from a common stock, but there was no surrender of private property or of personal liberty, nor any individual claim on the common estate. Missionary work was begun among the Indians and also among the white settlers.

 

"In 1749 an act of the British Parliament recognized the Moravian Church as 'an ancient Protestant Episcopal Church.' This gave it standing and privileges in all British colonies; but its policy of doing undenominational leavening work, with the hope of furthering evangelical alliance, caused it to remain a comparatively small body. In subsequent years it was mainly active in cooperating with the European branches of the church in the conduct of missions among the heathens.

 

 

"Bethlehem, Nazareth, and Lititz, in Pennsylvania, and Salem in North Carolina, were organized in colonial times as exclusive Moravian villages, after the model of the Moravian communities in Germany, England, and Holland. During the years between 1844 and 1856 this exclusive system was abolished, and the organization of the church was remodeled to meet modern conditions. At the same time home missionary work was revived, and since then the membership of the church in the United States has grown rapidly." (1)

 

 

(1) "Souvenir of the Centennial", Ebenezer Moravian Church, 1853-1953.

 


 

EBENEZER MORAVIAN CHURCH

Watertown, Wisconsin

 

"Mid-nineteenth century Europe was being rocked by strife and revolution, and life in Germany was anything but pleasant for the common people, and children, many of whom were members of the State Church. In the 'Warthe' and 'Netz Bruch', sections of Brandenburg, Germany, a deacon from the Moravian Diaspora, Jachus Niedershoe and his wife, had aroused much spiritual interest and many were quickened to new life. Faced with increasing taxes, compulsory military service for their sons, and forbidden the right to build and establish a Moravian Church of their own, a group of these simple-minded, unsophisticated, agricultural people about thirty in number, joined the tide of German migrants to America, seeking greater spiritual freedom and better opportunities for themselves and their children.

 

"This pioneer band embarked in 1852 on a three-masted, freight sailboat, encountered a severe storm at sea during the eleven weeks trip, and feared for their lives when the three masts broke off. But the Lord miraculously saved everyone, bringing them at last to Castle Garden, New York. After enjoying Sunday dinner as guests of a doctor, a relative of some of the party's number (Dr. Ringer, a cousin of Julius Witte and Emilie (Witte) Hans), they boarded a train for Milwaukee, going by way of Buffalo where a valuable box of dry goods was lost. As the railroad did not yet run to Watertown, the final lap of the journey had to be done on foot and by ox or horse drawn wagon.

 

The infant city at this time had only a few houses and stores scattered about an open field, and all around there was a heavy stand of huge, virgin timber stretching for miles in every direction. Great elm, basswood, oak and maple grew in profusion; and in the shade of these gigantic trees to the south of Watertown our forefathers staked their claims, built their one or two room cabins, and began the tremendous task of clearing the land of timber, underbrush, and stones of which there were a generous supply.

 

"The life of the early settlers was difficult. While an abundance of fish of almost every variety was to be found in the Rock River, lying a half-mile to the west, and deer, bear and smaller game roamed the forest; it was some time before grain could be grown. Sickness was a frequent visitor, and unidentified fever striking the homes and especially the little children in them, taking a large number of little folk from the community. Money was very scarce, and about the only source the early settlers had was from the sale of wood ashes, sold at 7 cents a bushel for the making of soap, lye, soda, potash, etc., and from wages received from day laboring. They traded eggs for merchandise; and later when the railroad was built through and brick burning started in Watertown, hardwood sold for 75 cents a cord and opportunity for employment increased with the growth of industries. Meanwhile the soil was slowly being cleared; grain was planted, harvested by cradle cutting and hand bundling, threshed with a hand flail, and the chaff winnowed out on a windy day.

 

"As though to sustain them in their laborious utilizing of the opportunities in their new home, the Lord sent the Rev. John Frederick Fett into their midst. Our forefathers requested this pioneer home missionary, working among the German settlers of Milwaukee, to petition the Church's Headquarters at Bethlehem to send another home missionary to minister to them and other Germans in Jefferson County. This he did, and in the spring of 1853 the Rev. John Gottlob Kaltenbrunn, himself the product of the Diaspora work in Silesia and a former teacher and missionary there before coming to work amongst Moravians in New York City, arrived and started to minister in the vicinity of Watertown. Under God the beginning of our Moravian Church's Christian work in this neighborhood centers around the personality of this man -- a man of great energy, faithfulness and abounding love to God and man. From the days of his arrival in early May 1853, Father Kaltenbrunn, as he has come to be called, lived in a house owned by Brother Klatte. Here the first gatherings were held, and on June 17th the Congregation was duly organized, the official drawing up being in the hands of a notary public named Seabury. Those forming the membership of the Congregation, first called 'The Moravian Church in the Town of Watertown' were: Friederick Strehlow, Ludwig Klatte, Ferdinand Flath, Julius Witte, Joachim Hans, Carl Hans, Julius Hans, Gotthilf Strehlow, August Klausch, Gottfried Botzel, Jacob Klar, Friederick Gerbsch, and Gustaf Eberle. The last two named were from Watertown.

 

 

"In the fall of 1853 a long, low-roofed log house was built upon 10 acres of land owned by a certain Mr. Collins, this serving as a parsonage, schoolhouse, and gathering place for the Congregation. Meanwhile, following his enthusiastic reception and the extending of every inducement to settle, Brother Kaltenbrunn returned to New York and moved his own and the other German families he had been serving to the Watertown area, this with the help of the New York Home Missionary Society. By the following year the parsonage had become too small for the gatherings in as much as additional families were joining the Congregation right along. For that reason the thoughts of the people turned to the erection of a church. Because of the straightened circumstances of the settlers' finances, and because the Watertown brethren were thinking of forming their own congregation, it was not possible to carry out their plans without outside help. For this reason the pastor undertook a collecting journey among the congregations in the East. In many of these tangible interest was manifested, and about $500 were contributed toward the new project. Of this amount $40 was given for the purpose of buying a lot upon which they intended to build a schoolhouse.

 

"Dedication of the completed sanctuary took place on October 5, 1856.

 

"Who captured the 'firsts'? The first baptism recorded in the church register was that of Nanni Dorothea, daughter of Friederick Strehlow and his wife, Maria Dorothea Menge, born March 5, 1853, and baptized in the home of her parents on April 8, 1853. Her sponsors, the first for Ebenezer, were: Ludwig Klatte, Julius Hans and Dorothea Hans. The first confirmation Class occurred in the year 1856 and consisted of three young people: Gotthilf Theodore Buchholz, Friederick Mueller, and Elizabeth Straub. The first wedding was that of Martin Julius Hans, farmer in town of Watertown, born on March 23, 1827 in Saratoga, Brandenburg, Germany (son of Joachim Hans and Dorothea Jure), and Albertine Emelie Witte, born on February 18, 1830 in Ludwigsthal, Brandenburg. They were married on July 7, 1853, and the witnesses were Julius Witte and Ferdinand Flath. The first funeral was that of Joachim Hans, who died on June 13th and was buried June 15th 1853. He was one of those buried south of the parsonage, and later disinterred to rest on the hillside. The first regular church service was held Whitsunday, May 15, 1853, although the organization took place a month later on June 17, 1853. (1)

 

 

 

(1) Encyclopedia of German-American Genealogical Research, pp. 53-54.

 

 

Bethany Moravian Church History

1867-1967

 

"Bethany Moravian congregation was organized one hundred years ago after the arrival of a group of four Moravian families immigrating from Ebenezer, Wisconsin, to Minnesota, when the call of 'young men go west' was eminent and where they could purchase land at a low cost which was very rich and productive to raise crops. They needed wheat, corn, grain and hay to feed their horses and cattle, vegetables for the home, wood to burn, logs and lumber to build homes and shelter for livestock. These four families by the names of Ferdinand Strehlow, August Strehlow, William Buchholz, and Ferdinand Hans immigrated from Ebenezer, Wisconsin, Jefferson County, on March 9th 1864, to Winona County, Minnesota, by horse and wagon, arriving six days later on March 15th. They settled in the Northwest corner of Utica Township, calling the spot Bethany, where they purchased land, built homes, and served their Lord and Master by having services and prayer meetings in their homes until a chapel or meeting place could be established. Soon other groups joined them.

 

" ... This small group of four families purchased five acres of land from Ferdinand Hans for $160 and he donated five acres more making a total of 10 acres on which they built a chapel and parsonage, and provided space for a cemetery. On July 1, 1867, a joint chapel and parsonage was started and built by Rev. Reuswig who also was a carpenter and handyman, working five days a week until the building was completed. On July 6th 1867, a small group of 14 adults and three children met in the home of Ferdinand Hans, now the home of Mr. and Mrs. Meinert Nienow, and organized the Bethany Moravian Mission Church. It consisted of the following members: Henrich and Katarina Reuswig, Christian and Maria Buchholz, Daniel and Maria Strehlow, Gottlieb and Wilhelmina Menge, Ferdinand and Wilhelmina Hans, August and Amanda Strehlow, Wilhelm and Louise Buchholz, and three children, Eli and Marie Strehlow and Emma Buchholz.

 

"On August 12th, Rev. Reuswig and family moved into the partly finished building and on October 27th this building was dedicated. For many years after Rev. Reuswig built his own home it was used as a combined parochial school and teacher's residence. Rev. Reuswig purchased five acres of land across the highway north in Norton Township and built his own home. After his retirement from the ministry there, the congregation purchased it and used it as a parsonage for many years. In 1920 a new parsonage was built and the old parsonage was sold and used as a private home up to this date."

 

"Before we let the picture of these early pioneer days fade from our vision in our reminiscing, let us return once more to Bethany's beginning, for a closer acquaintance with the every day life activities of its people, and on down through the years.

 

"Beginning then with the first four families who came from the Ebenezer, Wisconsin, area and settled here in the area of Bethany, most information regarding these families have been handed down from generation to generation, and carefully preserved in memory to be recorded with as much accuracy as possible. This is hopefully possible, mainly because some of their descendants of the third and fourth generation are still residents here and members of the Bethany Congregation!

 

"Their mode of travel from Wisconsin to Minnesota was, of course, by horse and covered wagon. Their plan was to travel westward as far as Mankato, Minnesota. One of the group, August Strehlow by name, had worked in the Mankato area previously during the harvest season, and took a liking to the farming territory there.

 

"Having passed through the Winona settlement, their travel trail led them up and over the Stockton Hill and onward through the beautiful valley. But it was here at the summit of the hill, that the little caravan came to a halt, to rest both themselves and their road weary horses. At this point of their journey, the women of the group had become discouraged by the long trek. Thus from weariness and fear of whatever obstacles might be encountered on the way, they gave way to tears. A short distance away from the trail, they spied a huge oak tree, lying prone on the ground. Together they went to this tree and knelt there to pray. However, their gallant husbands cheered them on. For had they not that very morning on reading the Daily Text, been assured of God's continual guidance?

 

"Continuing onward, then through the valley arriving on the more level land about one mile eastward of Bethany, the scene looked inviting. Upon inquiring, they found that land could be purchased in this very area. The women of the group were quite content to settle down to begin their new life right here. Thus it was that Ferdinand Hans and wife purchased the farm place now owned by Mr. and Mrs. Meinert Nienow".

 

Editor's note: It was from this congregation that Ferdinand Hans and others migrated to the Fargo, North Dakota area and established churches at Goshen, Canaan, etc. The minister of Bethany traveled periodically to the Fargo area to hold services until they had their own pastors.


 

Gl. Joachim Hans was born 31 December 1787 in Fürstenfelde, Frankfurt, Brandenburg, Germany. He was married in 1814 in Fürstenfe1de, Germany, to Dorothea Elizabeth Juhre. Dorothea was born 13 August 1786 at Kustrin, Kalenzig, Landsberg, Germany. Dorothea was a nurse. Joachim was the first to be buried at the Ebenezer Moravian Church, Watertown, Wisconsin. He died 13 June 1853. Dorothea died 20 March 1877 at Watertown, Wisconsin, and was also buried at Ebenezer. They came to America in 1851. Four of the ohi1dren were left in Germany; Carl was reported to have preceded them to America; and the other six children accompanied the group to America.

 

G2-1. Carl Martin Hans, born 14 December 1818 at Fürstenfelde, Germany; married (1) Ulrika Ernestina Henrietta Flath (sister to Ferdinand); (2) 1865 to Minnie Christine Mack;

G2-2. Friedrich Hans;

G2-3. William Hans (Wilhelm), born 9 May 1823; married Sophie Kleinschmidt; died 1 April 1907 at Friedrichshagen, Germany;

G2-4. Calinia Hans;

G2-5. Catalina Hans, married a Radock;

G2-6. Ernstina Hans, born 26 April 1825; married (1) Julius Witte; (2) 24 December 1858 to Christian Trachte; died 6 September 1890;

G2-7. Martin Julius Hans, born 23 February 1827 at Saratoga, Brandenburg, Germany; married 7 July 1853 to Emelie Witte; died 25 October 1900;

G2-8. Dorothea Wilhelmina Hans, born 20 March 1829 at Saratoga, Brandenburg, Germany; married 30 July 1854 to Ferdinand Flath; died 10 October 1911;

G2-9. Ernst Julius Hans, born 29 March 1833 at Fürstenfelde, Germany; married 14 August 1855* to Alvina Wegener; died 15 August 1915;

G2-10. Amalia Hans, born 18 June 1835; married 30 April 1854 to Ferdinand Wegener; died 21 August 1911;

G2-11. August Ferdinand Hans, born 22 September 1837; married (1) 18 March 1859 to Minnie Strelow; (2) 17 July 1868 to Wilhelmine (Minna) Schoechert; died 2 July 1893;

 

(*Ernst and Alvina's marriage date is recorded as above at the Ebenezer Moravian Church; Jefferson County marriage records indicate 14 November 1855 (date of recording?)

 

Joachim's will is recorded in the Probate Court in Jefferson County, Wisconsin, and states that he left everything to his widow, Dorothea. (Editor's note: this seems to be very unusual for the times, as women usually did not own property)


 

MEMORIES

 

Joachim and his wife Dorothy Hans, together with six of their children and other Moravians, came to America in 1851 on an old freight boat converted for passengers. They were on the way eleven weeks. They encountered a storm at sea when all three masts broke off. They fixed them up again and arrived at New York. Dr. Ringer at New York welcomed them for Sunday dinner.

 

He had come before and was a cousin of Amelia and Julius Witte, perhaps Albertine Witte Keil's brother's son. Albertine Witte was the mother of Amelia and Julius Witte. While aboard ship they almost ran out of food. They were promised plum pudding, but all they got was a batter of rye flour cooked with prune pits of which the pulp had been eaten. (More about this trip can be found in the Ebenezer Moravian Church History)

"From New York, they came to Watertown, Wisconsin on the train. In Buffalo, New York, they lost a valuable box of goods from Germany. The material was to be made into suits and dresses. The box was never returned and meant a great loss to them.

 

" ... They were all farmers while in Germany. They sold their farms so they could come to America. They all settled around Ebenezer and bought little farms. Their homes were made of logs. They had to cut down the tree to clear the land. Money was very hard to make. Trees were burned and the ashes were sold for charcoal. This and eggs were sold or traded for goods. The Indians lived along the Rock River. When they would go to town for supplies the Indians stole their meat, which were in barrels in the woodshed.

“The main reason for their coming to America was to give their children a better start in life. In Germany the Diaspora Moravians sent deacons over in Germany where they had lived to get more spiritual life between the people. The Landeskirchie, which is the government church, had not much spiritual life. There was one case of a poor boy that did not have his money so he had to wait for the congregation to pay for the confirmation. The minister put him back a year because he could not pay.

 

"Niedershuh and his wife Caroline were sent there from the head of the Moravian Church trying to get more spiritual life among their people but could not build a church. In the forenoon they had to go to the government church where it was common for the preacher and teacher to go into a tavern in the afternoon and this they thought nothing of. They had the Bible in school so it was not hard for them to understand what was wrong and right. They had sociable gatherings, like Bruderfest, sisterfest, adultfest, and also lovely spiritual gatherings, from the different villages. Here is where the Christian spirit started. (When) They came over to America their first longing was to have a Moravian Church. They sent a letter to Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, asking for a minister.

 

"Father Kaltenbrunn, who was a schoolteacher in New York came to Ebenezer in 1853. The Church was a brick structure with two rows of wooden benches. Father Kaltenbrunn sat on a wooden bench painted white. The seat was covered (with) black broadcloth. Everyone joined in building the church. Julius Witte (first husband of Ernstina (Hans) Witte Trachte, died of typhoid fever at the age of 35. He left two children, Emil and John ... " ... Father Kaltenbrunn had wonderful prayer meetings. They could notice the Holy Spirit was with them. Even the Sisters would take part in prayer. They had prayer meeting sometimes twice a week in the homes and church. My mother, Emilie Hans walked to church where trees were fallen over. She stumbled in the dark but would get up again and run through the woods. It was about two miles to church. That shows how much they loved their church, nobody wanted to stay home. A family by the name of Klaush who lived on the river road, made a snow plow of board, so his wife could follow him in the track so they could go to church."

 

(Notes from Meta Nienow's talks with Emma Trachte)

 

Family legend reports that Carl, the oldest son of Joachim and Dorothy Hans, was the first to come to America. It also was thought that he first settled in the Horicon, Wisconsin, area.

 

Joachim and Dorothy Hans left four of their children in Germany: Friedrich, a farmer; William, a teacher and musician; Calinia, a baker; and Calinia who was married to a Radock, who was a teacher and organist.

 

Dorothea was a trained nurse. She spent her last years with her daughters Mrs. Flath and Ernstina Trachte. Wilhelmina Flath took care of her in her log house. Flath's had built a new house which later burned down. Dorothea died at the age of 82; had only 50 cents in her purse. She had a cow by which she supported herself. At her funeral were 80 teams. She never accepted pay when she helped sick people. (Editor's note: what a heart break it must have been for her when so many of her grand children did not survive infancy.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ernstina (Hans) Witte Trachte

Dorothea (Hans) Flath

Amalia (Hans) Wegener

 



Carl Hans

Friedrich (Fritz) Hans and Wife

 

G2-1. Carl Martin Hans, son of Joachim and Dorothea Elizabeth (Juhre) Hans, was born 14 December 1818 at Fürstenfelde, Brandenburg, Germany. He was married (1) to Ulrika Flath, sister to Ferdinand; (2) in 1885 to Minnie Christina Mack. U1rika was born 5 November 1821 at Saratoga, Brandenburg, Germany, and died 1 April 1864 at Watertown, Wisconsin, and is buried on Ebenezer Moravian Cemetery. They lived in the Ebenezer Moravian Church vicinity after having settled in the Horicon, Wisconsin area first. It is then reported that he went to Valentine, Nebraska, as a fur trader, then came back to Ebenezer and lived near the Zilkee farm (this reported by Emma Trachte). After U1rika's death, he married Minnie Mack who was born 9 December 1825. Information re Carl after his second marriage could not be substantiated.

 

G3-1. Anna Marie Pauline Hans, born 24 January 1854 at Watertown, Wisconsin; died 15 February 1854;

G3-2. Carl Herman Hans, born 12 December 1854 at Watertown, Wisconsin; died 29 December 1854 at Watertown;

G3-3. Carl Gustav Hans, born 2 March 1856 at Watertown, Wisconsin; died 15 May 1857 at Watertown, Wisconsin;

G3-4. Carl Johannes Hans, born 13 March 1857 at Watertown, Wisconsin; died 21 November 1857 at Watertown, Wisconsin;

G3-5. Carl Friedrich Hans, born 5 March 1859; (we think) married Mary Brasch;

G3-6. Carl Ernst Hans, born 14 November 1861; died 27 January 1862;

G3-7. Friedrich Wilhelm Hans, born 19 March 1864; died 1864.

 

 

 

 

G3-5 Carl Friedrich Hans, son of Carl Martin and U1rike (Flath) Hans, was born 5 March 1859. In the 1910 census for Stanton County, Nebraska, we find the following information:

 

Fred Hans born 5 March 1859; Mary Brasch, born August 1859, died 27 February 1909; children:

 

G4-1. Oscar Hans, born May 1886;

G4-2. Carl Hans, born March 1889;

G4-3. Ella Hans, born April 1893, married D. Millburn;

G4-4. Freddie Hans, born 4 March 1895;

G4-5. Pearl Hans, born 28 March 1898.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                           

 

 

Present Day Ebenezer Moravian Church,

Watertown, Wisconsin


 

*This information comes from Giu1io Vog1iano.

 

G2-3. *Wilhelm (William) Hans, son of Joachim and Elizabeth (Juhre) Hans, was born 9 May 1823. He was married to Sophie Kleinschmidt, daughter of Karl Fr. and Sophie (Rese) Kleinschmidt. Sophie was born 17 April 1824 at Zellin, Germany; died 22 March 1897 at Friedrichshagen, Germany. Wilhelm died 1 April 1907 at Friedrichshagen, Germany. Wilhelm was a teacher and musician. (They had thirteen children, 7 sons, and 6 daughters.)

 

G3-1. Emil Hans, born 2 April 1849 at Barwalde, Germany; married Emma Schmidt; died 27 March 1924 at Frankfurth/Oder, Germany;

G3-2. Helene Hans;

G3-3. Elise Hans;

G3-4. Marie Hans;

G3-5. Auguste Hans;

G3-6. Daughter;

G3-7. Daughter;

G3-8. Son who came to America;

G3-9. Ernst Paul Hans, born 5 August 1861; married Johanna Koster; died 18 December 1948 at Berlin, Germany;

G3-10. Wilhelm Hans married Anna.

G3-11. Son;

G3-12. Son;

G3-13. Son.

 

G3-1 Emil Hans, son of Wilhelm and Sophie (Kleinschmidt) Hans was born 2 April 1849 at Barwa1de, Germany. He married Emma Schmidt, who died in Frankfurth/Oder in 1909. Emil died 27 March 1924 at Frankfurth/Oder, Germany.

 

G4-1. Gertrud, born 1885; died 1909 in Frankfurth/Oder;

G4-2. Margarete Hans, born 4 April 1888 at Halberstadt, Germany; married Carl Gutersohn; died 2 July 1949 at Berlin, Germany.

 

G4-2. Margarete Hans, daughter of Emil and Emma (Schmidt) Hans, was born 4 April 1888 at Halberstadt, Germany and married Carl Gutersohn. Margaret died 2 July 1949 at Berlin, Germany. Carl was born 15 June 1873 at Wesel, Germany; and died 19 June 1911 at Frankfurth/Oder, Germany.

 

G5-1. Hans Wolfram Gutersohn, married Else Garbe;

G5-2. Edith Gutersohn, born 20 June 1910; married Bruno Just; died 25 March 1935 at Lych/Ostpreussen.

 

G5-1. Hans Wolfram Gutersohn, son of Carl and Margaret (Hans) Gutersohn, was married to Else Garbe. Else was born 1 April 1913 at Lampersdorf Kr. Oels, Schlesian. Hans was born 7 January 1909 at Leipzig.

 

G6-1. Peter Gutersohn, born 22 February 1940 at Berlin, Germany; married Eva Lotte Fromme.

G6-2,3. Gerd Gutersohn, born 6 July 1945 at Boizenburg; married Christa Seche1mann;

G6-2,3. Heike Gutersohn, born 6 July 1945 at Boizenburg; married Karl Hoves;

 

G6-1 Peter Gutersohn, son of Hans Wolfram and Else (Garbe) Gutersohn, was born 22 February 1940 at Berlin, Germany. He was married to Eva Lotte Fromme who was born 7 December 1942.

 

G7-1. Achim Gutersohn, born 16 February 1970 at Bocholt;

G7-2. Silvan Gutersohn, born 29 December 1972 at Bocbo1t;

G7-3. Vera Gutersohn, born 21 November 1974 at Bocho1t.

 

 

G6-2,3. Gerd Gutersohn, son of Hans Wolfram and Else (Garbe) Gutersohn, was born 6 July 1945 at Boizenburg. He married Christa Seche1mann, who was born 24 December 1949 at Wo11beck.

 

G6-2,3. Heike Gutersohn, daughter of Hans Wolfram and Else (Garbe) Gutersohn, was born 6 July 1945. She married Karl Hoves who was born 7 August 1932.

 

G7-1. Sabine Hoves, born 10 September 1973;

G7-2. Beate Hoves, born 24 May 1976.

 

G5-2 Edith Gutersohn, daughter of Carl and Margaret (Hans) Gutersohn, was born 20 June 1910 at Kustrin. She married Bruno Just. Edith died 25 March 1935 at Lyck/Ostpreussen. Bruno was born I June 1897 at Pa1nicken bei Hubnicken; and died November 1968 at München.

 

G6-1. Helga Just, born 14 March 1935 at Lyck/Ostpreussen; married to Rudi Hasel; died in 1969.

 

 

G3-9. Ernst Paul Hans, son of Wilhelm and Sophie (Kleinschmidt) Hans, was born 5 August 1861 at Zackerick Kr. Konigsberg, Newn. He was married on 10 April 1896 to Johanna Koster, daughter of Johann Friedrich and Ernestine Pauline (Hosenfe1der) Koster. Johanna was born 19 July 1874 at Berlin, Germany; died 21 December 1950 at Berlin, Germany. Paul died 18 December 1948 at Berlin, Germany. He owned a paper products store in Berlin near Check Point Charlie. The store was operated until 1963 by one of the daughters after Paul's death. After the Berlin Wall was built the people were not allowed to come that close and the business dwindled until finally there wasn't enough to keep it going. Paul had five daughters which grandson Giulio considered a problem to get them married off. Paul fixed up two rooms in the bottom of his house to rent out to students and professors at the University. Two of these professors ended up marrying two of Paul Hans's daughters, one of which was Giulio's mother.

 

G4-1. Elsbeth, born 1 April 1897; died 18 April 1983;

G4-2. Margarete, born 20 March 1898 at Berlin, Germany; married Robert Neymans; died 24 April 1940 at Berlin, Germany;

G4-3. Johanna Hans, born 3 September 1899; married Paul Herman Beckmann; died 1969 in Berlin, Germany;

G4-4. Sophie Hans, born 19 October 1900 at Berlin, Germany; died September 1969 at Berlin, Germany;

G4-5. Charlotte Hans, born 1 May 1904; married Achille Aldo Stefano Vogliano.

 

G4-2. Margarete Hans, daughter of Ernst Paul and Johanna (Koster) Hans, was born 20 March 1898 at Berlin, Germany. She was married to Robert Neymans. She died 24 April 1940 at Berlin, Germany. Robert was born 29 March 1892.

 

G5-1. Ingeborg Neymans, born 4 March 1921.

 

G5-1. Ingeborg Neymans, daughter of Robert and Margarete (Hans) Neymans, was born 4 March 1921.

 

G6-1. Roman Neymans, born 4 March 1944.

 

G4-3. Johanna Hans, daughter of Ernst Paul and Johanna (Koster) Hans, was born 3 September 1899; died 1969 at Berlin, Germany. She was married to Paul Hermann Beckmann, who was born 21 May 1900 at Witten/Ruhr and died in 1980. They were divorced.

 

G4-5. Charlotte Hans, daughter of Ernst Paul and Johanna (Koster) Hans, was born 1 May 1904. She was married to Achille Aldo Stefano Vogliano. Achille was born 17 October 1881 at Florence, Italy. He died 28 June 1953 at Berlin, Germany. Achille was a Professor of German, Latin, and Ancient Egyptian in Berlin. He came from Italy to teach in Berlin. He also went to Egypt to do research. Crocodiles in Egypt are considered sacred. Crocodiles had been wrapped in papyrus paper and on this paper were inscriptions written in Egyptian hieroglyphics and apparent translation in Greek. He went there to study this and found a key to interpret other Egyptian writings. Charlotte still resides in Berlin.

 

G5-1. German Vogliano, born 5 July 1931; married Wilma Rossl;

G5-2. Giulio Vogliano, born 29 September 1936; married 24 January 1984 to Dorit Hechler.

 

G5-l. German Vogliano, son of Achille Aldo Stefano and Charlotte (Hans) Vogliano, was born 5 July 1931. He was married to Wilma Rossl. Wilma was born 13 October 1940 in Oberwart, Austria. German is an engineer and resides in Berlin.

 

G6-1. Alexandra Vogliano, born 2 July 1969;

G6-2. Michaela Vogliano, born 18 February 1973.

 

G5-2 Giulio Vogliano, son of Achille Aldo Stefano and Charlotte (Hans) Vogliano, was born 29 September 1936. He was married 24 January 1964 to Dorit Hechler at Berlin. Dorit was born 19 March 1935 in Potsdam. Giulio is a market analyst and lives in Buchholz, Germany.

 

G3-10 William Hans, Jr., son of Wilhelm (William) and Sophie (Kleinschmidt) Hans, was married to Anna.

 

G4-1. Walter Hans;

G4-2. Maximilian Hans; married;

G4-3. Weimer Hans; 

G4-4. Kate Hans;

G4-5. Lotte Hans; married Ehemann;

G4-6. Grete Hans, married Pastor Frommhold.

 

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G2-6. Ernstina Hans, daughter of Joachim and Dorothea Elizabeth (Juhre) Hans, was born 26 April 1825 in Germany. She was married in Germany to Julius Witte, son of Julius and Albertine Witte. Julius was born 19 January 1818 at Ludwigtha1 by Landsberg, Germany. Julius died 13 November 1856 at Watertown, Jefferson County, Wisconsin. He was buried on the Ebenezer Moravian Cemetery. In the Meta Nienow notes is recorded the following comment from Emma Trachte:  "The first house built on the John Witte farm was built by Julius Witte. He was a very fine man -- a quiet man. He did a lot of hard work when the church was built."

 

G3-1. Franz Emil Witte, born 16 January 1850; married 22 February 1877 to Anna Theresa Yaeck; died 23 April 1903;

G3-2. Johannes (John) Witte, born 15 August 1856; married 20 March 1883 to Emilie Ida Ulm; died 6 March 1916.

 

Ernstina Hans married (2) Friedrich Christian Trachte 24 December 1858 at Watertown, Wisconsin. His parents were Christoph and Charlotte (Blome) Trachte. His birth date was 24 June 1830 and he died 18 October 1915. Ernstina died 6 September 1890. Following her death, Christian Trachte moved into an apartment which had originally been built onto the William Trachte home for Albertine Kile, mother of Julius Witte. He resided there until his death.

 

G3-3. William Frederick Trachte, born 27 October 1859; married Emma Elizabeth Hans, 27 October 1887; died 26 July 1926.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Standing:

Emil Witte. John Witte

 

Seated:

Christian Trachte

Ernstina Trachte

William Trachte

 

 

 

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Notes from Meta Nienow re Witte family:

 

Albertine (mother of Julius and Amelia) lived in Napoleon's time in Ludwigsthal, Germany, on a farm on the shore of the Oder River. They were very rich, but lost all during the Napoleonic War. (Note says home of Edwin, grandfather.)

 

Albertine came over later with her son, Herman. He was a carpenter in St. Louis, Missouri. After her first husband died (Julius Witte), she married again, but he was a spendthrift and she divorced him, sold her 60 A. farm for a good price, came to USA and gave the money to Julius Witte, her son, and built the house and apartment for herself.

 

When Julius (her son) died, his wife married Christian Trachte and had one son, William. Mrs. Albertine Rehel (Rail) did not feel at home there and went to Minnesota to her daughter Amelia Hans. She had no place there and after a year or two returned to Wisconsin. Her two room apartment which she had built for herself was now occupied by Christian Trachte, Sr., who came to live with his son Christian and Ernestina. So she lost her house and possessions. She moved into a small house across the road and later died there alone when her two daughters came to see her.

 

The Wittes lived at Landsberg on the Warthe(?) River, a branch of the Oder River. It was from this vicinity a colony of 30 including the Hanses and Wittes in 1852 rigged up an old freight ship with three masts and migrated to America arriving in eleven weeks at New York.

 

Wittes--dark hair and eyes, short;

Hans--blue eyes and blond, tall.

 

Great-grandma (Albertine Kile) was quite wealthy. The daughters for their wedding dresses got a silk dress and calico dress (I think it says $1 a yard --EK). The hood for their weddings were trimmed with pure gold and cost $30 each and the shawls $30 of silk. Her sister was married at the same time at a double wedding and the husbands were brothers. In Germany Albertina's brother had a nice farm and Holstein cows and Julius Witte was placed there to learn farming.

 

(These notes were from information given by Emma Trachte to Meta Nienow and recorded by the latter.)

 

Children of second marriage of Albertine to Rehel (Rehl)

 

1. Herman, lived at St. Louis, Missouri; died of yellow fever or malaria;

2. Paulina, lived at Watertown, Wisconsin; married August Negeman:

1. Albert

2. Chris

3. Otto

4. Arthur

5. Max

3. Female (Married teacher in Germany--Meyer--Meier?

 

(Due to the fact that the above information was probably given in German and orally, some may be in error.)

 

 

 

Albertine (Witte) Rehel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

G3-1. Franz Emil Witte, son of Julius and Ernstina (Hans) Witte, was born 16 January 1850 at Ludwigsthal, Landsberg, Ger­many. He was married 22 February 1877 at Watertown, Wisconsin, to Anna Theresa Yaeck, daughter of Carl (Karl) and Henriette (Paschmann) Yaeck*. Anna was born 20 May 1856, town of Farming­ton, Jefferson County, Wisconsin. Emil died 23 April 1903 at Watertown, Wisconsin, of axe wound complicated by diabetes. Anna died 3 September 1939 at Lake Mills, Wisconsin. Both are buried on Ebenezer Moravian Cemetery, Watertown, Wisconsin.

 

G4-1. Max Arthur Witte, born 11 April 1878 at Watertown, Wisconsin; married 24 November 1904 to Clara Lydia Trachte; died 22 December 1961;

G4-2. Lydia Eleonora Witte, born 22 February 1881 at Watertown, Wisconsin; married 22 February 1900 to Paul Hans; died 23 September 1919 at Bismarck, North Dakota;

G4-3. Edwin Emil Witte, born 7 April 1882 at Watertown, Wisconsin; married 2 September 1916 to Florence Rimsnider; died 20 May 1960;

G4-4. Ella Witte, born 4 May 1888 at Watertown, Wisconsin; married 25 August 1909 to George Eichmann, died 22 February 1958;

G4-5. Agine Ester Witte, born 21 September 1897 at Water­town, Wisconsin; married 21 October 1920 to Herbert Kant; died 4 September 1977.

 

*Immigration papers spell the name Yaecke.

 

Anna Yaeck Witte

Franz Emil Witte

 

 

 

 

G4-1. Max Arthur Witte, son of Emil and Anna Theresa (Yaeck) Witte, was born 11 April 1878. He was married 24 Novem­ber 1904 to Clara Lydia Trachte. Clara was born 18 May 1882. Max died 22 December 1961 at Madison, Wisconsin. Max was a farmer until 1926 when he moved to Madison where he was a sheet metal worker for Trachte Bros. Co. Clara died 28 May 1984, just ten days after her 102 birthday.

G5-1. Violet Laura Witte, born 17 December 1905 at Water­town, Wisconsin; married 12 June 1926 to Oscar August William Jahnke;

G5-2. Estella Olivia Witte, born 24 July 1908 at Water­town, Wisconsin; married 5 September 1930 to Irvin Julius Hermsmeier;

G5-3. Anita Ruth Witte, born 6 January 1910 at Watertown, Wisconsin; married 27 July 1934 to Edward Clement Check;

G5-4. Rosetta Charlotte Witte, born 10 July 1911 at Water­town, Wisconsin; married 9 June 1932 to Norman Morgan Vethe;

G5-5. Ruby Grace Witte, born 20 November 1914 at Water­town, Wisconsin; married 8 June 1940 to Frank Ernest. Boy;

G5-6. Clarice Evangeline Florence Witte, born 27 April 1920 at Watertown, Wisconsin; married 16 June 1942 John Frederick Wintermantel;

G5-7. Sylvia Joy Witte, born 7 October 1925 at Watertown, Wisconsin; married 17 July 1954 to Lee Norman Ham­mersley.

 

MEMORIES

by Ruby (Witte) Boy

 

"The memories I treasure most from my parents Max and Clara, is faithfully reading the scriptures every day with the family and kneeling down to pray. They were a wonderful inspira­tion for all."

 

 

 

 

 

 

Max and Clara Witte's Golden wedding

 

Max and Clara with their seven

daughters L to R: Sylvia Hammersley,

Ruby Boy, Rosetta Vethe, Max Witte,

Estella Hermsmeier, Clara Witte, Violet Jahnke, Anita Check, Clarice Wintermantel

 

 

 

G5-1. Violet Laura Witte, daughter of Max Arthur and Clara Lydia (Trachte) Witte, was born 17 December 1905 at Watertown, Wisconsin. She was married 12 June 1926 at Ebenezer Moravian Church to Oscar August William Jahnke, son of August and Emma (Mohr) Jahnke. Oscar was born 27 August 1903 at Ixonia, Wisconsin; died 24 March 1989 at Madison, Wisconsin; buried Glenview Memorial Gardens, Ixonia, Wisconsin. Violet resides in Watertown, Wisconsin.

 

G6-1. Dolores Jane Jahnke, born 11 September 1929 at Watertown, Wisconsin; married 27 December 1950 to Robert William Grunewald, died 8 May 1974;

G6-2. Myron Jahnke, born 16 March 1937 at Watertown, Wisconsin; married 23 July 1960 to Charlene Zick;

G6-3. Kenneth Lyn Jahnke, born 25 January 1939 at Watertown, Wisconsin; married 3 June 1962 to Ellen Laurel Ewing;

G6-4. Darlene Jahnke, born 4 December 1942 at Watertown, Wisconsin; married 1 July 1961 to Carl Seeber.

 

G6-1. Dolores Jane Jahnke, daughter of Oscar A. and Violet Laura (Witte) Jahnke, was born 11 September 1929 at Watertown, Wisconsin. She was married 27 December 1950 at Watertown, Wisconsin, to Robert William Grunewald, son of Carl and Viola (Griep) Grunewald. Robert was born 7 June 1930 at Watertown, Wisconsin, and died 25 May 1977 in Forsythe, Georgia. Dolores died 8 May 1974 at Oconomowoc, Wisconsin. Both are buried at Glenview Memorial Gardens, Ixonia, Wisconsin.

 

G7-1. Wayne Lyle Grunewald, born 17 December 1951 at Riverside, California; married 5 July 1975 to Mary Jane Geib;

G7-2. Stanley Dale Grunewald, born 31 July 1953 at Riverside, California; married 4 May 1974 to Linda Bence.

 

G7-1. Wayne Lyle Grunewald, son of Robert William and Dolores (Jahnke) Grunewald, was born 17 December 1951 at Riverside, California. He was married 5 July 1975 at Oconomowoc, Wisconsin to Mary Jane Geib, daughter of Henry and Mary (O'Donnell) Geib. Mary was born 3 January 1954 at Watertown, Wisconsin. They reside at Appleton, Wisconsin.

 

G8-1. Michelle Lynn Grunewald, born 10 February 1977 at Arlington Heights, Illinois;

G8-2. Sarah June Grunewald, born 8 October 1978 at Neenah, Wisconsin;

G8-3. Craig Robert Grunewald, born 8 July 1980 at Neenah, Wisconsin.

 

 

G7-2. Stanley Dale Grunewald, son of Robert William and Dolores (Jahnke) Grunewald, was born 31 July 1953 at Riverside, California. He was married 4 May 1974 at Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, to Linda Susan Bence, daughter of Gerald and Mildred (Schroeder) Bence. Linda was born 8 May 1951 at Watertown, Wisconsin. They reside at Oconomowoc, Wisconsin.

 

G8-1,1. Ryan Daniel Grunewald, born 14 December 1981 at Hartford, Wisconsin;

G8-1,2. Kelly Lynn Grunewald, born 14 December 1981 at Hartford, Wisconsin.

 

G6-2. Myron (Mike) Merle Jahnke, son of Oscar August William and Violet Laura (Witte) Jahnke, was born 16 March 1937 at Watertown, Wisconsin. He was married 23 July 1960 at Waukesha, Wisconsin, to Charlene Marian Zick, daughter of Matthew and Grace (Montgomery) Zick. Charlene was born 5 January 1939 at Waukesha, Wisconsin. They reside at Waukesha, Wisconsin.

 

G7-1. Robert Michael Jahnke, born 16 May 1961 at Waukesha, Wisconsin; married 2 June 1984 to Susan Ruth Henricks;

G7-2. Richard Allen Jahnke, born 20 August 1964 at Waukesha, Wisconsin; resides Tampa, Florida;

G7-3. Ronald David Jahnke, born 7 March 1969 at Waukesha, Wisconsin.

 

G7-1. Robert Michael Jahnke, son of Myron and Charlene (Zick) Jahnke, was born 16 May 1961 at Waukesha, Wisconsin. He was married 2 June 1984 at Waukesha, Wisconsin, to Susan Ruth Henricks, daughter of Arthur and Judy (Schoeneck) Henricks. Susan was born 23 June 1956 at Milwaukee, Wisconsin. They reside at Waukesha, Wisconsin.

 

G6-3. Kenneth Lyn Jahnke, son of Oscar August William and Violet Laura (Witte) Jahnke, was born 25 January 1939 at Watertown, Wisconsin. He was married 3 June 1962 at Lawton, Oklahoma, to Ellen Laurel Eving, daughter of Elmer and Lillian (Stotlar) Eving. Ellen was born 15 October 1940 at Lawton, Oklahoma. They reside at Wichita Falls, Texas.

 

G7-1. Shasta (Shay) Clare Jahnke, born 11 June 1966 at Wichita Falls, Texas; married 25 August 1984 to Jeffrey Lynn Arnold;

G7-2. Jill Laurel Jahnke, born 19 August 1969 at Wichita Falls, Texas.

 

G7-1. Shasta (Shay) Clare Jahnke, daughter of Kenneth Lyn and Ellen Laurel (Ewing) Jahnke, was born 11 June 1966 at Wichita Falls, Texas. She was married 25 August 1984 at Wichita Falls, Texas, to Jeffrey Lynn Arnold, son of Dennis and Barbara (Perrin) Arnold. Jeffrey was born 7 May 1964 at Wichita Falls, Texas. They reside at Galveston, Texas.

 

G6-4. Darlene Ann Jahnke, daughter of Oscar August William and Violet Laura (Witte) Jahnke, was born 4 December 1942 at Watertown, Wisconsin. She was married 1 July 1961 at Watertown, Wisconsin, to Carl John Seeber, son of Joseph and Irma (Iwen) Seeber. Carl was born 3 June 1937 at Watertown, Wisconsin. They reside at Watertown, Wisconsin.

 

G7-1. John Edward Seeber, born 10 September 1962 at Wat­ertown, Wisconsin;

G7-2. Paul Glen Seeber, born 3 July 1964 at Watertown, Wisconsin;

G7-3. Andrew Russell Seeber, born 17 December 1965 at Watertown, Wisconsin.


 

 

Max and Clara Witte with their grandchildren

Golden Wedding anniversary of Max and Clara

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Back row: Gerald Check, Ronald Hermsmeier, Delores Grunewald, Myron Jahnke, Julia Hermsmeier, Kenneth Jahnke.

Middle row: Sharon James, Max and Clara Witte, Darlene Seeber.

Front row: Fred Wintermantel, Carmen Vethe, Marla Muckala, Karen Wintermantel, Jana Wintermantel, Cosetta Rodefeld.

 

 

G5-2. Estella Olivia Witte, daughter of Max Arthur and Clara Lydia (Trachte) Witte, was born 24 July 1908 at Watertown, Wisconsin. She was married 5 September 1929 at Madison, Wisconsin, to Irvin Julius Hermsmeier, son of Martha (Hahn) Hermsmeier. Irvin was born 19 December 1906 at Madison, Wisconsin. They reside at Boulder Junction, Wisconsin. They started a florist business in Madison, which is being carried on by the third generation. It is named "Ronlies" after their children.

 

G6-1. Ronald Dean Hermsmeier, born 4 March 1931 at Madison, Wisconsin; married 24 July 1954 to Gertrude Irma Tschanz;

G6-2. Julie Ann Hermsmeier (adopted), born 6 July 1936 at Wauwatosa, Wisconsin; married (1) to Gerald Ott, div., (2) 30 January 1971 to Howard Warren Okum.

 

G6-1. Ronald Dean Hermsmeier, son of Irvin and Estella (Witte) Hermsmeier, was born 4 March 1931 at Madison, Wisconsin. He was married 24 July 1954 to Gertrude Irma Tschanz at Cottage Grove, Wisconsin. Gertrude was born 9 May 1932 at Blue Mounds, Wisconsin. Ronald took over the family florist business and is an ordained minister in the Word of Life church at Madison, Wisconsin.

 

G7-1. Dawn Marie Hermsmeier, born 16 December 1955 at Madison, Wisconsin; married 21 April 1979 to Ronald Garcia;

G7-2. Renee Ann Hermsmeier, born 6 October 1958; married 1 December 1978 to Ronald Alan Showers;

G7-3. Michael John Hermsmeier, born 5 January 1967 at Madison, Wisconsin.

 

G7-1. Dawn Marie Hermsmeier, daughter of Ronald Dean and Gertrude Irene (Tschanz) Hermsmeier, was born 16 December 1955 at Madison, Wisconsin. She was married 21 April 1979 to Ronald Garcia, son of Oscar and Santina Garcia. Ronald was born 1 December 1946 at Iron Mountain, Michigan. He graduated from Layton School of Art in Iron Mountain, Michigan; and is currently employed by Sub Zero Freezer Company as a draftsman-designer. Dawn is a floral designer for Ronlies Floral, a company founded by her grandparents.

 

G8-1. Justin Leigh Garcia, born 6 March 1985, (adopted);

G8-2. Kayla Maria Garcia, born 17 May 1989, (adopted).

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G7-2. Renee Ann Hermsmeier, daughter of Ronald and Gertrude Hermsmeier, was born 6 October 1958 at Madison, Wisconsin. She was married 1 December 1978 to Ronald Alan Showers, son of William and Jaoque1ine Showers. Ronald was born 18 December 1955 at Madison, Wisconsin. He is currently employed at Sentry Foods in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin. Renee is a service representative for General Telephone in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin.

 

G8-1. Nichole Renee Showers, born 7 May 1981 at Madison, Wisconsin;

G8-2. Melissa Marie Showers, born 8 May 1983 at Madison, Wisconsin.

 

G6-2. Julie Ann Hermsmeier, adopted daughter of Irvin and Estella (Witte) Hermsmeier, was born 6 July 1936 at Wauwatosa, Wisconsin. She was married (1) Gerald Ott, div.; (2) 30 January 1971 at Los Angeles, California, to Howard Okum, son of Dr. Maurice D. and Shirley (Nesley) Okum. Howard was born 6 December 1936 at Cleveland, Ohio. Howard won the Louis I. Dublin Public Service Award for 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972 and 1973. Julie raises horses and is an outstanding horsewoman, actress, model and nurse. Both had previous marriages. Howard is a life insurance salesman, life member of Million Dollar Round Table.

 

G7-1. Joel Ott Okum, born 19 August 1960 at Torrance, California.

 

G5-3. Anita Ruth Witte, daughter of Max Arthur and Clara Lydia (Trachte) Witte, was born 6 January 1910 at Watertown, Wisconsin. She was married 27 July 1934 at Madison, Wisconsin, to Edward Clement Check, son of Thomas and Anna (Marra) Tomicek. Ed was born 18 March 1905 at Chicago, Illinois. He died 16 January 1979 at Madison, Wisconsin, of a heart condition. He is buried at Madison Roselawn Memorial Park.

 

G6-1. Gerald Dale Check, born 5 July 1937 at Madison, Wisconsin; married 17 July 1962 to Joan Marie Hanson;

G6-2. Sharon Lynn Check, born 26 April 1940 at Madison, Wisconsin; married 28 August 1965 to Philip James.

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G6-1. Rev. Gerald Dale Check, son of Edward Clement and Anita Ruth (Witte) Check, was born 5 July 1937 at Madison, Wisconsin. He was married 17 July 1962 at Devils Lake, North Dakota, to Joan Marie Hanson, daughter of Rudolph Carl and Anna (Moen) Hanson. Joan was born 17 October 1938 at Devils Lake, North Dakota. Gerald is a Lutheran minister; Joan is an R. N. graduate of Fairview Hospital School of Nursing. The family hobbies include: cross-country skiing, reading, concerts, hiking and hauling wood for a wood furnace.

 

G7-1. Paul Edward Check, born 2 March 1964 at Cabri, Saskatchewan, Canada;

G7-2. Michael Rudolph Check, born 24 October 1965 at Rose Valley, Saskatchewan, Canada;

G7-3. Anita Ann Check, born 28 February 1970 at Eau Claire, Wisconsin; adopted.

 

G6-2. Sharon Lynn Check, daughter of Edward Clement and Anita Ruth (Witte) Check, was born 26 April 1940 at Madison, Wisconsin. She was married 28 August 1965 at Madison, Wisconsin, to Philip Benjamin James, son of Benjamin and Catharine (Bagley) James. Philip was born 18 March 1940 at Kansas City, Missouri. They reside at University City, Missouri.

 

G7-1. Eric Benjamin James, born 19 April 1967 at Urbana, Illinois;

G7-2. Kevin Philip James, born 21 August 1970 at St. Louis, Missouri;

G7-3. Kirsten Lynn James, born 17 December 1977 at Arcadia, California.

 

G5-4. Rosetta Charlotte Witte, daughter of Max Arthur and Clara Lydia (Trachte) Witte, was born 10 July 1911 at Watertown, Wisconsin. She was married 9 June 1932 at Madison, Wisconsin, to Norman Morgan Vethe, son of Nels and Martha (Rothe) Vethe. Norman was born 25 October 1903 at Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, and is a retired schoolteacher. He taught for forty-three years. They live at Watertown, Wisconsin.

 

G6-1. Cosette Sandra Vethe, born 19 March 1943 at Madison, Wisconsin; married 16 August 1962 to Richard Donald Rodefeld;

G6-2. Carmen Wayne Vethe, born 26 March 1945 at Madison, Wisconsin; married 11 March 1978 to Kay Ellen Klein.

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G6-1. Cosette Sandra Vethe, daughter of Norman Morgan and Rosette Charlotte (Witte) Vethe, was born 19 March 1943 at Madison, Wisconsin. She was married 16 August 1962 to Richard Donald Rodefeld at Cottage Grove, Wisconsin. Richard was born 26 November 1943 at Madison, Wisconsin.

 

G7- 1. Christian Richard Rodefe1d, born 18 July 1969 at Madison, Wisconsin; died 3 April 1970 at Madison, Wisconsin;

G7- 2. Nels Christian Rodefe1d, born 1 June 1971 at Lansing, Michigan.

 

G6-2. Carmen Wayne Vethe, son of Norman and Rosetta (Witte) Vethe, was born 26 March 1945 at Madison, Wisconsin. He was married 11 March 1978 at Plymouth, Minnesota, to Kay Ellen Klein, daughter of John and Eleanor (Geffre) Klein. Kay was born 29 June 1944 at Aberdeen, South Dakota. Carmen is an engineer with GE; Kay is a teacher. They reside at Plymouth, Minnesota.

 

G7-1. Robyn Kay Vethe, born 27 November 1979 at Golden Valley, Minnesota;

G7-2. Luke Morgan Vethe, born 2 January 1982 at Golden Valley, Minnesota.

 

G5-5. Ruby Grace Witte, daughter of Max Arthur and Clara Lydia (Trachte) Witte, was born 20 November 1914 at Watertown, Wisconsin. She was married 8 June 1940 at Madison, Wisconsin, to Frank Ernest Boy, son of Charles Henry and Augusta (Schwanke) Boy. Frank was born 27 March 1909 at Madison, Wisconsin. Frank was an assistant Occupational Therapist and had a year of service in the medical branch of the Army. Ruby is a registered nurse. Frank retired in 1974.

    

G6-1. Kathlyn Ann Boy (adopted), born 19 January 1953 at Milwaukee, Wisconsin; married 20 December 1975 to Ross Bente, div.

    

G6-1. Kathlyn Ann Boy, daughter of Frank and Ruby (Witte) Boy, was born 19 January 1953 at Madison, Wisconsin. She was married 20 December 1975 at Madison, Wisconsin, to Ross Bente, son of Ellsworth and Frieda Bente. Ross was born 7 December 1949 at Oconomowoc, Wisconsin. Ross was an architect; Kathlyn is an environmentalist and a business manager. She resides at Jackson, Wyoming. They are divorced.

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G5-6. Clarice Evangeline Flora Witte, daughter of Max Arthur and Clara Lydia (Trachte) Witte, was born 27 April 1920 at Watertown, Wisconsin. She was married 16 June 1942 at Madison, Wisconsin, to John Frederick Wintermantel, son of Fred and Laura (Witwen) Wintermantel. John was born 13 February 1919 at Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin. They reside at Minnetonka, Minnesota, where John is a chemist for General Mills. Clarice was a beautician before marriage.

 

G6-1. Fred Lynn Wintermantel, born 1 August 1943 at Memphis Tennessee; married 20 February 1983 to Sue Van Lehe;

G6-2. Marla Mae Wintermantel, born 2 November 1946 at St. Paul, Minnesota; married 10 June 1967 to Raymond Merle Muckala;

G6-3. Jana Jean Wintermantel, born 1 December 1949 at St. Paul, Minnesota;

G6-4. Karen Kay Wintermantel, born 11 March 1951 at St. Paul, Minnesota; married 13 June 1970 to Bernard Haase.

 

G6-1. Fred Lynn Wintermantel, son of John Frederick and Clarice Evangeline (Witte) Wintermantel, was born 1 August 1943 at Memphis, Tennessee. He was married 20 February 1983 to Sue Van Lehe at Duluth, Minnesota. Fred is a forester at Duluth, Minnesota.

 

G6-2. Marla Mae Wintermantel, daughter of John Frederick and Clarice Evangeline (Witte) Wintermantel, was born 2 November 1946 at St. Paul, Minnesota. She was married 10 June 1967 to Raymond Merle Muckala, who was born 8 August 1945 at Laverne, Minnesota. Ray owns a garage and is a mechanic. Marla tunes pianos. They reside in St. Paul, Minnesota.

 

G7-1. Christina Marie Mucka1a, born 2 December 1967 at Minneapo1is, Minnesota;

G7-2. Daniel John Mucka1a, born 20 August 1970 at Minneapolis, Minnesota;

G7-3. Joshua Merle Muoka1a, born 6 June 1985 at St. Pau1, Minnesota.

G7-4. David Raymond Mucka1a, born 16 August 1987 at St. Pau1, Minnesota.

 

G6-3. Jana Jean Wintermante1, daughter of John Frederick and Clarice Evangeline (Witte) Wintermante1, was born 1 December 1949 at St. Paul, Minnesota. She is a violin teacher; works in an office in St. Louis Park, Minnesota.

 

G6-4. Karen Kay Wintermantel, daughter of John Frederick and Clarice Evangeline (Witte) Wintermantel, was born 11 March 1951 at St. Paul, Minnesota. She was married 13 June 1970 to Bernard Haase. Both are social workers and Karen has a doctorate.

 

G7-1. Sean Michael Haase, born 6 October 1979 at Minneapolis, Minnesota.

 

G5-7. Sylvia Joy Witte, daughter of Max Arthur and Clara Lydia (Trachte) Witte was born 7 October 1925 at Ebenezer, Wisconsin. She was married 17 July 1954 at Madison, Wisconsin, to Lee Norman Hammersley, son of Mr. and Mrs. Morris Hammersley. Lee was born 14 April 1918 at Madison, Wisconsin. Lee was a Madison bus driver for thirty-three years, now retired. Hobbies were stamps, coins, and puzzles. Lee died 10 August 1988. Sylvia was a piano teacher and bookkeeper, now housewife; has a small collectible shop; was treasurer of church and other groups. She lives at Brooklyn, Wisconsin.

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G4-2. Eleonora Lydia Witte, daughter of Emil and Anna (Yaeck) Witte, was born 22 February 1881 at Ebenezer, Wisconsin. She was married 22 February 1900 to Paul Hans, son of August Eerdinand and Wilhelmine Caroline (Schoechert) Hans. Paul was born 8 April 1875 at Bethany, Winona County, Minnesota. Eleonora died 23 September 1919 at Bismarck, North Dakota. Paul died 30 January 1945 at Fargo, North Dakota, and both are buried on Canaan Moravian Cemetery. They farmed on the Hans family home­stead.

G5-1. Edwin Victor Hans, born 1 August 1901 at Addison Township, North Dakota; married 7 November 1936 to Marie Dittmer; died 18 December 1957;

G5-2. Vera Adeline Hans, born 7 March 1903; married 1 February 1923 to Reinhold Heuer;

G5-3. Esther Mable Hans, born 3 November 1904; married 27 November 1924 to Adolph Paul Heuer;

G5-4. Hubert Walter Hans, born 26 May 1906; married 4 June 1953 to Cecelia Florence Glasow; died 13 June 1977;

G5-5. Della Ruth Hans, born 26 September 1907 at Addison Township, North Dakota; died October 1986:

G5-6. Cora Leona Hans, born 4 September 1909 at Addison Township, North Dakota; married 15 December 1937 to Ronald Shoesmith;

G5-7. Elsie Grace Hans, born 8 August 1911 at Addison Township, North Dakota;

G5-8. Eleanora Anne Hans, born 7 September 1912 at Addison Township, North Dakota; married 27 November 1936 to Myrto Olaf Rood;

G5-9. Pearl Olive Hans, born 7 September 1914 at Addison Township, North Dakota; married 3 August 1937 to John Gillespie; died 6 June 1945;

G5-10. Clifford Witte Hans, born 23 October 1918 at Addison Township, North Dakota; died 9 March 1929 of rup­tured appendix; buried Canaan Moravian Cemetery.

 

 

 

Vera, Esther, Della,

Cora, Elsie, Eleanora Hans

 

 

 

 

G5-1. Edwin Victor Hans, son of Paul and Eleonora Lydia (Witte) Hans, was born 1 August 1901 at Addison Township, North Dakota. He was married 7 December 1936 to Marie Dittmer, daughter of Edward John and Elizabeth (Roth) Dittmer. Marie was born 26 October 1911. Edwin died 18 December 1957 at Fargo, North Dakota, and is buried on Canaan Moravian Cemetery. He farmed all his life. Marie resides in a nursing home in Moorhead, Minnesota.

 

G5-2. Vera Adeline Hans, daughter of Paul and Eleonora Lydia (Witte) Hans, was born 7 March 1903. She was married 1 February 1923 by Rev. Kant at Canaan Moravian Church, to Reinhold Heuer, son of Carl and Otti1ia (Schultz) Heuer. Reinhold lived from 1894-1954. Vera lives in Fargo, North Dakota.

 

G5-3. Esther Mabel Hans, daughter of Paul and Eleonora Lydia (Witte) Hans, was born 3 November 1904. She was married 27 November 1924 to Adolph Paul Heuer, son of Carl and Ottilia (Schulz) Heuer. Adolph was born in 1900 and died 28 January 1951. They lived in the Davenport, North Dakota, area where Adolph was one of the first sugar beet growers in the valley. He raised purebred livestock. Adolph served as city assessor of Davenport village and was on the school board from 1941-1951. Many people will remember A. P. Heuer for the homemade bus, which transported the local players and cheerleaders to basketball games.

 

G6-1. Carl Heuer, born 11 April 1929 at Fargo, North Dakota; married 14 February 1954 to Wilma A. Miller;

G6-2. Ruby Heuer, born 12 October 1934; married 22 November 1962 to Donald Forbes.

 

G6-1. Carl C. Heuer, son of Adolph Paul and Esther Mabel (Hans) Heuer, was born 11 April 1929 at Fargo, North Dakota. He was married 14 February 1954 at the Canaan Moravian Church, Davenport, North Dakota, to Wilma A. Miller, daughter of Emil R. and Clara Louise (Miller) Miller. Wilma was born 20 August 1934 at Durbin, North Dakota. Carl is a farmer and served on church boards; also was the fire chief in Davenport. Wilma likes gardening and scrapbooks. They spend their winters in Arizona.

 

G7-1. Paul Carl Heuer, born 18 March 1955 at Fargo, North Dakota;

G7-2. Lori Ann Heuer, born 2 August 1960 at Fargo, North Dakota; died 18 March 1961 of congenital heart problems.

 

 

G6-2. Ruby Heuer, daughter of Adolph Paul and Esther Mable (Hans) Heuer, was born 12 October 1934 at Fargo, North Dakota. She was married 22 November 1962 at Golden, Colorado, to Donald Forbes, son of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Forbes. Donald was born 26 November 1933 at Greeley, Colorado. Donald is owner of a lawn maintenance firm; Ruby is an elementary art teacher in the Jefferson County Schools.

 

G7-1. Carla Forbes, born 14 November 1963 at Wheatridge, Colorado; married 17 June 1989 to William Antoine Kelly;

G7-2. James Forbes, born 17 July 1965 at Wheatridge, Colorado;

G7-3. Julie Forbes, born 7 February 1967 at Wheatridge, Colorado;

G7-4. Leslie Forbes, born 30 November 1968 at Wheatridge, Colorado; married 4 March 1989 to Gerard Fransis Lutz.

 

G7-1. Carla Forbes, daughter of Donald and Ruby (Heuer) Forbes, was born 14 November 1963 at Wheatridge, Colorado. She was married 17 June 1989 to William Antoine Kelly, son of William and Cecile Kelly, Jr., at Washington, D. C.

 

G7-4. Leslie Forbes, daughter of Donald and Ruby (Heuer) Forbes, was born 30 November 1968 at Wheatridge, Colorado. She was married 4 March 1989 to Gerard Fransis Lutz, son of Joseph and Theresa (Petronella) Lutz, at Golden, Colorado.

 

G5-4. Hubert Walter Hans, son of Paul and Eleonora Lydia (Witte) Hans, was born 26 May 1906, Addison Township, Davenport, North Dakota. He was married 4 June 1953 to Cecelia Florence Glasow, daughter of Bernard R. and Martha A. (Heuer) Glasow. Cecelia was born 20 November 1915 in Addison Township.  Hubert died 13 June 1977 at Fargo, North Dakota, and was buried on Canaan Moravian Cemetery. Hubert farmed in Section 24, Addison Township. He and his wife were active in the Canaan Moravian Church.

 

G5-5. Della Ruth Hans, daughter of Paul and Eleonora Lydia (Witte) Hans, was born 26 September 1907 in Addison Township, Davenport, North Dakota. She worked for the Veteran's Administration in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Della died October 1986 and is buried on Canaan Moravian Cemetery.

 

 

G5-6. Cora Leona Hans, daughter of Paul and Eleonora Lydia (Witte) Hans, was born 4 September 1909. She was married 15 December 1937 to Ronald Shoesmith. They did Gospel work in the Ozarks in and around Berryville. They built the Countryside Bible Church, RR, Berryville, Arkansas.

 

G6-1. Betty Ann Shoesmith, born 23 December 1938 in Iowa; married 10 August 1963 to Raymond Warner;

G6-2. Leroy John Shoesmith, born 23 April 1940 in Iowa; married 14 June 1963 to Sarah Minor; died 29 December 1972;

G6-3. Karen Joyce Shoesmith, born 17 September 1943 in Arkansas; married 19 April 1968 to Kenneth Glover;

G6-4. Bernard Paul Shoesmith, born 24 March 1946 in Arkansas; married June 1968 to Barbara Miller;

G6-5. Jennie Ruth Shoesmith, born 30 May 1949; married 19 October 1968 to Jonathan Futch.

 

G6-1. Betty Ann Shoesmith, daughter of Ronald and Cora Leona (Hans) Shoesmith, was born 23 December 1938 in Iowa. She was married 10 August 1963 to Raymond Warner. Raymond retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in the Air Force. He was born 1 October 1941. Betty is a 7/8th grade teacher and head of the Special Education Department in Harrington, Delaware.

 

G7-1. Russell Mark Warner, born 25 September 1964; married 2 June 1988 to Marilee Sue Laursen;

G7-2. Cynthia Ann Warner, born 23 December 1969;

G7-3. Harmony Joy Warner, born 25 January 1972.

 

G7-l. Russell Mark Warner, son of Lieutenant Colonel Raymond and Betty Ann (Shoesmith) Warner, was born 25 September 1964. He was married 2 June 1988 to Marilee Sue Laursen of Tacoma, Washington. Both graduated from the Air Force Academy on 1 June 1988 and both are Air Force Lieutenants. They live in San Antonio, Texas.

 

G6-2. Leroy John Shoesmith, son of Ronald and Cora Leona (Hans) Shoesmith, was born 23 April 1940 in Iowa. He was married 14 June 1963 to Sarah Minor. He died 29 December 1972. He was an engineer. Sarah married (2) Louis Blankenship.

 

G7-1. Jay Bradley Shoesmith, born 13 March 1968;

G7-2. John Mark Shoesmith, born 12 December 1972.

 

 

G6-3. Karen Joyce Shoesmith, daughter of Ronald and Cora Leona (Hans) Shoesmith, was born 17 September 1943 in Arkansas. She was married 19 April 1968 to Kenneth Glover. They were missionaries on the Island of Dominica and then served a church in Lisbon, Iowa. They moved to Indiana where Ken graduated from Grace Theological Seminary in June 1989. They are presently raising support to be missionaries in Guyana, South America, through UFM.

 

G7-1. Karla Kay Glover, born 19 April 1968;

G7-2. Steven Paul Glover, born 7 February 1970.

 

G6-4. Bernard Paul Shoesmith, son of Ronald and Cora Leona (Hans) Shoesmith, was born 24 March 1946 in Arkansas. He was married June 1968 at Dallas, Texas, to Barbara Miller. They are serving their fourth term as missionaries in Venezuela, South America.

 

G7-1. Brian Paul Shoesmith, born. 18 January 1972;

G7-2. Richard Leroy Shoesmith, born 14 April 19'16;

G7-3. Sarah Marie Shoesmith, born 9 April 1978;

G7-4. Alan Patrick Shoesmith, born 27 April 1979.

(All children born in Venezuela, South America)

 

G6-5. Jennie Ruth Shoesmith, daughter of Ronald and Cora Leona (Hans) Shoesmith, was born 30 May 1949 in Arkansas. She was married 19 October 1968 at Venice, California, to Jonathan Futch, who was born 4 October 1949 at Hollywood, California. They have served as missionaries to South Korea and then on the island of Tonga, employed as teachers. They now reside in Honolulu, Hawaii, and are not church employed.

 

G7-1. Shaun Alan Futch, born 15 August 1970;

G7-2. Launna Michelle Futch, born 15 August 1971, Berryville, Arkansas.

 

G5-7. Elsie Grace Hans, daughter of Paul and Eleonora Lydia (Witte) Hans, was born 8 August 1911 at Addison Township, North Dakota. She worked at North Dakota State University in the Seeds Department. She resides in Fargo, North Dakota.

 

 

G5-8. Eleanora Anne Hans, daughter of Paul and Eleonora Lydia (Witte) Hans, was born 7 September 1912. She was married 26 November 1936 to Myrto Olaf Rood, son of Mr. and Mrs. Morris Rood. Myrto was born 23 December 1912 at Pettibone, North Dakota.

 

G6-1. Orville Clifford Rood, born 9 November 1937 at Jamestown, North Dakota; married 15 July 1967 to Rebecca Jean Wachsmann;

G6-2. Valorie Jean Rood, born 18 February 1940 at Jamestown, North Dakota; married 2 November 1963 to Jesse T. Hancock, Jr.;

G6-3. Robert Myrto Rood, born 6 November 1941 at Williamsport, Pennsylvania; married 31 December 1966 to Joan McKenzie;

G6-4. Judith Eleanor Rood, born 30 June 1945; married 14 July 1979 to James Branscomb;

G6-5. Vernon Paul Rood, born 3 February 1950 at Richmond, Virginia; married 11 August 1973 to Judy Tallman.

 

G6-l. Orville Clifford Rood, son of Myrto Olaf and Eleanora Anne (Hans) Rood, was born 9 November 1937 at Jamestown, North Dakota. He was married 15 July 1967 at Martinsville, Virginia, to Rebecca Jean Wachsmann, daughter of Rudolph and Rebecca (Williams) Wachsmann. Cliff attended Mars Hill College in North Carolina; was in the U. S. Navy 1958-1960. He has worked as a draftsman for National Homes Corporation in Martinsville, Virginia, since 1964. He has won over fifty tennis trophies in local tournaments and has been very active in First Baptist Church as choir member since 1964, Sunday school teacher and Chairman of Deacons. Hobbies are tennis, gardening and watercolor painting.

Jean earned a B. S. degree in Elementary Education from Longwood College in Farmville, Virginia. She taught school for eight years, and then stayed home with the children. She has been a substitute teacher since 1980. Her hobbies include: sewing, needlepoint, crocheting, knitting, and counted cross-stitching. She is active in the Baptist Church; sang in the choir 15 years; has been Sunday school and training union teacher; is active in the W.M.U.; is active in the United Daughters of the Confederacy; and in Christian Women's Club. They reside at Martinsville, Virginia.

 

G7-1. Rebecca Anne Rood, born 3 February 1974 at Martinsville, Virginia;

G7-2. John Walter Rood, born 10 July 1975 at Martinsville, Virginia.

 

Primary source of information re this branch from O. Clifford Rood.

 

 

G6-2. Valorie Jean Rood, daughter of Myrto Olaf and Eleanora Anne (Hans) Rood, was born 18 February 1940 at Jamestown, North Dakota. She was married 2 November 1963 at Charlottesville, Virginia, to Jesse T. Hancock, Jr., son of Jesse T. and Elma (Hedgepeth) Hancock, Sr. Jesse has a Ph. D. in Electrical Engineering and works for a consulting firm on power transmission lines. His hobbies include electronics--ham radio and computers (has his own and is building one also.) Valorie has a BS in Nursing Education and is nursing. She enjoys homemaking-cooking, sewing, gardening. Both are born again Christians.

 

G7-1. Laura Suzanne Hancock, born 24 July 1965 at Norfolk, Virginia;

G7-2. Donna Carol Hancock, born 20 February 1967 at Norfolk, Virginia;

G7-3. Joy Lavonne Hancock, born 8 May 1974 at Jackson, Michigan;

G7-4. Rachel Ellyn Hancock, born 8 November 1975 at Jackson, Michigan.

 

G6-3. Robert Myrto Rood, son of Myrto Olaf and Eleanora Anne (Hans) Rood, was born 6 November 1941 at Williamsport, Pennsylvania. He was married 31 December 1966 at Hampton, Virginia, to Joan McKenzie, daughter of Burton Haywood and Bertha Lois (Morgan) McKenzie. Joan was born 23 May 1944 at Newport News, Virginia. Bob is a Lieutenant Commander, U. S. Naval Reserve (21 years service). He is an Engineer with C & P Telephone of Virginia; has an AA Mars Hill College; MBA Virginia Tech; BS Virginia Tech. He has been a Sunday school teacher and deacon of Columbia Baptist Church. Hobbies are woodworking and stained glass. Joan earned her BS degree from Longwood College. She is employed in Washington, D.C., with the Mathematical Sciences Education Board. They reside at Fairfax County, Virginia.

 

G7-1. Melissa Carol Rood, born 31 March 1970 at Radford, Virginia;

G7-2. Mark McKenzie Rood, born 22 April 1972 at Lynchburg, Virginia;

G7-3. Catherine Ann Rood, born 17 November 1973 at Lynchburg, Virginia.

 

 

G6-4. Judith Eleanor Rood, daughter of Myrto Olaf and Eleanora Anne (Hans) Rood, was born 30 June 1945. She was married 14 July 1979 to James Branscomb. He is a graduate of North Carolina State University. James owns Branscomb Wholesale Co. Judith graduated from the University of Virginia School of Radiology. She is active in her church. Her hobbies include skiing, tole painting, appliqueing, cross stitch, photography, and Tom Clark gnomes.

 

G6-5. Vernon Paul Rood, son of Myrto Olaf and Eleanora Anne (Hans) Rood, was born 3 February 1950 at Richmond, Virginia. He was married 11 August 1973 at Norfolk, Virginia, to Judy Tallman, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Nixon G. Tallman, Jr. Judy was born 14 June 1951 at Jacksonville, North Carolina. Paul is Director of Building and Grounds at the University of Virginia. He has a B.S. degree from Old Dominion University. Judy is now a high school librarian and Media Specialist at Charlottesville High School. She has a M. Ed. from James Madison University. Both attended Mars Hill College. They live at Charlottesville, Virginia.

 

G7-1. Erick Tiller Rood, born 22 November 1982 at Charlottesville, Virginia.

G7-2. Carla Anne Rood, born 6 August 1987 at Charlottesville, Virginia.

 

 

G5-9. Pearl Olive Hans, daughter of Paul and Eleonora Lydia (Witte) Hans, was born 7 September 1914 at Addison Township, North Dakota. She was married 3 August 1937 at the St. Paul Cathedral to John James Gillespie, son of Austin Mathew and Ellen (Caneff) Gillespie. John worked at Superior Packing Co. for twenty-four years until the company went bankrupt; then worked fifteen years at American Can Company when he retired in 1977. He then worked part-time at the Presbyterian Home. His hobby was golfing. Pearl died 6 June 1945 and John died 25 May 1982. Both are buried at Sunset Memorial in St. Anthony, Minnesota.

 

G6-1. Larry John Gillespie, born 16 June 1942 at St. Paul, Minnesota; married 13 June 1964 to Delores Jane Starck; divorced;

G6-2. Mary Ellen Gillespie, born 11 February 1945 at St. Paul, Minnesota; married 4 November 1967 to Raymond John Flor.

 

G6-1. Larry John Gillespie, son of John James and Pearl Olive (Hans) Gillespie, was born 16 June 1942 at St. Paul, Minnesota. He was married 13 June 1964 at St. Paul, Minnesota, to Delores Jane Starck, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Starck. Delores was born 24 March 1944 at St. Paul, Minnesota. They are divorced.

 

G7-1. Deborah Lynn Gillespie, born 2 August 1965;

G7-2. Gregory John Gillespie, born 10 July 1969; died 11 July 1969;

G7-3. Douglas Michael Gillespie, born 28 November 1970;

G7-4. Sarah Jane Gillespie, born 8 January 1973.

 

G6-2. Mary Ellen Gillespie, daughter of John James and Pearl Olive (Hans) Gillespie, was born 11 February 1945 at St. Paul, Minnesota. She was married 4 November 1967 at New Brighton, Minnesota, to Raymond John Flor, son of William Andrew and Alice Menne (Trojanowski) Flor. Raymond was born 25 May 1945 at Shoreview, Minnesota. They reside at Arden Hills, Minnesota.

 

G7-1. Jeffrey John Flor, born 31 March 1969;

G7-2. Timothy William Flor, born 17 March 1970;

G7-3. Jennifer Rae Flor, born 14 January 1975.


 

 

 

G4-3. Edwin Emil Witte, son of Emil and Anna (Yaeck) Witte, was born 4 January 1887 at Watertown, Wisconsin. He was married 2 September 1916 at Madison, Wisconsin, to Florence Rimsnider. A summary of his accomplishments follows taken from the book, Edwin F Witte, Cautious Reformer, by Theron F. Schlabach. Edwin died 20 May 1960 at Madison, Wisconsin.

 

"Edwin Witte graduated from the University of Wisconsin and received his Ph. D. also from that institution. While there he studied under many of the progressive scholars of that time, John R. Commons, an economist, having the most influence. Through Commons' influence, Witte worked for the Wisconsin Industrial Commission in 1914 for which he was statistician; then in December 1912 as secretary to John M. Nelson, the Congressman from the Madison area for whom Witte had once done a bit of party footwork. In 1914 Witte had the opportunity of working on the historic Clayton Antitrust bill, since it was assigned to the House Judiciary Committee of which Nelson was a member. (1)

"But each task under Commons, whether advising the Industrial Commission on workmen's compensation, advising Nelson on legislation, researching and recommending labor law, contributing to books, or acting as industrial mediator, gave Witte opportunity to put some idea of Commons' into practice, and foreshadowed some part of his future career.

 

"In 1916 Witte returned temporarily to his formal academic studies, and prepared for his preliminary doctoral examination. When he took it in August, Ely praised his performance and that of his fellow student of Commons, Selig Perlman, as the best in Ely's quarter century at Wisconsin. That done, the twenty-nine year old Witte turned once again to other matters, and not until 1927 did he receive his Ph.D. degree.

 

"Witte had met a young lady while working in Chicago for the United States Industrial Relations Commission in 1915. Florence Rimsnider was a trained librarian of the Commission staff, in her mid-twenties. She had been reared in Madison, and like Witte, was a participant in the pursuit of progressive legislation, having worked for five years in the Wisconsin Legislative Reference Library. Because she decided to carry through a previous commitment to work for nearly a year in New York cataloguing material in the Columbia Law Library, Witte courted her largely by correspondence--plus several visits to her city. Back at Madison on September 2, 1916, they were married in a small ceremony on the porch of her family's Lake Waubesa cottage." (2)

 

 

1. Edwin E. Witte, Cautious Reformer, by Theron F. Schlabach, p. 27.

2. Ibid, p. 29.

 

 

"In the fall of 1916, after his marriage, Witte returned to the University as an assistant in political economy. His assignment was to teach 'Labor Legislation and Administration' in Commons' absence, to help supervise Commons' students, and to help Ely revise several books. Shortly after the academic year began, he was asked to become the executive secretary of the Wisconsin Industrial Commission. After the election, he accepted. (3)

 

"When Witte moved his office from the University of Wisconsin to the State Capitol in January of 1917 he did not intend to renounce an academic career, but not until 1933 did he finally retrace the steps back to the campus. For the first five years he worked as secretary of the Wisconsin Industrial Commission, and then, for eleven years more, he was chief of another agency closely associated with Wisconsin progressivism, the Legislative Reference Library. (4)

 

"In 1933, at the age of forty-six, Witte returned to the University of Wisconsin to become Professor of Economics. As Wilbur J. Cohen wrote: Professor Witte's greatest reward in life may have been his influence on and through his students. Although he was also a social reformer and a public servant, he was primarily a teacher, in and outside of the classroom. He gave unselfishly of his time and energy to his students." (5)

 

" ... In Washington several people were busily drawing up plans for an elaborate organization to aid the cabinet committee (Committee on Economic Security.) (This committee was assigned the task of drafting the Social Security Act.) They were Bryce Stewart of the Industrial Relations Counselors of New York, Meredith B. Givens of the Social Science Research Council, and Assistant Secretary of Labor Arthur Altmeyer, a Wisconsin man and Commons' student who knew Witte as an old friend. Miss Perkins, chairman of the cabinet committee, had had frequent professional contacts with Witte, and she knew him as an able, honest and practical investigator. Suddenly on July 24, 1934, with no advance warning, Altmeyer informed Witte that he and Miss Perkins wanted him to be executive director of their organization, heading the research staff and taking immediate charge of all investigations and studies. Within twenty-four hours Witte arranged a semester's leave of absence from the university and Unemployment Compensation in Wisconsin. On July 26 he arrived in Washington, accepted the new post and took up his duties." (6)

 

"Wilbur Cohen wrote: He (Witte) was a human dynamo. In six months' time he compiled voluminous reports and drafted one of the most important pieces of legislation enacted in the nation's history. I doubt that anything like that would be accomplished today . . . He started from scratch in setting up an organization; he had to balance the interplay of ideas and interests among many groups; there were violent differences of opinion, and petty jealousies. There were no statistics on which to base accurate reports. There were no demonstration projects, from which to benefit. . . His task was not over, however, with the completion of the report and the drafting of the bill. He found himself explaining and defending the proposed legislation before both the House Committee on Ways and Means and the Senate Committee on Finance. He sat in the executive sessions of both committees, on the floor of the Senate and in conference committees, helping to mold the technical and legal modifications and policy compromises. . . (7)

 

"After he returned to Madison. . . The high point of this period of his career was when he was elected president of the American Economic Association in 1956. . ." (8)

 

"A complex but humble man, he always disclaimed fame for his many accomplishments. Although many people called him the Father of Social Security, he unhesitatingly gave the credit to others. He was an ordinary man in many ways, unimpressed by superficialities. He loved his family and his home. He was a man on whom you could depend. Regardless of the problem, his students, his friends and associates knew that Ed Witte would find the time and energy to help find a solution. He was a source of great strength, a compassionate and kind man of absolute integrity." (9)

 

G5-1. John Witte, born 3 September 1918 at Madison, Wisconsin; married to Willene Cone;

G5-2. Margaret Witte, born 6 February 1922; married 6 February 1945 to Felder S. Weeks;

G5-3. Elizabeth Witte, born 1926, married Thomas L. Thompson.

 

 

3. Ibid, p. 31

4. Ibid, p. 33

5. Ibid, p. 50

6. Ibid, p. 97;

7. Ibid, Foreword, p. VI;

8. Ibid, Foreword, p. VII;

9. Ibid, Foreword, p. VIII.

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G5-1. John Witte, son of Edwin Emil and Florence (Rimsnider) Witte, was born 3 September 1918 at Madison, Wisconsin. He was married to Willene Cone, who was born 11 September 1918 at Muskegon, Michigan. John was the owner of two children's cloth­ing stores at Fort Atkinson and Monroe, Wisconsin. He died 5 July 1961 at Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin. Willene married (2) in 1978 to Harry Winn.

 

G6-1. Willard Edwin Witte, born 13 June 1944 at Milwau­kee, Wisconsin; married 14 June 1969 to Victoria Stafford;

G6-2. John Fredrick Witte, born 12 June 1946 at Milwaukee, Wisconsin; married 9 August 1968 to Mary Catherine Polk.

 

G6-1. Willard Edwin Witte, son of John and Willene Witte, was born 13 June 1944 at Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He was married 14 June 1969 to Victoria Stafford. Willard is Professor of Econom­ics at the University of Indiana, Bloomington, Indiana.

 

G7-1. James Stafford Witte, born 18 July 1978 at State College, Pennsylvania.

 

G6-2. John Fredrick Witte, son of John and Willene Witte, was born 12 June 1946 at Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He was married 9 August 1968 to Mary Catherine Polk. He is Professor of Political Science at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin.

 

G7-1. David Scott Witte, born 19 June 1971 at Washington, D. C.;

G7-2. Amy Jennereau Witte, born 12 February 1974 at New Haven Connecticut.

 

Wedding of Edwin and Florence Witte

Back:  Rimsnider family. George Eichman. Max Witte.

 

Middle: Mrs. Rim­snider, Edwin and Florence Witte,

Anna Witte, Ella Eichmann, Agina Kant, Clara Witte;

 

Front: Rimsnider relative with 2 boys; Ruth Rupprecht, Rosetta Vethe, Es­tella Hermsmeier, Anita Check, Violet Jahnke.

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G5-2. Margaret Witte, daughter of Edwin Emil and Florence (Rimsnider) Witte, was born 26 February 1922 at Madison, Wisconsin. She was married 6 February 1945 at Perry, Florida, to Felder S. Weeks, who was born 13 January 1920. Felder is a retired architect.

 

G6-1. Paul Douglas Weeks, born 12 January 1947 at Atlanta, Georgia; married 26 January 1970 to Jeannine Creech;

G6-2. Sally Elizabeth Weeks, born 4 May 1949 at Knoxville, Tennessee; married Frank Wingate December 1970;

G6-3, Susan Jean Weeks, born 1 August 1952 at Knoxville, Tennessee; married 12 February 1983 to Steven Wright;

G6-4. Martha Ellen Weeks, born 24 January 1957 at Knoxville, Tennessee;

G6-5. Mary Amanda Weeks, born 17 March 1961; married 1 July 1989 to Kaya Senyuz.

 

G6-1. Paul Douglas Weeks, son of Felder S. and Margaret (Witte) Weeks, was born 12 January 1947 at Atlanta, Georgia. He was married 26 January 1970 at Columbia, South Carolina, to Jeannine Anne Creech. Jeannine was born 27 September 1946 at Smithfield, North Carolina. Paul has Ph.D. in Chemistry from University of Wisconsin, Madison, and is Manager at Pfizer Central Research Drug Company. He is active in Boy Scouts and the Episcopal Church. Jeannine has a Masters in Immuno-Hematology from University of North Carolina. She is active in church and is on the Town Board of Education Advisory Committee.

 

G7-1. James Lovie Weeks, born 24 June 1977;

G7-2. Catherine Anne Weeks, born 26 August 1984 (adopted).

 

G6-2. Sally Elizabeth Weeks, daughter of Felder S. and Margaret (Witte) Weeks, was born 4 May 1949 at Knoxville, Tennessee. She was married December 1970 to Francis Wingate, son of Francis Baldwin and Sara Lee (Banks) Wingate. Francis was born 29 September 1948 at Birmingham, Alabama. They are divorced and Sally has resumed her maiden name. Sally is presently employed by Emory University and is a graduate student at Georgia State University. She is a clarinet player and is a member of the community band; also is an active Girl Scout leader.

 

G7-1. Laura Anne Wingate, born 30 September 1977 at Portland, Oregon;

G7-2. Sarah Amanda Wingate, born 10 June 1982 at Atlanta, Georgia;

G7-3. David Frazer Wingate, born 17 April 1986 at Atlanta, Georgia.

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G6-3. Susan Jean Weeks, daughter of Felder S. and Mar­garet (Witte) Weeks, was born 1 August 1952 at Knoxville, Ten­nessee. She was married 12 February 1983 at Albuquerque, New Mexico, to Steven Alan Wright, son of Donald Edwards and Alma June (Herrige) Wright. Steven was born 15 April 1949 at Whit­tier, California. He is a nuclear engineer employed by Sandia National Laboratory. He did his doctoral research in Karlsruhe, West Germany, for one year in 1973-74. Susan is an attorney. Daniel was born in Karlsruhe, West Germany, when Steven was work­ing as a guest scientist at a research institute there.

G7-1. Paul Weeks Wright, born 16 June 1985;

G7-2. Daniel Weeks Wright, born 31 May 1987, Karlsruhe, West Germany.

G6-4. Mary Amanda Weeks, daughter of Felder S. and Margaret (Witte) Weeks, was born 17 March 1961 at Knoxville, Ten­nessee. She was married 1 July 1989 to Kaya Senyuz.

 

G5-3. Elizabeth Witte, daughter of Edwin Emil and Florence (Rimsnider) Witte, was born in 1926. She married Thomas L. Thompson.

 

G6-1. Patricia Thompson;

G6-2. Michael Thompson;

G6-3. Richard Thompson;

G6-4. Thomas Thompson;

G6-5. Ann Thompson.


Below:

Sally Weeks. Laura Wingate,

Sarah Wingate, David Wingate

 

 

 

 


Below: Paul Weeks, Sally (Weeks) Wingate, Felder Weeks, Susan Weeks, Martha Weeks, Mary (Weeks) Senyus

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G4-4. Ella Irma Witte, daughter of Emil and Anna Theresa (Yaeck) Witte, was born 4 May 1888 at Watertown, Wisconsin. She was married 25 August 1909 at the Ebenezer Moravian Church to George Paul Eichmann, son of Gustav and Maria (Rettig) Eichmann. Ruth Rupprecht reported that her parents “were raised and lived all their lives on a farm. George Eichmann was born on what was later the Herman Schuenke farm. When George and Ella married they lived just across the road for eighteen years. They then moved to the farm which had been my Grandfather Emil Witte's and after he died my Uncle Max Witte (who was the oldest son) bought it, and lived there till my parents bought it in 1927." George died 25 January 1942 at Watertown, Wisconsin; and Ella died 21 February 1958 at Watertown, Wisconsin. Both are buried on the Ebenezer Moravian Cemetery, Watertown, Wisconsin.

 

G5-1. Ruth Clara Eichmann, born 11 October 1912 at Watertown, Wisconsin; married 9 February 1933 to Leo Rupprecht.

 

G5-1. Ruth Clara Eichmann, daughter of George and Ella (Witte) Eichmann, was born 11 October 1912 at Watertown, Wisconsin. She was married 9 February 1933 at town of Jefferson, Wisconsin, to Leo John Rupprecht, son of John and Margaret (Grill) Rupprecht. Leo was born 5 August 1906, town of Jefferson, Wisconsin. They were both raised on the farm. When Ruth's father died, they took over the operation of the farm from 1942 to 1957 when they moved to Florida. Leo owned and operated a party fishing boat until he retired in 1964. They reside in Tampa, Florida.

 

G4-5. Agine Ester Witte, daughter of Emil and Anna Theresa (Yaeck) Witte, was born 21 September 1897 at Watertown, Wisconsin. She was married 21 October 1920 at Ebenezer Moravian Church to Rev. Herbert Kant, son of Rev. Theobold and Louise (Friedmann) Kant. Herbert was born 29 January 1893 and died 31 August 1962. Agine died 4 September 1977. Both are buried on the Moravian Cemetery at Watertown, Wisconsin. They served Moravian pastorates in the Western Province.

 

G5-1. Harrold Kant, born 18 July 1924;

G5-2. Kenneth Kant, born 22 March 1931; married 2 July 1954 to Sandra Noyer.

 

G5-2. Kenneth Kant, son of Rev. Herbert and Aginea (Witte) Kant, was born 22 March 1931. He was married 2 July 1954 to Sandra Noyer. Sandra was born 23 January 1935. Kenneth is a Civil Engineer.

 

G6-1. Deborah Kant, born 16 July 1955; married 4 June 1978 to Mike Taschner;

G6-2. Larry Kant, born 17 March 1957 at Madison. Wisconsin; married 9 June 1979 to Gwen Wahlberg;

G6-3. Kathryn Kant, born 13 April 1962.

 

G6-1. Deborah Kant, daughter of Kenneth and Sandra (Noyer) Kant, was born 16 July 1955. She was married 4 June 1978 to Mike Taschner. Deborah is a Special Education teacher and lives at Richmond, California.

 

G6-2. Larry Kant, son of Kenneth and Sandra (Noyer) Kant, was born 17 March 1957 at Madison, Wisconsin. He was married 9 June 1979 at Hudson, Wisconsin, to Gwen Wahlberg, daughter of Bernal and Geraldine (Rolston) Wahlberg. Gwen was born 22 June 1957 at Hudson, Wisconsin. Larry has a degree in Marketing. They live in Denver, Colorado.

 


 

 

G3-2. Johannes (John) Witte, son of Julius and Ernstina (Hans) Witte, was born 15 August 1856. He was married to Emelie Ida Ulm, daughter of Ferdinand and Amalia Ulm. Emelie was born 19 December 1859 and died 4 June 1925. John died 6 March 1916 of angina pectoria with diabetes a contributory cause.

 

G4-1. Laura Emilie Witte, born 11 March 1885 at Watertown, Wisconsin; married 12 August 1908 to John Piper; died 6 June 1955.

 

G4-1. Laura Emilie Witte, daughter of Johannes (John) and Emelie Ida (U1m) Witte, was born 11 March 1885 at Watertown, Wisconsin. She was married 12 August 1908 at Ebenezer Moravian Church, Watertown, Wisconsin, to John (Johannes) Emanuel Piper, son of Karl August and Auguste Pauline Emelie (Hans) Piper. John was born 8 January 1880 at Davenport, Cass County, North Dakota. He attended a Lutheran College, Northwestern, in Watertown, Wisconsin, and while there met Laura. After their marriage, John and Laura continued farming Laura's parents' farm in the vicinity of the Ebenezer Moravian Church all their lives. Since 1904 the farm has been known for its breeding of registered Holstein cattle. Laura became the church organist at the age of twelve. John was a member of the Board of Education, served on church boards, was Superintendent of the Sunday School, and President of the Milk Producers Association; John died 6 April 1943 and Laura died 6 June 1953 at Watertown, Wisconsin. Both are buried on the Ebenezer Moravian Cemetery, Watertown, Wisconsin.

 

G5-1. Ervin Witte Piper, born 25 June 1909 at Watertown, Wisconsin; married 21 June 1940 to Pauline Doolittle; died 10 October 1980;

G5-2. Esther Anna Piper, born 22 January 1911 at Watertown, Wisconsin; married 25 September 1943 to Clarence Wollin;

G5-3. Olive Viola Piper, born 29 August 1912 at Watertown, Wisconsin; married 1 October 1932 to Dean Long;

G5-4. George Washington Piper, born 22 February 1914 at Watertown, Wisconsin; married (1) 25 May 1941 to Helen Maybelle (May) Fredrich; (2) 27 February 1960 to Ethel Owens; died 27 January 1985;

G5-5. Carl John Piper, born 3 May 1915 at Watertown, Wisconsin; married 16 November 1941 to Eleonora Schmidt; died 23 September 1987;

G5-6. Milton W. Piper, born 23 April 1917 at Watertown, Wisconsin; married 4 September 1950 to Margaret Henderson; died 1 September 1986;

G5-7. Male child, born and died 15 February 1920;

G5-8. Alvin R. Piper, born 21 May 1921 at Watertown, Wisconsin; married 29 January 1950 to Marion Galloway;

G5-9. Arden L. Piper, born 23 June 1923 at Watertown, Wisconsin; married 3 November 1945 to Betty Weidenhoeft;

G5-10. Grace E. Piper, born 21 February 1925 at Watertown, Wisconsin; married 14 June 1947 to Eugene Ke1m; died 16 April 1967.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Above: John and   Laura Piper

 

 

Seated: Laura, Esther, Grace, Olive, John Piper

Standing: Ervin, Carl, Arden, Milton, Alvin, George Piper

 

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G5-l. Ervin Witte Piper, son of John Emanuel and Laura Emilie (Witte) Piper, was born 25 June 1909 at Watertown, Wisconsin. He was married 21 June 1940 to Pauline Doolittle. Pauline was born 19 May 1919. They resided at Kalama, Washington. Ervin died 10 October 1980; buried Longview, Washington. Ervin worked in a defense plant during WWII and later became a contractor.

 

G6-1. Ruth Ann Piper, born 11 July 1941 at Watertown, Wisconsin; married 19 September 1959 to Gary H. Gregg;

G6-2. Barbara Lynn Piper, born 14 April 1945 at Manitowoc, Wisconsin; married 12 July 1969 to Richard T. Dierst, Jr.;

G6-3. Lee Ervin Piper, born 12 June 1948 at Longview, Washington, married (1) 12 June 1971 to Linda Lucille Self; (2) 12 April 1980 to Judith Branden;

G6-4. Robert John Piper, born 15 October 1949 at Longview, Washington; married 8 March 1969 to Penny Bea White.

 

G6-l. Ruth Ann Piper, daughter of Ervin Witte and Pauline (Doolittle) Piper, was born 11 July 1941 at Watertown. Wisconsin. She was married 19 September 1959 to Gary H. Gregg. Gary was born 27 January 1937 at Longview, Washington, Gary is the owner of a construction firm.

 

G7-1. Joel Lee Gregg, born 7 March 1973 at Longview, Washington (adopted);

G7-2. Jill Ann Gregg, born 7 July 1973 in Taiwan (adopted);

 

G6-2. Barbara Lynn Piper, daughter of Ervin Witte and Pauline (Doolittle) Piper, was born 14 April 1945 at Manitowoc, Wisconsin. She was married 12 July 1969 to Richard T. Dierst. Richard was born 23 September 1943 at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is a lab technician at Boeing Aircraft. Barbara is employed by the school district.

 

G7-1. Jeremy Shawn Dierst, born 11 March 1973 at Renton, Washington.

 

G6-3. Lee Ervin Piper, son of Ervin Witte and Pauline (Doolittle) Piper, was born 12 June 1948 at Longview, Washington. He was married (1) 12 June 1971 to Linda Lucille Self. Linda was born 11 November 1952. Lee was married (2) 12 April 1980 to Judith Brandon. Judith was born 23 October 1945. Lee is a chemical engineer at a research lab in Bellevue, Washington.

 

G7-1. Jenny Piper, born 31 January 1976.

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G6-4. Robert John Piper, son of Ervin Witte and Pauline (Doolittle) Piper, was born 15 October 1949 at Longview, Washington. He was married 8 March 1969 to Penny Bea White. Penny was born 6 October 1949 at Longview, Washington, Robert is meat Department Manager in F Market. Penny is a registered nurse and works part time in the local hospital emergency room.

 

G7-1. Matthew Robert Piper, born 10 August 1969 at Longview; Washington;

G7-2. Deanna Lynn Piper, born 5 August 1972;

G7-3. Joshua Leonard Piper, born 2 October 1976.

 

G5-2. Esther Anna Piper, daughter of John Emanuel and Laura Emilie (Witte) Piper, was born 22 January 1911 at Watertown, Wisconsin. She was married 25 September 1943 at Watertown, Wisconsin, to Rev. Clarence Wollin. Clarence was born 10 July 1913 at Aztalan Township, Jefferson County, Wisconsin. Rev. Wollin is a minister of the Moravian Church and they have served parishes in North Dakota, Minnesota, Michigan, and Wisconsin. Following retirement he has served interim pastorates in the Moravian Church, and as a Presbyterian associate pastor in Linden, Michigan.

 

G6-1. Carl Piper Wollin, born 8 January 1945 at Minot, Ward County, North Dakota; married (1) 24 November 1965 to Lynn Burgett; (2) 27 June 1987 to Paula Anderson Atherton;

G6-2. Ruth Esther Wollin, born 31 March 1947 at Fargo, Cass County, North Dakota;

G6-3. Eunice Ann Wollin, born 12 February 1949 at Fargo, Cass County, North Dakota; married 7 October 1972 to David Brady.

 

G6-1. Carl Piper Wollin, son of Clarence and Esther Anna (Piper) Wollin, was born 8 January 1945 at Minot, Ward County, North Dakota. He was married (1) 24 November 1965 to Lynn Burgett. Lynn was born 8 August 1946. They were divorced. He was married (2) 27 June 1986 to Paula Anderson Atherton, daughter of Ervin and Joyce Neely Anderson. Paula was born 6 April 1956 at Flint, Michigan. She has a daughter by a previous marriage. Paula is a registered nurse in Flint. Carl is a machinist at Buick Motors; their hobbies are skiing instruction and boating.

 

G7-1. Timothy James Wollin, born 16 June 1966 at Fort Sill, Oklahoma; science graduate of Michigan State University;

G7-2. Amanda Marie Atherton, born 3 May 1960 at Princeton, New Jersey.

 

 

G6-2 Ruth Esther Wollin, daughter of Clarence and Esther Anna (Piper) Wollin, was born 31 March 1947 at Fargo, Cass County, North Dakota. She resides in Flint, Michigan, where she is a Flint Community Schools Administrator. She enjoys skiing and traveling.

 

G6-3 Eunice Ann Wollin, daughter of Clarence and Esther Anna (Piper) Wollin, was born 12 February 1949 at Fargo, Cass County, North Dakota. She was married 7 October 1972 at Freedom, Wisconsin to David Brady, son of Loren and Arlene (Stoll) Brady. David was born 1 September 1949 at Bay City, Michigan. David is an Area Law Supervisor for the Department of Natural Resources. Eunice is a secondary education teacher. They reside in Traverse City, Michigan, and enjoy nature and boating.

 

G7-1. Jennifer Ann Wollin Brady, born 11 October 1976 at White Pine, Michigan;

G7-2. Benjamin David Brady, born 16 July 1979 at Port Huron, Michigan.

 

 

MEMORIES

 

Growing up in rural Minnesota, the Wollin children lived in an ideal setting, the Lake Auburn Moravian Church parsonage and Home for the Aged, were set among five homes and one farm. The community was surrounded by hills, woods and a small lake.

 

It was like living in a park as we hiked, climbed trees, had picnics, explored, swam, fished and ice-skated. The hills were perfect for sledding and tobogganing. Neighbors had horses that we often rode.

 

Attached to the old brick parsonage with slanted floors was a wonderful big screen porch. We spent hours and hours playing games on that porch, and in the evening of a hot summer day, it was 0001 and sheltered. We had a huge garden, bordered by mother's beautiful flowers, a kitchen with baking smells, mountains of leaves, acres of grass and a cemetery and a dog.

 

Sunday afternoon dad often read to us. He read books like "West Point Story", "Little Women", "Zane Gray", etc. Sunday evening’s mom would gather us together to sing around the piano. Later, we added our band instruments. Every summer we visited scenic and historical sites across America and camped in State Parks. On one trip we visited Aunt Pauline and Uncle Ervin in Oregon. Digging clams with our cousins brought to reality the source of that annual box of holly we received each Christmas.

 

 

None of our relatives lived near us. We really looked forward to our summer and Christmas trips to Watertown, Wisconsin, where there were lots of cousins. In the summer, there was always a Piper family picnic, usually at Rock Lake in Lake Mills. In December, there was always a Piper Christmas party, where exchanging names for gifts was a tradition.

 

We usually stayed at the Kelm’s. Aunt Grace lived in town, not far from Aunt Olive. Margie, Jill and Pete were great playmates and knew the way to the candy store. In the afternoons and evenings, we'd often visit the other relatives. Out at Uncle George's farm, Curtis and Gayle had a room full of trains, cattle in the pasture, and a lane crossing the railroad tracks. They told stories about tramps. The "Home Farm" is where we often saw the other Uncles and their families. The Piper Family farmhouse had become the office. Aunt Olive was usually there and would take us out to see the bulls in the barn. Nearby was Uncle Al's home; Uncle Arden's was across from the Ebenezer Church, with Uncle Carl and Uncle Milton's homes on a farm across the field. Adults would catch up on old acquaintances, and we children would hang around -- at first self-consciously, and then be off playing as our parents visited.

Wisconsin relatives did come to see us in Minnesota.

 

One evening, I remember waiting in the Minneapolis train station as Margie and Gayle stepped off the train, as sophisticated young teens, in matching corduroy skirts. Another memory is of Billy and David Long, capturing a boatful of turtles on our lake. One summer we returned to Wisconsin (without mom and dad) with Uncle Arden's family. On one trip, in an old brown and tan Chevy, we brought several young cousins and Aunt Grace back with us from Wisconsin. Almost home, we stopped at the Dairy Queen, piled out for ice cream and piled back in to head home. At Lake Auburn, we discovered that "Goldie", our dog who had spent the long trip under six or seven pairs of young and restless legs, was no longer with us. Dad quickly drove back the seven miles to find Goldie patiently waiting for us.

As adults, our lives changed, became very busy and we have been engrossed with day-to-day issues. However, so much of what we are, and what we value is tied to the sweet memories of our childhood and the people connecting us to that solid heritage of our past.


G5-3. Olive Viola Piper, daughter of John Emanuel and Laura Emilie (Witte) Piper, was born 29 August 1912 at Watertown, Jefferson County, Wisconsin. She was married 1 October 1932 to William Dean Long, who was born 29 September 1909 at Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. Dean died 12 September 1952. Olive worked in the office for Piper Brothers Farms and Carnation Company in Watertown, Wisconsin. She now resides at Hansen, Idaho.

 

G6-1. William Dean Long, Jr., born 30 November 1937 at Watertown, Wisconsin; married 21 September 1966 to Doreen Loveall Erekson;

G6-2. David John Long, born 27 February 1942 at Milwaukee, Wisconsin; married 30 December 1968 to Dorothy June Stanger.

 

G6-l. William Dean Long, Jr., son of William Dean and Olive Viola (Piper) Long, was born 30 November 1937 at Watertown, Wisconsin. He was married 21 September 1966 in Utah to Doreen Loveall Erekson. Doreen was born 5 July 1934. Bill is President and Chairman of the Board of sixteen large grocery stores in Idaho, Oregon, and Washington. He employs about 1200. Doreen had four children from a previous marriage.

 

G7-1. Angie Erekson, born 2 January 1955; married on 29 July 1973 to Ernie Elliott;

G7-2. Scott Erekson, born 14 April 1957; married on 8 August 1976 to Laurie Copelan;

G7-3. Irene Erekson, born 26 June 1958; married on 8 September 1985 to Brian Law;

G7-4. Jeffery Erekson, born 25 May 1962; married on 18 August 1984 to Tina Thurber;

G7-5. William Dean Long Jr., born 8 January 1968 in Sandy, Utah; is serving a 2-year mission for the Mormon Church;

G7-6. Jennifer Long, born 9 February 1973 in Boise, Idaho; she is the Baton Twirler of the Borah High School Band, Boise, Idaho; in 1984 was Miss Idaho National Pre-Teen Baton Twirler.

 

 

G7-l. Angie Erekson, daughter of Doreen Loveall Erekson Long and stepdaughter of Bill Long, was born 2 January 1955. She was married on 29 July 1973 to Ernie Elliott. Ernie is a Principal of a Junior High School in Weston, Utah. Angie is an elementary school teacher.

 

G8-1. Holly Elliott, born 18 October 1975 in Boise, Idaho;

G8-2. Emily Elliott, born 14 June 1977 in Boise, Idaho;

G8-3. Ernie Elliott, born 25 May 1979 in Boise, Idaho;

G8-4. Amanda Elliott, born 26 March 1982 in Boise, Idaho;

G8-5. Travis Elliott, born 15 August 1985 in Boise, Idaho.

 

G7-2. Scott Erekson, son of Doreen Loveall Erekson Long and stepson of Bill Long, was born 15 April 1957. He was married on 8 August 1976 to Laurie Copelan. Laura was born 10 January 1957. She teaches exceptionally smart kids math in a high school in Salem, Oregon. Scott manages one of his father's grocery stores in Salem, Oregon.

 

G8-1. Scotty Erekson, born 24 December 1978 in Salem, Oregon;

G8-2. Nichols Erekson, born 20 August 1983 in Salem, Oregon;

G8-3. Daniel Erekson, born 11 March 1987 in Salem, Oregon.

 

G7-3. Irene Erekson McAllister Law, daughter of Doreen Loveall Erekson Long and stepdaughter of Bill Long, was born 26 June 1958. She married Brian Law on 8 September 1965. Brian was born on 17 September 1955. Irene had two children from a previous marriage. Irene gives baton lessons to 50 students. Brian works for an insurance company.

 

G8-1. Tara McAllister, born 2 February 1979 in Boise, Idaho;

G8-2. Nathan McAllister, born 29 April 1980 in Boise, Idaho;

G8-3. Breanna Law, born 22 August 1986 in Boise, Idaho;

G8-4. Kassano Law, born 3 January 1990 in Boise, Idaho.

 

G7-4. Jeffery Erekson, son of Doreen Loveall Erekson Long and stepson of Bill Long was born 25 May 1962. He was married 18 August 1984 to Tina Thurber. Tina was born 25 February 1963. Tina gives piano, organ and violin lessons. Jeffery sells New York Life Insurance.

 

G8-1. Stephanie Erekson, born 28 February 1986 in Boise, Idaho.

 

G8-2. Katelin Erekson, born 5 November 1987 in Boise, Idaho;

G8-3. Ashley Erekson, born 24 August 1989 in Boise. Idaho.

 

G6-2. David John Long, son of William Dean and Olive Viola (Piper) Long, was born 27 February 1942 at Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He was married 30 December 1968 at Elko, Nevada, to Dorothy June Stanger, daughter of Charles Adonis and Helen A. (Lewis) Stanger. Dorothy was born 29 December 1937 at Twin Falls, Idaho. David does heavy equipment construction work. Dorothy had three children from a previous marriage who were legally adopted by David.

 

G7-1. Randell Adonis Long, born 21 July 1957 at Jerome, Idaho; married 15 July 1982 to Kellee Gail Spring;

G7-2. Douglas John Long, born 24 January 1959 at Boise, Idaho; married and divorced;

G7-3. Scott David Long, born 3 November 1963 at Caldwell, Idaho; married 30 June 1984 to Brook M. Bourn.

 

G7-l. Randell Adonis Long, son of David John and Dorothy June (Stanger) Long, was born 21 July 1957 at Jerome, Idaho. He was married 17 July 1982 to Kellee Gail Spring. Kellee was born 7 October 1979 in Jerome, Idaho. Randy is an electrician.

 

G8-1. Ryan Adonis Long, born 10 March 1984 at Denver, Colorado.

G8-2. Casey Dean Long, born 18 November 1986.

 

G7-2. Douglas John Long, son of David John and Dorothy Stanger Long, was born 24 January 1959 in Boise, Idaho. He was married and divorced. Douglas is an electrician.

 

G8-1. Danny Long, born 20 April 1986 in Twin Falls, Idaho.

 

G7-3. Scott David Long, son of David John and Dorothy Stanger Long, was born 3 November 1963 in Caldwell, Idaho. He was married 30 June 1984 to Brook Bourn. Brook was born on 21 February 1966. Scott is an electrician.

 

G8-1. Melissa Louise Long, born 15 August 1986 in Twin Falls, Idaho.

 

 

G5-4. George Washington Piper, son of John Emanuel and Laura Emilie (Witte) Piper, was born 22 February 1914 at Watertown, Jefferson County, Wisconsin. He was married (I) 25 May 1941 to Helen Maybelle (May) Fredrich, who was born 1 May 1920 and died 19 April 1958. George was married (2) 27 February 1960 to Ethel Owens, who was born 26 October 1913 and died 24 June 1984. George died 27 January 1985; buried at Ebenezer Moravian Cemetery, Watertown, Wisconsin. He was a successful independent farmer along the Rock River, near the family farm. His favorite hymn was Rock of Ages.

 

G6-1. Curtis Fredrich Piper, born 18 January 1945 at Watertown, Wisconsin; married 6 April 1968 to Cheryl Hartford; (2) 31 January 1987 to Karen Zimmerman Odegaard;

G6-2. Gayle Merry Piper, born 15 December 1946 at Watertown, Wisconsin; married 15 August 1970 to Larry T. Finley; (2) 6 July 1984 to Raymond E. Krek.

 

G6-1. Curtis Fredrich Piper, son of George Washington and May (Fredrich) Piper, was born 18 January 1945 at Watertown, Wisconsin. He was married 6 April 1968 to Cheryl Hartford. Cheryl is a French and Spanish teacher. Both are college graduates. They were divorced.

 

G7-1. Kelly Lynn Piper, born 11 March 1970;

G7-2. Krista Leigh Piper, born 4 March 1972;

G7-3. Kari Lynette Piper, born 21 February 1975.

 

Curtis was married (2) 31 January 1987 to Karen Zimmerman Odegaard, born 13 June 1949. Her son has been legally renamed Christoffer Odegaard Piper. Curtis was District Sales Manager for Marine Division of Chrysler Corp., but decided in 1976 to return to the home farm and also to be a cattle broker and salesman. Karen is an employment recruiter and has assisted her husband in the cattle business.

 

G7-4. Christoffer Odegaard Piper, born 22 July 1979.

 

G6-2. Gayle Merry Piper, daughter of George Washington and May (Fredrick) Piper, was born 15 December 1946 at Watertown, Wisconsin. She was married (1) 15 August 1970 to Larry T. Finley. Larry was born 22 October 1945 and is a farmer and auctioneer. Gayle is a college graduate and primary teacher. Larry had been an industrial arts teacher prior to 1975.

 

G7-1. Brandon James Finley, born 16 January 1974;

G7-2. Meghan May Finley, born 21 August 1978 at Watertown, Wisconsin.

 

 

Gayle was married (2) 6 July 1984 to Raymond E. Krek, born 18 January 1947. He is an attorney in Jefferson, Wisconsin. Raymond has three ohi1dren from a previous marriage.

 

G7-3. Amy Allen Krek, born 9 October 1973 in Watertown, Wisconsin;

G7-4. Liza Marie Krek, born 9 May 1978 in Watertown, Wisconsin;

G7-5. David Douglas Krek, born 28 August 1981 in Watertown, Wisconsin.

 

G5-5. Carl John Piper, son of John Emanuel and Laura Emilie (Witte) Piper, was born 3 May 1915 at Watertown, Jefferson County, Wisconsin. He was married 16 November 1941 to Eleonora Schmidt who was born 26 March 1916. Carl was a farmer and salesman for Carnation Milk Co. Carl died 23 September 1987 and was buried in Glenview Memorial Gardens in Ixonia, Wisconsin.

 

G6-1. Dennis Robert Piper, born 23 May 1943, married 11 June 1966 to Joyce Ertl, died 29 April 1980;

G6-2. JoAnn Laura Piper, born 20 January 1946;

G6-3. Susan Margaret Piper, born 24 June 1950;

G6-4. Arthur Carl Piper, born 16 November 1952; married 16 April 1977 to Sara Faith Knief.

 

G6-1. Dennis Robert Piper, son of Carl John and Eleonora (Schmidt) Piper, was born 23 May 1943. He was married 11 Jun. 1966 to Joyce Ert1. Joyce was born 30 September 1944. Dennis died 29- April 1980. Dennis was in the recreational vehicle business with his brother and father. Joyce is an office worker.

 

G7-1. Daniel Robert Piper, born 6 December 1966; engaged to be married on 29 December 1990 to Sheryl Scheel;

G7-2. Shel1i Marie Piper, born 29 November 1967;

G7-3. Kimberly Piper, born 6 July 1972.

 

G6-2. JoAnn Laura Piper, daughter of Carl John and Eleonora (Schmidt) Piper, was born 20 January 1946. JoAnn works for Schweigert Furniture Company in Jefferson, Wisconsin.

G6-3 Susan Margaret Piper, daughter of Carl John and Eleonora (Schmidt) Piper, was born 24 June 1950. Susan works for Schweigert Furniture Company in Jefferson, Wisconsin.

 

 

G6-4. Arthur Carl Piper, son of Carl John and Eleonora (Schmidt) Piper, was born 16 November 1952. He was married 16 April 1977 to Sara Faith Knief. Sara was born 18 April 1953. Sara is a speech therapist in the Sturgeon Bay Wisconsin Schools. Arthur works for Wisconsin lottery.

 

G7-1. Carl John Piper, born 11 July 1979;

G7-2. Michael Enno Piper, born 17 July 1981;

G7-3. Jessica Elaine Piper, born 15 August 1983.

G7-4. Laura Grace Piper, born 23 June 1985; died at birth;

G7-5. Samuel Piper, born 2 November 1986;

G7-6. Christopher Arthur Piper, born 3 January 1990.

 

G5-6. Milton Walter Piper, son of John Emanuel and Laura

Emilie (Witte) Piper, was born 23 April 1917 at Watertown, Jefferson County, Wisconsin. He was married 4 September 1950 to Margaret Henderson. Margaret was born 8 January 1910. Milton died 1 September 1986 at Watertown, Wisconsin, and is buried on Oak Hill Cemetery, Watertown, Wisconsin. Milton served with the 37th Infantry Division on Luzon during WWII and was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for Meritorious Achievement. He farmed many acres and sold registered Holstein cattle to Iran, Brazil and Mexico. He was a graduate of Spencerian Business College.

 

G6-1. Claude (Chips) Richards, born 14 April 1936.

 

Dr. Claude Richards, son of Margaret Henderson and stepson of Milton Piper, was born 14 April 1936. He married Carroll Cavanaugh. Carroll was born 14 October 1942. Claude is an instructor at Mesa College, San Diego, California.

 

1. Piper Sue Richards, born 26 June 1965;

2. Mark Henderson Richards, born 2 June 1967.

 

G5-8. Alvin Ralph Piper, son of John Emanuel and Laura Emilie (Witte) Piper, was born 21 May 1921 at Watertown, Jefferson County, Wisconsin. He was married 29 January 1950 to Marion Galloway, daughter of Robert and Louise (Thorson) Galloway. Marion was born 23 August 1919. Alvin and Marion's business was International Registered Holstein Cattle Sales and Services. Alvin also managed dispersal cattle sales and consignment auction sales.

 

G6-1. Mary Lynn Piper, born 8 January 1954.

 

G6-1. Mary Lynn Piper, daughter of Alvin and Marion (Galloway) Piper, was born 8 January 1954. She attended the University of Wisconsin. She produces cattle sales catalogues and operates a travel agency in Lake Mills, Wisconsin.

 

G5-9. Arden Louis Piper, son of John Emanuel and Laura Emilie (Witte) Piper, was born 23 June 1923 at Watertown, Wisconsin. He was married 3 November 1945 to Betty Louise Wiedenhoeft, who was born 18 January 1927 at Watertown, Wisconsin. Arden was Production Manager, Carnation Genetics, Watertown, Wisconsin, and is now retired.

 

G6-1. John Ervin Piper, born 19 May 1947;

G6-2. Daniel R. Piper, born 17 March 1950; married 22 December 1979 to Shelly Scheel Mallow;

G6-3. Beri K. Piper, born 14 July 1956; married 9 August 1975 to Ted Voigt;

G6-4. Tod K. Piper, born 24 August 1967.

 

G6-1. John Ervin Piper, son of Arden L. and Betty (Weidenhoeft) Piper, was born 19 May 1947 at Watertown, Wisconsin. He graduated from Milton College and is employed at 7-up Bottling Company in Watertown, Wisconsin.

 

G6-2. Daniel Reed Piper, son of Arden L. and Betty (Weidenhoeft) Piper, was born 27 March 1950 in Watertown, Wisconsin. He was married 22 December 1979 to Shelly Scheel Mallow, daughter of Orville and Marleen (NeeKottwitz) Scheel of Lake Mills. Shelly was born 24 February 1956 in Watertown, Wisconsin. Dan is a foreman at Crepaco in Lake Mills, Wisconsin. Shelly is a graduate of beauty and modeling school. She is a beautician.

 

G7-1. Sommer Mallow, born 4 January 1977;

G7-2. Nicole Lyn Piper, born 25 February 1981.

 

G6-3. Beri K. Piper, daughter of Arden L. and Betty (Weidenhoeft) Piper, was born 14 July 1956 at Watertown, Wisconsin. She was married 9 August 1975 at Lake Mills, Wisconsin, to Ted Voigt, son of Tom H. and Carol K. (Lehman) Voigt. Ted was born 3 November 1954 at Roswell, New Mexico. Ted is a tool setter and Beri is a dispatcher at Crepaco in Lake Mills, Wisconsin.

 

G7-1. Tyler Ted Voigt, born 29 December 1983 at Watertown, Wisconsin.

 

 

G6-4 Tod Kevin Piper, son of Arden L. and Betty (Weidenhoeft) Piper, was born 24 August 1967 at Watertown, Wisconsin. Tod is a junior at the University of Wisconsin, Waukesha, majoring in accounting. Tod works part time in the accounting department at Hamlin L.C.D., Lake Mills, Wisconsin.

 

G5-l0 Grace E. Piper, daughter of John Emanuel and Laura Emilie (Witte) Piper, was born 21 February 1925 at Watertown, Wisconsin. She was married 14 June 1947 at Watertown, Wisconsin, to Eugene Kelm, son of Lawrence and Mabel (Flath) Kelm. Eugene was born 4 August 1923 at Watertown, Wisconsin. Eugene is a specialized bricklayer and resides in Watertown, Wisconsin. Grace died 16 April 1967. Eugene was married (2) 4 December 1982 to Pearl Klingbeil.

 

G6-l. Margie G. Kelm, born 17 June 1948, in Watertown, Wisconsin; married 29 December 1975 to Steven Hersh;

G6-2. Jill M. Kelm, born 28 January 1952 at Watertown, Wisconsin; married 1 November 1982 to Carl Tessman;

G6-3. Peter E. Kelm, born 10 June 1956 at Watertown, Wisconsin; married 29 September 1979 to Dionne Kagerbauer.

 

G6-l Margie G. Kelm, daughter of Eugene and Grace (Piper) Kelm, was born 17 June 1948 at Watertown, Wisconsin. She was married 29 December 1975 in Madison, Wisconsin, to Steven Hersh, son of Henry and Marjorie (Abel) Hersh. Steve was born 29 December 1947 at Trenton, New Jersey. Margie is a registered nurse. Steve is an artist. They reside in Haiku, Maui, Hawaii. Their special interests are hiking and swimming.

 

G6-2 Jill M. Kelm, daughter of Eugene and Grace (Piper) Kelm, was born 28 January 1952 at Watertown, Wisconsin. She was married 1 November 1982 in California to Carl Tessman. Carl was born 31 October 1947 in Watertown, Wisconsin. Jill is a printer. Carl is a machinist. They reside in San Francisco, California. Their special interest is sailing.

 

G6-3 Peter E. Kelm, son of Eugene and Grace (Piper) Kelm, was born 10 June 1956 in Watertown, Wisconsin. He was married 29 September 1979 to Dionne Kagerbauer, daughter of Don and Dionne (Gensch) Kagerbauer. Dionne was born 21 May 1956. Peter is an artist. Dionne is an art teacher. They reside in Watertown, Wisconsin. Their special interests are water skiing, tennis, and family outings.

 

G7-1. Chase Lawrence Kelm, born 6 March 1981 at Watertown, Wisconsin;

G7-2. Adam Peter Kelm, born 1 September 1983 at Watertown, Wisconsin;

G7-3. Ivy Elizabeth Grace Kelm, born 16 May 1986 at Watertown. Wisconsin.

 

 

G3-1. William Frederick Trachte, son of Friedrich Christian and Ernstina (Hans) Trachte, was born 28 October 1859 at Watertown, Jefferson County, Wisconsin. He was married 27 Octo­ber 1887 to Emma Elizabeth Hans, daughter of Martin Julius and Emilie (Witte) Hans. Emma was born 28 February 1865 at Winona County, Minnesota. William was the organist at Ebenezer Moravian Church for many years and owned a music store in Watertown, Wis­consin. It was in their home that Christian Trachte lived until his death. Also, Martin Julius and Emilie Hans (parents of Emma) lived in the same home when they retired. All had separate apartments, but ate together. William died 26 July 1926; Emma died 18 March 1958. Both are buried on Ebenezer Moravian Ceme­tery, Watertown, Wisconsin.

G4-1. Cornelius Arthur Wilhelm Trachte, born 14 July 1890 at Watertown, Wisconsin; married 15 June 1912 to Esther Ording (div.); died 28 September 1957;

G4-2. Gerhardt Paul Trachte, born 17 September 1892 at Watertown, Wisconsin; married 13 January 1929 to Ella Viola Weseman; died 24 February 1974.


The William Trachte family: Cornelius, Emma, William, Gerhardt

 

 

 

Emma (Hans) Trachte, William Trachte

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G4-1. Cornelius Arthur Wilhelm Trachte, son of William Frederick and Emma Elizabeth (Hans) Trachte, was born 14 July 1890 at Watertown, Wisconsin. He was married 15 June 1912 to Esther Ording (divorced). Cornelius died 28 September 1957 at Hot Springs, South Dakota. He was buried at Ebenezer Moravian Cemetery.

G5-1. Caroline Emma Trachte, born 23 September 1916.

G4-2. Gerhardt Paul Trachte, son of William Frederick and Emma Elizabeth (Hans) Trachte, was born 17 September 1892 at Wat­ertown, Wisconsin. He was married 13 January 1929 to Ella Viola Weseman. Ella was born 22 September 1901. They assisted Ger­hardt's mother with the management of rental properties. Ger­hardt died 24 February 1974. Ella resided in the Trachte home place in Watertown, Wisconsin. Ella died 21 October 1992.

G5-1. Naomi Dorothy Elizabeth Trachte, born 11 August 1929 at Watertown, Wisconsin; married 27 January 1951 to Paul Steven Athas;

G5-2. William Fredrick Trachte, born 26 April 1931 at Watertown, Wisconsin; married (1) 27 February 1954 to Elizabeth Janet Walkowski, div.; (2) 3 August 1986 to Gloria Neuman;

G5-3. Cornelia Emma Trachte, born 2 April 1934 at Water­town, Wisconsin; married 26 January 1958 to James Oriss Schlosser.

 

 

 

Trachte Music Store

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

G5-1. Naomi Dorothy Elizabeth Trachte, daughter of Gerhardt and Ella Viola (Weseman) Trachte, was born 11 August 1929 at Watertown, Wisconsin. She was married 27 January 1951 to Paul Steven Athas. Paul was born 3 August 1929.

 

G6-1. David Paul Athas, M.D., born 2 February 1952 at Jefferson County, Wisconsin; married 23 October 1983 to Ann Fisher;

G6-2. James Robert Athas, born 3 October 1955 at Jefferson County, Wisconsin; married 25 September 1982 to Barbara Stortz;

G6-3. Ellen Joyce Athas, born 21 March 1959 at Jefferson County, Wisconsin; married 1 October 1983 to Paul Bradly Didion;

G6-4. Mark Allen Athas, born 26 August 1960 at Jefferson County, Wisconsin; married 9 March 1985 to Victoria Herchner;

G6-5. Karen Jean Athas, born 31 January 1964 at Jefferson County, Wisconsin; married 27 February 1988 to Roland James Lee; married 27 February 1988 to Roland Lee.

 

G6-1. Dr. David Paul Athas, son of Paul Steven and Naomi Dorothy Elizabeth (Trachte) Athas, was born 2 February 1952 in Jefferson County, Wisconsin. He was married 23 October 1983 to Ann Fisher, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Paul Fisher.

 

G7-1. Julie Ann Athas, born 19 March 1985 in San Antonio, Texas.

 

G6-2. James Robert Athas, son of Paul Steven and Naomi Dorothey Elizabeth (Trachte) Athas, was born 3 October 1955 in Jefferson County, Wisconsin. He was married 25 September 1982 at St. Joseph Church, Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin, to Barbara Stortz, daughter of Roland and Margaret Stortz.

 

G7-1. Aaron Paul Athas, born 11 April 1985 at Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin;

G7-2. Kathryn Leona Athas, born 14 December 1986 at Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin.

 

G6-3. Ellen Joyce Athas, daughter of Paul Steven and Naomi Dorothy Elizabeth (Trachte) Athas, was born 21 March 1959 at Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin. She was married 1 October 1983 to Paul Bradly Didion, son of Dr. Paul and Lee Didion.

 

G7-1. Brady Paul Didion, born 4 November 1984 at Champaign, Illinois;

G7-2. Kelsey Ahlene Didion, born 28 May 1987 at Champaign, Illinois.

 

 

G6-4. Mark Allen Athas, son of Paul Steven and Naomi Dorothy Elizabeth (Trachte) Athas, was born 28 August 1960 at Jefferson, County, Wisconsin. He was married 9 March 1985 to Victoria Herchner.

 

G6-5. Karen Jean Athas, daughter of Paul Steven and Naomi Dorothy Elizabeth (Trachte) Athas, was born 31 January 1964 at Jefferson County, Wisconsin. She was married 27 February 1988 to Roland Lee.

 

G7-1. Alexander Lee, born 7 August 1988;

G7-2. Chloe Jane Lee, born 4 August 1989.

 

G5-2. William Fredrick Trachte, son of Gerhardt and Ella Viola (Weseman) Trachte, was born 26 April 1931 at Watertown, Jefferson County, Wisconsin. He was married (1) 27 February 1954 at Madison, Dane County, Wisconsin, to Elizabeth Janet Walkowski, daughter of Edward Francis and Elizabeth Margaret (Cook) Walkowski. Elizabeth was born 3 September 1932 at Rhinelander, Oneida County, Wisconsin. She attended the Waukesha Technical Institute; William is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin. William was a Lieutenant in the Signal Corp at Ft. Monmouth, New Jersey, and Ft. Leonard Wood, Missouri, from 1954 to 1957. He is District Manager, Construction, with the Wisconsin Telephone Company. William was married (2) 9 August 1986 to Gloria Neumann. Gloria was born 24 June 1931. They reside in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

 

G6-1. William Fredrick Trachte, Jr., born 20 October 1954 at Ft. Leonard Wood, Missouri; married 13 November 1981 to Jill Marie Sanders;

G6-2. Marie Ann Trachte, born 17 July 1957 at Milwaukee, Wisconsin; married 22 October 1977 to Steven Knodl, div.; married (2) Mark Thierfelder, div.;

G6-3. Paul Edward Trachte, born 25 August 1961 at Milwaukee, Wisconsin; married 27 June 1987 to Lynn Fairchild.

 

G6-1. William Fredrick Trachte, Jr., son of William Fredrick and Elizabeth Janet (Walkowski) Trachte, Sr., was born 20 October 1954 at Ft. Leonard Wood, Missouri. He was married 13 November 1981 to Jill Marie Sanders. Jill was born 2 September 1956.

 

G6-2. Marie Ann Trachte, daughter of William Fredrick and Elizabeth Janet (Walkowski) Trachte, Sr., was born 17 July 1957 at Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She was married (1) 22 October 1977 to Steven Knod1, div.; married (2) to Mark Thierfelder, div.

 

G7-l. Elizabeth Rose Thierfelder, born 3 October 1986.

 

 

G6-3. Paul Edward Trachte, son of William Fredrick and Elizabeth Janet (Walkowski) Trachte, Sr., was born 25 August 1961 at Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He was married 27 June 1987 to Lynn Fairchild. Lynn was born 22 September 1961. They live at Tempe, Arizona.

 

G5-3. Cornelia Emma Trachte, daughter of Gerhardt and Ella Viola (Weseman) Trachte, was born 2 April 1934 at Watertown, Wisconsin. She was married 26 January 1957 to James Oriss Schloesser, who was born 13 April 1929.

 

G6-1. Lori Jean Schloesser, born 6 December 1958, Jefferson County, Wisconsin;

G6-2. Thomas James Schloesser, born 13 November 1959, Jefferson County, Wisconsin; married 6 September 1980 to Renee Zastrow;

G6-3. Robert Charles Schloesser, born 22 February 1962 at Jefferson County, Wisconsin; married 14 May 1988 to Jill Marie Wagner;

G6-4. Lisa Marie Schloesser, born 25 July 1963 at Jefferson County, Wisconsin; married Crawford Ira Smith III;

G6-5. Kari Sue Schloesser, born 17 April 1969 at Jefferson County, Wisconsin.

 

G6-2. Thomas James Schloesser, son of James Oriss and Cornelia Emma (Trachte) Schloesser, was born 11 November 1959 at Jefferson County, Wisconsin. He was married 6 September 1980 to Renee Zastrow, who was born 18 February 1958.

 

G7-1. Joshua Thomas Schloesser, born 14 September 1982;

G7-2. Ryan Walther Schloesser, born 1 July 1984;

G7-3. Justin Schloesser, born 5 May 1986.

 

G6-3. Robert Charles Schloesser, son of James Oriss and Cornelia Emma (Trachte) Schloesser, was born 22 February 1962 at Jefferson County, Wisconsin. He was married 14 May 1988 to Jill Marie Wagner who was born 24 July 1963.

 

G7-1. Ashley Lynn Schloesser, born 30 September 1989.

 

G6-4. Lisa Marie Schloesser, daughter of James Oriss and Cornelia Emma (Trachte) Schloesser, was born 25 July 1963 at Jefferson County, Wisconsin. She was married to Crawford Ira Smith III who was born 8 December 1960.

 

G7-1. Amber Lynn Smith, born 22 August 1989.

 

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G2-7. Martin Julius Hans, son of Joachim and Dorothea Elizabeth (Juhre) Hans, was born 23 February 1827 at Saratoga, Brandenburg, Germany. He was married 7 July 1853 at Ebenezer Moravian Church, Watertown, Wisconsin, to Emelie Witte, daughter of Julius and Albertine Witte. Emelie was born 18 February 1830 at Ludwigtha1, Brandenburg, Germany. Their wedding was the first to be performed in the Ebenezer Moravian Church. Emelie had accompanied her brother Julius to America on the same boat that her future husband had come with his parents. They farmed in the Watertown area until 1864 when they moved to Winona County, Minnesota. They farmed in the vicinity of Altura, Minnesota, and were founding members of the Altura (Hebron) Moravian Church. Julius and Leberecht and Pauline accompanied the group, which migrated from Watertown, Wisconsin, to Bethany, Minnesota, and the account of their migration is recorded in the history of the Bethany Moravian Church. During their last years they moved back to Watertown, Wisconsin, with their daughter Emma (Hans) Trachte. Julius died of the flu 25 October 1900; and Emelie died of cancer 22 March 1905. Both died at Watertown, Wisconsin, and are buried on the Ebenezer Moravian Cemetery, Watertown, Wisconsin.

 

G3-1. Auguste Pauline Emilie Hans, born 15 April 1854 at Watertown, Wisconsin; married 6 November 1870 to Carl Piper; died 10 July 1936 at Heading1y, Manitoba, Canada;

G3-2. Leberecht Hans, born 11 January 1856 at Watertown, Wisconsin; died 24 December 1873 at Norton Township, Winona County, Minnesota;

G3-3. Maria (Mary) Magdalena Hans, born 5 August 1858 at Watertown, Wisconsin; married 18 July 1878 to August Herman Nienow; died 3 December 1931 at St. Char1ea, Minnesota;

G3-4. Herman Julius Hans, born 25 March 1860 at Watertown, Wisconsin; married 22 October 1885 to Magdalena E. Meinert; died 2 October 1950;

G3-5. Johann Herman Hans, born about 1 August 1861 (was 10 yrs. 7 mos. 12 days at death on 12 February 1872;

G3-6. Albertine Emilie Hans, born 4 September 1863 at Watertown, Wisconsin; died 12 February 1872;

G3-7. Emma Hans, born 28 February 1865 at Winona County, Minnesota; married 27 October 1887 to William Trachte; died 18 March 1958;

G3-8. Anna Hans, born 28 March 1867 at Winona County, Minnesota; died 12 February 1872 at Winona County, Minnesota;

G3-9. Stillborn child, born and died 23 April 1869;

G3-l0. Newborn son, born and died 23 April 1871;

G3-11. Male child, born and died 2 August 1875.


 

 

 

MEMORIES

 

Martin Julius Hans had been in the German Cavalry and had to have special permission to leave Germany. Family tradition indicated that he was a highly skilled horseman and had to be able to jump into the saddle from the ground.

 

In the land transactions for Jefferson County, Wisconsin, it is recorded that in 1852 Martin Julius Hans bought from George Hurlbert for $400 80 acres in 1/2 SE Sec. 30 Township 8 N of Range 15 East; in 1857 they sold 20 A. for $400; in 1859 they sold 24 A. for $500. In June of 1863 they sold 28 1/2 A to Gottfried Kirschberg for $900; and 20 A. for $500 to Christian Groelle. This latter transaction prepared them for their migration to Minnesota in March of 1864. Ernest and Julius Hans also owned 39 and 24/100 acres in partnership, bought in August 1861 and sold in September 1863.

 

"In the sixties, Abraham Lincoln's time, a group of Moravians from Watertown, Wisconsin, left to go to Minnesota. They went with canvas covered wagons. It took them about two or three weeks. Cattle and sheep were also taken along. Julius Hans went with his two children, Pauline and Leberecht. When the cattle got off the track they had to find them. Their clothes, which were of new denim when they started, were in shreds when they arrived.

 

"Traveling was very hard. They crossed the Mississippi on a ferry. When they came to Stockton Bluff, it took two teams of horses to pull the wagon up. The women were very disappointed so they sat down and cried that they wouldn't go any further. They would rather die. After the long hard climb they came to Bethany. The land was very good. Uncle Fred Hans gave fifteen acres to build the church. William Bucholz name the church Bethany... Julius Hans went to Hebron alone. He went north because the land was better. He built a house so his wife could come up." He and Emilie were founding members of the Hebron Moravian Church. (Notes from Meta Nienow)

 

A great tragedy struck the family in February of 1872. Doris Persons records what was told her by Meta Nienow whose mother Mary survived the fire:

 

"Great Grandma Hans had been quite sick, I think with pregnancy, and so the boys had been seeing to the fires. They stacked the wood around the stove to dry out -- stacked too closely, and on a bitter cold night the house caught on fire. Great Grandma was put out in the snow in a wardrobe. Great Grandpa and the oldest boy got most of the children out. As Great Grandpa came back to the stairs, one called, "Here I am Papa--come and get me." Then the stairs collapsed with the fire and three of them left up there burned to death. Great Grandma cried and cried till she cried herself blind for a temporary period of time. There was a baby that died after a bit, and I think it was hers. I remember Aunt Meta said it was so hard to get to a doctor or for him to come, as that was such a hard winter.

 

"The oldest daughter, (must have been Aunt Pauline Piper) was married and lived some distance away. She was also seriously ill at the time, and I think with a pregnancy. So they felt that they must not say anything about the fire and deaths to her, as it would affect her. But when someone of the family saw her (I think a brother) she said, "What happened on such and such a night? I know something terrible happened. A great light like a fire came into my room, and I know something happened there at home." So she was told.

 

"That fire burned up all the quilts and things they had brought over from Germany and that they had managed to bring West with them. (It seemed to me that Aunt Meta said that when they first arrived in Hebron, their main concern was to get a house of God set up so they built the church before their own house.)

 

"In the spring or summer, Great Grandpa had a new house built. While the scaffolding was still up, lightning struck on a Saturday night and burnt the new house to the ground. Next morning Great Grandpa said, "We're all going to church, even if we haven't shoes and have to go barefoot."(Doris Persons)

 

My mother, Lydia Nienow Persons, commented about the fire: glass panes for the windows were so expensive and hard to get that no one thought of breaking them and dropping the children to the ground. (Edith (Persons) Korpi)

 

Leberecht had been attending school in Winona. He died of lung disease (pneumonia?) on December 25, 1873. It was he who carried my great-aunt Emma Trachte through the fire--she had scars on her arms from having been burned. Leberecht's death certificate says he died on the above date; the church records say December 24, 1873.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


February 12 1872 Newspaper

 

 

Original brick house built by Julius Hans Sr. following the fires.

 

 



 

1867 plat of Jefferson Township

Section 8 – Julius Hans owned 320 acres

HISTORICAL SKETCH OF THE HEBRON MORAVIAN CHURCH,

Altura, Minnesota 1868-1968

 

"The first Moravian preaching service north of Altura was held in the district school house on Oak Ridge on September 18, 1867, with the pastor from Bethany, the Rev. Heinrich Reusswig, as the preacher. The congregation, although not yet organized, purchased 160 acres of land for $300 on July 31, 1868, . . . At a meeting on October 1, 1868, the congregation was organized and given the name "Hebron," Brother Heinrich Reusswig was the first pastor.

 

"The following sixteen persons made up the first charter membership list: Johann and Rechina (Rickert) Dittmer, Julius and Emilie Albertine(Witte) Hans, Gottlieb and Anna Rosine (Batsch) Buchholz, Daniel and Barbara (Krebs) Aimmerman, Johann and Wilhelmine (Behrent) Piper, Wilhelmine Dittmer, Louise Dittmer, Edward Meilicke, Carl Piper, Ferdinand Piper, Johann Dittmer Jr. These members had settled in the community after leaving Ebenezer, Wisconsin, area; the members of the older generation were born in Prussia and Switzerland.

 

"The Register of the Hebron congregation records the following 'firsts': the first wedding recorded was of Edward Meilicke and Wilhelmine Dittmer on November 21, 1868. The first baptism recorded preceded the organization of the congregation on July 26, 1867, and was Anna Elizabeth Hans, daughter of Julius and Emilie Hans. The first confirmation class was received on March 21, 1869, and consisted of Caroline Dittmer and Pauline Hans. The first burial on the Hebron cemetery was that of an infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Julius Hans on April 23,1869.

 

"On January 4, 1869 Brother Julius H. Hans donated 40 acres of land with the provision that the church be built on that land. This offer was accepted. But later Brother Hans changed his offer to $300 in cash and 15 acres of land and then this second offer was accepted. (Emma Trachte related that the reason for the change was that the church board did not want that much land.) For the balance of the cost, contributions for the church edifice were gathered from members and the Rev. H. Reusswig collected for the cause among other Moravian congregations.

 

"On November 1, 1870, the first church building was dedicated for services to the glory of the Triune God. The Rev. J. G. Kaltenbrunn from Ebenezer, Wisconsin, preached the dedication sermon. Within four years a parsonage was built next to the church and the work was advancing rapidly. The Rev. Hermann Meinert became the first resident pastor on December 10, 1874.“

 

 

 


 


Seated:    Julius Hans, Emilie (Witte) Hans,           Pauline (Hans) Piper  Mary (Hans) Nienow

Standing: Emma (Hans) Trachte,


Pauline (Hans) Piper, Julius Hans, Jr.

Mary (Hans) Nienow

Emma (Hans) Trachte

 

 

 

Emma Trachte Julius Hans, Jr. Mary Nienow, Pauline Piper

 

 

 

  Julius and Amelie (Witte) Hans

 

G3-1. Auguste Pauline Emilie Hans, daughter of Martin Julius and Emelie (Witte) Hans, was born 15 April 1854 at Watertown, Wisconsin. She was married 6 November 1870 at Norton Township, Winona County, Minnesota, to Karl August Piper, son of John Samuel and Louise (Dittmer) Piper. Karl was born 9 March 1843 in Ko1bitzou, Pommern, Germany. On the marriage record and the birth records of three of the children, Karl is listed as Charles. Rev. Reusswig of the Hebron Moravian Church performed the marriage ceremony. Karl served three years in the Army in Germany and came to Winona County, Minnesota, with his father and brothers in 1868. He acquired 160 acres and farmed in Winona County, Minnesota, until they moved to Addison, Cass County, North Dakota, in 1881. Karl and Pauline were charter members of the Canaan Moravian Church to which Karl donated 15 acres for the church site. Karl acquired three sections, served on the township board, had business interests including a store at Addison, and held various civic and church offices. Karl died of typhoid 9 January 1899 at Davenport, North Dakota. Following Karl's death, most of the family moved to Carberry, Manitoba, Canada, in 1901 and continued farming. Pauline died 10 July 1936 of a heart condition at Headingly, Manitoba, Canada. Both are buried on Canaan Moravian Church cemetery.

 

G4-1. Anna Piper (Elizabeth on birth record), born 23 January 1872 at Hebron, Winona County, Minnesota; married 17 March 1892 to Otto Albert Emil Piper; died 10 December 1907;

G4-2. Hulda Maria Piper, born 24 January 1874 at Hebron, Winona County, Minnesota; died 28 October 1960;

G4-3. Adolph Gustave Piper, born 28 November 1875 (on birth record December 5 is listed) at Hebron, Winona County, Minnesota; died 17 April 1898 of typhoid;

G4-4. Edmund Ferdinand Piper (Fredrick on birth record), born 11 November 1877 at Hebron, Winona County, Minnesota; married 21 November 1908 to Nora Broten; died 13 December 1974;

G4-5. John (Johannes) Emanuel Piper, born 8 January 1880 at Davenport, North Dakota; married 12 August 1908 to Laura Witte; died 6 April 1943;

G4-6. Paul Julius Gerhardt Piper, born 15 March 1882 at Addison, North Dakota; died 25 August 1979 at Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada;

G4-7. Elizabeth Selma Pauline Piper, born 26 April 1884 at Addison, North Dakota; died 26 September 1918;

G4-8. Arthur Reinho1dt Albert Piper, born 27 August 1886 at Addison, North Dakota; married 17 November 1937 to Vera McIntosh; died 25 December 1982 at Vancouver, British Colombia, Canada;

G4-9. Carl August Oswald Piper, born 7 January 1889 at Addison, North Dakota; married 15 July 1923 to Alice Qually;

G4-10. Ella Selma Piper, born 13 December 1891 at Addison, North Dakota; died 22 September 1893 at Addison, North Dakota;

G4-11. Meta Selma Florence Piper, born 29 June 1895 at Addison, North Dakota, married 23 February 1922 to Henry Broten; died 20 December 1966.


MEMORIES

by Edith (Persons) Korpi

 

   We called Pauline, 'Aunt Piper', which was contrary to family pattern for all other aunts. When I asked my mother why this was so, she had no answer. She did comment that Aunt Piper was always very much in love with her husband from the time she had married at sixteen, and perhaps she wanted to be called by his name.

 

   During her last years, Aunt Piper found the winters in Canada too cold. She stayed one winter with us, and one winter with our Uncle and Aunt -- Chancy and Selma (Nienow) Persons. I can remember her sitting in the kitchen stripping goose feathers for pillows. This was a tedious job that necessitated holding the tip of the feather in one hand while stripping the soft part of the feather from the center stem. The fingers soon became sore, and the stripped feathers and down tended to fly all over the room the minute there was a current of air from a door being opened or someone walking past. I cannot remember that she ever uttered a cross word to us children, and I'm sure we must have tried her patience many times.

 

 

 

 

Left:

Carl Piper

Pauline (Hans) Piper

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Right:

Anna (Mrs.) Albert Piper

 

 

 

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CANAAN MORAVIAN CHURCH

 

"The prairies of Dakota Territory were the “Land of Promise” to many German Moravian families from Minnesota and Wisconsin who established homes along the Maple River in 1878-1881. This community they founded was called “Canaan” -- the Land of Promise.

 

"In 1881 when the nearby Goshen Moravian Church received their first resident pastor, Brother Frank E. Wolff, the settlers of Canaan had the services of an ordained minister. Prior to this, they met in their homes, reading from a book by Martin Luther or another German preacher.

 

"Brother Wolff’s first service in the Canaan community was held in the district schoolhouse on September 18, 1881. .... Anxious for the minister’s services, the group of settlers offered to supply him with a horse and a cart to make it possible for him to come each Sunday for a worship service for them.

 

"Seeing the need for a congregation to be organized among the Maple River settlers as well as Goshen, Brother Wolff encouraged Bishop Edmund de Schweinitz of the Provincial Elders Conference to make an official visit to the Dakota Moravians. Only a month later, October 20, 1881, Brother de Schweinitz arrived and on October 22 visited all the Moravian families in the Canaan community. He called an organizational meeting the following evening at the Goshen schoolhouse. The Maple River settlers drove across the prairie to affix their signatures to the Charter of the Canaan congregation that night. Bishop de Schweinitz led them in a closing service of Holy Communion.

 

"Thus on October 23, 1881, Der Bruedergemeine zu Canaan, the Canaan Moravian Congregation was born ...

"At the church council, August 27, 1882, the congregation accepted the kind offer of Brother Carl Piper to donate 15 acres of land a mile south and a mile east of the school house to be used for future church building. On November 2, 1883, the Canaan Moravian Church was incorporated under the corporate name of 'The Moravian Society of Canaan" by James B. Teller, then the Secretary of the Territory of Dakota." (1)

 

Listed among the charter members of Canaan were Carl August Piper and wife, Pauline (Hans) Piper (daughter of Julius Hans).

 

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G4-1. *Anna (Elizabeth on birth record) Piper, daughter of Karl August and Auguste Pauline Emilie (Hans) Piper, was born 23 January 1872 at Hebron, Winona County, Minnesota. She was married 17 March 1892 to Otto Albert Emil Piper, son of William and Emilie (Kewitt) Piper. Albert was born 17 March 1864 at Kolbitzow, Pommern, Germany. In 1881 Albert's parents and eight children immigrated to America. The family farmed Sec. 31 of Addison Township. Anna died 10 December 1907 and is buried on Canaan Moravian Cemetery.

 

G5-1. Marie Martha Piper, born 13 June 1893 at Addison Township, North Dakota; married 7 February 1918 to Arnold Herman Glasow; died 4 November 1983;

G5-2. Robert Hubert Piper, born 5 July 1895 at Addison Township, North Dakota; married 15 December 1949 to Blanche O'Connel;

G5-3. Daughter, born and died 26 June 1897 at Addison Township, North Dakota;

G5-4. Martha Ann Piper, born 5 February 1899 at Addison Township, North Dakota; died 17 February 1899 at Addison Township, North Dakota.

 

Albert married (2) 4 April 1910 to Harriet Agnes Marsch, daughter of John and Emma (Heberling) Marsch. She was born 28 January 1879 and died 7 May 1924. He married (3) Minna Glasow in 1927. Minna was born 9 April 1887 and died July 1949. Albert died in March 1946 at Fargo, North Dakota. Albert served on church and township boards. In 1907 he was instrumental in the organization of the incorporation of the Woods elevator, which later became the Woods Farmers Co-operative Elevator Company. He was a charter member of the Canaan Moravian Church and of the Fargo Moravian Church. He served on the building committee of the brick building for Canaan Church in 1914. Children of the second marriage were: Albert Marsch Piper, born 3 February 1911; Verna (Piper) Schatzke, born 29 April 1912; Ruth E. (Piper) Morris, born 14 December 1914.

 

*Laura (Glasow) Jones assembled much of the information on this branch of the family.

 

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L to R:

Laura Jones, Donald Glasow, Doris Larson,

 Marie Glasow, Ervin Glasow

Marie's 90th birthday

Hulda Piper


Anna (Piper) Piper

Standing: Stacy Franson.

Sandra Olson

Seated: Jessica Lynn Franson.

Laura Jones

Standing: Donald Glasow Doris Larson

Seated: Laura Jones            

(time of Ervin's funeral)      

1989                

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G5-1 Marie Martha Piper, daughter of Otto Albert Emil and Anna Elizabeth (Piper) Piper, was born 13 June 1893 at Addison Township, Cass County, North Dakota. She attended school at Lititz, Pennsylvania. She was married 7 February 1918 to Arnold Herman Glasow, son of Herman and Ida (Scharbow) Glasow. Arnold was born 13 June 1892 in Maple River Township, Davenport, North Dakota. They farmed on Sec. 24 of Maple River Township. Arnold died 13 July 1941 and was buried on Canaan Moravian Cemetery. Prior to her death Marie lived in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota. She died 4 November 1983 at Detroit Lakes, Minnesota, and was buried on the Canaan Moravian Cemetery.

 

G6-1. Laura Ann Glasow, born 19 December 1918 at Maple River Township, Cass County, North Dakota; married 13 June 1940 to Carmie Dean Jones;

G6-2. Helen Marie Glasow, born 26 May 1920 at Maple River Township, Cass County, North Dakota; married 26 January 1952 to Virgil Schmidt; died 27 April 1977;

G6-3. Ervin Arnold Glasow, born 28 December 1921 at Maple River Township, Cass County, North Dakota; died 4 May 1989;

G6-4,5. Donald Herman Glasow, born 23 June 1925 at Maple River Township, Cass County, North Dakota;

G6-4,5. Doris Elaine Glasow, born 23 June 1925 at Maple River Township, Cass County, North Dakota; married 17 November 1948 to Dale Martin Larson.

 

 

MEMORIES

 by Laura Jones

 

"I think what I remember most were the fun times we had going to visit our relatives in Canada, which seemed so very far away then, and having our great grandmother come to visit Grandmother Pauline, because we didn't know our grandmother.

 

"Another fun thing was in summer we would go to church, hurry and eat dinner, and go to the ball game. My dad just loved ball games and so did we. He and Arnold Glasow managed the Maple River Speed Kings -- it was mostly all relatives and friends that played on the team.

 

"One Sunday in June we had the Canaan Moravian Church picnic at our place for years, which was always a fun Sunday too."

 

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G6-1. Laura Ann Glasow, daughter of Arnold Herman and Marie Martha (Piper) Glasow, was born 19 December 1918. She was married 13 June 1940 to Carmie Dean Jones, son of Harry R. and Amelia Marie (Dobrinz) Jones. Carmie was born 17 April 1910. He died 20 July 1981 of a brain tumor.

 

G7-1. Monte Dean Jones, born 10 March 1941; married 13 June 1964 to Karen Rae Kohler;

G7-2. Sandra Kay Jones, born 14 July 1943 at Fargo, North Dakota; married 9 March 1963 to Har1en Torgerson.

 

G7-1. Monte Dean Jones, son of Carmie Dean and Laura Ann (Glasow) Jones, was born 10 March 1941. He was married 13 June 1964 to Karen Rae Kohler. Karen was born 22 October 1944. Monte is a teacher; Karen is a beauty operator and a housewife.

 

G8-1. Machelle Renae Jones, born 14 August 1965;

G8-2. Anthony Dean Jones, born 21 June 1968.

 

G7-2. Sandra Kay Jones, daughter of Carmie Dean and Laura Ann (G1asow) Jones, was born 14 July 1943 at Fargo, North Dakota. She was married 9 March 1963 at Audubon, Minnesota, to Harlen Torgerson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Archie Torgerson. Harlen was born 20 December 1942. They are divorced. Sandra married (2) 24 July 1987 to David Lee Olson. David was born 31 October 1951 and is an Environmental Technician. Sandra is a Deputy Registrar.

 

G8-1. Stacy Jo Torgerson, born 23 September 1963; married 16 August 1986 to Scott Allen Franson;

G8-2. Todd Har1en Torgerson, born 26 September 1967.

 

G8-1 Stacy Jo Torgerson, daughter of Har1en and Sandra Kay (Jones) Torgerson, was born 23 September 1963. She was married 16 August 1986 to Scott Allen Franson. Scott was born 19 February 1963. Stacy manages a Day Care and Scott is a student.

 

G9-1. Jessica Lynn Franson, born 15 June 1988.

 

G8-2. Todd Harlen Torgerson, son of Har1en and Sandra Kay (Jones) Torgerson, was born 26 September 1967. He is a welder.

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G6-2 Helen Marie Glasow, daughter of Arnold Herman and Marie Martha (Piper) Glasow, was born 26 May 1920. She was married 26 January 1952 to Virgil Schmidt. Virgil was born 11 August 1922 and is a farmer. Helen died 27 April 1977. They lived at Odessa, Washington.

 

G7-1. Virgil Ervin Schmidt, born 11 July 1953;

G7-2. Lynn J. (Schmidt) Arnold, born 27 March 1955.

 

G6-4,5. Doris Elaine G1asow, daughter of Arnold Herman and Marie Martha (Piper) Glasow, was born 23 June 1925. She was married 17 November 1948 to Dale Martin Larson. Dale was born 1 December 1915. They reside at Spokane, Washington.

 

G7-1. Linda Rhea Larson, born 28 May 1950;

G7-2. Douglas Martin Larson, born 10 January 1952; married (1) 8 November 1971 to Nancy Lee Watson; (2) 18 September 1980 to Linda Sue Watson;

G7-3. Andy Donald Larson, born 6 April 1963.

 

G7-1 Linda Rhea Larson, daughter of Dale Martin and Doris Elaine (Glasow) Larson, was born 28 May 1950. She is a court reporter.

G7-2 Douglas Martin Larson, son of Dale Martin and Doris Elaine (Glasow) Larson, was born 10 January 1952. He was married (1) 8 November 1971 to Nancy Lee Watson; (2) 18 September 1980 to Linda Sue Watson.

 

G8-1. Rachel Lee Larson, born 24 March 1973;

G8-2. Jessica Marie Larson, born 12 June 1983;

G8-3. Jacob Martin Larson, born 7 January 1986;

G8-4,4. Eric Douglas Larson, born 27 March 1989;

G8-4,5. Ryan Douglas Larson, born 27 March 1989.

 

G5-2. Robert Hubert Piper, son of Otto Albert Emil and Anna Elizabeth (Piper) Piper, was born 5 July 1895. He was married 15 December 1949 to Blanche O'Connel. Blanche was born 25 July 1898 and died 16 October 1964. Robert died 7 January 1983.

 

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G4-4. Edmund (Edd) F. Piper, son of Karl and Pauline (Hans) Piper, was born 11 November 1877 at Winona County, Minnesota. He was married 21 November 1908 to Nora Broten. Nora was born 14 May 1886 at Davenport, North Dakota. She died 10 November 1917; Edd died 13 December 1974. He is buried at Bethlehem Memorial Gardens, Decotah, Manitoba, Canada.

 

G5-1. Percy E. Piper, born 15 November 1909 at Cabot, Manitoba, Canada; married 8 November 1939 to Winnifred Lee;

G5-2. Frances Louise Piper, born 12 March 1912; married 16 September 1939 to Lorne McIntosh; died 25 March 1946;

G5-3. Norma Piper, born 14 April 1915; married 15 November 1939 to Stanley Qually;

G5-4. Arnold Piper, born 21 October 1916 at Cabot, Manitoba, Canada; married 30 June 1940 to Mabel Qua11y.

 

G5-1. Percy E. Piper, son of Edmund (Edd) and Nora (Broten) Piper, was born 15 November 1909 at Carberry, Manitoba, Canada. He was married 8 November 1939 at Carberry, Manitoba, Canada, to Winnifred Lee, daughter of Thomas and Florence (Butler) Lee. Winnifred was born 13 March 1911 at Carberry, Manitoba, Canada. Percy worked for the Canadian Pacific Railroad for thirty-two years, now retired; Winnie worked as postal clerk for fifteen years.

 

G6-1. David Piper, born 16 March 1949 at Dryden, Ontario, Canada; married 29 July 1978 to Tami Meyers;

G6-2. Linda Piper, born 2 April 1951 at Carberry, Manitoba, Canada; married 20 July 1974 to Alan Baron.

 

G6-l David Piper, son of Percy E. and Winnifred (Lee) Piper, was born 16 March 1949 at Dryden, Ontario, Canada. He was married 29 July 1978 to Tami Meyers. Tami was born 25 March 1959.

 

G7-l. Dylan David Piper, born 19 August 1980;

G7-2. Nathan Lee Piper, born 24 July 1983.

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G6-2. Linda L. Piper, daughter of Percy E. and Winnifred (Lee) Piper, was born 2 April 1951 at Carberry, Manitoba, Canada. She was married 20 July 1974 at Carberry, Manitoba, to Alan G. Baron, son of Joseph C. and Margaret, S. (Murray) Baron. Alan was born 10 November 1947 at Brandon, Manitoba, Canada. Alan is a farmer (grain, potatoes, corn); took a machinist course. Linda has a BS in nursing from the University of Saskatchewan; worked for six and one-half years in Public Health; now is full time homemaker.

 

G7-1. Cory Alan Baron, born 30 July 1978 at Carberry, Manitoba, Canada;

G7-2. Kevin Neal Baron, born 8 May 1980 at Carberry, Manitoba, Canada;

G7-3. Alison Lynne Baron, born 23 May 1984 at Carberry, Manitoba, Canada.

 

G5-2 Frances Louise Piper, daughter of Edmund (Edd) and Nora (Broten) Piper, was born 12 March 1912. She was married 16 September 1939 to Lorne McIntosh. Lorne was born 9 February 1913. Frances died 25 March 1946.

 

G6-1. Dennis W. McIntosh, born 5 August 1940.

 

G5-3. Norma Piper, daughter of Edmund (Edd) and Nora (Broten) Piper, was born 14 April 1915. She was married 15 November 1939 to Stanley Qually, son of William and Martha Qually. Stanley was born 3 January 1918. They reside at Headingly, Manitoba, Canada.

 

G6-1. Carole Lynne Qually, born 7 November 1941, married 8 June 1963 to Maurice Gellatly; died 6 November 1976;

G6- 2. Gwendolyne Frances Qually, born la September 1947; married 27 August 1971 to Victor Bartnik.

 

G6-1. Carole Lynne Qually, daughter of Stanley and Norma (Piper) Qually, was born 7 November 1941 at Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. She was married 8 June 1963 to Maurice Gellatly. Maurice was born 23 July 1940 at Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Carol died 6 November 1976 and is buried at Bethlehem Memorial Gardens, Dacotah, Manitoba, Canada.

 

G7-1. Shelley Ann Gellatly, born 15 December 1963 at Winnipeg, Canada;

G7-2. Robert (Bobby) Wayne Gellatly, born 25 January 1967 at Winnipeg, Canada;

G7-3. Shaun Edward Gellatly, born 21 October 1968 at Winnipeg, Canada.

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G6-2 Gwendolyne Frances Qually, daughter of Stanley and Norma (Piper) Qually, was born 13 September 1947. She was married 27 August 1971 to Victor Bartnik. Victor was born 11 June 1946.

 

G7-1. Brigeeta Candice Bartnik, born 15 May 1980 at Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada;

G7-2. Braden Qually Bartnik, born 11 July 1983 at Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

G7-3. Torey Bartnik born 2 May 1985.

 

G5-4. Arnold Piper, son of Edmund (Edd) and Nora (Broten) Piper, was born 21 October 1916 at Cabot, Manitoba, Canada. He was married 30 June 1940 to Mabel Qually.

 

G6-1. Wayne Piper, born 3 March 1941; married 31 March 1961 to Joyce McGhan;

G6-2. Dr. Marlene F. Piper, born 21 May 1943;

G6-3. Lois Piper, born 21 August 1947; married 26 January 1968 to Jock McIntosh;

G6-4. Joanne Piper, born 24 March 1960; married 23 August 1980 to Douglas Lulster.

 

G6-1. Wayne Piper, son of Arnold and Mabel (Qually) Piper, was born 3 March 1941. He was married 31 March 1961 to Joyce McGhan. They live at White Rock, British Columbia, Canada.

 

G7-1. Nolan Piper, born 12 July 1965;

G7-2. Trev Piper, born 23 December 1966;

G7-3. Renay Piper, born 26 November 1973.

 

G6-2. Dr. Marlene F. Piper, daughter of Arnold and Mabel (Qually) Piper, was born 21 May 1943. She resides at Milwaukie, Oregon.

 

G6-3 Lois Piper, daughter of Arnold and Mabel (Qually) Piper, was born 21 August 1947. She was married 26 January 1968 to Jock McIntosh. They reside at Canterbury, New Zealand.

 

G7-1. Paul McIntosh, born 2 September 1969;

G7-2. Rachael McIntosh, born 20 February 1971;

G7-3. Belinda McIntosh, born 14 April 1972.

 

G6-4. Joanne Piper, daughter of Arnold and Mabel (Qually) Piper, was born 24 March 1960. She was married 23 August 1980 to Douglas Lulster.

 

G7-1. Ryan Francis Lulster, born 2 December 1964;

G7-2. Brianna Mae Lulster, born 25 January 1987:

G7-3. Colin Douglas Lulster, born 16 April 1989.

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G4-5. John (Johannes) Emanuel Piper, son of Karl August and Auguste Pauline Emilie (Hans) Piper, was born 8 January 1880 at Davenport, Cass County, North Dakota. He was married 12 August 1908 at Ebenezer Moravian Church, Watertown, Wisconsin, to Laura Emilie Witte, daughter of John and Emilie (Ulm) Witte. Laura was born 11 March 1885 at Watertown, Jefferson County, Wisconsin, and died 6 June 1953 at Watertown, Wisconsin. John and Laura continued farming Laura's parents' farm, in the vicinity of the Ebenezer Moravian Church all their lives. Since 1904 the farm has been known for its breeding of registered Holstein cattle. Laura became the church organist at the age of 12. John was a member of the Board of Education, served on church boards, was Superintendent of the Sunday school, and president of the Milk Producers Association. John died 6 April 1943 and Laura died 6 June 1953 at Watertown, Wisconsin, and both are buried on the Ebenezer Moravian Cemetery, Watertown, Wisconsin.

 

G5-1. Ervin Witte Piper, born 25 June 1909 at Watertown, Wisconsin; married 21 June 1940 to Pauline Doolittle; died 10 October 1980;

G5-2. Esther Anna Piper, born 22 January 1911 at Watertown, Wisconsin; married 25 September 1943 to Clarence Wollin;

G5-3. Olive Viola Piper, born 29 August 1912 at Watertown, Wisconsin; married 1 October 1932 to Dean Long;

G5-4. George Washington Piper, born 22 February 1914 at Watertown, Wisconsin; married (1) 25 May 1941 to Helen Maybelle (May) Fredrich; (2) 27 February 1960 to Ethel Owens; died 27 January 1985;

G5-5. Carl John Piper, born 3 May 1915 at Watertown, Wisconsin; married 16 November 1941 to Eleonora Schmidt; died 23 September 1987;

G5-6. Milton Walter Piper, born 23 April 1917 at Watertown, Wisconsin; married 4 September 1950 to Margaret Henderson; died 1 September 1986;

G5-7. Male child, born and died 15 February 1920;

G5-8. Alvin Ralph Piper, born 21 May 1921 at Watertown, Wisconsin; married 29 January 1950 to Marion Galloway;

G5-9. Arden Louis Piper, born 23 June 1923 at Watertown, Wisconsin; married 3 November 1945 to Betty Louise Weidenhoeft;

G5-10. Grace Ethel Piper, born 21 February 1925 at Watertown, Wisconsin; married 14 June 1947 to Eugene Kelm; died 16 April 1967.

 

The complete history of this branch of the family can be found under Laura Emilie Witte.

 

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G4-6. Paul Julius Gerhardt Piper, son of Karl August and Auguste Pauline Emilie (Hans) Piper, was born 15 March 1882 at Addison, North Dakota. He died in Grace Hospital, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, on 25 August 1979.

 

G4-8. Arthur Piper, son of Karl August and Auguste Pauline Emilie (Hans) Piper, was born 26 August 1886 at Addison, North Dakota. He was married 17 November 1937 to Vera (Batters) McIntosh. Vera was born 16 September 1906; died 9 January 1966 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

 

G5-1. Reid William Piper, (child of Vera's by previous marriage, adopted by Arthur); born 13 August 1926; married 14 February 1962 to Janet Clare Fraser.

 

G5-l. Reid William Piper, son of Arthur and Vera (McIntosh) Piper, was born 13 August 1926. He was married 14 February 1962 to Janet Clare Fraser.

 

G6-1. Brian Reid Piper, born 29 June 1965;

G6-2. Darin William Piper, born 30 April 1968.

 

G4-9. Carl August Oswald Piper, son of Karl and Pauline (Hans) Piper, was born 8 January 1889. He was married 15 July 1923 to Alice Qually. Alice was born 13 January 1898; died 28 May 1961. She is buried at Chapel Lawn Memorial Gardens, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Carl was a farmer.

 

G5-1. Baby girl, deceased;

G5-2. Eric Piper, born 14 October 1928; married 5 October 1950 to Estelle LaCroiz;

G5-3. Trevellyan Piper, born 11 January 1933; married 29 July 1961 to Anne McAneeley;

G5-4. Jean Piper (adopted), born 16 May 1936; married Russell Johnston.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Left:

Arthur Piper

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Right:

Paul Piper

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

G5-2. Eric Carl Piper, son of Carl Herman and Alice Marion (Qually) Piper, was born 14 October 1928 at Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. He was married 5 October 1950 at Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, to Estelle Claire LaCroix, daughter of Conrad and Marie Rose (Laramee) LaCroix. Estelle was born 17 September 1929 at Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Eric and his sons are farming the home place of Carl Herman Piper, his father.

 

G6-1. Karen Rose Piper, born 13 August 1954; died 28 January 1955 at Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada;

G6-2. Marshal Carl Piper, born 25 November 1956 at Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada;

G6-3. Garry William Piper, born 10 July 1961 at Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada;

G6-4. Dale Eric Piper, born 5 March 1963 at Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

 

G5-3. Trevellyan Piper, son of Carl Herman and Alice Marion (Qually) Piper, was born 11 January 1933 at Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. He was married 29 July 1961 at Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, to Anne McAneeley, daughter of Joseph and Hannah (Miller) McAneeley. Anne was born 13 December 1931 at Humboldt, Saskatchewan, Canada. Trevellyan was a graduate of the University of Manitoba in mechanical engineering in 1955; now is production manager of Canadian Reserve Oil and Gas in Calgary. Anne is a graduate registered nurse of St. Elizabeth Hospital of Humboldt, Saskatchewan 1953. They reside in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

 

G6-1. Karla Jo Piper, born 30 January 1968 at Williston, North Dakota;

G6-2. Tracy Anne Piper, born 14 April 1969 at Williston, North Dakota.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Standing:

Trevellyan and Ann Piper

Seated:

Karla Jo (16) Tracy Anne (15)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

G5-4 Jean Piper, adopted child of Carl Herman and Alice Marion (Qually) Piper, was born 16 May 1936. She was married to Russell Johnston and lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

 

G6-1. Valerie Jean Johnston, born 13 September 1970.

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G4-11. Meta Selma Florence Piper, daughter of Karl August and Auguste Pauline Emilie (Hans) Piper, was born 29 June 1895 at Addison, North Dakota. She was married 23 February 1922 to Henry Broten. Henry was born 20 February 1893; died 18 March 1976. Florence died 20 December 1966 and both are buried at Chapel Lawn Memorial Gardens, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

 

G5-1. Kenneth Owen Broten, born 11 January 1923; died 16 February 1945 in Europe in World War II; he is buried in Nymeken Cemetery, Holland.

G5-2. Warren Carl Broten, born 8 August 1924; married 28 December 1948 to Vera Lofto;

G5-3. Vernon Nels Broten, born 25 October 1926; married 20 April 1948 to Vivian Moar;

G5-4. Florence Shirley Broten, born 13 December 1927; married 6 April 1963 to Clarence Christian Benum.

 

G5-2. Warren Carl Broten, son of Henry and Meta Selma Florence (Piper) Broten, was born 8 August 1924. He was married 28 December 1948 to Vera Lofto, daughter of Ted and Florence (Olson) Lofto. Vera was born 3 May 1928. They live at Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

 

G6-1. Glenn Arnold Broten, born 31 October 1949; married 29 November 1969 to Audrey Mumford;

G6-2. Wayne Calvin Broten, born 5 June 1952; died 12 October 1968 in a car accident; buried Bethlehem Memorial Gardens, Dacotah, Manitoba, Canada;

G6-3. Craig Dennis Broten, born 20 July 1955; married 26 June 1976 to Brigitte Feser;

G6-4. Ronald Warren Broten, born 1 February 1958; married 23 September 1978 to Yolande Richard;

G6-5. Barry Eugene Broten, born 27 August 1962.

 

G6-1. Glenn Arnold Broten, son of Warren Carl and Vera (Lofto) Broten, was born 31 October 1949. He was married 29 November 1969 to Audrey Mumford. Audrey was born 10 February 1948. They are divorced. Glenn married (2) Lynn Jacobsen, October 1982.

 

G7-1. Tracy Marie Broten, born 4 March 1971 at Winnipeg;

G7-2. Kyle Jonathan Broten, born 22 January 1979 at Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

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G6-3. Craig Dennis Broten, son of Warren Carl and Vera (Lofto) Broten, was born 20 July 1955. He was married 26 June 1976 to Brigitte Feser, daughter of Edward and Giesla (Nagel) Feser.

 

G7- 1. Robert Wayne Broten, born 11 December 1976 at Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada;

G7- 2. Marc Warren Broten, born 20 April 1981 at Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

 

G6-4. Ronald Warren Broten, son of Warren Carl and Vera (Lofto) Broten, was born 1 February 1958. He was married 23 September 1978 to Yolanda Richard.

 

G7-1. Ryan Richard Broten, born 27 April 1984.

 

G5-3. Vernon Nels Broten, son of Henry and Florence (Piper) Broten, was born 25 October 1926. He was married 20 April 1948 to Vivian Moar. They reside at Headingly, Manitoba, Canada.

 

G6-1. Kenneth James Broten, born 16 February 1949; married March 1976 to Ann Sobolsky;

G6-2. Debra Lee Broten, born 5 November 1952; married 25 March 1972 to Dewey Roy;

G6-3. Wendy Victoria Broten, born 9 May 1951; died 15 April 1953;

G6-4. Pamela Broten, born 6 June 1955; married 17 October 1975 to Terry Penner;

G6-5. Timothy Broten, born 7 August 1957.

 

G6-1. Kenneth James Broten, son of Vernon Nels and Vivian (Moar) Broten, was born 16 February 1949 at Port Arthur, Ontario, Canada. He was married March 1976 at Gera1dton, Ontario, to Ann Sobo1sky, daughter of Steve and Donna (Sarduk) Sobolsky. Ann was born 30 December 1951 at Geraldton, Ontario, Canada.

 

G7-1. Richard Wayne. Broten, born 2 November 1977 at Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada;

G7-2. Darin James Broten, born 19 September 1980 at Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

 

G6-2. Debra Lee Broten, daughter of Vernon Nels and Vivian (Moar) Broten, was born 5 November 1952. She was married 25 March 1972 at Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, to Dewey Roy, son of Charles and Mary (Nickole) Roy.

 

 

G6-4. Pamela Sue Broten, daughter of Vernon Nels and Vivian (Moar) Broten, was born 6 June 1955 at Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. She was married 17 October 1975 to Terry Penner, son of Peter and Edith (Haines) Penner. Terry was born 10 June 1956 at Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

 

G5-4. Florence Shirley Broten, daughter of Henry and Florence (Piper) Broten, was born 13 December 1927 at Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. She was married 6 April 1963 to Clarence Christian Benum. Clarence was born 1 March 1920 at Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

 

G6-1. Susan Barbara Benum, born 25 August 1955; married 28 May 1976 to Kent Reid.

 

G6-1. Susan Barbara Benum, daughter of Clarence and Florence Shirley (Broten) Benum, was born 25 August 1955 at Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. She was married 28 May 1975 at Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, to Kent Reid, son of David and Rita (Hourigan) Reid. Kent was born 25 August 1951 at Smith Falls, Ontario, Canada.

 

G7- 1. Matthew Benum Reid, born 23 August 1983.

 


 

G3-3. Marie (Mary) Hans, daughter of Julius and Emilie (Witte) Hans, was born 5 August 1858 at Watertown, Wisconsin. She was married 18 July 1878 at Hebron Moravian Church, Winona County, Minnesota, to August Herman Julius Nienow (Ninow), son of Friedrich Johann and Dorothea (Liermann) Ninow.* August was born 12 April 1854 at Wisbu, Pommern, Germany. He left his home in Germany on 18 July 1877; arrived 1 August 1877 in New York, and on 9 August 1877 in Minnesota. He farmed near St. Charles, Minnesota, until he died 26 July 1920 of pernicious anemia. Mary died 3 December 1931 of a heart attack. Both were buried on the Berea Moravian Cemetery at St. Charles, Minnesota.

 

G4-1. Lydia Wilhelmina Augusta Nienow, born 18 December 1879; married 21 June 1905 to Charles Edwin Persons; died 15 November 1958 at Rochester, Minnesota;

G4-2. Selma Hedwig Emmeline Nienow, born 27 January 1882; married 9 December 1909 to Chancy Persons; died 19 October 1954 at Rochester, Minnesota;

G4-3. Emma Mary Magdaline Nienow, born 31 March 1884 at St. Charles, Minnesota; married 21 June 1905 to Albert Zastrow; died 2 March 1970;

G4-4. Meta Margartha Nienow, born 11 March 1886 at St. Charles, Minnesota; died 10 October 1974 at St. Charles, Minnesota;

G4-5. Emil August Nienow, born 5 August 1888 at St. Charles, Minnesota; died 11 April 1981;

G4-6. Arthur Henry Nienow, born 15 April 1891 at St. Charles, Minnesota; married 15 June 1927 to Ella Fluegel; died 1 December 1966;

G4-7. Victor Herman Albert Nienow, born 30 March 1897 at St. Charles, Minnesota; married 6 September 1932 to Elsie Fluegel; died 9 April 1981.

 

*Ninow was the German spelling; Nienow is the Americanized spelling.

 

 

 

August Nienow family

Back: Lydia, Selma,

Meta, Arthur, Emma.

Front: August, Emil,

Mary

 

On stool: Victor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Standing:

Albert Zastrow,

Victor Nienow,

Chancy Persons,

Arthur Nienow,

Emil Nienow,

Charles Persons

 

Seated:

Emma Zastrow,

Elsie Nienow,

Selma Persons,

Lydia Persons,

Meta Nienow

 

 

 

 

                                         Above: Meta Nienow, David Athas,

Above: Emil Nienow. Meta Nienow,               Emma (Hans) Trachte

Arthur Nienow. Victor Nienow

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

       Right: Berea Moravian Church where Nienow children and grandchildren were baptized and confirmed.

 


 

MEMORIES

 

Victor Nienow commented: "My father left Germany to avoid marrying a girl he did not love. His older brother had died of pneumonia and he was betrothed. It was a custom that the next older brother was to marry the fiancé. He asked for his inheritance of $5,000 and left for the United States where his uncles were living near St. Charles, Minnesota.

 

Edith (Persons) Korpi relates the following family stories. "My mother, Lydia (Nienow) Persons, told me that Mary Nienow had been in love with someone other than August Nienow, but her parents regarded August Nienow as a 'good catch' and the marriage took place. She also commented that she had never seen her mother as carefree and happy as she was when she met the sister of the man she preferred to marry when they were on a trip to Yellowstone Park in 1926.

 

"The trip to Yellowstone was made by Emil and Victor Nienow; Mary Nienow, their mother; and my mother Lydia Persons. The roads through the Dakotas and Montana were dirt roads -- gumbo -- and became almost impossible when it rained, as the dirt would cling to the tires where it became impacted against the fenders. One time as they were climbing a mountain, the brakes failed and they had to jump out and put a stone behind the wheel to keep it from going backward. They talked of being amazed that people lived in what they called run down homes, but had an aerial mounted on their house which indicated they owned a radio.

 

"My Aunt Meta Nienow was engaged for fifteen years to a Moravian minister, but my grandmother would not give her consent to the marriage. My aunt was a very dutiful daughter and would not marry without their consent. Finally, the engagement was broken by mutual consent, and neither ever married.

 

"My grandfather had a French car imported in the early 20's. It was a Lozier and was quite well known in the community.

 

"At Christmas time we spent either First Christmas Day or Second Christmas Day with my mother's parents. We always hoped for snow as then we would take our skis or sleds with us and spend the afternoon outdoors. Usually after we had eaten a very bountiful dinner, my grandmother would personally hand each of us grandchildren a silver dollar. Since there were eighteen grandchildren by the time she died, this meant she started with quite a stack of dollars. She usually had them in the pocket of a large apron she wore.

 

"My grandfather attended the World's Fair at St. Louis. He also went to Chicago when he became ill, as at that time there seemed to be no cure for pernicious anemia. There were a number of cures attempted for him, but nothing helped. At Chicago, he was put on a diet of bananas. As he became weaker, my mother said that he would allow no one except his wife to help him and he wanted her beside him all the time.

 

"My mother was the oldest child so she was not able to go to school till she was eight years of age. Her family talked only German at home. The schoolteacher only knew English. At home she was not allowed to speak English; at school she was not allowed to speak German. That was a difficult time. Her father required her to read to him regularly from German reading materials so she was a fluent reader. Her spelling ability was exceptional -- we never bothered to look up a word in the dictionary, but would ask mother how to spell a word we didn't know. She did not attend school very long as she was needed at home to help. She told of helping to run the binder (a machine that cut grain) until her brothers were old enough to help.

 

"My grandmother bought cloth by the bolt -- especially materials for quilts. They used wool, which had been carded by hand to put in the quilts. After the daughters were married, they would set up the quilting rack and they would have their own quilting party when they would tie the quilts at "grandmas" In the winter we would have at least two quilts on each bed. In addition, we had feather beds on the mattresses on which we slept -- very cozy -- especially toward morning when the fire would go down."

 


 

August Nienow home with Lozier car and family members

 




 

 

G4-1. Lydia Augusta Wilhelmina Nienow, daughter of August and Mary (Hans) Nienow, was born 18 December 1879 at St. Charles, Minnesota. She was married 21 June 1905 to Charles Edwin Persons, son of Edwin George and Hester Lucy Baker (Hardwick) Persons. Charles was born 17 October 1879 at St. Charles, Minnesota. He worked on farms in the area prior to his marriage and purchased a farm one and a half miles east of St. Charles at the time of his marriage. They lived on the farm most of their lives, retiring to St. Charles when their son Cyril took over the farm. Charles served on the St. Charles Public School Board for about twenty years, twelve of which he was president. He also was on the town board and the Winona County Fair Board. They raised purebred Holstein cows and exhibited them at fairs. Charles and Lydia were active members of the Berea Moravian Church.

 

Charles was killed in an auto accident at Mt. Ida, Arkansas, when the brakes failed on a dangerous curve on a mountain road. He and his wife were en-route to Florida for a vacation with his brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Emil and Meta Nienow. He died 24 February 1954. Lydia died 15 November 1958 at Rochester, Minnesota. Both are buried on Hillside Cemetery, St. Charles, Minnesota.

 

G5-1. Infant daughter, stillborn in 1907;

G5-2. Orville Charles Persons, born 28 May 1908 at St. Charles, Minnesota; married 3 June 1931 to Selma Naomi Gegan; died 11 December 1952 at Perkasie, Pennsylvania;

G5-3. Milton George Persons, born 19 September 1911 at St. Charles, Minnesota; married 5 November 1939 to Madonna Mullenix;

G5-4. Cyril Dale Persons, born 27 September 1914 at St. Charles, Minnesota; married 9 June 1939 to Elizabeth Jeannette Michel;

G5-5. Edith Bernelda Persons, born 14 May 1916 at St. Charles, Minnesota; married 11 October 1941 to Milton Leonard Korpi;

G5-6. Grace E. Persons, born 1 November 1919 at St. Charles, Minnesota; married 19 August 1944 to Clifford David Gohdes.

 

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Charles Persons

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lydia (Nienow)

Persons

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wayside Inn

 

Original house on the

Charles Persons farm.

(Birthplace of five of the children.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Home of Cyril and Elizabeth Persons (House and barn built by Charles and Lydia Persons during their ownership--US 14 in foreground; old Great Western right of way south of the buildings.)

 

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MEMORIES

by Edith Korpi

 

My father and mother farmed all their lives on a farm my father purchased shortly before they were married. It was located 1 1/2 miles east of St. Charles, Minnesota, on U. S. 14. Besides the highway going through the farm, we had the Great Western and the Northwestern railroad tracks. We were located on the chief rail and roadways between Winona and Rochester, Minnesota. When I was growing up, Winona was the chief trading center for the area. Rochester was just becoming known for its clinic. My father's first hired man was the man who later became the business manager for Mayo Clinic. When I had surgery in 1935, he greeted my father on a first name basis and personally adjusted the fee, which was paid. In those days, the clinic operated on the basis of ability to pay--those who could, paid for those who couldn't.

 

My father lived only one-half mile from my mother's home when they were growing up. However, there was more than that distance between them. He grew up in an English home, attended the Congregational Church in St. Charles. My mother's home was German and she attended the Moravian Church about seven miles from St. Charles. In both homes, there was no mixing with people not of their nationality or religion. My father worked as a 'hired man' at various homes after he finished the eighth grade, and became acquainted with my mother when he worked for her father. My mother at that time was engaged to a man who was a Moravian and one whom she had known all her life. She broke her engagement, but her family objected strenuously to her marrying my father. One of the problems was that my father stuttered. At that time they thought this was inherited. In order to remove that obstacle, my father went to Detroit, Michigan, to attend a speech school to learn not to stutter. He did conquer this problem and was able to talk in public by hesitating before speaking, taking a deep breath and then beginning.

 

My father and mother had a long courtship conducted by passing notes to each other, delivered by their siblings. I have in my possession those notes kept by my mother. Within the year before their marriage, my father considered going to Canada to homestead as there was a group from St. Charles and the Piper family from Fargo who had gone. He made a trip to visit with members of the Piper family to learn more about Canada. Instead of going to Canada, he purchased the farm near St. Charles.

Later my father was accepted without animosity by the family and my father together with my Uncle Emil were made executors of my grandfather and grandmother Nienow’s estate. My father later remarked that he would not pass judgment on anyone else's marriage as no one outside of the two involved could know what was best.

 

Our customs were a melding of the German and English. The story in our family is that when Orville was small, he talked both English and German. When something was said in German, he would repeat whatever was said to Dad in English. My mother was fluent in both English and German and was an excellent speller. When she started school at the age of eight, she was not allowed to speak German in school. Her father would not allow English to be spoken at home. She learned the hard way and often remarked how difficult that had been. My mother continued to talk German to her family or when she did not want the children to know what she said. My brothers had a hard time their first year in school probably because of the language problem. By the time I came along, English was the main language and German was very secondary.

 

My mother liked gardening, especially with her flowers. As she was the oldest child at home, she had helped with driving the binder until her brothers became old enough to help. We girls were expected to help when needed with the farm work, especially at haying and harvesting. We milked cows in the evening, but never in the morning before school. The boys were expected to get up at 5:00 A.M. and help with the milking before breakfast at 7:00 A.M. We usually had a 'hired man' and a 'hired girl'. Our kitchen had a big dining table around which we would gather to do our homework in the evening. There was also a radio usually tuned to WNAX at Yankton, South Dakota. My mother had a 'couch' in the kitchen also -- this was used by any who were sick or for my dad to catch a quick nap in the later years. The kitchen was heated by the wood cook stove, and the rest of the house had the chill taken off by the wood hot air furnace. After my father built the new house in 1916, we had running water and indoor bathrooms.

 

There were no school buses so transportation was provided by my father either by horses or when Orville was able to drive, by Model T. Later we had a Model A Ford, and after that a seven-passenger Buick. When my brothers drove, we had to take the cream to the creamery before school. That created problems as sometimes there would be a long line ahead of us and we always worried whether we would get to school on time. We attended the school in St. Charles. There was some rivalry between the 'country kids' and the 'town kids', but this was only evident at noon, as we had to go home right after school. In the spring and fall, we could walk home, as it was not too far.

 

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G5-2. Orville Charles Persons, son of Charles Edwin and Lydia Wilhelmina Augusta (Nienow) Persons, was born 28 May 1908 at St. Charles, Minnesota. He attended Taylor University, Upland, Indiana, where he met his wife Selma Naomi Gegan, daughter of H. James and Sovinnia (Hendricks) Gegan. They were married 3 June 1931 at Perkasie, Pennsylvania. Naomi was born 30 October 1909 at Perkasie, Pennsylvania. Orville was graduated from Albright College, Reading, Pennsylvania. At the time of his death 11 December 1952 he was owner-manager of the Gegan Clothing Company and had had several patents granted for modifications of machinery used in the shop. He died of a brain tumor. Naomi is a gifted soprano and has sung for churches, on the radio and for various entertainments. She resides at Cherry Hill, New Jersey.

 

G6-1. Sylvia Ann Persons, born 4 August 1932 at Reading, Pennsylvania; married James J. McGlone 19 July 1958;

G6-2. Perry Barton Persons, born 29 January 1934 at West Rockhill Twp., Pennsylvania; died 24 August 1983 of a heart attack;

G6-3. David Lee Persons, born 21 February 1935 at Perkasie, Pennsylvania; married Grace K. Ruth 21 June 1958; divorced; died 18 February 1987;

G6-4. Dennis Charles Persons, born 27 November 1936 at Perkasie, Pennsylvania; married Sheila M. Erikson 3 February 1959;

G6-5. Michael Hardwicke Persons, born 11 January 1952 at West Rockhill Twp., Pennsylvania; married 22 November 1986 to Nina Maria Llorens.

 

G6-1. Sylvia Anne Persons, daughter of Orville Charles and Selma Naomi (Gegan) Persons, was born 4 August 1932 at Reading Pennsylvania. She was married to James Joseph McGlone, son of John James and Doris Virginia (Snyder) McGlone, on 19 July 1958 at Elkton, Maryland. James was in the army tor tour years and is Vice President of Fox and Lazo Real Estate Corporation. They reside at Cherry Hill, New Jersey.

 

G7-1. Marguerite Anne McGlone, born 9 January 1961 at Camden, New Jersey; married 10 August 1985 to Michael N. Kazanjian;

G7-2. James Joseph McGlone, Jr., born 17 June 1962 at Camden, New Jersey;

G7-3. Gerald Lee McGlone, born 23 September 1963 at Camden, New Jersey;

G7-4. Michelle Marie McGlone, born 11 July 1965 at Altoona, Pennsylvania.

 

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G7-1. Marguerite Anne McGlone, daughter of James Joseph and Sylvia Anne (Persons) McGlone, was born 9 January 1961 at Camden, New Jersey. She was married 10 August 1985 to Michael N. Kazanjian, son of Philip and Mary Leona (Maslikewicz) Kazanjian. Michael was born 2 February 1959 at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

 

G8-1. Ashlee Naomi Kazanjian, born 18 July 1986 at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania;

G8-2. Chelsea Anne Marie Kazanjian, born 15 January 1988 at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

 

G6-2. Perry Barton Persons, son of Orville Charles and Selma Naomi (Gegan) Persons, was born 29 January 1934 at West Rockhill Township, Pennsylvania. He had polio when sixteen years of age, underwent treatment at Warm Springs, Georgia, then graduated from the University of Illinois as an electrical engineer. He had his own business and lived at Sun Valley, California. Perry died 24 August 1983 of a heart attack. He is buried at Perkasie, Pennsylvania.

 

G6-3. David Lee Persons, son of Orville Charles and Selma Naomi (Gegan) Persons, was born 21 February 1935 at Perkasie, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Stroudsburg State College at East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania and was a Lieutenant in the Nsvy. He married Grace Katherine Ruth, daughter of Wilson and Grace Katherine (Rummer) Ruth, on 21 June 1958 at Perkasie, Pennsylvania. Grace was born 3 May 1939 at Lansdale, Pennsylvania. They were divorced. David died 18 February 1987 at Cherry Hill, New Jersey, of a heart attack. He is buried at Perkasie, Pennsylvania.

 

G7-1. Daniel Forrest Persons, born 25 January 1959 at Bethesda, Maryland; married 18 June 1983 to Karen Elizabeth Kendus;

G7-2. Mark David Persons, born 6 March 1960 at Bethesda, Maryland;

G7-3. Cheryl Denise Persons, born 23 March 1961 at Bethesda, Maryland;

G7-4. Andrew Charles Persons, born 5 September 1964 at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

 

 

 

 

Left:

David Persons

 

 

 

 

Right:

Sylvia and Jim McGlone

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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G7-1. Daniel Forrest Persons, son of David Lee and Grace Katherine (Ruth) Persons, was born 25 January 1959 at Bethesda, Maryland. He was married 18 June 1983 to Karen Elizabeth Kendus, daughter of Stanley Walter and Edith Margaret (Clarke) Kendus. Karen was born 2 August 1959 at Roxborough Pennsylvania.

 

G8-1. Bryan Alexander Persons, born 6 January 1987.

 

G6-4. Dennis Charles Persons, son of Orville Charles and Selma Naomi (Gegan) Persons, was born 27 November 1936 at Perkasie, Pennsylvania. He was married while in the army at Kenai, Alaska, 3 February 1959, to Sheila Marie Erikson, daughter of George and Alice (Corrigan) Erikson. Dennis subsequently went to Officer's Candidate School at Fort Benning, Georgia, in 1965. He served as an Army 1st Lieutenant in Vietnam 1966-67. They reside at Gardner, Massachusetts.

 

G7-1. Pamela Ellen Persons, born 28 April 1960 at Anchorage, Alaska; died 26 October 1967 at Townsend Harbor, Massachusetts;

G7-2. Sharon Janet Persons, born 13 August 1961 at Shirley, Massachusetts; married Christopher Brown, 9 February 1980.

G7-3. Cynthia Marie Persons, born 28 March 1963 at Shirley, Massachusetts.

G7-4. Douglas George Persons, born 21 January 1966 at Warrenton, Virginia.

 

G6-5. Michael Hardwicke Persons, son of Orville Charles and Selma Naomi (Gegan) Persons, was born 11 January 1952 at West Rockhill Township, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey in 1975. He served in the New Jersey Army National Guard 1971-1977. Michael is a Consular Officer of the United States Department of State serving as a Passport Operations Officer at Washington, D. C. He was married 22 November 1986 at Huntington Valley, Pennsylvania, to Nina Maria Llorens, daughter of Richard E. and Rosita M. (Calzada) Llorens. Nina was born 6 March 1960 at Bellefonte, Pennsylvania. Nina is a Passport Operations Officer at Washington, D. C.

 

G7-1. Paige Victoria Llorens Persons, born 28 August 1987. G8- 2. Faith Angelica Llorens Persons, born 30 July 1990.

 

Michael, Nina

and Paige Persons

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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G5-3. Milton George Persons, son of Charles Edwin and Lydia Augusta Wilhelmine (Nienow) Persons, was born 19 September 1911 at St. Charles, Minnesota. He was graduated from Taylor University, Upland, Indiana and Asbury Theological Seminary, Wilmore, Kentucky. He is a retired United Methodist minister in the North Indiana Conference. He was married 5 November 1939 to Madonna Elnora Mullenix, daughter of Orlando and Esther Mullenix. Madonna was born 19 May 1916. Madonna is a violinist and has played with symphony orchestras.

 

G6-1. Gretchen Louise Persons, born 31 May 1941 at Richmond, Indiana; married 8 March 1963 to John Greubel;

G6-2. Charles David Persons, born 20 December 1944 at Winchester, Indiana; married 21 December 1968 to Sharon Dexter.

 

G6-1. Gretchen Louise Persons, daughter of Milton George and Madonna (Mullenix) Persons, was born 31 May 1941 at Richmond, Indiana. She was married 8 March 1963 to John Greubel at Evansville, Indiana. John was born 18 August 1941 at Evansville, Indiana. Gretchen is a nurse and they reside at Fort Wayne, Indiana.

 

G7-1. Eric John Greubel, born 3 February 1967 at Evansville, Indiana; married 23 September 1989 to Brenda Lee Roos;

G7-2. Bradley Allan Greubel, born 23 May 1970 at Richmond, Indiana.

 

G7-1. Eric John Greubel, son of John and Gretchen Louise (Persons) Greubel, was born 3 February 1967 at Evansville, Indiana. He was married 23 September 1989 to Brenda Lee Roos, who was born 25 January 1969 at Fort Wayne, Indiana. Brenda has a son, Cameron Neil who was born 14 March 1988 at Fort Wayne, Indiana.

 

G6-2. Charles David Persons, son of Milton George and Madonna (Mullenix) Persons, was born 20 December 1944 at Winchester, Indiana. He was married 21 December 1968 to Sharon Dexter. Sharon was born 4 June 1946 at Abingdon, Illinois, and is a social worker. David is an architectural draftsman. They reside at Columbia City, Indiana.

 

G7-1. Matthew Tobias Persons, born 8 October 1977.

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Standing: Brenda and Eric Greubel, Bradlev Greubel,

Milton and Madonna Persons:

Seated: John and Gretchen Greubel, Cameron Roos

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Milton and Madonna Persons

 

 

 

 

Standing: Sharon Persons,

David Persons, Matthew Persons

Seated: Orlando Mullenix 1988

 

 

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G5-4. Cyril Dale Persons, son of Charles Edwin and Lydia Augusta Wilhelmine (Nienow) Persons, was born 27 September 1914 at St. Charles, Minnesota. He attended Taylor University, Upland, Indiana, after completing high school at St. Charles. He was married 9 June 1939 at Northfield, Minnesota, to Elizabeth Jeannette Michel, daughter of Rev. Eugene Levine and Anna Laura (Wiggle) Michel. Elizabeth was born 19 May 1917 at Tagus, Mountrail County, North Dakota. Her father was a Moravian minister so she lived at Bluefields, Nicaragua, from 1918 to 1923; St. Charles, Minnesota; and Northfield, Minnesota, where her father had pastorates. She attended Moravian College for Women at Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, prior to her marriage. Cyril and Elizabeth have farmed on the former Charles Persons' farm until they retired to St. Charles when their son Merlin went into partnership with him.

 

G6-1. Kenneth LeRoy Persons, born 10 July 1940, at Winona, Minnesota; married 18 December 1971 to Roberta Jane Shrode at Northfield, Minnesota;

G6-2. Merlin Richard Persons, born 19 June 1941 at Winona, Minnesota; married Cheryl Kathryn Rountree 19 February 1955; divorced:


G6-3. Shirley Jeanne Persons, born 2 November 1947 at Winona, Minnesota; married 18 March 1972 to Ivor Hunt.

 

Left to right:

Elizabeth (Michel) Persons, Merlin Persons, Kenneth Persons,

Shirley (Persons) Hunt, Cyril Persons

 

 

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G6-1. Kenneth LeRoy Persons, son of Cyril Dale and Elizabeth Jeannette (Michel) Persons, was born 10 July 1940 at Winona, Minnesota. He received a B.S. degree from Mankato State in 1963; M.S. in 1970. He was married at the Church of St. Dominic, Northfield, Minnesota, 18 December 1971 to Roberta Jane Shrode. Jane was born 1 August 1947 at St. Cloud, Minnesota, the daughter of Lloyd Gilbert and Rose Areline (Mrozla) Shrode. She graduated from St. Cloud State College and taught in Northfield, Minnesota, prior to her marriage. Kenneth has taught and coached wrestling and baseball in the Northfield Schools following graduation from college.

 

G7-1. Michele Lynn Persons, born 25 November 1972 at Northfield, Minnesota.

G7-2. Gail Marie Persons, born 2 May 1975 at Northfield, Minnesota.

 

G6-2 Merlin Richard Persons, son of Cyril Dale and Elizabeth Jeannette (Michel) Persons, was born 19 June 1941 at Winona, Minnesota. He served in the Army Intelligence from 1962-64, after attending Carroll College and Luther College. He was married 19 February 1966 at Minneapolis, Minnesota, to Cheryl Kathryn Rountree, daughter of Laurence Adison and Evelyn Rita (Leekey) Rountree. Cheryl was born 20 August 1944 at Grand Rapids, Minnesota, and is a nurse. Merlin is a computer programmer and also was in partnership with his father in farming.

 

G7-1. Brian Lee Persons, born 9 August 1966 at Rochester, Minnesota;

G7-2. Sean Charles Persons, born 31 March 1969 at Rochester, Minnesota.

G7-3. Kevin Richard Persons, born 8 October 1970 at Rochester, Minnesota;

G7-4. Catherine Janelle Persons, born 8 February 1972 at Rochester, Minnesota; died 24 July 1972 at Minneapolis, Minnesota.

G7-5. Daniel Lawrence Persons, born 28 January 1980 at Rochester, Minnesota.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sean, Brian, Kevin Persons  

(Standing)           

Cheryl, Daniel, and Merlin Persons

(Seated)             

Jane, Michele, Kenneth and Gail Persons

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G6-3. Shirley Jeanne Persons, daughter of Cyril Dale and Elizabeth Jeannette (Michel) Persons, was born 2 November 1947 at Winona, Minnesota. She was married 18 March 1972 at Minneapolis, Minnesota, to Ivor Hunt, son of Albert and Margaret (Bartlett) Hunt. Ivor was born 19 August 1947 at Bushey, Heartford, England. Ivor is currently an Electrical Engineer for McDonnell Douglas in Huntington Beach, California. Shirley is an Assistant Professor at California State University, Long Beach, teaching child and family development.

 

G7-1. Andrea Sara Hunt, born 11 November 1987.


Above: Standing:

Brian Persons, Ivor Hunt, Merlin Persons, Kenneth Persons, Sean Persons

 

Front: Michele Persons, Elizabeth Persons, Shirley Hunt, Kevin Persons, Cheryl Persons, Daniel Persons, Jane Persons, Cyril Persons, Gail Persons

 

 

 

 

 

Above:                    

Shirley, Andrea, Ivor Hunt

 

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G5-5. Edith Bernelda Persons, daughter of Charles Edwin and Lydia Augusta Wilhelmine (Nienow) Persons, was born 14 May 1916 at St. Charles, Minnesota. She was graduated from Taylor University, Upland, Indiana, in 1939; University of Minnesota, MA in Social Work 1946; BS in Education 1959 from St. Cloud State University. Edith was married 11 October 1941 to Milton Leonard Korpi, son of John and Hilda (Heglund) Korpi. Milton was born 14 March 1915 at Gilbert, Minnesota. They met at Unity Settlement House in Minneapolis where both were employed while attending the University. Milton taught at Gonvick, Belle Plaine and Dassel in Minnesota; then was a guidance counselor and teacher at Manitowoc, Wisconsin, until his retirement in 1980. Edith worked as a Child Welfare worker in Shakopee, Minnesota; case- worker and executive secretary at Sheboygan Family Service, Sheboygan, Wisconsin; and as an Elementary School Social Worker with the Manitowoc Wisconsin Public Schools. Both are retired and travel as a hobby.

 

G6-1. Janice Elaine Korpi, born 16 January 1946 at New Prague, Minnesota; married 15 June 1968 to Robert Karl;

G6-2. Carol Lynn Korpi, born 15 February 1950 at New Prague, Minnesota; married 12 April 1968 to Edward Yohanek, Jr.; divorced;

G6-3. Ronald Milton Korpi, born 28 October 1952 at Litchfield, Minnesota.

 

G6-1 Janice Elaine Korpi, daughter of Milton Leonard and Edith B. (Persons) Korpi, was born 16 January 1946 at New Prague, Minnesota. She was graduated from Stout State University at Menominee, Wisconsin, with a BS in Home Economics in 1968. She was married 15 June 1968 to Robert Karl, son of Robert and Marion Ella (Rupp) Karl, at Manitowoc, Wisconsin. Robert was born 8 January 1946 and is a graduate of Stout with a BS and MA in Industrial Arts. He was drafted to serve in the Vietnam War, was injured and honorably discharged. He teaches industrial arts at Kaukauna High School, Kaukauna, Wisconsin. Janice has taught school; was a floral designer for a floral shop; and an assistant manager for a fast food shop.

 

G7-1. Chad Jason Karl, born 23 June 1970 at Manitowoc, Wisconsin;

G7-2. Josh Robert Karl, born 24 September 1974 at Appleton, Wisconsin.

Edith (Persons) Korpi Milton L. Korpi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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G6-2. Carol Lynn Korpi, daughter of Milton Leonard and Edith B. (Persons) Korpi, was born 15 February 1950 at New Prague, Minnesota. She was married 12 April 1968 at St. Louis, Missouri, to Edward Yohanek, Jr., son of Edward and Helen Yohanek, Sr. Edward is a systems analyst and has been employed at Toyota in Long Beach, California. They are divorced. Carol was Office Manager for the Santa Anna branch of Nursing Services, Inc.; is now Staff Supervisor of Extra-Corporeal, Inc.

 

G7-1. Teresa Marie Yohanek, born 12 July 1968 at Manitowoc, Wisconsin;

G7-2. Deborah Ann Yohanek, born 13 April 1972 at Milwaukee, Wisconsin; died 30 June 1972 at Menominee, Wisconsin, in a car accident;

G7-3. Scott Edward Yohanek, born 29 October 1973 at Milwaukee, Wisconsin;

G7-4. Sarah Lynn Yohanek, born 19 October 1977 at Racine, Wisconsin.

G7-5. Jennifer Lynn Yohanek, born 1 June 1983 at Diamond Bar, California.

 


G6-3. Ronald Milton Korpi, son of Milton Leonard and Edith B. (Persons) Korpi, was born 28 October 1952 at Litchfield, Minnesota. He is a graduate of the University of Minnesota School of Architecture. He coaches Women's Crew at the University of Minnesota and is currently chairman of the Olympic (1988) Women's Crew committee. He is a partner in the architectural firm of Wolterstorff Associates at St. Paul, Minnesota.

 

Standing: Chad and Robert Karl, Ron Korpi

Seated: Milton Korpi, Josh Karl, and Jan Karl

 

Sarah, Scott, Teresa, Carol

 and Jennifer Yohanek

 

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G5-6. Grace E. Persons, daughter of Charles Edwin and Lydia Augusta Wilhelmine (Nienow) Persons, was born 1 November 1919 at St. Charles, Minnesota. She received a BS cum laude in Nursing Education in 1943; M.Education in 1960 from the University of Minnesota. Grace has had a career in Nursing Administration in hospitals in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and in Florida. She married Clifford David Gohdes, son of Bernhard C. and Selma (Koepsel) Gohdes, 19 August 1944 at St. Charles. Minnesota. Clifford entered the USAF 30 October 1941; was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant 3 July 1942; 1st Lieutenant 13 January 1943; Captain, 25 February 1944; Major, 16 November 1946; discharged 14 January 1947. Honors he received were: Distinguished Flying Cross, 1 Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster; Air Medal, 13 Oak Leaf Clusters; European Theater Operation, two Bronze Service Stars; American Theater Campaign Medal; American Defense Service Medal; World War II Victory Medal. He began thirty-one years of service with the government as an airport traffic controller at Fargo, North Dakota. He was transferred to Minneapolis, Minnesota, and retired 27 April 1974. After retirement they made their home in Punta Gorda, Florida. Clifford died of a heart attack on 11 September 1985 and is interred at Royal Palm Memorial Garden.

 

G6-1. Lee Dean Gohdes, born 21 April 1946 at Memphis, Tennessee; married 18 March 1972 to Carol Jean Edmonson;

G6-2. Cheryl Lynn Gohdes, born 10 March 1948 at Rochester, Minnesota; married 17 August 1968 to William Charles Goggin;

G6-3. Gregory Craig Gohdes, born 23 June 1951 at Minneapolis. Minnesota; married 25 September 1976 to Barbara Blesener, divorced;

G6-4. Craig Clifford Gohdes, born 28 June 1955 at Minneapolis, Minnesota; married 1 September 1979 to Julie Diane Johnson.

 

G6-1. Lee Dean Gohdes, son of Clifford David and Grace E. (Persons) Gohdes, was born 21 April 1946 at Memphis, Tennessee. He trained as an electronics technician at Brown Institute in 1966; Apostolic Bible Institute Graduate, May 1975. He was married 18 March 1972 at Minneapolis, Minnesota, to Carol Jean Edmonson. Carol was born 24 January 1951 at Minneapolis, Minnesota. She is a Graduate Dental Hygienist of the University of Minnesota, June 1972. They reside in Florida where Lee is employed by Bendix Corporation.

 

G7-1. Kaye Elizabeth Gohdes, born 15 April 1975 at Kansas City. Missouri;

G7-2. Laura Rachel Gohdes, born 4 April 1977 at Kansas City, Missouri.

 

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Clifford and Grace (Persons) Gohdes

 

 

Wedding of Clifford and Grace (Persons) Gohdes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

L to R

Lee Gohdes

Carol (Edmonson) Gohdes

Kaye Gohdes Laura Gohdes 1988

 

 

 

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G6-2. Cheryl Lynn Gohdes, daughter of Clifford David and Grace E. (Persons) Gohdes, was born 10 March 1948 at Rochester, Minnesota. She was married to William Charles Goggin, son of Michael James and Christine (Shott) Goggin, on 17 August 1968 at Mayflower Congregational Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota. William was born 24 July 1947 at Denver, Colorado. Both received BA degrees from Rice University in 1970. William received a Ph. D. in Clinical Psychology from Indiana University in 1979. Cheryl received an MA in 1974 and a Ph.D. in 1982 in Art History from Indiana University. They are living at Hattiesburg, Mississippi, where William is an Assistant Professor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology at the University of Southern Mississippi. Cheryl is also teaching art at the same university.

 

G7-1. Michael Stephen Goggin, born 5 June 1982, Hattiesburg, Mississippi;

G7-2. Stephen Nicholas Goggin, born 31 March 1987 at Hattiesburg, Mississippi.

 

G6-3. Gregory Craig Gohdes, son of Clifford David and Grace E. (Persons) Gohdes, was born 23 June 1951 at Minneapolis, Minnesota. He received a BS in Psychology in 1973 from the University of North Dakota. He was married 25 September 1976 at the Mayflower Congregational Church to Barbara B1esener, daughter of Fredrick and Else (Sempaur) Blesener; div. Barbara was born 18 June 1951 and has an RN from Abbott School of Nursing in 1972. Gregory was an air traffic controller until the strike; now is employed at IBM in Rochester, Minnesota, where they reside. They are divorced.

 

G7-1. Jennifer Alissa Gohdes, born 29 August 1979 at Rochester, Minnesota;

G7-2. Jason Andrew Gohdes, born 15 April 1981 at Rochester, Minnesota.

 

G6-4. Craig Clifford Gohdes, son of Clifford David and Grace E. (Persons) Gohdes, was born 28 June 1955 at Minneapolis, Minnesota. He is a graduate of the Aposto1ic Bible Institute. He was married 1 September 1979 at Kansas City, Kansas, to Julie Diane Johnson, daughter of John Edward and Glenda Nell (Gillion) Johnson. Julie was born 18 May 1961 at Joplin, Missouri. They reside at Lee's Summit, Missouri.

 

G7-1. Matthew Craig Gohdes, born 26 January 1982 at Kansas City, Missouri.

G7-2. Justin Adam Gohdes, born 8 November 1986 at Kansas City, Missouri.

 

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Greg Gohdes,

Barbara (Blesener) Gohdes,

Jennifer and Jason Gohdes

1985

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Craig Gohdes,

Julie (Johnson) Gohdes,

Matthew and Justin Gohdes

1985

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Above:                    

Cheryl (Gohdes) Goggin,

Michael Goggin,

William (Bill) Goggin

1985

 

 

Michael and

Stephen Goggin 1987

 

 

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G4-2. Selma Hedwig Emeline Nienow, daughter of August Herman Julius and Mary (Hans) Nienow, was born 27 January 1882 at St. Charles, Minnesota. She was married 9 December 1909 at St. Charles, Minnesota, to Chancy Persons, son of Edwin George and Hester Lucy (Hardwick) Persons. Chancy was born 5 July 1881 at St. Charles, Minnesota. They farmed all their lives north of St. Charles on the farm where Russell Persons and son Lee now live. This adjoined the farm on which Chancy Persons had been raised and was about one mile from Selma's home farm.

 

Selma died 19 October 1954 at Rochester, Minnesota, of a stroke. Chancy passed away at the good age of 96 1/2 (27 January 1978) of complications of the flu. Both are buried on Hillside Cemetery, St. Charles, Minnesota.

 

G5-1. Harold Emanuel Persons, born 4 March 1912 in Dover Township, Olmsted Township, Olmsted County, Minnesota; married Ruth Pauline Hoff 18 August 1949; divorced;

G5-2. Chancy Myron Persons, born 9 October 1913 at St. Charles, Minnesota; married (1) 4 November 1943 to Mary Louise Butz; (2) 10 August 1986 to Fannie (Seitz) Duncanson;

G5-3. Russell Arthur Persons, born 26 July 1915, St. Charles, Minnesota; married 3 June 1944 to Donna Mae Green;

G5-4. Emily Florence Persons, born 23 February 1917 at St. Charles, Minnesota; married 10 June 1942 to Arny Harold Urban;

G5-5. Doris Marie Persons, born 16 November 1919 at St. Charles, Minnesota;

G5-6. Curtis Alvin Persons, born 2 September 1923 at St. Charles, Minnesota; married 17 November 1944 to Marjorie Estella Harcey.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Standing: L to R:                   

Harold, Myron, Doris,               

Emily, Russell, Curtis         

Seated: Selma, Chancy,              

Mrs. Edwin (Lucy) Persons      

 

Chancy and Selma

(Nienow) Persons

 

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Back: Vance, Ruth, Harold Persons

Front: Sharon, Paul, Dora Persons

 

Back: Karen, Charlene               

Seated: David, Mary, Myron Persons

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Standing: Barbara, Arthur

Seated: Donna, Carol, Lee,

Russell Persons

 

 

 

Standing: Marilyn, Darrell     

Seated: Arny and Emily Urban   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Doris Persons

Standing: Gary, Fay, Dick,     

Jan, Neil, Jim, Bev, Keith     

 

Seated: Christy, Curtis, Eileen

Judy, Marjorie, Nancy Persons  

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G5-1. Harold Emanuel Persons, son of Chancy and Selma Hedwig Emeline (Nienow) Persons, was born 4 March 1912 in Dover Township, Olmsted County, Minnesota. He was married 18 August 1949 at St. Charles, Minnesota, to Ruth Pauline Hoff. Ruth was born 7 May 1925 at Dayton, Ohio. They are divorced.

 

G6-1. Vance DeNitt Persons, born 6 October 1950 at St. Charles, Minnesota; married Phyllis Lee Rebhorn, 30 May 1981;

G6-2. Sharon Ann Persons, born 4 January 1955 at St. Charles, Minnesota; married Travis Landers at Gary, Indiana; divorced;

G6-3. Dora Ruth Persons, born 27 April 1956 at St. Charles, Minnesota; married Earley Romero Johnson;

G6-4. Paul Harold Persons, born 5 January 1957 at Winona, Minnesota.

 

G6-1. Vance DeNitt Persons, son of Harold Emanuel and Ruth Pauline (Hoff) Persons, was born 6 October 1950 at St. Charles, Minnesota. Vance was married 30 May 1981 at Chicago, Illinois, to Phyllis Lee Rebhorn, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. L.~ Rebhorn. Vance is in electrical work at Chicago.

 

G7-1. Joshua Chancy Persons, born 1 April 1982 at Chicago, Illinois;

G7-2. Benjamin Persons, born 6 May 1983 at Chicago, Illinois;

 

G6-2. Sharon Ann Persons, daughter of Harold Emanuel and Ruth Pauline (Hoff) Persons, was born 4 January 1955 at St. Charles, Minnesota. She was married to Travis Landers at Gary, Indiana. They are divorced.

 

G7-1. Ramona Landers, born 24 December 1972;

G7-2. Eric Landers, born 8 August 1974.

 

G6-3 Dora Ruth Persons, daughter of Harold Emanuel and Ruth Pauline (Hoff) Persons, was born 27 April 1956 at St. Charles, Minnesota. She was married to Earley Romero Johnson who was born 29 November 1950.

 

G7-1. Juonito Romero Johnson, born 30 December 1977;

G7-2. Jorge Romero Johnson, born 7 February 1980;

G7-3. Jomaa1 Romero Johnson, born 3 April 1981.

G7-4. Earley Romero Johnson III, born 26 April 1987.

 

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