Bio: Foemmel Family, Silas
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----Source: Town of Fremont History - 1973

Foemmel Family, Silas

In 1908, Adolph Foemmel began his farm life in the Town of Fremont, Clark County, Wis. by purchasing 80 acres, 2 1/2 miles west and 1/2 mile north of Chili.

He married Bertha Schilling June 1, 1910. All six children were born at this farm, namely Naomi, Lydia, Silas, Esther, Samuel and Paul. Their mother, as well as they, received their elementary education in the rural school.

They farmed the 80 acres, then added 40 acres in 1919 across from the original farm. Adolph Foemmel, as well as his oldest son, who later bought the farm, cleared a great deal of land for tillable acres.

Though all the children helped with the farm chores both morning and evening, Silas showed the greatest interest in farming.

His wife, the former Florence Laks, taught at cozy Corner School for two terms (1936-38), at which time they met. They were married in 1937. Florence went on to teach for 28 years. Twelve years were taught in Fremont township schools. They are the parents of three children, Sylvia (Mrs. Bill Nickel), Stanley (deceased), and Jerome, who at present works with his father.

The farming ventures were varied for they had numerous brood sows with many pig, along with cows that were milked. Several years they had 1200 laying hens and also continued with their milking herd. Yes, even maple syrup was made for several seasons on an adjoining farm, which was rented from Louis Lindow.

Silas and Florence bought an 80 acre farm from Ed Kleinschmidt, and another 80 acres, formerly owned by Warren Beil. At the present time the Foemmel farm consists of 280 acres.



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