Bio: Knebel, Nina



Surnames: Knebel, Kuehl , Johnson, Olson, Kanable, Downing, Du Domaine


----Source: Private Collection of Helen Blaha



From: Clara J.
To: Nina Knebel, Colby, Wisconsin



Message: Dear Little Nina have you written to Madaline yet. We will be in soon to see you.  Clara J.


We would like to know about the sender and the recipient of this card. 

Please contact us with any additional information.

Research provided by Marsha Hosfeld


Possibly the sender:


Since the card says "Dear little Nina" I thought Clara might be older than Nina. If J is the first letter of her last name, Clara Johnson, born 1897 (daughter of Louis & Anne Karine Johnson) is a possibility. They lived in Owen in the 1910 Census. The Madeline referred to could be Madeline Servanty (daughter of John & Edith) who was the same age as Nina and also living in Owen in the 1910 Census.


Likely the recipient:




1905 Wisconsin State Census

Name: Nina Kuebel     Census Date: 1 Jun 1905

Birth Location: Wisconsin    Marital Status: Single    Gender: Female

Estimated Birth Year: abt 1904    Race: White           Relation: Daughter

Father's Name: George Kuebel    Mother's name: Katherine Kuebel

Line: 50    Roll: CSUSAWI1905_4

Locality: Colby, Clark County, Wisconsin

George Kuebel         32

Katherine Kuebel     25

Nina Kuebel                1



Parker, Katherine         Kuebel, George                        1 July 1903      408      2


1910 United States Federal Census

Name: Nina Kneble     Age in 1910: 6     Birth Year: abt 1904     Birthplace: Wisconsin

Race: White     Gender: Female     Relation to Head of House: Daughter     Marital Status: Single

Father's Name: George Kneble           Father's Birthplace: Wisconsin

Mother's name: Katherine Kneble     Mother's Birthplace: Wisconsin

Home in 1910: Colby West Ward, Clark, Wisconsin

George Kneble         36       married 6 years     Laborer – Odd Jobs

Katherine Kneble     28       1 child born / living

Nina Kneble               6        daughter


1920 United States Federal Census

Name: Nina Knebel     Age: 16    Birth Year: abt 1904    Birthplace: Wisconsin

Race: White   Gender: Female    Relation to Head of House: Daughter   Marital Status: Single

Father's Name: George Knebel     Father's Birthplace: Wisconsin

Mother's name: Kattie Knebel      Mother's Birthplace: Wisconsin

Able to Read: Yes    Able to Write: Yes

Home in 1920: Thorp, Clark, Wisconsin

George Knebel  47    Laborer

Hattie Knebel    38    Dressmaker

Nina Knebel       16    Student

BioM: Kanable, Nina (Marriage - 1922)


--- Source: OWEN ENTERPRISE (Owen, Clark County, Wis.) 01/12/1922

--- Kanable, Nina (Marriage - 7 JAN 1922)

Clifford Downing and Miss Nina Kanable were quietly married on Saturday afternoon of last week, Fr. Du Domaine officiating. The groom has secured residence and the couple will make this city their future home.

75 Years Ago (1922)

Miss Nia Knebel, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Knebel, and Mr. Clifford Downing were united in marriage by Father Downing at Owen on Jan. 7th.



1930 United States Federal Census

Name: Nina Downing    Gender: Female    Birth Year: abt 1904    Birthplace: Wisconsin

Race: White    Relation to Head of House: Wife    Spouse's Name: Clifford Downing

Father's Birthplace: Wisconsin    Mother's Birthplace: Wisconsin

Occupation: Clifford – Laborer – Box Factory    Age at first marriage: Clifford 20, Nina 18   

Home in 1930: Owen, Clark, Wisconsin

Clifford Downing     28  Head, b. WI

Nina Downing          26  Wife, b. WI

Galen Downing          8  son, b. WI

Laverne Downing      5  daughter, b. WI


1940 United States Federal Census

Name: Nina Downing    Age: 36    Estimated Birth Year: abt 1904

Gender: Female    Race: White     Relation to Head of House: Wife

Attended School or College: No    Highest Grade Completed: High School, 2nd year

Weeks Worked in 1939: 0    Income: 0    Income Other Sources: No

Home in 1940: Owen, Clark, Wisconsin     Sheet Number: 1B

Clifford Downing    38              Dove tailer – Box Factory

Jina Downing           36

Galen Downing        18             Delivery Boy – Milk Route

Luverne Downing    15


1930 United States Federal Census

Name: George Knebel     Gender: Male     Birth Year: abt 1874    Birthplace: Wisconsin

Race: White    Relation to Head of House: Head    Spouse's Name: Katherine Knebel

Father's Birthplace: Germany     Mother's Birthplace: Germany

Occupation: Laborer – Box Factory     Age at first marriage: George 30, Katherine 22

Home in 1930: Owen, Clark, Wisconsin

George Knebel          56  b. WI, parents b. Germany

Katherine Knebel      49  b. WI, parents b. WI


1940 United States Federal Census

Name: Geo Knebel     Age: 66    Estimated Birth Year: abt 1874    Birthplace: Wisconsin

Gender: Male    Race: White      Marital Status: Married    Relation to Head of House: Head

House Owned or Rented: Owned     Value of Home or Monthly Rental if Rented: 700

Attended School or College: No        Highest Grade Completed: Elementary school, 7th grade

Occupation: Old Age     Industry: Pension  

Weeks Worked in 1939: 0     Income: 25    Income Other Sources: No

Residence in 1935: Same House   Resident on farm in 1935: No

Sheet Number:             8B     Number of Household in Order of Visitation: 160

Home in 1940: Owen, Clark, Wisconsin   Farm: No

Geo Knebel              66

Katherine Knebel    59

Obit: Knebel, George (1874 - 1945)

Surnames: Knebel, Downing

--- Source: OWEN ENTERPRISE (Owen, Clark County, Wis.) 07/26/1945

--- Knebel, George (5 JAN 1874 - 23 JUL 1945)


Funeral services were conducted from the Griebenow Co. Funeral Home this afternoon for George Knebel, 70, whose death occurred at the Clark County Hospital Monday. The Rev. George Autio officiated at the service.


Mr. Knebel had been a resident of the city of Owen (Clark Co., Wis.) for many years and had been employed in the city’s different industries.


He is survived by his wife, and one daughter, Mrs. Clifford Downing of Cudahy, Wis.


Interment took place in Riverside Cemetery.

Riverside Cemetery Index - Withee, Hixon Twp., Clark County, WI

tno   Knebel, George   5 Jan 1874 - 23 Jul 1945  D. rcd 20-348 says B. 1875  Spouse: Katherine   

                                           Parents: Christ & Katherine (Salzberg) Knebel

BioM: Downing, LaVerne (1946)

Surnames: Downing, Zelinski, Kober, Haley

--- Source: OWEN ENTERPRISE (Owen, Clark County, Wis.) 10/03/1946

--- Downing, LaVerne (28 SEP 1946)


The Holy Family Church of Cudahy was the scene of a double ring ceremony at 10 o’clock on the morning of Sept. 28, 1946, when LaVerne Downing, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Clifford H. Downing, became the bride of Frank Zelinski, son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Zelinski of Cudahy, Father Hatsel officiating.


Given in marriage by her father, the bride wore a long trailing gown of white satin and net. A coronet of seed pearls held the long white ruffled net veil. She carried a white bridal bouquet of roses, lilies and pompoms.


Mrs. Harry Kober, sister of the groom, was matron of honor in a long white satin and net gown with a low cut sweetheart neckline. Miss Jerry Haley of Marshfield was bridesmaid and wore a long white gown with a satin brocaded bodice and bouffant skirt of net. They wore shoulder length headpieces of white ruffled net. Each carried a mixed bouquet of yellow and baby chrysanthemums, red roses and white pompoms.


Harry Kober, brother-in-law of the groom, acted as best man, and Gasen Downing, brother of the bride, was attendant. The men wore blue pin striped business suits.


Mrs. Clifford Downing attended her daughter’s wedding in a dress of navy blue crepe with black accessories. Mrs. Joseph Zelinski, mother of the groom, wore a sheer black, pink figured gown with black accessories. Both wore mixed corsages of pink roses and white gardenias.


Covers were laid for thirty five at the breakfast following the ceremony at Wendt’s Restaurant in Cudahy. A reception was held from two o’clock to five for seventy guests, after which the young couple left on an extended motor trip.


For her going away outfit the bride wore a gray pin stripe suit, green top coat with black and white accessories.


The bride is a 1942 graduate of Owen (Clark Co., Wis.) High School and for the past three years has been employed in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The groom is a graduate of the Cudahy Vocational School and prior to his discharge in January of 1946 served for two years with the Marine forces in Okinawa.


Out of town guests attending the wedding were Mrs. George Knebel, Owen; Mrs. John Anderson, Duluth, Minn.; Mrs. Kathryn Lennon and Mrs. Betty Basset of Minneapolis, Minn.


Father of George…

Obit: Knebel, Christopher (1843 - 1929)


--- Source: Colby Phonograph (Colby, Wis.) 02/07/1929

--- Knebel, Christopher (6 JUN 1843 - 1 FEB 1929)


Mr. Christopher Knebel, one of the early pioneers of this locality, died at the home of his son, John Knebel, Friday, Feb. 1, 1929, old age being the cause of his departure. Funeral services were held at the Catholic Church Monday, Rev. Lachnit officiating, and interment was made in the Colby Catholic Cemetery.


The deceased was born in Coblenz, Germany, June 6, 1843, thus reaching the age of eighty-five years, six months and twenty-six days. In April 1869 he emigrated to Brooklyn, N.Y., and on Dec. 17 of the same year, he was united in marriage to Katherine Saltzback at Milwaukee, where he resided for about eight years, being employed there at the cooper's trade. In the spring of 1877 they moved on to a farm at Abbotsford, Wis. A short time later, they again moved to a farm north of Colby and resided there until the spring of 1881, when they came to Colby and opened up a meat market. After a period of sixteen years in the meat business, they sold the property to W. Fleischmann, who establish the City Bakery. They then moved on to their farm, where they resided for about thirteen years, when they again sold out and moved to the city of Colby, where they have since lived. For the past five and one-half years, he made his home with his son, John Knebel. He is survived by two sons and two daughters, Namely: Mr. John Knebel, Colby; Mrs. Art Olson, St. Paul; Mrs. Charles Basset, St. Paul; Mr. George Knebel, Owen, Wis. Also by ten grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.


Those from out of town here for the funeral were Mrs. Charles Basset and Mrs. Arthur Olson of St. Paul, Mr. George Knebel of Owen, and Lillian A. Knebel of Chippewa Falls.


Another name is now stricken from the ever lessening roll of our early settlers, but it must be so. His life work was done, and well done, and how much this community owes him and all early pioneers is impossible to estimate.


Wisconsin Death Index, 1959-1997

Downing  Clifford      30  Jan  69  Milwaukee County, Cudahy   age 67

Downing  Nina M      31  Jan  75   Milwaukee County, Gree…    age 70




1910 United States Federal Census

Name: Madeline Sewaty [Lewaty] [Servaty]

Age in 1910: 6    Birth Year: abt 1904     Birthplace: Wisconsin

Race: White     Gender: Female     Relation to Head of House: Daughter

Marital Status: Single

Father's Name:             John Servaty     Father's Birthplace: Illinois

Mother's name: Edith Servaty     Mother's Birthplace: Wisconsin

Home in 1910: Owen, Clark, Wisconsin

John Servaty               42

Edith Servaty              39

Claire Servaty             18

Lynn Servaty                 8

Madeline Servaty        6

Madeline C. Servaty married Herman Gemuenden on 24 Dec 1928




1910 United States Federal Census

Name: Clares Johnson [Clare]      Age in 1910: 13     Birth Year: abt 1897

Birthplace: Wisconsin     Race: White      Gender: Female

Relation to Head of House: Daughter     Marital Status: Single

Father's Name:             Louie Johnson      Father's Birthplace: Norway

Mother's name: Karine Johnson    Mother's Birthplace: Norway

Home in 1910: Owen, Clark, Wisconsin

Louie Johnson      56

Karine Johnson    46

Otto Johnson       26

Harold Johnson   23

Carl Johnson        21

Edwin Johnson    18

Joseph Johnson  16

Clare Johnson      13


NOTE: there is a Clara L. Johnson buried in Riverside Cemetery. 

Born 1 Feb 1897, died 15 Jul 1981, parents “Louis & Anne K. Johnson?”

Louis Johnson

Birth: Jan. 25, 1854, Norway; Death: Nov. 28, 1936, Clark County, Wisconsin, USA


Louis Johnson, pioneer resident of this community (Owen, Clark Co., Wis.) passed away at his home here on Saturday, Nov. 28, 1936, at the age of 82 years. Mr. Johnson spent his entire life in the lumber business. He began working for the Owen and Rust Lumber Co. at Eau Claire in 1881, and in 1894 came to Owen where he started in with the J. S. Owen Lumber Co., working with them continually until the time of their closing in 1929. He was the longest employed man of the company and during his years here made for himself a host of friends who will greatly miss him. God's grace was his living hope.


Louis Johnson was born in Berger, Sarkedalen, Westre, Aker, Norway, on Jan. 25, 1854, and at the age of 27 came to this country and began work at one of the lumber camps in Eau Claire. He is survived by his wife and five children; Otto of Forks, Mont.; Harold of Owen; Carl of Clear Lake; and Edwin of Delta; and one daughter, Clare of Reno, Nev. One daughter, Caroline Olson and one son, Joseph, preceded him in death. He is also survived by 22 grandchildren.


Burial: Riverside Cemetery, Withee, Clark County, Wisconsin, USA

Family links: Spouse: Anne Karine Olson Johnson (1868 - 1953)*

Children: Harold J. Johnson (1886 - 1937)*   Joseph Lavine Johnson (1893 - 1932)*

                  Clara L. Johnson (1897 - 1981)*




1900 United States Federal Census

Name: Clara Kuehl    Age: 9    Birth Date: abt 1891    Birthplace: Wisconsin

Race: White    Gender: Female    Relation to Head of House: Daughter

Father's Name: William Kuehl      Mother's name: Augusta Kuehl

Home in 1900: Weston, Marathon, Wisconsin

William Kuehl         38

Augusta Kuehl        38

Charlie Kuehl          13

Martha Kuehl         12

Walter Kuehl          10

Hattie Kuehl              9

Clara Kuehl                9

Emil Kuehl                 5

Bennit Kuehl             3

Rosa Kuehl          6/12



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