Christman, Baultes (History - 1849)


Janet Schwarze





----Source: 1918 History of Clark County, Wisconsin

                                         Baultes & Caroline (Winterhalter) Christman


BAULTES CHRISTMAN, vice president of the Loyal State Bank, proprietor of the Christman Stave and Heading Factory, and a leading citizen of Loyal Village, was born in Hartford Township, Washington County, Wis., Mar. 10, 1849. His parents, Conrad and Barbara (Freummel) Christman, were engaged in farming, first buying forty acres of school land, all of which was wild. Later Conrad Christman purchased other land until he owned 170 acres. He cleared it from the heavy timber, broke the land, erected a good residence and out-buildings, and there followed general farming until 1898, his death occurring in the following year, 1899. His wife did not survive him, passing away in 1901. They had a family of seven sons and three daughters, namely: Joseph, Eaultes, Phillip, Barbara, Peter, Anna, Anton, Nicholas, John and Kate. Baultes Christman acquired his education in the public schools of Washington County and grew up on his parents' farm, where he made his home until 1870. His time during this period was not all spent in farm work, however, as, when not quite 17 years old he went to work in the stave and heading factory at Hartford village.


In 1870 he took up his residence in Hartford, continuing to work in the factory until 1883, when he removed to Allenton, Washington County, and was for three years foreman in the J. B. Kern Stave Heading Factory there. In 1886 Mr. Christman purchased the stave factory at Allenton, with its equipment, and moved the plant to Hewitt, where he continued the business under the firm name of Ruplinger Bros. Co., he, himself, however, being the principal owner and manager. After conducting the business at Hewitt successfully until 1891, he came to Loyal and, together with John Ruplinger, M. Ruplinger and William Utmyer, started what is now the Christman factory and mill--a stave and heading factor and sawmill.


In 1901 Mr. Christman purchased the interests of the other partners and since then has been the sole owner. For awhile formerly he also conducted a mercantile business in Loyal, and was successful in that, as he has been in his manufacturing enterprises. He also owns large farms in Clark County, one of 240 acres in Beaver Township, and one of 220 acres in Loyal Township, which are conducted under his own management, together with that of his three sons, and in addition he has some village property. These varied interests, and his high character for enterprise and business integrity, have made him one of the representative men of Loyal Village, in the public affairs of which he has long taken an active and beneficial part, having served on the village board most of the time since the village was organized, and having been one of the aldermen from the time of its organization up to 1910. He was then elected president of the village in which office he has since served efficiently and to the satisfaction of his fellow citizens. Mr. Christman was also one of the organizers of the Loyal State Bank, and became a member of its first board of directors, serving as such until he was elected vice President in 1916, succeeding Dr. James Richmond, deceased.


He is a member of the C. K. W., and both he and his family of the Catholic Church. Mr. Christman was married Jan. 30, 1872, to Caroline Winterhalter, who was born in Addison County, Wis., Nov. 8, 1848 daughter of John and Elizabeth (Saukreiter) Winterhalter. Her parents were natives of Germany who came to America when Young people and were married in Massachusetts, from which state they came to Washington County, Wis., in 1947, settling on a farm. There the father died in 1895 and the mother in 1878. They were the parents of twelve children: Elizabeth, Caroline, John, Mary, Mary (second), Catherine, Lewis, Charles, Charles (second), Anna, Herman and Joseph. The children born to Mr. and Mrs. Christman are as follows: Barbara, now Mrs. C. B. Esselmann of Loyal Township Elizabeth, widow of Harry Kilbourn, and now a resident of Loyal village Kate, wife of Lawrence Emerson of Beaver Township John, who is residing at home Anna, wife of Freeman Allen of Milwaukee Caroline, now Mrs. Joseph Andraska, of Loyal Village Anton, also of. Loyal Village Peter, who resides in the same place, and who married Elizabeth Raab, and Joseph, residing at home.



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