Obit: Braun, Willam (1820 - 1915)



Surnames: RAUN HORN


----Source: Greenwood Gleaner 9/23/1915

DIED--Braun, Willam (1820 - 1915)

William Braun, a pioneer settler of the Braun Settlement, Clark County, nine miles north-west of this city, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Frank Horn, Saturday, Sept. 18,1915 at 6:30 o'clock p.m. at the ripe old age of 95 years.

Deceased was born in West Prussia, Germany, May 11, 1820 and came to this country in 1873, locating at Sheboygan. In 1878 he came with his family to this vicinity and started to cut out a farm from the virgin forest of pine. He had never known a sick day since a boy and was well and able to work and enjoy life up to a week before his demise. Four sons and two daughters mourn his departure. William, Frederick and Chris of this place and Gottfried of Sheboygan, and Mrs. Frank Horn and Mrs. Robert Horn of Longwood township.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, Rev. Otto Saewert officiating and burial made in the Braun Settlement cemetery.



Anniversary of William and Emilie Braun




Mr. and Mrs. William Braun Celebrate Anniversary with Service and Dinner


Braun Settlement, April 14, 1930


Mr. and Mrs William Braun,who came here following their marriage, which took place 50 years ago today in Sheboygan, observed their golden wedding anniversary here Sunday. A special service was conducted at the Braun Settlement Reformed church by the pastor, the Rev. E. G. Pfeiffer, Greenwood, who gave an address in German and an English talk was given by the Rev. Walter Horn, St Paul, nephew of Mr. and Mrs. Braun. Approximately 150 relatives and intimate friends gathered at the church and after the service the immediate relatives and the pastor and his wife were entertained at a dinner at the farm on which Mr. and Mrs. Braun first located, which is now the home of their son, Edward. The rooms were appropriately decorated for the occasion and the dinner table was adorned with a wedding cake and cut flowers.


Mr. Braun was born May 24, 1851, in West Prussia, and came to Sheboygan with his parents in 1869. He came to this section with his brother shortly before his marriage, and returned to Sheboygan, where he was married by a Lutheran pastor. He brought his bride here immediately afterward, traveling by train as far as Colby, from thence by team to Hemlock, which then boasted of a flour mill, sawmill, and store, which is now merely a name. From Hemlock they traveled afoot on a trail through the dense woods, to their new home, where they settled in a hastily constructed cabin, which later gave way to a large log house, and eventually the fine large farm house at which the celebration was held yesterday.


Mr. Braun was elected a member of the town Board of supervisors twelve years after coming to Longwood, and served in this capacity seven years. He also served as road commissioner for 30 years, and during that time laid out a number of the present main highways, and supervised their construction.


He also served as school officer for a number of years, and helped establish the present Reformed church, of which he has been a trustee. Mrs. Braun was active in organizing the Ladies' Aid society of the parish, and served for many years as secretary, a position how held by one of her daughters.


In 1914 Mr. and Mrs. Braun sold their 80-acre farm to their son, and moved into their present home, located on a 93-acre tract east of the old homestead.


Their children, in addition to Edward, are Mrs. William Alperstett (Selma) and Mrs. George Vollrath, (Olga), both of this community, Mrs. Theodore Knifke (Minnie) and Mrs. William Mitchell (Setonia) both of Chicago. All were at home for the celebration except Elmer. They also have nine grandchildren.


Mr. Braun, in recalling his life here referred to the fact that he had progressed from the ox-team method of travel to horse-drawn vehicles and to the automobile and in spite of his 78 years, last summer motored to Sheboygan accompainied by Mrs. Braun and a brother.



* The article above states that Elmer was a son of William and Emilie Braun and a person might call him a son, but his real parents were Fredrick and Ann (Herman) Horn. Ann passed away when Elmer was a baby and he came to Clark Co. and was raised with the William Braun family.  I have been unable to find if William and Emilie ever adopted Elmer.  My fraternal grandmother was a sister to William Braun.  Duane Horn.



Family Notes


Wilhelm Braun II, son of Wilhelm and Louisa (Maus) Braun, b. 11 May 1821 at Riesenburg, West Prussia.  Married 13 June 1846 to Anna Dorthea who was the daughter of Gottfried and Christina (Fisher) Torrah.  Anna was born 28 Nov 1820 at Reisenbkirch, West Prussia.  Wilhelm/William died 18 Sept 1915 in Warner Twp., Clark Co., Wis. and Anna died 30 Dec 1897.  This family settled in the town of Hixon (now Longwood) in 1878.



Birth Death


28 Apr 1847 20 Jun 1922


9 Sep 1849 10 Aug 1907

William II

24 May 1851 1 Jan 1944


25 Jan 1853 2 Feb 1853


24 Dec 1854 22 Jan 1952


7 Aug 1857 9 Mar 1939


24 Nov 1859 10 Nov 1935


25 Aug 1860 25 Dec 1866


30 Nov 1864 31 Aug 1942


Related Links


Bio: Braun Family Album

Bio: Braun Family (Longwood)

Bio: Braun, Family (Warner Pioneer)




Duane Horn



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