Albrecht, Henry (History - 1841 )


Janet Schwarze





----Source: 1891 History of Clark & Jackson Co., Wis.


HENRY ALBRECHT, now deceased, who settled in Fremont Township in 1873, was one of the hardy pioneers of Clark County. He was born in Mecklenberg, Germany, about the year 1841. There he followed the occupation of a laborer, and was married to Sophia Gundlach. In the hope of bettering their condition, they came to the United States in 1873, landing in this country after a four weeks' voyage in a steamer. Stopping one year at Rantool, Calumet County, Wis., they then came to Clark County, Mr. Albrecht securing a piece of land in Section 34, Fremont Township. It was a forty-acre tract without improvements, and his first act was to build a log house 16 by 20 feet in size, and containing two rooms, into which he and his family moved. He and his wife had brought with them from Germany three children-Henry, Mary and William, so all the space they had was needed. Here Mr. Albrecht started farming with nothing but his hands and with just money enough to buy one sack of flour. He had, however, a cow, which proved useful. Provisions had to be carried on the back from the nearest market. Later, Mr. Albrecht bought an ox team, with which he made faster progress on his farm, though the work of clearing it was slow. It was at last accomplished, however, with the aid of his sons, who became more useful as they grew up. In time he added forty acres more to his place. His first log barns were one 28 by 50 and the other 26 by 40 feet in size, he hewing the logs and sawing the shingles for them himself. In later years he built a basement barn 40 by 80 feet, another 30 by 50 feet, and a two-story residence of five rooms. On that place Mr. Albrecht resided until his death at the age of 74 years. He was a member of the German Lutheran Church, helping to build the church of that denomination in Fremont Township, and also served as school treasurer. His wife died at the age of 64 years. They had a family of six children, altogether, three of whom have been already mentioned. The others were-Herman, who died when a few weeks old Herman (second), who died about 1907, at the age of 22 years, and Charles, who resides on the old homestead.



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