Albrecht, William (History - 1872 )


Janet Schwarze




Albrecht, William 1872

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

WILLIAM ALBRECHT, a well-known resident of Lynn Township, who is engaged in farming in Section 2, was born in Mecklenburg, Germany, Nov. 9, 1872, son of Henry and Sophia (Gundlach) Albrecht. His parents came to this country in 1873, settling in Fremont Township, Clark County, Wis., in the following year, the father developing a farm in Section 34. There, William acquired the elements of knowledge in the little log schoolhouse of his district, and grew up on his parents' farm, which he helped to clear.


At the age of 19 he began working out on his own account, logging in the winter and harvesting in summer. About 1897 he obtained his present place in Section 2, Lynn Township, it then consisting of forty acres of wild land, on which not a tree had been cut. As there were no buildings, he erected a log shanty 16 by 20 feet in size. He was married about that time to Emma Neinas, of Fremont Township, daughter of Henry Neinas, a pioneer of the county, and he and his wife began domestic life on the farm. He was fortunate enough to possess a horse team and two cows. In time he cleared his land and added twenty acres more to the farm. The one-room log shanty gave Place to a brick house of nine rooms, and a basement barn 36 by 60 feet, was erected in 1901. Mr. Albrecht now has a well developed farm and is raising a good grade of stock. He served as school treasurer ten years, until he resigned in 1913. He is one of, the trustees of the Lutheran Church, and is a man who takes a good citizen's interest in the progress of the community in which he lives. Mr. and Mrs. Albrecht are the parents of five children-Edgar, Emory and Victor and Elmer, who died at age of 10 months, and Lucy, who died at age of 2 years.



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