STERNS, Gustavus - family of Neillsville (1860 - 1929)


Marianne Walker




----Source: Message of the governor of Wisconsin, together with the annual reports, of the officers of the State, for the year, A.D. 1865; (1866 [Covers 1864/1865]); Fairchild, Lucius, Annual report of the secretary of state, for the fiscal year ending September 30th, 1865,   pp. [1]-179 ff.

In another column of the Press will be found the obituary of Miss Ruby E. Sterns. She was laid to rest in Neillsville cemetery Tuesday afternoon, among the graves of her kindred. Ruby was the last member of the Sterns family. Her grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Gustavus Sterns, came here in 1856 and settled at Westons Rapids, north of Neillsville, where Mr. Sterns made furniture. Later they moved to Neillsville and built the old home, still standing on North Hewitt Street and Mr. Sterns built and carried on a heading mill where what is known as the R. W. Balch house stands. Mr. Sterns died in 1886 and his wife continued to live in the old home and kept boarders to support and educate her younger children. Clarence, her youngest son, who held a good position in Chicago, died in 1891 Stella, the only daughter, a beautiful and talented young lady, died in July, 1893. Mrs. Sterns continued to live in the old home alone in her later years, going to Duluth to live with her son Henry about 1917. She died in November, 1919 at the age of 86. The son, Henry, died in March 1922, and the other son, Oscar, also died.

Ruby, the only remaining member of the family is now gone. She made a remarkable record as a student, winning a scholarship in the University of Minnesota, and when she had completed her course was called back to a position in the Lincoln Junior High School of Duluth.

Source: Unattributed newspaper clipping from family files



In 1865, Gustavus Sterns served as Clerk of the Circut Court for Clark Co., Wisconsin.




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