Neinas, Fred William - History (1867)






----Source: HISTORY OF CLARK COUNTY, 1918 pg. 355

Fred William Neinas, a well-known farmer and general contractor, residing in Fremont Township, was born in Jefferson County, Wis., Aug. 28, 1867, son of Henry and Lotto (Powpofhal) Neinas. The parents, who were born and married in Germany, came to the United States with two children in 1865, taking passage in a sailing vessel. During the voyage, which lasted seventeen weeks, one of the children (Tena) died, and after landing they came with their remaining child to Jefferson County, Wis. There Henry Neinas rented a farm for a while, operating it until 1870. Then, with his family, he came to Clark County, buying a piece of wild land in section 34, Fremont Township, to which there was not road.

Erecting a log building, he began the hard life of a pioneer farmer here with an ox team and one cow. His tract consisted of eighty acres and Humbird was his first market. In course of time he bought eighty acres more and finally got it all cleared. There he remained until the last thirteen years of his life, when about 1903, he moved to Marshfield, where he died at the age of 77 years, May 5, 1916. His wife died about 1893. Henry Neinas was in his day a prominent citizen of Fremont Township, holding the office of township treasurer for several years, and for a similar length of time being a member of the side board he also served as school director. He helped to establish the Methodist Church in the township, and in early days services were often held in his house.


Fred William Neinas, generally known as William Neinas, grew to manhood in Fremont Township, in his boyhood attending a log schoolhouse. He began farming for himself in section 3, Lynn Township, buying fifty acres of wild land, which he cleared. He also erected a frame house and a log barn, which latter he later replaced by a frame structure. About three years ago Mr. Neinas sold his farm and took up his residence in Chili, where he now lives. He is a member of the co-operative elevator company and was its manager for one year he is also a stockholder in the Chili Bank. Mr. Neinas is now doing general contract work throughout this section, and is making a good reputation as a reliable business man. In the fall of 1915 he built the garage where he does general repairing, and handles the Crow-Elkhart car. He was married June 2, 1891, to Anna Guk, daughter of Reinhold and Rose (Bealer) Guk, a native of Germany, and he and his wife have four children: Clarence, Oscar, Emma and Clara, Emma being now the wife of Reinhold Stechert, of Chili. Clarence is a member of Company A, 128th Infantry, U. S. N. G. Oscar and Clara are residing at home.




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