Bio: Smocyk / McNamara, Bill  (1925-2005)


Transcriber: Stan


Surnames: Clouse, David, Dekarski, Derks, Fitzl, Gerrits, Gillen, Greene, Hartman, Hutchinson, Licht, McNamara, Nelson, Nelson, Olson, O'Meara , Peterson, Shilts, Thalacker


-----Source: The Stanley Republican 30 Dec., 2004, Page 2


Dear Editor:


Did you attend the benefit for Bill Smoczyk? What a marvelous opportunity to witness a miracle in the making. I was at the hospital, in late August, after Bill had the strokes. It reminded me of a scene in the Bible (Luke 8:41-56). There were some present that were mourning and cry- ing. There were some that said it was too late; that he was already dead, Until Jesus arrived at the scene. JESUS IS LIFE! Death came into this world against the will of the Father, so he sent his son, Jesus Christ, to defeat him who had the power of death, that is the devil (Hebrews 2:14). JESUS IS LIFE!


Jesus sent His disciples out, telling them to heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead (Matthew 10:8). Acts 26;8 says, “Why should it be thought incredible that God raises the dead?” KJ.- JESUS IS LIFE!


John 5:21-29 tells us that the hour is coming when Jesus will speak, and at the sound of His voice every grave will open. (Think about it. It doesn’t matter how locked down that grave is, how deep it is. That body belongs to God, not death.) Those who hear His voice will come forth. There will be nothing missing, nothing broken in that body. Because: JESUS IS LIFE! We hear testimonies of some- one’s heart or kidneys being made. Vicki Gerrits, Stanley, WI


Roy McNamara
Sex Male
Age 79
Residence Date 19 Jan 2005
Address 627 Park Ave.
Death Date 19 Jan 2005
Death Place Eau Claire
Birth Date 05 Mar 1925
Birthplace Greenwood, Wisconsin
Event Type Obituary
Event Date 22 Jan 2005
Event Place Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, United States
Newspaper Chippewa Herald


Terry Mcnamara (Brother), Scott (Brother), Timothy Mcnamara (Brother), Cindy Thalacker (Sister), Vickie Derks (Sister), Sandy Peterson (Sister), Connie, Fitzl (Sister), Vickie Olson (Step-daughter), John Smoczyk Step-son, Audrey, Fitzl (Step-daughter), Harry Smoczyk Jr (Step-son), Kathy Licht Step-daughter, Pat Smoczyk Step-son, Elaine Gillen Step-daughter, Roxanne, Nelson (Sister), Robin Lynn Mcnamara (Sister), Mildred Mcnamara (Sister), Elaine Mcnamara (Sister), Bill Smoczyk's Spouses and Children Lisa Smoczyk Wife, Other People mentioned in his obituary: Vicki Anderson, Vicki Mcnamara, Kim Mcnamara, Sharyl Mcnamara, Gary Thalacker, Daniel Derks, Dave Peterson, Chris Harel Or David, Loren Olson, Linda Smoczyk, Bruce, Fitzl, Peter Gillen, Evelyn Shilts, Pearl Clouse, Eugene Mcnamara, Ruby Hutchinson, Sylvia Greene, Sheyann Dekarski, Bob Nelson, Eugene Mcnamara, Bridget O'Meara Mcnamara, Velma J Hartman



Obit: Kaszubowski, Katherine (1951-2004)


Transcriber: Stan


Surnames: Badour, Hamm, Kaszubowski, Roper, Willis


----Source: The Stanley Republican, Dec. 30, 2004 - Page 7


Katherine Kaszubowski (1951 - 2004) Katherine Kaszubowski, age 53, resident of the Town of Thorp, Clark County, passed away peacefully at her home under the loving care of her family and St. Joseph’s Home Hospice on December 23, 2004. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, January 8, 2005 at 11:00 a.m. at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, Stanley, with Pastor Alice Hamm officiating. Per family request, no flower bouquets please. Katherine was bom June 8, 1951 in Denver, CO, the daughter of George and Margaret (Roper) Willis. At the age of 14, she and her family moved to Norfolk, VA where she finished high school and graduated from Maury High. She was united in marriage to Larry Kaszubowski on April 25, 1970 in Norfolk, VA. They then moved to the Town of Thorp, where they dairy farmed until 2000. Upon her retirement from farming, Katherine then was employed at the M & I Bank in Thorp as a bank teller. Katherine was an active member of Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, Stanley, where she did volunteer work, was the Christmas program director for a number of years, and was also a youth group leader. For ten years, she was the leader for the North Fork 4-H Group and enjoyed doing volunteer work at the Beaver Creek Reserve. She also loved spending her time outdoors gardening, walking in the woods, quilting, cooking and scrap booking. Katherine is survived by her husband, Larry, of Stanley; two sons, Adam (Kim), of Portage; and Abraham, of Stanley; one daughter, Angela (Chad) Badour, of Madison, and four grandchildren, Emily, Ashley, Sophia and Julius. She was preceded in death by her parents, George and Margaret Willis and two sons, Chet and Aleck. Plombon Funeral Services is assisting the family with the arrangements.



Bio: Miland Family Reunion (2003)


Transcriber: Stan


Surnames: Bork, Burzinskiof, Dahle, Diekfuss , Duss, Gunther, Kelly , Miland , Parker, Peterson , Schneider, Ratte, Carabelli

----Source: THE STANLEY REPUBLICAN Section One Thursday, November 6, 2003

Miland Family Get Together The Miland family met at the home Wisconsin Rapids on Sunday, October 26, 2003.
26, 2003. Mike Miland of Apopka, FL was home on vacation. Those also attending were James Miland, Sr. of Thorp; Carol Duss of Stanley; Betty and Jack Dahle of Machesney Park, IL; Jodi Gunther of Island Lake, IL; David Ratte of Knoxville, TN; Jan Carabelli of South Beloit, IL; Jason Diekfuss of Boyd; Pam and Duane Peterson & Katie, Matthew and Marcus of Vesper; Vanessa & Chris Peterson & Kara of Wisconsin Rapids; Laurel Schneider of Burlington; Pam and John Kelly of Burlington; Nicholas Bork of Burlington; Angie and Ryan Parker & Anthony and Austin of Wisconsin Rapids; Bonnie and Bill Miland of Appleton; Renee Miland of Madison; Bonnie and Leroy Burzinskiof Beloit; Jim Miland, Jr of Crandon. The family enjoyed a large potluck dinner and spent the afternoon reminiscing.



Obit: Levis, John (1807-1893)


Transcriber: Stan


Surnames: Levis, Olsen, Fremont


----Source: Black River Falls, Jackson County Journal (1889-1926)


A Well Known Pioneer Gone

John Levis, Sr., one of the early settlers on Black River, died at his home about a mile and a half north of this city, Monday afternoon, September 11th, 1893, at the advanced age of 80 years. He had become feeble in health for quite a number of years and had been incapacitated for business for the last fifteen years, but in his last illness was confirmed to be bad only about three weeks. The immediate cause of his death was senile gangrene which commenced in one foot and worked up.

Mr. Levis was born in Bristol, Pa., July 17th, 1807. He came west when a young man, and after a few years residence at Alton, Illinois, came upon Black River in the spring of 1842. In 1845 or 1846 he built a saw mill at the mouth of Levis Creek, and did a thriving business there for many years, the place being known as "Levis's". In about 1836, when a equipped wealthy company of German people built an iron blast-furnace there, a was plotted, under the name of New Dearborn, and for a time it was presumed that it was destined to be the metropolis of this section of the county, with Black River Falls an unimportant suburban town, if indeed it should continue to exist at all. Mr. Levis sold the company the land of which they were to operate, on time, and furnished them many thousand dollars worth of lumber and supplies in the same way. When the crash came in the lavish and impractical scheme of the furnace company, Mr. Levis was a heavy loser, and he never fully recovered from the financial blow, but continued to run his mill and do a general mercantile business for many years. When he finally quit business, it became a pretty lonely place, but he preferred to continue his residence there until removed by death.

About 1861 he was married to Emeline Olsen, at Prairie du Chien, and his wife died about four years ago. They have three sons and three daughters, all of whom will be attendance at the funeral, which will be held at the Baptist church, in this city, at 2 o'clock this afternoon, Rev. B. E.? Fremont being the officiating clergyman.


*Brother, Mahlon Levis b. 28 February 1824 in Bucks, Pennsylvania, United States and died 10 November 1914 in Fresno, Fresno, California, United States


1880 Census


Emeline Levis
George Levis
Alice  Levis
Frank Levis
John Levis
Country: United States
District: ED 75
County: Jackson
Township: Albion
State: Wisconsin
Place: Albion, Jackson, Wisconsin, United States

Place: Pennsylvania, United States


Levis Silver Mine Discovery--1860

Silver Mine Discovered. —John Levis, Fsq., brought down news Tuesday morning, that much excitement exists at Black River Falls, in consequence of reports of large quantities of silver ore being found some dozen miles west of the Falls. Some 70 persons visited the silver regions on Saturday. There to he a good deal of mystery attached to lire discovery of the mineral. Nevertheless, it is believed to be genuine and valuable. A quantity of the mineral has been sent to Milwaukee to be tested--La Crosse Union.


*Levis Township, Clark Co., Wisconsin



Bio: Levis, John H.  (20 June 1859 – 19 February 1933)


Surnames: Levis, Thompson


Transcriber: Stan


Married 20 Jun 1888Cataract, Wisconsin to







The President believes Corruption Was Entered Into to Obtain the Appointment



Washington, Oct. 30--The president has removed Postmaster John H. Levis at Black River Falls, Wis., and appointed David Thompson his successor.  This summary action is due to disclosures of alleged corruption enter into by Levis to obtain the office.






Obit: Levis, Emmeline (1821-1888)


Transcriber: Stan


Surnames: Gullord, Levis, Thomas, Tull, Tostensen, Pedersdatter


----Source: Black River Falls, Jackson County Journal (1889-1926)


DIED LEVIS.—On Tuesday, October 1, 1888, Mrs. Emmeline Levis, wife o f John Levis, at the residence of her daughter, Mrs. James Thomas, in the town o f Albion. The deceased was born in (Strandbakken, Biri, Oppland,) Norway, March, 17, 1821, and emigrated to America at the age of twenty-six. She resided for a time at Coon Prairie, Vernon county, Wis., before coming to Black River. In 1851 she was married to John Levis, and has since resided here. She leaves a husband and six children to mourn her loss. The funeral services were held at the Lutheran church on Thursday of last week. Rev. A. L. Tull, officiating. Not withstanding the inclement weather, a large concourse of sympathizing friends were present. Mrs. Levis had attained the ripe age of sixty-seven, and in the long years' of her quiet life had gained the friendship of all her acquaintances. Always patient, industrious and hopeful, even; in the darkest hours. The example of her life will prove beneficial to the dear ones she has left behind. In her last hours when disease had worn and wasted away her strength and form, the light of that same hopeful, patient and loving spirit shown clear and pure, and when God called her forth she left this world in peace.


*Parents of Emmeline: Ole Strandbakken Tostensen Gullord (1788–1855) & Randi Pedersdatter (1788–1863)


** John Levis (1807–1893) & Emeline Olsen Gullord (1821–1888) married 1851 at Prairie Du Chien, Wisconsin.


***Children:  Julia E. Levis (1853–1921); Mary Ann Virginia Levis (1855–1935); John H. Levis (1859–1933); George Washington Levis  (1861–1909); Alice Martha Levis (1865–1930); Frank Edward Levis (1869–1914)




Obit: Burns, Edward Francis (1871 - 1952)


Transcriber: Stan


Surnames:  Boyle, Burns, Garrison, Judd


----Source: The Stanley Republic



Burns, Edward Francis (20 Apr 1871- 6 Jan 1952)


EDWARD F. BURNS, D. D. S. He was born on a farm in Portage County, near Stevens. Point, 20 Apr., 1871. Wrestling with the problems of farm life and absorbing what knowledge was to be had from the common school he thirsted for more and at 14 years of age struck out for him- self and entered Notre Dame University at South Bend, Ind., where he worked and paid his own expenses for two years of schooling. He found employment as advertising representative of Boyle Bros., the well known manufacturers of yeast, and for them he traveled in 27 states distributing samples of yeast and earned money wherewith to get two more years of training at the Oshkosh Normal school. Then in 1893 he entered North Western University School of Dentistry, working during vacations and spare hours to earn the money with which to pay his expenses and he was graduated in 1897.


Dr. Burns is a fine example of what any able bodied American boy can do with only his two fists to aid him. He survived more than his share of hard knocks, secured a college education and a professional training and paid for it all from his own earnings. It is not I too much to assume that a man who ¡secures an education in this way knows what it costs and is able to appreciate its benefits. After taking a year of post graduate work in dentistry he opened the first dental of professional standards which all his successors in this field have been proud to acknowledge. After ten years of successful practice he re- tired from the practice of dentistry on account of failing health and engaged in the produce business where he has been equally successful as a business man.


His activities in the community have covered the whole field of public service. He was active in organizing some of Stanley’s earliest corporate enterprises, such as the Stanley Steam Laundry and the Stanley Creamery. He was one of the organizers of the Citizens State Bank and served on its Board of Directors for several years. He helped organize the Stanley Toy Works and the Baggage Factory and is a director of both concerns at present. In official capacity he has served as Alderman. Supervisor and Member of the Board of Education. And while a member of the city council, 25 years ago, he introduced a resolution to effect the organization of a city library. He was appointed a member of the first Library Board, was its First president and has served continuously on the Library Board from its inception to the present time. In this capacity we believe he has performed a highly valuable public service where his special assignment has been as custodian of the Library property and the management of its business affairs.


Dr. Burns was married in November 1898 to Miss Stella Judd of Chicago. She died in 1912, three sons having been born to them. He was remarried in July 1916 to Mrs. Susan Garrison of Thorp. One daughter has been born to them.

From the day he left home at 14 years of age to fight life’s battle for himself, the subject of this sketch has played a man’s part and in many respects he has played the part exceedingly well. His has been a life of work with few holidays so the least we can do is to wish him a Merry! Christmas, surrounded by his household gods and all the evidences of worth while achievement.



*At five o'clock on the afternoon of July 29, 1916, the wedding of Susan Martha McCutcheon Garrison (4 Dec 1887, Thorp, WI - 19 May 1982, Eau Claire, WI) to Edward F. Burns of Stanley took place at the home of the bride, Rev. Bachman officiating.

**Edward Francis Burns died, 6 January 1952 in Fort Lauderdale, Broward, Florida, United States



Bio: Koschman, Norman (son scalded)


Transcriber: Stan


Surnames: Koschman


----Source: The Stanley Republican, Dec. 4, 1925.




A sixteen months old boy of Mr. and Mrs. Norman Koschman of Thorp fell backward into a scrubbing pail of hot water which the mother had left standing on the floor. The child was badly scalded but is expected to recover.



News: Stanley, WI  (23 Sep 1938)


Surnames: Amacher, Heiting, Knars, Phillips, Wadham, Milks, Zinda, Jailing, Walsdorf, Hansman, Lawrence


----Source: The Stanley Republican, 23 Sep 1938


Transcriber: Stan




Alleys in First Class Shape After Re surfacing. Places For More Bowlers on Teams.


Wednesday evening, the Captains of the various bowling teams, met at the bowling alley and drew up a set of rules which will govern the League bowling this season. The tentative plan is to have 12 teams and there is room for a number of bowlers to fill out a few of these teams. Anybody who wishes to get on a team should leave their name with Melvin Heiting, at the alleys, either Saturday or Sunday. The League will be composed of the following teams: Farmers’ Store, The Clinic, Knars’-Phillips. “66”, Walter’s Beer, Stanley Republican, Wadham’s Oil, Tronick’s Tornadoes, American Legion, Long Brothers, H. Thorpe’s, Amacher Milks and one other. The alleys are in excellent shape and better averages should result this year. The schedule opens Monday, Sept. 26 Ben Zinda of the Legion is organize an Inter-City Non-Handicap League, which will include Stanley, Thorp, Colby and Medford. These matches will all be bowled on Sunday afternoons and should provide some interesting competition.




Twelve pupils in the Town of Levis, Clark County, travel a distance of 50 miles to attend their district school three miles distant due to a missing bridge on the Black River.




H. J. Jailing, L. P. Walsdorf, Art Hansman and L. G. Lawrence of Thorp have returned from a fishing trip to the Lake of the Woods with a fine catch of Muskellunge and Northern Pike.



BioA: Wellman, Mr./Mrs. Elmer (35th – 1977)

Transcriber: Stan

Surnames: Wellman, Hardin, Franklin, Schultz, Kett, Stasek, Siudak, Szatkiewicz, Souk, Pantell, Wiersig, Groth, Koch, Griepentrog, Greenwald, Fritsch, Cole, Jacobson, Behrens, Wilhelm, Apfelbeck, Dommer, Bucholtz

----Source: Tribune/Phonograph (Abbotsford, Clark Co., Wis.) 27 Jul 1977

Wellman, Mr./Mrs. Elmer (35th – 9 Jul 1977)

The seven children of Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Wellman gave a celebration at Cherokee Park for their parents 35th wedding anniversary. The family was all home for the celebration July 16 1977. The Anniversary day was July 9.

The children are Mrs. Gloria Hardin, Los Angeles; Miss Sharon Wellman and Herman Franklin, Madison; Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Wellman and Charity, Monticello; Mr. and Mrs. LeRoy Wellman, Marshfield; Mr. and Mrs. Rand (Bonnie) Schultz and Valerie, Unity; Mr. and Mrs. Roger Wellman, Debbi and Lori Siudak and Randy Wellman, Colby.

Other guests were Mr. and Mrs. Otto Kett; Mr. and Mrs. Frank Stasek and family; Mr. and Mrs. Harry Szatkiewicz, Milwaukee; Mr. and Mrs. Sy Souk and family; Mr. and Mrs. Walter Wellman, Fond du Lac; Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Wellman; Mr. and Mrs. Clayton Wellman and family; Mr. and Mrs. Doug Wellman, Oshkosh, Amanda Pantell, Los Angeles; Mr. and Mrs. Hebert Wellman; Mrs. Vi Wiersig, Marshfield; Mr. and Mrs. Wilbert Groth and Rick, Rhinelander; Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Koch and Nancy, Gar Koch and Kurt, Wausau; Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Gripentrog; Mr. and Mrs. James Greenwald; Judy Greenwald; Don Fritsch; Mr. and Mrs. Terry Cole, and Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Behrens, Spencer.

Others were Mr. and Mrs. Harold Wiersig, Unity; Mr. and Mrs. Tim Jacobson; Mr. and Mrs. Richard Behrens, Paul and Ralph; Mr. and Mrs. Earl Wilhelm, Amy and Eric; Laura Apfelbeck, Mr. and Mrs. Leonhard Dommer, Arlene and Ron, Colby; Kenneth Dommer, Eau Claire; Karen Dommer and Gary Bucholtz, Appleton.




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