Warner Township

Clark County, Wisconsin

Warner Township Pioneers

By Sharon Short & the Clark Co., WI History Buffs

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EINFELDT family, Warner township

EINFELDT, Christian F. (1810 16 Feb 1896)
There is a record in the Neillsville, Clark County Courthouse for a Christian F. Einfeldt, born in Germany in 1810 and died of old age in Warner, Clark Co., WI Feb. 16, 1896. He was buried in Oak Park, IL.  Death index: Einfeldt, Christian F. 16 February 1896 vol 2 page 40

1880 Federal Census--Chicago, Cook Co., Illinois

Name Kinship M/S/D/W Sex Race Age Nativity Occupation Father's Nativity Mother's Nativity

Christian F. Einfeldt Self M Male W 70 Holstein, Germany Garden Worker Holstein, Germany Holstein, Germany Catharina E. Einfeldt Wife M Female W 70 Holstein, Germany At Home Holstein, Germany Holstein, Germany Julius Jensen Other 's Male W 21 Denmark Garden Worker Denmark Denmark Hans Neilson Other M Male W 21 Denmark Garden Worker Denmark Denmark

1905 #133 Einbeldt, Frederic Head W M 71 M Germany Germany Farmer 12 O M F  Caroline Wife W F 65 M Germany Germany House Keeper  Richard Son W M 26 S Illinois Germany Farm Laborer 8  George Son W M 23 S Illinois Germany Farm Laborer 10 Albert Son W M 22 S Illinois Germany Farm Laborer 10  Lydia Daughter W F 29 S Illinois Germany  Zaffkee, Moses Grandson W M 13 S S. Dakota Wis/Ger  Zaffkee, Benny Grandson W M 11 S S. Dakota Wis/Ger Susie Grand Daughter W F 10 S S. Dakota Wis/Ger  Myrtle Grand Daughter W F 9 S S. Dakota Wis/Ger

1906 sec 22  residence F. W.  Einfeldt; sec 23 no residence

Greenwood HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 1910: Moses Zaffke (farmer), Backus, MN

HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 1913: Josephine Zaffke (Normal School), Pine River Falls, MN.

HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 1914: Myrtle Zaffke (teacher), Greenwood, WI

[No further info found on the Zaffke grandchildren, Moses b. c1892; Benny b. c1894; Susie b. c1895; Myrtle b. c1896. Mother, b. c1871, died 1897-1905, was the daughter of Frederick Einfeldt.]

EINFELDT, Frederick W. (23 Sep 1833 - 13 April 1916)

The angel of death has taken another of the old residents in the person of F.W. Einfeldt, who for a number of years has made his home north of Greenwood, having moved here from Chicago in the year 1895 and purchased the farm which now constitutes the homestead. He was born (parents: Christian and Catharina Einfeldt) in Holstein, Germany, Sept 23, 1833, and came to America in the year 1861. He was married twice, his first wife dying soon after their marriage. He leaves to mourn his decease five children: Mrs. Boyle of Butte, Mont. (born prior 1869, first name unknown, last mention of her being alive), Miss Lydia, who has taken care of the home here, Richard and George of this place, and Albert of Duluth, Minn. He died April 13, 1916 at the ripe old age of 82 years. The service was held in the Baptist church and thence to Greenwood Cemetery where he was laid to rest beside his wife who preceded him but a few years.

Sept 6, 1901: F. W. Einfeldt has purchased a corn binder of Chris. Motschenbacher and is putting in large time cutting and binding the corn for himself and neighbors. Olive Newton also has one of the machines.

EINFELDT, Augusta C. nee Grosser (9 Feb 1840 - 2 Nov 1913)

Augusta Caroline Grosser was born in Selesia, Germany, Feb 9, 1840. In 1868 she came to Chicago and was united in marriage to F.W. Einfeldt the following year. They came to Greenwood in 1895, settling on their farm north of this city, which has ever since been their home. In her usual health Sunday morning, she was suddenly stricken down, heart failure being the cause of death. She was the mother of eight children, four (probably born/died Chicago area prior to 1895) of who preceded her in death. Besides her aged husband, she leaves to mourn, Lydia, Richard and George living at home, Albert, also of this place, one step-daughter, Mrs. E.O. Boyle of Butte, Mont., four brothers, August, William, Robert and Reinhold of Chicago.

EINFELDT, Richard marriage June 17 1914

Miss Bessie Schofield and Richard Einfeldt of Greenwood were married at the home of the bride's parents, Mr. and Mrs. George Schofield near Hope Chapel, Spencer. Mr. Einfeldt is a farmer of the Town of Warner. The bride has been a school teacher for a number of years. Mr. and Mrs. Einfeldt will make their home on the groom's farm north of this city.

EINFELDT, Richard (28 Jan 1879 - 1954)

Richard Einfeldt, 74, a former resident of Greenwood, died of a heart attack at his home in Binghamton, N.Y., where he had been in ill health the past year. Mr. Einfeldt was born Jan. 28, 1879, in Maywood, Ill., and received his education there. At the age of 16 he came to Greenwood with his parents. On June 18, 1914, he was married to Bessie Schofield in Spencer, and they moved to New York four years later. Surviving are his wife two sons, Lee, a missionary to French Equatorial Africa, and Lynn, Binghamton, N.Y. one brother, George Einfeldt, Greenwood one sister, Mrs. Lydia Varney, Maywood, Ill. He is preceded in death by three brothers and one half-sister.

March 8, 1906: Building operations have begun on the new creamery to be built at Warner’s corners on land bought from S. G. Haglund. Richard Einfeldt has the contract to do the carpenter work

1907: Justice of the Peace--A. F. Verney, Aug. Beyer, Chas. Varney, R. Einfeldt.

March 27, 1919: Mrs. R. Schofield of Spencer and Mrs. Richard Einfeldt and little sons spent Thursday afternoon at Aug. Stabnows.

EINFELDT, George (30 Sept 1880 - 2 Aug 1956)

George Einfeldt, 73, Greenwood, died Aug. 2, 1956, at his home of a lingering illness. He had resided in this area since his youth. Funeral rites at Grace Methodist Church, and burial was made in the Greenwood Cemetery. Mr. Einfeldt was born in Maywood, Ill. Sept. 30, 1880, and married Cynthia Varney June 17, 1916, at Greenwood. They reside three miles north of here until moving to the city in 1942. Mrs. Einfeldt, who taught school here, died May 1 of this year. Survivors include two daughters, Mrs. Edward (Elizabeth) Grimm, Mount Prospect, Ill. and Mrs. Harold (Margaret) Dillenbeck, Greenwood one sister, Mrs. Lydia Varney, Maywood, Ill. One daughter, Mrs. Edith Busch, died in May 1949. [A son Charles George Einfeldt born 16 April 1917, died 15 May 1917, buried Greenwood cemetery.]

EINFELDT, Cynthia nee Varney (14 Aug 1891 - 1 May 1956)

Funeral Rites at Grace Methodist Church here for Mrs. George Einfeldt, 64, Greenwood High School teacher and active church worker and club woman. She died of a heart attack May 1, 1956 at her home. Burial was made in the Greenwood Cemetery. Mrs. Einfeldt, the former Cynthia Elizabeth Varney, was born in Thorp Aug. 14, 1891. She was a year old when her parents came to Hemlock, and later moved to Greenwood. On June 17, 1916, she was married to Mr. George Einfeldt. The couple lived north of this city until 1942 and then moved into the residence that had been occupied by her late parents. Since residing in this city, Mrs. Einfeldt has taught at the Downing and Edgar high school and since 1945 she has been a member of the Greenwood faculty, teaching mathematics and geography. She is survived by her husband, two daughters, Mrs. Edward (Elizabeth) Grimm, Mt. Prospect, Ill. and Mrs. Harold (Margaret) Dillenbeck, Greenwood; one sister, Mrs. Oscar (Irene) Metke, Fort Atkinson two brothers, Verne Varney, Madison, and Forrest Varney, Salonika, Greece.

Feb 1, 1906: Geo. Einfeldt and Milo Anderson took two loads of Baptist young people out to call on Ella Brown Saturday evening. They took refreshments with them and all had a good time.

EINFELDT, Elizabeth marriage 2 Jan 1942

Miss Elizabeth Einfeldt, Chicago, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Einfeldt, Greenwood became the bride of Edward Grimm, son of Gus Grimm, Mr. Prospect, Ill., Jan. 2, 1942 in a double wedding ceremony performed at St. Louis, Mo. The other bridal couple consisted of Mr. and Mrs. Aubrey Green, Chicago, who served as attendants for Mr. and Mrs. Grimm. Mrs. Grimm was graduated from the Greenwood High School with the class of ’39 and is employed at the Knickerbocker Hotel, Chicago. Mr. Grimm is employed on a truck farm owned and operated by his father at Mt. Prospect, Ill. In a few weeks Mrs. Grimm will join her husband there.

Busch, Edith nee EINFELDT (31 Aug 1918 - 20 May 1949)

Services for Mrs. Delbert Busch, 30, were held at the Grace Methodist Church, burial was made in the Greenwood Cemetery. Mrs. Busch died late Friday as the result of a train-automobile collision in Spencer. The accident marked the second violent death within the month for the family. Fred Busch, father-in-law of the deceased, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound May 3. The former Edith Einfeldt (daughter of George and Cynthia Einfeldt) was born Aug. 31, 1918, in the Town of Warner. She received her education in Greenwood schools and graduated from Central State Teacher College, Steven Point. For the past two years she taught at the Greenwood High School. She was active in church work and was the pianist for Grace Methodist Church Choir. In June 1943 she was married to Delbert Busch while he was stationed with the Army in Texas. He is still in St. Joseph's Hospital, Marshfield, being treated for injuries sustained in the same accident. A son, Wayne, died in infancy in 1914. Wayne Frederick Busch, son of Cpl and Mrs. Delbert Busch, was born Oct. 22, 1944 in Greenwood and passed away at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Marshfield on Nov. 1, 1944. Funeral services were held at the Schiller Funeral Home. He was laid to rest in the Greenwood Cemetery. He is survived by his parents, his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Busch and Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Einfeldt. His father, who is stationed at N.C., arrived home on Wednesday afternoon but the little fellow had passed away that morning.

Dillenbeck, Margaret L. nee EINFELDT (23 Feb 1924 - 7 Dec 1984)

Funeral services were conducted at United Methodist Church for Margaret L. Dillenbeck, 60, of Greenwood. She died at the Neillsville Hospital, Dec. 7, 1984. Pallbearers were grandsons Mark Toburen, David Toburen, Tim Rondorf, Jeff Rondorf, Dean Rondorf, and Ronald Henchen Jr. Margaret Einfeldt was born Feb. 23, 1924 in Greenwood to George and Cynthia (nee Varney) Einfeldt. She graduated from Greenwood High school in 1941. On Dec. 26, 1941 she married Harold Dillenbeck in Greenwood. After their marriage they farmed in the Town of Eaton until 1981, when they moved to Greenwood. She was a member of United Methodist Church, Ladies Aid, and was involved in community Navy projects. She is survived by her husband Harold five sons, Roger, Eau Claire, Robert, Neillsville, James, LaCrosse, Harold Jr., Greenwood, Richard, Flatonia, Texas four daughters, Mrs. Delmain (Carole) Toburen, Greenwood, Mrs. Charles (Marjorie) Rondorf, West Bend, Mrs. Ronald (Joanne) Henchen, Eau Claire, Miss Debra Dillenbeck, Marshfield. She is preceded in death by her parents, Two sisters, one brother, and two grandchildren. Harold A. Dillenbeck, Sr., 83, died Sunday, May 8, 2005, at the Clark Co Health Care Center. He was born on the family farm in the town of Eaton, Clark Co, on March 26, 1922, to Roger and Dorothy (Spranger) Dillenbeck. Harold married Margaret Einfeldt on Dec. 26, 1941, who preceded him in death in 1984. Harold is survived by four daughters, Carole (Delmain) Toburen, Greenwood, Marjorie (Charles) Rondorf, West Bend, Joanne (Ronald) Henchen, Eau Claire, and Debra (Skeeter) Larson, Marshfield; five sons, Roger, Eau Claire, Robert (Denise), Neillsville, James (Sue), LaCrosse, Harold Jr. (Kathy), Greenwood, and Rick (Joy), Robinson, Texas. He was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret; parents, Roger and Dorothy Dillenbeck; granddaughter, Jacki Toburen; and grandson, Michael Toburen. Funeral services at Grace United Methodist Church in Greenwood with burial in Greenwood Cemetery.

1911: A ten-pound son was born to Mr. and Mrs. Albert Einfeldt Feb. 20. Mrs. Einfeldt is with her folks at Duluth. (James?)

EINFELDT, Albert (12 Feb 1883 - 17 Jan 1941)

Albert Einfeldt, youngest son of Frederick and Caroline Einfeldt, was born in Chicago, Ill., Feb. 12, 1883 and passed away in Duluth, Minn. Jan. 17, 1941, having reached nearly 58 years of age. In 1895, the family moved to Clark Co onto the Spalding farm north of Greenwood. After completing his grade schooling at Greenwood, he took the Short Course at Madison and worked several years on dairy farms near Waukeson and Duluth, Minn. On March 21, 1910 he was united in marriage to Maria Andrews of Duluth. To this union were born two sons, James, now of Brocton, N.Y. and Leonard at Duluth. They resided on his farm two miles north of Greenwood until 1915, when they moved to Duluth, Minn., where he worked at various occupations. At the time of his death, he was operating a truck for store delivery business. He had been loading some very heavy boxes, got into the truck, started the engine and collapsed over the steering wheel. He leaves to mourn his loss, his wife, two sons, a daughter-in-law, a brother, Richard in New York, a sister, Mrs. Chas. (Lydia) Varney, and a brother, George, both of Greenwood. Funeral services were conducted at the Johnson Funeral Home at Duluth, Minn. Mrs. Chas. Varney and George Einfeldt from Greenwood attended the funeral.

Einfeldt, Edward

1905 #135 Einbeldt, Edward Head W M 33 M Illinois Germany Farmer 10 O F F Hattie Wife W F 36 M Wisconsin NY/Maine  Ruth Daughter W F 1 S Wisconsin Ill/Wis

1906 sec 23 residence E. S. Einfeldt

Nov 23, 1900: Ed. Einfeldt visited at H. O. Hucksteads Thursday night of last week. Ed. Einfeldt gave an entertainment at the church Sunday evening, with his graphophone. The collection amounting to $2.00 he kindly turned over to the Sunday School treasurer.

Nov 8, 1901: Ed. Einfeldt returned from Chippewa Falls Friday morning where he attended a county convention of the Sunday School workers of the county. A county organization was perfected, Rev. John Willian, formerly of Neillsville, WI but now of Chippewa Falls, being president, and Mrs. Z. W. Commerford of Stanley, secretary.

October 30, 1902: A new house is being built on the east side of the road on the Einfeldt farm north of Greenwood, it being, as his father informed us, a nest for Ed. Where there is so much smoke there must be some fire, and this certainly looks promising to say the least. Here's hoping for you

EINFELDT, Edward marriage - 31 Dec 1902

Mr. Ed Einfeldt of Greenwood, and Miss Hattie Colby (daughter of Wlm and Clarisa Colby) of the town of Reseberg, were married Dec. 31, 1902. Mr. Einfeldt is well known throughout this county in his colporteur and Sunday school work. The bride was a successful teacher and is also prominent in Sunday school work.

EINFELDT, Edward (13 Jan 1872 - 17 April 1912)

Edward Einfeldt was born in Chicago, Illinois, January 13th, 1872, and passed from this life on April 17th, 1912 at the age of forty years, three months and four days. He was born near what is now Garfield Park, and moved with his parents to Maywood, Ill., in 1883, where he lived until 1895, when he moved with his parents to their present farm, two miles north of Greenwood. From the time of his coming to Greenwood until 1900 he helped to build up and develop his father's farm. From 1900 to 1902 he was colporter missionary for the American Baptist Publication Society. He was married December 31st, 1902, to Hattie Colby of Reseberg, since which time he has lived on his farm north of this city.  He was Superintendent of the Baptist Sunday School in Greenwood for about 12 years and during part of that time he also had charge of other Sunday Schools in neighboring districts. He had been ailing slightly for about three years, but during the past six months had declined very rapidly although he had been able to look after his farm work up to the date of his death, when he was taken unconscious at about 3 o'clock p. m. from which he lapsed into a diabetic coma and passed away about 11 o'clock p. m. The physician reports the cause of death as diabetes, complicated with organic heart trouble. He is survived by his wife, Hattie Einfeldt, a daughter, Ruth, 8 years old his father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. F. W. Einfeldt, three brothers, Richard, George, and Albert and one sister, Lydia, all of whom live on their farms north of Greenwood. Funeral services were conducted at the Baptist church. Interment was made in Greenwood Cemetery. [Obit of Colby, William (30 SEP 1842 - 17 MAY 1920) daughter, Mrs. Hattie Einfeldt of Thorp---last mention of Hatti, no further mention of daughter Ruth in Clark Co. records.]

EINFELDT, Lydia marriage 23 June 1928

On June 23rd, 1928, Mr. Chas. Varney and Miss Lydia Einfeldt (daughter of Fred and Augusta Caroline Einfeldt) were united in marriage at the home of David McAdam at Beloit, Wis. After the ceremony a bounteous dinner was served by Mrs. McAdam. The wedding cake, made and sent from Montana by her (Mrs. McAdam) daughter, came delayed, but arrived just in time for the meal. Mr. and Mrs. Varney will visit friends before returning to their home at Greenwood. A five weeks illness caused by a heart ailment resulted in the death Oct. 4, 1940 of Charlie Varney, 75. Funeral at the Varney home and at Grace Methodist Church. Burial made in the Greenwood Cemetery. Mr. Varney was born in Skowhegan, Maine, April 25, 1865 and came to Greenwood with his parents when he was seven years old. He was married Nov. 27, 1890 to Miss Nettie Van Airsdale, who died Jan. 8, 1926. On June 23, 1930 (1928 per news item), he married Miss Lydia Einfeldt. Surviving are his wife, two sons, Forest Varney, Sacrameto, Calif and Verne Varney, Madison; two daughters, Mrs. George (Cynthia) Einfeldt, Greenwood, and Miss Irene Varney, Fort Atkinson one brother, Ralph Varney, Great Falls, Mont. four sisters, Miss Edith Varney, Mrs. Mabel Lamont and Mrs. Maud Huffmire, all of Cheyenne, Wyo., and Mrs. Louisa Warner, Deeth, Nev.

April 2, 1942: Miss Edith Einfeldt entertained fellow members of the faculty of the Withee High School here at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. George Einfeldt.

EINFELDT/VARNEY newspaper and cemetery errors: Based on an erroneous published obit that Edit Einfeldt age 78 died April 5 with the wrong year transcribed as 1950, Greenwood cemetery records added this name, with no location number, to the Einfeldt lot. (There was no Edith in the preceding Einfeldt family who was born in 1872.) It was Edith Varney, age 78, who died April 5, 1949 and who is properly listed in the Varney lot along with the rest of her family.

"Funeral services for Miss Edith Einfeldt, (should be Varney) 78, Denver, Colo., a former resident of Greenwood, was held at the Stabnow Funeral Home Sunday afternoon. She died in Colorado April 5, 1949 (transcription error, should be 1950) following a lingering illness. Burial was made in the family lot at the Greenwood Cemetery. Those from out of town at the funeral included Mr. and Mrs. Lynn Varney, Illinois Mr. and Mrs. Don Varney, Stevens Point Mrs. Oscar Metke, Fort Atkinson and Miss Kathleen Lamont, Denver, Colo."

"Word had been received here by Mrs. George (nee Varney) Einfeldt of the death of her aunt, Miss Edith Varney, 78, a former resident of Greenwood, Clark Co. Miss Varney died Apr. 5, 1950 in Denver, Colo. She had been ill for a long time. It will repose at the Stabnow Funeral Home beginning Sunday morning. At 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Christian Science services will be held. Burial will be made in the family lot in the Greenwood Cemetery. Miss Varney was born (to Hiram and Cynthia nee Withee Varney) Jan. 27, 1872, and received her education here. She became piano and organ instructor and taught pupils from Withee to Neillsville. In 1912 she went to Cheyenne, Wyo., and five years later she moved to Denver, Colo. She lived there with a sister, Mrs. R. M. Lamont, until her death and she then lived with a niece, Miss Kathleen Lamont, who will accompany the body here. She is survived by a sister, Mrs. C. D. Hussmire, Cheyenne, Wyo. Preceding her in death were four brothers and two sisters."

ELMER family, Warner township

1905 #92 Elmer, Ernest Head W M 38 M Wisconsin New York Farmer 10 O F Reke Wife W F 37 M Germany Germany House Keeper Cuin Son W M 16 S Wisconsin Wis/Ger Farm Laborer  Walter Son W M 13 S Wisconsin Wis/Ger  Ernest Son W M 11 S Wisconsin Wis/Ger  Ellen Daughter W F 9 S Wisconsin Wis/Ger  George son W M 8 S Wisconsin Wis/Ger  Alice Daughter W F 7 S Wisconsin Wis/Ger  Viola Daughter W F 6 S Wisconsin Wis/Ger  Fred Daughter W M 4 S Wisconsin Wis/Ger  Gertrude Daughter W M 1 S Wisconsin Wis/Ger

1906 sec 25 residence E. A. Elmer

July 23, 2002: A Greenwood family has established a legacy of dairy farming spanning 100 years and four generations. The farm will be honored for its longevity on Aug. 5 at the Wisconsin State Fair in West Allis, and on Sunday the Elmer family will celebrate the day in 1902 when Ernest A. Elmer and his wife, Fredericka, decided to purchase the farm for $2,250. Thomas Elmer, 73, Greenwood, remembers his grandfather telling him that there wasn't enough land cleared to support a garden. With some work, Ernest A. was able to sustain a dairy farm and later sold it to his son Ernest O., according to Thomas. He (Thomas) eventually enlisted as an aviation mechanic in the U.S. Air Force, where he stayed for four years. Thomas later left the Air Force to work at a commercial airline, but he wasn't satisfied with the job, especially when he was working plenty of nights. When his dad told him a milk route was opening, Thomas jumped, at the opportunity. Thomas eventually bought the farm from his father. Thomas' son Bruce, 44, left the farm and worked as a diesel service technician for eight years. However, the allure of becoming his own boss was too strong, and he, too, ended up buying the family dairy farm. The 180-acre farm now has about 100 animals, including 50 milking cows, according to Bruce's wife Joann. Bruce doesn't regret his decision to return to farming, but "it's a lot more time consuming," he said. Although he no longer owns the farm, Thomas stays involved. "I enjoyed farming. I enjoyed working with animals," he said, adding that his children and wife Marlene were a big part of the farm's success. Thomas still helps with the chores, much like his father did for him. Bruce isn't sure if any of his five children will take over the farm when he retires. He knows they have to find their own paths, so he won't pressure them into that decision. Marshfield News Herald excerpt Note: The original sale to Ernest A. Elmer was on September 6, 1902 for 80 acres. Bruce Elmer took over the farm in 1985.

ELMER, Ernest Amos (24 Sept 1866 - 2 Sept 1947)

Seventh Day Adventist Church conducted rites at the Stabnow Funeral Home for Ernest A. Elmer, 80, who died of a stroke Sept. 2, 1947 at his home in the City of Greenwood, and burial was made in the Greenwood Cemetery. Ernest Amos Elmer was a charter member of the Equity Shipping Association and helped organize the present shipping association and the oil co-operative in Greenwood. He was a member of the school board when the present Christopherson School was built. Ernest was born at Columbus Sept. 24, 1866, the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Thomas B. Elmer, and received his education in the public schools at Columbus. His marriage to Fredericka Knippel took place at Watertown Sept. 21, 1888. In 1902 he came to Greenwood and settled on an 80-acre tract of land 4 miles northeast of Greenwood. His son, Ernest, owns the farm at present. In 1938 he had retired and moved to the City of Greenwood. The Elmers observed their golden wedding in 1938. Surviving besides his widow are the following children: Walter, Milwaukee Mrs. Edwin (Ellen) Finkle and Ernest, both of Greenwood; George, Neillsville; Mrs. Oliva Kasum, Milwaukee; Mrs. Emory (Viola) Gesme, Madison; Fred, Phoenix, Ariz.; Mrs. Gertrude Braunen, Milwaukee and Mrs. Albert (Pearl) Hall, Greendale. Another son, Roy, died in infancy and four brothers and two sisters also preceded him in death.

ELMER, Fredricka "Reke/Ricki" nee Knippel (28 Sept 1867 - 23 Oct 1956)

Funeral services for Mrs. E. A. Elmer, 89, of Greenwood were held at the Zion Evangelical and Reformed church in Greenwood. Elder of Seventh Day Adventist church officiated. Burial was made in the Greenwood cemetery. Pallbearers, all grandsons, were Don Hall, George Finkle, Thomas Elmer, and Stuart Finkle. Songs were sung by her grandchildren, Walter, Jr., Deloris and Shirley Elmer accompanied by Mrs. L. Foll on the organ. Mrs. Elmer, nee Fredricka Knuppel, was born in Germany September 28, 1867. She was 12 years old when she came with her parents to this country, residing at Reeseville. She married Ernest Elmer at Watertown September 21, 1888. In 1902 they came to this area, purchasing a farm four miles northeast of here. Their son, Ernest, took over the farm after they retired in 1938, when they moved to Greenwood. Since her husband's death August 29, 1947 (note that obit of Elmer and cemetery puts his death date as Sept 2, 1947), Mrs. Elmer had been making her home with her son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Finkle. She died October 23, 1956. She is survived by 10 children: Walter and Mrs. Dorothy (a.k.a. Gertrude per 1905 census) Brunn of Milwaukee; Ervin (a.k.a Cuin per 1905 census) of Chicago; Mrs. (Ellen) Finkle and Ernest of Greenwood; George (last mention of George, died by 1968?) of Sunnyvale, Calif.; Mrs. Olive Kasum of San Jose, Calif.; Mrs. Emory (Viola) Gesme of Madison; Fred of Phoenix, Ariz.; and Mrs. Albert (Pearl) Hall of Greendale; also a brother Charles Knuppel of Reeseville; All her children were present for the funeral with the exception of Fred.

"Mr. and Mrs. E. A. Elmer of Greenwood, Clark Co., WI celebrated their golden wedding anniversary Sunday, July 3, 1938 with their children and many friends attending, in honor of the event. The Elmers were married at Columbus and moved to Greenwood nearly 40 years age, where they raised a family of ten children, all of who were present for the festivities."

ELMER, Ervin David (6 April 1889 - 25 Aug 1968)

Ervin David Elmer, 79, Fort Atkinson, a former Greenwood resident, died Aug. 25, 1968 at the Memorial Hospital in Neillsville. Mr. Elmer fractured his hip July 21 while visiting with relatives in Greenwood and had been a patient at the Memorial Hospital since that time. Services were at the Hill Funeral Home in Greenwood. Pastor of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, Marshfield, officiated, and burial was in the Greenwood Cemetery. Mr. Elmer was born April 6, 1889, at Columbus, and in 1902 came with his parents to Greenwood. He lived in Greenwood for about 20 years, then went to Chicago, where he resided until four years ago. Since then he had made his home with his son, Everett in Fort Atkinson. Survivors are his (second) wife, the former Frances O Shaugnessy, four daughters, Mrs. Henry (Beatrice) Borkowski, Chicago; Mrs. Louis (Vera) Dester, Anaheim, Calif.; Mrs. James (Stella) Noona, Milwaukee and Mrs. Oril (Edna) Swieso, Tacoma Beach, Wash. Two sons, Everett, Fort Atkinson and Donald, Greenwood five sisters, Mrs. Ellen Finkle, Hinsdale, Ill.; Mrs. Al (Olive) Verlinda, Santa Cruz, Calif.; Mrs. Emory (Viola) Gesme, Madison; Mrs. Charles (Dorothy) Mueller, Mukwonago; Mrs. Albert (Pearl) Hall, Greendale; three brothers, Walter, Milwaukee; Ernest, Greenwood and Fred, of California. A brother preceded him in death.

Vera Elmer

          Vera Elmer, 1916.

ELMER, Ervin wedding anniversary 19 Dec 1937

Ninety-Five relatives and friends gathered at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Ervin Elmer, December 19th, to remind them of their 25th wedding anniversary. Those from away were Mrs. Myrtle Anderson and son, Cadd; Mr. and Mrs. Fred Elmer and daughter, Mansfield; Mr. and Mrs. EL Hombre and daughter, Milwaukee.

1939 Obit of Mrs. Marie Hendrickson, daughter of Ole and Ingeborg Peterson, was born at Tronhjem, Norway, July 19, 1867. She came to Greenwood in 1873 at the age of 6 years. She was united in marriage to Alexander Hendrickson on Oct. 24, 1884 and has resided on her farm in the Town of Warner since that date, and passed away there July 16, 1939. She is survived by three sons, Oliver, Carl and Arthur, two daughters, Mrs. Myrtle Anderson and Mrs. Ervin Elmer, a sister, Mrs. Olive Hembre. Two brothers preceded her in death, Oliver, who died in infancy and Carl who died in 1931. Funeral services were conducted at the home and at the Trondhjem Lutheran Church. Burial was made in the Greenwood Cemetery. [Greenwood cemetery: Anna nee Hendrickson Elmer, b. 11 May 1891, d. 28 June 1983 in Milwaukee. "Sister of Oliver Hendrickson." No marriage date listed.]

ELMER, Donald (3 Feb 1931 - 23 Feb 1994)

Clark Co native Donald Elmer died in Youngstown, Ariz., on Feb. 23, 1994. A memorial service was held in Youngstown. He was born at Greenwood on Feb. 3, 1931, to Ervin and Anna (nee Hendrickson) Elmer in the Town of Beaver. He attended Maple Center School and graduated from Greenwood High School in 1949. He was employed by Greenwood Co-op as a bookkeeper. He later purchased the Withee Feed Mill, which he ran for several years until he sold it. He moved to Arizona for health reasons, where he was a self-employed accountant. Survivors include his sisters, Estelle Noonan, Prescott, Ariz.; Beatrice Borkowski, Chicago, Ill.; Edna Sweiso, Youngstown, Ariz.; and Vera Dexter, Anaheim, Cal. and his brother, Everett, Milton, Wis.

ELMER, Walter A. (15 Oct 1891 -3 Oct 1978)

Walter A. Elmer, 86, who moved from New Berlin a few months ago to Cooper, Texas, died there Oct. 3, 1978 at the Delta Nursing Home from a lingering illness. The funeral was held at the Larsen Bros. Funeral Chapel at New Berlin, Seventh Day Adventist Church, officiated. Burial was at High Memorial Park in New Berlin. Mr. Elmer was born Oct. 15, 1891 at Columbus, Wis. At the age of 11 he came to Greenwood with his parents. At the age of 18 he spent some time working with the railroad and ranching in Montana and the Dakotas. He then returned to Milwaukee where he was streetcar conductor for several years, after which he attended barber school and barbered for 10 years in Milwaukee. Before retiring he did carpenter work and was affiliated with Carpenter s Union Local 2073. On March 24, 1929 he married Ella Abel from Greenwood. To this union were born three children. Surviving him are his wife Ella, a son Keith from a former marriage to Thelma Alton, a son Walter (Bud) Elmer, Jr., Mountain View, Calif., Mrs. Floyd (Dolores) Knecht, Cooper, Texas and Mrs. Lester (Shirley) Graves, New Berlin, Wis. five sisters, Mrs. Ellen Finkle, Simi, Calif., Ms. Olive Verlindi, Gresham, Oregon, Mrs. Emory (Viola) Gesme, Madison, Mrs. Charles (Dorothy) (last mention of Dorothy, died by 1981?) Mueller, Mukwona, Ga., and Mrs. Pearl (last mention of Pearl, died by 1981?) Hall, Nalcrest, Florida and two brothers, Ernest of Greenwood and Fred, (last mention of Fred, died by 1981?) Las Vegas, Nevada. His parents and three brothers preceded him in death.

ELMER, Ernest O. (3 Sept 1895 - 4 Dec 1987)

Ernest Elmer, 92, of Greenwood, died at St. Joseph's Hospital, Marshfield. Born Sept 3, 1895 in Columbus, he was the son of E.A. and Ricki Elmer. He came to the Greenwood area in 1902 and attended Christopher School. He married Bertha Franz June 23, 1926 in Greenwood. They farmed in the Town of Warner until 1958, when they retired. Mr. Elmer was a director of Midland Cooperatives for 21 years, and a director of the Equity Livestock Shipping Association for 24 years; a member of the Greenwood American Legion Post and the Clark Co Historical Association. He was also a World War I veteran.

Survivors include his wife; two sons, Thomas of Greenwood, and Lester of Albuquerque, N.M; a sister Olive Verlinde of Modesto, CA. He was predeceased by an infant son, Milton; four brothers and four sisters. Services were held at Zion United Church of Christ, the Seventh Day Adventist Church officiated. Burial was in the Greenwood Cemetery with full military rites conducted by the Greenwood American Legion Post. Pallbearers were grandchildren Barb Wendland, Bruce Elmer, Rhonda and Arlen Eskildsen, and Randy and Darla Shiferl. December 17, 1987 edition of the Clark County Press

ELMER, Bertha nee Franz (26 May 1904 - 3 April 1995)

Bertha Elmer, 90, formerly of Greenwood, died April 3, 1995, at Neillsville Memorial Medical Center. Funeral services were held April 6, 1995, at Zion United Church of Christ, Greenwood. Burial will be in the Greenwood City Cemetery. Bertha Franz was born on May 26, 1904, in the town of Warner, to William C. and Anna (nee Decker) Franz. She received her education at Braun Settlement School in the town of Warner. After School, she did domestic work in the Greenwood area and four years in Wauwatosa. She married Ernest Elmer on June 23, 1926, in the town of Warner. They farmed in the town of Warner until retiring in 1958. They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 1976 and their 60th in 1986. Her husband died on Dec. 4, 1987. She moved into Greenwood and resided there until entering the nursing home in October of 1993. She was a member of Seventh Day Adventist Church, Marshfield, where she was very active, serving as a teacher and holding various offices. She held a Life membership in the Clark Co Historical Society. She sang with the Clark Co Choraliers for many years and was also a member of the Come and Know Homemakers Club. Survivors include two sons, Thomas (Marlene) Elmer, Greenwood and Lester (Faye) Elmer, Albuquerque, N.M. and one sister, Sophie Franz, Owen. She was preceded in death by her husband her parents one son, Milton (b. July 24, d. July 27, 1927) in infancy five brothers and two sisters.

ELMER, Ellen marriage 26 Nov 1914

Edwin Finkle and Miss Ellen Elmer were married Nov. 26, 1914, at the home of the bride's parents, Mr. and Mrs. E. A. Elmer northeast of Greenwood. Henry Finkle acted as best man and Miss Olive Elmer as bridesmaid. The groom is a son of Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Finkle of Eaton, and has earned a reputation of a successful farmer. The newly weds have moved onto the Dan Stoneberg farm, which they have rented, where they will be found at home by friends.

Finkle, Ellen nee ELMER  (1 Jan 1894 - 9 Aug 1981)

Mrs. Ellen Finkel (Finkle), 87, of Simi Valley, Calif., died Aug. 9, 1981 in Simi Valley, Calif.

Funeral services were conducted at Rinka Funeral Home. 7th Day Adventist Church officiated and interment was in the Greenwood Cemetery. Ellen Elmer was born on Jan. 1, 1894, at Columbus. She was educated at Christopherson School. She married Edwin Finkel at Greenwood on Nov. 27, 1914. They farmed in the Town of Warner for a number of years before moving to the City of Greenwood. Survivors include one son, George of Louisville, Texas; three daughters, Mrs. August (Floraine) Franz of Terry, Iowa; Mrs. Lila Tucker of Santa Anna, Texas; and Mrs. Harold (Ethel) Jones of Simi Valley, Cal.; one brother, Ernest Elmer of Greenwood and two sisters, Mrs. Olive Verlinde (last mention of Olive, died by 1987?) of Sandy, Oregon and Mrs. Viola Gesmer (last mention of Viola, died by 1987?) of Madison. Preceding her in death were her husband, Edwin on March 12, 1964 four brothers two sisters and one daughter, Marian.

Franz, Floraine nee Finkle (15 Feb 1919 - 4 Oct 1983)

Mrs. August Franz (Floraine Finkle), Perry, Iowa, died at her home Oct. 4, 1983. Born Feb. 15, 1919 to Ellen (nee Elmer) and Edwin Finkle at Greenwood, she received her education in Greenwood area schools. She was married to August G. Franz on March 28, 1945. The family moved to Perry, Iowa in the late 1940's, where they have since resided. She is survived by her husband, August one daughter, Shelby Jean Franz of Des Moines, Iowa one one son, Wayne Franz, his wife Glenda, Des Moines, Iowa one brother, George Finkle of Lewisville, Texas and two sisters, Ethel Jones of Simi Valley, Cal and Lila Tucker of Hamilton, Texas. Funeral services were held at Fouch/Murdock Funeral Chapel.

Interment was made in Valley View Cemetery in Perry, Iowa. Attending the funeral from this area were Fritz Franz, Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Elmer, Tom Elmer, Doris Franz of Greenwood and Lavern Johnson of Wis. Rapids. ["Not only was Thomas Elmer August Franz, he was Floraine's cousin. August's sister Bertha married Floraine's Uncle Ernest Elmer. Ernest and Bertha were the parents of Thomas Elmer. Mrs. Walter Elmer was the former Ella Abel. Her parents were Frank Abel and Louise Franz. (She would have been Floraine's aunt and August's cousin.) Mrs Harry Brunn was also Floraine's aunt, Gertrude (also known as Dorothy)."]

ELMER, Anna Frieda (14 Oct 1890 - 30 Jan 1946)

Riverside cemetery: single (No other info found on Anna Frieda Elmer and no mention of her in preceding Elmer bios.)

ESTABROOK family, Warner township

1906 sec 2 residence? Estabrook; sec 35 residence D. Estabrook

(1915 & 1920 sec 2 = G. Grashorn)

(1915 & 1920 sec 35 = A. Andrews & Carl Grashorn)

April 27, 1900: Hans Nelson has purchased 120 acres off from the Hackett farm which . H. Estabrook recently bought, the latter taking Mr. Nelson's city property, excepting the blacksmith shop and lot, in the bargain. Mr. Nelson will put in a considerable amount of his time on the place and will begin building a residence on it at once. Sometime ago, Mr. Nelson also bought three forties east of town from Adolph Turnquist. Greenwood Gleaner 

March 7, 1902: C. H. Estabrooks came up from Fond du Lac Tuesday to pack up the balance of his goods.  He will return next week, accompanied by John D. Coon and family.  Greenwood Gleaner





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