Warner Township

Clark County, Wisconsin

Warner Township Pioneers

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

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STAUSS family, Warner township

1905 #119 Stauss, Adolph Head W M 66 M Germany Germany Farmer 10 O M F  Henrietta Wife W F 50 M Germany Germany House Keeper  Walter Son W M 12 S Illinois Germany

1906 sec 32 residence A. Stauss (1915 F. Kuester)

Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Kunz, of Fall Creek, announce the marriage of their daughter, Helen Frances, to Walter C. Stauss, of Eau Claire, son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Stauss, of Thiensville, Wis. The marriage took place April 27, 1931 at Decorah, Iowa. Mr. Stauss will be remembered here by many of our readers, being the Ag. Teacher at the local high school (Greenwood, Clark Co) about 9 years ago. The newlyweds will make their home in Eau Claire. Clark Co Census for 1895 also has a Henry Stauss, brother of Adolph Stauss? Did Henry Stauss also have a son named Walter? Nothing further found on the Adolph Stauss family

STEEL family, Warner township

1875 census: Steele, Thos.; 3 male, 8 female

1880 Warner census:

Thomas Steele Head Married Male White 51-1829 New Jersey Farmer England New Jersey ane E. Steele Wife Married Female White 41-1839 New Jersey Keeping House New Jersey New Jersey Thomas S. Steele Son Single Male White 21-1859 Wisconsin Laborer New Jersey New Jersey Malissa D. Steele Daughter Single Female White 18-1862 Wisconsin New Jersey New Jersey Eliza V. Steele Daughter Single Female White 16-1864 Wisconsin New Jersey New Jersey Henretta Steele Daughter Single Female White 14-1866 Wisconsin New Jersey New Jersey Ida M. Steele Daughter Single Female White 11-1869 Wisconsin New Jersey New Jersey Willie R. Steele Son Single Male White 9-1871 Wisconsin New Jersey New Jersey Alice M. Steele Daughter Single Female White 6-1874 Wisconsin New Jersey New Jersey Arthur F. Steele Son Single Male White 4-1876 Wisconsin New Jersey New Jersey Myrtie L. Steele Daughter Single Female White 2-1878 Wisconsin New Jersey New Jersey

1885 Special Vet's census: Steele, Thos, Corporal, Co C, Ret't 4, Wisc

1880 sec 18, 19 no residences Thos. Steele

"..The place where Hubert Horn now lives was widely known as the "Yankee Place," where Andrew (Yankee) Johnson lived until 1876 when he died as his tombstone in our cemetery shows. He married Cassie Steele in 1874; one daughter, Birdie, was born to them. Later Mrs. Johnson married Richmond Burss of Thorp. After his death she moved west and now lives in Washington.... By Charles Varney

"In 1871, the families of Thos, Steele, Chas. Patterson, Larry Drinkwine, Morria Markham, Curtis Markham and Mr. Baldwin being in need of school privileges for their children proceeded to build a house of logs 16 by 20 feet in dimension, made furniture of lumber, chinked the crack in the building, nicely pointed it up outside with mud and on the inside with lime. A big box stove stood in the center of the room. There were two windows in each side, (north and south side). The teacher had the west end and the outside door was in the east end.

Thos. Steele's oldest daughter Charlotte was hired as the first teacher, from 1871 - 1873, two years of seven months each... In 1884 a new frame schoolhouse was built by B.R. Montromery, Chas. Rabenau and C. Alton...." By Charles Varney History of Benjamin-Steele School

The Thorp Courier files of 1906: Thos. I. Steele and C. C. Clark have gone to the National Soldier's Home near Milwaukee for the winter.

STEELE, Thomas J. (3 Jan 1829 - 26 Oct 1909)

Thomas J. Steele was born in New York on Jan. 3, 1829. After reaching manhood he emigrated west and for a number of years made his home in Sheboygan Co, Wis., where on Feb. 2, 1853, he was united in marriage with Jane E. Dobbins, who died in this village on May 29, (May 21 per cemetery and obit) 1901. When the war broke out he enlisted in Co. C 4th Wisconsin Regiment, and endured the hardships of a soldier valiantly, until honorably discharged from service. After the war was over he moved to Clark Co with his family, settling on a farm four miles west of Greenwood, where he resided until he removed to this village twenty years ago. He was the father of twelve children, three of whom, Mrs. J. W. (Charlotta) Hommel, Mrs. I. A. (Hughetta) Smith, and Myrtle, who died (b. 1878, d. c1882, no death or cemetery record) at the age of four years, have preceded him into the great beyond. The others are Mrs. Catherine (a.k.a. "Cassie",  Mrs. Johnson and Mrs. Burss) Holmes, Seattle, Wash; Mrs. Geo. (Mary, m. 4 July 1878) Smith, Cox, Wis.; Thomas S. Steele, Thorp; Mrs. Lissian (a.k.a. Liza, Lillian, Malissa) Seeley, Rib Lake, Wis.; Mrs. Elizabeth Rusch, Glendive, Mont.; Mrs. Ida Richeleu, Greenwood, Wis., Wm. Steele, Mrs. Harry (Alice) Aucutt, Arthur Steele, Thorp. The funeral services were held at the M. E. Church, with burial in Thorp Cemetery.

STEELE, Jane E. nee Dobbins (11 Jan 1837 - 21 May 1901)

Jane E., wife of Thomas I. Steele of Thorp died at her home in this village on Sunday last after an illness of about two months. She leaves a husband, a brother, ten children and one great-grandchild to mourn her. She was nearly 64 years of age and had been in feeble health for some time from dropsy (Edema, the presence of abnormally large amounts of fluid in intercellular tissue spaces or body cavities. Edema (swelling), often caused by kidney or heart disease.), heart disease and liver complaint. With her husband she formerly resided at Hemlock from which place they move to this village about eleven years ago. She had been a member of the M. E. Church for a full half century. (Buried Thorp Village cemetery)

Thomas Steele is one of three witnesses to the Last Will and Testament of Cornelius Corter (Courter) dated 4 March 1856 at the Town of Plymouth, Sheboygan County, Wisconsin. Another witness was James Crain/Crane, the husband of Jane (Dobbins) Steele's sister Catherine. In addition for research purposes, the sister of Thomas Steele who was married to Hugh Dobbins was named Eliza. This Eliza, in a notarized statement dated 5 October 1864 at Sheboygan County, Wisconsin stated that she witnessed the marriage of Jane Courter to Joseph Shaw on 27 April 1847 at the Town of Pequinnock, Morris County, New Jersey.---Eliza (Steele) Dobbins and her husband Hugh Dobbins are buried in the Clinton Cemetery, Rock County, Wisconsin. ** My interest is in the Courter line.~~Carolyn Glidden

Thomas J Steele was born 3 Jan 1829 in New York. When he became an adult he immigrated to Sheboygan, Wisconsin where he lived for a number of years. On 2 Feb 1853 he married Jane Dobbins. While doing the research for this biography I found an obituary for Jane's sister, Catherine that said their parents immigrated to Sheboygan, Wisconsin from Morristown, New Jersey. And Catherine and Jane had a brother, Hugh Dobbins of Chilton, Jefferson County, Wisconsin. Lani note/Mar 2006 I believe Chilton is in Calumet County, Wisconsin... Posted By: Lani Bartelt

Dear Friend:                                                             Seattle, Wash., April 17, 1937

Your letter received and will try to answer same. It nearly makes the tears come to read that letter about my old friends. Only God knows how well I would love to be there and see all my old friends again and my sisters, I know you will have a nice time and I will be thinking of you all. Remember me to them all. I am sending your letter on to Cassie, she is in Medford, Oregon, with Birdie. Well can not think of any more to say. Asking God to bless you and take care of all and hoping we will meet again sometime, Lots of Love. Thomas Steele. (Thomas, son of Thomas and Jane nee Dobbins Steele letter to Charles Varney)

Dear Friend Charley:                                                    Medford, Oregon, April 20 (1937)

Your letter of invitation to the pioneer dinner on April 24 came and as it is impossible for me to attend, I am writing to thank you and to tell you how much I should enjoy being with you all at that time. Time has make many changes, taken many from our ranks, and it would be a great pleasure to meet the old neighbors remaining. Thanking you again for the kind invitation, I send greetings from Oregon to all of you. Cassie Steele Tipson

STEELE, Catherine Cassie" (c1854 - c19xx)

Catherine Steele, daughter of Thomas and Jane nee Dobbins Steele, first married on 10 June 1874 to Andrew "Yankee" Johnson, born c1849, died 3 Jan 1876 at age 27, buried Greenwood Cemetery, daughter "Birdie" born c1875. Catherine nee Steele Johnson next married on 29 April 1878 to Richmond A. Burss (previously married with daughter Stella born c1872 who married J. W. Dutton in 1888?)  By 1909 Catherine nee Steele Johnson Burss had married a Mr. Holmes and lived in WA State, and by 1937 had married a Mr. Tipson and lived in Oregon, and later in CA where she evidently died after 1937 but prior to 1950.

Married, in Greenwood, Clark Co, Wis., April 29th, 1878, by Rev. Geo. C. Andrews, Mr. Richmond C. Burrs, of the town of Hixon, to Miss (Mrs) Cassie (nee Steele) Johnson, of the town of Warner.  

Burss, Lilly May (1881 - 1882)

Died at Thorp, Clark Co, Wis., Nov. 26, 1882, Lilly May Burss, youngest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Richmond A. Burss aged one year and three months. Lilly was considered a very bright child of her age and was much beloved by all who know her. *Note in the original write up the surname was spelled: Burrs.

Burss, Stella marriage  24 May 1888

J. W. Dutton and Miss Stella Burss, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. R. A. Burss, were married at the residence of the bride's parents on Thursday evening, May 24, 1888. They will reside on a farm north of the village (Thorp, Clark Co, Wis.) in the town of Withee, which Mr. Dutton purchased recently. Thorp Courier

STEELE, Lottie marriage 19 May 1872

Married at the parsonage in Neillsville John W. Hommel to Miss Lottie J. Steele, both of Eaton township. Mrs. J. W. Hommel, daughter of Thomas I. Steele of Thorp, died at her home at Neillsville, on Sunday night last (born 1855, died June 28, 1903), after an illness extending over a period of several months. Besides her husband, Mr. J. W. Hommel, she leaves two daughters, her father, three brothers, Thomas S., Will and Arthur, and six sisters, Mrs. R. A. Burss, Mrs. George Smith, Mrs. C. Richeau, Mrs. Wm. Seely, Mrs. B. R. Rusch and Mrs. H. Aucutt, nearly all of whom were present at the funeral which took place at Neillsville. Mr. Hommell was born in 1852 at Long Island, New York, coming to Neillsville at an early age. He died in 1927. Lotta Steele was Tom's first wife and they had a daughter, Nina. He built a house for his family at 217 Grand Avenue. (At the present time, his granddaughter Marie Covell resides in that house.) Nina was married to Victor Woelffer who was a pharmacist with Woelffer's Pharmacy located at 508 Hewett Street (now Rexall Pharmacy). Their home was located on the corner of 4th and Oak Streets. Woelffer's had three daughters, Marie (married Al Covell), Irma (deceased, was married to Lt. Col. Kenneth Maguire) and Jane (married R. E. Lind), who now lives in Omaha, Nebraska. The second Mrs. Hommell was the former Ida M. Carnegie.

1905 "Patrons": Steel, T. S., Farmer and Agent for Lamb Wire Fence, S. 13, T. Worden, P. O. Thorp, 1869.

STEELE, Thomas R. Jr. marriage  7 March 1888

Married, at the residence of the bride's parent's, on the 7th inst., by E. Lanphear, Thomas Steele Jr. (born c1859, son of Thomas and Jane nee Dobbins Steele) and Miss Christiana Tiedeman, all of this village (Thorp, Clark Co, Wis.) (East Thorp cemetery index list Christina Aurelia nee Tiedeman Steele 1865-1920, husband Thomas S. Steele 1859-? And their daughter Myrtle Aug 1888-14 Sept 1890, typhoid fever.)

STEELE, Phyllis Lillian (1890 - 1920)

Funeral services for Miss Phyllis Lillian Steel, who died at her home, 22 West Roy Street (Seattle, WA), were held. Miss Steele was ill but a few days with pneumonia and her death was unexpected. She was born in Thorp, Clark Co, Wis., and was 30 years old. In 1914 she came to Seattle with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas R. Steele, who survive, and had reside here since then. The funeral was held at the chapel of the Cremation Society of Washington. (East Thorp cemetery index list Phyllis Lillian Steele 1891-1920)

STEELE, Lizza marriage - 9 Aug 1883

Married at Greenwood on Aug. 9, 1883 Mr. Charles Seely to Miss Lizza Steel, daughter of Thomas Steel, of town of Warner. Seeley, Lillian nee STEELE (20 June 1861 - 13 July 1917) Mrs. Lillian (called "Malissa" on 1880 census) Seeley, wife of Wm. Seeley of Rib Lake, died at the hospital at Marshfield July 13, 1917, of paralysis, aged 56 years and 24 days. Mrs. Seeley was born at Plymouth, Wis., June 20, 1861, and was the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Steele. In 1883 she was united in marriage with Wm. Seeley at Greenwood, Clark Co, Wis. For many years they resided there, but moved to Rib Lake about eight years ago. For the past year she had been a great sufferer and about three weeks ago was taken to the hospital in order to secure some relief. Her sisters, Mrs. B. F. Rusch of this village, and Mrs. Richleau of Curtiss, have been constantly with her for several months. The funeral took place from the home of Mrs. Ross Davis, niece of deceased, at Medford, interment following in the Medford Cemetery. Deceased leaves to mourn her husband, Wm. Seeley, and sister, Mrs. Holmes of the state of Washington, Mrs. George Smith of Colorado, Mrs. Richleau of Curtiss, Mrs. B. F. Rusch, Mrs. Harry Aucutt, and brothers, Arthur Steele of Thorp, Thomas Steele of Seattle, and Wm. Steele.

Rusch, Bernard F. (18 Oct 1855 - 9 July 1929)

Mr. Bernard F. Rusch was born in Pomerania, Prussia on Oct. 18, 1855 and died at St. Joseph's Hospital at Chippewa Falls on July 9, 1929. On Monday evening of last week as he was returning to his home but a few rods south of the Thorp village limits, and when but a few feet from his gate, was struck by a passing automobile and rendered unconscious. The driver of the machine failed to stop and his identity is unknown. George Haas, driving from the south, noticed the body in the road and immediately notified members of the village board, then in session at the village hall, who repaired to the spot and brought Mr. Rusch to the office of Dr. F. P. Neis, who upon examination found his head cut and a number of ribs fractured. He was then taken to the hospital at Chippewa Falls, when he died about 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday. Deceased immigrated from Pomerania with his parents at the age of twelve years, locating first in Huron Co., Ontario, Canada. In 1876 he came to Clark county and in May 1880, arrived in Thorp, which has since been his home, except a few years spent farming in Montana. For many years he followed the vocation of farming and dairying and was the owner of a splendid farm adjoining the village limits.> Mr. Rusch was married on Oct. 31, 1883 to Miss Elizabeth Viola Steele (born c1864 daughter of Thomas and Jane nee Dobbins Steele). To this union three children were born, Bernard R., Susan, of Thorp, and Mrs. Ruth A. Green of St. Paul, who with his wife are left to mourn. Deceased also leaves two sisters, Mrs. Waudell of Everett, Wash., and Mrs. Shaw of Peachland, British Columbia. Funeral services were held at the M. E. Church with interment following the services in the family lot at the Thorp Village Cemetery.

STEELE, Ida marriage 19 Sept 1891

At the Commercial House in this city (Colby, Clark Co., Wis.), on Saturday, the 19th inst., N. J. White, Esq., tied the knot that bound together, through life for weal or woe, Theodore M. Richlieu of Greenwood, Clark Co., Wis., and Miss Ida M. Steele of Thorp, Clark Co.

The young couple were accompanied to this city by Arthur and Alice Steele, brother and sister of the bride, and S. C. Pettet, all of Thorp, for which place the party took their departure on the evening train. Mrs. Ida Richelieu, 84, died at the home of her brother, Arthur Steele, at Abbotsford Dec. 19, 1950. She had been in failing health for the past several years. Funeral services were held at the Stabnow Funeral Home in Greenwood, with the pastor of the Grace Methodist Church, officiating. Burial was made in the Greenwood Cemetery. Mrs. Richelieu, nee Steele, was born March 8, 1866, at Plymouth. She moved to Greenwood with her parents when she was 4, and later moved to Thorp. After her marriage to Martin Richelieu at Colby Sept. 19, 1891, the couple lived in Greenwood until 1931, the year her husband died. She had made her home at Abbotsford for the past 19 years. Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Walter (Alice) Acker, Greenwood, and Mrs. Otto (Margaret) Vater, Withee, and one brother, Arthur Steele, Abbotsford. Ten brothers and sisters preceded her in death.

Smith, Hughetta nee STEELE (20 July 1867 - 12 Aug 1895)

Mrs. Hughetta (a.k.a. Henrietta), wife of Isaac A. Smith, died at her home at Grand Rapids after a short illness, and the remains were brought to Thorp and interred in the Thorp Village Cemetery. The funeral occurred from the M. E. Church. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas I. Steele of this village and was born in Sheboygan Co., Wis. Her age was 28 years. In 1885 she was united in marriage (4 Mar1886) with Isaac A. Smith and resided here with her husband for a number of years, removing from here to Neillsville, thence to Grand Rapids, Wis., where they have made their home for the past two years. Her sudden death is a great shock to relatives and friends as she spent several days here but a few weeks ago, being then apparently in good health. She leaves a husband and two children.

STEELE, William R. (c1871 - ?)

Son of Thomas L. and Jane nee Dobbins Steel. Died after 1917, prior to 1934.

STEELE, Daughter of Will (Mar 1896 - 20 July 1897)

The infant daughter Mr. and Mrs. Will Steele died at their home at Chippewa Falls on Tuesday of last week of cholera infantum, aged sixteen months. The remains were brought to this village (Thorp) and interment took place from the M. E. Church.

STEELE, Son of Wm. (1902 - 4 Dec 1905)

The remains of the three-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Steele, who died on Monday, were brought here (Thorp) from Eau Claire for interment in the family lot in the village cemetery yesterday, the funeral taking place from the M. E. Church.

STEELE, Alice marriage 16 Sept 1894

Miss Alice Steele and Harry D. Aucutt were united in marriage at the M. E. Church by on Sunday morning last, the church being well filled by friends and relatives to witness the ceremony. Mrs. Harry Aucutt, 60 years of age, passed away at her home in Thorp on, Feb. 17, 1934, after a lingering illness of many months duration. Alice Maude Steele was born at Greenwood July 7, 1874, coming to Thorp when but thirteen years of age. On Sept. 16, 1894 she was married to Harry D. Aucutt at the Methodist Church at Thorp, where she has since made her home. This union was blessed with six children, two boys and four girls. Deceased leaves to mourn her passing, her husband, two brothers, Arthur Steele, Sr., Curtiss, Wis., and Thos. Steele of Seattle, Wash., three sisters, Mrs. B.F. Rusch, Thorp, Mrs. Martin Richlieu, Abbotsford, Mrs. Cassie Holmes, California, two sons, Thos. Aucutt, North Lake, Wis., and Wm. Aucutt, Bland, Mo., four daughters, Mrs. Beth Schmittfranz, Black River Falls, Mrs. Frank Vander Wegen, Withee, Mrs. Elroy Holzhausen, Chippewa Falls, Mrs. George Ness, Black River Falls. The funeral services were at the M.E. Church, interment took place in the East Thorp Cemetery.

STEELE, Ann I. nee Barrett (13 Nov 1874 - 22 May 1939)

Ann Isabel Barrett, was born in Canada, November 13, 1874, the only daughter of William and Mary Barrett and passed away at her home in the Town of Warner May 22, 1939 of a heart attack. She was married to Arthur Steele (Arthur 1875-1964, son of Thomas and Jane nee Dobbins Steele) of Thorp, May 26, 1895. To this union were born eight children. They moved to their present home in the spring of 1933. Mrs. Steele has been suffering for some time with a heart ailment, but lately she seemed better. She is survived by her husband, three daughters, Maud, Mrs. Charles Frinhld, Thorp; Nina (born 4 April 1901), Mrs. Romain Burnett of Chetek; Ruth (born 14 Oct 1904), Mrs. John Zimmer, Greenwood; three sons, Paul, Arthur (Arthur, Jr. 5 Feb 1903 - July 1974), and Roger at home. Two sons Ernest and Ralph preceded their mother in death. She is also survived by two brothers, William Barrett of Thorp, Ernest Barrett of Milwaukee and one adopted brother, Frank Beechwood of St. Paul. Funeral services were conducted at the Methodist church at Thorp. She was laid to rest in the family lot at Thorp. Arthur Steele next married Elsie nee Schmidt, widow of Wlm Marten. Elsie 1897-1989 is buried in Colby, St. Paul cemetery.

1932: Breezy Hill Cheese Factory Neighborhood - The people of this vicinity were shocked to hear of the sudden death of Ernest Steele, age 19, son of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Steele of Curtiss. The Thorp Courier

STEELE, Ernest (18 April 1913 - 11 Sep 1932)

Ernest William Steele was born at Thorp on the 18th day of April 1913, where he spent the greater part of his life, moving with his parents to Curtiss at the age of 16 years. On Sept. 11th, he departed from this life leaving to mourn his untimely death, his beloved parents, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Steele, four brothers, Ralph, Arthur, Paul and Roger, and three sisters, Maude, Mrs. Charles Frinack of Thorp; Nina, Mrs. Romain Brunett of Chetek; Ruth, Mrs. Jno. Zimmer of Thorp. Funeral services were held at the Owen Congregational Church. The remains were interred in the Thorp Cemetery.

STEELE, Ralph A. (14 Sep 1897 - 13 Mar 1933)

Ralph Arthur Steele, son of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Steele of Curtiss died at the hospital at Marshfield on March 13, 1933. His death was caused by an accidental fall upon a wood saw that he was operating. Deceased was born at Thorp on Sept. 14, 1897, and had reached the age of 35 years, 5 months and 26 days. He leaves to mourn his untimely death his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Steele, three brothers, Artie, Paul and Roger, and three sisters, Mrs. Romane Brunnette of Chetek, Mrs. Charles Frinack and Mrs. John Zimmer Jr. of Thorp. Funeral services were held at the M.E. Church at Thorp.

STEELE, Roger (30 Oct 1918 - 27 July 1941)

A tragic accident occurred on July 27, 1941, when Roger, youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Steele, was drowned while in swimming with friends at Lannon, Wis. In an effort to save Roger one of his friends also gave his life. Roger Lloyd Steele was born at Thorp, on Oct. 30, 1918, having reached the age of 22 years, 8 months and 27 days. In 1933 Roger moved with his parents to a farm near Greenwood. He graduated from the Greenwood High School with the class of 1936 as an honor student. He was employed at Greenwood until about a year ago when he went to Milwaukee, where he was employed at the time of his death. He leaves to mourn his untimely passing, his father, Arthur Steele of Greenwood, two brothers, Paul of Greenwood and Arthur Jr. of Thorp; three sisters, Ruth (Mrs. John Zimmer) of Greenwood; Nina (Mrs. Romain Burnett) of Chetek; Maude (Mrs. Chas. Frinack) of Thorp. The occasion seems doubly sad as this is the third son and brother this family has had to part with, all meeting tragic deaths and two years ago the mother died of a heart attack. Funeral services were held at the Bogumill Funeral Home and at the M.E. Church at Thorp, with interment in East Thorp Cemetery beside his mother and brothers.

STEELE, Paul (13 July 1910 - 3 May 1950)

Greenwood Funeral services for Paul Steele were held at Grace Methodist Church. The burial was made in the Greenwood Cemetery. The casket was not be opened. (He died in a traffic accident May 3, 1950). Mr. Steele was born July 13, 1910 in Thorp. He received his education in the Thorp Schools and lived there until 1932 when he moved with his parents to a farm 5 miles northwest of Greenwood, where he had lived ever since. On April 29, 1936 he married Clarissa Mason (22 July 1914 - 8 Oct 1992) at Greenwood. She survives him. Other survivors include a daughter, Ruth, 14, and a son, Thomas, 13. One brother, Arthur Jr., Thorp, and three sisters, Mrs. John Zimmer, Greenwood, Mrs. Otto Darge, Solon Springs, and Mrs. Charles Frinack, Thorp, are also living. Three brothers preceded him in death. His father, Arthur Sr., and his stepmother live in Abbotsford.

STEELE, Ruth marriage 31 May 1925

As Armistice Day 1918 marks an important event in World History, so Armistice Day 1925 marks an important event in the lives of Miss Ruth Steele and Mr. John Zimmer of Reseburg, Clark Co, Wis., for on this day at the M. E. Parsonage at Stanley this happy couple was united in the holy bonds of matrimony. The bride was attended by her sister, Mrs. Roman Brunett. The groom was attended by Arthur Steele, brother of the bride. After the ceremony the bridal party drove to the home of the bride's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Steele, where a bounteous dinner and supper were served to immediate relatives and friends. The newlyweds will reside on the Zimmer farm in the town of Reseburg, where Mr. Zimmer will continue assisting his father on the farm.

1875 census: Steele, C. W.; 3 male, 1 female

"To Young Tommy Steele; I suppose you are bout 79 now, but your Daddy was "Old Tom," and you were always "Young Tommy" in the Gude Old Daze... Gow west there, pass the Charley Steele place, Albert Fravert that married Ella Kuester lives there now. On to the Tome Steele corner, north to the Hank Ferguson place... then west Robert Horns, north to John Poppe's corner, one mile west and then south to the Yankee place, where Cassie lived, east to Robert Horn's again...." By Charles Varney Old timers Mail Route

Charlie Steele, brother of Thomas Steele? Nothing found on Charlie Steele, the following are possible descendants of the Charlie Steele family.

Clark Co. marriages: 21 May 1877 Martha Steele to (husband not listed); 5 Nov 1887 John Steel and Ella Darling; 24 July 1895 Arthur Steel and Minnie Seif Weisner;

1895 Lynn township census, pg 4: Mrs. Minnie Seif

1906 Lynn township plat map sec 28: Minnie (spelled as Stiehl) Steel or Steele

STEELE, Archie (7 Aug 1900 - 4 June 1909)

Friday forenoon this community was saddened by the sudden and somewhat mysterious death of little Archie Steele, who was found hanging by a rope in the barn at the home of his mother, Mrs. Minnie Steele in the third ward. Whether it was suicide or an accident may never be determined. At first it was taken for granted and widely rumored that the little fellow had taken his own life, because he had passed "on condition" at the close of the school year, but later known facts make it appear quite probable that it was simply an accident. The barn is a small building with shed roof. Across two of the rafters a cleat had been nailed; and to this cleat, a rope, a common cow-tie, had been fastened by one end, the rope hanging down. The lower end was tied in a single knot around the boy's neck, and his feet nearly touched the floor. Nearly under the rope was a feed box upon which the boy must have stood when he tied the rope. The suicide theory was quite readily accepted until the fact became known that Archie, his brother and other boys had been in the habit of getting up on the feed box and swinging off on the rope, sometimes tying it around their bodies.

This fact, together with others that it is not considered a serious thing to pass in school "on condition" that the boy did not seem to lay it seriously to heart, and taking a lunch in his had went to the barn to play, a portion of the partially eaten lunch being found in the box beside him, all indicate that in some way, in attempting to adjust the rope he had fallen off the box and the rope had tightened on his neck, a small wire at the end of the rope preventing it from slipping through, as a single knot would likely have done. His brother Elmer found him within a few minutes, and cried for help. Aug. Schoengarth, hearing him call, ran across and took the boy down. A doctor was on the spot in a few minutes more, but life was extinct. The mother, who is a widow (of Arthur Steele, of whom nothing else was found), is overwhelmed with grief, as are also the little brother and the sisters. Archie was a good little fellow. He was quiet and well behaved, and often liked to play quietly by himself. Archie was born in the town of Lynn, Clark Co, Aug. 7, 1900, and came to Neillsville when his mother moved here a few years ago. Buried in Neillsville cemetery

STEELE, Minnie marriage 30 Sept 1913

Mr. Timothy McMahon of Mt. Pleasant, Mich., and Mrs. Minnie Steele of Neillsville were married at the Catholic Church. After the ceremony a wedding breakfast was served at the bride's home, at which were present only their near relatives. The day before the wedding, a reception was given at which were present a very large gathering of relatives and friends. The groom is a retired farmer, a man of means and stands high in the community where he lives. The bride is a lady who is greatly respected here and one this community is sorry to lose. They left for Wausau for a short visit with relatives there and will go on to Mr. Pleasant, where they will make their home.

Minnie Seif Wiesner, who married Arthur Steel in 1895 and Timothy McMahon in 1913, was the daughter of Fred and Caroline Wiesner. Minnie's siblings were: George, Charles, Frank and Fred Wiesner; Christine, wife of Conrad Franz; Henrietta, wife of George Brock; Margaret, wife of John Grosedale; Carrie, wife of Sam Amido; Mary, wife of Fred Seif.

STEIGER family, Warner township

1905 #40 Steiger, August Head W M 48 M Illinois Germany Farmer 10 O F  Magdalene Wife W F 50 M Switzerland Switzerland House Keeper John Son W M 16 S Kansas Ill/Switzerland Farm Laborer 9 Willie Son W M S Kansas Ill/Switzerland Farm Laborer 8

1906 sec 29 residence A. Stieger

STEIGER, August (6 Aug 1858 - 2 Feb 1911)

August Steiger quietly passed away at his home on the West Side, Town of Warner, Feb. 2, 1911 at the age of 52 years, 5 months and 27 days. Mr. Steger had been a resident of this county since 1897, when he moved here from La Crosse with his wife and three children, locating on a farm west of the river, where he resided up to death. He was born in Chicago, Aug. 6, 1858, the youngest of eight children born to Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Steiger. In 1859 the family moved to La Crosse and settled on a farm. March 17, 1883 he was married to Miss Lena Andregg. Later he moved to Washington, Kansas, and in 1891 removed to La Crosse, hence to Greenwood in 1897.

Deceased was a faithful member of the German Reformed Church of the West Side. He was elected treasurer of the Town of Warner last spring, in which capacity he was unable to perform its duties during his last few weeks. Funeral services were at the home and church. The body was interred in the West Side Cemetery.

STEIGER, Magdaline nee Anderegg (1 Oct 1854 - 22 June 1928)

Mrs. Magdaline Steiger, formerly Anderegg, was born Oct. 1, 1854, in Bern, Switzerland. In 1866 she and her parents came to this country where they settled near La Crosse. She was united in marriage with August Steiger March 17, 1883. In 1884 they moved to Kansas where they lived for seven years. From 1891 to 1896 they resided at La Crosse. Then they came to Clark Co and lived for a year near Loyal. In 1897 they came into this community and at the same time joined the West Side Church, of which she was a loyal member until her death. Deceased passed away June 22, 1928, at the ripe age of 73 years, 8 months and 21 days, after an illness of a few years. She leaves to mourn her loss three sons, John of St. Paul, William of the town of Eaton and Edwin of the Town of Warner, also one brother, Casper Anderegg of La Crosse, Wis. Her husband, one brother and one sister preceded her in death. Funeral services were held at the West Side Church. The body was laid to rest in the West Side Cemetery.

Jan 4, 1906: John Steiger of the West Side has been spending the holidays with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. August Steiger. He is attending school at Elkhart Lake. Greenwood Gleaner

STEIGER, John marriage 16 June 1909

John Steiger and Miss Bertha Buker were married at the home of the bride's sister, Mrs. Henry Decker, June 16, 1909, at the German Reformed Church of the West Side. The bride was attended by her cousin, Miss Alma Humke, and the groom by his brother, Willie Steiger. The young couple went to housekeeping at once in A.F. Sheets' house on the east side of Greenwood, formerly the Langley house. The bride is a daughter of Fred Buker of the West Side. The groom is a son of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Steiger (Think this should be son of August Steiger) of the West Side. He became a member of the firm of Rossman Steiger Co., general merchants of this city several months ago when the Fricke Rossman Co. was reorganized. Nothing further found on John and Bertha nee Buker Steiger.

October 1928: The West Side Cheese Factory, owned by Ed and Will Steiger, northwest of Greenwood, was destroyed by fire last week, Meinholt, the cheesemaker, was away from the factory at the time and it is not known how the fire started. All of the cheese, except that day's run, had been shipped. Clark County Press

STEIGER, William  Kasgar (8 Aug 1888 - 19 Mar 1963)

William C. Steiger, 74, Greenwood, died unexpectedly enroute to a hospital in Rochester, Minn. Death was due to a heart ailment. Funeral services were conducted at Immanuel United Church of Christ. Burial was made in the church cemetery. Mr. Steiger was born Aug. 8, 1888, in Washington, Kan., and moved to La Crosse with his parents at an early age. When he was eight years old, he came to Greenwood. He was married here on May 14, 1914 to Alma Humke (daughter of Henry and Anna Kippenhan Humke).

Steiger was a cheesemaker until his retirement in 1954, at which time the Steigers moved to Greenwood and purchased the Pure Oil Company. He was a member of the Immanuel United Church of Christ, was a director in the Farmers and Merchants Bank and was secretary of the Warner Mutual Insurance Co. Steiger was affiliated with the Masonic Lodge and the 32nd Degree Masons. Her served on the Greenwood School Board for a number of years. Survivors include his wife; a son, Dr. Elmer Steiger, Canoga, Calif.; a daughter, Mrs. Ary (Elsie) Arneson, Spring Valley. Two brothers, Edwin and John Steiger, preceded him in death.

STEIGER, Elmer marriage 15 Sep 1941

Announcement has been made of the marriage of Miss Hallie Jane Hall of Duluth, Minn., to Dr. Elmer Steiger of Nopeming, Minn., son of Mr. and Mrs. William Steiger of Greenwood on Sept. 15, 1941. The rites were read in Duluth. The groom is a graduate of the Greenwood High School with the class of 1932, and was graduated from the University of Wisconsin Medical School in 1940. Elmer Steiger baptized 19 Mar 1916

STEIGER, Elsie A.  marriage 24 June 1947

Miss Elsie A. Steiger, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William C. Steiger, Greenwood became the bride of Ary C. Arneson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Corvin Arneson, Spring Valley, in a ceremony performed at the West Side Evangelical and Reformed Church June 24, 1947. The matron of honor was Mrs. Elmer Steiger, Plum City, sister-in-law of the bride, and the best man was Neal Anderson, Spring Valley, and the groomsmen, Elmer Steiger, Plum City, brother of the bride, and Paul Howard, Spring Valley. A wedding dinner was served to the wedding party and immediate relatives at the Merchants Hotel, Neillsville. The bride is a graduate of the Greenwood High School and of Miss Wood's School, Minneapolis, and for the past two years has been a kindergarten teacher in Spring Valley. The groom is a graduate of Spring Valley High School and has attended the University of Wisconsin. He is a veteran. Mr. and Mrs. Arneson will live in Spring Valley. Elsie Steiger baptized 2 Aug 1925

STEIGER, Edwin (6 May 1894 - 15 Mar 1948)

Edwin Steiger, 53, who was in poor health the past three years, died Mar. 15, 1948 at St. Joseph's Hospital, Marshfield, the result of a heart attack. He entered the hospital March 9. Funeral services at the Steiger home, followed by another service at the West Side Evangelical and Reformed Church, and burial was made in the West Side Cemetery. Mr. Steiger was born in La Crosse May 6, 1894 and was married Sept. 14, 1916 at the West Side Evangelical and Reformed Church in Greenwood to Ella Reineking. He came here from La Crosse with his parents when he was four years old and after his marriage settled on the present Steiger farm, 4 miles northwest of Greenwood, Clark Co.

Ella Steiger

Ella (Reineking) Steiger, 1923.

STEIGER, Evelyn  marriage 29 Sep 1943

Miss Evelyn Steiger, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Steiger of Greenwood became the bride of S. Sgt. Karl Mitschka, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Mitschka, Milwaukee, Sept. 29, 1943. The candlelight service was read in the West Side Reformed Church at Greenwood. The double ring service was performed before the altar. Miss Beatrice Steiger, sister of the bride, was maid of honor, and Gordon Johns of Milwaukee, a cousin of the groom, was best man. Following the ceremony a dinner was served to the immediate relatives and closest friends at the Lyon Café.

That evening a dance was given at the Merry Ol' Gardens and the next day Sgt. And Mrs. Mitschka left for Aberdeen, Md., where the groom is stationed. Mrs. Mitschka taught for the past six years in the Clark Co rural schools. The groom had been employed by the Falk Corp in Milwaukee before entering Army service. Guests included Mrs. John Mitschka, Mr. and Mrs. August Johns, Mr. and Mrs. Gordon Johns, all of Milwaukee; Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Steiger and family, the Rev. and Mrs. P.H. Franzmeier and family, and Miss Ruth Humke of Greenwood. Mitschka, Evelyn nee STEIGER (c1918 - 12 Aug 1977) Mrs. Carl Mitschka, 59, Milwaukee, the former Evelyn Steiger of the Greenwood, Clark Co area, passed away Aug. 12, 1977 at West Allis Memorial Hospital, where she had been a patient since April. Death followed a lingering illness. Services for Mrs. Carl Mitschka were held at the United Church of Christ. The former Evelyn Steiger was born (baptized 24 July 1918) in the Greenwood area and received her education there, graduating from Greenwood High School. She attended the Neillsville Normal School and taught at the Bruce Mound School and then at the Prosperity School in the Town of Eaton before her marriage to Carl Mitschka of Milwaukee. Surviving her are her husband one son, Randall of Milwaukee two sisters, Mrs. Gordon (Marian) Nielson of Waupaca and Mrs. Dale (Beatrice) Syth of Eau Claire two brothers, Kenneth Steiger of Greenwood and Ervin Steiger of Neillsville.

STEIGER, Marion marriage 11 June 1941

In a ceremony performed in the Greenwood Immanuel Reformed Church, Miss Marion Steiger, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. E.J. Steiger, Greenwood exchanged vows with Gordon Neilsen, son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Neilsen of Waupaca. Attendants were the bride's sister, Evelyn, and Miss Myra Neilsen, sister of the bridegroom, Waupaca. Mr. Neilsen's attendants were Karl Mitscha, Milwaukee, and Herbert Kopitzke, Nichols. Following the ceremony, a dinner was served in the church parlors to more than 100 guests. A reception followed at the bride's home, where a buffet supper was served, and in the evening a wedding dance was held at Castle Hall, Waupaca, with more than 200 guests attending. The young couple will make their home at King, formerly Wisconsin Veterans Home, where they will be at home to their friends after June 16. Nielson, Marian M. nee STEIGER (25 July 1919 - 20 Oct 1984) Marian M. Nielson, 535 Clark St. Waupaca, age 65, met her Lord after an outrageous fight with cancer, Oct. 20, 1984 at the Appleton Medical Center. She was born in Greenwood, Clark Co, Wis. July 25th, 1919. Her parents were Edwin J. and Ella Steiger. On June 11, 1941, she married Gordon W. Nielson in Greenwood. She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Waupaca and for 30 years, operated Marion's Beauty Shop in Waupaca. She is survived by her husband, Gordon two sons and daughters-in-law, Gary and Marion, Appleton and Douglas and Sandy, Waupaca a sister, Mrs. Beatrice Syth, Eau Claire two brothers, Kenneth Steiger, Greenwood and Ervin Steiger of Neillsville, four grandchildren, Tim, Scott, Amy and Todd. She was preceded in death by a sister, Evelyn. Funeral services were held at the Trinity Lutheran Church with burial in the Lakeside Memorial Park, Waupaca.

STEIGER, Beatrice marriage 29 Mar 1947

Miss Beatrice Steiger, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ed Steiger, Greenwood and Dale Syth, son of Mr. and Mrs. Vern Syth, also of Greenwood, were married March 29, 1947 in the parlors of Grace Reformed Church, Milwaukee. Attending the couple were Mrs. Karl Mitschka, a sister of the bride, Milwaukee, and Mr. Mitschka. The bride and groom are graduates of the 1941 class of Greenwood High School. Mrs. Syth attended Central State Teachers College at Stevens Point for two years. She taught Eidsvold School at Thorp for three years and now is teaching at Hartford.

Her husband attended vocational school at Antigo, after which he worked for a year in Milwaukee previous to his induction into the Navy. After three years of service he was honorably discharged in January 1946, and now is attending art school in Chicago. After spending a honeymoon at "The Shades" in Indiana, they returned to their respective duties. Syth, Beatrice E. nee STIEGER (25 Jan 1924 - 8 Sept 2004) Beatrice Ella Syth, 80, Eau Claire, died Sept. 8, 2004, at the Mountain View Care Center, Bozeman, Mont. Funeral services were held at St. John's Lutheran Church, Eau Claire. Burial was in the United Church of Christ-Immanuel Cemetery, Greenwood. Beatrice Ella Syth was born Jan. 25, 1924, in Greenwood, to Edwin and Ella Steiger. She married Dale W. Syth, Greenwood, on March 29, 1947, in Milwaukee at the Grace Reform Church. She was a grade school teacher for more than 30 years, and after retirement, she generously gave her time at the Robbins School Library, the Chippewa Valley Museum and various other organizations. Her interests included traveling, reading, walking, cheering for the Cubs, and riding roller coasters and Jet Skis with her grandchildren. Her family will greatly miss her laughter and her strength. Survivors include three children, Andrea [Ted] Terhaar, Gold Canyon, Ariz., Jim [Lois] Syth, Bozeman, Mont., and Libby [William] Syth, Arcadia, Calif.; five grandchildren, Christopher, Jill, Emily, Grant and Nolan; two great-grandchildren, Jasmine and Dakota; and two brothers, Kenneth [Janice] Steiger, Holmen, and Ervin [Dorothy] Steiger, Neillsville. Preceding her in death was her husband, Dale W. Syth, on March 31, 1983; her parents; and two sisters, Marion and Evelyn.

STEIGER, Kenneth E. marriage 15 NOV 1947

A double ring ceremony at Evangelical Reformed Church, Greenwood on Nov. 15, 1947, united in marriage Miss Janice M. Baird and Kenneth E. Steiger. The bride's parents are Mr. and Mrs. H.R. Baird, Greenwood. Mr. Steiger is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Ed Steiger of Greenwood. Miss Virginia Baird, Eau Claire, maid of honor for her sister, and the groom's brother, Ervin Steiger, served as best man. The bridal party also included the bride's cousins, Miss Dorothy Kauffman, Marshfield, as bridesmaid, and Ronald Davel, Oshkosh, as groomsman. Ushers were Everett Humke, Stevens Point, and Jimmie Davel, Loyal.  A reception was held at the home of the bride's parents, followed by dinner served to relatives and friends in the church parlors. In the evening a wedding dance was held at the Merry Ol' Gardens. After a wedding trip to Iowa, the couple will reside at Greenwood. Both Mr. and Mrs. Steiger are graduates of the Greenwood High School. Mrs. Steiger attended beauty culture school in Eau Claire, and is now employed as cashier at the IGA. Store at Greenwood. Mr. Steiger, a veteran of one and one-half years in the Army, is also employed at the IGA Store. Kenneth Steiger baptized 20 Oct 1927

STEIGER, Ervin John "Ertz" (13 Dec. 1929 - 19 Dec. 2005)

Ervin John "Ertz" Steiger, 25 Clay St., Neillsville, passed away Dec. 19, 2005, at Neillsville Memorial Medical Center. His family surrounded him as he peacefully entered internal life. Funeral services at Neillsville United Church of Christ, burial took place in Neillsville Cemetery. Ervin was born Dec. 13, 1929, to Edwin and Ella (Reineking) Steiger in the township of Warner, near Greenwood. He was baptized and confirmed at Immanuel E & R, now United Church of Christ, near Greenwood. He was a 1947 graduate of Greenwood High School. Music played a major part of his life; playing trombone and singing were his passions. In 1946 he helped organize the Howie Sturtz Orchestra where he had been a member for over 50 years. He was the "Ertz" of the "Ertz & Sturtz" duo (See excerpt of Howie Sturtz book following this obit).

On May 13, 1950, he was united in marriage to Dorothy Jean Kauffman of Loyal, at Loyal Methodist Church. He first worked at Greenwood Gleaner and then at Clark County Press in Neillsville. In 1949 he was employed as a secretary bookkeeper for the Production Credit Association of Neillsville. He worked his way to loan officer, and in 1957 was appointed as president for the farmer-owned Production Credit Association of Neillsville. By the time of his retirement from the farm credit service in 1985, he had become the chief executive officer for the PCA loan offices in Neillsville, Black River Falls and Thorp that provided financial service to farmers in Clark, Taylor and Jackson Counties. After his first retirement, he went on to work with the Farmers Home Administration; the Co-op Credit Association of Black River Falls; the Citizens Bank of Loyal; and was a driver for Abby Vans.

 He additionally worked with WCCN-AM where he recorded many voice "tags" to introduce "The Best Music" from Big Band to Classis Oldies. Ertz was a very active community citizen and volunteer. He was a member of the 32nd Division Wisconsin National Guard 128th Service Company, based in Neillsville from 1949 to 1955. He served as Scoutmaster for Boy Scout Troop 64, Neillsville, from 1968 to 1971. He was extremely active with the Neillsville United Church of Christ were he served as Sunday school director, board member, and most noteworthy, as a 50-year member of the senior choir. Over the past 10 years, he helped coordinate the Salvation Army collection kettle in and around Neillsville area. In addition to volunteer activities, he was a member of the Future Farmers of America; Rotary International; Jaycees; Neillsville Masonic Lodge No. 173; Black River Falls Royal Arch Masons Chapter 41; Knights Templar Commandery 8; Eau Claire, and Zor Shrine Temple of Madison.

His hobbies besides his family, friends, trombone, and singing were his golf game and his world traveling. He is survived by his wife Dorothy; his two sons, Keith (Betty) of Howards Grove and David of Neillsville; daughter, Debra (James) Riedy of Oakland Township, Mich.; and five grandchildren, Benjamin, Mathew, Katherine, Kelley and Thomas. He is further survived by his brother, Kenneth (Janice) Steiger of Onalaska. His parents, three sisters, Marian, Evelyn, and Beatrice; and an infant son, John, preceded him in death.

"..Howie Sturtz returned to his former hometown of Neillsville last week, with his old familiar upbeat take on life and a book he's just written, "Thanks for the Memories." The book, subtitled "On the Road Again with Howie Sturtz" is, in large part, a nostalgic reflection on the nearly six decades of music making by Sturtz and the rest of his popular five-man orchestra as they played at ballrooms all across Wisconsin and into Minnesota... Young Howie took it from there. At 16, he had his own band - with the lofty-sounding name, "Howie Sturtz and the Swing Kings Orchestra" - and was soon playing at proms, homecomings and weddings. "And any other jobs we could land," Sturtz added... In "Thanks for the Memories" there are, of course, many warm recollections about the Howie Sturtz Orchestra as Sturtz writes endearingly of the band members, especially Ertz Steiger, as an extended part of his family. "We were a close-knit group," he said...." "Thanks for the Memories" is available at the Central Wisconsin Broadcasting/WCCN pavilion building east of Neillsville. The book may also be ordered by mail by writing directly to Howie Sturtz II, 1819 Chumas Drive, Eau Claire, WI 54701 or by calling 1-715-514-1214. The cost of the book is $16, plus $3 shipping. Discounts are available for additional copies.

May 16, 2007: The Commanding Officer, Naval and Marine Corps operational Support Center, Milwaukee, has announced that Captain Keith E. Steiger, U.S. Navy, has been awarded the Meritorious Service Medal. The award was presented to Capt. Steiger in Milwaukee on April 27th, in recognition of his retirement as the National Executive Director for the Naval Reserve officer Leadership program. Previous award ceremonies recognized his 29 years of active and reserve duties to the U.S. Navy. Steiger was a 1972 graduate of Neillsville High School and attended UW-Eau Claire before being commissioned in the Navy in 1977. He is the son of Dorothy and the late Ertz Steiger, of Neillsville. He and his wife, Betty, live in Howards Grove, Wis. with their daughter Katie, and sons Ben and Matt. He is currently employed as the plant engineer for the Sheboygan Paint Company.


STEWART family, Warner township

1893 sec 31 no residence J. Stewart (1906 = F. Zell)

John Stewart, real estate and insurance agent at Greenwood, was born in Glasgow, Scotland, October 2, 1844, the son of John Stewart, a native of the same country. The latter was a foreman in a Bond and Free Warehouse at Glasgow many years. The subject of this sketch came to Peterboro Co, Canada, in 1857, in 1864 went to Detroit, Michigan and in 1866 came to this county, where he was engaged in the logging camps sixteen years. He also drove logs twenty seasons, and farmed during the summer for eighteen years. He now owns 1,400 acres of land, 110 acres of which is cleared and is rented to tenants. Mr. Stewart was married, November 27, 1870, to Clara McMahon, a daughter of John McMahon, of this city. They had ten children, only four of whom survive, viz.: John A., David, Bernice and Elizabeth. Mr. Stewart has been Chairman of the Town Board several years, has held the office of Assessor two years, Treasurer one year and a member of the School Board many years. He is an energetic and public-spirited man, and takes great interest in the growth and development of the county, both morally and educationally. He is a member of the I.O.O.F., and is an ardent supporter of the Republican party. Greenwood is an incorporated city, and Mr. Stewart was elected its first Supervisor. "Clark Co., Illustrated" by Saterlee, Tifft & Marsh, 1890.

"..John Stewart came in 1866...The story is told of George Andrews having a very promising patch of corn, about where Charles Varney's house now stands, and Mr. Schofield owning a beautiful herd of steers. While seeking new pastures, they found Mr. Andrews' corn. George drove them out and the herd of aforesaid "beautiful steers" gathered on the east span, stamping and chasing flies; all went down. One of the steers so badly injured its spine that it had to be killed. This part of the river crossing was never rebuilt. It is also told of John Stewart, (some time around 1885) going to the grist mill, located on west island, with a load of wheat. When he had driven well onto the west bridge, the north stringer gave way, and Mr. Stewart with his team, wagon and bags of, the newly fanned wheat slipped into the pond. Men, who were at work on the opposite side of the river, quickly came to the rescue. Everything was saved, and without damage; only two or three spokes were broken in one of the wheels. The east span had gone down, so it was necessary to cross on the bridge which had been erected on a site north of the present one, and drive south along the west bank...." The Hub of Clark County (1853 - 1934)

Nov 14, 1882: Mrs. John Stewart has gone to Canada with her two boys to spend the winter, while Mr. Stewart will go into camp... Jno. Stewart's last brother in Canada has just arrived in town. Neillsville Times

April 1887: The splendid black thoroughbred trotting stallion "Lochiel, Jr." is the property of John Stewart of Greenwood. Locally, he is known as the Thorp horse. Clark County Press

January 1898: Charlie Honeywell drove his horses and a cutter, carrying a jolly load of people, to Withee on Saturday evening. Mr. and Mrs. John Stewart, James Bryden, L. Sperbeck, G. W. Bishop, F. Taylor and F. M. Carter, all of Greenwood and Mr. and Mrs. S. P. Jones of Black River Falls, accompanied Honeywell to participate in a surprise party for Mr. and Mrs. W. C. Royer. They helped Royers celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary.

Clark County Press

Feb16, 1898: We are very sorry to say that Greenwood will soon loose a very fine family as Mr. Stewart intends going to Washington in the spring, he having large logging interests out west. The Clark Republican and Press

STEWART, John (3 Oct 1844 - 31 May 1925)

John Stewart, at one time a prominent citizen of Clark Co, Wis., died on May 31, 1925 in Portland, Oregon. He was a member of the County Board of Supervisors of Clark Co for several years. Deceased was born in Glasglow, Scotland, October 3, 1844, emigrated to Canada in 1858, thence to Michigan in 1864 and to Wisconsin in 1866. His wife preceded him in death a few months ago. She was a sister of Mrs. Margaret Shanks and Eugene McMahon of Greenwood, Thomas McMahon of Prescott, Arizona, Mrs. Agnes Mead of Berkley, Calif., and Mrs. Mary Root of Neillsville. He leaves two sons, Dr. J. Arch Stewart and David Stewart both of Portland and two daughters, Bernice of Portland, Oregon and Elizabeth of Santa Monica, Calif.

STEWART, Clarissa nee McMahon (c1850 - 31 Dec 1924)

Word was received here of the death of Mrs. John Stewart at her home at Portland, Oregon, Dec. 31, 1924. Deceased was well known in Greenwood, especially by the older residents. The family resided at Greenwood and were among the pioneer settlers here where Mr. Stewart was engaged in lumbering. At the time they resided here they owned the Armstrong residence. They left Greenwood about twenty eight years ago. She is survived by two sons, Dr. Archibald Stewart and Dave Stewart a lumberman, both of Portland, two daughters, Mrs. (Bernice) McKenzie of New York and Mrs. (Elizabeth) Ferguson of Los Angeles, Cal., three sisters, Mrs. John Shanks of Greenwood, Mrs. Root of Neillsville and Mrs. Mead of Berkley, Cal., two brothers, Thomas McMahon of Prescott, Arizona, and Eugene McMahon of Greenwood.

SUNDERMEYER family, Warner township

1895 census Sundermeyer, Henry head of family, 4 male, 5 female ("Indermeyer" on census index)

1905 #51 Sundermeyer, Henry Head W M 56 M Germany Germany Farmer 8 O F  Henrietta Wife W F 63 M Germany Germany House Keeper  Theodore Son W M 19 S Wisconsin Germany Farm Laborer 8 Minnie Daughter W F 16 S Wisconsin Germany  Mary Daughter W F 13 S Wisconsin Germany

1893 sec 33 residence H. Sundermeyer

1906 - 1915 sec 33 residence H. Sundermeyer

SUNDERMEYER, Kasper Henry (31 Aug 1849 - 9 Feb 1920)

Kasper Henry Sundermeyer was born in Wesfallen, Germany on the 31 of August 1849. He was married to Lena Winter (10 Jan 1851 - 1 Mar 1896) on the 7 of Sept 1873. To this union were born eight children all who survive him, five daughters and three sons. He died on the 9 day of Feb 1920 in the town of Mayville, his wife (Lena Winter) having passed away 24 years ago. His oldest daughter, Mrs. Geo. (Lena) Kern, was at his bedside when he passed away. Those from away who came to attend the funeral were the three sons, Wm. Sundermeyer of Groton, S.D., Henry of Andover, S.D., and Theodore (born 6 May 1886) of Minneapolis, Minn. Three daughters from away being unable to come were Mrs. Jennie Clocksene, now at Long Beach, Cal., Mrs. Louise Ries of Kansas City, Kan., and Mrs. Minnie Glau of Aberdeen, S.D. (The eighth child was Marie, Mrs. Otto Meinhardt). The remains were laid to rest beside his wife in the West Side (UCC) Cemetery and funeral services were conducted in the German Reformed Church.

UCC cemetery: Kasper Henry Sundermeyer married second to "Anna", no dates or other info; married third on 10 Jan 1899 to Henrietta Below, widow of Matthew Below. Henrietta 22 May 1836 - 22 May 1915, buried St John's cemetery in Unity

March 3, 1900: Miss Jennie Sundermeyer, who has been employed in this city for a time, went to Minneapolis Saturday for a visit with friends and with some expectation of remaining there. B.R. Falls Banner Greenwood Gleaner

March 8, 1906: It is such letters as the following that cheer an editor's heart and in part recompense him for persistent, never ending work. The letter is from Mrs. F. W. Clocksene of Grotan, S. D., who will be remembered as Jennie Sundermeyer. She says"

"Enclosed please find $1.25 for which please send me the Gleaner for another year, as I used to be a Greenwood girl and would not be without it. I received the paper every Saturday." Greenwood Gleaner

April 19, 1906: From a letter from Wm. Sundermeyer of Hayes, S. D., we learn that he likes the counry there very much. He is near Pierre from which he has sent us several souvenir postals of public buildings, etc. He says hundreds of immigrants are coming in there every day and that the country is settling up fast. Greenwood Gleaner

SUNDERMEYER, Marie marriage 27 Dec 1911

A very pretty wedding was solemnized at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Meinhardt on Dec. 27, 1911 at 2 p.m., when Miss Marie Sundermeyer (20 June 1892 - 18 Aug 1986, daughter of Kasper Henry and Lena nee Winter Sundermeyer) and Mr. Otto Meinhardt (26 May 1882 - 9 May 1962, son of August and Christine nee Michel Meinhardt) were joined in wedlock. The bride was attended by Florence Richmond and Sula Sloniker, the groom by Earl Sloniker and George Speich. After the supper was served the guests departed for Hemlock hall where they took advantage of the music of the Volk Brothers' orchestra. They left Saturday morning for Sheboygan and other points.

Kern, Lena nee SUNDERMEYER (29 Aug 1874 - 27 Oct 1966)

Mrs. George Kern, 92, died of a heart attack Oct. 27, 1966 in the Memorial Hospital at Neillsville. Services were conducted at Hill Funeral Home in Greenwood. Burial was made in the Riverside Cemetery at Withee. The former Lena Sundemeyer was born in Germany on Aug. 29, 1874, and at the age of 5 years came with her parents to the United States. The family settled in Sheboygan and two years later moved to a farm northwest of Greenwood, Clark Co. Her marriage to George Kern, who preceded her in death Aug. 24, 1962, took place Jan. 22, 1896, at Greenwood. After their marriage, the couple made their home in the Greenwood area. Survivors are five sons, George H., Marshfield; Clarence (Clarence Edward 3 Oct 1901 - 14 Oct 1986), Georgetown, Minn.; William, address unknown; Theodore and Edward, Greenwood; four daughters, Miss Rose Kern, Greenwood; Mrs. Otto (Mabel) Moldenhauer, Mrs. Leonard (Hazel) Mueller, and Mrs. Violet Seroski, Chicago; a brother, William Sundemeyer, Groton, S.D.; three sisters, Mrs. Fred (Jennie) Clocksene, Groton, S.D.; Mrs. Minnie Glau, Seattle, Wash.; and Mrs. Marie Meinhardt, Greenwood. She was preceded in death by two brothers, a sister and two granddaughters.

Kern, Eddie Edwin (19 Dec. 1903 - 31 Oct. 1993)

Eddie E. Kern, 89, Greenwood, died Oct. 31, 1993, at Neillsville Memorial Medical Center, Neillsville. Funeral services were held at Rinka Funeral Home, Greenwood. Burial was in Riverside Cemetery, Withee. Eddie E. Kern was born Dec. 19, 1903, in Greenwood, to George and Lena (nee Sundermeyer) Kern. He received his education at Decker School in the Township of Warner. As a young man, he worked in the harvest fields in North Dakota during the summers. He then farmed on the family farm and his own farm until his retirement in 1978. He resided in Greenwood until entering the Memorial Nursing Home in October 1993. Survivors include one brother, Ted Kern, Greenwood four sisters, Mabel Moldenhauer, Appleton; Hazel Mueller, Arlington Heights, Ill; Violet Seroski, Belvidere, Ill. and Rose Kern, Greenwood. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, George and Clarence.

Kern, Theodore Alvin (15 Nov 1911 -1 July 1994)

Theodore Ted Kern, 82, Greenwood died July 1, 1994, at Neillsville Memorial Hospital. Funeral services were held at Rinka Funeral Home in Greenwood. Burial was in Riverside Cemetery, Withee. Theodore Alvin Kern was born Nov. 15, 1911 in Greenwood to George and Lena (nee Sundermeyer) Kern. He received his education at Decker School in the Town of Warner. As a young man he worked in the harvest fields of South Dakota during the summers. He also worked in the iron ore docks in Duluth, Minn. and for the Railroad in Minnesota. He also worked at the Union Station in Chicago. He then returned to Greenwood and farmed on the family farm until his retirement in 1978, at which time he moved to Greenwood. Survivors include four sisters, Mabel Moldenhauer, Appleton; Hazel Mueller, Arlington Heights, Ill; Violet Seroski, Belvidere, Ill. and Rose Kern, Greenwood. He was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers.

SWEETLAND family, Warner township

1885 Grant township Special Vet's census: Sweestand, Geo. Private E 1st Nebraska Cav Neillsville P.O. (note spelling, not sure if this is the same Sweetland as on 1905 census)

1905 #52 Sweetland, George M. Head W M 63 M Pennsylvania Pennsylvania Farmer 8 O F Bertha Wife W F 49 M Norway Norway Domestic  Elsie Daughter W F 6 S Wisconsin Nor/Penn

1906 sec 28 residence G. W. Sweetland (1915 = A Schwarze)

No further information on the preceding Sweetland family. Following is the only Sweetland family found in CC during the early years.

"Mr and Mrs. Sweetland and family of Hewettville lived on the William Rehberg farm for several years. He drove one of the school buses, and also worked for Singer Sewing Machine Co. Of their eleven children only the youngest six were in Columbia and attended school. They were Parley, Leona, Birdean, Charles, Lyle and Maxine. The family moved to Wisconsin Rapids." Recollections of Columbia, Wisconsin by Mabel Schlender Jonkel

January 1900: A benefit for Rev. John Willan will be given on Feb. 1 at Charles Sweetland's home in the Town of Hewett. An oyster supper and donations will be given at that time.

Sweetland, Daisy nee Northup (19 May 1871 - 3 Mar 1928)

Mrs. L. E. Sweetland was taken very ill March 3, 1928, with hemorrhage of the brain and passed away in a few minutes. Her death came as a great shock to the family and to this community. Mrs. Sweetland, whose maiden name was Daisy Northup, was born in the town of German, Chenango Co., N.Y., May 19, 1871. She grew to womanhood there and was there married to L. E. Sweetland May 30, 1889. About a year after they came to Illinois, where they lived about four years, moving then to Clark Co, Wis., where they have lived ever since; about 12 years of that time they lived in the town of Hewett, Mr. Sweetland still owning a farm in that town. They lived four years at Loyal and the remainder of their life here has been spent in Neillsville. Besides her husband, she leaves to mourn her death, eleven children: Idella, Mrs. George Hart of the town of Mentor; Beatrice, Mrs. Wm. Seibert, La Salle, Ill.; Nora, Mrs. Claude Tewalt, Mellon, Wis.; Gladys, Mrs. Ralph Wash, St. Paul; Bessie, Mrs. Arnold Raatz, Milwaukee; Parley Sweetland, Elk Mound; Leona, Mrs. Archie Heath, Neillsville; Birdine, Mrs. John Freda, Wis. Rapids; Charles Sweetland, in Oregon; Lyle and Maxine at home.

Snyder, Coda (29 Dec 1890 - 27 Feb 1916)

Mr. Coda Snyder passed away at Mr. Washington Sanitarium, Eau Claire, Wis., on Sunday, Feb. 27th, 1916. He was born in Neillsville, Clark County, Wis., on Dec. 29, 1890. He was married on March 9th, 1912 to Miss Beatrice Ione Sweetland. To this union were born two children, Birdina age 2 years and Fhye age 3 months. He leaves to mourn his early death his wife and two children, father, step-mother, one brother and one sister. The funeral was held at the Congregational Church. He was laid to rest in the Neillsville Cemetery. (Beatrice evidently next married Wlm Seibert.)





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