Warner Township

Clark County, Wisconsin

Warner Township Pioneers

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

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WESSEL family, Warner township

1905 #17 Wessel, Herman Head W M 34 Single Germany Germany Farmer O F  Johanna Mother W F 70 W Germany Germany

Note: Nothing further found in Clark Co records for Johanna Oberkrueger, b. c1835 or her husband Bernard Wessel, or their son Herman b. c1870.  It appears that only Bernard and Johannas son Adolph Wessel and his descendants remained in the area.

Note by Allan Wessel:  Herman Wessel and mother Johanna Oberkrueger moved back to Sheboygan county shortly after 1905.  Herman farmed in the Sheboygan area close to his older brother Henry Wessel.

1906 sec 6 no residence A. Wessel; sec 7 residence A. Wessel

WESSEL, Adolph  (15 Oct 1867- 12 Oct 1939)

Funeral services were conducted at the home and at Braun Settlement Reformed Church for Adolph Wessel, 71, who died October 12 1939 at the home of his son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Schwarze, in the Town of Warner. Interment took place in the Braun Settlement cemetery. Mr. Wessel, son of the late Bernard and Johanna Oberkrueger Wessel, was born in Lippedetmold, Germany, Oct 15 1867. In 1892 he came to the United States and worked in Sheboygan and Manitowoc Counties until 1898, when he was married on Aug 13 to Anna Auerbach. After their marriage Mr. and Mrs. Wessel purchased a farm in the Town of Mead, where Mrs. Wessel died June 8, 1917. Twelve years later Mr. Wessel sold his farm to his son, Albert, and moved to the City of Greenwood. In June of this year his health began to fail and he was taken to St. Joseph's Hospital, Marshfield, where he received medical treatment for a short time. Since that time he had lived with his son-in-law and daughter, the Albert Schwarzes. Mr. Wessel is survived by four sons, Walter Wessel, Neenah; Alfred Wessel, Town of Mead; Adolph Wessel, Dixon, Ill. and Theodore Wessel, Town of Mead and two daughters, Mrs. Alfred (Ella) Schwarze, Town of Warner, and Mrs. Donald (Lydia) Tieman, Town of Butler. Three children died in infancy. There is also a sister, Mrs. William Tohl, Plymouth.

WESSEL, Anna nee Auerbach (25 Feb 1875 - 8 June 1917)

Mrs. Adolph Wessel died at her home in the town of Mead June 8 1917, the cause of her death being due to a paralytic stroke.  Anna Auerbach was born Feb 25,1875, at Chemnitz, Germany. On Aug 13 1898, she was united in marriage to Adolph Wessel, the marriage taking place at Greenwood. Nine children were born to this union, of which three died in infancy (Infant boys born/died 12 Feb 1904 and born/died 19 Mar 1914, 3rd child no sex or dates Braun Settlement Cemetery records). She leaves to mourn her loss, her husband and the following children, Ella, Walter, Albert, Lydia, Adolph and Theodore, all at home, also one sister, Mrs. Ernest Weichelt of Marshfield. The funeral was held from Salem Church at the Braun Settlement.

Schwarze, Ella nee WESSEL (19 June 1899 - 17 Mar 1970)

Funeral services were held at Zion United Church of Christ for Mrs. Alfred (Ella) Schwarze, 70 Greenwood, who died Mar. 27, 1970 at St. Joseph's Hospital at Marshfield, where she was admitted March 21. Burial was made in the Greenwood cemetery. A lifelong resident of the Greenwood area, the former Ella H. Wessel was born in the town of Longwood June 19, 1899. She was married there May 14, 1919, to Alfred J. Schwarze, who preceded her in death Jan. 19, 1964. After their marriage the couple farmed at Greenwood until 1948, when they retired and moved into the city of Greenwood. Survivors include a son, Elroy Schwarze, Arpin; a daughter, Mrs. Irwin (Irma) Kessler, Waukesha; two brothers, Albert and Adolph Wessel, both of Greenwood and Lydia Tieman, also of Greenwood.
She was also prceded in death by two brothers, Theodore and Walter Wessel. 

WESSEL, Walter H. (12 Jan 1901-18 June1940)

Funeral services were conducted at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Schwarze for the latter's brother, Walter Wessel, 39, who died June 18 at Neenah. The service was held at Salem Reformed Church, Braun Settlement. Interment was made in the Braun Settlement cemetery.

Mr. Wessel, son of the late Adolph and Anna (Auebach) Wessel was born in the Town of Mead Jan 12 1901 and was married in the Town of Worden July 18 1927 to Margaret Frimak, who survives with one son, Elroy, three brothers, and two sisters. Mr. Wessel, for a number of years, operated a cheese factory near Stanley, and the last nine years were spent farming near Neenah. His mother died June 8 1917 and his father Oct 12 1939. Two children also preceded him in death.

WESSEL, Albert F.  (2 Aug 1905 - 24 Jan 1995)

Albert Frederick Wessel, 89, died Jan. 24, 1995, at Oak Brook Manor in Thorp. A memorial service was held at Grace United Methodist Church, Greenwood. Albert Frederick Wessel was born on Aug 2 1905 in the Town of Mead to Adolph and Anna (nee Auerbach) Wessel. He received his education at the Braun Settlement School. He married Mary Kutzler on Nov 27 1929 in Waukegan, Ill. She survives. He bought the family farm from his father in 1926 and farmed until 1986. He entered the nursing home in Oct. 1990 and resided there until his death. He had been a supervisor for the Town of Mead at one time.

Survivors include his wife one daughter, Mary Jean (Lowell) Rolstad, St. Peter, Minn.
He was preceded in death by one daughter, Dolores Laundy his parents, two sisters, and three brothers. 

WESSEL, Mary M. nee Kutzler (27 Nov 1911 - 25 Aug 2002)

Mary M. Wessel, 90, Neillsville, formerly of Greenwood, died Aug 25 2002 at Memorial Medical Center, Neillsville, where she had resided since January.  A memorial Mass was held at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Greenwood. Mary Margaret Kutzler was born on Nov 27 1911 in Waukegan, Ill., to John and Ursula (nee Predalic) Kutzler. She attended school at the Rocky Run school. She married Albert Wessel on Nov 27 1929. They farmed in rural Greenwood for 60 years. She lived in the farm house and a residence in Greenwood after her husband passed away in 1995. Survivors include one daughter, Jean (Lowell) Rolstad, St. Peter, Minn., and three sisters, Jenny Potocky, Newark, Ill., Anne Terchek, Waukegan, Ill., and Sophie Kutzler, Illinois. Preceding her in death were her parents; her husband, Albert; one daughter, Dolores Laundy, in 1958; and four brothers and sisters.

Tieman, Lydia nee WESSEL  (1 Oct 1907- 14 June 1978)  

Services were held at Grace United Methodist Church in Greenwood for Lydia Tieman, age 70, who died at St. Joseph's Hospital, Marshfield with burial in Greenwood Cemetery.

The former Lydia Wessel was born to Adolph and Anna Wessel in Greenwood on Oct. 1, 1907 and received her education in Greenwood Schools. She was married to Donald Tieman June 2, 1927 in Illinois. He died in 1967. After marriage they lived in Janesville and later moved to Thorp. In 1941 they moved to the Greenwood area where they farmed. After her husband's death, Mrs. Tieman moved to the town of Greenwood and worked for five years in Katie's Cafe. Surviving are three sons, Donald of Willard, Robert of Watersmeet, Mich., and Roger of Lake Zurich, Ill: two daughters, Mrs. Charles (Violet) Hoeper, Greenwood, and Mrs. James (Lila) Oelhafen, Willard: one brother, Albert, Greenwood.  Preceding her in death were her husband, her parents, three brothers and one sister.

 WESSEL, Adolph B. (26 Oct 1909-1 Dec 1976)

Adolph Wessel, 67, died unexpectedly Dec 1 1976. A resident of the Town of Warner, rural Greenwood, he was taken by Greenwood ambulance to the Greenwood Clinic, where he was pronounced dead on arrival. Funeral services were held at Zion United Church of Christ, with burial in Forest Hill Cemetery. Born Oct. 26, 1909 in the Town of Mead. He was married to Lorinda Horn on June 17 1943 at Greenwood. Prior to his marriage he had worked in Dixon, Ill. and following his marriage farmed in the Town of Warner until he retired on the farm in 1974. Surviving is his wife, Lorinda, two sons, Everett, Milwaukee and Emmett, Sheboygan, one brother, Albert of Greenwood and one sister, Mrs. Lydia Tieman, Greenwood. His parents, Adolph Sr. and Anna, two brothers and a sister preceded him in death.

WESSEL, Lorinda B. nee Horn (20 Aug 1911-23 Aug 1993)

Lorinda Bertha Wessel, 82, formerly of Greenwood died Aug 23 1993, at Neillsville Memorial Medical Center. Funeral services were held at the United Church of Christ, Greenwood. Lorinda Bertha Horn was born Aug 20 1911 in the Town of Warner to Otto and Ida (nee Ebert) Horn. She graduated from Greenwood High School. After her education she moved to Chicago where she worked as a housekeeper for many years. She moved back to Greenwood and was employed at Baird s Grocery Store. She married Adolph Wessel on June 17 1943 in Greenwood. They farmed until 1974. Her husband preceded her in death on Dec 1 1976. She continued to work at the Greenwood IGA until her retirement in 1981. She stayed on the farm until entering the nursing home in 1988. Survivors include two sons, Everett (Ellen) Wessel, Greenfield and Emmett (Kathleen) Wessel, Sheboygan and two brothers, Harold Horn, Greenwood and Glen Horn, Thorp. She was preceded in death by her husband and her parents.

WESSEL, Theodore Rudolph (28 Feb 1912-2 Oct 1967)

Theodore Rudolph Wessel, 55, Greenwood, died unexpectedly of a heart attack Oct. 2, 1967 at his home. Services were conducted at Immanuel United Church of Christ. Mr. Wessel was born Feb. 28, 1912, at Greenwood, and had lived in this area his entire life. He was employed at a cheese factory in Black Creek for a time, then owned and operated a cheese factory in the town of Eaton before moving to his present farm 22 years ago. His marriage to Arvilla Franz took place May 30, 1942, at Immanuel United Church of Christ at Greenwood. In addition to his wife, survivors are two children, Allan and Miss Lois Wessel, both of Milwaukee two brothers, Albert and Adolph, and two sisters, Mrs. Ella Schwarze and Mrs. Donald (Lydia) Tieman, all of Greenwood. Two brothers and a sister preceded him in death. (Arvilla Franz 6 Sept 1913-27 July 1991 next married Harold Horn on 7 Mar 1970)

Wachsmuth, Lois nee WESSEL (31 Aug 1946-22 July 1989)

Former Greenwood resident, Mrs. Lois Wachsmuth, 42, of Milwaukee, died July 22, at St. Joseph's Hospital, Milwaukee. Services were held at Immanuel United Church of Christ, Greenwood. Burial was in Braun Settlement Cemetery, rural Greenwood. The former Lois Wessel was born August 31, 1946, in Marshfield. She attended Braun Settlement School, graduated from Greenwood High School in 1965 and attended Eau Claire Technical School. On October 18 1969 she married James Wachsmuth in Greenwood. For Seven years, she worked for Weinberg Shoe Co., in Milwaukee and was then employed by J.C. Penny Co. for the past 16 years.

Besides her husband, she is survived by her mother, Mrs. Arvilla (Franz) Horn, and her stepfather Harold Horn of Greenwood; a brother, Allan Wessel of Madison; one stepsister, Mrs. William (Eunice) Shubert of Dousman; and one stepbrother, James Horn of Greenwood. She was predeceased by her father, Theodore Wessel.

WEST family, Warner township

1875 census: West, Dave; 4 male, 3 female

Unable to connect Dave West and his family to any other West family of CC.

WESTON families, Warner township

1880 sec 33 no residence S. F. Weston

WESTON, Samuel F. (c1807 - Dec 1863)

Samuel F. Weston, of La Crosse, for many years past one of the most prominent lumbermen in Wisconsin, died at Weston's Rapids in Clark Co, on Monday evening. He had a short and painful illness, which commenced in bilious colic, and afterwards assumed the form of inflammation of the bowels. Mr. Weston was about 56 years of age. He was taken ill on Friday, while laboring in one of his lumbering camps on Black River, and was out of the reach of medical assistance. Mr. Weston was born at Skowhegan, in Somerset Co, Maine. He was one of a family of ten children, and started in life as a poor boy, and later experienced the vicissitudes and fortunes as an extensive and energetic operator in the products of the forest. He was one of the largest land-holders in the State, having entered in 1851, over 30,000 acres of pine lands in Clark and Eau Claire counties. His lumbering camps on the Black River and Chippewa River were on an extensive scale. He leaves a wife (Sarah) and three children to mourn his loss. His body was brought to this city today, by his nephew, Mr. William S. Emery of Clark Co. The funeral will take place on Thursday afternoon, December 31st, from his late residence. La Crosse Weekly Republican, Wednesday January 6, 1864, Page 1

...Samuel Weston and David Robinson came from Maine and located above Neillsville. Thus, "Weston Rapids" received its name. Lurnber camps sprang up like mushrooms, and lumbering began in earnest in a region represented as "one immense forest..." The Hub of Clark County (1853 - 1934)

"...Col. John G. Clark made the subdivisions of the Township of Worden in 1853. The township was surveyed in 1853 by Charles G. and H. K. Rodolf. Much of the land was claimed before Worden was established as a township. The first land was claimed by Samuel F. Weston on September 23, 1854 in sections 23, 30, 31 and 35.... WORDEN TOWNSHIP CENTENNIAL HISTORY

"...Mr. and Mrs. Sterns came to Weston's Rapids in 1856. The Coburns owned the saw mill and grist mill there and carried on big lumbering operations up the river. Sam Weston, known locally as "Old Sock", was the head man...."

WESTON, Horace M. (1 June 1853 - ?)

Horace M. Weston, hotel, Greenwood, was born in Somersett Co., Maine, June 1, 1853. The earlier part of his life was spent on a farm owned by William B. Gillman, his uncle. When he was living in Ohio, in the city of Zania, he attended Antioch College then tried farming in Illinois, only to stop at that work and try another went to LaCrosse entered on the river, taking a clerkship on tow-boats, which he followed some time, and then went to work for Robert Schofield, keeping books. In 1875, he came to Greenwood and opened a general merchandise store. This business disposed of, taking a livery business in exchange. He quit that and went to LaCrosse again staid but a short time came to this place and opened the hotel, in 1880. In 1876 (17 May), he married Miss Fannie Smith, of Neillsville. They have two children, Edna Estelle and Harry H. Mr. Weston belongs to the I. O. O. F. and has held the office of Town Treasurer. 1881 HISTORY OF NORTHERN WI

"...The first postmaster in Greenwood was B. F. Brown with his office in Jones Bros. and Johnson's store. In 1881 A. S. Eaton held the office, and after him Horace Weston... in 1893 the Horace Weston house (burned), where George Poole now lives...."  The Hub of Clark County (1853 - 1934)

August 4, 1882: Len Eastman has bought the black smith shop of J. H. Weston with one acre of land, and will run the blacksmith and wagon shop together. Consideration $500. Neillsville Times

October 24, 1882: H. M. Weston is not to be found napping, but fully alive to the wants of the times. He has a handsome stock displayed upon his shelves in his old quarters. Neillsville Times

October 1885: H. M. Weston has a new store at Greenwood. The store offers staple and fancy dry goods, dress goods, clothing, hats, caps, hosiery, groceries, dried and canned fruits and notions. Also, it is a lumber agency with all kinds of sawed and dressed lumber, shingles, sash and doors. Clark County Press

August 1877: Ed Wason has purchased H. M. Weston's business at Greenwood and will add a large selection of new goods to the recently purchased in-stock merchandise. Clark County Press

June 12, 1906: Charles F. Weston and Hatti Jensen were married.

WETZEL family, Warner township

1905 #57 Wetzel, Otto Head W M 30 M Wisconsin Wis/Ger Farmer 8 O M F  Adell Wife W F 22 M Wisconsin Germany House Keeper  Walter Son W M 2 S Wisconsin Germany Alice Daughter W F 10/12 S Wisconsin Germany            

1906-1940 sec 2 no residence (1906 living on adjoining Harry Dennis property that borders hwy 73)

WETZEL, Otto Carl Wetzel (10 Feb 1875 - 28 Sept 1953)

Otto Carl Wetzel was the son of Karl "Charlie" Wetzel (25 Nov 1850 - 18 April 1923) and Bertha Ferrari (26 Mar 1852 - 18 May 1913) who were married on 19 Dec 1873. Charlie and Bertha Wetzel had 12 children: Otto, Martha, Louis, William, John, Emma, Carl, Jr., Edward, Lena, Alma, Albert, and Viola, all born in Lowell, Dodge Co., WI. When Otto Carl Wetzel and Adell Schoenwetter were married on 14 June 1900 at the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lowell, Otto, age 24 was listed as a carpenter. Adell, age 16, was not of legal age and so parental consent was "duly given". Otto and Adell Wetzel's five children were all baptized (1903-1910) at the Immanuel Reformed Church (UCC) in Warner township even though they did not officially join that church until 4 Oct 1908. Otto Carl Wetzel died at the home of his daughter Esther Jenkins and is buried near Auburn, WA. 

WETZEL, Adele nee Schoenwetter (26 Oct 1883 - 21 April 1910)

Last Thursday afternoon at one-twenty o'clock, Mrs. Adele Wetzel passed away at her home near Longwood at the age of 26 years. This was a great shock to the nearby neighbors and friends and to the loving parents, Mr. and Mrs. F. Schoenwetter, who live on the farm known as the Harry Mead place. It was sad that one so young and surrounded by a loving family should be taken away, and doubly so when it is considered that a little babe (Louis Lester born April 10, 1910) of only three weeks is left motherless. Besides her parents and grief stricken husband she leaves five children, the oldest seven years old and the youngest only three weeks old. Funeral services were conducted at the home and at the Presbyterian Church in this city, the remains being laid to rest by the side of a brother, who died early last fall, in the Greenwood Cemetery. (Per Adele's death certificate she died of influenza, contributory cause was "confinement".)

UCC Baptisims: #181 Walter Wallis Otto & Edel Wetzel 08-Mar-1903

                            #203 Alice Bertha; Otto & Edel Wetzel 04-Sep-1904

                         #222 Olga Esther; Otto & Edel Wetzel 18-Mar-1906

                        #254 Loretta Syline; Otto & Edel Wetzel 04-Oct-1908

                        #275 Lous Lester; Otto & Edell Wetzel 26-Jun-1910

March 22, 1906: The infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Otto Wetzel was christened at the German church Sunday, after which a number of their German friends gathered at their home to help celebrate the event. The little lady bears the name (Olga Esther Wetzel) . . . (Sorry, end of photocopy). Greenwood Gleaner

December 12, 1914: Mr. Otto Wetzel and children are receiving a visit from relatives at Dodge County. Greenwood Gleaner

WETZEL, Walter Wallis (23 Jan 1903 - 7 March 1918)

Died at age 15 of pneumonia, "...he was getting better but went outside to the ourdoor toilet too soon, and got sick again..." Walter's funeral was conducted at the United Methodist Church of Greenwood with burial the Greenwood Cemetery

WETZEL, Alice Bertha (26 July 1904 - 14 Feb 1984)

Alice Bertha Wetzel married Joseph Verlin Steers (1902-1968) on 18 April 1925 at Logan, Utah. They lived in Preston, Idaho and had five children: Peggy b. 20 Mar 1926; Gene b. 5 April 1928; JoAnn b. 24 April 1931; Budd b. 11 Oct 1932 and Maxine b. 13 Sept 1942, d. 14 Sept 1942. Alice moved from Wisconsin to Idaho to teach, and after retirement continued to teach reading to adults at home. After Alice's husband Joseph Steers died in 1968 she married Harley V. Hansen. Alice died of an apparent heart attack at age 79.

WETZEL, Olga Esther (3 Feb1906 - 13 July 1989)

Olga Esther Wetzel married Alton Hall Jenkins (1908-1947 see his obit below) on 11 Sept 1928 in Fairview, Idaho. Esther, as she was called, left WI to visit her sister Alice and met Alton Hall who was born in nearby Preston, Idaho. Their first child Bill was born there on 19 Dec 1928. In early 1930 the Jenkins family returned to the Otto Wetzel farm in Warner township, Clark Co., WI where they remained until the fall of 1945. Here four more children were born to them: James W. 24 Dec 1930; Patricia Ann 11 Sept 1932; Janet Lois 28 Mar 1936; and Sarah Alice 29 April 1943. Otto Wetzel sold his farm to son-in-law Alton Jenkins and moved to WA state to work in the shipyards. When Esther went to visit her dad in WA she liked it so much that she and Alton sold the farm and moved there. They lived with Esther's cousin Harry Thorson before buying their home outside of Auburn, WA. Alton Jenkins was in training to become a barber at Fort Lewis, WA when he contracted polio and died in 1947. Esther Wetzel Jenkins' father Otto Wetzel lived with Esther and family until he died in 1953. Esther Wetzel Jenkins developed symptoms of Alzheimer's disease and was cared for by her daughter Patti until the fall of 1987.  She was placed in a nursing home where she died peacefully in her sleep during the night of July 12-13, 1989. Esther was cremated, and a plaque was placed on her husband Alton's grave in Kent, WA.

Jenkins, Alton H. (8 July 1908 - March 1947)

Private funeral rites were held March 11, 1947 at Auburn, Wash., for Alton H. Jenkins, 38, former Greenwood, Clark Co resident, who died the same day at a hospital at Seattle, Wash., the result of meningitis. He had been ill only 25 hours. Burial took place in (Kent) Washington. Mr. Jenkins was born July 8, 1908, at Preston, Idaho, and was married to the former Esther Wetzel, a 1923 graduate of Greenwood High School, who survives with five children, William, James, Patricia, Janet, and Sarah Alice, all of Auburn. While a resident of this vicinity, Mr. Jenkins was employed at the Zelm Cheese Factory at Longwood and owned and operated the farm formerly owned by his father-in-law, Otto Wetzel, 6 miles north of Greenwood. Also surviving are two brothers, Roy and Walter Jenkins, Preston, Idaho, and his mother, Mrs. Sarah A. Jenkins, also of Preston.

"...William A. Zelm, owned and operated the Longwood cheese factory. He purchased it from E. A. Laabs. Prior to his residence in Longwood, he had made his home at Tony, Wis., where he operated a cheese factory for about four years. He built up a fine business, and established himself with the public as a good businessman and a good citizen. Alton H. Jenkins, who operated a farm owned by Otto Wetzel (his father-in-law) was also one of Zelm's trusted employees...." Longwood Township History Photo caption

WETZEL, Saline Laurette (26 Aug 1908 - 16 Dec 1992)

Saline Laurette was known as "Billie" to her family and friends. She first married c1930, in Chicago, IL George James Schaefer (1907-1989) and they had one child Charlene, born 30 Aug 1931. Billie and George Schaefer were later divorced.  Billie Wetzel next married Mike Weaver. About 1970 she developed symptoms of Alzheimer's desease and went to live in WA state with her sister Esther Wetzel Jenkins for a short time. Billie next went to live in Edwardsville, IL with her only child Charlene where she died on 16 Dec 1992.

WETZEL, Louis Lester  (3 April 1910 - 14 Nov. 2004)

Lester Wetzel, 94, rural Greenwood, died Nov 14 2004 at the Clark County Health Care Center, Owen. A memorial service was held at the Immanuel United Church of Christ, Greenwood. He was born April 3, 1910, north of Greenwood, to Otto and Edel (Schoenwetter) Wetzel. Lester was a proud and active man with a quick wit who worked hard all his life. He was well known for his beautiful fieldstone fireplaces and brick masonry. Hunting, fishing and gardening were his pastimes, as well as logging and making firewood. When he was housebound with a broken leg, he wrote poetry. Lester is survived by his six children, his wife, Dolly and a granddaughter preceded him in death.  

Note: After Adele Schoenwetter Wetzel died in 1910 the infant Louis Lester Wetzel was taken in and raised by good friends and neighbors, the Joseph (1866-1940) and Johanna (d. 1935) Schwartz family who lived in Warner sec 11. Two of their children had died as infants leaving only a daughter Anna who was age 21 in 1910. Lester Wetzel was confirmed on 26 Oct 1924 at "Our Savior's Lutheran Church of Greenwood" as Lester Louis Schwarz, Jos. Schwarz listed as guardian. The Lester Wetzel family farmed in the Greenwood area until retiring to 5 acres located in sec 23 of Mead township. Lester was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in 2000.

WETZEL, Dolly nee Orsburn (12 Mar 1915 - 6 May 1994)

Dolly Wetzel, 79, Greenwood, died May 6, 1994, at Neillsville Memorial Hospital. A memorial service was held May 9 1994 at the Assembly of God Church, Neillsville. A private burial service was held. Dolly Orsburn was born on March 12 1915 in Clark County. She was married to Lester Wetzel. Survivors include her husband, Lester Wetzel, Greenwood one son, Jerry Wetzel (b. 9 Nov 1941), Greenwood five daughters, Rachel Wetzel (b. 21 June 1931), Kiel; Carol Hein (b. 18 July 1934), Columbus; Nancy Wetzel (b. 2 Feb 1938), La Crosse; Mrs. Dennis (Judy b. 29 May 1948) Trunkel, West Allis and Adele (b. 17 June 1952) Lombard, Eau Claire and one sister, Beulah Ormond, Neillsville. She was preceded in death by her parents.

WHITMORE families, Warner township

WHITEMORE, James family, Warner township

1880 Warner census: James Whitmore Self S Male W 36 Ohio Farmer New York New York (born c1844)

1895 Warner census, head of family: Jas Whitman, 1 male, 2 female (James Whitmore page 2, between Frank Horn and Jno Warnke in the Braun Settlement area)

1880 Warner sec 5 no residence Jas. Whitmore (next to Frank Horn)

1893 Warner sec 5 residence J. Whilmore (1906 Wm Horn property)

1900 Eaton township, Greenwood City Census, page 7B date June 15: Dwelling #132, family #143

Whitmore, James S head, white, male, born Jan 1831, age 69, married 17 years, born Ohio, parents born Ohio, cannot read or write, speaks English, owns home with a mortgage. Whitmore, Eva, wife, white, female, born June 1845, age 54, married 17 years, 3 children born, 3 children living, born Germany, parents born Germany, immigration 1883, lived US 17 years, can read and write, speaks English. (Census per Deb Sanger)

Jan 29, 1900: Numerous reports were flying about Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning to the effect that Rev. G. C. Andrews and James Whitmore were dying and dead, but they were almost without foundation, except that the latter has been quite ill, and Uncle George has been confined to the house for a few days. Such reports show how easy it is for anything of a sensational nature to be enlarged and exaggerated. Greenwood Gleaner

WHITMORE, James (c1830/1844 - 1 Sept 1901)

After several weeks' illness James Whitmore died from a general breaking down and wearing out of the system. The old gentleman had known affliction for a long time, having been for years a sufferer with a rose cancer on his leg, until amputation was necessary a few years ago in order to save his life. Later he began to loose his eyesight and for the past four years or so he was practically blind. For a number of years he drove the Greenwood and Withee stage, his helpless condition compelling him to give it up over two years ago since which time he has been more or less confined to the bed. The funeral occurred from the M. E. church. A wife (Eva) and daughter and some step-children are left to mourn his death. Deceased was born in Ohio about 1830, leaving home at an early age and roughing it for himself. He came to Clark Co about thirty-five years (=c1866) ago and for a number of years owned a farm in the Braun Settlement, coming to Greenwood when he sold it.    Greenwood Gleaner, 9/6/1901

Greenwood Cemetery:

Whitmore, James 1844 1 Sep 1901 birth difference from obit, 1830-1880 census 1844

Note: James married Eva in 1883 when she was about 38 years old. James and Eva had a daughter, probably born about 1885. This daughter was not on their 1900 census, she, at age 15 or 16 was probably working at some other residence as was common during that period. Eva was apparently divorced or was a widow when she married James. Eva had two other children from a prior marriage who where already gone from home by the 1895 census.  Unable to find any marriage record for James and Eva in the Clark Co records.

Whitmore, Emma ~~ 25 Nov. 1903 418 2 This CC marriage license does not have a groom listed and no match could be made with all the grooms who had no bride listed. It is quite possible that this Emma, who was about age 18 in 1903, was the  daughter of James and Eva Whimore. Note: there are three additional "brides" without named "grooms" who married on 25 Nov 1903 per page 418 vol 2 in CC marriage records, but there are NO grooms without brides for the same date, page and vol.

WHITMORE, Eva marriage 14 Sep 1905

August Bradlow of the town of Loyal, Clark Co, Wis. and Eva Whitmore (widow of James Whitmore), who resides near Greenwood, Clark Co, were united in marriage at the home of the groom. (August Bredlau's first wife was Augusta 17 Aug 1846 - 5 Jan 1903)

Marriages, note the descrepency in year dates, both were listed without mates:

Whitmore, Ida ~~ 14 Sept. 1903 18 3

Bredlam [Bredlow], August 14 Sept. 1905 18 3

York township records 1873-1980: "1900... The Town Board had disallowed the claim of August Bredlau for $5,246.00 against the Town because the York Center Bridge broke down. They were to get legal advice... 1903..."Special meeting, July 7, 1903--The meeting was called to discuss what to do about the August and Augusta Bredlau judgments against the town of York..."

Bredlau, Eva (18 June 1845 - 17 Oct 1907)

Mrs. August Bredlau died at her home two and one-half miles east of this village (Loyal) on Oct. 17, 1907, of heart failure at the age of sixty-two years, three months and twenty-nine days. When the husband came from his work in the evening he found her leaning against the walls of their residence dead, but her body was still warm. She came to this country in 1882 and settled at Greenwood, where she was married to a man by the name of Whitmore, who drove the stage between Greenwood and Withee. On Sept. 14, 1905 she was married to August Bredlau, who, with their (her) three children, survive her. The funeral services were held at the Lutheran Church.

WHITMORE, Joseph family, Warner township

1875 Warner census: Whitmore, Joseph; 2 male, 1 female

1890 special Veteran's census SPENCER: Whitmore Joseph Pvt K 9 Wis Inf 4 Mar 1862 9 Aug 1865 3 yr 5 mo 5 dy Spencer

[1874-1974 Spencer, Marathon Co., WI Centenial Index: Joseph Whitmore pg 50,  68, 102; Mrs. Joseph Whitmore pg 103; Burt Whitmore pg 90]

1895 Warner census, head of family: Joe Whitman, 2 male (Joseph Whitmore?)

                                                                (page 4, near George Warner and Larry Drinkwine)

May 13, 1897: Joseph Whitmore, of Spencer, is rejoicing over an increase of pension recently granted. Marshfield News Wood Co., WI , May 13, 1897, Page 8 Column 3

WHITMORE, Joseph (cAug 1840 - 20 Sep 1907)

Word was received recently by S.J. Smith of the death of Joseph Whitmore, which occurred Sept. 20, 1907 at the Sisters Hospital at Ashland, Wis., where he had gone for medical treatment. Joe, as he was commonly called by all who knew him, will be well remembered by all the old settlers in Greenwood, Clark Co, Wis., and the surrounding country, he having made his home here for a good many years, but of late has been working up north for the Ingram Lumber Company until compelled to quiet work on account of failing health. He made his home with his daughter, Mrs. A.W. McCalvy (Albert W. McCalvy married on 11 Nov 1883 to Cristian W. Beisner. Marriages pg 211 vol 1) of Cayuga, Wis., since going north to live, he having been in the hospital only a few weeks previous to his death. He was always ready to lend a helping hand to those in sickness and trouble and we hope his last moments on earth were made as peaceful as loving hearts and hands could make them. At the time of his death he was sixty-seven years and one month of age. GREENWOOD GLEANER 10/10/1907

Marriages, both entries were listed separately with neither having a named spouse:

McCalvy, Albert W ~~ 11 Nov. 1883 211 1

Beissner, Cristian W ~~ 11 Nov. 1883 211 1

Note: Albert McCalvy was the son of Robert and Anna Rector McCalvy. Albert was living in Oregon in 1922. Unable to connect "Cristian" or Christine "Beissner" or Beisner to the other Beisner families of Clark Co. Unable to connect the Beisner and Whitmore families.

Loyal City Cemetery:

Rossman, Fred 1871 1943 Lettie Whitmore

Rossman, Lettie 26-Sep 1875 5-May 1957 Fred Rossman Joseph & Elvina (Andrews) Whitmore

Rossman, Edith 15-Mar 1897 12-Dec 1959 Single Fred & Lettie (Whitmore) Rossman

Note: No marriage record found in CC for for Joseph Whitmore and Elvina Andrews or Fred Rossman and Lettie Whitmore. Unable to connect this Fred Rossman to the other Rossman families of CC. Unable to connect Elvina Andrews to any other Andrews family of CC.

West Spencer Cemetery:

Whitmore, Riley T. 10-Dec-1888 Age 17 yr, 8 mo, 10 da J. & M. Whitmore

Clark Co. Marriages:

Whilmore [Whitemore], Alvine [Alvira] Hanner [Hanna], John 6 Nov. 1880 154 1

Hanna, Alvira (c1836 - 21 Aug 1904)

Mrs. Alvira Hanna died at the home of her son, John Moore, in the town of Withee, Clark Co, Wis., on Aug. 21, 1904, aged sixty-eight years. The funeral took place from the residence, interment taking place in the Thorp Village Cemetery.

Thorp Village Cemetery:

Hanna, Alvira 25-Aug-1837 22-Aug-1904 D. Bright's Disease 1. Moore 2. John Hanna Joseph & Whitmore   Note: Alvira was age 43 when she married John Hanna. She was previously married to the father of John Moore. In between her marriage to Moore and Hanna she must have been married to unknown Whitmore as that is the surname she used when marrying Hanna. Cemetery source for "Joseph & Whitmore" as Alvira's parents is unknown.

Greenwood cemetery:

Whitmore, Julia E. 11 Oct 1851 23 May 1873 John Whitmore

Whitmore, Levi O. Feb 1871 17 Apr 1871 John & Julia E. Whitmore

John and Julia nee Lambert Whitmore were married 27 Feb 1870. John Whitmore next married Anna Caroer on September 8, 1878. (2nd marriage for John, pg 123 V1)

Clark Co. Marriages:

Lambert, Julia E Whitmore, John 27 Feb. 1870 35 1

Caroer, Anna Whitemore, John 8 Sept. 1878 123 1

Note: Nothing further found in CC on John Whitmore, Julia Lambert, or Anna Caroer.

Greenwood cemetery:

Whitmore, Sealus James 7 Jan 1831 31 Aug 1901 Rozetta Whitmore (Mother) Death record

Rozetta, the mother, was possible of the Monroe family.

WILBUR/WILBER family, Warner township

1905 #6 Wilber, Chas Head W M 48 Widower Wisconsin New York Day Laborer 11 Rental Marlea Daughter W F 13 S Wisconsin Wis/Norway  Tina Daughter W F 11 S Wisconsin Wis/Norway  Guy Son W M 7 S Wisconsin Wis/Norway

Lived in the Hemlock area. #5 = Otto Anderson; #7 = Alba Varney

May 14, 1905: Pearl and Loey Redwine, Martha and Bertha Guskey and Alice Richeleu called on Marlea Wilber who has been ill for the past two weeks and is now slowly on the gain. Greenwood Gleaner West Beaver news 17 May 1905

WILBUR, Charlotte (4 April 1820 - 18 Feb 1903)

Grandma Wilber passed away Feb. 18, 1903 at the home of her son Charlie Wilber with whom she has been living for two years and a half caring for her three grandchildren. The aged mother was 83 years, 10 months and 13 days old when she died. The funeral was held in the school house. She was buried in the Dodgeville cemetery (later known as Pine Grove Cemetery, Loyal township). Eugene Wilber of Mellen and Mrs. O. M. Sharon of Gravesville were here to attend their mother's funeral. She returned to her home Tuesday, taking her brother's three children with her. CARD OF THANKS: We wish to return thanks to neighbors and friends of the town of Beaver who assisted us during the sickness and burial of our mother, Mrs. Charlotte Wilber. Eugene Wilber, Chas. Wilber, Mrs. O. M. Sharon.

WILBUR, Charles Henry (16 Feb 1855 - 5 Jan 1939)

Charles Henry Wilbur was born near Stockholm, Wis., 83 years ago and passed away at Owen January 5 1939. Mr. Wilbur spent most of his life around Greenwood, Loyal and Owen. He was married to Anna Severson and to this union was born three daughters, Mrs. Chas. Carteen of Rockford, Ill., Mrs. Edwin R. Cole of Beloit, Wis., and Mrs. Felix Adams of Owen and son, Guy, who passed away soon after the World War. Mrs. Wilbur passed away 38 years ago. Funeral services were held at Owen and the body was brought to Greenwood and laid to rest in the Greenwood Cemetery by the side of his son Guy. (note: also listed as buried in Riverside Cemetery, Hixon township)

Unable to connect Anna nee Severson Wilbur to other CC Severson families. Unable to find any further info on the three daughters and their families.

WILBUR, Guy E. (5 Dec 1899 - 13 July 1921)

Guy Eugene Wilbur died at the Eau Claire Hospital July 13, 1921 after undergoing an operation for appendicitis. Deceased was born in Greenwood Dec 5 1899. He attended the Warner grade school, from which he graduated in 1910. He spent all of his life in and around Greenwood, and for the past five years has made his home with the Otto Wetzel family. He was very popular with the younger folks and the past two years has been a member of the Longwood ball team. When the country was in need of soldiers, Guy tried to enlist but was rejected because of weak arches. Yet he was determined to serve his country in some way and enlisted in the state guard where physical requirements were not so rigidly enforced, and of which organization he was a member of three years. He leaves his father and three sisters to mourn his loss, his mother having died when he was but a small boy. Funeral services were held from the Norwegian Lutheran Church. Interment was made in the Greenwood Cemetery.

PINE GROVE CEMETERY (a.k.a. Dodgeville Cemetry); Loyal township records:

Wilber, John 18-Dec-1791 7-Dec-1896         (husband of Charlotte?)

Wilber, Charlotte 4-Apr-1820 18-Feb-1903 B. Brothertown, Oneida Co., NY John Wilber John & Skeesie (Indian girl) Wilbur

Wilber, Lucy 1845? 22-May-1890 Aged 44 years

Wilber, Infant 22-Jun-1895 28-Aug-1896 D. Eutero Colitis Charles & Anna Wilbur

WILLIAMS family, Warner township

1895 census, head of family: Frank Williams

1893 sec 16 no residence F. Williams; sec 21 no residence Frank Williams

1906 -1915 sec 8 residence F. Williams  (1920 = Wlm Schultz property)

1905 #18 Williams, Frank Head W M 41 M Indiana Indiana Farmer 8 O M F  Nettie Wife W F 42 M Indiana Indiana House Keeper  Earl Son W M 15 S Indiana Indiana Day Laborer 8  Clarence Son W M 11 S Wisconsin Indiana  Madge Daughter W F 8 S Wisconsin Indiana  Frankie Son W M 3 S Wisconsin Indiana

March 30, 1900: In town of Warner, March 24, 1900 Elizabeth, youngest child of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Williams, aged one year and four months. The funeral took place from the residence of the parents. The burial was in the Braun Settlement cemetery. Greenwood Gleaner 3/30/1900

Forrest Hill (Braun) cemetery: Elizabeth (4 Dec 1898 - 24 Mar 1900) was the daughter of Frank L. and Nettie nee Massey Williams. Nettie Massey (possibly spelled Massie in other records) might be the sister of Hannah nee Massey Wright of Eidsvold and or Jeanne Massey, bridesmaid.

Oct 1 1900: June 7 1901 Braun Settlement school, Frank Williams director, students: Earl and Clarence Williams.

March 8, 1906: Verne Aikins took his wife (Bertha, nee Williams) to town Saturday, where she will stay with her mother (Nettie Williams) while taking medical treatment. Frank Williams, living in the Braun Settlement, who was a Gleaner caller Saturday, informs us that his wife has been having a long tussle with a cancer on the right side of her nose, but that they think it is nearly cured.  It had been coming on for the past four or five years, but did not become serious until the past year. Greenwood Gleaner

Shanks, Leda nee WILLIAMS  16 June 1886 - 8 Oct 1908

Mrs. Leda Williams Shanks died in the St. Joseph's Hospital Sept. 22, 1908 of tuberculosis, at the age of 22 years, 3 months and 6 days. She was born at Pensacola, Florida June 16, 1886, coming to Greenwood in December that same year. She was married Oct. 26, 1905, to Forest Elmer Shanks. She has lived here all her life excepting a short time in Fond du Lac after her marriage. She leaves to mourn her death her husband, and son, Delmar Blaine, her mother and brother Earl of Everett, Wash., two sisters, Mrs. (Bertha) Verne Aikins, living here and Mrs. E.L. Madson of Flaxton, N.D. Her mother and brother Earl and sister, Mrs. Madson were unable to attend the funeral, the latter being very sick in the hospital. (Cemetery: Frank L. and Netti nee Massey Williams parents of Leda nee Williams Shanks)

WILSON, T. , Warner township

1906 sec 12 residence T. Wilson (1915 Lewis Wetzel property)

"...In 1910, the new school was built... The first librarian was Tom Wilson, a black man...." Curtiss State Graded School No. 4

1930 Butler Census: Wilson, Thomas B. Head O Yes M W 64 Wd 32 No Yes Illinois Maine Vermount 61 Yes Engineer Staionery Engine W Yes Yes 32 33 Richard, Ethel M. A-daugh F W 25 D 18 No Yes Minnesota New York Minnesota 64 Yes None 33 34 William T. G-son M W 4 S No Minnesota Colorado

Unable to tell which "T" Wilson owned property in sec 12 of Warner township in 1906


1880 sec 1, 7, 25 no residences W. C. R. Co. (Wisc Central RR Co.) 1893 all owned by others

"...the Wis. Central Railroad Company, formed Feb. 4, 1871 and headquartered at the National Hotel in Menasha. The Wisconsin Central was a consolidation of three companies, the Winnebago and Lake Superior, The Portage and Superior and Portage, Stevens Point and Superior Railroads...The Wisconsin Central Railroad Company went into bankruptcy and was taken over by the Minneapolis, St. Paul and Sault St. Marie Railroad Company...."

WITHEE family, Warner township

1905 #67 Withee, Theodore Head W M 24 M Wisconsin Maine Capitalist Letilia Wife W F 23 M Wisconsin Maine House Keeper  Eleaner Daughter W F 3 S Wisconsin Wisconsin  Shaw, Thaxter Father in-Law W M 67 M Massachuetts Mass. Merchant 12 Clementine Mother in law W F 45 M Maine Maine House Keeper  Dreibush, Elisa Governess W F 22 S Wisconsin Ger/ Ireland Governess 10

1880 sec 7-10, 15-16, 18-19 no residences, 20 residence, 21- 22, 30 no residence N. H. Withee

1893 sec 1, 3-12, 14- 15 (dam and 7 bldg.), 16, 18, 21-24, 26 (NHW)

1906 sec 1, 4-5 (two residences), 6-7 (one residence), 8 (Braun Settlement a.k.a. Forest Hill cemetery),

                sec 9-12, 15-16,21-22 (one residence),  23, 26 T. O. Withee

WITHEE, Letitia nee Shaw (c1881 - 28 May 1923)

After weeks of illness following a severe attack of the flu, Mrs. Theodore Withee, age 43, passed away at the hospital at Eau Claire May 28, 1923. Although her condition had been serious for a number of days and specialists from Rochester were called, who gave the family encouragement, it was hoped until the end that her life might be spared to her family and friends a few years longer. Letitia Shaw was born in Maine forty three years ago and at the age of nine years came to Medford, Wis., where she attended school, finishing her course in the east. Twenty one years ago she was married at Medford to Mr. Theodore Withee of La Crosse, which was an important social event. Since her marriage she has made her home in La Crosse and at the large Withee farm at Hemlock. Mrs. Withee was an unusually beautiful woman, always affable and agreeable and held a prominent place in society. Services were held at Eau Claire, and short services were again held at La Crosse where she was laid to rest.  There are left to mourn her loss, her husband and two daughters, Eleanor and Theodora, and her mother, Mrs. Thaxter Shaw, whose home was with her daughter. GREENWOOD GLEANER 6/7/1923

WITHEE family and farm at Hemlock

March 1955: The old Withee Farm located in the town of Warner and former site of the ancient Hemlock hamlet, has been sold. The former owner, George Speich has sold it to Anthony Suda. Its sale coincides with the departure from it through the Windom family and is the final step in erasing the last contact between Clark Co and the old Withee family.

Lefsa Windom

Making Lefse at the Windoms

The Windoms worked the farm in the last years of Theodore Withee's ownership and bade him farewell as he left the scene of his earlier happy and generous living. To the Sudas, the purchase means the acquisition of some 560 acres of land and an unusual set of farm buildings. In addition they have acquired one of the most historic and interesting sites in all of Clark Co.

Upon it, stood for many years the dam, which marked the upper limits of the log drives of the old lumber days. Upon it once ended the first telephone line that ran into Clark Co. Upon it once stood a busy saw mill and a thriving flourmill, and a hamlet supported by them. The hamlet consisted of a boarding house, a store and eight houses, including that of the Withee family. This hamlet bore the name of Hemlock, a name which was adapted from a stand of hemlock trees in the area, and which has continued in the name of a cheese factory located a mile or two to the east.

Hemlock came into being through the creation and activities of the Black River Improvement Co. This concern, holding a monopoly of log-driving upon Black River, built two dams from Onalaska up the river, the lower one at Dell's Dam, the uppermost at Hemlock. This Hemlock Dam backed up a large pond in which were accumulated great numbers of logs, preparatory to the drives. When the logs were ready and water conditions were right, the dam was opened and the waters rushed down, carrying the logs on their crest. Active in the early use of the river was Niran H. Withee, who was born in Maine in 1827, coming to La Crosse in 1852, soon embarking in the lumbering business. His lumber interests then extended into Clark Co and he eventually came into the county in 1870. N.H. Withee had more interest than just the friendly interest of the Black River Improvement Co. He found it logical to own the land around the company's dam at Hemlock and to establish there the sawmill and the gristmill, which provided the real occasion for the hamlet of Hemlock.

This elder Withee (NH) was a pioneer of resource, energy and vision. He died in La Crosse in 1887 at the age of 60. Since he was then not a resident of Clark Co, the records here do not tell about his estate. But oldtimers know him as a man of wealth and it was commonly accepted that he left each of his three boys $75,000 to $100,000, in addition to the real estate, which went to each. This the son Theodore become the owner of the property at Hemlock, the son William the owner of the large Withee farm near Longwood and the son Hiran Haskell owner of the farm upon which the Clark Co hospital now stands. To these three sons, he bequeathed his property and to the village of Withee, his honorable name. The three Withee boys had gown up in a life of relative ease and luxury. They had lived through years of national prosperity and the business was going good at the time of their father's death. But soon came the 1890s with stress, strain and terrible losses.

The going was hard for the young men, considering their background. Theodore had added to the house at Hemlock and had made it his home. There, he had taken his wife, who had come from a family of wealth and who was accustomed to gracious living. They had servants to do the labors in caring for an 18-room house. They knew how to use money for pleasant living and were generous and friendly with it. Theodore bought one of the first Ford cars of Clark Co and the folks knew from its noise when Theodore Withee was on the area roads. To the tears of the Depression was added the wear of the years. The old mills began to go to pieces. Fred Limprecht, who stills resides in Hemlock, remembers the worries of his mother about his father, as the father worked in the sawmill. The old mill used to shake with the heavy logs rolled through the saw and those who labored there wondered if it might not, at some critical juncture, shake itself apart and collapse. But the end of mills came at the hand of nature.

The great flood of 1914 tore out the dam and left hardly a trace of the sawmill, or the grist mill. Fred Limprecht was then a boy and remembered how his father was absent at the time and of his father's deep regret when he returned. For the father felt that, had he been present, he could have dynamited out the dike on the west bank and possibly saved the dam itself. The end of the mills meant the end of industry at Hemlock. Theodore Withee was then involved.

 He had not the resources with which to tackle the restoration of the mills. Perhaps, indeed, the time had passed for their usefulness. The wind also struck, tearing down the cow barn and the Warner town hall, across the lane from the east side of the Withee lawn. To replace the cow barn, Theodore took two old buildings from below and adjusted them to the old foundation, one at one end and one at the other end. Space between the two structures was filled with new construction. It was a makeshift. Later, when George Speich became owner, he tore it down and built a new barn.

The site of the Warner town hall had by that time become awkward. It had been located in the old lush days, when Hemlock promised to become a real village. It had been a lively place, with preaching, dancing and Sunday school, in addition to the infrequent town meetings. But the dream of a great Hemlock had by then faded away and the old site was alongside the Limprecht barn. The town cheerfully accepted, from Theodore Withee, the present site in place of the old, that site being on the west side of the river, at the southwest corner of the old Withee farm. The years had thus witnessed the attrition of such resources as had remained to Theodore Withee and he had not managed to create new ones.

Money had been secured by a mortgage and in 1924 the farm was taken over by holders of the mortgage. The end had come of the easy days on the old place. His wife had died there (Died in Eau Claire hospital in 1923, see obit above). Theodore Withee had to move on. The Windoms were about to move into the big house. They recall, with a touch of pathos, the scene of his departure. Into his old car, he loaded his dog and gun; then as he stood about to enter the driver's seat, he called out to the Windom boys, "Don't take any wooden nickels." Then Theodore Withee (age about 45), a kindly and generous scion of an honored family, turned his back upon the old place and the old affluence, never to see either again. The last years of Theodore Withee were spent first briefly in Alaska and then in northeastern Montana. At the little hamlet of Carson, he ran a pool hall and soft drink place. He married again. An early heart attack ended his life, not many years ago. Theodore Withee had two daughters, both whom now reside in Montana.

The Withee neighbors remembered the daughters as out-of-doors girls, devoted to their ponies. Their father kept ponies for them and they would be seen hitching the ponies to a little had sled and thus journeyed for the mail, riding on the sled. They would return from the mail box with snow all over them, up to their eyebrows, but healthy and happy.

Their love for ponies had lingered all through their lives. Out in Montana, they now breed Shetland and other ponies. A letter from Eleanor to one of the Windom girls tells of the prospect of 60 colts due this spring. A few years ago the daughter of Eleanor, the wife of James Haight, came to a Mattes sale and rodeo near Thorp. She and her husband have a ranch at a little crossroads named Van Norman and keep a rural post office there.

The daughter Theodora named for her father and called Teddy by the neighbors now spends practically all her days in a hospital at Jordan, afflicted, so it is understood here, by multiple sclerosis.... Clark County Press

WIRTH family, Warner township

1905 #71 Wirth, William Head W M 60 M Wisconsin N.J./Ohio Farmer 12 O M F  Anna Wife W F 53 M Wisconsin NY/Conn House Keeper William Son W M 17 S Wisconsin Wisconsin Farm Laborer 8 Hanson, Hattie Daughter W F 30 M Illinois Wisconsin Anna Grand Daughter W F 8 S Wisconsin Wisconsin  George Grand Son W M 7 S Wisconsin Wisconsin  Mary Daughter W F 5 S Wisconsin Wisconsin Libbie Daughter W F 4 S Wisconsin Wisconsin  Amy Daughter W F 2 S Wisconsin Wisconsin  Niman, Lonie servant W F 18 S Ohio Ind/Ohio cook 9

1893 sec 6 no residence J. With (1906 E. Geisler property)

Nothing found on this Wirth or Werth family. Nothing found on the married daughter Hatti Wirth Hanson or Hansen and her family. Possibly moved to Wood County.





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