Roots, Branches, Leaves -- A Reindl Family History

Includes the following branches:


updated 30 October 2008 -- new photos, info


August Gottfreid Christian Gallun and
Luise (Louise) Christine Lakenmaker

Eleanor Laura Schmitt and
John William Reindl

Marcie Linton Ford Family
Christopher Andrew Carpenter Family

Louren Carpenter

Kristen Feller

Bradley Scot Feller

Sadie Ann Feller

Ryan Mattew Braasch

Andrew Martin Braasch

Michelle Lee Haefemeyer Lemke Family

Jackie Ann Haefemeyer Horning Family

Daniel Roy Haefemeyer

Descendents of Mathaeo and
Margarethae Dilges
(from Don Dilges)

Theodul Vonier and Agathe Minst

Elisabetha Vonier and Raimund Lehrbaummer
Lehrbaummer, Haker, Cours, Chikalla, Wright families

Cynthia Robinson Oliver Hutchinson

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(1) Zacharias Galunen b: Abt. 1666 in Buendheim
+Maria Breust b: Abt. 1666 in Buendheim m: 15 Nov 1686 in Buendheim
(2) Hans Christoph Gallun b: 21 Jan 1700 in Buendheim, Gevattern, Manf. Derken, Christoph Hagens Frau d: 22 Nov 1741 in Osterwieck, Prussia
+Catherina Marie Valentin b: 06 Oct 1695 in Berszel d: 20 Aug 1750 in Osterwieck, Prussia m: 03 Nov 1729 in Berszel
(3) Johann Friedrich Gallun b: 1734 in Osterwieck, Prussia d: 30 Oct 1809 in Osterwieck, Prussia
+Marie Catharine Fuhrmann b: 1734 in Wernigerode, Harz d: 11 Sep 1810 in Osterwieck, Prussia m: 09 Apr 1761 in Wernigerode, Harz
(4) Friederich Heinrich Gallun b: 04 Mar 1767 in Osterwieck, Prussia d: 30 May 1835 in Osterwieck, Prussia
+Sophie Charlotte Reinhard b: 14 Aug 1777 in Osterwieck, Prussia d: 26 Jun 1817 in Osterwieck, Prussia m: 21 Jan 1802 in Osterwieck, Prussia
(5) August Gottfried Gallun b: 02 Jul 1805 in Osterwieck, Prussia d: 02 Jul 1876 in Milwaukee, WI
+Louise (Luise) Lakenmacher (Lakemacher) b: 30 Jan 1811 in Prussia d: 1867 in Milwaukee, WI m: 1832 in Osterwieck, Prussia

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August (58), Louise (52), Charlotte (31), Carl (25), Heinrich (18), Wilhelm (16), Mina (13) and Otto (7) Gallun; departed Hamburg June 17; arrived in New York July 14, 1863 aboard the Borussia [Hamburg America]. [ Germans to America v15 , 41] Three sons preceded them: August F. Gallun (20) arrived August 1854 and Herman (17) and Frederich (14) arrived July 16, 1857.

"From The Southampton Times and Winchester, Portsmouth, Isle of Wight and Hampshire Express , July 4, 1863 [Saturday, 4 sheets, 1c] Hamburg & American Steamship Borussia, with Captain P. Haack arrived at Southampton on Tuesday from Hamburg and sailed again on Wednesday for New York with the German and English mails, 820 passengers from Hamburg, Havre and this port, and a full cargo."

"The newspaper also contained stories about the past Monday being the holiday commemorating Queen Victoria's coronation on June 28, 1838. Weather report was a few smart showers. The Forresters held a fete on the Antelope Cricket Ground and the newly formed Horticultural Society had its first show at Banisters Park. The steamship America and the barque Mary Anne bound for Plymouth from Quebec loaded with timber collided in the dense fog. The barque was abandoned but all 16 hands were saved."

"From The New York Herald , July 14, 1863 (8 sheets, 3 c]; Much to do about civil unrest throughout New York due to institution of the draft; Captain William Chesters' remains brought to city from Gettysburg; General Sandford in command of troops at 35th St. arsenal; courts of law closed early due to public excitement."
(above information from Oscar Gallun)

(From Southeastern Wisconsin: Old Milwaukee County ) "A.F. GALLUN & SONS CORPORATION. Through more than eighty-seven years the manufacture of leather has engaged the attention of the Gallun family of Milwaukee, and back of the representatives of the name in Milwaukee were several generations of their ancestors who were engaged in the tanning business in Germany. August F. Gallun, the first representative of the name in the United States, was the grandfather of the two brothers, Albert F. Jr. and Edwin A. who are now the executive heads of the A.F. Gallun & Sons Corporation. He was born in Osterwieck, Hartz, Germany, May 30, 1834, and there resided through the momentous German revolution of 1848, when the liberty loving people of that land sought vainly to win greater freedom and more liberal policy in governmental affairs. He was then a youth of fourteen but the events of that period made a deep impression upon him and in his twentieth year he immigrated to the United States that he might enjoy the freedom and opportunities of the American Republic. After spending a brief time in Yonkers, New York, he went to Chicago, and thence came to Milwaukee, where he completed his education. Here is 1858, when a young man of twenty-four years, he became actively interested in a tannery business, having learned the trade in his native land. The new enterprise was established as a partnership concern under the firm name of Trostel & Gallun, and thus operations were carried on until the 1880s, when the connection was discontinued and each partner started a tannery of his own. August F. Gallun prospered in the conduct of his business and became recognized as one of the leading leather manufacturers of the country. Toward the close of the nineteenth century he retired and his son Albert succeeded him as head of the business. He had the deepest appreciation for the opportunities of his adopted land and for its form of government and made constant effort to Americanize his employes and others of foreign birth. Politically he was a staunch Republican in national affairs, but cast an independent ballot in local elections. He belonged to Wisconsin Lodge No. 13, F & A.M., to which he was ever loyal and the same spirit of fidelity was manifest in his other relations of life. These qualities, combined with his business capability, made him one of the leading and most highly esteemed residents of Milwaukee to the time of his death in 1912. In 1864 he had married Julia Kraus, who came from Germany to the United States in 1849, being then a young girl. They had a family of three sons and a daughter, Albert F., Ella, Edwin A., and Arthur H." (This segment is continued following the listing of the children.)

The 1905 Census, Milwaukee County , 1st Ward, 4th Pct., shows August Gallun, age 71, b. Germany, tanner; Julia, age 76, his wife, b. Germany; Arthur Gallun, age 30, single son, no occupation; Mary Hebencht, age 33, single, servant, b. Germany

(From History of Milwaukee – 1881 – Western Historical Co., p. 618): "A. F. Gallun Tannery, branches Milwaukee & Boston. August F. Gallun, who was the senior partner of the firm A.F. Gallun & Sons almost to the time of his demise, belonged to that class of citizens who owe their success to individual efforts. Born May 30, 1834, Osterwieck A Harz, his forefathers for generations were tanners. Arrived New York age 20 to Yonkers. Worked at tanning until 1855. Then Chicago for brief period. Then Milwaukee where he completed his education and had various jobs until 1858. Through thrift, accumulated sufficient capitol to establish modest business. Married Miss Julia Krause 1864 who came to American 1849 with her parents. 4 children: Albert F., Ella, Edwin A., Arthur H. Member of Board of Supervisors, 1875, Mason, died 1912."

(From Milwaukee – The History of a City – by Bayrd Still, State Historical Society, Madison, Wis, 1948): THE TANNING INDUSTRY "Hides, abundantly available in the hinterland, and easily accessible hemlock bark were factors responsible for making Milwaukee by 1872 the largest tanning center in the world. Trostel and Gallun began producing “Blue Star” harness in 1858. With the stimulation to the leather business attending the Civil War, Milwaukee's 9 tanneries produced leather worth $218,000 in 1855. By 1890, the Milwaukee tanning industry grew 400% to become the world's largest producer of plain tanned leather. But by 1919, the virtual disappearance of horse-drawn transportation reduced the call for harness and buggy leather. A. F. Gallun & Sons was assessed at $1,473,000 in 1930. A. F. Gallun & Sons Corp. is still in existence at 1818 N. Water St., Milwaukee."

(From The Wisconsin Story by H. Russell Austin, published by Milwaukee Journal, 1964): "Milwaukee's two largest tanneries in the early 1960's had been one when they were founded more than 100 years earlier. They grew out of the partnership of two pioneer tanners, Albert Trostel and Ausust Gallon, who started a little, sale leather tannery, 20 Ft. sq., on Milwaukee's east side in 1857. In 1884, the partners parted to form Albert Trostel & Sons Co., & A. F. Gallun & Sons Corp. In the years after WW II, the Trostel tanner was the state's largest and possibly world's largest side leather tanner."

An oil painting of the Gallun family home in Osterweick, Prussia -- 1980

August Gallun, date unknown, from the Milwaukee County Historical Society

The Gallun home in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Update: Carl and I visited Osterweick in October 2007 as the guests of Walter and Lore (Gallun) Lillie who live near Bremen. They and their daughter Claudia met us there, and we had an absolutely fabulous time seeing the original house and church and the picturebook town. To see photos from that day and more, press here.

(above) 2005 -- Lore and Walter Lillie on Lore's 75th birthday

(right) 2007 -- (front) Walter, Cord Johannmeyer, Lore
(back) Daniela, Karen, and Claudia Lillie Johannmeyer, Dolores

The Gallun family home today is occupied by a teacher
and her family; they are renovating the interior.
We were able to step inside for just a few minutes.
These three houses are attached; an inscription
on the farthest tells that it was built in 1595.
Water from a stream running by the house (not visible
in this photo) was used in the tanning process,
and the hides were dried on the roof.

St Stephanikirche dates back to 1600;
it was the first Evangelishe (Lutheran) church
built after the Reformation.
It has been lovingly kept and restored.
The baptismal font dates from 1300.
I was told that all my ancestors would
have been baptized and married there.
Dolores and Carl with Walter and Lore Lillie in Osterweick. Lore and I are distant cousins,
and it has been delightful getting to know them,
first on the Internet and then in person. They
have visited Osterweick many times, even when
it was inside East Germany. It was through them
that I was able to document our ancestors there
back to the mid-1600's.

Descendants of August and Louise Gallun

(complete family tree at )
(note: Oscar died in 2007)

(1) August Gottfried Christian Gallun 1805 - 1876
+ Luise (Louise) Christine Lakenmacher 1811 - 1867. (The name is most likely 'Lakemacher' -- from an inscription over a doorway in Osterweick.)


Charlotte Christine Dorothea Gallun 1832 - 1899
+Albert Trostel 1834 - 1907
(B) August Frederick Gallun 1834 - 1912
+Julia Kraus 1835 - 1911
(C) Katherine Fredericka Marie Luise Gallun 1836 - 1837
(D) Carl Frederick Christian Gallun 1838 - 1876
(E) Herman Adolf Heinrich Gallun 1840 - 1912
(F) Frederick Gottlieb Heinrich Gallun 1842 - 1925
(G) Heinrich (Henry) Frederick Carl Gallun born 29 May 1845 in Osterwieck, Prussia, Germany; died 1 Apr 1919 in Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He married Louisa (Anweiler) on 30 Oct 1869
+ Louisa Anweiler born 17 May 1849 in Germany, daughter of Peter Anweiler and Appolonia (Dilges) Anweiler; died 17 Oct 1914 in Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
(H) Wilhelm Carl Ludwig Gallun 1847 - 1879
(I) Wilhemina Christine Gallun 1850 - 1885
(J) Otto Carl Wilhelm Gallun 1852 - 1924


(From Southeastern Wisconsin: Old Milwaukee County , continued):

Albert F. Gallun was born in Milwaukee, January 2, 1865, and attended the old German-English Academy until he left school to enter the employ of his father, then a member of the old tanning firm of Trostel & Gallun. Thus he thoroughly acquainted himself with every phase of the business and with intimate knowledge thereof he was well qualified to assume charge when the original firm was dissolved and a new tanning business was established under the name of A.F. Gallun & sons at the location now known as 1818 North Water Street. In the latter part of the 1890 decade, he was chosen to head the business, in which his brother, Arthur H. Gallun, was associated. They both studied the most advanced methods of tanning leather as practiced in all parts of the world and became recognized as authorities on the industry and the scientific principles involved. A short time before the war they were active in establishing a research department at Columbia University for the tanning industry. Arthur H. Gallun was an active patron of art in Milwaukee, where he died in 1921 at the age of forty-six years. For many years in addition to leather manufacturing Albert F. Gallun was closely associated with financial affairs of the city as a director of the Marshall & Ilsley Bank.

On January 2, 1896, Albert F. Gallun married Hedwig Mann, a daughter of Henry Mann, a woodenware manufacturer of Two Rivers, Wisconsin. The Galluns were among the first of the Milwaukee families to settle at Pine Lake, where the care of his spacious lawns and lovely gardens constituted one of his chief
forms of recreation. He also took great pleasure in the game of golf and spent much of his leisure on the links. He was active in social and philanthropic interests and was ever a civic-minded man, aiding in the progress and development of this section of the state. He took a helpful part in organizing the village of Chenequa and in forming the Chenequa Country club. A prominent figure in club circles, he held membership in the Milwaukee County, The Milwaukee, Wisconsin, University and City clubs, and his genial nature and cordial disposition made him very popular in those organization.

After his retirement from the presidency of the Gallun and Sons Co., in 1928 he traveled widely over this country and he and his wife usually spent the winter months in Phoenix, Ariz. Mrs. Gallun passed away in July, 1932 and was greatly missed because of her benevolent work and her prominence in wide circles and as a golfer. In the passing of Mr. Gallun in December, 1938, when he was seventy-three years of age, Milwaukee lost one of her distinguished and representative citizens, who made for himself a notable place in business circles, gaining that merited prosperity which was the direct outcome of his enterprise, careful management and keen discrimination.

In the family of Albert F. and Hedwin (Mann) Gallun were the two sons, Edwin and Albert F. Jr., who are now conducting the business of the A.F. Gallun & Sons Corporation, and two daughters, Elinor, the wife of John C. Pritzlaff, and Gladys, the wife of George G. Brumder. All are still residents of Milwaukee.

Edwin A. Gallun, who is president of the corporation, was born in Milwaukee in 1898 and attended the University of Wisconsin, class of 1919. He joined the army in 1918 and attended the officers training school at Fort Monroe. He became identified with the business but has not confined his attention to one line, for he is also a director of the American Hair Felt Association, the Marshall & Ilsley Bank, the Perfex Corporation and the Line Materials Company, all of which have benefited by his enterprising methods. Progressive civic interests also received his endorsement and support. He is now serving as a director of the Tanners Council of American. He married Jane Washburn, a native of Milwaukee, and they have four children, Lorna Jane, Edwin A. Jr., Douglas Anthony and Arthur, the latter of whom is always called by his nickname of “Sandy.”

Albert F. Gallun Jr., who is the vice president of the A.F. Gallun & Sons Company, was born in Milwaukee in 1901 and attended the University of Wisconsin, where he studied chemical engineering. He was a member of the class of 1923. He has since been associated with the business that for eighty-seven years has been a vital factor in the industrial progress of the city. In 1944 the company won the Army-Navy “E” flag and a star in recognition of their superior war work. The leather produced by the corporation is of the highest grade and is used in the manufacture of innumerable articles used by the army and navy.

Albert F. Gallun Jr. married Elizabeth Williams, of Rochester, New York, where her father, Dr. John R. Williams, is a practicing physician. Mr. and Mrs. Gallun have three children, Barbara Elizabeth, Carrol Williams and Richard August. Both Edwin and Albert Gallun Jr. reside in the village of Chenequa on Pine Lake in Waukesha County, and the latter is now serving as a member of the village board. His interest in civic affairs is of a practical and beneficial character and his cooperation can be counted upon to further any measure or movement for the public good."

Photos of the Gallun property today.

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Heinrich (Henry) Frederick Carl Gallun was born 29 May 1845 in Osterwieck, Prussia, Germany to August and Louise Lakenmacher Gallun. He married Louisa Anweiler, born 17 May 1849 in Germany on 30 Oct 1869 died 17 Oct 1914 in Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, daughter of Peter Anweiler and Appolonia (Dilges) Anweiler.

Louisa Anweiler died 1 Apr 1919 in Milwaukee. After Louisa's death, Henry married Louisa's first cousin Mary (Dilges) Ehlert (daughter of Andrew Dilges, widow of Alex Ehlert).  Mary's son was Raymond Ehlert, who was both step brother and second cousin to Louisa's children.  I believe Raymond EHLERT stayed single and died Jan 1974, but I may be wrong. (from Don Dilges)

Henry Gallun

The Henry Gallun Home

The Children of Henry and Louisa Gallun

(1) Robert Gallun

Ginny Gallun Lange, Dolores Wolfe Nelson, Bev Wolfe Braasch,
Eunice Reindl Wolfe -- first meeting August 2008 --
Ginny is a granddaughter of Robert Gallun -- Eunice is a granddaughter of Louise Gallun Schmitt


Virginia (Ginny) Gallun

      + Norm Lange
(2) Hugo Gallun
(3) Louise Gallun, born 22 Sep 1873 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin; died 1 Nov 1961 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
+ Arthur Schmitt, born 22 Sep 1873 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, son of Johann and Alvina Thieme Schmitt; died 20 Nov 1942 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Arthur and Louise married on 6 Nov 1895 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
(4) Henry Gallun 1875
(5) Florence Gallun, born 18 Aug 1876 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
(6) Albert (Albrecht?) Gallun, born 1879 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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(from granddaughter Eunice Wolfe) Grandma Louisa (Gallun) Schmitt - nickname "Esa" - was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, August 17, 1876. She had a twin sister, Florence, who died in infancy and brothers, Henry, Albert, Robert, and Hugo. Her father was a leather dealer, Henry Gallun, born in Osterwick, Prussia, son of August Gallun and Louise Lakenmacher, the Galluns who had the tannery. Her mother was Louisa Anweiler, born in Germany, daughter of Peter Anweiler, a tanner, and Appolonia Dilges.

When Grandma was a girl they lived on Second Street. She enjoyed ice skating. They had a carriage and horses. A trip to Menomonee falls was a day's trip by horse and wagon. Her brother Henry and his wife Lizzie lived next door on 28th Street. They had four children: Mae, Viola, and two sons. Schooling was not mentioned, and I cannot remember any church affiliations.

She married Arthur Schmitt, November 6, 1895*. The house on 28th was larger with a big garden. Grandma was a fabulous cook and a meticulous housekeeper. Her interests all centered around the home. She enjoyed ice skating. . She did a lot of canning from her garden, including canned homemade grape juice. She kept canaries as pets, led a quiet life, loved picnics and movies. When asked by great-grandchildren, “How do you do?” she replied, “I do as I please.“ She spoke German often. She crocheted, including edgings on handkerchiefs, sewed, made doll clothing, and did neat mending. Her stollens, lemon pies, sauerbraten, and "Russian Fluff" were memorable. Her "senft soss" was a production. She was good at caring for canaries. When Nanny was a child, one lived for fourteen years and liked to ride on the vacuum cleaner. When I was a child, we had "Hansi" who lived a long time. In fact, he turned bald.

* Dolores: I have a set of 12 beautiful engraved sterling teaspoons which were a wedding gift, still in the original leather box with the inside bearing the name of a jeweler on 'Grand Avenue' -- later Wisconsin Avenue.

Her mother became ill with bladder cancer, and Grandma cared for her for three years. She and Nanny (in her teens) washed on the board, using a hand wringer.

Grandma Schmitt was a dedicated parent and was disappointed when Nanny and Jack Reindl got married when they were about 18. She had hoped for a large wedding for her only daughter. She took the young parents-to-be in to live (Jack and Eleanor) and she and Grandpa helped them. Grandpa didn't drive, but he bought a car with isinglass windows and Jack drove the family on occasions.

Louise Gallun

The house had two living rooms across the front with a dining room on the left side. There often were family dinner parties with Aunt Brown, Ida and Johnnie, cousins. They lived on 42nd and North. She always said that the house she grew up in had all windows with all plants like this too. She always enjoyed that because if reminded her of her childhood home. Then Grandma and Grandpa and Nanny lived in a house on 28th and North, a very nice house. It had kind of a purple marble washbasin upstairs and that always fascinated me. It had carpeted stairs. They gave it up for various reasons, and Grandma always said, "I wish I had kept my house, I wish I had kept my house." I kind of keep that in mind for myself because when you once give it up, it's gone. After the young family left, she and Grandpa lived in a succession of duplexes, but she regretted having sold the house. During this period, the Depression began, and the older and younger families moved in together at times. I'll always remember how good she was to me and always gave me kitchen gadgets, food, and love.

(from great-granddaughter Dolores Hansen) I remember Grandma mostly at the house on 47th Street, after Grandpa died and she was living with Nanny and Unkie. I would stay overnight there sometimes in the summer, and she and I would sleep on cots in an outdoor screened octagonal summer room that was erected each summer. She made me special treats like cinnamon apple slices. When I was a teenager, she often brought me packages of dried figs, which she knew I liked. I always knew I was pretty special.

Arthur Schmitt was born in Milwaukee, September 22, 1873. He was the son of Johann (John) Schmitt and Alvina Thieme. He was the brother of Herman, Louis, and Marie. His father had a liquor store on 12th Street. His parents were divorced and he acquired two stepbrothers from his father's subsequent marriage. They were Drs. August and Phillip Schmitt, who were highly respected. He never mentioned his youth. divorced, and his mother was Alvina Thieme, born in Saxonia, Germany, who later married Lorenz Hasskerl, and his father's former wives were Louisa von Grabowski and Josephine Deckert. His brothers were Arthur Schmitt, Louis Schmitt, and Herman Schmitt. His stepbrothers and stepsisters included Ida Schmitt, Lizetta Schmitt, Dr. Phillip Schmitt, and Dr. Gustav Schmitt, Lorenz Hasskerl, and Marie Hasskerl, who had a daughter Marian who had cerebral palsy. The husband and father, Ralph, left them. Arthur did not mention his youth.

Arthur and Louisa Gallun Schmitt
and his brother and wife
Herman and Carrie Schmitt

Arthur Schmitt with
cousin Arnold Scheurer


Mae Gallun and Art Eisert
(daughter of Henry Gallun)

Arthur was a very intelligent man who as a young man was a bookkeeper for Red Start Yeast Co. where he was highly regarded. He always brought home samples of yeast to eat. He claimed it was good for you, but it never turned me on. He married Louise Gallun November 6, 1885, and their only daughter, Eleanor, was born October 3, 1898. He was a devoted family man. Arthur and his wife Louise, lived at 838 N. 28th St., (between North and Meineke, now expressway), next door to her brother, Henry Gallun. In 1873 they lived at 519 Eleventh Street in Milwaukee.

Arthur retired early from Red Star Yeast after a breakdown. This left him with a condition that made his head shake at times. After the home was sold and they lived in duplexes, he would do the shopping and scrubbing. They would have upper flats and have a porch rug, awning, and "glider." He enjoyed being out there to smoke cigars, listen to the ball game, and swat flies. He was delighted when company would come and play Pinochle, 500, or other games. He was a member of the group called the Maccabees, a fraternal society founded in 1878 which provided financial assistance to members and homes for the aged. He was a great reader and master card player. They had full bookcases with DeMaupassart, Washington Irving, Richard Harding Davis, Cooper, and drawings by Remington. There was always a good collection of Lauder, Caruso, and also records of opera. There always was a garden. He enjoyed crossword puzzles. He always helped around the house and in later years, did the family marketing.

He accompanied me on long walks to pick wild flowers and always brought me a good book on occasions. He was very tender-hearted and wept when he read of children being hurt. He got a retirement job as a cashier and bookkeeper at Thompson's Cafeteria on Wisconsin Avenue. This place had seats with a big armrest for your tray. When Nanny, Grandma, and I went downtown for a movie, we would have our supper there. He developed heart trouble and was not at all well. When Diane was 2, he was out at County General Hospital. We took the bus out there at night to see him. Thank heavens we did. He got home after that but died shortly thereafter of coronary thrombosis at the age of 69, November 20, 1942.

When Grandpa died in 1942, Grandma moved in with Nanny and Unkie in their duplex on 46th St. Later, after Unkie died, they moved to an apartment on 1st St. She enjoyed her great grandchildren and enjoyed caring for family babies. She later moved to the Margo Convalescence Home on 1st and died there living to about 86. She was ill and treatments caused the loss of her hair. She died Nov 1, 1961, of arteriosclerosis.

The Child of Louise and Arthur Schmitt

(1) Eleanor Laura Schmitt, born 3 Oct 1898 in Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wisconsin; died 2 Jan 1969 in Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
+ John William Reindl , born 21 Jan 1899 in Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, son of John Reindl and Maria-Anna (Vonier) Reindl; died 19 Oct 1946 in Wauwatosa, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Married 31 May 1917 in Waukegan, Lake, IL; divorced.
+ Irwin Marquardt, born June 18, 1895; died April 2, 1947. They married in 1936
+ John Jernatoski, married 7 October 1950

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(from her daughter, Eunice Wolfe) Eleanor Schmitt (Nanny), the much loved only child of Arthur and Louise Schmitt, was born October 3, 1898. She was beautifully dressed and cared for. The house was full of music, first the Victrola, a full-sized machine made of light wood. There were operatic records from Aida but the one heard the most was Waltz of the Flowers. Caruso sang too.

Her cousins lived next door, children of Henry and Lizzie. Homemaking was hard work in those days and she helped Grandma with laundry and operating the hand wringer.

They had a huge STARR upright piano. As a child, Eleanor began piano lessons and was very talented. Most kids today graduate from high school. When Nanny was growing up, they didn't. She went instead to the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music. That was kind of considered the equivalent of a high school diploma. She was always a perfect speller and was always very eager for knowledge. Nanny was always interested in maps. She kind of studied without actually going to school. I told her one time, "You have the equivalent of a high school graduation." You could tell just from talking to her that she had learned.

Nanny was an excellent pianist and she tried to teach me to read notes. My ability never developed well enough to coordinate both hands, an inability to concentrate. I entertained myself by playing by ear. When I was small, Grandma called it "climbering," but it developed slowly into recognizable melodies.

Nanny used to play piano at theaters in the area to accompany the movies because the movies were silent. She played at the Tivoli and the Savoy. She taught music sometimes.

Nanny had to help Grandma care for Grandma Gallun.

Eleanor enjoyed art, swimming, sewing, embroidery, cut-work, and crochet.

On May 31, 1917, at the age of 18, she married John Reindl. He was one of the younger children of John and Marie Reindl who lived on 13th and Center. It was a huge, happy family of eight children, and there were family gatherings often. For an only child, this must have been heavenly. Their only child, Eunice, was born December 11, 1917.

Eleanor with her mother Louise

Eleanor and Jack Reindl

Eleanor was very ill during the flu epidemic but recovered.
Jack bought sheet music for Eleanor and sang while she played. He wrote her name on those he bought.

Jack traveled a great deal, sometimes for weeks, and that made for a lot of moving due to finances. They moved in with the Schmitt grandparents often. It was very lonely for her when he was away and the Depression had hit.

In about 1930, she found he had a girlfriend in Michigan, Helen Swoba, a surgical nurse. He wanted to try again but wouldn't change jobs.

After sixteen years, they were divorced, a real rarity in those days; in fact, the story was in the newspaper.

She worked as a hat or dress saleslady. Hats were popular and she wore them well. Her favorite shop gave the tenth hat free.

Once she was cutting and canning sharp red peppers. They were so hot that ice gave no relief so she put her hands out of the window in zero degree weather.

She met Ervin W. Marquardt (born June 18, 1895) in 1933-34. They married in 1936 and were married for ten years. He was a wonderful man who appreciated her. He'd had a bad marriage. He was a car salesman for John Dietz. He was a survivor of the Tuscania, sister ship of the Lusitania, sunk by German U-boat 77, north of Ireland, WWI, 1918. He was in the Wisconsin 32nd Division. By now, she had two granddaughters, Dolores and Diane. Erv "Unkie" adored them and when they moved into his parents' home on 46th, he put up a swingset and a screen house. The garden was wonderful and produced a lot. He bought Eleanor a new spinet piano, replacing her childhood Starr upright. I have that spinet now.

Eleanor, like her mother, was a wonderful cook. Her German potato salad was perfect, also her stollen. She and Erv kept the little grandchildren often and doted on them. They saw Aunt Bertha often, Erv's aunt.

(from Dolores: I was pampered and loved by them. My mother said she sometimes had to 'fight' to get me and later Diane home from Nanny's house. I remember swinging and swinging as high as I could in their yard -- on the upswing I could see the Uptown theatre and the first Kohl's store being built on 47th and Burleigh. I attribute my love of vegetables to Nanny -- like beets with browned butter and crumbs and creamed kohlrabi. She would make scrambled eggs for me with chives from the garden. Nanny was only 38 when I was born, and I can remember her being pleased with people saying that she looked too young to be a grandmother; I can also remember thinking she was a little vain about that -- until I became a grandmother at 38 also and enjoyed getting the same response from people!)

"Unkie" with Diane and Dolores, about 1942

Granddaughter number three was born in June of 1946. Erv drove a small motor oil truck and often took the girls along*. His health began to fail that fall, kidney trouble, Bright's disease. Now this is easily cured. He died April 2, 1947, six months after Jack Reindl. It was at this time that Eleanor learned to drive. Grandpa Schmitt had died, and Grandma lived with Eleanor and Irv on 46th Street from about 1942 on. Eleanor and her mother remained in the house until 1949. They were told the house had to be sold to pay for the care of Erv's brother out at Bethesda Home. They moved to an apartment on First and North.

*(from Dolores: I remember so clearly going on summer days with Unkie on his route for 'Ring-Free Motor Oil,' up and down the hilly areas near Eagle, Dousman, etc.)

Nanny had a drugstore job on Center Street. By now she had five granddaughters and she loved them very much. Bev, number four, was born in 1951, and Jan, number five, was born in 1953.

For awhile, Nanny belonged to the United Commercial Travelers (UCT) on First and Clarke. Some old friends went there too. She also belonged to Uptown Legion Post 400. The last few years she played cards with three friends. They would go out for lunch at the Boulevard Inn or Strucels. After lunch, they were allowed to stay and play Canasta. Sometimes Eleanor and Eunice would meet for lunch at the Boulevard Inn. One of the specialties was stuffed shrimp. Besides cards, she enjoyed crossword puzzles, TV, cooking, her family, driving, picnics, and studying countries and their capitols. She worked for Parttime Parents and at a drug store. While working at Fillpowicz Drugstore, Nanny met John Jernatoski, a regular customer. They married after about a year, October 7, 1950. He was of Polish descent, born on a farm, and he worked at Westinghouse as a motor rewinder. Marrying a bachelor with a drinking problem was a mistake. At times, things went well. They were married for eighteen years. Grandma Schmitt died of old age. Eleanor became ill with bronchial lung carcinoma and died in 1969 following a coma. She had chronic bronchitis since having wartime flu. I helped John move to a small apartment, and our travel van came in handy. John died very suddenly May 29, 1975. The funeral director held the funeral off over the weekend because daughter Jan and John Haefemeyer were being married.

The Child of Eleanor and John Reindl

(1) Eunice Louise Reindl, born 11 Dec 1917 in Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
+ Merle Rodney Wolfe, born 29 Mar 1909 in Frog Creek, Washburn, Wisconsin; died 11 Mar 1987 in Pharr, TX, son of Harlan Everett Wolfe and Etta Myrtle (Clemons) Wolfe, married 29 Sep 1935 in Woodstock, McHenry, IL.

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Eunice Louise Reindl, born 11 Dec 1917 in Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, daughter of John William Reindl and. Eleanor Laura (Schmitt) Reindl. She married on 29 Sep 1935 in Woodstock, McHenry, IL Merle Rodney Wolfe, born 29 Mar 1909 in Frog Creek, Washburn, Wisconsin; died 11 Mar 1987 in Pharr, TX, son of Harlan Everett Wolfe and Etta Myrtle (Clemons) Wolfe.

Eunice's Memoirs

Diane, Eunice, Merle, Dolores -- about 1942

The Children of Eunice and Merle Wolfe

(1) Dolores Jean Wolfe, born 27 Dec 1936, Wauwatosa twp, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (see separate section)
+ Edmund Earl Hansen, born June 16, 1931, Belleville, Essex County, New Jersey, son of Edmund Carl Hansen and Else Margrethe (Svendsen) Hansen; died 24 Feb 1991, Bountiful, Utah; married on 27 Aug 1957 in Woodstock, McHenry, IL
+ Carl Alfred Nelson, born 11 October 1929 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Married 8 April 2006 in Chula Vista, California.
(2) Diane Eleanor Wolfe, born 30 Jan 1940 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Diane lives in Pearl City, Hawaii, and works for a Navy contractor.
+ James Albert Hildenbrand, born 18 Nov 1936 in Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, son of John Hildenbrand and Gertrude (Wetzel) Hildenbrand; married in 1960. Divorced.
+ Paul Guanzon, divorced 1979.
(3) Marilyn June Wolfe, born June 30, 1946, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (see separate section)
+ Walter Leo Slowikowski Jr., born 19 Nov 1945 in KY son of Walter Leo Sr. Slowikowski and Madeline (Daly) Slowikowski;
+ Randall George Knackert, born 12 Sep 1948 in Waukesha, Dodge, Wisconsin, son of Archer Francis Knackert and Adrance Mary (Goulet) Knackert, married 9 Oct 1971 in Coronado Island, San Diego, CA.
(4) Beverly Ann Wolfe, born 1 Feb 1949 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Bev lives in Waukesha, Wisconsin, and works as a teaching assistant.
+ Martin Richard Braasch, born 2 Jun 1947 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, son of Martin Walter Braasch and Mildred Elizabeth (Krohn) Braasch; married 24 Aug 1968 in Milwaukee. Divorced.
(5) Janet Louise Wolfe, born 9 Apr 1951 in Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Janet lives in Las Vegas, Nevada, where she works for the Colorado River Commission.
+ John Roy Haefemeyer, born 29 Jul 1949, son of Roland Roy Haefemeyer and Betty Jane (Evans) Haefemeyer; divorced.

+ William Henry Nuszbaum, born 15 Sep 1949, son of Frank Matthew Nuszbaum and Melda Jane (Howard) Nuszbaum.William Henry Nuszbaum, divorced.


The Wolfe Women

Diane Bev Marilyn

Janet Dolores


September 2005


(Marilyn died in October 2007)

Eunice Wolfe's 90th Birthday

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When I was born on December 27, 1936, my parents, Merle and Eunice Wolfe, along with the rest of the country, were in the midst of the Great Depression. My earliest memories are of biting my great-grandmother in the leg the day my mother brought baby Diane home from the hospital, watching my dad rock and sing lullabies to Diane, bathing in a washtub when we lived on 9th and Keefe, and being the darling of my mother's parents and grandmother, who were often reluctant to let me go back home. My “Nanny” (who was only 38 when I was born) and her husband had a swing set in their backyard just for Diane and me, and on warm summer nights we would sleep outside in a “screen house” there with my great-grandmother. (I know where I learned to be an indulgent grandma.)

I remember Milwaukee (always a socially progressive place) having a toy loan “library” because once, when I was naughty, the toys were taken back. Because I can remember so very little about elementary school, I suspect I found it less than challenging. My fifth grade teacher is the only one I recall because she expected more and pushed me. An avid reader, I would fill up the posters the local library used to document summer reading. Jump rope and hopscotch gave way to roller skates and a sidewalk bike. My dad had never had a bike and made sure his kids did.

Living in Milwaukee gave me a kind of freedom and independence I don't see today's children having. Summer programs, complete with field trips, were available at many elementary schools. On Saturday mornings two friends and I would board the bus for the Explorer programs at the museum downtown. In the winter, two or three playgrounds and parks within walking distance were flooded as ice rinks.

We lived in a series of upper flats on Milwaukee's north side until we moved just before my twelfth birthday to the house that my father built on 92nd Street. Now we had open spaces to enjoy and room to run. As a teenager I learned to sew to supplement my wardrobe and to make gifts for my family. Money came from babysitting until I was old enough to have part-time jobs. From the age of 15 I worked at a variety of jobs, mostly in bakeries and retail sales. School became much more challenging, and I credit what educational success I've had to the Milwaukee schools. After graduation from Washington High School in 1954, I spent a year at Wisconsin State College – Milwaukee. Not enjoying being a financially poor student, I quit college to work at an insurance company.

My horizons expanded when I became a United Airlines stewardess in 1957. While training in Cheyenne, Wyoming, I met Ed Hansen, an US Air Force lieutenant in supply school at Warren AFB. It was a case of love at first sight – fortunately a mutual attraction – and we were together every available moment until he graduated two weeks later with 45 days of leave before he was to report to Korea for an isolated tour. I graduated two days later and was off to my first base in Chicago. Separation was no fun; after two weeks as a construction laborer in Denver for Ed and seven flights for me, he came to Chicago so we could spend his remaining leave time together. We decided it would be foolish to get married when we'd known each other for only one month. Ed would be in Korea and I would lose my job. (In those days stewardesses could not be married.) Two days later, on August 27, 1957, we got married anyway; that was the end of my career. Two week later Ed left for Korea and I returned home and to my former job with an insurance company.

Ed was born June 16, 1931, and raised in a suburb of Newark, New Jersey, the son of Edmund Carl and Else Margarethe Swendsen Hansen, Danish immigrants from Copenhagen who gave him a strong sense of his heritage and of Scandinavian traditions. Ed enlisted in the Navy at the beginning of the Korean War and through academic competition received an appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy where he won the light heavyweight boxing championship. When he graduated in 1956, he took his commission in the Air Force and was assigned to flight training in Texas.

After our first year of marriage, across the world from one another, I joined Ed in 1958 at his next duty station outside Tokyo, Japan. What an exciting three years we had there – all the comforts of American life in the middle of a fascinating foreign culture with an exceedingly favorable exchange rate. Joy was born a year later. Ed and I worked in some Japanese films as extras, learned to ski, and traveled to Hong Kong; I earned several certificates in flower arranging. When Ed's father died in 1961, his mother came to stay with us, and has been with us since as resident grandmother.

In 1961 we transferred to Andrews AFB outside Washington, DC, where Ed was assigned as a logistics officer with Special Air Missions – the group that flies the presidential and VIP aircraft. Julie was born there in 1962. Our four years in Washington were fun, partly because we had so many houseguests.

In 1961 we were off to Chateauroux, a NATO airfield and depot in the center of France. After several weeks in temporary quarters and several months in a French apartment, we moved into lovely government quarters – just about the time President DeGaulle decreed that there would be no more foreign troops on French soil. We were heartbroken – we loved France and had made many friends. About 18 months after we had arrived, we were on our way to Rhein-Main AFB just outside Frankfurt, Germany, and to living in hotels for the next four months and ten days (with two young children and a grandma, too) until we were able to move into government quarters. We traveled and camped extensively while in Europe – had brought a van camper with us. We enjoyed Christmas in Denmark with Ed's uncles and their families, camping on the beaches of Spain, Italy, and France, skiing in the Swiss and German Alps, and traveling throughout all the countries of western Europe including Greece and East Berlin.

During all this time we were also going to school at night. I learned French and German, at least well enough to be understood somewhat. Ed received a second bachelor's degree in business.

Ed's next assignment (1968) was graduate school at the Air Force Institute of Technology at Wright-Patterson AFB outside Dayton, Ohio. After a year and a half, he had a master's degree in systems management and an assignment to the F-15 Special Projects Office (SPO) at Wright-Pat. When Julie started first grade, I began substitute teaching at the local middle school. The principal encouraged me to complete my education and certification, so I finished my bachelor's degree in education in 1971, taught seventh grade math and science for three years, and finished a master's degree in 1974.

During this time we skied in Utah, Austria, and upper Michigan – and Utah certainly won hands down. Our girls were growing up, too, and we had all the normal experiences – Scouts, softball, ballet, and even a horse for Joy.

A year earlier, looking forward to Ed's retirement, we had bought a building lot in Centerville, Utah. He didn't like the idea of an inevitable move to the Pentagon, arranged a change of specialty, and wrangled a move to Hill AFB in Utah in 1974.

The first year in Utah brought some real ups and downs. We lived in an apartment while our dream house was being built. Ed and I both hated our jobs; I had the worst bunch of sixth graders I've ever seen assembled in one spot. Joy had fallen in love much too young; Darrell followed her to Utah . They were married, Darrell jointed the Army, Joy joined him later, and grandson Chris was born in July, 1975, at Fort Polk, Louisiana .

Life got better. After Ed retired that June, he returned to school for an MBA, leaving that when he was named director of maintenance and engineering for a local hospital. Two years later he returned to school, this time to get a fourth degree (in English) and certification to teach at the secondary level. After teaching 8th grade English for one year, he decided that was not the way he wanted to spend the rest of his life. Ed had always been writing a little on the side; we decided it was time for him to do what he'd always wanted – to write fulltime. He wrote a couple of novels and lots of short stories plus attending many writing workshops and classes. Even though he won several state prizes, he has yet to publish his works. (Following his death in 1991, I self-published his novel, Temple of Kokopelli .)

After teaching sixth grade for two years in Ogden, I joined the education faculty at Weber State College on a special two-year assignment. This was the incentive to begin working on a doctorate in curriculum and supervision at Utah State in Logan. The following four years I taught sixth grade again, mostly math, this time in a team-teaching school closer to home. When I decided I wanted to be a principal, I switched to the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, took a year in residence, and finally completed the degree. In 1983 I was hired as the principal of an elementary school just ten minutes away from home – a wonderful job. Being a principal as compared to being a teacher is like being a grandmother versus a mother. I had all the fun without the intensity of the relationship. Early poverty trained me to be aggressive in creative funding, and I used that to put together a model computer lab at our school. I enjoyed the challenges and rewards of changing the climate of an organization.

We had many wonderful years -- skiing, sharing our mountains and our home with visitors, and teaching our darling grandchildren to ski. We have enjoyed some wonderful travel experiences throughout Europe and the United States. After I finally finished school, I started working with stained glass and returned to sewing. My sister Marilyn got me interested in genealogy about the time we moved to Utah, and the final result was the original book about my dad's family.

Ed's mother, Else, continued to live with us, baking cookies and helping to keep us fed and organized, until her death in 1990.

In 1991 my darling husband died unexpectedly.

I retired in 1998 as an elementary school principal after sixteen very good years. I was the president of the Utah Elementary Principals, Phi Delta Kappa, and our local United Way.

Over the years I accumulated 11 grandchildren and gained and lost assorted sons-in-law. In 1993 I went looking for and found a daughter to whom I'd given birth in 1956 and had given up for adoption. Marcie was happy to be found and now lives in Utah with her husband Mike and son Chris.

Five years ago the court gave me custody of my great-granddaughter Savhannah, so now my daughter Joy and I are raising a ten-year-old. At the present time (September 2005) I have a four-generation household, and life is certainly not dull.

I have enjoyed traveling throughout the US and Europe and recently to India with a very nice gentleman. Future travel plans include Wisconsin, New Zealand and Australia in January, Maryland in November '06 for the 50th USNA reunion, and regular stays in southern California. Tentative plans include sailing in the Caribbean in Spring and then Sweden and some other European highlights in early Fall.

In my spare time I am archiving family history and photos. I create scrapbooks, wrote this book about my father's family, and have much more planned. I learned how to create and maintain websites and am the webmaster for the Utah League of Women Voters. I like to ski and walk and read and continue to be a very social person. One of my favorite sayings is, ‘God put me on this earth to accomplish a certain number of things, and at the moment I'm so far behind I'll never die.'

Of course, the foregoing is just the bare bones of the past 68 years. Who is Dolores today? I am happy to report that I am basically a happy, secure, productive woman – spiritual but not religious, getting more left-wing every day, grateful for good relationships and relatively decent health, and someone who doesn't need to know all the answers to life's persistent questions right now.

(June 2006) How life has changed! The 'nice gentleman' to whom I referred in the previous section asked me to marry him in January in New Zealand on the edge of a trout stream. We were married April 8th in Chula Vista, California, and I now spend most of my time here in beautiful southern California. I have kept my home in Utah; Joy is in charge of both it and Savhannah. We don't get there as often as I would like, but hopefully that will change. The most important part is that I AM VERY HAPPY!

For current photos, please click on my Home Page link above.

The Child of Dolores Wolfe and Wayne Masnica

(1) Marcia Ann Linton was born 23 March 1956, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She was adopted by Millie and Paul Linton of Racine, Wisconsin.
+Robert Mallin, divorced
(A) Christopher Paul Mallin was born 25 October 1985. He lives with his mother Marcie and Mike in Tooele, Utah.
+ Michael Shane Ford, born 1954. Marcie and Mike married 2 July 2002. Mike has a daughter, Madison, by an earlier marriage.

The Children of Dolores and Ed Hansen

(1) Joy Ellen Hansen was born 1 October 1959 at Tachikawa AFB, Japan.
+Darrell Eugene Carpenter, born 25 August 1957 in Ohio. Married in 1975 in Utah; divorced. (See separate section)
(A) Christopher Andrew Carpenter was born 20 July 1975 at Fork Polk, Louisiana.
(B) Lauren Nicole Carpenter was born 21 February 1986 in Ogden, Utah.
(2) Julia Diane Hansen was born 22 June 1962 at Andrews AFB, Prince Georges Co, Maryland. (See separate section)
+Kelly Carl Feller, born 5 April 1958 in Utah. Married 1981 in Utah; divorced.
(A) Kasey Cark Feller was born 12 February 1982 in Salt Lake City, Utah.
(B) Kristen Michelle Feller was born 7 July 1983 in Salt Lake City, Utah.
(C) Bradley Scot Feller was born 1 July 1985 in Salt Lake City, Utah.
(D) Sadie Anne Feller was born 17 February 1988 in Salt Lake City, Utah.
+Christopher T. Vasilas, married December 27. 2002, in Centerville, Utah. Julie and Chris live in Anthem (Phoenix), Arizona, with Chris's three daughters: Valarie, Georgie, and Anna. Divorced 2008.

Dolores with part of the family -- October 2007

(back) Julie Hansen, Dolores, Russell DeVoe (Lauren's partner), Sadie Feller, Kasey Feller, Brad Feller, Kristen Feller Geurts, Dave Geurts

Lauren Carpenter, McKenna DeVoe, Hope DeVoe (Russell's daughters), Maren Feller, Brennan Feller (Kasey's daughter and wife)


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I was born at 10:19 p.m., Thursday October 1st, 1959, at Tachikawa Air Force Base near Tokyo, Japan, the first child of Edmund E. and Dolores Jean Wolfe Hansen. I have no personal recollection of my first two years, but thanks to my parents and my “Nanna,” Else Hansen, I have wonderful stories and pictures of that time to cherish as part of my personal history. My father was a young officer in the Air Force, and with me my mother began a new career as a wife and mother. My Nanna tells me my favorite pastime as a very young child was to be strolled down to the train tracks where I would watch all the trains (“dirty choo-choos,” I called them) in fascination as long as her patience would allow.

I was a friendly, outgoing child from the start. Striking up a conversation with a total stranger was a common occurrence, and it was some time before I realized that I wasn't Japanese. With enthusiasm I'd tell people, “I'm Joy ellen Hansen and I was born in Tachikawa!”

I was about two when my father was transferred to Andrews Air Force Base. I remember this place well. We lived in a pretty red brick house on a quiet circle, a towering willow in the backyard, and with plenty of children to play with. Nanna had an apartment in the basement and was always willing to invite me in for a spell-binding fairy tale or a special home-baked goodie fresh from her oven. I learned how to play “ring and run” from the neighborhood kids and liked to eat grass, believing that it was just as nutritious as spinach and so much better tasting. My sister Julie was born wile we lived in Maryland, and although I don't remember that blessed event, I do remember sharing a room and playing “house” with our dolls, “Dukke Lise” and “Kitty”.

Sometime before my fifth birthday I left my beloved doll, Dukke Lise, out in the rain. When I went back to retrieve her, she was gone and I was devastated. Dukke Lisa was no ordinary doll. She was a magical doll, and her value was beyond comprehension.

I think Dukke Lise ran away,” Nanna said solemnly to my tearful questions.

“But why?” I cried. “I loved her very much.”

“She probably thought you didn't love her anymore, and that's why you left her out in the rain,” she gently admonished. “Maybe she'll come home, though.”

Two weeks later, though it seemed a lifetime to me, on my birthday Dukke Lise returned. She came by cab, loaded with suitcases bearing stamps that indicated she'd been to Denmark. I heard the doorbell ring and glanced through the window just in time to see a taxi pulling away.

“Why don't you get the door?” my mother casually asked. We had a reunion that filled me with a joy I'll remember as long as I live. I hugged Dukke Lise close, then quickly set about admiring all the beautiful new clothes from what I was sure had been Denmark .

I remember all the beautiful clothes my mother would fashion for Julie and me with matching outfits for the dolls. We always felt very special in our “designer clothes,” and it amazes me still when I realize the love and great effort that went into these many sewing projects.

My father was transferred to France in time for the beginning of my first grade year. There I lost my first baby teeth and anxiously awaited the arrival of the tooth fairy. My father, never one to let life become dull and routine, assured me that he, too, was waiting for the elusive fairy.

“I'm going to set a trap for her,” he threatened with a wicked gleam in his eye, and he went about gathering rope and boards for his diabolical contraption.

Julie and I were in shock. How could he capture the tooth fairy? How horrible could a father possibly be?

That night, despite all attempts to stay awake so I could warn that poor fairy, I slept until I heard a terrible thud and the sound of feet scurrying away. Quickly springing from my bed, I ran into the hall and stopped, utterly amazed. My father was in the hall, shaking his head.

“I almost had her,” he said, disappointed. “She slipped through the ropes and got out through the attic.” I looked up and saw tiny blue footprints leading up the wall to the edge of the entrance to the attic, where they disappeared.

I ran back to my bed and, lifting up my pillow, found the shiny fifty-cent piece she'd left in exchange for my tooth. My father didn't seem to share my enthusiasm and joy for the tooth fairy's narrow escape. “I'll get her next time,” he vowed.

It would be a few years before I would figure out that my father was the real “magic” behind the tooth fairy and the many antics of Dukke Lise, years filled with wonder and excitement, due to his child-like sense of imagination. Years later I would recognize as classics many of the nightly stories he told Julie and me, one chapter at a time in order to fuel our excitement to climb under the covers and listen to the next cliff-hanging episode.

We left France all too quickly, only eighteen months after our arrival. French President DeGaulle ordered all foreign military bases closed and we were sent to Rhein-Main Air Force Base near Frankfurt, Germany . Germany was a wonderful place to live. Our home on base, a three-story apartment complex, was not especially memorable, but our neighbors were both wonderful and crazy. I remember many parties my mom and dad would throw, impromptu affairs where everyone would come, bottle in tow, and dance and laugh until the early morning hours. We seemed like one big family, and, in a way, we were.

We traveled extensively during our stay in Europe, visiting many of the western European countries. I was the child, my mother would say, that you could take just about anywhere because I thrived on all the new experiences, the exotic sights and sounds. Museums of any kind could keep me entertained for hours. And I loved all the great wine, sneaking a sip at every opportunity!

Living in Europe afforded my family trips to Denmark where Nanna's two brothers lived. Often we would go at Christmas, when the magical lights of Copenhagen shone with a glowing elegance. We would always stay with my Uncle Aage and Tante Kamma, whose gracious hospitality was legendary. I remember they had real candles on their Christmas tree, and the house always smelled of the baked goods Kamma endlessly prepared.

When dad got orders to leave Germany, I cried. I had a real best friend and many secret hiding places I would have to leave behind.

Dad worked on his master's degree for the first couple of years we lived in Ohio, and Julie and I were given a dog to keep us entertained (and quiet) while he pored over books and papers until later in the night. Bella, the little beagle puppy, spent her first night in her new home in my bed, and my love affair with animals, any animals with feathers or fur, began in earnest. I brought home lost kittens, baby birds, turtles, tadpoles, and even a rabbit that had been mauled by a cat. When I was twelve, my parents even gave in to having a horse. The yard was quite large at the house in Enon, and my parents were relatively patient with the constant parade of animals I brought home.

I was fourteen when I met Darrell Carpenter, a junior at nearby Fairborn 's Park Hills High School . He had a sparkle in his eye, a great smile, and a 1968 Camaro, an intoxicating combination – I was in love.

We hadn't moved in six years, which was unusual for a military family. A transfer to another base was the farthest thing from my mind, but in 1974 my dad got orders for Hill Air force Base, Utah. I had to sell my horse, Sassy. I had to say good-bye to Darrell.

“I'll come visit you,” he promised. And he did – that very summer, and when he wasn't in Utah, we were on the phone, building up long distance charges almost as large as the national debt. Naturally, my parents were not totally enchanted with the level of attachment we'd formed at such a tender age. So, plotting in secrecy, Darrell and I planned his permanent move to Utah.

This, of course, was unbeknownst to my mom and dad, and when they finally found out, they were furious. We were forbidden to see each other, but we did, with elaborate ruses and the help of friends from school. No one ever said I wasn't resourceful!

Our ultimate goal was to get married and live happily ever after, and I knew my parents would have to let us get married when, at fifteen, I got pregnant. The ceremony was performed in the living room of Centerville 's justice of the peace on January 25, 1975. My tearful family were the only witnesses, and I had to say “I do” with my mother's ring, a diamond given to her by her grandmother, since we couldn't afford one of our own.

Darrell joined the Army and left for basic training at Fort Polk in Louisiana. I went to Ohio where I lived with a friend whose husband was on an unaccompanied tour in Turkey . When I was able to join Darrell, we lived in Louisiana for six months, the most miserable six months of my whole life. The apartment was filled with roaches. I had no phone, no radio or television, no transportation. Darrell was still in basic training and was rarely there. I wrote letters, read, and took long walks. I waited for the baby to come.

About a month before the baby was due, Darrell seriously injured his knee on a training mission. The prognosis was not good for a man who dreamed fof becoming an Airborne Ranger, and he was given the option of choosing another field or getting a medical discharge. He chose the latter.

I went into labor at five a.m. on a Sunday, July 20th, 1975. At the hospital they quickly realized something was wrong with me. It was toxemia, something my Grandma Wolfe suffered in her first pregnancy with my mother. Finally, at eleven p.m. that night, I gave birth to our son, Christopher Andrew.

Darrell's discharge came through two weeks later. We moved to Ohio where Darrell enrolled at Wright State University, majoring in political science. One of the deciding factors in making the move to Ohio was the fact that Darrell had three younger brothers, and his mother needed help. I became their “substitute mom,” while my mother-in-law worked to make ends meet, cooking vast quantities of food, helping with homework, and everything else a mother must do. It was hard work and times were tough. Our only income was Darrell's G.I. Bill, supplemented by food stamps, and though it was a struggle, we survived.

When Chris turned two, we decided we needed time alone – the wear and tear in raising three teenage boys was tremendous – so we packed up our things and moved to Utah . Darrell transferred his credits to the University of Utah and in 1981 graduated with a degree in political science. I got a job as a phlebotomist (drawing blood) at LDS Hospital where I worked for seven years in a variety of positions, learning a lot about health care by asking questions and watching the doctors, nurses, and technicians work with the patients. It was a struggle for me to cope with others' pain and, sometimes, death, but I think it helped me realize, at a young age, that life is short and the best thing one can do is to try and live it fully each day. While I worked I attended school part-time at the University of Utah, where I majored in psychology.

Evenings were spent with Chris while Darrell worked. Being young didn't stop me from becoming involved in many organizations and activities – League of Women Voters, P.T.A., United Way – along with petitioning for political issues and campaigning in local elections.

Since 1982 Darrell has been working for the Department of Defense repairing the computer navigational systems on the F4 fighter planes. He takes an occasional class and hopes someday to use the education he worked so hard for. He works hard keeping our cars in good running order and enjoys the quiet family life we've fashioned for ourselves.

In 1985 I went to work at Weber State College in Ogden . I work in a tiny building outside the main campus, greeting. Lauren Nicole, our long-awaited daughter, born February 21, 1986, works with me, combining the best of two worlds. These days I am busy being “Mom” to Chris, now almost 12, and to little Lauren, taking classes at Weber State, and serving a term as a member of the Board of Trustees at the First Unitarian Church of Salt Lake City. In addition, I am actively breeding and training my two German Shepherds for police and search and rescue work.

My plans for the future include finishing my bachelor's degree and, when my children are grown, getting a master's degree in theology, an area of study that holds great interest for me. I hope eventually to become a minister.

Until that time, though, I will be busy creating a history for myself and my family, “carving the very atmosphere,” as Thoreau said, by continuing a full and active life, playing with my children, working at a job I love, traveling when I can afford it, reading, writing, and strengthening the bonds I've formed with the many wonderful friends I've made.

I realize as I come to this point in “My Life Thus Far” that I have written much more than I had intended when my mother first began pestering me to contribute to her ambitious genealogy project. But I found that reading about all the mothers and fathers, sisters and brothers, uncles and cousins whose lives have touched mine helped bring me closer to them – helped me to understand and to be forever grateful for their strength and perseverance in successfully preserving and enriching my life and the lives of my children.

I am only an “original model.” My coloring and features, my attitudes, values, and feelings have been shaped by my parents, my parents' parents, and by those many family members who preceded me.

My personal dialogue, along with all the others, is an important part of the record, and I know that someday, long after I am gone, a young child can read the stories about Dukke Lise or the tooth fairy, and share some of the wondrous times my life has been blessed with.

This book contains the story of the joys and sorrows, the struggles, the triumphs and failures, the births and deaths and all that occurred in between. I can sense the common bond we share – each of us a thread woven tightly in the rich tapestry we call a family.

The Children of Joy and Darrell Carpente





Christopher Andrew Carpenter, born July 20, 1975, in Fort Polk, Louisiana, is, at this writing, rapidly approaching his twelfth birthday – a handsome young man with a generous heart, an adventurous spirit, and definite ideas about the way the world should work. He loves to read and to discuss what he's read, especially history, and can hold his own in almost any adult conversation.

His great love of animals and nature is always in evidence, and he enjoys hikes up the mountain with his Grandpa Ed or forging new trails on all the family camping adventures. He has many plans for the future – his big dream is to get rich investing in the stock market and buying a cabin high in the mountains where he can wheel and deal from a computer terminal. Arabian horses and German Shepherds will be romping outside.

+Amie Liane Jackson, November 11, 1976. (divorced)













Savhannah Ruth Carpenter was born December 12, 1994, in Ogden, Utah.

(2006) Savhannah has lived with her great-grandmother and guardian, Dolores, since 2001. In 2002 Joy, her grandmother and Dolores's daughter, joined the household. Since Dolores married in April, Joy has the major responsibility for Savhannah's day-to-day care.

Savhannah is in the 6th grade, a very bright, nice, and perceptive young lady. She is an avid reader and loves her ballet classes; she'll start beginning point this fall. She loves cats and won't let us say rude things about her cat Peaches, even when deserved. A second cat, Leo, has joined the family.

(2008) Savhannah is now living with her grandfather, Darrell Carpenter, in Layton, UT, and is finishing 7th grade. Her favorite subject in school is French.



Savhannah in September 2005 wearing
an antique dress which we think belonged
to her great-great-great-grandmother, Eleanor Schmitt Reindl.

Savhannah in one of her dance
performance costumes -- 2008







Lauren Nicole Carpenter, our long-awaited daughter, born February 21, 1986, like Chris, has already discovered a love of talking and reading and snuggling close with her mother. Taking her outside to watch the birds, the flowers, the sun and sky is an easy way to to make her happy.

(2007) Lauren Carpenter attends the University of Utah and is studying for the LSAT with plans to be a lawyer.
She is a part-time 'mom' to her partner Russell DeVoe's two young daughters, Hope and McKenna.

(June 2008) Lauren will be applying to law school this summer; her scores on the LSAT should help her get into a top law school in a year. This past year she served a summer internship with Utah's one Democratic Congressman and an internship with the Utah Legislature during their winter session. and has announced there will be a wedding next summer when she graduates from the 'U.' We love Russell and his girls too and are happy with the news.

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This is my story. I am Julia Diane Hansen Feller, daughter of Edmund Earl Hansen and Dolores Jean Wolfe Hansen and wife of Kelly Carl Feller.

I am 25 years old. I was born on June 22, 1962, on Andrews Air Force Base in Prince Georges County, Maryland. I weighed 7 pounds 7 ounces and was 19-1/2 inches in length; I have grown considerably since then.

In pondering about my “history,” many things came to my mind. And so as not to be long and drawn out in my memoirs, I will just briefly explain those memories and events that have meant a lot to me and are important in the shaping of my life.

As a child, I lived in many different places. When I was born we lived outside of Washington, D.C., where my father was a Major in the U.S. Air Force working at Andrews Air Force Base. When I was around two, we were transferred to Alabama for a short period of time and came back to Washington until we were transferred to Chateauroux, France, where we spent about eighteen months until we were asked to leave France because DeGaulle closed all military bases. We then spent about another eighteen months in Frankfurt, Germany. During our stay in Europe we traveled quite a bit. Some of the times I remember were seeing the Eiffel tower, watching in terror the bull fights in Spain (I cried and was given a bandillo or pick used to torment the bull as a souvenir). I remember playing in the ocean on Italy 's shores, burying our bodies in the warm sand, visiting the famous Munich Glockenspiel and being left there accidentally for 10-15 minutes – which seemed like an eternity to a little lost girl in a place where I couldn't understand anyone and no one could understand me. We camped in many foreign campgrounds where my sister and I met so many playmates that didn't even speak our language. That didn't seem to matter; we understood each other. I remember Christmas in Denmark with our relatives (on my father's side) dancing around the candlelit Christmas tree, and hearing the magical stories of little elves, and eating and eating and eating! I truly loved to visit my Uncle Aage and his magical, storybook house and yard.

Since my infancy, my Grandmother (my father's mother) has lived with our family. We fondly and lovingly call her Nanna. She has been a big part of my life, a second mother, storyteller, and friend who has always been there for my sister and me. She was the magical link to Denmark we have enjoyed our whole lives.

When we moved back to the United States in 1968, we bought a home in Enon, Ohio, a quiet, friendly farm-type community. We lived in a red brick, one-level rambler in a culdesac or circle. I remember my room; it seemed so huge to me. My parents bought me an old upright piano that entertained me for hours on end. I loved to play the piano. My best friend and I used to play and sing at the top of our lungs; we really thought we'd make stardom one day. But not only could I play that old piano, I could play IN that piano. It was so big that I could literally climb inside of it and hide from my family.

As a young girl I used to love getting up early and riding my bike down to the local dairy/bakery a mile away to buy a dozen of our favorite donuts and take them home to my family when they woke up.

I remember taking long walks with my father in the forests and parks in Ohio . They were so lush and beautiful; they seemed tropical to me. My dad and I would just walk and talk; we'd pretend to go back a hundred years and walk amongst the Indians. We imagined, shared, and dreamed together. I treasure those memories, and hope I can pass his special gift of spending quality time with me to my own children.

In 1974 we moved to Centerville, Utah, where our family took root and has stayed since that time. I love Utah – it is unique in its beauty and charm. My father had received his final transfer here and then retired from the Air Force as a lieutenant colonel. My mother resumed her teaching career, and they worked to build their dream home overlooking the Great Salt Lake .

In November of 1975, I was baptized by my father, a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints or the Mormons. I have been a member since that time and truly love the gospel. It has been a lifeline to me and I can testify in clear conscience of its truth. How? By living its principles which have brought me happiness and by not being able to deny the spiritual witnesses I've strongly felt many times throughout my life. The gospel has brought true happiness to my life, not worldly or monetary happiness. It's a happiness or joy that you get from service to others and to God. It's like the kind of joy you feel when you see your child growing, learning, accomplishing. It's a wonderful way of life that we are entitled to.

In 1980, I met my sweetheart and husband, Kelly Carl Feller, a truly wonderful man. We were married in the Salt Lake L.D.S. Temple on March 12, 1981 . I would like to pay tribute to my husband at this time by telling at least our posterity that he is at the young age of 29 respected by many. He is very wise, dependable, and very hardworking. He is a very devoted husband and father. He is very active in his church callings and in building a successful family business. When we were married in the temple, we were given a special promise. In the L.D.S. religion when you are married in the temple you are “sealed” for time and all eternity to your spouse and children if you live worthily. That promise means a lot to me, and we as a family work very hard to live the commandments of God and do good for others. I hope my testimony has developed some interest in the minds of the readers and you will inquire of it one day.

(February 2007) Julie is now married to Chris Vasilas; they live in Anthem (Phoenix), AZ, with Chris's three daughters. Julie is a customer service rep for USAA Insurance.

(May 2007) Julie is single again, using the name Hansen, living in Utah, and working for Allstate Insurance.

The Children of Julie and Kelly Feller

(1) Kasey Carl Feller was born 12 February 1982 in Salt Lake City, Utah.
+ Brennan Emily Hession, married 15 November 2003 in Salt Lake City, Utah.
(A) Maren Rose Feller was born 6 August 2004 in Salt Lake City, Utah.
(2) Kristen Michelle Feller was born 7 July 1983 in Salt Lake City, Utah.
  + Dave Geurts, married 25 August 2007 in Salt Lake City, Utah.
(3) Bradley Scot Feller, born 1 July 1985 in Salt Lake City, Utah.
(4) Sadie Anne Feller, born 17 February 1988 in Salt Lake City, Utah.


(2007: I found this in my computer files. It must have been written when Kasey was about 11 years old. He's 25 now. Dolores)

"This Is My Life

"Birth and Beginnings -- I was born in 1982 on February 12 at LDS Hospital in the middle of the night. February 12 is also the birthday of Abraham Lincoln. I was named "Kasey" because "K" and "C" are my father's initials. My middle name is Carl like my father's. Both my grandfathers were named "Carl." My mother's name is Julia Diane Hansen Feller. My father's name is Kelly Carl Feller. I first lived in an apartment in Salt Lake City near Temple Square.

"My Early Years --
When I was a baby we moved to another apartment in Bountiful near Boulton Elementary School. We lived there for about four years and then stayed with my Feller grandparents for about one year until we found the house where we live now. My first words were "hachi" and "kannoonoo." My sister Kristen was born when about a year and a half old. My brother Brad was born two years later. I was six years old when my sister Sadie was born. Her birthday is just five days after mine. I have 26 cousins. Most of them live close to me. My two favorite cousins are twins Corey and Braden who are just a half year younger than I am. I like to play basketball with them and we like to have sleepovers at each others' houses. My Grandpa Hansen taught me to ski when I was four years old. Sometimes he took me out of school to go skiing. My Grandma Hansen, who is a principal, did not think that was a good idea. I used to go hiking with my Grandpa Hansen up in the mountains near his house. We would go up to a stream and I would ask him if I could drink the water. He said I shouldn't because it was full of beaver pee. I didn't understand why the dog could drink it and I couldn't. While we were hiking he would tell me stories about Indians and Vikings and battles they had.

"My School Years -- I went to preschool at Valley View Elementary and my teacher was Mrs. Allen. My Grandma Hansen was the principal there, and I went to see her in her office when school was out. She would come to my class and give me hugs. When I turned five I went to kindergarten at Washington Elementary. My teacher was Mrs. Paul, and she was very nice. Every day I couldn't wait to get to school because I loved it so much. One thing I didn't like was that most of the kids in my neighborhood were older and I had to wait to play with them. One of the funny things that happened in kindergarten was that I stood up in class and announced that I loved Megan. All the kids started laughing. My mom thought that was really funny. Mrs. Furner was my first grade teacher. My favorite thing to do in her class was to draw pictures while we listened to music. My second grade teacher was Mrs. McNeil. She was one of the nicest teachers I have had. Mrs. Tippets, my third grade teacher, was strict but nice. We used to imagine things and then write stories, and I loved that. My fourth grade teacher was Mrs. McCloud. She played the piano while we sang, and we put on a play that year. Mrs. Hawkins was my fifth grade teacher. My favorite times were when she would bring us a treat and take us outside to play kick ball.

"Vacations and Fun Times -- My family's favorite vacation spot is San Diego, California. We go there once or twice a year and stay in a condominium owned by my Feller grandparents that is right on the beach. We stay on the top floor and have a beautiful view of the beach and the ocean. The sunsets are beautiful from the windows. Some nights my mom and dad take us out onto Crystal Pier to see the sunset. Every day while we are there we play on the beach and swim in the ocean. I like to try to surf with a boogie board, but I usually fall off. One of my favorite places in California is Disneyland. I have been there twice. My favorite rides are the Matterhorn and Space Mountain because they are the fastest. Another one of my favorite places in California is Sea World because of all the different kinds of water animals. My favorite thing to see there is the sharks in the big bubble.

"Bad Memories -- When I was five years old and my family was vacationing in California, my dad and I were lying on the towels on the beach. My dad sat up and said it was time to go. I didn't see my dad's hand on the foldup chair. When I started to fold it up, it pinched and cut my dad's thumb. Sand got in it, and the next day he had to go to the doctor to get it all cleaned out and bandaged.

Another thing that happened was when I was eating dinner with my family. I was teasing my brother who was across from me. He picked up his fork from his plate and threw it at my head. The sharp part of the fork stuck in my forehead for a moment and then out fell out. It was bleeding badly enough that I had to put a bandage on it. When I was about nine years old, I was playing in my tree and acting like I was a monkey. I fell out headfirst, tried to catch myself with my arm, and my wrist snapped. I went to the doctor and he put it in a cast. Twelve days after my ninth birthday, my Grandpa died who did everything with me. That was the saddest time of my life. "

(2003) Kasey married Brennan Emily Hession.
(2004) Maren Rose Feller was born.
(2007) After working for Cintas for several years, Kasey and Brennan and Maren are living in Tampa, Florida, where Kasey is selling security systems.
(2008) Now back in Utah, Kasey is providing financing opportunities for leasing large equipment. Brennan is a part-time server at a Thai restaurant.

(2007) Kristen Feller has been working for Sinclair Oil for several years, bought a townhouse in Bountiful, and -- most important -- will marry long-time sweetheart Dave Geurts August 25th.
(2008) Kristen and Dave were married last year; Dave is a software developer for the Waterford School in SLC.

(2007) Brad Feller returned from his LDS mission and is attending Utah Valley State College.
(2008) Brad is living and working in Seattle.

(2007) Sadie Feller graduated from high school and is working as a bank teller for American First Credit Union in Bountiful.
(2008) Sadie now is still working for AFCU but also attending the U of U.

Kasey, Maren, Brennan Feller May 2007

Elder Brad Feller
when a missionary for the
LDS Church in Washington
Summer 2006

Sadie Anne Feller
October 2005

Kristen Feller and Dave Geurts --
getting married August 25, 2007


Kristen and Dave's wedding

August 25, 2007

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I was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on January 30, 1951, the second of five daughters of Merle Rodney and Eunice Louise Reindl Wolfe. The most memorable part of my childhood was when our family home on 92nd Street was under construction. When I wasn't busy watching and “helping” my dad, I was exploring the surrounding fields and woods, enjoying escaping the confines of our upstairs flat in the heart of Milwaukee. Moving into our new home in 1948 was truly a dream come true. I always enjoyed school and was a pretty good student. A high school high point was being captain of the cheerleading squad.

I married Jim Hildenbrand in 1960. Although I'd always had jobs during and after high school, when our son Mike was born in 1961, I took up the noble profession of full-time homemaker and mother. Daughter Cathy arrived in 1963, and Jim's career promotions with Schlitz Brewery took us to Van Nuys, California, and later to Hawaii where Jeanie was born in 1967. I became increasingly involved doing volunteer work with teen groups at church and the TMCA and developed an overwhelming desire for an education and a career. I started pursuing my education in 1970.

Jim and I divorced in 1971, but we've both remained in Hawaii. Economic survival motivated me to accept employment at Pearl Harbor while I continued my education on a part-time basis. A relationship with classmate Paul Guanzon led to marriage in 1975, during Paul's budding career as a TV sports announcer. In the meantime, I had been selected by the Navy for a personnel management intern program and received my B.A. degree from the University of Hawaii in 1976. Paul and I divorced in 1979, and he left for an East Coast career move.

My civil service career with the Navy was on an upward spiral, and I ultimately chose to specialize in the training and development area. While teaching a course for supervisors, I met Michael Matsumoto, who was then a fire captain, and we've been together ever since. Michael and I both made career changes in 1982; I accepted a promotion with a staff level Navy civilian personnel organization, and Michael hung up his firefighting gear for a career as an occupational safety and health manager with the Submarine Base. My work requires, among other things, that I develop and conduct training courses for Navy people in Hawaii, Japan, the Philippines, and Guam, so I travel frequently throughout the Pacific.

Michael and I take annual ski trips together, and I've managed to visit my Milwaukee family once a year. We enjoy Sunday picnics at the beach, home improvement projects, various physical fitness activities, and entertaining friends and family. Hawaii is a very special place for me because of its temperate climate, informal and healthy lifestyle, and the fact that it is such a cultural “melting pot.”

I'm very proud of my three children and have thoroughly enjoyed the evolution from the parent-child relationship to one in which we interact as adults and friends. Michael's 12 and 10 year old daughters Ola and Kai spend weekends with us and help me keep my parently skills from getting rusty. My 2-1/2 year old grandson Jevan is an absolute joy.

Although I've had my ups and downs, I have the satisfaction of knowing I'm living life to the fullest.

The Children of Diane and Jim Hildenbrand

(2007) Diane is divorced but still lives in Pearl City, Hawaii, with her partner John Mathias, and works for a contractor for the US Navy designing training systems.

The Descendants of Diane Wolfe and Jim Hildenbrand

(1) Michael Thomas Hildenbrand was born 3 August 1961 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and lives, works, and works out in Hawaii.
(2) Cathryn Mary Hildenbrand was born 16 October 1963 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Cathy is a senior at Oregon State University in Corvallis studying pharmacology.
  + Steve Peters
  (A) Nicole Kiana Peters
  (B) Alexa Jean Peters
  (C) Zachary Peters
(3) Jean Marie Hildenbrand was 3 born May 1967 in Honolulu, Hawaii.
  + Frank Linogon (not married)
  (A) Jevan Palani Linogon Ayala was born 18 December 1984 in Honolulu, Hawaii.
  + George Ayala
  (A) Jerason Ayala was born 17 April 1992 in Honololulu, Hawaii.

(2007) Mike Hildenbrand lives in Colorado Springs and works as a computer animator and security guard.

(2007) Cathy, Steve, and their children live and work in Corvallis, Oregon. Cathy is a pharmacist, and Steve works for a biomed disposal company.

(2007) Jeanie lives in Colorado Springs with her partner Kevin where she owns her own cell phone company.
(2008) "I'm still busy with my cell phone store.  Kevin is still busy with his machine tool selling to big manufacturing shops, his Ebay store and his 17 employees...While Kevin and I are both slaves to our businesses, we also make it a point to play hard too!  We try to get away and go SOMEWHERE once a month, even if we don't leave the state.  Today we are in Frisco staying at our massage therapist---Val's mountain home... We'll be biking on paths in the rockies this weekend and putzing around Breckenridge's little shops.  It's gorgeous up here (Elevation 10,000 ft)!  I'm just now getting into the reading thing.  It seems I don't have enough down time to find time to read.  I carry my book (Janet Evanovich series that Cathy got me hooked on) with me now so I can read it whenever I have a quiet moment.  (Waiting in line at the bank drive thru, post office & grocery stores, sitting in dr/dentist offices while waiting for appointments, etc etc)

(2007) Jevan is training to be a KFC manager.
(2008) "Jevan just got his long awaited promotion to Assistant Manager of KFC (Kentucky Fried Chicken).  He is now eligible for bonuses along with his big raise.  He plays softball on a rec league too.  He's a busy-body and I always nag him to call his mother (me) on his days off so I can take him to dinner for sushi.  You'd think he'd never refuse FREE food." (from Jeanie)

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I was born on June 30, 1947, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the third of five daughters of Merle Rodney Wolfe and Eunice Louise Reindl. I was raised in a primarily female environment and can remember a fun-filled childhood. We put on plays for the neighborhood; I was a Girl Scout and active at church. In high school I took office courses and sewing which would serve me well in years to come. I married Walter Slowikowski in 1963 at age 17, but the marriage was short-lived and unhappy. My first child (from this marriage), Joseph, and I moved back home with mom and dad until my remarriage five years later to Randall George Knackert.

During this time I worked for Briggs and Stratton Corporation, where I met my Randy who was working as a machine operator. Randy was born September 12, 1948, in Waukesha, Wisconsin, the son of Adrance Goulet and the late Archer Knackert, and raised in Greenfield in a large, wonderful family of eight children. During high school he played rhythm guitar and lead singer in a rock-n-roll band. He was completely self-taught on the guitar.

From May, 1968, to March, 1972, Randy served in the U.S. Navy, most of that time aboard the aircraft carrier Ticonderoga as a fireman. Several cruises took them to the Gulf of Tonkin during the Vietnam War. He also traveled to Japan, Korea, Hawaii, Hong King, Singapore, and the Phillipines. While Randy was away in the Navy, I traveled to California, Florida, Ohio, and went on many camping trips with Joey and my parents.

In 1971 I flew to California to meet Randy's ship, and we were married on October 9 in a cute little white courthouse on Coronado Island in the San Diego harbor. In 1972, after Randy's discharge from the Navy, he worked as a maintenance mechanic at Lakeview Hospital in Milwaukee .

In November of 1972 we bought a 10-acre mini-farm in Waukesha, and Randy was able to fulfill a lifetime dream of owning horses. Over the years we have also raised chickens, steers, goats, pigs, and sheep.

Randy switched jobs in May, 1974, and has worked for 12 years, first as a millwright in maintenance and now in tool and die at Johnson Controls, Waukesha . He has been actively involved in the union, AIW Local 342, and has served on numerous committees, traveled, attended classes, and served as vice-president for six years. He was elected president in January of 1987.

Randy attended horseshoeing school in Oklahoma and had a busy part-time business for many years until it became too difficult physically to continue. He cuts large amounts of firewood year-round and splits it all by hand. We had saddle horses for many years, but his interests now are in draft horses. We have two young Belgian Draft mares, full sisters, that Randy has broken and trained himself. His hobbies and interests include farming with draft horses, bow hunting, reading, TV, music, and tinkering in his workshop.

I worked two years for Lindberg/Sola Basic in Watertown as a sales correspondent. I retired at the birth of Jeremy in 1976 and have remained at home since then. We had a baby girl, Angela, in 1978. I babysat for the next nine years for several different children. For the past few years I have earned extra money at home by sewing. I am big on coupons and refunds and send in 100 refunds a month. I am active at St. Henry's Catholic Church and School and volunteer often. I served as Home and School Association vice-president and president 1985-86. I am an original member of the Watertown Genealogical Society and have served as vice-president and librarian. We have worked hard to improve our farmette where we have lived for 14 years.

My hobbies and interests, when I find the time, include sewing, refunding, tracing the family tree, and reading. My children are in many activities, and I am constantly on the go with them. As a family we enjoy camping, biking, swimming, sleigh rides, hay rides, flea markets, and attending the sports events in which our children participate.


PART 2 (13 August 2005)

After my years at home with children, in 1988 I went to work full time for Dr. Sylvia Rimm, a well-known child psychologist. Besides clinic work, she was an author and speaker. I worked at her publishing office from 1988 until 2005. Along the way, I became office manager, but in 2005, decided I'd had enough stress and left the position. I learned a lot of valuable computer skills at that job and acquired some good friends.

At home, we continued to run our mini farm, which included any farm animals we happened to be raising at the time. All along we had horses, first riding horses and later draft horses. Joseph left home to move to Florida in 1982. Jeremy and Angela became very involved in music in school and we spent many years attending their concerts and driving them to piano lessons and their sports events. All of the children left home at 18 to pursue their dreams, and I'll let each one of them tell their own stories.

My husband Randy went back to school for two years, while working, and completed certification in HVAC at WCTC. After a few years as Chief Engineer at Olympia Resort, in 1996 he accepted the position of Plant Operations Manager of Countryside Home, the county nursing facility in Jefferson , where he hopes to remain until retirement.

We started with 10 acres of land outside Watertown and had the opportunity to purchase 30 additional acres at $1000/acre. After that time, the subdivisions began to grow around us and we decided to sell and go. In 1997, we sold our home, where we had lived for 25 years, and buildings along with 5 acres and proceeded with our dream of building a log home. We kept 25 acres which we later divided into lots that sold 4 years later. North of Watertown, we purchased 12 acres on which we built a log home. It's of 2 x 6 construction with 8” pine logs that are attached both from inside and outside. The basic house package was purchased and built through Wilderness Log Homes. The house has a 36 ft long covered porch and 2 dormers in front. The fireplace is made from colorful fieldstone found on the property, and 9 acres of the 12 are heavily wooded. We did a lot of the finishing work ourselves, including installation of 1800 sq ft of ¾” hickory flooring, which is a wood grown locally. In February of 1998, we moved all our antiques and collectibles and ourselves into the house. It was just Randy and Marilyn, the kids having left home. Later we built a garage. A few years ago, 2 acres adjoining our land to the north became available, and we purchased it as a separate saleable lot. We love living here in the woods and are all by ourselves. We do not have a lawn; I have tried quite a few ground covers and use a lot woodchips. We love going for long walks with our dog. We built a little horse barn, but in 2003 we sold the last of our horses. New hobbies include walking, bicycling, riding the Harley kayaking, and Randy's rock and roll band, called “45 RPM.” They play and sing 50s and 60s music, so we are very busy doing that. I act as band manager, using the skills I learned working for Dr. Rimm. I also enjoy puttering in the plants and have a little vegetable garden.

Now that I am retired, I can devote more time to searching the family roots and have discovered the joys of genealogy using the Internet.

We also travel a lot and with children in Florida and Arizona , have visited those places often. We have also of late been to Maryland, Las Vegas , Hawaii, and I have been to Utah and southern California. We drove our Harley on a 750-mile trip around the upper half of Lake Michigan in 2004. We have also taken trips to the Mississippi River, hauling our bike in a trailer and rented a Harley in both Phoenix and Honolulu . I am both a “biker chick” and a “band groupie.” The kids come to visit regularly, and it's always fun and exciting to have them come for a visit. We also keep in close touch with family, seeing them whenever we can.

In November of 2004, I was diagnosed with lung cancer. It was discovered accidentally and I am on a “pill only” type of chemo. Lung cancer can cut your life short, but at the writing of this, I am doing and feeling quite well. Randy was diagnosed with diabetes in 1998 and does well with diet, exercise and medication. We live each day to the fullest.

(2008) In Memoriam

On October 19, 2007, we lost our wonderful sister, Marilyn June Wolfe Knackert, after a three-year battle with lung cancer.
Marilyn was born June 30, 1946, in Milwaukee, the third of five daughters of Merle and Eunice Reindl Wolfe. A non-smoker, she leaves
her devoted husband, Randy, and three children, Joe Slowikowski, Jeremy Knackert, and Angie Knackert Schultz, her mother Eunice
Wolfe, and her four sisters, Dolores Nelson, Diane Wolfe, Bev Braasch, and Janet Nuszbaum, and an extended family. Marilyn
was a wonderful, loving, intelligent, hard-working person who contributed so much to what we know about our family history.

The Child of Marilyn Wolfe and Walter Slowikowski

(1) Joseph Michael Slowskowski was born in Milwaukee on Mothers' Day, May 10, 1964. (See following sections and photos.)
  +Lorna White, m. Ocala, Florida.

The Children of Marilyn and Randy Knackert




Jeremy David Knackert was born August 3, 1976, in Watertown, during the Bicentennial Celebration. Because he could stand at three months, he was nicknamed “Bionic Baby” and “Super Baby.” He is currently a student in the fifth grade at St. Henry's Catholic School. He has been on many sports teams including bowling, baseball, soccer, and basketball. He has also attended gymnastics and swim lessons. He collects rocks, model planes, and stamps and likes video games, reading, biking, his clubhouse, and earning money. He plays trumpet in the school band. He has played piano five years, has his own piano and organ, has been in many shows and recitals, and has played at nursing homes. He hopes to play the church organ by high school and to earn money with his music some day.




Angela Beth Knackert was born October 9, 1978, on her parents' seventh wedding anniversary, In Watertown. Ang, or Angie, is also referred to as “Beauty Queen” by her dad because she is very tall, thin, and long-legged. She attended nursery school and took ballet and tap lessons for over four years. Angela has also attended gymnastics classes and swimming lessons, has played on a T-ball team, and has taken piano lessons for over two years. She likes fashion, crafts, stamp collecting, reading, roller skating, biking, and earning money helping her mom, who is teaching her how to sew. She is in the second grade at St. Henry's and is a top reader and a Brownie.

2005 -- Angie Knackert -- Jeremy Knackert -- Joe Slowikowski

2007 -- left is Hannah, 11, and right is Sarah, 15 --
dogs are Stryker and Sadie

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I was born in Milwaukee on Mothers' Day, May 10, 1964, the son of Marilyn June Wolfe and Walter Slowikowski. We lived one year at my Grandma and Grandpa Slowikowski's, another year in an apartment, and, when my parents divorced in 1966, my mother and I lived with Grandma and Grandpa Wolfe. I was called Joey and later Joe, but my nickname was “Ducky.” While Mom worked I went to nursery school from age two until Kindergarten.

When Mom married Randy Knackert in 1971, we moved to a little farm in Watertown . I had a pony and helped on the farm. I kept busy with school activities and played baseball, basketball, and bowled in grade school. In my bedroom I had a huge beer can collection and a room full of beer memorabilia. I was active in 4-H, grew strawberries, raised chickens, and won awards in photography and art.

In high school I worked as a stock boy at Riverview Grocery and then as a cooks' assistant at Watertown Inn. I got my first car at 16, graduated from high school in 1982, and moved out on my own. I continued at the restaurant and also worked baling hay at different area farms that summer. I had always loved traveling on vacation to Florida , so in fall of 1982 I moved on my own to Ocala, Florida . I worked the first year doing maintenance at a thoroughbred horse farm. In 1983 I got a better-paying job nights as an order puller/tugger driver at Certified Grocers Warehouse.

I attended Ocala Community College full time for 15 months for a certificate in auto body, a specialty of that school. I paint and restore cars in my rented shop part-time. I have even won some local awards for my work. I am hoping to expand my part-time auto body business to full time in the future.

I have my own apartment and rent the attached shop facilities where I have accumulated a lot of equipment. I am 22 and in my spare time enjoy bachelorhood, meeting new friends (especially girls), my jet ski, the sunny Florida beaches and rivers, and church activities. I live about 70 miles from my Knackert relatives and see them on special occasions. I fly home to Wisconsin for vacations where I split my time between the Slowikowskis, Mom and Dad, and the Wolfe relatives. I have a stepbrother, William S., and a stepsister, Paula Slowikowski.

Note: Joe recently went to work for Mark III Conversion Vans in Ocala doing production paint work, working 65 hours a week and liking it so much better. The new job will add to his auto painting/body work experience.


(June 2006) Joe married Lorna White, and they own their home at 947 NE 5th St, Ocala, FL, which they worked hard to update. They have two children, Hannah Faith, age 9, and Sarah Emily age, 13. Hannah and Sarah are home-schooled and are active in a home-school group, which includes such activities as field trips and science fairs. They are active in their church, especially the theatre productions the church puts on. Sarah and Hannah have taken extensive horse riding instructions and are avid readers. Sarah is a member of PUP (Pets Uplifting People) and attends weekly dog obedience classes with her dog, Sadie. She is an expert dog trainer and hopes to pursue a career involving dogs. Hannah is very involved with dance and is in productions regularly. Both girls take piano lessons from their grandmother, Florence, but Hannah takes the most interest in that. Joe has a specialty painting business located between Ocala and Gainesville called Spectrum Paint and Auto Body. It has evolved over the years to where he is a subcontractor, specializing in spray-on bed liners and custom truck accessories. His hobbies include watching football, playing fantasy football, rummage sales, and restoring antiques. He collects antique lanterns. His wife, Lorna, has a business from their home doing legal work electronically. She sings and plays drums at church and stars in the church Christmas production. (by Marilyn Knackert)

The Children of Joe and Lorna Slowikowski

(1) Joseph Michael Slowskowski was born in Milwaukee on Mothers' Day, 10 May 1964. (See photos above)
  + Lorna White, m. Ocala, Florida
  (A) Sarah Emily Slowikowski was born 7 March 1992, Ocala, FL.  
  (B) Hannah Faith Slowikowski was born 19 December 1996, Ocala, FL.

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(2006) Since I was five years old, I've been involved with music. Since high school, I've played jazz, blues, country, techno, dance and rock in several bands. I graduated from the University of Wisconsin - Whitewater with a BA in Communications.

Although I spent the first 28 years in Wisconsin, I have been living in Phoenix now for a year and a half and I love it. I'm employed as a graphic designer with a local firm plus I have plenty of side work to keep me busy.

Work doesn't stop on the weekends, but I can hardly call it work. I'm playing with a local band called 'Zimis', and it's not uncommon for me to play two to three shows a week.  Playing bass is one of my favorite pasttimes and it's nice to make money and have fun doing it.

I enjoy hiking and biking around the beautiful Arizona landscapes (when it's not too warm). Recently I've taken up photography and I'm completely hooked. I don't go anywhere without my camera. I also enjoy swimming, learning about history and researching my families' heritage.

Life is good in Phoenix. There's always something to do. My girlfriend Mackenzie and I keep busy seeking out new adventure and we take in all Arizona has to offer.

Update November 2006: Jeremy is now employed by Charles Schwab in Phoenix as a graphic designer for training.

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I was raised on a little farm in Watertown , born there October 9, 1978. I was very involved in music both in grade school and high school and took 9 years of piano lessons. I also play saxophone and keyboard. I was active in sports until high school, namely basketball and soccer. After high school, I attended Madison Area Technical College, Madison campus, full time, for 12 months to obtain my license in cosmetology. I went on to complete other related courses in my field. After working in Madison for awhile, I decided to move to Scottsdale, Arizona in 2000, where I am currently self-employed as a hairdresser at Salon Synergy in Old Town. I also do part-time work for a stockbroker and drive a peda -cab for stadium events. I love being involved in Scottsdale Triathlon, bicycling, swimming, water aerobics, belly dancing, roller blading, mountain hiking, and all types of exercise.

(November 2006)
Angie moved back to Wisconsin,
is working in a new resort in Lake Geneva, and has a boyfriend
(Jerry, above).

>> Jerry and Angie Schultz
29 August 2007
Wedding in Lake Mills, WI

(2005) My other hobbies include: going out to hear bands, dancing, singing karaoke, and travel. I love to sew and have added cooking to my interests. I am single and share my life with my cat, Fernanda, and my Aussie-mix dog, Jasper. I'll be moving back to Wisconsin, January, 2006, which has made my parents very happy. I will continue to be a self-employed hairdresser and have accepted a position at Boti Salon in Madison.

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Hi, we're the Braasch family – Marty, Bev, Ryan, and Andy. We live near the small village of Dousman, about 40 miles west of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Also residing with us are our dogs, Holly and Dandy, a gerbil named Whiskers, and Chippy the goldfish.

Marty (Martin Richard Braasch) and I were both born and raised in Milwaukee (Marty on June 2, 1947, and I on February 1, 1949), met on a blind date while still in high school, and were married on August 24, 1968, after Marty's third year of college. After graduating with a BBA from the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee (U.W.M.), Marty went to work as an underwriter for the Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company. Except for a brief stint with the Army National Guard, he has been with NML ever since, currently as Assistant Regional Director of Underwriting. Marty loves the outdoors and is an avid hunter and fisherman.

I also graduated from U.W.M. with a BS in medical technology and worked in a hospital lab for four years until baby Ryan arrived in 1978. After Ryan's birth I went back to lab work for a short time, then switched to real estate sales for several years. Since Andy's arrival in 1982, I have been perfecting (?) the role of mom/homemaker with a little volunteer work on the side. I enjoy photography, reading, and racquetball.

As a family we especially enjoy our cabin in Door County, Wisconsin , sometimes called “the Cape Cod of the Midwest.” Marty and the boys do most of their fishing there, and we all enjoy boating, swimming, and hiking together. After some remodeling of and addition to the existing building, we plan to live there all summer after retirement. Life is very full and busy, and we feel very fortunate to have so much, especially our health and our family.

The Children of Bev and Marty Braasch



Ryan Matthew Braasch, age 9 (born June 9, 1978 in Milwaukee), has just completed the third grade at Dousman Elementary school. He likes to swim, fish, play soccer, roller skate, read, and work on computers. He's active in the Cub Scouts and is a member of the Milwaukee Brewers (baseball) Fan Club.


Andrew Martin Braasch, age 5, was born June 16, 1982, in Milwaukee. Andy attends the Kettle Moraine Pre-School and is looking forward to kindergarten. When asked about his interests, he answered, “I like to play, chew gum, and get presents.” He also enjoys swimming and computer games.

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Born on April 9, 1951, the last girl of five to Merle and Eunice Wolfe. Graduated from Washington High School (Milwaukee) in June of 1969, majoring in subjects pertaining to office work. Attended Milwaukee School of Engineering in 1972 and 1973 while an employee there. Took various general studies courses.

After working various secretarial jobs, met and married John Roy Haefemeyer (son of Roland and Betty Evans Haefemeyer) on May 31, 1975. Gave birth to twin daughters, Michelle Lee and Jackie Ann, on September 3, 1976 . On December 18, 1978, gave birth to Daniel Roy. Divorced in April of 1979 and married William Henry Nuszbaum (son of Frank Matthew and Melda Jane Howard Nuszbaum) on December 31, 1979 (New Year's Eve), at my home on North 90th Street in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Moved to Las Vegas, Nevada, in November of 1981 to get away from the cold winters of Wisconsin. With the exception of five months when I lived in Kissimmee, Florida, from September of 1985 to January of 1986, I have resided in Las Vegas.

Divorced Bill on March 6, 1984. Currently working as an Administrative Aide since March 1986, for JWJ Enterprises, Inc., contracted by the Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority to publish the Official Visitors Guide to Las Vegas .

The Childen of Janet and John Haefemeyer

(1) Michelle Lee Haefemeyer, born 3 September 1976, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
+ David Lemke, Capt, USMC, married September 2004, Waukesha, Wisconsin
(A) Hailey Carolina Lemke, born January 2006, Virginia.
(2) Jackie Ann Haefemeyer, born September 3, 1976, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
+ David Horning, married September 10, 2005, Pewarkee, Wisconsin


Daniel Roy Haefemeyer, born 1978




Michelle and Dave's Wedding -- September 2004
Dan, Jackie, Michelle, Dave, Janet
Jackie and Dave's Wedding
September 2005
Miss Hailey Lemke
June 2007

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Lakenmacher (Lakemacher)

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Child of Christian and Katharina Schmitt

(1) Johann (or John) Schmitt , born 13 September 1834, in Mittenheim, Hesse-Darmstadt, Germany. Died 13 August 1891, Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
+ Louisa von Grabowski, born 1837 Pommerania, Germany, settling in Milwaukee in 1853. Married after 1853. They were probably divorced between 1862 and 1873. Louisa died June 3, 1882.
+ Alwina (Alvina) Thieme , born 7 Aug 1845 in Saxonia, Germany; died 18 Jul 1928 in Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, daughter of Louis and Amalia Dittmar Thieme; married 2 or 6 Jun 1873 in Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, divorced 16 April 1878 (date in newspaper). Alwina later married Lorenz Hasskerl. SEE INFORMATION UNDER THIEME. Died 18
Jul 1928 in Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
+ Josephine Deckert, born 21 May 1878, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, daughter of Jacob (b 17 Oct 1885) and Eliz Deckert. Josephine died April 26, 1885.

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Johann (John) Schmitt was born September 13, 1834, in Mittenheim, Hesse-Darmstadt, Germany. John migrated to Milwaukee from Germany in 1852 at 18 years old, seeking a more liberal government. (Marilyn's notes say he came in Oct, 1854, Portland, Maine.) His occupation then was a cooper. He married Louisa von Grabowski around this time and they had five children, 4 of whom survived. At age 30, he volunteered and enlisted in the Union Cause, Civil War, on February 4, 1864, for a period of three years, Company L, Fourth Wisconsin Cavalry. He was promoted to Corporal and then Sergeant. In the spring of 1864, his regiment went on a small expedition in Mississippi and to picket duty. Then on to the Battle of Camp Bisland near Brashear City, an engagement at Opelousas, La., and the assault on Port Hudson. He received an honorable discharge, by reason of physical disability, and mustered out on July 10, 1865 . Military records list his personal description as: age 46, height 5 ft 3 in., fair complexion, blond hair, blue eyes (some records say gray), and occupation a cooper.

Pension application paper states: “That while a member of the organization aforesaid in the service and in the line of his duty at West Point, Texas, in or about the month of May, 1865, he contracted a severe cold, which subsequently resulted in rheumatism, for which he was treated in the following hospitals: New Orleans Hospital, May 7 1865 for 2 wks; Vicksburg Hospital, June, 1865 for 5 wks.; Hospital near Madison, Wis. For 6 days July, 1865. He was discharged by reason of physical disability. That since leaving the service aforesaid, this applicant is suffering with rheumatism more or less, every year, for longer or shorter periods, and is unable to perform any hard work or labor. That he has not been employed in the military or naval service, otherwise them as stated above. That since leaving the service of the United States this applicant has resided in the City and County of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and his occupation has been that of a salesman. That prior to his entry into the service above named he was a man of good, sound, physical health, being when enrolled a Private, and when discharged a Corporal. That he is now partly disabled from obtaining his subsistence by manual labor, by reason of his disease above described, received in the service of the United States , and he makes this declaration for the purpose of being placed on the invalid pension roll of the U.S. etc.

Dated 1889, a sworn affidavit about his illness since in the Wisconsin Cavalry states: "John Schmitt has been affected with rheumatism during all that time to the extent that it totally incapacitated him to earn a subsistence by manual labor. He walked lame and complained of much pain in his limbs and various parts of his body, especially in bad weather and on the approach of storms. During all that time has resided at his present place of residence but has been employed as a steam engineer in the City of Milwaukee and in going to and coming from his work, has passed Schmitt's place of business almost daily and frequently met and conversed with him.That in or about May, 1885, said Schmitt had a very hard attack of the rheumatism, which confined him to his house and part of

the time to his bed during the balance of the summer and throughout the following fall and winter. He was much of this time unable to dress himself and affiant frequently helped him to dress; he was attended by Dr. H. A. Marden who came daily for several weeks and after that less frequently for several months. That ever since that attack said Schmitt has been a constant sufferer from rheumatism so that he limps more than before and usually supports himself with a cane and has the appearance of an invalid. He complains of suffering and a great deal from rheumatic pains and his appearance indicated the same. He died before the pension could be paid to him."

Some time before 1873, John and Louise were divorced. In 1873 he married Alvina Thieme and they had three children. They had a wine and liquor business at 553 12th St, Milwaukee. The business was evidently started around 1875 and he operated it for the rest of his life or approximately 16 years. In April of 1878, Alvina divorced John, claiming that he did not love or support her and their children and that he was cruel and saw other women. However, the divorce record does not give his side of the story. Alvina was awarded custody of the children and $1000 settlement. In 1880, she and the three children were living with her mother and two sisters.

Just five weeks later, at age 43, John married Josephine Deckert, who was 25. She lived until 1885 and he lived until 1891. He and his first and third wives are buried at Union Cemetery in Milwaukee. A court record from 1887 says that his liquor stock was attached by the government. Closing of the store resulted from infractions of the law. He was allowed to keep it open and sell only properly packaged items, not refilled and unstamped.

A biography written later on states that Johan Schmitt was a sturdy German, was esteemed, respected, and did much for the advancement of Milwaukee.

John Schmitt's Liquor Store

Children of John and Louisa von Grabowski Schmitt

(1) Ida Schmitt
+ Frank Sebastian

Lizetta Schmitt


Phillip R. Schmitt, b.a. 1861, a doctor on Sherman Blvd, .

+ Delia Ehlert, married November 1892
(4) Gustav Schmitt, b.a. 1863, a doctor on Sherman Blvd
+ Laura Schroeder b.a. 1865., married August 8, 1889,
(5) Child did not survive

Children of John and Alwina Thieme Schmitt

(A) Eleanor Schmitt
(B) Herman Schmitt b.a. 1878 married Carrie b.a. 1882
(C) Adeline Schmitt (dec.)
(D) Virginia Schmitt
(E) Herman Schmitt
(F) Arthur Schmitt, born 22 Sep 1873 in Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wisconsin; died 20 Nov 1942 in Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
+ Louise Gallun, born 17August 1876 in Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, daughter of Henry and Louisa Anweiler Gallun; died 1 Nov 1961 in Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Married 6 Nov 1895 in Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Louis Schmitt, born 1875.

(H) Dorothy Schmitt ( Fla )
(I) George Schmitt
(J) Herb Schmitt (Dec.)

Children of Alwina Thieme and Lorenz Hasskerl

(A) Marie Hasskerl
(B) August Hasskerl
(C) Phillip Hasskerl

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The Children of Anna and ??? Dilges

(1) Appolonia Dilges , died March 28, 1911, in Milwaukee.
+ Peter Anweiler , born about 1823, married January 20, 1848, in Maikammer, Pfalz, Bayern, Germany
(2) Andreas (Andrew) Jacob Dilges (great-grandfather of Don Dilges)
(Apollonia had 7 sisters and some stayed in Germany.)

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(From Don Dilges) "Peter Anweiler married Apollonia Dilges January 20, 1848, in the town of Maikammer, Pfalz, Bayern.  She died 28 March 1911, in Milwaukee, and they are buried in Calvary Cemetery in Milwaukee right next to Andreas (Andrew) Jacob DILGES (brother of Apollonia, my great great grandfather) in the family plot. 

"I never found the route they took to come to Milwaukee, but I think Andrew DILGES came with them in 1853. Apollonia had 7 sisters and some stayed in Germany.

"Anna Margrethe Stern Dilges (Apollonia's mother), is also buried there (the spelling at the cemetery was wrong. She is listed as DILCHES, but it should have been DILGES.  It is the right person from her birth date back in Maikammer. You will also find Calvary Cemetery is where several ANNWEILER/ANWEILER family members are.  Yes, some records have a double nn and some a single n in the name; people didn't spell well and it didn't matter as much back then.  (You may also be able to find Peter in the 1957-58 city directory if you see the last name under ANEVILER, because it sounds similar).

"Peter Anweiler worked as a tanner. 1860 census Milw Peter Anweiler 37 porter born Bavaria Caroline Anweiler 37 “ (not shown as Appollonia?) Louisa Anweiler 11 “ Rosina 4 b Wis Elizabeth 2 b Wis

"In 1885 he is listed as a porter/laborer at A.E. Gardner & Co. (rubber & leather belting, gunpowder, etc) He is listed in the Milwaukee City Directories in 1860 on 113 Lyon, 1870, 3, 4, 1880, 5, 7 at 753 Jefferson. Appollonia in shown as "Caroline," 37.

"1860 census Milw Peter Anweiler 37 porter born Bavaria Caroline Anweiler 37 “   (not shown as Appollonia?)

"1870 census Milw Louisa is gone from home now Peter 50 laborer Appolonia 48 Rosina 14 Elizabeth 12 scholar John 4

"1880 census Milw Anweiller, Peter 62 clerk; he and parents b Bavaria; Anweiller, Abelonia 59 keeps house; she and parents b Bavaria Anweiler, John 13 porter b Bavaria.

"After Peter's death, Appolonia lives at this address. Until 1904, John is listed as a printer;  afterward he works at V. Schoenecker Boot & Shoe Co. 1913 says shoe dealer; also 1905 census.  Children: Marie b. June 1889 Albert J. b Oct 1891 Milw dir 1912, clerk. 1919 Mrs. May, bookkeeper at Schoenecker Margaret b.a. 1905 ."

The Children of Peter and Apollonia Dilges Anweiler

(1) Louisa Anweiler , born May 17, 1849, Germany, died October 17, 1914, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  Her year of arrival to the US is listed as 1853. In 1869-70, she is listed as a servant, working at 566 Van Buren.

+ Henry Gallun, born 29 May 1845 in Osterwieck, Prussia, Germany; died 1 Apr 1919 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, son of August Gallun and Louise (Lakenmacher) Gallun; married October 30, 1869 in Milwaukee.

(2) Rosina Anweiler, born about 1855, died 26 October 1870.  In the United States Census 1860 for Milwaukee, she is listed as age 4, born Wisconsin. She never married (died too young).
(3) Elizabeth Anweiler, born about 1858. In the United States Census 1860 for Milwaukee, she is listed as age 2, born Wisconsin.
+ ? Braun, married May 18, 1880. 




John Anweiler, born March 1866, in Wisconsin, listed on 1880 US Census as a porter, age 13. In the 1900 US Census , his age is 34, married 10 yrs, wholesale leather shipping clerk. Until 1904, John is listed as a printer; afterward he works at V. Schoenecker Boot & Shoe Co.; also 1905 census. The Milwaukee City Directory for 1907 lists his wife as Laura. The Milwaukee City Directory for 1913 says shoe dealer. In the 1930 Milwaukee Census, John is shown as age 64, owns own home, age 24 at marriage. After Peter's death, Appolonia lives at this address.
+ Mary (Maria) Anna SCHENECKE, born August 19, 1870, in Wisconsin. In the US Census 1900 she is shown as age 29 with three children, two surviving. In 1930 Milwaukee Census listed as age 59, wife of John, age 19 at marriage. She died February 21, 1944 .
(A) Mary Anweiler, born June 1989, listed in the 1900 Census as daughter, age 10
(B) Albert Anweiler, born October 1991, son, age 8

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Louis and Maria Thieme were the maternal grandparents of Arthur Schmitt. Louis Thieme was born in Prussia June 27, 1821. Louis Thieme married Maria Amalia Dittmar, assumed in Germany. She was born in Prussia about 1819, as were her parents. They immigrated to the United States, along with their daughter, Alwina, to Milwaukee, Wisconsin .

They arrived in New York City on May 6, 1852, on the Austrian brig Reform from Hamburg. The passenger list shows exactly (hard to read) : Louis Tieme age 30, Emlalie Tieme age 30, Alwina age 7, Gustav Felix 17 (unknown to us), Carl Thieme age 40, Emeline Thieme age 40, Louise Thieme age 14, Ferdinand Thieme age 1-1/2, Carl Thieme age 9-1/2, and Hermine age 2.

Louis first appears in the Milwaukee City Directory in 1860 and is listed as a shoemaker. In 1863, he is listed as grocer and shoemaker at 1401 Cherry. In 1871, he is listed as grocer, retired: however, in 1872, he is listed as grocery and saloon at the same address, which was also his residence.

Louis and Maria had four daughters: Alwina, Johanna, Auguste, and Henrietta. Louis died December 3, 1874, at the age of 53 years, 5 months. An article appeared under “personals” in the Milwaukee Sentinel on December 5, 1874, which read: “Louis Thieme, an old resident of Milwaukee died Thursday morning.” He is buried at Union Cemetery. The city directories in 1889 and 1890 list Mary Thieme, widow of Louis, 583 28th St .

Carl Thieme, who arrived with Louis, is believed to be a brother or cousin. The 1870 Federal Census in Milwaukee lists a Charles Thieme, age 58, born 1812, who works as a tailor for a clothing store. Also listed is Emilia Thieme age 58. Also Hermine (Thieme) Kegel age 20, and Charles Kegel, age 21, her husband, who works for an upholsterer. All are from Prussia. The 1880 census lists Charles Thieme, age 69, a tailor born in Saxony, as were his parents. With him is his wife Emilia Thieme, age 68, also born in Saxony, as were her parents. Hermine Thieme married Carl Koegel (spelling on marriage record) January 1, 1870; Hermine died quite young on November 19, 1882. There are other Thiemes in the records for Milwaukee, but their exact relationship to our family tree is not yet determined.

The Descendants of Louis and Maria Amalia Dittmar Thieme


Alvina (or Alwina) Thieme , born 7 or 17 August 1845, Saxonia, Prussia. She died 18 July 1928 in Milwaukee.

+ Johann Schmitt, born 13 Sep 1834 in Mittenheim, Hesse-Darmstadt, Germany, son of Christian and Katharina Schmitt; died 13 Aug 1891 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Married 2 June 1873 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. go to
Johann and Alwina had a wine and liquor business at 553 12th St, Milwaukee. On April 1, 1878, Alwina divorced John, claiming that he did not love or support her and their children and that he was cruel and saw other women. However, the divorce record does not give his side of the story. Alwina was awarded custody of the children and $1000 settlement. Just five weeks later, John married Josephine Deckert. In 1880, Alwina and the three children (Arthur 7, Louis 4, and Herman 2) were living with her mother and two sisters. Alwina is listed as a grocer in 1911 at age 67. Eunice said Alwina was referred to as “Grandma Hasskerl.” Alvina is listed as a widow, living with Maria, in the 1905 Wisconsin Census, but Lorenz Sr. is alive (see section about him below).

Arthur Schmitt

+ Louise Gallun go to
(1') Eleanor Laura Schmitt go to
(B) Herman Schmitt
(1') Adeline Schmitt
(2') Virginia Schmitt
(3') Herman Schmitt
(4') Arthur Schmitt
(5') Dorothy Schmitt (Fla),
(6') George Schmitt
(7') Herb Schmitt

Louis Schmitt, never married

+ Lorenz Wm Hasskerl was born February 25, 1847, in Saxonia, Germany, the son of John and Christine Hasskerl. Alwina married Lorenz, a cooper, May 13, 1882. Lorenz Sr. lived seven years in the Milwaukee County infirmary in Wauwatosa, died May 23, 1918, and is buried at Potters Field, where he is listed as divorced. In the 1905 Census, Alwina is listed as a widow, living with Maria, but Lorenz Sr is actually alive. He had lived in Wisconsin 47 yrs and was 71 at his death.

Lorenz Hasskerl Jr., occupation cooper.

(B) Maria Hasskerl, occupation clerk.
+Ralph, divorced.
(1') Marion, retarded daughter.
(C) Emil Hasskerl, born May 23, 1883; died Nov 20, 1888.


Henrietta Thieme was born July 23, 1854, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She is listed in 1860, 1870 and 1880 censuses, living at home age 25 until her marriage. Henrietta died August 3, 1901.
+ Henry F. Kruecke was born in Germany to Ernst and Sophie Kruecke. Henry and Henrietta were married on September 3, 1881. The Milwaukee City Directory 1889 lists Henry Kruecke bookkeeper 588 28th St, and in 1890 at 588 28th St and 619 Cedar. Henry is in the city directory until 1890, but he died April 22, 1901. Henrietta died a few months later. The family story says when the Krueckes died young, the Kirsches (Henrietta's sister Auguste and Herman Kirsch) became legal guardians of their children.
(A) Grover Kruecke, living on his own in 1910.


Amalia H. (Molly) Kruecke was born in 1887 in Wisconsin and raised by her Aunt Alwina. The 1910 US Census lists her age as 23, a hairdresser, and living with Karl Weber and wife Martha and their child Don. Next door is August Weber (51), wife Martha (43), and daughter Olam (20).
  + Arnold Scheurer
  (1') Winifred Scheurer
    + ? Holden
  (2') Henrietta Scheurer
    + ? Somner
  (3') Ed Scheurer
  (4') Janet Scheurer
    + Paul Currer (Dr)

Mata or Meta Kruecke. The 1910 US Census shows her, age 20, single, living with Herman (53) and Augusta Kirsch, and listed as 'the maid.' Herman Kirsch is a superintendent. Augusta's parents were both born in Germany.

  + Matt Castenholz
(D) Dela Kruecke was raised by Aunt Johanna. (no documentation).
  + Karl Weber


Auguste Thieme was born December 31, 1856, in Germany, according to the 1920 Census. On Marsh 25, 1880, she married Herman F. Kirsch, a carpenter. The family story is that Kirsches were legal guardians of the Kruecke children after their parents died. Meta Kruecke was living with them in 1920.
+ Herman F. Kirsch, born November 4, 1856, Milwaukee; married March 24 or 25, 1880, a carpenter, son of Rudolph and Emilie Kirsch. In Milwaukee City Directory 1889 and 1890, Herman is listed at 592 28th Street, carpenter. The 1930 Milwaukee Census shows Herman Kirsch 73, Auguste Kirsch 73, and Elsie Schaefer daughter 41 a widow, Thelma Schaefer, granddaughter age 19, chief clerk Telephone Company (the only one working), Milton grandson 16, and Harvey grandson 15. .



Oscar Kirsch was born March 1881. In 1910, Oscar's household consisted of himself, age 29, his wife Cora, 19, their 3-year-old son, Alvin, and Cora's 16-year-old brother, Leroy Forbes; Oscar is a superintendent at Sash and Door and Leroy is a foreman there. In 1920 they have a boarder, and both Oscar and the boarder are listed as being house carpenters.
  + Cora Forbes (later divorced).
  (1') Alvin Kirsch, age 10 in 1910.
  (2') Harold Kirsch, age 7 in 1910.
  (3') Norman Kirsch, age 4 in 1910.
  (4') Oliver Kirsch, age 1 in 1910.
(B) Elsie or Else Kirsch was born October 1888; in 1930 Census, she is listed as a widow.
+ John Schaefer, secretary, born approximately 1886.
(1') Thelma Schaefer, born about 1911. In 1930 Milwaukee Census, she is listed as granddaughter, 19, chief clerk at the telephone company and only one in family working.
+ Schumacher (Waukesha).
(2') Milton Schaefer, born about 1914 (Ohio). In 1930 Milwaukee Census, listed as grandson, age 16.
(3') Harvey Schaefer, born about 1915 (Sheboygan). In 1930 Milwaukee Census, listed as grandson, age 15.






Johanna Thieme was born February 23, 1860, in Milwaukee. Johanna married Theodor Ritter on December 5, 1880, but he must not have lived long after that. In 1900 she is listed as head of the house, widowed, and keeper of a “boarding” house. Since Theodor disappears on the later census, it is logical that after he died, she took in boarders. Two lodgers are listed: Mathilde C. L. Dierks, age 29, theatre actress, and Robt Merrill, 37, secretary at mining company. In 1920, she is also listed as keeping a boarding house, and the only boarder listed is a 37 year old male named Thos Chapeneau (looks like). She lists that she has no children. Note that she is 60 in 1920. Since she lodges an actress and single men, it may have given her a reputation. Eunice remembered “Aunt Hannah,” and it is believed this is Johanna. It is possible that Aunt Johanna was the keeper of a "bawdy" house, according to legend told by Eunice. Perhaps as a kid they made comments behind her back and you heard it. We have two postcards. One says "Aunt Johanna to Eleanore" and is a picture of Johanna. The other postcard says "To Eleanore from Tilla Dierks " and appears to be some type of theatrical scene showing a man and lady who are real people. Johanna cared for Dela Kruecke, the daughter of her deceased sister, who had to help by keeping the stoves going.

+ Theodore Ritter, a shoemaker, was born in Erfurt, Saxonia, Germany, to Caspter and Amalia Ritter. Theodore is listed as single in 1870 and 1880; the census was taken just before his marriage to Johanna on December 5, 1880. In 1889 Theodore Ritter is listed at 310 West Water, boots and shoes (res & bus); 1890 Theodore Ritter, saloon 616 North Ave, also 1890. Mrs. Johanne Ritter, is enumerated at 617-1/2 Chestnut. The index for Milwaukee vital statistics for Theodore Ritter shows death January 16, 1892, or death July 4, 1892.

Arnold and Amalia Thieme Scheurer

Auguste Thieme Kirsch

Johanna Thieme

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(Note: The Vonier and Reindl family information was collected by Ruth Reindl Mead and
Elizabeth (Betty) Lehrbaummer Haker, both now deceased, and distributed to family members.)

Theodul Vonier, born 16 Jun 1833 in Bihlafingen, Wurttemberg, Germany; died 18 Apr 1900 in Muttensweiler, Wurttemberg, Germany, son of Stephan Vonier and Genovefa (Amann) Vonier. He married on 25 Nov 1862 in Ringschnait, Wurttemberg, Germany Marie Agathe (Minst) Vonier, born 15 May 1838 in Winterreuthe, Wurttemberg, Germany; died 18 Nov 1903 in Muttensweiler, Wurttemberg, Germany, daughter of Magnus Minst and Elisabetha (Rehm) Minst. Theodul Vonier lived in Bihlafingen, Hagenbuch in 1879, Stafflangen in 1883. This and information on children found MF1,051,838 (Germany), section I, p. 223,4, Familienregister from 1820, Rom.-Kath. Kirche, Kirchenbuch, Ringschnait, Baden-Wurttemburg. Theodul's occupation is listed as Ziegler in Bihlafingen.

The following is from Betty Haker: "The Voniers had a farm and brickyard (Ziegelei) in Ringschnait, and they later moved to Muttensweiler where they established another brickyard.

The household included 'Bali' (Mary Rehm), a deaf mute aunt of Agatha who lived with them and helped care for the children.

They were devout Catholics and had a chapel built on their premises where the family worshipped daily. This religious environment undoubtedly had a lot to do with Martin (Abbot Anscar), the fifteenth child, entering the priesthood.

The name Vonier suggests French origin, but the biographers of Abbot Anscar Vonier trace the origin to the Tirol, a profoundly Catholic province of the Austrian Empire.

Agathe and Theodul Vonier

Another statement, but without corroboration: They evidently had been driven out of France during the uprising against the Catholics, settling in southern Germany.

Elisabetha left Germany in 1886 at the age of 19, and after a two-week voyage on the steamer Fulda, arrived in New York in July of that year. She had been sent to America by her parents to look for her sister Maria Anna who had not written home for some time. On arriving in New York she found her sister married to John Reindl; she stayed with her for four years. At the suggestion of Maria Anna, she came to Milwaukee to visit her three brothers, Louis (Laurentius), who had a thriving grocery, saloon, and flour and feed business at 12th and Vliet Street, William (Stephanus), and Theodor, both of whom worked for Louis. Elisabetha arrived in Milwaukee at Christmas time, a busy time in the business, and lent a hand, staying longer than she expected, and eventually meeting Raimund Lehrbaummer, marrying him, and settling down to raise a family of three children.

The Children of Theodul and Agathe Vonier



Maria Ursula Vonier, born 19 Apr 1858 in Ringschnait, Wurttemberg, , Germany; died 2 Dec 1902 in Saginaw, Michigan. BIRTH: Fam. Register Winterreute, Bd17 Seite 53/54, Katholisches Pfarramt, Maria Himmelfahrt, 7950 Biberach-Ringschnait -- Entry reads "spuria," meaning illegitimate; parents were married in 1862.
+ John Schwarz



Lorenz Vonier, born 19 Apr 1859 in Ringschnait, Wurttemberg, , Germany; died 6 Nov 1859 in Ringschnait, Wurttemberg, , Germany. Notes: BIRTH: Fam. Register Winterreute, Bd 17 Seite 53/54, Katholisches Pfarramt, Maria Himmelfahrt, 7950 Biberach-Ringschnait Entry reads "spurius," meaning illegitimate; parents were married in 1862.
(3) Laurentius (Louis) Vonier, born 15 Aug 1863 in Ringschnait, Wurttemberg, Germany; died 24 Jan 1907 in Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
+ Anna Wegner.
(4) Maria Anna Vonier, born 3 Jun 1864 in Ringschnait, Wurttemburg, Germany; died 3 May 1942 in Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
+ John Reindl, born 5 Jul 1864; died 25 Mar 1942 in Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, son of Joseph Reindl and Sophie (Holsteen) Reindl; married on 8 Mar 1884 in New York, NY
(5) Elisabetha Vonier, born 16 Jun 1865 in Ringschnait, Wurttemberg, Germany; died 22 Jun 1865 in Ringschnait, Wurttemberg, Germany.
+ Raimund Lehrbaummer.
(6) Magnus Vonier, born 6 Jun 1866 in Ringschnait, Wurttemberg, Germany; died 10 May 1943 in Kirchberg, Biberach, Wurttemberg, Germany.

Elisabetha Ursula Vonier, born 31 May 1867 in Ringschnait, Wurttemberg, Germany; died 17 Sep 1951 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

  + Raimund Lehrbaummer, born 30 Mar 1862 in Steyer, Austria; died 25 Apr 1948 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin; married 25 Jun 1896 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
The Descendants of Raimund and Elisabetha Vonier Lehrbaummer and Family Album
(8) William Stephanus Vonier, born 10 Oct 1868 in Ringschnait, Wurttemberg, Germany; died 15 Feb 1961 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
+ Etta Josephine Sprague, married on 4 Jun 1891 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, born 9 Mar 1874; died 12 Oct 1947 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
(9) Theresia Vonier, born 22 Oct 1869 in Ringschnait, Wurttemberg, Germany; died 30 Nov 1869 in Ringschnait, Wurttemberg, Germany.
(10) Antonius Vonier, born 25 Oct 1870 in Ringschnait, Wurttemberg, Germany; died 25 Oct 1870 in Ringschnait, Wurttemberg, Germany.
(11) Josepha Vonier, Sister, born 7 Nov 1871 in Ringschnait, Wurttemberg, Germany; died 21 Dec 1953 in Paris, France. Notes: Occupation -- entered convent 9 Aug 1890.
(12) Theodor Vonier, born 18 Oct 1872 in Ringschnait, Wurttemberg, Germany; died 24 Dec 1893 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
(13) Philomena Vonier, born 25 Sep 1873 in Ringschnait, Wurttemberg, Germany; died 20 Oct 1873 in Ringschnait, Wurttemberg, Germany.
(14) Maria Agatha Vonier, born 29 Nov 1874 in Ringschnait, Wurttemberg, Germany; died 9 Nov 1965 in Muttensweiler, Wurttemberg, Germany.
+ Xaver Sproll, married 9 Feb 1899 in Germany.
(15) Martinus (Anscar) Vonier Abbot, born 11 Nov 1875 in Ringschnait, Wurttemberg, Germany; died 26 Dec 1938 in Buckfast, Devon, England. Notes: OCCUPATION: Priesterweihe 17 Dec 1898; Abbot 18 Nov 1906.
(16) Maria Magdalena Vonier, born 21 Jul 1877 in Ringschnait, Wurttemberg, Germany; died 29 Jul 1961 in Kisslegg, Wurttemberg, Germany.
+ Franz Naegele, born in Kisslegg, Germany, married 3 Aug 1908.
(17) Joseph Vonier, born 13 Jul 1878 in Ringschnait, Wurttemberg, Germany; died 21 Jul 1878 in Ringschnait, Wurttemberg, Germany.
(18) Anton Vonier, born 27 Sep 1879 in Hagenbuch, Wurttemberg, Germany; died 21 Mar 1880 in Stafflangen, Wurttemberg, Germany.



Standing (l>r)

Marie Agatha (m Xavier Sproll) Josepha (Sister Switbert)
Elisabetha (m Raimund Lehrbaummer)
Marie Ursula (m John Schwartz)
Martinus (Abbott Anscar)

Seated (l>r)

Maria Magdelena 'Lena'
(m Franz Nagele)

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November 2006: Recently found a descendant and are waiting for information. For now, see descendants list
and an obit for Richard Sprague Vonier (1938-1997).

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new May 2007: Descendants of Agathe and Franz Sproll

Maria Agathe Vonier was born 29 Nov 1874 in Ringschnait, Wuerttemberg, Germany and died 9 Nov 1965 in Muttensweiler, Wuerttemberg, Germany. She married Xaver Sproll 9 Feb 1899 in Germany. From this line has come the Franz and Christa Sproll family, Edith Sproll, the Anton and Maria Sproll family, and the Lotte and Alfred Kapitel family in Germany.

Xaver Sproll owned a brickyard in Muttensweiler which remained in the family until recent years. Photos of the brickyard in the 1960's are included in the Lehrbaummer family photo album.




Franz Xaver Sproll,
married to Maria Agathe Vonier in 1899

The fifth generation of Sprolls --
Christian and Taisa with sons Luka and Enrico
living in Brazil -- May 2007

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Abbott Anscar Vonier, christened Martinus (Martin), was born in 1875 in Ringschnait, Germany, a walled town near the Danube River. He served as an altar boy and was encouraged to study for the priesthood by Fr. Goetz, Curate of Rissegg, who sent him to the college at Beauvais, France, in 1888. In 1889 he continued his studies at Buckfast in England. In 1893 he was given the hame of Anscar as he entered the novitiate. He was raised to the priesthood and ordained in 1899 and sent to the Benedictine College of Sant' Anselmo, Rome, where he was awarded his PhD a year later.

After returning to Buckfast Abbey and serving there as procurator there for several years, he returned to Sant' Anselmo as professor of philosophy but was soon commissioned to join Abbot Boniface Natter of Buckfast on a cononical visitation to the monastery in the Argentine. They sailed from Barcelona in 1906. On August 4 the SS Siro went on the rocks at Cabo Palos and sank with great loss of life, Abbot Natter being among those lost. The Argentine visit was abandoned, and DOM Vonier, in sorrow, returned to Buckfast. He was elected abbot when only 30 years of age, the youngest abbot in the Benedictine order.

Abbot Vonier promptly set about restoring Buckfast Abbey, then in ruins, whose foundations dated to the 12th century. This work had been envisioned by Abbot Boniface. The restoration, mostly performed manually by the brothers under the direction of Brother Peter, proceeded from 1907 until the dedication of the church in 1932. Materials and financial assistance was donated by Catholic and non-Catholic laymen.

When WWI broke out in 1914, the Buckfast community, consisting of people of 'enemy' origin, was interned for the duration of the war. The only naturalized citizen in the community was Abbot Anscar, and his diplomacy and disarming honesty eased this difficult time until the ban was lifted late in 1919.

His brothers and sisters from America, Germany, and France were invited to the consecration in August 1932, and all except William attended the festive ceremonies. See photos.

Though dedicated in 1932, work continued on the church -- the roof clad in copper, the high altar and font, the great 'Hosanna' bell in place, and the ring of fourteen bells hung in the belfrey section of the tower. In 1937 this magnifect structure reached its full height of 156 feet.

There is not space to describe the staggering workload of preaching, writing, administration, and diplomatic duties or to list the honors bestowed on Abbot Anscar. The stature of the man is reflected in these. A devout and beloved man, he died December 26, 1938, of coronary thrombosis following a short illness.

Buckfast Abbey Church
from an old postcard

The 1901 Census in England, County of Devon, Buckfastleigh (parish and town), taken on March 31, enumerates 'Auschar' Vonier, male, age 26, born abt 1875 in Germany.

(Dolores: Ed and I were treated to a personal tour by the abbot when we visited Buckfast in 1981. My photos are 'buried,' but they and my comments will be added later.)

(Right) Bronze plaque inside the church depicting Abbot Anscar and his works. He is the only person who has had the honor of being buried inside the church.


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The Descendants of Raimund and Elisabetha Vonier Lehrbaummer

The linked section includes the Lehrbaummer, Haker, Heutte, and Cours families and an extensive photo album from 1904-1960.


Bill Haker - Ed Haker - Carl Nelson
Dave Chikalla - Elaine Chikalla - Mary Ackerman - Lois Wright - Donn Wright
Eunice Wolfe - Dolores Nelson - Joyce - Nancy Haker - Marilyn Haker

Vonier-Lehrbaummer Descendants Party
Jackson, Wisconsin
home of Lois and Donn Wright
14 August 2008


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The Child of Joseph and Sophie Holsteen Reindl

John Reindl, born Jul 1864; married 8 Mar 1884 in New York, NY; died 25 Mar 1942 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
+ Maria-Anna Vonier, born 3 Jun 1864 in Ringschnait, Wurttemburg, Germany, daughter of Theodul and Marie Agathe Minst Vonier; died 3 May 1942 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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John A. Reindl left Germany in 1883. We have no information about his family other than the names of his father, Josephus, and mother Sophie Holsteen Reindl, taken the the Marriage Registration dated 8 March 1884 in New York, New York. At the time John left Germany, Kaiser Wilhelm I was in power. Germany's strongman, Bismarck, was developing the German Empire, which came to rival the empire the Empire of Great Britain.

The US Department of Justice Immigration and Naturalization Service lists his Port of Entry as New York, his Alien Registration number as A3777706 and the vessel on which he arrived as Majestic SS White Star Line. We do not know whether or not he had siblings.

Maria Anna Vonier was the fourth of 18 children of Theodul and Agatha Minst Vonier. (see above ) John married Maria Anna in New York on March 8, 1884. A son, Joseph, was born that year and baptized at the Church of St. John the Baptist, 210 W. 31st Street, New York.

John, a carpenter by trade, could afford only a tenement with two rooms and a kitchen containing a wood-burning stove. It became pretty crowded with the addition of children Elizabeth and Pauline. There was no place to store the wood, so it was bought daily from a peddlar. Even the rent was paid on a daily basis. It was too hot in summer, and they shivered in the winter.

In 1886 Maria's sister Elizabeth Vonier came to the United States on the ship Fulda to look for her sister because their parents were concerned. She found Maria married to John Reindl. She stayed with them about four years. Maria suggested that before returning to Germany that Elizabeth visit their brothers in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Louis (Laurentius) had a thriving grocery, saloon, and flour and feed business; William (Stephanus) and Theodor were working and living with Louis.

It was Christmastime when Elizabeth visited her brothers in Milwaukee. She had an interesting time and even became involved in the business. Here she met Raimund Lehrbaummer, who became her husband. They had three children -- Elizabeth Ursula (genealogy buff and planner of the Vonier Family Reunion in 1968), Marie Agatha (who later accompanied her mother to Buckfast Abbey for the consecration in 1932), and Andrew Leopold (who became Comptroller of the City of Milwaukee.)


Back in New York, the John Reindls (or Reindel) had a decision to make: Their tenement was being torn down to make way for the Pennsylvania Railroad Station. They decided to join their relatives in Milwaukee, and 1893 we find them living on Vliet Street, not far from Louis Vonier's Grocery Store, and changing the spelling of their name to Reindl. There was quite an improvement in living conditions, and John was employed as a cabinetmaker.

A few years later, Joseph, then a teenager, worked for his uncle Louis as a grocery clerk.

John and Maria had eight children, four boys and four girls. It was a happy household; both John and Maria were good-natured and kind. Maria loved to knit, and her needles (then steel) clicked away at great speed.

Later, after they moved to Center Street, the Reindls had a piano around which brothers, sisters, and friends loved to gather and sing in harmony. This house was a lively place which hold many fond memories. John (Jack), Hugh, and Marion attended North High School nearby, the boys getting into trouble for various pranks. Marion improved the family image by becoming valedictorian of her class. Daughter Ann married William Heth in that house, which with its two parlors lended itself nicely to the occasion. In the early 20's Elizabeth (Betty) and Pauline shared an Essex car which we all loved -- what fun to ride in the rumble seat!

In August 1932 Anscar Vonier invited all his brothers and sisters to the consecration of Buckfast Abbey. All except William attended. Maria Reindl, Elizabeth Lehrbaummer, and Elizabeth's daughter Marie Heutte, left Milwaukee on July 9 for Europe, visiting and accompanying Josephine (Sister Switbert) of France to the festive services in England.

Marie and John Reindl

Obituary from The Milwaukee Journal, March 26, 1942:

"Death Comes to John Reindl

"Retired Cabinetmaker Had Lived In This City For 50 Years

"John Reindl, 77, retired cabinetmaker, and a Milwaukee resident about 50 years, died Wednesday at his home, 1529 N. 47th st. At 18, he came from Germany to New York City, where he spent some time. He is survived by his wife Mary; four sons, Hugh M., Jack W., Lawrence T., and Joseph S., and four daughters, Mrs. Marion Robinson, Jefferson, Wisconsin, Mrs. Ann Heth, Pauline, and Mrs. Betty Rumpel.

"Funeral services will be held at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Ritter Chapel, 5310 W. North Avenue, with burial at Valhalla Cemetery."

(found 3/31/06 on microfilm records at Wis State Historical Society, Madison)

The Descendants of John and Maria Reindl (expanded list)

(1) Joseph Stephan Reindl, born August 7, 1884, New York, New York. He died October 28, 1969 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
+ Anna Hermann, born December 11, 1885, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, married in Milwaukee, died September 27, 1971, in Waukesha, Wisconsin.
(A) Ruth Clare Reindl
+ Newton Cromwell Mead MD
(1') Newton Cromwell Mead Jr
(2') Steven Reindl Mead
(3') Mary Ann Mead
(B) Roy Hermann Reindl
+ Helen Wagner
(2) Elizabeth (Betty) Reindl, born September 12, 1886, New York, New York. She died December 3, 1967, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
+ Robert Rumpel, born 1885, died 1960 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
(3) Pauline Mary Reindl, born January 5, 1891, in New York, New York; died 1972 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
(4) Anne Agatha Reindl, born September 6, 1893, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin; died October 21, 1969, in Milwaukee,
Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
+ William Alfred Heth, born March 21, 1893, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin; died March 30, 1980, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, son of Henry Heth and Anna (Nehring) Heth. They married on June 7, 1919, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
(5) Lawrence (Lorenz) Theodor Reindl, born January 5, 1897, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin; died January 17, 1987
in California
+ Anita Bechtel, born October 31, 1892; died January 12, 1952, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
(6) John William Reindl, born January 21, 1899 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin; died October 19, 1946 in Wauwatosa, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
+ Eleanor Laura (Schmitt), born 3 Oct 1898 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin; died 2 Jan 1969 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, daughter of Arthur Schmitt and Louise (Gallun) Schmitt; married 31 May 1917 in Waukegan, Lake, IL; divorced.
+ Helen Swoba.
(7) Hugh Martin (Hux) Reindl, born December 5, 1900, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin; died August 22, 1980, in
Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
+ Evelyn Hochschild, born 9 Jul 1900, married May 17, 1922, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, daughter of William Hochschild and Katherine (Leidgen) Hochschild.

Marion Elizabeth Reindl, born December 1, 1903, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin; died June 27, 1966 in Madison, Dane, Wisconsin.

+ Dr. Arthur Harrison Robinson

The Reindl Family

Ann Reindl Heth

Joseph Reindl

Pauline Reindl

Hugh (Hux) Reindl

Marion Reindl Robinson

John (Jack) Reindl

Elizabeth (Betty) Reindl Rumpul

Lawrence (Larry) Reindl

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John (Jack) William Reindl was born January 21, 1899, in Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the eighth child of John and Maria-Anna (Mary) Reindl. He married Eleanor Laura Schmitt, born 3 Oct 1898, in Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, daughter of Arthur Schmitt and Louise (Gallun) Schmitt, 31 May 1917 at the age of 18, in Waukegan, Lake, IL. divorced; died 19 October 1946 in Wauwatosa, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. It was a huge, happy family of eight children, and there were family gatherings often at their home 13th and Center in Milwaukee.

Jack was a gum and mints salesman for Blatz during Prohibition, following a job as a clerk at Red Star Yeast, which he left because he didn't like the confinement of an office job. Later, he branched into selling glass and aluminum products. He was very charming and sociable and liked cards, travel, singing, music, records, and swimming. Jack bought sheet music for Eleanor and sang while she played. He wrote her name on those he bought. Jack traveled a great deal, sometimes for weeks, and that made for a lot of moving due to finances. They moved in with the Schmitt grandparents often. It was very lonely for Eleanor when he was away and the Depression had hit.

In about 1930, Eleanor discovered Jack had a girlfriend in Michigan, Helen Swoba, a surgical nurse. He wanted to try again to make the marriage work but wouldn't change jobs. After sixteen years, they were divorced, a real rarity in those days; the story was in the newspaper.

Jack and Helen had a home in Wauwatosa and a son, Roger Reindl. Jack died unexpectedly on 19 October 1946 at their home. Helen and Roger returned to Grand Rapids, Michigan.

The Child of John and Eleanor Reindl

(1) Eunice Louise Reindl, born 11 Dec 1917 in Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
+ Merle Rodney Wolfe, born 29 Mar 1909 in Frog Creek, Washburn, Wisconsin; died 11 Mar 1987 in Pharr, TX, son of Harlan Everett Wolfe and Etta Myrtle (Clemons) Wolfe, married 29 Sep 1935 in Woodstock, McHenry, IL.

The Child of John and Helen Marcella Swoba Reindl

Roger John Scott Reindel (changed from Reindl) was born 12 Mar 1938 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to John William and Helen Marcella Swoba. He died at age 56 on 14 Aug 1994 of chronic renal failure and hypertension at the Hospice of Greater Grand Rapids. He was married to Kathleen E. Bolt (Reindel), resided at 913 34th SW in the village of Wyoming, Kent (Grand Rapids), Michigan, and was a teacher and educator. (Information from obituary and death certificate)

+ Helen
(1) Gail Reindl



Ann Reindl


Roger and his mother Helen were found in One World Tree – . Roger's wife there is listed as Joanne Van Maalsen, but no further reference was found nor were any children listed. No information was found on a wife Helen or children Gail or Ann.

Helen Marcella Swoba, Roger's mother, was born 18 May 1906 and died 5 June 1991 in Ft Lauderdale, Florida. She was married to Frank Kamm.

According to, Kathleen Reindel of Wyoming, Michigan, was born 21 Aug 1939 and died 21 Apr 2003.

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(from Ruth Reindl Mead) "Hux (pronounced 'Hooks') led a notable life. A happy, mischievous prankster as a school kid, he became a very succesful salesman for Anaconda Aluminum Company as an adult. He always enjoyed life and never quite gave up the 'mischief,' whic took the form of gentle practical jokes on his friends and family. He exuded good humor and optimism.

"The great challenge for Hux came in 1949 when a laryngeal tumor necessitated removal of his vocal cords, leaving him speechless. Speech using air in the stomach and esophagus was new at the time, but Hugh mastered it with surprisingly successful results. In gratitude for his 'deliverance,' and with his innate love for people, he devoted a great part of his life to teaching this skill to othrs, traveling over much of the world at his own expense to do it. His wife Evelyn was always at his side.

"His own skill was remarkable. If necessary, he could speak to audiences in good-sized halls without the use of amplifiers. His speech was free and fluid, and a listener was hardly aware of the brief hesitation required to swallow a new supply of air.

"Hugh was one of those cheerful people who felt best when he was helping someone else. He never had time to be sorry for himself."

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Marion Elizabeth Reindl was born December 1, 1903, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the youngest daughter of John and Maria Vonier Reindl. She married Dr. Arthur Harrison Robinson and lived for many years in Jefferson, Wisconsin. She died June 27, 1966 in Madison, Dane, Wisconsin.

The Children of Marion and Arthur Robinson


Mary Day Robinson, born 1 May 1930, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
  + John Olaf Batiste, Col, USA, born 30 June 1922; married 11 August 1951; died 6 August 1979 in Jaffrey Center, NH.
  + William Frank Payson, married January 1985, deceased.
2 Cynthia Robinson
  + Tom Oliver


(Written May 1989) Mary Day Robinson, born 1 May 1930, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Parents Dr. and Mrs. Arthur Harrison Robinson. Jefferson High School, 1947, Salutatorian. Carleton College, Northfield, Minnesota, 1947-1949. University of Wisconsin - Madison, Wisconsin, 1949-1951. BA, German, 1950. President of Delta Gamma Sorority.

Married to Colonel John O. Batiste from 11 August 1951 until his death in Jaffrey Center on 6 August 1979.

My 28 years as an Army wife were challenging as I was totally involved in my husband's career. John and I lived in Athens, Greece, from 1954-1957. Those years kindled a life-long interest in the Middle East. In 1959 the Army designated John a Foreign Area Specialist. Training took us to Princeton for a year of background study and then on to the Army Language School in Monterey, CA, where we learned to speak, read, and write Farsi, the language of Persia. We lived in Tehran at three different times for a total of six years. We left shortly after the Shah's government was toppled in early 1979. At that time John had retired from the military and was a director of Bell Helicopter, International. In 1977 we bought a home in Jaffrey Center as an anchor to windward.

A wonderful new chapter of my life began on 5 January 1985 when William Francis Payson and I married in Jaffrey Center in a circle of children and grandchildren. Bill and I share a concern over what is happening in the Middle Ease, a love of travel, bridge, and never-ending projects.

As to my interests. For the past forty years I have followed a daily exercise pattern which now includes a three-and-a-half-mile walk on country roads. I remain close to my church, currently All Saints Episcopal in Peterborough. My years of teaching primary school and involvement with the distaff side of Army life have been replaced with the nurturing of a perennial garden and studying nature by using a sketch pad to observe and draw what I see.

I have recently joined the House Corporation of the Zeta Beta Chapter of Delta Gamma at Dartmouth College. I serve on the advisory board of the Amos Fortune Forum in Jaffrey Center and have been nominated for the board of the Cheshire Hospital, Keene, NH.

I am the president of the village improvement society in Jaffrey Center. I am having so much fun with this. The society was formed in the early 1900's to improve and ornament the streets and public grounds of Jaffrey Center and vicinity and to engage in any activities which affect the village. We are responsible for the care of Melvilly Academy, built in 1833 and used as a private academy to educate students ' a quiet village at the base of Mount Monadnock, happily removed from those excitements which are so apt to divert the minds and corrupt the morals of young students.' The building is now our precious museum. Needless to say, I thrive on the life a a New England village.



Mary Payson, c. 1979, Jaffrey Center, NH

The Descendants of Mary Day and John Batiste

1 John Robinson Batiste, born 7 October 1952, Ft. Belvoir, VA.
  + Michelle Maria Schachnow
  A Jeanette Ann Batiste, born 23 October 1980, Monterey, CA.
  B Rebecca Cydney Batiste, born 20 July 1982, Seoul, Korea.
  C Katherine Marie Batiste, born 6 April 1986, Ft. Leavenworth, KA.
  D William David Batiste, born 14 May 1988, Columbus, GA.
2 Elizabeth Mary Batiste, born 11 August 1954, Athens, Greece.
  + James Jerome Hartzell, married 28 June 1985, Jaffrey Center, NH.
  A Samuel Batiste Hartzell, born 11 January 1986.
  B Sarah Day Hartzell, born 14 September 1987.

(1989) John graduated from the US Military Academy, West Point, NY, in 1974 with a BS in Engineering. He also graduated from the Naval Post-Graduate School in Monterey, CA, with a BS in Financial Management. He is a major in the infantry, stationed at Ft. Benning, GA. He was recently selected for a below-the-zone promotion to lieutenant colonel. In June of 1990 he will be 'frocked' to command a battalion in Frankfurt, Germany. The little family will be moving to Europe early next summer.

Elizabeth graduated from Hollins College, Roanoke, VA, in 1975 with a BA in Biology. She received an MA in Landscape Architure in 1982 and a MA in Religion in 1985 from the University of Virginia. She is a PhD candidate in Theology at the University of North Carolina. Elizabeth and her husband, a lawyer, live in Raleigh, NC, with their two children. At this point in her life, Liz is into babies. Their third is due late February, 1990.

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Cynthia Robinson Oliver married
Hutchinson November 2007

Mary Day and Cynnie in China, September 2006

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Stephan Vonier was born 14 Apr 1798 in Bihlafingen, Wurttemberg, Germany, son of Franz Xavier and Maria Theresia Sandherr Vonier. He married Genovefa Amann, from Mozelheim, born 23 Aug 1794 in Bilafingen, daughter of Thomas and Anna Dreiz Amann on 30 Nov 1826 in Germany. The Eheregister 1808-1897, B 1o Bd II, 1862, Katholisches Pfarramt, Maria Himmelfahrt, 7950 Biberach-Ringschnait, Dedanat Ochsenhausen lists his occupation as weaver.

Children of Stephan and Genovefa Amann Vonier

(1) Theodul Vonier , born 16 Jun 1833 in Bihlafingen, Wurttemberg, Germany; died 18 Apr 1900 in Muttensweiler, Wurttemberg, Germany.
+ Marie Agathe Minst , born 15 May 1838 in Winterreuthe, Wurttemberg, Germany; daughter of Magnus and Elisabetha Rehm Minst; died 18 Nov 1903 in Muttensweiler, Wurttemberg, Germany, Married 25 Nov 1862 in Ringschnait, Wurttemberg, Germany.

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Magnus Minst was born 15 Aug 1813 in Ummendorf, Germany, son of Johannes Baptist and Theresia Krattenmacher Minst; died 29 Jan 1879 in Winterreute, Germany. He married Elisabetha Rehm, daughter of Joseph Rehm and Maria Anna Schaedler, born 21 Aug 1810 in Risegg, Winterreute, Germany. The marriage took place 30 Jan 1843, Winterreute, Fam. Register Winterreute, Bd 17 Seite
53/54, Katholisches Pfarramt, Maria Himmelfahrt, 7950 Biberach-Ringschnait; Magnus's occupation is given as soeldner (means day laborer or mercenary). Another record says farmer. Magnus died 1 Feb 1882 in Biberach, Germany,

Children of Magnus and Elisabetha Rehm Minst


Marie Agathe Minst , born 15 May 1838 in Winterreuthe, Wurttemberg, Germany; died 18 Nov 1903 in Muttensweiler, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany.

+ Theodul Vonier, born 16 Jun 1833 in Bihlafingen, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany, son of Stephan and Genovefa Amann Vonier; died 18 Apr 1900 in Muttensweiler, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany, Married 25 Nov 1862 in Ringschnait, Wurttemberg, Germany.
(2) Karolina Minst, born 13 Mar 1856 in Winterreute, Baden-Wuerttemberg., Germany. Baptized: 25 Sunday after Pentecost.
(3) Elisabetha Minst, born 5 Oct 1858 in Winterreute, Baden-Wuerttemberg., Germany.

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Franz Xavier Vonier was born 8 Nov 1767 in Ehrensberg, Germany, the son of Karl Vonier and Maria Theresia (Bleicher) Vonier; died 17 Apr 1846 in Bihlafingen, Wuerttemberg. He married Maria Theresia Sandherr on 12 Apr 1796 in Bihlafingen, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany. Maria was born in Ogglesbeurer, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany,

Children of Franz Xavier Vonier and Maria Theresia Sandherr

(1) Susanna Vonier, born 2 Feb 1797 in Bihlafingen, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany; died in Heiligenbronn, Germany.
+ Matthias Fuchs, born in Germany, married 13 Oct 1824 in Untergriesingen, Germany.
(2) Anna Maria Vonier, born 2 Feb 1797 in Bihlafingen, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany; died 9 Dec 1834 in Bihlafingen, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany.
+ Anton Bretzel, married 3 May 1819 in Germany .
(3) Franz Anton Vonier, born 16 Jan 1809 in Bihlafingen, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany; died 23 May 1874 in Bihlafingen, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany.
+ Franziska Lenz, married 5 Feb 1834 in Germany.

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Thomas Amann was born 19 Dec 1734 in Germany, son of Georg and Ursula Walser Amann and died 21 Jun 1833 in Germany, He married Anna Dreiz Amann, born 12 Nov 1758 in Germany, daughter of Baltasar and Maria Egle Dreiz on 23 Nov 1784 in Germany. Anna died 18 Nov 1830 in Germany. Information about Thomas taken from a small piece of paper dated 24 Aug 1981, signed "A. Kraus," and having some kind of stamp. Occupation: soldner.

Children of Thomas and Anna Dreiz Amann

(1) Genovefa Amann, born 23 Aug 1794 in Bilafingen, Germany.
+ Stephan Vonier, born 14 Apr 1798 in Bihlafingen, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany, son of Franz Xavier and Maria Theresia Sandherr Vonier. Married 30 Nov 1826.

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Children of Johannes Baptist and Theresia Krattenmacher Minst

(1) Magnus Minst, born 15 Aug 1813 in Ummendorf, Germany; died 29 Jan 1879 in Winterreute, Germany.
+ Elisabetha Rehm, born 21 Aug 1810 in Risegg, Winterreute, Germany, daughter of Joseph Maria Anna Schaedler Rehm; died 1 Feb 1882 in Biberach, Germany,

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Joseph Rehm was a Muellerknecht (millerhand) in Risegg. (Fam. Register Winterreute, Bd 17 Seite 53/54, Katholisches Pfarramt, Maria Himmelfahrt, 7950 Biberach-Ringschnait)

Children of Joseph Rehm and Maria Anna Schaedler

(1) Elisabetha Rehm, born 21 Aug 1810 in Risegg, Winterreute, Germany; died 1 Feb 1882 in Biberach, Germany.
+ Magnus Minst, born 15 Aug 1813 to Johannes Baptist Minst and Theresia (Krattenmacher) Minst in Ummendorf, Germany; died 29 Jan 1879 in Winterreute, Germany.

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Children of Karl and Maria Theresia Bleicher Vonier

(1) Franz Xavier Vonier, born 8 Nov 1767 in Ehrensberg Germany; died 17 Apr 1846 in Bihlafingen, Baden-Wuerttemberg, Germany
+ Maria Theresian Sandherr, born in Ogglesbeurer, Wurttemberg, Germany. Married 12 Apr ?? in Bihlafingen, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany

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Georg Amann was a soldner (occupation).

Children of Georg Amann and Ursula Walser

(1) Thomas Amann, born 19 Dec 1794 in Germany; died 21 Jun 1833 in Germany.
+ Anna (Dreiz) Amann, born 12 Nov 1758 in Germany; married 23 Nov 1784 in Germany. died 18 Nov 1830 in Germany, daughter of Baltasar Dreiz and Maria (Egle) Dreiz.

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Baltasar Dreiz's occupation was a bauer (builder).

Children of Baltasar and Maria Egle Dreiz

(1) Anna Dreiz was born 12 Nov 1758 in Germany and died 18 Nov 1830 in Germany.
+ Thomas Amann was born 19 Dec 1794 in Germany and died 21 Jun 1833, Germany, son of Georg Amann and Ursula Walser Amann. They married 23 Nov 1784 in Germany.

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