Cyrus A. Curtis
As published in the "Commemorative Biographical Record of Prominent and Representative Men of Racine and Kenosha Counties, Wisconsin containing Biographical Sketches of Business and Professional Men and Many of the Early Settled Families", The J. H. Beers & Co., Chicago, 1906.
Transcribed by Marcie Pierce Colleary, Thank you Marcie!
Cyrus A. Curtis is an up-to-date farmer, cultivating the farm of which he has had charge since his fatheršs retirement. He was born Aug. 12, 1860, and most of his boyhood was passed in the East, whither his father took him when he was five years old. He was sent to a private school and then to the district schools, and when about sixteen returned to Wisconsin. He then began to assist his father about the farm, and gradually assumed the entire charge. He was married Jan. 1, 1885, to Miss Louisa Fenske, and one child was born to this union. Cora M., but she lived only nine months. Mr. Curtis is a good Republican in his political views, and has served the township as road commissioner. He is one of the wide-awake, enterprising agriculturists of the section, and he and his aged father both enjoy the respect of the entire community.
Henry and Minnie (Pofahl) Fenske, the parents of Mrs. Louisa F. Curtis, were natives of
Germany, where Mrs. Curtis also was born, in 1864. The family came to America two years later, and
locating in Wisconsin, the father for a time worked out by the month, but later bought fifty-two
acres in Paris Township. Improving it, he spent the rest of his life there, dying in 1887, aged
forty-eight, and his wife followed him a little more than a year after, at the same age. They had
eight children, one of whom died in Germany in infancy, and one in America, age fourteen. The
others are: Louisa, Mrs. Curtis; Louis of Somers Station, Wis.; Mary, Mrs. Fred Sax, residing in
Delavan, Wis.; William, of Kenosha; Anna, Mrs. John Batcher, of Kenosha; and Rosa, Mrs. Glen
Heisert. Mr. Fenske served in the German army for some time. His father died in Germany in 1848,
but his mother, Mrs. Caroline (Hegeman) Fenske, came to America in 1883, and lived in Kenosha from
that time until her death, in 1902, at the age of eighty-seven. She was the mother of four sons
and four daughters.