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This was sent to me by Betty Bilicki. For more information on the Milanowski family, e-mail her at Betty.Bilicki@StarBand.com
This is some [history of Clara (nee Milanowski) (who married Clarence Kleman in 1942 he died 1962 and Clara Married Ray Zillman)1966) Clara lives in Pike Lake, Wisconsin. ] from the early days taken from an article in a newspaper, which I will type word for word . It starts off by a picture and names of Mr. and Mrs. Anton Milanowski.
The head line reads "Pike Lake Lonely 44 years Ago; Two Lads Toddle Away"
Mr. and Mrs. Anton Milanowski, Oldest Residents, Tell of Indian Days. Early Home Remains
First Farmer to Travel With a Team From Polonia; Others Made Trip Afoot
It was too lonesome and there were too many Indians at Pike Lake forty-four years ago for Joe Milanowski and his son, Thomas. As a result they traded locations with their son and brother, Anton, who had lived at Polonia since 1864. When Mr. and Mrs. Anton Milanowski came to Pike Lake, Gustav Barnowski, Michael Zillman and Simon Rogalla, all of whom are now deceased, lived there, and there was no school and no church. In fact, it was so lonesome at Pike Lake, that their two young sons, John and Theodore, decided to go back to Polonia or Poland Corners as they had known it. They started afoot down the trail which has since become the Stevens Point Road. Their tracks were followed by their parents and the latter overtook them a mile south of their new home.
Indians were numerous but the Indians seldom became trouble-some. They were camped on the east side of Pike Lake where they caught fish and muskrats and held their tribal dances, which lasted for three day intervals.
Mr. and Mrs. Milanowski were born in eastern Germany and Mr. Milanowski came to Wisconsin in 1861. He worked on a farm near Eureka and Berlin for three years, and then came to Polonia. He ran the Wisconsin and Mississippi Rivers two or three seasons, starting from Steven's Point and Plover and going as far as New Orleans on several trips. Vividly, he recollects how he maneuvered with a paddle on these trips over the various rapids. At Polonia, where the second Polish Catholic congregation in the United States was organized, he was married in the church to Miss Mary Lackowlcz. This was sixty-five years ago.
His father purchased an eighty acre tract of land for him near Polonia, and he and his wife cleared nearly fifteen acres, when he conceded to his brother's wish that he should locate at Pike Lake, where his father and brother had negotiated for a 160-acre farm with the late J.C. Smith of Wausau. The price was $100 per forty and Mr. Milanowski completed the negotiations. His father and brother has cleared approximately twenty acres, and he and Mrs. Milanowski gradually increased the clearing which now extends over 120 acres. The land was covered with maple, oak, and pine. There was a market for the pine but the oak and maple were burned.
There was no Village of Hatley, St. Ladislaus congregation at Bevent did not then exist, and they were obliged to travel by logging trail to Polonia to attend church. Mr. Milanowski had been the first farmer to trail with a team from Polonia. Other residents of the Pike Lake region had made the trips afoot.
One of the early Indians was John Soldier. The Indians made frequent visits to the farm houses for milk and meat. There were many deer, also a great many wild geese and ducks. Pike Lake was full of fish and the residents of Plainfield frequently came to Pike Lake for pickerel.
Mr. Milanowski served Pike Lake as postmaster, the post-office being located in his home. Mail was brought from Hatley. The old home is still partly intact, but has been considerably enlarged. He also served his school district as treasurer. He was eight-five years of age on January 10, and is the oldest resident in the Bevent area. Mrs. Milanowski is seventy-seven years of age. Her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Joe Lackowicz, came to Wisconsin from Germany approximately the same as did Mr. Milanowski's parents.
(I have taken out the names of the living children)
There are forty-two grand-children and nineteen great grand-children. Mr. and Mrs. Milanowski are in comparatively excellent health but they have retired from farming since the World War.
(Shown in a newspaper is the picture of Mary with the heading),
Pioneer Dies- Mrs. Mary Milanowski, town of Reid, who has 104 living descendants, died this morning at her home near Pike Lake. She and her late husband Anthony located there about 57 years ago.
Mrs. Mary Milanowski, 90, who is survived by 104 descendants and who was one of the earliest residents of the town of Reid, died at her home here this morning at 12:45 o'clock. Her husband Anthony, died nearly 10 years ago. Funeral services will be held Monday morning at 9 o'clock at St. Florian's Catholic church in Hatley. The Rev. S.S. Krakceziecki will officiate and burial will be in the church cemetery. (1954)
She was married at Sacred Heart Catholic church in Polonia, where she lived on a farm about eight years, after which she located on a farm near Pike Lake where Mrs. Milanowski has lived about 57 years. For many years she was a member of the Polonia Church, journeying by foot and by team over the primitive trails and roads to attend services.
Later when St. Ladislaus church was organized at Bevent, she affiliated with that congregation, but during recent years has been a member of St. Florian's church at Hatley, where funeral services will be held, with burial following at the parish cemetery.
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