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Survivor Stories of the Peshtigo Fire

October 8, 1871

This page is dedicated to the people who lived to tell of their survival and stories of the Peshtigo Fire. All submissions are from the family members and are welcome for posting.

Editor's Note:
Birth: 9 JUL 1870 in Peshtigo, Oconto County, Wisconsin - age 15 months at the time of the Peshtigo Fire, October 8, 1871.
Death: 12 NOV 1963 in Spirit, Wisconsin
Burial NOV 1963 Spirit Hillcrest Cemetery, Price County, Wisconsin
Father: Charles SCHEELK ( also Schelke, Scheelke, Schelk)
Husband:  Frederick H. Marheine - immigrated from Germany in 1860 - farm owner
Married: 1889 Wisconsin
Residence in 1900: town of Knox, Price County, Wisconsin

contributed by descendant : Robin Warner 

Baby Louisa Scheelk and the Years After the Peshtigo Fire

Louisa Scheelk, my Great Grandmother,  is listed as a survivor.

I have heard the story that her parents had hidden her under the bed while they dug a trench around the house to keep the fire from leaping across .. she was an infant then, and repeating a story she'd been told. As they were scrambling to keep the fire at bay, her father yelled "where's the baby?" and my great-great grandmother yelled "under the bed."  They did have more children later; two more daughters.

She lived until 1963, and was I believe 93 years old at death. She lived her married life on a farm outside of Tripoli, Wisconsin, and bore 17 children, 13 who lived to adulthood. All are deceased now but many, many great, great great and great great great grand children continue her legacy attending family reunions every year in Wisconsin. The decendents of Louisa gather almost yearly -- about 200 this summer -- in Brantwood at the Community Center to celebrate at a family reunion.

I am Louisa Scheelk Marheime's greatgranddaughter, and granddaughter of her oldest daughter Esther Marheine Datel, daughter of Bette Datel Cocking . My mother was born and raised in Wisconsin with four other siblings; her three sisters and brother all were born and raised in Phillips, Lugerville and finally Tripoli, Wisconsin. My late mother was the only one to leave Wisconsin. The rest, except their brother, who died during the Korean War, continue to reside in Wisconsin.

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