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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