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They came to America from Prussia in 1900 and settled in the Degantown area between Gillett and Oconto Falls. William owned a grinding mill and farmed. On the 1910 US census, family members were Wilhelm Grot age 43, Emily Grot age 43, August age 19, Hulda age 10, Emil age 8 and Edward age 5. Emily had given birth to 8 children, 6 were living in 1900.
Mrs. William Groth and Daughter Hilda
Mrs. Emily Lenz Groth was a sister to Mrs. Augusta Lenz Freitag. The Groth and Freitag families came to America together with their children on the ship Heir Mier from Germany in 1900. Mrs. Freitag's 8 month old son Julius died aboard ship and was buried in Baltimore, Md, when they landed. Hilda Groth would later marry William F. Brown and live in the Gillett area until she died in 1999 at the age of 100.
Oconto County Reporter
Hilda R. Brown, 100, Gillett, died Tuesday, January 12, 1999, at the Evergreen Health Care Center, Shawano.
She was born July 22, 1898, in Germany, to the late William and Emily (Lenz) Groth. She came to the United States at the age of two. On October 10, 1916, Hilda married William F. Brown at the Lutheran Church in Underhill. He preceded her in death March 30, 1964. She was a member of St. John Lutheran Church, Gillett, and a charter member of the ELCA-Women. She was the oldest confirmed member of the church. Hilda was one of the first members of the Gillett Golden Agers, a volunteer at the Gillett mealsite and a former member of the Gillett Women's Club.
Survivors include one son and daughter-in-law, Bill and Joyce, Gillett; one daughter and son-in-law, Dottie and Arvin Rank, Neenah; one brother and two sisters-in-law, Edward and Frieda Groth, Eleanor Groth, all of Oconto Falls; seven grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandson; and a special person in Hilda's life, RoJene Brown, Columbus.
She was also preceded in death by one daughter, Eleanor Wilson; two infant children; one granddaughter, Patsy M. Kules; and four brothers.
Friends called at St. John Lutheran Church, Gillett. Funeral services were conducted 1 p.m. Friday, January 15, 1999, at the church, with Rev. Dennis N. Nelson officiating. Interment in Wanderers Rest Cemetery, Gillett. Kuehl Funeral Home, Gillett, assissted Hilda's family with arrangements.