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Town of Little River, Oconto County, Wisconsin
Submitted by: Orton

.My father, Otto Krueger, was born and raised near Little River, Southwest of Oconto.  His father was William Krueger and mother Margret Sube.  He was born November 25 1889.  Blood relatives were Milbauer and Melchoir/ Malchow/ Melchow.  Any help that you could give would be greatly appreciated. Orton Krueger

Generation 1

William Kruger (Krueger)-
    * born November 27, 1849 in German- Germany (Prussia, Preussen)
    * immigrated in  1855
    * died September 11, 1929; buried in Evergreen Cemetery, Oconto Wisconsin
Margaret Zuebe - wife of William Kruger
   * born February 25, 1850 in Prague, (Austria); daughter of Wenzel and Margaret (1816 - 1899) Zuebe
    * sibling of Margaret Zuebe -
       Barbara Zuebe - Feb 1849 - Aug. 03, 1927 buried in Evergreen Cemetery, Oconto
            born  in Austria
            married 1876 to Frances Malchow (Melchow/Melcher) 1848 - Nov. 05, 1928, lived in Little River
            2 Melchow children documented - Joseph (?); John born Feb. 1881 in Oconto (1900 census)
    * immigrated in 1869 to Manitowac, Wisconsin
    * married July 26, 1869  in Oconto County
    * died December 12, 1908 in Little River, Oconto County, Wisconsin; buried in buried in Evergreen Cemetery, Oconto Wisconsin

Generation 2
Children born to William Kruger and Margaret Zuebe (Zube, Sube) -all  7 children born in Oconto County, Wisconsin:
    * Mary
        born Mar. 15, 1870
        married George Mehlbauer (June 04, 1858 Nov. 11, 1936)
            Joseph (Apr. 11, 1889 Dec. 23, 1964)
            George Feb. 1891
             Louise Feb. 1893
        died Aug. 09, 1909 buried in Oconto Catholic Cemetery
    * Johanna (Hannah)
        born 1874
        married R. J. Reid (1866 - Jan. 27, 1932)
        died August 2, 1894; buried in Evergreen Cemetery, Oconto
    * Ida (Edith)
        born  1878
        married about 1897 to Ira Sutherland (born Aug 1868 in Canada), lived in Washington State;
        children - none found
        divorced before 1920, moved to Goodman Township, Marinette, Wisconsin where she worked as a nurse in a lumber camp.
    * William
        born October 18, 1881
        married -
        children: William, James
        died June 11, 1930 buried in Evergreen Cemetery, Oconto, with parents
    * Margaret
        born September 1883
        married about 1907 Lyman E. (Lauren) Freeborn born in Michigan 1871; lived in Washington State
        children - Geraldine born 1916 in Washington State
    * Wilhelmina (Minnie)
        born March 1886
        married Orton P. Safford 1877- Aug. 09, 1967
        children - none
        died Oct 3, 1971 buried in Evergreen Cemetery, Oconto
   * Otto
1900  - town of Little River, Oconto County, Wisconsin
Wilhelm - Head of Household; age 49; married 27 years (1873); born Oct, 1850 (cem. records Nov 27, 1849) in Wisconsin (1910 census born in Germany, immigrated 1855); both parents born in Germany; farmer.( died Sept. 11, 1929 buried in Evergreen Cem. Oconto)
Margaret (Zuebe, daughter of Wenzel and Margaret Zuebe)- Wife; age 49; born Feb (25), 1851 (1850) in (Prague) Germany; married 27 years (1873 in Oconto County); gave birth to 7 children with 7 living in 1900; immigration year unknown by interviewee (1859). (Margaret died December 12, 1908, buried in Evergreen Cemetery in Oconto).
Wilhelm - son; age 19 , single; born Nov. 1880 (cem. records Oct 18, 1881) in WI; woodsman.(died June 11, 1930 buried in Evergreen Cem. Oconto)
Margaret- daughter; age 16; single; born Sept. 1883 in WI.  (married Freeborn)
Minnie - daughter; age 14; single; born March 1886 in WI.(married  Orton Safford)
Otto (Ernest) - son; age 10; single; born Oct 1889
1910  - town of Little River, Oconto County, Wisconsin
William - Head of household (living alone); age 59; widowed; born in Ger-Germany; both parents born in Ger-Germany; immigrated in 1885; naturalized citizen; farmer

George - head of household; age 49; widowed; born in Ger- Germany; both parent born in Ger-Germany; immigrated in 1883; general farmer
Joseph - son; age 21; single; born in WI; laborer.
George - son; age 19; single; born in WI; laborer.
Louise - daughter; age 17; single; born in WI
KRUGER - living in the George Malchaw residence
Otto - brother-in-law; age 20; single; born in WI; odd jobs (son of Wilhelm and Margaret Krueger)


Oconto County Reporter
Dec. 10, 1908
Mrs. William Krueger

Mrs. William Krueger of the town of Little River died at 11:30 last Saturday morning following an illness of about 4 weeks. She had always been a strong healthy woman and her taking away is a great affliction to her family.

Deceased, whose maiden name was Margaret Zuebe, was born in Prague, Germany, Feb. 25, 1850. In 1869 she came to America, settling in Manitowoc county, shortly after coming to Oconto and on July 26, 1869, was married in this city to William Krueger.

Besides her husband those left to mourn her departure are five daughters, Mrs. O. P.  Safford, Mrs. Mary Milbauer, Little River; Mrs. Anna Reed, Hiles; Mrs. Maggie Freeborn, Mrs. Edith Southerland, Tacoma, Wash; and two sons, William and Otto Krueger, Little River.

The funeral services were held from the home at 1:00 Tuesday afternoon, Rev. V. R. Shepard, officiating with internment in Evergreen cemetery.

Those present from other cities were Mrs. Anna Meartz and Mrs. Christine March, Milwaukee; Mrs. Minnie Helwick, Cudahy; Mrs. Charles Krueger, Stevens Point; Mr. and Mrs. Drum Brillion, Charles Krueger and Misses Miller of Cato.
(Also see Dec. 24, 1908 obituary)

Oconto County Reporter
Sep. 24, 1908

Oconto County Reporter
Dec. 24, 1908
We are requested to publish the following regarding the death of the late Mrs. Krueger of which we had an account last week.

Passed to her eternal rest on the 12th inst. Mrs. William Krueger of Little River. Mrs. Krueger was suddenly stricken with what proved to be Bright’s disease. Dr. Gaunt was immediately summoned and did everything known to medical science to alleviate her sufferings, which were intense. After four days Dr. Gaunt called Dr. Atwood in consultation and together they did everything possible to aid in her recovery but to no purpose. The end was peaceful. Just quietly fell asleep in Jesus. Mrs. Krueger whose maiden name was Margaret Zuebe, was born in Prague, Germany, Feb. 23, 1850. In 1869 she came to Manitowoc and shortly after was married to William Krueger.

Besides a sorrowing husband the deceased left five daughters and two sons to mourn the loss of a kind and loving wife and affectionate mother. The daughters are Mrs. R. J. (Hannah 1874 - Dec. 17, 1960, married Aug 2, 1894) Reid of Hiles; Mrs. George (Virginia 1897 - Apr 1, 1979) Milbauer and Mrs. O. P. (Wilhelmina 1886 - Oct 3, 1971) Safford of Little River and Mrs. Lyman Freeborn and Mrs. Edith Sutherland of Tacoma, Wash., the sons, William and Otto, living on the homestead. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. Shephard at the home. Music was kindly furnished by Mrs. Menkee and Miss Caldwell, who rendered in a style befitting the occasion, “Lead Kindly Light” and “Nearer My God to Thee”.

The internment took place in the family lot at Evergreen cemetery. The numerous friends present testified to the high esteem in which Mrs. Krueger was held also the gifts of costly flowers in pillows and other pieces were beautiful indeed.