The  Oconto County WIGenWeb Project
Collected and posted by RITA
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NEWEST ADDITIONS TO THE
OCONTO COUNTY WIGENWEB SITE
Wisconsin


Project and Web Site Coordinator - RITA



Please click on the page name below to go directly to the page.


DECEMBER  2007  (ALREADY?)




DECEMBER
NEW
Heritage Obituaries
An on-going project, with your help.

Contributed by:: Joe Pecor

Joseph H. PECOR

Julia Mary Johnson PECOR

Contributed by: Gloria Olson

Edna L. Orr ROSS

Obituary Main Page


DECEMBER
NEW
From 1860 there have been several Ross Families of different origins living in Oconto County. This page is a summary of some of their documentation to help researchers.

 ROSS - various families
 

Family and Biography Main Page


DECEMBER
NEW
Obituaries
The following vintage obituaries are related to Oconto County families.

contributed by: Mary Wilinski

edited for posting by: Carol Degeneffe Saric


Louis BARANCZYK

Walter BORZYCH

John BROZYNA

John COOK

Hedwig Machowiak GRZESKOWIAK

Stephen GRZESKOWIAK

Ida Bartz JAEGER

Joseph JAGODINSKI

Eva KAMINSKI

Mildred Beyer LINGELBACH

Gail Barbara MAROSZEK

William MORROW

Paul  RAJKOWSKI

Carl John SORENSEN

Bernard S.  SWIECICHOWSKI

Gloria Jean SWIECICHOWSKI

Helen Hackl SWIECICHOWSKI

Joseph SWIECICHOWSKI

Martena SWIECICHOWSKI

Mary SWIECICHOWSKI

Rochell SWIECICHOWSKI

Victoria Holewinski SWIECICHOWSKI

Adam Anthony WILINSKI

Alex J. WILINSKI

Antonia Orlikowski WILINSKI

Chester P. WILINSKI

Elaine M. Donovan WILINSKI

Emily A.Pliszka WILINSKI

Frances A. Sczawski WILINSKI

Helen Saternus  WILINSKI.

Joseph Alexander  WILINSKI

LaVerne Besaw WILINSKI

Julia Migowski  WILINSKI

Mary C. Szmanski  WILINSKI

Stanley W Helen Pawlak  WILINSKI

Virginia M. Nowakowski   WILINSKI

Walter F. WILINSKI

Linda WILLIAMS

Lloyd G. WILLIAMS

Obituary Main Page


DECEMBER
NEW

From Australia.

The Lubbas Family of Oconto County,
originally from Pommeran (now Germany),
has made a descendant connection to Australia.
Read the latest information.

Researched and contributed by: Carol Watkins

LUBBAS - LUBAS - LUBUS - LUBOS Family Page
also see:
 LUBBAS - Klein Gansen, Pommeran

Family and Biography Main Page


DECEMBER
NEW

1959 Photo
Christmas Day at St. Patrick's Church in Stiles
Photo and caption by John Larson

St. Patrick's Church Page - Stiles
 

Historic Churches of Oconto County Photographs and Histories,
       An on-going project, with your help.


DECEMBER
NEW
An on-going project, with your help.
Obituaries - Historic and related.
Researched and contributed by: Mary Carl

Wilhelmine Caroline Emma Kittler KITTLER

Gottlieb Johann KITTLER

Mary Prochnow KITTLER

Lydia Kittler VALITCHKA

Obituary Main Page


DECEMBER
NEW

5 Survivors of the October 8, 1871 Great Peshtigo Fire
have been added to the list,
and they have been connected to a couple
that already appeared on the list of the dead.
This being found and documented 136 years later. Amazing.

 Researched and contributed by: Linda Phillips Loser

Cass, Asa - (from his Civil War Invalid Pension Records) "eyes injured by hot sand in the Peshtigo Fire 8 Oct. 1871 eventually causing blindness to left eye".
Mother of Asa Cass, Abrigail (nee Jackson) Cass - Hill, perished in the fire as did L. H. Hill, who was step-father of Asa Cass.
Cass, Olive (nee May) - Wife of Asa Cass.
Cass Wm "Frank" - Son of Asa and Olive (May) Cass.
Cass, Asa Anson - Son of Asa and Olive (May) Cass.
Cass, Albert - Son of Asa and Olive (May) Cass.

THE SURVIVORS

DEATH BY FIRE

also
NEW
Forest Fire Peshtigo Fire painting and brief biography of Artist Robert Schafe

Peshtigo Fire Home Page
 


DECEMBER
NEW

 WIRTZ Family

Family and Biography Main Page


NOVEMBER  2007



NOVEMBER
NEW

Oconto County Circuit Court

Petitions for Naturalization - Volume 11
Complete

Name Index

Volume 11


NOVEMBER
NEW
Photo and Stories
of the 1940's

During this Holiday Season it is always fun to read memoirs of life in Oconto County from years past.
John Larson shares two articles that he had written and were published in the  Oconto Falls Times-Herald newspaper.
Now, these were exciting times!

Oconto Falls High School Had Its Own Airplane

- Contributed and Written by:  John R. Larson

Memoirs Main Page


NOVEMBER
NEW
Researched and contributed by family descendant: Janet

The McNeil Family of Oconto County migrated from Massachusetts to Wisconsin in the 1800's with James McNeil. This page is loaded with wonderful ancestral photos of traditional Oconto County family surname members McNeil, Topel, Tourtilott, Kittler, Belongia, Draeger and Zimmerman.

 McNEIL Family Page

Family and Biography Main Page


NOVEMBER
NEW
 

Oconto County Historic Schools
Oconto Falls School Photo

Did you know that at one time Oconto Falls High School had an airplane?

Sometimes a picture is worth not only 1000 words, but also 1000 memories.
Native son, writer, photo and flying enthusiast John Larson sends this 1949 aerial view that includes the old high school building as well as the newer additions. It was still standing in the " wide open spaces".

Photo taken and contributed by: John Larson

Oconto Falls High School Page
 

Historic Oconto County Schools Photo Page
An on-going project, with your help.


NOVEMBER
NEW
Family contact: Gerry Vullings

 Peter Vullings was among those who came to North America in the late 1800's looking for new employment opportunities. His land of origin was called Holland and The Netherlands over the centuries and had also been occupied and slit by other European nations several times. The people were sometimes called "Dutch", "Hollanders" and "Netherlanders.". We follow Peter from his departure in Europe to his death in Oconto County, Wisconsin.

To confuse things for family genealogy researchers, there was another Peter Vullings, less than two years difference in age, living in neighboring Brown County, Wisconsin, then Grand Rapids Michigan. He is briefly researched on this page to show the separateness of the families.

 VULLINGS Family Page

Family and Biography Main Page


NOVEMBER
NEW

Report of the Peshtigo Fire in the Milwaukee Sentinel October 10 and 13, 1871
including the image of the actual news report
Researched, transcribed and contributed by: Bil Paul

THE GREAT FIRES IN THE NORTH -

Peshtigo Fire Home Page


NOVEMBER
UPDATE
Important new genealogy notations and additions have been added to the Schaal Family and Schaal Memoirs Page
Researched and contributed by descendant: Herb Dower

SCHAAL Family Page
and
The Schaal Family Comes To America


NOVEMBER
NEW
 Descendant contact: Dolores

Coming to North America from Ireland before 1850, the Pepper and Malone families were early Wisconsin settlers. At first farmers, John was involved in the dangerous Lumber Milling business as a "Boom man" in Oconto. Read what that was here in the 1870's and 80's. Follow this family through 4 generation, from 1850 to 1920.

 PEPPER Family Page

Family and Biography Main Page


NOVEMBER
NEW

Oconto County Historic Schools
Lena School Photo

An unusual aerial view of the large Lena High School campus. The W. P. A. (learn what that was) additions, the original school building and athletic field are shown in this wonderful photo that will bring back memories of walking the halls to many and show descendants where their ancestors spent much of their youth.
Photo taken and contributed by: John Larson

Lena School Page
 

Historic Oconto County Schools Photo Page
An on-going project, with your help.


NOVEMBER
NEW
An on-going project, with your help.
Obituaries - Historic and related.
Researched and contributed by: Mary Carl

Susanna Elizabeth "Lizzie" Wensing Kreschefski Topel KADOW

Harry J. KREJCAREK

Edward J. MERCIER

Fred W. POPE

Albert K. TOPEL (Krischefski/Kreschefski)

Albert. TOPEL

Barbara Sinclair Young R. TOPEL

Wilhelmina Diecks (Dicks) TOPEL

William (Dick) TOPEL

Nell Livermore TOPEL

Ida Zeismer TOPEL

Elmer F. TOPEL

Howard (Johnny) TOPEL

August Ferdinand Carl (Krischefski) TOPEL

Captain Fred (Ferdinand) K. TOPEL

Gladys Marie Topel (Krischefski) WINDROSS
 

Obituary Main Page


NOVEMBER
NEW
Memories of Stiles
The Last St. Patrick's Day Party

- Contributed and Written by:  John R. Larson

Memoirs Main Page

OCTOBER  2007

Beginning the 10th year as Oconto County, Wisconsin,
WIGenWeb Coordinator.
RITA



If you have any Oconto County related postings, please send them in to the site. All history data, ancestral information and photographs are welcome
You will receive full credit and, if your like, a direct e-mail link.
RITA


OCTOBER
NEW

Oconto County Historic Schools
Siles School
Student and Faculty Photo
Photo date unknown, but certainly near or over 100 years old.
There are 71 people on the photo,
including the teachers.
Contributed by: John Larson

Historic Oconto County Schools Photo Page
An on-going project, with your help.


OCTOBER
NEW
MARRIAGES
Reported in the Newspaper
October - December
1890

Researched and transcribed by Cathe Ziereis

1890 Marriages in the News

NEWSPAPER REPORTS OF OLD OCONTO COUNTY MARRIAGES - Main Page


OCTOBER
NEW

Two more examples of the original wooden storage silos of Oconto County have been added. These are rare sights today.

Wooden Silos

 Scenes from Oconto County Past - Main Page


OCTOBER
NEW
BIRTHS
Reported in the Newspaper
October - December
1890

Researched by Cathe Ziereis

Newspaper Birth Reports 1890

Births Main Page


OCTOBER
NEW

 Obituaries

The following obituaries are related to Oconto County families.

contributed by: Mary Wilinski

edited for posting by: Carol Degeneffe Saric


Louis BRUNNER

Martin BRUNNER

Anna Stodela BRUNNER

Ervin F. BLUMRIECH

Julius BRUSKIEWICZ

Kathryn Zygmanski BRUSKIEWICZ

Rachel  GALLAGHER

Pearl [Pelagia] Pawlak  GRACYALNY

Jason Allen  HAUSCHULTZ

Anthony J.  HENDRICKS

Stella Pawlak  HENDRICKS

Ruth Wengrzyn  La BROSSE

Mary Swiecichowski KLECZEWSKI.

John KLIMASZEWSKI.

Alan  KRASZEWSKI Jr.

John J. [Clark]  KLARKOWSKI

Lawrence   PAWLAK

Jim William Wenzel  PAWLAK .

WENCIL [Jim-William] PAWLAK

Jeffery   PLATTEN

Casmir ROMAJKO 

David  RAJKOWSKI  Sr.

Richard  RAJKOWSKI

James   RENARD

Stanley  SWIECICHOWSKI

Theresa Wilinski SOBIESKI

Edward SOBIEK Sr.

Edward A. SMURAWA

Christine Brzezinski SMURAWA

Bruno WROBLEWSKI 

Betty DeBaere WOLSKE 

 

Obituary Main Page


OCTOBER
NEW

Oconto County Historic Schools
Frostville School
Student and Faculty Photo
and
Newly built photo with namesake
A. C. Frost

Frostville School Page

Historic Oconto County Schools Photo Page
An on-going project, with your help.


OCTOBER
NEW

DEATHS
Reported in the Newspaper
October - December
1890

Researched and transcribed by Cathe Ziereis

1890 Newspaper Deaths

Newspaper Records of old Oconto County Deaths

SEPTEMBER  2007

SEPTEMBER
NEW

Flash from the Past
Individual and Family Events
Reported in the Newspaper
July - September
1890

Researched and Transcribed by Cathe Ziereis

It was still a dangerous time during everyday life. The news is filled with accidents.

1890 News
 

FLASH FROM THE PAST HOME PAGE


SEPTEMBER
NEW

Oconto County Circuit Court

Petitions for Naturalization - Volume 10
Complete

Name Index

Volume 10

The beginning of an ongoing project.


SEPTEMBER
NEW

DEATHS
Reported in the Newspaper
July - September
1890

Researched and transcribed by Cathe Ziereis

All ages were affected by the grim reaper in Oconto County these three months. For some families the grief struck twice. Those who had Typhoid Fever years before were often problemed by recurring symptoms each year and gradually lost their vigor.

1890 Newspaper Deaths

Newspaper Records of old Oconto County Deaths


SEPTEMBER
NEW

The Orr Family came to Oconto County, Wisconsin, in 1868 from Pennsylvania where their heritage has been traced back to the American Revolution. Shortly before migrating to Wisconsin, one son, David Orr, died while serving in the Civil War. He was the victim of disease, which killed more soldiers than the massive numbers lost in battle. Originally from Ireland, the family is traced through the centuries.

 ORR Family Tree

Family and Biography Main Page


SEPTEMBER
NEW
MARRIAGES
Reported in the Newspaper
July - September
1890

Researched and transcribed by Cathe Ziereis

Marriages of Oconto County residents often took place in the larger and best furnish home in the community.  It was the unrwrtten courtesy of the most prosperous to offer their homes for these most special events. Parents of the couple provided the welcome, decorations, clergy, judge or justice of the peace, and refreshments. Also offen used was the parlor of a Justice of the Peace, the local courthouse, the home of the bride or groom's parents, and a clergyman's front parlor. Of course, various churches were also a popular setting for nuptual ceremonies.

1890 Marriages in the News

NEWSPAPER REPORTS OF OLD OCONTO COUNTY MARRIAGES - Main Page


SEPTEMBER
NEW

Descendant  Tina Marie asks about her grandfather Michael Ostrenga and his brother John of Little Suamico.
There were several branches of Ostrenga Families to settle in Oconto County.
All immigrated from differernt parts of Poland in the 1890's. This page attenpts to follows each grouping.

  OSTRENGA (OSTREGA) Families

Family and Biography Main Page


SEPTEMBER
NEW
BIRTHS
Reported in the Newspaper
July - September
1890

Researched by Cathe Ziereis

So many happy births were reported in the summer of this year. The community seemed to welcome each baby boy and girl with joy.

Newspaper Birth Reports 1890

Births Main Page
 

AUGUST  2007




AUGUST
NEW
Descendant contact: Judy

Contains an original 1854 map of what the German Empire was, old Luhn family photographs, data collection, descendancy chart and history notes. A lot here to help researchers of other immigrant families.

LUHN Family Page

Family and Biography Main Page


AUGUST
NEW

Oconto County Circuit Court

Petitions for Naturalization - Volume 9
Complete

Name Index

Volume 9

The beginning of an ongoing project.


AUGUST
NEW
WINDROSS

 Family descendant researcher:Stephen Peattie
lives in England and has contributed genealogical information on the original Windross family who were preeminent pioneer settlers in the very new Oconto County, Wisconsin. He would like to make contact with American descendants of the family to fill in "holes" and has much to share.

 WINDROSS  Family Page

Family and Biography Main Page


AUGUST
Really NEW
Immigrants to Oconto County, Wisconsin
The following pages are collections of various information that traces the early Oconto County settlers to their origins. This is the beginning of an ongoing project. Additional information, including specific places of origin for individual families, is a great help to researchers and is most welcome. Many more groups are planned for future posting. Where were your ancestors from? Please do not hesitate to send any information on a surname for posting to RITA. You may have a direct e-mail link to your addition so others may contact you to share, if you chose.

General concept for this page and research, in part, by Dane descendant : Pamela (Nygaard) Ray
Many thanks to her!

DENMARK

Immigrations Main Page


AUGUST
NEW

MARRIAGES
Reported in the Newspaper
January - April
1891

Researched and transcribed by Cathe Ziereis

Marriages of Oconto County residents took place not only locally but in Michigan, Illinois and California. The young adult generation was certainly on the move.

1891 Marriages in the News

NEWSPAPER REPORTS OF OLD OCONTO COUNTY MARRIAGES - Main Page


AUGUST
NEW

The Roy, La Roy and Le Roy families are found in the history of Oconto County Families. They have a connection to the Gardipier Family of the earliest upper Great Lakes. This page includes an actual part of the 1821 plat map of Fox River, Green Bay, Wisconsin Territory, with many ancestral Oconto County surnames!
Descendant contact: Lynn Austin
 

  GARDIPIER Family Page

Family and Biography Main Page


AUGUST
NEW

BIRTHS
Reported in the Newspaper
January - April
1891

Researched and Transcribed by Cathe Ziereis

There must have been an end of the year clearance sale with all the births reported in January. Women with local parents often had their children at "grandma and grandpa's." What amazes me is the reported weights of some newly born babies. It gives new meaning to the term "labor of love."

Newspaper Birth Reports 1891

Births Main Page


AUGUST
NEW

DEATHS
Reported in the Newspaper
January - April
1891

Researched and transcribed by Cathe Ziereis

These additions offer some interesting and important information on the backgrounds and relationships to those who passed away.  The many children lost during these months were not only heartbreaking, and indicated the frequency of accidents as well as communicable disease at work.

1891 Newspaper Deaths

Newspaper Records of old Oconto County Deaths
 


JULY  2007


JULY
NEW

Flash from the Past
Individual and Family Events
Reported in the Newspaper

April - June
1890
Researched and Transcribed by Cathe Ziereis

Children disappear on their way to school.
Fires.
County residents are visited by distant relatives and go on far away visits.
Families faced many of the same situations as today.

1890
 

FLASH FROM THE PAST HOME PAGE
 


JULY
NEW

Oconto County Circuit Court

Petitions for Naturalization - Volume 9
1857 - 1952
Index
Page 1

The beginning of an ongoing project.


JULY
NEW
Obituary

Wayne Van Boven was born in Oconto Falls, the descendant of two long time families; Van Boven and Wagner. He recently passed away and a family member has requested the posting of his obituary. The site is grateful for the honor of posting this army veteran.
 

Wayne VAN BOVEN

Obituary Main Page


JULY
NEW

DEATHS
Reported in the Newspaper
January - March
1892
Transcribed by Maxine Nichols
Researched by Cathe Ziereis

Although the general nature of journalism during this time was "flowery" in form, the reports of deaths could be particularly eloquent. Obituaries were not a regular part of the paper. Deaths were reported as "news" and could be found scattered almost anywhere in the issue pages. They were sometimes only one line long, and at other times they consisted of not only the person's life story and accomplishments, but the history of the person's family world experiences and a complete listing of lineage and relations, much to the delight of the family researcher or casual historian.

1892 Newspaper Deaths

Newspaper Records of old Oconto County Deaths
 


JULY
NEW
Obituaries

contributed by cdf

Both members of this very active and highly respected couple were born in town of How, to pioneer families. Both lived into their 90's and left not only a large number of descendants, but a rich legacy of education, travel, hard work, kindness, involvement and volunteerism that speaks well of their Oconto County heritage and upbringing.
 

Margaret Otradovec EHLINGER

Jerome H. EHLINGER

And another member of the Suring area Ehlinger family to live to age 90.

Evelyn Ehlinger SHEMANSKI

Obituary Main Page
 


JULY
NEW
MARRIAGES
Reported in the Newspaper
January - March
1892
Transcribed by Maxine Nichols
Researched and transcribed by Cathe Ziereis

The editor often added his own personal tribute and comments to the young couple in these news articles and notices.

1892 Marriages in the News

NEWSPAPER REPORTS OF OLD OCONTO COUNTY MARRIAGES - Main Page
 


JULY
NEW

Heritage Obituaries
researched and contributed by: Gloria Olson

Members of long time Oconto County families pass away in the early 1900's.
Their obituaries help researchers in making connections and add bits of family histories.

Leon BELANGER

Felix PECARD

Joseph PECOR

Matilda PECOR

Barbara Kimnmes PERDZOCK

Lucy LINDSEY

Adeline Lindsey McKENSIE

Obituary Main Page


JULY
NEW

October 8, 1871 Peshtigo Fire
New Family Additions and Found Identities
126 years ago
In terms of lives lost, the worst natural disaster in US history.
It included significant parts of three upper Great Lakes states.

No Way Home - Bruette (Brouillette) Family of Peshtigo
contributed by family descendant: Patrick

THE SURVIVORS

DEATH BY FIRE

Peshtigo Fire Home Page


JULY
NEW

BIRTHS
Reported in the Newspaper
January - March
1892
Transcribed by Maxine Nichols
Researched by Cathe Ziereis

That year was a hard one for many Oconto County families. Illnesses gave them hard struggles and deep losses. After the holidays and into the cold of winter, the one truly happy events seemed to be looking forward to the much anticipated births.
There were only a few reported, but the editor said it all in this pragmatic way:
"Of course the little fellow will make home happier, patience greater, hands busier, nights longer, days shorter, purse lighter, etc., etc. "

Newspaper Birth Reports 1892

Births Main Page


JULY
NEW

Additions
Survivors of the Great Peshtigo Fire, October 8, 1871
Neverman, Louise and Frederick - Contributed by great granddaughter Connie Jacobs

THE SURVIVORS

Peshtigo Fire Home Page
 


JULY
NEW
Partial Family Trees and research.

 BRUETTE Families of early Oconto County

They were among the first families to settle the wilderness of Northeastern Wisconsin Territory in the 1840's, working in the newly started logging and lumbering businesses that followed years after the fur trade here. They were with the first homesteaders. Members were among the first to served in the Civil War (1861-1865) and to pay with their lives. Only 6 years after the end of that war, the families faced a new enemy in the form of the Great Peshtigo Fire of 1871. That they not only survived, but went on to produce generations of descendants speaks of their courage and resilience.

Family and Biography Main Page


JULY
NEW
Flash from the Past
Individual and Family Events
Reported in the Newspaper

January - March
1892
Transcribed by Maxine Nichols
Researched by Cathe Ziereis

There was so much going on involving Oconto County residents these first three months of the year. Scores of surnames are presented to help researchers with family histories.
 

Flash from the Past 1892
 

FLASH FROM THE PAST HOME PAGE
 


JUNE  2007


JUNE
NEW

Early Photos of Two Lena Businesses

 contributed by: Michael Dionne

Jane Mary Dionne & Company Store
Cliff Dionne Shoe Store

  DIONNE Family Page

Family and Biography Main Page


JUNE
NEW
Mystery Photo Identified - Family Found

Mystery Photos - Forgotten People, Places and Times: Page 2


On the back is the name Alice Hurley of Oconto Falls.
Her family is lost.
FOUND: The maiden name for Alice Hurley was Alice McDonough.
contributed by:
Richard LaBrosse

Forgotten People Main Page
An on-going project, with your help


JUNE
NEW
Oconto County Historic Schools
Lena Student Photos
contributed by: Michael Dionne
.

The Students of Lena School pose in the bright sunlight of the school doorway for these old photos. There are names for many of these early Lena children!!


Lena School Page

Historic Oconto County Schools Photo Page
An on-going project, with your help.


JUNE
NEW
Historic Oconto County Churches Page
St. Charles Church - Lena

The church building had stood, stately and admired, for nearly half a century
when fire brought it down in 1940.
Dramatic local photos of the fire have been contributed by: Michael Dionne
He has also provided a fine "before" photo postcard, as the church looked in 1930.

St. Charles Church in Lena

Historic Church Photographs and Histories,
       An on-going project, with your help.


JUNE
NEW
Wonderful Photos of Centuries Old Village Homes
that are like your German ancestors lived in.
Many of the people who immigrated to Oconto County in the mid 1800's were from the country of Pommerania.
They homesteaded the land that they claimed here.
Pommerania (Pommern) lost it's independence to Prussia and is now a county in Northern Germany.
Maps and photo postcards have been sent to us by German Genealogist Siegfried Krause,
whose family has lived in that area for many generations,
as well as some old world corrections on the Lubbas Family are kindly offered on this page.

Researched and submitted from Germany
by: Siegfied Krause

 LUBBAS - Klein Gansen, Pommeran

Family and Biography Main Page


JUNE
NEW
Vintage News Articles
Transcribed and contributed by: Richard Labrosse

Newspaper Deaths - December
1926

1931

1941

1946

1951

1955

Newspaper Reports of Marriages - December

1926

1946
 

Flash From The Past  - December

1931

 1936

1951

1955


JUNE
NEW
Historic Oconto County Churches Page

Lena Methodist Church
at 117 W. Harley Street in Lena.
Organized in 1888
Three older photographs taken while the congregation was using the church.
contributed by: Marcy Ostrander

Lena Methodist Church

Historic Church Photographs and Histories,
       An on-going project, with your help.


MAY  2007


MAY
NEW

For a look at the latest postings look at the:

Oconto County WIGenWeb Query Board

MAY
NEW

MARRIAGES
Reported in the Newspaper
April - June
1890
Researched and transcribed by Cathe Ziereis

The editor often offered a great deal of personal editorial along with the marriage announcements at this time in the county. Today's "insight" was yesterday's "news."

1890
 

NEWSPAPER REPORTS OF OLD OCONTO COUNTY MARRIAGES - Main Page

MAY
NEW

MYSTERY PHOTOS
FORGOTTEN PEOPLE, PLACES and TIMES
Page 6
 

Far too often families have taken photographs of members at their homes in rural places, especially of their children, and not written the names on the pictures. Years later, descendants wish they knew the identities on these cherished photos.  This page of photographs is another example.

From the Farm
The photographs on this page were developed from old negatives. Eugene Heezen is hoping for help in identifying these early 1900's Oconto County images. If you recognize, or think you may know, any of the individuals pictured please contact Eugene Heezen.

Forgotten People Main Page

MAY
NEW

DEATHS
Reported in the Newspaper
April - June
1890

 Researched  and transcribed by: Cathe Ziereis

One local resident passed away at the unthinkable age of 101 years.
When faced with a diagnosis of Tuberculosis of the lung,
heads of household would hide the fact and work hard for the money
to bring their wives and children to the US before succumbing to the disease.
Unfortunately for some, time did not let them finish their efforts.
This was probably the case with one Oconto County resident and his family.
Croup and pneumonia took the lives of several young family members during the Spring,
without the aid of antibiotics which came decades later.
 

Newspaper Death Reports 1890

Newspaper Records of old Oconto County Deaths
 


MAY
NEW

Family Obituaries
transcribed and contributed by: Mary Wilinski

Wencil [Jim-William] PAWLAK

Bruno WROBLEWSKI

David  RAJKOWSKI  Sr.

Richard  RAJKOWSKI

John J.[Clark]  KLARKOWSKI

Theresa Wilinski SOBIESKI

Betty DeBaere WOLSKE
 


MAY
NEW

Transcribed and contributed by: Richard Labrosse

Newspaper Deaths
1911  - July

1936  - July

1956  - July

Newspaper Reports of Marriages

1911  - July

1936  - July

1951 - July

1956  - July

Flash From The Past

1911  - July

1936 - July

1951 - July

1956  - July

1961  - July
 

Vintage (mid 1900's) Oconto County Family Obituaries
 

Wilhelmmine BOERSCHINGER

Gustav Herman WERTH

Raymond HOOPER

Hattie Colson  LeMAY

Arlyn CORNELIUS

Gena Erickson HANSON

Obituary Main Page


MAY
NEW

BIRTHS
Reported in the Newpaper
April - June
1890
Researched  and transcribed by: Cathe Ziereis

The stork was busy these three months, with a special delivery nearly every week. Some weeks saw more than one new county resident delivered.
Are any of these yours?

Newspaper Births in Oconto County - 1890

Births Main Page
 


APRIL  2007

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APRIL
NEW

Reading the history of Gillett brought back memories of a young boy growing up there. He has asked to share them on the site.

Tent Shows and Barbers - Contributed and Written by: Toby Nygaard

Memoirs Main Page

HISTORY OF GILLETT 1856 - 1976

POTPOURRI


APRIL
NEW

BRIEN Family of North America

Family contact: Jean Desrochers Brien

Bonjour,

I am from Canada and  have one family in Oconto, Silas Brien married to Octavia Degenette June 27 1893 St. Peter Church, Oconto. I will appreciate it very much your help and if you tell me when these children where born or died and if they where married in Oconto.
I am thanking you.

 BRIEN Family

Family and Biography Main Page


APRIL
NEW
Obituaries

Researcher and contributor: Gloria Olson

First and second generation descendants of Oconto County's first settlers are the highlight of these heritage obituaries. Their connection to various families is noted on each one to aid family researchers..

Adelore BELONGIA

Mary Surprise BELONGIA

Stella Powell BOWMAN

Levi LINDSEY

Susan Dunton LINDSEY

Thomas Jefferson LINDSEY

E. Norman PILLSBURY

Emma Powell WHITCOMB (connection note added by Gloria Olson)

Obituary Main Page


APRIL
NEW
Obituaries

Researched and contributed: Richard Labrosse
He has done it again!
Dick has found another abandoned Oconto County genealogical treasure box
(in a garage this time)
and is hard at  work transcribing the contents to post on the site.
Is that great or what!
Who knows what is yet to come?
.Oconto County Times Herald  .
.December 13, 1956.

Ben J. ROHAN

John ARNDT

Louis KOCH

Obituary Main Page


APRIL
NEW

THE SURVIVORS - 1871 Peshtigo Fire

New Additions
In terms of lives lost, the worst natural disaster in US history.
It included significant parts of three upper Great Lakes states.
(contributed by: Janny McNeil )
Richard McVane - age 34; laborer in Peshtigo; born in New Brunswick
    Mary Ann (Rafford) McVane - age 29; born in New Brunswick
    Jessie Rafford McVane - age 10; born in Maine
    Alice Rafford McVane - age 13; born in Maine
    James Worden Rafford McVane - age 8; born in Maine

Place, Jacob - age 28; farmer; born in Vermont
    Place, Sarah - wife of Jacob (also Abe); age 36; born in Vermont
    Place, Susan - age 12; born in Wisconsin
    Place, Eugene  age 9; born in Wisconsin

Peshtigo Fire Home Page


APRIL
NEW

Flash from the Past
Individual and Family Events
Reported in the Newspaper
January - December
1888
Researched by Cathe Ziereis
Transcription by Ron Renquin

This is absolutely fascinating in it's weekly reporting of life as it was in Oconto County, 119 years ago. Make your self a hot drink and prepare to be mesmerized by real life in another time, as seen through the eyes of the editor and people who lived it.
 

Flash From The Past - 1888
 

FLASH FROM THE PAST HOME PAGE


APRIL
NEW

Memoirs:

John Sampson Larson - My Dad

Photographs, newspaper articles and a "down home" collection of life's vignettes
covering  23rd of November 1898 to 8th of August 1984.
written and contributed by John R. Larson

Memoirs Main Page
 


APRIL
UPDATE

At the top of this town of Spruce school page is a newly added circa 1900 photo of the student body inside the one room school house. This very old photo shows the difficulties faced by both the photographer using natural light and the photo subjects who needed to sit perfectly still during the long exposure time. That accounts for "no smiles please." It is well worth a look!

contributed by Bill Fonferek

Kadlec School Page
 

Historic Towns and Villages Page
 


APRIL
NEW

DEATHS
Reported in the Newspaper
January - December
1888
Researched by Cathe Ziereis
Transcription by Ron Renquin

Perhaps the most ornate and flowery news writing of this high Victorian time is shown in the reports of Oconto County deaths. Within these words lie the clues and confirmations of family member relationships, and places of residence, that can be found no where else. This is a sadly compelling year of such accounts for "death knows not age or circumstance."
 

Newspaper Death Reports 1888
 

Newspaper Records of old Oconto County Deaths
 


MARCH  2007

MARCH
NEW
TOPEL
DICKS – KRISCHEFSKI – KRESCHEFSKI

Researched and contributed by Gloria Olson &
descendant contact: Mary Carl

Wilhelmina (DICKS) married Martin Krischefski in Germany around 1863. They had four sons and one daughter together.  Martin died in Germany sometime around 1876. Wilhelmina (DICKS) Krischefski then married Albert H. Topel in Germany in 1878.  Albert & Wilhelmina Topel and family immigrated from Germany to Pensaukee, Wisconsin. They arrived in New York on 29 April 1881 from Germany, on ship Assyrian Monarch, departing  from London, England. On the ship were Albert Topel, his wife, Wilhelmina, the next five children were all Krischefski’s but they came over as Topel’s.  Albert age 11, August age 10, Herman age 10, Wilhelm age 9, Ida age 7, and then Bertha Topel age 6 months.  Bertha was the natural daughter of Albert Topel.  Albert’s brother Gustave came the same year, but not on the same ship. In May 1888 their other brother, John came to Pensaukee too.  They all had descendants who were part of the fishing fleet of Pensaukee.

This family journal only contains the descendants of Wilhelmina (DICKS) Krischefski Topel.

 TOPEL Family Page
 

Family and Biography Main Page


MARCH
NEW

MARRIAGES
Reported in the Newspaper
January - December
1888
Researched by Cathe Ziereis
Transcription by Ron Renquin

Like to read marriage announcements? Here we present an entire year of local marriage reports. It was a very exciting and productive time in Oconto County history and folks there were eager to know who had "tied the knot."
 

Oconto County Newspaper Marriages - 1888
 

NEWSPAPER REPORTS OF OLD OCONTO COUNTY MARRIAGES


MARCH
UPDATE

FORAL Family Page
Researched and contributed by Bill Fonferek

The Foral family of Oconto County originated in Bohemia, Europe. In the mid 1800's descendants immigrated to North America and settled. This updated family page contains lineage and ancestral photographs. Enjoy!

 FORAL Family Page

Family and Biography Main Page


MARCH
NEW

BIRTHS
Reported in the Newpaper
January - December
1888
Researched by Cathe Ziereis
Transcription by Ron Renquin

From all corners of Oconto County, reports of a booming baby year filled the newspapers! You can almost feel the excitement for all these families.

Oconto County Newspaper Births - 1888

Births Main Page


MARCH
NEW

 .KRUEGER - KRUGER.

Town of Little River, Oconto County, Wisconsin

Descendant contact: Orton Krueger

Otto Kuger/Krueger immigrated from Prussia in 1855. His family was among the first of two very large Germany immigrations to North America (1840-50's and 1870-80's).  Otto married Margaret Zuebe of Austria in early Oconto County history. His direct descendant, Orton Krueger, is putting together a lineage for his own progeny, which includes many Oconto County surnames, and asks for help in making connections. Come see if you are among their descendants.
 

 KRUEGER - KRUGER Family Page

Family and Biography Main Page
 


MARCH
UPDATE

It was a busy downtown circa 1935 when this photograoh of Mountain Main Street was taken, and it make a great addition to the collection.

contributed by Bill Fonferek

Mountain Photo Page
 

Historic Towns and Villages Page
 


MARCH
UPDATE

Meet  and see the entire student body of Breed School circa 1935
contributed by Bill Fonferek

Breed School Page

Historic Oconto County Schools Photo Page


MARCH
UPDATE

A greatly expanded listing of births from St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church in Suring, Oconto County, Wisconsin
1893 - 1927
(and a few for 1928)
Now offering more than 230 local ancestor names and dates for family researchers.

St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church, Suring

Births Main Page

MARCH
NEW

researched and contributed by: Mark Cota

A set of wonderful photos of the Spring Hill School, teacher and pupils

Spring  Hill School Page

Historic Oconto County Schools Photo Page


MARCH
NEW

Descendant Contact:  Marie

The LaMay family (also found as Lammá, Le Maye, Lamay, Lemay, La May) came from French Canada in 1864, the early days of Oconto County. They were among the many French families in "Frenchtown" (now part of the city of Oconto). Ovide married Cecilia Guillon (also Guillaume) who was born in Belgium and came to North America in 1881 with her family. This page is the beginning of research on these families and there is much to learn.

LaMAY - LeMAY Family Page

Family and Biography Main Page


MARCH
NEW

Descendant Contact: Kirt

Coming from Ireland, Samuel McDowell and his wife Mary Wilson first settled in Canada, and then traveled on to Oconto County, Wisconsin, in 1860. After working in the city of Oconto, the family members homesteaded in Little River at a place then locally called "McDowell Settlement".

McDOWELL  Family Page
 

Family and Biography Main Page

FEBRUARY  2007

FEBRUARY
NEW
Contributed, researched and hosted by descendant: Paul Beauregard

REGAL Family Page
 

Family and Biography Main Page


FEBRUARY
UPDATE
An exciting and extensive posting covering centuries od generations and thousands of names!
 

.Dagneau de Quindre Family.
Contributed and hosted by : Jack Peltier

"This is an updated file on the Dagneau family - typos, errors and all.  A fair bit of information has been added. As a result of your webpage I have contacted by several people who have provided additional information,  particularly on the family in France. Much of the information has been verified but much has not so users should exercise caution in using it.
Thanks,
 Jack Peltier"

DAGNEAU de Quindre

Family and Biography Main Page

JANUARY  2007

JANUARY
NEW

To honor their memories, members of Curtis, Cramer and Fletcher families who were confronted by the Great Peshtigo Fire of October 8, 1871, have been researched and added to the following pages:

THE SURVIVORS - 1871 Peshtigo Fire
They carried the physical and emotional scars of what is still the worst natural disaster in U.S. history (lives lost).

DEATH BY FIRE -
There was no single record of those who lost their lives in what remains the worst natural disaster in US history (lives lost). This list has been gathered from newspaper accounts, lists of the recognized dead, first hand accounts found in books and magazines, descendant contributions, cemetery records, census remuneration, obituaries and any other sources available.  It will be added to as names are found  and sent in by descendants in the future.

Peshtigo Fire Main Page

JANUARY
NEW
Survivors Eliza Curtis and M. P. Cramer
contributed by :Pam Taylor

Eliza Curtis and M. P. Cramer were living with their families near Peshtigo on the hot smoky night of October  8, 1871.  They had to run for their lives as the Great Peshtigo Fire roared upon these people with 120 mile per hour winds and temperatures estimated to be 2000 degrees. It totally destroyed the village of Peshtigo, then in Oconto County, and all the surrounding area for miles. That anyone survived is no less that a miracle. With added research, the fate of members of these two families comes to light.

Peshtigo Fire Main Page


JANUARY
NEW
Mystery Photo

Page1

Is he a Payette ? or Boisvert?
contributed by:
contributed by: Denise Fay

Forgotten People Main Page
An on-going project, with your help


JANUARY
NEW

 DEMBROSKY Family Page
descendant contact:
Caryl

Jacob Dembrosky entered the US in 1884.  Jacob was age 24 years and had left his Russian occupied Poland. He lived in Pennsylvania, where he met another Polish immigrant, married and started a large family. The opportunity to live near Lena, Oconto County, Wisconsin drew this large and growing family northward where they homesteaded in the late 1890's.

Family and Biography Main Page

JANUARY
NEW

We have a wonderful new posting!
A very fine image of the Grunwaldt Hardware Store in Abrams, beside the saloon owned by Joseph Liegeois. It is easy to see the new lanterns displayed in the front window along with other much needed equipment. New produce bushel baskets, containers and pallets are stacked along the wooden siding at the side of the building, awaiting purchase by local farmers. The front entry welcomes you to step up from the dirt main street and see the latest offerings to make your life much easier.
graciously contributed by: Dan West

Abrams Old Photo Page

Towns and Villages Page

JANUARY
NEW

 SUCHARSKY Family Page
descendant contact:
Caryl
Coming from Europe to America in 1880, this family typified many of the hard working immigrant Polish families of not only Lena, Oconto County, but North America. Three generation of these ancestors are presented.

Family and Biography Main Page
 

JANUARY
NEW

Vintage Family Obituaries

Transcribed and contributed by: Mary Wilinski

Andrew WOJKIEWICZ

Vincent S. WOJKIEWICZ

John V.  SMURAWA

Mary Lech  SMURAWA

Michael WOLENSKI

Wanda Jankowski PAWLAK

Joseph F.  PAWLAK

Marcella Checki  PAWLAK

WencilPAVLEK

Stephanie Komorowski RAJKOWSKI

Amali Jundt MARKIEWICZ

Mary Yashinsky MARKIEWICZ

Theophile MARKIEWICZ

William "Billie" MORROW

Selma Rabajdek KENDERS

Arsen J. HETU

Laura Nicklas BOETTCHER

Anton BORZICK

Obituary Main Page


 
 


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