The  Oconto County WIGenWeb Project 
Collected and posted by RITA
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out of appreciation for those who have so willingly shared their heritage.


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Wisconsin


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I have 2 pictures that I would like to identify. I believe they were taken in Oconto County, Wisconsin. I received them from the Sieckman/Pederson/Olson families of the Maple Valley, Oconto County, Wisconsin area. Please see the above pictures. Any information would be greatly appreciated. 
Thank you,
Deborah Sieckman

DECEMBER  2014


May Your Heart
 Be Filled With
Peace, Joy and Love

This Holiday Season
and Throughout the Year!
  RITA 

NOVEMBER 2014

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Photo courtesy of Milwaukee Public Library

LaPlant Stovewood Barn
Jones Creek Settlement

For more please see: 

"Stovewood Barns" Page

"Past Scenes From Oconto County" Main Page

November
NEW
School Page

Loyal Forest School
Lakewood

Photographs and information of historic old schools becomes increasingly harder to find. Loyal Forest School in Lakewood is no exception. We have 2 photographs, one of the last taken, and would like to hear from those who went to school there so we can add memoirs with more photos. Can You Help?
Please email:
HERE
 

Loyal Forest School Page

Historic Oconto County Main Schools Photo Page

November 

NEW Addition!

Oconto County Military Service Profiles PageS
Histories of The Ancestors Who Served

Individual pages dedicated to the stories of those who served during war time and peace.
Please send your contributions to
RITA
 for posting - it's free.

Victor E. Bast

Pilot in the famous 56th Fighter Group, Army Air Corps-  World War II

This page tells his history, shows the plane and awards while serving as well as a link to the group's WWII history! Lots to see.

E.J. & Robert Shellman

contributed by: Dick LaBrosse

A touching tribute by Gary Shellman tells the story of his father and brother serving in WWII when he was a young child.
He also includes a heartfelt tribute to Oconto Falls veterans of that war, both those who came home and the ones who gave their all.

Please Send In Your Photographs, Personal Stories, Memoirs of Stories Told and News Articles For Posting

Military Profiles Main Page

Military Main Page

November

NEW
Obituaries

2013 Obituaries

With old Oconto County family connections. 
Researched and contributed by: Bill Fonferek

Photos and maiden names included when available.

Amanda K. Sexton SUTRICK

Allan Matthew STRANZ, Jr.

Karen M. TOWNSEND

Dorothy May Loberger LUEBKE

Wilma "Billie" Kadlec  RIDER

William "Bill" HEANEY

Mike J.  LIPP

Kenneth Edwin WARDECKE

Helen J. Houska St. LOUIS

Mary Jo YOUNG

Jim  MURPHY

Edward SKARBAN

Herbert F. BEHNKE

Shirley Mae Reed COOK

 Wayne "Kubie" KUBISCIK

Clifford G. MARSHALL

Denver Leroy SCHUETTPELZ


Agnes Ann GILLES 

Gaylord "Bub" Harry STREHLOW

Mary Lou Rhode WICKMAN

Andy KRANICK

Drew "The Drew" M. STAMSTA

Victor "Vic" E. BAST

Gertrude A. Buchholz CHRISTENSEN

David H. KLATT

Edward C.  ZAHN

contributed by: Nancy Smith

Gwynne C. SMITH 

Obituary Main Page

OCTOBER 2014

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Lakewood
1897

October

NEW

2013 Obituaries

With old Oconto County family connections. 
Researched and contributed by: Bill Fonferek

Photos and maiden names included when available.

Dottie (Dorothy) Bohl PETERS

Roland PRAUSA

Gary "Chief" Louis DENNY

Jerome L. "Jerry" EARLEY

Dale Roy GERNDT

Marie Vorron KONITZER

Joan Gilligan CONRAD

Alfred Mike IMIG

Florence Ruby Anderson LAMBRECHT

Adeline E. Funk NEERDAELS

Alice M. Bohl METZLER

Obituary Main Page

October

NEW Additions

Survivors and Deaths of the 1871 Great Peshtigo Fire

Washington Brown was born in Canada and came to Wisconsin in 1848. After servicing in the Civil War (1864 - 1865) he married widow Ophelia Patten, made a home that included her son Alwin Patten and they had a child, Alfred Silas Brown in 1869. In his obituary, Washington Brown was quoted in his obituary as saying that he lost part of his family in the Great Peshtigo Fire of October 8, 1871, and that he was so badly burned that he spent 6 months in a Green Bay hospital. His son (Alfred) Silas also survived and they are found on subsequent censuses. Those that could be found in records have been added to the lists of survivors and those who perished in that massive tragedy.

contributed by descendant Julie Opoien

The Peshtigo Fire Suvivors Page

The Peshtigo Fire Deaths Page

The Peshtigo Fire Home Page

Also included is a transcription and follow up research on the colorfully described Washington Brown and his life claims.

Washington Brown

Obituary Main Page

October

NEW Additions

Newspaper Transcription

Researched and contributed by: Cathe Ziereis
Transcribed by: Janet Mc Neil

Flash From The Past
March 6, 1903

Like a letter from home, 111 YEARS AGO!.  

Family connections are revealed in the visits and events that are reported
from the small communities
and tell the family history of who and where.

(I finally found my long lost great uncle in this issue!!!! Rita)

1903 Individual & Family News

FLASH FROM THE PAST HOME PAGE

1903 Marriages in the News

NEWSPAPER  MARRIAGES - Main Page

 

Newspaper Birth Reports 1903

Births Main Page

  

1903 Newspaper Deaths

Newspaper Records of old Oconto County Deaths 

October

NEW

Obituaries

From past years. With old Oconto County family connections. 

John VAN ABEL

Anna Gruber Gebe MERLINE

George F. MERLINE

John P. MERLINE

Paul A. BOSTEDT

Ruth Bostedt BERGSTADT

Anna Cecelia Merline BOSTEDT

Henry Aloyisus MERLINE

Albert MERLINE

Louise M. A. MERLINE

Bessie Veronica MERLINE

Obituary Main Page

SEPTEMBER 2014

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Contribute by: Pat Conley

John Caravagh and Mary Jane (Kelly) Gilligan  Homestead

September 

NEW

 2013 Obituaries

With old Oconto County family connections. 
Researched and contributed by: Bill Fonferek

Photos and maiden names included when available.

MaryAnn Niemann  GENKE

Brett M. MARQUARDT

Arletta R.Henne THIBADEAU

Eileen Margaret Schaefer AMORE

Thomas Allen CARDINAL

Lulu Meunier KNAPOWSKI

Helen Anderson Poynter TAYLOR

Clarice M. VanBoven STIB

Richard J. DETAEGE

Jerry B. "Bubby" BYNG Jr.

Eugene E. "The Pipper" PIPGRASS

Patricia "Pat" Plain ZIETLOW

 2014 Obituaries

With old Oconto County family connections. 
Researched and contributed by: Bill Fonferek

Photos and maiden names included when available.

Bernice Lesperance SHALLOW- GOETZ

Carolie Jean RUTKE

Elizabeth "Betty" Lisowe WARSCHKOW

Glenn D. GARVEY

Jerome "Hassie" E. HASSENFELDT

Josephine "Jo" Kazlauckas STEWART

Marion D. Makholm WAGNER

Roger E. PILLSBURY

Willis W. McDONALD Sr.

Obituaries

From past years. With old Oconto County family connections. 
Researched and contributed by: Pat Drees
Transcribed by: Rita

Janis Gath STEWART

Victor W. CHAMPEAU

Gerald B. "Squeaker" DIECK

Norman "Norm" C. NOAH

Loren Wayne ALLEN

Junice Smyth Bushman PEEK

Harry M. HANSON

Francis "PeeWee" Amos BRABANT

Anita Ann Mier ECKBERG

Anna Holl WARRICHAIET

Obituary Main Page

September 

NEW Additions!

Oconto County Military Service Profiles PageS
Histories of The Ancestors Who Served

Individual pages dedicated to the stories of those who served during war time and peace.
Please send your contributions to
RITA
 for posting - it's free.

These NEW pages are about Korean War Veterans.  
Photos and information on their service are included!

Researched and contributed by: Bill Fonferek

Joseph James Fonferek

and
Private Warrichaiet was the first Korean War fatality from Oconto County, Wisconsin.
His Gold Star Mother, Anna Holl Warrichaiet, proudly carrying the U.S. Flag,
marched in every Memorial Day parade starting in 1954 for decades,
 representing her late son and all mothers of those whose sons sacrificed their lives for their country.

Valentine T. Warrichaiet

Please Send In Your Photographs, Personal Stories, Memoirs of Stories Told and News Articles For Posting

Military Profiles Main Page

Military Main Page

September

NEW

Dieck Family Page

The Dieck Family immigrated in 1873 from Pommern, Prussia, now part of Germany and three of the family settled in early Oconto County.

This extensive family page is filled with old photos, family and county history 
and a detailed summary of the family tree.

There are connections to many other county families!!


DIECK Family Page

Family and Biography Main Page

September

NEW
  Henry Johnson

Immigrated from Denmark

Town of How, Oconto County, Pioneer Settler

Wisconsin State Treasurer

Men of Oconto County

September

NEW Additions

Newspaper Transcription

Researched and contributed by: Cathe Ziereis
Transcribed by: Janet Mc Neil

Flash From The Past
January 30, 1903

Like a letter from home, 111 YEARS AGO!.  

Family connections are revealed in the visits and events that are reported
from the small communities
and tell the family history of who and where.

1903 Individual & Family News

FLASH FROM THE PAST HOME PAGE

1903 Marriages in the News

NEWSPAPER  MARRIAGES - Main Page

 

Newspaper Birth Reports 1903

Births Main Page

  

1903 Newspaper Deaths

Newspaper Records of old Oconto County Deaths 

AUGUST 2014

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Jones Mill in Oconto Settlement

researched by: Gloria Olson

The last known photograph of the original Jones Brother's Mill on the Oconto River. Built in 1846 by David Jones and his son Huff two miles from the mouth of the Oconto River, it was no longer used at that time and no longer stands. It was the second mill the Jones family built, the first being on the Pensaukee River in 1836. Oconto became a county in 1851. The village settlement incorporated that same year.

August

NEW

DETERT Family Page

from
Darmstadt - Hesse to Suring, Oconto County, Wisconsin

Photographs contributed by descendant: Jean 

Like other Oconto County families, the Detert Family originally came from what is now Germany. Their home was the County of Saatzig in Pommern. The map on this family poage shows where that was located and has old post card photos taken in that county. Jean's father was on a family trip and took photos in the 1940s. After his death, a roll of exposed film was recently found and developed. It contains Suring people and building in a surprise time capsule shared with you by the family. The family tree summary is also posted.

DETERT Family Page

Family and Biography Main Page

August
NEW

 2013 Obituaries

With old Oconto County family connections. 
Researched and contributed by: Bill Fonferek

Photos and maiden names included when available.

Conrad L. SYLVESTER 

Jack J. MARSH

Lillian Kosnar BELONGIA

Richard "Dick" T.  GRAUVOGL

William "Bill" NETA

Donna Mae Kruse McNURLEN

Jerome A. TREPANIER

Lyle "Buck" BRAZEAU

Linda Ragen MEHLBERG

Marrell James "M J"  WESTCOT

Marilyn "Hazel" Martin BALDWIN

Irma A. Kroll FEAVEL 

Obituary Main Page

August

NEW Additions!

Oconto County Military Service Profiles PageS
Histories of The Ancestors Who Served

Individual pages dedicated to the stories of those who served during war time and peace.
Please send your contributions to
RITA
 for posting - it's free.

This NEW page is about the three Fronferek Brothers, Peter, Frank and Joseph, 
who joined the Army and Navy during World War I. 
Photos and information on their service are included!

Researched and contributed by: Bill Fonferek 

Please Send In Your Photographs, Personal Stories, Memoirs of Stories Told and News Articles For Posting

Frank, Joseph & Peter Fonferek

Military Profiles Main Page

Military Main Page


Champion of the Sea
Port of Boston
c:1850

August
NEW
 

REED Family Page

from
Darmstadt - Hesse to Oconto County, Wisconsin

In an extensively researched page is filled with OLD ILLUSTRATIONS, MAPS, PHOTOGRAPHS, NEWS ARTICLES AND OBITUARIES:
 You will be brought from the Duchy of Darmstadt - Hesse, which is now in Germany.
You will see and read how 1846 travel across the Atlantic Ocean was survived (literally)!
You will see the route used to travel half way across today's USA to Chicago and then to Oconto at a time when there were no roads or railroads!
You will see the family tree of one of the first families to settle in Oconto County and follow the descendant ancestor generations who married many other pioneer families!


This is a page worth seeing.

REED Family Page

Family and Biography Main Page


JULY 2014

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Oconto Falls Tractor Sales 1917

July
NEW
Updated

Birmingham Family Page
from
England to Wisconsin

This family page has been extensively updated with new history, early ancestral photographs and detailed family tree.
Enjoy!!

Birmingham Family Page

Family and Biography Main Page

July
NEW

 2013 Obituaries

With old Oconto County family connections. 
Researched and contributed by: Bill Fonferek

Photos and maiden names included when available.

Matie Belle FitzGerald CRAWFORD

Ruth H. Firgens JOHNSON

Stephen P. MICOLEY

David R. "Bimm's" St. LOUIS

Grace L. Exferd HARDTKE-MILCHNER

Kelly Marie Banaszynski KALLIES

Paul C. TREPANIER

Tod R. WRIGHT


Obituary Main Page


July
NEW
Addition

See photographs and history of the original 150+ year old original
Oconto County Hospital
Building
401 First Street
Oconto, Wisconsin
that was initially the first permanent County Courthouse
in the 1850's.

Oconto County Hospital

Oconto County Places of the Past

July
NEW
Additions!

Oconto County Military Service Profiles PageS
Histories of The Ancestors Who Served

Individual pages dedicated to the stories of those who served during war time and peace.
Please send your contributions to
RITA
 for posting - it's free.

This NEW group is a collection of 1940's service related news articles and photos researched and contributed by: Dean Schaal from his mother's scrapbook
with added information on their service!


Please Send In Your Photographs, Personal Stories, Memoirs of Stories Told and News Articles For Posting

Kenneth C. Thompson

David Lee Bartelt

Rev. Raymond L. Greene

Marceline M. Emond

George W. Baird Jr.

David F. Gibson

Blair Belongia

Alan Kingston

Wayne Hammond

Walter P. Lartz

William and Peter Pytleski

Robert C. Heroux

George J. Bednarik

Military Profiles Main Page

Military Main Page

This site is an ongoing project
with your help!

JUNE 2014

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Winfield Hale trading post,
Waubee Lake,
in the 1880's

Photo contributed by:
Mike

Visit Mike's Memoirs Page:

My Pioneer Mother

Oconto County Memoirs Home Page

June
NEW
 

Oconto County Military Service Profiles PageS
Histories of The Ancestors Who Served

Individual pages dedicated to the stories of those who served during war time and peace.
Please send your contributions to
RITA
 for posting - it's free.

This first group is a collection of 1940's news articles and photos researched and contributed by: Dean Schaal from his mother's scrapbook

Oliver S. Wondrash

Frank J. Gutoski

Donald Darrow

Frederick Mork

Brothers Al, Reuben, Melvin and Eugene Schmidt

Bernard E. McKeever

Robert C. Heroux

Marvin Peterson

Francis Charles Smedley

Floyd Wren


Military Profiles Main Page

Military Main Page

June
NEW
 

LeComte Family Page
Belgium to Oconto County, Wisconsin


For a Belgium history in Oconto County please click:
BELGIUM

Two generation of the Brabant, Belgium, LeComte family came from the French speaking Wallon area beginning in 1855 through 1881. These pioneers fought in the Civil War and worked in early Oconto County lumbering.

The Oconto surnames of LeComte Family spouses include: Wauterbrook, LeComte, Mineau, Tilley, Johnson, Renier, Picard, Schultz, Hoffman, Weisgerber, VanGaal, Loose, Peterson, Kinziger, Suderberg, Frederick, Vanderfin, Aubry, Whitaker, Trepanier and Belongia.

LeComte Family Page

Family and Biography Main Page

June
NEW

 2013 Obituaries

With old Oconto County family connections. 
Researched and contributed by: Bill Fonferek

Photos and maiden names included when available.

Genevieve M. DeCleene GIESE

Ellen R. Keesler JENSEN 

Judy Maciejczak BUDZIS

Harvey E. ALSTEEN

Richard KIMPEL

Bonnie Pecor ROSENFELDT

Arthur "Art" C. KOSLOWSKY


Obituary Main Page

MAY 2014

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Mosling Main Street
c: 1898
Joseph Holl General Store center left with buggies in front.


May

NEW
 

Cheffings Family Page
of 
Maple Valley

The Cheffings Family from Lincolnshire County, England, began settling in Maple Valley, Oconto County when Frank Cheffings crossed the Atlantic in 1875. His parents and at least 7 of his sibling joined him over the next few years. Most are buried in Hickory Cemetery in Maple Valley. Generations of the Cheffings Family married local families with surnames McDonald, Hynes, Burke, Wescott, Sylvestor, McMahon, Noack, Stewart, Whiting, Destiche, Cooley and Mott.

Cheffings Family Page

Family and Biography Main Page

May
NEW

Transcribed newspaper issue of 
January 16
, 1903

Researched and contributed by: Cathe Ziereis
Transcribed by: Janet Mc Neil

Despite the extreme cold and stormy weather of winter 1913, the many and varied professional, religious, fraternal and social organizations met after the holidays had worn off, during this first month of the year, to elect new officers. These were duly published.

The lack of address or residents' names did not stop the reporting of a local fire that threatened young members of a family. Who and where remains a mystery today.

Surprise parties really were a surprise indeed, as experienced by the woman who unexpectedly had 35 sleigh riders, with food, refreshments and musical instruments, descend on her home on evening.

In this time before antibiotics, the many reports of "Le Grippe" (highly contagious flu) were taken very seriously, as resulting pneumonia and severe dehydration were life threatening, especially to the youngest and oldest citizens. 

Friends and families read newspaper reports of illness to be safe, but even more often, to offer help to families stricken.

New family businesses began and other well known places changed hands.

The many reported visits and business trips of people to their families and cities, all over, are vital clues to researchers not only to figuring out relationships, but to the intersting histories of county families. Piecing together these short reports from news articles in other newspaper issues offers a fascinating larger picture of family life over many decades. 

111 YEARS AGO!

1903 Individual & Family News

FLASH FROM THE PAST HOME PAGE


May
NEW

January 16, 1903

1903 Marriages in the News

NEWSPAPER  MARRIAGES - Main Page

 Consumption (Tuberculosis of the lungs and spine) remained a major cause of illness and eventual death in the area, although the "lingering illness" was not always given that name.

1903 Newspaper Deaths

Newspaper Records of old Oconto County Deaths 


May
NEW

 2013 Obituaries

With old Oconto County family connections. 
Researched and contributed by: Bill Fonferek

Photos and maiden names included when available.

Meta M. Schmidt ANDERSON

Patrick T. HERALD

Beatrice "Bea" Rhode MESSENGER

Barbara Morrissey HULL

Mabel A. DeHut Routheau  HELMER

Shirley Ann Stock BISHOP

Robert Walter GAULKE

Julia N. Judy. JESKE

Virginia Ellsworth PLIER

Roland Lawrence ZOELLER

Dorothy M. Timm ZAHN 

Norman "Sonny" BRABANT Jr.

Ann E. Stanchik WESTPHAL

Thomas A. HOIDA


Obituary Main Page

May
NEW

Obituaries

From past years. With old Oconto County family connections. 
Researched and contributed by: Pat Drees
Transcribed by: Rita

Mary Josephine Raleigh  PHALEN -  1901

Dorothea Held GUETZKE

John HARTWIG Sr.

Wallace H. HARTWIG

Harold "Syke" M. JACQUART

Dale G. JOHNSON

Marjorie A. Flath KITTNER

Elizabeth Wolf (Mrs. Herman) KOPPLIN  - 1896

Gerald "Jerry" L. KRUEGER

Marvin LeMAY 

Elmer "Bud" LUEBKE

Harry G. MARQUARDT

John  MAYERNIK

Gilbert F. OLSON

John L. RUPIPER

Obituary Main Page

APRIL 2014

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Lena Fire Department
1907

April
NEW

Flash From The Past
Transcribed newspaper issue of 
January 9
, 1903

Researched and contributed by: Cathe Ziereis
Transcribed by: Janet Mc Neil

The holiday season is over and folks are finishing their visits to firends and family. All these small events help establish indiviual and family ties that also offer a small part to the "picture" of our ancestor's lives.

1903 Individual & Family News

FLASH FROM THE PAST HOME PAGE

April
NEW 

Cooley Family Page
of 
Hickory, Maple Valley, Oconto County, Wisconsin

 This branch of the Cooley Family has been researched back to 1494 in Allhallows Church, London, England. Harrison Cooley was the descendant who came before 1880 to Hickory, Maple Grove, with other members of his family. There is much to see; old history, family photos and lots of connections to other Oconto County families!  

COOLEY Harrison & Family 

Family and Biography Main Page

April
NEW
Obituaries

 2013 Obituaries

With old Oconto County family connections. 
Researched and contributed by: Bill Fonferek

Photos and maiden names included when available.

Adolph "Cookie" (AJ) BLOCK

Jane A. Wenzel WEIGELT
Ione "Dickie" Hanek BITTERS

 Darlene Barribeau MELLAND

LaVerne J. Belongnia Peters  SALMON

 Obituary Main Page

April
NEW
School Page

Woodrow Wilson - Wilson Consolidated School
Townsend

Townsend was originally named Johnson Siding and was in the town of Wheeler. It had a log but few students. The students were sent to the log school in the larger settlement of Colesville along with the students from nearby Unity Center, both villages having mills that drew families to live near them by offerning employment. Times changed, names changed, people changed and students changed schools. Read what happen to the new wood frame school building and the villages that the children came from. Also see a photo of the new brick school in the village of Townsend that was built in 1919 as a result!

Wilson School Page

Historic Oconto County Main Schools Photo Page


April

NEW

Obituaries

From past years. With old Oconto County family connections. 
Researched and contributed by: Pat Drees
Transcribed by: Rita

William Henry HERTWIG - HARTWIG

Roy N. CHRISTIANSEN

Harriette "Hattie" Othelia Braun  COLVIN

Eva Margaret Rich  COMINS

Donald E. DeHUT

Fay Stuart DOOLEY

Hermina (Irish) Ann FRANKS

Esther M. Jaeger BUSHEY


 Obituary Main Page

April
NEW 

Hoffman Family Page
of 
Little River, Oconto County, Wisconsin

Family ResearcherEric Mixdorf

Anton Hoffman, born in Bohemia, and his wife Mary Fait have been found as far back as 1895 in Oconto County. They are among the many people, moving into the county, whose families originated in Bohemia. The couple farmed for many years and raised a family. Their daughters and one son married members from the DePauw, DesJarlais and Sucharda Oconto County families and added to them.

HOFFMAN -  Anton and family

Family and Biography Main Page

MARCH 2014

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Hickory Street Scene

photo taken 1910

MARCH

Transcribed newspaper issue of 
May 8
, 1903

Researched and contributed by: Cathe Ziereis
Transcribed by: Janet Mc Neil

The new, young Superintendent of Schools dies unexpectedly at age 32. He and his parents had survived the great fire of October 8, 1871 
in Peshtigo
when he was an infant and Oconto County was the whole northeastern part of the state. (The Peshtigo Fire Home Page)  He had grown up in city of Oconto from 1872, where folks had seen him go from a small child, through young adulthood in college, teaching, marriage, fatherhood, being a principal and then superintendent. He was loved for his kindness and respected for his hard work, intelligence and leadership. Read what happened.

An unidentified man was found floating in the river by logging crews and the sheriff must find out who he was. 

The Farnsworth Library in city of Oconto was an important and prestigious center of interest, with much activity. The appointment of the new librarian required careful consideration and a complete biographical profile for the citizenry to read. Women were playing an important role in this entire process since the beginning of the library.

Courts were busy with all sorts of activity pertaining to residents including probated Wills, civil and criminal.

The many reported visits and business trips of people to their families and cities, all over, are vital clues to researchers not only to figuring out relationships, but to the intersting histories of county families. Piecing together these short reports from news articles in other newspaper issues offers a fascinating larger picture of family life over many decades. 

111 YEARS AGO!

1903 Individual & Family News

FLASH FROM THE PAST HOME PAGE

MARCH
NEW

Obituaries

 2013 Obituaries

With old Oconto County family connections. 
Researched and contributed by: Bill Fonferek

Photos and maiden names included when available.

LaVerne Bader KLIMENT

Jason GOSSEN

Maynard F. JESKE

Rosalie Verron  HOFFMAN

Ruth Mae Peterson  BELONGIA

Brent E.  BLUMER

Martha (Marte) Joan  CARLIN

Robert "Pat" RAISLER

Florence A. Klawitter HOLMES

Obituary Main Page

MARCH
NEW
Updated
MARKS Family Page
In Germany - Descendant contact: Michael Marks

The Marks families page has added large amounts of researched information and photos on the local families. They were part of a substantial group tocome from German, Russian, Polish Europeans immigrating to Oconto County from the 1890s and into the early 1900s. Michael Marks is a descendant of those in the Marks family who remained in Europe. He has done extensive research there and would be very happy to connect and share!

  MARKS Family 

Family and Biography Main Page

MARCH
NEW
Duket Family Page
Family Descendent: Sandy LaRouche

The Duket Family made their way across eastern United States from New York and eventually settled in Oconto County in 1851 after several stops along the way. They are among the first  residents of the county, which was created that same year. Many family members married into local families, raised children and worked primarily in logging and farming for the next 20 years in the Peshtigo area.  Their lives changed drastically as they fought for survival one terrible night in October of 1871. Many survived, some did not. Read what happened and how they coped.

Oconto County, Wisconsin, covered the entire northeast corner of Wisconsin from 1851 to 1880. 
The Peshtigo Fire Home Page of Sunday, October 8, 1871 occurred in Oconto County. Part of the fire area, including the village of Peshtigo, is now in Marinette County, which was established after the fire. Family researchers often run into difficulties looking for records of that time since they are kept under both counties for the same times.

DUKET - Benjamin & Family

Family and Biography Main Page

MARCH
NEW
Obituaries

From past years. With old Oconto County family connections. 
Researched and contributed by: Pat Drees
Transcribed by: Rita

Mae Roubal   BRANDENBURG

Charles W. SCHOLTZ

August HURTIG

Alice P. Parlow ALBRIGHT

John C. "Jack"  ANDERSON

Florence Marie Spangenberg  BADTEN

Walter C.  BAKEMAN 

Caroline J. Effenberger BASCHE

Dorothy Faye McClure BORNEMAN

Margaret Ellman BORKOVEC
Catherine H. Clark SCHMITZ

 Obituary Main Page

FEBRUARY 2014

Please click on the photo to see a larger view


Breed Lumberjacks
(and 1 patient horse)
For more Breed logging photos, people and history please click 
here

contributed by:
Bill Fonferek

February

Transcribed newspaper issue of 
August 27
, 1914

Researched and contributed by: Cathe Ziereis
Transcribed by: Rita

The families of Oconto County were busy with work, business and travel. Local community correspondents sent weekly updates on the goings on. This is your letter from home.

100 YEARS AGO!

1914 Individual & Family News

FLASH FROM THE PAST HOME PAGE

February
NEW
Updated Family Page

Researched and contributed with the permission of descendant: - Vicky

Bernard M. and Catherine Nolan Mulvaney came to Oconto in 1870 immediately after their wedding in Cedarburg, Wisconsin. Bernard had been first brought years earlier to this county at the age of 16 when he had spent several winters working in logging. The Irish family grew as Bernard worked his way to being a steamer captain and owning his own boat for working the lumber trade. He and his family members were part of the hard working people of their time who stressed education as a way of improving life that had not been open to many of their ancestors.

Come and see the family photos and history that bring life to the past that started in North America in the early 1800s. 

MULVANEY - Bernard & Family

Family and Biography Main Page

February
NEW
School Pages

Sampson School
town of Chase
What happened to Sampson School that is found on the 1898 and 1905 Chase township plat maps? 
See the geat 1890's photograph that is almost certainly that building, 
in its "full flower."
contributed by:
Bob Reim and
Judith Anderson

Sampson School Page

also

North Chase - Roosevelt School
town of Chase

The mystery of records showing that teachers were employed at Roosevelt School 3 years before it was built begs the questions of what happened to North Chase and then Roosevelt Schools?
Read more........

North Chase - Roosevelt School Page

Historic Oconto County Main Schools Photo Page

 Historic Oconto County Township Schools Photo Page

February
NEW

Obituaries

 2013 Obituaries

With old Oconto County family connections. 
Researched and contributed by: Bill Fonferek

Photos and maiden names included when available.

Charlotte Scanlan LONGSHINE

Alfred "Joe" W.  MRAZ

Kenneth G.  ERNSBERGER

Rickie L. WRIGHT

Corinne A. Leitzke BLOCK

Dolores A. Delano MAGNIN

Irwin John Wayne MIGEL

Virginia Ellsworth PLIER

Goldie GERDES

Beverly J. Gretzon  GORMAN

Patricia "Patsy" B. Bitters STEFFENS

Dudley HARRIS

Dr. Henry J. "Doc" REIDINGER

Norman C. PAULSON

Marilyn Estelle Brye SEIS

Sally A. STANSBURY-TURCEK

Wyatt Reed SCHROEDER


Obituary Main Page

JANUARY 2014

January
NEW

Updated Family Page!

Canada to Oconto County

Includes related Oconto County surnames: 
Volk, McKenny, Blue, McAllan, Matherly, Waterman, Conrad, 
Minar, Heimerl, Mathewson, Matherly, Ramsdell,
McGorgan, McCutchen 

Contributed by descendant:  John Green 

Richard Kingston immigrated from Canada and settled in Oconto County where he married Mary Louise Smith. The Kingston family were hard working and successful rural farmers, as so many of the early settlers who cleared the land were. Tragedy suddenly struck whe father Richard was killed, leaving his wife expecting their 7th child. Family photographs, obituaries, news articles and researched family tree with notes help to piece together how the members continued to succeed in life. Early Oconto County's emphsis on education played an important role.

KINGSTON - Richard & Family 

Family and Biography Main Page

January
NEW

Family Page!

( includes surnames: Cooley, Volk, Kingston, Baldwin, Johnson, Suettinger. Arton, Wranosky, Shipley, Leonar, McHenry)

 Contributed by descendant great grandson of Viola:  Chris Wacker

Many extended family descendants contributred to the contents of this new family page which includes wonderful old photographs, related news articles, obituaries, extensive family tree and notes on family ancestors that follow their lives' journeys. Can you connect and share?
McKENNEY - William C & Family 

Family and Biography Main Page

January
NEW

Family Page!

descendant contact:  Lee Ann Murphy

From Austria to Oconto, Wisconsin

Neumeier Family Page

Family and Biography Main Page

January
NEW Page  
Forest Home Cemetery
Townsend Oconto County, Wisconsin

Village View Drive, Townsend, Oconto Co., Wisconsin
May 6, 1995

Compiler: Kim Van Handel Typist: Dan Schmeichel

The following tombstone inscriptions were collected by a Freedom High School student under the auspices of her teacher, Mr. Steve Belknap. This project was completed for extra credit as part of a unit on genealogical studies. This material is presented as received from Mr. Belknap. 

Forest Home Cemetery - Townsend, Oconto County

Cemetery Gravestone Transcription - Oconto County

January
NEW

Family Page!

Descendant contact great grand daughter:  Rochelle

From occupied Poland, Anton and Kate came to the USA separately and married. Their family story includes the hard work, struggles and successes that many faced from the late 1800s and into the 1900s. Mother Kate was also a dedicated career woman who served the community they lived in as well as helped to add essential income for their large family.

Kryzanek Family Page

Family and Biography Main Page