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Researched, written and contributed by descendants: Janet and Jason

The Rafford Family - in Peshtigo (about 1867) and Beyond

This has been an interesting research. I started in Oconto, to Peshtigo, to Marinette, then to Maine, Canada, South Dakota, Washington, Florida - all by computer of course. Okay, except for Oconto, Peshtigo and Marinette - that was by car.  It is still a work in progress.  I'm sure there are mistakes, omissions and people I couldn't find. Any feedback is welcome. I'm always eager to add new relatives.  And thank you to the many people who have given me names and dates and shared family histories.  Janet and Jason

      Generation No. 1

LEWIS RAFFORD was born about 1759 in Pennsylvania, United States, and died 1815 in New Brunswick, Canada.  He married MARY.
LEWIS and MARY RAFFORD had three children (that I can find) - JOHN, EFFIE and MARY. JOHN RAFFORD married OLIVE BECKWITH and together they had twelve children.  One of those children was my great-great-grandfather, James C. Rafford.

JAMES C. RAFFORD was born about 1833 in Aroostook, Maine, United States and died 28 Oct 1862 in Smoketown, Maryland, United States.  JAMES married MARY ANN MORAN on 29 Jun 1855 in Maysville, Aroostook, Maine, United States, daughter of PETER MORAN and CATHARINE GRANT.  MARY ANN was born on 01 Jan 1839 in New Brunswick, Canada, and died on 15 Feb 1909 in Peshtigo, Marinette, Wisconsin, United States.  MARY ANN MORAN married RICHARD MCVANE in Aroostook, Maine, probably around 1864 and he moved with MARY ANN and her children to Peshtigo. He was regarded as their stepfather and took his name. RICHARD MCVANE was born about 1827 in New Brunswick, Canada, the son of MICHAEL MCVANE and MARY LINDSAY. He emigrated to Maine about 1855, and I found him on the 1860 Census in Ashland, Aroostook, Maine, in a boarding house, listed as a laborer. RICAHRD MCVANE died in Peshtigo on 11 Oct 1921, complications of old age.


Peshtigo Times,
October 20, 1921:

Funeral of Aged Man Held Friday Morning.

The funeral of Dick McVane, a well known and old time resident of this city, whose death occurred early Wednesday morning from the infirmities due to old age, being confined to his bed for several weeks, was held Friday morning from St Mary's church, Rev. Father R.H. MacDonald officiating. The casket bearers were Mayor James Campbell, Frank Zimmerman, Patrick Rossiter, Mark Bice, D.C. Northrup, and Dougal Thompson. Decedent was born in Nova Scotia, Canada, coming to this vicinity in the year 1870. The death of his wife occurred thirteen years ago.  He is survived by one stepdaughter, Mrs. Jessie Brownell and stepson, James, who resides in the south, several grandchildren and great-grandchildren as well as relatives at Lake Noquebay and Oconto. He was nearly 94 years of age and had been in good health until he sustained a fall recently. Burial took place at the old cemetery. The out-of-town relatives who attended the funeral were: Mr. and Mrs. Nick Botzau of Grover, the latter being the granddaughter.

Back to the Rafford family,

I discovered Army records from the Civil War that show James Rafford died as a Private in the 16th Maine Infantry on 27 Oct 1862 and is buried in Site 3188, Antietam National Battlefield Site, Sharpsburg Maryland.  A US Army Widows/Orphan card for James C. Rafford lists Mary A. Rafford as his widow; John Rafford as his father and E McVane as minor (guardian).

JAMES RAFFORD and MARY MORAN had six children (I think):

E.A. RAFFORD, born in Presque Isle, Aroostook, Maine, and residing in Marinette married CATHERINE KEIN on October 5, 1878 in Oconto.E.A. Rafford, born: Presque Isle, Maine. He lists his father as James C. Rafford and his mother as Mary A. McVane. Catherine Kein lists her father as Thomas Kein and her mother as Ellen Kein.  Witnesses were Jessie A. McVane and Lucy Dunton. I have found no census records on E.A. or CATHERINE, or her parents.

CHARLES ALLEN RAFFORD was born Apr 1856 in Maysville, Aroostook, Maine, United States, and died in 1907 in Latah, Idaho, United States.  He married ELIZABETH A. THOMPSON on 27 Aug 1881 in Oconto, Oconto, Wisconsin, United States, daughter of NICKALAS CARTER and MARY R. (????).  ELIZABETH was born May 1877 in Michigan, United States. CHARLES RAFFORD and ELIZABETH THOMPSON  had two children, CHARLES A. and RUBY R. R. RAFFORD.

 CHARLES A. RAFFORD, born 09 Dec 1891 in Michigan, died 20 Sep 1986 in Spokane, Spokane, Washington.  He married MILDRED E. BARRETT.  MILDRED was born 28 Jun 1886 in Wisconsin, and died Nov 1969 in Spokane.  CHARLES married WANDA G HEAD 26 Aug 1913 in Moscow, Latah, Idaho, daughter of WILLIAM HEAD and PARTHENIA BROWN.  WANDA was born 1894 in Deary, Latah, Idaho, United States. CHARLES RAFFORD and MILDRED BARRETT had one child: RUSSELL A. RAFFORD, born 18 Jul 1920 in Spokane, and died 13 Jul 1997 in Lewiston, Nez Perce, Idaho.  RUSSELL married (1) DELLA ELAINE BEEMAN, who was born 03 Apr 1922, and died 14 Dec 1996 in Spokane.  RUSSELL married (2) CORA about 1990.  CORA was born  in Colfax, Washington and died about 1995 in Spokane.  RUSSELL RAFFORD and DELLA BEEMAN had two sons.

JAMES WORDEN RAFFORD was born Feb 1863 in Aroostook, Maine, and died 1937 in Dade, Florida.  He married MOE in 1916 in Alabama.  MOE was born 1884 in Alabama.  JAMES and MOE RAFFORD and MOE had four children, all born in Alabama: CONNIE J., CATHERINE, JAMES H. AND WARDEN.

ALICE A. RAFFORD, was born on August 1, 1857 in Maysville, Aroostook, Maine, and died on November 3, 1872 in Peshtigo.

ROSELTHE RAFFORD, was born about 1858 and died in 1865 in Maysville, Aroostook, Maine.

JESSIE ADELINE RAFFORD (my great-grandmother) was born 27 May 1861 in Presque Isle, Aroostook, Maine, and died on 01 Sep 1936 in Peshtigo.  She married (1) JAMES MCNEIL on 20 Jan 1879 in Peshtigo, son of PATRICK MCNEIL and ELIZA. JAMES was born in Massachusetts.

JESSIE RAFFORD and JAMES MCNEIL had one child, my grandfather, IRVING PERCIVAL MCNEIL, born 17 Sep 1879 in Lake Noquebay. He died on 13 Jul 1962 in Oconto.  IRVING MCNEIL married GERTRUDE MAE KRITZ on 23 Aug 1897 in Peshtigo, daughter of CONRAD KRITZ and SUSAN PLACE.  GERTRUDE was born on 30 May 1879 in Peshtigo and died on 24 Oct 1963 in Oconto.

Notes for IRVING PERCIVAL MCNEIL:  In the 1880 census, IRVING is listed as Pussevle. Possibly, this is the French pronunciation of his name. His mother's family is from Nova Scotia/Maine region, where French is spoken.
IRVING MCNEIL and GERTRUDE KRITZ had seven children:

MARMARIE MARCEDES MCNEIL was born on 09 May 1897 in Dunbar and died on 29 Jan 1957 in Oconto.  MARIE married FRANK P TOPEL on 09 Dec 1925 in Oconto, son of GUSTAVE TOPEL and AUGUSTA HORN.  FRANK was born 17 Sep 1895 in Wisconsin  and died on 05 Sep 1953 in Oconto.  MARIE and FRANK TOPEL had two children, MARY JANICE TOPEL and PATRICIA TOPEL born in Oconto.

    Mrs. Marie Topel, 58, of 611 Collins Avenue, died at 10:45 p.m. Tuesday at the Oconto Hospital following a two-year illness.  The former Marie McNeil was born December 28, 1898, at Dunbar, Wisconsin. She came to Oconto as a girl and had lived here since. Her husband, Frank, died September 5, 1954.  Friends may call at the Gallagher Funeral Home from 1 p.m. Thursday until 2 p.m. Friday when rites will be conducted at the funeral home by the Rev. Ralph Hanusa. Burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery.  Survivors include her parents, Mrs. and Mrs. Ervin (Irving) McNeil, Oconto; a daughter, Mrs. William Tourtillotte, Oconto; three brothers, William of Green Bay and Robert and Harry, both of Oconto; two sisters, Mrs. Harry Fifarek, Marinette, and Mrs. Charles Fiferak, Chicago, and seven grandchildren.

HARRY EDWARD MCNEIL (my father) was born on 31 Aug 1901 in Cavour, Forest, Wisconsin, and died on 30 Sep 1985 in Oconto.  He married NORINE LANA MINNA KITTLER on 22 Nov 1935 in Oconto, daughter of GUSTAVE KITTLER and ELIZA ZIEHM.  NORINE was born on 19 Mar 1914 in Oconto and died on 13 Feb 1995 in Green Bay, Brown, Wisconsin.

LILLIAN GERTRUDE6 MCNEIL was born on 04 Jan 1906 in Peshtigo and died on 29 Aug 2000 in Marinette.  She married HARRY HENRY FIFAREK on 31 Oct 1924 in Marinette, son of CHARLES FIFAREK and BARBARA (???).  HARRY was born on 18 Dec 1898 in Marinette, and died on 22 Oct 1964 in Marinette.


NELLIE A. MCNEIL was born on 15 Feb 1907 in Peshtigo and died on 17 Jul 2004 in Melrose Park, Illinois.  She married CHARLES E. FIFAREK in 1926 in Marinette, son of CHARLES FIFAREK and BARBARA (???).  CHARLES was born on 28 Jan 1903 in Marinette and died in Mar 1970 in Melrose Park, Cook, Illinois.

WILLIAM GAIL MCNEIL in Oconto.  He married MARGARET CLAUSEN on 10 Apr 1940 in Oconto, daughter of ALFRED CLAUSEN and PHYLLIS MERLINE.  MARGARET was born in 1918 in Oconto, and died on 30 Oct 2006 in Neenah, Winnebago, Wisconsin.

ROBERT WYNHOLM MCNEIL was born 30 May 1922 in Oconto and died on 19 Feb 1998 in Oconto.  He married ALICE TUPPER on 10 Nov 1943 in Oconto.  ROBERT MCNEIL and ALICE TUPPER had one child, MITZI COLLEEN MCNEIL, born on 07 Dec 1943 in Oconto. MITZIE died on 04 Mar 1944 in Oconto.


JESSIE married (2) MICHAEL HELLER ENGLER about 1881 in Peshtigo, son of LEONARD ENGLER and FRANCES HELLER.  MICHAEL was born on 08 Jan 1852 in Jackson, Monroe, Pennsylvania, and died 17 Dec 1894 in Peshtigo.

Notes for MICHAEL HELLER ENGLER:  M. H. Engler, Town Assessor, Peshtigo, is a native of Luzerne County, Pennsylvania. In the spring of 1868, he came to Columbus, Iowa, and in the fall of this year (1881) came to Peshtigo where he remained til the spring of 1874 when he took a trip to California, Australia, and Japan.  Page 597, History of Northern Wisconsin, Volume II.
ESSIE RAFFORD and MICHAEL ENGLER had six (or five) children (I believe Martha Mary who is shown on one census is actually Myrtle Isabel):
MYRTLE ISABEL ENGLER was born on 29 Aug 1882 in Peshtigo and died on 08 Jul 1957 in Peshtigo.  She married NICKOLI P. BOTZAU 30 Jun 1904 in Marinette, son of JORGEN BOTZAU and METTE JORGENSEN.  NICKOLI was born on 10 Mar 1884 in Peshtigo and died on 30 Mar 1956 in Marinette.  MYRTLE and NICKOLI BOTZAU  had six children:

 GEORGE BOTZAU was born on 04 Dec 1905 in Peshtigo and died 18 Jul 1981 in Brownsville, Cameron, Texas.  He married LAURA ALBERTINA JASCH on 10 Apr 1926 in Grover.  LAURA was born 22 Jul 1906 in Peshtigo and died 09 Feb 1999 in Libertyville, Lake, Illinois.  GEORGE BOTZAU and LAURA JASCH had three children:  ROBERT JAMES, born and died on 03 Sep 1928 in Peshtigo; GEORGE, born and died on 03 Apr 1927 in Peshtigo; and JEAN CHARLOTTE.

 MILDRED LUCILLE BOTZAU was born 23 May 1907 in Peshtigo and died 04 Oct 1972 in Marinette.  She married CHARLES E NICKLAUS on 29 Jun 1929 in Marinette, son of CHARLES NICKLAUS and ANNA WENDT.  CHARLES was born 06 Nov 1899 in Marinette and died 12 Feb 1969 in Marinette.   MILDRED and CHARLES NICKLAUS had three children: ROGER, JANET and LIVING NICKLAUS.

 LOREN H. BOTZAU was born 11 May 1909 in Marinette and died 22 May 1969 in Pinconning, Bay, Michigan.  He married MYRTLE GERTRUDE NICKLAUS 27 May 1933 in Marinette, daughter of AUGUST NICKLAUS and ANNA STRUTZ.  MYRTLE was born 09 Jun 1912 in Marinette and died 16 Sep 1993 in Marinette.  LOREN and MYRTLE had four children:  MYRTLE, born 08 Aug 1939, Peshtigo; MARLENE RUTH BOTZAU, born 09 Jul 1936, in Marinette and died 06 Jul 1997, in Marinette; married RONALD KITZINGER who died in  Marinette; LOREN BOTZAU, who died in Crivitz; KENNETH BOTZAU who died in Oregon.

"Peshtigo Times,"
Peshtigo, Marinette, Wisconsin, United States,

Final rites were conducted Sunday, September 19 at Our Savior's Lutheran church in Marinette for Myrtle R. Botzau, 81, of 1545 Ludington Street, Marinette. Rev. Lee Goodwin officiated with burial in Forest Home cemetery. Hansen-Onion-Martell Funeral home of Marinette assisted the family.  She died Thursday morning, September 16 at Bay Area Medical center.  The former Myrtle R. Nicklaus was born at Marinette, June 19, 1912, residing there all of her life. She married Loren H. Botzau May 27, 1933. He died May 24, 1969. She was a member of Our Savior's Lutheran church and the Evangelical Lutheran Church Women.  Surviving are two sons, Loren of Crivitz and Kenneth of Imbler, Oregon; one daughter, Mrs. Ron (Marlene) Kitzinger, Sr. of Marinette; one brother, Reinhold Nicklaus of Harmony; one sister, Gertrude Schwittay of Marinette; eight grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

HARRY MICHAEL ENGLER was born 18 Dec 1883 and died 30 Dec 1955 in Peshtigo.  He married LUELLA C. HURD 25 Sep 1912 in Marinette, daughter of ROBERT HURD and JENNIE JOHNSTON.  LUELLA was born 29 Aug 1891 in Marinette and died 01 May 1953 in Peshtigo. HARRY ENGLER and LUELLA HURD had one child:  ROBERT M. ENGLER who was born 31 Jul 1913 in Marinette and died Apr 1981 in Peshtigo. HARRY married ALICE E. (???), 18 Feb 1951, Peshtigo. ALICE was born 15 Aug 1917 and died 15 Nov 2003 in Peshtigo.


Peshtigo Times,
Thursday, January, 1916:

The Harry Englers have moved from Grover to this city and will make their home with the former's mother, Mrs. Al Brownell.

Peshtigo Times,
Thursday, January, 1955:

Familiar Face.

The passing of former alderman Harry Engler, 72, is another familiar face that will not be seen again on the streets of Peshtigo. Harry was born in Peshtigo and knew everyone in the city and always had some cheerful remarks to make when he met anyone, including the kids. We at the Times got to know Harry pretty well as he supplied us with a lot of information concerning the old days of Peshtigo and every Thursday he transported our newspapers to the railroad station for the post office department. For his 21 years as a contract mail carrier he never failed to meet the mail trains entering the city. Many times the trains would be hours late but Harry was there to see that the mail left or arrived in Peshtigo safely. Now he has gone to keep his last date...meeting his wife who preceded him in death in 1953.

Peshtigo Times,
Thursday, January, 1955:

Funeral services for Harry D. Engler, 72, lifelong resident of Peshtigo, a former city alderman and retired contract mail carrier, were conducted at 2 pm, Monday in the Howard R. harper funeral home. The Rev. Robert Rirary of the Peshtigo Methodist church officiated with burial in the Riverside cemetery. He died at his Lake street residence Friday at 11:30 am and had been in ill health for the past two months. Death was due to a heart ailment.  Mr. Engler was born in Peshtigo, December 18, 1883 and in his early youth worked for Badger Paper Mills, Inc.  He was married to the former Luella Hurd on September 25, 1912 at Marinette. She died May 1, 1953.  He had served on the Peshtigo city council during the 1930s, representing the city's first ward. For the past 21 years he was a contract mail truck carrier dispatching mail on the trains entering the city. During this time, he compiled a record of having never missed meeting the trains in his 21 years of service. He retired in October of this year.  He is survived by one son, Robert, Peshtigo; one stepbrother, Irving McNeil, Oconto; four sisters, Mrs. Edward Hipke, Peshtigo; Mrs. Nick Botzau, Marinette; Mrs. Fred Koeppen, Manitowoc, and Mrs. Frank Kern, Fort Dodge, Iowa; and two grandchildren.  Pallbearers were Arnold Felker; Harry Felker, Max Obert, Joseph Johanek, Ben VanDenelzen and Herbert Anderson.

WWI Civilian Registration Card: #A385. Harry Michael Engler, residing Peshtigo, Wisconsin. Age 34, born December 18, 1884. White, natural born. Self employed. Married to Luella Engler. Medium height, medium build, blue eyes, light hair.
Notes for LUELLA C. HURD:

Peshtigo Times:

Mrs. Harry Englar (sic), Lake street, was hostess to the members of the pinochle club at her home on Thursday afternoon. The winners for the honor awards were Mrs. Conrad Mayers, Mrs. Louis Pichee and Mrs. M. Rennes. The traveling prize was presented to Mrs. B. B. McPherson of Marinette. The Club will be entertained in two weeks at the home of Mrs. Joseph Francour.

MARY FRANCES ENGLER was born in July 1886 and died 9 Aug 1888 in Peshtigo.

EMMA IRENE ENGLER was born Jan 1888 in Marinette and died Aft. 1930.  She married ARTHUR LAVALLEY Dec 1909 in Peshtigo, son of JOSEPH LAVALLEY and VICTORINE GIROUX.  ARTHUR was born 01 May 1893 in Peshtigo and died Jun 1968 in Peshtigo. EMMA ENGLER and ARTHUR LAVALLEY had two children:  BEATRIX, born 1911 in Peshtigo and LEIGH J born 1912 in Peshtigo and died 15 Oct 1995 in Peshtigo.

FLORENCE ENGLER was born Feb 1891 in Marinette and died 1962 in Peshtigo.  She married FRANK O. KERN, son of JACOB KERN and ANNA ZWAKL.  FRANK was born 1884 in Wisconsin, and died 1940 in Peshtigo.  FLORENCE ENGLER and FRANK KERN had one child, HELEN, born in North Dakota.


The Peshtigo Times,
October 1924:

Mrs. and Mrs. Frank Kern, Harry Engler of this city and Evelyn Hurd of Marinette were visitors Sunday at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Weinhert at Crivitz.


JESSIE married ALLEN JAMES BROWNELL on 24 Jul 1894 in Peshtigo, son of JAMES BROWNELL and MARY BOWE.  ALLEN was born on May 1855 in Ozenbrook, Canada, and died on 07 Nov 1915 in Peshtigo.


Peshtigo Times,
Thursday, November 15, 1915

Al Brownell Succumbs

Al Brownell, a well-known resident of the first ward, passed away at his home last Sunday after at 2:15, following an illness of several months. Deceased was born at Ozenbrook, Canada, in 1855, his age at the time of death being 62 years. A widow and two daughters survive. The funeral was held Thuesday afternoon with services at the M.E. Church, Rev. Geo A. Tennant officiating. The remains were laid to rest in Riverside cemetery.

JESSIE RAFFORD and ALLEN BROWNELL had four children:

ALICE MARIE BROWNELL was born 03 Sep 1895 in Peshtigo and died 01 Mar 1971 in Peshtigo.  She married CLIFFORD D MAY 27 Oct 1916 in Peshtigo, son of LACY MAY and MARGARET LAFLEUR.  CLIFFORD was born 02 Mar 1893 in Grover, and died 1942 in Peshtigo. ALICE BROWNELL and CLIFFORD MAY had five children:  CLIFFORD B., born 1915 in Peshtigo, died Dec 1985 in Peshtigo; SAM, born in Peshtigo; BLAIR, born in Grover; HAROLD MAY, SR., born 1920 in Peshtigo; died 29 May 1993 in Marinette; married JEAN PEANOSKY; HARVEY ALLEN, born 17 Jan 1921 in Marinette, died 10 Nov 1925 in Marinette.

ALICE married EDWARD HERMAN HIPKE 01 Jul 1943 in Peshtigo, son of GUSTAVE HIPKE and CAROLINE.  EDWARD was born 18 Nov 1893 in Rusk, Poland and died 16 Jan 1977 in Peshtigo.

Notes for EDWARD HERMAN HIPKE:  Edward Herman Hipke of Route 2, Peshtigo, Wisconsin, laborer, 49 years old. Born November 18 1893 in Rusk, Poland. Divorced from Rose (born in Poland). Married December of 1924 at Menominee, Michigan. Has two children: Erwin, b. December 26, 1927 and Laura, b. April 16, 1929, both born and living in Peshtigo, Wisconsin. He resided in Rusk, Poland and emigrated from Hamburg, Germany, to New York, New York, on June 8, 1901 on SS Graf Waldersee, using the name Edward Hipka.

Notes for ALICE MARIE BROWNELL:  Peshtigo Times, Thursday, December 9, 1915: Mrs. Bert Harper and daughter, Mrs. Max Borth, and Miss Alice Brownell have gone to Walton to spend the winter with Mr. Harper who has a logging contract there.

Peshtigo Times,
Peshtigo, Marinette, Wisconsin,
United States,
Thursday, March 3, 1971,

Funeral services for Mrs. Edward Hipke, 75, of 171 Ellis Avenue, Peshtigo, will be held Thursday, March 4, at 2 pm in Harper Funeral Home. Rev. Robert Priest of Peshtigo Methodist Church will officiate and burial will be in Riverside Cemetery.  Pallbearers will be her grandsons, Harold, Kenneth, Gene and Jack May, Stephen Tebo and Mark Bruemmer.  Mrs. Hipke died Monday, March 1 at 11 pm at Marinette General Hospital.  The former Alice Brownell was born September 3, 1895 in Peshtigo and spent her entire life in the area. She married Clifford May in 1916 and he died in 1942. On July 1, 1943, she married Edward Hipke in Peshtigo.  Surviving with her husband are three sons, Clifford B. May and Sam May of Peshtigo and Harold May of Marinette; three daughters, Mrs. Clifford Tebo of Marinette, Mrs. D.M. Hilsabeck of Pascagula, Mississippi, and Mrs. Silas Bruemmer of Peshtigo; one sister, Mrs. Fred Koeppen of Manitowoc; 16 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

LUCILLE IRENE BROWNELL was born 04 Jul 1899 in Peshtigo an died 18 Nov 1993 in  Oconto. LUCILLE married ALFRED M. KOEPPEN, the son of JULIUS M.W.A. KOEPPEN and AUGUSTA KROELING in 1921. ALFRED was born 11 Dec 1891 in Oconto and died 28 Dec 1961 in Manitowoc.

Notes for LUCILLE IRENE BROWNELL:  Peshtigo Times, Janury 6, 1916: Miss Lucille Brownell has gone to Fond du Lac where she will be employed.

Peshtigo Times,
Thursday, November 24, 1933:

A memorial service was conducted Friday, November 19 at Gallagher Funeral home, Oconto, for Lucille Koeppen, 95, of 101 First st., Oconto, Rev. David L. Fuller officiated.  She died Thursday, November 18 at Riverside Nursing home, Oconto.  Born July 4, 1898 at Peshtigo, the former Lucille Brownell married Fred Koeppen. He died in 1961. Mrs. Koeppen was a member of United Methodist church at Peshtigo. Nieces and nephews survive.

GRACE MABEL BROWNELL, born 09 Aug 1901 and died 03 Dec 1901 in Peshtigo.

INFANT BROWNELL, born and died on 18 Apr 1903 in Peshtigo.


JESSIE married (4) GEORGE ALBRECHT about 1925 in Peshtigo, son of FRANK ALBRECHT and SOPHIE. GEORGE was born Apr 1859 in Wisconsin, and died in Peshtigo.


The New Peshtigo Times,
Thursday, September, 1936:

Mr. and Mrs. Frank Kern of Wausau, Mrs. C. Koppins and Irving McNeil of Oconto were summoned here on Saturday, owing to the critical illness of their mother, Mrs. Jessie Albrecht, estimable pioneer resident, who recently started housekeeping again in her home on Oconto avenue, having suffered a heart attack.

Death Claims Aged Peshtigo Resident, Services Friday:

Mrs. Jessie Albrecht, highly esteemed pioneer resident of this city, passed away at 4 o'clock Tuesday afternoon, following a illness since last Friday night when she suffered a heart attack. She was reported to be getting along nicely which her relatives and friends were so glad to know, when she suffered another attack before her loved ones could get here.  Decedent was born in Presque Island (sic), Maine, 74 years ago and was a resident of this city for 71 years, having left the city for a few days previous to the Peshtigo fire.  Survivors are the following sons and daughters: Irving McNeil of Oconto, Alderman Harry Engler, Mrs. Nick Batzau (should be Botzau), Grover; Mrs. Clifford May, Grover, and Mrs. Fred Koeppin, Oconto, one brother, James Rafford, Florida; twenty-two grandchildren and twenty-five great grandchildren. The remains were removed to the Harper Funeral Home and taken to the home of her son, Alderman Harry Engler, on the Lake Road, yesterday afternoon from where the funeral services will be conducted at 2:30 Friday afternoon with the Rev. W. Paul Kramer, paster of the M.E. Church officiating. Interment will be held in the family plot at Riverside cemetery.