Caledonia Township Biographical Sketches


As published in "The History of Racine and Kenosha Counties" (Chicago: 1879), pages 630-634

CHARLES BAKER, farmer, Sec. 15; P. O. Caledonia; was born in Milwaukee, in 1852; moved to Racine Co., in 1867; married Augusta Wallace in 1874; she is a native of Germany; they have three children- Emma, Charlie and Frank; lost one infant; Mr. and Mrs. Baker are members of the Lutheran Church; he owns 39 1/2 acres of land in Sec. 15, and values it at $50 per acre.

JOHN BESACK, farmer, Sec. 29; P. O. Racine; was born in New York in 1837; came Wisconsin with his parents in 1842; married Miss Helen Sitces in 1861; she was born in 1840; th have ten children- three boys and seven girls, all members of the Catholic Church. Mr. Besack was Postmaster in 1877 and 1878; owns forty-three acres of land, situated three miles north of Racine, 29, Range 23, Town 4; he values his land at $100 per acre; has a fine fruit orchard of two acres, and, fine garden, and raises a quantity of vegetables of all kinds.

PETER CLOEP, manufacturer of rivets and staples, Sec. 19; P. O. Racine; was born Hillsheim, Kreis Daun, Reg. Bez. Trier Prussia, Nov. 6, 1830; came to Wisconsin in 1854; in 1856, married Miss Helena Stratisky; she was born in Bohemia, and died April 1, 1869; they had five children - Geo. J., Frank, Lutzea, Anna, living, and Helena, who died Sept. 17, 1878; in 1869, he married Augusta Kannenberg; they have eight children- Peter, Otilla, Paulinal John, Rosa, Mary, Anna and Louisa; Mr. and Mrs. C. are members of the Catholic Church; he owns sixty-one acres of land in 19, and values it at $80 per acre.

JOSEPH COOPER, farmer; P. O. Racine; born in England, near Manchester, Feb. 23, 1845; came to Racine Co. with his father in 1846; his father, who was at one time of the firm of Cooper & Dickey, died in 1872. Joseph Cooper was a member of the 2d Wis. Cavalry, and served honorably to the close of the war; married to Mary Gifford, 21st Dec., 1871; have three children- two boys and a girl- Katie, born June 3, 1874; Clifton A., Oct. 5, 1876; J. Joseph, Aug. 27, 1878. Mr. Cooper has 145 acres of land under good cultivation, and all improved farm machinery, and, through industry perseverance possesses a good home, and is comfortably situated.

ANDREW DRASEN, Sec. 25; P. O. Racine; was born in Germany in 1816; came, Wisconsin in 1845; married in 1844; has seven children- four sons and three daughters; lost one child, aged 2 years; owns fifty four acres of land, five miles from Racine, in Sec. 25.

JOHN ELIAS, dealer in groceries, dry goods, hardware and notions, Tabor; was born in Bohemia in 1852; came to Wisconsin with his parents in 1854; married Miss Mary Dworak in 1878; she was born in Bohemia in 1859. Mr. Elias is the son of John Elias, who died April 19, 1875; he owns ninety-seven acres of land, situated five and one-half miles north of Racine, Sec. 18, Range 23, Town 4; he values his land at $90 per acre; it is in a good state of cultivation; Mr. Elias is Postmaster at Tabor; when he was 21 years of age, he was elected Town Treasurer, and fulfilled his duties so satisfactorily that he was elected for a second term; he was also elected as Town Clerk, but only served six months, when he was obliged to resign on account of a cold, contracted while performing his duties; in 1877, at the request of C. B. Richards & Boas, of 61 Broadway, N. Y., he accepted the agency their steamship line for any point in Germany, Bohemia, and to Hamburg, from Racine; also makes remitances, for parties desiring it, to any of these points.

MRS. JOHN ERBE, Sec. 4; P. O. Caledonia; was born in Germany; has been a resident of Wisconsin for a number of years; in 1859, she married John Erbe, who died Feb. 12, 1876; during his life he was engaged in agricultural pursuits; they had four children- Bernhard, Henry, Fred, and Louis A. Mrs. Erbe owns sixty acres of land in Sec. 4, all in good state of cultivation.

MRS. S. S. FISHER (widow), P. O. Franksville; was born in Boston, Mass. In 1811, In 1856, she married Richard G. Fisher, who died in September, 1876; he was a native of England; during his life, he followed farming. Mrs. Fisher owns a good farm, well cultivated. She is a member of the Episcopalian Church.

JOHN FRELINAR, farmer; P. O. Caledonia; was born in Germany, in 1845; came to Milwaukee in 1872; removed to Racine Co. in 1877. In 1877, he married Miss Margaret Rink; she was born in Germany; have one child- Katie. Are members of the Catholic Church. He owns thirteen acres of land.

FRED GERLITZ, farmer, Sec. 7; P. O. Caledonia; was born in Germany, in 1840; Wisconsin in 1867. Married same year; his wife is a native of Germany - they have three children; lost one; He owns twenty-three acres of land in Sec. 7.

WILLIAM GITTINS, farmer, Sec. 26; P. O. Racine; was born in Wales, in 1821; came to America in 1840; resided in New York fifteen years, and removed to Wisconsin. In 1855, he married Elizabeth Gittins; they have seven children living, Katie, Wm. G., Christopher, Mary E., Elizabeth, John T., and one infant. Mr. and Mrs. Gittins are members of the Welsh Congregational Church. He owns 140 acres of land in Sections 26 and 27, and values it at $50 per acre.

ANDREW GLASBRENNER, farmer, Sec. 17; P. O. Tabor; was born in Germany, in 1833; came to Wisconsin, in 1855. Married Mrs. Margaret Bower in 1857; she was born in Germany; they have three children- two girls and one boy. Mr. Glasbrenner owns 122 acres of land, situated five miles North of Racine, Sec. 17, Range 23, Town 4; he values his land at $85 per acre; his house is pleasantly situated; he has a fine apple orchard of three acres; and his land is in a good state of cultivation.

JOHN GLODE, farmer, Sec. 27; P. O. Racine; was born in Germany in 1831. Married in 1860; Came to Racine in 1861; has seven children- Anna, Bertha, Henry, Kathrina, Lena, Margaret and Johnnie. Owns twenty-eight acres of land in Sec. 28, and values it at $50 per acre.

CHARLES GUTKNECHT, farmer, Sec. 30; P. O. Thompsonville; was born in Germany in 1840; came to Wisconsin in 1856. Married Miss Sophia Miller in 1867; she was born in America; they have five children- two sons and three daughters. Mr. Gutknecht owns 130 acres of land, all in a good state of cultivation.

FELIX HAAS, farmer, Sec. 25; P. O. Tabor; was born in Germany in 1829; came to Wisconsin in 1851; located in Racine, and remained there for four years; then bought his present homestead, where he has resided ever since. Married Miss Margaret Day in 1854; she was born in New Jersey; they have ten children living- Joe, Mary (now Mrs. Mikuletsky), Lizzie, Peter, Kate (now Mrs. Burkharder), Margaret, George, Adam, Frank and Anna; lost one- Helena, who died aged 4 years. Mr. and Mrs. Haas are members of the Catholic Church. He owns 120 acres of land, and values it at $45 per acre.

HENRY HELLING, farmer, Sec. 30; P. O. Racine; was born in Germany in 1849; came to Wisconsin in 1856. Married in 1861, Miss Susan Einler; she was born in Germany; they have nine hildren living- five sons and four daughters. Mr. Helling owns thirty-five acres of land five miles from Racine, in Sec. 30.

THOMAS HOOD, farmer, Sec. 2; P. O. Racine; born in Pennsylvania, Oct. 24, 1799; came to Caledonia, May 19, 1838; bought 162 acres at a land-sale; through industry and frugality, has his farm under good cultivation, and has all improved farm machinery; has a fine sugar grove of 1,000 trees, and makes from 700 to 800 pounds of sugar in a season. Married Nancy Palmer, in the fall of 1824; have had ten children, seven living; gave one son to his country; he was a member of the 19th Wis., and died in hospital at Madison, Wis. Self and wife members of Methodist Church.

C. JACOB, farmer, Sec. 15; P. O. Caledonia; was born in Germany in 1844; came to Wisconsin in 1860. Married in 1870; has three children- John, Emma and Mary. Mr. Jacob owns sixty acres of land in Sec. 15, and values it at $50 per acre.

MRS. ISAAC KITTENGER (widow of Isaac Kittenger), farmer, Sec. 17 P O. Caledonia; was born in New York in 1823. Married Isaac Kittenger in 1845. Came to Wisconsin in 1855. She has three children living- William, Loretta and Charles; lost one son, Franklin, who enlisted Aug. 16, 1862, in the 22d Wis., Co. H, and died in the hospital at Murfreesboro, Tenn.; Mr. Kittenger also served three years in same company and regiment; participated in all the battles his company was engaged in, and was mustered out in July, 1865.

MICHAEL KUPPER, farmer, Sec. 23; P. O. Racine; was born in Germany in 1830; came to Wisconsin in 1852. Married Miss Katherina Guipel in 1852; she died in 1865; Married Miss Susan Hulbertz in 1866; they have four children, two sons and two daughters. Mr. Kupper owns twenty-five acres of land, situated one mile north of Racine, in Sec. 23; values his land at $100 per acre.

C. W. LAMBERTON, farmer, Secs. 8 and 17; P. O. Lamberton; was born in Racine Co., Dec. 16, 1851. Married Miss Cassie J. Roberts in 1875; they have two children- Earl W., aged three years, and Maud, aged one year. Mr. Lamberton is the son of William E. Lamberton, a resident of Milwaukee, one of the earliest settlers of Racine Co., having come here in 1836, and has retired from active life. Mrs. Lamberton was born at Mt, Pleasant, Racine Co., Nov. 12, 1842 she is the daughter of William G. Roberts, who died in 1873, aged 57 years; an early settler of this county; Mrs. Lamberton was educated at Kerr's Female College, Licking Co., Ohio; she is a lady of refinement, and possesses a highly cultivated mind. Mr. and Mrs. Lamberton are members of the M. E. Church. He owns 160 acres of land in Sec. 8, and forty acres in Sec. 17, Range 23, Town 4; he values his land at $50 per acre; he has a fine house, lately built, with all the modern improvements; it is pleasantly situated, and has a fine lake view. Mr. Lamberton is an extensive grower of hops; he has a fine orchard, with a variety of fruit.

AMOS N. MANN, farmer, Secs. 32 and 33; P. O. Racine; was born in Racine, April 15 1853. Married Miss Katie J. Richards, June 19, 1875; she was born in Racine Co., April 19,1850. They are members of the Presbyterian Church. Mr. Mann owns ninety-five acres of land, situated in Secs. 32 and 33; his land is well timbered and drained, and in a thorough state of cultivation; he has a variety of fruit- apples, plums, quinces and strawberries; he values his land at $125 per acre. Mr. Mann is the son of Zenos Mann, who was among the earlier settlers of Racine; came here in 1842 he went to California in 1848, in a successful search for gold; he died at Racine, Nov. 25, 1865, aged 49, years and 6 months.

JACOB NAU, farmer, Sec. 29; P. O. Franksville; was born in Bavaria, Aug. 30, 1820; came to America, June 24, 1839, and located in New York; remained six years, then returned to Germany on a visit, where he remained for a few months, and again came to America. Married, Sept. 23, 1848, at Albany, N. Y.; Mrs. Nau was born Jan. 1, 1825, in Bavaria: they have four children- Caroline, Jacob I., Philippina and Peter H. Mr. and Mrs. Nau are members of the Primitive Church; he has held various positions in the Church, as class leader, exhorter, etc., and was finally licensed by them to preach, in which capacity he has always officiated gratuitously. He owns 116 acres in Secs. 28 and 29, which he values at $75 per acre.

REV. CYRUS NICHOLS, minister; P. O. Franksville; born Oct. 31, 1799, in Reading; came to Racine Co. 1836; was the first to preach in Racine, and was one of the organizers of the Presbyterian Church at that point; he preached and helped to establish churches in a number of places in this part of the county; has been the means of great good. Married a sister of S. S. Hurlbut; she was from Rutland Co., Vt.; have had eight children; had two sons in the service of his country; S. S. Nichols was in the 2d Wis., and served till close of war; G. C. Nichols in 22d W. V. I.; went with Sherman to the sea. Mr. Nichols and wife members of Presbyterian Church.

JAMES NIELD, farmer, Sec. 29; P. O. Racine; was born in England Dec. 7, 1816; came to Wisconsin in 1842. Married Miss Philadelphia Buckley March 17, 1835; she was born in England March 11, 1816; they have eight children living- Hannah, Henry, James, George C., Mary, Jennie Augusta, Amelia A. and Emma Z.; lost three children- Eliza N., age 13 months; James, 3 weeks; and Harry, 9 months. Mr. and Mrs. Nield are members of the Episcopalian Church. When Mr. Nield first came to Wisconsin, he purchased 160 acres of land, near Kellogg Corner, at Paris, Kenosha Co. removed to Racine in 1846, and engaged in the butcher business, which he followed for fifteen years; removed Caledonia Township, where he still resides and owns 117 acres of land, situated two miles north of Racine, Sec. 29, Range 23, Town 4. When Mr. Nield first purchased his land, it was all timber; now he has one of the finest farms and most pleasant homes in the county; has an abundance of fruit -apples, pears plums, Siberian crabs, and a variety of small fruit. His farm is on the Limestone Ridge, near Ives, quarry, and has an abundance of the stone near the surface; he has a fine house, with all the modern improvements, and values his land at $100 per acre; also owns considerable property in Racine- three stores on Main street and three cottages on Geneva street. Some twenty-five years ago Mr. Nield held the office of Alderman, and Supervisor for one term. When he came to Wisconsin he landed at Kenosha; there was no pier there, so they sent their goods ashore by a scow, and stored them in what was known as the poorhouse. Among one of his first purchases was a horse and wagon, of Henry Mitchell; being unaccustomed to driving horses, he drove them as he would oxen.

REV. WM. J. PEIL, P. O. Caledonia; was born in Racine in 1849; conamenced his studies at St. Francis' Seminary, Milwaukee, in 1862; graduated in 1872; was assistant at St. Joseph's, Milwaukee, for ten months, and removed from there to Caledonia.

JOHN L. PETURA, Sec. 18; P. O. Tabor; dealer in dry goods, groceries, etc., and agent for farm implements; was born in Bohemia Dec. 25, 1847; came to Wisconsin Aug. 14, 1857; married Miss Katrina Petura in 1876; was in business in Racine until 1867; removed to Caledonia, where he remained for five years, and then returned to Racine; he made a short visit to Europe in 1873; after his return he was in business in Racine for two years; then bought the property on which he is now living, consisting of ten acres of land, valued at $100 per acre, situated five miles north of Racine, Sec. 18, Range. 23, Town. 4; also owns two houses and lots in Racine- lots 1 and 2, block 6, in the Fifth Ward --and forty acres of land in Sec. 20, Range 23 east, Town 4, valued at $50 per acre. Mr. Petura was Town Clerk in 1874, Supervisor in 1872, and is present Supervisor.

G. F. ROBERTS, farmer, Sec. 27; P. O. Franksville; born in Brattleboro, Vt., Aug. 3, 1814; came to Racine Co. fall of 1836, and bought 160 acres of land at land sale; has now a fine farm of 140 acres under good cultivation; has all kinds of improved farm machinery. Married Mary Cary, of Oswego Co., N. Y., in spring of 1834; she was the daughter of Dr. A. Cary, a man of renown; had one child, who died at the age of 4 years.

Z. ROGERS, farmer, Sec. 32; P. O. Franksville; was born in New York State in 1817; came to Wisconsin in 1855 : married Miss Maria Rogers in 1839; she was born in Dutchess Co., N. Y., in 1819; died April 26, 1846 ; Nov. 17, 1846, he married Miss Francis N. McCourtie; she was born in New York; they have eight children living- Warren Z., Francis M. (now Mrs. A. Fancher), Harriet D. (now Mrs. Charles Scutt), Charles R., Emma A., Mary H. (now Mrs. W. W. Ehle), Martha E., and Amanda M. C.; lost one daughter- Mary A., aged 17 months. Mrs. Rogers is a member of the Baptist Church in Raymond. Mr. Rogers owns 277 acres of land in Secs. 31 and 32, and values it at $70 per acre; he has a handsome home, pleasantly situated, with all the modern improvements.

JOHN ROSWOLL, farmer, Sec. 20; P. O. Racine; was born in Bohemia in 1849; came to Wisconsin in 1856; married in 1863; his wife is a native of Bohemia; they have three children- Fannie, Johnnie, and Lena. Mr. and Mrs. Roswoll are members of the Catholic Church; owns seventy-seven acres of land, four miles north of Racine.

HENRY J. SCHNEIDER, farmer, Sec. 36; P. O. Racine; was born in Germany, in 1853; came to Racine with his parents, in 1856. Married, in 1876; his wife died Jan. 22, 1879; has one daughter. Owns twenty-four acres of land four miles north of Racine, in Section 36; values his property at $1,500.

WM. SCHROEDER, farmer, Sec. 19; P. O. Caledonia; was born in Germany, in 1824; came to Wisconsin in 1842; lived in Millwaukee[sic] County for nineteen years and removed to Racine County, where he has resided ever since. In 1847 he married Miss Katherine Stullenwack, a native of Germany; they have six children, two sons and four daughters. Mr. and Mrs. Schroeder are members of the Catholic Church. In Milwaukee County he was Town Treasurer for three terms and a member of the Town Board of Supervisors; since his residence here he has served as Town Treasurer and Justice of the Peace. Owns forty acres of land in Sections 10 and 19.

JOSEPH SLAMA, farmer; P. O. Tabor; was born in Bohemia, in March, 1848; came to Wisconsin in 1853; son of Joseph Slama, who died in 1866. In March, 1864, Mr. Slama enlisted in Co. F, 22d Wis. Regt. V. I., and was mustered out in 1865; is now engaged in agricultural pursuits on his mother's farm.

WM. C. SMITH, farmer, Sec. 1; P. O. Lamberton; was born in Mecklenburg, Prussia, in 1849; came to Wisconsin in 1851. Married Miss Katherine Micholetsky in 1866; they have six children, four boys and two girls. Mr. and Mrs. Smith are members of the Lutheran Church. Mr. Smith owns 157 acres of land, situated eight and a-half miles north of Racine, Section 1, Range 22, Town 4; values his land at $40 per acre; he has a fine apple orchard and a variety of other fruits; his farm is in a good state of cultivation. Is a Democrat; in 1872 and 1873, was Justice of the Peace in the town of Caledonia; in 1874 and 1875, he was Chairman of the Town Board of Supervisors.

CHAS. STEVENS, farmer, Sec. 17; P. O. Tabor.; was born in Bohemia, in 1829; came to Wisconsin in 1859. Married in 1857; his wife was born in Bohemia; they have nine children, five sons and four daughters. Mr. and Mrs. Stevens are members of the Lutheran Church. He owns forty acres of land.

FRANK STRATOSKY, farmer, Sec. 15; P. O. Tabor; was born in Bohemia, in 1820; came to Wisconsin in 1854. Married in 1853; his wife is also a native of Bohemia; they have four children living, lost three. He owns forty-two acres of land in Sections 14 and 15, and two lots in Racine.

FRED. TASSMANN, farmer, Sec. 32; P. O. Racine; was born in Prussia in 1831; came to Wisconsin in 1874. Married Miss Ernestine Fahr, of Racine, in 1875. Members of the Catholic Church.

PETER THELEN, farmer, Sec. 17; P. O. Caledonia; was born in Prussia, Nov. 30, 1821; came to Wisconsin in 1850; married in Germany, in 1845, Miss Mary F. Simeon; she died May 6, 1855; July 1, 1860, he married Miss Margaret Simeon, a native of Germany; have four children living - Leonard A., born June 13, 1862; John J., Feb. 4, 1867; Peter J., June 15, 1870, and Margaret, May 20, 1872; lost four children- Louisa, aged 3 years; Louisa, 4 years; Sophia and Fred W.; Mr. and Mrs. T. are members of the Catholic Church; Mr. T. owns fifty acres of land in Sec. 17.

THEODORE THIELEN, farmer, Sec. 29; P. O. Racine; was born in Prussia in 1832; came to Racine in 1854; married Mrs. Haas in 1864; she was born in Germany in 1835; they have 9 children.

JOHN TRUMBULL, farmer, Secs. 7 and 18; P. O. Tabor; was born in Connecticut in 1816; came to Racine Co. in 1839; married Miss Emily Bushel in 1865; she was born in Canada; have three girls and one boy; Mrs. Trumbull is a member of the Baptist Church; Mr. Trumbull owns 230 acres of land, situated six miles north of Racine, Secs. 7 and 18, Range 23 and Town 4, and land values his land at $75 per acre. Mr. Trumbull was among the first settlers of this county; his experiences are very interesting; he is a member of the "Settlers' Association."

EDMUND WELSH, farmer, Sec. 36; P. O. Racine was born in Ireland in 1839; came to Racine; married in 1859; has two children living- Edward and William; lost four children -- three daughters and one son; was an employee for many years, for Slauson & Co., afterwards known as Slauson & Murray; is at present a tenant on Mr. Binkman's farm.

MRS. FRED. WHITNER, Sec. 25; P. O. Tabor; was born in Germany May 23, 1822; she married Laudelin Haas at Pottsville, Penn., in 1845; he was born in Germany, and died in Wisconsin June 25, 1865; they came to Wisconsin in 1856; had ten children- William, Jacob, John, Laudelin, Fidel, Mary and Francis, living; Josephine, Pauline and one infant, dead; in 1868, Mrs. Haas married Mr. Whitner, a native of Germany; he came to Wisconsin in 1866; Mrs. Whitner owns eighty-nine acres of land; Mr. and Mrs. W. are members of the Catholic Church.




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