Norway Township Biographical Sketches


As published in "The History of Racine and Kenosha Counties" (Chicago: 1879), pages 681-684

JOHN ANDERSON, farmer, Sec. 13; P. O. North Cape; was born in Sweden in 1825; came to America in 1855; came to Wisconsin in 1866. Married in 1861; his wife was born in Norway; they have five children living, and have lost three. Mr. and Mrs. A. are members of the Lutheran Church. Mr. A. owns 200 acres of land.

ADAM APPLE, farmer, Sec. 35; P. O. North Cape; was born in Germany, in 1831; came to America in 1849, and landed at New York; then went to Philadelphia, where he resided for a number of years; from there he went to New Orleans, and thence to California, and engaged mining pursuits for three years; he located in Norway, Racine Co., in 1855. In 1856, he married Miss Dorotha Eckel; she was born in Germany; they have eight children. Since his residence here, Mr. A. has served as Chairman on the Town Board of Supervisors. He owns 340 acres of land, part in Sec. 26 and part in Sec. 35.

J. AXELSEN, farmer, Sec. 17; P. O. Watorford; was born in Norway in 1844; came to Wisconsin in 1870, and to Racine Co. in 1877. Married in 1875; his wife is a native of Norway; they have three children living, and lost one. Mr. and Mrs. A. are members of the Lutheran Church.

JOSEPH BENSIEN, farmer, Sec. 8; P. O. Waterford; was born in Germany in 1812; came to Wisconsin in 1854, and to Racine Co. in 1869. Married in 1838; his wife was born in Germany; they have five children living, and have lost three. Mr. and Mrs. Bensien are members of the Lutheran Church. Mr. Bensien owns 135 acres of land.

JOHN DALE, Jr., farmer, Sec. 30; P. O. Waterford was born in Norway in 1833; came to America in 1837, with his parents, and located in Illinois; came to Racine Co. in 1842. Married in 1857; his wife was born in Norway; they have eight children living, and have lost two. Mr. and Mrs. Dale are members of the Lutheran Church. He owns 160 acres of land.

G. A. FIELD, farmer, Sec. 11 ; P. O. North Cape; was born in Sweden in 1835; came to Wisconsin in 1858. Married in 1861; his wife was born in Racine Co., Wis.; they have six children living, and lost one. Mrs. Field is a member of the M. E. Church. Since Mr. Field's residence here he has served as Chairman of the Town Board of Supervisors, and as Assistant Supervisor for a number of years.

G. GLEINVERN, farmer, Sec. 31; P. O. Waterford; was born in Germany in 1818; to America in 1847, and to Wisconsin in 1849. He married in 1847; his wife was born in Germany; have three children living, and have lost three. Mr. and Mrs G. are members of the Catholic Church. Mr. G. owns 140 acres of land.

FRED GASKA, farmer, Sec. 11; P. O. Union Church; was born in Germany in 1844; came to Wisconsin in 1869. Married in 1868; his wife is a native of Germany; they have four children living, and have lost two. Are members of the Catholic Church.

CHARLES L. JACOBSON, farmer, Sec. 17; P. O. Waterford; was born in Norway in 1843; came to Wisconsin with his parents in 1844. Married, in 1869, Miss Sophia Wood; she is native of Norway; they have one child. Mr. and Mrs. J. are members of the Lutheran Church. Mr. owns 140 acres of land.

MICHAEL JACOBSON, farmer, Sec. 21; P. O. Waterford; was born in Norway in 1850; came to Wisconsin with his parents in 1852. He married in 1875; his wife was born in Norway; they have two children- John and Edmund. Is engaged in agricultural pursuits on his mother's farm.

JACOB JENSEN. farmer, Sec. 11; P. O. North Cape; was born in Denmark in 1830 came to America in 1859; to Wisconsin in 1875, and while there worked at his trade as carpenter ana wagon-maker; removed to Norway in 1878. Married in 1858; his wife was born in Germany; they have two children living; have lost four. Mr. and Mrs. Jensen are members of the M. E. Church.

ANDREW JOHNSEN, farmer, Sec. 32; P. O. Waterford; was born in Norway Dec 4, 1827; came to America in 1856; resided in Michigan for over two years, and came to Norway, Wis., in 1859. He married June 9 of the same year; his wife was born in Norway, Europe. They are members of the Lutheran Church. Mr. Johnsen owns eighty acres of land.

HENRY KELLER, farmer, Sec. 31; P. O. Waterford; was born in Germany in 1820; came to Wisconsin in 1846. Was married in 1848; his wife was born in Germany; they have six childrin, living, and have lost two. Mr. and Mrs. Keller are members of the Catholic Church. Mr. K. has served as Pathmaster since his residence in the town; he owns sixty acres of land.

CHARLES KRUMMENAUER, farmer, Sec. 28; P. O. Waterford; was born in Prussia, in 1812; came to America in 1843; located in Norway, Racine Co., Wis., in 1850. Was married 1838; his wife was born in Germany; they have lost two children. Mr. and Mrs. K. are members of the Lutheran Church. Mr. K. has been Pathmaster four terms since his residence in the town.

JOHN KRUMMENAUER, farmer, Sec. 28; P. O. Waterford; was born in Germany, in 1826; came to Wisconsin in 1851. He married in 1860; his wife was born in Germany; they have one child living, and have lost two. Mr. K. owns 110 acres of land, forty acres in Section 28, the rest in Sections 15 and 21.

JOHN LARSEN, farmer, Sec. 18; P. O. Waterford; was born in Norway in 1822; he came to Norway, Racine Co., Wis., in 1844; in 1845, he removed to Racine and engaged in house-building and carpentering in the employment of A. P. Dickey; in 1855, he removed again to Norway, where he has resided since, and engaged in agricultural pursuits. He married in 1848; his wife was born in Norway; they have six children living, and have lost two. Mr. and Mrs. L. are members of the Lutheran Church, Mr. Larsen owns 449 acres of land.

OLE LARSON, farmer, Sec. 19; P. O. Waterford; was born in Norway in 1823; came to Wisconsin in 1861, and located in the town of Norway, Racine Co. Married June 5, 1849; his wife died April 9, 1878; they had four children; two are dead. Mr. Larson is a member of the Lutheran Church. He owns eighty acres of land.

S. LARSEN. farmer, Sec. 22; P. O. North Cape; was born in Denmark in 1836; came Wisconsin in 1871; located in Yorkville, and resided there for seven years, and then removed to Norway. Was married in 1866; his wife was born in Denmark; they have four children living, and have lost two. Mr. and Mrs. L. are members of the Lutheran Church. Mr. L. owns eighty acres of land in Section 22.

KNUDT MATHIAS, farmer, Sec. 23; P. O. North Cape; was born in Norway in 1838; came to Wisconsin in 1846, and located in the town of Norway. Married, in 1864, Miss Caroline Johnson; she died March 27, 1879; they had eight children, two deceased. Mr. Mathias was Town Treasurer in 1862. His farm is excellently stocked and he is a breeder of the stock of horses known as the "Highland Sovereign"; he owns 200 acres in Sec. 23 and twenty acres in Sec. 26.

SIEGFRIED MIER, farmer, Sec. 3 P. O. Union Church; was born in Prussia Feb. 23, 1831; came to Wisconsin Feb. 19, 1857, and located in Mill Co.; resided there two years, and removed to Waukesha Co. In August, 1862, he enlisted in the 28th Wis. V. I., Co. H; engaged in all battles participated in by his company and was mustered out at Brownsville, Texas, in 1865. Located in Norway, Racine Co., same year, and has resided there ever since. Married in Germany March 19, 1857; wife was born in Germany; they have eleven children living and have lost one. Mr. and Mrs. M, are members of the Evangelical Church. Mr. M. owns 100 acres of land in Sec. 3.

CHARLES MEINEKE, farmer, Sec. 19; P. O. Waterford; was born in Wisconsin in 1855; is a son of Herman Meineke, who settled in Wisconsin in 1847. He married in 1877; his wife is a native of Sweden; they have one child. Mr. M. is engaged in agricultural pursuits on his father's farm.

JENS NELSON, farmer, Sec. 13; P. O. North Cape; was born in Denmark in 1833; came to Wisconsin in 1869, and located in Norway. Married in 1853; his wife died in 1871; they had eight children; married again in 1871; his wife was born in Denmark; they have two children. Mr. and Mrs. Nelson are members of the Danish Baptist Church. Since his residence in Norway, has been Town Treasurer for one term. Owns 187 acres of land in good state of cultivation.

LEWIS ROLFSON, farmer, Sec. 5; P. O. Waterford; was born in Norway in 1842; came to Wisconsin with his parents in 1850, and located in Waukesha Co. In 1861 he enlisted in the 15th Wis. V. I., Co. C, and was mustered out in 1865; engaged in all the battles his company participated in. In 1875, he married and located in Norway, Racine Co.; his wife was born in the same town and county; they have one child- John E. Mr. and Mrs. R. are members of the Lutheran Church. Mr. R. owns ninety-six acres of land in Sec. 5.

GABRIEL SAVELAND school teacher, Sec. 5; P. O. Waterford; was born in Norway in 1816; came to America in 1853, and located in Milwaukee; lived there seventeen years, and removed to Norway, Racine Co.; was engaged as sailor on the lakes until 1873, since which time, he has been teaching school. He married in 1842; his wife was born in Norway; she died in Milwaukee in 1853; they had six children, three now dead. Mr. S. is a member of the Lutheran Church. He owns forty acres of land in Sec. 5.

ERER A. SAWYER, Sec. 34; dealer in dry goods, groceries, etc., Waterford; was born in Norway, Racine Co., Wis., in 1851. For the past seven years has been engaged as sailor on the lake, on the vessel Golden Harvest. Commenced in mercantile business in 1879. He is a member of the Presbyterian Church, and also of the Good Templars. Owns three acres of land in Sec. 34.

ROBERT SAWYER, farmer, Sec. 34; P. O. Waterford; was born in Norway, Wis., in 1846. In 1862, he enlisted in the 19th Wis. V. I., and engaged in all the battles his company participated in. Was mustered out in 1865. In 1871, he married Miss Ellen Reed; she was born in New York. They have three children living; have lost two. Mr. Sawyer owns 150 acres of land, part in Sec. 34, and part in Sec. 27.

HERMAN SIMENSON, Sec. 17, grocer, Waterford; was born in Norway in 1808; came to Norway, Racine Co., in 1843; since his residence here he has been engaged in grocery business and agricultural pursuits. Was married in 1831; his wife was born in Norway; they have lost nine children. Mr. and Mrs S. are members of the Lutheran Church.

ABRAHAM SIMOSEN, farmer, Sec. 21 ; P. O. North Cape; was born in Norway in 1845 came to Wisconsin in 1868, and settled in Norway, Racine Co. Was married in 1870; his wife was born in Denmark. They have three children. Mr. S. owns eighty acres of land in Sec. 21.

CHARLES STALLBAUM, farmer, Sec. 29; P. O. Waterford; was born in Germany in 1851; came to Wisconsin with parents in 1854. Married, in 1878, Miss Christina Buchholz; she was born in Wisconsin. Mr. Stallbaum owns 124 acres of land in Sec. 29.

FRED STALLBAUM, farmer, Sec. 30; P. O. Waterford; was born in Germany in 1848; came to Wisconsin in 1855. Married, in 1868, Miss Katherine Snieder; she was born in New York. They have five children. Mr. and Mrs. S. are members of the Lutheran Church. Mr. S. owns 170 acres in Sec. 30.

HENRY STALLBAUM, farmer, Sec. 22; P. O. North Cape; was born in Germany in 1842; came to Wisconsin in 1854, and located in Norway. Married in 1868; wife was born in Germany. They have two children living, and have lost two. Mr. and Mrs. S. are members of Lutheran Church.

CHARLES STIER, farmer, Sec. 32; P. O. Waterford; was born in Germany in 1841; came Wisconsin in 1858. He married in 1861; his wife was born in Germany; she died Feb. 15, 1879; they had ten children, one of whom is dead. Mr. Stier owns eighty acres of land.

REUBEN WAIT, farmer, Sec. 11; P. O. North Cape; was born in Raymond, Racine County, 1852. Married, in 1877, Miss Anna Mathias; she was born in Wisconsin; they have one child. Mr. and Mrs. W. are members of the Lutheran Church. Mr. W. owns 160 acres of land.

WILLIAM WILLICH, farmer, Sec. 29; P. O. Waterford; was born in Germany in 1813; came to Wisconsin in 1857. Was married in 1842; his wife was born in Germany; they have six children living and have lost two. Mr. and Mrs. W. are members of the Catholic Church. Mr. Willick owns eighty acres of land.

V. YOUNG, farmer, Sec. 27; P. O. North Cape; was born in Germany in 1817; came to America in 1844, located in New York and resided there two years; he then removed to Norway, Racine Co., Wis. Married in 1844; wife was born in Germany; they have ten children. Mr. Young owns 160 acres of land.




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