From History of Reedsburg and the Upper Baraboo Valley, by Merton Edwin Krug, Publ. February 1929 by the author. Printed by Democrat Printing Company, Madison, Wis., Page 467
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Finck. Mr. Frank Finck, son of Franz and Elise Wehrman Finck was born March 24, 1887 in Lansberg, state of Saxony, Germany. His family is a very old family of that locality. His father, Franz, was born Oct. 9, 1846, in the village of Passendorf, where his boyhood was spent. On July 28, 1872, he was married to Elise Wehrman. Elise was born at Quedlinburg, Saxony, March 10, 1852, and was a daughter of Louis and Louise Ruediger Wehrman. Her father was born March 5, 1818, at Helle, Saxony, married Louise Ruediger, March 3, 1850, and died July 28, 1890. Louise Ruediger was born May 19, 1824, at Helberstadt, Saxony and died March 18, 1893. Mr. and Mrs. Franz Finck always lived in Saxony. He died there Oct. 28, 1893; she still resides there.
Frank Finck was educated in the schools of Helle where he grew to manhood, and apprenticed in the mercantile business. In August 1909 he came to America, spending his first year in New York City, in the employ of the Bosch Magneto Co. The following year in September 1910, he came to a Chicago branch of that same firm where he met and married his wife, who had a position in the Bosch offices at that time. They lived in Chicago until April 1915, in that year, they came to Reedsburg, where he purchased the Reedsburg Auto Co., which he managed until Jan. 1, 1921.
Mrs. Finck, who was Miss Carrie Greenwood, was born April 6, 1887, daughter of Robert and Evaline Miller Greenwood. Her paternal great-grandparents, Joseph and Elizabeth Fawcett Greenwood were farmers of Yorkshire, England, where they lived and died. They had seven children, one of whom was Robert Greenwood, Sr.
Robert, Sr. was a native of Dent, Yorkshire, England, and was born in January 1807. He married there, Eleanor Jackson of Lancashire. On May 9, 1848, with their family, they set sail from Liverpool and after thirty-eight days on the water, reached New York. After one week spent in the East and three years in Racine Co., Wis. the family located in Winfield. They had nine children, one of whom was Robert, Jr.
Robert, Jr., Mrs. Finck's father, was born Aug. 14, 1839, town of Dent, England, and was nine years of age when he crossed the Atlantic in 1848. He grew to manhood in Winfield and was one of the Winfield boys who served his adopted country in the Civil War. In October 1863, he enlisted in Co. F, 3rd Cav. and saw active service in Missouri and Arkansas, under General Blunt, and was discharged in November 1865. Upon his return, in 1867, he purchased a farm and married his first wife, Dora Capstick, Feb. 11, 1874. She died within the month, and on April 22, 1879, he married Evaline Miller.
Evaline Miller, daughter of Herman and Elizabeth Darrow Miller, was born Sept. 28, 1851, Walworth Co., Wis. Little is known of her father, but her mother, Elizabeth, was born March 2, 1833; married June 9, 1849, and died at Tomah, Wis., Feb. 7, 1916.
Robert and Evaline Miller Greenwood spent their lives as residents of Winfield. He died Sept. 26, 1925; she March 14, 1928, at the home of Mrs. Finck.
Carrie Greenwood grew up in Winfield. She graduated from the Reedsburg High School; took a short course in the Baraboo Business College and in 1910 went to Chicago where she was married.
On selling out in 1921, Mr. Finck made a trip to Europe going via New York, LaHarve and Paris, visiting Germany and Switzerland. On July 1, he became connected with the State Bank of Reedsburg with which he remained until Nov. 1922, when he accepted a position in Manitowoc. In May 1925 he, with Mrs. Finck, made a second trip to Germany to visit his mother. They visited Holland, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, and England. In the latter place they visited the birthplace of her father. They returned via Liverpool to Boston, thence to Niagara and home. Just eleven days were spent going from New York to Rotterdam, while the return voyage required only eight.
Mr. Finck made a third trip abroad in 1926, called by the illness of his mother and remained there until March 1927. Since then he has been connected with the firm of Voigts and Company, of which firm he is still a member.
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