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Thurs 4 Jan 1917


Dewey Anker and wife, who are living in Little Falls, Minn., where they run a hotel, have spent the Christmas vacation with Mr. Anker’s sister, Mrs. Henry Niemeier.




Shawano Advocate

9 Jan 1917



A little daughter was born to Mr. and Mrs. Otto Druckrey last week. The infant passed away soon after birth, but we are glad to say the mother is doing well.




Shawano County Journal

1 Feb 1917


Mother is Dead

Today Edward Schneider, the Agent at the Wisconsin & Northern Depot was called to Oshkosh by the sudden death of his mother. Mrs. Schneider was seventy-two years old and although she had been ailing for a short time, the death was sudden and entirely unexpected.





Thurs 15 Feb 1917

Ernest Ziebur is visiting with his sister Mrs. C. Kroenke for a week or two.


Shawano Advocate

20 Feb 1917

Charley Loan Died Monday

At hospital in Oshkosh, Has been sick the past month


The sad intelligence was received in this city Monday morning that Chas. Loan had passed away in a hospital in Oshkosh, after being sick for several weeks. It is said that about a month ago he was taken sick while scaling for Morgan & Co. in northern Michigan. He kept at work but was worse and came home. he was then taken to a hospital in Oshkosh where he gradually became worse when the end came Monday morning.

Chas. Loan was born in Shawano July 7, 1886, and would have been thirty one years of age next July. He attended the Shawano high school and some thirteen years ago when the Shawano business College was here, he graduated from that school. He worked in the woods and scaled during the winter times for different logging companies, and always gave the best of satisfaction. For two or three summers he has worked at the plumbers trade with Schweers Hardware Co. and was a good worker and always worked for the interest of his employers. He worked four years on the Wisconsin & Northern and was a member of the B. of R.T. Chas. was baptized in the Episcopal church. He was very well liked by his associates and had a great many friends, everyone speaking well of him. It seems extra sad to have one taken away while in the prime of life.


The deceased leaves his aged father, John Loan, and four sisters, Mrs. Frank Hopper of Oshkosh; Mrs. Hattie Bruce of this city, Mrs. Dey of Spokane, Washington, Miss Ruth Loan of this city, but who is teaching in Appleton. The remains will be brought to Shawano and the funeral will be held at W. H. Garfield's chapel on Wednesday at two o'clock. The father and sisters and other relatives here have the deepest sympathy of their friends in this bereavement.





Shawano County Journal

22 Feb 1917

Charley Loan Dies Suddenly

Young man in prime of life taken almost without warning

Funeral held yesterday

Sermon by Rev McGreaham - Music by four Men - List of pall-bearers


Charles Joseph Loan died Monday morning at Oshkosh. The news came to his Shawano friends as a distinct shock, for Charley was in the prime of life. Only a month ago he was taken sick while scaling for Morgan & Co. in Upper Michigan. He was born July 1886, in this city and had he lived until July of this year had been thirty-one years old. He attended the grade school and high school in this city, and graduated from the Shawano Business College which was maintained at that time. He had been a good worker all of his life and was considered robust and healthy, so his sudden taking away came as a great surprise to everybody. He has been employed by the Schweers Hardware Co., as a plumber; by several lumber companies as a scaler. For some years he was employed by the Hollister's. He also had worked for sometime on the Wisconsin Northern Railroad and was a member of the Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen. He was baptized in the Episcopal church. Among the young people he was a favorite and associated with a class of our very best young men, of which he was one.

The deceased leaves his aged father John Loan, and four sisters, Mrs. Hattie Bruce of Shawano, Mrs. Frank Hopper of Oshkosh, Mrs. Dey of Spokane; and Miss Ruth Loan, teaching in Appleton. The funeral was held at the Garfield Chapel yesterday afternoon, Rev. McGreaham preaching the sermon. The music was sung by a quartette, consisting of Ernest Livermore, Anthol Kuckuk, M R Stanley and Ralph Wescott. The pallbearers were Henry Neumeier, Chas. Kink, R Accord, Arnold Zachow and Ira Weeks.



Thurs 22 Feb 1917


Mr. and Mrs. John Marohl, South Dakota, who attended the funeral of their brother in the town of Washington, left last week or Wittenberg, where they will visit relatives before returning to their home.




Shawano Advocate

27 Feb 1917

Navarino Resident Dies

Adolph Gunderson of Navarino, died last Friday at the age of 78 years. His funeral was held Tuesday afternoon from the Norweigan church in Navariono. He was the father of Mrs. Smith Gunderson of Matteson. - Clintonville Tribune



Tues 27 Feb 1917

About two weeks ago a young Indian girl by the name of Florence Sullivan was murdered by James House in a cabin near Beaver.  It seems that George Peters, who is wanted on the reservation, is also mixed up in the deal.  The deceased was quite well known.  The remains were brought to Shawano and taken to Keshena for burial.



Tues 27 Feb 1917

Meets Terrible Death

Alice Nadler, the little one and a half year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Julius Nadler died at their home on Monday morning.  The little child died from convulsions caused by terrible burns the little one received from boiling water which she fell into Saturday morning.

The right side of the little tots body and right leg was badly scaled.

The funeral was held Thursday afternoon at 2 o’clock at the Evangelical Church.—Bonduel Times.



Thurs 1 Mar 1917

Alice the little daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Julius Nadler, of Bonduel, who was seriously burned by falling into a pail of boiling water, died last Monday.  The Funeral was held last Thursday, Rev. Rabe officiating.

Shawano County Journal

19 Apr 1917

Peter C Frank

Old Civil War Veteran is gone

Has been Enthusiastic Member of G.A.R.

Peter C Frank, an old Civil War Veteran, died Tuesday morning after suffering about four months with heart trouble. Mr. Frank was born at Mequon, Ozaukee County, Apr 21 1846, and served Company B, 3rd Wisconsin Infantry during the civil War. He was with Gen. Sherman's Army in his famous "March to the Sea", and has always been an enthusiastic member of the G. A. R. He attended the Reunion of the Confederate and Union soldiers at Gettysburg, a few years ago.


he was married twice. The surviving children of the marriage are John N Frank, of Durfield, Alberta, Canada (a Spanish American Veteran); Joseph N Frank, Larium, Michigan; Anton H Frank, Kaukauna, Wis; and Mrs. Wm. Eckes, Marshfield, Wis. The surviving members of the second marriage are his wife Mary A., a daughter, Mrs. August Schofer, of Kaukauna, Wis. Charles, Verna, Rose, George, Henrietta, Henry and Lester at home. The surviving members of his immediate family are two brothers, John of Kaukauna, and Jacob of Mequon.

The funeral will be held Friday at 10 A.M. at the Sacred Heart Church, Rev. Fr. Schemmer officiating.


Shawano Advocate

24 Apr 1917

Peter Frank


Peter Frank of Shawano died Tuesday morning at one o'clock at his home in this city, after an illness of about four months of enlargement of the heart.


Peter Frank was born at Mequon Wis., April 21, 1846 and lived there until the close of the Civil War when he removed when he removed to Sherwood where he owned a large farm.


Mr. Frank enlisted in Co. B 3rd Wis. Infantry and went to the front joining his command just after the great Battle in the Clouds under Gen. Hooker of Lookout Mountain. He was with Gen. Sherman on his famous "March to the Sea" when that great fighting warhorse carved his way down through the state of Georgia from Atlanta to Savannah, splitting the Southern Confederacy in two parts and sounding their death knell. It was a mighty war movement for the whole Army had to subsist off the country through which they marched and fought day after day until they reached the Atlantic coast and then had to conquer the city of Savannah. Peter frank often recited his adventure on that memorable trip which practically ended the rebellion and left on the archives of the Nation a long list of the conquering heroes which will stand unchallenged as the proudest of records any army of soldiers ever achieved.


Soon after the war closed Mr. Frank was married at Sherwood to Miss Genefava Regal in 1868, where he owned a farm of 80 acres on which he lived until 1883, at the foot of the High Cliff near Sherwood, where he opened lime kilns and for twelve years hauled the product to Kaukauna. In 1888 he sold his farm and came to Kaukauna about the time his first wife died. One year after he married Mary Ann Brooker of Kaukauna and 23 years ago built a store on Tobacnoir street which he conducted until he moved to Shawano nine years ago this spring, April 19, 1908.

Peter Frank became a member of Paul H Beaulien Post No. 247, G A R one month after that organization started in March of 1889.


He was the father of seventeen children, twelve of whom with his second wife survive. They are, John Frank of Alberta, Canada, Joseph Frank of Laurium, Mich; Anton Frank of Kaukauna; Mrs. Anna Eckes, of Marshfield; Mrs. Effa Schaffer, Kaukauna; Charles, Verna, Rose, George, Etta, Henry and Lester Frank at home. Two brothers John Frank of Kaukauna and Jacob Frank of Mequon, Wis.


The funeral services were conducted from Sacred Heart Catholic church, Shawano, Friday morning at ten o'clock and was attended from Kaukauna by Mr. and Mrs. Anton Frank, Mr. and Mrs. August Schaffer and John Frank, who returned Saturday noon. Jacob Frank and son Milton, Mequon, Wis., Mrs. W.C. Williams of green Bay and Mrs. Turiff of DePere, Mrs. A.F. Anderson, Waupaca, Wis., and Mr. John Bruehl and daughter Mary of Sherwood, Wis. were also here to attend the funeral. Internment was made in the Parish Cemetery of Sacred Heart church.

Louis Meinhardt


Thurs 26 Apr 1917, Cecil

Mrs. C.H. Koeppen went to Underhill Monday to be a guest of Martin Koeppen, Sr., for a few days.  She will assist in preparing for the wedding of the latter’s daughter, Miss Lydia Koeppen to Harold Nelson.



Thurs 26 Apr 1917

Popular Lady Married

Miss Esther Phillippi Becomes the Bride of William Thompson

Miss Esther Phillippi, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Nicholas Phillippi was married this morning at the Sacred Heart Parsonage to William T. Thompson, whose former home was at Cecil.  Rev. Fr. Schemmer performed the ceremony.  The couple was attended by the bride’s brother Joseph and sister Anna.  They left on the 9:25 train for a two week tour, after which they will be home at Indianapolis, Indiana.  The bride has grown up in this community and is a very highly respected young lady.  The groom is the son of Mrs. William Johnson, of Cecil.  He is a graduate of the Cecil school and of the Capital City Commercial College of Madison.  After completing his commercial course, he became associated with the George Kraft Company, of Madison and is now assistant manager of that company.  He has been recently promoted and will go to Minneapolis where he will manage a store.



Tues 1 May 1917

Married on Saturday Last

The marriage of Dal Ackerman and Dorothy Hoffman, took place at high noon Saturday, April 28, Rev. F.F. Salle performing the ceremony.  They were unattended.  Following the service a wedding dinner was served at the home of the bride’s father, only the immediate families being guests.  The home was decorated in pink and white, cut flowers being used.  The bride wore a traveling suit of Alice blue taffeta, and a hat to match.  She wore a corsage of sweet peas.

Both the bride and groom are well and favorably known here, having lived here nearly all their lives.  Mr. Ackerman is the youngest son of Mrs. Dora Ackerman and the bride is the youngest daughter of Mr. Geo. Hoffman.  They are both graduates of the Shawano High School.

The young people left for a brief wedding trip to Milwaukee, Beloit, Madison and other places in the southern part of the state.  They will reside at Kaukauna where Mr. Ackerman is employed in the Light and Power Plant.  The Advocate extends congratulations.



Thurs 3 May 1917


Dal Ackerman and Miss Dorothy Hoffman United in Marriage Saturday Morning

Dal Ackerman and Miss Dorothy Hoffman were married Saturday noon at the home of the bride by the Rev. Mr. Selle.  Mr. Ackerman is employed at the electric plant in Kaukauna, as electrician.  He graduated from the Shawano High School in 1912 and then went to school in Oshkosh and Appleton.  While a student in the High School he was leader in athletics and forensics.  He was captain of the football team, was captain of the basketball team, was on the debate team, and twice represented this school in the league oratorical contest.  After leaving school he was employed for a time by the electric company in Oshkosh, whence he went to Kaukauna where he was secretary of the railroad Y.M.C.A. for two years.  He has held his present position for a year.  He is a member of the Masonic Lodge of this city.

The bride graduated from the High School in 1910.  She also was active in the high school events as debate and declaimer.  She won the declamatory contest in her senior year.  After graduation she taught for two years in the Town Line School and then for two years in Birnamwood and lastly two years in Hortonville.

At the wedding the couple was unattended.  The bride was gowned in blue taffeta and presented a charming appearance.  Mr. and Mrs. Ackerman left on the morning train for a week’s trip covering the southern part of the state.  They will visit in Milwaukee, Beloit, Madison, Waukesha, after which they will make their home in Kaukauna.



Thurs 10 May 1917

Man Killed by Limited

Train Runs Over Man Named Luendo at Lyndhurst on Sunday Morning

Leave Family of Five

Left Home the Evening Before Said to have Been in Intoxicated Condition

Last Sunday morning, a man named Chas. Luendo (pronounced Lindow) was killed by the limited train which gets into Shawano at 2:35.  The engineer saw the man and shut off the engine and jammed the airbrakes, but the train was under such momentum that it could not stop in time.  The body was horribly mutilated.  It was taken care of by the section men in the morning.  Coroner Garfield was called and an inquest held.  It seems that the night before the man had come home for supper in an intoxicated condition.  The wife made all attempts to keep him from going out again, even hiding his coat, but he took an old jacket and went out in spite of her pleading.  The mother is left with four children, the oldest a boy of fourteen years.



Tues 8 May 1917


Adolph Spengler of Bonduel, spent Sunday in the city with his sister, Mrs. G.H. Klosterman.  He has many friends in the city who are always glad to see him.



Tues 15 May 1917

Miss. Georgia Church and Paul Jantz were married at Suring on Tuesday afternoon of last week.  The groomsman is a son of Mr. and Mrs. Adolph Jantz of this city, and has a good position in the Zingler Market at Suring.  He has many friends in the city who wish him much happiness.



Tues 15 May 1917

John Stengel was here from Suring over Sunday, joining his wife who has been visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Calhoun, for a few days.



Tues 15 May 1917, Thornton

Mrs. Louis Brauer visited her mother Mrs. Nuske, who is quite sick at the home of Aug. Roggenbuck, Thursday.



Tues 15 may 1917

Mr. and Mrs. Frank Hubbard, Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Hubbard and John Hubbard of Kelly Brook, Frank Hubbard and Miss Gala Zelzer of Weyauwega were Sunday guests of John Calhoun and family, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Hubbard are Mrs. Calhoun’s parents, and the other gentlemen are her brothers.


Shawano County Journal

May 17, 1917


Mrs. W.J. Dolan left on the listed for Richland Center, Wis., called there by the serious illness of a brother-in-law. A letter sent Mrs. Dolan since arriving there tells of his having passed. 


Shawano County Journal

May 24 1917


Joseph Pleshek

Was one of the last Waukechon Pioneers


Joseph Pleshek, a pioneer of the town of Waukechon, died Saturday at half past five, at the home of his son, Matt. He was eighty-seven years of age. he lived thirty-six years in the town and built up a splendid farm in Waukechon. The funeral was held Tuesday at the Waukechon church. It was the last service Rev. Schemmer held in this parish, and was one of the largest attended funerals ever held in the county. The pall-bearers were all of his own kindred. The children born to Mr. Pleshek are Frank, James, deceased, John, Joe, Matt, Adolph, deceased, Emma, who is Mrs. Joe Nimitz of Bowler, and Mary, Mrs. Kugel. The mother also survives.

Shawano Advocate

May 22, 1917


Death of Old Resident

Jacob Pleshek died at his home in the town of Waukechon on Saturday, May 19th, aged 80 years. The deceased has long been a resident of Waukechon, and leaves three sons and a number of other relatives, the sons being, Frank, Matt and Joe. The funeral was held at the Catholic church in Waukechon this morning at ten o'clock, Rev. Schemmer officiating.



Mr. and Mrs. C.R. Stier were in Tigerton Thursday last to attend the funeral of their niece, Miss Ruby Stier, who passed away at a hospital in Appleton on Tuesday last. The deceased was twenty-one years old and was very popular in her home town. She had studied to be trained a nurse in a hospital in Chicago. She was a sister of Leslie Stier who taught in the manual training department a few years ago, but now is in St. Paul.



Tues 5 Jun 1917, Richmond

Miss Dora Hein and Paul Ziemer were quietly married at the home of the bride’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Gust Hein, on Sunday.  Only intimate relatives were present.



Tues 12 Jun 1917

Married Saturday Afternoon

Saturday afternoon at 4 o’clock at the Methodist parsonage, Miss Florence Gens was united in marriage to Stanley Fruzen, Rev. Howe officiating.  The wedding was a very quiet one, and Chas. Juntunen and Mrs. Gens, mother of the bride were the witnesses.  The bride is the daughter of Mrs. Gens, and has made her home here for a number of years.  She has been an operator in the Wisconsin Telephone Co.’s office for some years and has many friends in the city.  Stanley has been operator at the crescent for the past two years and is well liked by his many friends.  They went to housekeeping in the Hayter flat on Green Bay Street at once.  Their many friends wish them a long and happy married life.


Thurs 14 Jun 1917, Rose Lawn

Miss Mildred Andrews and Edward Fockel were married Wednesday afternoon, June 6 by the Rev. Allen Adams, Methodist minister.  Miss Oral Andrews was bridesmaid and Elmer Andrews acted as groomsman.  A reception was held at the bride’s home after the ceremony.



Thurs 14 Jun 1917, West Green Valley

Mrs. Aug. Miller and mother, Mrs. F. Wudtke went to Green Bay, where Mrs. Wudtke was operated on for tumors.



Thurs 14 Jun 1917

Killed by Horse

Young Elmdale Man Meets Untimely Death When His Mount Runs Into Fence

Life’s uncertainty was plainly verified when a young man, happy and full of life at sundown, before morning lies still and cold.

Clarence Johnson, the youngest son of John N. Johnson, mounted his horse after his days’ work was over and road down to the mail box, then a brief call on a neighbor, Clifford Olson, who was just putting up a fence around the yard which the horse nor rider saw until too late.  Clifford tried to stop him but he was coming to fast.  The young man was thrown off and the horse stumbled on him.  Medical aid was called and rushed to the hospital.  But their skill could not stop the grim reaper, as he passed away in the morning.  He was brought home and the funeral was held on Tuesday.

He was a young man of sterling qualities and was the last one at the registration booth last Tuesday, being number 98.  But the first to answer the call for Eternity.

Our sympathy is with the bereaved family.



Thurs 14 Jun 1917


Two Young People of Hofa Park are joined at Hymen’s Alter

A very pretty wedding took place at Hofa Park on the 5th of June at St. Stanislause’s Catholic Church when Miss Elizabeth Kelpinski, of Hofa Park and Andrew Karolczak of Milwaukee were united in marriage.  Rev. Rudolph Kelpinski of Milwaukee, a relative of the bride, performed the ceremony.  The bride was a teacher for seven years.  The bride’s maids were Miss Helen Kelpinski, a sister of the bride and Miss Katharine Kelpinski, a cousin of the bride.  The groomsmen were Ronnie Karolczak, a brother of the groom and Adolph Martinek, a friend of the groom.  The maid of honor was Miss Estella Szinkowski.  The bride wore a beautiful gown of silk taffeta of a cream color combined with all silk lace.  Her veil was of white silk trilled with a crowned wreath and decorated with lilies of the valley.  The maid of honor Miss Estella carried the bride’s bouquet which consisted of cream roses and ferns.  Beautiful streamers of ribbon and lilies of the valley hung from the bride’s prayer book.  The maid of honor wore a pale green taffeta silk dress.  The brides’ maids both wore dresses of a salmon pink crepe de chine and carried bouquets of white and pink carnations with ferns.  Sprays of sweet peas were twined in their hair.  Many friends and relatives were present at the ceremony.  After the ceremony and rice shower the guests returned to the home of the bride’s parents where all spent the day in merrymaking.  In the evening all enjoyed dancing at the neighboring hall.  The out-of-town guests were the parents and grandmother of the groom, Stanley Karolczak, Frank Martinek, Felix Martinek, Mrs. M. Richter, May Richter, Mrs. Garstecki, Mr. and Mrs. L. Kelpinski, Jos. Kelpinski, a grandfather of the bride, Marcell Rosynek and Rev. Rudolph Kelpinski.  Everybody enjoyed themselves to their hearts content and early morning the contented guests left for home, except the guests that were out of town, remained a few days.  We all unite to express our sincere wishes, wishing the young couple a long and happy life, with all the pleasures that this state of life may be abounded with.  The young couple left for Milwaukee Monday where they will make their future home.



Tues 19 Jun 1917

An Early June Wedding

Miss Sarah H. Robinhurst, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Robinhurst of Shawano, and Dominle J. Miller of Racine, were married on Saturday evening, June 2, at 7 o’clock at the parsonage of the first German Lutheran Church on Grand Avenue.  Rev. Theodore Volkert performed the ceremony.

The bride was becomingly attired in a beautiful blue silk suit and a picture hat.  She wore a corsage bouquet of white roses and lilies of the valley.  Miss. Minnie Robinhurst, her sister, was bridesmaid.

 She wore a picture hat and suit, and a corsage bouquet of pink sweet peas.  The groom was attended by William L. Norton.

Immediately after the ceremony the bridal party left for Chicago where they gave a dinner at the Blackstone Hotel in honor of Miss. Minnie Robinson who is soon to become the bride of Mr. Norton.

Mr. and Mrs. Miller left Chicago on Sunday evening for a short stay in Milwaukee.  They returned to Racine on Tuesday.  Mr. Miller is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Miller and is a prominent young man of this city.  The young people are receiving heartiest congratulations from their many friends.  They are making their home in Racine.—Racine Times.



Thurs 21 Jun 1917

Youth Drowned at Grand Rapids

Morris Kleberg, Who Lived on Kuckuk Farm in Wescott, Loses Life in River 

Sand Bank Caved in

Search Was Made For a Day and a Half Before the Body Was Recovered

Mrs. Selle, wife of Rev. Selle, went to Grand Rapids at the end of the week to attend the funeral of Morris Kleberg, who drowned in that city on Monday.  He was the son of Albert Kleberg, who used to run the Kuckuk farm.  The boy was about 12 years old when the family left here.  At the time of his death, he was 16 years of age, and a student in the second year of high school.  Morris and his chum, Rupert Hougen, went to the island in the afternoon to swim and had been in the water not more than ten minutes when the dreadful accident occurred.

The boys walked out on the sand bar, southwest of the Island, the water being about waist deep.  The current was so strong it took young Kleberg off his feet and carried him beyond his depth.  Both boys were battling manfully against the current in an effort to again reach the bar.  Kleberg complained of getting tired and his companion saw he was frightened.  The boys were nearly 2 rods apart at the time and Hougen started to go to the aid of his chum.  Before he could reach him, the boy cried for help twice and sank.

Hundreds of people soon congregated, and as the news of the dreadful affair swept over the city many hundreds more lined the river bank and the railroad bridge, and the work of trying to recover the body was commenced.  A large number of boats filled with volunteers were dragging the river for the body in less than 40 minutes after the boy sank.  The body laid in the river a day and a half before it was found.



Tues 26 Jun 1917

A divorce was granted Mary Starr vs. Gust Starr of Red Springs on Saturday last.



Thurs 28 Jun 1917


Navarino Couple Are United in the Bonds of Matrimony

On Thursday last week Oscar L. Olson, one of our prominent young men of Navarino, and Miss Rena Waite of Hortonville were united in the holy bonds of matrimony.  The wedding took place at the home of the bride’s parents.  Miss Linda Olson, sister of the groom was bridesmaid and a brother of the bride was best man.  On Friday they came to Navarino where they will reside on Mr. Olson’s farm.  On Friday evening a shower was given in honor of the newlyweds.  A large crowd of neighbors and friends were present.  At twelve o’clock lunch was served after which all departed for their homes, after wishing them a long and happy wedded life.  Congratulations.



Tues 3 Jul 1917


Another Lake Victim

Gus Steinword Went Fishing.  Boat Found in Lake Sunday

Sunday afternoon it was reported that a man had been drowned in Shawano Lake.  It was hard to get any information concerning the same and it was not definitely known until Monday noon whether anyone had lost their life by drowning.  Gus Steinword, a man about 45 years of age and who boarded at the Wisconsin & Northern Hotel, left that place Saturday evening, taking a lunch with him.  He had a place where he stayed overnight and got up early in the morning to fish.  He had done this several times before and returned to his boarding place at about 2 o’clock Sunday afternoon.  Sunday morning a boat was found on the lake and no one was in the same and it is reported that other fisherman on the lake had seen the man tip out, but this cannot be confirmed.  There were all kinds of stories about the accident.

It is believed that he drowned, as he has not been seen since he went fishing.  Some men went to the lake yesterday, but it was so windy that nothing could be done.  They will go there again soon and see if his body cannot be located.  Not much has been learned about him, he had worked at the box factory, but had quit there some time ago.  Searching parties will no doubt be organized within a short time and his body recovered if possible.



Thurs 5 Jul 1917

Drowned in Lake

Gust Steinword Unable to Control Boat during the High Winds, Sunday

Gust Steinword, a man about town, was drowned last Sunday in Shawano Lake.  It was the day of the high wind.  Mr. Steinword was a man without family, who boarded at the Wisconsin-Northern Hotel.  It was his habit to go alone to the lake fishing, and on Sunday he started out early.  Along in the afternoon, his boat, his hat, and his fishing outfit were found drifting on the surface, which gave evidence that the man drowned.

Accordingly, search was made for his body, but it was not found until four days afterwards, on the fourth.  When it was found, it was floating on the surface not far from where the boat was first discovered.  The body was brought to the city and taken to the Bauerfeind undertaking rooms.  The funeral was held yesterday.



Thurs 12 Jul 1917

Mr. and Mrs. Frank Keshena of Neopit who spent a few days with the latter’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Alex Besaw returned to their home Monday.


16 July 1917

Volksbote Wochenblatt

Meinhardt, Rudolph, age 73 years passed away Sunday morning in the hospital at the Soldiers Home in Milwaukee. The deceased was born in Sachsen, Germany and has lived in Shawano for forty three years, of which most of the time was spent in Belle Plaine. About ten years of his life was spent out of our County, first he spent several years in California and his last years were spent in the Soldiers Home in Milwaukee, where he died of old age on Sunday.

The deceased was the one of the oldest residents of our County. He leaves two sisters, Mrs. Emma Mott and Minnie Magedanz, also four daughters, Mrs. Annie Werner from Wieser, Idaho, Mrs. Emma Gorges from New London, Mrs. Martha Grothe from Town of Herman and Miss Ida Grothe, also four sons, Robert and Martin on the old homestead in Belle Plaine and john and Eddie Meinhardt in New London.

His body was brought to Shawano Sunday evening for burial Tuesday at the M.E. Church with Rev. McGreaham officiating.


Thurs 19 Jul 1917


Young Married Couple Given Welcome Upon Return

Elmer Erickson was united in marriage on June 20 to Miss Luella Thorsen of St. Ansgar, Iowa, at the home of the bride.  A romance of school days, both graduating from St. Ansgar Seminary.   Miss Thorsen has pursued the colony of teachers in her home town.  Elmer taught a few years and finished up at the University of Wisconsin Agricultural School.

Mr. and Mrs. Erickson returned home on June 30th, when a reception was held at the home of the groom’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Hans Erickson in Lessor.  The tables and dining room was prettily decorated in the natural colors, and a beautiful dinner was served to the assembled quests, being the close relatives, the uncles and aunts and families.

The evening was spent playing various games and singing; refreshments served between.  A pretty incident occurred when about 10 o’clock, the Loyal Bunch Literary Society, of Landstadt, of which the groom is a member, sprung a surprise, arriving in seven autos, and gave the newlyweds a serenade, rendering some songs and a few lusty yells.  They were all invited in and served ice cream and cake.  We wish the young couple joy and happiness.



Thurs 19 Jul 1917

Rudolph Meinhardt

Highly Respected Civil War Veteran Answers Last Roll Call

Rudolph Meinhardt a highly respected citizen of Shawano County who lived on a farm just off from the town line road, died last Sunday at his farm home.  He was born in Germany and came to America in his boyhood and has lived the major portion of his life in this county.  He was a veteran of the Civil War with the 26th Wisconsin Regiment.  Since the war he has been a faithful member of the G.A.R.  He was twice married.  By the first union there were two children born, Anna who lives in Idaho and Martha, Mrs. Aug Groth.  The children of the second union are Robert and Martin at home, John at Clintonville, Louis at New London, Eddie and Edith at home.  Mrs. Meinhardt died eleven years ago.  It was one of the boys in this family who died suddenly at New London a short time ago, account of which was published in the Journal at the time.  There are two sisters Mrs. Mott and Mrs. Magdeanz

The funeral was held in the Methodist Church, Rev. McGreaham preached the sermon and a quartette consisting of Mrs. Richmond, Dale Russel, Mrs. Wescott and Mr. Stanley sang.  The pall-bearers were Herman Wolf, Fred Frederick, Joe Porter, Robert Tews, Albert Tromp and August Oldenberg.  The body was laid to rest in the Belle Plaine Cemetery.



Thurs 19 Jul 1917

Mrs. E. Hottenstein, widow of Grant Hottenstein was married last Wednesday evening at the Bartlein home to Mr. J. Horn, a farmer in the town of Waukechon.  Rev. Selle performed the ceremony.  On Saturday evening a wedding reception was held at their home which was attended by a large number of friends.  Miss Marie Nitz, of Milwaukee was one of the guests.  Ida Hottenstein has gone to Milwaukee to live with her aunt, and the other two girls will make their home with their parents on the farm.


Thurs 23 Aug 1917

Fred Cronce Commits Suicide in Hotel at Oconto—Cut Throat with Razor

Fred Cronce, son of Elmer Cronce, committed suicide in the Shedler House in Oconto last Saturday.  He first mutilated his body and then cut his throat but before he died he gave the alarm by calling out of the window to a passer-by.  The young man has within the last year lost two children, following closely upon the death of another child less than two years ago.  These bereavements have worked upon his mind and caused a melancholy which prompted the taking of his own life.  While he was himself, he had a splendid reputation among the people who knew him.  He was a hard worker and devoid of bad habits.



Thurs 30 Aug 1917

Ray Van Boven, of Stiles, was the first Wisconsin soldier boy to die at Camp Douglas.  He was with Company M of Oconto.



Tues 25 Sep 1917

Married Thursday Afternoon

On Thursday afternoon of last week at the Stoney Hill church in the town of Richmond, Miss Lillian Wolf and Louis Habeck were united in marriage, Rev. Fiess officiating.  Miss Elsie Habeck and Walter Paepke were the witnesses.  The bride was handsomely gowned in white and looked very pretty.  She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Herman Wolf, Prosperous farmers of that town.  Adeline Wolf and Leona Habeck were the flower girls.  Both of the contracting parties are popular young people and have a great many friends.  The groom was in the last call of selective men but got one of the alternates to go in his place and will go in the next call on Oct 3rd.  The Advocate joins with the many friends of the happy couple in wishing them a long and prosperous married life.  A reception followed at the home of the bride’s parents.

Shawano County Journal

15 Nov 1917


Another old Soldier Has Answered to the Call of Taps

Funeral Tuesday


Charles Alva Culver, one of the respected pioneers of Shawano county, passed away at the family home in the town of Belle Plaine on Friday, November 9th 1917, at the ripe old age of 81 years and ten months. He was born in the town of Chester, Warren county, N.Y., Jan. 9th 1836, where he grew to manhood.


When the Civil War broke out he enlisted in Co. A 93rd NY Volunteers, serving his country nearly five years. He was taken prisoner and confined in Libby prison for nine months. He came to Wisconsin in 1869 and settled in the town of Belle Plaine on the farm where he resided up to the time of his death.


The deceased was twice married. By his first wife he leaves two children, Fred of Canada and Lucy (Mrs. Wm. Sanders) of Belle Plaine, and four children by his second marriage, who are, Nettie (Mrs. Ed Buettner) Etta (Mrs A G Tuma) Nellie (Mrs Merrill Montour) and Ivy (Mrs. Wm. Wendt) besides a sorrowing widow. There are also the following step-children: Mrs. Clara Weber, Aurora, Ill. Mrs. Amelia Wendt, Poysippi; Mrs. Delia Warner, Elderon; Mrs Emma Morgan, Belle Plaine; Herman Cornelius, at the home and Mrs. Zelma Buettner, of Pella. Mr. Culver was married 36 years and all of his children, besides his widow, survive him.


The deceased held different officers of trust in his town, and always took an active interest in Grand Army affairs, being Quartermaster of Wm. Hawley Post. G.A.R. of Shawano. He was highly respected by all in the community in which he lived and in this city, and leaves a host of sorrowing friends who greatly mourn his loss. About two years ago he suffered a stroke of paralysis and had been confined to his home ever since, and for the past few months had been practically helpless.


The funeral was held Tuesday afternoon at the family home, the services being in charge of the Shawano Odd Fellows lodge, of which order he had been a member for over 20 years. Rev. McGreaham, of this city delivered the funeral sermon. Internment was in the Belle Plaine Cemetery. Pall-bearers, all Odd Fellows were: Thos. Larson, Jessy Brooks, Alb. Engel, E A Lau, Chas. Fink and Ed Green. The relatives and friends from out of town to attend the funeral were: Mrs. Will Wendt, Poysippi; Mr and Mrs Adolph Tuma and two children, of Beaver Dam, Wis.; Mr. and Mrs. George Wendt, Poysippi, Mrs. Ed Warner, Elderon; Mrs Rob McConley, Whitcomb; Mr and Mrs Wm Lindekugel, Mr and Mrs Frank Lindekugel, Henry Strehlow. Mrs. Wm. Wendt, Ed Lindekugel,   Mrs. Byrholdt, Herman Grambsch, all of Poysippi; Alva Culver of Echo; Geo Culver, John Culver, Arthur Perry and Mr and Mrs Will Tyrell, Eland; Miss Bessie Perry Shawano; Henry Brusewitz, Green Valley; Mr and Mrs James Merriam, Waukechon and Mrs. Hattie Delaney, Embarrass.