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Shawano County Journal


Shawano County Advocate

Jan 5 1928

James Ira Towle, Civil War Veteran, died at his home at Birnamwood, January 9. A military funeral in charge of the American Legion took place on January 11. The body was laid away at the Forest Cemetery at Birnamwood.

Shawano County Advocate

11 Jan 1928

Frederick Wirth Died Saturday


Mr. Frederick Ferdinand Wirth passed away at the home of his daughter, Miss Eva Wirth at Two Rivers on Friday morning at three o'clock, Jan. 6th. Mr. Wirth was born in Saxony, Germany, Sept. 15, 1847 (typo - 1842) and came to this country with his parents when he was eight years old. His parents died shortly after, and the family of children were put into other homes and separated. They were living at Black Earth for a short time where his parents lived on a farm. He worked at Oshkosh in the early sixties, and in 1865 went to Ft. Howard, now Green Bay, and enlisted in the 16th Wisconsin. He saw some service after which he was taken sick and confined to a hospital at Camp Randall, Madison.

Settled Here in 1872

On Sept. 11th 1872, he was married to Miss Alice Fuller. The couple came to Shawano and settled on a farm in the town of Richmond, now the town of Wescott. He made one of the fine farms of that town by hard work and here the children were born, one son and two daughters. The children are Mrs. Rhoda Giffin, of Los Angeles, Miss Eva Wirth of Two Rivers and Edward Wirth of Minneapolis. The family lived on the farm until 1904, when they purchased a home in the third ward and lived there a number of years. Mrs. Wirth passed away Dec. 2, 1913. For the past seven years Mr. Wirth had made his home with his daughter, Eva and had purchased a fine home at Two Rivers. Miss Wirth is one of the high school teachers of that city.

Well Known Here

Mr. Wirth was well known in this city and was well liked. He had many friends in the town where he lived so many years and also in the city. He had a pleasant word for everyone.

The remains were brought to Shawano on Saturday evening on the 10:04 train and taken to Garfield's chapel where they remained until Monday after which they were removed to the home of his sister-in-law, Mrs. Geo. Stevens, where services were held on Monday afternoon. The members of the American Legion had charge of the services. Short services were held at the home in Two Rivers on Saturday afternoon. The Rev. Hawkes, pastor of the Congregational church, officiated, and on request he came here on Monday to conduct the funeral.

Was Soldier

Those who were here to attend the funeral on Monday were Mr. and Mrs. Edward Wirth, of Minneapolis; Miss Eva Wirth and Miss Edna smith of Two Rivers; as sister, Mrs. Carrie Kreiss, and a niece, Mrs. Herman Buestrin of Appleton; one brother, Louis Wirth, of Hillsdale, this state also survives.

Mr. Wirth was a member of the G.A.R., Hawley Post 81, of Shawano, whose ranks are rapidly dying out.




Shawano County Journal

12 Jan 1928


Dies in Two Rivers and Body Brought Here for Burial.

Funeral on Monday


Fred Wirth died at Two Rivers where he has lived with his daughter Eva, Friday morning, January 6th, at the age of eighty-six. He had lived most of his life in Shawano and on a nearby farm. He was born in Saxony, Germany, September 15th 1842. He came to America with his parents when he was eight years old, and the family settled on a farm near Black Earth. The parents died shortly afterwards almost within the same month and the children  were left here alone in this country without relatives. They were taken severally by strangers and adopted into different families, and thus became scattered.

Frederick Ferdinand launched out into the world early. He worked at Oshkosh when he was a mere boy, and when in 1861 the first companies were being sent out from Fort Howard he enlisted and went forth with the Union Army. His active duty was cut short by illness and he spent considerable time in the hospital at Camp Randall.

After the war he went back to work in Oshkosh, and in 1872 he went to Black Earth and married Miss Alice Fuller. The young couple came to Shawano county and made a farm in what is now the town of Wescott. There they lived until 1904 when they sold the farm, came to town and purchased a home in the third ward. Mrs. Wirth died December 3rd 1913.

In town Mr. Wirth did carpenter work and for some years he ran a very orderly pool room in the basement of the Murdock house. Every year he was active with the late Henry Bauerfeind in seeing that the graves of Soldiers in Woodlawn Cemetery and in the Sacred Heart cemetery were properly decorated.

When Eva became affiliated with the facility of the Two Rivers high school her father went to that city with her and for the last seven years the father and daughter have maintained a happy home there. For fifteen years Miss Bess Perry was a boarder in the family and has always been closely associated with them.

The remains of Mr. Wirth were brought to Shawano to the home of Mrs. George Stevens, where on Monday afternoon the funeral was held. The Rev. Thos. Hawkes, pastor of the Congregational church at Two Rivers came to Shawano to conduct the services. A male quartet sang. The American Legion gave the body a military escort and at the grave gave military honors.

The living children are Eva who teaches in Two Rivers, Edward of Minneapolis and Rhoda, Mrs. Giffin, of Los Angeles, also Miss Carried Kreiss a sister and Mrs. Herman Buestrin, a niece of Appleton.

The pall-bearers were Casper Wallrich, Oscar Dettman, Oscar Sommers, Clarence VanRossum, Art Braun and Dave Winter all in Military uniform.


Mrs. Bernt Anderson

Mrs. Herman Anderson

Shawano County Advocate

21 Mar 1928

Mrs. H. A. Badeau Dies at Crandon

Former Shawano Woman was Buried Here on Tuesday Afternoon


Julietta Fidelia Huntington was born in Hew York, July 11, 1852, daughter of B. B. and Lydia E. Huntington. When she was four years old she came to Wisconsin with her parents and they settled in Shawano. On March 30, 1873 she was united in marriage to Harry Aaron Badeau, of Hartford, Connecticut. To this union ten children were born, six of whom are living. Ernest Badeau of California; Mrs. T. O. Bartlett of Crandon; Alfred Badeau of Hiles, who lived with his mother; Mrs. Ole Severson of Detroit; L. R. Badeau, of Soperton; and Mrs. Isabel Machiechok, of Gagen.

Twenty-one years ago they moved from Shawano to Forest county where Mr. Badeau died five years later.

Besides her children, she is survived by one sister, Mrs. Rose Sheldon, of Ironwood and three brothers, C. B. Huntington of Oshkosh and W. S. and B. E. Huntington of Morgan and nineteen grand children and nine great grandchildren.

She will be laid to rest by the side of her husband in Woodlawn, Shawano, Wis. Funeral services were held on Tuesday at 9:30 from the Walter Garfield Chapel, Rev. Ben Plopper of the M. E. church officiating. Miss Emma Bauerfeind and Ben Barker sang two very beautiful hymns, which were favorites of Mrs. Badeau - "Lead Kindly Light" and :Beautiful Isle of Somewhere." 



Shawano County Journal

22 Mar 1928


Mrs. Harry Badeau Buried Here Tuesday


Mrs. Harry Badeau died Saturday at Hiles, at the home of her son Alfred. The remains were brought to Shawano and on Tuesday morning the funeral service was held at the Garfield chapel.

Her maiden name was Julietta Fidelia Huntington. She was born in New York July 11, 1852, and was therefore seventy-five years old when she died. Her parents came to Shawano in 1856 and became numbered among the very earliest settler's in Shawano county.

Mr. and Mrs. Badeau were married in 1873. Harry Badeau had come out into this western country, a young adventurer, and the two met here in Wisconsin. They lived here for many years and raised their family here.

In 1907 they moved to a farm in Forest county. They lived pioneer life and this county had become well settled and mostly cleared of forests. Mr. Badeau lived only five years after going there and Mrs. Badeau has since lived with her children.

The children born to the couple are; Ernest Badeau, now living in California, Mrs. T. O. Barlett, of Crandon; Alfred Badeau of Hiles, Mrs. Ole Severson of Detroit; L. R. Badeau of Soperton; Mrs. Isabel Machiechok of Gagen.

Besides her children she is survived by one sister, Mrs. Rose Sheldon of Ironwood and three brothers, C.B. Huntington of Oshkosh, and W. S. and B.E. Huntington of Morgan. There are nineteen grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Of the number there was a very goodly proportion who served their country in the world war.




Shawano County Journal    

27 Dec 1928

Obituary on Life of Dewey George

When Dewey George passed early Thursday morning at his home on Division street, there closed a life that has been of great importance to the development of the Wolf river valley, upper portion. A more notable character never lived. He was of a type very rare, so good and so unselfish, and withal so competent, that we of the present generation can scarcely understand the true worth. Mr George was the outstanding leader of a generation of men whose nobility will live in memory and in the few printed books that record the history of those very important days.

Mr. George was a born athlete, an outstanding leader, and boss of noteworthy efficiency, quiet and absorbingly potent. He had wonderful strength of body and of character, exciting and yet wholeheartedly generous. When we first met him in 1912, he was then an old man in years, but in years only. He had more than the average-age interest in life, much more than the average conception of the meaning and importance of passing events and far more than the average physical prowess of a man nearing seventy.

Here and there we touched elbows, and always through some generous act of his, a quiet and unannounced gift to the Red Cross or to the poor. Only a year ago a check for twenty-five dollars came in without the least intimation of its origin, and subsequent information showed that it was the donation of Mr. George, then laid low in his bed.

That was the nature of the man; he did good things abundantly, and never by so much as the raise of an eye-brow et anyone know that he was doing them. Yea, the mold with which the Great Master shaped Dewey George is broken; there will never be another man just like him. Our community is much poorer since Thursday.

Mr. George was born in Oshkosh, November 28th, 1846. At that time Oshkosh was a city of ten thousand, twice the size of Milwaukee, and people looked to it as the coming city of the state. It was big because of its saw mills and shingles. Many store bills and other debts were paid off with shingles instead of money. Shingles passed almost as currency. Mr. George learned to weave shingles when he was twelve years old.

Out of this environment the young boy went to Camp Randall at Madison to encamp for the Union army. He enlisted in the Third Wisconsin cavalry and served until honorably discharged at the end of the war. Until he was an old man Mr. George rode a horse with marked grace and agility, and in early days he headed Shawano parades with outstanding dignity.

Returning from the war he married Miss Sarah Jenkins at Oshkosh, in 1867. The couple went first with the Hollister's to Iowa, where they lived for a year or so. But they returned to Wisconsin and ultimately to Shawano where Mr. George was to play such an important part in the development of his beloved Wolf river.

The story of his logging operation is a long tale. It can be summed up as a record of efficiency and success, and humanity to his men. he made a financial success as well as developmental.

He served several years as a alderman in Shawano and in 1894 he filled the position of City Mayor. He was sheriff of Shawano County from 1894 to 1896. he was appointed U.S. Indian Agent on the Menominee Reservation in 1897, which position he filled with honor until he resigned in 1902, and returned to Shawano to resume his lumbering operation.

During Roosevelt's administration he was honored with the rank and title of Major, as recognition of special merit for work done on the Reservation. Mr. George was a director of the First National Bank from its organization, and was vice-president for many years. He was connected with Shawano County Abstract Company. He was vice-president of the Wallrich Land Company from 1910 to 1920.

Four children were born to Mr. and Mrs. George. James F George is retiring sheriff of Shawano county. A daughter, Mrs. Edith Pennington, lives in Charles City, Iowa. A son Dewey H was killed in an accident on Shawano Lake when a young man. Another son, Guy was killed in action in France in the World War.

Mr. and Mrs. George quietly observed the sixty-first anniversary of their marriage on the 27th of November passed.

The funeral was held at the home Saturday afternoon. Rev. Ben Plopper gave the Masonic prayer and Anton Kuckuk sang as a solo, Beautiful Isle of somewhere. The burial service was beautifully said by W. H. Cantwell Jr., Past Master of Shawano Lodge.

Edwin Elefson Post, American Legion, carried the colors and sounded taps. Burial was in Woodlawn cemetery. Honorary pallbearers were D E Wescott, M J Wallrich, Dr. J B Gordon, and Dr. W H Cantwell, Sr. Active pallbearers were F P Schweers, Casper Wallrich, Anton Kuckuk, A S Larson, Albert Trathen and A S Humphrey.

Among those from other cities who attended the funeral were Frank Hooper, R A Hollister, Carl Hollister, Appleton, Mr and Mrs William Pennington, Charles city, Iowa and Dewey Pennington, Bassett, Iowa.

Shawano Advocate  26 Dec 1928

Dewey George Buried at Woodlawn Following Masonic Burial

A prolonged attack of a chronic heart disorder proved fatal last Wednesday night at D H George, one of the oldest remaining pioneers of this section of Wisconsin.

Mr. George was eighty-two years old, was a veteran of the Civil War, and was for many years one of the prominent political and social leaders in Shawano county. Mr. and Mrs. George celebrated their sixty-first wedding anniversary on Nov 27, 1928, and were probably the longest married pair to live in Shawano for some years.

Masonic funeral rites were held for the deceased at the George home last Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock, and internment was made at Woodlawn cemetery. D H George was initiated into the Masonic lodge while he lived in Iowa before he came to Shawano. Later when he returned to Wisconsin he became a ember of the local lodge, and was one of the early members here.

Dewey H George was born at Oshkosh on November 28, 1846. He spent his boyhood there, and when he was only seventeen years old he enlisted in the 3rd Wisconsin Cavalry Troop. He served during the last two years of the Civil War as a member of this troop.  He attempted to enlist earlier, but was not admitted because of his youth.

After the war he returned to Oshkosh and a few years later was married to Miss Sarah R. Jenkins of that city.

Mr. and Mrs. George went to Iowa after their marriage, and some of their children were born while they lived in that state. A few years later, however, they returned to the Badger state and it was at this time that Mr. George became associated with S W Hollister, as a prominent lumberman.

For a number of years Mr. George worked with Mr. Hollister in logging ventures along the Wolf river and also Canada. A great deal of the timber of the river valley and tributary territory was removed under the direction of Mr. George.

In 1894 he was elected sheriff of Shawano , and he appointed his son James F under-sheriff. It fell the lot of the son to carry much of the responsibility of the office because of his father's heavy burdens in business ventures at the time. The following term the under-sheriff was elected sheriff.

Following his term as sheriff D H George was appointed Indian agent of the Green Bay Indian agency. This agency at the time included the Menominee, the Stockbridge and Oneida reservation. He was named to this office in 1897 and held it for six years.

Ever since he first came to Shawano, Mr. George has made his home here, and his children were reared in this community. The living children are Mrs. Edith Pennington, of Iowa; and James F George, sheriff of Shawano county. Mrs. George also survives her husband. Guy George the second son was killed in action during the World War, and Dewey H George Jr., was accidently shot near Shawano lake while hunting.

There are four surviving grandchildren. They are Guy, Clarence and Dewey Pennington of Iowa and Dewey J George of Shawano.

People from out of town who attended the funeral was R A Hollister, Oshkosh, Carl Hopper, Oshkosh, F Hopper, Oshkosh, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Pennington, New Hampton, Iowa, Guy Pennington, Osage, Iowa and Dewey Pennington, Bassett, Iowa.

Shawano County Journal  29 Nov 1928

Wedded 61 Years

Mr. and Mrs. Dewey George Quietly Observe Anniversary at their Home

Mr. and Mrs. Dewey George observed their 61st wedding anniversary Thursday in a quiet way. Mr. George is quite feeble this winter and stays mostly in the house. There is no couple in this county more beloved and none more honored for what they have done then this venerable two who have done so much for their friends as they journeyed along together.

They were married on a farm somewhere out from Oshkosh toward Eureka way, if we mistake not. Mrs. George's name was Sarah Jenkins. Mr. George and Col Hollister's wife grew up in the home of Mr. George's parents.

The two men were chums when they were boys, and business associates and fast friends in their grown up life. They logged together for awhile and then Mr. George became superintendant for some Oshkosh men who had combines their interests.

Mr. George was superintendent of the Menominee Indian reservation for some time, and to this day his work is a standard to which reference is often made. Mr. George carries the title of Major, a rank bestowed upon him by President Roosevelt. He is a modest man, markedly so, and few people ever  knew that he holds this distinction. Dr. Cantwell, M J Wallrich and maybe a few of his old friends refer to him as Major George.

Hi is one of the three surviving soldiers of the Civil War who live in this vicinity. Some day some biographer of ability should write up the life of this man. The pattern after which he was made is a rare one, almost extinct, a quiet, modest, powerful prince among men was Dewey George in his strength of life, and in his age he retains all the good judgment, the interest in people and life, the care for the well-being of others that he always has had. No one will ever know the full measure of his goodness, and how often he has helped others without so much as the lift of an eyelash to let anyone know he had done it. His wife has been to him and will continue to be a wonderful helpmate.