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PLAINFIELD- No date noted.
Contributed by Jo Orvik.

Walter G. Callahan, 82, Plainfield, died at 1:15 p.m. Saturday at his home. Mr. Callahan was born May 2, 1893, in Wautoma, the son of David and Marybelle Callahan. He married Martha Weyneth on June 23, 1920, in Wautoma. She preceded him in death.

He was a veteran of World War I, a member of the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Tuscania Survivors Club.

Survivors include six daughters, Mrs. Carl (Dorothy0 Adams, Mrs. William (Marjorie) Sullivan, both of Bancroft, Mrs. Nelson (Ruby) Garrett, Menomonee Falls, Mrs. Robert (Annabelle) Allison, Plainfield, Mrs. Harold (Blanche) Bartels, Wautoma, and Mrs. Terrance (Mabel) Sullivan, Milwaukee, four sons, David W., Milwaukee, Charles E., California, Gerald G., Bancroft, and Walter J., Hancock; 34 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren.

Services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at Goult-Gasperic Funeral Home, Plainfield, with the Rev. Edward Ketcham officiating. Burial will be in the Plainfield Cemetery. Friends may call between 6 and 9 ;.m. today at the funeral home.

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PLAINFIELD-- A former resident, Mrs Aline Casler, 79, Pensacola,Fla., died Wensday in Jay,Fla. Mrs Casler was born June 7,1900, in the town of Pine Grove. She was married to Harold E. Casler Aug.31,1931, in Plainfield. He preceded her in death July 14,1966. Mrs Casler was a resident of Pensacola for the last two years and prior to that lived in the Plainfield area. Mrs Casler was a member of the Royal Neighbors. Surviving are three daughters, Harriet Witkowski, Three Rivers,Mass., Shirley Kersey, Holt,Fla., and Eunice Krutzik, Miami,Fla.; two sons,Russell,Lake Geneva, and Clair, Jay,Fla. 16 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. A committal service will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday in Goult-Gasperic Funeral Home, Plainfield, the Rev.Arthur Rude officiating. Burial will be in Plainfield Village Cemetery in the spring.

Contributed by Diane Kaye

actual newsclips-(probably Plainfield Sun) & unknown newspapers (copies from Joyce Klinger)
Edwin D. Casler

Edwin D. Casler, age 81, a lifelong resident of the town of Pine Grove, died suddenly on April 2 at his home, following a heart attack. Mr Casler was born on June 17,1860 in Pine Grove a son of Charles and Julia Casler. He had spent his entire life in Pine grove. His marriage to Mary E. Gruber took place on February 17, 1890. Surviving are two sons, Harold and Carl Casler of Pine Grove and eight grandchildren. Mr Casler was town supervisor of Pine Grove for 10 successive years. Funeral services wew held last sunday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock at the family home. Rev.C.H. Wiese officiated and burial took place in a Pine Grove Cemetery. Hymns were sung by Mrs.Ray Millington and Mrs.John Petrick. The pallbearers were Frank King,Vere Burrows,Myron Beggs,Ralph Waterman,Carl Knudson and Squire Ostrander. Those from away included his grandson, Arlie Casler, of Great Lakes naval training station; Harriet Casler of Milwaukee; Mr and Mrs Floyd Casler of Neillsville;Mr and Mrs Harold Heinig of Wausau and many others from Stevens Point and the nearby vicinity.

Edwin O. Casler

Edwin O. Casler, long-time resident of the town of Pine Grove, died at his home April 2,1942. He was born June 17,1860, in the town of Pine Grove, county of Portage, a son of Charles and Julia Casler Hamilton, and resided there all his life. February 17,1890 he was married to Mary E. Gruber. Two sons , Harold and Carl of the town of Pine Grove, survive him, togeather with eight grandchildren. Mr Casler was a man respected by neighbors and for ten years served as town supervisor. Funeral services were held at the home at 1:30 p.m. on April 5, the Rev.C.H.Wiese, Methodist minister, officiating and interment was made in the Pine Grove cemetery. The pallbearers were Frank King, Vere Burrows, Myron Beggs, Ralph Waterman, Karl Knudson and Squire Ostrander. Those from away who attended the funeral were Arlie Casler of the Great Lakes training station, Chicago, Harriet Casler,Milwaukee, Mr and Mrs F.H.Casler,Neillsville, Mrs Flora Casler-Lea of King, Henry,Charles and Archie Cram and wives of Stevens Point, Mr and Mrs Harold Heinig,Stevens Point, Mr and Mrs B.J.Walker, and Miss Effie Hamilton and Marion Hansen,Almond, Mrs Chas.Stevens,Plainfield and Mr and Mrs Harry Coates and sister of Stevens Point.


We wish to extend our sincere thanks and appreciation to the friends and neighbors for their kindness and sympathy extended us at the death and funeral of our dear husband and father.
Mrs Ed Casler,Harold Casler,Carl Casler

Contributed by Diane Kaye

actual newsclip-unknown newspaper (copy from Joyce Klinger) written in ink 8-1932


Mrs Carl Casler,who has been in poor health for two years and confined to her bed for several months passed to the Great Beyond last Friday morning, August 12,1932 aged about 36 years, leaving a husband and two small children. She is also survived by three brothers Squire, and Boyd Ostrander of this community and Vernon Ostrander of Rhinelander, one sister,Mrs.Aline Casler of Hancock. She was the daughter of Mr and Mrs Will Ostrander, both now deceased, and early pioneers of this community. Funeral services were held at the Bluff schoolhouse with Burial in Pine Grove cemetery. Those from away who attended the funeral were: Mr and Mrs Elmer Peevy and daughter Ardis, Mr and Mrs Darrell Peevy and son Ronald of Rhinelander, Mr and Mrs.T.H.Allison and Mr and Mrs Sultze of Nekoosa, Mr and Mrs Charles Proctor of Biron, Mr and Mrs Vernon Ostrander, daughter and husband of Rhinelander. Friends extend sympathy.

Contributed by Diane Kaye

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Harold E. Casler

PLAINFIELD--A dairy farmer for the past 40 years, Harold E. Casler, 73, rural Plainfield,died Thursday at 2p.m. at his home. He was born Nov.29,1890. His first wife, Elsie,preceded him in death in 1927. He married Aline Ostrander, Aug.31,1931. He had been treasurer of the Town of Pine Grove for seven years. Surviving are his wife; three sons, Arlie, Rockford,Ill.,Russell,Lake Geneva,Claire,Jay,Fla.;three daughters, Mrs Joseph Witkowski, Three Rivers,Mass.,Miss Shirley Casler and Mrs Martin Krutzik,both of Miami;one brother Carl,Town of Pine Grove and 14 grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at the Goult-Patterson-Hardell Funeral Home,Plainfield, Monday at 2 p.m. with the Rev.Harold Gray officiating. Burial will be in Plainfield Cemetery.

written in ink 7-21-66
Pine Grove Treasurer Dies

The people of this area were shocked last week to learn of the sudden death of Pine Grove Town Treasurer,Harold Casler. Funeral services were held Monday at the funeral parlor in Plainfield.

Farmer of Pine Grove Dies at 75

A dairy farmer in the township of Pine Grove, Harold Edwin Casler, 75, died at his home on July 14. He was born Nov.29,1890 in the township of Pine Grove,son of Mr and Mrs Edwin Casler. His first wife, Elsie, preceded him in death in 1927. On Aug.31,1931, he married Aline Ostrander at Plainfield. As dairy farmer for 40 years on his farm, he also served as treasurer for the township of Pine Grove for several years. Survivors are his wife; three daughters, Mrs Joseph (Harriet) Witkowski of Three Rivers,Mass., Mrs. Martin (Eugenie) Krustzik and Shirley Casler, both of Miami,Fla;three sons,Arlie of Rockford,Ill.,russell of Lake Geneva, and Claire of Jay,Fla.,one brother, Carl of the township of Pine Grove; and fourteen grandchildren. Rev. Wendell Bennetts officiated at funeral services held at the Goult-Patterson-Hardell Funeral Home of Plainfield. Burial was at Plainfield cemetery. Earl Dittburner, Ernie Swiontek, Albert Erickson, Emil Erickson, Lee Goman and Cecile Bender were pallbearers.

Contributed by Diane Kaye

actual newsclip-unknown newspaper (copy from Joyce Klinger)

James E. Casler, 69, Plainfield, died Monday Oct.13,1997 at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Madison. services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Evergreen Assembly of God Church, Wisconsin Rapids. The Rev.Thomas Edwards and the Rev.Nathan Byer will officiate. Mr Casler will be cremated. Freinds may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the church an also from 10 a.m. until the time of services saturday at the church. The Gasperic Funeral Home of Plainfield is assisting with arrangements. Mr Casler was born March 17, 1928, in the town of Pine Grove to the late Carl and Estella (Ostrander) Casler. His marriage to Doris Krubsack ended in divorce. Mr Casler served as corporal in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He worked at Georgia-Pacific for 30 years. Survivors include two daughters, Amy (Lyle)Stoflet and Letty (Daniel)Demski,both of Wisconsin Rapids;one son, Paul W. Casler,Madison;one sister, Joyce Klinger,Wautoma;and three grandchildren.

Contributed by Diane Kaye

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note:04-11-1954 written in ink

Mrs Mary Casler, 87, town of Pine Grove, died Sunday night at 11:45 at St.Michaels hospital from the effects of a hip fracture suffered March 31. Mrs Casler broke her hip when she fell at the home of her son, Carl, Pine Grove, with whomshe had been staying. A native of Germany, she had lived in the Plainfield and Pine Grove area for 70 years. She was born Sept.7,1866, a daughter of the late Mr and Mrs Henry Gruber. She came to this country at the age of 16, settling in Plainfield. On Feb.17,1890, she was married to Edwin O. Casler, and since then has lived in Pine Grove. Mr Casler died April 2,1942.Survivors include two sons, Harold and Carl, both of Pine Grove; eight grandchildren, and eight great grandchildren. No date has been set for the funeral. The services will be held at the Goult funeral home,Plainfield, with Rev. Granville Calhoun officiating. Burial will be in the Bluff cemetery.

Contributed by Diane Kaye

Edith Caves - 1984
Contributed by Jo Orvik

HANCOCK- Edith Caves, 89, Hancock, died Tuesday in Wild Rose Manor.

She was born Aug. 15, 1895, in Ashland, the daughter of George and Sophia Kelley Waterman. She married Reginald Caves Aug. 26, 1919, in Hancock. He died Oct. 10, 1964.

Mrs. Caves graduated from the Teachers Normal School, Milwaukee, and taught at New London and Hancock until she married. She was a member of United Church of Christ, Hancock, and a life member of the Hancock Eastern Star.

Surviving are two sons, Earl, Route 2, Plainfield, and George Eugene, Apache Junction, Ariz.; one sister, Clara Hall, Wild Rose Manor; nine grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Friday in the United Church of Christ, with the Rev. Devon Allen officiating. Burial will be in the Hancock Cemetery.

Friends may call after 4 p.m. Thursday at Hamilton-Ayars Funeral Home, Hancock, and at the church from noon Friday until the time of services. An Eastern Star service will be at 8 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

PLAINFIELD- Waushara Argus of 15 Jan, 1984.
Contributed by Jo Orvik

Raymond J. Caves, 82, Plainfield, died Tuesday at McAllen Methodist Hospital, McAllen, Texas. He was born March 17, 1902, in Adams County, the son of Allie and Bertha Caves. He married Iva Mae Wood, March 29, 1930, in Plainfield.

(Note from Jo: Iva was the daugher of Jesse and Dollie Lou (Ellsworth) Wood.)

Mr. Caves was a lifelong resident of the Plainfield area and was a farmer. He was the assessor for the town of Plainfield for several years, a member of the Waushar Electric Company Board of Directors and a steward in the Plainfield Grange. Surviving are his widow; one son, Raymond R. "Bud" Caves, Plainfield; one sister, Ruby Waterman, Bancroft; and five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Services will be at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the United Methodist Church, the Rev. Lester Ott officiating. Burial will be in the spring in the Plainfield Village Cemetery.

Friends may call from 6:30 to 9 p.m. today at Gasperic Funeral Home. A memorial has been established.

WILD ROSE- No date noted.
Contributed by Jo Orvik.

Ross Caves, 86, Wild Rose, died Friday morning in Wild Rose Community Memorial Hospital. He was born Sept. 18, 1896, in Hancock, the son of Albert and Nellie Ross Caves. He married Grace Morgan, June 26, 1919, in Grand Marsh. She died Jujne 11, 1976. Mr. Caves was a member of United Methodist Church, Wild Rose, and the Eastern Star and Masons. He former owned and operated the Caves Trucking Co.

In Wild Rose. Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. Robert (Merna Bell) Jones, Wild Rose; one sister Lynda Ostrum, Wautoma; 13 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. Services will be Monday at 11 a.m. in United Methodist Church, Wild Rose, the Rev. John Thompson officiating. Burial will be Oak Hill Cemetery, Wild Rose. Friends may call at Holly Funeral Home, Wild Rose, today from 6-8 p.m., with a Masonic service at 8.

Hancock News, Hancock Wisconsin April 20, 1906

Earl Chamberlin, Alric Earl, second son of Alric A and Ladornia Strong Chamberlin, was born in the town of Plainfield WI just north of Campbell's Corners, September 15, 1886 and passed into the valley of the shadow on Sunday morning at 11:10, April 8, 1906.

On July 11, 1889, the silent messenger called away the mother, leaving Earl not yet three years old, and his brother Ray aged five, motherless. On April 2, 1896, that same messenger returned for the father. Since childhood they have found a good home in Hancock with loving grandmother, Mrs. Sarah A Jones, and their uncle E H Strong. Earl attended the schools in this village and graduated last spring with the first class. In the fall he went to Grand Rapids and began a course in Earl Hayward's business college. Soon after he was attacked with appendicitis and underwent an operation from which he never recovered, though he got able to return home and was down town a few times. During his long and painful illness his aunt, Mrs G B Gruper, of Ashland, was here and assisted in the most tender care he received throughout. The funeral was held from the M E Church on Tresday afternoon, Rev Joslin conducting the service, and interment was made beside his parents in Plainfield cemetery. The schools attended the funeral in a body, his classmates carrying a harp of flowers in was formed the figures '05. Earl was a good boy, of quiet disposition and gentlemanly behavior, and it is indeed sad that his young life could not have been longer spared.

The bereaved ones tender sincerest thanks to all who so kindly assisted to brighten the last days of their loved one and helped in the sad rites of the dead.

Submitted by: Sandy Ciszewski

The Hancock News, Hancock Wisconsin, March 1, 1901

Saturday, November 28, 1900 Mr Chapman passed from this world to a brighter day beyond, after a brief illness of about forty-eight hours duration, remitting from acute indigestion and the infirmity of advanced age, at the home of his daughter, Mrs H E Moors, ?244 Rhodes Ave, Chicago.

Mr Chapman was born August 2?, 1821 at Ashford Connecticut, was liberally educated in various schools of New England, and came to Milwaukee, Wis in the fall of 1843. Later he lived at Beaver Dam, and was there married January 1, 1847 to Miss Deborah S Dewes, who had come to Wisconsin from Maine the year previous. In 1850 they moved to Appleton, then in 1858 settled at Montello, where he was a prominent merchant for many years. While here, too, his fellow citizens made him Register of Deeds and County Superintendent of Schools of Marquette County for a number of terms. From Montello he removed to Oasis, where he conducted a general store, continuing later in the same business at Lone Pine, where however, he remained but a short time. In 1883 the family returned to the east, settling in Alleghany Co, NY and here Mrs Chapman died in 1891, after which, in 1898, he came back to Wisconsin remaining in this state until the spring of the present year, when he went to Chicago with the family of his daughter Mrs Alice M Moors, at whose home his death occurred. Of Mr Chapman's seven children, five survive him: Fred E., of Kansas City, MO; Lewis W of this city (Plainfield, WI); Mrs Alice Moors of Chicago; Mrs Ella Lodge of Long Beach, CA, and Edgar H of East Portchester, CT.

With the passing away of Mr Chapman the lessening ranks of peoneers of this state have lost another member, another of the men who struggled through those early years of constant change and ceaseless labor has gone to his long rest; and those who knew him, even in the later years of quiet, will miss the friendly face and manner, while his children feel the loss of an indulgen father, who gave freely of what was to be won in that early day.

Funeral services were held at the Moors' residence in Chicago at 3 o'clock Monday afternoon, November 30th conducted by Rev Dr De Blois, and the remains were brought to Hancock, where the burial was conducted Tuesday, with Masonic rites, the deceased having been a member of that order since 1858, when he became a Master Mason in Montello lodge No 41. The family wish to extend sincere thanks to the Masons and others who assisted at the burial of their father. (Reprinted from the Plainfield Sun)

Submitted by: Sandy Ciszewski

Mrs. Herman Chich

Mrs. Herman Chich, 66, died at her home in the town of Royalton at 9 o'clock Sunday morning after an illness of 4-1/2 years. She was born in Oshkosh, March 8, 1883, and moved to her late home two years ago.

Survivors are her husband, a daughter, Miss Sylvia Warner, town of Royalton; two sons, Claude Warner, Appleton; and Ray Warner, Bay City, Ore., a sister, Mrs. Berhta Warner, in the state of Oregon; a brother, Charles Pitt, Oshkosh; five grandchildren and six great children.

Friends may call at the Harrigan Funeral home, Weyauwega, until the time of the funeral. Services will be at the funeral home at 2 o'clock Tuesday afternoon. Burial will be in Oakwood Cemetery, Weyauwega.

**Note: Eva was the third wife of Levi B. Warner. Eva's sister married Levi's Son of his second marriage so read the obit carefully. The obit does not say that Bertha her sister is married to Ray Warner her stepson. Formerly Eva Pitts, married to Levi.

Contributed by: Donald Warner


Obituary of Percinda Ordway Coggin, printed in the Hancock News, Volume IV (unknown date):

The family circle, the most sacred of all human associations, cemented by forty years of harmonious union, blest with the rearing of a family of children, cheered by the sweet prattle of grandchildren, bringing to our minds the joys of the harvest time of life, is the greatest, grandest and best of Gods earthly gifts.

Then to have the wife, the mother, the grandmother, with all the hallowed remembrances of labors and pleasures, of joys and sorrows, that go to make up the journey of life, taken away by death from that circle, seems more than humanity is able to bear, were it not for our belief that our Heavenly Father Odoeth all things well.

Thus it is to be seen in the family of Daniel Coggin and the death of his beloved wife.

Percinda Ordway was born in Westville, Franklin County, NY, May 30, 1837, and moved with her parents in 1855 to the town of Hancock, Waushara County, WI, where they settled on the farm that her brother, Allen Ordway, now occupies. On March 11, 1857, she was married to Daniel Coggin and they settled on a farm near the old homestead, and on this and other places in the town of Hancock they have since made their home.

Deceased was the mother of seven children, four of whom have grown to adult age and survive her. They are: Ella, widow of Selah Wetmore; Hattie, wife of E.S. Hamilton; Albert and Samuel, who live at home. Besides the children and her husband, Daniel Coggin, she leaves to mourn their loss a sister and three brothers - Mrs. Henry Brown, James Ordway, Orange Ordway, Allen Ordway, all of whom have families and reside in this town.

Mrs. Coggin died on the eve of December 7, 1900, after an illness of only a few minutes. While she had not been strong for years, yet she had been unusually well for the past few months and thus her death came with a great shock to her family and the community.

The funeral was held at the Congregational Church on Monday, December 10, 1900, at 2pm. Rev. Breeze delivered a beautiful discourse on the Resurrection. The choir furnished choice music. The Church was filled with neighbors and friends who mingled their sympathies with the sorrows of the husband and family, and many followed the remains to the final resting place in the Hancock cemetery.

Contributed by Linda J. Cheal

Lida A. Collins

Lida A. Collins nee Lakin was born Dec. 12, 1874 and died March 10, 1899. She was married to Jabe W. Collins Sept. 13, 1893. Two children were born to them, a boy and a girl aged four years, and one year and eleven months. Mrs. Collins was the only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A. Lakin of the town of Oasis. Mrs. Collins embraced the Christian religion and joined the M. E. Church at Oasis about three years ago, since which time she has been a consistant Christian.

It seems to us strange that one so young, and so much needed in the family should be called away, but the Father knows what is best and in the full Revelations of Eternity it will be seen that, "He did all things well."

Mrs. Collins was sick about twenty weeks. She leaves besides the children, a husband, father and mother, three brothers and many friends who mourn her death. She was greatly attached to her children and home. The funeral took place from the M. E. Church at Oasis, March 13th, conducted by Rev. C. C. Swartz and was largely attended.

Obituary Submitted by Dave Rickard

Plainfield Sun - Friday December 15, 1911

Robert M. Crawford

The subject of this sketch, Robert M. Crawford, was born in New York state, Jan. 17, 1830, and died at his home in the town of Plainfield, Wis., Nov. 29, 1911. He was married in the year 1862 to Sarah Wood. To this union were born eight children, of whom 3 preceded him to the world beyond. He leaves to mourn his loss, his aged wife, four sons and one daughter. William A., James T., Charlie H., Ward M., all of Plainfield, and Mrs. Clara Sparks of Pittsville, Wis. He enlisted in Company D., Thirty-seventh Regiment of Wis. volunteers on the 21st day of March, 1864, and served until the time of his discharge, by reason of disability. He was loyal and true to his country, having served three months in Libby prison. He was a great sufferer for about three years with dropsy. He was a kind neighbor and died in the christian faith. Funeral services were held at the town hall at Campbell's Corners on Saturday, December 2, Rev. Ambrose of the Baptist Church preaching the sermon and the remains of another old soldier was laid to rest in the Plainfield cemetery.

Submitted by: Brenda Szulczewski

Plainfield Sun - June 7, 1929

Sarah R. (Wood) Crawford


Mrs. Robert Crawford, an old-time resident of the town of Plainfield, but lately of Hancock, passed away Wednesday afternoon at about three o'clock at an advanced age. Funeral services will be held at the town hall at Campbell Corners Friday afternoon with interment in the Plainfield cemetery.

Submitted by: Brenda Szulczewski

Plainfield Sun, April 24 1908

Lucy Day Cunningham was born at Glen Falls, NY in 1822 and in 1840 was married to Henry Mabb. To this union was born five children. The eldest, LT. William Mabb enlised during the war and met his death in the Battle of the Wilderness. Mrs. E I Ham of Michigan City, Ind., being the only surviving child. In 1881 the deceased was married to C. Ham who also survives her and who is making his home with his daughter Mr.s F. E. Hayward of Hancock. Funeral services were held at the Hayward home being conducted by Rev. Smith, the congregational minister from Hancock and the remains were laid at rest in the Plainfield cemetery.

Mr. C. Ham, the bereaved husband has been in very poor health for sometime past, but is now slightly improved. Both Mr. and Mrs. Ham were members of Walter Waterman Post and the W. R. C. of this city, and Mr. Ham would be pleased to have any old comrades call on him.

(Note: Lucy Cunningham was the sister of John Cunningham and Harriet Cunningham. Harriet was the first wife of Cornelius Ham. John Cunningham was the father of Mary wife of Franklyn S. Bound)

Contributed by Pam B.

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