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Scanned photos can be emailed to Jan Cortez . If you are unable to send them via email, please drop me a line and I'll make other arrangements. Please make sure that each photo includes indentification and/or a description.


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George C. Clark (b 13 Mar 1810) in Lincolnshire, England, d 5 April 1872 in Oshkosh, WI). As you can see, the original photo is not in very good shape, but it is the only image we have of him.

It was said that George C. Clark donated the ground for the Brooks Cemetery of Oshkosh in 1847. It was said, also, that he weighed over 500 lbs. George C. Clark was my great-great-great grandfather. His daughter (my ggg), Ellen Carroll Clark Andersen, is buried at the Tuttle Cemetery near Rhame, ND, next to her husband (my ggg), Anders Andersen.

My Struensee and Clark ancestors are buried in Brooks (George Albert and Annie Andersen Struensee, and George C. Clark and Catherine Carroll Clark etc).
Contributed by David S. Forsman



Uncle Kenneth (Grasse) and I believe this is also at the county home.
Contributed by Mike Grasse



Merwin Grasse and his brother, Kenneth that I believe were taken at the county home.
Contributed by Mike Grasse



Merwin Grasse in Oshkosh.
Contributed by Mike Grasse



Merwin Grasse and his brother Kenneth Grasse.
Contributed by Mike Grasse



Dan Rice
Contributed by Jim Putman



Oscar and Jan Johnson - 1901
Contributed by Jim Putman



Hannah Alyea
Contributed by Jim Putman



John and Hannah Alyea 1861
Contributed by Jim Putman



This is a picture taken about 1912, known people are named in photo, Justus, Bertha, O Glen McSchooler and Hazel McSchooler Hunter. It was taken at there home at that time on Scott Road the SW 1/2 of the SW 1/4 of Sec 15 the Town of Omro. Would anyone know any of the others?
Contributed by Merle G. McSchooler



Josef Staudenraus (abt. 30 yrs. old) B. Feb. 22, 1834 Laupheim, Wuerttemburg, Ger. Immigrated to America in 1854. He traveled with his cousin Carl Staudenraus.
Contributed by Patricia [Frey] McWhinney and her niece Kathleen



Maria [Denzel] Staudenraus (abt. 25 yrs. old) B. 1841 Laupheim, Wuerttemburg, Ger. Immigrated to America in 1865. Maria married Josef Staudenraus in Laupheim, Wuerttemburg, Germany on Aug. 26, 1865. It was probably an arranged marraige. She traveled from Germany with Roman Staudenraus, Josefs brother.
Contributed by Patricia [Frey] McWhinney and her niece Kathleen



Josef Staudenraus (abt. 55-60 yrs. old) He was a shoemaker by trade and later owned the Tremont Hotel in Oshkosh, WI. Josef died Jan. 10, 1907 and is buried in Riverside Cemetery, Oshkosh, WI.
Contributed by Patricia [Frey] McWhinney and her niece Kathleen



: Maria [Denzel] Staudenraus (abt. 50 yrs. old) Maria and husband Josef had four children, three daughters and a son. All were born in Oshkosh, WI. Maria died in 1906 and is buried in Riverside Cemetery in Oshkosh, WI.
Contributed by Patricia [Frey] McWhinney and her niece Kathleen



Maria [Denzel] Staudenraus (abt. 30 yrs. old.) pictured with three of her four children; Maria Magdalena (Lena), B. April 6, 1866, Albert, B. Dec. 5, 1867, and Bertha, B. March 6, 1869.
Contributed by Patricia [Frey] McWhinney and her niece Kathleen



Staudenraus children ( abt. 1876) Standing: Albert and Bertha; seated: Emma, B. 1871 and Maria Magdalena (Lena).
Contributed by Patricia [Frey] McWhinney and her niece Kathleen



Staudenraus children (abt. 1881) Back: Albert and Bertha; seated; Lena and Emma
Contributed by Patricia [Frey] McWhinney and her niece Kathleen



Staudenraus children (abt. 1886) Albert, on left, Emma; on right, Bertha, middle, Lena.
Contributed by Patricia [Frey] McWhinney and her niece Kathleen



Albert Staudenraus ( abt 18 yrs. old) Born on Dec. 5, 1867 in Oshkosh, WI and died in Chicago, IL in 1899. Albert is interred in Riverside Cemetery, Oshkosh, with his parents and two siblings.
Contributed by Patricia [Frey] McWhinney and her niece Kathleen



Bertha Staudenraus ( abt. 20 yrs old) This photo was taken at Ely Photography Studio in Oshkosh, WI. She was born March 6, 1869 in Oshkosh, married Killian Frey April 25, 1895 in Oshkosh and died Nov. 27, 1954 in Chicago, IL. Bertha is interred in Riverside Cemetery, Oshkosh, with her husband, parents and two siblings.
Contributed by Patricia [Frey] McWhinney and her niece Kathleen



Emma Staudenraus (abt. 20 yrs old) This photo was taken at Luck Photography Studio in Oshkosh, WI. Emma was born in 1871 in Oshkosh and never married. She died of the flu during the flu epidemic in 1918 in Chicago, IL. She is interred in Riverside Cemetery in Oshkosh, with her parents and two siblings.
Contributed by Patricia [Frey] McWhinney and her niece Kathleen



Maria Magdalena (Lena) Staudenraus (abt. 25) This photo was taken at Luck Photography Studio in Oshkosh, WI. Lena was born in Oshkosh WI, April 6, 1866. She married Josef Burger in 1892 in Oshkosh, they had a son and a daughter. Lena died Aug. 12, 1942 in Chicago, IL. She is interred in St, Mary's Cemetery in Evergreen Park, IL. with her husband and two children.
Contributed by Patricia [Frey] McWhinney and her niece Kathleen



: Franziska [Locher] Denzel - Born Jan. 4, 1805 and died March 27, 1871 in Luapheim, Wuerttemburg, Germany. Franziska is pictured with her grandson Josef Burger. (1867) She is Maria [Denzel] Staudenraus' mother and also Lenas grandmother. Josef Burger and Lena Staudenraus were first cousins.
Contributed by Patricia [Frey] McWhinney and her niece Kathleen



: Albert Anton Burger and Josef Andreas Burger (abt. 1890-91) Josef was born in 1867 in Laupheim, Wuerttemburg, Germany. He immigrated to America in 1881 at 14 yrs. of age. Albert was also born in Lauphein, Wuerrtemburg, Germany, in 1877. He immigrated at 13 yrs. of age in 1890 to join his brother Josef in Oshkosh, WI. Albert died in Chicago, IL in 1924. He is buried in St. Mary's Cemetery Evergreen Park, IL, with his wife and infant son.
Contributed by Patricia [Frey] McWhinney and her niece Kathleen



Maria Magdalena [Staudenraus] Burger ( 1894 ) with son Leo Burger. Leo was born April 3, 1894 and died Nov. 14, 1918 of the flu during the flu epidemic in Chicago, IL. He is interred in St. Mary's Cemetery in Evergreen Park, Il. with his parents and sister.
Contributed by Patricia [Frey] McWhinney and her niece Kathleen



Josef Burger ( abt. 1900) Josef became a Pharmacist and moved his family to Chicago, IL where he owned his own pharmacy. He died Nov. 18, 1930 in Chicago. He is interred in St. Mary's Cemetery, Evergreen Park, IL with wife Lena, son Leo and daughter Ruth.
Contributed by Patricia [Frey] McWhinney and her niece Kathleen



Warren and Ella Hunt Fuhs
Contributed by Janet Eiler



Edwin Fuhs
Contributed by Janet Eiler



Jonathan "Jack" Maxson and probably one of his wives. Since the woman in the photo looks a tad bit older than him it is possibly his last wife who was seven years older than him. Her name was Rosellen. His other wives were all younger than he was. Jonathan Maxson was the youngest son of David Maxson and Amanda Burgess and was born in 1860 in Poygan.
Contributed by Jean



Hattie Amelia (Cole) maiden, (Maxson) (Hires) (Ford) Pierce and her last husband James Guy Pierce. Hattie married Daniel Maxson first in 1855 in Winnebago County, WI. Daniel died of pnuemonia contracted while in the Civil War. She was married only briefly to William Hires who she divorced. Then married James Ford in 1873. She married James Guy Pierce in 1895. James Pierce was in Co. I of the 21st Wisconsin Infantry of the Civil War. He died in Omro in 1906. All this was according to Widows pension and surviving son's pension (Lewis Alban Maxson) on Daniel Maxson's pension.
Contributed by Jean



Philetus Noah Cross in Union uniform. Enlisted in Company C, 14th Wisconsin Volunteer infantry. Made 2nd Lieutenant. Moved from Milwaukee County to Winnebago County in about 1850 with his father and family. Left the area in 1869 to Dakota Territory. Became a Dakota Territory legislator and Sky Pilot preacher.
Contributed by Jean



Pictured are Alice Cross Bancroft top left, her half sister Clara Cross Williams top right, half sister Josephine Cross Seeker lower left, half sister Nell Cross is lower right. Alice was born in Poygan the daughter of Philetus Cross and Lydia Maxson. Lydia Maxson Cross died when Alice was but a year old from diptheria. Alice's two younger siblings died young of diptheria as well and all three are buried together in Forest Home Cemetery, Poygan. The mother of Alice's half sisters that are pictured is Amy Maxson who is Lydia's sister. Josephine was born in the Winnebago county area and the other two sisters were born in Dakota Territory. Alice was raised and lived with her Maxson grandparents Jonathan Sr. and Nancy Felton Maxson in Poygan until the mid 1870's when she married Thomas Marsden Bancroft and moved to Dakota Territory. I will be sending a photo of Thomas Marsden Bancroft next. His family moved to the Winnebago county area in abt. 1850 as well. I only have a picture of his sister Eveline who married Moody Shepardson and sister Mary who married Albion Shepardson. I will have to get permission from a cousin to send those photos of Shepardson's. I have a photo of Philetus Noah Cross in Civil War uniform to send. His half brother Floyd Love Cross who remained in Omro until his death. I could send you his obit as well. I have a picture of Jonathan Maxson Jr. but need permission on that one too. And Hattie Amelia (Cole) (Maxson) Pierce and her last husband James Pierce who resided in Omro, too. If you ever start page for pictures of unknown folks in Winnebago county I have one I purchased a couple of years ago. The picture was taken in Omro.
Contributed by Jean



This is Thomas Marsden Bancroft in his Civil war uniform. He enlisted at Appleton in Company A of the 3rd Wisconsin Cavalry. Transferred to company K in 1865.
Contributed by Jean



Floyd Love Cross
Notes for Floyd Love M. Cross: (Broderbund WFT Vol. 3, Ed. 1, Tree #3417) Put his two girls into Sparta Orphanage. Gave his son William to a farmer in Omro, Wisconsin. Who in return moved to Michigan, taking the boy with him... 45 years later they found each other by accident.
Contributed by Jean



Albion Shepardson was born in 1851 in Winneconne to Albert Shepardson and Adeline Edna McCauly. He died there in 1933. He married first; Eveline Bancroft who died in 1871 and then Margaret Weismiller in 1873 who died in 1890. His third wife was Mary (Barnes) Downs who he married in 1895. Albion's older brother Moody married Eveline Bancroft's sister Mary who also died early in the marriage.
Contributed by Jean



Eveline (Bancroft) Shepardson b. 1855 in either Waukesha or Winnebago County, WI to Deloss Bancroft and Ann Maria Marsden. She married Albion Shepardson in 1870 and died within the year.
Contributed by Jean



Ida & Friend - Not sure which is Ida D. Davenport, b. 1866, married Jonathon J. Maxon 1882 , Omro, Wi.
Contributed by Audrey Heniff



-(On right) Julius Barkowski (1857-1907) buried in Eureka, Wi. cemetery, second husband of Anna Nexbouer Domke (On left) Morris J. Domke (1871-1897) buried in Eureka, Wi. cemetery, he being son of Albert and Anna Domke and brother of Edward Domke. This picture taken in front of a coal yard in Chicago.
Contributed by Audrey Heniff



Anna Nexbouer Domke-Barkowski-Jeske (1859-abt. 1926) Died in Eureka, Wi.
Contributed by Audrey Heniff



Edward Domke and whom we believe to be his first wife Bertha Horton, they were married in 1904 in Town of Eureka, Town of Rushford, Winnebago Cnty., Wi
Contributed by Audrey Heniff



Killian Frey was born in Oshkosh On Oct 19,1863 To Conelius Frey and Anna Marie Traub who were married Feb 10,1848 in Wurtenburg, Germany and immigrated soon after.Killian died in Chicago, Il Oct 26, 1946 and is buried in Riverside Cemetery in Oshkosh with his wife and her parents.
Contributed by Pat McWhinney



Matilda Frey, called Till, was born Aug 21, 1854 in Oshkosh.Her parents were Cornelius and Anna Marie Traub married in Wurtenburg Feb 10, 1848.Till never married and died July 1,1952 in Oshkosh. She is buried in Riverside Cemetery with her parents and her sister Josephine and family.
Contributed by Pat McWhinney



Ellen DeForest or Forest was the wife of Leroy Harrison Wood. In 1868, Leroy H. Wood purchased land in the county of Shawano and stated on the land record that he was of the town of Neenah, Winnebago County, WI. The first record I have placing Leroy H. Wood in Neenah is when he enlisted in the Civil War there in 1861. He served until Oct. 1862 when he was discharged by reason of enlistment into Regular Enlistment into Regular Army Oct. 21, 1863. He apparently served in a Calvary unit until June 29, 1864. At that time he was discharged. Abt. 1865 or 1866 Leroy married Ellen DeForest or Forest (see photo). Ellen was born abt. 1845? in RI, or ME. She and Leroy had their first child in 1867. Herbert Leroy Wood was born in Hortonville Wisconsin in 1867. Soon after his birth; Leroy and Ellen returned to Neenah, Winnebago County, Wisconsin. They lived there only a short time before purchasing land in Shawano County. They would have two more daughters probably born in Wisconsin or Michigan. About 1880; they left Wisconsin and headed West. Leroy perhaps owned or worked for a traveling sawmill company that moved from town to town across many states cutting trees and sawing lumber. He at one time had been a carpenter. By 1882 the sawmill company stopped in the county of Van Buren, Arkansas possibly in the town of Shiloh. Ellen DeForest/Forest pictured here gave birth to two more children, a set of boy/girl twins whom she named DeForest and DeEtta. Then the lives of the Wood family took a sad turn. Ellen died either from complications of childbirth or from a contracting the flu. Her was soon followed by that of her husband. This left five children to be divided up among the neighbors to be raised in seperate homes. I am tracing the descendants of those five orphans. My ancestor was the oldest. His name was Herbert. His sisters were Ila and Edna May, and then of course there were the twins DeForest and DeEtta. They all would grow up, move away from their homes in Arkansas and loose contact with each other as their lives went in different directions. When I located the family of DeEtta; they gave me a lovely old photo of DeEtta's mother Ellen DeForest Wood.
Contributed by Sheri LeQuia



This photograph of Dora Kennedy at 4 years old was purchased in Arcadia, Florida. Jackie would like to reunite the photo with the family.
Contributed by Jackie Hufschmid



This photograph of Whitney Kennedy & "Grandma" was purchased in Arcadia, Florida. Jackie would like to reunite the photo with the family.
Contributed by Jackie Hufschmid



John M. Alyea was a Civil War Veteran - PVT., Co F, 21st Regt, WI VOL INF.
He enlisted on Aug 14, 1862 in Oshkosh, Winnebago Co, WI and transferred to the U.S. Volunteer Veterans on Aug 15, 1864. He was mustered out on June 27, 1865 at Chattanooga, TN.
John was born July 20, 1817 at Canton, Ohio, the son of Isaiah & Keziah Smith Alyea. He was married on 4/12/1848 in Valparaiso, Indiana to Hannah Lumley, the daughter of Henry & Elizabeth Geldard Lumley. She was born 1/15/1826 in England. She emigrated to America with her parents about 1830.
John and Hannah came to Wisconsin in 1849 and settled in Winnebago County on a farm in the town of Winneconne.
John died in Winneconne, Winnebago Co, WI on Sept 27, 1901 and Hannah on Dec 19, 1904. Both are buried in Winneconne Village Cemetery.
Contributed by Janet Eiler



March 15, 1889 Emma Haase (daughter of Freiderick and Johanna Haase) married Emil Reetz (son of John and Louise Reetz). They lived to be 93 and 83 years old. Emil immigrated at age 17, Emma was the 1st of her family to be born in the US.
Contributed by Deborah Snelling



Hertzberg sisters, daughters of Henry and Dorothea Hertzberg. Left: Amelia (married James Lee), Middle: Anna (married August Bohn), Right: Emma (married Bernard Conrad, later Herman Plotz). Siblings included a sister, Theresa (married Albert Handrich), who died in 1889; five brothers, Gustav, Otto, Leo, Richard, and Adolph. The family immigrated in 1866, eventually settling in Poygan twp, near Pumpkinseed Creek.
Contributed by Deborah Snelling



Rena Belle FREEMAN, born 1866. She married Alton Perse (Percy?) in Oshkosh. After living in Waushara Co. for awhile, they returned to Oshkosh by 1910. She later married Joseph Bennett. Her many children were with Mr. Perse. Her parents are listed as Julian C. Freeman and Elsie Forbes (Pine River, Wi.)
Contributed by Deborah Snelling



Earl Perse, born 1885. Lived most of his life in Oshkosh, Wi. He married Alvina Vogel in 1924 (One child). Parents listed as Rena Belle Freeman and Alton Perse. He was a quiet, gentle man. Deborah Snelling



My parents were born in the Brandon - Oshkosh area. Here is the data on my parents: Surname - Nikolaus, Jacob Paul (dod: February 2001) - Spouse - Bartow, Marie Hattie (living) Date of Marriage - August 6, 1938 County - Fond du Lac (St. Mary's Church - Brandon) Researcher



My mother is descended from Stephen and Hannah (Bennett) Brooks, Winnebago pioneers. By 1940 Stephen Brooks had 40 acres of land near what is today called the Winnebago Health Institute near Asylum Point at Oshkosh. This photo of Hannah Bennett Brooks (b. 3 Mar 1790 in New York; d. 21 Nov 1872 near Oskosh) was provided by her descendant, Wayne Hollister, who has done much research on the Brooks family. Hannah is buried next to Stephen Brooks in Brooks Cemetery on Brooks Road, just west of Highway 45, outside Oshkosh Jan Mongoven



This is a photo of my great-great grandfather, Gilbert Brooks. Gilbert was the son of Winnebago pioneers, Stephen and Hannah Bennett Brooks. Born in Redfield, New York on Feb. 22, 1824, he moved with his family to Wisconsin Territory in 1839. He married Frances A. Adsit in a ceremony in Menasha, Winnebago County, on Oct. 11, 1853. They had eight children. Gilbert was one of Winnebago's first postal carriers. He, Frances, and children farmed in various locations in Winnebago County, including Neenah and Nekimi. The Brookses left Wisconsin for the wilderness of Dakota Territory in the summer of 1884. He died on Nov. 12, 1917 in Jamestown, North Dakota. He was buried at Old Sargent Cemetery near his pioneer home outside Cogswell, North Dakota. Jan Mongoven



My g-grandmother, Johanna (Anna) Laude. She was born in Neustettin, Pomerania, 15 Sept 1859, and came to Black Wolf, WI with her parents, August Laude and Fredricke Faerber, in 1864. They had eight other children while living in Black Wolf.Bobbi



A postcard addressed to my g-aunt, Anna Harloff, from her cousin, Otto (no last name), dated August 21, 1910 from Oshkosh. The message reads: Dear Cousin, this is part of Barteltís Base Ball team. Iím also trying to track down the Bartelt family as listed here, but this is all I have.Bobbi



Leubke Girls
Found in my Oshkosh Huse Family Album. Except for the name Luebke Girls written on the back of the picture, I don't know who they are.
Barbara MacRae



Who Are They?
This pic given to me by my father who lives in Eureka, Wi., believe may be of surnames Dake, Davenport, Domke or Maxson, does anyone recognize these people?
A. Heniff






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