Racine, Wis., Dec. 29. – Homer Adams, pioneer of this county, died yesterday at his home in Union Grove, at the age of 81 years. A wife and two sons survive. [Source: Wisconsin Weekly Advocate (Milwaukee, WI) Thursday, 1 Jan. 1903; transcribed by FoFG mz]
Christian Amundson, one of Racine's old and well known citizens, died o'clock yesterday afternoon, at his home on La Salle street. Deceased was born in Norway in the year 1841 and has been a resident, of Racine many years. He was a hard-working, honest and upright man and held in the highest regard by his hosts of friends. A wife (Clara Simonsen?/Carrie survives to mourn the death of a good and intelligent husband. Five sons have gone before. him. ( Albert, George William, Barton) The funeral will take place at the Trinity M. E. church on La Salle street, tomorrow afternoon at 12:15 o'clock. He was a staunch member of that congregation. [Source unknown, dated 10 Dec 1901 - Submitted by Stine Kvistad]
Mrs. Ellen Anderson, widow of the late Captain Abraham Anderson died at her home in Los Angeles, California, on March 3, aged 87 years. Deceased was born in Norway and when i seven years old came to Racine and lived here until 7 years ago, when she moved to California, where she resided to the time of her death. The funeral took place In Los Angeles and the : body was interred in the Rosedale cemetery. Mrs. Anderson was known as a kind and sympathetic woman and when a resident of Racine was an ardent and devoted Christian woman. She was an indulgent wife and mother and the news of her demise will be learned with sorrow by her scores of friends. She is survived by two daughters and three sons: Mrs. Charles Tosteson and Mrs. Lena Guldbronson; Andrew, George and Anthony Anderson. [Source unknown, dated 8 Mar 1912 - Sub by Stine Kvistad]
Hans E. Anderson
H Edward Anderson, aged 62 years, died yesterday of pneumonia at the home of his mother Mrs Tillie Hanson, 1200 Schiller Street., after an illness of a few days. The deceased had been a resident of Racine for forty-four years, and a greater part of that time, he was employed by the Chicago and Northwerstern Railway Company as an architect. He was a brother of the late Chris Hanson, who was for many years associated with B C Thronson in the furniture business. The deceased is survived by a mother and two sisters, Mrs Peter Peterson of 1321 Grand Avenue and Mrs Nelson of Lafayette avenue. The funeral services will be held Friday afternoon at 2 o’clock from the residence, 1321 Grand Avenue. Further Note: Born 13 May 1850, Borre, Vestfold, Norway [Source unknown, dated 2 Jan. 1913 - submitted by Stine Kvistad]
Peter Anderson was struck and instantly killed by a St. Paul train at Franksville. His team became unmanageable and were running on the railroad track. [The Milwaukee Journal, 23 Dec 1897; Sub. by M. Dutcher]
A 7-year-old son of H. Aul of Racine was fatally crushed by a pile of bricks falling on him. [The Milwaukee Journal, 6 Jul 1896; Sub. by M. Dutcher]
Robert Hall Baker
1882: Hon. Robert Hall Baker, in Racine, Oct. 5th, in his forty-fourth year. He was a son of Hon. Charles M. Baker, and born in Geneva, Wis., June 27th, 1839. He received a good education, taking a partial course at Beloit College. In 1856, he engaged in a clerkship in a hardware store, serving two years, and then spent a year in Thomas Falvey's reaper works at Racine; and, in 1860, became connected with the extensive manufacturing establishment of Hon. J. I. Case & Co. In 1863, he purchased an interest in this establishment, which resulted in an ample fortune. In 1867, he was elected school commissioner of Racine; in 1868 and 1871, an alderman; in 1872, and again in 1874, he was chosen a member of the State senate, and mayor of Racine in 1874. He was an unsuccessful candidate for lieutenant-governor in 1873; and in 1879, he was selected as chairman of the Republican State committee, serving two years. He was an officer in several manufacturing and mining companies in which he was interested; and was a government director in the Union Pacific Railway. He was pre-eminently a man of business capacity, and possessed many excellent qualities of head and heart. [Source: Proceedings of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin Vol. 10 (1909) Transcribed by: Heather A. Turner]
RACINE, Wis., Dec. 8.—Huron Beebe, a pioneer of this county, died at his home in the town of Mt. Pleasant last evening after a brief illness of the grippe. He was born in Vermont on June 23, 1808. He resided in Buffalo, N. Y., where he served in the capacity of sheriff for seven years. He came here in 1851 and owned one of the largest and best cultivated farms in the county. His wife died last Saturday of influenza. Two sons and two daughters survive. [Source: Cudahy Times (Cudahy, Wis.) Sunday, 10 Dec. 1893; submitted by FoFG (MZ)]
John C. Beecher
John C. Beecher, of Kansasville, Racine county, who served as postmaster in that place during the administrations of Buchanan, Lincoln and Grant, died recently at the residence of his daughter in Kenosha, aged 71 years. [Source: "Wisconsin State Journal" (Madison, Dane Co. Wis.) 7 Nov. 1882 - Sub. by Brenda W.]
Albert Benson, aged 29 years, died at his home, 1804 Hamilton Avenue, this morning of consumption, after an illness of the past few years. Deceased leaves to mourn his loss, a wife (Elizabeth Pirk) and two children, (Isabelle J., 16 Feb 1903, ) and Mavis? (18 Feb 1904) ) father, (Andrew), mother (Helen), and two brothers. Funeral will be held Monday afternoon at two o'clock from the home. [Source: unknown, dated 9 Sept. 1905; submitted by Stine Kvistad]
Andrew Benson, a resident of Racine for the past forty-one years, and who was tender of the Root river bridges for several years, died yesterday at the St. Mary's hospital, aged 71 years. Mr Benson was a hard working and honest man, highly respected by all who knew him, him and was always a loyal citizen to this town. A large number of acquaintances will regret to learn of his demise. Two sons, William and Louis Benson, survive to mourn his death. Mr Benson resided at 1200 Carlisle Avenue, from which place the funeral will take place on Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock. [29 Dec 1911, Further Notes: Born Andreas Bentsen, Aug 1840, Bragernes, Buskerud, Norway. Father Bent Gulbrandsen. Parents of Julia Gustava Bentsen, 3 Nov 1868, Strømsø, Buskerud, Norway. D 11 Sep 1894 in Racine. Married Peter Hanson. - Submitted by Stine Kvistad]
Andrew Martin Benson
The little son of Mr. and Mrs. William Benson , 1206 Carlisle avenue, died Monday at the age of eight months. The funeral occurred this afternoon at 2 o'clock. [2 May 1906. Further Note: Andrew Martin Benson, born 25 Aug 1905? - Submitted by Stine Kvistad]
Grace Agnes Benson
708 Lafayette Ave, Age 67. Passed away on Oct.1, 1969 at her home. She was born in Racine on July 7, 1902 and lived here all her life. Miss Benson was a retired secretary of Carpenter Rowland Batenburg Co. working for forty years and had retired two years ago. She was a member of St Stephen's Episcopal Church, St. Anne's Guild of the Church and served with the Altar Guild of the Church for many years. She was also a member of the Order of Eastern Star, Chapter No. 45. Surviving are one sister and brother-in-law, Helen Anna and Willis Ellis Lockwood; two brothers and sisters-in-law, William Charles and Mary Helen Benson and George Henry and Eleanor E. Benson all of Racine; four nieces; two nephews; cousins and many friends. Funeral services will be held at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, 1769 State St., Friday at 10:30 a.m. with Rev. William D. McLean officiating. Interment will be in the family lot at Mound Cemetery. Friends may call at the HANSON FUNERAL HOME, 722 Lafayette Ave. this (Thursday) afternoon after 4 and during the evening. [Submitted by Stine Kvistad]
Gertrude Rosaline Benson
Gertrude, the four months old daughter of Mrs and Mr William Benson 1206 Carlisle Avenue, died last night (24 Apr 1901). Funeral tomorrow at 2 p.m. from the house. [27 Aug 1901. Further Note: William Olaf Benson and Catherine Rosaline Bowman - Submitted by Stine Kvistad]
Mrs. Andrew (Helen) Benson died this morning, at her home, 1206 Carlisle avenue, aged 64. Deceased had been a resident of Racine for thirty-six years, and was one of the oldest members of the Methodist church on La Salle street. She was a woman highly beloved by a large concourse of friends and a valuable worker in the Christian cause. To mourn her demise there is a husband and two sons. William and Louis Benson. The funeral will take place on Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the house. [4 Sep 1906 - Further Note: Helle Olsen, 18 Nov 1841, Sigdal, Buskerud, Norway, to Ole Bartholomeussen and Bertha Halvorsen - Submitted by Stine Kvistad]
Henry Benson, aged 31 years, died last evening at 8 o'clock at the home of his parents, 1200 Carlisle Avenue, after a long illness. The deceased was born and raised in Racine and was employed as a machinist at the George Gorton Machine Co. By his employers and fellow workmen he was highly respected. He leaves to mourn his loss, a father, mother and three brothers, besides many friends. The funeral will be held Sunday, afternoon at 1:30 o'clock from the house at 2 o'clock from the Trinity Church on La Salle street. [Source: unknown, dated 26 Jan. 1904; submitted by Stine Kvistad]
1108 So. Wisconsin Ave. Age 73. Passed away this morning, Jan. 23, 1958, at his residence. Mr. Bergh was born in Racine on Dec. 9, 1884. He had been employed at Massey - Harris - Ferguson Inc. until retiring in 1946. He was a member of St. Mary's Church and Holy Name Society. Surviving are his wife, Loretta; two sisters, Miss Anna and Miss Tillie Bergh of Los Angeles, Calif.; nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held Saturday, 8:30 a. m. in the Maresh Funeral Home and 9 a. m. in St. Mary's Church, Msgr. Edward Rodenkirch officiating. Interment will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, Kinzie Ave. Friends may call at the MARESH FUNERAL HOME, Main at Eighth St., Friday afternoon after 2 o'clock. The Rosary will be recited Friday evening, 8 o'clock, the funeral home. [Submitted by Stine Kvistad]
Loretta Bergh (nee Horton)
Formerly of 1108 S. Wisconsin Ave. Age 72. Passed away March 19, 1963, in Racine County Hospital. Mrs. Bergh was born March 22, 1890, in Racine. She was a member of St. Mary's Church and the Christian Mothers Society. Surviving are one sister, Mrs. William H. Larsen; one brother, Edward Joseph Horton, of Racine; nieces, nephews and other relatives. Funeral services will be held Thursday, 8:30 a.m. at the Maresh Funeral Home and 9 a.m. in St. Mary's Church, Rev. F. C. LaBuwi officiating. Interment will be in Holy Cross Cemetery, Kinzie Ave. Friends may call at the MARESH FUNERAL HOME, 803 Main St., Wednesday after 3 p.m. The Rosary will be recited at 7:30 p. m Wednesday evening at the funeral home. [Submitted by Stine Kvistad]
Nicolas C. Bergh
Mr. N. C. Bergh died at St. Mary's hospital Sunday evening, at 9 o'clock, aged 70 years. Funeral services from Bethesda Norwegian Lutheran church, corner State and La. Salle streets, 2 p. m., Wednesday, May 11th. [Source: unknown, dated 9 May 1910; submitted by Stine Kvistad]
Thomas Henry Binning
Funeral services were held Saturday afternoon at 2 o’clock from the Swarthout Funeral Home, Spencer, for Thomas Henry Binning, Waterford, Wisconsin, who passed away Thursday, December 9, at a hospital at Waukesha. Mr. Binning had been in poor health for a number of years. Rev. Raymond J. Fleming officiated at the funeral services. He was laid to rest in the Unity Cemetery in the Town of Brighton. Thomas Henry Binning was born April 9, 1886 in the Town of Empire, Fond du Lac County and was married in Unity in June 1910 to Henrietta Lydickson, who preceded him in death in 1913. He lived on a farm at Unity and later moved to Waterford, Wisconsin with his son Roy. Pallbearers at the funeral were Herbert, Henry, and Floyd Binning, Al and Roy Justman and Pete Lydickson. Mr. Binning is survived by one son, Roy, of Waukesha and two brothers, Elmer Binning of Greatham, Oregon and George Binning of Kannsville, Wisconsin. He is also survived by several nephews and nieces. [Source: Marathon County Register (Unity, Marathon County, Wis.) Friday, 17 Dec. 1948; contributed by Ron Flink & transcribed by MZ]
Mary Jessie Bird
The following mention is made of Mrs. J. M. Bird who recently died in Ammon precinct, by the Norton, Kan., "Champion."
"Last Saturday arrived the casket containing Mrs. Bird and her dead infant. The remains were accompanied by the husband with two children, Joseph and Francis, and Mrs. Orr. Mary Jessie, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. D. B. Kuney, and wife of J. M. Bird, was born Sept. 16th 1857, in Kilbourn City, Wisconsin; died April 17th, 1898 in Idaho Falls, Idaho. She was the mother of five children, two dead. She was a member of the Episcopal church, confirmed at the age of 15. Mrs. Bird was one of Norton's pioneer teachers and the first one in the county to receive a first grade certificate. The six boys who acted as pall bearers were among her first pupils. The funeral services were conducted at the Kuney residency by Rev. A. C. Keeler of the Presbyterian church, a large procession of carriages following the hearse to the cemetery Saturday afternoon. From acquaintance personally agreeable to remember we can say that we have rarely met a more heoric woman or one better hearted. Well educated, accomplished, genial, thoroughly read in the elegant classics of the language, she was a most agreeable woman to meet. But her life was not all poetry, nor the music to her ear void of incidental jars and discords. She had her potion of trouble and sorrow. We heard Prof. Swing once say "The saddest fact in history is the narrow bed of grass" With the congenial world before us, with little children crying behind us, yes, the grave is the saddest fact, and Saturday's grave exceptionally so. In the death of Jessie, relatives have lost a part of themselves and many more have lost a splendid friend." [Source: Idaho Falls Times, 5 May 1898]
James Blow died at Racine Friday, aged 66. [The Milwaukee Journal, 6 Jul 1896; Sub. by M. Dutcher]
1880 - Hon. John Bosustow died in Yorkville, Racine Co., July 25th, in his sixty-third year. He was born in Paul, Cornwall Co., England, Dec. 28th, 1817, and settled in Yorkville in 1844. He held various local offices, including the chairmanship of the county board, and served in the assembly of 1880. [Source: Reports and Collections of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin Vol. 9 (1909) Wisconsin Necrology (1876-81) page 464; transcribed by LaDena Livingston]
Riley Tull Britten
LIFE HISTORY OF OLD PIONEER
R. T. Britten, Deceased Who Died Last Wednesday, Funeral Held Friday
Riley Tull Britten was born at Burlington, WI., on January 18th, 1847. He was married in 1871 to Miss Achsah A. Cowles at Elkhorn, WI., to which union three children were born, two of whom died in infancy. They moved to Butler Center, IA., and in 1874 to Wheeling, Missouri. In the year 1882 Mrs. Britten came north to Breckenridge, MN., for health reasons and in 1883 Mr. Britten pre-empted some land and homesteaded in LeMars Twsp, 15 miles southwest of Fairmount, N. D., where they lived until 1902 when they moved to the farm in Greendale Twsp., southeast of Hankinson, N. D. Mrs. Britten died in 1913. He later spent seven years in Hankinson returning to the farm living there about three years moving to Hankinson on Oct. 1st. He, however, was a sick man, having contracted a cold just previously and was unable to permanently recover and died on Oct. 31st at the good age of 81 years, 9 months and 13 days. An honored and respected pioneer citizen of this territory. In early life he was a member of the Baptist Church, but during his residence in North Dakota he has taken an interest in the Methodist Church of Tyson and the Congregational Church, Hankinson. During his sickness he spoke encouragingly of his faith in God and the promises of the hereafter. He became a member of the Masonic Order at Fairmount in 1904 and transferred to the Hankinson Lodge in 1914. The deceased leaves to mourn his loss; his son, Dr. Marshall R. Britten of Grants Pass, OR. Two grandchildren, Rodney and Chester Britten, Grants Pass, OR.; one sister, Mrs. Alma Onderdonk, Trenton, MO., a nephew, Mark Hopkins of Roosevelt, MN., besides other relatives and friends. The funeral services were held on Nov. 2nd, 1928, at the Congregational Church, with the Rev. G. R. McKeith in charge, the Rev. Mr. Chappell of the Tyson M. E. Church taking part. The hymns, "In the Hour of Trial," "Rock of Ages," and "O Love that wilt not let Me Go." were sung by a trio: Mrs. F. A. Lea, Mrs. F. R. Radloff and Mrs. C. H. Backstrom with Mrs. J. Wickman at the piano. The service at the grave was in charge of the Masonic Lodge of Hankinson. [Hankinson News, November 8, 1928]
Anton Andrew Brown
MET DEATH IN LAKE
Body of Andrew Brown, Missing Since Last of May, Found on Shore. -- Grief for Dead Wife Impelled Him to Deed -- Left possibly for Milwaukee, Several Weeks Ago After Giving His Brother Money and Valuables.
Shortly after 7 o'clock this morning the waves of Lake Michigan cast up the body of a man on the shore directly east of Hotel Racine. It was first discovered by a bell boy employed in the hostelry. Quickly the police office was notified and Policeman Johnson repaired to the lake and secured the floater, drawing it up on the land. It was not long before a curious crowd of people assembled and speculated upon who it could be. A newspaper man appeared and at once said it was the body of Andrew Brown, a young brakeman of the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul railway, who was reported missing on June 2.
His Identity Established.
Coroner Hoyle came and searched the clothing on the badly decomposed body. Papers and letters bore the name of Andrew Brown; there were certificates of membership in the Trainmen's association of Railway Men; passes on the St. Paul road; pins on his coat and vest; a watch and chain and other things; leaving no doubt as to the identity. The body was removed to the Porter Furniture company morgue and a further search was made and more papers were found. On the finger of the right hand was a plain gold ring worn by Brown before he disappeared; the clothing corresponded to that worn by him; addresses on the envelopes of the letters were "Andrew Brown, 1024 Lockwood 'Avenue," his former home. The body was in a bad state of decomposition and might have been in the water six weeks or longer.
Depressed by Wife's Death
Andrew Brown was 21 years of age and employed as a brakeman on the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul railway, running between Chicago and Milwaukee. Less than a year ago he was married to Miss Josephine Soli, daughter of Charles Soli, formerly a prominent printer of Racine. They lived in Milwaukee. The wife sickened and died and her body was brought here and interred in the Mound cemetery. The death of his young wife had a depressing effect on Brown and he became downcast and melancholy, appeared to lose interest in life and his relatives observed that his actions were strange and that he was liable to end his life.
Found Death in Lake
One day in May he handed his brother $3, a watch and chain and other things, stating that he was going to Milwaukee and would not need them any longer. This was on or about May 18. His relatives labored under the impression that he went to Milwaukee, but as he failed to return and no word could be received of him they became alarmed and reported his disappearance to the police on June 2. There was no doubt but that while laboring under an abberation of mind caused by the death of his wife, he repaired to the harbor piers and ended his life by leaping into the water. A reward of $2 was offered for the recovery of his body. After the death of his wife he came to Racine to live and his home was at 1024 Lockwood avenue. He was a good, steady young man and railway men say thoroughly reliable and that his job was held open for weeks after he disappeared. Besides a father and mother he leaves brothers and sisters.
Coroner Jonas Hoyle empaneled a jury and proceeded to hold an inquest.
The father and mother of the young man called at the morgue and fully identified the body as that of their son. At the inquest Charles Poulson, the bell boy who discovered the body in the lake, testified to seeing it from the hotel balcony. The father testified as to the identity and how his boy disappeared. Dr. Brehm testified from a medical standpoint, that the appearance indicated drowning. The verdict of the jury was in accordance with the facts. On account of the condition of the body the funeral will take place tomorrow afternoon at 2 o'clock. [Source: unknown, dated 23 Jun 1905 - Submitted by Stine Kvistad]
Died: At Racine, Mrs. Brown, nearly 87 years old. She was born and raised amid the trying scenes of the Revolution. [Source: Weekly Wisconsin Patriot (Madison) 5 Jan 1861; transcribed by Mary Dutcher]
Amanda M. Bull
1880 - Mrs. Amanda M. Bull died at Racine, June 22d, at the age of eighty-three years. Born at South East, Duchess Co., N.Y. Jan. 9th, 1797, married to De Grove Bull, and removed from Cayuga Co., N.Y., in 1846, to Racine. [Source: Reports and Collections of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin Vol. 9 (1909) Wisconsin Necrology (1876-81) page 462; transcribed by LaDena Livingston]
Joseph Henry Carleton
1882: Col. Joseph Henry Carleton, at Sioux Falls, Dak., Nov. 8th, in his fifty-ninth year. Born at Gardiner, Me., April 11th, 1824, he migrated to Racine in 1849, and in 1856, to Berlin. In 1862, he raised a company, first called the Truesdell Rangers, afterwards known as Co. C, 32d Wis. Inf., and served to the end of the war. On the 30th of June, 1864, he was promoted to major, and on the 13th of August following, he was made lieutenant-colonel of the regiment. In the latter position, the full command of the regiment devolved upon him while serving in Mississippi, Tennessee and Alabama, and on Sherman's famous march to the sea. Though a strict disciplinarian, he always had the comfort and welfare of his men at heart, freely sharing with them in every danger and privation. After the war, he was employed at Racine and Kenosha, until early in 1882, when he removed to Dakota. [Source: Proceedings of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin Vol. 10 (1909) Transcribed by: Heather A. Turner]
Racine, Wis.—Engineer Case, flour mill, found dead in factory. Suicide. Despondent. [Source: "The Day Book". (Chicago, Ill.) , April 27, 1915 - Sub. by K.T.]
Bessie Christopherson (nee Sodomka)
1430 Orchard St. Age 63. Passed, awav April 14, 1950 at St. Mary's Hospital. She was born in Racine April 19, 1886. Mrs. Christopherson is survived by her husband, Louis; one daughter. (Jean Marie) Mrs. Faust Wilowich four sisters. Miss Louise Sodomka, Mrs. William Gribbohm, Mrs. John Osborn, all of Racine and Mrs. Anna Williams of Chicago; one brother, Joseph Sodomka of Racine. Funeral services will be held Monday, 2 p. m. in the Heibering Funeral Home, Rev. Victor Nearhoof officiating. Burial will be in Graceland Cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home Sunday afternoon and evening. [Submitted by Stine Kvistad]
Dyre Christopherson, aged 69 years, died this morning at his home on Racine street. He came here fifty years ago and for forty years was employed as a blacksmith by Mitchell Wagon company. He is survived by two sons, Frank Marshall Christopherson; of Chicago, and Louis, of Racine: two daughters, Mrs. (Tora) Otto Hugo Heck, of Chicago, and Miss (Matilda) Tillie Christopherson, of Racine; one grandchild: one sister, Mrs. Dora (Dorte) Knudson, of Oregon, and two brothers In Norway, The funeral service will be held at 2 o'clock Saturday afternoon at the house. [20 Mar 1918. Further Notes: Son of Christopher Larsen Norderhaug and Dorte Olsdatter. Born 28 Oct 1848 in Löten, Hedmark, Norway. He married Birthe Marie Olsen, in Racine 6 Oct 1872. Died 1886. She was born 8 Mar 1851, in Modum, Buskerud, Norway, to Ole Pedersen and Thurine Marie Thorstesen. Their daughter Clara was murdered by Gustav Peters. - Submitted by Stine Kvistad]
Funeral of Clara Christopherson and Gustav Peters this afternoon
When the undertaker searched the clothing of Gus Peters, who is supposed to have killed Clara Christopherson and then himself, he found 67 cents, a new pair of stockings and an insurance policy receipt for $25 in the Metropolitan company. The funeral of the girl took place from her late home on Randolph street at 2 o'clock this afternoon and was attended by a larger circle of friends and relatives, and a number of very handsome floral tributes were noticed. The body was interred at Mound cemetery. The funeral of Peters was also held at 2 o’clock from his late home on Twelfth street and the attendance was large, his shopmates being present in a body. An effort was made to have the funeral double and laid in the same grave, but the father of the dead girl would not agree to such an arrangement, and the burials were held separate. The exact words of the verdict of the coroners jury in both cases are as follows:
We, the jury find according to the testimony given that the said Clara Christopherson came to her death by poison, administered by Gustav Peters during the night between 7th an 8th day of July 1894.
We, the jury find according to the testimony given that the said Gustav Peters came to his death by poison, administered by himself, the night between 7th and 8th day of July.
A reporter for the Journal learned many facts concerning the couple. Gus Peters and Clara Christopherson were lovers, and had been keeping company for a year or more. She was the daughter of a well-to-do blacksmith employed at the Mitchell ?owls Co, who lives on Randolph street. Her mother died eight years ago and there were five children. Clara was the eldest and the others depended on her for advice and everything. Part of the time she was employed as a domestic aud her last place was at Mr. aud Mrs. Arthur Pughs. She left there ten days ago saying that she was to be married. Young Peters was in the habit of drinking to excess, and the girl often remonstrated with him and threatened to quit his company if he did not stop his dissolute habits. Then he would let up for a time and keep perfectly sober. [Submitted by Stine Kvistad]
1430 Orchard Street, Age 66. Passed away Sept. 14, 1950 at his home. He was born in Racine, Oct. 9, 1883. Mr. Christopherson had formerly lived at 730 Racine Street. He was a member of Racine Lodge No. 18 F. & A. M. Surviving are one daughter. Mrs. Faust Wilowich: one granddaughter. Funeral services will be held Monday, 2 p. m. in the Heibering Funeral Home. Rev. Henry Johnson officiating. Burial will be in Graceland Cemetery. Friends may call at the Heibering Funeral Home Sunday afternoon and evening [Submitted by Stine Kvistad]
Miss Tillie Christopherson, 66, died Sunday at the home of her brother, Louis Christopherson, 730 Racine street, with whom she lived. Miss Christopherson was born in Racine July 13, 1878. Surviving also is a niece, Mrs. Faust Wilowich of Racine. Services will be held at 2 p. m. Wednesday in the Maresh funeral home, with Rev. C. Wolf officiating. Burial will be in Graceland cemetery. Friends may call Tuesday afternoon and evening at the funeral home. Services will be under the direction of the Heibering funeral home. [Source: unknown, dated 7 May 1945; Submitted by Stine Kvistad]
1879 - Walter Cooley, an early settler of Racine, died at Riverside, Ill., Sept. 10th. He was a member of the Racine County Old Settlers Society. [Source: Reports and Collections of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin Vol. 9 (1909) Wisconsin Necrology (1876-81) page 443; transcribed by LaDena Livingston]
DEATH OF THE OLDEST MAN IN THE WORLD.
Joseph Crele, who was probably the oldest man in the world, died in Caledonia, a little town of Wisconsin, on the 27th of January last, at the age of one hundred and forty one years. Twice three score and ten years may be called ripe old age. He attained an age greater by twenty years than that enjoyed by the next eldest man of modern times, Jean Claude Jacob, a member of the French National Assembly, who was called the "Dean of the human species," and who died at the age of one hundred and twenty one. This man bore arms at Braddock's defeat, was an old man when Jackson defeated Packenham at New Orleans, venerable when Taylor whipped Santa Anna at Buena Vista
Joseph Crele was born of French parents, in what is now Detroit, but which was then only an Indian trading station, in 1725. The record of his baptism in the Catholic church in that city, establishes this fact beyond a doubt. He was a president of Wisconsin for about a century, and was the "oldest citizen" in that State beyond any dispute. Whenever the "oldest citizen" was alluded to, every Wisconsonian declared Joseph Crele was the man meant. He was first married in New Orleans in 1755, after having grown to be a bachelor of thirty. A few years after his marriage he settled at Prairie du Chien, while Wisconsin was yet a province of France. Before the revolutionary war he was employed to carry letters between Prairie du Chien and Green Bay. A few years ago he was called as a witness in the Circuit Court of Wisconsin, in a case involving the title to certain real estate at Prairie du Chien, to give testimony in relation to events that transpired eighty years before, and many years before the litigants were dreamt of.
[Read more from Mrs. Juliette Kinzie's book... She knew the man when he was younger and knew he was nowhere near 141 when he died. Another death notice says he died in Portage, Wisconsin (Columbia county)] [Source: Augusta Chronicle (25 Mar. 1866) Submitted by Barb Z.]
Attorney at law; was born in Racine, Nov. 7, 1854. His father, William. E. Crosten, a native of Norway, came to Racine in 1845, and engaged in ship chandlery and sailmaking. From the age of 8 to 16, William worked in the ship chandlery store of George F. Foster, Chicago, and then entered the law office of Hoyne, Horton & Hoyne, with whom he remained until he was 20 years of age. He was admitted to the bar in 1875, and has been in practice ever since. From the fall of 1876 to the fall of 1878, he was District Attorney of this district. Once a prominent attorney of Racine, died there Monday. Whiskey ruined him. While under the influence of liquor, Crosten went to Dr. Kitto of that city to have him sober him up. The latter tried to cure him of his taste for whiskey by a new formula. Some think that this may have hastened Crosten's death and an inquest will be held. [Oshkosh Daily, 23 Jun 1891 - Submitted by Stine Kvistad]
A Brilliant Light Gone Out.
William Crosten, who ten years ago was recognized as one of the most brilliant young criminal lawyers in Wisconsin, died at St. Mary's hospital in Racine of delirium tremens. Crosten was at a time district attorney for the Racine District, and when but 22 years old he had a very lucrative practice. Elated by success he took to drink, and had been a physical wreck for the past eight years.
1879 - Rev. James DeKoven, D.D., died at Racine, March 19th, in his forty-eighth year. He was born at Middletown, Conn., Sept. 18th, 1831, graduated at Columbia College in 1851, and the General Theological Seminary in 1854. Serving five years, in part as a professor at Nashotah Seminary, and rector at Delafield, he at length took charge of Racine College in 1859; and there labored nearly twenty years, meeting with wonderful success as an educator. In 1875, he was elected bishop of Illinois, but failed of confirmation; and not long before his death, he was chosen rector of St. Mark's Church, Philadelphia, but had not accepted. In Dr. DeKoven's early death, the Episcopal Church lost one of its ablest supporters. [Source: Reports and Collections of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin Vol. 9 (1909) Wisconsin Necrology (1876-81) page 434; transcribed by LaDena Livingston]
1880 - Mrs. Sarah Doolittle, the venerable mother of Ex-Senator J. R. Doolittle, died in Racine, Sept. 7th, in her eighty-ninth year. She was a native of Washington Co., N. Y., and had been a widow since 1846. [Source: Reports and Collections of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin Vol. 9 (1909) Wisconsin Necrology (1876-81) page 468; transcribed by LaDena Livingston]
Nina C. Eggert (nee Moe)
Mrs Nina Eggert, aged 42 years, wife of Fred Eggert, died on Sunday night at her home, 816 Hamilton Street. She had always lived in Racine. Her husband and three children, Ruth, Raymond, (Beatrice O’Neil) and Frederick Eggert, one sister and one brother survive. The funeral service will be held at 2 o’clock Wednesday afternoon at the home. Burial will be in Graceland Cemetery. Chicago papers, please copy. [Source unknown, dated 21 Jul 1919 - Submitted by Stine Kvistad]
Racine, Wis., April 23. – Ferdinand Elmberger, the pioneer clothing merchant of this city, died here yesterday. He was born in Germany in 1817 and came to Racine in 1847, opening the first merchant clothing store. He was a high Mason and a member of the Odd Fellows. [Source: Wisconsin Weekly Advocate (Milwaukee, WI) Thursday, 25 Apr. 1901; transcribed by FoFG mz]
Mrs. Mary Elster died this morning at the home of her daughter, Mrs Carl Olson, 1013 Grove avenue, aged seventy-three years. She leaves to mourn her death, one daughter. The funeral will be held Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock, from the Thronson Chapel. [Source unknown, dated 25 Jan 1917 - Submitted by Stine Kvistad]
Mrs. T. J. Emerson
Racine – Mrs. T. J. Emerson, believed to be the oldest woman in southern Wisconsin, died at her Main street home at the age of 102 years. She was born in New Hampshire, N. H. in 1843 she married Thomas J. Emerson, and they came to Racine one year later. Mrs. Emerson was a graduate of New Hampton seminary and later conducted a seminary at Parson Field. Mrs. Emerson was a Daughter of the Revolution. [Source: Marshfield Times (Marshfield, Wood County, Wis.) Wednesday, 19 July 1911; submitted by FoFG]
Racine: Philip Finnigan, 64, ice cutter, found dead in his shack. Fumes from smoking oil stove. ["The Day Book". (Chicago, Ill.), January 16, 1913 - Sub. by K.T.]
Raymond Flint Sr.
MANITOWOC - Raymond Flint, Sr., pioneer, Civil war veteran and for many years engineer for the Goodrick company, died at the hospital here, aged 81 years. His wife preceded him in death fifteen years, and he is survived by five sons. Mr. Flint served through the entire period of the Civil war and upon his return here re-engaged in the lake service. The funeral will be held here and will be in charge of the Odd Fellows. [The Racine Journal News (Racine, Wis.) Wednesday, 19 Nov. 1919; submitted by Diana Heser Morse]
Anna Foreman (nee Hatlestad)
1220 North Wisconsin Street, Age 85. Passed away early this morning at St Lukes Hospital, following a long illness. Born in Stavanger, Norway, March 3 1862, Mrs Foreman came to America 73 years ago with her parents, the late Peter and Greta Hatlestad, and settled in Waterford. After her marriage to William Foreman, she lived on a farm near Rochester, Wis, until30 years ago, when they moved to Racine. She was a Methodist by faith. Surviving are her husband, William, four daughters; Mrs Carl Stromberg and Miss Marjorie Foreman, both of Chicago, Mrs Alice Jackson and Miss Nellie Forman, three sons; Howard Francis and Vernon. 15 grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, all of Racine, one brother Anton of Elmwood, Conn. Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 2 p.m. at the Dahl funeral Home, Rev Granville M Calhoun officiating. Burial will be in Graceland cemetery. Friends may call at the Dahl Funeral Home Monday afternoon until time of service. [10 May 1947 - Submitted by Stine Kvistad]
Rochester, Wisconsin: Mrs. William Foreman, Sr., passed away early Sunday morning at the home of her son, William Foreman, aged 79 years. Valanta Flint was born in New York in 1837, coming west at an early age where she married Mr. Foreman, who died a few years ago. The funeral was held from her late home Tuesday morning, Rev. H. L. Sawyer officiating. Interment took place in the Rochester town cemetery. She is survived by two sons, William and Harrison Foreman, and a daughter, Stella. The pall bearers were James Aspinall, George Sheard, Peter Frederickson, Hogan Olson, Edward Frost and Charles J. Hute. Those from a distance who attended the funeral were Miss Margaret Daniels, Milwaukee; Mr. and Mrs. George Flint, Oconomowoc; Willard Olson, Fox River Station. [page 11, "Racine Journal-News", Friday Afternoon, 7 April 1916 - Sub. by Diana Morse]
Gerald Francis Perry Gorbet
St. Sebastian's Church was the setting for the baptism of Gerald Francis Perry Gorbet, the son born to Mr. and Mrs. George L. Gorbet of Sturtevant on March 24. Gerald has one brother, George Ray Anthony, 3. The former Mary Capaul is their mother and their grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Ray Gorbet and Mr. and Mrs. Anton Capaul. [Racine Journal-Times (Thursday, 28 May 1959) page 13; submitted by Diana Heser Morse]
Nelson A. Griswold
Nelson A. Griswold, an esteemed citizen and member of the Common Council of Racine died in that city day before yesterday. He was a prominent citizen and beloved by all who knew him. [Jeffersonian Democrat (Monroe, Green County, Wis.) – 5 Mar. 1857; mz, submitted by FoFG]
Karen J. Gunderson
Mrs. Karen Johanna Gunderson, one of Racine's old residents, died at her home, 223 Lafayette avenue, last night, aged 82 years. She leaves one son and one daughter. The funeral will be announced. [5 Feb 1908 - Sub. by Stine Kvistad]
Captain Ole (Joseph) Gunderson died yesterday noon at his home, 312 English street, aged 82 years. Deceased was born in Norway and when a lad commenced the life of a sailor. His rise was gradual, and eventually he became commander and sailed many vessels on the ocean. Thirty years ago he came to Racine and sailed on the great lakes for several years. There survives a wife, one son and one daughter. The funeral will take place from the house at 2 o'clock tomorrow afternoon. [11 Aug 1905 - Sub by Stine Kvistad]
Ole M. Gunderson
Ole M. Gunderson, 79, of 1234 Michigan boulevard, died this morning in Mt. Pleasant. He was born 12 Oct 1864 in Kragero, Norway. Surviving are two nieces, Mrs.George McLaughlin and Mrs (Inga M Jensen). Lincoln Andrew Pedersen of Racine, and a nephew, Chris Jensen, Racine. Funeral services will be held, Tuesday at 2 p. m. in the Heibering funeral home. Burial will follow in Mound Cemetery. [4 Sep 1943 - Sub. by Stine Kvistad]
Rev. Andrew Haagensen
Rev. Haagensen Dead, He was a former Pastor of the Trinity M.E. Church of This City.
Rev. J C Tollefsen, pastor of the Trinity M. E. Church, received a telephone message from Evanston this morning, telling of the death there of Rev. A. Haagenson, one of the foremost of the members of the Norwegian and Danish M. E. conference, and formerly a pastor, for several years of the local church. He was 75 years of age, and for the past several years, he had devoted much time to his editorship of the Den Kristi Lige Talsmann, the official organ of the church in the northwest. He has frequently been presiding-elder of the conference, and has continually taken an active part in its affairs. He was one of the first to be converted by O. P. Peterson in Norway in the early fifties and in 1855 was ordained a minister in Wisconsin. The funeral will take place in Evanston. [Source: unknown, dated, 4 Jan 1911 - Sub. by Stine Kvistad]
CHICAGO, Jan. 6 — Rev. Andrew Haagensen, prominent for many years as a preacher, editor and writer among Norwegians of the midwest is dead at a hospital in Evanston, after a surgical operation.
Mrs. Mary Halverson, beloved wife of Peter Halverson, died at 5 o'clock this morning, at her home no. 402 English street, of consumption, aged 37. Deceased was a woman highly respected and beloved by those who knew her. A husband and four children survive to mourn her death. (Percival, Ellen M, Inga Olivia, Mabel). The funeral will take, place on Sunday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock from the house and 2 o'clock from the Norwegian Lutheran church on State street. [Source: unknown, dated 21 Apr 1903 - Submitted by Stine Kvistad]
Bessie H. Hanson
Bessie Helen Hanson, aged 17, beloved daughter of Mr. Peter Hanson, died at the home of her uncle, Mr. WillIam Benson, 1206 Carlisle avenue, after a short illness from Addison's disease. The funeral will take place from the house Saturday afternoon at 2:00 o'clock. [Source: unknown, dated 28 Jul 1908 - Submitted by Stine Kvistad]
Clara J. Hanson (nee OLSON)
2547 N. 48th St., Milwaukee, Wis. Age 84. Passed away April 7, 1962. Mrs. Hanson had formerly resided in Racine. Surviving are two daughters. Miss Eunice Hanson and Mrs. Valerie DeWeese; one son, George Hanson, all of Milwaukee; two sisters, Mrs. Ida C. Snow, St. Paul, Minn, and Mrs. Amanda Williamson of Racine; one brother, Erheardt Olson of Racine. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, 1:30 p.m., in the RITTER FUNERAL HOME, 5310 W. North Ave,, Milwaukee. [Further Notes: Married Frederick J Hanson; Parents; Aslak Olsen Lure and Talette Christina Jespersen - Submitted by Stine Kvistad]
Johan Christian Hanson
Christ J. Hanson, a prominent business man of Racine , died Sunday afternoon the home of his mother, Mrs. Thale Hanson, 1200 Schiller street, aged 44 years and five months. Mr. Hanson resided in this city nearly all of his life. For many years he was identified with the Porter Furniture Company, being connected with that up to five years ago. At the time of this death he was owner of the property upon which stands the building wrecked by fire. Few men were better known for many years in business circles than was Chris J Hanson. He was held in high respect by all who knew him, on account of his kind and courteous treatment that he accorded everyone with whom he came in contact. In fraternal circles he was prominent, being a member of the Knights of Pythias and Eagles of Racine. There survive his aged mother, one brother, Hans Edward Hanson, and two sisters, Mrs. Thora Nelson and Mrs Peter Peterson. The time of funeral will be announced later. [5 Jul 1912 -- Further Note: Born Johan Christian Hansen, 2 Dec 1866, Borre, Vestfold, Norway, Submitted by Stine Kvistad]
Mrs Tali Hansen, aged 96 years, residing with her daughter, Mrs Tora Nelson, 429 Lafayette avenue, died at her home last night. She leaves two daughters, Mrs. Tora Nelson and Mrs Peter Peterson, both of this city, besides grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Mrs. Hansen had been a resident of this city tor over forty years and was one of the oldest members of the Norwegian Lutheran church on State street. The funeral will be held Monday afternoon at o'clock from the house. [6 Apr 1917 - Further Note: Children, Hans Edward Andersen Hanson, Peter Anthon Hanson, Inanda Petrine Hanson ( Peter Peterson), Thora Annette Hanson ( Fred Nelson) Johan Christian Hanson. Submitted by Stine Kvistad]
Rev. Anton Hatlestad
Racine, Wis. -- Age 79. Passed away Sept. 9, at St. Luke's Hospital, Racine, following a short illness. Rev Hatlestad was born in Norway, Aug. 3. 1868. He was a retired minister, having served in the Methodist ministry for 43 years. Surviving are one son, Lawrence, in the Civilian U S. Government Service in Europe: two grandchildren of Elmwood, Conn.: three nephews, Francis. Howard and Vernon Foreman of Racine: four nieces. Miss Nellie Foreman and Mrs. Alice Jackson, both of Racine: Miss Marjorie Foreman and Mrs. Carl Stromberg, both of Chicago. A sister, Mrs. William Foreman of Racine, preceded him in death in May 1947. Funeral services will be held Saturday at 2 p. m at Mayville. Wis. Interment will be in the Avoca Cemetery, Oakfield. Wis. Friends may call at the Dahls Funeral Home Friday evening. [11 Sep 1947. Further Note: married Francis Darling - Submitted by Stine Kvistad]
YORKVILLE — Mrs. Gertrude Hatlestad was born in Norway, Europe, Feb. 20, 1842, and died in the township of Raymond, Feb. 26, 1913, aged 71 years. She was married in 1861. She came to this country with her husband and family in 1872, over 40 years ago, and settled in the village of Waterford, Wis where she lived up to three years ago when she came to reside at Yorkville. She and her husband joined the M. E. church at Waterford a number of years ago. She was still a member at the time of her death. Her life was marked in an unusual degree by self-sacrifice and devotion to her family. Her last lucid hours were marked by Christian faith and sweet resignation. She is survived by two sons, Peter with whom she made her home, and Anton of Almona. Wis., and one daughter. Mrs. Annie Foreman of Rochester. [Source: unknown, dated 5 Mar. 1913 - Sub. by Stine Kvistad]
Peter Hatlestad, 76, of 813 West Lawn avenue, died Tuesday night in St. Luke's hospital following a long illness. He was born in Norway Sept. 10, 1863, and came to the United States in 1872. In 1919, he moved to Racine, obtaining employment as a painter with several contractors. He was a member of Belle City court No. 1450, IOOF, and the First Congregational church on State street. Survivors are a daughter, Mrs. Adolph Peterson, with whom he made his home; granddaughter, Miss Laverne Peterson; a brother, Rev. Anton Hatlestad of Mayville, Wis.; sister, Mrs. William Foreman, of Racine; son-in-law, Adolph Peterson, and several nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held at 2 p. m. Friday in the Dahl funeral home with Rev. Earl Ware Foster officiating. Burial will be in the Rochester village cemetery. Friends may call at the funeral home Thursday night and until service time. [25 Jun 1941 - Submitted by Stine Kvistad]
STRUCK BY A TRAIN - Death and Frightful injuries at a Wisconsin Crossing of the Milwaukee.
Racine, Wis., Oct. A terrible accident occurred this morning at Johnson's crossing on the Milwaukee road. A man named Heinhoffel, John Williams and a young girl named Olle Oleson, while returning in a buggy from a dance at Union Grove, were struck by a freight train. Heinhoffel was instantly killed and the girl had both legs cut off at the knees. The horse was also killed. William was badly bruised, but will recover. The engineer did not learn of the accident until he reached Racine. [New Ulm Review (New Ulm, MN) Oct. 5, 1892, page 3; Sub by RL]
Curtis Hicks, the ossified man of Racine, Wis., dies after twelve years of inanimation. [New Ulm Review (New Ulm, MN) Oct. 26, 1892, page 6; Sub by RL]
Racine, Wis. Age 72. Passed away April 15, 1963 after a long illness. Mr. Hilker was born in Racine on Feb. 28, 1891 and had lived here all of his life. During World War I, he served in the U.S. Army and for many years had been a professor of music. He was a member of Grace Baptist Church of which he had been organist for 45 years, until his illness and was also a member of American Legion Post No. 76. Surviving are one sister, Mrs. Earl (Jeannette) McKinney of Omaha, Neb.; one brother, Wallace Hilker, of Racine; many nieces and nephews. Three sisters, Mrs. John Wiechers, Mrs. Oscar Wiechers and Miss Clara Hilker and two brothers all preceded him in death. Private funeral services will be held Thursday, April 18, 10 a.m. in the Hanson Funeral Home, Rev. Herbert W. Berndt officiating. Internment will be in Mound Cemetery. Friends may call the the Hanson Funeral Home, 722 Lafayette Ave., Wednesday from 6 until 9 p.m. Memorials to Grace Baptist Church, in memory of Mr. Hilker, will be appreciated. [Source: Racine Journal Times (Racine, Wis.) Tuesday, 16 Apr. 1963; transcribed by MZ]
Alfred Hilker, for 45 years the organist for Grace Baptist Church and long-time active in the Racine Music Festival, died Monday after a long illness. Hilker, 72, a music professor, was organist at the Grace Baptist Church until his illness. During the 1930s, Hilker served as chairman of the Racine Music Festival's elimination competitions, and in 1939 was named chairman for the entire festival for the first time. Hilker was a veteran of World War I and a member of American Legion Post No. 76. He is survived by a sister, Mrs. Earl McKinney of Omaha, Neb., a brother, Wallace, of Racine, many nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be Thursday. [unknown newspaper/date]
2735 Green Haze Ave. Funeral services for Benjamin Hilker, 68, who passed away Oct. 23, will be held Thursday, Oct. 27, 2 p. m., in the Heibering Funeral Home, Rev. D. Raymond Parry officiating. Interment will be in West Lawn Memorial Park. Friends may call at the Heibering Funeral Home, 1501 Maple St., this afternoon and evening. [Source: Racine Journal Times (Racine, Wis.) Wednesday, 26 Oct. 1955; transcribed by MZ]
Frederick Charles Hilker
1825 Clayton Ave. Age 81. Passed away June 7 at his home after a long illness. Mr. Hilker was born in Racine on April 3, 1876. In Chicago, in 1903, he was married to the former Johanna Koch. Mr. Hilker was associated with the Hilker-Wiechers Mfg. Co. for years and later became a salesman for the Dental Supply Co. He was a member of the First Church of the Nazarene on Washington and Hayes Aves. Surviving are his wife, .Johanna; two daughters, Mrs. K. T. (Mildred) Albright of Racine; and Mrs. James (Gladys) Vanaman of Chicago; three sons, Rev. .James Hilker, a missionary with the Sudan Mission in Africa, Dr. Harold C. Hilker of Racine and Robert Hilker of Whittier, Calif.; ten grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; four sisters, Mrs. Minnie Wiechers, Mrs. Lydia Wiechers and Miss Clara Hilker, all of Racine and Mrs. Earl McKinney of Florida; two brothers, Wallace and Alfred, both of Racine; nieces and nephews. A son, George, preceded him in death in 1953. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, June 11, 2 p. m., in the Wilson Funeral Home, Rev. Earl Pannier officiating. Interment will be in West Lawn Memorial Park. Friends may call at the WILSON FUNERAL HOME, 1139 Blaine Ave., Monday Afternoon and evening and until time of services on Tuesday. [Source: Racine Journal Times (Racine, Wis.) Saturday, 8 June 1957; transcribed by MZ]
PIONEER RESIDENT ANSWERS LAST CALL
WILLIAM HILKER DIES AFTER LONG RESIDENCE HERE: WAS WELL KNOWN MANUFACTURER; FUNERAL THURSDAY.
William Hilker Sr., one of, the pioneer brick manufacturers of Racine, died on Sunday, Oct. 31, at 3:15 o'clock p.m. He was 77 years, three months and 19 days of age.
He was born in Westphalia, Germany, July 17, 1843, and crossed the Atlantic ocean in the fall of 1867 and settled In Racine. Until 24 years old he lived in Germany and received a good public school education. In early life, he learned the trade of brickmaking and after coming to this city he worked by the day for some time, but in 1872, in company with his brother, Adolph, F. H. Haumerson and two others, he started a brick yard at Cedar Bend. Later he and his brother purchased other interests and they were in partnership until the death of his brother Adolph, in 1900, after which time the widow continued to hold the interest of her husband, but left the management in the hands of William. Ha was also connected with two yards, one situated on North Main street and the other at Wind Point, three miles north of the city.
Was Twice Married
Mr. Hilker was married in November 1867, to Miss Minnie Hebrock, by whom he had three children, William, Mary and Anna, who died when a little more than four years old. The mother died in 1873, leaving her husband and two children, William and Mary, to mourn her loss. On Sept. 9, 1873, Mr. Hilker was united in marriage to his second wife, whose maiden name was Miss Julia Kenauh. By his second marriage he became the father of eleven children of whom three have passed on before him. [Note: Julia's surname is correctly spelled as Kuehnau] In 1898 Mr. Hilker entered business with his son, William, and son-in-law, John Wiechers, in the manufacture of overalls and shirts, acting as president of the firm until his death. Before leaving Germany Mr. Hilker served in the regular army there and was in active service in the Prussian war of 1866. As an American citizen, Mr. Hilker long supported the Republican party, but changed in recent years to the Prohibition party, believing that the principles upheld by that party tend to promote the country’s best welfare. He was a man of true Christian character who has believed in honoring the Lord above men. His uprightness of action and integrity of purpose were recognized by all who knew him, and he commanded the highest respect. A wife and 10 children mourn the loss of a faithful husband and devoted father.
Leaves 10 Children
The surviving children are: William F. Hilker, Mrs. Eugene Eray, Chicago; Mrs. John Wiechers, Fred C. Hilker, Mrs. O. T. Wiechers, Clara Hilker, Benjamin Hilker, Alfred Hilker, Mrs. Earl McKinney, Pierce, Fla.; and Wallace Hilker. The funeral will take place on Thursday afternoon at 1:30 at the house, 1430 West Sixth street, and at 2 o’clock at the Church of the Nazarene, Washington and Hayes avenues. Friends may view the remains at the home.Source: Racine Journal-News (Racine, Wis.) Monday, 1 Nov. 1920; transcribed by Marla Zwakman
1882: Hon. Alanson Holly, at Kilbourn City, Sept. 15th, in his seventy-third year. He was born at Granville, N. Y., July 21st, 1810. He early engaged in teaching in Wyoming Co., New York, where he served eighteen years as school inspector and town superintendent, and for twenty years in mercantile and newspaper life. On removing to Wisconsin in 1855, he located at Kilbourn City, and with the succeeding year commenced the Wisconsin Mirror, which he continued until the autumn of 1860, when he removed to Lockport, N. Y., engaging in newspaper enterprise. In 1866, he returned to Kilbourn City, subsequently re-establishing the Mirror. In 1867, he was chosen a member of the legislature. He was a vigorous writer, and always a leader in what he believed to be right. [Source: Proceedings of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin Vol. 10 (1909) Transcribed by: Heather A. Turner]
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