Monday, December 7, 2015

Frank Xavier Revie, Fredericka Louise Thiel, and their children

Frank Revie and Louise (Thiel) Revie were my great-great-great-grandparents. Their son Charles Revie was my great-great-grandfather, and his son Frank Revie was my great-grandfather.

Frank Xavier Revie
born March 28, 1815 in Saint-Sulpice, L'Assomption Regional County Municipality, Lanaudière Region, Quebec, Canada
died 1874 in Wausau, Marathon County, Wisconsin

Fredericka Louise “Louise” (Thiel) Revie
born February 4, 1838 in Gollnowshagen, Prussia (modern-day Białuń, Gmina Goleniów, Goleniów County, Zachodniopomorskie Voivodeship, Poland)
died March 20, 1915 in Wausau, Marathon County, Wisconsin

Frank Revie was born as François Xavier Rivet to Charles Rivet and Marie Angélique (Bertrand) Rivet. He was baptized at the Catholic church in Saint-Sulpice, Quebec the day after his birth. Frank immigrated from Canada to Marathon County, Wisconsin, at some point before 1852, when he declared his intention to become an American citizen. Two of his brothers, Joseph and Nicolas, also made their declarations at the same time. After arrived in Wisconsin, Frank Americanized his name from François to Frank and Rivet to Revie.


Louise Thiel was born to Karl Frederick Thiel and Charlotte Sophia (Waidt) Thiel in Prussia and immigrated to Berlin, Marathon County, Wisconsin with her parents around 1853. Frank and Louise married on January 17, 1858 in the town of Berlin and had seven children. They later moved to the town of Maine, Marathon County, Wisconsin, and Louise lived in Wausau and the town of Texas, Marathon County, Wisconsin, after Frank's death. Both are buried at Saint Peter's Cemetery in the town of Wausau with their son Charles, his wife, and his son.



Their seven children:
  1. Frank F. Revie (1859-1917)
  2. Charles Revie (1861-1926)
  3. Mathilda Ernestina Louisa (Revie) Kline (1863-1935)
  4. George Revie (1865-1937)
  5. Louise (Revie) Taplin (1867-1948)
  6. Mary Elizabeth Revie (1869-1942)
  7. Anna (Revie) Moon (1872-1936)


1. Frank F. Revie
born November 18, 1859 in Texas, Marathon County, Wisconsin
died June 23, 1917 in Hoquiam, Grays Harbor County, Washington

Frank grew up with his family in the Wausau area. He married Chloe Jane “Jennie” Hobart on November 6, 1884 in Marathon County, Wisconsin. They had three children: William, Charles, and Frank. Frank and Jennie moved to Everett, Snohomish County, Washington between 1887 and 1897. Frank worked as a log scaler and as a farmer. He died in 1917 and Jennie died on December 21, 1927 in Portland, Multnomah County, Oregon. Frank is buried with his son William at Union Cemetery in Sedro-Woolley, Skagit County, Washington. Jennie is buried at Sunset Memorial Park in Hoquiam.

2. Charles Revie
born June 15, 1861 in Maine, Marathon County, Wisconsin
died January 1, 1926 in Wausau, Marathon County, Wisconsin

Charles was baptized at the German Methodist Episcopal Church in the town of Maine, Wisconsin. He lived and farmed in the Wausau area for his entire life, also working as a logger for a time. Charles married Henrietta E. Bertha Seymour on October 13, 1894 at Trinity Lutheran Church in the town of Easton, Marathon County, Wisconsin. They had fourteen children: Lloyd, Aaron, Frank, Vesta, Eva, Hattie, Roger, Constance, George, Xenia, Edward, Ned, Cedric, and June. Charles and Hattie lived together in the town of Texas until Charles' death, after which Hattie continued to run the family farm with her children. Sometime before 1960, Hattie moved to her son Aaron's home on Lindermann Avenue in Racine, Racine County, Wisconsin. She died in Racine County, Wisconsin, on March 25, 1963. Charles and Hattie are buried at Saint Peter's Lutheran Cemetery in the town of Wausau, along with their son Edward and Charles' parents.


3. Mathilda Ernestina Louisa (Revie) Kline
born 14 April 1863 in Berlin, Marathon County, Wisconsin
died April 5, 1935

Mathilda was baptized at the German Methodist Episcopal Church in the town of Maine and grew up in the Wausau area. She also lived for a time with her maternal uncle August Thiel in Ulster, Floyd County, Iowa. She married John Kline on March 29, 1893 in Marathon County. They adopted one daughter, Margie. Mathilda and John farmed in Rib Mountain, Marathon County, Wisconsin. John died on November 8, 1923 and Mathilda died in 1935. Both are buried at Pine Grove Cemetery in Wausau, along with their daughter and her husband.

4. George Revie
born October 25, 1865 in Berlin, Marathon County, Wisconsin
died November 21, 1937 in Spokane, Spokane County, Washington

George was baptized in the town of Maine at the German Methodist Episcopal Church on November 13, 1865. After growing up in the Wausau area, where he worked as a day laborer, George moved to Clear Lake, Skagit County, Washington. He married Bessie B. (Brown) Frank on June 14, 1911 in Orting, Pierce County, Washington. They did not have children, but Bessie had three children from her first marriage. George and Bessie lived on a farm in Marshall, Spokane County, Washington. George died in 1937, and Bessie died on June 20, 1938 in Spokane. Bessie is buried at Riverside Memorial Park in Spokane.

5. Louise (Revie) Taplin
born December 5, 1867 in Berlin, Marathon County, Wisconsin
died February 8, 1948 in Townsend, Broadwater County, Montana

Louise was baptized on December 18, 1867 in the German Methodist Episcopal Church in the town of Maine and grew up in the Wausau area. She married Albertus “Bert” Taplin on July 23, 1886 in Marathon County and had two children, Charles and Charlotte. Bert was from Wautoma, Waushara County, Wisconsin, and after several years living in Wausau, the couple moved there. Bert worked as a farmer and teamster. He died on October 18, 1943. After his death, Louise moved to Townsend, Montana to live with her daughter, where she died in 1948. They are buried at Pine Grove Cemetery in Wausau.

6. Mary Elizabeth Revie
born June 25, 1869 in Berlin, Marathon County, Wisconsin
died June 12, 1942 in Sedro-Woolley, Skagit County, Washington

Mary was baptized, like her siblings, at the German Methodist Episcopal Church in the town of Maine, and grew up in the Wausau area. At some point, she moved to Washington. By 1940, she was living at the Northern State Hospital in Sedro-Woolley. She died there and her ashes are buried in the cemetery on the hospital grounds.

7. Anna (Revie) Moon
born July 16, 1872 in Texas, Marathon County, Wisconsin
died February 13, 1936 in Orland, Glenn County, California

Anna was baptized at the German Methoist Episcopal Church in the town of Maine and grew up with her siblings and mother on their farm outside of Wausau. She married George Francis Moon on June 26, 1894 in Marathon County. They lived in Spencer, Marathon County, Wisconsin, for several years before moving to California, where they lived in Saint Helena, Napa County, California; Wyo, Glenn County, California; and Orland. George worked as a farmer and a clerk at a sanitarium. Anna and George had six children: Ethan, Arlie, George, Vivian, Myrna, and Cornelia. After Anna's death, George remarried to Mary Arminta “Minta” (Carpenter) Gates on August 8, 1937 in Orland. George died on December 27, 1948 in Woodland, Yolo County, California and Minta died April 16, 1965 in Santa Rosa, Sonoma County, California. Anna and George are buried at Orland Masonic Cemetery in Orland, while Minta is buried at Saint Helena Public Cemetery in Saint Helena.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Jens Poulsen, Sidse Larsdatter, and their children

Jens Poulsen and Sidse (Larsdatter) Poulsen were my great-great-great-grandparents. Their daughter Caroline (Jensen) Gotsche was my great-great-grandmother, and her son Elmer Gotsche was my great-grandfather.

Jens Poulsen
born May 7, 1825 in Nordrup, Slagelse Municipality, Region Sjælland, Denmark
died September 1, 1903 in Racine, Racine County, Wisconsin

Sidse (Larsdatter) Poulsen
born October 28, 1828 in Sorterup, Slagelse Municipality, Region Sjælland, Denmark
died June 5, 1894 in Racine, Racine County, Wisconsin


Jens Poulsen was born to Poul Nielsen and Mariane Henriette Lund in the small town of Nordrup on the island of Zealand in Denmark. He was baptized at his home the day after he was born and again on June 12, 1825, in the church at Nordrup.


Sidse Larsdatter was born in the nearby town of Sorterup to Lars Hansen and Sidse (Hansdatter) Hansen, baptized on December 14, 1828, and confirmed in 1843. The last names of this family followed the traditional Danish naming system: children were given the first name of the father plus the ending -sen (son) or -datter (daughter) as a last name. Jens and Sidse's children were given the last name Jensen at birth, and most of them ended the tradition, passing down the surname Jensen to their descendants.


Jens and Sidse were married on April 15, 1856 in Sorterup and continued to live in the area until they decided to leave their home in Denmark and immigrate to the United States. Besides the five children born to the couple, they adopted one child, Sophie Nielsen, and served as foster parents for a girl named Trine Christensen. Jens, Sidse, their children, and two of their future children-in-law arrived in New York City, New York County, New York, aboard the ship Geisler on May 16, 1882. They traveled to Racine, where they lived for the rest of their lives. Jens and Sidse are buried with their daughter Mariane and her family at Mound Cemetery in Racine.

Their seven children:
  1. Mariane (Jensen) Nelson (1857-1952)
  2. Nels Jensen (1858-1924)
  3. Maren Sofie “Sophie” (Poulsen) Jensen (1865-1936)
  4. Caroline Mary (Jensen) Gotsche (1867-1926)
  5. Trine Marie (Christensen) Hansen (1868-1908)
  6. Laura Kathrine Margrethe (Jensen) Thompson (1870-1934)
  7. Sophie Ann (Nielsen) Matson (1879-1952)
Mariane Nelson
1. Mariane (Jensen) Nelson
born January 10, 1857 in Herslev, Kalundborg Municipality, Region Sjælland, Denmark
died November 17, 1952 in Racine, Racine County, Wisconsin

Mariane was baptized on April 10, 1857, and grew up in Denmark, where she met her husband, Jens Christian “James” Nelson. In Denmark, she worked as a weaver, while Jens was a servant. Jens traveled with Mariane and her family when they immigrated to Racine in 1882, and they married there on December 8, 1883 at Emmaus Lutheran Church. Mariane and Jens had six children: William, Louis, Carl, Edward, Leland, and Cecelia. Jens died in Racine on January 11, 1894, and Mariane continued to live on Herrick Avenue in Racine until her death in 1952. Mariane and Jens are buried at Mound Cemetery in Racine with Mariane's parents.

2. Nels Jensen
born April 11, 1858 in Herslev, Kalundborg Municipality, Region Sjælland, Denmark
died January 2, 1924 in Racine, Racine County, Wisconsin

Nels was baptized on May 24, 1858, and grew up in Denmark, where he worked as a house carpenter. He met his wife, Rasmine Frederikke “Rikke” Andersen, in Denmark and she traveled with Nels' family when they moved to Racine. Nels and Rikke married on September 29, 1883 in Racine at Emmaus Lutheran Church. They had five children: George, Alma, Arthur, Sadie, and Helen. Nels worked as a boat builder and carpenter in Racine and Lake Geneva, Walworth County, Wisconsin, and also lived for a time in Muskegon, Muskegon County, Michigan. Rikke worked as a domestic for Judge John Winslow in Racine. Nels died in 1924, and Rikke died on September 1, 1956 in Walnut Creek, Contra Costa County, California. Both are buried at Graceland Cemetery in Racine, along with two of their children.

3. Maren Sofie “Sophie” (Poulsen) Jensen
born October 13, 1865 in Sorterup, Slagelse Municipality, Region Sjælland, Denmark
died December 20, 1936 in Bath, Freeborn County, Minnesota

Born as Maren Sofie Jensen and baptized December 10, 1885, Sophie chose to use the name Sophie Poulsen - her middle name and her father's last name - after she immigrated to the United States in 1880 or 1881, before the rest of her family. Sophie settled in the area near Clarks Grove, Freeborn County, Minnesota, where she married Anton Thomas “A. T.” Jensen, who was also a Danish immigrant, on March 1, 1889. Sophie and A. T. farmed in the town of Bath, and had six children: Louis, Jennie, Henrietta, Mary, Euphemia, and Emyline. Sophie died in 1936, and A. T. died on March 19, 1941 in Clarks Grove. They are buried at the Clarks Grove Baptist Cemetery.

4. Caroline Mary (Jensen) Gotsche
born January 5, 1867 in Sorterup, Slagelse Municipality, Region Sjælland, Denmark
died July 5, 1926 in Racine, Racine County, Wisconsin

Caroline was baptized on June 16, 1867, and confirmed on April 24, 1881. By age 13, she was living apart from her parents, although in the same town, and working as a servant. She arrived in the United States with her family in 1882. Caroline married Danish immigrant Christian Gotsche on April 12, 1890 in Racine. Christian worked as a blacksmith and they had seven children. They lived on 12th Street until 1917 or 1918, when they moved to Quincy Avenue. At the time of Christian's naturalization in 1914, he was described as five feet and four inches tall, weighing 143 pounds, with gray hair and gray eyes. Although both were baptized as Lutherans, they attended First Baptist Church in Racine. Caroline and Christian had seven children: Elmer, Harvey, Martha, Irving, Florence, an unnamed infant son, and Paul. After Christian's death on May 19, 1925 in Racine, Caroline lived with her son Elmer until her death a year later. Christian and Caroline were buried next to four of their children at Mound Cemetery in Racine.

5. Trine Marie (Christensen) Hansen
born August 27, 1868 in Sorterup, Slagelse Municipality, Region Sjælland, Denmark
died July 25, 1908 in Slagelse, Slagelse Municipality, Region Sjælland, Denmark

Trine was the daughter of Christian Pedersen and Mette Marie Christensen, who were not married. She was baptized on September 20, 1868 and confirmed on October 1, 1882 in Sorterup. Her parents were not able to care for her when she was young and she lived with Jens and Sidse Poulsen as their foster child for a short amount of time. Trine later moved to the larger town of Slagelse, where she married Hans Christian Hansen on March 7, 1891. Hans was a laborer at the Danish Distillers factory in Slagelse. They had three children: Dagmar, Helene, and Svend. Trine died when she was only 39 years old, and she was buried at Saint Michael's Churchyard in Slagelse. Her husband Hans later remarried to a woman named Anna Christine Hansine Jensen.

6. Laura Kathrine Margrethe (Jensen) Thompson
born April 8, 1870 in Sorterup, Slagelse Municipality, Region Sjælland, Denmark
died October 29, 1934 in Racine, Racine County, Wisconsin

Laura was baptized on July 1, 1870 and immigrated to Racine with the rest of her family in 1882. She married Jacob Peter Thompson, who was also a Danish immigrant, on March 30, 1905 in Racine. They adopted one son, Carl, and lived in various areas in and around Racine, where Jacob usually worked as a farmer. Jacob was fatally injured by a runaway team of horses, and died the next day on February 2, 1922. He was working as a teamster for the Racine cemetery commission at the time, and his widow was given a large settlement by the city. Laura and Jacob are both buried at Graceland Cemetery in Racine.

7. Sophie Ann (Nielsen) Matson
born January 24, 1879 in Nordrup, Slagelse Municipality, Region Sjælland, Denmark
died May 18, 1952 in Racine, Racine County, Wisconsin

Sophie was born with the name Ane Sophie Nielsen to Kristian Nielsen and Ane Kirstine Kristensen. Her birth parents were unmarried, and Sophie was adopted by Jens and Sidse Poulsen. Sophie came to Racine with her family in 1882, and she married Mat Boeslund Matson there on November 20, 1897. Mat worked as a city light inspector, though he was nearly blind. He was known as “the blind lamplighter” and both a poem and a city park were named after him. The Matson family later ran a grocery store on Racine's north side at the corner of Douglas Avenue and North Street and were well-known in the neighborhood. Sophie and Mat had twelve children: Edna, Laura, Rudolph, Jeanette, Alvin, Mabel, Bernice, Alvin, Edward, Mat Jr., Raymond, and LaVerne. Mat died in Racine on March 12, 1951 and Sophie died the next year. Both are buried at Mound Cemetery in Racine with many of their children.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Michael Blake, Johanna Jordan, and their children

Michael Blake and Hannah (Jordan) Blake were my great-great-great-grandparents. Their son John Blake was my great-great-grandfather, and his daughter Elizabeth (Blake) Gotsche was my great-grandmother.

Michael Blake
born 1799 in County Clare, Ireland
died November 1, 1877 in Ossian, Winneshiek County, Iowa

Johanna “Hannah” (Jordan) Blake
born 1814 in County Clare, Ireland
died ????

Michael Blake and Johanna Jordan were both born on the Loop Head peninsula in County Clare, Ireland, where they were married and their first six children were born. Between 1856 and 1859, the Blake family immigrated from Ireland to Clinton, Huron County, Ontario, where their youngest child was born. Michael and Johanna then immigrated to Ossian, Iowa, sometime between 1861 and 1870. Michael died there in 1877 and Johanna died at an unknown time before 1880. Both are buried at Saint Francis de Sales Cemetery in Ossian.

Their seven children:
  1. Ellen (Blake) McNamara (1836-1910)
  2. Timothy Henry Blake (1840-1924)
  3. Catherine E. (Blake) Moran (1845-1917)
  4. John Edward Blake (1847-1909)
  5. Michael Blake (1853-1935)
  6. Mary Theresa (Blake) Ormsby (1856-1939)
  7. James Blake (1859-1908)
1. Ellen (Blake) McNamara
born June 17, 1836 in County Clare, Ireland
died November 21, 1910 in Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota

Ellen was born in Ireland and immigrated to Canada when she was in her twenties. She immigrated to Iowa in about 1869 and married Michael McNamara, also an Irish immigrant, in 1869 or 1870. Ellen and Michael lived in Clermont, Fayette County, Iowa and Rockwell, Cerro Gordo County, Iowa. Michael was a laborer at a quarry. They did not have children, but they helped to raise several of Ellen's nieces and nephews. Ellen died in 1910 and Michael died on March 20, 1914. Both are buried at Saint Francis de Sales Cemetery in Ossian, next to Ellen's parents.

2. Timothy Henry Blake
born August 15, 1840 in County Clare, Ireland
died April 26, 1924 in Sherman, Newaygo County, Michigan

Timothy immigrated along with his family from Ireland to Canada. He lived in Tuckersmith, Huron County, Ontario for a time before moving to Muskegon, Muskegon County, Michigan in about 1862, where he worked as a sawyer and farmer. He later moved to neighboring Newaygo County, Michigan. Timothy married Catherine McClery on April 5, 1869, in Teeswater, Bruce County, Ontario. They had three children: Johanna, Mary, and Michael, before Catherine's death on January 18, 1875 in Muskegon. Timothy then married Johanna Elizabeth O'Connor on April 4, 1882 in Clermont, Iowa. Timothy and Johanna also had three children: Margaret, an unnamed infant daughter, and Timothy. Timothy died in 1924 and Johanna died on June 24, 1938 in Muskegon. They are both buried at Maple Grove Cemetery in Fremont, Newaygo County, Michigan.

3. Catherine E. (Blake) Moran
born December 1845 in County Clare, Ireland
died March 26, 1917 in Dougherty, Cerro Gordo County, Iowa

Catherine was born in Ireland and immigrated to Clinton, Ontario with the rest of her family. She married Thomas Moran on February 1, 1864 at Saint Peter Catholic Church in Goderich, Huron County, Ontario. They moved to Bloomfield, Winneshiek County, Iowa between 1865 and 1868, and then to Geneseo, Cerro Gordo County, Iowa. Thomas was a farmer. Catherine and Thomas had nine children: James, Mary, Anna, Catherine, Henry, Lillian, Thomas, Irene, and William. Thomas died on February 12, 1913 at their home in Dougherty and Catherine died in 1917 at her daughter Anna's home. Catherine and Thomas are buried at Saint Patrick's Catholic Cemetery in Dougherty.

4. John Edward Blake
born October 29, 1847 in County Clare, Ireland
died November 18, 1909 in Ashland, Ashland County, Wisconsin

John was born on the Loop Head peninsula in County Clare and immigrated to Ontario with his family. On October 22, 1867, John married Mary Ann Lavin at Saint Peter Catholic Church in Goderich. Shortly after their wedding, John and Mary moved to Laketon, Muskegon County, Michigan. John worked in a lumber mill, and continued to do so for the rest of his life. John and Mary had nine children in Muskegon between 1868 and 1885: Hannah, John, Catherine, Thomas, Michael, Ellen, Mary, Martha, and Elizabeth. In 1890, John and Mary moved to Ashland with six of their children. Mary died on August 18, 1894, in Ashland, and John died in 1909 at the home of his daughter Mayme. Both attended Saint Agnes Catholic Church in Ashland, and are buried in the church cemetery.

5. Michael Blake
born September 28, 1853 in County Clare, Ireland
died April 7, 1935 in Mason City, Cerro Gordo County, Iowa

Michael immigrated with his family from Ireland to Canada, and then to Iowa, where he worked as a carpenter. On January 14, 1886, Michael married Johanna Mary Kelly in Rockwell, Cerro Gordo County, Iowa. They lived in Rockwell and Mason City and had four children: Edward, Clement, Jerome, and Francis. Johanna died on August 30, 1924 at their home in Mason City, and Michael died there in 1935. They are both buried at Elmwood-Saint Joseph Cemetery in Mason City.

6. Mary Theresa (Blake) Ormsby
born August 15, 1856 in County Clare, Ireland
died December 1, 1939 in Chicago, Cook County, Illinois

Mary immigrated from Ireland to Canada when she was very young. She moved to Ossian, Iowa with her parents before 1870, and worked there as a domestic servant. She married farmer John Francis Ormsby on December 31, 1878 at Saint Francis de Sales Catholic Church in Ossian. They moved to a farm in Dougherty and had eight children: Loretto, Lorena, Mary, Martha, Robert, George, John, and George. Mary and John moved to Chicago, where John died on February 18, 1921. Mary died in 1939, and they are both buried at Mount Carmel Cemetery in Hillside, Cook County, Illinois.

7. James Blake
born March 15, 1859 in Canada
died November 28, 1908 in Washburn, Bayfield County, Wisconsin

James was the only one of his siblings to be born after the Blake family left Ireland. He grew up in Canada and Iowa before moving to Muskegon, where he married Sarah Anne Quigley on November 26, 1883. James and Sarah had one son, Thomas, and they adopted James' nephew, also named Thomas. They lived in Washburn, Bayfield County, Wisconsin. James died in 1908. In about 1920, Sarah remarried to Michael “Mike” Aspel. Sarah died on February 11, 1931 in Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan and is buried at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Detroit.

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Christian Ferdinand Gotsche, Caroline Jensen, and their children

Christian Gotsche and Caroline (Jensen) Gotsche were my great-great-grandparents. Their son Elmer Gotsche was my great-grandfather.

Christian Ferdinand Gotsche
born August 4, 1865 in Tersløse, Sorø Municipality, Region Sjælland, Denmark
died May 19, 1925 in Racine, Racine County, Wisconsin

Caroline Mary (Jensen) Gotsche
born January 5, 1867 in Sorterup, Slagelse Municipality, Region Sjælland, Denmark
died July 5, 1926 in Racine, Racine County, Wisconsin


Christian Gotsche was the son of Ferdinand Gøtsche and Ellen Larsen. His parents were not married, but Ferdinand acknowledged that Christian was his son. Christian was baptized as a Lutheran on September 10, 1865, and confirmed on October 5, 1879. When Christian was three years old, his mother married a man named Kristen Kristoffersen, and they had two children. Kristen was a blacksmith, the same profession that Christian later followed. In 1880, when Christian was 15, he was no longer living with his mother and stepfather.


Caroline Jensen was the daughter of Jens Poulsen and Sidse (Larsdatter) Poulsen. She was baptized on June 16, 1867, and confirmed on April 24, 1881. By age 13, she was living apart from her parents, although in the same town, and working as a servant.

Caroline & Christian Gotsche
Caroline arrived in the United States aboard the ship Geiser on May 16, 1882, along with her parents and most of her siblings. Her husband Christian arrived alone aboard the Thingvalla on June 3, 1885. Both of them settled in Racine, and they married on April 12, 1890 in Racine. Christian worked as a blacksmith and they had seven children. They lived on 12th Street until 1917 or 1918, when they moved to Quincy Avenue. At the time of Christian's naturalization in 1914, he was described as five feet and four inches tall, weighing 143 pounds, with gray hair and gray eyes. Although both were baptized as Lutherans, they attended First Baptist Church in Racine. After Christian's death in 1925, Caroline lived with her son Elmer until her death a year later. Christian and Caroline were buried next to four of their children at Mound Cemetery in Racine.





Their seven children:
  1. Elmer Ferdinand Gotsche (1891-1941)
  2. Harvey Gotsche (1894-1895)
  3. Martha Margaret (Gotsche) Smith (1896-1969)
  4. Irving James Gotsche (1900-1936)
  5. Florence Gotsche (1902-1903)
  6. unnamed infant Gotsche (????-1908)
  7. Paul Gotsche (????-1910)
1. Elmer Ferdinand Gotsche
born November 10, 1891 in Racine, Racine County, Wisconsin
died September 25, 1941 in Racine, Racine County, Wisconsin
Elmer Gotsche

Elmer grew up in the family home on 12th Street in Racine. He worked as a telegraph operator for Western Union for several years before going to dental school at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, Wisconsin. He joined the U.S. Army Dental Corps on August 25, 1917 and was stationed at Camp Funston in Manhattan, Riley County, Kansas until his discharge on January 6, 1919, after the end of World War I. During this time, he was described as tall, with a slender build, blue eyes, and light hair. After the war, Elmer opened a dental practice in Racine, where he worked for the rest of his life. Elmer met nurse Elizabeth B. Blake and they were married on May 11, 1921 in Ashland, Ashland County, Wisconsin, after originally scheduling their wedding for the previous day in Madison, Dane County, Wisconsin. They adopted one daughter. After Elmer's death due to a heart attack, Elizabeth returned to work as a registered nurse. She died in Racine on February 13, 1953. Elmer is buried next to his parents, brothers Irving and Paul, and his unnamed infant sibling at Mound Cemetery in Racine. Elizabeth is buried at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery in Caledonia, Racine County, Wisconsin, next to her granddaughter and son-in-law's parents.

2. Harvey Gotsche
born February 1894
died March 19, 1895 in Racine, Racine County, Wisconsin

Harvey was thirteen months old when he died at the Gotsche family home on 12th Street in Racine.

3. Martha Margaret (Gotsche) Smith
born April 29, 1896 in Racine, Racine County, Wisconsin
died July 8, 1969 in Racine, Racine County, Wisconsin

Martha grew up in Racine and worked as a stenographer before her marriage to Raymond James “Ray” Smith in June 1920. Ray worked as a sales clerk for Massey-Harris Company in Racine. Martha and Ray had one daughter, Margaret. Ray was described in 1942 as five feet and eight and a half inches tall, weighing 138 pounds, with blue eyes, brown hair, and a light complexion. Martha died in 1969, and Ray died on August 27, 1977 in Racine. Both are buried at Mound Cemetery in Racine, though in a different section than Martha's parents and siblings.

4. Irving James Gotsche
born March 25, 1900 in Racine, Racine County, Wisconsin
died July 14, 1936 in Racine, Racine County, Wisconsin

Irving worked as pattern maker for Wisconsin Pattern Works in Racine. He married Ethel Elsie Davis in Dubuque, Dubuque County, Iowa on July 2, 1927 and they had two children, Irving Jr. and Virginia Karen. In 1918, Irving was described as tall, with a medium build, blue eyes, and light hair. Irving died in 1936 and is buried next to his parents and siblings at Mound Cemetery in Racine. After Irving's death, Ethel worked as a teacher at Janes Elementary School in Racine. She died at Lakeshore Manor in Racine on July 16, 2003, at the age of 102. She never remarried, outliving her husband by exactly 67 years and two days. Ethel is buried in a mausoleum at West Lawn Memorial in Mount Pleasant, Racine County, Wisconsin.


5. Florence Gotsche
born September 23, 1902 in Racine, Racine County, Wisconsin
died January 9, 1903 in Racine, Racine County, Wisconsin

Florence was born at the family home on 12th Street in Racine and died of spina bifida at the same place. She is buried at Mound Cemetery in Racine.

6. unnamed infant Gotsche
born ????
died April 1908

This unnamed child was buried at Mound Cemetery in Racine on April 30, 1908, in the same grave where siblings Paul and Elmer were later buried.

7. Paul Gotsche
born ????
died 1910

Paul was buried at Mound Cemetery in Racine on June 3, 1910, in the same grave as Elmer and his unnamed infant sibling.

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Charles Revie, Henrietta E. Bertha Seymour, and their children

Charles Revie and Hattie (Seymour) Revie were my great-great-grandparents. Their son Frank Revie was my great-grandfather.

Charles Revie
born June 15, 1861 in Maine, Marathon County, Wisconsin
died January 1, 1926 in Wausau, Marathon County, Wisconsin

Henrietta E. Bertha “Hattie” (Seymour) Revie
born April 2, 1875 in Wausau, Marathon County, Wisconsin
died March 25, 1963 in Racine County, Wisconsin


Charles Revie was the second child of Frank Xavier Revie and Fredericka Louise (Thiel) Revie. He was baptized at the German Methodist Episcopal Church in the town of Maine, Wisconsin. He lived and farmed in the Wausau area for his entire life, also working as a logger for a time. Hattie Seymour was the daughter of Nelson Seymour and Henrietta (Schellin) Seymour, and also grew up in the Wausau area. Charles and Hattie were married on October 13, 1894 at Trinity Lutheran Church in the town of Easton, Marathon County, Wisconsin. They had fourteen children and lived together in the town of Texas until Charles' death, after which Hattie continued to run the family farm with her children. Sometime before 1960, Hattie moved to her son Aaron's home on Lindermann Avenue in Racine, Racine County, Wisconsin. Charles and Hattie are buried at Saint Peter's Lutheran Cemetery in the town of Wausau, along with their son Edward and Charles' parents.
Charles Revie with logging crew
Their fourteen children were:
  1. Lloyd Paul Emil Revie (1895-1984)
  2. Aaron Charles August Revie (1897-1972)
  3. Frank Martin John Revie (1898-1985)
  4. Vesta Henrietta Bertha (Revie) Jonas Wilson (1900-2006)
  5. Eva Marie Albertine (Revie) Christensen (1902-1946)
  6. Hattie Cathrine Martha (Revie) Alcott (1904-1995)
  7. Roger Edward Fredrich Revie (1905-1933)
  8. Constance Venita Endora (Revie) Derus (1907-1981)
  9. George Gerald Howard “Gerald” Revie (1909-1993)
  10. Xenia Blanche Jennie Rivau (1911-2006)
  11. Edward Revie (1913-1913)
  12. Ned Earl Ralph Revie (1914-2004)
  13. Cedric Sidney Leonard “Slim” Revie (1916-2006)
  14. June Wanita Elaine (Revie) Carver Smith (1920-2015)
1. Lloyd Paul Emil Revie
born June 21, 1895 in Wausau, Marathon County, Wisconsin
died January 6, 1984 in Wausau, Marathon County, Wisconsin

Lloyd was baptized on August 6, 1895 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Wausau, and grew up on the family farm in the town of Texas. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1916 and served until 1920. For some of this time, he was stationed at Camp Knox (later Fort Knox) in Kentucky. He worked for Standard Oil of Indiana in Wausau and married Helen Louise G. Pfaff. Lloyd and Helen had four children: Lloyd, Arden, David, and Roger. Lloyd died in 1984 and Helen died on July 29, 1987 in Wausau. Lloyd and Helen are buried, along with two of their sons, at Restlawn Memorial Park in the village of Maine.

2. Aaron Charles August Revie
born January 29, 1897 in Wausau, Marathon County, Wisconsin
died February 24, 1972 in Mount Pleasant, Racine County, Wisconsin

Aaron was baptized on June 6, 1897 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Wausau and grew up with his family on their farm in the town of Texas. He served in the U.S. Army during World War I from May 31, 1918 to January 6, 1919. After his military service, he returned to Texas before moving to Racine in 1924 along with his brother Frank. Aaron worked at Ajax Rubber Company, and later at Nash-Kelvinator Corporation until his retirement in 1965. In about 1929, Aaron married Louise Blanche “Blanche” Smith in Janesville, Rock County, Wisconsin. Aaron and Blanche had three children: Douglas and two others. In 1942, Aaron was described as five feet and ten inches tall, weighing 160 pounds with brown eyes, brown hair, and a ruddy complexion. Aaron and Blanche were Jehovah's Witnesses. Aaron died at High Ridge Hospital and Blanche later died in Janesville on January 26, 1986. Aaron is buried at West Lawn Memorial Park in Mount Pleasant.

3. Frank Martin John Revie
born December 24, 1898 in Texas, Marathon County, Wisconsin
died July 20, 1985 in Marshfield, Wood County, Wisconsin

Frank was baptized in the town of Wausau, Marathon County, Wisconsin, on January 25, 1899 and grew up on the family farm. During World War I, he served in France as a private in Battery E of the 56th Artillery Regiment (Coast Artillery Corps). He enlisted on November 18, 1917, and was discharged on February 12, 1919. Frank moved to Racine, Racine County, Wisconsin by 1923 and worked at Ajax Rubber Company with his brother Aaron. He met Lydia Clara Minnie Stacke in Racine and they had a daughter who was adopted by Elmer and Elizabeth (Blake) Gotsche. They later had three more children, Wesley, another child and an unnamed infant son.

Frank & Lydia Revie
After their marriage on March 5, 1927 in Milwaukee, Frank and Lydia moved to Janesville, Rock County, Wisconsin, and then back to Racine, where Frank worked various jobs, including rubber worker, tire builder, cement worker, and a job at a filling station. In 1931, shortly after Lydia's father's death, Frank and Lydia moved to a dairy farm near to her family in the town of Mayville, Clark County, Wisconsin, outside of Dorchester, Clark County, Wisconsin. They lived on the farm until 1961, when they moved to Abbotsford, Clark County, Wisconsin, followed by moves to the town of Maine, Marathon County, Wisconsin in 1966, and back to Dorchester in 1976. Frank died of renal failure at Saint Joseph's Hospital in Marshfield. Lydia continued to live in Dorchester for many years, later moving to an assisted living facility in Phillips, Price County, Wisconsin. She died of heart failure at Flambeau Hospital in Park Falls at nearly 102 years of age on November 16, 2001. Frank and Lydia are buried together at the Dorchester Memorial Cemetery in Dorchester.





4. Vesta Henrietta Bertha (Revie) Jonas Wilson
born October 21, 1900 in Texas, Marathon County, Wisconsin
died February 9, 2006 in Weyauwega, Waupaca County, Wisconsin

Vesta was baptized on November 29, 1900 at Saint Peter's Lutheran Church in Wausau. She graduated from the River Falls Normal School in River Falls, Pierce County, Wisconsin in 1917 and the Marathon County School in 1919. She worked as a teacher in the Wausau area. She married cheese maker Walter Carl Ferdinand Jonas on September 16, 1924, and they moved to Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, where Walter worked in elevator maintenance and owned a gas station. They had one son, Elwyn. Walter died on October 19, 1962. In 1972, Vesta married Orville Joseph “Jack” Wilson. They lived in Waupaca, Waupaca County, Wisconsin. Orville died in Waupaca County, Wisconsin, on June 19, 1992. Vesta lived to the age of 105 and is buried at Cedar Park Cemetery in Calumet Park, Cook County, Illinois.

5. Eva Marie Albertine (Revie) Christensen
born December 3, 1902 in Wausau, Marathon County, Wisconsin
died September 29, 1946 in Waukegan, Lake County, Illinois

Eva was baptized at Saint Peter's Lutheran Church in Wausau on May 31, 1903. She married Arthur N. Christensen on November 20, 1922 in Cook County, Illinois and they had two children, Shirley and Phyllis. Arthur worked in trucking and was a village trustee in Winthrop Harbor, Lake County, Illinois. Eva died at the age of 43 in 1946. Arthur died in Kenosha, Kenosha County, Wisconsin on June 29, 1988. Eva and Arthur are buried at Pine View Memorial Park in Beach Park, Lake County, Illinois.

6. Hattie Cathrine Martha (Revie) Alcott
born May 17, 1904 in Wausau, Marathon County, Wisconsin
died October 18, 1995 in Beloit, Rock County, Wisconsin

After growing up on the family farm, Hattie moved to Beloit and married Kenneth Orvill Alcott on August 14, 1929. Hattie worked as a cashier at a restaurant and at Fairbanks-Morse and Kenneth worked as a contractor. They had two children, Barbara and one other child. Kenneth died in Beloit on August 6, 1975 and Hattie died in 1995. Both are buried at Eastlawn Cemetery in Beloit.

7. Roger Edward Fredrich Revie
born July 30, 1905 in Texas, Marathon County, Wisconsin
died August 7, 1933 in Prescott, Yavapai County, Arizona

Roger was baptized on October 1, 1905 at Saint Peter's Lutheran Church in Wausau. He grew up on a farm in the town of Texas with the rest of his family and lived there until at least 1920. In 1925, he was living in Racine and working at a rubber factory with his brothers Aaron and Frank. In 1930, Roger lived in Chicago and worked as an assistant stock man at a hospital. Roger died of tuberculosis in 1933 at the Yavapai County Hospital in Prescott, Arizona and was buried in the hospital cemetery.

8. Constance Venita Endora (Revie) Derus
born February 21, 1907 in Texas, Marathon County, Wisconsin
died March 31, 1981 in Bellingham, Whatcom County, Washington

Constance grew up in the town of Texas and moved to Milwaukee. She married Sylvester W. Derus on September 1, 1928. They had two children, Carol and Thomas. Sylvester worked as a shoe cutter and later as a foreman at Filer & Stowell. He died on January 13, 1963 in Saint Francis, Milwaukee County, Wisconsin. Constance eventually moved to Bellingham, Washington, where she died. Constance and Sylvester are buried at Pinelawn Memorial Park in Milwaukee.

9. George Gerald Howard “Gerald” Revie
born June 5, 1909 in Texas, Marathon County, Wisconsin
died April 25, 1993 in Wausau, Marathon County, Wisconsin

Gerald - he preferred to use one of his middle names - was baptized on August 1, 1909 at Saint Peter's Lutheran Church in the town of Wausau. He lived and worked on the family farm until the 1930s. In 1940 he was working as a truck driver. He married Eva Minnie Edwards on March 21, 1934 in Chicago, Illinois and they had four children. Gerald died in 1993 and Eva died on April 9, 2005 in Wausau. Both are buried at Restlawn Memorial Park in the village of Maine.

10. Xenia Blanche Jennie Rivau
born July 9, 1911 in Wisconsin
died June 22, 2006 in South Beloit, Winnebago County, Illinois

Xenia grew up in the town of Texas and moved to Beloit with her sister Hattie before 1930. She worked assembling magnets and as a bench worker at Fairbanks-Morse. Xenia did not marry or have children. Xenia changed the spelling of her last name to Rivau, which she incorrectly believed was the original spelling of the name Revie. She is buried at Eastlawn Cemetery in Beloit.

11. Edward Revie
born 1913
died 1913

Edward was born and died in 1913 and is buried next to his parents and paternal grandparents at Saint Peter's Lutheran Cemetery in the town of Wausau.

12. Ned Earl Ralph Revie
born August 25, 1914 in Wausau, Marathon County, Wisconsin
died June 8, 2004 in Wausau, Marathon County, Wisconsin

Ned lived and worked on the family farm, later moving to Wausau and working as a milk salesman. He worked as woodlands manager for Wausau Paper Mills until he retired in 1976. Ned married Mildred Marie Will on September 20, 1942, and they had two children before Mildred's death on March 15, 1969 in Marshfield, Wisconsin. Ned married Marguerite F. Tewes on December 22, 1973 at Saint Paul's United Church of Christ in Wausau. Marguerite worked at Wausau Mutual Insurance. Ned died in 2004 and Marguerite died July 26, 2011 in Wausau. Ned, Mildred, and Marguerite are buried at Restlawn Memorial Park in the village of Maine.

13. Cedric Sidney Leonard “Slim” Revie
born June 13, 1916 in Wausau, Marathon County, Wisconsin
died May 8, 2006 in Paradise, Butte County, California

Cedric lived and farmed in the Wausau area until November 17, 1942, when he enlisted in the U.S. Army during World War II. He married Ethelwyn Marie “Dee” (Kolden) Whitted in North Hollywood, Los Angeles County, California on February 20, 1955. They had one son, Terry, and Ethelwyn had three children from her previous marriage. Ethelwyn died in Paradise on September 12, 1984 and Cedric died in 2006. Both are buried along with their son at Paradise Cemetery in Paradise.

14. June Wanita Elaine (Revie) Carver Smith
born June 4, 1920 in Wausau, Marathon County, Wisconsin
died September 19, 2015 in Tempe, Maricopa County, Arizona

June grew up in the Wausau area and moved to Phoenix, Maricopa County, Arizona between 1940 and 1945, where she worked at AiResearch. She married George Russell “Russell” Carver, one of her coworkers, and they had four children, Robert and three others, while Russell had one daughter from his first marriage. Russell died on December 31, 1975 in Phoenix. June remarried to Vernon Wood Smith and eventually moved to Tempe. Vernon worked at Allied Signal and had two daughters from his first marriage. He died in Phoenix on September 20, 2000, and is buried at Green Acres Memorial Park in Scottsdale, Maricopa County, Arizona. June died in 2015 at the age of 95.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Emil Dombrowe, Caroline Gammer, and their children

Emil Dombrowe and Caroline (Gammer) Dombrowe were my great-great-great-grandparents. Their daughter Augusta (Dombrowe) Stacke was great-great-grandmother, and Augusta's daughter Lydia (Stacke) Revie was my great-grandmother.

Emil Dombrowe
born January 23, 1855 in Wembowitz, Prussia (modern-day Wąbnice, Gmina Krośnice, Milicz County, Dolnośląskie Voivodeship, Poland)
died November 26, 1924 in Abbotsford, Clark County, Wisconsin

Caroline (Gammer) Dombrowe Brenner
born February 3, 1857 in Liatkawe, Prussia (modern-day Latkowa, Gmina Milicz, Milicz County, Dolnośląskie Voivodeship, Poland)
died January 4, 1938 in Abbotsford, Clark County, Wisconsin

Caroline Gammer was the eighth of nine children born to her parents Christoph and Johanna (Brüche) Jammer. Her birth name was Johanna Christiane Karoline Jammer, but she later dropped the first two names and Americanized the last two. She was baptized on February 15, 1857, at the Lutheran church in Gontkowitz, Prussia (modern-day Gądkowice, Gmina Milicz, Milicz County, Dolnośląskie Voivodeship, Poland). Emil Dombrowe was born in the nearby town of Wembowitz. The area of Prussia where Emil and Caroline were born later became part of the German Empire and today is in Poland.

They were married on April 20, 1881 and had six children together before immigrating to the United States. Emil arrived in New York City, New York County, New York, on September 30, 1891, along with his future son-in-law Carl Frederick Stacke. Caroline and the six children followed, arriving in Baltimore, Maryland on May 19, 1892. After settling on a farm in Pine Valley, Clark County, Wisconsin, outside of Neillsville, Clark County, Wisconsin, they had two more children. The family briefly moved to Fond du Lac, Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin, before moving to Colby, Clark County, Wisconsin, and then in 1912 to Abbotsford. Emil suffered a “stroke of paralysis” several years before his death, and died at his home.

On July 25, 1932, Caroline married Christian Brenner, who was also widowed, in the Lutheran parsonage in Dorchester, Clark County, Wisconsin. Christian previously lived in Lafayette, Tippecanoe County, Indiana and had six children with his first wife. This marriage doesn't seem to have lasted, because when Caroline died of “old age complications” in her home less than six years later, there was no mention of her second husband in either of her published obituaries. Christian moved back to Lafayette and died there on March 24, 1947. Christian was buried with his first wife at the Asbury Cemetery in Shelby, Tippecanoe County, Indiana. Caroline and Emil are buried at Abbotsford Cemetery.

Their eight children:
  1. Augusta Martha (Dombrowe) Stacke (1880-1976)
  2. Frederick Reinhard “Fred” Dombrowe (1882-1960)
  3. Louise P. (Dombrowe) Allar (1884-1967)
  4. Otto Adolph Dombrowe (1886-1917)
  5. Paul Charles Dombrowe (1888-1965)
  6. Rudolph Herman “Rudy” Dombrowe (1891-1982)
  7. Oscar Willard Dombrowe (1894-1992)
  8. Edith H. (Dombrowe) Ingersoll (1897-1975)
1. Augusta Martha (Dombrowe) Stacke
born August 14, 1880 in Breslawitz, German Empire (modern-day Wrocławice, Gmina Milicz, Milicz County, Dolnośląskie Voivodeship, Poland)
died April 30, 1976 in Neillsville, Clark County, Wisconsin

Augusta immigrated to the United States with her mother and siblings in 1892. Her future husband, Carl Frederick Stacke, had arrived with Augusta's father in 1891. Augusta and Carl were married on January 10, 1897 at First Saint John's Lutheran Church in Neillsville. They lived and farmed in Pine Valley until about 1909, when they moved to rural Colby, where they had a dairy farm and raised their eleven children: Martha, Lydia, Herman, Emma, Adolph, Louise, William, Frieda, Walter, Adeline, and Ethel.

Carl developed stomach cancer in 1930, and died at a hospital in Marshfield, Wood County, Wisconsin, on December 13, 1930. In 1940, Augusta was living with her son Adolph and his family in Colby. She later moved to Curtiss, Clark County, Wisconsin, and Abbotsford before moving to the Memorial Nursing Home in Neillsville on April 6, 1966, living there until her death ten years later. Carl and Augusta are buried in the Colby Memorial Cemetery in Colby.

2. Frederick Reinhard “Fred” Dombrowe
born July 16, 1882 in Breslawitz, German Empire (modern-day Wrocławice, Gmina Milicz, Milicz County, Dolnośląskie Voivodeship, Poland)
died October 23, 1960 in Aberdeen, Brown County, South Dakota

Fred immigrated with his parents to Pine Valley, Wisconsin when he was not quite ten years old. He moved to Groton, Brown County, South Dakota sometime between 1900 and 1904, where he lived and worked as a painter until his death. His younger brothers Otto, Paul, and Oscar lived in nearby towns. On October 18, 1920, he married Eda Marie Smeenk in Groton. Eda worked as a seamstress, and they had two sons, Donald and Robert. Fred died in a hospital in Aberdeen, and Eda died on September 25, 1989 at Mother Joseph Manor, a retirement home in Aberdeen. Fred and Eda are buried together at the Groton Cemetery.

3. Louise P. (Dombrowe) Allar
born April 1884 in Germany
died 1967

Louise came to the United States with her family in 1892, and lived on the family farm in Pine Valley, Wisconsin. She married Jacob Edward “Jake” Allar on November 16, 1909 at Saint Louis Catholic Church in Dorchester. They lived together in Colby and Abbotsford before moving to Dorchester by 1920. Louise and Jake had six children: James, George, Jacob, Raymond, Lillian, and one other child. Jake was a prominent man in their community. He owned a general store and several farms, was a member of the board of supervisors for Dorchester, and was village president for eight years. Jake died in Dorchester on November 17, 1938, of a coronary embolism. Two years after his death, Louise's occupation was listed as “administrator, husband's estate.” Louise died in 1967, and she is buried with Jake and two of their children at Saint Mary's Catholic Cemetery in Colby.

4. Otto Adolph Dombrowe
born May 16, 1886 in Germany
died August 8, 1917

Otto grew up on the family farm in Pine Valley after his family immigrated to the United States. In about 1907, he moved to Groton, South Dakota, where he worked as a farmer. He married Ollie Rebecca McMillan on March 5, 1914 in Lodgepole, Perkins County, South Dakota. They had a son. Otto died young and was buried at Abbotsford Cemetery in Abbotsford, Wisconsin, next to his parents' eventual burial sites. Ollie married again, to a man named Floyd Franklin Miller, on December 28, 1921, in Bison, Perkins County, South Dakota. They had three children and moved to Oregon. Ollie died October 22, 1969 in Eugene, Lane County, Oregon and is buried with her second husband at Lane Memorial Gardens in Eugene.

5. Paul Charles Dombrowe
born August 5, 1888 in Berlin, Germany
died December 23, 1965 in Aberdeen, Brown County, South Dakota

Paul immigrated to the United States with the rest of his family in 1892. He grew up in Pine Valley, Wisconsin, and moved to Claremont, Brown County, South Dakota by 1910. In 1913, he was living in Aberdeen and working as a clothes cleaner. He later farmed in North Dakota. On June 29, 1917, he enlisted in Company I, 2nd Infantry, North Dakota National Guard. His younger brother Oscar joined the same unit on the same date. Within a month of enlisting, their unit was called into federal service and sent to France to fight in World War I. Paul served until his discharge on June 24, 1919. He worked as a farmer until his retirement in 1960, first in Claremont, and after 1949 in Aberdeen. He married Agnes R. Hansen on September 1, 1925 in Aberdeen, and they had two children, Pauline and an unnamed infant daughter. Paul died at an Aberdeen hospital in 1965, and Agnes died in Ellendale, Dickey County, North Dakota in August 1987. Paul is buried at Sunset Memorial Gardens in Aberdeen.

6. Rudolph Herman “Rudy” Dombrowe
born June 8, 1891 in Berlin, Germany
died September 20, 1982 in King, Waupaca County, Wisconsin

Rudy immigrated to Pine Valley, Wisconsin with the rest of his family when he was less than a year old. He grew up in Pine Valley and later farmed in Colby and North Dakota. Rudy served in Battery A, 339th Field Artillery, U.S. Army from June 28, 1918 until February 5, 1919. He returned to Wisconsin and married Goldie S. Martin in about 1920. Rudy and Goldie lived in Fenwood, Marathon County, Wisconsin, where Rudy worked as the proprietor of a “hotel & soft drink parlor” during Prohibition. Goldie died on May 3, 1940. Rudy remarried on September 21, 1940 in Dubuque, Dubuque County, Iowa, to Martha Maria Louisa (Scheel) Schmoeckel Elson, who was also recently widowed. Rudy and Martha lived together in Wausau, Marathon County, Wisconsin. Rudy did not have any children, but Martha had one son prior to their marriage. Martha died on February 1, 1979 in Wausau and Rudy died in 1982. Rudy is buried with his first wife Goldie at Dorchester Memorial Cemetery in Dorchester, while Martha is buried at Restlawn Memorial Park in the village of Maine, Marathon County, Wisconsin.

7. Oscar Willard Dombrowe
born July 12, 1894 in Neillsville, Clark County, Wisconsin
died February 29, 1992 in Aberdeen, Brown County, South Dakota

Oscar was the first of his siblings to be born in the United States. He grew up on the family farms in Pine Valley and Colby, Wisconsin before moving to Tappen, Kidder County, North Dakota by 1917. On June 29, 1917, he enlisted in the North Dakota National Guard along with his older brother Paul. Oscar served in Europe during World War I in the 161st Ambulance Company, 116th Sanitary Train, 41st Division until he was discharged on May 22, 1919. He moved to Claremont, South Dakota and married Katherine Elizabeth Worthy on November 3, 1921 in Aberdeen. They had one child and they lived on a farm in Claremont. Katherine died on July 13, 1984 in Groton and Oscar died in 1992. Both are buried at Huffton Cemetery in Huffton, Brown County, South Dakota.

8. Edith H. (Dombrowe) Ingersoll
born August 20, 1897 in Wisconsin
died November 26, 1975 in Abbotsford, Clark County, Wisconsin

Edith was the youngest Dombrowe child. She grew up with the rest of her family and on November 12, 1923 she married Kenneth Ingersoll in Owen, Clark County, Wisconsin. They lived in Abbotsford and Holton, Marathon County, Wisconsin, while Kenneth worked at various jobs, including farming, road construction, and as a teamster. Edith and Kenneth had nine children: Gladys, Donald, Jeanette, Arlene, Robert, Harold, Neal, and two others. Kenneth died on April 7, 1975 in Abbotsford, and Edith died later that year. They are buried at the Abbotsford Cemetery.

Monday, October 12, 2015

Carl Frederick Stacke, Augusta Martha Dombrowe, and their children

Carl Stacke and Augusta (Dombrowe) Stacke were my great-great-grandparents. Their daughter Lydia (Stacke) Revie was my great-grandmother.

Carl Frederick Stacke
born August 16, 1868 in Breslawitz, Prussia (modern-day Wrocławice, Gmina Milicz, Milicz County, Dolnośląskie Voivodeship, Poland)
died December 13, 1930 in Marshfield, Wood County, Wisconsin

Augusta Martha (Dombrowe) Stacke
born August 14, 1880 in Breslawitz, German Empire (modern-day Wrocławice, Gmina Milicz, Milicz County, Dolnośląskie Voivodeship, Poland)
died April 30, 1976 in Neillsville, Clark County, Wisconsin

Carl Frederick Stacke and Augusta Martha Dombrowe were born in the same small town named Breslawitz. At the time Carl was born, it was a part of the Kingdom of Prussia, which became part of the newly-formed German Empire in 1871, before Augusta was born in 1880. After World War II, Breslawitz became a part of Poland and became known by its Polish name, Wrocławice. Carl was baptized at the Lutheran church in Gontkowitz, Prussia (modern-day Gądkowice, Gmina Milicz, Milicz County, Dolnośląskie Voivodeship, Poland) on August 23, 1868.

Carl's parents were Friedrich Stache and Johanna (Bergander) Stache. Augusta's parents were Emil Dombrowe and Caroline (Gammer) Dombrowe. The two families must have known each other well, because Carl and his future father-in-law Emil Dombrowe immigrated to the United States together, arriving in New York City, New York County, New York, on September 30, 1891. Augusta, along with her mother and siblings, followed on May 19, 1892. On January 10, 1897, Carl and Augusta were married at First Saint John's Lutheran Church in Neillsville. They lived and farmed in Pine Valley, Clark County, Wisconsin, until about 1909, when they moved to rural Colby, Clark County, Wisconsin, where they had a dairy farm and raised their eleven children. During this time, the spelling of the family name was Americanized from Stache to Stacke.


Carl developed stomach cancer in 1930, and died at a hospital in Marshfield. In 1940, Augusta was living with her son Adolph and his family in Colby. She later moved to Curtiss, Clark County, Wisconsin, and Abbotsford, Clark County, Wisconsin, before moving to the Memorial Nursing Home in Neillsville on April 6, 1966, living there until her death ten years later. Carl and Augusta are buried in the Colby Memorial Cemetery in Colby.




Their eleven children:
  1. Martha Augusta (Stacke) Krueger Koerner (1897-1959)
  2. Lydia Clara Minnie (Stacke) Revie (1899-2001)
  3. Herman Carl Frederick Stacke (1902-1996)
  4. Emma Elizabeth Ida "Betty" (Stacke) Clark Pasquesi (1904-1987)
  5. Adolph William "Otto" Stacke (1906-1972)
  6. Louise Florence (Stacke) Olson (1908-2005)
  7. William Ronald A. Stacke (1910-1977)
  8. Frieda Ruth "Fay" (Stacke) Hanson (1912-2005)
  9. Walter Arthur Adam Stacke (1914-1994)
  10. Adeline O. (Stacke) Miller (1917-2015)
  11. Ethel Lorraine (Stacke) Hansen (1919-2013)
1. Martha Augusta (Stacke) Krueger Koerner
born May 9, 1897 in Neillsville, Clark County, Wisconsin
died December 15, 1959 in Curtiss, Clark County, Wisconsin

Martha was the oldest of eleven children. She grew up on her parents' farms in Pine Valley and Colby. On January 24, 1917, she married Frederick Otto "Fred" Krueger in Green Grove, Clark County, Wisconsin. She and Fred had four children, Elroy, Valoris, Lester, and one other child, before Fred's death from appendicitis on February 12, 1930 in Chippewa Falls, Chippewa County, Wisconsin. Martha continued to operate the family farm with help from her children and her brother Adolph, but by 1940 she had moved to Curtiss. On December 7, 1940, Martha married Ervin August Koerner, who had been widowed twice himself. They didn't have children together, but Ervin had three children from a previous marriage. Martha died in her home on December 15, 1959 of a heart attack that occured while she was folding laundry. Martha's second husband Ervin lived until December 25, 1980, when he died in Neillsville. Martha and both of her husbands are buried at Pine Hill Cemetery north of Curtiss.

2. Lydia Clara Minnie (Stacke) Revie
born December 28, 1899 in Pine Valley, Clark County, Wisconsin
died November 16, 2001 in Park Falls, Price County, Wisconsin

Lydia was born in the town of Pine Valley, where she lived until her family moved to Colby, Clark County, Wisconsin, around 1907. She worked as a housekeeper in Oshkosh, Winnebago County, Wisconsin; Racine, Racine County, Wisconsin, and Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, where she was employed by the Fischbach family. Lydia met Frank Martin John Revie in Racine and they had a daughter who was adopted by Elmer and Elizabeth (Blake) Gotsche. They later had three more children, Wesley, another child, and an unnamed infant son.
Lydia Revie & Augusta Stacke

After their marriage on March 5, 1927 in Milwaukee, Frank and Lydia moved to Janesville, Rock County, Wisconsin, and then back to Racine, where Frank worked various jobs, including rubber worker, tire builder, cement worker, and a job at a filling station. In 1931, shortly after Lydia's father's death, Frank and Lydia moved to a dairy farm near to her family in the town of Mayville, Clark County, Wisconsin, outside of Dorchester, Clark County, Wisconsin. They lived on the farm until 1961, when they moved to Abbotsford, Clark County, Wisconsin, followed by moves to the town of Maine, Marathon County, Wisconsin in 1966, and back to Dorchester in 1976. Frank died of renal failure at Saint Joseph's Hospital in Marshfield on July 20, 1985. Lydia continued to live in Dorchester for many years, later moving to an assisted living facility in Phillips, Price County, Wisconsin. She died of heart failure at Flambeau Hospital in Park Falls at nearly 102 years of age. Frank and Lydia are buried together at the Dorchester Memorial Cemetery in Dorchester.

3. Herman Carl Frederick Stacke
born July 20, 1902 in Neillsville, Clark County, Wisconsin
died March 15, 1996 in Evanston, Cook County, Illinois

Herman grew up in Pine Valley and Colby with his family. He married Emma Weideman around 1926. She died along with their infant child on May 29, 1927 in Abbotsford. Emma and their son are buried at the Abbotsford Cemetery. Herman continued to work on his parents' farm in Colby until the early 1930s, when he moved to Two Harbors, Lake County, Minnesota, the hometown of his second wife, Rosalie A. Monahan, who he married on July 28, 1938 in Cresco, Howard County, Iowa. By 1940, Herman and Rosalie lived in Evanston, Cook County, Illinois, where Herman had a job as a silverware polisher and Rosalie kept a lodging house. Herman and Rosalie had one child. They both died in Evanston, Herman in 1996 and Rosalie on September 23, 1998. They are buried at Lake Forest Cemetery in Lake Forest, Lake County, Illinois.

4. Emma Elizabeth Ida "Betty" (Stacke) Clark Pasquesi
born May 4, 1904 in Clark County, Wisconsin
died February 17, 1987 in Portland, Multnomah County, Oregon

Betty's first husband was a man with the last name Clark. They were divorced before 1940, when Betty was living in New Trier, Cook County, Illinois and working as a cook. By 1943, she was married to Theodore James "Ted" Pasquesi, an orthopedic surgeon, and they were living in Portland. Betty died in Portland in 1987 and Ted died on March 15, 2002 in Lake Forest. Both are buried along with their only son, Herbert, at River View Cemetery in Portland.

5. Adolph William "Otto" Stacke
born January 30, 1906 in Pine Valley, Clark County, Wisconsin
died September 18, 1972 in Marshfield, Wood County, Wisconsin

Adolph was raised on his parents' farm in Colby. His birth name was Gustav Adolph William Stacke - he did not like the name Gustav and had his name legally changed to remove it. In 1930 he was living with his older sister Martha on her farm in Green Grove. On June 23, 1936, he married Marion Margaret Dietrich in Colby. They had three children, Phyllis and two others, and lived in Colby and Curtiss before moving to Abbotsford. Adolph died in 1972 and Marion died on December 1, 2002 in Abbotsford. They are buried in Abbotsford Cemetery.

6. Louise Florence (Stacke) Olson
born July 2, 1908 in Pine Valley, Clark County, Wisconsin
died February 5, 2005 in Prospect Heights, Cook County, Illinois

Louise grew up on her parents' farms and in 1930, she was living in New Trier, Illinois and working as a maid. She married Charles L. Olson on December 2, 1933 in Cook County, Illinois and they had one child. Charles and Louise lived in Evanston, where Charles worked as an accountant, office manager, and director of buildings and grounds for Northwestern University. Charles died on September 8, 1979 and Louise died on February 5, 2005. Louise and Charles are buried at All Saints Catholic Cemetery in Des Plaines, Cook County, Illinois.

7. William Ronald A. Stacke
born December 30, 1910 in Clark County, Wisconsin
died April 9, 1977 in Wausau, Marathon County, Wisconsin

William worked on his parents' farm in Colby until he married Sylvia Augusta Kobs on October 16, 1935 in Dorchester, Wisconsin. They lived on a farm in Colby and had one child before divorcing. Sylvia died on December 19, 1994 in Wausau and is buried at Colby Memorial Cemetery in Colby. William married Mary Ann Rose (Brill) Bailey on October 25, 1969 in Pine County, Minnesota. William died in 1977, and Mary Ann died on March 29, 2014, also in Wausau. William and Mary Ann are buried at Restlawn Memorial Park in the village of Maine.

8. Frieda Ruth "Fay" (Stacke) Hanson
born October 1, 1912 in Colby, Clark County, Wisconsin
died April 19, 2005 in Chicago, Cook County, Illinois

Fay grew up on the family farm in Colby. In 1933, she was living in Evanston, Illinois and working as a maid, and in 1940, she was living in Chicago and working as a "nurse girl." She married Robert Gibbs Hanson on January 19, 1943 at North Shore Baptist Church in Chicago. Robert was a lawyer at the firm of O'Keefe, Ashenden, Lyons & Ward. He died at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago on May 13, 1991. Fay died in 2005.

9. Walter Arthur Adam Stacke
born September 22, 1914 in Colby, Clark County, Wisconsin
died October 10, 1994 in Albuquerque, Bernalillo County, New Mexico

Walter lived in Colby until 1938, but was living in Evanston, Illinois in 1940. On April 23, 1941, he joined the Army and served until his discharge on June 14, 1945. Walter moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico, where he worked at Prudential Insurance Company until his retirement in 1977. He married Jacqueline Mae McMinn, who was a nurse, on April 7, 1945 in El Paso, El Paso County, Texas. Walter died in 1994, while Jacqueline died on December 25, 2006 in Albuquerque.

10. Adeline O. (Stacke) Miller
born May 6, 1917 in Clark County, Wisconsin
died February 1, 2015 in Abbotsford, Clark County, Wisconsin

Lydia Revie & Adeline Miller
Adeline grew up in Colby. She married Wilbert F. Miller on October 22, 1938 in Saint Paul's Lutheran Church in Green Grove. They had one child and lived together in Green Grove and Curtiss. Wilbert died on August 6, 1980 in Wood County, Wisconsin. Adeline then lived in Abbotsford until her death, where she worked for the Phonograph Tribune newspaper. Adeline and Wilbert are buried at Saint Paul Lutheran Cemetery in Green Grove.




11. Ethel Lorraine (Stacke) Hansen
born July 21, 1919 in Colby, Clark County, Wisconsin
died March 26, 2013 in Yakima, Yakima County, Washington

Ethel was the youngest of eleven children, growing up on a farm in Colby. In 1940, Ethel lived in Chicago and worked as a "salad girl" in a tea room. She married salesman Evret Hopkin “Kenny” Hansen on May 26, 1945 in Long Beach, Los Angeles County, California, where she worked as a car hop at the Tom Tom Cafe. Ethel and Kenny later lived in Phoenix, Arizona before moving to Yakima, Washington. They had one son, Marc. Ethel died in 2013, and Kenny died on September 2, 2016 in Yakima.