Descendants of Melchior Eggler

 

 

Generation No. 1

 

1.  MELCHIOR6 EGGLER  (CASPAR5, KASPAR4, ULRICH3, CASPAR2, ULLI1) was born December 10, 1810 in Brienz, Canton Bern, Switzerland1, and died January 24, 1879 in Town of Shelby, LaCrosse, WI1.  He married ELISABETH ABEGGLEN January 31, 1834 in Brienz, Bern, Switzerland2, daughter of ULRICH ABEGGLEN and ELISABETH BRUNNER.  She was born August 13, 1815 in Iseltwald, Canton Bern, Switzerland3, and died July 09, 1844 in Brienz, Bern, Switzerland4.

 

Notes for MELCHIOR EGGLER:

The defeat of Napoleon at Waterloo was followed by long negotiations of the Congress of Vienna, and the resulting peace treaties created many dissatisfactions in Central Europe.  The years from 1820 to 1848 saw frequent revolutions in practically every nation; some were so severe that they threatened again and again to disrupt the general peace.  To strengthen the neutral position which she had taken, Switzerland drafted more men into the National Army, and from 1815 to the present day required all men 18 to 21 to take two years of military training.  It was this ruling, together with a general economic  depression and with reports about opportunities in the United States, that caused many Swiss to emigrate.

 

     From the centennial publication of the Trinity United Church of Christ in Mormon Coulee & LaCrosse County Historical Sketches, Series 1, 1931:

 

About 1850 keen interest developed in Switzerland in immigration to the United States.  Exact information about America was lacking, so it was considered wise to send a scout to investigate likely home sites.  Henry Bosshard, a young school teacher near Zurich, who knew English, volunteered.  He had the confidence of government authorities and the people in general.

     Bosshard reached New York early in 1852 and remained in the United States three years, sending home his findings in the form of letters which were published as "Views and Experiences in America," a series of pamphlets.  When the Swiss who later settled in Mormon Coulee came to America, they came directly to the northwest, therefore, it would seem that the letters of Mr. Bosshard had been of some influence.

     There is no record of when the first Swiss came, but the families of Hoffman, Schweizer, Hinderling, and Sprenger owned farms when the other Swiss arrived.  Another early Swiss settler was Matt Blumer.  He left Canton Glarus in the late 1840s and took part in the California gold rush in 1848. He built Blumer's Mill on Mormon Coulee Creek in 1871, as well as a general store.  Bloomer Mill Road cuts through Melchior's property. In 1845 118 residents of Glarus arrived in America to found the town of New Glarus in southern Wisconsin, a town that still is the most "Swiss" town in the US [New Glarus: 1845-1970, Shawver Press, Morrison, IL].  The magistrate in Switzerland was a Blumer, as was an advisor to the party, W H Blumer of of Allentown, PA.

     The majority of the Swiss who settled in Mormon Coulee came in a body from Brienz, Canton Bern, in 1856.  In this party were the Peter Keinholz Sr., John Schild Jr. (married to Barbara Eggler), and John Bernet families, John Flück, Melchoir Eggler, and Ulrich Thomann.  In all there were 52 persons in this group; the diary of  John Flück [described by Lyle Hartman] says the party was 300.   [The 1900 and 1910 censuses for Margaretta Eggler and the 1900 census for Melchior confirm an 1856 immigration date.  Margaretta's husband Peter Ruf immigrated in 1852.] The party left Brienz March 3, 1856.  They went by boat to Interlaken, then by stage to Bern and Basil. They traveled by rail to Le Havre.  John Flück says that the party boarded a ship at Le Havre between eight and nine  o'clock on a Sunday morning, March 9, 1856. They arrived in New York 42 days later, on April 19, 1856. [The account of the trip on the Helveus, from the New York Herald Maritime section, is on my website.] In New York they would have been processed at Castle Garden, on the southernmost tip of Manhattan.  From New York the group went by railroad to Buffalo, traveled by a Lake Erie boat to Cleveland, railroad to Cairo, and up the river by steamboat to Dubuque.  Others of the Swiss settlement in Mormon Coulee came by sailboat via New Orleans and steamboat up the Mississippi River.

     Only the Kienholz and Schild families and Melchior Eggler of this group settled immediately in Mormon Coulee after a few short trips in Iowa and up the Mississippi to look for land.  Later Swiss settlers in Mormon Coulee were John and Casper Anderegg, who came in 1865 and 1866 respectively, settling in Greenfield.  Peter and Casper Eggler settled in the upper end of Mormon Coulee [both immigrated in 1869].

 

     In 1928 John Flueck wrote to William Kienholz about that trip: "As far as I remember there was Grandpa Schild past 80 and his son and sons wife and 2 boys and 1 girl do not know their ages.  and Father Kienholz with a Mob of Girls 6 I believe and 2 Boys.  Mr Kienholz lost his wife about 4 months befor he Emigrated his oldest girl Mady was 17 and the youngest about 4 months.  In New York the Mob split up and some went to Indiana, some to Muscatine Iowa and the Rest of us to Dubuque Iowa and there we split agin and Ulrich Thomann and I got work there and stayd. The Res went up the Mississippi and some lokated in Mormon Cooly and some located near  Redwing Minn.  I fergot to mention Mr. Eggler a Widower a Relative of Schilds and who lived with them who had 1 Boy and one Girl. When we left New York to come west we went up the Hudson River some distance and then got on the cars and the next Morning landed in Dunkirk where we had to change cars and came to Toledo Cleveland and Chicago where we had to stay over Sunday and the next we came on trough Freeport & Galena to Dunlith on the bank of the Mississippi opposite Dubuque Ia. At that time there was no Railroad west of the Mississippi and 3 striking the River then one at St Louis 1 at Rock Island or Muscatern and Dunlith.   your Uncle John Flick" [letter Xeroxed by Carol Williams]

 

     According to reports of descendants of the original settlers, most of the land around LaCrosse and in Mormon Coulee had been obtained from the government before the Swiss arrived, so most of the land in Mormon Coulee upon which they settled had to be purchased from non-resident owners, land speculators.

     The Kienholz-Schild party (probably including Melchior Eggler and children) purchased two farms in 1856.  During their first winter they lived in a single small house, as many as seventeen living in one room. Experiences of these early settlers during their first years were of typical frontier nature, visited by sickness, hunger and deprivation.

     The economic conditions in their homeland Canton Bern were bad. These men and women left a rocky territory where sheep and goat herding was one of the few possible occupations.  Families drove their sheep or goats into the mountains in the summertime and spent the summer there. These families lived on milk and cheese.  The herdsmen had their problems of caring for herds constantly menaced by wolves and grazing shortage. Their only means of communication with each other from these mountain highlands were the longhorns whereon messages were played and the familiar Swiss yodel and whistle that some still recall.

     Leaving that behind, the hardy Swiss commenced farming with some difficulty during the first years.  Wheat, corn, oats, barley and root crops became their main source of food and income.  Most of the plowing was done with the aid of oxen with wooden plows. Some was even done by hand with a spade, like in their homeland.  This was the most practical, since after the land was grubbed free from trees and stumps, the roots remained.  Then when the wooden plows struck these they were constantly broken.  When the land had been plowed, it was seeded and cultivated by hand.  The cradle was used for harvesting and the grain was laid on the ground in a circle and oxen driven around on it to thresh it.  It is said that these primitive methods of farming were used longer by the Swiss than by other people because the physical features of their fatherland were such that modern and newer methods seemed and were impractical there.

     Dairying became important.  The custom of making cheese was carried over from Switzerland and many families sold their cheese and later butter in the city of LaCrosse.  LaCrosse was the best market for all their crops.

     The first church services were preached in 1859 by William Haas, a Lutheran evangelist pastor, who held services at various places along a circuit in the district.  [The early Melchior Eggler family records are in the Ev. Lutheran Friedens-Gemeinde Church (now the First Lutheran Church).  Melchior married Barbara Freihoffer in a Lutheran cememony in 1861, and in 1862 Melchior had Heinrich christened.]

     The Swiss, however, had been members of the Swiss Reformed Church in Switzerland.  They feared that continued services led by a Lutheran pastor might have adverse effects on their future aspirations.  They soon organized a church of their own sect.  The first services were held in people's homes.  The first church was built on the Kienholz farm in 1865, about 300 yards east of the present (year 2000) Trinity UCC.  A burial plot (the Kienholz Cemetery) was laid out behind the church.  Melchior Eggler was among the ten founders of the church in 1865.  A church school had been erected in 1857 on land donated by the Schilds.  It was only in winter that the older children attended school, for at other times they were needed to help their parents on the farm.

     The amusements of that day were not many and based around church gatherings.  Trials of strength, including wrestling, were the chief sport.  Nearly all the younger people attended singing school, and there were some dances.  Husking and quilting bees were also well attended.

     In 1894 a property was purchased from Casper Eggler containing four acres and the Eggler homestead [a building still standing in 2000].  The original church was moved onto this property, sawed in half and enlarged, and a school room and bell tower were added.  Another cemetery was plotted just north of the church.  [In 1906 Godfred Eggler was married to Minnie Steiger in that German Reformed Church, probably because her family was from that church, and Godfred and Minnie are buried in the "new" cemetery.]  A new church was erected in 1969.

 

        In June 1870 Melchior is listed with his daughter Margaretta and family in Buffalo County, WI, age 60.  In July 1870 he is listed with his son Melchior and family in LaCrosse County, WI, age 61.

 

        According to records at the UW LaCrosse Regional History Center, the first German Methodist Episcopal church was organized in 1856.  It had a circuit minister and a number of mission churches, including Mormon Coulee, Chipmunk Coulee, which also has a cemetery, and one at the Koethe Cemetery just over the LaCrosse/Vernon Co. line on Cemetery Lane, just 0.1 miles south of Hwy. 14/61 [Anita Doering].  The small Mormon Coulee cemetery is about 0.5 miles east of Trinity UCC behind a blue house (year 2000).  In 1869 a church was constructed at the corner of 7th and Ferry Sts. in LaCrosse, known as the First or South Side or Salzer Memorial Church.  It was disbanded in 1945 and its members and records taken in by the present (2000) Wesley United Methodist Church.  The Second German M.E. Church or North Side Church held meetings from 1884-87 on Caledonia St. and from 1888-ca. 1929 at Liberty and Clinton Sts.  At some time the Egglers became associated with both churches.  Johan, Melchior senior, Emma, and Lena are buried in the Salzer Memorial cemetery (burials from before 1880 to 1896).  The family of Melchior Eggler is in the records of the North Side church in 1888 and of the South Side beginning in 1891.

 

     The inscription on the tombstone of Melchior Eggler reads "Ich liege und schlafe ganz im Frieden" -- I rest and sleep complete in peace.

 

More About MELCHIOR EGGLER:

Burial: Salzer Memorial Church Mormon Coulee Cemetery, LaCrosse, WI

       

Children of MELCHIOR EGGLER and ELISABETH ABEGGLEN are:

                   i.    ELISABETH7 EGGLER, b. November 09, 1834, Brienz, Bern, Switzerland5; d. November 19, 1834, Brienz, Bern, Switzerland.

2.               ii.    ELISABETH EGGLER, b. September 28, 1836, Brienz, Bern, Switzerland; d. April 15, 1909.

3.              iii.    MELCHIOR EGGLER, b. June 19, 1839, Brienz, Canton Bern, Switzerland; d. May 18, 1921, Shelby, LaCrosse, WI.

4.              iv.    MARGARETHA EGGLER, b. July 12, 1841, Brienz, Bern, Switzerland; d. Aft. 1921, Wisconsin.

 

 

Generation No. 2

 

2.  ELISABETH7 EGGLER (MELCHIOR6, CASPAR5, KASPAR4, ULRICH3, CASPAR2, ULLI1) was born September 28, 1836 in Brienz, Bern, Switzerland6, and died April 15, 19097.  She married PETER ABEGGLEN March 12, 1852 in Brienz, Bern, Switzerland8, son of CHRISTIAN ABEGGLEN and MARGARITHA ABEGGLEN.  He was born December 25, 1823 in Iseltwald, Bern, Switzerland, and died July 06, 19069.

       

Children of ELISABETH EGGLER and PETER ABEGGLEN are:

5.                i.    ELISABETH8 ABEGGLEN, b. June 05, 1855, Iseltwald, Bern, Switzerland; d. October 11, 1879.

                  ii.    PETER ABEGGLEN, b. October 21, 1857, Iseltwald, Bern, Switzerland; d. April 05, 19339; m. (1) MARGARITHA KAROLINA BRUNNER, January 03, 1883, Iseltwald, Bern, Switzerland; b. October 1862, Iseltwald, Bern, Switzerland; m. (2) ANNA ABEGGLEN, October 17, 1891, Interlaken, Bern, Switzerland; b. December 27, 1859, Iseltwald, Bern, Switzerland; d. April 27, 19059.

 

More About PETER ABEGGLEN:

Emigration: to LaCrosse, WI, May 18879

 

6.              iii.    CHRISTIAN ABEGGLEN, b. November 03, 1858, Iseltwald, Bern, Switzerland; d. October 01, 1944.

 

 

3.  MELCHIOR7 EGGLER (MELCHIOR6, CASPAR5, KASPAR4, ULRICH3, CASPAR2, ULLI1) was born June 19, 1839 in Brienz, Canton Bern, Switzerland10, and died May 18, 1921 in Shelby, LaCrosse, WI11.  He married ANNA BARBARA FREIHOFER March 12, 1861 in Greenfield, LaCrosse, WI12, daughter of JOHANNES FREIHOFER and KATHERINE SIEGRIST.  She was born September 25, 1841 in Veltheim, Canton Zurich, Switzerland13, and died October 27, 1928 in Lacrosse, LaCrosse, WI14.

 

Notes for MELCHIOR EGGLER:

Melchior Eggler and Barbara Freihofer were married by a Lutheran minister; the witness was Pamilia Schild.  According to the obituary of Melchior Eggler (LaCrosse Tribune 5/18/1921) he lived on a farm on Mormon Coulee Road for 65 years and for 15 years in LaCrosse.   The house in LaCrosse was at 1420 Johnson St.  His daughter Sara and her husband Albert Loeffler moved into the house after Melchior died.  He came from Switzerland at age 17 (1856).  Surviving were six of 12 children, 14 grandchildren, 2 great grandchildren, and an aged sister.  Funeral at Salzer Memorial Church.

     On the 1861 plat map, no land is shown owned by a Melchior Eggler. On the 1866 map, M Eggler owned the NW1/4 SE1/4 section 24, with a residence.  This land was immediately south of the mill pond of Bloomers Mill.  In 1874 M Eggler still owned that land, but no house was shown; rather the residence was on another 1/8 section parcel, NW1/4 and NE1/4 of SW1/4 section 13.  The house was about 0.3 miles north of Mormon Coulee Road.  In 2000 Irene Eggler Eltag remembered the house as having been off to the left as one drove toward Mormon Coulee from LaCrosse.  M Eggler also owned another 3/16 section in sections 13-14 in 1874.  The land on which the house sat had belonged in 1866 to Caspar Loble, who in 1863 had married the sister-in-law of the younger Melchior.  In 1890 the situation was the same as in 1874, except that the northern 3/16 section parcel was gone.  In 1906 M Eggler owned only the 1/16 section owned in 1866.  But the mill pond had been drained, and most of the NE1/4 section 24 was owned by G and J Eggler.  In 1913 that land was owned alone by Godfred Eggler; part of it straddled Mormon Coulee Road, probably the site of the brick house of Godfred.

 

More About MELCHIOR EGGLER:

Burial: sect 37, lot 2131, Oak Grove Cemetery, LaCrosse, WI

Immigration: 1856

Occupation: coachman, later farmer

 

Notes for ANNA BARBARA FREIHOFER:

Ben Eggler remembered his grandmother making cheese to sell in LaCrosse. Her family came up the Mississippi River from New Orleans [Laverne Eggler].  On the way up the river, her mother died in Iowa [Glenn Thiel] There is no evidence that her father emigrated.  In 1849 her brothers Jakob and Salomon had emigrated to North America.

     The records of the ship Hortensia, landing April 3, 1855 in New Orleans from Le Havre, list a party of Jacob Schweizer, 34, wife Jurem (sic), 21, and daughter Emma, nine months, with Catherine Freihofer, 53, and Babette Freihofer, 14, all from Switzerland.

     Obituary of Barbara Freihoffer Eggler (LaCrosse Tribune 10/27/1928) says she died at the home of her daughter Sara, 1420 Johnson St., LaCrosse.  Survived by 6 children (Henry of Redfield SD, Albert of Bayfield, John of Mauston WI, Godfred of LaCrosse, Mrs. Daniel Theil of Pecatonia IL, & Mrs. Loeffler), 16 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren.  Funeral at Salzer Memorial Church.

 

More About ANNA BARBARA FREIHOFER:

Burial: sect 37, lot 2131, Oak Grove Cemetery, LaCrosse, WI

Immigration: 185515

       

Children of MELCHIOR EGGLER and ANNA FREIHOFER are:

7.                i.    HEINRICH (HENRY)8 EGGLER, b. December 05, 1861, Shelby, LaCrosse, WI; d. October 05, 1943, Redfield, Spink, SD.

                  ii.    JOHAN EGGLER, b. August 03, 1863, Shelby, LaCrosse, WI; d. October 19, 1876, Shelby, LaCrosse, WI16.

 

Notes for JOHAN EGGLER:

Tombstone says "Sohn von M & B Eggler, gest im alter von 13 jaren, 2 mo und 16 tacen."

 

More About JOHAN EGGLER:

Burial: Salzer Memorial Church Mormon Coulee Cemetery, LaCrosse, WI

 

                 iii.    LENA BARBARA EGGLER, b. July 28, 1865, Mormon Coulee, LaCrosse, WI17; d. January 09, 1896, Mormon Coulee, LaCrosse, WI.

 

More About LENA BARBARA EGGLER:

Burial: Salzer Memorial Church Mormon Coulee Cemetery, LaCrosse, WI

 

                 iv.    GODFRED EGGLER, b. October 1867, Shelby, LaCrosse, WI18; d. October 14, 1959, LaCrosse, LaCrosse, WI19; m. WILHEMINA STEIGER, October 25, 1906, Shelby, LaCrosse, WI20; b. April 06, 1870, Shelby, LaCrosse, WI21; d. November 16, 1950, LaCrosse, LaCrosse, WI21.

 

Notes for GODFRED EGGLER:

The name "Godfred" is on the tombstone, but he was known as Gottfried earlier in his life.  Witnesses to his marriage in the German Reformed Church in Shelby were William Kienholz and Sara Eggler.

    A 1906 plat map shows Godfred and John owning the land formerly occupied by the mill pond of Bloomers Mill, near Mormon Coulee Road, and the 1913 plat map shows it owned by Godfred alone.  The 1910 Census lists him on Mormon Coulee Road.  Irene Eggler Eltag remembers Godfred living in a red brick house near the road; such a house was found in 2000.  In 1910 he was a farmer living with wife Minnie.  Also living there were Susan Rottman 13, an orphan born in WI, and Edward Relich 33, b. WI, a hired man.  Before he started farming, he was a country school teacher and even after he was farming, sometimes taught school.  He retired from farming in 1917 and lived at 1328 Redfield St. in LaCrosse until his death.  He was a member of St. John's Evangelical and Reformed Church.

 

More About GODFRED EGGLER:

Burial: Trinity United Church of Christ (German Reformed), Mormon Coulee

Occupation: farmer, schoolteacher

Residence: Shelby, later 1328 Redfield St., LaCrosse, WI

 

More About WILHEMINA STEIGER:

Burial: Trinity United Church of Christ (German Reformed), Mormon Coulee

 

8.               v.    ALBERT H EGGLER, b. August 16, 1869, Shelby, LaCrosse, WI; d. June 24, 1952, Nampa, Canyon, ID.

9.              vi.    BERTHA EGGLER, b. July 29, 1871, Shelby, LaCrosse, WI; d. June 22, 1904, Redfield, Spink, SD.

                vii.    EMMA EGGLER, b. May 26, 1873, Shelby, LaCrosse, WI22; d. September 10, 1882, Shelby, LaCrosse, WI22.

 

Notes for EMMA EGGLER:

Tombstone says "Tochtleilein von M & B Eggler."

 

More About EMMA EGGLER:

Burial: Salzer Memorial Church Mormon Coulee Cemetery, LaCrosse, WI

 

10.          viii.    ANNA MARIA EGGLER, b. 1874, Shelby, LaCrosse, WI; d. 1903, Pecatonica, Winnebago, IL.

11.             ix.    JOHN J EGGLER, b. March 10, 1877, Shelby, LaCrosse, WI; d. May 03, 1938, Lemonweir, Juneau, WI.

12.              x.    MINNIE MARTHA EGGLER, b. June 1879, Shelby, LaCrosse, WI; d. 1989, Rockford, IL.

                  xi.    SARA E EGGLER, b. December 1880; d. January 30, 1930, LaCrosse, LaCrosse, WI23; m. ALBERT F LOEFFLER, November 12, 1911, LaCrosse, LaCrosse, WI24; b. Abt. 1885, Germany25; d. Aft. 1930, LaCrosse, LaCrosse, WI26.

 

Notes for SARA E EGGLER:

The obituary of Sara Eggler Loeffler (LaCrosse Tribune 1/30/1930) says she was survived by her husband, Mrs. Daniel Thiel of Pecatonia, IL, Henry Eggler of Redfield SD, Godfred of LaCrosse, Albert of Chicago, and John of Mauston WI.

 

More About SARA E EGGLER:

Burial: sect 37, lot 2131, Oak Grove Cemetery, LaCrosse WI

 

Notes for ALBERT F LOEFFLER:

Albert Loeffler worked as a foreman and clerk and later as a foreman at a seed company.  He and Sara lived at 1423 Johnson St. after marriage until the death of Melchior, when they moved in with her mother at 1420 Johnson St.

 

More About ALBERT F LOEFFLER:

Burial: sect 37, lot 2131, Oak Grove Cemetery, LaCrosse WI

 

                 xii.    BENJAMIN JACOB EGGLER, b. August 02, 1884, Shelby, LaCrosse, WI; d. November 04, 1900, Shelby, LaCrosse, WI27.

 

Notes for BENJAMIN JACOB EGGLER:

Gravestone says "Sohn von M & B Eggler."  Benjamin died from contaminated water on the farm [Laverne Eggler].  Laverne's husband Ben was named after Benjamin.

 

More About BENJAMIN JACOB EGGLER:

Burial: Salzer Memorial Mormon Coulee Cemetery

Occupation: farm laborer

 

 

4.  MARGARETHA7 EGGLER (MELCHIOR6, CASPAR5, KASPAR4, ULRICH3, CASPAR2, ULLI1) was born July 12, 1841 in Brienz, Bern, Switzerland28, and died Aft. 1921 in Wisconsin29.  She married PETER RUEF August 23, 1858 in LaCrosse, LaCrosse, WI30, son of PETER RUEF and MARGARETHA HUGGLER.  He was born June 13, 1830 in Ebligen, Canton Bern, Switzerland31, and died Bet. 1910 - 1920 in Gilmanton, Buffalo, WI.

 

More About MARGARETHA EGGLER:

Immigration: 185632

 

Notes for PETER RUEF:

Peter Ruf and Magaretta Eggler were married in the house of the minister, J. H. Spangler, in LaCrosse.  On December 1, 1873, Peter Ruf bought 80 acres in the SESW section 18, T21N, R11W from the LaCrosse Land Office. In 1870 Peter Ruf, wife Margareth, and children, along with Melchior Eggler, 60, were living in the Town of Waumanda,  Buffalo, WI.  In 1880 the Peter Ruf family (children Ferdinand, August, Albert, and Godfred J) was living in the Town of Gilmanton in Buffalo County.  In 1900 Peter and Margurita Ruf were living in Gilmanton with Godfried and Peter Ruf Jr. along with grandchildren Charles E Ruf, Mark Dillingham, and  Peter H Dillingham.    In 1910 Peter and Margaret were living in Gilmanton, nexty door to Otto Johnson and his sister Ida.  In the 1920 census Margaret could not be found in the Gilmanton census.

 

More About PETER RUEF:

Immigration: 1852

Occupation: farmer

       

Children of MARGARETHA EGGLER and PETER RUEF are:

13.              i.    PETER8 RUF, JR., b. April 1856, Waumanda, Buffalo, WI.

14.             ii.    FERDINAND RUFF, b. Abt. 1861, Waumanda, Buffalo, WI.

15.            iii.    LOUISA MARGARET RUF, b. July 14, 1863, Waumanda, Buffalo, WI; d. May 24, 1898, Dover, Price, WI.

                 iv.    JOHN RUF, b. Abt. 1865, Waumanda, Buffalo, WI.

16.             v.    AUGUST RUFF, b. August 12, 1868, Waumanda, Buffalo, WI; d. April 08, 1957, Chippewa Falls, WI.

17.            vi.    ALBERT RUF, b. December 1871, Waumanda, Buffalo, WI.

18.           vii.    GODFREY RUF, b. May 1880, Gilmanton, Buffalo, WI.

 

 

Generation No. 3

 

5.  ELISABETH8 ABEGGLEN (ELISABETH7 EGGLER, MELCHIOR6, CASPAR5, KASPAR4, ULRICH3, CASPAR2, ULLI1) was born June 05, 1855 in Iseltwald, Bern, Switzerland, and died October 11, 187933.  She married CHRISTIAN ABEGGLEN March 21, 1873.  He was born June 08, 1845 in Iseltwald, Bern, Switzerland, and died June 10, 1917 in Iseltwald, Bern, Switzerland33.

       

Children of ELISABETH ABEGGLEN and CHRISTIAN ABEGGLEN are:

                   i.    ALFRED9 ABEGGLEN, b. September 18, 1874, Iseltwald, Bern, Switzerland33; m. ROSA STIRNIMANN, August 23, 1904, Schiffmacher, Bern, Switzerland; b. October 26, 1874; d. June 28, 1934.

                  ii.    ALBERT ABEGGLEN, b. February 17, 1877, Iseltwald, Bern, Switzerland33; m. MARGARITHA ZIMMERMANN; b. March 20, 1887.

 

 

6.  CHRISTIAN8 ABEGGLEN (ELISABETH7 EGGLER, MELCHIOR6, CASPAR5, KASPAR4, ULRICH3, CASPAR2, ULLI1) was born November 03, 1858 in Iseltwald, Bern, Switzerland, and died October 01, 194433.  He married MAGDALENA FISCHER May 09, 1885, daughter of PETER FISCHER and ELSBETH ABEGGLEN.  She was born March 31, 1862 in Brienz, Bern, Switzerland.

       

Children of CHRISTIAN ABEGGLEN and MAGDALENA FISCHER are:

                   i.    ADELE9 ABEGGLEN, b. February 22, 1895, Iseltwald, Bern, Switzerland; d. May 23, 1946; m. PETER ABEGGLEN, September 02, 1916; b. March 24, 1892.

                  ii.    EMIL ABEGGLEN, b. October 13, 1900, Iseltwald, Bern, Switzerland33; d. November 15, 1939.

 

 

7.  HEINRICH (HENRY)8 EGGLER (MELCHIOR7, MELCHIOR6, CASPAR5, KASPAR4, ULRICH3, CASPAR2, ULLI1) was born December 05, 1861 in Shelby, LaCrosse, WI34, and died October 05, 1943 in Redfield, Spink, SD35.  He married (1) KATHERINE SCHNEIDER November 02, 1885 in Rockham, Faulk, SD.  She was born June 16, 1860 in Earlsville, IL36, and died January 1925 in Redfield, Spink, SD.  He married (2) OLIVE KIMBALL May 05, 1928 in Redfield, SD.  She died Aft. 1943.

 

Notes for HEINRICH (HENRY) EGGLER:

Witnesses at the christening of Heinrich on Feb. 12, 1862 in the Lutheran Church were Mrs. Schweizer (sister of Barbara Freihofer Eggler) and Johannes Schild.  He joined the Methodist church in early manhood.  Henry Eggler grew up on the family farm in Mormon Coulee.  In the spring of 1883 he came to Dakota Territory and settled on Government land about 8 miles north of Redfield.  His parents helped set him up on the farm [Laverne Eggler].  He improved the homestead and bought adjoining land. The first owner of land in Three Rivers Township, Spink County, SD was Henry Eggler (SD Genealogical Society).  Henry Eggler bought 160 acres in section 22 T117N R64W in 1891 and 160 acres in section 27 T117N R64W (both in Three Rivers Township immediately north of Redfield) in 1905 (BLM Records).  The family left the farm in 1914 and made their home in Redfield, where he continued to look after his farming and other business interests. [obituary]

 

More About HEINRICH (HENRY) EGGLER:

Burial: Greenlawn Cemetery, Redfield, Spink, SD

 

Notes for KATHERINE SCHNEIDER:

On 7/11/1889 Leonard Schneider bought 160 acres on T117N R65W, sect 8 (Groveland Twp, west of Redfield) in South Dakota (BLM Records).

     Kate Schneider grew up in Earlsville, IL and attended country schools in that vicinity.  In the spring of 1885 she came to South Dakota and filed on land 20 miles west of Redfield, making her home with the Brueli family for one and 1/2 years.  During that time, she became acquainted with her husband.  About two years after that her health began to fail, and in February 1918 she suffered a paralytic stroke.

       

Children of HEINRICH EGGLER and KATHERINE SCHNEIDER are:

19.              i.    LYDIA9 EGGLER, b. February 10, 1879, Earlsville, IL; d. August 1934.

                  ii.    ESSIE LENA EGGLER, b. November 17, 1888, Spink County, SD37; d. February 1980, Redfield, Spink, SD38; m. S W CLARK.

                 iii.    VERDA EMMA EGGLER, b. April 11, 1892, Spink County, SD39; d. October 1981, Redfield, Spink, SD40; m. WEIR W BALDWIN.

                 iv.    PEARL EGGLER, b. July 24, 1900, Spink County, SD41; d. July 29, 1991, Orange County, CA42; m. L F WELKE.

 

Notes for PEARL EGGLER:

At the time of death of her father, Pearl was listed from Council Bluffs, Iowa.

 

                  v.    VIOLET EGGLER, b. Bet. 1900 - 1910; d. Aft. 1943.

 

 

8.  ALBERT H8 EGGLER (MELCHIOR7, MELCHIOR6, CASPAR5, KASPAR4, ULRICH3, CASPAR2, ULLI1) was born August 16, 1869 in Shelby, LaCrosse, WI43, and died June 24, 1952 in Nampa, Canyon, ID44.  He married AMELIA ANNA DUERRWAECHTER November 24, 1896 in LaCrosse, LaCrosse, WI45, daughter of ALEXANDER DUERRWAECHTER and CATHERINE THIEL.  She was born October 05, 1873 in LaCrosse, LaCrosse, WI46, and died July 11, 1956 in Nampa, Canyon, ID47.

 

Notes for ALBERT H EGGLER:

Witnesses to the marriage of Albert and Amelia in the Methodist Episcopal Church in LaCrosse were Alexander Duerrwachter and Bertha Eggler.  Albert was a foreman in the JA Salzer seed house at the time of his marriage and in the 1901-02 City Directory, but is listed as a carpenter in the birth record of Willis A. Eggler and as a laborer in the 1900 census.  In 1896, probably before his marriage, he lived at 720 Division St. [City Directory] At the time of death of Earl (1902), Albert and Amelia lived at 1001 Mississippi St. in LaCrosse; the address in the 1901-02 City Directory is 1008 Mississippi.  Records of the Salzer Memorial Church indicate that Albert and Amelia left that church in July, 1907 for Bayfield, where Willis, Edith, and Ben grew up.

       From the BAYFIELD COUNTY PRESS - People in THE PRESS -- Friday, March 22, 1907:

"Albert EGGLER and family arrived in the city this week from Spring Green, this state, and intends locating near Bayfield to engage in the fruit raising business."

     In the 1910 census Albert was a laborer on his own mortgaged farm in Bayfield.  In the 1920 census he was a logger on farms and Amelia was a seamstress at home; they lived on 6th St. in the Third Ward.  Amelia also worked for a Chicago family who summered in Bayfield [Laverne Eggler].

     In 1928 Albert and Amelia moved to Chicago where Ben worked; the 1930 obituary of Sara Eggler Loeffler says Albert lived in Chicago.   In 1940 they lived at 2433 Leland Avenue, Chicago.  In Chicago Albert was a janitor in a Methodist church and later repaired items donated to the church.  Amelia helped in the church soup kitchen and babysat.  They moved to Idaho with Ben and his family in 1945.

 

More About ALBERT H EGGLER:

Burial: Roswell town cemetery, Canyon, ID

 

More About AMELIA ANNA DUERRWAECHTER:

Burial: Roswell town cemetery, Canyon, ID

       

Children of ALBERT EGGLER and AMELIA DUERRWAECHTER are:

20.              i.    EDITH AMILIE9 EGGLER, b. August 18, 1898, LaCrosse, LaCrosse, WI; d. June 1974, Chicago, IL.

                  ii.    EARL CLARENCE EGGLER, b. May 14, 1901, LaCrosse, LaCrosse, WI48; d. February 20, 1902, LaCrosse, LaCrosse, WI.

 

More About EARL CLARENCE EGGLER:

Burial: Oak Grove Cemetery, Lot 897, sect. 29

 

21.            iii.    WILLIS ALEXANDER EGGLER, b. March 28, 1904, LaCrosse, LaCrosse, WI; d. July 15, 1988, Lewistown, Mifflin, PA.

22.            iv.    BENJAMIN ALBERT EGGLER, b. April 06, 1910, Bayfield, Bayfield, WI; d. March 24, 1993, Parma, ID.

 

 

9.  BERTHA8 EGGLER (MELCHIOR7, MELCHIOR6, CASPAR5, KASPAR4, ULRICH3, CASPAR2, ULLI1) was born July 29, 1871 in Shelby, LaCrosse, WI49, and died June 22, 1904 in Redfield, Spink, SD49.  She married WILLIAM JOSEPH SCHUERMEYER December 15, 1896 in Shelby, LaCrosse, WI50, son of HENRY SCHUERMEYER and ANNA.  He was born  in Franklin County, MO51, and died in prob. in Spink County, SD.

 

Notes for BERTHA EGGLER:

Witnesses at the marriage of Bertha and William in the Methodist Episcopal Church in Shelby were John Duerrwachter and Minnie Eggler. Bertha had been sick with TB about 6 months before she died.  She had four children, a boy who died in infancy, a boy who was three weeks old when she died, and the two girls.  Her parents had been visiting for four months before her death. [obituary]

 

More About BERTHA EGGLER:

Burial: Redfield, Spink, SD

Cause of death (Facts Pg): Consumption (tuberculosis)52

 

More About WILLIAM JOSEPH SCHUERMEYER:

Occupation: farmer53

Residence: Redfield, SD54

       

Children of BERTHA EGGLER and WILLIAM SCHUERMEYER are:

                   i.    ELVIRA LENA9 SCHUERMEYER, b. February 28, 1898, Spink County, SD55.

                  ii.    CECELIA BERTHA SCHUERMEYER, b. November 16, 1900, Spink County, SD55; d. April 1969, Redfield, Spink, SD56.

 

 

10.  ANNA MARIA8 EGGLER (MELCHIOR7, MELCHIOR6, CASPAR5, KASPAR4, ULRICH3, CASPAR2, ULLI1) was born 1874 in Shelby, LaCrosse, WI57, and died 1903 in Pecatonica, Winnebago, IL57.  She married DANIEL T THIEL June 15, 1897 in Methodist Episcopal Church in Shelby, LaCrosse, WI58, son of JOHANN THIEL and ANNA POMPI.  He was born May 17, 1868 in Hamburg, Vernon, WI59, and died August 15, 1946 in Freeport, Stephenson, IL59.

 

Notes for ANNA MARIA EGGLER:

Witnesses at the marriage of Anna Maria and Daniel Thiel at the Methodist Episcopal Church were John J. Eggler and Anna  K.  Duerrwachter.

 

More About ANNA MARIA EGGLER:

Burial: Pecatonica Cemetery, Pecatonica, IL

 

Notes for DANIEL T THIEL:

Dan Thiel was a farmer and, at one time, chairman of the Town of Hamburg, Vernon County. (obituary)  He worked at a hardware store in LaCrosse.  In about 1911 he heard of a hardware store for sale in Pecatonica, from a traveling hardware equipment salesman, and bought it.  He operated it for many years on the main street of Pecatonica, serving the farm community. Their home was at 226 Fifth St.

     Anna died soon after the two boys died in their infancy.  She may have died of TB [Glenn Thiel].  Anna's mother, Barbara Eggler, declared that Minnie would marry Dan and take care of little Florence, which Minnie reluctantly did.  Florence had lived for a time, after Anna's death, with the Heinrich Eggler family in South Dakota.

     The store was sold eventually, and Dan and Minnie lived in Freeport until Dan died.  Minnie then lived for the rest of her life in Rockford with Glenn.

     Dan Thiel's death certificate states father as John Thiel but mother as unknown.  Both marriage records of Dan Thiel state the mother's name only as Anna.

 

More About DANIEL T THIEL:

Burial: Pecatonica Cemetery, Pecatonica, Winnebago, IL

Cause of death (Facts Pg): Hyperstatic pneumonia complicated by prostate cancer

Occupation: farmer & hardware merchant

Residence: Hamburg, Vernon, WI, later Pecatonica, IL

       

Children of ANNA EGGLER and DANIEL THIEL are:

                   i.    FLORENCE GERTRUDE9 THIEL, b. April 09, 1898, Hamburg, Vernon, WI60; d. June 30, 2000, Phoenix, AZ.

 

Notes for FLORENCE GERTRUDE THIEL:

After the death of her mother, Florence lived with the Heinrich Eggler family in South Dakota.  It was decided after a few years that she needed to live with her father, and Minnie then married Dan Thiel.  Florence attended IL Normal College and Northern Arizona Univ.  She taught school in Phoenix for many years. [Glenn Thiel]

 

More About FLORENCE GERTRUDE THIEL:

Burial: Rockford, IL

 

                  ii.    ARTHUR THIEL, b. July 23, 1899, Hamburg, Vernon, WI61; d. 1902, Pecatonica, Winnebago, IL62.

 

More About ARTHUR THIEL:

Burial: Pecatonica Cemetery, Pecantonica, IL

 

                 iii.    HARVEY VERNON THIEL, b. September 17, 1901, Hamburg, Vernon, WI63; d. 1902, Pecatonica, Winnebago, IL64.

 

More About HARVEY VERNON THIEL:

Burial: Pecatonica Cemetery, Pecantonica, IL

 

 

11.  JOHN J8 EGGLER (MELCHIOR7, MELCHIOR6, CASPAR5, KASPAR4, ULRICH3, CASPAR2, ULLI1) was born March 10, 1877 in Shelby, LaCrosse, WI65, and died May 03, 1938 in Lemonweir, Juneau, WI66.  He married IDA E WEDELL December 08, 1915 in Richford, WI67.  She was born 188668, and died April 1967 in Mauston, Juneau, WI69.

 

Notes for JOHN J EGGLER:

John J Eggler worked on the family farm in Mormon Coulee before he acquired a farm near Mauston.  He and Ida Wedell Eggler came to Lemonweir township in 1924, making their home on a farm there.  He died of pneumonia.

     Olive Kimball Eggler wrote a poem in his memory titled "An Old Graveyard in the Hills," that says in part,

   Far from the city's haste and heat

   The farm of toil and care,

   Far from the tramp of hurrying feet,

   But near his old home where he learned

   To lisp his simple prayer.

 

More About JOHN J EGGLER:

Burial: Trinity United Church of Christ (German Reformed), Mormon Coulee

Occupation: laborer, seed house;  farmer

 

Notes for IDA E WEDELL:

Tombstone also lists death as 1967.

 

More About IDA E WEDELL:

Burial: Trinity United Church of Christ (German Reformed), Mormon Coulee

       

Children of JOHN EGGLER and IDA WEDELL are:

23.              i.    LIVING9 EGGLER.

24.             ii.    EDWARD JOHN EGGLER, b. October 11, 1916, LaCrosse, WI; d. 1961.

25.            iii.    ARTHUR BENJAMIN EGGLER, b. June 21, 1919, LaCrosse, WI; d. September 23, 2001, Meridian, Lauderdale, Mississippi.

26.            iv.    WILBUR EGGLER, b. 1925; d. November 03, 1997, Madison, Dane, WI.

 

 

12.  MINNIE MARTHA8 EGGLER (MELCHIOR7, MELCHIOR6, CASPAR5, KASPAR4, ULRICH3, CASPAR2, ULLI1) was born June 1879 in Shelby, LaCrosse, WI, and died 1989 in Rockford, IL70.  She married DANIEL T THIEL May 09, 1905 in Shelby, LaCrosse, WI, son of JOHANN THIEL and ANNA POMPI.  He was born May 17, 1868 in Hamburg, Vernon, WI71, and died August 15, 1946 in Freeport, Stephenson, IL71.

 

Notes for MINNIE MARTHA EGGLER:

Witnesses at the marriage of Minnie and Daniel Thiel were John and Sara Eggler.

 

More About MINNIE MARTHA EGGLER:

Burial: Willwood Burial Park, Rockford, IL

 

Notes for DANIEL T THIEL:

Dan Thiel was a farmer and, at one time, chairman of the Town of Hamburg, Vernon County. (obituary)  He worked at a hardware store in LaCrosse.  In about 1911 he heard of a hardware store for sale in Pecatonica, from a traveling hardware equipment salesman, and bought it.  He operated it for many years on the main street of Pecatonica, serving the farm community. Their home was at 226 Fifth St.

     Anna died soon after the two boys died in their infancy.  She may have died of TB [Glenn Thiel].  Anna's mother, Barbara Eggler, declared that Minnie would marry Dan and take care of little Florence, which Minnie reluctantly did.  Florence had lived for a time, after Anna's death, with the Heinrich Eggler family in South Dakota.

     The store was sold eventually, and Dan and Minnie lived in Freeport until Dan died.  Minnie then lived for the rest of her life in Rockford with Glenn.

     Dan Thiel's death certificate states father as John Thiel but mother as unknown.  Both marriage records of Dan Thiel state the mother's name only as Anna.

 

More About DANIEL T THIEL:

Burial: Pecatonica Cemetery, Pecatonica, Winnebago, IL

Cause of death (Facts Pg): Hyperstatic pneumonia complicated by prostate cancer

Occupation: farmer & hardware merchant

Residence: Hamburg, Vernon, WI, later Pecatonica, IL

       

Children of MINNIE EGGLER and DANIEL THIEL are:

                   i.    GLENN EGGLER9 THIEL, b. Bef. 1920; d. LIVING.

 

Notes for GLENN EGGLER THIEL:

Glenn attended the Univ of Illinois and received a degree in architecture.  His career, however, was an accountant and treasurer and controller of a company.

 

                  ii.    WILBUR THIEL, b. August 06, 1912, IL72; d. February 1989, South Harwich, MA73.

 

Notes for WILBUR THIEL:

Wilbur was an organist in Rockford during high school, then obtained BA and MA degrees in music from the University of Wisconsin and Union Theological Cemetery, and was the organist for several large churches in New England.

 

More About WILBUR THIEL:

Burial: Rockford, IL

 

 

13.  PETER8 RUF, JR. (MARGARETHA7 EGGLER, MELCHIOR6, CASPAR5, KASPAR4, ULRICH3, CASPAR2, ULLI1) was born April 1856 in Waumanda, Buffalo, WI.  He married (1) ANNA B.  She was born Abt. 1864 in MN74.  He married (2) PETER RUF WIFE2.  She was born in North Dakota.

 

Notes for PETER RUF, JR.:

In 1880 Peter Ruf 21, laborer, b WI and parents b Switzerland, was living in Gilmanton, Buffalo, WI with wife Anna B 17 b MN, parents b OH and NY.

       

Child of PETER RUF and ANNA is:

                   i.    CHARLES E9 RUF, b. March 1886, WI.

 

       

Child of PETER RUF and PETER WIFE2 is:

                  ii.    HELEN9 RUF, b. Abt. 1907, Montana75.

 

Notes for HELEN RUF:

The 1920 census shows Helen living with her father Peter (no occupation) in Gilmanton.  She was born in Montana and her mother in North Dakota.

 

 

14.  FERDINAND8 RUFF (MARGARETHA7 EGGLER, MELCHIOR6, CASPAR5, KASPAR4, ULRICH3, CASPAR2, ULLI1) was born Abt. 1861 in Waumanda, Buffalo, WI.  He married CAROLINE JOHNSON, daughter of CHRISTIAN JOHNSON and MARGRETE HALVORADSTR.  She was born Abt. 1863 in Norway.

 

More About FERDINAND RUFF:

Occupation: farmer

Residence: Gilmanton, Buffalo, WI

 

More About CAROLINE JOHNSON:

Immigration: 186876

       

Children of FERDINAND RUFF and CAROLINE JOHNSON are:

                   i.    LILLIAN9 RUFF, b. Abt. 1888.

                  ii.    CLARENCE RUFF, b. Abt. 1892.

 

 

15.  LOUISA MARGARET8 RUF (MARGARETHA7 EGGLER, MELCHIOR6, CASPAR5, KASPAR4, ULRICH3, CASPAR2, ULLI1) was born July 14, 1863 in Waumanda, Buffalo, WI77, and died May 24, 1898 in Dover, Price, WI.  She married WILLIAM EARL DILLINGHAM November 03, 1878, son of JOHN DILLINGHAM and ANGELINE KENYON.  He was born January 11, 1858 in Lenox, Madison, NY77, and died November 22, 1939 in Glendale, Los Angeles, CA.

 

More About LOUISA MARGARET RUF:

Burial: Gilmanton, Buffalo, WI

 

Notes for WILLIAM EARL DILLINGHAM:

In 1880 William E Dillingham 22, b NY, was living in Gilmanton, Buffalo, WI with wife Louisa M 16, b WI, and Chester S Kenyon 13, b WI.

       

Children of LOUISA RUF and WILLIAM DILLINGHAM are:

                   i.    MARK9 DILLINGHAM, b. September 16, 1880, Gilmanton, Buffalo, WI; d. February 04, 1937; m. MAUDE BERRY, November 15, 1902; b. 1884, Gilmanton, Buffalo, WI.

                  ii.    JOHN WILLIAM DILLINGHAM, b. October 06, 1883, Gilmanton, Buffalo, WI; d. October 08, 1945; m. EVA DAY, December 01, 1906; b. Abt. 1887.

                 iii.    DWIGHT WARREN DILLINGHAM, b. June 29, 1886, Gilmanton, Buffalo, WI; d. October 21, 1952, Glendale, Los Angeles, CA; m. VEDA JANET STRINGHAM, April 14, 1908, Salt Lake City, UT; b. July 18, 1888, Salt Lake City, UT; d. December 21, 1961, Salt Lake City, UT.

27.            iv.    PETER HARRY DILLON, b. June 24, 1892, Eau Clair, Buffalo, WI.

 

 

16.  AUGUST8 RUFF (MARGARETHA7 EGGLER, MELCHIOR6, CASPAR5, KASPAR4, ULRICH3, CASPAR2, ULLI1) was born August 12, 1868 in Waumanda, Buffalo, WI78, and died April 08, 1957 in Chippewa Falls, WI79.  He married MARY JOHNSON 1891, daughter of CHRISTIAN JOHNSON and MARGRETE HALVORADSTR.  She was born August 1860 in Norway80, and died 1945 in Gilmanton, Buffalo, WI81.

 

Notes for AUGUST RUFF:

Alexander S Caldwell writes in a 1997 query on the Buffalo County, WI GenWeb site: "My great grandfather's name was August RUFF and he came from Kanton Bern, Switzerland and settled in Gilmanton, WI. He married Mary JOHNSON also from the area of Gilmanton. Her side came from Norway.

     There were three Ruff brothers who married three Johnson sisters. August Ruff (my great grandfather) married Mary Johnson and his brothers Ferdinand and Albert married Caroline Johnson and Anna Johnson respectively. I know the Johnson family came from Norway in 1868 and settled in Montana, Buffalo county. What I don't know is where and how the Ruff family came to the area and where they came from. I only know the names of the three Ruff brothers who married the three Johnson sisters."

     From Obituary:

August Ruf, son of Peter Ruf and hes wife Margaret nee Eckler, was born in LaCrosse County on August 12, 1868. As a boy he moved with his parents on the old Ruf farm, now owned and operaed by Robert Rudy, and located three miles south of Gilmanton. Here he grew to manhood. In the year 1891, he\ was united in marriage with Mary Johnson. The young couple began housekeeping in Eau Claire. Remaining there for only a few years, they returned to Gilmanton. At this time Mr. Ruf was employed as a mechanic by Elmer Kenyon. Having purchased a small farm near Cornell, Wisconsin, he lived there until the death of his

wife in 1945. He then moved to Chippewa Falls to be near hes son Charles. All his life he enjoyed the best of health, but on Tuesday night, April 2nd, he suffered a heart attack. He was taken to St. Joseph's Hospital the next morning. Here he passed away on Monday evening, April 8, 1957. His age at time of death was 88 years, 7 months, and 26 days. He is survived by four children, Blanche, Mrs. Alvin E. Scott of San diego, Calif., Clara, Mrs. Orin Gunderson of Gilmanton, Florence, Mrs. Herman Kind of Cattaraugus, New York, and Charles of Chippewa Falls, as well as 10 grandcildren and 14 great grandchildren. Funeral services in charge of Colby and Hemer Funeral Home were held in Trinity Lutheran Church at Gilmanton on Thursday afternoon, at 2 o'clock, with Rev. A. G. Hemer officiating. Burial took place in the

Gilmanton, Cemetery. [http://pluto.spaceports.com/~alcald/index3.htm]

 

 

 

 

More About AUGUST RUFF:

Occupation: carpenter

 

More About MARY JOHNSON:

Immigration: 1868 from Norway

       

Children of AUGUST RUFF and MARY JOHNSON are:

                   i.    CLARA9 RUFF, m. ORIN GUNDERSEN82.

                  ii.    CHARLES A RUFF, b. September 1893.

28.            iii.    BLANCHE MARION RUFF, b. September 09, 1898, Gilmanton, Buffalo, WI; d. December 25, 1970, San Diego, San Diego, CA.

                 iv.    FLORENCE RUFF, b. Abt. 1903; m. HERMAN KIND.

 

 

17.  ALBERT8 RUF (MARGARETHA7 EGGLER, MELCHIOR6, CASPAR5, KASPAR4, ULRICH3, CASPAR2, ULLI1) was born December 1871 in Waumanda, Buffalo, WI.  He married ANNIE JOHNSON, daughter of CHRISTIAN JOHNSON and MARGRETE HALVORADSTR.  She was born December 1871 in WI.

       

Children of ALBERT RUF and ANNIE JOHNSON are:

                   i.    MILDRED A9 RUF, b. October 1887.

                  ii.    CARL M RUF, b. April 1895.

 

 

18.  GODFREY8 RUF (MARGARETHA7 EGGLER, MELCHIOR6, CASPAR5, KASPAR4, ULRICH3, CASPAR2, ULLI1) was born May 1880 in Gilmanton, Buffalo, WI83.  He married MAUD.  She was born Abt. 1880 in Minnesota84.

 

Notes for GODFREY RUF:

Godfrey in 1910 was a farmer in Gilmanton Township, Buffalo, WI but in 1920 was located in the town of Cable, Bayfield County, where he was a salesman.

       

Children of GODFREY RUF and MAUD are:

                   i.    LIVING9 RUF.

                  ii.    LIVING RUF.

                 iii.    HAROLD T RUF, b. Abt. 1906.

 

 

Generation No. 4

 

19.  LYDIA9 EGGLER (HEINRICH (HENRY)8, MELCHIOR7, MELCHIOR6, CASPAR5, KASPAR4, ULRICH3, CASPAR2, ULLI1) was born February 10, 1879 in Earlsville, IL, and died August 193485.  She married AUGUST HAGMANN March 20, 190185.  He was born March 05, 1868 in Arena,  Iowa, WI, and died April 17, 191985.

 

Notes for LYDIA EGGLER:

Lydia was the daughter of Katharine Schneider and was adopted by Henry Eggler.

       

Children of LYDIA EGGLER and AUGUST HAGMANN are:

                   i.    MERLE10 HAGMANN, b. January 12, 1902, Redfield, Spink, SD85; d. May 1967, Tacoma, Pierce, WA86; m. RACHAEL L GREER; b. August 08, 190886; d. September 01, 1999, Issaquah, King, WA86.

                  ii.    RAYMOND HAGMANN, b. April 11, 190486; d. March 31, 1996, Hemet, Riverside,  CA87; m. CECELIA J BOUREN88; b. March 01, 191589; d. February 07, 2002, Hemet, Riverside,  CA89.

 

Notes for RAYMOND HAGMANN:

SS issued in SD.

 

                 iii.    VERNON HAGMANN, b. June 03, 190890; d. December 1985, Aurora, Arapahoe, CO91; m. (1) LIVING BERRY; m. (2) LIVING HULL.

 

Notes for VERNON HAGMANN:

SS issued in Ohio.

 

                 iv.    WAYNE HAGMANN, b. April 20, 1910, Redfield, Spink, SD; d. June 06, 196092; m. LIVING MCCLAIN.

 

 

20.  EDITH AMILIE9 EGGLER (ALBERT H8, MELCHIOR7, MELCHIOR6, CASPAR5, KASPAR4, ULRICH3, CASPAR2, ULLI1) was born August 18, 1898 in LaCrosse, LaCrosse, WI93, and died June 1974 in Chicago, IL.  She married RODERICK A O'CONNOR.  He was born March 17, 188994, and died August 1985.

 

Notes for EDITH AMILIE EGGLER:

Edith and Rod O'Connor lived for many years at 1967 E. 73rd St in Chicago.

       

Child of EDITH EGGLER and RODERICK O'CONNOR is:

29.              i.    RODERICK A10 O'CONNOR, JR., b. September 29, 1928, Chicago, IL; d. January 02, 2002, St. Charles, IL.

 

 

21.  WILLIS ALEXANDER9 EGGLER (ALBERT H8, MELCHIOR7, MELCHIOR6, CASPAR5, KASPAR4, ULRICH3, CASPAR2, ULLI1) was born March 28, 1904 in LaCrosse, LaCrosse, WI95, and died July 15, 1988 in Lewistown, Mifflin, PA.  He married DOROTHY MAYBELLE SMITH August 27, 1929 in Two Harbors, Lake, MN96, daughter of HOWARD SMITH and FLORENCE HEWITT.  She was born May 10, 1907 in Minneapolis, Hennepin, MN97, and died April 1984 in Asheville, NC.

 

Notes for WILLIS ALEXANDER EGGLER:

After graduating from Northland College in Ashland, WI, Willis Eggler taught briefly in high school in Black River Falls and then obtained MS and PhD degrees at Minnesota.  His MS thesis on Mackinaw Island and his PhD thesis on Craters of the Moon, Idaho, were both on plant ecology.  He continued research for most of his life on revegetation of volcanic areas including Paricutin Volcano in Mexico, Guatemala, and Hawaii.  He taught at Gogebic Junior College in Ironwood, MI, Alma College in Alma, MI, Central Michigan College (now University) in Mt. Pleasant, MI, Newcomb College of Tulane University in New Orleans, and, after retirement, at Warren Wilson College in Swannanoa, NC.

     Marriage license says that Willis Eggler was a resident of Cook County, IL and Dorothy Smith a resident of Washington, DC.  The ceremony was performed by E.W. Munson; witnesses were Hanna M. Munson and Adolph Dahlberg.

     Ashes of Willis Eggler scattered, by his wish, at Green Dragon geyser, Norris Basin, Yellowstone National Park; on the beach of Bark Point on Lake Superior, WI; and on the grave of infant Eggler in Alma, MI.

 

More About WILLIS ALEXANDER EGGLER:

Social Security Number: 390-18-1386

 

Notes for DOROTHY MAYBELLE SMITH:

Dorothy Smith graduated from Northland College in Ashland, WI, and then worked for a couple of years at the Library of Congress in Washington. After marrying Willis Eggler, she worked at the University of Minnesota. After raising children, she resumed library work at Tulane University and later volunteered at Warren Wilson College.  She and Willis Eggler were active in the Sierra Club and environmental concerns in North Carolina.

     Ashes of Dorothy Eggler scattered by Willis Eggler, David, and Bruce, with families, on the grave of infant Eggler in the Alma, MI cemetery, in a row of infant graves in the rear of the cemetery.

       

Children of WILLIS EGGLER and DOROTHY SMITH are:

30.              i.    DAVID10 EGGLER.

                  ii.    LIVING EGGLER.

                 iii.    BABY BOY EGGLER, b. April 20, 1943, Alma, MI; d. April 20, 1943, Alma, MI.

 

More About BABY BOY EGGLER:

Burial: City of Alma, MI Cemetery

 

 

22.  BENJAMIN ALBERT9 EGGLER (ALBERT H8, MELCHIOR7, MELCHIOR6, CASPAR5, KASPAR4, ULRICH3, CASPAR2, ULLI1) was born April 06, 1910 in Bayfield, Bayfield, WI98, and died March 24, 1993 in Parma, ID.  He married LIVING TAUSCHER, daughter of FRANK TAUSCHER and ELIZABETH CARPEN. 

 

Notes for BENJAMIN ALBERT EGGLER:

Ben Eggler and Laverne Tauscher met in Chicago in a Methodist church were Albert Eggler was the janitor.  Ben had moved to Chicago shortly before 1930, and his parents moved there shortly after.  Ben trained as a machinist and continued that trade after the family moved to Idaho in 1945.

       

Children of BENJAMIN EGGLER and LIVING TAUSCHER are:

31.              i.    LIVING10 EGGLER.

32.             ii.    LIVING EGGLER.

 

 

23.  LIVING9 EGGLER (JOHN J8, MELCHIOR7, MELCHIOR6, CASPAR5, KASPAR4, ULRICH3, CASPAR2, ULLI1)  She married LIVING ELTAG. 

       

Children of LIVING EGGLER and LIVING ELTAG are:

                   i.    LIVING10 ELTAG.

                  ii.    LIVING ELTAG.

 

 

24.  EDWARD JOHN9 EGGLER (JOHN J8, MELCHIOR7, MELCHIOR6, CASPAR5, KASPAR4, ULRICH3, CASPAR2, ULLI1) was born October 11, 1916 in LaCrosse, WI99, and died 1961100.

 

Notes for EDWARD JOHN EGGLER:

Witnesses at the christening of Edward on October 15, 1916 in the Lutheran Church were Anna Wedell, Gottfried Eggler, and Albert Loeffler.

       

Child of EDWARD JOHN EGGLER is:

                   i.    LIVING10 EGGLER.

 

 

25.  ARTHUR BENJAMIN9 EGGLER (JOHN J8, MELCHIOR7, MELCHIOR6, CASPAR5, KASPAR4, ULRICH3, CASPAR2, ULLI1) was born June 21, 1919 in LaCrosse, WI101, and died September 23, 2001 in Meridian, Lauderdale, Mississippi102.

 

Notes for ARTHUR BENJAMIN EGGLER:

Witnesses at  the christening of Arthur in the Lutheran Church on July 6, 1919 were Lena Wedell and Mrs. Gottfried Eggler.

       

Children of ARTHUR BENJAMIN EGGLER are:

                   i.    LIVING10 EGGLER.

                  ii.    LIVING EGGLER.

                 iii.    LIVING EGGLER.

 

 

26.  WILBUR9 EGGLER (JOHN J8, MELCHIOR7, MELCHIOR6, CASPAR5, KASPAR4, ULRICH3, CASPAR2, ULLI1) was born 1925, and died November 03, 1997 in Madison, Dane, WI.

       

Child of WILBUR EGGLER is:

                   i.    LIVING10 EGGLER.

 

 

27.  PETER HARRY9 DILLON (LOUISA MARGARET8 RUF, MARGARETHA7 EGGLER, MELCHIOR6, CASPAR5, KASPAR4, ULRICH3, CASPAR2, ULLI1) was born June 24, 1892 in Eau Clair, Buffalo, WI.  He married (2) PEARL OLSEN103 September 18, 1913 in Gilmanton, Buffalo, WI103.  She was born Abt. 1896 in Eau Clair, Buffalo, WI.

 

Notes for PETER HARRY DILLON:

From Rex Michael Dillon: "Peter Harry (Dillon) Dillingham had a fight with his Dad, left Wisconsin and changed his name to Dillon.  He never told anyone about this, and therefore it was extremely difficult to track his history until around 1984, when my Aunt Myrna had a breakthrough discovery."  He was married 6 times that Myrna knows of,  2 times under the name of Peter Harry Dillingham and 4 times under the name Herman Peter Dillon.

       

Child of PETER HARRY DILLON is:

33.              i.    LIVING10 DILLON.

 

       

Child of PETER DILLON and PEARL OLSEN is:

                  ii.    LIVING10 DILLINGHAM.

 

 

28.  BLANCHE MARION9 RUFF (AUGUST8, MARGARETHA7 EGGLER, MELCHIOR6, CASPAR5, KASPAR4, ULRICH3, CASPAR2, ULLI1) was born September 09, 1898 in Gilmanton, Buffalo, WI, and died December 25, 1970 in San Diego, San Diego, CA104.  She married ALVIN EUGENE SCOTT.  He was born January 23, 1892 in St Louis, St Louis, MO, and died February 1970 in San Diego, San Diego, CA104.

       

Children of BLANCHE RUFF and ALVIN SCOTT are:

                   i.    LIVING10 SCOTT, m. LIVING CALDWELL.

                  ii.    PATRICIA ANN SCOTT, b. July 30, 1927, San Diego, San Diego, CA; d. October 04, 1986, San Diego, San Diego, CA; m. LIVING HOPKINS.

 

 

Generation No. 5

 

29.  RODERICK A10 O'CONNOR, JR. (EDITH AMILIE9 EGGLER, ALBERT H8, MELCHIOR7, MELCHIOR6, CASPAR5, KASPAR4, ULRICH3, CASPAR2, ULLI1) was born September 29, 1928 in Chicago, IL105, and died January 02, 2002 in St. Charles, IL.  He married JOANNE L BLANCHARD.  She died May 16, 1999 in St. Charles, IL.

 

Notes for RODERICK A O'CONNOR, JR.:

Rod O'Connor served in the US Army during Korea.  For over 37 years he was employed by the DuKane Corporation in St. Charles IL.  He briefly taught at Aurora College.

 

More About RODERICK A O'CONNOR, JR.:

Burial: North Plato Cemetery, Plato Center,  IL

 

More About JOANNE L BLANCHARD:

Burial: North Plato Cemetery

       

Children of RODERICK O'CONNOR and JOANNE BLANCHARD are:

34.              i.    LIVING11 O'CONNOR.

                  ii.    LIVING O'CONNOR, m. LIVING TRIMBLE.

 

 

30.  DAVID10 EGGLER (WILLIS ALEXANDER9, ALBERT H8, MELCHIOR7, MELCHIOR6, CASPAR5, KASPAR4, ULRICH3, CASPAR2, ULLI1)  He married BETSEY ABBEY, daughter of KENTON ABBEY and LOUISE VANBLAD. 

       

Children of DAVID EGGLER and BETSEY ABBEY are:

                   i.    LIVING11 EGGLER.

                  ii.    LIVING EGGLER.

 

 

31.  LIVING10 EGGLER (BENJAMIN ALBERT9, ALBERT H8, MELCHIOR7, MELCHIOR6, CASPAR5, KASPAR4, ULRICH3, CASPAR2, ULLI1)  He married LIVING HICKMAN. 

       

Children of LIVING EGGLER and LIVING HICKMAN are:

35.              i.    LIVING11 EGGLER.

                  ii.    LIVING EGGLER.

 

 

32.  LIVING10 EGGLER (BENJAMIN ALBERT9, ALBERT H8, MELCHIOR7, MELCHIOR6, CASPAR5, KASPAR4, ULRICH3, CASPAR2, ULLI1)  She married LANIS LYONS.  He died Aft. 2001.

       

Child of LIVING EGGLER and LANIS LYONS is:

36.              i.    LIVING11 LYONS.

 

 

33.  LIVING10 DILLON (PETER HARRY9, LOUISA MARGARET8 RUF, MARGARETHA7 EGGLER, MELCHIOR6, CASPAR5, KASPAR4, ULRICH3, CASPAR2, ULLI1)

       

Child of LIVING DILLON is:

                   i.    LIVING11 DILLON.

 

 

Generation No. 6

 

34.  LIVING11 O'CONNOR (RODERICK A10, EDITH AMILIE9 EGGLER, ALBERT H8, MELCHIOR7, MELCHIOR6, CASPAR5, KASPAR4, ULRICH3, CASPAR2, ULLI1)  He married LIVING. 

       

Child of LIVING O'CONNOR and LIVING is:

                   i.    LIVING12 O'CONNOR.

 

 

35.  LIVING11 EGGLER (LIVING10, BENJAMIN ALBERT9, ALBERT H8, MELCHIOR7, MELCHIOR6, CASPAR5, KASPAR4, ULRICH3, CASPAR2, ULLI1)  She married LIVING KIRTLEY. 

       

Children of LIVING EGGLER and LIVING KIRTLEY are:

                   i.    LIVING12 KIRTLEY.

                  ii.    LIVING KIRTLEY.

 

 

36.  LIVING11 LYONS (LIVING10 EGGLER, BENJAMIN ALBERT9, ALBERT H8, MELCHIOR7, MELCHIOR6, CASPAR5, KASPAR4, ULRICH3, CASPAR2, ULLI1)  She married PATRICK CALLAWAY.  He died Aft. 2001.

       

Children of LIVING LYONS and PATRICK CALLAWAY are:

                   i.    LIVING12 CALLAWAY.

                  ii.    LIVING CALLAWAY.

 

 

 

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3.  Julius Billeter, Genealogical Records of Families of Switzerland..

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5.  Oberants Interlaken, Canton Bern, Kirchgemeinde Parish Records of Brienz, Bern, Switzerland, birth p. 113.

6.  Oberants Interlaken, Canton Bern, Kirchgemeinde Parish Records of Brienz, Bern, Switzerland, birth p. 147.

7.  Billeter Records, Abegglen Family of Iseltwald Parish.

8.  Burgerrodel Brienz, Band I.

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10.  Oberants Interlaken, Canton Bern, Kirchgemeinde Parish Records of Brienz, Bern, Switzerland, Birth p. 204.

11.  obituary.

12.  LaCrosse County marriage records, v. 1, p. 0086.

13.  Evangelish-Reformierte Kirche Veltheim (Winterthur), Zurich, Switzerland Records.

14.  Oak Grove Cemetery Record of Burials.

15.  1900 Federal Census.

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17.  Wisconsin Historical Library, Madison, WI Death Records.

18.  1900 Federal Census.

19.  obituary.

20.  Records of German Reformed Church (Trinity United Church of Christ), Mormon Coulee, LaCrosse, WI.

21.  obituary.

22.  tombstone.

23.  obituary.

24.  Records of First German Methodist Episcopal Church (Salzer Memorial), LaCrosse WI.

25.  1920 Federal Census.

26.  obituary of Sara Eggler Loeffler.

27.  tombstone.

28.  Oberants Interlaken, Canton Bern, Kirchgemeinde Parish Records of Brienz, Bern, Switzerland.

29.  obituary of Melchior Eggler.

30.  LaCrosse County marriage records, v. 1, p. 0052.

31.  Oberants Interlaken, Canton Bern, Kirchgemeinde Parish Records of Brienz, Bern, Switzerland, birth records p. 31.

32.  1900 Federal Census.

33.  Billeter Records, Abegglen Family of Iseltwald Parish.

34.  Town of Shelby, LaCrosse, WI, Ev. Luth. Friedens-Gemeinde Church Records.

35.  obituary of Sara Eggler Loeffler.

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42.  ancestry.com CA Death Index.

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46.  Birth certificate of Willis A. Eggler.

47.  obituary.

48.  Wisconsin Historical Library, Madison, WI Death Records.

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50.  LaCrosse County marriage records, v. 5, p. 0226.

51.  WI Marriage index.

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53.  WI Marriage index.

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56.  Social Security Death Index.

57.  tombstone.

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59.  death certificate.

60.  Records of Second (North Side) German Methodist Episcopal Church, LaCrosse WI.

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65.  obituary.

66.  tombstone.

67.  obituary.

68.  tombstone.

69.  Social Security Death Index.

70.  Glenn Thiel.

71.  death certificate.

72.  Glenn Thiel.

73.  Social Security Death Index.

74.  1880 Federal Census.

75.  1920 Federal Census.

76.  1910 Federal Census.

77.  familysearch.com Ancestor Files.

78.  1900 Federal Census.

79.  Alexander S. Caldwell.

80.  1900 Federal Census.

81.  Alexander S. Caldwell.

82.  http://pluto.spaceports.com/~alcald/index3.htm.

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84.  1920 Federal Census.

85.  www.genealogy.org/~mbrown.

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95.  WI delayed & affidavit birth registrations.

96.  Marriage Record, Record "H" from Lake County, MN.

97.  "Family group sheets by Ada Hewitt & Roxie Smith Hubbs."

98.  Social Security Death Index.

99.  Town of Shelby, LaCrosse, WI, Ev. Luth. Friedens-Gemeinde Church Records.

100.  Irene Eggler Altag.

101.  Town of Shelby, LaCrosse, WI, Ev. Luth. Friedens-Gemeinde Church Records.

102.  Ancestry. com Social Security Death Index.

103.  email of Myrna Dillon Hutchings.

104.  Alexander S. Caldwell.

105.  obituary.