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The Engel - Poh Family History Home Page

Updated September 29, 2014

John Engel
Milwaukee, Wisconsin United States

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This page has five sections:

1. a listing of family surnames being researched, and the towns those families lived in,
2. a wide-ranging assortment of family photos and scanned images,
3. a report listing ancestors' dates of arrival in America,
4. an assortment of "related files" such as genealogy reports and transcribed records, and
5. many "related links" to online obituaries, newspaper items and historical documents.

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We are currently researching the families below in the named localities:

• Bengtsson: Drangsered, Halland, Sweden.
• Bernhardt, Bernhart, Barnhardt, or Barnhart: Neisse, Silesia, Germany; Sheboygan Falls, Sheboygan Co., Wisconsin; Forestville, Door Co., Wis.; Stone Lake, Wis. (Ernst left Wisconsin ca. 1857, for Michigan, and appears in Egg Harbor City, New Jersey in the 1870 census.)
• Bertilsson, Bartilsson: Lilla Kjershult, Drängsered, Halland, Sweden.
• Braun: Möhrungen, East Prussia, Germany; Audubon, Iowa; Elk Twp. (near Worthington), Nobles Co., Minn.
• Brenz: Weil der Stadt, Schwabisch Hall, Stuttgart.
• Clark (formerly Christianson or Kristianson): Drangsered, Halland, Sweden; Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania; Clear Lake, Polk Co., Wisconsin.
• Engel: Friesenheim and Bahlingen, Baden, Germany; Clinton Twp., Linn Co., Iowa (near Palo, Covington, & Cedar Rapids); Elk Twp. (near Worthington), Nobles Co., Minnesota; Vinton, Benton Co., Iowa; Clear Lake & Black Brook, Polk Co., Wis.; West Allis, Milwaukee, & Glendale, Milwaukee Co., Wis. Looking for descendants of Sally Saha (nee Engel), later married Richard Carney, Cedar Rapids.
• Herkert, Hergert, or Harkart: Baden, Germany; Manitowoc Rapids, Manitowoc Co., Wisconsin. Looking for info on and descendants of Lorenz Herkert of Manitowoc.
• Hettiger: Bühl and Niederroedern, Alsace, France (Elsass, Germany); Rome, Oneida Co., New York; Ahnapee Twp. (near Algoma), Kewaunee Co., Wisconsin; Forestville, Door Co., Wisconsin.
• Heuermann: Elk Twp., Nobles Co. Minnesota - near Worthington; Perry and Manning, Iowa.
• Kanarek: Stanomin and Hohensalza (Inowroclaw), Poland; Milwaukee, Wis.
• Keller: Rosenberg, Baden, Germany; Homestead & Middle Amana, Iowa Co., Iowa.
• Kierzek: Sadki, Posen; Buin or Chojnice (Konitz), Poland; Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
• Köhl or Koehl (one branch of this line used "Kahl"): Bahlingen, Eichstetten, Baden, Germany; Fremont Twp. (near Atkins); Benton Co., Iowa.
• Koss: Putzig, West Prussia/Poland; Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
• Krause: Karsbaum and Klützkow, Pommern, Germany; Ahnapee Twp. (near Algoma), Kewaunee Co., Wisconsin.
• Muller (Mueller): Schivelbein, Pommern, Germany.
• Nelson / Nilsson: Kalv, Älvsborg; Abild & Årstad, Halland, Sweden; Denver, Eaton, & Greeley, Colorado; Cheyenne & Athol, Laramie Co., Wyoming; Clear Lake, Polk Co., Wisconsin.
• Poh (Pohe or Pfohe): Hambach, Rheinpfalz, Germany; Philadelphia, Penn.; Manitowoc Rapids, Manitowoc County, Wis.; Forestville & Sturgeon Bay, Door Co., Wis.; Merced, California.
• Schnepf: Heilbronn, Jena, Wimpfen, Tübingen, Germany
• Sommer: Hambach, Rheinpfalz, Germany.
• Qualman, Qualmann: Christinenfeld, Elmenhorst, Hofzumfelde, Klütz, & Damshagen, Mecklenburg, Germany; Rome, Oneida Co., New York; Ahnapee Twp. (near Algoma), Kewaunee Co., Wis.
• Wedewart, Wedeward, or Wedewardt: Blumberg, Wartin & Pinnow, Pommern, Germany; Thiensville, Mequon, & Port Washington, Ozaukee Co., Wis.; Ahnapee Twp. (near Algoma), Kewaunee Co., Wis.
• Wipijewski or Wypijewski: Sokolowo (Kruszyn parish), Szalonki (Byczyna parish) Poland; New Kensington Penn., Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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Family Photos

  • 1891: Geo. J. Engel's teaching certificate. (157 KB)
    George attended the Normal Institute in Cedar Rapids, which qualified him to teach in Linn County.
  • ca 1891-92 Young George J. Engel. (171 KB)
    Perhaps this photo was taken about 1891-92 when George was a school teacher in Iowa.
  • 1961: Death of Anna Wedewart. (59 KB)
    Anna Wedewart died at her home in Sturgeon Bay, Wis. on December 30, 1961 at the age of 94. She was never hospitalized in her entire life! Anna worked as a cook in hotels in Algoma and Sturgeon Bay before marrying Willie Wedewart in 1902. They raised their children, Martha, Mick, and Esther across the street from the Little Lake (Bradley Lake) in Sturgeon Bay. Willie was a carpenter; he died in 1952.
  • 1990: The up and coming generation. (109 KB)
    Helen relaxes with a few of the grandchildren at Joyce's wedding reception, in 1990.
  • 1957: Obituary of George H. Poh, grain buyer. (81 KB)
    George Poh, like his brothers, loved to hunt and fish. He was the grain buyer at the Teweles & Brandeis grain elevator in Sturgeon by for over 30 years. He married Martha Wedewart in 1924 and they raised their children, Helen, George ("Pudge"), and Mary on the "Sawyer" side of Sturgeon Bay. This obituary was published in the December 28, 1957 Green Bay Press-Gazette.
  • 1925: Four generations in the Bernhardt line. (28 KB)
    Bertha Krause Bernhardt is shown here with Anna Wedewart and Martha Poh, who is holding infant Helen.
  • 1926: Minnie Poh dies in Forestville. (72 KB)
    Minnie Poh died in Forestville, Wis. on July 27, 1926 at the age of 59. She was born in Rome, N.Y. on February 25, 1867 to Casper and Minnie Hettiger and moved with them to Forestville later that year. Minnie married John Poh, the Forestville miller, on September 19, 1886 in Sturgeon Bay. The couple raised seven children in their little home by the mill and pond. This obituary was published in the Algoma Record-Herald on August 6, 1926.
  • ca 1900: Anna Barnhardt Wedewart (1867 - 1962). (34 KB)
    Anna Barnhardt Wedewart is shown as she appeared around 1900, a few years before her marriage to Willie.
  • ca 1960: Great Grandma Johanna Engel. (48 KB)
    I only met Great Grandma Engel once. This photo was probably taken about that time in Baldwin Wis.
  • ca. 1945: George and Martha Poh family. (71 KB)
    This photo shows the George and Martha Poh family when Pudge was about to leave for the Merchant Marine. It shows Helen, Martha, Mary, George, and Pudge (George W) Poh at their home in "Sawyer" on the west side of Sturgeon Bay.
  • 1947: Anna & Willie Wedewart celebrate her 80th. (36 KB)
    Open house was held at the home of Wm. Wedewart in honor of Mrs. Wedewart's 80th birthday anniversary. Many friends and relatives called, making it a happy and memorable occasion. Among the many lovely gifts was an orchid corsage, presented by her seven grandchildren. Door County Advocate, 22 August 1947.
  • Anton & Pearl Koss; Anna Kierzek & Edmund Mushall (69 KB)
    Anton and Pearl married on Nov. 10, 1920. Anna and Edmund married on June 22, 1921.
  • 1885: Casper Hettiger dies in Forestville. (66 KB)
    Casper Hettiger died of a cold on March 16, 1885 in Forestville, Wis., leaving a widow and 10 children. He was born on January 20, 1885 in Niederroedern, Alsace, France. He arrived at New York Dec. 21, 1854 on the Ship "Silas Greenman" from Le Havre.
  • ca 1886 Minnie Poh, nee Hettiger, of Forestville. (60 KB)
    Minnie and John Poh, the Forestville flour miller, lived in the little house next to their mill pond, now in the Forestville Dam County Park. Their seven children were Miranda, John, Lawrence, Peter, George, Andrew, and Eleanora.
  • ca 1897: Young Johanna A. Braun. (122 KB)
    Johanna Braun is shown here some time prior to her marriage to Geo. J. Engel on September 13, 1898 in Pfingsten, Minnesota.
  • Pearl and Anton Koss. (94 KB)
    What is the occasion?
  • 1886: Charivari for John Poh & Minnie Hettiger. (77 KB)
    The wedding of John and Minnie was a quiet affair due to the recent death of John's mother. The Door County Advocate noted that the ancient custom of charivari was observed.
  • 1890: A. N. Palmer commends Geo. J. Engel (238 KB)
    The developer of the famous Palmer Method of handwriting here wishes all the success George's "sterling worth" entitles him to upon completion of the three-month penmanship course at the Cedar Rapids Business College.
  • 1859: August Krause Swamp Land Grant certificate. (131 KB)
    On October 12, 1856, August Krause settled on the West half of the South West corner of Section 23 in the Town of Ahnapee. He put up a shanty with a value of $20. This qualified him for a pre-emption claim and he was awarded this swamp land grant on January 18, 1859.
  • 1849: Peter Poh's oath of office. (54 KB)
    On January 8, 1849, Peter Poh signed the oath of office to begin his term as a commissioner on the County Board in Manitowoc Co., Wisconsin.
  • 1909 Geo. J. Engel ships corn for Jackson Grain Co (109 KB)
    George was the buyer for the grain co. at its Covington, Iowa elevator. He ran shipped the grain out on the Milwaukee Road trains. This item is from the Feb. 18, 1909 Cedar Rapids Evening Gazette.
  • ca 1910: John G. Engel with his Shetland ponies. (76 KB)
    John and his Shetlands were a familiar sight in Atkins, Iowa. The farmhouse may well have been on the Engel homestead in Clinton twp. Compare to glimpses in other photos.
  • 1924: George and Martha Poh wed in Sturgeon Bay. (71 KB)
    Martha (Wedewart) Poh didn't see this Door County News account of her 1924 wedding until she was nearly 80 years old. She was tickled to read that she had been "well and favorably known."
  • 1943: Funeral rites held for Geo. J. Engel (134 KB)
    George's obituary in the October 7, 1943 Clear Lake Star (Wis.) speaks of the high esteem in which he was held in the community.
  • 1910: Prosperity Souvenir of Clear Lake, Wis. (151 KB)
    Valleyview Dairy Farm, Andrew J. Nelson, owner. Mr. Nelson has made this place one of the finest farm locations in this section, where 25 years ago all was an unbroken wilderness. Phone No. 22, line No. 4. Breeder of Holstein-Fresian (sic) Cattle. Compiled by the Clear Lake Commercial Club - Business Men's & Farmers Improvement Association.
  • Pearl and Anton Koss family. (94 KB)
    In the front row are Mary Ann, Geraldine, Chuck, and David. In rear are Pearl and Anton. Maybe Gene shot the photograph.
  • 1996: FBI watched as Engel built ties to Soviets. (639 KB)
    This Milwaukee Journal Sentinel obituary by Eldon Knoche ran on July 27, 1996. It touches on many areas of Russell's life, including his WWII service in the USMC, friendship with Soviet citizens, FBI monitoring, Joey's death, letters to the editor, liberal political views, and his long struggle with Pick's disease (still misdiagnosed as Alzheimer's at the time of the obit).
  • 1890: Chris Braun dies in brickyard accident (99 KB)
    The July 17, 1890 Audubon Republican (Iowa) tells the sad tale of the death of Chris Braun. Less than a month after his immigration to the U.S., his death left Louise, his widow, pregnant with their fifth child.
  • 1936: Vote for Geo. J. Engel campaign poster. (63 KB)
    George J. Engel ran for Polk County (Wis.) Treasurer as a Democrat in 1936. He was swamped by the Progressives, as expected, but the Inter-County Leader commented, "Mr. Engel is certainly a very fine gentleman and if the rest of the Democratic ticket were made up of men like him we Progressives could look for a good drubbing."
  • Mary Ann (Koss) Wipijewski and Francis Dodge wed. (36 KB)
    They married in Milwaukee in 1977.
  • Benedicta Jönsdotter (212 KB)
    Benedicta Jönsdotter was born on 12 March 1819 in Abild, Halland, Sweden, and died 29 November 1897 in Ravinge, Sweden. She was married to Christian Bertilsson.
  • 1868: Wisconsin land grant to Bertha Bernhardt (105 KB)
    Bertha Bernhardt was issued this school land grant on March 2, 1868 for the N 1/2 of NE 1/4 of Sec. 7, of T. 26 N, R. 25 E, in Forestville, Door County, Wis. She had paid for the land on January 22, 1868.
  • 1898: Johanna Braun & George Engel wedding. (84 KB)
    Johanna and George married in 1898, in the Town of Elk, Nobles Co. Minnesota. It was his second marriage, her first.
  • 1870: George Engel probate notice. (84 KB)
    John George Engel was the oldest son and the administrator of his father's estate when he published this notice to those indebted to the estate in the Marion Weekly Register, Dec. 8, 1870.
  • 1919: Nat'l Guardsman John Engel & brother Robert (60 KB)
    Jack Engel poses with his brother, Robert, in about 1919. Jack served in the Iowa National Guard 1918-1921, mostly in Co. K, 4th Infantry.
  • David, Pearl, & Barbara Koss with Mary Ann. (53 KB)
    Can somebody identify the occasion?
  • 1921: Jack Engel checks the engine on his Model T. (93 KB)
    Jack Engel and his Ford Model T "Tin Lizzie." Note the fold-down windshield, and the hand crank used to start the engine, in front of the 1921 Iowa license plate.
  • ca 1910: John & Eva Engel at their home in Atkins. (85 KB)
    John and Eva Engel spent their retirement years in this house in Atkins, Iowa from 1897 to 1921.
  • 1960: Russ tunes in Radio Moscow. (124 KB)
    In the 1950s and 1960s, Russ Engel maintained a pen pal relationship with members of the Moscow Peace Committee. So yes, the FBI opened a file on him. April 10, 1960, Milwaukee Journal.
  • 1908: Stanley Kanarek - Veronika Laks wedding. (92 KB)
    Stanley and Veronika married on April 27, 1908 in Milwaukee, his second marriage.
  • George and Johanna Engel's Minnesota home? (338 KB)
    This photo appears to be George and Johanna Engel in front of their farm house in Sec. 18, Elk Twp., Nobles Co., ca. 1899-1901. That may be Charley Brown with the horses and baby John in the pram. George bought the 160 acre farm from Frank & Emma Turner in 1892. He and Johanna sold to Ned Jones in 1901.
  • 1957: Monsignor Joseph Koss memorial card. (114 KB)
    Joseph Koss was named a Domestic Prelate with the title of Monsignor by Pope Pius XII in 1948.
  • ca 1890: Anna J. Nelson (1862-1956). (41 KB)
    This photo of Anna J. Nelson was taken about 1890 in Greeley. Colorado.
  • 1913: A. J. Nelson's letter to the Mayo Clinic. (151 KB)
    On February 15, 1912, A.J.'s left lower lip and surrounding glands were surgically removed by Dr. E. S. Judd, at the Mayo Clinic. Pathologic examination of the specimen revealed a squamous cell epithelioma of low-grade malignancy. On August 30, 1913, A.J. wrote the letter shown. A.J. returned in September 1913; examination revealed a small lump in the area which was removed on September 8, 1913. It consisted of scar tissue and no malignancy was found.
  • 1885 Peter Poh obit: Our old and respected citizen (111 KB)
    He was an industrious honest man who enjoyed respect and affection by those who knew him. Peace to his ashes! - - Manitowoc Post, October 30, 1885.
  • ca 1952: Anna Johanna Nelson. (57 KB)
    This photo was probably taken in 1952 - 1954, in Toledo, Ohio.
  • Peter Poh tombstone being repaired. (82 KB)
    We (Deb and John) repaired Peter Poh's broken tombstone and reset it in Evergreen Cem., Manitowoc on May 11, 2003. The monument says: I.H.S. / In memory of / PETER POH / BORN / May 10, 1814 / DIED / Oct. 22, 1885 / Gone before us O our brother / To the spirit land / Vainly look we for another / In thy place to stand. The verse is from a poem by John Greenleaf Whittier.
  • ca 1880 Chris Christianson, in Wilkes-Barre. (55 KB)
    Chris Christianson was a brother to Anna Johanna Nelson, and Charles and John Emil Clark of Clear Lake, Wis., as well as Anna Beata Johnson of Vancouver, Washington. This photo was taken in Wilkes-Barre Pennsylvania. Chris is believed to have died in an accident while working on the railroad, perhaps in Northern Wisconsin. Chris's actual name may have been Severin.
  • ca 1898: A.J. Nelson's application to join Masons. (265 KB)
    A. J. Nelson joined the Masonic Lodge (No. 230) in Clear Lake, Wisconsin, in about 1898. This is a copy of his original application, showing his signature. One year he served as Junior Warden of the lodge.
  • 1948: Helen Kanarek Wipijewski & Peter Brostowitz. (51 KB)
    Helen married Peter on October 16, 1948 in Bayfield, Wisconsin. It was the second marriage for each of them.
  • ca. 1910: Bertha Bernhardt's Forestville home. (87 KB)
    Bertha Bernhardt is shown in front of the Forestville home that she and Robert moved to upon retirement. It was across the road from the homestead they farmed for over 40 years. Robert had died after having an asthma attack on this porch.
  • 1921: Eva Engel dies in Vinton, Iowa. (69 KB)
    Eva Rosina (Keller) Engel died on August 25, 1921 and this obituary ran in the Cedar Rapids Evening Gazette three days later.
  • 1924 Michael Wipijewski and Helen Kanarek wedding. (67 KB)
    Michael Wipijewski, a World War I veteran, married Helen Kanarek on February 19, 1924 in Milwaukee.
  • ca 1895: Louisa Heuermann (1850-1943). (75 KB)
    Louisa (Neumann) Heuermann was widowed just weeks after arriving with her first husband and four children in America in 1890. Christ Braun was killed when the clay pit he was digging in collapsed on him, in Audubon, Iowa. Louisa was pregnant with her fifth child at the time. She married Henry Heuermann seven months later.
  • 1941-42: Engel Christmas in West Allis. (89 KB)
    Mildred Engel and son Russ prepare for Christmas at their 83rd Street home. The photo dates from a Christmas between the family's purchase of the home in June 1941 and Russ's USMC enlistment in 1943.
  • 1971: Helen Brostowitz (46 KB)
    Helen Brostowitz, nee Kanarek, was 66 years old when this photo was taken in 1971 at the wedding of her grandson, David.
  • ca 1890: The John & Eva Engel family. (95 KB)
    This is another picture of the John and Eva Engel family from Linn County, Iowa. Rosie is in the middle and Ida, Charlie, and George are in the back. Gee, it's too bad Charlie couldn't pull his cigar out of his mouth for the family portrait!
  • 1945 Russ Engel relates his Marine Corps adventure (88 KB)
    Russ was interviewed at his alma mater for this article that appeared in the Nov. 21, 1945 "Halestones" at Nathan Hale High School in West Allis, Wis.
  • ca 1993: Kids meet Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson. (58 KB)
    Steph shakes hands while Jackie looks on.
  • 1945: Russ Engel writes "Let's think, give thank." (75 KB)
    When Russ was interviewed for his high school newspaper about his USMC experiences, he also wrote a letter to the editor, which appeared in the same Nov. 21, 1945 "Halestones" at Nathan Hale High School in West Allis, Wis.
  • ca 1950: Anna Nelson with her spinning wheel. (60 KB)
    Anna Christianson Nelson brought this spinning wheel with her from Sweden in 1885. She used to demonstrate spinning at fairs in or near Clear Lake, Wis.
  • 1962: Russ Engel, brewery worker, visits Moscow. (118 KB)
    The Dec. 2, 1962 Milwaukee Journal featured an article about Russ Engel's visit to pen pals in Moscow at the height of the cold war. Here he stands in from of a telephone booth in Moscow.
  • ca. 1885: Andrew & Anna Nelson in Cheyenne (37 KB)
    Andrew and Anna Nelson were married in 1885 in Denver, This photo was taken within a few years in Cheyenne, Wyoming Territory. Andrew worked as a section boss for the railroad, apparently the Union Pacific.
  • 1886: John Poh, Minnie Hettiger wed _ Sturgeon Bay (96 KB)
    John Poh, our popular miller, and Miss Minnie [H]ettiger were married in your city last Sunday. The wedding was a quiet one owing to the recent death of the groom's mother. The Advocate's correspondent extends congratulations and best wishes to the young couple.... Sept. 30, 1986 Door County Advocate.
  • Willie Wedewart (1869 - 1952). (104 KB)
    Willie Wedewart worked most of his life in Sturgeon Bay, Wis. as a carpenter, or carpenter's assistant. When he was young he worked winters in a lumber camp near Tipler or Long Lake, Wis.
  • Martin Köhl family plot - Raetz Cem. Atkins, Iowa. (35 KB)
    Martin Köhl's was the first burial (1869) in the family cemetery on the Gasser farm. His wife Kate and their children's families were also buried there, including Engels, Gassers, Fritzes, and Kahls. His granddaughter, Mary Raetz, donated the cemetery to the Presbyterian church.
  • 1934: Rev Stuth dedicates Poh Comm'ty Dam and Lake (83 KB)
    On July 5, 1934, about 10,000 people gathered in tiny Forestville, Wis. to celebrate the rebuilding of the old mill dam. Here is Rev. Rudolph Stuth's dedication speech, published in the July 20 Algoma Record-Herald.
  • Anton Koss & Pearl Kierzek. (86 KB)
    Anton and Pearl were married on Nov. 10, 1920, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. I'm not sure if this picture was for their engagement or their wedding.
  • 1996: Setting the record straight on Poh mill. (142 KB)
    This letter to the editor corrects some misinformation about the history of the Poh flour mill that had appeared in a recent story. The letter was published in the March 25, 1996 Door County Advocate.
  • ca. 1945: Mildred Engel's business card. (36 KB)
    Maureen Beauty Shop, Mildred Engel, Prop., Specialize in Permanent Waving, Phone GR. 6114, 3111 So. 92nd St., West Allis, Wis.
  • 1941: Andrew J. Nelson obituary - town treasurer. (100 KB)
    Andrew died June 12, 1941 and this obituary appeared in the Clear Lake Star (Wis.) on June 26, 1941. He was born in Årstad, Halland, Sweden and had arrived in the U.S. and departed for America on May 16, 1884, aboard the steamship Orlando. He is buried in the Swedish Congregational Church cemetery in Clear Lake.
  • 1935: Golden Wedding at Andrew Nelson's. (94 KB)
    Andrew J. Nelson and Anna J. Christianson celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on their farm. This article appeared in the Clear Lake Star (Wis.) on June 27, 1935. They had married in Denver in 1885, just after Anna's arrival from Sweden.
  • ca. 1878: The John & Eva Engel family. (92 KB)
    John and Eva (Keller) Engel posed for this photo with their first three children in about 1878. Charlie is on the left, George is on the right, and Ida is on her mother's lap. Rosie was born about a year later.
  • 1935: Andrew & Anna Nelson 50th Anniversary (89 KB)
    Andrew & Anna (Christianson) Nelson celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary at their home in Clear Lake, Wisconsin on June 21, 1935. From left to right are Mildred Engel, Anna Young, Andrew Nelson, Sydney Nelson, Anna Nelson, Mayme Swanson, Dora Linander, and John Emil Clark.
  • 1914 John Poh recalls "old mill ran day and night" (122 KB)
    Miller John Poh was interviewed about the history of the Forestville Flour Mill for this item in the Jan 30, 1914 issue of the Algoma Record (Wis.). He recalls the busy days when farmers would sleep on their bags of wheat awaiting their turns in the long line at the mill.
  • ca. 1895: Johanna Braun and her sisters. (41 KB)
    Christoff and Louise Brauns' four daughters were (clockwise from left): Johanna, Pauline, Bertha, and Elizabeth. Johanna married Geo. J. Engel in 1898. Pauline married George Overton; Bertha died single at age 20; and Elizabeth married Ralph Wright around 1912. The girls had a brother Charlie, who moved to Saskatchewan, and a half-brother, Eddie Heuermann.
  • 1925: John Poh obituary: A beloved father. (101 KB)
    In the death of Mr. Poh the town of Forestville has lost a good citizen an upright and honored resident. John Poh is buried in St. Mary's Catholic cemetery, Maplewood. Door County News, May 14, 1925.
  • 1835: Casper Hettiger's civil birth certificate. (228 KB)
    This is Casper's birth certificate from 20 January 1835 in Niederroedern, Alsace, France. The French record shows his first name as Gaspard, and he is the son of Jean Hettiger and Anne Marie Heyd.
  • 1976: Russ Engel letter raps drinking drivers (223 KB)
    In a Letter to the Editor, Russ expresses dismay at others' sympathetic support for a local television host who killed two when young women by driving while intoxicated. The letter was published in the July 19, 1976 Milwaukee Journal.
  • ca 1895: Willie Wedewart. (90 KB)
    Willie Wedewart was in Marinette, Wisconsin for this photo.
  • John and Mary (Engel) Saha of Palo, Iowa. (45 KB)
    John Saha and Mary Engel were married on Jan. 1, 1874 in Linn County, Iowa. They raised six children on their farm near Palo. They were George, Marietta Mae, John, Kate, Henry, and Anna.
  • 1804: Baptismal record of Anne Marie Heyd. (176 KB)
    This is the civil birth record of Anne Marie Heyd, mother of Casper Hettiger. The record is in German, and shows that Anne Marie was born in Niederroedern (3 Messidor XII of the French Republican Calendar) about 1804, June 21st (Gregorian calendar). She was the daughter of Gaspard Heyd and Marguerite Trommetter. The parents both died before 1833.
  • 1977: Court decisions rapped by Russ Engel (166 KB)
    In this Letter to the Editor, Russ criticizes judges for barring a mentally incompetent man from donating his kidney to save the life of his sister. This letter was published in the Milwaukee Journal on January 13, 1977.
  • ca 1930: Willie Wedewart at home in Sturgeon Bay. (114 KB)
    Willie Wedewart poses in his front yard on Cedar Street in Sturgeon Bay, Wis. He was a carpenter.
  • 1833: Jean Hettiger & Anne Marie Heyd marriage. (423 KB)
    Jean (Johannes) Hettiger and Anne Marie Heyd were the parents of Casper Hettiger. They married on 23 July 1833 at Niederroedern, Alsace, France.
  • Clark / Christianson siblings of Clear Lake, Wis. (54 KB)
    These are four of the children of Christian Bertilsson, of Drängsered, Halland, Sweden. They all lived in Clear Lake at one time or another. They are John Emil Clark, Anna Beata Johnson, Charles Clark, and Anna Johanna Nelson (back). The photo is from about 1905-1910.
  • 1977: Russ Engel letter focuses on favored few. (150 KB)
    In a Letter to the Editor, Russ points to the privileges afforded Congressman Henry Reuss, who apparently had panned a $50 tax rebate. This letter was published in the February 5, 1977 Milwaukee Sentinel.
  • 1936: Jack Engel - director of Zenith Foundry C.U. (42 KB)
    Jack Engel worked at the Zenith Foundry in West Allis during the Great Depression. When a credit union was organized, he served a term on the board of directors.
  • 1964: Joey Engel in Milwaukee Braves jacket. (43 KB)
    Joey Engel, shown here in his Milwaukee Braves jacket, was described by his baseball coach as the backbone of the team. Joey and his friend Richard were killed in 1964 by an "imprudent driver" who would not consent to an alcohol test.
  • ca 1908: Annie Wedewart at home in Sturgeon Bay. (48 KB)
    Mickey & Martha sit on the porch while Anna Wedewart holds Esther. Anna bought the home about 1902. George & Martha (Wedewart) Poh bought it from her after the death of Willie, Anna's husband. The remodeled home still stands at 1028 N. 3rd Street in Sturgeon Bay.
  • 1977: "Death Toll Corrected" by Russ Engel letter. (51 KB)
    Russ Engel's Letter to the Editor cites FBI figures for law enforcement deaths being much lower than those cited by a death penalty advocate. This letter was published in the March 9, 1977 Milwaukee Journal.
  • 1948: Michael S. Wipijewski - death notice. (62 KB)
    Michael Wipijewski was a World War I veteran and member of American Legion, Washington Post No. 2 and St. Hyacinth's Church. He died at age 47. Michael is interred at the "Soldiers' Home cemetery" at Wood. Milwaukee Journal, January 26, 1948.
  • ca 1945: Russ & Helen join friends for a Schlitz. (47 KB)
    Russ and Helen joined friends for a beer. Russ worked for the Schlitz brewery in Milwaukee for over 30 years. Note the men are each wearing a medal on their civilian clothes.
  • ca 1895: Mrs. Wilhelmina Krause, nee Mueller. (84 KB)
    Minnie Krause was born in Schievelbein, Pommern to Geofry Mueller and wife. She and August Krause had four children who lived to adulthood in the Town of Ahnapee, Kewaunee Co., Wis. The family attended St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Ahnapee.
  • 1937: Andrew J. Nelson - Affidavit of Petitioner (298 KB)
    Andrew Nelson may have been naturalized twice! He swore under oath that he filed first papers in Erie, Colorado in 1894 and final papers in Cheyenne in 1889. But when he applied for Social Security no citizenship record could be found. He filed a new petition on Aug. 14, 1937 and was admitted to full citizenship (again?) on April 18, 1938 in Balsam Lake, Polk Co., Wisconsin.
  • 1927: Lawrence Wypijewski - Kuryer Polski obituary (90 KB)
    Lawrence Wypijewski died at the age of 48 in Wauwatosa on March 9, 1927. He was buried in St. Adalbert cemetery from St. Josephat's Church. This obituary ran in the March 10, 1927 issue of the Kuryer Polski, Milwaukee's Polish newspaper. An English translation is included here.
  • Anna J. Nelson in her later years. (65 KB)
    After Andrew died, Anna divided her time at the homes of her children in various parts of the country. She died in Sylvania, Ohio in January 1956.
  • ca 1900: Robert Barnhardt of Forestville. (55 KB)
    Robert Barnhardt and his brothers, Ernst, Frank, and Julius, built the first sawmill and blacksmith shop in Forestville, Door Co., Wis. in 1856. The business failed in the panic of 1857, so Ernst moved away and the other brothers turned to farming.
  • 1859 August Krause declares intent for citizenship (158 KB)
    August Krause filed his first papers, declaring his intention to become a citizen of the United States, on April 4, 1859 in Kewaunee, Wisconsin. He had arrived in the U.S. less than three years prior and settled in Ahnapee, Wisconsin. No final citizenship papers have been found.
  • 1924: George Poh & Martha Wedewart wedding photo. (93 KB)
    George Poh married Martha Wedewart (both on the left) in Sturgeon Bay, Wis., on June 30, 1924. Their siblings, Milton "Mick" Wedewart and Elnora Poh were the attendants.
  • 1993: Pearl Koss at 98 years of age. (90 KB)
    This photo of Pearl Kierzek Koss was taken in the summer of 1993 in her Milwaukee home. She died in 1995.
  • ca 1890: Wilhelmina "Minnie" Wedewart. (61 KB)
    Minnie came to America as an infant in 1853 or 1854, apparently with her mother, Louise. She was apparently hearing-impaired. Her only son, Willie, was 24 when she died of cancer in 1893, in Ahnapee, Wisconsin.
  • 1839: Peter Poh declares intention for citizenship (829 KB)
    Peter Poh declared his intention to become a citizen of the United States on December 28, 1839 before the Court of Common Pleas in Philadelphia. His brother, Ludwig, declared his intent the same day. Peter was naturalized in Philadelphia on October 23, 1844.
  • ca 1900: Anna M. Barnhardt. (40 KB)
    Anna Barnhardt grew up on her parents' farm in Forestville, Wisconsin. She worked as a cook at the Hotel Algoma, and then the Hotel French in Sturgeon Bay, before she married Willie Wedewart on November 5, 1902.
  • 1868: John Engel and Eva Keller's wedding? (278 KB)
    John and Eva married on April 2, 1868 in a civil ceremony at Marion Iowa.
  • 1880: Peter Poh signs oath as Justice of the Peace (136 KB)
    Peter Poh was elected to a two year terms as a Justice of the Peace in Manitowoc Rapids on April 6, 1880. He assumed his post on April 22 when he provided two men as his sureties and signed this oath of office.
  • Johannes Brenz - Reformer of Württemberg. (179 KB)
    Johannes Brenz, 1499-1570, was a friend of Martin Luther and believed to be an ancestor of Martin Köhl. He was the key figure in institutionalizing the Lutheran Church in Württemberg.
  • 1886: Christening on a Grand Scale (121 KB)
    July 22, 1886, Ahnapee Record. Christening on a Grand Scale - Ten Juveniles of the late Caspar Hettiger were baptized by the Rev. A. G. Doehler on Sunday last. At night a dance took place which was kept up until daybreak next morning, when all went home sorry that the good time was over with.
  • 1925: Martin & Frances Kierzek family. (74 KB)
    Martin and Frances Kierzek posed with their children in October 1925 for their 50th wedding anniversary. Front: Frances, Rev. Anthony Kierzek, Martin. Rear: Pearl, Anna, Helena, Frank, Stanley, Joseph, Catherine, Mary, and Victoria.
  • Dietrich Schnepf (1525-1586) -minister, theologian (131 KB)
    Dietrich (Theodoricus) Schnepf was a son of the Lutheran reformer, Erhard Schnepf. He married Barbara Brenz, oldest daughter of Johannes Brenz - the Reformer of Württemberg.
  • Before 1925: Clarks & Nelsons of Clear Lake, Wis. (64 KB)
    John Emil & Johanna Clark, Anna J. & Andrew J. Nelson, and Charles & Emma Lovisa Clark of Clear Lake, Wisconsin pose in their Sunday best.
  • Erhard Schnepf (1495-1558) - Lutheran reformer. (176 KB)
    Erhard Schnepf was an early follower of Martin Luther. He and Johannes Brenz were leaders of the Reformation in Württemberg, and their children Dietrich and Barbara, married. All appear to be ancestors of our Martin Köhl of Eichstetten, who moved to Iowa in 1856.
  • A. J. Nelson's Valleyview Dairy Farm, Clear Lake, (76 KB)
    The 1914 Atlas of Polk County, Wisconsin includes this thumbnail photo of A.J. Nelson's family in the field in front of the house, windmill, sheds, barn, and cement silo. The barn was built in 1901 and the silo was built by son, Charlie, in 1913.
  • 1867: Minnie Qualman Hettiger & Daughter Minnie. (252 KB)
    Minnie (Qualman) Hettiger died within about five years of this 1867 photo, while giving birth to another child. She was Casper Hettiger's first wife. Here she is with daughter Minnie, who grew up to marry John Poh.
  • 1867: Casper Hettiger (1835 - 1885). (159 KB)
    Casper Hettiger arrived at New York Dec. 21, 1854, on the Ship "Silas Greenman" from Le Havre. He was from Niederroedern, Elsass. He settled in Rome, NY, where he married Minnie Qualman in 1860. They moved on to Forestville, Wis. in 1867, where they lived through the Great Fire of 1871.
  • 1885: Peter Poh - Der Nor-Western obituary. (96 KB)
    This obituary was published in German in Der Nord-Western (Manitowoc) on October 29, 1885. Peter had died on October 22. The obit references his having held nearly every public office in Manitowoc Rapids. We know of town supervisor, town chairman, justice of the peace, county commissioner, constable, and both director and treasurer of the school board. Peter is buried in Evergreen Cemetery, Manitowoc.
  • 1948: Helen Wipijewski and Peter Brostowitz. (29 KB)
    Helen Wipijewski, nee Kanarek, married Peter Brostowitz on October 16, 1948 at Bayfield, Wisconsin. Her first husband was Michael Wipijewski, with whom she had four children.
  • 1909: Marianne Smolinski - Kuryer Polski obituary. (94 KB)
    Marianne Wysocki married Francis Kanarek in 1863 in Inowroclaw, Poland. She arrived in the U.S. on June 23, 1903 with her second husband, Martin Smolinski, settling in Milwaukee. She died there on June 26, 1909 and was buried in St. Adalbert's cemetery. Kuryer Polski, June 28, 1909.
  • ca1879 Christian Bertilsson & Benedicta Jönsdotter (150 KB)
    Christian and Benedicta were the parents of Anna Johanna Nelson, John Emil Clark, and Charlie Clark, all of Clear Lake, Wis., as well as Anna Beata Johnson of Vancouver, Washington.
  • 1938: Stanislaus Kanarek - Kuryer Polski obituary. (120 KB)
    This obituary from Milwaukee's Polish-language newspaper shows that Stanislaus Kanarek was a member of several Polish-American societies. One, the Polish Roman Catholic Union of America is the oldest Polish-American organization in the United States. It was viewed as "loyal" to the Catholic Church at a time when many Poles resented Irish domination of the church hierarchy. The Polish Association of America was a fraternal insurance society, now renamed.
  • The Ship "Donau" from Hamburg. (155 KB)
    John Qualmann, his second wife, Elizabeth, and the children sailed from Hamburg on the bark "Donau" arriving at New York on December 10, 1853. The ship was built in 1853 for the Hamburg-Amerikanische Paketfahrt-Aktiengesellschaft (HAPAG, Hamburg-America Line). The Qualmans settled in Rome, New York and moved on to Ahnapee, Kewaunee Co., Wisconsin in 1867.
  • ca. 1940: Mick Wedewart at LaPlante's Lunch. (687 KB)
    Mick and Marion (LaPlante) Wedewart operated LaPlante's Lunch at 84th & Becher in West Allis for many years. This photo was taken about 1940, with a menu featuring T-Bone steaks for 40 cents!
  • ca 1910: Andrew and Anna Nelson. (43 KB)
    This photo of Andrew and Anna Nelson of Clear Lake was taken in a studio at Amery, Wis. in about 1910. Andrew went to town to have his mustache and beard shaved off on May 1 every year.
  • 1947: Willie Wedewart. (47 KB)
    Willie Wedewart was 78 years old when this photo was taken in Sturgeon Bay, Wis.
  • ca 1920: John G. (Jack) Engel, Iowa National Guard (82 KB)
    ca 1918 Jack Engel served in the Iowa National Guard from Oct. 18, 1918 to Oct. 17, 1921. He was a Private First Class in the infantry.
  • Maureen Beauty Shop - Mildred Starz, R.C. (39 KB)
    Mildred needed new business cards for her beauty shop after her marriage to Frank Starz. She operated the Maureen Beauty Shop from 1943 to 1970.
  • Joseph Engel, Knight of the Altar (96 KB)
    Joey was a Catholic altar boy at the time he and his classmate, Richard Tegge, were struck and killed by an "imprudent driver" who had been drinking. Sister Mary Monda, R.S.M., who led the altar boys, probably wrote this memorial.
  • 1936: National Farm Loan Association ink blotter. (117 KB)
    George J. Engel served as a director and Secretary-Treasurer of the Four County Corners National Farm Loan Association in Clear Lake, Wis. This ink blotter, with George's name, shows the 1936 calendar. "Own A Farm Home" has been overwritten with "Buy War Bonds."
  • ca. 1940: Mildred L. Engel. (277 KB)
    Mildred L. (Nelson) Engel was a beautician in West Allis, Wis. for over thirty years. She graduated from the Badger School of Beauty Culture in 1934. She owned and operated the Maureen Beauty Shop on 92nd St. at Oklahoma Ave. from 1943 to 1970.
  • 1944: PFC Russ Engel, USMC. (39 KB)
    Russ was a PFC in the 4th Marine Division at the time of this photo in October, 1944.
  • ca 1884-85: Anna Johanna Kristiansdotter in Sweden (31 KB)
    This photo of Anna was taken in Halmstad, Sweden, before she immigrated to America in 1885 and married Andrew J. Nelson. Are these facts contradicted by the ring on her finger? Is it an engagement ring or a wedding ring?
  • Russ Engel at Age 17: "Right out of boot camp." (48 KB)
    This picture of the young Marine was taken in January 1944, two weeks before he joined the war in the Pacific Theater.
  • 1893 Wilhelmina Wedewart - Ahnapee Record obituary (38 KB)
    Minnie Wedewart was 40 years old when she died of cancer at her uncle's home in Ahnapee. Minnie left one son, William. This obituary appeared in the September 7, 1893 Ahnapee (Wis.) Record.
  • ca 1918: John & Eva Engel's house in the orchard. (72 KB)
    In about 1918 John & Eva Engel moved from Atkins to this small house in the orchard, north of the old farmhouse, on the Engel homestead in Clinton Twp. Their son George J. and Johanna Engel were raising their large family in the main house. Left to right: ?; ?; Geo. J. Engel; ?; ?; Ida, Jacob & Richard Schirm; and John & Eva Engel.
  • 1947: Tell about the plane ride, Gran' Ma! (179 KB)
    This newspaper clipping shows Anna Nelson with son Charlie and his children and grandchildren after her first airplane ride. It's from a Gresham, Oregon newspaper, April 17, 1947.
  • 1925: Jack Engel marries Mildred Nelson. (55 KB)
    The August 25, 1925 Clear Lake Star (Wis.) reported on the marriage of Jack and Mildred in Stillwater, Minn. The same issue reports that Jack left to work in a corn cannery in Iowa. Mildred soon joined him in Vinton, Iowa.
  • ca 1925: John & Mildred (Nelson) Engel. (98 KB)
    John and Mildred married on Aug. 13, 1925 in Stillwater, Minnesota. We don't know whether this is their wedding picture, but it's the closest thing they had to one.
  • ca 1930: Mildred Engel - Born to raise hell? (146 KB)
    Mildred Engel in her wild and crazy days. The boy may be Andrew John "Jack" Nelson. The photo was probably taken during the 1930s. Note - the kickstand is down.
  • 1947: Anna Nelson takes to the air. (181 KB)
    This is one of two newspaper accounts about the Flying Grandma - Anna Nelson's first airplane ride in 1947.
  • 1947: Nana got her gun. (56 KB)
    This photo of Helen Engel with a rifle was taken on her honeymoon in South Dakota, in June 1947.
  • 1900: August Krause dies in Ahnapee. (60 KB)
    August Krause died in Ahnapee, Kewaunee Co., Wis. on November 17, 1900. This Algoma Record obituary misspells his place of birth. He was born in a Pomeranian village named Karsbaum on June 18, 1816. He came to America with his wife, Minnie, and daughters, Bertha and Amelia, on the ship Republik, from Bremen. They arrived at New York on July 10, 1856.
  • 1918: Forestville Dam in spring (183 KB)
    This is the earliest known photo of the Forestville Dam which harnessed the power of the Ahnapee River for John Poh's flour mill. The photo is labeled, "George Poh and Constant Vanderveld fishing at the first gate in the Spring of the year. 'Look out for the game warden.' 1918 Taken by Andrew Poh." George Poh, Andrew's brother, is on the left with the spear.
  • ca 1944: Helen Poh, Cadet Nurse. (55 KB)
    Helen Poh committed to serve as a lieutenant in World War II upon graduation from Marquette University, in exchange for a tuition grant. Since the war ended before graduation, she was released from her obligation.
  • 1902: Minnie Krause dies in Ahnapee. (73 KB)
    The Algoma Record reported the Nov. 22 death of Minnie Krause in its Nov. 28th issue. Her birthplace, Schievelbein, Pomerania, was misspelled in the paper. Wilhelmina Mueller had married August Krause in 1946 and brought their family to America in 1856. They farmed in Ahnapee.
  • Historical Marker - Forestville Dam and grist mill (672 KB)
    In 2008 the Door County Historical Society presented this marker to the county and it was installed in the park in 2009. It describes the flour mill that was once a booming business in southern Door County. See the 1918 photo of the original earth and log dam elsewhere on this page. Contact for more information about the history of the dam and mill.
  • ca 1895: Bertha Bernhardt (1846-1939). (57 KB)
    Bertha Krause Bernhardt was married to Robert Bernhardt for 40 years before his death in Forestville. Ten of their eleven children survived to adulthood. Bertha was a charter member of St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Forestville.
  • ca 1900: Forestville Flour Mill. (495 KB)
    This is the flour mill described below, built by Charles Cofrin for Youngs & Fetzer, and then bought by the head miller, John Poh, in 1901. John and Minnie Poh raised their seven children in the house in the foreground. The mill is in the center, and the low-lying engine house is between the mill and the horse & buggy.
  • John Poh (1856-1925). (44 KB)
    Forestville Mill Sold. The grist mill property at Forestville formerly owned by Fetzer & Youngs, was sold the latter part of last week to John Poh, consideration $5,250. The mill has practically been under the management of Mr. Poh during the past several years and the people at Forestville and vicinity are pleased to have him remain in charge. Some costly improvements will be made in the mill during the next few months and Forestville may then boast of a first-class flouring mill. Algoma Record, November 29, 1901.
  • ca 1930: George & Johanna Engel - Black Brook farm (140 KB)
    Clear Lake (Wis.) Star, 20 August 1924. Black Brook. Last week A. F. Kolrusch sold his farm to Mr. Engel from Clear Lake. Mr. Engel took possession on Tuesday. Mr. Kohlrusch and family moved to Cassius Newville's farm for the present.
  • 1921: Eva Keller Engel's memorial card. (140 KB)
    Eva died on August 25, 1921 in Vinton, Iowa.
  • Engel Family Bible - Engel, Köhl, entries. (122 KB)
    Heinrich Engel born 27th of May 1861. Father Martin Köhl died 23rd of May 1869. Our Father Georg Engel died November 1st, 1870. Our mother died in March 1871. Georg Engel born the 12th of January in the morning 10 o'clock 1869. Karl Engel born the 1st of August in the morning 2 o'clock, 1872. Ida Engel born the 8th of August 1875. Rosina Engel born the 18th of December 1879.
  • 1921 George J. Engel farm auction, Covington, Iowa (138 KB)
    This auction advertisement appears in the January 4, 1921 Cedar Rapids Evening Gazette. George gave up stock cattle in Iowa for a dairy farm in Clear Lake, Wis. when his father sold the family farm.
  • Engel Family Bible - Engel - Huber entries. (42 KB)
    Anna M. Engel married the 18th of May 1862 Jakob Huber of Kindringen. He died the 19th of June 1862.
  • 1914: George J. Engel is popular politician (107 KB)
    The editor kidded George about being popular with Republicans when his job was to enforce Democratic Party discipline. July 7, 1914. Cedar Rapids Evening Gazette.
  • 1856: Engel Family Bible - title page. (110 KB)
    This Lutheran bible was published in 1856, in Basel, Switzerland.
  • 1915: George Engel heads Game Protective Assn. (130 KB)
    George headed a new organization to enforce hunting restrictions on local farmers' lands. October 20, Cedar Rapids Evening Gazette.
  • 1857 Engel Family Bible - inscription by minister. (44 KB)
    "In remembrance of your minister, Fr. Raupp, pastor in Bahlingen, Grand Duchy of Baden. 1857." This bible was apparently presented to Engels upon their departure for the New World.

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