Obit: Boie, Helen (1860 - 1894)

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Helen's husband John Boie was the son of Nicholas and Cecilia Tanner Boie, early settlers from Germany in New Holstein, Wisconsin. John had six sisters and several brothers. Helen's maiden name was Lena Greve. She and John married on September 4, 1883, according to Wisconsin pre-1907 vital records, now free for searching at the Wisconsin Historical Society.


Obituary of Nicholas Boie


Death of a Pioneer
One of the Early Settlers of New Holstein Died on Wednesday at the Age of Eighty-Eight Years


On Wednesday, November 10, another of the sturdy pioneers of New Holstein passed to that mysterious world beyond the grave. A message received in this city that day brought news of the death of Nicholas Boie, father of Mrs. E. W. Paulsen, who lived to the age of 88 years, 4 months and 5 days. Mr Boie had been in feeble health for the past year and although his death was not entirely unexpected it brought the deepest sorrow to the members of his family and to old neighbors and friends in the community of which he was a part for the past fifty-five years.

Nicholas Boie was born in Germany, July 21, 1821. In 1850 he was married to Cecilia Tonner and three years later they emigrated to America and located in the woods in the town of New Holstein, one mile south of the village. The task set before him and his life partner was no easy one. Located in a dense forest with little or no experience they began the work of carving out a home. The privations and hardships which they underwent would have discouraged a less determined couple and caused them to abandon the work, but not so with this couple, for they were determined and their efforts were crowned with success.

For nearly fifty years, or until some six years ago, they resided on the farm which they secured from the government when they located in New Holstein. Some six years ago they disposed of the farm and moved into the village where they spent their declining years enjoying the fruits of their labor. About a year ago Mr. Boie's health began to fail, owing to old age, and he was given every care and comfort that his children could secure for him.

During his long residence in New Holstein he was recognized as an upright and patriotic citizen, a good neighbor, devoted husband and father. He is survived by his widow, three sons, John of Clark county, Henry and Wm. Of Spokane, Washington, and six daughters, Mesdames, Ferd Hachez, Fred Matzen, Aug. Hansen of New Holstein, E. W. Pauisen of Chilton, Chas. Sebelin and Albert Arps of Ouray, Colorado. The funeral will take place this Saturday afternoon.


----Sources:  - Chilton Times November 13, 1909



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