Bio: Lehnerd, Joseph (History - 1854)

Contact: Janet Schwarze




----Source: 1891 History of Clark and Jackson County, Wisconsin, by Franklyn, Curtiss-Wedge, page 149.

JOSEPH LEHNERD, of Section 25, Eaton Township, was born in Addison Township, Washington County, Wisconsin, February 8, 1854, the son of Frank Lehnerd, who was born in Byrne, Germany, June 9, 1818. He came to the United States in 1848, settling in Washington County, but now lives with his son Joseph. O f his four children three still survive: Barbara, now Mrs. Meixensperger, and lives in Dodge County Joseph, the subject of this sketch Theresa, of Muscoda, Wisconsin.

Joseph, our subject, was reared to farm life, and received his education in the common and private schools of his native county. He came to this county in 1870, and first worked in the pineries thirteen winters on Black and Popple rivers, and also drove logs three springs. Before coming to this county he worked nearly a year in a saw mill in White Hall and Montague, Michigan. He followed the wagon-maker's trade in Neillsville until the spring of 1887, when he settled on his present farm of eighty acres, which he had previously purchased. He has since cleared twenty-five acres of this tract, and is engaged in general farming and stock-raising.

Mr. Lehnerd was married November 18, 1884, to Sophia Esselman, daughter of Clement Esselman, of Loyal Township, Clark County. They have four children: Frank, born January 10, 1886 Joseph, March 27, 1887 Lawrence, March 19, 1888 and Edward, February 20, 1889, all of whom are deceased except the last named. Mr. and Mrs. Lehnerd are members of the Catholic Church, and the former is independent in politics.




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