Marquardt, Charles (History - 1877)


Janet Schwarze





History of Clark County, Wisconsin (1918)

CHARLES MARQUARDT, who is engaged in dairying and farming. In Section 15, Green Grove Township, was born in this township Jan. 19, 1877. His parents, Ferdinand and Louisa Marquardt, were born and married in Germany, and came to America about 1868. They first settled in Dodge County, Wis., but later removed to Toledo, Ohio.


In 1874 they came to Clark County, Wis., homesteading an eighty-acre farm. They are still residing there, and expect to celebrate their golden wedding in 1917. Ferdinand Marquardt served several years on the township board, also on the school board, being a member of the latter at the present time. He and his wife have had a family of twelve children-Mary, now Mrs. Julius Kops, of Green Grove Township Millie, who died in November, 1915 Albert, now residing in San Francisco Charles, subject of this sketch Louisa, wife of Charles Huhn, of Marathon County, Wis. Herman, also residing in Marathon County Lena, wife of George Tesmer Fred, of Mayville Township Martha, now Mrs. Gust Reinholdt, of Greenwood Frank, of Marathon County Dora, who resides in Chicago, and Benjamin, who is living on the home farm. Charles Marquardt remained with his parents until he was 23 years old. He then bought a farm in Colby Township and resided there seven years, and two years in Colby village, following the trade of carpenter. In 1910 he bought his present farm, then consisting of 120 acres of wild land. Here he has made many improvements, keeping a mixed breed of cattle, of which he milks eight cows. He also raises hay, oats and other crops, and is doing a successful business.


In 1914 he built a comfortable residence of eight rooms, finished in oak, and furnished with bath and other modern conveniences. His barn, 40 by 72 feet in dimensions, was erected in 1909, and he has since put up other buildings. Mr. Marquardt has served at times in public office. While living in Colby he was a member of the school board for several years, and in 1916 he was elected clerk of Green Grove Township, to succeed H. Klein. He is a member of the German Lutheran Church. Mr. Marquardt is a veteran of the Spanish-War, having enlisted for that service in the Third Wisconsin Infantry, Company A, and being mustered in at Neillsville, July 20, 1898. He was in the Porto Rican campaign under Gen. Nelson A. Miles, and was mustered out of service in January, 1899.


On Dec. 28, 1900, Mr. Marquardt was united in marriage with Emma Augustine, a native of Germany, who came to the United States with her parents at an early age, they settling in Clark County, Wis. Her father dying, her mother subsequently married Fred Miller, of Green Grove Township, where she is still living. By her first marriage there were three children-Eureka, now Mrs. Art Neuman, of Clark County Emma, and Ida, widow of Theodore Lulloff. Of the second there were two children-Bertha, who is the wife of Harry Jens, of Colby and Fred, residing at home. Mr. and Mrs. Marquardt are the parents of two children-Clarence, born Feb. 7, 1903, and Mildred, born Oct. 3, 1904.



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