Raether, Charles Augustus (History - 1855)


Janet Schwarze




----Source: 1918 History of Clark County, Wisconsin., page 451

Charles Augustus Raether, who died in Levis Township in 1918 at the age of 63 years, was in his day a well-known and respected citizen of that township, in which he settled at an early day, becoming a pioneer farmer. He was born in Potsdam, Germany, and was there married June 16, 1850, to Augusta Rohing. She was born July 16, 1828, in Berlin and died March 17, 1894. He and his bride immediately left Germany for the United States, the journey being practically a wedding trip for them, and landed in this country after a seven weeks voyage in a sailing vessel. They located first in Milwaukee, where Mr. Raether followed the tailor's trade, which he had learned in Germany. A few years later he and his family removed to Dodge County, having then four children- Louisa, Bertha (who died at the age of 1 year, in Milwaukee), Frank and Albert and there he worked at the carpenter's trade, remaining four or five years. During that time two other children were born-Otto and Barney. Mr. Raether and his family next removed to Waukesha County, where he followed his trade, remaining until 1878, when they came to Clark County, stopping first at Neillsville. After looking over the prospect he took up farming in Section 2, Levis Township, securing 180 acres of partly improved land which he started to improve, and on which he resided until his death, Sept. 11, 1891. During the civil War period he was a carpenter and bridge builder. His religious faith was that of the German Lutheran Church. In addition to the six children already mentioned, he and his wife had five others, who were born in Waukesha County Gusta, Frances, Edward, Emelia and Ida.



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