Raether, Frank Emil (History - 1855)


Janet Schwarze





----Source: 1918 History of Clark County, Wisconsin

                    Scott Raether & Family--Mr. & Mrs. F. E. Raether

FRANK EMIL RAETHER, who is engaged in general farming and stock raising in Section 20, Levis Township, was born in Milwaukee, Wis., Feb. 21, 1855, son of Charles Augustus and Augusta (Rohnig) Raether, who had come to the United States from Germany in 1850. He attended school in Dodge County, Wis., where his parents had settled after removing from Milwaukee, but after a year's schooling there, went to Waukesha County, where he finished his literary education. After that he took up the carpenter's trade and in 1876 came to Neillsville, Clark County, being still unmarried. It was on May lst that he reached Neillsville, having driven in from Hatfield, there being then no railroad, and here he took up any ordinary work that he could find to do. For ten winters he worked the woods and was on the drive nine springs. He had rented a farm and the intervals between his other work, engaged in agriculture. In 1883 moved to Neillsville, where he bought a house and followed the carpenter's trade for twenty-two years. Then he again took up farming, first renting a place in York township and afterwards buying his present farm in Section 20, in company with his son, Scott Hugh. This was about 1904. The farm contained 200 acres, and was partly improved, among the improvements being an old house and log barn. Since then he and his son have built a good residence and a basement barn, 70 by 36 feet in size. They raise Durham cattle and engage in general farming. During his career as a carpenter, while residing in Neillsville, Mr. Raether helped to build many of the most important buildings in that place and the vicinity. He and his son are both members of the Woodmen's camp in Neillsville.


Frank E. Raether was married Oct. 24, 1876, to Roselette Monroe, of Waushara Count Wis. She was born in Allegheny County, N. Y., Mar. 22, 1855, daughter of Maxson and Elizabeth (Ball) Monroe. Her father, who was born in New York State, Feb. 12, 1828, drove through Clark County at an early day and was at Milwaukee when there was only one house there, which was used as a hotel. He had come from New York State, driving to Richford, Waushara County, Wis., with his wife and four children, Rozell, Rozetta, Rosellen and Roselette. A child named Rosabell was born in Wisconsin. Mr. Monroe spent the rest of his life in Waushara County as a farmer, and died Jan. 26, 1905. His wife, Mrs. Elizabeth Ball Monroe, was born April 26, 1828, and died Mar. 26, 1887. Mr. and Mrs. Raether have had two children: Scott Hugh and Winnie May. Scott Hugh, who was born in Washburn Township, Clark County, July 20, 1883, married Ellen Anderson, a native of Illinois, and daughter of August Anderson, now a resident of Dewhurst Township, this county. He and his wife have had four children, one of whom named Forest, died at the age of two years. The survivors are Verna, Vivia, Velda and Clarence. Winnie May Raether, who is now deceased, was born in Pine Valley Township, Dec. 31, 1877, and was the wife of William Horton, of Levis Township.



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