Roewert, William F. (History - 1861)


Janet Schwarze




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

WILLIAM F. ROEWERT, who is successfully engaged in agriculture and stock raising in Section 30, Eaton Township, was born in the then village of Sheboygan, Sheboygan County, Wis., May 7, 1861, son of Michael and Charlotta (Goetch) Roewert. The parents, who were farmers, were born and married in Germany, and emigrated to the United States about 1855, landing in this country after a five weeks' voyage in a sailing vessel. When they started they had with them two children, one of whom, a daughter, died on the vessel and was buried at sea. The name of the other was Anestina.

The family, now consisting of three members, located in Sheboygan, where Michael Roewert found employment in a brickyard. Later, they moved to Calumet County, where he bought a forty-acre farm in Rantoon Township, it being partly improved. There he resided for the best part of his life, in time clearing most of the farm. He and his family were members of the German Lutheran Church, and he aided in building two churches-one in Sheboygan and the other in Rantoon Township. Both he and his wife died at the age of 66 years. Besides the daughter already mentioned, Anestina, four children were born to them in the United States-Albert, William, Herman and Bertha. William P. Roewert, who was the fourth born child of his parents, attended school in Sheboygan, and later accompanied the family to Calumet County.

About the age of 19 he struck out for himself, going to Rock County, Wis., where he worked on a farm. There he was married to Maria Wheeler, who was born at Broadhead, Green County, Wis., Aug. 3, 1865, daughter of Gilbert Wheeler, her father, a native of Rhode Island, having been a pioneer settler in Green County. For one year after their marriage both Mr. and Mrs. Roewert worked out. They then removed to Lake Benton, in Lincoln County, Minn., where Mr. Roewert bought a tract of 160 acres of land. Of this he sold eighty acres, residing on the rest of the farm for five years. The next four years were spent by him and his family in Colorado, after which he returned to Wisconsin, and, buying a farm in Rock County operated it for about ten or eleven years, or until 1904, raising garden produce in addition to farm crops.

Then he came to Clark County and locating in Eaton Township, purchased his present farm, then of 160 acres, in Section 30. Twenty acres of the land were cleared and there was a log house and stable on the place. Mr. Roewert sold forty acres of this place and has since developed the remainder into a good f arm. He has erected a nice comfortable residence and other necessary buildings, and raises a good grade of stock. He is also a stockholder in the Globe Cheese Factory.

Mr. Roewert's first wife, Mrs. Maria Roewert, died Oct. 15, 1911. She had borne him five children, the youngest of whom, Ella, born April 27, 1898, died Aug. 22, the same year. The others are-. Roy, born May 5, 1901 Charles, Aug. 16, 1890 Louie, Nov. 20, 1885,,and Cora, Sept. 27, 1887. On Nov. 7, 1914, Mr. Roewert married, for his second wife, Mrs. Augusta Seubert, widow of Adam Seubert, and daughter of Carl and Caroline (Roehl) Winter. Her parents were born and married in Germany, which country they left for the United States in 1883. She was also born there and came to America at the age of 15, two years before her father emigrated. Her early years in this country were spent In the East-in New Jersey and Jersey City, she residing for about seven years with a cousin. She was married to Adam Seubert on Long Island and they settled at Clinton Junction in Rock County, Wis., where he first engaged in railroad work and later took up farming. He died in Rock County in 1905, at the age of 47 years, leaving seven children - Lena, Charles, Anna, William, John, Elma and Hugo. Mrs. Roewert's mother, Mrs. Caroline Winter, died June 25, 1916, at the age of 76 years. Her father, who was born Aug. 25, 1833, is still living and resides with Mr. and Mrs. Roewert. His parents were Frederick and Johanna (Rothe) Winter. Mr. Roewert is a member of the German Lutheran Church.



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