John A. Hauser, 1869 - 1965
Transcribed by Janet
----Source: History of Clark County, Wisconsin (1918, by Franklyn Curtiss-Wedge, pg.491 - 492
Surnames: HAUSER, BARBIAN, NILLES, KESSENICH, SCHMIDT
J. A. Hauser and Family
JOHN A. HAUSER, proprietor of the Christie Cheese Factory in Weston Township, was born on a farm in Dane Township, Dane County, Wis., July 29, 1869, son of John and Margaret (Barbian) Hauser. The father was born in Prussia, Germany, May 10, 1826, and was a weaver by trade. He came to the United States in 1856, landing in this country after a voyage of thirty-two days, on a sailing vessel.
His wife, Margaret, who was born in Prussia about 1842, came to this country about the same time and they were married in Dane County, Wis., settling in that county after spending three years in Chicago. Their farm consisted of prairie land in Springfleld Township, and it possessed the recommendation of having a log house already built on it, in which they made their first home, and which he enlarged. This place he later sold, buying another tract of prairie land in Dane County, on which there were no buildings. Here he had to build a log house, which was the one in which the subject of this sketch was born. He cultivated this farm with an ox team and at first had to walk to Springfield Corners for supplies, about two miles away. That farm also he sold, when John A. was still young, and bought eighty acres more in the same county. That, in turn, was sold and another tract of eighty acres in Section 27, Dane Township, was purchased, which proved to be John Hauser's final home. He had done a considerable amount of improving on his various farms.
He and his family were members of the Catholic Church.
There were twelve children in all four of whom died in infancy, and seven are now living, the latter being: Susan, who married Mathias Nilles; Mathias, John A., Ambrose (deceased), Elizabeth, wife of W. A. Kurt, of Dane County; Nicholas and Margaret, the last named being now deceased. Joseph, of South Dakota. John A. Hauser acquired his education in the district school and also the Catholic parochial school, which he attended two seasons. At the age of twenty-two years he rented a farm in Dane County, which he operated for five years, and was then married, Sept. 18, 1894, to Mrs. Anna Kessenich, who was born in Dane County, May 10, 1873, daughter of Henry Kessenich, a pioneer settler of that county. After his marriage he rented his father's farm, together with additional land, for a period of four years. Seven years after his marriage he bought eighty acres of wild land in Wood County, Wis., it being located in Richland Township. On this he built a frame house and log barn and lived there fifteen years, by which time he had the land nearly all cleared.
He was one of the prominent men of his township, serving as assessor and as school treasurer for eleven years. He also had interest in the Farmers' Co-operative Creamery, and when the Richland Creamery was organized, he was chosen secretary and treasurer, and was through his connection with this creamery that he got his first training in the business, the work being left to him. Later an addition was built to the cheese factory in Richfield Township, Wood County. He also operated a farm in conjunction with it. September 1, 1913, Mr. Hauser bought out the Fred Heibel Cheese Factory in Weston Township, Clark County, which had been built by the farmers. The first day he operated it he took in 4,800 pounds of milk, which amount by Sept. 1, 1916, had grown to 10,600 pounds. The place is now known as the Christie Factory, and the plant has been much improved by him, new machinery having been installed and the sanitary conditions rendered perfect.
Mr. Hauser and wife are the parents of five children: Christine, married John Schmidt, and resides in Loyal Township; Margaret, Gertrude, Otillia and Henry, all of whom are residing at home.
1920 Census, Clark Co., Wisconsin
Name: John A Hauser
Estimated Birth Year: 1870
Marital Status: Married
Father's Birthplace: Prussia
Mother's Birthplace: Prussia
Sheet Number: 4
Head: John A Hauser, M, 50y
Spouse: Anna Hauser, F, 46y
Child: Gertrude Hauser, F, 20y
Child: Ottilie Hauser, F, 12y
Child: Henry Hauser, M, 7y
Obit: Hauser, John
Mrs. (? - 1961)
Surnames: Hauser, Dittner
----Source: Colby Phonograph (Colby, Clark Co., Wis.) 04/20/1961
Hauser, John Mrs. (? - Apr. 1961)
Mrs. Elsie Hauser and Mr. and Mrs. James Hauser of Colby and Mr. and Mrs. John Dittner of Spencer attended the funeral of Mrs. John Hauser of South Wayne Saturday.
Social Security Death Index
First Name: John
Last Name: Hauser
Birth Date: 30 July 1869
Social Security Number: 396-36-3891
Place of Issuance: Wisconsin
Zip Code of Last Residence:
Death Date: November 1965
Estimated Age at Death: 96
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