Bio: Spangler, Joseph (1861 - )

----Source: 1918 History of Clark Co., WI, by Franklyn, Curtiss-Wedge


Joseph Spangler, 1861

JOSEPH SPANGLER, who is profitably cultivating a 200-acre farm in York Township, was born in Jefferson County, Wis., March 17, 1861, son of George and Mary (Schweiger) Spangler. The parents, who were natives of Germany, were married in Milwaukee in 1846, immediately, or soon after landing in this country from a sailing vessel which took ninety-three days to make the-trip from Europe to America. George Spangler was a mason by trade, and after his marriage he and his wife resided for some years in Milwaukee. There he bought a piece of land that afterwards rose to a high valuation with the growth of the city. Selling this land he removed to Jefferson County, where, before his death, he cleared up two farms. He was a member of the Catholic Church.

He and his wife had nine children, of whom eight grew to maturity and six are now living. Their names were, respectively, Kate, Michael, George, John, Annie, Mary, Joe, Walberger and Casper. Joseph Spangler acquired his education in the log schoolhouse of his district and in the parochial school. At the age of 17 he struck out for himself, first going to Waukesha, and afterwards to Monroe County, Wis., coming to Clark County when he was 18 about years old. Here he worked in lumber camps and for the farmers. A year later he bought a tract of land in Section 5, York Township, it being located in the woods and away from any road, so that he had to cut his way in. At the age of 22 years he located on the place and lived there subsequently as a bachelor for nine years. At first he resided in a frame shanty and worked at clearing his farm without the aid of implements, or stock. It was two years before he got a horse team, later securing an ox team, and it was five years from the time he started before he had a cow. He bought a new wagon after he had been there three years, and he often walked to and from the market, carrying stuff on his back.

About 1893 Mr. Spangler was married to Rosa Pompo, who was born on a farm at *Russville, Trempealeau County, Wis., Sept. 4, 1877. His subsequent career has been one of steady progress, and he now has a good brick house of seven rooms; a basement barn, 36 by 80 feet, built in 1903, and a stone silo, 14 by 26 feet. He has increased the size of his farm from 80 to 200 acres, and raises graded Holstein cattle and a good grade of horses. He also grows quite a Considerable quantity of fruit. All this progress has b en the result of hard work, continued over many years, but he is now reaping the reward of his industry. He and his wife have seven children: Tony, Lenora, Joe, Paulina, Phillip, Frank and Anna.

*Note: Russell is an unincorporated community located in the town of Chimney Rock, Trempealeau County, Wisconsin, United States. Russell is located at the junction of Wisconsin Highway 121 and County Highway V 5.7 miles (9.2 km) north-northwest of Independence.

1930 Federal Census, Neillsville, Clark, Wisconsin

Joseph Spangler; 69 yr. (1861) white married male; birthplace: Wisconsin; father's birthplace: Germany; mother's birthplace: Germany
enumeration district number: 0029
family number: 72
sheet number and letter: 3A
line number: 21
Household Members
Head: Joseph Spangler M 69 Wisconsin
Spouse: Rose Spangler F 50 (1880) Wisconsin



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