Peter Faber, 1854

Transcribed by Janet

Source: 1918 History of Clark Co., WI, by Franklyn, Curtiss-Wedge, pg.592 - 593.


PETER FABER, a progressive farmer of Section: 4, Lynn Township, is a native of Wisconsin, having been born in Washington County, Nov. 20, 1854, son of Peter and Margaret (Clump) Faber. The father, Peter, was a farmer iri Rhinepreiss, Germany, who came to this country when he was 17 years old with his brother and his father, George. The latter bought eighty acres of land from the government for ten shillings an acre. The tract, situated in Washington County, Wis., was wild land, which he started to clear with an ox team, building a log house and barn. He had to sell his rye and wheat in Milwaukee for 37 cents a bushel, taking three days to make the trip wit an ox team. He and his sons worked out while clearing land for three shillings a day. Peter Faber, Sr., father of the subject of this sketch, resided on the home farm until he was 26 years old.

He was married in the early fifties to Margaret Clump, whose father was a farmer in Barton Township, Washington County. She was born in Rhinepreiss, Germany, and was 14 years old when she came to this country with the family. After his marriage, Peter, Sr. brought his wife to the home farm, where they subsequently resided many years, rearing ten children. The record of their family in brief is as follows: Katherine, now deceased; Peter, Jr., of Lynn Township, Clark County; Margaret; George, who is a carpenter in Milwaukee; Henry, residing on the home farm in Washington County; Anne, also living in Washington County, Louis, a carpenter in Milwaukee; Emma, who resides in Milwaukee; William, who lives on the old homestead, and Ida, a resident of Washington County.

Peter Faber, Jr., grew up on his parents' farm and was educated in the district school. In early manhood he worked out to some extent on farms and also followed the carpenter's trade. Dec. 2, 1880, he was married to Caroline Marting, and after his marriage remained at home for six months. He then went to Marshfield, Wis., where he worked as a carpenter for eight months. After that he worked in the woods one winter and the next spring came to Section 4, Lynn Township, this county, where he had previously purchased a tract of forty acres. This tract was still wild, but had a log cabin on it. Moving into the house, he erected a log barn, and began the work of improvement. Since starting work on his farm, Mr. Faber has purchased sixty acres more land, so that now he has 100 acres, most of which he has cleared. He has also erected a ten-room residence and a modern barn 40 by 80 feet in size. His buildings are good, his f arm well kept, and he is operating it on a profitable basis.

By Caroline Marting, Mr. Faber has four children: Peter, now a farmer in Taylor County, Wis.; Emma, wife of William Reisner, a farmer. in Lynn Towiiship, this county; Louis, residing at home, and Anne, now Mrs. John Hefty, of Fremont Township, this county. The mother of these children died in 1892. Later, Mr. Faber married Rose Singer, daughter of Gottlieb Singer, a Clark County farmer. To this marriage have been born six children-Adeline, now Mrs. Fred Donnebaer; Laura, now Mrs. Arthur Opelt; Gertrude, now Mrs. Joseph Donnebaer; Susie, Helen and Neva.



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