Wilhelm Kalsow, 1846

stan@wiclarkcountyhistory.org on Fri, 16 Feb 2001


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

WILHELM KALSOW, a prosperous dairy farmer of Weston Township, his farm being located in section 18, was born in Prussia, Germany, Mar. 23, 1846. His father, Frederick, was a workingman and married Louise Krouse, also a native of Prussia. They came to the United States in 1865 with five children. William, Fred, Wilhelmina, Amelia and August. On arriving in this country they proceeded to Watertown, Jefferson County, Wis., in the vicinity of which place Frederick Kalsow rented a farm on which they lived for five years, and there another child, Matilda, was born.


At the end of the period mentioned Mr. Kalsow bought eighty acres of land near Farmington, Jefferson County, which was cleared, and on it he remained five years engaged in farming. He then sold it and bought a sixty-acre tract in the same vicinity, which place proved his final home, as he stayed there until his death, age 84. His wife died on the place at age 87. Wilhelm Kalsow remained at home until he was 30 years old, at which time he married Augusta Klickman, a native of Prussia, Germany, who had just arrived in America with her parents, her father being a workingman, who settled in Watertown, Wis. Mr. Kalsow and his wife then came to Clark County and bought forty acres of land in section 18, Weston Township. The tract was wild, but there was a small clearing on which a log shack had been built. Here they settled and with a team of oxen Mr. Kalsow began clearing the land and farming in true pioneer style, grubbing in his crops and cradling the grain. He also worked in the woods two winters, but gave his main attention to his farm, on which he has since made many improvements, among other things, building a good twelve-room house and a barn 46 by 36 feet. He is now successfully engaged in dairying and is also a stockholder in the local creamery.


He and his wife are the parents of eight children: Emma, who lives in Utah; Anna, in Berlin, Wis.; Otto, residing at home; Lilly, who lives on a farm in Clark County; Martha and Theresa, also in Clark County; Gustave, in Minnesota, and Edward, a resident of Clark County. Mr. Kalsow is doing a profitable business and has built up his present prosperity through hard work and perseverance. Mrs. Kalsow died in 1900. She was born in 1855. The family are members of German Lutheran Church.

1880 Federal Census--Weston, Clark, WI

William Kalsow @34, b. Prussia, Farmer, Parents b. Prussia

Wife: Augusta @25, b. Prussia, Parent b. Prussia

Dau: Emma @23, b. WI

Dau: Anna @1, b. WI

Son: Otto @3 mo., b. WI



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