William Scheel, 1866

stan@wiclarkcountyhistory.org on Wed, 14 Feb 2001


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

WILLIAM SCHEEL, who is profitably, engaged in agriculture in section 18,Weston Township, was born in Heidekafel, Germany, May 7, 1866, son of Gottlieb and Louisa (Mitte) Scheel. The father died in Germany, leaving two children, William and Augusta. The latter was married in Germany to Ludwig Hemp and they came to the United States, locating in Jefferson County, Wis. Later they came to Weston Township, Clark County, and began to develop a farm from a piece of in Germany to Anna Quast, who was born June 4, 1851, and while still residing in their native land they had six children, one of whom, Otto, died. The other five, Bertha, Mary, Lena, Martha and Ida, came with their parents to the United States in 1882, William being also accompanied by his mother.

They settled in Clark County, Wisconsin, where William at first worked at anything he could find to do, among other things, mowing grass among the stumps on his sister's place in Weston Township. After he had been here two years he rented a house in the township and in the winter found employment at logging. His ambition, of course, was to get a farm of his own, and after awhile he secured eighty acres of land in section 19, there being a log house and a log barn on the place, but the land was mostly wild. He had one cow the first year, but no team, which he got later. There he stayed about sixteen years, getting the land well cleared up. His first dwelling, after the log house, was a frame building, which burned down, and he then built his present residence, coming to this farm in section 18 in 1899. It was a tract of 120 acres, of which twenty acres had been cleared of stumps, and, like his other tract, there was a log house and barn on the place. In eighteen years he had cleared this tract, and has built a good frame house, a basement barn, 38 by 76 feet in size, has double silos, a new tool shed, 30 by 60 feet, a basement hog barn, 18 by 30 feet, and a shed 18 by 40 feet in size. The Lutheran Church, of which he is a member, being an active worker therein, was built on land that he donated for that purpose from his farm. In addition to his farming interests, which keep him busy, Mr. Scheel has a financial interest in the local cheese factory.

His children, born in Germany, has been mentioned, but he and his wife have had seven others, who were born in this country, and whose names'respectively are: Ernest, Paul (died), Wilhelm, Clara, Elsie, Anna and Louis. All but Louis and Anna are married. Bertha is the wife of W. B. Thoma, of Weston and Mary the wife of August Duddi, of Seif. Lena is the widow of Lars Roehler and lives in St. Paul. Martha married Ed Gall, of Park Falls, Wis.; Ida married Theodore Kalsow, of Weston; Ernest married Patra Kirn and lives at Turtle Lake, Wis. Paul is deceased.

William married Helene Klueckman and resides on the home farm. He has four children, Dora, Lillia, Herna and Louise. Clara married Alex Korn, of Shickley, Nebr. Elsie is the wife of Rudolph Daevel of Milwaukee. Louis resides in Clinton, Wis., and Anna lives on the home farm.





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