Warner Township

Clark County, Wisconsin

Warner Township Pioneers

By Sharon Short & The Clark Co., WI History Buffs

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BABB family, Warner township

Babe Moses

  Moses Babb

1860 census Claedonia, Racine Co., WI

Babb, Moses head m w 34 m Maine blacksmith Babb, Louisa wife f w 23 m New Hampshire keeps house Babb, Eugene son m w 4 s Wisconsin

1870 census Eaton, CC, WI

Babb, Moses head m w 40 m Maine farmer Babb, Mary Ann wife f w 38 m Wurtenburg keeps house

1875 Warner census: Babb, Moses ; 4 male, 2 female

1880 census Warner, CC, WI

Babb, Moses head m w 56 m Maine Maine Maine blacksmith Babb, Mary Ann wife f w 54 m Wurtenburg Wurtenburg Wurtenburg keeps house

1885 Special Vet's census: Moses Babb, private, Co. D, 20th Reg't, Wisc

1880-1893 Warner sec 34 residence M. Babb

BABB , Moses (1822 - 2 June 1895)

Moses Babb (JOSEPH 8, JOSHUA 7, JOSHUA 6), JOSHUA 5, PHILIP 4 , PHILIP 3 , PHILIP 2 , THOMAS 1 ) was born February 3, 1824 in Gardiner, Kennebec County, Maine. He fought in the Civil War as a private with Co. C., 35th Infantry. He enlisted February 12, 1864 and was mustered out January 17, 1866. This information was provided by his next of kin was registered as a grandson, Don Warner, from Greenwood, Wisc. Moses enlisted in the 20 th Wisconsin Infantry on February 25 th , 1864, his residence being listed as Mt. Pleasant, Wisc. He transferred to the 35 th Wisconsin Infantry on July 12, 1865 and was discharged with a disability on January 18, 1866. Moses was married in Racine County, Wisc on the 24 th of September 1855 to Louisa Prissey . (Wisc Marriages Pre-1907) and his second marriage (14 Mar 1870) to Mary Ann occurred in Clark Co, Wisc. Eugene Babb appears on the 1860 U.S. Federal Census, Caledonia, Racine Co, Wis as a son, 4 years old (born c1856) . He also is in Eaton Township at age 18 (born c 1862) working in a logging camp near the Thomas Syth family in 1880. There is a Eugene Babb buried in the Poor Farm Cemetery in York Township, Clark Co, Wis. He was born in 1858 and died on July 7, 1895 (no cause of death listed) at age 37. (Preceding combined from info supplied by Norma Telford, Marla Zwakman and Pat Moseler Shanks. See full “Moses Babb” bio and photos on this site for more info.)

June 1895 : Moses Babb , of Greenwood, step-father of Tom Hommel, died June 2nd, 1895, at the age of 72 years. He has been a resident of Greenwood for twenty years.

June 13, 1895 : J. W. Hommell and wife went to Greenwood last week to attend the funeral of Mr. Hommell's stepfather, Moses Babb .

BABB , Mary Ann nee Weber (13 Aug 1825 -22 Jan 1913)

Mary Ann Weber was born in Wurtenberg, Germany, on Aug. 13, 1825. She came to America in 1849, settling first in New York, where about two years later she was married to John M. Hommell . To them were born five children, John William , now of Neillsville; Chas. Henry , who died at White Pigeon, Mich. in 1903; Mary A. Warner , Greenwood; George , Watertown, S.D.; Edward , Castle Rock, Wash. After the birth of the first two the family removed to Wisc, settling in West Salem, where the last three children were born and where they remained until 1867, when they came to Clark Co, Wis., living here continually until death claimed them. The husband, John Hommell, died in the town of Eaton in 1868. Some years later (14 Mar 1870) the widow married Moses Babb , who passed away at Greenwood, Wis. in 1895. Since the death of Mr. Babb the deceased had made her home with her only daughter, Mrs. Mary Warner, at Greenwood, where she passed away on Jan. 22, 1913. Mrs. Babb in earlier years was a member of the Lutheran Church, but united with the Presbyterian Church of Greenwood more than twenty years ago. Although blind for many years the deceased was until recent years an active, cheerful woman. Besides the four surviving children, there is an aged half-sister, nine years her junior, at Long Island, N.Y.

February 1, 1906 : The Neillsville papers mention the death last week of Charlotte Genevieve Woelffer (June 1905-Jan 1906) , a great grand daughter of Grandma Babb . We recently were shown a photo, taken last summer, in which the little child was the youngest of four generations, the others being Grandma Babb (Mary Ann Weber Hommel Babb 1825-1913) , J. W. Hommel (1852-1927) and Mrs. Victor Woelffer (formerly Nina or Mina Hommel 1876-1945) The picture is a good one and will be highly prized. It was taken by Krause. Greenwood Gleaner

March 27, 1882 : C. H. Hommell was married to Elizabeth Poppe, Mar. 27, 1882, by Rev. Swartz at the residence of Moses Babb in the town of Warner. The couple is going to Dakota.

Dec 16, 1882 : Leroy Warner was married to Mary Hommel Dec. 16, 1882 by Rev. Andrews at the residence of Moses Babb .

"...In 1887,when Black River bridge went out with a flood, the water was up to the porch of the Moses Babb home which stood near the road west of the river going north to Aaberg's. It was at this time that Stephen M. Andrews swam across the raging river to get a boat moored on the westbank. He was an excellent swimmer and taught many of Greenwood's youths to swim... William Hommel , father of Mary Warner and Ed Hommel, owned the farm on the eastside of Highway 73, across from the Rob Syth home. Some years after the death of Mr. Hommel, Mrs. Hommel was married to Moses Babb , whose place is known as the Frank Drake place. Mr. Babb's buildings were in the southwest corner of the land. Across the road to the south, near the gravel pit, was a small house occupied by George A. Austin, who was foreman of the Michaeljohn and Hatton stavemill. The Hub of Clark County (1853 - 1934)

BABB , Isadora marriage 18 March 1879

J. W. Hommel and Mrs. Lottie Hommel were witnesses at the wedding of Isadora Babb and David Shanks on March 18, 1879 at Neillsville, Clark Co, Wisconsin.

Hoefferle, Isadora nee BABB (28 Oct. 1860 - 30 Jan. 1940)

Mrs. Hoefferle, formerly Mrs. Dave Shanks, passed away at the Luther hospital, Eau Claire on January 30, 1940 and was buried from the Lenmark Funeral Parlors, in Eau Claire, the Presbyterian church officiating. She is survived by three children: Forrest of Stevens Point, Len of Northern Michigan and Mr. Ray Ruth of Eau Claire all of whom were present at the funeral. Mrs. Hoefferle will be remembered here by many of the older residents as Izzy Babb, half sister (should be step-sister, her parents were Moses and Louisa Presy Babb) of Mrs. Mary Warner (Her parents were Mary Ann Weber and John M. Hommell) and an aunt of Jack Syth. The Dave Shanks family owned and resided in the residence now occupied by Mrs. John Hawley. Those from here who attended the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. Allen Shanks, Mrs. Kate Syth, Jack Syth and son Donald. Mrs. Joseph Haeferly (Hoefferle) of Eau Claire, a former resident of Stevens Point and mother of Forrest Shanks, died at Sacred Heart Hospital at Eau Claire. She had been ailing for a year. Mrs Haeferly, who was 79 years old, was born in Racine on October 28, 1860. Her maiden name was Isadora Babb . During her girlhood she moved to Greenwood with her parents. She was married there to David Shanks and continued to live at Greenwood until her husband death on February 9, 1931. After his death she came to Steven Point. She was later married here to John Roy , who died five years ago. Following the death of Mr. Roy she went to Eau Claire to make her home with her daughter, Mrs. Ray Ruth. A year later she was married to Mr. Haeferly and had since made her home at Eau Claire. Surviving are her husband, three children, Forrest Shanks of Stevens Point, Mrs. Ruth of Eau Claire and Leonard Shanks of Ontonagon, Mich. Forrest Shanks and Mrs. Ruth were with their mother at the time of her death. Mrs. Shanks and two children, Grover and Elaine, left for Eau Claire where they will attend the funeral. Mrs. Otto Anderson of Stevens Point and Mrs. Hugh Meek of Wisconsin Rapids expect to attend the funeral. Note : Isadora Babb Shanks-Roy-Hoefferle was the daughter of Moses Babb (1822- 1895) and Louisa Pressy , early settlers of Greenwood, Wisc. She married David Shanks in Neillsville, Wisconsin on March 18, 1879.  

October 20, 1913 : At the home of Cora Babb , Oct. 20th, occurred the marriage of Harry Babb and Miss Anna Chrispen . Immediately after the wedding the couple left for a trip to Chicago. The groom is a young man of the city (Greenwood) and conducts a barbershop in the Noetzel building. Gleaner

Dec 2, 1920 : Mrs. Robert Horn purchased Cora Babb residence and has moved into same .

Unable to tie Cora or her son Harry Babb into the Moses Babb family. Nothing found on Anna Chrispen’s family.

BAKER families

Baker , Walter family, Warner township

1905 #73 Baker, Cora Head W F 29 Widow Wisconsin Ill/Mich Farmer 8 Rental Hummil , Lulu Niece W F 13 S Wisconsin Wisconsin Hummil , Rudolph Nephew W m 11 S Wisconsin Wisconsin

1893 sec 26 residence W. S. Baker (1906 = Ole Johnson property)

( Note: 1893 and 1906 the adjoining property to the north = R. Hummel property) 

Greenwood cemetery: Walter Scott Baker , son of John and Sophia Baker, born 9 July 1870, died 27 Feb 1905, married to Cora May . (Nothing found on John and Sophia Baker)

April 19, 1906 : Mrs. Cora Baker leaves for Black River Falls Saturday morning, accompanied by Lula and RudolphHummel . After a short visit with relatives and friends Lula and Rudolph will go on to Niantic, Conn., where they are going to visit their aunt and uncle, Mr. and Mrs. Wilbur Beckwith, and after a short visit Mrs. Baker will return to Greenwood.

The "H u mmel" and "H o mmel" families are entirely separate entities whose surnames were frequently confused in various records. The mi instead of e l ending appears to only have been used in the 1905 census, and occasionally their were two "l" on the ending, i.e. "Hommell"

Rudolph and Louisa nee Scherhorn Hummel's son William married Almeda "Medie"Baker on 22 May 1887. William, born 1864 died in 1898 giving reason for his children (if they were his) to be living with a relative. It is also quite possible that he named Rudolph after his father and that Lulu was a nickname for Louisa, his mother. They probably did not return from their 1906 visit to Niantic, Conn as no further mention of them is found in CC records. Note that the Baker and Hummel Warner sec 26 properties adjoined each other in 1906.

Almeda Baker was probably the sister of Walter Scott Baker who married Cora May, thus making her the aunt by marriage of Lulu, born c1892, and Rudolph, born c1894, Hummel. (Unable to connect Walter and Almeda Baker to the other Baker families of Clark Co.)  Nothing further found on Cora nee May Baker , she probably moved to Black River Falls soon after her 1906 visit there. (Unable to connect Cora to the other May families of Clark Co.)

BAKER , Charles family, Warner township

1906 sec 17 Baker Land Co. residence (1915 = Wlm Dimler property)

Baker Company

BAKER, Charles O. (11 Feb 1847- 17 Mar 1934)

C.O. Baker, age 87, died at the home of his son, Dr. and Mrs. K.W. Baker, residing west of Owen (Clark Co., Wis.), March 17, 1934. Mr. Baker came to Clark Co in the year 1905, and since then has made the county his home. For many years he lived at Greenwood, and then for a time was at the home of Dr. C.J. (Julian) Baker, a son, at Hawkins. For the past two years he has been with his son, Dr. Karl W. Baker, of this city. For more than 50 years he was a member of the G.A.R. Post No. 22 at Wis. Rapids, and the funeral services were conducted at that place with military rites.

Charles O. Baker one of the leading citizens of Greenwood, is engaged in the real estate business, was born in a log house on the site of the present city of Grand Rapids, Wood Co, Wis., Feb. 11, 1847, son of David and Elizabeth (Kline) Baker. At the age of 17 he enlisted in Company C, 52nd Wisconsin Infantry, being mustered in at Camp Randall, Madison. He was made sergeant in his company and served ten months in southwestern Missouri, being finally discharged at Ft. Leavenworth, Kans., the war being then over. Returning home he took up the work of teaching, which he followed for two terms in Wood Co, Wis.

He then took up the study of law and in 1868 was admitted to practice. Elected district attorney in Nov of that year, he served in that office for two years. He was then elected co clerk, and served two years in that office. Until 1883 he was engaged in the practice of law. In that year he was elected secretary of the Wisconsin, Pittsville Northern Railway Co., a branch of the Chicago, Milwaukee St. Paul road, and served in that position until 1890. He then entered into the real estate business in Grand Rapids and was thus engaged until 1896, afterwards becoming secretary of the Central Trading Company, a Milwaukee corporation. This caused his removal to Milwaukee, of which city he was a resident until 1891. In that year Mr. Baker became secretary of the Skidmore Land Company, of Marinette, where he stayed for one year. During the two following years he was engaged in the real estate business in Chicago. In 1905 he came to Greenwood , Clark Co, Wis., and formed a law partnership with P. J. Tscharner, which association lasted until Mr. Tscharner's removal to North Dakota in 1907. While still a partner of the latter, and soon after coming to Greenwood, Mr. Baker, with his two sons, Julian C. and Karl W., established the Baker Land Company . Charles O. Baker was married , July 17, 1873, at Juneau, Dodge Co, Wis., to Stella A. Crawford , who was born at Waupun, Wisc in 1850, and who is now living in Florida. They have two children: Karl W. and Julian C., who were educated in the public schools of Wisc and at St. John's Military Academy, where they graduated, subsequently qualifying for the medical profession

November 8, 1901 : Dr. Julian Crawford Baker , whose card will be found in the Gleaner directory this week, comes to Greenwood, WI with a good record as a medical man. He has been in Warrens since 1897 where he built up a large practice in a very hard field, the work requiring much night riding over sandy roads. Besides securing a good practice he also secured a good wife from among the fair damsels of Warrens, marrying a Miss Flora Barber . The Warrens Index, speaking of the doctor a year or so ago, says of him: 'Dr. Julian Crawford Baker is a native of the Badger State who took his degree of M. D. at the Wisconsin College of Physicians and Surgeons. He employed his vacation days during his college years as assistant in hospital practice, and gained a practical insight in modern hospital surgery. Locating in Warrens in 1897 he soon gained an extensive practice and with uniform success has won the confidence of all in his ability and faithfulness as a practitioner. Dr. Baker is a genial, unassuming gentleman and though young in years he carries into his an old head on young shoulders that will in time bring him into the front rank of the medical profession.' Greenwood Gleaner (Moved to Hawkins by 1934) Karl W. Baker, M.D . postmaster of Greenwood, Wis., and a medical practitioner of ability, was born at Grand Rapids, Wis., Feb. 2, 1878, son of Charles O. and Stella A . (Crawford) Baker . His education was begun in the public schools of Grand Rapids, after which he attended St. John's Military Academy at Delafield, Wis., where he was graduated. Subsequently taking up the study of medicine, he was graduated from the Physicians Surgeons Medical College of Milwaukee, in 1900, and coming to Greenwood, began the practice of his profession here. As a physician he has demonstrated his ability on numerous occasions, and in addition to his medical practice he is a partner in the Baker Land Company , composed of himself, his brother Julian , and his father, Charles O. Baker . On Oct. 22, 1914, Dr. Baker was appointed postmaster of Greenwood, in which position he is still serving to the public satisfaction. He is a member of the Masonic Lodge at Greenwood, also of the camp of Modern Woodmen of the World, and has served as health officer of the village. Dr. Baker was united in marriage, Nov. 7, 1908, with Ella , daughter of Christian and Albertine (Wendt) Wollenberg , and they are the parents of four children: Susan, Lucy, Francis and Christian.

"1918 History of Clark County"


Ella nee Wollenberg Baker, born 1886, died 26 Sept 1966, buried Greenwood Cemetery. No further mention of Karl W. Baker, M.D. who was in Owen in 1934

BAKER , Christian family, Warner township

1905 #41 Baker, Christian Head W M 31 M Norway Norway Warmer 12 O M F
Juliana Wife W F 27 M Wisconsin Wisconsin House Keeper
Earling Son W M 1/12 S Wisconsin Wis/Norway

Nothing could be found on the Christian Baker family in CC records.

BARLOW family, Warner township

1875 census: Barlow, F. M.; 3 male, 3 felmale

No further information on F. M. Barlow family

BEARD family, Warner township

1905 #143 Beard, George Head W M 26 M Wisconsin Wisconsin Day Laborer 9 O F F
Susan Wife W F 28 M Wisconsin NY/Penn
Frederic Son W M 2 S Wisconsin Wisconsin

17 May 1905 : Mrs. Geo. Beard visited in Hemlock Sunday.

Clark Co. births: Roland Beard born 20 Oct 1906. No further info on this family

BEGLEY family, Warner township

1875 census: Begley, W. H .; 11males, 4 females

1880 sec 34 three bldg M. Begley ; 1880 sec 35 residence M. Begley (M=Margaret Begley)

1893 sec 34 two residences plus special bldg W. H. B . 1893 sec 33 no residence W. H. Begley

WILLIAM H. BEGLEY , proprietor of the Begley House at Greenwood, Clark Co, Wis was born near the city of Ottawa, Canada, May 1 1837, the son of Thomas Begley, a native of County Longford, Ireland, who came to Canada in 1831. Our subject's mother, nee Catharine Thompson, also a native of Ireland, was the daughter of General John Thompson, an officer in the English army, who took his family with him for many years throughout the West Indies, etc. In 1869 William Begley came to Black River Falls, Jackson Co, Wis, where he remained a few months, and then came to this county. Here he was engaged in running a hotel, and also kept a livery and feed stable. He has also been engaged in lumbering until two years ago, except during the years 1876--81, when he was engaged in mining in Montana. He worked in the Placer mines in Mitchell Gulch, near Helena, and also worked for A. J. Davis in the quartz mills at Butte. Returning to this State in the spring of 1881, he resumed his old vocation, and now owns a large barn, hotel, and does an extensive business.

Mr. Begley was married Nov 29 1845 to Margaret Reynolds , a daughter of William and Margaret Reynolds. Mr. and Mrs. Begley have three children: Thomas R ., George B. and Eliza . History of Clark & Jackson Counties, WI, 1891

G. B. BEGLEY , son of W. H. Begley, Greenwood, was born in Western Canada in 1854 and came to Greenwood with his family in 1869. His father was a lumberman, and in 1870, built the first part of his hotel, and put on the last addition in 1871. In 1879, he went to the Black Hills, leaving G. B. to look after the property. Since coming here, to Greenwood, he has been engaged about the hotel except when he clerked for B. F. Brown. On this occasion his health failed and he took a trip to the mountains. Coming home with restored health, he clerked for Warner, and is now engaged in refitting the hotel. George B. has one brother: Thomas R., and a sister: Eliza, now Mrs. E. H. Carpenter. 1881 HISTORY OF NORTHERN WI

Jan 1900 : Mrs. George B. Begley and sons will leave Monday for Seattle, Washington, to join Mr. Begley, where he has secured a desirable position as bookkeeper for one of the large institutions of that city. Mr. Begley is highly pleased with the western country and writes in glowing terms of its possibilities. Medford Star and News. Reprinted in the Greenwood Gleaner: 29-Jan-1900

BEILKE family, Warner township

1875 census: Ballka , August; 3 male, 2 female (August, Albert, Robert; Augusta, Ida)

1895 census, head of family: Aug Reilke on index, Aug Beilke on census 5 male, 2 female

1905 #105 Beilka , August  Head  W  M  65  M  Germany  Germany  Farmer  12  O  F  F
Augusta  Wife  W  F  65  M  Norway  Germany  House Keeper
Albert  Son  W  M  34  S  Wisconsin  Germany  Farm  Laborer  10
Robert Son W M 30 S Wisconsin Germany Farm Laborer 10  
Leopold Son W M 20 S Wisconsin Germany Farm Laborer 10

1880 sec 20 no residence Amy Beilke (no Amy found, maybe nickname for August B.)

1893 sec 19 no residence A. Beilke ; sec 20 no residence A. B. (Beillke?)

1906 sec 19 no residence; sec 20 residence August Beilke

1906 sec 6 no residence Robert Beilke (site of future Braun Cheese Factory)

Warner Evangelical & Reformed 75th Anniversary 8-Sep-1949: ..These organized a congregation on Jan. 11, 1874 , with the following charter members: Mr. and Mrs. Henry Schwarze, Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Buker, Mr. and Mrs. August Beilke , Mr. and Mrs. Ludwig Noah, John and Phillip, August and Adolph Noah, Henry Humke, Mr. and Mrs. Herman Schwarze, and William Vollrath....

BEILKE , Augusta nee Juse   (30 Sept 1840 – 3 Jan 1929)

Mrs. August Beilke passed away at her home on the West Side Jan 3 1929, the cause of her death being pneumonia. She had reached the age of 88 years, 3 months, and 3 days.

Deceased was born (to Christ and Louise Roloff Juse) in Boringahagen, Pomerania, Germany, Sept 30 1840. On June 3, 1867 she was united in marriage to Carl August Beilke (son of Karl and Maria Schoder Beilke) . In that same year the couple came to this country and resided in Sheboygan Co until 1871, when they moved onto a piece of land northwest of Greenwood. Mrs. Beilke was a pioneer of this vicinity and through hard work she helped her husband develop what is now one our ideal farms.

She was the mother of six children. Her husband (Karl August Beilke b. 11 Feb 1840 d. 3 June 1916) and one child (Martha Maria Bailke b. 4 Jan 1878 d. 16 Oct 1882) preceded her in death. Those remaining are Albert (Albert Paul Beilke b. 18 Mar 1870 d. 4 Oct 1959, not married) , Robert (obit below) and Leopold (Leopold Rudolph Beilke b. 18 Aug 1883 d. 6 Feb 1929, not married) at home, Mrs. (Ida, married Martin Steinert, lived Longwood 1905?) Steinert of Ladysmith and Richard whose address is unknown. Funeral services were held from Immanuel Reformed Church on the West Side. The body was laid to rest in the West Side Cemetery (UCC east) . [Note: UCC baptisim records start in 1882, only Leopold Rudolph, born Aug 18, 1883, baptized Nov 4, 1883 at UCC.  Ida and Richard probably born in Sheboygan Co. prior to the 1871 move and were baptized there along with Albert born 1870. Richard is not included on the 1875 or 1905 census.]


THE LIPPE-DETMOLD COLONY OF WARNER TOWNSHIP, WI By Janet Schwarze: "...On May 16, 1902, while raising a barn on Henry Fravert's place the scaffolding on which about sixteen men were working, gave way and let the men fall to the basement quite a distance below. Those who were seriously hurt were Gus. Meinholdt, hurt in his back and ankle, Henry Humpke, hurt in his hip, Fred. Kuehn, his right wrist and one of his legs at the ankle was broken, Henry Gemmeke, hurt internally, Gottlieb Kuester, his right foot fractured, John Christensen, hurt internally,  as was also Robert Beilke . A number of the others were hurt but not enough to require the aid of doctors...."

BEILKE , Robert Paul (12 Aug 1872 - 9 Aug 1951)

Robert Bielke , 78, a resident of Greenwood his entire life, died at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Humke, where he had made his home the past 22 years. He had suffered from a heart ailment for several years. Funeral services were held at the Stabnow Funeral Home, Greenwood, Sunday, which would have been his 79th birthday.  The West Side Evangelical and Reformed Church will officiate and burial was made in the West Side (UCC east) cemetery. Mr. Bielke was born Aug. 12, 1872, son of the late August Bielke and his wife, the former Auguste Roloff (should be Juse, Roloff was her mother’s maiden name) , on a farm 6 miles northwest of Greenwood. In his early life, he was employed as a carpenter. Later, he and his brothers operated the home farm until the death of Leopold in 1928 (s/b 1929) . Since that time, he had been with the Humke's. The deceased was unmarried. He is survived by a brother, Albert, Greenwood, and a brother, Richard, and a sister, Ida--addresses unknown. His parents and a brother, Leopold, preceded him in death.

BENJAMIN family, Warner township

1905 #20 Benjamin, William Head W M 39 M Wisconsin NY/Maine Farmer 12 O M F  
Ida Wife W F 34 M Wisconsin NY/Maine House Keeper  
Vernon Son W M 4 S Wisconsin Wisconsin

1906 sec 17 residence Wm Benjamin

Dec 10, 1914 : Mr. and Mrs. W. G. Benjamin spent Sunday at E. H. VanAlstine's. Greenwood Gleaner

BENJAMIN , Ida May nee, Goodwin (26 Nov 1879-27 April 1940)

Funeral services were conducted at Omro, Wis. for Mrs. William Benjamin, 69, a resident of Greenwood for 17 years, who died April 27, 1940, at her home in Omro, following an eight weeks’ illness. The service was held at the Presbyterian Church there and interment was made in the Omro Cemetery. Mrs. Benjamin, nee Ida May Goodwin, was born in the Town of Omro Nov 26, 1879, and received her education in Knott School near her home. She was married in Rochester, Minn., to William G. Benjamin on Oct 15, 1888. For five years after their marriage Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin lived on a farm near Rochester, and in 1893 returned to Omro. In 1903 they moved to Greenwood, living here for 17 years. From 1919 to 1924 they farmed near Omro, after which they retired and moved to the village of Omro. They celebrated their golden wedding anniversary on Oct 15, 1938. A former member of the Methodist Church, Mrs. Benjamin had recently been active in the Presbyterian Church. Surviving besides her husband are a son, Vern W . Benjamin , Town of Omro; one grandson, LaVern Benjamin; and three sisters, Mrs. Bina Priestly, Mendota; Mrs. E.N. Van Alstine, Town of Omro; and Mrs. Frank Halkney, Town of Rushford. Among those from this vicinity (Greenwood) who attended the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. Otto Schwarze, Mr. and Mrs. Jake Speich, and Mr. and Mrs. Charles Varney, all of Greenwood, and Mr. and Mrs. Gus Pederson and daughter, Valda, Unity.

BENJAMIN , Stilman (26 Nov 1837 - 19 Sep 1910)

Stilman Benjamin, whose body was laid to rest in the Greenwood Cemetery, departed from this world Sept 19, 1910. He was born in the state of Maine, Nov 26, 1837. For some time past deceased has made his home with his son, Wm. Benjamin , at which place he passed away after several weeks of illness. When about 18 years of age he came to this state and in the year 1862, Dec 12 was married to Miss Sarah Dunbar. To this happy union were born eight children, seven of who still survive. Dec. 13, 1863, he enlisted in the United States army and served during the remainder of the rebellion, being honorably discharged July 4, 1865. He was a member of the Wesleyan Methodist Church.

BEOHM family

See Schoenwetter, Thorson family, Warner township

BEYER family, Warner township

1895 census, head of family: Aug Beyer

1905 #108 Beyer, August Head W M 50 M Germany Germany Farmer 10 O M F
Florintina Wife W F 45 M Wisconsin Germany
Oscar Son W M 16 S Wisconsin Wis/Ger Farm Laborer
9 Arnold Son W M 14 S Wisconsin Farm Laborer
Lena Daughter W F 12 S Wisconsin Wis/Ger
Amil Son W F 8 S Wisconsin Wis/Ger

1893 sec 32 residence, parcel with residence Aug Beyer (1880 = R. H. Penfield)

1906 sec 19 church? Hall? Residence? Aug. Beyer (1893 = H. Thielan)

AUGUST MARTIN LUDWIG BEYER , who is prosperously engaged in farming on a tract of eighty acres in Warner Township, was born in Brandenberg, Germany, March 1, 1855, son of Martin Beyer. He attended school in Germany, but lost his father when he was 11 years old. In 1871 he came to the United States, proceeding to the home of an uncle, August Beyer, who lived in Dodge Co, Wis. The journey occupied three weeks, thirteen days of which he spent on the water. Arriving in Dodge Co, he went to work on a farm, which was his first agricultural experience. After thus working in the neighborhood for two years, he went to Minnesota, where he spent nine years, being employed successfully in different places. In 1882 he came to Clark Co , being now married, and secured seventy-eight acres (sec 32) one mile south of his present farm (sec 19) . The land was covered with brush and timber and there was neither a house on the place nor any road to the property. Accordingly he first put up a log house, 18 by 28 feet and began the work of improvement with practically nothing but his hands to work with, it being two years before he got an ox team. For three winters he worked at lumbering in the woods. On that place he lived for twenty years, getting the land well cleared. He then sold it and came to his present farm of eighty acres, on which buildings had been erected. Since then he has continued the work of improvement and is doing a good farming business, raising Holstein cattle . He was married in Dodge Co, Wis., Nov 5, 1881 to Florintia Schwarze , who was born in Shawano Co, Wis., June 1, 1860, daughter of Herman and Louisa Schwarze, who were married in Wisc. Her father came to the United States in 1855 on a sailing vessel, being three months on the water, her mother coming over later. They settled in the woods of Shawano Co, where Mr. Schwarze in time developed a fine farm. Mr. and Mrs. Beyer are the parents of seven children: Herman, Beno, Alexander, Oscar, Arnold, Lena and Ingham .   1918 History

10-12- 1900 : "Gustav Kalis, representative of the Horican Windmill Co., spent from Friday to Tuesday with August Beyer , their hustling agent in this section." Gleaner

Sept 20, 1901 : 'Aug. Beyer left Saturday morning for his annual visit to the State Fair in Milwaukee.' Gleaner

BEYER , August Martin Ludwig (1 Mar 1855-28 Mar 1929)

August Martin Ludwig Beyer was born in Brandenberg, Germany, March 1, 1855, son of Mr. and Mrs. Martin Beyer. In 1871 he came to the United States proceeding to the home of an uncle, August Beyer, who lived in Dodge Co, Wis. On Nov 5, 1881 he was united in marriage to Miss Florentina Schwarze , daughter of Herman and Louise Schwarze. In 1882 they came to Clark Co and purchased a farm on the West Side. Mr. Beyer was a prominent citizen of Warner Township. He served three years as member of the town board, eight years as Assessor and one year as Chairman of the Town Board, besides having school clerk for 24 years. In May 1917, Mr. and Mrs. Beyer moved to Greenwood and while a resident of this city also served as Assessor for six years. Mr. Beyer died at his home March 28, 1929, having reached the age of 74 years and 28 days. His departure is mourned by his wife, six sons and one daughter who are Herman of Theresa, Wis., Benno of Milwaukee, Wis., Alex of Iron Ridge, Wis., Oscar of Casper, Wyoming, Arnold of Greenwood, Emil (a.k.a. Ingham) of Casper, Wyoming and Lena , now Mrs. Max Seagate of Milwaukee, Wis. He also leaves one sister, Mrs. Mary Quappe of California, one aged aunt, Mrs. August Beyer in Hopkins, Mich. Funeral services were held from the local Reformed church. Interment was made in the Greenwood cemetery.

BEYER , Florentine nee Schwarze (3 June 1860 - 22 Nov 1946)

Funeral rites will be conducted at the Stabnow Funeral Home and at the Zion Reformed Church for Mrs. Florentine Beyer, 86, who died at St. Agnes Hospital in Fond du Lac Nov 22 1946. Burial took place in the Greenwood Cemetery. Mrs. Beyer had been visiting relatives in southern Wisconsin this fall and became ill at Mayville in Oct, when she was taken to the Fond du Lac Hospital. She had suffered a stroke two days before her death. Born Florentine Schwarze in Shawano on June 3, 1860, she was married to August Beyer in Dodge Co more than 60 years ago. They lived on a farm 5 miles west of Greenwood until 1915, when they moved into the city. Mr. Beyer died in 1929. Surviving are five sons, Oscar , Ogden, Utah; Emil , Casper, Wyo.; Alex , Hartland, Wis.; Benno , Milwaukee and Arnold , Greenwood as well as a brother, Herman, Mayville, and a sister, Mrs. Louisa Mueller, Milwaukee. A son, Herman, died in 1939 and a daughter, Mrs. Max ( Lena ) Siegert (Seagate) , Milwaukee, died in May of this year.

Nov 2, 1916 West Side News: ' Mrs. August Beyer returned home Monday evening from Milwaukee. Miss Edna Sheets spent Tuesday evening at A. Beyers.'

BEYER , Herman (c1882- 8 May 1939)

Word was recieved here this week of the death of Herman Beyer, son of Mrs. August Beyer . Mr. Beyer passed away May 8, 1939 from a heart attack. Mr. Beyer was 57 years and 12 days old. He has been working at Theresa Wis., for the past 15 years and passed away there.

BEYER , Arnold marriage 11 June 1914

On June 11th occurred a wedding at the home of the bride’s parents when Miss Fern Sloniker and Mr. Arnold Beyer were united in marriage . The bride was attended by her sister Zula and the groom’s sister Lena. The groom was attended by his brother Alec and the bride’s brother Earl. The bride is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. S. Sloniker. She graduated from the Greenwood High School with the class of 1911 and since then has taught in rural schools near Greenwood. The groom is a son of Mr and Mrs August Beyer. He has been a cheese maker for several years. The young couple intends to make their home at Geo. Buker’s where they have rented rooms. Gleaner 6-18-1914

BEYER , Arnold Martin (1 May 1891- 6 July 1967)

Arnold Martin Beyer, 76, Greenwood, died of a brain hemorrhage July 6, 1967, in St. Joseph's Hospital at Marshfield. He had been in poor health for the past several years.

Services were conducted at Zion United Church of Christ, burial was in the Greenwood Cemetery. Mr. Beyer was born (parents August and Florentine Beyer) May 1, 1891, in Greenwood, and received his education in the Town of Warner. His marriage to Fern Sloniker took place June 11, 1914, at Greenwood. Mr. Beyer was a cheesemaker in Greenwood for many years, and also made cheese at Alma Center for 12 years, and managed a cheese factory in Marshfield for three years. His only survivor is his wife.

Cheese factories: "Clark County Central" H. W. Decker Warner Twp.; "Clark County Central " Arnold Beyer, Greenwood

BEYER , Fern C. nee Sloniker (4 Oct 1893 - 20 Dec 1969)

Funeral services were held Tuesday at Zion United Church of Christ for Mrs. Arnold Beyer, 76, of Greenwood, who died Dec. 20, 1969 at the Neillsville Memorial Hospital.  Burial was in the Greenwood Cemetery. The former Fern C. Sloniker was born Oct 4, 1893, in Hillsboro, Wis., and received her education in Greenwood. She also attended Wisconsin State University Oshkosh and taught school for several years. She was married June 11, 1914 at Greenwood to Arnold Beyer , who preceded her in death July 6, 1967. The couple lived at Greenwood for many years, at Alma Center for 12 years, and at Marshfield for three years. Since April of this year she had lived at the Neillsville Memorial Home. Survivors include two sister, Mrs. Elmer (Floy) Horn, Chili; Mrs. Oscar (Zula) Miller, Greenwood and a brother, Ross Sloniker, Greenwood. She was preceded in death by two brothers.

Clark County Central Cheese Factory

"The Clark County Central Cheese Factory was one of the oldest cheese factories in Clark Co. It was located in Central Clark Co, three miles northwest of Greenwood, in the township of Warner and derived its name from the location. In the early 1900's a group of local farmers decided to form a partnership, and built a factory with living quarters attached, and it was known as a farmer' factory. They elected a three-man board, composed of a president, secretary-treasurer, and a director. They, in turn, hired a cheesemaker who worked for a salary or so much a pound. In those days, the farmers brought the milk in cans on a horse drawn wagon. They would line up by the intake, waiting to be unloaded, while they waited their turn, the local news was talked about and many stories were shared. Upon leaving they would fill their milk cans with whey from the big outdoor whey tank, from the day before cheese making, to take home for feed for their pigs. All milk cans were hand washed at home. Work was hard in a cheese factory. It meant 365 days a year, no Sundays or holidays off. The boilers were fired by hand with wood and in later years with coal. After about fifteen years, the board decided to sell their factory to Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Beyer . The Beyers kept it for about ten years and then sold it to R. W. Moldenhauer. There were some hard years ahead with the depression. There were improvements made, milk routes were established, with an open stake truck being used, but close farmers continued to haul their own, as there was a fee charged for milk pickups. To get started financially, Arno Decker was like a trustee and had to countersign the farmers" payroll and approve capital spending for several years." Excerpt from 1981 article written by Bruce and Beatrice Liebzeit

BIBEL family, Warner township

January 20, 1881 : Married, at the residence of Jacob Behl (Bibel) town of Warner Jan 20, 1881, by Rev. C.C. Swartz, Mr. Otto Geisler of town of Warner, to Miss Anna Conrad, of Sheboygan. (The Bibel and Geisler farms adjoined each other in Warner sec 4)


"... Jacob Bibel lived about a mile northwest of Hemlock (Warner sec 15 = Hemlock) , on the land later owned (1906 = SW corner of Warner sec 4) by Al Armstrong. Bibel, who had come from the old country a few years previous, was a tall homely, man with large protruding eyes and black whiskers that made him look like a monkey. He had found a wife near Milwaukee, who was seventeen years old when he married her. She was a good worker and always helped with the outside work."

One day in January 1881 , while the two were hauling logs to Black River at Hemlock and while unloading, they became involved in a dispute. Mrs. Bibel drew a revolver, which she always carried, and shot him dead . She dragged the body back into the woods and left it. She returned home with the ox-team and went about her work as usual. Later she went to Harry Meads, telling them Jacob had gone away with a man and had not returned. About a week after, Joe Palmer, the miller at Hemlock, and Fred Limprecht noticed crows or ravens circling and cawing around and knew something was wrong, so went to investigate and found the body of Bibel doubled up behind a log, frozen stiff. The body was brought to town and put in Honeywell's warehouse, the building later occupied by Ed Schwarze. As some men were putting the body into a barrel of water to thaw it out, Woodie Chandler, who happened to be "about three sheets in the wind", said "Take another dive, Jacob, take another dive" . For a long time after this building was a place to fear, and even adults hurried past after nightfall.

Mrs. Bibel was arrested and taken to Neillsville and while in jail a baby boy (Birth index has Henrietta Bieble born 28 April 1881, no further mention of " Bieble" in CC records, probably the child that was born in jail to Mrs. Bibel .) was born to her. She denied having murdered her husband. When court sat in March, her lawyer, Robert J. McBride, cleared her. She confessed, but claimed self-defense, as Jacob had come toward her threateningly with a canthook.... The Hub of Clark County (1853 - 1934)

"...cross the river at Hemlock. Thares an iron bridge thare now, gows west most to Peter Gullen's camp. Then north pass Yokab Beebles (Jacob Bibel) to John Mabies corner, then west Robert Horns..." Old Timer's Warner-Longwood Townships Mail Route Letter Published in the Greenwood Gleaner, Nov. 24, 1938

Jacob Bibel (or Behl, Beebles, Bieble) not listed on the death index or cemetery index, remains were probably buried in the old part of Pine Valley cemetery in Neillsville.

BOEDEKER family, Warner township

1905 #107 Buedecker , Simon Head W M 48 M Wisconsin Germany Farmer 10 O F F   Meta
Wife W F 33 M Wisconsin Germany House Keeper  
Orlando Son W M 2 S Wisconsin Germany  
Schmaltz, John Hired Man W M 15 S Wisconsin Germany Farm Laborer 9

1893 sec 21 no residence S. Boedeker

1906 sec 20 residence, sec 21 no residence Simon Boedeker

BOEDEKER , Simon Heinrich (5 April 1857 - 2 Feb 1947)

Funeral services for Simon Boedeker, 89, who died Feb. 2, 1947 at his home, 4 miles northwest of Greenwood, were held at the Schiller Funeral Home and at West Side Reformed Church. Interment was made in West Side Cemetery. Mrs. Clara Boedeker, his daughter-in-law, and his granddaughter, Marilyn Boedeker, both of Rosendale, attended the funeral.

UCC west cemetery: Simon Heinrich Boedeker born 5 April 1857, died 2 Feb 1947, son of Simon and Christine nee Selager Boedeker, married 25 Dec 1901 to Meta Goss , born 29 Jan 1872, died 1 March 1947, daughter of Herman and Auguste nee Schlager Goss. (Also spelled "Gosse") Orlando Boedeker born 24 June 1902, died 1 Sept 1939 (son of Simon and Meta Boedecker) married 30 June 1927 Clara Frisch .

BOEDEKER , Meta nee Gosse (29 Jan 1872-1 Mar 1947)

Mrs. Simon Boedeker, 75, who had been confined to her bed since last September, died at Mar 1, 1947 at her home 4 ½ miles northwest of Greenwood. She had been ill with diabetes the past 20 years. Funeral rites were held Schiller Funeral Home and at the West Side Reformed Church. Interment was made in the West Side Cemetery. Mrs. Boedeker, the former Meta Gosse, was born in the Town of Herman, Sheboygan Co., Jan 20, (29 per cemetery) 1872, and was married there Dec. 12, 1891, to Simon Boedeker , who preceded her in death a month ago on Feb. 2. The Boedekers lived in the Town of Herman until 1901, when they came to Clark Co to farm in the West Side Settlement (Warner township) , west of Greenwood. Surviving are a daughter-in-law, Mrs. Clara Boedeker, and granddaughter, Marilyn, who live at Rosendale, and three sisters. Her son, Orlando preceded his mother in death.

BOEDEKER , Orlando (24 June 1902 – 1 Sept 1939)

Orlando Boedeker, 37, died Sept. 1, 1939, at St. Joseph's Hospital, Marshfield, of burns suffered in an explosion Thursday morning while repairing a tractor at the Warner Town Hall, 5 miles northwest of Greenwood. The explosion occurred as gas spattered on an electric light bulb from a wire brush with which he was using gas for cleaning purposes. His arms and neck, shoulders and legs were severely burned. He had been taken to St. Joseph's Hospital after receiving first aid treatment at the Greenwood Clinic. Mr. Boedeker was born on the home farm, 5 1/2 miles northwest of Greenwood June 24, 1902. He spent his entire life there with the exception of seven years, from 1922 - 1929, during which time he was employed as a machinist in Sheboygan. His marriage to Miss Clara Frisch of Sheboygan took place in Greenwood June 30, 1927. Surviving beside his wife are a daughter, Marilyn , 10, and his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Simon Boedeker, all of Greenwood. He had no brothers or sisters. Funeral services were conducted at the Boedeker home, and at the West Side Reformed Church. Burial was made in the West Side cemetery. Mr. Boedeker was patrolman for the Town of Warner.

Born-Haas-Boedeker, Clara Anna Maria nee Frisch (15 Oct 1906 -Oct 2001)

Funeral services for Clara Anna Maria Boedeker, 94, were held in Beaverton, Ore, and burial (Not on master CC cemetery index. Not on UCC, Forest Hill, Greenwood or Riverside cemtery lists, under any of her married names. Probably buried in Oregon.) in West Side Reformed Cemetery, Greenwood, Clark Co. Clara Anna Maria Frisch was born Oct. 15, 1906, in Plymouth, to Jacob and Mathilda ( nee Schreiber) Frisch. She married Orland Boedeker on June 30, 1927, in Greenwood. They had one daughter, Marylyn Clara Boedeker on May 8, 1928. Her husband died in Aug. 1939. She moved to Rosendale in 1942, where she was employed as a telephone operator in charge of the Rosendale office until she was transferred to Oakfield. She later was employed by the state of Wisconsin at the women's prison facility at Taycheeta, until her retirement in 1970. She married Bernard Hass on June 6, 1954. He died on Dec. 24, 1957. She then married Fred Born on June 10, 1970. He died on Dec. 24, 1970. Survivors include one daughter, Marylyn (Bernard) Novobielski, Yakima, Wash. She was preceded in death by her parents her husbands, Orlando Boedeker, Bernard Hass, and Fred Born one sister, Otelia Williams four brothers, George, Alvin, August and Leo and one grandson, Glenn Novobielski.  

BOWERS family, Warner township

1906 sec 23 residence E. Bowers (1915 = W. Denk property)

June 22, 1930 : The following guests helped Mr. and Mrs. M. Lund celebrate their 60th Wedding Anniversary Sunday, June 22, 1930: Mr. and Mrs. John Webster and son Dan and daughters Evelyn and Johanna, Lorraine, Wis.; Mrs. E. M. Bowers , Rice Lake; Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Mohr, Miss Gale Mohr, Miss Fern Mohr, Miss Mildred Mohr, Mr. Lawrence Mohr, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Koepke and daughter Harriet and son William, Miss Bess Mohr, Miss Lillian Mohr and Robert Shilts, all of Bloomer; Mr. and Mrs. Joe Mitchell and sons Robert and Roy, Miss Lillian Longfellow, Miss Hattie Mitchell, Mrs. Maud Cooley, and Mr. Wm. Ecker of Boyd; Mr. Henry Welzein and Mr. and Mrs. Emil Welzein and sons Clarence and Emil of Greenwood; Mr. and Mrs. C. A. Lund, Greenwood; and Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Lund, Thorp. Mrs. A. J. Mohr and Mrs. E. M. Bowers of Rice Lake were also at the first wedding which took place at Edson, Wis. (This is the only mention on Clark Co records of "E. Bowers".)





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