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Fond du Lac History - Submitted by Jeannette Rapley Sauntry

PARKS, EMMA born November 10, 1849 in Fond du Lac, WI, died Oct 20, 1927 in Sumner, Barron Co. WI married Deighton S Grilley October 3, 1870 in LaCrosse, WI. Deighton Grilley, born November 28, 1848  Palatine, Cook County, Ill, was a son of Leander F Grilley and Sarah Briggs. This family is found in Sumner, Barron, Wisconsin in the 1880 census with six children.

Fond du Lac History - Submitted by Jeannette Rapley Sauntry

PARKS, MARY born abt 1862 in Fond du Lac, WI, died abt 1934 in Penzance, Saskatchewan, married Nathan Bacon Foote Sept 7, 1879 in Barron, WI.  Nathan Foote was born April 17, 1855 in Pennsylvania died September 1910 in Penzance , Saskatchewan. He was the son of Nathaniel Foote and Mary Hodges.  Nathan and Mary  are found in Sumner, Barron, Wisconsin in the 1880 census. They had three children and by 1904 all had moved to Craik, Saskatchewan where their descendants live today.

 Nothing more is known of Martha Parks born abt 1852, Fond du Lac, Wisconsin at this time.


Obituary, Fond du Lac Commonwealth Reporter - Dated: 12-31-1947

Gerrit Ten Pass, 74, died at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at his home on East Jefferson street, Waupun. A retired farmer, her was born February 11, 1873 in the Netherlands and farmed near Alto in the Town of Waupun, retiring 11 years ago. Surviving are his widow, four daughters, a son, a sister, a brother, 11 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friday at the Beyer Funeral Home and at 2 p.m. at First Reformed Church, Waupun, with burial at Forest Mound
Cemetery there.


Obituary, Fond du Lac Commonwealth Reporter - Dated: 11-20-1923

Peter J. Peters, a pioneer of the Town of Woodville, Calumet county died at St. Vincent's hospital, Green Bay, on Friday. Mr. Peters was born in Holland on November 11, 1832 and came to the United States in 1855 locating in the Town of Woodville where he resided for sixty years, after which he resided at Little Chute up to t he time of death of Mrs.Peters, in April 1918. From that time on up to the time of his death he made his home with his son, Rev. F.J. Peters, at Freedom. In 1861 Mr. Peters was united in marriage to Mary Ann Van Der Loop, who was also a pioneer resident of Woodville, having located there with her parents in 1850. To this union eleven children were born, eight of whom survive, being John, Arnold, William, George and Minnie (Mrs. Joseph Huiting) of Peters, Sheridan county, Nebraska; Rev. F.J. Peters, Freedom, Albert and Joseph of Randolph, WI. Mr. Peters was always a public spirited citizen being quite prominent in civic affairs. For thirty-six years he held the position of assessor.
Having reached the ripe old age of ninety-one years and five days it is but natural that Mr. Peters should have a large number of direct descendants, but having had a large family they are more numerous than is usually the case, there being fifty-seven grandchildren and forty-five great-grandchildren.


Obituary, Fond du Lac Commonwealth Reporter - Dated: 10-1-1952 (infant)

Sharon Rita Peters, five day old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Norbert Peters, 158 North Main Street, died at 6:30 a.m. today at St. Agnes Hospital. Surviving besides the parents are three brothers, Joseph, Jerome and Dennis at home; grandparents, Mrs. Katherine Simon and Mrs. Susan Peters. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at the Zacherl Funeral Home, with burial in Estabrooks Cemetery.


Obituary, Fond Du Lac Commonwealth Reporter- 11-18-1940, p. 18

PETRIE, MRS ANTON SR. 69, of Mt. Calvary died at 4:30 a.m. Sunday at her home.  Formerly Mary Abler, she was born Feb. 20, 1871 and was married to Mr. Petrie, Nov. 24, 1891 in Holy Cross church at Mt. Calvary.  Surviving are her widower; eight daughters and sons, Mrs. Frank Olig, Mrs. Frank Schmitz, Mrs. Oscar Stephany and Urban, Rudolph, Roman, Alex and Alfred Petrie; 30 grandchildren and a brother, Nick Abler, of Calvary.  A son, Anthony, Jr., died June 17, 1937.  Mrs. Petrie was a member of the Christian Mothers¹ society of Holy Cross church and of the Third Order of St. Francis. Funeral services will be held at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday from the residence and at 10 a.m. from Holy Cross church.  The Rev. Fr. Nicholas will officiate. Burial will be in the church cemetery.   Mary Petrie was the daughter of Mathias and Gertrude Kasper Abler


Obituary, Fond Du Lac Commonwealth Reporter - Dated:3-11-1948, p. 24

PETRIE, ANTON -RETIRED FARMER OF MT. CALVARY EXPIRES AT 81.  Anton Petrie, Former Town Chairman of Marshfield, Dies at Home.  Funeral services for Anton Petrie, 81, a retired farmer and Town of Marshfield chairman for many years, who died at 2:45 p.m. Wednesday at his home at Mt. Calvary, will be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at the residence and at 10 a.m. at Holy Cross church, Mt. Calvary, with burial in the church cemetery.  He was born Dec. 25, 1866 in the Town of Marshfield and was married Nov. 18, 1890, to Mary Abler in Holy Cross church.  Mrs. Petrie died Nov. 17, 1940.  Mr. Petrie, who served as an insurance officer for a number of years, was a member of the Holy Name society and the Third Order of St. Francis.  Surviving  are eight children, Mrs. Frank Olig and Urban of Mt. Calvary, Rudolph of Johnsburg, Mrs. Frank Schmitz of Marytown and Roman, Alex, Alfred and Mrs. Oscar Stephany of St. Joe.  36 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren, and a brother, Bernard Petrie.  A son, Anthony, and two daughters preceded Mr. Petrie in death.   Anton Petrie was the son of Anton and Anna Katherine Braun Petri.


Obituary, Fond Du Lac Commonwealth Reporter - Dated: 3-17-1941 Submitted by Michael Petrie

John Petrie, 85, lifelong resident of St. Joseph, Town of Marshfield, WI., died at 4:30 a.m. Sunday at his home.  He had been in failing health for six months. Mr. Petrie was born February 8, 1856. He was a member of the Holy Name Society and St. Joseph's society of St. Joseph's Church at St. Joseph. Surviving are six sons and daughters, August and Claude Petrie of St. Joseph; Joseph of Marytown; Mrs. Steve Gilles of St. Peter; Mrs. Jack Buechel of Jericho and Mrs. Edward Schaefer of this city; 16 grandchildren and two brothers, Math. Petrie of St. Peter and Jacob of this city. Funeral services will be held at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday from the residence and at 10 a.m. from the St. Joseph's Church. The Rev. Christopher Haefner, O.M. Cap., will officiate. Burial will be in the adjoining cemetery.


From the "History of Fond du Lac County", page 114. Submitted by Cherie Penneau

PETRIE, WILLIAM J is the proprietor of a large up-to-date and well equipped draying business in Fond du Lac. He is a man who is highly respected throughout the state and county. He was born in Fond du Lac, June 28, 1860, and is a son of Mr. and Mrs. Martin Petrie, both of whom were natives of Germany. Martin Petrie was born in Saxony, Germany, in 1835, and with his parents emigrated to Wisconsin when he was a child, six years of age. The family settled in Calumet county, where they maintained their home for many years. He was united in marriage to Miss MarthaTrantfetter in 1855. Mrs. Martin Petrie was born in 1840, and emigrated to Wisconsin at the age of fourteen, settling in Lamartine township, where she continued to reside until her marriage. To Mr. and Mrs. Petrie four children were born; Emma, who is unmarried and resides in Fond du Lac; William J., the subject of this review; and Edward and Nettie, who live in Fond du Lac.

William J. Petrie was reared at home and educated in public school and after passing through the lower grades was graduated from the high school at the age of sixteen. Immediately after completing his education he was employed by his father in the teaming business and continued in that occupation until the time of his father's death, which occured in 1883, after which he took entire charge of the business and operated it for his mother until 1885, at which time he purchased the establishment of which he has since been the proprietor. He now employs in his business two double vans and one auto truck. He has been successful in the conduct of his business which, at the present time is in healthy and promising condition and the outlook for the future is very bright.

Mr. Petrie was united in marriage to Miss Rosa Knichs of Fond du Lac, in 1884, and to them two children have been born. Walter and Alma. Mrs. Petrie is the daughter of John and Anna Knichs. John Knichs was the first baggage master employed on the Northwestern railroad line, at the time when the road was built in Wisconsin. He and his family lived in a log house, located in the western part of the city. To Mr. and Mrs. Knichs four children were born. John married Theresa Schrader, of Watertown, and they have one child, Edwin, and reside in Chicago. Henry married Miss Bettie Launstein, of Fond du Lac, and to them three children have been born, Leo, Walter and Paul. Anna married W. D. Gromme and has two children, Rosa and Richard. Rosa is the wife of the subject of his review.

Mr. Petrie is a member of the Masonic order and also of the National Union and of the Business Men's Association. His is the oldest in his line of business in Fond du Lac. His residence is at No. 164 Cherry Street and the lot it stands on has one hundred and fifty feet frontage and is one hundred and twenty feet in depth. He is well known and highly respected and his long life of constant activity has been abundantly crowned with prosperity.


Obituary, Fond du Lac Commonwealth Reporter - Dated: 9-6-1949

Services for Mrs. Fred R. Phelps, who died at her home 414 East Jefferson street, Waupun, Sunday morning after suffering a cerebral hemmorrhage, will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Beyer's Funeral Home, Waupun, the Rev. E.T. DeSelms, pastor of the Methodist church, officiating. Burial will be in Avoca Cemetery, Oakfield. She had been ailing the last year. The former Matie Brow was born June 12, 1882, at Waupun, daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. William Brow. She was married to Mr. Phelps at Waupun in 1908. Mrs. Phelps was a member of the Rebekahs, Eagle Auxiliary, the Methodist church and the W.S.C.S. of the church. Survivors in addition to the husband include two sons, Russell of Waukegan, Illinois and Virgil of Waupun; a sister, Mrs. Emil Tank of Waupun and a brother, Duane
Brow of Waupun.


From the History of Fond du Lac County WI. Submitted by Cheri Pennau


Carl Pieper, who is living in the villate of Waucousta, where for many years he was successfully engaged in business, was born in Germany, on the 27th of September, 1844. He is a son of Michael and Louisa Pieper, who emigrated to the United States with their family in 1855, coming direct to Wisconsin. Upon his arrival here the father purchased eighty acres of partially cleared land in Dodge County, and dilegently engaged in farming. He erected a substantial house and barn on his place and later sold it to good advantage, investing the proceeds in a hundred and sixty acres of land in Rubicon township, that county. He there continued his agricultural pursuits until his death, which occurred in 1868, at the age of forty-nine years. The mother, who passed away in 1858, was forty at the time of her demise. The family of Mr. and Mrs. Pieper numbered three, two sons and a daughter, of whom our subject is the eldest. William was the second in order of birth and Albertina the youngest.

The first eleven years in the life of Carl Pieper were passed in the land of his birth, where he began his education. After coming to America he continued his studies in the district and German schools of Dodge county until he had mastered the fundamental priniciples of English learning. As is usual in the country he began assisting his father with the work about the farm, fitting himself for the duties of rural vocation. He remained at home until qualified to become self-supporting when he started out to earn his own living. After the death of his father, he bought the interest of the other heirs in the old farm. engaging in its cultivation until 1894. In the latter year he disposed of it and invested in the proceeds in a cheese factory and a store, which he established at Waucosta, Osecola township. He successfully conducted these two enterprises for twelve years, and then sold the factory to his son, Adolph and closed out his stock of merchandise. By the exercise of thrift and the intelligent expenditure of his energies in early life, he managed to acquire a competence that now enables him to live in comfort and retirement. He has a very pleasant modern residence in Waucousta, which he erected in 1906, and there he expects to spend the remainder of his life. Mr. Pieper has made judicious investments in real estate at various times, from which he realizes good returns. In 1902, he purchased an eighty acre tract located on the boundary line between Osceola and Eden townships, and four years later sold it to one of his sons. The year he disposed of this property he bought a hundred and forty acres adjoining the village of Waucousta, which he disposed of last fall. It has formerly been cultivated by his son Roland.

In 1868, Mr. Pieper was married to Miss Wilhelmina Matthies, a daughter of Frederick and Augusta Matthies, natives of Germany, whence they came to America in 1847, locating in the town of Lebanon, Dodge county. Mrs. Pieper who is a member of a family of five, was born in a log cabin on her father's farm inLebanon on the 17th of November, 1849. Eleven children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Pieper, the two eldest of whom, William and Lena, are deceased. Mathilda, who is the next in order of birth, married Christian Indermuele, of Dodge County, by whom she has four children, Christian, Evaline, Erhardt and Alexa. Henry, who is the eldest living son, married Amelia Schultz, and they have four children, Verona, Victor, Walner, and Paul. Linda became the wife of Richard Rose of Dodge county, by whom she has had two children, Frieda and Amanda. Edward married Elvina Marquard and to them have been born four children, Elsie, Arnold, Johannes and Erhardt. Johannes, who is a minister in the German Lutheran church, now residing in Minnesota, married Lydia Henica, and they have two children, Cecilia and Adelgunda. Adolph chose for his wife Minnie Wachs and they have two sons, Carl and Gilbert. Roland married Ella Husman and to them have been born two children, Urban and Ortense. Herbert, who owns and operates two cheese factories, one located in Waucousta and the other in Eden township, married Hilda Kreuger and they have one child, Ingeburg. Hilbert is the youngest member of the family.

Mr. and Mrs. Pieper both hold membership in the German Lutheran church in the faith of which they reared their children. His political allegiance he gives to the democratic party, but he never sought official honors, preferring to concentrate his energies upon his own affairs, although he is not remiss in the duties of citizenship.


Obituary, Fond du Lac Commonwealth Reporter - Dated: 3-30-1918

Dorothy Piper, the three month old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Emil Piper, 204 Lincoln Avenue died at 8:55 o'clock last evening at the residence. The body will be sent to Ripon at 10:10 Monday morning for funeral services and interment.


Compiled from St. Matthew Parish Records; St. Matthew Cemetery Records; St. Matthew's Tombstone Inscriptions; various biographies of Fond du Lac County; 1850, 1860, and 1870 census records of Fond du Lac County townships of Ashford, Auburn, Eden and Osceola .

POLZEEN, ANDREW born in 1822, he died Aug 3, 1892 at age 68. He married Mary ....., who died 30 Oct 1915. They were the parents of: Jacob, died 7 May 1934 John, born 1852 Michael, born 1860; married Augusta Flitter (dau. Of John and Mich.) on May 10, 1883. Augusta, born 1862 Rosa, born 1864; died in Apr 1886, according to church records, but cemetery records have a death date of 22 May 1886, age 21y 3m Frances, married Philip Heavy (son of Thomas and Margaret) on Oct 1, 1884.


Compiled from St. Matthew Parish Records; St. Matthew Cemetery Records; St. Matthew's Tombstone Inscriptions; various biographies of Fond du Lac County; 1850, 1860, and 1870 census records of Fond du Lac County townships of Ashford, Auburn, Eden and Osceola .

POLZEEN, JACOB born in 1825 in Germany, he married Frances Galabinski, and in 1856 emigrated to the United States, residing in New York State for 2 years, before removing to Elm Grove, Wisconsin. They remained there for five years before settling in the township of Osceola, where he built his family a log home. In 1893 he purchased and moved to the farm on the opposite side of the road, where he remained until his death in 1898 at age 73. Church records indicate he died 17 Jan. 1900 at age 72. His wife died in 1900 at age 67. Cemetery records say she was born Sept 8, 1834 and died Aug. 9, 1902). They were the parents of: Michael Rosa Elizabeth Paulina - married Joseph Basill (son of Christopher Basill and Clara Miller) on Nov. 10, 1885. Jacob Joseph, born March 10, 1871. Married Josephine Hebert, dau. Of Anthony and Julia Hebert, formerly of France. Francis, born 12 Feb and bapt 15 March 1871 William L., born 9 March and bapt 30 March 1873 Mary, born 24 May and bapt 12 June 1875 Mathilda, born 19 May John


Obituary, Fond du Lac Commonwealth Reporter - Dated: 12-15-1930

Julius Priepke, Former Lamartine Farmer, Expires At Daughter's Home
Julius Priepke, 73, a resident of Fond du Lac and vacinity for more than 50 years, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Frank McCoy, 25 North Bell street, at 8 a.m. today. Mr. Priepke was born in Brandenberg, Germany on August 30, 1855, coming to Lamartine with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Priepke, in 1873. He was married to Miss Amelia Schmidt in 1878 and for 46 years they lived on a farm in the Town of Lamartine. They moved to this city, where Mrs. Priepke died September 26, 1927.
Mr. Priepke was a member of Salem Evangelical church and a former member of the Eldorado Evangelical church. He is survived by five children, Edward of the Town of Lamartine, Mrs. John Streblow and Mrs. Jacob Meyers of the Town of Fond du Lac and Mrs. Frank Guell of Osceola and Mrs. Frank McCoy of this city; a sister, Mrs. George Rogers of Lansing, Michigan; 27 grandchildren. Private funeral services will be held at the McCoy residence at 1:30 p.m. Thursday and a public service at Salem Evangelical church at 2 p.m., the Rev. H.C. Diekvass will officiate and burial will be in the Eldorado Cemetery. Funeral Rites - Dated: 12-18-1930 Funeral rites for Julius Priepke were held at the residence of his daughter, Mrs. Frank McCoy, 25 N. Bell Street at 1:30 p.m. today, and at 2 p.m. from Salem Evangelical Church, Rev. H.C. Diekvass officiated and burial was in Estabrooks Cemetery. Pallbearers were, August and Edward Guell, Fred and Harry Hohensee, Carl and Henry Priepke. Those attending the funeral were, John and Ruth Wilkie, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Schwertfeger and family, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Jensen of Oshkosh, Mrs. Emma Schmidt, Fred Reinhart of Madison, Herman Schmidt of Mapleton, Kansas.


Obituary - From the Fond du Lac Commonwealth Reporter - Dated May 4, 1931

Native of Vermont Stricken By Heart Attack At Family Residence.
Mrs. Minnie J. Pullen, 61, wife of Dr. A. J. Pullen, a resident of the city and North Fond du Lac for the last 28 years, died unexpectedly of a heart attack at 5 a.m. today at her home, 77 Sheboygan street. Mrs. Pullen had been in ill health for several years.
Born October 12, 1862 at Brattlebor, VT. Minnie J. Mather taught school in the East for several years prior to her marriage to Dr. Pullen, which took place 54 years ago in her home city. After the moved to North Fond du Lac 28 years ago. They came to this city from the village eight years ago. Surviving are her widower, a daughter, miss Damaris, a studen at Northwestern university, Evanton, who arrived in this city today, and a sister, Mrs. Ida Horten of Brattleboro. The body was takne to the Zinke Funeral Home, where funeral services will be held at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday with the Rev. W. A. Frazier, pastor of the Plymouth Congregational church officiating, at 12:02 p.m. over the North Western road the body will be taken to Brattleboro for burial.


Obituary, Fond du Lac Commonweath Reporter - Dated: 3-9-1939

Miss Nancy Purcell, 79, a resident of Waupun for 77 years, former tailoress and assistant matron at the state prison in that city, died at 3 a.m. today at the home of her nieces, the Misses Brown in Chicago, with whom she had resided for the last two years.
Born April 6, 1859 in Waupun, daughter of William and Bridget Purcell, she resided there with her sister, the late Miss Nellie Purcell, who died three years ago. Surviving Miss Purcell are several nieces including Mrs. John Linnen of Waupun. The body will arrive in Waupun tonight, funeral services to be held there Saturday from Hinkamp and Kohls funeral home to St. Joseph's
church at 9:30 a.m. The Rev. Gabriel Eilers will officiate. Burial will be in Calvary cemetery, Waupun.