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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 .

WAGNER, ANTHONY (Sept 1825 (cem) to 24 March 1916), born in France, he moved to Ohio in 1828. In 1855 he married Magdalene Weiss (1825 - 10 June 1887, age 54) and they moved to WI the same year. They are listed in all of the various collections taken to establish the church, but evidently not able to pay in full, for a credit order in the church records states "The remainder of A. Wagner's old acct. to be charged to profit & loss". They were the parents of: Catherine B., b. 1855; married Bertram Hall George, born 1856 Nicholas, born 5 Dec 1857; died 28 Jan 1858 Joseph, born 1859[census]; [cem says Dec 6 1867 - Nov 14, 1906] Margaret, born 1860; married Jonathan Haessly Anthony, born 1862 Nicholas, born 1863


From "History of Fond du Lac County", page 589. Submitted by Cherie Penneau.

WAGNER, MATTHIAS, The commerical interests of Fond du Lac find a worthy and enterprising representative in MatthiasWagner, president of the Wagner Dry Goods Company, whose identification with this line of trade covers more than a half century. He began clerking in a dry-goods store in 1859 and since 1878 has carried on business on his own account. He was born in the Rhine Province of Prussia, Germany, near Coblenz, December 15, 1839, his parents being Nicholas and Maria (Thelen) Wagner, who were born in the parish of Wanderrahat, Germany, and were there buried. The father was a farmer by occupation and both he and his wife were of the Catholic faith. His death occurred when he had reached the age of sixty-six years, while Mrs. Wagner passed away when but forty-six years of age. The paternal grandfather of our subject was Johann Wagner who married a Miss Heimerman and unto them were born four sons and a daughter, Johann, Nicholas, Matthias, Peter and Anna Maria. The maternal grandfather, Johann Thelen devoted his life to general agricultural pursuits and reared a family of ten children of whom six reached adult age, Maria, Lena, Anna, Henry, Theodore and Peter.

Matthias Wagner, whose name introduces this record, spent the first sixteen years of his life in Germany where he acquired his education. He came to America in 1856 and established his home in Fond du Lac where he has since lived. He is therefore numbered among its old settlers, its history having been long familiar to him. He first entered the employ of Mr. Lange, proprietor of a cabinet shop and furniture store and subsequently was employed in a grocery and candy store. In 1859 he secured a clerkship in a dry-goods store, and finding that pursuit congenial he has since continued in that field of labor. Economy and industry brought to him the capital necessary to engage in business on his own account. In 1878 he formed a partnership with Fred Reuping, and for fifteen years business was conducted under the firm style of M. Wagner & Company. A change in the partnership led to the adoption of the firm name of M. Wagner & Sons, and in 1903 the business was incorporated as the Wagner Dry Good's Company. They employ a large force of clerks and conduct an extensive business. They have a large and well selected line of goods such as the leading markets of the world afford, and their sales reach a gratifying annual figure, for the reliable business methods of the house commend them to the confidence and patronage of the public. In the conduct of the business Mr. Wagner has ever followed progressive methods and held to a high standard of commerical ethics.

On the 13th of November, 1865, Mr. Wagner was united in marriage to Miss Ernestine Trebschuh, who was born in Hildburghuasen, Saxony, Germany, as were her parents, Carl and Anna (Voght) Trebschuh, who in 1854, crossed the Atlantic and became residents of Sheboygan, Wisconsin. Ten years later they removed to Fond du Lac where the father was engaged as a mason and paper hanger. He died in this city at the venerable age of eighty-three years while his wife reached the age of seventy-three. Mrs. Wagner was their only child, and by her marriage she has become the mother of two sons and a daughter, Carl H., Adolph N., and Anna Mathilda, the sons being now in business with their father. The elder married Miss Julia Tuerwacchter and they have two children, Carl and Ernestine. Adolph N. Wagner wedded Lillian Weber, and they have three children, Gladys, Arthur and Edwin. Anna Mathilda Wagner is the wife of T. H. O'Brien of this city and they have two children, Elsie and Alice.

In politics Mr. Wagner has always been independent, supporting men and measures independent of party. Fraternally he is connected with the Fond du Lac commandery, No. 5. K.T. He is loyal to the teachings and purposes of the craft and in his life exemplifies it's beneficent and helpful spirit. He has never had occasion to regret his determination to seek a home and fortune in the new world. Coming to America at the age of sixteen years possessed of no capital save energy and determination, he has continuously worked his way upward and now, at the age of seventy-three, occupies a prominent and honorable position in the business circles of his adopted city, his life work being recognized as a valuable element in the commerical progress and prosperity here. His record has at all times been straightforward and his life history contains many valuable lessons which others might profitably follow.


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 .

WARD, THOMAS , of Ashford he is listed for the 1869 note, and 1873 assessment.


WARD, THOMAS , of Auburn he is listed for the 1869 note, the 1873 pew rent, and assessment, and the 1875 pew rent.


Obituary - From the Fond du Lac Commonwealth Reporter - Dated Tuesday, January 20, 1942

Mrs. Anna Webb, about 73, a former resident of the town of Forest, died Monday at er home in Escanaba, Mich. The body will arrive in this city at 4:40 p.m. Wednesday and will be taken to the Hardgrove and Gordon funeral home, where funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, with burial in Calvary cemetery. Rites also will be conducted in Escanaba.

A native of Queenstown, Cork county, Ireland, Miss Webb came to America with her parents, Hugh and Nora Webb, when 5 years old, settling in the town of Forest. She later resided at Iron River and for the last 55 years had been a resident of Escanaba,.

Surviving are a sister, Miss Julia Webb, of Chicago and several nieces and nephews.


The History of Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin 
Publisher: Chicago: Western Historical Company, 1880.
p. 924 
WHITNEY, SAMUEL L, farmer of Rosendale Township, Section 16, P.O. West Rosendale, is a native of Androscoggin Co., ME born 29 November 1820 and is the son of Samuel & Lydia (Curate) Whitney. His grandfather, Benjamin Whitney, was a native of England, and with 6 brothers, immigrated to America, and located at Cape Cod, Massachusetts before the French and Indian War, the others were scattered over Massachusetts, New York, and other states, but he settled as a pioneer at Lisbon Falls, ME; two of his brothers Abram and Isaac, were soldiers in the Revolution. At New Meadows, ME, before the close of the French and Indian War, he was married to Mercy Hinkley, and they had a family of 12 children, the eldest two of whom were also soldiers of the Revolution; the youngest, Samuel, and the father of Samuel L., was born at Lisbon, ME in 1774; followed lumbering and farming for a livelihood; and was married to Lydia Curate in 1801, the 2nd daughter of Stephen Curate, who came from France to Boston, Massachusetts as early as 1771, and married Martha Hern in 1774; they had three children - of whom Lydia, the second, was born in 1776; Samuel and his wife settled at Lisbon, ME Where they raised a family of 7 children, and afterward died there; Samuel L., the youngest of the family and subject of this sketch, was brought up at farming and
lumbering. Was married to Sarah, daughter of Daniel and Eunice (Tarr) Clark, of Lewiston, ME, January 6, 1846; they came to Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin in 1849, and in 1851 settled on a farm on Section 16, town of Rosendale, which has since been his home; From 1849 to 1856 he was interested with M.S. Sanborn in lumbering in Outagamie County; since that time he has been farming, and he now has a farm of 300 acres in Section 16, and 40 acres in Section 9. Mr. Whitney has been a member of the Town Board two terms, and was Assessor of the town 1 term; their children are: Harriet, wife of Gilbert F. Wilson, of Ripon; Samuel who owns a farm of 120 acres in this town (Rosendale) on Section 16; Ellen J. now home with her parents; Mercy now Mrs. Frank Burgess, of Sedgwick County, Kansas; John at home; Florence, who died at age of 3 years and 6 months.


From "History of the St. Croix Valley", published in 1909

WILLINK, HERMAN is a native of this state, born in Waupun, Fond du Lac county, October 23, 1863, son of Abram and Amelia (Bargebos) Willink, natives of Holland, who came to America in the early fifties and after living for a few years in Fond du Lac came to Baldwin township and bought 140 acres of land, which they broke and improved, carrying on a general farming until September 22, 1866, when the father died. The mother is still living, making her home on the Willink farm. She is now over seventy-eight years of age and in the best of health. Herman received a good education in the common schools. Subsequently he took up farming with his stepfather, B. Terhaar, until the latters death in 1887. Since then he has purchased the farm and now owns a nice piece of property of 180 acres, of which 160 is under cultivation. He carries on a general farming and raises considerable live stock. He is very fond of horses and takes pride in those which he breeds on his farm, some of them being animals of good pedigree and record, and all of them being sleek looking and well kept. He makes a specialty of the Percheron breed. Mr. Willink was married December 18, 1890, to Berendiena Nyman, of Holland, daughter of G. J. and Tonia Borninhhof Nyman, who settled in Baldwin in the early days. They are now both deceased. Mr. and Mrs. Willink have been blessed with six childrenMinnie, born September 2, 1892; Theresa, born December 3, 1893; Elva, born May 7, 1895; Arnold, born October 24, 1896; George, born November 8, 1800, and Hazel, born May 17, 1906. Mr. Willink is a Republican in politics. He has been treasurer of the town three years and a member of the side board three years. He is an elder of the Presbyterian Church. He is greatly devoted to his family, and his children are being given the advantages of a good education. He is an honest and upright gentleman, one who is highly respected by all who know him.


Obituary- Fond du Lac Daily Reporter 10-4-1907. Submitted by Michael Petrie

WUEST, CATHERINE Mrs. Catherine Wuest died Thursday morning at 10:30 at the residence of her son, Joseph Wuest, in the town of Forest, age 72 years.  She is survived by five sons, Peter and Vincent of Medford, Joseph, Louis and John of Forest, and three daughters, Mrs. Louis Loehr of Forest, Mrs. Peter Deckelmann of Medford and Elizabeth of Forest. The funeral will be held Saturday morning at 9 o'clock from the residence and at 10 o'clock from St. Michael's church at Dotyville.  interment will be in the adjoining cemetery.

Fond du Lac Daily Reporter 10-5-1907

The funeral of Mrs. Catherine Wuest was held this morning at 9 o'clock from the residence of her son Joseph Wuest in the town of Forest and at 10 o'clock from St. Michael's church in Dotyville.  Interment was in the
adjoining cemetery.

Fond du Lac Daily Commonwealth 10-4-1907

Mrs. Catherine Wuest, aged 72 years, died at 10:50 Thursday morning at the home of her son, Joseph Wuest, in the town of Forest.  She is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Louis Loehr, of Forest, Mrs. Peter Decklemann, of Medford, and Miss Elizabeth, at home; and five sons, Peter and Vincent, of Medford; John , Louis and Joseph, of Forest.  The funeral will be held at 9 o'clock tomorrow morning from the residence and at 10 o'clock from St. Michael's Catholic church in Dotyville, Rev. Fr. Kraemer officating. Interment will be in the adjoining cemetery.

Fond du Lac Daily Reporter 10-7-1907

The funeral of Mrs. Catherine Wuest was held at 9 o'clock from the residence of her son, Joseph Wuest in the town of Forest and at 10 o'clock from St. Michael's church at Dotyville, the Rev. Father Kramer officiating.
Interment was in the adjoining cemetery. The pall bearers were: Joseph Voght, C. Holfman, Peter Loehr, Peter McGalloway, Joseph Koehn and Alvenis Goebel.

Catherine Wuest was the daughter of John and Anna Marie Schneider of Forest Township, Fond du Lac County.  She was born in Waldeck, Nassau, Germany on November 6, 1834.


Obituary- Fond du Lac Commonwealth 4/28/1892. Submitted by Michael Petrie

WUEST, JOSEPH Our community was sadly shocked on Tuesday upon hearing of the sudden death of Joseph Wuest.  He was in good health, and at work as usual when Mrs. Wuest and two sons went to the city.  At ten o'clock he entered the house saying to his youngest daughter that he had a pain in his chest. He lay down, and when she came to him, he was dead.  Mr. Wuest, had for overthirty years been a highly respected citizen of this place, where he leaves a wife, three sons and two daughters. Two sons and a daughter reside at
Medford.  The funeral was from St. Michael's church, on Friday.