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|The Hachez family is in the Ancestry.com Immigration
database for passengers on the ship Robert from Bremen to New York, arriving August 4,
1854. Ferdinand was 35, Louise, 30, and young Ferdinand was 6 years old. Due to
transcription errors, the elder Ferdinand's name is given as Ferdinand Herman Hasher, his
wife appears as Louise Harriet and their son's name is transcribed as Ferdinand Hackert.
With them was Margaretha Wulff, recorded as a servant. She worked for them in New
An Ancestry subscription is required to see the scan of the
original ship's log document for the Robert, found via the above search. The names are
correct in Germans to America,
Volume 8, Page 2.
Ferdinand Hachez, born 20 September 1818 in Hannover, Germany, is the
Ferdinand Hermann Hachez who came with his wife Louise and son Ferdinand to New Holstein
in 1854. He was part of the large Hachez family
[in German] of Bremen, a member of whom started the famous Hachez Chocolate
company of Bremen in 1890. See also the Hachez
family [in English].
chocolate firm in Bremen and more on Hachez
[in German] and about Hachez
translated from the German, with photos of the firm.
Hachez entries in historic
address books for Bremen include:
-- Joseph Jean Hachez,
1796 address book, owner, Erttel & Hachez, import firm operated with his father in
law. He came from Belgium to Bremen, founding the Hachez
family there. He was grandfather to Ferdinand Hermann Hachez who came to
Wisconsin in 1854.
-- Emil Hermann Hachez,
1860 address book, buyer and associate with Hachez & Müller, a cigar manufacturer. He
was a grandson of the above Joseph Jean Hachez. His own son Joseph Emil Hachez in 1890
founded famous Hachez Chocolate Factory,
still going today.
Hachez home and business was on Neustadtdeich
-- the New Town dyke along the Weser River on its southwest bank, across from the old city
of Bremen. 1773 painting by Wolfgang Christoph Myer. Source.
Location of Neustadt
seen on map of Bremen.
History: review of his Memories of the First Years of the
Settlement of New Holstein, with a list of early residents who arrived in New
Holstein by 1854 and are mentioned. Look-up
Hachez who is named is Ferdinand Hachez Sr. whose son Ferdinand Hachez married Eliese
Boie. Surnames include:
Tonner Boie with her father Claus Tonner, her mother Katherine Margaretha
Suhr and siblings. Note that the Tonner family was not from Kiel but rather from Wewelsfleth, Holstein, Germany
on the Stör River, a tributary of the Elbe River, downstream from Hamburg.
Hachez Families in 1855: the 1855 Wisconsin State Census for New
Holstein lists F. Hackeze, very likely Ferdinand Hachez, and N. Boge, likely Nicholas Boie
or Boje. Each came from Germany in 1854 with a wife and an oldest child. Those two
children -- son Ferdinand Hachez and daughter Eliese Boie -- later married.
Family Arrived in 1858: transcribed immigration records for the ship Main
that arrived May 26, 1858, at Castle Garden, New York, with four Lühr individuals: J. N.
[mistranscribed as S. N.], Marg., John, and Peter. The Lühr surname with the
umlaut was later spelled Luehr.
Family in New Holstein [ Top ]
|Boie & Hachez
& Luehr Families in 1860: the 1860 Census for New Holstein, Calumet
County, includes listings for Nicholas Boie, Ferdinand Hachez and John, Margaretha and
Peter Luhr. The elder Ferdinand was 41 and a farmer; wife Louisa was 35, and the younger
Ferdinand was 12. All were recorded born or from in Holstein.
The 1870 Census found the Hachez family
including elder Ferdinand Hachez, 50, farming, with son Ferdinand, 22, working at home,
with the latter's wife Elise, 19, keeping house and tending baby Louise, four months old.
Margretha Wulff was still with them as a domestic servant.
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In that 1870 Census, the elder Ferdinand reported
that he was born in Bremen, while the younger Ferdinand and Elise were born in Holstein,
Prussia, and Margaretha in Lubeck, a city in Holstein.
About the year the railroad came to New
Holstein -- 1872 -- the younger Ferdinand Hachez left farming as his main
occupation. He built the Farmers' and Mechanics Saloon at the east end of town. For
economic development, New Holstein invested $30,000 in the railroad, also on the east end.
After wife Louise died, Ferdinand Herman Hachez, immigrant
father, moved New
Ulm, Minnesota as seen in the Andreas Historical Atlas for that German
community. He died there, and his obituary notes he worked as a farm manager in Germany
before coming to America.
In 1873, Herman C. Timm,
an 1848 German immigrant to New Holstein and later a grain dealer, built a Greek revival
house at the east end of town, not far from the Hachez business. The house went on the
National Register of Historic Places in 1996. The Timm
House was restored,
rededicated and reopened
in 2007. Enjoy a Timm House photogallery.
Town profiles published in 1876 included one about the
beautiful village of New
Holstein, its stores, houses, public halls, the agricultural warehouses,
tradespeople, and its Masonic, Odd Fellow and Turner societies. There were about 500
citizens, all of German ancestry.
Family in 1880 Census: Ferdinand, 32, keeping a saloon and born in
Prussia to parents born in Hanover, Germany. Elise is 29, born in Prussia. Children born
in Wisconsin were Clara, 9, in school; Louis, 4, Cecilia, 3, and Adele, 6 months.
Elise was the oldest of Nic and Cecilia Boie's children. The family name was recorded as
Family in 1880 Census: Nicolaus Boie, 58, farmer, and Cecilia Boie, 49, wife
keeping house, both born in Holstein, Prussia, and eight  children all born in
Wisconsin: Johan or John Boie, 19, working at home; Mathilde [Tillie], 18, at home;
Wilhelm or William, 15, Charles, 14, Annie, 12, Cecilia, 10, Lina, 9, and Minna, 6, all at
school. Oldest daughter Elise had already married Ferdinand Hachez. The family name is
mistranscribed as Baie.
Family in 1880 Census: Johan or John Luehr, 50, brick maker and farmer, and
Magretha Luehr, 53, wife keeping house, both born in Holstein, Prussia, and sons Wilhelm
or William, misrecorded as 45 [he was 19], and Eduard or Edward, 17, both working in the
brickyard, and Athar or Arthur, 14, in school. Family name is mistranscribed as Luchr.
· First son John
Claudius Luehr had married in 1877.
· Second son William
Henry Luehr later married Clara Hachez.
C. Luehr in 1880 Census: John , his wife Wilhelmina or Minnie, and daughter
Lydia or Ledde, were in Davenport, Scott County, Iowa
On August 28, 1890, Clara
Hachez, the granddaughter of the elder Ferdinand Hachez and daughter of the
younger Ferdinand, married William
Henry Luehr, John and Margaretha's son, in New Holstein.
On October 24, 1891, Lucille
Marguerite Luehr, granddaughter of Ferdinand and Eliese Boie Hachez and
daughter of William H. and Clara Hachez Luehr, was born in Grand Rapids, Wood
Calumet County Patrons Directory listed Ferd. Hachez as a Dealer in Wines,
Liquors, and Cigars, his Post Office: New Holstein, Section: 10, Township: New Holstein.
Soon after that, he sold the saloon and returned to farming, first in the township called
Charlestown to the north and then in New Holstein.
By 1894, John Boie,
Eliese's oldest brother, was farming SE ¼ Sec. 16 of Worden Township, Clark County,
On June 7, 1899, Minnie Boie,
Eliese's youngest sister, married Albert Arps in New Holstein. They lived in Ouray and
Denver, Colorado. Albert Arp's biography is in a 1919 History of Colorado.
On August 24, 1899, Robert
William Luehr, grandson of Ferdinand and
Eliese Boie Hachez and son of William H. and Clara Hachez Luehr, was born in
F. Hachez, Clara's younger brother, married Minnie
Schafer on April 15, 1901, in Milwaukee County. He and Minnie settled in
Spokane, Washington and had a daughter Irene and son L. Homer Hachez.
Hachez, one of Clara's younger sister, married Stephen C. Price in December
1901 in Pittsburg, Kansas. Previously, she had taught at the State
Public School in Sparta, Monroe County, Wisconsin. They and their children
lived in Missouri.
|Adele Hachez, another of Clara's younger
sisters, married Edward
Kelm in New Holstein on October 8, 1902. They lived in Grand Rapids,
Minnesota. Edward was born in 1879 to parents August
and Minnie Kelm of Calumet County as the 1880 Census shows.
Among their children was Erwin Kelm, by 1954
the operations director of Cargill
and then president or chairman from 1960 to 1976. He was a top business leader
of the 20th century. His obituary
mentions his mother Adele Hachez.
Story of the
Erwin Kelm Years
1905 City and
County Directory shows Ferd. Hachez as head of a household and son Arthur
Hachez, both New Holstein, Route 2.
Hachez Luehr died in 1920 at age 49 [see her obituary, below].
In 1923 in Spokane, Washington, Louis F. Hachez
founded House of Hachez mining stock brokers. In 1928 son Homer began work for the firm
and in 1936 became a partner. Louis
was often quoted in newspapers.
Ferdinand Hachez and the Turnverein [ Top ]
Hachez was an early member of the New Holstein Turner Society or Turnverein, according to his obituary. Turner societies were well known for
gymnastics but also such cultural events as music and drama. Ferd. continued exercise
regimes for all his life.
The Turnverein or
Turner Society idea was brought to America from Germany where it had been founded
about 1809. It was the '48ers fleeing to America that brought it.
Revolution of 1848-49
daughter of Ferdinand and Eliese, in 1883 was in a turning class of 17 girls taught by
Anton Weisenbach, photographed. Turn master Weisenbach also taught Edward Funke [see
Society Saved Early New Holstein: 1926 article recalls role of the Turnverein
in the early town settled by a university professor, several lawyers, several actors as
well as farmers. Early settler J. C. M. Pfeiffer was a gymnast and first turning
instructor. Edward Funke filled that latter role for 37 years, making the society among
the state's best.
Helped with 75th: New Holstein's Turner Society in 1923 hosted the state
competition as part of the town's celebration of the "sturdy band of 70 persons
who set sail from the City of Hamburg" for Wisconsin, then settled the town of New
New Holstein's Turners
in 1937 celebrated the 70th anniversary of its 1867 founding and honored Edward Funke for
50 years as instructor. In 1941, Wisconsin Turners met in New Holstein, Funke the
New Holstein's Turner
Society in 1946 celebrated both its 79th annual demonstrations and the 59th
anniversary for instructor Edward
Funke who in 1974 was inducted into the Turner Hall of Fame. Funke became a turning instructor
for New Holstein in 1887 at age 16.
& Obituaries [ Top ]
William Henry Luehr,
son of John and Anna Luehr, a 1896 University of Wisconsin graduate, teacher, principal,
superintendent, editor and publisher; married Clara Hachez, daughter of the younger
Ferdinand Hachez and Elise Boie. Their children were Lucille and Robert Luehr.
Family of New Holstein starting with John Nicholas Luehr born in northern
Dithmarschen, Schleswig-Holstein, a farmer and brick maker, plus his wife Anna
and their four sons, and also his brother Peter,
their parents Michael and Magdalena and their descendants.
Anna was born in Hollingstedt,
northeast of Heide. John and Anna's four sons were John
Obituaries for New Holstein and Calumet County include the following:
Boie - arrived in 1854, father of many children including
Elise Boie, wife of the younger Ferdinand Hachez
Hachez -- arrived in 1854 as a child with parents
Ferdinand and Louise Hachez. He married Elise Boie, was father of
many children including Clara, who married William Henry Luehr
August Hansen, son of Mr. and Mrs. August Hansen, the
husband of Lena Boie, sister of Eliese; purchased the Hachez
business and residential property in New Holstein
Groth Luehr -- wife of John N. Luehr, mother of four sons
including John, William Henry, Edward and Arthur
Hachez Luehr -- daughter of Ferdinand and Elise Boie
Hachez, wife of William Henry Luehr, mother of Lucille and Robert
C. Luehr -- oldest son of John N. and Anna Groth Luehr,
husband of Wilhelmina Kroehnke, father of Arthur, Lydia and Viola.
The family lived in Iowa and then in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Henry Luehr -- noted Wisconsin educator, husband of
Clara Hachez Luehr, father of Lucille and Robert
"Tillie" Boie Sebelein -- wife of Charles Sebelein, sister
of Elise Boie. Includes her siblings and sisters' married names.
Hachez [1848-1933] and Eliese
Boie Hachez memorials on FindaGrave including obituaries and photo of the
Hachez monument. Their daughter Clara
Hachez Luehr is buried with her husband William Henry
Luehr, son of John
Nicholas Luehr and Anna M Groth
Obituary for Helen
Greve Boie (1860-1894), wife of John
Boie, a son of Nicholas and Cecilia Boie and brother of Elise Boie Hachez.
Boie Family in
the New Holstein Cemetery, with nine records including Nicholas Boie, "Vater,"
Cecilie Boie, "Mutter," children, and Claus Tonner, the latter the father of
Louis, Minnie L. and L. Homer Hachez are buried in Spokane County at
Memorial Park. Homer died in 1984 at age 78.
|Genealogy Resources: Hachez [ Top ]
Surname located predominantly in Belgium and northeast France today matches
family history of a move from Belgium to Bremen
Surname distribution in the U.S., in 1840, 1880 and 1920
Family Genealogy Forum
Surname Resource Center
Genealogy Resources: Bremen [ Top ]
Genealogy Forum and Die Maus, the
Bremen Genealogy Society
Genealogy Info, Family History Library
& History resources, including a timeline showing 1783, direct trade with
emigrant departures, partial
Genealogy Resources: Germany [ Top ]
Genealogy including those who emigrated abroad with the Timm family including
goldsmith Giesbert Timm and his relations who were among the founders of New Holstein
Genealogy including a large emigrant database, a timeline of the complex
history of this area fought over by Denmark and Germany, maps, towns, names, more
Resources: with history, political divisions, maps, churches,
the addresses of historical societies, more
Guide to Genealogy in Schleswig-Holstein
ASHHS or the
American Schleswig Holstein Heritage Society offers genealogy, books, more
Schleswig-Hostein Message Board
ROOTS-L: how to join or browse S-H ROOTS-L or
Genealogy Research in Northern Germany
Genealogy Internet Portal, all areas
German Towns & Regions [ Top ]
Place Names: 1908 index
Parish Maps including one for the northern and southern parts of Dithmarschen,
showing Heide, Weddingstedt and Wesselburen
in far southern Dithmarschen and north of Hamburg as seen on map of Elbe
River and more on Brunsbüttel,
important to the Boie/Boje family, with slide show and photo galleries [in
A large map
showing Heide, Hennstedt with
nearby Delve, plus
Wesselburen, all located
in northern Dithmarschen, important to the Groth and Luehr families, and Brunsbüttel in the far south.
map showing Heide, Delve, Busum, Wesselburen, more, with the Elbe River at
Towns including Heide,
the capital of Dithmarschen
Wewelsfleth: an in-depth
guide to this village on the Stör River in southwest Holstein
Germany. A picture of Wewelsfleth
on the Stör River showing shipyard, village and farm fields. History, size, location
and industry of the town of Wewelsfleth,
important to the Tonner family, are described.
A view of the Stör River
and a map
showing the river entering the Elbe
River just north of Glückstadt,
which is 7.5 km from Wewelsfleth
and about 30 km or 18.5 miles from Brunsbüttel. to the north. From Brunsbüttel to Hamburg
is 88 km or 54 miles.
of Schleswig-Holstein: from settlement by Saxons, Danes and Jutes c. 250 A.D.
through many wars to division between Denmark, Germany
- Early 1800s: the conflict between Denmark and Germany that spurred people
to migrated to America in the 1840s and 1850s
County [ Top
Genealogy and History: census, business directories, cemetery records, more
County Census: online indexes
History Library listings for Calumet County including microfilms you can
Resources for New Holstein and Calumet County at New Holstein Public Library
County Message Board: genealogy resource from Rootsweb
WICalume-L: how to
join the list or
-- browse archives by month WICALUME-L
-- search archives by year WICALUME-L
Holstein Historical Society keeps alive the community's history and German
-- Timm House
Public Library genealogy resources including obituary index
a guide to the history, founders, genealogy resources, census records, more
German-Americans: a guide to the history
and genealogy of German immigrants who settled in many different areas of America
Ancestors: offers family group sheets, obituaries, news articles for all of
Washington and Ozaukee counties plus some for Calumet and other counties. Search here
A Beginner's Guide
Picture Atlas North Sea Coast
Student's Guide to
German American Genealogy
Land and Life
Includes Calumet County
History Highlights: Delving
into the Past