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Culture in Nineteenth-Century America: Reception, Adaptation and Transformation
Just Ahead: A Guide to Wisconsin's Historical Markers
History of New
Holstein & Calumet County [ Top ]
|Founding of New
Holstein: first settlers from Germany arrived in 1848, with some mention of
founding citizens and early businesses
County: 1876 article on how county was established, its rapid rise in
population, agricultural production and cheese making, other industries including
lumbering and brick making, its schools and churches, newspapers, and a series of town
profiles including one about the beautiful village of New
Calumet County by people from Schleswig-Holstein is told briefly in an audio
clip in the Low German dialect of Holsteinisch, with an English translation. See the all
dialects of Wisconsin and a map
of Germany showing where the dialects originated.
Holstein Pioneer Women in 1923 recalled hardship of the early days. Includes Mrs. Marie Engel; Miss Cecelia Hipke, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jacob
Hipke; Mary (Mrs. A. T.) Hipke, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Nick Vollstedt; Adolphina (Mrs. Claus) Jens; Mary (Mrs. Henry) Jensen; Mrs. John
Jochimsen; Margaret (Mrs. Fred) Kuehl; Mrs. Martha Lauson; Mrs. Amalai Oesau;
Pauline (Mrs. Henry) Petersen, Franka (Mrs. J. C. M.) Pfeiffer; Margaret (Mrs. T. J.)
Rodenbaech; Clara (Mrs. John) Veers; and Fredericka (Mrs. William) Wessel.
Bit of Germany in Early Wisconsin: a 1927 article recalls the settling
of New Holstein by Germans who
sailed for America on the Brerens in April 1848. Their journey to New York, then via the Great Lakes to
Sheboygan and New Holstein is described as is the challenge of the first winter. Has a
photo of the Griem farmhouse on last page.
Spirit of 1848:
Labor Conflict, and
the Coming of
the Civil War
|Mentioned: Otto Arens, Miss Alma Arps, Charles Greuning,
Herr Ibs, William Ostenfeld, William Paulsen, J. C. M. Pfeiffer, Herr Puchner, Jacob
Schmidt, Charles White, Dr. Bock.
||Other names: Bruchmann,
Hansen, Kroehnke, Moeller, Oseau,
in Sheboygan County was the arrival port on Lake Michigan for the German settlers on their
way west to land in Calumet County, where they founded New Holstein. Both counties
attracted many German immigrants.
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.
translator of Rudolph Puchner's book on New Holstein
-- New Holstein's original name -- remained the section designation [Altona V] for the
early settlement area of New Holstein Township, as seen in the partial index
of the 1893 Plat Map. Altona was a city adjacent
to Hamburg, Germany, as seen in this 1800 map.
History: review of his Memories of the First Years of the
Settlement of New Holstein, with a list of early residents mentioned. Look-up offered. The Hachez named is Ferdinand Hachez Sr.
whose son Ferdinand Hachez married Elise Boie. Surnames
New Holstein: 1905 and
post office and 1949
New Holstein Public
School: 1911 postcard shows the all-grades through high
school, built in 1905. Native son William H.
Luehr was superintendent and principal there for several years, starting in
Holstein Residential Street: photo from about 1915
Holstein Celebrates 75th: praise is given in this 1923 article for New
Holstein's agriculture, business savvy and the educated people from Schlewig-Holstein,
northern Germany, who founded it
Helped with 75th: New Holstein's Turner Society hosted the state's turnverein 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 Holstein. Turnverein were well known for
gymnastics but also emphasized such cultural events as music and drama.
Land and Life
Includes Calumet, Washington and Sheboygan counties
Holstein Celebrates 150th: a 1998 Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article
describes birthday festivities including a reenactment of early days with Alma Arps, Claus
Jens, Claus Oesau, Henry Edens, Detlauf Lauson, and Nicholas Vollstedt, a renowned
Cemetery - photo of entrance [scroll down], and map
of cemetery location in New Holstein, a cemetery plot map
plus plot owners and transcriptions
from A to Z.
History: the Native American residents of the region and the creation
of the county in 1836 as white settlers arrived and the lime and brick industries
1880 Map of Wisconsin
counties showing the percentage of settlers from Germany -- Calumet, Manitowoc and
Sheboygan among those in the highest category. Map of 1890 census data shows
concentration of European-born German speakers from Pennsylvania through the U.S. Midwest
Historic Look at Calumet
County: first organized in 1836 as part of
the Wisconsin Territory, the county seat moved
from Stockbridge to Chilton in 1856. County population grew from 1,753 in 1850 to 12,335
in 1870 to 16,631 in 1880, a level continued until the 1960s.
Calumet County Land Patents: A-C,
Biographies, Family Histories & Obituaries [ Top ]
|Calumet County History from
History of Northern Wisconsin, the Western Historical Company, A.T.
Andreas, Proprietor, Chicago 1881, including biographical sketches
and community histories. New Holstein people with biographies are:
|· August Ackermann
· Otto Arens
· Charles Dumke
· H. J. Fleischer, M.D.
· J. H. Freeze
· William Greverus
· Henry Hayssen
|· Gustav Hoberg
· C.H. Houlst
· H.A Lauson
· Ferd. Luthge
· William Milhaupt
· A. Moeller
· Claus Oesau
· Rudolph Puchner
· H. Severin
· Jacob Severin
· Claus Thiessen
· Henry Timmer
· John Voelker
NEW: Photographs: glass
negative photos from Schubert Studio in Kiel were rescued. New Holstein families seen in
photos or mentioned in biographical details include Arens, Arps, Boie, Clausen, Griem,
Oehlrich, Oesau, Oesau, Paulsen,
Puchner, Scharr, Schildhauer,
Sievers, Tamms, Thiesen,
Weber, Weber. Scroll
each page for relevant photos or names.
Arps Family including sons Edward, Albert, Gustav, Otto, and Denver Who's Who
entry for Albert
Arps who married Minnie Boie.
Hachez Families: the 1855 Wisconsin State Census for New Holstein lists
F. Hackeze, likely Ferdinand Hachez, and N. Boge, likely Nicholas Boie or Boje. Each came
from Germany in 1854.
|Boie & Hachez
& Luehr Families: the 1860 Census includes Nicholas Boie, Ferdinand
Hachez and John, Margaretha and Peter Luhr -- the Luhr surname later spelled Luehr
Family in the New Holstein Cemetery, with nine records including Nicholas
Boie, "Vater," Cecilie Boie, "Mutter," children, and Claus Tonner
with Adreas Greve who came to New Holstein, his parents, wife and 10 children,
and their descendants through sons Heinrich and Detlef
The German Americans
Ferdinand Hachez, born September 20, 1818, in Hannover, Prussia, is very
likely the Ferdinand Hermann Hachez who came with wife Louise and son Ferdinand to New
Holstein in 1854.
Family of New Holstein beginning with Johann Oelerich Krohnke born in Marne,
Schleswig-Holstein, and details on the four diaries of farmer-painter John
O. Kroehnke of New Holstein and Sheboygan who emigrated from
Schleswig-Holstein. The first diary, for 1848-1850, is translated into modern German and
Family of New Holstein starting with John Nicholas Luehr born in the northern
Dithmarschen area of Schleswig-Holstein, a farmer and brick maker, plus his wife Anna
Margretha and their four sons, and also his brother Peter,
their parents Michael and Magdalena and their descendants.
Anna was raised by her uncle, likely in the area west of Heide that includes Borgholt, but
was actually born in Hollingstedt,
northeast of Heide. John
and Anna's four sons were John
C. Luehr, William
Henry Luehr, Edward
Luehr and Arthur
Family Arrived in 1858: transcribed immigration records for the ship Main
that arrived May 26, 1858, at Castle Garden, New York, with four Lührs: J. N.
[mistranscribed as S. N.], Marg., John, and Peter. See page 2 of search results.
I. H. Abraham,
known as Henry, and Cath.
Abraham also came on the ship Main that arrived May 26, 1858, at
Castle Garden. She married Peter Luhr [Luehr]. Peter, Catharina, baby Anna and Henry
shared a household in New Holstein, the 1860 census
shows [page 1016].
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
[Andrew] Meggers arrived in New Holstein about 1857 with his wife Marie nee
Holthusen. One of their 12 children, daughter Emma, married Peter Nicholas
Rothfock, son of Peter Rothfock
who arrived in New Holstein about 1849 with wife Anna and son Johannes.
Both famillies were neighbors of Ferdinand and Louise Hachez.
John Pfeiffer was one of the first settlers in New Holstein,
purchasing 160 acres on May 29, 1848. He is in the 1855 Census,
apparently mistranscribed as T. Pfeifer, and in 1860 Census
index. In 1860 his wife was Doretta and they had 3 children. Then he married Frauke
Fegter on December
22, 1869 and they had 3 children. His name was also given as John
Carl M. Pfeiffer. See also J. C. M. Pfeiffer above.
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 his 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 Elise; 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.
Obituary for Helen
Greve Boie (1860-1894), wife of John
Boie, a son of Nicholas and Cecilia Boie and brother of Elise Boie Hachez.
Schildhauer (1873-1953), born in New Holstein, the son of German immigrants
Joachim and Dorothea (Kuehl) Schildhauer, was chief electrical and mechanical engineer for
construction of the Panama Canal. More about Edward Schildhauer.
Wagner married Johanna
Schoolmann in New Holstein on July 19, 1868. He was born in Hennstedt and she
in Hassenbuettel, both in Schleswig-Holstein. They moved on to Nebraska.
New Holstein Cemetery transcriptions are at Calumet
County history and genealogy site, and at FindaGrave.com
with example including: Otto
Arens and John H Arps and
Boie and Ferdinand Hachez
M Groth Luehr and John
Nicholas Luehr and Clara
Hachez Luehr and William
Henry Luehr and Claus
Genealogy Resources: Germany [ Top ]
Emigrants Database: with 4.4 million emigrants and growing, online
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
Genealogy including those who emigrated abroad to America and elsewhere with
details on the Timm family
including the goldsmith Giesbert Timm and his relations who were among the founders of New
Resources: with history, political divisions, maps, churches,
the addresses of historical societies, more
Group for Schleswig-Holstein with emigrees, census transcriptions such as
1803 census for Wewelsfleth
with Tonner and Suhr families
of Schleswig-Holstein, the first universal census, was conducted by Denmark
Census: information about what records are available for different areas
Data Arkiv census updates including areas of Schleswig-Holstein including Dithmarschen and Holstein in 1803,
blue areas completed
Library - Schleswig-Holstein with an online catalog of holdings
Guide to Genealogy in Schleswig-Holstein
Schleswig-Holsteinische Archive: guide
to the various archives, in German
History and Genealogy Society of
Bremen, Germany, called Die Maus.
Research in Northern Germany from the U.S. Consulate General
ASHHS or the
American Schleswig Holstein Heritage Society offers genealogy, books, more
Maps, Towns & Regions [ Top ]
Schleswig-Holstein south of Denmark on the Jutland Peninsula, the North Sea
west, the Baltic Sea east -- and the complex history of
the region including the Vikings, Danes and Germans
photo maps with town index and a large, detailed map of Schleswig-Holstein
Prussia, with Schleswig-Holstein added in the 1864-1866 period
Towns including Heide,
the capital of Dithmarschen
of Heide with Weddingsted parish [pdf], and more on Heide, in
German, and map
with Heide, and a profile of Heide
today and Heide for visitors
western Schleswig-Holstein area, 54 km or 34 miles north-south and 41 km or 25.5
miles east-west, with a large map
showing Heide, Hennstedt with
nearby Delve, plus
Wesselburen in an area
that includes Norddeich, all in the north, and the town of Brunsbüttel in the far south.
map showing Heide, Delve, Busum, Wesselburen, more, with the Elbe River at
Dithmarschen maps showing Edemannswisch,
and other locations important to the Luehr family
Dithmarschen maps with Hennstedt, Hollingstedt,
and other Groth family locations
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
of Kiel Canal or Nord-Ostsee Kanal shows the waterway on a map of Europe. Click map to see
Kiel at east end and Brunsbüttel
at west end.
Marshland environment of Norderdithmarschen
are long reclaimed for farmland. The term Dithmarschen is from the Saxon name
Thiatmaresgaho or "land of large bogs or water." The Elbe
River marshes -- named Kremper and Wilster -- located south of Dithmarschen,
between the Kiel Canal and Stör River, also are drained for farming, thanks in part
to farmers from Holland brought there to reclaim the land.
with Borsfleth north of Gluckstadt, and more.
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.
Anabaptists introduced dairy farming
to the area of southwest Holstein near Wewelsfleth.
Photo map shows Wewelsfleth
on the Stör River, with Uhrendorf up the winding stream. Use the down arrow to see
Borsfleth, then Gluckstadt to the south.
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
Parish Maps including one for the northern and southern parts of Dithmarschen,
showing Heide, Weddingstedt and Wesselburen
Place Names: 1908 index
Schleswig-Hostein Message Board
ROOTS-L: how to join or browse S-H ROOTS-L or
Genealogy Research in Northern Germany
Genealogical Digest has indexes to back issues includes Schleswig-Holstein
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 including its Pioneer Corner Museum and Timm
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
Nordseeküste / Schleswig- Holstein
Picture Atlas North Sea Coast
of Cultural and
Baltic Light: Early Open-Air Painting in Denmark and
to Germany Part 1
Finding Your German Ancestors : A Beginner's Guide
Student's Guide to
German American Genealogy
German American Family Album
to America: Lists of
Land and Life
Includes Calumet County
History Highlights: Delving
into the Past