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Source:Memoirs of Milwaukee County : from the earliest historical times down to the present, including a genealogical and biographical record of representative families in Milwaukee County (1909), By Jerome Anthony Watrous

Right Rev. Peter M. Abbelen, spiritual director of the convent of Notre Dame, of Milwaukee, is a native of Duelken, Rhenish Province, and was born on Aug. 8, 1843. His parents, Henry and Mary Katherine (Hinssen ) Abbelen, the former a native of the same place and the latter of Boishein, also of the Rhenish province, spent their lives in their native land, the son coming to America on Nov. 6, 1866, locating at St. Francis Seminary near Milwaukee. He acquired his early education at the parochial schools of his birthplace, attending Gaesdonk College near Goch, in the Rhenish province, and the University of Muenster, Westphalia, Germany. He was ordained to the priesthood at St. Francis' Seminary, Jan. 29, 1868, having spent the two intervening years in theological studies. He said his first mass at the seminary on Feb. 2, 1868, and served for a time as a professor, later taking the appointment as pastor to the Catholic Church at Chippewa Falls. On account of failing health he was transferred to a church at La Crosse, but his health again failing, he traveled abroad for nearly a year. After his return he worked as pastor of St. Gabriel's church in Prairie du Chien until 1875. Sickness again compelled him to travel abroad for eight or nine months, and then after a short stay in Prairie du Chien he went, in 1876, to the convent of Notre dame, where he has since been acting as spiritual director. He is a prominent figure in church circles and has written some books for the convent, one of them being "'The Life of Mother Caroline, Founder of Notre Dame Convent." Father Abbelen was a member of the Council of Baltimore in 1884. And one of the theologians that prepared the work of the council, acting as theologian for the archbishop of Milwaukee, and as one of the notaries of the council. In 1906 he was appointed domestic prelate to His Holiness Pope Pius X, which gave him the title of "Monsignor." He was also acting vicar-general to the archbishop of Milwaukee during the absence, of Monsignor Rainer in Europe, on whose return he resigned the position. Father Abbelen has won by his exemplary life and winning personal qualities a large place in the work of his church and in the affections of those who are under his spiritual direction.



At one time a prominent foundry man of Milwaukee, was born in that city on May 19,1847, being the son of George and Louisa (Ackerman) Abert, the former born on May 10,1817, in Alsace, and the latter on Dec. 2, 1821, in Bavaria, near the Rhine, Germany. The parents of the subject of this review, came to the United States when children. The father to live with an uncle at Rochester, N. Y. and the motherís people went to Detroit, Mich., and settled there. Our subjectís father came by team to Milwaukee in 1835 with Bryon Kilbourn and began the business of general contractor. He was a member of the town council when Milwaukee was incorporated as a city and Solomon Juneau was first mayor. His wife died in this city on Oct. 25,1889, and he died here on Oct. 14,1890, leaving surviving them eight children, six of whom are still living. Our subject received his education in the public schools of Milwaukee, and then he learned the machinistís trade for a time, acting in the capacity of stationary engineer. Himself and his two brothers, George and Henry, established a foundry in 1866, and this business they followed with great success till they retired to enjoy life in 1890. On May 22,1871 John B. Abert married Miss Susan C., daughter of Philip and Susan (Suess) Schwab, both natives of Germany. Mr. Schwab died there I 1855, and his wife came to the United States and to Milwaukee in 1856, accompanied by her two daughters, one of whom is the wife of our subject. The mother departed this life in this city on Aug. 20,1886. To our subject and wife eight children were born as follows: Josie Kate, born May 26,1872; George Philip, deceased, born Aug. 3, 1873; Della Clara Linda, born Sept. 28,1874; John Alphonse, born April 29, 1876; Edgar Norman, deceased, born Sept. 18,1877; Bryon Henry born Oct. 26, 1880; Viola Elsie, born Aug, 26 1882; and Charles Erwin, born March 16, 1887. Our subjectís wife was educated I the public schools of Milwaukee, and being a lady of a high order of talents, her abilities were recognized, and for some time she was a successful teacher in the city schools. Our subject was mindful of the patriotic devotion that a man owes his native land, and when only sixteen years of age he enlisted in Company I, Forty-fifth Wisconsin infantry, acting in the capacity of a drummer boy and serving till the war closed. In religion he is a Lutheran and in politics he is a Democrat, thought he is inclined to be an independent. He served as sidewalk inspector one term, as deputy sheriff from 1890 to 1892, and in 1908 was elected alderman at large for Milwaukee. He is a member of Robert Chivas Post No. 2, Grand Army of the Republic, of which he has been commander twice. While he is now sixty-one, he is a well-preserved man, of a light heated, jovial disposition, one who believes in looking at the problems that he meets in life from the sunny rather than from the dark side; and in this he is signally fortunate for a sunshiny nature produces long life for its owner and for those whose lot is linked with his.

Source: Memoirs of Milwaukee County, Wisconsin Vol. I & II by Jerome Anthony Watrous, 1909, pg. 494 Vol. 2



Candidate for Town of Wauwatosa
M.F. Adams, Democratic candidate for assessor, is a son of M.H. Adams, the Republican treasurer of Wauwatosa. He is about 24 years of age and has assisted his father in collecting taxes. He is married and lives at the corner of 36th and State.

Source: Wauwatosa News April 1, 1899



782 Cass street. Born in England, in 1816, descendant from an illustrious line of English military and naval captains, has followed the seas since his eleventh year. Capt. Adlam's grandfather was a captain in the English Army, governor of Halifax, Nova Scotia, and his three sons, William, Samuel and John, all served as army officers, the latter two, majors respectively of the Forty-Second and Forty-Ninth Regiments. William, the father of Capt. S.J.G. Adlam, was with Lord Nelson in the battles of Copenhagen, Ushion and Nile, and was in the ship with Nelson when shot at Trafalgar; when the war with Napoleon broke out he served under Lords Wellington and Napier, was quartered in the Netherlands until 1816, when he returned to Dover Castle, was made major-general in 1820, retired on half pay, and in 1823, died at 73 year of age, leaving a family of sixteen children, of whom Capt. Adlam of this city is the sole survivor. Capt. Adlam was trained for the navy, but refused to enter the service on account of the harsh treatment of apprentices and was accordingly articles for the merchant service, serving three years with Atkinson & Clapham, of New Castle, who failing at that time, his indentures, which had been drawn for five years were returned. Capt. Adlam made several voyages and returned home in 1834, to find his mother's pension had been stopped and that she was left with her large family dependent upon her, upon which he left her all his wages, and shipped for another voyage. Becoming disgusted with the English service Capt. Adlam came to America in 1836, and has always sailed American vessels since. Before coming to the United States, Capt. Adlam had circumnavigated the globe three times and after his arrival here made voyages from Boston to New Orleans, thence to Liverpool and return, and on his third voyage to the Gulf came up the river to Chicago, and a year later to this port, where after twelve moths work as a sail manufacturer, he returned to the water and sailed as master until retirement from active service about eleven years since. The captain has never lost a vessel, the "ONEIDA CHIEF" which he commanded when she went ashore in the Sault St. Mary (sic), being in charge of the pilot at the time. Capt. Adlam married Sarah Ledden, of New Brunswick, in 1847. They have nine children, five of who are living, two are married. Capt. Adlam is a member of the Catholic communion, and for twenty-eight years has been a resident of the First Ward of this city.

Source: History of Milwaukee County, 1881



Source:Memoirs of Milwaukee County : from the earliest historical times down to the present, including a genealogical and biographical record of representative families in Milwaukee County (1909), By Jerome Anthony Watrous

Rev. Max J. F. Albrecht, president of Concordia College, Milwaukee, is one of the most prominent Lutheran educators of the Middle West. Born in Prussia, Germany, March 10, 1860, he came to this country at an early age and found here the opportunity to make a name for himself and bring honor to the family name. The father of our subject, Fred Albrecht, was born in Prussia, Aug. 2, 1827. His mother, who was Frederica Rekett, was born in Prussia on Feb. 2 of the same year. The elder Albrecht was a cabinet maker by trade and came to Chicago From the old country in 1868, in that city he worked at his trade, and in 1896 he came to Milwaukee to reside with his son, with whom he is still living. In his native land he served as a soldier for the Kaiser in the war of 1800, which was waged against Austria. Five children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Albrecht, all sons, of whom three are living. Rev. Max I. F. Albrecht, the subject of this sketch, was educated in the public schools of Chicago, at Concordia College, Fort Wayne. Ind. and at the Concordia Seminary, St. Louis.

After finishing his seminary course he became an ordained minister of the Lutheran Church, and filled his first charge at Lebanon, Dodge county, Wisconsin, he was then transferred to Janesville, and finally to Fort Wayne, Ind. His high abilities in the denominational work, with a natural trend for things educational, led to his choice, in 1893, for the presidency of the Concordia College at Milwaukee, and he has held this position ever since, to the eminent satisfaction of the entire denomination and the hundreds of students who have left the institution during his administration of its affairs. President Albrecht is affiliated by choice with the Republican party.

On Nov. 18, 1883, he was united in marriage to Miss Charlotte Paul, who was born in Germany, the daughter of Henry Paul, a piano-maker. Their children are Agnes, Walter, Eugenia, Ruth, Lydia and Dorothy. President Adbrecht's address is 277 Thirty-first street.



Sophie Alexandrowicz, 90, who was considered the heart and soul of Alexander's Restaurant and Cocktail Lounge, long popular on the south side. She and husband Bob ran an earlier version of the business in the 1940s, then opened and expanded Alexander's from 1958 until retirement in the 1980s. Alexandrowicz died of natural causes Oct. 3.



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Source: Milwaukee City Directory for 1857 & 1858
Volume 1 First Series Milwaukee: Steam Press of King, Jermain & Co. 205 and 207 East Water Street



Of the Milwaukee Ship-yard Company was born in Scotland. He came to the United States in 1852, taking up residence in Milwaukee immediately after arrival in this country. He was employed by J. M. Jones, one of the pioneer ship-builders, and remained with Mr. Jones and his brother until 1861, at which date he was one of the party of ten to form the firm of Allan, McClellan & Co. That firm's yard was located on the present site of the Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul Railroad Co.'s elevator "A". The firm continued in business at that place for about three years, during which period there were built the schooner DOLPHIN, of 300 tons, and the schooner THE TRIAL. Repairs were done on several vessels. In the Fall of 1864, the yard was moved to the present site of the Milwaukee Ship-yard Co. Prior to 1874, the firm constructed the tugs F.B. ALDRICH and WM. GOODNOW and the schooners ROUSE SIMMONS, C.H. HACKLEY, 270 tons, and IDEA, of same capacity. In the Spring of 1873, were built the three-and-afters JOHN B. MERRILL, of 850 tons, and the PORTER of 1,000 tons. A three-and-after of 300 tons, called the MYOSOTIS was commenced by this firm, and was completed by the Milwaukee Shipyard Co., its successor. Mr. Allan is an active worker in the present company.




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Cornelius Anderson (a.k.a. Kornelius Andersen) b. 8 Feb 1855 in Sannidal, Telemark, Norway, the youngest son of Anders Pedersen and Anne Hansdatter, emigrated from KragerÝ, through Oslo, to Chicago in June 1874. He was an able bodied seaman. He is shown in 1880 U.S. Census, along with a brother Peder, living with brother Hans and his family in Holland, Michigan. He married Caroline M. "Lina" (unknown) in 1886, probably in Wisconsin.

In 1900 they are living at 1836 N. Main St. in Racine, Wisconsin with children, Arthur H. b. Sept 1887, Clarence C. b. Aug 1888, Agnes L. b. Oct 1892, Esther C. b. Oct 1894 and Eugene T. b. Sept 1896. Cornelius is working as a sailor on the Great Lakes.

By 1910 they are in Milwaukee, WI at 498 Fifteenth Ave. with all children still at home plus the addition of another son, Kenneth b. abt. 1902 in, I think, Racine.

Cornelius has died by 1920, Caroline shown as widow, and Arthur H. and Agnes L. are no longer found in the Census. By 1930 Caroline is apparently dead and only Eugene T. and Kenneth are found.

Eugene T. Anderson, 33, is married to Alice D. Udisches, living with widowed m-i-l at 381 34th Street in Milwaukee. He is employed as a "Commercial Traveler, Universal Atlas Cement Co." Kenneth, 28, single, a lodger at 1008 Third St., Milwaukee is shown to be a Real Estate Salesman.



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Source: Milwaukee City Directory for 1857 & 1858
Volume 1 First Series Milwaukee: Steam Press of King, Jermain & Co. 205 and 207 East Water Street



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Peter Anderson (a.k.a. Peder Andersen) b. 29 Jul 1846 in Sannidal, Telemark, Norway, the second son of Anders Pedersen and Anne Hansdatter, emigrated from KragerÝ, through Oslo, to New York in Mar 1874, but shown as "Amerikaner". He was an able bodied seaman. He is shown in 1880 U.S. Census, along with a brother Cornelius, living with oldest brother, Hans and his family, in Holland, Michigan. He married Paulina (unknown), b. Dec 1861, in about 1884, probably in Wisconsin.

In 1900 they are living at 655 15th Street in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with children, Alice b. Sept 1888, Pearl b. Oct 1890, Goodwin b. Jul 1892, and Leona b. Sep 1894. They had previously lived at 403 Madison in Milwaukee. Peter is working as a Captain of a ship on the Great Lakes.

In 1910 they are still at 655 15th St. in Milwaukee, WI with all children still at home. Peter is retired from the sea and is a watchman. In 1920 they are at 1644 28th, Wauwatosa Twp., Milwaukee, WI, all children are at home but Pearl is now divorced with a surname of Brill.

By 1930 Peter has died, widow Pauline and daughter Alice live at 1128 3rd Street in Milwaukee. Goodwin is married to Eugenia F. b. abt 1922, and with children Jeanne b. abt 1925 and J.Peter b. abt 1928, they are living at the family home at 1644 28th Street, Milwaukee (formerly in Wauwatosa Twp.). Neither Pearl nor Leona are listed by the Anderson name in 1930 Census, either married or deceased.



Was born in Manchester, England, in 1853. He is the son of Joseph and Ann Newson, both natives of England. He came to America with his parents when he was an infant. They located in Toronto, Canada. He first sailed from Cleveland, in 1866, on the "FESSINGTON," in the Revenue service, and has sailed on the lakes since. For the last ten years he has held the position of captain. He was married in 1873, to Mary E. Kellogg, of St. Louis. They have one daughter, Millie.

Source: History of Milwaukee County, 1881



Alicia Armstrong, 77, a Milwaukee Journal reporter best known for her stories on the birds and beasts and assorted people at the Milwaukee County Zoo. Armstrong's weekly "Zooperstars" columns appeared in the Green Sheet for more than 20 years, until retirement in 1988. She died of natural causes Jan. 25.



Entered Yale College, but left before completing course because of desire of father that he should join him in business and relieve him of part of the executive burden. President Armour & Co., packers; director Continental and Commercial National Bank, Northwestern National Insurance Co., Illinois Central Railway Co., Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul Railway Co., National City Bank (N.Y.), Hibernian Banking Association, Armour Grain Co., Armour Car Lines; trustee Armour Institute of Technology; American trustee Prussian National Insurance co., of Stettin, German.

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James Auer, 76, a longtime art critic, first for the old Milwaukee Journal and later for the Journal Sentinel. Auer loved his work and had an enthusiasm that was infectious. Auer could not only write, he could converse knowledgeably and even passionately about a wide variety of topics - from art to history, politics to finance, and movies to magic. Auer, of Wauwatosa, died in his sleep at his home Dec. 18.