Death Notices and Obituary Index

For Milwaukee and the Surrounding Communities

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The Milwaukee Journal, (Milwaukee, WI) Tuesday, December 13, 1898; pg. 3; col A
     Pioneer Merchant Passes Away Today Anthony Dahlman Dies of Diabetes after a Short Illness

For Many years on of the city's prominent business men

He was a native of Germany and came here in Milwaukee's Youth

Anthony Dahlman the wholesale grocer, died of diabetes this morning, at his residence, 599 Marshall street.

Mr. Dahlman had been ill for some weeks and his death was not unexpected.  No arrangements for the funeral have as yet been made.

Anthony Dahlman was a native of Germany.  He immigrated to the United States in 1842, settling in this city during that year.  In 1857 he engaged in the wholesale grocery business, becoming a member of the firm of John Dahlman & Co.  The members of the firm were John Dahlman, Edward O'Neil, Timothy Dore, and Anthony Dahlman.  The firm continued until 1872.  Since that time it has been known as A. Dahlman & Co., with Mr. Dahlman as the sole member.  The trade of the house has been very large and the firm is well known in all parts of the state.

Mr. Dahlman leaves a large estate valued at a quarter of a million.  The property is largely in real estate in Milwaukee.

He is survived by his wife an a daughter Miss Marie Victor Dahlman.

A friend of Mr. Dahlman said today, in speaking of the death of the merchant, "He was a man of generous nature and of modest habits.  he was a liberal giver to charitable institutions and many poor people have reason to remember  him for his generous gifts and to treasure his memory."

"Mr. Dahlman was always interested in public affairs.  There was no public movement in Milwaukee that he did not give much of his time and attention to help.  he was a public-minded citizen and always had great pride in the doings of the city and country."

About two months ago Mr. Dahlman fell and broke his arm.  He was confined to the house for some time and it is thought that the accident did much to hasten his death.  he was about 63 years of age.

The funeral will probably take place Friday morning.  The interment will be at Calvary cemetery.  Vicar General Zeinger will celebrate mass.

The Milwaukee Sentinel, (Milwaukee, WI) Wednesday, December 14, 1898; pg. 2; col A
     Death of A. Dahlman Wholesale Grocer Who Came in Pioneer Day

In 1857 Founded the Business which still thrives

Up to a fortnight ago was able to visit his office and give directions as to Contemplated Removal-a member of various organizations and known for his kindly tendencies.

Anthony Dahlman founder and sole owner of the widely known wholesale grocery house of A. Dahlman & Co., died at 4 o'clock yesterday afternoon of Bright's disease, at his home, 599 Marshall street.  He was nearly 64 years of age, and one of the early settlers of Milwaukee.  For years he had been the head of the concern which bears his name and his business acquaintance extended to all parts of the state.

Mr. Dahlman had been ill for about four months, though not until a few days ago was his condition alarming.  Within a fortnight he had been able to leave the house and had even gone to his office to give instructions for moving the business to its new quarters, 293-295 East Water.

The hour for the funeral has not been decided, though the services will be held Friday morning from St. John's Cathedral.

Came to Wisconsin when 7 years old.

Anthony Dahlman was born in Gross Reken, Westphalia, Germany, July 5, 1835.  When a boy of 7 years he came with his parents to the United States, first going to a farm near Burlington, Racine county.  He was educated in the common schools and in 1857 came to Milwaukee, embarking in the wholesale grocery business with his brother, John Dahlman, who died over fifteen years ago.  Other members of the firm were the late Edward O'Neil and Timothy Dore, John Dahlman retired in 1871, and a short time after the others followed, leaving Anthony Dahlman to conduct business alone.  Under the present name of Dahlman & Co., the house met with continued success, and its trade covered a wide area.

In 1866 Mr. Dahlman was married to Miss Marie Victor of this city.  he is survived by his wife and one daughter Miss Marie Dahlman.  Mr. Dahlman possessed considerable property.  He leaves an estate valued over a quarter of a million.

In politics he rarely took an active part though some years ago, he ran for the assembly.  he was a life-long Democrat and always an enthusiastic adherent to his party principles.  Besides being a member of the Old Settler's club, he belonged to the Deutscher club and to the Milwaukee Musical Society.

many stories are told of Mr. Dahlman's kindly disposition and frequent quiet acts of charity.  J.E. Host, who fro years had been an employee of the A. Dahlman & Co., said last evening; " If ever a man lived who was kindly disposed, it was Anthony Dahlman.  Why there was absolutely no limit to what he would do for a person in distress.  I have known him to put himself to the greatest inconvenience to help people whom he scarcely knew.  He was generous to a fault, and though an exacting employer, he was always extremely considerate and just."

W.L.J. Host, who is also employed by the company said: "Mr Dahlman was continually doing small acts of kindness and charity which people generally knew nothing about.  He was extremely sympathetic, and was always ready to extend both financial and personal aid.  No one ever asked him for assistance,  who did not receive it.  I can think of dozens of instances in which he went to great trouble to help those in need."



Milwaukee Daily Journal, (Milwaukee, WI) Monday, January 31, 1887; col B

Suicide of John Dahlman Disease Drives the Successful Milwaukeean to Self-Destruction—The Funeral

About 4:30 yesterday afternoon the body of John Dahlman as found hanging in the barn at the rear of his residence, 515 Milwaukee street.  Mr. Dahlman had been in ill health for some time.  He was last seen alive at 1 p.m. when he left the house for a walk.

Mr. Dahlman was 57 years old.  He came to Milwaukee at the age of 18 years, clerked in John Furlong's grocery and finally became a partner.  He remained in business until 1872, when he retired.  Mr. Dahlman was tax commissioner two terms, alderman and supervisor.  He leaves an estate estimated to be wroth $500,000 to $600,000.  He leaves a wife and three children.

An informal inquest was held this morning at the residence of the deceased.  It had been known for a long time that Mr. Dahlman's mind was affected, he having been adjudged insane a number of years ago, and a certificate was issued by the coroner of suicide during a fit of insanity.  The funeral will take place Wednesday morning at 10 o'clock from St. John's Cathedral.

The Milwaukee Sentinel, (Milwaukee, WI) Monday, January 31, 1887; col D
     Took His Own Life John Dahlman Hangs Himself in His Barn

One of the Wealthiest Citizens of Milwaukee

His Suicide Due to mental Derangement Caused by Physical Sufferings-A Successful Business Career

Temporary insanity caused John Dahlman to commit suicide yesterday afternoon by hanging himself in the barn in the rear of his residence, 515 Milwaukee street, the second house from the northwest corner of Biddle street.  Mr. Dahlman is estimated to have been worth over $500,000, which he has acquired during a residence of forty years in this city.  He was one of Milwaukee's oldest and most respected citizens, and the news of his death by his own hand will be a severe shock to his wide circle of friends and acquaintances.

For some months past Mr. Dahlman has not been in his right mind, but has remained at home, taking a daily walk or ride.  Medical treatment had apparently been improving his condition.  Yesterday he ate his dinner as usual, and accompanied by his family, left the house about 1 o'clock for a walk and returned in about an hour.  About 3 o'clock his wife asked him if he would take the preparation ordered for him by his physician, as he was suffering from stomach trouble.  he did not care for it, he said, and a few minutes later he left the house.  His family supposed the he was going for another walk or for a street car ride, which he has taken almost daily of late, the closed cards being preferred by him to his carriage.  He took this method, he explained, of relieving his mind of worries and to break the monotony of remaining all day in the house.  At times he appeared all right, and friends who met and conversed with him on the street, could detect nothing strange in his actions.

Found Hanging in the Barn

About 4:30 p.m. o'clock Mr. Dahlman's little 10-year-old son Louis while playing about the yard with a neighbor's child, happened in the barn, and immediately rushed out again and into the house, telling his mother that "something was hanging in the barn." Mrs. Dahlman said it was "probably some of Henry's work," referring to an older son, and thought no more about it.  A few minutes later the little boy- an unusually bright child-again rushed into the house, and said: "Mamma, it looks like papa."

Mrs. Dahlman, with the domestic and her two older sons, who chanced to return home, hurried into the barn, Mr. Dahlman was hanging there.  Mrs. Dahlman was almost completely overcome by the sight.  The body was found to be cold, life having evidently been extinct for nearly an hour.  One of the boys ran to the residence of Matthew Keenan, on Jefferson street, and Mr. Keenan hastened to the barn on learning the sad news.

Mr. Keenan found Mr. Dahlman suspended by a rope from a beam on the side of the barn, his feet within a foot of the floor.  Close beside him was a sleigh, from which he had in all probability swung himself off, after trying the rope.  Mr. Keenan cut down the body and carried the remains into the house.

A Stroke of paralysis

In June last Mr. Dahlman suffered a slight stroke of paralysis in his left leg, and about the same time and ever since it was noticeable that his nerves were affected.  To transact his business seemed to distress him very much.  he realized that something was wrong, and immediately put himself under a doctor's treatment and took medicated baths daily.  Finally he did not trust himself to transact business of any moment personally, but went to friends for counsel.  He appeared to entirely lose the grasp and facility which had before characterized his business transactions.  he even spoke of this circumstance, and it appeared to worry him very much.  his stomach also troubled him very much.  For years back this ailment had been very distressing to him, and a return of the trouble, with the other complaints, were the causes of his derangements.  In fact, Mr. Dahlman had been mentally affected at intervals since about 1876, when he was first prostrated by his stomach disorder and by excessive labor.  At that time he was the city tax commissioner, and in addition to his office work managed the interests of his own large estate.

Mr. Dahlman's Business Career

Mr. Dahlman was 57 years of age the 21st of last November.  He was born in Reeken, Province of Westphalia, Prussia, in 1829.  His parents emigrated to America in 1842, the family settled on a farm in Burlington, Racine county, where Mr. Dahlman remained five years.  Leaving home at the age of 18 years, he came to Milwaukee, a green German boy.  He obtained employment as a clerk fin a grocery of the late John Furlong at 242 East Water street.  This was the beginning of his subsequent successful business career.  He became a most trusted employe, and was advanced rapidly by Mr. Furlong, who after a few years game him an interest in the business.  In 1857, he entered into partnership with Edward O'Neill, Timothy Dore and his brother, Anthony Dahlman, engaging in the grocery business under the firm name of John Dahlman & Co.  In 1862 he bought out the two former gentleman, but soon after readmitted Mr. Dore to the firm.  The latter remained with him until 1868, from which time Mr. Dahlman continued in business with his brother, in the store at the northwest corner of East Water and Detroit streets, still occupied by his brother.  In 1872 the partnership was dissolved and the assets were divided, John taking the real estate owned by the firm, and Anthony the grocery.

In Official Life

After his retirement from business, Mr. Dahlman devoted his time to his property interests, which rapidly increased.  In February, 1873, he was appointed tax commissioner and was reappointed by Mayor Ludington in 1872.  Previous to that time, he had served in the common council and the country board, being elected alderman from the Seventh ward in 1866, and supervisor from the same ward in 1870 and 1872, and reelected in 1872.  He performed the duties of public office at all times in a manner satisfactory to his constituents.  Since his retirement from the tax commissioner's office he was kept business conducting his private business affairs.

A Large Estate

He was most successful in all his business ventures, and accumulated a fortune estimated at $500,000 to $600,000.  he was a stockholder in the Merchants' Exchange bank, and also in the Northwestern National Insurance company, of which he was a director.  His property interests were numerous, and it is said he owned forty-five buildings in the city, including tow large business blocks on Broadway and numerous residences in the Third ward close to the business center.  he also had large real estate interests in the Seventh ward, and in south side property, besides an interest in the Killrain Dahlman subdivision in the Tenth ward.  His interests outside the city included business property at Oconomowoc and splendid farm of about (blank) acres at Burlington, Racine county.

Generous to the Poor

Although his time was largely occupied by his personal interests, mr. Dahlman always found time to devote to charity, and not time alone, but money as well.  He gave generously, but was unostentatious in his gifts.  He devoted time and money freely to the charities of all denominations whenever he was called on, and no needy person who applied to him went away empty-handed.  The orphans received his personal attention, and each year he collected aid for their support, giving liberally himself.  for nearly thirty years, and up to the time of his death, he had been treasurer of the St. Rose Orphan Asylum, and was also one o the trustees.  he was a member of St. John's Cathedral parish, and that church and its schools always had his generous support.  He was deeply devoted to his home and family, and there he will be most keenly missed.

Mr. Dahlman's Family
Mr. Dahlman was twice married.  His first wife was Miss Hogan, a sister of ex-Mayor Hogan, of La Crosse.  He married her in 1858, at Sheboygan.  She died a few years later.  No children were born to them.  His second wife was Miss Eliza Reed, of Milwaukee.  He is survived by his wife and three sons, John, aged 16 years, Henry, aged 14 and Louis aged 10.  His brother Anthony, the well-known wholesale grocer, and a sister, also a resident of this city, survive him.  His father died at Burlington a few years ago at the advanced age of 105 years.

Arrangements for the funeral will be made to-day.  Mr. Dahlman was a member of the Old Settlers' club, which will be present in a body.



Source: Inter Ocean, (Chicago, IL) Wednesday, May 24, 1876; pg. 5; Issue 52; col D

Death of John Henry Dahlman

Milwaukee, Wis., May 23-John Henry Dahlman father of Tax Commissioner Dahlman, died, to-day of old age, having attained 105 years. The deceased was born in Reeken, Prussia, October 10, 1771, emigrated to Milwaukee in 1842, and was healthy and active until six weeks ago. He discarded eye-glasses-which he had used for fifty years- about five years ago, and was in every respect a remarkable and robust old citizen. He leaves a family of five children and a large circle of grandchildren.

Milwaukee Daily Sentinel, (Milwaukee, WI) Wednesday, May 24, 1876; pg. 5; Issue 125; col A
     A Centenarian Death of John H. Dahlman at the Age of One Hundred and Five Years

Some Account of His Life and Habits-His Last Vote

The death of the venerable John Henry Dahlman, father of Tax Commissioner Dahlman and Anthony Dahlman, the wholesale grocer, which occurred at about 11 o'clock on Monday night, was the subject of considerable remark yesterday forenoon in circles interested in centenarian.

The deceased was 105 years old and had been active until six weeks ago, when the infirmities of age bound him to his cot.  He was a man of great vitality and even after his frame refused to bear him, his mind was clear and strong and his disposition cheerful, so that he met his death with a degree of patience and resignation indicative of a remarkable control of his faculties.

Mr. Dahlman was born in Prussia, village of Reeken, province of Westphalia, in 1771, and engaged in agricultural pursuits when he became of age.  He had always taken a lively interest in America, and though he had passed the life-time of an ordinary mortal-three score and ten- and had a family to care for, he concluded to pass the remainder of his days in the country he had longed to see and of which he had so grand a conception.  Accordingly, in 1841, he prepared to emigrate, and, in 1842, he landed on Dousman's deck from the deck of the lighter steamer, there being no harbor here, worthy the name at the time, and settled down to his favorite pursuit of farming in the town of Burlington, Racine County, where he continued to reside until about ten years ago, when he came to this city and lived with son Anthony, who had become one of the most substantial of our business men, and subsequently with his son John, the present commissioner of Taxes, who had also achieved prominence in local affairs on account of his public spirt and integrity of character.

Remarkable characteristics in many respects.  Self-reliant in everything, he ministered to his personal wants and lent such assistance to his children and grand-children as his age would permit.  During the past winter, though never without watchful care on the part of Mr. John Dahlman, he would rise from his cot during the night time and regulate his coal-stove so as to keep the temperature agreeable, and it was a noticeable trait that he never called any one to perform a service he felt himself equal to.  During his last hours, he was attended by Vicar-general Kundig, his life-long friend, who speaks in praise of the extraordinary fortitude of the old man.  The Reverend Father administered the last offices of the church and bade him be of good cheer, an the dying veteran replied that he had always calmly comprehended the end of his days which had been so long a coming."

Mr. Dahlman was a man of very temperate habits and regular living.  The Tax Commissioner informed the reporter that he always retired on or before 9 o'clock at night end was always up at 4 o'clock in the morning during the summer months and at 5 o'clock during the winter months.  It is said of him that no matter how urgent his work, he would always take a nap of two hours after dinner, and so accustomed was he to this rest at noontide, that he never failed to awake 2 o'clock and resume his labors, continuing in the field until after sundown at times, for he was

An infatigueable worker up to the period that age cautioned him to governed his movements with respect to his endurance.

Up to within a few weeks of his death the veteran took a lively interest in public matters, read the papers from day to day, and was generally conversant with affairs of news and of politics.  He had a lively recollection of the career of Napoleon and of his military campaigns, and of the leading events of his early life, and was always interesting in his accounts of the experiences of his old county career.

He was so exemplary that he never failed to roll his vote on election day, and on the 2d of November last, he accompanied his son John to the poll and cast the first vote recorded in his precinct that day, the venerable William L. Candee, casting the second.  On that morning the Commissioner found his father enjoying a comfortable nap, and awoke him to a realization of the fact that it was election day.  The old man brightened un appeared to be glad that he had not failed to exercise the elective franchise.  he always impressed upon his children the importance of voting for the best man and to scratch off the names of candidates known to be office seekers. During that day he was prevailed upon to sit for his portrait and it was fortunate that an excellent negative of the veteran was secured as he was opposed to this end and other notions of the day, as he termed them.  So well were his children acquainted with his views in this respect, that they exercised their ingenuity in securing a portrait years ago, while he was passing through Rochester, Racine County.  The photographer was signalled and the attention of the old man directed to the peculiar movements of the artist.  He watched the strange proceeding of the man and the result seemed to amuse him as much as the strategy that led to it.  At the age of 103 two years ago, he sat of Dorward Porte Crayon, and presented his son with a life like portrait of himself.

The consort of Mr. Dahlman died at the age of 80 leaving a large family to be cared for.  Of nine children two died, two sisters reside in the old country, and the others including our worth fellow-citizens, already named reside in this vicinity.  The centenarian was loved and revered by a large circle of grand-children by whom he is sincerely mourned for his kind sympathy and generous interest in their welfare.

The deceased enjoyed second sight for five years before his death and was enabled to read without glasses.  He had used spectacles for fifty years and was as much surprised as his children to find his sight improving to such a degree in his old age.  So well preserved where his vital organs that the attending physician predicted a struggle at the close, but Mr. Dahlman, who was with him at the end, says the veteran simply yawned, as if tired, and fell asleep.

The obsequies of this remarkable man will take place at the Cathedral some time during the present week, on the return from New York of Mr. Anthony Dahlman, of which due notice will be given.



Source: Milwaukee Journal of September 11, 1947.

DENT: Tues., Sept. 9. Calvin Dent, aged 22, residence 1324 S. 8th st., beloved son of John and Agnes Dent (nee Stapleton), grandson of John Stapleton: also survived by 5 brothers, 3 sisters and 1 nephew. Services Fri. Sept. 12, at 8:30 a.m. from the Lohman Funeral Home, 804 W. Greenfield, to St Wenceslaus church. Interment Holy Cross. In state afeter 10 a. m. Thurs.



Source: Milwaukee Journal October 1, 1939

Daughter of Pioneer Settler was born in MIlwaukee 71 years ago.
Funeral rits for Mrs. Flora A. Dickens, 71, wife of Charles F. Dickens, vice-president and treasurer of the Layton Co., wholesale meats, will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at the Walss chapel, 1901 N. Farwell av., with burial in Forest Home Cemetery.

Mrs. Dickens was born in Milwaukee on July 20, 1868, in a little house on what was then Milwaukee and Martin sts., the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A.T. Riddell, pioneer Milwaukee settlers. She was graduated from Rockford college, Illinois, and was married on July 12, 1889. She celebrated her golden wedding anniversary this year with her husband. Mrs. Dickens was a member of the Women's Club of Wisconsin, the College Endowment association, the Gen. Pershing chapter of the War Mothers and St. James' Episcopal church.

Mrs. Dickens died Saturday at her home, 2035 N. Lake drive. She had been ailing for several months. Surviving besides her husband, are one son Riddell, of Milwaukee; two grandchildren, Mary F. and Charles F. Dickens II; a sister, Mrs. James Dickens, Milwaukee and a brother, Robert W. Riddell of Detroit, Mich.



Source: Waukesha Freeman May 2, 1895

DICKINSON-Oren B. Dickenson died at his home in Milwaukee April 17 aged 61 years having been for many years in the employ of the Pabst Brewing Co. He was father of Mrs. C.A. Perkins of Mukwonago and Mrs. R. A. Sullivan of North Greenfield.



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Source: Unknown, likely Milw. Newspaper

DOERR: Lucile, [no date-23 Mar 1934] (nee Kearney), beloved wife of Dr. August Doerr, suddenly, Mar. 23 at 3:40 a.m. Funeral Monday, Mar. 26 at 9:30 a.m. from the residence, 1716 N. 68th st. to St. Bernardís church, Wauwatosa. Interment Forest Home. Information, call Raasch Funeral Home. Marquette Womenís league, of which she was life member, will hold vigil at 4 p.m. Sunday at the residence.



Herald Times Reporter, August 26, 1999

Remus A. Doncheck, age 83, of Whitefish Bay, Wis., formerly of Two Rivers, died Saturday August 14, 1999 in Whitefish Bay. Mr. Doncheck was privately interred next to his wife, Dorothy Field Doncheck in Wood National Cemetery, Milwaukee. He was born September 6, 1915, in Two Rivers, son of the late Joseph E. and Katherine (nee Christoffel) Doncheck. He lived most of his life in Two Rivers. Mr. Doncheck moved to Whitefish Bay in 1992 following the death of his wife of 50 years, Dorothy Field Doncheck. He served his country in the United States Army from 1935 until 1946. He was one of the first five enlisted men to receive a Direct Officer Commission, referred to as a "Mustanger". His highest rank was a Captain. In June 1944, his battalion was sent to England and was attached to Patton's 10th Army. He received a Purple Heart in April 1945 in Germany. He was an Industrial Buyer for the Hamilton Manufacturing Company and AMF Paragon of Two Rivers. Mr. Doncheck was a lifetime member of the American Legion Post #165 in Two Rivers and a longtime member of 40 & 8 Voiture Locale 1130 in Two Rivers. Beloved husband of the late Dorothy (nee Fields) Doncheck, loving father proud grandfather, great grandfather, with two great grandchildren on the way, dear brother, brother-in-law. He is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. If desired, memorials appreciated to the Manitowoc Salvation Army, 411 N. 6th St., Manitowoc, WI 54220. The Feerick Funeral Home, 2025 E. Capitol Dr., Shorewood, WI, 414-962-8383, is assisting the family.



Source: Sept. 11, 1947 Milwaukee Journal

DONNER, LINDA, aged 56 years at Port Washington, Wis., beloved sister of Erna Ohlson, Henry, Lillian and Paul Donnor; also survived by 1 sister-in-law, 4 nieces and 2 nephews. Funeral, Sat., Sept. 13, at 2:45 p.m. from the funeral home of Heiden & Lange, 3116 N. 3rd St. Interment Pinelawn. In state after 2 p.m. Friday.



Source: Milwaukee Sentinel on Monday April 23, 1906 (p. 10).

DROPPERS -- April 21, 1906. John/d. Droppers Sr.
aged 74 years. Funeral from his late residence 500 Tenth street on Tuesday April 24 at 2 p.m.



Source: newspaper unknown

Milwaukee papers report the death of Ph. Duerrwaechter on Monday, at his home in South Germantown, Wis. Deceased was one of the early residents of Kiel, coming here in 1860 from Germany. Later he spent several years as a copper mine engineer in Northern Michigan, sailor on the Great Lakes, and as storekeeper. He engaged in business here in partnership with Adam Diefenthaeler in 1880. Also served as town clerk for 13 years, and was elected to the state assembly in 1900. In 1910 he organized the State Bank at South Germantown. He was married in 1873 to Mary Diefenthaeler, who survives him, with one son and one daughter. The funeral will take place today, Thursday, 1923