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Waukesha Daily Freeman (Waukesha, Wisconsin) 1946 May 20

Frank Waegli Observes 85th Birthday, May 18

Nearly 100 friends and relatives many coming from out of town, called on Frank Waegli, 814 Pleasant st., on Saturday when he observed his 85th birthday anniversary.

Mr. Waegli, a carpenter, was born in Milwaukee on the corner of Ninth and Galena sts., May 18, 1861, and he lived in Waukesha since he was 19.

The day was spent in reminiscing and it was recalled that he had worked on the dome of the old exposition building which stood on the present Milwaukee auditorium and on St. Gall's church which stood where the Milwaukee terminal station is now. He also remembered watching the Newhall House fire.

Jack Russell, a friend of long standing, remarked that they used to go skating on the site where the Waegli home now stands.

Mr. Waegli was the recipient of gifts, flowers and cards. His birthday dinner was attended by his immediate family was held Sunday.



Source: The History of Jefferson County, Wisconsin", published: Chicago: Western Historical Company. 1879.

Andrew Walther, farmer, Sec. 1; P.O. Golden Lake, Waukesha Co., Wis.; born in Germany in 1829; came to America in 1854 and lived eleven years in Waukesha Co. and settled on the farm he now owns of eighty acres in 1866. He married Miss Sophia Gaul in 1852; they have five children - Charles, John, Philip, Sarah and Mary. Mr. Walther is a Democrat and a member of Summit Grange, No. 94. He came to America with little means and, by his labor and prudence, has improved his farm and now has one of the most pleasant homes in his town. His eldest son is a merchant at Oconomowoc; John is farming in Summit, Waukesha Co., and Philip is on the homestead.



Sources: Martha: The National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Volume 47 page 35
Maria: The National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Volume 48 page 309

Martha: Daughter of the American Revolution DAR ID # 45605 
Martha: Daughter of the American Revolution DAR ID # 47662 

Descendants of Jacob Walton, Capt. Thomas Hungerford 
and Samuel Hungerford

Jacob Walton
	b: 1750 Stafford, England
	d: 1830 Bloomfield, N. Y.
	to: Malissa Cranmus
Jacob Walton enlisted as private in the 1st New York 
regiment, Col. Goose Van Schaick and Capt. Andrew Finch, 
Jr., New York line and subsequently served in Sullivan's 

Child of Jacob and Malissa (Cranmus) Walton:
	James Walton
	to: Ruth Proctor

Child of James and Ruth (Proctor) Walton:
	Nathaniel Walton
	to: Laura Waldo Jones

Child of Nathaniel and Laura Waldo (Jones) Walton
	Martha Clinton Walton
	Maria Walton

Thomas Hungerford 
	b: 1702 in Connecticut
	d: 1786 New Fairfield
	m: 1724
	to: Margaret (Stewart)
	b: 1704
	d: 1787
Thomas Hungerford commanded a company in the 15th regiment, 
Connecticut militia. He was born ; died in 

Child of Thomas and Margaret (Stewart) Hungerford:
Samuel Hungerford
	b: 1725 East Haddam, Conn.
	d: 1789 in New Fairfield
	m: 1746
	to: Mary (Graves)
	b: 1727
	d: 1793
Samuel served as deputy of the Freemen of the town of 
New Fairfield, Conn.

Child of Samuel and Mary (Graves) Hungerford):
	Elisabeth Hungerford (Tuttle)
	b: 1769
	d: 1856
	to: Solomon Jones
	 (1769-1856), his wife.

Child of Solomon and Elisabeth Hungerford Jones:
	Laura Waldo Jones


Source: The National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Volume 70 page 254

Daughter of the American Revolution DAR ID # 65478 
Descendant of Benjamin Kimball

Benjamin Kimball
	b: 1761 in Pelham, N. H.
	d: 1860 in Methuen, Mass.
	m. 1783
	to: Joanna Frye
Benjamin Kimball was placed on the pension roll of Essex 
County, Mass., 1831, for service as private, New Hampshire 
militia and as seaman, United States Navy.

Child of Benjamin and Joanna (Frye) Kimball:
	James Kimball
	b: 1793
	d: 1872
	m. 1816
	to: Abigail Smith Phelps
	b: 1795
	d: 1858

Child of James and Abigale Smith (Phelps) Kimball:
	Charles Frederick Kimball
	to: Anna J. Blair

Child of Charles Frederick and Anna J. (Blair) Kimball:
	Henrietta Kimball

Benjamin Kimball (1761-1860) was placed on the pension roll of 
Essex County, Mass., 1831, for service as private, New Hampshire 
militia and as seaman, United States Navy. He was born in Pelham, 
N. H., 1761; died in Methuen, Mass. 

Also No. 31418. 


Source: Unknown

Charles S. Weaver, clerk of the court in the fourteenth judicial district and a well known resident of Spencer, was born in Waukesha county, Wisconsin, June 24, 1859.

In the paternal line he is of English lineage, for his grandfather, Stephen Weaver, was a native of Sussex, England, and when a young man came to America, settling in Oneida county, New York, near Utica. There he followed the blacksmith trade for a time and in 1837 removed westward to Wisconsin with four brothers, all locating in Waukesha county about eighteen miles from Milwaukee. A short time afterward Stephen Weaver returned to New York, but his brothers remained in the middle west and followed the occupation of farming. About eighteen years later he again made his way to Wisconsin, purchased a from and there carried on agricultural pursuits. He died in 1888 at a very advanced age, while his wife, who in her maidenhood was Miss Maxon, also passed away at a ripe old age. Their family numbered one daughter and five sons.



Source: Waukesha Daily Freeman (Waukesha, Wisconsin) 1882 August 23

A Golden Wedding
On Monday evening, August 13th, about 40 of the friends of Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Weaver, of Pewaukee, assembled at the residence of Mr. Weaver and gave them a complete and pleasant surprise, the occasion being the fiftieth anniversary of their wedding day.

Although the surprise was gotten up at short notice, the guests were well prepared and, as if by magic, tables were found and spread with the comforts of life, in both quantity and quality equal to a more pretentious occasion.

The early evening was spent in recalling the scenes and incidents, rials and triumphs, of the fifty years which have passed since Stephen Weaver and Miss Phoebe Maxson, in the bloom and vigor of early life, were made one by the matrimonial bond.

Supper being over the company sang "Ault Lang Syne," and the Rev. Thos. Chithers, of Racine, offered prayer, after which the Rev. A. Porter of Pewaukee, in behalf of the company, presented congratulations, best wishes, and about $20 in gold pieces, to the happy bride and bridegroom of fifty years ago.

Mr. Weaver responded in a few well chosen words, as the fullness of his heart would premit, expressing his gratitude to the people of Pewaukee and the surrounding country, for the many evidences of friendship bestowed upon himself and his companion during their sojourn in the community.

Their union has been blest with eight children, four of whom are now living, and filling useful and honorable positions in society, three in Wisconsin and one in Iowa.  They have eleven grandchildren, and one great-grand-child.

They have lived in Pewaukee for the last twenty-five years, and have greatly endeared themselves to all.

Mr. Weaver has filled responsible positions in the town, and also in the church of his choice, with credit to himself, and entire satisfaction to all concerned.

Mrs. Weaver has been an invalid for more than seven years, and though at times, a great sufferer, she bears her affliction with great meekneess and patience, and with unwavering confidence in him, who is "too wise to err and too good to be unkind."



Source: The Milwaukee Sentinel, (Milwaukee, WI) February 23, 1893; pg. 8; col A

Word has been received here of the marriage at her home in Farmer City, Ill., of Miss Grace Gardner to C. L. Weedman. The bride is a sister of John Willis of this village.



Source: The Milwaukee Sentinel, (Milwaukee, WI) Friday, September 28, 1883; pg. 4; col

Another important wedding occurred here today at noon, it being the marriage of Miss Lily C. Camp, daughter of Rev. and Mrs. Camp, to George P. Whittlesey, first assistant examiner in the Pension Office at Washington. The ceremony was performed by Rev. Mr. Camp, assisted by Gen. E. Whittlesey, father of the groom. A large number of Miss Camp's Waukesha friends gathered at her parent's home to wish her joy and leave their respective testimonials of esteem and friendship. The interior of the residence was beautifully decorated with fragrant exotics and vines. A wedding luncheon was served in the afternoon, after which MR. and Mrs. Whittlesey took their departure on the 5 o'clock evening train for Washington.



Source: The History of Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin, Chicago: Western Historical Company, 1880

Hon. David Whitton, Brandon; born in Dundee, Scotland, Aug. 4, 1836. His father was the youngest child in a family of twenty-five children; he is still strong, and for several years has resided in the city of Waupun; he landed in Boston, Mass., on the 4th day of July, 1842, with his family, consisting of his wife, his son Charles, and the subject of this sketch; the father was by trade a stonecutter and mason, and was employed four years as foreman in the construction of the new locks on the Welland Canal; in the fall of 1846, the family came to Wisconsin, and located in Ashippun, Dodge Co., where they remained ten years, engaged in farming; in 1856, the family moved to Waupun, WIS. Young David, now of age, spent three years as an apprentice to the carpenter and joiner's trade; this not proving congenial, he, in 1860, engaged in buying and shipping farm produce. On the 1st of January, 1862, he was married to Miss Mary B. Turner, of Waukesha Co., Wis.; they have seven children--Mary E., born in Waupun May 1, 1863; Charles B., born in Waupun March 23, 1865; David, Jr., born in Waupun Feb. 21, 1867 ; Gracie Bell, born in Brandon March 29, 1869; Nellie A, born in Brandon April 16, 1873; Alexander T., born in Brandon Sept. 13, 1875; Susie E., born in Brandon July 22, 1878. Mr. Whitton was admitted to the practice of law in April, 1877, and is established at Brandon, and practices in Fond du Lac and surrounding counties. He occupies his own residence in Brandon, and also owns a grain warehouse. He held the offices of Assessor and Supervisor while residing in Waupun. Since his removal to Brandon in 1866, he has several times been elected Justice of the Peace, but he qualified only once; in 1873, he was elected to the Legislature from the First Assembly District in Fond du Lac Co. Esquire Whitton, from boyhood, has been known as an active Democrat. Since 1863, he has been an efficient member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and has represented the Grand Encampment of Wisconsin, in the Supreme Grand Lodge of the United States; he is also a Royal Arch Mason.


Source: Waukesha Freeman, January 2, 1890, pg. 1

A Man from Chicago and a Lady from Minneapolis Meet and are Married Here

Last Sunday evening a gentleman arrived at the Coleman House and registered as E. Wickersham, Chicago. He took a room and requested to be called early in the morning-in time to meet a friend who was expected on the 7 o'clock train. His wish was complied with, and bright and early he went on his way to the Wisconsin Central depot, from whence he returned with a lady. The two seemed to be good friends and chatted pleasantly as if enjoying their morning. Presently Mr. Wickersham dispatched a boy with a note to the Rev. Mr. Broadhurst. A few minutes later he asked Mr. Coleman if he and Mrs. Coleman would kindly step around to the minister's with them, as there was going to be a wedding. Mrs. Coleman was engaged, but a lady guest at the hotel volunteered her company, and the little party betook themselves to the resident of Mr. Broadhurst. There a few moments sufficed to perform the wished for ceremony, and the two were pronounced man and wife. They left on the south-bound train a little more than three hours after the lady's arrival in town.

Mrs. Wickersham's name when she came here was Mrs. Hosford. She came from Minneapolis and her husband from Chicago. They found Waukesha a convenient half-way house and utilized it accordingly.



Source: Portrait and Biographical Album of Oakland County, Michigan; By Chapman Brothers, Daughters of the American Revolution; 1891

James Wileden is a prominent farmer who resides on Section 30, Oxford township. His father was William was a native of England, and when he came to this country made hi

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The Utah Fuel Company is a corporation that controls the output of some of the richest and most prolific coal mines in the State. Its base of operations is Carbon County, in central Utah. Its headquarters are at Salt Lake City, and its general manager at the present time is Mr. H. G. Williams, the subject of this narrative. Necessarily it is one of interest, owing to the prominence of Mr. Williams and the fresh fame acquired by his company during the recent coal miners' strike, which, through successfully met by those in charge of the mines, thanks to the prompt action of Governor Wells in calling out the militia and dispatching them to the scene of the troubles, still menaces, through in a milder way, the peace of that section. Mr. Williams is a coal man of many years experience, having first engaged in the business in the State of Kansas, seven or eight years before coming to Utah. He is a native American, and by profession a civil engineer.

Born at the little town of Merton, in Waukesha County, Wisconsin, March 19, 1856, he was the son of Henry N. Williams and his wife Amanda L. McMillan. They were farm folk fairly well to do, and were not only able but ambitious to give their son a good education. He leaned to the law as a profession, and after sixteen years upon the home farm, during which he received the customary schooling for juveniles, he attended the Wayland University at Beaver Dam, Wisconsin, preparatory to a course in the University of Chicago. He entered the classical course at the latter institution, but in the junior year his health failed, and he returned to his old home in Wisconsin.

At the age of twenty-three, Mr. Williams having qualified himself as a civil engineer, took a position on the Atchisou (sic), Topeka and Santa Fe railroad, with headquarters first at Nickerson, Kansas, and afterwards at Topeka. In 1884, he engaged in the coal business with the Osage Carbon Company of Kansas, as traveling sales agent, assistant superintendent and chief engineer. In 1884-5 he became associated with the Raton Coal and Coke Company of New Mexico, of which he was afterwards superintendent. Later he was chief engineer of a number of coal companies, including the San Pedro Coal and Coke Company of New Mexico, the Trinidad Coal and Coke Company of Colorado, the Canyon City Coal Company of that state, and the Pittsburgh Coal and Coke Company and the Osage Carbon Company of Kansas. In the latter part of 1891 he became chief engineer of the Pueblo Smelting and Refining Company, at Pueblo, Colorado; and later the assistant general manager.

Soon after this he came to Utah, having accepted the position of assistant superintendent of Pleasant Valley Coal Company. He remained here six months, and then returned to Colorado, re-engaging with the Pueblo Company. In 1896 he came back to Utah, resuming his former position as assistant superintendent of Pleasant Valley mines, of which he was made assistant general manager in 1900. The company made him its general manager in 1902, at which time he also became general manager of the Utah Fuel Company, succeeding Mr. William G. Sharp in those positions. In this capacity he figured during the strike. (A brief history of this event is given in more detail in the source document)
The present condition is that the Utah Fuel Company is mining all the coal that it can possibly dispose of, and is in a position to mine still more. Its coke ovens are in full blast. The new men secured to take the places of the strikers have come almost exclusively from this State, and are proving themselves to be good and efficient workmen.

Manager Williams ascribes the success in dealing with the difficulties of the situation, to the prompt aid rendered by the Governor and the militia, and to his company's just treatment of its employees.

Source: History of Utah in Four Volumes, by Orson F. Whitney, vol. IV Biographical, George Q. Cannon & Sons Co., Publishers, Oct. 1904



Source: The Milwaukee Sentinel, Sunday, August 16, 1896; Issue 36; col F

White Girl and Negro

A Pewaukee Couple Married by Justice Parsons

Chicago, Ill., Aug. 15-Among the passengers who came from Milwaukee to-night on the whaleback were Joseph Williams, a negro, and Christine Brown, a white girl, both of Pewaukee, Wis. They were walking along State street at 7 o'clock when Williams stopped officer Dan Shea and asked to be directed to a hotel. The officer asked the couple if they were married and Williams showed a certificate of marriage issued by W.G. Parsons, a Milwaukee justice of the peace. The girl does not look to be more than 14 years old, although she says she will be 16 to-morrow. Officer Shea, thinking it might have been an elopement, took the young couple to the Central station, where they were questioned by Lieut. Haas. Williams, who is 21 years old, is employed by the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul railroad as a switchtender. He says he has known the girl since last winter. The girl's mother, he says, gave her consent to the marriage and the only reason they were not married in Pewaukee was his fear of being serenaded by the boys. The girl admitted to Lieut. Haas that her mother was away from home today and did not know she was going to be married. She wears short dresses and is very childish in appearance and speech. The girl says the justice called a man in off the street who was a witness to the marriage. The certificate shows that his name was Edgar L. Wood. The young couple was sent to the Harrison street station and the girl's parents notified.

Justice W.G. Parsons at his home, 379 Madison street, early this morning confirmed the fact of the marriage.

The couple called at my office between 3 and 4 o'clock yesterday afternoon, he said and asked to be married. I did not want to marry them at first because I thought the girl was not of age, but they insisted that I perform the ceremony. I questioned them as to their ages and they said that she was 19 years old and he was 21. I placed both under oath. I then questioned them as to whether there was any reason why they should not be married and they both swore that there was not. The girl gave e the name of her parents and said they lived at Pewaukee. She was accompanied by another woman, who, I should judge, was about 20 years of age, and who witnessed the marriage. I cannot recall the woman's name, but I have her name on record at my office.

Did you ask the girl if she had her parents' permission to marry the negro?

I did not. The girl swore she was of legal age and it is not necessary to have parental consent in that case. Of course, I knew nothing about it being an elopement. I asked the couple the usual questions and they told me nothing about their affairs.

She is True to Williams

The White Bride and Her Colored Husband Taken to Pewaukee

Sheriff Bennett of Pewaukee, Wis., yesterday afternoon at 5 o'clock took back to her home Mrs. Christine Williams and her colored husband. The young bride cried when she saw her husband with the handcuffs about his wrists and learned she had to go all the way home with him in that condition. Anthony Brown, the father of the girl, accompanied the party. The girl still insists that she is fond of her husband, and the difference in their color will not, she thinks, affect their happiness in the least.

Source: The Daily Inter Ocean, (Chicago, IL) Tuesday, August 18, 1896; pg. 8; Issue 147; col B



Source: The History of the Welsh in Minnesota, Foreston and Lime Springs, Ia. Gathered by the Old Settlers". Editors: Rev. Thomas E. Hughes, Rev. David Edwards, Hugh G. Roberts, Thomas Hughes. Published in 1895.@ {Page 282}

Born at Llanllyfni, Carnarvonshire, Wales, September 25, 1814. He attended the village school when a boy, and finished his education at Holt Academy, Wrexham. When a young man he was apprenticed to learn the carpenter's trade. Emigrated to America in 1845 and worked at his trade for a short time at Waukesha, Wis. He then bought a farm at Proscairon, Wis., and in 1847 married Mrs. Mary Hughes, sister of the late Thos. H. Roberts. In 1866 he removed with his family to Foreston, Ia., where he died October 5, 1887. Mr. Williams, like most Welshmen, was brought up religiously from his youth. As he had more than ordinary ability and was well versed in the Scriptures and studious, he was invited by the C.M. church to the ministry, and began preaching in 1857 and continued to proclaim the Good Tidings thereafter with much faithfulness and exceptance until the end. He was a man of rugged strength physically, mentally and spiritually. He read much of the best books and had a retentive memory and an excellent judgment of the truth. His stepson, Rev. Robert W. Hughes, is in the Congregational ministry, his son, Rev. Daniel Williams, is in the Presbyterian ministry, and his son, Wm. W. Williams, is a member of the Iowa Legislature. [PHOTO included in book]



Source: The History of the Welsh in Minnesota, Foreston and Lime Springs, Ia. Gathered by the Old Settlers". Editors: Rev. Thomas E. Hughes, Rev. David Edwards, Hugh G. Roberts, Thomas Hughes. Published in 1895. Page 289

Born at Treban farm, Bryngwran, Anglesea, Wales, in 1839. Son of Robert and Margaret Williams . Emigrated to America in 1857 and settled for a year or two at Waukesha, Wis., thence went to Caledonia, Wis. In 1860 he removed to Filmore county, Minn., where he still resides. In 1861 he married Miss Jane Owen, of Caledonia, Wis. Mr. and Mrs. Williams were about the first Welsh settlers in Filmore county. They are honest, thrifty people. Mr. Williams is a bard of some note. [PHOTO of Margaret Williams included in book]



Source: Excerpt from History of Michigan, By Charles Moore, 1915

Few Michigan business men have such a notable record as William C. Williams of Detroit. His active career began sixty years ago.

William C. Williams was born in Anglesey, North Wales, a son of William and Dorothy (Lewis) Williams. In 1850 he came to the United States with his parents, the family first settling in Waukesha, Wisconsin, where the father soon afterwards died. In 1852 the widow and her children came to Detroit where the rest of her life was spent. The education of William C. Williams was completed in private and public schools of Waukesha and Detroit. At an early age, he found employment in the wholesale drug house of Jacob S. Farrand, and two years later became manager of the establishment. His rise to business prominence was rapid and was established on most secure foundation. In 1858 he became a member of the firm, Farrand, Williams & Company. He was married at Niles, Michigan, to Maria L. Murray. There children are: Maurice O. Williams, who is secretary of the Michigan Drug Company, and who married Ethel Gregory of Detroit; and Clara, who married Ford Arthur Hinchman, Jr. of Detroit.



Source: The Milwaukee Sentinel, (Milwaukee, WI) April 06, 1889; pg. 10; col A

Waukesha, April 5. - A man calling himself Gen. Geo. H. Wilson was taken to jail by Deputy Sheriff Randles on Tuesday night, and was found to be insane. He can give no account of himself, but his clothing is marked "No. 3, Insane Department." Wilson devotes most of his time to electricity, and, when taken into custody, was in front of the Episcopal church making diagrams in the dust, saying they represented his plan for conducting the electricity from two great lakes that he had discovered somewhere in the vicinity. Doubtless he has escaped from some asylum.



Source: Waukesha Freeman January 2, 1890 pg. 1

At the residence of the bride's father near North Prairie, December 26, 1889, by Rev. J.K. Kilbourn of Genesee, Mr. William K. Wilson of Mukwonago, and Miss Jennie K. Hood of Genesee, were united in matrimony. The occasion to which reference is made above was a very pleasant one. The rare weather without and the joyful assemblage within seemed in happy unison. The relatives of both families, together with a few few friends, were present and constituted a very cheerful company. An enjoyable evening was spent, adn the newly-married start upon their wedded life with many cordial congratulations and kind wishes for their happiness and prosperity.

Same paper a few paragraphs lower
The handsonme residence of Mr. and Mrs. John Hood, which is situated near the village of North Prairie, Waukesha County, was on Thursday evening of last week gaily illuminated, the occasion beinb the marriage of their youngest daughter Jennie A., to Wm. K. Wilson of Mukwonago. At 6 P.M. the contracting parties ushered by W. O. Lohdell of North Prairie, and MIss Agnes Hunter of East Troy, were conducted to the center of the south parlor, where the ceremony was performed by the Rev. J.K. Kilbourn, pastor, of the Genesee Congregational Church, after which the bride and groom received congratulations. The bride was attired in a rich dregs of wine silk dress, with white lace and flowers. The groom wore the conventional black suit. After a sumptous repast the evening was spent in singing, etc. The occasion wil be long remembered among the pleasant events of this vicinity. The happy couple are both of Scotch parentage, the bride's parents coming from Perthshire and the groom's from Paisley, Scotland. They will spend their honeymoon in visiting their many friends in this and adjoining counties, after which they will go to housekeeping on their farm in the town of Mukwonago. Mr. Wilson ranks among the first farmers of his town and is highly esteemed. He takes with him as his life mate a lady of rare qualities and social graces which render her the beloved of many. They received many handsome presents, all of which will be useful to them in beginning married life.



Source: The National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Volume 50 page 369

Mrs. Ida Winne Ballantine.
Daughter of the American Revolution DAR ID # 49822 

Born in Eagle, Wis. 

Wife of George W. Ballantine. 

Descendant of Capt. Peter Winne. 

Daughter of Peter Winne and Lucy Parsons, his wife. 

Granddaughter of Alexander Winne and Susan More, his wife. 

Gr-granddaughter of Peter F. Winne and Maria Van Bracklin, his wife. 

Gr-gr-granddaughter of Peter Winne and Susanna Landenberg, his wife. 

Peter Winne (1718-90) was 2nd lieutenant in the seventh company, 13th 
regiment, 1776, and was promoted to captain, 1778. He was born in 
Albany, N. Y.  


Source: Waukesha Freeman 14 Nov 1945

Angleus Wise of Waukesha Death March

It was disclosed by relatives this week that Angelus E. Wise, 30, formaly of Waukesha, died during the infamous march of death from Bataan. Mrs. Constance Wise, Milwaukee, his mother has identified her son in a picture taken during the march which resulted in the death of many of those taken prisioner by the Japanese.

Wise, and infantryman had been reported missing for three and one-half years and only rencently was offically declared dead by the war department. The date of Wise death was fixed as May 10, 1942. What the war department did not know however, was that Mrs. Wise had seen a picture of her son, sullen under the hand of his enemies.

Wise was a graduate of St. Joseph's School here and attended Waukesha High School for a year. He entered the service the first week of February, 1942 after the sneak attack on Pearl Harbor. Two weeks later Wise was fighting with General McArthur's forces on the Phillipine Islands against temendous odds, not on the Corrigidor.

When McArthur left the Phillipines the Waukesha Infantryman kept fighting for his country and his life. He won the first battle but lost the second when he stayed in Manila after General Wainwright set up his last ditch stand on Corrigidor. Why Wise did not accompany Wainwright to the island defense will never be known but, Mrs. Wise who had but two letters from her son while he was in service, said she was informed he was living the day Manila fell to the Japanese.

A member of the 31st Infantry, Wise told his mother in his last letter, "Things don't look too good out here. We sort of feel something is going to happen." Something did happen. No information was received by Mrs. Wise, however, other than her son was missing in action. After grieving for three and a half years she saw a picture of the march of death in a Chicago newspaper which plainly proved her was on the ill fated march.

"Angelus was always a strong boy but possed a temper. We do not believe he, like the hundreds who died, starved to death but believe he lost his temper and disobeyed a Japanese command or attempted to escape when he died May 10, 1942," the mother said.

Surviving the soldier are a brother John F. Wise, who is stationed with the marines at Quantico, Va., a sister Virginia of Milwaukee, uncles Cody and John F. Miller and Brian Miller, all of Waukesha; and aunts Mrs. Charles Root of Waukesha and Mrs. George Mackey of Milwaukee.

Note: the picture Constance Wise saw accompanied the article)



16 Dec 1899-24 Aug 2002

Born on December 16, 1899, Louise is so interested in life that those around her tend to forget her age. She reads the Milwaukee Journal Sentinal from front to back, gets her hair done weekly, and even washes and irons her clothes.

Louise was married to Herman Wollerman, who died in 1971. They had no children, and Louise says about her life, "I used to take care of a lot of little kids." Friends say Louise and Herman were very caring people and that Louise took care of her mother-in-law and sister in their last years. Married in 1931, Louise and Herman were active members in Eastern Star and the Shriners.



Source: The Milwaukee Sentinel, (Milwaukee, WI) June 04, 1897; pg. 2; col B

The marriage of Miss Nettie E. Johnson to Albert E. Woodward took place at the home of the bride on Caroline street, this evening.



Source: The Daily Freeman and Republican. Waukesha Wisconsin, June 18, 1890

Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Wurster, who were married last week Wednesday evening, are cosily located in their home on Jericho street, where they commenced housekeeping immediately upon their return from their brief wedding trip. [Eagle]