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In December of 2010 I received an e-mail from Ingrid who lives in Austria.  Some of her family is from the area in Austria where my PFEIFFER and ZACH families originate.  Ingrid sent me some information on the PFEIFFERs that she had extracted from the church records.  She also sent me a link to a site that has digitized copies of the parish records for the Catholic Diocese of St. Pölten.  The Parish of Langschwarza, which includes the villages of Kurzschwarza and Puerbach, is among those that are online.  While reading these parish records written in the Old German script has been a challenge, it has been well worth the time and effort.  In addition to adding several more distant grandparents, I have found records for siblings of my immigrant ancestors who stayed in Austria.  Ingrid has been most gracious in helping me decipher some of the writing that I could not quite make out.  I am extremely grateful to her for contacting me and sharing this marvelous genealogical resource.

There is much more to extract.  This is what I know for now.

Parish of Langschwarza, Austria at http://matricula-online.eu/?lang=en



Three generation PFEIFER tree

Great Great Grandparents - Maria PFEIFER and Ignatz ZACH

My Great Great Grandmother was Maria / Anna Maria PFEIFER \ PFEIFFER, born 9 Dec 1821 in Kurzschwarza, Austria, house 17. She was a daughter of Michael PFEIFER and Eva nee RÖSSLER \ ROSSLER. Maria married Ignatz ZACH on 24 Nov 1846 in Kurzschwarza. Maria and Ignatz arrived at the Port of New York on 27 Jun 1874 on the ship America with five of their six children: Franz, Johann (John), Juliana, Walburga and Vincenz. Their oldest son, Ignatz ZACH (my great grandfather), arrived in the United States two years earlier on 28 May 1872 on the ship Hanover through the Port of New York. Notes from other sources indicate the younger Ignatz first went to Wisconsin, and then came to Platte County, Nebraska, where his parents and siblings joined him.

Birth record, Parish of Langschwarza, Austria (online page 76)
28 July 1819
Maria, Catholic, daughter, legitimate; house 17 Kurzschwarza
Father: Michael Pfeifer, bauer (farmer) in Kurzschwarza
Mother: Eva nee Rossler, daughter of Paul Rossler, farmer in Gebharts, and Magdalena

Birth record, Parish of Langschwarza, Austria (online page 75)
28 July 1819
Ignaz, Catholic, son, legitimate; house 8 Kurzschwarza
Father: Johann Zach, bauer (farmer)
Mother: Julianna Schreiber, daughter of Joseph Schreiber and Eva (sic should be Anna Maria)

Marriage record, Parish of Langschwarza, Austria (online page 45)
24 November 1846
Groom: Ignaz Zach, farmer and Hausbesitzer = home owner, in Kurzschwarza, house 8, son of Johan Zach, farmer in Kurzschwarza and Julianna nee Schreiber of Kurzschwarza, Catholic, age 27, single
Bride: Maria Pfeifer, daughter of Michael Pfeifer, farmer in Kurzschwarza, house 17, and Eva nee Rossler of Gebharts, Catholic, age 25, single

Ship Passenger Lists for ZACH and PFEIFFER families
Marriage Contract between Ignatz ZACH and Anna Maria PFEIFER

Anna and Ignatz were the parents of six children.  See my ZACH pages for more information about their family.
More about my ZACH Family


3rd Great Grandparents - Michael PFEIFER and Eva RÖSSLER \ ROSSLER

Old German Script exampleThe Church records for the Parish of Langschwarza are in the German language written in the Old German Script http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S%C3%BCtterlin  Even studying this script and using a copy as a reference when going through the records, it is often difficult to decipher the letters.  For example, I have seen other interpretations of Eva's surname as KASSLER and ROFLER.  An example of her name from the marriage record of Maria PFEIFER and Ignatz ZACH shows how Rößler could be interpreted differently.  The uppercase 'K' and 'R' are similar.  The strong, double-S 'ß' could be interpreted as a lowercase 'f'.  Fortunately, the Austrian woman who e-mailed me last year about the online digitized parish records is very familiar with these German records and also the surnames that were common in them.

Michael PFEIFER and Eva ROSSLER were named as parents of the bride on the marriage record of Anna PFEIFER and Ignatz ZACH.

Michael was a son of Paul PFEIFFER and Anna Maria RAIDL.  Anna Maria was a daughter of Michael RAIDL and Anna Maria DORNHACKEL.

Eva was a daughter of Paul ROSSLER and Magdalena nee ________.  Eva's brother Kaspar married Michael PFEIFFER's sister Magdalena.

More details will be added at a later date....


4th Great Grandparents - Paul PFEIFFER and Anna Maria RAIDL

My earliest PFEIFFERs so far are my 4th great grandparents, Paul PFEIFFER and Anna Maria RAIDL.   Anna Maria was a daughter of Michael RAIDL and Anna Maria DORNHACKEL.

Paul and Maria had at least 4 children:

Johanna PFEIFFER was born about 1779, Kurzschwarza, Austria; house 17.  Johanna first married Joseph DRUCKER on 14 Jun 1803 in Langschwarza, Austria.  They had the following children:  Mathias, Johann and Anna.  Joseph died 3 Jul 1810, Kurzschwarza, Austria; house 10.

Johanna next married Mathias WIESER about 1811.  They had the following children:  Franciska*, Anna Maria, Eva, Jakob, Johanna* and August*.

Johanna died 1 Jul 1851 in Kurzschwarza, Austria; house 10.  Mathias died 13 Sept 1865 in Kurzschwarza, Austria; house 10.

* Franciska, Johanna and August all immigrated to the United States.  See the WIESER - HOFFMANN information below.

Michael PFEIFFER was born about 1786, Kurzschwarza, Austria; house 17.  He married Eva Maria RÖSSLER \ ROSSLER on 27 Nov 1810 in Langschwarza, Austria.  Michael and Eva had the following children: Ignatz, Thomas, Michael and Anna Maria. 

Michael died 6 Apr 1838; Eva died 31 Aug 1850, both at  Kurzschwarza, Austria; house 17.

Michael and Eva are my 3rd great grandparents.

Magdalena PFEIFFER was born 19 Jul 1787 in Kurzschwarza, Austria; house 17.  She married Kaspar RÖSSLER \ ROSSLER of Gebharts, Austria, on 27 Nov 1810 in Langschwarza, Austria.  They had the following children:  Johann and Ignatz.

Julianna PFEIFFER was born 27 Jan 1792 in Kurzschwarza, Austria; house 17.

Paul died 2 Feb 1842; Anna Maria died 3 Jan 1832, both in Kurzschwarza, Austria; house 17.

More details will be added at a later date....



WIESER and HOFFMANN Connection

It is through my PFEIFER line that I am related to the WIESERs and HOFFMANNs. My great grandmother Maria PFEIFER married Ignatz ZACH.  Maria's father, Michael, had a sister Johanna, who married Mathias WIESER.  Three of their children immigrated to the United States.
Three generation PFEIFER tree

The basis for the PFEIFER / WIESER connection is a photocopy of a hand-drawn family chart that was in my Mother's genealogy files. It was part of a packet of information that a ZACH cousin sent to her. Through the St. Pölten Diocese online records I have been able to document some of the earlier relationships on this chart, as well as fill in some of the unknown information.  See PFEIFER Family Chart.

Mathias WIESER was born in Kurzschwarza near Langschwarza, Austria.  He married my 3rd great grandaunt Johanna PFEIFER (sister of Michael PFEIFER).

Langschwarza - Kurzschwarza Austria map
This is a current map showing the location of the villages of Langschwarza and Kurzschwarza in Austria.  Other villages named in the PFEIFER, HOFFMANN, WIESER and ZACH histories are Pürbach / Purbach and Gebharts.  Below is a quote from the St. Francis Assisi Centennial book saying Franciska WIESER PFEIFER was born in "Tetzles, Austria."  I was not able to find this village anywhere.  When I studied the surrounding area of Langschwarza, I noticed a village named Jetzles, east of Kurzschwarza.  A "J" could be mistaken for a "T" in a handwritten document.

In November 2010 I received an e-mail from a woman in Austria whose father's family is from the Jetzles area.  She had extracted some of the church records from Jetzles and had information about George PFEIFER and Franciska WIESER.  This information confirmed that George and Franciska were in Jetzles.

Franciska WIESER and George PFEIFER
Frances / Franciska WIESER was born 27 Jan 1812 in Austria.  Franciska married George PFEIFER in Austria. George was born 1800 in Austria and died in 1864.  She died in 1874 in Platte County, Nebraska.

The St. Francis Assisi 100th Anniversary book begins the PFEIFER family biography with the following:
The origin of the Pfeifer families in this community and so many others in this area goes back to Mrs. George Pfeifer. She was born Frances Wieser in the early 1800 in Tetzles, Austria, the daughter [should be sister, Francisca was born 1812, August was born 1824] of August Wieser and Mary Kohler. She seems to have been related to the Wiesers of this area, since Michael and Victoria Wieser [son and daughter of August Wieser] were witnesses several times for weddings of the Pfeifer boys.

She married George Pfeifer in Austria on November 23, 1834, and settled down in that country and raised a family. When George died in 1873 in Austria, Frances brought her family, now grown to adulthood but unmarried, to America and homesteaded in 1873 in Platte County in the St. Mary area.

During the following winter of 1874, Mrs. Pfeifer tried to walk from her home to the home of the daughter, now married to Richard Olmer. However, she lost her way in the blizzard and froze to death. We have no record of the place of her burial. (page 190)
The 1870 U.S. census shows Franciska enumerated in Dane County, Wisconsin

1870 U.S. Census, Wisconsin, Dane County, Town of Vermont, Post Office Black Earth, page 28
25 July 1870, Dwelling 187, family 187
Pfeiffer, Francisca, age 58, female, white, born Austria, father and mother of foreign birth
Pfeiffer, Johan A., age 21, male, white, Farmer, born Austria, father and mother of foreign birth
Pfeiffer, Frank, age 18, male, white, born Austria, father and mother of foreign birth
Pfeiffer, Mary, age 15, female, white, born Austria, father and mother of foreign birth

The families enumerated immediately after her were:
Her brother August and Mary WIESER with their children Mary, Anna, Michael, Johan, Victoria, Vincenz and Frank, all of whom migrated to the St. Mary's community in Platte County, Nebraska.
Newly married Joseph WILHOLM (WIDHALM) and Therese, who migrated to the Humphrey area of Platte County, Nebraska.
John and Fredrika OLMAR (OLMER) with their children Richard, Amelia, Mary, Julia and Fredrika.  Richard OLMER married Mary PFEIFFER, daughter of Francisca.

Children of Franciska and George PFEIFER:

1. Leopold PFEIFER  was born 12 Nov 1838 in Austria.  He married Aloisia / Louisa MATZNER on 14 Jul 1879 in Platte County, Nebraska.  Alaisia was born 25 Nov 1857 in Austria.  Leopold died 1 Aug 1922 in Spalding, Greeley County, Nebraska.  Aloisia died 19 Jan 1947 in Spalding.  They were the parents of Louisa, August (m. Gertrude Caroline FOLTZ), Nellie (m. Antone SEAMANN), George (m. Anna WEBER), Leopold Joseph (m. Clare WEBER), John Richard (m. Cecilia GLASER), Vincent Louis, Louisa Rosella (m. John GLASER), Mary Magdalene (m. Joseph Michael ZACH), Elizabeth Mary (m. Edward DIETER).

Platte County Marriages Vol 1 1858-1879 Freeman, Gen ref 929.378252 F 87p V1
Compiled by Ruby Freeman, Platte Chapter, Columbus, Nebraska, p.50
Pfeiffer, Leopold, age 40, July 14, 1879
Alaisia Matzner, age 21, Catholic priest
Parents:  George Pfeiffer & Franciska Miser
Karl Matzner and Barbara Polen

1900 U.S. Census, Nebraska, Greeley, Spalding, ED 105, sheet 6A, Dwelling 85, family 85
Pfeifer, Leopold, head, born Nov 1837, age 52, married 20 years, born Germany, parents born Germany, immigrated 1870, naturalized, farmer
Pfeifer, Louisa, wife, born Nov 1859, age 41, married 20 years, born Germany, parents born Germany, immigrated 1880
Pfeifer, August, son, born Aug 1881, age 18, single, born Nebraska, parents born Germany, farm home
Pfeifer, Nellie, daughter, born May 1883, age 17, single, born Nebraska, parents born Germany
Pfeifer, George, son, born April 1885, age 15, single, born Nebraska, parents born Germany
Pfeifer, Leo, son, born Aug 1886, age 13, single, born Nebraska, parents born Germany
Pfeifer, John, son, born Feb 1887, age 13, single, born Nebraska, parents born Germany
Pfeifer, Wincent, son, born Jan 1890, age 10, single, born Nebraska, parents born Germany
Pfeifer, Louise, daughter, born March 1892, age 8, single, born Nebraska, parents born Germany
Pfeifer, Mary, daughter, born July 1894, age 6, single, born Nebraska, parents born Germany
Pfeifer, Julius, son, born April 1898, age 2, single, born Nebraska, parents born Germany
Pfeifer, Justina, daughter, born April 1900, age 1/12, single, born Nebraska, parents born Germany

1910 U.S. Census, Nebraska, Greeley County, Spalding, ED 126, sheet 10B, 3 May 1910
Dwelling 196, family 196
Pfeiffer, Leopold, head, age 72, married twice, born Austria Ger, parents born Austria Ger, immigrated 1871, naturalized, farmer, general farm
Pfeiffer, Aloysia, wife, age 51, married once, married 30 years, mother of 13 children, 12 children living, born Austria Ger, parents born Austria Ger
Pfeiffer, Leopold J., son, age 23, single, born Nebraska, parents born Austria Ger, laborer, farm (home)
Pfeifer, John R., son, age 21, single, born Nebraska, parents born Austria Ger, farm labor, home
(next page)
Pfeiffer, Vincent L., son, age 20, single, born Nebraska, parents born Austria Ger, laborer, at home
Pfeiffer, Aloysia R., daughter, age 18, single, born Nebraska, parents born Austria Ger
Pfeiffer, Mary M., daughter, age 15, single, born Nebraska, parents born Austria Ger
Pfeiffer, Elizabeth M., daughter, age 14, single, born Nebraska, parents born Austria Ger
Pfeiffer, Julius, son, age 12, single, born Nebraska, parents born Austria Ger
Pfeiffer, Justina, daughter, age 10, single, born Nebraska, parents born Austria Ger
Pfeiffer, Sigfred James, son, age 8, single, born Nebraska, parents born Austria Ger


2. John PFEIFER was born 21 Nov 1843 in Austria.  He married Maria PFEIFER, daughter of Michael PFEIFER and Anna / Mary Anna ABLIEDINGER, about 1872.  John died 27 Feb 1912; Mary died 5 Feb 1937.  Both are buried at St. Francis Cemetery, Humphrey, Platte County, Nebraska. 

According a note on the hand-drawn PFEIFER chart, Maria nee PFEIFER was a "first cousin of our grandfather".  I believe the chart was drawn by a ZACH cousin of mine.  At this point I am not sure who "our grandfather" refers to, therefore I am not sure how Maria is related to me.  As noted above Maria was a daughter of Michael PFEIFER and Anna / Mary Anna ABLIEDINGER.  There are a couple of references to Maria's PFEIFER family in the St. Francis Assisi (Humphrey, Platte County, Nebraska) 100th Anniversary book.
[John Pfeifer] married Mary Pfeifer, who was born on November 20, 1850, in Tetzles (note: should be Jetzeles), Austria, the daughter of Michael Pfeifer and Mary Ann Abliedinger. Her father died in Austria and her mother brought her 3 daughters, Mary, Anna, and Agnes, to the St. Mary Community. Agnes married Henry Wilde May 21, 1877, at St. Mary's, the first recorded marriage in that parish. Henry was the son of Bernard Wilde and Catherine Toberg. Mrs. Michael Pfeifer is listed among the first founders of St. Mary Parish and contributed $8.00 towards building the first church. She was born on February 20, 1823, and died on February 27, 1900, and was buried at St. Francis. She donated the Pieta now standing in the rear of our church. (page 191)
Leonard Widhalm (also spelled Withalm...) was born on June 11, 1838, at Ullerich, Austria. He followed his father in farming the land. On Augutst 20, 1867, he married Anna Pfeifer at Schwarza, Austria. She was born on July 19, 1848, the daughter of Michael Pfeifer and Mary Abliedenger. They came to the United States a few years after their marriage and settled in the St. Mary's community eventually, being one of the first parishioners of St. Mary's parish. (page 257)
I found Mary ABLIEDINGER PFEIFER with her two unmarried daughters, Maria and Agnes, and her daughter Anna and son-in-law Leonard WILHOLN  (sic) on the same ship manifest as that of my great grandfather, Ignatz ZACH.  They arrived at the Port of New York, New York on 28 May 1872 aboard the  Ship Hanover.

Maria in the 1930 census:
1930 U.S. Census, Nebraska, Platte County, Granville Township, Humphrey Village, ED 16, sheet 6A, 1 May 1930
Dwelling 142, family 141
Pfeifer, Maria, head, age 79, widow, age 22 at first marriage, born Austria, parents born Austria, speaks German, immigrated 1872, naturalized

John and Maria were the parents of:

John PFEIFER was born 29 Aug 1874 in Nebraska.  He died 22 Dec 1959 and is buried at St. Francis Assisi Cemetery in Humphrey, Platte County, Nebraska
married 14 Jun 1899 at St. Francis Assisi Church in Humphrey, Platte County, Nebraska
Mary WEIMERSKIRCH was born Oct 1871 in Iowa.  She died  30 May 1960 and is buried at St. Francis Assisi Cemetery.

Thomas PFEIFER, 5 Mar 1876 -
m. 14 Sep 1904
Catherine MARTISCHANG

Ferdinand Leopold PFEIFER, 27 May 1878 - 15 Feb 1950
m. 20 Feb 1906
Fredericka Elizabeth COLDWELL, 12 Jul 1886 - 3 Jul 1968

Justina Aloysia PFEIFER, 25 Sep 1879 - 1 Aug 1880

Rochus Z. PFEIFER, 11 Aug 1881 - 11 Oct 1954
m. 29 Jun 1909
Caroline FOLTZ, 6 Mar 1888 - 10 Jun 1964

Agnes Louise PFEIFER, 21 Jan 1883 - 13 May 1961
m. 7 Nov 1906
Lambert M. HEESACKER, 12 Aug 1878 - 14 Feb 1964

Frederick PFEIFER, 18 Jul 1884 - 12 Jul 1963
Fr. Peter Regulatus, O.F.M.

George Joseph PFEIFER, 5 Mar 1886 - 9 Aug 1986
Brother Solanus, O.F.M.

Vincent Francis PFEIFER, 20 Jan 1888 - 18 Oct 1970
Fr. Benedict Labre, O.F.M., first buried Oak Brook, IL

Frank PFEIFER, 17 Nov 1890 -
m. 23 Sep 1913
Marie GLASER

Richard Leo PFEIFER, 6 Mar 1893 - 22 Jan 1985
m. 6 Mar 1916
Otilla GLASER, 11 Jan 1892 - 18 Jun 1938


3. Anton PFEIFER was born 7 May 1848 in Austria.  He married Mary GLASER, daughter of Frank GLASER and Mary BERGER, on 15 Jul 1879 in Platte County, Nebraska.  Mary was born Oct 1855 in Germany.  Anton died 5 Jul 1935, Mary died 23 Feb 1925.  Both are buried in Ponca City, Oklahoma.

4. Frank PFEIFER was born Dec 1849 in Austria.  He first married Barbara Redler in Chicago, Cook County, Illinois.  According to the centennial book of St. Francis Assisi Church in Humphrey, Nebraska, Frank and Barbara had 7 children.  Between the 1880 census and the 1900 census, I found the names of 6 of them:  Mary, born about 1874; Annie, born about 1875; Florian, born May 1876; Frank J., born May 1878; Julia, born about 1880; and Charles, born Jan 1881.  After Barbara's death, Frank married Prudence COBERT Van de GANCHT, a widow with 7 children.  Frank died 1 Apr 1917 in Spalding, Greeley County, Nebraska.

5. Mary PFEIFER was born 9 Sep 1854 in Austria.  She married Richard OLMER, son of John OLMER and Frederica DEGENHART, on Feb 1873 in Vermont, Dane County, Wisconsin.
Excerpt from Richard OLMER bio Past and Present of Platte County
"In February, 1873, Mr. Olmer was joined in wedlock to Miss Mary Pfeifer, a daughter of George and Frances (Wieser) Pfeifer, both of whom were natives of Austria. The father there followed general agricultural pursuits throughout his active life and passed away in 1864. His widow and children subsequently emigrated to the United States, taking up their abode in Wisconsin.... Mrs. George Pfeifer came to Nebraska in 1873 and here died the following year."
Mary and Richard were the parents of :

1) Frederica OLMER was born Mar 1876 in Wisconsin.  She married Joseph FANGMANN on 11 Feb 1896 in Humphrey, Platte County, Nebraska.  Joseph was a son of Anton and Caroline FANGMANN.

2) William OLMER was born 8 Jan 1884.  He married Catherine LUBISCHER on 20 Jan 1908 at St. Francis Assisi Church in Humphrey, Platte County, Nebraska.  Catherine was a daughter of Peter LUBISCHER and Catherine NICK.  She was born 28 Jul 1888 in Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska.  Wiliam died 13 Jul 1954; Catherine died 25 Oct 1986.  Both of them are buried at St. Francis Assisi Cemetery in Humphrey.

3) Mary OLMER was born Apr 1886 in Nebraska.  She married Joseph SCHAEFER.

4) Frances OLMER was born Feb 1891 in Nebraska.  She married Killion OTTIS about 14 Jun 1910.

5) John OLMER was born Dec 1894 in Nebraska.  He married Stella EISENMENGER on 20 Apr 1921 at St. Frances Assisi Church in Humphrey, Platte County, Nebraska.  Stella was a daughter of Michael EISENMENGER and Mary PELLE.

6) Annie OLMER was born May 1898 in Nebraska.

7) Joseph A. OLMER was born about 26 Aug 1881 in Nebraska.  He died 3 Feb 1909 and is buried at St. Francis Assisi Cemetery in Humphrey, Platte County, Nebraska.

8) Julia OLMER died in infancy.

9) Robert OLMER died in infancy.

10) Bryant OLMER died in infancy.

11) Cecelia OLMER was born 22 Nov 1888.  She died 1 Jan 1891 and is buried at St. Francis Assisi Cemetery in Humprey, Platte County, Nebraska.



Johanna WIESER and Kaspar / Caspar HOFFMANN
Johanna WIESER was born 21 May 1820 in Kurzschwarza, Austria.  Johanna married Kaspar HOFFMANN. Kaspar /  Caspar and Johanna, along with their children Vincent, Sylvester, Julie and Carl, arrived at the Port of New York, New York USA on 27 May 1871 aboard the Steamship Rhein, which departed from the Port of Bremen, Germany.  They were among the early settlers in Pierce County, Nebraska.  Johanna died 7 Jan 1904 in rural Pierce, Pierce County, Nebraska.  Kaspar died 27 Dec 1900, also in rural Pierce.  Both are buried at St. Joseph Cemetery  in Pierce, Pierce County, Nebraska.

Marriage Contract between Kaspar HOFFMANN and Johanna WIESER
Ship passenger list for Caspar HOFFMANN family
Biographies
St. Joseph Cemetery Tombstone Photos by Marge
Online extract of St. Joseph Cemetery http://www.rootsweb.com/~nepierce/stjocem.htm

1. Vincent HOFFMANN was born 19 Jul 1850 in Ederbach, Austria.  Vincent  immigrated to the United States with his parents and siblings, arriving at the Port of New York City on 27 May 1871.  He married Wenceslaus / Mary BURKHARDT on 28 Jan 1881 in West Point, Nebraska. Mary was born 11 Oct 1860 in Suedeten, Germany. Vincent died on 31 May 1940; Mary died on14 Apr 1940; both of them buried at St. Joseph Cemetery in Pierce, Pierce County, Nebraska.

1) Joseph Patrick HOFFMANN was born 15 Mar 1881.  He married Mary Theresa Frances ZACH on 10 Feb 1903 at St. Francis Assisi Church in Humphrey, Platte County, Nebraska. Mary was born 3 Aug 1880 in Nebraska, a daughter of Frank ZACH and Bertha ZIMMERMAN. Joseph died 24 Apr 1967; Mary died 6 Jun 1953; both are buried at St. Joseph Cemetery in Pierce, Pierce County, Nebraska.  (More about my ZACH Family)

2) Mary HOFFMANN was born Aug 1882 in Nebraska.  She married Eugene MARTISCHANG about 1900.  Eugene was born about 1868.  Mary died in 1974; Eugene died 1962.  Both are buried at St. Joseph Cemetery, Pierce, Pierce County, Nebraska.

(1) Frank MARTISCHANG, was born 4 Oct 1901 at Pierce, Pierce County, Nebraska.  He married Mary GERMAN on 7 Jun 1927 at St. Mary of the Angels Church in rural Platte County, Nebraska. Mary was born 9 Oct 1905 in rural Humphrey, Nebraska.  She was a daughter of Bacillius GERMAN and Anna WEMHOFF.  Frank died 22 Nov 1987; Mary died 12 Jan 2000, Madison, Nebraska and is buried at Holy Family Cemetery, Lindsay, Nebraska.

http://www.usgennet.org/usa/ne/county/platte/vitals/2000deaths2.html
MARTISCHANG, Mary C, 94: b Oct 9, 1905, rural Humphrey; d of Basilius German-Anna Wemhoff; m Frank A Martischang, June 7, 1927; s Gene, Leon; d Agnes Kuta, Rosella Koziol, Phyllis Kuta; died Jan 12, Madison; burial Holy Family Cemetery, Lindsay

3) Julius HOFFMANN was born 12 Apr 1885 in Nebraska.  He married Anna POLT on 28 May 1907.  Anna was born 17 Jul 1886.  Julius died 17 Dec 1974; Anna died 27 Mar 1974.  Both are buried at St. Joseph Cemetery, Pierce, Pierce County, Nebraska

4) Lucilla HOFFMANN was born Sep 1886 in Nebraska.  She died in 1886 and is buried at St. Joseph Cemetery in Pierce, Pierce County, Nebraska.

5) John HOFFMANN was born 6 May 1888 in Nebraska.  He married Mary WIDHALM, daughter of  Florian WIDHALM and Mary ZLABINGER.  According to the 1910 U.S. census for Pierce County, Nebraska Mary was born about 1890 in South Dakota.

6) Ignatz ZACH and Johanna HOFFMANNJohanna HOFFMANN was born 25 Sep 1890 in Nebraska. She married her third cousin  Ignatz ZACH (III) on 18 Oct 1910 in Pierce, Pierce County, Nebraska.  Ignatz was a son of Ignatz ZACH and Anna Mary BRAUN.  They were the parents of Henry, Eleanor, Florientius, Willibrod, Lucilla, Walburga, Lucy, Joseph, Mark, Gerald, Raymond, Anna, Theresa, Leonard and Bernard.  Ignatz died on 1 Apr 1957; Johanna died on 3 Oct 1946; both are buried at St. Joseph Cemetery in Pierce, Pierce County, Nebraska. 

Johanna was my third cousin twice removed, Ignatz was my granduncle. 

(More about my ZACH Family | More about my BRAUN Family)

http://www.rootsweb.com/~nepierce/obituary/Obituaries-1946.htm
Zach, nee Hoffmann, Johanna, newspaper 17 Oct 1946, born 16 Mar 1890, died 3 Oct 1946, parents Vincent Hoffmann, spouse Ignatz Zach

Frank ZACH and Walburga HOFFMANN7) Walburga / Burgie HOFFMANN was born 16 Feb 1895 in Pierce, Pierce County,  Nebraska.  On 16 May 1916 she married Francis/Frank Joseph ZACH at St. Mary of the Angels Church near Humphrey, Platte County. Frank was born 30 Mar 1890; he was a son of Ignatz ZACH and Anna Mary BRAUN. According to my Mother's family history notes, Frank and  Walburga lived on the land that Frank's father Ignatz homesteaded.  They were farmers until they retired and moved to Humphrey, Nebraska.  They were the parents of Gerald, Agnes, Caroline, Gertrude, Margaret, Edward, Denis, Mary Ann, Walburga and Ferdinand. Walburga died 16 Nov 1974; Frank died 26 May 1970.  Both Walburga and Frank are buried at St. Mary of the Angels Cemetery.

Walburga was my third cousin twice removed, Frank was my granduncle. 

(More about my ZACH Family | More about my BRAUN Family)

8) Michael HOFFMANN.  According to the 1900 U.S. census for Pierce County, Nebraska, Michael was born Sep 1897 in Nebraska.  The Social Security Death Index lists a Mike HOFFMANN who was born 30 Sep 1897 and died Oct 1977; his last residence was Norfolk, Madison County, Nebraska. 

9) Margaret HOFFMANN.  I found Margaret listed as the bride in the 1942 marriage extracts on the NEGenWeb site for Pierce County, Nebraska.  Margaret married Thomas REGINEK on 21 Jul 1942 in Pierce County.  The Social Security Death Index listing for Margaret C. REGINEK   shows she was born 10 Jun 1900.  She died 30 Oct 1987; her last residence was Pierce, Pierce County, Nebraska.  Thomas' SSDI entry shows he was born 01 Mar 1901 and died Feb 1973.  His last residence was Norfolk, Madison County, Nebraska.  An extract for St. Joseph's Cemetery in Pierce has both Margaret and Thomas listed.

2. Sylvester HOFFMANN.  Sylvester's grave marker at St. Joseph's Cemetery in Pierce, Nebraska, shows he was born on 26 Dec 1852 in Purbach, (see map above for location of Purach) Nieder Oestereich (Lower Austria).  Sylvester immigrated to the United States with his parents and siblings, arriving at the Port of New York City on 27 May 1871.  Another researcher has noted on his/her webpage (Descendants of Franz Prokosch) that Sylvester married Margaretha BURKHARDT, a sister of Mary Wenceslaus BURKHARDT, who was married to Vincent HOFFMANN (see above).  Margaretha's grave marker shows she was born 26 Dec 1855 at Haslau, Ronsperk, Oestereich (Austria).  Sylvester died 26 Dec 1898 in Pierce, Pierce County, Nebraska; Margaretha died 1 Oct 1900.

Obituary from the Pierce County Leader, Friday, 30 Dec 1898
Date of death: 26 Dec 1898

Sylvester Hoffman.
     The community was grievously surprised Tuesday morning to learn that Sylvester Hoffman had died Monday night at his home five miles south of Pierce, after an illness of about one week. Acute appendicitis had seized upon him, and although physicians from Pierce and Norfolk were summoned nothing could be done to aid him to throw off the effects of the disease. Deceased was 46 years of age and was highly regarded by all. He was an old resident of the county and was an excellent citizen. He leaves a wife and one son, aged 15, his parents, two brothers, Carl and Vincent, and a sister, Mrs. Wm. Hutfless of Plainview vicinity.
     Funeral services were held Thursday morning in the Pierce Catholic church by Rev. Jos. Macourek and interment made in the Catholic cemetery just west of town.

1.) Frank HOFFMANN was the only child of Sylvester and Margaretha HOFFMANN.  He was born about 1885 in Nebraska.  He married Maria HAHN on 21 Feb 1906 in Pierce County, Nebraska.  Frank died in 1958; Maria died in 1964.  Both are buried at St. Joseph's Cemetery in Pierce, Nebraska.  They were the parents of Joseph, Cecilia, Regina, Zitha \ Zita, Maria, Frank and Albert.

3. Julia HOFFMANN was born Jun 1859 in Austria.  Julia immigrated to the United States with her parents and siblings, arriving at the Port of New York City on 27 May 1871.  The Pierce County Marriage Index shows that a marriage license was issued on 5 Sep 1887 for William HUTFLESS and Julia HOFFMANN.  The 1900 U.S. census for Pierce County, Nebraska gives a good overview of the HUTFLESS family.

1900 Nebraska, Pierce County, Dry Creek Precinct, ED151, page 13B
Dwelling 257 / Family 259
Hutfless, Wm, head, born Nov 1849, age 51, married 13 yrs, born Hungary, parents same, immig 1879, in U.S. 21 yrs, naturalized, Farmer
Julia, wife, born Jun 1859, age 41, married 13 years, mother of 3 children, 3 children living, born Austria, parents same, immig 1871, in U.S. 29 yrs
Rosa, daughter, born Jun 1888, age 11, single, born Nebraska
Johannah, daughter, born Mar 1890, age 10, single, born Nebraska
William, son, born Apr 1899, age 1, single, born Nebraska

According to the 1910 U.S. census for Pierce County, Nebraska, William HUTFLESS was born Nov 1849 in Hungary.

William and Julia were the parents of:

1) Rosa HUTFLESS was born 29 Jun 1888 in Plainview, Pierce County, Nebraska.  She died in Norfolk, Madison County, Nebraska on 11 Jan 1968.
2) Johannah HUTFLESS was born 2 Mar 1890 in Plainview, Pierce County, Nebraska.  Johannah married Andrew BOOK on 4 Oct 1914 in Plainview.  Andrew, a son of John Peter BOOK and Catherine CROWLEY, was born 29 Jul 1889 in Norfolk, Madison County, Nebraska.  They were the parents of Julia, Wilma, Arnold P., Joseph A., Mary J. and Veronica.  Johannah died on 18 Jan 1968 in Norfolk, Madison County, Nebraska, a few days after the death of her sister Rosa.  Andrew died 10 Dec 1973.  Joahnnah and Andrew are buried at St. Paul Catholic Cemetery in Plainview, Pierce County, Nebraska.
3) William HUTFLESS was born 6 Apr 1899 in Nebraska.  According to the California Death Index, William died 21 Jan 1988 in Sonoma County, California.

Obituaries for Julia and William and their daughters Rosa and Johannah

4. Charles HOFFMANN, Sr. was born17 Jan 1865 in Peurbach, Lower Austria.  Charles immigrated to the United States with his  parents and siblings, arriving at the Port of New York City on 27 May 1871.  On 28 Dec 1890 Charles married Franciska / Frances HAHN in Pierce, Pierce County, Nebraska.  Franciska, a daughter of Joseph and Margareta HAHN, was born 19 Dec 1869 in Bavaria.  Charles died 24 Feb 1961 in Pierce County; Franciska died 25 Mar 1935 in Pierce County.  Both of them are buried at St. Joseph Cemetery in Pierce, Pierce County, Nebraska.

My Mother had a newpaper clipping from the Omaha World-Herald in her genealogy folder about the "Oldest farmer contest". The heading read: 80 Years of Farming Good for Third Place in Contest. Charles HOFFMANN is the second subject in the article (date unknown).

     Charles Hoffmann, Sr., was born in Austria, January 17, 1865, and came to Pierce County, Nebraska in 1871 with his parents, Kasper and Johanna Hoffmann. They took up a homestead on the North Fork River and he's lived there ever since.  At the age of 7 he led the oxen while his father held the plow that broke the prairie sod.  The four hundred cultivated acres on his farm all were broken originally with oxen or horses, although all the farming today is with tractors. Mr. Hoffmann now operates the farm on a share basis with two sons, Raymond and Sylvester, under the name of Charles Hoffmann, Sr., & Sons. Mr. Hoffmann, Sr., acts as secretary and treasurer of the partnership. His pride and joy is his museum.  He has a room of his home devoted to his personal collection of relics, many picked up on his own farm, and mementoes gathered on trips around the country. He has devoted much time to community activities.  He helped organize and build the Catholic Church and parochial school in Pierce.  He helped organize the co-operative creamery in Pierce and farmers' grain elevators at Pierce and Hadar.  He has been on the School Board in his district (No. 7) since he was 21 years old and is its treasurer. One thing he's especially proud of--he's voted in every election since he was old enough.

Obituaries for Charles / Carl HOFFMANN and Franciska HAHN HOFFMANN

Charles and Franciska had the following children:

1) Sophia HOFFMANN was born Sep 1891 in Nebraska.  She married James TOMEK.  Sophia died in 1983 and is buried at St. Joseph Cemetery in Pierce, Pierce County, Nebraska.
2) Carl HOFFMANN was born 22 Jan 1893 in Nebraska.  He married Sophia THEISEN.  She was born 9 Apr 1899.  Carl died Nov 1967; Sophia died 2 Apr 1946.
3) Agatha HOFFMANN was born Feb 1895 in Nebraska.  She married Frank WEBER.
4) Matilda Julia HOFFMANN was born 28 Mar 1896 in Nebraska.  Matilda married Joseph William FEHRINGER on 5 Jan 1926 in Pierce, Pierce County, Nebraska.  Joseph William, a son of Nicholas FEHRINGER and Christina Amelia GERMAN, was born 8 Apr 1891.  Matilda died 3 May 1990; Joseph died 8 Dec 1967 and is buried in Bloomfield, Knox County, Nebraska.
5) Agnes V. HOFFMANN was born 21 Jan 1891 in Nebraska.  She died 8 Jan 1980 and is buried at St. Joseph Cemetery in Pierce, Pierce County, Nebraska.
6) Andrew HOFFMANN was born about 1901 in Nebraska.  He married Mary FRANCIS, daughter of Isaac FRANCIS on 15 Jun 1926.
7) Berthold HOFFMANN was born about 1903 in Nebraska.  He married Clara MUELLER on 27 Aug 1935.
8) Sylvester HOFFMANN was born 19 Dec 1904 in Nebraska.  He died 5 Jun 1976 and is buried in the St. Joseph Cemetery in Pierce, Pierce County, Nebraska.
9) Raymond C. HOFFMANN was born 2 Feb 1907 in Nebraska.  Raymond was a Private in the U.S. Army during World War II.  He died 7 Jan 1981 and is buried in the St. Joseph Cemetery in Pierce, Pierce County, Nebraska.
10) Franciska / Frances HOFFMANN.  According to the 1910 U.S. Census for Pierce County, Nebraska, Franciska / Frances was born about 1909 in Nebraska.  Her father's obituary named her as Frances (Larsen).  There is a tombstone in the St. Joseph Cemetery in Pierce for a Frances M. LARSON.  She was a 1st Lieutenant in the U.S. Army during the 2nd World War.  She was born 23 Feb 1909 and died 15 Apr 1992.
11) Julia HOFMANN was born about 1911 in Nebraska.



August WIESER and Mary KOHLER / KOLLER
August WIESER was born 24 Aug 1824 in Kurzschwarza, Austria.  He married Mary KOHLER on 6 Jul 1847 in Langschwarza, Austria. Mary was born 2 Nov 1822 in Kurzschwarza; she was a daughter of  Michael KOLLER/KOHLER and Theresia OBERBAUER.  August and Mary immigrated from Austria to the United States on 16 July 1870 with their children Marie, Anna, Michael, Johann, Victoria, Vincent and Franz.  They arrived at the Port of Baltimore, Maryland, aboard the ship Berlin.  The WIESER family first settled in Wisconsin and later came to the St. Mary's community in Platte county, Nebraska, around 1873.  August died 11 Jul 1906 at St. Mary's, Platte County, Nebraska; Mary  died 1 May 1896 at St. Mary's; both are buried at St. Mary of the Angels cemetery, St. Mary's, Nebraska.

Just a short time after their arrival in the United States, August and his family were enumerated in the 1870 U.S. census in Dane County, Wisconsin:

1870 U.S. Census, Wisconsin, Dane County, Town of Vermont, Post Office Black Earth, page 28
25 July 1870
(should probably be Dwelling 188, family 188)
Wieser, August, age 45, male, white, farmer, born Austria, father and mother of foreign birth
Wieser, Mary, age 45, female, white, born Austria, father and mother of foreign birth, can read and write
Wieser, Mary age 20, female, white, born Austria, father and mother of foreign birth
Wieser, Anna, age 17, female, white, born Austria, father and mother of foreign birth
Wieser, Michael, age 15, male, white, born Austria, father and mother of foreign birth
Wieser, Johan, age 12, male, white, born Austria, father and mother of foreign birth
Wieser, Victoria, age 10, female, white, born Austria, father and mother of foreign birth
Wieser, Vincenz, age 4, male, white, born Austria, father and mother of foreign birth
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Dwelling 188, family 188
Wieser, Frank, age 1, male, white, born Austria, father and mother of foreign birth

Enumerated in the dwelling just ahead of August was his sister Francisca Pfeiffer with her children Johan A., Frank and Mary.  Enumerated in the two dwellings following were Joseph and Therese WILHOLM (WIDHALM) and John and Fredrika OLMAR (OLMER).

1880 U.S. census, Nebraska, Platte County, Stearns Precinct, ED 92, page 9, 8 June 1880
Dwelling 74, family 74
Weiser, August, age 57, married, farmer, born Austria, parents born Austria
Weiser, Mrs. Mary, age 65, wife, married, keeping house, born Austria, parents born Austria
Weiser, Michael, age 24, son, single, at home, born Austria, parents born Austria
Weiser, Victoria, age 16, daughter, single, at home, born Austria, parents born Austria
Weiser, Frank J., age 11, son, single, at home, born Austria, parents born Austria

1900 U.S. census, Nebraska, Platte County, Grand Prairie Township, ED 163, sheet 2B, 8 June 1900
Dwelling 29, family 29
Wieser, August, head, born Aug 1824, age 75, widowed, born Austria, parents born Austria, immigrated 1870, naturalized, farmer

Marriage Contract for August WIESER and Anna Maria KOLLER
Ship Manifest  for August WIESER family


1. Mary / Maria J. WIESER was born 21 Jun 1850 in Kurzschwarza, Austria. Mary Wieser & John BraunMary immigrated with her parents from Austria in July 1870, first settling in Dane County, Wisconsin.  She married my great granduncle John BRAUN on 30 Jun 1874 in Platte County, Nebraska. John was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on 27 Feb 1849, a son of  John Peter BRAUN and Anna Marie SCHRODER. Maria died 11 Apr 1920 in Humphrey, Platte County,  Nebraska; John died 3 Dec 1929 in Humphrey; both of them are buried at St. Mary of the Angels, St. Mary's,  Platte County, Nebraska.

(More about my BRAUN Family)

2. Anna WIESER was born about 1853.  She was 17 years old when she immigrated with her parents from Austria in July 1870.  She was enumerated with her parents in the 1870 U.S. census for Dane County, Wisconsin.

3. Michael WIESER was born 3 Sep 1856 in Kurzschwarza, Austria.  He immigrated in July 1870 with his parents who first settled in Wisconsin, then later moved to Platte County, Nebraska in 1873. He married my great grandaunt Walburga ZACH on 22 Feb 1881 at St. Mary's, Platte County, Nebraska. Walburga was born  14 Feb 1858 in Kurzschwarza, Austria, a daughter of Ignatz ZACH and Maria PFEIFER. Michael died 16 Apr 1912; Walburga died 25 Sep 1915, a few days after she was thrown from a horse; both are buried at St. Mary of the Angels Cemetery.

(More about my ZACH Family)

1) Anna Marie WIESER was born 25 Jun 1882 in Humphrey, Platte County, Nebraska.  Anna married William Leopold DITTRICK on 6 Oct 1906 or 3 Oct 1906 at St. Mary's, Platte County, Nebraska. William was born 30 Apr 1878 in Humphrey, a son of William DITTRICK and Juliana ZIMMERMANN. Anna died 19 Sep 1971 in Norfolk, Madison County, Nebraska and is buried at Battle Creek in Madison County; William died 17 Sep 1966 in Norfolk.

(1) George William DITTRICK was born 16 Jul 1907 on a farm near Meadow Grove, Nebraska. He married Leona Martha SPRAGUE 14 Jul 1936 at Sacred Heart Parish in  Norfolk, Madison County, Nebraska. Leona was born 24 Nov 1911, a daughter of Carlton Guy SPRAGUE and Mary Elizabeth BORN. George died 2 Dec 1978 in Norfolk, Nebraska; Leona died 26 Oct 1987 in Norfolk, Nebraska.

(2) Eleanor Marie DITTRICK

(3) John Michael DITTRICK was born 29 Jan 1912 on a farm near Meadow Grove, Nebraska.  He married Simonne I. SIROIS on 25 Jun 1935 in St. John's in Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska. Simonne was born 13 Jul 1911 on a farm near Jefferson, South Dakota. She was a daughter of  John Baptist SIROIS and Bertha CHIQUOIN. John died 20 Feb 1991 in Great Neck, New York; Simonne died 10 Mar 1983 in Great Neck, New York.

(4) Leo Joseph DITTRICK was born 16 Mar 1914 on a farm neea Meadow Grove, Nebraska.  He married Lauretta Elizabeth KLEFFNER, a daughter of John KLEFFNER and Mary KORTH.  Leo died 19 Apr 1983 in Tilden, Nebraska.

(5) Cecelia Kathryn DITTRICK

(6) Lucille Margaret DITTRICK.  According to the Social Security Death Index Lucille was born 21 Dec 1921 and died Feb 1996.  She married Joseph R. ARKFELD.

2) Marie Therese/Mary Teckla WIESER was born 22 Sep 1884 at St. Mary's, Platte County, Nebraska; she died 1 Apr 1898 and is buried at St. Mary of the Angels Cemetery.

3) Johanna/Juliana Walburga WIESER was born 20 Feb 1887 at St. Mary's in Platte County, Nebraska. She died 22 Aug 1887 and is buried at St. Mary of the Angels Cemetery.

4) August WIESER was born 8 Aug 1888 in St. Mary's, Platte County, Nebraska. August married Anna Elizabeth BROCKHAUS on 19 Apr 1910 at St. Francis Assisi Church in Humphrey, Platte County, Nebraska.  Anna was a daughter of Joseph BROCKHAUS and Josephine FANGMAN.  She was born 18 Apr 1889.  August died 19 Jan 1964 in South Dakota; Anna died 31 May 1983.  They are buried at St. Nicholas Cemetery near Rosholt, Roberts County, South Dakota.

1930 U.S. Census, South Dakota, Roberts County, White Rock Township, ED 39, sheet 6A
Dwelling 114, family 117
Wieser, August, head, age 42, married, age 22 when first married, born Nebraska, parents born Luxembourg, farm operator, general farm
Wieser, Anna E., wife, age 43, married, age 21 when first married, born Nebraska, father born Wisconsin, mother born Kentucky
Wieser, Michael W., son, age 18, single, born Nebrsaka, parents born Nebraska, laborer, farm
Wieser, Mathilda V., daughter, age 16, single, born Nebrsaka, parents born Nebraska
Wieser, Lawrence E., son, age 14, single, born Nebrsaka, parents born Nebraska
Wieser, Raymond E., son, age 13, single, born Nebrsaka, parents born Nebraska
Wieser, Anthony A., son, age 11, single, born Nebrsaka, parents born Nebraska
Wieser, Victor A., son, age 10, single, born Nebrsaka, parents born Nebraska
Wieser, Lucille M., daughter, age 8, single, born South Dakota, parents born Nebraska
Wieser, Fred J., son, age 7, single, born South Dakota, parents born Nebraska
Wieser, Helen E., daughter, age 5, single, born South Dakota, parents born Nebraska
Wieser, Ralph H., son, age 2 6/12, single, born South Dakota, parents born Nebraska
Wieser, Andrew V. son, age 6/12, single, born South Dakota, parents born Nebraska

August and Anna were the parents of Josephine, Michael, Mathilda, Lawrence, Raymond, Anthony, Victor, Lucille, Ferdinand, Joseph, Helen, Dorothy, Ralph and Andrew.

5) Edward Ignatius WIESER was born 12 Oct 1890 in the St. Mary's Community in Platte County, Nebraska.  He married Johanna / Gertrude BROCKHAUS on 23 May 1913 at St. Francis Church in Humphrey, Platte County, Nebraska.  Johnann was a daughter of Joseph and Josephine FANGMAN BROCKHAUS.  She was born 18 Nov 1890.  Johanna died on 24 Nov 1918, a few days after the birth of their fourth child.  She is buried at St. Mary of the Angels Cemetery in Platte County, Nebraska.  My Mother's genealogy notes indicate that my grandaunt Mary ZACH, a cousin of Edward, went to live with the family after the death of Johanna.  They all later moved to Rosholt, Roberts County, South Dakota.

Edward and Johanna had the following children:

(1)  Evelyn M. WIESER.was born 14 April 1914.  She married Aloysius / Alois J. HOFFMANN on 17 November 1936.  Alois was a son of Julius HOFFMANN and Anna nee POLT.  Alois died 23 Aug 1961 and is buried at St. Joseph Cemetery, Pierce, Pierce county, Nebraska.  Evelyn is my second cousin once removed; Alois is my fourth cousin once removed.

Social Security Death Index
ALOIS A WIESER, born 11 Jul 1915, died 14 Mar 1990, last residence (not specified), last benefit (none specified), SSN 501-38-5454, issued North Dakota

(2)  Aloysius WIESER was born 11 July 1915.  He married Lucille MAHLER.  Aloysius died 14 March 1990.
(3)  William WIESER was born 9 June 1917.  He married Georgia WARD.
(4)  Joseph Francis WIESER was born 24 November 1918 in Nebraska.  He married Evely EICHORN.  Joseph died 18 February 1999 in Wilkin County, Minnesota.

Social Security Death Index
JOSEPH F WIESER, born 24 Nov 1918, died 18 Feb 1999 (V), last residence 56520 (Breckenridge, Wilkin, MN), last benefit (none specified), SSN 501-38-5978, issued North Dakota

Minnesota Death Certificates Index, http://people.mnhs.org/dci/Search.cfm
WIESER, JOSEPH FRANCIS
Date of Birth:  24 Nov 1918; Place of Birth:  NEBRASKA
Mother Maiden Name:  BROCKHAUS
certid# 1999-MN-004122
Date of Death:  18 Feb 1999; County of Death: WILKIN


6) Vincent Johann WIESER ws born 21 Jan 1893 in the St. Mary's Community in Platte County, Nebraska.  He died 13 Apr 1898 and is buried in the St. Mary's Cemetery.

7) Cecilia Victoria WIESER was born 17 November 1896 in Nebraska.  She married Joseph Peter FUCHS on 10 February 1920 in St. Mary of the Angels Church in rural Platte County, Nebraska.  Joseph was a son of Ferdinand FUCHS and Elizabeth nee BROCKHAUS.

8) Vincent Joseph WIESER was born 31 March 1899 in the St. Mary's community, south of Humphrey, Platte County, Nebraska.  On 15 June 1920 he married Wilhelmina / Minnie nee KOPETSKY, daughter of Joseph KOPTESKY and Julia BROWNER.  Wilhelmina was born 25 October 1900 in Columbus, Platte County, Nebraska.  Vincent died 25 February 1978; Wilhelmina died 18 January 1973.  Both are buried at St. Mary's Cemetery, Platte County, Nebraska.

9) Catherine Bertha WIESER was born 19 April 1901 in the St. Mary's community near Humphrey, Platte County, Nebraska.  She married Ferdinand Anthony BROCKHAUS on 28 November 1922 in St. Mary of the Angels Church, in the St. Mary's community.  Ferdinand was a son of Joseph BROCKHAUS and Josephine nee FANGMANN.  Ferdinand died 24 Dec 1960; Catherine died 5 March 1968.  Both are buried at St. Nicholas Cemetery, rural Rosholt, Roberts County, South Dakota.

1930 U.S. census, Nebraska, Platte County, Grand Prairie Township, ED 14, sheet 7A, 14 April 1930
Dwelling 116, family 118
Brockhaus, Ferdinand A., head, age 30, married, age 22 when first married, born Nebraska, father born Wisconsin, mother born Nebraska, farmer, general farm
Brockhaus, Kathryn B., wife, age 28, married, age 21 when first married, born Nebraska, parents born Austria
Brockhaus, Arthur E., son, age 4 0/12, single, born Nebraska, parents born Nebraska
Brockhaus, Anna M., daughter, age 2 ?/12, single, born Nebraska, parents born Nebraska
Brockhaus, Margaret J., daughter, age 1/12, single, born Nebraska, parents born Nebraska

Ferdinand and Catherine also had a daughter Dorothy Cecilia, born 6 January 1924, died 13 April 1925.  She is buried at St. Mary of the Angels Cemetery, located about 3 miles south of Humphrey, Platte County, Nebraska.

4. Johann \ John WIESER was born about 1858.  He was 12 years old when he immigrated to the United States in July 1870 with his parents.  He was enumerated with his parents in the 1870 U.S. census in Dane County, Wisconsin, town of Vermont. 

Wieser, Johan, age 12, male, white, born Austria, father and mother of foreign birth

He was not listed with his parents in the 1880 U.S. census in Stearns Precinct, near Humphrey, Platte County, Nebraska, but by this time he would have been about 22 years old and may have left his parents' home.

I currently have no other information about John.

5. Victoria WIESER was born 22 December 1862 in Kurzschwarza, Austria.  She immigrated with her parents to the United States in July 1870.  Her family first settled in Dane County, Wisconsin, and later moved to Platte County, Nebraska.  On 6 February 1882 Victoria married Clemenz / Clemens WEMHOFF in the St. Mary of the Angels Church, near Humphrey, Platte County, Nebraska.  Clemenz was a son of Bernhard Philip WEMHOFF and Anna nee HALLESKE / HALLEKE.  Victoria died 4 May 1941; Clemenz died 29 October 1930.  Both are buried at St. Mary's Cemetery, Platte County, Nebraska.

Children of Clemenz and Victoria WIESER WEMHOFF:

Johann Joseph / John Joseph WEMHOFF was born 4 Feb 1883 in the St. Mary's Community, Platte County, Nebraska.  He married Mary Caroline BROCKHAUS on 1 May 1906 in St. Francis Church in Humphrey, Platte County, Nebraska.  Mary Caroline was a daughter of Joseph and Josephine FANGMAN BROCKHAUS, born 19 May 1887.  They moved to Cottonwood, Idaho.  John died 16 Nov 1944; Mary died Jan 1976.
Maria Apollonia WEMHOFF was born 9 Aug 1884.  On 10 Feb 1904 she married Stephen Nicholas FOLTZ at St. Mary of the Angels Church, 3 miles south of Humphrey, Platte County, Nebraska.  Stephen was a son of Henry and Gertrude GERMAN FOLTZ, born 19 Apr 1882.
Aloysius Augustus WEMHOFF was born 1 Jun 1886 in Nebraska.  He married Susanna Ida HEINEN on 6 Sep 1910 at St. Mary of the Angels Church in the St. Mary commuity south of Humphrey, Platte County, Nebraska.  Susanna was a daughter of John and Philomena OSTERHOFF HEINEN.  They moved to Cottonwood, Idaho around 1913-1915.  Aloysius deid 11 Oct 1962; Susanna Ida died 21 Jan 1972.

1930 U.S. census, Idaho, Idaho County, Cottonwood Precinct, ED 7, sheet 2A, 10/12 April 1930
Dwelling 23, family 23
Wemhoff, Alois A., head, age 43, married, age 24 when first married, born Nebraska, father born Germany, mother born Austria, farmer, general farm
Wemhoff, Ida S., wife, age 39, married, age 19 when first married, born Nebraska, father born Germany, mother born Ohio
Wemhoff, Marcella M., daughter, age 18, single, born Nebraska, parents born Nebraska
Wemhoff, Verona P., daughter, age 17, single, born Nebraska, parents born Nebraska
Wemhoff, Sylvester J., son, age 15, single, born Idaho, parents born Nebraska
Wemhoff, Isabella M., daughter, age 14, single, born Idaho, parents born Nebraska
Wemhoff, Rose Mary, daughter, age 12, single, born Idaho, parents born Nebraska
Wemhoff, Cletus H., son, age 10, single, born Idaho, parents born Nebraska
Wemhoff, Gilbert J., son, age 8, single, born Idaho, parents born Nebraska
Wemhoff, Alma R., daughter, age 5, single, born Idaho, parents born Nebraska
Wemhoff, Lorrain K., daughter, age 3 7/12, single, born Idaho, parents born Nebraska
Wemhoff, Maurice A., son, age 4/12, single, born Idaho, parents born Nebraska

Victoria Maria WEMHOFF was born 12 Jan 1888 in the St. Mary's community south of Humphrey, Platte County, Nebraska.  On 8 Jun 1909 she married Christian C. GREISEN in the St. Mary of the Angels Church.  Victoria died in 1965.
Josephina WEMHOFF was born 8 Apr 1890 in the St. Mary's community south of Humphrey, Platte County, Nebraska.  Josephina married Francis Anton / Tony HEINEN on 1 Sep 1914 in the St. Mary of the Angels Church south of Humphrey, Nebraska.  Francis Anton was a son of John and Philomena OSTERHOFF HEINEN.  Josephina died 19 Mar 1967; Francis died 4 Oct 1957.  Both are buried at St. Francis Assisi Cemetery in Humphrey, Nebraska.

Biography from St. Francis Church, Humphrey, Nebraska, Centennial Book
Francis ANTON, b Nov 18, 1892. [Son of John Heinen and Philomena Osterhoff.] He became known as Anton or just Tony. He grew up on the family farm east of Humphrey and received his education at St. Francis. He married Josephine Wemhoff on Sep 1, 1914, at St. Mary's Church. She was born on Apr 8, 1890, the daughter of Clemens Wemhoff and Victoria Wieser. She grew up on the family farm in the St. Mary's community and received her education there. After their marriage, they settled on his father's farm, which they later passed on to their son Ted. They were very active in their parish and community. Tony may be remembered for his butchering abilities and was usually in charge of the meat at the parish bazaar. Anton farmed east of Humphrey until 1953 when they moved to Humphrey and lived across from the St. Francis parking lot. Anton died on Oct 4 1947 and Josephine died on Mar 19 1967; both are buried at St. Francis. They were the parents of 12 children...
page 133-134

Wilhelm Philipp WEMHOFF was born 5 Mar 1893.  On 26 Jul 1922 he was ordained Father Theodore, O.F.M.  He died 19 Mar 1967 and is buried in the St. Mary of the Angels Cemetery, south of Humphrey, Platte County, Nebraska.
Maria Clara WEMHOFF was born 28 Mar 1894.  She married John Frank FEHRINGER on 23 Jan 1917 in the St. Mary of the Angels Church, south of Humphrey, Platte County, Nebraska.  John was a son of George and Kate GERMAN FEHRINGER.  After their marriage they settled in Peetz, Logan County, Colorado.  Mary Clara died 14 Feb 1985; John died 4 Jul 1973.  Both are buried in Peetz, Colorado.

Excerpt from: The Fehringers Come to Peetz
In August 1916 John Frank Fehringer and his father, George Fehringer of the St. Mary's Comunity near Humphrey, Nebraska came west to Colorado looking for land. They had heard that land was good and was not nearly so expensive as in Platte County, Nebraska so they came to find out. John was planning to marry soon and it was necessary to find a home before that.
They found a suitable location three miles west of Peetz and so on January 23, 1917 John married Clara Wemhoff at St. Mary's Church and brought her to the treeless tableland as a bride. They came to live on this place that was their home for fifty-five years where eleven of their thirteen children were born.

Biographical sketches in what appears to be a history of Logan County Colorado. Date of history book currently unknown. Copies of biographies obtained by Gerald (Jerry) Thomas of Fremont, NE. (1997)

1930 U.S. census, Colorado, Logan county, Peetz, ED 40, sheet 2B, 10 Apr 1930
Dwelling 47, family 47
Fehringer, John, head, age 37, married, age 24 at first marriage, born Nebraska, father born Indiana, mother born Illinois, farmer, general farming
Fehringer, Clara, wife, age 36, married, age 23 at first marriage, born Nebraska, parent born Germany
Fehringer, Esther, daughter, age 11, single, born Colorado, parents born Nebraska
Fehringer, Jerome, son, age 10, single, born Colorado, parents born Nebraska
Fehringer, Louis, son, age 8, single, born Colorado, parents born Nebraska
Fehringer, Irwin, son, age 7, single, born Colorado, parents born Nebraska
Fehringer, Mary Ann, daughter, age 6, single, born Colorado, parents born Nebraska
Fehringer, Dorthy, daughter, age 4 6/12, single, born Colorado, parents born Nebraska
Fehringer, Cathrine, daughter, age 1 ?/12, single, born Colorado, parents born Nebraska
Fehringer, George, lodger, age 17, single, born Nebraska, father born Indiana, mother born Illinois, laborer, farming

Clemens Philipp WEMHOFF was born 4 Jun 1896 in St.Mary's community south of Humphrey, Platte County, Nebraska.  He married Agnes Catherine SEUBERT on 9 Jun 1925 in Cottonwood, Idaho.  Clemens died 9 Apr 1992; Agnes died 25 Jan 2001.

1930 U.S. census, Idaho, Idaho County, Cottonwood Precinct, ED 7, sheet 2A, 10/12 April 1930
Dwelling 22, family 22
Wemhoff, Clemens P., head, age 32, married, age 28 when first married, born Nebraska, father born Germany, mother born Austria, farmer, general farm
Wemhoff, Agnes C., wife, age 26, married, age 21 when first married, born Idaho, father born Wisconsin, mother born Illinois,
Wemhoff, May Ann, daughter, age 1 2/12, single, born Idaho, father born Nebraska, mother born Idaho

Catharina Theresia WEMHOFF was born 10 Oct 1898 in the St. Mary's community, south of Humphrey, Platte County, Nebraska.  On 5 May 1920 she married Bernard / Barney  BROCKHAUS, a son of Frank and Johanna FUCHS BROCKHAUS.  Bernard was born 10 Feb 1896.  Catherina died 13 Nov 1973 and is buried in the St. Francis Assisi Cemetery in Humphrey, Nebraska.  Bernard died Mar 1974.

1930 U.S. census, Nebraska, Platte County, Humphrey, ED 19, sheet 3A, 12 April 1930
Dwelling 82, family 83
Brockhaus, Bernard, head, age 34, married, age 24 at first marriage, born Nebraska, father born Wisconsin, mother born Austria, farmer, general farm
Brockhaus, Tressa, wife, age 31, married, age 21 at first marriage, born Nebraska, father born Germany, mother born Austria
Brockhaus, Jerome, son, age 8, single, born Nebraska, parents born Nebraska
Brockhaus, Loraine, daughter, age 6, single, born Nebraska, parents born Nebraska
Brockhaus, Doretta, daughter, age 5, single, born Nebraska, parents born Nebraska
Brockhaus, Kathleen, daughter, age 3 1/12, single, born Nebraska, parents born Nebraska
Brockhaus, George, son, age 1 2/12, single, born Nebraska, parents born Nebraska

Anna Lucia / Lucy Ann WEMHOFF was born 24 Nov 1900 in Nebraska.  She married John RIST on 5 Feb 1929 in the St. Mary of the Angels Church, south of Humphrey, Platte County, Nebraska.  John was born 5 Dec, 1889 in Germany.  Lucy died 27 Mar 1983; John died Oct 1968.

1930 U.S. census, Nebraska, Platte County, Grand Prairie Township, ED 14, sheet 6A, 11 April 1930
Dwelling 100, family 102
Rist, John, head, age 39, married, age 38 at first marriage, born Germany, parents born Germany, immigrated 1906, naturalized, farmer, general farm
Rist, Lucy M., wife, age 29, married, age 28 at first marriage, born Nebraska, father born Germany, mother born Austria

Mathilda M., / Tillie WEMHOFF was born 28 Jan 1903.  She married Vincent John ZACH on 21 Sep 1926 in the St. Mary of the Angels Church, south of Humphrey, Platte County, Nebraska.  Vincent was a son of Vincent John and Bertha Mary DITTRICK ZACH, born 26 Jul 1902.  Vincent is my first cousin twice removed, related through my ZACH line.  Mathilda died 29 Jul 1979; Vincent died 21 Sep 1995 at Humphrey, Platte County, Nebraska.
Albert Henry WEMHOFF was born 30 Jul 1905.  On 10 Sep 1929 he married Camilia SCHUMACHER in Raeville, Boone County, Nebraska.  Albert died 28 May 1976 and is buried in the St. Francis Assisi Cemetery in Humphrey, Platte County, Nebraska,
George John WEMHOFF was born 22 Feb 1908.  He first married Agatha Van DYKE on 6 Sep 1932 in St. Bernard, Platte County, Nebraska.  Agatha died 14 Jan 1941 and is buried in the St. Mary of the Angel's Cemetery, south of Humphrey, Platte County, Nebraska.  After Agatha's death George married Sylvia Catherine MICEK on 4 May 1943 at St. Francis Assisi Church in Humphrey, Nebraska.  Sylvia was an adopted daughter of John and Marie HALMICH MICEK, born 10 Oct 1918 in New York.  John died 29 Sep 1978; Sylvia died 18 Apr 2008.  Both are buried in the St. Francis Assisi Cemetery in Humphrey.

6. Vincent WIESER was born 14 December 1865 in Kurzschwarza Austria.  He immigrated with his parents to the United States in July 1870, first settling in Dane County, Wisconsin.  The WIESER family later moved to Platte County, Nebraska.  Vincent married Mary BROCKHAUS on 21 June 1887 in St. Francis of Assisi Church in Humphrey, Platte County, Nebraska.  Mary was a daughter of Gehard Henry BROCKHAUS and Anna Gertrude nee SOMMERS.  She was born 20 April 1869 near Green Bay, Wisconsin.  Vincent died 7 January 1943; Mary died 5 May 1953.  Both are buried in the St. Mary's Cemetery, Platte County, Nebraska.

Children of Vincent and Mary BROCKHAUS WIESER

Mary / Anna Maria WIESER was born 25 Apr 1888.  She married Theodore Pacific WEMHOFF, son of Joseph WEMHOFF and Apollonia nee KRENZ, on 18 Feb 1908 in St. Mary of the Angel's Church, Platte County, Nebraska.  Theodore was born 25 Sep 1885.  Anna Maria died 7 Nov 1967; Theodore died 15 Nov 1961.  Both are buried in St. Mary of the Angel's cemetery south of Humphrey in Platte County, Nebraska.  They were the parents of:

Leonard WEMHOFF was born 30 Jul 1910 in Platte County, Nebraska. He married Rose ROLLMAN on 3 Sep 1934. Leonard died 15 Dec 1999 and is buried at St. Bonaventure Cemetery in Columbus, Platte County, Nebraska.
Vincent Joseph WEMHOFF was born 18 Jan 1922 in Humphrey, Platte County, Nebraska.  He married Leila SHORT on 28 Dec 1946 in Webster City, Iowa.  Vincent died 26 Sep 2008 in Moberly, Missouri, and is buried at St. Francis Assisi Cemetery in Humphrey, Nebraska.
Alfreda Amelia / Faye WEMHOFF was born 30 Jun 1925.  She married Felix KRINGS.
Sister Ann WEMHOFF, OSF., was born 2 Nov 1932 in Humphrey, Platte County, Nebraska.  She died 21 Nov 2007 in Moberly, Missouri, and is buried at St. Mary of the Angels cemetery, south of Humphrey, Nebraska.

Frank Vincent WIESER

John Henry WIESER was born 25 Jul 1892.  On 20 Oct 1914 he married Elizabeth RUHKAMP in Hanover, Kansas.  Elizabeth was born 3 Sep 1891 in Kansas, a daughter of Henry Bernard RUHKAMP and Anna nee AUSTRUP.  John died 8 Nov 1950; Elizabeth died 16 Nov 1950.  Both are buried in the St. Mary of the Angels cemetery, a few miles south of Humphrey, Platte County, Nebraska.
John and Elizabeth were the parents of:

Lambert Vincent WIESER was born 14 Oct 1915 in the St. Mary's community in Platte County, Nebrsaka.

SECOND LIEUTENANT LAMBERT V. WIESER
Second Lieutenant Lambert V. Wieser was born in the St. Mary's community, Grand Prairie Township, on October 55 (sic), 1915, and died in Germany on October 14, 1944, from wounds received in battle.
He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. John H. Wieser of the St. Mary's community in Grand Prairie Township, and was the second son of the family to give his life while in the service of his country in World War II. Lambert was one of a family of fourteen children. A brother, Technical Sergeant Richard Wieser, was killed in action in France on July 17, 1944, and a brother, Ralph, and a sister, Julianne, died in infancy. His other brothers were: George Wieser of Cheyenne, Wyoming; Fred Wieser of Hanford, Washington; and Arthur and Maurice Wieser of the St. Mary's community, Grand Prairie Township. His sisters were: Misses Walburga and Edna Wieser of Denver, Colorado; and Agnes, Philomene, Josephine, and Viola of Grand Prairie Township.
Lambert V. Wieser was graduated from St. Mary's Parochial School of Grand Prairie Township, located southeast of Humphrey, Nebraska. After completing his school course, he assisted his father on the farm until 1938 when he went to St. Charles, Illinois, where he was employed for four years.
He enlisted in the United States Army on May 1, 1942. and received his basic training at Fort Lewis, Washington. Second Lieutenant Lambert V. Wieser went overseas in September, 1943, with an armored division, and took part in the Normandy invasion. He also saw service in Holland, Belgium, and Germany. He was advanced in rating twice while on overseas duty. He died on October 14, 1944, from wounds received in action in Germany on October 11. 1944. He was buried overseas.
Memorial services for Second Lieutenant Lambert V. Wieser were held at 9:00 a.m., November 53, 1944, at St. Mary of the Angels Catholic Church in Grand Prairie Township, with Reverend Pascal Rollman, O.F,M., pastor, celebrant of the Requiem Mass, and the Foltz-Zuerlein Post, American Legion of Humphrey, Nebraska, in charge of the military rite.
Online Source: The History of Platte County Nebraska by Margaret Curry, 1950
http://www.usgennet.org/usa/ne/topic/resources/OLLibrary/Platte/pages/heros/hpcn0185.htm#lvwiesr

Richard Henry WIESER

Richard Henry Wieser - Normandy, France
Headstone of Technical Sergeant Richard H. WIESER
Normandy, France
Photo courtesy of Ruth Caddy Vyhlida, October 2008
(See Ruth's Guestbook entry dated 21 October 2008)

TECHNICAL SERGEANT RICHARD H. WIESER
Technical Sergeant Richard H. Wieser was born in St. Mary's community, Grand Prairie Township, on February 5, 1917, and was killed in action in France on July 17, 1944.
He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. John H. Wieser of the St. Mary's community in Grand Prairie Township, and was one of a family of fourteen children, of whom four brothers and six sisters are living. A brother and a sister died in infancy, and a brother, Lieutenant Lambert V. Wieser, was killed in action in Germany on October 14, 1944.
Richard H. Wieser attended St. Mary's Parochial School in Grand Prairie Township. After finishing his work there, he enrolled in the Franciscan College at Hinsdale, Illinois, where he studied for one year. He then returned to Grand Prairie Township and assisted his father on the Wieser farm until he entered the armed forces in March, 1941.
After receiving his training at the various camps in this country, he was assigned to Company M, One Hundred Thirty-fourth Infantry, Thirty-fifth Division, and arrived in England in May, 1944. He was killed in action during the invasion of France on July 17, 1944. He was buried overseas.
Memorial services for Technical Sergeant Richard H. Wieser were held at St. Mary of the Angels Catholic Church in Grand Prairie Township at 9:00 am., Wednesday, August 23, 1944, with Reverend Pascal Rollman, O.F.M., pastor, as celebrant of the Requiem Mass, and Foltz-Zuerlein Post of the American Legion of Humphrey in charge of the military rite.
Online Source: The History of Platte County Nebraska by Margaret Curry, 1950
http://www.usgennet.org/usa/ne/topic/resources/OLLibrary/Platte/pages/heros/hpcn0185.htm#rhwieser

Walburga Mary WIESER
George Clement WIESER
Frederick Francis WIESER was born 19 Jul 1921 in Nebraska.  He died 30 Apr 1981 in Alameda County, California.
Arthur Joseph WIESER
Edna Agnes WIESER
Ralph Henry WIESER was born 31 Mar 1924.  He died 2 Nov 1930 and is buried in the St. Mary of the Angels cemetery a few miles south of Humphrey, Platte County, Nebraska.
Agnes Amelia WIESER
Josephine Clara WIESER
Philomene Apollonia WIESER
Viola Barbara WIESER
Maurice Ignatz WIESER
Juliana Emma WIESER was born 27 Mar 1932 and died 18 Mar 1934.  She is buried in the St. Mary of the Angels cemetery, a few miles southeast of Humphrey, Platte County, Nebraska.

Henry August WIESER
Agnes Maria WIESER
Clara Maria WIESER
Joseph Clemens WIESER
Frances Elizabeth WIESER
Barbara Ann WIESER
Frances Eleanore WIESER
Frederick Stephen WIESER


7. Franz \ Frank WIESER was born 8 January 1869 in Kurzschwarza Austria.  He was a few months old when he immigrated to the United States with his parents, first settling in Dane County, Wisconsin.  He later moved with his family to Platte County, Nebraska.


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