S: Steuber and Tooley Family History 1822-2013
FC: Steuber and Tooley | Family History | 1822-2013 | Susan Tooley | Casper and Charlotte Steuber | Kate and H.D. Tooley
1: "No man's life starts with his own birth, for every man walks along the path of those who came before." from: Cochise, The Life and Times of the Great Apache Chief by Peter Aleshire, 2001. | We hope that you enjoy walking along the path of those who came before us. -Susan Tooley, Lynda Ruchti, Sharon and Neal McCarter
2: Contents may be freely cited with acknowledgment to the compiler, Susan Tooley. Many thanks to everyone who contributed photos and biographical information for this project. We couldn't have done it without you! Errors or omissions are unintentional and are solely the fault of the compilers. | 2 | Sources Cited: * A Standard History of Sauk County, Volume 2, page 796 -797 The Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago and New York, 1918 | ** Guide to the German/Swiss Block-and-Stack Masonry of Roxbury, Sac Prairie and Honey Creek Wisconsin. Sponsored by the Dane County Historical Society. *** Johann Kindschi FamilyHistory 1800-1990 by Donald Kindschi | Copies of this book may be purchased directly from the publishing website at: http://www.mixbook.com/photo-books/family/steuber-and-tooley-family-history-7825753?vk=zmFoP4U2MV
3: Steuber Family Pages 4-17 Casper and Charlotte Steuber, 4-10 Homestead Farming, 11 Block and Stack Technique, 12-15 Stained Glass Window Memorial, 16-17 Pages 18-35 Mary Steuber Wareham, 20 William Fredrick Steuber, 21 John C. Steuber, 22 Carolina Charlotte Steuber Rischmueller, 23 Charles August Steuber, 24-25 Wilhelmina Augusta Steuber Schellenberger, 26 Emma Steuber Fisher, 27 Ida M. Steuber Gasser, 28 Frederick John Steuber, 29 Lawrence J. Steuber, 30 Stone Quarry, 31-33 Wilhelmina Schellenberger Steuber, 34-35 Pages 36-47 Alice Cora Steuber Zick, 36-37 Emma Laura Steuber Hasz, 38-39 Elenor Esther Steuber Tooley, 40-41, 76-95 Harry Casper Steuber, 42-43 100+ years of farming, 44-47 | Tooley Family Pages 50-63 Tooley Family History Gasser Family History Henry Darwin "H.D." Tooley and Kathrine "Kate" Jane Gasser Tooley Sorghum Processing and Farming, Pages 64-80 Nellie Mable Tooley Mather, 64-65 Henry "Lee" Tooley, 66-67 Edgar Steven Tooley, 40-41, 68-69, 76-95 Mae Katherine Tooley Litscher, 70-71 Marjorie Letitia Tooley Sprecher, 72 Cora Ella Tooley Hartman, 73 Ruth "Hap" Tooley De Alvaro, 74-75 Life during the Great Depression and World War II, 76-80 Pages 79-93 LaVern Edgar Tooley, 82-84, 76-95 Robert Lee Tooley, 85-87, 76-95 Susan Charlene Tooley, 88-90, 76-95 Norma Jean Tooley Meisel, 91-93, 76-95 | 3 | Overview of Descendants Pages 48-49
4: Charlotte Anna Marie Schulte Steuber Charlotte was born in 1838 in Germany. She married Casper when she was 20. They raised 5 sons and 5 daughters together who were born over the span of 18 years. Charlotte was a homestead pioneer with her husband. She spoke German and had little need for English because so many German immigrants were in the area that her social circle, church services and the local newspaper were in German during her entire lifetime. | "Charlotta (Schulte) Steuber was fifteen years of age when she came to the United States with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Carl Schulte. The family first settled at Middletown, between Sauk City and Prairie due Sac, subsequently moved to the latter point, and then went to Honey Creek Township, and still later to the Township of Westfield, where Mr. Schulte engaged in farming. After the death of Mrs. Schulte, the father went to live with his son at Ableman, at whose home his demise occurred. Mrs. Steuber lived for two years at Prairie du Sac prior to her marriage with Mr. Steuber, by whom she had ten children."* | "When Count Agoston Haraszthy first saw the fertile land in northwest Dane County, he wrote in his journal, "What happy people will this feed shortly!" He was a colorful character who bought the land, and laid out and promoted the town of "Haraszthy", later called Sauk City. Soon German speaking settlers did arrive in large numbers. In 1845 Father Adelebert Inama came from Austria to serve these "unchurched Germans." Soon after, a number of German religious liberals arrived, fleeing the repression that accompanied the Revolution of 1848. They were mostly educated city people who soon came to dominate the village. Upriver, the town of Prairie du Sac accommodated Yankee settlers coming west from New England. Father Inama persevered and built both St. Aloysius in Sauk City and the large stone church, St. Norbert's, at Roxbury."** | 4
5: Franz Casper Steuber Casper (also spelled Kasper) was a brick mason, farmer and father of 10 children. He was born in 1822 in Germany and immigrated to the United States in 1853, by himself, at age 30. His cousin, Henry Steuber had arrived in Sauk County 12 years earlier in 1841. Casper and Charlotte were married in 1858 when he was 36 and they bought the family farm/homestead that same year. He retired from farming at age 70. | "Kasper Steuber was educated in his native land, and as a youth learned the trade of mason stonecutter, an occupation which had come to be known as a family vocation, his father and grandfather having followed it before him. He was employed at his trade in Germany, but felt that he could better himself in the United States, and at the age of thirty years came to this country and located at Prairie du Sac. At that time this little city was enjoying an era of building activity and the skilled young workman found plenty of employment for his ability, many of the old stone buildings here still standing as monuments to his skill and good workmanship. Later he went to Middletown, from whence he removed to a farm eight miles west, in the Township of Honey Creek, but while he lived on that property for sixteen years he continued to work at his trade and had his stalwart sons conduct the operations of the farm. At the end of the period mentioned he moved back to Prairie du Sac, where he resided until his death in 1903. Mr. Steuber was a member of the Lutheran church and a man who was | always held in the highest esteem. He reared his children to lives of industry and honesty and lived to see them all well established, honored members of their several communities and credits to their rearing and to the honorable name they bore."* | 5
6: Caspar and Charlotte's wedding picture. | 6
7: Franz Casper Steuber passed away at the age of 80 years on February the 16, 1903. He was born on October 24, 1822 in Niederschleidern, Germany. He was confirmed in his hometown Lutheran church. He learned from his dad to be a bricklayer. After several years of traveling in the southern part of Germany, left he his Homeland and came to America in the year of 1852. For a while he lived in Chicago and in East Dubuque and then moved to Sauk City. In May 1858, became Charlotte Schulte his wife. The union was a happy one. They had five sons and five daughters. Two daughters live in Baraboo, one son in West Superior, Wisconsin, one son in Bloomington, Illinois. The rest of the children live in Prairie du Sac and nearby. In the year 1858 he moved to a farm near Leland. He retired about 10 years ago and moved to Prairie du Sac. He was a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church. When he got sick, his wife and children took good care of him. He died on February 16 at the age of 80 years, 3 months and 22 days. Wording reflects translation from the newspaper obituary printed in German. | Franz Casper Steuber October 24, 1822-February 16, 1903, age 80. | Casper getting some rest next to the wood stove. | 7
8: When Charlotte was a young girl still living in Germany, she went to a fortune teller who told her that "she would take a big trip and that it would be a good thing". Even more specifically, she was told that she would have 10 children. Charlotte shared her story with many people who remembered this remarkable prediction. | Casper Steuber was from a town named Waldeck-it was south of Prussia near Raubach. Charlotte Steuber, my Grandmother (your great grandmother) was from Mecklenburg near Hanover. The name Steuber indicates they were residents of a city. Schulte means resident of the land. Casper Steuber came to this country in 1849-He was on a sailing ship for 3 months, landed in New Orleans, came up the Mississippi River by boat-intended to settle in Saint Louis but left because of yellow fever. His cousins in Wisconsin wrote glowing reports- so he went there by way of Iowa-much of the way by ox teams. He drove from Westfield (near Ableman) to Prairie du Sac by an ox team where they were married. (I wrote this down fortunately as he talked to young Lou.) -Irene Steuber Cariffe (Daughter of Fredrick John Steuber) Letter to Susan Tooley in preparation for the celebration of Elenor Tooley's 80th birthday. | Charlotte Anna Marie Schulte Steuber September 26, 1838-February 25, 1923, age 84. The right to vote was extended to women for the first time in 1920 when Charlotte was 82 years old. The election was between Warren G. Harding and James M. Cox. | Charlotte's granddaughter, Elenor (daughter of Charles and Minnie Steuber) moved into the "Big House" in Prairie du Sac from the homestead farm to help take care of her grandmother for about a year. Young Elenor (around 13 years old) took over some of her Grandmothers' extensive daily chores. She carried in the firewood and kept the fire stoked for cooking on the wood stove. Everyday Elenor milked the cow (that lived in the garage) and then led it through town to pasture for the day. At night she'd bring it back and milk it a second time. She shoveled snow, cooked, cleaned, churned butter, washed clothes and helped care for Charlotte and her home. | 8
9: The departed, Charlotte Steuber, nee Schulte was born at Eindinkhausen, Kreis Minden, Westphalia, Germany. September 26, 1838, and departed this life at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Mary Wareham, at Baraboo, Wis., February 25, 1923, aged 84 years and five months. She was brought up in a Christian home and received instruction in the Word of God prior to her confirmation in 1852. In 1857 she came to America with her parents and brothers where they located in town Westfield, Sauk County, Wis. In May 1858 she was united in marriage to Kasper Steuber. This happy union continued for 45 years until God separated by the death of the husband and father, in 1903. This union was blessed with 10 children, all of who survive. Mr. and Mrs. Steuber lived in Prairie du Sac, continuously. Several years after the death of her husband, Mrs. Steuber made her home with her children, where in her declining years she was cared for with loving and tender hands of children and grandchildren. She was one of the oldest and longest members of St. John's Lutheran church, being found faithful to the end, serving her God always of which the worn Bible and hymn book testify. | Casper and Charlotte | Obituary from Sauk County News Thursday March 8, 1923 | Charlotte and her granddaughters, Irene and Susan Steuber, daughters of Frederick, posed for this picture together for a laugh. | Charlotte, her son Frederick and her granddaughter Irene | 9
10: Boating together at Devil's Lake, Baraboo, Wisconsin. Standing on the dock are Charlotte and her son Fredrick John Steuber. | The girl rowing the boat is Irene, daughter of Frederick John Steuber. The woman standing in the water (in the swim wear of the day) is Fredrick's wife, Jeannette Blanchard Steuber. The girls in the water at the front of the boat are Lucy and Molly Craig, granddaughters of Arthur O. Fisher, step-son of Emma Steuber Fisher. Charlotte is seated in the center of the boat next to a man who looks like Ernst A. Fisher. Ernst owned a cottage at Devil's Lake. | The photos and family history information on this page, and many others, was provided by Jim and Sue Nibeck. Irene, rowing the boat, is Sue's Aunt. | In 1923 or 1924, Tip and Alta Tarnutzer bought the first radio in Sumpter. Casper and Charlotte never heard radio in their lifetime.*** | 10 | Charlotte
11: A flat stone sits outside the fence of the Charlotte and Casper Steuber homestead farm. This allowed women, who always wore long skirts, to step out of the passenger side of the buggy without getting muddy. A hitching post to tie up horses is situated to the right of the gate as well. The windmill turned the pump so that water was moved from the well into a reservoir in the yard. The family then hauled the water to the house for drinking, cooking, cleaning, bathing and laundry for all 12 people. The bathroom was outdoors. The window height on the second floor reflects a different proportion than is built today. Casper and Charlotte raised their 10 children, born within 18 years, here. In the next generation, cedars growing in the woods were used by their son Charles to make a cedar chest for each of his daughters and one cradle that is still in the family. The homestead is located in Honey Creek outside of Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin. The farm is still owned by Charlotte and Casper's descendants 155 years later (2013). | 11
12: "The stone quarried near Roxbury and on the hills bordering the Sauk Prairie is a type of limestone, called dolomite. It can be sawn or worked with chisels and hammers to produce a variety of surface textures. The stone splits naturally into layers 6-10 inches thick. Cut into rectangular blocks, it can be fitted together to form an outer surface called "ashlar." Behind this veneered surface is the load-bearing wall of smaller stones and lime mortar. In Madison, ashlar was used to construct elegant buildings such as Bascom Hall on the UW campus. The joints between the stones were often highlighted with a strip of raised mortar, giving a fancy decorative texture to the wall. After the Civil War, decoration came more and more into fashion in clothing, furnishings and architecture. Textured stone, elaborate woodwork and fancy shingling were used on houses to express the economic success of the inhabitants and their aspirations toward a life of taste and refinement. The Steuber barn is located at E9172 County Highway PF, on the south side of the road. This is the only barn foundation in the Block-and-Stack pattern. The pink color of the pointing comes from red sand used in the mortar." | Steuber Barn
13: "In rural areas, buildings were made of unfinished stone as it came from the quarry. The mason might use raised strips of mortar, laid over the rough surface, to imitate the square blocks of an ashlar wall. Sometimes finished rectangular blocks (quoins) were used to form the edges and corners of these "rubble" buildings. From the 1850's to about 1885 three masons, John Peter Felix, Peter Kindschi and Caspar Steuber from the Swiss settlement at Honey Creek produced a pattern now called "Block and Stack". It required less labor than ashlar and produced a very strong wall with a pleasing alternation of large cut blocks and smaller stacks of unfinished stone (hence, "block and stack"). Strips of white mortar, laid along each joint stood out boldly against the yellow stone and concealed the trick used to produce the ashlar-like effect: each large cut block was held in place by the stacks of stones above, below and to each side of it, which projected back into the wall. Thus, unlike ashlar, the block and stack surface was not a veneer. It was integral with the load- bearing wall."** | Memories of life on the Homestead: The land on the "house side" of the road was much more productive for growing crops and as pasture. At this point in time, there was no basement under the farmhouse. About 1/2 mile in front of the house was a small knoll that had a diagonal opening into a cave underground where the family stored potatoes, apples and root vegetables. Produce was covered with dirt in the cave to keep it fresh. When it was needed, someone was sent to the cave, they moved aside the dirt and brought back what was needed for the meal. What landmark is 1/2 mile from your home? Imagine walking there and then carrying back 5-10 pounds of produce through the snow covered, unplowed or muddy fields in the winter and spring... In addition to fields and the quarry, the family met their needs by cutting down trees in the woods to construct their own buildings and sell lumber to others. The land was also excellent for pheasant hunting. | 13
14: "Three masons, John Peter Felix, Peter Kindschi and Caspar Steuber built a number of houses for successful Yankee settlers, in styles that follow the changing architectural fashions of the mid-19th century. In the 1860's the area enjoyed a highly profitable hops boom, and suddenly many of the Swiss and German farmers found themselves wealthy. They expanded their houses or built new ones, in the upright-and-wing style favored by their neighbors from New England. Their version, however, was much more uniform in size and plan and more restrained in its wooden trimmings, with higher, narrower proportions and geometrically spaced windows. Today nine farmhouses in this style, built of local stone laid in the block and stack pattern, survive as testament to the success of their owners. Nineteen other buildings display the block and stack pattern. Together these 28 buildings are a unique heritage of the Roxbury/Sauk City/Prairie du Sac area and a symbol of its history. | Block and Stack | The Swiss settlement along Honey Creek in Sauk County was founded in 1842 by Bartholomew Ragatz. The ten Ragatz sons broke the prairie sod for the families that followed them from Graubueden to Honey Creek. Their log house became a Sunday gathering place for the community. The Ragatz church was from its beginning a "mother" church to Evangelical congregations across southern Wisconsin. The stone church at Blackhawk and the brick church at Denzer are among the surviving examples. Twelve square miles of the valley surrounding the Ragatz church are listed in the National Register of Historic Places as the Honey Creek Swiss Rural Historic District."** | Jane Eiseley, a graduate student in Landscape Architecture at UW, Madison conducted 2 years of research and submitted a 118 page nominating paper to the Wisconsin State Historical Society which includes detailed studies of the area, it's history and Block and Stack. | 14
15: The Ballweg House was built by Casper Steuber in 1874 when he was 52 years old. It is located at 6766 Highway 12. | Our Lady of Loretto Church located between Leland and Denzer on County Highway C, Sauk County | Schoolhouse at 9261 County Highway Y. Located at the corner of Highway Y and Highway 12, East of Sauk City. | Saint Norbert's Church, Roxbury, Wisconsin. Built in 1857. | Children at the school
16: Saint James Lutheran church located at 415 Washington Street, Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin. | The center panel of this stained glass window was donated in honor of Casper and Charlotte by their children: Mary, William, John, Carolina, Charles, Wilhelmina, Emma, Ida, Frederick, and Lawrence. | A close-up of the dedication inscription directly below the Shepherd. | 16
18: Back Row: Lawrence J. Steuber and Fredrick John Steuber Front Row: Charles August Steuber, John C. Steuber, William Frederick Steuber | 18
19: Back Row: Emma Fisher and Carolina Charlotte Rischmueller Front Row: Ida M. Gasser, Mary C. Wareham, Wilhelmina Augusta Shellenberger | 19
20: Mary C. Steuber Wareham February 27, 1859-August 18, 1938 age 79. She is the oldest child, first daughter of Casper and Charlotte. When Mary was 61, women were awarded the right to vote. | Mary married John Wareham who was from England. (November 19, 1849-January 4, 1903, age 54). Their children are: Dr. Walter William (Baraboo), Frieda Wareham (Baraboo), Ralph Wareham (Superior), Arthur Wareham (Dallas), and Lawrence Wareham (Milwaukee). | Mrs. Mary Wareham, a resident of Baraboo for many years, died at one o'clock this afternoon at her home at 626 Mound Street. She had been in failing health for some time and had been take seriously ill just a week ago. Survivors include a family of four sons and one daughter, Miss Frieda Wareham who resided with her, Dr. W.W. Wareham of Baraboo, Ralph of Superior, Arthur of Dallas, Texas and Lawrence of Milwaukee; and also several brothers and sisters. Her husband had preceded her in death some years ago. From the Baraboo News, August 1938 | Sue Nibeck remembers her Great Aunt Mary as a woman who liked order in her house...and that one of her specialties was cooking delicious chicken drumsticks. Mary took care of her mother, Charlotte Steuber, at the end of her life. | 20 | The Second Generation
21: Their five children are: Helen Mabel who married William H. Conkle Milton Carl who married Ottilie L Schirmer Elda Emma Anna who married Edward Schoephoester Lillian M who married Wallace Conkle William Floyd who married Marie Droster | William Fredrick Steuber July 2, 1860- July 24, 1953, age 93. He is Charlotte and Casper's second child, their first son. William was a brick mason in Madison, Wisconsin. | On February 25, 1886 William married Louisa Christina Wintermantel, his sweetheart, who lived next door when he was 26 years old. They were affectionately nicknamed "the lovers". | 295 Water Street, Prairie du Sac, their home before moving to Madison.Years later his younger brother, Lawrence lived in this house. | Helen and William 1932 | Lillian and Wallace 1938 | William and Louisa's 1929 Studebaker. | The family's trip to Pittsburg to visit Milton & Ottilie and see the Heinz pickle factory. The luggage is tied to the outside of the Studebaker. | Louisa and Helen in the car, William Floyd and William Fredrick, Granddaughter Isabelle. | Lillian, Louisa, Ottilie, Lillian's daughter, Isabelle Wilsnack.
22: John C. Steuber November 30, 1861-January 15, 1940, age 78. He is the third oldest child, second oldest son. Buried at Calvary Cemetery, Superior WI | John married Mary "Mamie" E. Dwyer (June 19, 1870-November 17, 1950). Mary was 9 years younger than John. John ran the "Big Store" in Reedsburg and then moved his family to Superior, Wisconsin where he was the manager of the silk department for a wholesale house. Together John and Mamie raised 7 children: Douglas E Steuber, (January 27, 1896-January 13, 1930), Casper J Steuber, (named after his Grandfather) Catherine E Steuber, Mary J Steuber (1899-1986), Helen F Steuber, Margaret S Steuber, Arthur J Steuber (July 31, 1908-March 31, 1989) WW II US Army Veteran. | Reedsburg | Superior, Wisconsin | 22
23: Back row: Ruth, Ella, Art Front Row: Carolina, Oscar, Henry -Ella Charlotte Rischmueller Heuser (April 2, 1889-February 28, 1970) married Fred Heuser on February 2, 1910. Their children are Arthur Wilfred, Fredrick Heuser, Arlene, Donald, Joyce, and Janice. -Arthur Casper Rischmueller (August 8, 1893) married Emma Braun. -Ruth Madonna Rischmueller Blake (October 30, 1897), a teacher, married Robert Blake. -Oscar Fabian Rischmueller (November 26, 1900-December 24, 1972) married Emma Wavrock. Their children are Dean, Myrna, Claire, Don, Edith. | Carolina "Lena" Charlotte Steuber Rischmueller September 26, 1863-November 10, 1941, age 78. She is the fourth oldest child and second oldest daughter. | Lena married Henry Fabian Rischmueller (August 20, 1860-January 1939) on Thanksgiving Day of 1887 at the farm home of Casper Steuber when she was 24 and he was 27 years old. | Oscar and Emma's wedding with cousin William Floyd Steuber and Emma's sister. | Ruth Blake | Arthur and Emma | Oscar and Emma
24: Charles A. Steuber was born and grew up on the Steuber family farm that his father, Casper purchased in 1858. Charles bought the 24 acre farm and house from his father in June of 1893 for $3,800. Thirteen years later, Charles bought an additional 30 acres next to the original farm bringing the land total to 54 acres at a total cost of $12,800. In addition to farming, Charles was the Treasurer for Honey Creek. Residents would come annually to his home to pay their taxes. He kept the town's safe in his kitchen. | Charles' 70th birthday party. The men from left to right are: Joe Grass, Charles, George Gavol and Arthur Cole. These were four of the five men who started the Sauk County Farm Bureau. Charles was the Feed Manager. The Farm Bureau continues today and is currently called the Sauk County Farm Co-op. | Charles August Steuber April 19, 1865-May 16, 1935, age 70. He is the fifth oldest child and the third oldest son. | 24
25: Charles Steuber of the town of Honey Creek was called to his eternal rest on Thursday evening, May 16, 1935, after a short illness of two days, at the home of his son, Harry, at the age of 70 years and 27 days. Mr. Steuber had suffered much illness since growing to manhood, only last fall having had a nerve removed from his temple at St. Louis Mo. His last illness, pneumonia, started with a common cold. On May 12, he attended both morning and evening Mother's Day church services and helped with the work on Monday, although he did not feel well on Tuesday, it was not until Wednesday that his condition became serious. The deceased was a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Frank Casper Steuber and was born in Prairie du Sac (Middletown) April 19, 1865. He was christened in his infancy and received into membership of the Christian church. The family later moved to a farm in the town of Honey Creek where they attended the Lutheran church, and where Mr. Steuber was instructed in the way of salvation and confirmed on Palm Sunday, April 17, 1878, by Rev. Baumback. He was united in holy wedlock with Miss Wilhelmine Schellenberger, also of the town of Honey Creek, February 28, 1898 by the Rev. Leidtke. Five children, four daughters and one son were born to them. Two daughters and also Mrs. Steuber preceded him in death. The surviving children are Mrs. Albert Hasz of Madison, Mrs. Edgar Tooley of Sumpter and Harry Steuber of the town of Honey Creek. He is also survived by four brothers, four sisters and eight grandchildren. Mr. Steuber has spent most of his life in Honey Creek and had served his town on the county board for 11 years. He was also active in all other town matters and filled many important public positions in the community in which he resided. Obituary May 23, 1935 Prairie du Sac | Charles' first language was German. He learned to speak both German and English. Services at the Lutheran church were conducted exclusively in German for a majority of his life. Separate church services in German or in English were offered eventually. Charles lived through World War I and the Great Depression. During his lifetime, radios and the Model T car were invented. | 25
26: Wilhelmina "Minna" Augusta Steuber Schellenberger November 30, 1866-December 24, 1957 age 91. She is the 6th oldest child and third daughter. | Minna married August "Fred" Schellenberger on June 3, 1886 when she was 20. After his death, she married Charles Miller and they farmed together in Sumpter Township. Their son, Walter, worked as a dentist in Prairie du Sac. | John Peter Kindschi's family in front of their home built by William Frederick Steuber in 1894. The Kindschi house was patterned after the house William built for his family in Prairie du Sac. From left to right: son Lyman, son Walter on tricycle, son Glen on rocking horse, wife Emma, John Peter "J.P." on cream wagon, son Roy beside him and one year old Ralph on his lap. Emma and Glen lived in this house for many years. Photo by E.R. McMollister, Baraboo 1896 | Their daughter, Emma, married Glen Kindschi and they farmed together. One summer Emma hosted her cousin Susan Steuber Nelson's daughter, Susan Steuber (Nibeck). Susie was visiting for the summer at their family's cottage on Devil's Lake and desperately wanted a baby pig. Emma and Glen let Susie come to the farm for a few weeks to raise a piglet and put her to work while she was there. Every day Emma fed the farm workers huge bowls of mashed potatoes that Susie peeled so that Emma could mash them by hand. If Susie wanted a different chore, she would hang out the laundry that filled six lines. Emma counted herself as very fortunate to have a washing machine to make that work easier. If Susie's piglet was not in the pocket of her apron, it was in a box on the back porch. (Note: Emma Kindschi is the name of Glen's mother and Glen's wife). | 26
27: Emma Steuber Fisher September 4, 1869 - July 13, 1923 age 53. She is the 7th child and the fourth daughter. | Dr. Fisher was their only child. He obtained his early education in the public schools of his native state and afterward attended the University of Wisconsin, from which he was graduated with the Bachelor of Arts degree in 1905. He afterwards pursued a thorough course in medicine in the Johns Hopkins University at Baltimore, Maryland, from which he was graduated in 1909. Later he spent five years in the Johns Hopkins and Washington University hospitals, putting his theoretical knowledge to the practical test and gaining wide and valuable experience in various branches of practice. He has since given his attention to surgical work in St. Louis and has won a place of prominence in professional circles. He is now connected with the Barnes Hospital, the St. Louis Children's Hospital and is also a teacher of surgery in the Washington University. He is constantly promoting his knowledge and efficiency through study, experience and investigation and wherever he is know he is spoken of in terms of the highest regard by reason of what he has accomplished along professional lines. On the 20th of July, 1915, Dr. Fisher was married in San Diego, California, to Miss Adalia Kroehnke, a daughter of Peter Kroehnke of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. To Dr. and Mrs. Fisher has been born an interesting little daughter, Jessie Louse, now four years of age. Dr. Fisher is a member of the Phi Beta Pi, a medical fraternity. In politics he has always been a republican when national questions and issues are involved, but at local elections casts his ballot for men and measures rather than parties. He is well known in the medical profession in St. Louis and is a man of genial disposition who always brings sunshine with him into the sick room. He carries with him hope and courage and recognizes the value of mental as well as physical stimulant. For ten years he has successfully practiced surgery in St. Louis, steadily winning advancement and his position has long since become an enviable one." | Emma was the second wife of Ernest Fisher who was a pharmacist and owner of Fisher Drug store in Baraboo, WI. They married on November 25, 1890 when she was 20 years old. Emma and Ernest's son, from his first marriage, is Dr. Arthur O. Fisher of Saint Louis, MO. A Centennial history of Missouri, Volume 6 says this: "Dr. Arthur O. Fisher, who has attained prominence as a surgeon of St. Louis, was born August 4, 1884, in the state of Wisconsin. His father, E.A. Fisher, was a druggist of Wisconsin for several years but at a recent date retired from business though he still makes his home in the Badger state. He married Emma Steuber, a daughter of Casper Steuber of Prairie du Sac, Wis. | 27
28: Ida M. Steuber Gasser September 3, 1870-November 23, 1954 age 84. She is the youngest daughter and 8th child. | Ida married John J. Gasser. They farmed together in Honey Creek Township. They raised 2 children together. Their son Lloyd Emerson Gasser (May 14, 1897-September 21, 1977) married Ione G. Shumacker (May 4, 1898- March 21, 1989). They were farmers. Their daughter Florence Gasser (1910-1990) was a surgical nurse in Madison. She married Cecil Ragatz (born in 1902). Because of Cecil's spelling skills, at age 12 he was employed as a typesetter for the Sauk County News and paid $3 per week. He was also skilled as a Blacksmith and helped set tires on buggies. Cecil began studies at UW Madison in the School of Journalism and played in the marching band there but had to leave college after his father's death to help earn a living for his family through Blacksmithing and newspapers. Later he was an assistant switch board operator at the Prairie du Sac dam and ran a shoe store in town. In 1940 Cecil said "You can name anyone in the community you want to, and if I am not related to them my wife is." Cecil was the great grandson of Pioneer Bartholomew Ragatz and also the great grandson of Pioneer Johann Kindschi. Florence was the granddaughter of Pioneer Casper Steuber.*** | 1910 Baby Florence Gasser | 28
29: Frederick John Steuber April 8, 1873-May 1, 1957 age 84. He is the 9th child and second youngest son. | Christmas 1922 | Frederick graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1901 with a degree in Philosophy. While a student, he received an award of a summer session at the University of Heidelberg, Germany. He returned to teach German in the south side of St. Louis that was mostly German immigrants. When World War I started, with the anti-German sentiment, he was encouraged to become a principal of a large elementary school. He later became the Superintendent of the south side schools. He was known as an outstanding educator and lectured often at Washington University in St. Louis, where he was active in community government and served as Moderator of the Webster Groves congregational Church. Fredrick's wife, Jeannette, graduated from University of Michigan, where she became active in the Suffragette movement. She was part of a group of ladies from St. Louis that took the train to New York City to march down 5th Avenue for the Vote for Women. She was active in the Daughters of the American Revolution and served as a State Regent. | Always interested in education, Fred and Jeannette traveled several summers to work with Indians in the southwest. Fred had known a special Native American at the University of Wisconsin who was part of the Ho Chunk tribe. Each summer the Steuber family would visit his family who participated in the Wisconsin Dells Indian dancing programs. Gardening was a favorite activity for Fred. He would search for special seeds for his tomato plants and his dahlias won prizes every year. He always laughed and said "You couldn't take the farmer out of the city boy." Emma Steuber's son, Art Fisher also lived in St. Louis. His daughters, Jesse and Charlotte were beloved cousins of Susan and Irene. For 11 years, the two families would vacation together at cottages on the South Shore of Devil's Lake. | Fredrick, Jeannette ("Net"), their daughters, Irene Blanchard Steuber and Susan Jeannette Steuber, and Jeanette's sister Irene. | Frederick's sister in law, Irene (Jeannette's sister) was the first woman health commissioner in Saint Louis. | 29
30: Lawrence J. Steuber May 31, 1877 - November 12, 1953 age 76. | He is the youngest of Casper and Charlotte's children. | DR L.J.STEUBER PASSES AWAY SUDDENLY THURSDAY Funeral services for Dr. L.J. Steuber, 78 prominent Prairie du Sac Veterinarian, who died suddenly at his office Thursday, were held Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the home and at 2:30 in St. John's Lutheran church in Prairie du Sac, of which he was a member. Dr. Steuber was born May 31, 1875, in the Town of Honey Creek, the son of Casper and Charlotte, Steuber, and was a lifelong resident of the Prairie du Sac area. He was a graduate of the Prairie du Sac high school and taught country school for one year. He managed the Troy and Honey Creek Creamery at Witwen for two years and also served as butter maker in Baraboo, and later farmed in the town of West Point. He attended McKillip Veterinary College in Chicago from which he graduated in 1914. He was married to Lois Drew on November 29, 1899. She passed away in 1941 at age 65. A son, Lawrence H. who was born in 1901, also preceded him in death. On January 20, 1953, he was married to Mrs. Edith Cramer of Baraboo. Surviving beside his wife are one brother, Fred Steuber, Webster Grove, MO; Two sisters, Mrs. Minna Miller and Mrs. John J. Gasser, both of Prairie du Sac. Dr. Steuber was a past president of the State Veterinary Association, secretary-treasurer of the Sauk County Law Enforcement association, a member of the Knights of Pythias and the Wisconsin Dahlia Society. He was well known in this area for his beautiful gladiola and dahlia gardens. He was a Sauk County deputy sheriff and a circuit court bailiff at Baraboo. He served many years as Justice of the Peace in Prairie du Sac and also served as milk inspector. Newspaper obituary. | L. J. Steuber grew up on his father's farm, on which he remained until he was fifteen years old, in the meantime securing his early education in the public schools of the country district. He next attended high school, and when he had completed his course began teaching school in the country, a vocation which he followed for 3 years. The next 8 years of his career were identified with the creamery business, and he then returned to farming in the Township of West Point. It was during the 5 years that he was thus engaged that he became seriously interested in the work which he has since made his life's occupation. After some preliminary study and observation he went to Chicago, where he enrolled as a student at the noted McKillip Veterinary College and was duly graduated there from in the spring of 1914. His practice was commenced at Baraboo, but after several months he came to Prairie du Sac, where he has since built up an excellent professional business in the treatment of all kinds of animal diseases. In his specialty he has been quite successful, and his ability and skill are generally recognized in the vicinity of his home and the surrounding territory. Dr. Steuber was married in 1899 to Miss Lois Drew, and they are the parents of one son, Lawrence H, born in 1901, who is attending school at Prairie du Sac. Doctor Steuber is a member of the Woodmen, the Masons, the Beavers, the Eastern Star and the Alpha Sigma Society, and he and Mrs. Steuber belong to the Lutheran Church.*
31: The long sticks held by the workers in these pictures ended in sharp metal tips. They were used in the quarry to drill holes by hand into the stone. Dynamite was then placed into the holes and detonated in order to release the stone. | The Dolomite Limestone quarried in this area was used for local building in the Block and Stack pattern brought to the Honey Creek area by Casper Steuber. Rocks from the quarry were also sold to the county or township for gravel used to build roads. | Working in the quarry on the farm homestead | Building the roads | Charles | 31
32: Circa 1929
33: Albert Hasz is holding the horses' reins. Behind Albert is Charles Steuber. Next to Charles stands Harry Steuber. The boy at the corner of the shed is Clarence, son of Albert and Emma Hasz. The other men are workers from area mines.
34: Minnie, Charles Steuber's wife, was the youngest of 9 children born to Christian S. Schellenberger and Wilhelmine Muenzing. Christian and Wilhelmine came to America in 1856 from Brockingen, Heilbronn, Wurttemberg, Germany with their first three children: Carolina, Wilhelm Friedrich and Johann Heinrich. The Schellenberger homestead is located 2 miles southwest of Denzer in Honey Creek Wisconsin and this is where August, Louisa, Levira, Fredrick August, Emma Wilhelmina and Wilhelmina were born. "Minnie" lived her entire life in Honey Creek. She died at the time when the Great Depression was beginning in the United States. | Mrs. Charles Steuber died at her home in Honey Creek early Thursday morning, November 13th, 1919, aged 54 years and 27 days. For several years Mrs. Steuber had been afflicted with a growth which terminated into cancer. The best medical aid was sought in the hopes of finding relief, but all in vain. She bore her suffering most patiently and long ago had become reconciled to her fate her earnest desire being to go "Home to Him" who alone can give the weary wanderer rest. Minnie Steuber, nee Schellenberger was born October 17, 1865 in the town of Freedom, Sauk count, Wis., and later with her parents moved to the town of Honey Creek where she resided until her death. She was united in holy wedlock to Charles A. Steuber, February 28, 1889. This union was blessed with five children, one son having died in infancy. Those who remain to mourn her early demise are her grief-stricken husband, three daughters, Mrs. Alice Zick, of Prairie du Sac, Mrs. Emma Hasz, Loganville, Mrs. Elenor Tooley, and one son, Harry, at home and three grandchildren. Also one sister, Mrs. Charles Homuth, Fort Ransom, North Dakota, and many other relatives. Obituary from the Sauk County News Thursday, November 20, 1919 | Wedding announcement in the newspaper: MARRIED-At the home of the bride's parents on Thursday evening, February 28, 1889 by Reverend Leitke, Mr. Charles Steuber and Miss Minnie Schellenberger. The ceremony was performed in the presence of a large concourse of relatives and intimate friends of the contracting parties. The well-wishes of all are extended to the happy young couple and the NEWS takes a hand in the congratulations. | Wilhelmina Schellenberger Steuber October 14, 1865-November 13, 1919, age 54. | Charles and Minnie's wedding. Both were 24 years old.
35: Charles and Wilhelmina Steuber Family. Alice, Harry, Emma, Elenor
36: Alice Cora Steuber Zick March 12, 1891-November 11, 1925 at age 34. | On Wednesday December 16, at the home of the bride's parents, Mr. and Mrs. C.A. Steuber, in Honey Creek, occurred the marriage of Miss Alice Steuber to Gustav Zick, of West point. Only the immediate families of the bride and groom were present. The bridal couple entered the parlor, where ceremony was performed to the strains of "Love's Reverie" on the piano by Mrs. Steuber, aunt of the bride, and attended by Miss Elenor, the brides' sister and Ed. Zick, brother of the groom. The bride was attired in a beautiful gown of white silk messaline with white net over drape, and wore a veil. She carried a shower bouquet of white and pink roses. The bridesmaid work pink crepe and carried pink carnations. The groom and his brother wore dark blue. The decorations in parlor and dining room were pink and white. The nuptial knot was tied by the Rev. Maulwurf, pastor of the Lutheran church of Leland. After the ceremony a bountiful wedding dinner was served by Mrs. Hasz and Ella Zick, to which all did justice. During the evening the "noisy boys" came and made a noise, but departed well satisfied. Miss Bessie Clement, of West Point, and Dr. and Mrs. L.J. Steuber of this city were the only ones outside the near families who attended the wedding. The young couple will go to housekeeping immediately; and will be at home to their friends after January 1, in West Point, where they have rented the Sid Fellows farm. Their many friends join in wishing them all good fortune. Mrs. Gustave Zick tendered two showers before her marriage. One at the home of Mrs. Julius Zick, in West Point, where about twenty of her future neighbors gathered with appropriate gifts and spent a merry afternoon. And on Saturday afternoon, December 12, at the Charles Steuber home a gay company of ladies took possession, and "Showered" the bride in great shape. Many useful and beautiful presents were given her, and a very pleasant afternoon spent. from the Sauk County newspaper-Thursday, December 24, 1914 | Gustav Herman Zick January 4, 1891-November 18, 1970. He was a mason and plasterer and worked in construction. | 36 | The Third Generation
37: Alice Cora Steuber was born in Honey Creek, Sauk County, Wis. on March 12, 1891, and passed away at her home in Prairie du Sac, November 4, 1925, after an illness of ten days with pneumonia, aged 34 years, seven months and 22 days. Mrs. Zick was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Steuber of Honey Creek. There she was baptized in Christ in her infancy and later was confirmed in the Christian faith of the Evangelical Lutheran church after due instructions by Rev. A. Maulwurf. She was united in marriage to Gus Zick on December 16, 1914 in Honey Creek. This union was blessed with one child, a son, Lorin, aged three years. The family lived in West Point until two weeks ago when they moved to Prairie du Sac. She leaves to mourn her untimely death her sorrowing husband and little son, her father, Charles Steuber, of Honey Creek; two sisters, Mrs. Albert Hasz, of Honey Creek, and Mrs. Edgar Tooley, of Portage, one brother, Harry of Honey Creek. A large number of her relatives and friends are deeply grieved at her early departure. Mrs. Zick was a faithful and earnest worker in the Lutheran Ladies Aid, and together with her husband, a true and faithful member of St. John's Lutheran church. | The school where Alice taught. | After Alice's death, Gus married Vernice Page. Lorin grew up with her sons, Warren and Dale Page. Dale was 4, Lorin was 5 and Warren was 6 when Gus and Vernice married. | Lt. Lorin Zick enlisted in September, 1942. He was a bombardier with the Fifteenth Air Force 99th Bomb Group, 346th Bomb Squadron stationed at Foggia, Italy. He flew 50 missions in a B-17 Flying Fortress, bombing targets in France, Germany and the Balkans. | Lieutenant Lorin Zick | B-17 Bomber | Lorin | 37
38: Emma Laura Steuber Hasz April 19, 1893-January 29, 1980 at age 86. | Sisters, Alice and Emma | Albert and Emma's wedding picture | Mrs. Gasser's sewing and hat making class in Prairie du Sac. | Emma and Albert and their car. | 38
39: Working as a family to harvest Sorghum | Emma was a hard worker who often helped her mother, Minnie, in the house. She and Albert married when she was 21. Their 3 sons are Clarence, who became a farmer in Stoughton, Earl, who died at age 2 and Raleigh, who was a cook and also served in the Army. Right before the Depression, the family bought Albert's father's farm. Because of the economy the family went to work for an area farmer. Albert also worked in the quarry. | Elenor, Edgar, Albert and Emma with their catch. | All farm families in the area met their needs by raising and slaughtering animals. Because there was no refrigeration, the meat needed to be preserved as quickly as possible. The Tooley and Hasz families would work together on this project. Emma and Elenor would stay up late into the night cooking the meat, rendering the lard and preserving it in a unique way. They layered meal-sized portions of meat between layers of lard in large crocks. Albert was the family expert on making sausage and also took charge of smoking the meat. His sausages, bacon and hams were preserved and then hung in a cool place. The families shared in the work and they shared the results. The last place Albert and Emma worked was the Martin Luther Children's Home in Stoughton where Albert did maintenance and Emma cooked. Emma lived in downtown Madison after Albert's death and during her retirement. | 39 | Building the silo
40: Elenor Esther Steuber Tooley September 25, 1895-August 13, 1981 at age 86. Elenor had the right to vote for most of her life, starting at age 25. | Tooley-Steuber Nuptials. The marriage of Miss Elenor Steuber to Edgar Tooley took place at the Lutheran parsonage at Leland at 10:30 o'clock Wednesday forenoon, May 16, 1916, Rev Maulwurf officiating. They were attended by Miss Marjorie Tooley, sister of the groom and Harry Steuber, brother of the bride. The bride was becomingly attired in white batiste, trimmed with lace and carried a bouquet of white roses. After the ceremony a celebration was held at the home of the bride's parents in Honey Creek where a bounteous wedding dinner was served to the immediate members of the families of the young couple. The dining room was prettily decorated in green and white. The newlyweds left in the afternoon for Baraboo, Madison and Milwaukee and upon their return the forepart of the next week will make their home on the farm of the groom's father in Troy. Both bride and groom are favorites in their respective neighborhoods, are young people of excellent character and highly respected by all who know them. Mr. Tooley is a hustling young farmer with a bright future and his bride is capable of managing a farm home, both having received valuable experiences in the line of work they will follow in their respective farm homes. THE NEWS extends congratulations and best wishes. | Edgar and Elenor's wedding with Marjorie Tooley and Harry Steuber | Elenor was a strong girl who learned to work outside with the men as well as inside with her mother. She completed 8th grade. | BRAVE ELENOR-Elenor's father suffered from migraine headaches from time to time. During one of these spells he was greatly bothered by the squeaking sound of the windmill as it turned. He sent Elenor up the tall, ladder-side of the windmill to grease it and end his torment. Elenor said she was never so frightened in her life as when she did this task for her father. | Age 15 Elenor's Confirmation
41: Edgar and Elenor's wedding picture May 17, 1917. He was 21 and she was 20 years old. | The back of the photo says "43 1/3" Caught in October at May's Point, North of Mauston" | Edgar and Elenor driving away on their wedding day. | Elenor, LaVern and Robert | Elenor and Susan | Bob, Norma, Susan | While living in Stone's Pocket, Elenor helped unload the hay wagon from a harvest in a rented field down the road. The rest of the group went back to get another wagon load while she stayed home to make a meal. Elenor heard a rattlesnake in the yard and shot it from the front door so that her family would be safe! | 41
42: Harry Casper Steuber August 7, 1902-July 23, 1977 at age 75. | Marcella, Thonetta, Dorothy, Harry | Harry's (center back) 8th grade graduation. Completing 8th grade was an educational achievement during this time. | Marcella and Harry Steuber, Nephews Robert & LaVern Tooley, Sister Elenor Tooley | Harry standing on the porch at the Homestead (which has since been removed). | Harry, Art Litscher, Orrin Sprecher, Herman Lohr Jr., Elmer Enge | Harry and Marcella
43: Harry's cousin, William "Floyd" Steuber, thought it would be funny to stage this picture of Harry and Marcella doing chores after their wedding. Harry and Marcella enjoyed the same sense of humor and called this their "honeymoon" picture. | A pretty wedding was solemnized at the Lutheran church at Leland on Sunday noon, Dec. 20, 1925 by Rev. A. Maulwurf, when Miss Marcella Rothacker, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Rothacker, of Honey Creek, and Harry Steuber, son of Charles Steuber, of the town of Honey Creek were united in marriage. The day also being the bride's birthday. The bride was attended by her sister, Miss Lydia Rothacker, and the bridegroom had Leonard Hartmann for best man. The bride was gowned in white satin faced crepe, wore a veil and carried a bouquet of white carnations and pink sweet peas. The bridesmaid wore violet satin faced crepe and carried a bouquet of white carnations and lavender sweet peas. The bridegroom and best man wore dark blue. After the ceremony a bounteous dinner was served to thirty relatives at the bride's home. The dining room was beautifully decorated in white and violet. The young couple left on a wedding trip to Portage and Madison, where they will visit relatives. Upon their return they will live on the Charles Steuber place in town Honey Creek, where he will assist his father on the farm. The young people enjoy a large circle of friends in their respective home vicinities whose esteem they hold and who extend to them best wishes for a very happy wedded life. THE NEWS is pleased to join in extending felicitations. | Harry and Marcella's 50th wedding anniversary party pictured with his sisters, Emma and Elenor. | 43
44: T | T | The Steuber Homestead Farm over the years... | Ivan bringing in the bedding | "Harry C Steuber Prairie du Sac" printed on the side. | In 1972 Harry purchased more land and doubled the size of the farm.
45: Milling logs into lumber. | Harry gets help splitting logs | 45
46: During the years that Harry Steuber owned the farm, the Federal government determined that straightening the course of the creek that wound through the farm would improve water quality and the amount of usable land on the farm. The project was completed and the stream now runs a straight course. It truly does allow more efficient use of the farm land. | The last corn crop that was put into shocks by hand. | From this... | 1858 | 46
47: One of the changes that isn't visible from photographs is the work that Clarence Hasz and Robert Tooley did under the homestead house. The house was originally built without a basement. Together Clarence and Bob created a platform on which the house rested. With that in place, they began digging out a basement-by hand- under the house. Buckets of dirt were filled and hauled up to where a horse was hitched and waiting to drag the dirt away. | to this... | 2012 | 47
50: The Tooley name originates from Ireland and England. Our Tooley family is from England. Christopher Tooley (born in Killingworth, Connecticut in 1650-1717 or 1718) and Elizabeth (1684-1757 Killingworth) are H.D.'s great, great, great, great Grandparents. Andrew Tooley (1690-1784 Killingworth, Connecticut) and Sarah Crane (1686 or1687-after 1711 Hartford, Connecticut) are H.D.'s great, great, great grandparents. Joseph Tooley (born after 1710 in Killingworth) and Hannah Davis (1716-1753 Killingworth) were H.D.'s great, great grandparents. Lemuel Tooley (1748/49-1793 Killingworth) and Sarah H. Peard (1756-1831) were H.D.'s great grandparents. Samuel Tooley (born in Farmington, Connecticut on May 12, 1790-died March 21, 1854 in Lanark County, Ontario) was married on March 2, 1813 to Leticia L. Lamkin Tooley (born in New York on October 5, 1797-died after 1870). Samuel and Letitia are H.D.'s Grandparents. Samuel and Letitia's son is William Tooley, (born September 23, 1837 in Renfrew, Ontario, Canada-died before 1870). William is H.D.'s father. This Tooley family history research was provided by Paul Tooley, Son of Lowell Tooley, Grandson of Lee Tooley, Great Grandson of H.D. Tooley. | Brother and sister, Letitia and H.D. | Letitia | Letitia married Leo Amell and they had 8 children. On February 22, 1913, at age 51, she ended her life. | Paul Tooley at H.D.'s grave
51: This picture is believed to be H.D. (back left) with his mother, Elizabeth and his step father. | The Tooley Family History | 51 | William Tooley married Jane Smith in 1858 when he was 21. Three years later, in the 1861 Canadian Census, William and Jane were located in Darling Township, Lanark County, Ontario. They were listed as living with his mother Letitia and their children, Samuel (age 3) and Mary (age 1). It is believed that Jane died and that William remarried Elizabeth Ann Glover in 1861 (born in 1842 in Matilda, Ontario and died after 1881). Their children are Letitia and Henry. Letitia was born November 10, 1862 and Henry Darwin was born 3 years later, March 17, 1865 in Canton, New York. William died around 1870 when H.D. was 5 years old. Elizabeth Ann Glover Tooley remarried in 1871 and again around 1876. Letitia and H.D. were raised in Canada by their grandmother, the elder "Elizabeth Widow Glover". In the 1881 Canadian census, Letitia and H.D. (age 16) were listed as teenagers still living with their grandmother. Elizabeth Glover Senior's address was actually right next door to their mother (Elizabeth Glover junior) and her new family.
52: Stephen Gasser, born 1830-May 1, 1901. Age 71. Katherine Tarnutzer, born 1836-October 22, 1912. Age 76. | Stephen Gasser and Katherine Tarnutzer Gasser Parents of Kate Gasser Tooley Stephen Gasser came to America by himself in 1856. He bought land, built a home and then returned to Switzerland. Stephen and Katherine Gasser and their children George, Menga, Mary and Kathrine moved to America together in 1860 from Von Haldenstein, Canton Graubünden, near the town of Chur which is located in the northern part of Switzerland, north of the Rhine River. | Stephen's son, Steven Gasser. Kate's brother. | Stephen and Katherine Gasser | Stephen Gasser listed his occupation as "Carpenter" on his passport. | 52
53: Kate's sister, Louisa and her mother, Katherine Tarnutzer Gasser at the family homestead. | Notice how different the name "Stephen Gasser" looks on his immigration papers. On his daughter Kate's Registration of Marriage Certificate, his name is spelled "Steven". | 53
54: George Gasser and his wife Matilda "Tillie" Diehl Gasser. | Steven with his twins, Ruth and Rufus | William "Bill" Gasser His sister Mary called him Willie. | Anna Gasser and Henry Kleinert | Louisa | 54 | Stephen Gasser and Katherine Tarnutzer Gasser raised 9 children: George S. Gasser 1860-1951, age 91 Menga "Minnie" Walser 1862-1897, age 35 Mary Gasser 1864-1936, age 72 Kathrine Jane Tooley 1867-1944, age 77 Stephen/Steven Gasser 1870-1949, age 79 Anna Margaret Kleinert 1874-1959, age 85 John Peter Gasser 1872-1955, age 83 William Nicalous Gasser 1877-1953, age 76 Louisa Christine Gasser 1880-1906, age 26 | Portraits of Menga, Mary and John were not available.
55: The Gasser sawmill at the homestead being operated by neighbor George Baerwald (left), sons William, John, George and Steven (behind) with father Stephen Gasser (beard) and two neighbors on the right. The family owned the sawmill and thresher and ran a co-op business with several area farming families. By tradition, the thresher's party at the end of the season was hosted by the family who threshed the most bushels. Bill and John lived at the homestead after their parents. George was a farmer and avid gardener. His piles of split wood were said to be a work of art. He smoked a corn cob pipe, used a "Water Witch " to locate wells and could cure a sprained ankle over night with a flour paste that he concocted. His wife, Tillie, was known for her skill in making Hat Pin Lace. Steven's first child died and then, sadly, his wife died during the birth of their twins, Ruth and Rufus. Mary, his sister raised his son Rufus at the homestead farm. A friend, Johanna Lindermer raised his daughter Ruth. Menga lived in Sauk City. Louisa lived at the homestead. Kate and H.D. Tooley farmed. Anna and Henry Kleinert ran a Blacksmith shop and then moved to Fair Valley to farm with their son. | 55
56: Kate and H.D. married on March 6, 1890 when she was 23 and he was 25 years old. They were married for 50 years and raised 7 children together: Nellie, Lee, Edgar, Mae, Marjorie, Cora and Ruth. They were successful enough to help both sons purchase farms at the time they got married and left a property that generated rental income to each of their daughters as an inheritance. H.D. also purchased a large home for Kate in Prairie du Sac. It included apartments that generated income. so that her needs would be met after he was gone. | Kathrine "Kate" Jane Gasser Tooley November 24, 1867-September 15, 1944 at 77. Kate moved to America from Switzerland during her first year of life. | How does Kate spell her name? In the 1910 census it is Cathrine. In 1940, she is Kathern. Elsewhere it is written Katherine, Catherine and Katie. On her marriage license and her gravestone, she is Kate. | 56
57: H.D and his wife, Kate Gasser Tooley | H.D. in Chicago with his children: Nellie, Lee, Edgar and Mae. | Henry Darwin Tooley March 27, 1865-May 14, 1940 age 75. | 57 | When asked about his education, H.D. would say "I finished the third reader". His success in life was not a result of classroom education. One business motto that H.D. often shared with his family was "Buy when people want to sell. Sell when people want to buy." Good advice. | H.D. Tooley
58: Sorghum processing at the mill on Old Bluff Road- The Tooley family planted fields of sorghum. The long stalks were cut at the ground, loaded onto a trailer and carted to the mill that served as the sorghum processing hub for many families in the area. The stalks were cleaned and stripped and then put into a large, rectangular vat over an open wood fire. The sorghum was slowly boiled down until the syrup thickened. The Tooleys would then fill their crocks with the sweet syrup for home use. The discarded parts of the sorghum plant were used to feed the animals. | 58
59: Newspaper Advertisement - July 3, 1903 "My farm of 120 acres in the town of Prairie du Sac, 2 1/2 miles from Sauk City is for sale cheap. A good dwelling house, barn granary, combined corn crib and tool shed, two good wells and windmill on the farm. If taken within the next six weeks, the price will be cheap. For terms apply to H.D. Tooley, post office, Prairie du Sac. | Kate working on the farm, taking care of the pigs. Every day she dressed in a long skirt and apron. | H.D. and Kate in their car, when they lived in Prairie du Sac. | 59 | Always "H.D.", never "Henry"
60: Kate, H.D., Son Edgar, Elenor, Grandsons LaVern, Robert | H.D. and Kate with Elenor, Robert and LaVern | Kate, H.D. and "Cousins from Canada, The Bodems" is written on the back of this photo. | Even though he moved far away from his family at the young age of 16, H.D. and Kate were able to visit his relatives in Canada and New York and his family came to visit them in Wisconsin. | H.D. and Kate on their trip. | Kate and H.D. out on the boat.
61: A toast from their daughter, Marjorie, at the 50th anniversary party. Was in the city of Chicago, not far away/Where the young couple started on life's way. From the East, the young man came/Eager to seek his fortune and fame. While the lady was a local girl/she too went to seek employment amid the city's whirl. She found hers at a big hotel/ became a waitress and all went well. He drove a famous doctor's coach/wore a plug hat and sat on a perch. The horses were clean, and regular beauties/to keep them so, and ready were his duties. One day he came to the hotel to dine/There stood the girls all in a line Bashful and strange he asked "Is this where we eat?"/They laughed and chuckled, never thinking again they would meet. I don't know why, perhaps he forgot his hat/anyway he was a regular diner after that. Though I think a certain waitress caught his eye/as that hotel he couldn't pass by. As time went on, a romance grew/Later came to Sauk City, where a nuptial now tied the two. And that was the beginning of Henry and Kate/Whose golden anniversary we celebrate on this date. The story from there is a long one you know/for 50 years on Life's Highway is a far way to go. They returned to Chicago to make their home/with their friends and God's blessing to keep them from harm. Three children came to bless their home while in the city they did dwell, Lee, Mae and the oldest one, Nell. From there they came to Prairie du Sac as tillers of the soil/hoping to find wealth and happiness with nothing but hard toil. Then there the family was made complete/as four more came to join the fleet. We are happy today to celebrate this golden anniversary/for they have long looked forward to this occasion with glee. So may God bless and keep them from all harm/and may they always be under His protecting arm. | H.D. and Kate celebrated their 50th anniversary with a trip to California and a party at the Masonic Dining Hall on Saturday, March 2, 1940 at noon in Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin. Their great-grandchild, Robert Harris was baptized at the anniversary ceremony. | 61
62: Tooley Reunion, 1939 | 4 generations together: H.D. and Kate. Their daughters, Mae and Cora. Mae's daughter, Lorene, and Mae's grandson, Robert Harrison. | In 1942 Mae missed the Tooley reunion. She was so disappointed about not being in the photo with her brothers and sisters, that she cut out a different picture of herself, attached it to the reunion photo and gave a copy to everyone. | H.D. was a member of the Eureka Masonic Lodge #113 F & A.M. in Prairie du Sac. He belonged to the commandery of Knights Templar Shrine and was a 32 Degree Mason.
63: Obituary from the newspaper on May 14, 1940. Henry D. Tooley passed away suddenly at his home here Tuesday morning, May 14, 1940, aged 75 years. one month and 17 days. Mr. Tooley was in normal health the day preceding his death, and was busy until 4 o'clock in the afternoon when he suffered a slight heart attack. The next morning at 4:25 he had another attack while arising and very suddenly passed away. The deceased was born in Canton, New York, March 27, 1865. While still a very small boy his father died leaving him and a small sister in the care of his mother, who after a time remarried and he was taken and reared by his grandmother, with whom he remained until he was about 16 years old, when he went out to make his way in the world, working where ever he found work. In 1889 he started west for the state of Washington, but stopping off at Chicago and finding work there he remained. Here he met Miss Kate Gasser, to whom he was married on March 6th, 1890 in Sauk City, Wisconsin, by the Rev. John Nickel, pastor of the Evangelical Church of Sauk County. They made their home in Chicago where Mr. Tooley was coachman. This happy union was blessed with seven children, five daughters and two sons. After four years of married life and careful economy they took their savings and purchased a small farm in the town of Prairie du Sac. In 1900 he moved with his wife and children onto this farm, where they lived for two years, after which they rented it out and went back to Chicago where they remained for three years. They then came back here and settled down on their small farm. In 1909 they sold the small farm and purchased a larger and better one in the town of Troy. Here they lived until 1917, when they retired from farming and moved to the village of Prairie du Sac to spend the evening of their life in retirement. But Mr. Tooley was a man of ambition and could not be idle, so he took up real estate and insurance work, which he continued until his death. He was a careful buyer and seller. While on their farm in the town of Troy, he united with the Evangelical church at Harrisburg and was converted to the Faith in Christ Jesus his Lord. In this faith he continued until his death. Last March they had the high honor of celebrating their fiftieth wedding anniversary, and undertook a trip to California, where they spent several weeks visiting their daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Martin De Alvaro, at Lost Angeles and other relatives and friends. He was a good husband, kind father, kind friend and an accommodating neighbor. He leaves to mourn his departure his beloved wife and companion, five daughters, Mrs. Clinton Mather, Milwaukee; Mrs. John Litscher, Sumpter; Mrs. Nelson Sprecher, Honey Creek; Mrs. Clarence Hartman, Tomahawk, Wis; Mrs. Martin De Alvaro, Los Angeles, Calif; and two sons, Lee and Edgar of the town of Troy. Also 24 grandchildren and one great grandchild. Funeral services will be held at the home on Friday afternoon at 1:30 and at the Evangelical church at 2:00. The Rev. H.H. Ferch will officiate. Mrs. Wilbert Schoephorster and Mrs. Diehl Moely, accompanied by Miss Leora Saxer will sing. Masonic services will be conducted at the cemetery by the local Masonic Lodge, the Baraboo Commandery acting as an escort. | 63
64: Nellie Tooley and Clinton Mather were married on April 3, 1912 when she was 21 years old and he was 24. According to the census, in 1920 Nellie and Clinton lived in Baraboo on 2nd street. At that time Clinton was a garage machinist and their son, Virgil was 5 years old. In 1930 they had moved to Prairie du Sac where the census lists Clinton as the proprietor of a garage. They lived on Park Avenue with Virgil, age 15 and Genevieve, age 8. Nellie was living in Milwaukee in 1942 when she died of cancer. Virgil Mather was born on May 22, 1914 and 8 years later his sister, Genevieve Mather (Munchausen) was born on May 12, 1922. | Nellie Mabel Tooley Mather January 8, 1891 in Chicago-October 23, 1942 at age 51. | This photo was printed as a 1 cent postcard. It pictures young Nellie with her classmates at the school "in town in Prairie du Sac". The postcard says that her sister, Mae and her brothers, Lee and Edgar are in this school picture as well. | Young Nellie in Chicago | 64 | The Second Generation
65: Nellie and Clinton's children, Virgil and Genevieve | Genevieve | Virgil and his ponies | Nellie and Clinton Mather were a happy and affectionate couple. "He never left a room without kissing her cheek." They are both remembered for their kindness. Nellie was a happy person whose infectious laugh came easily and often. | 65
66: Lee Henry Tooley Born August 11, 1894 in Chicago - April 1, 1968 age 73. | Lee and Nellie's wedding day | Lee Tooley | Lee Henry Tooley and Nellie Elizabeth Kliner (January 26, 1896-January 23, 1966) were married on May 15, 1917 when he was 23 and she was 21. Their son is Lowell James and their twin daughters are Ardice Katherine and Audrey Elizabeth. | 66
67: Mr. and Mrs. Lee Tooley of the town of Troy were pleasantly surprised by their neighbors upon their 25th wedding anniversary on Friday Evening, May 15. About 25 were present. The evening was spent in visiting and playing games. At a late hour refreshments of ice cream, Jello, sandwiches and coffee were served. A purse of money was left as a remembrance of the occasion. | Lee and Nellie celebrating their anniversary with their Grandson, Craig Sandmire, Audrey's son. | Lee and Nellie's farm | Lowell became a village manager in Scarsdale, New York. Audrey and Ardice stayed in the area and they both ran campgrounds in combination with farming. | Lee, Nellie and their Granddaughter, Mary. Mary is Lowell's daughter. | Lowell, Audrey and Ardice Tooley | Lowell | 67
68: Steven Edgar Tooley Born July 25, 1895 in Chicago-September 2, 1960 age 65. Edgar and Elenor Steuber were married on May 17, 1917. He was 21 and she was 20 years old. | Obituary- Edgar S. Tooley, 65, of Baraboo, passed away Friday morning at St. Mary's hospital in Madison, after suffering a heart attack earlier in the day. A lifelong resident of this area, he had lived in Baraboo for the past 11 years, coming here from his farm home in the town of Baraboo. He was a member of the Evangelical United Brethren church, a past master of Baraboo Lodge F & AM No. 34, and a member of the Eastern Star Chapter, Commandery and Consistory of the Masonic order. Surviving are his wife Elenor; two sons, Rev. LaVern of Tacoma, Washington, Robert of Waterloo, two daughters, Susan-Mrs. Raymond Schneider of Pemberton N.J. and Norma-Mrs. John Meisel of Madison; one brother Lee of Sauk City; Two sisters, Mrs. Cora Hartman of Madison, and Ruth-Mrs. Martin De Alvaro of Los Angeles, and 6 grandchildren. | 68 | Edgar used his middle name as his first name throughout his entire life. Born as Steven Tooley, he was always known as Edgar Tooley.
69: Edgar in a dress shirt and tie on horseback. | Brothers in law, Albert Hasz and Edgar | Photo from the spring of 1941 Unity and Freedom class, Madison Consistory, Temple of Freemasonry. The Baraboo Lodge, Number 34 burned in 1957. The rebuilding was completed during "Brother Tooley's" term in 1959 with Edgar serving as the Master of Ceremonies at the dedication celebration on December 12, 1959. | 69
70: Mae Katherine Tooley Litscher June 24, 1897 in Chicago-November 15, 1943 She married John Litscher on April 10, 1919 when she was 22 and he was 24. | From left to right, the children and spouses of Mae and John Litscher- Lorene Jeanette and Royce Robert Harrison Elaine Katherine and James Edward Pierce Evelyn Rose and Orlin Wendel Trager LeRoy "Pete" and Joan Fay Schult John Henry and Joyce Louise Sinner Robert "Bob" Howard and Marjorie Ann Dineen | The Litscher's farm was forcibly purchased by the Federal Government in order to build the Badger Ordinance Ammunition Plant during World War 2. The farmers banded together to protest the use of good farm land for the project but they were not successful in changing the lawmakers' plans. Everyone in the area was forced to relocate at the same time. On moving day, it was extremely challenging to feed livestock in one location in the morning, move all the animals, their feed and the necessary equipment so they could be cared for again in the evening. To make it even more complicated, farms were purchased by the Federal Government at the original purchase price and didn't take into account all improvements such as new houses or barns. Payment finally arrived 2 years later and it was a tremendous hardship for all those involved. | June 1, 1894-July 26, 1964 | Mae | John
71: "Mouse" (Elaine), John and Evelyn Litscher | The Litscher's first farm, before having to relocate. Badger Ordinance was 10,000 acres and made explosives for WW2, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. On November 19, 1941 President Roosevelt authorized $65,000,000 to build Badger. Four months later, by March 1, 1942 all of the farms on those 10,000 acres had been relocated. | The Litscher children in their pony cart. | The Litschers in a horse pulling competition. | Lorene and Royce lived and worked in Baraboo. Bob and Marjorie, John and Joyce, Peter and Joan all farmed in the Baraboo area. Pete also served as a state representative for a term. Evelyn and Orlin had a clothing store in Florida. Elaine "Mouse" and James ran Pierces grocery store in Baraboo. | 71
72: Marjorie Letitia Tooley Sprecher March 29, 1901-May 20, 1957 at age 56. Married Nelson Earl Sprecher (December 16, 1898-January 28, 1957) on November 25, 1920 when she was 19 and he was 22. | They raised 8 children together- Luella Marjorie Sprecher, restaurant owner Donald Oriss Sprecher, farmer Dorothy Elaine Schreiner, homemaker Eldred Orlyn Sprecher, auto sales Russell Earl Sprecher, farmer Carroll "Dutch" Christ Sprecher, Carpenter Arlene Mae Cecka, variety of jobs Ralph Wesley Sprecher | Climbing this hill above the farm was a favorite part of visiting Marjorie and Nelson's house. | Marjorie and Cora dressed up. | Nelson and Marjorie were farmers in Irish Valley in Honey Creek and also bought and sold horses. | 72 | Ralph and his Aunt Mae died on the same day, which was in the same week that President Roosevelt died.
73: Cora Ella Tooley Hartman June 19, 1903-November 21, 1967 married Clarence Hartman | Cora and her friend, Mable Leiser | Cora and Clarence moved to Tomahawk, in northern Wisconsin together where they had a gas pump in front of their rural home to earn income. After her divorce she moved back to Baraboo and worked in town. Cora was well known as a woman who could tell a great joke. In fact, it seemed she could tell one joke after another all day long without ever repeating herself! Sometimes her niece, Susan Tooley, would bring friends over to Cora's apartment just so they could listen to her jokes and all have a good laugh. | Hap, Cora and Elenor | Aunt Cora and Nephew Kermit clowning around. | 73
74: Ruth "Hap" Tooley De Alvaro February 19, 1907-April 4, 1974 at age 67. | Hap eloped with a young man from town and they are the parents of Kermit (nicknamed Ken). After their divorce, her parents, H.D. and Kate, raised Kermit while Hap went to work in Madison. Later she met and married Martin De Alvaro. They were a very happy, loving couple and enjoyed living in California. H.D. and Kate's 50th anniversary trip to California included time with all of them. | Hap's son, Kermit lived in California where he was an Entrepreneur. He owned Long Beach City Tow which was stressful but lucrative. After a nearly fatal heart attack, he sold that business and moved to a large ranch in Corona. He invented and held the patent on the "motorcycle hot shoe" among other business ventures. | Sisters on a shopping trip.
75: Excerpt from a letter from Martin to Susan Tooley after Hap's death: "I try to keep busy but it's quite a chore at times. They say "Time Heals" but it isn't so-I miss her more and more as time passes by." | 1970 Ruth & LaVern Tooley, Kermit, Hap, Martin | Edgar, Hap and Martin at Knott's Berry Farm | Hap and Martin | 75
76: During World War I, if you were married and working on a farm, you were exempted from military service. This was appealing to Edgar and he proposed to Elenor. The day before their wedding Edgar was harnessing a horse. As he took off the bridle, the horse threw back its head and hit him in the face. In this wedding picture, his bruised cheek had to be camouflaged by Elenor's hat and the angle of the portrait. The first place they lived might be on H.D.'s farm and then they moved to the farm where their son LaVern was born (the "Elsing farm") in the township of Troy. | After living on the Elsing farm, the family of 3 moved to Portage where Edgar worked in an auto shop. Edgar's specialty was crafting all of the wood that was used in the cars being built in that day. At that time Elenor worked in a shoe factory in Portage. Robert was born in Portage, 2 years after LaVern. | While the family of 4 Tooleys was enjoying life in Portage, they were advised by H.D. that hard times were looming and that they would be wise to move to a farm. H.D. owned a farm in Stone's Pocket, tucked deep in the bluffs of Sauk County, in Sumpter, and he sold it to Edgar and Elenor. | Edgar and Elenor's Life Together.... | The house at Stone's Pocket | The trees harvested and cut by hand throughout the winter were sold to pay the mortgage on Stone's Pocket. | Father and Son, Edgar and LaVern at the Elsing Farm
77: Susan | 14 years after Bob's birth the family grew to 5 when Susan was born in Stone's Pocket. There was no electricity or indoor plumbing and the work was very challenging but Elenor remembers these years as some of the most gratifying in her life. H.D. was correct, a farm was a good place to endure the Depression and the family always had food to eat thanks to their hard work in the garden, the fields and in cutting wood for extra income. Edgar was wise to take his fathers' advice. | Robert and Susan | Robert and LaVern | LaVern and Robert | Robert | A horse and wagon came to Stone's Pocket to collect milk. Elenor's work got a little easier when the creamery started delivering butter and she didn't have to make it herself. Her signature pie, Sour Cream Raisin, was made from using the drips of cream left | in the cans after collection. The family never let anything go to waste. | 77
78: While the family was farming at Stone's Pocket, H.D. asked them to restore a farm that had been mismanaged while he had rented it to another family. The Tooleys sold Stone's Pocket back to H.D., moved again, and now lived right across from Lee and Nellie Tooley at the "Troy Farm". The Tooley family grew to 6 members when Norma Jean was born here. After restoring the Troy farm, they loaded up again and moved to a new farm outside of Baraboo, near Devil's Lake. Many of H.D. and Kate's children and grandchildren attended church in Blackhawk together. Most Sundays they would stand outside of church and visit with each other for an hour or more before going home. | Bethlehem Evangelical church, Blackhawk, WI | Moving day from Stone's Pocket to the "Troy farm". | The Troy Farm's house and barn.
79: Edgar, LaVern and Robert at the Troy Farm | Threshing | Norma and Susan | LaVern 1937 | 79
80: Edgar and one of his prize colts | A big house and several small cottages were on the rural Baraboo property and the family not only farmed, they also rented out the cottages to people who were visiting Devil's Lake. The day before they moved, Norma came down with Scarlet Fever and had to be quarantined for 6 weeks. Elenor and Norma were confined to the 2 bedroom cabin. Susan was thrilled to have to skip school for 2 weeks in case she was contagious. When the 6 weeks were over, everything that couldn't be boiled had to be burned. While the family lived at the Baraboo farm, they re-made the old barn into a 3 bedroom cottage. Their farming included raising crops, cows, horses and pigs. | Finally the family moved into the town of Baraboo when Susan was in 10th grade. Edgar and Elenor retired from farming. In his "retirement" Edgar worked in the men's department of a store and Elenor worked in a restaurant and then at a bookstore until she was 80. | 314 Third Street, in Baraboo | The house and barn, near Devils' Lake, "the Baraboo farm". | 80
81: Elenor with her children and their spouses. Back row: LaVern, Robert and Dorothy, Susan and Raymond Schneider, John Meisel Front Row: Ruth, Elenor, Norma Meisel | Back: Robert and Dorothy Tooley, Grandson Michael Tooley, Granddaughter Katherine Tooley, John and Norma Meisel, Susan and Ray Schneider. Center: Ruth Tooley, Elenor, LaVern Tooley, Granddaughter Wendy Tooley Front: Grandchildren Kathlene Schneider, Sheryl and Tory Meisel, Lynda Schneider | 1973 | 81
82: LaVern Edgar Tooley November 3, 1918-April 1, 2011 at age 92. | In 1929, when LaVern was 11, his parents, Edgar and Elenor, left Portage and resumed dairy farming in Sumpter Township at Stone’s Pocket. Vern and his brother Bob attended a one-room school at nearby Otter Creek. Times were hard during The Great Depression but the family always had plenty of food to eat. Vern recalled these years with pride: a time horses were used, equipment was carefully maintained, nothing was wasted, and all things needed by the family were obtained through their labors or by trading. Parents and children alike worked long hours to meet basic needs. | These times were not all about work. The social involvement of church and family gatherings kept everyone connected and helping each other. Bob and Vern also found time for a little mischief. They called themselves The Nut Brothers, “because they were so nutty.” Vern told of enticing a younger cousin, Kermit, to ride from barn loft over the manure pile in a cable and pulley-drawn bucket. On his final ride he was dumped in the muck. He also told of the time their mother, Elenor, hosted the Ladies’ Aid Society and one member got quite a shock, when The Nut Brothers slipped a lit firecracker below her through a knothole in the outhouse. | The Nut Brothers | As a teenager Vern felt the call to become a minister. Encouraged by his grandparents, H.D. and Kate Tooley, Vern attended high school in Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin and upon graduation in 1937, enrolled at North Central College in Naperville, Illinois. He completed his Seminary studies at Garret Evangelical School of Theology in 1944. Vern worked many part-time jobs to pay for his education. These included janitor, brick mason assistant, furniture factory worker, pin setter, mushroom factory worker, Bible sales, and tour guide at Pikes Peak in Colorado. | Pikes Peak with three pretty tourists (1940) | He drove the tourists' cars up the mountain. | 82 | The Tooley's Third Generation The Steuber's Fourth Generation
83: It was at North Central College that Vern met Esther Mason of Pendleton, Oregon. They were married in 1941 and their first child, Patricia Dianne (Constantino) was born on March 18, 1944. Soon after, the family of 3 moved to Leavenworth Washington where their 2nd child, Sharon Maureen (McCarter), was born on December 9, 1947. Vern served as minister of the Methodist Church in Leavenworth. | In 1960, LaVern was appointed to Epworth Methodist Church in Tacoma, WA. While there, Esther, after a prolonged illness, passed away on February 17, 1964, leaving the family bereft. During this difficult time, Vern worked through his grief with hard labor on the Mason Lake property that he and Esther had invested in. Years of weekends and vacations were spent clearing brush, thinning the forest, landscaping, and clearing the lake bottom before he started building. | Sharon, Michael, and Pat holding Wendy (1958) | This began his ministry at churches in Washington and Idaho. He became known as “a builder minister” because out of the 9 churches he served, many were in need of remodeling or new buildings. Vern was able to accomplish this. In 1955 while serving at his 3rd church in Aberdeen, Washington, Vern contracted spinal meningitis, which nearly took his life. The Conference sent him to Connell, Washington to regain his health while serving at the Methodist Church. It was here that Michael George was born on May 17, 1957, and Wendy Grace (Hulbert) was born on October 12, 1958. | 1944: Moving to Washington | 1957 Connell, WA | Careers: | Sharon: Elementary School Teacher Michael: Foreign Car Mechanic-Manager & Trombonist Patricia: Jr. High Teacher & Vocalist and Flutist Wendy: Banking, Customer Service Representative | 83
84: In 1965 Vern married Ruth Beggs, a Deaconess and Director of Christian Education at Sandpoint Methodist Church in Seattle. Shortly after their marriage she bought the lot adjoining Vern’s, which doubled their project. For the next 19 years Vern and Ruth served 5 Methodist churches. Then in 1984, after 42 years of ministry, Vern retired. They moved to their Mason Lake home near Shelton, which they had built themselves and completed just two weeks earlier. The couple enjoyed many years of travel as well as additional projects and entertaining at the lake. | In 1999, Vern and Ruth sold the lake property, named Tooley’s Tall Timber Terrace, and purchased a home in Shelton. They continued their travels and community involvement until Vern’s health declined. On April 1, 2011, he passed away at home, surrounded by loving family members. | Last Family Gathering at the Lake. | Mason Lake Picnic Shelter | Vern and Ruth, 46 years of marriage | 84 | Back Row: Patricia, Ruth, LaVern, Sharon Front Row: Michael and Wendy
85: Robert Lee Tooley October 25, 1920- January 27, 2004 at age 83. | Robert graduated from 8th grade which was a milestone not achieved by every young man during the difficult Depression years. Robert's first job was on the family farm. When he was old enough, he contributed to his family by working for other farmers in the area. | Robert attended Boot camp and the Radio School at the University of Chicago. After Radio School he was assigned to a ship newly built in Boston. The ship was a LCI (Landing Craft Infantry). It was converted into a rocket launcher. After the conversion work was finished, he transited down the East Coast, through the Panama Canal and on to the Pacific Theater, taking part in the Island Hopping campaign. He participated in the invasions of Saipan and Tinian. He did not speak much about his combat experiences other than to say that it was horrific. He did talk of his Commanding Officer, Ensign Aubrey Cleo Byrd (a Kindergarten teacher) as he found a fair amount of humor with him. Other than running island patrols and delivering supplies around the islands, we do not know much about the rest of his service. After the war, Robert was separated from the Navy in San Francisco having attained the rank of Radioman 2nd class [E5]. As radio communications were still primarily Morse code, he had difficulty hearing the dots and dashes over the radio due to his hearing deteriorating, reasons unknown. | Father and Son, Edgar and Robert | Robert continued farming until he joined the Navy in the spring of 1942. At enlistment, all of the branches of the military were represented. When asked why he picked the Navy, he said "The line was the shortest".
86: Robert returned to the family farm after the war and farmed there until he married Dorothy Eve Marie Rohde in March of 1947 when he was 26 and she was 18. Bob and Dorothy then farmed for Dorothy's uncle, August Rohde in Lake Delton during the summer of 1947. During the fall and winter of 1947-48 they both worked in Madison at Oscar Meyer. In the spring of 1948 they were farming again on the Sprecher Farm in the Town of Sumpter on the 40/60 deal trading their small mobile home for the use of the farm house. In the spring of 1950 they moved to a house on Hill Street in Baraboo when Bob started work at the quarry. Richard Lee was born on April 9, 1952 and Katherine Jane was born on December 9, 1953. In the spring of 1954 the family moved to Waterloo when Bob took a position with McKay Nursery as a Herdsman. | Robert Lee, son Richard Lee, and grandson Eric Lee. | Richard served as an Operations Specialist second class, Operations Intelligence Division, USS Fanning DE1076, U.S. Navy and then became a mechanical designer in Wisconsin. Katherine earned her BA in History in 1976 from Louisiana State University, her Masters in Library Science in 1980 and retired in 2002 from the University of Tulsa, College of Law Library as a Technical Services Law Librarian. | Dorothy and Robert | Grandfather Edgar, Grandmother Elenor, grandson Richard and granddaughter Katherine at Richard's Kindergarten graduation. | 86 | Katherine and Richard
87: In the fall of 1955, Bob was approached by Fred Yerges to become a partner in the Waterloo Coal, Feed and Seed Company with him and his son Clair. By 1963 Bob was the sole Owner. Bob ran the mill until his retirement at age 65 in 1985. | After retirement Bob kept busy at Saint Paul's Lutheran Church, the Waterloo Lions Club, Lions Camp at Rosholt, Wisconsin, the Pine Lake Church Camp, working at an amusement park, being a crossing guard and other activities. He was always helping others. Bob was never happier than when working in the dirt so he had several gardens on a couple farms in the area. He had a lot of fun playing at farming. | Robert and LaVern nicknamed the "old twins". | Crossing Guard Bob clowning around during a visit from LaVern. | Bob helping out.
88: Susan Charlene Tooley Born April 23, 1934 | One of the highlights of Susan's early years was the freedom to ride alone on her horse throughout the Sauk County and Baraboo Bluffs. | Norma, Susan, Edgar, Elenor, Ray's niece, Susan Kay. April 30, 1958 | Susan and Norma | Robert, Susan, LaVern | The students in the one-room school attended by Susan (back row, second from the right) and Norma (center row, third from the right) when they lived on the farm near Devil's Lake. | University of Wisconsin-Madison | Susan started her education in a one-room school and finished at the University of Wisconsin.
89: Susan attended Northwestern University in Illinois for her first year of college and then transferred to the University of Wisconsin at Madison to complete her second year. She then took advantage of a unique job offer at the 5th National Bank in Minneapolis where her work took her through every department in the bank. She and Raymond Schneider were married on April 30, 1958 in Baraboo. He was a Second Lieutenant in the Air Force. The Air Force moved them to Texas for a year and then they were stationed in Trenton, New Jersey where Lynda Lee was born on January 6, 1962. The family of 3 moved to Alabama but returned to New Jersey in time for Kathlene Kae's birth on June 5, 1963. After 6 years in New Jersey, they moved to Washington D.C. before Captain Schneider's discharge in 1964. The family then moved to Madison, WI where Susan began her 13 year career as a Sales Manager for Tupperware. She returned to UW-Madison and completed her Bachelor's degree in Consumer Science in 1979 as well as a Master's degree in Business Administration in 1982. Susan traveled all over the United States as a certified field trial judge for the American Kennel Club (Basset Hounds, Beagles and Dachshunds). She and Ray bred champion Dachshunds and competed in confirmation, obedience and field trial events. In 1990 she moved to Tucson, Arizona where she worked in business management for Carondelet Hospital. Her favorite component of her work was in community relations. She also volunteered for over 10 years with Compass Health Care, a non-profit charity providing prevention, early intervention, detoxification, diagnosis, treatment and support for alcohol and drug dependent men and women all over Tucson. She served as Vice President, President and Fund Raising chairperson. | Raymond, Susan, Lynda, Kathlene Lynda has her Master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology, Kathlene is a Realtor. | 89
90: Susan went skydiving twice and loved it! "Once you get yourself out of the airplane, it is pure joy...so quiet and serene." She looked down from above on the mountains and could see for miles in every direction. | Susan hiked in every state where she had opportunity. She loved planning and enjoying adventures in deserts and mountains. Her trips took her down the Grand Canyon 5 times including Havasupai.
91: Norma Jean Tooley Meisel Born April 11, 1937 | Elenor's handwriting | Elenor would pack a sandwich for Norma and she would ride Tony all day through the bluffs. | Birthday Party | Elenor and Norma | Patsy, their beloved dog. | Norma and Susan | 1947 5th grade | 91
92: Norma graduated from Baraboo High school in 1955. She and Susan lived together in Madison while she took business training. Norma and John W. Meisel were married on May 19, 1956 and lived in Baraboo for 2 years. They moved to Madison in 1958 where John attended Madison Business College and Norma worked at the Bank of Madison as a commercial and savings teller. After graduation John was employed at the Monona Grove State Bank. John was also a staff Sargent with the 32nd Red Arrow Division of the National Guard from 1955-1964. While driving home from visiting Susan and Ray Schneider in New Jersey, Norma and John heard on the radio that his division had been called to active duty because of the Cuban Missile Crisis. John was still stationed in Yakima Washington when Sheryl Lynn was born in Madison on July 4, 1962. The family of 3 was reunited and moved back to Baraboo that same year. They attended the Emmanuel United Methodist Church, were active in Sunday School and young couples groups as well as the Jaycees. On August 7, 1970 their son, Tory Andrew was born and he was adopted in October. In July 1973 the family of 4 moved to Platteville where John worked for the Mound City Bank until his retirement in 1996. Sue Ellen was born in Platteville on December 28, 1973. Norma owned the Just For Kids children's clothing store and worked for UW Platteville's book store, as the Business Manager for the United Methodist church and for Land's End until she retired in 2009. She remains an avid fan of the UW-Platteville basketball team and volunteer in the church office and Missions Committee. | Norma in the Homecoming Parade | High School | Edgar, Elenor, Susan, Norma | Cottage where Norma and Elenor were quarantined during Norma's Scarlet Fever. | 4-H prize winner
93: Citation for Achievement and Recognition for Outstanding Leadership. Norma's contributions to her church and community through kitchen management and serving as volunteer church secretary were noted. Her skills in evaluating her time and always keeping her family first in her mind were complimented. Norma was presented with a certificate and gold charm. | Norma accepted the CAROL award with gratitude and shared this verse to sum up her feelings: "Woman was created from the rib of man. She was not made from his head to top him, nor from his feet to be trampled on. She was made from his side to be equal to him, from under his arm to be protected by him, from near his heart to be loved by him." | Bowling trip to Las Vegas | Elenor and Norma, Worthy Matron | May 19, 1956 | Sheryl: Retail Sales. Tory: Bachelor's degree, Business & Aviation. Sue: Master's degree, School Counselor. | Eastern Star 1968 | 93
94: 1975 LaVern, Norma, Elenor, Susan, Robert | The cradle made of cedar by Charles Steuber from trees on the homestead's land. It has been passed down through Emma Steuber Hasz' family. | Elenor's brother, Harry and Marcella | The invitation read "no gifts" but Elenor's loving nieces and nephews not only helped with the party but also treated her to a lovely gold watch on a chain with an "E" engraved on the front and their best wishes for her on the back. | Elenor made this pie from the bits of cream that the dairy left behind after they emptied the milk cans at their farm in Stone's Pocket. | Elenor's 80th birthday was celebrated at the Masonic Hall in Baraboo. An invitation went out to all of her friends and relatives through the newspaper. Norma kept it a surprise by having Elenor leave Baraboo and spend the week at her home in Platteville. Elenor was fully surprised as she walked in to the party but became overpowered by the arrival of her son, LaVern, from Seattle. She sat right down on the stairs to compose herself-she was that happy! Susan decorated with mementos from the past and lined the walls with family tree details and photographs that eventually grew into this family history book project 38 years later. Susan's research started before personal computers or the Internet had been developed. | Elenor's 80th Birthday | 94
95: Edgar with his 1908 Conn Coronet, front row, next to the drum in Toby Clavadatcher's band. | Edgar's son, LaVern with the coronet, second from the right, in the Prairie du Sac High School band. | Susan and Norma working together in Platteville-scanning photos and information for this book. Late 1990's | Mike Tooley, LaVern's son, Edgar's grandson, now has their coronet. | 2012 work day on the Steuber side of the project. Back: Neal and Sharon McCarter (great granddaughter of Charles Steuber), Connie Wilsnack (great granddaughter of William Steuber), Sue Nibeck (granddaughter of Frederick Steuber), Lynda Ruchti (great granddaughter of Charles Steuber). Front: Myrna Rischmueller (granddaughter of Carolina Steuber), Jim Nibeck, Susan Tooley (granddaughter of Charles Steuber). | 95