Arthur David Larson




Arthur David Larson was born January 21, 1881, on the family farm in Farmington Twp., Waupaca Co., WI, and died January 16, 1968, at Riverside Community Memorial Hospital, Waupaca, Waupaca Co., WI, at age 86. Buried in Salem (Old Swede) Cemetery, Farmington Twp., Waupaca Co., WI. He is the son of Olaus Larsson of Fröbbestorp, Kalmar Co., Sweden, and Catarina Olivia Wilhelmina Larsdotter of Varna Parish, Östergőtland Län, Sweden. Arthur moved to Bethany Lutheran Home in Waupaca in 1963.

Norma Victoria Nelson was born March 23, 1880, in Rockford, Winnebago Co., IL, and died Monday, May 8, 1933, at Community Hospital, Waupaca, Waupaca Co., WI, at age 53. Buried in Salem (Old Swede) Cemetery, Farmington Twp., Waupaca Co., WI. She is the daughter of Emil Gustav Nilsson of Grandgarten, Oglunda, Sweden, and Lena Sophia Svensson Rosander of Lemhult, Sweden.

Arthur David Larson (age 23), a bachelor, and Norma Victoria Nelson (age 24), a maiden, were married April 6, 1904, at the home of the bride, 1222 Second Avenue, Rockford, Winnebago Co., IL.

Arthur, Norma and their infant son are buried in Salem (Swede) Cemetery, Farmington Twp., Waupaca Co., WI.

Arthur David Larson and Norma Victoria (Nelson) Larson had one child:

  1. Infant Son Larson: Born January 20, 1923, in Farmington Twp., Waupaca Co., WI; Died January 20, 1923, in Farmington Twp., Waupaca Co., WI (age Infant). Buried in Salem (Old Swede) Cemetery, Farmington Twp., Waupaca Co., WI.

Arthur David Larson and Norma Victoria (Nelson) Larson had two adopted children:

  1. Carl Cornelius Svahn: Born July 26, 1908, at home, 424 Grove Street, Mishawaka, St. Joseph Co., IN; Died September 23, 1972, at Saint Paul Ramsey Hospital, St. Paul, Ramsey Co., MN (age 64). Buried in Oakland Cemetery, Saint Paul, Ramsey Co., MN. Carl was adopted about February, 1915, in Waupaca Co., WI, by Arthur David Larson. Married about 1933 in Unknown, to Ruth Elizabeth Kendig: Born October 13, 1915, in White Elk Twp., Aitkin Co., MN; Died July 31, 1985, at Saint Paul - Ramsey Medical Center, Saint Paul, Ramsey Co., MN (age 69). Buried in Oakland Cemetery, Saint Paul, Ramsey Co., MN.
  2. Esther Elvira Adele Anderson: Born May 29, 1917, in Wisconsin Rapids, Wood Co., WI; Died September 4, 2006, in Chandler, Maricopa Co., AZ (age 89). Esther was adopted at age six weeks. Married (1) May 1, 1943, at the Naval Air Station, Dallas, Dallas Co., TX, to James Strickland Swarts: Born July 18, 1916, in Coffeyville, Montgomery Co., KS; Died April 28, 1944, in England (age 27). Buried August 5, 1948, in Fort Bliss National Cemetery, El Paso, El Paso Co., TX.  Married (2) June 17, 1948, in Clifton, Passaic Co., NJ, to Albert Herbert Pletenik: Born January 2, 1916, in Lodi, Passaic Co., NJ; Died May 10, 2005, in Chandler, Maricopa Co., AZ (age 89). Buried in National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, Phoenix, Maricopa Co., AZ. Esther was adopted at age six weeks. Her one year older sister, Edith Anderson, remained with the biological father, Gustaf E. "Gust" Anderson, who had then been recently widowed in Wisconsin Rapids, Wood Co., WI. Albert enlisted November 14, 1942, at the San Antonio Aviation Cadet Center, Texas.

After Norma Victoria (Nelson) Larson died, Arthur David Larson, a widower, married Caroline Barbara (Schnacky) (Wetherbee) Vedner, a widow.

Caroline Barbara Schnacky was born February 16, 1891, in Oak Grove Twp., Barron Co., WI, and died March 2, 1983, in Minneapolis, Hennepin Co., MN, at age 92. Buried in Saint Josephs Cemetery, Rice Lake, Barron Co., WI. She is the daughter of Lewis D. Schnacky of New York and Anna "Annie" Ruetz of Canada.

Caroline Barbara Schnacky was first married to Stanley G. Wetherbee.

Stanley George Wetherbee was born August 10, 1890, in Fairmount Twp., Richland Co., ND, and died July 30, 1971, in Theda Clark Hospital, Neenah, Winnebago Co., WI, at age 80. Buried in Lind Center Cemetery, Lind Twp., Waupaca Co., WI. He is the son of Homer F. Wetherbee of Michigan, and Florence A. Unknown of Pennsylvania.

Stanley George Wetherbee (age 24), a bachelor, and Caroline Barbara Schnacky (age 23), a maiden, were married December 23, 1914, in Minneapolis, Hennepin Co., MN. This marriage ended in divorce. They had one adopted son, Vernon Wetherbee.

Stanley George Wetherbee was then married Lillian Eichsteadt.

Lillian Elda "Lillie" Eichsteadt was born May 11, 1906, in Lind Twp., Waupaca Co., WI, and died December 23, 2000, in Reeseville, Dodge Co., WI, at age 94. Buried in Lind Center Cemetery, Lind Twp., Waupaca Co., WI.

Stanley George Wetherbee and Lillian Elda "Lillie" Eichsteadt were married September 17, 1934, in Waukegan, Lake Co., IL.

Stanley George Wetherbee and Lillian Elda "Lillie" (Eichsteadt) Wetherbee had one child:

  1. Clyde Stanley Wetherbee: Born June 5, 1935, in Waupaca, Waupaca Co., WI; Died July 7, 2007, in Waupaca, Waupaca Co., WI (age 72). Buried in Lind Center Cemetery, Lind Twp., Waupaca Co., WI. Married July 6, 1956 in Waupaca, Waupaca Co., WI, to JoAnn Penney: Born February 17, 1937, in Waupaca, Waupaca Co., WI.

Caroline Barbara (Schnacky) Wetherbee then married Vianney Levi Vedner.

Vianney Levi "Vennie" Vedner was born February 6, 1885, in Bear Creek Twp., Outagamie Co., WI, and died June 15, 1936, in Waupaca, Waupaca Co., WI, at age 51. Buried in Lakeside Memorial Park, Waupaca, Waupaca Co., WI. He is the son of Levi Vedner of Fond du Lac Co., WI, and Sarah Adelia Lehman of Highgate Center, Franklin, VT.

Vianney Levi "Vennie" Vedner was first married to Clara M. L. Conradt.

Clara M. L. Conradt was born November 17, 1886, in Maple Creek, Liberty, Outagamie Co., WI, and died March 12, 1946, in Shiocton, Outagamie Co., WI, at age 59. Buried in Shiocton-Bovina Saint Denis Cemetery, Shiocton, Outagamie Co., WI. She is the daughter of Karl/Charles "Charley" Konradt/Conradt of Germany, and Maria Holtz "Mary" Gerks of Germany.

Vianney Levi "Vennie" Vedner and Clara M. L. Conradt were married May 23, 1907, in Outagamie Co., WI.

Vianney Levi "Vennie" Vedner and Clara M. L. (Conradt) Vedner had one child:

  1. Joseph Harold Vedner: Born June 11, 1908, in Oshkosh, Winnebago Co., WI; Died January 15, 1976, at Hess Memorial Hospital, Mauston, Juneau Co., WI (age 67). Buried in Central Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery, King, Waupaca Co., WI. Married June 17, 1933, at Holy Name Rectory, Wauwatosa, Milwaukee Co., WI, to Isabella M. "Polly" Rourke: Born September 19, 1908, in Meadow, SD; Died July 9, 2007, at Aspirus Hospice House, Wausau, Marathon Co., WI (age 98). Buried in Central Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery, King, Waupaca Co., WI.

Vianney Levi "Vennie" Vedner and Clara M. L. (Conradt) Vedner were divorced 1932 in Winnebago Co., WI.

Vianney Levi "Vennie" Vedner and Caroline Barbara (Schnacky) Wetherbee were married August 2, 1934, at the groom's house, Waupaca, Waupaca Co., WI.

Vianney Levi "Vennie" Vedner died June 16, 1936. He bumped a door in the dark and died of the injury.

Caroline Barbara (Schnacky) (Wetherbee) Vedner then married Arthur David Larson.

Arthur David Larson (age 56), a widower, and Caroline Barbara (Schnacky) (Wetherbee) Vedner (age 56), a widow, were married October 2, 1937, at the Arthur Larson residence near Sheridan, Farmington Twp., Waupaca Co., WI.

Arthur David Larson and Caroline Barbara (Schnacky) (Wetherbee) (Vedner) Larson had no children.

Arthur David Larson and Caroline Barbara (Schnacky) (Wetherbee) (Vedner) Larson were divorced June 2, 1940, in Waupaca, Waupaca Co., WI.

Caroline Barbara (Schnacky) (Wetherbee) (Vedner) Larson then married Walter Carl Stahl.

Walter Carl Stahl was born September 15, 1893, in North Branch, MN, and died August 25, 1978, Minneapolis, Hennepin Co., MN, at age 84. Buried in Stacy Cemetery, Stacy, Chisago Co., MN. He is the son of Anton Stahl of Unknown, and Mathilda M. "Matilda" Maertz of Germany.

Walter Carl Stahl and Hilda Marie Roneson were married about 1916 in Unknown.

Ida Marie Josephina Johnson was born February 15, 1899, in Dane, Dane Co., WI, and died 1934, in Cook Co., IL, at about age 35. She is the daughter of Mons Tang Johnson of Hafslo Sogn Og Fjordane, Norway, and Synneva "Susan" Larsdatter of Luster, Norway.

Walter Carl Stahl and Ida Josephina Johnson were married July 1, 1919, in the Judge's chambers, Madison, Dane Co.,  WI.

Hilda Marie (Roneson) Stahl then married Leroy Lafayette "Roy" Wetherbee.

Leroy Lafayette "Roy" Wetherbee was born June 27, 1887, in Wesley, Kossuth Co., IA, and died April 23, 1947, in Hubbard Co., MN, at age 59. Buried in Greenwood Cemetery, Park Rapids, Hubbard Co., MN. He is the son of Albert James Wetherbee of Unknown, and Clara Agnes Corey of Wisconsin.

Leroy Lafayette "Roy" Wetherbee and Lena Unknown were married about 1913 in Minnesota.

Leroy Lafayette "Roy" Wetherbee and Hilda Marie (Roneson) Stahl were married after 1930 in Unknown.

Walter Carl Stahl (age 50), a divorcee, and Caroline Barbara (Schnacky) (Wetherbee) (Vedner) Larson (age 62), a divorcee, were married November 27, 1942, in Pine Co., MN, or September 27, 1943, in Chisago Co., MN.

Walter Carl Stahl and Caroline Barbara (Schnacky) (Wetherbee) (Vedner) (Larson) Stahl had no children.

Walter Carl Stahl and Caroline Barbara (Schnacky) (Wetherbee) (Vedner) (Larson) Stahl were divorced about March, 1944, in Barron Co., WI.

Mathilda Stahl, Chicago, was divorced from Walter C. Stahl, Island Lake, about December 7, 1950, on grounds of cruel and inhuman treatment.

Caroline Barbara (Schnacky) (Wetherbee) (Vedner) (Larson) Stahl then married Alfred Oliver Berg.

Alfred Oliver Berg was born October 4, 1891, in Sutton, Griggs Co., ND, was baptized January 3, 1892, at Eidfjord Lutheran Church, Hannaford, Griggs Co., ND, and died May 23, 1961, in Minneapolis, Hennepin Co., MN, at age 69. Buried in Sunset Memorial Park Cemetery, Minneapolis, Hennepin Co., MN. He is the son of Samuel O. "Simon" Berg of Norway, and Mary S. Lunde of Norway. Alfred was first married before 1920 to Gladys Unknown (born about 1900 in Wisconsin), who he was divorced from in March, 1929, in Hennepin Co., MN. Alfred was married June 24, 1944, in Hennepin Co., MN, to Josephine M./A. Lind, who was divorced October, 1947, in Hennepin Co., MN.

Alfred Oliver Berg and Caroline Barbara (Schnacky) (Wetherbee) (Vedner) (Larson) Stahl were married December 13, 1952, in Minneapolis, Hennepin Co., MN.

Alfred Oliver Berg and Caroline Barbara (Schnacky) (Wetherbee) (Vedner) (Larson) (Stahl) Berg had no children.




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Arthur David Larson and Norma Victoria (Nelson) Larson are buried in Salem (Old Swede) Cemetery, Farmington Twp., Waupaca Co., WI. Thanks to Find-A-Grave for making these images available.


Vianney Levi "Vennie" Vedner is buried in Lakeside Memorial Park, Waupaca, Waupaca Co., WI. Thanks to Find-A-Grave for making this image available.


Caroline Barbara (Schnacky) (Wetherbee) (Vedner) (Larson) (Stahl) Berg is buried in Saint Josephs Cemetery, Rice Lake, Barron Co., WI. Thanks to Find-A-Grave for making this image available.


Alfred Oliver Berg is buried in Sunset Memorial Park Cemetery, Minneapolis, Hennepin Co., MN. Thanks to Find-A-Grave for making this image available.


Clara M. L. (Conradt) Vedner is buried in Shiocton-Bovina Saint Denis Cemetery, Shiocton, Outagamie Co., WI. Thanks to Find-A-Grave for making this image available.


Norma Victoria Nelson was born March 23, 1880, in Rockford, Winnebago Co., IL.

The 1880 U. S. Census taken on June 10, 1880, shows Olaus Larsson (age 29) born in Sweden to Swedish-born parents, is a married Laborer, and is living in South Putah Precinct, Putah Twp., Yolo Co., CA. Living with him are: Catrina O. Larsson (age 31) born in Sweden to Swedish-born parents, a married House Keeper; his daughter, Emily S. Larsson (age 4) born in California to Swedish-born parents; and his son, Oscar A. Larsson (age 1) born in California to Swedish-born parents. Three laborers are also living in the household.

The 1880 U. S. Census taken on June 4, 1880, shows E. G. Nelson (age 23) born in Sweden to Swedish-born parents is a Post Office Clerk living at 405 South Second Street, 2nd Ward, City of Rockford, Winnebago Co., IL. Living with him is his wife, Sophia Nelson (age 20) born in Sweden to Swedish-born parents,, who is Keeping House. Also living there are his two children, both born in Illinois to Swedish-born parents: Clarence Nelson (age 1-5/12); and Norma Nelson (age 2/12, March). E. G.'s unmarried brother also lives in the household: Mark Nelson (age 18) born in Sweden to Swedish-born parents, who is a Grocery Clerk.

Arthur David Larson was born January 21, 1881, on the family farm in Farmington Twp., Waupaca Co., WI.

Vianney Levi "Vennie" Vedner was born February 6, 1885, in Bear Creek, Outagamie Co., WI.

Clara M. L. Conradt was born November 17, 1886, in Liberty, Outagamie Co., WI.

Roy Lafayette Wetherbee was born June 27, 1887, in Kossuth, IA.

Stanley George Wetherbee was born August 10, 1890, in Fairmount, ND.

Caroline Barbara Schnacky was born February 16, 1891, in Oak Grove Twp., Barron Co., WI.

Alfred Oliver Berg was born October 4, 1891, in Sutton, Griggs Co., ND, and was baptized January 3, 1892, at Eidfjord Lutheran Church, Hannaford, Griggs Co., ND.


Alfred Oliver Berg birth and baptism records.


Hilda Marie Roneson was born March 13, 1893, in Montevideo, MN, and died December, 1974, in Parkers Prairie, MN, at age 81.

The 1900 U. S. Census taken on June 13, 1900, shows Olias Larson (age 49) born April 1851 in Sweden to Swedish-born parents and having immigrated in 1872 is a Farmer who owns his farm free of a mortgage and is living in Farmington Twp., Waupaca Co., WI. Living with him is his wife of 26 years, Olivia Larson (age 52) born January 1848 in Sweden to Swedish-born parents and having immigrated in 1873, with six of the seven children born to her still alive. Also living at home are his four unmarried children, all born in Wisconsin to Swedish-born parents: Arthur Larson (age 19) born January 1881; Elmer Larson (age 14) born June 1885; Walter Larson (age 11) born June 1888; and Freedia Larson (age 8) born September 1891.

Toward the end of the decade, Edith took a course in dressmaking with a Mrs. Hanson in Waupaca, and stayed with her while learning. Walter and I were now the only ones attending the Farmington school.

While Edith was in town, she met a young man who had just returned from the Spanish-American War – Clarence C. Nelson, from Rockford, Illinois. Clarence was working on the farm of Mr. and Mrs. John Erickson. He became very attentive, and they soon avowed to get married, although Edith was only 16 years old. Mother and Dad were very opposed to an early marriage, but a proposition by Clarence’s uncle, Reverend Rosander, our minister, provided a resolution. He had a farm in Prentice, Wisconsin – about 75 miles from Waupaca – needed a couple to run the farm, and offered this opportunity to Clarence and Edith. On Easter Sunday, April 15, 1900, they were married in Salem Lutheran Church, with a reception at the house. I can well remember the day – great excitement - but some of the family still felt disturbed about the marriage. Fred Johnson chose not to attend the wedding ceremony, but Emily did.

Arthur was now ready for more advanced education, and wanted to take a course in agriculture. The University of Wisconsin offered a short, two-year course; in 1902, Arthur went to Madison for his first year. It was also that same year that Mother and Dad felt they could afford to move the original section of the house to another part of the place, and to have a new ell built on the dining room part. 

Again, Dad’s brother Gus was called on to help design and build the new addition – a parlor, living room, and bedroom downstairs; and three bedrooms upstairs – all with central heating. What a joy that was in the long, cold, winter days! I now had my own room, and Mother had braided the prettiest green and white rug for the floor, and dainty white ruffled curtains for the window. And how happy Mother was to have a pretty, larger bedroom, with double doors into the living room, and also a door to the dining room. The old bedroom off the dining room was made into a large pantry and storeroom. Over the winter, Mother had woven large rag rugs for both the living room and bedroom, and commercial carpet was laid on the parlor floor.

For several years, times had been quite good so, from the sale of potatoes and dairy products, the family finances had prospered. Not only was the new section of the house built, but also a large barn. In those days, one did mortgage one’s house, but only built as one could pay for the labor and materials.

When Edith and Clarence were married, Clarence’s sister Norma came from Rockford to be one of Edith’s bridesmaids. We all fell in love with Norma, and Arthur was really smitten. Norma was a school teacher in Rockford, and Arthur would go to Rockford from Madison whenever he could. At first, Norma did not encourage him, as she didn’t want to be a farmer’s wife. But Arthur persisted, and on April 6, 1904, they were married in Rockford. (By this time, Clarence and Edith had moved to Rockford). Arthur finished his two-year course at Madison, and was now ready to “go to farming.” He rented a small farm about 1 1/2 miles from the home place, and it was there that he and Norma settled for a time.


The Daily Register-Gazette, Rockford, Winnebago Co., IL, Friday, March 18, 1904

SCHOOL TEACHER TO WED

Miss Norma Nelson and Arthur Larson of Waupaca, Wis., to Wed Next Month

Mr. and Mrs. E.G. Nelson have issued invitations to the marriage of their daughter, Mss Norma V V., to Arthur D. Larson of Waupaca, Wis., the event to take place at their home, 1222 Second avenue, Wednesday afternoon, April 6. Miss Nelson is a teacher in the Kishwaukee school. She graduated from high school in the class of '98, and is a young woman with a host of friends. They will make their home near Waupaca.


The Daily Register-Gazette, Rockford, Winnebago Co., IL, Wednesday April 6, 1904

LICENSED TO MARRY.

Arthur D. Larson.....23

Norma V. Nelson.....24


Arthur David Larson (age 23), a bachelor, and Norma Victoria Nelson (age 24), a maiden, were married April 6, 1904, at the home of the bride, 1222 Second Avenue, Rockford, Winnebago Co., IL.


Arthur David Larson and Norma Victoria Nelson wedding picture, April 6, 1904, Rockford, Winnebago Co., IL.


The Daily Register-Gazette, Rockford, Winnebago Co., IL, Wednesday April 6, 1904

Nelson - Larson Wedding.

A pretty home wedding was that of Miss Norma Nelson to Arthur D. Larson of Waupaca, Wis., which was solemnized this afternoon at 2 o'clock at the home of the bride, 1222 Second avenue, by the Rev. G. A. Gelwicks. About 75 relatives and intimate friends of the couple witnessed the ceremony. They were attended by Miss Olga Larson of Ironwood, Mich., a cousin of the groom and Miss Florence Ek and Ludwig Swenson and Theodore Nelson, a brother of the bride. The house was prettily decorated in green and white and in one corner was a handsome canopy of greens and Easter lilies under which the bridal party stood while the service was performed. A reception followed the ceremony from 2 to 5 o'clock. The bride is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Emil G. Nelson. She is a graduate of the Rockford high school and for the past five years had been a teacher in the city schools. She is a member of Trinity Lutheran church and active in all branches of the church work. The groom is a prosperous farmer residing near Waupaca. Mr. and  Mrs. Larson will leave this evening for Waupaca where they will make their home.


The Rockford Morning Star, Rockford, Winnebago Co., IL, Thursday April 7, 1904

The wedding of Miss Norma Nelson and Arthur D. Larson yesterday afternoon was witnessed by nearly 100 friends and relatives. After the ceremony a reception was given the couple from 2 to 5 o'clock and a large number of friends gathered to extend congratulations. Mr. and Mrs. Larson left last evening for their new home in Waupaca, Wis.


The 1905 Wisconsin State Census taken on June 1, 1905, shows Arthur D. Larson (age 24) born in Wisconsin to Swedish-born parents is a Farmer owning his own farm with a mortgage and living in Farmington Twp., Waupaca Co., WI. Living with him is his wife, Norma V. Larson (age 25) born in Illinois to Swedish-born parents. Also living there is Arthur's unmarried brother-in-law: Theron Nelson (age 17) born in Illinois to Swedish-born parents, who is a Farm Laborer.

The 1905 Wisconsin State Census taken on June 1, 1905, shows Olaus Larson (age 54) born in Sweden to Swedish-born parents, is a married Farmer, and who owns his farm free of a mortgage, and is living in Farmington Twp., Waupaca Co., WI. Living with him are: his wife, Katharine O. Larson (age 57) born in Sweden to Swedish-born parents; his unmarried daughter, Edith C. Larson (age 22), born in Wisconsin to Swedish-born parents, who Does Housekeeping; his unmarried son, Elmer Larson (age 19) born in Wisconsin to Swedish-born parents, a Farm Laborer; his unmarried son, Walter E. Larson (age 17) born in Wisconsin to Swedish-born parents, a Farm Laborer; his daughter, Freeda M. Larson (age 13) born in Wisconsin to Swedish-born parents; his granddaughter, Myrtle Larson (age 3) born in Illinois to Illinois and Wisconsin-born parents; his granddaughter, Hazel Larson (age 2) born in Illinois to Illinois and Wisconsin-born parents; and his grandson, Paul E. Larson (age 4/12) born in Illinois to Illinois and Wisconsin-born parents.

The 1905 Wisconsin State Census taken on June 1, 1905, shows Gustave Anderson (age 32) born in Sweden to Swedish-born parents is a married Laborer who rents his home and is living in the Village of Hazelhurst, Oneida Co., WI. Living with him are: his wife, Ella Larson (age 23) born in Sweden to Swedish-born parents; and his son, Charles Anderson (age 7) born in the United States to Swedish-born parents.


           

Arthur's Mail Six Spring Buckboard Wagon, circa 1906.

   

Arthur's R. F. D. Mail Wagon, circa 1911.

Arthur was a rural mail carrier around Sheridan, Waupaca Co., WI, from 1906 to 1920, starting with a horse and Six Spring Buckboard Wagon, then to a horse and R. F. D. Wagon, further advancing to an Excelsior motorcycle, and eventually graduating to a Model T Ford. Arthur added the extra Sheridan signage on this stock postcard photo of the R. F. D. enclosed wagon. The W. S. Frazier & Co., Aurora, Kane Co., IL, was the manufacturer of this R. F. D. mail carriage.

Walter Frazier was a businessman who also raised trotting horses. He noticed the carts used to train young horses were heavy and unwieldy. He tinkered with designs and produced a lighter two-wheeled cart that he called the “Frazier road cart.” He began manufacturing his carts Aurora, Illinois. The business grew steadily and well. In 1885 his sons Walter Jr. and Edward joined the company. The company jumped on the RFD bandwagon, marketing their “light, strong and durable” carts to rural carriers.


Joseph Harold Vedner: Born June 11, 1908, in Oshkosh, Winnebago Co., WI; Died January 15, 1976, in Mauston, Juneau Co., WI (age 67). Buried in Central Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery, King, Waupaca Co., WI.

Carl Cornelius Svahn was born July 26, 1908, at home, 424 Grove Street, Mishawaka, St. Joseph Co., IN.


Carl Cornelius Svahn Birth Record. Please note that his name at birth was given as John Svahn.


Carl Cornelius Svahn Birth and Baptism Record.


The South Bend Tribune, South Bend, St. Joseph Co., IN, Tuesday, March 8, 1910

Personal and Local News.

Mrs. A. Svahn was removed to Epworth hospital, South Bend, this afternoon.


The South Bend Tribune, South Bend, St. Joseph Co., IN, Friday, March 11, 1910

Personal and Local News.

Mrs. A. Svahn, who submitted to an operation at Epworth hospital, South Bend, yesterday, is improving.


The 1910 U. S. Census taken on April 28, 1910, shows Arthur D. Larson (age 29) born in Wisconsin to Swedish-born parents is a Farmer owning his home and living in Farmington Twp., Waupaca Co., WI. Living with him is his wife of 6 years, Norma V. Larson (age 30) born in Illinois to Swedish-born parents. Also living there is Albert Durant (age 34) who is a Farm Laborer Servant.

The 1910 U. S. Census taken on April 28, 1910, shows Gustav Anderson (age 37) born in Finland to Finnish-born parents and having emigrated in 1891 is a Wood Piler at a Lumber Yard renting his home and living in Hazelhurst Twp., Oneida Co., WI. Living with him is his childless wife of 10 years, Ella M. Anderson (age 28) born in Sweden to Swedish-born parents and having emigrated in 1898. Also living there is his nephew: Charles E. Anderson (age 11) born in Michigan to Swedish-born parents.

Following the death of Anna Kornelia (Liedman/Kullenburg) Svahn, Josef Algot "Joseph" Svahn placed four of his five children in the Swedish Lutheran Orphan's Home in Joliet, Will Co., IL. Edna Linéa Svahn, aged 10, was sent to live in New Carlisle, IN.


           

Josef Algot "Joseph" Svahn Children Orphanage Records. The Probate Records of Joseph Algot Svahn are on Ancestry.com.


The South Bend Tribune, South Bend, St. Joseph Co., IN, Friday, July 29, 1910

Personal and Local News.

Joseph Svahn and children left for Joliet, where he will place his children in an Orphan's home.


On August 3, 1912, Atty. Carl J. Johanson was appointed Guardian of the five minor Svahn children by the St. Joseph Circuit Court, St. Joseph Co., IN.

Stanley George Wetherbee (age 24), a bachelor, and Caroline Barbara Schnacky (age 23), a maiden, were married December 23, 1914, in Minneapolis, Hennepin Co., MN. This marriage ended in divorce. They had one adopted son, Vernon Wetherbee.


   

From Left to Right: Emma (Abbey) Larson; Wilbur Larson; Almo Larson; the farm dog; Norma (Nelson) Larson; Arthur Larson; Carl Larson; Mrs. Emil Nelson, and Mildred Wilson, Larson farm, Farmington Twp., Waupaca Co., WI, about 1915.


   

From Left to Right: Emma (Abbey) Larson; Wilbur Larson; Almo Larson; Norma (Nelson) Larson; Freeda (Larson) Lewis; Arthur Larson; Olaus Larson; and Carl Larson, Larson farm, Farmington Twp., Waupaca Co., WI, about 1916.


Gustaf E. "Gust" Anderson Family Baptism Records.


Carl Cornelius Svahn was adopted about February, 1915, in Waupaca Co., WI, by Arthur David Larson.


Norma Victoria (Nelson) Larson and adopted son, Carl Cornelius Svahn/Larson, 1914.


The Daily Tribune, Wisconsin Rapids, Wood Co., WI, Wednesday, June 7, 1916

LETTER CARRIERS ELECT

Eau Claire - A. D. Larson, Sheridan, Waupaca county, was elected president of the Wisconsin rural letter carriers' association at the annual convention held here.


The Grand Rapids Tribune, Grand Rapids, Wood Co., WI, August 23, 1917

SIGEL

Mr. and Mrs. Gust Anderson came home Monday from Sheridan, having spent Sunday at the C. Larson home.


The Wood County Reporter, Grand Rapids, Wood Co., WI, Thursday, August 1, 1918

SIGEL

Gust E. Anderson has returned to Bessemer, Michigan where he is employed, after spending the Fourth with relatives here.

Mr. and Mrs. Gust Anderson spent Saturday, Sunday and Monday at the Arthur Larson home at Sheridan.


   

The WWI Draft Registration Report dated September 11, 1918, shows Vianney Levi Vedner, age 33, born February 5, 1885, is a Railroad Agent for Waupaca Green Bay Railway, and is living at 413 E. Sessions, Waupaca, Waupaca Co., WI. His nearest relative is Clara Vedner, of the same address.


   

The WWI Draft Registration Report dated September 12, 1918, shows Arthur David Larson, age 37, born January 21, 1881, is a Farmer and a U. S. Rural Letter Carrier, and is living at Sheridan, Waupaca Co., WI. His nearest relative is Norma O. Larson, of the same address.


Alfred Oliver Berg and Gladys Unknown were married before 1920.

The 1920 U. S. Census taken on January 2, 1920, shows Arthur Larson (age 38) born in Wisconsin to Swedish-born parents, is a married U. S. Mail Carrier, and who owns his home with a mortgage, and is living in Farmington Twp., Waupaca Co., WI. Living with him are: his wife Norma V. Larson (age 39) born in Illinois to Swedish-born parents; his son, Carl Larson (age 11) born in Wisconsin to Wisconsin and Illinois-born parents; and his daughter, Esther Larson (age 2) born in Wisconsin to Wisconsin and Illinois-born parents.

The 1920 U. S. Census taken on January 2, 1920, shows Edith Anderson (age 3-6/12) born in Wisconsin to Finnish-born parents, is a Boarder in the John Vandalson household, and is living in Sigel Twp., Wood Co., WI.

The 1920 U. S. Census taken on January 29, 1920, shows Stanley G. Wetherbee (age 29) born in North Dakota to Michigan and Pennsylvania-born parents is an Auto Mechanic renting his home and living on Appleton Avenue, Crystal, Crystal Twp., Pembina Co., ND. Living with him is his wife, Caroline B. Wetherbee (age 23) born in Wisconsin to Pennsylvania-born parents.


The Wood County Tribune, Grand Rapids, Wood Co., WI, Thursday April 29, 1920

SIGEL

Edith Anderson left on Saturday for Sheridan, where she will make her home with Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Larson, her father Gust Anderson accompanied her there and will spend a week visiting with old friends.

Gust Anderson is home from Sheridan, where he has been spending a week.


The Wood County Tribune, Grand Rapids, Wood Co., WI, Wednesday, May 18, 1921

SIGEL COUPLE ARE UNITED IN MARRIAGE

Gust Anderson and Anna Johnson, both of the town of Sigel, were united in marriage Tuesday evening, April 10th, at five o'clock at the home of the bridegroom. Rev. F. G. Oleson, pastor of the Lutheran church of this city, performed the marriage service. They were attended by Mr. and Mrs. Lee Anderson at matron and groomsman. Following the ceremony a wedding dinner was served to fifty guests. The house and tables were decorated with spring flowers. The newlyweds will reside on Mr. Anderson's farm near Sigel. Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Larson of Sheridan, Wis., were out of town guests.


Walter Carl Stahl and Hilda Marie Roneson were married 1921 in Wisconsin.


The Wood County Tribune, Grand Rapids, Wood Co., WI, Wednesday, May 18, 1921

SIGEL COUPLE ARE UNITED IN MARRIAGE

Gust Anderson and Anna Johnson, both of the town of Sigel, were united in marriage Tuesday evening, April 10th, at five o'clock at the home of the bridegroom. Rev. F. G. Oleson, pastor of the Lutheran church of this city, performed the marriage service. They were attended by Mr. and Mrs. Lee Anderson at matron and groomsman. Following the ceremony a wedding dinner was served to fifty guests. The house and tables were decorated with spring flowers. The newlyweds will reside on Mr. Anderson's farm near Sigel. Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Larson of Sheridan, Wis., were out of town guests.


Frida Maria Constance (Norlin) Roche and son, Norlin Joseph Roche, Emma Jane (Abbey) Larson and son, Wilbur Almo "Bill" Larson, and Carl Cornelius Svahn/Larson, Larson farm, Farmington Twp., Waupaca Co., WI, June, 1923.


Alfred Oliver Berg and Gladys (Unknown) Berg were divorced March, 1929, in Minneapolis, Hennepin Co., MN.


Back row, L to R: Helen M. (Frazer) Larson, Walter Emanuel Larson, Norma Victoria (Nelson) Larson, Arthur David Larson, Unknown man, Unknown woman, and Almo Joshua Larson. Front row, L to R: Olive Wilma Larson, Carlo the dog, Elizabeth Ellen "Betty" Larson, Esther Elvira Adele Anderson, Gustav Alfred "Fred" Johnson, and Cora Ethel Olivia (Johnson) Johnson, at the Almo Larson farm, Farmington Twp., Waupaca Co., WI, about 1930.


The 1930 U. S. Census taken on April 12, 1930, shows Arthur D. Larson (age 49) born in Wisconsin to Swedish-born parents and first married at age 23 is a General Farm Farmer owning his farm and living in Farmington Twp., Waupaca Co., WI. Living with him is his wife Norma Larson (age 50) born in Illinois to Swedish-born parents and first married at age 24. Also living there are his children: Carl Larson (age 11) born in Wisconsin to Wisconsin and Illinois-born parents; and Esther Larson (age 12) born in Wisconsin to Wisconsin-born parents. Also living there are two Lodgers: Gordon Moore (age 15); and Lawrence Oliver (age 25) a Farm Laborer.

The 1930 U. S. Census taken on April 9, 1930, shows Carl C. Larson (age 21) born in Indiana to United States-born parents, is an unmarried Soldier, and is living at Schofield Barracks Military Reservation, Oahu Island, Honolulu Co., Hawaii Territory.

The 1930 U. S. Census taken on April 5, 1930, shows Stanley G. Wetherbee (age 39) born in North Dakota to Michigan and Minnesota-born parents, and first married at age 24, is a married  Oil Business Installation Manager who rents his home for $40/month, and is living at 313 S. Main Street, 4th  Ward, City of Waupaca, Waupaca Co., WI. Living there are the following: his wife, Caroline B. Wetherbee (age 39) born in Wisconsin to Pennsylvania and Montreal, Canadian, born parents, and first married at age 23; and an unmarried Roomer, Ethel Amundson (age 20) born in Minnesota to Wisconsin and Minnesota-born parents, a Stenographer in an Oil Business Factory.

The 1930 U. S. Census taken on April 9, 1930, shows Gust E. Anderson (age 58) born in Finland to Finnish-born parents and having emigrated in 1890 with Al citizenship status and first married at age 28 is a General Farm Farmer living in Sigel Twp., Wood Co., WI. Living with him is his wife Anna Anderson (age 52) born in Sweden to Swedish-born parents and having emigrated in 1902 with Al citizenship status and first married at age 22. Also living there is his daughter, Edith Anderson (age 13) born in Wisconsin to Swedish-born parents.

Norma Victoria (Nelson) Larson died Monday, May 8, 1933, at Community Hospital, Waupaca, Waupaca Co., WI, at age 53. Buried in Salem (Old Swede) Cemetery, Farmington Twp., Waupaca Co., WI.


Oshkosh Daily Northwestern, Oshkosh, Winnebago Co., WI, Wednesday, May 10, 1933

WAUPACA FARM RESIDENT DIES

Waupaca, Wis. - (Special) - Mrs. Arthur D. Larson, 53, died Monday at Community hospital following an illness of about three weeks. She lived on a farm about six miles west of Waupaca. Funeral services will be held Thursday afternoon at 1 o'clock at the home and at 2 o'clock at Immanuel Lutheran church in this city, Rev. F. A. Reier officiating. Burial will be in the Farmington Swedish cemetery.


Following is the newspaper obituary for Norma (Nelson) Larson.

Mrs. A. D. Larson

Mrs. Arthur D. Larson, nee Norma V. Nelson, was born in Rockford, IL on March 23, 1880. There she grew up to womanhood, graduating from Rockford high school, thence preparing herself for the teaching profession. She taught in the Kish-Waukee schools of Rockford for six years. On April the 6, 1904, she was united in marriage to Arthur D. Larson of the Town of Farmington. In 1920 Mr. and Mrs. Larson purchased the F. C. Fisher farm then owned by Mr. D. F. Burnham of this city. There she lived until she was taken to the Waupaca Community Hospital April 20, 1933, where she underwent a serious operation. An embolus became lodged on the brain causing a condition which all medical skill was helpless to remove. She passed away Monday afternoon, May 8,1933 at 12:25. Mrs. Larson leaves to mourn, her husband and two children, Carl, 24, stationed at Ft. Snelling, MN, and Esther, 15, a student at Waupaca high school. Another son, born Jan. 20, 1923, died at birth. Also surviving are her parents and five brothers, Mr. and Mrs. E. G. Nelson, Clarence and Theodore, Iona, SD, Morris, Rockford, IL, Theron, Ludington, MI, and Loyal of Green Bay, and a large number of relatives and a host of friends. A most sincere Christian spirit was ever manifested in her daily life. It was always a pleasure for her to take into her home children who were in need of a Mother's care. More than a score of children have been cared for at different times in the Larson home. In the church, Sunday School, and Ladies Aid Society she was a most devoted member, always taking part in the activities of Christian service. Her membership was in the Immanuel Lutheran church, of Waupaca. In the community she was an inspiration for others, always ready and willing to give of herself to make others happier. The funeral is being held this Thursday afternoon, May 11, 1933 at one o'clock from the home, followed by service in the Immanuel Lutheran church conducted by Rev. F. A. Reier. Interment will be in the Salem cemetery. Pallbearers are John Erickson, Oscar Modeen, Leonard Peterson, Edwin Anderson, D. F. Burnham, and George Madson.  


Another article followed a few days later.

The funeral rites for Mrs. Arthur D. Larson of Farmington were held Thursday, May 11, 2 p.m., from Immanuel Lutheran church, Rev. F. A. Reier officiating. Interment was in Salem Lutheran cemetery.

A large number of relatives and friends from out of town came to attend the funeral, among them: Mr. and Mrs. Morris Nelson and son Morris, Jr., Mr. and Mrs. John Wanfalt, Mr. and Mrs. Sven Noren and Mrs. Reynold Winquist, Rockford, IL; Theron Nelson, Ludington, MI; Mr. and Mrs. Loyal Nelson, Green Bay; Mrs. Amanda Hoffman, Mrs. C. Oscar Larson and children, Robert, Charles and Rosanne, Rev. and Mrs. A. C. Rylander, Rev. H. H. Sanstedt, and Mrs. J. Dahlquist, Chicago; Rev. C. A. Rosander, Crystal Falls, MI; Rev. and Mrs. J. A. Olson, Unity, WI; Miss Cora Johnson, Gerhard Johnson, Boyceville, WI; Axel J. Anderson and daughter Marion, Gust. E. Anderson and daughter Edith, Erick Anderson and two children, Wisconsin Rapids, and Mrs. Christine Norlin and son Clarence of Saxeville.


Stevens Point Daily Journal, Stevens Point, Portage Co., WI, Friday, June 8, 1934

Oakland Briefs

Mr. and Mrs. Almo Larson attended the graduating exercises at Waupaca high school Friday evening. Esther Larson, a niece of Mr. Larson, was a graduate.


Vianney Levi "Vennie" Vedner and Caroline Barbara (Schnacky) Wetherbee were married August 2, 1934, at the groom's house, Waupaca, Waupaca Co., WI.


Oshkosh Daily Northwestern, Oshkosh, Winnebago Co., WI, August 7, 1934

Waupaca, Wis.

Vernon Vedner and Mrs. Caroline Weatherbee were united in marriage Thursday evening at the groom's house, the Rev. F. A. Reier officiating. Attendants were Miss Delia Vedner and Frank Peter. Mr. Vedner is a member of the city council.


Vianney Levi "Vennie" Vedner died June 15, 1936, in Waupaca, Waupaca Co., WI, at age 51. Buried in Lakeside Memorial Park, Waupaca, Waupaca Co., WI.


The Oshkosh Northwestern, Oshkosh, Winnebago Co., WI, Tuesday June 16, 1936

STATION AGENT DIES AT HOME IN WAUPACA

Waupaca, Wis. - Vienny L. Vedner, agent here for the Green Bay & Western railroad for 25 years, died at 4:30 o'clock Monday afternoon. He ran into a door last week and sustained a cut on his forehead. The wound was closed by several stitches, but erisipelas developed, causing his death. Mr. Vedner was born at Bear Creek, Wis., Feb. 6, 1885. He had been active in civic affairs and at the time of his death was chairman of the relief committee. He was beginning his ninth year on the city council. He was a trustee of Immanuel Lutheran church and was president-elect of the local Lions club, and would have been installed as president on July 1. Survivors are his wife, Mrs. Caroline Vedner; a son, Dr. Harold J. Vedner, Coon Valley; his granddaughter; his mother, Mrs. Delia Vedner, Bear Creek; and four brothers and two sisters. Funeral services are to be held in private at the home Wednesday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock and at Immanuel Lutheran church at 2 o'clock. The Rev. F. A. Rier will officiate. Burial will be in Lakeside cemetery.


Alfred Oliver Berg and Frances Margaret Zanker were married July 2, 1936, in Minneapolis, Hennepin Co., MN.

Roy Lafayette Wetherbee and Hilda (Unknown) Stahl were married November 24, 1936, in Wadena Co., MN.

Arthur David Larson (age 56), a widower, and Caroline Barbara (Schnacky) (Wetherbee) Vedner (age 56), a widow, were married October 2, 1937, at the Arthur Larson residence near Sheridan, Farmington Twp., Waupaca Co., WI.


Arthur David Larson and Caroline B. (Schnacky) (Wetherbee) Vedner Marriage Record.


   

Left to Right: Arthur David Larson, Caroline Barbara (Schnacky) (Wetherbee) (Vedner) Larson, Emma Jane (Abbey) Larson, Walter Emanuel Larson and Helen M. (Frazer) Larson, and Almo Joshua Larson.


Following is the newspaper article about the Larson-Vedner wedding on October 2, 1937.

The Larson-Vedner Wedding Saturday

A beautiful marriage occurred Saturday at high noon when Caroline Vedner became the bride of Arthur D. Larson at the Larson farm home near Sheridan. The bride was attired in a lovely gown of white panne satin and carried a bouquet of American Beauty roses and baby's breath. Vernon Wetherbee gave the bride in marriage. Mrs. Paul Bammel sang "The End of a Perfect Day", accompanied by Mrs. Leonard Peterson, just before the bride's entrance. Yellow and salmon-tinted gladioli and ferns formed the background in the parlor where the couple said their vows before Rev. F. A. Reier. Autumn leaves and pompons also decked the rooms. A green and gold color scheme was carried out in the dining room where covers were laid for 30 relatives and friends at an elaborate wedding dinner. Rev. Reier acted as toastmaster, as the guests toasted the bride and groom, while telegrams of congratulations were relayed over the telephone to Mr. and Mrs. Larson from relatives too distant to attend. The following were among the invited guests: Rev. and Mrs. F. A. Reier and daughter Delores; Mr. and Mrs. Almo J. Larson, Waupaca; Wilbur Larson, Green Bay; Miss Esther Larson, Chicago; Vernon Wetherbee, Waupaca; Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Peterson, Sheridan; Mr. and Mrs. P. B. Bammel, Mr. and Mrs. D. F. Burnham, Waupaca; Mr. and Mrs. L. A. Olsen, Racine; Mr. and Mrs. Hy. (Henry) Schnacky, Cudahy; Mrs. O. Helpap, Orviz Helpap and Miss V. Dahlberg, Rice Lake. Mrs. L. Syms and Miss M. Lindstrom catered. Mrs. M. May, Henrietta Burnham, Gladys Bammel and Corintha Reier served as waitresses. Mr. and Mrs. Larson left in the afternoon for a trip through Wisconsin, Minnesota and the Dakotas, to visit relatives and are returning this week Friday.


The Appleton Post-Crescent, Appleton, Outagamie Co., WI, Monday, October 4, 1937

Vednor-Larson

Saturday noon occurred the marriage of Mrs. Caroline Vednor and Arthur D. Larson, both of Waupaca, the ceremony taking place in the home of Mr. Larson with the Rev. F. A. Reier, pastor of Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran church, officiating. The couple was attended by Miss Esther Larson, Chicago, daughter of the bridegroom, and Vernon Weatherbee, son of the bride. The Lohengrin wedding march was played by Mrs. Peterson and during the ceremony Mrs. Paul Bammel sang (The End of a Perfect Day", accompanied by Mrs. Peterson. Twenty-five guests were served a wedding dinner immediately following the ceremony by the Misses Sylvia Bammel, Henrietta Burnham and Corintha Reier. The couple left for a trip to Unity, Wis., and will return within a few days to the farm home of Mr. Larson.


Walter Carl Stahl and Hilda Marie (Roneson) Stahl were divorced before 1938.

Walter Carl Stahl and Dorothy Unknown were married August 5, 1938, in Rice Lake, Barron Co., WI.

The 1940 U. S. Census taken on May 17, 1940, shows Arthur D. Larson (age 59) born in Wisconsin, and having completed 1 year of High School, and 5 years ago was living in the Same House, is a married Farmer owning his farm worth $3,500 and is living in Farmington Twp., Waupaca Co., WI. Living with him are two married adults: a Lodger, Louis Mittelstaedt (age 25) born in Wisconsin and having completed 8 years of schooling, and 5 years ago was living elsewhere in Waupaca Co., WI, a Farmer; and Virginia Mittelstaedt (age 25) born in Illinois and having completed 4 years of High School, and 5 years ago was living elsewhere in Waupaca Co., WI, a Housekeeper. Census ED 68-11, Page 23 of 32. Leigh Larson note: Arthur's divorce from Caroline would become official about one month after the census was taken.

The 1940 U. S. Census taken on May 2, 1940, shows Gust Anderson (age 67) born in Finland, and having completed 3 years of School, and 5 years ago was living in the Same House, and a Naturalized Citizen, is a widowed Farmer who owns his farm worth $1,000 and is living in Farmington Twp., Waupaca Co., WI.

The 1940 U. S. Census taken on April 12, 1940, shows Esther Adele Larson (age 22) born in Wisconsin, and 5 years ago was living in Chicago, Cook Co., IL, and with 4 years of High School, is an unmarried Airline Stewardess, and is lodging at the Sanford Hotel, Queens Borough, Queens Co., NY.

The 1940 U. S. Census taken on May 1, 1940, shows Walter Stahl (age 46) born in Minnesota, and 5 years ago was living in Spooner, WI, and with 8 years of School, is a married Bartender at a Tavern, and is an Inmate at the City Jail, City of Barron, Barron Co., WI.

The 1940 U. S. Census taken on April 23, 1940, shows Clara E. Vedner (age 53) born in Wisconsin, and 5 years ago was living in Shiocton, Outagamie Co., WI, and with 8 years of School, is a widowed Maid in a Private Home, and is Lodging at the Anton H. Vandynhoven residence, 523 West Seventh Street, City of Appeton, Outagamie Co., WI.

Arthur David Larson filed for divorce from Caroline Barbara (Schnacky) (Wetherbee) (Vedner) Larson about April, 1940.


The Appleton Post-Crescent, Appleton, Outagamie Co., WI, Wednesday, April 17, 1940

Issues of Fact before the Circuit Court for the April Term - Waupaca. Includes: Arthur D. Larson versus Caroline B. Larson.


Arthur David Larson was granted a divorce from Caroline Barbara (Schnacky) (Wetherbee) (Vedner) Larson on June 24, 1940, in Waupaca, Waupaca Co., WI, upon the grounds of cruel and inhuman treatment.

Evan Larson Lewis spent the summer of 1940 with his uncle, Arthur David Larson, and then spent two weeks with his uncle, Almo Joshua Larson, before going back to Alabama.


Stevens Point Daily Journal, Stevens Point, Portage Co., WI, Tuesday, June 25, 1940

Postponed Term of Circuit Court Held

Waupaca, June 2 - (Special) - A special postponed session of the April term of circuit court was held Monday with Judge George J. Leicht of Wausau presiding. Arthur D. Larson, town of Farmington, was allowed a divorce from Caroline Larson, on the grounds of cruel and inhuman treatment.


Appleton Post-Crescent, Appleton, Outagamie Co., WI, Tuesday, June 25, 1940

Postponed Session of Court Held at Waupaca

Waupaca - A special postponed session of the April term of circuit court was held Monday with Judge George J. Leight, Wausau, presiding.The cases heard were originally those in which Judge H. J. Severson had been employed as attorney before his election to the judgeship. .... Arthur D. Larson, town of Farmington, was granted a divorce from Caroline Larson on the grounds of cruel and inhuman treatment.


Appleton Post-Crescent, Appleton, Outagamie Co., WI, August 13, 1940

Air Stewardess Visits At Home of Parents

Waupaca - Miss Esther Larson, R. N., daughter of Arthur D. Larson, town of Farmington, stewardess on the American Airlines, spent the latter part of the week at her home. Selected from several thousands of applicants for the position, Miss Larson has been employed by the Air Lines for several weeks.


   

The WWII Draft Registration Report dated April 20, 1942, shows Arthur David Larson, age 61, is living in Rt. 4, Farmington, Waupaca Co., WI.


The WWII Draft Registration Report dated October 16, 1940, shows Carl Corniel Larson, age 32, born July 26, 1908, in Mishawaka, IN, is Unemployed, and living at 287 St. Anthony Ave., St. Paul, MN.


   

Carl Cornelius Larson's WWII Draft Registration Report.


Caroline's first marriage was to Stanley C. Wetherbee of North Dakota around 1911. This marriage ended in divorce. Her second husband was Vianney Levi Vedner, with the marriage taking place on August 2, 1934. V. L. Vedner died on June 16, 1936. He bumped a door in the dark and died of the injury.

Following her divorce from Arthur David Larson about April, 1940, Caroline married Walter Carl Stahl.


The Minneapolis Star, Minneapolis, Hennepin Co., MN, Thursday, February 22, 1940

Shooting Admitted by Tavern Keeper

BARRON, WIS. - (AP) - District Attorney L. C. Youngman said today Walter Stahl, 42, Campia tavern keeper, had confessed shooting his wife, Dorothy, 34, Tuesday. Stahl's wife was recovering from three bullet wounds in Rice Lake hospital.


The Minneapolis Star, Minneapolis, Hennepin Co., MN, Monday, February 26, 1940

FACES ASSAULT CHARGE

BARRON, WIS. - (AP) - Walter Stahl, 43, will be tried at the May term of circuit court on a charge of assault with intent to commit murder in connection with the recent wounding of his wife.


Alfred Oliver Berg and Frances Margaret (Zanker) Berg were divorced January 30, 1942, in Minneapolis, Hennepin Co., MN.

Walter Carl Stahl and Dorothy (Unknown) Stahl separated January 11, 1942, in Barron Co., WI, and were divorced February 6, 1942, in Barron Co., WI.

Walter Carl Stahl (age 50), a divorcee, and Caroline Barbara (Schnacky) (Wetherbee) (Vedner) Larson (age 62), a divorcee, were married November 27, 1942, in Pine Co., MN, or September 27, 1943, in Chisago Co., MN.

James Strickland Swarts and Esther Adele (Anderson/Larson were married May 1, 1943, at the Naval Air Station, Dallas, Dallas Co., TX.


James Strickland Swarts and Esther Adele (Anderson/Larson Marriage Record.


Appleton Post-Crescent, Appleton, Outagamie Co., WI, Monday, May 3, 1943

Larson - Swartz

A. D. Larson, Waupaca, has received word of the marriage Saturday evening in Dallas, Texas, of his daughter, Miss Esther Larson, R. N., and Lieutenant James S. Swartz. The couple will make its home in Dallas for the present where the bridegroom, an officer in the naval air corps, is taking specialized training. A graduate of Waupaca High school and of the Augustana Hospitol School of Nursing in Chicago, the bride was employed for a year in a hospital in Nashville, Tenn. She then accepted a position with the American Airlines, from which she resigned Saturday.


The Chippewa Herald-Telegram, Chippewa Falls, WI, Saturday, August 21, 1943

Mrs. Caroline Vedner-Stahl arrived from Milwaukee Thursday and made a statement to this newspaper that reports current that she had been injured in an automobile accident were untrue.


The Chippewa Herald-Telegram, Chippewa Falls, WI, Friday, March 31, 1944

Personals

I WILL NOT BE responsible for any debts contracted for by anyone but myself. The partnership of the Q & B Tavern and restaurant has been dissolved. Caroline Stahl.


Walter Carl Stahl and Caroline Barbara (Schnacky) (Wetherbee) (Vedner) (Larson) Stahl were divorced about March, 1944, in Barron Co., WI.

James Strickland Swarts died April 28, 1944, in England, at age 27. Originally buried in Brookwood Military Cemetery, Surry, England, UK. Reburied August 5, 1948, in Fort Bliss National Cemetery, El Paso, El Paso Co., TX. He was killed in a German U-boat attack on his LST during training exercises about six weeks before the D-Day. Lieutenant Swarts was aboard the LST 507 when, during a practice exercise called "Operation Tiger" off the coast of England at a place called Slapton Sands. The LST was attacked by German E-boats. At some point during this action he was killed. On the beaches of Slapton Sands, there remains a small memorial to the 946 men who lost their lives that April day in 1944.


The El Paso Times, El Paso, El Paso Co., TX, Thursday, May 18, 1944

Lt. J. Swarts Dies In Action Near England

Lt. (s. g.) James Strickland Swarts, of the Navy, son of J. W. Swarts, Van Horn attorney, has been killed in action somewhere near England according to word received by his father from the War Department. His body will be buried on neutral territory pending the cessation of hostilities, the message read. A memorial service for Lieutenant Swarts will be held on Sunday, May 28, at noon at the First Methodist Church in Van Horn under the auspices of the local American Legion and other ex-service men. Lieutenant Swarts is also survived by his wife, Mrs. Esther Larsen Swarts of Dallas, who is now residing in Washington, D. C. where she is in service as a nurse. The couple was married May 1, 1943. Other relatives surviving are an aunt, Miss Elizabeth Strickland of Coffeyville, Kan., and an uncle, Harry S. Swarts of Tulsa, Okla. Lieutenant Swarts volunteered in the Navy on Feb. 28, 1941 and was commissioned an ensign by Acting Secretary of the Navy James Forrestal. He was sent to the Hawaiian Islands, and from that base operated in the Pacific and Aleutians for two years. He was at Pearl Harbor at the time of the attack. He returned to the United States in the spring of 1943. At the time of his death he was in special training of amphibious warfare and command of his ship.


Alfred Oliver Berg and Josephine M./A. Lind were married June 24, 1944, in Minneapolis, Hennepin Co., MN.

Clara M. L. (Conradt) Vedner died March 12, 1946, in Shiocton, Outagamie Co., WI, at age 59. Buried in Shiocton-Bovina Saint Denis Cemetery, Shiocton, Outagamie Co., WI.

Roy Lafayette Wetherbee died April 23, 1947, in Hubbard Co., MN, at age 59. Buried in Greenwood Cemetery, Park Rapids, Hubbard Co., MN.

Alfred Oliver Berg and Josephine M./A. (Lind) Berg were divorced October, 1947, in Minneapolis, Hennepin Co., MN.

Alfred Oliver Berg and Caroline Barbara (Schnacky) (Wetherbee) (Vedner) (Larson) Stahl were married December 13, 1952, in Minneapolis, Hennepin Co., MN.


Arthur Larson about 1955.


The Minneapolis Star, Minneapolis, Hennepin Co., MN, Thursday, May 4, 1961

Traffic Court

Judges Tom Bergin

DRUNK DRIVING

Caroline B. Berg, 70, 124 Groveland Av., $100; careless driving dismissed.


Alfred Oliver Berg died May 23, 1961, in Minneapolis, Hennepin Co., MN, at age 69. Buried in Sunset Memorial Park Cemetery, Minneapolis, Hennepin Co., MN.


The Star Tribune, Minneapolis, Hennepin Co., MN, Thursday, May 25, 1961

ALFRED BERG

Services for Alfred Berg, 69, 124 Groveland Av., who died Tuesday, will be 1:30 p.m. Friday at the Sunset Memorial Park cemetery chapel, with burial there. Mr. Berg was a Minneapolis resident 52 years. He was a machinist for Troy Manufacturing Co. for 34 years before his retirement four years ago. Survivors include his wife, Caroline; his mother, Mrs. Mary Berg, Cloquet, Minn.; five brothers, Ben, Bert L., Joseph M. and Arop M., all of Minneapolis, and Sigval M., Detroit, Mich., and three sisters, Mrs. Eva Russell, Portland, Ore., and Mrs. William Hauptman and Nina Berg, both of Cloquet.


Back Row: Almo, Edith, Arthur; Front Row: Cora Johnson, Vonita, Velma, at the Almo Larson farm, Farmington Twp., Waupaca Co., WI, 1961. This was the last time siblings Almo, Edith and Arthur, were together.


Appleton Post-Crescent, Appleton, Outagamie Co., WI, Wednesday, June 10, 1964

AUCTION SALE

Saturday, June 13, 1:00 p. m. On MRS. ALMO LARSON FARM, LOCATED: North of Waupaca on Highway 49 - 1-1/2 miles west on Larson Rd.

FARM MACHINERY - EQUIPMENT & TOOLS - HOUSEHOLD FURNITURE

AUCTIONEER PAT RILEY, Scandinavia, Wisconsin


The Minneapolis Star, Minneapolis, Hennepin Co., MN, Thursday, August 25, 1966

WOMAN, 76, ROBBED

A 76-year-old woman told Minneapolis police Wednesday night he was robbed of 50 cents at knife-point and some of her clothing was torn off by a man who accosted her in the doorway of a building at 105 E. 15th St., just around the corner from her home. The victim was Caroline Berg, 1511 1st Av. S. Police later recovered her coin purse.


Arthur David Larson died January 16, 1968, at Riverside Community Memorial Hospital, Waupaca, Waupaca Co., WI, at age 86. Buried in Salem (Old Swede) Cemetery, Farmington Twp., Waupaca Co., WI.


Arthur David Larson Death Certificate.


The Appleton Post-Crescent, Appleton, Outagamie Co., WI, Tuesday, January 16, 1968

Arthur D. Larson, Red Cross Leader, Dies at Waupaca

WAUPACA - Arthur D. Larson, 86, Bethany Home resident, died early this morning at Riverside hospital following a short illness. He had been active in the Waupaca County Red Cross for more than 50 years and during the past year he was cited for many years of 4-H work in Waupaca County. He was retired farmer, real estate broker and rural mail carrier in the Sheridan area. Larson is survived by one son, one daughter. Funeral arrangements are pending at the Bammel Funeral Home. He has been a resident of Bethany since 1963.


The Waupaca County Post, Waupaca, Waupaca Co., WI, Wednesday, January 17, 1968

Arthur D. Larson Dies; Prominent In Civic Affairs

Arthur D. Larson, 86, Bethany Home, who was prominent in various civic activities, died at 12:45 Tuesday morning, January 16, at Riverside Community Memorial hospital, where he had been a patient for about one week. He was born January 21, 1881 in the Town of Farmington, where he lived all of his life with the exception of the years since 1963 when he became a resident at Bethany Home. At the Home he served on the resident council and took pride in raising the Home Flag each day. On April 6, 1904 he was married in Rockford, IL to Norma Nelson, who preceded him in death in 1933. When he was engaged in farming he won the bid, in 1923, to supply the Grand Army Home for Veterans, King, with all the milk he could deliver. For 23 years he produced and delivered all the milk used there. In 1935 he was given the recognition of Master Farmer by the Department of Agriculture. After he gave up being a full-time farmer he worked as a real estate agent and auctioneer and at one time was a rural mail carrier. He was a member of the school board in his district and for 42 years he was a member of the board of directors of the Waupaca Northwestern Co-op. For 45 years he was a member of the board of the Salem Lutheran Church, Town of Farmington, and after the amalgamation of the Salem and Peace Lutheran churches, forming the Immanuel Lutheran church. He was on the board until a few years ago, when he resigned. Active in 4-H club work he organized a 4-H club in Farmington and was its active leader for 12 years. He was recently presented with a Friend of 4-H award for his leadership in club activities from 1946 to 1958. Since 1917 he was active in all phases of Red Cross work, affiliated with the Waupaca chapter. He served as chapter chairman from 1960 to 1964 and disaster chairman from 1948 to 1966. He served on the Red Cross Board of Directors for many years and was always active in the functions of the chapter. Most recently he worked as a Gray Man. He was also a member of the Waupaca Historical Society. He is survived by one son, Carl, St. Paul, MN; one daughter, Mrs. Al (Esther) Pletenik, West Covina, CA; two sisters, Mrs. Clarence Nelson, Hot Springs, SD, and Mrs. Robert Lewis, Silver Springs, MD; four grandchildren; and five great grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted at 1:30 this afternoon, Jan. 18, at Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran church with the Rev. A. J. Engel, pastor, in charge. Burial will be in Salem cemetery, Town of Farmington. Friends may call at the Bammel Funeral Home until 11 o'clock this morning and at 12 o'clock at the church. Pallbearers including Harvey Eichsteadt, Martin Heubner, Leo Niemuth, Leo Neubauer, Harold Pohl and Harvey Sellin.


Alexander Schnacky, one of the prominent young men of Oak Grove Township, has a good farm of 120 acres in section 2, which he is conducting and improving along the latest approved lines. He is a native of this county, born May 9, 1889, in the township where he now lives, the son of Lewis and Anna (Ruetz) Schnacky, early settlers. He attended the schools of his neighborhood, learned farming from his parents, and remained with them until 1906. Then for some years he worked on various farms in different parts of the county. In 1917 he rented his father's farm, and successfully conducted it for three years. He bought his present place in 1920. He remodelled the buildings, erected a machine shed, cleared sixteen more acres, and put everything in first class shape. Here he carries on general farming and dairying, and has a good herd of Holsteins headed by a full blooded sire. He also has a good drove of Poland-China swine. Mr. Schnacky was married Jan. 1, 1917, to Edith Hessing, who was born April 14, 1892, in Dane County, Wis., daughter of William and Christina (Heopker) Hessing, natives respectively of Indiana and Wisconsin, who now live at Windsor, Wis. In the Hessing family there are five children: Laura, wife of George Kendell, of Sun Prairie, Dane County, Wis.; Grace, who teaches school in Fort Atkinson, Wis.; Hazel, who also teaches school at Fort Atkinson; Ruby, who is attending the Stout Institute at Menomonie, Wis.; and Edith, the wife of Alexander Schnacky.


Stanley George Wetherbee died July 30, 1971, in Theda Clark Hospital, Neenah, Winnebago Co., WI, at age 80. Buried in Lind Center Cemetery, Lind Twp., Waupaca Co., WI.


The Post-Crescent, Appleton, Outagamie Co., WI, Monday, August 2, 1971

Stanley Wetherbee, 1127 Evans St., Waupaca

Age 80, passed away Friday at 11:50 p.m. at Theda Clark Hospital (Neenah, WI). He was born in Fairmount, N. D., August 10, 1890. He was married in Waukegan, Ill., September 17, 1934 to Lillian Eichsteadt. He was a member of Waupaca Lodge No. 123, F & AM, a former city alderman and was the Mayor of Waupaca from 1942 to 1946. He was Vice President of the former Cary Manufacturing Co. and later owned his own heating contracting business, prior to his retirement. He was also a member of the Waupaca Lions Club. Survivors are his wife; two sons, Clyde, Waupaca, Vernon, Arvada, Colorado; 2 grandchildren; three brothers, Max, Antioch, Ill., Donald and Lester, both of Fairmount, N.D. Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Holly Funeral Home, Waupaca with Rev. John Westby officiating. Interment will be in the Lind Center Cemetery. Friends may call at the Holly Funeral Home Waupaca after 5 p.m. Monday until the hour of service on Tuesday.


Hilda Marie (Roneson) (Stahl) Wetherbee died December, 1974, in Parkers Prairie, MN, at age 81. Buried in Greenwood Cemetery, Park Rapids, Hubbard Co., MN.

Joseph Harold Vedner, MD,* died January 15, 1976, at Hess Memorial Hospital, Mauston, Juneau Co., WI, at age 67. Buried in Central Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery, King, Waupaca Co., WI.


The Madison State Journal, Madison, Dane Co., WI, January 17, 1976

Joseph H. Vedner, MD, age 67, of Mauston, died Thursday, 15 Jan 1976, at Hess Memorial Hospital. A graduate of Marquette Medical School in 1934, he was a member of St Patrick's Catholic Church, the American Legion, AMA, the Wisconsin Medical Association, Juneau County Medical Society, and had been the Mauston City Health Officer for several years. He was an Army physician and surgeon from 1936-1946. Dr. Vedner had served in the China-Burmese-India Theater and had received the Bronze Star and Oak Leaf Cluster before retiring from the service with the rank of Colonel. He is survived by his wife, Isabell of Mauston; a son, Richard, Fort Bragg, NC; two daughters, (Sue Claire) Mrs. Douglas Seeber of Wausau, and (Patricia) Mrs. William Dernbach, Madison; and seven grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at St Patrick's Catholic Church at 10am on Monday, January 19. Friends may call from 3-5 and 7-9:30pm on Sunday, January 18, at the Crandall Funeral Home, Mauston, where the rosary will be said at 8pm. Burial at King Army Home Cemetery, Waupaca, on Tuesday at 11:00 am.


Walter Carl Stahl died August 25, 1978, Minneapolis, Hennepin Co., MN, at age 84. Buried in Stacy Cemetery, Stacy, Chisago Co., MN.

Caroline Barbara (Schnacky) (Wetherbee) (Vedner) (Larson) (Stahl) Berg died March 2, 1983, in Minneapolis, Hennepin Co., MN, at age 92. Buried in Saint Josephs Cemetery, Rice Lake, Barron Co., WI.

Stanley C. Wetherbee 1890-1971 is buried in Lot 10B S 1/2, Lind Center Cemetery, Section 21, Lind Township, Waupaca Co., WI, Located on Lind Center Road. Holly Funeral Home marker.

The Schnacky family farmed in Barron Co., WI. They had a very large family of fourteen children.


The History of Barron County, WI - 1922 - by H. C. Cooper, Jr. & Co.

Lewis D. Schnacky, now living retired in Rice Lake, is one of the estimable citizens of the county, highly regarded for his excellent qualities and for what his life has meant to the community. Before coming here, he had wide experience as a farmer, oil man, and hotel proprietor, and his career in this county for nearly forty years has been one that will long be remembered to his honor. He has been a hard working man, he has had the good judgment which has made his arduous toil count for something, he has never been content that his results should be less than the best, and he developed what, at the time of his retirement, was regarded as one of the best equipped farms in the county. In his family he has been an ideal husband and father. He has given the community fourteen children, all of whom are a credit to their parents, and to each of these children he has given a good training and education, and surrounded their youth with those safeguards of care and guidance which are better than great riches. It is a remarkable fact that so well has his family been guarded, and so blessed has he been by Providence, that the family circle has remained unbroken, and in the rearing of the entire fourteen, only once was it necessary to call a physician to administer to illness. Lewis D. Schnacky was born in Lewis County, New York, Dec. 20, 1856, son of Michael and Barbara Schnacky, natives of Germany, who came to the United States in early life, and were married in Lewis County, New York, where they engaged in farming. He received a good education in the public schools of his native county, and remained at home until eighteen years of age. He then cast his fortunes with those of his brother, Joseph, and they continued as partners for several years. First they farmed near Rochester, New York, and then engaged in the hotel business there, having a hotel at the corner of St. Paul and Court streets. From there they went to the oil regions of Pennsylvania where they found employment as well drillers at from $5 to $7 a day, a remarkable wage in a period when many good workmen were receiving but $1 a day. By hard work and frugality they saved $4,000 and started a hotel at Patolia, Penn. This was destroyed by fire, and they lost everything. Then they came to Le Pierre County, Michigan, where they separated, Lewis re­maining there on a farm and Joseph going to Colorado. The subject of this sketch came to this county from Michigan in 1881, and with headquarters at Rice Lake, devoted his attention to getting out hardwood timber for barrel staves. In 1884, after his marriage, he bought 160 acres in Oak Grove Township, this county, borrowing $25 from a friend to make the first payment. He erected a log cabin, put up some crude outbuildings, and grubbed and cultivated the land. In the log cabin he lived for eighteen years. In time he sold 80 acres, but later bought 80 more, so he still had a quarter section. He erected two different sets of frame buildings, constructed fences, purchased machinery, tools and equipment, made improvements from time to time as his judgment dictated, and in time had what was considered as one of the best farms in the county. In 1917 he came to the city of Rice Lake, and after renting a home for two years, purchased his present comfortable place at 10 East Humbird street. He also owns two other residences in the city which he rents. While he was in the township he served on both the town and school boards, and in other ways showed his interest in public affairs. Mr. Schnacky was married June 15, 1884, to Anna Ruetz, who was born in Canada, March 11, 1863, daughter of Peter and Caroline (Stoeser) Ruetz, natives respectively of Germany and Canada. The fourteen children resulting from this union are: Lewis, Jr., Fred, Alex, Caroline, Clara, Susie, Marie, Andrew, Joseph, Henry, John, Michael, Florence and Abbline. Lewis Jr., was born May 19, 1885, and lives in Hopkins, Minn. He married May Chermak, and they have two children, Leonard and Herman. Fred was born Sept. 14, 1887, and lives in Rice Lake. He married Alvina Hillystad, and they have three children, Gerald, Dorris and Ruby. Alex was born May 9, 1889, and lives in Oak Grove Township, this county. He married Edith Hessing. Caroline was born Feb. 16, 1891, is the wife of Stanley Wetherbee, of Crystal, North Dakota, and has an adopted son, Vernon. Clara was born Feb. 17, 1893. She married Ellis Berg, and they live at Cornacopia, Wis., and have two sons, Robert and Donald. Susie was born Aug. 11, 1894, and is the wife of Elmer Hanson, of Rice Lake. Marie was born March 21, 1896, married Ostwin Helpap, and they have three children, Orvis, Roger and June. Andrew was born Nov. 8, 1897, and lives in Cleveland, Ohio. Joseph, born Nov. 26, 1898, and Henry, born Jan. 10, 1900, are both painters at Rice Lake. John was born Nov. 26, 1901 and is a barber in Ladysmith, this state. Michael was born Feb. 8, 1903, and is a baker in Rice Lake. Florence was born Aug. 12, 1904. Abbline was born April 22, 1906. The family faith is that of the Roman Catholic Church.

Mr. and Mrs. Lewis D. Schnacky, Caroline Schnacky's parents


Family genealogy compilation prepared by Arthur David Larson.


This is the Genealogy of the family on father’s sides.

Grandfather's family:

Grandfather, Lars Person     Died in Sweden      1886.

Grandmother, Christina Olsdotter    Died in Sweden      1856 (Lars Person’s first wife).

First family: 7 boys, viz. Aaron died as an infant, Peter (Froberg); Anders; Magnus ; Gustav; Olaus; Erick. Second wife’s name Maria, no date of her death. The following are the children with this marriage: Sven; Ingrid; Christina. Peter, Anders, Magnus, Ingrid and Christina died in Sweden; Erick in Oakland Cal.; Sven in Miles City, Montana. Olaus and Gustav in Waupaca Wis.

Peter (Froberg) family; 3 girls (names not available) and 2 boys (Joseph and Gustav); all lived in Karlskrona, Sweden.

Anders: wife’s name: Anna Karen; Children: Helena, age 96, lives in Stockholm Sweden. Christina, age 92, lives in Neshkoro, Wis. Amanda, age 82 and Matilda, age 86, live in Sweden.

Magnus: wife’s name unknown; Children: Karl; Emma; August and Erick. Karl and Emma live in Sweden, Erick in Mpls. Minn. August, single, died in Boyceville, Wis. where he owned a farm.

Gustav: wife's name: Juliana; Children, Albert, deceased in Waupaca; Edith; Ed; Elmer; Henry; Clara - living; Ruben; Phillip. Ed died in Bismark N.D. Elmer and Henry died in Tacoma, Wash.

Sven "Freeberg" died in Miles City, Mont., wife's name not available. Children viz. Alma deceased in Seattle Wash. Oscar deceased same city. Albert lives in Missoula, Mont. Gladys in Seattle and three others believed to be deceased.

Ingred and Christine (half sisters of my father Olaus Larson); one of these sisters is the mother of the Hawkinsons who came to Minneapolis from Sweden. If I recall correctly Freeda visited at the Hawkinsons in Minneapolis. Two years ago I called on Carl in a Rest Home in Oakland, California. He died shortly after from Cancer. Elof died in Mpls. Alfred still lives there. Others: unknown.

Erick Larson: Wife and 2 children names unknown. Lived in Oakland, California.

Olaus Larson: born April 23, 1851, Kalmar Lan, Smoland, Sweden. Deceased Nov 11, 1920. Wife: Catherina Olivia Wilhelmina, born Jan. 25, 1848, in Östergotland, Sweden; died Aug. 6, 1906. Married in Marquette Mich., 1874. Following are the children: Emily born Dec. 21 1875, in Sacramento, Cal.; Emil born Aug. 15, 1878 (same place as Emily). Emily (Mrs. Johnson) died Aug 5, 1905 in Town of Farmington. Emil died in same Township July, 1892. Arthur born Jan. 21, 1881; Edith born Feb. 8, 1883. Almo born June 29, 1885; Walter born June 6,1888; Freeda born Sept 30, 1891. Walter passed away in Washington, D.C. July 5th, 1961.

Father came to this country in 1872 and landed in Marquette, Michigan where he found employment with a Railroad Co. I do not know the exact year mother came to this country. However, it evidently was about the same year father arrived, although they never met until after arriving in Marquette, Mich. In 1875 there was a money shortage in Michigan. Father said the laborers were paid off with a purchase order on the Company's store. This system he did not like, so he corresponded with his brother Erick who was working in California and said the times were good out there. In 1875 Father left mother in Marquette and went to California to find a home for his wife and expected child. He hired out to a company of woodsmen operating in the foothills out some distance from Sacramento. Here they were when Emily was born. I recall mother telling about the many, many hours of labor pains she had to endure until father scouted around until he found a woman who was a mother with some experience in childbirth. She came to mother’s assistance and in a short time the baby was born and all were happy.

I can't recall that my parents ever told how long it took each one of them to travel from Michigan to California. However, coming from there to Waupaca with 2 lively youngsters and mother 7 months pregnant was not all pleasure; still they made it and shortly after arrival they bought an 80 acre farm with 15 acres under cultivation, a small frame house 12x14x20 and a shack 12x12 (not occupied) where my parents had to occupy because the people who had purchased this farm from Mrs. Hunt had the privilege to live in the larger house until April 1st. So yours, Arthur D., was born in that 12x12 Mansion. Father used this building for a granary a few years.

From then on Freeda is familiar with the family record. Our parents are entitled to a lot of praise for raising a family of seven children on a small rocky farm, and erecting a full line of commodious farm buildings. The fruit of good planning and hard labor. Their desire was for the children to receive a good education, which they acquired at our different institutions of learning.


The 1870 U. S. Census taken on July 12, 1870, shows Moses Hunt (age 74) born in New Hampshire with real estate of $1,200 and personal estate of $300 is a Farmer living in Farmington Twp., Waupaca Co., WI. Living with him is Mary Hunt (age 38) born in Baden who is Keeping House.

The 1875 Wisconsin State Census shows One White Male is living in the Moses Hunt residence in Farmington Twp., Waupaca Co., WI.

The 1880 U. S. Census taken on June 15, 1880, shows Mary Hunt (age 49) born in Germany to German-born parents is a widow living in Farmington Twp., Waupaca Co., WI.


Moses T. Hunt was born November 9, 1795, in Jaffrey, Cheshire Co., NH, and died May 22, 1880, at age 84. He is buried in St. Patrick Cemetery, Lebanon Twp., Waupaca Co., WI. Moses is the son of Nathan Hunt and Abigail Hale. Married April 30, 1815, in Lancaster, Coos Co., NH, to Maria Rouse: Born Unknown; Died Unknown.

Nathan2 Hunt (Simon1) was born on 17 July 1760 in Acton, Middlesex County, Massachusetts. He married Abigail Hale, daughter of Moses Hale and Abigail Emerson, in 1787. He died on 18 July 1853 at age 93.

     Abigail Hale was born on 1 February 1768 in Rindge, Cheshire County, New Hampshire.

     The 10 known children of Nathan2 Hunt and Abigail Hale were as follows:

               i.     Abigail3 Hunt was born in November 1788. She married Reuben Streeter. She married Jonathan Webster.

              ii.     Nathan Hunt was born on 17 April 1791. He married Violentia Hodgman on 10 January 1814.

             iii.     Grata Hunt was born on 26 June 1793. She married Benjamin Cutter on 9 September 1819. She died on 5 November 1871 at age 78.

              iv.     Moses Hunt was born on 9 November 1795. He married Maria Rouse on 19 October 1825.

               v.     Harriet Hunt was born on 1 June 1798. She married Ezra Bennett.

              vi.     Sally Hunt was born on 3 September 1800. She married David French.

             vii.     Fanny Hunt was born on 3 December 1802. She married William H. Salisbury.

            viii.     John Edwards Hunt was born between 9 November 1805 and 24 November 1805. He married Elizabeth White. He married (--?--) (--?--). He married (--?--) (--?--).

              ix.     Elvira Hunt was born on 24 March 1808. She married George A. Willard.

               x.     Raymond Hunt was born on 18 May 1810. He married Maria A. Chapman on 25 November 1828.


The 1900 U. S. Census taken on June 1, 1900, shows Mary Hunt (age 69) born April 1831 in Germany to German-born parents and having emigrated in 1861 with the only child born to her still living is a widowed Landlord owning her home without a mortgage on Grant Street, 1st Ward, City of Waupaca, Waupaca Twp., Waupaca Co., WI.

The 1905 Wisconsin State Census taken on June 1, 1905, shows Mary Hunt (age 74) born in Germany to German-born parents is a widowed Capitalist owning her own home free of a mortgage and living in the 1st Ward, City of Waupaca, Waupaca Twp., Waupaca Co., WI.

Mary (Unknown) (Freenor) Hunt died February 11, 1910, in the City of Waupaca, Waupaca Twp., Waupaca Co., WI, at age 78. She is buried in Lakeside Memorial Cemetery, Waupaca. Services at St. Mary's Catholic Church.


The Arizona Republic, Phoenix, Maricopa Co., AZ, November 9, 2001

Evie Cortés-Pletenik, a Spanish teacher turned administrator, nagged Camelback High School students to show up at a weekend study session for an upcoming AIMs graduation test.

Urban youngsters had better things to do on weekends, or at least they believed.

With the help of Camelback staff members, Cortés-Pletenik launched a letter-to-parents campaign last year asking them to remind their children about study sessions. The number of students who showed up for the review surprised staff members.

The ability to coordinate and multitask are Cortés-Pletenik's strongest gifts. She also describes herself as a team player who is a "caring and nurturing person" who makes people feel valued and empowered.

"True leadership comes when you give it away and create leaders," she said.

"Administration is not something I sought; it chose me," Cortés-Pletenik said.

Her young background perhaps mirrors that of many Phoenix Union students. Many hopscotch among school campuses and districts.

The Cortés family seemed to be constantly on the move.

"There were a lot of PS's in my life," she said, referring to the way schools are numbered based on regions in the Big Apple. She ticks off a list of schools near Staten Island and the Bronx.

She lacked role models and needed direction. A fourth-grade-teacher named "Mr. Epstein" latched her onto a teaching career.

The North High School principal believes that teachers carry a big influence with students.

After completing high school in 1979, she went to Lubbock Christian University in Texas.

"I hope to have that here at North High," Cortés-Pletenik said. "I plan to lead by example."

Cortés-Pletenik moved to Phoenix in 1987. She taught at Westwood High in the Mesa Unified School District, worked with a Valley education consultant and joined the Phoenix Union High School District as a human-relations specialist. She worked with an education dropout grant that allowed her to work with Phoenix elementary students and later snared an assistant principal spot at Camelback.

Friends and colleagues noted her ability to lead and encouraged her to pursue an administrative position. Again, she listened, applied for the North High principal spot and got the job.

Challenges that face Phoenix Union principals include new accountability issues. There is the federal "No Child Left Behind" and the state's "Arizona Learns" programs that demand improvement in urban student test scores, a higher graduation rate and a lower dropout rate.

Cortés-Pletenik said she has a very dedicated staff at North High willing to face those challenges.

"We will be able to deliver a quality education," she said. "It's the right thing to do."


The Arizona Republic, Phoenix, Maricopa Co., AZ, May 13, 2005

Albert H. Pletenik, 89, of Chandler, passed away May 10, 2005. Born in Lodi, NJ Jan. 2, 1916 he was truly a man of our Greatest Generation. He endured the Depression, served in WW II, married an army nurse, educated via the GI bill, migrated westward to So. Calif. in 1958 where he lived until his 1998 move to AZ. A 1st lieutenant in the Army Air Corps 15th Air Force, he saw action in Europe and Africa as a B-17 navigator/bombardier. He married Esther Adele Larson in 1948. Graduated magna cum laude from NYU., Al's chosen profession was accounting, including 20 years with U.S. Borax. But family always came first. He loved to learn and pass on knowledge and interests included politics, the stock market, playing golf and following sports. His compassion and respect for his fellow man showed through in his values, friendliness, sense of humor and gift for conversation. He is survived by Esther, his wife of 57 years, children Diane and Craig (Evie) and two grandchildren, Erica and Ian. Services Sat., May 14, 11 a.m. at Bueler Mortuary, 14 W. Hulet Dr., Chandler. Interment will be at National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona, May 16 at 9 a.m.


The Arizona Republic, Phoenix, Maricopa Co., AZ, May 14, 2005

Albert H. Pletenik, 89, of Chandler, AZ, passed away May 10, 2005. He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps WWII. Visitation 1 hr prior to service. Services May 14, 2005 11am, Chapel of Bueler Mortuary, 14 W. Hulet Drive, Chandler, AZ.


The Arizona Republic, Phoenix, Maricopa Co., AZ, September 7, 2006

OBITUARIES

Esther L. Pletenik, 89, of Chandler completed a loving and fulfilling life Sept. 4, 2006. Born in Wis. Rapids, May 29, 1917, Esther Adele Larson left the farm at age 17 for Chicago and nursing school. She became an R.N. and among her positions that followed was stewardess for American Airlines and its historic DC-3 fleet. She served in WW II as a 2nd Lieutenant Army nurse. Married for less than a year to a naval officer who was killed in combat, her fortunes turned forever when she met and married Albert Pletenik in 1948. They enjoyed 57 years of marriage until his death in 2005. They moved from NY to Calif. in 1958 before coming to AZ in 1998. Esther loved, laughed and lived every day. Among her interests were her children and grandchildren, church, travel, baking, knitting, crocheting, bowling, golf, exercise, baseball, reading, scrabble, crosswords, bingo and Red Hats. She was a thoroughly modern woman 70 years ago, and never lost that style, class and independence. She is survived by children Diane and Craig (Evie) and two grandchildren, Erica and Ian. Services Fri, Sept. 8, 9 a.m. at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Chandler, and interment at National Memorial Cemetery of AZ at 1 p.m.


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In his first message to Congress, on April 16, 1945, President Truman said, "The responsibility of the great states is to serve and not dominate the world." Apparently President Bush never learned this lesson and is now paying the price. -- Albert H. Pletenik Chandler


Aug 18, 2005

Eichsteadt, Reuben V.

Reuben V. Eichsteadt, of Appleton, age 87, passed away Wednesday, August 17, 2005 at St. Elizabeth Hospital following a short illness. Reuben was born March 5, 1918 in Waupaca, the son of the late William and Ada Eichsteadt. He was united in marriage, to the love of his life, Althea Radichel on August 28, 1936 in New London. They shared 64 wonderful years together before Althea’s death on March 27, 2001. Following their marriage Reuben and Althea moved to Appleton where he owned and operated a heating and ventilating business until 1951. He later joined the Leball Company of Milwaukee as a heating and ventilating engineer, retiring in 1983. Reuben was a faithful member of Riverview Lutheran Church. He will be remembered as “Mr. Fix It” a man who loved repairing and making things for his family and friends. Reuben enjoyed gardening, working around his house, the many trips he and Althea took, and especially golf, a sport he still was enjoying three weeks before his death. He will be deeply missed by his three children: Sandra Eichsteadt, Janice (Marc) Gifford, and Donald Eichsteadt, all of Appleton; eight grandchildren: Michael (Mary) Eichsteadt, Jonathon Eichsteadt, Darci DeLain, Chad DeLain, Laura (Randy) Lewins, Dominic (Kara) Volpe, Anthony (Deanna) Volpe, and Tammy (Vincent) Everson; and eleven great-grandchildren. Reuben was preceded in death by his parents, his beloved wife Althea, a brother Harvey Eichsteadt, a sister Lillian Wetherbee, a daughter-in-law Suzan Eichstaedt; sister-in-law Roxanna (Orville) Nowak, and a nephew Ricky Nowak. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Monday, August 22nd at Riverview Lutheran Church, 136 W. Seymour St., with Rev. Dennis Belter officiating. Reuben will be laid to rest next to Althea at Highland Memorial Park. Friends may call directly at the church from 9 a.m. Monday until the time of service. In lieu of flowers a memorial.


The Wausau Daily Herald, Wausau, Marathon Co.,  WI, July 13, 2007

Isabella "Polly" M. Vedner, 98, Wausau, died Monday, July 9, 2007, at Aspirus Hospice House, Wausau. She was born Sept. 19, 1908, in Meadow, S.D., daughter of the late Frank and Susan (Rourk) Rourk. On June 17, 1933, she married Joseph Harold Vedner, M.D., at Holy Name Rectory, Wauwatosa. He preceded her in death Jan. 15, 1976. Isabella was a graduate of West Division High School, Milwaukee, and after graduation she worked in the business office of the Wisconsin Telephone Co. Following marriage, they moved to Oshkosh, where Doctor interned at Mercy Hospital and then began his practice in Wild Rose. In 1935, he was called into military service, so for the next 10 years the Vedners moved some 20 times until Doctor was sent overseas. Then Isabella and their two children, Sue-Claire, age 7, and Richard, age 6, returned to Milwaukee. After the war, the family moved to Mauston, where Patricia was born and remained until Doctor's death in 1976. During her 30 years in Mauston, Isabella was actively involved in church, school and community affairs. She served two terms as past president of the Juneau-Adams Deanery, past president of St. Patrick Home and School, past chapter president of the American Red Cross, past president of the Mauston Federated Women's Club, conducted several drives with the Red Cross for Polio, and was a member of St. Patrick's Choir as well as the homemakers chorus. Isabella also served on the La Crosse Diocesean Board for 13 years as recording secretary and member-at-large, served on the Governor's Committee on Youth and was past president of the County Medical Auxiliary. Following her move to Wausau, she became president of the Catholic Women's Club, was past president of Chapter 282 AARP, past vice president and program chairman of the Wausau Women's Club and served on the Marywood Board of Governors. Isabella was a guest lecturer at several area high schools, where she spoke of her life experiences during the Depression. She was currently a member of The Church of the Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Wausau. The funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Monday, July 16, 2007, at St. Michael Catholic Church, Wausau. The Rev. William Grevatch will preside. Burial will be in Central Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery, King. Friends may call from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. Sunday at Peterson/Kraemer Funeral Home, 1302 Sixth St., Wausau, and again from 10 a.m. until time of services Monday at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to The Church of the Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Wausau.