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Wallace Raymond "Ray" Lawton was born September 29, 1917, in Richland Center, Richland Co., WI, and died June 2, 2012, at the Richland Hospital, Richland Center, Richland Co., WI, at age 94. Buried in Richland Center Cemetery, Richland Center, Richland Co., WI. He is the son of Wallace Alonzo Lawton of Forest Twp., Richland Co., WI, and Elizabeth Beth "Lizzie" Reed of Orion Twp., Richland Co., WI.

Ruth Ida Marquardt was born March 13, 1927, in Milwaukee, Milwaukee Co., WI, and died May 20, 2015, at Agrace HospiceCare, Fitchburg, Dane Co., WI, at age 88. Buried in Richland Center Cemetery, Richland Center, Richland Co., WI. She is the daughter of Julius Marquardt of Germany, and Hertha Ott of Germany.

Wallace Raymond "Ray" Lawton and Ruth Ida Marquardt were married May 18, 1946, in Milwaukee, Milwaukee Co., WI.

Wallace Raymond "Ray" Lawton and Ruth Ida (Marquardt) Lawton had five children:

  1. Sandra Jean Lawton: Born March, 1947, in Richland Center, Richland Co., WI. Married (1) October 10, 1970, in Unknown, to Robert Allen Corey: Born April, 1947, in Unknown. Divorced January, 1975. Married (2) May 7, 1988, in Richland Center, Richland Co., WI, to Gary Russell Jeffries: Born April, 1948, in Unknown. Divorced 1990. Married (3) October 2, 1999, in Unknown, to Jewel Robert Lietz: Born February 15, 1947, in Champaign, Champaign Co., IL; Died May 2, 2009, in Richland Center, Richland Co., WI (age 62). Buried in Basswood Cemetery, Basswood, Richland Co., WI.
  2. Dale Allen Lawton: Born October, 1948, in Richland Center, Richland Co., WI. Married October 14, 1972, in Richland Center, Richland Co., WI, to Jean Cecelia Snorek: Born August, 1949, in Richland Center, Richland Co., WI.
  3. Dennis Raymond Lawton: Born March, 1952, 76, in Richland Center, Richland Co., WI. Married August 11, 1973, in Elgin, Kane Co., IL, to Rebecca Kay Miller: Born January, 1952, in Elgin, Kane Co., IL.             
  4. Kent Clifford Lawton: Born October, 1957, in Richland Center, Richland Co., WI.
  5. Kevin Mark Lawton: Born May, 1961, in Richland Center, Richland Co., WI. Married August 15, 1981, in Richland Center, Richland Co., WI, to Mary Kaye Davis: Born January, 1960, in Dodgeville, Iowa Co., WI.    



TIMELINE


One Hundred Years of Lawtons at Richland Center Residence.


The 1910 U. S. Census taken on April 26, 1910, shows Wallace Lawton (age 51) born in Wisconsin to New York-born parents is a Fruit Farm Farmer owning his own farm and living in Orion Twp., Richland Co., WI. Living with him is his wife of 30 years, Elizabeth Lawton (Age 51) born in Wisconsin to New York and West Virginia-born parents, with all five of the children born to her still living. Three unmarried children, born to Wisconsin-born parents, are living at home: son, Leslie Lawton (age 24) born in Minnesota who is a Farm Laborer; Hellen Lawton (age 18) born in Wisconsin; and Doratha Lawton (age 11) born in Wisconsin. A hired helper is also in the household doing Housework.

Wallace Raymond "Ray" Lawton was born September 29, 1917, in Richland Center, Richland Co., WI.

The 1920 U. S. Census taken on February 21, 1920, shows Wallace A. Lawton (age 61) born in Wisconsin to New York-born parents is the Assistant Highway Commissioner owning his own home at 585 Ira Street, 1st Ward, City of Richland Center, Richland Co., WI. Living with him is his wife Pearl Lawton (age 43) born in Wisconsin to Pennsylvania-born parents. Also at home is their son Wallace R. Lawton (age 2)  born in Wisconsin to Wisconsin-born parents.

Julius Marquardt immigrated to the United States in 1924.


Julius Marquardt ship manifest.


Wallace Alonzo Lawton died April 10, 1926, in Richland Center, Richland Co., WI, at age 67. Buried in Sextonville Cemetery, Buena Vista Twp., Richland Co., WI.

Ruth Ida Marquardt was born March 13, 1927, in Milwaukee, Milwaukee Co., WI.

The 1930 U. S. Census taken on April 2, 1930, by Pearl B. Lawton, Enumerator, shows Pearl Lawton (age 53) born in Wisconsin to Pennsylvania-born parents is an unemployed widow, and who owns her home worth $3,000 and is living at 595 Ira Street, 1st Ward, City of Richland Center, Richland Co., WI. Living with her is her son W. Raymond Lawton (age 12) born in Wisconsin to Wisconsin-born parents.

The 1930 U. S. Census taken on April 14, 1930, shows Julius Marquardt (age 28) born in Germany to German-born parents and having emigrated in 1925, and with Pa Citizenship, and first married at age 22, is a Milk Cooler in a Dairy and is renting his home home for $15/month and is living at 876 12th Street, 7th Ward, City of Milwaukee, Milwaukee Co., WI. Living with him is his wife, Hertha Marquardt (age 31) born in Germany to German-born parents and having emigrated in 1926, and with Al Citizenship, and first married at age 25. Also living there are his two daughters, both born to German-born parents: Garde Marquardt (age 5) born in Germany and having emigrated in 1926, and with Al Citizenship; and Ruth Marquardt (age 3) born in Wisconsin.

The 1940 U. S. Census taken on April 15, 1940, shows Pearl Lawton (age 63) born in Wisconsin, and 5 years ago was living in the Same House, and with 8 years of School, is a widow who owns her home worth $2,200 and is living at 595 Ira, 1st Ward, City of Richland Center, Richland Co., WI. Living with her is her unmarred son, Raymond Lawton (age 22) born in Wisconsin, and 5 years ago was living in the Same House, and with 4 years of High School, a Banking Stenographer.

Wallace Raymond "Ray" Lawton and Ruth Ida Marquardt were married May 18, 1946, in Milwaukee, Milwaukee Co., WI.

Edna Pearl (Blake) Lawton died August 10, 1973, at a nursing home in Richland Center, Richland Co., WI, at age 96. Buried in Sextonville Cemetery, Buena Vista Twp., Richland Co., WI.


The Wisconsin State Journal, Madison, WI, Tuesday, August 14, 1973

Mrs. Pearl Lawton

RICHLAND CENTER - Mrs. Pearl Lawton, 96, died Friday in a nursing home after a long illness. The former Pearl Blake was married to Wallace Lawton in 1914. He died in 1926. She was a former member of the Richland Center School Board, and was Richland Center census taker for more than 20 years. She was a member of the Assembly of God Church and the Women's Christian Temperance Union (WCTU). Surviving are a son, Raymond, Richland Center city clerk, Richland Center; two stepdaughters, Mrs. Helen Breeden, Richland Center; and Mrs. Dorothy Nelson, Racine; and 14 grandchildren. The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday in the Pratt Funeral Home, where friends may call after 2 p.m. today.


Richland County Wisconsin, The Richland County Historical Society, Richland Center, Richland Co., WI, 1986

BLAKE-AMBROSE-LAWTON

The date: July 22, 1864. Private Simon S. Blake, 34, 25th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry, lies critically wounded outside Atlanta (Decatur, Georgia). Fortunately for this writer, "the ladies from the plantation mansion brought him food and water until he was taken from the battlefield to the field hospital". That was followed by Harvey General, Madison, and a medical discharge. He missed General Sherman's "March to the Sea".

At 17 Simon had tried to enlist for the Mexican War, but his parents would not consent. Born October 29, 1829, in Pennsylvania, he moved to Richland County in 1854. He married Mary Magdalena Ambrose (born April 30, 1836, in Pennsylvania.) on January 18, 1855, in the Town of Orion. He clerked at a store in the village, taught school at Pleasant Hill (Town of Eagle), then moved to 120 acres on Oak Ridge. Besides farming, Simon held several town offices and helped establish the church on Oak Ridge. After retirement they lived on South Church Street, Richland Center, at the site of the present Lincoln School playground. They are buried in Oak Ridge Cemetery, Simon having died March 5, 1904, followed by Mary on May 10, 1909. Their youngest child, Pearl, lived with them at the time of their deaths.

Pearl married Wallace A. Lawton May 26, 1914; they had a son, Wallace Raymond, born September 29,1917. (Helen Breeden will submit the Lawton side of this family's story - see No 211.)

Pearl had six sisters and three brothers. Of the latter, only Sylvester reached adulthood; he married Ida Halsey in 1881. The sisters were Ida (William) Abbey, Viola (Eddy) Mason, Estelle (married Elbion Ewing and Joseph Davis), Salome (Luzerne) Pugh, Cora (Wallace) Pratt, Belle (Charles) Lovell. Before marriage Pearl taught at rural schools, did bookkeeping and clerking in Richland Center businesses, and attended the Chicago Training School. After marriage she served on the school board and participated in church and civic activities. She died August 10, 1973, three weeks before her ninety-seventh birthday.

Raymond graduated from RCHS in 1934, was in the Civilian Conservation Corps as a company clerk in 1935, did office work 1936-1942, Signal Corps and Air Force 1942-1946. He married Ruth Ida Marquardt May 18, 1946. Her parents, Julius and Hertha (Oft) Marquardt, had moved to Milwaukee from Germany in the mid 1920's. Ruth worked for Dun & Bradstreet before her marriage. Raymond worked at Saffell's Music & Electronics (thirteen years), Martens Manufacturing (one year), and was elected city clerk in 1960. He was re-elected each even-numbered year through 1986. Ruth has been a deputy clerk for twenty years.

There are five children and six grandchildren in this family: Sandra is employed by Richland County at the Veterans Service Office and Commission on Aging. Dale is a drivers' license examiner in Madison and a U.S. Navy reserve officer; he married Jean Snorek, and their children are Patrick, Kelly, Ryan and Kimberly. Dennis is a hydrogeologist in Nebraska; he married Rebecca Miller, and their children are Amelia and Abigail. Kent is a landscaper in Richland Center. Kevin is a geophysicist in Texas; he married Mary K. Davis.

Submitted by Raymond Lawton


Wallace Raymond "Ray" Lawton died June 2, 1912, at the Richland Hospital, Richland Center, Richland Co., WI, at age 94. Buried in Richland Center Cemetery, Richland Center, Richland Co., WI.


       

June 04, 2012

RICHLAND CENTER - W. Raymond Lawton, age 94, of Richland Center, passed away on Saturday, June 2, 2012, at the Richland Hospital. He was born Sept. 29, 1917, in the home he lived in until the time of his death. Raymond was the son of Wallace A. and Pearl (Blake) Lawton. Raymond served his country in the Army for several years. On May 18, 1946, Raymond married Ruth Marquardt. He held many jobs but was best known as City Clerk of Richland Center, retiring in 1988 after serving for 28 years. Raymond was a member of the American Legion Post 13 and the local 40et8. He was also a charter member of Neighborhood Housing Services of Richland County, a member of Richland County Historical Society and a longtime member of St. Luke Lutheran Church. Raymond is survived by his wife of 66 years, Ruth (Marquardt) Lawton; five children, Sandra Lawton of Richland Center, Dale (Jean) Lawton of Black Earth, Dennis (Becki) Lawton of Cedarburg, Kent Lawton of Richland Center, and Kevin (Mary) Lawton of Stevens Point; eight grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends. Raymond was preceded in death by his parents, and five brothers and sisters. Funeral services will be held on Thursday, June 7, 2012, at 12 noon at the PRATT MEMORIAL CHAPEL. Burial will follow in the Richland Center Cemetery where military graveside rites will be provided by the Local Military Memorial Honors Unit. Friends may call at the PRATT MEMORIAL CHAPEL on Thursday, June 7, 2012, from 10 a.m. until the time of the service. In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials may be given to the Richland Hospital Foundation, Home Health United or a charity of your choice. The Pratt Funeral and Cremation Service of Richland Center is assisting the family with their arrangements.


Ruth Ida (Marquardt) Lawton died May 20, 2015, at Agrace HospiceCare, Fitchburg, Dane Co., WI (age 88). Buried in Richland Center Cemetery, Richland Center, Richland Co., WI.


   

 

Ruth Lawton (March 13, 1927 - May 20, 2015)

Ruth I. Lawton, 88, of Richland Center, passed away Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at Agrace Hospice Care in Fitchburg, Wisconsin surrounded by her family. She was born March 13, 1927 in Milwaukee the daughter of Julius and Hertha (Ott) Marquardt. On May 18, 1946 Ruth married W. Raymond Lawton. The couple was able to celebrate their 66th Anniversary before Rayís passing in 2012. Ruth served for 23 years as Deputy City Clerk for the City of Richland Center. Ruth was a member and past president of the Richland Hospital Auxiliary. She was a longtime member of St. Luke Lutheran Church. One of Ruthís passions was knitting baby caps for the Richland Hospital Birth Center. She also knit many special sweaters, afghans, slippers, and other items for her family and friends. Ruth is survived by five children: Sandra Lawton of Richland Center, Dale (Jean) Lawton of Black Earth, Dennis (Becki) Lawton of Cedarburg, Kent Lawton of Richland Center, Kevin (Mary) Lawton of Stevens Point; 8 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; one brother; many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends. Ruth was preceded in death by her parents, husband Raymond, one brother and one sister. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, May, 23 2015 at 3:30 PM at the Pratt Memorial Chapel, 120 N. Park St., Richland Center, with Pastor Fred Davison officiating. Burial will follow in the Richland Center Cemetery. Friends may call at the Pratt Memorial Chapel on Saturday, May 23, 2015 from 1:30 PM until the time of the service at 3:30 PM. In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorials may be given to the Pine Valley Healthcare Foundation, 25951 Circle View Dr., Richland Center, WI 53581, Agrace Hospice Care, 5395 E. Cheryl Parkway, Madison, WI 53711, or a charity of your choice. The Pratt Funeral and Cremation Service of Richland Center is assisting the family with their arrangements. Online condolences can be made at prattfuneralservice.com. The family wishes to acknowledge the many caregivers Ruth has had throughout the years, including: the wonderful staffs of Pine Valley Healthcare, the Richland Hospital and Medical Center, Meriter Hospital, Agrace Hospice Care, and personal caregivers Beth and Nancy.


 

 

 

Earl R. Lietz, age 85, of Reedsburg, passed away on Saturday, August 27, 2011, at Our House Assisted Living in Reedsburg. He was born on July 18, 1926, in Sadorus, Illinois. Earl proudly served his country in the US Army during WWII. Following his military career, Earl owned and operated the Parkville Grocery Store for many years. He farmed in the Parkville, Illinois area and later worked as an Automobile Salesman and Insurance Agent at Chambers Chevrolet in Villa Grove, IL. On November 2, 1961, Earl was united in marriage to Frances Elaine Crouse in Parkville, Illinois. In July of 1962, the Lietzsí moved to rural LaValle, WI, where they continued to farm. After retiring, Earl and Frances worked at Daveís Hardware and cleaned the Laundromat in LaValle. Earl enjoyed playing cards as well as watching the Cubs and Packers from his recliner while having a brandy old fashioned. Earl was a member of St. Peterís Ev. Lutheran Church, Reedsburg, where he served on the Cemetery Board for many years, several of which he served as President. He was also a member of the LaValle American Legion Post 242. He was preceded in death by his wife, Frances, just two weeks ago, on August 11; his parents; son, Jewel Lietz; grandsons, Brad Crouse and Cameron King; 3 brothers, and 3 sisters. Earl is survived by his children, Patricia and Rick Laridaen of Reedsburg, David Crouse and friend, Mary, of LaValle, Kenneth and Joyce Lietz of Reedsburg, Steven and Catalina Crouse of the Phillipines, John Lietz and friend, Toni of Alabama, Lisa K. Lietz-Ray and James Ray of Madison;Grandchildren, Terry and Joleen Lietz, Aimee Wright, Damon King, Juliana Meichus, Brea Behn, Eric and Melissa Crouse, Susan K. Block, Bobbi Jo Lietz, Amanda Lietz, Stacey Lietz, Tracy and Tony Ray; Several Great grandchildren along with nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.Funeral services for Earl R. Lietz will be conducted at 11:00 AM on Saturday, September 3, 2011, at St. Peterís Ev. Lutheran Church, Reedsburg, with Pastor Kurt Klingbeil officiating. Burial will follow in St. Peterís Cemetery with full Military Honors conducted by the LaValle American Legion Post 242. Visitation will be held on Friday from 5:00 until 8:00 PM at the Farber Funeral Home, Reedsburg and on Saturday from 10:00 AM until the time of the service at the church.

 

 

Frances E. Lietz, age 81, of Reedsburg, died Thursday, August 11, 2011 at Our House Assisted Living in Reedsburg. Frances enjoyed reading and watching old Westerns. She loved being a housewife and truly enjoyed her family. She helped her son at Daveís Hardware Store in LaValle for many years. Frances was a member of St. Peterís Ev. Lutheran Church, Reedsburg. She was preceded in death by her parents; son, Jewel Lietz; grandsons, Brad Crouse and Cameron King; and brother, Dale Cowan. She is survived by her husband, Earl Lietz of Reedsburg; Children: Patricia (Rick) Laridean of Reedsburg, David Crouse (special friend, Mary) of LaValle, Steven (Catalina) Crouse of the Philippines, Kenneth (Joyce) Lietz of Reedsburg, John Lietz (special friend, Toni) of Alabama, Lisa K. (James) Lietz-Ray of Madison; Many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; Sisters: Eleanor and Berdina. Many nieces, nephews, along with other relatives and friends. Funeral services for Frances Lietz will be conducted at 11:00 A.M., Tuesday, August 16, 2011 at St. Peterís Ev. Lutheran Church in Reedsburg with Pastor Kurt Klingbeil officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Friends may call on Monday from 4:00-8:00 P.M. on Monday at the Farber Funeral Home in Reedsburg, and on Tuesday from 10:00 A.M. until the time of the service at the church.