The picture is probably before 1910. James Alfred Widrick was born
Thursday, December 13, 2007
The picture is probably before 1910. James Alfred Widrick was born
Here are the
Saturday, December 8, 2007
Friday, December 7, 2007
Amos Johnson, son of John & Betsy Johnson married Margrethe (Maggie) Jensen from the Town of
This is the class of 1934 when they were seniors. Back row: Ambrose Jones, Juanita Williams Smith, Mildred Jensen Smith, Vera Bartsch Davis, Madelyn Testin Gramse, Margaret Roberts Dewitt, Mary Backus, Hilda Rasmussen Brooks, Louis Rasmussen. Middle Row: Carol Waid Fonger, Loretta Kaminski Merkt, Joan Fisher Attoe, Stella Frater Renner, Margaret Dopp Schiliepp, Myrna Johnson Barr, Alice Owens Wachs, Elizabeth Davies, Jeanette Larsen Thorstad.
Front Row: David Etheridge, Arthur Davies, George Terrill, Griffith Williams, Marlin Smith, Glenn Murty,
Wild Rose Basketball Team 1933-34 L to R: Olney Holt (12 May 1918 - 12 November 1977), Charles Ambrose Jones (10 April 1916-17 February 2005), Roy Handrich (16 May 1917-15 October 1996), Glenn Murty (24 May 1917-19 March 2005), David Etheridge (18 May 1917- 26 December 2001), Delmar Thompson (14 December 1916-13 May 1944), La Vern Jeffers (3 February 1918-30 March 2001), Myron "Mike" Lowe (4 May 1919), and Norbert Milliken (17 December 1918-10 May 1974). Wild Rose played their home games at the old Town of
Wednesday, December 5, 2007
This is a picture of building the
Tuesday, December 4, 2007
Mrs C E. (Bertha) Darling's musical "Treble Clef" group. Front row Barbara Roberts Jones, Jennie Bowen Purcell, Blanche Jones Davies, Sarah Evans Davies, Jessie Radley, Hannah Bowen Etheridge, Unknown. 2nd row Bernice Davies Milliken, Genevieve Dopp Cragoe, Vesta Stevens Woodard, Nona Smith Barr, Erna Zick Bowen, Mable Nelson, Martha Humphrey Moody. 3rd row Anna Evans Peterson, Naomi Jones, Blanche Chamberlin, Bertha Darling, Pearl Dopp Lowe, Lizzie Lowe Davis, Mary Milliken Jones, Claire Dopp Potts.
The picture of Jesse & May Etheridge was taken before 1885. They were the children of Alanson Pease Etheridge and his wife Emma (spicer) Etheridge. May was born deaf on
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Dr Addison Wilson Guernsey was a physician and surgeon who lived in Almond but made professional visits to the Wild Rose area. Dr. Guernsey was born in
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Chain O'Lakes School in the early 1900's (Probably 1902). Front row:
Effie Naomi Jeffers was born
Sunday, November 25, 2007
John Paul Jones was born
Saturday, November 24, 2007
The picture shows the winners of the Inter-Class Basketball Championships for Wild Rose. Both champions were members of the class of 1926. The boys won for 1924 and the girls won for 1925. Back row: David Roberts, Harry Witt, Arnold Patterson, Ruth Bahlert, teacher. Front Row: Donald Larsen, Howard Erickson, Edwin Davis, Sam Davies, Ted Long, Esther Evans Kosburgh, Minetta Melcher, Bernita Peterson Gaylord, Estelle Korleski Brewer, Joyce Attoe Bartel.
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
This picture of most of the John Lowe family was taken after 1887. From left to right seated: John Lowe born in Llanidloes, Montgomeryshire, Wales 1841-1907, Margaret 1877-1943, wife of Fred Clark, Elizabeth (Lizzie) born Tredegar, Monmouth, Wales 1868-1934, wife of Dave Charles Evans, Hannah 1869-1907, wife of Evan H. Owens, George 1871-1934. Standing: John P. Lowe 1875-1922, William (Willie) 1880-1943, Emma 1884-1938, wife of Floyd Favel, Thomas, 1873-1915, Mary Jane born in Monmouth 1864-1942, wife of John I Owens, Susanna 1878-1949, wife of Claude Sprague, Miriam 1882-1949, wife of Edward Murchie. The family came to Wild Rose sometime after the birth of
Monday, November 19, 2007
Wild Rose Girls Softball Team 1934
Back Row: Elizabeth Williams Newmann, Myrna Johnson Barr, Crystal Nelson Straw, Stella Frater Renner, Norma Topping Wyss, Margaret Davies Radley , Brydine Nelson Clark, Mary Backes Mays, Beulah Handrich Rebernik and Gladys Moldenhauer Marks.
Front Row: Jeannette Korleski Schauer, Hannah Owens Johannes, Margaret Apps Gutche, Mary Jones Hartwig, Vera Wargula Hollman, Emily Popek Hoyt, Viola Jenks Westover, Beatrice Merryfield Decker and Dorothy Roberts Parker.
Sunday, November 18, 2007
Robert Tyler Henry and James "Jeff" Murty married Thomas sisters. Robert Henry was born
James "Jeff" Murty was born
Saturday, November 17, 2007
Many of this group left New York for Wild Rose and the Church in Wild Rose went by the Standalones. One meaning of this reflected the lack of outside organization but also their creed that they stood alone before God at judgment. By the time the pictures were taken most of the older members had died off. Common surnames of members were Jeffers, Jenks, Bailey, Pease, Woodward, Dale, Page, Darling and Woodward.
The church building was located partly where the first row to the south of the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery is today. The building itself was bought by Ike Smith, who owned the farm next to the cemetery, and moved the the farm to be used as a farm building. Ike Smith's wife Effie was a daughter of William Jeffers, Jr. and grand-daughter of William Jeffers, who owned the land she inherited as well as donated the land for the Cemetery. The cemetery was originally called Standalone but later the cemetery association changed it because they thought "Standalone" was too cold.
Back Row: 1. Henry Clark, 2. Herman Wade, 3. Emil Hansel, 4. John Bailey, 5. Herman Hansel.
2nd Row Seated: 1. William Henry Jenks, 2. J. Watson Page. 3. Eunice Hill, 4. Alice Dale, 5. Henry Woodward, 6. Ella Woodward, 7. Susan Dale.
Front Row Seated: 1. Elizabeth Jeffers, 2. Alice Jeffers Jenks, 3. Etta Darling, 4. Jennie Jenks, 5. Alanson Pease Etheridge, 6. Fannie Etheridge, 7. Jessie Dale, 8. Sarah Moore Woodward, 9. John
Back row: 1. Thomas Dale, 2. Freemont Jeffers, 3. Theodore Woodward, 4. Jerry Pierce, 5. Charles Bailey, 6. Fred Jenks.
2nd Row Seated: 1. Nancy Hart, 2. Tom Hart, 3. Amanda Larson, 4. Daniel Woodward, 5. Jim Jeffers, 6. Wendell Woodward, 7. John Nelson Pease, 8. Mrs. Pease, 9. Myrtie Swett Darling.
Front Row Seated: 1. Clarence Jenks, 2. Stella Page, 3. Susan Jeffers, 4. Annie Dale, 5. Lizzie Hatcliffe, 6. Lucy Hatcliffe, 7. John Jenks, 8. Edna Jenks, 9. Mary Jenks, 10. Lewis Jenks.
Seated on Ground: 1. Clara Woodward, 2. Flora Woodward.
Back Row: 1. Philo Darling, 2. George Jenks, 3. Billy J. Hursh, 4. John H. Jeffers, 5. Oren Jenks, 6. Isaac Woodward, 7. Lorenzo Dow Jeffers, 8. Josiah Etheridge.
2nd Row Seated: 1. John R. Jeffers, 2. David D. Davis, 3. Mrs. David D. Davis, 4. Phoebe Jeffers, 5. Mary Etheridge Jenks.
Front Row Seated: 1. Martha Darling, 2. Clara Swett Hart, 3. Polly Jeffers Jenks, 4. Permelia Pease Etheridge, 5. Mrs. John Davies, 6. Tammie Jenks Woodward, 7. Sarah Davies, 8. Mary Davies.
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Josiah Etheridge attend St Michael’s Church in Bishops Cleeve before he came to
Sunday, November 11, 2007
Wild Rose Football Team from 1928
Front row: George Roberts, Alden Attoe, Dodie Davies, Fred McCormick, Clark McCormick, Stanley Popek & Howard Merryfield.
Back row: Principal Butts, John Hoaglin, Dick Hanson, Bob Duley, Ray Nelson, Alfred Jenks & Donald Evans.
Saturday, November 10, 2007
Wild Rose Presbyterian Church Sunday School about 1910. Teacher: Mrs. Robert Davies (Maggie Bob) Back row: Olive Jones McQuaid,Orval Davies, Della Davies Moss, Ada Lowe Bemis, Edith Williams Jones. Middle row: Marvin Jones, Meredith Owens, Margaret Hannah Clayton, Priscilla Owens Counsell. Front row: Sidnie Davies Mundy, Mrs. R. A. Davies, David Clayton
Daughters of Elling (Elick) & Tomine (Minnie) Nelson. Left to right Emma Nelson Booth (Fred) 1885-1983, Anne Nelson Songe (Karl Ingwald) 1891-1985, Lelah Nelson Sorenson (Ole B) 1888-1968. They attended the
Friday, November 9, 2007
Chester Arthur Jenks was born
Thursday, November 8, 2007
Swede Herlin's band was from the Wild Rose-Mt Morris Area. They are Victor Fritz on banjo, Ada Anderson on piano, Carl Brownlow on Sax, Norman Anderson on clarinet, Franz "Swede" Herlin on drums, Ellif Anderson on coronet, and Russell Anderson on trombone. The picture had to have been taken before March of 1931 because Ada Anderson died from pneumonia with complications in March of 1931. The Anderson's are my aunt and uncles.
The Tuscania left
Three soldiers from
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
This house of Alanson Etheridge was originally a barn that he remodeled. It was located at what would have been
The picture shows Alanson's wife Emma Spicer Etheridge, Evelyn Roth, May Etheridge Roth holding son Jacob Roth. It was taken about 1911.
Specks was elected sheriff of
Specks lived in the house at
The picture was taken in the early 1920's. Notice the height of the snow banks. The Legion Hall is in the background.
Tuesday, November 6, 2007
The Ellick Charleson Family. The picture was taken before February of 1895. Back row: Inger (Mrs Richard Ryerson) (
The Wild Rose Girls basketball team from 1917 played neighboring villages. The team was undefeated for 3 years. Can you imagine playing basketball with a head scarf and tie? The coach & principal was married to Carol Smart, the daughter Charles Smart and Sidnie Hughes. Left to right: Front row: Amy Etheridge Kaminski, Carol Roberts Kileen, Ethel Smith. Back row: Della Davies Moss, Harry Merritt, Principal, Jennie Johnson Thomas.
Front Row: Addie Christie, wife of Duncan MacLennan, Janet Johnston Christie 1828-1905, wife of John Christie, Clara Christie 1860-1936, wife of Larry McNelty. Back row: Jennie Clark 1853-1945, wife of George Clark, Margaret (or Maggie) Christie 1855-1934 wife of Urben Briggs, and Mary Christie 1857-1935, wife of Joseph Campbell. Janet's obituary says she was from
Monday, November 5, 2007
Saturday, November 3, 2007
All of my most recent ancestors settled in Waushara County in the Wild Rose area. They came from the states of New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Vermont. The immigrants came from England, Ireland, Wales, Scotland, Germany, Norway and France.
My Jeffers and Pease ancestors came from Rose, New York which is in Wayne County. Wild Rose is named after Rose, New York but since it was Indian Country, they called it Wild Rose. Some of the other families from Rose, New York included Jenks and Stewarts.
Wild Rose has had three people from the earlier times that you should know about. William J. Knights was one of the three founding members of the Gideons International that was organized July 1, 1899. Mr. Knights suggested the name "Gideons" for the organization after prayer. He was a salesman and later an insurance agent for Central Life. He spent the majority of his life in Wild Rose. He is buried in the Oakhill Cemetery in the Village of Wild Rose.
You probably know about the second man who was the model for the music instrument salesman who taught the people to play. James Ward Jeffers was from Wild Rose. He was usually called Ward or J. Ward Jeffers. His grandfather, Samuel Jeffers was an early settler. Ward wasn't nearly as colorful as the movie made him but he did sell the instruments and taught children and parents how to play them. His wife was not blond.
The last person, I mention today is a lady who was one of the three women elected to the Wisconsin Assembly in 1924. That is 4 years after woman got the right to vote. Hellen Merrifield was a teacher and principal in Wild Rose. She married L S Brooks from Coloma so when she ran for the Assembly her name was Hellen Merrifield Brooks.
The amazing thing about her election was that she had no primary opponent. The district was always very Republican and she ran as a Republican. She had the support of the Waushara Argus. She had three major groups that supported her. She had support from those in the education area since she had taught in a number of places. She was very active for the Red Cross during World War I. She raised money from an area not just Coloma. Her third group was the W C T U (or the Women's Christian Temperance Union) who favored prohibition.
After the primary but before the election, Hellen's husband was injured in an accident and died from the injuries. There was no foul play involved. Hellen served the district well in 1925. The legislature was not in session in 1926 so she went to New York to meet some of her deceased husband's relatives. She met Edward Shay and lived him enough to marry him and move to New York. The Waushara Argus urged her to run for reelection even after she had remarried. I am sure she would have been reelected if she had run.