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Stratford centennial
(1891-1991)

Stratford "we serve our country",   pp. 133-141


Page 133

Stratford
"We Serve Our Country"
The Civil War
Stratford Resident was a Civil War Veteran
Fred Aschbrenner, an early Stratford resident, served his
country in the Civil War. The Wausau Record Herald pub-
lished an article on March 3, 1921 on the occasion of Mr. &
Mrs. Aschebrenner's 50th Wedding Anniversary and the
Marshfield News Herald published an article on March 3
1930 in honor of the couple's 59th anniversary.
"It was in 1856," Mr. Aschbrenner said "that I, with my
parents, brothers, and sisters, landed in this country... We
traveled by rail from New York to Milwaukee and from there
to Beaver Dam, the railroad terminal. An old Indian trail led
from Beaver Dam to Wausau. From Wausau we traveled to
the town of Berlin, some fourteen miles north of Wausau. We
purchased our land for a dollar and a quarter per acre.
"In the spring of 1862, President Lincoln issued a call for
volunteers. It did not take me long to make up my mind to
answer this call by enlisting. In the company of twenty four
young men, who had also answered the invitation to enlist, I
was sent to Madison where after drilling for several months,
we were sent south."
Mr. Aschbrenner was a member of Company I, First
regiment of the Wisconsin cavalry with Lieutenant Little, and
in July, 1863, the regiment broke camp to report at St. Louis,
Missouri. Company I was actively engaged in thirty battles.
After a service of two years and eight months, Mr. Aschbren-
ner received his honorable discharge from the service of the
United States.
He married Bertha Kluender on March 3, 1871 In 1902
they moved to Stratford where they farmed until 1910. The
farm was taken over by their son Henry, who erected a home
for them on Highway 97, where they lived for many years.
Mr. Aschbrenner died December 29, 1935 at the age of 96.
Mrs. Aschbrenner died January 7, 1936 at the age of 87.
The following have been identified as Stratford Area
individuals who served in the Civil War:
Paul Heffnar
William Hein
Henry Nelson
Adam Oettinger
Joseph Sawyer
Frederick Aschbrenner
World War I
The following list is from the Stratford Journal:
World War I Veterans
Andrew Hekedish
Peter Kaser
Fred Guenther
Christ Buche
John Helmke
Harold Wicker
Emmet Colvin
John Spencer
Hugo Schafrich
Paul Zettler
William Pupp
John Stuhr
Walter VanRyzin
Fred Lillge
Andrew Passehl
Richard Polege
Lawrence Borchardt
Anton Borchardt
Arthur Burkhardt
Henry Wallman
Albert Spindler
Charles Bean


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