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Stratford centennial
(1891-1991)

Logging and early settlements,   pp. 8-20


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1895 Plat Map of The Town of Cleveland
Weber Settlement
or Webertown
by Patti Laessig Zimmerman
On the south shore of the river's bend, deep in the northern
heart ofWisconsin, a tiny German family migrated, becoming
the first white family known to settle on this bank of the Big
Eau Pleine River. It was the late 1870s.
Occasional visitors were the Indians who meandered the
age-old trails of their ancestors that eventually became the
roadways between settlements.
Forests of huge pine had been harvested by earlier lumber
companies all around. Left were hardwoods like birch, elm,
oak, maple and hemlock. Christian Weber had purchased land
in this wilderness, where he, like his father and grandfather
before him, would build a saw mill, and make a life for himself
and his family, in this new land far from his birthplace of
Saarburg, near Trier, Germany.
Around the year 1856, Christian came to America with his
father, Michael, and mother Elizabeth (Kaiser) Weber and his
brothers and sisters. They settled in Manitowoc County, near
what is now Cleveland. In 1872 Christian married Anna
Kaiser, daughter of Andreas and Magdelena (Esslinger)
Kaiser who had also immigrated from the Trier area. For 24
years Andreas and his family lived in Ashford, Fond du Lac
County, before leaving his eldest son Nicholas there to pur-
chase more affordable land in the north for his younger sons.
Also migrating from Cleveland was Michael Wagner,
whose parents Michael and Suzanna (Fischbach) Wagner
came from Metz, Alsace Lorraine in the late 1830's. Michael
Wagner purchased land also, in what had become known as
the Weber Settlement or Webertown.


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