Logging and early settlements, pp. 8-20
Towuship No. 27 ,,' , p. a a 'wree c g.,. Parrer I -? ,Jro Im fr. 7 z __L _ lot- "', : "-R Orr ", L. ~f le/? I IA. 1 . =- l .. ..: .: - -.. . . .. -'a-V.. "I,>I , .i l,,'lt IV ': - ! .. ..l , orl < ! ' lange No. 4 East 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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