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Loose, Myrtle; Bastian, June / Persohn family tree 1812-1988
(1812-1988)

Additional history,   pp. 6-15 PDF (5.3 MB)


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I typed out a copy of the paper clipping.
CRIPPLED COBBLER GIVES $65,000 TO A VILLAGE METHODIST CHURCH
Chicago, Oct.26.-- Wilhelm Persohn, a congenital cripple, the rom-
ance of whose life lay in his devotion to the little Methodist
church at Brillion, Wis. left $25,000 to the pension fund of the
church.
Persohn never was able to stand on his feet unaided, and his
parents, who brought him to this country from Germany when he was
13, taught him to be a cobbler. He invested his meager savings in
land and the land grew in value. All went to the church.
"The Lord has given money in such a-wonderful manner that it
belongs to Him and I shall return it to Him," was the cobbler's
motto.
During his life he gave $65,000 to institutions of the church,
For his last years he reserved the interest on $25,000 and upon
his recent demise it was left to the pension fund. For twenty-seven
years he was preacher, organist and choir leader of the church at
Brillion.
I received all the following information from Lorna Mae Barnes
Winter from Scotia, Nebr. She is a granddaughter of Emma Richard
Sautter and was also gathering material for the Sautter Genealogy.
1. On her marriage license she stated her name as "Emma W. Richard,"
her mother as "Hannah Parson" (sp) and father as "William Richard".
2. This was taken from her obituarys
Emma Wilhelmina Richard was born Oct.16, 1864 at Anipee, (mis-
spelled) Wis. and passed away Oct.8, 1948 at the age of 83 years,
11 months and 23 days.
At the age of nine months, her father was killed in the Civil
War. Sometime later her mother, Mrs.Richard, married Mr. Timm. In
1872, when Emma was eight years old, they came to Nebraska and set-
tled in Polk County. Emma was the eldest daughter in a family of 13.
3. Ahnapee, Kewaunee County, Wisconsin, changed its name to Algoma
in 1897. (Information from State Historical Society of Wis.)
Aug.25, 1980.
4..Also from Wisc. Historial Society
Census 1860 July 14, Ahnapee, Kewaunee Co. Vol._    , Page 89
House   Family   Name of family      Age   Occup-      Place of
No.     No.                                 ation        Birth
299     299    Fred Richards         49    Farmer      Germany
Charlotte  "         50
Charles    "          23
William    "          20
Ferdinard  "         15
Minnie     "          11
Frederick  "          9
I feel this is most likely the family of William Richard. However
they did place an (s) on the name.
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