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Re: Fessler - WI

Posted: 21 Jun 2003 7:47AM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 27 Jul 2004 5:47PM GMT
Surnames: FESSLER
My Grandparents are George and Luella.
The had three children. Ralph, Nelda (still living in Sheboygan, Wisconsin.) and my father Roy. He passed away in 1985. My Great-grandfathers name was Anton.

Found this bio of my Grandparents online

bio. sketch from "History of Manitowoc County Wisconsin"
by Dr. L. Falge, 1911-1912, v.2, p.473-474.

George Fessler is a photographer of St. Nazianz whose careful study of the
processes of photography is evidenced in the excellent work of his studio.
He also has other business interests, including agricultural affairs. He
was born at Silver Lake, Wisconsin, October 14, 1882, and is therefore yet
a comparatively young man. His father, Anton Fessler, is a native of
Oberhausen, Germany, and is now residing at Schoolhill, Wisconsin, at the
age of sixty years. He came to America when twenty-five years of age and
settled at St. Nazianz with his father, Oswald Fessler. Having arrived at
years of maturity, Anton Fessler married Lutrina Kratzinger, who was born
in Germany and is now fifty-two years of age. She was a little child of but
two years when brought to America by her parents, who settled at Milwaukee
but afterward removed to St. Nazianz, where her father carried on farming.
Mr. and Mrs. Anton Fessler became the parents of five sons and four
daughters: Mary, who is the wife of Frank Sakowski, of Pigeon Lake,
Wisconsin; Sophia, who is the wife of John Reinhardt, also of Pigeon Lake;
Tony, who is proprietor of a saloon in St. Nazianz; Carl, who is a farmer
near St. Nazianz; George, of this review; Joseph and Frank, both at home;
Rosa, the wife of Peter Brust; and Mathilda, the wife of Joseph Brust.
No event of special importance occurred to vary the routine of farm life
for George Fessler in his boyhood and youth, his time being divided between
the work of the fields and the duties of the schoolroom. He afterward took
up the machinists trade, which he followed continuously until 1906, when
he turned his attention to photography, finding employment in a gallery in
St. Nazianz. The succeeding six years were devoted to mastering the art in
the employ of others and in 1912 he purchased the gallery of which he is
now proprietor. It is well appointed and his work is artistic in design and
thoroughly modern in finish. He employs the latest processes of the
photographic art and is greatly interested in all that suggests improvement
in his chosen life work. He makes a study of his subject, that pose and
expression may be natural, and has succeeded in producing excellent
On the 8th of May, 1912, Mr. Fessler was married to Miss Ella Rauthman,
who was born in Schleswig township, this county, in 1894, a daughter of
Julius Rauthman, a farmer and early settler of this part of the state. Mr.
Fessler was reared in the Catholic faith, to which he adheres. In matters
relative to the public welfare he is deeply interested, as is shown by his
support of various projects for the public good. Wherever known he wins
friends and he holds friendship inviolable.

SubjectAuthorDate Posted
grotzinger185... 28 Sep 2003 8:26PM GMT 
Cheryl Colburn 21 Jun 2003 1:04PM GMT 
TKENEVAN 21 Jun 2003 1:47PM GMT 
RFellie 13 Dec 2000 9:29PM GMT 
RFellie 28 May 2000 1:13PM GMT 
ann fessler johnston 21 Nov 2000 11:40AM GMT 
ann 24 Aug 2004 7:57PM GMT 
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