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Peter Buol

Posted: 5 Oct 2003 6:36AM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 7 Aug 2005 4:04AM GMT
Peter Buol is my great-great-grandfather, as I am descended from him through Lawrence, then Andrew, and Jeffrey Buol. The following I obtained from http://www.rootsweb.com/~mnwabbio/2b.htm , which was itself taken from a book entitled "The History of Wabasha County (MN- 1920)".

Anyway, if anyone has any information on Peter Buol I would be INCREDIBLY interested, especially information on his parents, where in Switzerland he was from (I'm assuming Davos, since so many other Buols seem to be from there).

If you have any information please email me at buojus@bethel.edu.

Thanks!!

Buol, Peter (page 534), one of the leading representatives of the agricultural industry in Greenfield Township, was born June 3, 1858, in Switzerland, his parents being Christ and Katherine (Loitscher) Buol, natives of that country. Both father and mother are now deceased, the father dying in 1908 and the mother in 1877. They were members of the Reformed church. They had seven children: Peter, Bartley, John, Andrew, Barbara, Valentine and Dora. Andrew is now deceased. Bartley and John reside in California, Valentine in South Dakota, and Barbara and Dora are still in Switzerland. Peter Buol was educated in his native land and was there engaged in farm labor for a number of years. In 1880 he came to America, and to Minnesota, locating in the village of Wabasha, where he remained until 1882. For a year after that he worked in the pineries in the northern part of this state. Then, in 1883, he went to Pierre, S. D., where he remained ten years, being employed in a brickyard there for four years and farming the rest of the time. In 1893 Mr. Buol returned to Wabasha County, locating in the town of Greenfield, where he rented the Salzman farm of 185 acres, where he operated until 1898. He then bought 160 acres in section 16, Greenfield, on which farm he erected most of the buildings, besides doing general repairing. He there followed mixed farming and dairying, keeping Brown Swiss cattle, with a full-blooded sire at the head of his herd, and made good financial progress. In 1919 he sold that farm and bought one of 67 acres in section 15, Greenfield Township, where he is now engaged in truck farming and dairying, still keeping his Brown Swiss cattle. On his present place he has made valuable improvements, having built a modern 8-room brown stucco residence, a basement barn36 by 66 feet, with the James equipment, and several outbuildings. As a farmer Mr. Buol has been highly successful, and is reaping the reward of his industry and intelligent management. He has become a prominent citizen of his township, and also of Wabasha County, having rendered four years’ service as county commissioner, in addition to which he was for three years a member of the school board of District No. 30, Greenfield. He is fraternally affiliated with the Odd Fellows, Modern Woodmen of America, Equitable Fraternal Union, Red Men and Modern Samaritans, and religiously with the Reformed church. Thirty-six years ago Mr. Buol assumed the responsibilities of domestic life, being united in marriage, December 10, 1883, to Louisa Birckley, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Birckley. Her parents, born in Badan, Germany, came to America in 1856, locating first in St. Louis, Mo., where they remained for one year, after which, in 1857, they came to Wabasha County, Minn., and engaged in farming and stock raising in Greenfield Township. Mr. Birckley died, however, in 1859, and his widow subsequently married John Saltzman. By each husband she had three children, those of her first marriage being Sophia, Louisa and Bertha, and those of her second, Barbara, Mary and John, the last mentioned being now deceased. Mr. and Mrs. Buol are the parents of seven children: Rosa K., born January 27, 1885; Louisa H., April 7, 1887; Christ P., August 15, 1889; John A., March 2, 1892; Lawrence P., November 23, 1894; Dorothy E., September 22, 1897; and Bartley B., July 8, 1900. Rosa K. is now Mrs. E. G. Ballard; the other children are residing on the home farm. Lawrence B. Buol was drafted for service in the late war, June 24, 1918, and became a member of Battery C, 331st Field Artillery. He sailed for France September 17, 1918, and was there six months, though without having an opportunity to get into action. On his return home he was discharged at Camp Dodge, Iowa, February 18, 1919.

Re: Peter Buol

ricky healy (View posts)
Posted: 19 Dec 2003 11:23PM GMT
Classification: Query
peter buol is also my great-great-grandfather. This is actually a pretty cool coincidence. I was searching the web for info on my family as well, when i stumbled upon this message. I sent you, justin buol, an email to the address you provided. I am posting this here just incase it didn't arrive. I don't know a whole lot about the peter buol who came to Wabasha in 1882, but when i am going to ask my mother, aunts and uncles what they moight've heard from their father, Peter D Buol, the son of Bartley Buol and grandson of Peter Buol. There is also a family portrait of peter buol with his seven children in my family. If you would like to see it orobtain a copy, let me know.

Re: Peter Buol

Justin Buol (View posts)
Posted: 21 Dec 2003 2:37AM GMT
Classification: Query
Ricky, thanks for the reply! I didn't get the email though. Anyway, if your mother or her relatives happened to know anything, I would be very appreciative. One of the problems I'm having is locating the city in Switzerland where Peter came from. If you want to try emailing me again go ahead. I think I have a copy of the portrait you mentioned, but if your is a high quality let me know- my copy is just out of an old 1920 Wabasha County book.

Justin

Re: Peter Buol

Posted: 22 Jan 2006 2:03AM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Loitscher and Trincano
I, too, have a Swiss heritage. My ggrandmother was Marianne Caroline (Loitscher) Christen. Her maiden name has been hard to track down. She was christened in Cornaux, Canton Neuchatel, in 1806, and married Jacob Christen in 1829 in Vinelz, Canton Berne, and died in 1880. Her father's name was Johann Peter Loitscher. That's all I have. Have you found anything on your Loitscher family??? Also, have you run across the name of Trincano? That was the married name of Marianne and Jacob's 5th child, my great-grandmother Ida Caroline.. Please provide me with an answer of yea or nay. Many thanks. Sincerely, Gerry Hyde

Re: Peter Buol

Justin J. Buol (View posts)
Posted: 22 Jan 2006 5:33AM GMT
Classification: Query
Hello Geraldine. I have indeed come upon some information on my Loitscher family, although it is not very thorough by any means. The information I have comes from some pages I have of the Stammbaum der Familie Buol, which the Loitschers intersect at various points. Here's what I know:

My great-great-great grandfather, Christian Buol (1829 - 1900) married Katharina Lötscher. His sister, Margreth Buol (1823 - 1892), married Johann Lötscher (he died and she remarried). Their sister, Magdalena Buol (1825 - 1901), married Christian Lötscher. I presume these Lötschers to all be of the same family.

Katharina's parents were Peter and Dorothea (Engel) Lötscher. I also have record of an Elisabeth (Ruosch) Lötscher being a witness at Peter's baptism.

Also on my sheet of baptism records I can see at other baptisms a Christina (Ruosch) Lötscher; a something Anna Lötscher.

I want to note that the Lötschers in my family appear to be from, to some extent, the town of St. Antönien. They were not near Canton Berne, at least from what knowledge I have, which is quite admittedly limited.

I saw no Trincanos, sorry. That sounds kind of Italian though. To my knowledge my Buol ancestors around that time were in a predominantly German part of Switzerland.

If you have any other questions please feel free to ask again. I may be able to give you an email address of someone who could help you with some research.

Justin

Re: Peter Buol

Geraldine Hyde (View posts)
Posted: 22 Jan 2006 11:35PM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Loitscher, Trincano, Christen, Kohler
Dear Justin - Thank you sooo much for your quick reply. I don't know which has been more confusing, my Loitscher side or Trincano (Swiss/Italian, born in Porruntruy in 1828). The papers that I have that have been in my family since the Trincano/Christen family arrived here in California in 1869 are either in French or German. Even at the age of 79 I can still translate much of the French, but had to ask a former colleague to translate the German (we taught in the same high school). The spelling of Loitscher has appeared as Lortscher and Loertscher on the Morman website, and that's what really threw me off!! (They aren't very good at authenticating their material I've discovered!)
My Loitscher ggggrandfather might have been born in the last quarter of the 18th century. By the way, I have the print-out of the 1998 Swiss telephone directory in which there are 70 entries for Loertscher, and 43 for Lortscher (with two dots over the 'o').
Do you really think you have someone who would help me out??? That would be outstanding as I am really up the proverbial creek without a paddle!.
Please feel free to email me directly at hanahou@pacbell.net. I'm located in Chico, California.
Thanks again for your speedy reply, Justin.
Sincerely, Gerry
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