Joseph Franzke

Joseph Franzke

Male 1811 - 1878  (66 years)

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  • Name Joseph Franzke 
    Born 10 May 1811  Milicz, Lower Silesia, Poland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Find a Grave FindAGrave Memorial 94917001 
    Died 21 Mar 1878  Brillion, Calumet Co, Wisconsin Find all individuals with events at this location 
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    • Joseph was the owner and operator of an international stagecoach line between Breslau in Prussia and points in Russia. It is said that at the time of the Black Death epidemic in Russia, they counted the black crosses painted on the front doors of the farm huts along the way. Large crosses indicated the death of an adult, small crosses the death of a child. As many as five to seven crosses were sometimes seen on a door.

      Johanna Beate, the second daughter of Joseph and Johanna, had married Gottleib Stanelle and already emigrated to America. Joseph and Johanna left Hamburg on April 15, 1864, on the ship "Main," piloted by Capt. Doll, and landed at Quebec. They traveled with their six unmarried children and their daughter Rosine and her husband, Reinhold Reim. It is said the weather was bad, and they had six difficult weeks on the Atlantic. Caroline, their oldest daughter, married to Karl Scholz, landed at New york on December 12, 1872, with their three sons and a daughter, Pauline, who was born in the New York harbor on December 11, 1872.

      All members of the family headed direct to Waukesha, WI, where Gottleib and Beate, plus friends from Germany, were already settled. They camped with these people while Joseph and his two older sons, Julius and August, when scouting on foot through the wilderness in search of a permanent location. Their purchase of 280 acres was made from the Federal Government on July 1, 1864, for $475. This land was in Brown County, WI, @3 miles due north of Forest Junction, legal of NE1/4 and E1/2 of NW1/4 and the NW1/4 of the SE1/4 Sec. 36 Twp 21 Range 19E. Soon a total of 365 acres were purchased (exact legal not known) and sold to sons Julius, August, and John. Julius farmed there until his death, when his son, August, took it over. August and John soon sold and moved to other areas. Appleton, WI, 15 miles to the west, was their nearest market place where they often hiked over a forest trail, carrying some produce to town and bringing back many a 100 lb sack of flour on their backs until they eventually purchased an ox. A year later they purchased a horse, and the horse and ox made up the first team in the area.

      Joseph was a total contrast to his tiny wife. He was physically a giant - tall, heavy, and muscular - known for his unusual strength. One time when a load of farm produce got mired in a rut in the road so that the horses could not move it, it is said he got down on his hands and knees and with his back under the rear axle, lifted the wagon out of the rut. Once when he was at the farmer's market at Appleton, where farmers brought their young piglets and other farm items to sell, a fight started between several farmers on the grounds. The policeman who was assigned to the market interfered to settle the fight, but the farmers then united in attacking the policeman, who called for help. Joseph heard the call and shouted in German, "Officer, I'm coming, I'm coming." Swinging his powerful arms to both sides, he cut a swath through the mass of farmers to the scene of the violence. He pushed the attackers aside, picked up the policeman by the collar, carried him out in the street, and told him to get out of there and go home.

      In spite of his unusual strength, he was not feared by anyone, but respected as a man who was known to be reasonable and righteous in any controversy, and well able to enforce his decisions. He was an exemplary citizen and model pioneer. His impressive and powerful physique was also enhanced by an unusually heavy head of jet black hair with a gentle wave in it. His head and hair were so massive, it was said that a bushel basket fitted neatly over it.

      When the Franzke family came from Germany, they were all members of the Catholic church, as were most of the other German families in the area. They first became members of the German Catholic church about 3 miles west of Hollandtown, WI. They did not like the role of the church priests in America as compared to Germany, and several of their children were the first to break away from the church. They organized the Evangelical Association of Wisconsin, building a small frame church at the site of the present Forest Home Cemetery site in Forest Junction. Later mergers led to the Evangelical United Brethren church, and then the United Methodist church. The current United Methodist church in Forest Junction stands on land that Joseph's son, August Franzke, owned. The Forest Home Cemetery remains today, and is the burial place of the original immigrants and many of their ancestors.
    Person ID I145896  Little Chute Historical Society
    Last Modified 10 Aug 2019 

    Father Jacob Frunzke,   b. cir 1785, Milicz, Lower Silesia, Poland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 09 Oct 1850, Milicz, Lower Silesia, Poland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 65 years) 
    Mother Anna Maria Tscheschke,   b. cir 1790, Milicz, Lower Silesia, Poland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Sep 1848, Milicz, Lower Silesia, Poland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 58 years) 
    Family ID F140948  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Ancestors Johanna Kirsch,   b. 01 Dec 1812, Poland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Mar 1895, Brillion, Calumet Co, Wisconsin Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years) 
    Married 1832  Worclaw, Lower Silesia, Poland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    Married: 2x1. Caroline Franzke,   b. 10 Mar 1833, Milicz, Lower Silesia, Poland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Oct 1900, Brillion, Calumet Co, Wisconsin Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years)
    +2. Johanna Beate Franzke,   b. 21 Dec 1838, Worclaw, Lower Silesia, Poland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Oct 1925, Forest Junction, Calumet Co, Wisconsin Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years)
    +3. Rosina Franzke,   b. 03 Nov 1839, Milicz, Lower Silesia, Poland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Nov 1871, Brillion, Calumet Co, Wisconsin Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 32 years)
    +4. Julius Franzke,   b. 05 Sep 1844, Milicz, Lower Silesia, Poland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Feb 1897, Brown County, Wisconsin Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 52 years)
    Married: 1x5. Regina Jennie Franzke,   b. 21 Oct 1847, Milicz, Lower Silesia, Poland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Apr 1917, Oconto, Oconto Co, Wisconsin Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years)
    +6. Pauline Franzke,   b. 1848, Poland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Jun 1927, Calumet County, Wisconsin Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years)
    +7. August Franzke,   b. 27 Oct 1849, Milicz, Lower Silesia, Poland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 06 May 1925, Forest Junction, Calumet Co, Wisconsin Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years)
    Married: 3x8. John August Franzke,   b. 06 May 1852, Milicz, Lower Silesia, Poland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 03 Sep 1947, California Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 95 years)
    Married: 1x9. Johanna Franzke,   b. 01 Jan 1855, Milicz, Lower Silesia, Poland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Jan 1880, Brown County, Wisconsin Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 25 years)
    Family ID F57941  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 10 May 1811 - Milicz, Lower Silesia, Poland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 1832 - Worclaw, Lower Silesia, Poland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 21 Mar 1878 - Brillion, Calumet Co, Wisconsin Link to Google Earth
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