Cemetery AKA Germantown Cemetery
Township, Richland County, Wisconsin
Tales The Tombstones Tell -
Republican Observer - October 24, 1957
Rare indeed are the cemeteries that are laid out
north and south and not east and west, but the Germantown cemetery near
Cazenovia, is one of them.
The cemetery here is in connection with St.
Anthony's Catholic Church, just south across the highway. The cemetery
is well kept, burials numerous, and in it are natives of lands far
away, France, Ireland and Germany. We see such names as these upon the
stones: Walsh, Braun, Schmitz, Wolff, Muller, Ruskoff, Zerving, Moll,
Harrison, Rockweiler, Klang, Ott, Leimkueller, Berberich, Michels,
Klostermeir, Bussman, Adelman, Jasper, and others.
Frantz Braun, born September 16, 1812, and Catherine
Braun, born January 7, 1815, are among the early born. Also there are
Franz Beier and Mary Beier. He was born in 1825 and she in 1835. Franz
lived until 1887 and Mary until 1903.
A flag flies upon the grave of Franz Peter Lvig, who
died in 1889 at the age of 73 years, five months and 12 days. Peter
Jasper and his wife Elizabeth, are also among those born long ago. He
first saw the light of day in 1840, and she in 1843. Herman Michels and
his wife Gertrude, born in 1840 and 1843; also Anne McCann, born in
1817, are here.
John B. Roy, born in 1820, died in 1894. He was
married to Cecelia Turdat at Syracuse, New York, on June 28, 1848. She
was born in 1826 and passed on in 1905.
A few of the early born are here listed together
with the years of their coming into this world. Henry Moll, 1821;
Margaret Moll,1824; Karl Berberich, 1834; Mary Berberich, 1844;
Josephine Rebillard, 1844; Alois Fix, 1829; Franz Dresen, 1843; Michael
Lanser, 1826; Mary, his wife, 1825; Henry Michels, 1847; Catherine his
wife, 1848; Hillard Rockweiler, 1822; Benedict Adelman, 1842; Arnold
At the bottom of the marker for John B. Roy which
states that he enlisted in the U. S. Army at Schaers Harbor, New York,
and served three years in the Mexican War. This war, it will be
remembered, was caused by the annexation of Texas. It began in 1846,
and ended in 1848 though the armed forces were in the field, for a
There is a marker in the cemetery for a World War
soldier but we could not learn his last name from the marker which
gives no indication of it. The marker says:
We learned since that his last name was Cassidy.
Flags are on other graves in this cemetery, one, the
grave marker states, was for Mathias Leimkueller, who was a member of
Co. E, 52nd Regt. He was born in 1829 and died in 1878. His wife
Gertrude, is in the same lot. She was born in 1840. Joseph Braun, is
another Civil War veteran buried here. He was born in 1843 and in 1899.
His wife Mary, was born in 1852 and died in 1916. Joseph Moll has a
flag on his grave. He was born in 1838 and died in 1920. Anna, his
wife, was born in 1843 and passed away in 1922. Benedict Adelman, born
in 1842, has a flag on his grave. He died in 1911.
John Seep, who was born in 1879 is buried here. He
died in 1944. Other members of the Seep family are in this cemetery.
They are kin of Joseph Seep, well known farmer of Westford, and present
chairman of the township.
Joseph Zerving is an early born, his birth taking
place on March 10, 1800, and his death in 1869.
Two early day store keepers are in the Germantown
cemetery. They are Alois Fix, who also operated a brewery, and
Sebastian Wenker. Mr. Fix was born in 1829 and he passed on in 1880.
Mr. Wenker Sr., was born in 1833. Mr. Wenker, a native of France, came
to America with his parents and located with them in Dodge county. When
he was 24 years of age he married Eva Derr, a native of Bavaria. They
came to Cazenovia in 1865, where Mr. Wenker purchased a half interest
in the store of Mr. Fix, and in 1866 became sole owner and continued in
business for many years. Both he and his wife are buried here.
Peter Vosen and Gertrude, his wife, are among
the early born to be buried here. He was born in 1817 and she in 1819.
Other early born are John Hanko and his wife Emma. He was born in 1849
and Emma in 1853. Theodore Klang, 1847, and Gertrude his wife in 1856.
Mr. Klang died in 1922 and his wife in 1930. John Duppen and Anna
Duppen were among the early born. His birth was in 1846 and his wife's
in 1852. John died in 1923 and his wife preceeded him in death by a
year, 1922 being the date of her death.
World War I and II veterans are buried in the
Germantown cemetery. Alfred Bauer, Staff Sgt. in the Air Corps, is one
of the World War II veterans. According to his marker, he was born
February 7, 1923, and died November 11, 1943.
Edward Hanko, Private 13 Co. 161 Depot Brigade,
World War I, has a marker. He was born Feb. 27, 1888, and died March 1,
Another World War II soldier is Clarence Escher, who
was a Staff Sergeant, 379th Infantry 95th Division. His birth date was
June 6, 1919, and his death took place November 17, 1944.
Fred J. Jasper, Pfc. 60th Inft. 9th Division, World
War II, is also buried here. He was born October 8, 1915, and died
August 12, 1943.
One of the well known folks to be buried here is
Hugh Scallon. He was born in 1859 and his wife Bertha, in 1865. Hugh
died in 1936 and his wife in 1945.
On a monument in the cemetery across the highway
from the church is carved this:
"William Duren, the last of the pioneers of St.
Anthony's church, born at Austel, Germany, December 9, 1819, died March
27, 1908." His wife Anna, is buried on the lot. She, the
tombstone says, was also born in Germany; her birth date being November
20, 1822, and she died November 27, 1892. Mr. Duren, we believe,
operated a sawmill on the Little Baraboo river not far from Germantown
or Cazenovia. It was equipped with four saws and a turning lathe. This
mill made stock for wagons, sleighs and some farm machinery. Later one
run of stone for grinding feed was added.
Also upon the monument for William and Anna Duren is
"Rev. Stephen Duren, born Sept. 15, 1856. Ordained a
priest June 24, 1884; died December 6, 1937."
Two other priests are here. Rev. H. Koenig, who was
born in the city of Heiligenstadt, Prussia, Germany, October 7, 1834,
first studied to be a priest in his native city, finishing his
education in Rome. He went to Ireland where he was ordained a Catholic
priest at Carlow College on May 9, 1859. After coming to America he was
assigned to various churches until 1878 when he took charge of St.
Mary's Catholic church at Keyesville.
Rev. Father H. Grosse, buried not far from Father
Koenig and Father Duren, was one of the early day priests at the
Germantown church. He was born in 1842 and passed on in 1900. He was
the fourth to have charge of this church. The first mass for the church
was held at the home of Jacob Marto by Father Gaertner, of Sauk City;
the first resident priest was Father Bernerd. In 1859 they erected a
church building and about 1884 the present brick structure was built.
We noticed that three bells hung in the church steeple and these ring
out, the chimes being heard for miles around.
There are a few markers that have been worn by the
elements, a few broken. But upon many, in addition to those given at
the beginning of this brief history of this cemetery, we notice markers
for Fisher, Keller, Luxton, Dietelhoff, Dooley, O'Brien, LeSage,
Riedel, Clary, Canaan, Havlik, Herlihy, Hess, Bruha, McCarthy, Justen
John M. Jax was but three years old when his parents
came to Richland county from Fond du Lac in 1855 and settled in
Westford. He was married to Annie Timlin in 1875. He engaged in the
hooppole trade for many years and also made hand shaved hoops.