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Leona S Abbiehl Motz
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Birth: 1897
Death: 1990

Leona S Abbiehl Motz, daughter of Frederick W Abbiehl & his 1st wife Anna Fore Abbiehl

Married 1916 Clarence D Motz, son of John Motz & his wife Rose Stine Motz



*** her sister Edith V Abbheil Berkeypile ...

Harry & Edith Berkeypile

Our parents were born and raised on farms in Indiana and were married at Bremen, Indiana on Christmas Day in 1916. They soon moved to Saskatchewan, Canada, lived there for several years and moved back to Bremen where Dad worked in a foundry. Kenneth and Eleanor were born there.

In 1918 it took Dad two days to drive from Bremen to the Bass Lake District, northwest of Ladysmith, in their 1915 Model-T Ford, where Dad started clearing their 120 acres of wild land. They purchased another wild "forty" later. Dad stayed with the Jacob Senff family, also of Indiana, whenever he returned to Rusk County for land clearing and erecting buildings. Then in September 1921 the whole family moved up permanently with their belongings on the train - many of which were stolen enroute.

Dad used 2,235 pounds of dynamite during a ten year period of land clearing. Since there was an "ample supply" of large rocks, they decided to use some of the more colorful ones to their advantage, and so Emil Suckow was hired to build a rock silo, milk house and in later years a front porch of rocks.

Our parents' first team of horses was beautiful Belgium bays which were purchased from Nate Hand of Ladysmith, who had bought them in the Dakotas. Their first three cows from which their herd was started cost in the range of $35-46.

Mother was one of a group of women in 1936 who was nstrumental in organizing the Bass Lake Women's Auxiliary at her home. Mrs William Schadd was elected president; Mom was elected secretary-treasurer. The Auxiliary was later renamed - Bass Lake Homemakers' Club. Later on Mom served on the Board of Directors of the Ladysmith CO-OP STORE and was a willing worker at the Senior Citizen Center.

Though our folks had very little money when they were raising their family, we always had plenty to eat from the produce of our yearly huge garden. We raised our own meat since we had chickens, hogs and cows. For "extra" money, Dad raised and sold potatoes and cut chunk wood. He'd get two cords on the bobsled and drive the team the eight miles to Ladysmith where he'd get a buyer quickly so that he could return home before dark.

We remember Mom wishing Dad would go to a restaurant for a hot meal or bowl of soup, but instead he ate the cold sandwiches he had taken along from home - to save every cent possible. It was a long, cold trip for man and beast.

Our parents "ended up" with six children: Kenneth, Eleanor, Virginia, Elaine, John and Dorothy. They were all born at home except one. There was much tragedy the folks had to endure due to the deaths of their John, Elaine and her two infant sons, a daughter-in-law (who left four young children), and four other grandchildren. Their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ brought them through the "dark valleys."

Mother's dad, Fred Abbiehl (our grandpa) came to Rusk County from Indiana before our parents did and purchased the former Stair Ranch, located ten miles south of Ladysmith on Hwy. 27. He outlived three wives and died at age 91.

Grandpa Berkeypile remained in Indiana where he was a teacher and farmer, dying at age 76.

In 1955 the Wisconsin REA News published an article about our mother in the Homemaking Today section telling of the (then) 35 quilts and 25 rugs - plus many other kinds of fancy work and handicraft articles that she had enjoyed making. In later years Mom completed four room size braided rugs and continued quilting,finishing her latest quilt just prior to her death.

On October 29, 1966 our parents' 50th wedding anniversary was observed with an "open house" at the John Adams' home north of Bruce on County "H." (Mrs John Adams is the former Virginia Berkeypile.)

Dad's health started failing in 1959 - so they sold their cattle, but they remained on the farm and then sold it in 1967. They moved into Ladysmith on County "J" where Dad died peacefully in his rocking chair on May 31, 1971 at age 76 after eleven years of illness.

Mom had rheumatic fever at the age of twenty-nine and was bed-ridden for a year, which left her with a damaged heart. She died January 2, 1976 at age 76.

Yes, our parents have gone on, but we have so
many memories to "dwell on" until we meet again.

Virginia Adams, Kenneth Berkeypile, Eleanor

History of Rusk County
Written by the People of Rusk County
Edited by the Rusk County Historical Society
Family links: 
  Frederick W. Abbiehl (1864 - 1955)
  Anna Fore Abbiehl (1869 - 1912)
  Clarence D Motz (1891 - 1954)*
  Ruth Lucille Motz Milliken (1919 - 1985)*
  Louis Gene Motz (1928 - 2013)*
  Charles F. Kleitz (1886 - 1953)**
  Ella Gertrude Abbiehl Keck (1890 - 1940)*
  Raymond Abbiehl (1894 - 1975)*
  Laura M Fredericks (1896 - 1993)*
  Leona S Abbiehl Motz (1897 - 1990)
  Walter L Abbiehl (1903 - 1993)*
  Nettie M Abbiehl Beehler (1908 - 1999)*
*Calculated relationship
Bremen Municipal Cemetery
Marshall County
Indiana, USA
Created by: Linda K
Record added: Jan 06, 2012
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Leona S <i>Abbiehl</i> Motz
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