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Wilhelm "William" Dresen
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Birth: Nov. 9, 1836, Germany
Death: Nov. 9, 1926
Sauk City
Sauk County
Wisconsin, USA

William Dresen's first wife was Maria Theresia Knabell; they were married May 19, 1864 in Roxbury, Dane County, Wisconsin. That had 11 children: Johanna (Mrs. Joseph Yonker), Joseph, Josephina (1868-1903) (Mrs. Anthony Hutter), William, Charles, Frank, John (1875-1877), Mary, John, Henry, Richard.

William Dresen's 2nd wife was Katharine Rötzer [Roetzer]; they were married in 1899. Katharina was previously married to Daniel L. Brückl [Brueckl]; they had one child (Simon Brückl (Brickl)who was married to Barbara Blau). Daniel L. Brickl's first wife was Maria Rötzer; they had 7 children.

William Dresen's third wife was Anna Kuhn; they were married in 1907.

William Dresen was born at Blerichen, which is now a suburb of Bedburg, in Kreis (county) Bergheim, and is in the state of Nordrhein Westfalen in Germany.

Obituary of William Dresen from the Sauk City Pioneer Presse (German), Sauk City, Wisconsin,
November 18, 1926, page 1, column 6:

[Transcription of German fraktur font:]
William Dresen Senior
wurde am 9. November 1836, in Blehregen, Kreis Bergh [Bergheim], Rgbez. [Regierungsbezirk] Köln, Preußen, geboren, und starb am 9. November 1926, erreichte somit ein seltenes Alter von genau 90 Jahren. Als Knabe genoss er eine gemeine Schulbildung und ließ sich sodann als Möbelschreiner ausbilden, welches Handwerk er bis zum Jahre 1857 im alten Vaterlande folgte. Mit seinen Eltern und Geschwistern wanderte er hierauf nach Amerika aus und sie landeten am 4 Juli 1857, in New York. Von dort setzte die Familie die Reise sofort nach Wisconsin weiter und ließen sich in Cazenovia, Richland County, nieder, wo der Verstorbene bis zum Jahre 1863 blieb. Hierauf kam er nach Sauk City, das 63 Jahre lang sein stetiger Wohnort wurde, und zu deren Fortschritt und Gedeihen er einen großen Theil [Teil] beigetragen hatte. Daß er in dem Aufbau unseres Städtchens stets ein reges Interesse nahm, beweisen die ehrenhaften, öffentlichen Aemter, die ihn seine Mitbürgfier anvertraut hatten. Er diente der Village als Präsident und Trustee, und war außerdem viele Jahre Mitglied der Canning Factory Behörde. Jedes dieser Aemter schenkte er seine fachmännische Kenntnisse und werthvolle [wertvolle] Zeit, und war stets mit Rath [Rat] und That [Tat] bereit, um die ihm auferlegten öffentlichen Pflichten auszuüben.

Im Jahre nach seiner Ankunft in Sauk City, also in 1864, etablierte sich der Verstorbene als Bauschreiner und Contractor, und betrieb nebst dem eine [ein] Leichenbestattungsgeschäft. Die Särge wurden zu der Zeit in seiner eigenen Werkstätte angefertigt. Vom Baugeschäft zog er sich im Jahre 1890 zurück, indem er dasselbe an seine Söhne Joseph und William verkaufte, und eröffnete im nämlichen Jahre einen Möbelstore in Verbindung mit sein [seinem] Leichenbestattungsgeschäft und führte dasselbe bis October 1906, als er seinen Sohn Henry mit in Theilhaberschaft [Teilhaberschaft] nahm. Am 1. Februar, 1910, verkaufte er seinen Antheil [Anteil] im Geschäft und setzte sich zur wohlverdienten Ruhe. Er nahm aber immer Interesse in den beiden Geschäften, die er gegründet hatte, und in der Wohlfahrt deren Uebernehmer und sprach noch bis wenige Wochen vor seinem Tode fast täglich in beiden vor.

Die Gebrechen des Alters machten sich aber im den letzten Jahren bemerkbar. Sein Augenlicht und sein Gehör versagten, er konnte nicht mehr sehen, und sich kaum mehr mit Anderen im Gespräch unterhalten, trotzdem war er rüstig und gesund und hatte ein gutes Gedächtnis. Sein Todesstündlein hatte er sich anscheinend gewählt, denn es war sein Wunsch, daß er 90 Jahre alt werde, und sprach in den letzten Tagen oft davon. Dieser Wunsch ging ihm in Erfüllung. Nach dem er vor etlichen Wochen in's Hospital gebracht wurde wo ihm die sorgfältigste Pflege zu theil [teil] wurde, ist er an seinem 90. Geburtstag sanft und ohne Schmerzen entschlummert.

Der Verstorbene hatte sich drei Mal verheirathet [verheiratet]. Die erste Ehe ging er am 19. Mai, 1864 in Roxbury mit Frl. [Fraulein] Theresia Knabell ein, mit der er 33 Jahre in überaus glücklicher Ehe gelebt hatte und die ihm im Jahre 1897 durch den Tod entrissen wurde. Dieser Ehe entsprossen 8 Söhne und 3 Töchter, von den ein Sohn und eine Tochter in früher Kindheit starben und eine Tochter, Frau Anton Hutter, vor mehreren Jahren. Die überlebenden Kinder sind Frau John Yonker von Madison, Joseph, William, Frank, John, Henry und Richard von Sauk City und Charles von Spring Green.

Im Jahre 1899 verheiratete sich der Verstorbene mit der Wittwe [Witwe] Katherina Brickl von Town Franklin, Sauk County, die fünf Jahre später starb. Die dritte Ehe trat er im Jahre 1907 mit der Wittwe [Witwe] Anna Kuhn von Süd Milwaukee ein, die ihn ebenfalls schon im Jahre 1911 im Tode vorangegangen war.

Das Begräbnis fand am Freitag Morgen um 9 Uhr von der St. Aloysius Kirche, deren treues Mitglied und langjähriger Vorsteher der Verstorbene war, aus statt und die Leiche wurde auf dem Friedhof der Gemeinde zur letzten ewigen Ruhe gebettet. Pfarrer Schauenberg leitete die Trauerfeier und sechs Söhne des Verstorbenen fungierten als Träger.

Folgende von Auswärts wohnten dem Begräbnis bei: Herr und Frau Herman Hutter und Herr und Frau Simon Brickl von Plain; Herr John Haas von Spring Green; Herr und Frau Leonhard Hutter von Milwaukee; Frau John Boyle von Madison; Herr Frank Dienberg und Tochter, Frau John Smith, Frl. [Fraulein] Catherine Hänzlik, und Wm. Moll von Cazenovia; Theo. Moll von Wonewoc, Frau Arthur Megow von Cudahy.

[Translation to English:]
William Dresen Senior
was born on November 9, 1836, in Blehregen, county Bergh [Bergheim], Region Köln [Cologne], Prussia, and died on November 9, 1926, reaching a rare age of just 90 years. As a boy, he enjoyed a common school education and was then trained as a cabinet maker, a craft which he continued to the year 1857 in his old fatherland. With his parents and his siblings, he emigrated from there to America and they landed in New York on July 4, 1857. From there, the family immediately continued their journey to Wisconsin, and settled in Cazenovia, Richland County, where the deceased remained until the year 1863. Then he came to Sauk City, with 63 years of continuous residence and contributed a large part to their progress and prosperity. He always took a keen interest in the structure of our town, to prove to the honorable public authorities in whom his fellow citizens had entrusted. He served as President and Village Trustee, and was also for many years a member of the Canning Factory Authority. To each of these authorities he gave his expert knowledge and valuable time, and was always ready with "word and deed" to exercise the most imposed public duties.

In the years after his arrival in Sauk City, in 1864, the deceased established himself as builder and contractor, in addition to the farm, and a funeral business. The coffins were, at the time, prepared in his own workshop. He retired from the construction business in 1890 by providing the same to his sons Joseph and William to whom he sold the business. He opened a furniture store in the same year in connection with the funeral business and led the same until October 1906, when he went into partnership with his son Henry. On February 1, 1910, he sold his share in the business and sat down to a well-deserved rest. He was always interested in the two operations which he had founded and in the welfare of those who took over, and spoke to them both almost daily until a few weeks before his death.

The infirmity of age was felt but in the last few years. His eyesight and hearing failed, he could no longer see, and hardly entertained anymore with others in conversation, but he was hale and healthy and had a good memory. He had apparently chosen his death hours because it was his will that he reach 90 years of age, and spoke often of it in recent days. This request was fulfilled to him. After he spent several weeks in the hospital where he was brought to be carefully cared for, he passed away on his 90th birthday smoothly and without pain.

The deceased had been married three times. The first marriage was to Miss Theresa Knabell on May 19, 1864, in Roxbury, with whom he had 33 years in an extremely happy marriage until she was snatched from him by death in 1897. This marriage produced 8 sons and 3 daughters; a son and a daughter died in early childhood and a daughter, Mrs. Anton Hutter, died several years ago. The surviving children are Mrs. John Yonker of Madison, Joseph, William, Frank, John, Henry and Richard of Sauk City and Charles of Spring Green.

In the year 1899, the deceased married the widow Katherina Brickl of Franklin Town, Sauk County; she died five years later. The third marriage in 1907, he joined with the widow Anna Kuhn of South Milwaukee, which she also already preceded him in death, in the year 1911.

The funeral was held on Friday morning at 9 am in St. Aloysius Church, of which the deceased was a faithful member and longtime director. The body was buried in the community cemetery to his last eternal resting place. Pastor Schauenberg led the mourning ceremony, and six sons of the deceased acted as pallbearer.

The following from out of town attended the funeral: Mr. and Mrs. Herman Hutter and Mr. and Mrs. Simon Brickl of Plain; Mr. John Haas of Spring Green; Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Hutter of Milwaukee; Mrs. John Boyle of Madison; Mr. Frank Dienberg and daughter, Mrs. John Smith, Miss Catherine Hänzlik and Wm. Moll of Cazenovia; Theo. Moll of Wonewoc, Mrs. Arthur Megow of Cudahy.
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Source: Sauk City Pioneer Presse (German), Sauk City, Wisconsin. November 11, 1926, page 1, column 5:

[Transcription of German fraktur font:]
William Dresen, Senior
In der Dienstag Nacht, kurz vor 11 Uhr, starb im Thurner Hospital dahier unser betagter, geachtete Mitbürger, William Dresen, Senior. Sein Todestag war gerade auf sein Geburtstag und er erreichte ein hohes Altar von 90 Jahren. Lebenslauf wurden wir erst nächste Woche bringen können. Das Begräbnis findet am Freitag Morgan um 9 Uhr von der hiesigen katholischen Kirche aus statt. Den tiefbetrübten Hinterbliebenen, unser innigstes Beileid.

[Translation to English:]
William Dresen, Senior
On Tuesday night, shortly before 11 pm, died in Thurner Hospital here, our elderly, respected citizen, William Dresen, Senior. His death day was just on his birthday, and he reached a high age of 90 years. We will have the obituary next week. The funeral will take place on Friday at 9 am in the morning at the local Catholic church. The survivors are deeply saddened, our heartfelt condolences.
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Source: Weekly Home News (Spring Green, Sauk County, Wisconsin), 1926 Nov 18, p 1, c 4:

Dies on Ninetieth Birthday
William Dresen, Sr., father of our townsman C.J. Dresen, died at Turner hospital in Sauk City November 9th on the ninetieth anniversary of his birth. Mr. Dresen was a highly respected citizen of Sauk City, and in his younger years took an active part in the affairs of that village, which was his home for many years.
His last illness was of brief duration and regardless of his great age he retained his faculties until stricken, being remarkably young in mind and body. The funeral was held last Friday in St. Aloysius Catholic church in Sauk City. 
 
Family links: 
 Spouses:
  Maria Theresia Knabell Dresen (1844 - 1897)
  Katharina Roetzer Dresen (1838 - 1904)*
 
 Children:
  Joseph Dresen (1866 - 1934)*
  Frank William Dresen (1874 - 1955)*
  John Dresen (1875 - 1877)*
  Mary Dresen (1877 - 1879)*
  Richard J. Dresen (1883 - 1967)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Saint Aloysious Cemetery
Sauk City
Sauk County
Wisconsin, USA
 
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Record added: Jan 12, 2012
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Wilhelm William Dresen
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