|Birth: ||Dec. 14, 1831, Germany|
|Death: ||Jul. 3, 1923|
John Assmann was reared in Pennsylvania, where he attended school. When about twenty years old he came west to St Louis and subsequently spent some time along the Mississippi going as far north as Minneapolis, or St Anthony's Falls, where there was only a single pitched claim shanty, St. Paul, however, being a flourishing trading-post. Mr. Assmann was employed for a short time at Read's Landing, on the Minnesota bank of the Mississippi opposite the mouth of the Chippewa, but in the early 50's came up the Chippewa to the site of Eau Claire, the latter place at that time consisting of a few rudely built houses. He took part in building some of the first houses and sawmills in Eau Claire, where he lived during the winter months when not engaged in logging for himself in the forests of northern Wisconsin, or for the Ingraham-Kennedy Company.
In 1859 Mr. Assmann decided to secure a tract of land for himself. Knowing the country westward toward Menomonie, he went on Elk Creek and then, climbing to the top of Elk Mound hill, which commands an extensive view, from that point he chose the spot to be his home the rest of his life.
On Feb. 22, 1869, he was united in marriage with Elizabeth Schweitzer of Chippewa Falls, who was born in Germany, Nov. 15, 1853, and had come to this country with her parents when three years old, the family settling at Chippewa Falls, where she was reared. Though much younger than her husband, she passed away before him, on May 6, 1919, her loss being deeply mourned. He lived a few years longer, passing away July 3, 1923, at the venerable age of 93 years, seven months and 23 days.
All his life he had enjoyed the best of health and his end was quick and peaceful. He had worked the greater part of the day among the trees and scenery along Elk Creek, which he loved, and had returned home about 3 o'clock in the afternoon apparently in his usual health. At 4 o'clock he retired to his bed, where a few moments later he was found dead by a member of his family, death due to a heart failure. Thus passed away one of the few pioneers who had lived to see this part of the country transformed from a wilderness to its present condition. He had seen the march ofprogress from the ox team to the auto, and even to the airplane, and took a keen interest in the development. Possessed with a good memory, he could entertain his friends and relatives with interesting stories of pioneer days. In his early days he was active in the town and county board and for some years being treasurer of school distrct No.5. He also helped organize the Bank of Elk Mound, in which he was a stock holder. He and his wife had 12 children.
Heinrich John Ausman (1801 - 1882)
Anna Martha Wiegund Ausman (1807 - 1891)
Elizabeth Schweitzer Ausman (1853 - 1919)
John P Ausman (1870 - 1904)*
Anna S. Ausman (1872 - 1873)*
William Ausman (1876 - 1885)*
Louisa Ausman (1878 - 1890)*
Arthur Ausman (1880 - 1880)*
Flora A Ausman (1881 - 1966)*
Milton Ezra Ausman (1886 - 1954)*
Julius L. Ausman (1889 - 1916)*
Vincent Ausman (1896 - 1899)*
John Ausman (1831 - 1923)
Nicholaus John Ausman (1834 - 1901)*
Henry William Ausman (1836 - 1924)*
Frederick Ausman (1838 - 1904)*
Martha Elizabeth Ausman Scheibe (1842 - 1917)*
Anna Catherine Ausman Harle (1846 - 1922)*
Elizabeth Ausman Webert (1848 - 1920)*
Created by: Michael Major
Record added: Nov 02, 2010
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