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Marlene Bakken (#47704048)
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Bio Photo I live in south central Wisconsin. I've always loved history. My great uncle traced our Raithel family lineage back to the 1400's in Germany, some of which I have posted at It would just follow that I would end up here at Find A Grave!
I prefer to allow family members control if they wish it.
I strive for quality over quantity, I wish everyone did. I really dislike the fact that we can't edit the memorials that power listers make with no dates or links.
Any of my photos may be used for whatever purpose you wish, I am in no way a stickler for copyrights so feel free to use them! :)

On my mother's side, my lineage includes Raithel, Bienfang, Weiss, Ruckdeschel, Hockett, Stephens, and Repper (Ripper).
The present Raithel name can be traced into the 1400s. In 1987, Max Raithel, a descendant of many generations who lived at Schwingen, Stobersreuth, West Germany, told my great uncle George Raithel that our ancestors received a plaque from Sigismund, Holy Roman Emperor, King of Behemia and Hungary, who sought to end the great schism which split the Roman Catholic Church.
According to German archives, the Raithel name developed gradually through the middle ages. It is found as Raitell in 1567, Reitel in 1610, Reitl and Radell in 1618, Raidell in 1631, Rathel in 1639, Reytel in 1642, and Raithel in 1714. These names are picked from Church records showing the contributions or taxes of the Raithels and their "subjects" in florenes, guilders and thalers.
The marital records show Raithels (bride or groom) married into families named Greim, Ritter, Fischer, Trampler, Rauber, Neupert, Seiler, Kiessling, Bugrucker and Sack, from 1580 to 1783.
In 1854 our ancestors left their farm near Selb in the Stobersreuth area, journeying to Hof where they stayed overnight, and onward to Bremen where they boarded the sailing ship Hermine, leaving July 12, 1854. After 56 days on board they arrived in New York Port on June 28, 1854, from whence they proceeded to a relative in Jefferson WI. Another son, Johann Wolfgang had come to the U.S. earlier. He was reported murdered in Hebron WI and robbed of his pay as a wagon maker which he planned to deposit in the bank in Helenville WI. Such history!

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Elenora Emrath Barth
Thank you sooo much for taking pictures of her gravestone picture.
Added by Reebok on Apr 05, 2014 8:56 PM
Nicholas Barth
Thank you so much for taking pictures of his gravestone.
Added by Reebok on Apr 05, 2014 8:55 PM
Barbara Mooring
RE: Andrew Tyler
Thank you for posting the pictures on my grandfather Andrew Tylers site. It's nice to know that his wife Sophronia Sarahs' name is also on his stone.
Thank you again.
Added by Barbara Mooring on Apr 03, 2014 12:22 AM
Jacki Bierma
Finn family
All the edits look perfect!

Added by Jacki Bierma on Mar 11, 2014 5:43 PM
James B Borden
Thank you for adding the monument picture. Thanks for all you do for F.A.G.
Added by Bob on Feb 28, 2014 4:59 PM
Duane Warren
RE: Arthur Gerald Michaelson Photo
Could I ask the name of your Grandfather who had the American Legion yearbook. Plano is a small town and our families lived there for many decades?

Thanks for you kind reply.

Blessings, Duane
Added by Duane Warren on Dec 01, 2013 10:56 AM
Duane Warren
Arthur Gerald Michaelson Photo
Thanks for posting the picture of Jerry on my memorial, it was one of the main ones we used at his memorial. He was in the Merchant Marines who were not considered "real" military, yet more of them died than members of the Navy. He was on a refueling ship, they were big targets with little capability of self protection. Jerry is my Father in law, my wifes Dad. We grew up around Plano Illinois. I have been having a very difficult time locating any information on Jerry's Dad Henry Michealson different spelling than Dad's. If the American Legion has anything on him I would certainly love to know about it??


Duane Warren 47876044
Added by Duane Warren on Dec 01, 2013 5:06 AM
Harry Dodge
Hi Marlene...may I use your picture of the grave of little Harry Dodge. He is related to my husband. Thank you!! Rosemary Grehl Stein
Added by HappyMiss37 on Nov 30, 2013 1:45 PM
Harry Dodge
Hi Marlene...may I use your picture of the grave of little Harry Dodge. He is related to my husband. Thank you!! Rosemary Grehl Stein
Added by HappyMiss37 on Nov 30, 2013 1:45 PM
Beth Perry-Wattleworth
Pipersville Cemetery
Hi Marlene - thank you so much for posting the photo of the 'pile' of gravestones at Pipersville Cemetery. By officials, who do you mean? the township? I would help with a work day, just to organize them apart from each other. Are the gravestones legible? Thank you for sharing what is happening there! I was born in Jefferson County, and go back 5-6 generations in the area, including relatives such as Charles Perry (great uncle), buried at Pipersville. Best wishes, Beth
Added by Beth Perry-Wattleworth on Oct 24, 2013 6:31 PM
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