George Ahlswede

George Ahlswede

Birth
Manitowoc County, Wisconsin, USA
Death 6 Nov 1924 (aged 61)
Door County, Wisconsin, USA
Burial Algoma, Kewaunee County, Wisconsin, USA
Memorial ID 28369720 · View Source
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From The History of Door County, Wisconsin, 1917:
GEORGE AHLSWEDE

George Ahlswede is serving acceptably as chairman of Brussels township and is also well know as an up-to-date and enterprising farmer. He was born in Kossuth township, Manitowoc county, Wisconsin, September 12, 1863, and is a son of Ludwig and Johanna (Ahrns) Ahlswede, both of whom were natives of Germany, where they were reared and married. The father, who followed the baker's trade in the fatherland, came to the United States with his family in 1842, the voyage being made by sailing vessel. They continued their journey westward by the Erie Canal and the Great Lakes to Milwaukee, where they remained for a short time, after which they located near Manitowoc Rapids, the father taking up government land there. As soon as possible he cleared the timber and brought his land under cultivation, and he also devoted considerable time to working in the lumber camps in the winters. There were still many Indians in that section of the state and the conditions in general were those of a frontier region. Much of the meat used upon the family table was secured from wild game and for some time the residence was a log cabin. Wages were low in those days -- often no more than seventy-five cents a day. There were man hardships to be endured, but in time prosperity rewarded the efforts of Mr. Ahlswede and his last days were spent in comfort. His farm of eighty acres was well improved and yielded large crops in return for his well directed labors.
George Ahlswede was reared in Manitowoc county and had the opportunity of attending the district schools until he was fourteen years of age. He then accompanied his brothers, William and Edward, to Brussels township, Door county, and aided them in clearing and developing a farm. Subsequently he returned to Manitowoc county, where he followed the carpenter's trade for some time. During that period he purchased his present for of one hundred acres in Brussels township, Door county, and in the fall of 1885 he took up his residence upon this place. He has made many improvements upon the farm, including the erection of commodious, substantial and well designed buildings, and his fields are in a high state of cultivation. He engages in general farming with marked success, deriving a good profit from the sale of grain and stock.
In 1886 Mr. Ahlswede was united in marriage to Miss Katie Katzenmeyer, a daughter of Lawrence and Catherine (Jost) Katzenmeyer, both of whom were natives of Germany. The birth of Mrs. Ahlswede, however, occurred in Manitowoc county, Wisconsin. By her marriage she became the mother of four children: Arthur; Emil, Lillian, and Katie, who passed away in 1892. After the death of his first wife Mr. Ahlswede married Miss Louisa Rupp, a daughter of George and Caroline (Heagele) Rupp, also natives of Germany. Seven children have been born to the second marriage, namely: Eleanor, Olga, Walter, Alice, Richard, Olive and Herbert. Mrs. Ahlswede died in January, 1911.
Mr. Ahlswede is a stanch adherent of the republican party and for the last four years has held the office of township chairman. For fifteen years he has served as school treasurer and during that time his influence has invariably been given on the side of advancement in educational matters. He is a member of the Baptist church and its teachings find exemplification in his daily life. He is not only generally recognized as a highly efficient farmer but is also esteemed for his unswerving integrity and held in warm regard because of his attractive personal qualities.


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  • Created by: Mary Hill Hiatt
  • Added: 18 Jul 2008
  • Find a Grave Memorial 28369720
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for George Ahlswede (12 Sep 1863–6 Nov 1924), Find a Grave Memorial no. 28369720, citing Evergreen Cemetery, Algoma, Kewaunee County, Wisconsin, USA ; Maintained by Mary Hill Hiatt (contributor 47001585) .