The Story of John and Maria Lemke
by Edna Hathorne
|BIRTH:||13 May 1843 - Belgard, Pomerania, Prussia|
|DEATH:||03 Aug 1913 - Wausau, Marathon, WI|
|BURIAL:||Aug 1913 - Wausau, Marathon, WI|
|BIRTH:||23 May 1845 - Kowenz, Prussia, Germany|
|DEATH:||20 Sep 1921 - Wausau, Marathon, WI|
|BURIAL:||Sep 1921 - Wausau, Marathon, WI|
Children of Johann and Maria Lemke:
|Carl||(02 Nov 1866 - 21 Sep 1934)|
|August||(02 Sep 1868 - 30 Jun 1946)|
|Frederick||(25 Feb 1871 - 10 Nov 1950)|
|Wilhelmine||(02 Jan 1873 - 12 Jan 1925)|
|William||(11 Aug 1875 - 06 Oct 1945)|
|Edward||(07 Mar 1877 - 02 Jul 1945)|
|Henry||(10 Oct 1878 - 29 Mar 1956)|
|Herman||(18 Aug 1880 - abt. 1880)|
|Maria||(08 Dec 1881 - 05 Nov 1961)|
|Robert||(12 Sep 1883 - 28 Oct 1964)|
|Albert||(02 Sep 1885 - 23 May 1890)|
|Henrietta||(02 Oct 1886 - 10 Jul 1962)|
|Paul||(27 Nov 1888 - 22 Aug 1957)|
When the family came through Chicago in 1871, the city was smoky and smoldering from the big Chicago fire. What was it? Mrs. O’Leary’s cow kicked the oil lantern over and set the barn on fire starting the big fire!
It is not quite clear where the John Lemkes lived in the first seven or eight years that they were in Wausau, but in 1880, they built the brick house at 626 Kickbusch Street in which Arlene Durand still lives. They had three plots of land of 10, 20 and 40 acres on the east edge of town, probably up on what we call the east hill. (Wausau is in the valley of the Wisconsin River and is enclosed by hills, especially to the east.) They had a barn, pigpen, chicken house, smoke house and also a smaller home on the property at Kickbusch Street. Cows were driven up on the east hill to pasture, and hay and corn were grown to feed the stock. Horses were the only mode of travel so no doubt they had at least one team. The horses would also be used to work the land. Some people had a lighter weight team for driving and a heavier team for work.
There were in all eight boys and three girls in the family. I remember some of them and now have more or less lost contact with them and their children except for Arlene Durand whose mother was Hattie, one of Carl’s sisters.
Taken on Kickbush street.