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Early Farmers

Ernst Baas

Frederick Bluhm

Farmer, Sec. 24; P. O. Durham Hill; born near Robell, Mecklenburg, Schwerein, Dec, 13, 1887; the family emigrated in 1851; spent three months in Milwaukee; then settled in Wauwatosa, where he worked twelve years as teamster for Chase & Holson, stone quarry.


Married Christina Buddanhagen, who was born in 1837, near Tesein, Mecklenburg, Schwerein; they settled on the present farm Oct. 5, 1863; began with 76 acres and a log house; Mr. B. cleared the land of grubs and stone, added 27 acres, cleared 10 of timber, and made the whole smooth enough for machinery; in 1871, he built a 32x45 barn, and in 1876, a house, the upright of which is two stories, 18x28; kitchen wing 18x26, and woodhouse 18x26; his barn is now 32x76, with basement.


Mr. and Mrs. Bluhm have five children - Meena (Mrs. P. Pellman), Lizzie, Frederick, Ernest and Bertha; Mary died June 8, 1879, aged 14. The family belong to the Lutheran Church; Mr. B. is a Democrat.

(Source: "History of Waukesha County" by Western Historical Company, Chicago 1880)

William Boldt

William C. Boldt of Tess Corners in Muskego, is credited with inventing the first barn cleaner. His patent, dated April 14, 1931, featured a continuous conveyor that traveled through the gutter behind a row of dairy cows as they stood in their stancheons. It carried away the refuse from the barn to a deposit pit or parked spreader for removal to the fields. The patent said, "a dairy can be kept in a very sanitary condition and the refuse cleaned out several times a day so that it will not remain standing in the barn any length of time".


Boldt also invented a special method of laying stone walls so that the mortar was not visible. Several of these buildings have been built of native fieldstone in the Muskego and Prospect Hill areas.


One of Boldt's plant specialties was his Carpathian Walnuts, the first to be planted in this area. He sent to Poland in the 1930's for the seed at $4 per pound. Directions were to soak the seed a week, then plant them two inches in the ground. He did, and they grew, taking 20 years to produce nuts with thin shells and husks that burst as they ripened.

(Source: Landmark Magazine Summer 1978)

August Caesar

August Caesar and his wife Christine originally came from Saxony, Germany. They lived in Milwaukee for ten years before moving to property on Big Muskego Lake in 1859.


There was a log cabin existing on the property. The main barn was built in 1877. The five bedroom cream city brick home was constructed in 1880.


August and Christine had six children, Melinda, Herman Frederich, Luis, Anna and William. August Caesar died in 1893. Christine died in 1890.

George Cook
William Ferguson
George Fletcher
Ernst Guhr

Emigrated from Germany in 1863. Married to Adelia Otillia Baas

Charles Haut

Buried at St. Paul's Lutheran Cemetery

James Hennebery

Born about 1820 in Ireland. Married to Winefred.

William Kingston

In 1848 William and his wife Barbara left Ireland and sailed from Queenstown to Quebec on a three-masted schooner, The Crimea. From Quebec they went south and settled for a time in Rochester, New York. William spent a year working digging the Genesee Valley Canal, and later worked on building railroads. Then they traveled west, relocating in North Greenfield, near Milwaukee.


William worked on constructing eighteen miles of track from Milwaukee to the Fox River, and later worked on a line that was headed toward Whitewater and Jefferson. These ventures failed and were financially disastrous for Kingston, who then turned to farming in the town of Muskego. He did well farming, and was described as being civic minded and honest. He also fathered thirteen children.

Heinrich Kurth

Born 1834 in Prussia

Died 1919 in Muskego, WI

Emigrated in 1853

Married in 1857 to Fredericka

Buried in St. Paul's Cemeter

Herman Kurtze

Herman Kurtze, farmer, Sec. 15; P. O. Muskego Center; born in Goze, Prussia, September, 1839; his parents, David and Rosine Kurtze, emigrated 1852, and located in Milwaukee, where Herman was engaged in Wertstein's Hotel for five months; he then engaged under Dr. Fassel for six years, and during the next six years worked the Doctor's farm in New Berlin; was engineer a year in Siegler's saw-mill, Hale's Corners, and in 1868 settled on his present farm of lily acres, most pleasantly situated on the shores of Muskego Lake.


He married Miss Paulina Warder, she was born in Prussia, and came to America in 1854; they have nine children, Emma, Bertha, Ida, Salina, Ella, Adda, Amanda, Charles, and Frances, all born in Waukesha County, the three eldest in New Berlin, and the others on the home farm, which is susceptible of being made a most beautiful summer resort. Mr. Kurtze is a Republican.


Died of tuberculosis on April 23, 1904 at the age of 64.

(Source: History of Waukesha County)

George Law


Cornelius Lynch
Simon McKenna

Farmer; Bought a farm in Section 17, Muskego Township in 1839. Died in 1865.

Birth: Mar. 9, 1796
West Copake
Columbia County
New York, USA
Death: Sep. 12, 1878
Waukesha County
Wisconsin, USA

John Nieman
Charlie Peters
William Searle
James McLaughlin
John McShane

Farmer; Sec. 12; P. O. St. Martins, Milwaukee Co.; was born in September, 1836, in New York City; his parents, Michael and Rosanna, natives of Ireland; came to New York in 1828 and settled in Muskego in 1842.


Mr. McShane bought out the heirs and has owned the 92-acre homestead since 1861. Married Miss Catherine Hackett, who was born in Milwaukee; they have eight children - Mary E, James, Maggie, John, Bernard, Katie, Edward and Ellen, all born in Muskego.


Mr. McShane is a Roman Catholic and a Democrat; was town Treasurer in 1865 and 1866. His father died in 1843; his mother married Owen Carey, and lives near him.


Mr. McShane is a noted breeder of horses; his first horse, Young Plow Boy, sired by old Blackhawk, was owned by him from 1862 to 1867; in 1866 he bough Young Robin Hood, sired by imported Old Robin Hood; in September, 1878, he bought, near Ottawa, Canada, the splendid imported horse, Honest Sandy; this horse is a beautiful dapple brown, seventeen hands high and weighs 1,800 pounds; his stock, found among the best breeders of Washington Milwaukee, Racine, Walworth and Waukesha Counties, prove him to be the best horse in the State. Honest Sandy took three prizes at the Centennial, viz., the International, the United States and a special award, and never fails to carry off the prize he competes for; his owner now has a belt on which are seventeen medals and cups, won by this noble horse, as prizes.

(Source: "History of Waukesha County" by Western Historical Company, Chicago 1880)

Peter Muckey

Son of Marcus Muckey and Catherine Allin/Elin. Husband of Catherine Muckey. Father of Marcus, Catherine, Joseph Albert, Amelia, Elizabeth, Margaret, Lorenzo, Eliza, Matilda, Caroline, Sally Ann, Harriet, Annaliza, and Cynthia.


Came to Muskego in 1841. Built a log tavern which was one of the main stops on the old Janesville Plank Road.

William Paepke
Karl Posbrig
Frank Schaefer
Glenn Pellmann
John Post
Henry Klaus Tans
Herman Schauwitzer

Born 1850 in Germany
Emigrated 1852
Married to Mary

John Wentland
Peter Vieau
Francis Wollman
Adolph Wollmer

Adolph Wollmer, farmer, Sec. 11; P. O. Tess Corners. Born Aug. 22, 1837, near Otterndorf, Hanover. His parents, Peter N. and Sophia W., emigrated in 1847, locating on a farm in Greenfield, Milwaukee Co., where Adolph remained until 1866. He then located on his farm of 94 acres; has cleared it of the stumps of the original timber, and built, in 1878, a large and pleasant, farmhouse; has also enlarged the original barn, it now being 30x80, and built one 26x30.


Married Miss Meena, daughter of C. L. Pellman. She was born in Saxony. They have five children – Tillie, Rudolph, Amanda, Edward and Ella, all born on the home farm. Mr. W. is a live farmer; formerly bred horses, but at present is raising grain; politics, Democrat.

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