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of the old home was divided. The eldest
child, Mary, born May 12, 1858, was
married in December, 1 877, to Felix
Dart, a blacksmith, now living in De-
Pere. Wis.,
and seven

by whom she had two sons
daughters, namely: Flora,
Julia, Bertha, Ida, Seeinon, Jennie,
George, Tillmay and one (unnamed) de-
ceased. Nettie, born April 13, i860,
was married in April, 1879, to Gustave
Maze, a blacksmith and machinist, and
they have one son and two daughters
living — Alice, George \'ictor and Ellen.
Julia, born August 3, 1862, was married
in November, 1886, to John Mularky, a
carriage maker and painter, and they
have three daughters: Lorre. Minerva
and May. Victor, who is next in the
family, married Adelia Minnie, daughter
of A. C. Kuchn, a pioneer settler and old
soldier, who served from 1862 until 1865;
they were married Jinie 17. 1890, and
have three sons - Myron Joseph, born
June 10, 1 891; Cletius V. Josiah, born
October 30, 1892: and Charlie C, born



April 24, 1894. The next brother of our
subject, Joseph V. Kaye, was born April
28, 1867, and married, September 23,
1889, Lizzie \'erihden, of Humbolt, Wis.,
by whom he had one child, now deceased.
Josiah Tuphil, born July 20, 1869, was
married in October, 1891, to Josephine
Rosemann, of Preble, Wis., and they had
three children — Rosalie H., born June
10, 1892, and twin boys, deceased. The
brothers are all well-to-do, they having
good business interests, as do the hus-
bands of the sisters, and nearly all own
their homes.

The children were reared on the home
farm and aided in its development. The
father did work as a lumberman, and
made the bricks for the first chimney
built in his neighborhood. Victor Kaye
began school in 1870, with Philip Coopense
as his first teacher, and attended school
on his grandfather's farm in an old build-
ing which was destroyed by fire about
eight years ago. He pursued his studies
until twelve years of age, when his father
needing his help, he began farm work.
In later years, realizing his need of an
education, he began reading and studying
at home, and thus made up for his lack
of school privileges. At the age of seven-
teen he began learning the blacksmith's
trade with his brother-in-law, Felix Dart,
in De Pere, Wis., returning to aid in the
harvest work in the summer of 1883, and
each year until 1885; the remaining time

being spent at blacksmithing. He then
entered the employ of Mr. Maze, his
brother-in-law, in Brussels, Wis., where
he continued until March i, 1886, when
he went with his brother-in-law to North
Dakota. In April, 1886, at Montpelier,
Mr. Maze bought lots and built a hotel
and blacksmith shop; then, after working
with him for a time, Mr. Kaye entered
the employ of the Northern Pacific rail-
road, and later took up farm work. After-
ward he resumed railroad work between
Jamestown and Devil's Lake, N. Dak.,
returning home December 20, 1886, and
living with his parents until February,

1887, when he again took up blacksmith-
ing. Not long afterward he began work
in the lumber woods, but a few days later
he took up railroad work and also did
teaming until moving to South Dakota,
where he was employed as a farm hand
until 1889, when he returned home. His
life was one of labor in logging camps
and upon the farms where he did thresh-
ing, and he underwent many hardships.
On entering the employ of the Northern
Pacific Grain Elevator Company, man-
aged b}' Mr. McKernen, he became famil-
iar with the grain business, and with that
gentleman he also obtained considerable
general information. The next year he
went toBrainerd, Minn., a railroad center,
and after teaming for a time was a driver
on a street car during the winter. In
July, 1888, he went to Montpelier, N.
Dak., where he worked at haying and
harvesting, sleeping during that fall under
hay stacks and returning home in Decem-
ber, reaching De Pere, Wis, on Christmas
eve. There he worked for his brother-
in-law, Mr. Dart, and at blacksmithing
and carpentering, and in the succeeding
autumn went to Green Bay to serve as
weighmaster and grain receiver with W.
W. Cargill. He was also employed by
other grain buyers, and later was sent to
take charge of a warehouse at Luxemburg.
Here he purchased three lots and erected
a home, which is now his place of resi-
dence, and here he successfully conducts
a grain business, having built up a thriv-
ing trade. Mr. Kaye is widely known
and highly respected throughout the com-

RUDOLPH T. THORP, proprietor
of a well-equipped livery stable in
Sturgeon Bay, Door county, is a
native of Wisconsin, born in De-
cember, 1850, in the town of Rubicon,
Dodge county, a son of Truman Thorp,
who was a lifelong agriculturist.

Our subject was reared and educated
at the place of his birth, working on his


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father's farm until 1879, in which year he
came to Door county, for some nine
months making his home at Egg Harbor.
In the spring of 1881 he moved to Stur-
geon Bay, and for the first two and one-
half years clerked in a hardware store,
leaving which he bought out a livery-
stable business, which, however, at the
end of five months he sold.' In 1887 he
purchased his present livery stable and
barn, where he has built up a first-class
business, always keeping on hand a com-
plete equipage of elegant and substantial
vehicles of all kind, and horses second to
none for general road purposes, either in
harness or under saddle. He has run the
stage line between Sturgeon Bay and
Menominee, Mich., six winters, and has
e.xperienced some perilous adventures in
crossing Green Bay on the ice with his
sleigh-load of passengers.

In April, 1881, Mr. Thorp was mar-
ried to Miss Nancy Thombleson, daughter
of Francis and Elizabeth Thombleson, all
natives of England, and two children have
been born to them: Norma and Hollis.
Politically, our subject is a Republican,
and he has served as deputy sheriff of the
county, and in the city council one year;
socially, he is a member of the I. O. O. F.
He is one of Sturgeon Bay's real business
" hustlers " and most useful citizens.

OL. ANDRESON, one of the pros-
perous young farmers of Sturgeon
Bay township, Door county, was
born in 1863 in Norway, son of
Andrew and Bertha Cecelia (Oleson)
Oleson, also natives of that country,
where the father died in 1879. The
mother came to America in 1882, and
now resides in Sturgeon Bay township.
Door Co., Wis. There were eleven chil-
dren in their family, seven of whom are
living, as follows: Bertha, wife of Thorc
Thorsenson, of Norway; Rachel, wife of
Iver Wogen, of Sturgeon Baj-, Wis. ;
Malina, wife of Thomas Oleson, of Stur-
geon Bay; Ole, a farmer of Sturgeon

Bay township; Annie, married to Bertel
Vaagen, and residing in Norway; Peter, a
farmer of Sturgeon Bay township; and
O. L. , our subject.

O. L. Andreson was reared and edu-
cated in the country of his birth, and
when yet a boy commenced the life of a
sailor, being on the ocean for years. In
1882 he came to America, and to Stur-
geon Bay township, Door Co., Wis.,,
where he bought eighty acres of new land
from Nels Thompson, to the improvement
and cultivation of which he has since
given much of his time, and has succeeded
in clearing a large part of the tract. He
has also erected a substantial brick resi-
dence, a commodious barn, 90 .\ 30, and a
good granary, besides other necessary
farm buildings, fences, etc. After com-
ing to Sturgeon Bay Mr. Andreson sailed
on the lakes during the season until 1891,
and again went out in the fall of 1893, as
mate on a steam barge.

Mr. Andreson was married, in 1891,
in Door county, to Miss Helen Oleson, a
native of the county, daughter of Halver
and Lizzie Oleson, natives of Norway,
who came to Door county in an early
day, and still reside in Sturgeon Bay
township. Two children have been born
to Mr. and Mrs. Andreson, Harald
Edward and Bertha Cecelia. In religious
connection they are members of the
Lutheran Church, and in his political
preferences Mr. Andreson is a Republican.

JOSEPH FILZ, a wide-awake and
enterprising man, whose success in
life is due entirely to his own efforts,
was born June 13, 1848, in the
Rhine Province, Germany, and is a son
of Nicholas and Catherine (Rohr) Filz,
who had a family of five children — Joseph,
Lena, Catherine, Nicholas and Barbara.
The father was a farmer by occupation,
and in his undertakings met with good
success. The graiuifathor, Nicholas Fiiz,
also carried on agricultural pursuits.

The gentleman of whom we write re-



ceived such educational privileges as
were afforded b\- the common schools of
his native land, and at the age of fourteen
began learning the carpenter's trade, serv-
ing a three-years' apprenticeship, ^^'hen
seventeen \-ears of age he returned to his
parents' home, where he spent about a
year, and at the age of eighteen began
traveling on the European continent,
spending some time in various cities,
working at the carpenter's trade, a year
and a half being thus passed. At length
he determined to try his fortune in
America, and bidding adieu to the Father-
land sailed from Antwerp in 1869. Eleven
days later he landed in New York, whence
he made his way direct to Chicago,
where he remained until the fall of 1870,
working at his trade during that year.
He then removed to a place five miles
from the city and engaged in gardening.
On October 10, 1870, he was united in
marriage with Miss Anna Lanser, daugh-
ter of Nicholas and Margaret Lanser, and
to them have been born three children,
viz. : Barbara, now the wife of John
Daul, of Luxemburg, Wis. ; Nicholas (I),
wh(j died in infancy; and Nicholas (II), at

After his marriage Mr. Filz continued
gardening until the great Chicago fire in
1 87 1, when he moved to that city and
again worked at carpentering, there being
a great demand for labor in that and
other lines. He was thus employed until
the autumn of 1873, when he came to
Luxemburg township, Kewaunee Co.,
■W^s. , and purchased eighty acres of wild
land, upon which no trace of improve-
ment could be found, he having to clear a
space ere he could erect a house. He
built a frame residence which he con-
tinued to make his home until 1883, and
during that time he cleared and plowed
his farm, placing it under a high state of
cultivation, and also worked at carpenter-
ing to a considerable extent. His land,
which he caused to yield him a good re-
turn, he operated until 1882, when he pur-
chased his present home. Besides his

property in the town, he owns 160 acres
of land, comprising a good farm which is
operated under his supervision.

Mr. ¥\\z first engaged in merchandis-
ing as a member of the firm of Dandooven,
Fik & Ley, which firm carried on the
business until 1S85, when our subject
bought out his partners, and has since
been alone in the enterprise that now
occupies the greater part of his time and
attention. In brief, since 1882 he has
been engaged in merchandising, in con-
ducting a saloon, and in operating a
cheese factory in Luxemburg. He has
filled several positions of honor and trust,
having served as town clerk four jears,
while from 1883 until 1893 he was post-
master of Luxemburg, being reappointed
to that office in 1895. ^n 1890 he was
elected to the State Legislature, for Ke-
waunee county, and so ably did he rep-
resent the District that in 1892 he was
re-elected to that office, in which he served
in a most creditable and acceptable man-
ner. Both he and his wife are members
of the Catholic Church, and Mr. Filz is
one of the prominent and representative
men of Kewaunee county.

DAVID SEEM ANN, a steady-going
and substantial famer of West
Kewaunee township, Kewaunee
count}-, is a native of Baden, Ger-
many, born Januar_v i, 1823, and is a son
of Simon and Rosina Seemann. He was
reared a farmer, and on the farm acquired
those habits of industry and thrift for
which the German race is noted. His
literary education was obtained at the
common schools.

At the age of twenty-two he came to
the United States, and for nine years fol-
lowed farming in Milwaukee county,
W'is. ; then came to Kewaunee county,
settling on a farm in West Kewaunee
township, where he has put his early
training to good use, and has secured for
himself and family a competence. His
residence is neat and comfortable; his



farm is well tilled, and will compare favor-
ably with any of its size in the county.
Politically he is a Republican, but is no
partisan in the obnoxious sense of the
word. On June 8, 1846, he was united
in marriage, in Germany, to Magdelain
Gab, daughter of Adam and Catherine
Gab, the latter of whom was born Decem-
ber 2, 1823. To the marriage of David
and Magdelain (Gab) Seemannhave been
born nine children, their names and dates
of birth being as follows: Michael, No-
vember 8, 1848; Charles, March 3, 1850;
Mary, August 17, 1852; Annie, September
27, 1854; Lizzie, March 14, 1857; David.
February 14, i860; Theresa, April 16,
1862; Frank, January 17, 1865, and
Maggie, August 4, 1867 — of whom all
survive except David, who died March 3,

Mr. Seemann began life a poor man,
but he made good use of the lessons he
learned in his earlier days, and can now
afford to pass the remainder of his days
in ease and comfort, if he were so dis-
posed. He enjoys the respect of his
neighbors, and is looked upon as being of
that material from which all prosperous
communities are built.


OSES SHAW, a well-known agri-
culturist of Ahnapee township,
Ivewaunee county, is a native
of same, born November 8,
1S61, on the farm which is still occupied
by him and his brothers.

They are sons of Capt. Zebina and
Katharine fO'Brian) Shaw, the former of
whom was born December 25, 1815, at
^'armouth, Nova Scotia, of English extrac-
tion, the latter born August 15. 1832, in
County Tipperary, Ireland. She set sail
for this country in 1850, accompanied
!)y her father, Terrence O' Brian, live
brothers and two sisters, landing in Janu-
ary, 1 85 1, at New Orleans, after a voy-
age of eight weeks, her father subsc-
(lucntly settling at Mempiiis, Tenn. At
that jilace Mrs. Shaw was married, at Irt

father's house, to Capt. Zebina Shaw,
and then in the spring of 1851 they re-
moved to Chicago. From there Capt.
Shaw commenced sailing the lakes that
season, during which time he became in-
timately acquainted with Capt. Bill Higgy.
Capt. David Duhl, Capt. Francis, Capt.
Sanford and others, of Racine, who in-
duced him to remove to that city, which
he did in the fall of 185 1. From there
he sailed in the employ of Mr. Camfield,
George Fellows, Sr., and David Youngs,
at that time of Racine. In the fall of
1855 he moved to Ahnapee (then known
as Wolf River), and from that point
sailed David Youngs's vessel "Amslie "
(which had been moved from Racine to
Ahnapee), and here he also did business
for this Mr. Youngs, and Steele & Co.,
of Chicago, in getting out ties, purchas-
ing posts, ties and cordwood, as well as
pier timbers and spiles for the Ahnapee
pier which was built thirty-nine years
ago. Later Capt. Shaw moved to Silver
Creek where he superintended work for
Wells and \'alentine from whom he
bought the farm whereon the family now
live, and which at that time was all tim-
ber land. He carried the first mail be-
tween Ahnapee and Two Rivers. Capt.
Shaw died of heart disease, January 3,
1 88 1, at White Fish Bay, Door Co.,
Wis. . leaving behind a record of a hard-
working, honest man who had always
been faithful to his employers in every

Capt. Zebina Shaw received his literary
education at the common schools of Nova
Scotia, also attending high school in order
to stud}' navigation, and conunenced sail-
ing the Atlantic Ocean when a lad of
fifteen summers. He continued to follow
a "life on the ocean wave" over twenty
years, during which time he rose to the
position of captain, and became a skillful
navigator. To his marriage with Miss
Katiiarine OBrian were born eleven chil-
dren, eight of whom are now tleceased —
John, Joseph A., Harry, Katie I^.. Will-
iam IC, Hattie Ellie, Nellie E. and James



— and three living — Moses, George A. and
Frank. Capt. Shaw was originally a
Democrat in political sentiment, later be-
coming a Republican, and he took an
active interest in public affairs, holding
several local offices of trust. In religious
faith he was a Baptist. Moses Shaw,
his father (grandfather of Moses, the sub-
ject of this sketch), was for a number of
years engaged at farming in Nova Scotia,
and ship building in St. Johns, New Bruns-
wick, but later, on his removal to Kewau-
nee county. Wis. . became a school teacher
in the town of Ahnapee, where he taught
the first term of school in District No. 5.
He finally removed to Canada, where he
died, and where his remains now rest.

Moses Shaw attended in his box'hood
and early youth the common schools of
Ahnapee, and was reared on the home
place to farming, which has been his
principal occupation, and with which he
has become thoroughly familiar. On
January 5, 1886, he was united in mar-
riage with Miss Frances Heald, and to
their union have come three children, viz. :
Zebina Eugene, born January 16, 1888;
Coleman, born January 11, 1890, and
Ethel, born May 19, 1892. Mrs. Shaw
was born March 28, 1867, at Claybanks,
Door Co., Wis., daughter of Eugene and
Agnes (Hitt) Heald, and is descended
from New England stock. After his mar-
riage Mr. Shaw located at Clark's Mills,
Manitowoc county, acting as overseer of
a farm at that place for one year, when
he took up his residence on the home
farm, and has since lived here. In polit-
ical faith he is a Republican.

RICHARD P. CODY. Many a man
mistakes his life work, yet by earn-
est application makes a partial suc-
cess; but it is only when natural
tact is coupled with an ambition to suc-
ceed that anything like eminence is
reached in any vocation, as in the case of
the gentleman whose name is here re-

Mr. Cody is a native of Ireland, born
August 21, 1851, in the Province of Lein-
ster, a son of John and Margaret Cody, of
the same locality, and where their ances-
tors for many generations had lived. The
family came to America in November,
1 85 1, when Richard P. was a three-
months-old infant, and in the following
May settled on an eighty-acre farm in
Manitowoc county which the father had
bought, and where his family of three
sons and four daughters were reared. Our
subject received his education in part in
the common schools of the neighborhood
of his home in Manitowoc county, and in
part at the State Normal School at Osh-
kosh, Wis., after which he taught school
five or si.x years in the county, building up
a good reputation as a competent teach-
er. Becoming desirous, however, of tak-
ing up the profession of law, he com-
menced its stud}' in the office of H. G.
and W. J. Turner, Manitowoc, and was
admitted to the bar in 1881, after which
he at once located in Sturgeon Bay,
where he has since remained in contin-
uous practice.

On June 25, 1888, Mr. Cody was
united in marriage, in Oshkosh, with Miss
Sadie E. Marsh, daughter of George L.
Marsh, a highly respected citizen of that
city, and to this union has been born one
child, Irene. In his political sympathies
Mr. Cody has always been a stanch Dem-
ocrat, but is equally popular among both
parties, so much so that he was elected,
by a large majority of both Democrats
and Republicans, to the position of dis-
trict attorney of Door county, and re-
elected in 1888; he has filled the incum-
bency with characteristic tact and ability,
and to the satisfaction of the people at
large. In educational matters he has
ever taken a deep interest, and for years
has served as a member of the school
board, four years in the capacity of pres-
ident. Mr. Cody is accounted one of the
most successful legal practitioners in Door
county, a hard worker, always having at
heart the interests of his clients. He is



regarded as a useful local couuselor and
office lawyer, critical in adjustment and
preparation of cases, and has the reputa-
tion, by his conscientious advice, of sav-
ing his clients long, expensive and use-
less litigation.

LOUIS D. BRUEMMER, is a native
of the State of ^^'isconsin, born
August 15, 1859, in Mishicot,
Manitowoc county, and has passed
the greater part of his life in Ahnapee,
having removed thither with his parents
in early childhood.

Henry Bruemmer, father of our sub-
ject, was born in Mecklenburg, Germany,
where he was educated in the common
schools, and when a young man served
an apprenticeship to the milling business.
A short time after completing his trade he
came to the United States, making his
first location at Trenton, N. J., where he
worked some three years, thence remov-
ing to Mishicot, Manitowoc Co., Wis.,
and invested the money saved from his
earnings while in New Jersey in a flouring-
mill in company with another man. Here
he followed the business some four or five
years, at the end of which time he sold,
and building the mill in Carlton, now-
known as Tisch mills, operated same
some five years, when he again sold and
purchased an interest in the Ahnapee
Mills, which he still carries on, in con-
nection with our subject. This mill has
a favorable reputation for turning out a
high grade of flour, and competes suc-
cessfully with all first grade mills. In
connection with the flouring-mill they op-
erate a saw and planing mill, doing quite
an extensive business in that line. Mr.
Bruemmer is an ardent Democrat, taking
an active part in all questions pertaining
to the welfare of his town and county,
and has filled several important offices in
his town, being the present treasurer. He
came to the United States a j^oor man;
but by industry has placed himself in a

substantial position among the successful

self-made citizens of his town and county.
Mr. Bruemmer married Louisa Demzien,
also a native of Germany, and their union
has been blessed with eleven children, all
of whom are living, as follows: Minnie,
Mrs. Henrj' Ruhnke, of the town of Ahn-
apee; Louis D., our subject; Fred, of
Baileys Harbor, near Sturgeon Bay,
Wis.; Herman, of Ahnapee (married);
Earnest, at home; Caroline, Mrs. Henry
Hancke, of Ahnapee; Amelia, Mrs. Henry
Perlivitz, of Ahnapee; Ida; Amanda;
Rudolph, of Ahnapee (married), and
Ernestena, Mrs. Fred Wolf, of Ahnapee.
Mr. Bruemmer, is a member of the
Lutheran Church.

Louis D. Bruemmer was educated in
the common schools of Ahnapee, and was
reared from boyhood to the milling busi-
iness, in which he has become an expert,
and he invented a very useful wheat
cleaner and heater; he is now associated
with his father. He was married May 9,
1884, to Miss Caroline Sibilsky, a native
of Eagle River, Mich., born September
18, 1864, of German descent, her parents
being natives of Rudolstadt, Germany.
Mr. and Mrs. Bruemmer have had five
children, namely: Clara, Louisa, Laura,
Erma and Ella. Politically Louis D.
Bruemmer is a stanch Republican, and
has been honored by election to the clerk-
ship of his town. He and his family are
members of the Lutheran Church.

West Kewaunee township, Ke-
waunee county, was born in Prus-
sia December 20, 1847, and is a
son of Michael and Kathrina Hardtke.
When five or six years of age Albert
was brought to the United States by his
parents, who located in Milwaukee, Wis.,
in 1853, remained there about two years,
and then, the father being a farmer, came
to Kewaunee county, when Kewaunee
city contained but one store and a few
frame ilwellings. Thus it occurred that
the boy Albert was really a pioneer of the



count)", as he endured all the hardships
incident to the lives of its earl}' settlers.
He attended the common schools of the
county for two \ears. and all his after
education was comprehended in the labor
necessary to clear up the farm. But
this practical education has been of in-
calculable use to him, as it has brought
him success in overcoming difficulties
where others have failed. On reaching
his majority he became a Democrat, and
has adhered to the doctrines of that party
ever since. About the year 1S76 he
united with the German Lutheran Church,

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