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    26. Hauert Family

           Our record begins with Johann Jacob Hauert and his wife Eva Maria Neu, Christened on Dec, 19, 1788, in Hoffenheim, Heidelberg, Baden, Germany the daughter of Johann Friederich Neu and Anna Margaretha.
    Their son:

    Johann Jacob Hauert, Christened on Oct. 23, 1819 in Hoffenheim, Heidelberg, grand Duchy of Baden, Germany, and his wife Mary were the parents of the immigrant of this family.  

         From this union at least two sons: John Jacob II and Henry came to our shores and first settled in the town of Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1847.  About two years later, on March 18, 1849, John Jacob II, his brother Henry, and a friend from the Old Country, hearing of the wealth to be found in the gold fields of California, set out on the trail of the "49ers".   

         With a covered wagon and four horses they made their way to Council Bluffs, Iowa, the jumping off place of the wagon trains going west.  They rested a few days in Council Bluffs, replenished their supplies, this being the last opportunity, and resumed the journey west in a train of nine wagons. 

         A perfect wilderness inhabited only by Indians and wild beasts lay before them.  A compass and several Indian interpreters were to guide them to their destination.  Crossing streams and rivers which were wide and treacherous became the greatest difficulty.  When material could be found, rude rafts were constructed to help them cross.  Pressing further west, many more and enduring hardships had to be overcome. 

         A few weeks out of Council Bluffs they began finding dead horses and broken-down wagons along the trail.  Sights such as these became all to familiar to this adventuring trio.  Upon reaching the desert they began seeing whole trains of horses bleaching in the sun and all too frequently the skeleton of another adventurer told of the terrible suffering that lay ahead.

          The plains had begun to tax the endurance of the entire train but the desert was to make its mark also; here more men and horses met their end than elsewhere along the trail.  A whole day and night of tiring, constant, travel brought them across without accident but it was too much for the other men and wagons.  The rest of the train turned back towards Council Bluffs in defeat and the trio was left to continue on alone. 

         Food for themselves and feed for the horses became scarce and the country more mountainous.  Wolves and other wild animals attacked the horses at night and a constant close vigil had to be maintained to prevent them from being devoured.  The mountains introduced more hardships and dangers.  Finally the wagon had to be abandoned for the trail became steep and narrow.  Strapping their clothing and remaining provisions on the horses they pushed on. 

         Reaching the summit found them in snow and ice.  Their provisions dwindled to but three quarts of corn yet their luck was holding.  When thought of starvation was all that was left, they came across a mule train from the coast.  Men who made a business of meeting the westward travelers now short on supplies. For a dollar a pound, whether it be for flour or water, they bought new supplies. 

         A few days more put the wind blown and freezing cold mountains behind them and on July 27, 1849 this exhausted and ragged trio made it to the gold fields.  Their horses, now foot sore and thin from the arduous trek, were sold to provide funds to purchase mining equipment for the placer type work ahead. 

         Eager to seek their fortune they immediately set out to work on the bank of a small stream.  The luck and hard work that brought them safely to the west was to remain.  Almost from the start they were finding several thousand dollars worth of gold in a single day. Inflation had also reached the gold fields and exorbitant prices kept all but the rich from going broke.

          Two years they struggled and sweat until the gold had been exhausted in their claim.  Making buckskin tubes to hold the gold strapped around their waists they gathered their belongings and headed for home.  There was no going back through the mountains, across the desert and over the plains.  Instead they traveled by steamer to Panama. In the company of over a hundred fellow passengers they made their way by foot across the isthmus.  Boarding another steamer on the Atlantic side they traveled up to New Orleans. 

         Here they exchanged their gold for cash, each realizing over $ 30,000.00.  Then they headed up the Mississippi River and back to Milwaukee to decide their future. 

         On Sep. 18, 1851, John Jacob Hauert II, set down his roots.  On this day he received warrant deeds to Lot 5, the North East corner of the North West Quarter and Lot 2, the North West corner of the North East Quarter of Section 10, Township 7, Range 20 East of the 4th Principle Meridian in Brookfield, Waukesha Go., WI.  This prime farm land consisted of 80 acres.  On Jan. 18, 1853 he received a Land Patent on these two lots and built himself a home in the North West part of Lot 2.  Later, Sep. 30, 1854, he added another 20 acres to the West of Lot 5 to make an even 100 acres of land. 

         It is believed his brother, Henry, bought the South half of the North West Quarter of Section 11 nearby.  Both properties are shown on the 1873 land map as the property of the "Howards", a mistake also made on the 1870 census of Brookfield. 

         Here started the family of this early American Pioneer with the spirit of Freundschaft und Wahrha- fligkeit gegen Jedermann being passed down through the years generation to generation.
     
     JOHN JACOB HAUERT II, born Oct. 19, 1819 and Christened on Oct. 23, 1819 in Hoffenheim, Heidelberg, Grand Duchy of Baden, Germany, died Jan. 19, 1904 Appleton, Outagamie Co., WI, married Mar. 13, 1853 in Milwaukee, (some records show Mar. 22, 1853 in Germantown, Washington Co.)  Milwaukee Co., WI,  Anna Elizabeth Reinemann, born Nov. 20, 1833 in Preetz (Price), Schleswig Holstein, Germany, died Jan. 22, 1909 Appleton, WI, the daughter of David Reinemann & Anna Elizabeth _____?  They moved to Appleton in the year 1873 where they lived out their lives.
    Children:     (all born in Brookfield)

      Henry, born Aug. 8, 1854, mar. Paulina Kuehne
      George David, born Jun. 18, 1856, mar. Lavina Kossel
      JOHN JACOB III, born Feb. 21, 1858
      Anna Elizabeth, born Mar. 2, 1860, d. Dec. 30, 1872
      Maria Juliana, born Mar. 28, 1862, mar. Henry Kossel
      Louisa Caroline, born Mar. 18, 1864, d. Sep. 18, 1864
      Frank William, born Aug. 6, 1865, mar. Mary Bowhousen
      Fred C., born Jan. 6, 1868, mar. Emma Elizabeth Fisher
      Amelia, born Dec. 4, 1870, mar. Henry Losselyong
         1870 U.S. Census of Brookfield, Waukesha, WI. p. 21 Household # 155 under the family name 'Howard' shows:  Jacob 50, b. Baden;  Elizabeth 36, b. Prussia;  Henry 15, b. WI;  George 13, b. WI;  Jacob Jr. 12, b. WI;  Anne 10, b. WI;  Julia 8, b. WI;  Frank 4, b. WI; and  Freddie 2, b. WI.  There is no doubt this is the 'Hauert' family of John Jacob II & Elizabeth. Also listed under 'Howard' on p. 24  # 173 is :  Rossetta 17, b. WI;  Henry 13, b. WI;  and Julia 10, b. WI.  All probably the children of Henry, brother of John Jacob II who with his wife probably died prior to 1870.

    JOHN JACOB HAUERT III, (AKA Jacob J. Hauert), born Feb. 21, 1858 Brookfield, Waukesha Co., WI, died Feb. 24, 1948 Appleton, Outagamie Co., WI, married Jan. 10, 1882 Appleton, WI, Sophia Jon Maria Koehn, born Mar. 6, 1858 Utica, Onieda CO., NY, died Apr. 27, 1932 Appleton, WI, the daughter of Harry L. Henry Koehn and Georgenia Witt
    (See Koehn Family Addendum)

          John Jacob III was known as J. J., Jacob J. and more commonly as 'Jake' to his many friends.  He grew up in Brookfield and when 16 years old came to Appleton with his family finishing school at Appleton High School.  At the age of 23, in partnership with his brother, Henry, they open the Hauert Feed Store on North Appleton St. in 1881.  Tiring of the feed business he sold out to his brother Frank in 1888 after the death of brother Henry. 

         Taking a new partner, William Hagen, on Sep. 16, 1888 they opened the Hauert Hagen Hardware Co. at 307 W. College Ave. in Appleton.  Finally realizing his dream of owning his own business, in 1895 he bought out his partner and changed the name to the J. J. Hauert Hardware Co. a business he operated for over 60 years. 

         One of Appleton's early Volunteer firemen, he enjoyed recalling the events of the past.  In 1910 he was elected to the office of City Assessor.  By the end of his first term he had tired of political life feeling more at home with friends at the hardware store.  He was a Charter Member of the Modern Woodmen, Odd Fellows and Eagles lodges of Appleton, which he attended regularly.  He also enjoyed, and became an outstanding athlete in, the Appleton Turners Society winning many events for the group.

         He like the outdoors and spent many of his weekends fishing the Fox River in summer and through the ice on Lake Winnebago in the winter.  While a poor fisherman himself this author spent many hours in the cold on the lake with him.   When the fish would not bite my line I was told, "you don't hold your mouth right." 

         Jake's was one of the first homes in Appleton to have electricity (219 W. Lawrence and known earlier as 851 W. Lawrence) and an early subscriber to the phone service having number 775.  His eleven room home was sold in the late 1940's to make room for a Medical Building and he lived his remaining years with his daughter Emma Elias at 1020 North Appleton St.

          A memorable event in the history of the Hauert Hagen Hardware Co. was the burglary that occurred on Oct. 29, 1892 in which a great number of knives, guns, silverware and razors were taken.  While a very liberal reward was offered and advertisements were distributed, this was probably one of Appleton's first unsolved crimes; a blow to the efficiency of the then City Marshall, F. W. Hoefer, who usually got his man.

    Children:     (all born in Appleton, WI)
      Emma Elizabeth, born Dec. 7, 1882, died Jul. 25, 1965
      Wilbert Frank, born Jan. 17, 1886, died Jul. 2, 1962
      Alvin Jacob, born Feb. 18, 1892, died Sep. 29, 1945
      Roy George Henry, born Jun. 14, 1896, died Jan. 31, 1981
      ADELINE LOUISE MINNE, born Mar. 16, 1900, died Nov. 6, 1964
    ADELINE LOUISE MINNE HAUERT, born Mar. 16, 1900 in Appleton, Outagamie Co., WI (Vol. 9, p. 142), died Nov. 6, 1964 in Los Angeles, Los Angeles Co., CA. (record #1964-22338), married Nov. 25, 1922 Appleton, WI (Vol. 14, p. 339), Frederick Donovan Aylesworth.
    (See General text # 7-A. Eighth Generation)

         Additional Hauert Family data can be found in the book "The Hauert Family Genealogy" by this author , 1965 or by writing the author in Santa Barbara, CA.

    Ref: ( 18 x) , (37) , (76 f) , (79 a) , (92 nn) , (95 b, qq, tt).

 

 

 

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