| 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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
General text # 7-A.
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,