Monday, July 7, 2014

Pilgrim Daughter History


Until the summer of 1926, the Somers Congregational Church had only one women's circle, The Ladies Aid.  By then, the membership of the Ladies Aid had grown considerably, and due to the size of the group and the fact that many of the young mothers, who found it necessary to bring along their babies and small children, it was decided to form two circles, the younger members to make up the new group.

Mrs. Winnefred Fenske was president of the Ladies Aid at that time and a very active church worker.  She called a meeting of the group in September of 1926.  A meeting was held at the parsonage with the Pastor and at this meeting the group was divided and officers were elected.  Mrs. Edith Christensen was the first president. One of the first projects was piecing a Friendship Quilt with the name of each member embroidered on a block.  This was presented in January 1927 to one of the members, Jessie Jensen, now deceased, who was very ill at that time.

Charter Members

Buechner, Dagmar
Bush, Gladys
Chermak, Mary
Christensen, Edith
Christensen, Johanna
Cogell, Lucille
Friedrich, Caroline
Gardinier, Evelyn
Haigh, Irene
Haigh, Mildred
Heide, Ida
Helding, Laverne
Jensen, Annie
Jensen, Jessie
Johnson, Clara
Lauer, Myrtle
Smith, Frances
Smith, Nell
Tabbert, Alice
Tabbert, Ethel
Tabbert, Katie
Wilcox, Bertha

Yule, Lillian

(Source:  Research by Myrtle Johnson)

Down through the years, the group has worked hard helping the church financially as well as spiritually, and will continue to do so as long as they are able.  We, the young mothers, who formed this Pilgrim Daughter circle, have now become the grandmothers. 

Quilt, Friendship 1927


This Friendship Quilt was on display in the vestibule of the Somers Community Church, United Church of Christ, located on Highway E in Somers, Wisconsin.  The quilt dates back to 1927.  Looking carefully at the stitching of the names, it should be noted that they are all in the same handwriting.  It appears the names were penciled in and the squares were likely sent home with each lady to be completed.  This quilt was a gift for one of the members, Jessie Jensen, who was very ill.  It was presented to her in 1927.  She passed away the following year.  The quilt was passed on to family where it was stored in a trunk in the basement of the home of Lillian and Vern Woltersdorf for about 50 years.  Lillian was Jessie's sister.  After Lillian's death, Vern rediscovered the quilt in late 2002.

1927 Friendship Quilt
Quilt made for Jessie Jensen, Somers, Wisconsin
Made by the Pilgrim Daughters organization and members of the Somers Community Church, Somers, Wisconsin


1927 Friendship Quilt name chart
Prepared by  Myrtle Johnson, Somers, Wisconsin
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Quilt Story - Who were the ladies who made the quilt?


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Washington Grade School




Washington Grade School
Highway E west of Highway 31
Somers, Wisconsin




Washington Grade School,  Somers, Wisconsin
Grades 6, 7, and 8
1961-62

Top Row, Left to Right:
Priscilla Young, Calvin Martin, Linda Berg, Donnie Becker, Mrs. Cummings, Jerome Springer, Susie Goodman, Bobby ?, Linda Andersen

2nd Row from Top, Left to Right:
Dennis Sadowski, Jimmy Martin, Kent Mayes, John Jankowicks

3rd Row from Top, Left to Right:
Jane Englehart, ?, Larry Andersen, Delores Martinez, David ?, David Capps, Lillian Chrstianson

Botton Row, Left to Right:
Debbie Johnson, Marty Mattieg?, Linda Majerko, Jerry Springer?, Gloria Martin, Greg Phiefer, Susie G?


Need Help
We need help confirming the missing students and/or spelling of names.  Please email your response to somershistory@wi.rr.com.  Thank you.

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Neighborhood News

 Minnie Ozanne, the Somers town historian of years gone by, wrote Neighborhood News for the Racine Journal Times and earlier Racine newspapers.  These are a few excerpts I thought were worth sharing.


1945 - July, September, December
Mr. and Mrs. Chris Birch, who have been occupying Mrs. Corbett's home for some time, have moved into their new house in Somers. (July 10)

More than 100 friends and relatives gathered at the home of Mrs. George P. Thomas on the Wood Road, Sunday to meet two of her sons home on furlough.  They are Pfc. Joseph Thomas, hospitalized at the New Brooke hospital, Ft. Sam Houston, Texas, and Pvt. Jerome Thomas, from Camp Hood, Texas.  Pvt. Jerome Thomas left Thursday night to report at Camp O'Dare, Ore. (Sept.)

James Gardinier has been called to the U.S. Army service this week and has left for camp, Sunday his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Gardinier, entertained at a family gathering in his honor. (Sept.)

Cpl. Carl Sander, who served in the South Pacific war zone for 29 months and also in the European theater of action about six months, returned home Friday after receiving his honorable discharge. (Sept.)

The George Feests have sold their home on Berryville Road and bought a farm on Highway 43.  A farewell party was given Mrs. George Feest by a number of her neighbors.  A pot luck and gift was given. (Dec.)

1940 
Wesley Bose is employed on the Albert Scheckler farm.  Arthur Bose has returned here after working the past two years for William Fink at Somers. (April 20)

Daniel Klapproth has joined the motorcycle corps at Rio Hati, Canal zone. (April 20)

1939 - Nov. 
Peter Lichter, 61, prominent Town of Somers farmer, was fatally injured Saturday night when a wagon on which he was riding was hit by an automobile in front of his home on the Green Bay Road.  He died in a Kenosha hospital at 3 a.m. Sunday.
Mr. Lichter was born in Somers and was the son of the late Peter and Barbara Lichter, and always resided there, with the exception of a few seasons spent in the harvest fields.  He and Miss Mary Thelen were married in 1903.
Mrs. Lichter and their eight children survive.  The children are Alfred P., Walter G., Richard, Gerald, Harvey and Miss Loretta of Somers; Mrs. Bertha Luick of Kenosha, and Mrs. Edward Kenpin of Evanston, Ill.  He also leaves three brothers, George, John and Frank Lichter of Somers; two sisters, Mrs. Anna Martin of Kenosha and Mrs. Mary Roll of Minnesota.  Funeral services will be held at St. George Church.  Burial will be in St. George Church Cemetery. (Nov 13, 1939)

1936 - March
The 50th wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. George Lichter of Somers will be celebrated Sunday.  There will be open house for friends and relatives from 1 to 4 p.m. and in the evening.  The celebration was postponed from Feb. 25 which marked the 50th year of their marriage.  Heavy snow storms at that time made roads to the Lichter homestead impassable.
Mr. Lichter was born in Racine 77 years ago and at an early age accompanied his parents, the Peter Lichters, to the farm which they had purchased from an old pioneer, Cornelius Schleich, at Somers, in the section known as Pike Woods.
In 1884 Mr. Lichter took up a homestead claim in Nobles County, Minnesota, and with all the industry at his command prepared a home for his intended bride.  He returned to Somers in the early part of 1886 and on Feb. 25 of that year was united in marriage with Mary Soens, daughter of Peter and Mary Soens of Racine and Somers.  The ceremony was performed by Rev. Wenker at St. George's Church, Kenosha.  The only surviving attendant is Mr. Lichter's brother, Nicholas.  It was a gala occasion, inasmuch as the bride and groom had prepared a home in the then far west and the young people of that day were somewhat envious of their pioneering spirit.  Mr. Lichter accompanied the car of livestock which he was taking to their new home, and Mrs. Lichter went by train.  It is their good fortune now to look back and recollect the many incidents in connection with pioneering and homesteading which young couples of today are not able to enjoy.
On April 14, 1894, proof of their claim and ownership was given them in the form of a homestead certificate signed by the President of the United States, Grover Cleveland.  This certificate, the original, occupies a prominent space on the walls of their home at Somers.
The Lichters lived in Minnesota for 14 years.  Four of their six children are living:  Frank and Leo of Somers, Mrs. A.J. Murray of Milwaukee, and Mrs. H.W. Uhen.  They will be present Sunday, together with eleven grandchildren.
At the turning of the century the hardy Minnesota pioneers longed for their childhood surroundings and sold their homestead, which had doubled in acreage as income had increased.  They returned to Somers, where they bought their present homestead and farm, comprising 160 acres, formerly the Buswell farm.  This farm was a part of the Grand Mire and necessitated considerable drainage before becoming productive.  Again the pioneering spirit conquered the obstacles of nature, and after careful planning, industry, imagination and thrift the old Grand Mire became a highly productive farm and the rewards obtained were the ownership of modern buildings and machinery and land in high state of cultivation.  For some years the Lichter farm has been used for experimental purposes by students of Wisconsin university as well as manufacturers of farm machinery, in conjunction with various scientific tests.
The latest types of farm machinery are used in the cultivation of the fields and the harvesting of crops.  Considerable credit is also due Mr. Lichter in making Somers a cabbage and truck garden center.  Some years ago he introduced on his farm the profit-making possibilities for growing such produce for market.  For the last few years an additional 500 acres of adjacent land have been leased and operated profitably, with the additional assistance of Mr. Lichter's sons.
Considerable credit is also due Mrs. Lichter.  In addition to the management of the home and children, Mrs. Lichter has charge of the vegetable garden for family use, the flowers, and the poultry. (March 13, 1936)



1935 - Jan. -Feb.-Apr. - Dec.
Daniel A. Klapproth, 40, died early this morning in a Kenosha hospital, following a long illness.  He was born in Racine and had lived here until 15 years ago when he moved to a farm in Kenosha County, Somers Township.  He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Klapproth, pioneers of this section of the country.
Surviving the deceased are his wife, Mrs. Vernetta Klapproth, four sons, Sherwood, Daniel, Jr., Irvin and Melvin, one daughter, Shirley:  four brothers, Edward Freudenburg of Lake Mills, Conrad Klapproth of Toledo, Henry, Jr., and William Klapproth of Racine; two sisters, Mrs. Viola Heidenreich and Mrs. Lillian Sahorske, both of Racine.
The body is at the Dahl Funeral home where friends may view it Friday afternoon and until the time of service at Dahl's at 3:30 p.m. Saturday.  Rev. Edwin Jaster will officiate.  Burial will be in the family lot in Graceland Cemetery.  (Jan. 31, 1935)

Theodore Tabbert of Somers Volunteer Fire Department met with a peculiar accident at the Peacock fire.  A cement block that fell to the ground bounded up and struck him on the back of his head.  He was rushed to St. Catherine's Hospital in Kenosha  for treatment, but has returned home and is improving. (April 16)

Formed in 1842 by a group of Bible students who were in the first caravan that settled Somers Township in Kenosha County, the Pike Grove American Bible Society will hold its 94th annual meeting in the Somers Congregational Church December 8 on the date of the commemoration of the 400th anniversary of the translation of the Bible into English.  The organization is only a remnant of the original group. (Dec. 3, 1935)

Schedule for Somers National dart ball games for Monday night January 14th:
Pike River Woodpeckers - Rangers at Hillcrest
Berryville Hot shots at Wood Road
Berryville Gophers-Hawks, Bullamore Forks Monkeys - All Star at Burr Oak
Burr Oak Hot Shots - Kingfishers at Bullamore Forks
Washington Night Hawks with Washington Tigers
Somers American League will play as follows:
Hillcrest Sharpshooters-Eagles, Wood Road Bluebirds-Badgers at Berryville
Bullamore Forks Lions-Blue Jays at Wood Road
Burr Oak Jrs. - Wildcats at Bullamore Forks
Washington Big Shots at Pike River
(January 14)

The Somers Volunteer Fire Department was called out at 6:00 o'clock last night when a fire originating in defective wiring threatened the large dairy barn on the Norman Bailey farm, located on Highway 41, two and one-half miles from the village of Somers.
The blaze started in a two story building used by Bailey as a hog pen.  When the firemen arrived at the scene of the blaze, flames had spread to a large quantity of straw stored in the upper section of the frame buidling and threatened to destroy the large dairy barn to which the hog pen was attached.
Workers at the farm had closed off all ventilation in the hog pen immediately after the fire was discovered preventing rapid spread of the flames and thus permitting the firemen to gain control of the blaze almost immediately after their arrival at the Bailey farm.
The loss which might have mounted to several thousand dollars, was confined to a comparatively small sum.  A large number of chickens were lost in the fire and an undetermined amount of straw was destroyed.  None of the hogs were lost in the fire and the building although badly scorched can be repaired.
(Source: Feb. 14, 1935)

1934 June-August
Mmes. Frank Thomas, John Swartz, and Ben Robinson, all of Berryville, were among those awarded ribbons for the best iris blooms at the Kenosha County Garden Club show, held at the Kenosha County Courthouse Tuesday evening. (June 23, 1934)

Word came Saturday of the death of George Piper, 62, at a hospital in Miles City, Montana, on June 12, following an operation for appendicitis, Mr. Piper came from Chicago 6 years ago and resided in this vicinity until last fall, when he and his wife moved to North Dakota, where he had formerly lived.  He leaves his widow, two daughters of Scranton, N.D., and a stepson, Albert Eizenger of Chicago.  Burial took place at Scanton, N.D. (June 23, 1934)

Funeral services for James Moran were held Tuesday at St. James Church, Kenosha, with burial in St. James Cemetery.  The casket bearers were George P. Thomas, Frank Lichter, John F. Swartz, Edward Witscheber, William Thompson and Frank Feest. (June 23, 1934)
A few heads of cabbage might not have been missed, but when thieves raided his field in Somers Township and cut out about a ton and a half, George Leet, the proprietor, immediately notified the sheriff's office here.
Deputy Sheriff N.J. Otto investigated.  He reported that the thieves had apparently been making systematic raids in the cabbage field, hauling away large amounts of the vegetable each time.  The total loot, he said, would probably total at least a ton and a half. (August 30, 1934)

A few heads of cabbage might not have been missed, but when thieves raided his field in Somers Township and cut out about a ton and a half, George Leet, the proprietor, immediately notified the sheriff's office here.
Deputy Sheriff N.J. Otto investigated.  He reported that the thieves had apparently been making systematic raids in the cabbage field, hauling away large amounts of the vegetable each time.  The total loot, he said, would probably total at least a ton and a half. (August 30, 1934)



1933 - Jan. - Feb. - March
George P. Leet and son Leverett went to Elkhorn Friday where they purchased 5 Guernsey cows to add to their dairy. (Jan. 20, 1933)

The Somers Division of the Chicago Pure Milk Association held its annual meeting at Woodmen Hall Thursday afternoon with a large gathering of farmers present.  Officers elected were:  President, Frank Lichter; Secretary-Treasurer, Howard Biehn. (Feb. 4, 1933)

The annual educational trip to Chicago via the North Shore Electric planned for last Saturday will be Saturday, February 18.  The pupils of the rural schools of the county with their teachers and friends look forward to this occasion with pleasure.  They will visit the Century of Progress grounds, the Mercantile Mart, the Museum, the National Broadcasting Station and other places of interest.  (Feb. 17, 1933)

Joe Lotz of the Birch Road entertained at 14 tables of cards at his home on Wednesday evening the proceeds to go to the St. George Church. (Feb. 25, 1933)

The Timely Twenty Club of the Wood Road held their meeting with Mrs. Millie Feest, assisted by Mrs. Frank Feest.  There were twelve members and two guests.  Three tables of cards were arranged.  Valentines were exchanged between club members.  The next meeting will be held at the home of Mrs. John Lichter with Mrs. Allie Huck assisting. (February 18, 1933)

Mr. and Mrs. C.P. Heide went to Delafield Saturday to attend the Senior Social function at the St. John's Military Academy.  Their son, Robert, is a senior at the academy. (Feb. 24, 1933)

Miss Barbara Lichter, Mrs. Frank Feest, Mrs. Henry Broesch, Miss Millie Feest and Mrs. John Lichter entertained at 12 tables of cards at the former's home on last Wednesday night for the benefit of St. George's P.T.A. (Feb. 25, 1933)

Mrs. Peter (Pauline Birch) Tennessen of Burlington died on Tuesday morning at her home of pleura pneumonia.  She is survived by her husband, a son, Peter , Jr., and daughter Louise, all at home; her mother, Mrs. Minnie Birch and three brothers, William, Christ, and Frank of East Somers.  Mrs. Tennessen was born in Somers June 26, 1884 and was married to Peter Tennessen, April 2, 1913 at St. George's Church in Kenosha.  The funeral services will be held at the home and at St. Charles Church.  (February 25, 1933)

The Royal Neighbors Five Hundred Club and their husbands met with Mr. and Mrs. C.A. Jensen Thursday evening in celebration of the 25th wedding anniversary.  Nine tables of five hundred were played.  Mr. and Mrs. Jensen were presented a purse of gold.  A delicious lunch was served.  (Mar. 3, 1933)

A family from Paris township has moved onto the John F. Herzog farm. (Mar. 3, 1933)

The Somers Township Study Club will have its second meeting Wednesday afternoon, March 8, at the Bullamore Forks School.  The county nurse will give the lesson. (Mar. 3, 1933)

The Somers Township Drama contest held at the Washington Junior High school auditorium Friday evening resulted as follows:  Burr Oak School was winner of first place;  Bullamore Forks, second place, and Pike River, third place. (March 3, 1933)

Several from here went to Racine Monday afternoon to attend the funeral for the late Mrs. Ella Harris.  Mrs. Harris was a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Edward Coonley, pioneer residents of the Town of Somers and was born in a log house on what is now a part of the Petrifying springs Park, 71 years ago.  On March 22, 1882 she was united in marriage with George Harris and have made their home in Racine for many years.  Internment in Mound Cemetery, Racine. (Marc. 3, 1933)

The news of the death of Reuben Thomas, at Libertyville, Illinois, was received here Tuesday.  Mr. Thomas purchased the Russell Piper farm north of the village recently and expected to return to Somers to reside.  Mr. and Mrs. Thomas occupied Mrs. Nellie Schaeffer's farm for some time.  (March 3, 1933)

Mrs. Albert E. Bullamore was a guest of her brother, Frank Bradley, during the past week. (Mar. 10, 1933)

Willard Blackman has accepted a position with the hathaway Baking Company (March 10, 1933)

Ralph Neff and family of Sylvania have moved to Somers and will occupy the house recently vacated by the Erick Jensen family. (March 10, 1933)

L. Jay Gould was a guest at a banquet in Milwaukee Saturday evening.  His mother, Mrs. Adeline Gould, visited her daughter, Mrs. Otto Tabbert. (March 10, 1933)

A correction in the last Berryville news about the Old Time Dance Club Card and Dancing party which were held on Wednesday night but which now during Lent will be held on Tuesday night and not Friday night as printed. (March 11, 1933)


 1931 - Oct.
The Burr Oak P.T.A. will give a "Mother Goose Carnival" at Woodmen Hall, Friday evening, Oct 23. "Simple Simon", "Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son", and many other nursery characters will be there. Everybody is invited to an evening of unique entertainment. (Oct. 22)

1929 Sept.
The new bridge built over Pike River was opened to traffic, Thursday evening. (Sept. 26)

The first meeting of the Berryvile District No. 11 P.T.A. was held on Tuesday, Sept 10th.  It was just a social gathering.  The next meeting will be the second Tuesday in October at which time a short meeting will be held followed by a dance, cards, and bunco.  Everybody come and have a good time.  Invite your neighbors. (Sept 12)

The Mother's Club of District No. 11, Berryville, motored to the Petrifying Spring park and enjoyed  picnic lunch.  The afternoon, was spent doing stunts after a short business meeting. (Sept. 12)

 1927 - September 
The annual picnic of the Kenosha County Cow Testing Association held at the Petrifying Springs, Kenosha County Park, on Sunday, was one of the largest gatherings held in this locality this season.  The attractive place and the ideal day brought many from the surrounding counties.  Games and sports interested  many.  (Sept. 14)

The P.T.A. of the Washington School held it's first meeting of the school year at the school house on Friday evening.
The meeting of the Pike River Beavers 4-H Club met, at the Washington School on Friday evening with a good attendance.  An important item of the meeting was the considering of a fair to be held early next month that will feature a community affair with several school districts included.
The Ladies Aid Society of the congregational Church held the first meeting of the church year.
The Hill Crest P.T.A. held a meeting Thursday evening.  A committee was appointed to purchase a sandbox and several swings for the playground which has been filled in by the order of the school board.
the Pike River P.T.A. will meet on Tuesday. (Sept 14)

This is the third week of potato harvesting on M.A. Anderson's farm.  Friday a family of six made a record in picking up potatoes.  This family picked up 549 bushels, another family picked up 400 bushels.  A large force of help is at work and it will take about another week to finish this harvest. (Sept 14)

1926 July
The directors of the Somers Mutual Fire Insurance Company met on Saturday forenoon to adjust the loss caused by fire of the home of Miss Kate Dory on Thursday.  Miss Dorey's home and the greater part of its contents were destroyed by fire of an unknown origin Thursday. (July 26)

John Donsing is building an addition onto his residence and installing a furnace and a water system. (July 26)

1922 - March
The apron sale at the home of Mrs. Frank Linstroth, of Berryville, should be well attended as the proceeds are to go toward the payment on a piano recently purchased by the Parent Teachers Association of the Berryville School. (March 29)

1921 Feb. Aug.
Work has begun on the remodeling of the church, an addition is to be built on the east side of the building and considerable other improvement is to be made.  William Lauer and his force of men will do the work. (Feb. 24, 1921)

Ed Fink expects to build a new barn. (Feb. 24, 1921)

It is rumored that Lieut. Theodore Tabbert has rented Mrs. Fenske's residence in the village, and that Frank Smith and his children will take the house now occupied by Lieut. and Mrs. Tabbert. ( Feb. 24, 1921)

The Directors of the Somers Mutual Fire Insurance  Company met on Friday to adjust the loss by fire of the farm residence of James Christensen.  The building was totally destroyed by fire on Wednesday.  Much credit is due the men of the neighborhood for their heroic effort in savings so much of the furniture and other household goods. (Feb. 24, 1921)

Frank Smith has purchased the house and lot in the village owned by August Monteen, of Kenosha.  Frank Smith has rented his farm to his brother and will hold an auction sale of his stock and machinery on Tuesday, March 1. (Feb. 24, 1921)

A devastating wind and torrential rain swept over this section on Friday afternoon causing considerable damage.  Jay W. Rhodes' silo was blown down, L. Williams' garage was struck by lightning and badly damaged.  His automobile was badly damaged by falling bricks and timbers.  A hog belonging to Jay L. Bailey was struck by lightning and killed. (August 24, 1921)

Several carloads of gravel from Burlington came to Somers within the past few days.  A large force of men with teams have been busy hauling it onto the Ozanne Brothers' road.  John Klinkhammer is superintending the work. (August 24, 1921)

Theodore Tabbert's new house is being painted. (August 24, 1921)

Mrs. Mandernack, who for many years lived in the Town of Somers, died at the home of a daughter in Racine on Thursday evening.  Funeral services were held from Holy Name church on Monday morning with interment in the Catholic Cemetery. (August 24, 1921)

Henry J. Jordon, aged 84 years, died suddenly at his late home in Kenosha on Friday evening.  Mr. Jordan lived in Somers for many years and was prominent in official life in the Township.  He grew to manhood here and received his education in the rural school.  He served as Somers Town Treasurer and also as Town Clerk for a number of years.  He was also Chairman of the County Board for some years.  In 1896 he retired from farm life and moved to Kenosha.  He is survived by his widow, one daughter and two brothers. Funeral services were held from his late home on Monday afternoon.  (August 24, 1921)

1920 July
Joseph Bach, one of the Somers boys who won distinction in the recent world war, is on his way overseas to a little town near Paris, France to wed Miss Doris Schillio.  Mr. Bach met his bride-to-be while serving at Aix Lex Bains. (July 22, 1920)

1916 Jan. - Aug.-Dec.
The old Curtis residence in Berryville, on the Curtis farm just north of Central Park was completely destroyed by fire at an early hour this morning entailing a loss of $4,000 partially covered by insurance.  The fire is said to have resulted from a leak in a gas main.  The lightning struck the main and followed it into the house to the leak and an explosion followed.  Several children were sleeping in the room directly over the place where the explosion took place but none of them was injured.  As it was impossible to get the neighbors to aid in fighting the flames the house and it furnishings were completely destroyed. (Aug. 18)

At the annual meeting of the Racine-Kenosha County Beet Growers Association held in Lingweller's Hall on Friday, the existing staff of officers and the Board of Directors were re-elected unanimously, as follows:
President, A.J. Piper, Berryville
Vice President, M.A. Lubenow, Trever
Secretary-Treasurer, John Herzog, Somers
Board of Directors
A.J. Piper, Berryville
E. Lamberton, Racine
John Bowers, Sylvania
A.M. Sewell, Gatliff
Martin Herzog, Corliss
A.P. Nelson, Union Grove
H.A. Lubenow, Trever
J.A. Torrey, Pleasant Prairie
William Thompson, Kenosha
John Lichter, East Somers
John Herzog, Somers (Jan. 18)

The marriage of Miss Ottillege Kugler, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Kugler, to Mr. Christopher Birch, son of Mr. and Mrs. William Birch, was celebrated at the German Lutheran Church in Kenosha on Thanksgiving Day at 3o'clock in the afternoon.  The bride wore a white crepe de chine dress and bridal veil.  She carried white bridal roses and was attended my Miss Amollion Holmes.  William Birch, Jr., brother of the groom, was best man.  The bridesmaid wore pink crepe de chine and carried pink roses.  A reception was held at the home of the bride's parents following the ceremony.  There happy couple have gone to housekeeping on a farm in Somers and have the best wishes of a host of friends. (Dec, 6, 1916)

Reuben Neff of Bullamore's Forks has gone to New York where he will visit among relatives and friends. (Dec. 6, 1916)

William Birch, Jr., one of the best known men of the town of Somers and formerly actively connected with the management of the Kenosha Pure Milk Company, appeared in the municipal court late Monday afternoon and entered a plea of guilty to charges of forgery.  He is a member of one of the old Somers families.  In court, Birch told a story of hard luck.  More than three months ago, when he was in financial straits, he went to the Merchants and Savings Bank and secured a loan of $250.  He signed the note as principal with the name of Edward Witscheber of Somers, his uncle, as surety.  When Birch could not pay the loan, it was discovered that Witscheber had never given his consent to the making of the note and in fact knew nothing about the loan.  Birch hoped he would be able to repay the loan.  Birch’s father, who is one of the most prominent farmers of the town of Somers was in court and declared his willingness to aid his son out of the financial difficulty and he made a strong plea for his release on parole.  Birch is now employed by one of the Kenosha Milk companies and he has given assurance that he will make good all losses in the case. (Dec. 13, 1916)

1915 - Jan. and March
On Tuesday morning at 7 o'clock the marriage of Miss Marcia Bowers to Frank Lichter was celebrated at St. George's Church in Kenosha.  Rev. Father Nickel, pastor of the church, officiated in the presence of a few close friends of the contracting parties.  Miss Madeline Lichter was bridesmaid and Nicholas Lichter served as best man.  The bride is the younger daughter of Hiram Bowers and is an accomplished young woman.  The groom is the eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. George Lichter, one of Somers most popular young men.  After a short wedding trip to Chicago, the young couple went to housekeeping on the farm west of the village.  Congratulations and best of wishes are extended by a host of friends. (Jan. 18)

John Yonk purchased a new piano for his family on Wednesday.  (March 13, 1915)

M.A. Rasmussen purchased an automobile this week. (March 13, 1915)

L. Jay Gould has accepted a position as traveling salesman for the J.I. Case Company. (March 13, 1915)


1914 - Apr. - May. - Sept. - Dec.
Mr. John Abresch had a well drilled last week. ( April 10)

Mr. Frank Lichter built a new barn.  William Laurer and his men did the carpenter work. ( April 10)

The heavy rains that prevailed during the early part of last week retarded the work on the land which was overflowed with water in many places.  The benefits derived from tile draining are very noticeable after these heavy rains, as the old time sloughs are soon emptied and what was at one time nothing but worthless land has been turned into the best acres on the farm.  For this reason tile draining is on the increase and farm lands are consequently becoming more valuable. (May 19, 1914)

The sugar beet workers have now arrived ready for the season's work.  Most of them are German families, as this class of help gives the best satisfaction. (May 19, 1914)

The early varieties of strawberries which are just beginning to blossom, were nipped by the frost on two nights last week. (May 19, 1914)

The second quarterly conference of the Methodist Church was held on Saturday afternoon, when the district superintendent, Rev. Rollins of Milwaukee was present.  After the usual business the question of selling the church lot at Kellogg’s Corners was then considered and after some discussion it was voted to retain the property.  The decision of a majority of the trustees to hold the lot is very commendable as the old historic ground has the distinction of having had built upon it one of the first, if not the first, framed Methodist Churches in the state.  The building has been sold and taken down as the ravages of time had unfitted it for any further use, after standing for more than seventy years as a champion for Methodism in this section of the state. (May 19, 1914)

James Due, of Racine, is building the foundation for Thomas Corbett's new barn. (Sept 13)

Peter M. Anderson has put in a new scale in the village for the weighing of beets and cabbage, also other farm produce. (Sept 13)

During an electrical storm recently, the man who works for Phillip Drissell farm was unfortunate in losing eight cows by lightning.  The animals had taken shelter under a tree.  There was no insurance, but the owner had intended to have them insured a few days ago. (Sept. 14)

Theodore Tabbert has been appointed sergeant in the U.S. Army and is now stationed at Fort McIntyre, Texas. (Dec. 23, 1914)

Edward Tabbert, one of Somers' most prominent young men is now on his way to England as wireless operator on board one of the large ocean liners. (Dec. 23, 1914)


1913 - Feb.-Apr.-Aug.
Mr. and Mrs. Abresch and daughter spent Sunday with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Swartz. (Feb. 12)

The announcement of her father's death in the island of Guernsey, early in January, is followed by the sad news to Mrs. Thomas Corbett that her mother died three weeks later. (Feb. 25, 1913)

The Birch Road in the Town of Somers, extending from the Lake Shore Road west and leading directly to the village of Somers, is to be added to the county highway system if the state highway commission will approve of the plan.  The road is one of the most traveled road in the county and it was an oversight that it was not made a part of the original system adopted several years ago. (April 25, 1913)

The Directors of the Somers Mutual Fire Insurance Company met at William F. Hansche's home at Berryville on Wednesdya morning to adjust the loss incurred by a fire which took place on Thursday, July 31, destroying a tenant house belonging to Mr. Hansche.  The building was occupied by a family of beet workers and although the fire originated in the upper part of the building, it is not known just how it caught; but in all probability from a defective chimney.  The fire was discovered in time however by Mr. Hansche and a number of workmen in the fields, who hurried to the scene and succeeded in removing the furniture from the building.  At the time of the fire, the wind was directly west, which was fortunate for Mr. Hansche as a south wind would have proved disastrous to all his other buildings.  The tenant house was insured for $600, which sum was allowed. (Aug. 9, 1913)

The oat harvest is not progressing very rapidly on account of the lateness of some of the grain in ripening and the rain which has interfered to some extent.  Although the grain will be of good quality, the yield of straw will not be very heavy. (Aug. 9, 1913)

 1912 January-Apr.-May - Aug. - Sept. - Dec.
Mrs. Fred Helding departs this week for a visit at her former home in Denmark.  She expects to be gone for some weeks. (April 27, 1912)

Michael Miller broke ground for his new resident last week.  Saturday a number of his neighbors joined together to haul material for the new house. (Aug. 6)

Grace, the little daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Yunk, is quite sick with spinal meningitis. (Aug. 6)

F.M. Miller had a drawing bee on Saturday morning when a large quantity of sand and gravel was drawn from the lake to be used in the building of a new house. (Aug. 6)

The Leet brothers have purchased a 28 horse power portable gasoline engine, made by the John Holstein Manufacturing Co., of New Holstein, Wisconsin. (Aug. 1912)

Martin Rasmussen has purchased a silo. (Aug. 6)

The thermometer registered 48 degrees on Sunday morning, and 47 this (Monday) morning. (Aug. 6)

Once again the corn shredder has claimed another victim as on Tuesday afternoon, August F. Bohm, one of our prosperous farmers, met with a serious accident by getting his left hand into the snapping rollers of his machine and had it badly crushed.  Most of the day had been spent in husking corn and it was late in the afternoon when the day's work was nearly finished that Mr. Bohm who was feeding the machine, turned around to see if his engine was working properly and thoughtlessly kept his left hand on a bundle of corn that was already going through the rollers, and while in that position the accident occurred.  All of these machines are supplied with safety levers which are used for the purpose of stopping the rollers in  an emergency, but Mr. Bohm was unable to reach the lever with his right hand and finally succeeded in throwing off the belt with his foot and this alone was all that prevented the whole arm from being torn to pieces.
Unfortunately, there was no one present who was familiar with the machine except Mr. Bohm himself, and it was under his instructions that the rollers were loosened up and the lacerated hand removed.  Portions of the fingers were missing and it was feared that eventually the whole hand would be lost.  Mr. Bohm was taken to Racine immediately and at  St. Mary's hospital an examination was made and it was found necessary to amputate the hand at the wrist.  His son, Arthur of Kenosha is now at the farm, where he will remain at least until his father is able to return home.
(Source:  Racine Journal News, January 30, 1912)

Louis H. Fenske has sold his creamery in the village to F. Thorne & Co. of Chicago.  Consideration, $2,500.00.  F. Thorme & Co. took possession May 1st.  This company expects to install a bottling plant here as soon as they can get the necessary machinery.  The cream they skim at present is shipped to Chicago and the cream brought in is made into butter.  Mr. Fenske will continue to run the creamery he owns at Chapin, Paris Township. (May 7, 1912)

The sowing of the sugar beet seed will commence this week, this being about a week later than last year.  May 7, 1912)

Another general merchandise store to be opened in Somers.  Carl Hitzler, who has been with Louis Fenske in the creamery for some time, has entered into partnership with Gus Mogenson and will conduct in connection with the bakery business, a general grocery store. (May 21, 1912)


The marriage of Miss Clara S. Bohm, only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. August Bohm, to Mr. Edward Henn, son of Mr. and Mrs. Philip Henn of Paris, was solemnized at the parsonage of the Holy Communion Church in Racine on the morning of Tuesday, September 10th, 1912.  Rev. Eckert officiated.
The bride is a graduate of the Kenosha High School and one of the most popular and accomplished young ladies of Somers.  The groom, a talented musician, is a prosperous farmer of the Town of Paris in Kenosha County.  The happy couple begin their married life with bright prospects and best wishes of a host of friends.  The will reside on the farm in Paris.
(Source:  Racine News, September 17, 1912)
It is feared that good friends of Mr. and Mrs. Corbett were on board of the ill fated Titanic. (April 22, 1912)

On Wednesday afternoon, April  17, friends and neighbors gathered at the home of Mrs. Mary Ann Ozanne in honor of the 80th anniversary of her birth.  Mrs. Ozanne was born on the Isle of Guernsey, April 17, 1832, and came to this country when a young girl.  She has resided in the Town of Somers for over 60 years.  The afternoon was most pleasantly spent and one long to be remembered by those present.  Mrs. Ozanne received a number of choice gifts.  Refreshments were served during the afternoon.  Those present were:  Mrs. Alfred Garratt, Mrs. Martin Rasmussen and her daughter, Miss Clara Rasmussen, Mrs. Louis Markusen, Mrs. John Herzog, Mrs. Fred Helding and Miss Dora Helding, Mrs. Chris Rasmussen, and Mrs. E.G. Ozanne. (April 22, 1912)

William Bradley fell off a load of corn stalks last week, bruising his back and shoulder very badly and it is feared the shoulder may be dislocated. (Dec. 31)

Mr. John Lichter purchased a fine single buggy last week Wednesday.  Mr. John Rider has also made an addition to his vehicle supply by purchasing a new top buggy. (Dec. 31)

Mrs. Schackmond, one of the pioneers residents of Somers, died Saturday at her home, southeast of the village.  Funeral will take place Tuesday morning at St. George's Church in Kenosha. (Dec. 31)

The farm of Mr. Scheckler was bought by his two sons.  (Dec. 31)


1911 - February-Apr. - Sept. -October
The old meat market building in the village is being remodeled and it is rumored that a general store and market will be opened in the near future.  B.F. Yule is doing the carpenter work. (April 4, 1911)

Invitation have been issued for the celebration of the twenty-fifth anniversary of the marriage of Mr. and Mrs. August Bohm, Wednesday evening, March 1, 1911. (Feb. 28)

The old meat market building in the village is being remodeled and it is rumored that a general store and market will be opened in the near future.  B.F. Yule is doing the carpenter work. (April 4, 1911)

William Henry Drew, who was buried this afternoon, was born at Vernon, N.Y., on November 18, 1845.  He was the oldest of ten children born to Barnet and Susan Drew.  His early years were spent on the farm of his father, attending school in the country when he could be spared from the farm, and later he attended a boarding school.  He then took a business course, graduating from a business college in Binghamton, N.Y.  he spent several years teaching school near his old home.
In the spring of 1869 he concluded he would go West; the Longwells and Rhodes of Somers having removed from the same place in New Jersey.  He taught school one term in Sylvania in Racine County, and the following fall went to Kansas.  In May, 1871, he was married to Emma J. Newman, formerly of Somers, but at the time residing in Greenwood County, Kansas.  Mr. Drew was three times elected trustee of Spring Creek Township, Kansas, and in 1863 was elected treasurer of Greenwood County, serving two terms, and was later chosen assessor of the city of Eureka for several terms.
He returned with his family to Somers in 1895 and in 1899 removed to Racine.  He was chosen supervisor of assessors of Racine County in 1905, serving in that capacity until the autumn of 1910.  Soon after the death of his wife in February last, Mr. Drew being in ill health, removed to Evanston, Ill., with his daughter, Mrs. W.H. Neff of Evanston, and one son, Harnet J.of this city; also by give brothers and four sisters, all residing in the easte.
The remains of Mr. Drew were brought to this city from Evanston today and the funeral was held from the Mound Cemetery.  (Source: Racine Daily Journal, publication date Sept. 28, 1911)

William Bullamore, aged 80 years of Somers; John Bullamore, aged 72 years of Glen ___, North Dakota; George Bullamore, aged 66 years, of Honey Creek, Wisconsin; and Janmes Bullamore, aged 68, of New York City.  They were born in England and came to this country when boys.  John, James and George are Civil War Veterans, enlisting in the army as volunteers at the time of Lincoln's second call.  George was then but 17 years old.  The evening was full of reminiscences of former days and ones that will long be remembered with pleasure by these brothers.  A bountiful dinner was served in their honor.  (October 3, 1911)

The "Mocking Birds" of Somers will give their entertainment at Woodmen Hall on Tuesday evening, October 3.  A Michigan supper will follow the entertainment.  Everybody is invited to attend and enjoy a musical feast. (October 3, 1911)

1910 Sept. - Oct.
The large bell purchased by the pupils of School District No. 7 last year has been hung in the belfry.  Mr. Garrett did the necessary carpenter work.  (Sept. 7, 1910)

Theodore Tabbert has accepted a position as fireman on the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul Railroad. (Sept. 7, 1910)

Mrs. F. Cook has returned home from Mt. Clemens, Michigan, where she spent some time taking baths for rheumatism. (Sept. 7, 1910)

On Thursday and Friday night next week the 8 p.m. train will stop at Somers to let off passengers returning from the State Fair. (Sept 7, 1910)

James E. Spencer received a car load of crushed stone last week for the concrete work in the new barn he recently built. (Sept. 15)

Mrs. August Gitzlaff and daughter, Miss Malvina Gitzlaff who have been on an extended visit with friends and relatives in Germany returned home Saturday. (Sept. 15)  Miss Malvina Gitztlaff returned to her duties as stenographer for the Jeffery Company, Kenosha on Wednesday. (Sept 22)  Miss Lizzie Gitzlaff returned to her duties at Gottlieb's Dry Goods Store in Kenosha on Monday. (Sept. 22)

Miss Margaret Bradley is very sick with Typhoid fever. (Sept 15)

Little Lucile Fink who has been critically ill with typhoid fever for some weeks is slowly recovering. (Sept. 15)

Elsworth Gardinier has been confined to the house for some time with a severe attack of rheumatism. (Sept. 15)

A large number of our people contemplate attending our state fair at Milwaukee, this week.  On Thursday and Friday evenings, Sept 15 and 16, the eight o'clock train on the Chicago Milwaukee and St. Paul railroad will stop at Somers to accommodate the state fair visitors.
(Sept. 15 1910)

Louis Fenske is drawing material for a cement floor in the creamery. (October 11, 1910)

Christ Nelson will hold an auction sale on his farm one mile south of Somers on Wednesday, Oct. 26th. (October 11, 1910)

Fred and George Leet have built the cement walks at the Presbyterian Church and manse. (Oct 27)

Miss Malvina Gitzlaff who has been seriously ill with typhoid fever at the Kneosha Hospital for some weeks is slowly convalescing. (Oct 27)

Max Gould has accepted a position with the Morrow Dredge Co., Hebron, Indiana. (Oct. 27)

Mrs. Mary Christianson of Kenosha, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Chris Nelson, who had her foot amputated at the Kenosha Hospital last week is improving as fast as can be expected. (Oct. 27)

James E. Spencer is having concrete floors built in his barn. (Oct. 27)

Mr. and Mrs. Albert Mueller are moving from J.J. Barrows' house to the Gratz farm in Paris Township. (Oct. 27)

1909 Jan.-Apr. -May-June-July-Oct.
Frank Lauer's saloon and residence came nearly being wiped out by fire early one morning last week, the building being saved by the timely arrival of the nearby residents of the village.  The fire originated in an upper room and gained access to the roof, it being necessary to tear off the shingles to extinguish the flames. (Jan 28)

The marriage of Mr. George Hamilton, rural mail carried of Route No. 38, and Miss Pfieffer of Milwaukee will be solemnized Monday, June 8. (June 2, 1908)

John F. Herzog and family who went to Chicago last December to reside, are ending two weeks in this place.  (July 13)

Saturday was the warmest day of the season, the thermometers in this vicinity registering from 97 to 100 degrees in the shade.  Many suffered from the excessive heat being the most uncomfortable day experienced in many years.  The hay makers were well satisfied however as the hay cured nicely under the rays of the sun. (July 13)

FOR SALE: Good Bay Farm Horse.  1,300 lbs.  Inquire at Lawrence Hansche farm, west from Piper's Park, Berryville. (July 13)

There is a large acreage of onions in this vicinity this year, many farmers having planted large fields.  Piper Brothers of Berryville, have planted seventy acres of the product.  Hansche Brothers and other farmers also have large tracts devoted to the raising of this vegetable.  Large amount of onion sets will also be raised for the markets of Chicago and other cities.  Racine has become famous for its onion crops, often being the largest in the country. (May 18)

The well drilling company from Zion City, Illinois struck a good flow of water at a depth of 125 feet on Mr. Garrett's farm last week.  The same company has drilled a well on the farm occupied by John Klinkhammer last week. (June 15)

Mr. Garrett purchased the Biehn residence.(June 15, 1909)

The home of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Corbett was the scene of a very pleasant gathering on Thursday evening of last week, when their friends to the number of sixty responded to an invitation to spend the evening at their home.  Both old and young enjoyed themselves alike and after refreshments were served, the people started for their homes in the small hours of the morning. (April 20, 1909)

The sowing of grain has been greatly retarded during the past week by the frequent rains and the land is now completely saturated with water.  This will be a benefit to the hay crop. (Apr. 20, 1909)

Everett Corbett has hired out for the season to Peter Miller.(Apr. 20, 1909)

William Lauer and his carpenters are building a large barn for John Ryder. (Apr. 20, 1909)

Mrs. Frank Lauer has rented her hotel and moved to Milwaukee to make her home. (Apr. 20, 1909)

Louis Fenske will take milk to the creamery every day from now on. (Apr. 20, 1909)

Frank Lauer purchased a team of horses in Milwaukee Friday.  He will work his mother's farm and also James S. Nelson's place this year. (Apr. 20, 1909)

Frederick J. Hansche, one of the best known farmers died early Sunday morning at this home, age 71 years, 10 months, and 23 days.
The demise of Mr. Hansche was mainly due to ptomaine poisoning.  Some weeks ago he paid a visit to his son in the northern part of the state.  On the way home he stopped at Madison, Wisconsin and purchased a pear and ate it.  Arriving here he was stricken down and Dr. Robert Kitto was summoned and it was feared at that time he would not recover, but he grew somewhat better and was able to be up.  Some days ago he contract a cold and a relapse came ending in death early Sunday morning.
Deceased was born November 17, 1837 in Germany and he came to Racine county in 1865.  Purchasing farms in Mt. Pleasant and Somers, he cultivated the same and was prosperous, making a great success in the growing of cabbage and onions, in fact his farm was one of the best and most profitable in the southern section of the county.  By hard and careful work he had accumulated sufficient to permit him to take it easy in his old age.
Mr. Hansche was a Christian man in every sense of the word, being a member of the German Methodist Church of Berryville.  There survives to mourn his death a wife, three sons, George Hansche of Clayton, Wisconsin, A.J. and Samuel Hansche of Mt. Pleasant, and two daughters, Mrs. A.J. Scheckler and Mrs. Peter J. Myers of Racine.  One brother, J. Hansche of Somers, three brothers and two sisters in Germany.


1908 - Jan. Feb. March
George Hamilton, mail carrier on Route 38, made most of his route Tuesday in spite of the bad conditions of the roads.  patrons should appreciate this more than they do and try to keep the roads open. (Feb. 11, 1908)

With the use of the hand cream separators, farmers are receiving from five to twenty-five cents per hundred more for milk by delivering the cream instead of the whole milk to the creameries, due to the cream being separated as soon milked.   The old way of holding milk from two to three days and sometimes left to freeze is a loss to farmers.  (Feb. 11, 1908)

It is reported that Edward Longmore of Kenosha has purchased three acres of land from B.F. Yule and will build upon it this spring.  Mr. Longmore contemplates going into the chicken industry.  (Feb. 11, 1908)

Mr. Louis Fenske will attend the Buttermakers' Convention held in Milwaukee, February 11-14.  (Feb. 11, 1908)

John Mutchie has been appointed Road commissioner to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Fred Buchner. (Feb. 24, 1908)

The first blizzard of the winter set in on Saturday night and continued all day Sunday. The roads are blocked in some places while others there is not snow whatever. (January 14, 1908)
Jacob Biehn was very unfortunate in losing his bay mare last week, a leg being broken by a kick from another horse. The fracture was so bad that it was necessary to kill the animal. (Jan. 14, 1908)

The Ozanne brothers received a registered Holstein-Friesian bull from Lake Mills, Wisconsin last week. (Jan. 14, 1908)

Mr. Clarence Lytle will leave for Little Rock, Arkansas in the near future, where he will engage in business with his cousin, Mr. H. Dalthoff.

Mr. Louis Fenske built a large smoke stack on his creamery last week.  James D. of Mt. Pleasant did the mason work. (March 24, 1908)

During the high wind storm on Saturday the windmill on the Piper Bros. farm north of the village was blown down and a farmer with his team just scraped being struck by it as it fell. (March 24, 1908)

1907 - Mar. - Apr.-May-Sept.
Mr. August Gitzlaff will build a large barn this spring.  The building will be 30 x 70. (Mar. 15, 1907)

August Gitzlaff and Thomas Gascoigne unloaded a carload of brick this week. (Mar. 15, 1907)

Jacob Biehn is unloading brick at somers for the foundation of his new barn. (Mar. 15, 1907)

Mr. Herman Tabbert, formerly of Racine, but who has been a resident of our town for a few years, died suddenly at his home on Tuesday evening.  Mr. Tabbert had not been well for some time but for the last few days had been up and around.  He was taken suddenly ill Tuesday evening and died in a few hours at the age of 69 years. (March 15, 1907)

B.F. Yule and his gang of carpenters began work on Thomas Gascoigne's new house Friday. (April 16, 1907)

Clinton O. Hitler began the carpenter work on a cold storage building for Town Chairman John Herzog Monday morning (April 16, 1907)
John Gitzlaff, aged 93 years, one of the earliest pioneer settlers of the Town of Somers, died at the home of his son, August Gitzlaff, in that Town on Wednesday after a short illness. Death was due to the natural breaking down due to advanced years. The deceased was a native of Germany and was born July 14, 1814. He came to this country in 1868, and after living two years in Milwaukee he came to Somers, where he has resided ever since. His entire time in Somers was spent on the farm.
He is survived by two sons, John Gitzlaff, of Bristol, and August Gitzlaff of Somers. The funeral will be held from the late residence on Saturday afternoon and the remains will be taken to the Paris Lutheran Cemetery in Paris Township for interment in the family plot. (May 24, 1907)

The funeral of Alice, the infant daughter of Mrs. and Mrs. H.F. Krueger, will take place Sunday afternoon at one o'clock from the home at Berryville, and at 2:30 from the German Methodist Church at Kenosha. (Sept 7)


1906 - March
D.J. Morey & Sons report the sale of two farms in Somers, Kenosha County for F.N. Felch, one to John Schuster and one to Adolph Schuster, 20 acres each. (March 31, 1906)

Mrs. Joseph Longmore visited with her daughter, Mrs. J.C. Spencer, in Kenosha recently. (March 9, 1906)

Mr. Kohlman was unfortunate in losing a fine horse one day last week.  The animal broke through a bridge and broke its leg. (March 9, 1906)

Rev. and Mrs. Herbert G. Ozanne will sail from India, enroute for Somers, March 9.  On their homeward journey they will visit Paris, Naples, London and other cities of interest in Europe. (March 9, 1906)

On Saturday evening a large company of friends and neighbors gathered at the home of Mr. Jacob Barrows and gave him a surprise, the occasion being in honor of the anniversary of his birthday.  The evening was pleasantly spent in social converse, music, and games.  During the evening a beautiful chair was presented. (March 9, 1906)

Mr. P.M. Anderson received a carload of brick the first of the week for his new house in the village.  B.F. Yule has secured the contract. (March 9, 1906)

The Board of Commissioners appointed to assess the value of lands south by the Chicago & Milwaukee Railway Company for its line to Milwaukee, met at the courthouse yesterday morning to hear the evidence of the farmers from the Town of Somers, and it is evident that the company will be forced to pay a large sum for the land south if the values assessed by the commissioners are anything like the values named by the farmers.  The company is seeking to condemn eighteen acres of land.  Much more land is needed but some of it has already been bought at prices ranging for $75 to $125 an acres.
The first witness called testified that his land was worth $400 an acre and that he thought the railway company should pay this amount for the land taken.  The farmers are advancing the further fact that this land in the Town of Somers is more valuable than any land in the county on account of the fact that it is suited for the raising of cabbage, and that large revenues may be made out of this product. (March 9, 1906)

Mr. Hiram Barrows purchased 45 acres of land from Miss Delia Bishop.  Consideration $4,500. (March 30)

Mr. and Mrs. A.P. Bailey have moved into their new home in the village. (March 30)

The Pike Woods Basketball team played the Somers team two games on Friday evening at M.W.A. hall.
Pike Woods, First - A. Werve, C. Werve, M. Schmitt, Moran, Thomas.
Somers First - C. Jensen, H. Tabbert, F. Bradley, P. Rice, Thomas.
Referee - Herzog
Scorer - Dixon, Moran
Timekeepers - J. Jensen, C. Dorey
Pike Woods, Second - Moran, Rogers, W. Thomas, F. Gascoigne, G. Thomas
Somers, Second - G. Leet, H. Gascoigne, E. Jensen, C. Lytle, Bishop. (March 30)


1905 - Aug. - Oct.
At present the Cook's are occupying the Bain homestead.  Mr. Bain's family will make their home in Racine in the future. (Oct)

We are pleased to note the marriage of one of our fair ladies, Miss Blanche Yule, second daughter of Mr. and Mrs. B.F. Yule, to Dr. Thom of Milbourne, where they will make their home for the present.  The ceremony was performed by Rev. Stevens of Kenosha M. E. Church. (Oct)

Mr. and Mrs. Henry Lytle entertained their cousins, Capt. and Mrs. Perry of Hudson, Ohio during the last week.  The Captain and Mr. Lytle both followed Sherman’s march to the sea, but unaware of the fact until they met these many years afterwards. (Oct)

The oat crop which is now being threshed is the heaviest in years.  Some places are yielding as high as sixty and forty bushels per acre. (Aug 15)

B.F. Yule secured the contract for the building of Jacob Barrow's new house at a cost of about $1,850.00 (Aug. 15)

Our enterprising farmer, M.A. Rasmussen had about forty boys from Kenosha every day last week helping him gather his onion sets of which he will have about 2,000 bushels. (Aug. 15)

John Donsing drilled a well for L.J. Strong last week. (Aug. 17)

Chris Jensen's threshing machine began work last Friday morning.  Pierre Ozanne will accompany him during the season. (Aug. 17)

Although but little grain has been threshed, the yield so far is satisfactory, as high as 50 and 60 bushels per acre being reported. (Aug. 17)

The old school house in District No. 7 will be sold at auction at 2o'clock next Saturday afternoon. (Aug. 17)


1904 - March
Frank K. Piper died this morning at his home in Mt. Pleasant, aged 44 years.  He leaves a wife, four children, mother, three brothers and two sisters to mourn his loss.  Deceased was born in Mt. Pleasant and has lived there all his life.  The funeral will take place at 1 o'
clock from his home and at 2 o'clock from the M.E. Church at Berryville. (March 8)

August Bohm is drawing sand from Kenosha for the foundation of his new barn. (March 29, 1904)

Miss Anna Palskill, a well known young lady of Racine married Mr. Barney Bose of Berryville at St. James Church.  A reception followed at their new home in Berryville. (January 23)


1903 - March, Aug. Sept Nov. Dec.
James Hanson reached water at a depth of 189 feet on the farm of Knud Hansen.  He is at present drilling at P.J. Sorensen's. (March 27)

Hans Knudsen has completed his barn and as soon as the weather permits he will begin building his new house. (March 27, 1903)

A lamp exploded in the Bullamore Bros. store last night, doing considerable damage to the stock.  Candy, cigars, and canned goods were damaged by fire and water.  The majority of the village inhabitants were attending a concert and assistance was requested of the audience.  A recess was taken while those present rushed out to assist in extinguishing the blaze. (Sept 8)

A very sad accident occurred at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Jensen in the south part of town early on Tuesday morning when their little daughter 16 months old was found drowned in the cistern.  In the early morning the neighbors had congregated for the purpose of threshing the grain and were so engaged when the little girl was discovered by its grandmother about nine o'clock.  The father, on getting a pail of water shortly after breakfast had forgotten to close the cistern cover and the child presumably went playing with the water and lost its balance or stumbled over a brick that was nearby used for the purpose of holding the cover down.  As soon as the body was recovered efforts were made to revive it and Dr. G.M. Ripley of Kenosha was immediately summoned.  Everything that medical skill could do was done, but all of no avail.  The last sparks of life had vanished and a bright and happy home had in a few moments been converted into one of great bereavement.  The family have the sympathy of all in this their sad hour of affliction. (Sept 24, 1903)

Invitation are out for the marriage of Miss Blanche Ozanne, formerly of Somers, but now of Kenosha, to Mr. Walter Tower of that city, to take place on Thursday, April 2. (March 24, 1903)

John Herzog unloaded a car load of lumber for his new house on Saturday morning.  B.F. Yule will do the carpenter work. (March 24, 1903)


J.W. Fink and family moved into the M.E. Parsonage on Tuesday of this week. (Nov. 13, 1903)

Somers will enjoy the advantages of a telephone line in a short time as the poles are now up. (Nov. 13, 1903)

The woods owned by the late William Toase was swept by a fire on Sunday afternoon supposed to have been started by some careless hunters.  The wind was in the south which fact alone saved the surrounding timber.  Help arrived in the evening with hard work the fire was extinguished. (Nov. 13, 1903)

The house formerly owned by Frank Gibson was burned down on last Friday evening.  The building was insured in the Somers Mutual Fire Insurance  Company. (Nov, 13, 1903)

The Jensen brothers are out with a new shredding outfit and will find plenty of work to do in husking the neighbors corn. (Nov. 13, 1903)

The Creamery Company put in their new boiler during the week.  In the meantime, George P. Leet is keeping the machinery moving with his gasoline engine. (Aug 27)

Henry Lytle, while at work in his feed mill on Friday morning, came in contact with a pulley that runs the corn sheller which resulted in a broken ankle.  Dr. Valentine dressed the injury and found it necessary to place the ankle in a plaster cast. (Dec. 14, 1903)

Adam Rice, accompanied by Adam Lytle, went to Chicago one day last week, where Mr. Rice purchased a new Champion hay press, the largest made by the company. (Dec. 14, 1903)

The road leading east from the village is being graveled and it is hoped that the good work will go on all winter if necessary, if by so doing the highway will be put in a passable condition for next spring. (Dec. 14, 1903)

Louis Fenske, who recently purchased the Somers Creamery, has made some improvements, among which is the placing of a new churn in the factor. (Dec. 14, 1903)

The thermometer registered 10 degrees below zero on Sunday morning. (Dec. 14, 1903)


1902 - Jan.-Apr.-Oct.
Yesterday afternoon the Berryville Gun club held a large shoot at their new grounds and club house at Berryville.  At the same time the quarters were dedicated.  From eighteen to twenty took part in the shoot and very good scores were made.  The club house cost about $150.  Besides the shoot there were refreshments served and a general good time enjoyed.  Although a young organization, the club has over twenty-five members and some of the crack shots in that section of the country can be found in the ranks.  The president of the club is James Braid, vice president is W.L. Curtis and the secretary and treasurer, F.W. Scheckler. (April 19, 1902)

Ed Leet has accepted a position at Corliss.  Frank Rhodes has accepted a position with the Northwestern Railway Co. at Kenosha.  Miss Sarah Leet has returned from St. Louis, Mo. where she spent the winter with her brother and his family.  Mr. L.J. Strong was badly kicked by a horse one day last week.  (April 25)

Real estate has been changing hands in this section recently.  Albert Longmore has sold his farm to Jacob Barrows of Berryville at $83-1/2 per acre.  Enoch Haigh has bought the Porter farm for $60 per acre.  (October 10, 1902)

Albert Longmore has sold his farm to Jacob Barrows of Berryville at $83-1/2 per acre. (Oct 10)

Enoch Haigh has bought the Porter farm for $60 per acre. (Oct 10)

Mr. Fred Anderson of Kellogg's Corners, our hustling butter maker, is in receipt of another premium presented by the Vermont Farm Machine Co., for his high scoring butter which he exhibited at the State Fair. (Oct 10)


1901 - Mar. November
Emery Bush received two car loads of lumber last week for his new barn. (March 21, 1901)

Miss Bullamore, who has been suffering with tonsillitis for some time, is improved. Little Evelyn Longmore, who has been very sick with congestion of the bronchial tubes for some time, is now improving. (March 21, 1901)

A very charming wedding was that of Miss Josephine Palskill, of this city (Racine) to Mr. Joseph Bose, of Berryville, which took place at 8 o’clock this morning at the Holy Name Church, in the presence of a large number of friends and relatives.  The bride was attended by her sister, Miss Annie Palskill, and the best man was her brother, Mr. Barney Palskill,.  The bridal gown was of white organdie, trimmed with lace and the bride carried bridal roses.  The bridesmaid wore white Swiss, trimmed with chiffon.  As the bridal party entered the edifice Prof. Henry Schulte, assisted by Mrs. Schulte, played the wedding march, and Rev. Father S.P. Schwinn performed the ceremony.
After the ceremony was performed a large wedding reception was held at the new home of the couple located near Berryville, and over 200 were present to extend congratulations, many being from abroad.  A wedding dinner was served and Mr. and Mrs. Bose received a large number of handsome and costly presents.  They will not depart for a wedding trip but immediately settle down to housekeeping.
The bridge is a well known young lady of the south side and has always been prominent in the social and religious circles.  The groom is a young farmer who has lived in the southern part of this county (Racine) all of his life.  He is known for miles as an honest, upright, and prosperous tiller of the soil. (November 26, 1901)


1900 - May Sept.
The Masons have commenced work for the foundation of Jacob Schaeffer's new house. (May 3)

We now have two physicians in the village, Dr. L.P. Valentine, who has been with us for two years and Dr. D.O. Williams of N.Y. who has recently opened an office on the east side. (May 10, 1900)

We are requested to announce that a base ball club has been organized at Berryville, and are ready to accept challenges from any club in this section of the county.  The boys are in for "business" as well as for a little fund and we have no doubt but that they will occupy a conspicuous place in the base ball world before the season comes to a close. (May 10, 1900)

Fred Heddle is doing the carpenter work on Mr. Lytle's new warehouse. (May 10, 1900)

A very pretty home wedding was that of Miss Clara S. Bullamore to Mr. Edward E. Pearson of Winthrop Harbor, Ill. on Thursday evening, August 30, at the home of the bride's father in this village.  Rev. E.D. Kohlstat officiated.  Only the immediate friends of the bride and groom were present.  The home was beautifully decorated.  The display of wedding presents were both costly and beautiful.  The bride has been a successful teacher in the schools of Northern Illinois for some years, and is a sister of the Bullamore Bros. who keep a store in the village. (Sept. 5, 1900)


1899 - Feb. - Mar. June Aug. Nov.
The Somers Camp of Modern Woodmen of America will celebrate their tenth anniversary by giving an oyster supper at Bain's hall on Wednesday evening, to which everybody is cordially invited. (Feb. 8)

George Leet met with a serious accident this morning (Monday) while hauling a load of cabbage to the station.  Mr. Leet was driving a three horse team and was riding with his feet over the front end of his wagon, when one of his horses kicked, striking his knee and grinding the cap to a powder.  Mr. Leet continued his journey to the village without realizing his injury.  He was carried to his home by W.J. Rhodes and Drs. Valentine and S.C. Buchan of Racine were called and dressed his wounds.  At this writing, Mr. Leet is resting as comfortably as can be expected. (Nov. 2, 1899)

Eben Burroughs started out on Tuesday morning and will spend a few weeks selling corn binders.  Eben has had considerable experience in selling farm machinery and we hope that he will meet with good success. (Aug. 24)

While Otto Buswell was moving his threshing machine from the Crow farm to August Gentz' on Thursday afternoon.  The road was very narrow and in turning into the gate of the place the separator ran off the end of the bridge and broke the rear axle.  Business was resumed again on Monday morning. (Aug. 24)

On the banks of one of our beautiful streams, surrounded by some of the most picturesque scenery for which Pike Woods are so well noted, some pleasure seekers pitched their tent a short time ago and are now enjoying camp life. (Aug. 24)

The Berryville Aid Society will give a picnic at Piper's Park on Saturday.  Supper and other refreshments will be served at the Grove.  Everybody is invited to come and have a good time.  Games and other amusements will be in progress.  The Rawson band will furnish the music. (Aug. 24)

The new church in Berryville, erected by the Methodist society is being pushed to completion as rapidly as possible The Edifice when finished will be one of the finest. (Aug. 24)

A son of John Hansche, residing near Berryville met with a very painful and severe accident this morning.  He had a hold of one end of a wagon tongue with his left hand and was doing the steering while the other members of the family were doing the pushing.  Not nnoticing where he was doing, the end of the tongue struck the barn badly tearing and cutting palm of his hand.  He suffered intense pain and bled profusely, while he hurried to the city and office of Dr. Garlock, who treated the injury. (Nov. 11, 1899)

John Kemp Co. reached water at a depth of 125' on Mrs. Grimshaw's farm on Tuesday after 4 days' work. (February 23, 1899)

After a long and painful illness, Aman T. Gould died at the home of his daughter Mrs. J.G. Mitchell on Wednesday, at the age of 68 years.  On Feb. 22, 1951 he was married to Miss Laura Baker and for forty five years this man and wife walked life's pathway together, and there came to bless the union three sons and two daughters, all of whom survive.  Mr. and Mrs. Gould removed from New York to Wisconsin, making their home at Kellogg's Corners, Somers Township, at which place they remained for several years.  In early life, Mrs. Gould was called away, since then the deceased has retired from active work on account of a severe attack of rheumatism.  During the last year he had lost the use of his hands and arms, but through all his suffering he was cheerful and patient and was ready and willing to go whenever he was summoned.  The funeral took place from the house on Friday morning, Rev. H.L. Brown of the Presbyterian Church officiating. (March 22, 1899)

Aman T. Gould was born in New York about October 13, 1830.  He came first to Kenosha, where he worked several years as a carriage builder, blacksmith, and horseshoer.  Later he came to Kellogg's Corners where he was a blacksmith on the south side of Racine-Kenosha County Line, just east of Highway 41 or Highway I-94.  He married Laura B. Baker, daughter of Elisha and Adaline (Bailey) Baker.  She was born about July 1, 1833, in Cayuga County, New York.   Amon T. Gould was very active in the community and church affairs.  The Post Office for the area was located in a corner of his blacksmith shop.  He was Sunday School Superintendent for the Kellogg's corners M.E. Church for many years.  They had seven children.  Laura Gould died June 6, 1896 and Amon T. Gould on March 15, 1899.  They are buried at Sylvania Cemetery.  Known children:
Frances Ella (Fannie) Gould - born about 1854 in Kenosha County.  She married John Mitchell in Kenosha County on December 31, 1874 and they lived in Somers.
Ervin H. Gould - buried in Sylvania Cemetery.

Catherine A. Gould (Kittie) born about 1860 in Kenosha County. She married Fred W. leonard and they lived in Bristol, Kenosha County, Wisconsin

Myron A. Gould was born on June 25, 1864 in Somers Township and he married Adaline Heidersdorf, daughter of Christian Heidersforf, on July 4, 1888. One of their four children, Bernice, died in infancy in 1926 and was buried in Oakwood Cemetery, Somers, Wisconsin.

Warren Elijah Gould - born about 1865 in Somers Township, died in Racine County on October 30, 1919.

Maurice LeRoy Gould was born about 1867 in Somers Township, married Lucelia Davis, daughter of Jason Davis, on April 6, 1887, lived in LaCrosse, Wisconsin.

(Source: Mary Ann Culshaw Falk and Sylvania Cemetery Trustees)


A tenant house belonging to Jesse B. Whitnall was destroyed by fire on Thursday afternoon. The house was built by Ambrose Spencer in an early day and in its destruction has passed away one of the old land marks. The house was insured with the Somers Mutual Insurance Company for $600.00. (June 27, 1899)

Miss Lydia M. Bose and Mr. Winfield S. Jackson were united in marriage at the Methodist parsonage in Racine, by Rev. H. P. Haylett, last Wednesday at 5 o'clock p.m. The young couple were attended by Miss Grace Dearsley and Mrs. Ernest Bose. The bride was becomingly attired in white and wore white roses, and the bridegroom wore the conventional black. Mr. and Mrs. Jackson will live in the town of Mt. Pleasant, where Mr. Jackson is a very prosperous gardener. The young couple are considered by all as two of our most popular young people, and we all wish them a long and happy married life. ( June 21)

Real estate is again changing hands in our town. Last week John Fink sold his farm to Jacob Biehn for $50 per acre. William Gascoigne sold his property to his son, Fred. (August 17, 1899)


Another wedding in Berryville! This makes the seventh since last October. Berryville will soon be noted for its weddings instead of its cabbage! (June 21)


1899 - Jan. Feb. June Aug. Nov.


A large eagle was seen in Pike Woods on Sunday afternoon. (Jan 12)

Mr. and Mrs. Sherwood have sold their farm to Mr. Nicholas Thelen, and moved into Racine last week. (Jan. 11)

Some person performed a very unkind act during the holidays by cutting down a fine cedar tree near the Petrifying Springs, to be used as a Christmas tree. We hope that the one who committed the deed has turned over a new leaf on the advent of the new year and that next time a tree in wanted he will kindly consult the owner. (Jan 12)

The lawn festival given at the home of Mr. G.R. Shepard on Friday evening was a success in every way, there being about 125 people present. (June 21, 1899)

Mr. Joseph Bishop, our wool buyer, has secured all the wool between the Plank Road and Franksville, with the exception of two clips. Wednesday was a busy day as Mr. Bishop expected 22,000 pounds. (June 21, 1899)


A three year old son of Mr. J. Bailey fell into a tank of water last Thursday evening, where he was found a short time afterward apparently dead. Dr. L. P. Valentine was quickly summoned, and after hard work saved the boy's life. (June 21, 1899)


Let every one remember the concert to be given on Saturday evening by Mr. J. G. Mitchell. A very good program has been prepared and with fine weather a large crowd will be present. Jacob's military band of Kenosha (24 pieces) will be present. The Woodmen will serve ice cream and strawberries on Mr., Yule's lawn, adjoining the church, during the evening. (June 21, 1899)


Mr. and Mrs. Lafayette Cook have sold their property in the village to Mr. J.H. Bullamore of Spring Bluff, Illinois. Mr. Bullamore will take possession in about two months. (June 21, 1899)

Mr. Thomas Piper has purchased the Blodgett farm. (March 21, 1899 Berryville)


The death of Mr. J.S. Longwell took place on Saturday afternoon and that of Mrs. Longwell, his wife, early on Monday morning, pneumonia being the cause of death in both cases. Mr. Longwell was native of New Jersey and was 78 years of age, Mrs. Longwell being 72 years old. The funeral will take place from the house at 10 o’clock Wednesday morning after which the bodies will be taken to Mound Cemetery, Racine. (March 22, 1899)


Mrs. Albert Newman, formerly of Somers, died at her home in Racine on Friday, after a long and painful illness. (March 22, 1899)


Miss Lulu B. Jackson, on daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Jackson and Mr. Delbert E. Bose were united in marriage last Tuesday, April 4th. The young couple have a host of friends who wish them a long and happy married life. (April 12, 1899 Berryville)


Ed Leet departs for Rome, New York this week where he accepts a position under the employ of his cousin, Henry Maxwell." (Sept. 21, 1899)


Gaylord R. Shepard, having rented his farm will sell his stock, farm implements, etc. at auction on Friday of this week, Sept. 22. (Sept. 21, 1899)


Mrs. C.W. Bush of Chicago visited her sister, Miss Minie Estberg, over Sunday. (Sept. 21, 1899)


1898 - July - Dec. 
Miss Delia Bishop of the Old Ladies' Home of Evanston, Illinois is enjoying her vacation at home. (July 6)

Our town was the scene of a bad accident on Thursday afternoon of last week, but fortunately it was not as serious as it might have been.  Mr. and Mrs. Price Bailey and Mr. and Mrs. Roy Bailey drove down to John Denig's for the purpose of picking strawberries.  Having picked their supply of berries, they went on their way home, and when crossing the O'Plane bridge, the team became frightened at some calves running out from underneath.  As the team jumped to run, the back seat of the buggy tipped over and the two women were thrown violently to the ground.  It was at once evident that Mrs. Price Bailey was seriously hurt and Dr. Valentine of Somers and Dr. Alfred Buchan of Racine were immediately summoned.  They found the patient suffering from internal injuries and although it is a serious case, hopes are entertained of her recovery.  The team did not get away but was stopped after running a short distance. (July 6)

Albert Longmore is moving into his new house in Somers this week. (Dec. 1, 1898)

The Methodist Church of Berryville was the scene of a very pleasant event on Saturday evening, the occasion being the usual Christmas exercises and a beautiful Christmas tree loaded down with gifts of all kinds.  Santa Claus had come there during the day. (Dec. 29)

The Somers Creamery Association is making some improvements on their ice house and will soon be at work filling it up.  About four loads of last year's ice was taken out, apparently in good condition. (Dec. 29)

The Literary Society of Somers will hold a meeting on Friday evening where a good program will be given.  (Dec. 29)

The Prohibition Club of Somers will hold their meeting at the close of the Literary Club meeting for the election of officers. (Dec. 29)

Clinton Hitler and Gene Gascoigne cut a quantity of cord wood for John Yonk last week. (Dec. 29)

1896 Aug.
Oats are averaging between thirty-five and forty bushels an acre in the vicinity. (August 27, 1896)

James H. Fink has succeeded in getting water at a depth of 170 feet and has put up a windmill. (August 27, 1896)

Martin Rasmussen picked twenty-five bushels of apples off one tree recently. (August 27, 1896)


1895 - Feb. July Aug.
After an illness of about three months, Mrs. L. Gardinier of Kenosha, passed away at the advanced age of 88 years.  The deceased was a resident in this vicinity several years ago, her husband having died about four years ago.  A daughter, Mrs. Hill, and sons Edward of Kenosha, and James of Somers, are left to mourn her death.  She leaves a sister in our town, Mrs. Levi Fink.  The funeral took place in Kenosha Saturday morning at 10 o'clock.  (Feb. 6, 1895)

Frank Heidersdorf and brother Chris, left for Rush Medical College, Chicago, on Saturday morning.  The latter had his right limb injured just above the knee several years ago and will be examined by the surgeons. (Feb. 6, 1895)

Perhaps it would be a little interesting to the readers of the Journal, and especially to those of the eastern part of the county (Kenosha) to know that the first barn ever built in the Town of Somers was until recently, still in existence.  The barn was built about the year 1838, and owned by E.G. Ozanne, who has taken it down, using some of the hard wood timbers for a new building.  On June 28, 1842, James Ozanne and family arrived at Racine from the island of Guernsey and on July 4, following, purchased the farm of 335 acres, which the barn stood.  The farm was afterwards dividend up in three. (July 4, 1895)

Charley Dorflinger was unfortunate on Saturday last in having a number of haystacks and cattle sheds destroyed by fire.  It is said that a little girl started the fire.  Insured with the Somers Mutual Insurance Company. (August 8, 1895)