Monday, February 13, 2012

Hansche, William F.

(Source: Portrait and Biographical Album of Racine and Kenosha Counties. Lake City Publishing Co. Chicago. 1892

William F. Hansche
William F. Hansche, who is successfully engaged in farming in Somers Township, Kenosha County, Wisconsin was born in Racine County on the 23rd of March, 1861, a son of William C. and Mary (Heck) Hansche, natives of Germany.  The father’s birth occurred in June, 1827, and after completing the public school course he learned the wagon maker’s trade in the fatherland.  In 1840 he accompanied his parents, William and Sophia Hansche. On their emigration to America the family took passage on a sailing vessel which was completely wrecked off the island of Haiti and all of the passengers were compelled to stay in San Domingo for twenty-one weeks.  In the fall the family succeeded in reaching New York and thence went to Cleveland, Ohio, where they spent five years.  While living there they met Huron Beebe, who had a farm near Racine, Wisconsin, and who induced them to settle in Racine County.  William Hansche successfully engaged in farming there until his demise, which occurred in 1873, when he was sixty-eight years old.  He was survived until 1874 by his wife.  They were the parents of three sons and one daughter.  William C. Hansche, the father of our subject, became the owner of land in Racine County and gained recognition as one of the most practical and efficient agriculturists of his locality.  His political allegiance was given to the Republican party.  He was well known and his demise, which occurred in 1893, was deeply regretted.  In 1860 he was united in marriage to Miss Mary Heck, a daughter of Philip Heck, and five children were born to them, namely; William F;  Fred;  Louis,  Katie, who married Ernest Scheckler; and Sophia, the wife of Augustus J. Piper.
William F. Hansche received a good education, attending school until was eighteen years of age, when he turned his entire attention to assisting his father with the farm work, being so engaged for eight years.  When twenty-six years old he purchased sixty-five acres of land on Section 5, Somers Township, and has since increased his holdings until his farm now comprises one hundred acres, all of which is under cultivation.  He has made all of the excellent improvements on the place and has taken great pride in making his farm one of the best developed in his Township.  He uses up-to-date methods in his work and gains a good income from his land.
In May, 1890, Mr. Hansche was united in marriage to Miss Jane Piper, and they have two children;  Harvey, who married Etna Halter, a daughter of Henry Halter, of Mount Pleasant; and Lucille, who is at home.
Mr. Hansche supports the Republican part at national elections but at other times votes independently.  He is a member of the Woodmen camp at Somers, and in religious faith is a Methodist.  He has thoroughly identified his interests with those of his community and can be depended upon to advance the public good in any possible.
(Source: Portrait and Biographical Album of Racine and Kenosha Counties.  Lake City Publishing Co.  Chicago.  1892.  Additional Source:  City and County of Kenosha, Wisconsin, A Record of Settlement, Vol. II)

Partial 1908 Map of Somers Township
Section 5, W.F. Hansche parcel

Harvey W. Hansche
Route 3 Box 128
Age 77.  Passed away unexpectedly May 17, 1967 in St. Luke's Hospital.  Mr. Hansche was born in Kenosha Count on Sept 8, 1889 and had been a lifelong resident.  he was a farmer all of his life.  Mr. Hansche attended the Bethany Methodist Church.  Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Virginia Young of Milwaukee and Mrs. Wendell (Betty) Hall of St. Louis, Mo.; two grandchildren; one sister, Mrs. Lucille Barr, living on the South Lakeshore Road.  His wife, Esther, preceded him in death on Nov. 28, 1965 and a son was killed in service during World War II.  West Lawn Memorial Park, Racine. 
(Source:  Racine Journal May 18, 1967)

Berryville Hansche Relatives
John Scheckler (born 1836 in Germany and settled  in Mt. Pleasant, Racine County) married Elizabeth Hansche (daughter of Ernest and Kathrina Hansche) in 1859.  John and Elizabeth had seven children:  Ernest, Fred, Elizabeth, John, Minnie, William and George.  George married Grace Dearsley, daughter of William Dearsley of Berryville.
Frederick J. Hansche (born October 1837) arrived about 1865 and married Fredricka Tigges before leaving Germany.  They had 6 children
  • George, Polk City, Wisconsin
  • Minnie married A.J. Scheckler
  • Alfred J. married Jennie Bose, daughter of William F. and Nellie Braid (Breaid) Bose
  • Samuel H. married Emma Wensing
  • Emma, deceased

Rudoph Hansche (born about 1814 in Germany) arrived in 1841 and married in 1859 Miss Anna Seorgel.  The had 9 children:
  • Sophia married Norbert Grabher
  • Eliza married William Piper
  • George married Lucy Olle
  • Fred William married Theresa Grobher
  • Katherine married Anton Lund
  • William J. married Etta Bradley
  • Clara married Carl Scheckler
  • Lottie
  • Ernest married Marie Jorgensen
Almer William Hansche, son of William J. and Etta Bradley

(Source:  DorisMayesBennett shared originally to MyHartland @

Almer Hansche, age 63, passed away March 5 in St. Luke's Hospital in Racine.  Mr. Hansche was born in Racine on Sept 14, 1892.  Surviving are his wife, Grace; two daughters, Miss June Hansche and Mrs. Doris Hansche Rhodes; mother, Mrs. William Hansche, one sister, Mrs. Alice Mortensen, all of Racine.  Mound Cemetery.  Date of death March 5, 1956.
(Source:  Racine Journal, March 6, 1956)

Hansche and Harcus

News article:  Mrs. and Mrs. Samuel F. Harcus, Town of Somers
(Source:  DianesConnection originally shared on

Grace and Sam ran this little gas station / grocery on Sheridan Road. In 2008 the little building is still there, but it is now part of a house that someone is living in, surrounded by many other homes. (Left to Right) Grace, unknown, Sam
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Samuel and Grace Harcus with children
left to right:  Leslie Harcus, Mrs. Grace Harcus Hansche, Ellsworth Harcus
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Mrs. Harcus and Grace Harcus Hansche, Somers Township, Kenosha County
(Source:  Original photo from the collection Jacqueline Klapproth Nelson who took piano lesson from Grace Hansche in the 1960's.  Grace Hansche and Jackie's grandmother, Vernetta Klapproth, were friends and neighbors.)

Jacob Rudolph Hansche
Jacob Rudolph Hansche was born October 13, 1841.  Immigration date from passport is June 1868. His wife's name was Rika.  NOTE:  The Naturalization application of Jacob Hansche shows two witnesses:  Peter J. Meyers and Fred Hansche.  Jacob and Rika's children: Kate, Fred, August, Edward Henry and Louise.

Edward Henry Hansche married Anna. They had one son, Henry Edward, born about 1913.
    Anna Hansche and "Jr." who is Daniel Klapproth, Jr., neighbors of the Hansche's
    (Source:  Original photo courtesy of Jacqueline Klapproth Nelson.  Copyright February 2012.  All Rights Reserved.)
    Sherwood Klapproth, Daniel Klapproth, Jr. and Henry Hansche taken at the Hansche Farm looking east.
    (Source: Original photo courtesy of Jacqueline Klapproth Nelson. Copyright February 2012. All Rights Reserved. Klapproth family were neighbors of the Ed Hansche family)

Edward and Anna Hansche wedding photo
(Source:  Original photo courtesy of Jacqueline Klapproth Nelson.  Copyright February 2012.  All Rights Reserved.  Klapproth family were neighbors of the Ed Hansche family)

Henry Hansche
Edward and Anna Hansche had one son, Henry Edward, born about 1913.

Partial 1927 Map of Somers Township

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