Friday, July 13, 2012



1908 partial map of Somers Township, Kenosha County
Section 16, A. Gitzlaff 78.50 acre parcel

1905 Wisconsin State Census - Somers Township, Kenosha County, Wisconsin
August Gitzlaff, head of household, born about 1858 in Germany
Father's Name:  Christopher Gitzlaff
Spouse's Name:  Augusta Gitzlaff
Louisa, born 1887
Ella, born 1889
Melvina, born 1891
William, born 1894
August, born 1896
Gertrude, born 1900
Also living with August Gitzlass included in this census:  Christopher Gitzlaff, born 1814 and widowed father of August.

U.S. Naturalization Records
August Gitzlaff, born about 1858 in Germany
Arrived in New York June 1866.

Gitzlaff "In the News"
"Miss Lizzie Gitzlaff of Evanston, Illinois spent the weekend with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. August Gitzlaff."
(Source:  Racine Journal October 31, 1917)

"Mrs. Gitzlaff died at the home of her son, August Gitzlaff on Friday after an illness of a few days.  The funeral was held from the house Sunday afternoon."
(Source:  Racine Journal September 21, 1899)

"Little Eddie, the youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. August Gitzlaff died on Thursday evening of pheumonia."
(Source:  Racine Journal Feb. 10, 1898)

"John Denig is digging a well for August Gitzlaff."
(Source:  Racine Journal October 11, 1900)

"Mr. August Gitzlaff will build a large barn this spring.  The building will be 30x70."
(Source:  Racine Journal March 14, 1907)

"Mr. August Gitzlaff received a carload of lumber last week for his new barn.  B.F. Yule has the contract for the building."
(Source:  Racine Journal March 27, 1907)

"August Gitzlaff of Kenosha formerly of Somers met with a serious accident at the Pfenning warehouse where he works one day last week.  Mr. Gitzlaff is suffering from several broken ribs and other injuries."
(Source:  Racine Journal March 23, 1921)

"Peter M. Anderson and August Gitzlaff will leave on Tuesday for a two month visit in Europe, the former to Denmark and the later to Germany."
(Source:  Racine Journal December 12, 1911)

"Miss Lizzie Gitzlaff has return to Evanston, Illinois after a visit with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. August Gitzlaff."
(Source:  Racine Journal July 8, 1915)

"Willie Gitzlaff, son of Mr. and Mrs. August Gitzlaff, recently graduated from the College of Commerce in Kenosha and has accepted a position with the First National Bank of Kenosha."
(Source:  Racine Journal October 3, 1911)

"Messrs. August and John Gitzlaff attended the funeral of their uncle, Mr. August Schulz at North Milwaukee on Friday."
(Source:  Racine Journal Feb. 21, 1902)

"Miss Ella Augusta Gitzlaff, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. August Gitzlaff, died Wednesday afternoon, November 21, 1917 following an operation at the Kenosha Hospital.  The deceased was born in Somers in 1889 and has lived near the village all of her life.  She was a young woman of the highest character, of a sympathetic and loving disposition and highly esteemed by a large circle of friends.  To mourn her death there survives her father and mother, three sisters, Misses Lizzie, Malvina and Gertrude Gitzlaff and two brothers, William and August Gitzlaff.  The funeral services were held from the late home Saturday afternoon, followed by services at the Paris Lutheran Church.  Interment at the Lutheran Cemetery."
(Source:  Racine Journal, November 28, 1917)

"John Gitzlaff died at the home of his son, Mr. August Gitzlaff, Wednesday, after a short illness.  Death was due to the natural breaking down of advanced years.  The deceased was born in Germany July 14, 1815 and came to this country in 1866.  After living in Milwaukee two years, he came to Somers where he resided until the time of his death.  He was a good citizen, a man respected and honored by all who knew him.  Two sons survive, August Gitzlaff of Somers and John Gitzlaff of Bristol.  The funeral services were held from his late home on Saturday afternoon.  Interment in the Paris Lutheran Cemetery."
(Source:  Racine Daily, May 27, 1907)

Paris Lutheran Cemetery, Paris Township, Kenosha County, Wisconsin
(Source:  Photo courtesy of USGenWebArchivesProjectWisconsin by Larry & Linda Kopet)

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