About Me


When I am not blogging (publishing) on this site I have a real job where I own a friendly little t shirt and sleep shirt on-line boutique

When I am not taking customer orders and looking for new products, I write articles about renovating a farmhouse and living the good country life.
If you like this pioneer history web site because you  have an interest in the history of Somers Township, don't miss my other site called Oakwood Cemetery where you will find gravestone photos and lots and lots of family biographies, maps, and photos.  
When I am not working on my web sites, I am most happy outside in the summer digging in the dirt "redecorating" my garden so it looks pretty. My John Deere tractor and lawn mower are my best outdoor friends.

Why I started this site?

One day I tried to research the history of Somers Township while I was writing my family history.  I found there was no single source where history was consolidated in one place.  I created the Somers pioneer history and Oakwood Cemetery web sites for all the people who are interested in learning more about their great-great grandparents and the place they lived called Somers, Wisconsin.


Updates on this site will be published when I have uncovered some new information. I know that sounds glib but I don't think you care to read about my grocery store trip that day. Gee, even I would find that boring.  If you have something to share or if you simply want to say you like my web sites, email me at somershistory@wi.rr.com because I'd love to hear from you.

Happy reading!




  1. While killing time on the internet, I typed in my surname to see what I could see. What I saw was the Somers, WI website, and through a link, your historical site. Interesting.

    I am curious about the origin of the name. Was it named for Richard Somers, the naval hero, (no kin of mine, so far as I know)?

  2. Jackie!

    Thanks for all the work on this site. It is amazing! What dedication and abilities you possess. As a Gehring, I have used your website to trace and obtain information on my ancestors and their family farm between Kenosha and Racine, as shown on your Gehring page. My family's Somers and Kenosha/Racine history dates back to the late 1850's.

    In many ways my father Richard and myself (Steven) are black-sheep, as my father moved away from the Kenosha area to NE Iowa, and I have settled in southcentral Alaska (Palmer, AK) for the last 20 years. My father and I were both born at the old St. Catherine's Hospital in Kenosha.

    God bless you!

    The Steven Gehring Family