Obit: Will, Herman W. (1843 - 1903)

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----Sources: DORCHESTER REPORTER (Dorchester, Clark Co., WI) 06 Dec 1903

Will, Herman W. (7 DEC 1843 - 7 DEC 1903)

Died, Herman W. Will, Sunday evening of heart failure, at the age of 49 years, 6 months.

The details relating to the death of Mr. Will are very extraordinary. He was driving along the road with his wife when two cyclists came up from behind. He turned partly out of the road to let them pass and one, a lady, just got past the horse when she lost control of her wheel and fell. Mr. Will, with some difficulty, stopped the horse from passing over her and for the next mile the horse became more frightened and almost unmanageable until finally it began kicking and got one of its legs over the thills. Mr. Will got out and with the assistance of Fred Warner loosed the horse from the buggy and got everything in good shape again to proceed. Handing the reins to his wife he started to get into the buggy when he suddenly and without a word of warning sank to the ground - dead.

The funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at the home and at the Evangelical Church in this village (Dorchester, Clark County, Wis.), Rev. J. Schneller of Marshfield, officiating.

Mr. Will was born in Riesenburg, West Prussia on Dec. 7th, 1843. On Nov. 18th, 1866, he was united in marriage to Eva R. (Rosa) Timm at Mariaen Werder, a village near his native home. In 1873 he came to Greenfield, Milwaukee Co., and two years later he moved to the town of Little Black, Taylor Co., where he lived until his death. He leaves to mourn his loss a wife and six children, three daughters and three sons, and nine grandchildren. He was popular, well known and highly respected by all who knew him. We join with the many in sympathizing with the bereaved family.

*Herman W. Will is buried in the Dorchester Memorial Cemetery.

Biographical Information

1880 Federal Census, Little Black, Taylor, Wisconsin, United States

Herman Will, 36 yr. old, white, married, male
Occupation: Farmer
Birthplace: Germany
Father's Birthplace: Germany
Mother's Birthplace: Germany

Household Members
Herman Will Self M 36 Germany
Eva Will Wife F 38 Germany
Lena Will Daughter F 8 Germany
Ameal Will Son M 4 Wisconsin, United States
Minna Will Daughter F 2 Wisconsin, United States
Herman Will Son M 6 (1874) Wisconsin, United States
August Will Son M 12 Germany

1900 Federal Census, Little Black town, Taylor, Wisconsin, United States

Herman Will, 57 yrs. married white male
Relationship to Head of Household: Head
Relationship to Head of Household (Original): Head
Years Married: 34
Birth Date: 
Birthplace: Germany
Marriage Year (Estimated): 1866
Immigration Year: 1873
Father's Birthplace: Germany
Mother's Birthplace: Germany

Household Members
Herman Will Head M 57 (Dec 1843) Germany
Eva N Will Wife F 60 (Dec 1840) Germany, parents born Germany
Minie A Will Daughter F 22 (Mar 1878) Wisconsin
Martha M Will Daughter F 20 (Aug 1880) Wisconsin
Oto A Will Son M 17 (Apr 1883) Wisconsin

1910 Federal Census, Little Black, Taylor, Wisconsin, United States

Herman Will, 36 yr. old white, married, male
Birthplace: Wisconsin
Father's Birthplace: Germany
Mother's Birthplace: Germany

Household Members
Herman Will Head M 36 (1874) Wisconsin
Edna Will Wife F 32 (1878) Wisconsin
Clarence Will Son M 10 Wisconsin
Addie Will Daughter F 7 (1903) Wisconsin
Harlen Will Son M 4 Wisconsin
Ryson Will Son M 1 Wisconsin

The Post Card below was provided by Jim Kane.

From: Addie Will (9 yrs. old)
To: Her mother, Mrs. Herman (Edna) Will, Medford, Wisconsin, RFD #1.
Postmarked: 8 PM, 23 Dec 1912 at Dorchester, Wisconsin

Message: Dear Mother, I will write and tell you that I got down here all right. Uncle Joe is comeing (sic) down after all of Hunts family and Grandma's family. I will send you another card Monday and tell you if grandma and grandpa are coming up now. Yours, Addie


1930 Federal Census, Little Black, Taylor, Wisconsin, United States

Otto A. Will, 46 yr. old white married male
Birth Year (Estimated): 1884
Birthplace: Wisconsin
Father's Birthplace: Germany
Mother's Birthplace: Germany

Household Members
Otto A Will Head M 46 Wisconsin
Johanna Will Wife F 51 Germany
Walter Will Son M 24 Washington
Myrtle Will Daughter F 19 Washington

1940 Federal Census, Calumet, Greenway Township, Itasca, Minnesota, United States

Herman Will, 66 yr. old white married male
Birthplace: Wisconsin
Birth Year (Estimated): 1874
Last Place of Residence: Same House

Household Members
Herman Will Head M 66 Wisconsin
Edna Will Wife F 61 Wisconsin
Harley Will Son M 34 Wisconsin
Arleen Will Daughter F 20 Wisconsin

Wisconsin Marriage Records


BioM: Will, Martha Magdalina (1905)


Albert Shiber
Birthplace: Kohling Greis, Dirschen, Germany
Spouse's Name: Martha Magdalina Will
Spouse's Birthplace: Little Black, Wisconsin
Event Date: 09 May 1905
Event Place: Dorchester, Clark, Wisconsin
Father's Name: William Shiber
Mother's Name: Anna Blonihogski
Spouse's Father's Name: Herman William Will
Spouse's Mother's Name: Eva Rosalia Timm
Race: White


BioM: Handall, Johanna (1906)

Name: Otto A Will
Birthplace: Little Black, Taylor, Wisconsin
Spouse's Name: Johanna Handall
Spouse's Birthplace: Kopling Kreis, Danzig, Germany
Event Date: 01 Nov 1906
Event Place: Deer Creek, Taylor, Wisconsin
Father's Name: Herman Will
Mother's Name: Eva Timm
Spouse's Father's Name: Herman Handall
Spouse's Mother's Name: Flora T Gabgetzke
Race: White


BioM: Will, Minnie E. (1912)


Walter W Post
Event Type: Marriage
Event Date: 05 Mar 1912
Event Place: New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada
Age: 30
Birth Year (Estimated): 1882
Birthplace: Bracebridge, Ontario
Marital Status: Bachelor
Father's Name: Jordan Post
Mother's Name: Charlotte Spaulding
Spouse's Name: Minnie E Will
Spouse's Age: 33
Spouse's Birth Year (Estimated): 1879
Spouse's Birthplace: Medford, Wisconsin
Spouse's Marital Status: Spinster
Spouse's Father's Name: Herman Will
Spouse's Mother's Name: Eva Timm

Wisconsin Death Records


Harvey Clinton Will
Event Type: Death
Event Date: 1901
Event Place: Dorchester, Clark, Wisconsin
Residence Place: Dorchester, Clark, WI
Gender: Male
Age: 0
Race: White
Birth Date: 18 Feb 1901
Birth Year (Estimated): 1901
Birthplace: Dorchester, Clark, WI
Burial Date: 1901
Burial Place: Dorchester, Clark, WI
Cemetery: Union Cemetery
Father's Name: Herman Will
Father's Birthplace: WI
Mother's Name: Edna Will
Mother's Birthplace: WI

Herman William Will
Death: 1903, Taylor Co, Wisconsin
Residence Place: Little Black, Taylor, Wisconsin
Gender: Male
Age: 59
Marital Status: Married
Race: White
Occupation: Farmer
Birth Date: 07 Dec 1843
Birth Year (Estimated): 1844
Birthplace: Germany
Burial Place: Dorchester, Wis
Father's Name: August W. Will
Father's Birthplace: Germany
Mother's Name: Minnie Will
Mother's Birthplace: Germany
Spouse's Name: Eva Rosa Will


Eva Will (b. Dec 1840)
Death: 18 Jul 1907
Event Place: Marathon, Wisconsin
Page: 0305

Germans to America


Eva Will
Event Type: Immigration
Event Date: 03 Mar 1873
Event Place: New York, New York, New York, United States
Gender: Female
Age: 33
Birthplace: Germany
Occupation: Unknown
Ship Name: Marco Polo
Birth Year (Estimated): 1840
Departure Port: Bremen
Literacy: Unknown
Destination Place: Usa
Transit or Travel Compartment: Staying in the USA [Transit]; Steerage [Travel]



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