Obit: Wiesner, George Sr. (1854 - 1937)

Contact: Patricia Drabant

----Sources: Neillsville Press, Clark Co., Wis. 12/3/1936

George Wiesner was born June 20, 1854, on a farm near West Bend, Wisconsin. His mother owned a farm which is now part of Milwaukee. Later the family moved to a farm near New London. Here he met Sophia Seif whom he married on July 5, 1875, at Daler, Wisconsin.

The young couple moved to a farm in the forests of Sherwood township, Clark county. Here he farmed and worked in logging camps. He owned an ox team but with the roads such as they were in those days he often found it easier to carry his groceries, including sacks of flour, the 20 miles from Neillsville. Three children were born to them during the nine years they lived in Sherwood. In 1884 the family moved to Neillsville where they ran the Neillsville hotel and a store until 1905, when Mr. Wiesner built a home on Grand Avenue, to which the family moved. In 1910 Mr. Wiesner and his son, George, took claims near Circle, Montana, and lived on them until 1916. In the spring of that year he returned with his wife to Neillsville on account of her failing health. She died in May, 1916. Since that time, Mr. Wiesner has lived in Clark county. He has been in poor health for some time. He passed away on the morning of November 25.

Mr. Wiesner was the oldest of ten children, all of whom survive him except Mrs. Fred Seif, who passed away about a year ago. He leaves three brothers, Charles, of Granton, and Frank and Fred of Neillsville, also six sisters, Mrs. C. G. Frantz, of Neillsville, Mrs. Tim McCann, of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, Mrs. George Prock of Osseo, Mrs. John Crosdale of International Falls, Minnesota, and Mrs. Sam Amidon of Hayward, Wisconsin.

Mr. Wiesner’s four children are all living, Amelia, Mrs. E. J. McCarr, of Southern Pines, North Carolina, Clara, Mrs. H. Winkes of Neillsville, George of Augusta, Wisconsin, and Joe, of Beloit, Wisconsin. He also has 10 grandchildren.

Mr. Wiesner was a member of the Congregational church, and his pastor, Rev. G. W. Longenecker, officiated at his funeral, which was held at Lowe’s Funeral Home Friday.

Those from away who attended the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. E. J. Roethe, and Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Frantz, all of Fennimore.



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