Bio: Kulzer, Johann / Hans "Hunts" (1889 - 1959)



Surnames: Kulzer, Fevler, Feder, Fader, Hill, Hills


----Sources: Dr. Barton Hill Collection, Eldon Hill, Wisconsin State Records, Riverside Cemetery Burials, Withee Twp., Clark Co., Wisconsin, Research by Marsha Hosfeld & Janet Schwarze


Johann Kulzer 15 Apr 1889 - 04 Sep 1959

At the age of thirty-three, Hans Kulzer (b. 15 Apr 1889) , came from Germany 20 July 1923 to join his cousin, Paul Feder ["Fevler"], in Loyal Wisconsin.  He stood barely five foot, eight inches tall, was single and made his living as Butcher. His brother, Adam Kulzer, was listed on his passport as his remaining German relative.  


"Everyone in town knew him as “Hunts.”  He probably had *PTSD form WWI and was "never right" in Loyal. His command of English was poor and he was always an outsider. Aunt Minnie took him under her wing (likely the reason Anna kept his chest of papers after her demise) and the Shochs had him work in the Butcher shop in Loyal until he was placed in the Withee home for the mentally unstable for remainder of his life."  Dr. Eldon Hill

Paul Feder [often, including on our site, spelled FADER], b. 1884 Germany, came to WI in April 1892. Parents: Herman & Henrietta, siblings Amanda, Robert, Marta, Anna. His father married Minnie __ in WI, Oct 1892. Paul married Wilhelmina 'Minnie' Kronberger who was b. WI in 1888.


* Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), fear triggers many split-second changes in the body to prepare to defend against the danger or to avoid it. This “fight-or-flight” response is a healthy reaction meant to protect a person from harm. But in post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), this reaction is changed or damaged. People who have PTSD may feel stressed or frightened even when they’re no longer in danger.  PTSD develops after a terrifying ordeal that involved physical harm or the threat of physical harm. The person who develops PTSD may have been the one who was harmed, the harm may have happened to a loved one, or the person may have witnessed a harmful event that happened to loved ones or strangers.



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These documents came from my Grandmother (Anna Degen Hills of Loyal WI) estate upon her death in the 90’s and when I was recently moving, I came across them.  My father changed our surname back to "Hill". Not sure if it was ever legally addressed, but Anna and Harold added an "S" went by "Hills". Barton Hill


Additional  [Documents and Letters]  [Photo Album]


Passport of Johann "Hans" Kulzer (1889 - 1959)


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New York, Passenger Lists, 1820-1957
Name: Hans Kulzer Gender: Male Age: 33 Single Occupation: Butcher
Ethnicity/ Nationality: German Height: 5’ 8”
Destination: Loyal, Wisconsin Passage Paid By: Cousin
Relative [cousin] in Loyal, WI: Paul Fevler << FEDER / FADER
Arrival Date: 20 Jul 1923 Port of Departure: Hamburg Port of Arrival: New York, New York
Birth Date: abt 1890 Birth Location: Germany; Birth Location Other: Oberlangau
Last Residence: Finkbachein, Germany Relative [brother] there: Adam Kulzer
Ship Name: Reliance

Passport #2 - [pg 1]  [pg. 2]    Passport #3 - [pg 1]  [pg. 2] [pg. 3]


Army Records of Johann Kulzer




Education of John Kulzer




Baptismal Certificate for Johann Kulzer



This Certificate was wrapped in a beautiful Silk Coverlet



Wisconsin Death Records


Obit: Kulzer, John (1888 - 1959)


John Kulzer
Event Place: Withee, Clark, Wisconsin, United States of America
Birth: 15 Apr 1889
Death Date: 04 Sep 1959
Cemetery: Riverside Cemetery, Withee Twp., Clark Co., Wisconsin


1930 Federal Census, Westport, Dane, Wisconsin, United States, Asylum


John Kulzer
Gender: Male
Age: 41
Marital Status: Single
Race: White
Race (Original): White
Institutionalized Patient
Birth (15 Apr 1889)
Birthplace: Germany


1940 Federal Census, Hoard Town, Clark, Wisconsin, United States, Asylum


John Kulzer, 51 yr. old white single male, institutionalized
Birthplace: Germany
Birth Year (Estimated): 1889
Last Place of Residence: Same House




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