Bio: Albrecht, Adam and wife Franziska (Habla)
Surnames: Albrecht, Habla, Schaetzl, Andris, Artman
----Source: 1880 - 1980 Rietbrock, Marathon Co., Wis. Centennial, pg. 49
Adam and wife Franziska (Habla) Albrecht came from Germany to America on November 11, 1877. They settled at Saukville, for a time, before coming to the Town of Rietbrock in 1880. Adam was born in Kscheutz, Bohman, in 1853, and wife Franziska was born in Leskau, Bohemia, in 1848. They purchased a tract of land now owned by Gordon Thurs. Living here for awhile they then purchased land in the Town of Halsey and built a home. Not finding it to their liking, they later moved back to the Town of Rietbrock, settling on a tract of land now owned by John and Leona Schaetzl, a great-granddaughter. It was Adam & Franziska Albrecht with their two children Anna (Andris) and Frank. here that they spent the rest of their lives. Adam died in 1925 and his wife Franziska in 1931.
Like all other settlers, their hardships were many, clearing lands and getting buildings built for their shelter. They had six children-four died in infancy. Daughter Theresa, born in 1882, was the first baby baptized at St. Anthony's Congregation at Athens. The only two children who survived were Frank, born in Town of Rietbrock in 1885, and Anna (Albrecht) Andris in 1890.
The graddaughter Frances (Andris) Artman recalls her mother telling of many incidents taking place-one of how the Indians roamed the area and camped for the winter in the area; sometimes they came to the homestead out of curiosity and would ask to use the family dog for hunting purposes. In return they always remembered them with some game.
When the new mission church (now St. Anthony's) was organized at Black Creek Falls, Adam Albrecht was one of the charter members.
1900 Federal Census, ED 80 Halsey township, Marathon, Wisconsin, United States, pg. 9, family 136
Adam Albrecht. white, male
marital status: Married
years married: 25
immigration year: 1877
relationship to head of household: Head
father's birthplace: Germany
mother's birthplace: Germany
head Adam Albrecht M 47 (Jan 1853) Germany
wife Franciska Albrecht F 51 (Oct 1849) Germany
son Frank Albrecht M 15 (Oct 1885) Wisconsin
daughter Anna M Albrecht F 9 (Jul 1891) Wisconsin
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