Bio: Pawlowski, John (1844 - 1908)

Contact: Stan

Surnames: Pawlowski, Powlowski, Cholvin, Werlich, Kulas, Rietbrock, Urmanski, Westfall, Donlevy, Madison

----Source: 1880 - 1980 Rietbrock, Marathon Co., Wis. Centennial, pg. 52 - 53

Pawlowski Pioneer Family

The earliest public record in Marathon County on the farm now owned by Florian Pawlowski was entered in the name of Francois Cholvin on Nov. 21, 1856. Then it changed hands a few times before the widow of Gustavus Werlich sold this tract of land to John Pawlowski. The quitclaim deed was dated March 19, 1884, and recorded April 28, 1884.

John Pawlowski and wife Minnie came from Germany to America with their son Adolph. Later twin sons were born to them, Edward and Paul. As they grew up, they helped with the clearing of the lands and helped with the building. In 1903, Ed and Paul built the present brick home. It was built with three layers of brick from a factory at Edgar. John Kulas, pioneer of Athens, remembers hauling the brick, for the home, on a sleigh in winter. In 1907, John Pawlowski bought eleven acres north of the Black Creek from the Rietbrock Land Lumber Company, In 1908, when Edward married the former Agnes Urmanski, John and Minnie transferred the farm to them. In need of more land, Edward, in 1918, bought forty acres of woods north of the Black Creek from the Rietbrock Land and Lumber Co. of Milwaukee for $1500. He farmed until August 8, 1941, when their son Florian took over. At present he with his wife Annabelle (Donlevy), are semi-retired. They have a family of four children, namely: David, Kathy, Sharon (Westfall), and Linda (Madison).

In 1965, Florian was elected by the people as a supervisor in the Town of Rietbrock, and upon the death of the Town's chairman he was appointed to serve his vacancy. In 1967, he was then elected the Town's Chairman until 1971. And more recently, in April, 1980, Florian was elected to the position of Supervisor of District 18, which includes Athens, Town of Rietbrock and part of Rib Falls.  

Family Notes

1880 Federal Census, Rietbrock, Marathon, Wisconsin, United States, pg. 391

John Pawtowski, married male, American farmer
father's birthplace : Poland
mother's birthplace : Poland

Household Members
self John Pawtowski M 33 Poland
wife Wilhelmina Pawtowski F 33 Germany
son Adolph Pawtowski M 2 Wisconsin, United States
son John Pawtowski M 1 Wisconsin, United States

1900 Federal Census, ED 94 Rietbrock town, Marathon, Wisconsin, United States, pg. 4, family 64

John Powlowski, white, male
marital status: Married
years married: 29
father's birthplace: Poland Ger
mother's birthplace: Poland Ger

estimated marriage year: 1871

Household Members
head John Powlowski M 56 (May 1844*) Poland Ger
wife Wilhelmina Powlowski F 56 (Apr 1844) Poland Ger, mother of 8 children - 3 living, parents b. Poland
son Adolph Powlowski M 22 (Aug 1878) Wisconsin
son Paul Powlowski M 18 (Feb 1882) Wisconsin
son Edward Powlowski M 18 (Feb 1882) Wisconsin

1905 Wisconsin State Census, Rietbrock, Marathon, Wisconsin, pg. 596,family 31

John Powlowski, white, married, male
place of birth: parent 1: Poland Germany
place of birth: parent 2: Poland Germany

Household Members
head John Powlowski M 64y Poland Germany
wife Wilhelmina Powlowski F 64y Poland Germany
son Adolph Powlowski M 25y Wisconsin
son Edward Powlowski M 23y Wisconsin

1910 Federal Census, Rietbrock, Marathon, Wisconsin, pg. 7, family 110

Minnie Pawlowski, white, widowed, female
father's birthplace: Germany
mother's birthplace: Germany

Household Members
self Ed Pawlowski M 27y Wisconsin
wife Agnes Pawlowski F 17y Wisconsin
bro Adolf Pawlowski M 31y Wisconsin
moth Minnie Pawlowski F 68y Germany

John Pawlowski 1842 - 1908* is buried in the Holy Family Catholic Cemetery, Poniatowski, Wisconsin

1920 Federal Census, Marathon, Wisconsin

Paul Pawlowski, white, married male
father's birthplace: Poland
mother's birthplace: Poland

Household Members
self Paul Pawlowski M 37y Wisconsin
wife Marie Pawlowski F 31y Wisconsin
daughter Marie Pawlowski F 11y Wisconsin
daughter Lucy Pawlowski F 9y Wisconsin
daughter Sophie Pawlowski F 7y Wisconsin
son Paul Pawlowski M 6y Wisconsin
son Eddie Pawlowski M 5y Wisconsin
daughter Minnie Pawlowski F 3y Wisconsin
daughter Anna Pawlowski F 1y Wisconsin

(Additional Note from Kim - )


My name is Kim and I'm also researching the Pawlowski/Hoppe lines. I may have information before 1900 in Watertown, WI. I believe your Minnie is my Rosina (Hoppe) Grieger's sister and neighbor in Reitbrock/Halsey, WI. If you're interested in learning more, please contact me.




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