Bio: Holzhausen, Walter
Contact: Lani Bartelt

----Sources: Family Records

The Walter Holzhausen Family

Walter Holzhausen died on 25 Dec 1901 in Clark Co., WI.

We don’t know as much about Walter as we do other Holzhausen persons who also lived in Clark Co, WI who might be related. What we do know is that he served in Co I of the 115th Infantry Regiment of NY during the Civil War.

115th Infantry Regiment Civil War

The Iron Hearted Regiment


The following is taken from New York in the War of the Rebellion, 3rd ed. Frederick Phisterer. Albany: J. B. Lyon Company, 1912.

Mustered in: August 26, 1862

Mustered out: June 17, 1865

Colonel Simeon Sammons received authority, July 19, 1862, to recruit this regiment in the counties of Fulton, Hamilton, Montgomery and Saratoga, with headquarters at Fonda, where it was organized, and, August 26, 1862, mustered in the service of the United States for three years. The men not to be mustered out with the regiment (301) and a few officers were transferred to the 47th Infantry June 17, 1865. The companies were recruited principally: A at Fonda, Mohawk, Glen, Palatine, Root and Canajoharie; B at St. Johnsville, Minden, Canajoharie, Fonda, Amsterdam and Florida; C at Milton, Galway, Edinburgh, Clifton Park, Northumberland, Day, Greenfield, Malta and Ballston; D at Amsterdam, Charleston, Florida and Mohawk; E at Johnstown, Mayfield Northampton, Oppenheim, Ephratah and Stratford; F at Saratoga, Corinth, Greenfield, Wilton, Moreau, Northumberland and Hadley; G at Saratoga, Moreau, Greenfield, Corinth, Amsterdam, Charlton, Fonda and Hadley; H at Half moon, Clifton Park, Stillwater, Minden, Waterford and Amsterdam; I at Canajoharie, Fonda, Charlton, Malta, Ballston, Milton, St. Johnsville and Providence; K at Caroga, Broadalbin, Wells, Johnstown, Mohawk, Amsterdam, Ephratah, Glen and Palatine.

The regiment left the State August 30, 1862; served at and near Sandy Hook, Md., in 8th Corps, from September 1, 1862; at Harper's Ferry, W. Va., where it was surrendered, from September 4, 1862; at Camp Douglas, Chicago, Ill., from September 28, 1862; in Casey's Division, defenses of Washington, D. C., from November 24, 1862; at Hunter's Creek, Va., from December 12, 1862; at Yorktown and Gloucester, Va., in Busteed's Brigade, 4th Corps, from December 28, 1862; at Port Royal and Hilton Head, S. C., Department of the South, Terry's Brigade, 10th. Corps, from January 26, 1863; at Beaufort, S. C., in Saxton's Brigade, 10th Corps, from June, 1863; at Hilton Head, S. C., from December, 1863; in Barton's Brigade, Seymour's Division, 10th Corps, District of Florida, from January, 1864; in District of Florida, from February, 1864; in 2d Brigade, 2d Division, 10th Corps, Army of the James, from April, 1864; in 1st Brigade, 3d Division, 18th Corps, from May 30, 1864; in 2d Brigade, 2d Division, 10th Corps, from June 15, 1864; in 3d Brigade, same division and corps, from July 26, 1864; in same brigade and division, 24th Corps, from December, 1864; in Provisional Corps, from March, 1865; in 3d Brigade, 2d Division, 10th Corps, from April 2, 1865; and it was honorably discharged and mustered out, commanded by Col. Nathan J. Johnson, June 17, 1865, at Raleigh, N. C.

During its service the regiment lost by death, killed in action, 5 officers, 77 enlisted men; of wounds received in action, 2 officers, 55 enlisted men; of disease and other causes, 191 enlisted men; total, 7 officers, 323 enlisted men; aggregate, 330; of whom 54 enlisted men died in the hands of the enemy; by the explosion of the magazine at Fort Fisher, N. C., January 16, 1865, 10 enlisted men were killed

Walter is buried at the East Thorp Village Cemetery, Clark Co., WI.

I am also going to list the information for the other Holzhausen persons from Clark Co., WI as I believe they may be related. I will list them from oldest to youngest as we now have them in our files online.

Herman Holzhausen was b 10/11 May 1856 in St. Croix Co., WI to Fred & Auguste Holzhausen. Herman married Anna Neuman 14 Dec 1876 in Streeter, IL. Herman d 1 Aug 1932. His wife, Anna (Neuman) Holzhausen was b 16 Mar 1857 and d 22 April 1928.

In 1926 Herman & Anna celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary on 14 Dec 1926. A Thorp Courier newspaper article is as follows:

Holzhausen, Mr./Mrs. Herman (50th - 14 DEC 1926)

Mr. and Mrs. Herman Holzhausen enjoyed the occasion of their Golden Wedding anniversary last week, which was shared by the arrival here of their children, Mrs. C. F. Rainey and Ellery Holzhausen and their families. Mr. and Mrs. Holzhausen (nee Neiman), were united in marriage at Streeter, Ill., on Dec. 14, 1876. Numerous congratulatory letters, cards and telegrams were received from their many friends, in which "The Courier" heartily joins. At present both are enjoying good health. Hugo Holzhausen, another son, was unable to be present

Alfred Holzhausen b 25 Nov 1877 d 23 Mar 1882 was another son of Herman & Anna Holzhausen. He too is buried at Thorp Village Cemetery, Clark Co., WI.

Walter Holzhausen, b 24 Dec 1882 d 25 Dec 1901 was another son of Herman & Anna. His obituary is as follows:

----Sources: THORP COURIER (Thorp, Clark County, Wis.) 01/02/1902

---------Holzhausen, Walter (24 DEC 1882 - 25 DEC 1901)

On Thursday morning last Herman Holzhausen received a telegram announcing the accidental death of his son Walter, which had occurred the day previous near Fort Wingate, New Mexico. The young man had enlisted in the United States service on March 21, 1901, and became a member of Troop G 14th Cavalry, and was stationed at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas until a few months ago, when his command was transferred to Fort Wingate. Always a lover of horses he became an expert rider long before he entered the cavalry service, and with reluctance his parents finally consented to his enlistment. He was born in this village (Thorp, Clark County, Wis.) on Dec. 24, 1882, and was therefore just nineteen years old. The remains arrived here on Monday, the funeral taking place at 2 p.m. on Tuesday from the M. E. Church, Rev. Bachman officiating. The grave at the cemetery was handsomely decorated and the son of veterans befitting the burial of a soldier fired a salute. The floral pieces resting on the casket were presented by a number of young ladies and gentlemen of the village and were beautiful, betokening in a measure the esteem in which the young man was held by his former schoolmates.

Grave notes also state he was survived by a brother in Madison and a sister? Mrs. Louis?

A daughter, Alma Louis Holzhausen was married 26 Jul 1904 to Charles Francis Rainey at The home of Mr. & Mrs. Herman Holzhausen with Rev J.B. Bachman officiating.

Other research also found that Herman Holzhausen was the first postmaster of the town of Reesburg, WI; established 23 July 1894 and the post office was not closed until 16 Jan 1988.

Another Holzhausen family member, August Kepsky’s obituary is as follows:

----Sources: Colby Phonograph (Colby, Wis.) 03/10/1926

Krepsky, Alvina (31 MAY 1855 - 7 MAR 1926)

Mrs. August F. Krepsky, surrounded by her sorrowing husband and family, passed away at her home in Colby, Wis., Sunday, March 7, 1926. All that medical skill and kind and loving hands could do to save a life was done for her. From the start of her final illness, it seemed that one complication followed another in such rapid succession that recuperation was impossible. Miss Alvina Bein was born in the city of Sheboygan, Wis., May 31, 1855. She was united in marriage with Mr. August F. Krepsky Sept. 22, 1878. To this union five children were born, of which two sons, Carl and Robert, preceded her to the great beyond in 1892. Mr. and Mrs. Krepsky lived on a farm near Sheboygan until Feb. 22, 1892, when they came with their family to Colby. Upon their arrival, they engaged in the hardware business, which they continued until 1910, when the Colby Hardware Co succeeded them. Since their retirement from business life they have resided in Colby with the exception of one year, during which time they lived at Abbotsford, Wis. Those who remain to mourn the death of Mrs. Krepsky are her husband, two daughters, Mrs. Augusta Holtzhausen and Miss Hattie Krepsky, one son, Hugo A. Krepsky, all of Colby, six grandchildren, five nieces and two nephews.

Funeral services were held at the M. E. Church, Wednesday afternoon at two o'clock, Rev. Parker officiating. Interment took place in the beautiful Colby Cemetery.

Mrs. Krepsky was one of the pioneers of this community. To know her was to love her. The seventy years of her life have been an inspiration to all who came in contact with her. She was a woman who though first of the comforts and happiness of others and lastly of herself. She will long be remembered as an ideal citizen and a kind and helpful neighbor.

Those from out of town here for the funeral were: Mrs. Herman Schultz, Mr. Frank Krepsky, Sheboygan; Mr. Wm. Bein, Plymouth; Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Sweemer, Mr. and Mrs. Dan Martin, Mr. and Mrs. E. W. Schultz and son, and Mrs. Mary Bein, Spencer.

Alvina and a number of other Krepsky families are all buried at Colby Memorial Cemetery, Colby, Clark Co, WI.

Another family member, Ida Holzhausen, widow of Karl Holzhausen obituary is as follows:

----Sources: Colby Phonograph (Colby, Wis.) 02/25/1921

Holzhausen, Ida (28 Oct 1856 - 21 Feb 1921)

Mrs. Ida Holzhausen one of the oldest pioneers of this vicinity, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. John Muehlenberg at Sheboygan, WI last Monday Feb 21. The body accompanied by them was brought here last Wednesday and the funeral was held Thursday from the M. E. Church with interment in the Colby Cemetery. Mrs. Ida Mueller was born 28 Oct 1856 at Wilson, Sheboygan Co. WI.; where she spent her childhood.

Mrs. Ida Mueller was born Oct. 28, 1856 in the town of Wilson, Sheboygan, Co., where she grew to womanhood. On June 17, 1877 she was united in marriage to Karl Holtzhausen and in 1879 they came to Colby, Wis., making their home until seven years ago when Mr. Holtzhausen passed away. She remained here for three months and then left for Sheboygan and made her home with her daughter, Mrs. J Muehlenberg up to the time of her death.

Two children, Carl Holtzhausen of Colby and Mrs. John Muehlenberg, Sheboygan, survive her two children preceding her in death. One brother, Henry Mueller of Sheboygan, also survives her. All who knew her held Mrs. Holtzhausen in high esteem and all mourns her death.

Those from out of town attending the funeral were: Mr. and Mrs. John Muehlenberg and two children of Sheboygan, Mr. and Mrs. Louis Kolb of Thorp, Clark County, Wis., and Mr. Herman Holtzhausen of Thorp

----Sources: Colby Phonograph (Colby, Clark County, Wis.) 12/04/1913

Holtzhausen, Charles (17 JUN 1853 - 29 NOV 1913)

Charles Holtzhausen, one of the old settlers and highly respected citizens of Colby, Clark Co, Wis., passed away in this city, at 7:30 o’clock Saturday evening, Nov. 29th, 1913, of pneumonia, after an illness of only three days, aged 60 years, 5 months and 12 days.

Charles F. Holtzhausen was born in the city of Buffalo, N.Y., on the 17th day of June 1853; when still an infant his parents came to Wisconsin, settling at Sheboygan, where he grew to manhood. He was united in marriage June 17th, 1877, to Ida Mueller at Sheboygan. Dec. 3rd, 1879, he moved to Colby, and being a blacksmith by trade, opened a shop on the East Side, continuing in that line of business until in February 1910, when he sold his shop and business to Louis G. Schorer. After selling out he devoted his time to his twenty acre farm joining the city, and to doing light repairing in a little shop at his residence. He was an enthusiastic member of Colby Lodge No. 234, I.O.O.F. and Colby Lodge No. 204, A.F. & A.M. He was held in high regard by his lodge brethren, his neighbors and friends, and always had a kindly greeting for all.

He is survived by his wife, ,son Carl and daughter Winnie of this city, his aged mother of Sheboygan, two brothers and one sister, Herman Holtzhausen and Mrs. Louis Kolb of Thorp, and Paul Holtzhausen of Sheboygan.

The funeral services were held at the residence and grave, Wednesday afternoon, conducted by the Masons, the Odd Fellows furnishing the singing and acting as an escort. Interment took place in the family lot in Colby Cemetery.

There are also a number of Holzhausen family members buried at Colby Memorial Cemetery Colby, Clark Co WI and they include the following:

Augusta, Carl, Carl St., Edwin S, Erma, Francis K, Ida, and Lydia Holzhausen

Post office records Reesburg, WI

5oth wedding anniversary, Herman & Anna Holzhausen

Holzhausen Cemetery records

Charles Holzhausen obit

Originally from Colby Phonograph newspaper 



Re: Bio: Holzhausen, Walter
Contact: Elisabeth 'Ninxi' Holzhausen - Torinese

My father is Dr. Walter Holzhausen,(80 Years old) born in Berlin. His mother was a born Maria Von Andrea & his father Rudolph Holzhausen. He served the United Nations Development Program for 25 years. He's retired and resides in Austria.



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