Obit: Nachtwey, Anna (1871 - 1931)

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----Sources: WEEKLY CLARION (Dorchester, Clark Co., WI) 12/11/1931

Nachtwey, Anna (18 FEB 1871 - 6 DEC 1931)

It is with sadness that we write of the death of Mrs. Anton Nachtwey, who passed away at her home in Westboro Sunday evening, Dec. 6th, 1931, high blood pressure was the cause of her death and she had been ill but a few days when she succumbed to the illness. Funeral services were conducted from the St. Louis Catholic Church here (Dorchester, Clark Co., Wis.) Thursday morning at 10 o’clock with the Rev. Paul Pitzenberger officiating. Interment was in the Memorial Cemetery with Joe. Schoeber, Jos. Doessl, F. Hiebsch, Frank Stoiber, Jos. Kronschnabl and John Schmitt acting as pallbearers.

Anna Burkhardt, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Christopher Burkhardt, was born Feb. 18, 1871 at Keil, Wis., and passed away at the age of 60 years, 9 months and 18 days. When she was six years old her mother died, leaving her to be taken care of by an aunt. Two years later she and her brother were adopted by the Henry Warning family of Belton, where she lived until her marriage on Sept. 27, 1888, to Anton Nachtwey. In 1898 they moved to Dorchester country and purchased the Mayville Cheese Factory which they owned and operated for 27 years. They moved from here about six years ago to Westboro where they have since made their home.

Nine children were born to this happy union, four of whom preceded their mother in death, and the others, Robert of Bloomer, Charlotte, Mrs. A. Krohn, nee Cecil, of Chicago, Marie and Raymond at home, along with their father, mourn the loss of a loved one. Mrs. Nachtwey also leaves two grandchildren, Ruth Ann Nachtwey and Betty Ann Krohn, and a sister, Mrs. Oscar Peterson of Granton.

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Mayville Cheese Factory was located in Section 16, (about a half mile east of our farm). In the 1918 History of Clark Co., WI, it is referred to as the "Mayville Cheese and Butter Factory." It states that upon their arrival, the Nachtwey's had "cleared land for a home and factory."


According to Anna Nachtwey's obituary (above), she and Anton moved to town of Mayville and purchased the Mayville Cheese Factory in 1898 "which they operated for 27 years." They moved to Westboro about 1925.


From Grandma Johnson's scrapbook: "At age 16, Eric Beisner began working as a cheesemaker. At one time he owned and operated what was (in 1959) the Cloverdale Cheese Factory in the Town of Holton. For 20 years he owned and operated the Mayville Cheese Factory which he bought from Anton Nachtwey May 1, 1926 and sold July 15, 1946, to a New Jersey dairy concern."


So I guess what it boils down to is:


Anton and Anna Nachwey operated the Mayville Cheese and Butter Factory from 1899± to 1926. The facility was located in Section 16 of the Town of Mayville. Then it was purchased by Eric Beisner whose brother, Herman Beisner, was the cheesemaker. The factory was sold to a New Jersey dairy concern in 1946.


I know that by the very early 1960's, the facility was being used as a meat processing plant by John Pinter. Linda Mertens


Note: Adoptive family corrected to Henry Warning by Linda Mertens



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