Obit: Schraufnagel, Michael (1878? - 1960)

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Surnames: Schraufnagel, Ruby, Ruse, Hoffschmidt, Dunlap, Biernacki, Jule, Schauf, Misslich

----Source: Colby Phonograph (Colby, Clark Co., Wis.) 04/14/1960

Schraufnagel, Michael (1878? - 2 Apr. 1960)

Michael Schraufnagel, a former resident of Colby and a pioneer of the Glidden community died at the St. Joseph’s hospital at Ashland Saturday afternoon, April 2, following a lingering illness, at the age of 82 years. He and Mrs. Schraufnagel moved to Ashland from Glidden in 1958 where they had resided until the present time. Funeral services were held at the Most Precious Blood Catholic church in Glidden last week Wednesday morning and internment was made in the family lot in the Most Precious Blood cemetery. Nephews served as pall bearers.

Mr. Schraufnagel was very active in the Glidden community, and founded the sawmill and business at Peeksville. As a result of this venture that community was built and at one time enjoyed a general store, post office and large sawmill. He was in partnership with his brother, Joseph Schraufnagel, in this venture and also operated a lumberyard in Glidden.

Mike Schraufnagel was born at LeRoy, Wisconsin, in Dodge county, near Fond du Lac. With his parents, he moved to Colby, Wisconsin, where he spent his boyhood.

On November 21, 1904, he was united in marriage to Miss Mary Ruby at Colby, Wis. Soon after this they moved to Peeksville where they resided until 1945, when their home burned. They then moved to Glidden where they remained until 1958.

To this marriage 17 children were born, 13 of whom survive. They are: Ernest of Mason, Leo of Marengo, Bernard of Mellen, Arnold of Green Bay, Mrs. Henry (Julianne) Ruse of Redland, Calif., Mrs. Denby (Christine) Hoffschmidt of Clarkstown, Wash., Gilbert of Lewiston, Wash., Francis of Madison, Mrs. Michael (Rita) Biernacki of Albuquerque, New Mexico, Donald of Madison, Sr. Mary Pius, Mary Jule of Cloquet, Minn. Ruby, Lawrence and Catherine died in infancy.

He is also survived by four brothers, Joseph Schraufnagel and Henry Schraufnagel of Glidden and Norbert and Leonard Schraufnagel of Colby, and two sisters, Mrs. Alvina Schauf of Richland Center, and Mrs. Anna Misslich of Cazenovia, Wisconsin. Thirty-nine grand children and 20 great grand children survive.

Mr. Schraufnagel became well known in the political circles of the county as one of the founders of the town of Peeksville, he served a number of terms as chairman of the town and also as its treasurer. He also served on the Ashland county board of supervisors for a number of terms. He was well known in the lumbering business owning at one time several lumber yards in Ashland county. He also carried on extensive logging operations in this area to supply his mill and lumber yards.

He also took an active part in the Glidden Court of the Catholic Order of Foresters, serving as chief ranger and other offices. He was a member of the Most Precious Blood Catholic church and the Holy Name Society. He was a charter member of the Court of the Catholic Order of Foresters at Colby, Wis. He was also one of the founders of the Ashland County Civic Club and served as an officer for many years.


Re: Obit: Schraufnagel, Michael (1878? - 1960)

Contact: Bruce Schraufnagel

Some minor corrections:

1. Birth date: 2 Sep., 1877

2. Surnames: Ruse should be Kruse, Jule is a middle name of the youngest daughter.

3. Gilbert of Lewiston, ID - not Wash

4. Died in infancy: Ruby, Lawrence, Kathryn and Martin.

5. Two brothers preceded him in death: Alois and Frank



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