Bio: Schruafnagel Family History
Contact: Stan

----Source: Contributed by Jan Konz

Surnames: Apfelbeck, Misslich, Schruafnagel


The Schruafnagel Family History


In Glidden there were three Schruafnagel brothers that moved up from the Colby area (the ones in Colby stayed and farmed and then had (or still have) the Abby Land Sausage company.  The ones that went up north started several saw mills, and had 14 lumber yards at one time.  These were spread all over the north woods. 
Two of the brothers (Mike and Joe) worked together for years and between them they had a total of 25 children that lived, and lived and worked in the area, primarily in the businesses which their father's established.  There is now three yards left and all are still in the family, being owned by the third or fourth generational off-spring of Joe and Mike. 
 We still have family reunions.  The other brother choose not to work with his brothers, and he had six children of his own, but none of them worked for any of the companies, and he was a lot younger, so his children were closer to our age (the third generation) then my dad and his siblings and close cousins.
 An interesting note is that three cousins married three sisters.  My grandma Sadie had six children, but only three of them had children and they were the girls that married the Schraufnagel's.  So all of Grandma Sadie's grandchildren were Schraufnagel's.   We are all double cousins, cousins/aunts/uncles.  My dad and his best friend and cousin were also brother-in-laws.  On top of that (or actually before that) Joe and Mike married sisters and lived right across the street from each other raising their children together.  They lived in Peeksille at that time.  They ran the large saw mill and the ladies ran the general store, the post office, and everything else in town except the school!  My grandma (Regina) died in childbirth with twins, they were separated for a while (one stayed up north, the other went to the Colby area).  Then grandpa married Annie and one of the reasons they went to Colby was to pick up the child (Rhynee) that was staying down there. 
My dad, Buster,  his brother Jerry (only 11 months apart) and the youngest one, Rhynee, kept the lumber yard in Glidden for years.  Dad is the only one left of that group.  The other children spread throughout the rest of the country, most of them are dead now, but quite a few of us third generation cousins keep in touch and, of course, funerals draw a large crowd.  We double cousins still keep in close contact.   The ones in Glidden were raised together, in fact when we were really young we all lived in a huge house that was what is now considered a duplex, then it was a double house.  The upstairs housed Jerry and his family, and we were downstairs.  After they both had three children they decided to open up the stairway between the floors, Jerry and his family moved out (we moved all over the house) and they built Jerry another house right by the lumber yard. There were lots of us, and it seemed there was a Schraufnagel in just about every class.  None of us were the same age.  There was at least a year between us.  Then Rhynee had children after Jerry and Buster stopped - so the town was full of us.  There are only a few left, most still alive, but just scattered around
We have only lived in Rhinelander 29 years.  Before that, we were all over the place.  I married a guy that was an officer in the Air Force, so we traveled the world.  But after two kids, and another one on the way, and never close to family, he decided to resign, and we chose to move up north.  His family is from Appleton, and we both wanted to be closer to family, and allow our children to know their relatives.  Our four children are all close.  One is in Madison, one in Saint Paul, another in Eau Claire, and one who was a golf pro lived all over, but is now settled in Rhinelander, and will stay up here.  We have several cousins living in the Eau Claire, Madison and Minneapolis areas, so we can visit anywhere and have a gathering.  it's really neat.  My sister (the oldest of us) lives in Missouri, but her husband died last year and she is thinking very seriously about moving back to Wisconsin, as her youngest son lives in Madison and her other children live in  Texas and California and she doesn't want to live in either of those state.
Our family history goes back to the old country (Bavaria) and we have books going back to several generations, with pictures.  Our family has really kept track our our history and will continue to do so, as family ties are very important to us.  I know there are still quite a few of the Schraufnagel's in the Abby/Colby area.




1900 Federal Census, Colby city, Marathon, Wisconsin


Name: Joseph Schrafnagle 
Birth Date: May 1876
Birthplace: Wisconsin
Relationship to Head-of-Household: Son
Father Birthplace: Germany
Mother Name: Mary Schrafnagle
Mother Birthplace: Wisconsin
Race or Color (expanded): White
Head-of-household Name: Mary Schrafnagle
Gender: Male
Marital Status: Single
Head/Parent: Mary Schrafnagle F (Apr 1857 Wis.), widowed, married 5 yrs., 9 children-9 living; parents b. Germany
Joseph Schrafnagle M
Albert Schrafnagle M (Jun 1879 Wis.)
Frank Schrafnagle M  (Feb 1881 Wis.)
Nobarts Schrafnagle M (Jun 1884 Wis.)
Anna Schrafnagle F (Mar 1887 Wis.)
Alvina Schrafnagle F (Dec 1890 Wis.)
Leonhard Schrafnagle M (Oct 1892 Wis.)
Henry Schrafnagle M (Nov 1895 Wis.)


1920 Federal Census, Ashland, Wisconsin


Name: Joseph Schranfugel
Estimated Birth Year: 1877
Age: 43
Birthplace: Wisconsin
Gender: Male
Race: White
Marital Status: Married
Father's Birthplace: Germany
Mother's Birthplace: Wisconsin
Sheet Number: 16
Household Gender Age
Head: Joseph Schranfugel M 43y
Spouse: Anna Schranfugel F 34y
Child Gabriella J Schranfugel F 11y
Child Lydia C Schranfugel F 9y
Child Sylvester Schranfugel M 8y
Child Gerald Schraufnagel M 7y
Child Raymond J Schraufnagel M 3y4m
Child Reinhold M Schraufnagel M 3y4m
Child Francis T Wolf F 17y

World War II Draft Records


Name: Joseph Henry Schraufnagel
Event: Military
Event Date: 1942
Event Place: Jacobs, Ashland, Wisconsin
Residence: Jacobs, Ashland, Wisconsin
Gender: Male
Birth Date: 25 May 1876


Wisconsin Death Records


First Name: Joseph
Middle Name:
Last Name: Schraufnagel
Name Suffix:
Birth Date: 25 May 1876
Social Security Number: 393-30-8094
Place of Issuance: Wisconsin
Last Residence: Glidden, Ashland, Wisconsin
Zip Code of Last Residence: 54527
Death Date: April 1976
Estimated Age at Death: 100


Marriage Records


Miss Matilda Apfelbeck and Norbert Schraufnagel were married in an upstate town last week. The minister who pronounced the ceremony is reported to be still gasping for breath.  MARSHFIELD TIMES JUN 25, 1913 p.12 col.3




My grandmother was Anna (Schraufnagel Misslich) who moved from Colby to Keyesville following her marriage to Theophilus Misslich.  They had two children, Anthony and Mary Margaret. My grandmother's parents were Henry Schraufnagel and Mary (Weix) Schraufnagel.  My great-grandfather - Henry - died on March 9, 1896 (9th birthday of my grandmother), my great-grandmother - Mary - died shortly before my grandparents wedding October 25, 1910.  I do not know birthdates.  My Grandmother was born on 03-09-1887 and died on 03-29-1974.  My Grandfather was born on 06-08-1871 and died on 09-02-1951.    Jim Daniels




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