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Michael Wattier

M, b. 1776

Family: Marie Ann Elizabeth Bronsin (b. circa 1776)


Marie Ann Elizabeth Bronsin

F, b. circa 1776

Family: Michael Wattier (b. 1776)


  • Birth: Marie Ann Elizabeth Bronsin was born circa 1776.
  • Marriage: She and Michael Wattier were married on June 7, 1820.

Michael Binsfeld

M, b. October 31, 1835, d. July 27, 1908

Family: Agnes Kartheiser (b. November 19, 1837, d. May 15, 1916)


  • Birth: Michael Binsfeld was born on October 31, 1835 in Beaufort, Echternach, Luxembourg.
  • Death: He died on July 27, 1908, at age 72, in Chilton, Calumet Co, Wisconsin.

Agnes Kartheiser

F, b. November 19, 1837, d. May 15, 1916


Family: Michael Binsfeld (b. October 31, 1835, d. July 27, 1908)


  • Birth: Agnes Kartheiser was born on November 19, 1837 in Beaufort, Echternach, Luxembourg.
  • Death: She died on May 15, 1916, at age 78, in Ozaukee County, Wisconsin.

Johann Kartheiser

M, b. July 12, 1790, d. December 17, 1837


Family: Susanna Neu (b. December 12, 1803, d. August 20, 1878)


  • Birth: Johann Kartheiser was born on July 12, 1790 in Beaufort, Echternach, Luxembourg.
  • Marriage: He and Susanna Neu were married in 1829.
  • Death: Johann Kartheiser died on December 17, 1837, at age 47, in Beaufort, Echternach, Luxembourg.

Susanna Neu

F, b. December 12, 1803, d. August 20, 1878

Family: Johann Kartheiser (b. July 12, 1790, d. December 17, 1837)


  • Birth: Susanna Neu was born on December 12, 1803.
  • Marriage: She and Johann Kartheiser were married in 1829.
  • Death: Susanna Neu died on August 20, 1878, at age 74, in Ozaukee County, Wisconsin.

Peter Kartheiser

M, b. 1764, d. January 15, 1717



  • Birth: Peter Kartheiser was born in 1764 in Beaufort, Echternach, Luxembourg.
  • Death: He died on January 15, 1717, at age ~-47, in Beaufort, Echternach, Luxembourg.

Christen Christopherson

M, b. 1873, d. 1947


Family: Helen Schultz (b. 1888, d. 1977)


  • Birth: Christen Christopherson was born in 1873 in Norway.
  • Death: He died in 1947, at age ~74.
  • Note: Christ. Christopherson, 74, died of a heart attack Friday morning at his home about 7 miles north of Kiel. Funeral services were conducted Tuesday afternoon in the Norwegian church at Valders.
    Mr. Christopherson was born in Norway and came to this country with his parents. In 1942 he and his family moved from Calumet County to their present home where he died.
    Survivors are his three sons, Christ. R. 1, Kiel, Clayton at the home farm, and Oliver of Reedsville; 2 grandchildren and 4 brothers.
    Kiel Tri County Record – February 20, 1947.

Helen Schultz

F, b. 1888, d. 1977

Family: Christen Christopherson (b. 1873, d. 1947)


  • Birth: Helen Schultz was born in 1888.
  • Death: She died in 1977, at age ~89.
  • Note: Mrs. Helen (Schultz) Christopherson, 88, formerly of Rt. 1, Kiel, died Sunday, July 10 at Calumet Homestead Nursing Home, New Holstein. Services were Wednesday at Christiansen-Deja Funeral Home, Valders and at Faith Lutheran Church, Valders, with burial in Valders West Cemetery.
    She was born in Milwaukee and was married there to Christian Christopherson in 1919. She attended Milwaukee schools and was a housewife.
    Survivors include three sons, Christon and Clayton of Rt. 1, Kiel and Oliver of Rt. 1, Valders and three sisters, 15 grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.

Christon John Christopherson

M, b. February 1, 1920, d. August 6, 2011


Family: Margie Ibe


  • Birth: Christon John Christopherson was born on February 1, 1920 in Charlestown, Calumet Co, Wisconsin.
  • Death: He died on August 6, 2011, at age 91, in Kiel, Manitowoc Co, Wisconsin.
  • Note: Christon John "Christ" Christopherson, 91, of 23031 Cedar Rd. Kiel (Town of Eaton), died Saturday morning, August 6, 2011, at his home. He was born February 1, 1920, in the Town of Charlestown, son of the late Christen and Helen (Schultz) Christopherson. Christ was a 1938 graduate of Chilton High School.

    On November 26, 1941, Christ enlisted in the US Army. He served during WWII in the SW Pacific New Guinea Campaign. He worked for 38 years as the Orchard Supervisor for AT Hipke and Sons. Christ went on to the Neuser Orchard in New Holstein for three years until his retirement.

    Christ was a lifetime member of St. John UCC New Holstein. He was a long-time and dedicated member of the Grasshold Schmidlkofer Legion Post 125 of Chilton, lifetime member of the Military Order Purple Heart USA Post 162-Winnebago Chapter, lifetime member of the Disabled American Veterans Post 11- Fond du Lac, lifetime member of VFW Post 6707- Badger Tri-County of Kiel and a lifetime member of the Great Lakes Sports Fishermen Club.

    Survivors include his wife, Margie; his son, Daniel (Sandra) Christopherson, rural Kiel; daughter-in-law, Joanne Christopherson, Appleton; six grandchildren, William (Kristie) Christopherson, Kaukauna; Jennifer Christopherson, Kiel; Jason Christopherson, Appleton; Cherie Christopherson, Baltimore Md.; Amy (Mike) Fuhrmann,f New Holstein; and Chris Christopherson, Kiel; four great-grandchildren, Tanner and Quinn Christopherson, Ava and Isaac Fuhrmann. Christ is also survived by a brother, Oliver (Ruth) Christopherson, Valders; sister-in-law; Dorothy Christopherson, Kiel. He is further survived by numerous nieces, nephews other relatives and friends.

    He was preceded in death by his son, Gary Lee Christopherson; his parents; and a brother, Clayton "Sever" Christopherson.

    Funeral services for Christ will be held at 6 p.m. on Monday August 8, 2011, at St. John UCC, 2111 Church St., New Holstein, with the Rev Chris Bornes officiating. Friends may call at the church on Monday from 2 p.m. until the time of services. Burial in the Eaton Cemetery with full military honors.

    In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in his name

    Online condolences at


    Published in Appleton Post-Crescent on August 7, 2011.

John Christopherson

M, b. December 26, 1847, d. November 8, 1930

Family: Sigrid Melby (b. January 16, 1843, d. July 24, 1922)


  • Birth: John Christopherson was born on December 26, 1847 in Norway.
  • Marriage: He and Sigrid Melby were married in 1872.
  • Death: John Christopherson died on November 8, 1930, at age 82.
    John Christopherson, Town of Charlestown, the last of the pioneers in his immediate community, died Nov. 8, at his farm home seven miles east of this city.

    Mr. Christopherson had been a resident of this vicinity for over fifty years, forty-six years of which were spent on one farm. He was widely known in Calumet County. He had many friends who esteemed him highly for his loyalty and integrity. William N. Knauf of the Knauf & Tesch Co. expressed his personal sorrow at hearing of Mr. Christopherson's death. He had been a patron of the company for forty-eight years.

    "He was a very fine gentleman," Mr. Knauf said, "as honest as the day is long. He was always loyal to Chilton and its institutions. I have enjoyed the privilege of his acquaintance during practically all the time that he has been here. His death is a loss to the community."
    Mr. Christopherson was born in Norway in 1847. In 1872 he came with his wife and child to Manitowoc. When he purchased the farm on which he spent the last forty-six years of his life there was only enough clearing on it for a building site. The surrounding country was practically a wilderness.

    Mr. Christopherson was the father of nine children, eight boys and one girl. One son and the daughter died in infancy. Another son, Ole, died in 1922, at the age of 26. Six sons survive; Chris, who occupies the homestead; Sever and Conrad of Minocqua; and Carl of Woodruff; Ben of Milwaukee; and John of Whiting, Ind. He is also survived by nine grandchildren. Had he lived, Mr. Christopherson would have celebrated his 83rd birthday anniversary Dec. 26.

    Death was due to heart failure brought on by a complication of other ailments. Mr. Christopherson was active, however, until a few days before his death. He passed away very quietly. His six sons served as pall bearers at the funeral. Rev. Walden of the Valders Lutheran Church, officiated. Interment was at the old church cemetery where his wife and three children preceded him in death.

    One interesting sidelight on the life of Mr. Christopherson is to be found in the fact that he became a naturalized American citizen in 1876 and since that time he never missed an election until Nov. 4. His health last week did not permit him to get to the polls. Despite his years, Mr. Christopherson was always youthful. He found recreation in hunting and fishing and preferred the company of youngsters to elderly people. The records of his family, births, deaths and marriages were all faithfully kept in the old family Bible.
    Chilton Times.

Sigrid Melby

F, b. January 16, 1843, d. July 24, 1922

Family: John Christopherson (b. December 26, 1847, d. November 8, 1930)


  • Birth: Sigrid Melby was born on January 16, 1843 in Norway.
  • Marriage: She and John Christopherson were married in 1872.
  • Death: Sigrid Melby died on July 24, 1922, at age 79.

    Word was received here on Tuesday afternoon of the death of Mrs. John Christopherson of the town of Charlestown which occurred shortly after 2:00 p.m. that day. Mrs. Christopherson has been ailing for the past two months but her death was rather sudden and unexpected. Heart trouble is given as the cause. The funeral was held on Friday afternoon from the house with interment in the Valders cemetery, Rev. White of Valders officiating.
    Mrs. John Christopherson, nee Sigrid Melby was born in Norway on Jan. 16, 1843. She grew to young womanhood in her native land and in 1872 was united in marriage to John Christopherson. In 1873 she and her husband, seeking a new home, came to this country and settled in Manitowoc County where they established a home for themselves. About thirty-eight years ago they purchased a farm on the eastern border of the town of Charlestown, now owned by Mr. Christopherson and have lived there ever since.
    Nine children were born to them, six of whom are living namely, Chris of the town of Charlestown, Sever of Mercer, John of Green Bay, Carl of Woodruff, Conrad of Minocqua and Bennett of Milwaukee. Mrs. Christopherson is also survived by her husband.
    The deceased was a woman of sterling character and a kind and loving wife and mother. Coming to a strange land with her husband in the early seventies she was undaunted by the hardships of farm life and gave every assistance to her husband and family to make their home as comfortable as possible. She was respected and admired by her neighbors and friends who feel that the community has sustained a great loss in her sudden death and whose sympathy goes out to the bereft family.
    Chilton Times – July 29, 1922.

Carrie Christnacht


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Charles August Brodtke

M, b. May 23, 1894, d. 1955


  • Father: John Brodtke (b. November 5, 1860, d. July 11, 1932)
  • Mother: Anna Ahlers (b. April 4, 1861, d. August 20, 1917)

Family: Carmen Miller (b. January 19, 1892, d. November 30, 1984)


  • Birth: Charles August Brodtke was born on May 23, 1894.
  • Marriage: He and Carmen Miller were married on November 1, 1919.
  • Death: Charles August Brodtke died in 1955, at age ~61.
  • Note: Charles Brodtke, 61, of Rt. 1, Cato, died unexpectedly Tuesday evening at the Holy Family Hospital, Manitowoc, following a few days illness. Funeral services will be held at the St. John-James Evangelical Lutheran Church, Reedsville. The Rev. John Dendland will officiate and burial will be in the church cemetery.

    He was born May 23, 1894 in Cato, son of the late Mr. and Mrs. John Brodtke and on Nov. 1, 1919 married Miss Carmen Miller. They located on the homestead farm in Cato. For the past two years he was employed by the Manitowoc Equipment Works.

    Surviving are his wife and a son, Russell of Rt. 1, Cato; two daughters, Mrs. Oliver Christopherson of Valders, Mrs. Leonard Maertz of Rt. 1, Reedsville; a sister, Mrs. Mary Petermann of Rt. 1, Brillion, and seven grandchildren.

Carmen Miller

F, b. January 19, 1892, d. November 30, 1984

Family: Charles August Brodtke (b. May 23, 1894, d. 1955)


  • Birth: Carmen Miller was born on January 19, 1892.
  • Marriage: She and Charles August Brodtke were married on November 1, 1919.
  • Death: Carmen Miller died on November 30, 1984, at age 92.

Russel J Brodtke

M, b. May 27, 1923, d. March 27, 2007



  • Birth: Russel J Brodtke was born on May 27, 1923.
  • Marriage: He was married in 1944.
  • Death: He died on March 27, 2007, at age 83.
  • Note: Russell Brodtke, age 83, passed away at the Manitowoc Health Care Center on March 27, 2007.

    Russell was born in 1923 in Manitowoc, son of the late Charles and Carmen Brodtke. He attended Cato Heights Grade School and St. John St. James Lutheran School at Reedsville. In 1944, he married Margaret Klessig at Trinity Lutheran Church at Rantoul. While running the Brodtke farm, he also sold and serviced Crosley Automobiles and Used Cars. He installed, serviced and sold bulk milk coolers and other milk handling equipment. He sold insurance and did millwright work and was currently in organic farming. He was an active NFO member and an officer in OCIA.

    Russell is survived by his wife of 63 years; Margaret; his children; Beverly (Carl) Kalies; Russell C. Brodtke, Gary (Joan) Brodtke, John (Carol) Brodtke; Marilyn (Paul) Augustine; Melodie (David) Kester; Michelle (John) Dietz; grandchildren. He is further survived by two sisters and a brother-in-law; Ruth and Oliver Christopherson; Grace Maertz. Russell was preceded in death by his parents, an infant daughter, Rachel; a granddaughter, Jennifer; a sister; Clara; two brothers in law, Leonard Maertz and Rueben Klessig.

    Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 31, 2007, at St. John St. James Lutheran Church in Reedsville with the Rev. Timothy Nommensen officiating. Burial will be in the Westside Cemetery, Reedsville.
    Friends may call at the church on Saturday from 9 a.m. until the time of service.
    The Wieting Funeral Home in Reedsville, assisted the family with arrangements.
    Herald Times Reporter, March 29, 2007.

Grace Brodtke



John Brodtke

M, b. November 5, 1860, d. July 11, 1932


Family: Anna Ahlers (b. April 4, 1861, d. August 20, 1917)


  • Birth: John Brodtke was born on November 5, 1860 in Germany.
  • Marriage: He and Anna Ahlers were married on March 3, 1886 in Manitowoc County, Wisconsin.
  • Death: John Brodtke died on July 11, 1932, at age 71.

    This is a bio. sketch from "History of Manitowoc County Wisconsin"
    by Dr. L. Falge, 1911-1912, v.2, p.349-350.

    John Brodtke, profitably engaged in operating his eighty acre farm on
    section 9, town of Cato, was born in Germany, November 5, 1860. His
    parents, Ferdinand and Wilhelmina (Smith) Brodtke, were natives of Germany,
    where the father died. The mother later married Frederick Buss, and they
    came to the United States in 1873, settling in the city of Manitowoc,
    where both died, the mother in 1900, aged seventy-six years, having lost
    her husband two years before, when he was fifty-eight years old.
    John Brodtke is the youngest of his father’s four children, and received
    only a limited education. When sixteen years of age, he became
    self-supporting, and worked for others until he was twenty-five years old.
    On March 3, 1886, he married Anna Ahlers, daughter of Albert and Sophia
    (Lintlow) Ahlers, also natives of Germany. They came to this country about
    1851, settling in the town of Liberty on a farm, which they operated until
    1864, when they sold, and came to Cato, buying here twenty acres of wild
    land. Moving on it, they immediately began to improve it, and a few years
    later bought twenty acres more. The father died on the property in 1893,
    aged seventy-one years, his widow surviving him until 1897, when she died
    at the age of seventy-five years, and both are buried in the cemetery at
    Cato. Mrs. Brodtke was born April 4, 1861, the fourth child in a family of
    six. Mr. and Mrs. Brodtke have had seven children: Minnie, who married
    Robert Krahn, and they reside in Grimm, Wisconsin; Mary and Charles; Tina,
    who died at the age of eighteen years; Bertha; and two who died in infancy.
    After his marriage, Mr. Brodtke settled on the homestead of his
    father-in-law, and buying the farm, began to further improve it. He has
    added to his holdings, and now has seventy-five acres under the plow, and
    all of it well fenced with barbed wire. He markets grain and dairy
    products, milking twelve cows, and raises Southdown sheep. He breeds to
    Morgan horses. The stock is well housed in a frame barn, one hundred and
    seventeen by thirty-six feet, built in 1891, and rebuilt in 1890, with
    cement floors. The two story frame house was built in 1903, and is modern
    in its appointments. Drilled wells furnish an adequate water supply.
    He is a republican, but does not actively participate in public political
    life. The family belong to the German Lutheran church of Reedsville.
    Quiet, unassuming, absorbed in his work, Mr. Brodtke is a typical farmer,
    and one who has helped to advance the agricultural interests of his town.
  • Note: Manitowoc Herald Times
    Tuesday, July 12, 1932
    Page 2


    Dies at Home of Daughter in Rockland Monday

    John Brodtke, 72, pioneer farmer of Cato, died yesterday at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Mary Petermann, of Rockland, with whom he was making his home. Funeral services will be held from the home at 1 o'clock Thursday afternoon and at 2 from the Reedsville Lutheran church with interment in the Cato cemetery.

    The deceased was born in Germany in 1860 and came to the county with his parents when a boy of 13. At the age of 25, he was married to Miss Anna Ahlers. They settled on a farm in the town of Cato. His wife passed away 15 years ago. He is survived by one son Charles on the home farm, three daughters, Mrs. Robert Krahn, Grimms, Mrs. Louis Vetter, Valders and Mrs. Mary Petermann, Rockland, and nine grandchildren.

Anna Ahlers

F, b. April 4, 1861, d. August 20, 1917


Family: John Brodtke (b. November 5, 1860, d. July 11, 1932)


  • Birth: Anna Ahlers was born on April 4, 1861.
  • Marriage: She and John Brodtke were married on March 3, 1886 in Manitowoc County, Wisconsin.
  • Death: Anna Ahlers died on August 20, 1917, at age 56, in Manitowoc County, Wisconsin.

Albert Ahlers

M, b. January 1816, d. July 8, 1892

Family: Sophia Lintlow (b. January 26, 1820, d. October 8, 1897)


  • Birth: Albert Ahlers was born in January 1816 in Germany.
  • Death: He died on July 8, 1892, at age 76, in Manitowoc County, Wisconsin.
  • Burial: He was buried in Cato, Manitowoc Co, Wisconsin.

Sophia Lintlow

F, b. January 26, 1820, d. October 8, 1897

Family: Albert Ahlers (b. January 1816, d. July 8, 1892)


  • Birth: Sophia Lintlow was born on January 26, 1820 in Germany.
  • Death: She died on October 8, 1897, at age 77, in Manitowoc County, Wisconsin.
  • Burial: She was buried in Cato, Manitowoc Co, Wisconsin.

Ferdinand Brodtke

M, b. circa 1824

Family: Wilhelmine Smith (b. September 29, 1827, d. February 16, 1900)


  • Birth: Ferdinand Brodtke was born circa 1824.

Wilhelmine Smith

F, b. September 29, 1827, d. February 16, 1900

Family 1: Ferdinand Brodtke (b. circa 1824)

Family 2: Friedrich Buss (b. March 1, 1840, d. November 22, 1898)


  • Birth: Wilhelmine Smith was born on September 29, 1827 in Germany.
  • Death: She died on February 16, 1900, at age 72, in Manitowoc County, Wisconsin.

Bertha Brodtke

F, b. January 14, 1898


  • Father: John Brodtke (b. November 5, 1860, d. July 11, 1932)
  • Mother: Anna Ahlers (b. April 4, 1861, d. August 20, 1917)


  • Birth: Bertha Brodtke was born on January 14, 1898 in Cato, Manitowoc Co, Wisconsin.