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Arnoldus Gerrits

M, b. September 18, 1804



  • Birth: Arnoldus Gerrits was born on September 18, 1804 in Oploo, Noord Brabant, Netherlands.

Cornelius Gerrits

M, b. January 21, 1808, d. January 2, 1880


Family: Joanna Maria VanZeeland (b. September 18, 1795, d. September 15, 1866)


  • Birth: Cornelius Gerrits was born on January 21, 1808 in Oploo, Noord Brabant, Netherlands.
  • Marriage: He and Joanna Maria VanZeeland were married on April 16, 1831 in Oploo, Noord Brabant, Netherlands.
  • Death: Cornelius Gerrits died on January 2, 1880, at age 71, in Oploo, Noord Brabant, Netherlands.

Willem Gerrits

M, b. January 30, 1839, d. July 23, 1864



  • Birth: Willem Gerrits was born on January 30, 1839 in Oploo, Noord Brabant, Netherlands.
  • Death: He died in Old Church, Burke Co, Georgia.
  • Death: He died on July 23, 1864, at age 25, in KIA Civil War.
  • Immigration: He immigrated to Mosambique in June 1851.

Anthony Minten

M, b. April 17, 1904, d. November 15, 1990


Family: Regina K Smits (b. March 2, 1911, d. December 15, 2007)


  • Birth: Anthony Minten was born on April 17, 1904 in Town of Lawrence, Brown Co, Wisconsin.
  • Death: He died on November 15, 1990, at age 86.

Marion M Jusky

F, b. March 25, 1902, d. December 29, 1973

Family: George E Gerrits (b. June 20, 1901, d. June 22, 1969)


  • Birth: Marion M Jusky was born on March 25, 1902 in Green Bay, Brown Co, Wisconsin.
  • Marriage: She and George E Gerrits were married in 1928.
  • Death: Marion M Jusky died on December 29, 1973, at age 71, in Kaukauna, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Burial: She was buried in Holy Cross, Kaukauna, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.

Lloyd Bunnow

M, b. November 29, 1932, d. March 1, 2006

Family: Carol Gerrits (b. January 5, 1933, d. January 3, 2003)


  • Birth: Lloyd Bunnow was born on November 29, 1932 in Kimberly, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Death: He died on March 1, 2006, at age 73, in St Louis, St Louis Co, Missouri.

Carol Gerrits

F, b. January 5, 1933, d. January 3, 2003


Family: Lloyd Bunnow (b. November 29, 1932, d. March 1, 2006)


  • Birth: Carol Gerrits was born on January 5, 1933 in Kaukauna, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Death: She died on January 3, 2003, at age 69, in St Louis, St Louis Co, Missouri.

Rita Mae Gerrits

F, b. January 7, 1936, d. October 7, 1996



  • Birth: Rita Mae Gerrits was born on January 7, 1936 in Kaukauna, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Death: She died on October 7, 1996, at age 60.

Eleanor Black

F, b. circa 1903

Family: Paul H Gerrits (b. February 14, 1903, d. June 21, 1962)


  • Birth: Eleanor Black was born circa 1903.

Douglas Martin



Thomas Martin



Mary Beatrice Willis

F, b. May 12, 1915, d. March 22, 2001

Family: Edward Martin Gerrits (b. December 14, 1916, d. January 17, 1963)


  • Birth: Mary Beatrice Willis was born on May 12, 1915 in Beaver Dam, Dodge Co, Wisconsin.
  • Death: She died on March 22, 2001, at age 85.
  • Burial: She was buried in St Mary Cemetery, Appleton, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.

Jeffrey Edward Gerrits



Family: Jane E Zick

Jean Gerrits



William Crawford


Loretta Nachtway

F, b. August 5, 1897, d. April 1973

Family: George Achten (b. circa 1897)


  • Birth: Loretta Nachtway was born on August 5, 1897.
  • Death: She died in April 1973, at age 75.

George Achten

M, b. circa 1897

Family: Loretta Nachtway (b. August 5, 1897, d. April 1973)


  • Birth: George Achten was born circa 1897.

Charles Henry Ristau

M, b. October 3, 1866, d. June 10, 1916


Family 1: Anna Adrians (b. April 10, 1867, d. November 18, 1904)

Family 2: Minnie Adrians (b. October 16, 1861, d. September 23, 1945)


  • Birth: Charles Henry Ristau was born on October 3, 1866 in Germany.
  • Marriage: He and Anna Adrians were married on August 14, 1888 in Freedom, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Marriage: Charles Henry Ristau and Minnie Adrians were married on April 27, 1905.
  • Death: Charles Henry Ristau died on June 10, 1916, at age 49, in Kaukauna, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Burial: He was buried in Holy Cross, Kaukauna, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.

Lillian Clara Ristau

F, b. November 6, 1891, d. April 15, 1971


Family: Joseph Kraus (b. March 4, 1892)


  • Birth: Lillian Clara Ristau was born on November 6, 1891 in Kaukauna, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Marriage: She and Joseph Kraus were married on June 26, 1916 in Holy Cross, Kaukauna, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Death: Lillian Clara Ristau died on April 15, 1971, at age 79, in Bremerton, Kitsap Co, Washington.

Evelyn Christine Ristau

F, b. March 16, 1893, d. March 26, 1955


Family: Joseph Ulrich Schermitzler (b. May 25, 1895, d. August 5, 1973)


  • Birth: Evelyn Christine Ristau was born on March 16, 1893 in Kaukauna, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Marriage: She and Joseph Ulrich Schermitzler were married on June 28, 1916.
  • Death: Evelyn Christine Ristau died on March 26, 1955, at age 62.

Bernice Ristau

F, b. December 9, 1895, d. July 25, 1976


Family: David Sampson (b. May 9, 1889, d. December 1963)


  • Birth: Bernice Ristau was born on December 9, 1895 in Kaukauna, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Marriage: She and David Sampson were married on September 2, 1920.
  • Death: Bernice Ristau died on July 25, 1976, at age 80, in Olympia, Thurston Co, Washington.

Charles Ristau

M, b. March 15, 1897, d. September 21, 1969



  • Birth: Charles Ristau was born on March 15, 1897 in Kaukauna, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Death: He died on September 21, 1969, at age 72, in West Allis, Milwaukee Co, Wisconsin.

Leroy Ristau

M, b. January 1, 1899



  • Birth: Leroy Ristau was born on January 1, 1899 in Kaukauna, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.

Theodora Adrians

F, b. May 22, 1857, d. August 31, 1888


  • Father: John Adrians (b. 1812, d. December 31, 1876)
  • Mother: Lucia Juley (b. November 22, 1835, d. August 4, 1925)

Family: Richard Conlon (b. May 18, 1855, d. April 25, 1911)


  • Birth: Theodora Adrians was born on May 22, 1857 in Freedom, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Baptism: She was baptized on June 24, 1857 in St John Nepomucene Church, Little Chute, Wisconsin.
  • Marriage: She and Richard Conlon were married on January 8, 1877.
  • Death: Theodora Adrians died on August 31, 1888, at age 31, in Kaukauna, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Burial: She was buried in Holy Cross, Kaukauna, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Descendant of an Immigrant on: Maria Magdalena

Richard Conlon

M, b. May 18, 1855, d. April 25, 1911


Family 1: Theodora Adrians (b. May 22, 1857, d. August 31, 1888)

Family 2: Mary Manning (b. February 3, 1867, d. April 8, 1919)


  • Birth: Richard Conlon was born on May 18, 1855 in Ireland.
  • Marriage: He and Theodora Adrians were married on January 8, 1877.
  • Marriage: Richard Conlon and Mary Manning were married on April 29, 1889 in St Mary Church, Appleton, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Death: Richard Conlon died on April 25, 1911, at age 55, in Kaukauna, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Burial: He was buried in Holy Cross, Kaukauna, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
  • Note: Richard "Dick" Conlon, well known Kaukauna marshal, died
    Tuesday evening at the Charles Ristau home, where he had
    been stricken about 9 o'clock while attending the wedding of
    Miss Annabelle Childs and William Graef. Mr. Conlon was 55
    years of age. He had been connected with the local police
    department for twenty-nine years.
    Kaukauna Times 4-28-1911

    Well Known Kaukauna Marshal Suddenly Summoned.
    Departs This Life While in Attendance at Wedding Festivities of Relative.

    “Dick” Conlon is dead!

    Such as the startling news that came like a bolt of lightning from a clear sky shortly after 11:00 o'clock Tuesday evening, carrying with it great surprise and sorrow to every part of the city, for Mr. Conlon had been about all day and evening attending to his duties as usual, and the news could at first be scarcely believes. A telephone call for Mayor Coppes, who was in attendance at the annual meeting of the Kaukauna Advancement club, about 9 o'clock, announced that Marshal Conlon had been stricken seriously ill at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Ristau in the First ward where he had been in attendance at the wedding festivities of his niece Miss Annabel Childs who had that day been joined in wedlock to William Gemel. Mayor Coppes announced the import of the message to the citizens assembled at the meeting and immediately left for the Ristau home. At 11:15 the spark of life had been snuffed and Richard Conlon was no more.

    Death came wholly unexpected and unannounced. Marshal Conlon had been enjoying the social festivities of the evening with relatives and friends and had retired with the men to a smoking compartment where questions of the day such as the ?? measure now before Congress, the Mexican insurrection, the Dietz affair, etc. were being discussed and in which 'Dick' participated with vigor as usual, he having always been ready to join in an argument on political questions and the live issues of the day. Shortly before 8 o'clock he spoke about going home saying that he was tired from his day's work and with prospects for a busy day to follow, but some one proposed a game of cards and he decided to remain for a short time longer. Suddenly he explained in a low voice about feeling weak and ill and dropped into an unconscious state from which he never survived Medical aid was hastily summoned and all possible aid rendered but the grim reaper of death had claimed another victim and about 11:15 he breathed his last. Thus changing what but a short time before had been a scene of social enjoyment into one of sorrow.

    Richard Conlon was born in county Wentworth, Ireland in May 1852 and was therefore close to 55 years of age. When about seven years of age he came to America with his widowed mother having crossed on the steamship ? and settled in Brooklyn. Being the only boy of the family at that time he was compelled to enter immediately into the struggle for ? for the family and at the age of eight was a newsboy on the streets of Brooklyn during the time of the Civil War. A year later found him numbered among the children employed by the glass-blowers in a glum factory in Brooklyn, many young children being pressed into service those days as the men were being drafted for war. In 1863, his mother married for the third time, having been previously married twice, her first husband having died at sea while coming to America, having sailed for America to send for the family later, and her second husband having died in Ireland. At the close of the war they came west and settled on a piece of land in the town of Freedom, Outagamie county. Here again, Richard was compelled to take up the labor of a man in the work of clearing and cultivating the new farm, and when not busy on the farm engaged in carpentering and became a practical mechanic. Thus from the age of seven years, he had been in the field of labor, only picking up an occupational few months of schooling. What knowledge he had therefore was mostly self-gained and from practical experience in the world. He was quite a reader, had a remarkable memory, and piece by piece he shared his mind with common knowledge.

    In 1877, at the age of 23, Mr. Conlon was married to Miss Dora Adrians, and for five years thereafter lived on a farm in Freedom. In 1882 he moved his family to Kaukauna during the boom which had struck the little village about that time from the development of the water power, and here he had made his home ? with exception of the farm that he served as sheriff of the county when he resided at Appleton. Six children were born in the first union. Richard and Hugh, deceased, John and Mrs. J W. Murphy of? this city, Mrs. H. H. ?; Ella, Nora, Dora, Irene, Mildred, Ruth and Hazel, and three numbered among the death. This leaves eleven children surviving, with the widow, to mourn the loss of a devoted husband and father. He is also survived by three sisters, Mrs. J. P. Garvey; one half-sister Mrs. D. Murphy of Appleton and four half brothers, Michael and Edward Murphy of Freedom, Thomas Murphy of Appleton and Matt Daley of Kimberly.

    Mr. Conlon had been in Kaukauna but a short time when he was appointed as the town marshal and for a period of twenty-nine years has been almost constantly in public life having served as constable, alderman, sheriff of the county and chief of the police department to which office he was appointed in 1897 and which he had held continuously since his long years of service shows exclusively that he was an efficient servant of the people and enjoyed their highest esteem and respect.

    He was a member of the Catholic Knights of Wisconsin, Branch No. 12 with which order he carried insurance. He was also a member of Kaukauna Lodge No. 562, B. P. O. Elks.

    Out of respect to one who has served the city faithfully so many years, flags have floated at half-mast over the municipal buildings since Wednesday morning and also from other staffs about the city.

    The funeral will take place at 9 o'clock Saturday morning at Holy Cross church in charge of the Catholic Knights. The Elks will also turn out in a body. The members of the common council, city officers, police and fire departments will all join the cortege.

    The honorary pallbearers selected are Messrs. A. H. Krugmeier, Fred N Wilcox and Thos. H. Ryan of Appleton, of the Outagamie county bar; Mayor John Coppus, C. W. Stribley and Luther Lindamer of this city. The actual bearers will be Messrs. James F. Driessen, Jacob Lang and John Bergmann of the Catholic Knights and C. E. Baught, W. M. Hoyt and H. J. Mulholland of the Elks.

    The death of Richard Conlon, the announcement of which came without the usual warning which illness gives, was received with deep sorrow by the large number of citizens, not only in Kaukauna, but through-out the county and this section of the state who have known Mr. Conlon for many years and who respected him for his manly qualities. Few men lived in Kaukauna who possessed the friendship of so many of its people as did “Dick”, as he was familiarly known, and this too regardless of the fact that for many years he had held an official position that frequently arouses the entity of some one. Mr. Conlon's abilities and shrewdness in official capacity won for him the respect of his fellow citizens and his kindly personal qualities gave him a large circle of friends, and even the critical class with whom he so frequently came in contact always seemed to retain the highest respect for him and obeyed his mandates with meekness where others of his kind often have to resort to force.

    It is hard to write of the death of a friend. It is harder to write of the passing away of one with whom , have counseled many, many times, one with whom you have come in contact almost daily for years, until you have come to know his every mood, his every peculiarity, his idea of life and his philosophy of living. It is doubly hard for me, to whom death has always seemed a majestic thing, before which mere words appear trite and empty. I can only avoid this difficulty in some egree by a simple and sincere tribute. In 1897 through an act of the writer Mr. Conlon was appointed to the office of chief of the police department of Kaukauna, which occicial place he has hal continuously since, an unbroken term of fourteen years. For several years, during joint work for the municipality, Marshal Conlon visited us almost daily, to counsel on his work, until his regular calls became such a fixed habit that for long after he continued to come frequently if only to say 'how are you today' or impart some bit of news. We can therefore say with all sincerity, it is hard to write of the death of such a friend, for we will miss his pleasant greeting, his joyful coming.

    He was of philosophical disposition and as of the result of some official work would often be led to discuss the living of the people today, particularly young folks, and had often been heard to say “Would that they might have endured some of the hardships of my boyhood days and received the lectures from a stern Christian mother such as mine, the world would be the better for it”. How true! One can always ­? on the conditions of 'then and now' for times have changed. What was a pleasure to Richard Conlon in his boyhood days would be a hardship to the present youth. What was a daily task to him in youth would be almost unbearable to many now. But as we cast about for today's successful men, where are they found? Among the class who have made their own way up life's ? path, who have met and conquered some of the hardships of experience which has tempered their characters and which makes them appreciative of smaller things and which makes them respect the higher ideals.

    It was this that made Richard Conlon an efficious and respected officer. He knew what it meant to contend with some of the hardships in life and was in consequences sympathetic towards many with whom he had to deal. He knew how to touch the hearts of those tired of life's ? and a few words from him has often accomplished more than might a sermon from others and many a wanderer and down most person has left Dick's presence with lighter heart and a feeling that the world looked a little brighter after all. On the other hand, he was stern and uncompromising with the criminal class and had a system of worming out secrets of unlawfulness and crime where others utterly failed and seemed to have the natural instinct for ferreting out and bringing criminals to proper punishment with which few are good. He never betrayed a trust and often secured information from sources of which the world was never the wiser, but which led to the accomplishment of his purpose. He may have made more enemies, for much of necessity would go with his official capacity, but he served the people well, and it can truthfully be said, “The man who hath not an enemy, is not much of a man”.

    As a citizen, Mr. Conlon was a worthy one. The social side of his character was fully developed, and he could enjoy the companionship of all classes, the high or the lowly, for with this he always coupled his official life. He naturally took a lively interest in civic affairs and all that pertained to the development of the city, and was for Kaukauna first, last and all the time, be it at home or abroad, in business, sport or social environments. He was always the first at hand to visit and cheer the sick, among the first to offer sympathy and consolation to the afflicted, ever ready to aid the needy, and never hesitated to counsel and advise those in trouble. He was a devout follower of the Catholic faith and the early teachings of stern Christian parents were so deeply impressed upon him that nothing could shake his belief.

    In the home he was a kind, devoted, loving husband and father, always considerate of the welfare and happiness of his family, and it is here that he will be missed most, for the world forgets as time moves on, and although the life and deeds of a man may live for awhile, time eventually erases them from memory, others come to take their place, but not so in the home of those left behind; there is a vacant chair, the coming not of one for whom hearts yearn; no more the tender caress of father's hand, no more the timely advice of father's better judgment; life's light has been snuffed out and while Richard Conlon will be missed by the community with whom he has been connected so many years, it is the aching hearts at his own fireside who will miss him most.

    The best words that can be said of a man who enters the shadows in return no more are that he was honest, that he was a true friend, that he did his full duty, and kept obligations. All this can be said of Richard Conlon, and more, and so we prefer to remember him as we are sure he will be remembered.

    The Appleton Post is speaking of the deceased says:
    “Dick” Conlon had the reputation of being one of the most active political officers in this part of the state. He “had a ? for criminals” and if there were anywhere within reach of jurisdiction of Kaukauna were in danger of being nabbed if “Dick” was on the job. Not only was he an efficient officer, but one of the 'best fellows' the valley has had. Always ????

    The mortal remains of Marshal Richard Conlon were laid to rest at Holy Cross cemetery last Saturday morning, after services at Holy Cross church at which Mgsr. P. J. Jochman officiated and which was attended by a concourse that completely filled that large edifice. Friends by the hundreds turned out to pay last tribute to one they had known so many years and the cortege that followed the body to the grave was the largest seen here in some time, being equaled only by the processions which wended their way to the cemeteries within recent years to lay at rest former associates of Mr. Conlon, namely Joseph McCarty and Julius Kuehn. The Catholic Knights of Wisconsin an Kaukauna Lodge No. 962, B P. O. Elks, of which the deceased was a member, turned out in a body, also the common council, fire and police departments, the Outagamie county bar, county officers, Appleton and Neenah police departments and other friends along with the many relatives. It would be impossible to undertake to give a list of those who attended from the various cities of the valley, for the whole valley mourns the sudden sad untimely departure of Marshal Conlon.

    Floral tributes were many and elaborate and completely embanked the casket when the body lay in state at his late home on Lawe street. Among the floral offerings were the following: Elks-Pillow of lilies and roses; City Officials-Star; Policy Commission-Basket of roses; Heberg Bros., Green Bay-Heart of roses; Sun office force-Sheath of carnations and lilies; Green Bay Traction Co.-Carnations; Mr. Jerusch, Wrightstown-Carnations; Mrs. Dan Butler, Appleton-Carnations; Mrs. Allie Baay, Neenah-Carnations; Mrs. J. Wood, Appleton-Roses; Mr. Dell Censerle, Green Bay-Sheath of roses; Appleton Police Department-Star of lilies of the valley; Mrs. And Mrs. B. Corcoran-Roses; Misses O'Connell, Appleton-Carnations; L. C. Wolf and Rich. McCarty-Roses; Dan Reardon-Lilies; Mrs. Johnson-Little Chute-Lilies; there were many other bunches of flowers to which the donors names were not attached.