Town of Two Rivers

                         Early Settlers 

*Burnham,A.M.- "Father of Neshoto". Came from Detroit around 1836. 
Built the first grist and sawmill. Did not purchase the property, but 
"squatted". Became partners with the Neshoto Lumber Co. in 1837.

*Ford,Chester- Original owner of property that A.M. Burnham's mill 
was being built on. Purchased 3-80 acre tracts of land from the General 
Land Office in Green Bay on May 18,1836. Sold 3/4 part of the property to 
Albert Ellis, an agent for the Neshoto Lumber Co. on Feb.1,1837. Sold the 
rest 1/4 to Mr. Ellis on Feb. 16, 1837.

*Neshoto Lumber Co.- Bought property from A.M. Burnham and Chester 
Ford for sole ownership of the grist and sawmill in 1837. Members were: 
Henry Stringham, Albert Ellis, Henry Baird, Joseph Stringham, George 
Conroe, Ramsey Crooks and Harvey Durkee. The Neshoto Lumber Co.went 
bankrupt in 1841, due to the Financial Panic in 1837. 

*Taylor,Isaaac and Pendleton,Nelson - Bought the Neshoto Co. in 
1848 and ran it until 1862. Mr. Taylor was from Racine, it is unknown 
where Mr. Pendelton was from. The widows of Taylor and Pendelton sold the 
mills to George Cooper and John Jones in 1862 due to the deaths of their
husbands. Widows names were Emerline Taylor and Joy Pendelton.

*Cooper,George - Native of England, emigrated to the United States 
in 1855, and settled at Neshoto. There he was employed in a saw mill until
1863.When he and his partner John Jones bought the Neshoto Co., the 
property consisted of one steam mill, one water mill and a large quantity 
of land, which included a store and saloon, and continued the manufacture 
of lumber successfully until 1877, when Mr. Cooper sold his partnership to
Mr. Jones and moved to Manitowoc to begin another partnership with Mr. 
Truman, as merchant millers and wholesale dealers in flour, feed, hay, 
coal, etc.

*Coutly, Henry - Farmer, Born in Cedar, Upper Canada on Nov. 14,
1827. Settled in Neshoto May 14, 1851 and worked in a sawmill for 12 years,
and then he just worked in the mill in winter and farmed during the summer.
He was one of the first farmers in our area. He settled in Township 20, 
Range 24, Section 33, NE1/4, with 80 acres. He married Henrietta Lehman 
August 13, 1860.

*Mueller,Richard - Born Jan. 29,1839 in Saxony, Germany. Settled in
Two Rivers in 1847. Father Edward ran the first brewery, built in 1848, 
in Manitowoc Co. In 1871, his father died and Richard took over the 
brewery. Married to Katherine Hobzkneight in 1867. He was an Alderman and
County Supervisor, and from 1891-1892 was the President of the City of Two

*Whitcomb,Cyrus -Born Nov.12,1813. From Windham, Vt. Settled in the
Town of Two Rivers in 1850. He organized along with Rufus Allen the 
Wisconsin Leather Co.,and became the  superintendent. Built a road to the 
Tannery, as it became known, and built a second tannery to the south of 
the first one in 1861. He also built a boarding house for his workers and 
owned and managed a store. In 1877, the first tannery was torn down, and 
in 1891 the second tannery burned down. He did not rebuild.

*Vieau,Andrew - First Post Master in 1846-47. He owned a 320 acre 
farm at Neshoto, location is unknown. In 1851 he moved to Green Bay. 

*Rand and Hanson- Shipbuilders at Neshoto, location is unknown. 
Built Joseph Vilas (218 ton) and Neshoto (250 ton).

*Goedjen,Henry - Born in Germany June 26,1844. Son of Herman and 
Catherine. Arrived in the Town of Two Rivers Oct. 27, 1856. Parents 
engaged in farming. Had 1 brother, John, and three sisters, Annie, 
Catherine and Gesine. Elected County Treasurer in 1895 and served two 
years. Member of County Board and was made Superintendant of the County 
Asylum in 1897. Married Catherine Wilke in 1868. Had six children: Minnie 
born 1868, Henry born 1871, Laura born 1873, Hattie born 1881, Edward born
1883 and Albert born 1885. Mr. Goedjen was involved in many county 
projects. He was instrumental in building the Crystal Spring School, as it
is often called "Goedjen School" Mr Goedjen died Oct.5,1911. 

*Honey,Wm.- Town Clerk in the 1850. Was murdered in Fon du lac in 
1868. Was in the poultry business. Was our Town Clerk in 1852.

*Walesh,Felix - native of Northern Ireland, arrived in the Town of 
Two rivers in 1850. Married to Bridget Comer at Manitowoc Rapids Feb. 8,
1853. Felix's father name is unknown, but we do know that he died in 
Ireland in early 1840 and that he was a textile weaver. His mothers name
was Nancy, who died at the age of 60 and is buried in Mishicot. Felix has 
two brothers and a sister, one brother is named Henry, other brother and 
sisters name is unknown. Felix and Bridget had five children, three girls 
and two boys. Children in order are, Mary, Henry, Thomas, Lucy and Sarah. 
Thomas Walsh became a Montana Senator.
Felix Walsh was our Town Clerk from 1864 to 1883. Bridget Walsh was the 
first postmistress in Two Rivers, the date when is unknown.

*King, George - ran a saloon and store in Kingsville where the 
"schoolhouse" stands now. May be related to Jacob King. He did not write, 
on documents we found, he put his mark, "X"

*King, Jacob - Native of Penn., moved to the Town of Two Rivers in 
1848. He purchased 57 acres in the E1/2 of Section 29. He laid out the 
village of Kingsville in 1857. He built a sawmill, grist mill, two saloons
and a dance hall. According to the 1850 census of Manitowoc County, Jacob 
was 35 years old at that time, his wife's name was Mary and was 25. They 
had a son named John who was 5 months old. Jacob King was also our Highway
Overseer for the Town of Two Rivers, and laid out many roads.  It is 
unknown where Jacob King lived, or where he went after he sold the mills 
in 1868.

People of Shoto Fred Jachimstal and Anna (Pech) Jachimstal were married in 1894. Fred was 23 and Anna was 21. They lived on a farm in the Town of Kossuth for 10 years, and in 1904 they moved into the Shoto Hotel, retiring from there in 1923. They then moved to Manitowoc. They had two daughters, Amelia (Victor) Jansky and Rose (John)Bayless. They also had a son named Edward. Fred Jachimstal had three sisters; Mrs. Joseph(Anna) Hrudka, Mrs. Blanche Strouf and Mrs. Amelia Stastny. Amelia was born April 21,1875 and died May 26,1923. She was 48 years old. On her tombstone it is listed "Wife" but there is no husbands name. I can only presume that he remarried and is buried somewhere with his other wife .( There is a Frank Stastny and on the same stone is a Mary. It is possible that Frank was Amelia's husband?) The Manitowoc County Court House does not have Amelia's death record, therefore I was told she did not die in our county. Anna Had two sisters, Mrs. Duelham and Mrs. George Petrick and one brother, Edward Pech. At the time of Fred's death on March 16, 1947, the obit lists only two sisters survive, plus his children. Mrs. Anna Jachimstal (Fred's wife) died on March 11,1947, one week before Fred, of a heart attack. Both funeral services were held at Urbanek and Schlie, burial is in the Evergreen Cemetery. It also listed in the obit that in 1947 they had 11 grandchildren. The Origins of the Jachimstal Name and Dollar The American Dollar owes it's name to the counts of Schlick. The counts mined silver at Joachimstal, Bohemia. In 1518, their coins became known as "joachimstaler", and later just "taler". From this latter came the Dutch daler and the United States dollar. First silver coins were made in Europe in 1500 at Joachimsthal (Joachim's Valley) in Bohemia. It is interesting to note how the word "dollar" came to use. It is of German Origin. In the 16th century, a mint located in Joachimsthal, Bohemia, minted pieces of silver of one ounce of weight which from the name of the town were first called Joachimsthaler, and afterwards for shortness "taler". Writers and speakers of the English language soon changed the word into dollar. The word dollar itself is a modified use of the German Thaler which is a shortened version of a "Joachimst(h)aler". This was a 16th century silver coin intended to be the equivalent of the gulden, a gold coin. The first such coins were struck in 1519 under the direction of the Count of Schlick, who had appropiated a rich silver mine in St. Joachimsthal, Bohemia. The coin bore the image of St. Joachim and was in use from that time on, so the name "thaler" stuck. In the mountains of northwestern Bohemia is a small town known in the early 16th century by its German name Sankt Joachimsthal. When a silver mine was opened nearby to mint coins, the coins were known as joachimsthaler, later shortened in German to taler, then known in the Dutch form of "daler", then borrowed into English and into Spanish as "dollar". It was Thomas Jefferson who proposed that the dollar be the money unit of the United States, and so the Continental Congress resolved on July 6, 1785.

*Sand,Oscar - Born: March 21,1892 in the Town of Two Rivers on the family farm that they acquired in 1858. Son of Friedrich and Marie Borkholz Sand, immigrants from Germany. Baptized: Nov.23,1892 at St.Johns Luthern Church, Two Rivers, WI Attended Rangeline School from 1898 to 1906. He then attended Manitowoc Business College for accounting. Served in World War I, received many metals during the Meuse-Argonne Offensive from Sept.26 to Nov.12,1918. Almost his whole company was wiped out during that battle, and the few that remained advanced the hill and defeated the German gunners. His most valued metal is The Silver Metal. After returning from the war, he became our Town Clerk during the 1920's and 1930's. Mr. Sand never married, and lived his whole life on the family farm with Mr.and Mrs.Ervin Sand. He worked for a time at Hamilton Industries and he also farmed. Mr. Sand died on August 2nd, 1985, and is buried in the Forest View Cemetery, Two Rivers, WI. Below is copy of the citation he was awarded. Headquarters, 26th Infantry ?enterseansen, Germany 26th,May,1919 Official Order No.87 The following named officers and enlisted men of the regiment are entitled to the Victory Medal and Battle Clasps for the Victory Medal as authorized by General orders No. 75,(illegible); C.S., as indicated. The operations in which the First Division participated, for which Battle Clasps are authorized, are as followed: a. Mandidier - Boyen Defensive, between June 9 and June15,1918 b. Aisne-?arne Offensive, between July (illegible) and August 6,1918 c. St. Mihiel Offensive, between September 11 and September 26,1918 d. Meuse-Argonne Offensive, between September 26 and November 12,1918 The letters (a)-(b)-(c)-(d), which appear after the names, denotes the major operations in which individual participated. EXTRACT Company A, 26th INFANTRY Sand, Oscar, 2035519 :Pvt. : (d) SEAL by order of Colonel Brown R.K. Dorn, Captain, 26th Infantry Acting Adjatant. Family Farms These farms have been in their families for generations. HORSTMAN, Herman, Delmar Sec. 3 MEISSNER, Wilmer, Richard/ Sec.29/ MUELLER, Paul /Sec. 2 / RAATZ, John L. & Mary Jane /Sec. 23,24 / RAUSCH, Herbert,Lester,Jeffery/Sec.33,34/ SHAMBEAU, Allan & Audrey / Sec.14,23,24 / STECHMESSER, Alfred / Sec.2 / VOGL, Walter/Sec.6/ History of Wilfert Farm WILFERT FARMS/Sec.20/ Neshoto Lumber Co. owned the land that the Wilfert Farm now is established on. Casper and Margaretha Finklemun bought 120 acres from the lumber company and built a log cabin facing Eastshore Road. In 1877, Joseph Wilfert married the daughter, Dorthea, and the couple gave a bond of maintenance to the parents of Dorthea for their support until their death. Joseph Wilfert and his wife Dorthea were the parents of four children, John, Joseph Jr., Bertha and Mary. Dorthea died and Joseph was a widower with four children. Joseph then married Frances Silbersack and they had two sons, Martin and George. After Joseph died, John took over the family farm. When John died, the estate farm was sold to Robert and Shirley Wilfert. Robert is the son of Martin Wilfert. In 1977, Robert and Shirley were invited to the Wisconsin State Fair for the celebration of the farm being in the family for 100 years. Robert and Shirley sold the farm to William and Marilyn Wilfert in 1979, and they still reside there with their two sons. Dave and Terri now own the farm that was Martin and Theresa Wilfert. They sell quality farm grown vegetables that are well known throughout our community. Dave and Terri have a son and a daughter.