Husband: John George Wintermantel (1 2 3 4 5 6 7)
Born: 07 Dec 1835 in Ihringen, Baden, Germany (8 9)
Married: 09 Jun 1864 in Sauk Co., Wisconsin (48)
Died: 23 Feb 1920 in Sauk Co., Wisconsin (10)
Father: John Jacob Wintermantel
Mother: Salome Stalbar Walter
Spouses: Charlotte Rose
Wife: Anna Kindschi (12 13 14)
Born: 29 Apr 1842 in Frauen Davos near Kirche, Graubuenden, Switzerland (15)
Died: 20 Jan 1899 in Honey Creek, Sauk, Wisconsin (16)
Father:
Mother:
Spouses:
Children
01 (F): Louise Wintermantle (18 19 20)
Born: Mar 1866
Died: 1948 (21)
Spouses: William Frederick Steuber
02 (F): Caroline Wintermantle (22 23 24)
Born: May 1867 in Wisconsin
Died: 1932 (25)
Spouses: Conrad Adam
03 (F): Mary E. Wintermantle (26 27)
Born: Jul 1870 in Sauk Co, WI (28)
Died: 1964 (29)
Spouses: Charles E. Schmalz; John Tobias Clavadatscher
04 (F): Julia Wintermantle (30 31 32)
Born: 1872 in Sauk Co, WI
Died: 19 May 1956 (33)
Spouses: Edward A. Parman
05 (F): Anna Rosina Wintermantle (34 35 36 37)
Born: Jun 1875 in Sauk Co, WI
Died: 1963 (38)
Spouses: Ernest Rahlmeyer
06 (F): Salome Wintermantle (39 40)
Born: Apr 1878 in Sauk Co, WI
Died: 1916 (41)
Spouses: John Tobias Clavadatscher
07 (M): Frederick Carl Wintermantel (42 43 44 45)
Born: 17 Apr 1881 in Honey Creek, Sauk, Wisconsin (46)
Died: Dec 1973 in Prairie du Sac, Sauk, WI (47)
Spouses: Laura May Witwen
Additional Information

John George Wintermantel:

Buried: Salem Honey Creek Cemetery (Ragatz Cemetery), Sauk Co, Wisconsin 11

Notes:

1860 Census shows George living and working on the farm of his future wife's family

From "The Wintermantel Story - Beginnings" by Dianne Z. Stevens - 2013

John Jacob and Salome Walter Wintermantel's sixth child was John George Wintermantel (known as George) (1835 Ihringen, Baden – 1920 Sauk County, WI.) We have two wonderful letters that George wrote, one to the folks back in Germany in 1875, the second to his sister-in-law, Matilda Druschel in Canby, Oregon in 1908. Those letters are the basis for much that we know about these Wintermantels and their circumstances.

The 1860 census shows George working on the farm of Frederick and Catherine Rose. They had a 15 year old daughter Charlotte he must have been sweet on, because he married her two years later. She gave birth to a baby girl, Charlotte, in Nov 1863,then died 23 Dec 1863. George's sister Salome took Baby Charlotte to care for. A year later George married Anna Kindshi. With her he had five girls, and then finally a boy, Frederick in 1881. Fred is said to have told that his father regarded his eight cows as being “a sizable herd.”

In 1871 George purchased a farm on Sauk County Hwy PF two miles west of the Ragatz Church. During the Wintermantel Reunion of 2003 we were able to tour the farmhouse that still stands. It is a Swiss style house made with very thick sandstone walls in a distinctive mode called Block and Stack.

Anna Kindschi:

Buried: Salem Honey Creek Cemetery (Ragatz Cemetery), Sauk Co, Wisconsin 17

Footnotes
  1. George Wintermantle, Letter from George Wintermantle to Mathilda Druschel 1/16/1908.

    John George Wintermantel letter of 1908 to sister-in-law Mathilda(Fey) in Oregon,
    as translated by (someone found by Patsy Clark) July 2003:

    page 1
    Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin - January 16, 1908
    Dear Sister-in-law Mathilda,
    God's grace and greetings.
    I will take time today to write you a letter. I received the letter you wrote on October 16th. We had already heard of the death of your husband. That will mean an important change in your family's life and work as it usually does in such circumstances. Everything on this earth is subject to change - no exceptions. We are, thank God, healthy. Since last spring I have lived in Prairie du Sac with my eldest daughter, Lotte. She built a house in town last summer, and by the middle of September it was ready to move into and since then we have lived in it. It is built of red brick, 26x28, two story, and a basement. it is a nice-looking little house, nicely arranged, and cost (with the lot) a little over $1900.

    *Here he changes the topic and without mentioning anyone goes on like this*

    The impact of a mentally disturbed person is such that he will run around town and talk

    page 2 of translation
    constantly. This state will last for a few weeks and then there are weeks when he won't leave the house or talk to anyone and shows no interest in what goes on around him. I am of the opinion that he is not seriously ill, although he suffers a lot with blind hemorrhoids. You can imagine how much worry and heartache this causes, otherwise we could live quite comfortably in town. His pension was raised to $20 a month and they have some capital from the farm so they have the means for a decent life. The Straub farm where Charlotte lived for almost 20 years was sold for $10,000. The notice in the paper was that they were looking for an heir, so I wrote to the Milwaukee paper and it was a different Wintermantel they were looking for. I expected that, since I couldn't imagine how I could inherit anything. The crops in 1907 were not very good. Wheat is not used much. Oats was light. Because of too much rain and not enough warmth, the corn did not ripen satisfactorally. The price for cattle and pigs has

    page 3 of translation:
    by 1/3. It seems the upswing in business the last 8 or 10 years will go in the other direction now. It was to be expected. We have nice winters, very little snow, no severe colds, mostly sunny days, and few cold winds. We hear that Madison, Chicago, and Milwaukee have a lot of snow. On June 19th my son Friedrich got married to Laura Witwen, daughter of John Witwen, whose father built the (?) mill. Th wedding was in Baraboo where the family is living now. John is the county treasuer. It was a very small wedding with only the immediate family present. Soon after they went on a honeymoon trip to Nebraska where my daughter Rosina, and her husband, Ernst Rahlmeier, live, then to Hudson, Wisconsin where Julia and her husband, Edward Parman, live. Both of these men are farmers. Wilhelm Stueber, who used to live in Prairie du Sac, traded in his nice house for a farm so now the family lives in the town of Lodi, Coilumbia County, Wisconsin, about 8 miles east of Prairie du Sac. Of all my sons-in-law there is only one who is not a farmer, namely....

    page 4 of translation:
    Conrad Adam. He's a miller in Black Hawk. The family of my brother Jacob has had much grief and heartache. He has about 118 acres, about 80 acres in hills and woodlands, and a few acres of swampland. On my farm is Friedrich, who is renting it. He had some good years and made a lot of money, but he is not frugal. He wants to buy the farm, but I am reluctant to sell, although I don't intend ever to go back on it to live. I like it better in town. We live in a nice locality. About 300 steps from the house the railroad runs by that goes to Mazomanie, to Sauk City, and to Praire du Sac. When I awake at 7 in the morning I can see the train without raising my head - I just have to turn my face towards the window. In 15 minutes I can walk uptown or to church. In about 20 - 25 minutes I can be in the middle of Sauk City. Prairie du Sac is a nice little town. Pastor Buhler told me one could go far in America before finding a town as nice for its size as Prairie du Sac. The E. U. congregation and its surrounding community is a strong congregation. The church was built about two years a go and cost over $19,000 and about a...

    page 5 translation:
    year after its dedication it was all paid for. Since then the congregation has brought up more than $2000 for pastor's salary, missions, and support of Sunday school and misc. This fall I bought some more land not far from my house. We keep a cow and I hope there will be enough pasture for her next summer. Charlotte has a nice garden. She got 40 bushels of potatoes and other garden vegetables. I got 30 bushels of potatoes and 25 bushels of corn. Now I will close, hoping this finds you in good health. May God bless you with everything neede in time and eternity.
    Greetings to you all.
    Geo. Wintermantel.

  2. Census, Federal - 1870 - Sauk Co., WI, Twsp of Honey Creek.

    Name: John Winterman
    [John Wintermantel]
    Age in 1870: 32
    Birth Year: abt 1838
    Birthplace: Baden
    Home in 1870: Honey Creek, Sauk, Wisconsin
    Race: White
    Gender: Male
    Post Office: Sauk City
    Value of real estate: 3000
    Household Members: Name Age
    John Winterman 32 farmer
    Ana Winterman 28 from Switerland
    Charlotte Winterman 7
    Louisa Wintermantel 4
    Carlina Wintermantel 2

  3. Census, Federal - 1880 - Sauk Co, Wi, Honey Creek Twsp, ED# 254, p. 13.
    (Jun 1880)
  4. Census, Federal - 1860 - Sauk Co., WI, Honey Creek Twsp., Ancestry p. 191.
    (3 Oct 1860)

    Line 25 Dwellin # 1663 Family # 1643

    Frederick Rose age 48 M Farmer re $6000 PE $1000 born Hanover
    Catharine 44 F Prussia
    Charlotte 15 F WI attends school
    Henry 12 M WI "
    Frederick 8 M WI "
    Christian 3 M WI
    George Wintermantel 24 M Farm Laborer Baden

  5. Letter from George Wintermantle to relatives in Germany (from papers received from Paul Wintermantel via Patsy Clark; June 2003).

    Not like my brothers, I stayed in the same town and county where we settled in June, 1856. For five years I worked as a hired man for $140 a year. But in 1858 1 already bought 43 acres of land for $315. The following year I bought 20 acres more for $45. These 20 acres are hilly with much timber on them. In 1861 I made the beginning on this piece of land, and with the help of Brother Christian I cleared 8 acres of hazelbrush and burned it all in 8 days. We broke the land with a large plow and 5 yoke of oxen in 4 1/2 days. The next year I already threshed 157 bushels of wheat. The next spring I cleared five acres more on which I immediately planted corn and potatoes. Results were very good.

    In December, 1862, I married Charlotte Rose, daughter of Fredrich and Katrina Rose, but after a short marriage of I year and 2 weeks, my dear Charlotte died. Eleven weeks before her death a girl was born whom I turned over to my sister, Salome, for her upbringing. She was a real mother to the dear child until I was married again the following year to Anna Kindschi. She came with her father and relatives from Switzerland to America. With her I have 5 girls. Two are going to school. They are being taught German and English.

  6. Census, Federal - 1910 - Sauk, WI, Prairie du Sac Village, Ancestry p.14.
    (22 Apr 1910)

    Line 86 Dwelling 205 Family # 208 2nd Ave


    Straub, Charlotte head 46 WI GER MO 0 Chil b/0 living
    Mintermantle George brother 77 GER GER GER occ:own income imm: 1856 Na

  7. Doris Litscher Gasser, Wintermantels: Schmiedlin Branch reunion (Sauk Prairie Star; 18Sep2003).

    John George Wintermantel, known as George (1835 - 1920) son of John Jacob, must have been the most dedicated and afffluent writers in the family, for his work has provided treasured sources of information about life during their time. George purchased a farm two miles west of the Ragatz Church on PF in 1871. It was a typical Swiss style stone house brought to our attention recently as a block and stack design by Jane Eisley and Donald Kindschi.
    George married Charlotte Rose in 1862. They had a daughter, Charlotte. When Charlotte Rose, the mother, passed away, George married Anna Kindschi. George and Anna had seven more children, six daughters and then a son, Fred...Fred told that his father regarded his eight cows as being a sizable herd at the time.

  8. Census, Federal - 1900 - Sauk Co, Wi, Twsp Honey Creek ED137 .
  9. Jan Bender, Patsy Clark, Julie Edwards, and Margaret Ann Jenstad; about 2002, Descendants of John Jacob Wintermantel.
  10. Ibid.
  11. Patsy Clark <gclark168@comcast.net >, Cemeteries - an Email (dated 9May2003).

    s/w Ernest Rahlmeyer, Row N13

  12. Census, Federal - 1880 - Sauk Co, Wi, Honey Creek Twsp, ED# 254.
  13. Jan Bender, Patsy Clark, Julie Edwards, and Margaret Ann Jenstad; about 2002, Descendants of John Jacob Wintermantel.
  14. K Hasse (<karenkhasse@gmail.com>), email.
    (16 Mar 2015)

    Anna Kindschi was born 4/29/1842. She died 1/20/1899, presumably in
    Honeycreek Township in Sauk County, WI. She is buried in the Salem
    Cemetery in Honeycreek Township.

  15. Jan Bender, Patsy Clark, Julie Edwards, and Margaret Ann Jenstad; about 2002, Descendants of John Jacob Wintermantel.
  16. Ibid.
  17. Patsy Clark <gclark168@comcast.net >, Cemeteries - an Email (dated 9May2003).

    s/w Georg Wintermantle, RowN13

  18. Census, Federal - 1870 - Sauk Co., WI, Twsp of Honey Creek.
  19. Census, Federal - 1880 - Sauk Co, Wi, Honey Creek Twsp, ED# 254.
  20. Jan Bender, Patsy Clark, Julie Edwards, and Margaret Ann Jenstad; about 2002, Descendants of John Jacob Wintermantel.
  21. Ibid.
  22. Census, Federal - 1870 - Sauk Co., WI, Twsp of Honey Creek.
  23. Census, Federal - 1880 - Sauk Co, Wi, Honey Creek Twsp, ED# 254.
  24. Census, Federal - 1900 - Sauk Co., WI, Troy.

    Adams, Conrad Head White Male Aug 1862 37 Married 8 1892 Germany Germany Germany imm: 1883 naturalized occ: Miller Troy, Sauk, Wisconsin

    Adams, Carrin Wife White Female May 1867 33 Married 8 1892 children: 3born/3livingWisconsin Germany Germany Troy, Sauk, Wisconsin

    Adams Meta Daughter White Female Dec 1892 7 Single Wisconsin Germany Wisconsin Troy, Sauk, Wisconsin

    Adams Carl Son White Male Jul 1896 3 Single Wisconsin Germany Wisconsin Troy, Sauk, Wisconsin

    Adams Lee Son White Male Mar 1899 1 Single Wisconsin Germany Wisconsin Troy, Sauk, Wisconsin

  25. Jan Bender, Patsy Clark, Julie Edwards, and Margaret Ann Jenstad; about 2002, Descendants of John Jacob Wintermantel.
  26. Census, Federal - 1880 - Sauk Co, Wi, Honey Creek Twsp, ED# 254.
  27. Census, Federal - 1930 - Sauk Co, Wisconsin, Troy, Ancestry p. 1.

    Line 26 Dwelling # 8 Household # 8

    Clavadatscher, John T. Head R radio age 52 1st m age 26 WI WI WI occ: Farmer/general
    Mary E. wife 59 1st m age 35 WI Ger Swit
    Schmalz, Charles step-son 20 S WI WI WI Laborer/farm

  28. Census, Federal - 1900 - Sauk Co, Wi, Twsp Honey Creek ED137 .
  29. Jan Bender, Patsy Clark, Julie Edwards, and Margaret Ann Jenstad; about 2002, Descendants of John Jacob Wintermantel.
  30. Census, Federal - 1880 - Sauk Co, Wi, Honey Creek Twsp, ED# 254.
  31. Jan Bender, Patsy Clark, Julie Edwards, and Margaret Ann Jenstad; about 2002, Descendants of John Jacob Wintermantel.
  32. George Wintermantle, Letter from George Wintermantle to Mathilda Druschel 1/16/1908.

    On June 19th my son Friedrich got married to Laura Witwen, daughter of John Witwen, whose father built the (?) mill. The wedding was in Baraboo where the family is living now. John is the county treasuer. It was a very small wedding with only the immediate family present. Soon after they went on a honeymoon trip to Nebraska where my daughter Rosina, and her husband, Ernst Rahlmeier, live, then to Hudson, Wisconsin where Julia and her husband, Edward Parman, live. Both of these men are farmers.

  33. Bev Nelson, Family Tree document.
  34. Census, Federal - 1880 - Sauk Co, Wi, Honey Creek Twsp, ED# 254.
  35. Census, Federal - 1900 - Sauk Co, Wi, Twsp Honey Creek ED137 .
  36. George Wintermantle, Letter from George Wintermantle to Mathilda Druschel 1/16/1908.

    On June 19th my son Friedrich got married to Laura Witwen, daughter of John Witwen, whose father built the (?) mill. The wedding was in Baraboo where the family is living now. John is the county treasuer. It was a very small wedding with only the immediate family present. Soon after they went on a honeymoon trip to Nebraska where my daughter Rosina, and her husband, Ernst Rahlmeier, live, then to Hudson, Wisconsin where Julia and her husband, Edward Parman, live. Both of these men are farmers.

  37. Margaret Ann Jenstad.
    (26 Jul 2003)

    "How did Rosina Wintermantel get way down to Nebraska? Daughter Olive explained: Rosina was serving as second maid with the Fuller family on the 4th lake in Madison. (The first maid cooked. The second maid didn't cook.) Rosina was first cousin to Elizabeth Felix Busse (Mrs. Albert Busse) who lived in Madson. The Rahlmeyer and Busse families had known each other in Germany. When Ernest Rahlmeyer form Nebraska visited Albert Busse in Madison, he met Mrs. Busse's cousin, Rosina, and courtship followed. Thence to Nebraska. When past midlife, Rosina and Ernest Rahlmeyer returned to Wisconsin for the rest of their lives. They kept house for bachelor Charles Schmalz on his farm in Troy. When half-sister Charlotte Straub broke her hip, the Rahlmeyers took care of her. After Rosina's Husband died, she lived with her widowed brother, Fred Wintermantel."

    [Charles Schmalz was the husband or Rosina's sister, Mary E. Wintermantle
    Charlotte Straub is Mary and Rosina's half-sister, same father, George Wintermantle. Charlotte's mother was his first wife, Charlotte Rose.]

  38. Jan Bender, Patsy Clark, Julie Edwards, and Margaret Ann Jenstad; about 2002, Descendants of John Jacob Wintermantel.
  39. Census, Federal - 1880 - Sauk Co, Wi, Honey Creek Twsp, ED# 254.
  40. Census, Federal - 1900 - Sauk Co, Wi, Twsp Honey Creek ED137 .
  41. Jan Bender, Patsy Clark, Julie Edwards, and Margaret Ann Jenstad; about 2002, Descendants of John Jacob Wintermantel.
  42. Census, Federal - 1900 - Sauk Co, Wi, Twsp Honey Creek ED137 .
  43. Jan Bender, Patsy Clark, Julie Edwards, and Margaret Ann Jenstad; about 2002, Descendants of John Jacob Wintermantel.
  44. Doris Litscher Gasser, Wintermantels: Schmiedlin Branch reunion (Sauk Prairie Star; 18Sep2003).

    Fred "farmed his father's farm before he took over the John Deere Dealership in Prairie du Sac." According to Dr. Kindschi, Fred told that his father regarded his eight cows as being a sizable herd at the time. Fred sold the business to Les Sprecher about 1949. As a member of Sauk County Male Chorus, Fred was known for being an accomplished singer. Les reported that Fred had a unique way of dealing with irate customers, "Fred just stood there and calmly sang a hymn." Fred's daughter, Ione, and son, John, are both deceased. Ione passed away at the Pines shortly after we worked on a short story with her for the Honey Creek Hamlets Sesquicentennial book.

  45. George Wintermantle, Letter from George Wintermantle to Mathilda Druschel 1/16/1908.

    On my farm is Friedrich, who is renting it. He had some good years and made a lot of money, but he is not frugal. He wants to buy the farm, but I am reluctant to sell, although I don't intend ever to go back on it to live.

  46. Census, Federal - 1900 - Sauk Co, Wi, Twsp Honey Creek ED137 .
  47. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, FamilySearch.com.
  48. Margaret Ann Jenstad.

    [received via Karen Rose Ladd, 29Apr 2014]

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