Husband: John George Wintermantel (1 2 3 4 5 6 7)
Born: 07 Dec 1835 in Ihringen, Baden, Germany (8 9)
Married: Dec 1862
Died: 23 Feb 1920 in Sauk Co., Wisconsin (10)
Father: John Jacob Wintermantel
Mother: Salome Stalbar Walter
Spouses: Anna Kindschi
Wife: Charlotte Rose (12 13)
Born: 18 Jan 1845 in Missouri
Died: 23 Dec 1863 in Honey Creek, Sauk, Wisconsin
Father: Frederick Rose
Mother: Katrina Heidmann
01 (F): Charlotte Wintermantle (15 16 17 18 19)
Born: Nov 1863 in WI
Died: 1952 (20)
Spouses: John Straub
Additional Information

John George Wintermantel:

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


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.

Charlotte Rose:

Buried: 25 Dec 1863, Salem Honey Creek Cemetery (Ragatz Cemetery), Sauk Co, Wisconsin 14


Letter from George Wintermantel about the death of his wife Charlotte to?

Charlotte Wintermantel, Nee Rose, daughter of Fredrich Rose and Katrina Heidman, was born January 17, 1845 in the state of Missouri, came with her parents to Wisconsin in 1846 and settled in the town of Honey Creek, where Charlotte spent her childhood and youth. In 1862 she was converted at a camp meeting and lived a pious and committed life which gave witness to a real change of heart. On December 9, 1862 she was married to George Wintermantel, but after a brief marriage of one year and 14 days she was taken from her husband in death. Her sickness was in the nervous system, and lasted 17 days, and in the end she got a stroke which ended her young life. The sickness began on December 6th 1863 with a headache and stomach pains and back pains. On December 8th professional help was sought which, however, did not help. Then a practical doctor was asked for advice and he did not deem the sickness as serious or dangerous, but his medicine did not help but rather the sickness got steadily worse, and Charlotte began to doubt her recovery. When the doctor came for a second time he assured us that the sickness was not serious, and even said to Charlotte while standing beside her bed, "As sure as I stand here I will make you well again, and if you die, here is my hand, I will go with you," so said Dr. Lackmund. But the dear Charlotte knew better how things were with her. She said often to me, "I'm going home." Another time she said to me, "George, live a devoted life, in heaven we will get together again." On Saturday, December 19th fresh medicine came again, and as she took a dose she said, "The medicine will take me into the grave." Then for a while I didn't give her any of it. Then several of those who visited Charlotte were of the opinion that she should be given the prescribed medicine again. Then I began to give her some of it and she said again to me, "It will bring me to the grave." And since it did not agree with her I stopped giving it to her. On Sunday night, December 20th, she began to sing lustily, "O how wonderful it will be in heaven when the Christians go home to stay there forever." And when we began to weep she said, "Why do you weep when I am so happy." Even though she had pain, this was her expression. She would have liked to go to sleep but couldn't. During the whole time of her sickness she often said, "Sleep wants to close my eyes." She now became weaker from day to day until she could not stand alone anymore. When she had to get out of bed I had to lead her. Even when she sat on a chair I had to hold her. On the night of the 21st of December she prayed earnestly and passionately in the English language for herself and her loved ones. She prayed that God deliver her of all pain and to take her home into heavenly rest, where one is relieved of all suffering and care forever. During the whole night she was very restless and spoke much because of her fever. The next morning she was somewhat better as she was every morning. Usually she got up every forenoon while her mother made her bed, so also this time. And that was the last time in this life. I led her to the stove where she sat down between the cradle and the stove, and I had to hold her while she was sitting, for she was now so weak. In this condition Charlotte was quiet and didn't say a word, and in her sad looks her future could be clearly seen. Her looks were such that those who noticed it were emotionally stirred, and it was as though someone had told her that the end of her short life was near, and the doors of eternity were standing open. Mother was hardly finished making her bed when she asked to be taken back to it. As she rose from her chair she turned to the cradle where the little child lay, reached down her hand and said, "Good-bye, child," with a sorrowful voice, as though she had a premonition that she was seeing her child for the last time in this life. Charlotte went to bed for the last time. It was about 11:00 a.m. During that day she seemed to feel quite well. many people came to visit. Charlotte was very glad for the visitors. She was especially thankful for every service done to her during the whole time of her sickness. In the meantime she had received other medicine. Toward evening she lost her mind (or senses), and in her fever she talked continually for about half an hour. After dark, her father came, but she did not recognize him. At 7:30 she was to take medicine again. I raised her up. She took the medicine quite willingly, but it was about to come up again, at least so it seemed, when in that moment Charlotte bowed her head and was gone, right in my arms. She slowly became cold, the pulse was gone and all signs of life had disappeared. But she came back to life again, breathed very quietly, then stronger, became warmer again and opened her eyes, and we hoped that she would get better again. With all this happening we spent half the night weeping and praying. Yes, we acted as though we wanted to force God to lengthen her life. At last I noticed that a nervestroke had affected a part of her head. For while the forehead was hot and red, dripping with sweat, the chin was ice cold. From 7:30 on she was unable to speak, and now one could see that the end of her life was near. But she still moved her eyes and hands, and it seemed as though she wanted to see those who were present. In this condition she lay for 18 hours. But finally here deliverance came. At about 2 o'clock in the afternoon of the 23rd my dear loving Charlotte breathed her last breath. Dr. Lackmund, who had come 1 1/2 hours before her death said likewise that a nervoustroke was the cause of her death. Here lay the dear body. The pure spirit had left and flown to heaven, leaving behind a sorrowing and weeping husband, parents and other loved ones and friends and neighbors. O what pain to be parted from those with whom one has lived in the closest ties of love and friendship! But God be praised for the sweet hope of a happy reunion in a better land where there will no parting forever.

Her funeral was held on holy Christmas Day, the 25th of December. A large number of people attended her funeral. She reached the age of 19 years less 24 days.

Geo. Wintermantel

Honey Creek in January 1864

  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 < >, Cemeteries - an Email (dated 9May2003).

    s/w Ernest Rahlmeyer, Row N13

  12. Jan Bender, Patsy Clark, Julie Edwards, and Margaret Ann Jenstad; about 2002, Descendants of John Jacob Wintermantel.
  13. 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

  14. Patsy Clark < >, Cemeteries - an Email (dated 9May2003).

    s/w Georg Wintermantle, RowN13

  15. George Wintermantle, Letter from George Wintermantle to Mathilda Druschel 1/16/1908.
  16. Census, Federal - 1870 - Sauk Co., WI, Twsp of Honey Creek.
  17. Census, Federal - 1880 - Sauk Co, Wi, Honey Creek Twsp, ED# 254.
  18. 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
    Mintermantlen George father 77 GER GER GER occ: general farming imm: 1856 Na

  19. Census, Federal - 1900 - Sauk Co, Wi, Twsp Honey Creek ED137 , sheet 10B.

    Line 51 Dwelling # 188 Family # 189

    Straub, John head b. Nov 1852 age 47 M 12 yrs WI Germany Germany occ: Farmer
    Charlotte wife Sep 1863 36 12 WI Ger WI
    Lydia dau Nov 1881 18 MN WI NY
    Emma dau Nov 1881 18 MN WI NY
    Rudoph, Paul servant 30 Ger Ger Ger

    [Charlotte's dad and siblings are listed at the previous dwelling.]

  20. Findagrave (

    Birth: 1863
    Death: 1952

    2nd W/O John; S/W Georg Doll

    Salem Honey Creek Cemetery
    Prairie du Sac
    Sauk County
    Wisconsin, USA
    Plot: N 8

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