Wolfgang family

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This page updated 28 July 2001

Do you recognize this house?
Lucetta (Wolfgang) Leicht's granddaughter found this among her family photos
but does not know where it was taken or who the people pictured are.
(Click on the photo to see a larger version)

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I made a lot of Wolfgang connections through Lucetta's sister Louisa (Louie) Wolfgang's obituary and numerous census records transcribed at the Palo Alto County (Iowa) Genconnect site by Cathy Joynt Labath.

Lucetta Wolfgang
(also Lisette/ Lizzie /Sudah/Sadah?)
b. 19 July 1855 Racine?? WI
married 1 April 1878
to Jacob Leicht
d. 12 Feb 1928
Siblings: Willimina (b. abt. 1844); Ferdinand (b. abt. 1847); Waldeman (b. abt. 1848); Francisca (b. abt. 1850); Mary (b. abt. 1859); Louisa/Louise M (1860 - 1908); Albert J. (b. Jan 1863)

[I assume Mary and Louisa aren't the same daughter]

Their mother:
Martha ______
b. abt. 1821 Norway
d. circa 1895-1900
Their father:
Jacob Wolfgang
b. Oct. 1811 Baden, Germany
d. betw. 1900-1908
Her mother
b. Norway
Her father:
b. Norway
His mother:
b. Baden
His father:
b. Baden

1860 Census, Winnebago Co (WI), Village of Neenah, p. 62, lines 26-33 (28 June 1860)
Jacob Wolfgang (49), clerk in store, born Baden, listed with Martha (39) born Norway, Willimina (16), Ferdinand (13), Waldeman (12), Francisca (10), Lisette (5) and Mary (8 months). Jacob's real estate was valued at $250, and his personal estate at $30. The four oldest children were born in Norway, but Lisette and Mary were born in Wisconsin.

1870 Census, Winnebago Co (WI), Village of Neenah, p. 9, lines 33-38 (28 June 1870)
Jacob Wolfgang (59), saloon keeper, born Baden, listed with Martha (49) born Norway, Francisca (19 - dressmaker), Lisette (15) and Louisa (10), and Albert (8). Jacob's real estate was valued at $3000, and his personal estate at $1000. Francisca was born in Norway and the other three children in Wisconsin.

Sheboygan Co. marriages, Vol 2 p. 353 (microfilm reel #1275568, 1875-1881)
Name of husband: Jacob Leicht
Name of wife previous to marriage: Lisette Wolfgang
Occupation of husband: Farmer
Residence of husband: Town Sheboygan
Birthplace of husband: City Sheboygan Wis
Place where marriage was contracted: Office of C Risler
Date when marriage was contracted: 1 April 1878
By what ceremony contracted: "By swearing the parties & joining hands" [as best I can decipher]
Name of person pronouncing marriage: Chas. Risler
Reisidence of person last named: Town Sheboygan
Names of subscribing witnesses:
Julius Kraas [Krass?] and Henry Toepel
Date of certificate of marriage: 1 April 1878
Name of father of husband: John Leicht
Name of mother of husband: Bertha "
Name of father of wife: Jacob Wolfgang
Name of mother of wife: Martha "

1880 Census, Palo Alto Co., IA, Town of Emmetsburg (E.D. 167), p. 1 lines 40-43
Jacob Wolfgang (69), retired merchant, born in Baden, listed with wife Martha A (59), born in Norway, and children Louisa (20) and Albert (18), a clerk. Both children were born in Wisconsin.

The 1880 census also lists another Wolfgang family in the Village of Emmetsburg (E.D. 165), p. 4, lines 34-38:
Walter E Wolfgang (30), druggist, born in Norway, with wife Anna B (20), a one-day-old unnamed baby son, an uncle John Bull (58), farmer, and a servant Nettie Larson (17). Anna was born in Wisconsin and her parents in New York, and John Bull was born in New York (suggesting that he is Anna's uncle rather than Walter's). The servant girl Nettie was born in Norway. Since Jacob's son Albert eventually operates a drugstore (see below), I assume these Wolfgangs are related. Although this census lists Norway as the birthplace for both Walter's parents, I wonder if he might be an older son of Jacob and Martha....

Emmetsburg Town Census 1891 lists Wolfgang family: Jacob (m, 80); E (f, 71); Ellen (f, 32); W.J. (m, 30) and also apparently in the same household: Wm Leicht (m, 20)

1895 Census, Emmetsburg City, Ward 2, p. 14, lines 427-429
Wolfgang family listed:
Jacob (83) born Germany, no religion given
Martha (74) born Norway, Lutheran
Lousia M (35) born Wisconsin, P.E. [her obituary said she was a member of the Episcopal church]
This census lists Jacob as a widower and Martha and Louisa as both single!

1900 Census, Palo Alto Co. IA, Emmetsburg, (E.D. 151)
Ward 2 p. 22B lines 66-67
Jacob Wolfgang (88), widower, listed with daughter Louise M (40), a photographer. He was born in Germany and immigrated in 1855 (naturalized). She was born in Wisconsin, and her mother in Norway. This census lists her birthdate as Nov. 1859.

Ward 3 p.24A lines 6-8
Albert J Wolfgang (37), drugstore clerk, born in Wisconsin, listed with wife Lizzie (34) and daughter Grace (3). They had been married seven years, and Lizzie had had 2 children, with only one still living. Albert's father and mother were born in Germany and Norway, respectively. Lizzie and her parents were born in Canada and Grace in Iowa.

Obituary for Miss Louie Wolfgang (Emmetsburg [Iowa] Democrat, July 1, 1908, Wednesday) lists among her surviving relatives, Mrs John Leicht and Mrs. Jacob Leicht, both of Sheboygan, as well as a brother Albert J. Wolfgang of Emmetsburg, IA, and two other sisters Mrs. Antonette Kattel of Chicago, and Mrs. Edwin Wall of Menasha, WI. "The deceased was born in Nenah [sic], Wisconsin, November 14, 1860. Her parents lived for some time at Sheboygan. Thirty years ago they accompanied her to this city where they subsequently made their home with her. Both of them died several years ago. During most of her residence in Emmetsburg Miss Wolfgang conducted a photograph gallery."

From the Emmetsburg Democrat, 7 May 1913:
"A.J. Wolfgang has now one of the neatest drug stores to be found in this section of the state. It is needless to say he is very proud of it."

Polk's Iowa State Gazetteer and Business Directory, 1922-23:
Emmetsburg listings include Albert J Wolfgang, Drugs

Iowa Commercial Directory, 1938-39:
Emmetsburg listings include A.J. Wolfgang, Druggist


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