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Franz (Frank) Joseph Proft
August 1, 1835 - June 14, 1918
Franz (Frank) PROFT lived for 82 years, 10 months, 13 days or a total of 30,267 days
Born: Saturday - August 1, 1835 in Zebus, Wegstädtl County, Bohemia (now Chcebuz)
Married: 1st Wife Theresia Wolf - Saturday - August 25, 1857 in #15 Maleov,Wegstädtl County, Bohemia
Died: Friday - June 14, 1918 in Merrill, Wisconsin, 108 E. Third St.
Buried: Monday - June 17, 1918 in Merrill, Wisconsin, St. Francis Cemetery
Father was Stephen Igna(t)z PROFT
Mother was Maria Anna BAUMANN
Children: Frank, Joseph, Wenzel, Paul Sr., Anton, August (Gus), Adolph, Maria, Emma, Karl, Fanni, William , (Stepson) Anton Burgan
Google Map - Latitude:+50°32 Min.00 Sec. Longitude:+14°19 Min. 00 Sec. - Choose your own scale
Franz's great grandfather "Franz" was married in Neudörfel, Germany January 13, 1754,south of the current name Zwickau N50:42:0 E12:28:60
Birthplace Map Page Link
Click here for - Franz's Immigration and Naturalization Records
Married Theresia WOLF August 25, 1857 in Malschen, Wegstädtl County, Bohemia
Little is known about Frank's first wife Theresia WOLF (BLUM)
RCPO in Hoťka, vol. 51/12 M section fol. 48: (record in German)
Date: 25 Aug 1857
Place: #15 (Maleov)
Groom: Franz Proft "Wagnergessell" (journeyman wheeler) from #45 Zebus, living at #74 Malschen, legitimate son of Ignatz Proft, "Häsler" (cottager) at #45 Zebus and mother Maria Anna née Bauman, "Gastwirthstochter" (bar-keeper's daughter) from #30 Raudun; they are all from Wegstädtl County, Bohemia; Catholic, 22 single
Bride: Theresia Wolf, legitimate daughter of Wenzel Wolf, "Chalupner" (field cottager) from #15 Malschen, Wegstädtl County and Thersia née Totsche, "Chalupnerstochter" (field cottager's daughter) from #12 Pitschkowitz, Leitmeritz County, Catholic 23, single;
Witnesses: Joseph Vogel, "Wagnermeister (master wheeler) from Strzischowitz; Joseph Wurbs, "Chalupner" (field cottager) at #33 Malchen
Married by: Peter Foita,, parish preist
Note: Both the under-age groom and the under-age bride got their fathers' permissions
Married his 2nd wife October 24, 1875, Catherina (Katherine) "nee Nenthal"
Wife Catherina (Katherine) was widowed from her first husband John Burgan. She had one son with her first husband John, "Anton BURGAN"
There had to be some confusion at times with having 2 Anton's in the household.
Franz brought his family to America, except for sons Frank Jr., Joseph and Wenzel whom came later
Franz or a/k/a Frank Proft Sr. became an US Citizen March 23, 1889
Franz purchased his land from Rietbrock, Johnson and Halsey for $200. Fredrick Rietbrock was well known as the founder of the Village of Athens. He recruited German immigrants to settle on his land. The Riebrock Lumber and Land Company harvested the land for timber and then transitioned the properties into farms for sale. It should be noted that Marathon County Townships are named after Rietbrock, Johnson and Halsey. Franz's original farm is located in Section 15 in the Township of Johnson.
Click here for - 1881 Marathon County Plat Map of Franz's Township of Johnson Land
Click here for - Warranty Deed for Purchase of the Farm March 18, 1890
1891 - 1892 Wausau City Directory - Marathon County Farmers
"After Picture" of the Original Franz Proft Farm
This later house was torn down also
The first census "1885 Wisconsin", where Frank's family is recorded after immigrating to US
June 20, 1885 Wisconsin State Census for Marathon County, Township of Johnson indicates a misspelled last name beginning with the Letter "B" instead of "P". Household of 5 males and 3 females, 1 born in US and 7 born in Germany.
Wisconsin Census Excerpt - Township of Johnson - June 20, 1895, by Town Clerk Frank Kosky
Census Journal Column Totals - 3 white males, 2 white females, 1 born United States and 4 born in Germany
Village of Athens, Wisconsin 1910 US Census
Franz (Frank) and Catherina (Katherine) moved to the Village of Athens in time for this 1910 Census. Son William apparently remained on the farm with his family. According to this 1910 Census, Frank and Catherine spoke the Bohemian language. Frank was employed at a sawmill (most likey the Reitbrock sawmill in Athens). Six years later, in 1916 Frank and Catherine moved to 108 3rd St, Merrill, WI and lived out their remaining days at their Son Paul Proft's home.
Original Frank Proft Farm - Google Map link
Original Frank Proft Farm - Mapquest link
Original Frank Proft Farm - Bing Map link
Topo Map of the farm - Center Screen
Wide Map Image - of Proft Farms
1900-1909 Wisconsin Railroad Map - Wisconsin Central/Soo line for Athens - Corinth
The Frank Proft family immigrated 1881 in the Athens, Wisconsin area, Marathon County Township of Johnson
GPS N45:00.13.056 W090:12.627
1882 plat book excerpt compliments of the Marathon County Historical Society
1901 plat book excerpt compliments of the Marathon County Historical Society
The land index card record that was obtained from the Wisconsin Historical Society - Madison, Wisconsin
Father of seven sons and one daughter with Theresia Blum union. One daughter and son with Katherine
Frank and Katherine
Frank and Kathrine lived with their Son's Paul's Family, 3rd St. Merrill residence prior to their deaths
1917 photocopy of a picture of Franz sitting in a rocking chair one year before his death
Frank died: Friday - June 14, 1918 in Merrill, Wisconsin
Frank's 2nd eldest son - Joseph Frank Proft Family
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Frank and Katherine's youngest son - William Frank Proft Family
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