Proft Genealogy

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Father Franz (Frank Sr.) PROFT Family Picture Chart Page

 Joseph Frank Proft Family Page

Joseph Frank Proft

May 12, 1862 - October 6, 1942

Walter Leo Proft 10/11/1903 - 12/9/1964 Bertha (Harter) Proft 10/22/1863 - 10/5/1929 Joseph Frank Proft 5/12/1862 - 10/6/1942 Mildred Proft 5/24/1905 - 5/10/1992 Herbert Anthony Proft 12/7/1901 - 10/20/1966 Frank Proft Born 3/14/1897 - 8/22/1975 Josephine Proft 1/11/1893 - 11/6/1921 Adolph Proft 3/13/1890 - 7/25/1961 Katherine Clair Proft 1/5/1895 - 11/30/1965 Wenzel Winnie Proft 10/24/1887 - 5/12/1975 Lawrence Proft 1/21/1900 - 2/14/1973

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Joseph Frank Proft lived for 80 years, 4 months, 24 days or a total of 29,366 days

Born: Monday - May 12, 1862 in Drahobus, Austria/Bohemia

Birthplace of Drahobus, Austria/Bohemia now is Drahobuz, Ustecky Kraj CZ, in the Czech Republic since 1998.

Located at 50:32 north latitude and 14:19 east longitude.

2nd oldest son of Franz (Frank Sr.) PROFT and Theresia WOLF (BLUM) Proft.

Siblings: Frank,  WenzelPaul Sr.,  Anton,  August (Gus),  Adolph,   Maria,   Emma,  William,  (Stepbrother) Anton Burgan

Joseph was born when Franz Joseph I was Emperor of Austria.

Joseph's Citizenship Naturalization Documents

He immigrated to the United States in 1884. Research is ongoing,  attempting to find the exact date, ship name, ports of departure and arrival.

Married Bertha Harter in Marathon County, Wisconsin on Saturday December 18, 1886.

Marathon County Marriage Records Volume 1, Page 492,  No. 01083  -  1.) Full name of husband:  Joseph Proft, 2.)  Name of father of husband: Frank Proft,   3.) Name of mother of husband before marriage:  Theresia Pommer,   4.) Occupation of husband: working man,   5.) Residence of husband: Wausau Wis.,  6.) Birthplace of husband: Germany,   7.)  Full name of wife before marriage: Bertha Harter,  8.) Name of father of wife: John Harter,  9.) Name of mother before marriage: Josephine Buehler,  10.) Birthplace of wife: Germany,   11.) Time when marriage was contracted:  Dec 18th 1886,   12.) The place, town or township, and county where the marriage was contracted:  Wausau. Wis,   13.) The color of the parties: White,  14.) By what ceremony contracted:  Roman Catholic,   15.) Names of subscribing witnesses: Adolph Fischbach, Josephine Harter,  16.) Name of person pronouncing marriage: Theo. J. Richard, Rector of St Mary Cong.,   17.)  Residence of person last named: Wausau, Mar Co. Wis,   18.) Date of certificate or affidavit of marriage:  Dec. 18th 1886,   19.) Date of registration: Dec 10th 1887,   20.) Any additional circumstances:  (blank)

1886 Wausau City Directory Excerpts

1886 Wausau Hotels         Mapquest 417 Washington Ave

Joseph married Bertha Harter in Marathon County, Wisconsin on Saturday December 18, 1886.

Joseph and Bertha had their first born child, a son named "Winnie",  born Monday - October 24, 1887 in Bessemer, Michigan.  Winnie was the only child not born in either Wausau or Merrill, Wisconsin.  There is speculation that Joseph was either working or visiting in Bessemer, Michigan at the time.  Note: below Joseph shows up in the the 1888 and 1890 Wausau City Directories as residing in Wausau during those years.   

1888 Wausau City Directory

Interesting,  Sister Mary (Maria) is also staying with her brothers.  Mary also left Wausau for Bessemer, Michigan with her brothers and married Bartel Hoffner in Bessemer.

Mapquest Map - 5th and Fulton Streets, Wausau, WI

1890 Wausau City Directory

Looks like the Proft brothers are now staying at 713 Lincoln Ave, Wausau.  Maria is not listed.  Did she go back to the old country?   

Mapquest Map - 713 Lincoln Ave.,  Wausau, WI

He was employed as a lumberjack and saw mill hand as seen here while on a lunch break.

Joseph and Bertha Proft

Married Bertha Harter in Marathon County, Wisconsin on Saturday December 18, 1886.

Joseph with his brother Paul.  Paul also lived in Merrill and their parents Frank and Catherina stayed with his family.

Joseph and Bertha sitting on the side porch entrance to their 506 S. Foster St. Merrill residence

1895 Wisconsin Census - Merrill, Wisconsin Excerpt

Residence during 1900 Census

1900-1901 Residing 212 N. Thomas St. (Merrill City Directory Excerpt)

1900-1901 Merrill City Directory - Early Merrill History

Household members during 1905 Wisconsin Census

Residence during 1920 Census

1925 Merrill City Directory Index Page Links

1921 Merrill City Directory

1921 Merrill City Directory Page 170 excerpt containing misspelling  of last name ( l instead of r ).

1925 Merrill City Directory Page 139 excerpt containing misspelling  of last name ( l instead of r ).

1941 Milwaukee City Directory Excerpt Page 928

Joseph is residing at 3815 North 38th Street, Milwaukee, Wisconsin with Frank and Agnes until his death.

Was the father of 11 children, 8 sons and 3 daughters. One son and daughter died in infancy.

Resided at 506 Foster St. Merrill, WI. Last resided at 3815 North 38th Street, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Died: Tuesday - October 6, 1942 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin from from inhaling illuminating gas while temporarily insane.

Joseph Frank Proft was buried October 9, 1942 in Merrill, Wisconsin Memorial Park, Saint Francis Catholic Cemetery.

Merrill Daily Herald December 9, 1942 Page 1, Column 4**Obvious error "married Helen Hunter" should be Bertha Harter.

Rhinelander Daily News October 9, 1942 Page 2, Col 4

Apparently Winnie was well known in Rhinelander. The Rhinelander newspaper published his father Joseph's obituary. They also published obituaries for his brother's Lawrence and Walter.

Antigo Daily Journal Page October 7, 1942 page 5, Col 3,

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