Proft Genealogy

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

 Joseph Frank Proft Family Page

Lawrence Proft

January 21, 1900 - February 14, 1973 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

Proft Map
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Joseph,   Bertha,   Wenzel,   Adolph,   Josephine,   Clara,   Frank,   Lawrence,   Herbert,   Walter,   Mildred  

Joseph Frank Proft - Family Page

Lawrence Proft lived for 73 years, 24 days or a total of 26,687 days

Born: Sunday January 21, 1900 in Merrill, Wisconsin

Lincoln County Birth Record Vol 2 - #1272 indicates Lawrence J. Proft, white male born to Joseph F. Proft, occupation "factorywork" and Bertha Harter January 21, 1900, reported by Jos. Proft residing in Antigo, Wis. Others in household were listed and spelled as Winnie, Frank, Walter Adolph, Herbert, Clara, Mildred. ***It should be noted that the date of registration of this record is listed as May 7, 1937 and other information line indicates May 10, 1937. This would explain the others in household that were born after Lawrence and the missing Josephine who died 11-6-1921. Perhaps it was Clara that provided the information for this record.

Lawrence  (Laurentios) was baptized Sunday,  Feb 18, 1900 at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, Merrill, WI as recorded in Baptismal Register Index 1896-1906, Page 96. 

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First Communion - Herbert, Walter and Lawrence Proft

Lawrence is 5 years old during the 1905 Wisconsin Census

As a child Lawrence would have gone to Merrill's 6th Ward School

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The 6 Proft Brothers

Lawrence's residence  during the 1920 Census, he enlisted in the Marines August of this year

Married Susie May Anderson (b. 1-31-1902; d. 1-14-1968)

1968 divorce with Lawrence remarried now Susie Mazzanti

Susie May (Anderson) and Lawrence 1929

Married Elizabeth Theisen (b.10-15-1907;d.6-11-2003)

Elizabeth and Lawrence

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Elizabeth was the youngest of 11 children born to: Ferdinand George Theisen & Anna Magdalena Heilig in the city of Montana, Buffalo, County, Wisconsin.

Corporal Lawrence J. Proft, U.S.M.C

Lawrence enlisted in the Marine Corp August 20, 1920. He served in Santo Domingo, DR as an auto mechanic.  He also served stateside in Boston and New York.  He was discharged August 19, 1922.  Some of his unit's monthly Muster Rolls are transcribed below.

August 20, 1920 Enlisted. Battalion A Marine Barracks, Training Station, Paris Island S.C. September 1920, Battalion A Marine Barracks, Training Station, Paris Island. 28 Qual SS Army Course, SS Badge. tar, 1920 del.    October 1920, Battalion A Marine Barracks, Training Station, Paris Island S.C. 12, to 2nd Prov. Brigade Santo Domingo, DR    November 1920, Supply Company, Third Regiment, Santo Domingo City DR. 1-21 SD Post Garage. 22-30 Detached duty, Third Regiment Training Camp..    January 1921, 1 31 SD, auto mehanic. Regt. 1 QM Dept. 7- Prm to the rank of Pvt 1st Class. Auth Regtl Comdr's letter dated 7 Jan 21. April 1921, Supply Company, Third Regiment, Santo Domingo City DR. SD Auto Mechanic    December 1921, Marine Detachment, Receiving Ship at Boston, Hingham, Mass. 9 jd by tr fr Guard Co.,MB,NYD, Norfolk Va. January 1922, Receiving Ship at Boston, Hingham, Mass. 5 failing to take proper steps to quell a disturbance in a conveyance fr Boston to Hingham, Mass, for Awd. 30 day restriction. March 1922 1 to 10 sick present, Art 554 MR does not apply.    April 1922 Marine Detachment, Receiving Ship at Boston, Hingham, Mass.    June 1922 Marine Detachment Receiving Ship at New York, NY. 15-24 on furlough Auth CO.    July 1922 Marine Detachment, Receiving Ship at Boston, Hingham, Mass.    August 1922 Marine Detachment, Receiving Ship at Boston, Hingham, Mass. Corporal, Discharged, 19 expiration of enlistment, character excellent.   

Lawrence is staying in Flint, Michigan while employed as a machine operator at an auto factory.

April 19, 1930 Census - Lawrence is boarding at 2213 Correnna Rd, Flint, Michigan

1930 Census - Susie is living back home with her parents in Minnesota along with her children

1940 Sixteenth US Census Lawrence Excerpt

Lawrence is separated from wife Susie and is residing with his brother Frank at  3815 North 38th Street,  Milwaukee, WI

1940 Sixteenth US Census Susie and Children Excerpt

Wife Susie and children are residing at  736 Edmund Street,  Flint, MI, upper flat, the Tolbert family are residing in the lower flat.


Flint, Michigan - City Directory Excerpts 1932 - 1945

1932 Proft, Lawrence J. (Susie M), auto worker, 1126 Decker

1938 Proft, Lawrence (Sue), auto worker, 1909 Ohio Ave.

1942 Proft, Lawrence B. student, 935 Ossington Ave.

1942 Susie M., clerk, Hurley Hospital

1945 Proft, Sue, Hurley Hospital Map Location Hurley Hospital

1941 Milwaukee City Directory Excerpt Page 928

Lawrence is residing at   3216 W.  Juneau Avenue   Milwaukee, Wisconsin

1956 Denver, CO City Directory Page 1150 Excerpt  3042 W. 24th Ave.

Lawrence, and his nephew's Sherman and Roy, , Jake Anderson (friend of Roy's) of Merrill and ?

Fishing expedition results from somewhere near Minocqua

1960 Denver, CO City Directory Page 1105 Excerpt  3042 W. 24th Ave.

1960, Denver, Co. City Business Directory Page 325 Excerpt  4398 Elati St

? - Herbert,  Lawrence - ?,  and Winnie

Herbert,  Lawrence and Winnie

Lawrence died Wednesday February 14, 1973 in Denver, Colorado

612 Oscelola St., Denver, CO

The Denver Post
Sunday, Feb 18, 1973  Page 56, Column 1

Rhinelander Daily News February 17, 1973 Page 2, Column 2

Buried: Fort Logan National Cemetery Denver, Denver County, Colorado || Proft, Lawrence J, b. 01/21/1900, d. 02/14/1973, CORP USMC, Plot: Q 4145 approx GPS N39:38.900 W105:02.991, bur. 02/20/1973

2nd wife Elizabeth A. Proft born 10/15/1907 died 6/11/2003 is buried at the same location.

The Ukiah Daily Journal
Monday January 15, 1968

Lawrence's 1st wife Susie Anderson
as a child with her doll around 1908

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Elizabeth A. (Theisen) PROFT

October 15, 1907 - June 11, 2003

Could not locate a published obituary for Elizabeth in the Twin Cities or Denver newspapers.  It is believed she died in the St. Paul area.  She is buried with Lawrence in Denver, Colorado.


 Lawrence Bruce (Buddy) PROFT  (b. 1-20-1925 Grand Rapids, MN; d.8-1-1943  Flint, MI),  Phillip Warren PROFT (b.5-1-1927, d.4-28-1994),  Raymond Eugene PROFT (b. 4-21-1929, d.1-14-1931),   James Edward PROFT (b.10-31-1931 Hill City, MN;  d.3-16-1979   Santa Rosa, CA),  Patricia Ann PROFT  (b.1934)


Grandma Fannie Anderson and Mother Susie Proft
Lawrence, Patricia, Phil and Jim
1937 - Flint, Michigan

There are conflicting opinions as to identities of the persons pictured above and the Cub Scout below.

Please email me with your certainty or guess.


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Patricia, Phillip, Lawrence (Buddy) Proft

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Jim and Judy Proft's California house April 1969

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Lawrence's House (front) 1968

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Lawrence's House (back) 1968

Lawrence Bruce (Buddy) PROFT
January 20, 1925 - August 1, 1943

Lawrence Jr. (Buddy) and his mother Susie
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Flint Journal August 2, 1943 Page 9, Column 8

Buried in Sunset Hills and River Rest Cemeteries
Google Map - Ft. Mc Clellan, Alabama



Flint Journal August 2, 1943 Page 13, Column 1


Flint Journal August 4, 1943 - Page 14 Column 7

Phillip Warren PROFT
May 1, 1927 - April 28, 1994

The Ukiah Daily Journal
Sunday May 1, 1994 A-12 Column 1

Google Map - Ukiah Cemetery



Phillip's Baby Picture

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Phillip and Elsie Proft Family

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Raymond Eugene PROFT
April 21, 1929 - January 14, 1931

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Raymond was born in Grand Rapids, Minnesota. He died in Flint, Michigan and is buried in Sunset Cemetery - Flint, Michigan next to his brother Lawrence (Buddy) Jr. In Section 1, Lot W-83, Graves 1-5

Buried in Google Map - Sunset Hills and River Rest Cemeteries

James Edward PROFT
October 31, 1931 - March 16, 1979

 Jim and Judy Wedding Engagement Article

 Jim and Judy Wedding Shower Article

 Jim and Judy Wedding Newspaper Article

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James Edward  Proft

Judy and James wedding
October 24, 1954
San Francisco, CA

Judy and James Wedding Party
October 24, 1954
San Francisco, CA

Judy (Smith) Proft-Pinckney

Robert Pinckney - Obituary

The (Santa Rosa, CA) Press Democrat
March 18, 1979, Page 9A

Google Map - Santa Rosa Memorial Park

Santa Rosa Memorial Park Website





Jimmy Proft - Facebook



Patrica Ann PROFT
Born in 1934

Patricia and friend Shirley in 1946

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Patricia's husband of 49 years
Mickey Lewis

Click on image for Mickey's April 13, 2005 published Obituary

Patricia Ann (Proft) Lewis
| Obituary - Ukiah Daily Journal, July 5, 2020 |