space
space
Peshtigo Times
space
space
space
Perspectives
* Country Cousin
space
space
Sports Shorts
* Langlois/Wagner Head Marine All-Conference Selections
* Jacobson Tops M&O Golf Squad
* Osterberg Earns Back-to-Back Player of the Year Awards
* Kotecki/Debriyn Share Most Valuable Player
* "FORE Their Future" Schedule Announced

space
Peshtigo Fire
space
e-Edition
Now Available
For more information
click here
dot
THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
space
dot
space
101409frontgraves.jpg

CIVIL WAR VETERANS GRAVES—The graves of Sgt. Mathias Thielmann, left, and Pvt. Louis Gravelle will be given recognition in a ceremony at Woodlawn Cemetery in Marinette on Saturday, Oct. 17 at 11 a.m.

Recognition For Civil War Veterans At Marinette Oct. 17

The Marinette Cemetery Renovation Group invite the public to attend the grave side commitment ceremony for two Civil War veterans whose graves were discovered in the woods in what was once known as the Old Catholic Section of Woodlawn Cemetery. Both headstones were in need of repair and after months of clearing out trees, shrubs and raking years of leaves that had all but obscured the graves, they are now ready to once again receive visitors.

Pvt. Louis Gravelle, Co. K-17th WI Infantry and Sgt. Mathias Thielmann, Co. A 16th Ill Calvary will be honored with a ceremony right out of the 1800’s on Saturday, Oct. 17 at 11 a.m. in the historic Woodlawn Cemetery on Pierce Ave., in Marinette, across from the Marinette High School. The public is welcome to attend.

It is here where we will turn back the clock to the early days in Marinette when people were putting their lives back together after waiting years for a loved one to return home from the battlefields in the east of the country, states Bev Doucette, who is coordinator of the cemetery restoration. For the families on the home-front word from their soldiers were very few and far between, if at all, and the only way that they would know if their loved one survived the battles would be to see the soldier walking up the path to home. Everyday mothers, wives, daughters, sons and grandchildren stood watching the long dirt road leading to the house, and many a day they went to sleep with tears in their eyes and a prayer for their soldier on their lips.

It is not too difficult for us to grasp what the scene was like for the Gravelle and Thielmann families on the day they once again peered down that long dusty path and saw a long figure walking slowly toward them, Doucette went on. It wouldn’t have taken long for everyone in that home to know their prayers were answered and as they ran to greet this soldier, they noticed that his step had also quickened and before long the whole family would be embracing one another and crying tears of joy and singing words of praise for his safe return.

With their loved ones home from war, both families would face one of the most terrible tragedies ever seen in the whole of the United States. The Great Peshtigo Fire of Oct. 8, 1871 would test their faith as they struggled to survive that nightmare with only one thought and that was to come through it alive. Both families did come through it alive, and both families rebuilt their homes in Marinette, and continued on to raise their families here.

Marinette, WI boasts many a Civil War soldier who did return home, and though some had indeed survived the war, many carried with them injuries or illness for the rest of their lives. Both Pvt. Gravelle and Sgt. Thielmann for the rest of their lives suffered physical pain and/or illness from being in the war, yet both went on to become giving citizens of the community. Both married and had families, both worked in Marinette for a number of years based on Marinette census reports, and both buried children and/or grandchildren in Woodlawn Cemetery before they, too, went to their eternal rest. Both men, when buried might have been remembered as serving in the Civil War.

Giving their all for their country and community over 100 years ago, it is only fitting that we, the people of today’s Marinette, give them the proper graveside ceremony that they deserve and one that their families would have found fitting both of these Civil War soldiers, Doucette remarked.

Guest speaker for the ceremony is a well known figure that would have been very familiar to the families of these two Civil War soldiers, and a man that these soldiers at one time called Commander in Chief. President Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of these United States living through Rev. Robert Rutgers, will make his appearance in Marinette Saturday to honor these soldiers and to remember all his Union soldiers that lay in repose in Woodlawn Cemetery, as well as in all cemeteries in Marinette County. Lincoln’s escorts throughout his visit to the area will be Bill and Mary Warren of Peshtigo in full era dress and character.

Along with President Lincoln, will be the Sons of the Union Civil War Veterans of Old Abe Camp #8 from Oshkosh. They will be doing a Civil War ceremony at the gravesites of Gravelle and Thielmann along with members of local, and current veterans who have been invited to participate. Among local veterans groups invited are the 20 Year Veterans Club, Peshtigo and Marinette American Legion Posts.

To add ambiance to the scene will be the Ladies of the Manitowoc Civil War Round Table-Manitowoc WI who will be present in Civil War era clothing as they portray the civilian side of life back then. Other guests that day will be descendants of the Thielmann family. Pat Beyer, a great-granddaughter of Mathias and Maria Thielmann gave many hours of her time to clearing the area in preparation for her ancestor’s ceremony. Having only recently realized that they were buried in Woodlawn Cemetery, she went right to work getting her great-grandmother’s name put on the stone and to secure the proper military recognition her great-grandfather deserved. She also located two of their infant children who were found buried near their grave and quickly entered their names into her genealogy data bank. Along with Beyer, other family members will be in attendance as their great-grandfather is finally recognized for his service in the Civil War.

Along with the Civil War Military Ceremony that day will be the unveiling of two Memorial Markers honoring all veterans and all persons, known and unknown, who lie in repose in Woodlawn Catholic Cemetery and Calvary Catholic Cemetery respectfully, according to Doucette. These markers have been donated by Menominee Granite Co., Joe and Carla Wagner, owners. The markers will be permanently placed near the old sections of the cemetery’s forgotten graves and are meant to memorialize all who have no grave markers and all who lie in the mass grave in Woodlawn. In part the inscription reads, We shall never forget you.

These ceremonies are the end product of many months of cutting, raking, digging and moving headstones so that the Civil War veterans graves are once again presentable for people to visit them. They, along with over 60 other graves found in these two cemeteries, have been restored to their original beauty, or as near as they can be restored, but nonetheless, all the graves are suitable for people to visit. Most graves belong to infants and children who succumbed to death because of poor hygiene and lack of medical intervention. It does not take too long to realize that many of Marinette early settlers made multiple trips to these cemeteries to bury a child, and some families buried children just months part, and some were buried just days apart. Information on the headstones ranges from German, French, Polish and English which shows the ethnic diversity Marinette had in its early days, not to diminish the local Indian population that resided here as well.

Continuing Doucette said that both Calvary and Woodlawn cemeteries are recognized as being the oldest in Marinette with graves dating back as far as 1840’s. A number of graves dating back to the 1860’s can be found in the left front section as you enter Woodlawn Cemetery. There are a few graves located well behind and over the hills in the back of Calvary Cemetery, and it is well worth the walk as the rolling hills and high evergreen trees create a very beautiful environment for those who rest there. Sitting directly over the hill when you drive into Woodlawn Cemetery one will find a tranquil path that leads to a number of restored graves with beautiful headstones of all sorts and sizes. It is in this area where the largest of the headstones was erected by Menominee Granite Co. last month and stands well over 10 feet high. If one walks that path they will find smaller paths leading off the trail here and there, and some paths a bit steep to traverse, but even if you do not leave the main path, if you look, you will see the graves of some of Marinette’s early settlers sitting deep in the woods. Some stand alone, and others stand together, but all are worthy of your time and attention.

Though records are scant for those buried in these cemeteries, burial plots have been researched, identified and mapped. The cemetery plot map and burial lists obtained from old records and study of the headstones themselves give up information to be recorded. Some head stones in each cemetery do not match in all instances, however, a good number of plots have been located with validating information. There remain a number of plots identified as being onsite but to-date remain unmarked. Sufficient historical information was assembled to document those buried in the cemetery and to procure noting the name, year of birth and death, parents names when warranted, and for veterans rank, company and regiments were also secured. Though the past few months has yielded a lot of information about Marinette’s early settlers as we cleaned up the forgotten section of the cemeteries on Pierce Ave., we know that this is only a temporary lull in our work as next spring will find us once again scouting areas as we have this year to repair them and collect data from them. Maybe if we really get lucky, we will find descendants of people who have been lost and forgotten for a very long time, Doucette stated.

The Civil War Veterans Grave Ceremony starts at 11 a.m. with a military and civilian procession into Woodlawn Cemetery. Ceremony will be opened by Beverly Doucette, coordinator of the Restoration Group followed by the invocation by Ron Kaempf of the Peshtigo Legion Post.

Acknowledgments and accepting of the two permanent monuments will be by Shirley Kaufman, Marinette City Council president acting in behalf of Mayor Bob Harbick who will be out of town.

Next is the presentation by Abraham Lincoln with the reading of the Gettysburg Address and words for the families of his fallen Union soldiers by Rev. Rutgers. President Lincoln will then give the order to Commander Al Pettit for the Sons of the Union Veterans-Civil War to commence the graveside ceremony.

There are many acknowledgments including Pat Beyer and other descendants of Sgt. Mathias Theilmann and his wife, Maria; President Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the United States in the person of Rev. Robert Rutgers of Wauwatosa; Sons of the Union Veterans Civil War Old Abe Camp #8 from Oshkosh; Ladies of the Manitowoc Round Table-Civil War; Ron Kaempf, Peshtigo Legion Chaplain; Bill and Mary Warren and Allan Urbaniak of the Peshtigo Legion Post; 20 Year Veteran Club members; Marinette Legionnaires; Rick Vandervest Harley-Davidson of Peshtigo who will host a luncheon; and Best Western Riverside which has offered accommodations for Rev. Rutgers. Sound system will be provided courtesy of Scott Pristel of Tequila D.J. Service of Peshtigo.

Rev. Rutgers will visit Saint Thomas Aquinas Academy, Peshtigo campus on Friday, Oct. 16 at 1 p.m. and will hold a meet and greet at Stephenson Library in Marinette Saturday from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.


Recent stories, opinions and photos

Issue Date Department Headline
06-21-2017Community - Wausaukee
Athelstane/Silver Cliff Host co. Council ACA

06-21-2017Community - Wausaukee
Wagner Town Board To Attend Sex Offender Meet

06-21-2017Community - Wausaukee
Prayer Conference at Athelstane Church

06-21-2017Community - Wausaukee
Part of Pike River, Freele Closed for Run

06-21-2017Community - Crivitz
Northeast Asphalt Gets Wagner Cold Mix Bid

06-21-2017Community - Crivitz
Train Derailment in Village Crivitz

06-21-2017Community - Crivitz
Ladies of Faith Charity Luncheon

06-21-2017Community - Crivitz
Village Brush Disposal Taken Through June 26

06-21-2017Perspectives
Country Cousin

06-21-2017Community - Coleman
Coleman Fire Department Responds to Structure Fire

06-21-2017Community - Coleman
Coleman Lions To Sponsor Movie June 29

06-21-2017Community - Coleman
Church Has Booth During Car Show

06-21-2017Community - Coleman
10th Annual Pound Car Show June 24th

06-21-2017Perspectives
From our readers

06-21-2017Front Page
Coleman Founder, Joseph Brault Day Big Success

06-21-2017Perspectives
From My Window

06-21-2017Front Page
Expect County Pay Plan To Cost $313,385 In 2017

06-21-2017Front Page
Town of Peshtigo Names Staudenmaier Vice Chair

06-21-2017Obituaries
Kenneth B. Prestine

06-21-2017Obituaries
William Pairon

06-21-2017Front Page
Marinette County Breakfast on the Farm is June 25th

06-21-2017Obituaries
Walter T. Multerer

06-21-2017Obituaries
Richard P. Kordes

06-21-2017Front Page
Big Day Of Activities at Crivitz Tuesday, July 4th

06-21-2017Obituaries
Raymond J. Kopish

06-21-2017Obituaries
Diana Gutmann

06-21-2017Obituaries
Arthur Godin

06-21-2017Obituaries
Kenneth J. Dinse

06-21-2017Obituaries
Faye L. (Harbick) Archambault

06-21-2017Obituaries
William M. Aman

06-21-2017Sports
Langlois/Wagner Head Marine All-Conference Selections

06-21-2017Sports
Jacobson Tops M&O Golf Squad

06-21-2017Sports
Osterberg Earns Back-to-Back Player of the Year Awards

06-21-2017Sports
Kotecki/Debriyn Share Most Valuable Player

06-14-2017Sports
"FORE Their Future" Schedule Announced

06-14-2017Sports
Peshtigo Youth Fishing Tourney Is Big Success

06-14-2017Community - Wausaukee
Wausaukee 5K Run/Walk July 1

06-14-2017Sports
Area Legion Teams Take to the Diamond

06-14-2017Community - Wausaukee
SC Auxiliary Discusses Aug. 12 Picnic, Parade

06-14-2017Community - Wausaukee
Building with Plants at Library June 28

06-14-2017Community - Wausaukee
Wausaukee Legion, Aux. Holds Meeting

06-14-2017Community - Coleman
Discussion on GMO Realities at Library

06-14-2017Community - Coleman
Coleman Hosts Wrestling Clinic

06-14-2017Community - Coleman
Honor Students for Coleman High School

06-14-2017Community - Coleman
Coleman School Board Lists Hirings, Resignations

06-14-2017Sports
Rangers' Playoff Run Ends in State Semifinal

06-14-2017Community - Crivitz
PTSD Run for Recovery June 24

06-14-2017Community - Crivitz
County W Work In Crivitz To Be Finished By July 4

06-14-2017Perspectives
Country Cousin

06-14-2017Community - Crivitz
Country Gospel Jam is June 16

06-14-2017Community - Crivitz
Crivitz May Qualify For State Emergency Aid

06-14-2017Perspectives
From our readers

06-14-2017Perspectives
From My Window

06-14-2017Obituaries
Lorraine A. Woulf

06-14-2017Obituaries
Shirley A. Redmann

06-14-2017Obituaries
Margarete B. Pichler

06-14-2017Obituaries
Keith H. Miller

06-14-2017Obituaries
Francis Kordish

06-14-2017Obituaries
Charlene V. Heimke

06-14-2017Obituaries
William V. Handle

06-14-2017Obituaries
H. David Elmer

06-14-2017Obituaries
June D. Ziech,

06-14-2017Obituaries
Virginia R. Wehrman

06-14-2017Obituaries
Charles J. Stodola

06-14-2017Obituaries
Lowell D. Rice

06-14-2017Obituaries
Genevieve E. Mahoney

06-14-2017Obituaries
Kurt E. Lundgren

06-14-2017Obituaries
Kay L. Johnson

06-14-2017Obituaries
Doreen L. Hermsen

06-14-2017Obituaries
Ruth A. Harmer

06-14-2017Obituaries
Faye Iva (Parker) Larsen and Curtis Raymond Larsen

06-14-2017Obituaries
Ralph A. Eastland

06-14-2017Obituaries
Leonard Dudkiewicz

06-14-2017Obituaries
Kathryn A. Chevalier

06-14-2017Obituaries
Kenneth "Pete" Burbey

06-14-2017Obituaries
Jeanette A. Babik

06-14-2017Front Page
STORM CLEANUP

06-14-2017Front Page
Three Towns Could Qualify for Disaster Aid After Storms Cause Power Outages, Damage

06-14-2017Front Page
Business Owners Interested in Former Porterfield School

06-14-2017Front Page
Marinette Council Tables Resolution Regarding Proposed Back Forty Mine

06-14-2017Front Page
Pound To Settle Village Paving Issues In July

06-14-2017Front Page
Marinette County Forestry Approves $1,353,612 Sale

06-07-2017Obituaries
Sandra L. Weir

06-07-2017Obituaries
Crestamari L. Walters

06-07-2017Obituaries
Rowland P. Trepanier

06-07-2017Obituaries
Virginia Surk

06-07-2017Obituaries
Peter Staal

06-07-2017Obituaries
Lawrence L. Siebers

06-07-2017Obituaries
Juanita Picard

06-07-2017Obituaries
John G. Paitl

06-07-2017Obituaries
Richard W. Netzel

06-07-2017Obituaries
Roberta F. McKenney

06-07-2017Obituaries
Tara M. Dennis

06-07-2017Obituaries
Sandy Berth

06-07-2017Community - Wausaukee
Wausaukee Blood Drive is June 19

06-07-2017Community - Wausaukee
Real Communication at Wausaukee Library

06-07-2017Community - Wausaukee
SC Fire Auxiliary To Make Picnic Plans

06-07-2017Community - Wausaukee
Wausaukee Library Reading Program June 14

06-07-2017Community - Crivitz
2 Crivitz Teams in State YES! Contest

06-07-2017Obituaries
Eldean I. E. (Sjoquist) Wilch

06-07-2017Community - Crivitz
Crivitz Legion Gun Show on June 17

06-07-2017Obituaries
Harold R. Wettanen

06-07-2017Community - Crivitz
Crivitz School Summer Hours

06-07-2017Obituaries
Nancy L. Polzin

06-07-2017Community - Crivitz
Crivitz VFW Unit Raffle Calendar Sale

06-07-2017Obituaries
Brenda L. Oleson

06-07-2017Community - Coleman
Benefit Yard Sale at Beaver June 8, 9

06-07-2017Obituaries
Vallarie Krzych

06-07-2017Community - Coleman
Coleman Utility Board June 12

06-07-2017Community - Coleman
Coleman Elementary Students Read 100 Million Words During the 2016-17 School Year

06-07-2017Obituaries
Donald H. Klumb 

06-07-2017Community - Coleman
Live Music at CHS Classes Reunion

06-07-2017Obituaries
Agnes A. Johnson

06-07-2017Obituaries
Elorine C. Hubbard

06-07-2017Front Page
Lemery Brothers Bond Through Storm Chasing

06-07-2017Obituaries
Harriet E. Beffa

06-07-2017Perspectives
Country Cousin

06-07-2017Front Page
Peshtigo Accepts Grants, Plans Old Hammes' Building Demolition

06-07-2017Front Page
Village Coleman Approves Sex Offender Ordinance

06-07-2017Front Page
Marinette Council Awards Sale of Notes for New Rec Center

06-07-2017Front Page
Sex Offender Ordinance Passes Pound Town Board

06-07-2017Perspectives
From My Window

06-07-2017Sports
WIAA STATE GOLF

06-07-2017Sports
Cougars Repeat As Division 3 Boys State Champions

06-07-2017Sports
Wausaukee Makes Fourth State Appearance

06-07-2017Sports
Coleman & Niagara Bow Out in Sectional Finals

05-31-2017Sports
WIAA State Track & Field in LaCrosse This Weekend

05-31-2017Sports
24 Area Athletes Head to State Meet in LaCrosse

05-31-2017Sports
Wausaukee Last Area Team Left Standing

05-31-2017Sports
Four Area Teams Advance To Regional Final

05-31-2017Obituaries
Mary Lou Sommerfeldt

05-31-2017Obituaries
Mavis L. Patterson

05-31-2017Obituaries
Dolores K. Morstad

05-31-2017Obituaries
Faye L. Melka

05-31-2017Obituaries
Debbie Delfosse

05-31-2017Obituaries
Susan L. Bunting

05-31-2017Obituaries
Kevin C. Anderson

05-31-2017Obituaries
Julie L. Vinson

05-31-2017Obituaries
Earl J. Skenandore

05-31-2017Obituaries
Shirley M. Ness

05-31-2017Obituaries
Victor P. Stankevich Jr.

05-31-2017Community - Wausaukee
Seek Volunteers for Goodman Music in Park

05-31-2017Obituaries
Linda Stimac

05-31-2017Obituaries
Rose M. Senn

05-31-2017Obituaries
Yvonne Rhude

05-31-2017Obituaries
Michelle M. Lentz

05-31-2017Obituaries
Robert Race

05-31-2017Community - Wausaukee
GMO Realities Talk at Library

05-31-2017Obituaries
Rita M. LaPlant

05-31-2017Obituaries
Peter V. DeRossi


space
Peshtigo Times
WEB Poll!
Do you think President Trump being tough with North Korea is the thing to do?
space Yes
No
Undecided
space
TO VOTE CLICK
YES, NO or UNDECIDED

Suggest a Question
space .
space
FRONT
space
.
space
CLASSIFIEDS
space
.
space
COMMUNITY
space
.
space
GUEST BOOK
space
.
space
NEWS
space
.
space
OBITS
space
.
space
PERSPECTIVES
space
.
space
SPORTS
space
.
space
SUBSCRIBE
space
.
space
.
space
PESHTIGO FIRE
space
.
space
CUSTOM PRINTING
space
.
space
TIMES' SAVER
space
.
space
Click for Peshtigo, Wisconsin Forecast
FORECAST
space
Quick...
News or Ad Search
Enter News key words.
Enter Ad key words.



Peshtigo Times
841 Maple St
PO Box 187
Peshtigo, WI 54157
Phone: 715-582-4541
Email:
News@
PeshtigoTimes.com

space
Fax: 715-582-4662
© 2000-2017
All right reserved
space
Powered by
WEB Media
Interactive
COMMUNITY
WEB sites