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Re: Florence Ewers nee Frieslenben Richland Ctr Cem
Posted by: Michael Collier (ID *****5002) Date: May 26, 2006 at 02:53:14
In Reply to: Florence Ewers nee Frieslenben Richland Ctr Cem by Jack Stevens of 214

Hi Jack --

The CORRECT spelling is:

FREISLEBEN

Florence is the ONLY "Friesleben" (sic) buried in Richland Center Cemetery. Her daughters and husband do not appear to have been buried ANYWHERE in Richland COUNTY, so you may have to look back at Madison for him/them.

Florence's year of death is 1926, but I can't find the date. She is buried in Section "OD," Plot 91, along with her parents, Elwood and Ada (Oens) Ewers. See these links:

http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~richlandwi/Richland/F/RichlandF.html
. . Scroll down to "FrIEsleben" (not "FrEIsleben")

http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~richlandwi/Richland/E/RichlandE.html
. . Scroll down to "Ewers"

This cemetery is FULL of Ewers! quite a bit of vital information is given on this transcription, so you might gain a wealth of insight on this family just by combing through all of the Ewers at Richland Center Cemetery. If you ever want to visit, a map of the layout of this cemetery is at this link:

http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~richlandwi/Richland/RCCemMap2.gif

A search of the "white pages" shows 10 different Ewers STILL LIVING in Richland Center. From what I have already seen, the two most promising contacts appear to be a pair of Florence's cousins:

Ewers, Branson
457 W 1 St
RICHLAND CENTER, WI 53581
608-647-8730

Ewers, Maynard
355 N Church St
RICHLAND CENTER, WI 53581
608-647-3027

Additionally, you may also contact ROBERT HOLT about this family via email. He has an EXTENSIVE genealogy of the "John Ewers" Family back into VA. His contact address can be found at this link:

http://awt.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=rholt_3&id=I150

Florence's husband is NOWHERE in the USA on the 1930 census. I looked him up under both ALB* and GEO*, under both FREISL* and FRIESL*. Then I looked up both FREISL* and FRIESL*, born 1892 +/- 5 years. These searches gave a VERY LARGE universe and, had Florence's husband been on the 1930 census, he WOULD HAVE SHOWN UP here. It is possible that he also died prior to 1930 -- e.g., an auto accident involving both Florence and her husband.

You could also call up the Richland County Clerk and see if the Clerk can locate (in the year 1926) a Death Cert. for Florence and arrange to have a copy sent to you.

OHMYGOD -- I just found something. Brace yourself -- it's pretty TRAGIC!

Source (my personal transcription):
Appleton (WI) Post Crescent
Friday, September 24, 1926
Five O'Clock Edition
Page 1 (Front page of 24 pages)

Title:
"MADISON MAN KILLS WIFE BEFORE SUICIDE"

Text:
"Madison --AP-- Albert Freisleben, 33, automobile mechanic, Friday morning shot and killed his wife from whom he was estranged, and then ended his own life.
"Entering the home of his wife's father, Elwood Ewers, he found her alone, engaged her in argument, pummeled her and then shot her four times. Leaving the house he drove to the home of his brother, Einer Freisleben, went into the basement, and shot himself. He died half an hour after. The couple had two daughters, 11 and 9 years old."

And Also:

Source (my personal transcription):
Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune
Friday, September, 24, 1926
Page 1 (Front page of 10 pages)

Title:
"Double Tragedy at Madison"

Text:
"Madison, Wis. Sept. 24. --(AP)-- Albert Freisleben, 33, automobile mechanic, Friday morning shot and killed his wife from whom he was estranged, and then ended his own life.
"Entering the home of his wife's father, Elwood Ewers, he found her alone, engaged her in argument, pummeled her and then shot her four times. Leaving the house he drove to the home of his brother, Einer Freisleben, went into the basement, and shot himself. He died half an hour after.
"The couple had two daughters, 11 and 9 years old.
"The mechanic had been separated from his wife several times since marital difficulties started five years ago, according to police, because his wife objected to his bootlegging, for which he was convicted in Richland Center. He had been in court here on charges of abandonment. Several divorce suits were started by the couple, but later withdrawn.
"He was reported to have attempted a reconciliation recently."

I hope this helps A LOT and only hurts a little. At least, now you know that both Florence and her husband died on Sep. 24, 1926. My assumption is that Elwood Ewers was still living in Richland Center in 1926 -- at least, he was there on the 1920 and 1930 census. That's where Albert shot Florence, who was living with her parents. Albert shot himself in his brother's (Einer's) basement. Einer lived in Madison, Dane County, WI, in 1920 but, by 1930, was living in Baraboo, Sauk County, WI -- I suspect it was Madison in 1926. It is about 55-60 road miles between Richland Center and Madison.

Now, you have enough info to start mailing off for OFFICIAL DOCUMENTATION. Good luck to you!

Mike Collier
Oak Harbor, WA
.. Warrens, Tottens, Gillinghams, Browns, Sprys


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