There is being held in Ashland County, Wi a reunion of the Haugen family and allied lines, 30 June and 1 July.
Eric Haugen son of Thomas Nilsen Haugen came to the US in 1860, settling in Martell, Pierce county, WIsconsin.
Peder Nilsen Haugen was the brother of Thomas Nilsen Haugen, and father to the WI statesman, Nils P. Haugen.
Eric Haugen is a founder of the Lutheran Church there, and this is the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Church.
John Thompson, d. 1922, son of Thomas Nilsen Haugen, considered a pioneer of Seeley, Sawyer County, WI. (brother of Eric Haugen)
Would like to share some of the things that we had in mind for the Haugen family reunion taking place in Butternut, Wisconsin the weekend of June 30/July 1, 2001. This is on short notice I know, but...
Most importantly we are trying to provide an opportunity for sharing information of the Haugen family with pictures, newspaper articles, court records, tales etc. (and if you would like to bring an extra copy of any items you have, that would be wonderful!). With this in mind, Donald and Grace Wohlleben have graciously consented to accommodate us on both Saturday and Sunday evenings with food, refreshments and a chance to all get together at their home in Butternut.
On Saturday, June 30 there is potluck luncheon from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. at the Mellen Sports Club for all residents, former residents and their descendants of Cozy Valley which is the area of the Haugen homestead. The Robert and Richard Kretzschmar families are hosts. Kretzschmars were neighbors of the Haugens for many years. When this was held 5 years ago there were over 300 in attendance.
On Sunday, July 1 the Lutheran church in Mellen is holding their 100th anniversary. Since Erick Haugen was a founder of this church this might be of interest. We don’t have the specifics yet as to what is to take place or when so we will have to play this one by ear.
While in the area you might want to visit the Haugen homestead a couple miles northeast of Mellen on Haugen road, of course. Roses, lilacs, apple trees, hydrangeas, and more that Haugens planted still are there. The property has been sold but that should not be a problem. Erick and several other Haugens are also buried in the Mellen cemeteries as well.
To get a general count for food, directions, etc., please call either of us and let us know which days you will attend. If you are unable to contact us, please come anyway.
Eldon Wohlleben Margeret Draeger
3051 28th Ave Rt. 2 Box 525
Marion, IA 52302 Butternut, WI 54514
(319) 377-0753 (715) 769-3660
P.S. We obviously hope to see as many Haugen family members as possible at the reunion. We certainly recognize, however, that it will be impossible for everyone to attend. Even if you are unable to attend, we sincerely hope you will keep in touch with us and will share whatever memories, stories, pictures, etc. with us so that we can build a better appreciation of the everyday sacrifices and triumphs of both our ancestors and their descendants. One of our goals is to be able to publish a Haugen family history and we need everyone’s input!
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