|For My Cousins|
George Phillips' Family (left to right): Back row - Vera, Fred, Ray, Ellis, Carrie
Front row - May, Ottilie "Delia", George, Angelina
George Ellis Phillips
Feb. 7, 1855
|Notes left by Evaline Tagatz PHILLIPS say that George was born on Feb. 7, 1855 at Princeton, Green Lake Co., WI. The 1900 Federal Census matches the Feb. 1855 birth month, and his tombstone in the Germania Methodist Cemetery, Marquette Co., WI, says he was born in 1855.|
James Madison Phillips and Angelina "Angie" Maria Ellis
|Family oral history confirmed in part with census records [see below].|
Mary E. Robinson on Dec. 24, 1879 in Ripon, WI
|A marriage announcement in the Montello Express on Dec. 28. 1879 said the
'At the residence of S R Patten, in Ripon, Dec 24, 1879, by Rev. Mr. Pilbrook, Mr. Geo. E Phillips of Germania, and Miss Mary E. Robinson, of Montello, Wis. The young lady is held in the highest esteem by all favored with her acquaintance, for her quiet unobtrusive sweetness of disposition, her gentleness and womanly demeanor, as well as for the graces that are so requisite to dignify the home circle. Mr. Phillips is well known here, having attended the High School several terms. He is a fine young man, is industrious, and devoid of the habits characterizing the average young man of the period. The Express wishes the newly wedded couple a joyous life and a happy New Year.' [SOURCE: rootsweb.com]
A marriage record transcription confirmed the wedding date of George E. Phillips and Mary E. Robison. George was a teacher (born in Princeton; resides in Germania). Parents of the groom: James Phillips and Angelena Phillips. Parents of the bride: George Robinson and Samantha Robison. [SOURCE: transcription posted on ancestry.com by AM Krieg who cited a marriage record in Fond du Lac County, Wisconsin - Vol. 4, pg 0007, Doc # 02846]
The 1860 Federal Census for Moundville, Marquette Co., WI, showed George's first wife Mary:
Notice that George married his second wife before his first wife died. Family rumor is that his first wife ran off with a "drummer" (slang term for a salesman). Mary's signature appears in Dollie Block's autograph album on Mar. 8, 1885 in Germania, a few months before her death but after George married a second time.
For more Robinson surname records, go to the Robinson web page.
Ottilie "Delia" Block on Mar. 20, 1884 in Montello, Marquette Co., WI
|George married Delia Block on Mar. 20, 1884 in Montello, Marquette Co., WI. [SOURCE: "Wisconsin Marriages Pre-1907 Records" - Vol. 1, Pg. 293 on ancestry.com] Marriage witnesses were C.E. Peirce and O.M. Hartwell. They were married by Methodist Episcopal Rev. A. Torbet, Deacon, in M.E. Church in Montello, Marquette Co., WI. This marriage date is confirmed by her obituary (published July 15, 1943 in the Princeton Republic (Green Lake, WI).
Their 50th wedding anniversary celebration announcement in my possession also confirms the marriage date. The celebration was scheduled for Mar. 24, 1934, but George died Mar. 21, three days before the celebration, which was one day after his 50th wedding anniversary.
|Only Child with Mary Robinson:
Edward Harold Phillips
b. Oct. 10, 1880
d. Mar. 3, 1991
|Marquette County, WI, has a death record for Edward on Mar. 3, 1901 (Vol. 3, p.64). It says he was a school teacher who died at age 24 years, 4 months and 23 days of consumption. He had been sick for 15 months and died in Germania, Marquette Co., WI (the year of death and age do not match). He was born in Sodus, MN, and his parents were listed as Geo. E. Phillips (born in Princeton) and Mary E. Phillips (born in Montello).
A transcription of his obituary posted on ancestry.com adds that he was born near Amiret, Minn. on Oct. 10, 1880. When he was a few months old, his family moved to Germania, Wis. Whe he was 19, he got a teaching certificate and started a school in Crystal Lake [Marquette Co., Wisconsin] in fall 1899. He died of consumption. Rev. E.G. Hamley (pastor of the Baptist Church in Ripon) preached his funeral sermon in the Methodist Church in Germania.
Edward was on the 1900 census with his parents (see census details).
|Child 2 [mother
Ottilie "Delia" Block]:
Ellis George Phillips
b. Jan. 16, 1886
d. Oct. 29, 1958
|A letter dated Oct. 30, 1958 written by Evaline Tagatz PHILLIPS to her sister Adaline Tagatz said: "... Fred's brother, Ellis, died yesterday morning. Marie called shortly after we left. Marie and family are coming today to make the arrangements
for the burial here..." Evaline was George Phillips' daughter-in-law (wife of Fred Phillips).
A postcard referenced in Orlan Warnke's "A Warnke Genealogy" suggests that Ellis spent time as a wheat harvest hand in the Dakotas (see Page 84). Relatives told me that Ellis was a teacher, a private detective and a salesman. Family notes left by Evaline Tagatz PHILLIPS give details of Delia's and George's children [some of the following details were not independently confirmed]:
He first married Mina R. Knapp on June 20, 1915 [Mina was b. Feb. 15, 1892 at Jasper, NY; she was a graduate of Westfield High School in Marquette Co., WI and was a teacher]; Mina died Apr. 7, 1918 at Sheboygan, leaving no known children.
A 1920 Federal Census in Sheboygan, Sheboygan Co., WI, shows Ellis Phillips (age 34, widow, machinist in a machine shop, born in Wisconsin, father born in Wisconsin, mother born in Posen, Germany). He was living with:
Ellis married Marie Ries on Feb. 16, 1920 [Marie was b. June 11, 1899, daughter of Charles and Johanna (Sprangers) Ries of Sheboygan]; they had three children.
A 1930 Federal Census in Sparta, Monroe Co., WI, shows Ellis G. Phillips as head of household (age 44, age at his first marriage was 28, born in Wisconsin, father born in Wisconsin, mother born in Germany, occupation looks something like "comm'l travelor/implements"). He was living with:
Additional family details provided by Ann Huber include the following (I haven't verified sources for this information):
Maria Delia Phillips was born Dec. 9, 1920 in Lansing, Clinton, Michigan. Her spouse was Edward George Whitcombe (married on Jan. 16, 1943 in La Crosse, WI). Maria died May 4, 1995 in Fergus Falls, Otter Tail County, Minnesota.
Georgine Phillips was born in 1923 and died in Brownsville, Cameron County, Texas in April 1997.
Philip E. Phillips was born in 1929 in Sparta, Monroe County, WI and died Nov. 25, 1999 in Fernandina Beach, Nassau, Florida.
Ellis' mother's obituary said he survived her death, which was in July 1943, and that Ellis was from La Crosse at the time.
Ellis is buried in the Germania Methodist Cemetery, Shields Township, Marquette Co., WI [Row 2, No. 2]; his tombstone said Ellis G. Phillips was born 1886 and died 1958. Family notes say he died in Stoughton, WI.
Ellis is on 1900, 1905 and 1910 census records with his parents (see census details).
|Child 3 [mother Ottilie "Delia" Block]:
May Henrietta Phillips
b. May 8, 1888;
d. July 10, 1983
When May was a child (1895), she took a trip to Massachusetts with her grandmother Angelina Ellis, who kept a diary of this trip (go to Angelina Ellis' journal for details.)
The Minnesota Death Index, 1908-2002, on ancestry.com says that May Henrietta Gunderson was born May 8, 1888 and died July 10, 1983 in Goodhue (Minnesota). It said that her mother's maiden name was Block. The state file number is 017290.
For photos of May, go to: P4; P8; P16. For a photo of May with her daughter Henrietta, go to: P37. To see a picture of May with her daughter Theodora Parker Bakke, go to: P68. Theodora married Donald Bakke.
Notes left by Evaline Tagatz PHILLIPS and other family members say the following [some information not independently verified]:
May was born in Wautoma, WI, on May 8, 1888; she married Cephas C. Parker on Jan. 17, 1909. Cephas was b. Oct. 23, 1873 in Germania, a son of Julia (Hale) and Rudolpho Warren Parker, a soldier in Co. H, 37th Regiment, Wisconsin Infantry during the Civil War; Cephas died Jan. 1, 1913 and is buried in the Germania Methodist Cemetery. [SOURCE: Burial information from cemetery transcription by L.L. Ketchum at rootsweb.com] May and Cephas had one daughter in 1910.
May's Father-in-Law: Further notes by my grandmother say that R.W. Parker died Jan. 24, 1899 (b. July 12, 1837 in Concord, Mass.). In 1860 he came to Wis. and settled in Germania. During the Civil War, he took part in a battle at Petersburg. He was there at the "blowing up of the mines" and received a bullet wound in his jaw, incapacitating him for further Army service. This wound caused his much suffering. He married Julia A. Hale (a native of Winchendon, Mass. who was living in Germania) on Mar. 12, 1867.
The Montello Express on Mar. 23, 1867 wrote that Mr. Rodolpho W. Parker and Miss Julia A. Hale got married by Rev. H. Altwaidt.
May's future first husband Cephas was on the 1900 Federal Census in Shields, Marquette Co., WI:
To see misc. Parker surname records, go to the Parker web page.
May married a second time on Apr. 15, 1916, to Julius Gunderson, a dentist at Kenyon, Minnesota [Julius was b. July 19, 1878; d. Nov. 26, 1954]. Julius had two sons by a previous marriage, and Julius and May had a daughter in 1922.
The 1880 Federal Census in Rochester, Olmsted Co., Minnesota likely shows May's future husband Julius [one of Julius' brothers was born in Wis.]:
The Minnesota Cemetery Inscription Index on ancestry.com shows Dr. Julius Levine Gunderson, born July 19, 1878 and died Nov. 26, 1954. He was buried in Kenyon Cemetery in Kenyon, Goodhue Co., WI. His first spouse was Henrietta Evan. Second spouse was May H. His parents were John and Olena Nelson Gunderson. The obituary of May's mother (Delia Block) in July 1943 listed May (Mrs. J. L. Gunderson) of Kenyon, Minn. as a surviving child.
The Minnesota Newspaper Headline Index on ancestry.com mentions an article on Nov. 21, 1903 that says Dr. Julius L. Gunderson married Henrietta Evan Dunlap. Her obituary is in a newspaper on Nov. 21, 1908.
May is on 1900 and 1905 census records with her parents (see census details).
|Child 4 [mother Ottilie "Delia" Block]:
Vera Delia Phillips
b. Nov. 20, 1890;
d. Dec. 2, 1989
|A Social Security death index record on ancestry.com that matches the birthdate given by family members said she died on Dec. 2, 1989. Her Social Security card was issued in New York State.
Notes left by Evaline Tagatz PHILLIPS and other family members say the following [some of the information has not been independently verified]:
Vera was born Nov. 20, 1890. She married Floyd Wallace Hill on Oct. 28, 1916 [Floyd was b. Dec. 17, 1893 in Moundville, Marquette Co., WI. His parents were John and Ann (Barron) Hill. Floyd and Vera lived in Endeavor, WI, then moved to New York state where he was a real estate agent and dairy farmer and raised purebred Percehron horses. Floyd died Aug. 4, 1956, in New Woodstock, N.Y. The obituary of Vera's mother (Delia Block) in July 1943 listed Vera (Mrs. Floyd Hill) of New Woodstock, NY, as a surviving child.
Vera taught school at Moundville and was a graduate of Montello High School. Floyd and Vera had three children including George John Hill (b. July 23, 1921 who died in an auto accident in NY on Mar. 21, 1948. George was a BAR gunner and one of the first to land at Quadacanal; he was awared a special honor by Pres. Franklin D. Roosevelt for the Quadacanal campaign in the South Pacific.
The Family of Floyd Hill - Vera's Future Husband:
The 1860 Federal Census in Moundville, Marquette Co., WI, shows Vera's future father-in-law John Hill:
The 1920 Federal Census in Moundville, Marquette Co., WI, shows Vera:
The 1930 Federal Census in Onondaga, Onondaga Co., WI, shows:
I have an a newspaper clipping (undated, "Scenes of Youth Recalled at Germania," by Elaine Reetz, Argus correspondent), that talked about Vera Delia Phillips Hill's visit to Germania, Vera's birth place. It said Vera was age 90 at the time so it would have been about 1970. This article said Vera was from Cazenovia, NY, and was one of George's and Delia Block Phillips' eight children. Vera is quoted as having a picture of herself wearing a skirt made from fleece of their sheep that was woven into fabric at a Neshkoro woolen mill (the Wells family woolen mill). It said Vera was principal of the two-room Germania State Graded School from 1909-12, earning $30 a month to start and later $52.50. She had about 60 pupils total.
Vera lived close to the school, but some students walked as much as four or five miles to get there. She added that the students brought their lunches with them in "little tin buckets," and those lunches often included sorghum bread ("Mollasey Brot") or "Smulta Brot" (from pork fryings). This article said Vera went to high school for four years and boarded in Montello. She also went to Oshkosh Normal School.
Another newspaper clipping ("Woman Returns to Trace Her Germania Heritage", by Elaine Reetz, Northwestern correspondent - no date shows on my copy of this article) gives more details from her interview with Vera on her visit to Germania. Vera said she earned $10 for a dress and shoes for her high school graduation when she was a substitute teacher for a teacher in Montello who had the mumps. Vera was the class valedictorian. This article confirms her marriage to Floyd Hill of Moundville in 1916. It said they moved to New York where they had a 600-acre farm with Percheron horses and a dairy herd.
The Social Security Death Index on ancestry.com says that Vera D. Hill was born on Nov. 20, 1890 and died Dec. 2, 1898. Vera is on 1900, 1905 and 1910 census records with her parents (see census details).
|Child 5 [mother Ottilie "Delia" Block]:
Raymond "Ray" Wesley Phillips
b. Oct. 15, 1893;
d. June 11, 1980
Birth and death dates were in these notes and are on his tombstone in the Germania Methodist Cemetery [SOURCE: Cemetery transcription on rootsweb.com]; I have a photo of this tombstone which reads: Raymond W. Phillips, October 15, 1893 - June 11, 1980.
Ray was a surveyor; the 1948 Wisconsin Blue Book says he was the Marquette County Surveyor; his brother Fred held that position later; the 1952 Wisconsin Blue Book said Ray was the Adams County, WI, surveyor that year.
I remember Ray at family gatherings and have posted the following photos of him: P4; P8; P9; P12; P17; P18; 1953 Surveyors Institute. For a photo of Ray and who I presume to be his wife (Laura), go to: P18.
Notes left by Evaline Tagatz PHILLIPS and other family members say the following [information not independently verified]:
Ray married Laura Faye Thackray who had a son by a previous marriage; Laura died April 1959 at Friendship, WI; Ray and Laura had no children.
A Social Security death index record on ancestry.com says Raymond Phillips was born Oct. 15, 1893 and died June 1980. It said his last residence was Neshkoro, Marquette Co., WI, and his last benefit was received when he lived in Princeton, Green Lake Co., WI.
Raymond is on 1900, 1905, 1910, 1920 and 1930 census records with his parents (see census details).
|Child 6 [mother Ottilie "Delia" Block]:
Angelina Rose Phillips
b. May 28, 1899
d. Apr. 2, 1968
|Notes left by Evaline Tagatz PHILLIPS and other family members say the following [information not independently verified]: Angelina was b. May 28, 1899 and d. Apr. 2,
1968 in the Municipal Hospital in Ripon. She is buried in Germania, Marquette Co., WI.
Family notes say Angelina married Lawrence J. Bahler (of Sheboygan, WI) on Feb. 7, 1921, who had two children by a previous marriage. Angelina and Lawrence had one daughter in 1921 - Mina Rose Bahler.
Lawrence Bahler is mentioned in a Sheboygan Press, Sheboygan, WI, article on June 7, 1918. It said: "Lawrence Bahler, the barber, has decided to close his shop at 6 o'clock p.m. every Monday during June, July and August." The Sept. 4, 1918 edition of the Sheboygan Press said: "Walter Aleff, formerly employed at the Lawrence Bahler barber shop, has resigned his position and has gone to Cedar Grove, where he will conduct a shop of his own."
Family notes said that Angelina later married Ellis Bandt (on Nov. 30, 1925) and had three more children. They lived in Germania on the Peirce farm. Ellis was born Aug. 4, 1890. His parents were August and Emma (Hoeft) Bandt. The obituary of Angeline's mother (Delia Block) in July 1943 listed Angeline (Mrs. Ellis Bandt) of Germania, as a surviving child.
A Social Security death index record on ancestry.com confirms Ellis Bandt's date of birth and said he died Feb. 1980 (last residence: Bandon, Fond du Lac Co., WI; last benefit: Princeton, Green Lake Co., WI).
The 1900 Federal Census in Neshkoro, Marquette Co., WI, shows Angelina's future husband Ellis:
The 1930 Federal Census in Shields, Marquette Co., WI, shows:
For misc. Bandt surname records, go to the Bandt web page.
|Child 7 [mother Ottilie "Delia" Block]:
b. June 2, 1903
d. June 9, 1903
|Family notes say Amelia was born June 2, 1903 and died one week later; she is buried in the Germania Methodist Cemetery. The Marquette County, WI, index records say she died June 9, 1903 (Vol. 3, p. 102). The obituary of George's wife [Ottilie "Delia" Block] says Amelia died in infancy.|
|Child 8 [mother Ottilie "Delia" Block]:
Frederick James Phillips
b. May 10, 1904
d. Dec. 12, 1974
|Go to Fred Phillips' web page for details about his life.|
|Child 9 [mother Ottilie "Delia" Block]:
Caroline "Carrie" Naoma Phillips
b. Oct. 12, 1906
d. Mar. 26, 2003
|Her obituary gives the following information [from a transcription shared by Bill Tagatz]:
She was born in Germania, WI on Oct. 12, 1906, and her parents' names are confirmed in the obituary. Caroline married Harry N. Kelm on May 20, 1934 in Montello. Harry died May 24, 1980. She graduated from Princeton High School (1924), attended the County Normal Teachers College in Kenyon, MN, and earned a BS degree at UW-Stevens Point in 1965. She taught school in Minnesota (for one year) and in Wisconsin schools for 39 more years. She retired in 1972 from the Westfield Jr. High School. She played the piano and was a member of the EUB church in Germania.
Notes from Evaline Tagatz PHILLIPS say that Caroline's husband's full name was Harry Norbert Kelm and that he was born April 15, 1909. Harry was a carpenter, and Caroline was a principal for two years at the Neshkoro Graded School. They had two children. She is buried in the Germania Methodist Church next to her husband.
Carrie is on 1910 and 1920 census reports with her parents (see census details).
The 1930 Federal Census in Buffalo, Marquette Co., WI, shows Carrie's future husband Harry:
I remember my Great-Aunt Carrie and Harry. They spent a lot of time with my grandparents in Germania when I was young (my grandfather Fred Phillips was Carrie's brother.) Carrie was always been very kind and attentive to me and my siblings when I was kid. When my husband and I visited them years later, I found them both to be very intelligent and delightful to be around.
1860 Federal Census
Shields, Marquette Co., WI
|The 1860 Federal Census in Shields, Marquette Co., WI, shows:
1870 Federal Census
Shields, Marquette Co., WI
|The 1870 Federal Census in Shields, Marquette Co., WI, shows shows George living with his stepfather and mother:
1880 Federal Census
Sodus, Lyon Co., Minnesota
|The 1880 Federal Census in Sodus, Lyon Co., Minnesota shows George and his first wife as boarders in the household of a farmer:
1900 Federal Census
Shields, Marquette Co., WI
|The 1900 Federal Census in Shields, Marquette Co., WI,
1905 Wisconsin Census
Shields, Marquette Co., WI
|The 1905 Wisconsin Census in Shields, Marquette Co., WI, shows:
1910 Federal Census
Shields, Marquette Co., WI
|The 1910 Federal Census in Shields, Marquette Co., WI, shows:
1920 Federal Census
Shields, Marquette Co., WI
|The 1920 Federal Census in Shields, Marquette Co., WI, shows:
1930 Federal Census
Shields, Marquette Co., WI
|The 1930 Federal Census in Shields, Marquette Co., WI, shows:
Surveyor, teacher, carpenter, farmer and justice of the peace
|An 1895 journal he kept logs some of his surveyor assignments, mentions teaching and farming. He helped build Eddie's barn that year [likely meaning the barn for his first child with his first wife]. To see a transcription of this journal, go to George Phillips' 1895 journal.
His daughter Vera was quoted in a newspaper article that he was a justice of the peace who presided at justice court trials in the dining room of Mrs. Kelm's Phillips family home. [Source: "Scenes of Youth Recalled at Germania", by Elaine Reetz, Argus correspondent -- date unknown but likely about 1970]
Secretary of Shields' Telephone Co.
|Geo. E. Phillips owned stock in Shields' Telephone Co. (Germania, WI). The stock certificate was signed Nov. 12, 1912 by President Wm. A. Grahn and Secretary Geo. E. Phillips.|
Mar. 21, 1934
|He is buried next to his wife Delia. The tombstone says that George E. Phillips lived from 1855-1934. Delia Block's obituary said he died on March 21, 1934. Her obit also said she had 8 children with George Her surviving children were listed as Ellis of La Crosse; May (Mrs. J. L. Gunderson) of Kenyon, Minn.; Vera (Mrs. Floyd Hill) of New Woodstock, NY; Raymond; Angeline (Mrs. Ellis Bandt) of Germania, WI; Fred; and Carrie (Mrs. Harry Kelm) of Germania, WI.|
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