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Re: Kienbaums of Germany and Whitewater, Wisconsin
Posted by: Sue Kienbaum (ID *****5762) Date: December 06, 2002 at 13:45:43
In Reply to: Re: Kienbaums of Germany and Whitewater, Wisconsin by Marvin Wegner of 5

Hi Marvin,
I would LOVE to see photos of Eda and her parents. Here is the first generation but have a lot more. Eda's brother, George,is my husband's grandfather. Email directly if you are interested in further information and how I may view photos that you have of the Kienbaums.

Descendants of Carl Wilhelm Fridrick Kienbaum

Generation No. 1

1. CARL WILHELM FRIDRICK2 KIENBAUM (WILHELM1)1 was born September 10, 1857 in Gross Ereuberg, Germany2, and died October 02, 1927 in Whitewater, Walworth County, Wisconsin3. He married AUGUSTA SELLE Abt. 1879 in Germany. She was born Abt. 1858 in Germany, and died November 26, 1938 in Whitewater, Walworth County, Wisconsin.

According to Carl's Petition for Naturalization, he arrived at the Port of Baltimore on April 1, 1883 pm the vessel "Hoheuzallar". He filed his letter of intent November 3, 1884 in Jefferson County. Sons, Otto and Wilhelm were born in Germany. Both Carl and Augusta are buried at Hillside Cemetery in Whitewater. Carl's obituary follows:

Resident of Many Years Passed Away Monday

Carl Kienbaum, 70, died at his home here Monday afternoon. He was born September of 1857 in Germany, coming to the United States with his parents in 1882. He has lived in Whitewater and vicinity since his coming to this country.
He is survived by his widow, two daughters, Mrs. Arthur Wegner of Whitewater and Mrs. Julius Zimmerman of Hebron and three sons, Otto of Chicago and William and Carl of Whitewater.
Funeral services were held at two o'clock yesterday afternoon from the home in Church street and at 2:30 o'clock from the German Lutheran church. The Rev. Fred Loeper officiated. (The Whitewater Newspaper, Vol. LXVII No. 20)

Death date not sure as Whitewater Register newspaper is dated December 1, 1938 and states she died Saturday night. Her obituary follows:

Obituary Mention

Mrs. Carl Kienbaum Sr., 79, died at 11:50 Saturday night at her home on Church street. She fell on November 10th and fractured her hip.
Mrs. Kienbaum was born in Germany and came to the United States with her husband in 1883 when they settled near Jefferson. Mr. Kienbaum died in 1927.
Survivors are four sons, Otto, Will and Carl of Whitewater and George of Hebron, and two daughters, Mrs. Arthur Wegner and Mrs. Julius Zimmerman of Whitewater.
Funeral services were held at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday at the home and at 2 p.m. at St. John's Evangelical Lutheran church with the Rev. Fred Loeper officiating. Burial was in Hillside cemetery.
       i.       OTTO3 KIENBAUM, b. December 06, 1879, Germany; d. October 21, 1945, Janesville, Rock, Wisconsin.

The Whitewater Register is dated October 26, 1945. Otto's obituary follows:


Funeral services for Otto Kienbaum, 65, who passed away at Mercy hospital, Janesville, Sunday night were held here Tuesday in the Skindingerude and Lein funeral home. Mr. Kienbaum, a native of Town Line had been a patient at the hospital for several weeks. Surviving are a sister, Mrs. J. F. Zimmerman, Whitewater, and three brothers, Carl of Town Line, William of Whitewater and George of Milton.

       ii.       WILHELM A. KIENBAUM, b. October 09, 1882, Germany; d. May 22, 1968, Elkhorn, Wisconsin; m. IDA SCHURE; d. 1963, Whitewater, Wisconsin.

Died after 1950.

       iii.       EDA BERTHA KIENBAUM, b. October 14, 1885, Whitewater, Walworth County, Wisconsin; d. September 20, 1942, Whitewater, Walworth County, Wisconsin; m. ARTHUR HERMAN WEGNER, January 30, 1913, Whitewater, Walworth, Wisconsin.

Eda's obituary follows from the Whitewater Register, September, 1942:


Mrs. Arthur Wegner, 57, passed away Sunday after a nine month illness in her farm home south of this city.
She was born Oct. 14, 1885 in Whitewater as the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Carl Kienbaum. On Jan. 30, 1913 she married Arthur Wegner and they took up residence on a farm south of here where they remained 20 years, after which they moved to the Zerah Hardy farm where the family still reside.
Surviving Mrs. Wegner are her husband; eight children, Earl, West Allis, Howard, La Grange; Marvin, Fort Shelby, Miss.; Merle, Dorothy, Darlene, Ivan and Arthur Jr. who are at home; (Brothers) Otto, Will and Carl, Whitewater; and George, Milton. She is also survived by a sister, Mrs. J. F. Zimmerman, Whitewater.
Funeral services will be this afternoon (Thursday) at 2:30 p.m. in the First English Lutheran church. The Rev. Irvin Suby will officiate and burial will take place at the Hillside cemetery.

       iv.       CARL H. KIENBAUM, b. March 09, 1887, Hebron, Wisconsin; d. October 22, 1969, Whitewater, Walworth County, Wisconsin; m. BESSIE DOUD, November 01, 1913, Whitewater, Walworth, Wisconsin; d. 1963.

Bessie and Carl are buried in Hillside Cemetery, Whitewater. Carl's obituary follows:

Carl H. Kienbaum

Carl H. Kienbaum, 82, died at Fairhaven Wednesday of last week, October 22, following a long illness.
He was born March 9, 1887, in Hebron and married Bessie Doud on Nov. 1, 1913, at Whitewater. She died in 1963.
Mr. Kienbaum had been a farmer in the Whitewater area his entire life. He was a member of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, Delavan.
Survivors include three daughters, Mrs. Hazel Wilson and Mrs. Harriet Millard, Whitewater, and Mrs. Helen Stork, Fort Atkinson; six sons, Willard, Harold, Douglas, Francis and Carl Jr., all of Whitewater, and Gerald of Slinger; 37 grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; a brother, George of Milton Junction; and a sister Mrs. Helen Zimmerman, Whitewater. (Whitewater Register, October 24, 1969)

On the 1920 Census, Carl is married, owns farm, parentage german. He is living next door to brother George and wife, Clara. Next to George is a Will A. Kienbaum who arrived in 1870, the other brother.

       v.       GEORGE A. KIENBAUM, b. May 28, 1894, Helenville, Wisconsin; d. January 24, 1976, Edgerton, Wisconsin. Buried Milton Lawns, Janesville.; m. CLARA MAY LUDEMAN, October 20, 1915, Whitewater, Walworth County, Wisconsin; b. April 04, 1894, Cold Springs, Wisconsin4; d. December 1977, Milton, Wisconsin4.

1920 Whitewater, Whitewater, WI census. George is married, rents his farm, german parentage, both whom spoke german. Occupation is general farmer.


[Broderbund Family Archive #110, Vol. 1 A-L, Ed. 6, Social Security Death Index: U.S., Date of Import: Aug 21, 2000, Internal Ref. #]

Individual: Kienbaum, Clara
Social Security #: 388-18-4868
Issued in: Wisconsin

Birth date: Apr 4, 1894
Death date: Dec 1977

Residence code: Wisconsin

ZIP Code of last known residence: 53563
Primary location associated with this ZIP Code:

Milton, Wisconsin

       vi.       HELENA W. KIENBAUM, b. May 23, 1897, Whitewater, Walworth County, Wisconsin; d. September 16, 1993, Whitewater, Walworth County, Wisconsin; m. CHET ZIMMERMAN, December 19, 1918, Whitewater, Walworth, Wisconsin; b. March 15, 1895; d. September 1962, Wisconsin..

Helena went by the name Helen. I found the name Helena on Carl's Letter of Naturalization and I believe that was her real given name. Her obituary follows:

Helen W. Zimmerman

Helen W. Zimmerman, age 96, Whitewater, died Thursday, September 16, 1993, at Fairhaven Residential Facility. She was born May 23, 1897, in the town of Whitewater, the daughter of Carl and Augusta (Selle) Kingbaum(sic) Sr. She married Julius Zimmerman on December 19, 1918 in Whitewater, he preceded her in death in 1962. She was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church, Whitewater, the Whitewater Senior Citizens Club, Townline Club, the Ten Club and St. John's Ladies Aid.
Surviving are two sons, Kenneth of Avalon and Larry of Whitewater; a daughter, Marion Thayer of Whitewater; 15 grandchildren, 36 great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren. A son, Donald, preceded her in death in 1980.
Funeral services were held Monday, September 20, at 2 p.m. at St. John's Lutheran Church, Whitewater. Burial was in Hillside Cemetery, Whitewater. Friends called Monday from 1 p.m. until the time of service at the church. Skindingsrude Funeral Home, Whitewater, assisted the family..


1. Petition for Naturalization, No. 138, Located at UW Whitewater Library Archives for Walworth County, Found Letter of Intent filed in Jefferson County.
2. Petition for Naturalization, No. 138, Located at UW Whitewater Library Archives for Walworth Co. Found Letter of Intent filed in Jefferson Co.
3. Walworth County Death Certificate, Page 37.
4. Broderbund Family Archive #110, Vol. 1, Ed. 6, Social Security Death Index: U.S., Date of Import: Aug 21, 2000, Internal Ref. #

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