The death of Alice was a blow to the family.  The Depression was tough, the farmhouse filled with family, but they came through it and the post-war years were prosperous and enjoyable.  A brief summary of the lives of the family members follows.

Contents©2016 by Harold Pfohl



Seasons Greetings to all,

Merry Christmas, and

Best Wishes for a Wonderful 2017,

Harold Pfohl



Source – family photo, Augusta with her grandchildren, Dec. 27, 1940

Left to right: Glenrose Heckendorf, Ruth Pfohl, Sylvia Graese, Marcella Lueder, Ronald Pfohl, and Vivian Graese with Augusta in her wheelchair in the back ground.


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The Depression was a severe trial for Augusta and her family. They barely made the interest payments on the farm mortgage. The stress was sufficient to give Edgar an ulcer. Erwin Graese and Viola moved back home to the Lueders and lived there with their two daughters.  Viola helped to care for baby Marcella, Alice (deceased) and Edgar’s little daughter.   Elda, Gerald and Harold lived at home unmarried, and toward the beginning of World War II, Erich Heckendorf, Renata, and daughter Glenrose also moved in.

Edgar and Harold were partners on the farm. After the anxiety and fear of the Depression was past, life was enjoyable and comfortable for many years.

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Source – family photo, Early 1940s, L-R – back: Harold, Glenrose (Renata’s daughter) Edgar, Viola, Erwin, Elda, Renata; Children in front – Sylvia & Vivian (Viola’s daughters) and Marcella (Edgar’s daughter).



Source – family photo, William was very ill at the time of the trauma experienced by Edgar with Alice’s death after childbirth (see Country Love Story).  He died May 4, 1935.  Alice’s passing surely hastened his end.


Augusta was increasingly crippled by rheumatoid arthritis. No medical remedies existed at that time to alleviate either the severe pain or the seriously crippling effect of the disease.  As she grew older, she began to use a cane; in 1935, age 61, she began walking with crutches. In 1940 she began using a wheelchair that Gerald made for her. She also suffered from cataracts and was blind in her last years. She was a quiet soul who never complained and who surely took pride in her large family.

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Source – family photo, L-R in back: Viola, Elda, Cordelia. Augusta with her daughters – about 1945


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Source – family photo, Augusta with her grandchildren – about 1946

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Source – family photo, Augusta at the barn door by the cow yard, spring 1941.  Although she was immobilized, her children made sure that she wasn’t confined to the house.

Augusta, age 76, died on September 13, 1950, terribly crippled by rheumatoid arthritis, blinded by cataracts, and finally afflicted with a stroke.


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Source – family photo, about 1922, L-R: Gerald (10), Viola (14), Harold (6), Elda (18), Edgar (22), Cordelia (12), Renata (18)

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Source – author photo, Edgar in 1956 – 56 years old.  Edgar never remarried after Alice’s death.  He worked and lived on the farm until he passed away in 1988.

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Source – author photo, Edgar – late 1950s


Renata died on September 29, 1943, a victim of breast cancer.  Her husband, Erich, moved to a small home on the Pioneer Orchards farm next to Renata’s Nieman cousin whose wife became a surrogate mother to Glenrose.



Source – Renata files, Renata with her daughter Glenrose – about 1936

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Source – family photo, Renata on the right, visiting her sister, Cordelia in Leland, Sauk County, Wis.  – About 1941


Elda, who was one of the funniest people this writer has ever known, never married. She became a mother to Alice’s Marcella, cared for Augusta in her old age, and kept house for Edgar as well as Gerald and Harold while they were still bachelors. She lived out her life on the farm.



Source – author photo, Elda – about 1974

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Source – author photo, Elda was proud of the bread she baked.  She also made the best chicken any of her relatives have ever dined on.

Elda suffered a nasty almost fatal fall three years before she died, and was cracking jokes on what might have been her deathbed! Elda died at the age of 91 in 1995, cared for in her old age by the woman she had cared for as an infant, Marcella.


Viola and Erwin Graese bought the creamery a quarter mile from the Lueders at Granville Rd and Bridge St. They demolished it with dynamite and built a home there. Viola loved her Lueder homestead, and a quarter mile distant was as far away as she wanted to go.

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Source – family photo, The creamery

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Source – family photo, Demolition


Source – author photo, Viola in front of her home, about 1990

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Source – author photo, Viola and Erwin at home about 1980

Viola died at 99 years of age.  As a very small child, she was sickly and the surprise to the family was her remarkable longevity.


Cordelia’s husband, John Pfohl, was a Lutheran pastor; they lived in the tiny village of Leland near the Natural Bridge State Park in Sauk County for nearly twenty-two years.

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Source – family photo, Leland, Wisconsin

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Source – family photo, 1950, Cordelia with husband, John on their 20th wedding anniversary – celebration in the church basement.

John died of a heart attack in 1959.  Cordelia as a 49 year old widow, built a small house a hundred yards from the farm she grew up on, never remarried, and died at the age of 84 in 1994.

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Source – author photo, Cordelia – 1970s

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Source – author photo, Cordelia at Immanuel Lutheran’s cemetery, at John’s grave.


Gerald became a salesman of and mechanic for John Deere farm implements with G.W. Wirth in Cedarburg and married Irene Rozalewski.

hp 10 14 2013 19 1 crp1.jpgSource – author photo about 1990, Gerald was an unusually skilled mechanic and after retirement, worked occasionally on the Uihlein racing auto collection in Hamilton, next door to Cedarburg.

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Source – author photo, Gerald lived to the age of 92, dying in 2004


Harold married Marion Bremer, who was a great granddaughter of Johann and Minna Lueders, Jr.  (see: Lüders Emigrants)

hp 12 17 2013 25-2 copy print.jpgSource – author photo, Harold – about 1975

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Source – author photo, about 1956.  Harold developed Parkinson’s disease, continued to farm with Edgar until he died at age 59 in 1976.


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Source – family photo, Marcella – two years of age, August 8, 1937

Marcella was well cared for and did not lack for love.  Growing up on the farm was a great experience for her.  She lives there today, retired from a career in surgical nursing.

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The three sisters were very close.  Cordelia and Elda wore a path between the farmhouse and Cordelia’s home, only a hundred yards away.

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Source – author photo, Typical scene at the wood-stove in the farmhouse kitchen.  1970s – Cordelia on the left, Elda on the right.

hp7 81.4.1-14 final sepia+7 copy.jpgSource – author photo, On the back porch – late 1980s, L-R: Viola, Cordelia, Elda

WIS LUEDERS WEST BEND EL OL & MOM P89-6 IMG928 crp2.jpgSource – author photo, At the Fromm farm on Glacier Drive near West Bend, home of their grandmother, Sophie Fromm Nieman.  About 1990.

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Source – author photo, Dinner (noon meal) at the farmhouse – 1980s

hp 12 10 2013 1-5 copy.jpgSource – author photo, The invariable nap after the noon meal – over the years the chair wore to conform to Edgar’s physique.

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Even though the lives of William and Augusta’s family contained many difficulties and sorrows, the most enduring impression of these people is of their ever-present love of a funny story, lively conversation, and enthusiastic, broad interest in life.

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We Remember Them

In the rising of the sun and its going down,
We Remember Them.

In the blowing of the wind and in the chill of winter,
We Remember Them.

In the opening of the buds and in the rebirth of spring.
We Remember Them.

In the blueness of the skies and in the warmth of summer,
We Remember Them.

In the rustling of the leaves and in the beauty of autumn.
We Remember Them.

In the beginning of the year and when it ends,
We Remember Them.

When we are weary and in need of strength,
We Remember Them.

When we are lost and sick of heart,
We Remember Them.

When we have joys and special celebrations we yearn to share,
We Remember Them.

So long as we live, they too shall live, for they are part of us.
We Remember Them.




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