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 Bibelhausen Family

 Anton Bibelhausen
Oct 12, 1853 - Oct. 1878

Tintype Photograph - Helen Goswitz Collection
Anton Bibelhausen was a blacksmith
c: 1875

Anton was born on the family farm in Pine Grove, Brown County, Wisconsin on October 12, 1853. Besides farming, he learned blacksmithing and opened his own shop in Shawano, Wisconsin at 20 years of age.

Although no record of Anton Bibelhausen's death has been found
in cemetery, court, church and vital records, only one line was found in an October 5, 1878, Shawano newspaper, page 3, colume 2, stating:
"Anton Biebelhausen is not expected to live."
He would have been age 25 years at that time. Family history tells us that he was single.
His cause of death remains a mystery.

Anton does not show up on the 1880 Federal Census. He was one of the first burials in the Sacred Heart Parish Cemetery, which was established in 1877 in Shawano, Wisconsin. The first Sacred Heart Church building had been built in 1867 and was the first church in the village. The Bibelhausen family began moving to Shawano in 1870. They were members of the parish since. The first permanent pastor of Sacred Heart Parish did not arrive until 1888 and early marriage baptism and death records are incomplete, having been kept and transferred by various individuals during the first 21 years. Anton was buried in the oldest part of the cemetery according family oral history and family members wrote of visiting his grave.

Tin type Photograph
(enlarged) - Henry Kurz Collection
Anton Bibelhausen (right) with younger brother Frank.
c: 1873

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