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 Bibelhausen Family

Gertrude Bibelhausen

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Gertrude Bibelhausen
c: 1890

   Gertrude Bibelhausen
          born: February 18, 1844 in Valwig, Rheinland, Prussia
          immigration: 1846 from Valwig, Rheinland, Prussia
          died: August 28, 1914 in Shawano, Wisconsin
           burial: Sacred Heart Cemetery, Shawano, Wisconsin
+ Anton Lieg (see obituary and biography below)
          born:June 22, 1835 in Prussia
          immigration: 1852 from Prussia
          marriage:  August 12, 1864 in Green Bay, Wisconsin
          occupation: Proprietor of General Store
          died: August 12, 1895 in Shawano, Wisconsin
          burial: Sacred Heart Cemetery, Shawano, Wisconsin

Children of John and Gertrude Bibelhausen Lieg:  (9 births, 5 living in 1900 Shawano, Wisconsin)
        1. Catherine Lieg
                  born:  September 28, 1865 in Brown County, Wisconsin (WI Vital Records)
                  died:  infant
        2. Johann (John Anton) A. Lieg
                  born: March 11, 1867 in Brown County, Wisconsin (WI Vital Records)
                  occupation: Department Store Merchant in Shawano, Wisconsin
                  marriage: 1904 in Wisconsin
                  died: January 5, 1937 in Shawano, Wisconsin
                  burial: Sacred Heart Cemetery, Shawano, Wisconsin
          + Mary Riess - wife #1 (3 children; sons: John, Bernard; daughter: Mildred - see obituary below)
                   born: Decmeber 29, 1880 in Bavaria, Germany
                   Immigation: 1884
                   died: April 5, 1913 on Shawano, Wisconsin
                   burial: Sacred Heart Cemetery, Shawano, Wisconsin
          + Margaret Bartlein - wife #2
                  born: February 15, 1873 in Harrison, Calumet County, Wisconsin
                  marriage: June 25, 1915
                  died: February 21, 1937 in Shawano, Wisconsin
                  burial: Sacred Heart Cemetery, Shawano, Wisconsin
        3. John Lieg
                  born:  March  9, 1869 in Brown County, Wisconsin (WI Vital Records)
                  died: 1874 in Green Bay, Wisconsin
        4. Charles Lieg
                  born: August 18, 1870 in Shawano, Wisconsin
                  died: September 14, 1880 in Shawano, Wisconsin

                  burial: Sacred Heart Cemetery, Shawano, Wisconsin
        5. Maria Anna Lieg
                  born: August 10, 1871 in Wisconsin
                  died: September 6, 1880 in Wisconsin
                  burial: Sacred Heart Cemetery, Shawano, Wisconsin
        6. Catherine (Kate) Lieg (no children)
                  born: December 23, 1874  in Wisconsin
                  died: 1942 in Shawano, Wisconsin
                  burial: Sacred Heart Cemetery, Shawano, Wisconsin
            + John Thomas Callahan
                  born: 1870  in Illinois
                  marriage: 1908
                  died: 1948 in Shawano, Wisconsin
                  burial: Sacred Heart Cemetery, Shawano, Wisconsin
        7. Frank Lieg (Medium build, brown eyes, light hair on Sept 1918 WWI Draft Card) 72001418
                  born: July 9, 1876 in Wisconsin
                 occupation: General Store Merchant 1918 in Marathon, WI; in 1920 Oconto Falls, Oconto County, Wisconsin, 1930 Salesman Dept store in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
                  died: 1957
                  burial: Sacred Heart Cemetery, Shawano, Wisconsin
          + Anna Mary Alft( 8 living; sons: Sylvester Franklin 1877 - 1996, Raymond 1904 - 1963, Vernon 1906 - 1966, Edmund 1910 - 1975, James 1915 - 1989, Merlin 1920 - 1999;  daughters Isabel 1903 - 1997, Evelyn [Ory] 1909 - 1998) 72001481
                  born: 1877 in Wisconsin
                  marriage: about 1901
                  died: 1952
                  burial: Sacred Heart Cemetery, Shawano, Wisconsin
        8. Peter Lieg 72001554
                  born: July 5, 1881 in Wisconsin
                 occupation: General Store Keeper in Rib Lake, Taylor, Wisconsin 1920,
                  died: 1928
                  burial: Sacred Heart Cemetery, Shawano, Wisconsin
          + Susan Helena Wallrich ( 6 children in 1920; sons: Harold Frank 1908 - 1989, Victor 1914 - 1983, Leo Louis 1916 - 1977, Wilfred 1918 - 1953 ; daughters: Aurelia [Kort] 1910 - 1940, Viola [Laux] 1913 - 1952 ) 72001590
                  born: May 20, 1883 in Brighton, Kenosha, Wisconsin
                  marriage: Jan 7, 1908 in Ashton, Osceola, Iowa
                  died: July 26, 1827 in Shawano, Wisconsin
        9. Joseph Lieg
                  born:  May 28, 1887 in Wisconsin
                  military: PVT 57 Inf, 15 Div.
                  occupation: Clerk in Department Store in Shawano, Wisconsin 1920
                  marriage: single
                  died: September 24, 1936
                  burial: Sacred Heart Cemetery, Shawano, Wisconsin

1870 Census Brown County has Anton Lieg as a Dairyman, age 37, living with wife Gertrude age 27, son Anton age 3, son John age 1, and his widowed mother Mary, age 75.

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Gertrude Bibelhausen Lieg was the actual founder of the family store business. She began with only $60 that she earned by taking in boarders at their first home in Green Bay, while her husband worked as a gardener and in a brick yard. Early businesses of Anton Lieg had not met with success and he joined Gertrude stocking supplies in a rented single room. They lived in the back part of that room and Gertrude cared for 3 young children, performed all the duties of a housewife, and worked in the store. As their merchant business became a success, they were able to move on to larger quarters, with separate living space.

The photograph, above, was taken the year Anton Lieg passed away. This building is north (to the right) of Muehl's Furniture Store. Gertrude continued her involvement in the business with their oldest son, John, who ran the feed and grain store on the right.  

First Electic Shop in Shawano - 1913
Proprietor shown - J. Callahan

This shop was in the rear of the Anton Lieg General Store. J. Callahan was the husband of Gertrude and Anton Lieg's daughter "Kate".

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Catherine "Kate" was the only Lieg daughter to survive childhood.

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John Anton Lieg

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Wedding 1904
John  A. 
Mary Riess

Mary Riess was born in Bavaria, Germany, in 1880 and arrived  at the age of 4 years in 1884 with her mother Margaret Riess and older brother John Jr., to Ludington, Michigan, joining her father John Riess. Her father, who had come in 1882 and had first worked in Milwaukee, Wisconsin until he relocated to Ludington, Michigan and reunited with his wife and children. In Michigan 3 brothers, Bart,  Matt, Joseph, and 1 sister Anna were born. Her father worked for the raiload for many yeasrs and passed away, also in Ludington, Michigan, in 1944. Mary Riess was wed to John Anton Lieg in 1904 and  the couple had 3 children while settled in Shawano, Wisconsin, Mildred, John A. Jr. and Bernard Lieg. Mary Riess Lieg passed away in 1913 at the age of 33 years.
Mother of Mary Riess Lieg
Ludington, Michigan
March 13, 1944

Shawano Advocate
January 5, 1937

J.A. Lieg, Prominent Pioneer, Succumbs

J. A. Lieg, 69, prominent Shawano businessman for more than 40 years, passed away quietly at his home at 6:30 a.m. today. He had been in poor health for several years, and during most of the past year had been confined to a wheel chair. Funeral services will be held Friday morning at 9:00 a.m. at the Sacred Heart cemetery, with the Rev. Father Theodore Kersten officiating. Interment will be made at the Sacred Heart cemetery. The body will remain at the Manning Funeral home until the funeral.

John Lieg was born March 11, 1867 at Green Bay, the son of Anton Lieg. He came to Shawano with his father when he was four years of age, and after completing his schooling here, went into business with his father. The Lieg store at that time was located where the Schumacher Furniture store has its present quarters. In August, 1895, the elder Lieg died and after the re-organization of the store, the enterprise became known as J. A. Lieg and Company store. Later the Lieg store occupied the buliding now used by the Muehl Furniture store.

In 1903 John Lieg was married to Miss Mary Reiss of Ludington, Michigan. One daughter and two sons were born to the couple. They are Mildred, John, and Bernard Ten years later Mary Reiss Lieg passed away. Several years later John was married to Miss Margaret Bartlein of Chicago, and the couple moved to Shawano, where they have lived since that time.

Mr. Lieg was prominent in many community enterprises, and served as a member of the city council for two terms. He was elected mayor in 1908 and 1909, and during his administration many improvements were added to the city. He was one of the first members of the water and light commission.

Surviving Mr. Lieg are his daughter, Mildred Lieg Theile, of Grand Rapids, Mich; two sons, John and Bernard, of this city; a sister, Mrs. John Callahan, of this city; and Frank Lieg, a brother, of Milwaukee.

Second wife of Widowed J.A. Lieg:

Shawano County Journal
February 25, 1937

Mrs. Margaret Bartlein Lieg passed away at her home in this city early Sunday morning. She had not been in good health for the past two years, but was well enough to go to her physician's office Saturday morning.

Mrs. Lieg was born in the town of Harrison, Calumet county, February 15, 1874, and lived there until she was a young lady. On June 25, 1915, she was married to J. A. Lieg, who preceded her in death on January 6 of this year. She was an active member of the Missionary society of the Sacred Heart church and was well liked by her many friends in the city.

She leaves one brother, Andrew Bartlein, of Harrison, Calumet county, and three sisters, Mrs. L. Arno of this city, Mrs. Anne Eckrich of Menasha, and Mrs. George Wilz of the town of Menasha. There also are two step-sons, John and Bernard Lieg, and one daughter, Mildred.

Funeral services were held at the Scared Heart church Wednesday morning, the Rev. Fr. Theodore Kersten officiating at High Mass. Pallbearers were members of the Catholic Knights.

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Frank  Lieg

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Wedding 1901
Frank and Anna Alft 

Anna Mary Alft Lieg

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Peter  Lieg

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Wedding 1908
Susan Wallrich

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Joseph  Lieg

Shawano County Journal – Thursday, Aug. 15, 1895


The community was greatly surprised and shocked Monday afternoon to learn of the death of one of our oldest merchants, Mr. Antone Lieg, which occurred at his home in this city about 5:00 in the afternoon, after an illness of but a few hours. He was apparently in his usual health up to the noon hour, and had been busying himself about the Sommers House property which the firm has recently purchased, when he complained of a slight indisposition and retired to the house. His symptoms became rapidly worse and Dr Partlow was called, who found him suffering from congestion of the lungs. Proper remedies were applied and the Dr remained with his patient about 2 hours, leaving him feeling quite comfortable, but shortly after his departure Mr. Lieg's condition again became worse, and before medical assistance could be obtained death had taken place. Mr. Lieg was in his 6lst year, having been born in Germany June 22, 1835. When 17 years of age he came to America with his mother and brother and located in Milwaukee, where the family remained about 2 years, after which they moved to Green Bay. Here in 1865 he was married to Gertrude Bibelhausen and the fruit of their union were 9 children, of whom 5 are now living; John A., Kate, Frank, Peter and Joseph. In 1873 Mr. Lieg moved with his family to Shawano and first engaged in brick manufacture but not finding that profitable soon gave it up and started a small store at the firm's present location, which in the years following he succeeded in enlarging from a small beginning to a successful and profitable business. He was a member of the Catholic church and of the St. Bonifacius Society in Green Bay. During his residence here he was twice elected a member of the city council and was generally respected in the community as an honest man and good citizen. The funeral took place this (Thursday) morning at l0:00 from the Catholic church and was largely attended.


ANTON LIEG & SON is the name of one of the most prominent business firms of Shawano, and these gentleman demonstrate what can be accomplished through industry, diligence and perseverance. The senior member of the firm was born in Prussia June 22, 1835, and is a son of Kasler Lieg, a tailor by trade. The father died when Anton was only seven years of age, leaving the widow with two children, Anton and John.

         After obtaining an ordinary education, Anton Lieg at the age of fourteen began working as a slater, and when seventeen he came to the United States, going down the Rhine to Rotterdam, thence sailing across the North Sea to Hull, England, and from there journeying by rail to Liverpool, where he boarded a sailing vessel, which sixty days later reached New York harbor in safety. From there traveling westward, his funds were exhausted at Erie, Penn., in consequence of which he was forced to seek work there, and obtaining a position as a farm hand, remained there from August, 1852, until July, 1853, when he came by boat to Milwaukee. He had been employed on the construction of the Lake Shore & Michigan Southern railroad, but through a dishonest contractor lost his wages. In Milwaukee, he secured work in a brickyard, receiving from $25 to $30 per month, and in that locality he remained until 1856, when he went to Green Bay, Wis., where he again secured work in a brickyard.

         On October 20, 1864, in Green Bay, Wis., Mr. Lieg married Miss Gertrude Bibelhausen, a native of Germany, born February 18, 1844. When a child she came to the United States with her father, John Bibelhausen, who engaged in farming in DePere township, Brown Co., Wis. For four years Mr. Lieg continued his connection with the brickyard, then worked as a gardener in the summer and chopped cord wood in the winter. He also clerked for two winters in a store there, purchasing a house on Main street near Rahr's brewery, and kept boarders. In 1871 he came to Shawano traveling by stage and here worked as a gardener, while his wife conducted a little store, beginning with a capital of only $60. In the fall of 1871 they returned to Green Bay, where for a short time Mr. Lieg was employed as overseer of a gang of men. In the spring of 1872 he again came to Shawano, and purchasing twenty-two acres of land, began the manufacture of brick. He had disposed of his property in Green Bay, and now had a capital of $1,100; but the new business proved a failure, and left him with only $200. With this he began merchandising, at first renting his store room, but after thirteen days he purchased it. He first opened with a stock of groceries, and subsequently added dry goods, later developing a general store.  At first the family lived in the store room which was 40 x 20 feet, as they did not wish to go beyond their means;  but as time passed prosperity attended the new undertaking, and today the establishment is one of the best mercantile houses in Shawano, occupying as it does a brick building 82 x 20 feet. 

         The firm of Anton Lieg & Son have carried on a successful business, and fair and honorable dealing, courteous treatment and earnest, desire to please their patrons' have been the important factors in their success. Theirs is one of the most substantial firms in Shawano, and in connection with general merchandising, they are interested in the Shawano Water Power and River Improvement Co., the Shawano Shoe Factory, and the Shawano County Bank. The business history, of this locality would be incomplete without the record of their lives, for they have greatly promoted commercial activity in this region, and while promoting individual prosperity have advanced the material welfare of the community.

         While living in Green Bay, the following children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Lieg: Catherine who died in infancy; John A., a member of the firm of Lieg & Son; John, who died at the age of five years; and Mary, who died at the age of ten. Since coming to Shawano the family circle has been increased by the birth of the following children; Catherine and Frank, who are employed in their father's store; Charles, who died in infancy; Peter and Joseph, at home. In politics, Mr. Anton Lieg has always been a Democrat, and served as alderman for five years, but has never been a politician in the sense of office seeking.   In religious belief he is a Catholic, and helped to build the beautiful church in Shawano. He also belongs to St. Bonifacius Society of Green Bay. [Since the above was written Mr. Anton Lieg died at his home August 12, 1895.]

JOHN A. LIEG, the wide-awake and enterprising young businessman of the firm was educated in the common schools of
Shawano, and has been connected with the mercantile store here from the beginning. He has served as a member of the city council for two years.

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