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Joseph J. Philippi Family
Genealogy and Family History
of Joseph Philippi
d: 29 JUL 1901 • Brown County, Wisconsin
shoemaker in Humbolt, Brown County, Wisconsin
d: 29 JUL 1901 • DePere, Brown Co, Wisconsin
child of Minnie
Meeuwsen and Joseph Philippi
m: + Orpha Lorraine Hintz
In The Rheinland, Europe
J. Philippi sits on the arm of a chair next to
as it was when the
Matthias Philippi Family lived there.
The Rheinland to Wisconsin
J. Philippi was born in the village of Niederheckenback
in the southern part of the Rheinland during a time
when it had been occupied by Prussia which was the first unification of
Germany. He was the second child of his parents' remarriages and had
one older sister Maria Anna. He also had 5 half-siblings from his
widowed father's first marriage and 3 half-siblings from his widowed mother's
25 May 1883; Ship: SS Jan Breydel
70 Phillipi (Philippi) Math 52 (age) farmer
1 Christ (Christine Mueller Philippi) 38
2 Kath (Catherine Mueller) 11
3 Marg (Margaret Mueller) 9
4 John (Mueller) 6
5 Maria (Philippi) 3
6 Joseph (Philippi) 11 months
Joseph J Philippi immigrated with his parents, three half Mueller (later also Philippi) siblings, and 3 year old sister Maria Anna and then traveled to New Frankin, Brown County, Wisconsin where they settled. His mother Christine was already pregnant with their next son John when they boarded the ship, but she fearing she might not be able to sail, she hid under a cape made from a curtain. They landed May 25th and John was born was born July 22, less than 2 months later. The family spoke Rhenish German, a Low Franconian dialect from the Lower Rhine area, at home, like many in the community. English was learned at school. Joseph went through 5 years of rural school.
The family remained farming in New Frankin near relatives until April 1893 when they purchased land in town of How, Oconto County, Wisconsin. They traveled by oxen wagon and stopped in the small village of Hayes for directions and supplies at the general store owned by John Holl, whose family became close friends. The property had belonged to a trapper from an old family named Pecor and had a sturdy log cabin with a loft along with a log barn and outbuildings. It snowed the night they arrived and the next morning Joseph age 11 and John age 9 teared up saying that they would starve in such a place “up north.”
Photo above L-R: John Mueller, Margaret Mueller, John Philippi, Philip Philippi, Joseph J Philippi, father Matthias Philippi, Christina Philippi, mother Christina Brust Mueller Philippi
The land had not been cleared for farming and some trees were cut first that spring so planting could be done around the stumps. Stumps were pulled and more and was cleared on the acreage. Eventually the cut trees were milled for building lumber and in by 1896 a new dairy barn was and built a Victorian home in 1906.
Philippi Barn Raising with Family and Friends
Joseph is standing in the middle with his hands on his hips.
Joseph and John were needed for work at home since their father’s emphysema had worsened. In Germany, boys left school for work at the age of 10 years. The boys were unable to attend school here any longer. They worked the farm during growing seasons and milked the cows year round. In winter they hiked to a local logging crew and, while still very young, sawed large limbs into firewood for 50 cents a week, and all the money went to their parents.
Joseph is standing on the roof of the cabin with his hands on his hips.
The brothers were tall at a young age and Joseph and John soon did a grown man’s work in the logging camps in the northern forests and all the money continued to go to their parents. It was traditional. This was taken at the Hammes Logging Camp which was located in what is now The Nicolet Forest.
25th Wedding Anniversary photograph of Anna Christina and Matthias Philippi
Joseph’s sister Maria Anna (Mary Ann) die from Tuberculosis at age 16. His half-brother John Mueller (also Miller) had left and married in 1902. His elderly father Matthias died in 1904, Younger brother Phil had finished school and was living in Shawano, Wisconsin. Joseph was considered the man of the family, as was custom, now being the oldest son at home. Brother John worked the farm with him.
Joanna "Minnie" Meeuwsen
of Joseph J. Philippi and
For many years Minnie's brother, Peter Theodore Meeuwsen held the position of County Clerk of Court. It was early in this service that Joseph J Philippi struck up a friendship with Theodore while he often served voluntary jury duty, which was the system at the time. Through this relationship, Joseph met his first wife Joanna "Minnie" Meeuwsen.
Grave of Infant
(left) Minnie poses in a sleigh on the original Philippi farm in town of How, Oconto County, Wisconsin, the wind was very cold against her face.
Behind and to the right is the 1896-1898 dairy barn built by the family which still stand on the property.
(below) The dairy barn in 2004.
Barbara “Bella” Weber
(left) The Weber Family
Standing (L-R): Anna, Pete, Frank Louise, Matt, Barbara, John
Sitting: Katie, Christina, Paul, Fred
(right) Engagement Portrait of Joseph J Philippi and Barbara Weber in Green Bay, WI
Wedding of Barbara “Bella” Weber and Joseph J Philippi
Maryville, Brown County, Wisconsin
Joseph’s youngest brother Philip Peter Philippi is groomsman standing farthest on the left. Others in the party are Weber family members.
Joseph’s brother John left the farm when he married Catherine Holl in 1908. His mother Anna Christina Sr. and his sister Christina remained at the farm. With Barbara, Joseph had a hard working spouse. Children joined the couple every 2 or three years, including twin boys in 1921 until there were 6; Evelyn in 1914, Joseph Paul in 1919, Marion and Martin in 1921 and Roland in 1923.
Fraternal twin sons Martin and Marion Joseph and one of the children standing on the horse drawn “Stone Boat’” sled.
Joseph did not “mechanize” and continued to use horses when he farmed. The “Stone Boat” sled (above) was used each spring before plowing to gather the fieldstone that worked their way to the surface during the fall and winter freezes and thaws. Walking along beside the sled, the children picked up the stone and threw them onto the sled while the horse moved down the already cleared area. Then the sled was taken to the edge of the field and the stone was unloaded by hand. It was hard work, necessary before the plowing and planting, so the plow blades were not broken. At times there were also hogs, sheep, fowl, and of course chicken raised for meat and eggs, besides the dairy cows, which were milked by hand twice a day. Rural electric did not come to the farm area until 1947 and it was a while before it was hooked up.
A fun family photograph, at the Philippi farm, from c:1930s where the participants dressed like the bank robbers who were rumored to be in the area at the time, hiding from the “G-Men.” The three men on the left are the Vigue brothers, friends of the family. Stilling on the roof of the truck are twins Martin (left) and Marion Philippi. Sitting on the fender is Roland. Standing to the right of him is Evelyn. AnnaBelle is sitting on the fender behind Joseph Paul.
Joseph’s mother continued to live with them, but her health was deteriorating and she had lost much of her memory. Early in 1930, at the age of 44 years, Barbara was again pregnant. This was a late life child and Barbara was weak throughout. Mary Philippi was born on January 12, 1931. Although still weakened, things looked alright until 8 days after the birth when Barbara suddenly died at home. There was no time to get help. The death certificate stated “Cause of Death- Spontaneous uterine rupture and hemorrhage after birth of child.” She is buried at St Michael Cemetery.
Daughters Evelyn and AnnaBelle took over took over raising the tiny infant and younger children while doing chores. Son Joseph Paul was doing a man’s job on the farm at age 12. Joseph J’s mother Anna Christina was now quite frail and went to live with her youngest daughter’s family, Christina Philippi (Joseph) Holl, who had a large family of her own. Later in 1931 Anna Christina also died.
Martin lost his lower arm in a farming accident when he was still young. Evelyn married Louis Patrick Vigue in 1934 and AnnaBell took over all the household duties and some farm work until her marriage in 1935. Joseph Paul had married in 1938 and was living in Underhill, Oconto County, Wisconsin.
4In 1939 Evelyn Philippi Vigue suddenly passed away on May 25th from 5 day post childbirth hemorrhage the same as her mother Barbara.
By 1940 widowed Joseph J. Philippi was living at the town of How farm with daughters AnnBelle (22) and Mary (9), sons Martin (18), Marion (18) and Roland (16) as well as three of the late daughter Evelyn’s 4 children (4, 3, 1) and AnnaBelle’s daughter (4).
(right) Roland “Rollie” Philippi played baseball in the local league that hotly competed. Locals greatly enjoyed watching the competitions between Gillett, Shawano and other teams.
(below) Grandson Roland and Mary Behnke Philippi beside the farmhouse c:1955. He is one of the children of Marion Philippi.
Newspaper Articles and Obituaries
Herald Times Reporter
Nov. 9, 2004
Louis 'Pat' Vigue
Louis was born on July 11, 1907, the son of the late Paul and Barbara (Slovic) Vigue. Louis was the oldest living Menominee Indian.
Louis is survived by his children: Robert (Cookie) Vigue of Oshkosh; Patricia (Al) Roberts of Keshena; Roy (Shirley) Vigue of Two Rivers; Bernadine Haun of Keshena; Elizabeth (R.L.) Kilzer and David (Faye) Vigue all of Hattiesburg, Miss.; three stepchildren: Annalee, James R. (Kathleen) and Lawrence Tucker, all of Keshena; three generations of natural and stepgrandchildren; seven sisters: Ann Boortz, Barbara Woodward, Bertha Young, Ruth Gass, Irene Erickson, Lorraine (John) Kozole, all of Detroit; and Jennie Warrington of Keshena; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Nov. 11 at St. Michael's Catholic Church in Keshena. Family and friends may call at St. Michael's Parish Hall after 6 p.m. on Tuesday (TONIGHT) until the time of the service.
Swedberg Funeral Home, Shawano, is assisting the family with the arrangements
Martin "Lefty" M.
Philippi, age 86, of New Holstein died Friday January 18, 2008 at the Willowdale Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in New
Mrs. Matt Philippi (Anna Christina) and son, Peter, drove to Suring on Tuesday.
Christina (nee Brust, widow of Matthias) Philippi, who has been visiting with relatives and friends at New Holstein and other places for a few weeks, returned home Tuesday. (visited John Mueller/Miller, a son from her first marriage living in New Holstein and the Weber family in Marytown, her daughter-in-law Barbara’s family)
Oconto County Reporter September 27, 1906
Jos. PHILIPPI (Joseph J Philippi) is progressing finely with his new house, he is hustling his work and is tasty with all, so he is making marked improvement on his place.
A husking bee was given by Joe Philippi last Monday evening and was well attended.