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Florence (Schnell) Schaefer Update…

Update for Florence Schaefer
Grandma (Florence) died in August of 1995 at the age 81.

Update for Barbara Schaefer
Barbara (Schaefer) Kleven died on November 17, 1987 at the age of 41.
Barbara’s son, Michael Kleven, had a daugher, Sydney Jacqueline Kleven, on November 15, 1997. Michael’s wife is Kimber (Musingman) Kleven.

Bernard R. Mader Update…..

1. Update for Thomas Mader
Thomas and Eileen (Clement) live in Green Bay WI

  • Edward lives in Phoenix AZ
  • Janine (Jack Kaczmarek m: xx/xx/xxxx) live in Green Bay WI
    • Ryan b:3/20/1984
  • Chris (Barry Wahlen m: xx/xx/xxxx) live in Green Bay WI
    • Lucas b: 8/25/1982
    • Casey b: 3/20/1984
  • Susan lives in Green Bay WI
  • Paul (Holly m: xx/xx/xxxx) live in Green Bay WI
    • Noah b: xx/xx/xxxxx
    • _________ b: xx/xx/xxxxx

2. Update for Richard Mader
Richard and Mary (Gregory) live in La Cresenta, CA

  • Elaina (David Cheever m: xx/xx/xxxx) live in San Diego CA
    • Cameron Thomas Cheever b: 11/5/1997
    • Megan Nichole Cheever b: 12/4/2000
  • Evan (Deborah Will m: 4/29/1995) live in Los Angeles CA
    • Jessica Mary Mader, 3/19/1996

3. Update for Michael Mader
Michael and Carol (Mashak) live in La Crosse, WI

  • Matthew (Amy m: xx/xx/xxxx) live in Austin TX
    • Noah b: xx/xx/xxxxx
    • Emerson b: xx/xx/xxxxx
    • Abby b: xx/xx/xxxxx
  • Stephanie (Jon m: xx/xx/xxxx) live in Portland, OR
    • Ella b: xx/xx/xxxx
  • Alexia lives in Chicago IL
  • Mario Youakim lives in La Crosse WI

4. Update for Mary (Palzkill) Mader
Ted Palzkill and Mary live in Mineral Point, WI

  • Jeff (Carrie m: xx/xx/xxx) live in Mineral Point WI
    • _________ b:
  • Andy
  • Nicole (Matt m: xx/xx/xxx) live in
    • _________ b:
  • Molly (_________ m: xx/xx/xxxx) live in
    • _________ b:

5. Update for Stephen Mader
Stephen and Jo (Bjorge) live in San Diego, CA

  • Kim (Brent Shiely m: xx/xx/xxxx) live in Minneapolis MN
    • London b: xx/xx/xxxx
  • Kari (Isaac Freitag m: xx/xx/xxxx) live in La Crosse WI
    • Jack b: xx/xx/xxxx
    • Wyatt b: xx/xx/xxxx
    • Chase b: xx/xx/xxxx

6. Update for Rosanne (Levendoski) Mader
Mike and Rose Levendoski live in Stoddard, WI

  • Jenny lives in La Crosse WI
  • Ryan (Rachell m: 2/22/2010)
  • Jason
  • Ben

7. Update for Gregory Mader
Greg and Sandy (Hubbard) live in West Salem, WI

  • Jill, Pharmacist lives in Onalaska WI.
  • Kelsey, Social Worker lives in La Crosse WI

8. Update for Timothy Mader
Tim and Lori (m: xx/xx/1987) live in Wilbraham, MA

  • Alex b: xx/xx/xxxx
  • Shelby b: xx/xx/xxxxy
  • Lily b: xx/xx/xxxx

Frank Mader 1923 –

Frank Mader
1923 –

The last child of Dominick Jr. and Edith Mader, Frank was born at 1530 Adams St. of Nov. 2, 1923.

Frank cut ice on the Mississippi River at age 17 for his uncle Gus. Instead of waiting for the draft he enlisted in the service during World War II. After the war Frank came home on September 26, 1945 he married Dorothy Eden. Frank drove a city bus for a short time before his uncle Gus offered him a job making cement blocks by the West Channel bridge.

This led Frank into starting his own pre-cast concrete business with his brother-in-law Frank Weiser. After several years they split up the partnership and started their own companies. Frank moved to his present location in La Crescent and his company is called Crest Concrete Products.

Frank and Dorothy are the parents of three children: Diane, Steven, and Gary. The home they built at 1504 Cedar St. in La Crescent, MN is near Frank’s plant and is connected by a private drive.

  1. Diane Mader was born Jan. 21, 1947. She is married to John Morrison who is an insurance man in La Crosse. They have two children:
    1. Matt Morrison is an adopted son born in 1973.
    2. Ryan Morrison was born in 1975.
  2. Steven F. Mader born on February 17, 1950 married Linda Kramer. Steven works with his father at Crest Concrete. Steve and Linda are the parents of three boys. [update]
    1. Andrew Mader born in 1979.
    2. Erin Mader born in 1981.
    3. Deke Mader born in 1985.
  3. Gary Mader born on July 9, 1954 is married to Mary Bell. He also works at Crest Concrete. Gary and Mary have four children: [update]
    1. Amy Mader born in 1976.
    2. Austin Mader born in 1979.
    3. Lee Mader born in 1981.
    4. Allison Mader born in 1983.

William Mader 1920 –

William Mader
1920 –

William was born on August 27, 1920 to Dominick Jr. and Edith Mader. Recollecting boyhood days, Bill said: “We got two pennies every Saturday and we went to Stryemaders on 16th and Jackson St. to spend it there. In the store it always took as half an hour to decide how to make the pennies go farther.”

“We were about the only Maders who weren’t Catholic and whenever I went over to the cousins on 1402 So. 13th St. near the church, the Priest was always after me saying, “I’ll get you sooner or later!” even in later years, long after my sister and brother rejoined the church, Monsignor Plecity still kidded me, “I got two out of three.”

Bill spent some of his childhood on the farm. After his marriage to Katherine Erickson, Bill returned to the farm to help his father and uncle run it. Bill and Kathy set up housekeeping in a big two-story brick house below the farm near the old race track. (The brick house no longer stands.) They became parents of two children, Sherry and Dennis.

Bill drove a city bus for some time before he worked for the Highway Dept. in West Salem. He and his wife Kathy are living in the home they built on 2119 Redfield St. in La Crosse.

  1. Sherry Mader was born in 1945 and has a doctorate degree. She married Gary Sackett and they reside in La Crosse. Sherry and Gary are raising his three children from a previous marriage and also their son Jon.
    1. Jon Sackett was born in 1982.
  2. Dennis Mader was born in 1950. Dennis is not married. He is employed at Heileman’s Brewery in La Crosse.

Margaret (Mader) Seiler 1917 –

Margaret (Mader) Seiler
1917 –

Margaret was the first child and only daughter of Dominick Jr. and Edith Mader born on September 24, 1917.

Promoted to the head of her class because she was such a good student, Margaret graduated from high school at age 16. Because of the depression she couldn’t continue school and was need to help on the farm.

Margaret married Elmer Seiler in 1941, a boy from a neighboring farm. (1) Elmer came from a family of thirteen children whose father had died in his 30’s. He always had to work even as a child and after completing 8th grade, Elmer stayed home to help run the family farm.

Two months after Margaret and Elmer’s first child, Margaret was born in 1942, Elmer went off to war. He served in the Pacific in World War II. Margaret and the baby stayed with her parents on the Mader farm until Elmer returned from the war in 1945.

The young Seiler family moved into a small two room house in the Town of Shelby, where their only son Jim was born in 1946. A few years later Elmer and Margaret build a house together on 2162 Denton St. in La Crosse. Elmer would tell Margaret what needed to be done and how to do it. Like – how to lay a hardwood floor or how to put on laths for the plaster! While they were building the house they lived in the basement.

Elmer was a carpenter by trade and also worked at the Brewery. Both jobs were seasonal so he began working for a fuel company as a technician.

Margaret was interested in the family history and she wrote about it in a letter to her grandchildren so that their great-grandparents would be remembered. All the relatives said Margaret was a lovely woman. Margaret died of cancer at age 58 on October 26, 1975. Elmer is retired and still lives in the home they built on Denton St.

  1. Margaret Seiler was born April 16, 1942. She is a high school teacher in Kenosha. Margaret married Robert Conrad who is a lab supervisor and chemist for American Motors Corp. They have three children.
    1. Kevin Conrad born in 1970.
    2. Kerry Conrad born in 1972.
    3. Craig Conrad born in 1975.
  2. Jim Seiler born September 2, 1946 is a lawyer in St. Louis, Mo. He is married to Sonia Gonzalez and they are the parents of two girls:
    1. Rebecca Seiler born in 1974.
    2. Christina Seiler born in 1978.


(1) The 1890 Platt Book records Margaret’s grandfather Dominick as an earlier owner of the Seiler farm.

Gladys North 1913 –

Gladys North
1913 –

Gladys was the last child of Emil and Mary North born in November of 1913.

Gladys never married. Her two nieces lived with her for a time after her sister died. Gladys had her heart set on raising the girls but on a trip to see their father Pat in California, he kept the girls with him.

As a young woman, Gladys tinted pictures at Paramount Studios in La Crosse. A job she was very good at. This was before colored film and all the colored pictures were still hand painted. Later she was employed at Northern Engraving. When they moved out of town Gladys took care of the elderly in St. Joseph’s Home. After working there many years, the home was changed to self care in 1981 and Gladys retired.

Three years after retiring, Gladys became ill with Alzheimer’s Disease and went into a nursing home in La Crescent.

Marie (North) Johnson 1911 – 1952

Marie (North) Johnson
1911 – 1952

The daughter of Emil and Mary North, Marie was born in October of 1911. She was a pianist and played the piano in several orchestras.

Marie was joined in marriage to Pat Johnson. Pat was a cook on the Wabash Railroad. During World War II, they were stationed in Maryland where he served as cook on a submarine. After the war they came back to La Crosse for a short while before following a dream to move to California.

The Johnson’s had two girls. When they left La Crosse, Patty was age six and Jean was two. While the children were still young, Marie died of cancer at age 41. Patty and Jean came back to La Crosse to live with their aunt Gladys for a while before rejoining their father in California.

  1. Pat Johnson in married to Rick Webster who is a silk screen supervisor for a name plate co.. They are the parents of two children:
    1. Kelly Webster born in 1974.
    2. Ryan Webster born in 1977.
  2. Jean Johnson was married to Robert Neary and they had four children. She is now married to Duane Quall.
    1. Amanda Neary born in 1961.
    2. Michael Neary born in 1966.
    3. Steven Neary born in 1967.
    4. Eric Neary born in 1969.

Andy North 1909 –

Andy North
1909 –

Andy was born March 20, 1909, the first child and the only son of Emil and Mary North.

Andy grew up below grandad’s Bluff where his father managed the stone quarry. Recalling some good times on the bluff Andy said,

“When I was a teenager I built a bobsled from oak. It had brakes and a bell on the back. Gladys and I, with friends from high school, would slide down Bliss Road in the bobsled from the top of grandad’s Bluff all the way to the church on Losey Blvd. We pulled the bobsled up to the top behind a friend’s old car. “

When he was young, Andy worked at the brick yard for John Schnell who was married to his aunt Julie. After high school he worked in the quarry.

“One of his jobs was operating the locomotive of a narrow gauge railroad that hauled the rock from the quarry site to the tramway. He also worked as a weighmaster at the crusher, a stone salesman, and as a supervisor of county trucks hauling away loads of crushed rock. ‘Working in the quarry wasn’t easy!’ Andy said. ‘Even getting to the top of the bluff in the winter time was a hard day’s work, especially if I had to carry fifty pounds of dynamite.'”(1)

Andy’s job ended with the closing of the quarry in 1935. He then worked for Allis Chalmers.

Andy married his high school sweetheart, Gladys Ott, in 1934. Four years later he built their home on 2628 King St. using the wood from Dominick Mader Jr.’s tobacco shed. Andy did most of the work on the house himself and he and Gladys have made it their home for 48 years. It is located about a block from his childhood home within full view of grandad’s bluff. In 1940 the North’s became the parents of their only daughter, Nancy.

In his retirement, Andy enjoys woodworking. A complete circus made of wood that he has made was on display at the La Crosse Library. He also has built train sets and many country items that his daughter paints and sells. Andy sees something he likes and then goes home and makes his own pattern.

Andy had been featured in many articles written about the bluff, since he has been involved with the early stone quarry and has lived at the foot of grandad’s bluff all his life.

  1. Nancy North was born in 1940. She is married to Ron Lepsch. Ron is retired from John Deer and Nancy works for the school system in Waterloo, Iowa. They have two children:
    1. Rhonda Lepsch was born in 1965 and is a college student. Rhonda won over 100 metals and trophies for high school gymnastics.
    2. Randy Lepsch born in 1967 attends Waterloo, Iowa Tech.


(1) Past, Present and Future, “Andy North and the Stone Quarry” by Gen Koenig (La Crosse Co. Hist. Soc.) Vol V.

William Schnell 1916 –

William Schnell
1916 –

William was born in the Schnell brick house above State Road in 1916, the last child of John and Julia Schnell.

Only nine years old, Bill started working in the Schnell brick yard. “that’s how I got my crooked fingers!” he said. His school days came to an end at age 15 when he was sent to run the Boma farm of 380 acres for his father Bill farmed the land from his parents home for nine years until his marriage to Idel Miller.

Bill and Idel were married on April 26, 1941 and moved on the farm to live in the Boma brick house. At this time Bill purchased the farm from his father, John. Here, their only son, David was born on February 21, 1947. They lived on the Boma place until ca. 1965. Bill said, “A guy from Milwaukee wanted it worse than I did so I sold it to him.” The farm had been in Boma family for 100 years.

The family moved to 1718 Losey Blvd. in La Crosse where Bill and Idel still live. Bill worked for 10-15 years as ground man for the University.

  1. David Schnell is the only son born on February 21,
    1947. He taught high school English in Menominee Falls,
    WI. He presently owns a catering business in Milwaukee
    and also conducts cooking classes for the college. He is
    living in West Bend, WI.