Chasing after Family

Trip Start Dec 24, 2010
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Trip End Jun 01, 2011


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Thursday, May 19, 2011

Today we slept in, for a change.  Then we headed northwest to find Big Hill Cemetery.  We came upon Grace Lutheran Church on the way.  Lynnie crossed the road to the rectory and the current pastor was home.  He’s a younger fellow, one Pastor Nathan.  He has both Grace Lutheran and St. Paul Lutheran Church in Berlin, Wisconsin.  He was very happy that we had stopped by and sent me the church website, which has the history of the church and pastors.  Wilhelm Friedrich Hudtloff is included on the site.


He directed us to the Cemetery. where Lynnie’s great grandmother now rests.  She’s Wilhelmina Frederika, nee Rusch, Hudtloff.  She died in her forties, having fallen from the wagon while returning from church.  She apparently broke her neck, and died a a result.  She had borne eight children during her life.  The "gravery" consists of only about forty sites.  It was easy to find the stone marking her’s and her ten year old daughter’s grave.  It’s in a beautiful  rural setting.  Peaceful and serene.  Pastor Paul gave us directions to the other church where Lynnie’s grandfather pastored.  It was only a few miles away, in Berlin.  The original church was replaced in 1904 by the church pictured.  It’s much larger than Grace Church and also in a rural area, as most of that area is.  We saw no one near there, in spite of the fact that the Town Hall is just across the road from the church.  Quiet is the operative word.


We then returned to Wausau and sought out Pine Grove Cemetery.  This was no easy task.  The cemetery came easy, but not finding the graves.  The sextant was at lunch, so while I ate, herself went out to explore.  This is a huge cemetery.  She had no luck, so waited until the woman returned to her office.  She then showed Lynnie a map and pointed out the location.  Sounded easy, but I had my doubts, since we had no scheme to follow.  We looked and looked, to no avail.  We asked the mower boss for the location of section ten.  He gave us rough directions and we looked further.  Finally Lynnie found it.


There are four stones at the plot.  Wilhelm, the Grandfather, his second wife, Ernestina,  his son Rufus, also a pastor and Ernestina’s father.  I got some good shots of the stones, each of which was inscribed with a scripture passage in German.  The photos will give you a good look at each.  Incidentally, Ernestina also bore eight children.  Wilhelm obviously did more than pastor...


We’re heading out tomorrow for Spooner, Wisconsin, about one hundred and sixty miles to the west of here.  We have laundry to do and chores to catch up on.  Then the next goal is the northland of Minnesota.  Here lives our friend Dave aka Granny.

By the way, I caught this evening's sunset and added a few decent shots.  Enjoy...
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