A little bit about the
ERDMANN - KOHN families... these families immigrated in
the mid-late 1800's to Wisconsin from Germany, some from
the Pommern area. They settled in the Pella /
Germania / Wittenberg areas and eventually the 3rd
generation, their grandchildren Franz ERDMANN & his wife
Augusta (nee KOHN), removed to Alabama. "Franz Friederick and Augusta Louise came to Mobile, Alabama from
Wittenberg, Wisconsin. approximately 1907 with 5 other
families: Teals, Neitzke, Kinsler, Grallap and Bruce.
Eventually the 5 families went back to Wisconsin leaving
the Erdmanns in Mobile.
Mr. Gralapp also stayed and continued with his sawmill.
(Adjacent photo is of the Gralapp Sawmill in
Chunchula, Alabama circa 1908)
Franz had a blacksmith shop at the Loop in Mobile for
about 10 years. He was also a good carpenter. They
originally came to Mobile to farm but did not know how in
this climate. Franz appears on the Mobile City Directory
as: Erdmann, Frank F., Mach A Buerger, h Government Rd.
After establishing themselves in Mobile this family went
back to Wisconsin one time only in 1936. A write up in the
Shawano Leader Newspaper is titled "Erdmann Family Hold
Reunion". It was held at the County Park at Shawano,
Wisconsin. "Dinner and supper was served and a social time
was enjoyed". Those present were: Mr. and Mrs. Frank
Erdmann, Ella, Esther, Bennie and Clarence all of Mobile,
Ala.; Mr. and Mrs. Albert Erdmann, Mr. and Mrs. Kurt
Erdmann, Mr. and Mrs. Louis Erdmann and Bobby Erdmann of
Pella, Mr. and Mrs. William Erdmann, Mr. and Mrs. Harry
Erdmann, Clarence Erdmann of Shawano, Mr. and Mrs. Charles
Erdmann of Shawano, Mr. and Mrs. Friederick Erdmann of
Waukesha, Herbert Erdmann of Milwaukee, Mr. and Mrs. R. O.
Habeck, Mr. and Mrs. Nelson Baril, Mr. and Mrs. Rudolph
Habeck of Sheboygan, Mr. and Mrs. Herman Wolfe, Mr. and
Mrs. August Laud, Mr. and Mrs. Louis Habeck, Mr. and Mrs.
Walter Wolfe, Mr. and Mrs. Ed Wolfe, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur
Wolfe, Rueben Wolfe, Mr. and Mrs. William Gruetzmacher and
family of Green Bay, Mrs. Arlen Binder, of Green Bay and
Mrs. Leo Bunda of Kenosha."
The ERDMANN and KOHN
Families link to MANY Shawano County Families so I've
listed some of the surnames... if you find your surname
and wish more information, feel free to contact
Ann Erdmann Hayworth - I'm sure she would love to hear
SHAWANO AREA SURNAMES
include the following: AFFELDT, BERG, BORCHARDT, BORN,
BRATZ, BRAUN, BRITSKE, BUBLITZ, BUETO, CASEY, DENN,
DETTLOFF, EGGERT, ENGEL, ERDMANN,
FLAUGER, FOAT, FULK\FALK,
GRIMM, GRUETZMACHER, HABECK, HOLTZ, HUEBNER, JACKSON,
KOEPKE, KOHN, KORTH,
KREIKLOW, KRIEGLE, KRISSEL, KRUEGER, KUCHINA, LEWIS,
LUEBKE, MALZAHN, MCMAHON, MEYER, MEYERS, MOLDENHAUER,
QUAST, REINKE, RIGGS, ROSS, RUSCH, SCHROEDER, SCHWERE,
SPERBURG, STACK\STADLER, STERN, TIETZ, TIMM, VIERGUTZ,
VOLEEN\WOLLIN, WARDER, WINKLER, WOLFE, YOKE and